varicose veins at the Aberdeen Clinic
“I am overjoyed with the results. All the unsightly veins have gone and I no longer feel self-conscious wearing shorts.”
atient experiences like this are now common after modern minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins but were unheard of just a few years ago when treatment was limited to surgery and support stockings Between 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 adults in the UK have varicose veins. They are more common with certain conditions and almost half of all pregnant women will develop varicose veins. Varicose veins can cause your legs to ache and interfere with the things that you enjoy doing like running and exercise in general. For many the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins can also look unsightly and make you feel self-conscious about baring your legs during the summer months. Mr. Stuart Suttie, Consultant at the Aberdeen Clinic says ‘Varicose veins are amongst the commonest reasons patients come to see me. We are able to treat varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques such
as radiofrequency ablation and ultrasound guided injection of foam. These techniques have revolutionised the recovery from varicose vein treatment.’ Despite the fact that so many people have varicose veins they receive little in the way of medical attention due to many NHS organisations now only treating the 10% of cases which would be regarded as medically significant i.e. skin changes and signs of chronic venous insufficiency. The multi-disciplinary team at the Aberdeen Clinic is expert at helping patients select the optimal treatment for their varicose veins. After a one stop assessment your Consultant will discuss the results of your scan and tailor a treatment plan specifically for you. You can then benefit from a walk-in-walk-out treatment delivered by your specialist consultant at the Aberdeen Clinic. As a result varicose vein problems can be a thing of the past after a simple cost effective out-patient procedure.
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Boho bliss: festival fashion 30 Fashion edit: Shades of Coral 36 Men’s style preview: key trends for Autumn/Winter 40
FOOD & DRINK
Meet the head chef at Maryculter House Hotel 42 Trend tries: The Carriage at Ballater 44 Craig Wilson helps you avoid food waste 49
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Win family tickets to Disney on Ice 52 Win afternoon tea at Norwood Hall 75 A relaxed weekend in Perthshire 78 Enjoy Scotland’s Gardens Scheme 82 Peter Mitchell has the Last Word with David Gillanders 94
HEALTH & BEAUTY
20 Visit the new Float Room at Urban Wellness 28 Brows: Shanay Taylor has the perfect angle
ART, CULTURE & KIDS
75 Win tickets to Cabaret at HMT 88 Discover the Hamlet Collective 84 Party planning 91 Win a pass to Aberdeen International Comedy Festival
HOMES & GARDENS
58 New Nordic: serene natural style 62 Kirsty McLeod’s guide to autumn colours
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EDITOR Welcome to our August and September issue of Trend. We’re hoping for an Indian Summer of warm, hazy days that stretch into October’s mellow mists and dry rustling leaves. This time of year is about embracing the opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family. Bring back the family picnic, have a garden party or just give the barbecue another outing or two. With NEOS and the Comedy Festival, there’s plenty to lift your spirits. Spend a day visiting some of the North-east’s most talented artists and designermakers in their own studios and workshops from Johnshaven to the Moray Coast, poke around some superb gardens that open under the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, or catch some great live stand up at venues across the city. Unlikely as it seems, Christmas is already on our radar here at Trend! We have three festive events already on the calendar, so it’s worth booking early. First up, we have our afternoon Christmas Fayre at the Marcliffe on 10 November, which always gets the season off to a great start.
Then it’s off to Edinburgh on our special shopping coach on 13 November. Grab a couple of friends and have a fun day getting your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop, whether you’re heading for Jenners or the galleries and little boutiques of Stockbridge. Lastly, we’re back at the Marcliffe on 29 November for Bubbles and Baubles, a three-course lunch with a glass of fizz on arrival and a goody bag to take home. Still, let’s not think about Christmas quite yet. Instead, let’s make the most of the summer. Head out to explore the hills, wander round some castle ruins, visit a museum, read in the park. Stroll the beaches or treat yourself to lunch at a new café. That’s the thing about living here. There’s so much to do, so much to see, that we often overlook our superb natural setting and the attractions of both Aberdeen and the Shire’s towns and villages. Make the most of living here! Love Everyone at Trend x
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he move is just the first phase of a three part project which will see the development of a state-of-the-art private health centre with unrivalled access to top GPs, specialists and equipment. The new facilities will also see ROC expand its Occupational and Private Medical services, including the establishment of a cutting edge diagnostic Centre.
Expanding to bring the best in private healthcare After 5 years of operating in North-east Scotland, ROC Private Clinic has relocated to an 11,800 square foot premises within the Westhill Business Park.
With the first phase completed, ROC has doubled its existing consulting and investigative premises which will enable the company’s staff to offer an enhanced range of diagnostic and imaging services on site. ROC’s Chief Executive, Dr Cristina Romete commented, ‘Once the development is complete, ROC Clinic Aberdeen will offer the latest technology, speed of service, transparency and cross-speciality collaboration, combining the best of our Harley Street practice with the best of Scotland’s Healthcare. ‘For those wishing to travel outside Scotland in search of clinical excellence and superior service,
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ROC will give you the world class Private Care you deserve. For those companies looking for a new fresh model of delivering Corporate and Occupational Healthcare, ROC will give you the satisfaction of Simplicity, Excellence and Responsiveness you’ve been searching for.’ This month also sees the ROC VIP Care Programme being launched, which is available to individuals and families as well as companies. This exclusive service is led by Dr Cristina Romete, who has been nominated as Top UK Doctor by Spears 500 for the past 2 years. Her experience in looking after high net worth individuals for the past 12 years, from ROC’s office in Harley Street London and internationally is invaluable when it comes to the best of personalised care.
The new facility will work towards the establishment of four centres of excellence focused on women, men, children and Corporate/Occupational Health. With a strong focus on high quality rapid access GP consultations and investigations, ROC shall continue to deliver its services with passion and outmost care throughout this project.
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come to your senses
rom the moment we enter this world, our senses are bombarded – one minute nothing, and then bright lights, prodding hands, excited shrieks and a whole host of strange odours. And the barrage just carries on as we move through our lives in a constant stream of frenzied distractions, each with its own unique sensory fingerprint, until at some point we do not even realise it is happening. But what would it be like if you could just push the pause button and return to the muffled silence of the womb? Recently, I was able to find out. The Urban Wellness Hub in Bridge of Don has opened Scotland’s only purpose-built float room. If you have never heard of such a thing, it is a fullyenclosed space that has been specifically designed to give your body a break from the constant stimulation of your environment. With a base of around 300 millimetres of heavily salted water to support you, it is your one chance to feel totally weightless without escaping gravity. Add the fact that the water and surrounding air are maintained at body temperature, and that the tank is sealed to prevent light penetration, and you have an opportunity to experience something truly unique. If you are new to floating, it is recommended that you try three separate sessions before deciding whether it is for you, and that is exactly what I did. The first time in, I was happy to learn that there are soft lights
and music for several minutes, as this seemed like a gentler way to ease in to the nothingness to come. Still, when the nothingness came, I did experience some uneasiness, but it quickly passed and I settled into some sort of calm. Ironically, the brain is so programmed to process senses that I spent much of that hour focused on the one sound I couldn’t escape – my heartbeat. My second session went more smoothly – I blocked out my heartbeat and focused on the amazing sensation of weightlessness. Only in water can you truly straighten your spine and relax your neck, and it is the most physically restful state I could imagine. By the third session, the novelty had worn off – I was ready for the plunge into darkness, my mind embraced the sensory silence, the hour passed in seconds, and I came out of the float feeling like I’d had a full night’s sleep. And then I understood why people get hooked. Floating can offer relief from a wide range of conditions like stress, pain, insomnia and anxiety. It has even led some to deep creative inspiration, on par with a psychedelic experience. Whatever your ultimate outcome, I think that everyone can benefit from a sensory vacation.
