Jottings from the Buchan Observer of Tuesday, 2nd March, 2004



Carter: Darren and Karon are delighted to announce the arrival of their son, Oliver Luke, born on 17th February, 2004. A little brother for Abigail. Thanks to staff at AMH and PMH.



Martin-Kelman: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Thomas, eldest son of Tam and Sophia to Michelle only daughter of Alasdair and Irene on 13th February, 2004. "Congratulations to you both"

McKellar-Grant: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Jane and Ryan on Valentine's Day.

Simpson-Willox: Martin and Adelene would like to announce their engagement on February 14th, 2004. Family and friends delighted.



Weir-Leel: Congratulations Colin and Freda on your Surprise Wedding on Friday, 27th February. Love from your family and friends XXX.


Golden Wedding

Sinclair-Spink: At St Peter's Episcopal Church, Peterhead on 1st March, 1954, Norman and Elma were married by the Rev T Veitch. Maiden Street, Peterhead.



Cruickshank: Peacefully at ARI on Saturday 28th February, 2004, James Forbes Cruickshank, beloved husband of Diane Beddie, father of Robert, John and Krystal, loving son, brother, son in law, uncle, brother in law, nephew and cousin.

McGuire: Very suddenly at his home in Wales on Friday February 13th, 2004, Fred (Fredes), aged 31 years, dearly loved and cherished husband of Alison and a devoted dad to Aidan, a dearly loved son, brother and grandson. Very sadly missed. Service in The Baptist Tabernacle Chapel, Merthyr-Tydfil (the Church where they were married) on Wednesday March 3rd at 1.50pm, thereafter to Crematorium.

Pert: Very suddenly at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Friday February 27th, 2004, dorothy Mann, aged 92 years of 2 Wiseman Terrace, St Fergus, dearly loved wife of the late Andrew Pert, a much loved and loving mum to Bob, Linda and Andrea, a dear mother in law and a very dear nana who will be so sadly and sorely missed.

Stormonth: Very suddenly at the Coronary Care Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Tuesday February 24th, 2004, Christina Helen Boyes, aged 80 years of 18 Watson Crescent, Peterhead dearly loved wife of David Stormonth (Retired Joiner) a much loved and loving mum to Linda and David and a loving grandma to Stuart and Andrew and a dear sister to Jim Boyes in Australia. Very sadly missed.



"Farmer defends spiking attack on fox hunters" - Cruden Bay farmer James Forrester (62) was found guilty last Friday at Peterhead Sheriff Court of culpable and reckless actions in that he used his digger's spikes to impale and lift a land-rover containing two young men he accused of poaching on his land, and repeatedly dropping the vehicle to the ground so that £6,000 of damage was inflicted on the vehicle. The two young men, Milton Ferguson (28) and John Henderson (18) claimed that they had received permission to hunt on Mr Forrester's land. Sentence has been deferred until March 25.

"Not all doom and gloom as blizzards hit Buchan" - Last week's snow blizzards caused traffic chaos throughout Buchan, with the Hatton Bends and the Mintlaw to Fraserburgh road especially hazardous. However, school-children enjoyed the few days off school, and a group of Mintlaw teenagers received special mention for coming to the rescue of motorists driving through the village when they shovelled sand on the road at the uphill slope on South Street.

"Cops poised to swoop on new drug dealers" - Detective Inspector Willie Findlay, Head of Grampian Police Drug Squads affirmed Grampian Police's readiness to actively target any individuals who may seek to take advantage of Peterhead drug-dealer Peter Beagrie's sentence of 12 years' imprisonment by attempting to sell dangerous drugs in his absence. He said: "This sentence should act as a strong deterrent to anybody who is looking to take advantage of Beagrie's absence." He added: "Nobody else was allowed to sell heroin in Peterhead without Beagrie's permission and without buying their supplies from him."

"Executive buckling on designated ports issue" - Scottish National Party Shadow Fisheries Minister, Richard Lochhead, MSP has welcomed reports that the Scottish Executive may increase the number of ports authorised for the landing of white fish. Mr Lochhead said that the SNP has consistently pressed for the number of ports to be increased, and he added that while no definite confirmation has been received, Whitehills, Wick and Arbroath look like being added to the list. Mr Lochhead is also pressing for Macduff to be an authorised port.

Peterhead Waterside Inn has been sold by owners Macdonald Hotels to London and Edinburgh Inns. Donald Macdonald, Macdonald Hotels executive chairman said that the hotel would not have been sold if the future employment of the present staff was not assured. Some 80 staff at employed at the 109 room hotel.

Aberdeen men Scott Henderson (29) and Brent Humphreys (34) admitted at Forfar High Court they had tied up and beaten a Peterhead pensioner, Hugh Junor, in order to steal his £20,000 savings. Lord Morrison will sentence them at Aberdeen's High Court on March 16.

George Craighead, Ian Donaldson, Moira Johnston, Wendy Biles, John Whyte, Sheena Gordon, Robert Smart and Mhairi Robertson of a Peterhead Community Learning Group sold wordsearches and crosswords for 25pence each to raise £119.75 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Peterhead Sea Cadets, James Duncan (16), Ben Franklin (15) Robbie Robertson (15) and Scott Sangster (15) have been selected from across the UK to take part in a training week on the HMS Ark Royal, during which they will sail from Portsmouth to Greenwich allowing them an opportunity to observe routine on board ship.

