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Burgess of Guild Golf Competition – New Date

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This years Burgess of Guild golf competition will be held at The Mackenzie Championship Course at Hazlehead Golf Club on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th September. We hope to book first tee off around 1.00pm.

The cost will be £38 per adult / £28 per adult with Access to Leisure (A2L) including a meal after at the Park Café in Hazelhead.

If you wish to play please email clerk Garry Stevens, with your handicap to:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made via cheque made out 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 via online bank transfer to:

Sort Code 826011

Account Number 50325609

Ref: Surname/Golf

Welcome to new Burgesses admitted Wednesday 21 June 17

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Shona Croly, Business Analyst. Proposed by Chris Croly and Seconded by Philip Astley.

James Stewart Davidson, Company Director, Proposed by Cllr Alan Donnelly and Seconded by Cllr John Reynolds.

Professor Henry Irvine Ellington, University Professor (Retired). Proposed by Anne Milne and Seconded by the Lord Dean of Guild

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Jean Mitchell Hamilton, Economics Secretary (Retired). Proposed by Richard G D Williamson and Seconded by Walter Murray.

Alan James Johnstone, Senior Finance Manager (Retired). Proposed by Lord Dean of Guild and Seconded by Philip Astley.

Jane Glaister Maceachran, Solicitor. Proposed by Past Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild.

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Anne Malcolm, Trading Enforcement Officer (Retired). Proposed by Beverley Graham and Seconded by Michael Gibb.

Anne Elizabeth Murray, Physiotherapist. Proposed by Lord Dean of Guild and Seconded by Sam Murray.

Professor Margaret Louise Ross, Professor of Law, and University Vice Principal. Proposed by Alison Skene and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild.

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Wendy Alison Stuart, Chairperson, Proposed by Muriel Jaffrey and Seconded by Bill Cormie

Aberdeen University Students Association – Trustee Vacancy

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Following a request from recently retired Councillor Scott Carle, the Burgesses are pleased to supportr the following request for an external trustee to sit on the Trustee Board of the Aberdeen University Students Association.

Details below,

External Trustee Position

Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) is a member-led charity representing the students of Aberdeen University in all aspects of their university life from academic advice and student representation, to acting as a link between students and their community via volunteering opportunities, charities and community work.  AUSA supports over 150 societies and 55 sports clubs and is the voice for students to improve their student experience.

We are currently recruiting an external trustee to sit on our Trustee Board.  As an external trustee you will work alongside the 5 full time student officers, 2 other external Trustees, one University appointed Trustee and four student trustees.

For this role we are looking for an individual who has extensive experience in financial management at a senior/strategic level. Ideally the candidate will have previous experience of working on a board of trustees for another charity, or of working or volunteering for a charity in the student or other relevant sector.

These roles are voluntary and as such will receive no remuneration other than out of pocket expenses.

To apply, please provide a full C.V and a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the Trustee person specification and you relevant knowledge and experience to:  Scott Carle, Representative Services Manager, Aberdeen University Students’ Association by email to scott.carle@abdn.ac.uk. For informal enquiries, please call 01224 274156. 

Alford visit via Vintage Bus

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On a lovely sunny evening on Wednesday 24th May,  26 Burgesses boarded a vintage bus being driven by Assessor Joe Mackie to the Grampian Transport Museum and Vintage bus collection at Alford. They were given excellent tours of both and a buffet supper before heading home on the bus. Feedback from the event has been that it was one of the most enjoyable events recently undertaken. Thanks go to Joe and the staff at Alford (all volunteers) for making the event so enjoyable. The Lord Dean of Guild presented a cheque for £100 to the museum and a certificate from the Burgesses confirming the visit.

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Forthcoming Events 2017 Update

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Apologies if a long list but we have now concluded arrangements for events to the end of this year:

On Wednesday  24th May we have a visit to Alford and to the Bus collection and Transport Museum.

We will depart from Kingswells Park and Ride at 5.00pm and travel by Vintage Bus driven by Assessor Joe Mackie.    Seating on the bus is limited to 60, reserve your seats quickly.

6.00pm Welcome at The Bus Collection at Alford, short introduction to what they do and tour of workshop, garaging area and view of restored and yet to be restored buses  (anyone travelling  by car should enter the premises by the rear gate beside the Alford mini railway). 6.55pm Move to Grampian Transport Museum where there will be an opportunity to view the exhibits. 8.00pm Refreshments in the Tea Room,  Q and A session,  bus back to Kingswells.

Cost is £10pp.     Burgesses and partners welcome

A visit has been arranged to the new Recycling Centre on the Altens East Industrial estate. The visit has been arranged for 2.00pm on Thursday 27th July with a 2.00pm start. Burgess and partners are invited. The visit will last approx. an hour with an introduction as to how the facility operates followed by a tour. Due to the nature of the facility and the fact that it will be in full operation when the tour takes place, it is a requirement that the following protective clothing is worn: Hard Hat, Hi-Vis Jacket, Shoes/boots with steel toecaps, gloves and goggles. These can be provided for the visit but if you can bring any items you may have with you on the list please advise when booking. Also if you require boots/shoes please advise when booking size required. There is no cost for this event.

