Saturday, 31 October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

THE CURSE OF THE DEMETER from Visible Fictions -starring Jack and Sandra Holt's son Jonathon Holt
A spine tingling journey of suspense, suspicion and spooky sightings.

Visible Fictions presents the chilling and thrilling tale of the ill fated ship, the Demeter, and her ghostly cargo.

Inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula, this new play will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat as things go bump in the night on board the jinxed ship. For thrill seekers over 11 yrs.

Woodend Barn, Banchory - Sunday 1st November - 3.00pm -That's THIS SUNDAY

Tickets from the Woodend Barn now

Casting days.........feeling musical? -or helpful

Want to get involved? -
We are holding two sessions on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November in the Finzean Hall at 4pm to gather the team for the Community Play.
So far we have appointed a Producer -Guy Haslam, Writer & Director - Mel Shand, Musical Director -Louise Counsell, Voice coach,assistant writer & musical director -Alison Bell, Backstage manager - Phill Bonnamy,Assistant backstage - Marie Shaw, Set designer - Frankie Collier,Lighting -Francis Stevenson, Front of House manager -Jane Winton, Production Advisor Peter Young and holding the purse strings -Wendy Hector.

Now all we need are a cast and backstage crew!!

The performances will be 29th - 31st January -including a Sunday Matinee, tickets will go on sale after Christmas.

We are planning puppet making, singing and dance workshops in the next 14 weeks........Look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Buy the book

If you would like to buy a portrait of our time book
they cost £10 each and are available from
Jane Winton, Mel Shand or Guy Haslam.
Send us an email and we can organize it!

Thursday, 8 October 2009


The Poot competitions attracted a lot of entries and voting during the exhibition -we decided on a purely democratic method of judging - everyone got to vote!
In the end the winners of the adult photography competition were Lynn Allen with her wonderful sheepy snowy tee, and 2nd was Gary Grant with his alpine view of Clach na Ben. In the poetry stakes, the overall winner was Doreen Christie with her poem - Where I live - we were all so impressed with it when we received the entry it was also published in the book - well done Doreen - that's what happens when you're organised and get your entry in early!
2nd was Pat Lawson's entertaining tale of a Finzean burns Supper!. Poetry must run in the Christie Clan as Doreen's grandson 10 year old Kieran Strachan won the children's poetry competition!-Finzean sisters Evie and Robyn Falvey coming 2nd & 3rd respectively.
First in the children's photography was Amy Christie's beautiful rainbow taken outside her frontdoor in Finzean, 2nd was Zoe Paul's view up into a tree in her garden in Birse and 3rd Jemma Christie's Finzean road sign.
The drawing prizes went to Richard Davidson for his very good drawing of Birse Church and Calum Kitching's lovely drawing of his own front door in Birse. 3rd prize went to Cara Blackhall from Ballogie with her excellent map of Finzean and a special prize went to 6year old Stuart Patterson for his incredibly mature drawing of Clach na Ben!
Well done to all - pictured wearing their Lottery t-shirts are the prize winners who attend Finzean school.

Village Hall heritage talks

During the course of the 2 weeks we put talks on in Ballogie, Strachan and Finzean Village Halls on the topics of The Innes Family of Birse, The Robert Burns connection, Birds of the area, the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon and a year in the life of the Finzean Gamekeeper.
Over the course of these talks we welcomed nearly 300 visitors.

The POOT Map!

Last day!

Just some of the committee at the end of a long week and nearly 900 visitors!
Rick, Helen, Mel, Jane, Guy and Wendy - team shot!

Teacher caught writing on wall!

Mrs Helen Todd tells us what she thinks!

Finzean school comes to vist

I like my picture!

The Sun and the Moon and the Boy called River

86 adults and children enjoyed the stunning performance from WeeStories when they came to visit.

Strachan Schools visit to the exhibition.

Farewell! Richard the Postie

Around 100 folk came to say goodbye to Richard Fowlie at a fly cup to say thank you and present him with his electric golf trolley, a map of the area and a cheque.

This picture is the one I love! -Pat & Emma Lawson's feelings.

What Mr Neil Christie thought.......

Hamish and Mo Vernal at the opening -"this has touched our hearts!"

This is Simon Grieg who is brilliant -he and the good folk at Compass printed our book, all the photographs and hung the exhibition - if you cant read what his comment says its: "i'm too tierd to think!" this was after the hanging of the epic 2 days!