The Foggie Gossip

November 2004 Edition

Association Wind Up

Familiar faces again adorn our pages.  The people pictured here represent 11 local groups which each benefited by 50 from the recent winding up of Aberchirder Amenities and Welfare Association.

Groups receive cheques
Picture courtesy of Andy Taylor, Banff.

Former chairman, now chairman of the Community Association, David Chalmers (seated centre) handed out cheques to Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Playgroup, Mothers & Toddlers, Rose Innes Amenities Fund, Day Care, St Marnans Junior FC, and Aberchirder & District Community Association.

"When We Were Young"

Aberchirder Day Club got together with two members of North Aberdeenshire Volunteer Network and the 50+ Volunteer Project to reminisce about days gone by.  All members of the Day Care group contributed stories from their childhood and early days in employment.  The result of their recollections is a 50 page book designed to give a glimpse into the past for both young and older people.  The project culminated in an open day on 27th October in Marnoch Church Hall where the book was on sale and members brought along artefacts and memorabilia for all to see. 188 children from Aberchirder Primary School had the opportunity in the morning to see and hear about everyday objects and experiences from earlier generations.  In the afternoon, over 100 members of the public packed the hall.

Copies of the book "When We Were Young" can be bought from members of the Day Club or from Kaye Simpson (Tel: 01466 793676) or Mary Cox (Tel: 01771 622111)

Volunteers and visitors

Coffee grinder returns

Ian Paterson shows a "deil's fit", as used by cobblers to sole and heel shoes and boots, to some of the visitors.  Second right Mary Cox, North Aberdeenshire Volunteer Network,and third right Kaye Simpson, 50+ Volunteer Project, were organisers of the event.

Demonstrating a coffee grinder is Dorothy Hill accompanied by her great-granddaughter Rebecca Seivwright.  Watching is Aileen McIntosh (left) and Gladys Miller.
Mrs Hill and her husband lived for a time in Brazil in their early lives where she bought the grinder. They later retired to Aberchirder, taking the grinder with them, only to discover the grinder had been made by an engineering firm in Aberchirder for export.

Day Club members

Stone Pig

Holding an old tablecloth covered in silk cigarette cards, which were collectable at beginning of last century, are Mary Thomson, Nellie Taylor, Mary McKenzie and Isa Paterson.

Youngsters Robert Fowlie, Alexander Bowie and Blair Duncan talk with Betty Bain as she shows them a "stone pig" hot water bottle used in the era before electric blankets.  At back is husband Bob Bain holding grand-daughter Iona Campbell.

Above pictures courtesy of Andy Taylor, Banff.
Abrechirder Primary School Children Abrechirder Primary School Children

Seen here, more primary school children showing a keen interest in everyday objects from days gone by.

Football Accomplishment

Local boy Stuart Gray aged 14 years, a pupil at Banff Academy, has been selected to play for the North of Scotland Schoolboys Under 15's football team. 

They have already played their first game at Livingston against Lothian but unfortunately they lost 4 - 2.  We wish him well in the future.

Stuart Gray

Proud Lads Show Off New Football Strip

St Marnans Youth 4-5
Picture courtesy of Andy Taylor, Banff.

St Marnans Youth primary 4/5 team have been donated a new strip thanks to Ria and Ian Esslemont.  Ian (left) is thanked by team coach Darren Michie, while Ria receives a floral arrangement from Debbie Anderson (right).
In front are:  Owen Paterson, Darren Brodie, Ben Allan and Martin Skyner.
Standing:  Ross Stevenson, Lee Inglis, Ian Esslemont, Jake Mair, Muir Gregor and Matthew Anderson.

     Ball / Peden Wedding

Our website historian's daughter Kate Peden got married to Jamie Ball in Fort William on Saturday 9th October.  The wedding took place on the pier at Gairlochy on the Caledonian Canal on a brilliant sunny day - a rarity in the West Highlands.  Guests from England and Scotland enjoyed a trip up the canal from Corpach and back on the Crannog Restaurant cruise boat Souters Lass.

Gairlochy Pier


Foggie Quines

Kate and Jamie


Among the guests were three other Foggie Quines.
Left to Right - Fiona Michie (now resident in Amsterdam), Kate (Fort William), Suzy Ross (Edinburgh) and Jackie Graham (Dumfries).

Masonic Appointment

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Banffshire held a Ceremony of Installation of Brother William (Bill) Alexander Legge of Aberchirder as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Banffshire.

The ceremony, conducted by Brother Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Bart., B.A., Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland (on left), was held in Marnoch Church Hall on Saturday 13th November at 2 p.m. where around 200 Masons attended.  

An installation dinner & dance followed in Aberchirder Bowling Club.

The last Aberchirder man to receive this honour was the late Leslie A. Anderson who held the position from 1974 - 1979.


Copyright 2002 ADCA Aberchirder, North East Scotland.