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Issue 19 Mid-Mar - April 2013

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Mid-Mar - April 2013

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Successfully introducing local people to local businesses

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A note from Sue… Can you offer a warm welcome back to Jane Robinson? Jane kicks off on page 3 with an article about a new gallery and studio in Banchory. Next time we will find out more about the talking newspaper and keeping fit with Sue Leftwich. It is the middle of March already! I love the brighter evenings and t is very nice to see people out and about. Some of you will be starting to think about preparing the garden again and of course there are already some snowdrops and crocuses and the odd daffy pushing their heads up through the soil. I took advantage of the 20% off voucher for Four Mile House and met an old friend for lunch. All I can say is the portion sizes are very generous and of course it tasted good too. Julie said the response to the discount was so good she’d like to offer it again until the end of April. So go on, treat yourself to a nice lunch or an early evening supper mid-week. I have a few new advertisers in this issue and I do hope you’ll find the time to support them and they will have something of interest for you. Laura Walker has launched a Fitness DVD aimed at the “elderly but able”. They will be available locally as well as online and come with an exercise band too! Would you like to promote your business on the pages of the gazette? I offer some lovely packages to suit all budgets. Editorial pieces and product promotion is available too. I would love the opportunity to help you with your marketing on Deeside so please do get in touch. My details are off to the side. Again, I’ve come to the end of my column. I do hope that April will bring you some “chocolate” and we’ll catch up again in May. So fill up your cuppa and enjoy this issue of the gazette. Until next time. Sue PS : Our next copy deadline is 12 April. 01224 - 318561 email :


In the North East of Scotland, we are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the United Kingdom. And, just in case we should ever become too used to a ‘weel kent’ landscape, we have the glories of the Scottish weather and the ever-changing seasons to alter our surroundings for us. It’s a wonder we don’t spend the whole time looking out of the window. But with life being so busy, how often is it that we have time to fully appreciate the details of our extraordinary area? Not often enough, I suspect. However, a newly- established local photographer has kindly being doing just that for us. Elaine Conway recently graduated in Photography from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and since then has been taking landscape photographs in a most original and stunning manner. Wilderness, varying weather and seasonal changes are all ‘grist to the mill’. Her landscapes and seascapes are often based in the North East of Scotland, but she is inspired by natural beauty further afield too. Wherever she travels with her camera, her work manages to capture the mood, light, space, atmosphere and beauty of her surroundings in such a manner that she can create a unique interpretation of a place. But it is not only landscapes that interest Elaine. She has also concentrated on portrait photography, both group portraits and images of single individuals. Her interest in landscape clearly informs this side of her work, as she frequently places her portrait subjects in a natural setting rather than a studio. She has even ventured into the world of animals, taking portrait shots of everything from favourite cats and dogs to Highland cattle. In these days of digital photography when everyone is capable of taking ‘happy snappies’ on a daily basis, Elaine’s work transcends the everyday as she produces considered, carefully composed pieces that result in beautiful works of art. Based in Banchory, she has recently set up a gallery and studio from which to operate her business. For more information you can email Elaine on please do mention the deeside gazette when responding to adverts


Spring Cleaning The chimney, the drive, the oven: We couldn’t do without them, but many of us do try and get away without cleaning them! So why not call in a professional and save yourself some blood, sweat and tears! A chimney that serves an open fire should be swept annually to keep the fire burning efficiently and safely, and for around £40 it can be done quickly and competently by a trained professional. During a sweep, which takes around 45 minutes, brushes inserted into the flue dislodge soot deposits which are removed by vacuuming. Most chimney sweeps will also inspect your chimney from the roof for potential problems. Soot deposits can build up and obstruct the chimney, making the fireplace inefficient and potentially unsafe. Flammable creosote, found in soot, can also ignite and cause the chimney to catch fire. Members of The National Association of Chimney Sweeps are fully qualified and experienced, have full public liability insurance and issue certificates on completion of their work. The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps trains, assesses and monitors its members to ensure that customers receive the best service. Cleaning your own oven is hard work, time consuming and dirty, but if you choose a professional instead, you’ll get a trained individual who can generally do a much better job in a fraction of the time! A typical clean takes 1 to 1.5 hours which will include the racks, shelves and pans as well as the interior and outside of the oven. It costs around £50, but do check exactly what is included in the price as many companies charge extra for items like grill pans. Members of The Association of Approved Oven Cleaners have completed training in Health and Safety and employment law, and do not use caustic or toxic products within your home. Weeds, moss and dirt are all too common additions to driveways and patios once they have been laid for a while. DIY jet washing can remove them but it is a messy, dirty job and can leave behind zebra striping and unsightly lines.

