The Foggie Gossip
July / August 2011 Edition      


Beverley Walker trained with the Jessiman School of Dancing for many years and attended lessons in Marnoch Parish Church Hall in Aberchirder. She currently works part time as a primary teacher at Monquhitter Primary School and is also mum to Keiran and Brooke.  Beverley qualified a few years ago to teach dancing as required by the United Kingdom Alliance of Highland Dancing and last year, she took on existing dance classes at Aberchirder. Some of her dance pupils attended their first exams in Huntly in April 2011 and received warm praise from the examiner along with their certificates and medals.

Pictured above are some of the pupils at their first very informal display on the 28 June 2011, held in the church hall for parents and family members.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were presented with rosettes for all their hard work.
Lessons will resume in  Marnoch Parish Church Hall, Main Street, Aberchirder, on Tuesday 16 August 2011 and are as follows:
Mini Movers dance class - 4 to 4:30pm;      Highland - 4:30 to 5pm;      National - 5 to 5:30pm.

New dancers always welcome.  To book a place or for more information, please contact Beverley Walker (01888 544981)


Aberchirder Rainbows are pictured enjoying some chocolate crispies they made as part of their activities.

Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, which is comprised of four areas:

Look, Learn, Laugh and Love.

They learn those skills by taking part in a wide range of activities such as crafts, recipes and playing games.



Rachel Forrest, a Young Leader with 1stAberchirder Brownies. has received an MV award for completing 50 hours service to Girl Guiding.

The Millennium Volunteer (MV) Awards are open to all 16 - 25 year old volunteers in Scotland, with Awards presented at 50, 100 and 200 hours.

The MV Awards are endorsed by the Scottish Government and are a positive recognition of our volunteers and their achievements.


This summer saw s
ome of the Aberchirder Guides, Young Leaders and Guiders joining with other guides from across the Banff and Buchan area, on an international trip to Adelboden, Switzerland. While there, the girls experienced travelling in a cable car and a mountain train, hiking in the Swiss Mountains and of course, sampling some delicious Swiss chocolate!

The Foggie girls are pictured here at 'Our Chalet' which is one of the four World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
From L - R: Sonia Stephen, Chloe Auchnie, Shelly Morris, Rachel Forrest, Elaine Robertson and Stacey Robertson.


All pupils take part in the annual Potted Sports event. Each team taking part includes pupils from every class. The winning team above comprises:
Back row L-R: Jodie Ralston , Stuart McNamee , Rebecca Seivwright.
Front row L-R: Tori McDonald , Connor Sinclair, Bruce Esslemont, Lucia

'Spencer' the Spotty Bag shop (Banff) mascot came along to the assembly as celebrity guest to present the school achievement trophies.
The winners were:
Back row L-R: Samantha Morrison (Chaplains Cup for most helpful pupil)
Shaun Morrison (Good conduct playground award) 'Spencer', Lauren
Nattress (P7 parent Support Group Award for Sports and Sportsmanship)
The Sports and Sportsmanship award for the P7 boys was won by Corbyn Wilson (not present).

Front Row L-R: Stacey MacLean (P6 Endeavour Shield), Robert Auchnie (P6
Expressive Arts Award), Robert Fowlie and Cain Mackenzie (were jointly
awarded the Elma Linklater Memorial Shield).

Carol Duguid and Tracy Gibson came along to the school to present the prizes to the winners and runners up of the
Foggie Flower Show competition. Each class made an item using dried flowers and every pupil in school received a
certificate for taking part.  Pictured above are:
Back row L-R: Carol Duguid, Robert Fowlie, Cain Mackenzie, Sophie Duguid,
Shaun Morrison and Tracy Gibson.
Front row L-R: Cerys Whitehouse, Scott Duncan and Shaun Mackintosh.



Andrea Fowlie (20) of Causewayend Place, Aberchirder, completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh programme in July 2009. She received her certificate when attending a presentation ceremony on 4th July 2011 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh, in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Andrea completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh programme while volunteering as a Young Leader in a local Guide Unit.



Following the article in the previous issue of the Gossip, we can inform readers that the final total raised for Macmillan Cancer Care is 2573.00 from the Deveron Valley tractor road run which was held on 29th May 2011. Thanks go to all who contributed.