Planning approval for a £1.96million upgrade to Peterhead Community Hospital was granted last week by the Aberdeenshire Councillors and also for a temporary car park on the Links in order to ease congestion during the building work. The building work may commence in April.

Local MP Alex Salmond has accused Cllr Sam Coull of trying to sabotage Peterhead Prison with recent remarks suggesting there is a build up of time-served sex offenders living in Buchan. Mr Coull said that the agreement that sex offenders should be released from their home jails, not from the prison where they served their sentences, is completely unworkable in the face of rising prison populations. But Mr Salmond, Lord Douglas Hamilton and Prison Governor Ian Gunn have asserted that the scheme to release prisoners to their home areas is working. Said Mr Salmond: "There is no evidence of a 'build-up' of sex-offenders in the Peterhead area. Coull's claims are the rantings of a scare-monger." But Cllr Coull claims the Data Protection Act is hindering him from getting figures to back his claim.

Drivers who persist in driving in Peterhead's town centre pedestrianised areas will be targeted by police. Access to the area including parts of Marischal Street, Errol Street, Broad Street, Backgate and Thistle Street is denied to all vehicles except buses, emergency vehicles, and armoured security vehicles between 11am and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson has raised concerns with the Scottish Health Minister in Parliament over the shortage of Doctors in the Buchan area. Mr Stevenson pointed out that with Grampian serving 10 percent of Scotland's population but receiving 9 percent of Health Service funding, it has created a particular problem for out-of-hours cover because of the rurality of the area. He added: "GPs in my constituency want categorical assurance that there will be money for personnel to provide out-of-hours care." He pointed out that there are two vacancies in Banff, two in Fraserburgh and one and a half in Central Buchan.

Former Peterhead Academy pupils who recently received academic honours are: Angela Thain, a post-graduate MSc in Industrial Design from Salford University, Manchester. Her first degree, a BSc Honours was from Robert Gordon's University: Kim Elspet Willox has a BA in Midwifery from Robert Gordon's University, and Steven Mackay graduated from London Guildhall University with a 2:1 Hons BA in English Studies and Communication.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers recently observed Thinking Day with a service in Peterhead's Old Parish Church, during which 1st Peterhead Ranger Guides paraded their new flag for the first time.

Peterhead's Masonic Keith Lodge No 56 celebrated its 250th anniversary with a rededication ceremony conducted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. The event took place in the Masonic Temple in Broad Street, Peterhead.

Kevin Smith, chairman of the group which is organising youth football in Cruden Bay, says: "The committee was formed to promote the game and address the lack of coaches, facilities and equipment. Over the last few years this has led to a drastic decline in children in the Cruden Bay area playing football, especially teenagers. Since the formation of the club - village football has gone from strength to strength." There are now some 70 child members and 16 adult volunteers in the club.

Peterhead's first defeat (Queens Park 1 - Peterhead 0) under new manager, Iain Stewart, has all but ended the Blue Toon's chances of promotion to the Second Division. The game was a dull event and did not live up to its illustrious surroundings.


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Jottings from the Buchan Observer of Tuesday, 9th March, 2004



Fleming: Jamie Taylor is very proud to announce the birth of his beautiful baby sister, Libby, born on Friday 27th February. Mum Heather, Dad Scott and all grandparents, aunties and uncles are delighted with the new addition to the family. Many thanks to all staff PMH. Special thanks to Anne Ellington, Shirley Ledingham and Anne Sinclair for their additional care.

Sangster: Zander and Margo are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter, Ellie, born on 14th February, 2004. Both sets of grandparents delighted. Many thanks to Hazel and all the staff at PMH.



Park-Rae: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Nicola Park to Neil Rae (of Dundee) on the 14th February.

Smith-Fairweather: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Allen, son of Rob and Brenda, Peterhead to Sarah-Jane, daughter of Robin and Margo, Arbroath, in Crieff, on 28th February, 2004.



Fraser: Very suddenly at his work in Aberdeen, on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2004, Graham Fraser, (Builder), aged 47 years, of 6 Lendrum Terrace, Boddam, Peterhead, dearly loved and cherished husband of Sheena Strachan, a much loved and loving da to Ian and Stuart, a dear son of Lorna and the late Findlay (Curly), of 48 Gadle Braes, Peterhead, son in law of Elizabeth and Gordon, a dear brother, brother in law, uncle, nephew and cousin.



"ASCO hints that local jobs will escape the axe" - UK banks have agreed an increased facility of financing cover for ASCO's British and US operations and this is likely to save local jobs. An ASCo statement issued last Wednesday said: "At this stage, the board does not anticipate disposal of any of its core businesses." Peterhead Bay Authority chief executive, John Wallace, said: "It's good news for Peterhead. I am sure ASCo has worked very hard at it. It ends the uncertainty over many projects which have been in discussion. It is a relief to know a business the size of ASCo will maintain the clients it has here." Former chief-executive of Tottenham Hotspur, Claud Littner (54) became ASCo Board Chairman in January.

