Friday, 11 December 2009

Seasons Greetings from the Salmon Bothy

We had a fabulous Christmas party on Wednesday night with carol singing from the Local Vocals, as well as some festive favourites from Graham Legge on mandolin and guitar. The Bothy was packed with festive cheer and the warm sausage rolls and mince pies from Donald’s the Baker went down very well indeed! The icing on the cake were the twinkling lights and sparkling decorations kindly (and very tastefully) put up by Lenny the caretaker.

Overall it was a fantastic end to what has been a very eventful year for the Bothy, all credit to those involved. Although it is not over yet. We still have out monthly Folk club on 18th December upstairs which will sure to be the usual treat.

From now on in it’ll be preparation for the New Year ahead with a great programme of talks to look out for starting in February and our ongoing activities (details attached) which will start up again in January. We are always open to new ideas for activities, so please tell us if there is something you would like to see here.

New Year Activities…
If you cannot find something that interests you, why not start up your own club?

Come along and bring your knitting…all welcome
Meets Mondays from 10-12 from Monday 12th January onwards

Craft Club
Bring along your favourite craft and meet up for an informal session where you can share ideas and inspiration. Thursdays at 7pm (every two weeks) The group will meet once every two weeks, more details of starting date from Bothy.

Camera Club
Bring your photos and your camera if you wish. Offering a chance for budding photographers of any level of experience to get together informally to swap experiences, techniques and ideas. Monthly themes are adopted giving you the chance to show off your best pic.
Wednesday’s -third wed every month

Art Class
Painting class led by Jack Elliot.
Meets Friday’s 2pm – 4pm

Folk at the Salmon Bothy -New Year Ceilidh - January 2nd at the Station Hotel.

Monday, 16 November 2009

November 16th

Welcome to the Bothy Blog, a place to find out the current happenings at the Bothy. We welcome new ideas and input from everyone so please do post your thoughts...and tell us what you think.

This week I've been working on the development of the Bothy website and it is now ready to view on It is entering its testing phase so please provide any feedback you have regarding design and functionality. It will replace, but still link to, our previous site which has provided a valuable foundation for the re-design.

Sunday saw the last of our Sunday talks -another very interesting presentation from Pete Danks about the Faering Project - now known as PORT (Portsoy Restoration and Training) a group of young people who run their own boatbuilding workshops. They are doing amazing things and continue to grow and develop- looking into new premises, purchasing kits and teaching the skills to build them. The projects fulfils not only practical skills training but also proves to develop social skills, confidence, communication, team working - all very important life skills which set them up for finishing school and making their own way in the world.

Friday night was a less than usual Friday 13th for us as we embarked on a film shoot of 'Folk at the Salmon Bothy'. But not any normal Folk evening.... This was a Hogmanay themed evening complete with Big Ben sounding out the Bells at midnight as well as good spirits (in both senses of the phrase) and first footers. The recording which featured several very talented musicians, compered by Lorna Summers and Bob Philips was recorded by James Kerr and Bob and will be posted on YouTube on Hogmanay. You can have a look at some still images of the process here. We will be doing our own count down so look out for more news on that coming soon….