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Issue 27 Oct-Nov 2017 Free bi-monthly magazine

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I love this quote. It really should be my mantra. It instantly makes you feel good. So let’s hope this issue of KCN will help make you feel good about being a Kingswells resident as there is so much on offer here, so let’s get started. Jenny at the community centre has kindly sent on an up-to-date list of classes for you - so no excuse for not attending as you have them ALL to hand, just go and join in. There is always something to learn from the Community Council and this issue is no different. Do remember though that the most current issues are on their website. The school input is back in this issue after the summer break and we have church news too. I’ve just been informed that some people do not receive the magazine in Kingswells! If you know of a house, a shop or a street that perhaps is being missed out - please let me know so that I can get that rectified as soon as possible. Please do give the advertiser’s a go, as without their contribution to the magazine, there would be NO magazine. To help them we’ve started the Christmas Gift Guide to showcase what you can buy from small independent businesses that are on your doorstep. The next magazine will be our last of 2017 and our first of 2018 - so if you have any exciting things coming up that you would like to share please do get in touch before 20 November. Go grab that cuppa and flick through this issue of KCN! Until the next time,

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BucksburnAcademy news New Session, New Resolutions It was great to welcome back all of our students and staff for the new school session. We have had a terrific start to the new term with all of our students looking very smart in the school dress code and working hard in their new classes. A special mention to our new S1 students who have settled in very quickly to life at Bucksburn Academy. Over the last three weeks we have had assemblies focusing on three of our values – happy and safe attitudes in the corridors as the school is so busy now, a “rethink your drink” focus discouraging high sugar fizzy and energy drinks from school and “dress to impress” to sustain the very high standard of dress code in the school. This has supported such a positive start to the year

Results The run up to the start of the new term is always an anxious time for our senior phase students as they await their exam results. We were delighted with our students exam achievements this year. 40% of our S4 gained five National 5 passes at A-C or better, 50% achieved 5 passes at A-D or better and 92% achieved 5 passes at National 3 or better. A special mention for our S6 students with 93% of S6 leaving school with 5 Highers or better, the highest ever. In the wing our leavers achieved a number of SQA unit awards, course awards and wider achievement qualifications. All of this is down to the hard work of our students, teachers and support of parents and carers.

A Personal Goodbye and Thanks from Mr Mohamed Many of you will be aware that I will be leaving Bucksburn Academy to take up a new post of Head Teacher at Forfar Academy on the 18th September. This has been a difficult decision and I am leaving with real mixed feelings. One of our main aims was to create a school that the whole of the local community would be proud of and I think we can look back with pride on all that has been achieved over the eight years since we opened. I would like to thank everyone from the local community for their support and friendship to me personally and for getting behind the school in such a positive way. It has been an honour and privilege to serve our local community as the first Head Teacher off Bucksburn Academy and I wish you and the school all the best for the future. Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 07813 964 875

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Creative learning at Kingswells School Kingswells School has been privileged over the past three years to work closely with Nick Sharratt as our Patron of Reading. Nick is well-known for his work as an illustrator with authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Jeremy Strong and Kes Gray, but he is also an author in his own right. Nick has been visiting our school since June 2014, working with our pupils to inspire their writing and illustrations, fostering creativity. Our pupils think of Nick as their own and they have been delighted to be taught by him, to be part of his books and for all the original art work in books which he has dedicated to our school. Nick has left a special lasting legacy with us through the work he carried out on our school aims. We tapped into Nick’s expertise in creating some characters to help illustrate our School Aims. These characters have helped embed our aims throughout the school, with all our pupils now able to understand what is required of them to ensure they are demonstrating responsibility, honesty, friendship, respect, resilience and hard work! As our three-year partnership with Nick Sharratt was drawing to a close we decided to create a one- off publication, “The Kingswells Comic.” This is an impressive, bright, colourful, fun comic which the Kingswells community can now have as a reminder of this special time that the school have enjoyed – a real once in a lifetime experience! “It’s been a privilege to have been Patron of Reading at Kingswells Primary over the past three years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting the school on a regular basis and having had the opportunity to form a real relationship with the pupils and staff. My mission was to encourage reading, writing and drawing teamed with imaginative thinking and the children always rose to the challenge of the many projects that we worked on together. The Kingswells Comic is a testament to their amazing creativity. “ Nick Sharratt Here are some of our pupils’ views on working with Nick: “He gave me inspiration to write.” “He made me think more out of the box.” He shows that you can write a book about anything. He’s even got a book about pants!” “It felt cool that we knew about Nick’s new book and nobody else knew about it.” “It’s cool that Nick dedicated a book to Kingswells School.”


