The Importance of Being Ernest – Outdoor Theatre at Pitmedden! 20th July 2016

Don’t miss out on Outdoor Theatre at Pitmedden! Heartbreak Productions bring a performance of The Importance of Being Ernest to the stunning surroundings of Pitmedden Garden. Book your tickets now!

Heartbreak Productions are bringing this Oscar Wilde classic to Pitmedden.Two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities…

Renowned for exciting and innovative productions, Heartbreak Productions has become one of the most prestigious and high quality professional, touring theatre companies in the country visiting over one hundred fabulous venues all over the UK.


Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision. Advanced booking advised.

Dates & Times: 20 Jul 2016 – 20 July 2016 : 19:00 – 21:00


  • Adult : £ 14.00
  • Child : £ 10.00
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For further information please call 01651 842352


Online or NTS shop from 1st May

North Lodge Park Changes – Formartine Utd.

Spectators who watched our friendly match on Sunday against Peterhead will have noticed a few changes to North Lodge Park. The ground staff have been working hard over May, June and July to provide a better viewing experience for all visitors to the ground.

Top of the list was the hardening of the areas surrounding the pitch. Ground staff member Ian Fraser commented “when it rained heavily those areas would get really muddy and flooded so a section of grass has been cut away next to the perimeter fence and hardcore gravel has been laid. The improved standing area means that it is easier for spectators to stand and not sink into the mud when the ground is wet underneath”.

Other areas that have been attended to during the summer include improving our drainage system under the pitch, better lighting inside the ground and car park, repairing parts of the car park and first and most importantly maintaining the superb playing surface.

Work is still carrying on to have everything finished before our first home game against Aberdeen u20s on the 2nd August.




The National Trust at Pitmedden Garden, every year will have various quantities depending on the success of the season, of flowers that are not used in the flower beds of the Great Garden.

The Community helps and works with the NTS and we do a plant sale.

2016 Surplus Plant Sale

Surplus top quality bedding plants for sale to local people.

8:45 am to 12 Noon

Pitmedden Park (School) Car Park.

Bob Bamlett from PUT will be there to advise and help.  Real bedding plant bargains

Mary May Jazz in the Garden – Pitmedden Garden Saturday 16 July

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An evening of Jazz music within the grounds of Pitmedden Garden.

Mary May Jazz will play a catalogue of jazz tunes within a marquee in our Wall Garden. Established Scottish jazz singer Mary May performs a range of jazz standards featuring dynamic upbeat arrangements. It’s jazz to the bone! ‘Stunning voice’ (Jazz Aberdeen). ‘One of the best jazz singers in Scotland’ (Aberdeen Performing Arts). ‘Faultless set’ (Southside Advertiser). ‘A real jazz singer’ (Nancy Kelly). ‘One to Watch’ (Jim Brooks).

Bring a seat and a picnic. Gates open 6pm.
Dates & Times:16 Jul 2016 – 16 July 2016 : 19:00 – 21:00
Prices:Adult : £ 15.00
Contact:For further information please call 01651 842352
Booking:Online or NTS shop from 1st May




Dates:Fri 15 Jul Location:Pitmedden Garden

Re-live the memories of ABBA with this the Official A88AMANIA Tribute Show; the wonderful, catchy songs, melodies and lyrics, indeed, the music that has sold millions of records worldwide.

Come along to Pitmedden for a fun filled family evening of Abba music. A88AMANIA, the UK’s original ABBA tribute are widely regarded as one of “Europe’s Premier ABBA tribute Bands”.

Their sensational LIVE concerts have taken them all over the World.

A88AMANIA’s tribute to ABBA at the height of their popularity is incredible, and their performance is of the highest ABBA quality.

Hot/soft drinks and snacks on sale, along with Candy Floss.

Bring a seat, and a picnic. Abbamania take to the stage at 7:30pm, Gates open at 6:30.

Fancy Dress optional!

