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Issue 82 May-2014 Free magazine West End Area 2

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A note from Sue... A warm welcome to the May issue of the gazette. There are changes afoot! We are going monthly - but splitting the area - so this is the last magazine to the whole area in one go. Next month Area 2 will receive the first split magazine. The areas are in brief : Area 1 = Cults, Bieldside and Holburn : Cranford, Gt Western, Cromwell, Forest Aven, Hammerfield/ Duthie, Holburn to Salisbury, Salisbury to Broomhill, Stanley - Claremont, Ashley + Brighton, Crathie and Gairn Area 2 = Hazlehead : Queens Cross, Craigiebuckler, Hazledene, Woodend, Queens Road, Rubislaw Dens, Harlaw and Forest Road Mannofield : Morningside, Countesswells, Thorngrove, Macaulay, Kenfield, Airyhall, Seafield, Springfield Road, Deeside, Braeside,

Speaking of which, there are a lot of things happening in May from Jumble Sales and Fairs, hopefully the magazines will reach you in time to get to Easter Anguston Spring Fayre, apologies if you miss it. I have some new advertisers this month - the iron lady, very handy to know. Simpson and Marwick Solicitors, Bea @ Kumiko for beautiful nail art, Matilda’s Vintage Crockery Hire, Cari&Co Vintage Tea Room, Vessi Preston Fashion Designer, The Hair Pavilion and we welcome back Scottesque with their 40% Sale and ACE Football with their summer camp offerings. Anybody who read and has kept the article on Electrolysis from last issue. Please note I made a mistake with the mobile number for Kumiko. It should be Mobile : 07843 054 393 Why not go and re-fill your cuppa and enjoy the rest of the magazine. Until the next issue, Sue Our next deadline is 20 May for Area 2 and the Kingswells magazines 20 June for Area 1 and the Deeside magazines

So really nothing will change for the reader other than you’ll still get a great wee magazine full of local information and events.

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! ! Attention all Local Artists. ! ! The MBC Festival Art Exhibition will be the first event of the Festival again this year. It will take place on the weekend of 23rd and 24th August, at the Phoenix Centre in Newton Dee Village in Bieldside. Artists who live, work to attend church in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber are eligible to exhibit in this lovely venue. Information on the details for exhibiting will be available to pick up from Cults Post Office, Cults Library or the Blue Door Charity shop in Bieldside from around the end of June. Please DO read the instructions carefully, as we often have to change the details and, you cannot therefore rely on last years copy. Any queries please contact Yvonne 732098 or Christine 868436

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What happened in… May 1979 By Patrick D Cousins Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister on 4th May 1979. She was dubbed The Iron Lady by a writer in the Soviet newspaper Red Star. This moniker was meant to be derogatory, but it proved anything but. The pinnacle of her time in office was when The Iron Lady ordered the Task Force to retake the Falklands after the islands had been invaded by Argentina. She resigned in 1992, having set a record as the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century. 1st: The newest section of the London Underground, the Jubilee Line, was opened, extending from Stanmore to Charing Cross. In 1999 it was further extended, in three stages, crossing the Thames at four points before terminating at Stratford. 8 : At about 1.30 pm a taxi driver on a rank opposite Woolworths in Manchester noticed smoke coming from the store and reported it to his office. By four o’clock the worst fire disaster since WWII had claimed ten lives. Fifty-three people were taken to hospital, including six firemen.

12th: The Cup Final at Wembley had been unremarkable, with Arsenal’s two goals to Manchester United’s nil. But just four minutes before the end of the match the score became 2-1; and with two minutes remaining it was 2-2. Just seconds before the full-time whistle the winning goal was scored by Arsenal. 21st: Elton John became the first Western rock star to perform behind the ‘iron curtain’, at a stadium in Leningrad. 24th: Thorpe Park, in Chertsey, Surrey, was opened to the public. It is now the country’s third most popular amusement park, after Alton Towers and Legoland, and boasts the fastest ride. The Stealth reaches 83.9 mph – in just two seconds! 25th: As American Airlines Flight 191 took off from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago its port side engine broke away from the wing. The aircraft rolled to the left and crashed in a field, killing all 271 people on board and two on the ground. Three of the best-selling singles were: Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel Pop Muzik M Sunday Girl Blondie


Jeremy Thorpe, who had resigned as leader of the Liberal Party three years earlier, went on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of attempted murder. He was also accused, along with four other men, of conspiracy to commit murder. All four defendants were acquitted on 22nd of June that year.

Petrol was about 85p a gallon. The average price of a house was about £13,650. Patrick D Cousins is the author of Rainbows, Dreams and Angels, a double novella set in east London between the Thirties and Sixties. And you can read Patrick Cousins Short Shorts on your Kindle.

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A hotel bathroom at home Katherine Sorrell The best hotel bathrooms are superbly planned to make the most of what is often a small space and they offer efficiency and indulgence, from underfloor heating to tactile taps, monsoon showerheads to gleaming glass. And that’s not even to mention the most flattering of lighting schemes and the fluffiest of fluffy towels. All this and

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more is why we find it so pleasurable to stay in a hotel. By taking some of the essential elements that we have outlined below, you too can transform a boring room into a true bathing beauty. 1.


A well-designed bathroom feels comfortable and convenient no matter how large or small. If you are rethinking your entire room, decide on basic layout issues at the start. Should the WC be in a separate room, for example? Do you need to knock down or add partition walls? Or would you like a walk-in shower, underfloor heating or perhaps a dual basins? Moving existing plumbing will be expensive but if the floorplan of your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this cost could be worth it in the long run. 2.


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clean and comfortable underfoot and most importantly, mustn’t mind getting wet. While the upmarket hotel bathroom uses expensive stone or marble tiles, look-alikes made from ceramic or porcelain are a cheaper option. Vinyl flooring – also much less expensive – comes in a vast range of colours and patterns. If you want to go green, think bamboo – which looks similar to timber, but loves humidity; natural rubber – available in gorgeous textures and colours; cork – which now comes in a range of fashionable shades; and linoleum – made from renewable resources. 3.


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box, for example, could double as both a seat and towel store, while a wall-mounted shelf could be the perfect place to stack lotions and potions. In a large bathroom, a chest of drawers keeps all your bits and bobs in one place, while in a small room a metal rack on wheels combines both function and style. 4.


Give your bathroom a boost with a new lighting scheme. Always use fittings designed for wet and steamy conditions, and combine task lights (for shaving and putting on make-up) with general background light. Downlights set into the ceiling are a great start, or else ceiling tracks with directional spotlights, which are inexpensive to fit. If you’re renovating the whole bathroom, it may be possible to install two lighting circuits: one for working lights and the other, on a dimmer switch, for soothing, ambient lights.


