KDP Bulletin

From KDP Team

The Community Grants Programme supports local charities and community organisations across the Grampian region to develop projects which improve access to health provision, enhance healthcare experiences, and empower individuals to better manage their own health.
Applications which are community based and initiatives which seek to address health inequalities are particularly welcome. The programme is also interested in supporting research which focuses on health inequalities, self-management, prevention and early intervention.
For more information and to apply visit the website

Connecting with Communities is a mobile food service that operates to help rural communities across Aberdeenshire access affordable and healthy goods at a low cost. It is a service that has been developed in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.
When residents visit the Connecting with Communities van, they have the opportunity to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and other healthy goods at affordable prices.
For more information and the locations that they visit please click here.

The Fore Trust offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before.
It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.
Registration Wednesday 6th to 13th December 2023.
For more information and to apply click here

The £150m Community Ownership Fund (COF) exists to help communities across the UK to take ownership of assets at risk of closure.
A community asset or space means buildings or land which are used for the well-being or social interest of the local community. These include green spaces, libraries, cultural spaces, leisure facilities, community centres, pubs and more. Community ownership gives local people control over the buildings and spaces that have significance to them and that these spaces are used in ways that meet the priorities and needs of the local community.
My Community is providing a Scottish based webinar on 5th December, on how to write a strong application and putting together your management case.  They will bring together top tips plus insight from successful applications including hearing from groups that have received funding.
Learn more on the website or register here for the webinar.

Nourish Scotland is looking for 10-12 pantry members or those using foodbanks in Aberdeenshire, to join discussion groups or individual conversations to share their realities of accessing food through pantries or food banks.
More information can be found in this flyer
Participants will be paid for their time and reimbursed for any extra expenses.
To find out more about how to get involved email Irina at irina@nourishscotland.org.uk or call: 07726926232.

SCVO has produced a Village and Community Hall Handbook for everyone running a village or community hall in Scotland. From governance and facilities management to net zero and digital, they will guide you through what you need to know.
Village halls are often the heart of the community. They are places for people to gather, learn, access services and have fun. Making sure they are well run and maintained is an important but not always easy role, often fulfilled by committed volunteers and workers.
Explore the various subjects here.

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding to support what matters to people and communities. The programme is a partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, sportscotland and Creative Scotland. It can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Funding for community-led projects: from £300 to £20,000 and can support your project for up to 2 years.
Funding for arts and sports projects: from £300 to £10,000 and can support your project for up to 12 months. Run in partnership with sportscotland and Creative Scotland.
Visit the website for more information.

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Live Life Aberdeenshire offers a package of support, highlighting the many free services available to people and families across Aberdeenshire, to help save money and support health and well-being.
Through Live Life Essentials, people can access, for free, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, showers in leisure venues and use computers to access the internet, send emails, create word documents, etc.
An essentials membership is required to access the services, but it costs nothing and can be found at the below link.
For more information and to sign up please click here.

The Hugh Fraser Foundation makes donations to registered charities which are active in such sectors as the arts and culture, medical & health, the environment and education, care and support of the young and elderly, people with disabilities and the under-privileged. So long as the object is charitable, the Trustees will consider any application from a registered charity.
The Trustees’ policy is to focus on applications relating to activities and projects in Scotland, particularly those parts of Scotland where the local economy and/or circumstances make fund-raising for charitable purposes difficult.
The next closing date is Friday 2nd February 2024.
For more information on the application process, click here.

The work of Scotland’s voluntary sector changes people’s lives for the better, brings communities together, improves policy and contributes to the economy.

EssentialSector is a campaign to show the impact of this #Essential work and to act as a reminder that what we do, and the benefits we bring, are constantly at risk if we do not have the support and funding we need to thrive and survive.

Back in May 2023, 10 voluntary organisations were selected to showcase their work in short films. These are just 10 of 46,500 voluntary organisations in Scotland.
The films feature real people, telling their stories in their own words and paint and inspiring and raw picture of the value and impact of our sector. The films show the challenges the sector faces, as well as its many achievements.
Watch these inspiring stories here.

KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.


Road closures


Amey is carrying out road safety improvements on the A92 at Glaslaw Interchange near Stonehaven from Sunday 26th November to Sunday 10th December.

The £130,000 project will install new safety barriers at either side of the carriageway at a section of the A92 which passes below the A90 at Glaslaw Interchange in order to protect both the structure and road users.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists the essential maintenance will be carried out using two-way temporary traffic lights.

A temporary safety barrier will be in place in the centre of the carriageway, extending roughly 45 metres in either direction of the structure. The two-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation at each end of the barrier.

The temporary traffic lights may be manually controlled during peak times to ensure there is no build up of traffic on the A90 off slip.

The safety improvements, which Amey is undertaking on behalf of Transport Scotland, will benefit more than 4,000 vehicles who use this route each day.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

For media enquires please contact Amey’s press office on 01865 713240 or by email: press.office@amey.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @NETrunkRoads.