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A professional drive cleaning company will eliminate that problem by blasting the surface with high pressure water from rotary head cleaning equipment. The process removes weeds, surface grime, moss and algae and restores colour to once dull slabs and tiles. The job is finished by re-sanding the joints and a sealant can also be applied which will protect the surface and discourage weeds from re-growing. Cost depends on size and it is always a good idea to get more than one quote and to ask for references if available. So, spring into action and get those problem areas spruced up and gleaming! By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Founder and Director of Arting Around at Crathes Castle would like to welcome you to The Wishing Tree - a new and inspiring local Health and Well-being magazine for families in the North East of Scotland - Due out in JUNE 2013. Visit our NEW facebook page - The Wishing Tree and be part of a growing family of followers. If you would like to advertise with us please contact a member of the The Wishing Tree team on 07912 616623.

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An eggs-cellent idea! Whatever the weather, children of all ages will love an Easter egg hunt. Try one of these ideas and have a cracking good time!

• For a simple hunt, put plastic eggs around the house or garden that children have to collect to win a prize, or hide small chocolate eggs for them to collect in a basket.

• Add clues to make the search a bit harder. Alternatively, create a treasure map and mark each egg with an X.

• Young children will enjoy following a trail of paper bunny footprints, or a long piece of string to reach their prize.

• Add a fun educational twist using numbered cardboard egg shapes – children can collect odd or even numbers, or get the highest total to win a prize. You could also put the letters of an Easter-themed word on the shapes and challenge them to solve the anagram.

• Set up an ‘obstacle’ hunt. To win each egg, children have to complete a challenge, such as doing ten star jumps, singing a nursery rhyme, or completing a craft activity.

• If you have a mixed group of children, prepare individual checklists so they each find only what is on their list and no more – for example, two chocolate bunnies, three silver eggs and four fluffy chicks. By Alex Brown

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Serves 4 Preparation Time: 15 minutes (overnight marinade optional)

Ingredients The juice of one lime 60ml olive oil 3/4 teaspoon cumin 400g tin of black beans, rinsed and drained 250g of frozen sweet corn, thawed 1/2 a red chilli, seeded and chopped into small pieces 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped into chunks 1 plum tomato (or large tomato), seeded and chopped into chunks 250g bag of baby spinach 225g crab meat Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Method In a large bowl, combine the lime juice and cumin. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. To the same bowl, add the beans, sweet corn, chilli, red pepper and tomato. Toss to combine. (You can let this mixture marinate overnight if preferred). Before serving, toss the spinach with the veggie and dressing mixture. Divide evenly into four portions. Top each with the crab meat and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Serve with fresh crusty bread. 01224 - 318561 email :

A Garden View

Can You Dig It? Soil, mud, dirt or muck, call it what you will, but is yours any good and can you dig it? One of the most common ‘moans’ I get from gardeners is that “my soil is rubbish”. We’ll presume they mean it’s not great quality (and not that it’s full of litter), but I’m never quite sure what people expect from their soil. Probably a soft, stone free, sifted loam or maybe a dark, rich organic compost such as that found in a grow bag. The reality is that soil, like man, is never perfect. Sometimes too wet, too squidgy, too crumbly, or too firm, and, just like humans, the perfect soil takes hard work to maintain. Now I realise that some people were just born perfect, just as some loamy soils are too. But if you’re not one of the lucky ones, and your soil is more arm pit than Brad Pitt, here’s what to do about it. Like all things in life, there are extremes. I (being a horticultural extremist) had to go the whole hog and excavate the clay from my borders, replacing it with 40cm of topsoil, but unless you’re starting a garden from scratch, and have access to a digger, I’d recommend working with what you already have. I’ve only ever come across one soil type which I didn’t think possible to improve due to its shallow nature, so we just added soil on top to make it deeper.

