The Foggie Gossip
August 2010 Edition      


Old Abrechirder by Bob Peden

A pictorial history of Aberchirder published by Stenlake Publishing is now available.  Written by local historian Bob Peden, it provides a concise history of the village from its foundation in 1764 to the present day, but focuses on the first half of the 20th Century.

This latest book in a long running series covering towns and villages all over Britain contains over seventy photographs provided by people living locally or with Aberchirder connections.  These provide the basis for captions which tell the story of how this planned village has changed over the years and yet still has its historic centre built round the recently enhanced Square.

The book, priced 7.99, is available from Aberchirder Post Office and other local outlets, or direct from Stenlake Publishing - Books - North East Scotland section.



Morven McKay and Ross Wallace, both of Blackburn, Aberdeenshire,
were married at Fyvie Castle on 24th July 2010.

Morven, formerly of The Square, Aberchirder, is a teacher at Sunnybank Primary School in Aberdeen and Ross is a Police Officer.






Married on 31st July 2010 at Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie, were
Lynn Hay and David Jex, both of Shannocks View, Turriff.

Lynn, formerly of Causewayend Crescent, Aberchirder, is a French Teacher at Fraserburgh Academy.  David is a Control Room Operator Offshore.



Aberchirder's annual flower show on 14 August was a great success with the afternoon sunshine bringing many visitors to the event. The show was formally opened by Jo Farrow, STV's weather girl.  The marquee displayed large entries in the horticultural and industrial sections with, according to the judges, a very high standard of exhibits.

Entertainment in the 'field' included, It's a Knockout, music from Inverurie Pipe Band and a display by Huntly Falconry Centre as well as the Highland Dancing competition.  The Pageant kicked off at 7pm with the parade travelling along the main streets and finishing at MacRobert Park.

Show Queen Sarah Allan (centre) with
Show Princess Abbie Esslemont (right) & Show Attendant Jayde Henderson (left)

Inverurie Pipe Band lead the parade

Foggie Show royalty (left) travel in comfort behind the band

The procession continued with a convoy of vintage tractors - a small selection from those which took part in the Deveron Tractor Run in May.

They were followed by the traditional display of floats which were later judged for their decoration and entertainment value.

Fordson Dexta

Zetor Crystal 8011

Massey Ferguson 35 followed by a Fordson Super Dexta

International 444

Ford County 1454

Massey Ferguson (Fergie)


Forglen Rural "Hillies Bothy Nichts"
Winners of the McKay Trophy for Most Entertaining Float

Marnoch Church "The Broons"
Winners of the Donald Trophy for Best Decorated Float

Foggie Guides "Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute"

Marnoch Scouts "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory"
Winners of the Trophy by Mr & Mrs Tough for Best Junior Float

Aberchirder Co-op " Village People"

Foggie Nursey Group "The Wizard of Oz"
Winners of the Mutch Trophy for Best Float Overall

This picture, from an old postcard, shows South Street in the 1920s with the original small houses either side of the Commercial Hotel and its two-storey neighbour.  All those low houses were replaced with council houses in the years before and after World War Two.


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