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Care of our school Since we have returned in August our school has encountered a disappointing number of acts of vandalism. Our nursery garden, much enjoyed by our youngest pupils, is a regular target. Youngsters are endangering their own safety by climbing on the shed roof. We have received information that it is teenagers living in our community who are causing these problems, we would ask for parents to support us by speaking with their children at home.

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for our first online edition of ePOTB. Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and the Visual Arts, is looking for the best new work from young writers and artists aged 12 to 17. ePOTB will be published as an ezine on the Pushing Out the Boat website in Spring 2018 and a £50 prize will be awarded to the best contribution in each of the three categories : prose, poetry and art. Full details can be found on our website Submissions will be open from 23 September to 30 November 217 and entries should be made online through the forms on our website. The Pushing Out the Boat team look forward to receving entries and we wish you good luck!

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Football Stadium Planning Application The community council have come under criticism over its handling of the planning application for the Stadium. We would like to explain what has been happening. The main criticism has been the lack of a consultation with the public. Any consultation should suit as wide a cross section of the community as possible. Within the 4-week consultation period for a complex planning application this is simply not possible It would appear that many of the people in support of the stadium would have been content with a simple questionnaire asking only one question - are you for or against the stadium? This type of survey would not have been valid or competent in the context of a complex planning application. In part, this is because it would not have met the needs of those in the community who were concerned about some issues related to the stadium.  We had to identify a different method to involve the public. We presented the community with a list of pros and cons and encouraged people as individuals to represent their own views. We posted the information on the Kingswells web site and the Facebook page was seen by over 4,694 people. The responses to ACC were counted and of the 705 people in Kingswells who responded 82% were against the stadium and 18% were in support. There were significant concerns with the planning application and we identified these to ACC in the form of an objection because this is the required process. Although we did not have the final count when we submitted the objection there was a clear majority of the residents of Kingswells who responded to ACC, who expressed concerns about the stadium. The basis of KCC’s concerns was in the detail of the planning application, and had been expressed by the public at AFC’s pre-application consultations. In our submission, we did identify positive aspects to the planning application; but did not state that a proportion of residents in Kingswells who supported the stadium complex. We apologise for this omission. This omission was corrected at the Pre-determination Hearing. There are some that say we should not have presented an objection if that was not the view of the whole community. It is apparent that the views of the community are split and people will put different weight on the issues identified. Consequently, it is impossible to represent the whole community; and is the reason we encouraged people to represent their own views. However, the process of making an Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 07813 964 875

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objection has resulted in several changes in the planning application. We believe the proposal on the table now is better than that originally planned. Is this not the intention of everyone if the application were to be approved? Normally the time to sort out a planning application is before the application is made. A package of drawings are presented and the decision is a simple approve or reject. Normally an applicant would not be given the latitude to resubmit the documentation on multiple occasions. The main purpose of a planning application is to determine the views of the public and these need to be expressed to Aberdeen City Council. It is not the role of KCC to conduct a planning application consultation in parallel with or as an alternative to ACC’s consultation. At the end of the day the final decision will be made by the City Councillors. The planners will summarise all the concerns raised during the planning application. It is not necessarily a popularity contest. Some concerns will have more weight than others, and they should be assessed on their merits to make the final recommendation. Councillors will be presented with all the information and it is for them to make the final decision. It is of some interest that they do not need to consult with any residents. KCC have consulted with you in the past and will do so again in the future. But, doing so in this case was not considered to be the best way to involve you. Although we have lost some members recently we have two new faces. We will be looking at how we consult with the public to see if we can make improvements. If you have any suggestions, or want to assist KCC going forward it would be good to see you at a meeting at Adventure Aberdeen at 7pm on the second Monday of each month, or drop us an email to Details of KCC’s talk to councillors and webcasts of the pre-determination hearing are included on the web at If you have any comments please use the Forum on the website to let us know your views. We apologise if you feel we have let you down. That certainly wasn’t our intention.

