Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


The meeting for the Abernethy Community Cinema on January 11th was advertised in the shop window of the shop in The Square, in the noticeboard in The Square and in The Inn. We saw new faces come along, thank you, but sadly the numbers were not many, and we are beginning to wonder if the Community is interested in supporting a cinema in Abernethy. The Committee had aimed at April 10th 2015 for the first movie showing in the Williamson Hall however with such poor support from our meetings it is only if we can reach the sum of £500 through fundraising, or donations, we will show our first film which, we now hope, will be later this year. We have now opened a bank account at the Clydesdale Bank and our account on Facebook continues to encourage us with 118 ‘likes’ to date. Facebook is the best place to keep up to date with our progress, although we have just joined the Twitter community and hope to keep you abreast of things on there also – just search for Abernethy Cinema on Twitter and Abernethy Community Cinema on Facebook.. We can also be contacted through e-mail: abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com or telephone Jan on 07949 840749.

We will continue to put posters in the local shop window, on the noticeboard in The Square and in The Inn (and anywhere else we are allowed) to let you know of meetings and fundraising events. There will be a DVD/CD swap – Indoor Car Boot Sale at The Williamson Hall, on Saturday the 4th of April - £5.00 per table. To book a table for this event, Contact Jan on 07949 840749, or email us at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com

As for fundraising, any other suggestions or donations will be gratefully accepted.

Watch out for further information on the noticeboard in The Square, The Inn, Facebook and Twitter or send us an e-mail.

Again we would like to thank Grant at The Inn, for hosting the January meeting, and for his continued support.

David Millar


You may have noticed our new and improved Facebook page which has been provided free gratis by Chris, a Graphic Designer based in Glasgow – thank you Chris.  We are now reaching more people and have 142 ‘likes’ on Facebook.  Chris is also in the initial stages of setting up a web page for the cinema.

Branston, Abernethy have been most generous and donated £500.00 to the Community Cinema.

We had a lovely day for our Table Sale/CD:DVD Swap/Coffee Morning; you may have seen the photographs posted to Facebook and I tell you the cakes tasted as good as they looked.   The Inn, thank you Grant, provided funding for the costs of tea/coffee and gave prizes for our tombola which was ably run by Joyce.  We have been able to bank £100.00 from our profits from this fund raiser.  We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their input/support.  Again, we had a positive response from everyone we spoke with, thank you.  We are on track to run our first film in October this year.

Our next venture is a Quiz night on 29 May in Williamson Hall at 7.30pm.  To find out more see our posters in the shop, in Williamson Hall and in the notice boards in Abernethy and Aberargie.  You can book a table, £10.00 for team of 4, or simply turn up on the night.  The Inn is providing a bar (and waitress service) for refreshments.  We have also been delighted to accept Allan’s Chilli Products for our crisps/corn snacks on the tables

We are also running a raffle to be drawn at the quiz on 29 May.  We have gratefully received raffle prizes from St Johnstone Football Club, Let’s Eat cookery school, Jamesfield Garden Centre, McEwans of Perth, Tesco (Edinburgh Road), Wheel Inn and hampers of Allan’s Chilli Products… we also have other prizes.  Raffle tickets are 25p per ticket or £1.00 per strip or 12 strips for £10.00.

You will be able to find us at the fete in June where we will be showing pictures of Old Abernethy.  We will have leaflets to update you on our progress but please stop to watch our picture show and take time for a chat to learn more about your community cinema.  Further we have taken in a teddy bear (with a passport), we know he is not from darkest Peru however you will have the opportunity of guessing where he is from to win him to give him a new home.

If you would like to book a table for a quiz team; buy any raffle tickets, like to donate or simply get in touch please contact us through Facebook – Abernethy Community Cinema; Twitter or e-mail us at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com or telephone Jan on 07949840749


We are delighted to announce we will be holding a Planetarium Event with solar viewing. Cosmos Planetarium have agreed to host an event hopefully on The 18th of July. If you've not seen this show before, book tickets now, you wont be disappointed. There will also be solar enabled telescopes setup outside (weather permitting) where you will be able to view sunspots and flares on the sun. Tickets available soon from David Millar & Jan Barrance, Weavers, Station Road, Abernethy. Tel: 07759 643976 or 01738 850930

Secondly (drum roll) - we were absolutely delighted to RECEIVE... A CHEQUE FOR £500 FROM G4S in the 'Match It' scheme, they have matched the cheque from Branston in Abernethy - this now means we have reached our first year target and we can now fund a years worth of Cinema in Abernethy. WOOHOO !

