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News Milltimber

Bieldside Cults

Issue 175

May-June-July 2017

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Editorial Thank Goodness for Flying Fish!

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Anyone who buys fish from the reliable, Tuesday van in Cults will know that several weeks ago it was slammed into by the No. 19 bus. Fortunately, although shocked and injured, Jill the owner wasn’t seriously hurt. Unfortunately, her van was, but defiantly Jill was up and running with a replacement within two weeks. Gradually, fixtures and fittings have been added and the plain white van has shaken off its indistinct purpose. And the final flourish has been added! ‘Pez Volando’ had been a familiar name in Cults and I missed its flair. On a dull Tuesday morning, it fleetingly suggested far-off shores and exotic seas. But it’s back! The van has its new livery and, despite the flying fish taking the shape of haddock from the not-so-exotic North Sea, ‘Pez Volando’ is well worth a visit. The impact of signage and logos is something that the Festival team would like everyone to think about. They are running a competition to design an up-to-date logo for the Festival, so if you want to put your artistic talent to the test, check out the Festival article for details on how to enter. This issue is jam-packed with local, up-coming events and has several articles about the heritage of the MBC area: interesting to read and also an encouragement to go out and see the points of interest for yourself; or why not register for the Maggie Culture Crawl if you fancy going further afield? Whatever you choose, let’s hope we have lots more lovely sunshine to keep the colours of spring blooming.

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Healthy Kids at Kippie Struggling to find something new for the kids this summer? Kippie Lodge just may have the answer. Summer Kippie Camp runs throughout the school holidays with themes varying from week to week. This runs alongside other coaching such as tennis, golf, football and swimming. Running from Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.30pm (half days available) Summer Camp at Kippie Lodge offers a safe, friendly and fun location for your kids during the school holidays. Summer Camp has been a highlight at Kippie for over 20 years now. Each year we adapt themes such as Super Silly Week, Circus Week and Sports Week so the children have a varied experience at Kippie. This year we are opening Summer Kippie Camp up to nonmembers. Bookings are now open by calling 01224

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News from the Cults Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council News from the Cults Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council Welcome to spring. If by chance you had been looking forward to a reasonably undisturbed summer you may be disappointed as the AWPR construction will still be with us – hopefully for the last year, after which we can enjoy the benefits of the road. Or will we? For many residents, the jury is still out on that point but I remain optimistic. The community will lose a major contributor to our quality of life, when Aileen Malone, one of our three Ward Councillors, will retire in May. Aileen has for many years provided us in her own friendly way, with a most reliable, efficient and persistent line of access into the complex world of the council offices. No local problem was ever too small for her to be addressed - and to be solved if at all possible. Thank you, Aileen, and we wish you a very happy retirement. I referred in the last issue to the need to express your views on the current health and care services in the area and I hope that you all took the opportunity to participate in the Health and Wellbeing Events organised in April. But if not, please let us have your thoughts at any time in our meetings or by whatever means is convenient to you. The Health and Social Care Locality Plan for next year will be prepared during the summer and there will be another opportunity to scrutinise the final draft in November. We would welcome any good ideas about the Morison’s bridge aka the Shakin’ Briggie. This monument of local engineering has withstood last year’s storms and flooding well but the structure will not be indestructible. It would be shame to lose this characteristic item of our scenery but previous attempts to come up with a rescue plan have all failed. I would also like to know if residents are content with the scope of recreational and learning activities that are currently accessible locally. Eleanor Brennan, brilliantly, provides us each quarter in this MBC News with an extensive inventory of ‘What’s On’ locally. But is that enough? Is there a need to organise other opportunities? Please let us have your views on Facebook or directly. Finally, my traditional pre-summer plea to be sensible and tolerant when using the Deeside railway path for recreation or to commute to work; sensible in allowing space and safe passage for other users; and tolerant in accepting that not everybody is as sensible as you are. Enjoy Guus Glass

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Community Council Members Nurul Ali Bieldside Christine Anderson Cults David Anstee Cults Eleanor Brennan Cults Norman Burt Milltimber Colin Caldow Cults Lindsay Davidson Bieldside Matthew Dickie Newton Dee Guus Glass Cults Sarah Gordon Cults Kirstin Gove Bieldside Colin Morsley Milltimber Shan Parfitt Cults Graham Payne Cults Derek Robb Bieldside Peter Roberts Bieldside Lorna Sharp Milltimber Peter Smith Cults Theo Parfitt-Roche Cults 1 Youth Member vacancy

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Other useful contacts Cllr Marie Boulton 522178 / 734712 Cllr Aileen Malone 522356 / 868690 Cllr Tauqeer Malik 346615 / 07732 172225 Police (non emergencies) 0845 600 5700 Future Meetings Venue 27 April 2017 Deeside Christian Fellowship Church - Café 25 May 2017 Cults Community Centre – swimming pool entrance 22 June 2017 Phoenix Community Centre, Newton Dee Village (prov.) - July 2017 No Meeting 24 August 2017 Cults Community Centre – swimming pool entrance All meetings start at 7:00pm Email: Mail address: CBMCC, c/o Secretary, 188 North Deeside Road, Milltimber, AB13 0HL Website: Facebook:

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Planning Matters!

We have had a busy start to 2017, mainly in dealing with consultations on various pieces of planning guidance or policy. The number of planning applications for Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber in the first quarter is 30 and we have submitted comments on four of those. A few words on the major developments in our area: Countesswells - Phase 1 development is around 1260 homes, Phase 2 will be 750 homes and construction has begun. The major road works on the C128 Cults/Blacktop to Kingswells have been completed and the Countesswells Road is open again but there will continue to be activity requiring the use of single lane traffic under traffic light control. The Community Council has written to Aberdeen Roads Dept. with the aim of getting lessons learned about what should be done in the future to avoid the problems encountered. The road junction near Countesswells Woods has raised many comments; the junction has been designed to accommodate the long term route which will take traffic through the centre of the development but it is clearly causing problems near term – better signage is required. Friarsfield – work has begun on Phase 2, which will be 109 houses and 12 apartments. The link road between Kirk Brae and Craigton Road is due by the time 160 houses are sold (towards the end of Ph.2), with some 73 built so far. An application, No.170307 has just been submitted for a small additional phase of housing of 26 residential units on the eastern end of the site, which also includes the plans for the remaining section of the link road. There are some questions about how the housing fits within the overall approved development framework. The Community Council will be examining this application. Oldfold Farm – work on Phase 1 for 61 homes continues and a good number of homes are now occupied. A planning application for Phase 2 has just been submitted, no details at the time of writing. We welcome all the new residents to our area. AWPR – The project team has provided the original traffic assessment for the design of the junction on the A93 to connect to the AWPR which shows a signal controlled junction is better than a roundabout. Councillor Boulton has asked for a re-assessment of the junction design with current traffic data. Upcoming events: -

Milltimber Brae E/Station Rd bridge to be complete April 2017.


A93 bridge complete late summer 2017 (utilities re-diversions to do).


Local diversion on South Deeside Rd for Dee Crossing construction Mar/April 2017

We can expect more traffic lights and road works.

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McCarthy & Stone Development at 3 South Avenue, Cults – The planning application No.160552 for 21 two-bedroom apartments on the site of the house at 3 South Avenue was refused by Planning and the decision has been appealed. In the meantime, an alternative planning application, No.170087 for 21 apartments has been submitted and the Community Council objected to this application as the issues are broadly the same. Inchgarth Road Development – a Planning Application Notice for a development of open land between the North Deeside Road and Inchgarth Road to the west of Pitfodels Station Road has been submitted. The development will incorporate a link road between the North Deeside Road and Inchgarth Road which is seen as a key piece of transport infrastructure for Aberdeen. The detailed Planning Application is still being prepared and no date has been given for when it will be submitted. Earlspark Crescent – The owner of land behind the houses on Earlspark Crescent wishes to remove some trees and requires access to the land over Aberdeen City Council land. This will require the removal of rocks and shrubs which will be replaced and restored on completion of the work. The general terms of an access agreement have been agreed by ACC. However, at the moment they have not received the method statement and have not agreed any start date. On that basis, there is still no agreement for the access to be taken or when the access might commence Aberdeen Local Development Plan – further to the report in MBC News 174 where we reported on the Scottish Reporter’s recommendation to include three new development sites in the Local Development Plan, these being: Milltimber South for 60 homes and a small retail centre (the two fields used for grazing on south side of A93 NDR); 10 homes on the west side of Contlaw Rd (just north of Culterhouse Rd); eight homes in Culterhouse Rd (next to current Churchill homes development), Aberdeen City Council has now adopted the LDP. It appears some Milltimber residents were surprised by the news of Milltimber South at a meeting held in February! A third party, Combined Corp BVI Ltd., has put in a legal challenge to the LDP. City Centre Master Plan - the Reference Group established to help provide input to proposals for City Centre Development met on 1 February. Good progress is being made: Union St rejuvenation is underway; plans for the redevelopment of Union Terrace Gardens were approved by ACC in March and it is hoped work will begin by year end; Schoolhill/Golden Sq. design work underway; Broad St public works commence March 2017; Marischal Sq. on target for summer 2017; Art Gallery on target for Dec 17 opening; Music Hall on target for August 2018. The next review will be on 7 June 2017. Kingsford Aberdeen Football Stadium - the planning application which is under review has attracted a large volume of public comment. It is likely to be some months before a decision will be taken.

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Planning Applications of Note - A couple of recent planning applications which attracted resident comment have been decided; both No.161721 for four one-bedroom flats at 19 South Ave, Cults and No.161804 for four onebedroom flats at 431 North Deeside Rd, Cults (the site next to the library), have been refused. Community Council Boundaries - the Community Council Forum has started a review of Community Council Boundaries to see if there are any adjustments that could be made following the recent electoral boundary changes. The aim is to ensure areas of Aberdeen that work as a community remain a community and get the best representation possible from their elected councillors. We are looking at some changes in the Lower Deeside ward to better reflect natural boundaries and community relationships. On the eastern edge, we are talking to Braeside & Mannofield and Garthdee about taking on parts between Bairds Brae and Northcote Road and around Pitfodels Station Road respectively. On the western edge, we are talking to Peterculter about adopting the area that will be to the west of the AWPR, either in total or perhaps the main residential part. There are not many houses involved at either side, probably 15–20 on the east and 40–50 on the west, and we will need to get the views of those residents affected before any change is enacted. It is expected that the Countesswells area would set up its own Community Council at some stage but probably not until around 1000 homes are occupied. Your views on a possible boundary adjustment would be most welcome so please contact us at Consultations - The Community Council has responded to recent consultations on reform of the Scottish Planning System and Travelling Aberdeen after the AWPR opens. Road Works - You can keep up to date on road works in our area through our Community Council facebook page at cbmcomcouncil/ and also on our website at You can also find road work updates at uk/notices/aberdeen-city/ and through www. pavements/roads_and_pavements.asp You can see a current list of applications on our website. The Community Council would like residents to know and feel comfortable that they can approach us, either at one of our monthly meetings or outside of a meeting, to discuss their concerns or support for a planning application being made in our area. We listen to all views and the more we hear, the better we are able to fairly represent the community of Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Council if you have any questions or concerns about a planning application and would like to place a topic on our meeting agenda. Peter Roberts

Response to Councillor Malone’s Article Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council Sponsorship Opportunity There’s nothing like the sparkle of Christmas lights to give our community an instant festive makeover. The Community Council own a number of Christmas lights which light up the trees and shrubbery opposite the Cults Hotel. This makes for a wonderful festive backdrop for our annual community carol singing event. During 2016, your community council embarked on a Christmas Lights Project with the aim of introducing new festive lighting into our community. We reached out to prominent local businesses for sponsorship and were truly delighted to obtain sufficient sponsorship to fund four new festive lights. These feature lights were mounted along the North Deeside Road in Cults. The new lights certainly created a delightful illumination, a good starting point to our very own winter wonderland. The Community Council aims to erect festive lights all along the North Deeside Road in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber. So here we go again - get out your Santa hats, we are now planning for the 2017 festive season. We presently have no budget for this project and, although the Community Council will support this project, the purpose of this appeal is to obtain sufficient sponsorship from within our local community, we are thereby reaching out again to prominent local businesses and community stakeholders. We recently received a request from an individual to sponsor a light and plaque for a loved one (what a wonderful gesture). The Community Council would be grateful if you would become either our project’s principal sponsor or, alternatively, a sponsor of one or more festive lights (cost £600 per light). Sponsor names will be displayed on a plaque located on each column mounted feature and acknowledged in our community magazine; MBC News, you will also be our guest at the switch-on ceremony.

