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Rural Bliss

Farm shops & cafés

Purple Patch

Ultraviolet interiors

Belfast Buzz off for the weekend

Softly Feminine Fashion





ye Care Scotland is the latest addition to Albyn Hospital’s portfolio of healthcare services. This new eye care service is supported by a team of highly skilled and qualified local consultant ophthalmologists. This insures that patients are seen and treated by the same consultant from their first consultation all the way through to the completion of their treatment. Patients enjoy fast access to treatment where appointments and procedures can be carried out at a time that suits even the busiest of lifestyles. The Outpatient department can offer clinic appointments within days of an enquiry and can offer treatment for a wide range of common eye

disorders including cataracts, glaucoma, retinal and corneal disease. Albyn offer the latest treatment technologies including a specialised laser treatment area for those with specific forms of glaucoma or posterior capsular opacification (PCO), which can affect up to a quarter of people who have undergone cataract surgery. Selected surgical treatments are available at Albyn’s state-of-the-art theatre facilities. These include cataract surgery, ocular tissue transplantation and treatments of glaucoma, and are fully supported by a dedicated and highly skilled nursing and theatre team. Treatments are available on either an insured or self-pay basis.

21-24 Albyn Place, AB10 1RW Tel: 01224 595 993

Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sunday 12 noon - 5pm | Personal Shopping Service available by appointment 28 Main Street, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 4AD Tel: 01888 568111 Email:




30 Spring Fever – great style for the new season 36 Sensible shoes? Check out our pick of fantasy flats and trainers 38 Get in line - stripes for men




The eyes have it- take a peek at the latest eye products 28


Discover Catriona Yates’ creative colour 88 What’s on -our suggestions for April and May 92 Win tickets to Son of a Preacher Man at HMT 96



84 Outdoor activities for children


Meet Evelina Stripeikyte of the Craftsman Company 44 Rural Bliss - Trend tries three of the best farm shops and cafés 46 Ask the Chef - Craig Wilson on getting kids to eat well 49




Win a stay at Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin 74 Belfast - so much more than a bad Boney M song 76 Peter Mitchell meets racing driver Taelor Shand 94 Readers offers 98





58 Purple patch - refresh your home with the shade of summer 62 Infinite variety - give some garden room to Pieris




ISSUE N0. 63 | APR/MAY 18



pring is one of those seasons that never quite lives up to your expectations. We fantasise about pleasantly warm afternoons, sun-kissed skin and soft-focus floaty romantic florals, but sometimes we get stuck with days of grey drizzle. That’s why it’s important to make the most of the opportunities that our surroundings offer. There’s always somewhere interesting to go, whether it’s heading out for a meal, visiting a farm shop, exploring the countryside, looking at the fresh crop of street art that the NUART festival will bring, going to a Trend event, updating your look or just indulging in a bit of shopping. Whatever the weather, spring brings the chance to grow and reinvent ourselves. Take up a new sport or creative activity, head outdoors with the kids or update your home or garden with a few new plants or a pot of paint. The stagnation of winter is over and you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this issue. It’s time to put forth new shoots!

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LOCATION | On Thistle Street, Aberdeen with thanks to: Flower Vogue, Almondine, Foodstory & Baskin Robbins



18-20 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1AU Tel: 01224 641664

Melissa Delgarno, Yvonne Rennie, Maggie Atchison, Fiona Warrender

Gillian King, Lianne Ross, Jennifer Heiton

Ailie Dewar, Carmen Gammie

Isobel Watson, Heather Bills, Marion Hart, Jane Prichard, Mary Duncan, Ray Byers

Action Medical Ladies Lunch

Carrie Keenan, Chloe Fitzgerald, Leigh Gould

WHO: Annual Ladies’ Lunch in aid of Action Medical Research for Children

Christian Duncan, Sarah Sleigh

WHAT: Celebrating their 21st year, 277 ladies enjoyed socialising, shopping at stalls and listening to guest speaker Penny Mallory. Penny, who is a presenter on Channel 4’s critically acclaimed show Driven and world rally champion, delighted the audience with her adventures. The fundraising event contributed an amazing £10,600 to the charity.

Vicky Garden, Lynn Bruce, Amy Bruce

WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa

Penny Malloy, Janet Balcombe

Marylynne Cameron, Dorothy Suttie

Val Souter, Joan Morrison, Sheila McPherson

Rhona Miller, Fiona Clarke, Julieann Bruce, Sonya Banks

Rhoda Mitchell. Hazel Benzie, Christine Powell

Lynn Walker, Tracey Dunnet

Elaine Rogie, Caroline Moore, Mandy Marples, Uraiwan Millward

Suzie McWilliam, Colleen Goodwin, Maxine Ogg, Lesley Duguid, Erika Cowie

Trend Fashion Lunch Karen Hamilton, Karen Smith

WHO: Over 80 ladies attend the First Trend Fashion Lunch of the year. WHAT: Spring fashions were displayed by the gorgeous Premiere Productions models from @hamishmunro, Country Ways, Tiger Lily Boutique, Michael Kors and Cruise. While the ladies enjoyed a 2 course lunch and perused the Finnies the Jewlellers and LJ Scented stalls. Local charity Children 1st benefitted from the event.

Sheona Forrest, Lee Jobson

WHERE: Malmaison, Aberdeen

Fiona Roberston, Seonaid Bacon

Jennifer Brechin, Beverley Dargie, Lesley Rennie, Ashleigh Ross, Lorna Whyte

Sandra Wood, Gillian Wood, Jackie Yule

Margaret Waldron, Carole Bruce

Mandy Sorley, Audrey Adie, Angela Welsh, Amanda Brimner, Linda Sellar





entistry is changing rapidly with the introduction of new technologies and techniques. Andrew Scott Dental Care’s state-of-the-art practice includes a full 3D Smile Design simulation facility to provide a digital image of how you will look after treatment.

Looking wonderful in Westhill

Dental implants are a popular, well-established and long-lasting treatment, which can really boost confidence. Implants can be used to replace a missing tooth or to securely support a bridge or denture. Andrew is vastly experienced, having placed more than a thousand dental implants with very high success rates and aesthetically pleasing results. Implants can form part of an overall treatment plan or as part of Smile Design / Smile Makeover and treatments are customised to your needs. The central location is easy to get to with free on-site parking, and online appointment booking available. For friendly, affordable and relaxing dental care, give the team at Andrew Scott Dental a call. Thistle Street, AB10 1XB Tel: 01224 806700


ilidh Ray’s Cali Beauty in Westhill is something rather special. Cali means most beautiful in Greek and the salon’s serene décor and happy atmosphere reflects this. ‘I wanted Cali Beauty to offer top quality services at reasonable prices’, explained Eilidh. ‘Cali Beauty is a place where people can get away from their busy lives and really enjoy being pampered. Our treatments include LVL Lash Lift, Gelish, Gelish Dip extensions, manicures and pedicures, tinting, Harley waxing, massages and Airbase Occasion makeup, as well as our signature Cali Facial and Cali Brows. ‘Our monthly special offers on Facebook are popular and clients love Cali’s Two for Tuesday specials, where clients can enjoy two treatments and have the cheaper one free. It’s our way of giving something back to our customers’. It’s no wonder Cali’s proving so popular. Elevator Business Centre, 9A Endeavour Dr, Westhill, AB32 6UF. Tel: 01224 330566 calibeauty123

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01309 641555



where women’s health matters

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the latest treatments coupled with a professional approach


hen it comes to women’s health, the Aberdeen Clinic offers a fully supported Community Gynaecological and Reproductive Health service. The expert team can offer confidential investigations, testing and treatments including counselling. Whether you’re facing the menopause, want to find the right contraceptive, or need a smear or STI test, the Aberdeen Clinic offers the latest treatments coupled with a professional approach. There are so many reversible contraceptive options available these days that it can be difficult to choose the most appropriate and effective option. At the Aberdeen Clinic, we take your circumstances and overall health into account, working with you to find the best choice from pills, skin patches, vaginal rings and injections to longer acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) like implants and coils. Many contraceptive methods have additional health benefits, for example, combined hormonal contraception can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by 50%, while others, like a hormone containing coil can ease heavy periods or can be used as part of hormone replacement therapy. It may be time for a new type of contraceptive especially after pregnancy or childbirth or approaching the peri-menopause. As women transition to menopause, many experience unsettling and uncomfortable peri-menopausal symptoms, from anxiety, mood swings, and breast tenderness to erratic bleeding and frequent bladder infections. At the Aberdeen Clinic, we’re well aware that this can be a difficult time and have plenty of options to support women. Smear testing should be done every three years for those aged 25-64 as it can detect abnormal cells early and treatment or more frequent monitoring can be offered. Half of us are overdue for testing, but you shouldn’t let worries or concerns about getting a smear put you off. We also offer an anonymised sexually transmitted infection testing service including instant tests for instant results. For more information or to book an appointment call: 0333 0143 488 or visit:

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t David Lloyd Aberdeen, we’re known for our great facilities, friendly team, state-of-the-art equipment, extensive programme of classes and personal training sessions and our family fitness approach. There’s plenty on offer away from the gym, tennis courts or spinning studio too! Sometimes we all need to chill and relax! Our DLicious cafébar has glorious views out over the River Dee and with its comfortable seating and a tasty, healthy menu to try, it’s a great place to spend some time. There’s a family area, complete with our new soft play climbing frame and another section for adults only. You can enjoy a quiet coffee, meet friends for lunch, or enjoy a meal with your family. There’s even a business hub for those who like to work out, then catch up on their e-mails. The cosy sofas mean it really is the heart of the club. Enjoy a coffee with the running club, catch up on some emails in our Business Hub, or let the kids loose on our new soft

play climbing frame. Our DLicious menu uses high quality, fresh ingredients to give you a balanced choice of meals and snacks that really suits a healthy, active lifestyle. There are fourteen new dishes on the menu, including our delicious Chilli Chicken Noodles, and a satisfying, but light Feta Cheese Salad. Try the healthy new Brunch of Champions, which was created by a club member. Yum! The cafébar isn’t the only facility we offer. You’ll also find Saks Hair and Beauty Salon, to keep you looking your best and both the Fit Co and Sports Rack shops make it easy to buy the latest fitness wear and sports equipment. So whether you’re here as a family, couple or individual, we really do have something for everyone.