Initially we will be hiring the equipment, but we aim to purchase equipment if all goes to plan.

We won’t rest on our laurels though, our next target is to fund the screen/blackout blind for the Williamson Hall, and we are in the process of applying for grants and planning further fundraising events to achieve this.

Thanks so much to everyone who has worked to help us reach this milestone.

David Miller


Since our last up-date our webpage is developing (thanks Chris). We have also gained quotes for a cinema screen, projector and speakers. We are working in tandem with Williamson Hall re cinema screen as this will be a permanent fixture within the Hall. Our Facebook ‘likes’ has now reached 158 – Facebook is where we post most of our information such as our fundraising events, dates for meetings and our updates, however we also have a list of email addresses to contact people directly. Should you like to be added to our list please contact us, as usual, through email at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com telephone Jan on 0799840749 or email us from our web page: abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk .

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who turned out for our quiz in May and for the generosity and participation of all involved. Special thanks to Tracey for running about, to Grant for the bar and to all who so generously donated raffle prizes.

In June, it was good to meet folk at the fete; the weather was great for the event and our bear found a good home.

Our Planetarium event in July met with good reviews, the schools in particular were interested. Thank you to Cosmos Planetarium for their huge donation. We had many enquiries from schools, please contact Steve: sgray@cosmosplanetarium.co.uk.

Our first film will be October 30th 2015. Please see posters for details or contact us for information. We will hold a meeting toward middle of August to decide on which films to show. This is your cinema, we need your input so please do come along. If you can’t make the meeting you can still send us your ideas and tell us what you would like to see.

Prices for Cinema Tickets will be:

£5.00 for Adults

£3.00 for children

Family of 4 – 2 adults + 2 children £15.00

Thank you for your continued support.

David Miller


Our 1st milestone has been successfully reached and surpassed. We have shown our first movie Sunshine on Leith in the village in the Williamson Hall, Kirk Wynd, Abernethy. We can definitely say it has been a great success – Jamesfield Garden Centre loaned us the splendid shrubs which stood proudly outside the Hall, making an attractive entrance and our red carpet, literally, has been provided by Ally Mallinson who also contributed in fixing “behind the scenes” issues, thank you Jamesfield and Ally. Iain Roddick piped us in. Iain has many honours from a long pipe band career and we were both delighted and grateful that he should donate his time, and skills, for free, thank you Iain. Our official opening was performed by Michael Ellacott. Michael has provided help and raised money for charities, receiving the prestigious David K Thomson Award in recognition and more recently has collaborat- ed on the Broadway musical ‘Power’ about the early life of Bill Clinton, thank you Michael. With the bubbly, oh and the obligatory speeches, what more do you want from an opening night?

Many people have worked hard to bring this facility together from the initial chat between David Millar, Hilda Clow and Jan Barrance. The Inn, has given us a roof (and a bar) for our meetings, thanks Grant. Our basic communication sources, Facebook, website (abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk), e-mail (abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com) and Twitter is down to Chris our Graphic Designer from Glasgow, thank you Chris. Allan’s Chilli Products has sponsored our webite for two years, thanks Allan. Our Newsletter and Front Row pamphlet is thrown together (yeah right) by David, thank you David. Jan put in the successful application to The Big Lottery, bringing in £10,000 which has been spent on our cinema equipment, provided by A & C Audio-Visual, Kirkcaldy, thanks to you both. We could not have afforded the film hire, covered print costs or got our ads/information out there without our fantastic committee, volunteers and fundraisers who have put in their time and in no particular order include Susan McDougall, Gillian Marsh, Christina Cleeton, Ally Ferguson, Doreen Allan, John Robertson, Louise Hetherington and Heather Martin and we mustn’t forget the Williamson Hall committee allowing us to install the screen, thank y'all.

