Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

Ellon Police Newsletter

Please find attached the latest Newsletter from Police Scotland for our area…


Changes at Recycling Centres

Following the approval of the new waste strategy in January 2019, some changes will be taking place at recycling centres in April as follows:

From 29th April 2019 Insch and Portsoy recycling centres will be open on:

Tuesdays and Saturdays 9am-12pm & 12.30-4.30pm

Also 4.30-7pm on Tuesdays until September

From 29th April 2019 recycling centres in Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Macduff, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff and Westhill will be open on:

Mon-Thurs 9am-4.30pm

Fri 9am- 4pm

Sat-Sun 9am-4.30pm

Also 4.30-7pm on Tuesdays until September

Hatton and Whitehills recycling centres will close permanently on 28th April 2019.

Recycling centres in Alford and Portlethen are unaffected by the above changes.

New garden waste recycling points start 6th April

Seasonal garden waste points will start again on Saturday 6th April and will now be provided at 12 locations – the new villages included are Balmedie, Blackburn, Kemnay, Kintore, Newmachar and Oldmeldrum.

The garden waste recycling points will operate on Saturdays at the following locations either in the morning or afternoon as detailed below:

Aboyne: Station Square Car Park, 12pm to 3pm

Ballater: Roads Depot, South Deeside Road, 8am to 11am

Balmedie: Library car park, Eigie Road 1pm to 4pm

Blackburn: School car park, Fintray Road, 8am to 11am

Inverbervie: Beach Front Car Park, off Kirkburn, 12pm to 3pm

Kemnay: Birley Bush Council depot, 8am to 11am

Kintore: School car park, Castle Walk, 1pm to 4pm

Mintlaw: Council Depot, South Street, 8am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm

Newmachar: Layby on the A947, north of Newmachar, 8am to 11am

Newtonhill: Bettridge Centre Car Park, 8am to 11.40am

Oldmeldrum: Academy bus car park, Colpy Road, 1pm to 4pm

St Cyrus: Ecclesgreig Road Car Park, 8am to 11am

The seasonal garden waste points are for bagged garden waste only, as garden waste has to be lifted into the collection lorry and large items could break the compaction mechanism in the lorry. Large items and trailer loads of loose garden waste should still be taken to recycling centres.

The garden waste points will operate until 2nd November 2019.

Food and Drink Tourism – Showcasing Local Produce

Tuesday 30th April 11:15 – 14:30
VisitAberdeenshire invites you to a networking event which will showcase local food and drink. You will hear about the benefits of utilising local produce, meet producers and get to know their products.
The event includes informative presentations from: Opportunity North East (ONE) on a new food and drink tourism project being delivered in partnership with VisitAberdeenshire
A producer who works effectively with local tourism businesses
A tourism business on the importance of using local produce and telling the area’s food and drink story
Sampling the area’s food and drink and networking
The event is relevant for tourism businesses who have a food and drink offering including hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions, cafes, B&Bs and self-catering.  
11.15 – 11.45 Registration
11.45 – 13.00 Presentations
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch, networking and product sampling
The event is supported with Scottish Enterprise funding and is being delivered in conjunction with ONE. Please note that this event is for tourism businesses with a food and drink offering and is a private event. Bookings limited to 2 delegates per business.  
Venue Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel, Blairs, Aberdeen, AB12 5YP
Book your place »


Charity Haddo Egg Hunt

Once a year, on Easter Sunday, an Aberdeenshire Council park hosts a very special egg hunt. Organised by local Rotary Clubs at Haddo Country Park, Methlick, an Easter bunny leaves beautifully painted wooden eggs for children to find.

Haddo Visitor Services Officer, Suzanna Atkinson, said: “It is an incredibly busy day at Haddo, so we have to close the estate to all vehicles except those who have pre-purchased parking passes for the hunt, these can be bought by searching for Haddo Egg Hunt online at or visiting our Facebook page @visithaddo.”

As well as the charming eggs to find, there will be a face-painter, crafts, an egg-rolling competition and tasty treats to buy. Income from all activities and stalls goes to charity, so it’s a very fitting way to spend Easter with the family.

Suzanna said: “So many community groups get involved in this event. We plan it for a year to make sure it’s a wonderful day out for families. It’s a real credit to the volunteers that we manage to put on something so fun, but yet so rewarding for all involved.”

All profits from this year’s event will be going to the Neonatal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Suzanna can be contacted on vsohaddo.


A HUGE THANKYOU to everyone who helped with the 9th Methlick FUNd Run on Saturday. We had a total of 63 walkers, runners and young children take part in the event and to date we have raised over £1,200. Thank you

Many, many thanks to all those who marshalled the course, baked cakes, poured tea and drinks, provided support on the route, sponsored a runner or donated to New Life Home Trust. Quite simply without the volunteers there would be no FUNd Run. Thanks also to Ernie Lee for unlocking the gates and for letting us run on Haddo Farm.

Next year will be our 10th Event and we hope it’ll our biggest yet!!!



The next meeting will be held on 30th April in the Scout Hut at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Richard Firmin.

He will give a presentation on the growing of hostas.

Everyone is welcome.

Te4a/Coffee served.

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