Variety of talks in Brechin

A WINTER programme of talks was announced at the recent committee meeting of the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum. A programme of four talks will take place in the splendid surroundings of the upper gallery and, as usual, admission is free. All talks will start at 2pm with refreshments provided at the interval. The scheduled talks are as follows:

September 25 - Catherine Hollingworth OBE, by Steve Nicoll.

October 16 - Angus Doocots, by Brian Stephens.

November 20 - Patchwork Quilting, by Norma Scothern.

December 11 - Images of Brechin, by Brian Mitchell.

To coincide with the talk about Catherine Hollingworth OBE, the Brechin Town House Museum will also stage an exhibition of her life with a number of objects, including her OBE, and memorabilia from her celebrated life in children’s drama and speech therapy.

Catherine was born in Brechin at Panmure Street and also lived in Bank Street before leaving for a career in London, Dundee and Aberdeen. It is for her pioneering work in Aberdeen that she is best remembered where she founded the Children’s Theatre and Longacre Players.

Catherine has a commemorative plaque in her name for this work in King Street, Aberdeen. She passed away in 1999 at the Rowan Court nursing home in Aberdeen.

Steve Nicoll is keen to hear from anyone with personal experience of Catherine to add to the information about her life. “Catherine touched the lives of so many different people and I know that some of them would have been from the Angus and Aberdeenshire areas.” said Steve. “It would be fascinating to hear of first hand accounts of how Catherine helped individuals. If anyone would like to get in touch with me I would love to hear from them on

01356 623256 or by e-mailing steveknicoll@fsmail.net