New Rotary recruit

MEMBERS at Ellon Rotary Club welcomed their newest recruit at the weekend, when Ellon Times contribuing photographer Andy McLean formally joined the group.

Andy, who works as a professional photographer in addition to his freelance work with the Times, was formally admitted to the club having attended meetings frequently over the past few weeks.

The club also received a talk from Denise Belshaw, Visitor Services Officer at Haddo Country Park about the work currently being undertaken at the estate to improve the facilities there and draw new visitors. She covered the £1.1 capital investment programme currently being undertaken, which will see a new visitors centre constructed along with a new toilet block, and general upgrades to the buildings on the estate.

She also spoke about how the park had attracted Heritage Lottery Funding, and how the funding would be used to regenerate the country park.