Many of the presentations since October 2020 can now be found on the Society's YouTube channel
March 15th Lynmacgregor, Ballieward and Camerory: A presentation from John Halliday
John's knowledge of these areas based on his own family history, extensive research and exploration is considered second to none.
Osprey Room, Grant Arms Hotel. 7.30 All welcome.
Drinks from the bar are available before and after the meeting
2023/24 Programme of monthly talks - open to everyone interested.
March 15th Lynemacgregor, Ballieward and Camerory: John Halliday
February 16th The Grants in the Jacobite Rebellions
January The Picts in Strathspey: Gordon Noble. Replaced, because of bad weather, by a Society presentation on the Picts which can now be found on our videos page. Gordon Noble will come on the 15th of November.
November The Grantown Music Scene
October "50 Years Not Out" The Society Story
September The Entrepreneurial Macgregors
September Fiddler of Strathspey Festival
March Strathspey's War Graves
February The History of Football in Grantown
January Ballintomb - Strathspey's most historic site
November Alex Ledingham - Grantown's Photographic Artist
October "Look, Duck, Vanish - a re-assessment of the Grantown and Strathspey Home Guard
September Grantown's Industrial Past
May Green Health Week Grantown Society Guided Walks
March Tours and trails Forum
February Royal Connections
January Mollusc of the glen
November "The Cairn in its historic setting". [Alternative title -"What lies beneath?"]
Gordon and Macphail will provide a presentation on our newest distillery and archaeological survey resultsand members of the Society will provide information on some of the background to brewing and distilling in Strathspey and point out some of the important features of the area from retting ponds to fishing pools and hostelries to hangings. As further background those interested may like to review "A Virtual Heritage Round of Brewers, Distillers and Purveyors of Fine Drink " to be found here on our walks pages.
October "In the days of the Burgh Council".
"The Good Old Days" ... or were they. This open meeting is an opportunity to talk about and comment on the services and facilities of Grantown during much of last century when local management was in the hands of the Burgh Council: from street lighting to new housing; waste disposal to public spaces, council offices and the burgh yard. Memories and reminiscences will be evoked and contributions will be very welcome on and before the evening.
September "The Ian Charles"
The story of the birth and growth of Grantown's (now former) local cottage hospital.
March "Brewers, Distillers and Purveyors of Fine Drink" Virtual Heritage Walk meeting by Zoom
February "Health and Welfare Heritage walk" 7.15 for 7.30 Digital: Members' Meeting by Zoom
January "A Walk in the Woods" Digital: Members' Meeting by Zoom
2020/21 Winter Programme December Update
We look forward in 2021 to holding our regular monthly meetings once again in the Grant Arms. However, we have no idea yet when that will be. In the meantime we are, instead, running a series of specially created powerpoint presentations by Zoom. We aim to present these on the third Friday of each month (January to March). Invitations will be sent out to members. These virtual meetings are free, as were our regular meetings previously.
November The Music of Strathspey Digital: Members' Meeting by Zoom (invitation will be sent to members)
October The Grant Raid on Elgin Digital: Members' Meeting by Zoom
The 2020 Fiddler of Strathspey Festival as such is cancelled. Nevertheless it is hoped to provide a celebration of community and culture to recognise the great strengths of the community and the generous work done during lock down.
The 2020 Fiddler of Strathspey Festival is under review because of the current crisis. However, if we have the all clear we will need something to brighten the world and cheer us all up.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings there will be musical rambles. In the afternoon we plan to have music in the High Street and Square to celebrate "Totally Locally" and the regeneration of our community. On Saturday evening there will be music in the park - Grant Park opposite the Craiglynne and beside the Skating Pond. That will be the venue on Sunday afternoon for a picnic in the park with traditional music.
This year's fiddle compettions will unfortunately be cancelled but we shall have a music/artand craft competition! This will take the form of a "cardboard orchestra". Individuals and groups are invited to make and decorate musical instruments out of cardboard (either 2D or better 3D) and we shall endeavour to display them in local shops where they will be judged on festival Saturday.
Currently there are plans for a possible River Spey Festival as part of the 2020 Year of Coasts and Waters. This will include the Fiddler of Strathspey and numerous musical and other events.
