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Free magazine Issue 147 Dec ‘19-Jan ‘20

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2020

Bieldside, Cults, Pitfodels, Ashley, Broomhill, Holburn

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Last mag of 2019... Here we go into the busiest few weeks of the year. A lot of rushing about, parties, dining out and meeting up with family and friends. I would like to thank the family of the late Eric Auld for kindly allowing the magazine to use one of Eric’s Christmas paintings on the cover [part of picture shown only] - it is much appreciated and doesn’t it look great? I have managed to secure some new advertisers for you and our gift guide is looking great in the centre pages - shopping locally can pay off. This month you can get a massage, buy a new front door, fancy garage door, get your ironing done whilst having the house cleaned. Buy some vouchers for guitar lessons, beauty therapy session, or a family membership to Kippie! Out of space again, so go grab that cuppa and enjoy this Dec/Jan issue. Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020.

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The charity Smile Scotland, founded in Aberdeen in 2014, exists to empower people in Scotland with skills, knowledge, confidence and experience. Our aim, to help overcome the barriers individuals face when trying to gain employment or sustain employment. We work to help individuals overcome elements of discrimination that include mental ill health, physical ill health and disability, criminal background and homelessness. We are based at 122 Broomhill Road, Aberdeen. It is a charity shop, but quite different from most others. Individuals have the opportunity to learn a range of skills including furniture restoration & preparation for sale, working with the public under supervision and working within the team who undertake house clearances. These skills give individuals a better chance of gaining and sustaining employment when they leave Smile Scotland. Twice a year we open our doors to the local community to say thank you for all they have done for us. Our Christmas Open Evening is on the 12th of December 6.30pm- 9pm, prosecco, mulled wine and nibbles will be served. All are welcome, we are dog friendly so pleased to see our 4-legged friends too. This year Smile Scotland opened an Auction House in Oyne. This broadens the experiences we are able to offer. At present we have an auction on the first Saturday of every month, next one is on Saturday December 7th starting at 10am, doors open at 9am. Viewing is Thursday 5th & Friday 6th, 3-7pm both days. To put items into the auction please contact Clive Hampshire on 07956 043143. To donate items to the shop, send a photograph to Clive or drop into the shop to discuss, we are open 7 days a week.

Breathing, is it really THAT simple? “Breathing is good, keep doing it” is a phrase I regularly use in class. To which I often receive a retort of ‘Its better than the alternative’. There is a focus on breath in many exercise classes whether it’s the Pilates class I run in Mannofield to move with your breath, or in a cardiac class, like the one I run at The Hub, Cults, to measure your heart rate with the rate of your breath. Breathing becomes an indicator of the fitness of your body. If you’re out of breath your body is challenged. Moving your body in time to your breath is less challenging on your heart, but there are still oxygen demands on the body’s muscles. It’s your breath which allows the oxygen to get to the working muscles to make them work in class. With dysfunctional breathing causing reduced oxygen you’ll feel like you have no energy. We rarely think of our breath as an indicator to wellness. Breathing is a stabilising mechanism within the body. The pelvis is the centre of the body and the pelvic floor and diaphragm move in harmony. As you breathe in so the pelvic floor and diaphragm bow downwards. Just as when you breathe out the pelvic floor and diaphragm bow upwards. A good breathing technique restores good function within the whole body and in particular good pelvic health. For example, when you make a noise when you get out of a seat! Who does that, why do you do that? When did it start? Though there can be many factors to preventing a good breathing pattern, such as stress, environment, pregnancy, surgery, posture, illness to name a few. Adopting a good breathing technique may help many of these factors. After all, if the muscles are not getting the oxygen, it becomes difficult to do anything. It is a bit like making a noise when getting out of a seat. It is done because you are holding your breath to move. The diaphragm is being used as a stabilising muscle. So the breath is held as the standing movement occurs which may cause other issues. When you need to breath, that’s when the noise occurs, the diaphragm will stop being a stabilising muscle which causes balance to become an issue, or dizziness occurs on standing. Exhaling as you stand is a good breath pattern get into, 6