Dates & Times:15 Jul 2016 : 19:30 – 21:30
Prices:Adult : £ 12.00 Child : £ 6.00
Contact:For further information please call 01651 842352
Booking:Book online or from NTS shop from 1st May

B999 & B9000 CLOSURE – BUS ISSUE ANSWERS – 4th JULY 2016

The closure of the B999 and B9000 at the centre of Pitmedden from the 4th July

Local Councillor Paul Johnston has forwarded this to PNews following concerns about bus disruption due the Closure of the B999 and B9000 with road works from 4th July 2016 for 2 weeks.

Good Morning Councillor Johnston

Thank you for your email.

Following discussions with Local Road, Service 290/291 and 493 will be allowed through the road closure in Pitmedden, except on 3 days which is Wednesday 6th, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12 th July. Buses will still serve Pitmedden but will operate via Hillside and Keithleigh Gardens where there are 4 temporary bus stops, and all journeys will then operate via Udny Green. The service may operate slight delays throughout the closure.

The Service 290/291 and 493 will continue to serve Udny Post Office during these 3 days. Passengers will have to board and alight at the layby outside the coffee shop/Post Office as the bus stops can’t be served. Notices have been displayed at the affected bus stops informing passengers of those 3 days. I have also contacted Wood Recyclability to inform their employees where to board and alight.   

Due to the nature of the works, there may be additional revisions to the bus service through the 2 week closure but we will keep passengers up-to-date.

Susan Watt,
Senior Transport Officer
(Local Bus Service)
Infrastructure Services
Aberdeenshire Council

There is a live link for bus information.

This is a new site and may be subject to a few teething problems, but should give the time for the buses as they are running.  If they are late to each stop, the idea is that the time of arrival at the next stop changes.

Traveline, is helpful generally, but may not always very up to date.



04/07/2016 – 17/07/2016

B9000 Oldmeldrum Road to jct A920 Football Grounds A920 to jct B999 A920 jct B999 to Ellon A920 Ellon to jct B9005 South Road B9005 South Road to jct A90 South Road Roundabout A90 South Road Roundabout to jct B9000 Tipperty B9000 Tipperty to Pitmedden Bar

Resurfacing Works The B9000 will be closed for the whole two weeks.

The B999 will be clsoed between the hours of 9am and 6pm weekdays only.

Sell Out Myrtle returns to 2016 Haddo Arts Festival alongside starry line up

Visions – Haddo Arts Festival 2106 launched this week at an event on Tuesday at the Terrace Room at Haddo House. An exciting line up of acts is due to appear during the week of October 1st to 8th and tickets are on sale now. Prices have been kept at very reasonable rates again this year, with the under 25s getting big discounts.


Alice Dennis

This is the fifth festival and as usual the opening concert (Saturday October 1st) will be produced by the Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society. This year it will feature the Mozart Requiem, conducted by Alice Dennis in her last concert as HHCOS Artistic Director, with her daughter Eleanor as the soprano soloist alongside Louise Mott, Jamie MacDougall, and Stefan Berkieta. The first half of the evening is particularly exciting as concert pianist Martin Roscoe will direct Mozart’s most famous Piano Concerto, no. 21 in C major from the piano. This work features the beautiful second movement employed in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan.

After performing in the Mozart Requiem in the opening concert Jamie MacDougall, the well known Scottish tenor and host of radio show ‘Classics unwrapped,’ will return the next day (Sunday 2nd) to sing some of his favourite songs and arias along with his customary banter. This lunch time concert will be followed by a light buffet lunch in the ‘Visions’ exhibition.

On the Monday night Pete Stollery will present Placing Sound’ five pieces of Electroacoustic music ‘about’ places connected with the NE of Scotland, including sound recordings made in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Forgue nr. Huntly. These will be performed in Haddo Chapel – this beautiful atmospheric venue is to be utilized by the festival for the first time this year.


Stuart McBride

On the Wednesday night, acclaimed North East author Stuart MacBride will host a talk and book signing in the library alongside young musicians from the North East Scotland Music School who will provide a short interlude of music. Stuart says he’s ‘traumatised bookshelves for years: now it’s Haddo’s turn’!

