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Introduction to Torphins, Aberdeenshire.
Torphins, is a very pleasant village in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and lies on the Beltie Burn, with, in 2007, a estimated population of 1,134, this from the statistics department of Aberdeenshire council. Although one of the larger villages in Deeside, Torphins still retains a pleasant, quiet country air and the excellent sporting facilities of Upper Deeside, which include skiing, gliding and mountaineering are within easy reach and Aberdeen is within commuting distance, some 22 miles. The village first appeared on a map in 1750 as "Turfins", and some, but not all sources propose that the name comes from the Gaelic torr fionns meaning "white hills", perhaps a reference to the Hill of Fare, to the east. Torphins alos has an oilfield named after it. The village sits on what was once the 19th Century Great North of Scotland railway, set in a pleasant valley. The Learney Arms Hotel is set in the centre of the village, the independent Platform 22 gallery is close by, and Torphins has its own 19th Century Village Hall.
The village has many other facilities to welcome visitors and support residents, including a primary school, large park with play area, pleasant 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, a Lawn bowling green, a curling rink (since 1871), a doctors surgery, Post Office and a variety of other shops including a baker, a hairdressers, a furniture maker, a Co-operative grocer, chemist and a car dealership, all these in mostly tradition buildings spread out evenly around the village.
We welcome visitors to our village, and have even had apparent intergalactic visitors, see the UFO page.
Mid Deeside Church, Torphins, part of the Church of Scotland, is located in the village with the parish covering the villages of Kincardine O'Neil, Lumphanan and Torphins.
One of the important annual events is the village Gala Day, which is held in early August, together with the Learney Challenge Race. Held the same week is normally The Torphins Horticultural and industrial Society show held in the Learney Hall.
Torphins has also been host to the Torphins Mens Club since 1944.
During July and August the Deeside Festival is held, with a variety of events, with a core venue being the local Woodend Barn, together with a thriving musical tradition with some well known local musicians.
There is an active Torphins Community Council, with good working relationships with other government bodies, all from contributions from local community figures and others. Torphins is well represented on You Tube
And we cannot forget to mention our local friendly Bobby, or Police, always contactable and quick to respond.
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Torphins, Lumphanan and Kincardine O'Neil Education Grants.
The Davie Trust was establised after the death of Mr. Alexander Williams Davie to provide financial help with the education of young people.
Housholds with Income below £40,000 / year may receive grants of up to £5000.