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Issue 42 Apr-May 2020

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Easter... How are you all doing? I hope staying safe and adapting to new regimes and limited travel. Who pinched all the toilet roll? Kath our friend is laughing as she had been preparing for the worst with Brexit so storing away for months and now has her very own supermarket in the walk-in cupboard. Supermarkets are doing their best to keep the shelves stocked, limiting multiple purchases to three, dedicated shopping time for the elderly and most vulnerable. A shout out to all the wee business owners out there who are holding on with gritted teeth and hoping they will survive and pop up on the otherside. So can I ask that you do support these businesses where possible as this means the differnece to whether they can or can’t pay their mortgages/rent!! Big shout out to care workers, nhs nurses and doctors for all their efforts to keep us and our loved ones safe. If you know you have elderly, vulnerable neighbours please do pop them a note to say you are happy to help them with shopping, medicine pick ups or just a chat. Put on a contact number and who you are and where you live. There are a couple of major events for groups being advertised in this issue which may well be postponed but I felt I should give them a shout anyway. Wishing everyone good health and all being well I’ll be back with the next magazine at the beginning of June.

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HOMEOWNERS

IMPORTANT NOTICE In February 2019 the Legislation relating to smoke detection in your home changed. All domestic properties in Aberdeen could be affected. You need to have the following:•

One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes.

One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallway and landing.

One heat alarm installed in every kitchen.

All fire alarms are to be ceiling mounted and must be interlinked.

Carbon monoxide detectors are to be fitted where there are carbon fuelled appliances (such as boilers, fires, open fires, heaters, stoves or a flue).

The Regulations come into effect in February 2021. For a free survey and quotation, please contact:-

Cumming Fire and Security Ltd 01467 643917 or email:- cfs.ltd@dial.pipex.com For Peace of Mind in your Home – contact us now Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 01383 279 355

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Peter Waller re-visits Aberdeen when tramways were the way of getting around the city Lost Tramways of Scotland: Aberdeen, Size 150 x 200mm, 64pp, £8.99, ISBN 9781912654420 The desire for a safe and sustainable public transport system in Aberdeen is never far from the news. As the environmental impact of our cities remains a prominent issue, so too do the ever-increasing costs of bus travel, the limitations of rail and the congested state of the city’s roads. Enter then a new series of books from author Peter Waller and publisher Graffeg which draws attention to a transport system familiar to past generations and which may yet form part of future plans – the tram. The new Lost Tramways of Scotland series documents how tram systems in towns and cities across the country developed, how they served and affected their communities, and what possibilities there may be for us to reimagine them today. Lost Tramways of Scotland: Aberdeen also provides an intimate glimpse into the social history of life as it was lived from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, a time of immense growth and change when travel by tram was commonplace. Aberdeen played host to two electric tramways: the corporation’s services within the city and the short- lived service operated by the Aberdeen Suburban Tramways Co. Acquiring modern trams in the late 1940s, Aberdeen was perceived as one of the safest of British tramways in


the post-war years, but even here the diesel bus was to take-over, with the final tram running on 3 May 1958.

and affordable resource for the transport enthusiast as well as an accessible guide for the general reader, current residents and visitors past and present.

Author Peter Waller adds: ‘Although elsewhere in Britain the end of World War II allowed for plans for tramways conversion by the conflict to be revived, in Aberdeen the tram seemed to have a secure future... These were rumours- sadly incorrect’. A wealth of original photographs from the collection of the Online Transport Archive, many appearing in print for the first time, tell the story of Aberdeen’s bustling city centre, shifting trends and recognisable streets which have been maintained or transformed through the decades. The rigorous detail of this title, including coverage of tram models and manufacturers, daily operation and the history of the network, makes it a portable

Pic 1 - 4 - Tram Aberdeen © D. W. K. Jones Collection_Online Transport Archive


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aving graduated from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture (RGU) in 2008 with Honours in Interior Architecture and Masters in Architecture, Craig started his career working for a small but reputable architecture practice in Aboyne. This practice was design lead, focusing on domestic projects from small unique structures to highend extensions and new-build houses, ranging in value up to £1m. It was here where Craig learnt the skills for using many local materials, both traditional and contemporary, leading to a team effort which won a Scottish Saltire Architecture Award for the conversion of a traditional mill, into a family home. Craig also pioneered the design of a low energy home, using insulation and air-tightness techniques which are now standard practice in current home construction.