Whether you have easy-to-dig sandy soil or moisture retentive clay, the addition of a few ingredients will help create a beautiful growing medium. If you are a novice gardener it’s simple, just add wellrotted (not smelly) manure, weed-free and lots of it. For those with clay soil, and more stamina, add horticultural grit to the soil and dig in well, then dig in manure and top off with a 5cm layer of manure to act as mulch. And for those who really can’t be bothered with digging, just add a layer of manure to the soil surface after feeding with a pelleted fertilizer. It’s not ideal, but the worms will drag it down into the soil, and it’s much better than nothing at all. You’ll also have more success in the future if you choose the right types of plants for your soil pH. Testing kits are available online and in garden centres. If you want to grow acid loving plants in a strongly alkaline soil, you can try the addition of sulphur chips, coffee grinds, pine based composts, or planting in tubs of ericaceous compost, but failing that, my advice is to move house! By Lee Bestall Happy gardening,


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‘Old age doesn’t come alone’ ‘Old age doesn’t come alone’, I have heard that said many a time. So what does actually happen during the aging process?

‘young’ for our age. There is one thing that can be done to slow the aging process down, that is EXERCISE!

Scientists have found that at the age of 30 we have reached our peak bone density, particularly women, and that bone mass starts to decline.

Fitness naturally brings about health. Exercising to benefit health is more important than simply exercising for weight loss. If we undertake aerobic activity, such as walking, jogging, running or cycling, we help to maintain a healthy heart, improved glucose control, strong bones and muscles in the lower body but more importantly feel absolutely great. Aerobic activity lasting longer than 20 minutes will start to utilise body fat as an energy source so is a good form of activity for weight loss, if necessary.

It is estimated that we lose 1% of muscle mass, per year, after the age of 30, which can lead to increase in body fat. Strength training can help to slow this reduction down; people of 80-90 years of age have shown significant gains from completing regular strength exercises. These are all changes which naturally occur, even if our routine and food consumption remains the same. Our lifestyle plays a major role in deciding if we look ‘old’ or

Exercising the upper body tends to fall below the radar when we consider being active, as we think of walking, or such

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like, to be sufficient when we consider exercising. However, completing strength based exercise once or twice a week will also bring muscle and bone strength, blood glucose control and good posture. Strength training may also be called resistance training as there is usually some tool that resists the movement to make the muscle work harder. Hand weights, barbells, dumbbells, or a rubber tubing. I regularly use a resistance band similar to that which a physiotherapist may use. They are light weight, but come in several different thicknesses as muscle grows stronger, so a thicker, harder band may be used as time progresses and muscles grow stronger. Strength based exercises may all be completed sitting down and may not have to take up too much time. A 30 minute resistance programme is sufficient to start to gain health benefits, working all major muscles of the body are important to get a balance throughout the body. The seated posture is key, as we can then exercise into good posture. Having length in the spine first and maintaining that position with resistance is vital to see improvements in the way we walk and sit.

blood glucose control and burn more calories at rest. Complete it at your own convenience, the only equipment you need is a seat. The exercises are suitable for beginners, those who wish to add in strengthening exercises or for the older adult who wishes to do more. The DVD gives full explanation as to how to perform the exercise and there are subtitles for the hard of hearing. There is no music on the DVD in order that the instructions are clear; however you may wish to use your own music for variety. A lightweight resistance band is supplied in the DVD box in order that you can get started straight away. You bring the enthusiasm I will provide you with the smile. If you or anyone you know may benefit from the Seated Exercise DVD please go to: or to Also at DFS Sport, High St, Banchory

Exercise brings with it far more benefits that simply looking young, great though that is. It helps us to maintain doing the things we enjoy doing as we get older, particularly as it is during our older years that we have the time, and inclination to be more active. Exercise also bring with it confidence, to be adventurous, to play with the grandchildren, to carry the shopping home, to go walking outside, to live independently. Some of these things we take for granted as younger adults. Targeted strength exercise will help us to know that we still can walk tall. The Seated Exercise DVD, from Laura Walker is just one of the ways you can maintain strength, improve bone density, regulate


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Aberdeen’s Sparkliest Charity Event Aims To Raise Even More For Local Causes Just By having Fun! The pinkest and sparkliest event in Aberdeen’s fundraising calendar - The Bling Fling Tiaras and Trainers Walk -

making a difference to breast cancer research and services at ARI and supporting those who face the life long difficulties that raising a child with learning disabilities can bring.”

is happening again on 19th May - and organisers hope that even more people will sign up to take part in its 5th Anniversary event.

