The Foggie Gossip
March 2013 Edition      


Guiding Award to Aberchirder Leader

On 14 November 2012, Elaine Robertson (centre) was presented with an Award
and badge for 10 years service to Guiding.

The award was presented by Ordiquhill District Commissioner, Helen Fowlie. Seated second right is Louise Davison, a Unit helper, along with some of the Aberchirder Guides.


St Marnans Sports Club teams receive new strips from sponsors. The official presentations were made at the New Inn, Aberchirder on
17 November 2012.

Primary 1 - Strips Sponsored by Bremner's of Foggie.
Back L-R: Heather McRae (Coach), Mrs Bremner, Mr Bremner, Hilary Milne (Coach).
Middle: Isla Chalmers, Sophie Brown, Aiden Hill, Owen Hill, Jack Murdoch, Katlyn Robson.
Front L-R:: Naomi Thomson, Brooke Hay, Layton Chalmers, Evan Brown, Liam Taylor, Finlay Thomson.


Primary 2 - Strips Sponsored by Muirden Energy.
Back: Stuart Barrie (Coach).
Middle: Ryan Ross, Ruby Barrie, Shaun Rennie.
Front L-R:: Skye Seivwright, Kayla Chalmers, Aimee Hay, Caiden Kean.
Primary 3 - Strips Sponsored by William A Legge.
Back L-R:
Billy Forrest (Coach), Elaine Chalmers with Billy Legge Junior, Lenny Inglis (Coach), Fiona Calder (Coach).
Middle: Glen McRae, Declan McRae, Catherine McKenzie, Amy Hill, Calum Calder.
Front L-R:: Scott Duncan, Stacci Milne, Fraser Barron, McKenzie Chalmers.


Primary 4/5 - Strips Sponsored by Colin Smith Contractors.
Back L-R:  Gavin Scott, Heather McRae (Coaches).
Middle: Matthew Wiliams. Charlotte Duncan, Kai Inglis, Gregor Michie, Ellie Seivwright.
Front L-R:: Tianna Whitney, Erin Hay, Bruce Esslemont, Kealan Chalmers.
Primary 4/5 - Strips Sponsored by McLarens Garage.
Back L-R: Gavin Scott (Coach), John Cruickshank and Jenny Walker (Sponsors), Heather McRae (Coach).
 Front L-R: Kaiya Smith, Liam McDonald, Cain McKenzie, Taylor Chalmers, Katie Hay.


Basketball Team - Sponsored by Benzies.
Back L-R: Simon Norris, Jan Skyner (Coach), Claire Wilson, Murray Inglis.
Front L-R: Emma Kean, Taylor Chalmers, Kai Inglis, Gregor Michie.
The teams show off their new jackets sponsored by Neil Murray Housebuilders.


Coaches and Sponsors.
St Marnans Sports Club wish to say a big 'Thank You' to all their sponsors which are:
GPH, J & M Barron, McLarens Garage, Benzies, Muirden Energy, Colin Smith & William A Legge.
Sponsors that do not appear on the strips, donated money for a much needed tent to be used at gala events.


Aberchirder School Nursery held their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th. November 2012. The event was a roaring success, with a raffle, face painting, a visit from Santa, various craft stalls and the Nursery children's own work on sale. Refreshments were provided in the school canteen and a photographer was on hand to capture children's visits to Santa's grotto. The Fayre raised over £1,100 which will go towards trips and resources for the Nursery. A small army of volunteers - made up of parents and other family members, Nursery staff and businesses in and around Foggie helped to plan and support the event and the Nursery are extremely grateful for their help.

Nursery Teacher Mr Howes has his nails painted with reindeer and unknown to him, the mums made a donation of £27 after he agreed to have it done.

Sales went extremely well thanks to the support of local people, friends and relatives of the school children.


There's nothing woolly about Gavin Mutch when it comes to shearing sheep. World Champion Gavin, formerly of Woodside, Mosscoral, Forgue near Aberchirder, and now resident in New Zealand, has received Lister’s Shearing Personality of the Year award.

He will receive the accolade from the British Isles Shearing Competition Association (BISCA).  As Gavin currently lives in New Zealand, it was decided to present him with the award at next year’s Royal Highland Show in June.

Gavin is the current world champion after winning the individual title in March 2012 in Masterton, New Zealand. He is only the second British shearer to win the title, the other being fellow Scot Tom Wilson back in 1984. The next world championship will be held in Ireland in 2014.

Gavin Farms 1500 ewes and 80 cows at this home in Taranaki in the west of New Zealand's North Island where he lives with his wife Pip.


People in and around Aberchirder may soon be ordering an oriental meal without having to travel far. Proposals have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for Planning and Building Warrant consents for a Chinese Takeaway shop in the village.

Proposals are for the change of use of the property at 18 The Square, Aberchirder, to a hot food takeaway. The premises were formerly occupied by a 'Spar' food and general merchant's shop.

Should this development proceed, it will bring another business into the area and give residents a further choice of ready meals and should complement the present fish and chip shop.



Our village was founded in March 1764 by Alexander Gordon of Auchintoul and plans are being made to celebrate the anniversary in March 2014.  Details to follow in forthcoming Gossips and elsewhere.


It's your community

If you feel you could help at fund raising events such as the annual gala or assist with small projects, but don't want to  sit on the Committee, then we still need you.

is holding its
Annual General Meeting
on Thursday 28th March 201

in the Community Pavilion, McRobert Park at 7.30pm

All welcome.

Your chance to have your say, so please join us.


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