It was with some dismay that we read the contents of the article from Councillor Malone, published in the last edition of the MBC News, and her assertions that there are public rights of way over our grounds. We believe her assertions are incorrect and there are no public rights of way over the development. The Woodland Grove Committee was unaware of the article before it was published and was not given an opportunity to comment on it. Since the article appeared we have met with Councillor Malone and explained the position to her. We have already received confirmation from a widely acknowledged legal expert in Scottish conveyancing and property law that there are no rights of way over the development, no rights of access in favour of the public and that there are no planning conditions allowing public access. Unfortunately, no legal officer from the Council was present at the meeting to discuss the legal position despite one being invited. We are now awaiting an urgent meeting with a senior member of the legal department from the Council to inform them of the position. In the meantime, and until we have met with the Council, we would ask that you respect the privacy of our residents, many of whom are elderly, and refrain from walking in the development. From: The Chairman and Members of the Woodland Grove Committee “Editor’s Note: at the time of publishing, the official position of Aberdeen City Council is that this route appears to meet all of the criteria required for the establishment of a right of way and also that the development has conditions attached that require public access to the grounds to be maintained. The City Council cannot insist on the removal of the Private Residents Only signs but they do not prevent public access.”

This is an excellent opportunity to support our drive to brighten up the heart of our community during the festive period, fostering good will, boosting the collective feel-good factor and potentially attracting more people into our local businesses.

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The Community Council are committed to working with local businesses and stakeholders to create the best possible festive display. Let’s work together and provide a little bit of festive magic for all to see.


If you would like to be involved in the Christmas Lights Project, please contact: Lindsay Davidson, CBM Community Councillor, Tel: 07763241892, Email:

Sir/Madam, We are the WOODLAND GROVE COMMITTEE which represents most of the owners and residents of almost 70 apartments at Woodland Grove, Milltimber.

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News from Councillors Marie Boulton and Tauqeer Malik With the worst of the weather hopefully behind us and summer on the horizon everyone is hoping for dry, warm days for barbecues and rain during the night to keep our gardens looking lush! Roads continue to cause concerns with lots of road traffic orders being issued for temporary traffic lights and closures whilst new housing developments are being built and the AWPR is under construction, with some surface repairs being carried out. There are a further two sections of road being resurfaced in the near future, Deeview Road South along to Westerton Road is scheduled to start on 12th June and Craigton Road from Airyhall Avenue to Baird’s Brae, is scheduled to start on the 14th August. We appreciate that residents are feeling rather overwhelmed with the constant road disruptions but officers are trying hard, wherever possible, to arrange the road works for weekends and school holidays in order to minimise inconvenience to road users. At the March Full Council, I (Cllr Boulton) brought forward a motion which instructed the Chief Executive to liaise formally with the AWPR/B-T funding partners to provide a report to the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee, before the end of 2017, in respect of the capacities of the junctions associated with the AWPR/ B-T within the Aberdeen City boundary. This information is essential in determining if there are sufficient capacities for existing traffic and for the future development within the City boundary. The last traffic modelling was carried out over a decade ago and we believe we need to be assured that the designs of the junctions are fit for purpose. I (Cllr Boulton) have also written to the Transport Minister, urging him to reconsider our request for the creation of a path up the side of the substation off Station Road for users of the Deeside Way, which will remove the need for users having to come into conflict with traffic,

which is the current situation since the recent changes in this area. A legal challenge has been raised against Aberdeen City Council over the recently adopted Local Development Plan. The challenge relates to changes by the Scottish Government Reporter. We will provide further information in the next issue. We had hoped that the new play equipment at Allan Park would be fully installed at the time of writing this article but unfortunately it isn’t. However, by the time you read this article it will be completed and the kids will be enjoying it. We have been working with S5 Pupils and Transition Extreme to design a pump track in the area next to the skate park in Cults. A pump track is a continuous loop of dirt berms and rollers (smooth dirt mounds) that you ride without pedalling. The name ‘pump track’ comes from the pumping motion used by the bike rider’s upper and lower body as they ride around the track. The condition of the skate park has also been reviewed and a decision has to be taken on whether to fully replace, repair or remove it. This decision will be taken in the near future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ewen Gilchrist, the Minister at Cults Parish Church, for the invaluable dedication he has shown to the Cults area after taking up the ministry of Cults Parish Church following the merger of Cults East and West Churches. Sadly, for us, but well deserved for Ewen, he has decided to retire and spend time with his wife, Joan, and family. We wish him well and hope very much, that he enjoys his retirement and also remind him not to be a stranger! Councillors Boulton and Malik

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Farewell to local charity fundraiser, Bob Nolan

continues to do great work for both the deaf and blind in Aberdeen. In that time, Bob also worked with arts venues in Aberdeen to introduce Loop systems in 2005, making shows and concerts at the Music Hall, the Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre more accessible to hearing aid wearers.

Bob Nolan has worked with Shell for 35 years and retired at the end of 2016. Latterly, he was head of Subsurface & Wells Support - Europe. He is also Chairman of Deafblind Scotland (DbS) a national charity that supports deafblind adults all over Scotland and is himself deafblind.

As well as working for Shell and DbS, Bob gives inspirational talks to raise awareness of Living with Disability in and outside work. He has travelled extensively to do this and has been to all corners of the globe: Egypt, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, the USA and all over the UK, including the Houses of Parliament and St Devenicks church!

Together with his wife Louise (who is severely deaf), he has raised more than £70,000 for DbS. Over the years, he has completed three long-distance Tandem challenges. The first, in 2008, was from Land’s End to John O›Groats. The second, in 2011, covered 23 Scottish Islands and lastly, in 2013, he took in seven Scottish cities. He racked up 2500 miles at an average of 500 miles per week. He has also run numerous marathons for DbS and in 2012 was honoured to carry the Olympic torch along Banchory High Street on a wonderful summer›s evening. You may have seen Bob tandem cycling to work at Tullos every day along the Deeside Railway line, which he has done for the past six years. Prior to that, Bob had been running to work twice a week. He is not a man you will see sitting around! Bob was a director of the Aberdeen and North East Deaf Society from 20002011. He was instrumental in the merger with the Grampian Society for the Blind which formed North East Sensory Services: an organisation which

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Louise and Bob have three children who are all fully sighted and hearing. They grew up locally and went to Cults Primary and Academy.  Myfanwy (28) got a 1st Class Honours Degree at Aberdeen Uni in English and is now working at Chatsworth House in Marketing; Rebecca (26) who graduated from RGU with a 1st Class Honours in Communication and Public Relations and is now working in recruitment at ConsultSearch in Sheffield; and Josh (22) who completed an Oil and Gas Engineering Apprenticeship in 2015 and is now working offshore as an Operations Technician for Shell. Bob and Louise are leaving the area to move to the Derbyshire Peak District to be close to their two daughters and Louise’s parents. Whilst they are both looking forward to returning to their roots, they will really miss all their friends, the beauty and solitude of Royal Deeside and Bob, in particular, the Deeside Railway line!

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Academy, so boys and girls from P6, P7 and S1 come along to the Club every Thursday after school to be introduced to the game in a fun way. Small bowls are provided and there are various ploys such as bowling at skittles or playing to a target to keep up the interest. The Club also takes part in Easter holiday activities. We always hope that the youngsters will continue with the game after this first tasting but the reality is that as they approach their later teenage years they have different priorities! We hope, however, that we have sown the seeds that will allow them to pick up the game when they are a bit older.

Seed Corn Cults Bowling Club opened for the outdoor season on Saturday 15 April, with the usual good turnout. Many of the members bowl indoors during the winter but it is always a pleasure to be outside again and feel the sun on our backs. That’s the theory anyway - the Scottish summer doesn’t always live up to our expectations. After a busy social series of events during the winter we are now well into a busy and equally social programme of bowling over the summer months. One of the drives over the past few years has been to encourage youngsters to have a go at the game of bowls. This has been done in conjunction with our local Primary schools and with Cults

We also hope that their parents might develop an interest through their children, and we wouldn’t turn our backs on grandparents! However, truth to tell, we see this as part of our involvement with our local community. What better reason could there be? If you have not heard of this provision before, feel free to come along with your family any Thursday after school and join in the fun. You are welcome to come down to the Club at any time. Every Tuesday morning we have a work group of members doing all the jobs that need to be done during the season. This is a good time to come along and have a chat if you want to know more about the Club. Time it right and you will be treated to a rowie as well! The Club’s web site is, where you will find details of our programme and general information about the Club. You may also contact Findlay Baxter on 01224 868263 or at

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Milltimber Scout Group News The Milltimber Scout Group had a great start to 2017 with all sections involved in activities and community events. Our Beavers have prepared for an exciting sleepover at Templars’ Park in early May. This year’s theme is Knights and they have made flags and other items for their lodges. They also grew cress and made egg and cress sandwiches for their My Skills Challenge badge. Twentytwo of our Cubs enjoyed an evening a hike in the grounds of Crathes Castle in March and have also planned a joint camp with the Scouts at Templars’ Park in May. The Scouts had their Winter Weekend at a bunk house in Braemar in February and are looking forward to a full summer of camping and outdoor activities, including taking part in the Patrol Leaders Camp in June and the Grampian Nights activity camp at Templars’ Park in August. Members of our Cubs and Scouts had a great night out at the Aberdeen District Gang Show in March and supported members of our group in the cast. Many thanks to all who supported our annual Jumble Sale at Cults Academy which is always a great community and social event with all proceeds used towards running our group. Thanks also to our Leaders, Young Leaders, Executive Committee and helpers who have made the group successful and we are all looking forward to another great summer of scouting activities! Geoff Weighill, Group Scout Leader 65th Aberdeen (Milltimber)Scout Group

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The Milltimber Make a Difference (MAD) Group Charity In the hope of doing something useful to mark the millennium in 2000, Milltimber Make A Difference (MAD) Grouup was founded. We decided to focus on education and felt we could make a big difference in the West African country of Burkina Faso, since it was one of the poorest and least literate countries in the world. At that time, it was politically stable and, through UNESCO, we forged links with two excellent contacts in Burkina Faso. These colleagues identified two villages, the exotically named Zougo and Doundoudougou, which they felt would benefit from our input and, since then, our efforts have been channeled into these villages. We have funded adult literacy classes, since less than one in three of the people could then read and write, and we have targeted women in particular. We have funded the primary schools in both villages by providing meals and equipment; Milltimber primary school has twice organised collections of classroom items that have been very gratefully received by the village children. We have also provided funds for pupils to attend secondary school, including the provision of bicycles for the journey to school. In both villages, we have built libraries, providing books and librarian training and more recently, we provided solar paneling to light the libraries and extend the time, after work or school, when studies can be pursued. Over the last few years, we have diversified from the purely educational needs of the villagers. We have funded a borehole for fresh water, provided lighting in a health centre and have helped to kick start several activities that should generate income and well-being. These include tuition in animal fattening methods, soil conservation and enrichment, market gardening and weaving. We feel that enhancing self-sufficiency is, in the longer term, a more productive option than simply sending

charitable handouts. Helping to educate the villagers was certainly an important initial step in this process. Trustees and members of MAD have made several visits to the villages in Burkina Faso. However, since a military coup in 2014, a terrorist incident in the capital and rebel insurgences from Mali, non-essential travel is not currently advised. We remain in close touch through our administration team and hope to resume visits in the near future. Our charity is currently at something of a crossroads. Atypically inclement weather has wrecked school classrooms in both Zougo (where the children currently study under a tree) and in Doundoudougou where they operate in an almost roofless building. If we manage to fund the rebuilding of these classrooms, then our financial resources will be significantly depleted. MAD recently hosted a highly successful and enjoyable race night, giving a profit of some £2000, but if we wish to continue to operate at our current level in Burkina Faso, we need to generate more income than we currently raise. We have, fairly deliberately, kept ourselves to around 50 members, but is it time to diversify, perhaps by recruiting members from the wider MBC community? Of our eight trustees, one is youthful and the rest of us are ‘experienced’. Are there younger people- or vibrant people of any age- out there who would like to become involved as members and/or trustees, to provide energy and innovation to our small charity? Please visit our website, or contact one of the trustees below.

