The Foggie Gossip

September 2006 EDITION


Earlier this summer, the Mothers & Toddlers and Playgroup had a great day out visiting the Macduff Aquarium.

Studying life in the tank

Even baby is learning about sea creatures

Starry eyed

Getting in touch

An end of term party was held on 30th June

Party games in progress

Ah! Feeding time

We too can pose like a team

Back row left to right:  Gregor Michie, Lauren Donald, Rebekah Adamson, Iona Campbell, Caitlin Walker, Kai Inglis
Front row left to right:  Ellie Seivwright, Shaun Mackintosh, Lucy-Mary Turner, Murray Killoh, Katie Rendall

Forthcoming Playgroup events highlighted in our Advertisement Section




Married in the beautiful Chinese water gardens at Darwin University, Australia, on 15th July, were Ben Cowie and Michelle Wright. 

Former Banff Academy pupils, their romance only began when Ben returned from Australia for a year.  His family emigrated to Darwin in 2000.  Michelle and her family moved to Aberchirder in 1993 from Stavanger.

Ben and Michelle have now made their home in Darwin where Ben is the manager at Precision Honda and Michelle works at Darwin University.


Michelle & Ben

Claire & Graham


Graham Brown and Claire Bruce were married at the Fife Lodge Hotel on Saturday 22nd July 2006.

Claire, from Alvah,  is a School Assistant at Aberchirder Primary and Graham, a Foggie loon, is a Service Engineer with Coates Offshore in Aberdeen.

The couple have made their home in Aberchirder.



Craig Milne and Kimberley Bremner were married at Old Marnoch Church on Saturday 9th September. 

Craig is from Macduff and is a fisherman on the Enterprise II.  Kimberley from Aberchirder, is a team assistant for the Aberdeen Foyer (based in Banff at Princess Royal) helping with drug rehabilitation in drug addicts.

They have recently built a new home together in Macduff.

Kimberley & Craig


Brenda King and members of the Marnoch Church Sunday School presented a cheque for £500 to Health Visitors.  The money will be used for the good of local children.

The amount was raised from collections and a bequest from which money is given away each year to children's charities.

Local Health Visitor Lorna Watt is pictured here with Adele Morrison, Brodie Linklater, Jessica Brook and Laura Brook,

Sunday School present cheque

Pictures courtesy of Andy Taylor

Three St Marnans Girls football teams received new strips bearing the new club badge from sponsor Neil Murray, Housebuilder.

Team coaches and assistants accompany each team.

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Primary 1/2/3

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Primary 4/5

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Primary 6/7


Three St Marnans Boys football teams received new strips bearing the new club badge.

Primary 1/2/3 - Wiseman Dairies
Primary 4/5 - McLaren's Garage
Primary 6/7 - Grampian Security

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Primary 1/2/3

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Primary 4/5

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Primary 6/7

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St Marnans F.C. (Seniors) with new strips
Sponsors - Fife Arms Hotel, Aberchirder

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Coaches for all teams



Instead of receiving presents for their 30th and 40th birthdays, Amanda Brown and Michael Chalmers asked for donations.  A sum of £372.00 was kindly donated to Aberchirder Mothers & Toddlers and Playgroup. 

Mike and Amanda hold the cheque they are presenting

The donation was presented by Michael and Amanda (holding cheque) to, from left, Tracy Duncan – Vice Chairperson, Elaine Chalmers – Chairperson, and Tracey Seivwright – Treasurer.  The donation is greatly appreciated by the committee, parents and children.


Aberchirder Community Action Plan

An action plan has been published showing the results of the consultation in March, with four priorities and other ideas for ways of improving the town.

Copies of the report are available from the Library.

 The Community Council will be hosting a follow-up meeting on Wednesday 25 October when representatives of all local groups will be invited to discuss possible ways ahead regarding youth activities and what facilities they need.

Changes to Foggie In Bloom

The Community Council will be boosting the number of flower tubs next year, but has reluctantly decided not to have hanging baskets, as the lack of volunteers this year meant those who did come forward to join the watering rota had an unfair burden placed on them. Many thanks go to those who did volunteer.

Community Safety

If you are aware of any antisocial behaviour or crime contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Grampian  Police on 0845 600 5 700.

Remember – the Police can only keep Aberchirder safe if you play your part.



Aul’ Broon Selling Well

The book Aul’ Broon Fae Foggie Toon, has sold almost 750 copies since it went on sale last month.

This will be a boost to the community as all proceeds will go to Association funds to help finance future projects for Aberchirder and district.

An ideal Christmas gift for home or abroad. On sale at Donald McKay’s and Aberchirder Pharmacy.

Christmas Lights

The nights are drawing in, which means it’s time for the Association to start getting ready for this year’s festive display. This involves a lot of work, especially putting up and taking down the tree and lights, so volunteers are always welcome.

The lights also cost money to buy and maintain, so we welcome donations in the bottles or tins in the Coop, Bowling Club and Commercial Hotel.

To volunteer to help please contact Stephen Forrest on 780969.

The Hill

Mike Stevens and Scottish Wildlife Trust volunteers have cut and raked off all the grass at the wild flower meadow to encourage the flowers to develop next year.

If you would like to volunteer for some work on Cleanhill, please contact
Jonny Barton on 01261 812110


Aberchirder Library Event

Week Commencing 7th October 2006

& Colouring Competition

Various pictures relating to pirates will be placed in windows around the village.  Children will have to pick up an entry form from the library and fill in where each picture is.  All correct entries will go into a hat and a winner picked. A prize will be awarded.

At the same time there will be a colouring competition for ages 3-5 and 6-8 yrs.  Entries again can be collected from the library.   A winner will be picked in each age group and a prize given.

Kids - Get searching from 7th October

 Three Toddlers and Playgroup Events:

15 October 2006


 is coming to St Marnan's Church Hall on Sunday 15 October 2006.  Places for a sitting can be booked by contacting the Fundraising Secretary on 01466 780729.  All welcome (not just restricted to Toddlers/Playgroup).  Photo packages start at £19 and will be ready in time for Christmas - a great gift perhaps?  No obligation to buy, no sitting fee.

Further samples available here

27th October 2006


27th October 2006


A Quiz night will be held on Friday 27 October 2006 in the New Inn, Aberchirder.
Teams of 4.  Each table £10.
Tables can be booked by contacting the New Inn or the Fundraising Secretary on 01466 780729.
Quizmaster - Doug Hay.  Raffle.

16th November 2006

Christmas Shopping Night

on Thursday 16th November 7-9pm in the Church Hall, Aberchirder.  Entry £1 per adult to include Tea/Coffee and shortbread.  Stall holders will include:  Bodyshop, Virgin Vie, Pampered Chef, Polly's Beads, Usborne Books, Thank Heaven for Chocolate, Dippy Bears, Phoenix Trading, Tupperware.  Lots of great ideas for Christmas gifts.  Raffle.

Don't miss it !


The following Special Offers are available at your local Aberchirder Co-op Store
from 2nd October 2006 
for 3 Weeks Only (whilst stocks last)

Try Our Star Buys .......

Week 1
Cadburys Heroes Tub 800g
Half Price

Week 3
Mars Funsize 406g - 525g
All Varieties 2 for £2.89

Week 2
Victoria Biscuits Tin 800g
Half Price

Look out for some fantastic electrical offers!




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