My name is
Trevor Russell. I along with my good friend, of over 30 years, Allan
Brooksbank set out in the summer of 2000 to trace a couple of his chums
who were in Aberlour orphanage with him. The original plan was to
set up a little get-together for himself and perhaps half a dozen
pals. It was easy enough to track down the first 'Scallywag' because
she had left her name and address in the visitors book at the Old Village
Store in Aberlour.
Enter May Ewing (Nee Clark).
Now May just
happened to know a couple of other ex inmates, who happened to know
another couple more ex inmates, and so it went on. As the list of names grew we realized that this 'Little' reunion was
escalating rapidly and we would have to put it on a more professional
Enter the Aberlour Child Care Trust.
The Aberlour Childcare Trust was formed in the sixty's to implement the
new satellite home thinking. With their assistance we were soon on the
way. They organized a venue for the Reunion, a band, photographers,
buses and goodness knows what else.
We were on our way. Next we needed a committee.
Allan had the time and facilities to do much of the donkey work so he became
We are all aware that women know how to look after the pennies so May
became the treasurer.
As for me, well I knew more than both Allan and May about computers so I
was nominated as the I.T man.
Off we went doing committee stuff but there was something missing.
We needed somebody in Aberlour to tie it all up.
By now we were getting regular coverage in the newspapers and a bit on the
Enter Bob Noble.
Bob read about us in the newspapers and offered his
services. Bob, with his vast local knowledge knew the right people
to talk to in and around Aberlour.
What's more he has a burning passion to
ensure that the orphanage shall never die.
He has major plans afoot to
have a museum for the orphanage. Highlighting the history of what no
longer exists. Keeping alive the home that he loved so dearly.
So now we were four.
Bob, Trevor, May & Allan
Reunion went ahead in Stirling Scotland at the beginning of September 2001
I have posted pictures on the Stirling Pictures page for you all to enjoy.
The team behind
From left to right
Trust in Maroon.
Reunion Fellowship in
Lindsey Spowage Fundraising Manager
Stella Everingham Director of Children and Families
Joan Jack Community Fundraiser
David Welch Director of Fundraising and Public Relations