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12th Dec 2016

Plans lodged to expand Stonehaven’s most historic building|
A planning application has been lodged to Aberdeenshire Council for a significant expansion of the Tolbooth Museum on Stonehaven Harbour...........

5th May 2014
New Dental Practice for Stonehaven
Stonehaven Dental Practice opens at 8am on Tues 6th May 2014 in Barclay Street, opposite the Bus Station after extensive renovation  to former Accountant’s premises.....  

Good News for Stonehaven Financial Advisers
Tony McGarrity Director of SMCG Wealth, Financial Advisers in Stonehaven has announced that he has  become an Associate Member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), a not for profit organisation founded to meet the needs of consumers and advisers.SMCG are the only firm north of Edinburgh with an adviser of Associate Member status.....


Official Opening of Big Moon Coffee House
Bayview B&B's groundfloor was wiped out by the sea flood of 15th Dec 2012. After a fairly long road owners David & Janice Williamson are now reopening the ground floor as The Big Moon Coffee House.The Official Opening Day is Friday 29th Nov, where you can enjoy a free glass of Bucks Fizz.........................More 


It's lights, camera and action in Stonehaven..
Stonehaven last week played host, for a couple of days anyway, to a full 'Hollywood' film crew who were shooting underwater scenes in the bay. Pinewood Studios who have been behind some of the biggest films including the Pirates of the Carribbean films ...

Stonehaven spectacular fires imaginations in America
What is commonly called the fireballs is a colourful annual festival, unique to Stonehaven, attracting thousands of spectators in festive mood at Hogmanay. Now the ancient tradition will be recreated at the Maine Highland Games at Topsham Fairgrounds ...

Christian Nock meets Stonehaven
On Saturday afternoon - by sheer coincidence on the same weekend as the Shower of Perseids blazed across the night sky - Christian tabbed into Stonehaven on day 368 of his solo non-stop coastal walk right around the mainland of Great Britain, sleeping ...

Beautiful Scotland judges pay visit to Stonehaven
The competition has an extensive set of categories and awards, and Stonehaven has achieved silver, silver gilt and gold status in previous years. Members of the Horizon group have been busy getting the town ready for the judging, installing new ..


Economic impact on Bervie Braes being assessed
Stonehaven Town Partnership previously commissioned an initial Economic Impact Assessment to assess the closure's effect on local businesses. Although the assessment confirmed the scope of economic impact, the precise value could not be calculated ...

New B&B Opens in Stonehaven  
Stonehaven has lost a lot of rooms recently with hotel closures and some other B&B's closing.A new B&B has just recently opened on Dunnottar Avenue. 


Stonehaven flood prevention work could start this year...
Work to install a new flood drain at the junction of High Street and Arbuthnott Place in Stonehaven could begin by the end of the year. Members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee considered outline proposals this week for a new drain, which ...

£500000 investment for Stonehaven maritime training academy welcomed
The Stonehaven site includes the main building, offices, classrooms and workshop on the harbour front, and an additional building which will be used as a training room. A davit will be installed on the quayside for practical coxswain training sessions.

Harbour Festival shaping up well
Mearns LeaderMembers from three leading clubs have joined together to give Stonehaven a great Harbour Festival. The Lions Club, Round Table and Rotary Club have joined forces to stage the festival, which will take place on Sunday, August 25...... 

STV challenge to pass through local communities
THIS summer, a world record breaking Scottish cyclist and adventurer will take on an enormous charity challenge, swimming and running the breadth of Scotland - and his route will take him through Fettercairn, Edzell and Stonehaven. Mark Beaumont will follow the route of the Highland Boundary Fault Line, from the Isle of Arran to Stonehaven to raise money for children living in poverty in Scotland for the STV Appeal. .....

Lifeboat for Stonehaven gets 'huge show of support'
A new inshore lifeboat station for Stonehaven has received a "huge show of support", the RNLI has said. BBC Scotland earlier revealed the Kincardineshire town was to get lifeboat cover, as a result of the closure of the local charity Maritime Rescue ...

Volunteers sought for new Stonehaven lifeboat station
The RNLI organisation is holding a public meeting on April 4, at 7pm at St James's Church Hall in Stonehaven where Paul Jennings, the RNLI's divisional operations manager for the area, will reveal the new station plans.  