Please note that due to SSE to provide service to a property it will be
necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the following restriction to
Road Closure
Macdonald Road
From No.16 until Burns Terrace
For 5 Days commencing on Monday 18th December 2023
Diversion via – Burns Terrace – Brickfield Road – Thomson Terrace –
Macdonald Road and vice versa.
Should you have any queries please contact john.fox@albatraffic.co.uk

Please note that due to Aberdeenshire Council carrying out drainage
investigations it will be necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the
following restriction to traffic
Road Closure
Belmont Brae
Between Ann Street and David Street
For 2 hours commencing at 10am on Wednesday 06th December 2023
Diversion via – David Street – Barclay Street – Rodney Street – Ann Street
and vice versa
Should you have any queries please contact

Please note that due to Scottish Water Works it will be necessary in the
interests of public safety to apply the following restriction to traffic
Prohibition of Waiting
Cameron Street, Stonehaven
From Ann Street Junction to Barclay Street Junction – North Side only
For 5 days commencing on Tuesday 05th December 2023
Should you have any queries please contact Liam.ross@contraflow.co.uk

Christmas Tree of Life at St James Church, Stonehaven

By Val Cadd

Nineteen years ago a tree in the churchyard/garden of St James Episcopal Church, Arbuthnott Street, Stonehaven (across the white bridge) was dedicated as the Tree Of Life – a place where anyone can hang a bauble in memory of someone ‘they love but no longer see’. The tree is to be rededicated this year by Rev Canon Mary Jepp on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 10am, at the beginning of the Nine Lessons and Carols service.

Since 2004 the tree has been decorated with baubles every year by members of Stonehaven and the surrounding area in memory of someone very dear to them. The tree is to be decorated again this year from Friday 1st December until Friday 5th January. The congregation of St. James would like to invite anyone and everyone who would like to, to place a bauble on the tree in the memory of someone very special to them. The tree is next to the side gate beside the church wall and can be accessed from either inside or outside the church property. (If you wish to retrieve your bauble in January please do so by the 5th or search the basket inside the church before the 13th January.)

You are very welcome to either bring your own bauble or collect one from a basket to be found in the church. The basket of baubles along with a marker pen will be available daily (during daylight hours) in the church and also at St James’ Christmas Coffee Morning in the church hall on Saturday 2nd December from 10am until 12.30pm.

We hope all who place a bauble on the tree will get comfort and everyone will appreciate the simple yet stunning effect.

Chorus Christmas Concert

By bellmannews / November 27, 2023

From Marilyn Cusine

Stonehaven Chorus are holding their annual Christmas concert in Stonehaven Town Hall on Sunday 10th December 2023 at 7.30pm.

The chorus will be led by conductor Ralph Jamieson, who has been our musical director since 2014 and accompanied by Blair Cargill.

This year our evening of festive music includes items both familiar and lesser known as well as popular Christmas carols such as Hark The Herald Angels Sing and The Holly and The Ivy to  let the audience take part in the singing.

The programme will include pieces by Bach, Arvo Part,James MacMillan, John Rutter, Eric Whitaker to name but a few.

As part of the concert there will also be a performance of the Double Violin Concerto by Bach led by one of our own choral members Ruth Kalitski who is well known in our local area and plays in Aberdeen Sinfonietta

Tickets are available from Giulianotti’s, EvanStreet, from members, at the door and through our website www.stonehavenchorus.co.uk. Price £15 and under 16 free

Do come along and  enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink and an evening of Christmas music with the Chorus.

Dates for your diary

The chorus are holding a Come and Sing workshop in St.Bridget’s Hall on Saturday 2nd March 2024 where the pieces to be performed will be:

Brahms Requiem 1, 2, 4 which will be sung in English

Purcell Praise The Lord, O My Soul

Haydn Missa Cellensis ( Kyrie and Gloria)

Our Spring Concert will be on Sunday 19th May 2024 in Stonehaven Town Hall when we will be performing Holst’s 1st Choral Symphony and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Bring on the Bling

By bellmannews / November 27, 2023
an assortment of bling jewellery sitting on a sequein blouse

By Claire Jessiman

Want to help the earth – and your community – out a little bit and grab a bargain in the process? The Community Collective invite you to join us for an evening of glamour at our first official fundraiser: Frocks, Bangles, and Bling on Friday, December 1.

This is an opportunity to come and learn about The Living Room: we invite you to get dressed up (dress code: dress to impress), join us in our fabulous refurbished space, and take home some preloved occasionwear and accessories!

All items will be available on a pay-as-you-can / pay-as-you-feel basis, with ALL PROCEEDS going towards The Living Room and supporting our community.

Tickets cost £5 and are available @ The Living Room (10am-2pm every Weds, Thurs, and Fri) Ticket price includes entry, festive canapés, and a drink on arrival. If you aren’t able to visit for tickets during our opening hours drop us a message and we’ll sort something out.