Last year the festival had a notable sell out with the hilarious Myrtle Throgmorton (AKA Jennie Chalmers) and they are delighted she is to return this year on Thursday 6th October in her new show ‘Myrtle Throgmorton takes the Biscuit’; comedy with lashings of talented support, and sturdy tights! Guests will include Colin Brockie, George Davidson and Robert Lovie amongst many others. This evening is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread.


The inestimable Myrtle

The beautiful Steinway piano at Haddo will feature again in a very special concert on the Friday (7th) when Australian concert pianist Piers Lane will play some of the most beautiful piano music ever written in a programme of Chopin played by candlelight. His inspired Nocturnes, Ballads and Fantasies are sure to capture everyone’s imagination.

The festival will close with regular festival visitors Scottish Opera who are bringing their touring production of Donizetti’s sparkling ‘The Elixir of Love’ to the Hall. Accompanied by a small ensemble of instrumentalists, this lively and lyrical comedy will appeal to audiences of all ages with its plethora of marvelous melodies. This Haddo Arts Festival performance is sponsored by BP.

The Visions Exhibition in the Terrace Room will feature work from top artists Paul Ritchie, Winifred Ferguson, Joyce Cairns, Helen Denerley, Neinke Attima and Gill Tyler.

The Festival’s most ambitious art exhibition yet will be open before and during all performances and audiences can order their interval drinks to be taken there.

Alongside the programme of performances the festival will also host exciting and stimulating children’s workshops with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, specialists Children’s Classic Concerts and the ranger services from the Haddo Country Park. Buses for the workshops are being provided thanks to sponsorship from TOTAL E&P UK Limited.

The Festival Committee are also grateful to the Udny Community Trust Company for grant support for the RSNO workshops, the Jamie MacDougall lunchtime concert and Festival marketing, to the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust for grant in support of the Piers Lane concert, children’s workshops and Myrtle Throgmorton, to Stronachs for general sponsorship.

Another first for the Festival is the Haddo Visions Photography Competition. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the Pheasantry, with overall prize donated by Meldrum House Hotel in addition to their generous provision of overnight accommodation for concert pianist Piers Lane.

The Festival are looking for volunteers to help with meet and greet and front of house duties during the festival such as selling programmes. If you would like to be involved in this exciting venture, please call the information line (number below).

Tickets and more details of the photography competition are available at or by calling 0333 666 3366. There is an information line on 01651 851041 for all non ticket related issues.


A public meeting of the Pitmedden community took place 26th June in Pitmedden Hall to make some far reaching changes to the Pitmedden Park and Pitmedden hall management. the community owned and run ‘Trusts’ are to be abolished and assets and management transferred to a new Pitmedden Amenities Trust.

PhallThe meeting was called by the trustees of the Park and Hall.  Councillor Paul Johnston, a trustee outlined the need to changed the very old legal status of the two organisations. The old organisations could not properly function without new trustees and the trust required this to be approved by the ‘Order of Oddfellows, Bronie Lodge’ They were no longer in existence and had no legal successor organisation and therefore fundamental change was required to continue.

Pitmedden park is overseen by the Charity regulator, called OSCR. The meeting agreed to three decisions, all of which must have OSCR approval. The first was to set up a new Charitable trust with the same aims as the existing trusts but with a constitution that is up to date. this would be called Pitmedden Amenities Trust The meeting agreed that once this was done the existing trustees dissolve the Hall, then the Park trusts. Both would transfer their assets and money to the new charitable trust that would be then approved by a meeting of the public in Pitmedden.

Currently the hall is undergoing re-roofing of the kitchen and small hall areas and the toilets are being modernised. The hall finances are sufficient for the handover and to complete the work.

Pitmedden park is leased to Aberdeenshire Council and with the new lease that will be signed by the new Amenities Trust, the finances of the park will be sufficient to carry out the works planned. A project to provide a new pavilion and drainage is still ongoing and this will not change because of the new body.

The trustees of the hall, thanked  Eleanor Stewart and Diane Hopkinson for the huge amount of work put into keeping Pitmedden Hall running. With the changes to a new Pitmedden Amenities Trust, they are retiring from being treasurer and hall keeper and new arrangements will be made by the Amenities Trust. Both were presented with flowers.