Delving back in time

June 4, 1964: Farnell Scouts have converted part of the old manse stable into an attractive and workmanlike hut.

The walls have been lined with plywood half-way up, with a log cabin effect and the upper part is whitewashed.

A huge door knocker was made from the limb of a tree by Scout Kenneth Bruce.

A surveyor had been asked to suggest how he would propose a new (or second-hand) weighbridge and how it could best be installed at St Ninian’s Square.

His sketch plan showed the weighbridge within a lay-by on the other side of the street with a hexagonal office in stone approximately on the site of the Dalhousie fountain (which would have to be taken down and moved somewhere else).

The total cost of the installation would be £2500, to which would have to be added to the cost of the weighbridge.

A second hand weighbridge, it was stated, could probably be provided for about £900, compared with £1800 for a new one. It would be guaranteed for 20 years.

The work of installing the £28,000 worth of equipment in the telephone exchange in City Road is taking longer than expected and the exchange will not be ready for service until the beginning of September.

When the new exchange opens the 999 emergence call service will be available for the first time at Brechin, Careston, Fern and Menmuir.

June 1, 1978: The derelict property at 38-40 High Street, a key point in the Brechin conservation area itself being classed as being of outstanding architectural importance among the towns of Scotland, is being restored by the District Council.

This restoration is the culmination of several years of negotiation between the council, the Scottish Development Department and the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland.

The last-named body has shown much interest and sympathy and has made a generous grant of £7,500 towards the restoration.

At the same time as those negotiations were proceeding a face-lift scheme was set in motion so that, when the restoration of 38-40 High Street was completed, the buildings between 38 High Street and 17 Church Street could be brought up to the standard set for architects.

It will be recalled that a start in environmental improvement took place last year - as a result of co-operation between the Trust and authorities at the U.S. Base.

Twenty-five trees were planted were planted at Trinity Fields to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

This year it is hoped to plant daffodil bulbs on the same site, so that, in effect there will be roses in summer, evergreens for winter and daffodils in spring.

May 2, 1991: For more years than most of us care to remember, Gallaccio’s Billiard Parlour at the foot of the High Street has been the meeting place of Brechin’s budding Stephen Hendrys, but now the dingy cavern has been completely refurbished to provide a meeting place for the elderly of Brechin.

Over the weekend, staff of the Dalhousie Centre have been busy putting the finishing touches to the work done by tradesmen to create a welcoming, bright interior for their members who visited their new “home”.

The furnishing have all been moved from the former Airlie Street manse, which has been the centre’s home since it was opened, so members won’t find everything strange, and, of course, the staff who look after them will also be “weel kent faces”.

Brechin City are returning to the second division.

The two-one home defeat by Partick Thistle confirmed this as, with two games to go, they cannot overtake third bottom Ayr and Forfar Athletic.

Partick were also looking for maximum points as they have not yet given up the hope of promotion.

With the legal debate in its final throes the Caledonain Railway Preservation Society seem set to realise their dream of a fully operational passenger service from Brechin to Bridge of Dun this summer.

Having received the green light for their project the society’s members are now devoting their spare time on the repair and maintenance of the track.