Studio Exterior - Warm welcoming light design for the entrance deck Studio Interior - Bright and airy space created in original Victorian cottage

In 2014 Craig was asked to join the team in a practice which specialised in commercial, retail and domestic projects in the west end of Aberdeen. Working at both these practices gave Craig the skills and experiences in a variety of projects, ranging in size and complexity.

Studio Kitchen - Clean, fresh and modern kitchen design So, in late 2018 Craig decided to build his own studio and set up his architecture practice 57North Architecture. Having first built the studio as a design showcase, 57North Architecture has gone on to work with many clients in the West end, as well as along the Deeside corridor. Ranging from highly welldesigned domestic extensions, to retail venues such as the Cowshed Ice-Cream Parlour and Sea, Salt & Sole restaurants. 57North Architecture is able to offer a full architect service from concept to completion of your project and can guide you through the process step-by-step. Why the name 57North? It’s the latitude of Aberdeen, where we’re based and enjoy working. Out with architecture, Craig enjoys cycling, photography and travel as well as leading a local Scout group Mannofield Explorers, passing on skills and experiences to young people age 14-18 in the local community.

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Low Energy House Exterior - Position and size of glazing to capture heat from the sun, with the deisgn of the walls to retain the warmth

Low Energy House Interior Open plan first floor landing, to create conections between all the living spaces

Low Energy House Wood-burning stove and stair design Mill Conversion Interior Space and light, with links to the original building and views to the surounding landscape

Mill Conversion Exterior - Creating a contemporary living space on the front of the old mill building


intricate patterns, to largeformat tiles – very on-trend at present. Porcelain tiles can imitate the look of wood or stone incredibly well, without some of the drawbacks of those materials, and so make a great choice if you love the natural look. Bear in mind that floor tiles are thicker and more expensive than wall tiles but can otherwise look identical; make sure you get the right ones.

Choose Your Ideal Bathroom Flooring Cool ceramic or resilient rubber? Patterned vinyl or engineered wood? Durable stone or natural cork? There’s an endless choice of bathroom floorings that are affordable, practical and wonderfully attractive. As well as looking good and working with the overall scheme, bathroom floorcoverings must, first and foremost, be supremely practical: non-slip and resistant to water and humidity, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot. A key consideration is who will use the room, as a family bathroom will have different requirements to a guest bedroom’s en suite, for example. We outline a range of different possibilities. Vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles Quick and easy to lay, vinyl is warm underfoot, durable, stain-resistant, water-resistant and easy to mop. Many types work with underfloor

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heating, but check this with the manufacturer. Some sheet vinyls are very affordable, while luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) are more costly, but come in exciting, fashionable patterns and finishes. Either way, the range of patterns is impressive, some of which replicate the appearance of natural materials such as wood, stone or ceramic tiles. Buy the most cushioned version you can afford, as they are more comfortable to walk on. Ceramic and porcelain tiles Often the go-to when it comes to bathroom floors, tiles are infinitely variable – in size, shape, pattern and price. They have every quality necessary, except that they are cold and hard underfoot – and hence are often combined with underfloor heating. And, unless they have a matt or textured surface, they can be slippery when wet. Size-wise, they vary from tiny mosaic, laid in

Stone Stone – like ceramics and porcelain – tends to be cold and hard underfoot. It’s also really heavy, and it may be necessary to consult an expert before installing, to ensure your floor joists can safely take its weight. That said, stone is tough, durable and possesses an incomparable natural beauty, with a wide variety of finishes and patterns. Natural stone can be quite porous, and is likely to require sealing before and during installation, and careful cleaning afterwards. Marble, because it is so smooth, tends to be slippery, while limestone and sandstone have a more matt surface, and granite and slate can be given a non-slip finish. Use an experienced installer, as stone is tricky to lay and any mistakes can be costly. Engineered wood Solid wood floorboards are not advised in a bathroom, as they tend to shrink, swell and/ or warp with wetness and humidity. The alternative is engineered wood, made from real wood layered at right angles and glued, making it extra strong and stable. Another bonus is that it is