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‘My clients love Dermapen painless micro-needling. It encourages the skin’s natural healing capabilities while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. It’s more effective than fillers.’ Martina is known for her passion for smooth, healthy glowing skin, combined with constant research and training in the latest techniques. What’s really impressive, however, is the result she achieves. The New Lanterns, Garioch Road, Inverurie, AB51 4RQ Tel: 07885 760084 aestheticbeautyinverurie
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hether you’re 16 or 66, there’s no reason to have misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment is no longer a matter of a mouth full of shiny metal, as dentist Julie Rafferty explained, ‘At Andrew Scott Dental, we offer removable clear plastic aligner braces and fixed tooth-coloured braces for realignment of anterior teeth. Teeth that have previously been rotated, crowded or angled, or too far apart can be corrected, sometimes in just a few months. ‘Andrew Scott Dental Care offers a free assessment and private orthodontic treatment for those aged sixteen or over. There’s no upper limit provided the teeth and gums are healthy. Some people have their
childhood treatments redone after a relapse. It’s such a boost to selfconfidence. Some clients describe it as life-changing. ‘We use computer technology to design the braces and assess the treatment requirements. We can even use intraoral scanners instead of having to take impressions, which some people find uncomfortable’. Orthodontic treatment costs between £1300 and £3500 depending on the complexity of treatment. 0% finance may be available. 15A Victoria Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1XB Tel: 01224 806700 andrewscottdental.co.uk
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B Words by Shanay Taylor
rows have dominated and defined facial makeup over the last few years with thicker, more natural, but groomed brows being essential to looking younger. Luckily, there’s now a great selection of products and professional services to help you get brows that flatter and frame your face. Start by having your brows shaped professionally. Threading is painless while waxing will remove even the tiniest stray hair. Even dark brows will benefit from the added definition offered by tinting. It only takes a few minutes, but can take a decade off your face. HD Brows give a very defined look which works well if you normally wear a dramatic look, or are appearing in Hollyoaks, but may overpower a make-up free face, making it look a little harsh. Try Soap Brow, an amazing product which will not only fluff up your brows but also defines your face and makes your eyes stand out too. The gel texture makes it really easy to use and it comes in a cute little tin! Leading make-up artists such as James Molloy swear by it. (£12, WestBarnCo.com) Brow Boost is a must have if you’re looking to grow out your brows. It is enriched with vitamins to help nurture
and protect the hair by transforming thin eyebrows into fluffed up lion mane brows. Better yet, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty free and hand-made. (£29, WestBarnCo.com). Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade is great because there are eleven shades to choose from, so there’s almost bound to be one that matches your brows. It’s a little pot of cream-based pomade that’s really easy to apply to give a lightly groomed and natural look. You can also build it up to create a fuller, bolder brow. (£19, cultbeauty.co.uk) Of the major brands, Benefit have long been known for their brow products, even offering a great brow bar in Debenhams in the Trinity Centre. Try their Gimme Brow fibre gel. The tinted eyebrow gel is perfect for covering up sparse spots and will help you create a more defined brow without it looking too harsh. The tiny bristles on the stick are designed to pick out even the lightest and tiniest hairs on the skin providing fuller looking eye brows and holding them in place all day and night. (£21.50, benefitcosmetics.com). Now you just need to learn to raise an eyebrow in a quizzical manner and you’re all set.
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his summer sees a lot of coral in the shops. It’s a universally flattering shade, bringing warmth to pale skins and complementing darker tones. It’s one of those shades that pops up in the summer, then fades away as the nights draw in. Have a little splurge on a few pieces to update your wardrobe, but don’t make it a major investment. A couple of t-shirts, sandals, a boho cotton scarf or casual tote and you’re set for summer. Combine it with a cool mint green for an instant feel-good vibe. Here are our favourite pieces…
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JANUARY BRINGS THE MENSWEAR CATWALK SHOWS TO LONDON, NEW YORK, PARIS AND MILAN, BUT SOMETIMES IT’S DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW FASHION APPARENTLY DESIGNED IN THE HOPE OF GAINING COLUMN INCHES WILL TRANSLATE TO THE STYLISH SCOTTISH CHAP’S WARDROBE IN SEPTEMBER.
fter all, the number of occasions one can wear Moschino’s patent leather peaked caps or J.W Anderson’s men’s bloomers is somewhat limited in most walks of life. That said, there were plenty of ideas worth stealing... Possibly the most successful look of the season came from Dunhill and Kris Van Assche’s first show at Berluti. Both featured outfits where a single shade dominated from head to foot, with rich leathers, wool and textures to the forefront. It’s a look that’s both dramatic and refined, lengthening the silhouette and creating an appearance of luxury. Berluti used a rich, deep brown, while Dunhill set off a charcoal grey ensemble with a brown cummerbund type belt which was surprisingly effective. In either case, it’s a look that needs a lot of shopping time to pull together. Dunhill and Berluti both championed the return of the immaculately cut double breasted overcoat and jacket, paired, in Berluti’s case with motocross style leather trousers or slim trousers with ankle zips at the front. Neither option appeared convincing. Elsewhere, designers seemed to have decided that suits should be available in all colours of the rainbow. These are strong shades, rather than the ice-cream colours of the 80s and Miami Vice. The darker greens and blues might work well in a modern office, but neon yellow may not bring that hoped for promotion.
Knitwear is an autumn essential, but Pringle of Scotland seems to have rather lost their way this season, with masculine twin-sets in an Argyll check and giant logo scarves – always a sign that a designer has run out of ideas. Look instead to Loewe’s bright and bold stripes or buy local at Johnstone’s of Elgin, who have some excellent cashmere. Loewe also went big on oversized pieces, layering and padding, teamed, somewhat impractically, with shorts. There was very little denim on show, but we doubt that jeans will suddenly go out of style. Perhaps look for black or grey slim cut styles to remain on point. Hermès had perhaps the most covetable and achievable looks of the season, combining a dark blue palette with supple leather, twill and wool for a wholly masculine, yet younger take on tailoring. A sublime burgundy leather jeans jacket, geometric knitwear, slim suiting and an absolutely gorgeous leather and wool parka were all easy to wear and looked – unlike some other shows – like the designers actually understood how men want to dress. Assuming that you are somewhat disinclined to splash out the price of a small car on one jacket, look for midnight blues, browns, charcoal greys in slim cut styles with key pieces in leather or wool, offset with splashes of strong dark colours in knitwear and accessories when you hit the shops.
ALAN CLARKE, MARYCULTER HOUSE At 28, Alan Clarke is the head chef at Maryculter House Hotel, having worked his way up via kitchens in Cullen, Edinburgh, Skye and Aberdeen. When he’s not in the kitchen Alan enjoys eating out and spending time with his partner Sarah in their new home, as well as getting to grips with the garden. ‘We’re always planning ahead and are currently working on new dishes for our autumn menus. We like to feature the best of each season’s produce. The whole team has a real passion for service and commitment to our guests’ needs. Our suppliers - big and small - really push themselves to offer and showcase what Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has to offer’. South Deeside Road, Maryculter, Aberdeen AB12 5GB Tel: 01224 732124 maryculterhouse.com
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Grace’s Highland Beef Cheeks (serves 4)
Our beef comes from Grace Noble at Aberdeenshire Highland Beef, so this dish is named in her honour. At Maryculter House, we serve the beef cheeks with Highland beef rump and Jacob’s ladder short rib. It comes with caramelised onion puree, shallot rings, Yorkshire pudding, fondant potatoes and wilted greens. Here’s a simplified version of the beef cheeks recipe to try at home. You’ll need to allow about five hours, so it’s one for the weekend. Six or eight cheeks will serve four people with your choice of vegetables and roast or boiled potatoes. Yorkshire puddings are a must, though!
