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Burgess of Guild Lunches – January 2020 – June 2020

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We are pleased to announce our Lunch guest line up for the first 6 months of 2020. As usual the lunches will be held at Royal Northern Club (RNUC), 9 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1YE. Lunches will commence at 12.14 (date of our Charter being granted) and will finish by 2.00pm prompt. Cost is £14, and if you wish to attend any of the lunches please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

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/Events

Wednesday 22 January

Hon Lt Men Gurung our first guest speaker of 2020, was enlisted into the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1986. After completion of 9 months training at Training Depot Brigade of Gurkhas in Hong Kong he joined the 6th Queen Elizabeth Own Gurkha Rifles at Gallipoli Lines, Hong Kong and later 1st Royal Gurkha Rifles. For the next 20 years, served in various countries around the world i.e.: Hong Kong, Brunei, Belize, Australia, New Zealand, Bosnia and UK. Currently there are 2 infantry Battalions (1 RGR and 2 RGR) and 2 RGR is in Brunei. Apart from infantry regiments there is Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, The Queen’s Gurkha Signals and The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiments to make up the Brigade of Gurkhas. The Brigade is now on the process of expanding.

Men was grew up in the village in Gorkha district where lot of  the Gurkhas come from and is western part of Nepal which lies between Kathmandu and Pokhara. It was a great honour to serve the Queen and country following the family tradition. Men will reflect on his service with the Gurkhas.

Wednesday 5th February

Gregory King, guest speaker, lived and worked in Moscow for 3-1/2 years and then for four years travelled extensively for business in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. He continues to take a keen interest in current affairs in Russia and the cultural heritage of the country as well as the states of the Former Soviet Union. Gregory will share some of the perceptions he has formed after his extended exposure to the life and work in the country and how these might differ from some of the ideas we see in the media.

Wednesday 4th March

Neil Powers is guest speaker and will give a talk on his role with North East Rider Volunteers Scotland SCIO (NERVS)

He will be talking about the history of Blood Bikes and their inclusion in the day to day running of NHS healthcare facilities across the whole of the United Kingdom.

He will explore:

The vast array of the consignments that they carry

The slight differences in the way that they and groups south of the border operate

The never-ending challenges that every Blood Bike group face in order to provide the totally free of charge services they offer

The constant need to recruit volunteers from all walks of life

His reasons for getting such a group up and running in Grampian

Wednesday 1st April

Ian Burnett is guest speaker and he is the Bereavement Services Officer for Aberdeen City Council and have been connected with Cemeteries, Crematorium and the Public Mortuary for some 38 years. The talk will consist of a rundown of the cemeteries that the Council are responsible for and some interesting facts and history.

Wednesday 6th May

Councillor Phillip Bell is guest speaker, his talk will focus on the conversation around climate change is getting rather warm. The Paris Accord and subsequent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report of 8 October 2018 entitled ‘1.5degC global warming’ discusses a maximum carbon budget that our planet can tolerate. The report goes on to say that the reduction in green-house gases should be ‘staged’ such that by 2030 the emission of CO2 and general green-house gases has reduced by 45% on 1990 levels and that net-zero is achieved by 2050. The cost for the UK alone, producing a mere 1% of the worlds CO2 is estimated at between £1 – £2 trillion. The future is looking increasingly like it will be electric and hydrogen, the most abundant element in the Universe with an energy density of 1/3 of that of petrol or diesel, is an energy vector that is gaining much attention to help make this happen.

Wednesday 3rd June

Guest speakers are Ian Grosz/Steve Smith. Trading Faces was an independent, collaborative Social Documentary project between writer and researcher Ian Grosz, and photographer Steve Smith, which set out to document the lives of Traders at Aberdeen Market during 2018 / 2019. Initial funding to undertake the project was through an Aberdeen City Creative Funding Grant to carry out the research phase. The work was subsequently brought to exhibition through a commission by Look Again Aberdeen. Ian’s role during the project was to conduct audio-based interviews with traders to record their stories and experiences. These recordings were edited down for an audio installation, which worked alongside large-format film portraits taken by Steve Smith. The audio told individual life stories, as well as giving the public a sense of the challenges faced by traders with the market building under threat of redevelopment at a dynamic time of change in the city’s evolution, and documenting the dramatic changes to retail shopping habits seen over the last decade. Overarching contextual narrative text for the exhibition was also provided. Their website, documenting the project, can be found at:


Annual Burgess Quiz – 2019

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10 Teams attended Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Tuesday 26th November to battle it out in the Annual Burgess of Guild Quiz. Fellow Burgess Stuart Robison set some challenging questions over 10 rounds with the eventual winners being the Team Captained by Alan Towns.

As always it was a very enjoyable and fun evening, with special thanks to Stuart for being our quizmaster and also the Cricket Club for their as always excellent buffet and hospitality.

That ends our social events for this year, we are working on a line up for next year, and will post details to the website once finalised.

Celebrating 700 years of the Stocket Charter – Talk in Cowdry Hall

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City Archivist and fellow Burgess Phil Astley is kindly inviting Burgesses to a talk as per details and link below, on the Stocket Charter:

You may wish to bring the following event at the Cowdray Hall to the attention of the burgesses:


It is free, but booking is required.

The speakers are Prof. Steve Boardman (University of Edinburgh) and myself. I shall also be taking along the original charter (which has undergone conservation work earlier this year) for people to have a look at.

