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News and events, and headlines from the past
£100,000 boost for cinema restoration project i t e c t s
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An artist’s impression of the renovated cinema, which will cost £1.8 million to rebuild
Members of a project which aims to restore the Birks Members of a project which aims to restore the Birks Members of a project which aims to restore the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy have received a £100,000 grant Cinema in Aberfeldy have received a £100,000 grant from Scottish Hydro. from Scottish Hydro.
The money will go towards re-opening the cinema, which closed thirty years ago, and will cost around £1.8 million to rebuild. The Friends of the Birks Cinema charity now has eighty percent of the funds needed to begin the project and spokesperson Charlotte Flowers said: ‘We were delighted to learn that our application to the Scottish Hydro Griffin Community Fund was successful.
‘A significant award such as this will play a very important part in meeting our target at the end of January to secure the match funding awarded in June 2010 from Scotland’s Rural Development Programme.
‘Our plans to revive the Birks building into a stateof-the-art modern cinema continue and we hope to provide residents and visitors with a first-class facility to be proud of.’
For more on the project, or to contribute to the fundraising, visit: www.birkcinemafriends.org.uk
Trust seeks expert to help revamp 1940s train set
The National Trust for Scotland is appealing for expert help with revamping a 1940s train set which is believed to have belonged to David Gordon, 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, who donated Haddo House to the Trust in 1978.
Julie Lorimer, who manages Haddo House for the
Julie Lorimer, who manages Haddo House for the Trust, said of the train set: ‘The set has not been working for some time and is in need of some serious expert attention. It is a beautiful piece and we know that David Gordon was very fond of it, reminding us that however grand, Haddo House was a vibrant family home. If we can get the railway running smoothly again, we have some exciting plans for incorporating it into the visitor experience here at the house.
‘We are looking for experts who can help us restore this beautiful piece to working order and bring another part of Haddo’s history back to life.’
The set comprises three engines, open and closed carriages and a number of metal, wooden and card buildings.Anyone able to help is asked to contact Julie on tel: 0844 493 2179.
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