Milltown Workshop mark 20 years

Richard Firth and Andrew Irvine cut the cake celebrating 20 years
Richard Firth and Andrew Irvine cut the cake celebrating 20 years

Arbuthnott-based Milltown Community celebrated 20 years of its day workshops this week with a special event.

Set up in 1996 to provide practical work activities for local people with a range of disabilities it currently has 24 workers involved.

From woodwork and gardening to arts and crafts, Milltown is a hive of activity set in the idyllic Mearns countryside and is aimed at giving people with special needs access to therapeutic work.

Members old and new were on hand to celebrate 20 years at the workshop, which included a slideshow of pictures in Arbuthnott on Friday, April 15.

Richard Firth who has been at Milltown since day one was on hand to give a short speech at the event where he talked about the great work the group has done, thanking everyone involved.

He said: “I think we have achieved something pretty amazing here. We can call it our first 20 years and I hope it is the first of many to come.

“Providing we can stick to the values that have brought us this far I don’t think we will go too far wrong.

“I hope in 20 years time someone else is here talking about years 20 to 40.”

At Milltown Workshop second hand tools are refurbished and sent to Africa to be used by local craftsmen. Many of the African craftsmen who receive the refurbished tools have a disability.

The Day Workshop is very much a part of the local community who visit in groups or individually to purchase hand-made items for sale in their shop.

Andrew Irvine, who had also been at Milltown since day one was on hand to cut the cake to celebrate 20 years to the day on Friday.

The group has been invovled in many different projects throughout the years including opening a garden centre in 2011.

The Milltown community grew plants and made a range of wooden garden items such as bird tables and nest boxes.

Milltown community also opened an eco-friendly compost toilet block back in April 2013. The group worked with Tullo Wind Farm company Eneco to deliver the toilet.

You will find Milltown Community in the village of Arbuthnott on the B967 between Fordoun (A90) and Inverbervie (A92).