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Monthly Archives:November 2015

Doorways in Drumorty Play

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It is not too late to reserve tickets for fellow Burgess Mike Gibb’s play Doorways in Drumorty.


There is an interesting short video of the cast of Mike Gibb’s play in
rehearsals on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqf_T6ga4vM&t=4s).

If you wish to attend the Burgesses evening (Ticket plus after show
reception with light refreshments £15) please contact Clerk, Garry Stevens at clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com by Sunday 14 April.

Payment can be made by cheque made payable 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 you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Play.

An Evening with Dame Esther Rantzen – Grape and Grain

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Fellow Burgess, Jeanette Forbes invites Burgesses to an event coming up at the end of the month:

Dame Esther Rantzen will be visiting Grape and Grain on the 30 April 2019.

The event starts at 18:00hrs until 20:00hrs.

Dame Esther will talk about her career as a journalist, television presenter and about her work with the charity Childline which we are donating all the proceeds to the charity here in Aberdeen.

Tickets are £30 and included in this price is an arrival drink, gin/tonic and canapés which will be served for the duration of the event.

Tickets can be purchased from Grape and Grain directly by telephoning the bar staff on 01224 633761.

Kind regards 

Jeanette Forbes, FRSA, Dipman

CEO, PCL Group

Grampian-Houston Association Dinner

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Over the years many Burgesses have been involved with the Grampian-Houston Association and we are pleased to post this notice of the 40th anniversary dinner on 22nd May. Bookings may be made direct using the form provided below:

Invite from RGU to Burgesses

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Robert Gordon University and its Board of Governors invite you to an inaugural public event on Wednesday 1 May to learn more about the impact of the University and its strategic direction. The event will include short presentations, an opportunity to ask questions and a chance to explore the University’s innovative teaching and research facilities.

We would be delighted if you can join us for a welcome reception at 5.45pm which will include refreshments. The evening will take place in the Sir Ian Wood Building at the Garthdee campus.

If you are able to attend, we would appreciate it if you can let Judith Logan, Events Manager, know by emailing events@rgu.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you then.

Doorways to Drumorty Friday 19th April 7.30pm Aberdeen Arts Centre

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It is now just over two weeks until Doorways in Drumorty, Mike Gibb’s play adapted from the famous (and infamous) book by Strichen born Hollywood screen play writer Lorna Moon, arrives at the Aberdeen
Arts Centre. There is limited number of places remaining for the event.

This will involve an after show reception with light refreshments and
a chance to meet the cast of Estrid Barton (Still Game, Howard’s
Way), Fraser Sivewrght (Sunset Song, E’ Polish Quine) and Lucy
Goldie (Eve, Doctor Who: Missy). The cost is £15 which includes a
ticket for the show in a central seat in the front section of the
theatre. Guests are welcome

Article from the Press and Journal can be downloaded which gives more information on Lorna Moon

If you would like to attend please contact Clerk Garry Stevens at Clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com by Sunday 14th April.

Payment can be made by cheque made payable 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 you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Lunch.

AGM Notice and Associated Papers – Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 12.00 noon.

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Please see links below to download papers for forthcoming AGM:

University Graduations

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The Lord Dean requests assistance in attending the forthcoming graduations at Aberdeen and RGU Universities, for dates below which he is not able to attend. If you can assist please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at:


Aberdeen University:

Monday 17th June 10.35              

Monday 17th June 14.35              

Monday 17th June 18.05              

Tuesday 18th June 18.05              

Wednesday 19th June 10.35       

Thursday 20th June 14.35            

Thursday 20th June 18.05            

Friday 21st June 10.35  

Friday 21st June 14.35   


Tuesday 9th July 1430    

Wednesday 10th July 1030          

Wednesday 10th July 1430         

Thursday 11th July 1430               

Friday 12th July 1030     

Friday 12th July 1430     

Aberdeen University Business Breakfasts

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Burgesses and guests are invited to attend Breakfast Briefings through Aberdeen University. Please click on the URL link below for more details:


Lecture Invite for Burgesses and Guests

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The Centre for Global Security and Governance would like to invite
you to our next event:


Thursday, 21 March,  5:30-7:30 pm; Location: Sir Duncan Rice Library,
Seminar Room 224. Open to the public. If you do not have a University
of Aberdeen ID card, please register for this event by emailing

Adolf Hitler is omnipresent on TV and in film. Yet filmmakers often
fall into the trap of following in the footsteps of Hitler’s own
visual, oral, and textual self-representation. While aiming to
deconstruct Hitler, films and documentaries inadvertently frequently
reconstruct Nazi propaganda. As a result, the world arguably looks
for the wrong warning signs in trying to identify new Hitlers. The
panel thus explores ways of staging Hitler on the screen in a way
that will peel off the myth created by Hitler and his propagandists.