at any age, and then you can use the muscles at the back of the hips, gluteus max, to get out of the seat. As this becomes a habit so we are less likely to lose it as we get older. After all the gluteus max is the biggest muscle in the body so we may as well us it to do the function it’s there to do, stand up. The diaphragm and core muscle are then engaged and working to stabilise the body in order to stand up. The diaphragm sits at the top of the core and if we can centre the breath we create freedom for the breath. Neck or back pain may come from lack of strength in the diaphragm. Sit for 2 minutes a day breathing in through the nose, with mouth closed, for 5 seconds and breathing out through the nose, with mouth closed, for 5 seconds. This will slow the breath to calm the heart rate and help you to use the breath and core muscles to stabilise on movement instead of holding your berate. Alternatively join me in a new Back Care Pilates class at the Squash Club on Wednesday morning from 10:0010:55am starting in 8th January 2020. I will be covering the breathing techniques in this brand new class.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to Deal With Symptoms When the nights get longer and the temperature drops, lots of us experience a decline in mood. For some people, the winter months lead to a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This can be highly debilitating and goes far beyond the “winter blues”.

Hypnotherapy can help to reframe how you feel about the winter months. This can be important as the mind often reverts back to what seems familiar, and with SAD, this can mean repeating the pattern of symptoms when winter rolls around again. Hypnotherapy can break this pattern and react differently to the onset of winter. Alongside other forms of treatment, hypnotherapy can improve SAD symptoms.

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Here’s all you need to know about hybrids. With all the talk of electrification of cars and everyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint, hybrid models have become more and more popular with buyers. If you’re interested but are not sure what they are and what different types are available, we’ve got you covered. What is a hybrid? As the name suggests, it’s a hybrid of an electric vehicle and an internal combustion engine (usually powered by petrol or diesel). It will have a battery-powered electric motor that will work in conjunction with the combustion engine to power the wheels. Generally, the idea is that the electric motor takes care of the driving at low speeds or while accelerating, because that’s when a combustion engine is at its most inefficient. Then, once up to speed, when the engine can run at low effort to keep things ticking along, it takes over. The result is better fuel economy – always a good thing!

Types of hybrid Mild hybrid (MHEV) The mild hybrid takes the hybrid principles but utilises them in the mildest of ways. They typically have a small battery and an electric motor that can take over running


the car’s ancillaries, such as the headlights and air conditioning. This means the engine can be turned off to save fuel at times when it is not needed, such as when decelerating or when stopped. The important distinction is that the wheels cannot be powered by the electric motor. While it tends to mean the engine isn’t being used at times when it’s not being particularly inefficient anyway, the economy gains are fairly small. However, as it’s the batteries that tend to add cost to hybrids, mild hybrids tend to be less expensive to buy than other models. Hybrid When you hear a car referred to as simply a ‘hybrid’ alone, it tends to mean that it has the capability to run on pure electric but the batteries can only be recharged through regenerative braking. This is when motors in the wheels ‘harvest’ energy that would normally be lost when decelerating and braking and uses it to replenish the battery charge. This is where the term ‘self-charging hybrid’ comes from – you never charge the vehicle from an external source, it recharges itself through regeneration. On the positive side, hybrids are much more economical than a mild hybrid, because you can drive on electric only, providing there’s enough charge, and they tend to be less expensive than plug-in models. However, because they rely on deceleration to charge, if you

do a lot of motorway miles at a consistent speed you could find the battery is dead once you get to a town where you could use EV mode. Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Plug-in hybrids are the ultimate form of hybrid models, because they can plug into an external source of electricity to charge the batteries. This means you can top the batteries up to full charge overnight and thus maximise the electric-only range. If your daily commute is quite short you might rarely need petrol power, saving you lots of money in the long run. The downside is that the charging technology tends to make PHEVs pricier than other hybrids, and if you have no means to charge the battery yourself, you might as well save that initial cash and go for a normal hybrid.

