Moray is an area that lies in the North East of Scotland. It is one of the two new areas that Rural Wisdom is spreading into in 2019.
Rural Wisdom Moray will be initially concentrating on the coastal communities roughly north of Elgin. These are Burghead, Hopeman and Duffus.
Burghead has a population of 1680 and is well known for the Burning of the Clavie at New Year, the old Pictish Fort at the tip of the peninsular and ship building. It had a rich fishing history and was the practice area for the D-Day landings as well as the centre for the Shetland Bus linking Shetland and German Occupied Norway during the war.
Hopeman is along the coast and is a small close-knit community with two beautiful beaches, a collection of colourful beach huts and is a popular holiday destination. There is a hugely busy summer gala with activities ranging from traditional sandcastle competitions through to rock concerts, fancy dress parades, Songs of Praise and an Arts and Craft Fete.
Duffus is a small village along the coast towards Lossiemouth. It is in close proximity to Gordonstoun School the Duffus name has undergone a variety of spelling changes through the years. The name is probably a compilation of two Gaelic words, dubh and uisg, meaning “darkwater” or “blackwater”. At one time, the region was below sea-level and the Loch of Spynie and stagnant pools of water were a conspicuous feature of the area.
The Rural Wisdom project in Moray commenced about two months ago and is currently exploring and listening to the issues, concerns and joys of older people living in the community. We’ve been out and about speaking to people in the area. When asked what kept him active, one man in his eighties answered ‘curiosity’.
I look forward to finding out more! – Fi Thomson, Community Worker