Events  

 

 

2018

 

July 

 

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd July
Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th July
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th July
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th July

‘Enacting the Past’
The Bede House Excavations on Bennachie

A programme of fieldwork being carried out by the ‘Bennachie Landscapes Fieldwork Group’ is attempting to locate and explore the historically-attested ‘Bede House’ on the Pittodrie Estate. The work is being carried out with the kind permission of Macdonald Hotels who own the estate.  

Bede houses were created to provide refuge for the old and infirm of a parish and date from medieval times. Few have been thoroughly investigated. They were patronised by local lairds; in this case, by the Erskines, who vacated the estate in the mid 19th-century after centuries of involvement in the area. A ‘bedesman/bedeswoman’ was one who prayed for the soul of his or her benefactor and the name comes from the Old English word ‘biddan’ - to pray.  

The exact whereabouts of the Bede House is debateable. Two sites will be examined to search for evidence. The first is that named as the Bede House on Ordnance Survey maps (but might, actually, be the incorrect location!). The other has been revealed by recent LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensing.  

Guided tours of the sites will be available. Dates and times to be confirmed, please email info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk if you are interested.
Directions to the site will be found at the Bennachie Centre or Rowantree car parks.  

People wishing to take part in the excavations will be most welcome. Work will start at 10am and continue till 4.30. Please contact info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk to arrange the days you would like to attend. (Space is limited so booking is essential.) People under 16 years will need to be accompanied by an adult.  

Bennachie Landscapes is a project organised jointly by the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen. It has been running since 2010 and researches the social and natural heritage of Bennachie and its surrounding landscape. 

For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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Monday 23rd July
Bennachie Visitor Centre 7.00pm

BAILIES OF BENNACHIE TRUSTEE MEETING

If you have any issues you would like to be discussed or would like to come along to a meeting please email  info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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Thursday  19th July
Rowantree Carpark, near Chapel of Garioch 11.00am

GUIDED WALK TO BEDE HOUSE EXCAVATION

Free guided tours of the sites are now available so please just turn up in sensible footwear, no booking required. There is a short walk to the site.  Each tour should last about one hour and 30 mins. Dogs are welcome if under control. There is a lot to see at the site!

If you require more information please email info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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Tuesay 24TH July
Bennachie Visitor Centre 11.00am

GUIDED WALK TO BEDE HOUSE EXCAVATION

Free guided tours of the sites are now available so please just turn up in sensible footwear, no booking required. There is a short walk to the site.  Each tour should last about one hour and 30 mins. Dogs are welcome if under control. There is a lot to see at the site!

If you require more information please email info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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                                              August


Thursday 2nd August
Bennachie Visitor Centre 11.00am

GUIDED WALK TO BEDE HOUSE EXCAVATION

Free guided tours of the sites are now available so please just turn up in sensible footwear, no booking required. There is a short walk to the site.  Each tour should last about one hour and 30 mins. Dogs are welcome if under control. There is a lot to see at the site!

If you require more information please email info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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Saturday 4th August
Bennachie Cenre 10am

BAILIES WORK PARTY

We will be tidying round the pond and path work, you should wear appropriate footwear and bring along a packed lunch and waterproofs, tools will be provided.
Please do not bring Dogs to the work party.
For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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Tuesday 7th August
Rowantree Carpark, near Chapel of Garioch 11.00am

GUIDED WALK TO BEDE HOUSE EXCAVATION

Free guided tours of the sites are now available so please just turn up in sensible footwear, no booking required. There is a short walk to the site.  Each tour should last about one hour and 30 mins. Dogs are welcome if under control. There is a lot to see at the site!

If you require more information please email info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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September

 

Saturday 1st September
TBC 10am

BAILIES WORK PARTY

you should wear appropriate footwear and bring along a packed lunch and waterproofs, tools will be provided.
Please do not bring Dogs to the work party.
For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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Monday 3rd September
Bennachie Visitor Centre 7.00pm

BAILIES OF BENNACHIE TRUSTEE MEETING

If you have any issues you would like to be discussed or would like to come along to a meeting please email  info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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October

 

Saturday 6th October
TBC 10am

BAILIES WORK PARTY

you should wear appropriate footwear and bring along a packed lunch and waterproofs, tools will be provided.
Please do not bring Dogs to the work party.
For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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Monday 15th October
Bennachie Visitor Centre 7.00pm

BAILIES OF BENNACHIE TRUSTEE MEETING

If you have any issues you would like to be discussed or would like to come along to a meeting please email  info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk


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November

 

Saturday 3rd November
TBC 10am

BAILIES WORK PARTY

you should wear appropriate footwear and bring along a packed lunch and waterproofs, tools will be provided.
Please do not bring Dogs to the work party.
For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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December

 

Saturday 1st December
TBC 10am

BAILIES WORK PARTY

you should wear appropriate footwear and bring along a packed lunch and waterproofs, tools will be provided.
Please do not bring Dogs to the work party.
For more info please email: info@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

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