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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

Charity Burns Supper

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Please see invite to the Burns World Federation NE of Scotland Burns Supper. Please click on link below for further information:

Grampian Houston Association Thanksgiving Dinner

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Please click on link below for information on Grampian Houston Association Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dr Olga Runcie – Sleep Talk

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Over 40 Burgesses attended an excellent evening with Guest Speaker Dr Olga Runcie. In her talk Dr Runcie who currently works at Albyn-BMI hospital and ROC Private clinic in Aberdeen, discussed advances in sleep neurobiology answering questions about sleep functions and mechanisms of sleep and wake control. Those who attended will hopefully have learnt how to use this knowledge to improve their sleep.

Olga has kindly provided a fact sheet to help highlight sleep issues and how to use techniques etc to improve sleep patterns. Please click on the link below to view it.

As always a huge thanks to the staff at the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club for their excellent hospitality and catering.

Lord Dean with Dr Runcie
Rather fetching image of Lord Dean trying out some sleep glasses


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