The McCorquodale Hall was used as the boy’s dining room at the orphanage. It was a rather splendid hall and was used also for dances, film shows and other social events. The benefactors were Mr & Mrs George McCorquodale who lived at Dalchroy, now known as Tulchan Lodge. St Margaret’s was delighted to welcome Edmund Wood, a great-grandson, and Richard Heywood, a great-nephew, to the dedication service. Mrs Mary Heywood was also present as was George Knight, who in his youth had been resident for 10 years at the orphanage.
L-R Edmund Wood, Richard Heywood, George Knight, Mary Heywood, Nicola Irwin, Kath Davies, Rev Roy Vincent and Daphne Laity
Speyside Visitor Centre
The Speyside Visitor centre at the old station in the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour has a new website, www.speysidevisitorcentre.scot, if you require to contact them, their email address is email@example.com .
Highland Games Review
The Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games on 3rd August had a large crowd in exceptional weather with good attendance at the Heavy and Light events as well as a good number of dancers competing.
Highland Games and associated events – Aberlour 31st July to 3rd August
Wednesday 31st July – Aberlour Village Party in the Alice Littler Park, 2-4 pm
Friday 2nd August – It’s a Knockout in the Alice Littler Park, from 6:30 pm
Saturday 2rd August – Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games Dancing competitions from 11am
Rotary Dog Show – The Doggie Do, in Aberlour 14th June 2019
Aberlour and Speyside Rotary Club is organising a fun dog show from 5pm to 7:30pm in the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour. Please come along and enter your pet, there are a number of unusual categories which your pet will definitely fit into.
Antiques Valuation Day 25/05/19 in St Margarets Church, Aberlour
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Opening Ceremony of the River Spey took place on Monday 11 February 2019 and was opened by James Walker.
Local boy becomes a celebrity at Pride of Sport Awards in London
Charlie Kennedy, a primary school pupil from Aberlour was interviewing sports people and celebrities at the Pride of Sport Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, following winning a competition sponsored by the TSB. He is seen below speaking to Jermain Defoe.
Aberlour Christmas Market/Lights Turn on
A Christmas Market was held in the Square in Aberlour on Thursday 7th December. Numerous stalls were on the grass outside and a number of craft stalls were in the neighbouring church.
Exhibition in Speyside Visitor Centre to mark the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War – daily from 1.30pm ends on Sunday afternoon 18/11/18
Some of the pictures and items on display
New Shop in the village
The Speyside Whisky Shop has opened and is based at 110a High Street, Aberlour selling a wide range of Malts and Gins. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aberlour Highland Games
The 75th Aberlour Highland Games took place on Saturday 4th August and was well attended by locals and tourists from all around the world. 7 Pipe bands took part along with the heavyweight events, track and field and the highland dancing. A new feature added this year was the 10 mile hill race loop from Aberlour to Dufftown and back. Be sure to put the date for attending in your diary for next year – Saturday 3rd August 2019.
A Bank Machine is now operational outside the Gather’n Cafe in Aberlour Square .
The Gather’n Café incorporating the Three Bags Wool Shop has opened in the Square in Aberlour. The Café is located in the premises formerly occupied by the Clydesdale Bank and follows an extensive refurbishment.
CONTACT THE ELDERLY HOPES TO LAUNCH IN ABERLOUR
A charity which offers tea, cake and friendship to older people is hoping to launch a group in Aberlour as it expands its presence in Moray.
Contact the Elderly recently launched its first Moray group in Elgin and is developing a group Forres.
Aberlour’s Station Tea Room has offered to host the monthly Sunday afternoon get-togethers when it is open for the summer months. The charity needs to attract guests and volunteer drivers, as well as hosts for the autumn and winter months.
Denise Robson, Development Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:
“We are incredibly humbled by the generous offer from the Station Tea Room and would love to get a group launched in Aberlour to offer a vital lifeline of friendship to older people who live alone in the area.