Pre-heat the oven to 160oC. Cut each cheek up into four. Season with Maldon rock salt. Lightly oil a frying pan. Add the meat and sear completely at a moderate heat, then remove the beef. Take about 300g of a mix of carrots, leeks, garlic, white onion and celery. Leave the skins on and roughly chop. Add to the pan and cook on a high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously. Tip into a roasting tin. Take around 500ml of red wine and deglaze the pan, again at a moderate heat. Turn up the heat and to reduce down to a third of the original volume. Lightly scrape the pan, removing any liquid or leftover meat and vegetables. Add to the beef cheeks in the roasting tin. Cover with cold water, add thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Put a lid on or cover with greaseproof paper and tinfoil. Put in the oven for 3 hours. Remove and strain off liquid and set aside. Discard the vegetables. Roll the meat into sausage shape logs, chill for 1 hour and then coat in flour, egg and then breadcrumbs. Deep fry in oil. Take the cooking liquid from the beef cheek and reduce down to 500ml, add 100 ml of full bodied red wine and allow to simmer. Once reduced, set aside. Serve the fried beef cheeks with the warm red wine sauce and your choice of vegetables.
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Your Carriage awaits As you approach The Carriage in Ballater, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the fresh green and white wooden frontage of the rebuilt Ballater railway station.
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nside the leather banquettes, the Royal Waiting Room, reproduction posters for the railway era and station platform all nostalgically recreate the feeling of a bygone era. The Carriage is now a café, tearoom and bistro serving everything from a barista coffee and homemade scone Wednesday to Sunday, to lovingly created plates of very accomplished food as a bistro three evenings a week. We headed there on a beautiful Thursday evening with great anticipation. The bistro evenings are held on the platform, with seating at tables and the comfy red leather banquettes, which come complete with overhead luggage racks. The menu features mouthwatering classics such as smoked salmon, fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding, but I went for the crispy squid with chorizo, rocket and tomato and my friend chose
the grilled goats cheese with shredded beetroot and chicory, orange and honey dressing. My squid was so light and crispy and paired perfectly with the salty chorizo; while my friend was very impressed with the heights to which the often maligned goats cheese had been taken to with the contrasting tastes and textures. Mains were no less impressive with a confit duck leg falling off the bone into a bed of puy lentils, black pudding and Savoy cabbage, while my friend’s Caesar salad with smoked salmon was pronounced one of best she’d ever had, and she has put years of effort into this quest! We finished off by sharing a fabulously lemony lemon posset with raspberry sorbet and toasted oats and pronounced the meal a resounding success, culminating in a beautiful drive home.
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ook a table at Rothesay Rooms in Ballater and not only will you be delighted by the food, lovingly prepared and presented by Executive Chef Ross Cochrane, but you’ll be participating in a unique charitable project. The restaurant was opened by The Prince’s Foundation in 2016 as part of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ efforts to help Ballater regain its footing following the
damage to commerce, employment and tourism in the village caused by Storm Frank in 2015. Ross is passionate about local, organic produce and diners can expect to see seasonal, Scottish ingredients on the lunch, dinner and tasting menus. Since opening, the restaurant has won the North-east of Scotland Restaurant of the Year three years in a row and
been in the Michelin Guide since 2017. The restaurant also offers Sunday lunch, and if you fancy holding your own event, Rothesay Rooms is also available for exclusive hire, or private dining for up to 12 people. Rothesay Rooms 3 Netherley Place, Ballater AB35 5QE Tel: 01339 753816 rothesay-rooms.co.uk
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at on the Green’s renowned chef owner, Craig Wilson, has been working with Food Waste Scotland to help cut food waste. Here, he shares his top tips… In Aberdeen, the shire and Moray, we dump over 46,000 tonnes of food waste in the North-east each year, adding to climate change and methane gas emissions from landfill. That’s £440 each household is literally chucking away each year. Think of what else you could spend it on! Planning your weekly menus and sticking to your shopping list can save time, money and the planet. Don’t be tempted by bigger packs as you’ll end up throwing the contents away. Use a butcher or fishmonger when you can, and buy loose fruit and veg, or smaller packs. Keep it in the fridge and it’ll last up to two weeks longer.
Ingredients 50ml Porter's Gin 25ml Lemon juice 12.5ml Simple syrup 7.5ml Braemble Gin Liqueur A classic cocktail created by the late Dick Bradsell in 1984, the Bramble is a firm favourite within the cocktail world combining gin and blackberry liqueur for this summery thirst quencher. orchidaberdeen.com
Richard Young, Diane Young, Jenny Watson, Graham Watson
Alison Johannesen, Jacqueline Elliott
Bill Gray, June Gray, Anita Martin, Roddy Martin
Charity Gin Tasting Event Gary Queen, Callum Queen (son)
WHO: Gary Queen raising awareness for Regain, a charity 'supporting British men and women who have become paralysed through a sports injury' - rugby players , horse riders, skiers etc.
Kimberley Ferris, Yulia Oag
WHAT: Charity Gin Tasting Evening, hosted by Gary and supported by five local gin companies. The event was a great success with over 62 people attending enjoying local gins, food and the opportunity to win fabulous raffle prizes. WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa www.justgiving.com/fundraising/garyqueen66
Fiona Lestrange, Sara Ritchie
Dean Stott, Frances Race, Euan Imrie
Sarah Howlett, Dominic Howlett
Chrysanthe Munn, Nazli Demiroren
Ed Bullen, Pete Law, Zoe Gell, Lorenzo Dutto, Kieron Mccallion
TeamStacey SKN Electrical Gemma Dalgarno, Diane Hendry, Hendry
Rebecca Cheyne, Holly Ashton, Federica Monacelli, Michelle Eastcroft
Jodie Gillies, Tracy Sheard, Sheila Smith, Sian Odgers
Fizz Fiesta Lisa Matheson, Liz Horgan, Hilary Leigh
WHO: Maggie’s Aberdeen - offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.
Nancy Murray, Marleen Simpson, Kate Dowie
WHAT: A Mexican-themed fundraising afternoon for all at the Maggie’s Aberdeen which had been transformed for the day into a Mexican venue with pinatas, sombreros, cacti and much more. Vital funds of £6,716 were raised through ticket and raffle sales, cocktail bar donations and additional games.
Alison Sellar, Susie Clark
WHERE: Maggie’s Aberdeen
Kerry Thomson, Loraine Paterson, Shona Duncan
Lynda Hay, Lesley Foote
Jennifer Reith, Susan Darling, Angela, Kelsey Smart
Jill Garden, Leigh Cox, Angela Alexander
WIN Win a family ticket to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Disney On Ice is bringing a new show celebrating 100 years of Disney Magic to Aberdeen and we have two family tickets up for grabs. Each family ticket admits two adults and two children. This sensationally charming ice extravaganza features over 50 unforgettable Disney characters, led by Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the spirited Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Many of your favourite Disney Princesses including Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana will be appearing.
To celebrate this fantastic tour, we’re giving away two family tickets to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
What’s the name of the snowman in Frozen? The show runs from 31 October to 3 November at Aberdeen’s P&J Live Arena. For more information and to book tickets visit disneyonice.co.uk
Jack Wills opens new Bon Accord store
John Lewis launches personal styling hub
Top British fashion retailer, Jack Wills, has opened a new store in Bon Accord shopping centre, Aberdeen, having agreed a long-term lease. Jack Wills have taken occupancy of a 4,400 sq.ft. store in the heart of Bon Accord which opened in June. Jack Wills joins Bon Accord’s existing range of top fashion retailers, including Next, Topshop, River Island, New Look, Kurt Geiger, Jigsaw, Hobbs and Karen Millen. The fashion outlet joins Deichmann, Subway and Elegance Hair & Beauty in opening stores in the centre in 2019.
