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Virtual Lunch with Jillian Evans, NHS Grampian

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The Zoom call was well attended on Wednesday 21st April. For those unable to attend you can view it by clicking on the link below:

Burgess Virtual Lunch – Wednesday 21st April at 12.15pm

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We are delighted to announce that despite her busy schedule, Dr Jillian Evans, Head of Health Intelligence & Divisional General Manager, Public Health NHS Grampian, has accepted our invitation to be guest speaker at our next lunch. Dr Evans who is a regular on our TV screens at present, will talk about the local impact of the pandemic on Aberdeen and the region. It is sure to be an interesting talk.

If you wish to attend please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at:


The link to the meeting will be issued on Monday 19th April.

Burgess of Guild Lunch – Wednesday 24th March

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Over 30 Burgesses of Guild enjoyed an excellent virtual lunch with guest speaker Colin Wight, currently STV North presenter.

The talk was recorded and can be accessed via the link below:

Burgess of Guild AGM – Preliminary Notice

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The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Burgesses of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen is due  be held in the Town House, Aberdeen at 12 noon on Tuesday 11th May 2021.  In light of the current Covid-19 situation, the meeting will no longer take place in its usual form and will be held virtually.

All AGM papers will be issued to all Burgesses within the agreed time scales.

In the meantime, could members please intimate any other competent business, concerns or issues by email to Clerk at- clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com 

Colin G. Taylor

Lord Dean of Guild

Herald Society Lecture

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The Heraldry Society warmly welcomes you to enrol for our next
online lecture… 

Wednesday 17th March

The Constance Egan* Lecture Scots Heraldry of the 21st Century

Speaker: Gordon Casely

Gordon Casely, a Fellow of the Heraldry Society of Scotland and a member of The Heraldry Society, examines present-day heraldry in Scotland, and the context for it. He illustrates what he feels is a rise in numbers seeking coats-of-arms, and raises the pertinent question: how do we encourage more people take up heraldry and gain arms?

He gives examples of recently gained arms for people, councils, companies and communities, and his answers provide a thoughtful conclusion.

Unusually for a heraldry lecture, almost all the images shown are of arms in the 21st century.

* Constance Egan was the managing editor of our journal The Coat of Arms serving in this role from its inception until 1965, employing the editorial skills honed in the 1920s as the editor of Home Chat.  She was the mother of our founder John Brooke Little.

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Aberdeen City Council Community Planning Survey

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Dear Burgesses

Today Community Planning Aberdeen has launched an online simulator to enable citizens to express what is important and of value to them and for their community.  Please help cascade and promote the following information to your citizen, customer and community contacts.  The survey is open to any resident of Aberdeen City.

What is important to you?

Community Planning Aberdeen is the name for your local partnership of public, private and third sector organisations and communities all working together to improve people’s lives across Aberdeen City.

We would like residents of Aberdeen to participate in this short exercise to discover what things you value and what is important to you.

Imagine you are responsible for improving the lives of the people of Aberdeen. You only have 500 points to give to various improvement projects. You must allocate all of these points. How would you allocate these points? How you do this will help guide the work of Community Planning Aberdeen and the priorities within the City’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan.  You can, also, give comments and submit ideas. 

Open until Wednesday 31st of March 2021

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Virtual Lunch – 24th March 2021

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We are delighted to announce that we have another virtual lunch lined up for Wednesday 24th March at 12.15pm

Guest speaker is Colin Wight who is well known to us as our local news reporter with BBC Scotland and now latterly with STV. Colin’s subject will be covering his career called “From Teresa to Trump”. The Teresa being Mother Teresa. It is sure to be an interesting talk, and there will be an opportunity to ask Colin some questions at the end.

If you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out nearer the time.

ACVO SEEKING TRUSTEES/DIRECTORS (Aberdeen’s third sector interface “TSI”)

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Acvo if the third sector interface for Aberdeen city that provides support, learning and development opportunities, governance advice, representation, and capacity building for individuals and organisations through a diverse range of work. Whether you want to know more about the many volunteering opportunities in the city, setting up and running a third sector organisation, have interests in CSR, or using social enterprise as a model to deliver social good, ACVO is your local starting point.

ACVO has been in existence for over 20 years, with the staff team boasting many more years of experience working in Aberdeen, making the TSI the central hub of knowledge and support relating to the local third sector. To compliment our diverse and experienced board of trustees, ACVO is looking for energetic, passionate, and enthusiastic people to join our board 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 would like to be part of ACVO’s vision for the sector, we have a chair for you at our boardroom table. We are particularly looking for people with financial, legal, HR and marketing skills, while alternatively experience in business, the third sector, or local government would be valuable.

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 (currently using zoom)

Our Board meetings are held alternately at lunchtimes and evenings in Aberdeen.

Being part of team ACVO gives you a tremendous insight to the powerful, vital, and exciting work of the third sector in our city, and nationally, while having the opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of our citizens at a time where the sector and society must build back better. You can learn more by visiting ACVO’s website at www.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 at Maggie.hepburn@acvo.org.uk or the Chair of the board Paul O’ Connor MBE at pauljoconnormbe2018@gmail.com 07889666726

NESCoL – Request for Non-executive members

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NESCol is currently recruiting Non-executive Members to its Regional Board. Details are contained in the attached advert, however for further information or an informal conversation about the role and application process, contact Pauline May, Secretary to the Board: p.may@nescol.ac.uk / 01224 612025. Closing Date for applications: 12 March 2021.

Postcards from Home

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Burgess, Sam Murray, is Chairman of the Friends of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and would like to extend an invitation to the following event. Burgesses visited the Trust a couple of years ago and learned how it supports front-line services in the NHS, therefore a worthy cause to support.

The Trust recently issued a call to professional and amateur artists to produce postcard-sized artwork using the theme ‘Postcards from Home’. The project aims to raise awareness of the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, and help generate funds to make art accessible to all.

The concept is simple, each postcard is sold for £30 with all proceeds going to the Trust. The twist being, the artist’s identity is not revealed until their work is sold.

The collection was due to go on physical display until COVID-19 struck. With the pandemic limiting ability to deliver the intended event, a virtual exhibition has been developed and was launched on 6th February and will run until the 20th of February.

We are happy to post this on behalf of the Trust and its Chairman. Here is the link:


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