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Quick fixes for tired bathrooms include changing a dated pair of taps for some modern ones, installing a glass shower screen to replace a flappy old curtain or jazzing up your windows with some decorative window film. Add a large mirror which helps to increase the feeling of light and space in the room, and can become a focal point. Small storage items, such as wicker baskets, pretty ceramics or bright plastic tubs, bring texture, colour and interest. Of course a new set of fluffy coordinating towels, in clean, bright hotelwhite, is the finishing touch. Pic 1 House by John Lewis Mode short shelf, £30, box shelf £40; House by John Lewis bamboo three-tier bathroom shelf, £80, bath linen, from £1.50, pedestal mirror, £15, Bobble bathmat, £15; gloss single mirrored bathroom cabinet, £50; Lascelles Swiss clock, £40, all John Lewis, 08456 049 049; Pic 2 Pure Arch bath screen in 6mm toughened glass, from £95, Smiths Briten, 0845 634 4321; www. Pic 3 Bird sculpture, £9.99; stripe lotion dispenser, £4.99; stripe tumbler, £2.49; hanging fish on rope (set of three), £7.99; all Dunelm Mill, 0845 1656565;


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Disney programmes were a big event on bank holidays. You anticipated them and appreciated them, even the rubbish parts, because you knew you wouldn’t see another one for ages. Vintage Dr Who, along with groundbreaking scifi programmes like Timeslip and Ace of Wands, showed us that the best special effects were in our imaginations. World of Sport demonstrated that all that was needed to make wrestling entertaining was a woman sat by the ring, shouting and waving a rolled-up umbrella. Tomorrow’s World taught us the difference between the words ‘possible’ and ‘probable’. Gerry Anderson (along with Pinky & Perky and The Woodentops) brought puppets to life. Unlike today’s reality TV shows, which turn people into puppets. Soap operas didn’t need to raise ‘issues’, just reflect real life, entertain us and give us a bit of a laugh occasionally.

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Water, water, everywhere. By Pippa Greenwood

A water-feature adds magic to any garden. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface can be just the finishing touch you need either for a patio or for a much larger garden. There’s a plentiful choice of water-features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, what are the main points to bear in mind?

First, position. For moving water, your feature will use an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – something often overlooked. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to consider carefully the appropriate position. Water-features can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of algae. You


can go a long way towards preventing this by positioning them away from direct sunlight. Make sure they’re well away from deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves will clog everything up. For smaller spaces you’re best off with a selfcontained feature. There are lots of lovely ones available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously pumped from one container to another, so you’ll only need to top it up in the hottest weather. Spouts and fountains are great fun. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle adds a touch of art – or humour – while oxygenating a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pondlife happy. If you want moving water but perhaps have toddlers, a millstone with a low, centrally-positioned jet is both beautiful and safe.

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If your feature has a sizeable surface, net it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Garden netting stretched taut is ideal. Remove it as necessary to tip off the leaves. Left in the water they’ll both clog the pumps and produce methane, which is toxic. In winter, don’t let the water-feature freeze up. If extreme cold is forecast smaller features are best emptied, and the pump cleaned and stored in the shed. Fish need an ice-free area on the surface or they’ll be killed by methane building up under the ice. Floating a football on the surface helps. Plants are integral to any pond. Surfacefloating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their leaves also shade the water – again, reducing algae. Waterlilies need still water, so are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence.

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Plants around the edges of a pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty: they look gorgeous, they hide the liner and they’re a haven for wildlife. Marginals to consider include yellowflowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima); pale blue water forget-me-not (myosotis scorpioides); and purple-bloomed water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata). You’ll need about two plants per metre. For a more formal look choose shapely rushes or ferns. Water-features attract wildlife, and in summer you might be visited by dragonflies or mayflies. Birds may also come to drink and bathe. And even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case hedgehogs pop by for a drink and tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles should do the trick. Please do mention the gazette when responding to advertisers - thank you


Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Chickens By Terry J Beebe

Keeping chickens has become one of Britain’s most popular pastimes. Chickens aren’t just productive; they’re also absorbing and friendly; they become pets; and they are relatively inexpensive to keep. General Considerations Firstly check with your local authority in case there are restrictions on keeping livestock on your property. Next bear in mind they do need a certain amount of daily maintenance to keep them in good condition. Then you need to decide how many birds you would like to keep. As a beginner two to six is a good start and will supply enough eggs for the average family. Housing For such a small flock, a henhouse measuring 6ft by 4ft will provide all the space the birds need, provided they have an outside run and the house is just for sleeping. A ready-built house can be expensive, but if you’re handy you can build your own. Either way, it needs to be easy to access and maintain – that is, both chicken- and keeper-friendly. You should also check for good, but not draughty, ventilation, enough perches and nest-boxes, and robust, secure construction . You don’t just want to keep the chickens in, you want to keep the foxes out! But you need to be able to move the henhouse from time to time as the soil on which it stands becomes fouled and soggy. Suitable Breeds If you’re looking purely for egg-laying birds then go for commercial hybrids. Isa Brown, Black Rocks, White Star, Lomans, and Bluebell will all lay in good quantities for most of the year: an average of 300 eggs per bird isn’t unusual. If you’d prefer something a little more special, then you need to track down a recognised breeder and get expert advice. There are some spectacular pure breeds that will still give you a good supply of eggs. Look for breeds such as Rhode Island Red, Light Sussex, Barnavelder, Maran, and Wellsummer. Water A constant supply of clean, fresh water is absolutely central to your flock’s


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Istanbul Poised on the old Silk Road, Istanbul is a glistening city of palaces and mosques, sparkling fountains, leafy squares and breezy waterways. The legendary Bosphorus flows through the heart of town, linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and marking the boundary between Europe and Asia. On the western side, the inlet of the Golden Horn heads down to the tip of the peninsula and an amazing treasure trove of cultural highlights. Named Byzantium, then Constantinople and later Istanbul, the city prospered during the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires, with a brief interlude of Venetian rule. All left a colourful legacy but the top attraction remains the Topkapi Palace built in 1453. Perched above the confluence of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn, it offers one of the most glorious panoramas in Istanbul and fine museums displaying all sorts of exhibits, including the dazzling Imperial Treasure and its 86 carat Spoonmaker’s diamond. After such opulence, the Blue Mosque welcomes you like a breath of fresh air with a vast arcaded courtyard and cascading domes framed by slender minarets. The lofty prayer hall oozes peace and simplicity, flooded in natural light as the sun filters through 260 stained glass windows, lighting up some of the 20,000 blue tiles which give the mosque its name. It stands on the edge of Sultanahmet Square, once a Roman Hippodrome holding up to 100,000 spectators. Wild beasts and chariots have long gone but today the square is graced by a pretty gazebo-style fountain and obelisks and columns rising through the greenery. At the other end is Hagia Sophia, the world’s largest cathedral for 1000 years, later converted into a mosque and now a dark cavernous museum. The Chora Monastery went through a similar fate but the finely restored mosaics and frescoes are well worth a detour, just steps away from the lovely Ottoman houses climbing up the hillside with overhanging upper floors and bright façades.


