THE Buchanhaven Heritage Society is celebrating after its first full week of a ‘test run’ of initiatives planned for the former Buchanhaven School.
During Scottish Week, more than 1,000 residents and visitors called into the old school on Ugie Road to see a mix of heritage events and a special art exhibition and sale.
The first few days saw a mix of old photographs, old items from a classroom from the past, coopers’ tools and a genuine oak barrel. There were also old fishing implements and a demonstration on how creels are made, along with a marine life interactive display for youngsters, staged by Aberdeenshire Council’s Ranger Service.
Other items included a former divers helmet used by one of the divers who built the breakwater and a British Empire Medal won by Elsie Cassie for her services to the community and devotion to duty.
Following the heritage events, the old school was transformed into an art exhibiton and sale. More than 100 paintings were on display and the sales were brisk as locals and visitors enjoyed the local talent on display. There were demonstrations by George Strachan and Ann Watson and for the young Isobel Gregory gave a display on making jewellery. Another exhibition and sale is planned for the end of October and the society plans to be part of the North East Open Studios event and the Coast Festival in 2013.
Society chairman, Alex Geddes, said: “We were delighted at the support shown for these events and the attendance level clearly shows a demand for our proposal. Some of the comments from the visitors were very encouraging and witnessing some of the reunions of old friends was quite emotional for all.
“This is the first time we have tested the concept for a whole week and it has left me in doubt we are going in the right direction. The community planning event held in May of this year gave us a clear indication of what the community want and since then we have strived to put their requests into delivery mode and the response this week has shown our work behind the scenes has been appreciated and what can be done by listening to the community then putting it into tangible events.”