Links between Huntly and Finland have been cemented this month during a visit from over 40 Finns as part of the LEADER Transnational Co-operation Project.
Groups from Parkano, Paltimo, Nilsia and Juankoski arrived in Huntly for a hectic 11 day programme of activities intended to build on and consolidate previous activities from when representatives from the two countries have met.
The Finnish visitors stayed locally and were entertained at a variety of different venues and events, including a Burns Supper at The Golf Club, another at the OAP’s Hall, a barbeque hosted by the Ski Club at the Nordic Ski Centre, and a Scot-Fin Ceilidh in the Stewarts Hall, to name but a few!
The project was split into two groups: Sticks & Stones and Rising Youth Bands. The Stick & Stones participants have constructed a larch shelter in the Clashindarroch Forest which will be beneficial to skiers and walkers and they built a fire pit and rockery at Glamourhaugh Community Allotments which included a day of wellbeing.
The Rising Youth Bands took part in dance and music workshops at The Linden Centre and recorded their very own CD, they also cooked Scot-Fin food in the Community Kitchen.
Project Co-ordinator and HDT Volunteer Jane Lockyer said that the project had been a great success! “What has been achieved through skills sharing and collaborations between our communities has had a tremendous impact”. The collaboration is set to continue in October when the Sticks & Stones group from Juankoski are due back to Huntly for another visit. Plans are underway!