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Issue 38 August-September ‘19 Free bi-monthly magazine

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August... Eighth month already! Are you ready for the children to be back at school? Have you got your “house packs” for the new uni students? Will you be an empty nester? Exciting times with the start of the new school year. Life at the gazette over the summer was very pleasant. Enjoyed lots of visitors which we showed around and they showed us around too! We went to the insect exhibition at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. If you can get there before it finishes it is awesome! You must go and watch the short film on the first floor then go revisit all the amazing photography - it will blow your mind. Plus the plants are good too. Lot’s happening in the magazine this month - again the University is looking for some help with two new studies and also if you could help become a “patient” for the junior doctors/dentists etc. That does sound quite interesting as you play out a scenario. Calling all budding actors. The Community Centre introduces two of their regular classes in more depth - something new for you to try too. I’ll be back with a new magazine for you in October, please do get in touch if you have anything you would like included. Deadline is 20 Sept.


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Get fresh with blue and white By Katherine Sorrell A combination of blue and white is bright and breezy for summer, and timelessly appealing all year round. HOW TO USE BLUE AND WHITE • Nautical but nice – blue and white stripes have that classic look that never goes out of style. Use in small doses to provide a dash of interest without becoming overwhelming. • A wall (or even a whole room) painted in deep blue is very on-trend. Interesting, cosy and sophisticated, it looks handsome combined with white woodwork – like a tailored suit with a smart white shirt. • Balance the crisp feel of blue and white by adding soft and rustic textures, such as wool throws, wicker baskets and jute rugs. Alternatively, opt for a more industrial vibe with exposed brickwork and copper piping. • Classic blue and white decorating might include Chinese ginger jars, Wedgwood plates, toile de Jouy fabric and Cornishware crockery. There are, however, plenty of more modern interpretations, too. Look for chevrons, triangles and other geometric patterns as well as bold, contemporary florals to liven up the look. • Include some extra colours for interest. A touch of black is strong and sophisticated, while orange, lime and fuchsia will really pop against deep blue. For a paler scheme, add soft greens, yellows and pinks for a


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Eight years ago I had a EUREKA moment when I discovered Zumba Fitness® and haven’t looked back. It didn’t just became part of my weekly routine, it became an important part of my life. I became less conscious of how my body looked and more focussed on the dance moves, the incredible music and being part of my new tribe. Becoming an instructor in 2014, I now bring this Zumba joy to others here in Kingswells every Wednesday at 3.10pm. Zumba Gold® is a low intensity class primarily for the young at heart although all are welcome. It’s great for fitness, strength, balance, heart and mind health, as well as happy hormones! Some of our members take the music with them on holiday and dance in their hotel rooms so they don’t miss their class too much! Your first class is FREE (then only £4/week) so why not give it a try at our fun and friendly class. Full Zumba classes are also available in and around the village. Contact Gillian on 07808 160728 Reiki and Zumba with Gillian

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Kingswells Fun Day Kidsize and Kingswells Community Centre joined forces to organise a fun day at Webster Park. 400 people attended the day and over £800 was raised for Charlie House Charity. The event which also celebrated the official opening of the Community Centre’s MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) featured BBQ, live music, bouncy castles, games, face painting and hair glitter, boxing and much more. AFC’s Donny the Sheep was there in person to open the MUGA and pose for selfies with his fans. The event was extremely well received, with calls for a Kingswells Gala to be held every year. This would really benefit the area and foster a sense of community spirit. Plans are already under way to get other community bodies involved for next year’s event.

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We have also joined forces with Aberdeen City Council’s Community Engagement Officer to tidy up the grounds around Webster Park. A great effort by ACC’s Stephen Bly and Community Centre staff was put into clear overgrown areas and edging around the building. We would also like to say a huge thank you to CHAP Construction who donated 10 tonnes of soil to level off some of the ground between Webster Park building and the MUGA.