John Lewis & Partners Aberdeen has launched a brand new personal styling hub “The Style Studio”. Four personal stylist partners will offer customers complimentary appointments and daily fashion and style talks, offering advice on need-to-know topics. Customers can pre-book or drop in for instant advice. Pre-booked appointments are up to two hours, and you can choose from Wardrobe Refresh, Holiday, Workwear, Special Occasion and the Perfect Pair of Jeans. johnlewis.com
CALA receives top industry award CALA Homes (North) has been recognised for its dedication to customer care, winning the Outstanding Customer Service honour at the Trades Awards 2019. The award acknowledges CALA’s work in the property industry across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, alongside tradespeople from across the North-east for their talents and dedication to the trades.
Aberdeen food charity creates over 850,000 meals Fareshare Grampian has saved a record 365 tonnes of fresh, in date surplus food from waste by diverting it to people in need - an 11 percent increase on the year before. The food charity takes surplus food from the food industry that can’t be sold in shops, either because of packaging errors or a short shelf life, and redistributes it to frontline charities and community groups. The Aberdeen depot, which is run by partner charity CFINE, serves a network of 194 organisations across the region, including school breakfast clubs, domestic violence refuges, older people’s lunch clubs, food banks and hospices.
Kit your baby out with Percy + Pip Percy + Pip is a one stop online lifestyle shop specialising in affordable, modern babywares for the little people in your lives, including storage, dinnerware, lighting and toys. Owner Sarah is a mum of two, and understands how costly being a parent can be, so she has combined her passion for contemporary home style with baby trends at reasonable prices, and there are frequent sale posts too. There’s a free collection service in Aberdeen. percyandpip.com
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ew Nordic is a very considered look that takes patience to achieve, but reflects the Scandinavian aesthetic of simply living beautifully in beautifully simple interiors. Everything is about clean lines and pared back minimalism. It’s about choosing well, selecting furniture and accessories that use natural materials, great design and will never look outdated or fail to bring pleasure. There’s no room for anything extraneous, no frills, fringes or fripperies, yet it’s not austere or uncomfortable. Instead, richness comes from the beauty of wood and the rich sea-tones of aqua and blue. Think of it as mindful decorating!
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Teamwork is key to Papillon’s stunning garden designs
roducing a garden that inspires and excites takes a team of experts, working to a comprehensive plan, time and dedication. It is the attention to detail and intricate design that brings a garden to life, creating a space to be lived in and loved by its owners.
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ith over 40 products to help with lots of different problems, from dealing with irritable skin and itchy scalps, to natural sun care products and a Baby Range for the little ones, MooGoo is the go-to skincare brand for all the family. We think you’ll also love their Dusty Girls collection - a natural range of vegan-friendly, mineral makeup designed for women of all ages and skin types. Their products offer a healthy alternative to traditional cosmetics. MooGoo is available at the following branches of Charles Michies: 391 Union Street, Aberdeen, Rosemount, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk. Dusty Girls is available at Union Street & Stonehaven. michies.co.uk
APL member, Papillon, which specialises in Garden Design and Landscaping, aims to ‘wow’ its clients by creating extraordinary designs that are practical and extend from the design of the house and blend into the surrounding environment. Papillon’s team of specialists beaver away in the background, as each project is carefully brought to life by the construction team. The garden design is, however, the crucial thread that holds each project together. It’s at the design stage that all phases of the garden must be thought through, from the lifestyle of the owner and the aspect of the
TOP TIP: Combat exposure to wind by using stylish wind-breaking features or shelters. space, to the construction process, the environment and options for materials. Soft landscaping, plant design, furniture and ornaments should also be planned carefully to create the perfect outdoor space.
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It’s hard to think of autumn and winter when we are still in the throes of summer but if you want to have that extra layer of colour late into the season, it’s well worth the planning. You have enormous choice where autumn is concerned with so many trees and shrubs providing blazing red and oranges as their leaves turn but I’ve concentrated here on a mix of flower and berry interest and then added in more compact species of trees suitable for smaller gardens (3-4m high at maturity) and of course some climbers of particular winter interest. There is lots more to choose from but here are my top tips to provide a mixture of evergreen interest along with berry, flower and even scent!
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BEST TIMES TO PLANT ARE IN OCTOBER WHEN THE GROUND IS STILL WARM BUT WE ARE MOVING INTO WETTER CONDITIONS, OR IN SPRING WHEN THE FROSTS HAVE PASSED. PREPARING THE PLANTING HOLE WITH A MIX OF BLOOD, FISH AND BONE FERTILISER WILL HELP YOUR PLANTS, SHRUBS AND TREES GET A GOOD START.
Autumn Trees Acers Palmatum such as ‘Blood good’ and ‘Osakazuki’ both grow to approximately 4m depending on how much they like their position and conditions and can be pruned to shape quite well as long as you don’t overdo it! • Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ • Liquidambar styraciflua • Rhus typhina
Shrubs • Callicarpa bodinieri • Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ • Leycesteria formosa • Enkianthus • Sambucus nigra • Viburnum opulus • Viburnum plicatum • Nandina domestica (evergreen and only suitable for sheltered conditions)
Perennials & Bulbs • • • • • •
Asters Sedum spectabile Rudbeckia Autumn crocuses Colchicum Nerine Cyclamen
Late flowering roses Choose repeat-flowering varieties. Keep dead-heading and feed with rose fertiliser spring and summer to give them energy to keep flowering.
Climbers • Parthenocissus tricuspidata • Parthenocissus henryana • Pyracantha
Winter Flowers, Shrubs & Bulbs • Hellebores • Viburnum tinus (evergreen) • Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ • Skimmia rubella (evergreen) • Skimmia magic marlot (evergreen) • Skimmia confusa (evergreen) • Daphne bholua • Osmanthus burkwoodii (evergreen) • Sarcococca (evergreen) • Mahonia aquifolium (evergreen) • Euonymus fortunei gaiety or Emerald ‘n’ Gold or Blondy (evergreen) • Winter heathers (evergreen) • Winter pansies • Crocus • Snowdrops • Winter aconite
Climbers & Wall shrubs • Lonicera purpusii • Pyracantha (evergreen) • Chaenomeles superba & speciosa • Jasminum nudiflorum (Evergreen stems) • Clematis armandii (evergreen - only suitable for sheltered conditions) • Trachelospermum jasminoides (evergreen only suitable for sheltered conditions) • Hedera helix and other evergreen ivies (evergreen)
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Prunus subhirtella autumnalis Hamamelis x intermedia Cotoneaster cornubii Prunus serrula (for its copper, peeling bark)
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AberNecessities help children put their best foot forward
Thistle Alterations is all change
Throughout the summer holidays, customers at Bob & Lulu’s, Ashley Road and Street Stompers at Berryden, can make a financial donation towards the cost of a pair of school shoes for someone in need. The shoe shops have paired up with local charity AberNeccessities to launch the fundraising project which it is hoped will ensure families finding it hard to cover the costs of kitting out their youngsters receive a much-needed helping hand.
