It happened in the Mearns

From our own archive, what happened in the Mearns in history

25 YEARS AGO - Friday October 5th 1990

Portlethen Community Council Chairman, Mr John Dunn has again slammed Grampian’s educational planners who he accuses of getting their sums “horribly wrong”.

Writing in the council’s newsletter, “Clochandighter”, Mr Dunn describes lack of space in all three of Portlethen’s schools, with temporary classrooms needed to be built for the Academy’s sixth form pupils and Portlethen primary having overcrowding problems which he says “are unlikely to go away in the next ten years.”

“Is this the way forward for the educational future for your children?” he asks. Mr Dunn continues, “Let’s not kid ourselves. Our community was under pressure from all sides when oil was half the price it is now or is likely to go to as a result of world affairs, but I do not see why the same number of poll tax payers in this community should be denied the same educational facilities as those in Stonehaven, Banchory or Aboyne.”

And Mr Dunn adds, “If we want to avoid serious blight of our young people, our community and our future we must demand educational facilities at all levels commensurate with a town of our size.”

Heurges people who are concerned about their children’s schooling to complain to Grampian Region and calls for a “hold” on any more houses being built until the other facilities catch up.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday October 1st 1965

War has been declared on vandals in Johnshaven, where vandalism is on the increase.

The latest target has been the pavilion on the village playing green, which is several hundred yards from the nearest house.

During the last two months planking has been ripped from the walls, a gate has been torn off its hinges, windows have been smashed and the pailings surrounding the pavilion pulled down and broken.

Signs have also been defaced, windows fired at with airguns, and light bulbs damaged. The damage has been done since the greenkeepers left the job at the end of the summer season.

The committee responsible for running the playing fields is now making a stand, and they hope to track down the culprits.

The village has no resident policeman, but the matter has been reported to the police, who are making nightly checks on the pavilion.

“If anyone is caught causing damage they will be in for serious trouble and, if necessary, we will make them pay for it out of their own pockets,” said Mr D. Officer, The Bungalow, Johnshaven, a member of the playing fields committee. “It is terrible to think that in a village this size there are people who would think of doing such things,” he added.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday October 7th 1915

In the Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterday - Sheriff Laing on the bench - a Bervie dentist was brought up on a charge of fraud.

The charge was that, on various dates since the beginning of the year he did pretend to a large number of persons in the district between Bervie and Stonehaven that he was a professional dentist and did induce them to pay various sums of money as payment for artificial teeth to be supplied by him. It was alleged that the accused failed to deliver the teeth and appropriated the money to his own use, thereby defrauding the persons concerned.

Two previous convictions were libelled against him.

Evidence for the prosecution was given at length by the persons alleged to have been defrauded.

After accused had given evidence on his own behalf, the case was adjourned for a week to enable him to produce certain documents and to bring forward witnesses.


Owing to the scarcity of powdered chicory, which has been freely used in France as an ingredient in the making of coffee, it is proposed to employ parched figs as a substitute.

The powdered chicory was mainly a product of the Germans, and this explains the difficulty as to its supply.