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The event combines a 5 or a 10k walk along the Old Deeside Railway Line in trainers, tiaras and as much bling as entrants can muster with a celebratory pamper party after in the Winter Gardens where entrants really get a chance to enjoy themselves with entertainments, therapies food and of course pink fizz!

This year Bling Fling 5 will take place at the Duthie Park on Sunday 19th May.

Since 2009 the event has attracted hundreds of women -and a few brave men every year who have walked, talked and partied their way to raising over £250 000 for breast cancer services at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Aberdeen, equipment and services at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Archway, a local charity supporting almost 200 children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. Bling Fling was started by Aberdeen journalist Sonja and a group of friends after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008 and she explained why she wanted to do something: “The aim was to give friends and those affected by breast cancer or learning disabilities or both the chance to celebrate life and friendship and have fun while raising money for vital services. The money raised over the last 5 years is already


The great thing about Bling Fling is you don’t have to be super fit to do something amazing - just by coming along and having fun with friends you are doing something special. “

For those thrill seekers looking for something a bit more exciting this year there is also a Bling Fling Highland Fling bungee jump at Killiecrankie. Details of how to register for either events can be found on the event website www., email or telephone 01224 643327. For Further Information Contact: Janine Davies - Tel 01224 317060 Email: Sonja Rasmussen - Tel 07718140269

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In Memoriam Benjamin Britten ABERDEEN BACH CHOIR Musical Director: Peter Parfitt Aberdeen Sinfonietta

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Bleed Baby Bleed If your radiators feel cold at the top and warm at the bottom, it is likely that air trapped inside them – a common problem that can be fixed quite easily by bleeding them. First, determine which radiators are affected. Switch your central heating on, and then check that each radiator is heated uniformly. Any with cold spots will need bleeding. Before bleeding, turn off the central heating to prevent more air entering the system.

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Bleed the radiator by inserting a bleed key (supplied with your radiator and available at DIY stores) in the bleed valve at the top of the radiator, whilst holding a cloth or small bowl underneath to catch any leaking water. With your hand wrapped in a cloth for protection, slowly turn the key anticlockwise until a hissing sound occurs. This is the trapped air escaping. Once the hissing stops and water starts to drip out (usually after a few seconds), close the valve back up. Repeat this process for all affected radiators. Turn the central heating back on once finished, and check your radiators after a couple of hours to ensure they have a uniform temperature, and that no water is leaking from the bleed valve. Do this once a year to keep your central heating in tip-top condition. By Debbie Singh-Bhatti




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Here Comes the Bride Every bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day and this means that as well as choosing the perfect dress, you need to pay attention to hair and make-up.

These should reflect your personality and be worn with ease. A bride who rarely wears makeup is unlikely to be comfortable with a heavy application, and if you are used to a neat hairstyle a looser style may irritate. Go for make-up and hair trials. These will allow you to try out a number of ideas. Take along images of hairstyles and make up looks that you like, and take their professional advice as they will know what will work best. Specialists will also understand photographers’ requirements Weddings are often long events, so it is important that your make up has staying power. Some professionals use special fixing sprays. Creating the perfect base is an important element for longevity. The right shade of foundation is essential, especially when wearing a strapless gown. Matching foundation to your collarbone rather than your face provides consistent colour on body, face and neck.

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It’s probably best to highlight either your eyes, or your lips. Highlighting both can look too heavy. Eyebrows need definition and you should choose waterproof mascara. Flash photography can annihilate your blusher and make you look washed out, so take test shots before your wedding day to find out what works best. Your choice of hairstyle will be affected by your dress shape, and the length and texture of your hair. If you are worried about appearing taller than your groom, you may prefer not to choose a style that’s too high on top. A good hairdresser will want to know about your dress style, colour, and any accessories that you wish to wear in your hair in order to get a look that is totally complimentary. In addition to traditional veils and tiaras, sparkly clips and bands are available, or you may choose flowers to decorate your hair. If your hair is coloured, try your dress on with it to make sure the contrast is not too stark, unless you are seeking a dramatic look. Your final colour should be applied one to two weeks before.

