Welcome to Community News
Welcome to the Community News website from Belhelvie Community Council. The Community Council represents the residents of the Parish of Belhelvie, which includes the communities of Balmedie, Belhelvie, Potterton, Blackdog and Whitecairns.
While this website will inform visitors of the work of the Community Council, its main aim is to provide the best possible information on anything of general interest within the communities. With this in mind, any local organisations that wish to be included within our pages, to promote their activities, should contact us.
Community Council - Monday 18 July
The next meeting of your Community Council will be held on Monday 18 July at 7.30 pm in the Belhelvie Community Centre. Unfortunately we don't have an Agenda as we have not been provided with one. The Community Council has not yet appointed a new website Editor despite it being 2 months since our previous Editor resigned at the May meeting. It brings into question the Community Council's commitment to this Community website. Further, the Community Council has not, as yet, identified the resources to maintain and further develop this website. These issues will be discussed at Monday's meeting so this could be the final post on this website!
Friendship Group (Residents of Belhelvie Parish aged 50 plus)
We've had an update from Vic and Helen Deans about the first arranged meetings of the Friendship Group after a short summer break. So, if you are over 50 and have some free time on Tuesday afternoons (fortnightly from 30 August), make your way to Eigie House and join in the fun. We have full details of the meetings under Friendship Group in our Club News Section from the Menu on the left but if you want anything else then please call Mrs Vic Deans on 01358 743634 or Mrs Margaret Murison on 01358 742285 and they will be delighted to speak to you.
Gordon Leisure Projects Trust - Grant of up to £2000
Non profit organisations from within the former Gordon District can apply for grants of up to £2000. The
purpose of grant must be for the provision of playing fields, pavilions or
other recreational amenities and facilities (e.g. skateparks, playparks, sports equipment).
Click here for the Application form which contains further details. Good Luck with your application. Let us know if you have been successful.
Bedding Plants: A Big Thank You To All Involved
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Despite continuous poor weather conditions, your Community Council has now completed the planting of the bedding plants throughout the villages of Balmedie, Belhelvie, Blackdog, Whitecairns and Potterton. These bedding plants are donated by Aberdeenshire Council through the Formartine Partnership and add very welcome colour and beauty to our villages. Last year a number of large flower beds were created from old railway sleepers, which were donated by the former East Aberdeenshire Golf Club. These and the half barrels have now been filled with an assortment of bedding plants and are already adding summer colour to the verges and grass areas.
Wishart McBride, Community Council Secretary, expressed his grateful thanks to the Community Councillors and members of the public who gave of their time to weed and plant these out. “This will hopefully be a regular, annual event and the more people who can become involved in the planting and tending of these, the better and the bigger we will be able to make them. We would also like to consider hanging baskets throughout the villages and hope to introduce this into next year’s project but we can only achieve these things with the help and support of the villagers”, said Wishart.
Community Council To-Do List : Can You Lend A Hand?
Your Community Council is currently compiling its ‘to-do’ list for this year, which will include improving the play facilities for the youth of the villages. So, if you are interested in lending a hand at some of their future projects then please send Wishart McBride (firstname.lastname@example.org) your e-mail address or give him a call on 01358-742884 and he will keep you informed of their plans.
Police Report (July 2011)
The latest Formartine Police Report, by Inspector Steve Pratt is now available in our Police News Section. Please take time to read it. Inspector Pratt welcomes any feedback so please let him know what you think about the report.
2011 Balmedie Gala Report
We've now included a report on the 2011 Balmedie Gala in the Balmedie Gala section, which you can access from the menu on the left. We don't have any pictures though, so we'd be very grateful if you would send us your favourite Gala picture (to the e-mail address in the Contact Us section) and we may feature it on this website.
Our Editor resigned from the Community Council at the May Meeting and as yet no replacement has been identified for that important role. If you have any interest in assisting the BCC with any aspect of the further development and on-going maintenance of the Community website then please send us an e-mail at email@example.com or come along to the July meeting.
