From the files - March 25

From our own archive we bring you what happened in the Mearns in history.

25 Years Ago - March 29, 1991

25 years ago - An application for financial assistance towards a new pavilion at Stonehaven’s Mineralwell Park has been given a sympathetic hearing by members of Grampian Region’s sports sub committee, who agreed that it was worth of further consideration - despite a recommendation by Regional officials that the proposed pavilion could not be considered a ‘priority’ for Regional support.

Observed Peter Cockhead, the Region’s planning chief: “Although the pavilion is a worthwhile project, it is not regarded as being of Regional or national signficance by sports governing bodies. It is not, therefore considered as a priority case for funding.”

A milti-purpose computer is set to give a lift to local youth groups in Newtonhill, thanks to the promise of a donation from the local Common Good Fund.

The “Coffee Shop”, a youth club aimed at 14 to 20 year olds, is aiming to buy a computer which will provide comprensive word processing facilities, poster printer as well as little light relief with exciting games - to the tune of around £1,000. The facility will also be made available to other youth organisations on request

The club is also to receive a grant from Grampian Regional Council, through their Community Education department.

50 Years Ago - March 25, 1966

Kincardinshire farmers were not very happy with the 1966 price review, details of which were announced at the end of the previous week.

Particularly disappointed were the dairymen and the cattle breeders in spite of the opinions officially expressed.

As far as milk is concerned, the farmers union has for long argued the case for an increase in the standard quantities for milk on the grounds that the figures at the time were not a fair reflection of what the home industry should be producing in the national interest. The governments decision to increase the standard quantities by 62.5 million gallons was, they said, a useful advance and is based on the work of the joint study group, set up the previous year, between the government, the milk boards and the unions.

The increase, they said, had been divided between the different board areas in the United Kingdom in proportion to their existing standard quantities.

But a prominent dairy farmer in Kincardinshire took a different view. “I wouldn’t say that the review is very much better than the previous one.”

100 Years Ago - March 23, 1916

In the Johnshaven district news section: Outbreaks of Anthrax - A case of suspected anthrax was discovered last week on the farm of Stone of Benholm, Johnshaven and on inquiry being made by the authorities, it was certified that the disease was anthrax. So far only one animal is affected, a young black polled bullock, and Mr Hutcheon, the farmer in the conjuction with the local authorities had it cremated.

Netherley district news - Accident - A young lad, aged 15 a farm servant with J. King, Millct Monquich, had a rather alarming experience last Thursday morning. He was driving down to the market at Stonehaven and had just reached the foot of the Poll Bare Brae, when his hose took fright at some cattle on the road and bolted. It dashed into the hedge at the side of the road without serious damage to cart or driver.

Further down the road, however, the cart collided with the bank at the roadside and the young lad was thrown out. He was picked up almost immediately and conveyed to the farm house of New Mains, where Dr Rannie found him to be suffering from a wound in the head, while his legs had also been pretty badly bruised.

The horse dashed on until it reached the Market Square, where it was ultimately secured.