"Fisherman severs three fingers and boat goes down" - Peterhead fisherman, Barry Noble (24) is recovering in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after losing three fingers in an accident on board the Amity II on Thursday morning some 97 miles off Shetland. Skipper Jimmy Buchan (43) had radioed for assistance and Barry was airlifted by helicopter to Aberdeen. He is expected home from hospital either today (Tuesday) or tomorrow. In a separate incident, the Peterhead owned trawler, Elegance, sank in 100 feet of water three miles east of Shapinsay and four miles west of Auskerry, while on a fishing trip from Fraserburgh to west of Shetland. The Peterhead crew, skipper Robert Smith (40) of Eden Drive, Robert Cameron (42) of Pitfour Court, and Robert West (37) of Cairntrodlie were rescued by the Kirkwall lifeboat.

"Crufts glory for local dog exhibitors" - Three Peterhead dogs won prizes at Crufts Dog Show last week. Eric Buchan's 14-month-old standard poodle Tarkia came third in the junior section on Thursday, and Eric and Susan Fulton's bull terriers Walter and Wilma won a first and a third. Mr Fulton said: "We compete in shows in England every month. But it's great to be placed."

"World Book Day is just pure magic!" Dales Park school pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite characters in books to celebrate World Book Day, and among the characters represented were characters from the Harry Potter books.

"Hame-ower Nicht fun for Book of Deir" - A Hame-ower Nicht featuring Robert Lovie, songstress Barbara-Ann Burnett, Dod Murray, Bill Gray and Les and Sheila Wheeler, will be held in Mintlaw Public Hall on March 20th to raise funds for upgrading facilities at the Book of Deer Centre at Aden Park.

Councillor Jim Towers (Cruden) has said that Aberdeenshire Council risks being sued if accidents are caused by inaction over a two-months old health and safety order to repair surface of a lane to Hatton Primary School. Two Aberdeenshire areas are involved, Formartine Area who are responsible for the school, and Buchan Area responsible for roads, and Cllr Towers commented that both are washing their hands of the situation. The council's Health and Safety adviser, Roddy MacLellan, is investigating an incident in which a cleaner twisted her arm.

Peterhead Councillor Sam Coull has claimed that bureaucrats are keeping important Peterhead Prison issues from Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson, because he has had no response from her to three letters he has sent her over the last month. He blames her mailing department for "conveniently misplacing" his questions. Said Cllr Coull: "It is like something out of ancient Rome when the guards became the truly powerful ones, because they would block the way to the king. It's like Alastair Campbell guarding Tony Blair. It is impossible for me to do my job in this way. What on earth was the point of spending £400-odd million on a new parliament if this is what we are going to get."

Councillor Agnes Strachan (Buchanhaven) is calling for anyone who spots a dog fouler to bring the culprit to task. Last Friday, she showed Aberdeenshire Council's chief of leisure and recreation, Ian Tillet, hot-spots of "dog poo" along Peterhead's Ugie Beach. Said Cllr Strachan: "This is one of the nicest walks in the town and there are still some people who are inconsiderate to it. I want them to stop letting their dogs foul, stop dropping litter and stop spitting their chewing gum out. We should not abuse what we have got here."

Aberdein Considine is opening a new Independent Financial Centre at 40-42 Queen Street, Peterhead. Peter Brown a fully qualified independent financial adviser, will run the centre. He said: "With today's market conditions, finding the best mortgage can be tricky... Here at the Independent Financial Centre we are not tied to any one particular lender so we will search through the many varied deals available to find the best one for our clients."

Peterhead Hillwalking Club holds its AGM at Albert Hotel, Peterhead, on Tuesday, 30 March. In the forthcoming year, they plan to walk at Glen Rinnes, Loch Morlich, Glen Quoich, Boustie Ley, Lochnagar, the Speyside Walk, Clachnaben, Geal Charn, Craiggowrie and Cnap Corrie na Spreidhe. They have a steady membership of 30 but are looking for new members to raise this to 50 members. Club spokeswoman, Elizabeth Lamb, said: "By walking with us you have the security of a friendly and experienced club and the benefits of being in the great outdoors with all the fresh air." Age limits are 8 to 70, and annual membership is £18, with bus costs usually around £10 per trip.

"Cabbie lured into town robbery trap" - Near midnight on Saturday, a 74-years-old taxi-driver who wishes to remain anonymous was lured to Peterhead's Great Stuart Street (Roanheads) for a fare who had asked for him by name. On arriving at the site, the taxi-driver was accosted by a six-foot tall thin man mased and dressed in black who attempted to rob him. The driver for National Taxis tried to pull the mask from the face of his assailant who then made off towards Ugie Street, having stolen a cheque book but no money from the taxi. Police carried out door-to-door enquiries on Sunday near the scene of the crime.

Fife-based Hermiston Securities has lodged a planning application for a 16,500 square feet DIY store employing 200 staff, near McDonald's restaurant at the Buchan Gateway, adjacent to the Invernettie Roundabout. Hermiston has also lodged an application for a £10-million supermarket at Peterhead, next to the Co-op Supermarket on the Longside Road. The Co-op and Safeway both have plans to expand. Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the public's views on the DIY store planning application.

Bruce Buchan of Dales Engineering Ltd, Peterhead, recently won a prize of £1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice when he won a competition for suggesting health and safety improvements to the workplace. He presented the cheque to the RNLI's Peterhead Lifeboat. Alex Palmer and Jim Clubb of the RNLI accepted the cheque from Bruce, who was accompanied by Simon Whitehouse of BG Group, respresenting the sponsors of the competition, and Charlie Lawson, Dales Engineering project manager.

