The Foggie Gossip
January 2014 Edition      

LIBRARY PRESENTATION

Aberdeenshire Libraries ran their summer reading over last summer and, later in the year, the local winners were presented with their prizes at an assembly in Aberchirder Primary School.

Last year's collage category required an A4 sized paper depicting the theme of the summer reading 'Go Wild With Books'. Only children in the age group 6-8 years entered this category and the winner was Erin Hay who received a book token for £10.00.

A slightly different category introduced last summer was the 'Star Reader' award. Each library branch chose the junior reader who had made the most progress with their reading and was considered to have put in the most effort whilst carrying out the challenge. Aberchirder's winner was Niesa Dreyer.

Niesa not only read the necessary number of books required to gain prizes, but she wrote reviews about the books she read. She also visited the library to discuss the books with the librarians. Niesa was always enthusiastic. She encouraged both her younger sister to read and a friend to join the library and take part in the challenge. She continues to borrow books and request different authors and titles. The staff of the library are always glad to see her in the branch and to hear her reviews of the books she has read.

Niesa, winner of the Star Reader prize, received a book token for £20.00.
 


Erin Hay, Brenda king (Librarian) and Niesa Dreyer.

Staff of Aberchirder Primary School commented that it was good to see pupils achieving outside the school as well as helping forge better links within the community.

SPONSORED TREKKING IN THE HIMALAYA

On 10th August 2013, Andy Lawson of Cranna View, Aberchirder, journeyed to Northern India with a view to ascending a 6000m (20,000ft) peak located within the Ladakh region of the Himalaya. In his own words, he describes his adventure and included are a few of his photographs.
 


 

"To get there I flew from Aberdeen to New Delhi, via Heathrow. After spending a day sight-seeing in New Delhi, I then flew from New Delhi to Leh. This short flight is renowned for its incredible views of the Himalaya. At 3500m, Leh airport is one of the highest airports in the world. I therefore had to spend several days in Leh acclimatising to this altitude before venturing any higher.

"Leh is a wonderful small town situated between Tibet to the east and Kashmir to the west. Despite nearby border disputes with Pakistan and China, Leh is relatively safe. Whilst acclimatising, I visited a number of Buddhist temples, saw the Dalai Lama’s residence and also took a trip to Khardung La which India claims to be the highest motorable road in the world.

"On 15th August, I travelled to a small village called Choksi (3200m) to commence a circa 70km trek, via a number of high passes and two 5000m summits to reach base camp for an ascent of Stok Kangri. This trek involved eight consecutive nights wild camping in a very remote part of the world."


Rugged landscape en-route to base camp.


"The geology and landscapes encountered were incredible. The Himalaya was formed by the crashing of the Indian plate into Asia. Land that was once under the sea is now 20000ft+ above sea level. Unlike the granites, schists and sandstones found back home in Scotland the majority of rock underfoot in this region are slates and marble. During the trek, I was fortunate to see and photograph a variety of wildlife including a Himalayan Red Fox, Marmots, Yak, Pika and Lizards.

 

"During the trek I summited an unnamed peak (5056m) and Palam Peak (5380m)."
 


A stubborn Yak blocking route to village of Rumbak.

Young Marmot.

"On 21st August, I arrived at Stok Kangri base camp (4950m). At base camp we had dinner at 19:00 and then went to bed as we had to get up at 23:00 for breakfast and commence the long climb to the summit at midnight!

"To ascend Stok Kangri we walked circa five hours using headtorches, crossed a small glacier in the dark and then made our way up lots of ice-covered rock. We reached the ridge leading to the summit at sunrise.

"On reaching 5800m, I still felt reasonably good. Slowly, slowly is the key to climbing successfully at these heights. 5900m was reached, I was now above Kilimanjaro. 6000m was reached and then the 20,000ft barrier crossed – it was now a case of walk ten metres, stop for breath, walk ten metres, ..."


Stok Kangri from just below base camp.


View across a small glacier during descent of Stok Kangri.

"Circa seven hours after setting off from base camp, I arrived at the summit of Stok Kangri (6,153m/20,182ft). It felt great to reach the prayer flags at the summit and to get incredible views across the Himalaya and Karakorum."
 


 

"The summit is however only half-way, we now had to reverse the ascent descending back to base camp from 6153m to back down to 4950m. After another night spent at base camp we continued our descent back out to the village of Stok (3500m)."
 


