KDP Bulletin

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Calling all Scottish Charities and Community Groups.
Community Connect is a funding initiative which enables Scotmid members to give back to their communities. The funding was made possible through sales of single-use carrier bags in Scotmid stores. Money for each sale contributed to a pot which was then distributed through the community connect award scheme.
The Application Form can be completed here
Applications will close on Thursday 11th August at 5pm.
For further information please contact membership@scotmid.co.uk

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Scotland Loves Local Awards.
Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) is once again hosting the event after last year’s inaugural awards recognised the amazing work taking place to transform communities across the country. And YOU are being urged to make your voice heard about the people and organisations who you feel deserve a chance to shine in the spotlight for the work they do.
The award categories for 2022 are: High Street Hero (an individual or organisation making an exceptional difference in their community)Climate and Net-Zero Towns Creative Town Streets and Spaces Digital Town Town Centre Living Enterprising Community Applications will close on Friday 2nd September, and the shortlist will be announced in October.
For more information and Application can be found here

The Agnes Hunter Trust SCIO operates two rounds of grants each year. Both rounds offer support to charities that match 1 of the 2 Policy areas as listed on the ‘What We Fund’ page. The Trust provides grants of roughly £3,000-£15,000/yr. The current round of grants is now open, with a deadline of 5pm on Thursday 25 August.
Those applications will be decided at the Board meeting on Thursday 1 December 2022. To apply click here

Pillar Kincardine is a local Mental Health organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of adults living in Kincardine and Mearns who are seeking help to cope with emotional, social or mental health challenges. Weekly activities bring people together in the community, share learning and empower participants to improve their own wellbeing. You can find their July Programme here

The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund.  A multi-million pound grant fund has opened to support people across Scotland to travel in more active and sustainable ways. For information on how to apply for a Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund grant of between £5000 and £50,000, click here

Cashback for Communities is now open for applications for its 6th round of funding with an allocation of up to £20 million over 3 years.  Applications close on noon, Friday 12 August.
Phase 6 will fund projects which deliver a range of trauma informed and person-centred services & activities for young people between the ages of 10-25 that: Support young people most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or reoffending towards or into positive destinations; Provide person-centred support for young people, parents and families impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma; Support young people to improve their health, mental health and wellbeing; Support people, families and communities most affected by crime. To apply click here

Growing Living Greenspaces is aimed at community organisations who recognise the golden opportunities our greenspaces present to address the challenges of today. Through planting projects, people of all ages can work together to make space for nature, grow connections within their community, and increase resilience to climate change and food insecurity.

With this new initiative, groups can apply to work with Greenspace Project Officers to implement a planting project in their local settlement, with each applicant being offered a site-suitable selection of plants including native trees, fruit trees, bulbs, and wildflower plugs, to plant on Aberdeenshire Council land between September 2022 and April 2023.

Further information can be found here
KDP is here to help in any way we can.  Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.
Mairi, Margo & LindseyKincardineshire
07903 156864 Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:

Mairi Eddie              Development Officer              developmentofficer@kdp.scot
Margo Titmuss         Funding & Windfarm Officer  windfarms@kdp.scot
Lindsey McDonald   Administrator                         officesupport@kdp.scot
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Stonehaven Golf Club this week

With the Open Championship taking place further down the coast, it’s been a struggle to leave the television for long enough to complete your own round of golf. However, those SGC members who did vacate the sofa last week did so in style, the scoring suggesting they’d paid close attention while watching Cameron Smith tear up the Old Course.

The Seniors played the first round of their Championship (Sky’s cameras sadly conspicuous by their absence) with a healthy field of 44 sharing the sunshine. There were varying degrees of success, a smattering of no-returns at one end and a six shot lead at the other. Front runner Neil Irvine is no stranger to silverware and even at this early stage it looks likely he’ll be reaching for the Duraglit once again. A first round 70 finds him a comfortable distance from the chasing pack and he has plenty of experience in protecting, and extending, a lead. Still, golfers know they’re only one bad curry away from disaster so the tournament is still there for the winning.

The weekend Stableford raised good money for the RNLI and provided remarkable scoring. A 36 point haul will win you the competition on some days, it’s the equivalent of an even par round of golf. Last Saturday however it’d merely have crept you into 42nd place, superb scoring being the order of the day. Stuart Irvine rediscovered the ability to keep his ball on the golf course in notching a splendid 42 pts and Charlie Watts’ equalled this tally to finish runner-up, but a glorious birdie on the final hole clinched victory for John Cowling.

Scoring in the midweek Medal was impressive too, Fraser Stark edging out Chris Brown by virtue of a better back nine, the players took advantage of perfect conditions. The Ladies weren’t to be outdone with scoring very good in each of their respective competitions, the Medal in particular a close fought race. Women combined with men later in the week for a Mixed Greensomes event, the Curries proving red hot with a winning 38 points (apologies, couldn’t resist).