Robert Cunningham (19) of Boddam, an Army Officer Cadet, is taking part in the British Army Ski Championships at Aviemore, Scotland. Robert, also known as Bob, is an Officer Cadet with Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps. He is at present studying for an Engineering Degree at Aberdeen University.

Local charity, Cornerstone Community Care, has received a £4,000 contribution from Shell UK. Cornerstone provides housing and supportive services to adults and children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Peterhead's Satellite Dialysis Unit will benefit from this year's planned Buchan Vintage Tractor Run.

Former Peterhead Academy pupil, Julie Harley, who has been in New York for more than two years and attends the Marc Cunningham Foundation School of Dance in Manhatten, just missed out on dancing on stage with Madonna on her next tour. More than 1,000 dancers had auditioned, and Julie was in the final fifteen short-listed, but just failed to win through. However, Madonna has invited her to attend a workshop on Wall Street on a weekly basis for further training from her personal choreographer. Julie has already attained a degree in theatre and dance from Laban College, London.

Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has tabled a motion congratulating the local schools for their part in the Global Rock Challenge Event. Peterhead Academy won the Scottish heat of the competition with their "Maid in Scotland" production. Local MP Alex Salmond will join pupils and teachers from Peterhead Academy at St Tiernan's Community School in Dublin tomorrow when he will accompany Irish Transport Minister Seamus Brennan TD at a joint concert by pupils of both schools.

Peterhead couple, Maimie and Andy Strachan, recently presented £1,035 for Ward 30 of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, comprising gift donations made on the occasion of their Golden Wedding celebration held in Peterhead's Football Club.

"Toon take fans on emotional rollercoaster ride at Balmoor" - Peterhead 2 - Gretna 1: Peterhead FC looked to have been outplayed in a dull game on Saturday when they were heading for an 0-1 defeat courtesy of a Derek Townsley headed goal in the 27th minute from two yards out. But two moments of football brilliance, a goal from Andy Roddie with fourteen minutes to go, and another two minutes later from a Jamie Buchan shot gave Peterhead all three points. Peterhead may have a new striker in the team when they travel to Elgin on Saturday.


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Jottings from the Buchan Observer of Tuesday, 16th March, 2004



Geary-Morrison: Gavin and Sarah are delighted to announce the birth of their beautiful son, Ethan James, on February 19th, 2004. Thanks to all at PMH.

Howells: Alex and Zoe (Best) are thrilled to announce the arrival of their daughter, Evie, on 3rd March, 2004. First grandchildd to Michael and Carole and David and Loraine. Grateful thanks to Ellon Midwives and Staff at AMH.



Anderson - McMillan: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Denise to Stewart on 16th February, 2004.

Cumming - Gardner: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Alison, only daughter of Michael and Patsy, Stuartfield to Mark, second son of Bob and Pat, Turriff on Saturday 6th March, 2004.

Tait-Strachan: Andrew, son of Willie and Tricia and Jaclyn, daughter of Andrew and Linda would like to announce their engagement on March 5th, 2004. Family and friends delighted.



Buchan: Peacefully at Ward 16 (Anchor Unit) ARI, on Tuesday March 9th, 2004, with her family by her side, May Bruce, aged 67 years, of 6 St Andrews Street, Peterhead, much loved and cherished wife of Andrew, much loved mum and mother in law of Drew, Marion, Marjory and Walter, a much devoted nanny to Marie, Stuart, Andrew and Bruce. Promoted to Glory.

Riseborough: Very suddenly at his home, Da-Bhinn, Langstracht, Maud, on Sunday March 14th, 2004, Ralph Riseborough, aged 82 years, dearly loved husband of Grace McCann, a dear dad of Jim and dear father in law of Linda. Very sadly missed.



"BBC Scotland investigates Blue Toon gangmaster allegations" - BBC Frontline Scotland news squad are believed to investigating working practices and conditions of foreign workers in Peterhead's Freshcatch, but Chris Anderson says all of his employees are completely above board. They are being paid normal rates of £6.20 or £7 per hour. "My workers have been coming back to me telling me they didn't understand why they were being asked. They said they told them they were happy with things here. They are on the same rate as local people." Mr Anderson says his firm has been praised by the Philippine Embassy in recent weeks for its factory's conditions. Mr Anderson went on to say that there aren't enough local people to work in fish factories. "We have had to turn our attention to other places to fill our work force." Peterhead Harbour Trustees chief executive John Paterson backed Mr Anderson's claims. Mr Paterson said: "If they weren't here to fill the employment gap then Peterhead's fish factories would have to close."

"Police treating Mintlaw fish factory blaze as suspicious" - A fire causing more than £1million damage at Mintlaw shellfish factory - Macduff Shellfish - on Saturday morning, is being treated as suspicious by Grampian Police. Five fire appliances from Peterhead, Maud, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen attended the fire after it was discovered by a company director at 6am on Saturday. A fire brigade spokesman said: "A fire investigations officer was appointed on the day but at the moment we are not in the position to say how the fire was started." The damaged building was a £1.1million cold store, but the fire did not damage the former Abacus Seafoods plant the firm moved into along the road in 2001.

"Glittering send off for prison's Eunice" - Last Wednesday, staff at Peterhead Prison held a retirement party to celebrate the retirement of Eunice Scott after 30 years' service at the Prison. Eunice started at the Prison in 1973 on a six-weeks' temping job but it was extended, to three decades. Governor Ian Gunn presented Eunice with a bouquet of flowers, a digital camera and a watch to mark her retirement.

