Three sporting estates have come together to raise more than £20,000 for a much-loved community centre in Angus.
Millden, Gannochy and Dalhousie Estates organised a grouse shoot in aid of the Glenesk Retreat and Museum, a facility that provides enjoyment to thousands of tourists and locals.
Millden and Gannochy Estates donated the value of a let shooting day to the Glenesk Trust. The Millden shoot took place last week when the party gathered at the Retreat, returning there for tea at the end of an excellent day on the moor despite the foggy conditions.
Built by a sea captain as a retreat from the rigours of a sailor’s life, the Retreat is the focal point of glen community life and is home to a unique collection of historic artefacts, all gathered from within Glen Esk.
The museum collection was started in the 1950s by Glenesk schoolteacher Greta Michie and it provides an insight into the domestic and social life the glen over the decades. The building, provided by Dalhousie Estates and now owned by the Trust, was rebuilt in 2005 with local donations and substantial grants from the heritage Lottery and the European Rural Development Fund.
Councillor Bob Myles, Chairman of the Glenesk Trust and a local farmer, said: “On behalf of the Trust and the people of the glen I would like to say how much we appreciate the generous donation from the three estates in the glen. We need continued support for the unique museum, tearoom and community facility we have at the retreat for it to remain viable and I would urge anyone who has not yet visited the Retreat to come and see for themselves snapshots of rural life in the glen both past and present. You will get a warm traditional welcome and can sample some of the best of local produce.”
Richard Cooke, Dalhousie Estates factor, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Glenesk Retreat which is at the heart of the Glen community where most of the local employment and many of the households are connected with the grouse moors. It is a vital resource run by the Trust for the people of the Glen and in itself provides a number of seasonal jobs.
“The three estates are pleased to be able to organise events which reflect the main land use and can contribute towards the ongoing costs of this irreplaceable community asset.”