KDP Community Cash Event

Logo of KDP

From Kincardineshire Development Partnership

KDP is delighted to be hosting our first Community Cash event of 2019 next Tuesday, 5th of March. Not only is this an opportunity to win £300 for your Community Group, but you can also visit our new office at the Sherriff Court Building, Dunnottar Avenue, Stonehaven. 

The evening will kick off at 7pm.

Click here for an application form and here for the terms and conditions.

We would be delighted if you could join us.

Best regards

Jacky, Margo & Kirsty

Police Scotland Survey

By bellmannews / February 28, 2019
The North East poloice crest

A NATIONAL survey has been launched, giving you an opportunity to have your say on the strategic direction of Police Scotland over the next three years and to have your voice heard. 

It is set up to accept responses as individuals or collated responses on behalf of groups or organisations. It also allows you to skip aspects you don’t feel are relevant to you – you can say as much or as little as you want.  The survey itself explains the background. 

Police Scotland are keen to have as wide a response as possible.  The more feedback they get, the more your voice can shape things going forward.  There are six sections:

·         Keeping people safe

·         Communities are at the heart of policing

·         Contacting and talking to us

·         Supporting our people

·         Managing demand

·         Our policing priorities

Our survey can be completed online at:


You can also print this document if you prefer.

You can scan and send it back to StrategicPlanningDevelopment@scotland.pnn.police.uk


 or to submit a hard copy by post, please send it to:

Police Scotland Strategy and Planning Team

Tantallon B

Police Scotland College – Tulliallan



FK10 4BE

You can also hand it in at the front counter of a police station.

The survey may take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete depending on how much input or comments you have.

The survey closes on Monday 18 March 2019.



Drop in Session on Local Plan

By bellmannews / February 28, 2019
A view of Stonehaven from Toucks area

By Paul Lindop of Stonehaven and District Community Council


We are in the part of the Aberdeenshire Planning Cycle where the council seeks the community’s opinion of its recommendations!

To that end there is a Drop In Session on the Aberdeenshire Main Issues Report and Local Development Plan – 6thMarch – 14:30-19:00 at the Community Education Centre.

The Main Issues Report (MIR) supports the preparation of a new Local Development Plan (LDP), including carrying out consultation with the affected communities. The LDP will govern the future use of land within Aberdeenshire from the period 2021 to 2032.  The MIR tries to identify what the main land use planning issues for the area might be and provides possible alternatives to inform the content of the Proposed LDP. 

The MIR was published on 14 January 2019 and the Proposed LDP, the “settled view of the Council”, will follow in about 12 months’ time.   The Drop In session on 6th March is an important opportunity for the community to see what is being proposed and what the Council believe is in the best interest of the community.

This is your opportunity to see if you agree or not!

We will be posting to the SDCC website a discussion document on this and the MIR report itself.  http://www.community-council.org.uk/stonehaven/

Otherwise you can see the full document online at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans-and-policies/ldp-2021/main-issues-report/

Any questions please feel free to drop me a line or come along to the next SDCC meeting – 12th March 19:00 at the Invercarron Resource Centre.



Lifeboat Tragedy

View of St Mary of the Storms graveyard taken from slopes of golf course, looking beyond to stormy rolling waves

By John Cruickshank


SOME 145 years ago to the day, four crewmen were lost from Stonehaven lifeboat St.George as she entered Aberdeen Harbour having attempted to provide assistance to the sailing ship Grace Darling which was in distress.

The following is an extract from the information plaque near the headstone which was erected in memory of the crew that lost their lives that day. The headstone can be seen in the graveyard of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Storms, above Cowie village, nestled below the Golf course on Garron Point.

”From the Chapel of our Lady of the Storms the North Sea may be viewed in all its moods, and within the sheltering walls of the kirkyard rest many who depended on these waters for their livelihood. Numerous tombstones, some adorned with ships and anchors stand in memory of seamen and fishermen. Many of these men lost their lives at sea.

Photograph of grey granite headstone topped with cross and with image of lifeboat above the wording

”Close to the west gable of the chapel is a prominent memorial to the crew of the Stonehaven lifeboat, St George, who died on 27 February 1874, whilst going to the rescue of the barque, Grace Darling. When distress signals were spotted, the crew launched the lifeboat in heavy seas and rowed frantically to help the barque which was being swept northwards. The lifeboat crew was unable to overtake the barque and had to abandon the mission at Aberdeen.

