Volunteer open morning in Johnshaven

Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society will be holding a volunteer open morning next week.

The group are inviting everyone to The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven on Saturday, April 11, from 10am-noon.

You can join them for a friendly and informal morning to hear all about their project to renovate The Lifeboat House and how you can get involved with the new venture.

The Lifeboat House is largely managed by volunteers and as they embark on their first season open to the public the group urgently need more volunteers to help with a range of activities.

This could include planning events, welcoming visitors on days the venue is open, organising small exhibitions and working with school groups.

Donald Marr, chair of Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society, said: “We are looking for volunteers with a range of interests and will provide training to suit to ensure a highly rewarding and social experience.

“We will be joined on the day by Sandy Stewart from The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, who will be talking about his experience volunteering for over 15 years.

“There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the project and the work of the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society as well as a chance to have a chat with a cuppa and fine piece.”

The project began after the society was gifted the Lifeboat House in order to store and display a growing collection of photographs and artefacts relating to the heritage of Johnshaven and Benholm.

It is hoped the venue will not only provide a place for people to come and enjoy this rich heritage but also an exciting hub for talks, performance and art shows.

Donald added that anyone can get involved.

He said: “If you would like to be involved in this project, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers to be involved in all aspects of running the heritage hub. Or, if you have memories of life in the Johnshaven and Benholm area which you would be happy to share we would delighted for you to get in touch.”