Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

10th Methlick FUNd Run

10th Methlick 5km & 10km FUNd RUN 10am Saturday 25th April

In Aid of New Life Homes – Rescuing and Caring for Abandoned Babies across Kenya. Do a TENNER for the Kids in Kenya

All runners £10 Registration

By giving just £10, you will be helping to provide a bed, milk, food, clothes, toys, and medical care to some of the neediest kids in Kenya.

Registration from 9am in the Scout Hut (directly behind Beaton Hall) Tea, Cakes and Bakes Younger children (P1-P7) can run laps of the cricket pitch

Come and have a great time and help raise funds for a GREAT cause

Methlick Bridge 5 Day Closure

Please be advised that B9005 at Methlick Bridge will be subject to a closure from 17 February 2020  for 5 days, to allow bridge repair works to be carried out. A signed diversion will be via B9005 (Fyvie), A947 (Oldmeldrum), B9170 (Methlick) and vice versa.

Please see link to map below.

Remember your empty Crisp Packets

Do you enjoy a bag of crisps once in a while? Have a bag for the bin? DON’T

All crisp packets (not popcorn) are now being collected by Methlick school for a possible prize and to help air ambulances.  Packets are counted at the school then passed to Ythanview Hotel. Please take your empty packs to the school.

Other crisps are available. Please eat them responsibly!

Scottish Rural Action January Newsletter

National Conference & AGM: 26 – 27 February 2020 You are invited to attend the Scottish Rural Action National Conference, taking place alongside our AGM from 26th – 27th February 2020, to explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural Scotland during the coming period of change.  We are gathering in an inspirational venue that is symbolic of the changing face of rural Scotland; New Lanark World Heritage Centre.  What can we learn from rural Scotland’s industrial past?  What economic opportunities are about to present themselves? How can we better balance the wellbeing of our people and the needs of our planet? How can we work together to enact positive, meaningful change?   Speakers and contributors at the event include Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Robin McAlpine of Common Weal on the Green New Deal, Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Alliance on the Rural Economy and Inclusive Growth, Aileen McLeod, former MEP, and Niall McShannon, Managing Director of Clydesdale Community Initiatives on social enterprise. The conference will also include a choice of field visits and a range of participatory workshops on topics such as climate change, re-population, community development and rural engagement. The conference will also kick start our ‘rural movement’. Rural Scotland’s voice needs to be heard, and the Scottish Government has tasked us with making that happen.  We need your input. For more details and to view the full programme visit our website. To reserve your free of charge place, clink on the booking link below. Book Now

New Chair and Board Directors Sought A reminder that Scottish Rural Action is currently recruiting for a range of opportunities including a new Chair, new Board Directors and a National Co-ordinator.  You can find details of all opportunities on our website.

Consultations Consultations are one of the best ways to shape policy of the Scottish and UK Governments.  The following are now open:
Remote Rural Communities Bill
Replacement for EU Structural Funds

See a full list of open Scottish and UK Government consultations.

Join Us! 
Become A Member Of Scottish Rural Action today! 
To become a member of Scottish Rural Action, the non-profit organisation responsible for the Scottish Rural Parliament. Become a Member

Aberdeenshire Must see events in 2020

Get ready for phenomenal light shows, colourful art festivals and foodie events galore. There’s a jam-packed events calendar coming your way in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Read our latest blog on 20 must see events in 2020!   Read the blog »  


Spectra 13 – 16 February   Aberdeen’s award-winning festival of light is back! SPECTRA will be brightening up those dark winter nights with light installations celebrating North-east Scotland’s coast and waters.    Find out more »


Nuart Aberdeen 23 – 26 April   One of Aberdeen’s most loved events, Nuart Aberdeen is back this April. International and local artists come together to create unique street-art that are often inspired by the region’s history and heritage.    Find out more »


Highland Games Summer   A true Scottish experience is not complete without attending a Highland Games and there are 10 taking place in the region including the Braemar Gathering – attended by the British Royal Family.   Find out more »


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 20 – 21 June   The STBF is rated as one of Scotland’s best festivals. Take in the aroma of freshly cooked seafood as you listen to lively music and watch competitive sailing on the open seas.   Find out more »


Tour of Britain 13 September   Join the crowds to welcome the final stage of the Tour of Britain. The Tour is the UK’s most prestigious cycle race where cycling professionals race across the UK in eight stages en-route to Aberdeen.    Find out more »


True North 24 – 27 September   Aberdeen’s festival of music and song, True North is a weekend of live gigs and performances across a variety of city centre venues, featuring some of the UK’s top singer-songwriters.   Find out more »

This is just scratching the surface of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s 2020 events calendar. Check out our what’s on guide for full event listings.   Check out what’s on »  

National Planning Framework 4

Please note that the early engagement period for the development of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is now underway.

NPF4 will be a long term plan for Scotland setting out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. Forming part of the development plan, it will be key in day-to-day decisions at all levels of planning in Scotland.  

The early engagement programme provides people an opportunity to set out their aspirations for a future Scotland, and sets out how the planning system can help deliver those aspirations. To make sure you and your community can keep up-to-date and stay involved, it will be using a new website as a hub for essential information and opportunities. Over the next few weeks the Government will publish dates and booking details for the Scotplan 2050 Roadshow; details of a community grant scheme; more information about national developments; and background information notes on Scottish Planning Policy topics.

The Government’s Programme for Engagement explains and highlights the package of engagement opportunities over the coming months to help gather ideas to inform the draft NPF4 that will be published for consultation in September 2020.   

The Scottish Government has also opened a Call for Ideas – the Government wants to hear about your priorities for NPF4.  It is inviting any comments within the scope of the NPF by 31 March. You can find more information at

Local Scottish Fire and Rescue Consultation…

Following publication of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan 2019-22 in October 2019, we will be reviewing and revising our Local Fire and Rescue Plans over the next few months. This is to ensure our local priorities align to our new strategic ambitions as well as remain relevant to local risk. 

Your views are an important part of this review, and I wish to invite you to participate in a short survey. The survey is available online on the SFRS Consultation Hub and will be open until 18 March 2020.

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