Spring cleaning, decluttering and boxes of our history
Banchory Ternan East turns out to have history. Maybe nothing unusual about that, we are over 15o years old-or are we? What a history it turns out we have. Until recently we only knew the half of it.
But then one of our members decided a tidy up of the rooms below the church tower was needed and suddenly we were rummaging in an old leather trunk and holding in our hands letters and documents stretching back not 150 years, but century's more.
Letters from bishops of Aberdeen, more than one name change, plans and details of much of Banchory's history all came to light that day we decided to declutter our church life.
All these documents have now been catalogued, sorted into categories and are stored safely in various locations that meet their precious need to be preserved in the correct atmosphere.
You can explore our archives from this page by searching a selection from the list of documents to discover where they are currently kept.
If you are a member of the East Church, register above to access more of our online history.
Some very old ones or very important ones (marked NAS in the list below) have been sent to the national archive.
Some are in books kept within metal filing cabinets in the church. These are marked locally held in the list below. If you'd like to see these, contact us.
A few have been digitised and copies have been added to this site. You can access those by clicking the blue links below
If you've a question about the history of Banchory Ternan East e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have a rummage through our documented past on your behalf.
Look out to for the exhibition we are currently preparing to mount on the walls of the St Ternan room in Banchory Ternan East Church halls.