Our Leanchoil Project

Telling the Story of Leanchoil

For over a hundred years, the hospital has served the community of Forres and surrounding rural areas. It was built in 1892 with money raised by public subscription and a substantial donation from Sir Donald Alexander Smith (later Lord Strathcona), who was born in Forres but made his fortune in Canada. A traditional style Victorian cottage hospital, the two-storey building included matron’s and surgeon’s rooms with an operation room, kitchen, scullery and bedrooms on the upper floor for matron, nurses and servants.

But Leanchoil Hospital is much more than bricks and mortar; the hospital played a central part in the lives of many hundreds of people. From its role as a maternity hospital, through to providing palliative care to elderly people, the hospital embodies the endeavour, care and human spirit of people across a century of change. When NHS Grampian closed the hospital in 2018, our community expressed a strong desire to save the building for health and wellbeing-related purposes and to record the memories of those who worked and were patients there.

We have been lucky to receive funding from Berry Burn Community Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund for ‘Our Leanchoil’ project which explores, preserves, and illuminates the history of Leanchoil Hospital and its special place in our local community. This 9-month project collected the memories, photographs and personal stories bringing together the human voices that make up the true history of this hospital and are shared in this permanent digital exhibition.

LEANCHOIL TRUST CATCHMENT AREA

Leanchoil Trust Catchment Area Forres, Moray
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DONT FORGET TO COME ALONG TO OUR DROP IN EVENT ON 20TH JUNE

Tuesday 20th June 2023
4.00pm to 8.00pm
Courtroom, Tolbooth, High Street, Forres, 

Pop in to hear the latest news on Leanchoil and to view an architect’s visualisation of the project. Chat to Trustees about proposals and meet representatives of Erskine, Hanover Housing and the Scottish Ambulance Service who will also be on hand to answer any questions.
See you there!
#leanchoiltrust #communityownership #leanchoil #community #healthandwellbeing #Leanchoil #forres #wellbeing

DON'T FORGET TO COME ALONG TO OUR DROP IN EVENT ON 20TH JUNE

Tuesday 20th June 2023
4.00pm to 8.00pm
Courtroom, Tolbooth, High Street, Forres,

Pop in to hear the latest news on Leanchoil and to view an architect’s visualisation of the project. Chat to Trustees about proposals and meet representatives of Erskine, Hanover Housing and the Scottish Ambulance Service who will also be on hand to answer any questions.
See you there!
#leanchoiltrust #communityownership #leanchoil #community #healthandwellbeing #Leanchoil #forres #wellbeing
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SAVE THE DATE - 20TH JUNE -  LEANCHOIL DROP IN EVENT

Tuesday 20th June 2023
4.00pm to 8.00pm
Courtroom, Tolbooth, High Street, Forres, 

Pop in to hear the latest news on Leanchoil and to view an architect’s visualisation of the project. Chat to Trustees about proposals and meet representatives of Erskine, Hanover Housing and the Scottish Ambulance Service who will also be on hand to answer any questions.

See you there!
#leanchoiltrust #communityownership #leanchoil #community #healthandwellbeing #Leanchoil #forres #wellbeing

SAVE THE DATE - 20TH JUNE - LEANCHOIL DROP IN EVENT

Tuesday 20th June 2023
4.00pm to 8.00pm
Courtroom, Tolbooth, High Street, Forres,

Pop in to hear the latest news on Leanchoil and to view an architect’s visualisation of the project. Chat to Trustees about proposals and meet representatives of Erskine, Hanover Housing and the Scottish Ambulance Service who will also be on hand to answer any questions.

See you there!
#leanchoiltrust #communityownership #leanchoil #community #healthandwellbeing #Leanchoil #forres #wellbeing
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