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Burgess Social Events for 2018 – Reminder

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Places are still available for all events highlighted below:

We are pleased to announce our Social Events program for the first half of 2018. Unless otherwise stated, guests are welcome at every  event.

If you wish to attend any of the events, please email clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname.

Monday 22 January

Angela Scott, Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council, will present to the Burgesses on the topic of Urban Governance, this  will take place in the Council Chamber, Town House, Broad Street at 6.00pm on Monday 22nd January. Tea and Coffee will be served. No cost to attend. The Lord Dean is keen that the Burgesses are well represented to give feedback and views to Angela. Full details of the evening are already on the website.

Tuesday 27th February

Dinner : ‘This Is Our City’.   The event is a platform to celebrate what is good in Aberdeen. Its focus will be on the people of Aberdeen, what it means to belong to the city and why individuals are proud to live & work here.

Burgesses and their guests are invited to support this event with the aim of representing the entire community of Aberdeen.    The dress code is lounge suit.  Ticket price is £55.00 per person.  Full details already on the website.

Wednesday 14th March

We are delighted to accept an invite from Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive of CLAN Cancer Care to visit their premises at 120, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2QA. The event will be at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, there will be a  finger buffet food accompanied by tea and coffee.

Cost of the event will be £10 and guests are most welcome.  There is car parking on the premises.

April

We are planning an evening of education and explanation, ‘Understand Social Media”.

Details will follow soon, check the website.

Tuesday 8th May  

AGM at noon, Town & County Hall, Broad Street, Aberdeen.   Agenda and papers to follow.

May

During May we are looking to organise a visit to Mike Dreelan’s collection of cars and vintage Stem Engines at Blairs. More information to follow.

Tuesday 22nd May

Fellow Burgess Paul O’Connor MBE, has invited the Burgesses to visit Inchgarth Community Centre, Aboyne Place, Aberdeen AB10 7DR. The visit will commence at 7.00pm and will include a tour of the centre, a presentation on what the centre is and its future plans, and will include a finger buffet. There is parking at the centre.    Cost of the event will be £10

Thursday 14th June

We have arranged a visit to the Sue Ryder Care facility at Dee View Court, Caisdykes Road, Aberdeen, AB12 5JY where a number of health and social care professionals deliver incredible 24-hour care and support to people living with complex needs and neurological conditions.

The evening will commence at 6.00pm arrival for a 6.30pm start, there will be a presentation/ overview of the centre’s work and then a tour of the facilities, followed by a finger buffet. Cost of the event will be £10 but will be restricted to 25 attendees in total so, at present restricted to  Burgesses only.

July

We are planning to visit to Alford Transport Museum, hopefully by vintage bus, details to follow.

Thursday 4th October

The second part of ‘Giacamo & Glover’, a play written by Burgess Mike Gibb, will be performed at the Town and County Hall, Broad Street, Aberdeen  commencing at 7.00 pm with a finger buffet included.   Cost will be £10.

Burgess Lunch Program 2018 – Update

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We now have all but one lunch confirmed for 2018. Ross Thomson lunch is awaiting date for Westminster recess but is confident the date will be fine. We still have places available for all lunches listed.

We are pleased to announce our line-up of guest speakers for the Burgesses of Guild lunches for 2018. As usual, unless listed the lunches will commence at 12.14pm (date our Charter was granted) at the RNUC, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, and end promptly at 2.00pm. Cost of the lunch is £14 per person.  Unless otherwise stated, guests are welcome at every event.

If you wish to attend any of the lunches, please email clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname

Wednesday 7th February 2018

‘Understanding Hitler in the 21st century’ Professor Thomas Weber of the University of Aberdeen has been researching Hitler for more than a decade. Discover why this research continues to be so important, learn about new discoveries and interpretations and one researcher’s journey into the life and mind of one of the most infamous men in history. 

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Guest speaker will be fellow Burgess and ex Councillor, Mariner and Teacher, John Corall who was born and bred in Aberdeen will give us a talk on “Aberdeen Streets with a Story to Tell”.

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Fellow Burgess and retired Chief Constable, George Esson,  will give his recollection of the dramatic Peterhead Prison Riot on September 28th 1987 with some interesting exhibits on display!

