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Monthly Archives:March 2018

Burgess Evening Event – Learn all about the March Stones

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March Stones are a very important part of the Burgesses history with the full story not known to many. We are lucky that within our ranks we have Colin Johnston who is the ultimate authority on all that there is to know about the stones. Colin will give an informative and interesting talk on the subject, covering their history, walks around the stones and where to find them.

The event will be held on Tuesday 28th February 6.00pm arrival for a 6.30pm start and will include a buffet supper. It will be held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Morningside Rd, Mannofield.

Cost for the event will be £14 per person and guests are welcome to attend.

This can be paid via cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses of Guild, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ or via BACS to:

Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/March Stones

Some Burgesses still carry a credit from previous events, so this can be allocated to this event if required.

If you wish to attend please email Clerk at:


Seabank House – Committee Members Required

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We are happy to advertise on behalf of Seabank House their request for voluntary committee members to assist the charity.

Please see information below if any Burgess is interested:

Charity Burns Supper – Friday 3rd February

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Following earlier posting just a reminder of the forthcoming Burns Supper. This is not a Burgess organised event but we are happy to endorse it as it is being organised by fellow Burgess, Charles Henderson, in support of the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust. A good number of Burgesses have already booked places but there is still time to book if not already done so. Cost is £55 per person.

The attached flyer gives full details of the event.

Welcome to New Burgesses admitted 14-12-22

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John Booth, Interim Chief Executive, VSA. Nominated by Kenneth Simpson, and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild
Fiona Clark, Local Authority Librarian (Retired). Proposed by Phillip Astley and Seconded by Christine Rew

Burgess Lunch – Aberdeen Football Club

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Despite the wintery conditions, over 60 Burgesses attended an excellent lunch at Pittodrie Stadium, hosted by Aberdeen Football Club in the Richard Donald Stand. Chairman Dave Cormack and some of his team gave an excellent presentation on all that is happening in and around the club, including Community Engagement, Financing of team and Club Operations moving forward and Strategies for growth, along with new stadium development plans.

The hospitality afforded to us on the day was excellent and Mike Wilson gave a vote of thanks to Dave Cormack, his Team and the Club for allowing us to be guests at our lunch at Pittodrie.

This concludes our lunches for 2022, posting for January and February lunches is already on the website, and we look forward to welcoming as many Burgesses as possible to next years programme.

As Clerk may I wish all Burgesses and their families a very Merry Xmas, and a happy, healthy 2023!

Lord Dean gets prepared for the lunch presentation
Lord Dean with Chairman of AFC Dave Cormack
Lord Dean with Assessors, Clerk and Chairman Dave Cormack

Burgess Lunches – January & February 2023

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Places are still available for our first two lunches of 2023. Guests can be invited. We have two excellent topics, and Prof Ferguson in particular is not to be missed!

We are delighted to announce we have lunches organised for January and February both at the RNUC with the usual 1214 start time.

Wednesday 11th January:

Professor James Ferguson, MB.ChB, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (A&E), FCEM, FRCP (Ed), visiting Professor of Remote Healthcare to the Robert Gordon University and a Reader in Emergency Medicine with Aberdeen University (he is retained by Eon Productions as a medical advisor), is our guest speaker. His topic at the lunch will be:

Forget SPECTRE, Mr Bond. SLOTH is the enemy!  (or A Tale of Two Flemings)

The United Kingdom is under attack! Since 1947, a secret organisation (SLOTH) has widely infiltrated the National Health Service, using its influence for evil. Professor Ferguson will describe the threat and the measures being used to try and counter this clear and present danger.

Intrigued? Then book your place at the lunch to find out more!

Wednesday 1st February

Shelley Mackenzie, Youth Services Manager, and Michelle Trail, Employability Manager from Station House Media Unit (shmu) are our guest speakers.

Station House Media Unit (shmu) is one of the core cultural organisations in North East Scotland and is at the forefront of community media development in Scotland, supporting residents in the seven regeneration areas of Aberdeen in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion. The organisation also supports other disadvantaged communities, both geographic and communities of interest, including an employability and training arm, and their adult services arm which provides support and opportunities for adults with barriers.

Shelley and Michelle will talk about the history of shmu, their primary objectives and core values as well as their projects and the impact they have on the communities we work with.

Two interesting lunches to start the year. If you wish to attend one or both, please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Cost is £15 per person, open to Burgesses only at this stage if guests can be added we will post on the website.

This can be paid via cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses of Guild, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ or via BACS to:

Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/Lunch

Some Burgesses still carry a credit from previous lunches, so this can be allocated to these lunches if required.

Joint Working – Next Steps – Agenda for 26-1-23

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We have had a tremendous response to the request from the Lord Dean for Burgesses to attend the next steps meeting with the Seven Incorporated Trades on 26th January 2023.

For those who have confirmed attendance, please see the programme for the meeting below:

Christmas Tree Festival in St Nicholas Church

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Once again fellow Burgess, Olga Runcie decorated the Burgesses Tree for the Christmas Tree Festival in St Nicholas Church. Each participant was given a Christmas Carol as the theme for their tree. Ours was The Little Drummer Boy and, as you will see from the photograph, Olga did us proud. Our sincere thanks to Olga and husband Trevor Runcie – also a Burgess – took the photographs.

We greatly appreciate their volunteering to represent the Burgesses – well ‘volunteer ‘is the appropriate word for Olga, Trevor was left with little choice, I think. Much appreciated, the Runcie family.

Our tree and all the others can be viewed in the Church on Saturday 17th December.

Lord Dean

Congratulations to our Centenarian

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We are delighted to pass on congratulations to Burgess Alex Mair on the occasion of reaching his 100th birthday on 5th November.

Alex, Retired MD at Grampian TV, was admitted as a Burgess in 1986. Even at 100 years of age Alex continues to inspire those around him, and his contribution to the City and Chamber of Commerce in particular has been significant.

We wish Alex a very happy birthday and trust he has enjoyed the celebrations to commemorate such a significant event.

Recent photo of Alex at RNUC

Charity Burns Supper – Friday 3 February 2023

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We are delighted to support the Charity Burns Supper being organised by Burgess Charles Henderson. Supporting the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust of which the Lord Dean is a Trustee, she hopes the event will be well supported particularly by Burgesses.

Details of the event and how to book tickets is on the flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on the download tab. Please do not contact the Clerk for tickets.

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