Meanwhile down town, the legendary Grand Bazaar claims over 4000 shops jostling cheek by jowl in a grid of over 60 streets. It’s one of the world’s largest covered markets, a dizzying place where the air smells of spices and apple tea, water pipes bubble in every corner and locals and visitors bargain for amber beads, gilded icons, copperware, embroidered slippers, leather, antiques, carpets or mother of pearl. It’s a city within a city with its own marble fountains, cafés, hammam and mosques. Shopping over, it’s good to stroll through the streets where more wonders await, here a shrine, there remains of the Roman aqueduct, the iconic double-decked Galata bridge, packed with fishermen, the secluded tea gardens, the parks blooming with tulips and roses or the cool waterside promenade with superb views of the city’s skyline and by clear weather, the idyllic Princes’ Islands in the distance. But the ultimate treat is sailing on the Bosphorus lined with myriad historical buildings. There are summer palaces and pavilions, fragrant gardens and villas in pastel colours, now a Venetian scene, now an Arabian dream or a 21st century call as an ocean liner approaches the gleaming suspension bridge. Cargo vessels, galleons, luxury yachts, fishing boats, ferries, it’s a busy channel yet totally enchanting. The old fortress still guards the narrowest point while scenic bays and seafood restaurants beckon along the shores. When night falls over the strait and lights twinkle all around, Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on earth. Solange Hando

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Age-Proof Your Hair By Helen Taylor You’re probably all too aware that you need to look after your skin if you want to stay looking younger for longer – but have you ever thought that you might need to age-proof your hair as well? Hair, like skin, suffers two types of ageing: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic ageing is the effect of everything that your locks are exposed to, like heat-styling, sun damage, and colouring. Intrinsic ageing comes from below the scalp and reveals the signs that your hair is past its prime: reduction in melanin, decline in sebum production, and a

change in hair diameter. What that means is that greys start to appear, the shine starts to disappear, and your hair loses its bounce. Hair growth also begins to slow over the years, so it’s harder to achieve the length you loved when you were younger. Ageing a natural process, but there’s plenty you can do to slow it down. Always Be Aware of Your Hair Try to limit extrinsic damage. Lay off the heated styling tools; prevent your hair from being frazzled by the sun by applying a

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ageing. An all-over colour can be hard to wear as you get older. Instead of opting for a block shade, choose a base colour that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hue, and add highlights. Not only will your hair look younger, your face will too. Condition, Condition, Condition

deep conditioner to the lengths and ends when you’re on the beach; and cut right back on products that can dry your hair, like hairsprays. Reconsider Your Colour Although you might colour your hair to hide greys, choosing the wrong hue can be very


Smother the lengths and ends of your hair with a rich deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a week. Try hair oils and products that are specially formulated for ageing, thinning, or dried-out hair. Try a New Hairstyle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but out-ofdate, unflattering styles really do make you look a lot older than you are. That’s why it’s important to take a fresh look at yourself every so often. Talk to your stylist, or try a

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new salon. The opinion of someone who doesn’t already know you and your hair can result in a fantastic new look. Any hairdresser worth their salt can advise on what styles work best for thinning or ageing hair, but generally it’s worth considering the following: Length – Long locks look lovely if they’re bouncy, thick, and full of life, but if that’s not the case then they really aren’t worth holding on to. Chopping long hair into a flattering, blunt, midi-cut is a quick way to create more youthful-looking hair. Ridding your tresses of dead split-ends improves condition, and a blunt cutting technique will create the look of fullness.

Although it’s normal for your hair to show signs of change such as thinning over the years, it’s worth seeing your GP if you notice any sudden changes. Hair loss can be caused by hormone deficiencies – low thyroid levels, for example – a deficiency in nutrients, stress, and the side-effects of various medications. So if you’re in doubt, ask your doctor’s advice.

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Sleep: You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed Sleep is supposedly involuntary. So we take it for granted when we can sleep, and often ignore it when we can’t. But we shouldn’t.

through Stages Two and Three (when heart rate and breathing drop) to Stage Four’s deep sleep (when bed-wetting, night terrors or sleepwalking occurs). REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (dream time) follows. Our brain is active, breathing and blood pressure rise, and our eyes move; but we can’t move our bodies. Afterwards, the cycle restarts.

Research has proved that sleep is as important to our health as diet and exercise. Lack of sleep affects memory, mood, concentration and reaction times, and longterm it can affect language processing, planning abilities and our sense of time. Some sleep disorders can contribute to serious health problems.

Sweet Dreams aren’t made of this

So what stops us getting the sleep we need, and how can we improve the quantity and quality of our sleep? Our sleep has recurring cycles of around 100 minutes, starting with Non-REM sleep. Non-REM (non rapid eye movement) sleep progresses from Stage One (light sleep),


Enemies of good sleep include pain; the need to urinate; stress or depression; the menstrual cycle (hormonal changes affect temperature and melatonin production), the menopause and snoring. There are also sleep disorders, including night terrors; sleep walking, talking and paralysis; teeth grinding; restless limb syndrome; and the more serious sleep apnoea (which can starve the brain of oxygen).

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To help you sleep soundly: • Eliminate Physical Factors Cure snoring with nasal strips, sprays or minor surgery. See your doctor about physical or mental health issues and sleep disorders; they may recommend Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or sleeping tablets. PMS (Pre-Menstrual

Syndrome) treatments may help if you sleep badly before a period. •

Drink Warm Milk Eat a carbohydrate-rich snack beforehand to improve the efficacy of the milk’s tryptophan (a raw material for the sleep hormone melatonin). Milk may help by making you feel warm and full too.

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Don’t Go to Bed Hungry Avoid large, late meals but have a light snack if you’re hungry.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine in the Evening, and Stop Smoking Caffeine is a stimulant and will keep you awake. Alcohol makes you sleepy, but impairs sleep quality – as does nicotine.

Get enough Sunlight and Exercise Light and exercise help regulate our body clock and mood, so try to spend time outside and get regular exercise.

bed. Avoid watching TV in the bedroom or reading anything too emotionally charged or terrifying.


Make your Bedroom a Haven Avoid using your bedroom as a work or dump space; clutter will nag to be cleared up. Ensure your bedroom is well ventilated, dark, and not too hot or cold. Consider earplugs to eliminate noise, and invest in a really comfy mattress (try before you buy).

Declutter your Brain. Download your brain by jotting down tomorrow’s jobs and any worries (particularly therapeutic if you write a positive action beside them).

Have A Warm Bath Before Bed Add relaxing bath oils, too.

Avoid Light in the Evening However, bright light before bedtime will suppress melatonin secretion, so dim the lights. Either avoid TVs, laptops, tablets and smart phones within two hours of bedtime, or turn down their brightness settings (some screens have a night mode).

