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Monthly Archives:March 2016

Newton Dee Camphill Community Request for Committee Members/Directors

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Newton Dee Camphill Community is looking for new Committee Members/Directors to join them. Newton Dee is a charity providing home and opportunities to adults with learning difficulties and other special needs. They have worked for over 60 years in Bieldside. Their aim is to create a community where all can reach for their highest potential. Newton Dee provide a home for 80+ residents and support an additional 40+ people through day activities. See below and attached for more information about Newton Dee or contact Burgess Alistair Ritchie for more information at aanderitchie@aol.com


Seabank House – Committee Members/Directors Required

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We are pleased to support Burgess Gordon Williamson and the Seabank House Charity in advertising request for Committee Members/Directors.

Please click on the link below for full details and information.

Virtual Lunch Recording – 9th June 2021

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We had an excellent and very informative talk from Javier Martin-Torres from Aberdeen University. For those unable to log on live, please click on the link below to view the presentation


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What we are consulting on?

Community Planning Aberdeen is consulting on the draft refreshed Aberdeen City Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) which sets out a vision for Aberdeen as ‘a place where all people can prosper’ regardless of a person’s background or circumstances, as well as the underpinning three Locality Plans for the North, South and Central areas of Aberdeen. The draft plans set out how we will make this vision a reality across the city.

The consultation for each of the four plans is open to any resident of Aberdeen City and closes on 18 JUNE 2021. The consultation can be access at the following pictures/link


Why we are consulting?

In March 2021 we consulted the public on what should be included in the LOIP through our online values simulator. The simulator asked citizens to allocate points to the improvement projects which they thought would make the greatest difference to the recovery of the City for people and communities. This draft refreshed LOIP and locality plans reflect our understanding of what is important to communities and what we believe to be our priorities for partnership working following the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the community involved with the Civic Forum, Locality Empowerment Groups and Priority Neighbourhood Partnerships have been engaged throughout the development process.

This consultation gives all citizens the opportunity to comment on the draft plan before it is considered by the Community Planning Aberdeen Board on 7 July 2021.

Help us spread the word:

·            Promote the consultation on your website

·            Share it on your social media accounts – remember and tag others in too


·            Follow our CPA social media account  and retweet our posts – #important4aberdeen #communityplanningaberdeen #communityspirit #LOIPRefresh21

·            Write about it in your Newsletters

·            Cascade information to your group members/friends/service users and encouraging them to also share

·            Support service users/friends/colleagues who do not have online access or digital skills to participate

·            Tell us on social media when you’ve completed the consultation.

Keep up to date with the LOIP refresh at https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/loip-refresh2021/

If you have any queries or would like to give us feedback, please use the comments boxes in the link or email us at communityplanning@aberdeencity.gov.uk


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Following a recent meeting with the Assessors, The Lord Dean is pleased to announce that Trevor Runcie has been co-opted as an Assessor to serve a four year term. Trevor has been a Burgess since 2008 and will be a great addition working with the 5 other Assessors currently in post.

Alistair Ritchie, having served two 4 years terms, the second as Senior Assessor has now stood down, The Lord Dean has approached Sylvia Halkerston to replace Alistair as Senior Assessor, which she has accepted.

International Fascination of Plants Day

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This year’s International ‘Fascination of Plants’ day 2021 co-ordinated by the European Plant Science  Organisation (EPSO) is on Tue 18th May.

The Duthie Park Ranger Service together with Dr Morag McFadyen from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University, have developed a range of resources for primary and secondary school pupils, looking at what plants need to grow and how plants respond to environmental stress.

All resources and videos are free and available to download/watch from either Aberdeen City Council’s or RGU’s website here:

Graveyard Guardians of Aberdeen

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Graveyard Guardians Of Aberdeen are passionate about Aberdeen’s cemeteries and kirkyards.   Our aim is for the website www.aberdeenremembers.co.uk  to offer a platform, which encourages interest in those who have gone before us, those buried in the city, who played their part in developing our Aberdeen, both the famous and infamous. The volunteers involved are researchers, historians, photographers, monument inscribers and litter pickers etc. We respond to requests from people trying to locate local graves and we take photos for those unable to visit, much to the recipient’s delight. Many are inspired to visit Aberdeen to walk where their ancestors once walked.

We do have specific concerns regarding St Fitticks Kirkyard near the new harbour development, also a wooden memorial in John Knox Kirkyard, which is deteriorating and will disappear if not given appropriate care and attention soon. St Clements always has issues with litter and Nellfield, St Peters and St Mary’s are also looking generally neglected. Our hope is that every city cemetery may eventually have a ‘Friends of’ Group.

The good news is that a group of people are looking into becoming a Friends of Dyce West Kirkyard, Pitmedden Rd to restore the kirkyard to its former glory.  If you have time and talents and are interested in being involved with city graveyards, or would like to make a financial contribution for the Dyce Project please get in touch.

Many thanks

Pauline Gerrard


Burgess of Guild Lunch- Reminder

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We are delighted to announce our next virtual lunch to be held via Zoom on Wednesday 9th June at 12.15pm

Our speaker will be Professor Javier Martin-Torres, FRAS from Aberdeen University. His talk will be:

The Golden age of planetary Exploration and Research

We are living in the Golden Age of Space Exploration and Research, with the largest number of running or planned missions to most of the bodies of the Solar System. Also, there is a huge international collaboration to achieve the fantastic goals of these missions. Javier will talk about this historical moment that we are living and will give a short introduction about the key space agencies and players.  He would also like to talk about the role of the University of Aberdeen within the Space Exploration and Research programs. In particular, within the Mars Exploration and Research program.

This is sure to be a fascinating talk highlighting Aberdeen’s role in space age exploration. If you wish to attend please email clerk Garry Stevens at – Clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Link to Bio for Professor Martin-Torres


AGM Report – Lord Dean

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The 2021 AGM, report by Lord Dean Colin G. Taylor

Our second (and hopefully our last ever) virtual AGM was held at Noon on the Second Tuesday of May, by tradition. There were 45 Participants with some 20 Apologies noted in advance, one of these being from Council Chief Executive Angela Scott.

Lord Provost Barney Crockett, a Burgess, attended and kindly addressed the gathering, Head of Finance with Aberdeen City Council, Jonathan Belford, also attended and gave a brief overview of the financials which had been circulated earlier.

Also circulated earlier was my Report, there were no questions. I added comments regarding the temporary suspension of Nominations, I apologised to those whose admission at Council has not been possible in the past year however I am hopeful that this can be rectified soon. Equally, I am hopeful that we may have the good fortune to host a live Speaker Lunch in the autumn with other events to follow.

I am always appreciative of those who support Burgess activities and in particular I recognise our Clerk, Garry Stevens, Assessors Sylvia Halkerston, Joe Mackie, Alistair Ritchie, Rita Stephen, Stephen Wedderburn and Mike Wilson, also Fred Dalgarno who has acted as our unofficial GLC. Alistair came in for a special welcome as this meeting saw him retire after eight years as an Assessor, he has been a loyal and hard-working colleague.

Fred Dalgarno delivered a Vote of Thanks at closure.

Burgess of Guild AGM – Tuesday 11th May at 12.00noon

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Please find links to the papers for the forthcoming AGM on 11th May. If you wish to attend please email clerk Garry Stevens at:


As the meeting is being held once again via Zoom, the papers will not be issued via mail. If you know of any Burgesses not on email, please feel free to inform them and pass on copies.

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