Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

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Diary date – 28 September

A short Annual General Meeting will be followed by a slide show.
Please bring your instruments and play along after light refreshments and a raffle.

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Craic & Cèilidh – Saturday 9 February, 7pm

Our next event will be held at Pittentrail Hall and should be ‘magically’ different!

There will be light refreshments and a raffle. Please bring your instrument, if you play.

Everybody welcome!

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Craic & Cèildh reminder

Feel free to bring raffle prizes, nibbles and your instrument. We’d love to see you at Rhilochan!

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Craic & Cèilidh – Wednesday 5 December

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Cancellation – Craic & Cèilidh – Tuesday 13 November

We are very sorry to have to cancel our proposed event on Tuesday 13 November. Please can you pass this on to anyone who may have been attending.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5 December and will have a water theme – lochs and rivers.

 

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Special Offer – One Night Only!

If you’re coming to the Craic & Cèilidh on Friday 12 October, there will be an opportunity to buy a copy of John Macdonald’s book about Rogart at a special price.

 

 

For one night only it will be available for £10! Please bring cash, as we have no card facility.

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Rogart 150 – Craic & Cèilidh, Friday 12 October

Our next event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railway’s arrival in Rogart. A must for anyone who would like to see what the station once looked like, the numerous staff that were necessary to run this busy place and its twists and turns through time.

The short talk accompanied by photographs will be followed by an informal house cèilidh.

Refreshments & Raffle

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Heritage Walk – 1 September

Every year, in the autumn, Highland Archaeology hosts a festival to showcase the magnificent history of the area. Community heritage groups often arrange local walks as part of these celebrations, and Rogart’s is no exception.

This year Alex Campbell, Eiden, is giving a guided walk around Reidh Chalmai (sometimes referred to as Rhichalmy of Torboll) where the landscape is littered with interesting archaeology and fascinating history.

In 1909 archaeologist Alexander Curle described the tumuli, chambered cairn and hut circles at Reidh Chalmai at great length in his diary and sketched one of the more intact cairns at neighbouring Torboll. Maps reveal significant signs of former habitation and there is plenty of evidence to be seen today.

It should prove a fascinating morning.

Please meet at 10:30, Pittentrail Hall car park. The walk will last about 2 hours. Afterwards, tea and coffee will be available in the hall.

* Wear suitable clothing * Bring a drink *

FREE! Donations welcome.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE EXHIBITION TODAY!

If you have been watching the recent documentary series that highlighted the sacrifice of the forgotten Highland Division at St Valery you will be enthralled by this exhibition.

After Dunkirk, Churchill abandoned the Highlanders to their fate

Much less known than Dunkirk – and not at all celebrated – is the fact that on 4 June, 1940, the day after the evacuation was completed, 10,000 Scots in Normandy launched an attack on the Germans. The consequences were disastrous and it’s too late to award a St. Valery medal to the survivors. But at least we can honour their memory.

Son of Rogart

Malkie Fraser was a highly regarded man from Garvault, Rogart who never spoke of his experience as a Prisoner of War in Poland. He lived through capture at St Valery, forced marches, hunger, privation and cruelty.

Morven Gabriel, his niece, has put together an exhibition of papers and pictures from Malkie’s wartime experience. Everything had been kept by her Grannie from enlistment papers to notice of his capture – months after she had been informed he’d gone missing.

Using diaries from a fellow-soldier whose experience mirrored her uncle’s, Morven has been able to piece together Malkie’s harrowing time in captivity.

If you do nothing else today, come and see the exhibition.

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Everybody’s welcome – Summer Exhibition and Craic & Cèildh evening

Our Summer Exhibition makes a return after a year’s absence.

From Wednesday 1 August until Friday 3 August, between 11am and 4pm an exhibition about Malkie Fraser a WWII Prisoner of War. Includes photographs and documents from his incarceration in a camp in Poland. Rhilochan School.

Craic & Cèildh

Wednesday 1 August, starting 7:30pm, Rhilochan School.

Morven Gabriel will give a talk on her Uncle Malkie’s period in Prisoner of War Camp in Poland to accompany the Summer Exhibition. She will take us through this extraordinary story of his capture at St Valery, his forced march east to Stalag XXA, camp life and his 860 mile march to be repatriated.

This will be followed by refreshments, raffle and a cosy house cèilidh (no dancing!).

Feel free to bring contributions – raffle prizes, nibbles and of course your instruments if you play!