First meeting of Heritage Society

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Stonehaven Heritage Society are holding the first meeting of the 2012/13 season on September 26 in St Bridget’s Hall.

The speaker will be Mr Ian Bell from Laurencekirk, who will speak on the Mills of the Luther Water in the Howe of the Mearns.

Mr Bell has researched this river which was artificially straightened in the 19th century to provide water for various mills and to drain the rich and fertile lands of the Howe. This should prove a fascinating talk on a little-known historical topic.

The first meeting of Stonehaven Heritage Society was held in the Royal Hotel on September 30, 1987, 25 years ago, and since then, the Society has organised regular meetings for members with talks, lectures and exhibitions. The founder of the Society was local solicitor Gordon Ritchie, who is still the Honorary Secretary.

Mr Ritchie said: “It was my idea to form the Society as I was aware that, at that time, there was no body in the town looking to preserve the history and heritage of Stonehaven and to ensure that the rich and varied character of the town was not lost for future generations. At our first meeting we had nearly 100 people who agreed that the Society be formed and it has since thrived over the years.

“Photographs have always been of great interest and we have amassed a large collection from old Stonehaven. We published two books of photographs and are presently working on digitising the entire collection to make a photo archive which will be of great interest to members and anyone interested in the history of Stonehaven.”

The Society are just completing their syllabus of monthly talks through the Winter and further details will be available on their website www.stonehaven-heritage.org

Anyone interested in the activities of the Society can contact Mr Ritchie on 01569 762971.