Tel: 01224 811040

Absolute Beauty Academy professional training for a new career

RYT 200 Yoga teacher training in Scotland & Spain Children’s Yoga teacher training Yoga classes in Aberdeen, Stonehaven & Laurencekirk Private sessions available

Absolute Beauty is a well-established beauty salon based in Dyce, which has been providing professional beauty treatments for twelve years and is now offering accredited training.

07967 647 220


wner Lynda Wilson explained, ‘We’re very excited to offer accredited training covering all aspects of beauty therapy. Most of our courses are aimed at beginners, with some more advanced courses. The courses offered include massage, facials, nails, waxing, advanced brow techniques, lash lifts and spray tanning, so it’s a great way of adding new skills or catching up on the latest techniques. ‘The courses at the Absolute Beauty Academy are accredited by the Guild of Beauty Therapists and offer students a faster and more flexible route into the professional beauty industry. We deliver all our courses in the salon which provides a more relaxing, real-world learning environment and small class sizes with individual attention and ongoing support’. 117 Victoria Street, AB21 7BJ Tel: 01224 774766

Create a unique style in your home with Mathew Williamson’s latest collection Based within Treehouse Midmar, AB51 7NB Tel: 01330 833336 Open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm Weekends by appointment only.

Your local Nursing and Care Agency providing quality and professional care Aberness Care Ltd is a local Nurse & Care Agency based in Newmachar, Aberdeenshire. We offer a range of personal and practical care services including short, long term or recuperation after a hospital stay, for people from 16 years old upwards who have a learning or physical disability. We make every effort to match the right carer or nurse to your situation, so you can be confident of the best care for you or your family.

More information: T. 01651 869360 M. 07734 946224 AbernessCare


pring means romance is in the air, so if you’re getting engaged or planning your wedding, then head to Lava in Peterculter for the ring of your dreams. Lava have an outstanding reputation for bespoke design, working with you to produce stunning bespoke engagement and wedding rings, to suit your personalities and your budget. They have access to an astounding range of stones and can even remodel family heirlooms something to treasure. You’ll even find perfect gifts for the wedding party. Jacqui has a tremendous flair for design and an innate understanding of what will flatter each client. She explained, ‘We love being part of the really special moments in our clients’ lives and producing pieces

that rekindle those memories whenever they are worn’. Each design comes to life in the onsite workshop, where Duncan, one of Scotland’s most highly-skilled craftsmen, works in wax or precious metal, setting stones and finishing them to perfection. Whether it’s an engagement ring, pearls, or the groom’s bespoke cufflinks or kilt pin, every piece is a miniature work of art, as unique as the couple it is designed for.

265 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, AB14 0UL Tel: 01224 735000


o-one wants to surrender their independence, but as we get a bit older, suffer illness or disability or are just really busy, we could use a helping hand. Crandeen can provide a personal companion who provides individual lifestyle support. This could be doing the garden, helping at home, providing companionship and help getting out and about, or providing specialist care. The service is subscription based.

Crandeen believes that people should be able to live a care-free lifestyle no matter what their circumstances may be. The company is based in Aberdeen and is available to customers in the North-east. Crandeen’s focus on companionship and great personal service makes them a stand-out choice when you, or your loved ones, need a helping hand. 17 Victoria Street AB10 1PU Tel: 01225 925151

Next Aberdeen clinics: April 8th, May 13th, June 3rd, July 8th, Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th, Dec 9th Special offer for muscle relaxing injections and dermal filler* After 4 treatments, your 5th will be free *muscle relaxing injections need to be taken at least 6 monthly



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or the past few seasons the focus has been on the brows and eyes, and spring continues the trend, albeit in a softer, smudgier style. Look for quality brands that offer all-day wear and treat yourself to some specialist skincare to make the most of this delicate area. Here are some of our favourites, all found in the beauty department at John Lewis.

BOBBI BROWN Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil A brand known for creating an enhanced natural look, this automatic brow pencil has a slanted tip for ultra-precise definition, plus 16-hour wear that’s waterproof and resists humidity, so it doesn’t fade or smudge. There’s a wide range of shades, and they’ll help you find the right one for your colouring.

BARE MINERALS Loose Eye shadow A versatile eyeshadow that offers a soft, semi-translucent look when applied dry, or an opaque wash when applied wet. There’s a great selection of neutral shades for day, or more dramatic evening shades.

DIOR Pump and Volume Mascara Finding the perfect mascara is one of life’s ongoing struggles. Dior’s latest builds volume and thickens the lashes. Unlike most mascaras, you squeeze the soft tube to soften the contents, then load the brush.

SISLEY Phyto-Khol Star Waterproof The perfect eyeliner for those of us that can’t draw a straight line! Phyto-Khol Star offers the intensity of eyeliner in a pencil, without pulling, so you get a precise finish. There are eight waterproof shades and they last all day. No more panda eyes! ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex An overnight treatment designed to address the key signs of ageing and help skin's natural nightly renewal. Ideal for those over 25, regular use reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leaves skin feeling smoother, stronger and better hydrated.


With special thanks to: Flower Vogue Almondine Baskin Robbins Food Story










1. Karma © Kurt Geiger | 2. Linton © Carvela | 3. Kath © Carvela | 4. Lustre © Carvela | 5. Lit © Carvela | 6. Kirsty © Carvela 7. Keaton © Michael Kors | 8. Ludo © Kurt Geiger | 9. Maize © Kurt Geiger | 10. Bella Slide © Michael Kors | 11. Lexie © Carvela


Good news for those who hate heels. This season, it’s all about flats and trainers, though the trend is far removed from anything that could be considered a sensible shoe. Pile on the glitz with embroidery, metallics and a rainbow of colour. The more your shoes look like something a five year old playing at being a princess dreamt up, the better. Upmarket versions tend more towards evening sophistication, with some elegant beading on show. Even Monaco’s Prince Albert took to the red carpet in a tuxedo and white trainers and if it’s good enough for royalty….


tripes have always been easy to wear and look great. Summer’s menswear collections have seen designers revamp the traditional Parisian and Breton stripe with bold colours and variegated, vertical stripes created impact on the catwalk. You’ll find stripes everywhere from formal tailoring to casual t-shirts and knitwear. They work perfectly in both formal and casual situations and vertical stripes can create the illusion that you’re taller and slimmer that you actually are, making this wardrobe staple suitable for all shapes and sizes. Stick to one key piece for an easy wardrobe update. Pairing stripes with stripes gives an edgier look, but unless this is a shirt and suit look, there’s a danger people may assume you’re wearing your pyjamas.

Shirt Images © Debenhams

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Words by: Nicole Robb


Linton & Mac launches Take a latest collection team to

Engage Gaming

Linton & Mac, the multi-award winning salon in Aberdeen, Scotland, has launched its latest collection - Flaunt. Collaborating with local photographer, Sam Brill, the team took inspiration from the SS18 catwalks, where models rocked longer, sleeker, more

versatile locks. The Flaunt collection images will be used as a Look Book - a collection of the salon’s latest trend-led looks - to provide Linton & Mac clients with on-trend hair and make-up inspiration.

Looking to do a bit of team bonding or reward staff for their excellent efforts? Enjoy two hours of gaming with the latest games on PC (get in the same world and support each other) and PS4/Xbox Consoles. Step into the virtual world with their HTC Vive VR and challenge your co-workers with top of the range Racing Cockpits! You can also learn how to code at weekly classes for anyone over six and April holiday camps are now open for booking.

WIN a designer diffuser from dargie design


ring the scent of spring into your home with one of these fabulous new diffusers from Dargie Design’s new furniture showroom on Aberdeen’s John Street. Rather than bamboo sticks, the scent is diffused from a beautifully hand-crafted birch wood rose, which sits in the stylish bottle. The diffusers are just one of Dargie’s new range of home accessories including gorgeous vases, lighting, mirrors and scented candles. Whether you’re shopping for your own home or a gift, pop in and you’ll find something to fall in love with. To win one of three diffusers valued at £70, go to and answer this question:

Where is Dargie’s new showroom located?



rom the moment you spot Belle Marie’s charming white and grey exterior and their rose-covered reception desk, you know you’ve found a beauty salon that’s special. Rhea Robinson and her friendly team offer top to toe treatments in a relaxing and feminine space. You can relax with a Swedish or Lava Shells Massage, enjoy a pampering Gelish manicure or pedicure, or acrylic nails. The salon offers Lycon waxing and a range of eye-enhancing brow and lash treatments including Flirties brow tinting and shaping and lash perming for a wide-eyed look. Belle Marie also offers tanning, with a choice of Novatan spray tans or sunbeds including a stand and

tan booth and the first MegaSun beds in the UK, complete with collagen boosters, cooling water mist and Bluetooth connectivity. Rhea explains, ‘Sunbeds can help prepare your skin for being exposed to UV when on holiday. Used in moderation, sunbeds can help people who suffer from skin problems like psoriasis, eczema and acne. They can help also with SAD and sleeping problems as well as improving circulation and strengthening the immune system’. From top to toe, Belle Marie is bloomin’ brilliant! 32 School Road, Kintore, AB51 0UX Tel: 01467 631002 bellemariebeauty


Bringing the latest jewellery trends to Aberdeen via Italy


he start of the year can be gloomy for many, but for Finnies it’s a real highlight as we headed to Italy to bring back the latest jewellery designs for our discerning customers in Aberdeen and further afield.

to stand out. One of the pieces we currently have in our shop, which we really love, is this rather dazzling yellow diamond.