Deeside Local Food Festival The Mixing Bowl is delighted to present the 5th Deeside Local Food Festival at Cults Academy, Quarry Road, on Sunday 15th September. The doors open at 11am and you are guaranteed to receive a warm, traditional Scottish welcome. The festival is an annual one-day event that celebrates and showcases the very best handcrafted food and drink produced in our local area. The produce market will offer 55 stalls of tantalizingly tasty treats to tempt the most discerning foodie and provide a great opportunity to meet producers, sample and buy the incredible food on offer. You will be wowed by the huge variety available and we challenge you to leave with an empty shopping bag! The ever-popular Street Food Cafe will be set up in the playground with a mouthwatering selection of lunch food to choose from with live music provided by local young musicians. Some of the North East’s finest chefs will present interactive cooking demonstrations at the Marquee Stage and fish cookery demos at the Seafood Stage. Alternatively, drop in to the Food and Drink Talks to uncover the inside stories and to feel the passion that drives and inspires the producers. For all those gin-lovers, look out for the gin-blending workshops and remember to book early. The session will teach you about various botanicals, and allow you to create your own personally blended bottle of gin. Kids will have a lot of fun too. They can attend the Children’s Afternoon Tea Workshop to make scones and cakes that they can take away to share with friends and family. Booking is essential. There will also be fun foodie activities, face painting and sports for the kids to enjoy. Pop the date in your diary and round up your friends. Why not park at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa overflow car park then take our shuttle bus up to the school? If you plan to park near the school please do come early. The Deeside Local Food Festival is a perfect opportunity for the local community to come together and enjoy a family day out whilst supporting local businesses. Come and join us – we look forward to seeing you there. For more information about the festival and to book any of the workshops or talks, please visit the website at and follow us on social media for updates.


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Chairman update Well the last month or so has been a whirl of activity, we’ve had 4 seasons in one day also called an Aberdeen summer…, the schools are on holiday so driving to work is definitely quicker and the council introduced a £30 charge for garden refuse... which the KCC discussed with the councillors at our last meeting. Our concerns are in regard to the fairness and feasibility of implementing and managing the additional charge particularly if Refuse Collectors are having to check every bin to inspect the contents… regardless it’s a legislative requirement to remove household food waste so we do foresee some challenges managing this in practice when its introduced… We are also aware of the issues with grass cutting across Kingswells with many of the pavements being covered following this activity. We would ask that you raise this to your resident’s association (if you are in one) or Aberdeen Council in the first instance however please keep making us aware if this continues or is a Safety risk. Unfortunately, due to the significant budgets cuts the council are facing its likely that there will be further reductions in the level of services currently on offer and whilst this is frustrating at best it’s unlikely to change in the short term. Whilst I’m not suggesting that we undertake some of the activities likely to be affected by the cuts I do feel that if we work together as a community, we may be able to reduce the impact on Kingswells. We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas or suggestions as to how to address some of these challenges or if you can spare some time to volunteer please let us know at Kingswells Co-op Community Fund Some residents may have noticed a poster a couple of weeks ago at the local Co-op, where a substantial sum of money £326.71 - was donated to Kingswells Community Council as a contribution towards installing a bench and replacing the community noticeboard. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Co-op for choosing us as one of the


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beneficiaries of their community projects, and also to all those who made it possible. If you have any ideas about projects you think may enhance the village, please let us know at Planning updates This month we would like to highlight two major planning applications that pertain to Kingswells, the application numbers, a brief overview and web links for review and objections are below. Planning Application number 191034/PPP. The applicant is Carnoustie Links Development. The application is for 30 affordable homes at a site called Sunnyside, Kingswells. It is located at the western end of the old Lang Stracht on the uphill side of the road. Comments to be submitted to the planning authority by 24/07/2019. Planning Application number 191080/DPP. The applicant is Ardene House Veterinary Practice. The application is for the Construction of stables/paddock and walker with associated paths fencing and gates, a horsebox hard standing and associated works. Comments to be submitted to the planning authority by 30/07/2019. Webster Park Facilities We were made aware of a few incidences where children were chased away by unknown adults from the Webster Park football pitch and playing field area also know as MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). As there appeared to be some confusion as to who is allowed to use these facilities, we asked Nicole Farquharson (manager of the Community Centres in Kingswells) for an official statement. ‘Like the main Centre, Webster Park is hired from the Council and run by us (Community Centre personnel). At Webster Park the hire includes the pitches, the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) grounds and car park. We charge for the hire of the pitches for full football games and coaching, and obviously the building for activities. The MUGA is free for the public to use any time, the only time we would add a hire charge is if someone wanted access to the building to use the changing rooms or the flood lights. All hire charges at both centres go to the Community Centre and the money is put towards the running and upkeep of both. Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 01383 279 355

