Community brings Bothy back to life

The Sand Bothy
The Sand Bothy

The future of the Sand Bothy at Balmedie Beach is looking bright thanks to undeniable community spirit.

Having lain empty since the withdrawal of the Beach Ranger Service over ten years ago, the Belhelvie Community Trust applied for running the building as a Community Asset Transfer.

The trust gained occupancy of the building in early 2016 and this summer were granted a ten-year lease.

With the support of local businesses and funds, the National Lottery Awards for All and the Aberdeenshire Council Planning Partnership, the Trust have been able to maintain their mission of providing a local community hub, which through the help of passionate volunteers has brought an unused building back to life.

The Sand Bothy now has a permanent hatch fixture which will be used to serve customers from a kiosk.

With the success of the kiosk and demand for hiring the facility out the Bothy is now opening its doors on weekends and could extend its weekday hours.

A seaside-themed Fun Day will be held on Saturday, September 17 with face painting, fake tattoos and seaside crafts for children and various other activities.

Local photographers are also looking to showcase their talents at the Bothy later in the year.

To add to this the future looks extremely bright for The Sand Bothy with positive words from the Head of Landscape Services of Aberdeenshire Council and development ideas from energy surveyors.