"All the glitz of the Oscars" - Peterhead Academy held its annual ball at Boddam's Buchanness Hotel last week, with students enjoying a fantastic evening of glitz, glamour, excellent food and planty of dancing.

Peterhead's Safeway store has merged with Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. Marie Melnyk, joint managing director, commented: "Clear pricing and a strong promotional programme supported by consistent availability and tight control of waste will mean a better deal for customers. We are confident shoppers will enjoy the change, not least in their pockets and we will be getting on with it fast."

Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve near Crimond has a rare visitor just now, a white-tailed eagle, also known as a sea-eagle, which was first sighted at the Loch on March 3rd. Yellow rings on the eagle's legs have allowed Reserve staff to identify the bird as a three-years old bird from south-western Finland. This is the first recorded sighting in Britain of a white-tailed eagle from the Baltic coast and it has caused great interest among ornithologists throughout Europe. Lauren Pitts from South Carolina, USA, a volunteer warden, commented: "What a start to my visit. It's made my journey worthwhile!"

Church of Scotland Moderator, the Right Reverend Professor Iain Torrance, began his visit to Buchan Presbytery last week with a reception in his honour by Aberdeenshire Castle at Fyvie Castle. On Sunday morning, he preached at Longside Church, and visited a youth event at Fraserburgh Old Church Centre. On Monday he visited RAF Buchan and Peterhead Prison, and today (Tuesday) he will visit Peterhead Harbour Board, a fish processing plant and Banff and Buchan College. On Wednesday he will visit Peterhead Academy and have a buffet lunch with senior pupils.

Peterhead man, Jack Wilson (71), helped by Shona Aird of Peterhead Football Club, recently held a stovie dance in Peterhead FC club premises which raised £1,800 for charity Anchor Unit, the cancer unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Mr Wilson explained: "Last April, myself and a friend celebrated our 70th birthday by holding a similar event for charity. My family has been affected by cancer and so I wanted to collect money for that cause."

Local MP Alex Salmond has written to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw requesting a meeting to discuss the proposed European Union Constitution. Speaking last week, Mr Salmond said: "The Common Fisheries Policy has been disastrous for Scotland and our communities - The last thing we need is a Constitution that will strengthen Brussels control over our fisheries." Mr Salmond is seeking removal of a clause giving the EU even more control over fishing.

Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson is angered over a letter from Scottish Ambulance Service chiefs saying it will now be October 2004 before a decision can be taken on upgrading Peterhead Ambulance Station to 24-hour status. Mr Stevenson said: "I am extremely angry that a promise originally made by the Scottish Ambulance Service for March 2004 now appears to be moving to late 2004, which does not even have the certainty of the previous commitment."

Stuartfield Senior Citizens are holding a coffee morning in the village public hall this Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. Longhaven Social Club have a whist drive in the Longhaven Hall this Friday from 7.30pm. Blackhills School former pupils from 1944 to 1954 are invited to a school reunion - phone 01358 722657 or 01779 838240 for information. Mintlaw Primary School PTA are holding a daffodil tea on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

Mintlaw Academy pupil, Ashley Heasman (15) came third in a UK-wide culinary competition - the National Future Chef competion - held in London. As part of her prize she won a family holiday at Centreparks and met celebrity chefs. The competion was run by Springboard UK to promote the Hospitality Industry to under-16s. Principal teacher for home economics at Mintlaw Academy, Alison McGillvray said: "This is such a fantastic achievement for both Ashley and the school." She added: "Many thanks go to Kareen Horne, Mentor Chef from the Waterside Inn, who trained Ashley. Her help has been invaluable."

"Fundraising for a new bed for young Ross" - Fund-raisers walked in wintry conditions in Peterhead from Meethill School to Zion Tabernacle, Hope Street, to raise £2,200 towards cost of a special bed for cerebral-palsy sufferer Ross Walker (8) of School Road, Peterhead. Special thanks were intimated to all the walkers and to Meethill School, Woolworth, Children in Need, Laeso Fish and Zion Tabernacle for their support. Meethill School pupils also raised £664 at their Christmas Concert for the bed fund for their classmate Ross.

Aberdeenshire Council is offering free electric blanket testing from 26th March to 3rd April, 2004. "Only 6 minutes of your time could stop a fire or a fatality!" their offer announces. Bookings can be made by phoning 01467 628060.

Hopes are that 120 full-time jobs will be created by a major overhaul of the 60-acre Dales Industrial Estate, Peterhead. Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Enterrise Grampian are jointly funding the enterprise.

A total of 89 vessels passed through Peterhead Bay during February. This consisted of two cargo, four coasters, two DSVs, seven F/Vs, one rig, 64 supply vessels, two surveys, four tankers and three tugs.

