The Foggie Gossip
April 2012 Edition      


Graduating from the University of the West of Scotland with a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Nursing Studies is Emma Louise Morrison (pictured right).

It is the second time the mum of three has graduated from the University, having studied Gerontology through Distance learning whilst working full-time as a Senior Staff nurse with NHS Grampian.

Emma's husband Euan accompanied her to the graduation ceremony which took place within the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley, on 16 November 2011.


A special day was arranged as an early 5th birthday present for Scott Riddoch Jnr. of Bronchal Place, Aberchirder. Scott was chosen to act as  Deveronvale Football Club's Mascot on 21st January 2012.  He had a fantastic and memorable day, made even more special when Deveronvale beat Fort William 6-0.

Scott with Fort William Captain (yellow strip),  the Referee
and the Deveronvale Captain Mike McKenzie.

Scott with the Deveronvale team after the match.


On 21 February 2012, Aberchirder Playgroup and Toddlers enjoyed a visit form 'Bookbug'. Organised through Aberdeenshire Library Service to celebrate World Book Day, the youngsters sang lots of rhymes and listened to stories.

If you would like more information about joining the group, please telephone Fiona Forrest - 01466 780969


Parent Support Group - Fund Raising Events:

Wednesday 2nd May 2012     -     Disco 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 1st June 2012     -      Cheese & Wine 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday 15th June 2012     -     Spotty Bag Fashion Show 7.00pm 9.00pm

Wednesday 27th June 2012     -     Disco 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tesco Tokens:

The school are once again collecting Tesco tokens.  The collection box is located on the school signing table at the entrance to the building.  Any donations of tokens would be most welcome. At the end of the collection time parents will once again be informed of the items that have been purchased with the tokens.  Thank you for your continued support with this.


K’Nex Challenge

The K’nex Challenge recently took place in school for the P4, 5 and 6 classes.  Once again there was a very high standard of models constructed by all the children.  The criteria this year was that they had to construct a helicopter which had to be strong and have rear and main rotary blades.  There had to be enough room for the pilot and 3 passengers. The winners this year were Jessica Curtis P4 and Amber-Lei Duncan P6.  The girls will now participate in the North East heats at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen in May.  Well done girls and good luck for May!



Dates for you Diary

School trips have now been booked for all classes.  The dates for these are as follows:

P1    -      Banff Links     -     Wednesday  30th May 2012

P1/2     -     Haddo Country Park     -     Wednesday  13th June 2012

P3/4     -      Loch of Strathbeg     -     Tuesday  12th June 2012

P4/5     -      Nordic Ski Centre     -     Tuesday  29th May 2012

P6/7     -      Satrosphere     -     Wednesday  30th May 2012

Further information will be issued to parents nearer the time of each trip.

Front Door Entry by Pupils

Some parents are using the front door to take their child/ren into school.  ALL CHILDREN IN PRIMARY CLASSES SHOULD ENTER THE SCHOOL BY WAY OF THE CLOAKROOM DOORS AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING.  This is to ensure the utmost safety of all children in the school.


Special Constable Hugh Duncan of Craignetherty Farm, Netherdale, received the Queen's Police Medal at a presentation by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The honour was in recognition of Hugh's 44 years service with Grampian Police. Hugh enjoys his role as a Special Constable so much, he has no intention of giving up quite yet.
There have only been three 'Specials' in the UK who have received the Queen's Police Medal - one from Ellon, one in England and now Hugh.

Pictured outside Buckingham Palace either side of a Yeoman Warder (aka Beefeater) in ceremonial uniform, are:
Hugh and Vandra Duncan with their daughters Gail Reid (left) and Hazel MacPherson (right).



TG's Hair Salon has opened in 63 Main Street, which lies in the north-west corner of The Square in Aberchirder. Tracey Grant, Bespoke Hair Design already operates a successful hair salon in Turriff and this new venture will bring a novel experience to new customers of TG.

In their mission statement, TG says:

"At TG we aim to make every visit a relaxing, fun and enjoyable experience, combining our passion for hairdressing with years of experience and enthusiasm.

Our simple, honest hairdressing advice will give you the hair you've always wanted.”

TG also believes that every hairdresser should continue to learn and evolve their skills. This is why all TG hairdressers attend regular advanced training both in salon and out, ensuring we are always keeping up to date with all the latest trends.

