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Self Defence Classes

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Burgesses Families

R WATT SCOTTISH SAMURAI COURSE LEVEL 1 Learn effective Simple Self defence At the Chester Hotel 11th December open to Families and friends

Scottish Samurai



Learn effective Simple Self “defence”

Open to Adults children and families

Step by step instruction taken

by Ronnie Watt 9th Dan Hanshi and Squad of Senior Instructors

11st Dec 6.30 for-8.00pm Chester Hotel Queens Road

Level 1 Accreditation Certificates will be issued to all taking part

Course Fee £10

Please book ASP with Gail Watt at the Club – rwattobe@gmail.com

or on the night.

Welcome to New Burgesses Admitted 11th October 2017

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Welcome to new Burgesses admitted on Wednesday 11th October 2017. From top:

Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, University Principal and Vice Chancellor, RGU University. Proposed by John Harper and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild.

Angela Taylor, Active Workforce Development Coordinator, Proposed by Lord Dean of Guild, and Seconded by Lord Provost Barney Crockett.

Wilma Taylor, Social Care professional and Board Member, Proposed by Dr Vijay Jandial, and Seconded by Dr Ronald Strachan

This is Our City – Important Announcement

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Complementing the Burgesses 800th year anniversary dinner in 2014, This is our City’ is an inclusive dinner taking place at the Beach Ballroom on Tuesday 27th February 2018.

The event is a platform to celebrate what is good in Aberdeen. Its focus will be on the people of Aberdeen, what it means to belong to the city and why individuals are proud to live & work here.

To lead this renewed drive to celebrate what is good in Aberdeen, the event will feature a series of talks from individuals and organisation across the city on what the city means to them.

Burgesses and their guests are invited to support this event with the aim of representing the entire community of Aberdeen.

Dress code is lounge suits.  Tables of 10 cost £550 or individual seats can be bought for £55.00.  To book your place at this significant event for our city, contact Garry Stevens by emailing 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/This is our City.

Giacomo & Glover Play

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On Thursday 28th September, 82 Burgesses and guests attended a special showing of a new play written by fellow Burgess Mike Gibb “Giacomo & Glover”. It is a fictional story about a meeting between composer Puccini, and Thomas Blake Glover at Puccini’s villa in Tuscany, two days after the disastrous opening (and closing) of the first production of Madame Butterfly at La Scalla, Milan 1904. All who attended commented on how much they enjoyed the performance.

Thanks to all Burgesses and guests who attended, playwright Mike Gibb, Special Guests Lord and Lady Provost, Lord Lyon King of Arms Dr Joe Morrow and Honorary Italian Consul, Robert Foietta. We would also like to thank Aberdeen City Council for allowing us to use the Town and County Hall for the performance, and the excellent catering provided. We plan a performance of Act 2 (a story in itself) in early 2018. Details will be posted to the website as soon as a date is agreed.

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Mike Gibb, Lord Provost with the Actors
Mike Gibb, Lord and Lady Provost and Lord Dean of Guild
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Lord Dean of Guild welcomes Burgesses and guests to the performance

Friendship Trophy Golf Match

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Played in very difficult conditions at Deeside Golf Club on Tuesday 26th September, a team of 6 Burgesses and Clerk retained the Friendship Trophy with a narrow victory over the Incorporated Trades. Mike Wilson was top scorer on the day with an impressive 37 points.

We look forward to the event next year.

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Burgess Golf Competition

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A hardy bunch of 7 Burgesses and the Clerk took part in the Annual Burgess Golf Competition at Hazelhead Pines course on Wednesday 20th September. Conditions were very wet underfoot, and it rained for a vast majority of the round so much so that play was abandoned on the 16th green.

The winner of the Quaich for a third time was Paul O’Connor, who tied with Clerk Garry Stevens with 32 stableford points, but on virtue of scoring one point more than Garry on the inward 7 holes was declared winner (not that Garry….the writer of this article, is bitter or anything!! -well done Paul)

Congratulation to Paul on his win, and there followed an excellent meal at the Park Café.

Next week sees the Burgesses take on the Incorporated Trades at Deeside Golf Club on Tuesday 26th September for the Friendship Trophy for which we are holders and hope to retain!

Golf Winner 2017

Lord Dean presents the Quaich to winner Paul O’Connor



Announcement from Lord Dean of Guild

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Last Wednesday, in the Town & County Hall in the Aberdeen Town House a company of 53 Burgesses and their Guests enjoyed an excellent presentation by Lord Provost Barney Crocket, he left us in no doubt of his ability to represent our city worldwide as he demonstrated his love of his native Aberdeen and his confidence and vision for the future. He shared many interesting facts about our true status in the UK and beyond, he threw in comparisons with other cities and countries, it was very encouraging hearing.

