New book looks back on Deeside rural’s long history

Janie Mutch
Janie Mutch

A Deeside woman has put pen to paper, chronicling the near ninety years of history of a local W.R.I group which was one of the oldest in the area.

Former member of Tilquhillie and District WRI Janie Mutch has written ”Days Gone Bye: 1923-2010 Rural Life” and will be signing copies at the Banchory branch of W.H Smith this Saturday (November 9) from 10am until 12 noon.

The rural branch closed in 2010 due to a lack of members.

Ms Mutch came across some achieves and decided to put them into a book so that the institute’s history is not forever lost.

Ms Mutch said: “In the cupboard was all the records from 1934 onwards. Having been a member for almost 60 years, and my Grandma Pirrie being an original member I was most interested so took them all home to read.

What she discovered was fascinating: “I was fascinated reading about past times, of people, what had been done, and felt that this history shouldn’t be lost.”

The book tells of the rural’s history during the War, a time of “Yanks, concerts, dances and Burn’s suppers” and of all the times spent at the Knappach Hall.

The rural once boasted 26 members but was down ten by its last meeting in June 2010.

Priced at £7.99 the book is available locally.

All proceeds will be donated to the British Heart Foundation Scotland.