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coasting, pushing this kinetic energy into the batteries. So really, a ‘self-charging’ hybrid is just a hybrid car that can’t be plugged into the mains. Would a hybrid benefit me? This really depends on your daily journeys. Those who do shorter trips day-to-day are definitely candidates for the swap to a hybrid, as the vehicle can run on all-electric power alone, meaning that emissions are practically zero and overall consumption of fuel will be as low as possible. In contrast, if you’re travelling further afield more regularly while at higher speeds, then a conventionally powered car may still be better. Hybrids struggle to run on electric power at motorway speeds and for long distances, after which

the smaller combustion engine is left to deal with propulsion all by itself, resulting in higher emissions and poor fuel economy. Are hybrid cars reliable? Despite a complex powertrain and the multitude of new technologies incorporated into a hybrid’s setup, they are as reliable as a conventional car. In fact, many older hybrids have achieved high mileages with little to no fuss, and because of the stronger regeneration you get from a hybrid there’s less stress on the brakes too. Do you get a plug-in grant? Sadly, no – in March 2019 the government announced that it was axing the plug-in grant for hybrid vehicles following a surge in their popularity. Only

all-electric vehicles now qualify for the grant. Are they eligible for exclusion from low emissions zones? Some hybrids are eligible for an exclusion from London’s low-emissions zone charge, but the rules are far more stringent than previously. Now, only hybrid cars which emit less than 75g/km CO2 and have a minimum zero-emissions (or all-electric) range of 20 miles will be completely exempt from the charge. As a result, older vehicles may not get the discount. Plus, in 2021, London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone is set to extend to the north and south circular, and no hybrids will get an exemption from the charge.

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se high-rise gardening to give extra space, with hanging baskets, wall troughs and window boxes as homes for vegetables, herbs and even fruit. So, what does it take to succeed? Larger containers allow for more room for your crops’ roots and easier maintenance, as they will run out of moisture and fertiliser less frequently. Use suitable supporting brackets and screws for hanging baskets, window boxes and wall troughs, as they must support the weight of fully grown plants laden with crops, which will be heavier after watering. Check walls, balconies and windows sills will not be overloaded and consider using lighter-weight loam-free or peat-free composts with lightweight containers made of bamboo, plastics or fibre glass. You’ll need to use good quality compost and feed crops in high-rise planters


regularly and, as they’re more susceptible to drying out, regular watering is essential. The dwarf runner bean ‘Hestia’ is perfect for containers and can be sown directly into the compost in April, or raised in small pots or trays and then planted out into the highrise planter. Dwarf French varieties such as ‘Duel’ or the purple-podded ‘Purple Tee Pee’ do well in a good sized window box Wall baskets, troughs and hanging baskets can play host to strawberries, which trail naturally over container edges. Plants can be bought from garden centres or by mail order at this time of year. There’s a huge selection of lettuce and other salad leaves available in a wide range of colours and leaf shapes. Fastgerminating and fast-growing, you can either buy small plants or sow the seed directly into the compost.

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Creeping or trailing forms of herbs are a must for a basket, trough or window box, and thyme in particular is ideal for a container in a sunny spot. As it’s hardy it can be planted out at any time of year. Parsley, sage, tarragon, chives and basil all look good in wall baskets or window boxes and thrive in a sunny spot. Most oriental vegetables, such as the pak choi varieties ‘Red Choi’ and Mizuna (including the purple-veined ‘Mizuna Purple’) do well in a sheltered window box or wall trough. The two look stunning combined together, with the Mizuna positioned to ‘flop’ attractively over container edges. For a red and spicy theme use ‘Mustard Red Giant’. There are several varieties of tomatoes well-suited to containers such as hanging baskets, including the classic ‘Tumbling

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CHILLI AND LEMON SEAFOOD SPAGHETTI On the table in less than 30 minutes, this is a a great speedy supper to serve any day of the week. Serve with slices of toasted ciabatta and a rocket salad. Serves: 4 Ready in: 20 mins Ingredient List 400g spaghetti 2 tbsp virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed Small pinch of dried crushed chillies 2 whole dried chillis, halved lengthways Zest and juice of 1 large lemon 100ml dry white wine 150g raw king prawns 150g squid rings, thawed if frozen Handful fresh mussels, cleaned (see TIP) 2 tbsp fresh finely chopped coriander, plus extra sprigs to garnish Salt and freshly ground pepper Handful fresh basil leaves, to garnish


Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until just tender. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and stir for 2–3 minutes until soft, but not brown. Add the chilli flakes and whole chillies and cook for 1 minute then stir in the lemon zest and juice and wine. Bring to the boil and let the liquid bubble for 1 minute. Add the prawns, squid and mussels to the pan and cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the prawns are pink and the mussels have opened (discard any that remain closed). Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the chopped coriander. Toss well to coat the pasta in the pan juices. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in warmed pasta bowls garnished with the coriander sprigs and basil leaves. TIP : Scrub the fresh mussels clean and pull away the straggly ‘beards’. Discard any that don’t shut tightly when firmly tapped.

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Our eccentric inventors: are they having the last laugh? By Kate McLelland They might have been created the best part of a century ago, but William Heath Robinson’s delightfully wacky cartoons have a special resonance for us today, in our technologyobsessed age. Born in 1872, the famous British illustrator became a household name with his tongue-in-cheek drawings of imaginary, labour-saving contraptions assembled from old bicycle wheels, bits of wood, lengths of piping and lots and lots of string. Heath Robinson used gentle humour to celebrate the kind of well-intentioned amateur inventor who spends hours tinkering with various odds and ends, dreaming of commercial success. Times may have changed, but thankfully we still have inventors who are happy to keep plodding away in the hope of a big breakthrough – even if some of their ideas are almost as wacky as those in Heath Robinson’s drawings. John Ward and the window cleaners’ friend Eccentric inventor John Ward is known for inventions such as the musical frying pan, the revolving teaspoon and the portable bra warmer. Starting


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Remove the pan from the heat and cover the surface closely with greasproof paper to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool completely. Meanwhile roll the pastry out on a lightly dusted surface to a 3mm thickness. Stamp out eight 12cm rounds of pastry and use to line eight 8cm fluted tartlet tins. Prick the bases with a fork and chill in the fridge whilst the custard is cooling. Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, gas mark 6. Divde the cooled custard mixture between the pastry cases and scatter over the blueberries. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold.

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Easy Tips to Improve Your Driving - 1 As we progress in our driving lives, gaining experience whilst doing so, we also pick up some bad habits. The following tips will help improve your driving which will act as a basis to take your driving skill further by being safer and even saving you money through car care and insurance. Don’t ‘Drive’ the Car – Control It By this I mean forcing the vehicle to do

something against its ‘will’. Get to know your car’s inertia, i.e. how quickly it slows down when you lift your right foot. How much do you need to turn the wheel to go around a corner? When’s the point at which the engine starts to labour or over-rev because it’s in the wrong gear? Learning how your car handles means you can set it up well in advance to go smoothly around a bend, for example. Posture Trying to control a car with a one hand holding the wheel at an 11 o’clock position is not only dangerous, it’s bad for your posture too. I see drivers doing ‘gymnastics’ as they negotiate a roundabout, swinging in the seat as they almost wrestle with the wheel. It all leads to untidy car control and leaves us tired after a journey. To improve this, hold the steering wheel with both hands at ‘10 to 2’ and feed it through your hands. Changing gear or a control will still mean you have one hand on the wheel.

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Domesticated cats fascinate and perplex us. Unlike dogs, whose devotion can be bought with a dog lead and biscuits, cats are a law unto themselves…several in fact: • A cat will remain at rest, regardless of weather, time of day, or efforts to engage it, unless some inexplicable feline force takes hold. • A cat in motion may accelerate or decelerate without external cause and run in random

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directions like a dervish. If you antagonise a cat there will be a reaction. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it’s coming. Cats naturally expend as little as energy as possible, so why don’t you play with the toy and they’ll watch. A cat’s natural thermodynamic state is to be ‘toasty’. It will attempt ‘optimal toastification’ by seeking out sunlight, radiators, beds, paperwork, board-game boxes or piles of clothing. A cat must shed hair at these sites, but it’s willing to make that sacrifice in the name of science. A balloon can turn any cat into a statically charged punk cat, unless it’s a sphinx cat. A cat may also deposit fur-balls or engage in intimate cleaning routines when you have guests. Conversely, this will make your hair stand on end. Never let a cat play with a ball of wool. You will be responsible – and punished for – disentanglement. By Derek Thompson

