Arbroath Rotary fund-raising

THERE was lots of good news at Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Arbroath in the Meadowbank Inn.

President Dale Hatton was delighted to welcome Doreen Redfern, deputy head teacher at Carnoustie High School, as guest of David Macdonald. She is to take up the post of headteacher at Arbroath Academy when Mr Macdonald retires at the end of this term.

The president also announced that the club’s joint effort at a Scottish Wildlife Trust quiz organised by Barbara Thompson had earned a prize. Members took no time in deciding to put the prize money into the Rotary Foundation charity.

Jill Kerr intimated that Arbroath Academy’s Interact group had worked hard at the school’s Rock Challenge fund-raising variety evening to raise £92 through the baking and selling of cakes and candy as well as the sale of some books. The money is to go to the Nyumbani Scotland charity.

Member Alison Stedman is taking a group of Rotarians out to work on the project in February and money is always required to help fund development projects.

Bill Watt thanked member Mike Sowden for his donation of a bottle of whisky which is to be used in a fund-raising game at Rotaract’s Race Night at Arbroath Bowling Club, Dishlandhill.

Member Leila Martin was pleased to report that she had delivered a total of 75 boxes as part of the Rotary Shoebox appeal, about 35 of which had been filled by pupils at Arbroath Academy.

Mo Morrison was congratulated on her fund-raising cocktail afternoon at Webmor’s which raised the sum of £450, again for Nyumbani Scotland.

The evening’s speaker was Mary Struthers who had chosen to inform members about some interesting characters from Brechin history, principally Nellie (Helen) Low and her sister Tibby (Elizabeth). Regular visitors to Brechin will have driven up Witchden Road and perhaps wondered at its name.

Mary revealed that Nellie was Brechin’s last white witch. She lived from 1756 to 1846 and was known locally as a ‘doctress’. The locals were very much in awe of her.