Barnaby Young citizen of the year - The latest from the Royal Burgh

Bervie Food Bank at the Leisure Centre with Donna and Leslie
Bervie Food Bank at the Leisure Centre with Donna and Leslie


Services at Arbuuthnott, Bervie, Gourdon and Kinneff Church of Scotland Rev Dennis Rose

Young citizen of the year 2015 Barnaby Simpkin

Young citizen of the year 2015 Barnaby Simpkin

Sunday July 12, 10am at Arbuthnott Church and 11.30am at Bervie Church, King Street, Inverbervie. Services at St David’s Episcopal Anglican Church, Victoria Terrace, Inverbervie with Rev Samantha Ferguson. Saturday July 11, 6.30pm Roman Catholic Mass, Sunday July 12, 9.30am Holy Communion - Anglican / Episcopal.

The Reverand Samantha J Ferguson, M.Theol (HONS) Rector at

Sponsored Walk for Church Funds

On Sunday July 19 at approx 1.30pm which is flexible, we will be taking part in an 8 mile walk through Arbuthnott Estate, walkers can start anywhere along the Route that suits, passing theough Bervie and Arbuthnott. Sponsor forms are available from Church, Church Centre and from John Harris (360399) or George Anderson (320406)

Church Centre Closure

Due to essential maintenance being carried out, the Church Centre will be closed to all from Monday July 6 due to re open on Monday july 27.

SORRY – There will unfortunately be no coffee Mornings or after church teas during this time.

Herd Centre Closure

The Herd Centre will be closed from July 1 to August 1 for essential Maintenance.

Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Blythewood Care Uplift

For many years our Church members and friends have supported the wonderful work of Blythewood Care by Gathering donations of clothes, Bookes etc for their monthly uplift from the Church Centre. We are pleased to continue this work throughout 2015.

The next collection will be n Wednesday July 15, 12 noon from Bervie Church Centre.

Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP)

KDP can help your community or volunteer group, Social Enterprise with Start up, Building Capacity, Funding, Empowering Communities. Wednesday July 15, 10am-12 noon Drop in Session


Auctions on Wednesday July 15, Sale Starts 6.30pm Viewing’s on Tuesday July 14 6.30pm-8pm at and Wednesday July 15 at 10am-12 noon and 2pm-4pm at 14 Market Square Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0RN, 01561 361379. There will be a break in Auction dates and the next Auction is scheduled for Wednesday August 5.

Bervie’s First Responders

We had a Bervie First Responders meeting on Thursday July 2 at the Inverbervie Fire Station and Colville Laird from Sandpiper Trust was there to discuss the First Responders, the reason it is critical for rural communities to meet the ten minute response in delivering crucial CPR and deliver a shock to the heart which could be the difference between surviving cardiac arrest and not.

Colville also discussed the training, which will start in the next couple of months and will consist of 3 training sessions per First Responder which is carried out Quarterly in order to retain the competence.

Sandie Wilson Chairperson of the Bervie First Responders also Confirmed that Capital Medical Services have offered a training establishment in Montrose to assist Inverbervie and Gourdon to achieve their goals.

During the meeting three members of the Inverbervie Fire Service gave a demonstration of CPR and the use of the defibrillator they were John Aitchison, Mark Boydell and Debbie Henderson. This was much appreciated and look forward to the commencement of the training and look forward to the team expanding

Sandy Wilson can be contacted by email at

Bervie Food Bank

The Bervie Food Bank is working together with the South Aberdeenshire Food Bank and The Trussel Trust which has re sited a Yellow Food Donation Collection bin, with the assistance of Aberdeenshire Council, Food Donations can be delivered to the New site at Bervie Leisure Centre during Opening Times

Monday-Wednesday, Friday 10am - 10pm, Thursday 10am – 12noon, 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 6pm.

The Foodbank can provide three days of emergency food supplies, If you find your self in Personal Crisis, illness, separation, homelessness, low wage or other circumstances please contact us now on facebook at Bervie food bank or call 07703154431 for more info.

Business Sponsor’s, Dick Karpinski & Partner, Hornblowers, Alan Milne Roofing and EJB Plumbing.

