News Updates

Thrive Bike: Film and Talk

Film Night, Friday 23rd September 1800, Graham Obree: Flying Scotsman, Halls, 15-19 years old ticket £2.50, Adult ticket £5.00

The owner of a struggling bicycle shop, Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee Miller) winning fame as a racing cyclist. Though his wife Anne (Laura Fraser) and friend Malky (Billy Boyd) give him unwavering support, faces huge obstacles in his quest: His struggle with mental illness, and his lack of sponsorships. Nevertheless, Graeme, using a homemade bicycle dubbed “Old Faithful,” sets out in pursuit of his dream.

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Film and Talk, Saturday 24th September 1800,  Lee Craigie: Not the North Coast 500, Halls, Tickets £10 – £5 children

The success of the The North Coast 500 has made it busy with cars and finding somewhere to eat or sleep along the route can be a challenge. But a lesser known off- road route can be stitched together and along it small, independent food producers offer an exquisite alternative to shipped in produce. Join Lee Craigie and The Adventure Syndicate for a sneak preview of their latest film in collaboration with food expert Ghillie Basan and Hostelling Scotland.

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Join Ballater Royal Deeside

Our charity supports funding for local groups as well taking on various projects including The Ballater Greens Enhancement Project, Reinstatement of Cambus O’ May Bridge, Duck Festival, Walking Week, Footpath and Signage, Reinstatement of Riverside Path, Hardship Fund.

We are currently shaping our strategy for the next 3 to 5 years in partnership with other key community groups. Our big plans require a diverse set of skills and experience and we now welcome applications to join our Board of Directors and Trustees.

Full details of what we’re looking for are in this PDF

Ballater Hardship Fund

We are well over the £30,000 mark on funds raised with Gordon Riddler having just completed his EVEREST climb equivalent of 29,029ft up Craigendarroch and had raised at last count £1000 to add to the fund.

Read full details and see the photo here.

The fund is targeting the many part time and minimum hours employees in the area between Crathie & Dinnet by offering them Coop Credit cards to allow people to cover food & essentials along with electricity but give them the security of anonymity as we live in a close community. The recipients can return to their nominated FACE, who becomes like a Buddy and not only supplies the card but keeps contact to ensure on their mental wellbeing.