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Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 7:00 am
A picture of Rainy Day by Alan Belton from Mearns Camera Club

Muchalls WRI

Mrs Barclay welcomed all to our meeting and we started with the Rural song. Mrs Barclay introduced our speaker Dr Kirsty Blackstock “Water’s Journey”.

She gave us a very informative talk on the river Dee and it’s tributaries. Tea followed. Mrs Rattray gave vote of thanks and business followed. We are having a Daffodil Tea on April 23 1am-12noon in aid of ACWW Project “Water for All, we are hoping for a good turn out.

Competition - A photograph of water.

1. Mrs Barclay, 2. Mrs Goodwin, 3. Mrs Marr. Raffle was then drawn and we finished by singing the national anthem.

Inverbervie Probus

John Mackenzie introduced the speaker, Dr Kate Britton, a graduate of Durham and Reading Universities, who is now a Geosciences Lecturer with the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen University.

Kate’s talk could easily have been entitled “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones” as the sites she has explored range from 126,000 years old in Germany to a fairly recent one of only 300 years old. The period of particular interest to her is from 500 to 1,500 years old.

The main subject of her talk was the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen which chronicles the history of Aberdeen and her inhabitants. A place of worship has stood on the site, which was originally outside the city, since it was a Carmelite Friary in the 12th century. There is also evidence that it has been the site of a burial place for over 900 years. Many were buried within the Church itself in “Charity Alters” for which significant sums or money or land had to be paid. Although a great fire in 1874 destroyed much of the building there are still parts of the 12th and 15th century buildings within its present structure.

During excavations which began in 2006, it was discovered that there have been many different burial practices down the years. Some 3.5 tonnes of skeletal material were removed to be reburied in alternative consecrated ground. But bones tell many tales – evidence of violence, unhealed broken bones, rickets and even syphilis.

“You are what you eat” was also evident as improved nutrition led to increasing height of men and women. Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope analysis shows the type of diet was linked to wealth and status and also how breastfeeding practices gave children a great start in life but tended to decline when it stopped as a child reached 2 years. The analysis also showed that Aberdeen got healthier as it got wealthier. Fascinating stuff!

After many pertinent questions, ably answered, Ian Robertson gave the vote of thanks.

On 10th March forty members of Bervie Probus enjoyed their annual dinner held for the second time in the function suite of the Balmakewan Farm Restaurant - and what an excellent meal it was.

Delicious food, beautifully presented and efficiently served. A night to remember for all the best reasons!

Mearns Camera Club ‘Reflections’ competition

Mearns Camera Club’s third set subject Competition of the 2015-16 session was judged on Monday Night (7th March) at their weekly meeting of 2014, in Stonehaven Community Centre.

The set subject for this competition was ‘Reflections’. Judge Bob Hunphreys, from Huntly, who had judged Mearns club competitions before, said he enjoyed looking at the work and found them interesting and good fun.

He outlined his judging criteria saying he always looked first for pictures that made an immediate impact before studying them more closely. in terms of composition, focus, detail etc.. Bob also added that the standard was very high with a lot of quality images on view.

His comments on the images were insightful and mainly supportive. Top results on the night were :-

Intermediate Mono Print - 3rd ‘Puddle Dance’ Bert Droy 14 points, 2nd Window reflection’ by Graham Griese 15 points, 1st ‘Seeing Double’ by June Gold 17 points.

Advanced Mono Print - 3rd= ‘Biker Talk’ by Pat Copner 18 points, 3rd= ‘City Window’ Martin Sim 18 points, 2nd ‘Reflection Of Winter’ by Iain Wood 19 points. 1st ‘Rainy Day’ by Alan Belton 20 points.

Intermediate Coloured Print - 3rd ‘Broken Eggs by Linda Johnstone 14 points, 2nd ‘Mountain Reflection’ by Graham Griese 17 points, 1st ‘Lake Louise’ by Bert Droy 18 points.

Advanced Colour Print - 3rd= ‘Autumn Reflection’ by Mike Reid 18 points, 3rd= ‘St Cyrus Beach’ by John McSevney 18 points, 2nd ‘Stora Dumin’ by Brian Doyle 19 points, 1st ‘Into The Light’ by Brian Doyle 20 points.

Intermediate Projected Digital Image - 3rd = ‘Mirror Lake’ by Iain Lawrence 17 points, 3rd = ‘Washroom’ by Linda Johnstone 17 points, 2nd ‘Reflecting London’ by Mary Marr 18 points, 1st ‘Patagonia’ by Keith Arbuthnott 19 points.

