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The Scottish Daily Record picked up the story of local gin distillers, Emma and Nick Smalley of Udny. Their business won an award in the North east food and Drink awards. The couple already have the hugely prestigious International Wines and Sprit Competition Outstanding Gold Medal under their belt.

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The Scottish Government’s planners have dismissed local concerns and will permit access to 64 new houses to be built in Pitmedden with access via the opening of Ingleside to a junction with the B999 Tarves Road, next to the Co-op shop and entrance to the School and Park, car park.

The document has now been published (Friday afternoon, 3rd April 2020) and the link is here.


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Due to the evolving Coronavirus situation, Haddo Medical Group are taking proactive steps to minimise the exposure risk to all of our patients and staff. In line with this, we are actively trying to minimise footfall into the practice during this time.

• All requests for appointments will be triaged.
• Reception staff will continue to take details and you will be contacted by a clinician.
• If you require an appointment, please contact the surgery by telephone.
• More appointments will be dealt with over the telephone.

Please do not attend the surgery unless you have been advised to by a clinician.

If you have been advised to attend by a clinician, please do not be alarmed if they are wearing personal protective equipment.
If you develop new symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus infection please telephone the surgery for further advice prior to attending.

Pre-booked Appointments

• If you already have a pre-booked appointment, you may be contacted to change this to a telephone appointment.
• If you are not contacted, please attend the surgery as normal.

Contacting Patients
• We might not have been able to contact you as for some patients we do not have an up to date number.
• Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number and where possible email address.

Prescription Requests
• You can still request prescriptions via the online service.
• To reduce your need to come to the Surgery, you can hand your prescription request directly to Tarves Pharmacy.
• Please indicate which pharmacy you would like your prescription to be sent to for collection.

• Where possible, do not take your prescription request to the surgery.

Attending the Surgery
• Unless you specifically need a carer with you, please attend the surgery alone.

As per current government instructions, if you develop a new / or continuous cough- with or without a fever, please stay at home for 14 days from the start of your symptoms even if they are mild.

At present, GP practices have no ability to test for Coronavirus. Information about most medical conditions, including Coronavirus, can be found online at NHS inform

Many of us will likely only experience mild symptoms, however it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. We are aware that this is a very difficult time and appreciate your patience and understanding as this situation evolves.

Please note that these are unprecedented times and we ask that all patients remain calm while all NHS Services are

put under additional strain.

Viv Tanner
Practice Manager
Haddo Medical Group

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Udny Climate Action – A Positive Look At The Future

An afternoon of exhibition and activity, shopping and ideas with a very positive view of the future. And come and see how you can help tackle climate change and create a great place to live.

Sunday, 15 March 2020 2 PM25 PM at Pitmedden Hall, Udny in the Formartine area.

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P.A.T. (Pitmedden Amenities Trust) Run the Hall and Park in Pitmedden. They are all volunteers and provide invaluable services to the local community.

P.A.T are looking to recruit trustees for the following position

The Treasurer would manage the Trusts monthly and annual account reports, working alongside the booking secretary and the Chairman.

If you would like to get involved with the community run Hall and Park as a trustee, then please get in touch to find out what you could do to support the community.

To contact the P.A.T use the Pitmedden Hall’s email address. pitmeddenpublichall

On behalf of the Trustees, we look forward to working with the community in the development of the village’s amenities and future projects.
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Stagecoach Bus Proposed Changes April 2020

Stagecoach Bus Proposed Changes April 2020

Stagecoach Bluebird is inviting customers to give feedback on proposed changes to timetables. Feedback is welcomed until Sunday 16th February and can be submitted via email bluebird.enquiries or at one of the events listed below.

Only change appearing to affect Methlick directly is to the 291

Service 291 Aberdeen – Methlick – Fyvie The first trip from Methlick to Aberdeen has been revised to improve punctuality and improve connection times with other services in Aberdeen. The journey will now depart Methlick at 06:18Hrs. To accommodate this, the first trip to Methlick will depart Aberdeen at 05:10Hrs.

Consultation Events

Monday 10th February –

0700 – 1000 – Peterhead Interchange
1600 – 1800 – Fraserburgh Bus Station

Tuesday 11th February –

1600 – 1900 – Aberdeen bus station

Wednesday 12th February –

0700 – 1000 – Fraserburgh Bus Station
1600 – 1800 – Peterhead Interchange

Thursday 13th February –

0630 – 0900 – Ellon Park & Ride
1300 – 1500 – Chapelton Cabin

Friday 14th February –

1600 – 1900 – Aberdeen Bus Station

Full details of the proposed changes to services operated by Stagecoach Bluebird can be downloaded using the below links.

Buchan Guide
Stonehaven Guide
Inverurie Guide
Service 10
Service 34
Service 35
Alford Kemnay
Deeside, see also the Banchory Map
Westhill Guide, see also the Westhill Map
Service 59 . Deadline for feedback is 16th February 2020.

Full details can also be found online here –