Preceding the Lord Provost I informed the company that the Burgesses are to lead an initiative titled ‘This is our city’. The platform event which will kick-start the activity is to be a dinner held on 27th February 2018.

This is an idea I have had for some time, many Burgesses will have heard me use the term “This is our city” on a number of occasions, the thrust of the matter is that following the adoption of our motto, ‘For Aberdeen’, this is natural progression and whilst our city has gone through a tough few years and has had many ‘knocks’ (mostly from elsewhere) we love our city, we know it, we enjoy it, we live here, work here, invite friends and associates to join us here, ‘this is our city’ and it always will be, and, quoting something which the Lord Provost said in his speech, “let’s have less north-east reticence”. You will hear more about this in the next couple of months, however I make it clear now that we are not moving into the area of politics, the intention is that this will be an initiative involving everyone and everything in our community, ‘this is our city’ and we want to celebrate this and to “come together to be together” for a prosperous future. Both the Lord Provost and Mrs Angela Scott the Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council are fully supportive and I hope and expect that Burgesses will embrace this also.

The initiative will be lead by one of our Assessors, Sylvia Halkerston, and Burgesses are openly invited to make contact either to volunteer to work with Sylvia or to pass on their thoughts and suggestions. Please make your contact through Garry Stevens at clerk@abereenburgesses.com

The following photograph of the assembled company is the Copyright of Aberdeen City Council and we credit Norman Adams-Aberdeen City Council for the reproduction.

LP Lunch Gathering

Golf Competitions

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At the recent Guildry of Scotland Golf Competition held at Forfar Golf Club, Aberdeen Burgess Gordon Grey was runner up by one point to the winning Burgess from Brechin Guildry, who will host the event again next year. The competition was played in lovely warm sunny conditions, and Forfar Golf Club were excellent hosts.

We still have places for the undernoted golf competitions, and support from golf playing Burgesses would be appreciated as numbers at present for both events are pretty low:

Aberdeen Burgess of Guild Competition – Wednesday 20th September, Hazelhead – cost £38 non A2L (Access to Leisure) card £28 A2L card

Friendship Trophy match v Incorporated Trades – Tuesday 26th September – Deeside GC. Cost TBC

If any Burgesses wish to play please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Payment can be made by sending a cheque made payable 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


Online to:

Sort Code 826011

Account No 50325609

Ref: Surname/Golf

Visit to New Rowett Research Institute

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Our recent visit to the Rowett Research Institute was very interesting, it was an evening enjoyed by 33 Burgesses and guests. We were welcomed to the ‘new Rowett’ on the Foresterhill Campus by the Director, Professor Peter Morgan, and Dr. Sue Bird, this is a custom-built facility like no other I had seen. Following a pleasant coffee or tea with a biscuit or two, the evening started when Peter talked to us about the history of the Rowett since 1913 and brought us up to date with what’s going on now in the UK’s only food nutrition research facility before we were given a tour around the building. It was fascinating stuff, truly impressive. Aberdeen residents can be proud that this facility and the research carried out therein are world class. The evening closed with the usual presentation of our ‘Burgesses were here’ certificate to Peter Morgan.

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Welcome to New Burgesses admitted Wednesday 23rd August 2017

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From Top New Burgesses admitted were:

George Adam, Ex Lord Provost/Councillor,  Aberdeen City Council, Proposed by Lord Den of Guild and Seconded by Beverley Graham.

Richard Brooks, Community Leader, Proposed by Cllr Tauqeer Malik and Seconded by Cllr Yvonne Allan.

Lindsey Esson, Cartographer, Proposed by George Esson, and Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild.

Stanley Jack, Retired University Sacrist/Police Superintendent, Proposed by Rev Prof Iain Torrance and Seconded by Sir Ian Diamond.

Raymond Mack, Retired Police Officer, Proposed by Alistair Ritchie, Seconded by Michael Kennedy.

Gordon Mills, Retired Mechanical Engineer, Proposed by Joe Mackie, and Seconded by Doug Duthie.

Donald Shaw, Retired Business Development Manager, Proposed by Ken Watmough and Seconded by Sandy Law.

Yvonne Thomson, Secretary, Proposed by Beverley Graham and Seconded by Margaret Farquhar.

Linda Walker, Retired Dental Nurse, Proposed by Alastair Walker and Seconded by John Gauld.

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