We have organised a visit to The Rowett Institute is the UK’s leading centre for nutrition research and innovation on Wednesday 23 August. This is an opportunity to visit the Rowett’s recently-opened state-of-the art building at Foresterhill, fascinating history, of the Institute, and there will also be the opportunity to tour the building and visit the Human Nutrition Unit, the best of its kind in the UK.

Arrival : Time 18.30: (Car parking at Foresterhill)

Introduction to Rowett, past and present, Seminar Room. + 30 minutes: Free wander into atrium – viewing artefacts, artworks, videos. Guided tours (groups of ten) round the building, visiting Human Nutrition Unit (where we undertake all our dietary studies with volunteers). Groups free to depart after tours – end of visit 1 ½ – 2 hours, depending on number of tours. Burgesses and partners are invited. Cost of event £5.00 which will include tea/coffee/biscuits and a small donation.

“Giacomo & Glover” is a new play written by Fellow Burgess and playwright, Mike Gibb, whose earlier works include the likes of Mother of All the Peoples, Doorways in Drumorty, Outlander, Five Pound & Twa Bairns, Clarinda and the Piper Alpha commemorative play, Lest We Forget.

This will be performed for Burgesses and their guests in the Town & County Hall on Thursday 28th September at 7.00 pm, buffet included the cost will be £10pp.

This one-act play is part of a longer-length performance and therefore the other part, “Giacomo & Glover: Part 2 – The Road to Turndot” will be performed at the same venue on 27th February, 2018, again at a  cost of £10pp.     Burgesses and guests are welcome at both performances.

Join fellow Burgess Dr Chris Croly, Public Engagement with Research Officer at the University of Aberdeen to explore Aberdeen’s commemorative plaques. 2017 is Scotland year of history, heritage and archaeology join us in this talk to learn what is important and unique about Aberdeen’s heritage and discover all about our important people and places.

The event will take place at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Mannofield, on Thursday 26th October and will commence at 7.00pm. A buffet will be served. The event is open to Burgesses, partners and friends. Cost of the event will be £11.50.

Our Annual Quiz is at the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Monday 27th November with a 7.00pm start.      We have once again engaged Past Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno as Quiz Master, and teams of up to 4 people can take part.  Cost is £11.50pp which includes buffet.    Burgesses, partners and friends welcome.

If you wish to attend any of the events please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com. Payment can be made via cheque 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 via online banking to:

Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/Event

Burgess of Guild Lunches

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These will be held at the usual location of the RNUC commencing at 12.14 and finishing at 14.00 prompt. No lunches in July or August. Details of December will follow. Cost of the lunch is £14.00

Wednesday 7th June – Prof Robert Frost – Lithuania/Poland post World War 2

Wednesday 13th September – Opportunity to meet the new Lord Provost at Aberdeen City Council, Town House, location will be Town & County Hall.

Wednesday 4th October – Andy Buchan from Scottish Fire Service, a day in the life of a Station Officer, Disaster Recovery

Wednesday 1 November – Burgess Tom Scotland will speak about Aberdonian surgeon Sir Henry Gray. Gray was probably the best surgeon to serve his country during the Great War, and one hundred years ago this month, he was consulting surgeon to the British Third Army at the Battle of Arras when he revolutionised the management of compound fractures of the femur and reduced the mortality rate from this wound from around 80% to less than 20%.

If you wish to attend any of the lunches please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com.

Payment can be made via cheque 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 via online banking to:

Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname/Lunch

 

Fancy a bit of Gardening?

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On Wednesday 19th April a group of Burgesses and guests enjoyed a most interesting visit to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s’ Hospital as guests of The Archie Foundation.    This was arranged by Joe Mackie who is Chairman of ARCHIE (also one of our Assessors of course) and he introduced the Chief Executive of ARCHIE, David Cunningham, and Paediatric Surgeon Melanie Clark who showed us around and explained with some detail and a few short videos the activities of ARCHIE and importantly the clinical aspects of the hospital.

The ARCHIE story is a fascinating one, it all started in Aberdeen of course and now has presence around Scotland including in Inverness, the Northern Isles and Dundee; and  ARCHIE GLOBAL is very active in Uganda.
There is one area which ARCHIE has been unable to resolve which is control of their leisure areas which require regular grass cutting and a bit of weeding.    I feel that a Burgess or two or even three may be willing to volunteer to assist with these tasks ?   All equipment s provided with a shed, what more could a person want ?     The garden is not large.    Please contact me if you are keen to learn more, to help a successful local charity which is looking after the health of the younger members of our society.
Colin G. Taylor
Lord Dean of Guild
Telephone 07765 232 557
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Archie Foundation Visit

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We still have some places still available for tomorrow night’s visit 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 and friends 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 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

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