Pictured right are Committee members:
L-R:  Donald Simpson, Strath, Sheryl Wootton, Lynne Johnstone, Wullie Patterson, Jimmy Patterson & Davie Myles.

Missing from photo is Adam Middler and Bob Barclay.



Andrew Lawson of Cranna View, Aberchirder is an enthusiastic hill walker and has many achievements under his belt. A member of The Turriff Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club,  Andy completed the 283 Munros (Scottish hills over 3000 feet) back in October 2005.

On 27 July 2011, Andy completed a round of the Corbetts (Scottish hills between 2500 feet and 2999 feet) and is seen pictured left, on the summit of his final Corbett, Beinn a'Chaisgein Mor in Fisherfield on the west coast.

Just under 4800 people are known to have completed the Munros, but just under 460 people are known to have completed the Corbetts.

Below are images from two other Corbetts completed by Andy.


Left - Andy at the summit of The Cobbler near Loch Lomond, on 28 April 2007.
Below - Andy with his best friend Beinn at the summit of Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill in Sutherland, on 24 May 2010.


Kenny Christie and Josephine Murray of Causewayend Crescent, Aberchirder, have for many years been been enthusiastic followers of golf.  Although neither now plays, they like nothing better than following the big names in the sport.  They both also like to get involved in the game and have, for the last four years, acted as marshals at championship games at Gleneagles.

Over the years, Kenny has met many of the top players and a few examples are shown below.

Kenny met Colin Montgomery (Monty) at Gleneagles just before the Ryder Cup in 2010. 
He met Luke Donald the World No 1 at Castle Stuart this year at the Scottish Open (which Luke won). The last time Kenny spoke with Luke was at Valderama in Spain four years ago. He also spoke with Phil Mickelson at Castle Stuart.

Kenny with Monty

Kenny meets Phil Mickelson

Kenny with Luke Donald - World No 1


Aberchirder residents will have noticed that Neighbourhood Watch signs have been placed at each approach into the village.  Additional signs will be erected where necessary when funds become available.  Neighbourhood Watch has to be self funding and a directive from the National Association recommends that a donation of 1  is requested from each household in the village, by door to door collection by the various co-ordinators. Initially, whilst there are only a few volunteer deputy co-ordinators in place, the overall village co-ordinator Brenda King has decided that a fundraising event will be held to kick off a base of funds to allow for more signage and news letters etc..

 Sat. 3rd September

A coffee morning has been arranged in the Church Hall, Main Street on Saturday 3rd September 2011, from 10 -12 noon as a fundraiser. There will be a raffle and also a sales table - contributions for either will be gratefully received).

There will also be an opportunity for anyone to make a donation towards funds.

Present at the coffee morning will be PC Andy Sawers who is Crime Reduction Officer with Grampian Police.  He will be available to give advice on home security and answer any questions the public may have about security, local policing and neighbourhood watch.

PC Andy Sawers

The first Foggie Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is currently being prepared and it is hoped this will be delivered to households before the 3rd Sept.

If you can help with deliveries, contact Brenda - see below.

More Volunteers Wanted

Brenda King, Village Co-ordinator, is still looking for more volunteers and deputies who need only give a very small portion of their time to help the community make Neighbourhood Watch a success.  Anyone who thinks they may be able to help, can contact her at home 01466 780796 or pop into the library when open, for a chat.

The aim is to get a representative for each street in the village (in some cases 2 people per street if it covers a large area) as this scheme will certainly benefit all residents and would lessen the time devoted by any one person.

The volunteers to date are as follows:

Brian King for Causewayend Crescent and Corskie
Stuart and Beryl Law for Cranna View
Cliff Gudgion for Causewayend Place
Carolyn Hoss for Main Street

Linda Farquhar Corskie Drive
Amanda Maclean Southview Terrace
Gladys Millar Cornhill Road
John Fittal South Street

Neighbourhood watch does not only look at crime, but also at subjects like reporting faulty lighting, various scams - either door to door or online - and keeping awareness of vulnerable people.

You do not have to be a volunteer to play your part in the scheme so you are urged to come to the coffee morning to learn how we can each play our part in keeping the community safe.


Copyright 2002 ADCA Aberchirder, North East Scotland.