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Dangers of the Dark Nights As you are all aware, autumn is upon us and the nights are starting to draw in quite quickly. It will not be long before the clocks change and we start to see darker mornings. Would all parents please ensure that their children have working lights on their bikes and also ensure that they use them after dark? It is by good luck that no child has been knocked off their bike to date despite many riding about the village without lights and wearing all black clothing on black bikes! Most vulnerable are the newspaper delivery teams. Children seem to think that because the streetlights are on then they must be visible. As we know this is not the case and we need to make sure that they understand this too.

Our Shrinking Verges Further to our comment in the last issue, we now have areas around Wellside that have again been sprayed quite liberally with weed killer, resulting in large brown patches along the kerbside (see photo). As well as looking unsightly it has caused a few dogs to become very ill again with 1 in particular extremely ill and lucky to survive. KCC have again reported this to ACC.

The Encroaching Undergrowth KCC has again received complaints that trees and bushes are growing over and into the footpaths and pavements both in and around Kingswells. The issue is made worse by the multitude of different owners involved in the maintenance. If you have paths that are being swallowed by encroaching thorns and branches then please let us know where these are (contact details on website or Facebook). Now for some good news - the footpath from Kingswells Crescent has had a fantastic makeover - see photos to the left. So thank you to those responsible.

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Bus Service In July Aberdeen Councillors agreed to increase the hours of operation of the No 94 service to start at 6am and run until 11pm weekdays only. There remains no weekend service. The increased level of service will be funded until the end of the current financial year. The September meeting of the Finance, Policy & Resources Committee have issued the following recommendation: It is considered that a service should be supported with a 30 minute peak time service daytime, a minimum hourly service off-peak and in the evenings between 06:00 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday and an hourly service on Sundays, between 08:00 to 22:00. It is recommended where possible for any service to travel via Lang Stracht and Westburn Road as the feedback from the community has highlighted the importance of this link We are pleased to report that Council approved the above recommendation.

Leisure Facilities Work has begun on the new Children’s Play Area in Clova Park; discussions have stalled on using the field by Adventure Aberdeen for additional leisure activities and Derbeth pond continues to undergo a long overdue makeover. Stewart Milne Homes (SMH) is now much more attentive at the pond and the surrounding area for which they are responsible. After they repaired the damaged outfall pipes they levelled off the area, sowed grass seed and pruned some of the trees providing a much more pleasing environment. SMH have commissioned a report from a specialist to decide on how to improve the pond. We are pleased to advise that of the original 7 ducklings one has survived the rigours of the crows and seagulls and is now fending for itself. Discussions are continuing on siting a new bench on the land behind Concraig Park with an application for funding from Prime4 Trust being prepared. WW ad 60x42 no2.pdf






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Core Path 42 As well as cutting back the vegetation and upgrading the path surface the boardwalk will also be replaced. The boardwalk is beginning to start to rot so needs replacing. New steps will also be going in at the steep section of path. It will have a bike ramp to the side to allow bikes to be pushed up the slope. By the time you read this article work should be complete. We would like to thank ACC for improving this much-used path.

Youth Issues Over the summer we have received a series of complaints about broken bottles being left scattered over our green spaces by underage drinkers. The glass is a danger to both children and animals and we need to try to raise awareness of this issue. The Police are being asked to investigate these drinking groups to try to educate the youths to be more responsible and thoughtful of others.

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Work on repairing the East Dyke has been completed to a high standard and we would like to thank ACC. KCC is currently looking at ownership and maintenance of the Dykes and Cairns to ensure they are preserved for future generations.

