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Jane Cruickshank


Stonehaven’s Renowned Butcher

By Jane Cruickshank / January 20, 2022

STONEHAVEN lost one of its best-loved characters on Saturday January 15, with the death of Charles McHardy, known to all as Charlie. Tributes are already flooding in for a man who was shy at heart, but who will always be remembered for the courteous greeting and cheerful service extended to every visitor in his Market […]


Planning to Have Less Councillor Involvement?

By Jane Cruickshank / January 17, 2022

THE intricacies of Aberdeenshire Council’s planning process come under scrutiny by our councillors when the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets tomorrow. And it is their own role in planning decision making that is being examined, with a review of the process where applications are either decided by planning officers – called delegation – or […]


Getting it Right for Stonehaven’s Schools

By Jane Cruickshank / January 12, 2022

AT last night’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, members heard reassurances from the team working to locate and design the replacement buildings for Dunnottar and Carronhill Schools – they said they were experienced and wanted to ‘get it right’. Three representatives from Aberdeenshire Council’s learning estates team attended the meeting to kick off […]


Community Council Briefing on Schools Consultation

By Jane Cruickshank / January 10, 2022

AT their meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 7pm) Stonehaven and District Community Council will hear a briefing on the statutory consultation for proposals to replace Dunnottar and Carronhill Schools. Dunnottar Primary School has been in service since 1889. Now, it is the only primary school in the Shire to score a C for overall suitability and […]


More Than a Cancelled Event

By Jane Cruickshank / December 17, 2021

Yesterday’s announcement on social media that this year’s fireballs ceremony was cancelled will surprise few but disappoint many. Over the last 20 years, what used to be a spontaneous and informal local celebration developed into a highly regulated world-renowned event – with the full gamut of risk assessments, crowd barriers, first aid, stewarding and even […]


SDCC Hosting Virtual Meeting Tonight

By Jane Cruickshank / December 14, 2021

In recognition of safety advice, received from Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council, Stonehaven and District Community Council’s business meeting tonight, Tuesday 14th December at 7pm, is to be held virtually – a link at the bottom of this article will allow you to join. During the meeting, local councillors will give updates on both the […]


Jubilee Tree Planting

By Jane Cruickshank / December 1, 2021

A SILVER birch tree was planted at the Queen Elizabeth Park this morning to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The planting was also undertaken as part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy Project – a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Jubilee with a lasting legacy for future generations in honour […]


Cowie Path Improvements

By Jane Cruickshank / November 28, 2021

WHEN the Infrastructure Services Committee met last week, one item on the agenda was the Council’s outdoor access strategy – making provision for non-motorised public access. One key feature of the strategy is the ”effective and innovative management of outdoor accessinfrastructure.” The map below shows the core path network for the area. And it would […]


The Arrival of the Christmas Tree

By Jane Cruickshank / November 25, 2021

WORK got underway today to put Stonehaven’s Christmas tree in place at the Market Square. Donated by Rickarton Estates, this year’s tree is a particularly bushy specimen – but a gang of volunteers from the community council, STP, Horizon Group, Fireball Association and the Lions were on hand to help guide it into position. As […]

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