The Foggie Gossip

March 2005 Edition

Fishy Fun

Fishy Fun in Foggie
(.Picture courtesy of Duncan Peter)

Aberchirder Primary School pupils (from left) Tracy Taylor, Ewen Gregor, Kieran Gordon and Megan McDonald check on the salmon eggs which are now under the care of the school.

Pupils were treated to tales from the riverbank when Robin Vassey of the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Charitable Trust paid a visit to the school.  After learning a little about salmon and the River Deveron itself, children in P7 were handed tanks and around 200 salmon eggs to care for, examine and monitor the progress of, over the next few weeks.  The eggs are stored in a tank, resting on plastic representing the gravel bed of the river, with ice packs and an aerator to replicate the conditions encountered in the wild.  The pupils will be expected to change the ice three or four times every day, to take temperature readings and produce graphs with the results.

This fits in with the school curriculum and generally encourages pupils to look after their natural environment.
(Story courtesy of the Turriff Advertiser)

Marnoch Masons Have New Master

Installation of Mark McGregor


On 11th January 2005, the Installation took place of Bro. Mark Alexander McGregor as Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Marnoch.  Office bearers of the Lodge for 2005 were also installed.

Seen here is Installing Master, Bro. Hugh Caithness Mackie Tawse (left), presenting the Gavel of Authority to Mark at the ceremony in New Marnoch Church hall.

The ceremony was accompanied by other Brethren from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Banffshire who formed the Installation Board.



Attending the ceremony above were from left to right:

Front:  Bro. Michael Simpson (Past Master), Bro .Robert Morrison (Depute Provincial Grand Master - Banffshire), Bro. William Legge (Provincial Grand Master - Banffshire), Bro. Mark McGregor (Master of Lodge Marnoch), Bro. Mackie Tawse (Installing Master & Past Provincial Grand Master), Bro. James Davidson (Past Provincial Grand Master ), Bro. Malcolm Aldrick (Substitute Master)

Middle: Bro. William Legge Jnr (Senior Deacon), Bro. Derek Summers (Provincial Grand Secretary), Bro. Blair Prane (Past Master), Bro. Michael Chalmers (Senior Warden), Bro. Gerald McDonald (Past Master), Bro. David Lamont (Immediate Past Master), Bro. Robert Bremner (Almoner), Bro. Cecil Brodie (Bible Bearer), Bro. Tom Burnett Stuart (Treasurer), Bro. Steven McIntosh (Junior Deacon)

Back:  Bro. Ron Munro, Bro. Leslie Chalmers (Provincial Grand Treasurer), Bro. Neil Mutch (Director of Ceremonies)

Winter Returns

The last days of February and the first few of March saw a dramatic change in the weather.  While earlier in the spring like weather. plants, trees and grass were showing unseasonable growth, a number of heavy snow falls covered the district in a white blanket.

Cleanhill Wood 2nd March 2005

The Woodland Walk at Cleanhill


Overnight and early morning snow falls over several days created difficult driving conditions.  Many schools in the area were either closed completely or to those children requiring transport.

With no school, what better to do?  Go sledging at 'Hector's Park'.


Youngsters enjoying the snow

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