Grampian Police support for heritage society

LENDING THEIR SUPPORT:  Buchanhaven Heritage Society chairman, Alex Geddes (left), and Inspector Andy Imray of Grampian Police are delighted to be working together for the good of the centre.  Picture: Morag Ledingham.
LENDING THEIR SUPPORT: Buchanhaven Heritage Society chairman, Alex Geddes (left), and Inspector Andy Imray of Grampian Police are delighted to be working together for the good of the centre. Picture: Morag Ledingham.

GRAMPIAN Police have given their backing to Buchanhaven Heritage Society with the provision of new tables and chairs via the Force’s Community Initiative Fund.

Local Inspector, Andy Imray, was on hand to see their delivery to Buchanhaven community centre last week, prior to a special exhibition at the weekend, and was given an insight into the society by chairman, Alex Geddes.

Inspector Imray told the Buchanie: “I first became aware of the strong desire of the society to create a lasting memory of the heritage of the area and to promote the future in May 2012. I went down to Buchanhaven after some anti-social behaviour of non-residents had left the place in a mess. The community had done a tidy-up and while talking to Alex I learned a wee bit about the history of the village and what plans that were being drawn up to improve the outlook and restore some sense of pride.

“These plans were focused and determined, something not seen often enough nowadays. Funding for community initiatives which have a local focus and benefit for our communities, is difficult to come by in today’s financial climate. Grampian Police have a limited Community Initiative Fund available to support project such as this, so I asked Alex whether specific help was needed.

“He explained the problems around provision of tables and chairs to cater for events and I saw this as a perfect opportunity for Grampian Police to lend a hand.

“I’m delighted that the application for funding was supported and the society has now acquired the tables and chairs needed. For me, Grampian Police, and more specifically the Buchan Local Policing Team, are now part of what will be a lasting legacy.”

Mr Geddes added: “We are extremely grateful for the support provided by Grampian Police in general, but more so to Inspector Imray and the Buchan Local Policing Team who submitted the application and who have been fully behind our work throughout 2012.

“Inspector Imray visited Buchanhaven soon after his appointment and took the time to understand what the society intended for the area and since then the whole local policing team have been fully behind the aims and objectives of the local residents.

“This approach clearly shows the determination of Grampian Police to support local communities in delivering a better quality of life for all and since Inspector Imray’s arrival there has been a close working relationship forged between the society and the local policing team to benefit the wider community.

“Due to their kind donation it means the society can deliver more exhibitions and events in 2013 and beyond and we will ensure a plaque is installed in the centre to commemorate the support that Grampian Police provided in its final few months of existence, before it becomes part of the new Single Force for Scotland.”