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Singing Kettle Artie Trezise at House of Dun
Children can read, sing and dance their way through Artie’s Tartan Tales taking place at the National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun in Angus on Saturday, 7 June.
Artie Trezise, formerly of The Singing Kettle, will perform a variety of stories, encouraging children to read along and enjoy themselves. Drawing mainly on traditional Scottish folklore that has been passed down through generations, expect lots of fairies, witches and magic and a few songs, too!
In a music career spanning over three decades, Artie has performed for 5 million people as well as producing over 80 releases, including DVDs and CDs. Taking a break from Singing Kettle duties, he is currently in the middle of a solo tour performing some of his favourite Scottish stories in the hope that it will encourage children to read more often. He has been awarded an MBE for Services to Children’s Theatre.
The show time is 2.00pm/3.00pm and all tickets cost £6.00. For more information, contact 01674 810264
Overlooking the Montrose Basin, the House of Dun is an 18th century country house designed by Robert Adam, the foremost Scottish architect of the period. Home to the Erskine family, of whom John Erskine Dun was a prominent figure in the Scottish reformation, the house was also home to writer and poet Violet Jacob in the 19th century. Fine Georgian décor can be found inside along with the Trust’s Hutchison and Stirling collections, containing some of the finest paintings and furniture in the charity’s ownership.
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. There features a Victorian walled garden and wooded den, as well as the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve further afield.
Green summer ahead for Tayside conservation group
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Brash-tidying at The Hermitage, tree-cutting at Branklyn Garden and removing invasive species at the House of the Binns are all on the agenda this summer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Tayside Conservation Volunteer Group.
The group has dozens of members who regularly donate their time and talent to the conservation charity, going out on conservation projects at National Trust for Scotland properties across Perthshire, Angus and beyond.
They are always looking for new members.
Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinator Julie Bond said:
“There is a packed programme for this summer, with projects planned in some of Scotland’s most stunning countryside and gardens. Volunteering with the Trust is a great opportunity to get out, explore your outdoors and play a key part in caring for our countryside too. We also know that volunteering makes you happy – what better reason to get involved?”
Travel, accommodation and meals are all organised for volunteers signing up for these projects. For more information on becoming a conservation volunteer and the full programme, visit http://www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Outdoor/.
Time running out for National Trust for Scotland members
Time is running out for National Trust for Scotland members from Angus looking to take up new spots on the charity’s board.
Three of the current trustees’ terms of office are due to end in September 2014. Under reforms introduced in 2010, potential trustees are asked to apply and the three trustees will be selected by a vote of the conservation charity’s 320,000 members.
The trustees will play a key role in ensuring the charity fulfils its purpose to conserve and promote our heritage. The Trust cares for more than 100 heritage sites across Scotland, including Angus’s beautiful House of Dun, JM Barrie’s Birthplace and Barry Mill which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.
The charity is keen to draw applications from a wide spectrum of members – especially those with a commitment to the strategic direction of the Trust.
The current trustees who have come to the end of their term are also eligible to stand for election for a second term.
Chairman Sir Kenneth Calman, who heads up the Board of Trustees said:
“Our new governance structures are working well for the Trust and enabling us to take forward change with speed and efficiency. These openings on the Board offer us the opportunity to bring in new faces, skills and talents to continue to take the Trust forward.”
Anyone interested should visit www.nts.org.uk/elections or contact Nicola Whyte 0844 493 2285 for more information. The closing date for applications is 17 April.
Angus Folk Museum Reopens
The museum which provides an insight into rural life and farming in Angus two centuries ago can now re-open to the public.
The museum, which provides a fascinating insight into rural life and farming in Angus two centuries ago, had to close last summer after safety concerns relating to its roof emerged.
However, following the introduction of new safety measures onsite, including the installation of new slate catchers, the museum can now re-open to the public.
Angus Folk Museum Property Manager John McKenna said:
“It is fantastic to be throwing open the doors of this wee Angus gem once again. We know that the museum was much missed last summer by locals and those from further afield too, so we’re looking forward to welcoming all these fantastic supporters over the next few months.”
Graeme Dey MSP has been a staunch supporter of the museum. He said:
“The Folk Museum is an integral part of what Glamis and, indeed, Angus has to offer visitors to the area. I’m delighted to see it re-opening and would encourage anyone interested in gaining an insight into what rural life was like in the county to pay it a visit.’’
The Angus Folk Museum opens on 5 April. It is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11.30am until 4.30pm until 30 June, from when it will be open Thursday until Monday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Entry is free for National Trust for Scotland members.
New Brechin property for sale
A stunning new showhome has been unveiled at Stephen’s development in Brechin.
The four bedroom ‘Glen Truim’ bungalow incorporates Stephen’s new style dedicated marketing suite which showcases the range of properties available within the Bearehill site
The fully-furnished showhome comprises four bedrooms, a spacious and contemporary kitchen incorporating open-plan dining room and living space, and a separate lounge. With its interior designed by Stirling-based Envision, the result is spectacular and is Stephen’s first Envision-designed bungalow showhome in two years. Meanwhile, heading outside, landscaping features are being specially created for this stunning home to highlight the terraced garden areas.