“We are encouraging the communities in and around to Aberlour to help us make this group a reality. Are you, or do you know, an older person who lives alone who would enjoy a bit of a blether over a tasty afternoon tea? Do you have a few hours to spare once a month and a car to accompany an older person to the tea parties? Do you have a few hours even just once a year to open your home to a group making an immeasurable difference to the lives of older people locally?
“If the answer to any of these questions is yes then please consider getting in touch and helping us expand Contact the Elderly’s outreach in Moray.”
An older person is collected by the same volunteer driver each month who joins them at the free, informal and friendly get-togethers. A host welcomes the group of around eight people into their home once or twice a year, providing an afternoon tea and a warm welcome.
In Forres, Contact the Elderly is also trying to recruit additional guests, as well as volunteer drivers and hosts.
To find out more about becoming a guest or volunteer of Contact the Elderly in Moray, contact email@example.com or 01542 285010 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk.
See below for start of the Spey fishing season opening ceremony which took place on Monday 12th February.
The Spey Salmon fishing season starts on Monday February 12th. The Opening ceremony will be at 9am on the Victoria Footbridge, Aberlour, pictured below.
Winter arrived in Aberlour over the festive season, with temperatures as low as minus 8 degrees C in the village at one point. Above is a picture of the Victoria Footbridge over the river Spey in Aberlour.
An exhibition of Aberlour Orphanage was opened at St. Margarets Church, Aberlour on Remembrance Sunday by the Lord Luitenant of Banffshire, Claire Russell of Ballindalloch.
A new driving route the NORTHEST250, passes through Aberlour as one of the points in the route. Spectacular scenery is promised as it stretches from Speyside to Aberdeen following coastal roads from Spey Bay to Aberdeen, then returns to Speyside via the Deeside road and the famous Cockbridge / Tomintoul pass. Further information can be found by clicking the link above.
First major snowfall of the season came to Ben Rinnes behind Aberlour at the weekend 11th/12th November with snow covering most of the hill.
Remembrance services were held on Sunday 12th November in Aberlour Parish Church and St. Margaret’s church in Aberlour. The services were well attended and the day coincided with the launch of Aberlour Orphanage display at St. Margaret’s Church
8th November in the Fleming Hall is an exhibition by Fred Olsen Renewables about the proposals for the Paul’s Hill Windfarm II from 3:30pm to 8:30pm. Residents can attend to find out more about the development.
It’s that time again! Please join us at our annual Aberlour Christmas Market full of many beautiful handmade items, delicious food, friends, fun, raffles and Santa!
Come find us at the Aberlour Square and church. Get your Christmas shopping finished and reward yourself with a lovely gourmet burger, a hot cup of something yummy and a cake. Friday 8th December from 4-8pm
Stalls available on a first come, first served basis. £10 a stall plus a kind donation of an item for our charity raffle. Please message Aberlour & Speyside Rotary via Facebook to reserve a stall.
Please be aware that some stalls will be outside (in tents) in the Square. Thank you!!
A new Chinese takeaway food establishment has opened in the village, the Plum Garden in the square, Aberlour.
Local saddler Charlie Gammack was interviewed for the Out of Doors programme on Radio Scotland about his career. The program was broadcast on 30th September but is unfortunately no longer available on iPlayer radio.
The Aberlour and Speyside Highland Games was held in the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour on Saturday 4th August. A fine day of competitions and 7 pipe bands were seen by the crowd. Some photos below:
On 12th June, local celebrity/buisnessman Charlie Gammack will be giving a talk on over 150 years of Gammack’s Saddler’s shop in Aberlour Library at 7pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
Jim Sievwright with his 20lb+ salmon
Lynn Sutherland with her 20lb plus salmon from Aberlour.
Wind Farm funding – Local clubs and community groups are invited to apply for funding through the Paul’s Hill Wind Farm Fund. Contact email@example.com for application form.
14/03/17 – The Spring show was held in Aberlour Fleming Hall on Saturday the 11th March, it was well attended with a good entry of flowers and crafts.
28/02/17 – A new hairdresser’s shop has opened on Aberlour High Street. Lush Hair is operating from 28 High Street, Aberlour.
The Fishing season on the River Spey was opened by Angus Robertson, MP in Aberlour on Saturday 11th February. Heavy snowfall didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and a good crowd turned out.