After 12½ years on Chapel Street, Codrina Duma has decide to hang up her sewing needles and take a break. She has successfully built up a thriving business on the prime site doing much more than just alterations. She goes over and above the normal to make sure each of her clients is made to feel special and no job is too challenging or too much trouble. Codrina and her husband Tony have decided it’s time to move on and take some well-deserved time off. If anyone is interested in buying the business as a going concern or the premises, then please contact her directly on 07807959059 or email@example.com
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We’ve styled over 2200 weddings since 2008 so we know a thing or two about getting the best from your big day décor! We have put together our top tips to make sure your fairytale has a happy ending:
Don’t just set a budget, prioritise your budget. Whether its flowers, decor, food or live entertainment, understanding what your ‘must have’ is early on will make the decision-making process a lot easier down the line.
Pick words to describe your dream look. This can be anything, sophisticated, classic, retro, Disney. A good venue dresser will just run with it! As we always say, your wedding, your way.
Trust the professionals! You may only do it once, but we are working on 3-4 weddings s week during high season. If they tell you something can’t be done or there’s a better way, listen.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Maya Angelou said ‘people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ So don’t have sleepless nights over shades of pink sashes, don’t overspend on something you saw on Pinterest. Create a fabulous atmosphere fill with laughs, fun and love and everyone will be talking about your wedding for years to come!
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Linton & Mac up for three awards
The popular Aberdeen salon are jubilant after hearing that they are finalists in not one but three categories in this year’s Most Wanted awards, hosted by industry magazine Creative HEAD. Linton & Mac will be going to the Printworks in London on 2 September to compete for the Best Local Salon, Business Thinker (Jennifer Linton & Joanne MacDonald), and Colour Expert (Sarah Black) awards. Sarah and Jennifer are also shortlisted for this year’s Most Wanted IT LIST, a competition for British hairdressers under 30.
Picture of the eGroup board of management (L-R): Scott Duguid, Christopher Noble, Neil McDonald, Linzie McDonald and Alan Little
eGroup makes senior appointments A leading provider of integrated services to the construction and oil and gas industries, eGroup, has strengthened its senior management team with the promotion of several key figures. Based at Midmill Industrial Estate, Kintore, the company recently re-branded following the amalgamation of four separate divisions – eBlast, eClad, eFab (formerly RIM Fabrication) and eTest (formerly CSD Scotland).
CLAN gets six-figure grant funding
Love Touring Expo pitches up in Aberdeen Scotland’s newest caravan and motorhome show is coming to the North-east’s brand new event complex and arena P&J Live. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend Love Touring Expo over the weekend of October 25-27 which will showcase the latest caravans, motorhomes and campervans from all the major brands, offering an exclusive first chance to see the new models for 2020. An accessory superstore and trade stands will sell all the latest gadgets and gizmos, from cooking equipment and awnings to furniture and portable TVs - many of which are not available locally.
Wet Wet Wet to be first again Following on from their UK Spring Tour, Wet Wet Wet have announced a six date Scottish tour, which kicks off at P&J Live. Wet Wet Wet were the first band to play at AECC in 1990, and will be the first to play in Hall C at the brand new event venue and arena, P&J Live. Wet Wet Wet including Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell and Kevin Simm will play to crowds in the North-east on Saturday 2 November.
CLAN has received £293,973 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Grants for Improving Lives Programme. The grant will fund work done by the children and families team in across the North-east, supporting children and their families where they are affected by a parent, grandparent or friend who has cancer. The picture shows ‘Worry Munchers’ - children write or draw their fears and put them into the Worry Muncher, to help start discussion about feelings and worries.
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The ROSEN cycle team members as they reach the finishing line in Aberdeen.
a pair of tickets to cabaret at hmt ‘If You Don’t Pedal, You Don’t Go Forward’
ompanies up and down the country are well-versed in the art of the charity 10K run or Tough Mudder challenge. A popular and effective way to raise money, these events are also seen as key team building exercises. But what do you do when your teams work nearly 300 miles apart...?
Earlier this year, the ROSEN Group, a leading provider of cutting-edge integrity solutions, applied its problem-solving skills to this conundrum. The result? A longdistance charity bike ride, which saw participants from the company’s Aberdeen and Newcastle offices cycling from one to the other over one weekend. In aid of local charity, Charlie House, ten ROSEN colleagues (accompanied by their dedicated support team) donned their cycling gear and headed north from Newcastle via Alnwick, Kelso, Edinburgh and Braemar before arriving in Aberdeen on 1 July. Intrepid team member and ROSEN Aberdeen’s Technical Manager Bryn Roberts commented, ‘Whilst active
in the city for many years, ROSEN’s dedicated Aberdeen office opened in 2018. We are in constant contact with our colleagues in Newcastle and beyond, but rail travel is our usual mode of transport! ‘This challenge has allowed us to connect with colleagues on a different level; one which will have a profound impact upon our daily business relationships whilst raising funds.’ Kirsty Walker, Charlie House fundraising co-ordinator, says, ‘It is wonderful to see such thought go into a corporate team fundraising idea, which ties in two offices at opposite ends of the country. The cycle challenge for both offices is an example of great team-work, collaboration and determination. ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank the ROSEN team for their support and commend them on this physically gruelling challenge. The money raised from this will go on to support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, and their families, in North-east Scotland.’
ife is a cabaret, old chum. The show-stopping musical Cabaret comes to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre from 12-16 November and we have two pairs of tickets up for grabs. The iconic character Sally Bowles is played by Kara Lily Hayworth, taking on the role made famous on screen by Liza Minelli. Kara is fresh from her starring role in Cilla the West End musical. The setting is 1931 and Berlin is a haven of divine decadence at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. EastEnders favourite, John
Partridge, takes the role of Emcee, while veteran star Anita Harris also stars in the lavish production. The show features amazing choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs including ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’, and ‘Cabaret’. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
Who starred as Sally Bowles in the film Cabaret?
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Tickets | ÂŁ60 Enjoy a fun day out shopping, lunching and getting into the Christmas spirit with friends on our luxury coach. Receive a glass of fizz on arrival at Malmaison Aberdeen, followed by a take-away breakfast bacon roll and coffee for your departure - leaving Aberdeen at 8am and returning from Edinburgh at 6pm.
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A fabulous fashion show from the North-east’s finest fashion houses, champagne reception and two-course lunch. TICKETS | £40
Come along to our Christmas Fayre for the quintessential festive experience. Peruse some of the finest Christmas stalls in the North-east.
Come with friends or family to this fun Christmas party afternoon. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, with a 3 course lunch and a Christmas goodie bag.
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Come and enjoy a fabulous two-course lunch with a glass of fizz on arrival, a goodie bag and much more. Enjoy a fabulous fashion show from some of Aberdeen’s best loved stores.
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Enjoy an elegant afternoon in a beautiful venue wearing your finest attire. Champagne reception followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea.
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Come along with your husbands, partners and friends to our Midsummer Ball. A champagne reception will be followed by a 3 course dinner and fabulous entertainment.
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erthshire offers the perfect destination when you just want a couple of care-free days away, without any fuss or the difficulty of finding your passport. Just chuck an overnight bag into the boot of the car and head down the A90. Take a meandering tour and hit all the highlights, whether it’s sports, shopping or scenery, over a weekend.
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Head off at the A94 Glamis junction and start your trip with breakfast in Blairgowrie. The Cateran café offer great all day breakfasts and you can then have a quick wander
down the Cateran Trail. This is a 64 mile circular walking trail, so don’t get carried away. Next stop is Dunkeld, a pretty cathedral town set in some splendid scenery. Take a walk to the Hermitage, Ossian’s Hall or the Tay Forest Park - home to some of Perthshire’s most voracious midges - or just potter around the centre.
reaches of Schiehallion, though a visit to Eradour or Blair Atholl Distillery or the clothing department and the excellent food hall at The House of Bruar may prove more immediately rewarding. Summer visitors should check out the programme at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Don’t miss the Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully on the route to Aberfeldy.