Abernethy Community Cinema is part of the UK Cinema For All and has been one of the first to be invited to join the Scottish branch. Cinema For All Scotland is an exciting new venture whose aim is to address issues faced by rural cinema.

With the films for our first season having been chosen; It’s a Wonderful Life for the evening of 11th December and Miracle on 34th Street for the morning of 12 December we conclude our first season. Our second season commences Friday 12th February 2016 with the 1998 comedy, crime/romance movie Out of Sight. You can reserve seats any time – please contact us via Facebook, our web-site, e-mail or telephone.

 To our future: It all takes money… we have had such a good reaction to our Newsletter and requests for advertising that we are now considering going ‘double sided’ with adverts starting from £20.00 (please contact us for further information). We will continue with house-to-house distribution of our Newsletter and Front Row pamphlet in Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron. Front Row gives us the opportunity to tell our community about the films we will be showing. Our success with the Fashion Show at McEwens, which sold out, (raising £400.00) means we will most likely do this again for next season’s wardrobe. The Quiz (yeah, I hear you say), brings out the knowledgeable and will also be run, possibly around May and finally. The Treasure Hunt earlier this year was so much fun for all the family that we have persuaded the organisers to arrange a Hunt for us for the better weather. And the car boot sale… we can never have too much, again we’ve decided to wait for the better weather, so we continue to collect and can collect if you’ve ‘stuff’ you no longer want.

We hope the community of Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron will have many enjoyable hours at the Cinema watching, perhaps, chick flix, action movies, comedies, musicals, and even cartoons for the youngsters. We hope to offer ‘themed’ nights such as film and a curry, Mama Mia and a disco and the Italian job with spag bol! We hope you like our ideas and we look forward to seeing you at your cinema.

David Millar

MARCH 2016

We are delighted to start 2016 full of enthusiasm and keenness with our first committee meeting of the year last January 18th where we planned films and fundraisers. One of the issues we discussed at our meet- ing was the issues that arose in printing of tickets; from this we will now offer seat reservation and tickets can be collected at the door. We will accept seat reservations for any of our films. Allan’s Chilli Products continues to sponsor our web page, thanks Allan.

Special thanks to The Inn for sponsoring us over the festive season and to you all who bought film tickets as a gift. If you would like further information or would like to buy film tickets as a gift please contact us. Christmas attendance was a little disappointing for us… but despite the films having just been on TV they looked good on our big screen.

We start our Season Two on 12th February showing the 1998 comedy film Out of Sight (15) with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. This film affirmed George Clooney’s road to success. As this film is shown close to Valentine’s Day we offer you the op- portunity to be fun and creative and have a few of your words, or pictures, shown on a short film before our film shows. Maybe you’d like to say ‘I love you’ or something a little more vivacious. Usual BYOB applies. Please contact us to let us have your special message and/or pictures for this event.

March 11th we will show The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG) staring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal (Raj Kher in 90210). Due to unforeseen circumstances, our curry is now an Afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be sandwiches (maybe delicately cut into fingers), scones and cakes with unlimited tea/coffee/soft drink. Doors will open at 6.00pm with Afternoon Tea served from 6.15pm and the film will commence 7.30pm. Baking is homemade… remember the scrummy cakes as per last year at our Car Boot fundraiser? Booking/ticket reservation for this is a must (£7.00 per adult, £5.00 per child and Family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) are £22.00) however you can still reserve tickets for the film only and come along at about 7.15pm. Please contact us to reserve your seats.

 April 15th sees the start of our aim to show more films for our younger population and we are trying something new… a current film, due out on DVD in March. We hope it will be available on Licence for April 15th. The film is Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie and is a ‘U’ classification. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult. Whilst we intend to show other films for our younger population, for now October and December are outlined for other ‘U’ classification films. Please note this film will start earlier than normal.

Our fundraisers will start soon… March – see us trying again with a car boot sale; the date for which is totally subject to the weather so you still have a few weeks to donate anything you may want ooot - we can collect. We are thankful for anything you may have that we can sell to raise funds. Please see below for contact details.

June is Quiz night – there will be the usual tricks to get you to part with your hard earned cash… charge for team entry/raffle tickets/donation jars – well actually anything we can think of to generate money to cover our costs. This year will be BYOB (bring your own booze).