Establish a Routine Establish a relaxing routine before

• Try not to worry about it Worrying about lack of sleep could start a vicious circle. If you can’t sleep, leave the bedroom and do something absorbing but calm: read a magazine or do a jigsaw until you feel sleepy.

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How much is enough? To gain health benefits from physical activity we need to be challenged, not pushed. Different activity will benefit differing conditions. But how much is enough? Within an appropriate exercise class the leader can help you to understand how much his enough and when it becomes too much.

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity are conditions which will benefit from activity which will raises the heart rate, such as walking, jogging, swimming, and/or cycling. This form of activity will strengthen the heart, making it more efficient at rest and improve blood glucose control. When performing this exercise it is important to monitor how much intensity you put into the exercise. •

If you can sing whilst walking (or other),

it’s not enough effort, low

If you can talk whilst walking (or other), it’s about right, moderate,

f you can’t talk whilst walking (or other) it’s too much, vigorous

Scottish Government recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day over 5 days of the week. This may be taken in 3 x 10 minute sessions in a day. However, if you wish to achieve weight loss a 30 minute session is key to achieving this, as it takes the body 20 minutes of activity to enable the body to utilise body fat as its source of energy. Strength and balance training is important to the older adult as a form of improving functional ability in life. Strength training is important to maintain the ability to climb stairs, to stand up from sitting without

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getting dizzy, to get on and off the bus or even reach up to the top shelf in the kitchen. Performing strengthening exercise with good posture will enable physical strength to be gained, in the legs, as well as improving posture. It is important to work with weights or an exercise band, as a form of resistance, to develop not only muscle strength but bone density also. Upper body strengthening exercise, with an exercise band will improve strength at your own pace. Everyone works with differing resistance levels but one which is challenging enough to develop the health benefits required. Exercise will also help improve breathing capacity and posture. Practicing balance exercise will develop strength in the corset of muscles around the tummy and back, usually called core strength. As we age, balance becomes more difficult, because of this confidence is lost. Exercise can help to slow the rate at which we lose both our balance and confidence.

How much is enough strength training? •

If you feel the muscles have been worked during the 2-3 days following strengthening exercise, but after day 3 the discomfort dissipates, then this is right for you.

If you feel more pain than discomfort, it’s likely the exercise has been too much, and the next time you complete strength training the number of repetitions needs to be reduced.

• If you feel that the discomfort/pain has not gone away from one week to the next then this is not the right exercise for you. Exercise in a group will bring mental health benefits also. For Further advice on exercising safely please email: TrendPhysicalActivity

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1 tbsp beaten egg 1.5kg joint boned and rolled loin of pork with skin scored Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method 1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in half the ground coriander and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add the apricots, pine nuts, sultanas and cook rice and fry for 2-3 minutes until piping hot. Leave to cool completely then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Preheat the oven to 220C/ fan 200C/gas mark 7. Unroll the pork loin and spoon the cold stuffing down the centre. Re-roll the pork to enclose the filling and secure tightly with fine string at intervals.

MOROCCAN STUFFED LOIN OF PORK This roast pork is full of flavour and the spiced fruit and nut rice stuffing makes a change from the usual sage and onion. For really crispy crackling, the pork rind needs to be finely scored right through to the layer of fat underneath– ask your butcher to do this for you. Serves 6 Ready in approx 3 hours Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp each ground coriander and ground cumin 40g ready-to-eat dried apricots, finely chopped 25g pine nuts 25g sultanas 100g cold cooked basmati rice


3 Mix together the rest of the ground coriander and cumin and rub into the scored skin. Weigh the stuffed joint then place it in a roasting tin. 4 Roast for 30 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 190C/fan 170C/ gas mark 5 and roast for a further 35 minutes per 450g. Cover loosely with foil towards the end of the cooking time if the cracking starts to overcook. 5 Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Leave in a warm place for 20-30 minutes to allow the meat to rest before carving. TIP To make a delicious gravy, pour off any excess fat from the roasting tin just leaving a little fat and the meat juices in the base. Heat the pan juices on the hob until sizzling. Stir in 1 tbsp flour and cook for 1 minute then gradually stir in 400ml apple juice or cider and 2 tsp Dijon mustard, scraping up any sediment from the base of the roasting tin. Bring to the boil then simmer, stirring all the time, until reduced and thickened. Season to taste then pour into a warmed jug or gravy boat.

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What’s On in May at His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Saturday, May 10: Recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK, winning Best Female Vocalist UK five times and twice voted European Blues Vocalist of the Year, Connie Lush, in The Lemon Tree Lounge (standing), West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Sunday, May 11: Celebrating the music of one of America’s greatest music performers, Johnny Cash Roadshow replicates his unmistakable sound with a visual backdrop of evocative images and clips taken during his lifetime, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Monday, May 12: The hugely popular singer and television presenter Daniel O’Donnell, who in 2012 became the first artist to have a different album in the UK charts every year for 25 consecutive years, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Tuesday to Saturday, May 13 to 17: The Birmingham Stage Company presents Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – brand new show with amazing 3D effects to illustrate the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in, in His Majesty’s Theatre, at 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, plus 1.30pm on Wednesday, 10.30am on Thursday and 2.30pm on Saturday, with a relaxed performance at 10.30am on Friday for people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders.

Wednesday, May 14: Named after a comic strip from the 2000AD series, the distinctive sound of London-based seven-piece Revere is a monument to the backgrounds and musical loves of its members, with support by Charlie Barnes, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Wednesday to Saturday, May 14 to 17: Starcatchers and Theater O.N. (Berlin) present A Small Story/ Eine Kleine Geschichte, a world of objects and visual storytelling for ages 2/4, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Thursday, May 15: By common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, double Grammy award-winning Albert Lee needs no introduction to Country Music and Rock fans and has worked with some of the world's top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doros at 7.30pm. Friday, May 16: Introducing the North-east's new musical talent Mitzy Wilson, who began her singing career locally before reaching regional finals of Open Mic competition in Glasgow in 2012 and Teen Star in 2013 and being signed up on an Artist Development Programme, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 8pm. Saturday, May 17: Celebrating the music of Rory Gallagher with original band members and friends Band of Friends - Gerry McAvoy (who played with Rory for 20 years), Ted McKenna and Marcel Scherpenzeel, in The Lemon Tree Lounge (standing), West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Saturday, May 17: Aberdeen Performing Arts in association with sound, Scotland’s festival of new music, one of classic music’s most innovative and unique ensembles Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with