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We can’t stop the public, i.e. dog walkers and children going into the grounds at Webster, but if people want to go there for games, they really should use the MUGA’. So that’s pretty clear, anyone can use it at any time however we expect these community facilities to be treated with respect by all and left in the way you would wish to find them. Ex Derbeth Grange playpark area issue When this playpark was operational the metal rubbish bin was emptied by the council however since this playpark was removed a few months ago the bin is no longer being emptied and its been used predominantly as a dog poo bin. This results in it being left for weeks on end which is not only disgusting but runs the risk of becoming a health hazard. Whilst we’re pleased the message about picking up after your pooch seems to be getting through, we would ask that dog owners refrain from using this one and instead use other nominated poop bins. We are hoping to get this bin removed in the near future as the Council dispute this is theirs to maintain. New Logo You may have noticed that we have changed the KCC logo and we would like to say a huge thanks to Nicole Farquharson who created this for us. We can always be contacted through our website or on email at


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Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside The Rotary Club of Aderdeen Deeside meets each Wednesday at the Cults Hotel but draws its membership from across Aberdeen City and into Aberdeenshire. Some of its more recent activities are shown below. Art Evening, Marcliffe at Pitfodels Sun 26th May This year’s event, “Bold and Beautiful”, featured Flowers in Watercolour by artist Susie Hunt, founder of the North East Open Studios (NEOS) and making her debut at the Art Evening. Susie is a painter and painting tutor working with predominantly waterbased media. The Charity Art Event has been running for over 16 years based at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen, thanks to the continued kind generosity of Mr. Stewart Spence. During the evening Susie entertained and engaged with the audience, welcoming questions as she developed two paintings which were projected continuously onto a very large back-projection display screen using a high-quality colour CCTV system for all to see. These were auctioned at the end of the evening with all proceeds going to charity. Further examples of the Susie’s work were also on sale in the gallery. 240 tickets were sold and including the proceeds from two raffles close to £5,000 was raised. This has been divided between SensationALL, the MS Society and Rotary Charities. Partners Night 29th May 2019 Members and partners met at the Harbour Board Visitor Centre on Greyhope Rd. Torry where our host & speaker was Javier Baron, Community Officer from the main contracting company Dragados. The display within the Centre uses video, pictures, quizzes, and floor pictures to show the public details of what will be an exciting new venture in the City. Cruise holidays from Aberdeen will start in mid 2020.


After the presentation the company adjourned to the Sand Dollar Restaurant for an excellent supper of either fish pie or chicken curry Kids Out, Craibstone, 12th June The 17 Clubs Rotary of Aberdeen and surrounding area, gave 496 special needs primary school children a fun day out with numerous activities. These included Horses, football, bouncy castles, face painting, police car, fire engine, owls, small animals, rope bridges, climbing wall, snacks, lunch and two magicians all culmulating with a disco. Despite the dreary weather the children had a wonderful time. We are indebted to all the helpers who made this such a great day for the children which happened to be our 25th anniversary. Ongoing Residents will be aware that statues have appeared at various locations around Aberdeen as part of the Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail to raise awareness for children’s hospital charities. RCAD along with other local Rotary Clubs have sponsored the statue placed at the fountain at Duthie Park. We are always open for new members who will be made most welcome if they wish to attend a meeting to find out more about our Club at Aberdeen Deeside. Contact secretary Harry Arnold at 01224 740986 , or secretary@ Or see more about our activities at Aberdeen.Deeside.Rotary @rotarydeeside

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Going Green With the ground still warm from the summer sun and moisture levels in the soil increasing, September is the perfect time to create a new lawn. Using grass seed is cheaper than buying turf, plus you can choose a suitable grass mixture and the lawn can be shaped without having to cut pieces of turf. First, examine the site and calculate the total area to be seeded, then study the grass seed packs in your local garden centre. Your choice will be between various grades of utility lawn (usually containing some rye grass for toughness), finer lawns that need more care and mixtures suitable for partial shade.

Spread some granular general fertilizer evenly over the prepared area. Firm by treading it over evenly in flat-soled shoes or boots, paying particular attention to the edges – this prevents subsidence later. Lawn seed germinates best in warm, moist conditions so avoid hot, dry weather and wait until just before rain is forecast. Using pack directions, weigh out the quantity of grass seed needed for one square metre. Mark the corners of a one metre square plot and distribute the seed evenly over it – this shows you how correctly sown seed should look, thus acting as a guide for sowing the remainder. Sowing too thinly encourages weeds; sowing too thickly means poor-quality seedlings that are less likely to thrive.

