District news - Around the rurals and clubs

Send your club or rural report to news@mearnsleader.com

Stonehaven Town Partnership Monthly News – June 2015

STP have recently disbursed money to the following groups and events for 2015: Friends of the Pool, Mearns FM, Furniture lodge, Talking Newspapers and Party in the Park.

The Land Train has a name. David Tucker from Carronhill School suggested the name “The Stoney Express” which was chosen by the trustees from over 100 entries from local Primary School children.

The Stoney Express now has received rain covers to keep the passengers dry on the days when the weather is not so good on their journey up to Dunnottar Castle and around the town and these will be fitted very soon. Information about running times and fares can be found on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stonehavenlandtrain and the STP website www.stpweb.org.

STP Trustee David Fleming has been working very hard to see what can be done to use the closed Sherriff Court building for the benefit of the community.

A walk about has taken place to see which areas in the Town Centre could benefit from gutter clearing, windows being painted, removal of grass on roofs, cleaning chewing gum from pavements and additional planters and seating in Market Square. The groups involved in this are Aberdeenshire Council, the Horizon Group, Stonehaven Business Association, Stonehaven and District Community Council and STP. The group is now prioritising the work and information will be sent out shortly to business owners and homeowners.

Construction has started for the All Weather Facility at Mineralwell Park and if all goes according to plan will be completed by the end of July.

PJ Consulting have sent the first draft of their Harbour Development Feasibility Study report to the Steering Group who are made up of Aberdeenshire Council representatives and STP trustees. It is hoped that recommendations from this report will be available soon.

A number of Cruise Ship Companies have been approached to see if they would be interested in making a stop at Stonehaven. This project is at a very early stage.

Further information can be found on our website www.stpweb.org. If you have any queries or would like to help with any of the projects please e mail: projects@stpweb.org

Royal British Legion Scotland Stonehaven Branch

Quite recently Elma Scott, a member of the Stonehaven Branch and also of the womens section, handed a diary into the Legion in hope it might be of some interest to members. The diary was of a journey made by her father Mr John Smith at the beginning of the First World War. The diary was written on board the ship HMS Glasgow. The date starts from Jan 18 1916 to Feb 25 1918. This is a fascinating record of events during that journey. Mr Smith has detailed ports where they had coaled up, bearing in mind it was a steam ship. Not only is it a historical account of the journey it is an excellent geography lesson.

The ports and the amount of miles between the ports and accounts of the people that lived their make a very interesting reading. Mr Smith made it home after the war he trained as a locomotive driver spending the years of the Second World War in India. Mr Smith died in May 1959 when the diary came into Elma’s possession. The diary will be handed to the Stonehaven Museum where it can be seen and read by the public.

Dates for the diary- Sat June 13 Karaoke and dancing with Elaine 8.30pm till 12. Sat June 20 dancing with Bob Wilson and his music. Sat July 4 Music and Dance with Mike McEwen. All in the upstairs loung and admission free.

Women’s Section - A successful day at the plain stones brought in £181 from the sales table. All newcomers welcome on Thursday nights starting again on September 3 at 8pm with a committee meeting. All monies go to ex service charities.

Dellavaird WRI

Dellavaird members enjoyed an evening outing to Arbuthnott House and Gardens where we all enjoyed a guided tour of the recently refurbished house by the Arbuthnott family and a lovely walk around the gardens. We then enjoyed a lovely tea of scones and cakes at the Grassic Gibbon Centre along the road. Isabella Williamson judged the monthly competition which was a limerick on a rural outing: 1. was Lindsay Wade, 2. was Aileen Ross. Elsie Airth was first with her Peony Rose for flower of the month. Alison Meston proposed the vote of thanks for a lovely evening.

Laurencekirk Rotary

This is Bike Week in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.(June 15-21). Staff from Cycle Scotland will join Donald Kent of Nestrans at Laurencekirk Rotary’s Charity event this Sunday, at Laurencekirk Healthcare Centre to promote greener and healthier travel.

The travelling exhibition will be at the Healthcare Car Park this Sunday from 10am so take advantage of this opportunity to find out about the latest ideas on two wheels.

The three charity bike rides start at 9am with a 25 mile return circuit to Montrose followed at 2pm by the 12 mile family run around the Howe Circuit and the children’s circuit around Denlethen Wood. All are in aid of Prostate Scotland. Further information on Bike Week is available from Donald Kent at NESTRANS.

Stonehaven Rotary Club

Last Wednesday, members were at SRUC Craibstone to help around 600 children with additional support needs and their teachers from 33 primary schools throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who had been transported there for Rotary KidsOut Aberdeen. The members of Stonehaven Rotary club who were there had been allocated to various duties- some had travelled with the children and their teachers and helped the get round the activities during the day. Others helped escort youngsters round the track when they were riding horses overseen by helpers from Riding for the Disabled, some were supervising at the bouncy castles and others at the face painting and the football. An afternoon disco completed the entertainment before the children boarded their buses and taxis for their trip back to school. This annual event was a great experience for all the children and all the Rotarians thoroughly enjoyed their day out too!

On Sunday June 21 Stonehaven Rotary club has organised cycling events to support the Rotary District initiative to raise funds for Prostrate Scotland. Some members will do a 34 mile cycle from Station Hotel to Laurencekirk Medical Centre and back; some will do a 25 mile cycle from Station Hotel to Auchenblae, Drumlithie and Carmont station and back. These two groups will leave Stonehaven at 9.30am and the expected time is a maximum of four hours. There will be also a Static cycle in Station Hotel function hall which is open to anyone who would like to come along and cycle for a short time in return for a financial donation to the appeal. Contact Jim Glennie on 766354 if you are interested in taking part in any of these cycling events.