Aberchirder Coat-of-Arms

The Foggie Gossip
May / June 2009 Edition      


Whilst Planning Permission was still awaited for the refurbishment of The Square, it appears someone jumped the gun by commencing demolition work on the bus shelter.  Unfortunately, on 20 April, an elderly driver lost control of a car while passing through The Square and crashed into the corner of the shelter.
View showing the bus shelter due for demolition Badly damaged car

The shelter remains cordoned off, not only to bus passengers, but to the local "Last of the Summer Wine" pensioners who meet there most mornings to catch up on the latest gossip and put the world to rights.  They are now on the homeless register until a new venue is found.

Planning Permission for the improvements to The Square was GRANTED by Aberdeenshire Council on 16th June 2009.  All efforts will now be focused on securing the necessary funding to allow the project to proceed at the earliest opportunity.
Sketches showing the enhancements to be carried out can be seen in the June 2008 issue of the Gossip.


In the June 2006 Gossip, we reported on Billy Wilson who is training the Iraq Police at the Police Academy near Basra.  Billy's father, who stays in Cornhill Road has sent in these images taken recently during Billy's tour of duty.

All the Bodyguards serving in Iraq.  Billy is in the back row, 4th from right.

Foreign Secretary
UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, on visit to Basra.

Billy seated on right during a break from escort duty.

Billy Wilson
Billy kitted out.
Time out
With some Iraqi colleagues.
Security compound
Billy on left, working with police.
Preparing for duty
Helicopter transport.


Raising money for various charities, Richard Waters and Fiona Addison from Aberchirder Pharmacy took part in the Six Harbour Walk on 3rd May.  Organised by Buckie Rotary Club, money raised was going to McMillan Cancer Support (local), Meningitus UK, Capability Scotland (local), Buckie Pipe Band and other local charities.  A total of approximately £13,000 was raised for good causes.

Pictured below holding their certificates are Richard with his dog Molly and Fiona with her dog Ricky.  Fiona's son Kieran joined them on the walk.  Can you spot them in the video from YouTube?

Richard & Fiona with certificates


Local businessman and entrepreneur (or wheeler/dealer as he prefers to be called) Robert C Bremner, affectionately known as Bingo, celebrated his 90th Birthday with his family on 16th May 2009 at Thainstone House Hotel.  With him were his 5 daughters, his son William and all their families - the 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Bingo said, "I had many cards and gifts from near and far and would like to take this opportunity of thanking one and all for remembering me and making my "big day" a very special and most memorable occasion:  Foggie loon born and bred and just love ma hame - 'Sweet Foggieloan' : Hope to be here for a few good years yet - born 1919 and still going strong".

Bingo & grandchildren
From left: Granddaughter Laura Bremner (holding Jack Stewart, son of granddaughter Amanda), Katie and Victoria Fox (daughters of granddaughter Lisa), Bingo with great-grandson Connor Maclean (son of granddaughter Simone), great-grandson Jack Nicol (son of grandson Barrie), holding great-granddaughter Aimee Bryce (daughter of granddaughter Emma) and granddaughter Gemma Rutherford, holding Molly Bryce (also daughter of Emma).

Birthday boy

Other grandchildren not in picture above are : -
Simone Maclean, Lisa Fox, Amanda Stewart. Colvin Cruickshank, Garth Cruickshank, Barrie Nicol, Emma Bryce, Simon Rutherford, Andrew Bremner.
Holly, Jamie & Rowan Garrett and great -granddaughter Frankie Mia Walker.



Left: 'Birthday Boy' Bingo Bremner with his wife of almost 70 years, Annie.

They have 6 surviving children:
Ann, Elizabeth (Betty), Marion, Elsa, William & Janice.
(Son Robert Deceased 2005)


People visiting Aberchirder’s community woodland at Cleanhill will notice a big change as a result of the felling of its larch plantation during May 2009.

Around 60 years ago, 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres) of European larch was planted for commercial purposes . A decision was made to clear the area after a gale in October 2006 blew down a large number of the trees, blocking paths and creating a safety hazard. Short term work secured the pathways and woods but experts advised that the whole plantation had reached an age and condition where it should be harvested.

Before felling
A section of the larch plantation before felling.
Into the clearing

Part of the clearing
Cleared areas either side of one of the footpaths.

Having obtained a Forestry Commission felling licence, the Association’s Cleanhill Warden Jonny Barton spent much time in discussion with potential buyers before securing a contract with 'Euroforest' to cut and remove the timber.  He said: “We are very grateful for the advice and cooperation we received from Aberdeenshire Council's Landscape Services, Environmental Health and Transport & Infrastructure, which made the exercise possible.”

