Local History

Volunteers wanted….

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Volunteer Open Morning at The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven  Lifeboat museum

on Saturday 11th April from 10-12am.     

Join in for a friendly and informal morning to hear all about the project to renovate The Lifeboat House and how you can get involved with this exciting new venture.

The Lifeboat House is largely managed by volunteers and as they embark on our first season open to the public they urgently need more volunteers to help with a range of activities. This could include planning events, welcoming visitors on days the venue is open, organising small exhibitions and working with school groups. They are looking for volunteers with a range of interests and will provide training to suit to ensure a highly rewarding and social experience.

They will be joined on the day by Sandy Stewart from The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, who will be talking about his experience volunteering for over 15 years.

There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the project and the work of the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society as well as a chance to have a chat with a cuppa and fine piece.

The project began after the society was gifted the Lifeboat House in order to store and display a growing collection of photographs and artefacts relating to the heritage of Johnshaven and Benholm. It is hoped the venue will not only provide a place for people to come and enjoy this rich heritage but also an exciting hub for talks, performance, art shows and much more!

If you would like to be involved in this project, they would love to hear from you. They are looking for volunteers to be involved in all aspects of running the heritage hub. Or, if you have memories of life in the Johnshaven and Benholm area which you would be happy to share they would delighted for you to get in touch.

Contact: Donald Marr, Chair of Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society, 01561 361658

Better Late Than Never….

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The Annals of Arbuthnott

Isabella Williamson is one of life’s ‘maker-happeners’.  She’s had to be to keep the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott open and vibrant.  The times have changed and people don’t use village halls in quite the same way as they used to.  This was one of the reasons that she started supporting a group of older residents to document their memories of past times in Arbuthnott.

In this interview, Isabella tells us how the Arbuthnott Reminiscence Group got started and how it fell in alongside  the development of the Grassic Gibbon Centre – both of which are quite outstanding efforts to make sure the local  past is gone but not forgotten.



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Milk Bottles to Postcards: An Interview with Brian Watt

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Brian Watt is the local historian and collector that has contributed the old postcards for this months competition.  We interview him here to find out what he loves about old pictures, what happens at the Grampian Postcard Club and what his council job in Environment Planning involves.

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November’s Old Postcard Competition Launch!

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This month’s K&M Communities Competition will ask you to identify the locations pictured in 10 old Postcards from the Kincardine & Mearns area.

Here’s  first postcard.  Do you know where it is?

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