Senior Championship Rd 1

N Irvine 70; G Ironside 76; G Brown 76

RNLI Stableford

J Cowling 43; C Watt 42; S Irvine 42

Wednesday Stroke

F Stark 64; C Brown 64; D Gall 65

9 Hole Stableford

S Crawford 20; G Donovan 18; D Cursiter 17

Ladies Medal

Div 1 – C Duncan 66; JL Kennedy 66; F Lamont 68

Div 2 – P Droy 67; J Hunt 69; M Campbell 69

Ladies 9 Hole Stableford

P Leiper 18; P Johnston 16; FE Sim 14

Mixed Qualifier Greensomes

J Currie/F Currie 38; G Lamont/F Lamont 37; R McAllan/R Riddell 35

Junior 9 Hole Stableford

James Boggon 18; Daniel Moseley 13

Temporary restriction of traffic on A957 Slug Road (From Academy Road to Westfield Road) Stonehaven

Please note that owing to… Network Rail carrying out Masonry Repairs to Railway Bridge
….It will be necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the following temporary restriction
to traffic –

(a) closure X

On the A957 Slug Road for a period of 3 Nights between 22:00 – 06:30
Commencing … Monday 25th July 2022 at 10pm
Site notices will be erected in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the
alternative route via Westfield Road – Arduthie Road – Kirkton Road – Farrochie Road –
A957 Slug Road and vice versa

Local Win Leads to National Finals

From Sandra Mcwilliam

Triumphant Bervie Bowling Club won the inaugural Aberdeen and Kincardine Top Five final at Laurencekirk Bowling Club playing against Harlaw Bowling Club.

Stonehaven resident Alistair McIntosh was among the team who running out winners after a tense last game. Bervie’s Gordon Lownie playing against Harlaw’s Ian Jaffray was 8-0 down but fought back to 11-11 at the 12th end. He took the lead and  at the 22nd end 17-16 and won the game at the 26th end with an excellent draw shot to win 21-17.

Bervie now go forward to the National Top 5 Singles to be played away from home against either Stirling East or Stirling West.

The feature photo shows Bervie winners l to r Alistair McIntosh, Kevin Barbour, Francis Tattersil, Davie Keith and Gordon Lownie.

Leave the collection of dead seabirds to us, urges Aberdeenshire Council

men in white protective suits and wearing masks picking up dead bird

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

Efforts to remove larger numbers of dead seabirds suspected of having Avian Influenza have continued apace this week, with around several hundred collected from our shorelines in recent days.

A key part of the success in clearing the carcasses has been the reporting of cases by the public and we again thank you for your ongoing efforts.

But we have had more instances of volunteers bagging dead birds and leaving them in publicly-accessible areas for us to collect.

As a council we have to follow specific procedures for the safe disposal of these birds and while the risk of infection to humans remains low, exposure to large numbers of birds increases that risk considerably.

So while we do appreciate your concern and willingness to help, it is best to leave the birds in-situ for our trained teams who are responding quickly to mass cases and monitoring affected areas.

We would ask that you continue to report suspected cases to both Defra on 03459 335577 and, if you come across groupings of 10 or more dead birds, our own dedicated phoneline on 01467 537444.

Again, please be assured that our beaches are still safe to enjoy this summer and the threat of transmission to humans is very low.

But remember to follow this safety advice at all times:

•            Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds

•            Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds

•            Don’t feed wild waterfowl

•            Don’t touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with droppings

If you find a live but sick bird call the SSPCA on 03000 999999 for advice – however please note that due to the current situation you should not bring any wild birds to their animal rescue and rehoming centres.

If you keep poultry or other birds, it is vital that you wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds.

For more details on avian influenza, visit www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/

How Should Aberdeenshire Council Spend Government Millions?

rainbow over harbour with Downie Point behind

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

An online consultation has been launched seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders on how best to target Aberdeenshire’s allocation from the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund. 

More than £8 million will be made available to the area over a three-year period to build pride in place and increase life chances. 

To access this funding, an investment plan is to be submitted to the UK Government in August which will identify priorities to focus the funding to meet local aspirations. 

Insight and expertise from a wide range of individuals, communities, businesses, voluntary sector organisations and service providers will help to shape the plan. 

Take part in surveys

Three surveys are currently open, based on the fund’s priority areas of communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. 

The communities and place theme could include investment in places and infrastructure such as town centres, open spaces, community and leisure facilities as well as measures to address the cost of living, community capacity building and tourism campaigns.

Business support services and grants may form part of the supporting local business theme, as can investment in business or innovation sites. Other potential priorities include support for entrepreneurship, research and development and the visitor economy.

People and skills investments could support employability services and funding to meet local skills needs. Other options include increasing digital skills, green skills and community learning and development. Part of the funding is ringfenced to support adult numeracy through the UK Government’s Multiply programme.