Some samples of the Free Mother's Day messages from Buchan school-pupils: Anna Ritchie School: "I love you very much, Mum" (Vicky Helyer, (8), Class 4) - Boddam: "To the best Mum in the world." (Austin Cordiner, (5) Class 1/2) - Buchanhaven: "I love hope you have a great day" (Blair Deakin (7) Class 2B) -Burnhaven: "There's no one better than you" (Sophie Miller (7) Class 3/4) - Central: "I love you because you cuddle me" (Robert Davidson (6) Class language) - Clerkhill: "Thanks for everything you've done"(Kirsty Feighery (11) class 7C) - Dales Park::" Sit back and relax on Mother's Day" (Ashley-Louise Thain (11) Class P7) - Meethill: "I love your cooking especially fish fingers." (Sophie Anderson (8) Class P1/2)

"All about building for next season admits Iain" - Elgin 1 Peterhead 0 signalled the end of Peterhead's promotion hopes for this season. Said team manager Iain Wilson: "It's all about building for next year now, finding out who's going to be here, and building a squad capable of getting us out of this league."


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Jottings from the Buchan Observer of Tuesday, 23 March, 2004



Adamson-McKenzie: Scott and Stefanie are delighted to announce the birth of their bonny bairn, Cullen, on February 17th, 2004. Thanks to all at AMH.

Aitken: Stewart and Fiona nee Duff are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Stewart, on March 4, 2004. Both sets of grandparents delighted.

Mundie: Jamie and Lesley are proud to announce the early but safe arrival of their son Evan Ryan on 14 March. Grandparents Jim and Sandra and Dave and Fran delighted.



Murphy-Boyce: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Lindsey, younger daughter of Dennis and Brenda to Allan, elder son of Allan and Roslyn, on Saturday 13th March, 2004.

McKenzie-Watson: Margaret is delighted to announce the engagement of her youngest daughter Varrie to Salter on 14th March in Austria. 6 Forrest Place.



Anderson: Peacefully at ARI on Thursday, 18th March, 2004, Jean, aged 82 years, beloved wife of the late Peter Anderson. A dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Leiper: Very suddenly, with her family by her bedside, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Frdiay March 19th, 2004, Gladys Tait, aged 76 years, of 114 Forman Drive, Peterhead, dearly loved wife of Andrew Buchan Leiper, a much loved and loving mother of Heather, a dear mother in law and a proud and devoted granny and great granny. Very sadly missed. "At home with the Lord."

Murray: Peacefully in his sleep at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, on Friday 19th March, 2004, Allan Murray (Retired Electricity Meter Reader), aged 85 years, of 55 Landale Road, Peterhead, dearly loved husband of the late Margaret Mitchell, a dear dad of James, Ian, Carol and Lorraine and a dear granda. Very sadly missed.



"Battle is on to save pupils' Global Rock Challenge bid" - Community School's Co-ordinator Keith Moore-Mitchell has found 135 spaces in a youth hostel in York and will be writing to parents to see if they will accept this as acceptable accommodation for their children to enable the Peterhead Academy group to take part in the Global Rock Challenge UK Final in Grimsby on May 21st. Mr Moore-Mitchell said: "At this moment we are hoping we can win almost 100 percent from parents for this new proposal. Now everyone will be under one roof." Around 20 parents had earlier refused permission for their children to be accommodated by "strangers" who were former colleagues of teachers in the Grimsby and Lincolnshire areas. A £3,000 flight had been chartered for pupils sitting exams on the Friday morning to allow them to get to the event on time. Global Rock Challenge is an initiative against drugs and crime, originated in Australia, and now in its fourth year in the UK. Peterhead Academy has been a major success each year since it came to this country.

"Buchan school bus given police escort" - The New Pitsligo-Mintlaw school bus run for pupils to Mintlaw Academy now has a security guard to ensure teenage pupils do not vandalise the bus which is operated by Kineil of Fraserburgh. Grampian police sergeant Gordon Farman said the problem wasn't isolated to Mintlaw but had a widespread issue. "I carried out some research on school buses and found similar problems as far afield as Australia and Canada."

"More cash offered for crime-busting at Boddam" - Boddam councillor, Sam Coull, has offered a financial reward to anyone giving names and details of vandals of property in Boddam. He is offering £50 for information about vandals damaging the walls along Seaview Road and Rocksley Drive, and a further £25 for a photograph of the culprits in action.

"Multi-media studio opens in town" - Andy Brown's multi-media studio - Dregs Music -will open next Thursday designed to bring writers, musicians, artists, designers and photographers under one roof. The studio will incorporate a coffee shop and be a venue for the sale of second-hand CD's, vinyl, music videos, DVDs and books.

"Countryside group in danger of folding" - The Buchan Countryside Group, a local environmental group, may have to close down because of lack of funds. The Group has received considerable funding in the past from Scottish Natural Heritage and other funders, and was responsible for the construction of the Buchan walkway. Press officer, Viv Bowser, said: "..we are heading for extinction unless we receive massive help in the next few weeks."

"Vicious assault pair jailed for over 12 years" - Two north-east drug addicts were jailed at the High Court in Aberdeen for a "vicious and cowardly" attack on a 60-year old man, in a bid to steal his £20,000 savings. Scott Henderson was jailed for six years and six months, and Brent Humphreys for six years. There were shocked gasps from the public benches in Aberdeen when the sentences were handed down.

Local companies will be able to get free advice on training courses when Kay Newton, of 'learndirect scotland for business' is in Peterhead on Wednesday, 7 April.'learndirect scotland' is backed by the Scottish Executive and works in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise Grampian and the local Chambers of Commerce. Advice will be available on thousands of courses available throughout Scotland, including free online courses.