Lunch means Pitlochry. The area abounds in blood-soaked history, with Blair Atholl Castle, the Pass of Killiecrankie and the barren expanse of Rannoch Moor. The energetic might fancy a stroll up the lower
Aberfeldy is worth a stop, as it offers and abundance of delightful little galleries and craft shops. Artisanand on Bank Street always has some interesting pieces and The Watermill is charming.
Head for Perth for the day. Scone Palace often has interesting events and Branklyn Gardens is great for keen gardeners or those in search of some contemplative space. If you need to stretch your legs, or walk off all the treats you bought in Crieff, then Kinnoul Hill offers a rewarding panorama at the top. The racecourse can be fun while there’s a good selection of specialist shops if you could use some retail therapy. The Fergusson Gallery, Frames and the Jardine Gallery are all worth a visit, while the Glenalmond Tweed Company has a great range of goods made from Harris Tweed. A visit to the Black Watch Castle and Museum at Balhousie Castle is a must. The castle brings this colourful Highland regiment’s history to life, through artefacts, personal stories and interactive displays. There’s a gift shop and the café does light lunches and a tasty afternoon tea. The grounds are worth a wander too. Time for dinner before the drive home. Try Chatni Fine Indian Dining on the High Street. It’s worth the drive by itself and you’ll return home happy and contented.
house of bruar killiecrankie scone palace
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Suitably refreshed and replenished, have a wander through Crieff, popping into Lagom Felt Studio to admire the crafts, or pick up some traditional sweets for the journey at Gordon & Durward, home of soor plooms and retro sugar mice. If you’re feeling festive, Crieff also has a Christmas Shop.
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If you’re planning well ahead, treat yourself to an overnight stay at Gleneagles and feast on what’s regarded as one of the best breakfasts in Scotland. Golf also needs to be booked in advance, but this is one of the finest courses in Scotland. Non-golfers may prefer to spend a few hours in the amazing spa facilities.
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If you’re beginning to think about dinner, then Crieff offers something to suit every taste. Yann’s and Barley Bree both come highly recommended. Crieff Hydro and Cromlix are both nearby, or there are lots of boutique B&Bs around.
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or the past 37 years, the Wallace Practice has built an enviable reputation for highly skilled physiotherapy coupled with Pilates and selected complementary therapies. Now the practice has moved to new premises at Seafield Road which offers even more advanced facilities for both musculo-skeletal rehabilitation and well-being. Jeff Wallace explained, ‘Over the years our service has developed considerably, and we now have nine chartered physiotherapists, all with considerable experience in their particular specialities. To complement our physiotherapy, we work with a traditional acupuncturist, a podiatrist and a sports masseur.
‘We’ve always been focused on offering the highest quality patient care given promptly, efficiently and in confidence, with sympathetic attention to individual needs. ‘Our new home at Seafield Road offers four private consultation rooms, a dedicated Pilates studio and a rehabilitation gym. Currently we offer over 30 Pilates classes per week which provide a comprehensive progressive system of physio-taught Pilates from beginners through intermediate and advanced classes. We also have specialised Pilates classes for runners and cyclists. We expect to add yoga and tai chi classes this autumn and plan to develop neurological rehab and osteo-arthritic knee classes later in the year.
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WIN a champagne afternoon tea for four at Macdonald Norwood Hall
eâ€™ve teamed up with the Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an indulgent, yet elegant, champagne afternoon tea for four in the stately surroundings of this charming hotel. Our lucky winner and three guests will enjoy a selection of freshly-made, finger-sized sandwiches, followed by scones with jam and clotted cream and a variety of pastries and cakes, all served traditionally on tiered cake stands. In addition to a choice of tea or coffee, guests may enjoy the added special touch of a glass of champagne. Built in 1881, Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel sits within the grounds of the 15th century Pitfodels Castle.
The elegant property hosts 73 luxury bedrooms surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery and enjoys a tranquil location within easy reach of the city centre. As Aberdeenâ€™s country house in the city, the hotel caters for weddings all year round and is ideal for leisure or business guests with state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities within walking distance. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
How many bedrooms does Macdonald Norwood Hall offer? Prize is subject to availability and must be used with 6 months.
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB15 9FX Tel: 01224 868951 macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/scotland/ aberdeen/macdonald-norwood-hall-hotel.
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Pick up some planting ideas
f you’re a keen gardener or just looking for ideas for your own space, why not visit some of the North-east’s best private gardens over the summer? Scotland’s Gardens Scheme sees around a dozen of city and shire’s most beautiful gardens, as well as similar numbers in Angus and Dundee and Moray open for charity over the summer months. You could choose a few and make a day of it. The Scotland’s Garden’s Scheme supports over 250 different charities. 60% of the visitors’ entry fees goes to a charity of the owner’s choice while the remaining 40% is distributed to three charities. The 2019 beneficiaries are Maggie’s Cancer Centres, The Queen’s Nursing Institute of Scotland and Perennial - a small specialist charity which helps anyone who professionally makes or looks after gardens, sports grounds, woodlands and other green spaces, in times of crisis or difficulty.
Some gardens open on selected weekends, when the garden is at its best. There are often teas and refreshments on offer, particularly in the larger private gardens. Some gardens also sell plants in aid of their chosen charities, so you could come home with a lot more than just some new ideas.. It’s fascinating to have a poke around other people’s gardens, and a constant source of inspiration. Some gardens are only open by appointment, but you will be made very welcome. It’s a great chance to see what plants work well together and to pick up some expert advice and insider tips from the owners. It’s a good idea to take a notepad or use your phone to take pictures of plants you like and note down those pesky Latin names. You’ll find full listings on the scheme’s website at Scotlandsgardens.org, but here are a few of our favourites…
near Kirriemuir DD8 4SA 8, 22 August, 5, 19 September, 2pm - 5pm Admission £3.00, children free Iain Nelson’s sloping terraced garden in the Angus Glens is designed to be a garden for all seasons. Half is dominated by bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas, meconopsis and clematis. The other half mainly later summer bulbs, herbaceous plants and roses. There is also a rockery/ scree and fernery. Check website for directions as many SatNavs will lead you astray.
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Angus Plant Sale, DD8 5PN 7 September 2-5pm Admission £3, children free Visit the gardens and pick up some plants from an interesting selection, sourced from private gardens and donated by local nurseries. You can also visit the Herbalist’s Garden until the end of August by appointment.
Culdrain, Gartly, Huntly AB54 4PY By arrangement 1 January - 31 December Admission £4.00, children free Judith McPhun opens her cottage garden by arrangement only and there’s always something of interest. This informal garden nestles by the river Bogie and includes a wide variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, an orchard area and fruit and vegetable plots, making a garden of year-round interest.
Danestone, Aberdeen AB22 8AR By arrangement until the end of October Visit this 18th century walled garden in Aberdeen. The rose garden was replanted in 2010 and the policies abound with daffodils, tulips, rhododendrons, azaleas, mature trees and shrubs.
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Easter Ord, Skene, Westhill AB32 6SQ By arrangement till 25 August Admission £4 children free Catherine Fowler has created a one-acre mature cottage garden with year-round interest. Her use of garden rooms is striking and there’s a fruit garden, large herbaceous borders, lawn areas, small wildlife pond, vegetable garden and mini orchard with wild flowers. Lots of ideas worth stealing.
