Fridays, 1-2pm, Brander kitchen
Weekly lunch and talks
Friday 17 May: Nordic Skiing - Huntly and beyond
with Roy Young
How did a small rural town like Huntly end up hosting a national centre for an Olympic sport? Roy Young has been involved in Huntly's Nordic Ski Centre for years, and will tell us how local adventures in snow led to the development of Olympic- and World Class athletes. So far the Nordic Ski Centre as seen five local school pupils and alumni aspire to perform at the Winter Olympics and snowsport World Cups. It's a place of opportunity, where local young people are supported to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams.
Friday 24 May: Himalayan Initiatives
with Jane Lockyer
Jane Lockyer from local charity Himalayan Initiatives will be speaking about their work in grass roots community development in Nepal.
Friday 31 May: Shared Lives community support scheme
with Sue Mahony
Shared Lives care offers people with an alternative and highly flexible form of accommodation, care and support within the community. This initiative enables a wide range of vulnerable people with a disability to live independent lives, have their health and well-being promoted and can for some people reduce the need for admission to hospital or residential care. The care and accommodation people receive is provided by ordinary individuals, couples or families in the local community, creating opportunities for positive shared life experiences and stronger cross-ties within the community.
Friday 7 June: Teaching with the Maasai
with Margaret Thompson
Margaret Thompson spends 3 months of the year working with the Maasai in rural Kenya, supporting teacher training through Osiligi Charity Projects. By sharing her experience she aims to promote respect and equality between cultures. What ideas can we exchange with the Maasai? More information about her experiences can be found on travelswithchalk.com
Friday 14 June: EU Citizens' Mental Health & Wellbeing
with Piotr Teodoroski
How is Brexit impacting the mental health and wellbeing of EU citizens in the UK? Piotr Teodorowski from Robert Gordon University will speak about an ongoing interdisciplinary study exploring this relationship. More information about the project can be found here.
Friday 21 June: World bellydance and the American Tribal Style
with Lyra Sevencats
Celebrate the longest day of summer with some contagious dancing! Lyra Sevencats, of Moray Tribal Dance, will share her love of American Tribal Style Bellydance. It’s a modern style of dance born in the United States of many global roots, from Arabic, to Turkish, to Bollywood, to Balkan Gypsy, and celebrates our intrinsic human need for rhythm and dance.
Friday 28 June: Gallery Glimpses - Aberdeen Art Gallery's redevelopment project
with Christine Rew
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Manager, Christine Rew, will discuss the major redevelopment project to transform Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall. This talk will present a fascinating insight into the transformation and glimpses of what visitors will see when it re-opens later this year.