Busy start to the year for the Buchanhaven Heritage Society

FAMILY HISTORY: The six sons of Joseph Buchan (born 1820): left to right standing : David Buchan (Herrin' Davie), Benjamin (Binnie), Robert (Bob the baker), Alexander (Ake])- seated John [Dooie] and Joseph. Picture: Submitted.
FAMILY HISTORY: The six sons of Joseph Buchan (born 1820): left to right standing : David Buchan (Herrin' Davie), Benjamin (Binnie), Robert (Bob the baker), Alexander (Ake])- seated John [Dooie] and Joseph. Picture: Submitted.

After a welcome festive break, Buchanhaven Heritage Society will once more open its doors starting on February 16 and 17, at Buchanhaven Community Centre with an event based on The Victorian era.

On display will be a wide range of photographs and artefacts from HMP Peterhead, local residents and much, much more.

Doors open on the 16th from 10am to 4pm and on the 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This is an event for the whole family and entry is free although donations wil be welcome.

This will just be the start of events and exhibitions for 2013, which will also include general exhibitions; arts, crafts and performing arts events themed on Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of the Natural Environment’, vintage Teas, and a few ‘yet to be revealed’ events which will continue to make Buchanhaven a place for the whole family to visit and enjoy.

Society members have also been busy enhancing the local area and have planted a significant section between the harbour and Birnie Bridge with daffoldil bulbs, with more to be added at the end of this year.

In addition and to support the Year of the Natural Environment, members have been working with Visit Scotland and others to pomote the natural beauty of the area including the Craigewan sands and a new website promotes the benefits of the area to all.

You can now visit Buchanhaven.com to see the area as it is today and events to come, or find the heritage safeguarded on Facebook, just search Buchanhaven Heritage to find the page.

Members also hope to welcome friends old and new to the area and they know already that the first family from the USA will be arriving in the area in April to see where their ancestors lived after using the heritage Facebook page and becoming interested in where their roots stemmed from.

Society chair, Alex Geddes, said: “We are delighted to be opening the doors of the centre once again for a wide range of exhibitions and events for 2013 and have been very encouraged with demand expressed from various sources for our events following the success of 2012.

“We have an exciting programme now agreed with members and others for the year ahead and as the popularity of the area grows we hope this will also help to support local business and residents alike.

“We have been amazed at the support provided to date and the momentum is gathering daily to help with developments within Buchanhaven.

“Our thanks must go to various departments in Aberdeenshire Council, local artists and performers and of course the Buchan Observer for their continued support and we look forward to bringing unusal events and exhibitions to the centre and wider area as part of the ongoing delivery of the action plan.”