Digital Grantown (February 2018)
From Town Drummer and Bellman to Universal Digital Connectivity
The Grantown Society is well aware of both Grantown’s present strengths, weaknesses and potential: a knowledge enhanced by the recent eight day event in the community centre and the current Conservation Area Appraisal.
The Society has an impressive view of the town’s past through research and collection over its forty plus year existence.
Now Society Members have developed an exciting and practical vision for the future of Grantown as the capital of a digital Strathspey thanks to a new award for inclusion in Scotland’s Digital Town’s Pilot Programme delivered by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
Digital Dustbins …. What next?
Following an application last August, the Society’s award was announced in November as was the project’s main recipient, The Highland Council, who propose town Wifi for fourteen towns and villages; including Aviemore – (but not Grantown). This month (February 2018) two Society members attended an information seminar in Perth outlining the Digital Scotland Pilot Programme. They also had discussions with Simon Baldwin (Destination 66), Richard Watson (Rapier Systems), Stuart Black (Director of Development and Innovation, The Highland Council) and Keith Grant (The Highland Council’s Principal Project Officer).
The vision is for extensive public WiFi in Grantown and Mid-
The vision is for a fully managed, easily accessible system including instant detailed business and heritage information discovered simply though point and click with an enabled mobile phone. It will enable promotion of local businesses and visitor opportunities -
Currently, though the exact nature of support is not yet known, the vision is exciting, promising an enhanced future for the town, alongside other projected local developments.
Bill Sadler, The Grantown Society February 2018
Society AGM (Sept 2017)
For the first time in its 40+ years the Society is holding its AGM at lunchtime. It will be incorporated into the Richard Waitt Conference to be held on September 15th. (See events)
Fiddler of Strathspey Festival (Sept 2017)
The Festival has been acknowledged as a great success and is featured on the cover of this month’s Box and Fiddle Magazine. The Society has agreed to back moves to run monthly meetings of a local traditional all-
Fiddler of Strathspey Festival. (June 2017)
The festival now has two festival partners.
Grantown East: Highland Heritage and Culture Centre
Ben Mhor Hotel
Support is also generously provided by Tasgadh, The Hope Scott Trust and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation
Grantown Street Parade and Grantown Past to Present (May 2017)
These wonderful resources have been donated to the Society which is deeply grateful to Harley and Cally Miller whose hard work created the project.
Conservation Project (May 2017)
The first meeting of a steering group was held on Thursday 9th March 2017. The steering group consists of the Highland Council Conservation Officer, representatives from the Grantown Initiative, the National Park Authority, The Grantown Society, Highland Council and the Grantown and Vicinity Community Council, and is chaired by a member of Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey.
Newspaper Digitisation (May 2017)
The Society now holds digital copies of early Grantown Supplement and Herald. Thus research on any topics can be done at any member’s leisure by buying or borrowing a copy on a memory stick. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Birth of the Modern Highlands
A Grantown Society publication (April 2017)
This much acclaimed and beautifully illustrated publication was developed from an exhibition in 2007 by The Grantown Society in association with Grantown Museum and Heritage Trust, based on contemporary evidence from Strathspey and to a lesser extent, Badenoch and Skye.
The exhibition later went on to tour the Highlands. Original and meticulous research was done by members of the society.
Copies can be obtained from The Bookmark, Grantown, Grantown Museum and Waterstones,Inverness. Price £12.99
Or by post from
Bill Sadler, Murree, Woodside Avenue, Grantown PH26 3JN
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