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The North East Aberdeenshire Members' Centre supporting the National Trust for Scotland was established in 1977 and has a total of approximately 100 members. The Centre organizes a varied programmme of talks, social events and excursions throughout the year. Both members and non-members (for a small donation) are welcome to attend these events, many of which take place in either Haddo House or Fyvie Castle. The Centre gives financial and practical support to our three local NTS properties: Fyvie Castle, Haddo House and Pitmedden Garden.

The programme for March to May 2019 is given below. If you would like to request further information about any event, or join the group, please contact Margaret Alexander (Chairman): ne.aberdeenshire.mc@gmail.com or 01651 872659.

The latest North East Aberdeenshire Members' Centre Newsletter is available as a webpage using the link on the left. To obtain a copy in in PDF format follow this link. Note that you will need Abobe Acrobat Reader or a compatible programme to read or print this version.

Programme March to May 2019

Events are open to members and non-members. Events marked ( * ) will require booking (priority booking for members as numbers may be limited.) Other events are free to members but involve admission fee (£3) for non-members.

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 15:00
Talk in Haddo House Library by Sue Taylor on the pottery collection at Craigievar "Cecilia Dunbar-Kilburn: Sculptor, Shopkeeper and Lady Sempill; The Craigievar Castle pottery collection in context".
Please join us for a talk exploring the life of Cecilia, Lady Sempill, and telling the story of how Craigievar Castle came to house an outstanding collection of modern British pottery.
Our speaker is Sue Taylor, librarian turned ceramic historian who used to work in the Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent, now retired and a volunteer at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Alford Heritage Centre.
Free to Members. Visitors £2.
Tea/coffee and home bakes after the talk £2.50

Wednesday 17th April 2019, 19:30
AGM followed by talk in Fyvie Castle by Douglas Harper "River, Railway and Ravine, Foot Suspension Bridges for Empire".
Photograph of a suspension bridgeDouglas Harper is an Aberdonian, qualified as a geologist, a doctor and a surgeon. He is the great grandson of John Harper of Aberdeen, who developed a method of constructing rigid and light foot suspension bridges. Harpers went on to build in excess of 60 of them throughout the UK and the British Empire between 1870-1910.
Free to Members. Visitors £2.
Tea/coffee and home bakes after the talk £2.50
Saturday 18th May at 10:30am
Birch Field, Clovenstone, Kintore. AB51 0YG
Coffee morning with Bring and Buy Plant sale.
Dr. Jim Beattie has kindly agreed to open his garden as the venue for this event. Jim landscaped his garden himself, developing woodland areas and a magnificent pond. The rhododendron should be out and looking wonderful and there is plenty more to admire. If you have some spare plants you would like to contribute bring them along, or if you are looking to fill a space in the garden come ready to buy a plant (or two) or if you simply just want enjoy this beautiful garden please join us.

Further events throughout the rest of the year will include garden and museum visits and tours, concerts and talks. Details will be announced when confirmed.

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