John Eagles, tel 732434, Charles Wildash, tel 732931, Janet Hosie, tel 733086, Lesley MacLennan, tel 734470,

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Summer Fair Saturday 3rd June 2017 11am – 2pm BBQ, International Food, Popcorn & Candy Floss, Home Baking, Bike MOT Station, Crafts, Carnival Games, Junior Geo Rock Shop, Football Challenges, Photo Booth, Face Painting, Bouncy Castles, Toys & Books, and lots more!!

Come along for a fun family day out! Everyone Welcome!

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The award-winning Prime Mover Pathway is an established fitness company that works alongside clients who need specialist fitness care. With 20 years of experience, the business has grown by working with older adults, as well as clients with sports injuries and idiopathic pain. With the birth rate in Aberdeen rising by 24% in the last year and minimal provisions provided for mums-to-be and new mums, Prime Mover Pathway has been engaged to provide the support and expertise of a pre and post-natal fitness specialist.

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The company’s aim is to provide specialist fitness to these groups of people as well as information and advice where needed and appropriate. There will be classes of pre-natal Pilates, post-natal Pilates with baby up to 12 months, postnatal Pilates for mums, and children’s Pilates. An information event for mums and mums-to-be was held in April, at Space 2B. This was a new venture for Aberdeen and the event gave the opportunity to find out about fitness for new mums and babies. There were well-known guest speakers from the birth community in Aberdeen: Laura Henderson, the owner of Bonding with Baby and Claire MacAngus, head midwife from Roc Health services were two of the many professionals from the antenatal field. The evening included talks on health and wellbeing for mother and child, identifying the perfect fitness and exercise class and a chance to browse Aberdeen’s finest luxury baby items. Health professionals were also on hand to answer any questions If you are a mum-to-be or a new mum and would like to take advantage of this beneficial pre and post-natal service, please call Lydia on 07857273238

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St Devenick’s Playgroup News We have had a great term so far with lots of happy learners outside and in! Our playground is open everyday and is always very popular with the children, no matter what the weather. At St Devenick’s, we are very much focused on following the interests of the children. While we follow celebrations like Mother’s Day, Chinese New Year and the seasons, we look at what the children are interested in and go from there. Last term, the playgroup was zoomed into space when one of the boys made a solar system out of Lego. From this initial idea, many children became interested in role-playing space games and making rocket models from recycling which blasted off around the playgroup. This interest in Space led to looking through telescopes and binoculars which then led to the children using magnifying glasses to look for bugs. Eventually, the term came to an end with a hunt for frogspawn and other signs of spring down the Deeside railway line, complete with a picnic. From Space to frogspawn – that’s just how we roll! In March, the playgroup held an event to acknowledge the hard work of Lesley Swan who retired from the playgroup last year. The parents and staff came together to host a surprise afternoon tea for her. Parents, children and staff going back years to present day came to celebrate and thank Lesley for all her years of service to the playgroup. It was an emotional afternoon with lots of laughs too and truly fitting for such a lovely lady! Now Summer is on the way, the children will spend whole sessions in the garden. The garden has so many learning opportunities to offer; planting and digging, climbing and running about, den building, music making, cooking in our mud kitchen, playing in our two floored Wendy house and much, much more! Thanks to all the parents who came down to tidy and clear the garden ready for the children to use. The playgroup committee and parents have been equally busy in their fundraising. The Quiz Night last term was a huge success – thanks to all who were involved! The playgroup is very fortunate to have the support of a great group of parents and we are as ever thankful for all their efforts this year. The committee also have a Race Night planned in May. Please contact the playgroup for tickets. St Devenick’s Playgroup is based at St Devenick’s Church Hall on Baillieswells Road. It runs Monday to Friday from 9.10am-12.20pm, with an optional Wednesday lunch club which extends the session until 1.30pm (cost £4). Rising Fives is on a Tuesday and Thursday, from 12.30-3pm. ‘Tots and Toddlers in the Church’ is on a Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.30am. If you would like further information about any of the above please contact the playgroup on 01224 867431 or email Emma, our playgroup administrator:

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Aberdeen 2017 Ladies’ Lunch For Action Medical Research For Children Thanks to everyone who supported the Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch on Thursday 16th March 2017. We welcomed over 260 ladies who enjoyed this special annual fundraising event for Action Medical Research for Children at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. The ladies were inspired by our guest speaker, Paralympian and TV Presenter, Steve Brown, who received a standing ovation - a first in our 20 year history. Students and technical staff from the Business School at RGU volunteered to help make the event a success.

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With all the fabulous raffle prizes donated, including a Star Prize from Gordon Castle, we raised over £8,500. All of the proceeds will be used to fund the very best medical research to help save and change children’s lives. The Aberdeen Committee for Action Medical Research for Children Scotland really appreciates your help in raising this amazing amount of money. With thanks Maggie Atchison, Ros Holmes, Yvonne Rennie and Fiona Warrender

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MBC Festival Logo Design Competition

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Black and white Cults Festival logo was designed by Rev Donald Rennie

Use A5 sized card/ paper (portrait format) Write your name and contact details on the back. Hand your design into Cults Library by Monday 21st August 2017 Public feedback will be sought throughout the 2017 Festival Winning design will be selected in October 2017

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MBC Festival Logo Competition!

The 2017 MBC Festival is shaping up to be a four-week event, which should include something of interest for everyone in the community. We are still finalising all the details, but a handful of recurring events are already committed: The Art Exhibition will run from 25-28 August at Phoenix Hall in Newton Dee. The Jazz Band will play at the Cults Parish Church on Sun 27 August. Everyone is invited to St Devenicks Church for the Family Fun Day on Sat 2 September. The Tennis Club’s Open Evening will take place on Thurs 7 September. The Simeon and Cairnlee Homes will have their Open Day on Sun 10 September. The Rotary Club will host their very popular Cabaret evening on Friday 15 September – our closing event. We’re working on bringing a number of other events to this year’s calendar to add interest – beetle drive, cricket, Storytime at the Library, community walks, running, photography, Rock Choir and plenty of opportunity to chat over morning coffees, afternoon teas and home baking! We will confirm the full and final timetable in the next edition of MBC News. If you can’t wait that long, check our Facebook page, where events will be added as and when committed to: www. Alternatively, if anyone has any questions, feedback or suggestions about the MBC Festival, please contact us via email: mbcfestival@

When the Festival started back in June 1975, it was originally known as the ‘Cults Festival’. Taking place at the end of the school year, the Festival complimented end-of-school year celebrations, and most events centred on the Academy and local churches. The original logo was drawn by Rev. Donald Rennie and was used on all publicity material until the late 1980s. Following a ten-year break, the Festival returned in 1999 as the ‘MBC Festival’, acknowledging the wider local community. The new pennant-style logo, designed by Eleanore McKay, was used for a number of years. This year, we will be running a COMPETITION throughout the MBC Festival to find a new logo! We want to source a logo that we can use from 2018 to clearly identify and promote the MBC Festival in our community. The logo will appear on the posters, flyers and the new banners that we intend using in the three villages - so your artwork could be on display for many years to come! All local residents are welcome to participate – there is no upper or lower age limit. The logo must be sized for A5 (portrait) and must be submitted to the Cults Library by Monday 21st August. You can enter as many times as you like if you have a few different ideas. Just remember to include your name and contact details on the back so that we can contact you. The submitted logos will be displayed in the Library throughout the Festival period. Residents will be encouraged to go in, take a look and vote/give feedback on the ones they like best. All feedback will be taken into consideration by the committee and a final decision made at our final 2017 meeting in October. The winner will be informed directly, and we’ll let everyone know the winner via MBC News at the end of the year.

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We are gradually introducing a new system for the management of urinary tract infections at Cults Medical Group. This is on the back of pharmacies starting to offer treatment for simple urinary tract infections in patients between the ages of 16 and 65.

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If you are between the ages of 16 and 65, are not pregnant and not diabetic, do not suffer from regular urine infections and are not too unwell with your urine infection (no back pain, vomiting or diarrhoea) then it would be entirely appropriate for you to take a visit to the chemist instead of the surgery to discuss whether you need treatment for your possible urine infection. For this reason, you may be asked extra questions when you phone the surgery to ask for an appointment to be seen with urinary symptoms. It may be that you are asked to visit your local chemist, or are indeed given an appointment at the surgery with a nurse practitioner, or asked to speak to a nurse practitioner or a doctor about your symptoms. Please be patient with us while we introduce this new system as our aim is constantly to improve our service in the hope that you are able to get an appointment more quickly when you need to be seen.

The surgery will be closed on 17th April, 1st May, 10th July and 25th September for Public Holidays. In case of an emergency please contact NHS 24, Telephone 111

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If you are heading abroad in the summer and require NHS travel vaccinations, please ensure that you contact the surgery at least eight weeks before travelling.

On the 7th March 2017, a national campaign was launched to inform the public about SPIRE and to make everyone in Scotland aware of the way information from GP patient records is used. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices. The campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services. You have a choice about your patient record being used in this way. To find out more go to www.spire. scot Tracey Wilson, Practice Manager

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Sunday Morning Worship  10.30 am 1 Quarry Road, Cults AB15 9EX 

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PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE. We now meet in room N242, Riverside East, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon’s University, Garthdee Road.

From the Bridge of Dee, take the first left out of the roundabout along Garthdee Road. At the second set of lights after Sainsbury’s, turn left on to the RGU Campus and bear right at the first junction. The Sir Ian Wood Building is to the left of the Faculty of Health and Social Care. There are a number of car parks on the campus, some of which may involve a few minutes’ walk, so allow time for parking. Please also note, with great GDFAS Fundraiser: Earlier start at 6.30 p.m. Followed by: Modern Art and the Art Market regret we are no longer able to offer pre-lecture drinks. For more information, please ring Alison on 01224 869639 or Thyra Dale Chihuly (born 1941) The transformation on 01224 481278 or check the GDFAS website. of the studio glass movement

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Cults Cricket Club Cults CC is alive, well and very much kicking. The ground is getting into shape for the new season. The recruitment of some new players will ensure that both Saturday XI’s will be fully represented, with players available for the Sunday Recreational and Development and Evening League XI’s. Notwithstanding, the club can never have enough players. Holidays, exams and work commitments can diminish the player pool rapidly. So, if any of the readers of this august periodical fancy a game or know of anyone who fancies a game please give me a shout. We cater for all ages and abilities.

