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King and I Production HMT

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Phoenix Theatre in conjunction with Phoenix Youth Theatre proudly present


Shall we dance?  Yes, you certainly will!  Aberdeen’s Phoenix Theatre, in conjunction with the children of Phoenix

Youth Theatre, present the stunning and spectacular musical “The King and I”.

For over 60 years this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna

Leonowens who is brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s many children.  Memorable songs abound,

including ‘Whistle a Happy Tune’, ‘Getting to Know You’, and, most famously, ‘Shall We Dance?’  The show is a

dazzling musical celebration and something rather extraordinary – it is a story of love and joy set to one of the most

glorious, beautiful and unforgettable scores ever written!

This sensational and sumptuous production of “The King and I” will thoroughly entertain and enthral the entire


We are pleased to announce that through Senior Assessor Colin Campbell, who will be treading the boards in the production, we have secured 60 tickets for Burgesses, partners and guests on Saturday 28th January at 7.30 pm in the Dress Circle. Cost of tickets will be £28 per person.

If you wish to attend please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com advising of the number of tickets you require. Please then remit payment by cheque made out to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen to Garry at – Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6, Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ, or you can pay online at:

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Burgess of Guild Lunches Reminder

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We are pleased to announce that the programme of lunches has been agreed up to and including February 2017. Lunches will be held at the RNUC Albyn Place and the cost will be £14. Lunches commence at 12.14pm and finish at 2.00pm prompt.

Wednesday 5th October – Newly admitted Burgess Kenneth Taylor will give a short illustrated talk on Scottish Forestry through the eyes of a “North East Loon” Ken was born in Fonthill and grew up in Craigiebuckler. Childhood visits to the forests of Hazelhead and “The Forest of Birse” clearly had some effect on him, as he went on to read Forestry at Aberdeen University. A 25 year carreer as a Forest Manager with Scottish Woodlands Ltd he oversaw the Harvesting and Establishment work at Balmoral, Birkhall, and Delnadamph Estates for the Royal Family as well as other various Aberdeenshire Private Estates. Ken now works for Savils, who having recently purchased Smiths Gore are increasing their Forest Management portfolio

Wednesday 2 November – Danny Streams, Regional Fundraiser for Poppy Scotland will be the guest speaker, and will give an informal presentation on how Poppy Scotland is organised, who they work closely with, and how the money collected during the year and particularly during the annual poppy appeal is used. Danny will also give some information on their flagship Welfare Centre in Inverness.

Wednesday 7th December – Councillor Alan Donnelly will reflect on his childhood as a boy growing up in Jarrow in the North East of England

Wednesday 1st February – Newly appointed CEO of Aberdeen Inspired Adrian Watson, will be guest speaker and will update the lunch on Aberdeen Inspired’s current plans and those for the future.

If you wish to attend f the lunches please contact Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Payment can be made via cheque for £14 made payable 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


Online to

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Welcome to New Burgesses admitted on 17th August 2016

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Doris CampbellKen TaylorProf A PorterAlastair Hunter

Roxanne Watt

Welcome to the following new Burgesses admitted on 17th August 2016. From top: Doris Campbell – Ex Local Govt Officer, Kenneth Taylor – Forester,  Prof Andrew Porter – Academic & Entrepreneur, Alastair Hunter – Sales Manager, Roxanne Watt – Nurse

Friendship Trophy Golf Match

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The Friendship Trophy played between the Burgesses of Guild and the Incorporated Trades was again played by way of a golf match at Deeside Golf Club, on Tuesday 2nd August. Conditions were generally favourable and for the second year running the Burgesses triumphed by a very slim margin.

Overall winner on the day was Burgess and also Incorporated Trade Burgess, Mark McCue who also won the annual Burgess t played at the same time as the Friendship Trophy.

The Lord Dean Colin Taylor and Deacon Convenor both thanked Colin Campbell for organising the event and also Deeside Golf Club as hosts. Pictured below is Deacon Convenor David Parkinson presenting overall winner Mark McCue with his prize and David presenting Lord Dean Colin Taylor with the Friendship Trophy.M McCue winnerFriendship Trophy presentation

Welcome to New Burgesses Admitted on 11th May 2016

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Louise Baxter Pic. Website

Louise Baxter – Retired Teacher

Duncan Skinner Pic. Web

Duncan Skinner – Social Entrepreneur

Wendy Kennedy Pic. Web

Wendy Kennedy OBE – Senior Civil Servant

Michael Laing Pic Web

Michael Laing – Structural Engineer

Howard Smith Pic. Web

Howard Smith – Retired Teacher

Brian Gill Pic. Web

Brian Gill – Engineer

Shiela Watson Pic Web

Sheila Watson – Social Worker Retired

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