This year we are excited about diamonds - when are we not! Yellow gold and torque jewellery pieces which don’t join together, but instead wrap round the finger, wrist or neck.

Warm, enduring and classic yellow gold is also making a welcome come back. Yellow gold chunky chains, bracelets, bangles and earrings were a big hit at the fair. One Italian designer whose designs we loved is Elaine Firenze and we are thrilled to feature her ‘Ciao Bella’ collection in our George Street shop.

Diamonds definitely speak louder than words and this year it felt as if they were enticing us to look at them again. They are getting bigger, sparklier and bolder and are unquestionably for women who aren’t afraid

219-223 George Street, Aberdeen AB25 1HY Tel: 01224 636632

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am -5pm Saturday 10am-5pm


One of the city’s best known freelance hair stylists is opening a brand new salon on Union Street.


om Stronach Hair Salon is right in the heart of the city at 148 Union Street, neatly positioned between Chaopraya and Eclectic Fizz and is expected to open in May. Tom explained, ‘The airconditioned interior is a mix of grey, oak wood and white and we’ve gone for a luxurious, but relaxed feel. We have a wonderful coffee machine, and clients can enjoy a glass of prosecco, beer or even a whisky. It’s a balance of home comforts, creative energy and relaxation’. Tom is known for his amazing transformative cutting and styling, having trained at Toni & Guy in London and graduated with a distinction. His approach is based on

getting a comprehensive understanding of not only his client’s hair, personal style, colouring and face shape, but also how they live their lives. Tom has the gift of making you look like a better version of yourself! ‘Our stylists have been carefully selected for their technical and creative skills and great customer rapport. We have a dedicated barbering area and a child-friendly space complete with toys and colouring books, so their parents can feel at ease while having their hair styled. Our service menu includes cuts, colour, styling and treatments, using Label M products. ‘We want to provide a better level of service than the vast majority of salons, while remaining approachable and affordable. Above all, we want to make our clients feel comfortable and respected, and to create an exceptional and personal experience that will make all our clients look and feel beautiful’. 148 Union Street, AB10 1QX Tel: 01224 647376 tomstronachhairsalon

THE SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTIONS ARE ARRIVING WEEKLY AT COUNTRY WAYS, AND WE’RE EXCITED TO LAUNCH ONE OF OUR NEW BRANDS IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE OF TREND! Welcome to Holebrook of Sweden - a capsule collection of men’s and women’s wool mix sweaters with a wind proof lining, making them ideal for any meter per second, as well as sweaters for casual wear. Perfect for the brave ones, for the earlybirds, for the sailors, and for those walking their dog, no matter rain or shine. For the golfers and the walkers, the strollers and for those who will get out there even when the sturdy winds blow. These stylish windproof sweaters have a smart city look but are equally perfect for a day in the country. Available in-store and online at Country Ways. 115 Holburn Street,Aberdeen

MEET EVELINA STRIPEIKYTE OF THE CRAFTSMAN COMPANY I was born and raised in Lithuania in a small village. My parents and little sister still live there and our home stands in a forest, surrounded by nature. My parents have a greenhouse and grow vegetables, so food was a family affair, prepared from scratch. Growing up, my mum was always making bread at home - her poppy seed bread was my favourite. One day I decided that I was going to make it by myself, so I did. I came to Scotland to study economics, but it wasn’t for me. I found a job as a kitchen porter because food has always been my passion. I found I had a natural flair for cookery and that’s how I became a chef. My style of cooking is seasonal, wholesome, homely and simple yet refined. As a chef, I’m constantly learning new things, new flavours, dishes, cultures and ideas. I love the freedom to be creative and the positive reaction when people try your food for the very first time. When I am not working, I like to relax and unwind by travelling to scenic places with my photographer partner Tom. I run my own cookery blog and make cakes for birthdays and weddings. I also enjoy walking Coco, my pet rabbit. I dream of opening my own restaurant one day and I like the idea of writing a book so that I can publish my own recipes and establish myself as a well known and versatile chef.



TOMATO & PINEAPPLE SOUP WITH SMOKED DUCK INGREDIENTS (Serves 5) 6 beef tomatoes 1 Spanish onion (finely chopped) 1 clove of garlic (minced) 400g fresh pineapple Thyme leaves from 2 springs 1l vegetable stock 3 tbsp. maple syrup 5 tbsp. olive oil 1 smoked duck breast Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste METHOD Put the tomatoes in a bowl and add boiling water to cover. After 3 minutes remove tomatoes from the boiling water, with a spoon, place them in ice cold water and then remove the skin. Chop the tomatoes and pineapple, place them on a baking tray, add salt, 3 tbsp. olive oil and thyme; roast it for 12 mins at 170oC. Cook the onion and garlic in 2tbsp oil until softened, then add stock, stir in roasted tomatoes and pineapple and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the soup into a food processor, add seasoning and blend until smooth. Serve with a couple of slices of pan-fried smoked duck.


Now that the warmer weather is hopefully on its way, head out to the country for some great food and unusual buys.


e tried out three of the best farm shops and cafés in Aberdeenshire. Whether you’re after wild venison, or locally grown spuds, artisan cheeses or new-laid duck eggs, a special gift or just a coffee and a fancy piece, there’s a treat in store…


Rural Bliss

Three of the best farm shops & cafes

Finzean Farm Shop & Cafe

Castleton Fruit Farm

The Tin Coo at Devenick Dairy

This delightful, newly extended Scandi-rustic café and shop sits on the Finzean Estate which has been in the Farquharson family for over 400 years and covers around 10,000 acres of hill and arable land. Head for Banchory, then Strachan and you’ll find the way.

Castleton lies just off the A90 before Laurencekirk and is well signposted. It’s is known for producing deliciously juicy soft fruit. Last year they picked and packed 6.5 million punnets of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries.

The farm shop is particularly well stocked, with organic breads, local honeycomb, a great veg selection and an irresistible selection of gourmet treats you won’t find elsewhere. On the gift side, you’ll find books, art, toys, presents and a fabulous selection of unusual greetings cards.

It’s a family business that prides itself on sourcing many ingredients directly from local farmers and fishermen to create hearty home-cooked favourites. The jumbo-sized cakes look amazing and the menu balances traditional favourites with interesting accompaniments and inspired twists. There are daily specials, but we opted for a substantial and deliciously-dressed grilled goat’s cheese salad and a bowl of spiced chicken noodle soup, which was packed with flavour and came with a huge slice of home baked bread on the side. The scones and tray bakes are particularly tasty.

The Tin Coo lies on a back road in Hillside near Portlethen and is part of the Groat family’s farm at Devenick Dairy, the award-winning local cheese makers. It’s been carefully designed to wrap round the milking shed and butchery, so you can watch the cows being milked at 4pm or see how your brisket is rolled. It’s a true farm to fork family business.

The shop and café are at the heart of the community, even hosting the visiting post office and pre-ordered newspapers. They also do hampers and you can even order your entire Christmas menu for collection. We can recommend the afternoon tea, which comes on a three tier cake stand, filled with gorgeous smoked salmon and egg and cress sandwiches, warm scones and pancakes with jam, cream and curls of butter, topped off with some scrumptious mini cakes. One of Finzean’s regulars cycles out from Aberdeen three times a week. He’s not daft!

The farm shop is split between gifts and food, with some great prepared meals and frozen fruits and a strong deli section. There’s a large play area outside and they also offer a hamper service and a catering collect service.

With a new chef and manager, both with a fine dining background, the menu has been revamped and there are some nice touches like a pre-bookable afternoon tea served on a miniature picnic table. The triple cheese macaroni proved rich and filling, breakfasts range from granola to fried platefuls and the cheesecake is always worth saving space for. Even the jam and cream are home made. There’s a good children’s menu and an indoor soft play area. As you’d expect, the meat counter and cheese section in the small shop are excellent. Where else will you find black pudding and strawberry jam sausages or fresh spring cheese with pickle?

the best catch this spring


he Silver Darling has had a complete transformation. Situated in the old Customs House at the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour, the well-regarded restaurant has recently become part of the McGinty’s Group, who own the popular No.10 Bar & Restaurant, McGinty’s Meal An’Ale, The Stag, The Ferryhill House Hotel and The Fourmile. The restaurant, which boasts floor to ceiling glass windows providing panoramic views of Aberdeen’s beach, harbour and the historic fishing village of Footdee, has a sparkling new interior and menu that celebrate its unique heritage and stunning setting for memorable meals. With its relaxed, yet stylish atmosphere, the new layout of the venue makes it ideal for leisurely lunches, afternoon

drinks and sunset dinners, along with availability to host corporate or special events. Head chef, Craig Somers, has retained the menu’s seafood influence along with further meat and vegetarian dishes. Children are also welcome with their own menu and will be fascinated as the boats and dolphins go by. Grown-ups will be equally impressed by the well-balanced wine and cocktail list. If you haven’t been for a while, now’s the time to rediscover this very special place. North Pier, Pocra Quay, AB11 5DQ Tel: 01224 576229


Re-energise, Reconnect, Rejuvenate Take some time to recharge your batteries with a luxury yoga retreat at Capo Cottages near Edzell. Stay in one of Capo’s beautiful cottages, enjoy healthy juices and scrumptious vegetarian meals while restoring mind and body during two yoga classes with Louisa Craig each day in Capo’s airy studio. Unwind in the hot tub or book a reiki session, spa treatments or a card reading.