As you read this, Camphill School Aberdeen and Newton Dee, on behalf of the Camphill Communities in the UK and Ireland, will be preparing to welcome 140 international delegates from around the world for the triennial International Camphill Dialogue meeting from 24th to 28th May. This will be the second time the Dialogue returns to Aberdeen, the birthplace of the international Camphill Movement which now has more than 120 centres in over 20 countries around the world, the newest being in Palestine. Camphill’s story can inform the current refugee debate as, in 1939, when other European countries refused, the UK offered sanctuary to Karl König and his colleagues. So it was that a small group of largely Austrian Jews found their way to an old manse, Kirkton House, near Insch. It was winter, there was no electricity, no heating, miles from anywhere and few spoke any English; they were deemed as aliens by the Government and the men were soon interned; it was a tough place to create a new home. Nonetheless, it was there that they took in the first person with additional support needs and in June 1940 they moved to Camphill House here in Milltimber. With the support of local people, businesses, banks, the university and the church, our work became established and Camphill became recognised as a place offering services of a high quality to those in need. Now 77 years later, the Movement returns to Aberdeen to celebrate its heritage. A Civic Reception in the Town House will formally acknowledge Aberdeen’s part in this story, visits will take place to Kirkton House, old friendships will be rekindled and our work shared. Today we are embedded in our local community and are pleased to be able to contribute to Aberdeen and the Shire in the many ways we do. We are grateful for your acceptance of our founders so many years ago and look forward to continuing to build new relationships locally. Laurence Alfred (

Allan Park Stadium has wintered extremely well: if the truth be told winter has not turned up. Now all we need is a dry, fine, warm and sunny spring and summer to allow a full season to be played. But am enough of a realist to know that this may not happen, but every effort will be made to allow much cricket to be played.

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A new pavilion will be in place before the season starts. My thanks to Aberdeen City Council for all their assistance in this work. This will serve as the home dressing room and tea area. The existing George Garden Pavilion will continue to serve as the away dressing room. A new mower has been purchased with the award of a grant from the Common Good Fund. The club offers their sincere thanks to Cllr Tauqeer Malik in arranging this grant. Photos show the mower and the ‘hallowed’ square after its first cut and feed. The club wishes to thank all the ward Councillors, Marie Boulton, Aileen Malone and Tauqeer Malik for their help and support during an extremely difficult period for Cults CC. Work is continuing to improve the wider Allan Park and thanks to Aberdeen City Council and The Friends of the Allan Park for their efforts. Financial considerations are always a problem for a truly amateur sports club. If any of the readers wish to contribute and know of anyone who wishes to sponsor Cults CC please get in touch. An open invitation is extended to all come down to the stadium to witness that great game of cricket. You will be warmly welcomed. There is no finer place to watch cricket in the North-East. Ian Sutherland, email – Tel - 07815637407 Treasurer – Cults Cricket Club and Groundsman – Allan Park Stadium

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Cults Library News It has been a busy start to the year at the library. Two new staff members have joined our team, so we have been doing lots of training to make sure that they can do all they can to help you when you visit the library. We have also had a NESCoL class running on Wednesday evening, with the students learning how to improve their photography skills. NESCoL offers a range of classes, details of which can be found at the library or via the NESCoL website. Our Bookbug sessions remain popular with preschool children and their parents. We hold sessions every four weeks on a Monday afternoon at 2pm. The next session dates are the 29th May, 26th June, 24th July & 21st August. Booking is not required for our sessions but if you would like any more information please contact the library on 01224 868346 or email In July, the Central Library will be celebrating its 125th Birthday. There will be a full programme of events both in the Central Library and throughout our community libraries. For more information please visit our website at or contact Cults Library.

runs from Friday 30 June until Saturday 26 August and encourages children to read or share up to six books from their local library over the summer holidays. Any library book can be read - from picture books to talking books and when children complete two, four or six books they receive stickers and rewards. By reading books and collecting stickers, children will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame! Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed youngsters and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way. Fun, free events will take place in libraries throughout the holidays for children taking part in the Challenge. Check out the Summer Reading Challenge website The Challenge is aimed at children aged four to twelve, however children under four can take part using the Pre-school card. The regular Bookbug Story and Rhyme sessions continue in libraries across the city throughout the holiday period when children can take part in the Bookbug Library Challenge.

Cults Library will be taking part in the 2017 MBC festival: we will be hosting some events in the library as well as exhibiting the entries for the new MBC logo completion. Please see the MBC festival programme for more information. Spend a Super Sleuthing Summer at Your Local Library!! The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland takes place in Aberdeen City Libraries again this year with the exciting theme of Animal Agents. Animal Agents is a detective agency with a difference - animal characters solve a series of cases with a little help from their friends. The Challenge

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The Mixing Bowl Aberdeen The Mixing Bowl has had a very exciting three months with the launch of our new logo and website, cooking workshops in high demand and the initial planning of the Deeside Local Food Festival. As you can see we have had an ‘image makeover’ and are very proud of our fresh-looking logo and easy to navigate website. If you would like to get in touch please try out the Contact Us page on the site. We look forward to hearing from you. We managed to squeeze in four workshops in the past three months due to demand. We started with a whisky evening hosted by local resident, Ian McIlwain, whose passion is whisky distilleries … the more abandoned the better. Ian shared his interest with us through photos, audio recordings and observations. Aberdeen Whisky Shop also joined us and provided a tasting to compliment the talk. Bread making with Doug Cookson from Crannach Bakery was equally popular to the point we organised a second session two weeks later. In total 32 bakers created 3 loaves each (a brioche, a ciabatta and a wholemeal). That is a lot of very delicious bread!! Local resident, Deborah Chang, ran a wonderful spicy Chinese workshop at the end of March that concluded with a sit-down Szechwan feast complimented with jasmine tea and fortune cookies. As always, The Mixing Bowl is very grateful to all our guest cooks who come along to share their knowledge. For our last event before the summer break, we will welcome local resident, Andrew Lough, who will demonstrate and talk about BBQ and smoked food on Friday 12th May. Please see our website for further details: www. or The festival is our annual celebration of our talented local food producers. When I say local, I really do mean that. Last year’s event saw 78% of the 40 producers that took part come from within just 25 miles of Cults with more and more new start ups emerging each week. These are exciting times for Scotland’s Food and Drink industry and we are delighted that the North East is a significant part of it. We have big designs for this year’s free entry festival with the theme of ‘Health’. The event will take place on Sunday 17th September at Cults Academy and we look forward to welcoming everyone. Look out for more details in the next issue of MBC News or stay in touch via the new festival website or via

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Nan Shepherd to be commemorated in Cults Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council are delighted to announce approval of their proposal for a commemorative plaque to be installed in Cults for the writer Nan Shepherd, who set her books here in the north-east of Scotland. The plaque will be a visible reminder to the public of her work and her contribution to Scottish literature. It will be mounted at the entrance to the house where she lived, Dunvegan, 503 North Deeside Road, Cults. The inscription will read: Nan Shepherd 1893 – 1981, Novelist, Poet and Educator, Author of The Living Mountain, lived here at Dunvegan all her life. A reception to mark the unveiling of the plaque will be held in June. Nan Shepherd graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1915 and then taught English Literature at the Aberdeen Training Centre for Teachers, now the University’s School of Education, until her retirement in 1956. She was, by all accounts, a gifted and inspiring teacher, with a feminist approach in her lectures, ahead of her time. She was renowned for the enthusiasm with which she helped and encouraged students, colleagues, and other writers. Nan Shepherd was engaged in literary activity all her adult life, editing and reviewing and writing. Her three novels, The Quarry Wood (1928), The Weatherhouse (1930) and A Pass in the Grampians (1933) are set in rural communities in the north-east, and are full of the earthy speech of its people and the bleak grandeur of its

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Her final published work The Living Mountain also reflects on her experience of walking in the Cairngorms and is a series of meditations on the mountains and the life forms within them. Like her fiction and poetry, this book is underpinned by philosophical thought and soon became recognised as a masterpiece. It has encouraged many thousands of readers to see the Scottish landscape with new eyes. Nan Shepherd was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen in 1964 and she is also commemorated in Edinburgh’s Makars’ Court with her own stone bearing the words from The Quarry Wood, “it’s a grand thing to get leave to live.” Last year an image of Nan Shepherd was included on one of the new £5 notes unveiled by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Guus Glass of the Cults Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council said: “We are proud to have nominated Nan Shepherd for this recognition by the City of Aberdeen and are delighted that her life and achievements are to be honoured here in Cults where she lived all her life. We hope that the commemorative plaque will inspire more people to read her books.” The community council is keen to contact anyone who knew Nan Shepherd or anyone who would like to be invited to the reception in June to mark the unveiling of the plaque. Please contact Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council at Photograph reproduced with permission of Erlend Clouston.

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Cults Canoe Club – Spring/Summer Update Throughout the winter, we have run trips on the Dee, Don and North Esk for different levels of paddlers in kayaks and canoes. We are now looking forward to the warmer and longer days of summer. Pool sessions held over the winter at Cults Academy were well attended and we welcomed some new faces to the Club. We are also running a rolling clinic and skills improvement sessions in the pool at Aberdeen Grammar. These sessions however, are now fully booked but if you are interested please check our website for the next opportunity. On 21st May, we are participating in an ‘open day’ at Knockburn Loch. This is a small man-made loch accessed off the Slug Road to Stonehaven. We will have kayaks, canoes, paddles, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available to borrow. You will be supervised by qualified coaches and experienced members who will be there to assist you. A barbeque will be provided by the event organisers. Changing facilities, toilets and hot showers are available on site. Please check our website for details of time and directions to Knockburn Loch nearer to the date. From May through till August, we will be holding sessions every second Thursday evening at Knockburn Loch: it is a fantastic, safe, sheltered place to learn the basics and develop skills. On some Wednesday evenings, we will be running sessions at Invercannie on the River Dee for improvers. Details will be posted on our website. We are willing to consider requests from groups to organise day/ evening events and have run sessions for scouts, guides and other groups in the past. The club is affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association and operates under their guidance to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Please visit our new website - - to learn more about our club, what we do, who we are, check useful links and study the calendar of trips and events. If you’d like to join the club there is a link to membership too. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside Rotary District 1010 Primary Schools Quiz Competition 2017 On March 7th, 2017 five local primary schools in the Aberdeen Deeside area battled it out to go through to the next round of the Rotary Primary Schools Quiz competition. This heat of the quiz was organised by the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside Youth and Vocational team. Teams of four pupils from Airyhall, Culter, Cults, Kingswells and Milltimber, each tackled 60 questions, six questions per round, on a range of topics – Alphabet, Geography, Mathematics, Literature, Human Body, Sport, History, Natural World, Pot Luck and Pictures. All teams performed exceptionally well with very high scores, but there had to be a winner and for the third year in a row Airyhall won with a magnificent score of 106, four points ahead of the runnersup, Cults. The winning team, Airyhall, pictured with their trophy, go on to compete next in the area heat of the Rotary District 1010 Competition to be held at Portlethen Academy on Saturday 29th April.

Charity Art Evening

A reminder that the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside will be holding their 14th annual Charity Art Evening in aid of Easter Anguston Farm, War Child and Rotary Charities at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen, at 7pm on Sunday 14th May, 2017. (Doors open 6pm) This event has been running for over 13 years based at The Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen thanks to the continued kind generosity of Mr Stewart Spence. This year’s artist, Michael Samson, is making a return visit after his great success in 2013. During the evening, Michael will describe what he is doing and answer questions from the audience. While painting he will explain his techniques of choosing colours, building the composition etc. The painting produced, will be auctioned on the night and further examples of Michael’s work will be on sale. We encourage artists and students who enjoy art to attend the evening. Tickets are available via the club website –, from Milton of Crathes Gallery and Gallery at 55 in Stonehaven. For more information contact John Conroy, Tel 07989877745


Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside urges Aberdeen, Cults, Milltimber, Bieldside and Culter to go Purple4Polio for a polio-free world. The Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside is helping to rid the world of polio by supporting this nationwide initiative, by holding events to raise funds and awareness of the deadly disease, which is on the brink of eradication. We hope you saw the lovely purple crocuses the club planted for the Spring!! To fundraisie we also have Purple Ice-Cream, Purple4Polio Jam and Crocus Buttonholes. A small stock of jam and buttonholes is held by our club and can be purchased by donation from Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside or by contacting John Conroy email Tel 07989877745.