Paul Macari, Head of Planning and Economy at Aberdeenshire Council, said “The Shared Prosperity Fund will provide a significant level of investment in Aberdeenshire in the coming years. There are a wide range of potential uses for the funds which can add value to existing funding programmes. We need to ensure that resources are targeted as effectively as possible and focus on delivering against local priorities. 

“Canvasing a wide range of views will be instrumental in achieving this and I encourage as many stakeholders as possible to respond to the survey.”

Informal expressions of interest to deliver projects are also invited as part of the survey to help scope out potential demand for funds. Formal application processes are to be introduced after the investment plan is approved. 

The surveys can be accessed at: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-business-plan-project and the closing date for responses is July 24th.

Stonehaven Golf Club this week

(*photo depicts Neil Cattanach’s knees knocking on the 14th tee, his partner Chris Nicholl out of shot while looking the other way)

It’s the week of the Open Championship and St Andrews awaits a deluge of two hundred thousand spectators over coming days. Many of the visitors will be Stonehaven members looking to watch global stars and observe how golf should really be played. For others it’s four full days in front of the gogglebox with only visits to the fridge, kettle and lavatory by way of interruption. Either way, it’s the best week in golf.

Back here at Stoney, the main Gents event last week was the JM Adamson Greensomes, an alternate shot format to test even the strongest of friendships. It’s fun to snigger at your golfing buddies misfortune during a standard Saturday Medal, it’s less entertaining when you’re having to pick up the pieces each time said buddy dumps you in the cart. Sneak a peek at next weekend’s teesheet if you don’t believe me. Guys who routinely play together every Saturday suddenly find themselves unavailable cos they’re washing their hair. Even if they have none.

One bromance that promises to blossom however is that between Duncan McRae and Stanley Mitchell who triumphed with a net 58. Rumours of their engagement may be premature but if true I hope their fellow competitors are invited to the wedding. Not that myself and David Thurley will be attending, we’re at daggers drawn having honked out the 16th out with a grotesque 8 while on course for a 58 ourselves. The entire hole was a fiasco; dissent over which drive to select, subsequently taking turns in the same bunker down by the 3rd green, each fluffing chips in an attempt to reach the dancefloor. It was grotesque, our 3,3 finish merely rubbing salt into the wound, our winning speech already torn into a thousand pieces.

It’s been a busy week for the Ladies section with no less than five events taking place. Penny Johnston hoovered up two trophies and the weekly Medal was won by Fiona Armstrong (Div 1) and Kathleen Groundwater (Div 2).

The Junior Section saw Jamie Sutherland follow up a sound performance in the Men’s Club Championship with a five stroke victory in the Medal. Another club championship qualifier (Thomas Dingwall) finished third as they sandwiched Joe Lindeman between them. The Junior section continues to thrive and they now have six weeks wall to wall golf to look forward to during the school holidays. What it would be to be young again eh?


JM Adamson Greensomes

D McRae/S Mitchell 58; F Urquhart/S McGhie 60; C Steel/B Wood 60

Wednesday Medal

Div 1 – M Wiseman 58; R Gilmour 64; S McGhie 65

Div 2 – R Shearer 62; G Ironside 62; C Gordon 65

Div 3 – J Wiseman 55; E Dickie 64; J Stephen 64

Seniors Stableford

R Leggate 41; J Adam 39; J Findlay 38

9 Hole Stableford

M Innes 18; M Gaskin 18; R Hampson 17

Ladies Medal

Div 1 – F Armstrong 67; R Riddell 69; JL Kennedy 69

Div 2 – K Groundwater 65; A Henderson 68; J Needham 71

Ladies Innes Majority Final

B Kakebeeke-2; W Lawrence-3; J Needham -3

Ladies Par Competition

T McKenzie-2; JL Kennedy -2; F Armstrong-3

Ladies 9 Hole Par Competition

P Johnston-1; J Mackintosh-2; P Leiper-4

Ladies 9 Hole Stableford

P Johnston 20; P Leiper 18; J Mackintosh 16

Junior Medal

J Sutherland 66; J Lindeman 71; T Dingwall 72

Turbine Moved for Repair

A MAJOR repair has forced the removal of one the floating offshore turbines from the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm.

Eagle-eyed local Mike O’Hagan spotted the missing structure earlier this week and contacted The Bellman.

It appears one of the Vestas turbines has suffered component failure so, along with its floating foundation has been towed to an undisclosed location for repair.

The 50MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm has been operational since October 2021 and comprises five 9.5-MW Vestas V164 turbines and one 2-MW V80 turbine. Now owned by the Spanish Cobra Group, it is currently the world’s largest floating wind farm – though a project offshore Norway will claim that title once complete. With 11 turbines, Hywind Tampen will have a system capacity of 88 MW.

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