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Archive for Dec, 2013

Methlick Hogmanay 2013 to welcome 2014

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The Methlick Hogmanay Bash this year at the Beaton Hall. Tickets from French’s shop and the Ythanview Hotel. 9pm to 2am Tuesday 31st December 2013.



Apologies – but the Broadband connection that allows Methlick Community Blog access to the Interwebby thingy has been broken for the last few days.

When BT finally repair the line we will resume as soon as possible.  Meanwhile we will do the best we can to keep people posted.

Festive recycling and waste arrangements

This year Christmas and New Year’s Day are both on a Wednesday, meaning refuse and recycling collections usually done on Wednesday will be made the following Saturday.

 This means collections due on Christmas Day will now be Saturday, December 28 and collections due on New Year’s Day will now be Saturday, January 4.

 Collections may be earlier than your usual time, so please put your refuse and recycling out by 7am to ensure it is collected

 All other collections over the festive period will take place on the usual days.

 If your refuse collection is missed due to severe weather, extra bags can be put alongside your bin next collection day. This is the only time extra waste can be accepted.

 All Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and January 2.

 They will open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 9am-4pm, closing an hour earlier than usual in some cases. Alford and Insch Recycling Centres will open on Friday, December 27 and Friday, January 3. Otherwise all will be open as usual.

Please be aware that over this busy period containers at recycling points may be fuller than normal, particularly at busy supermarkets.  The Council is said it is working hard to service all recycling points as often as possible. The big household waste recycling centres in Ellon and Inverurie might be a better bet if your local recycling bins are near full.

Some hints and tips for keeping recycling points clear and ensuring council vehicles can access them:

  • Spread recycling out over the festive period if possible
  • Take recycling to an alternative recycling point (busy sites may have signs pointing you to alternatives)
  • Please don’t leave materials lying outside recycling containers – it’s unsightly and in bad weather materials can blow around causing more litter in the surrounding area. If you can’t use another recycling point that day, please take it home and try again later.
  • Do not park in a position that prevents council vehicles reaching containers to empty them

If the Council miss your recycling collection, you may put bags of extra recycling materials alongside your bin or box. There is no limit to the recycling material you can leave for the Council.

If you do not wish to store your recycling, please take it to a Recycling Centre or Recycling Point, but do be aware they can be very busy at this time of year.

Don’t forget, when decorations come down in the New Year, you can recycle your Christmas tree free of charge at most HWRCs.

For information on waste and recycling, the location of recycling points and centres, the material they accept and opening times, call Wasteline on 0845 300 6 900 or go to:

Wasteline is open Monday to Friday, between 8am-6pm and closed on public holidays.


Ellon Community Cinema – 28th December

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WHO IS THE TREE LEAF? (nickers to you)

Methlicks’s Community Christmas tree has been ‘tea leafed’, Half Inched, knobbled, wheeked, filched or Nicked.  Unless someone is hiding it.

The annual donation from Haddo Estate was delivered to the site on December 4th but when Community Council helpers came to help put it up – it was not there.  Nae tree- ‘fir’ had it gone?.

Another tree is being sought and this time it may have to be delivered with high security being personally handed over to Brian Gray to put the lights on.

So if you know where it went please contact either Haddo estate (Susan Shand) or Methlick Community Council (Kathy Kennedy).

Santa will definitely not be calling at the home of the person who pilfered our community tree.  But we hope Santas not so little helpers in black with a bright yellow jacket driving a car with a flashing blue light..just might.


2013-11-November 1315The annual Farmer’s ball in on saturday 7th December in the Beaton Hall, Methlick.  Tickets available from Charles French at the bers.

Start of Christmas!! – Haddo Carol Concert – 7th December

The true beginning of Christmas – hearing the angelic sound of the children of Haddo Voices Ensemble. Not to be missed – concerts today at 5pm and 7pm in Haddo Chapel. Tickets available on the door. Enter through the main door of the house.

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Saturday 7th December 2013 17:00 – Sunday 15th December 2013 18:00, Haddo House Chapel

Four amazing concerts of beautiful and uplifting festive music in the atmospheric surroundings of the Chapel at Haddo

Saturday 7th December, 5.00pm and 7.00pm
Sunday 15th December, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society & the Haddo Voices Ensemble

Directed by Alice Dennis.
Dr Roger Williams, MBE – Organ.

Tickets £15, include tea or sherry and shortbread/mince pies in the library.

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