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Burgie Arboretum photography visit with photographer Nick Gibbons a "fantastic" success


By Lewis McBlane

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ATTENDEES at a free photography trip to the idyllic Burgie Arboretum had a "fantastic day".

The group at Burgie Arboretum. From left: Nick Gibbons, Agnes Gardiner, Jana Hutt, Ruth Whitfield, Howard Davenport, Nichola Jones and Tony Pinner...Picture: Nick Gibbons.
The group at Burgie Arboretum. From left: Nick Gibbons, Agnes Gardiner, Jana Hutt, Ruth Whitfield, Howard Davenport, Nichola Jones and Tony Pinner...Picture: Nick Gibbons.

A trip to the woodland gardens near the A96 on Sunday, April 3 was a great opportunity to flex photography muscles, with a chance to have work exhibited.

The event, organised by Rafford Village hall, offered one-to-one training with professional photographer Nick Gibbons, who helped the budding photographers take better pictures on any device.

Part of a series running once-a-month until September, the field trip was open to all after booking online, with the only equipment needed being a phone or camera and a packed lunch.

Rafford Village Hall Committee chairwoman Ruth Whitfield said: "We had a fantastic day at Burgie Arboretum. We had fun and learned so much as part of a lovely group.

"The idea is to help local people capture beautiful images of local scenes and landmarks within the Finderne area, then select some of those pictures to be featured in the 2023 Finderne Calendar and possibly on greetings cards also.

"There will also be an exhibition in Rafford Village Hall once the project is completed, featuring the very best photographs."

The series of free events is being made possible by a grant from the Berry Burn Community Fund – a scheme funded by a local windfarm.

In total, the Finderne Calendar Project is set to receive £1060 from the fund.

Ms Whitfield said the money will come in useful to ease production costs.

She said: "We were thrilled to receive news of our successful funding application to the Berryburn Community Fund - it is a huge help for our Finderne Calendar Project.

"The funding will be used to purchase equipment for the exhibition as well as part payment for the calendars.

"We intend to use a local printer, it all depends on costs which change from week to week as prices for everything are very volatile right now.

"Calendars will be sold to anyone who'd like to buy them. They'll be advertised online via Rafford Village Hall, Finderne Community Council Finderne Development Trust, in and around Forres and the Finderne area."

People interested in attending a future field trip can register by emailing: raffordvillagehall@gmail.com. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.



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