Andy at the Summit of Stok Kangri (6,153m/20,182ft)

"Thanks to friends and family for sponsoring my ascent.
£1,145 was raised for Tayside Mountain Rescue Team."

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Aberchirder Nursery School held its annual Christmas Fayre on 7th November 2013. A small army of volunteer helpers - children, parents and staff from both the school and the nursery, helped to ensure another successful fund-raiser for the Nursery.

£1200 was raised from: the sales tables selling all manner of gifts, many of which were hand-made; entry, which included tea/coffee and a warm mince pie/shortbread; a raffle for prizes and hampers and face painting. Money raised will all go towards buying new resources and funding trips for the Nursery children.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 
Nursery and school staff would like to thank all who made the evening possible through their hard work
and also everyone who came along and had a good time!

SCHOOL FESTIVE FUN

The end of 2013 saw lots of activities and fun for all the pupils at Foggie school. The Nursery children's nativity 'The Sleepy Shepherd' was a great hit with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. There were two performances, morning and afternoon, followed by a cup of tea and mincemeat pies for those attending.

Nursery (Morning Performance).
 

Nursery (Afternoon Performance).
 
 A highlight of the festive season was a pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' which was performed by the West Midlands Children's Theatre Company. The group have been coming to perform at the school for the past four years, after bad weather during one winter prevented pupils getting to the theatre in Aberdeen. The panto gets the children involved in the performance and there are always plenty of volunteers to get up onto the stage.

The pantomimes are fully funded by the Parent Support Group and the money was raised through the 'Bags to School' scheme where parents send in their unwanted clothes, soft toys, handbags, belts etc.. These donations are weighed and the Group then receives the value of the weight.
 


Did Daisy the cow have to be sold?
 

Connor Hay and Niesa Dreyer on stage.
 

Christmas Concert

In the Christmas Concert, P1-2 classes' part was 'The Nativity' which was incorporated into P3-7's production of 'Scrooge - A Ghost of a Chance'. Two evening performances were held with both nights being a sell out.
 


P1-2 during rehearsal.
 

P3-7 during rehearsal.
 

A huge thanks goes to all who attended and supported the concerts and to the parents for all their help with costumes. The Parent Support Group and volunteer parents also helped by holding a very successful raffle and by supplying all the food and goodies for the Christmas parties.
 


Santa handing out presents at the P2,3 and 4 Party.
 

P5,6 and 7 enjoying their party food.
 

On the last day of term in December, the annual 'Carols Round the Tree' was held, where all the classes come together to have
a variety of Christmas sounds round the Christmas tree.

FOGGIE FIRE CREW SUPPORT COMMUNITY GROUPS

During 2013, the Aberchirder crew of Grampian Fire & Rescue Service held several fund raising events and a number of local groups benefited from the proceeds. Pictured below are members of St Marnans Sports Club with Billy Forrest (centre) receiving a cheque for £200 from Fire-fighter Michael Gray on 16th December 2013. This money was raised from a collection on the day of Foggie Show.



 

On 18th December, residents of Walker Court Sheltered Housing Complex received a cheque for £150 towards their social outings and other activities. Kate Shand accepted the cheque on behalf of the residents, immediately preceding their Christmas Lunch which was held in their common room .

 

 

Also on 18th December, Aberchirder Day Club held their Christmas lunch in the New Inn hotel. Fire-fighter Michael Gray presented a cheque for £150 to Alison Scott to help boost their funds.

The money to both the Day Club and Walker Court residents was raised when the fire crew held a car wash and coffee morning.

Both groups were very much appreciative of the kind donations.

 

 

On 13 January 2014, Aberchirder & District Community Association received a cheque for £600 from the crew of the fire station. This money, which was donated specifically  towards the renewal of Christmas Lights, was raised when the firemen organised for Santa to visit Aberchirder and join them in a door-to-door collection around the village. Barry Chalmers, Crew manager, is seen here presenting the cheque to Stephen Forrest, Chairman of the Community Association.
The Community Association is extremely grateful to the firemen for this generous donation. A number of the Christmas light fittings require to be replaced and others repaired where possible. Additional fittings are also hoped to be acquired and this contribution will go some way to achieving this.


 

The crew of Aberchirder's fire station have to be congratulated for their fundraising achievements and thanked for their hard work and generosity in helping local community groups such as those pictured above.

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