‘Polar Explorers’ Holiday Club is open to all Children who will be attending Primary School (P1-P7) or S1 in August 2015.

Bervie Sports centre, Kirkburn, Inverbervie on Monday August 10 to Friday August 14, 10am-12.30pm each day a snack of fruit and pancakes and juice or water will be provided.

There will be a Pre School Afternoon on Wednesday August 12 2.30pm-4pm and a BBQ and Open night on thursdau August 13 at the Sports Centre for families znd friends to come and see what the children have been up to all week.

The club is being organised and run by a team of local volunteers under the umbrella of Scripture Union. There is no charge for holiday club however if you can make a small donation there will be opportunities during the week or by just text giving text IBHC00 £_ to 70070 eg (IBHC00 £5)

to book spaces for your children if you have no received a form from school please contact Margaret Benton on

Community Support for Bervie Toddler Group

Bervie Parent and Toddler Group was formed in the 1990’s, registered as a Scottish Registered Charity and a member of the SPPA (Scottish Pre-school play association)

With hundreds of local children through the doors of the Herd Centre over the years and some now parents themselves, The group who is supported by the local Health Visiting team and has always played a supportive role within our community may close its doors this summer due to lack of members.

The Current Committee have been unable to hand over to a new committee, and their children now attend pre-school and can not attend so new members within the area are needed to keep the doors open

Former Secretary from 2001 Laura Milne, who attended with Taylor then again in 2006 with Mackenzie said “many of the friends I made there are still my close friends today”

Committee Member and Toy Convener from 2004 Amanda Speirs says “you could get support and some real hands on advise as well as make good friends! My children’s first experiences of socializing which was really important for their development” she added “ being on the committee also helped me as a mum get out and socialise without my babies, it was great to get out the house and be a ‘person’ again not just a mum albeit we were discussing things for the group, it was not onerous”

Another mum added “Toddlers helped me as a new resident get out and about with my wee one and make new friends lots of which I’m still good friends with! Scary to think that now my daughter is taking her next big step and moving on to academy with some of the friends she made at toddlers! It’s a real shame this important part of the community is closing down”

Caroline Christie was a committee member from 2004 until 2010 and said “when I moved to the area I didn’t know anyone. I met some great pals at toddlers, people I still speak to today 10 years on in some cases. Toddlers has always been a great resource for our wee community. Ex committee members are all keen to show the group support and let everyone know how much it has meant to them and proof it has something to offer the community.

Any parents and carers keen to attend, join the committee and adjust the group to suit your needs please contact Group rep Naomi Duncan on 07969506920

Young Citizen of the Year 2015

As announced at Bervie Gala our Young Citizen of the Year is Barnaby Simpkin, in true Barnaby Style he was up a mountain completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and unable to accept his award.

Barnaby has been nominated for the vast array of community and voluntary work he carries out within our local community and farther afield to Albania and Kenya to take part in missionary work with his church and family.

The Head Prefect boy of Mearns Academy he was chosen to represent his school as a Baton Bearer during the Queens Baton Relay for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Barnaby has a bright future ahead of him and his next adventure is to Glasgow University to study Aeronautical Engineering.

A very well deserved nomination of Bervie’s Young Citizen of the Year and a popular choice.

Barnaby Said “it was a unexpected treat to be greeted home from my expedition with such a wonderful surprise. I am truly honoured to have been even considered for this award and so very grateful to whoever nominated me. Nothing that I do in the local Community I do for any other reason than to help out and have fun but sometimes it can be a little straining when juggling it in among normal school life. So it is a massive boost to be told that I am making a difference to some other people’s lives. I can only hope that my father was able to do a good job of filling in my place when it was presented at the gala.”

Well Done to Barnaby, Your Community is very proud of you and all your achievements.

Vote of Thanks from Ally Bally

I wish to Thank everyone for the lovely cards and well wishes I have received over the last few weeks, I have been very surprised since my community award with everyone’s reaction and very grateful for all the kind words.

I would like to Thank the Royal Burgh of Inverbervie’s Gala Committee for running such an award and to Caroll Evans for the help she offers. I am grateful to receive this lovely award and to everyone involved.