There are retreats planned for 15-17 and 22-24 June, with more to follow.

For more information, please visit or call Caroline on 07769 805006



t’s never easy to encourage kids to try healthier foods, especially when they think broccoli is the work of the devil! Be inventive and a little devious. Try using unusual serving dishes, wrapping unloved foods in a parcel or making it part of a story. Don’t make them eat something or their resistance will grow. Soup’s often a good way to introduce a new ingredient especially with a novelty accompaniment of popcorn. Another idea is to serve smaller portions of grown up food so that they can copy Mum and Dad.

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Finally, it’s good to have the kids involved in the selection and purchasing of food, so that they can get excited about meals over the coming week, or even better - grow your own veg and let them help harvest it!

Ingredients 30ml Pineapple & Blackberry Cordial Top Prosecco


e always have a Bellini on our menus, as they are a delicious way to enjoy bubbles and add a bit of diversity to the humble glass of prosecco. This menu's adaption calls for pineapple and blackberry cordial, while the rim of the glass is coated with a berry sherbet to really make those bubbles pop while drinking.


Thank Mal it’s... Famous for our crafty & unique cocktails, signature drinks and glasses of Maison Champagne, Wednesday to Friday are your new favourite days of the week here at Malmaison Aberdeen. Join us in our Mal Bar every Wednesday to Friday & enjoy our famous cocktails for £6, bottles of prosecco for just £19.99 & great nibbles throughout the day. Just what you need after a busy day at work, an afternoon celebration with the girls, or just a wee treat to yourself...

Top hat-trick of wedding awards for Aberdeen hotel A popular Granite City hotel has secured a hat-trick of prestigious award wins following its third such success in recent months. Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel was named Wedding Venue of the Year (North) at the Scottish Wedding Awards 2018 in recognition of its celebrated customer service. In November, the business was crowned Wedding Venue - Aberdeen & Grampian at the Scottish VOWS Awards and Venue of the Year as part of the Top Tier Awards.


t Seven, Summer Street’s newest cafe/bar they are passionate about gin in all of its intriguing dimensions. Gin is experiencing an explosion in popularity, and the team at Seven sampled hundreds of boutique botanicals before selecting their thirty favourites. Seven’s extensive selection includes, Isle of Harris, Edinburgh Gin, Lone Wolf and Monkey 47. Why not ease your way in to understanding the phenomenon of the Victorian Gin Palace by sampling a few? Why not accompany your boutique gin with Seven’s Afternoon Tea - a delightful

combination of homemade cakes and sandwiches. Alternatively, you can indulge your appetite for frivolity with an artisan gin and a bit of gossip or opt for a gin flight to match the evening menu, charcuterie or bar snacks. Whatever you choose, Seven’s relaxed atmosphere is like slipping on a large cashmere jumper, instantly comforting, familiar and cosy. 7 Summer Street, AB10 1SB Tel: 01224 632237

Afternoon Delights this Spring Enjoy lunch from 12pm, Wednesday - Sunday

Udny Green, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7RS T: 01651 842337 W:

Italian food made with passion 10 Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen, AB11 6DN T: 01224 213223 E:



RECEIVE £1,800 OFF WHEN YOU TRADE IN YOUR OLD TV OF ANY BRAND FOR THE NEW BEOVISION ECLIPSE* 4K OLED, HDR (High Dynamic Range) with DOLBY VisionTM, Integrated 450 watt 3-channel soundcentre Choose from oak wood, crafted aluminium or fabric covers which come in a range of colour options. Pictured: Planet stand or floating wall mount available.

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445 Holburn Street Aberdeen, AB10 7GU Tel: 01224 585771



argie Designs’ new showroom, just round the corner from John Lewis, is proving popular with those seeking stylish new furniture or just a few finishing touches for the home. There’s a genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere and you can browse and try things out without feeling pressured. That’s part of the reason 80% of their business comes from repeat customers who value quality, design and friendly service. The other part is Dargie’s outstanding collection of modern classics from some of the leading European design houses including Hūlsta, Ligne Roset, Kartell and Leolux. Dargie’s are the exclusive Scottish stockist for many of the designs.

A fresh look for spring

It’s design-led living that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or durability. There are no one-season wonders here, just modern design classics engineered to suit your way of life. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa, dining furniture, bedroom fittings, cabinetry or occasional pieces which will still look great a decade from now, Dargie’s is the place to go. There’s also an expanded range of finishing touches including stunning statement lighting, gorgeous vases, clocks, mirrors and Dargie’s own range of beautifully scented candles and diffusers. See page 40 for the Dargie Diffuser competition to win one of 3 diffusers! So what makes Dargie Design so special? It’s not just that you’ll find furniture designed to last and look good. It’s not just that you can see great brands you won’t find elsewhere. It’s the assurance that you’ll get the same superb service whether you’re looking to furnish and entire home, or just find the perfect vase as a gift. The best way to discover Dargie’s outstanding service and superb selection is to visit for yourself. The shop is open every day except Wednesday. Hours run from 10ish to 5ish, except on Sunday, where they open from 1ish to 4ish.

12 John Street AB25 1BT Tel: 01224 620069 @dargiedesign


Purple donation to CLAN John Willox Kitchen Design have donated the profit from the sale of one of their kitchens to CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen. The kitchen is purple and the owners thought that the as the colour matches the Clan logo, it would be a nice idea to make a donation to them. CLAN Cancer Support is a well-established local charity providing emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer across North-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Scottish furniture maker launches CALA captures a woodworking moment in time courses A time capsule giving those in the future a snapshot of life in Bridge of Don in 2018 has been buried to celebrate the brand new Grandhome community ahead of its first residents moving in next month. CALA Homes partnered with The Grandhome Trust and Braehead Primary School to fill the time capsule with photos, articles and plans. Pupils from Braehead Primary created videos capturing why they like living in Bridge of Don. The seven videos are included on a USB stick within the time capsule.Â

Bespoke furniture maker, Ochre & Wood, has launched woodworking courses from its rural steading workshop in Aberdeenshire. Offering weekend courses at three levels - beginner, intermediate and progressive - in small groups, the courses are designed to give both novice and experienced woodworkers confidence and new skills in a practical environment. The courses are led by the owner of Ochre & Wood, Mike Whittall, who is Chippendale-trained and both an experienced and patient teacher, in the peaceful, relaxed surroundings of a converted steading near Turriff.



ouneside House, the award-winning country house hotel on Deeside, offers the perfect setting for small, intimate weddings.

Since opening in 2016, Douneside House has been named AA Hotel of the Year (Scotland). The restaurant is the sole Aberdeenshire venue to hold three AA rosettes. Weddings at Douneside are held over two days, and the wedding party enjoy the whole venue and gardens to themselves. Douneside is perfect for couples looking for a small, memorable bespoke wedding. Front of House Manager Melanie Dalton explained, ‘All our weddings are very different, but each is special! Up to 58 guests can stay in our on-site luxury accommodation, so weddings at Douneside always have a lovely relaxed feel. We’ve had bridal yoga sessions in the Health Club and family games of rounders, croquet and putting on the wedding day. Couples choose their own celebrant and we work with them to look after everything else. ‘Our beautiful gardens with summer houses, streams and rock pools means that Douneside offers some stunning spots

for wedding photography and we have several options for the ceremony itself, including an outdoor ceremony on our infinity lawn. Couples can choose from a set menu or work with our gifted Head Chef, David Butters. No-one has to worry about getting home and the wedding guests usually get together for breakfast the next morning before heading off. ‘We limit the number of weddings we host each year, so each wedding can be given lots of our attention during all stages of planning and on the big day. Our goal is to make each wedding a truly special occasion!’ Douneside is owned by a charity, The MacRobert Trust, so all profits are donated to good causes. Special offer for Trend Readers: Book an exclusive use winter wedding package at Douneside for January-March 2019 and you’ll receive 35% off the exclusive use rates.


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new season means even more exciting clothing and gifts at Turriff’s KAGA Gifts. Owner Ann Forbes has a great eye for both seasonal trends and good value wardrobe staples. Everything is beautifully co-ordinated and displayed, with lots of flattering blue shades for spring and summer. In many cases, she’s the sole stockist in the area, so you can always find something just that bit different, whether it’s a whole new outfit or just a few fresh accessories. Ann’s brought in two new labels for spring, with Fifilles de Paris providing colourful elegance and Dreams perfect for casual daywear. There’s also some great informal Italian Cotton wear. KAGA is equally brilliant for gifts, with

some practical pieces and lots of unusual present ideas. For that finishing touch for your special occasions, KAGA has a wide range of shawls, pashminas and wraps plus a wide selection of clutches in lots of shades. The girls are happy to help you match up and choose the perfect accessories to complete your outfit. You’ll love KAGA, the selection of gifts and clothing is irresistible and there’s always something new every time you visit.

19 High Street,Turriff, AB53 4ED Tel: 01888 568067 KAGA Gifts Ltd

Historic wedding venue in Royal Deeside, only an hour’s drive from Aberdeen.