It will be about three weeks before the seedlings emerge and then about ten weeks before the lawn can be cut, so bear this in mind when choosing your start time.

For most gardens hand sowing is perfect; for larger lawns borrowing or hiring a machine may be worthwhile. Sow the entire area with the lawn seed and lightly rake over a thin layer of soil to partially incorporate the seed into the soil.

Remove all weeds (including roots), old grass and debris. Perennial weeds should be dug out or killed off with weedkiller – those containing glyphosate allow grass seed to be sown straight away.

Water regularly with a fine sprinkler or watering can. Use twigs or cane with taut cotton tied between them, or netting stretched taut, to deter birds.

Dig over and examine the area – ideally you want a light, free-draining loam that does not become too dry in summer, or waterlogged or compacted in winter. Add horticultural sand and some bulky organic matter to heavy soil to improve drainage, and dig plenty of well-rotted organic matter into light soil for better moisture retention. Rake the soil repeatedly to achieve a level surface free from large stones, plant remains or other debris. Gauge the level by eye or use a system of pegs and a spirit level if necessary.

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When I started out supporting women in the lead up to their birth, it was my intention to create spaces where women felt heard, supported, and connected in their journey’s through pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

Pregnancy yoga teaches you how to truly and deeply relax, how to breath and how to feel positive about birth. Something I thought would never be possible for me.

I set out to help women see that they are capable and to believe that birth didn’t have to be difficult for them. I wanted to help them to face their vulnerability with strength. My discovery of pregnancy yoga changed the course of my pregnancy and my birth. Each week I hobbled along to class with painful pelvic girdle and back pain. Each week I walked home feeling lighter, calmer and more at peace with the changes

Kingswells SWI June meeting. Members enjoyed lunch at the Four Mile House Kingswells . The presentation of prizes for 2018/2019. Were handed out. Industrial 1st eq. M. Farquhar. M. Bruce. 2nd S.Gauld. 3rd. P. Stuart. Baking. 1st.M.Bruce. 2nd.eq. M. Farquhar. M. Mitchell. 3rd.eq M. Anderson. S. Gauld. Overall winner M. Bruce. Most entries for Industrial. M .Bruce. Meetings are held in the Kingswells Church hall on the second Tuesday of the month new members welcome. Margaret Bruce Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 01383 279 355

My weekly classes give women an opportunity to come together and find a sense of community and support, forming friendships before their babies arrive, finding time for relaxation during pregnancy and learning tools and techniques for labour and birth. When women email me after they have had their babies, I am always so pleased to hear how the movement and breathing techniques in class have helped them during their birth.

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News from Councillor Delaney... Hopefully everyone will either have managed to get away over the summer or will have had the opportunity to spend some extra time with friends and family. Just how the summer has turned out weather-wise is not something I would dare to comment on, having written this column quite a few weeks ago, before I went off for my own break. At that time we were seeing torrential rain and beautiful sunshine in the same day, sometimes even in the same hour! I was delighted to have been able to attend Kingswells School a few weeks ago as they celebrated 25 years on their current site. I’m sure many of our residents will still remember sending their children to the old building on Fairley Road which now serves as Adventure Aberdeen and the day the new school opened its doors. Every class had made a unique contribution by way of its own project, with everything coming together on the day. I found the history of the school and the history of Kingswells in general attracted my own interest, but there was something of interest to everyone, especially the newspaper produced by the children, which was selling like hot cakes, looked at how life has changed, not just in Kingswells but across the country, over the past quarter century. As a former news editor and regular columnist on several national computer magazines back in the early 1990s, I thought the standard of work which went into the publication was exemplary, with clearly evidenced articles and an attractive page layout. “Well done everyone”. The classes were welcoming to their visitors and were happy to be interrupted by interested parents and of course a nosey councillor too! I was most impressed by the arcade game being used to raise the children’s awareness of online security and cyber bullying, which has sadly become a curse of our time.