Note: The current health crisis may well mean the cancellation of these events.
We are working on a programme of talks for the 20/21 season some of which may well be on-line.
Postponed due to pandemic
"The Grant Raid on Elgin" - commemorating the events of March 1820
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the last time "the fiery cross was raised in the Highlands" (figuratively at least)
February "Then and Now" - based on modern views and old postcards. Grantown has a rich heritage in the form of postcards, left by many local and national photographers .These help tell a fascinating tale of Grantown's past and development.
January "Inverallan Church Past and Present"
From the first church at Old Inverallan to the first building in Grantown and then the magnificent Seafield Memorial Church, there is a long and interesting story. Dr Steele, from his research, will present the story of the latter building.
November "Timber Floating"
The transport of timber by water was a saga in the history of more than one river. The roads were, of course, little better than rough, rutted tracks and transport was consequently slow and and costly. Transport by water was relatively cheap, simple and swift.
In the middle of the 18th century the Spey, 95 miles from its source to the Moray Firth, was of considerable importance commercially, and timber floating created work for a large number of men.
One of the most famous of the floater was Alastair Grant Mor, the Laird's champion, painted by Richard Waitt as one of the iconic Grant pictures.
October "The Regality of Grant"
In a charter of 1694, their Majesties King William and Queen Mary ordained that, "the town formerly called Castletown of Freuquhie, now and in all time to come to be called the Town and Burgh of Grant, and to be the principal burgh of regality, a market cross to be erected therein and proclamations to be made thereat ......
Wrong-doers might have been tied to the cross and scourged by the hangman. For example we know from the Regality Court books that in 1703 three women were charged with the crime of "conveying aquavite clandestinely to prisoners in Castle Grant, who drank to such excess that they died." The women were tied to the Regality Cross at Grantown, their bodies made bare from the belt upwards, and scourged with cords by the hangman, each receiving thirty stripes."
September Lynbreck Croft
Lynn Cassells and Sandra Baer bought Lynbreck Croft in March 2016. With no farming background, they set about building a new farm business where people, wildlife, farm animals and nature live and work in harmony to build soil, increase biodiversity and produce nutrient dense healthy food. In their own words they "farm to be wild" and are passionate about helping reconnect people to land they live in and the food they eat
June Fiddler of Strathspey Festival
April Fairs, Festivals and Bazaars
March Highland Textiles - visit to Newtonmore
March Strathspey Farmers' Club
February Grantown East End
This part of Grantown was, through the decades home of a great many worthies and the source of many tales. It was the territory of the East Enders whose clan lands ran from the Court House to the last houses at the end of what is now Castle Road East. Of the youngsters one author wrote, “Our sports were generally held on the street, shinty and football played between the end houses and the Court House. Marbles. Skipping. Bonnettie and lots of other games would be indulged in. Dogs and Hares. Hide & seek through the Back yards and gardens all going well until some man or woman would make an appearance raging on us for the noise we made. …… On Saturdays and School holidays with barrows and bags some of the boys would go down to the Spey for sand for the use of our Mothers in scrubbing the floor…….” Reports such as this, stories of residents gone but not forgotten and memories of times gone by are the source of the February Society talk. Grant Arms Hotel
January The A 939
Through the Eastern Highlands there are a great many main and minor roads, roads old and new; trails, tracks, drove roads, thieves roads, smugglers trails – military roads, parliamentary and statute roads, estate and church roads and all have legends, stories to tell, scenes to admire and interesting places to visit. The A 939 and its associated military road from Royal Deeside to the Moray Firth as well as being one of Scotland’s valued scenic routes it is almost certainly one of the most historic. January’s presentation is a selection, a mere taster, along the route running from Braemar to Nairn and Inverness across some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. Grant Arms Hotel - 7.30pm.
November Strathspey Farmers’ Club
October Ballindalloch Castle
September AGM and Place Names around Grantown
July - October Richard Waitt Exhibition at Grantown Museum
June Fiddler of Strathspey Festival
April Castles of Strathspey
March Sgt John Minnery
February The Kompagni Ligne (hosted talk)
January Grantown on Glass
November The Square and Castle Road
October 250 years of Grantown Grammar
September Conference - Joint with Museum - Richard Waitt