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Cults Hillwalking Club The club website has been undergoing a bit of a makeover these last few months and is well worth a visit. From the CALENDAR function, you can access details of the proposed walks and indoor meets; you can also read about and see pictures of previous walks. To complement the new site is a new logo. Early May will see many of the club enjoying a social weekend away. This year we will be visiting Kingusssie, staying at the Duke of Gordon Hotel. The hotel will be holding a ceilidh, a happy coincidence as the club unfortunately had to cancel its own ceilidh this year. There may also be a whisky tasting. We will of course also be doing some walking in the hills around Kingussie. New members are always welcome. Do come along and see what a varied programme we offer. Evening meetings are normally held at Cults Community Centre starting at 7.30 pm. The new club website has full details of all the 2016-2017 club walks and other activities, or you can contact: Chairman, Paul Dumont 01224 863938 Membership Secretary John Adams on 01224 868402, May 4


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Hello from Milltimber School & the PTA At Milltimber School we try very hard to ensure that we listen to our pupils’ ideas and suggestions for improving teaching and learning as well as improving our school environment. Our Pupil Council focus on fundraising activities and recently raised £474 for Comic Relief ’s Red Nose Day. They also organise very popular challenges where younger children work alongside their siblings and the older children. Our Eco Council are very committed to improving our environment and recently visited the David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park to get ideas for the gardening work they are planning in the grounds of the school. The Eco Council were delighted to receive gardening equipment from Cala Homes which should make their digging and planting tasks easier. Our Sports Council were given the very exciting news in the last week of term that Milltimber School has been awarded the Sportscotland School Sports Award at Silver Level which highlights the importance the school and its pupils give to promoting sport. Our Sports Council are now looking to carry out new initiatives to get the Gold Award. Our next PTA community event will be our Milltimber Family Fun Day, which will be held at Milltimber School on Saturday, 27th May from 12.00 – 3.00pm.  We look forward to the favourites, such as: chocolate tombola, climbing wall, magician shows, ice-cream stall, BBQ (which is kindly supplied by Kippie Lodge), nail art, tattoos, class hampers, indoor games and many more exciting new activities! We have an action-packed afternoon planned, which should have something for everyone, so please come along and help us make the Family Fun Day a great success. Tickets will be priced £3 for adults and £1 for children including coffee/tea/juice & cake. This event will be followed by our Family Bingo night on Friday, 15th September hosted by Kippie Lodge, £15 per ticket, which includes a meal and five games of bingo. Fantastic raffle prizes. Book a table for a fun, packed evening. Tickets available from MilltimberPTAsecretary@hotmail. com Money raised by the PTA goes towards additional educational equipment for the school outwith Aberdeen City Council’s budget.  These things are vital in order to support teachers and pupils in the provision of a quality education.  While the PTA events may be considered to be for the pupils and families of the school, we are keen to involve the wider community in the life and activities of the school.  Most PTA events, such as the Quiz Night, Bingo, Christmas Market, Family Fun Day, (and more!) are open to all and we look forward to seeing some new faces at our upcoming events. 

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Milltimber Playgroup News At playgroup, children have been busy with the topic ‘All About Me’, sharing their likes and dislikes, drawing self-portraits, and studying their five senses. Playgroup has also very much enjoyed celebrating a range of special occasions. The children marked Robbie Burns Day with traditional Scottish songs and a delicious snack of haggis, neeps and tatties! Moving on to a rather different celebration, children heralded the Chinese New Year with their very own Chinese restaurant and learned to write some Chinese symbols. At our Forest School sessions on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons, we’ve had a very varied term, weather-wise - wind, rain, snow and warm sun! The children have responded to the conditions with interest and joy, jumping into enormous puddles, being blown about by the wind, going on expeditions to keep warm in the snow, and rolling down the hill in the sun. The mud kitchen equipment is ever popular.  The children are learning about the detail of the wood when choosing ingredients for their mud soup, science as they mix and stir, social skills as they share and cooperate, and creativity as they concoct new mixtures. The woods also provide great physical and imaginative challenges - homes, dens, lives and stories are created week after week. The term finished with two special events. Forest school held a family forest celebration, cooking pancakes over a campfire, and toasting marshmallows to perfection. Playgroup invited all the children (and their favourite furry friends) to a teddy bear’s picnic! The children had a wonderful time at both events. Looking ahead, our dedicated team are planning exciting topics for the summer term including Easter, mini beasts, and the changing seasons, as well as being ready to build on the ideas that the children themselves bring along.

We held one fundraiser this term: our annual ‘Race Night’, run by the fantastic Khyber Pass. This was as successful and entertaining an event as ever—thanks to everyone who came along, supported the playgroup, and made it such a great night. We are particularly grateful to Rustichetto Pizzeria for generously donating pizzas for everyone on the night! Milltimber Playgroup operate from the Milltimber Community Association Hall. In addition to our weekday morning sessions, we also offer an optional lunch club and a wrap-around service which transports children to Milltimber School Nursery’s afternoon session if required, providing seamless childcare from 0915 to 1535, Monday to Friday. We also offer the wrap-around transportation service from Milltimber school morning nursery and lunch club for our Friday afternoon Forest School session, which provides childcare from 0830 to 1440. There is currently space in some sessions, and more places will be available in August. Please contact our Playgroup Manager Julie McWilliam on 07740 575273 or email to find out more or to arrange to visit and meet the staff; we look forward to welcoming you!

Simeon House News Spring is in the air at Simeon House with early signs of new growth in our Golden Garden. Our newly appointed team of Nature, Crafts and Activities Leader and Gardener are looking forward to making the most of what our garden has to offer and encouraging the residents to take an active part in the outdoors. We have now well and truly settled in to our new building and are benefiting from the different options it gives us for our communal activities, the most popular of which is our poetry reading in the fireside lounge. There have been some personnel changes at Simeon since the last update, not least of which is the appointment of our new General Manager, Keith Nunn. Keith has a lot of experience of the health and care sector and is delighted to be joining the Simeon team and proud to be contributing to the community. Those of you that know Jeannie will pleased to know that she will continue to be involved with Simeon and the wider Camphill communities in a special advisory role. Simeon still also benefits from the youthful enthusiasm of our international volunteers. They join us from all over the world to live and work in Simeon for up to a year. They learn about our approach to care and support of the older generation and develop their skills under the supervision of our experienced Nursing and Care team. If you are interested in joining our team and contributing to life here at Simeon you can find out more by visiting our website, like our Facebook page, call 01224 862415 or email “May you live all the days of your life”, Jonathon Swift  Cairnlee Road, Bieldside, AB15 9BN Charity Number SC012239

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Japan Day Returns to Cults Academy Japan Day Aberdeen is a volunteer-led organisation founded in 2004 by Mr Kazuo Yamazaki. The relationship between Japan and Scotland began just over four hundred years ago in 1613 when King James of Scotland and England sent John Saris, the first British envoy, to Japan. He bore the gift of a telescope and a request for trading relations between Britain and Japan to start. Scotland has continued this tradition, especially in Aberdeen and the Northeast. Thomas Blake Glover, born in Fraserburgh in 1838, was instrumental in the development of Japan as an industrial nation in the late 1800s and became known as the ‘Scottish Samurai’. In recognition of the past, present and future connections between Japan and Aberdeen, the Japan Day Aberdeen Organisation (JDAO) hosts an annual festival event to inspire communities to develop an appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture and heritage as well as our historical relationship. Founded in 2004, Japan Day celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2016 at Cults Academy, attracting over 1000 visitors and raising over £900 for charity. Following this huge success, this year’s event returns to Cults Academy on Sunday 11th June and is sure to be a fun day for the whole family. There will be lots of exciting activities to enjoy, including taiko drumming, a cosplay competition, kids’ sumo, children’s games, martial arts demonstrations, arcade games and much more! Entry to the event and all activities is free. There will also be stalls featuring Japanese and Scottish food, as well as other exhibitors from local, and further afield, businesses. You can also get involved with the many volunteering opportunities, either in preparation for the event or helping on the day. By becoming a volunteer at Japan Day, you will have a unique opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and develop an understanding of Japanese culture, heritage and this historical relationship. If this sounds like something that interests you, then we would love to hear from you. You can contact us via email at for more details. When: Sunday 11th June 2017, 10am – 5.30pm Where: Cults Academy, Quarry Road, Cults. Please follow us on facebook japandayaberdeenorganisation/ or twitter @JDayAberdeen

Maggie’s Culture Crawl is coming to Aberdeen Maggie’s Culture Crawl will make its debut in Aberdeen this summer – giving walkers special access to some of the Granite City’s most iconic buildings and raising vital funds for Maggie’s Aberdeen. More than 1,000 supporters have already taken part in the hugely popular Scottish Culture Crawls in Edinburgh and Glasgow, which have raised over £240,000 to support people affected by cancer, and their families. Now Aberdeen is launching its own Culture Crawl. Walkers will have exclusive access to some of the city’s hidden architectural treasures; enjoy local heritage and cultural surprises; and soak up the party atmosphere with music, and food and drink from local suppliers along the 10-mile route. All money raised from the crawl will go directly to supporting the Maggie’s Aberdeen Centre, which costs over £400,000 a year to run. Maggie’s, which provides free services to people affected by cancer, hopes to raise £25,000 through the culture crawl. The walk is being sponsored by Brodies LLP, Scotland’s largest law firm and will take place at 5pm on Friday 23 June. Walkers will set off from the Maggie’s Aberdeen Centre and make their way through the city before finishing at the David Welch Winter Gardens in the Duthie Park. The locations and exact route will be kept secret until the day of the Culture Crawl. So, to uncover secrets and see Aberdeen as never before, you’ll have to sign up to take part! Maggie’s relies entirely on voluntary donations to deliver its unique, evidence-based programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer. Great architecture and design is vital to the care offered at Maggie’s, providing the calm, uplifting environment that is so important to the people who visit and work in them. The charity works with world-famous architects such as Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. The registration fee for the event is £20 with everyone asked to raise a minimum of £100 each. The minimum age for participants is 16 years old and those aged 16 to 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. More information about the Maggie’s Aberdeen Culture Crawl can be found at: or contact Stephanie Fulton, 01224 628085,



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Cults Playgroup News Despite much cold, wet and windy weather, the children are still keen to play outdoors. There has been much squelching, trampling and digging in our mud patch where treasure can often be found. Wood blocks and cut logs stimulate imaginative play and balls, hoops, and tricycles are used with enthusiasm. We look forward to warmer weather and spending more time outside. The indoor playroom is set up for the children to access toys of their choice. We have been following a theme about ‘Ourselves’ for much of the term. There was great enthusiasm for life size paintings and close observation in a mirror to see what we really look like. The role play area is always popular and has been set up as a family house with busy kitchen, a hospital and finally a busy road, with tricycle “cars”, which pedestrians could cross with the help of the ‘lollipop’ person. Lots of learning about people who help and care for us.

talking about Mum and the making of a special card and edible gift for Mothering Sunday. World Book Day was celebrated with the children bringing in their favourite stories and acting out ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ as well as having ‘The Gruffalo’ characters in the tuff tray. We were pleased to welcome Birgitte Legge of ‘ABC Education’ who led the children in exciting PE sessions exploring a variety of movement ideas and skills using small equipment, music and games. Great fun was had by all. The fundraising committee have been busy and held an extremely successful Burns Night Supper on 21 January. Thank you to all those who made donations to this event.