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usually suitable over underfloor heating. Choose a water-resistant finish such as oil or lacquer and, to ensure the durability of a wooden floor, ventilate the room well to minimise humidity, place mats in front of the bath and basin, and ensure you mop up any spills as quickly as possible. Cork Warm, quiet and resilient to water, cork tiles are easy to fit and extremely sustainable. Cork is now available in a range of fashionable shades, rather than just the Seventies-style orangebrown you may remember. It comes pre-finished with a durable wear layer and, if property laid, is very durable – although, as with

LVTs and rubber, cork tiles must be butted up very close to avoid water seeping between them. Rubber Warm and shock-absorbent, durable, stain-resistant and – obviously – incredibly waterproof, rubber is both child-friendly and ultra-stylish, coming in an array of colours from pale neutrals to dramatic brights. Available in tile or sheet form, it is generally low maintenance, but smooth surfaces can be very slippery, so the best choice for a bathroom is a textured design (rubber tiles often feature round ‘dimples’), which may need occasional careful cleaning. By Katherine Sorrell

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The Devastating Effects of Bullying I was shocked and upset by the news about Caroline Flack and the links to bullying. For both children and adults, bullying can be devastating. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, and poor self-esteem can occur and as recent events have shown, suicide can follow. Physical bullying is the most obvious type but psychological bullying can also be highly damaging.  Gossiping about celebs or people you know may seem harmless but gossip and speculation can have devastating effects.

Trolling is a form of emotional bullying. Celebs such as Jesy Nelson have spoken of the impact, which led her to attempt suicide. The tragedy of Caroline Flack’s death has further highlighted the harmful effects of gossiping and trolling.  You might have speculated about people or even posted online comments but always thinking about the impact of our words and actions is so important. And if you’re the victim of any form of bullying, please get help and support. In my Aberdeen clinic, I see clients struggling with the psychological effects of different forms of bullying.  I’ve helped both adults and children to rebuild their lives after being the victim of bullies — including adults who have

lived with the effects of bullying for years.

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A little later, the overhead displays warned me of an accident and to move to the right, further backed up by both orange and blue lights on the attending vehicles. This warning was ignored by the van driver who undertook all of us in the left lane and sped past the scene.

Janus-Faced Drivers

There is no doubt our personality changes when we get behind the wheel. I am sorry to say that we can, as drivers, be less than caring to completely selfish. This piece was inspired by three such examples I witnessed on a short stretch of A-road.

Firstly, a speed restriction was in place to protect maintenance workers cone laying. The job is dangerous enough without drivers wilfully ignoring the limit with workers inches away

Finally, I came to a junction slip road onto the carriageway. The Highway Code states that if traffic is too dense then you must wait in the slip road until an opportunity arises to safely join the road. This was ignored by the driver who barged in, wasn’t content to sit behind a lorry, and swung into the right-hand lane causing all of us to brake hard.

All those concerned wanted to continue their journey at the expense of others. Out of their cars, those drivers are likely polite, caring family people who would never jump a queue – they are Janus-faced drivers.

The roads are crammed enough as it is, but using them with courtesy will improve the experience for all. By Iain Betson

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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.

We have just one high specification 5 bedroom home left in this special development. The impressive Heddon features a large lounge, expansive dining kitchen including AEG integrated appliances and a breakfast bar, convenient laundry zone and French doors to the private garden. Upstairs the master bedroom includes a luxury en-suite shower room and walk-in-wardrobe, the guest bedroom also benefits from an en-suite and fitted wardrobe. Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 share the family bathroom complete with separate bath and shower. The three bedroom Argyll is our most popular housetype and its easy to see why. This terraced home features a spacious lounge, dining kitchen including AEG integrated appliances, French doors to the private garden and convenient wc. Upstairs the impressive master bedroom includes a luxury en-suite shower room

and fitted wardrobe. Bedroom 2 also includes a fitted wardrobe. The family bathroom includes vanity units and Porcelanosa wall tiles. 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 en-suites, 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. 3 and 5 bedroom homes available Argyll £249,995 Heddon £429,000

