Jubilee House to hold Open Day

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ONE of Stonehaven’s longest-established charities is holding an Open Day to learn more about the service it offers.

Jubilee House Holiday Home will open its doors this Saturday, April 27, from 11am-1pm.

Run by Kincardineshire Jubilee Trust, the home is set up to provide comfortable accommodation for groups with special needs and disadvantaged families and to enable them to enjoy a holiday at a reasonable cost.

The house first opened in 1981 and for 32 years has provided excellent acommodation for 10 people in four bedrooms.

Chairman of the management committee, local solicitor Gordon Ritchie, explained that the house was run by volunteers.

He added: “ A hard-working local committee of volunteers ensure that Jubilee House is open and ready each year to welcome hundreds of visitors who come along to enjoy a holiday in Stonehaven.

“We try to keep the house up to date and with our own fundraising and grants from the MacRobert Trust of Donside, Tarland and the Gannochy Trust of Perth, we have carried out major improvements over the winter.

‘‘We have installed three new en-suite shower rooms. The house has also been redecorated with new carpets and will be even more welcoming for visitors this year.”

Jubilee House is open from April to October annually and is used by a variety of groups including: VSA Aberdeen, Camphill Schools, Garvald of West Linton and one from West Germany who come every year for two weeks.

All the users of the house are very enthusiatic and appreciate the welcome they receive from the town.

Mr Ritchie added: “It is surprising the number of peole in Stonehaven who may ntot have heard of Jubilee House and if they have, they still do not know where it is located.

‘‘Keith Place is the street on the left at the end of the High Street, just before you reach the Shorehead.

“It will be clearly signposted for the Open Day. This will be an ideal opportunity for people to find out more about the good work of Jubilee House and, if they are interested, we are always looking for volunteers to help us.”

The Kincardineshire Jubilee Trust was set up with funds raised at the time of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, and since 1981 has run Jubilee House as a popular holiday home.

Chair of the Trust is The Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Mrs Carol Kinghorn.