We celebrated Burns Day with a snack of oatcakes and cheese, with Scottish music playing in the background. On Valentine’s Day, the children had an opportunity to discuss feelings and this led to

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Once upon a time there were five prehistoric cairns in the Cults area. Today, only one of these remains, the Bieldside Cairn, situated at the junction of the aptly named Cairn Crescent and Cairnlee Avenue. Once surrounded by open fields, Bieldside Cairn is now encircled by houses and so you may not have known of its existence or you may have walked or driven past this large pile of stones without realising its significance. Many prehistoric cairns were built to mark the grave, or in memory, of a person or people. Thought to date from about 2000BC, the Bieldside Cairn is a substantial mound of loose stones measuring approximately 24 metres in diameter and standing up to four metres high. This solitary cairn is a permanent reminder of the vast length of time that humankind has inhabited this part of Deeside.

In 1977, the cairn was designated a Scheduled Monument and therefore protected under the Ancient Monuments Acts. This timely decision prevented any further removal of stones, “as rumour has it, the size of the cairn was decreasing in direct proportion to the increase in the growth of local rock gardens.” (Roy Howard, Cults Past and Present, p.16) Where were the other four cairns located? In 1805, the Pitfodels estate was divided into plots and an 1807 map, detailing the extent of these plots, clearly illustrates that a cairn existed on the high ground to the north of the most westerly point of Craigton Road. However records from 1866 show that this cairn by then no longer existed. These 1866 records state that three cairns of notable size existed within the Cults area, the Bieldside Cairn and two located on what is now the site of Cults Academy. On the same map, at the nearby site of what is now the primary school, “site of the cairn” is recorded, along with the statement “a stone cist and human remains found here”. This supports the idea that the original use of the prehistoric cairn was to mark a grave. A post war Ordnance Survey map records only the one remaining cairn. It would seem that apart from their location as evidence of their former existence very little is known about the four ‘missing’ cairns. What happened to the four ‘missing’ cairns? Although we will never really know what happened to all the stones from these cairns, local history gives some clues. In the early 1800s much of Cults and Pitfodels was being divided into plots. Over the years, these large plots were sub-divided into smaller plots. Landowners and farmers, looking to enclose their boundaries with stone dykes would require a large amount of stones. In August 1829 there was a great flood named the Muckle Spate. The River Dee rose rapidly above its normal level, up to eight metres in places. Lots of stones were needed to shore up the banks of the river. And then of course there are the rock gardens!More information can be found in Roy Howard’s book, Cults Past and Present and at

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The tennis summer season is in full swing. Teams play on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with Saturday and Sunday afternoons set aside for social play. On Thursday evenings, courts are given over to the juniors for their sole use. Anyone interested in joining CLTC is invited to come along on a Saturday at 2pm, have a game, meet the players and find out more about the club. This season Junior Social Play has been introduced from 1pm till 2pm on Sunday afternoons. As this session is unsupervised, parents will be responsible for their children’s activity at the club. Coaching sessions for different junior age groups during the school term are on the Cults Tennis Club website and the summer holiday programme will be announced shortly on the website. The Social Calendar from May to September includes the following events: MAY - Sat 6th Dinner & Doubles - Sun 14th Parent&Kids Tournament – Fri 19th &Sat 20th Total Club Tennis with a Tournament for Social Players on Fri evening and Team players on Sat evening. JUNE - Fri 2nd Quiz Night - Sun 11th Junior Fun Day - Sat 17th Mid-summer Tournament starting early evening and including a barbecue meal. AUGUST – During the first week of August, the club hosts the North-East Tournament which is a national event. This is followed by the Club’s Own Championships starting on Mon 7th. SEPTEMBER – Thurs 7th MBC Play Tennis Open Evening for Juniors and Adults - Sat 9th Club Championships Finals Day - Fri 15th Adult Tournament and Meal. For more information check the club website or contact the club secretary Dan Packham d.packham@ or the club coach Gareth Rennie

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Culter Heritage Centre The Heritage Centre in Culter has opened for the season and will be open each Saturday & Sunday from 2-4pm until the end of October. There are a number of new exhibits this year including a collection of over 400 dolls from all over the world. There are also photographs of the AWPR construction, Culter Farms, Model Railway, over 100 years of Culter school photographs, and much more. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors. The Heritage Centre and Hall are situated at the bottom of Station Road East and can also be accessed by walking or cycling along the Deeside Way. In the refurbished Heritage Hall, delicious afternoon teas are served on Saturday and Sundays; there is also an opportunity to view “Art in the Hall” with pictures from local artists. Please drop in and enjoy what we have to offer.

News from Culter & District pipe Band

We are sorry to have lost our Pipe Major, Neil-John Robertson, who has moved overseas and we would like to mention that his devotion over the past six years has been second to none. We have witnessed him take the band from strength to strength as well as promoting an ever-increasing learner section. We wish him all the best on his next adventure in Houston. Our Pipe Sergeant Grant Noble will be taking over as our Pipe Major for the rest of this season   Our next local engagement is leading the parade at the Culter Gala on the 27th May. We are also running the hospitality tent at this event and will be serving tea and coffee along with a selection of sandwiches and home bakes. The band will be piping and drumming through the village in the evening and it would be great if you could come along and support us.   Competition season started with the Local Pipe Band Competition in Banchory and later this month we are travelling to Paisley for the British Pipe Band Championships; another great day out for the band.   Lots more to look forward to later this year and as always if you would like to become part of our band please get in touch and come along and meet everyone. All levels of ability are welcome.   Susan Falconer Band manager Tel: 07540 530705

           Exercise Classes to Music Improve Fitness, Flexibility and Strength Have fun ! See listing at back of MBC News for class times. or visit


During the public holidays on Monday, 17th April and 1st May, the practice will be open for pre-booked consultations but emergencies will be handled by NHS24 (telephone 111) and GMED. Details will be available via reception. It is never too early to be thinking ahead to any travel immunisation requirements which may need to be planned for the summer holidays. Our practice does offer a travel service, although this requires forward planning. Reception will give you some forms to complete, and the travel nurse then plans your requirements and an appointment is made to discuss and organise these in more detail. Nowadays there are several private organisations (e.g. pharmacy businesses) which provide an excellent comprehensive travel health service, and these are probably being increasingly used, partly due to the convenience they offer. Best wishes Dr Douglas Harris

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QUIZ NIGHT At Cults Academy

Friday, 5th of May Doors open at 7:30pm STARTS prompt 8:00pm Teams can be up to 8 people Finger food will be served LICENCED BAR

£6 Per person






It was with some relief that we learned that the A93 road closures at Milltimber, relating to AWPR works, were to be confined to a small number of weekends. It has been a disruptive time for many, including the medical practice - house calls to the east or south of Culter have taken significantly longer when we have had to negotiate the three-way traffic lights at Milltimber Brae.

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What’s On Locally Body Stress Release a Gentle Technique to Relieve Tension and Pain Body Stress Release is an effective non-invasive technique which helps release muscle stress, often the underlying cause of pain. BSR can help with Back pain, sciatica, slipped discs, Neck pain, arthritis, whiplash, hip pain, frozen shoulder, RSI, Migraines, headaches, neuralgia, TMJ problems, tennis elbow, gyneacological disorders, dizziness and many other ailments.

For more information visit or just call me to make an appointment.

Ionela F. Borodatencu

BSR Practitioner, MBSRA (UK)/BCMA Reg.

07880 – 69 55 69

As I write this, April is coming in like a lion – hopefully it will go out like a lamb! As befits the time of year, I have been doing a bit of springcleaning on this listing, asking venues for lists of what bookings they have and using this as a check to find out if classes are still running and if the contacts are still the same. I would really appreciate it if you spot anything wrong, that you let me know! As I have said many times, this listing is only as good as the information I receive. Thanks to all who volunteer in our community to ensure that we have lots of activities to enjoy. Best wishes, Eleanor Brennan, Tel 862262, email:


Abbreviations for the venues CA - CAP - CKC - CPCWC - CPS - DCFC - HCC - ISP – KCC KMCC - MCAH - MEHC – MPS - PCH - PCND - PSP- PVH – SCC - SDCH - SPHH - WRIH - WSC - Page 38

Cults Academy Cults Academy Pool Cults Kirk Centre Cults Parish Church Worship Centre Cults Primary School Deeside Christian Fellowship Church, Milltimber Hillview Community Church International School, Pitfodels Kingswells Community Centre Kaimhill Community Centre Milltimber Community Association Hall Murtle Estate Hall, Camphill Milltimber Primary School Peterculter Church Hall Phoenix Centre, Newton Dee Peterculter Sports Centre Peterculter Village Hall Scout Centre, South Ave, Cults St. Devenick’s Church Hall, Bieldside St. Peter’s Heritage Hall, Peterculter WRI Hall, Kirk Crescent, Cults Waldorf School, Craigton Road, Cults mbc NEWS Issue 175 May-June-July‘17

CONTRIBUTE to COMMUNITY LIFE through your HOBBY The Community Council is urgently looking for Volunteers to revive: - the management of the use of community facilities available for your current and future leisure and learning activities. and/or - the management and running of a community minibus to support community life. This is a ‘use it or lose it’ opportunity to put something back into your community by simply enjoying your hobby or leisure time activity. Please do not let this pass by. Interested? Contact Guus Glass on 01224 864925 or Eleanor Brennan on 01224 862262.

Fitness, Sport and Dance Badminton - Junior, CA Saturdays, 1.30 - 5.30pm Sept to April Email Badminton - Adult, CA Tuesdays, 7.30 - 10.00pm Gordon Inglis, Tel : 730256 BADMINTON - SOCIAL, MCAH Mondays, 1.30 - 3.00pm Wednesdays, 10.00am - 1200noon Contact Marion Anderson, Tel : 732505 CULTS CANOE CLUB Regular trips for all levels of ability Contact or Cults Canoe Club on Facebook CULTS BOWLING CLUB All ages very welcome. Summer Bowling, Winter Activities Contact David Steele, Tel : 868485 CULTS CRICKET CLUB Contact Ian Sutherland, Tel : 742833 CULTS FIT FOLK, HCC For men and women over 55. Wednesdays 10.00-11.00 am Contact Ellie Whyte, Tel : 861204 CULTS HILLWALKING CLUB, CPS Indoor session 1st Thursday of the month 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Walks on Sundays, 10 days after the meeting. Contact Paul Dumont, Tel. 863938 or John Knowles, Tel. 868051 BONACCORD MBC HOCKEY CLUB, CA P4 – P7, Tuesdays, 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. S1 – Senior, 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. Email: Mob. 07434-192089 YOUTH HOCKEY COACHING Tuesdays, 5.45 – 7.00 p.m., end Aug to Easter - Robert Gordon’s College pitches, Countesswells Road. Run by Gordonians Hockey Club but boys and girls from P4 to S4 from all schools are welcome. Sticks can be provided. More details at CULTS LAWN TENNIS CLUB 32 Abbotshall Place, Cults See separate item in MBC News for full details. Contact Dan Packham (Sec.) d.packham@ or  Gareth Rennie, (Head Coach), g.rennie@ CULTS OTTERS SWIMMING CLUB, CAP Development swimming classes and Junior Coaching sessions. Contact Jo Gibson, Tel. 868124 Email: cults.otters. CULTS SPORTS COMPLEX , CA Open Mon- Fri, 17.00 -22.00 & 08.3017.00 on weekends. Fitness Suite, Exercise Classes, Indoor Swimming Pool, 2 Sports Halls, Dance Studio and AstroTurf pitch Contact 01224 507 685 See separate article in the magazine for full details.