Banff and Buchan MP Alex Salmond challenged Ministers during a recent Question Time in Parliament on what they were doing to improve the situation in the EU fisheries deal decided in Brussels in December. He asked: "Is the Minister aware that as of today, half of the Scottish white fish fleet are in the position that if they go to the major haddock fishing area at a time of record haddock stocks, they will be forced to discard these fish caught, dead over the side into the sea? Can the Minister tell us since everybody knows the map on which these regulations are based is wrong, as admitted by the European Commission, the Scottish Executive, and fisheries ministers down here, and we've been promised appropriate changes within days over the last four weeks. So, as of today, what is the Minister going to do to prevent thousands of tonnes of quality fish being used to feed seagulls and what exact intervention is the secretary of State going to make to prevent this fishing disaster and environmental obscenity?"

New Deer school pupils joined forces with more than quarter of a million pupils across the UK to simultaneously recite Wordsworth's "Daffodils" in aid of charity last week. The event was organised by Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Wordsworth Trust and sponsored by Yellow Pages. Every child who took part in the attempt to set a world record for the largest ever poetry reading paid 50pence towards the charity.

Glebefield Business Centre, Peterhead, was venue last Friday when Aberdeen College was presented with a cheue for £4,200 from the Allied Irish Bank, sponsors of the Beacon Award for College/Foyer Partnerships. Foyer operates in Broad Street, Peterhead.

New Hope Trust, Peterhead, is seeking public help to renovate and furnish an orphanage in Moldova by September. Mark Morgan of New Hope Trust said: "In December last year we visited Moldova to bring Christmas gifts and humanitarian assistance to several orphanages. After visiting one large orphanage and en route to another, our team noticed a sign saying 'children's home' which was not mentioned in any of the maps or documents they had. Deciding to follow the sign, they headed up a dirt track road and discovered the forgotten children of Capcui." The orphanage is home to 82 children living in horrendous conditions without proper water supply and basic facilities. New Hope Trust can be contacted at 0845 230 4673 or email

Peterhead Junior Theatre Group - director Donna Wall - will next month stage their production of The King and I. The show will be held in Peterhead Community Theatre from April 28 to 30. Said Donna: "A lot of families are involved in the show including my own. My husband Graham is the producer of the show and knows the theatre inside out and our three kids are also in the show. There are a lot of brothers and and sisters in the cast." Many of the children have never been on stage before. Local fire-fighter Gary Collins will play the King and Jennifer Strachan plays Anna. Donna Wall's son, Brent, takes the part of the prince.

Peterhead Academy has revived its Pupils Council to give pupils more say in the running of the school. More than 60 pupils from first to sixth years will take part.

Peterhead's Arbuthnot Museum stages a Spring arts open exhibition from April 1 to May 29. While exhibiting works is free, artists are charged 20 per cent on work sold.

Peterhead's Anna Ritchie School will hold a fashion show this Thursday at 7.30pm to raise funds for the PTA. St Mary's Church, Peterhead, is holding a Buttery Morning on Saturday 27th March, from 10am to 12 noon. And also on Saturday, Peterhead Swimming Club will hold a soup and sweet in the Palace Hotel, from 11.30am to 2pm.

Peterhead engineering apprentice, Craig Ward, recently gained an SVQ level 3 in engineering production from Banff and Buchan College. Craig is employed with Centrex International.

Scouts Kyle Murray and Mark Witt were recently presented with the Queen's Scout Award by District Commissioner Bill Stewart at the York Street Scout Hut.

Peterhead 0 - Stirling Albion 0 - scoreline did not do justice to an entertaining and exciting match at Balmoor Stadium in which while both teams deserved to win, neither deserved to lose. The water-logged pitch which was made playable only after chairman Roger Taylor's work with a tractor removed surface water from the pitch just before kick-off. Shaun McSkimming commenting after the game in which he made a come-back after a long period off injured, said: "We want to aim for third place finish as fourth is the best we've managed. It would take a minor miracle to get promoted now but the boys are playing for their pride and we just want to get as many points as we can and prepare ourselves for next season."


The Buchan Observer ( is printed and published at Scrogies, Chapel Street, Peterhead, each Tuesday.

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Jottings from the Buchan Observer of Tuesday, 30th March, 2004



Findlay: Paula and Ian are delighted to announce the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Emily Robyn Findlay, born on 12.03.04. First grandchild to Jane and George Melvin and Mary and John Findlay. Thanks to all at Labour Ward, AMH and to all staff at PMH for their care.

Ure-Stephen: Grant and Samantha are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their beautiful son, Aiden, at PMH on Sunday 14th March, 2004. Grateful thanks to all medical staff. Both families overjoyed.



Donaghy-Ritchie: Both families are delighted to announce the engagement of Natash, eldest daughter of Mark and Elizabeth to Andrew, eldest son of Ernest and Mary on Saturday 20th March.

Grant-North: Mauren and Mike, Sandra and Billy are delighted to announce the engagement of Susan and Andrew on 25th March, 2004.



McDonald: At Bellflower Community Hospital, California on Tuesday March 23rd, John Cooper Watt McDonald, age 90, son of Daniel and Violet McDonald, late of Peterhead. Beloved husband to Carroll, father to John, Michael and David. Loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. Sadly missed.