Kingswells School continues to be an asset to our community and I wish them well as they continue their journey over the next 25 years and beyond. On a completely different note I’m sure everyone will be relieved that the road beside the Co-op has finally been resurfaced. The road surface had deteriorated to the point that many residents were avoiding the area for fear of damaging their vehicles. Getting this road repaired proved particularly challenging as the road is not under the control of Aberdeen City Council but the job appears to have been carried out to a high standard which will hopefully serve us well over many years. Talking now of council maintained roads, a number of roads in Kingswells were found to be in a very poor condition last year. Due to budgetary constraints these roads were not resurfaced last year but were jet patched instead, offering a short term fix to extend the life of the road surface. It is impossible to say either how long those temporary repairs will last or when they will be resurfaced. In the meantime please continue to report defects as they occur to ensure they receive the attention they require. Still with roads, major works are planned for the Kingswells Roundabout this summer. The roundabout is to be enlarged to accommodate the increased traffic flows which will come from the new Countesswells development on the south side of the A944. Over 3000 homes are planned for that area over a period of around 20 years with the first phase as good as completed. This development will undoubtedly take its toll on the local roads network, even with the larger roundabout in place, but it will also bring with it a brand new secondary school which Kingswells School will be re-zoned to. I do not currently have a starting date or works

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schedule for the roundabout enlargement and I have no doubts it will cause major disruption to Kingswells residents during its construction. It’s just a pity it wasn’t built this size in the first place, in the knowledge of what was in the planning system. Unfortunately, this is seldom possible where different developers and different timescales are involved, despite the fact it would reduce their outlays and your inconvenience! As always, please get in touch to raise any concerns you may have. I am easily contactable by email or telephone and

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Would you like to help train the Doctors and Health Care Professionals of the future? We are currently recruiting enthusiastic volunteers (Patient Partners) to give a little of their time to act as ‘Teaching Patients’, to assist medical, dental and other health professional students improve their communication and examination skills. What does a Patient Partner do and why? Patient Partners are members of the public who assist in practice and learning sessions by being available to speak to and be examined by our students. Patient Partners are used during student examinations too. There is no prior training or experience necessary to be selected to join the programme, all we ask is that a Patient Partner be willing to help, be reliable and most importantly have a good sense of humour!

There are two areas in which Patient Partners assist: Communication: Patient Partners role play a health problem from a scenario (short description of symptoms and how they have been affecting you, as well as a social and medical history) so that students can practise interviewing patients away from the hustle and bustle of a busy hospital ward. No acting experience is required. Examination: Patient Partners select the examinations. Patient Partners are examined for different types of non-invasive procedures/ examinations (for example, the taking of a blood pressure, listening to a patient’s lungs or having joints examined/put through normal movements). Some Patient Partners are involved with both communication and physical examination sessions.


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

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Your New Dream Home is closer than you think Den View is a small neighbourhood of luxury homes located on the outskirts of Kingswells on the Old Lang Stracht.

The Fairley

The three bedroom Fairley townhouse features a high specification dining kitchen with French door to a landscaped garden. As well as a separate lounge and 3 bedrooms this home also includes an integral garage, utility room and additional room ideal for a home office, gym or cinema room.

Stewart Milne homes pride themselves on including all the extras at no extra cost. From vanity units with mirrors and downlights, chrome towel rails and Porcelanosa tiles in the bathrooms and ensuites, to AEG integrated appliances in the kitchen. Your home will be ready to enjoy from the day you move in. If you’re looking for a luxury lifestyle in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood, with all the benefits of urban living, Den View, Kingswells is a wonderful place to call home.

The Heddon

Stewart Milne Homes offer a range of support and incentives to help you move home. From Part Exchange to deposit match, LBTT support to flooring packages, we have a solution for you.

The impressive five bedroom Heddon features 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes a large lounge and expansive dining kitchen with French doors to the garden. Upstairs £310,000 to £429,000 the master bedroom includes a luxury The showhome and marketing suite is open ensuite shower room and walk-in-wardrobe, Thursday to Monday from 11am - 5.30pm the guest bedroom also benefits from an For further information call ensuite. Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 share the family 0845 900 3676 or visit bathroom complete with separate bath and shower.

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KCN - August/September 2019  

Community magazine for Kingswells and the new Countesswells, Aberdeen. Very well received by the community.

KCN - August/September 2019  

Community magazine for Kingswells and the new Countesswells, Aberdeen. Very well received by the community.