Round the clubs

Stonehaven Rotarians and partners at the Halloween dinner and dance at the Rotary District Conference at Aviemore last weekend.
Stonehaven Rotarians and partners at the Halloween dinner and dance at the Rotary District Conference at Aviemore last weekend.

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Laurencekirk Bridge Club

Week 4 - North/South - 1st Magaret Cargill/Lesley Fotheringham 2nd Amy Ruxton/Cathy Aitken.

East/West 1st Margaret McLauchlan/Shiela Cooper 2nd Edith Argo/Anita Waters.

Week 5 - North/South - 1st Edith Argo/Anita Waters 2nd John & Jean Clark.

East West - 1st Keddie & Isobel Law 2nd Alan & Mary Cunningham.

Stonehaven bridge club

Results of the fourth round of this year’s competition: North/ South - 1. Mrs P Watt & Mrs G Junnier (-310pts),

2. Mrs P Walton & Mr G Shanks (-480), 3. Mr S Annand & Mrs P Kemp (-1750).


1. Mrs C Medlock & Mrs C Harrison (+2200pts), 2. Mrs A Murray & Mrs H Samson (+2070), 3. Mrs D Gray & Mr J Payne (+1650).

Inverbervie probus club

Inness Duffus, Archivist of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee was the guest speaker at Inverbervie Probus Club, and what an interesting historical tale he had to tell.

Since the 16th Century at least nine trades advanced the interests of trade in the City of Dundee. In addition, there have been the Three United Trades involved in the Building industry.

The Nine Trades, in order of precedence, are:- Baxters or Bakers, Cordiners or Shoemakers, Skinners or Glovers, Tailors, Bonnetmakers, Fleshers, Hammermen, Braebeners or Weavers and Listers or Dyers.

Down the years the Trades always maintained a very strong connection with the church.

For much of the 18th Century the three parish churches in Dundee were cared for by the town council and a kirk session.

In the 1770s it was decided that Dundee needed another church, but the town council would not fund the building. The Twelve Trades therefore agreed to pay for two thirds of the sum required, and St Andrews Church, ‘The Trades Kirk’, was built.

In 1775 the Trades, led by their Deacon Convener, marched in procession from their meeting place in the Howff to the opening of their church.

Stained glass windows representing the Nine Incorporated Trades and the Three United Trades can still be seen on either side of the pulpit. These are certainly worthy of a visit.

A ‘Kirkin’ ceremony is held each year, on the Sunday nearest St Andrews’ Day when a dedication service is preached by the minister of St Andrews Church, who is Chaplain to the Trades.

The Incorporated Trades were once a source of power and authority however, in 1846, by Act of Parliament, all trade privileges were abolished and the authority of the Trades was slowly eroded, including removing their rights to sit on the Council.

Constant money worries led to very real concern for the poor and needy, the ageing craftsmen, their widows and orphans.

Their well-being was of paramount concern and the Deacon had authority to give immediate relief and recover the money later.

Bearing in mind that there was little or no opportunity for a craftsman to save during his working life, this was the only lifeline to those who fell on hard times. Some things hardly change.

This part of the Trade’s work continues to this day, although there are fewer opportunities to show this benevolent side without infringing some of the social benefits to which these people are entitled.

Today the Trades are reduced to acting as a pressure group and doing charitable works, mostly connected with education.

They give £80,000 each year to local charities and also support the Mary Slessor Craft Centre for apprentices in Calabar, Nigeria.

In spite of this the Trades continues to expand its interests into new technology and is sure to continue to play an important part in the life of Dundee.

On behalf of members, Past President John Gove proposed the vote of thanks.

Stonehaven rotary club

The speaker at last week’s meeting was Rotarian Mike Robins whose talk was intriguingly entitled “On the ball city”.

Mike explained that he was going to talk about Norwich City FC, as this was the first football team he had supported as he lived in Norwich and although he had moved around the UK al lot in his working life and was settled in Stonehaven, he still followed their fortunes with enthusiasm!

The club was formed in 1902 and turned professional in 1905 playing at Newmarket Road until moving to their permanent home called the Nest in 1908.He explained why Norwich city FC are known as the canaries and why the club colours were green and yellow.

There are various theories, the most likely being that John Bowman who was their manager in 1908 bred canaries and referred to the players as ”my little canaries”..and the name stuck.

Mike told club members that the fans’ song “On the Ball, City” is regarded as being the oldest football song in the world, which is still in use. He even sang a few bars! He spoke of his early years as a supporter when he was employed to sell sweets inside the ground, enabling him to see the games.

In those days there were no seats. All the fans stood on the terraces and as he went round the terraces selling the confectionery, he was often asked to move out of the way to let the fans see what was happening on the pitch!

From those early days, he described the ups and down in the club’s history up to the present day under their new manager Alex Neill who joined the club in January 2015 and under whose management the club is enjoying a run of success. Rotarian Peter Newell gave the vote of thanks.

President Frank Budd congratulated Mike Robins who is a past Assistant Governor for the District and who is embarking on a new challenge.

He is in line to take up the post of District Governor in 2017/18.

In 2015/16 he will be District governor nominee, in 2016/17 he will be District Governor elect and will take up the post of District Governor in 2017/18.

This lead in time gives him opportunity to fully absorb all that is involved in this post which cover the whole of District 1010 which geographically, stretches from the Northern shores of the Firth of Forth, to the Shetland Isles in the North, and the Hebrides in the West and in which there are 88 Rotary Clubs with around 3000 Rotarian members.

The District Governor tries to visit each of the 88 clubs during his or her year of mean feat given the number and distances involved. Stonehaven Rotary Club is delighted at Mike’s appointment.

Last weekend, 16 members of Stonehaven Rotary and their partners are travelled to Aviemore for the annual District Conference.

On the Saturday and Sunday there were presentations from a range of speakers about a number of charitable causes.

There were impressive presentations by some young representatives of Rotakids (for pupils aged 12 and under), Interact (for pupils aged 12-18) and Rotaract (for young adults aged 18-30) and an entertaining and informative report on RYLA camp by a teenager who had attended this year’s boys’ camp in July.

There were presentation on Technology for the Future, Scottish Natural Heritage, Marine Conservation, Men’s sheds, Horseback UK and Playlist for Life, all of which presented ideas for clubs to become involved in projects to support these.

On the Saturday evening there was a civic reception by Highland Council, followed by a Dinner and Hallowe’en Dance.

All the Rotarians who attended the conference, including the large group from Stonehaven Rotary Club, needed no encouragement to respond with imagination and creativity to the invitation to come appropriately dressed given that it was Hallowe’en!