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Conditioner is not recommended for your wedding day as it can make hair unmanageable. Products can be used to fix the style and add shine. Finally, when booking a hairdresser or a make-up artist, you should consider their personality. You may be feeling quite stressed or excitable during your preparations, so choose someone who can help create a relaxing, calm and fun atmosphere, so that you enjoy getting ready for your wedding day. By Susan Brookes-Morris

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3000 copies of the magazine are delivered across Banchory and Drumoak and we need mystery houses within the distribution routes to ensure each delivery is carried out thoroughly. All you have to do is register as a mystery house and report to us by phone, text or email each month when you receive your magazine. In return, as a thank you, for each confirmation, the gazette will donate advertising space to a selected local charity nominated by yourselves. Each month the sponsored charity will be highlighted for you to see. To register call : 01224 318561 or email:

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Minerality and why wines can express mineral characteristics is hard to define both from a wine pro and also a scientific point of view and yet the phrase minerality finds its way into my tasting notes time after time. To me, it comes across as firstly as scent – rocks and stones and then as a taste, I suppose similar to that you find in some mineral waters and almost a sensation. It’s not fruity and can be hidden by oak and I do tend to find it in wines that express their origins and the soils that the vines are grown in. If you would like to go on the trail of minerality then a starting point would be Chablis in Northern Burgundy, the Chardonnay vines are grown on Kimmeridgian limestone. Riesling grown on the steep slate soils of the Mosel Valley in Germany can also give you the character or try a Gruner Veltliner from Austria or a Sancerre from the Loire. The flavour/sensation adds to the complexity and the length of flavour of the wine as well as the overall balance. It’s hard to put your finger on it but you know it’s there! Carol Brown T: 01224 312076 M: 07751 520987 Carol Brown is an Aberdeen based Member of the Association of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers and hosts a range of courses, workshops, dinners and corporate events. She will be hosting sessions at the Style Academy at the Glenmuick Estate in Ballater over the next few weeks.

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What’s On in April at His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Monday, April 1: One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke with his hotly anticipated new show The Brig Society, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7pm. Tuesday, April 2: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Lempen Puppet Theatre Company presents The Fisherman and the Pearl, a production featuring puppetry, masks, story-telling and animation for fiveyear-olds upwards, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Tuesday to Saturday, April 2 to 6: On of BBC TV’s most popular and fondly-remembered sitcoms comes to the stage in Birds of a Feather, with Pauline Quirke, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson, in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm, with 2pm Thursday and 2.30pm Saturday matinees. Wednesday, April 3: Bill Kenwright Ltd presents Wet Wet Wet frontman and solo artist and actor Marti Pellow, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Thursday, April 4: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Garlic Theatre presents There’s a Monster in my Piano, an offbeat jazzy tale for families (aged four years upwards) starring puppets, clowning, animation and a very highly-strung monster, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Thursday, April 4: As seen on BBC1’s Have I got News for You and BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7pm. Friday, April 5: Long established as Europe’s most successful-ever exponents of retroinspired rock & roll, Showwaddywaddy prove their music still rocks after 38 years, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7pm. Friday, April 5: All tease and no sleaze, with corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty in An Evening of Burlesque, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 8pm. Saturday, April 6: Seventy-five minute behind-the-scenes tour at Aberdeen’s iconic Edwardian landmark, His Majesty’s Theatre, in HMT at 10.30am. Saturday, April 6: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Thalian Kompagnons presents The Steadfast Tin Soldier, a fairy


