Peter’s Pool (and more)

The famous Peter’s Pool, near Croftgarrow, is named after Peter Dewar who served as Keeper on the Breadalbane Estate for over 45 years. He died in February 1924, and in October 1925, a Memorial Cairn was unveiled at the pool bearing the inscription:

“Peter’s Pool. In remembrance of Peter Dewar, for many years keeper on the Breadalbane estate. Born 1848, died 1924. An la chi’s nach fhaic.”

Two photographs of Peter Dewar appear in Philip Green’s book “What I have Seen while Fishing and How I Have Caught My Fish” (first published in 1905).

Philip Green also describes the prolific catches from Peter’s Pool:

“It would be within the mark to say that there are more fish taken every season from this than from any other three pools, and that there are more to be seen leaping here than in all the others taken together. This was the great netting spot—there is no netting now—and I am told, and can well believe, that as many as forty fish have been taken from it in one haul of the net.”

The Pool itself is a beautiful spot and, thanks to Stuart Brain, we have a video taken on a recent summer’s day.

Peter Dewar’s son, James, fell in the Great War and is commemorated on the Fearnan War Memorial.

James Dewar served originally with the 1st Battalion, The Scots Guards and was severely wounded in March, 1916.

He survived and went back to France serving with the 2nd Battalion, The Scots Guards and was killed in action on the 28th of March 1918.

Perth & Kinross Remembers

On the subject of the Fearnan War Memorial, a few weeks ago the FVA provided the Perth & Kinross Remembers project with copies of the information and pictures we gathered together whilst researching the 8 men named on Fearnan’s War Memorial. We also provided information about our Poppy Project, which resulted in over 900 poppies knitted both locally and by people across the world who have Fearnan connections.

Perth & Kinross Remembers has been set up to preserve the First World War memorial work undertaken by local community groups and individuals during the commemorative period (2014 – 2018) and to ensure the work is accessible for future generations by creating a Legacy Collection.

The project has a website and a blog, and the Fearnan Blog is delighted to have been asked to write a Guest Blog for the website – blog to blog, so to speak.

Book Club Review

The Book Club are still meeting virtually, and in June their book was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.  Linda has collated this review from the members of the Club:

The Silent Patient, a brilliant debut novel and an absorbing psychological thriller, was enjoyed by the whole group. The narrative, with a well thought out plot, cleverly draws you in, holding your interest and building tension. A range of interesting characters and layers keeps the readers’ attention.

The final twists were unexpected and seemed to catch everybody by surprise but, by the end, all was revealed and made sense. As a result, a few of us re-read sections to see whether we had missed vital clues or hints.  

It was interesting how the story investigated the mind of the main  character as well as the crime she was involved in. A highly recommended page turner! Apparently, there are plans to make it into a film. We look forward to future novels from the author. 

The choice for July is Conclave by Robert Harris:

The Pope is dead! Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth. Power, corruption and deceit. Full of mystery and twists and turns. 

Conclave will be reviewed at our next meeting.

We also have some recommendations from Book Club readers. Some of the books may be in the hall library.

The Wall by John Lanchester – This is very George Orwell 1984, a dark vision of the future but very relevant to today. You can pick holes in the plot but an interesting take on climate change.

Box by Christine Dalcher – Along the same lines as A Handmaids Tale, not as good but an interesting concept. 

Between the Stops by Sandy Toskvig – Anyone who enjoys her TV appearances/ humour, will like this book. There are many references to ‘hidden’ historic places in London described in a light-hearted way. A good read. 

Wild Flowers

Wild flowers have appeared in profusion along the side of paths and in verges.  Here are a few, all taken within a very short distance of each other close to the village.

And from these to pictures of a different kind – and possibly the last special lockdown service ……..

Porch Portraits

‘Locally grown’ photographer, Ciara Menzies, has developed a successful line in Porch Portraits. 

Taken in line with social distancing rules from your porch, front door or garden, these portraits are an opportunity to celebrate our gradual emergence from lockdown, and to capture the bonds of family and friendship that have helped us through this strange period in our lives.

It is also an opportunity to support the wonderful Soul Food charity that provides meals and community for those in need, as 15% of each portrait will go to the charity.

There are some lovely examples, along with info about how to arrange a Porch Portrait, on Ciara’s website

Roadside Campers

Like many parts of the country, the lochside has been used recently by groups who come to hold parties/raves, camp overnight and then depart the next day leaving all their rubbish and waste for someone else to clear up. And we mean ALL their rubbish.

On one recent Sunday morning, Stuart cleared the equivalent of 6 large black bags, including chairs, a sun lounger, fishing rods and a rugby ball from the loch front, and on the Monday, Alistair and Stuart cleared the beach to the west of another 4 bags of rubbish. This doesn’t take into account the ….. erm ……. organic waste discovered.

As a community it is important that we take action and, if you spot groups setting up camps like this and making a noise and mess, do take a note of car registration numbers and phone 101 asap, as the police can’t do anything once the campers have left. Details should also be sent to the Safer Communities Team on as it is important that instances are reported and logged.

It is to be hoped that, as lockdown eases and these groups have other places to congregate, there will be fewer examples. But please do take action and phone 101 if you see this sort of thing happening – that way, Stuart and Alistair can enjoy their Sunday mornings like everyone else!

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About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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