Aberchirder Coat-of-Arms

The Foggie Gossip

July/August 2008 Edition 



Jennifer McKilligan and Scott Duncan were married at Old Marnoch Church on 21st June 2008.
They are pictured here at the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff, where they held their reception.

Scott & Jennifer

Jennifer of Nether Backieley, Aberchirder, is an Agricultural Officer with Rural Affairs Department, Thainstone and Scott is a Farmer at The Palace, Gardenstown.


Scott & Jennifer



Married on 19th July 2008 at the Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly, were
Moira Chalmers and Frank Willox, both of Wellfield Terrace, Aberchirder.


Frank is an Ames Taper with Ludie Barrack, Aberdeen and Moira is a Shop Assistant with the Scottish Co-op in Aberchirder.



Frankie & Moira


Married at Fyvie Castle on 1st August 2008, were Catherine Beckley of Northend Aberchirder and Douglas Rankin, Fyvie.
Douglas & Catherine

Douglas works offshore and Catherine is a Drama Teacher.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond was at a meeting in the Castle and asked if he could congratulate the couple who had just got married.


Michelle Harris and Leslie Milne of Southview Terrace, Aberchirder, were married on 16th August 2008 in the garden of the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff.
Michelle is a Home Carer and Leslie works for Scotframe Timber Engineering.

Leslie & Michelle

Ron and his Girls

Michelle with father Ronald and her sisters Anita (left) and Rhona.




Betty Walker - Born 10 July 1918

Betty Walker celebrated her 90th birthday when the family organised a party in Whitehills.

Betty was very much the hard working 'Minister's wife' when her husband, the late Eddie, was Church of Scotland Minister at Marnoch from 1959 to 1984.  She is seen below leading off the Grand march at her party with her son Leslie, followed by her other son Ally and his wife Jacqui.

In the picture below right, accompanied by her 'boys', Betty sings,  "Moonlight on the Colorado".  This is one of her all time favourite songs and the same trio used to sing it regularly in Foggie.  During the party rendition, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Betty later enjoyed a surprise lunch in the Fife Lodge Hotel where around 20 of her old Foggie friends met her to celebrate and reminisce of times gone by.

Betty Walker

Grand March Family Singalong


Good Conduct Winners

Good Conduct Trophy Winners

Back row from left: Patrick Donoghue for P5 Chaplains Cup (Most helpful pupil) - Brodie Linklater for P7 Parents Support Cup (sports and sportsmanship) - Owen Paterson for the Elma Linklater Memorial Shield (generally helping the Janitor to keep the school grounds clean and  tidy) - Lindsey Beaton for the Girls Good Conduct Playground Award (for good behaviour, helpfulness and manners in the playground) - Craig Shand with P7 Sports and Sportsmanship Trophy.

Front row from the left: Iona Gregor with P6 Expressive Arts Award - Lydia Moir and Jay Inglis (joint winners) for the P6 Endeavour Award - Matthew Skyner for the Boys Good Conduct Playground Award.


Competition Winners

Poster Competition Winners

The winners of the Foggie Show poster competition with their certificates
are from the left:

Liam MacDonald (P1): Eliza Kaniowska (P5): Craig Shand (P7): Kirsty Ewen (P4): Lydia Moir (P6): Robert Auchnie (P3): Tanya Hale (P3).

Last Day

Last Day at Primary

Pictured on their last day at Foggie School are Primary 7 pupils with their teacher Mrs Kneale and classroom auxiliaries Karen Taylor
and Theresa Milne.


Aberchirder Playgroup's annual outing this year took them to Huntly Peregrine Wildwatch Centre on Wednesday 25th June.
With instructions and help from the Wildlife Wardens, all the party had a great time.
Playgroup Outing
I spy ........
My Turn

Playgroup & Toddlers Change of times:

Playgroup meets at 9.15am - 11.15am Monday - Thursday
Mother & Toddlers meet at 9.45am - 11.15am Friday

For further details, contact Elaine Chalmers Tel: 01466 781046

Aberchirder Co-op Staff Revel in Successes

Posing as The Flintstones, Staff from the Co-op gained the prize for the 'Most Entertaining Float' at this year's Foggie Show.
This is the third year in a row they have taken the award.
It's the Flintstones

hilst still on a high from that success, they were advised on 26th August that they had won the
'Store of the Year'
award from the Co-op, for stores under 3000 sq ft in Scotland, N. Ireland & Isle of Man.

They are now entered in the National finals.

Store of the Year

Manager Paul Boyfield with the 'Store of the Year' plaque, is joined by proud staff members Jennifer Imlach (left), Irene Youngson and Jayme Tough.


Residents of Aberchirder's Sheltered Housing complex turned out on Foggie Show day to hear Inverurie Pipe Band.  They also met STV North Tonight presenter Rachael Stewart (third left) who opened this year's show.  Also attending were the Flower Show Queen and her attendants.
Foggie Show day


Aberchirder Day Care members went of a tour of Aberdeenshire on 23rd July.  In brilliant sunny weather, they visited Collieston, Newburgh and the Garioch,
ending up at the Vale Hotel for high tea.
Day Care Group Make a Picture
From Left: Dorothy Hill, Gladys Miller, Martha Paget, Betty Bremner, Violet Duncan, Betty Fromholc, Mary Thomson, Isa Paterson,
Madge Sievewright and Mattie Duncan.


Aberchirder Playgroup & Toddlers - Fundraising Nights
Children's Disco


Pub Quiz


Photography Exhibition

Evening Photographic Exhibition with Wine & Cheese

Cheese & Wine Available at Exhibition

B+M Stevenson Picture Framing stall

Sunday 21st September 2008
from 6pm, Marnoch Church Hall, Main Street,

Pamela Gronkowski, Banff, is launching her first ever official Photographic Exhibition here in Foggie.

Extensive Range of Images Available for Purchase

Exclusive Images from Old Marnoch Cemetery
and Church

................. and Much More!


Portraiture Bookings Available

All Welcome

Reading Group


A new reading group has been formed at Aberchirder Library.
The first meeting to set up the group has been held and it was agreed that get-togethers would take place in the Library on the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm.

The first book chosen is Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

This will be a very informal, relaxed group who will meet for a cuppa each month and review books they have been reading.

The next meeting is on 30th September - All welcome.
For further details from the Library.

First Book for Review


"Good with Food"

The following Special Offers are available at your local Aberchirder Co-op Store
Saturday 13th September  (whilst stocks last)

Too Good to Miss

Robinsons Fruit Shoots
100% Juice 4 x 250ml
Half Price
Pringles Rice Infusions
Half Price
McVities Jaffa Cakes
Half Price
Wine      Grapes WINE FESTIVAL

Selected Wines - Half Price 

~ ~ ~  Lots more bargains in-store  ~ ~ ~


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