A Deeside arts venue has put out a call to the North-east business community for a second-hand shipping container, after their previous storage unit was destroyed by winter storms.

St Margaret’s Braemar is run by a charitable trust — promoting performances, visual arts and Scottish heritage, while breathing new life into an A-listed former church in the heart of the Cairngorms.

With a varied programme of over 50 events taking place in 2023, St Margaret’s is fast establishing itself as a unique destination venue, set within one of the the country’s most picturesque villages.

While plans are underway to restore and transform the space after decades of disuse and disrepair, a new container unit will be a stopgap measure to store seating and staging while the spectacular venue is open for exhibitions from April.

Commenting, St Margaret’s Trustee Dr Colin Hunter OBE said:

“At the tail end of last year our previous storage unit was literally blown into the neighbour’s garden by some gale force winds — and ever since we’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more sturdy.

“As a charity which invests every last penny in improving our venue for visitors and developing an exciting and varied programme, we’re calling on the North East business community for some help.

“So, if there are any businesses out there with a shipping container going spare — either to donate or that they’d be willing to give us on a long-term loan — then we want to hear from you. And if you’ve got a lorry to get it to Braemar then even better!

“St Margaret’s relies heavily upon the generosity of donors, the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our audiences.

“We know that budgets are tight for businesses right now, but we’re hopeful that some generous benefactor can help us out with this very practical of donations.”

Anyone who can help, please email admin@stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk

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