Rogart Heritage

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Pitfure Church – Everybody Welcome

 

On Sunday 29 July at 3pm this beautiful, well-cared for church will be closing its doors for the very last time. Parishioners, friends and families whether regular church-goers or not, are invited to take part in the final service.

The United Free Church came into being as a result of a split between the ranks of the Free Church in 1900, which created some animosity within the parish. A House of Lords’ ruling made the Rogart United Free church homeless and so the breakaway group met in local homes and sometimes in the open air.

By 1906 fundraising was started to build a fine new church at Pitfure, a feat which was completed by June 1910. The architect was Robert J Macbeth of Inverness.

In 1929 most of the United Free Church joined the Church of Scotland, but not without dissension and bad feeling and in Rogart the two congregations remained separate until around 1948 or 1949 when they were united into one congregation.

Weekly services alternated between St Callan’s and the Pitfure Church ever since. However, dwindling numbers of attendees, combined with the costs of maintaining two churches in the parish have ultimately led to the decision to close Pitfure.

The final service will mark the end of an era and will be followed by a chance to chat and have coffee and cake. Everybody’s welcome!

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‘Craic & Cèilidh’ – Thursday 24 May

Join us on Thursday 24 May at 7:30 pm, in the small hall at Pittentrail, IV28 3XB. Everybody welcome!

We’re pleased that Brian Mearns will be giving a talk on the fascinating languages that evolved as a result of the Scots’ emigration to Canada.

This will be followed by tea/coffee and a raffle.

We’ll end the night with a music session – so please bring along your instrument (or voice) and join in!

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ARCH newsletter

We’ve just received the latest ARCH newsletter, with lots of dates for your diary.

There is information about their new and exciting project to research Highland archaeology from earliest times to the 20th century which starts with a symposium on 2nd/3rd of June – not to be missed.

Plus information about experimental archaeology workshops, lectures, conferences, ARCH Friends outing and an ARCH celebration in June.

CLICK BELOW FOR THE NEWSLETTER

ARCH Newsletter 41 – April 2018

As usual, check out the ARCH website for details on other events.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

This week (18 April) we held our Annual General Meeting which was well attended, including some new faces along with the staunch regular supporters.

The Committee was elected with Charlotte Gibson as Chair, Rachel Allan as Vice Chair, Raymond Ross as Treasurer and Christina Perera as Secretary. Stalwart and founding member of the Heritage Society, John Macdonald, will continue as the group’s Historian and Steve Taylor was also added to strengthen the Committee.

In the Annual Report Charlotte Gibson stated “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to bring enthusiastic and capable people onto the committee so that the Society doesn’t wither and die. If you can get actively involved, or know someone who can, please let us know. It isn’t too onerous if we can share the work.”

We have an exhibition planned for the summer which will feature the WWII experience of a Rogart man who spent time in Germany as a Prisoner of War. In the autumn there will be a talk on Sir John Macdonald; the winter talk is the rescheduled River Brora slideshow after it was cancelled due to the snow, and the next meeting will be about Sutherlanders who left for Canada and the creole language that was developed as a result. 

We will be publishing the Annual Report and Accounts on the website very soon and membership forms will be available in the Rogart shop.

We always welcome new members, so please come along to a meeting. Dates will be announced soon.

Braegrudie House by David Allen

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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!