Let there be light at Buchanhaven Pier


Buchanhaven Heritage Society has announced that last week saw the final action from its community action plan of 2012 being undertaken.

New lighting has been erected along the prom between the historic harbour and Birnie Bridge.

The plan was formed at the end of 2012 with support from the Buchan Development Partnership following a Planning for Real event which encouraged locals and visitors to the area to say what they liked about the area and what would improve the conservation area and prom.

During the following months the actions were cleared with support from various partners and included the installation of new seasonal flower tubs and baskets, the removal of a bench which was a source of anti social behaviour, bins on the prom area and the installation of new railings, with support provided from the coastal erosion team.

The final piece of the plan was the installation of the lights and it is hoped this will encourage the continued use of the area by walkers, joggers and cyclists throughout the whole year.

In addition to the action plan delivery, the society is well known for its events and exhibitions at the former community centre and these attract large crowds and include a wide age range, thereby supporting intergenerational activities.

The centre also sees active classes in knitting and crochet on Monday evenings, the Craigewan Camera Club on Tuesday evenings and an active arts class on Wednesdays.

Last year the centre was also the focus for visitors from the U.S.A and Australia as the society’s work brought folk from abroad to the home of their ancestors.

2014 will now see another year of great activities at the centre with the first general exhibition being a huge success and attracting large crowds and bringing the centre alive again.

The next event will be the return of the popular Vintage Tea on March 22 between 1-4pm.

This event always attracts large crowds and this time all proceeds will go towards supporting a young local resident who has to raise £4,000 to go on the World Challenge.

This challenge is known to be life-changing, so the society felt it was important to do all it can to support this work.

At the event you will also be able to get your tickets for the Scottish Evening planned for April 26.

Stovies, sweets and an evening of traditional music will be provided by young local talent, so hurry along and collect your tickets, as there are only 60 available.

They will be charged at £5 per head with all proceeds going towards the development of the centre.

Other exciting developments are on the cards for the centre and the area for 2014 and beyond and these will be announced in the near future.

Society vice-chair Elizabeth Milne said: “We are delighted to see the action plan now complete, but this will not mean we are about to sit back and relax.

“The real changes are about to take place and we are excited to once again be working with the Development Trust Association for Scotland during this process.

“The society will do all they possibly can to support the changes identified by local people to the area and we look forward to welcoming all to our events in 2014.”