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Spinal Chords and a programme which includes Corelli, Vivaldi, Sally Beamish, Bach, and Handel, led by director and violinist Matthew Truscott, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Sunday, May 18: As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, a highly imaginative fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music, telling the tale of quiet hero Alvin for ages four to eight, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 2pm. Sunday, May 18: Synergy Concerts present From the Jam, featuring original The Jam bass player Bruce Foxton, plus Russell Hastings and Mark Brzezicki, performing The Jam's debut album In the City, from start to finish along with a selection of the classic hits, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Monday, May 19: An Evening with George Galloway: Just Say Naw! in which he will be passionately putting his case forward for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom as well as speaking on a range of issues affecting the people of Scotland, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Monday, May 19: Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson is Blue Rose Code, at the edge of contemporary alt-folk with music described as Caledonian Soul, with support by Cara Mitchell and Matt Boulter, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Monday to Saturday, May 19 to 24: The smash-hit West End musical comedy written by Ben Elton and inspired by the songs of superstar Rod Stewart, Tonight’s the Night – The Rod Stewart Musical, in His Majesty’s Theatre, at 7.30pm, with 2pm Thursday and 2.30pm Saturday matinees. Tuesday, May 20: Following the great success of his current Thick as a Brick tour, the return of legendary prog rock icon


Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, with his band John O’Hara, David Goddier, Florian Opahle and Scott Hammond, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Wednesday, May 21: As he prepares to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music – at a special ceremony in New York in June, 10ccs' Graham Gouldman is one of the world’s leading songwriters and performs A Heart Full of Songs concert in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 8pm. Wednesday to Saturday, May 21 to 24: The Vinyl Theatre presents Betrayal, by acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, an award-winning comedy-drama exploring extramarital affairs in all their complexity and selfishness, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 7pm. Thursday, May 22: Hear violinist Augustin Hadelich’s glorious sound as he and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra tackle two violin concertos from two very different centuries by very different composers - Haydn and Adés - plus Beethoven’s electrifying Seventh Symphony, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Thursday, May 22: Formed in Edinburgh, the six-man band Shooglenifty began life with a pub residency and quickly drew a strong fanbase for their energised, contemporary roots material which soon became one of Scotland's most unique musical exports, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 8pm. Saturday, May 24: Fat Hippy Records showcase featuring the best bands to play Live At Captain Tom's present the Semperfi Polaris EP launch, with support from Ten Tonne Dozer, The Lorelei, Turning Thirteen and many more, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 8.30pm.


Sunday, May 25: Fast rising star, Aberdeenshire-born soprano Eleanor Dennis with Aberdeen Sinfonietta and Aberdeen Bach Choir, and a programme which includes Mozart, Delius, Fauré and Rutter, led by inspiring conductor Peter Parfitt, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm. Sunday, May 25: In Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special, cricket pundits Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter lead a trip down memory lane to discover the untold stories of the Test Match Special commentary box and beyond, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7pm. Sunday, May 25: American post-punk band Swans, one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York No Wave scene and stay intact into the next decade, are noted for droning vocals and repetitive song structures, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 8pm. Monday, May 26: Delivering a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music, Breabach have earned themselves international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and powerful bands, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm.

Wednesday to Saturday, May 28 to 31: Written by Michael Morpurgo and adapted and directed by Simon Reade, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn as he looks back on his short but joyful past, for ages eight plus, in His Majesty’s Theatre, at 2pm on Wednesday and Friday, and 11am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday, May 29: The David Patrick Octet’s re-interpretation of the folk melodies from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring – Sketches of Spring/Riot at the Rite – has received rave reviews and is performed here at The Lemon Tree Lounge (seated), West North Street, Aberdeen, doors at 7.30pm. Saturday, May 31: Aberdeen Performing Arts present, as part of the Northern Arc sessions, the turbocharged collective Treacherous Orchestra and extraordinary young Norwegian musician Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen, in the Music Hall, Aberdeen at 7.30pm.

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Tuesday to Saturday, May 27 to 31: Famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, Frederick Knott’s intense and darkly gripping thriller Dial M for Over 50? Murder, starring Get Walking with the Christopher “Seafield Walking Group” Timothy as Walking on your own can be wonderful, but there is a wealth of benefits to joining others. It’s more fun and it’s safer! Inspector Hubbard, What better way to enjoy the fresh air, experience some lovely areas of the in His Majesty’s countryside, improve your fitness and meet new friends? Join us today! Theatre, at We walk fortnightly on a Wednesday – the bus departs from Countesswells. Our members are all very friendly and our leaders are all experienced. 7.30pm, with 2pm The programme includes a variety of moderate and easy walks. Thurs and 2.30pm For more information contact Jenny on Sat matinees. 01569731017 or 07773072968

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Look what Katie Did! Katie Knowles Age 16, is a pupil at Hazlehead Academy. She is also the current ACC Young Peoples Service Award holder. She has been given the honour of being a baton bearer on the Queens baton parade for the Commonwealth Games. Katie has also had further success within two of the five sports she competes in. The two photos to the right are from recent competitions that Katie took part in and won. The first photo is from Tulliallan Police College, venue for the Scottish Pistol Association Open Championship where she won the U21 Ladies competition over two days of shooting. The second photo is from Strathallan School near Perth, venue for the fifth and final round of the Scottish Development Epee Fencing Series where Katie won the overall U17 Woman’s Championship. Winning all five rounds held over the season in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. A member of Aberdeen based Scottish Saltires Modern Pentathlon Club, but also competes in the individual sports at national level competitions in Pistol Shooting and Fencing. Representing local clubs Bon Accord Shooting Club and Aberdeen Fencing Club. She is currently ranked No.1 Scot at U17 Woman's Cadet Fencing and No.3 Scot at U20 Woman's Junior Fencing. She has just competed in the British Youth Fencing Championships in Sheffield, one of only two Scots to qualify. (at time of print we didn’t have a result). Katie is backed by Aberdeen City Council and Dr Helen Reith's Trust.