Adavanced Projected Digital Image - 3rd ‘Reflecting on a Mountain’ by Iain Wood 18 points, 2nd ‘A Cooling Drink’ by Alan Gawthorpe 19 points, 1st ‘Bus Stop’ by Neal Weston 20 points.

Neal Weston gave Bob a vote of thanks.

St Cyrus WRI

President, Kathleen Masson, welcomed Ian Bell who gave a very interesting and entertaining illustrated talk on Old Aberdeen.

He had many pictures featuring the medieval architecture of the area as well as that of later times, and talked of the people who had played a large part in its history.

Competitions: Holiday photo - 1 J Stirling, 2 M Brown 3 J McLean; Individual sweet – 1 E Hair, 2 J Stirling.

Stonehaven Rotary Club

The speaker at last Wednesday’s lunchtime meeting was Jason Schroeder who had been invited to speak by President Elect Billy Hunter. His topic was Men’s Sheds and he is the Founder and Chairman of the Scottish Men’s Sheds association.

Jason described how he developed an interest in this movement, which started in Australia in the 1990’s. There are now 1500 Men’s Sheds in 5 countries. The Scottish Men’s Sheds Movement is spreading across Scotland helping communities live in a more integrated and healthier way.

Men’s Sheds are an updated version of the stereotype of the shed in the back garden which was somewhere for men to go and hide – to listen to football or cricket commentaries with a flask of tea!

The movement called Men’s Sheds Scotland is about giving men a space to gather, chat, make things, use power tools, and perhaps still listen to sports commentaries!

Unlike women, men don’t tend to talk about feelings and emotions, which means that they usually don’t ask for help. They are more likely to suffer from isolation, loneliness and depression.

Unemployment, under-employment redundancy and retirement, are just some of the problems that men find it hard to deal with on their own.

Men’s sheds are free and members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life –what they have in common is that they are men with time on their hands and they would like something meaningful to do with that time.

It is intergenerational with younger men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with.

There tend to be four main areas in a men’s shed- a workshop, a social area, a kitchen and a storage area. Different sheds do different things, depending on the skills and interests of the members – they might restore furniture or make things for a local school or community group or learn a new hobby.

They have to find ways of generating their own income to enable them to fund the projects they want to undertake. Jason Schroeder has been working in Aberdeenhshire for the past two and a half years and is working in 13 communities from Peterhead to Portlethen supporting groups who want to set up a Men’s Shed in their community.

Locally, there are Men’s Sheds in Westhill and Banchory and Jason finished his talk with an invitation to Rotary to become involved in setting up a Men’s Shed in Stonehaven if there was enough interest. Vote of Thanks was by Billy Hunter.

President Elect Billy Hunter, Peter Newell and John Balsillie have returned from spending 2 weeks working on a Rotary project in Nyumbani in Nairobi.

While they were there they paid 2 visits to the Rotary Club of Karen, They met President Elect – Leonard Ithall at the club’s Social Evening and they also attended a more formal club meeting where they met the President of the Club – Francis Thomas Nyammo. They also had received a certificate of appreciation from Nyumbani for their involvement in the work there.

On Saturday 26 March, 10 members of Stonehaven Rotary Club are due to travel to Inverness to play in the semi final of the Rotary District 1010 Gavel competition.

The Gavel is a hotly contested but friendly series of traditional pub games, played in league form between participating Clubs in our Rotary district - an area which covers every part of Scotland north of a line from the River Forth to the Isle of Skye and the Stonehaven team has progressed successfully through a number of matches to reach the semi final.

The team will be playing against a team from Thurso and the Inverness venue was chosen as a midway point for the teams from the two clubs. Fingers crossed they continue their winning run.

Stonehaven Bridge Club

North / South

1st Mrs P Walton & Mr G Shanks +2660pts

2nd Mrs P Kemp & Mr D Leishman +1530

3rd Mrs C Medlock & Youssef +1130


1st Mrs A Gray & Mrs M Clowes +1510pts

2nd Mrs V Davies & Mrs S Powada -20

3rd Mr D & Mrs L Banton -1350

Luthemuir Bulb show

The event was well attended, entries were up on last year.

Winners were as follows;

Jane Lindsey Trophy - Most overall points :- Bella Davidson

Bessie Candy Trophy- Best exhibit in a Show:- Isabel Ritchie

Floral Art Trophy- most points in Floral Art:- Mary Finnie

Thanks to Jemma Main and friends for providing the music.