Aberchirder Coat-of-Arms

The Foggie Gossip

December 2007 Edition


Seasons Greetings
Best Wishes to All Our Readers Over the Festive Period and
for the New Year Ahead
From Aberchirder & District Community Association


Scottish Bible Society Bibleworld Studio, which was for a time, based at Banff Academy, was visited by pupils of class 5 Aberchirder Primary School.
The Studio, housed in a 45ft. lorry trailer, was visited by all the senior classes of primary schools in the Banff catchment area.  In groups of 36, they took part in the 70-minute interactive experience, engaging in the six mini classrooms housed within the trailer.  These included areas of library, museum, aeroplane, music quiz, spaceship and quizmaster.

Bibleworld Studio
In the museum section showing what they produced on the old-style printing press and manuscript designing are:
(from left) Lyn Esslemont, Chloe Ferguson, Aden Stewart and Donna Paterson.

Bibleworld Library
 In the library with Ruth Cantill, Banff YMCA project worker, are:
Kerryn Stephenson, Patrick Wilson, Alexander Bowie and Chloe Auchnie.

Bibleworld Aircraft
Taking notes as they fly around the world watching monitors
in the aeroplane section are:
(from left) Patrick Donoghue, Georgina Lampon and Rebecca Paterson.

  Pictures Courtesy of Andy Taylor, Banff
You can find out more about Bibleworld here and watch a short 'You Tube' video.



Aberdeen Nightclub SNAFU won the Scottish Licensed Trade News award for Nightclub of the Year at a presentation at the Glasgow Hilton on 25th October 2007.  They won over other finalists, The Arches (Glasgow) and Boho (Glasgow), to take the title.

Owners, Foggie girl Amanda Christie and her fiancé Steven Morris of Aberdeen, took over the premises at 1 Union Street, Aberdeen, three years ago.

After a lot of hard work and determination, they transformed a rundown establishment to standard worthy of winning the 2007

Snafu, Union Street, Aberdeen

Amanda & Steve + Snafu images
Amanda and partner Steve with images from Snafu

“Winning this award means everything to us. SNAFU really is a labour of love for not only us, but our staff too.  We feel that we have achieved what we set out to do at the onset - to make a difference to the music scene in Aberdeen and make people take notice of the fact that you don’t have to go to the Central Belt to experience the kind of night akin to those on offer in more established clubbing capitals.

It’s about telling people of my own generation that there is no reason to move away from the city, and that you can find something that you like; which is something out of the ordinary right on your doorstep.  We really hope that people will now start to take notice and realise that there are good things happening in Aberdeen!  The highlight of the night followed the award announcement, where the judges approached us to congratulate us on the success and commented that we really deserved to win!”  Amanda Christie – Director.


Aberchirder Bowling Club's green bowling prize-winners are seen here at the presentation of prizes held in late October at a function in the clubrooms.

ABC Prizewinners 2007

Gent's Champion is Frankie Stevenson (far left) and Ladies Champion is Carol Fetch (second right).


Zoe Campbell

Zoe Charlotte Campbell was baptised by Rev Paul van Sittert on 18th November 2007 in Marnoch Church.  Zoe is the first baby to be baptised by Rev Paul since his arrival in Scotland.

Zoe is the youngest daughter of Ian and Heather Campbell, Smithy Cottage, Bridge of Marnoch.  Born on 24th May 2007.  Zoe's Godmother was
Julie-Anne Bain.

Christening of Zoe Campbell
Zoe with Mum Heather, accompanied by Dad Ian,
Godmother Julie-Anne & Rev Paul van Sittert


On Saturday 1st December, Marnoch Parish Church held a Bazaar arranged by the various organisations that regularly use the Church Hall.
Groups involved were Girl Guides, Scouts, Beavers, Pensioners, Day Club, Drop in Centre and Women's Guild.

Stalls at Church Bazaar

All groups benefited from the takings and donated a proportion of those to the Church Hall account.
The Hall Committee supplied refreshments and ran a bottle stall and together with the donations from the groups involved, raised £505.


Santa paid a visit to Foggie on the evening of 10th December thanks to Huntly Rotary Club who organised the event.  Members of the Rotary Club made door to door collections in aid of local charities while Santa on his sleigh was pulled all round the village.

A large crowd turned out in the Square with lots of children eager to see Santa.  His group of eight pixie helpers gave out sweets as they collected donations.  Santa rang his bell while Christmas music and carols played to announce his coming.

The event was a huge success and very popular with children and adults alike.  The Rotary club collected £416 during their tour of the village and all donations will go to local charities and causes.





With the recent hard frosts, ground conditions have allowed machinery onto the hill to clear away the remainder of the fallen larch trees
following last year's storm damage.

Clearing the fallen Larch

The larch timber has been difficult to sell at a commercial rate due to awkward access arrangements, but Tarryblake Estate finally agreed to clear the area in exchange for the timber which will mainly be used for making fence posts.  Once this area is cleared, the rest of the larch plantation will be felled and sold locally for timber.  The area will then be replanted with native species of trees such as Oak, Birch, Scots Pine, along with others, to promote wildlife biodiversity.

Preparation for lifting Preparation for lifting
Gardeners - Are you in need of Bean Poles?
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Contact Jonny Barton on 07908 598 449

Hector Hosie ploughing
Hector Hosie with horse drawn plough.


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Marnoch Parish Church Festive Events

Carol Singing Round Village
Christmas Eve from 7pm

Starting at Church or Join In Around the Village


Marnoch Parish Church
24th December 11.30pm

Christmas Day Service

Marnoch Parish Church at 10.30am
Hogmanay Hoolie

Church Hall 31st December at 9pm
Bring your own soft drinks & nibbles


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