This year is a very special one for the village of New Deer.
In 2016 the public hall turns 150, while New Deer Community Association celebrates its 60th birthday.
To commemorate the double milestone dates, NDCA has initiated the Planning for Real® process, with support from the Buchan Development Partnership based in Maud, and backing from Aberdeenshire Council.
Previous Planning for Real® consultations were held in 2003 and again in 2007, and were very successful.
As a result of these, the village can boast of a purpose-built All-Weather pitch and new changing rooms – a much needed sports facility which is well used. At the opposite end of the Community Park, the children’s play area has been substantially improved, with equipment to suit all ages. Also, the Public Hall is a now a popular venue for theatre performances and film screenings.
Planning for Real® takes place in the Public Hall over the weekend September 9, 10 and 11.
The timetable is as follows:-
Friday afternoon - primary school children visit the displays; Friday 7pm to 9pm - public consultation.
Saturday 10am to 4pm - public consultation; Saturday evening - film screening.
Sunday 12noon to 4pm - public consultation.
Throughout the weekend there will also be a permanent display of Memorabilia
The theme for the weekend event is “Be part of tomorrow today...how it was, how it is now, and how it may be in the future”.
Downstairs in the hall, The Past is represented. Here, people are invited to browse througha treasure trove of village memories – most of which has been collected by NDCA Trustee and former resident, Sandy Ritchie, but there will be contributions from other sources.
The Present is featured in the small hall upstairs, with displays and exhibitions from local groups and organisations highlighting the positive achievements from previous Planning for Real® exercises. In the large hall upstairs the model of the village is set up, and provides the setting for shaping The Future.
Organisers wish to encourage everyone in the community to have their say. People can contribute their own ideas of how they wish the village to develop.
By taking part in the process they help create a list of realistic and desirable improvements. Quite literally, the future of the community is in their hands.