Glen Tanar Estate, Aboyne AB34 5EU Tel: (013398) 86451

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Alastair Scott-Kiddie, Keith Taylor, Phil Bentley, John Morrison, David Rennie

Chris Lloyd, Neale Stewart, Derek Mair, David Jack

Marcus Richards, Lisa Duthie, Tom Flockhart, Barry Duncan

Cornerstone Charity Dinner Graeme Gordon, Adel Harris, David Wilson

Lucy Berry, Andy Juroszek, Claire Drummond

WHO: The Cornerstone Foundation held an exclusive dinner, generously sponsored by BP, to recognise the valuable contribution made by the business community in support of people with conditions such as dementia, autism and mental health problems. WHAT: The Foundation’s Chair, Judith Tocher, welcomed loyal supporters as well as new friends to gain further insight into the life changing work Cornerstone do across Scotland, followed by tales from intrepid adventurer Calum Morrison to complete the evening.

Fiona Heinonen, Mandy Aitchison, Eleanor Bentley, Carol Gray

WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Colin Rowley, Colin Campbell, Steve Judge Judith Tocher, Dame Anne Begg, Sarah Stalker

Eric Coustures, Jodie Campbell, Rachel Ross, Malcolm Laing

Karen Slupinski, Tim Smith, Calum Morrison, Marcus Richards

Vidar Berge, Theresa Day, Inger Helen Vorley, Tom Norland

Fiona Lindsay, Cerri McDonald, Brian Polson, Denise Davies, Claire Johnston

The Granite Burns Supper Yermaris Carvajal, Jojaiver Carvajal, Cynthia Unegbu

Mike Paton, Laura Stewart

WHO: Hundreds of business people attended a giant Burns supper at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops to celebrate the life of Scotland’s Bard. WHAT: One of the largest events of its kind in the North-east, the evening raised more than £6,000 for Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Andy Willox, Jackie Willox

Damien Jarvis, Kristin Jackson-Brown

Jim Shiach, Allyson Ewen, Pamela Still, Mike Still

Lauren Hardie, Angela Greenhalgh, Sandra Brooks, Anne Martin




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e described this genus as being “very Aberdeen” and I know what he means because you do see them in very many gardens, however it is little surprise that this easy-to-grow, evergreen has been so popular through the years... for these very reasons they are easy to grow and evergreen! This genus of seven species is originally a high-altitude plant from mountain ranges across southern and eastern Asia and eastern North America but they will thrive in the UK, given the right conditions and they certainly seem to like Aberdeen. It is an ideal shrub in many ways, giving cover all year round, providing several months of interest and colour that starts


around March when the new growth is typically bright red. The flowers are bell-shaped, long white or pink and arranged in racemes, some of which are scented. They are tolerant of semi-shade, and ideal for a woodland border. Although fully hardy, pieris should be planted away from the morning sun because the young red growth can be scorched after a frosty night. Pieris do not require pruning. If pruning is required to tidy up any spindly branches or spent flowers it is best to prune in late spring after flowering. They do tend to get ‘leggy’ if grown

in overly moist soils. One essential requirement when growing any variety of pieris is for acid soil and if feeding, use an ericaceous feed only. Pieris grow to various sizes and checking the size of a variety is an important planting point. There are large varieties such as p. Formosa, which grows up to 6 metres! HERE ARE SOME GREAT VARIETIES THAT ARE FULLY HARDY. Pieris japonica 'White Rim' is a whiteflowered form reaching 1-1.5m. Green foliage is edged with pink margins when young, maturing to cream. H5

Providing quality timber products and building supplies

Pieris japonica 'Debutante' is a more compact form classified as dwarf and growing up to one metre in around 10 years. Ideal if you want a small shrub that stays that way. H5 Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine' has darker, dusky red/dark mauve flowers, which grows to around 1.5 -2.5 metres in 10 years. H5 Pieris 'Flaming Silver' AGM is a decorative form with variegated foliage, enhanced each spring with golden-red new growth. A compact form, it rarely reaches 2m. H5

Cordiner House, Crombie Place, Torry, AB11 9PJ Tel: 01224 877611 Email:


Scotland’s gardens open for you! Families, wildlife lovers, plantaholics and growyour-own newbies are in for a treat this year when over 450 gardens open to the public for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity. Gardens of all sizes will have their gates unlatched to welcome visitors over the year, including 57 opening for the

first time, 122 walled gardens, 33 urban gardens, ten community gardens, five allotment societies and 61 gardens belonging to stately homes. To help you find the gardens nearest you, there is a new look Scotland’s Gardens Scheme website at and guidebook.

Keep an eye out for Nuart One of the city’s most popular art festivals takes place between 12th and 15th April. New street art, from some of Europe’s leading artists, will be adorning walls and buildings across the city centre. It’s a festival for everybody; unlike traditional galleries, where some people don’t feel they belong, there’s no sense of exclusivity or a barrier to enjoyment. We’ll miss seeing last year’s works, especially around the Green, but we’re anticipating some great new pieces. Check the website for a host of special events.


Initial approval for new facilities at Foresterhill Work on the £163 million project to deliver the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre in 2021, in Aberdeen, took a major step forwards on 1 February 2018. The NHS Grampian Board approved the outline business case for the two facilities, a

significant milestone that will allow the project to be formally considered later this month. The new facilities will help modernise patient care and facilities at the Foresterhill Health Campus, which is Europe’s biggest healthcare site.

(L-R): Back: Rafik Dalioui, Julia Smith (Children 1st), Shonah Raffan (Strategic Resources), Michelle Frost (JDRF), Mya Wickham Front: Agness Lai, Joseph Lai

Aberdeen firm raises £5,000 for charities Staff from Strategic Resources have continued celebrations to mark the firm’s 30th year in business with a special prizegiving ceremony at Gilcomstoun School, Skene Street. More than 100 primary pupils were invited to take part in an art competition, entitled ‘When I grow

up I want to be…’ and tasked with creating a picture that represented their chosen career or profession. There were prizes for the best entries and money was donated to the school. £5,000 has been raised to date and will be split evenly between Archway, Children 1st and JDRF.

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rdoe House Hotel and Spa has a new head chef, Alan Clark. That said, Alan’s no stranger to the kitchen at Ardoe having worked there previously as Sous Chef, before heading to the Three Chimneys on Skye. Alan explained, “I am delighted to be back at Ardoe. Our new ownership brings exciting opportunities for sourcing and production across our food offering, Blairs Restaurant, Soapies Brasserie and the Drawing Room not to mention our meetings, banqueting and weddings.

“Whether it is dinner, Sunday lunch or afternoon tea, our menus are designed to showcase the best of local ingredients and seasonality with flair and passion. Our fish is landed at Peterhead and our meat comes from Royal Warrant Holder Sheridan’s of Ballater. As a team, we love working with great ingredients to produce dishes designed to delight our customers.” South Deeside Road, AB12 5YP Tel: 01224 860600



hen people think of Japanese food, the first thought that usually comes to mind is the stereotypical sushi. This isn’t hugely surprising, as sushi is one of Japan’s flagship cultural exports; however there is a lot more to Japanese cuisine, which is naturally nutritious, and based around superfresh, seasonal products. High street chains have done much to popularise a sushi culture, making it the poster boy of Japanese cuisine. But does that mean it’s the only authentic style out there? John Jones, director and head chef of Yatai - a casual Japanese restaurant in Aberdeen, has an interesting viewpoint on that age old culinary debate of what is deemed “authentic”. The word itself? We all know that it means genuine, real and true. When applied to food however, that definition can become blurred. John explains: ‘Let’s start with our own, infamous cuisine here in Scotland.

‘Haggis is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with unwanted bits of sheep, oatmeal, onions and lots of black pepper. There is no proof of where it came from food historians have different ideas of origin; some that it came from England in the 14th century, others that it was from Roman times. ‘To my mind, when it comes to authenticity, everything is constantly changing. No chef will intentionally make the same dish in exactly the same way as another chef making the same style of food, otherwise there is no point in having your own restaurant.’ John has been cooking Japanese food for nearly 20 years now. He always tries to follow the Japanese cuisine traditions of eat fresh, eat seasonal and eat local, with Yatai growing a lot of their own produce. John said: ‘As I see it, it is not the actual ingredients that make Japanese food “authentic”, but the philosophy behind it, and this is what I try to stay true to.’

WIN WIN a bottle of exclusive craft gin


ow would you like to win a bottle of exclusive craft gin - Twin River’s Naked Gin - from the authentically Scottish, Twin River Distillery? Based in Royal Deeside, Twin River is one of just four Scottish distilleries to produce the base spirit for its gin entirely onsite, making it an exclusive grain-to-glass producer. At 43% ABV, Naked Gin is made with Deeside Water and several botanicals including juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, pink grapefruit and rose root. It’s best served with a wedge of lime or pink

grapefruit and FeverTree Tonic. To enter, go to and answer this question:

Twin River Distillery is a grain to .... producer? A. Bar B. Barrel C. Glass If you aren’t lucky enough to win a bottle of Twin River’s Naked Gin, you can purchase it from Inverurie Whisky Shop or Aberdeen Whisky Shop. Or why not try it out at Dusk Bar and Soul Bar?



ee Thom is known for her financial foresight, but it’s doubtful that even she could have predicted how VT Wealth Management has grown since inception in March 2016. The business, growing by over 200% in terms of new clients and Funds Under Management, is entering its third year.

scheduled to open this summer in Fraserburgh which will serve clients across North East Aberdeenshire.

The company’s bespoke, face-to face-professional approach across a range of excellent financial products and services that includes investments, inheritance tax planning and retirement planning, is based on building strong client relationships.

VT Wealth Management is a Partner Practice of St James’s Place Wealth Management.

Now the company is expanding with two new faces and a second office,

Financial Adviser Steven McKay, and Practice Manager Margaret Waldron joined Carole Bruce, Business Development Manager and Vee, in the business in January 2018.

