Donside public hall renovated

A community hall in one of Donside’s smallest village’s has undergone renovation.

The tiny population (60 people at the 2011 UK census) of Glenbuchat, Strathdon, saw their 19th century hall undergo a facelift recently.

The Hall was built in 1899 by the people of the village and has been maintained ever since by Glenbuchat residents and their friends.

In a statement, Jennifer Carter of the Glenbuchat Hall Community Association expressed their thanks to those who helped with the work:”...we would like to express our thanks to those who have given us financial support : Aberdeenshire Council, Awards for All Scotland, the AF Wallace Charity Trust, Cairngorms Local Action Group, the Marr Area Partnership, the Co-Operative Membership Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Upper Deeside Charitable Trust.”

To celebrate the achievement the village is getting into the party spirit.

On Saturday May 18, there will be a party, with live music from fiddler Jonny Hardie and others, to celebrate the reopening of the Hall after three months’ renovation work.

Jennifer added: “There will certainly be more than 60 people there, as the Glen has many former residents, and friends from round about, who like to stay in touch with the Glenbuchat community.”