tale for families (four years old upwards) about a faithful soldier and his adventures, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Saturday, April 6: Returning with his bluest show yet, Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, still rude, crude and turning headlines into punchlines, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Saturday, April 6: Under The Noose EP Launch, plus support from Black Heart Beats, FaR and Robbie Flanagan, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9: Bribes, mis-directed contracts, mis-allocation of public money, fiddled expenses, and panic in a hilarious and vicious expose of the corruption of petty power, The Government Inspector, in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Tuesday, April 9: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Puppet Theatre Maribor presents When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw, the story (for four-year-olds upwards) of lazybones and reamer Shlemiel who sets out for the city of his dreams to discover that sometimes home is best, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Tuesday, April 9: Star of Sky Living’s Psychic Sally on the Road, Sally Morgan, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Wednesday, April 10: Boasting Ex-Scorpions stars Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz, MSG stalwart Wayne Findlay and ex Rainbow/Yingwee Malmsteen’s Doogie White in Michael Shenker’s Temple of Rock, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Wednesday, April 10: Delivering all the classic hits – Hotel California, Tequila Sunrise, The Last Resort – The Illegal Eagles: Heaven Heats Up Tour, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, doors at 7pm. Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11: Produced and directed by Ellen Kent, Bizet’s Carmen, starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stolianova, in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Thursday, April 11: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Tortoise in a Nutshell presents The Last Miner, an immersive and original tale (for four year olds upwards) remembering an amazing life among the coal dust, using puppetry, light and shadow and an innovative soundscape, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm.

Thursday, April 11: Royal Scottish National Orchestra present Concieto de Aranjuez, with conductor Gilbert Varga and guitarist Miloš Karadaglićs and a programme which includes Respighi, Rodrigo, and Martucci, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Friday, April 12: Relive the 60s with original artists singing their greatest hits, in The Solid Silver 60s Show, with the original voice of the Searchers Mike Pender, Dave Berry and Wayne Fontana, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Friday, April 12: BRIT Awards Best Female Artist 2008 and chart-topper Kate Nash, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Friday to Sunday, April 12 to 14: Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! takes to the stage and with the help of the audience and some courageous friends, she uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills in the Search for the City of Lost Toys, in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 4pm on Friday, 10am, 1pm and 4pm on Saturday and 10am and 1pm on Sunday. Saturday, April 13: As part of the Puppet Animation Festival, Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre presents Rapunzel, a tale for fouryear-olds upwards, with specially recorded music, beautifully-made rod puppets and Steve Smart’s masterly puppetry skills, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Saturday, April 13: An evening of song, laughter and legendary stories in the Patsy Cline 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring Sandy Kelly and George Hamilton lV, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Saturday, April 13: Back with a series of gigs in the UK, to coincide with the release of the band’s highly anticipated ninth studio album, Big Country, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Saturday, April 13: With Blitz Entertainment, Aberdeen Performing Arts presents a HOT murder mystery dinner. . . set in the stifling heat of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings amid an expedition searching for the tomb of Rhamalot III, at 1906 restaurant in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 8pm. Sunday, April 14: Featuring 10CC classics and some of the hits the band co-founder also wrote for other artists, 10CC’s Graham Gouldman & Friends, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7pm. 01224 - 318561 email :

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Saturday April 20: Singers, Dancers and the ever –popular Bucksburn and District Novice Juvenile Pipe Band deliver a feast of Scottish traditional culture with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Saturday, April 20: Penning songs which have been responsible for the sale of over 360 million records worldwide including over 30 chart-topping hits such as The Air That I Breathe and When I Need You, singer and songwriter Albert Hammond, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Sunday, April 21: On what would have been his 80th birthday, Steve Robertson’s family and friends present a programme of musical and comic entertainment which meant a lot to him in, A Wonderful Guy, in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm. Tuesday, April 23: Singer-songwriter King Charles, whose sound has been described as everything from psychedelic rock to folk-pop, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Tuesday to Saturday April 23 to 27: The chance to meet dead people from the history books with Horrible Histories, presenting The