Aberlour celebrated the New Year with an impressive Fireworks display which could be viewed from the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour.
Following the closure of the Bank of Scotland branch in Aberlour, the Bank of Scotland have introduced a mobile bank service, for opening times see this link.
Aberlour’s Christmas lights were turned on, on the 24th November with well attended events both in the Parish Church and in the High School. As well as a Christmas tree / light display in the Square, the village has lights along the length of the High Street.
Thursday 24th November, Aberlour is open for late night shopping and will incorporate the turning on of the Christmas lights display.
We must sadly report the death of Aberlour resident, Dr John Caldwell, aged 93, who served as a GP in the area for many years, his father having also been a doctor in Aberlour. He will be missed in the village and was a long term member of the Church of Scotland.
The 2016 Speyside Kiltwalk took place on Sunday 14th August, there were 3 levels – the 26 mile walk from Buckie, the 16 miles from Fochabers and a 5.5 mile return trip to Craigellachie with all participants finishing in Aberlour. The event was blessed by good weather and all attendees, dressed in tartan, were raising money for Scotland’s children’s charities.
Aberlour’s Highland Games was held on Saturday 6th August 2016 and was a great success with over 4200 attending with many overseas visitors. The day had the traditional heavy event, athletic (Light) events along with the spectacle of massed pipe bands, highland dancers, tug of war, pets parade and children’s races. A big thank you to all everyone who took part, the organisers and all the visitors who attended.
The Games weekend also included a couple of great gigs in the marquee, traditional Highland band, the Elephant Sessions, supported by Chris Grant played on the Friday night and on Saturday night Flashback Heroes performed, supported by Gordon James.
Aberlour planning for real , have a look at the 3d map and see if you can find your home .
Details can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Aberlour-Planning-for-Real-740348436095209/
If so, this event on the 12th May in Elgin is for you.
With workshops on different funding streams and suggestions for creating bids this day is an invaluable tool for any fundraisers.
Register here for free: https://morayfundraising2016.eventbrite.co.uk
Aberlour 73rd Highland Games will be held on Saturday 6th August, 2016
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Call for volunteers to provide help at the Speyside Way Visitor Centre in Aberlour
As you may be aware, Moray Council has withdrawn funding from the Speyside Way Visitor Centre. The Centre is situated beside the Old Station Tearoom to the south of the Alice Littler Park, fronting onto the River Spey. It has remained closed all this summer and there have been many complaints from visitors and locals about the loss of this excellent facility. The Aberlour Community Association and the Speyside Area Forum have been working together to investigate ways of opening this Centre next summer and making it an outstanding asset for Speyside.
The most likely outcome is that the Centre will be open next year during the late spring, summer and early autumn months to provide information for both visitors and locals about the Speyside Way, walking paths and other outdoor activities. It will also provide information on tourist attractions, accommodation, eating places and shops as well as about the history, wildlife and the way that the land of Speyside is used.
It is proposed that the centre would be manned by volunteers who would assist at the centre for a morning or afternoon during the week. The aim would be to develop a rota of volunteers so that there would not be too high a level of commitment. Knowledge of the local area, walking and outdoor activities would be useful but training would be given on providing information on these areas and how to ensure that those visiting the centre had an enjoyable experience. If you would be interested in helping next summer, could you please leave a message on the Aberlour Community Association Facebook page or contact:
- Jim Hart on 810889 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hugh Fraser on 871600 or email@example.com
- Bill Burgess on 810683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be helpful to have responses form volunteers by early January so that they can be involved in developing the project if they so wish.
Aberlour Sewer Flooding Alleviation Works
Updated September 2013 Scottish Water will be carrying out works around the town over the next six months. The letter from Scottish Water which was sent to local businesses and residents and a PDF plan of the work can be viewed by clicking on the links below. (The map is easier to read on a computer screen than the version that came in the post because you can zoom into areas that interest you. ) 400946 Aberlour Sewer flooding Alleviation Pre-start letter Traffic Management GA Rev 0 (2)