A launch party was held on Saturday 17 March 2012 when many locals, loyal customers, friends and family all turned out to mark the occasion. It was a fun night and the event raised over £600 for a local charity - Turriff & Banff MS Group. For more information and pictures, visit TG's Facebook page.

Opening hours:
Monday -  Closed
Tuesday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday & Thursday - 9.00am - 7.30pm
Friday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am - 1.00pm

To check availability or book an appointment, contact Terri or Sherene on 01466 780220.

For further details, visit

Staff at the opening of the Foggie salon.


Ian Esslemont Jnr. took part in his first ever race of any kind. Running in the Garioch Half Marathon on Sunday 18 March 2012, Ian completed the 13.1 miles in 1 hour 59 Minutes. Running for his chosen charity, Home Start Deveron, Ian raised £775 to add to their funds.

Ian (formerly of Aberchirder) is pictured above presenting a cheque to his Aunt Wendy Gray who is a Family Support Worker for the charity.


Sadly another shop in Aberchirder town centre is due to close its doors after the owner has been unsuccessful in finding a buyer. Donald McKay is to retire after 48 years work as a butcher in Aberchirder. With only about 18 months to go until he intended to retire at 65 years of age, Donald felt it was not worth his while upgrading some elements of the business to comply with new legislation.

Aileen & Donald McKay

Donald tried hard to sell the business and although a few people showed interest, they wanted the shop only and not the house which is an integral part of the building which lies on the south side of The Square. The layout of the shop and house does not lend itself to splitting into separate units. Therefore the decision was taken to close the shop at the end of May.

Donald started work in the shop at the age of 15 as an apprentice to a Mr Gregor and eventually took over the business in 1979. As well as serving the residents in Foggie, the butcher's shop supplied many other businesses in the area with meat and meat products, including many of their own preparations of haggis, pies and puddings.

The business would not have been the success it has been without the help of Donald's wife Aileen and they both praised the many young lads they have trained and who have assisted them over the years.

Foggie will be that bit more lacking in services by the loss of the butcher's shop.

Staff of Donald McKay, Family Butcher


Aberchirder Guiding Groups had an outing to Harleys in Macduff, where they enjoyed a game of 10 pin bowling followed by a snack. Pictured here are girls from the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. To find out more about these groups, call:  for Rainbows, Helen Fowlie 01466 780210; for Brownies, Sonia Stephen 07762 124343 and for Guides, Elaine Robertson 01466 780199.


John aged 11 with sister Kathleen,
brother Alex and mother Meg in Foggie.

John Joseph Macfarlane of Weston-super-Mare has sent his memories of Aberchirder in World War Two and they have been added to the Virtual Museum section on that theme. He writes:

I thought your readers might like to share the wartime experiences of a young schoolboy who came to regard Foggie as home for five years. "It's been a lang, lang time since I daundered doon your glen", but I had a wonderful few childhood years in Foggieloan which I will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

My wife Iris and I have visited Scotland many times and it holds a very special place in our hearts. Once or twice we took my mother back to Foggie, where she renewed old friendships with people she grew up with. On one occasion we took her to Rennie’s shop, and she found her old friend Ivy Rennie, who was delighted to see her and asked us in for tea and a blether. Mother slipped back into the dialect as if she had never been away, a source of great amusement to Iris who could understand hardly a word, and I spent my time translating.

Sadly Mum died in 2001 and in accordance with her wishes, Iris and I took her ashes home to Foggie and scattered them on the family grave in Marnoch Cemetery.


Aberchirder & District Community Association held their Annual General Meeting in the Community Pavilion on 29 March 2012. The following office bearers were appointed for the year 2012/13.
Chair – Stephen Forrest
Vice-Chair –
Jayne Michie
Secretary – Linda Farquhar
Treasurer – Cliff Gudgion
Jonny Barton; Kenny Benzie; Sue Bremner; Davie Chalmers; Donald Graham (Webmaster); Lester Kean; Brian King; Amanda McLean; Kevin Stearman.

Should anyone wish the Association to address any local issues or want to find out more about the gym at Aberchirder Quality of Life & Fitness Centre, please contact any member or call Linda 01466 780481.

Existing gym members are reminded that memberships are due for renewal on 1st May 2012.

It is proposed to hold an open weekend early in May for those interested in joining the gym or just to come along to see what is on offer. Arrangements will be made for new or refresher inductions in the use of equipment. Instructions can be tailored for all ages and level of fitness. All over 18s welcome. Look out for local posters.


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