We’re going to give a film/disco a go… probably in August as school holidays and vacations will be upon us in a blink. You will be able to come to one or the other or both.

To keep up to date with information, what we are up to and/or what the Cinema is showing we will continue with Front Row and our Newsletters. We are grateful to you all who help us deliver our leaflet/newsletters however we are looking for assistance for our leaflet/newsletter delivery covering the Glenfoot Road, Abernethy and Dron.

For more up-to-date information please check out our website (abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk) or Facebook (Abernethy Community Cinema) or telephone Jan on 07949840749 and/or be added to our e-mail list (abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com). We continue to put up posters in the notice boards in The Square, by the bus stop down by Nurse Peattie’s Garden and in the notice board in Aberargie. Posters will be about for most of the year as we offer our forth- coming film schedule. Keep your eyes open for our Front Row leaflet and Newsletter.

Thanks to you all for your support and on behalf of the Abernethy Community Cinema, I wish you a belated Happy New Year.

Jan - Chair

JUNE 2016


The Abernethy Community Cinema is holding a Quiz Night in the Williamson Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 10.th June 2016.

£3 per person (teams of 4) plus a raffle.

Due to the tremendous turn out last year it is best to book a table in advance.

For any further information contact Jan 07949 840749

Abernethy Community Cinema held their first Annual General Meeting last month taking stock of the usual stuff (in no particular order); finances; committee members and volunteers and reflection on how we’ve done so far and what we should do in the future.  We have said sadly said good-bye to some who have supported us but happily said hello to others.  Our others have joined us bringing fresh ideas and grateful support as we couldn’t do what we do without each and every one – thank you (you know who you are).  If you’re interested in Abernethy Community Cinema you can come along to any of our meetings, you’ll be most welcome.

Our campaign to raise money has been gratefully supported (thank you) bringing in necessary financial support which has got us through our first year and we continue raising money to get us through our second year… you will see us at the Fete on 28th May also we aim to run a Treasure Hunt later in the year… to mention just a few fundraisers.  Our next ‘big’ fundraiser will be our Quiz on 10th June.  We were thrilled at the turn out last year, having to bring out more chairs and double up tables; so ask you book your table for this year.  We are asking for £3.00 per head and for a team of 4.

For any of our events, you can find out what’s on and reserve seats at any time - please see below.  We commence our next season in August with Paddington (PG) followed by the action thriller 007 film Spectre (12) in October.  The successful ‘bring-your-own’ continues so please do bring whatever you’d like… crisps, popcorn, wine, juice, sandwiches… whatever you like.

To date we have shown a varying genre of film with varying results in attendance but here comes the same old adage ‘if you don’t use it you will lose it’.  Williamson Hall continues with their maintenance and upgrading making the Hall a very pleasant place to be in an evening for a film show.  We offer tea/coffee/juice/biscuits during our intermission which we have found brings out the chat and a more community feel to the experience of attending a film show and we really enjoy this bit of our events.

Looking to 2016/2017 we have sadly, despite requests for films for youngsters in our population, had poor attendance for films for our younger audience.  We will try again but we are seriously considering not specifically allocating time for Universal films due to lack of attendance.  

You can contact us via our web page at abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk or through Facebook: Abernethy Community Cinema; via e-mail at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com (we can put you on our e-mailing list too) or the good ‘old fashioned way’ by telephone – call Jan 07949840749.  (Twitter is work in progress).



We now head into the start of our second year - you will see some changes such as, we aim to be able to offer free teas during intervals at every film show and we continue to save up for new chairs. Ally has come up trumps with new shutters allowing us to be more versatile in when we show our films as currently we have to ensure it is dark so the windows do not shine through our fabulous film screen.

We have had, so far, a grand income from our fundraising so thank you very much for your support whether it be that you donated your stuff to our car boot sale, which we finally attended down at Inverkeithing, or you supported us at the fete and what a great day for the fete - a tad breezy where we were situated but this did not deter you visiting our table. We had a ‘lost’ teddy bear looking for his home and his home was duly found at Atnaharra and was won by (name withheld) then re-donated for our quiz night, thank you very much, and our complimentary tickets were accepted by (name withheld) so we hope to see them soon.