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The importance of having a Power of Attorney in place... and the pitfalls of not having one. Contemplating a time when you are no longer able to make your own decisions is a daunting prospect. Sadly, however, this does become a reality for many people. It is estimated that around ninety thousand people in Scotland have dementia1 and that this figure is set to rise rapidly in the coming decades. It is thought that by 2025, one million people in the UK will be suffering from the illness2. These are not issues that should only be considered by the elderly though. Your ability to deal with your own affairs can be impaired at any time due to an accident or other unforeseen circumstances. Having a Power of Attorney in place can make things easier for both you and your family at what is already a difficult time. What is a Power of Attorney? A Power of Attorney is a document you can sign, which appoints another person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf and help to manage your affairs. There are two strands to a Power of Attorney - Continuing (financial) and Welfare. It is usually recommended that both are put in place at the same time in order to ensure all eventualities are covered. The Continuing part provides the Attorney with a range of powers allowing them to deal with your finances. For example, they are empowered to manage your bank accounts, sell any property you may own, make decisions regarding your investments and undertake tax planning on your behalf. If you own a business, the Attorney can also be appointed to oversee its running in your place. The second strand essentially allows your Attorney to deal with your day-to-day welfare and healthcare. Powers to consent to or refuse medical treatment for you, put in place care arrangements and decide where you will live, are given. These welfare powers could only be used if a medical professional were to certify that you no longer have the capacity (capability) to make these decisions for yourself. On the other hand, the financial powers can be used by the Attorney, with your authority, any time after the document is in place. It therefore allows them to assist you with your finances should physical frailty or a stay in hospital prevent you from dealing with these matters alone. The powers would then continue to have effect should you lose capacity in the future. Who should you appoint? The main point to stress is that you must have absolute trust in those appointed as they will have the power to make many important decisions and act as if they were you for a number of purposes. It is recommended that you consider appointing more than one Attorney, so they can all assume the role, or with someone appointed as a substitute who can step in should the first named person be unable to act. Are safeguards in place? The law provides a number of safeguards to help protect the granter of a Power of Attorney. When putting in place the document, a Solicitor or medical professional requires to meet with you to certify that he or she is satisfied you have the requisite capacity to sign the deed and are not under any undue influence to do so. There is also a Code of Practice and guiding principles which an Attorney must follow including that any decisions made should be for your benefit and your past and present wishes should be taken into account. You should also be encouraged to exercise and develop whatever skills you do have concerning financial, property or welfare matters. 1 2


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Before it can be used, a Power of Attorney requires to be registered with a body called the Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) (OPG). They can supervise Attorneys and investigate complaints made regarding their actions. If they have concerns, the OPG can, for example, request that the Attorney provides a full accounting of their dealings with your finances. What happens if there is no Power of Attorney? If an adult loses capacity, it can be impossible for the family to manage his or her affairs, and they do not automatically have the authority to do this without a Power of Attorney in place. Someone would require to apply to the Court to be appointed as your Guardian, which is a far more expensive and time-consuming process. It is also more invasive, with medical professionals and social workers being required to interview you and submit reports to the Court. It would then be for the Sheriff to decide who should act as your Guardian, whereas with a Power of Attorney you are the one deciding who will assume the role and can appoint someone you trust. Moreover, without a Welfare Attorney appointed, the Local Authority have the power under legislation to take steps relating to an incapable adult’s care, including placing him or her in a residential home. If a Power of Attorney is already in place, the Attorney of your choosing can assist you as a matter of convenience whilst you still have capacity, but can also intervene quickly should capacity be lost. Conclusion Although it is not an easy prospect to consider, there may come a time when you are rendered incapable of dealing with your own finances or welfare. It is never too early to put in place a Power of Attorney and doing so can give you and your family piece of mind that your affairs are in order should illness or injury strike. Ruth Lussier, Solicitor, Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace


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‘Brush’ Vase £11.00 ‘Brush’ really stands out with its half brushed / half high shine black nickel finish. Pretty on its own, holding a couple of flowers or paired with similar sized vases and candle holders. [eighty-7 design]

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For the first time ever ESPA has brought out their very own Limited Edition Advent calendar which is filled with ESPA beautiful 3ml-15ml sized products. Price £100. This is a great way to count down to Christmas and build excitement for the big day. As these are limited Edition we will be taking reserve orders at the Village Spa reception. Also ESPA Stunning New Christmas collections will be available to purchase in the spa from the end of October.