If you have any occasionwear or accessories you may like to donate to the event, please get in touch via Facebook messenger. We have very limited storage space, so please get in touch first.

Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau’s Annual General Meeting

KAMCAB would like to invite you to our upcoming AGM

Our Annual General Meeting for 2023 will be taking place on Wednesday the 6th of December at 5:30pm, in the St Bridget’s Hall (Dunnottar Avenue, Stonehaven, AB39 2JJ).

If you are interested in attending please register your attendance by sending us an email to bureau@kamcab.org.uk

So Here it is Merry Christmas

THE lights are switched on and twinkling on Stonehaven’s Christmas tree after days of preparation and a festive get-together in the Market Square.

Dedicated Red Cross volunteer Margaret McPherson, who retired recently after 33 years’ helping in the local charity shop, had the honour of plunging down the switch after an enthusiastic countdown by the waiting crowds. She was assisted in her task by her young friend Ava Reid.

The tree measuring over 30 feet in height, was provided by Richard Holman Baird from his Rickarton Estate.

And a team of volunteers from a host of community groups worked together in the biting cold to put it up – there were representatives from the Stonehaven Town Partnership, Community Council, Men’s Shed, Fireballs Association, Horizon Project – and more since many present can wear several hats!

STP chairman Jim Stephen wore his Fireballs beanie while organising all the action over the two days needed to put up and decorate what is surely the loveliest tree in the North-east.

Carlo Williams and David Dallas braved the heights to set lights and baubles in place. Meanwhile Paul Tosh of the Men’s Shed kept an eye on technical aspects of the project.

One hitch was the failure of the lights on the star – they’d been in good order when tested. The plug was checked and fuse changed to no avail. Local retailer Nickel and Dime were able to provide a replacement, which was set in its lofty location by Carlo Williams, who took the liberty of adding a couple of his own personal touches and kindly provided the photograph below.

The afternoon’s entertainment in the Square included performances from Newtohill Pipe Band and the Mackie Academy School Bands and Choir – it was organised by the Stonehaven Lions Club, with the support of the Round Table.

It’s here! The Stonehaven Scouts Christmas Tree Sale

Stonehaven Cub Scouts Christmas

Do you, like me, love a real tree at Christmas? This time of year there is nothing I love better than the woody, pine fragrance of a Christmas tree permeating my living room. For the most part, I can even overlook the mountains of pine needles that invariably gather on the carpet no matter how much I hoover.

Now that Bon Fire Night is over and the nights are most definitely drawing in, I find myself hankering after the twinkly lights of a Christmas tree, a roaring fire, and a big plate of warm mince pies.  Sadly I don’t have a roaring fire, but I can bake or buy mince pies, and, joy of joys, Stonehaven Scout Group Christmas Tree sale is just around the corner so, very soon, I can get my very own Christmas Tree. Yay! And so can you.

Stonehaven Scouts Christmas Tree sale is on Saturday 9th December, meaning you will get your tree in plenty of time for Christmas. You can order your 5ft, 6ft or 7ft Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree today and, if you live in Kineff or Newtonhill, or anywhere in between, you can even have your tree delivered direct to your door by Economove and the delightful Scouting elves. Orders must be placed by Saturday 2nd December so, what are you waiting for, click here to make sure you get your tree.

Stonehaven Scout Group has a roll call of 100+ boys and girls aged from 6 to 18. By purchasing your Christmas tree from us you help support the facilities and activities we provide for them.

School Report – Could do Better

By bellmannews / November 20, 2023
screenshot of part of the report

THE Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meet tomorrow, with a host of planning applications to determine and service performance reports to consider.

Last item on the agenda is a performance report by Education and Children’s Services. Despite repeated readings I find only a four-paged report about the need to write a report. ‘Yes Minister’ springs to mind.

I did find one paragraph containing some information:

”Three of the five measures with an area-perspective linked to the Strategic
Priorities, and updated by ECS during the first six months of the current
reporting year, are performing within or exceeding target.”

That means two out of five are not – but there is no discussion or clarification.

An accompanying appendix does at least furbish our elected representatives with some information – 79.2% of Live Live Aberdeenshire, LLA assets, ie 19 of 24 buildings, are in satisfactory condition. That means five are not.

While LLA is apparently under this directorate, I see no reference to school buildings. There is no mention of Dunnottar Primary School or Carronhill.

As for the Strategic Priorities referred to – a quick look online gives insight.

The first two goals for Infrastructure and public assets are:

  • Deliver an ambitious yet affordable Capital Programme
  • Create and sustain a Council Estate that is fit for purpose to provide modern public services that meet the current and future needs of our communities

According to the performance report the local authority is exceeding its infrastructure and public assets target.

Hopefully councillors – who were unable to offer any insight on the prospect of new schools for Stonehaven at last week’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council – will glean more useful information during the meeting.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets tomorrow morning in Viewmount chamber at 9.30 am.

The full agenda and associated reports are available online.

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