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Monthly Archives:May 2018

Immortal Data: from ancient Egypt to Facebook and beyond

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Thursday 14 November, 19.00-20.30

Join Dr Heather Morgan, Neil Curtis and Andrew Sage to explore how our personal data is captured and used and the question of our consent in this prominent and thorny issue! The event will include an interactive game about personal data and a debate. We will discuss examples of use of personal data from ancient Egyptian mummy of a woman called Ta Cheru, to 20th century American Henrietta Lacks, the source of HeLa cells used in experiments all over the world and beyond.

Places are free but booking is essential:


Burgess Annual Quiz – Final Call for Teams

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We have 9 teams confirmed for the forthcoming Quiz (details below) but would like one or two more if possible.

Our Annual Quiz will take place at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Monday 26th November with a 6.30pm start. Once again Past Dean, Fred Dalgarno will be Quizmaster.

Teams of 4 maximum, cost will be £13 per person which includes buffet supper.

If you wish to take part please email Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via 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


Via online payment to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/Quiz

CLAN Santa Grotto – Call for Volunteers

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Please read the details below and if your time permits please volunteer to assist this fund-raising event.    CLAN does offer training for either the Santa or Elf role.

It’s understood that the Grotto will be open from Friday through Monday throughout December and every day in the week before Christmas.

The CLAN Grotto has moved!  After a successful three years within Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre, Santa and his elves will be joining us in Royal Deeside as we partner with Den & the Glen.

Surrounded by 28 acres of beautiful scenery, enchanting fairy tale characters and soft play area, this magical location is set to transport you to a truly authentic Christmas experience not to be missed.

As always we are looking for volunteers to help us in this magical wonderland! Each Santa/ Elf will have a specific role and these details will be given to you well in advance of your shift so that you may ask any questions at our training night, which is also available for you to sign up for.

Whether you want to help out as an individual, corporate team builder, or as part of a group of friends… know that you will be directly helping raise money for CLAN and are sure to be put on the nice list this year.

Simply follow the below link to sign up now!



Thank you.

Civic Reception – Charles Hamilton Sorley Plaque unveiling

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The Lord Provost hosted an intimate civic reception to mark the unveiling of a plaque at Powis House in honour of Aberdeen born First World War poet Charles Hamilton Sorley at Powis House Community Centre on Friday 2nd November. There was a good representation of Burgesses at the unveiling.

The event saw staff and students from University of Aberdeen and St Machar Academy reflect on the life of the war poet before the new plaque was unveiled.  Following the event the plaque will be installed on the outside of Powis House, which some Burgesses may wish to visit.  It is one of four memorials being place around the country to mark the writers and poets of the Great War in this, the final commemorative year.

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.


Festival of Social Sciences

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Both events part of the wider Festival of Social Science www.abdn.ac.uk/foss

Growing up in Aberdeen in the 1960s and 1970s

Professor Claire Wallace,

Wednesday 7th November, 18.30-19.30

Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Road, AB25 2ZD

This talk will present the results of interviews with a sample of Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties by Claire Wallace. Aberdeen Children of Nineteen Fifties surveyed children at school in 1964 and has followed them through their lives (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/birth-cohorts/). The survey followed people’s experiences of growing up, with the new welfare state and council housing programme. It looks at their involvement in school, neighbourhood, leisure and family.

Free but booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-up-in-aberdeen-in-the-1960s-and-1970s-tickets-50956784113

Pyres, jars and hanging coffins: the archaeology of death

Dr Rebecca Crozier

Thursday 8th November, 18.30-20.00

Seminar Room, Sir Duncan Rice Library

Join us to mark the placing of a new commemorative plaque at the University for Nora Griffith, a pioneering woman in the field of Egyptian archaeology. The unveiling of the plaque will be accompanied by a talk by Dr Crozier the University’s newest appointment in the Department of Archaeology and a specialist in burial practices. There will also be a chance to tour the new Egyptology exhibition at the University. The plaque is sponsored by Aberdeen’s Women’s Alliance.

Free but booking essential : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pyres-jars-and-hanging-coffins-the-archaeology-of-death-tickets-50957270568


Remembrance Sunday – 11th November 2018

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Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Lord Provost will be attending a Memorial Service at the Schoolhill War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2018 and would like to invite Burgesses to join the Civic Procession.

Participants will assemble in the Civic Rooms of the Town House ready to proceed to the War Memorial in a Civic Procession. Tea and Coffee will be served in the Town House from 9.45am. Participants should arrive no later than 10.15am.

Free parking will be available in the Marischal College multi-storey car park (off Queen Street) from 9.15am until 1.00pm after which time the usual charges will apply. Access to Queen Street will be via Union Street.

Following the ceremony, the Civic Procession will proceed to the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting for a Service of Remembrance. Those who are not available to attend the church may leave the procession at the end of the ceremony.

There will also be a buffet luncheon at the Trinity Hall directly after the church service. 

Please RSVP to lordprovost@aberdeencity.gov.uk , indicating you are a Burges, and responding to the following questions:

If you will be joining the civic procession. 

If you will be attending the church service after the ceremony,

If you will be attending the buffet luncheon at Trinity Hall.

If you have any questions/problems please contact:

Steven Dongworth, Elections and Civic Affairs Officer, Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1FY. Tel: 01224 522966, Mob: 07919 113606, email sdongworth@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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:





Burgess Annual Quiz – Call for Teams

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We still require some more teams for our Annual Quiz, details below. Even if you wish to take part and don’t have a team don’t worry we can form a team on the night.

We are pleased to announce that our Annual Quiz will take place at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Monday 26th November with a 6.30pm start. Once again Past Dean, Fred Dalgarno will be Quizmaster.

Teams of 4 maximum, cost will be £13 per person which includes buffet supper.

If you wish to take part please email Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via 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


Via online payment to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/Quiz

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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