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Halkirk Heritage And Vintage Motor Society

Opening Day
James Gunn (left) and Billy Manson (right) joined local MP John Thurso when he opened the new Halkirk Heritage and Vintage Motor Society's summer exhibition at the Ross Institute.

The Exhibition is now closed but will be reopening in 2007
check back for dates

Chairman Billy Manson billy.manson@btopenworld.com

Vice Chairman Edward Sutherland

Hon. Secretary James Gunn Jnr Tel. 01847 831 558
Geirrstathir House
KW12 6XQ

Hon. Treasurer Peter Blackwood

Membership Secretary Joan Porter Tel. 01847 831 230
KW12 6XQ

If you would like to join the Society and help preserve local history the membership fees for 2006 are:
Full - 5.00
Associate - 2.50
Junior - 1.00
Family - 10.00

Newsletter Index
Issue 2 September 2006

Halkirk Heritage and Vintage Motor Society
Summer Exhibition
Saturday 1st July 2006 - Ross Institute, Halkirk

Grand Opening By John Thurso MP 2.00pm
Open To The Public 3.00pm - 5.00pm
The exhibition will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm & 7.00pm - 9.00pm and on Saturdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Halkirk Whisky

Skinnet Stone

Bedspread Return To Halkirk From New Zealand
An historic bedspread, embroidered with 986 names, will soon be returned to its Scottish town of origin.   It was a gift to Sir John Ross and his wife, Margaret, well-known Dunedin benefactors notable for their gifts to Knox College, St Margaret's College and Ross Home. Born in Caithness, Scotland in 1834, John Ross arrived in Dunedin in 1861 and went into partnership to establish the importing and wholesalers firm Ross and Glendining. Sir John travelled widely for his business, which grew to encompass the Roslyn Woollen Mill, sheep stations, and branches throughout New Zealand, in Melbourne and in London. He crossed the equator 23 times. In 1911, he gave money for an educational and social institute to be built on the site of his old school in the village of Halkirk, Caithness. The residents of the small village held a two-day bazaar to raise further funds for a clock tower they added to the building. In gratitude for the Ross's generosity, a ladies' work party made them a bedspread and people could have their names embroidered on it for the subscription of one shilling.  In September 2004 descendants were in Caithness to hand over the bedspread to the Halkirk Village Council.