CYCLISTS’ TOURING CLUB GRAMPIAN Weekly rides led by trained leaders. Cyclists at all levels of ability and newcomers welcome Contact Gerard Vlaar, Tel. 734799 FLEX ‘n STRETCH TO THE BEAT, PSC Wednesdays 8.00 – 9.00 p.m. Varied fitness levels. Contact Anne Low, Tel. 868553 CULTER YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB Boys’ & Girls’ Teams, aged 6 to 19 years. Training most days. Contact Jason White, Tel. 07541027846 or 869474 Email: FOOTBALL IN THE COMMUNITY, PSC Wed, 4.00-5.00pm 5-8 year olds Contact Dons in the Community Tel : 650472 or 650432 Pre-School Football (KCC) Mon, 1.00-1.30 p.m., 1.30-2.00 p.m., 2.00-2.30 p.m. Fri, 9.30-10.00 a.m. 10.0010.30 a.m. 1.30-2.00 p.m.(Classes also available at Airyhall Community Centre) Contact Alison McLeod Tel: GRAMPIAN CARDIAC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION Exercise classes at Kippie Lodge, Milltimber, RGU Sports Garthdee and other venues in Aberdeen Contact Douglas Pacitti, Tel: 01569 763372 e: or speak to the Cardiac Nurse at Cults Surgery w: KARATE Various sessions around this area – see website for full list. Mondays 6.30 – 8.00 p.m., ISP Fridays 4.30 – 5.30 p.m., CPS Contact Ronnie Watt, Tel. 734607 FRISKIS & SVETTIS- SWEDISH STYLE KEEP FIT Monday 7.30pm, HCC, Basic (Rosey) Thursday 9.30am, HCC, Basic (Gavin) Saturday 11.00am, CA Basic (Rota) For more info contact Rosey 310380 Just turn up - no need to sign up for a block - all welcome Pilates, PSC Peterculter Sports Centre : Mon. afternoon, Tues afternoon evening,Thurs. evening Camphill School, Murtle Wed. evenings Cults Parish Church Worship Centre : Fri. mornings All classes must be booked in advance. Contact Solveig Dahle Smith, Tel. 861421 PILATES (WRIH) Wednesdays 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Classes run by a trained physiotherapist Contact Laura McKay, Mob. 07734 312798, email laura@physiotherapilates. SOCCER FOR 5-10 YR OLDS, CPS Wednesday afternoons, term time only 3.30 – 4.30 Boys and Girls aged 5 – 7 4.30 -5.30 Boys and Girls aged 8 -10 Contact Ian Wilson, 07770-996767

SOCCER FOR OVER 30’s, CPS Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. Contact Alistair Brown, Tel. 861314 Peterculter sports centre Coronation Road, Peterculter Tel : 732069 Fitness studio, aerobics classes, creche. Monthly membership or ad hoc prices SWIMMING - LIFESAVING CLUB (Adults 14+/Rookies/Junrs 10+) Mondays 6.30-9.30pm ontact Anne Gwynne - Tel : 868846 SWIMMING, CAP Adult Lane sessions Mon 8.30-10.00 p.m Wed. 7.45-8.30 am; Friday 7.45-8.30 am Public session, Friday 8.00-9.30 p.m. Sat and Sun - Adult Lane swimming 8.30-10.00 am followed by public swimming 10.00-12.00. All welcome Continues during school holidays. Contact Sports Aberdeen, Tel. 866282 TAI CHI, (ATCC’88), CPCWC Wednesdays, 7.00 - 9.30pm Contact Don Wells - Tel : 645521 SEAFIELD WALKING GROUP Fortnightly walks for the Over 50s Bus departs from Countesswells Programme includes moderate and easy walks. Contact Jenny, 01569731017 or 07773-072968 Woodburn WalkING GROUP Rambling for the over 50s Meet alternate Tuesdays at Hazlehead Bus Terminus Travel by hire bus Average walk +/- 7 miles Contact Joyce, Tel. 01224 323925 or Maureen, Tel. 01224 318075 AURINKO YOGA Sundays, 4.30-6.00pm Contact Aidan Mulkerrin, 07710-495552 HATHA YOGA, CKC Mixed class, beginners welcome. Wednesdays, 7.00 -8.00 p.m. Contact Deborah Thompson, Mob. 07821704826 YOGA, CKC Wednesdays, 7.00 - 8.30 p,m, Contact Fiona Britee, Tel. 487712


ABERDEEN KILT KICKERS AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE CLUB (WRIH) Mondays 7.30 – 9.00 p.m Beginners 9.00 – 10.00 Mainstream Dancers Thursdays 7.30-10.00 p.m. Mainstream and Plus Dancers Contact Tom White, Tel. 318963 DANS SENIOR, PSC - Fridays 11.00-12.00 during term time Disco, Jazz, Rock, Swing - there’s no age limit for dancing! Nothing complicated, just simple, inspiring moves. No need to book, just come along!  £3.50 for non members, £3 for Friskis & Svettis members. Tel. Jackie, Mob 07427014700, Fiona, Mob 07885288121 or www.

KAREN BERRY SCHOOL OF DANCE Classes for children and adults available in Cults and Peterculter For details see website www. or contact Karen Berry, Tel. 647341 TAYLOR SCHOOL OF DANCE, MCAH Recreational & Vocational classes available Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Street Jazz, Boys Only Street Moves, Contemporary & Parent and Toddler Dance Contact Helen Colleran, Mob. 07531811506 E-Mail - w: GENTLE EXERCISE, INCL DANCE, CPCWC Thursdays, 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Sept. to Dec., Jan. to Mar. Contact Fiona Murray, Tel. 702305 FOLK DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (PCND) Adults. Wed. 7.00 -8.30 p.m. (school term times only) Contact Andrene Thompson, Tel. 781232 MAINLY MUSIC, HCC Music and movement for prepreschoolers and their caregivers, followed by coffee and chat for the adults while the children play. Thursdays 9.45 a.m. Contact Iris Johns 07764 940176 or e-mail OLD TIME & SEQUENCE DANCE CLASS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month 7.45 – 10.00 p.m. £5.00 per class Dunbar Street Community Hall, Old Aberdeen Contact Eileen or James, 01224-314953 Scottish Country Dancing, WRIH Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. (mid Sept. to end March) Contact Sheila Fyfe, Tel. 868164 Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. Not suitable for complete beginners Contact Lynn Wood, Tel. 636128

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Hobbies and Social CULTS O50 CLUB, CKC Wednesdays, Lunch from 12.00 Announcements/speaker 12.45 Other activities include bridge and scrabble, walks, theatre,cinema, local history outings, garden visits, art appreciation,a book group – the list is endless!Open to anyone over 50, not only Cults residents Details of activities on the website Contact Liz Kilvington, Tel. 867103 or Margaret Wood, Tel. 310685, MILLTIMBER O50 CLUB, MCAH Meet monthly in the winter on Wednesdays at 2.00 p.m. for talks. Other social events include walks, cycle rides, theatre visits, outings, garden visits, lunch outings and city breaks. Annual favourites are BBQ, Games night and a Christmas Party. Open to anyone over 50. New members are welcome. Contact John Park, Tel. 733057 or Robin Dyer, Tel 732445 ADULT ART CLASSES, HCC Wednesdays, 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. Contact Jenny Hunter, Tel. 07751715343 Cults Art Club, CCC This is a self help group for Adults held in Cults Community Centre on Wednesday nights from 1930 to 2130 during school term. Contact Gordon Crooks tel. 07784838341

FRIENDSHIP IN ART Fortnightly - Fridays 10-12noon Contact 01224 733979 ABERDEEN bridge CLUB 14 Rubislaw Terrace, Tel : 644773 Monday to Thursday - 7-10pm Adult Lessons Wed - 7pm Sept April PETERCULTER BRIDGE CLUB, PVH Fridays, 1.15 – 4.00 p.m., Sept.-April Contact Ellen Smith (Sec.), Tel. 867028 Email - CAFÉ ONE, DCFC Thurs 9:15am-12:00 (term time only) CALLIGRAPHY GROUP, Sessions arranged according to demand Contact Isobel Archibald, Tel. 867303 THE HUB CKC Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 pm To volunteer as a helper, contact the Hub Manager, Tracy Gordon, Mob. 07503867682 MILLTIMBER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, MCAH Wide range of activities for all ages General enquiries Tasha, Tel. 739797 To hire the hall Margaret, Tel. 732477 Or facebook ‘Milltimber Community Hall’

Craft & Needlework Class, Wednesdays, 1.30 p.m. –4.00 p.m. 10 lessons, £70 Beginners and more experienced catered for Contact Yvonne Weir, Tel. 732098 Email:- ABERDEEN CHORUS - SWEET ADELINES INTL. Come and sing with us in harmony. Open to girls/ladies over 14. Mondays, 7:00 – 10.00 p.m. Curl Aberdeen, Eday Walk, AB15 6LN Albacappella, Kippie Ladies singing group Albacappella is moving to a new, temporary rehearsal venue from January – March 2017. Come along and sing every Wednesday from 7.30pm at Kippie Lodge. For more information, visit

FOLK EVENING, CKC Monthly on the 2nd Friday, 7.30 p.m. Both musicians and listeners most welcome. Bring your own beverage. Contact Jan Johnson, Tel. 867951 Aberdeen Gaelic Club Brings together Gaelic speakers and individuals interested in Gaelic language and culture. The Club organises Gaelic language evening classes, day courses and other social activities including a monthly coffee afternoon and children’s club on the last Saturday of each month (except July and December) in the Boys Brigade Hall, Crimon Place, Aberdeen, 2.30 - 4pm, to which all are welcome.  Email for more information.

DEESIDE CHORISTERS, MEHC Wednesdays, 6.15 – 8.00 p.m. Prospective members most welcome Contact Nancy Paul, Tel. 741378

TALK GERMAN Courses for beginners and more advanced, depending on numbers and interest. Contact Erik Stien, 734149/077774-896421

Dressmaking Group, KMCC Thursdays, 09.30-11.30 a.m. Couture trained tutor. Beginners welcome. Phone Kaimhill Community Centre, Tel. 311996

Italian Classes for Adults, HCC Email: Tel: 07786 827714

Sunday Services 9am & 11am

Morning Service with Crèche, Junior Church, S1-2 Bible Class, Celebration Group 11am    6pm – Evening Service 7pm – Youth Fellowship (S1-S6)  

Binghill Drive, Milltimber, AB13 0JE - Office: 01224 739180

Check our Facebook page for our Weekly Term Time Activities: The Ark baby and toddler group; mainly music; GREENHOUSE (P1-P7); “Who let the dads out?” 55+ coffee mornings; Sanctuary Ladies’ Bible Study; Missionary Craft Workshop; Friendship in Art; Parenting Classes; Divorce Care; Marriage Course; Community Night

Our Community/Family Workers Elmer and Kathryn Rojas are happy to meet people in the community for a chat. Feel free to call the Church Office - 01224 739180 or call them direct - 07712 326049 (Elmer) & 07889 538972 (Kathryn).  

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CULTS LIBRARY Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10am-1pm, 2pm -5pm; Wed. 1.00 pm -7.00pm and Sat. 10am-1.00 pm. Books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, Audiobooks Free Wi-fi and PC access with print/scanning and photocopying facilities. Bookbug sessions every 4th Monday at 2.00 pm for preschool children. CULTS LUNCH CLUB, CKC Mondays 12.00 – 2.00 p.m. (except July) New members most welcome. Contact Jacky Hatchwell, Tel.861736 MISSIONARY CRAFT WORKSHOP, DCFC Fortnightly - Wednesday, 10.00 – 12.00 Contact 01224 733979 THE MIXING BOWL, DCFC Community-led food interest group designed to bring together anyone interested in good food. Meets monthly. Contact Rachel Gambro, 07964 698789 or see PETROLEUM WOMEN’S CLUB International friendship club for women connected to the oil industry. Meetings with speaker, 1st Thursday of the month. Coffee mornings, 3rd Thursday of the month. Other activities include ten pin bowling, walks, bridge, golf, dinner club, mah-jong and a book group.

