Heritage society fully focused on the future

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Following a full review of the Buchanhaven Heritage Society and its original community action plan, the team are now fully focused on the next stage of their journey.

One of the most beautiful areas in Peterhead, the conservation area and prom between the historic harbour and Birnie Bridge will again see work carried out by the society to benefit the original village and surrounding area, with significant emphasis going towards the former school that was the catalyst for change in late 2012.

Staying true to its original vision ‘Learning from our heritage, to deliver a model community, to resolve social and economic needs, while respecting the unique ecology of Buchanhaven’ the society is well placed to support the next stage of development.

Society members, who are all local residents, have seen a steady growth in attendance levels for events and exhibitions, have completed all tasks set out by the community within their first action plan and have shown a positive way forward in relation to how development trusts should operate.

As well as events and exhibitions, the team hosts evening classes in knitting and crochet; art and crafts and support the Craigewan Photographic Club.

Fitness classes have also recently started for all age groups and every class is showing steady growth and development.

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In addition to the work in the centre, the local environment has also benefited, with society members planting hundreds of daffodil bulbs on the slope near the Salmon Bothy, flower baskets and tubs near the historic harbour are now in place, new railings and lamp posts have been installed and with this a significant increase in walking, cycling and jogging has been noted set against the backdrop of the beautiful natural environment of the Craigewan Sands.

In addition to the outdoor activities the area supports, there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen and the ecology of the area is second to none.

Phase two of their work will focus on all elements and sets the scene for their latest promotion of the area by supporting a brochure to be circulated across the country called “Bonnie Buchanhaven”.

This brochure will soon be available and will encompass all that the area is renowned for and more.

Linked to the heritage of the village and promoting what the area has to offer it is sure to be a huge success and follows on from their first successful publication “Buchanhaven Volume I” which sold out within two days last year. Volume II is already underway and it is hoped to have this available for sale before Christmas 2014, so if you are looking for that special Christmas Gift bear this in mind.

2014 and beyond looks set to see Buchanhaven as the area for people to visit and live in with the increased footfall sure to support the local economy.

This Saturday, July 26, also sees the return of the popular Buchanhaven Gala and will no doubt attract large crowds, with the money raised going to local good causes.

This small former fishing village certainly has a large heart and to host two well-established groups supporting local needs and wishes is a great example of how a community can work together for the good of all.

Society chair, Alex Geddes, said: “We are delighted with progress to date, however there is much still to do and as we work more closely with the Buchanhaven Harbour Committee feel certain the wider community will benefit.

“The response from visitors to the centre and local businesses to our work has been inspiring and we hope to develop this further during stage two of our overall plan.

“We look forward to seeing Buchanhaven develop further and would welcome the chance to speak to groups or individuals keen to share our vision for the area.”