Together we do more

Originally formed in 1960, the New Deer Community Association (NDCA) is a registered charity which has responsibility for running the village’s Public Hall, the Dingwall-Fordyce Community Park and the Public Toilets.   In addition, its members produce the local What’s On in New Deer booklet, arrange a variety of theatre and film shows, attend to the festive street lighting display, and look after the containers of summer bedding plants.   There is also a Village Orderly whose role is subsidised annually by Deer Community Council through the Brighter Villages Scheme.

A focal point of New Deer is the Public Hall.   It is located in the centre of the village at the top of Fordyce Terrace, beside its own small car park.  On the ground floor there are a couple of meeting rooms, a recently refurbished kitchen, and toilet facilities.   Upstairs (serviced by a stair lift) there is a small hall, a large one with a stage, and a kitchen kitted out to professional catering standards.   All areas of the hall are available for hire.   A separate area of the building houses the premises of the Royal British Legion.

Almost four years ago, the Community Association received a generous gift of 4.5 acres of land within the village boundaries, with the stipulation that it be developed for housing, including affordable homes.   The donor, Willie Littlejohn, expressed the wish that the proceeds should be used by NDCA to improve ALL of the facilities in the village.

Another exciting project in the village is the plan to establish a small centre to celebrate local history and heritage.   Moves are underway to proceed with this, although it is currently at a very early stage.

Fundraising is of vital importance to New Deer Community Association, and one initiative is the 500 Club.   In its second year now, it is proving to be a valuable source of revenue.   There is also an annual Grand Raffle, which is drawn at the very popular Quiz Night.   Another event which attracts a large crowd is the Bonfire and Fireworks display.   This takes place every year in Craigieford Park (the Show park), with the kind permission of New Deer Agricultural Association.   All of this work is undertaken by volunteers.

The Public Hall also has its own Facebook Page, where forthcoming events, activities and opportunities are advertised.

New Deer Community Association is principally run by three Trustees and three Office Bearers, along with six Public Members, and a further 24 members representing affiliated groups and organisations.   Meetings are held six times a year.

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