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adult groups Keep Fit Class, the Swedish Way! With Friskis and Svettis Medium jympa class, Mondays 5.30pm at Queens Cross Church hall Fitness, flexibility and strength- an all round workout to great music! No need to book, just turn up and have fun while exercising For more info contact Kirsty on 07711825614 or visit Mannofield Church Hill Walking Club Monthly trips to the Cairngorms. New members welcome. Contact Peter Stewart for a programme. 313721 or . Rubislaw Church Centre Fountainhall Road/Beaconsfield Place Open Monday - Friday morning for teas, coffees etc Full access and facilities for those with disabilities Rooms available for hire - contact 645477 Jog Scotland Meets at RGU Sport Garthdee Road Wed 6pm Contact Mandy 322158 Jog Scotland - Airyhall Meets outside Airyhall Community Centre Tuesday 7pm. Contact Julie 325 830 or Rotary club of Aberdeen St. Nicholas At present we are canvassing for new members,we are a very friendly club who meet for lunch,friendship and business every Monday 12.45 for1.00 pm at the Northern Hotel.If you are interested you are welcome to join us any Monday lunch time. If you would like to find out more click on to rotary select clubs and go to Aberdeen St. Nicholas or telephone Ernie on 641299/312493. Hatha Yoga Suitable for all. Tuesday 17.45 – 18.45, AYC, 8 Bon Accord Sq Wednesday 10.15 – 11.45 Thursday 10.00 – 11.30 Queens Cross Church, Tel Moira 648475 or email Registered Yoga Scotland teacher Craigiebuckler Seniors Club Criagiebuckler Church Hall, 1st Wed of every month 2-4pm speakers/entertainment/ teas/coffees £2 per person, all‘seniors’welcome Woodend Bridge Club @ Woodend Bowling Club Bridge on Mon evening, Tue evening and Friday afternoons. Ample free parking. Contact Chris Blunt 317298 Craigiebuckler & Seafield Community Council We will discuss issues affecting our community and decide on strategies for resolving them. 7.30pm in Craigiebuckler Parish Church hall Friskiis & Svettis Exercise Class Senior Basic : Monday 9.50 Friday 10am £2.50 per class. Drop in - come as often as you like. Cairncry Community Centre Tel : Gunilla - 319377 Friskis&Svettis Exercise Class Fun and effective workout, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Airyhall Community Centre, Tuesdays from 7.15-8.15pm and Wednesdays from 7-8pm(term time) No need to book, just pay as you go. Contact Jackie, Tel 712705 Italian Classes for Beginners to Advanced in Cults at Hillview Community Church and Cults Academy Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – day and evening email Tel 07786827714 Morven Singers We are a 4 part Choir singing a wide variety of music. We meet in Ruthrieston Church Hall, Broomhill Road on Wed 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. Interested, contact Tel 07519 749 258. Airyhall Ramblers: Over 50s Walking Group Walks fortnightly on Wednesdays, average distance 6/7 miles. Transport provided, meeting near Airyhall School at 9.15. Friendly folk, good exercise. Interested? Contact Anne Ross 314524 March Hare Market 07725 591 866 Boys Brigade HQ


Westburn Lawn Tennis Club Come and play tennis on REAL GRASS courts at Westburn Park. Westburn is a small, friendly club offering both social and competitive tennis at very reasonable rates (for both adults and juniors). Courts open from SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2013 at 2pm - come and join us (free for your first visit). Membership info: Barbara Miller, (01224)635556, email: Russian evening & daytime classes For all interests and ages. Register interest at easyrussian4u@gmail. com or ring Vilena 07778 781030 Italian Classes for Beginners & Intermediate Starting in August at Kaimhill Community Learning Italian Classes for Beginners and Intermediate PLUS Italian Cookery - All welcome for more information 01224 209622 OR email: Adult Spanish and French classes Airyhall Community Centre Experienced language teacher E-mail John at or Tel: 01224 582491 Concordia String Orchestra Welcomes string players of grade VII or above. Rehearsals at Ferryhill Church every Tuesday, starting at 7.30. Please contact Dave Southwood for more details (01467 642408) 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. Learn Italian at Pasta Plus Wednesday evenings : an informal italian language class at Pasta Plus 119 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, Scotland Tel: 07950603477- 01224 624030 (Please call to book a space and learn of the start date) Aberdeen Gaelic Choir Enjoy harmony singing in Scotland’s traditional language. New members welcome. Knowledge of Gaelic not required. Meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm in Holburn West Church, corner of Great Western Road and Ashley Park Drive. Contact Mike on 632354/ or e mail to Tuesday Coffee at Holburn West Every week at 10 – 11.30 All welcome

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Get ready for the 2014 Library Summer Reading Challenge! The theme for this summer is Mythical Maze which invites children to discover more about myths and legends from all over the world. By taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge through Aberdeen City Libraries, and trying to read 6 books over the summer, you can join the mythical creatures who are this year’s stars of the Summer Reading Challenge. Minotaur, Unicorn, Yeti, Mermaid, Dragon, Nessie, Garuda, Leprechaun, Medusa and Anansi will also appear on a free downloadable app featuring interactive activities, clues and rewards. Collect stickers and incentives as you work your way through the Challenge and explore different zones on the Maze. There will be more activities plus hidden ‘treats’ for children to unlock on the Mythical Maze website www. which will go live before the summer holidays and there will be themed activities in libraries during the holidays. The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 and over but younger brothers and sisters can join in by sharing books with family and carers. Bookbug story and rhyme sessions for younger children will continue over the holidays.

Bookbug Story & Rhyme sessions at Airyhall Library Tuesday 22nd July 10.30 – 11.00am Tuesday 19th August 10.30 – 11.00am Summer Reading Challenge – Mythical Maze event at Airyhall Library Wednesday 23rd July 3.00 – 4.00pm Storytime for 4 – 8 year olds at Airyhall Library Wednesday, 30th July 3.30 – 4.00pm Wednesday, 27th August 3.30 – 4.00pm For more information contact Airyhall Library on 01224 310536, AiryhallLibrary@ or visit the Aberdeen City Libraries’ website www.aberdeencity.

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community clubs & groups Like walking? Then why not join the “Seafield Walking Group”. It’s a great way of keeping fit, socialising and getting out into the countryside! For further information contact Elinor Tel. 314609. Tango Aberdeen Argentine tango dance classes Wed & Sun evenings fm 7.30pm £6 (Conc £4) Discover the passion & elegance of Argentine Tango Granite City WRI Ruthrieston Community Centre, 536 Holburn Street, Meets 4th Wed of the month, Sept to Jun. 7pm – 9pm. All welcome: Tel: 316266 University of Third Age (U3A): Informal learning and social events for the retired and semi- retired. Tel: Pat 313442. Monday Club tel : 01224-322946 Queen’s Cross Church Hall - Mon’s 2-4pm. Friendly games of bridge & scrabble - beginners welcome - All Ages Royal Horticultural Society Abdn tel : 781171 1st Tues in Mar @ 7.30pm Girl’s Brigade Hall, 19a Victoria St The Learig Orchestra Tel : 322617 Brian Priestley Welcomes string, brass & woodwind players of all standards to its rehearsals at Woodend Hospital on Tues at 7.30pm Old Time Dance Classes Dunbar St Hall, Old Aberdeen - 7.45pm - 10pm 1st & 3rd Tues each month £4.00 per night Tel : James Watson : 314953 Scottish Country Dancing Scottish Country Dancing classes for children and adults (all levels) continue until the middle of March and then start again in September. Summer Social Scottish Country Dancing at Curl Aberdeen 7:30 - 9:45 from 7th May to 27th August - everyone welcome (with a little knowledge of Scottish Country Dancing). Aberdeen Chorus - Sweet Adelines Int’ Britannia Hotel, Bucksburn, Mon 7.30 - 10pm Tel: Debbie 07967629272 Silver City Blues - Masters Swimming Club Hazlehead Pool Mon 8:30-10pm, Cults Academy Tues 8:15-9:45pm, Robert Gordon University Weds 7-9pm, Cults Academy Thurs 8:30-10:00pm. Contact: Head Coach Hilary Stewart on 07815824057 Senior Citizens Group Tues (2-4pm) Airyhall Community Centre. New members always welcome Interested, contact 318698 (sec) The City of Aberdeen Probus A club for retired businessmen & professionals which meets twice monthly (Wed. am, Sep – Jun) at Aberdeen Cricket Club. Offers a wide range of talks from interesting speakers. Other activities include occasional lunches and

