The Foggie Gossip

December 2006 EDITION

Best Wishes to All Our Readers Over the Festive Period and for 2007


Brenda with Treasure Hunt winner Rebecca



Brenda King from Aberchirder Library organised a children's treasure Hunt during the month of October.  Pictures of pirates were placed in windows around the village and children entering the competition had to find where each one was.

Winner of the Pirate treasure hunt was Rebecca Paterson pictured here with Brenda King.


Picture courtesy of Turriff Advertiser


School representatives
Picture courtesy of Andy Taylor

Aberchirder Primary School pupils raised a total of 337 by taking part in a sponsored skipping marathon.  25% of the money raised was kept for school funds and the rest given to the British Heart Foundation.  The event was organised by Susan Mackintosh, Active School Co-ordinator (back centre) and a cheque was handed over by representatives of all classes to Sandy Stronach (seated), chairman of the Gordon Branch of BHF.  He was accompanied by his wife Madge.


Colouring Competition Alison Simpson with winner Katie Brown

Seen here are some of the Playgroup children who took part in a colouring competition.
Right - Alison Simpson, Rector of St Marnan's Episcopal Church, presents winner Katie Brown with her prize.

Below:  The children are decorating the Christmas tree at St Marnan's Episcopal Church

Proud decorators Christmas tree decorating


Indoor bowling winners
Picture courtesy of George Murdoch

Winners of the Auchterless Community Club Open Carpet Bowling Competition are, seated, from Aberchirder,
Isabel and Stanley Bremner and Edith Durno.
At the back, flanked by Morag Badenoch and Andy Stuart from Sponsors, Clark Computers, are runners-up from Old Rayne, Sandy Nicol, Frank Willox and Robbie Burr.


As the Club's Centenary  year comes to a close, all those involved in organising and arranging the various events, fundraising, catering and numerous celebrations, deserve thanks for all the hard work put into what turned out to be a wonderful and memorable period in the history of the Club.


ABC Committee

Back row from left:  Charles Stuart, Graeme Thom, Lydia Greig, Minnie Neish, Isabel Grant, Gina Hendry,
Alan Dalgarno.
Front: Kay Cairns (Match Secretary), Charles Youngson (Vice-President), Violet Angus (President),
Charlie Hendry (Secretary), Bill Davidson (Treasurer).

THE STAFF - 2006

ABC Staff

Back row from left:  Jennifer Chalmers (Stewardess), Mel Hunter (Greenkeeper), Graham Cairns, Suzanne Greig,
Maureen McKinnon, Tom Willox, Pauline Stevenson, Isabel Bremner (Cleaner).
Front: Gillian Stewart, Sandra Beaton, Elsie Henderson, Carol Andrew.


The end of the Club's centenary year has been marked by the publication of a booklet which records the achievements of the last 100 years.  The booklet, which has 44 pages and contains over 250 illustrations, was compiled by Club member Bob Peden.

Booklet launch

Above, some of the Club members get first sight of the new publication.
Back: Allan Nicol, Stanley Bremner, Graham Beaton.   ~  Front: Violet Angus, Jennifer Chalmers, Gail Beaton.

Centenary booklet

Sections of the booklet include:

  • Messages of Congratulation

  • Centenary year Events

  • History of the Club

  • people who make the Club Tick

  • Members Past and Present

  • The Bowling Side

  • Office Bearers and Champions

  • Participants and winners in Bowling Assoc events

  • Club Competitions and Trophies

  • Down Memory Lane

  • Top Performers

The booklet is available from Aberchirder Bowling Club price 2.00
Tel: 01466 780665


Aberchirder's festive lights are on again thanks to the efforts of a range of volunteers and fundraisers.  The lights are bought, owned, maintained by the Community Association which relies entirely on local fundraising throughout the year.  This is boosted by collections taken in three local premises.

Collection containers were emptied in the Bowling Club and a total of 242 was raised via these collections.  The total comprised, 161 from The Bowling Club, 44 from the Co-op and 37 from the Commercial Hotel.  The Bowling Club's Secretary Charlie Hendry and Stewardess Jennifer Chalmers also ran a "Guess How Much is in the Bottle" competition - won by Ian Milne - which added a further 42 to the total.

Christmas lights collections

Counting the collection are above from left:  Donald McKay (Association Chairman), Forbes Mackie (Volunteer), Irene Youngson (Co-op), Charlie Hendry (ABC), Julie Bell (Commercial Hotel), Brian King (Association Treasurer).

The collections have been a much needed boost towards meeting the cost of the lights, especially as several damaged and worn out ones will have to be replaced next year at a cost of over 1000.  Thanks go to the community spirited people who raise money and also the ones who do the hard work of putting up and taking down the lights and the tree.  Association Committee member Stephen Forrest and associate helpers Willie Bremner and Duncan Robb were joined by three forklift drivers Bill Grant, Forbes Mackie and Graham Robertson without whom the lights could not have been erected.  Thanks also go to local joiner Alistair Duncan who provides storage space throughout the year.

The lights and Christmas tree will remain in place until Sunday 7 January, when volunteers will again be required. Anyone who would like to help should contact Stephen Forrest on (01466) 780969.



The following Special Offers are available at your local Aberchirder Co-op Store
until New Year's Eve (whilst stocks last)

Try Our Star Buys .......

Co-op Scottish Silverside & Topside
Now Half Price - 4.48 per kilo

Fresh Yorkshire Puddings - 8 pack
Half Price - 59p

Co-op Chocolate Profiteroles 450g
Now Half Price - 1.59

Merry Christmas to all Our Customers From Paul and all the Staff


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