St James’s Place House, 3 Queens Gate, Aberdeen, AB15 5YL Tel: 01224 202427 Mob: 07799545753 Email:


Aberdeen digital media business wins USA gold award

Former Aberdeen charity boss launches new business venture A North-east entrepreneur has re-invented herself after leaving behind a successful career in the corporate world, to launch a new venture that will support fellow professionals achieve their full potential. Karen Arthur – The Coach, specialises in positive mind coaching, business mentoring and leadership development services for companies and individuals across the UK and internationally. Karen is the former chief executive of Aberdeen-based charity Inspire PTL, where she led a team of more than 500 people for seven years.

Aberdeen-based digital media production company SIGNAL2NOISE have kick-started the year with a celebration after winning a Gold Award at the Aurora Awards in the USA, for the second year in a row. The Edradour-Glenlivet Trailer was created for oil and gas

An incredible £70,000 raised and donated in AABi’s first year!

operator TOTAL E&P UK and uses a cinematic style to combine photo-realistic 3D models of subsea infrastructure with real-world environments, with the story being told by key members of the TOTAL project team.

The Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABi), has raised an incredible £70,000 of funding donated to 45 different charities and causes. In addition, AABi has also donated over 1,250 of volunteering time to numerous charities across the City and Shire, including AAB staff being involved in 10 different education/mentoring programmes. The volunteering time is carried out by AAB staff who are all given volunteer leave each year.

Morag joins the Mal


berdeen’s Malmaison Hotel has a new General Manager. Morag Stark has a long association with Aberdeen, having studied Home Economics here. Her career in hotel management has taken her all over Scotland and even to New York’s Cornell University when she was awarded a Master Inn Holder’s Scholarship to their intensive general management programme. When she’s not mentoring her young and highly talented management team at the Mal, Morag can be found out running with Jog Scotland Kintore and

is training for this year’s London Marathon, where she will be fundraising for the Army Benevolent Fund. The charity is dear to her heart as her son is in the army. She’s also the Vice President of the Kintore, Kemnay and District Rotary Club and is currently looking forward to November when the Malmaison will be celebrating ten years as the city’s most stylish hotel. 49-53 Queen’s Road AB15 4YP Tel: 01224 507097




eff Burns, who set up the company with Ivor Smith (and Bill Duncan – now retired) back in 1999, says, ‘Magic is all about making the impossible possible. As magicians, we start off by thinking - what is impossible to do… and how can we make that happen? ’ ‘That gives us a clear goal to work towards and we start on a creative process to achieve that outcome, working collaboratively both within Fifth Dimension and with trusted consultants’. Ivor Smith added, ‘In business, we are all faced with challenges that might seem impossible. So how do we overcome them? It’s not enough to simply employ some positive thinking. We can do better than that; we can be better than that. ‘High-performing teams all have

key attributes: being clear about what they want to achieve, encouraging innovation, realising that leadership is a behaviour not a position, having open internal and external communication, and celebrating success.’ Jeff continued, ‘They also dream big. I’m sure Elon Musk’s latest incredible PR stunt of sending a Tesla car into space was exactly that type of dream. ‘I can imagine the brain storming session: “Let’s send a car into space!” “That’s impossible!”. “I know… but if it was possible, how could we do it?” ‘These global innovators are using the same strategies from the same toolbox we use as magicians to achieve their goals.’ In workshops with companies held around the world, Fifth Dimension’s presenters use their skills and magical expertise to inspire people to think differently, raise performance, and develop their own possible impossibilities. A recent client commented that Fifth Dimension, “used their impressive communication and magic skills to effectively engage the teams, and help us deliver record-breaking performance in efficiency and safety’. Like Tesla… watch this space! For further details, email: or visit


Banchory Lodge awarded 4-star status by Visit Scotland

New Captain for Moxy Aberdeen Thanks to an investment of over £1.2million, Banchory Lodge has been awarded 4-star status by VisitScotland. In their report, the judges highlighted the friendly service, refurbishment and quality of the food. At the same time VisitScotland confirmed The Lodge would also receive a ‘Taste Our Best’ award which recognises the hotel’s commitment to sourcing and promoting Scottish produce. The hotel was also dubbed one of the UK’s top restaurants with a view last year.

Six Degrees of Scotland VisitScotland has created a six degrees of separation style film map linking Best Actor and Actress Oscar nominees with film locations across the country. In Six Degrees of Scotland, each actor links to the next by a film they have appeared

in together, until the chain reaches the Scottish film. The map links Denzel Washington (who is nominated for his portrayal in Roman J Israel, Esq) to the 2016 version of Whisky Galore which was filmed at Portsoy, Aberdeenshire.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport has appointed Colin Gunn as its new Captain, the brand’s twist on the general manager position. Gunn joins Marriott’s playful and edgy, millennialfocused boutique hotel brand at Aberdeen Airport. Aberdeen was the first UK Moxy hotel to be opened back in December 2016. 

Aberdeen’s Skene House Whitehall invests in apartment refurbishment

Full steam ahead for The Platform The Platform in Macduff has achieved a prestigious 5-star Tourist Shop award from VisitScotland at its first ever grading visit. What was once a railway station has now been renovated into a fantastic shopping destination, offering a wide selection of gifts, home furnishings and both men and women's clothing.The Platform also includes Annie’s Cakery café, which looks out over the bay and has recently received a Taste Our Best award for an emphasis on local produce.

Skene House has relaunched its Whitehall offering, following a £320,000 refurbishment programme, aimed at those seeking long-stay accommodation in the city. A total of 20 properties in Skene House Whitehall have been upgraded: 12 suites in the secluded Grosvenor Terrace have been fully upgraded and a further eight within the Esslemont Avenue and Whitehall Place properties refurbished.




win a stay at Edinburgh’s fabulous hotel du vin


ancy a short break in Edinburgh? Then we have just the thing! Our winner and their guest will enjoy an overnight stay in the capital’s marvellous Hotel du Vin, which boasts an unrivalled location just five minutes from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Each room in the hotel is named after a famous wine and features individual interior design. Our winner will stay in a studio suite, with VIP treatment, dinner to the value of £100 and breakfast in the morning. The studio suite is a spacious open plan room with a magnificently comfortable king sized bed, living area and en-suite bathroom with walk-in monsoon shower and a free-standing roll-top bath for relaxing. Dinner will be in the hotel’s beautiful French bistro, which is reminiscent of Paris in the late 30s. The focus is on fresh, tasty, well-made dishes full of depth and flavour. Start with a glass of champagne, then some sautéed mushrooms in a Madeira sauce on brioche toast, or a steaming bowl of fresh mussels, before moving on to the a satisfying cassoulet,

rose veal Holstein or even a Chateaubriand for two. Save some space for dessert or the bistro’s excellent cheese trolley. There’s also a traditional wine tasting room and spectacular cellar with over 350 wines, or you could try a dram or two in the whisky snug, with over 100 whiskies to choose from, or unwind with a Cohiba in the cigar bothy and courtyard. Round off your stay with a relaxed breakfast with your choice of freshly squeezed juices, cereals, pastries, fruit, natural yoghurts and crunchy granola. Or indulge in something hot perhaps some soft poached eggs, crispy bacon, succulent sausages, classic crêpes or kippers? The prize must be used by December 2018 and is not available in July and August. To enter, go to and answer this question:

How many wines does the hotel have in its cellars?

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH11 1EZ Tel: 0131 247 4900


If you’re looking for a short city break, then, until recently, Belfast probably wouldn’t have been the first place to come to mind.


ectarianism and miserable, shouty politicians don’t pull in the tourists. Luckily, Belfast has undergone a cultural transformation since the Peace Agreement and is now an optimistic, vibrant and welcoming city, surrounded by lush green countryside, natural wonders and some superb golf courses. It may not have Amsterdam’s wealth of art galleries and laid-back vibe, nor Paris’s high-end design districts and superficial romanticism, but Belfast offers some great hotels, amazing restaurants and interesting attractions. There are direct flights from Aberdeen International Airport to Belfast City, or, if you’re in the mood for a road trip, you can drive down to Cairnryan, then take a ferry across to either

Belfast or Larne. This can be more expensive than flying, but saves hiring a car if you intend exploring beyond the city. Many of the visitor attractions focus on the city’s past, with Crumlin Road Gaol now offering tours. Several of the guides are ex-prison warders, who tell entertaining and informative tales of suffragettes, executions, and the segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners. The gaol has a good coffee shop and restaurant, hosts live music and, in that darkly humorous Belfast fashion, you can even get married in prison. The Titanic Quarter has revitalised much of the city’s waterfront, with the Titanic Museum as its centrepiece. The displays include


a lot of material on Belfast life in the period the ship was built and you can also explore the SS Nomadic, a smaller Harland and Wolff built ship moored outside. St. George’s Market is a covered Victorian market now given over to food, antiques and crafts with lots of stalls providing on-the-go snacking. You’ll find everything from fish, game in season and cheeses, to hand-made jewellery, upcycled furniture, painting and sculpture. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and local musicians add to the atmosphere. Belfast Zoo is home to around 130 mostly endangered species, many of whom seem to have been selected for the comedy value of their names. The Pancake Tortoise, Eastern Bongo, Tawny Frogmouth, Red Titi, Superb Starling and Southern Screamer all sound like characters from Roald Dahl. That said, the Miniature Donkeys are so cute, you’ll want to bring one home. The city’s Botanic Gardens are perfect for a lazy meander amongst the planting in the palm house or in the surrounding parkland, though the Tropical Ravine is currently undergoing a rebuilding project. When it comes to food, Belfast is a carnivore’s delight, with many menus drawing heavily on locally produced bacon, ham, beef and potatoes. Try Edo, which, like many of the city’s best restaurants, features salt-aged beef and other meats from Peter Hannan. Holohan’s Pantry, The Muddler’s Club and Ginger Bistro are all highly rated, as are the city’s many Chinese and Indian restaurants. If you fancy a day trip, then try a walk up to Hare’s Gap in the Mountains of Mourne, followed by a stroll along Newcastle Beach. Or visit the Giant’s Causeway, then muster a bit of Dutch courage at Bushmills Distillery before taking the Carrick-a-Rede Coastal Walk and traversing the Rope Bridge. If you don’t fancy tackling quite so many stairs, then the Cultra Folk Museum offers an interesting step back into history. It’s pretty much like a live action version of a Victorian farm, with locals in period costume, demonstrations of traditional crafts, horse drawn carriages and old-fashioned shops. For modern shopping, Victoria Square and the Castle Court Centre offer plenty of choice.


