News from the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum

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The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum held a successful double header of local events this week, with a Race Night and a Community Quiz.

The Race Night, held on Saturday evening, took place in Methlick’s Beaton Hall. Nearly 80 people turned out to take part in a fantastic evening of family entertainment, compered by Norman English.

Six races took place, over which time ‘racegoers’ were well looked after by the staff of the Ythanview Hotel, who ran the bar and served generous plates of stovies.

In all, some £1,700 was raised on the night, which will be shared between the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and the Beaton Hall itself.

On Monday night, teams from a wide range of local groups took part in a Community Quiz, which had been rescheduled due to last November’s bad weather conditions.

Held in the Assembly Hall at Meldrum Academy, teams battled it over six rounds of general knowledge questions, each hoping to scoop the top prize of £200 to benefit their group or chosen good cause.

Taking part in a tightly contested field were teams from the National Trust, Meldrum Musical Society, Meldrum Academy Parent Council, Meldrum Library Reading Group, Meldrum Bowling Club, Meldrum Sunday Club, Oldmeldrum WRI and Rothienorman Bowling Club.

In the end, however, it was the team from Methlick Scout Group which emerged victorious, allowing them to put their winnings towards a planned trip to Sweden and a new Scout tent.

Oldmeldrum Rotarian Hilary Gordon, who together with husband Mick – also Chairman of the Beaton Hall Committee - took a leading role in organising the evenings, said she was happy with the local response to both events.

Thanking those who had helped to make the events such a success, she said: “Everyone at Oldmeldrum Rotary Club would like to share their appreciation for the help we had in putting together these events.

“For the race night, whether it was the raffle prizes, the tatties which were donated for the stovies, the effort which went into peeling them and the assistance of the Ythanview Hotel in keeping everyone fed and watered, every contribution big and small helped to make the night a success.

“It was a great evening of fun for all ages, and was hosted in grand style by Norman English, who did us proud in keeping the evening rolling along.

“It’s good to know that the monies raised will assist the Beaton Hall, as well as help the club to continue our support of local and international good causes. The Community Quiz was a new event for us, but it’s one which we’ll certainly consider repeating.

“We thoroughly enjoyed bringing together so many local groups, as well as being able to offer a substantial prize to the winning team. We wish the Scouts well in their trip, and hope that the prize can be of use to them in their future activities”.