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Brechin ‘Open Doors Fortnight’ – Community Groups

Posted September 18th 2018 by Rural Wisdom

When the Rural Wisdom project carried out a survey and ran an event earlier this year, we found that people in Brechin didn’t know where to go to access information about community groups in services.

This prompted us to launch the Brechin Information Hub and run the ‘Open Doors Fortnight’, currently running from 10 – 24 September. We were thoroughly impressed by the range of activities and services on offer, and have compiled them into this handy list: You can access a downloadable pdf version here

If you run a community group or activity that isn’t featured, but you think it should be, simply fill in the details here.

This information on community groups and services active in the local area is brought to you by the new Brechin Information Hub in partnership with Brechin Community Pantry. Pick up your free leaflet at Brechin Community Pantry and Brechin Information Hub. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to 4pm and Tuesdays 12pm-4pm


Regular Dates for Your Diary
Brechin Bowling Club

Argyll Street

Fortnightly: Tuesday pm

Thursday am

The Brechin Thrang – Provides leisure activities for people with dementia and those who need a warm place and welcome.  Transport under consideration.  No cost. Raymond Wood

Tel: 01356 625449

Brechin Cathedral Hall


Friday: 1pm – 3pm A Tea n Tune – Free social group for seniors in the community to sit and listen or sit and play music.  Cuppa provided.  No cost. No transport but easy parking and disabled access. Caroline Farquhar

Tel: 07703 577005

Brechin Community Campus


Tuesday and Thursday: 12pm Seated Exercise Class – Aimed at older adults with a health conditions or those new to exercise looking to start.  £3.60 per class. Linda Brown

Tel: 01356 627474

Thursday: 2-4pm Skills Development Scotland – Careers Support Drop In – Support for 16 to 19 year olds looking to get into employment, training or education.


Aimee Carroll

Tel: 01241 43300

Thursday: 12-3pm Lunch Club – Aimed at older adults, weekly lunch club includes transport, 3 course meal, coffee and games.  £5.00 per week. Mary Dow

Tel: 01356 625165

Brechin Community Pantry

7 Swan Street (next to City Hall)



Brechin Information Hub

Mon, Wed and Fri: 10am to 4pm Community Pantry – provides emergency food, children’s clothing and other essential goods to feed and clothe those in need. We also provide a safe place for people to come and talk to someone in confidence and signpost to agencies that help in financial hardship. Drop In during opening hours

Tel: 01356 308639

Tuesday: 12 – 4pm Information Hub – open to all who wish to access information on community groups, activities, support with accessing other agencies and organisations and for those who find it difficult accessing information via digital means. Drop In during opening hours

Contact: Shona Laidlaw on 07855 210113 or Sandra Livingstone on: 01356 627442

Brechin Library Thursday: 1.30 – 3pm Family Fun in the Library – come and share together, stories, crafts, games, songs and rhymes.  Open to families with children 0-5 years. No cost.
Friday: 10 – 12pm Knitting & Craft Group – tea/coffee and biscuit provided. All welcome.
Brechin Rugby Club All ages:  Sunday from 10.30

Ages 7+: Tuesday 6.30pm

Senior/veterans:  Thurs 6.30pm and Saturdays 9am

Rugby Club – rugby for all ages and abilities for males and females.  Open to boys and girls from ages 2 upwards whether you have played before or not.  Car sharing possible if required. £1 per session.  1st 2 sessions free.


Mandy Mackie

Tel: 07877 810500


Gardner Memorial Church



Monday 6.30 – 8pm


Gardner Steel Pan Band – Fun playing West Indian Steel drums for easy play.  No cost but all welcome.  