”Tragically, the lifeboat capsized as it entered Aberdeen harbour with the loss of the coxswain and three crew members. Two of these courageous men are buried here at Cowie, one at Nigg and one at Belhelvie.”


Another Anniversary – Eating Disorder Week beginning 25 February

By Counsellor Dennis Robertson

After 8 years we still feel the ache but we have learned to continue living our lives.
25 February is the Anniversary of our daughter Caroline who died because of Anorexia; a former pupil of Mackie Academy.
It is purely coincidental that this date is the beginning of Eating Disorder Week, nevertheless it is a time for reflection and to ask the question “have we helped in preventing other young people dying?”
There was even more reason to miss our daughter; Fiona, Caroline’s twin sister, got married in July last year.
A day that Caroline was missing from the photographs and more importantly missing from her sister’s side, when Fiona married Ross, who was also Caroline’s friend from school.
Anorexia Nervosa is a “Mental Illness” and affects 1 in 250 females and 1 in 2000 males. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality of all psychiatric disorders in adolescence.
As a family we felt helpless, not just at the beginning, but most of the 5 years of Caroline’s illness and her suffering.
There were many mistakes during her illness, but perhaps her ‘legacy’ is that there is more awareness and some medical procedures have changed due to her death.
We like to remember and focus on the happy days when Caroline’s smile lit up any room.
Every anniversary many of Caroline’s friends from school remember her and some post messages on their Facebook page but even nicer they are there for Fiona.
During my time as an MSP I was able to bring a greater Awareness of Eating Disorders to Parliament.
Every year I was there we held a ‘Members Debate’ and MSPs from every Political Party spoke of many different aspects of Eating Disorders.
I and those affected by any Eating Disorder are grateful to those MSPs that continue to mark the beginning of Eating Disorder week, submitting a Motion and holding a ‘Members Debate’ in the Chamber.
The asks we have as a family is that there needs to be a recognition that an Eating Disorder has very little to do with “food”.
It is a Mental Illness and the approach to food is all about “Control”.
It can destroy a family if the right support isn’t available and it is important that “Early Intervention” is seen as a high priority.
Waiting times throughout the Country vary but there is a need to have them brought down to 4 weeks or less.
In our Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Work Places there could be someone with an Eating Disorder and we owe it to them to recognise this and make sure the help and support is there for them and their families.

Fetteresso Forest Marathon

February 24th saw the return of the Fetteresso Forest Marathon, a trail marathon set entirely within Fetteresso Forest, a few miles to the west of Stonehaven. After a successful race in 2018, the 2019 race sold out just a few days after opening, and had a few elite runners sniffing around the online entry.
The race route is 200 metres longer than a marathon, and involves around 900 metres of ascent and descent, with very few flat sections.
The 2018 race was defined by two things, snow and ice. This gave the already challenging event a whole new level of difficulty, with runners needing to pick their lines along the forest tracks carefully to ensure they stayed upright and reached the finish. In 2019 however, there was no snow or ice to be seen. A freak-February sunny spell, meant the forest was all clear, and instead runners would be treated to blue skies and a warm forest.
The top three men from 2018 returned for the 2019 race, along with two of the top three women, leading to an exciting race at the front end. A fierce battle between Mark Mosgrove (Banchory Running Club) and Jason Kelly (Stonehaven Running Club / Metro Aberdeen Running Club) ensued from the get-go, with Mosgrove managing to edge ahead in the last few miles to take the win in 02:50:40, and Kelly dropping back to finish second in 02:56:39. Dwayne Batt (Metro Aberdeen Running Club) finished the men’s podium with a time of 02:57:14, which completed an exact replica of the men’s podium from 2018.
In the women’s race, newcomer Mary Lye (Carnethy Hill Running Club) was leading the way for much of the race, before being overtaken by Jeni Rhys-Jenkins (Insch Trail Running Club), last year’s runner-up, with Angela Reid (North Ayrshire Athletics Club) doing her best to chase Lye down. The women’s race finished with Jenkins in first in 03:42:48, Lye in second in 03:49:00, and Reid in 03:50:08, retaining her third place from 2018.
In the veteran’s categories, Pete Jones (Stonehaven Running Club) finished in 03:21:03 and Jacoline Day finished in 04:05:13 as the first V40 runners. Martin Mackinnon (unattached) finished in 03:30:48 and Tracey Sahraie (unattached) finished in 04:54:32 to take the V50 wins. All podium finishes and veteran category winners were awarded with small spruce trees as trophies to continue the forest theme, and to keep-in with the race’s minimal-waste philosophy.
The event is organised under the Stonehaven Running Club banner, with many of the Club’s members, in addition to other individuals, having a hand in the success of the event.
The event also successfully raised £300 for Connor’s voice. This money will go towards supporting a Stonehaven family’s efforts to help their autistic child, Connor Muir, communicate more effectively with his loved ones, and others around him.
Stonehaven Running Club is an inclusive running club who trains on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays in and around Stonehaven. For more information on the club, or the Fetteresso Forest Marathon, please visit www.stonehavenrunningclub.co.uk

