Fochabers Heritage

Fochabers Heritage Fochabers Heritage comprises a small group of visionaries who thought that wanting to achieve something was enough to get a result!

Great photo from Gordon Castle's page showing the pipers standing in front of the curling pond pavilion
09/04/2020

Great photo from Gordon Castle's page showing the pipers standing in front of the curling pond pavilion

Tbt The image is of Pipe Major Ronald MacKenzie with his pupil John Grant - Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers circa 1898-99 by the curling pond hut.

Fochabers Sports
08/04/2020

Fochabers Sports

For those who are isolated in these uncertain times, here is a selection of photographs taken in 2012 for the Heritage T...
28/03/2020

For those who are isolated in these uncertain times, here is a selection of photographs taken in 2012 for the Heritage Trail

For those who are isolated in these uncertain times, here is a selection of photographs taken in 2012 for the Heritage Trail

17/03/2020

Hi all, because of the ongoing situation with Coved-19 we will have to delay the opening of the Museum for the 2020 season. Our AGM on the 24th of March has also been cancelled. We will keep you fully updated and notify you of and changes. Stay safe and keep well.

Come and get your Christmas sleigh ride photograph taken at the Heritage Museum between 1400 and 1530 on Saturday 30th. ...
28/11/2019

Come and get your Christmas sleigh ride photograph taken at the Heritage Museum between 1400 and 1530 on Saturday 30th. All welcome.

1st Fochabers Scout Group in camp at Millbuies in September 1979
08/10/2019

1st Fochabers Scout Group in camp at Millbuies in September 1979

Fochabers Mutual Improvement Association
06/10/2019

Fochabers Mutual Improvement Association

This Tuesday 8th October, Rebecca Watts is giving a talk about Fantastic Fungi, Flies, Feathers and Fluff of the Cairngorms National Park @ The Christie Room in Fochabers Public Institute at 7.30 pm. All welcome

04/10/2019

We have had a great year and many visitors from all over the world. We are now closed for the season. Thank you all for your support throughout the year.

Spey Bridge in the 1940s
14/09/2019

Spey Bridge in the 1940s

Milne's 9th June 1962....
14/09/2019

Milne's 9th June 1962....

After much discussion and head scratching our Land girl has been christened PEARL....... (We picked the name out of her ...
14/08/2019

After much discussion and head scratching our Land girl has been christened PEARL....... (We picked the name out of her hat) She may be a pearl, but only one of the many jewels we have in our award winning Heritage Centre and Museum. Alison Smith come along and see your great aunt soon.

Latest Land Army recruit. Do we have a name for her?
15/07/2019

Latest Land Army recruit. Do we have a name for her?

Fochabers Heritage's cover photo
09/06/2019

Fochabers Heritage's cover photo

They came looking for a stable home in Fochabers Folk Museum - aren't they beautiful?
09/06/2019

They came looking for a stable home in Fochabers Folk Museum - aren't they beautiful?

Fochabers Village Association
31/05/2019

Fochabers Village Association

The member organisations of Moray Heritage Connections are running a showcase event on Sunday 9th June from noon until 4...
29/05/2019

The member organisations of Moray Heritage Connections are running a showcase event on Sunday 9th June from noon until 4pm at Llanbryde Community Challenge Hall, open to all. Morayvia will be bringing along a plane cockpit for display.

David Mackay, convenor of the group, advises that “This event will be a great way of discovering attractions, things to do on your own door step, in fair weather and foul, and a good way of gathering ideas for days out over the summer holidays.
Please come along and see what your local area has to offer"

Just some of the wonderful photographs from our "Dallachy Strike Wing" files
04/05/2019

Just some of the wonderful photographs from our "Dallachy Strike Wing" files

Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre will open for the 2019 season on Easter Saturday, 20th April.  Come along and ...
06/04/2019

Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre will open for the 2019 season on Easter Saturday, 20th April. Come along and explore!

MEETING TONIGHT AT ABOUT FLOWER SHOW!!Fochabers Flower Show was established in 1948. The Commander A Gordon Lennox Cup -...
27/03/2019

MEETING TONIGHT AT ABOUT FLOWER SHOW!!

Fochabers Flower Show was established in 1948. The Commander A Gordon Lennox Cup - for most points in the Vegetable Section was won by Peter Glass. Over the years was an important date in the Village calendar. Sadly, as with a lot of events, it fell into abeyance in 2004.

However, things always come full circle and with the beautiful hall we now have, Fochabers Village Association are looking to see if there is enough interest to re-instate the Flower Show.