John Grubb

Tel: 01356 622792

Wednesday: 10-11am, fortnightly (19th Sep/ 3rd, 17th & 31st Oct)


Toddler Time – Birth to school, listen and play activities. Families welcome.  £1 per family. Elizabeth Baillie

Tel: 01356 629191

Thursday: 10-11am

13th, 20th & 27th Sep


Coffee n Chat – Open to all, come along and enjoy warm friendship and a cuppy.  £2 per session. Elizabeth Baillie

Tel: 01356 629191

Saturday 12.30-2.30pm Stop Mental Health Stigma Group – Mutual peer support for people with mental health conditions.  Open to ages over 16 years. Donations welcome. Transport maybe available on request. Judi Toledo

Tel: 07715 956514

Newington Gardens Sheltered Accommodation Complex – Montrose Street Monday: 10am-12pm Damacre Divas – Recorder playing and tuition group.  Open to all, no experience necessary.  Car sharing can be arranged.  £1 towards refreshments. Nila Monckton

Tel: 01561 340230

Tuesday: 10am-12pm Gardner Church Craft Group – Craft group for all ages, not necessarily church members.  Can offer tuition on some craft skills.  Transport can be arranged. £1 per session for refreshments plus meals out on occasions. Nancy Scott

Tel: 01356 622716

Thursday: 1-3pm (fortnightly – 20th Sep/4th & 18th Oct/1st & 15th Nov) Brechin Community Singing Group – An enthusiastic singing for fun group who meet every fortnight.  No auditions required and refreshments available. No cost. Shona Laidlaw

Tel: 07855 210113

Northern Hotel

Clerk Street

Wednesday 2:00-3.45pm

(weekly until April)

Acorn Club – To meet old and new friends and to use our time constructively. For retired or semi-retired. £12 per quarter plus £1.20 per week for refreshments. No transport but car share can be arranged. Wilma Smith

Tel: 01674 830022

Nova Suite

91 Montrose St


Tue & Thu: 6.30 – 8.30pm Stop Mental Health Stigma – Catch Up Meets – These meets are open to anyone who suffers from mental health Issues, they are friendly, relaxed ‘catch ups’, where you can come and sit, have a chat and a cuppa without any form of judgement in a fun friendly atmosphere. Carole Glen

The Old Church

Panmure Street





Tue & Thu: 10am-12pm

Wed: 2-4pm

Brechin Men’s Shed – Community Group where men/women can share their skills or develop new skills, metalwork or other hobbies as well as socialising.  No cost to join. Open to 18 years +.


Gordon Strachan

Tel: 07594 618646

St Andrews Church Hall


Friday: 9.45-11.45am Craft Group – long established group who enjoy learning and making various craft items.  £6 per month which includes refreshments.  All welcome. Mary Dow

Tel: 01356 625165

Monthly Dates For Your Diary

City Hall

Swan Street


Fourth Tuesday of the month at 2pm Brechin & District U3A – The U3A is a UK wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue learning in a friendly and informal environment.  Annual fee is £12.00.  Aimed at retired people. No transport offered but members can offer car share. Peter Stanton

Tel: 07446 976465



Various places

Usually second Sunday or the month Contact the Elderly – An afternoon tea outing for elderly people.  Members are picked up by volunteer drivers, taken to volunteer hosts for 2 hours, for chat, tea and cake once per month. 2pm to 4pm.  No cost. Open to anyone over 70 who are lonely and isolated. Jean Malcolm

Tel: 01356 660238



No set times yet, we are flexible and open to suggestions Brechin Skate Park – A newly formed group who are looking for people to come along and help to pull together the funding to build a skate park in Brechin.  Anyone who has an interest in helping our group.  You don’t have to be young, you don’t have to skate, you just have to be keen to help. John McLean

Tel: 07481 911208







Local Voluntary Services
Angus Citizens Advice Bureau

Advice on a wide range of issues from benefits, housing, debt, NHS and much more.

By appointment: Mark Sweeney, Development Worker

Tel: 07708 713830

Together Angus Project

(based at Fire Station in Brechin)

Partnership project bringing together 5 services for Brechin community. Voluntary Action Angus, Citizens Advice, Angus Woman’s Aid, Tayside Council on Alcohol and Angus Home Start.  Working together to tackle poverty, inequalities and mental health.  Contact: Kirsty Maclean, Tel: 07526 19967




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