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!

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.

Or if you like something stronger
05/09/2018

Or if you like something stronger

For the beer lovers
05/09/2018

For the beer lovers

Cigarette cards.
29/08/2018

Cigarette cards.

Who remembers these?
22/08/2018

Who remembers these?

And our latest addition.
15/08/2018

And our latest addition.

Time on your hands? Come and pay us a visit.
15/08/2018

Time on your hands? Come and pay us a visit.

Come and take a walk down memory lane....
08/08/2018

Come and take a walk down memory lane....

Gordon Castle Estate
02/08/2018

Gordon Castle Estate

In 26th November 1914 the normal ebb and flow of country life at Gordon Castle came to an end. On this day, the Duke handed the Castle and grounds over to the British Red Cross for the duration of the war and it became a Volunteer Auxiliary Defence (VAD) Hospital.

Over the next four-and-a-half years thousands of badly wounded soldiers from across the British Empire, men who had served in the mud sodden and shell torn trenches of France and Belgium, would find a safe haven here.

Staffed only by a small body of dedicated professionals, the great deeds achieved by Gordon Castle VAD Hospital in repairing the lives and limbs of these war worn and shattered men depended heavily upon the generosity and support of the Gordon Lennox family and the people of Moray and Banffshire. Mirrored across the land, it was this voluntary effort and spirit of self-sacrifice that ‘kept the home fires burning’ during the darkest days of ‘the war to end all wars’.

Read about our full history this #throwbackthursday https://www.gordoncastle.co.uk/our-story/history/

22/07/2018

If anyone took a " selfie" at our stall today.....please share with us.

Come along to the Heritage stall tomorrow and take a "selfie" wearing a hat from our wonderful collection.
21/07/2018

Come along to the Heritage stall tomorrow and take a "selfie" wearing a hat from our wonderful collection.

Photos scanned from a Northern Scot publication from 2002.... with apologies for the poor quality of the pictures.
19/07/2018

Photos scanned from a Northern Scot publication from 2002.... with apologies for the poor quality of the pictures.

With kind permission of Stuart Inverdarroch Livingstone
16/07/2018

With kind permission of Stuart Inverdarroch Livingstone

Budding artist paid us a visit.
13/07/2018

Budding artist paid us a visit.

These photos were taken by Kate Reid this morning from above Boghead Farm.  Different from the usual views of our lovely...
07/07/2018

These photos were taken by Kate Reid this morning from above Boghead Farm. Different from the usual views of our lovely village.

Lovely comment on one of our schoolroom slates last week....
30/06/2018

Lovely comment on one of our schoolroom slates last week....

02/06/2018

Today we have reason to feel proud.
Fochabers Heritage is one of four voluntary groups in Moray to receive The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2018.
The others are Moray HandyPerson Service, Moravia and Step by Step in Moray.
Our volunteers aim to preserve the historical legacy of the village and surrounding area and this is a wonderful accolade for all their hard work.

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Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre
Fochabers
IV32 7DX

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Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

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