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Kittiwake Hanging Houses – small decorative hanging piece £18 [Junction Arts]

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News from Councillor Delaney... Isn’t it strange how quickly the memories of a summer break fade, only to be replaced by the stark reality of daily life and routine? Hopefully you managed to get away for a spell and enjoyed the break as myself and my family did. Sadly and within just a few weeks of the schools returning, I learned of the untimely passing of Steven Glennie, a much respected teacher and valued colleague at Kingswells School. I only met Steven a few times but I found him to be enthusiastic, inspirational and forward thinking in everything he did. He fought a brave fight against illness over a lengthy period of time and retained his positive attitude throughout. He will be missed by pupils and teachers alike, having touched so many lives and inspired so many individuals. My sincere sympathy goes to his family and his friends. Turning now towards some of the matters I’ve been dealing with in recent times, the topical issue of the moment is the proposed stadium at Kingsford. Countless residents have been in touch to express their views on this matter but councillors are not permitted to pass comment on the merits of live applications prior to their determination so I’ve been in listening mode and unable to say anything worth hearing. Consequently I fully respect the strongly held views expressed both for and against the application and the genuine sentiment behind all of these. In order to ensure I have the fullest of information prior to deciding on my final position, I have attended both the site visit and the pre-determination hearing in September. I will therefore have been in a position to scrutinise all the information available when the finalised planning report is published in


early October. The decision is pencilled in for 11th October but, as is often the case with major applications, timescales can slip. The other big news story is of course the ongoing buses saga and I’m pleased to say that progress has been made on this front. Councillors agreed a few weeks ago to put the service out to tender, the intention of which is to deliver a single service operating all day, including evenings and weekends, which better meets the needs of local residents. This is what I had proposed back in March, so it’s quite annoying that it has taken so long to come to fruition. Sometimes politics gets in the way of common sense but we do now have a cross-party consensus on this, which is both acknowledged and appreciated. The intention is for a subsidy to be paid to a commercial bus company to allow them to extend an existing service to cover Kingswells. Subject to interest from commercial operators it is intended that the new service will commence in January and, subject to the 2018/19 budget allocations, will continue beyond the previously committed date of 31 March 2017. I will of course update residents on any further developments but this may have to be by email dependent on publishing timetables. If you have access to email and would like to be kept up to date with the latest developments on this and other local news, just get in touch with your email address and I will add you to the list. Please rest assured you will not be bombarded by emails. I only send something out when there’s something of relevance to say! Everyone will of course now be aware of the reduction in the speed limit on the B1192

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and A944 from 50mph to 40mph on the stretches of these roads from Hazlehead and Sheddocksley to the Kingswells roundabout. The result is now a continuous 40mph limit from these locations to the city boundary, thus avoiding the previous confusion of constantly changing limits on a short stretch of road. This is something I’ve been pressing for over the past few years on road safety grounds following a number of serious accidents and fatalities. I fully accept that not everyone shares my view on this, but for me if this saves just one life the means will justify the ends. In this respect average speeds on the previously implemented stretch from Kingswells to Westhill have dropped significantly as has the number and severity of accidents. As always, please get in touch to raise any concerns you may have. I hold monthly surgeries in Kingswells Community Centre

and regularly attend the meetings of various community groups in the area. I would of course be more than happy to receive an invitation to attend any groups I may have accidentally missed. Regards Steve Delaney