Sheila Sutherland, Sales Manager commented, “We really are thrilled at what Envision have created and are looking forward to welcoming viewers inside, and to hear more about the site.”
The showhome and its built-in marketing suite, which is being rolled out across several sites after its success within the company’s developments in Scone and Dunfermline, is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 1pm until 5pm.
The new homes will be more affordable to many thanks to the national ‘Help to Buy (Scotland)’ initiative, which will see the Scottish Government provide help to eligible buyers of up to 20% of the purchase price of a new build home from Stephen. An eligible buyer will be expected to contribute a5% deposit and secure a 75% mortgage to purchase under this scheme. The Government initiative applies to all homes worth up to £400,000.
Set in the Royal Burgh of Brechin, Bearehill provides a choice of superbly crafted two and three bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom family homes at exceptional value. Bearehill is well placed to enjoy the many local amenities and yet only 40 miles from Aberdeen and 30 from Dundee.
The Angus countryside has a great deal to offer, including spectacular scenery spanning to Royal Deeside in the north and through Glen Clova to the west. The royal burgh of Brechin is a busy and prosperous market town offering an excellent range of independent shops.
Prices at Bearehill range from £198,750 for the two bedroom Glen Clunie semi-detached bungalow (including garage), to £440,000 for the five bedroom Glen Cassley.
For more information, please telephone 01738 620721, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stephen.co.uk.
Angus Heritage Week Highlights Legacy of The Picts
“The Picts are critical to the history and heritage of Angus – and of Scotland,” said Dr Sheila Hainey, who is a member of the Pictish Arts Society and will lead Angus Heritage Week’s tour of important Pictish sites – ‘A Day Out With The Picts’ – on Monday, September 10. “Along with the Scots, the Picts from the area around the River Tay were at the core of the kingdom that was to become Alba and then Scotland.”
Dr Hainey explained that the Picts left behind a highly visible legacy – the intricately carved standing stones which are scattered across the Angus countryside. “The Picts were simply ordinary people going about their everyday lives but they created the most magnificent carved stones,” said Dr Hainey. “’A Day Out With the Picts’ will provide opportunities to study these stones at close quarters and discover the stories they tell.”
‘A Day Out With The Picts’ will start at Pictavia, the visitor centre near Brechin which provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the Picts and which currently has a replica Pictish throne on display. “Next,” added Dr Hainey, “we’ll head out to Aberlemno, location of three spectacular standing stones by the roadside and the famous Pictish stone which graphically depicts the Battle of Dunnichen, where the Picts routed the invading Angles.”
Next stop will be The Meffan in Forfar, where several excellent examples of local Pictish stones are housed, and then on to St Vigeans Museum, which holds one of the most important collections of early Christian and Pictish stones. “St Vigeans was an incredibly important site in the early days of Christianity, when the Picts were at their peak, and many of the Pictish stones in this museum were discovered in the kirkyard across the road,” said Dr Hainey. “It’s wonderful to be able to see so many of these stones so close to their original location.”
‘A Day Out With The Picts’ costs £12 per person, including transport during the tour, which starts and ends at Pictavia, a soup and sandwich lunch at Forester seat Restaurant near Forfar, and entry to all sites (call 01356 623050 to book).
Angus Heritage Week runs from 7 September until 14 September. On the afternoon of Thursday, September 13, local historian and fellow member of the Pictish Arts Society Norman Atkinson will hold a two-hour question and answer session at Pictavia (normal entrance fees apply). “This is a chance to find out more about the Picts – and to sort out fact from fiction,” said Norman. “There are so many myths about this ancient people and, although they left little in the way of written history, thanks to their carvings and archaeological digs, we actually know much more about these early inhabitants of Angus than many people realise.”
From 2-3pm on Saturday, 8 September, there will be a free Pictish Workshop for children at Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum. Young visitors will be able to try a variety of Pictish-themed activities, such as carving their own Pictish stone and learning how to write their name in the language of the Picts (booking essential – call 01575 575479).
In addition, the Angus Heritage Week Passport – which is available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus – features a competition to win a free family ticket to Pictavia.
There’s something for everyone during this year’s Angus Heritage Week. The programme features a wide variety of events and also lists some of the many fascinating places to visit across Angus throughout the year. From the wartime aircraft at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre to the splendour of Glamis Castle to medieval Restenneth Priory, the heritage and history of Angus can be enjoyed by all.
To find out more about Angus Heritage Week, pick up a copy of the festival programme from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife (or download from www.angusheritage.com) or visitwww.angusheritage.com, ‘like’ the Angus Heritage Facebook page or follow on Twitter.
Del Bromham plays Coast Arbroath
The Smokie Blues are a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Live Blues and Blues-related music in Arbroath and around Angus in Scotland. Last night they organised Del Bromham to play live at Coast in Arbroath and this is one of the songs recorded by www.anguschannel.com. Del is also playing in Forfar and Dundee this weekend.
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Look back at 2011 – February
Looking back through 2011 tonight we look at February and one of the last Ghosthunter episodes to be filmed. We joined Paranormal Discovery up at Montrose Air Station. Tonight we take a look at the first part of that report.
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