Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire


We finally have planning permission for the multi use all weather sports court in Methlick ( well done James ) please support this wee fundraiser . Cheers



See the poster for the quiz night fundraiser.


Beaton Hall: Community Climate Action Fuel Efficient Driver Training

fuel efficient driver photoWe’re holding sessions this Saturday 22nd September as part of the Beaton Hall: Community Climate Action project.  There are still a few places left and we really need your support in attending these sessions.  The sessions are offered free to members of the community and offer a chance to learn more about the links between fuel efficient driving and climate change.  A session with a qualified driving instructor will last for one hour and is done in your own vehicle.  The meeting point is adjacent to the Beaton Hall.

The training is organised as part of the Beaton Hall: Community Climate Action Project which is supported by a grant of £124, 612 which includes maximum funding of £41,325 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The project offers free support to help people in the community save energy in the home as well as supplying information on sustainable travel and climate change.  

We look forward to hearing from you.  To book a place contact Fiona on or call 07540 769136.

Want to be a director of SRA? Read on…

I am pleased to inform you that the process for appointing new directors to the board of Scottish Rural Action is now live.
The SRA board govern Scottish Rural Action on behalf of all its members and tries to reflect the diversity of our rural communities. The board is specifically looking for directors with particular skills to strengthen and complement the current board members.
The election process for directors is different this year, and candidates for the election need to submit a short application by the 12th October.

For more information and an application pack see:

Many thanks,
Scottish Rural Action 


Saints Schooling for Dogs – Puppy Training Classes in Methlick

Feedback wanted please!  New at Methlick Playing Fields, Ellon, AB41 7DS – Puppy Classes.

Initial dates being put forward – starting Wednesday, 3rd October at 10 a.m. (and possibly 11.15 a.m. subject to numbers) or Saturday, 6th October at 10.30 a.m. (and possibly 11.45 a.m.)

Looking for thoughts from the local community as to what days suit people best and what you are looking for.  PLEASE PUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON MY FACEBOOK SITE OR EMAIL ME – SUSAN@SAINTSSCHOOLINGFORDOGS.CO.UK.

Initially puppy classes being offered and then those puppies will be invited to join other courses that follow on.

6 week course – one hour sessions – £75.00 – For puppies up to 18 weeks old at the start.

If your puppy is a little over that age then a one to one assessment will be necessary prior to being invited to join these classes.  Please contact me for more details.

We will be looking at behaviour training covering all aspects of life with your new puppy.  In addition you will learn how to help them to settle and be calm, how to effectively use different rewards and to teach them to be attentive to you, luring/fading and using confidence boosting exercises preparing them for life experiences.

You will also learn how to observe and understanding play between puppies, establishing what is and isn’t OK.  And the favourites, lead work and recall.

September at Haddo House and Country Park

North East Open Studios

We are so excited this year to be hosting six different artists for North East Open Studios, four in the Peatyards and two in the Pheasantry.

As well as the lovely exhibits in the Peatyards, Deb Lester and Sue Jones will be offering workshops in cross-stitch and peg loom artistry in the Pheasantry.  Both of these wonderful artisans will share their knowledge and expertise with participants, helping them to make stunning pieces to take away and display with pride.  This really is a unique chance to spend time with wonderfully creative people, and to learn a new and interesting skill.

To book a space with either of the artists please see the events listings at the bottom of this newsletter or email Suzanna on for more details.

Haddo Volunteer Community Group – We need your help…

We are always in need of assistance at Haddo.  We need help with gardening projects, wildlife care and monitoring, and events.  At the moment we are trying to organise our very popular children’s Halloween event, Haddo’s Enchanted Forest.  Many people missed out on tickets last year as we could only hold the event over two nights, but this year we would like to try to do three, or more if possible.

Volunteering at Haddo can be really rewarding, and this particular event is a great chance for families to volunteer together.  Last year we had lots of characters throughout the park, performers, fire attendants, ticket and parking attendants, as well as catering and stalls.  If you feel you could help out we would be very grateful – every volunteer will be given two tickets to the event or a family ticket, where appropriate.

If you would like to help out at the event, or anything we do, please join our Facebook group.  Here is the link: Haddo Volunteer Community Group

Haddo’s New Operations Manager – We’re so pleased to welcome a new and enthusiastic manager to Haddo…

Katy Neithercut started her role as operations manager for the National Trust for Scotland’s Aberdeenshire North area in July. Based at Haddo House, Katy brings extensive experience in property management and team leadership. Overseeing the Aberdeenshire North group of properties, Katy is excited to welcome more of you to Haddo House over the coming months.

These are exciting times for Haddo as a vibrant new team compliments the knowledge and experience of existing staff.  Expect to see some fun and creative ideas and events coming soon.  We all love Haddo so much and can’t wait to see what the next chapter will bring

For all our opening times check or follow us on Facebook and Twitter 

What’s on at Haddo in September & October 


Ellon Police Newsletter

Please find attached the media release for the Ellon area    Ellon Press Release August 2018

Lost – Bracelet

A child’s bracelet was lost over the weekend, possibly at the cricket Gala.

If you happen to have found the missing bracelet please contact us via the community blog email so we can reunite the two.

Many thanks!

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