Auchenblae Heritage Society

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We’ve all heard of “rescue” dogs or cats, but when a collection of old 78 rpm records come into this category, it’s worth doing something about it. Thrown into a bin after the death of old Jimmy Smith of The Den, one of our committee members, Sheena Auld, much to her credit, rescued them, and those still playable will form the basis of the Heritage Society’s first meeting on Monday 2 September at 7.30pm in the church hall.

A short explanation by the Society’s treasurer, Ian Williamson, on how these old shellac records were made will be a suitably informative start to the procedings, and a 1920’s wind-up gramophone, with the marvellously named, Columbia Vivatonal Graphola, supplied by Bill Pirie of Fettercairn, will hopefully bring these old records back to a scratchy life once more. A few examples of other gramophones of the period will be on view.

In addition to all this nostalgia, (from Willie Kemp to Will Fyffe, Larry Adler to Jimmy Shand) Frances Swanston, Environmental Planner, Aberdeenshire, will briefly and informally explain what local input would be helpful to her when writing the draft appraisal document for Auchenblae’s proposed conservation status.

Annual membership £5 or £3 is now due at the meeting. Visitors £1.50