Consultation on Main Issues Report for Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2021 at halfway point

By bellmannews / February 25, 2019

A consultation linked to the area’s emerging planning blueprint has reached the halfway point, and anyone with an interest in local planning policy and land allocation for development is encouraged to take part.
A Local Development Plan (LDP) sets out the policies that will be used for assessing planning applications and identifies development opportunities in an area.
The Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2021 is currently being prepared and as part of that process, planners have produced a Main Issues Report (MIR).
It is a document designed to create debate and comment, discussing all the bids received for development on sites across the area.
Prepared by planners after initial discussions with communities and councillors, it outlines what needs to change in the current 2017 LDP and sets out preferred options alongside reasonable alternatives.
This includes changes to the policies used to determine planning applications as well as additional land allocated for development.
An invitation was issued early last year to the development industry and landowners to advise Aberdeenshire Council of which sites they think should be in the LDP, and why.
It is not expected there will be significant additional allocations of land in the next plan, although some sites in the existing plan that haven’t been developed could be replaced.
The MIR also takes account of views expressed by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Nestrans, and Grampian Health Board.
Eighteen issues are listed, relating to such matters as: Business Land and Town Centres, Tourist Facilities, Green Belt, Housing Numbers, Affordable Housing and Digital Infrastructure.
The MIR consultation opened on January 14 and anyone can take part online, or view related documents at a local library until Monday, April 8.
A series of drop in sessions started in communities in February and continues into March so that anyone with an interest can discuss how the Main Issues Report may affect their area.
These will provide an opportunity to talk to one of the planners who have been involved in its preparation, and could assist in any response that may be made to the consultation.
Following the close of the consultation, all comments received will be analysed and the conclusions presented in reports to councillors as “issues and actions” papers, before work starts on producing the final Proposed Local Development Plan.
A Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2021 is then expected to be presented to councillors in November 2019.
You can see the Main Issues Report, take part in the consultation and see the arrangements for drop in sessions here: http://bit.ly/MIR2021
Updates on the Local Development Plan, including details of public events, can be found on Twitter at: @ShireLDP

Stonehaven Girl dances to Open Championship win

Ashleigh DUNCAN (8) recently travelled to the Queen Mary Scots Festival, Long Beach California. She competed onboard the historical vessel, against dancers from the USA and Canada. Ashleigh won the 9 and under Open Championship, her first Championship title. Ashleigh is taught by her Auntie, and is the first pupil of the Walker Dance School to gain the title of ‘Champion’.

Wild North East – A Personal Journey

By bellmannews / February 24, 2019
Splendid photogarph of stag head and shoulders looking straight to camera

Ewen Cameron will give an illustrated talk documenting his lifelong interest in the natural world of the North East of Scotland

8.00 pm, Tuesday 26th February 2019

Station Hotel Function Room, Stonehaven.

The talk is hosted by Stonehaven Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club.

Non-members most welcome.  Admission £2

Image courtesy of Sarah Louise Cull




Tree Felling at Carron

By bellmannews / February 23, 2019
Tree surgeons at work on junction of Carron Terrace and Arduthie terrace, Carron River in foreground

WORK has begun on the tree felling essential to enable the flood prevention measures for the River Carron.

Some 44 trees are due to be felled – though only five were assessed by experts as being of high quality. Planning permission was required for their removal – this was granted in August 2017, along with permission for others within the conservation area.

An Arboricultural Implications Assessment report by Mott Macdonald details the studies made of the trees along the Carron and Glasslaw, including pits dug to investigate root penetration. Tree by numbered tree, their report details the type, age and quality of each specimen – and recommends either it is felled because it is in direct conflict with the flood wall alignment, or protected during the flood works.

A series of charts details the siting of each tree, the extent of its canopy and an indication of its fate. New planting to be undertaken is also shown.

All of this information is available on the Aberdeenshire Council website. It is worth a look, if only to have an appreciation of the work that goes on behind the scenes of major projects such as this.


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