An automated harvester machine felled the whole plantation – apart from a small corner which is being retained as specimen trees – in four days in mid-May, Stacking and removal took a little longer than expected, not helped by some extremely wet weather.

After the felling
One of the cleared areas of larch.
Off to the sawmill
Cut logs ready for transport to the sawmill.

As part of the felling licence, a plan for restocking of the area has been prepared.  This will involve planting a wide range of native species of trees, paid for with the proceeds of the sale of the larch.  Jonny Barton explained: “We have approached the Scottish Wildlife Trust to organise the planting later in the year and we hope to involve members of the community in some way, as it is their woodland.”

Deep rutting
Wet weather led to some unavoidable rutting.
Deep rutting
Remedial works will be carried out to make good these areas.


Officials & guests

Pictured at the St Marnans Sportsmen's Dinner held at Aberchirder Bowling Club on 23rd May are organisers:
Back L-R:  Billy Forrest, Scott Chalmers, Willie McKinnon and Duncan Henderson.
with guests
Front L-R:  Brian McGinley (ex Grade 1 referee), Ian Thain (MC), Willie Henderson (ex Rangers & Scotland winger)
Far right:  Adel Henderson who 'kicked off' the evening by singing Caledonia and Amazing Grace.

The event raised approximately £10,000 towards Aberchirder Sports Club developments.


Aberchirder Brownies held a fashion show on 27th May to raise money towards general funds.
Fashions were provided by Tesco, Huntly and a total of £450 was raised.

Height of fashion

Back L-R:  Stacey MacLean, Emma Murray, Kirsty Ewen, Vickie Locke, Abbie Bowie, Amy Keith, Isla Jack, Janette Murray, Lucy McLean, Gemma Duguid, Lisa Williamson, Stephanie Acutt, Lucy Shand, Lauren Nattress, Kanisha Choudhury.
Front L-R (from little girl centre):  Lucy Forrest, Lindsey Proctor, Vicky Proctor, Emily Proctor.

Looking for Leaders

Volunteer Leaders are urgently required for Aberchirder Brownie Guide Unit & Aberchirder Rainbow Guide Unit.
For further information, please contact Helen Fowlie, Tel: 01466 780210

Leaders' presentations

Above are seen Brownie Unit Leader Julie Allan (back 3rd left) and Assistant Leader Lisa Williamson (back 2nd left) receiving gifts on leaving the Brownies.
Julie is expecting her first baby at the end of July and Lisa is about to start a new career after finishing university.


Aberchirder Guides made camp at Mountblairy over the weekend
of 23rd May 2009.

Guide badge

1st Aberchirder Girl Guides meet on Wednesday evenings during school term.
Open to 10 - 14 year olds
(after 14yrs become a young leader)

For further details or to join the fun, contact
Elaine Robertson, Tel: 01466 780199

Around the campfire with Guides from Whitehills.
Meal time
Curry with a sprinkling of drizzle.
Elaine Robertson serving Shelley Morris, Chloe Auchnie and Rebecca Patterson with Jan Skyner far right.
Breakfast Toast.
L-R: Chloe Auchnie, Melissa Morris, Lindsey Beaton, Natasha Morrison and Stacey Robertson.


Marnoch Parish Church Craft Fair held in the Church Hall on 30th May was a great success, notwithstanding the fine weather keeping many locals outdoors.  A total of £360.70 was raised towards the ongoing hall improvements.  Thanks go to all stallholders, organisers and patrons.
Crafty people
Main Hall
Drumming up sales
Scout stall
Scouts with home bakes.
Sales Tables.


Kirsty Anne Ball was born on 2nd June 2009 at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, weighing 8lb 5oz.  Proud parents Kate (nee Peden) and Jamie are seen here with Kirsty and 2 year old Josie. 

Kate, formerly of Causewayend Crescent, Aberchirder, is book-keeper at Jamie's signwriting and design business at Lochyside, Fort William.

Kirsty Anne Ball

New born Kirsty with dad, mum & sister


Aberchirder's annual gala on Sunday 7th June, was a great success with some 55 teams of young footballers competing in their age groups.

Foggie Babes
Winners of the Primary Girls:  Foggie Babes
Huntly A
Winners of the Primary 1/2/3:  Huntly A
Deveron Blizzard
Winners of the Primary 4/5:  Deveron Blizzard
Huntly A
Winners of the Primary 6/7:  Huntly A

Presentation of prizes
Stewart Stevenson M.S.P. who paid a surprise visit, presenting prizes.
On the left is Billy Forrest, leader of St Marnans Youth.

Presentation of prizes
Stewart Stevenson presenting a shield to captain of Deveron Blizzard

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