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News from Councillor Cameron... Once more the summer is passed and we are entering autumn with all the inconvenient issues which that brings: gulleys blocked by leaves, blocked drains and surface water. I continue to press Council Officers to deal with these issues as they arise, but more importantly, initiate a preventive maintenance programme to minimise the risk of this occurring in the first place. On this particular issue I will continue to strive to achieve an acceptable outcome for the residents of Kingswells. This year again I will be involved with Kingswells Primary School in planting bulbs as happened 2 years ago on the grass verges of Kingswells Crescent at Wellside Avenue. This ongoing project organised by Aberdeen City Council allows the children to be involved with their community whilst also enhancing the appearance of the community in which they live. Since being first elected in 2012 amongst the many issues which I have campaigned on for the community of Kingswells the single most important one which is still outstanding is the appalling broadband speed which many parts of Kingswells “enjoys”. This is unacceptable on every level and the excuse of TPON telephone system has worn thin a long time ago. There would now appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel but I will keep lobbying until delivery occurs. Over the period from 2013 when Mark McDonald was elected as the MSP for the Aberdeen Donside Constituency he and I have campaigned for a resolution of this unacceptable situation. Basically, to coin a phrase overused in some circles, Kingswells was


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place over the coming months. In particular please join us for our Remembrance Service and our Christmas Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Celebration of Holy Communion - Sunday 1 October at 11.00am Harvest Thanksgiving - Sunday 8 October at 11.00am


Guild Dedication Service - Sunday 22 October at 11.00am Soup and Sweet Lunch - After Morning Worship at 11.00am

Time is such a unique thing, isn’t it? You can be ‘ahead of your time,’ or conversely you can be ‘behind the times,’ but probably most of us are somewhere in the middle. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Fellowship of the Ring comes a pivotal moment when Frodo comes to Gandalf for help and reassurance as he begins to grasp the enormity of the task that lay ahead him. Frodo says, “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 12 November at 10.50am

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Such powerful words. As Christians, we believe that we have a responsibility to use our time wisely and to give our time. If our community is to be a caring and integrated community we need to give time to others; to care for our neighbours, the lonely, and support the work of the Community Council, the local school, the local care home; and nurture the environment in which we live. If we are to be a compassionate community we must be prepared to give time to make it so. Please give your time.

Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols Sunday 24 December at 11.00am

As always, we welcome all to our services of worship and praise. Our services continue each Sunday at 11.00am For further information visit our Web Site http://www.kingswellschurch. com The following Services and Events will take


Victorian Christmas - Sunday 26 November at 11.00am Choir Concert – Christmas Crackers Friday 1 December Seniors Carol Service - Sunday 3 December at 3.00pm Community Carol Service - Friday 8 December at 7.15pm At the Community Centre

Christingle Service for Families at 6.00pm Watchnight Service at 11.30pm Christmas Day Service at 10.30am Kingsmead Care Home Services at 2.30pm - On 22 Oct, 17 Dec If you would like to hire one of the rooms in our Halls then visit our Web Site (http://www. to submit your booking request, or phone Charles Skene on 01224 743133. Charles will then get back in touch with you to discuss your request further.

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Awards success for Kingswells financial planner Kingswells resident Ryan Yule is celebrating after being named the UK Pension Adviser of the Year at the recent Finance Monthly Awards. Mr Yule who works for Phil Anderson Financial Services covers the firms Aberdeen and Ellon offices and he specialises in investment and pension advice. Commenting on the achievements Managing Director, Phil Anderson said “It has been a great month for our firm and to have Ryan named as the pension adviser of the year is a real accolade for him personally and also for Phil Anderson Financial Services. The pension advice side of the business has flourished recently and we have seen a big increase in demand in this area.” Ryan should be very proud of his achievement.” Now entering its 9th year, the Finance Monthly Global Awards recognise and celebrate companies and individuals who have delivered the highest quality results within the corporate, financial and legal sectors. Commenting on his award Ryan Yule said “It has been a very busy year in the pension world. We have seen a huge rise in enquiries from people with defined benefit and final salary pension schemes looking for advice. Along with the new flexibility offered on personal pensions this has certainly kept me busy over the last 12 months. To receive this award is a great honour and I would also like to thank the team around me as my success has been helped greatly by the team we have in place at Phil Anderson Financial Services.” Phil Anderson Financial Services    E:

