Rotary boost for sports village project

Ken Lennox presents the cheque to Rebecca Glansbeek
Ken Lennox presents the cheque to Rebecca Glansbeek

Banchory Rotary Club has given a major boost to the Banchory Sports Village.

The project is the main charity to benefit to the tune of £14,000 from the club’s annual Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally.

The popular rally was held at Milton of Crathes on May 29.

Good weather brought a record turnout and record net takings as visitors turned out in large numbers to see an impressive display of 300 vintage, classic and collectors’ cars and motorcycles.

Last Wednesday club past president Ken Lennox presented a cheque for £14,000 to Rebecca Glansbeek, of the sports village fundraising committee, who was delighted with the donation.

Mrs Glansbeek told club members: “Well over £600,000 has been raised by the committee so far, and we’re within sight of our £700,000 target.

“We understand the project will be submitted for planning permission later this summer which should enable a start on construction work early next year.”

The Rotary club also made donations from the rally to several local clubs and charities.

These included Banchory Boys Football Club, Banchory Girl Guides, Banchory First Responders, Aberdeenshire Salutes, Finzean School of Piping, the Forget-Me-Not Club and the Helambu Charity Project.

Mr Lennox said: “Overall, Banchory Rotary raised £30,000 for local and some national good causes in the last twelve months.

“If you’d like to put something back into your community, Banchory Rotary extends a welcome to new members.” He added that people could find out about the club’s activities and contact details via its website and Facebook page.

The Rotary contribution comes after the sports village recently learned it was set to receive a cash boost from the 2016 Summer Marquee Ball.

The leading Deeside social event, which was held at the Raemoir House Hotel last month, was expected to have raised more than £30,000 for the sports village project.