Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

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Putting our heads together?

Could you help to ensure Rogart Heritage has a bright, shiny future?

We desperately need people who can give up just a wee bit of time, every few months.

If you could take a seat on our (very small) committee, please contact Christina on cmuperera@me.com or 01408 621871

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Wanted!

We desperately need people to step forward and be willing to sit on our committee. And it’s really not too onerous!

  • We only have one (very informal) formal meeting each year.
  • We also host 3 or 4 events annually which are a combination of historical talk and music night.
  • Once a year we have a summer exhibition at Rhilochan School and participate in the Archaeology for Communities Highland (ARCH) summer events.
  • We only have a very small committee of four people: the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Our Historian also provides a wealth of information on the area.
  • We’re friendly, supportive and enjoy a good craic.
  • If you’d like to get involved drop Christina an email – cmuperera@me.com or ring 621871

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Could you get involved?

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and willing to take a lead in Rogart Heritage Society’s meetings and events.

  • It isn’t too onerous as we only have one (very informal) formal meeting each year.
  • We also host 3 or 4 events annually which are a combination of historical talk and music night.
  • Once a year we have a summer exhibition at Rhilochan School and participate in the Archaeology for Communities Highland (ARCH) summer events.
  • We only have a very small committee of four people: the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Our Historian also provides a wealth of information on the area.
  • We’re friendly, supportive and enjoy a good craic.

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AGM – 18 April 2018

Rogart Heritage Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Starting at: 7:30 pm

Venue: Small Hall in Rogart Village Hall, Pittentrail, IV28 3XB.

Everyone who has an interest in Rogart’s Heritage is very welcome to attend.

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Online orders for ‘Rogart, the story of a Sutherland crofting parish’

Thank you to everyone who has ordered John’s book. We are sure you are going to enjoy it! We still have copies in stock if you missed out.

We have responded to everyone who made an enquiry and books are on their way. If you requested a copy of the book via the website, please can you check your email, including your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folder for an email from address beginning cmuperera@.

The cost of the book, including postage and packaging, within the UK is £20.70.

If you are ordering locally we can always hand deliver!

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Rogart book available again!

We are really pleased to announce that John Macdonald’s book about Rogart – the story of a Sutherland crofting parish – will once again be available in print.

The Heritage Society first published John’s 480-page book in 2002 and it proved to be so popular that a second edition was printed in 2007. It is packed full of local history, fascinating characters, wonderful photographs as well as some tall tales.

Content includes a double page map of the parish as well as contributions from Dr Michael Simpson, Peter Boa Sciberscross, Ian Reid Craggie, Jimmy MacKay Acheilidh, George Murray Morvich and many other fondly-remembered local folk.

Subject matter ranges from crofting to railways, from the parish’s involvement in the military to district nurses. Sports, pastimes, employment and schooling are covered and rural life from birth, to marriage and death.

Books cost £17.50 (plus postage and packing). Rates for p&p will be announced shortly.  Payment will be by Paypal or cheque.

If you’d like to invest in a copy, please contact us via Facebook or the website contact form and we’ll message you back. These books are excellent value as second hand copies are currently selling for between £30 and £52 on Amazon!

 

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Heritage Event – Wednesday 28 February – Pittentrail Hall

We are very pleased to have Eric Patterson come and give a talk on Wednesday 28 February at 7:30pm.

River Brora – From Sea to Source

Eric has created a fascinating collection of pictures and will be our guide along the river as it travels from its mouth at Brora harbour. He will cover the meandering flood plain and up to its source on higher ground. It will be of interest to anyone who knows the river already and to those who have yet to enjoy its scenery and history.

The talk will be followed by a raffle and tea. If you would like to bring an instrument we’ll also have a tune or two.

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New for 2018!

We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks.

Our web pages has been updated to bring you more online resources. So, welcome to our newly updated website – we’ve added loads more!

  • Over 30 new pages
  • Pictures from The White Heather Trials, which were loved by our Facebook fans
  • An index to gravestones, thanks to Chris Stokes
  • More fiddle and accordion music from our library
  • Fabulous new images
  • Great old stories about the characters and places that make Rogart so special

Check it out now!

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Christmas Greetings from The Heritage

Wishing you best wishes for Christmas, Hogmanay and 2018!

Thank you for all your support and contributions during the last year. The Facebook page and website will be taking a break from 23 December until 2 January 2018. We will reply to any messages early in the new year.

from the team at Rogart Heritage Society

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Rhilochan Craic – 17 November 2017

It was a dreich Friday evening and Joe Beedles had nicely warmed up the heritage centre at Rhilochan School to welcome the crowd. With Charlotte Gibson on refreshments and Alex Campbell (Eiden) organising the raffle, we were in good hands.

It was great to see some new faces – and plenty of our usual stalwarts – who had come out, despite the foul night, to celebrate our musical heritage. After a short meeting to elect the revised committee the musical feast began.

Heather McRae, who had travelled from Portmahomack with Lachie Campbell (Bonar), and the two Greens from Lairg – Frank and Fran – provided the backbone to the evening playing accordions, fiddle and whistle. After tea, delicious traybakes and the raffle the music restarted with Bruce from Rosemount adding percussion on his cajon box drum whilst Ruwan (Ascoile) strummed his ukulele and Chris (West Pittentrail) joined in with his harmonica.

Heather, Lachie, Fran and Frank

We heard many classics from the fiddle and box repertoire including John MacDonald’s ‘Rhilochan School’, along with some Irish airs on the whistle. As a tribute to the Penny and Robin’s flitting to the Orkneys Frank and Fran had rehearsed a delightful tune from Westray. Apologies for the lack of detail about exactly what was on the musical menu, I was too busy enjoying myself to remember to take notes.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, specially the wonderful musicians.

Charlotte reading a message from John MacDonald