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The Air Training corps is a uniformed youth organisation supported by the Royal Air Force. For young people aged 13 and 17. Mon & Thur 7- 9.30pm McCombie Cadet Centre, Woodside Road, Banchory Awana A free childrens club (Nursery to P7) Wed, 6.00 7.30pm Banchory Christian Fellowship Church, Burn of Bennie, Banchory Banchory & District Bridge Club For new people coming into the district, we can help with a bridge partner Tuesday, 6.50pm for 7pm start Burnett Arms Hotel, Banchory Banchory & District Round Table For men aged 18 - 45 years Thursday, 7pm for 7.30pm Every 1st and 3rd Thursday, Banchory Lodge Hotel, Banchory Banchory Boys Football Club Last Sunday of the month, 7pm Caters for children from last year in nursery to P7 for Saturday training sessions from 10 - 11.30am at KGV Park Banchory and then for development and competitive teams from U8 to U19 levels Banchory British Legion Banchory Community Badminton Club All abilities and ages welcome, Friday, 10-11.30am, Banchory Sports Centre Banchory Cricket Club Cricket available from 8 years of age through to seniors Burnett Park, Banchory Banchory East Badminton Club For age 14 years and upwards. Mon, 8-10pm, Banchory Academy Games Hall Banchory Gymnastics Club Girls from Primary 2 upwards. Waiting list in operation Tuesday , 3.30pm 5pm Banchory Sports Centre Banchory Singers are a mixed voice Community Choir. Meet at the community centre at Banchory Academy Raemoir Road Banchory AB31 5TQ each Wednesday evening during school term time. 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Further info about the choir can be found on Banchory Senior Citizens Club Meet during school term times. All ages welcome. The choir is always interested in new members; if you are a Bass, Tenor, Alto or Soprano and would like to join the choir then the easiest way is to turn-up at the Banchory Academy PRF room (near the Sports Hall) on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Practice lasts for about 2 hours. 01330 - 822977 or 825495 Banchory Sports Centre Banchory, AB315XP Phone: 01330 825269 E: Banchory St Ternan Football Club Tuesday, Thursday , 7 - 9pm Games on Saturday 1pm Milton Park, Crathes Banchory Stonehaven Athletic Club For ages: 9 years to adult Monday Mackie Academy, Slug Road, Stonehaven, AB39 3DF Banchory Trampoline Club. We teach from Pre-School to youth, from beginner to excellence. Sessions most days at Banchory Sports Centre. Contact; John Wills at

Birse Community Trust Exists to promote the common good of the inhabitants of Birse Parish and deliver wider public benefits. The Old Schoolhouse, Finzean Birse Community Trust Exists to promote the common good of the inhabitants of Birse Parish and deliver wider public benefits. The Old Schoolhouse, Finzean Campfield & Glassel WRI 1st Tuesday of each month. September - April, 7.30pm , Glassel Hall, Glassel City of Roses (Sweet Adelines International) Ladies singing group. Being able to read music an advantage but not necessary Mon, 7.15-10.00pm Drumoak Church Hall, Drumoak Corse SWRI Tuesday, Evening , 3rd Tuesday of the month Corse Hall, Corse, Lumphanan Deeside Childrens Music Group From 9 - 15 years, Thursday, 4pm - 5.30pm In term time only, Aboyne Academy, Aboyne Deeside Community Transport Two community minibuses for hire by community groups and non-profit groups. Both 17 seats and wheelchair adaptable. Charges are £1.00 per mile (as at July 2012), with a minimum invoice of £20.00. Deeside Gliding Club Instruction available to all ages groups (subject to a minimum weight / height) in flying gliders. New members welcome Deeside Heritage Society Disabled access. Members and guests welcome. Tea and Coffee available. Third Wednesday of month, September to March, Bowling Club Pavilion Deeside Musical Society We cater for ages 16 years onwards, but depending on productions we also cater for children e.g. if we are performing a pantomime. Fees £40 per session, concessions £30. Monday, 7.30pm Aboyne Academy Community Centre Deeside Orchestra Any age from 16 years and upwards. Tuesday, 7.30-9.45pm Victory Hall. Ballater Road Aboyne Deeside Hillwalking Club An informal but active group, based around Banchory who focus on climbing munros and corbetts around Scotland. Minimum age 18 years We have a programme of events throughout the year, meeting approximately every 3rd weekend Deeside Rugby Football Club Membership is open to all abilities and ages. Games and training at Woodend Playing Fields, Banchory. For Matches and Training Times www. Deeside School of Dance All types of class and singing and drama from 3yrs to adult Mon-Sat, Hill of Banchory South Banchory