Family History Research - Strachan?
We've had an e-mail from James Brown who has been researching his family history and has informed us that he has identified a relative that is buried in the Belhelvie Church yard. His relative's name is John Leask Strachan who died on 2nd May 1958 and whose wife died at Hillhead, Denmore on 3rd March 1947. Mr and Mrs Strachan had a son who died in action in 1917. Mr Brown would be very pleased to communicate with any member of the family. If you have any information please contact us through the menu on the left and we'll pass on your details to Mr Brown.
New Trump Golf Course Pictures
We've posted 3 sets of new pictures on the ongoing development of the Trump Golf Course, in the Trump section. These pictures were taken during March and then in May and show significant changes.
Click here to go directly to the Trump Section or use the Menu under Major Developments to the left.
Leisure Centre - Details of All Classes Now Featured
You now have a special section of your Community Website dedicated to the Balmedie Leisure Centre. At the moment we have included the timetable of all classes but hope to expand that, over time, to give more details and some pictures.
Click here to go directly to the Leisure Centre section or alternatively use the Menu on the left.
Better Balmedie - £400 From Plant Sale and Car Boot Sale
Well done to the Better Balmedie Group and a big thank you to all who supported them, on a rather cold day on Saturday 21 May. Last year's Sales were held in glorious sunshine so it was disappointing that there was no repeat this year. Many satisfied customers from last year were return customers this year for more plants. The afternoon was equally cold so the Car Boot sale turnout was lower than hoped for, but thanks to the brave souls who did come along and set up their stalls in the cold!
Click on the 2 pictures of the Plant Sale to enlarge them.
The £400 collected will go towards the costs of planting around the village. If you missed the sales but would still like to contibute towards the planting costs then please contact Rosie Nicol by e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Well Done - Litter Pickers
It was a lovely day on Saturday 30 April for the Balmedie litter-pick. Twenty-four people, young to old (er) helped and collected 4 wheelie bins plus 8 black bags full of rubbish. A big thank you to all of you...and we'd be reasonably sure that none of the rubbish came from these community- spirited 24. Many of the items were glass or plastic and would be better placed in your home recycling, so the next time 'you' may be thinking about discarding your rubbish...please take it home instead. Bags of discarded dog-poo were also in plentiful supply, dog owners had gone to the trouble of bagging the poo but not waiting to put it into one of the special bins. Yes, there's never a bin where you want one but your Community Council is in the process of getting more bins. Please act responsibly meantime (and we know most dog owners do) and dispose of the bags in one of the bins.
(Click on the picture to enlarge it....and say a personal thank you to anyone you know or meet that is in the picture.)
We've included a new 'Police News' section on our main menu. You can read and comment on how well the Police believe they are doing in our area.
Click here to go to the new Police Section.
Walk Your Way To Fitness (Added 26 March)
An excellent article, we thought, in your recent Belhelvie Banter by Dr Alasdair Forbes promoting walking as a means to better fitness. Many of us are overweight and find it hard to start, let alone comply with, a rigorous exercise routine. As Dr Alasdair says, "You do not need to join a gym, start jogging or do anything painful. The only expense I'd recommend is a pedometer and you aim to do 10,000 steps every day." It's great to hear then that the recent Belhelvie/Whitecairns meeting was fully supportive of new (safe) paths being constructed between our villages.
You may not be aware but Balmedie has some excellent walks already, with recent new paths giving a great circular route. We intend to take some pictures on the next good day and give you details of the walk. In the meantime, take Dr Alasdair's advice and buy a pedometer.
Choosing A Local Tradesman
We've included a link to a relatively new website called 'tradesadvisor' in our 'Links' section. It promotes itself as 'The North-East's Online Guide to Recommended Tradesmen'. If you are having difficulty finding a local tradesman then it should be worthwhile having a look at this site.