“It is a very pleasant task to sit down and edit the first issue of your own local newsletter. There was a very wide ranging response to our call for contributions and I hope you’ll find what follows is of interest. If you have something to say- news, a complaint, club fixtures or reports, or you want to advertise – get in touch”.
This was the editor’s opening statement for the newsletter which would be published monthly commencing July, 1980.
In the months leading up to Christmas, a number of items were explored:
• Footpaths: “The maintenance of footpaths in the village and on the roads joining Newburgh and Aberargie.”
• Play facilities for children: there were only two swings in the Powrie Park at this time.
• Public Toilets: proposed placement of toilets in the area of ground beyond the Inn.
• Volunteer Car Pool: for the benefit of residents who required transport for medical appointments.
• Flooding: caused by the Ballo Burn, and the need for volunteers to deal with the problem.
• Cycling: a complaint raised by a resident about the dangers of cycling on busy roads.
• Dog Fouling: in the area surrounding the Williamson Hall.
Some of the above were successfully dealt with, some seem to have disappeared and some continue to this day!
There were reports from many of the organisations, some of which no longer exist such as the Girl Guides, the Women’s Guild and the Youth Club.
These are only a few of the news items contained in the monthly issues from July to December 1980.
The above information was sourced from the museum where a wealth of material both in artefact and written form can be found.