Best wishes


Burgess of Guild Lunch – Prof George Boyne

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The Burgess lunch held on Wednesday 13th November was attended by over 60 Burgesses to hear an interesting and informative presentation by Prof. George Boyne, the new Principal and Vice Chancellor of Aberdeen University. The presentation focussed on the history of the University, its 525 anniversary next year (lots will be happening across the city to celebrate it) current and future initiatives and collaborations. Prof Boyne’s presentation can be downloaded from the link below:

This brings an end to our lunches for 2019. Work is already underway with our guest line up for first six months of next year, along with some Social events. Our last social event of the year will be our annual fun quiz on Tuesday 26th November at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. Not too late to enter a team of up to 4 including one Burgess

Opportunity North East Event

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The Institute of Directors are hosting 4 events throughout Scotland in support of Alistair Gray, who has written a book – The Game Changer. [routledge.com] 

The third will be hosted by Opportunity North East at the ONE Tech Hub in Schoolhill, Aberdeen on Thursday 28 November at 1800h.

Fellow Burgess Mark McCue would like to extend an invitation to any fellow Burgesses who would like to come along.

This is a free event, with attendance at the event by registering via the IoD website. Here is the link

At the event Alistair will be sharing a number of stories from the book and presenting case studies (real life – not research-based) on organisations in business and sport. Alistair had the privilege to work with them while they ‘changed their game’.

Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting – Carol Service

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Burgesses and guests are invited the Annual Carol Service at Kirk of St Nicholas on Thursday 5th December at 6.30pm. The Lord Dean of Guild will be doing a reading. Details below on link.

“Nae Ordinary Burns Supper”

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Fellow Burgess Fiona Kennedy is producing an event for locally run Aberdeen charities.’Nae Ordinary Burns Supper’ at the Beach Ballroom on Friday 31st January 2020 – it’s 10th anniversary. Over these last years they have raised over £200,000 for local charities. It’s a great fun evening hosted by Fiona and award winning actor John Bett together with outstanding singers and actors – Kim Anderson, Thoren Ferguson, James Muldoon, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Jacobite Ceilidh Band.
This year they are supporting Friends of Roxburghe House, VSA, FROM Scotland (Famine relief for orphans in Malawi) and University of Aberdeen Development Trust.

Details below on the flyers:

Busy time for the Burgesses

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The Burgesses have had a busy few weeks since start of October.

Fellow Burgess Mark Shaw was guest speaker at our lunch on 9th October. 31 Burgesses were given an interesting and informative talk on the Funeral business past, present and future.

On 10th October, Dr Olga Runcie gave a talk at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Sleep patterns and how to overcome sleeping problems. 45 Burgesses attended.

Lord Dean wit Dr Olga Runcie

The Lord Dean and Clerk attended the Autumn Court of Deans meeting at Perth Concert Hall on 25th October.

On Wednesday 30th October, 30 Burgesses attended a talk by fellow Burgess, Alan Johnstone accompanied by ex Don and Gothenburg great Neil Simpson, to highlight how football memorabilia can help suffers from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, through their work with the Football memories project.

Neil Simpson, Alan Johnstone and Lord Dean with some of the football memorabilia

On 31st October The Lord Dean, Assessors and Clerk attended the official opening of the new Art Gallery, and the following day some 70 Burgesses attended a viewing prior to it’s opening on the 2 November. All who have attended were very impressed with the work and the building, which will be an asset to the city.

View from the top floor balcony area
Ground Floor view

Past Dean Fred Dalgarno and Lord Dean on the outside balcony area of the Gallery

Finally the Lord Dean and Clerk attended the AFC Heritage Trust Remembrance service at Pittodrie Stadium on Saturday 10th November as guests of Chairman of the Trust and fellow Burgess Allan McKimmie. The Lord Dean and several Burgesses attended Remembrance Sunday the following day to pay their respects.

AFC Heritage Trust Remembrance

Want to Join the ACVO Board?

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We are pleased to offer support this appeal by ACVO which does a good job for many voluntary organisations in our city.      Any Burgess who may be interested to learn more WITHOUT COMMITMENT can contact Maggie Hepburn.

We Want You to Join our Board!

ACVO is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) for Aberdeen City. ACVO provides support, learning and development opportunities for people and organisations through their programmes of work– whether you want to know more about volunteering; setting up and running a third sector organisation; or using social enterprise as a model to deliver social good, the interface is your local starting point. We have over 20 years experience working in Aberdeen as the central hub of knowledge relating to the local third sector.

ACVO is looking for energetic passionate people to;

• be part of supporting, involving and representing the work of the third sector in Aberdeen.

• champion the important work the sector does.

• contribute to the strategic direction of ACVO.

If you believe in the value of Aberdeen’s third sector and if you would like to be part of ACVO’s vision for the sector, we have a chair for you at our boardroom table. While we are particularly looking for people with financial , legal, HR and marketing skills, we are looking for a number of new Board members and welcome applications from a wide range of skills. Board members are expected to attend 6 meetings a year, and may be asked to represent ACVO and the sector at some strategic meetings.

Our Board meetings are held alternately at lunchtimes and evenings in Aberdeen.

Interested? contact Claire Spence, claire.spence@acvo.org.uk for an application form, or if you want to ask any questions please get in touch with Maggie Hepburn, ACVO’s CEO on 01224 686050 or Maggie.hepburn@acvo.org.uk.

Still places available for our Annual Quiz – 26th November 6.30pm arrival at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Mannofield

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We have a good number of teams confirmed for our fun annual quiz, but not too late to take part.

Our annual quiz is open to teams of up to 4 with at least one Burgess in each team. If individuals wish to take part we can organise a team with other Burgesses. It is always a fun night. This year our Quizmaster will be fellow Burgess and previous Quiz winner Stuart Robison. Come along and take part. Cost is £15pp and includes buffet supper with tea and coffee. The club bar is open in the function suite.

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


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/Events


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