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Fireballs History

By Jane Cruickshank / November 23, 2021

A FASCINATING history of Stonehaven’s Fireball ceremony has just been published. Put together by Martin Sim, The History of the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony features an edited collection of local newspaper reports from 1908 to 2002. After that date, the Fireball Association were in charge and Martin was was directly involved so it then becomes a […]


Carlton House Conversion Decision

By Jane Cruickshank / November 16, 2021

COUNCILLORS voted today to grant permission to Aberdeenshire Council Housing Department for the conversion of Carlton House building into 16 flats. At their meeting in October, councillors deferred their decision for a site visit. Today, as before, several of the councillors had to excuse themeselves from the discussions and the vote – Cllrs Howatson, Agnew, […]


Covid Testing Kits For Those Without Symptoms

By Jane Cruickshank / November 15, 2021

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team – Mobile community testing continues to be offered across Aberdeenshire for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing without symptoms is entirely voluntarily, but by visiting a Mobile Community Testing Centre and taking a lateral flow test, residents will be able to better protect their family, colleagues and the […]


Carlton House and Area Budget on Agenda

By Jane Cruickshank / November 15, 2021

THE proposed conversion of Stonehaven’s Carlton House from office to 16 flats and further awards from the Area Committee budget are among the items on the agenda for Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee when it meets tomorrow. Councillors deferred their decision on the proposals for Carlton House at their meeting on October 12 to allow […]


Council Asked to Find Solution for Rugby Club’s New Home

By Jane Cruickshank / November 10, 2021

STONEHAVEN’S community councillors voted last night to oppose Mackie Academy FP Rugby Club’s bid for an asset transfer of Forest Park – then vented their frustration at Aberdeenshire Council saying it lacked strategic planning and asked them to come up with a solution to the club’s plight. There was a large online gathering joining those […]


Rugby Club Proposals Up in Court!

By Jane Cruickshank / November 5, 2021

MACKIE FP Rugby Club’s bid for an asset transfer of land at Forest Park under the Community Empowerment Act is one of the first items on the agenda for Stonehaven and District Community Council – when they meet in the former courthouse on Tuesday evening. With the amount of interest shown in these proposals, the […]


Top Club in Scotland Aiming for UK Honour

By Jane Cruickshank / November 4, 2021

ABERDEEN and Stonehaven Yacht Club, ASYC, have been selected as the Scottish finalist in a UK- wide Club of the Year competition. The Shorehead-based club is up against nine other regional finalists including those based in Lymington, Exe, Ballyhome and Teeside. Our Stonehaven sailors are now looking for strong public support to help them take […]


Backies Cafe Proposals

By Jane Cruickshank / November 1, 2021

A JOINERY workshop at Stonehaven’s Backies car park will be transformed into a cafe – if proposals submitted to Aberdeenshire Council get the go-ahed. Donald Junnier is seeking permission for the change of use of the workshop to a Cafe (Class 3 Food and Drink), along with external alterations (part retrospective) and the provision of […]


Stonehaven Community Council Holding A Hybrid Meeting

By Jane Cruickshank / October 11, 2021

TOMORROW evening’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council will be the first ’round the table’ gathering since the pandemic. But to assist those who would rather dial in via their phones or laptops, the meeting, which will take place at the former courthouse, will also be hosted on Teams – the link is below. […]


Strong Readership Numbers For September

By Jane Cruickshank / October 4, 2021

FOR those of you who may be interested in the readership of The Bellman, here’s a screenshot of our statistics for September. Our readership has always been content-driven ie, if there’s a story that get’s folks excited/interested/furious, then the numbers soar. So which story piqued Stonehaven’s interest on September 20? It was the story written […]

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