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New Feature Commemorates our Ploughman Poet

By Jane Cruickshank / April 15, 2021

A HORSE-DRAWN plough is a new feature for Stonehaven’s Burns Memorial Garden. The century-old farming implement was donated by Jim Bruce who hosts a large agricultural heritage collection at his farm just outside Stonehaven. The plough breaks the ground for a project being undertaken by the Horizon Group in conjunction with the Stonehaven Burns (Fatherland) […]


Stonehaven Reminiscences

By bellmannews / February 21, 2021

By Callum Fraser – I originally wrote this for the Stonehaven Heritage Society magazine in 2008 and have regularly updated it with randomly triggered recollections as they occur to me. I hope it may bring back some long forgotten memories for those who grew up in Stonehaven around the same time. My first experiences of […]


Covid Tam

By Jane Cruickshank / January 25, 2021

by Anon of Cowie When Corona virus hits the streetAnd friends and neighbours canna meet,When market days are nae moreWhen naebody’s allood through yer door.Whilst we sit boozing at oor hamesGetting foo whilst playing games,Some on tables, some on boardsWhilst thoosands end up in the wards.And at they Holyrood, e’en on SundaysWe hear auld Sturgeon cancelling fundays.She prophesied that late or soonWe’d all be told to stay locked doon.An affa lot ignored her summonsIncluding Willie […]


Stonehaven and the Bluebirds

By bellmannews / January 10, 2021

A History of Stonehaven’s buses by Callum Fraser – For many years I have had a strong interest in buses, dating back to when I first took notice as a young child of the predominant Alexanders blue bus fleet and the contrasting olive green buses of Aberdeen Corporation. Alexanders buses had the almost romantic appeal […]


From Fish Processing to Postie then On the Buses

By bellmannews / December 12, 2020

Callum Fraser concludes his memories of his early work experience – I had the summer to fill before I went to University in 1965. Luckily I managed to join up with a team of three other lads for a full time job in a fish processing plant in Torry, by the River Dee in Aberdeen. […]


Early Work Experiences in Stonehaven

By bellmannews / December 5, 2020

By Callum Fraser – pictured on the left wearing a tie After reading a recent newspaper article where a blue-chip company chief executive was complaining that pupils were now leaving school unprepared for the world of work, I cast my mind back to my very early experiences of work beginning more than fifty years ago […]


The Woman on Stonehaven Black Hill War Memorial

By Jane Cruickshank / November 7, 2020

In 2014, Aberdeenshire’s Heritage Education Partnership, supported by Aberdeenshire Council, completed the ‘Hard Vrocht Grun’ project – the creation of an education resource for schools, colleges and researchers exploring the effect of World War 1 on the North-east of Scotland. “Hard Vrocht Grun” is a Doric phrase meaning “hard fought ground” or “hard worked ground” […]


Alistair’s Virtual Walk Around Stonehaven

By bellmannews / October 14, 2020

Enjoy the beautiful views across the bay and around Stonehaven harbour from the comfort of your favourite chair, as Doric spikker Alistair Lawrie – a member of Stonehaven and District Community Council – takes you on a virtual walk around bonnie Stonehaven.


Graveyard Discovery

By Jane Cruickshank / May 17, 2020

A MAN whose contribution to Scott’s 1901 expedition to Antarctica is commemorated by a mountain named after him, lies buried in Stonehaven – I’d never heard of him, have you? A passing glance at a modest gravestone in the Cowie kirkyard revealed that Helen Jane Welsh, whose name heads the gravestone, rests with her husband […]

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