Report about Open Days at the Hall of Clestrain, September 2021

JRS Marquee

Despite wet weather on the Sunday morning, we had a good turnout over the two days and visitors were very enthusiastic about developments at the Hall. We acquired several new members of the Society. Because of the wind, we abandoned the idea of setting up the marquee and set up stalls in the farmhouse garage. Ivan and Jean Craigie have allowed us to do this many times in the past and Jean quickly stepped forward on this occasion. We appreciate her support.

Andrew Appleby gave conducted tours round the outside of the Hall, with glimpses of the interior from the basement and at first floor level from the front steps. He provided a detailed account of the recent findings of the archaeological work carried out in July and was assisted by Duncan McNeish.

We provided refreshments in the garage, including some excellent homebakes produced by the Orphir Kirk ladies who run the kirk café in ‘normal’ times. From the donations for these we have given a sum of money to the kirk. Because of their generous provision, there were only a few cakes left over: a donation was made for these, and they were then taken to Smiddybrae and St Rognvald’s care homes where they were much appreciated.

Stalls included one for plants supplied by Orphir residents, which proved very popular. We also sold books, cards, stickers and various other items.        Ellen Grieve provided live music on the Sunday. We raised just under £1000 pounds, a useful sum towards restoring the Hall.

Fiona Gould – Events Committee