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Deeside Youth Musical Theatre Age range 10 - 17 years. Theatre and musicals group performing one show per year usually in March Thurs, 6.30 - 8.00pm Deeside Community Centre Deeside Steam & Vintage Club Promotes the collection of steam and vintage machinery. Various events in the summer months from tractor runs to our annual rally The Deeside Village Hopper service is open to everyone! A scheduled service running Mon-Friday. Please call for details 013398 85222, or see: Deeside Writers First meeting free. £2 per meeting thereafter. Annual membership £10 Tuesday, 7.30pm 3rd Tuesday of the month Woodend Barn, Banchory Drumoak & Durris Playgroup Tuesday-Friday mornings, 9.15am-11.15am Crossroads Nursery, Slug Road, Banchory Drumoak Durris Crathes Bowling Club Fees: Outdoor £50. Indoor £10, Juniors £12, Young Bowlers £25, Hats £1.50 Hat nights / Afternoons Tues & Frid 7pm or Wed & Sat 2pm. All ages welcome. Bowling Pavilion, Off North Deeside Road, Drumoak Durris Junior Agricultural Club Fees - depends on the age. Ages 14-26 to compete in competitions Varies, Usually 7.30pm Kirkton Hall, Durris Durris SWRI Disabled access. Fees £12 per year. Monday , 7.30pm 2nd Monday of the month Kirkton Hall, Durris Finzean : The Jolly Singers Finzean Hall Weds. 7.30 – 8.30 Bach to Berlin, via Berlioz and Burns. Small group (mostly a capella) welcomes non readers. Louise 01330 850323 Finzean SWRI Thursday, 7.30pm 3rd Thur of every month from Sept until April Finzean Hall, Finzean Fitness for the Over 50s Monday, 11am - 12.30pm Weekly, Sept to June, Victory Hall, Aboyne Footstars A fun football and fitness activity for boys and girls aged 2-6 years. Currently running sessions 7 days a week in Banchory, Stonehaven and Westhill www. Friends of Durris Forests We work closely with Forestry Commission Scotland to monitor the use, accessibility and state of Durris Forest and its outliers. Girlguiding - Banchory 3 Rainbow Units aged 5-7, 4 Brownie Units aged 7-10 and 3 Guide Units aged 10-14 but due to Waiting Lists we would like to open further Units when we can get the Volunteer Leaders Banchory Morris Men Telephone 01330 822320 Lively dancing with stick, bells, etc. (and not just English, we also do Scottish dances at Crathes Village Hall - 815pm on a Tuesday. Noahs Ark From Bumps to 3 years of age. Mums have opportunity for a coffee and a blether! Friday, 10am-12 West Church Hall, Banchory


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Woodside Playgroup For children aged 2years 10 months to 4 years Daily, 9.30am-12 noon 12.453.15pm Burnett Park Pavilion, Banchory Script to Screen & Stage Drama & Film classes for children of 7-12 years of age. Aboyne Class held in Victory Hall Thursday 4pm-6.30pm Banchory Classes held in Banchory Guide Hut 4pm -6pm & 6.15pm - 8.15pm Tel:01339 886265 email: Strachan SWRI Ladies Over 50+ ÂŁ16 annual fee. Meet every third Thursday of the month. 7.30pm at Strachan Village Hall - Sept to May Tel : 01330 850442 for info. Aberdeen Patchwork & Quilting 01224 310379 The group meet monthly. Consisting of both beginners and more experienced quilters. We have speakers, demonstrations, workshops etc and would welcome new members. usually every third Wednesday in the month at Rubislaw Church Centre - 19.30-21.00 Facebook at aberdeenquilters or e: Soft furnishing class in the Inchmarlo Hall Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. I take 10 persons in each class and they can make anything from a cushion, blinds, curtains or re-covering dining room chairs. Classes run in school term approximately 10 weeks. Contact Moira : 01330822984 Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside Meets on Monday evenings, alternating between the Boat Inn Aboyne and the Glen Lui Hotel Ballater. Guests welcome. For more information see us on Facebook and/or contact Mike Powell on 013398 86369 or

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Protect your pet This year’s National Pet Month runs from 1 April to 6 May. The campaign aims to tell people about the benefits of having a pet and create awareness of how we should care for them. It also highlights the role and value of working companion animals, such as guide dogs. There will be pet-themed events all over the country during the month, including open days, fundraising events, shows and fun competitions. Last year’s campaign raised around £12,000 for local charities. You can find out what’s happening near you at A free pack for event organisers and lots of useful tips are also available from the website. Of course, one of the main ways we can keep our furry friends healthy and happy is by getting them regularly vaccinated against infectious diseases. For the first few weeks of their lives, puppies and kittens will be protected from infections by their mother’s milk, as long as she has been regularly vaccinated. However, after this time they will need regular

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