If you are a green fingered gardener or a budding one, are crafty minded or a whizz in the kitchen, we need your help.

A meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 8pm in The Hub at the Institute and we would be delighted to see you if you would like to see the Flower Show re-instated.

Remember it's Fochabers Heritage's AGM tomorrow in the museum at 11.30.  All welcome!
25/03/2019

Remember it's Fochabers Heritage's AGM tomorrow in the museum at 11.30. All welcome!

Some photos from 2012, most of them will have been on this page before...
19/03/2019

Some photos from 2012, most of them will have been on this page before...

14/03/2019
Trawling through the archives - here are more photos from 2007...
16/02/2019

Trawling through the archives - here are more photos from 2007...

The Fountain - the iconic heart of The Square.  These photos were taken in 2007 by Kate Reid.  The historic information ...
16/02/2019

The Fountain - the iconic heart of The Square. These photos were taken in 2007 by Kate Reid. The historic information is courtesy of the Scottish Ironwork website.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden
31/01/2019

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Today's #throwbackthursday is dedicated to a good friend of ours.

For sixty-seven years Willie Robertson tended to the garden and there is nothing much he doesn’t know about it. Willie is as much part of this garden as the walls themselves.

It was Willie, as Head Gardener, who carried out the vision Geordie and Nan Gordon Lennox had for commercial soft fruit production here and his knowledge of the soft fruit and trees is second-to-none.

Here is Willie and friends pictured in the garden. Thank you Willie for taking such good care of our garden👏👏

Some photos from 2010 and 2011 during the building of the by-pass.  Some of us have forgotten how difficult it was movin...
28/01/2019

Some photos from 2010 and 2011 during the building of the by-pass. Some of us have forgotten how difficult it was moving about quickly with so much construction going on all around us!

Milne's High School trip to Greece 1980 with Mrs Emslie - tag if you see yourself!
09/01/2019

Milne's High School trip to Greece 1980 with Mrs Emslie - tag if you see yourself!

Merry Christmas to all our page followers. Hope you all have a wonderful day.
24/12/2018

Merry Christmas to all our page followers. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Fochabers Heritage's cover photo
19/11/2018

Fochabers Heritage's cover photo

The Rockset Choir
13/11/2018

The Rockset Choir

A wee photo from the WW1 concert onSunday 11th Nov. Lots of wonderful comments about the whole "Just Imagine Peace" concert. Well done everyone. Thanks to Mark Williamson Photography Fochabers for the photo.

Fantastic night. Well worth all the hard work.
12/11/2018

Fantastic night. Well worth all the hard work.

Note to those coming to our event, 'Just Imagine Peace' on Sunday.  You can either meet in The Square at 7pm to hear the...
09/11/2018

Note to those coming to our event, 'Just Imagine Peace' on Sunday. You can either meet in The Square at 7pm to hear the church bells ringing and follow Robbie up the High Street to the Institute, or come directly to the hall at 7pm. The choice is yours! The Institute and Bellie Church will be open from 3 - 5pm so that you can see the Armistice Centerary exhibitions on show.

Busy preparations for Sunday's "Just Imagine Peace".
06/11/2018

Busy preparations for Sunday's "Just Imagine Peace".

Lighting up The Institute in the run up to Remembrance Day - Poppy Scotland
02/11/2018

Lighting up The Institute in the run up to Remembrance Day - Poppy Scotland

"Just Imagine Peace" - don't forget Fochabers Heritage's event on Sunday the 11th November in the Institute.  There will...
31/10/2018

"Just Imagine Peace" - don't forget Fochabers Heritage's event on Sunday the 11th November in the Institute. There will be a display in the meeting room at the front of the hall to complement the event; this will be open from 3 - 5pm on the 11th November.

Netsmen on the Spey c 1920
18/10/2018

Netsmen on the Spey c 1920

"Go Sober for October"? At the beginning of WW1, military personel were encouraged to take the pledge for the whole of t...
14/10/2018

"Go Sober for October"? At the beginning of WW1, military personel were encouraged to take the pledge for the whole of the war. Do you think they realised it would last for 4 years?

It seems strange to us nowadays when houses have at least one bathroom, that as recently as 70 or so years ago, very few...
03/10/2018

It seems strange to us nowadays when houses have at least one bathroom, that as recently as 70 or so years ago, very few people had inside toilet facilities. The Duke had the public bathhouse built In Castle Street for the use of the local people. It contained four baths and it is said to have cost one penny for a cold bath but two pennies on a Saturday for a hot bath. Towels were supplied. The photo shows caretaker John Douglas at the left of the house with Mrs Douglas and daughter Lizzie in 1910

Fochabers Folk Museum closed to the public at the weekend but we are still working on "Just Imagine Peace", our November...
03/10/2018

Fochabers Folk Museum closed to the public at the weekend but we are still working on "Just Imagine Peace", our November 11th event, an evening of Remembrance with songs, poems and stories and a simple supper thrown in, all for £10. Tickets available at Christie's Chemist.

