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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

Charity Burns Supper

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PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

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

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

Burns Supper Charity Event

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Please click on download link below for details of a Charity Burns Supper being organised by Burgess Charles Henderson with family and friends.
The Lord Provost is supporting the Event and Burgesses and partners/friends are invited to attend. Details of how to book are on the poster link.

Welcome to new Burgesses admitted 2 September 2019

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David Fryer, Community Entrepreneur. Proposed by Dr Fiona Jane Brown and seconded by Pauline Gerrard
Very Reverend Dr Isaac Poobalan, Provost of St Andrews Church, Aberdeen. Proposed by Cllr Martin Greig, Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild

Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to the following new Burgesses admitted on Monday 24th June 2019 In order from top:

Julien Brown – Chartered Engineer, Proposed by Ronnie Watt OBE and seconded by Gail Watt.

Graham Guyan – Company Director, Proposed by David MacDermid, and Seconded by Colin Johnston.

Rt Rev Bishop Hugh Gilbert – Bishop of Aberdeen.

Pamela Snape – Retired schoolteacher, Proposed by Irene Cormack and Seconded by Marjorie Bosomworth.

Kevin McCormick – Managing Director and Charity Volunteer, Proposed by John Michie and Seconded by Joe Mackie OBE.




Congratulations to three Burgesses

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I am sure all Burgesses would welcome the news that the following have been honoured in the Queen’s recent birthday honours list, links to each recipient below:

Burgesses fund new defibrillator for Aberdeen Street Pastors

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The Lord Dean and Assessor Joe Mackie were present on Friday 3rd May to present a new defibrillator part funded by the Aberdeen Burgesses of Guild to the Aberdeen Street Pastors.

The link below gives more information

https://www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/news/523-aberdeen-s-street-pastors-ready-to-save-lives

Aberdeen Industrial Heritage Museum

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Our Industrial Heritage

Plans are being formulated to create a Heritage Museum in the City to celebrate the North East of Scotland’s wide ranging and far reaching industrial past.

This will be a hands-on interactive facility for both locals and visitors alike and will help preserve the historical relevance these industries have played in shaping the City we live in today.

Given the current economic climate, it will be some time before anything concrete happens.

In the meantime, a database of sources of information and artefacts is being compiled, which can be used as part of the planning and funding process – so your help is required.

Do you, or someone you know, have a box of documents or photographs in a loft, or a rusting piece of machinery or old tools in a shed, which would not look out of place in a museum?

If so, please send basic details to Sam Murray at sam.murray@btinternet.com

A special message from the Lord Dean – ‘ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL’

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You may think this is about the well-known hit by Pink Floyd, in fact it’s to do with a local initiative which I fully support and now call upon Burgesses to follow the lead and contribute to an Appeal for funds which will make a difference to many lives in our City.

Last June I joined with a number of Burgesses on a visit to the Neurological Care Centre at Dee View Court in Kincorth which cares for up to 24 people at any one time.  This was an ‘eye-opener’, I was hugely impressed by the facilities, the staff and most of all the achievements of this Sue Ryder organisation, and I’m sure that the others felt the same way.    We came away having made a modest donation to the #DEEVIEWAPPEAL which is targeting £3.9 million ‘brick by brick’ to extend Dee View Court with specially adapted rooms and apartments to provide for greater flexibility in the care of an additional 20 people.   

The Appeal deserves our support, this is an excellent centre of care in the heart of our community and I believe this is an excellent opportunity for individual Burgesses to donate just £10 each to raise £1,000 to buy a brick to help to build a bigger Dee View Court.   (Larger donations could enable us to donate 2 or perhaps even 3 bricks.)

I do hope you will donate to this special appeal and you can do this by either sending a cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen to the following address (marked ‘Dee View’):

Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ

or

by making an online payment to:

Sort Code 826011

50325609

Reference Dee View Donation

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