News - 2011

December 2011
Merry Christmas 2011
The Bailies of Bennachie would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have had a very busy year with the start of The Bennachie Landscapes Project and it has been really good that so many people are getting involved. We have...
December 2011
December Work Party
This was the last work party of the year, we were at Burnside where earlier in the year we had planted young Oak and Hazel trees around the old Colony houses, the Broom needed cutting back to allow the trees room to grow, it was a lovely sunny day wi...
November 2011
New Colony Book!
A new book 'The Bennachie Colony Project: Examining the Lives and Impact of the Bennachie Colonists' (100pp + 4pp colour) published by the Bailies of Bennachie is now on sale! The book considers the lives of the Colonists...
November 2011
Bailies of Bennachie Events
Alison Sutherland has taken up a new role to promote the Bailies of Bennachie. Alison is local to the area and with her good knowledge and a keen interest on Bennachie, she will be organising a series of activities next year. She will be working wi...
November 2011
November Workparty
This month we met at Back O'Bennachie Carpark, it was time to prune the willow sculptures and with 10 willing volunteers it was not long before it was all neat and tidy again, it was a lovely sunny day so we sat aroung the Bar B Q pit for lunch...
October 2011
Day Out at Mar Lodge with NEMT
NEMT (north east mountain trust) were offering a free day out at Mar Lodge so 4 of us decided to go along, what a nice day we had! it started with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, there was a Guess the Photo's competition which we spent a little ...
'Dig in' at Bennachie Colony in 2011
October 2011
'Dig in' at Bennachie Colony
Bennachie Landscapes got off to a wonderful start at the weekend. This was the first event organised by the community research project jointly run by the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen. It saw over seventy volunteer...
October 2011
October 2011 Workparty
When we arrived at the Rowantree carpark it was raining!! luckily it stopped and we walked up the hill clearing the waterbars, this is done now to try and stop damage to the paths during the winter weather, we stopped for lunch sheltered under some t...
October 2011
Bailies of Bennachie AGM
At the AGM held at Chapel of Garioch King George V memorial hall last week (Thursday September 22 the Bailies of Bennachie welcomed their special visitors Charles Burnett and his wife Aileen from Portsoy.Council business matters included the re-ele...
October 2011
September Workparty
This month we had the task of removing the boardwalk at Danny Gordon's Widdie, parts of the boardwalk were rotten and it was dangerous to leave it there, although the weather was good it was very wet underfoot and was hard work getting some of the po...
August 2011
Another Kingdom (Fungal Foray 27 August 2011)
Expert mycologist Liz Holden of the Grampian Fungus Group was our guide to the fascinating underworld of fungi - so important that they are allocated an entire kindom in the pantheon of life. No sooner had we taken a couple of steps away from the Be...
August 2011
Bailies of Bennachie Annual Picnic 2012
The afternoon started lovely and sunny but unfortunately we had some showers, this did not seem to stop people from enjoying themselves, we would like to say a big Thank You to the fiddlers who were very patient with the weather whilst having to ke...
August 2011
August Workparty
On the first saturday in August the Bailies work party spent the day cleaning out ditches and waterbars along the Gordon Way starting at the Bennachie Centre, the forecast was for rain but we had a nice dry day and managed to clear quite a lot, the...
August 2011
Bennachie Landscapes Project Launched
Hello! The 'Bennachie Landscapes' project is now up and running. For more info on this project go to the Bennachie Landscapes page of this website. Partners include (besides the Bailies of Bennachie, of course!): the University of Aberdeen Anthropolo...
July 2011
Bailies AGM
It's the Bailies AGM on Thursday 22 September at 7.30pm, it is being held at the Chapel of Garioch Village Hall, our Guest Speaker is Charles Burnett who will give a presentation on The Heraldry of Harlaw, we are looking forward to meeting our fellow...
July 2011
Events in August
There are lots of Events planned for August, a Mini Beast Hunt, Moth Hunting, Work Party, Drystone Dyking, Willow Weaving and a Fungal Foray, why not look at our Events Page for more details.
July 2011
Bailies 2012 Calendar on Sale Now
The Bailies 2012 Calendar is now on sale, we would like to say Thank You to all who contributed their photo's for us to use, we will be looking for more photo's for the next Calendar so take your camera's with you when you are around Bennachie and pe...
