Our exciting and varied 2022/2023 Programme of Talks began on Thursday, 15 September with a stimulating talk by Neil McLennan, on his second visit to the Society, on The Declaration of Arbroath. We continue on 20 October, with a talk by Alistair Cassie on the rebuilding of Ballater railway station, as outlined below. Details of all future talks are contained in the Programme section of the website.
Meanwhile, the Aboyne and Deeside Heritage Facebook Group continues to go from strength to strength, with well over 2000 members, and has become a major go to resource for all matters relating to the absorbing heritage of Aboyne and Deeside. Full credit goes to Lee Rhodes and our own Committee Member Brian Patterson for their wonderful contribution, and of course to many others in our immediate community and well beyond. Well worth checking out!
As part of our longer-term planning for the Society, we are always searching beyond the current Programme for potentially interesting and relevant material and any such contributions from members and non-members alike, would be most welcome.
‘From the Ashes’ – Rebuilding Ballater Station – Alistair Cassie
The railway came to Aboyne in 1859, and soon extended further West, passing Dinnet and Cambus O’May, whose platforms and buildings are familiar to cyclists and walkers, and reaching Ballater in 1866. Inclinations to progress even further came to nothing, and Ballater was at the end of the line. But not in any pejorative sense, providing a key service to the folk of Upper Deeside and a historic location for holidaying Royals and their guests for many years. And then: calamity. In May 2015, the iconic station was burnt to the ground. Its fascinating background story and its reconstruction, completed in 2018, is a compelling community tale, told by Alistair Cassie, well known for his unique and lively contributions to local heritage.