The Sand Bothy
The Sand Bothy was built in the 1980’s as the Balmedie Beach Visitor Centre. Since the building was taken over by the Community Trust it now aims to:
Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs
Many families are excluded from places that are inaccessible to wheelchair users and those with more hidden disabilities. This makes much of the countryside no-go areas for some in our community. The Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs project aims to change that on Balmedie Beach.
Situated at Balmedie beach, the beach wheelchair project aims to make the beach accessible for wheelchair users and those with more hidden disabilities.
Sensory Garden & creation of paths
An area of land in the centre of Balmedie has been transferred to the Trust by Aberdeenshire Council, in perpetuity, for the development of a sensory garden for the benefit of the local community.
A design has been produced for the eventual development of this area and some works have already been completed, including repairs to the dry-stone walling and building of dry-stone planters.
Groups supported by the Trust
Better Balmedie was set up in 2009 to make improvements to the appearance of Balmedie. Over the years Better Balmedie volunteers have planted and maintained planters and barrels, installed benches, picked up litter, and generally helped to keep the village looking good.
Better Balmedie is now developing a base in the land surrounding Balmedie Congregational Church which will include a potting shed and raised beds – a place for members to meet and the community to enjoy.
Balmedie Health Walks
Whatever it is that you really want to do - get fitter, meet new people or just feel better today - walking is the easy way to a happier, healthier you!
Our free weekly health walks are short, low-level walks starting and finishing at Balmedie library with a social cup of tea or coffee for £1 at the Beachside cafe afterwards.
Balmedie Friendship Group
The Balmedie Friendship group is open to all residents over the age of 50 and their carers who live in Belhelvie, Balmedie, Blackdog, Potterton and Whitecairns.
The group meets every second Tuesday 2-4pm, in Eigie House, Balmedie for interesting mix of musical entertainment and talks.
Belhelvie Community First Responders
The Belhelvie Community First responders are volunteers who have been trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to respond to medical emergencies in our local area whilst an ambulance is on it's way.
The group covers Balmedie, Belhelvie, Blackdog, Potterton and Whitecairns.
Balmedie Congregation Church
Local community church in the centre of Balmedie.
The Church holds regular services and has a space that is used for community activites such as meetings, coffee mornings, sales and play groups.
The Church hall is available for hire.
The Belhelvie Banter is a community magazine, published quarterly and distributed to all homes in the Belhelvie Parish which includes the villages of Balmedie, Belhelvie, Blackdog, Potterton, Whitecairns, & the surrounding rural areas.
Everyone involved works on a voluntary basis to share community news across our Parish. We feel it is important to use this project to bring our villages and rural areas together, given how spread out we all are. We have been providing news and information to the local communities since 2010. Over 2200 Banters are delivered to all homes by our wonderful band of distributors who go out in all weathers.
Potterton Community Group
Potterton's local community group, running Potterton's Picnic in the Park event, the Pop up Cafe (held at the Stead Inn), volunteer improvements to local paths and lots more.
Balmedie Christmas Lights
Balmedie Christmas lights is a small volunteer group, meeting & fundraising in Balmedie with the aim of lighting up the village at Christmas time and providing some festive cheer!
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Belhelvie Community Trust
Supporting groups, clubs and developing new projects in various parts of the parish since 2014