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Last Sun of each month (except Dec) at 2pm St Devenick’s Church Hall, Bieldside. Experienced turners and novices are all welcome and training is available. Contact: (01651) 863 007 e:

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from 26/27 Aug until late May - Children attending any school Copper Squad (typically age 6-7) TueS - 5.45 - 6.45pm Bronze Squad (typically age 8-9) TueS - 5.45 - 7.00pm Silver Squad (typically 10-11) - TueS 5.45 - 7.00pm Gold Squad (typically 12-13) - Mon 5.45 - 7.00pm £100 for the entire season (family discounts apply) RGC Astroturf pitches, Countesswells Road, AB15 8AR Contact John Mowat tel: 07525 811 039

Aberdeen Buchan Association Fortnightly Wed evenings at Craigiebuckler Church Hall Sept till Apr Gladys Lamb Secretary 01224 723722

Aberdeen Orpheus Choir Wed at 7.15 p.m. Hall of Crown Terrace Baptist Church, Windmill Lane Info: Jane Murray on 07967926758.

Banchory Clay pigeon Shooting Syndicate Contact Dick Bridger 01330850362 or Peter Hopkins 01330850585

Aberdeen Choral Society Mon at 7.30pm Queens Cross Church Hall.

Aberdeen Philatelic Society Thurs, fortnightly fm 7.30pm Rubislaw Church Centre

Barney’s Ballroom Mon, 7-8pm + 8.15-9.15pm Fri 7-8pm & 8-9pm Cults Cults Sports Complex AB15 9TP 07342 789 965

Aberdeen Pilates Man Wed Mixed Ability Classes 6-7pm Ferryhill Comm Centre T: 07557352805

Barre Fitness classes Mon 10-11am, Granville Lane Scout Hut, Tues Mile End Primary 6-7pm FrI 5 & 5.30pm Fitness & Wellbeing Development

Aberdeen Round Table First Tues every month at 7.30pm (Cults Hotel)

Beginners Ashtanga Yoga Mon 6.30 - 7.30 & 7.30 -8.30 (snrs). £7 Cults Kirk Centre Hub Simone 07985 384402 / email

Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines International - Mon evening from 7 -10pm at Curl Aberdeen, Eday Walk Aberdeen & County Floral Group 2nd Wed of month, 7.15pm, Rubislaw Church Centre. Aberdeen & District RSPB Local Group A friendly group enthusiastic about the wildlife of the NE Aberdeen Diocesan Choir Tues 7.30 - 9pm Main Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral, Huntly Aberdeen Gaelic Choir Tuesday at 7:30 pm Holburn West Church, Ashley Park Drive Aberdeen Italian Circle Thurs (every 2/3 weeks) 7.15 pm Rubislaw Church Centre, Beaconsfield Pl 01224 635792 Aberdeen Embroiderers’ Guild First Sat of month Rubislaw Church Centre, Beaconsfield Pl. W/kshop 10 – 12 Meeting at 2pm. 07809557617. Aberdeen Model Railway Club Wed 7-10pm Ferryhill heritage center

Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society MON Jnr Orchestra 6.30-7.30pm, Snr 7.30-9.00pm Hazlehead Primary 01224 676482, info@aberdeenstrathspey. / Aberdeen Velodees: Women only cycling group. Wed https:// or email for more info. After School Football - Alison McLeod Classes at Airyhall + Kingswells for pre school children up to age 6 Airyhall Ramblers Group 050 Every 2nd WED @ Countesswells Rd 9.15am Contact 07472686889 Association of American Women of Aberdeen (AWA) Open to women of all nationalities. For info Babies & Toddlers Fri 10 -11.30 term time Gilcomston Church Contact: Gayle Veitch, or Rosie McKie, 01224 647144

