Aboyne Highland Games wins with National Lottery funding
Aboyne Highland Games has received a grant of £ 10,000 to help improve safety and security at future events.
Since obtaining the money, more than 800m of Heras fencing has been purchased – the distance around the perimeter of Aboyne Green, the venue of the Aboyne Highland Games.
This is a welcome boost after the event was recently canceled for a second year in a row due to the pandemic.
Plans are currently being finalized to mark the online event on what would have been Games Day on August 7, which will also include online piping and violin competitions.
Money from the National Lottery Community Fund is a major investment in the games and will boost security at the annual event in August.
With around 10,500 people present in 2019 for the annual Deeside event, new fences that will also be more stable and safer to set up and take down, which is a huge boost for the future.
It will be in August 2022 before the new metal fence is in the spotlight at the Aboyne Highland Games.
Metal fence panels will replace rolls of pale chestnut wood fencing
The new metal fence panels will replace the rolls of pale chestnut wood fencing that were historically erected to secure the green for play day.
Traditionally held in August, the Aboyne Highland Games would inject around £ 450,000 into Deeside’s economy each year.
Alistair Grant, President of Aboyne Highland Games, said, “The committee is very pleased to have secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to assist with the purchase of the new fence.
“This is an investment in the long term future of Aboyne Highland Games, and I look forward to seeing the fence first erected next August and shining in the sun, heralding the return of the games.
“The new fence was necessary to improve the safety and security of the event and will definitely make the games look different from the roadside.
“Many residents will have fond memories of seeing the old chestnut wood fence come up, knowing that it marked the countdown to match day and also the arrival of the fun fair.
“There will undoubtedly be a few people who try to get around the fence to avoid paying the price of entry over the years.”
Not for waste, organizers donated the old chestnut fence to Lecht Ski Center for use on its slopes, where it will be installed to help form ski slopes.
Mr. Grant added: “It’s great that the old fence has been given a new lease of life, being reused on the ski slopes.
“Donating it to Lecht Ski Center illustrates the ways in which local businesses and organizations such as Aboyne Highland Games can help each other to support the economy.
Scottish National Lottery Community Fund President Kate Still said: “In these unprecedented times, it is heartwarming to see how Scottish communities are coming together to help each other.
“I would like to congratulate Aboyne Highland Games for their award which is a testament to the incredible efforts of their volunteers.
“National Lottery players can take pride in knowing that the money they raise makes such a difference.”