The Foggie Gossip
June 2013 Edition      


Fyvie Guide House Committee recently tasked Guide and Brownie groups from across Banff and Buchan to design a brand new badge for the accommodation.

The 1st Aberchirder Guides rose to the challenge designing one of the prize winning badges which incorporates the guiding trefoil, Saltire flag and a roaring campfire.

The former Fyvie Hospital remains a hub of guiding activity in the area and the badge will be available for purchase at the guide house for uniformed groups who stay at the accommodation.

Pictured below left is Melissa Morris with the winning badge, and on the right, Aberchirder Guides and leaders.



Aberchirder Guides Chloe Auchnie (right) and Rebecca Paterson were recently awarded the prestigious Baden Powel Guiding Award at Netherurd House in the Scottish Borders.

The girls have worked towards achieving the award for some time and concluded their work by taking part in a challenge adventure which included cooking and trail finding in the countryside surrounding the beautiful Netherurd House.

The girls will travel along with a larger group of girl guides and leaders from across Banff and Buchan to the Our Cabaña Guiding World Centre in Mexico later this summer.


Aberchirder Primary School was very fortunate in having had one of their teachers, Miss Alison Reid, selected as one of nine teachers from Aberdeenshire to visit Masindi in Uganda. From her findings during a five week visit last summer, Miss Reid helped the children in Foggie understand the culture of the country of Uganda and learn about the people and children living in Masindi. Equally, the schools, which the teachers visited, gained knowledge of some of the practices of primary school teaching here in Scotland.

Miss Reid brought back many artefacts from Masindi together with a lot of detailed information about the how the people lived, their schooling, their day to day challenges, the wildlife they encounter and many other facts about the country. With all the articles and information she had collected, it was decided the school would set up a museum and a Global Group of pupils from P1-P7 was created to carry out the work. They attended weekly after school sessions to create fact files and challenges for each artefact. They also designed the museum and took control of every aspect of the project.

P4/5 pupils also carried out research on Uganda as a whole and came to realise that although people are often portrayed in the media as being very sad, in reality they are highly motivated to improve their quality of life, although they may still need a little support.  The museum reflected this as it was full of ingenious artefacts that have been developed by the people of Uganda to make money or better their lives.

On 29th April, the museum was officially opened by Donald Graham (our Webmaster) and was attended by many parents and pupils. Everyone was very impressed by the collection of interesting artefacts, together with the amount of hard work by the pupils in setting up the museum and all the fascinating fact files and challenges they had created. The museum remained in place and was open to the public for several weeks after the opening.

Artwork and fact files.

A series of challenges using handmade musical instruments.

With no electricity, this blacked-out room showed how dark classrooms are.

Handmade toys using dried banana leaves and bin bags.

Researched facts on Fair Trade

Official museum opening with the Global Group in
'High-Vis' waistcoats, ready to act as guides to visitors.

A section of the crowd of visitors who attended
on the opening day.

Guides answer questions by visitors.

Parents view the artefacts.

Pupils take part in some of the challenges.

Teacher Miss Gorrara tries on a dress with sash belt from Masindi.

Aberchirder Primary school is developing a whole school approach to Global Citizenship next year, developing knowledge and awareness, not only of other countries and cultures, but also of their own and within all of Scotland.


This year's Aberchirder Gala took place on Sunday 2nd June and was very well attended. The sales tents, tea room and burger stall all had a successful day's fund raising and the main attraction, the primary school age footballers' tournament, attracted 44 teams. Good weather and a good crowd helped make the day a huge success.

So how many is that you would like?

Going like a fair.

A shot at goal.

Lots of support.

Burgers & Hotdogs always popular.

It's hot work in the kitchen.
Here are some of the trophy winners from the football competition:

Group photograph of all P1 participants.

P2-3 Winners, Deveron Dynamos

P2-3 Runners-up, Portsoy Dark Starz

P4-5 Winners, Buckie Jags

P4-5 Runners-up, St Marnans

P6-7 Winners, Buckie Borussia

P6-7 Runners-up, Keith United


The Neighbourhood Watch Campaign in Foggie

Support for the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Aberchirder village is growing fast and the sharing of information, including the whereabouts of known offenders, is spreading quickly thanks to a network of volunteers throughout the village. Working closely with Police and other agencies, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators are kept informed of the latest circumstances and who to watch.

The more volunteers the group has the better. If you would like to be part of the network of volunteers, please contact Brian King on 01466 780796.

Door or window stickers, like the one shown here, are also available free of charge and are available from Aberchirder Library or by contacting Brian or any NW Co-ordinator. If you have not yet received notice of who your local Co-ordinator is, you should receive details in the near future.

You can also get up to date help, advice and information via the NW Facebook page here:  or from Neighbourhood Watch Scotland here:


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