Wednesday 2nd  May 2018

Guest speaker will be Paul Adderton. Former Producer Director with Grampian and Scottish Television, trained at the BBC and the National Film and TV School.

The talk will be “There’s more to a TV programme than watching it”. This will be a talk about how a TV programme is made from thought to screen and Paul will cover editorial, casting, location, budget, copyright and legal.

Wednesday 6th June 2018 

Guest speaker will be Dr Fiona McIntyre, MD of Greyhope Bay project. We will hear about the exciting plans to deliver a new world class visitor and marine education centre for Aberdeen.

Greyhope Bay aspires to be a transformational project for Aberdeen with our dolphins and coastline at the foremost and our natural heritage at the heart of the city’s development plans.

July – no lunch planned.

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Guest speaker will be Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Douglas Lumsden  who, being a relatively new Councillor, will give an insight to how he is adapting to his role as Co-Leader and his plans for the future.

Wednesday 5th September 

We take our annual away day lunch to the Beach Ballroom where Ballroom Manager and fellow Burgess  John Johnstone will give a guided tour of the Ballroom and discuss its history.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Atli Arnason, MD at FirmaMentum in Aberdeen has over 20 years experience in working with and supporting businesses within High Tech industries based on Aviation, Tourism and Hospitality, Marine, Manufacturing, Finance, Energy, Oil and Gas and IT. He is an Honorary Alumni  from Robert Gordon University and his talk will be centred on the importance of Tourism & Hospitality to Aberdeen City & Shire.

Wednesday 7th November 2018 (TBC)

MP for Aberdeen South, Ross Thomson will give an insight to his role as a Member of the Westminster Parliament with some information on his current and planned future activities.

December – no lunch planned

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Civic Leadership – Public Meeting

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Please click on the link below for further information. This is a City Council event and we thought that Burgesses should be aware and therefore to have the opportunity to attend if they wish. Please do not contact the Clerk to reserve a place details are on the link.

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Burgess Lunch Program – 2018

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We are pleased to announce our line-up of guest speakers for the Burgesses of Guild lunches for 2018. As usual, unless listed the lunches will commence at 12.14pm (date our Charter was granted) at the RNUC, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, and end promptly at 2.00pm. Cost of the lunch is £14 per person.  Unless otherwise stated, guests are welcome at every event.

If you wish to attend any of the lunches, please email clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname

Wednesday 7th February 2018

‘Understanding Hitler in the 21st century’ Professor Thomas Weber of the University of Aberdeen has been researching Hitler for more than a decade. Discover why this research continues to be so important, learn about new discoveries and interpretations and one researcher’s journey into the life and mind of one of the most infamous men in history. 

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Guest speaker will be fellow Burgess and ex Councillor, Mariner and Teacher, John Corall who was born and bred in Aberdeen will give us a talk on “Aberdeen Streets with a Story to Tell”.

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Fellow Burgess and retired Chief Constable, George Esson,  will give his recollection of the dramatic Peterhead Prison Riot on September 28th 1987 with some interesting exhibits on display!

Wednesday 2nd  May 2018

Guest speaker will be Paul Adderton. Former Producer Director with Grampian and Scottish Television, trained at the BBC and the National Film and TV School.

The talk will be “There’s more to a TV programme than watching it”. This will be a talk about how a TV programme is made from thought to screen and Paul will cover editorial, casting, location, budget, copyright and legal.

Wednesday 6th June 2018 

Guest speaker will be Dr Fiona McIntyre, MD of Greyhope Bay project. We will hear about the exciting plans to deliver a new world class visitor and marine education centre for Aberdeen.

Greyhope Bay aspires to be a transformational project for Aberdeen with our dolphins and coastline at the foremost and our natural heritage at the heart of the city’s development plans.

July – no lunch planned.

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Guest speaker will be Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Douglas Lumsden  who, being a relatively new Councillor, will give an insight to how he is adapting to his role as Co-Leader and his plans for the future.

Wednesday 5th September 

We take our annual away day lunch to the Beach Ballroom where Ballroom Manager and fellow Burgess  John Johnstone will give a guided tour of the Ballroom and discuss its history.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Atli Arnason, MD at FirmaMentum in Aberdeen has over 20 years experience in working with and supporting businesses within High Tech industries based on Aviation, Tourism and Hospitality, Marine, Manufacturing, Finance, Energy, Oil and Gas and IT. He is an Honorary Alumni  from Robert Gordon University and his talk will be centred on the importance of Tourism & Hospitality to Aberdeen City & Shire.