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trips, regular walks and also bowling and golf competitions. New members welcome. Ian Struthers, Tel 314957 Airyhall Community Centre Bowling Section Meets Mon/Wed/Fri 10-12 – Fri pm 2-4 £6 for session £4 to join community centre Limited spare bowls if you don’t have your own. Tel : 318103 (Bill Setter) Granite City Speakers Club Meet every two weeks on Friday nights at 8.0pm in Aberdeen Arts Centre, Secretary: Fred Stewart, tel 723937 Our club offers a warm friendly atmosphere, advice and support. New members & visitors welcome. Aberdeen Kilt Kickers American Square Dance Club, Meets at WRI Hall, Cults, Beginners from September 7.30 - 9.00pm £2.50 per night Fred Gibb, Tel 486665 Woodend Bowling Club 285 King’s Gate, A. McCulloch Secretary Tel. 317317 Friendly and relaxing outdoor activity: new members welcome. Aberdeen Gaelic Club Brings together Gaelic speakers and individuals interested in Gaelic language and culture. The Club organises Gaelic language evening classes, day courses and other social activities including a monthly coffee afternoon on the last Saturday of each month (except July and December) in the Unitarian Church, Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, 2.30-4.30pm to which all are welcome. Tel 07779 398289 or email for more information Holburn West Church Tennis 12a Ashley Park South Open Apr - Oct Annual Subs & Family Membership at Bargain Prices New members always welcome Small friendly Club Sally Davis (sec) Tel. 326111 Aberdeen Bowling Club Come and join us for a game of bowls at 50 Carlton Place. Tel.643233 Woodburn Walkers Enjoy the countryside, meet new friends, keep fit – join the Woodburn Walkers. Age: 55+. Transport: Hire Bus. Fortnightly: Tues Start Point: Hazlehead Park. Time: 9am for 9.15am. Average Distance: 7 miles Tel: 323925 and 821753 Dru Yoga A soft, gentle style of exercise, Dru Yoga is suitable for all. Tues 7.00 - 8.00 pm, Jubilee Hall, South Holburn Church. Wed 10.30 - 11.30 pm, Broomhill Activity Centre. Thurs 10.00 - 11.30 am, Girlguiding 45 Victoria Street. Telephone: Pauline 643447 Bon Accord branch – Sugarcraft Guild Meets at Rubislaw Park Care Home - Last Mon of month, 7-9pm Learn lots through demos and workshops £5 per meeting (incl refreshments) – friendly & informal group, enjoyable at all skill levels. Call Fiona Mackie on 07748 845 141 or e-mail


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Tired of sitting at home? Enjoy being outside? Want to meet new people? If the answer to any of these is ‘Yes’, then join us! The Airyhall Ramblers are a fun-loving group of walkers, aged 50 or over, who meet every second Wednesday outside Airyhall Primary. .

We have a really varied programme of walks all over the north east of Scotland and try and include different types of terrain, such as coastal walks (e.g. St Cyrus, Bullers of Buchan), riverside walks (along the Dee, Don, Spey), woodland walks, hill walks (Hill of Fare, Clachnaben) amongst others. There is always someone on the walk who has knowledge of birds, wildlife or local history, so you will be educated and entertained in equal measure, as you go. We travel by coach, so no need to worry about driving or public transport. It costs £10 per trip for guests (cheaper if you decide to become a


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community clubs & groups Girls Brigade : Meet Tues in Queens Cross Church Hall Explorers P1-3 : 5pm-6.30pm Juniors P4-7 : 6pm7.30pm Brigaders S1-6 : 6pm-8pm Morag Pirie - 01358-742621 Girls Brigade : Are you in P1-S7? Looking for some fun? Then come and join us we meet every Thurs @ South Holburn Church, Holburn St. Tel : Catherine Buchan 01224 574531 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts : tel : 01224 208426 for your nearest group Boys Brigade HQ : tel : 01224 644400 for your nearest group Highland Dancing Classes at Craigiebuckler Church & Danscentre through Carolanne Sinclair . Open to all levels of experience, beginners classes aged 5 & over. Contact Carolanne directly on 07972104774 or Mannofield Church on Wed afternoons. Choi Kwang Do : Inchgarth Community Centre Garthdee Mond 4.45-5.45 Thurs 6-7pm Tel Claire - 746778

Fun Kids Yoga Airyhall Community Centre Tues 4-4.30pm (4-7 yrs) & 4.30-5pm (8-13 yrs) Call 07967 647 220 or go to GCW Hockey Club Fun sessions for all At Rubislaw Astroturf Thurs 6.30 – 7.30 pm Youth for age 10+ 7.15 – 9pm Adults Contact After School Bridge classes : Wed at The Bridge Club 14 Rubislaw Terrace P6-7 - Anytime fm 3.00-4.30. S1-6 - Anytime fm 3.00-5.30, Sally Reid :322719 ATC 107 Squadron Open to new members, male & female aged 13 – 16. Also looking for enthusiastic adult staff, male & female to join the team., Prince Charles Cadet Centre, Albury Road, Ferryhill, Aberdeen Mon & Weds 19.00 - 21.30. Tel. 01224 590679 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides tel : 01224 638685 for your nearest group Youth Hockey Coaching Tuesday evenings 5.45pm-7.00pm from September to March for or children from

And Relax… Are you suffering due to your baby having Colic? Reflux? Teething? Wind? Constipation? Then maybe I can help. My name is Lynne Collie and I would like to teach new mums and grandparents the art of Baby Reflexology, Toddler Reflexology and Baby massage within the comfort of your own home. Being a mother myself, I understand just how difficult it can be to try and attend appointments out with the home, especially in the weeks after giving birth! Difficult enough to even grab a shower some days! So I’m presuming any help in making life simple might be welcomed? So what is Baby/Toddler Reflexology? Baby reflexology is a fantastic tool for a parent to learn as it can be performed both at home and while you are out and about. All you need to do is remove their socks and perform the calming movements anytime, anywhere! It can also help to enhance the