Tonight at the Institute starting at 7.30pm:-Helen Milne Productions in association with Mull Theatre present Islander -...
26/09/2018

Tonight at the Institute starting at 7.30pm:-
Helen Milne Productions in association with Mull Theatre present Islander - A New Musical

Eilidh has never left her island. Every day is the same. Same chores, same people, same conversations. She stands on the cliffs and dreams of the Bigland over the sea.

Then one day a strange girl from faraway arrives on the Island - and with her, events that will change Eilidh's life forever.

Boldly exploring themes of conflict, migration and identity, Islander is for everyone 8 years and older. Blending dramatic action, epic storytelling and a cappella song, the performers live-record and layer their voices with looping technology to create a feast for the ears and imagination.

Only one week to go here at the museum (we close on Sunday 30th September) but for any urgent inquiry we can always be c...
24/09/2018

Only one week to go here at the museum (we close on Sunday 30th September) but for any urgent inquiry we can always be contacted on this page. In the meantime we continue working on our November 11th event, an evening of Remembrance with songs, poems and stories and a simple supper thrown in, all for £10. Tickets available at the Heritage Centre any day this week or any Tuesday morning after this week.

Scotavia Images
23/09/2018

Scotavia Images

The mouth of the River Spey where its rapid race to the sea ends.In the foreground is the Tugnet ice house.Recently acquired by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, please call for details ahead of making any plans to visit:

01249 449500

Reputedly the largest industrial ice house in Scotland, Tugnet Ice House nestles between the River Spey and the Moray Firth at the mouth of the Spey. This spectacular building is open to the public free of charge, and you are welcome to walk through its six chambers and appreciate the spectacular vaulted brick ceiling. Once the focus of a thriving coastal salmon fishery, the building is now preserved as a reminder of this past prosperity. At the height of the salmon fishery, it was used to store river ice throughout the year, which was packed with the salmon to preserve them on their long journey to market. The Speyside Way long distance walk ends at Tugnet and a variety of wildlife can be seen here at any time. The nearby Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, which looks after visitor interests at the ice house day-to-day, offers shop and refreshment facilities, and exhibitions on local wildlife.

Fochabers before the by-pass
20/09/2018

Fochabers before the by-pass

As you may know Fochabers Heritage won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June this year.  It was a huge boost t...
10/09/2018
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

As you may know Fochabers Heritage won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June this year. It was a huge boost to all our wonderful volunteers to have their hard work recognised.
Could you nominate a group like ours for a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service?
If so please nominate at qavs.direct.gov.uk/ before Friday 14th September?

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

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If you've done any local or family history research, you might have come across the problem of shifting county boundaries. Come along to our November talk to find out more about the changes which have affected Banffshire's boundaries over the years. All welcome!
Do you have ancestors who lived on the Banffshire coast? Would you like to find out more about their occupations? Just come along to our talk on Saturday at St. Rufus Hall in Keith. All welcome!
If you have ancestral connections to Enzie, Rathven or Seafield parishes, why not come along and find out how they earned a living?
The Enzie district of Banffshire has a unique identity and history. There can be few people who know it better than Professor Peter Reid, who will be giving a talk on this subject to Banffshire Field Club on Saturday 10th November. As usual, the venue is St. Rufus Hall in Keith. The talk, which begins at 2.15pm, will be followed by refreshments.
We are currently in Scotland for a family reunion and plan on visiting Fochabers tomorrow. We have travelled from all over the world to piece together our family history. . My Grandfather Charles Bruce lived in Fochabers from 1920-1928. He lived with his Grandparents Robert Bruce and Sophia Jane Mitchell (Bruce). He also lived with Eileen Bruce at Firlands. He went to school in the village during this period. We are seeking any photots/information that anyone may have regarding this time or these people. If anyone has anything to share that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you :)
In Fochabers ... My Grandfather, William A. Legge, on the far right. Photo taken about 1905-1910
Great photos -thank you.
This Month marks the 100th Commemorative year of the Battle for Cambrai... Among the fighting units were the 51st Highland Brigade that included the Gordon and Seaforth Highlanders. The Recruiting area/county for the Seaforths' included the county of Moray. #RGWeeden7thBattSussexRegiment