Ceilidh class 1st & 3rd Tues of month 7:30 - 9pm at South St Nicholas Church Kincorth. Contact 01224 636128 or email: Childrens Highland Dancing Lessons Day: Various Craigiebuckler,Holborn West, City Centre and Cults 07972104774 Clubbercise with Jessica Tues 8:30-9:30pm at Airyhall community Centre. Facebook page Clubbercise Jessica Aberdeen. 07725672678 Concordia String Orchestra Tues 7.30-9.30pm Ferryhill Parish Church CTC Grampian Local group of the Cycling Touring Club. All abilities & ages John B, Chairman, Tel: 01224 571984. Cults Bridge Club Mon 6.45pm from Oct to Mar at Cults Bowling Club. Joan 01224 310752.

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CLUBS & CLASSES Barefoot and Twisted Heated Yoga Studio Classes daily

Flow, Yin, Aerial, Yoga Trapeze, Barre, pregnancy and kids. Mats and props provided. Schedule and booking Cults Health Walk. THURS 1030 am at Cults Kirk Centre - 3060 min walk followed by refreshments. Contact Sport Aberdeen 01224 047928 Culter & District Pipe Band Mon/Wed 7.30-9pm Culter Village Church Piping & Drumming, all levels Tel: Susan 07540 530705 DanceYoga Mon 8pm at Rubislaw Church Centre 07470449331 Hannah Nordlund www. hi@ Dru Yoga Tues 7.30pm in Jubilee Hall, South Holburn Church. Thurs 10am in Girlguiding, Thistle Lane. Ester 07757 304879 or Fitness with Laura Day Mon 6-7pm & Fri 10-11am Inchgarth CC Wed 6.15-7.15pm Tullos Primary FB fitnesswithlaura or 07739181345. Flying Yogis Classes 3-5 Years Mon 9:30-10am, Wed 1:30-2pm Kingswells CC Contact Emma Dawrant 07789558865 or www. Franco-Scottish Society, Aberdeen Monthly Tues 7.30pm Albyn School, between Oct & May. 01224 590903. Friskis&Svettis Jympa WED 7-8pm Airyhall Community Centre Contact Jackie Tel 01224 713705 Friskis & Svettis Jympa Tues 7.30 - 8.30pm Airyhall Community Centre Katie 01224 981474/07889011337 or email Granite City Chorus Scotland’s leading male barbershop chorus Tues 7.00- 9.45pm Woodside Church Hall


Strength & Balance Seated Exercise Class 12:00 -1:00pm - Wednesday - Mannofield Church 11:00 -12:00pm - Thursday - The Hub, Cults 1-2-1 Falls Prevention programmes available

Granite City Guerrillas Dodgeball Team 16+ Mon 8–10pm The Jesmond Sports Centre, (Mixed) Wed 8.30–10pm The Danestone CC, B of D (Ladies) www. Granite City Scottish Women’s Institute 4th Wed of month 7-9pm (Sept to June). Ruthrieston CC 532-536 Holburn St Abdn Tel the secretary 01224 587590 Hatha Yoga Mon 9:15-10:15, Wed 1-2pm & Thur 7-8pm at Ferryhill CC Contact Verity 07796915716 Hatha Yoga WED 1930-2030h Bring a mat. Ruthrieston CC Holburn St Abdn Hatha Yoga Tues 6-7pm & Fri 9:30-10:30. 8A Gaelic Lane, AB10 1JF. E: shanna@ / 01224 467707 Hatha Yoga Thurs 9:30-10:30 Ashley Rd £7 Info : Adriana 07799845716 Italian Classes in Cults (Aberdeen) Tel. 07786827714 Jazzercise aerobic classes, Broomhill Activity Centre Mon, Tues & Wed 6.15pm Thurs 5.25pm Sat 9.30am Contact Judy 07757216968 or JKA Aberdeen Karate Tues & Thurs (all grades) 7pm Kincorth Sports Centre 01224 826174 Alan@ JKA Aberdeen Tiger Cubs Thurs 5 - 7 year olds Kincorth Sports Centre 07762 560630 or 01330 833688

