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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

Burgess of Guild Lunch with the Cyrenians

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A group of 20 Burgesses and guests enjoyed a two course lunch and coffee at the home of Aberdeen Cyrenians at 62 Summer Street on Wednesday 4th May.  We were welcomed by Deputy Chief Executive Scott Baxter who was supported by colleagues Mimi and Nicky – we thank all three – and after lunch Scott gave a very interesting and comprehensive talk on the
history, purpose and activities of the Aberdeen Cyrenians.   We were impressed!

This is a LOCAL charity, truly ‘for Aberdeen’, it was appropriate therefore that the Burgesses visited to listen and learn.  The Lord Dean was keen that there should be a good attendance on this occasion and was not disappointed, and on behalf of the Burgesses he was pleased to
present Scott with a cheque for £300.

Aberdeen Cyrenians have an ambitious and varied programme of fund raising events, including the following.   Perhaps there are Burgesses who will be keen to participate or support ?

15th of May – Baker Hughes 10K – Aberdeen – The biggest running event in Aberdeen, needing both runners and volunteers.

24th of June – Charity Golf Challenge – Inverurie Golf Course. Joint fundraiser with Inspire. Golfers and Sponsors required for this Texas Scramble

7th of October – Sleepout 2016  – Asda Cark Park, Bridge of Dee, Aberdeen – Our flagship fund and awareness raiser, teams of 4 and also volunteers required

For more details of these confirmed events please contact Nicky MacBeath Fundraising Officer,
nicky.macbeath@aberdeen-cyrenians.org 01224 625732

Welcome to New Burgesses admitted on 2 March 2016

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Left to Right: Michael Head – Librarian (Retired), Alex Innes – Actor and Sheila Riddell – Architect

Message from Lord Dean – Inchgarth Community Centre

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Burgesses, both as a group and also as individuals, have been supporters of the Inchgarth Community Centre for some years and we have visited the Centre on occasion.      The ICC is a leading light in community activities in the city with a weekly programme offering many hundreds of things to do, watch or listen.    Frankly, there are too many headings to list in this post and Burgesses are strongly recommended to visit www.inchgarth.org to learn more.

The Centre is managed by Burgess Paul O’Connor MBE with invaluable support from fellow Burgesses Scott Beattie and Andrew Murray; and another fellow Burgess, Peggy Finnie is a leading volunteer.

We are planning to arrange a future event there, thus those who have never had an opportunity to visit and hear about the many activities and successes can then do so, and those who maintain an interest can return to enhance their experience and knowledge.

Colin G. Taylor

Lord Dean of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen

Welcome to New Burgesses Admitted 16 December 2015

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Left to Right: Andrew McCreath, Executive Director IT and Communications RGU, Mark McCue, Wealth Manager, Grahame Paterson, Chief Executive, Transition Extreme, Dr Lesley Weir, Retired Medical Practitioner.

Burgess Xmas Quiz

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The Annual Burgess Xmas Quiz took place on Monday 7th December at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. A total of 43 Burgesses making up 11 teams took part. As in previous quizzes, the quizmaster was Past Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno, who set some challenging questions and picture rounds.

In the absence of the Lord Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor who was unable to attend following a knee operation, Assessor Sylvia Halkerston thanked all those for attending, Fred for compiling the quiz questions and the Cricket Club staff for their excellent hospitality.

With a score of 66 out of a possible 120 points the team comprising Alistair Blues, Gordon Edwards, Stuart Robison, and Andrew Lawtie were the winners.

All those in attendance agreed that this was a very enjoyable social event and look forward to the next quiz in 2016.

The list of events and lunches for the first 6 months of next year is being finalised and the Lord Dean of Guild will post details to the website in the very near future.

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