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News from Councillor Delaney... I was horrified to hear of the incident in which Buster, a much loved family dog, died as a result of an attack by another dog in Kingswells. The loss of a pet is always difficult as they are essentially a family member. However, I cannot imagine the pain the family are going through as a result of what happened. My thoughts very much remain with them as it’s going to take a long time to get over an incident of this type. It goes without saying that I contacted the dog wardens as soon as I was made aware of the situation and asked them to investigate the situation urgently, along with Police Scotland, as I was concerned that other pets or, worse still, a small child, may be at risk unless appropriate action was taken. Since then it has been brought to my attention that there have been previous incidents where the same dog is alleged to have acted aggressively towards other dogs. If indeed this is the case, I would urge anyone who has witnessed previous incidents to contact Police Scotland on 101. Another issue which came to my attention was concerns about dangerous driving, putting pedestrians at risk, in the Great Western Nursery and Co-op car parks around school drop off and pick up times. Given the fact that Kingswells is a large village with an infrequent bus service, I fully understand that some parents have no option but to drop off and pick up their children by car. However, the issue appears to be with a small number of parents who are perhaps cutting things a bit tight, time-wise, and pulling in and out of parking spaces without due care and concern for pedestrians. The concern is that if this continues, a child could be injured. All it needs is a momentary lapse of judgement. I would therefore ask parents to allow a little more time and to keep speed to an absolute minimum when parking or travelling through these car parks. I know

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most parents act responsibly and am not having a go at anyone, but we all need to be aware there have been a few close calls and nobody wants to see an accident occur as a result of someone being in a rush. Coronavirus was just starting to become a serious concern as I wrote this column. There is no predicting as to how things will be as you read this. There’s one thing for sure, it has put everything into perspective as we collectively face a challenge which is beyond anything any of us have known in our lifetimes. Many people on social media are offering to assist neighbours are having to self isolate and are unable to get to shops as a result of coronavirus precautions. It’s good to see people coming together in a time of crisis and it’s vital we look out for each other, whilst also taking appropriate precautions to keep ourselves safe too. It’s also important to keep in touch with self-isolating friends and relatives by phone, Skype, Facetime or similar on a more regular basis than normal as they will be seeing few, if any, people, and it’s a long day if you have no human contact. The key is to be aware of the effects of prolonged isolation on people’s mental health and wellbeing and to remember to keep in touch with them regularly. I’m no expert and indeed few of us within our community are. None of us know if this epidemic will be quickly brought under control or if it will drag on for months, resulting in the premature loss of many loved ones. All we can do is follow the guidance offered through official channels, which may well change as matters progress. It’s a worrying time for all of us but it’s as important we don’t panic unnecessarily, as it is to take additional precautions to keep ourselves safe. My thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by this virus and is either fighting it

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themselves, worried about the health of a loved one or has suffered a sad and unexpected loss as a result of coronavirus. As always, please get in touch to raise any concerns you may have. I am easily contactable by email or telephone and I hold regular surgeries at Kingswells Community Centre. Please check out the local press or my website for details. Regards Steve Delaney

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they increase the agent’s motivation to achieve a sale.

How to save money when selling your home Selling your home can sometimes entail eye-watering costs that considerably reduce any profit you make from the sale, but saving money throughout the process is possible if you’re prepared and understand the various fee systems involved.

Some people choose to sell their home themselves rather than using an estate agent, which can save a significant sum, and we’ll look at the pros and cons of this option a little later. But firstly, what fees might you face in your efforts to move up or down the property ladder and how can you save money at each step? Estate agency fees

How do estate agency fees work? Estate agency fees are typically expressed as a percentage of the final selling price, and this fee is known as commission. Any fees quoted by estate agents may or may not include VAT so it’s important to check, as the extra 20% will make a

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significant difference to your costs.

‘No sale, no fee’ is a common method used by ‘traditional’ estate agents to charge commission, which means you don’t pay anything until the property is officially sold. On the other hand, online agencies typically charge their fees upfront or by way of a deferred credit agreement.