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KID’S PARTIES USED TO BE STRAIGHTFORWARD AFFAIRS WITH SILLY GAMES, ICE-CREAM AND JELLY AND ENOUGH CAKE TO MAKE SEVERAL CHILDREN SICK.
ow, parents can be overly competitive, children sometimes have unrealistic expectations and parents are often left unsure about who – if anyone – will show up because so few people bother to RSVP. Parties for small children are often more about the parents, as we have few memories before the age of five. If your kid can’t even talk yet, they really don’t need a visit from a real live unicorn and a balloon modeller. Keep it simple with messy activities, singing and dancing and lots of finger food. Consider hiring a local hall or room at a community centre if you’re worried someone may scribble on your Picasso. It’s cheap and there’s plenty of room to run round. Some can provide catering if there’s a café on site. Soft play centres offer a variety of party packages and these always work well for children up till the age of six or so. Themed dress-up parties work well, whether it's Disney princesses or pirates, especially if you theme games and activities to match. Hiring a bouncy castle is another sure-fire winner, especially if it comes with music and adults can have a shot too. Keep in mind that many children may be prevented from attending if parents perceive that the event is expensive, so don’t ask for expensive gifts or
plan something hugely extravagant. Your child just wants to have a good time with their friends, not make people feel awkward. Keep it simple and low key. There are plenty of entertaining and inexpensive ideas for activities and games on the internet. If a DIY approach seems overly time consuming, or you’re not a fountain of cheap and cheerful games and creative ideas, then you can always outsource the project to one of the many local businesses that cater for various themed parties. Jump In Trampoline Park at Altens offer a brilliant time complete with food, while girls from 8-13 might fancy a pamper party at a local salon. Several offer this service. Aberdeen Snowsports are a good option for active kids. Artificial slope skiing and snowboarding are popular and lessons can be arranged. Tubing is great fun and inexpensive at £6 per person for an hour. Similarly, Transitions Extreme’s climbing wall, bike high ropes, and skateboard park make for an action-packed birthday party with 90 minutes of tuition costing £90 for six children and party food being available at extra cost. Go Ape at Crathes Castle offers the chance to whizz through the trees on zip wires, while smaller siblings will enjoy the wooden adventure playground. Sleepovers are great for children aged 8-12 or so, particularly if you order pizza and make a blanket fort. If the weather allows, try a garden campfire with sausages cooked on sticks, toasted marshmallows and spooky stories. Younger teenaged boys, in particular, may enjoy a supervised overnight camping trip, complete with popup tents and challenges such as making bridges, white water rafting or a survival skills session. It’s probably too much to expect them to forage for dinner, so a food run to the nearest take away will stave off the possibility of a Lord of the Flies scenario developing. Teenagers may prefer activities for a smaller group, such as a trip to the cinema and dinner with their friends, without adults present except as taxi drivers. Above all, remember that is about everybody having a good time and that needn’t cost a fortune.
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Trend’s St Margaret’s Afternoon Tea School for Girls Garden Party Reunion WHO: More than 180 ladies donned their finery, hats and all at Trend's Afternoon Tea Garden WHO: Party inThe aid2019 of Theannual Archiereunion Foundation. for St Margaret’s School WHAT: wereontreated to delicious for GirlsGuests took place Saturday June 1. The school cocktails from Orchid and Porters Gin, while Fifth was delighted to welcome back more than 40 Dimension provided a fabulous magic show. former pupils and staff, with a particularly large group of former pupils from There the class of 1989 Entertainment provided by Right their anniversary. Production's Dancelebrating Greavey got the30th ladies on their feet and a dazzling fashion show featuring Hobbs, Karen Millen, Coast, Jigsaw and Phase EightWHAT: showcased their latest collections. Miss Anna Tomlinson, Head Teacher, welcomed WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa visitors back to the school before senior pupils led tours round the school. Some of the guests had not been back to the school for many years and were delighted to visit old haunts and see new classrooms in the science teaching block.
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Mhairi Miller, Nancy Urquhart, Georgie Parker
WHERE: St Margaret’s School for Girls, Albyn Place, Aberdeen
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Graeme Burnett, Laura Burnett, Lynne Burnett, Craig Burnett
Ray Riddoch, Claire Riddoch, Yvonne Clark, Sandy Clark
Karen Reilly, Joanna Robertson, Alison Milne, Fiona Kozak
Russell Anderson Foundation Dinner
Ella Duncan, Gordon Pirie, Natalie Pirie, Georgia Hepburn
WHO: The Russell Anderson Foundation Gloria Officer, Amy Thomson, Wendy Stephen, Alyson Rankin
Iain Dougary, Emma Dougary, Tracy Thomson, Billy Thomson
WHAT: The annual fundraising event had a Midsummerâ€™s night theme as 300 guests enjoyed an evening of dinner, entertainment and dancing to raise funds for the former Aberdeen captainâ€™s foundation. The event was hosted by the popular Alex Fleming with entertainment provided by Tom Cross, the Soul Kings and Slinky.
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WHERE: The Chester Hotel
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It is often said that jazz is dead. But for those who truly understand the genre, that statement is an oxymoron. Born in the early 1920’s with the popularity of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, jazz is arguably the most vibrant musical genre out there.
The mistake some people make is to assume that jazz is a steadfast genre, with unwavering rules and prescribed rhythms. In reality, jazz is as much about improvisation and impromptu instrument solos as it is about trying to sound like any version that came before it. In fact, if you hear a song performed live ten different times, you are sure to hear ten different versions. Which means this is not a genre for the faint-hearted, and it is reassuring when young musicians choose to follow its path.
Hamlet is an Aberdeen-based jazz band made up of five such musicians. Matthew Kilner, Gavin Hunter, Neil Kendal, Finley Campbell and Richard Glassby first came together in 2017 through Aberdeen University’s Jazz Society. Eventually, they started writing and performing their own original music and decided to name themselves after the hometown of John Coltrane, the great American saxophonist.
When asked about their influences, Neil explained, ‘We have a wide variety of influences, varying from Scottish Traditional music to Afrobeat to Jazz Fusion. Our biggest influences have to be the growing Scottish and London Jazz scenes – bands like Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Fat Suit.’ About their own music, he added, ‘It’s a fusion of all of our influences, but we try to write tunes which are high in energy and fun to play.’ Hamlet’s first release, Act One, is indeed full of energy and fun, and holds true to the notion that jazz is an individual journey that is constantly being re-invented. From the punchy horns of the song Twenty3 to the sultry vocals of Sunset Sunside to the pacey rap that overlies Switch States, Hamlet deftly demonstrate that the umbrella of jazz is very wide indeed. Once you understand the nature of jazz music, you realise that it is anything but dead – in fact, undertones can be heard in much of the music we listen to every day. And thanks to young bands like Hamlet, that is set to continue.
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HP Sing is the latest offering from Right Here Productions. Starting in videography and theatre, RHP has expanded their entertainment expertise in recent years to provide Murder Mysteries and now Singing Waiter experiences for a variety of clients across a wide range of sectors. With an impressive roster of local actors and singers already on the books through their hugely successful Murder Mysteries, RHP is fast becoming the go-to local provider of Singing Waiters in the North-east of Scotland. Having performed for Aberdeen Airport, TREND, CLAN and a number of corporate events and weddings, the team always ensures a discreet set up, a friendly relationship with the venues and a highly entertaining performance. Company director, Alison Telfer says, ‘what makes us unique is that we ask our clients for their song requests
approached me after our performance to thank us for the amazing surprise, and to tell me that some of the guests had genuinely believed our actors worked at the venue.’
and book the performers that suit the repertoire. We’ve had song choices that are family favourites and even a set list that told the personal story of a newly married couple. It makes the performance bespoke to each client and every one has gone down really well. A recent client even
Alongside our Singing Waiters experience, RHP Sing can also provide concert performances. Previous concerts have included ‘A Night At The Musicals’ and ‘When You Wish Upon A Song’, featuring songs from popular children’s films. ‘When You Wish Upon A Song’ will be featured in the very first Inverurie IN-Tune Festival in September, tickets for which are available via RHP’s Facebook page and website.