July 2011
Bailies Picnic
Come and join us on our Bailies picnic on Sunday August 21st, it is being held in the field by Back o'Bennachie Carpark at 2pm, where you can relax and chat with fellow Bailies, there will be games for all ages and music, please bring your own picnic...
July 2011
July Work Party
A group of 9 volunteers met at the Bennachie Centre and then drove to a part of the Gordon Way that needed path repairs, the weather was lovely and sunny, the day was spent draining sections of the path that were very wet, lunch break was spent sitti...
June 2011
Organised Walk
A group of enthusiasts met at the Bennachie Centre on a warm June evening to attend a nature walk organised by the Bailies of Bennachie and led by Jackie Cumberbirch. A very informative walk followed with ...
June 2011
In Memory of Gordon Ingram
Gordon Ingram was born at Woodlands between Kemnay and Kintore. He attended Kemnay School where Headmaster Minto Robertson had started cubs and scouts in which he became actively involved for the rest of his life. He left school in 1938 and got a job...
May 2011
Bailies Calendar 2012 - Photographs Choosen
The Calendar Committee have chosen the photo's for the 2012 Bailies Calendar, we would like to thank everyone who donated photo's for us to use, and look forward to seeing them in print, we will let you...
Doric Evening Performers May 2011
May 2011
Bailies of Bennachie Doric Evening 2011
Doric Eve Performers photo by Griselda McGregor The Bailies of Bennachie annual Doric Night at the Chapel of Garioch Hall on Friday 13th May 2011 was off to a rousing start with a medley of Scottish airs from the Garioch Fiddlers, they also played ...
May 2011
Colony Walk
The Bailies of Bennachie are producing a series of leaflets with information about the Colony Walk, the first leaflet shows the route for the walk with numbers that correspond to numbered posts at each colony site, this leaflet is about to go to prin...
April 2011
April Workparty
The day started a bit wet but soon brightened up, we had a tidy up at the Turf Table and then walked to just below Little Oxen Crag where we planted Juniper bushes in memory of Algy Watson a founder member of the Bailies of Bennachie who sadly pass...
April 2011
600th Anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw
A conference is to be held in Trinity Hall Aberdeen on Thursday 9th June 2011 to Commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw, the theme of the conference is to explore an event which has proved of such cultural significance to Northern ...
March 2011
We need your photo's!
It's that time of year again and we are starting to organize the Bailies 2012 Calendar, do you have any nice photo's of Bennachie that you would be willing to donate to us to use in our calendar? if you have please e-mail them to bailiesofbennachie@m...
March 2011
Volunteers Needed in 2011
Do you like working outside, enjoy meeting new people and feel as though you are helping a good cause? Why don't you come along to one of our workparties, we are a friendly group who would like to see more volunteers coming to help look after Bennach...
March 2011
March Workparty
The weather for our first workparty this year was bright and sunny, 14 volunteers spent the day clearing broom and planting 100 trees (hazel & oak) round Burnside one of the colony houses, we also thinned some of the birch near the Gouk Stone, it was...
February 2011
Bid for New Dig on Bennachie
Archaeologists apply for grant Article By David McKay Published: 05/02/2011 in The Press and Journal Thousands of years of hidden north-east history could be uncovered if a plan for further archaeological work at Bennachie is approved.Dr Gordon No...
February 2011
Gordon Ingram
On Sunday 30th January 2011 Gordon Ingram an ex member of the Bailies Council died, Gordon was treasurer for the Bailies from 1981 -2000, this is the longest continuous role of an officer in one position on the council, and is much appreciated by the...
February 2011
Bailies Workparty
Saturday 5th March 2011 will be our first workparty of this year, we will be cutting back vegetation and planting broadleaved trees to prevent the spread of broom, if you would like to join us meet at the Bennachie Centre at 10.00am to finish approx ...
February 2011
Bennachie Memories
We now have a page for your memories of Bennachie, do you remember the first time you walked to the top of Mither Tap, did you celebrate a special birthday there, or see something unusual while out walking, do you have relatives who lived on Bennachi...

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