Big birthday bash raises £25k for Woodend Barn


Banchory’s Woodend Barn celebrated its 21st birthday last month with a dinner and silent auction, raising over £25,000 for the venue.

The event, which was held on February 21, was a special occasion in itself, with a performance by percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who is a patron of the Barn, and support from Buchanan Food and the Wood Foundation.

With a sense of community embedded at the forefront of the Barn’s ethos, the evening’s concept of ‘Pull up a Chair’ lent the auction an inspired, welcoming and friendly theme.

The result was a true reflection of the support Woodend Barn has in the area, with the total sum raised reaching more than £25,000.

Director Lorraine Grant was delighted with the evening and said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us at the weekend and contributed to our ‘Pull Up A Chair’ Fundraiser Dinner & Silent Auction. You’ve made a huge contribution to our work and our commitment to sustaining creativity in the North-East of Scotland.”

A wide range of exciting and creative artworks found new homes through the silent auction, which included a much sought after piece by The Kelpies artist Andy Scott.

His maquette sculpture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh was sold to an anonymous bidder on the night.

Other popular items included Twin Atlantic’s decorated drumskin, fishing trips and dining experiences.

The evening celebrations were topped off by a performance by guest performer, Dame Evelyn Glennie, whose talk was fantastically insightful and percussion performance nothing short of electric.

A truly memorable 21st birthday experience.