If you choose an online agency you may have to pay extra for services such as accompanied viewings or your For Sale sign, but this is very much dependent on the agency. High street estate agents might also charge fees for extra services, such as featured or premium listings, so how can you save money on estate agency fees in general? How to save money on estate agency fees

• Negotiate Fee negotiations don’t just have to be downwards, although this is always a good first option. They can also be creative in the sense that

• Don’t use an agency You can save thousands of pounds if you don’t use an estate agency, but you also need to factor in the time and effort needed to sell your own home. Government figures published in 2017 show that one in five people sold their home privately, but some of these people already had a buyer in mind – possibly a member of the family wishing to invest, or friends.¹

Legal fees

How do legal fees work? In a similar way to estate agents, some solicitors and conveyancers base their fees on your home’s value. Others use a fixed fee structure that provides more certainty to both parties. Legal fees do vary considerably so it pays to shop around, and also obtain recommendations from trusted friends or family if possible.

The final cost in legal fees when selling your home will depend on the complexity of the transaction. If your property is leasehold, for example, and has a mortgage, the solicitor will need more administration time, as their workload will be greater. It’s not advisable to select a solicitor purely on the basis of price, however. As this is such an important transaction, you need to factor in the solicitor’s previous experience and the timescale they’ve stated to push the sale through. How to save money on legal fees • Obtain several quotes It’s not always a good idea

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Removal fees How do removal fees work? There are many factors that determine a removal firm’s fees, including whether or not you pack your boxes yourself, how many belongings you need to move, the proximity of your moving date and the distance to your new home. Again, it’s highly advisable to obtain several quotes for comparison purposes – perhaps a combination

How to save money on removal fees

• Book well ahead of moving day You could secure a significant discount by booking a removal firm well in advance of your move, and don’t forget to negotiate them down if appropriate. • Pack your own boxes Packing your own belongings into boxes saves you money – you just need to leave plenty of time to do so if you can.

• Move yourself If you don’t have many belongings to move, you

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Planning ahead is key to saving money when selling your home. It’s definitely possible to secure some good deals with removal firms if you approach them early, and if you shop around and negotiate you can even save money with the estate agent and solicitor.

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could hire a van and move yourself. You’ll need to factor in the cost of hiring the van, the fuel needed to travel to and from the properties (potentially several times), insurance for ‘goods in transit’ and the packaging materials.

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• Are you buying and selling? If you’re both buying and selling a property, you can save money on legal fees by using the same solicitor for both transactions.

of national and local firms. Also check that you have sufficient insurance to cover your contents in the move, and whether there are any online reviews of the companies you’re considering.

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to use the conveyancing solicitor recommended by your estate agent – shop around for a few quotes or approach those referred to you by trusted friends.

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PICTOGRAMS

4 words SAY SAY SAY SAY

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SUDOKU

Puzzle Page

QUIZ

4 words

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

AUTUMN X

1. Which company was founded in 2006 and took “chirps from birds”?

WORDWHEEL Using only the letters in the Wordwheel, you have ten minutes to find as many words as possible, none of which may be plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. Each word must be of three letters or more, all must contain the central letter and letters can only be used once in every word. There is at least one word that uses all of the letters in the wheel.

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based on a short story by which famous author? brothers that made up the Bee Gees?

5. In the Netherlands and Belgium, what type of nest”? 6. Which US state is nicknamed the Beehive State? 7. In golf, how many shots would you have taken in total if you got a birdie on a par three, an eagle

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2. Are worker bees male or female?

8. In a short story called His Last Bow, it is revealed has taken up beekeeping? 9. According to the Bible, what two types of bird did Noah send out from his ark to see if the waters had subsided?

it with a hook, and smearing him with honey, causing him to be stung to death by bees?

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Do you need general garden maintenance?

Private garden Commercial Turf prep & laying Tree/shrub planting & pruning Snow clearing and gritting Contact :

Sam : 07947 640 147

SG Gardening Solutions Home and Commercial Services

New contact details for Kingswells Public Hall Call Alison on

07512 470 689

WESTHILL & DISTRICT COMMUNITY MINIBUS Two MINIBUSES are available for hire by clubs and organisations.

Can take 14 or 16 passengers Self-drive or Driver supplied Contact David Ritchie on 01224 744058 or 07989 637461

Email: westhill.minibus@gmail.com Charity No. SC043773

George Cormack Painter & Decorator T: 01224 827081 M: 07840 650 853

40yrs experience, free estimates, no job to small and no vat.

