The Foggie Gossip
July 2012 Edition      


Last year's presentation of trophies for Achievement took place at the end of the summer term. Trophies have been given to the school over the years by past pupils, parents, the community and the church.


For this year's Foggie Flower Show competition for Aberchirder Primary School, pupils were asked to design a postcard to commemorate the Olympic Games.

The School trophy winners are:
Back L-R: Robert Fowlie, Samantha Morrison and Kirsten Nattress.
Front: Daniel Kelman, Cain Mackenzie, Stacey MacLean and Lucy Shand.
  Best postcard designers winners are:
Back L-R: Stuart Killoh, Amber-Lei Duncan and Angus Duncan.
Front: Niesa Dreyer and Cerys Whitehouse.


The 33rd International Patrol Jamborette for Scouts was held at a Satellite Camp at Blair Atholl in July. The purpose of the satellite camp was to enable Scottish Scouts to get a taste of International Scouting. There was a high demand for places with 770 applications and only places for 330 scouts and leaders. Scout Robert Fowlie (Aberchirder) and Leader Joyce Duncan (Marnoch) were lucky to secure places at the camp. They travelled with Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders from Turriff and Portsoy, going under the group name of Deveron District.

After pitching their tents and generally settling in on Friday, their first night included entertainment around a campfire. South African Scouts performed the 'Bus Stop' dance and American Scouts played 'Scotland the Brave' on boomwhackers. Saturday activities were provided for all Scouts and Explorers in the main camp, followed later by the Fair Day, with each country attending, sharing some local produce, activities or entertainment. Sunday saw the Scouts Own on the lawn at Blair Castle in the morning, followed by games and a barbecue back at the main camp. The camp which ended on Monday, proved a great experience for all attending.

Deveron District Scouts at Blair Atholl


Three Senior Section members of Girl Guiding were recently awarded MV (Millennium Volunteer) certificates in recognition of the time given to Aberchirder Guiding Units. Stacey Robertson (left) volunteers with Girl Guides and received a 50 and a 100 hour certificate. Rachel Forrest (centre) is an Assistant Leader with the Brownie Guide Unit and received a 100 hour certificate. Gayle Beaton (right) has the role of Assistant Leader with Rainbow Guides and received a 50 hour certificate. These hours have been spent helping run weekly sessions, sleepovers, camps and outings.

MV Awards are open to all 16-25 year old volunteers in Scotland with Awards presented at 50 and 100 hours; and at 200 hours, an Award of Excellence.
The MV Awards are endorsed by the Scottish Executive and are a positive recognition of 16-25 year old volunteers and their achievements.


Ashley Alexander of Taylor Drive, Aberchirder recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen with a First Class degree in Management & Marketing.

Ashley is now employed with Total in Aberdeen.


Aberchirder & District Community Association has been successful in securing a grant towards improvements to an important neighbourhood amenity. The group received £9946 from The National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ scheme to allow much needed enhancement works, including upgrading of pathways and seating on Cleanhill at the western edge of the village.

The financial support received will allow renovation of a dilapidated shelter near the top of the hill, the clearing of leaf and natural debris from the main pathways with some levelling and resurfacing works, the replacement and extension of handrails on steep paths together with replacement of benches and picnic tables. Access controls and signage will also be put in place. Other works will include landscaping and planting of some overgrown areas. The project is being carried out in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council's Landscape Services who will also be making a financial contribution to the overall works.

Much of the works are well under way and the main pathways are now mostly hard surfaced where they became muddy in wet weather. The wider more even gravel surface will make it safer and easier for walkers of all ages and for prams and buggies to negotiate. Lockable bollards are ready to be installed at the entrance to the hill from the North Street car park to prevent unauthorised vehicular access. Work on renovation of the shelter is also under way and further improvements will continue over the next year.

The following images show some examples of the main pathway improvements.
The before and after photographs were take from approximately the same locations.



Build up of leaf debris made for muddy paths at times.

Scraping and laying of gravel resulted in a wider more defined path.

Potholed and uneven muddy sections made walking difficult.

A much improved surface.

The overgrown path leading into the den and old well.

 A more defined path where further landscaping will be carried out.

Soft and overgrown verges leave a narrow passageway.

The resultant wider hard surface.

Some sections were very uneven requiring careful footwork.

A much safer surface and defined path.

Poor drainage led to muddy surfaces.

Verge run-off channels help disperse surface water.


Earlier in the year, a request was made to Aberchirder & District Community Association by the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, asking if they would arrange for the planting of a tree in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. It was also suggested that local school children should take some part in the procedure.                 

Following consultations with Aberdeenshire Council, it was decided that a Sessile Oak “Royal Oak” tree would be planted in the play park at the junction of Main Street and North Street, Aberchirder, opposite Marnoch Parish Church.

The ceremony took place at 11am on Wednesday 26th September 2012.  The formal cutting of the turf was carried out by Mrs Patricia Seligman, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire who, earlier, spoke about The Queen's involvement in the Woodland Trust's scheme to plant six million trees nationwide.

Aberdeenshire Council later planted two other oak trees close-by to form a group of three.

The picture on the left shows Mrs Seligman lifting the turf where the Oak tree was to be planted. Standing alongside is Stephen Forrest, Chair of Aberchirder & District Community Association.

Following the tree planting, a performance by Primary 5/6 children from Aberchirder Primary School took place. Their teacher Miss Gorrara helped them compose a poem which they recited to the beat of drums. They then sang 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree' while some of the pupils danced around the tree.

Pupils from P5/6 perform to the beat of drums.

Above, pupils and teachers from P5/6 & 7, along with Members of the Community Association, Patricia Seligman (third left) and
Councillor John Cox (far left), stand around the 'Jubilee tree'.


A class from Aberchirder Primary School who were together from 1977-1984, held a reunion in the New Inn on 12th October 2012.

The class is pictured above in Primary 5 with teacher Miss Davidson.
Below, class members who attended the get-together some 30 years on.
The reunion was a great success with 20 of the original class plus some partners catching up and reminiscing on old times.


Back Row L-R - Kevin Addison, Heather Bain (Campbell), Zandra Stuart, Jacoline Merritt (McDairmid), Stella Michie (Brown), Yvonne Morrison (Gregory), Allison Milton, Pauline Bremner (Stevenson), Angela Meldrum (Esselmont).
Middle Row - Neil Esselmont, Darren Michie, Graham Greig, Douglas Morrison, Paul Grant.
Front Row - Tracey Thain (McGregor), Jillian Shearer, Jill Youngson (Elphinstone), Graeme Christie, Steven Thomson, Duncan Auchnie.


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