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Monthly Archives:June 2017

Lecture – Archibald Young: 230 Years of surgical instruments

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December 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Regent Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3EB

Lecture by Ruth Pollitt, Museum and Collections Assistant, Edinburgh University Anatomical Museum

In 2006, while completing her Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Newcastle University Ruth undertook an historical research dissertation of an Edinburgh surgical instrument maker Archibald Young & Son. The aim was to uncover the firm’s history and in doing so provide information for museums and exhibitions and to provide a method for dating instruments in collections. Her presentation draws on the results of these findings.

Free – no booking required.

Grampian-Houston Association Annual Jazz Lunch 2019

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Please see link below in relation to Grampian-Houston Jazz lunch

Jazz lunch invite2019 (1)

Christmas Greetings from Lord Dean

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Many seasonal greetings will be read and said in the next few weeks, this
is another addressed to all Burgesses and their families with the warmest of
best wishes for Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.    I thank those
who have supported myself, our Clerk and Assessors throughout 2018, our
programme of events has been well patronised and whilst I don’t know who
said this first I’m quoting a well-known saying : “we couldn’t have done it
without you”.     Enjoy the festive break and please attend Burgess
functions when you can; details of some of the 2019 lunches have already
been posted and more will follow.

Colin G. Taylor
Lord Dean of Guild

Lunch Guests line up confirmed

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We now have our lunch guest speakers agreed for the first half of 2019, details below, we may publicise another lunch or two this side of summer in due course:

23 Jan 2019, guest speaker is Atli Arnason rearranged from earlier this year when he will present on importance of Tourism & Hospitality to Aberdeen City & Shire.

February 2019 no lunch

6th March 19, guest speaker Tim Smith, Vice President Communications & External Affairs, BP North Sea, will discuss the future of the North Sea oil industry.

03-Apr-19, guest speaker Len Ironside past Aberdeen City Council Leader will reflect on his time as a Councillor and professional wrestler.

29th April 19, guest speaker is Lewis MacDonald MSP who will give an insight to his role at Holyrood.

5th June 19 – Guest speaker is Cllr Lesley Dunbar who will discuss her recent trip to Australia to study the lives of Aberdeen women who were transported to Australia, this project was part funded by a Guildry Award.

Lunches will take place at normal venue, RNUC, Albyn Place with a 12.14 start and concluding at 14.00 prompt. Cost of the lunch is £14.00. If you wish to attend please email Clerk, Garry Stevens 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/Lunches

Annual Burgess Xmas Quiz

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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 gave his thanks to Fred and also all the staff at the cricket club for their hard work in making the quiz a success.


Opportunity to sponsor Angela Scott – Social Bite Sleep in the Park

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Dear Burgesses

I’ve signed up to participate in Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park fundraising drive this year . The Aberdeen event will take place at Duthie Park on 8th December, coinciding with those being staged in four Scottish cities to help meet the ambitious £4m target to help tackle homelessness. There’s still time for you to add your name! But in case you can’t make it, thought I’d give you the opportunity to sponsor instead. To find out more click here:


or to sponsor me click


Angela Scott

Chief Executive

Aberdeen City Council


Vacancy: Independent Chair – Aberdeen City Child and Adult Protection Committees

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Angela Scott has asked me to contact you to promote a non-executive position that we are currently recruiting to.

Please see attached information about a role that the Executive Leadership Group for Public Protection for Aberdeen City are currently advertising.  It has been publicised using a media campaign, however as we are trying to promote this as widely as possible, I would be grateful if you could circulate this.

I attach a detailed candidate pack which contains information about the role and how to apply. Unfortunately our time-frame is rather tight – closing date is this Sunday 18 November 2018 midnight.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Link to candidate pack:

Final Candidate Pack 05.11.18 (1)

Kind Regards

Lesley Strachan

Talent Acquisition Lead

Aberdeen City Council | Talent Acquisition | People and Organisation | Resources

Marischal College | Broad Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

Direct Dial: 01224 523893

Mobile: 07824 335529

Gomel Trust

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Please see email below from Kare Lines, Clerk to the Gomel Trust:

Dear Lord Dean

At the recent meeting of the Gomel Trust, as Clerk to the Trust I was asked to contact you to see if any of the Burgesses would be interested in becoming Trustees.

The Trust meets 6 times per year, usually from 3.30pm to approx. 5.30pm in the Town House and has been in operation helping the people of Belarus following the Chernobyl disaster through a variety of projects, mainly medical, educational and construction.

Should any Burgesses be interested in the work of the Trust I’d be grateful if you would put them in contact with Martyn Orchard or Cllr Yvonne Allan, Chairperson to the Trust as I’ll be leaving the Council 31 October.

Martyn’s details – morchard@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Cllr Allan’s details – yallan@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Kind regards.


Homestart Aberdeen – Request for Trustees

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HomeStart Aberdeen have some vacancies coming up on their board of trustees and it may be  some of our Burgesses might be interested in joining them, either as a trustee or a business advisor. These are voluntary roles.

HomeStart Aberdeen has been supporting families who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation for the past three decades.  Their trained volunteers provide these families with regular emotional and practical support in their own homes, helping them to avoid crisis and breakdown.  Additional group and specialist services are offered on each family’s specific needs. You can find more information about them in their latest annual report : http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk/download_file/view/284/213

As you can imagine, all charities are struggling in the current economic climate and so sustainable funding is their number one priority.  So trustees who are well connected in the city are invaluable  particularly for fundraising initiatives, trustees who are their ambassadors and willing to make that initial introduction or connection with an organisation, or trustees who know a man/woman who might be able to help.

There are specific skills they would like to bring to the board , for example, legal including a knowledge of procurement and health and safety.  They are also seeking a new treasurer.

The board meets 6 times a year.  In addition, they have a number of sub-committees which each meet on a quarterly basis.  Trustees would generally be involved in one sub-committee.

If any burgesses might be able to help, Anne MacDonald, Chair would be happy to have a chat. She can be contacted on the following email address:





News from the Lord Dean of Guild

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The Lord Dean was part of the Burgess Golf Team who took part in the annual Friendship Trophy Golf match at Deeside Golf Club on Tuesday 11th September. The Burgesses were once again victorious but by a very slim margin of 2 points. This is the third year since its inception that the Burgesses have been the winning team. After a recount our  own Burgess, John Craig was the winning individual player with 33 Stableford points.

On Sunday 16th September, The Lord Dean was present at the Annual Scottish Samurai Awards, organised by Burgess Ronnie Watt OBE, and held at the Maryculter House Hotel. Burgess Hayley Bloodworth was host of the awards. The Lord Dean was delighted to present awards to two fellow Burgesses and past Lord Provosts, Doctor Margaret Smith, and Margaret Farquhar CBE. Both received awards for services to Aberdeen and the Community. Clerk Garry Stevens received an award for services to Scotland, Aberdeen and the Community, and Burgess Mark McCue for services to charity world wide. Burgess Norman McPherson received an award along with his wife Mary for services to medical charities. The Lord Dean also accepted an award on behalf of Burgess and current Lord Provost, Barney Crockett for services to Aberdeen, and the community, and the friendship between Aberdeen and Japan.


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