Whiterashes Family BBQ! AUGUST 31, 2019

Family fun and games with the Whiterashes Family BBQ!
£5 Entry (under 12’s free)
Bouncy Castle, Games, BBQ Food, Licensed Bar.

Whiterashes Community Hall

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 from 15:00-23:30


Frankenstein is coming to Pitmedden Garden! Join us for this fantastic performance by Illyria next week on Friday 16 August and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Walled Garden on a summer’s evening!

Tickets and more information here https://bit.ly/2YJNbQF

Outdoor Well being for Teens – Locally from August 2019

Outdoor Wellbeing for Teens

Beginning 13th August, Haddo Country Park will host a series of fortnightly sessions to help build confidence and resilience in teenagers.

There’s no ‘down-time’ for teens, their worlds have become huge in terms of stimulation, but often tiny in real world experience – it’s no wonder they struggle to develop the coping mechanisms needed to deal with everyday life.

We at Haddo Country Park have teamed up with two amazing practitioners to offer outdoor sessions designed to calm the mind and give younger people permission to switch off from electronics, expectations, judgement (from others and of self) and just be. The first session will run the week before the schools go back, so anyone who may be worried about returning to school, or simply wants to learn some coping mechanisms in a calm and beautiful setting, can come along and feel welcome in a zero expectation environment.

This is a collaboration between Haddo Country Park and two experienced mental health practitioners: Gillian Watt of ‘AndBreathe’ and Agnes Bruce of ‘Wellbeing with Agnes’. Gillian is an educator and wellbeing facilitator. Agnes is a qualified mental health nurse and mindfulness facilitator.

Sessions are for young people currently in S1-S6.

Cost per session: £10 – £5 (sliding scale based on ability to pay). Discounts available for sibling groups.

To find out more take a look at the Haddo Facebook page @visithaddo or email Suzanna on vsohaddo


A meeting will be held at Pitmedden Hall at 7pm on Thursday 8th August to discuss the Bonnyton Farm Planning Application for 64 houses.
Many of you will remember taking part in Community consultation events at the beginning of this year. The aim of those events was to capture views and ideas, to set priorities and to create a shared vision for the area. A report has been compiled entitled “Imagine Udny” which includes lots of your exciting and ambitious ideas. You can find a copy here https://udnycommunitytrust.org.uk/imagine-udny/ or request one from the Udny Community Trust Office.
Before the community can decide on the next steps regarding “Imagine Udny”, there is a more pressing matter to focus attention.
Aberdeenshire Council is scheduled to make their decision regarding the Bonnyton Farm development on 3rd September.
The aim of the meeting on 8th August is to discuss the community response to the planning application and to allow enough time to convey that response to Councillors before they sit down to make their decision on 3rd September.
Pitmedden Amenities Trust
Udny Community Trust Company
Udny Community Council
Pitmedden, Udny, Tarves Community SCIO


by David Proctor Press and Journal 01/08/2019,

Last orders as north-east hotel closes

The Linsmohr Hotel in Pitmedden has closed

A north-east hotel has closed its doors until another buyer can be found.

The Linsmohr Hotel in Pitmedden has shut, with bosses blaming economic circumstances and increasing overheads for the decision.

It was operated by husband and wife Denis and Emma Beedie who are managing director and company director.

A statement from the hotel said it was closing until someone else bought the business.

It said: “We regret to announce the closure of the Linsmohr Hotel, restaurant and bar. The current economic climate and increasing overheads have made it extremely difficult to trade and we have made the very difficult decision to close until a buyer for the business can be found.”



Wood RecyclAbility offers adults with a wide range of abilities the chance to experience a real workplace setting by making recycled wood products at our training centre and wood recycling site at Cloisterseat Croft in Pitmedden.

Set up in 1997, Wood RecyclAbility is social enterprise providing practical work experience for people with additional support needs through working with waste wood. We support up to 40 trainees each day in a new purpose-built workshop, yard and 5 acres of agricultural land.

On average 1,500 tonnes of waste wood is collected and processed at the facility every year, mainly from offshore companies. As wood is an easy resource to work with, it has an array of uses and is ideal for providing trainees with a broad range of working experiences.

Wood is sorted on arrival and any contamination removed. Suitable clean wood is de-nailed and graded for reuse or recycling. It is then sold to local joiners and householders or used to make a variety of products onsite including garden furniture, nest boxes, bird tables, log stores and household products. These items are sold to the public providing a valuable source of income.

You can see, and buy, our hand-made recycled products at www.shopwood.co.uk. We also make bespoke products to order – including furniture, planters and more.

Wood that is not suitable for crafting into these types of products can be used in the manufacture of chipboard and MDF. About 30 tonnes of wood are processed through the chipping machines each week and are used as a raw ingredient in these board products.

Wood RecyclAbility is a great example of how an organisation can be a sustainable business whilst providing an environmental and social benefit. But we could use some extra help. If you could spare a few hours a week then we’d love to hear from you. Any expertise in marketing, retail, IT, finance, supply chain, HSE, HR would be very helpful or if you wanted to offer some practical help then we could use that too, be it in the workshop helping making wood products or in the office helping with the administration. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, then contact our general manager Brian on Brian.Reid or drop in at our premises at Cloisterseat, just a short distance behind the Pitmedden Coffee Apothecary.

We have some spare capacity for additional trainees if you know of anyone who would benefit? Finally the demand from woodburners and biomass boilers means that a lot of useable wood is now being burned. So, if you know of any supplies of wood that could be available for recycling, we could use that too!