Local crime trends to feature at area committee

By bellmannews / January 16, 2019
Stonehaven Council offices

MEMBERS will hear a verbal update on the local trends, issues and risks provided by senior police representatives at their meeting on Tuesday January 22 , at 9.30am at Viewmount.

Crime figures from April to September 2018 are compared to those from the same period in 2017. It would appear the residents of Stonehaven should be reassured as, for the main part, crime figures are reduced.

One glaring exception is in incidences of shoplifting – with an increase from 10 to 18 reports. Those interested in hearing the officer’s comments are welcome to attend the meeting.

The full agenda can be found at http://committees.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/committees.aspx?commid=8&meetid=19104

Horizon Group back in action

stonehaven volunteers gardening burns

With Burns night fast approaching, it was perhaps appropriate that pruning and tidying the Burns Memorial Garden was the first outing this year for the volunteers.

The group meet each Tuesday morning, weather permitting, and carry out a range of tasks from litter picking, to planting – all aimed at keeping Stonehaven looking its best.

New members are always welcome

Community Council’s website launch

By bellmannews / January 9, 2019
stonehaven community council website

All community council meetings are open to the public – and last night’s meeting at the Invercarron Resource centre saw half a dozen members of the public listening to and joining in with the discussions.

Now, SDCC have a new website to help keep Stonehaven residents informed.




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.

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