Additional Dial-a-Bus Service

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From Aberdeenshire Council transport team –

Aberdeenshire Council has added a Wednesday service to Stonehaven Town A2B dial-a-bus which now operates as follows:


Monday – 09:30 to 14:00 hrs

Wednesday – 10:00 – 14:30 hrs

Thursday – 09:30 to 14:00 hrs

Friday – 09:30 – 14:15 hrs

Stonehaven A2B dial-a-bus offers door-to-door transport in Stonehaven for residents unable to use other bus services. It is operated by an Aberdeenshire Council minibus and it is free to use.  Transport bookings are accepted up to a week before travel, or up to a fortnight ahead for health-related trips. 

We also offer an A2B shopper service from Stonehaven to Asda Portlethen or Tesco Newtonhill. 

Want to find out more about how to use A2B dial-a-bus in the Stonehaven area? Call us on 01467 535 333 during office hours or email

Our booking line on 01467 535 333 is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30 hours.

Stonehaven Golf Club this week…

Last week’s main event was the culmination of the Seniors’ Championship, the final 54 holes played in both the Scratch and Nett formats. In an announcement that has no danger of shocking the golfing world, I can confirm that Neil Irvine emerged victorious in the Scratch event, winning by a wholesome sixteen shot margin thanks to rounds of 70, 69, 66. Pretty good shooting, these scores don’t find you, you find them, so congratulations to Neil on a fine achievement and hats off from all of the Seniors (doubtless revealing a parade of bald heids and grey combovers).

The Handicap format was a closer affair with David Henderson triumphing by a single stroke over Neil Irvine with Gordon Ironside a further six shots back, one ahead of Billy Shepherd.

Saturday’s competition was the McNabb Trophy, a Bogey event whereby your score is compared with the nett target of 66. I have to confess to being bewildered by this format but, like most, I simply hand in my card at the finish and let the computer do the rest. 112 players took part and Steven McGhie won by virtue of a better back nine over Jack Nowak and Brian Hunter.

My own Saturday three ball (comprising myself, Simon Mitchell and Brian Hardstaff) almost came to blows on the 12th green. We’d been dancing around our handbags on every putting surface until that point, contorting our bodies into all manner of shapes in an attempt not to tread on each other’s line. It was akin to a game of Twister. Exasperated after eleven holes of this pantomime, I decided to take the bull by the horns and trample all over Mitchell’s line on the 12th green. Well, to my mind, the greens were rock hard and I had soft shoes on, plus he’d been trotting out that familiar refrain ‘don’t worry about my line’ all morning. So I called his bluff, only for him to kick off, with the backing of Hardstaff, both protesting over ‘rank bad etiquette’ and suggesting I take a long, hard look in the mirror. I stand by my behaviour however, the time has come for ‘line treading’ protocols to be outlawed beyond the winter season if you ask me. Do I have a seconder?

In the Ladies Section Fiona Currie triumphed in the Medal during an unusually quiet week of fixtures, that’s two weeks running she’s emerged victorious (having partnered her husband to glory in the Greensomes).

The Junior Section took part on home turf in the Sixes League, finishing second behind Aboyne GC. Stonehaven now bow out of the competition in terms of regional qualification but a sterling effort was made by the team of Daniel Moseley, Oscar Wilson, Abigail Fenton, Mollie Mason, Daniel James and John Cullion.


Senior Championship (Scratch)

N Irvine 205; S Wright 221, C Arthur 223.

Senior Championship (Nett)

D Henderson 192; G Ironside 199; W Shepherd 200.

(*N Irvine 193 but had already scooped the Scratch comp)

McNabb Trophy (Bogey)

S McGhie 6; J Nowak 6; B Hunter 6.

Ladies Medal/Putters Quaich

Div 1 – F Currie 74; W Lawrence 76; FE Sim 79.

Div 2 – J Hunt 72.

Junior Medal

J Sutherland 72; T Dingwall 78

Junior Stableford

J Sutherland 36; J Killoh 33; J Lindeman 33.

Stonehaven Schools project move to next stage of consideration

The familiar Victorian frontage of Dunnottar Primary

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

Projects for new schools in Stonehaven have taken a step forward, with councillors agreeing to move the projects to the next stage of consideration.

For Stonehaven, the intention is to replace Dunnottar School and Carronhill School on another site within the town.

The project was added to the council’s Capital plan in April, and a public meeting was held in May. Informal engagement has been taking place since last August with various stakeholder groups, alongside initial planning and feasibility works.

Following an update on progress, the Kincardine & Mearns Area Committee has agreed that the Ury playing fields, next to Mackie Academy, should be adopted as the preferred location for the development.

The schools would have capacity for 217 pupils at Dunnottar School and 48 for Carronhill School, each with their own accommodation and with access to shared facilities, as part of a campus approach.

The project will now move to the next stage of consideration, known as Gateway Stage 2, allowing for more detailed design and cost planning to take place. No final decision has yet been made on the plans, nor has a planning application been submitted at this stage.

Kincardine & Mearns Area Committee chair Cllr Wendy Agnew said: “The need for replacement facilities for these schools has been established for some time and the campus approach would allow for co-location while still providing independent facilities for each of the schools.