nce upon a time, two friends bought an events company dedicated to bringing a little magic to weddings, parties, corporate and charity events. Two years later and Steph Lloyd and Jill Butler-Rennie have been delighting customers all over the North-east of Scotland with their creative approach, quickly gaining a reputation as the perfect event planners. Jill explained, ‘About 60% of our work is weddings and celebrations and the rest is corporate events. We work with each customer to create an individual look for their event. We offer everything from a full planning service, to simply hiring vases, linens and everything in between. We’ve done everything from a house party to celebrate a special birthday through to a dinner dance for more than a thousand people.

‘We are a one stop shop. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate event, it’s our job to make the whole occasion a pleasure for the organisers and guests alike. We take all the pressure and stress away. Sometimes people start with a fixed idea and we can help work out the best ways of achieving that. Others are just starting out on their planning journey and maybe only have a venue booked so it’s exciting to see how ideas, themes and colour schemes develop over time’. Steph added, ‘Our experience means that anything we can’t supply ourselves, we can source from reliable suppliers. We have the largest stock range of linens outside the central belt and, since the company began in 2008, we’ve helped plan around 2000 weddings and over 1700 corporate events.  

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‘Typically, a corporate client comes with a theme in mind and we deliver that look. We often deal with the events manager in those organisations, so they have a good grasp of how things work. We do a lot of work in the designing of centrepieces and props and understanding how different colour ways will work together. ‘For weddings it is slightly different. For many couples, this is their first experience of organising a large event and it can be daunting. There are so many details. When we meet a couple, our first job is to get an idea of their personality and style. We like to ask them for three words to help focus attention on how they want their wedding to look. Next, we create a Pinterest board for them. It’s an online mood board where we can all add pictures of our ideas. It makes it easier to visualise - a picture really does tell a thousand words. It's great when we are all on the same page with a shared vision. We know from the number of repeat corporate clients and positive feedback that this works.

Jill continued, ‘We tend not to stick to a certain style of event decor so we have to be on top of new trends and colour schemes. This takes a lot of research and creative flair to translate what we see in magazines and online in to 'real life' decor styles to suit all budgets. ‘Great events are about getting all the details right, so people can enjoy themselves. That's our aim whether it's a small private dinner, a wedding or anniversary celebration, a corporate dinner dance or a huge awards ceremony. We feel very honoured that our clients have trusted us to deliver what may be the most important day of their lives!’ Make sure your next event has that Fairytale touch! 70 Ardarroch Road AB24 5QS Tel: 01224 639937


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Lochter Beer Festival is back for its third year Beer at the Barn Lochter, is being held on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April at the Lochter Activity Centre near Inverurie and just a mile from Oldmeldrum. The mini-festival will feature beers, ciders, gins, rum and prosecco from a host of Scottish and nationwide breweries and distilleries. Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased from

AECC scoops top award at tourism oscars The 25th Scottish Thistle Awards National Final - Scottish tourism’s premier awards ceremony - took place mid-March with a winner from Aberdeen. Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre was crowned the best in Scotland at Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars, primarily for hosting the Alzheimer’s Research UK conference, the largest dementia research conference in the UK, delivering insight into new technologies metabolic factors of dementia and new drug discovery.

Strictly comes Local raft to the AECC race afloat Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date tour. Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess. Tickets are limited with a matinee and evening performance at the BHGE arena at the AECC on Sat 12 May only.

once more The Kemnay to Inverurie raft race, formerly known as the Garioch Lions raft race, is back with a splash this year on 3 June, after last year’s event was cancelled as a result of Storm Frank damage. The first race took place in 1979 and each year since the race has been run between Kembhill Park and the old Don bridge in Inverurie. Organiser Jim Souter would like anyone who is interested to get in touch, all funds raised go to kidney and cancer research at Aberdeen Universities Hospital Trust. Call Jim on 07929 011023.


There’s ‘snow’ place like home Beat the winter blues and race for life Women in Aberdeen are being urged to make the most of the lighter evenings and mornings by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 5k or 10k events at King’s Links on Sunday 10 June. Every day, 87 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland. By signing up to Race for Life, women in Aberdeen will make a real difference, as money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives. Being regularly active also has long-term health benefits, as research shows that even moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. To enter Race for Life today visit or call 0300 123 0770.

Ski-Scotland Chair Andy Meldrum (centre) with a group of Scottish skiers at Glencoe The Scottish Snowsports Marketing Group (SSMG) has been awarded £30,000 from VisitScotland to help promote Scotland as a destination of choice for skiing and snowboarding. The year-long digital drive will

utilise video and social media channels to reach snowsports enthusiasts from areas of England, Northern Ireland and the Central Belt who travel overseas for their annual ski or snowboarding holiday.

Sessions returns to Hazlehead Park Sessions Festival returns to Aberdeen for the third year, from 3 – 5 August and this year Sunday is a Family Fun Day. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are headlining on Friday night and the Tiki Bar and Prosecco van are at the ready! The organisers are offering early bird tickets at a reduced price for a limited time only, go to and enter an exclusive code (SESHSALE18) to receive your ticket (max. of 10 per person).

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Time in Tempo is not wasted Tempo in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord has reopened with The Archie Foundation as its new charity partner. Tempo, has become a popular city centre location with more than 60,000 people visiting since its opening. It operates under the unique concept of charging visitors for their time rather than for what they consume, with prices starting at just 10p per minute.

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Spring’s here. It’s time to head out into the great outdoors.

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If you think back to your own childhood, it probably involved exploring, riding your bike and playing outdoors away from the watchful gaze of your parents.


ll too often, today’s children don’t have the freedom to play outside unsupervised, because we fear for their safety. The joys of fishing in a stream using a lump of bread and some string, building a den, playing tennis against a wall, or just rolling down a hill till you feel dizzy, are lost.

The season starts around the end of May and the water is heated to a comfortable 29oC. There’s a paddling pool for small children, a chute, sessions with inflatables and even some midnight disco swims, which would appeal to teenagers. The sun terraces and Splash café are popular with parents too.

Yet playing outside is important. It allows kids to develop independence, to discover new skills and make lasting friendships, as well as getting a bit mucky and gathering an impressive collection of dirt and grazes. Without the chance to go outside, we make nature an alien place, we raise children with little awareness of danger, or the ability to reason independently. Since the 1970s, children’s roaming areas have been reduced by 95%, according to Natural England, who also note that those without access to nature often suffer a greater incidence of depression and mental health issues.

Inland offers plenty of forest walks on land owned by the Forestry Commission or the National Trust for Scotland, which also offers a programme of activities led by the rangers over the summer months. These are often free or inexpensive, but need to be booked in advance. Crathes Castle, near Banchory, offers a range of laid out trails that take from thirty minutes to three hours to cover and which make for an interesting family walk. There’s also a playground, café and gift shop as well as the castle and worldrenowned gardens, or, for the adventurous, Go Ape offers a screamingly fun time on the zip wires.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways for kids to get out and about without causing parental anxiety.

How about golf? It’s a great way to let the kids roam more freely in a safe environment? Golf Aberdeen manage the four public courses, MacKenzie Championship Course, Hazlehead Pines, Balnagask and Kings Links. Seasonal memberships and payas-you-play options are available.

First up, Aberdeenshire and the city have over 200km of coastline with some magnificent beaches. Some are often deserted and offer plenty of opportunities for gathering shells, guddling about in rock pools, netting small creatures and playing games. Balmedie offers dunes and golden sand, Cruden Bay is popular and Aberdeen Beach offers the chance to walk along the sand, then head to Queens Links for some food in the cafés and child-friendly restaurants, or a trip to the funfair. Further south, Lunan Bay is great for flying a kite or having a picnic. The café also offers a welcoming haven if the weather turns. If going for a paddle at the beach seems a little chilly, try Stonehaven’s Olympic-sized heated open air pool.

Many private golf clubs welcome junior members at reasonable rates. Peterculter Golf Club, for example, has family membership packages and several family fun golf days planned over the next few months. You can find out more at Park life also has it’s attractions for youngsters. There are nine parks in the city alone and most towns have a park or green space for kids to run around in, use the play equipment of just have some fun.

Graeme Gordon, Manny Araujo, Jamie Airnes, Kirsty Airnes

Jack McNeill, Scott Farquarson, Louise MacKay, Brogan Leiper, Tamsin Morgan Daniella Gardiner, Calum Gullen, Lewis Dyce

Melanie Overton, Simon Overton

Chester Charity Dinner Bob McDonald, Sue Ruszka, Lindsey MacDonald, Jon Ruszka

Peter Bruce, Fiona Bruce

WHO: More than 80 diners enjoyed an evening of culinary excellence when Gleneagles head chef Simon Attridge and his team joined The Chester Hotel team to collaborate on a five-course gastronomic feast.

