The Foggie Gossip

April 2006 EDITION     


In conjunction with this year's Portsoy Scottish Boat Festival, Iain Mitchell, Principal Teacher of Art for Aberdeenshire Primary Schools, has got children aged between 8 and 11 years involved in a project reflecting life in our part of Aberdeenshire.  The culmination of the project will be an exchange of work with schools in Norway and an exhibition in the Long Gallery at Duff House.  For more information click here.

Foggie Art

Iain Mitchell is seen here with Aberchirder Primary School pupils displaying some of their art work.

Foggie Art
Pictures courtesy of Andy Taylor


Together with NHS Grampian and Banff Community School, the Portsoy Scottish Boat Festival is running a competition between local Primary Schools.  Pupils with their parents or guardians have to devise traditional recipes for a meal or healthy snack.  For more information click here.

Fun with Food

Making Scotch Broth and Cullen Skink Soup, are P6 pupils from Aberchirder Primary School.

Above from left:
Natale Chives, Michelle Inglis, Colleen Bowie and Amy Duguid, watched by Alan Stewart of Downies Fish, Whitehills, and Jill Smith, Assistant Health Improvement Officer for Banff Community Schools.

Below from left:
Eleanor Wright, Shona McWilliam, Sarah Watt and Christen Gordon along with Sheila Sellar, Health Information Assistant for NHS Grampian and Joan Chalmers, School Cook.


Fun with Food
Pictures courtesy of Andy Taylor


A football match took place on 1st April between the present St Marnans FC team and a team of their veterans.  This was part of a tribute to the late June Malcolm, Southview Terrace, Aberchirder, who died exactly one year ago aged 48 years.  June was secretary of the club for 20 years.

Before kick-off, both teams and the family observed an emotional one-minute silence.

St Marnans & Family Tribute to June Malcolm

The 'oldies' won the match by 4 goals to 3!

A bench seat with inscribed plaque dedicated to June, was presented by St Marnans FC and is to be sited overlooking the football field.

On the seat from left, referee and President of St Marnans FC, Frank Willox;  June's sisters Linda Beaton and Irene Youngson.  At back, nephew David Youngson, brother-in-law Charles Youngson, sister-in-law Maureen Malcolm and brother James Malcolm.

Pictures courtesy of Andy Taylor

Seat dedicated to June


Foggie Quines
Picture courtesy of Andy Taylor


Deveronvale Fives Indoor Football League, organised by Eric Wilson, was played in Banff's Bridge Street Community Centre.

Aberchirder's 'Foggie Quines' were runners up for the Deveron Sheild.

Showing off their medals and prizes are,

Back row from left:
Hannah Skyner, Sarah Geddes and Claire Martin.

Front row from left:
Sarah Allan, Jayde Henderson (Best Player Award) and Shannon Thom.


Following on from last month's article on forthcoming exhibitions showing maritime paintings, Robert Andrew has decided to raise funds for the RNLI by the sale of one of his works of art.

The money raised from the sale of his painting of the Buckie lifeboat will be donated to the Buckie branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

Buckie Lifeboat Painting


On 1st April 2006, to mark the forthcoming closure of Rose Innes Home, staff held a get-together at the Home followed by a dinner at Aberchirder Bowling Club.

Rose Innes Staff
Picture courtesy of Andy Taylor

Back Row from left: Margaret Durno, Dianne Porter, Brenda Legge, Evelyn Legge, Yvonne Brown, Margaret Birtwhistle, Vicki Rose, Brenda Bruce, Moira Thom, Helen Fowlie, Irene Seivwright, Cathy Scott, Lesley Coutts, Pat Gray, Sharman Nolan, Meg Duncan, Frances Campbell.
Middle Row:  Elaine Logan, Gladys Aitken, Ann Wolk, Elizabeth Davidson, Judith Lawson (Assist Manager),  Margaret Smith (Manager),  Steven Taylor (Assist Manager), Elsie Henderson, Rex Dobinson, Morag Hepburn.
Front Row:  Liz Tough, Rosemary Smith, Irene Manson, Anne Gallon, Jackie Chalmers, Joyce Mackie, Darlene Nicol, Ruby Paterson.
Assistant Manager Chrystal Beaton was unable to join them.

Rose Innes c1905
Rose Innes Hospital 100 years ago
From a postcard by Wm Auchinachie Jnr.

Rose Innes Cottage Hospital was built thanks to an endowment by Elizabeth Rose Innes of Netherdale Cottage and the foundation stone was laid on 18 May 1891. The hospital was run by a trust until 1938 and its isolation ward dealt with regular outbreaks of infectious diseases such as measles and diphtheria, well into the 1930s.  During the First World War the trustees handed Rose Innes over to the military for use as an auxiliary hospital.

The hospital came under the NHS from 1948 until 1959 when it closed and, in the following year, it opened as an old folks’ home.  As recently as 1997, the Netherdale Dementia Unit was opened and, at the time, Social Work claimed this would guarantee the long-term future of the home.  However, in October 2005, Aberdeenshire Council decided to close Rose Innes, stating it was not feasible to upgrade the building to meet new standards set by current care legislation.

The community of Aberchirder is left to deplore the loss of this highly regarded facility with its committed staff, and to wait to see what the future holds for the Rose Innes site.

It is proposed at a future date, to add a section to this web site's Virtual Museum plotting the history of the Rose Innes.


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Thursday 11th May - 7.00 pm

Come Along and Express your Views


The Banffshire Partnership has been contracted to help towns and villages in its area to publish their community plans in a professional format under the banner 'Making It Real'.

The document will tell Aberdeenshire Council and agencies such as the Police and NHS which things people want to see happen, and who can help to make them happen.

A plan for Aberchirder was first drawn up in 1996, and was last updated in 2003, so it is time to take a fresh look and include new ideas and issues which have appeared since then, including the need for a new hall and what will happen to the Rose Innes site.

To give everyone a chance to contribute their ideas, the Banffshire Partnership has organised a public meeting to be held in the Church Hall, Main Street, on Thursday 11 May, starting at 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided during the evening.

The organisers hope as many people as possible will come along and help them to get a true picture of where Aberchirder wants to go in the years ahead.



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until 23rd April 2006


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