Our quiz brought out the usual cordial competition along with the ‘oh I know this’ as the grey matter ticked over then the ‘ahh’ when the answer was given. Thanks to David, quizmaster, for his efforts that night and to the companies who generously gave to our raffle and made it worth entering. We have yet to run our Treasure Hunt ably put together by Nigel and Louise Hetherington.

Our next film is Paddington (PG) on Friday August 26th at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and Spectre (12) scheduled for  Friday 21st October at 7.00pm for  7.30pm. Bring your  own drink and nibbles still goes so do please do bring  whatever you like. We have had a lot of interest in  both films so  please do reserve your seats soon.

We have spoken with Abernethy Primary School and have had a positive discussion in how the Cinema can assist the School and their cinema club. One of our objectives is to be able to support the school who “aim to enable children and young people to study two languages in addition to their mother tongue …”, therefore it is our intention to be able to show a film, in French, in association with Abernethy Primary School. If you are interested in further information regarding this particular film show, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have returned our End of Grant Report to the Big Lottery Fund; the committee will be meeting to discuss our way forward and consider further applications for funding. If you would like to join us, at any time, for our meetings please contact us to register your interest.

You can contact us via our web page at  abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk or through Facebook:  Abernethy Community Cinema; via e-mail at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com (we can put you on our e-mailing list too) or the good ‘old fashioned way’ by telephone – call Jan 07949840749. (Twitter is work in Progress).




Here We Go Again

Yes it’s true. Abernethy Community Cinema is starting up again with the first showing hoped to be in February next year. Although final details have to be arranged it is intended that the first film will be MAMA MIA 2 HERE WE GO AGAIN.
The committee are hoping to get back to running at least six showings a year but to do that they need your support.   We really need forty people minimum at each showing, so if we are to continue come and join the show. Further details will be available nearer the time of the showing, on the village facebook page and the village notice boards.

MARCH 2019

YES YES The cinema is re-opening but not on 16th February as you may have heard but on the 23rd  March.

The opening film will be Mamma Mia - Here We Go Again.

Come along , bring your nibbles and bottle if desired but come along. Notices will be displayed in the village confirming the date closer to opening night.

We need your support to keep the cinema going and we welcome any suggestions which you may have for future showings, just tell us at the cinema night or send an email to us at abernethycommunitycinema@gmail.com letting us know your thoughts.

JUNE 2019

Our 2019 season is well and truly underway with our showings in March and May being well attended. Our second showing ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ was screened at the earlier time of 6.30 pm as many parents thought children would find 7.30 a little late.

The next showing on 20th July at 7.00pm for 7.30 pm is Bohemian Rhapsody. A film not to be missed, even if you have seen it already.

Thereafter the season takes a different approach in its selections with 21st September  screening Hunter Killer, a film described as ‘American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress in the Arctic Ocean. He soon learns that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, a conspiracy that threatens to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to sneak through enemy waters, rescue the kidnapped Russian president and prevent World War III.” On 23rd November we are showing Aquaman a film with the following description “Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.”. On 14th December we hope to show Christmas Chronicles although this has not yet been released for film club showing. If it is not released in time we will screen a different festive season offering and details will be found on our facebook page and website; facebook ‘Abernethy Community Cinema’ and website ‘www.abernethycommunitycinema.co.uk


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your continuing support to make the Abernethy Community cinema a roaring success and, in the words of Freddie Mercury, we proved that as a small community we are ‘The Champions’.

The last film Bohemian Rhapsody was a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury who defied stereotypes and shattered convention.

Did you know there are a number of health benefits in attending the cinema known as film therapy; movies can make you laugh, cry, and even find the strength you need to face your problems.

So why not come along and join us at the next showing on the 21st September with some of your friends and family and leave feeling revitalised, relaxed, motivated after an evening of fun and laughter.

Next showing Hunter Killer on Saturday 21st September at 7.30PM:


American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress in the Arctic Ocean. He soon learns that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, a conspiracy that threatens to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to sneak through enemy waters, rescue the kidnapped Russian president and prevent World War III.

 The next showing after Hunter Killer will be Aquaman on November 23rd.

It is hoped that 2020 will see us showing films on the following dates:

The programme of films will appear in the December Crier.

Jennie Marshall