Graeme Cornwell, Tracie Watson

WHAT: Diners could watch the chefs at work in The Chester’s theatre kitchen. More than £19,000 was raised for the Friends of The Special Nursery at Aberdeen’s Neo Natal unit. WHERE: The Chester Hotel

Pam Gardiner, Steve Gardiner Claire Raper, Mark Raper

Graham Wood, Kevin Dalglish, Simon Attridge, Gillian Wood

Gary Walker, Susan Walker, Martin Allan, Yvonne Allan, Susan Kerr, Neil Kerr

Anna Walker, Mike Mair, Lynn Ross

Karen McLean, Nikki Brown

Claire Anderson, Russell Anderson

Silver Darling Relaunch Arron Finnie, Sarah Finnie, Sarah Masson, Gareth Masson Joan Murray, Fraser Currie

WHO: Over a hundred guests lifted their cocktail glasses in a toast to the launch of the new look Silver Darling restaurant.

Helen Chalmers, Helen Robertson

WHAT: Manchester-based singer Cole Page got the evening underway with a swing, as did the House of Elrick Gin and Dark Matter Rum cocktails. The guests also enjoyed delicious canapes from the restaurant’s new food menu which features a mix of seafood and meat dishes.

Annie McLeish, Jamie McLeish

WHERE: The Silver Darling

Mike Cormack, Pauline Cormack

Debbie Krukowski, Frank Krukowski

Karen Johnston, Findlay Johnston

Julia Bryce, Rachel Elder

Dominic Milne, Amy Simpson, Martin Simpson, Andrew Clouston


I’ve always been artistic and following on from school, I went to Aberdeen College to do a HND in Graphic Design.


then got a proper job working in a variety of positions including Senior Artworker and later as a Marketing Co-ordinator. As well as working full time, I had a family to look after at home along with my husband. My daughter is now 13 and in second year at secondary school and my son is 10 and in Primary 6. Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to get back into painting and joined an art class at Art on the Green in Udny Green. Two and a half hours of heaven on a Saturday morning - I loved it! As well as painting, there’s always a bit of chatting over a cup of tea and cake. The friends I have made in the class and the support that we give each other helped me to make the decision to pursue my art seriously last year. Catriona Yates Art was launched in March 2017. My work is an exploration of colour, texture and design through a variety of styles. It features animals, birds, plants, Art Deco, Art Nouveau or anything that catches my eye!  I work from my home studio in Kingswells. My desk sits under the window to give me plenty of daylight and I also have a lamp for working in the evenings. Usually I work with my painting flat, especially for watercolour, and I have a desk easel for larger acrylic paintings. In the corner I also have my computer, perfect for updating my social media and answering customer emails. 

From the initial spark of an idea I generally sketch the idea quickly and then gather reference material together. I use tracing paper to work through ideas and layouts for my more illustrative work and then the final design is transferred onto the watercolour paper ready for inking up. Once this has been completed, the colour is added using watercolour. If I’m using acrylic then I go from the initial sketch straight to painting. I enjoy using a wide range of techniques. My inspiration can come from a colour, an animal, photograph or artistic style such as Art Deco or a combination of them all. I’m also inspired by fellow artists, some of my favourites are Anita Inverarity, Ruth Taylor, Jackie Morris, Nikki Monaghan, Louise Rawlings, Audrey Kawasaki, and Este MacLeod. I’ll be taking part in North East Open Studios (NEOS) again this year at Delgatie Castle near Turriff. The castle provides a stunning backdrop for all the makers (16 in total last year) to show off their creations. Other events are still to be finalized and will be added to my website once they’re confirmed. It’s the design element in my work that makes it special. The design is very important and is often the aspect of the painting that is resolved first, and then the painting techniques and media are combined to produce the finished image. I enjoy working on commissions, whether it’s an original painting or a special hanging heart for a loved one. CatrionaYatesArt





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12 MUSIC SHOW ULTRA BALLROOM BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN Learn to dance and raise money for Cancer Research UK.Tickets from £20.


VEGAN FESTIVAL PITTODRIE STADIUM, ABERDEEN Tuck into some tofu at the Aberdeen Vegan Festival at Pitoddrie


FAMILY WEE TALES ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM Fun, interactive storytelling sessions for the whole family.

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FAMILY EASTER MINI-FEST WOODEND BARN, BANCHORY Great Easter fun for kids at the Barn Arts Centre Mini-Fest

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SPORT OPEN GARDEN GRANDHOME ESTATE Open Garden Day at Grandhome Estate in aid of Scotland’s Garden Scheme and Children 1st. Gates open at 2pm.

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BOOGIE IN THE MUSEUM ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM Boogie at the Museum for dementia sufferers from 4.30pm. Free. SHOW


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SHOW DISNEY ON ICE AECC, ABERDEEN Disney on Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment comes to the AECC with characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and, naturally, Frozen. Warm up at the Fit to Dance pre-show party. Tickets from £20.





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hen you meet the petite Taelor Shand, you can hardly believe she likes nothing better than living life in the fast lane. To be precise, that involves driving at great speed in her chosen hobby of circuit racing. Taelor has been rising through the ranks since she started competing at the tail end of the 2015 season. ‘I took part in the last two rounds of the Scottish Mini Cooper championship at Knockhill in Fife,’ she says, ‘and by the end of the 2016 season, I was ladies’ champion.’ So how did she get the racing bug in what is still a male-dominated sport? ‘You can blame my dad, Alan, for getting me started. He phoned one day to say he had bought me a Mini Cooper. He’s a man who really loves his cars and his pride and joy is an Audi R8. As for myself, when I was a pupil of the Gordon Schools in Huntly, I loved all-action sports such as gymnastics, horse riding, slalom skiing and quad biking. However, I never imagined how far my racing hobby would take me.’ Last year, Taelor drove under the Minimax banner, but is now driving a JCW Mini Cooper, having teamed up with Suffolk-based Excelr8 Motorsport. At this point in our conversation in a coffee shop in Aberdeen’s Union Street where traffic whizzes by at 10mph, my eyes glaze over as she explains what makes her new car so good, ‘It has an extra 265 bhp, a sequential gearbox and the diff with the slicks.’ Eh? Three more questions stick out as we speak. One is the obvious one of there being a dearth

of women drivers and is there hostility from the menfolk? ‘Not really,’ says Taelor. ‘The beauty of motorsport is that no matter what gender you are, you are all equal once that helmet is on.’ Secondly, is it not a hobby fraught with danger? ‘I don’t think of it in that way,’ she adds, ‘once you are racing, you are totally focused on the job in hand.’ Thirdly, how can you possibly afford what could be costing you £50,000 a year to compete? ‘My Dad contributes a lot of my funding, but securing sponsorship means I can compete for the whole season. In addition to her link with Excelr 8 Motorsport, Taelor has secured support from Lokring (Northern), which makes a mechanical cold weld for heavy industries and MES who provide electrical solutions to the power sector. Also on board for the third year running is East West Flooring, and new backer Pressure Test Solutions. When she’s not on the track, Taelor’s in her final year of an honours degree in business management and human resources at Robert Gordon University. Her priority is to do well enough to go on to do a Masters degree. Meanwhile, with spring in the air, there’s a spring in her step as Taelor continues to reach for the stars. If you want to be part of the Shand experience, contact her at taelor. By doing so, you can help her reach her next goal, to compete in the British touring car championship. It’s all a far cry from Huntly and, who knows, next stop could be Top Gear.



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ancy seeing something new? Son of a Preacher Man is an entertaining new musical, choreographed and directed by Craig Revel-Horwood that runs from 19-23 June. The Preacher Man was a Soho café in the sixties, where the owner dispensed romantic advice to lovelorn teenagers. Now his son meets three random strangers all in need of help with their hopeless love lives. Will true love prevail? With a score filled with glorious Dusty Springfield songs, we certainly hope so!

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here are some lucky people out there. Our competition winners from last time were: Sandra Paterson and Samantha Hendry who will both be heading to His Majesty’s Theatre with a friend to see a hilarious performance of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Edith Scott and Marie Devlin will be hoping for a summer heatwave so they can make the most of their lovely new Devon round eight seater picnic benches from Cordiners. Lastly, Joyce Tease will be visiting Rebecca Carr’s salon where she and a friend will enjoy a Thank Fusio It’s Friday package, including treatment, blow dry and a goody bag.



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The Silver Darling has reopened following a major renovation, designed by award-winning architects, Nicoll Russell Studios. The much-loved restaurant has upgraded its dining area, and included a bespoke glass installation created by local artist Shelagh Swanson, featuring images of the neighbouring fishing village of Footdee and its people. Now owned by The McGinty’s Group, The Silver Darling also welcomes a new head chef Craig Somers, and a new seafood-influenced menu with more meat dishes, complemented by a well-balanced wine list and cocktail menu.

Following the success of last year’s Taste of Grampian with James Martin, the team behind Scotland’s largest one-day festival have announced that he will return for 2018. It was also confirmed that wine writer, columnist and TV personality Susy Atkins will also return to the show to head up the wine tasting sessions. The event will take place on Saturday 2 June, and new for 2018 will be a Brewdog Masterclass, showcasing several of their craft beers.  

Commonwealth dream comes true for Izzy Isabella (Izzy) Tolometti will be fulfilling her lifelong dream in two months’ time when she takes part in this year’s Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast of Australia 4 - 15 April. The 18 year-old Robert Gordon University student has been selected for the national artistic gymnastics team, and is one of only four female gymnasts to be selected for Team Scotland.

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