Rhynie Gala has now been part of the yearly calendar for over 30 years which is a great achievement for a small community and is still going strong! This is obviously as a result of a great committee and the many loyal helpers and supporters who turn up from far and wide. RCT is represented on the organising committee.
We have recently commissioned a study by consultants of the Pictish stones present around the village. This has been in conjunction with Aberdeen University and Aberdeenshire Council.
The final report has been received which considers the present state of the stones and how they would be best displayed for the benefit of residents and visitors. It includes suggestions for priority works and some indication of budget costing. The report can be downloaded here .
This site, which lies to the east of Essie Road on the northern boundary of the village, is currently managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. Little has been done apart from some tree planting, and the pasture is let for annual grazing. SNH have suggested that we might participate with them in developing other uses for the site within the constraints of the SSSI.
The developers of the wind turbines at Upper Wheedlemont Farm are providing a community fund for the benefit of the villages of Rhynie and Lumsden. A sub-committee has been set up to manage and distribute the funds which will become available to applicants for community projects in the two villages.