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Compu-Care Computer Repairs. Upgrades & Training. New Systems Available. Call Neil 07929 860 721

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Freshly made chocolates. Delicious Patisserie. Sit-in/Takeaway Tea-Coffee-Hot Chocolate Visit Choco La Mont at The Galleria Bon Accord Street Tues-Sat - 0900-1600

Check our fb page for updates on opening times choco-la-mont Marina Lamont

Annual Animal Blessing Service This year your 1% will raise money for : JUST DANCE - Raising funds for the

Craigiebuckler Church Springfield Road , Aberdeen

Sunday 14th June At 3pm

2020 Dance show in Aberdeen Art Centre

The Service will be conducted by the Rev Kenneth Petrie

TINY TOTS 2’S GROUP - Raising

All animals with their human companions welcome

funds to modify the garden to make it an all weather surface

1ST KINGSWELLS SCOUTS Raising funds for new equipment

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Kingswells SWI 11th February. President Margaret Farquhar welcomed members and introduced Fiona Mackie and friends, who gave a wonderful demonstration on how to make flowers from sugar craft. Competition winners, Individual fruit tart 1st Margaret Farquhar 2nd Jeanetta Boslem 3rd Mary Anderson. Something new from something old. 1st Stella Gauld 2nd Jeanetta Boslem 3rd Mary Sheran. 10th March. President Margaret Farquhar welcomed members and introduced Craig Pike from Ledingham and Chalmers who gave a talk on the importance of making a will and power of attorney, As Craig is well known as a local entertainer he began his talk with a humorous sketch, and ended with an entertaining song. Competition  winners. Seafood Pate 1st Caroline Shand 2nd Margaret Farquhar 3rd Pam Stuart. Article in patchwork. 1st Mary Anderson 2nd Margaret Farquhar 3rd Caroline Shand. Meeting are held in the kingswells church hall on the second Tuesday of the month new members welcome. Margaret Bruce NB: Meetings are now suspended until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience - stay safe everyone.

teaching on line also available for group or individual tuition

LEARN ITALIAN

Why not join an Italian Class in Cults - Aberdeen? You can choose day or evening classes: Beginner to Advanced level. The following classes are scheduled at present: Tues 9.30-11.30am Advanced Tues 2.45-4.45pm Post Beginners Tues 7.30-9.30pm Intermediate Wed 12.45-2.45pm New Beginners (new class 23.09.2020) Thurs 9.30-11.30 am Post Intermediate Thurs 1.00-3.00pm Post Beginners Fri 9.30-11.30am Intermediate Fri 2.00-4.00 pm Pre Intermediate Individual lessons are also available. For information about these classes and tours in Italy Conti contact Enrica Conti:

tel: 07786 827714 email: encoit@talktalk.net wwwitalianlanguageaberdeen.co.uk

50’s Fitness Ways

1-2-1

* 6 weeks - Postural analysis, muscle releases, therapy exercises and a Pilates programme * Sign up on the website * To know your posture before going into ANY exercise class, come and see me. I can tell you what you need to know about your alignment. * Exercise safely for Back Care.

Book online: https://50sfitnessways.co.uk/onlineprogramme/

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Twice Cooked Cheese Souffles The beauty of these individual souff les is that you don’t have to worry about them collapsing before they get to the table. You can prepare and cook them in advance (see Tip), then simply turn then out and reheat when required.

Ready in: 1 hour | Makes 4 25g butter, plus extra for greasing

2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 25g plain flour

½ tsp mustard powder 200ml milk

75g mature Cheddar cheese, finely grated 2 medium egg yolks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 medium egg whites 1 tsp olive oil

TIP

Fresh herbs and mixed salad, to serve

Preheat the oven to 190C/170 fan/gas mark 5. Use the extra butter to thoroughly grease four 200ml ramekin dishes. Line the base of each dish with a circle of baking paper. Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and use to coat the inside of the dishes.

Melt the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and mustard powder and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Cook, stirring, over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes until the mixture forms a thick sauce. Stir in the Cheddar cheese.

Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes then beat in the egg yolks and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk the egg whites in clean grease-free bowl until stiff. Stir 1 tbsp of the whites into the mixture to loosen it slightly then gently fold in the rest of the whites. Divide the mixture between the ramekins. Place in a roasting tin, half fill with boiling water and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden.

Cool for 10 minutes then turn the souffles out onto a greased baking sheet and remove the lining paper (see Tip). Brush the tops with olive oil and return to the oven for 6-7 minutes until golden brown. Serve garnished with fresh herbs and with a mixed salad, if liked.

After turning out the souffles onto the baking sheet they can be left to cool then covered and chilled for up to 12 hours. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until piping hot.

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Beauty Discoveries Try something new this month to recharge your skincare routine If you enjoy a good old soak in the bath and fancy a treat, try NEOM’s Bath and Shower Drops (www. neomorganics. com). They’re fragranced with essential oils and smell divine. They’re also good for your skin as they contain nourishing safflower seed oil. Prefer showers to baths? Apply the drops to your décolletage and breathe in the aromatherapy oils. At £40 a bottle, the Bath and Shower Drops are a tad pricey, so keep an eye out for sales. I picked mine up for £16 from TK Maxx. I was put off pressed powder for years by memories of the mask-like finish it gave people when I was a child. Thankfully, it’s come on leaps and bounds in the last decade. PÜR’s 4in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation (£29) is my go-to daily base. It offers buildable

coverage, so I can choose to just minimise imperfections or create a flawless finish, depending on my mood. There are eleven shades to choose from (I go for golden medium) and there’s a mirror built into the compact, which is handy for travelling. It also has an SPF of 15. While I wouldn’t rely on it for sunscreen on warmer days, it’s handy for cooler months. See www. purcosmetics.co.uk.

Traffic fumes and pollution aren’t just bad for your health. They can also leave your skin feeling parched, inflamed and just plain ‘meh’. If you need some extra protection to deal with the commute, try Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Spray Lotion (£32). It hydrates skin while helping to protecting it from car fumes, cigarette smoke and other pollution. It’s also packed with natural antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins to leave skin feeling refreshed and energised; see www.marksandspencer.com. If you’re a fan of super-simple, all-natural skincare, Douvall’s Argan Oil Moisturiser should be right up your street. This 100% organic argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids to soften and nourish skin. It’s also a great multi-tasker. I like to

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use it as a body oil, straight after a bath or shower. You can also use it as a face oil, hair treatment and cuticle oil, and to soothe super-dry, itchy patches and sunburn. It absorbs quickly so won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It’s £45 from www.douvalls.com.

Speaking of super-dry skin, Malin +Goetz’s new Meadowfoam Oil Balm is definitely one to try if you’re suffering from rhino heels, cracked elbows or itchy skin. It’s a blend of seventeen botanical oils and butters, including meadowfoam, jojoba, safflower and avocado. Together, these ingredients work to repair, soothe and moisturise. The balm is gentle enough for sensitive skin but powerful enough to work. Try it on lips, knees, elbows and anywhere else that needs some TLC. I keep it by my desk to use instead of hand cream. It costs £38 from www. malinandgoetz.co.uk.

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Care @ Home Everyone needs a little help sometimes!

Are you struggling to get yourself up and dressed in the mornings? Would you benefit from some Care@Home. Aberdeen Nursing Agency can do just that, for you. We are a long established, well respected Care Agency and have been looking after clients in Aberdeen since 1997. We can provide Care@Home visits, from one of our dedicated, experienced Carers, from as little as 1 hour and you may be entitled to financial help towards to cost of your care. Call us today to discuss our services and how we can help you. We help with: • Personal Care • Night Settling • Meal Assistance • Social Outings • Shopping • Light Domestic Duties & Laundry • 24 Hour Care • Respite Care

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CLUBS & CLASSES RUGBYTOTS ABERDEEN

Classes weekly – age 2 to 7 [Free Taster Sessions Available] Banchory AM – Saturday Airyhall - AM Sunday Craigiebuckler - AM Sun

