Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Snow Warden Scheme – Volunteers Request

I hope you have all been enjoying the great summer weather we have been experiencing.   However, the nights are coming in quicker which means winter is not far away. So now is the time to be preparing for winter weather. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the horrendous icy conditions we experienced last December and one thing we have all learned from this is that the Council does not have the resources to clear every street and footpath in Aberdeenshire immediately.  Some community involvement is needed if we are to avoid this happening again.

With weather forecasters predicting more icy weather for the next few winters it is important that we understand what happened.  The snowfall on 7th December was followed by a thaw, freeze and rain cycle which resulted in our winter treatments appearing ineffectual.  Roads that were treated had thawed then frozen again.  Further rainfall instantly froze which resulted in some of our roads being as much as 4-5” thick in ice.  I believe Ellon was the worst affected area in the whole of Aberdeenshire.   I’m sure this was a period that will be recalled by many for years. 

If we had been able to clear the initial snowfall in the first day, much of this could have been avoided or at least reduced. We are implementing a Snow Warden scheme and I would like to have volunteers for each community in place by October, so we can ensure training and equipment is provided before the first winter weather strikes.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/21803/volunteer-snow-warden-welcome-pack.pdf

I would be very grateful if you can circulate this guide and spread the word through your community groups to encourage people to pitch in.  You likely have people in your communities who already do their bit helping elderly and disabled friends and neighbours.

Please ask potential volunteers to contact me directly so I can co-ordinate things in the Formartine area and answer any queries.   The task need not be onerous if everyone pitches in, like they did in the old days.

Many thanks for your help.

Regards,
Anne Buchan
Senior Roads Engineer
Formartine Area Office
29 Bridge Street
Ellon
AB41 9AA

Contact Centre:  03456 08 12 05

formartine.roads@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

anne.buchan@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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Waste Strategy – Consultation

You may have recently had information in the post. Here is a link to a consultation and some info from the survey – Waste Strategy consultation

 

GARDEN CLUB SUMMER BUS RUN

The run will take place on 16th September leaving the car park in Methlick at 9.45am.

Coffee stop will be at Drum Castle and then on for lunch at Dobbies in the Lang Stracht.

In the afternoon we shall travel to Blairs college to enjoy the gardens and museum before

travelling back to the Newmachar Hotel for High Tea.

A few seats are available at £25.00 per head.

To book call Pat on 01651 806965.

Only a week now to the Postcard Art Fair at Methlick Parish Church! Friday 7th September 7 – 9 pm come and see the beautiful works of art from famous names and local artists. Enjoy a glass of wine and canapes. See poster on community board.

POSTCARD ART FAIR POSTER 2018 pdf.pdf

METHLICK HERITAGE SOCIETY

The Next meeting of the Heritage Society will take place on Tuesday 11th September at 7.30pm

in the Methlick Kirk.

(PLEASE NOTE CHANGED VENUE)

The Speaker will be the well known and respected Dr Martin Pucci a retired Ellon GP.

His subject will be “Scotland’s got talent – Scots’ Contributions to World Medecine”

This promises to be a highly informative and humorous presentation and everyone is cordially

Invited to attend.

Methlick Postcard Art Fair

Created and donated by talented artists and famous names. To be sold by silent auction.

Methlick Parish Church Friday 7th September 7-9pm Wine and Canapes

Methlick MCC Gala Day

Saturday 1st September at Lairds (Cricket pitch) Cricket from 11am, beer tent, burgers and stalls.

A very relaxing kind of Gala. the sound of leather on willow, sizzling BBQ, laughter of children’s games, the clink of glasses of beer and prosecco and tinkling of stirring cups of tea. The duck race, however, is quieter as plastic ducks don’t quack or echo.

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