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Aberdeen City Council Briefing to Burgesses

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The Annual Aberdeen City Council budget briefing to the Burgesses was well attended on the evening of Wednesday 22 March in the Council Chamber. Chaired by the Lord Dean of Guild, Angela Scott, Chief Executive, and Steven Whyte, Head of Finance gave the Burgesses a detailed overview of the current budget situation in the Council and the plans moving forward to meet the budget pressures which affect all Local Authorities in Scotland. Steve and Angela also took questions from the Burgesses on conclusion of the presentation. Angela then gave an overview of a “day in the life of a Returning Officer” an additional duty she undertakes as Chief Executive and one which she will shortly be undertaking for the Local Elections in May.

At the conclusion of the evening the Lord Dean thanked Angela and Steve for their time to present to the Burgesses.

Steve has agreed that his presentation can be posted to the website. The link to it is below:

slides – steve whyte – Budget Briefing 2017

Archie Foundation Visit

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Places are still available for the event detailed below, if you wish to attend what will be an interesting visit, please email clerk Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Archie Foundation

A visit has been arranged to the Archie foundation on Wednesday 19th April.  Please arrive for 7.00pm, gather at Royal Aberdeen Children Hospital Reception, Westburn Road, Aberdeen from where a tour of the children’s hospital will start.   At 8.00pm we will gather in a meeting room for tea, coffee and biscuits. Cost is £5pp which will cover a donation to the foundation.    Burgesses and partners welcome.

Please arrange payment via cheque made out to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and send to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or online to Sort Code 826011 Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Archie

Aberdeen City Voice – Message on behalf of Aberdeen City Council

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Aberdeen City Voice, Aberdeen’s citizen panel, is an important way that residents can give their views on local issues. The City Voice is a panel of about 900 local residents, and is used by a range of organisations, including the Council, Fire Scotland, Police Scotland, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations, and the universities and college.

We send regular surveys to members about life in Aberdeen City – anyone who lives in the City and is aged 16 or over can join. We’ll ask for some details about you and your lifestyle when you join – we only use this to help us better understand survey results and all of the information you provide will remain completely confidential.

Interested in joining us?  Visit the City Voice website  Call us on 01224 522935 Or email cityvoice@aberdeencity.gov.uk

We are looking forward to hearing from you. And if you know anyone else who might be interested in joining the panel, please forward this email to them.
Many thanks

The City Voice Team

Welcome to New Burgesses admitted 15 March 2017

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Mohammad Taqueer Malik, Businessman, and Councillor, Proposed by Len Ironside, Seconded by Neil Cooney

Matheson 2

Roderick John Matheson, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, Proposed by Margaret Stephen and Seconded by Anthony Dawson

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William Ross, TV, Aerial and Satellite Installer, Proposed by Muriel Jaffrey, and Seconded by Isobel Hunter

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Neil Stockan Corall, Designer, Admitted as a son of Burgess John Corall

Paul Mealor and Friends Evening

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Almost 80 Burgesses of Guild, partners and friends enjoyed an excellent evening on Tuesday 27th February  with Burgess Prof Paul Mealor and friends, vocalist Jillian Bain Christie and pianist Drew Tulloch. Lord Dean of Guild Colin Taylor undertook a Q & A session with Paul reflecting on his childhood in North Wales, his work with Royalty and of course his partnership with Gareth Malone on the Military Wives composition of “Wherever you are”. Intertwined with Jillian and Drew performing  versions Ubi Caritas from William and Kate’s wedding, Wherever you are, and Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns, it was a very enjoyable evening.

The Lord Dean gave a vote of thanks to Aberdeen University for allowing the event to be hosted there, and presented Paul with a set of Burgess of Guild Coasters, Jillian and Drew with a bottle of their favourite tipple.

Selection of photos below show Paul answering questions from the Lord Dean, Jillian and Drew performing a song, and their presentation by the Lord Dean of Guild.

Future Social events and Lunches for the forthcoming months are now detailed on the website.

Mealor Q & A Mealor Singing Mealor Presentation

Aberdeen City Living Study

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Savills has been selected to do a survey of Aberdeen city centre with a view to promoting and encouraging an increased level of city centre living.  
Gathering the views of local people and visitors to the city is an important part of this exercise and the survey was launched today.   
Burgesses are invited to express views and opinions by directly accessing the above link.
Please do not respond to either the Burgesses’ Clerk or the Lord Dean.    Thank-you.  

Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to 7 new Burgesses of Guild admitted on Wednesday 14th December:

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From Top – Left to Right

Philip Astley – Archivist, Aberdeen City Council. Proposed by Dr Chris Croly, Seconded by Lord Dean.

Cllr Andrew Finlayson – Aberdeen City Council Councillor. Proposed by John Reynolds, Seconded by Lord Dean.

Prof Fredrik Glasser – Lecturer/Prof of Chemistry. Proposed by John Michie, Seconded by Lesley Glasser.

Dr Kenneth Skeldon MBE – Scientist & Public Engagement & Outreach Aberdeen University. Proposed by Dr Chris Croly, Seconded by Caroline Inglis.

Catherine Thornhill – Head of Planning and Associate Director Savills (UK) Ltd. Proposed by Simpson Buglass, seconded by Charles Smith.

Jennifer Catto – Staff Nurse. Proposed by Lord Dean, Seconded by Douglas Gallacher.

Alison Hunter – Human Resources Director Technip. Proposed by Lord Dean seconded by Douglas Gallacher.

It was a very proud day for the Lord Dean of Guild as Jennifer and Alison are his daughters. Below is a the Lord Dean with Jennifer and Alison after they were admitted.


Burgess of Guild Annual Quiz

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A total of 12 teams took part in this year’s annual quiz, held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. Past Dean Fred Dalgarno was once again quizmaster and set some challenging questions over a wide range of subjects, along with 2 picture rounds and a new addition from previous years, 2 Dingbat rounds. At the end of the quiz, Burgess Alan Towns and his team were victorious by a very slim margin of 1 point.

The Lord Dean, at the end of the evening which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, thanked Aberdeenshire Cricket Club and staff for their excellent hospitality and wonderful buffet supper. Also to Fred for once again taking on the mantle of Quizmaster. We look forward to next year!


Winning Team with Lord Dean and Past Dean

Lord Dean also took the opportunity to advise places are still available for the following events and if you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Wednesday 7th December – Lunch with guest Cllr Alan Donnelly

Saturday 28th January – Block booking of tickets for King & I at HMT

Wednesday 1 February – Lunch with guest Adrian Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired

We are also pleased to announce that on Monday 27th February 2017, Paul Mealor has agreed to hold a “Paul Mealor and Friends” evening at Elphinstone Hall. Further details will be advised in due course.

Visit to Brightsolid Data Centre

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On Tuesday 15th November a group of Burgesses were welcomed by fellow Burgess Gavin Fraser and his colleagues to the new Data Centre opened in Autumn last year at Whytemyers,  Aberdeen by Brightsolid. Brightsolid is a cloud and application hosting specialist wholly owned by the famous Scottish publishing company DC Thomson Ltd. Operating UK data centres in Dundee and Aberdeen they have been working with Enterprise, Energy and Government to reduce the risk and increase the agility of their IT estate by providing the latest technologies that deliver real business value. Clients signed up to use the hosting facilities at the Aberdeen data centre include businesses and organisations across both the public and private sectors.

Those in attendance were given a very informative and interesting tour of the facility. Thanks go to Gavin and his team for inviting and hosting the Burgesses.


Assessor Alistair Ritchie presented Derek Roy, Brightsolid Data Centre Manager, with a certificate from the Burgesses confirming the visit to the data centre

Court of Deans Meeting

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The Court of Deans of Scotland is an Association of eleven Guildries : Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Berwick upon Tweed, Brechin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark, Perth and Stirling.    Two meetings are held annually, an AGM in the Spring and an Autumn gathering, the latter was held in Aberdeen at the end of October with an attendance of forty-six representing all other than Edinburgh and Stirling.    The Court last met in Aberdeen in 2011 and will not meet here again until 2022.   Aberdeen City Council hosted us and provided coffee or tea and butteries on arrival and a thoroughly enjoyable lunch in the Town and County Hall.    The Lord Provost joined us for lunch and formally welcomed the delegates to our city.
Before lunch the Court held a business meeting following which our Assessor Dr. Chris Croly gave an illustrated talk on the history and architecture of Aberdeen City Centre, and following lunch the delegates split into two groups each of which was given a guided tour of the Town House and the Marischal Quad by Town Sergeants.    The day concluded with afternoon tea.
I thank everyone who contributed toward the success of this event and of course I particularly thank the Council and Council Officers who assisted.
Colin G. Taylor
Lord Dean of Guild
Lord Dean of Guild Colin Taylor addresses the Court of Deans meeting.

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