Wednesday 7th November 2018 (TBC)

MP for Aberdeen South, Ross Thomson will give an insight to his role as a Member of the Westminster Parliament with some information on his current and planned future activities.

December – no lunch planned

Social Events for 2018

Garry Stevens No Comments

We are pleased to announce our Social Events program for the first half of 2018. Unless otherwise stated, guests are welcome at every  event.

If you wish to attend any of the events, please email clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname.

Monday 22 January

Angela Scott, Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council, will present to the Burgesses on the topic of Urban Governance, this  will take place in the Council Chamber, Town House, Broad Street at 6.00pm on Monday 22nd January. Tea and Coffee will be served. No cost to attend. The Lord Dean is keen that the Burgesses are well represented to give feedback and views to Angela. Full details of the evening are already on the website.

Tuesday 27th February

Dinner : ‘This Is Our City’.   The event is a platform to celebrate what is good in Aberdeen. Its focus will be on the people of Aberdeen, what it means to belong to the city and why individuals are proud to live & work here.

Burgesses and their guests are invited to support this event with the aim of representing the entire community of Aberdeen.    The dress code is lounge suit.  Ticket price is £55.00 per person.  Full details already on the website.

Wednesday 14th March

We are delighted to accept an invite from Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive of CLAN Cancer Care to visit their premises at 120, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2QA. The event will be at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, there will be a  finger buffet food accompanied by tea and coffee.

Cost of the event will be £10 and guests are most welcome.  There is car parking on the premises.

April

We are planning an evening of education and explanation, ‘Understand Social Media”.

Details will follow soon, check the website.

Tuesday 8th May  

AGM at noon, Town & County Hall, Broad Street, Aberdeen.   Agenda and papers to follow.

Tuesday 22nd May

Fellow Burgess Paul O’Connor MBE, has invited the Burgesses to visit Inchgarth Community Centre, Aboyne Place, Aberdeen AB10 7DR. The visit will commence at 7.00pm and will include a tour of the centre, a presentation on what the centre is and its future plans, and will include a finger buffet. There is parking at the centre.    Cost of the event will be £10

Thursday 14th June

We have arranged a visit to the Sue Ryder Care facility at Dee View Court, Caisdykes Road, Aberdeen, AB12 5JY where a number of health and social care professionals deliver incredible 24-hour care and support to people living with complex needs and neurological conditions.

The evening will commence at 6.00pm arrival for a 6.30pm start, there will be a presentation/ overview of the centre’s work and then a tour of the facilities, followed by a finger buffet. Cost of the event will be £10 but will be restricted to 25 attendees in total so, at present restricted to  Burgesses only.

July

We are planning to visit to Alford Transport Museum, hopefully by vintage bus, details to follow.

Thursday 4th October

The second part of ‘Giacamo & Glover’, a play written by Burgess Mike Gibb, will be performed at the Town and County Hall, Broad Street, Aberdeen  commencing at 7.00 pm with a finger buffet included.   Cost will be £10.

Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to new Burgesses admitted on Monday 11th December 2017:

C Kennedy Pic D Northcroft Pic P McInnes Pic Prof D Ogston Pic

From top:

Clive Kennedy, Chartered Engineer, Proposed by Gordon Casely and Seconded by Alexander Kennedy.

Phionna McInnes, Charity Magazine Owner, Proposed by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild.

Dr David Northcroft, Vice Principal Northern College (Retired), Proposed by Professor Peter Stollery and Seconded by Jennifer Shirreffs.

Professor Derek Ogston CBE, Senior Vice Principal Aberdeen University (Retired), Proposed by Professor Paul Mealor and Seconded by Alistair MacDonald

Grampian Houston Jazz Lunch – 2018

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Please click on link below for details of the Grampian Houston Jazz Lunch next month:

Grampian Houston Jazz Lunch Flyer 2018

Burgess of Guild Quiz

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The Annual Burgess of Guild quiz was held on Monday 27th November at the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. It was an entertaining evening, 11 teams of 4, quality of answers overall was very high, even lowest scoring team scored 42% of possible total.

