The Foggie Gossip

November/December 2003 Edition

In Memory of Hector Hosie / McLeod
1922 - 2003

It is with much sadness that we mark the passing of one of Foggie's great and popular characters, Hector Hosie.

As a young boy, he used to deliver milk in pails round the village.  He was a great footballer (played for St Marnans) and could be found most nights playing 'fitba' at the Market Park.  Educated at Foggie school, he went on to train as a chemist with Rattray's in Foggie.

Hector was very much a ladies' man and used to travel miles to attend local dances and enjoy the company of the fairer sex.

Hector Hosie

In 1942, Hector was 'called up' and joined the Royal Navy.  He was posted to Invergordon Naval Hospital as Pharmacist and SBA (Sick Berth Attendant)  where he looked after many injured and sick people.  In 1943, he was posted to Southern India where, at HMS Tembra, a landing craft base, he continued to look after the sick during the conflict with Japan.  He continued to organise and enjoy football and dancing and, during his placement there, he became known as 'The Pox Doctor of Mandapam'.

Hector came out of the Navy in 1946 having reached the rank of Acting Petty Officer.  He later farmed land on the fringes of Aberchirder and with his experience of helping the sick, he continued to give advice to those suffering ailments.

He was a fount of knowledge on local matters and contributed greatly to the information gathered by the Local History Group.

Hector was a 'Gadgy or Gadgie' (as the term is used locally) and he was very proud of the fact.

   Green Butterfly Award

Robert Andrew and Norman Calder
Photograph courtesy of Duncan Brown, Rosehearty

The Community Association has received a Green Butterfly Award for its work on the Cleanhill community woodland and the development of walking trails in and around Foggie.  The awards, which are made every year by Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum, recognise groups and individuals who have made a difference to their local environment.

At Cleanhill, the Association is currently implementing a management plan on behalf of the community, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Wildlife Trust.  The aim is to begin to maximise the woodland’s potential and diversity by, for example, planting native species and creating a wildflower meadow.

Association Chairman Davie Chalmers remarked: “The woodland project has been on the go since 1997, but over the last couple of years our committee member Robert Andrew has worked tirelessly as a volunteer to push it forward, and local people are beginning to appreciate the benefits.  We would be very pleased if some more volunteers would come forward to join his team of enthusiastic helpers".

Surprise Farewell for Guider

The local guides laid on a surprise party in the Church Hall to mark the retirement of Alison Mackie, Aberchirder's Guider for 27 years and a former District Commissioner who has been involved in the organisation since she joined as a Brownie over 50 years ago in her native Huntly.  However, Alison will continue help with testing, and has joined the Trefoil Guild, the club for past guides.  Alison will still be involved in lots of other things in Foggie, including volunteer driving for social work, the pensioners club and the day club.

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Taylor, Banff

Present Guides with new leader Elaine Robertson (back row to left of Mrs Mackie)


Photograph courtesy of Andrew Taylor, Banff

Former Guides who attended the party to thank Alison.

Santa Arrives in Foggie

Children of members and guests at Aberchirder Bowling Club got a visit from Santa at their annual Christmas party on 28th December.

Around 45 children received gifts from Santa at the end of their afternoon of fun and games.

Seen here is the youngest partygoer about to receive her gift.


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