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Kingswells Medical Practice Kingswood Drive, Kingswells, AB15 8TB Tel: 01224 745800 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2017-18 The seasonal flu vaccine programme will commence at Kingswells Medical Practice from Tuesday 26th September 2017. If you are eligible, please contact the Practice to receive your free influenza vaccine. Children aged 2 – 5 (not yet at school) Children must be aged 2 or above on 1 September 2017. A central invitation letter will be issued to parents/carers of all pre-school children aged 2 to 5 inviting them to make an appointment with their GP. All patients aged 65 years and over “Sixty-five and over� is defined as those aged 65 years and over on 31 March 2018. Chronic respiratory disease aged six months or older Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease. Chronic heart disease aged six months or older Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease. Chronic kidney disease aged six months or older Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephritic syndrome, kidney transplantation.

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Chronic liver disease aged six months or older Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis from any cause such as Hepatitis B and C infections and other non-infective causes. Chronic neurological disease aged six months or older Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised, due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers). Clinicians should offer immunisation, based on individual assessment, to clinically vulnerable individuals including those with cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological or severe learning disability. Diabetes aged six months or older Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes. Immunosuppression aged six months or older Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment. Patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, bone marrow transplant. HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system eg IRAK-4, NEMO, complement deficiency. Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age) or for children under 20kg a dose of 1mg or more e :


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care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow the introduction of infection, and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence etc. Unpaid Carers and young carers Someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person, which would normally be taken by an adult. Health and social care staff Health and social care workers who are in direct contact with patients/service users should be vaccinated by their employers as part of an occupational health programme. Morbid obesity (class III obesity)* Adults with a Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m²

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Rotary International Would you like to be part of an organisation which supports the needs of communities locally, nationally and internationally? If so, becoming a member of Westhill & District Rotary Club could be the thing for you. We are involved with organising Young Musician and Young Speaker competitions, Youth Leadership camps, Senior Citizens Christmas dinner as well as other activities. We

are also involved in various local galas and assist at some Highland Games. Wherever there is a disaster (eg earthquakes overseas, flooding at home) the Rotary family supplies aid. Membership of our Club is open to any person regardless of age, sex or creed. The only requirement is a desire to be of service in the community. Whilst most of our members come from Westhill a number come from the wider District. Look at our Website and Facebook pages to find out more.

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Kingswells SWI President Margaret Farquhar welcomed members and introduced, Fiona McKibbin who gave an interesting talk and slide show on “ENJO� cleaning products. Competition Winners. Holiday Photo. 1st M.Anderson 2nd. P.Stuart 3rd. M.Farquhar. Victoria Sponge. 1st M.Bruce 2nd. M.Anderson 3rd. K.Hendry. Meetings are held in the Kingswells church hall on the second Tuesday of the month. New members welcome. Margaret Bruce 01224740646

Parking Issues I would like to take opportunity to remind residents of the importance of considerate parking in the vicinity of Kingswells Primary School. Since the return to school after the summer holidays, Police Scotland have received a number of reports of vehicles parked on double yellow lines at school drop-off and pick-up times. Whilst I appreciate parking near to the school at these peak times it not easy, I must stress that parking on both zig zag controlled areas and on double yellow lines constitute a road traffic offence, and any driver found to have parked in these restricted areas may find themselves on the receiving end of a fixed penalty notice, possibly leading to a financial penalty as well as penalty points. As an aside, the purpose of zig zag markings and double yellow lines in the vicinity of a school, is to maximise safe passage for pedestrians into and around the school; choosing to ignore these markings therefore also potentially puts the safety of school children at risk. Please ensure vehicles are parked in areas with no parking restrictions. Please also consider alternative methods of getting your children to school, such as walking, cycling or scooting. As always, I encourage any incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking to be reported to Police Scotland via the usual 101 number. Susan Taylor, Sergeant, Bucksburn CPT


