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Local golf – reluctant resurrection

By Alex Russon / January 18, 2021

Back in 1991, my football team (Aston Villa) poached the then manager of Sheffield Wednesday, Ron Atkinson. It was just before the start of a new season and to suggest this event caused enmity between the two clubs would be an understatement. A couple of weeks later, when the fixtures came out for the new […]

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Righteousness within grasp

By Alex Russon / January 18, 2021

Greetings from Stonehaven’s community of churches. We hope this missive finds you well in these turbulent times, please be assured of our continued prayer for yourselves and the town as we journey through these days together.  At Stonehaven Baptist Church this week we discussed parts of a letter Paul wrote to the church of Philippi in which the question was posed, ‘how can we stand righteous before […]

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Mearns FM profile – Doug Paton

By Alex Russon / January 14, 2021

There aren’t many towns boasting radio stations, Stonehaven being somewhat unique in that regard, so here at the Bellman we’ve been profiling some of the presenters at our community station, Mearns FM. Today it’s the turn of stalwart, Doug Paton. “I joined Mearns FM many moons ago when we were broadcasting from Stonehaven Town Hall. […]

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Stonehaven Golf Club – winter league update

By Alex Russon / January 11, 2021

The world of golf was shaken this weekend by news that the Douglas/Russon partnership has pulled out of the Stonehaven Golf Club winter league, a bombshell few could have predicted. After a shaky start to the campaign, results had been improving, yet, in a terse statement from Douglas’s agent, the duo’s seemingly harmonious relationship has […]

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Church Matters

By Alex Russon / January 10, 2021

Church services in current times are distant affairs, zoomed into our homes by social media links rather than experienced in person, but nevertheless, church in Stonehaven remains an integral part of our community. Times like these are a test for every community, whether that be a nuclear family, workplace, social club or church, and it’s […]

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Stonehaven GC winter league (lightning strikes twice)

By Alex Russon / January 4, 2021

I used to be an amateur footballer back in the day, not a very good one, but a footballer nonetheless. When my career drifted to a close I was to be found on the periphery of the squad, rarely getting a game unless someone had gone down with the effects of a bad curry. Occasionally, […]

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Stonehaven’s church community

By Alex Russon / January 3, 2021

There’s no denying last year was a very difficult one and as we enter a new year with Covid still in our midst, it’s hard to make plans. We like to set objectives for the year ahead but it feels futile this time around, that’s if we’re looking to do so with any degree of […]

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Mearns FM profile – Gavin Harper

By Alex Russon / January 3, 2021

Mearns FM has an army of people involved in the station’s day to day running with over two dozen presenters broadcasting shows to satisfy a multitude of musical tastes. It’s a merry band of committed individuals gladly offering their services from the station’s studio on Ann Street or from their own home, but occasionally there’s […]

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Covid pavement dancing

By Alex Russon / December 31, 2020

Stonehaven’s tumultuous year ends without the fireballs, another reminder of how our community has suffered during these traumatic months. Here’s a brief look at how the town dealt with the pandemic as a beleaguering year unfolded. Please add your comments, we’d love to know your thoughts on how you feel the town’s coped. As the […]

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Winter golf at Stoney – mind funkery

By Alex Russon / December 29, 2020

According to common maxim, 95% of a golfer’s fortunes depends upon that which is occurring between his or her ears during a round of golf. Provided a player possesses the basic fundamentals of a golf swing, the scorecard will, in large part, reflect the mindset deployed whilst that individual was on the course . This […]

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