Kaimhill Strollers Thurs 9.15 over 50s Community Wing of Kaimhill School. Cost £4 iContact Dick on 01224 782109 or Doris on 01224 316775. Kaimhill Yoga Group Wed 9.15-10.15am. Kaimhill Learning Centre, Pitmedden Terr AB10 7HR. Lively Minds Group Tues: 1st & 3rd of month 12– 2 p.m. Sandwich lunch & interesting speaker. £5 a session office@queen’scrosschurch. Lunch Club Tues school term 12.30 pm. Ferryhill Parish Church hall. Two course meal with tea or coffee for £4.00. Over 50’s. Mainly Music at Aberdeen Christian Fellowship Thurs 10-11.30am. Contact Pamela Maclure on 07773 724558 Mainly Music at Gilcomston Wed 10-11.30 term time Gilcomston Church e: or Rosie McKie, 01224 647144 Mango Choir (mainly Gospel style) Mon, Sept- Apr 6:30-7:30 at Mannofield Church Alistair Stark, 01224 318536, Mannofield Parent & Toddler Group Mon 9-30-11 & Fri 10-1130 @ Mannofield Church FB - Mannofield Parent & Toddlers Metafit - Metabolic HIIT Workout. Wed 8:15-8:45pm, Mannofield Church. FB @Metafit With Gemma. Tel 07793 431578 Metafit with Helen Mon 7.25-7.55pm Airyhall CC Tues 5.30-6pm Ferryhill CC. helenewen1@ 07736 247911.

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Monday Club Mon 10-12 pm. Drop in group for adults with additional needs & their carers. office@queen’

Paint Together Group 10-1pm ThURS Ruthrieston CC 8 week session £40 Ongoing Barbara 07969 450102

Morven Singers Wed fm 28 Aug 7.30pm Ruthrieston West Church Hall, 3 part mixed choir. Contact Lesley 01224 315079

Rhythm Time Multisensory Music 0-36mths TUES Ruthrieston West Church WED+FRI Rubislaw Church Centre

MummyFITT. Fri Cults parish church hall Contact 07487574632 /

Scottish Country Dancing Classes 01224 636128. Beg’s Wed 8th Jan 7:30pm Craigiebuckler church hall Thurs 9th Jan 12:45pm Holburn West church hall

Music Bus Baby and Toddler Classes THURS Airyhall CC FRI Ferryhill CC 9.40-10.40 walking- 3+ 10.45-11.45 babies to walking. Elaine – 07956 622263 Musical Connections 1st+3rd Mon 2-3.30pm. The group is for adults living with dementia & their carers. office@queen’ NCT Waddling to Toddling group Mon 10-11.30am - (birth to preschool) St Francis of Assisi Church parentsupport. Northern Dance Club Mon at Jury’s Inn, Airport 7.30pm beginners, sequence and improvers £7.50 drop-in fee The 123 Group Thurs 2-4 at Craigiebuckler Church, email - The Arts Society Grampian 2nd Wed of month at Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU, 7.30pm. 01224 311417 The Braeside Singers Tues 6.30 to 8.00pm at Airyhall Library. Info :

Scottish Country dancing - children Craigiebuckler Fri 4:30pm or City Moves Sat 10am. or call 01224 636128.

The Fly Cup Thurs 10- 12. Informal group - people who would enjoy a bit of company, meet up over coffee & homebaking. office@ queen’

Seafield Walking Group (+50 Group) Alternate WED’s leaving 9.15am fm Countesswells Ave, Coach transport

The Mixing Bowl Aberdeen Monthly - term time at St Devenick’s church hall, Baillieswells Rd, Bieldside

Silver City Singers Mon 7.20 - 9.30pm TOBY Carvery, Cocket Hat, Nth Anderson Dr AB15 6DW www.

Thursday @ Mannofield Church 2nd Thurs - Fly Cup 2- 3.30pm £3 3rd Thurs - Lunch Club 1–3pm £6 Contact 01224 310087or email office@ .

Tai Chi (Taijiquan) & Health Qigong (Chi Kung) Mon 11-12 Rubislaw Church Centre, Qigong 19:15-21:15 Ferryhill Comm Centre - Qigong and Taijiquan ruyischool.