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It has been a busy start to the 2017/2018 programme for us. You might be thinking who are the Round Table and what do they do? We are a bunch of lads aged from 18 to 45ish that meet up on a regular basis to ensure that we can make a difference within our local communities. We give our time so we can help those less fortunate than us or maybe groups or individuals just needing a helping hand to aspire to hit their dreams. It’s not as stuffy as everyone thinks it is... we do normal things like drink beer, have a laugh and even participate in new events like Wheelchair Basketball. We have fun while making a difference. This year alone we have helped buy a new junior wheelchair for the Grampian Flyers wheelchair basketball Club, actively support one of Scotland’s aspiring Archery prospects Robyn Geddes and sponsored an award at a Gala Dinner that helped buy much needed equipment for a mother for her son to help him walk with her. Do you want to get involved and help make a difference? All our contact details are below, hope to hear from you soon.











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Aberdeen City Libraries deliver a fortnightly service to the Kingswells community on Fridays from 2.50 pm to 3.50 pm in the hall at Kingswells Community Centre on Kingswells Avenue. A selection of books and DVDs, suitable for all ages, are available for loan and library staff are on hand to answer enquiries and assist with reading choices. Reservations may be placed for stock that is not on display. Theme events will take place at libraries throughout the holidays; further details are available at For further info : Home Service Library tel. 01224 498930

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Indoor Carpet Bowling Come along and give carpet bowls a try... indoor carpet bowling held at the Community Centre. The group is needing to swell it’s numbers so they can have a decent game every week. No experience required just come and give it a go. They do have spare bowls and nothing in the way of special clothing or equipment is required. In the first instance to gain more info and words of encouragement contact : Ian Sim Tel: 01224 741178 / Mob: 07535221718

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Hi all. I hope you found the last issue’s tips helpful in calming your mind if it’s been overwhelmed, anxious or stressed. We are not our thoughts and anything we can do to take ourselves back into this moment, not the past or the future, as often as possible, will help us get back to our natural state of mind. Here is another selection of my favourite ways to get out of overthinking and the more we practice them the better. Please share your suggestions too—I’d love to hear what works for you. Imagine being at the theatre and watching a show. We understand that we’re not in the Panto with ‘Little’ Jimmy Osmond or Jordan Young, being slapped round the head with a magic lamp —we’re in the audience having a choice whether or not to tune into the performance; to engage with the storyline and all it’s drama. If we can look at our thoughts the same way, see them as something we choose to become involved in or just be aware of and then let drift by, it can be really empowering. Catch ourselves having, say, anxious thoughts, and realise that we’re not anxious, they’re just thoughts making us feel anxious. Breathe in deeply and watch those dark clouds float away across the stage. Repeat as necessary—as they may creep back! J Focus 100% on one task. Establish what is a priority and, using as many of our five senses as possible, give it our full attention. Forget multi-tasking – it’s far less productive long term and can be detrimental to our concentration. Try time-switching with a to-do list instead, doing one job for a set time then change to something else. Say, tidy one room for 20 minutes then stop and do 20 minutes in the next room. Take 10 minutes to rest, read or have a cuppa etc then start again. We’ll never forget where we put those keys again! J Find an opportunity to be kind to someone. As I wrote about in a previous article, this takes the focus away from our own worries but it’s actually good for us too. It causes a heightened level of dopamine in the brain and gives us a ‘helper’s high’. The easy deep breathing exercise 4-7-8 refer to the counts while breathing in, then holding the breath and exhaling. Firstly sit up straight in a comfy position and put the tongue on the roof of your mouth, with the tip just behind the upper front teeth. Expanding the diaphragm, slowly inhale through the nose for a count of 4. Hold the breath for another count of 7. Keep the tongue in place, and exhale for 8 counts through the mouth. Repeat this cycle 4 times, ideally twice a day. This is said to help insomniacs get to sleep too. zzzzzzzzzz

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KCN issue 27 oct nov 2017  

Community magazine for the residents of Kingswells