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Burgess of Guild Lunches – January 2020 – June 2020

Burgess of Guild Lunches – January 2020 – June 2020

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Happy New Year to all Burgesses and your families. Just a reminder below of our lunch line up for first 6 months of this year. Places are still available for all them at present.

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:


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