Stephen - Peacefully at Los Osos, California on March 22nd, George Alexander Strachan Stephen, in his74th year. Beloved husband of Flora Higgins, dear father of Paul and Gail, beloved grandfather to his six grandchildren. Very sadly missed. 1678 14th Street, Los Osos, Ca. 93402........Marie (Cowe) Davidson, 16 Harbour Street, Cruden Bay, AB42 0NB.

Walker - Peacefully at Wyndwell Care Home, Harbour Street, Peterhead on Saturday March 27th, 2004, Mary Lawson aged 76 years (formerly of 10 Harbour Square, Boddam) dearly loved wife of the late Gordon Walker, a dear mother, mother in law and granny. Very sadly missed.

Wyness - Peacefully at the Ugie Hospital, Peterhead, on Sunday March 28th, 2004, George Wyness (retired joiner) aged 88 years of 7 York Terrace, Peterhead, dearly loved husband of the late Jeanetta (Netta) Davidson. A dear father of George and Colin, a dear father in law, granda and great granda. Very sadly missed.



"Bid to find bone marrow match" - Clever Tots Nursery, Peterhead, will host a bone marrow donor registration this summer. This follows one of the children, Michael Plank,six months, being diagnosed with leukamia and his sister not being a match. His parents, stationed at RAF Buchan, have now moved to Newcastle to facilitate treatment for Michael. Nursery owner Sam Melrose said: "We have agreed to do a fundraiser for the Anthony Nolan Trust, but as well as this we are absolutely delighted they have agreed to hold a donor registration session at the nursery on Saturday, June 12, from 10am to 12 noon." The Waterside Inn is providing free accommodation to the local co-ordinator for the duration of the event.

"Mobile phone mast plans for centre of Peterhead" - Hutchison 3G will lodge tomorrow a formal application to site a 5.5 metre antenna in the densely populated Windmill Street. The mast will be on top of the abandoned telephone exchange building. Company spokesman says so far there have been no objections f rom neighbours.

"Aquatic dives into new Peterhead facility" - Aberdeen-based Aquatic Engineering and Construction Limited had its new warehouse and yard officially opened last week by local MP Alex Salmond. Aquatic has been based in Peterhead since 1976 providing specialised equipment hire to the oil and gas industry. Said Operations Director, Fred Edgley: "Depending on future work load, we would anticipate more jobs, both here and in Aberdeen."

"Gangmaster networks raided by police" - Gangmaster networks have been raided by police in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh. Thirty-eight were arrested in Aberdeen and 15 in Fraserburgh. The Gangmasters are alleged to import illegal workers on false papers and give them accommodation and protection while taking a large proportion of their wages from them. Local employers pay standard rates, although police brand these workers "modern day slaves."

New Deer Primary school pupils did well in the recent Burns Festival in Aberdeen. Melissa Bremner came first overall in poetry sector for Pimary 4a and Thomas Griffin-Walker won the Primary 6 trophy.

Blackhill Primary School former pupils are holding a re-union on Sunday, 2 May, at Ellon's New Inn. Tickets can be ordered from Bill Gavin (01779 838240) or Dorothy McKinnon (Robertson) on 01358 722657 before April 24.

Buchan Heritage Society has received a £2,500 grant from Lottery Funding for the purpose of teaching local primary children about traditional arts, storytelling and bothty ballads at a two weeks event this summer. MSP Stewart Stevenson and MP Alex Salmond have both campaigned for their constituency to receive a greater share of lottery funding. Mr Stevenson organised a recent Funding Fair at the Waterside Inn to assist local charities and groups in making applications for funding.

Farmer James Forrester (62) of Cruden Bay who recently admitted impaling, lifting and then dropping a Land Rover with two fox-hunters inside has been fined £1,500.

A Farmers Market will be held this Saturday at Drummers Corner, Peterhead.

Specsavers in Marischal Street, Peterhead, has just celebrated it first anniversary. Store director, John Watson, said: "We've had a terrific first year - the support from Specsavers is second to none." Specsavers UK-wide aims to raise £100,000 for guide dogs for the blind, and Mr Watrson handed over a cheque for £250 to Fay Stewart and her guide dog, Usher.

Crimond man, Steven Mackay (31) died in a road accident on the A952 Mintlaw to Fraserburgh road on Friday afternoon. He was cut free from the wreckage of his Peugeot 2005. Two other cars, a Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane were involved. Their occupants were conveyed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary suffering from what are believed to be minor injuries.

Muckle Kirk minister, Dr David Ross, is leaving his charge after 25 years service to take over as Chaplain of Peterhead Prison and Aberdeen Craiginches prison. He starts his new appointment in April.

New Deer Agriculture Show has broken with 157 years of tradition and appointed it first-ever woman President - Ann Davidson.

Entrance fees for this summer's opening of Peterhead Maritime Heritage Centre have been scrapped and will be replaced by a collection box for donations.

MP Alex Salmond was guest speaker at the 40th birthday celebrations of the Round Table held recently at the Palace Hotel.

Auchnagatt poet, Joan Ingesund (55), who has had her poetry published in a number of anthologies and been awarded two certificates by United Press Ltd, had her own poetry address book published recently.

Clerkhill Primary school pupils, Catherine Ritchie, Kyle Ritchie and Marc Culley, were the prize-winning team in a spaghetti building competition to mark Science Week.

Peterhead FC fought hard to drag a point-sharing draw from a tough game against Stranraer at the other end of Scotland. Result Stranraer 1 - Peterhead 1.


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