Newsletter August 2021

Well, the school has returned for another term, but hopefully we have a little more sunshine to enjoy before the Autumn comes in!  Our projects are progressing at various rates, and as always, we would welcome support from our members, either hands on, or by telling us your thoughts on how we are doing.  An ideal way to do this is via our Facebook page, or contact us via email at

Annual General Meeting

We will hold our first AGM on Thursday 30th September 7pm at the Royal British Legion, Balvenie Street, Dufftown. Entrance is for members only, and tea, coffee and cakes will be provided – the bar will of course be open.  This will be an opportunity for you to meet the directors personally and discover more about us and how the DMDT has developed since its creation.  A representative from Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) will be there to support us and help with any governance questions.  It is also the opportunity for new directors to be voted on by the membership, and for any resolutions to be passed.  New members are always welcome, and your membership is essential to our successful progression. If you want to know about membership or sign up, please visit our website where you also find the membership form (Sign Up).

Our responsibility as directors is to ensure that the company operates in line with our governing document. As a membership-based organisation the directors carry out the interests of the members and power is delegated to the directors through them.


While our dynamic team has grown in recent months, there is still space for new member directors. If you feel that you would like to have a say and be involved please get in touch.


Another way you can support us is by becoming a member. By sharing your opinions and ideas, or if you have a bit of energy and a few hours a week to volunteer to help us to make an even bigger success of our projects we’d love to hear from you!

Dufftown Farmer's Market

Our August market went ahead amid a few showers, but that did not deter visitors who enjoyed some new, and returning vendors.  A total of 11 stalls selling food produce were located in the car park, including the Mortlach Kirk who were successful in raising a sum of £240 that will go towards the new Junior Church group which will be starting on Sunday 29th August.


The Mortlach Memorial Hall sold bacon rolls, teas, coffees and home bakes, and made a grand sum of £412 to go towards hall funds.

Indoors we had 5 crafters selling their home-made goods, and we had our own stall where we welcomed anyone who wished to come along and find out more about who we are and the projects that we are moving forward with.  All funds that we raise at the farmers market through pitch costs or bottle raffle will go towards these projects.

Once again, a big shout of thanks to the volunteers Jean, Rob, Stan, Norma, Francis, Derek, Leona, Holly, Siebette, AJ, Michelle and Eleanor, who made the day possible by helping with the coordination, set up and tidy up on the day, you are greatly valued!  


If anyone is interested in a stall, or knows anyone who may have some produce to sell then you can download an application form on our website or send an email to  You can also now follow Dufftown Farmers Market on Instagram.  


The Farmers market will be held each month on the second Saturday from 10am to 1pm in the Mortlach Memorial Hall car park.  If your group would like to raise funds at one of our markets, please get in touch!

Current active projects worth shouting about!
Heritage Trail

Exciting progress is being made to take this project forward, and although it may seem like baby steps rather than Giant ones, each step brings us closer to realising the project outcome.  Moray Councils outdoor access officer has agreed to support the costs of doing a land search of the area so that we can ascertain who owns the land surrounding the Giants Chair. This is an important step required before we can progress with any funding application, as is the submission of a scope of work with associated costings. We are now pleased to say that thanks to a successful appeal on The Speirin’s Facebook page, and valuable interaction with interested parties, we have now had walk arounds with potential contractors, and in addition have made contact with the Royal Engineers at Kinloss who previously erected the bridge at the end of the pathway.  Dorenell Ranger Service have also offered to assist us with advice.

Dufftown Fairy Village

Now that the nights are drawing in you may just see a magical glow around The Fairy Village thanks to a lovely variety of newly installed LED string lights, mushroom and dandelion lights that were very kindly donated.  


If you would like the chance to win one of your very own exclusive Fairy Village houses, we will be running a prize draw from 13 September till 1 October. The tickets can be bought online by following the link on our website and conditions will apply, including collection and delivery restrictions.  The money raised from this prize draw will contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the Fairy Village to ensure that the fairies have a home for years to come.

Pictish Stones

In a recent site meeting with Moray Council, it was agreed that we would prepare an initial options appraisal for them to comment further on – this could usefully include: thinking on designs, siting etc. as well as considering impacts on spirituality and the experience of visitors to the graveyard. Ownership of the stone, which sits in the church graveyard, is being investigated by the Moray Council landscape services team.

Dufftown History App

After a number of setbacks, we are optimistic that this can be released in April 2022. All content is ready and the route has been mapped and we are now working with Moray College who aim to utilise an Innovation Fund.  The hope is that new technology can be used to finally develop this app which will help visitors to Dufftown access some of its rich history.

More information and how to get in touch:

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Many thanks for your ongoing support! 

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