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Stonehaven Bridge Club

North/South - 1st Mrs P K and Youssef -1510, 2nd Mrs P Watt and Mrs G Junnier -1710, 3rd Mrs L D Banton and Mrs D Banton -2030

East/West - 1st Mrs M Cornow and Mrs S Watt +2690, 2nd Mrs G Shanks and Mrs P Walton + 2560m 3rd Mrs D Leishman and Mrs H Samson +1320.

Tewel WRI

President Mary Tennent welcomed members to the meeting and after minutes read and business done Mary introduced Mrs Jennifer MacDonald, who gave a most interesting talk and slide show through her teacher career, from eary day to head teacher at Mackie Academy.

Mrs MacDonald judged the competition “a school photo”. 1st Mary Henderson, 2nd Lilian Mair, 3rd Jane Lawrie. Flowers of the month winner Jane Lawrie.

March meeting takes the form of ‘fun, friendship and flowers’, after a cup of tea the meeting closed.

Laurencekirk Bridge Club

North/South - 1st Lesley Fotheringham/Alan Cuningham, 2nd Hazel Wiseman/Hamish McLauchlan

East/West - 1st Anita Watters/Edith Argo, 2nd Alan & Fiona Lyall

News from Stonehaven rotary

President Frank Budd who had got home the previous day from his extended trip to visit family in Australia was “in the chair” so to speak at last Wednesday’s weekly lunchtime meeting showing no signs of jet lag! While he had been in Perth in Western Australia, he reported that he had visited two Rotary Clubs there, Joondalup and Wanneroo and he brought greetings to Stonehaven Rotary from the Presidents of these two clubs.

There was no speaker as it was a Business meeting and the various committees had the opportunity to meet following lunch to discuss the various projects they are undertaking this year.

Rotary organizes a number of youth competitions and Stonehaven Rotary Club participates in many of them. This involves members in organizing the first local round at Club level of the progressive competitions such as Young Chef and Young Musician with the winners progressing to the District round and possibly beyond to Regional and the UK finals.

Stonehaven Rotary Club has had success at UK level in both competitions with Andrew Dickinson coming fourth in the UK Young Musician Vocalist of the Year competition as few years ago and Heather Nisbet coming third last year in the UK Young Chef Final.

The District Round of Young Musician takes place this Saturday, February 27, at the North Inch Community Campus in Perth, and Aaron Knight will represent Stonehaven in the Vocalist section of this competition. Good luck to Aaron for this Saturday when he has to perform two songs of different genres before a panel of three judges. Unfortunately our Instrumentalist, Naomi McGillivray had to withdraw at short notice.

In the District Round of the Young Chef competition, Heather Nisbet came a very close second in the Aberdeen heat of this level of the competition. Normally this would have meant no further involvement as only the winner goes through to the Regional final. However, as another district had to withdraw from the competition, Heather has now been invited to take part in the Regional competition, which will take place in West Lothian College Livingston on Saturday March 5.

Heather is delighted and is working with chefs from catering company Entier who first mentored her for the District round. Her menu looks to be an extremely mouthwatering “taste of Scotland” and no doubt she will be cooking the three courses which are required at this level of the competition many times to ensure she is on top form on the day.

Inverbervie Probus club

Chris Green introduced the speaker, Ian Bell from Laurencekirk - an old friend of Bervie Probus. We were taken on a very well-illustrated pictorial tour of Old Aberdeen, once a separate burgh in its own right going back to 1489. It was incorporated into adjacent Aberdeen City by Act of Parliament in 1891. This hidden gem retains a wonderful sense of history together with an interesting mixture of architecture and streets made of granite sets.

The tour began on the five span, dressed granite Bridge of Don opened in 1830. Slightly upstream is the original 13th century, single gothic arch span, Brig O’ Balgownie, thought to have been partially financed by Robert the Bruce, which became the main thoroughfare or Royal route into Aberdeen. On passing the sadly neglected and semi derelict Breahead House, former home of the Scottish Samurai, Thomas Blake Glover, advisor to the then fledgling Mitsubishi Corporation, we turned into Cottown of Balgownie, a delightful little area of listed cottages. A walk through Seaton Park, which at 27 hectares is one of Aberdeen City’s largest parks, with its beautiful flower beds and walled gardens, leads you on to the 12th century Cathedral Church of St Machar and The Chanonry, where the homes of Professor’s and clergy could be found. Beautiful wrought gates lead into Cruickshank’s Botanic Gardens, an 11acre site which is open to the public all year round.

Heading down High Street (with the unusual hand on the street sign pointing the way) leads to the Merkat Cross and Town House, now part of the university, which houses the King’s museum. Carrying on you pass the “Wrights and Cooper’s Place” and “Old Brewery”, reminding one of what took place there many years ago, and on to the University and King’s College dating back to 1495 - the third university to be built in Scotland and fifth in the UK - and King’s College Chapel with its magnificent crown tower.

The original buildings are still used for teaching, to house academic departments, and other university activities. During the 20th century, the university purchased land around these old buildings constructing new ones reflecting the architecture of their period. The most recent building is the Sir Duncan Rice Library, completed in 2011, an unusual and interesting modern green glass structure.

Nigel Simpson proposed the vote of thanks.