“This project will require careful and specific design consideration to appropriately meet the needs of the children, parents and staff of both schools, and there will be further opportunities for community input before any formal decisions are made.”

Work on the project will continue over the coming months, with this stage of consideration due to continue until spring next year.

Education & Children’s Services Committee chair Cllr Gillian Owen said: “It is pleasing to see this project moving to the next stage of consideration and development.

“This is an important project for the Stonehaven Community and the campus approach is one that we’ve seen successfully implemented in Alford and Inverurie in recent years. I look forward to this project developing further.”

Temporary Prohibition of Waiting scheduled for U161K Hunter Drive, Stonehaven

U161K Hunter Drive
(Junction of Hunter Drive and Hunter Avenue)
Please note that owing to… access to underground structure-cabling for new customer
connection …. It will be necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the following
temporary restriction to traffic

(c) prohibition of waiting X

On U161K Hunter Driver with the junction of Hunter Avenue for a period of
For 2 days from Wednesday 24th 2022

Temporary Road Closure at U68K Snob Croft, Stonehaven

(North of Blairs via Snob to A957 West of Mills burn)
Please note that owing to…urgent Scottish water burst… It will be necessary in the interests of
public safety to apply the following temporary restriction to traffic

(a) closure X

On the U68K Snob Croft for a period of 4 days
Commencing … Thursday 21st July 2022
Site notices will be erected in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the
alternative route via- U68K Snob Croft – U68KC1K Fetteresso – C1K U69K North Fetteresso
– A90t slip road – A957A90t flyover, vice versa.

Curry Night for Veterans’ Charity

From Robert MacRae-Clifton –

A CHARITY curry night next month will raise funds for The Erskine Hospital.

The event organised by former RAF servicemen Robert (Bloggsy) MacRae-Clifton takes place at the Carron to Mumbai Restaurant on the 3rd of August at 18.00 sharp. Tickets cost £20 for which you will enjoy a mixed starter, main course, rice and naan bread. There will be the usual raffle and maybe a wee auction.

This will be a ticket only event, with limited places to be had – so book early to avoid disappointment – just message me for a ticket at


Aberdeenshire Council launches new round of funding for coastal communities

The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) programme is now live.  

Grants are being targeted at community groups, third sector organisations and small businesses on Aberdeenshire’s coastline and can fund a range of activities with positive economic, social or environmental impacts.

The fund distributes revenues generated by Crown Estate Scotland, with applications being assessed and approved by NESFLAG – the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group – a cross-sector partnership comprising representatives from Aberdeenshire’s coastal and fishing sectors.

This year’s grants will be targeted towards activities or infrastructure which meet the following priorities:

• Supporting the development of active travel routes along, to and from the coastline
• Developing the coastal economy and sustainable tourism
• Creating or enhancing community, leisure and recreational facilities
• Safeguarding, restoring or enhancing the coastal environment

Grants between £2,500 and £25,000 will be available, and applicants must make a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects. Small business applicants must contribute 50% match funding. 

Programme co-ordinator Jamie Wilkinson said: “Once again we are delighted to announce a new round of CCCF funding and encourage any interest parties to get in touch. The programme has been a real success story over the past couple of years and we look forward to making new grant awards in the coming months.”

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, August 28 and potential applicants can access the application form and guidance at

Applicants are also encouraged to contact us for more information and support at

Gala day at Stonehaven Bowling Club

By Peter Houghton –

Stonehaven bowling club are having their annual Gala Day on Sunday 31st July 1pm to 4pm.
Usual stalls with bouncy castle, raffle, whisky trail, bottle stall, 7-ender, target bowls and bbq. The Cowie Bar will be open for refreshments. Come along for an afternoon of entertainment. All welcome.

Try bowls event and gala day

Stonehaven bowling club is holding a Try bowls event on Saturday 23rd July from 1-4. We hope to encourage the whole family all ages from grandparents, children and grandchildren to come for a fun filled afternoon. There will be lots of games associated with having fun. Come along and join in.

Stonehaven Art Club Exhibition 2022

By Isabel Pye

After three long years, two of them due to lockdown, Stonehaven Art Club are absolutely delighted to shout out welcome and come along to our art exhibition. Bring your friends bring your family and enjoy the work of local talented artists. There are paintings and cards galore in a variety of media.

We are a friendly bunch of like-minded people who love art and have been showing our work since the beginning of the club forty eight years ago. More than that we welcome and encourage artists and the public alike to join in the wide range of activities which are held throughout much of the year. Experienced artists give talks and demonstrations of their practice. Tutors run workshops on the many varied ways of making a painting. Members support each other meeting up for sketching sessions in and around Stonehaven. You can also find out lots of information about the club by browsing our website which contains details of events, news and has a gallery of work.

You can experience the results of our hard work in the shape of paintings and cards from ink and watercolour to pastels, acrylic and oil.

Our exhibition runs every day in the Upper Town Hall, Stonehaven from Saturday 30th July – Saturday 7th August, 10am – 6pm daily. Sunday 7th 10am -5pm . Entry is free

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