It Happened in the Mearns

Feb 1992: Nursing, catering, domestic and auxillary staff at Stonehaven's Woodcot Hospital, who were joined by friends and partners for their annual "Nicht Oot" at the town's County Hotel.
Feb 1992: Nursing, catering, domestic and auxillary staff at Stonehaven's Woodcot Hospital, who were joined by friends and partners for their annual "Nicht Oot" at the town's County Hotel.

We take a look back at what was making the headlines locally on this week in 1992, 1967 and 1917:


Friday, February 28th, 1992

A solution to Arduthie Primary School’s playground problem would cost in the region of £20,000, it was announced this week.

The school’s Parents Association and School Board have been pressing for a change ever since a large part of the original playground disappeared with the construction of new office accommodation for Grampian Regional Council.

Although the area lost was replaced, the shape and location of the new provision is inadequate, according to the School Board. It rbought together in one large area children of all ages, with rougher football games of older pupils side by side with the gentler games of infants.

Parents then suggested the ground at the front of the school could be fenced off and turned into a new and separate playground - a scheme which Grampian Region have costed at approximately £20,000.

Meanwhile, Arduthie’s head teacher, Mr John Duffus, the School Board, and Parents Association would all have to agree first on priorities for spending in the school, and whether the playground is the most important consideration.

It has not been listed as No. 1 priority in the school’s development plan - mainly because, according to a source, it was ot believed the Region would support such an ambitious scheme. A smaller proposal to improve classrooms is at the top of the list.


Friday, March 3, 1967

It was fortunate for some of the villagers of Cowie that Tuesday dawned clear and breezy, for it enabled them to get their household effects dried out after the sea had invaded their houses during the night.

The crisis came about 5am, when the big tide swept against the sea wall at the southern end of the village, which had been rendered largely ineffective by sand-banks blown up against it.

Houses were flooded, and Stonehaven swimming pool and caravan site areas inundated. The roads department of the county council and the town council were informed. Mr David Mackie, assistant county road surveyor, immediately went to the scene, but his car stuck in a wreath of sand across Stonehaven promenadebefore he even got to the scene.

Pumps were used, the sand, seaweed and shingle removed, and by lunchtime on Tuesday everything was back to normal.

To the north of Cowie Village the big seas made a gap in the protection wall opposite the salmon fishing station. Abut 200 tons of material were sucked out of the breach.


One of Stonehaven’s best known cliff walks, to the north of the town between Cowie Village and the golf course, is being restored after being closed for a time owing to subsidence.

Workmen have been busy recently cutting the path back into the cliff eight feet.

Stonehaven District Council closed the path at the end of last year when 12 feet of it disappeared down the cliff face into the sea. It has been impassable for about three months. After the work is completed the walk will be immediately re-opened.

From the cliff top a commanding view of Stonehaven Bay and the surrounding coastline is obtained.


Thursday March 1, 1917

As a result of a dispute between Kirk Session and organist, there was a “strike” of the members of the Dunnottar choir on Sunday.

None of the regular members of the choir were in their places, although a considerable number of them were present in church. We refrain from commenting on the rights and wrongs of the case at the present moment, as we believe there is a possibility of the parties coming to an amicable settlement.


On Monday evening the soldiers from St Leonard’s Hospital visited the Combination Poorhouse, and gave an entertainment to the inmates.

Provost Greig presided, and a number of other managers were also present. The programme included a number of songs by the men, and by Miss Cormack, of the nursing staff.

Ptes. Farrant and James gave their famous comic entertainment, and at the close an original sketch, by Pte. Farrant, entitled “Mixim’s Matrimonial Mart,” was given by Sergt. Masterton, L-Cpl. Keay, and Ptes. Farrant and James, and Gunner Foley. On the motion of Mr James Hall, the Governor, a hearty vote of thanks was awarded to the performers. The soldiers were afterwards entertained to tea.


A further meeting of the Stonehaven plotholders was held on Saturday.