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CLUBS & CLASSES Yoga with Alison The Wallace Practice, Seafield Road = Wed 6.15-7.15pm Yoga Basics Wed 7.20-8.20pm Hatha Yoga Fri 9.15-10.15am Yoga Basics Mannofield Church, Gt Western Rd = Thu 7-8.15pm Hatha Yoga

Strength and Balance Heart Health Aerobic class 10:00-11:00am - Thursday - The Hub, Cults 1-2-1 Cardiac Rehab programmes available

Contact for booking and info: 07743 776 654

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Visions Photography Club Thurs 7-9pm at Ruthreiston CC, Holburn St. or Woodend Bridge Club Mon & Wed Evenings & Fri afternoons mid sept to mid april @ Woodend Bowling Club Chris Blunt 01224 317298 Woodburn Walkers (+50 Group) 2nd Tues @ Hazlehead Park - Contact 01569 730240. Yoga classes Tue 17.45-19.15 Methodist Church Wed 10.15-11.45 & Thur 10-11.30 Queens Cross Church. 01224 648475 Yoga classes Mon 9.30-11 & Tues 6.30-8pm Culter Wed 6.30-8 pm South Holburn Church

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Sat 11th Jan at 1pm Aul’ Eel Lunch at the Northern Hotel Wed 22nd Jan 7pm Burns Supper Tickets for these contact Gladys on 01224 723722 Wed 5th Feb 7.30pm Charlie Abel (Accordion music and Song) Wed 19th Feb 7.30pm John Steven (Vocalist with backing tracks) All Welcome meetings held at Craigiebuckler Church Hall.

Yogatots - Pre-School/Ante Pre-school Mon 3.40-4.10pm : P1-3; Wed 1.30-2pm (PS) Wed 2-2.30pm (APS) Airyhall CC Jen: 07910 965741 Yoga with Deborah Thompson Wed 7-8pm. Tel: 07821704826, Cults Kirk Church Hall, Quarry Rd, Cults, Zumba Gold with Michelle Armstrong. MON 11.15-12pm - Cults Kirk Centre TUES 2-2.45pm + WED 11-11.45am Airyhall CC 07729622489 Zumba with Michelle and Rhonda MON 18.10-19.00, Airyhall Primary • Fri9.15-10am, Airyhall Comm Centre. 07629622489 / Zumba with Sharon Wed 7.30 - 8.30 At Broomhill Activity Centre 197 Broomhill Rd AB10 7LN 07578299963

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The Petroleum Women’s Club of Scotland Can you imagine what it is like to be constantly on the move around the world… finding yourself in a different town, a new country, perhaps with a new language and culture. It can be

very hard when far from home and without the support of family and friends to make contact and settle in to the new posting. Or, it could be that you have been here for some years and suddenly find yourself with more time on your hands… children leaving home etc.

speaker or demonstration. There are also many activities on offer… you can join the book club, join ladies who lunch, go ten pin bowling, go walking or play bridge/canasta. There are craft and gourmet groups, a dinner club… you can meet other women for lunch and a movie. Each year a local charity is selected, and over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised. The PWC is open to women whose own, or partner’s, income is derived from the Oil & Gas Industry. Membership is now available for Associate Members - Women with no oil industry connection, but who would like to meet new people and try new activities. Anyone interested in knowing more can log on to the website – and contact us at or you can contact us via our e-mail address We welcome new members for a coffee morning once a month. Why not join us?

This is where the PWC comes in. For nearly fifty years now the Club has been providing support, friendship and social contact. There are women from 26 different countries who meet once a month for a general meeting where there is usually a

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West End 1 Magazine - Dec '19/Jan '20  

A community magazine for the residents of Cults, Bieldside, Pitfodels, Ashley, Broom hill, Holburn in Aberdeen.

West End 1 Magazine - Dec '19/Jan '20  

A community magazine for the residents of Cults, Bieldside, Pitfodels, Ashley, Broom hill, Holburn in Aberdeen.