Office Five, Inverurie Business Hub Burghmuir Circle, Inverurie, AB51 4FS Tel: 07742343788 righthereproductions.com
A bundle of fun at the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival To celebrate the return of the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival we are giving away a fabulous weekend of fun and laughter in the Granite City. Festival organisers Aberdeen Inspired and sponsors McGinty’s Group have put together a fantastic package for two people which includes a festival pass for the closing weekend, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October, along with two nights stay at Ferryhill House Hotel plus dinner and breakfast for both days. The Chase will be on for a great weekend, especially if you’re a fan of the quiz shows professional quizzer Paul Sinha who brings
his touring act ‘Hazy Little Thing Called Love’ to the Park Inn on Friday 11 October. Closing the 11 day festival is Irish Australian comedy king Jimeoin who takes his show ‘Rambling’ to Aberdeen Music Hall on Sunday 13 October, and sure to be a highlight is the brash and energetic American comedian Desiree Burch who you can catch at the Carmelite Hotel on Saturday 12 October. With over 15 shows to choose from during the closing weekend the winner will be spoilt for choice. After enjoying everything the festival has to offer, the winner can relax in style at the Ferryhill House Hotel - the perfect place to wind down after a fun filled evening. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
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SCHOOL HILL, ABERDEEN Citymoves are running a kid’s dance camp citimoves.org.uk
FREE! PUPPET CRAFTS
PITMEDDEN GARDEN, ABERDEENSHIRE Frankenstein in Pitmedden Garden Adults £15, Kids £12 nts.org.uk
ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM, ABERDEEN Head to Aberdeen Maritime Museum to make puppets for free aagm.co.uk
DEESIDE, ABERDEENSHIRE Take part in the Rotary Royal Deeside Autumn Challenge, with the chance to win a cash prize. £5 entry fee visitabdn.com
CRATHES CASTLE, ABERDEENSHIRE If you’re holding out for Heathcliff, head for Crathes Outdoor Theatre’s performance of the classic Wuthering Heights. nts.org.uk
TREETOPS, ABERDEEN Granite city Comicon at The Treetops. brownpapertickets.com
24 HIGHLAND GAMES BELLABEG, STRATHDON Experience a traditional Highland games at the Lonach Gathering, complete with massed bands and caber tossing. lonach.org
17-18 ARCHAEOLOGY DIG CASTLE FRASER, ABERDEENSHIRE Dig up the past at Castle Fraser’s Archaeology session. Adults £3, Family ticket £8 nts.org.uk
TRANSPORT 25 MUSEUM ALFORD, ABERDEENSHIRE Head to Grampian Transport Museum to celebrate 60 years of the Mini. gtm.org.uk
MUSIC HALL, ABERDEENSHIRE Picture this. Aberdeen Art Fair’s on at the Music Hall. aberdeenperformingarts.com
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WESTBURN PARK, ABERDEEN Aberdeen Mela: One World Day celebrating cultural diversity within the North-east of Scotland abmc.org.uk
ARTS & CRAFTS VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ABERDEENSHIRE Snap up some local art or crafts pieces at NEOS northeastopenstudios.co.uk
MUSIC HALL, ABERDEEN The Waterboys bring their gentle Celtic rock to the Music Hall. aberdeenperformingarts.com
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ABERDEEN Catch up on the science bit at Techfest. techfestsetpoint.org.uk
CRATHES CASTLE, ABERDEENSHIRE CLAN Walk at Crathes Castle Estate. Register online to enter. clanhouse.org
3-7 THEATRE SHOW HMT, ABERDEEN You’ve read the book, now see the play. The Girl on the Train comes to His Majesty’s Theatre. aberdeenperformingarts.com
DOORS OPEN DAY
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ABERDEEN Have a nosey behind closed doors at Aberdeen Open Doors Day. doorsopendays.org.uk
FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
MUSIC HALL, ABERDEEN Hungry? Try the Sausage and Cider Fest. aberdeenperformingarts.com
CULTS ACADEMY, ABERDEEN Yum! It’s the Deeside Local Food Festival at Cults Academy Adults £3, under 16s free. deesidefoodfestival.co.uk
P&J LIVE, ABERDEEN LEGO fans will love BrickLive at the new P&J Live! venue. Tickets £15. ticketmaster.co.uk
COMEDY SHOW MUSIC HALL, ABERDEEN Jimmy Carr appears at the Music Hall. aberdeenperformingarts.com
compiling this memoir has taken more than three years and i am so relieved it is done
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hen you see on the front cover of a 350-page book chronicling the colourful life of Aberdeen’s champion rally driver David Gillanders, the words ‘I do all the talking’, you fear you may have come up against a real motormouth. Not so. What emerged from my chat with this 69 year-old action man at his second home, the Malmaison Hotel in the city’s Queen’s Road, was a touching story of a man racing against time to ensure that Gladys, his much-loved wife of 46 years, their children, Nicole and David, and grandchildren, Finlay and Amelie, have a record of his sometimes exotic journey along the highways and byways of life. ‘I have not done this book for selfglorification,’ he said. ‘No, what has driven me has been serious concerns about my health going back to early in 2006 when I had to have a triple coronary artery bypass in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Since then, I have had heart attacks in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and had six stents fitted. Compiling this memoir has taken more than three years and I am so relieved it is done.’ Great tracts of the book are taken up with stories and pictures of David’s rise to fame, as one of the UK’s top rally drivers and, later, as the organiser over several years from 1995
of offroad ventures with Land Rover at Skibo Castle, in conjunction with its owner from 1982, Peter de Savary. However, what is remarkable about David’s swashbuckling career in motor sport is that he was born with a disabled left hand. ‘It was suggested by the medics in Aberdeen to my parents, David and Doris, that it was perhaps best to amputate the hand,’ he said, ‘but they would have none of it. Instead, they chose to drive me to London to see a specialist in Harley Street. Remember, this is 1950 and that epic journey of more than 1,000 miles there and back was accomplished in a three-wheeler Morgan sports car. ‘I had one finger amputated but whatever else the London surgeon did, for which I never cease to be thankful, I had a functioning left hand. I will always be grateful to my parents for sticking to their guns in doing what they did on my behalf.’ David’s time with de Savary also included an invitation from him to take part in amazing trip to a regatta at the luxury resort of Newport, Rhode Island. ‘I had never enjoyed the experience of racing a yacht,’ said David, ‘but it did not take me long to say yes, please.’ Once across the pond in the US, his obvious driving skills were put to good use and he became the driver of the team bus to the yacht club. However, he had to park it some
way away and by the time he got to the club, his teammates were nowhere to be seen. There was nothing for it but to go for breakfast. Behind him in the queue was a lady who had forgotten to pick up a tray for her food so the chivalrous David told her to put her breakfast on his tray and they would dine together. He had no idea who he was with until a plague of paparazzi began snapping at the dashing Scotsman in his Carnegie tartan outfit and the mystery lady. Alas, it soon transpired she was the object of all the interest and no wonder. She was the Hollywood superstar Jane Fonda, whose husband, media mogul Ted Turner, was skipper of the yacht racing against that of Peter de Savary. Another readable chapter of David’s book is an account of his epic trip in 2013 with his good pal Gordon Hutcheon in what was called the Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Challenge. It’s hard to believe but they somehow succeeded in completing the drive from Aberdeen and back in a 17-year-old Nissan Micra. David is determined to keep going flat out with his life and surprise, surprise, he ends the book, available on eBay, by saying he will still do all the talking. Enough said!
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