Report on town’s defibrillators

By bellmannews / January 9, 2019
yellow defibrillator box

There are now seven public access defibrillators in and around Stonehaven – heard members of Stonehaven and District Community Council at last night’s meeting in the Invercarron Resource Centre.

The push for more of these life-saving pieces of equipment was helped by this year’s Nippy Dip, which saw almost 300 participate and raise £1344 for both RNLI and Stonehaven Community Defibrillator Scheme.

A further defibrillator, at the fire station, was gained via funding from the Meikle Carewe windfarm given to the Stonehaven Town’s Partnership.

And since the David Street Coop has now supplied its own unit, a defibrillator can now be placed at Redcloak.

The community council intends to run training events for both members of the public and local businesses. They are also going to order signs so that the locations of the devices are more visible.

Meantime, with recent episodes of vandalism in mind, methods of security such as more visible locations and internal cameras are being investigated.

‘Bit of an insult’

By bellmannews / January 9, 2019

Community councillor unhappy with railway station consultation


At last night’s meeting of Stonehaven Community Council, Ian Hunter told members he had been contacted by a firm of consultants who were looking into improvements at the railway station – and SDCC had been offered a quick phone call to make their comments.

Mr Hunter said this was, ‘a bit of an insult’. He said he had instead requested full information on the proposed improvements, and a meeting with the consultants.

Councillor Sarah Dickinson asked for someone from the disabled access panel to be included in the discussions.


New bus service to airport

By bellmannews / January 5, 2019

Stagecoach North Scotland today confirmed two new bus services will begin operation on Monday 21st January using the AWPR improving journey times for those choosing to travel by bus. 

Service 747 will be introduced on Monday 21st January offering a new link across Aberdeenshire and Angus. The new service will replace services 107 and current 747 and will operate an hourly frequency throughout most of the day between Montrose and Ellon using the AWPR. The service will operate from Montrose to Stonehaven before serving Kingswells Park and Ride and Aberdeen Airport. The service will then continue to Ellon and some journeys will also extend to Cruden Bay and Peterhead. 

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Latest sculpture at boardwalk

By bellmannews / December 23, 2018

The identity of the artist behind Stonehaven’s series of stainless steel sculptures is a closely guarded secret – but the mystery man of metal’s work is admired and photographed by all.

The latest vessel to catch the eye is a yawl, manned by lobster and crab.

Dunnottar Castle, at Dawn

Castle suspended in the ocean, with dawn behind.

This is image was taken at the very start of winter 2018. Golden hours photography relies on shooting before and after dawn and the same at sunset. I remember waking before dawn four or five am and sensing the time was right to make an attempt on the castle. I contacted Andy Hall my mentor to see if he was awake and feeling inspired to support me in discovering the art of shooting the iconic, Dunnottar Castle, which of course he was and raring to go, being the fantastic mentor and advocate of the Mearns that he is.


The result is this moody shot of the castle, resting nestled in the north sea morning, preying on the day to arrive and to bask in it’s very own splendour.

Finally, the fast link is to open

By bellmannews / December 11, 2018
map of AWPR open sections
The Craibstone to Stonehaven and Charleston section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) will open early on the morning of Wednesday 12 December.
This significant new section of road, which includes the A90 between Stonehaven and Craibstone and the A956 between Cleanhill and Charleston, will give north east road users access to around 20 miles (32km) of new road.

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Motorhomes and affordable homes today at the area committee

By bellmannews / December 10, 2018
Stonehaven Council offices

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets today at Viewmount at 9.30am. The meeting is open to the public.

There are two agenda items that look interesting to the Bellman – a discussion about possible sites for mobile homes in Stonehaven, and consideration of 51 affordable housing units at Ury Estate.

For full information see the committee papers here


The Bellman is a site under construction – once in full service, this is the kind of local news we intend to cover.


Planning applications this week

Stonehaven Council offices

This is an extract from the Aberdeenshire Weekly List 10 December 2018.  The application was registered last week within the Kincardine & Mearns Area of Aberdeenshire Council and can be viewed online at

Land At New Mains Of Ury, Ury, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Applicant: McLaughlin And Harvey

Full Planning Permission for Erection of Site Office and Welfare Building, Formation of Car Park and Installation of Security Fence and Gates (Temporary)

Any person wishing to make comment on an application should do so in writing to the undersigned by the date specified in the list. You can also make comment online or to the email address below. Please note the date for comment will extend if neighbour notification or advertisement is required. Comments must be submitted within the required timescale and any comments made will be available for public inspection and will be published on the internet.

Local Planning Office: Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ Telephone: 01569-690544 Email:


Having looked at the application form, the Bellman can add the site office is for the Stonehaven flood defence scheme and is expected to remain in place for three years.



Stoney Sunrise

stonehaven sunset over gently lapping waves and shoreline

End of Autumn 2018 this image was taken. Around 7am. The trick here was capturing the texture of the water just as the sun’s rays were cascading across the stones. This is done by keeping the shutter open for longer than normal allowing as much of the movement in the frame to be absorbed by the camera as possible.


Thanks again to my mentor Andy Hall who was there to guide me while creating these images for my introductory portfolio.

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