Contact Jane Anderson, Tel. 732242 or Liz Gove, Tel. 876169 Email ABERDEEN PHILATELIC SOCIETY Meets fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. Rubislaw Church Centre, Fountainhall Road Contact Chris Jefferies, Tel 705676 CULTER PIPE BAND Meet Mon & Wed 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Culter Parish Church, Peterculter All ages and experience levels welcome Contact: Susan Falconer, Mob. 07540-530705 Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside Wednesday ‘s 6.15 for 6.45 pm in the Cults Hotel. For further information contact the secretary Quentin Tweedie on 01224 868218 email Saltire Society Promotes all things Scottish. Meets monthly on Tuesdays, normally in Rubislaw Parish Church. Contact D J Robertson, Tel. 484061 SCRABBLE CLUB, MCAH Fridays, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Players at any level are very welcome Contact Joan Thomas, Tel. 733218 Email –

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LEARN SPANISH Private classes given to individuals and small groups by a native Spanish speaker.Contact Carmenza Inglis, Mob. 07557-194415 Email:

SCOTTISH WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE, WRIH 1st Thursday of every month, 7.309.30 p.m. (Not July or August) Contact Lynn Pithie, Tel.867614

Cults Strathspey & Reel Society, CPCWC Meet every 2nd Wednesday, 7.00 -9.00 p.m. Accordionists and string players welcome. Contact Myra Noble, Tel. 867433.

GRAMPIAN WOODTURNERS, SDCH Meet last Sunday in the month, 2.00 p.m. New members are most welcome. Meetings consist of member participation, demonstrations etc., Contact Bill Diack, Tel. 01467-622772

ABERDEEN TOASTMASTERS (PUBLIC SPEAKING CLUB) Meets at Northern Arts Club (NAC), 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays of every month - 7.00-9.00pm Visitors are welcome - no cover charge. Matthew Mtumbuka - Tel : 861028 Email : UPHOLSTERY & CRAFT CLASSES, WRIH Tuesdays, 9.30-12.30 p.m. and 1.00 -4.00 p.m. New students welcome at any time. Refreshments provided Contact Susan Roe-Curran, Mob. 07773521389 ABERDEEN WINE & FOOD SOCIETY Meets monthly from September to June. Events in restaurants in and around Aberdeen For more information contact Bob Chisholm, 319372

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Children & Youth Groups AIR TRAINING CORPS 107( Aberdeen ) Squadron, Prince Charles Cadet Centre, Albury Road , Ferryhill, AB11 6TL Parade Mon & Wed 19.00-21.30hrs. Open to Boys and Girls aged 13-17 w: Tel. 590679 CASPER AFTER SCHOOL CLUB, CPS Contact Marion Skea Tel : 07762-250550 Milltimber BREAKFAST AND After School Club, MPS Mon.–Fri., 7.30 to 9.00 a.m. and 2.45 to 6.00 p.m. Contact Diane Forbes, Mob. 07525 855348 Cults Toddler Group. (CPCWC) Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. during term-time Contact Laura Bain, Mob. 07568-154998 or email BILINGUAL PARENT AND CHILD GROUP Wed. and Frid.9.15am to 11.10am. Gilcomstoun Primary School Babies and toddlers introduced to Gaelic through arts, crafts, play and song. You don’t have to speak Gaelic to attend. Tel 0777 939 8289, Facebook: Croileagan Obar Dheathain. Milltimber Playgroup MCAH Playgroup - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 09.15am – 1145am (Term time) Forest School sessions Wed 09.15am – 11.45am & Fri 12.20pm – 14.40pm Daily lunch club 11.45 pm – 12.15pm Wrap around transport to/from Milltimber Nursery also available. Contact Julie McWilliam 07740 575273 or Email CULTS PLAYGROUP, CWCWC Mon - Fri 9.00am - 12.10 pm during term time in the North Hall, Quarry Road Contact Pam Crowe, Mob. 07842 470828 or email St Devenick’s Playgroup and Rising 5s, SDCH Playgroup: Monday – Friday, 9.10am – 12.20 p.m. Lunch club, Wednesdays 11.50am – 1.00 p.m. Rising 5s, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30 – 3.00 p.m. Tots and Toddlers, Wednesday, 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. All of the above are during term times. Contact Emma, St.Devenick’s Playgroup Administrator 07525 825043 or Tel. 867431 Email -

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SOUTH DEESIDE UNDER FIVES Fun and friendly childcare for children from birth to five years Maryculter Community Hall (next to the Old Mill Inn), South Deeside Road Baby & Toddler Group – Mondays 9.30am to 11.30am Twos Group – Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9.30am to 11.30am , Rising Fives – Tuesday lunchtimes 12 noon to 2pm Mob.: 07966 163953 E: W:

Rainbows are for girls aged 5 - 7yrs Brownies are for girls aged 7 - 10yrs Guides are for girls aged 10 yrs plus

THE ARK - PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, DCFC Tuesdays, 9.45-11.30 a.m. Contact Tel. 739180

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

MAINLY MUSIC, DCFC Thursdays, 10-11am, parent & pre-school Tel 739180

(Text from Joyce Cowie, Division Commissioner.)

21ST ABERDEEN (CULTS) SCOUT GROUP, SCC Beavers Wednesdays, 4.30 - 5.30 p.m. Open to boys and girls aged 6 to 8 Contact Debbie Bone, 07708-018332 Email:

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP, DCFC Sundays, 7-9pm, S1-S6 Tel 739180 GREENHOUSE P1-P7 CHILDREN’S GROUP, DCFC Wednesdays, 6.00 -7. 00 p.m. Tel. 739180 FRIDAY CAFE FOR S1-S3, CKC Meet Fridays, 3.30 - 6 pm during term time. Contact Peter Cross 07734 207203 or email

Cubs Thursdays, 7.00 - 8.30 p.m. Open to boys and girls aged 8 to 10 Email: Scouts Fridays, 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. Email: 65th Aberdeen (Milltimber) Scout Group, MCAH Beavers - Mondays 4.15 - 5.15pm Contact Fiona Douglas, Tel: 735523

ASCEND, HCC Youth Group for S1-6 Grades 7-12, Sundays 6.00-8.00pm Tel. 868096 or Email-

GUIDES, BROWNIES and RAINBOWS We are very lucky to have active Rainbow, Brownie and Guide Units in the Milltimber and Cults area. This is due to the hard work and dedication of all the Leaders. Previously as an Organisation we could give you a list of all the Units in the area, the name and contact details of the Leaders and as an interested parent you could contact the Leaders directly, but now due to our Nationwide “Safe from Harm” Policy we can no longer publish this information. We now have a Website that you can visit and register an interest for the age group you want a place in for your daughter. It is a simple procedure and once you have registered, a Guider should be in touch within 3 weeks to say if there are places available or if your daughter will be placed on the waiting list. You will be asked to put in your Postcode, the type of Unit you are interested in and if there are more than 1 suitable Unit you will be asked to put your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

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The web address is or you can call 0800 1 69 59 01 These are also the means by which any Adult can register an interest in helping with any of the groups, as we are always keen to welcome new Volunteers.

Cubs - Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.00pm Contact Marion Anderson, Tel. 732505 Scouts - Fridays 7.30 - 9.30pm Contact Iain Anderson - Tel. 07514 547071 Youth Hockey Coaching on Tuesday evenings for P4 to S4 by Gordonians Hockey Club at Robert Gordon’s College astroturf pitches on Countesswells Road from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. Children from all schools are welcome and sticks can be provided.

VENUES FOR HIRE Cults Kirk Centre/ Cults Parish Church Worship Centre Rooms/Halls available for various activities Contact 869028 Milltimber Community Association Hall For Group Lets Mon-Friday, contact Tasha, Tel. 739797 For Private Hires, Sat-Sun, contact Margaret, Tel. 732477 WRI Hall, Cults Bookings for weekly activities only, not one-off private lets Contact Sheila Fyfe, Tel. 868164

Spring Walk by the River Dee at Milltimber Introduction The walk for this spring issue of MBC News is a short route, mainly on tracks and paths, but it can be extended by adding a section of the Deeside Way from either east or west of the Starting Point. It is not a circular walk this time and the return route follows the outward path. (For energetic folk who would like a more substantial walk, a lengthy circular extension via Maryculter Bridge could also be added (shown by green arrows on the map); however, this extension route involves crossing, re-crossing and walking alongside a very busy stretch of the B979 and it may have to be closed because of construction work on the AWPR and the new bridge.)

Start and Finish Point The traffic lights and pedestrian crossing in Milltimber at the junction of North Deeside Road, Binghill Road and Beaconhill Road. There is no parking on Beaconhill Road or in the vicinity south of the main road, but it may be possible to find a place to park north of the main road. Alternatively, the Number 19 Bus stops just beyond the traffic lights. It is also possible to start from any convenient point on the Old Deeside Line (the Deeside Way).

Footpath Details Grade: Easy, but involving moderate gradients on the road and track leading to and from the river. Terrain Description: a short section of narrow vehicular tarmac road, then unsurfaced track and paths which are likely to be muddy after wet weather. Distance: 2-3 miles, (but can be extended). Time: about one and a half hours, longer if you include a picnic by the river and/or an extension to the route.

Route Directions Starting from the traffic lights in Milltimber, walk down Beaconhill Road for about 200 metres until, where the road bears right, a wooden signpost, “Old Deeside Line” points the way straight ahead onto the Deeside Way. Walk a short distance west along the Deeside Way, passing under a bridge, to reach another signpost, where there is a bench and a litter bin in front of a low wall. Go through the gap in this wall, between two black metal gateposts and onto a track which leads downhill towards the river. The track is simply signposted “Path”. Follow it down between fields and past a wooded area until you reach a wooden gate and a short flight of steps giving access to the river bank. Turn left at the top of the steps to head down river, going through a metal gate, and down another short flight of steps to reach a delightful, level path following the river as it sweeps round a wide bend. There may be sheep in this area so dogs should be kept on leads. Follow the path round until it reaches an area with scattered trees and bushes, a pleasant place to picnic or just enjoy the scene. The path continues along the river through the scattered trees and bushes until it reaches a gate into a field. It is not possible to continue any further alongside the river as, beyond this point, the path is so overgrown it is impassable. (It is not advisable to continue inside the field as often there are cattle here.) We recommend you turn back at this point and retrace your steps, up river, until you reach the gate where you accessed the river path. From the gate you can then retrace your outward route back up to the Deeside Way, from where you can make your way up Beaconhill Road to the main North Deeside Road. If you want to extend the walk, however, instead of going back through the gate, you can continue upriver on a narrow path, which eventually reaches the Maryculter Bridge where the construction of the AWPR and the new bridge is proceeding, involving cranes, heavy machinery and much noise and activity. At the time of writing, early April, it is still possible to continue on the path, skirting round the building work, on to the B979. As work on the new bridge progresses, however, this section of path is likely to be closed for safety reasons. If it is possible to get onto the B979, cross the road with care to reach the pavement and walk up towards the main road until you reach a signposted diversion path to the right, so you have to re-cross the B979. This path leads through the construction site to the Deeside Way, which you can follow back to the starting point in Milltimber.) Footnote If anyone would like a favourite walk to feature in forthcoming issues of MBC News, please contact Christine Anderson at or Sarah Gordon at

mbc NEWS Issue 175 May-June-July ‘17

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Spring Walk by the River Dee at Milltimber

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