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P4 to S4. Coaching provided by Gordonians Hockey Club at RGC astroturf pitches on Countesswells Road. Children from all schools are welcome. More details are available at www. 32nd Aberdeen Anchor Boys If you’re in P1, 2 or 3 and want to take part in lots of fun activities, come and join us in Craigiebuckler Church Hall on Thursday evenings 6-7.15pm. Tel: Sarah 317827 Airyhall Choral Ensemble ACE Juniors and ACE Seniors. Both groups meet at the Airyhall Community Centre on Fridays, Juniors meet at 3.30pm & Seniors at 4.30pm. Cost: £28 per pupil for a term of eight classes. Music-Lessons.php Le Club des Froggies Fun and educational French classes in Aberdeen city centre for children aged 6 to 9 years. Group of 8 froggies, £75 for a 10 week course. http:// , call Aurelie on 079 3230 6365 or email:

loving bond between a parent and their child as well as allowing parents to help ease any discomfort their baby maybe feeling. Baby reflexology is suitable for babies from 4 weeks to 10 months of age and is performed on their feet. Once a child reaches 10 months old and becomes more mobile. Once they are more mobile I can teach you Toddler Reflexology. This is a fun way for parents to learn calming and soothing hand reflexology movements incorporating nursery rhymes and lullabies to aid memory and engage their toddlers. I am also on hand to offer mothers a reflexology session, Reiki, or why not try the Dorn Method. The Dorn method is a safe, gentle and natural therapy for those who have back, neck, migraine or joint pain. It was through searching for some personal relief from chronic migraine and ME that brought me to the Dom Method and Reflexology and my body has now returned to a natural balance. If you think this is something you’d like to try why not give me a call – 07808 764 712 or by email – lynne@ Further information can also be provided at I also practise from a clinic in Stonehaven on the 1st Saturday of the month.

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Children’s Football Aberdeen Dolphin Swimming Club Football for children fm age 21/2 up to P3. Held at Swim School for children fm 4 years old. Lessons at Kingswells and Airyhall. www.aberdeenfootballfun. Hazlehead & Hazlewood Pools. Coaching for children who would like to train and swim competitively. Contact Louise Lindsay (membership secretary) on NCT Waddling - Toddling 596709 Mon @ St Francis of Assisi Church, Deeside Dr, Mannofield 10-11.30, drop in group for mums to be, South Holburn Church Parent & Toddler parents & carers of babies & toddlers birth - preschool Group E-mail: Parents with babies and toddlers aged 0 - 3 are invited to Queen’s Cross Parent & Toddler Group Queens Cross Church Mon 9.30-11.30 Children 0-4 & join us to meet other parents ove a cup of tea or coffee and play with your child in a welcoming, their grown-ups are very welcome. £1.50 child-friendly setting. Thursday mornings 9.15 Gaelic Parent & Child Group 11.15am. during school terms. Gilcomstoun Primary School Mon, Wed & Fri 9.15Grampian Twins club 11.30. You don’t have to speak Gaelic. Mairi Morley A voluntary group for parents of multiples, get 07900 337122, e : together on the last Friday of every month at Singing Tots St Francis of Assisi church, 213 Deeside Gardens 6 months - 3 years old, Rubislaw Church Centre, 1 AB15 7PR. There for you during pregnancy and Beaconsfield Place
 beyond for advice, support and a great way to Monday 9.30-10.00 & 10.30-11.00, Please contact meet other multiple mums in the city and shire 07884 041064 area. www.grampiToddler Time : Wed 09:15–11:15 term time. Friendly, welcoming Jo Jingles Music and Movement group for parents & children aged 0-4. Cost 50 pence, 07595452621 inc snacks & refreshments New Life International Fun and educational music classes monday/ Church, Leadside Road, AB25 1TW Michelle - 07808 tuesday/thursday @ city centre and Wynford 932 907 farm Ruthrieston West Church Twos Group Rhythm Time Fri 9.45 - 11.00 ( During term time) Age 1year 10 Baby & Toddler Music Classes: Thurs & Fri AM months + £2.50 per child per session. For more @ Inchgarth Community Centre. Baby Sessions, information phone Lynne on 01224 314692 Thurs PM @ Cults Parish Church. To book a FREE trial session Email: rhythmtimeaberdeen@gmail. Teeny Beats Fun singalong with musical instruments. Meets on a com, Tel: 07716593828. Wednesday 2pm - 3pm during term time at Rubislaw Church Centre. For children aged 0 to 5 years. £2 per session discounted rate for additional children. Further info contact Jenni Dalziel 07835852389, The 123 Group, Craigiebuckler Church Hall, Every Thurs 2-4pm, Adult and Child Befriend a Child group; children fm babies up to the age Charity Shop of 3 are all welcome. £8 per month, with 27 Holburn Street, AB11 6DJ, lots of fun activities, Aberdeen crafts and healthy snacks provided for the children. email To donate goods or volunteer the123group@yahoo. contact 01224 930173 or e-mail com, or call Pamela Morrison 07762481757

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Mannofield Mother & Toddlers 10-1130am Mon for children aged 0-3. 10130am Wed for children aged 0-3. 10-11.30am Fris for children aged 0-3. Mannofield Church, Gt Western Rd All welcome - friendly, sociable groups Holburn West Mothers & Toddlers Meet on a Wed fm 0930 & Fri fm 9.45am Parent and Toddler Group Wed (not school hols) fm 9.45 - 11.15 Rubislaw church centre, beaconsfield pl NCT Bumps and Babies Queens Cross Church,Thurs fm 2 - 4pm ‘Toots’ Playgroup Airyhall Community centre 2’s Group 1 ½ to 2 ½ - Tues & Thurs 9.30 to 11.30 Playgroup 2 ½ onwards – Mon, Wed & Fri 9.15 – 11.45am Holburn West Playgroup Meet on a Wed fm 930am Babies andToddlers Mon 0945-1200 Crown Terr Methodist Church Friendly group for parents/carers of children aged 0-3 Cost £1 incl refreshments. 861209/733276 or 01330 823480 e-mail: babiesand toddlers@ Midstocket Playgroup, Scout Hut, Oakhill Crescent Lane,AB15 5HY Mon-Fri 9.15-11.45 am, Funded places available tel: 07752 532958 www.midstocketplaygroup. Rubislaw Playgroup Playgroup: Rubislaw Church Centre. Mon to Fri 9:15-11:45; from 30 mths to school age. Funded places available. Call 07747 830386 b/n 9:30 & 12:15 or email Toddlers and 2s: Rubislaw Church Centre. Enjoy play, craft, singing and snack. Toddlers: Up to 2 yrs; Wed 9:30-11:30 2s Group: 2 to 3 yrs; Tues 9:30-11:30. Call 07747 830386 b/n 9:30 & 12:15 or email rubislawplaygroup@ Kids Crew Playgroup.2yrs 8mnths. Mon, Wed, Fri mornings 9.30am-12pm. Funded Places available. + Two’s Group.Wed, Thurs 9.30-11am. Both groups at Ferryhill Community Centre, Albury Road, Ferryhill. Tel : 584118. Playgroup @ Ruthrieston Comm Centre ‘Playshed’, Holburn St Mon-Thurs 9.15-11.15. fm 2 yrs 6 mnths. £3.50 per session - includes healthy snack. Call 572211

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