Westhill - AM Sunday Cults - AM Wed/PM Thurs

For more information contact : aberdeen@rugbytots.co.uk or www.rugbytots.co.uk

Barefoot and Twisted Heated Yoga Studio Classes daily

Flow, Yin, Aerial, Yoga Trapeze, Barre, pregnancy and kids. Mats and props provided. Schedule and booking www.barefootandtwisted.com Strength & Balance Seated Exercise Class 12:00 -1:00pm - Wednesday - Mannofield Church 11:00 -12:00pm - Thursday - The Hub, Cults 1-2-1 Falls Prevention programmes available laura@Strength-and-Balance.co.uk

www.Strength-and-Balance.co.uk

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

Contact for booking and info: 07743 776 654 alisonmilleryoga@gmail.com

Gymstick

Thursday 5:25-5:55pm Mannofield Church £20pcm For Strength, coordination, balance and heart health. To book: https://50sfitnessways.co.uk/ register/gymstick-class-only/

ZUMBA dance exercise for all - Kingswells Public Hall, Old Skene Rd, Kingswells AB15 8QA - WED 6.30pm contact Gillian Low 07808 160728 ZUMBA GOLD - dance exercise for active older people - Kingswells Community Centre, Kingswells Ave, WED 3.10pm - contact Gillian Low - 07808 160728

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Gordonians Hockey Club - Youth Coaching

from 24/25 Feb 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 £50 for the half season (family discounts apply) RGC Astroturf pitches, Countesswells Road, AB15 8AR Contact John Mowat tel: 07525 811 039

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

laura@Strength-and-Balance.co.uk www.Strength-and-Balance.co.uk 50’s Fitness Ways Pilates - For Back Care Monday - 10:00-10:55am - Squash Club, Mannofield

Thursday - 18:00-18:55 - Mannofield Church

1-2-1 Back care programmes available

laura@50sFitnessWays.co.uk www.50sFitnessWays.co.uk

Aberdeen Buchan Association All meetings of the Aberdeen Buchan Association are now cancelled. Hopefully resume again in September 2020. Come and join our friendly 50+ group

WOODBURN WALKERS

Alternate Tuesdays throughout the year Coach transport Mar-Nov, 9.00am from Hazelhead Park Long and short walks

Contact Anne on 07796 178 198 or Ann on 07795 007 388

CORONAVIRUS and GROUP ACTIVITIES

Some classes will have already been stopped. Please double-check and support these activities when they can resume.

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Lathallan School inspires excellence As you enter the grounds of Lathallan School at Johnshaven, south of Aberdeen, it’s easy to see why it’s such a special place.

for pupils considering careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. Beyond the classroom, pupils are encouraged and supported in their pursuit of extra-curricular activities which interest them or where they show talent whether that be in sport, music or art.

The private grounds cover more than 60 acres and around each corner, a surprise. There’s a treehouse classroom, a small farm, two ziplines, an eco garden, Lathallan’s version of Narnia and so much more. All are an indication of why Education Scotland singled out Lathallan School as having “a rich and engaging outdoor learning environment beyond the school classrooms”. But the grounds, which provide such a wealth of opportunities for outdoor learning and recreational activities, tell only part of the story. The school itself is housed in Brotherton Castle, an imposing baronial building dating back to 1867 and its approach to teaching is just as impressive.

In the past year alone, pupils have visited Iceland, volunteered at a school in South Africa, sailed on the west coast and climbed in Cornwall. They’ve performed in public with the pipe band, won a national chess championship, excelled at national level in a variety of team and individual sports and achieved outstanding straight A exam results. Even the nursery children have gone sledging at Glenshee, abseiled down a North Sea cliff and learned to fish in Brotherton’s burn. The school has a wide catchment area and, thanks to the AWPR, is even more accessible for pupils from the north. Kingswells is only a 40-minute drive away and a direct bus runs from North Deeside Road via Stonehaven. A direct bus also runs from Brechin, Montrose and Finavon to the south.

An independent co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged five to 18, with additional nursery facilities for children aged from six weeks to five, Lathallan provides a unique learning experience where the provision of a well-rounded education is a priority. With an average of just 12 pupils per class, pupils benefit from more focused teaching with individual support as they work towards their academic goals. A new state-of-the art science building provides a centre of excellence Looking to advertise ? Call Sue t : 01383 279 355

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Opportunity to shine

Small class sizes 

Classrooms in a castle  New science centre 

On-site school farm 

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