History, Hens and The Logie 100

By Moira Dennis, Logie Primary School's Administrator & Parent Council Member

Look at a lovely piece of history, found this week at Logie Primary School:

Logie School egg certificate

Tucked between the pages of an old school register in the office, this beautiful document is a ‘token of gratitude and appreciation to the Teachers and Scholars of Logie Public School’, who had taken part in the National Egg Collection for the Wounded during the Great War.

The National Egg Collection was a phenomenal example of societal co-operation.  Devised by the editor of Poultry World, it sent at least a quarter of a million and, at its peak, a million eggs in a single week to injured soldiers in hospital in Boulogne.  It was estimated that an egg would reach a wounded serviceman in France within three days of being laid.

A hundred years on, Logie Primary still keeps chickens: checking the nest boxes is one of the first jobs of the day for the children. The eggs from Doris and Mabel and four others, whose names seem less fixed, are at present handed out as gifts to the six children who visit the school on Fridays, preparing to join P1 in August.

Logie Primary School's chickens

In future, we hope, the eggs will again be used for cakes and quiches, baked by the children for the school’s Community Café. The hens themselves teach the children big lessons about good food, about caring, about nurturing and – sometimes – about grieving.  

By chance, we discovered the commendation for wartime egg collecting on the day we launched a mini fundraiser.  We want to buy leaving gifts for our six P7 pupils, who’ll be moving on from Logie Primary in just a few weeks, so we’re promoting the last few copies of The Logie 100, a cookbook devised and published during lockdown and built on the strong ties the school still has with former pupils, teachers and the local community as a whole. It was a very successful fundraiser for us during lockdown, but the recipes within it came to symbolise something much more profound about the connections between us all at a time when we were, by any normal standards, cut off from each other and our usual ways of living.  Finding out what our friends and neighbours like to cook, thinking of them in their kitchens or round their tables, or reading the stories of their own days at Logie, all brought a sense of community togetherness which was the next best thing to meeting up for a meal.   

I wonder, looking at the certificate, if the Great War egg collection scheme did something similar. The eggs, of course, were good for the wounded soldiers – the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, declaring in 1917 that ‘There is no substitute for eggs in maintaining a man’s vitality, hastening his convalescence or even in preserving life’ – but how did gathering eggs as a community help the teachers, the children (who were particularly encouraged to take part) and their neighbours? Did they feel more connected to each other and to the soldiers away from home – some of whom, of course, would never come back – when a force completely beyond their control had stripped away their usual social structures?  

The eggs would have brought with them a sense of connectedness between the people who sent them and the men who ate them.  I think, in a small way, that The Logie 100 does that too, and gives a sense of what our community needed at a time of crisis.  You might like to think about what our school and the community around it means to us as you open the book, whisk some eggs and make Tracey’s omelette (page 1), Hannah’s mini baked frittatas (page 16) or Julie’s Brown Sugar Meringues (page 70).  Thank you so much for supporting Logie Primary.     

Reference: The National Egg Collection for Wounded Soldiers and Sailors 1914-1918 (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/?p=3494) by David Thomas

The final few copies of the Logie 100 are available for £8 at the Art Gallery at Logie Steading or online on this website via the link below.   



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History, Hens and The Logie 100

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.