Despite the global pandemic an annual meeting of the society is necessary so that we can file the relevant documents with the Scottish Charities Regulator before the end of the year. As a physical meeting is not permitted we are holding the Annual General Meeting by email.
We will circulate the documents to existing members (anyone who has been a member since September 2019) by email. If you are not a member but would like to take part in the AGM please contact us to join the society. Membership is £5 a year.
Sutherland Estates used to own dozens of sporting lodges in the county and John MacKay, Tordarroch has gathered together pictures of them (new and old). Some were grand, others quite simple, the variety of architecture and location is outstanding.
Even if you have seen his slide show before it has been updated and more pictures added. A fascinating night is expected.
Musicians – please come along, we’d all love to hear you play!
Saturday sees our (somewhat belated) Annual General Meeting. The agenda is below as are the minutes from last year’s AGM. We won’t be printing them in order to save paper, but will project them during the meeting.
The short AGM will be followed by a slide show of “new old Rogart pictures” which have been donated or collected over the last year. There will be a raffle, light refreshments and a house cèilidh. We will be collecting membership fees and issuing membership cards.
Please come along with your voice or instrument, bring a raffle prize, and find out what has been going on since our last AGM.
Saturday 14 September 2019 saw local historian and author, John Macdonald being recognised for his contributions to the community and university by being awarded an Honorary Fellowship at St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Church, Thurso .
Professor Neil Simco presented the award to John Macdonald, Little Rogart, for his work in history, music and crofting politics to support community education, academic research, public service and cultural work for over 50 years.
John Macdonald has also collected an archive of photographs, stories and artefacts which were used in his many public talks and guided walks.
His careers as railwayman and postman as well as his life-long residence in Rogart has given him an enviable network of informants and an intimate knowledge of place, attributes which most professional historians lack.
He was instrumental in the development of the Sutherland Accordion and Fiddle Group as well as Rogart’s heritage society.
He has encouraged many people to understand more about their local history and the archaeology of the ground beneath their feet. He also a mentor of postgraduate students, helping to show how they can apply their theoretical knowledge to “on the ground” evidence
On Thursday 20 December there’s a chance to see one of our famous Rhilochan cèilidhs on national TV.
The much loved programme, This Farming Life, featured our former Chair, Penny Calvert, and husband Robin on their Reidchalmai croft. Shortly after filming ended Penny and Robin semi-retired to a small 36 acre farm on Sanday, Orkney.
Ceilidh at Rhilochan School
One of the TFL episodes included snippets from a Craic & Cèilidh where you can spot several well known faces. If you want to catch up with this 2016 event then check out BBC 2 at 7.00 am on Thursday 20th December. Yes, that is 7 o’clock in the morning, not evening!