Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

Archive for Dec, 2017

2018 Burns Supper Tickets on Sale

Burns Supper 20th January 2018 in the Beaton Hall.

2018 Burns Night

Tickets are on sale at Costcutters in Methlick


Temporary Road Closure – (except for access) C118S St John’s Wells

F1099 – C118S St John’s Wells Map

Two Weeks commencing Monday 15 January 2018.

CLOSURE (except for access) C118S St John’s Wells

Please note that due to Drainage Works being carried out by Aberdeenshire Council it will be necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the following restriction to traffic.

Access will be provided for emergency vehicles and vehicles requiring access to properties but may be subject to delay until the road is cleared of construction plant to allow safe passage through the works.

Site notices will be erected in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the alternative routes where applicable.

Diversion is via C118B, B9170, C38C, A947 and vice versa (see attached map).
Should you have any queries please call Amanda Dickson on 01467 532070 or Lianne Robinson on 01467 537354

5 Tips to Prepare for Winter Flooding

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging the public and businesses to make sure they are prepared in case flooding occurs during the festive season.

With the festive season fast approaching, preparing for flooding may not be the first thing on your mind. Recognising your risk and getting ready now, could help reduce the impact that flooding could have on your life.

Have a look at some of the simple things you could do before the New Year.

Five tips to prepare for flooding Be aware

Sign up to get SEPA’s free Floodline messages sent direct to your phone for your home and travel areas. Register online or call 0345 988 1188. Be prepared

If your home or business is in a flood risk area, make sure it is flood protected. If you’re away during the holiday period, make sure a neighbour, friend or family member who lives nearby can easily contact and help you. Find out if your property is in a flood risk area. Be active

Maintain your property by keeping gutters and drains clear of blockages like leaves. Keep your valuables and important documents in a safe place away from potential damage from floodwater.

Visit our website for more tips on how to protect your property. Be covered

Make sure your domestic or business insurance covers flooding. Get in touch with the Scottish Flood Forum or read their insurance advice online. Be ready

Prepare an emergency flood kit either to take away with you on holiday or in case you need to leave your home. This could include things like emergency numbers, a copy of your insurance policy and other important documents, a first aid kit, torch and bottled water.


Visit our website for more tips on how to prepare children, animals and vulnerable neighbours or relatives for flooding, and find out how to keep your journeys and valuables safe.


RBS branch closures: views sought

Scottish Rural Action will be sharing rural views at the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster – and need your input!

A powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland.

RBS branch closures

We need your views!

The announced closure of 62 RBS branches across Scotland in the last week has kicked off debate from village shops to Holyrood and was also raised at Prime Ministers Questions in Westminster.

The Holyrood debate saw cross-party support for calls for a re-think and larger impact assessments. There were even calls for an introduction of legislation to stop the closure of the ‘last bank in town’ without consultation by the independent Financial Conduct Authority.

Scottish Rural Action is undertaking this research to find out what the impacts will be on our rural communities and their high streets. Some suggest it may be a good thing as it will free up shop units for other types of businesses, whilst others argue it will drive away business. We expect the survey to show complex results with a range of impacts.

Scottish Rural Action will take full range of views collected to an evidence session at Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster on 17 January 2018, so it is important we are able to fully represent rural Scotland.

We know anecdotally impacts of these planned branch closures will hit rural communities the hardest, and it will be the elderly and those who rely on public transport that will be disproportionately affected. Island communities and villages in the Highlands and Borders may have to do round trips of several hours to do their cash banking. We know that many rural communities do not have reliable high speed broadband or mobile signal to use the digital solutions on offer for a limited number of services.

Take the survey

Once you have taken the survey, please share it with people in your community.

A floodlight Church….

Brian Gray will illustrate the potential effect of flood lighting the Church on Thursday 14th at 7pm. All are welcome and comments/feedback would be appreciated.
Colin Presly

Ellon Rotary Christmas Party

Ellon Rotary hosted a Christmas party on the 3rd December for some older folks from Ellon and neighbouring villages including Methlick. Thanks to the Station Hotel for their support. Superb dancers from Ellon and entertainers from Newburgh WRI and a visit from Santa. A great event! Photos by Andy McLean.

What’s on at Haddo in December…

Always something to see or do at Haddo

December at Haddo House & Country Park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Haddo looked stunning last week with a light covering of snow. The red berries popped against the white blanket, and it was great fun trying to figure out the different paw prints that striped across the lawns.

We will soon have Christmas decorations up, and to celebrate we will have carol singers in the stables courtyard on 17th of December. Come along with the family and enjoy alcohol free mulled wine, mince pies, or pop into the gift shop and get a few pressies for under the tree There’s something for everyone at Haddo.

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Time to say goodbye…

Victoria Ellis, the seasonal visitor services officer, finishes this month.

Whilst at Haddo Victoria has brought so many interesting and diverse events for all to enjoy. From wood whittling Sundays to nature detectives, tree identification to bug hunts – Victoria used her experience in teaching to entertain, educate and inform.

We all wish her well in her new business venture, and hope she’ll be a regular visitor to Haddo over the coming months. I take this opportunity to pass on a big thank you from everyone who took part in the events, and from the whole team at Haddo.

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A blessing of unicorns at Haddo

We had such fun at the unicorn march we held in November. Eight local families did us proud by turning up at Haddo on a chilly Sunday morning with their unicorn groove well and truly turned to max – I’ve never witnessed so much glitter and pink hair dye in one place.

Our youngest unicorn was just seven months old, and had only been taken down off a Welsh mountain the week before. Our largest unicorn (pictured), Annie, was an impressive 17HH! All the unicorns, riders and handlers were absolutely fantastic, incredibly good sports and we adored having them at Haddo. Such a crazy event, but was an absolute blast.

What’s on at Haddo in December

Christmas Carols in the

17th December
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Christmas Day
Chapel Service

25th December
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