Thanks go to Past Dean Fred Dalgarno for being quizmaster, and the staff at the Cricket Club for putting on the event and the buffet supper.

Winning Team comprised all of Burgesses and retaining the trophy from last year were, Andrew Lawtie, Stuart Robison, Alistair Blues, and Gordon Edwards.

Quiz Winners 2017

Denis Law – Freedom of the City

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Aberdeen’s favourite footballing son Denis Law was granted Freedom of the City on 25th November, thus he became a Free Burgess and we are delighted to welcome him to our ranks.   Aberdeen City Council hosted a splendid event for the conferral with dinner to follow at the Beach Ballroom, on the following day the Lord Dean presented Denis with his Burgess tie and a lapel badge which we hope he will wear with pride.

D Law Freedom Cert D Law with LP and LD D Law Cap

 

This is Our City Dinner

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We’ve been delighted with the response so far to our ‘This is our City’ dinner at the Beach Ballroom on Tuesday 27th February 2018.

If, in the busyness of the run up to Christmas, you haven’t yet made your booking, please do so now as we don’t want any Burgesses to miss out on this significant occasion.

The event is a platform to celebrate what is good in Aberdeen. Its focus will be on the people of Aberdeen, what it means to belong to the city and why individuals are proud to live & work here.

Burgesses and their guests are invited to support this event with the aim of representing the entire community of Aberdeen.

Dress code is lounge suits. Tables of 10 cost £550 or individual seats can be bought for £55.00.

To book your place at this significant event for our city, contact Garry Stevens by emailing clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/This is our City.

Your support for this event is appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

LD Signature

Colin G. Taylor

Lord Dean of Guild

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Left to Right, Past Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno, Lord Provost George Adam and Lord Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor, launch the Aberdeen Guildry Awards at Town House this evening. Further details of the awards and criteria can be found on www.aberdeenburgesses.com awards page.

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Left to Right, Past Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno, Lord Provost George Adam and Lord Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor, launch the Aberdeen Guildry Awards at Town House this evening. Further details of the awards and criteria can be found on www.aberdeenburgesses.com awards page. ...

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Last evening was an amazing and historic one for the Burgesses of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, also for the City. I was proud to lead and chair the proceedings. Some 150 Burgesses and guests gathered in the Town and County Hall in the Aberdeen Town House, we were the guests of the Lord Provost and Aberdeen City Council whom we thank for their generous hospitality. There were a number of special guests including Aberdeen City Councillors, the Late Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, two representatives of The Guild of Freemen of England and Wales, and the Lord President of The Court of Deans of Scotland.

There was an 'All Star Cast' of Mr. George Adam - Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Dr. Joseph Morrow - The Lord Lyon King of Arms, and the Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance - Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.

The date was significant and deliberately chosen for it was on 27th February 1214 that the Burgesses were granted their Royal Charter by King Alexander ll of Scotland. The King made a brief appearance last night, apparently raised from his 767 years of rest, and, after an exchange of views with the Lord Lyon he bade farewell with these messages to the Burgesses : " I thank ye most graciously for protecting the city and its people", and, "take care never to disturb my rest again !".

King Alexander was played by Alec Westwood who is a local, professional Actor, and Burgess Fiona-Jane Brown acted a part to represent female Burgesses, she also wrote the script.

During the ceremonial part of the evening the Lord Provost presented to the Burgesses a carving of the Shield which is at the heart of our coat of arms, this is located on the ceiling of the St. Nicholas Room in the Town House in the company of many Shields of families and organisations connected to the city.

Our new Coat of Arms and Letters Patent were formally presented to myself on behalf of all Burgesses by the Lord Lyon, it was a privilege granted to the Burgesses that he announced the granting of these arms at our 800th anniversary dinner on 27th February last year, and his return yesterday for this ceremony was an absolute honour.

Finally, before the assembled company enjoyed civic hospitality for an hour or so, the Dean of the Royal Chapel in Scotland who is also a Burgess gave a blessing on the Burgesses and on their new Letters Patent, this was a very fitting conclusion to the formalities.

Here is a selection of photographs and more wil appear on our new website which is close to going live.

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