MARTIN DAVIDSON is a filmmaker, the BBC’s former Commissioning Editor
in History, as well as the author of _The Perfect Nazi:
Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past_. STEVEN REMY is Professor of
History at Brooklyn College and author most recently of _The Malmedy
Massacre: The War Crimes Trial Controversy_. ROXANA SPICER is a
Canadian filmmaker and author of the forthcoming _The Traitor’s
Daughter_. NIKI STEIN is a German filmmaker & the script writer &
director of UFA’s planned fictionalized TV series of Hitler’s life,
inspired by Weber’s _Hitler’s First War_.
THOMAS WEBER is Professor of History & International Affairs at the
University of Aberdeen and author most recently of _Hitler’s First
War_ and _Becoming Hitler_. WIELAND GIEBEL created the new permanent
Hitler exhibition in the Berlin Story Bunker in Berlin.

academic experts, policy makers, and students from across the
University of Aberdeen, the United Kingdom, and the globe to define,
analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security
challenges the world faces in the 21st century.


Centre for Global Security and Governance

Aberdeen Industrial Heritage Museum

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Our Industrial Heritage

Plans are being formulated to create a Heritage Museum in the City to celebrate the North East of Scotland’s wide ranging and far reaching industrial past.

This will be a hands-on interactive facility for both locals and visitors alike and will help preserve the historical relevance these industries have played in shaping the City we live in today.

Given the current economic climate, it will be some time before anything concrete happens.

In the meantime, a database of sources of information and artefacts is being compiled, which can be used as part of the planning and funding process – so your help is required.

Do you, or someone you know, have a box of documents or photographs in a loft, or a rusting piece of machinery or old tools in a shed, which would not look out of place in a museum?

If so, please send basic details to Sam Murray at sam.murray@btinternet.com


1 month ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

40 Burgesses of Guild attended an excellent and informative budget briefing from Jonathan Belford, Chief Financial Officer at Aberdeen City Council this evening in the Council Chamber. Jonathan gave an overview of the budget pressures, how the Council aim to address these via various means. He also took several questions from the Burgesses. ...

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2 months ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

An excellent lunch yesterday with over 50 attendees to hear Tim Smith VP at BP give an overview of the current and future prospects for Oil and Gas in the North Sea and how changing trends to other sources of power generation will affect things. Tim gave an excellent talk and took some very good questions from the floor. Our “Another Brick in the Wall” fundraiser raised over £1000 towards the Sue Ryder Dee View Court Appeal and Emma Leiper Finlayson from Dee View Court was our guest and was presented with a cheque by the Lord Dean. Thanks to all who donated. ...

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2 months ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

Excellent anniversary evening tonight at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. 70 Burgesses and guests were treated to an update on the Burgh Records project being undertaken by Dr Clare Hawes and her team at Aberdeen University. Particular emphasis given to the medieval minstrels employed to entertain royalty and noblemen of the day. After another excellent buffet once again prepared by Marie Durno and her staff, cue our own modern day minstrels Burgess Charlie Abel and soon to be Burgess Fred Wilkinson of Iron Broo Ceilidh band fame, who entertained the audience with a wide range of Scottish songs and music. ...

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2 months ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

Excellent evening tonight at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club . Dr Chris Croly gave a very interesting and informative talk on how WW1 affected the city of Aberdeen and its residents. As always an excellent buffet supper from Marie Durno and her catering team. Back at the club next Wednesday 27th for our anniversary event with history and music combined. ...

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5 months ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

Our Annual Xmas Quiz took place at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club last night. As always excellent hospitality and buffet provided by Marie Durno and her staff. Nine teams of 4 battled through 9 rounds of questions and picture boards with the eventual team winners being headed up by Alan Towns, well done! Past Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno was quizmaster setting some challenging but fair questions covering a multitude of topics. At the end of the quiz Fred advised that after many years this is his last one as quizmaster he wants to take part next year! So we are on the lookout for a replacement. Lord Dean Colin Taylor gave his thanks to Fred and also all the staff at the cricket club for their hard work in making the quiz a success. ...

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