Stonehaven flood wardens needed
The town's Flood Action group are looking for members of the community to come forward and volunteer to provide assistance and warning to people should Stoney face another flood. The wardens would be expected to alert residents and businesses when a ...


Guaranteed Way To Grow Your Business 
Two seminars by Brian Woodcock, Aberdeen Business Growth Specialist, coming up this month with proven strategies to grow your business. Places filling up fast.........

RNLI considering inshore lifeboat service at Stonehaven
The RNLI is investigating opening a new lifeboat station at Stonehaven following the closure of the Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI). It was forced to end its operations last month following financial difficulties after winter storms destroyed its boats ...

Business Association Celebrates 40 years 
Stonehaven Business Association held their AGM and 40th Anniversary Party at Stonehaven Golf Club on Tuesday 12th March 2013........

05/03/13" target="_blank">Stonehaven train incidents prompt trespass warning
THE British Transport Police today issued an urgent warning of the dangers of trespassing on the railway - following two incidents at Stonehaven station in Aberdeenshire at the weekend......

Stonehaven flood protection within three and half years
A FLOOD protection scheme for the Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven - devastated by two deluges in three years - could completed within three and half years, councillors were told today. • At least 40 homes and businesses were flooded before Christmas ...

Stonehaven Business launches Clothing Range for Rig Pigs

Frenchman Piere Gourmellen now based in Stonehaven has just launched an online shop, with oil rig clothing & accessories for rig pigs on the move. Watch this video and see the fashion statement at the end.

STP launches new website
Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) launched a new website to-day 

08/01/13 .
Fire and water: Flood-hit Stonehaven awash with donations after thousands .
The fireballs ceremony in Stonehaven's harbour area drew 8500 revellers who were asked to donate money to help those washed out of their homes days earlier. Event coordinator Kevin Boyne said: “It was heart-warming to see people filling up the buckets ...

Local vet's heartbreak over missing ducks
A Stonehaven man has spoken of the emotional background of his three pet ducks after they disappeared from his home last week. Allan Annat, director of Kirkton Veterinary Centre, had raised the ducks since they hatched three and a half years ago with ...

 Poetry and prose to feature in Stonehaven creative writing anthology
Budding Rabbie Burns and Carol Ann Duffy's have been unearthed thanks to Stonehaven's creative writing group – with the talented writers set to be published in a new anthology filled with poetry and prose from the north-east group. An Excitement of ............

Stonehaven Cadets Excel
A team of cadets from (1297) Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets recently took part in the Cadet Inter Service Skill at Arms Meeting which was held at the Army Training Regiment Centre at Pirbright in Surrey. The event is for the top teams from each of the.......Click above link for more info 

New Year's Day Dip 2013 launched
THE annual New Year's Day Dip which takes place in Stonehaven Harbour was formally launched last week as a plea was put out for volunteers to come forward and take to the Sea on January 1 2013 to raise money for Children's cancer charity CLIC .....

Rotarians Beaujolais Run
The dialysis unit will provide a long-needed boost for a group of patients, mainly in the Stonehaven and Mearns area, who, thanks to the location of a unit closer to home, will be finally relieved of the gruelling need to travel to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary......

Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool  to become SCIO
The friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 7.30pm in the Invercarron Resource Centre, Low Wood Road, Stonehaven.They will discuss becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

Breakneck Comedy Comes to Stonehaven
Breakneck Comedy is Scotland’s fastest growing Comedy Club and is now right here in Stonehaven!So why not have your tummy in a tickle and come join us for an Evening of Hilarious Live Stand Up Comedy at The Station Hotel Stonehaven on Friday 27th January 2012! Starring Paul Foot See Video Clip 

Enter the Sport Relief Mile

Setting off from Mineralwell Park the Stonehaven Mile will pass through Mineralwell and is set to be an incredible event. Entrants don't have to be sporty to take part, but can choose to complete 1, 3 or 6 miles knowing that all the money raised will ...

Community Council Chairman Resigns
David Fleming, chairman of Stonehaven and District Community Council (SDCC) announced at this week's meeting his intention to step down from his position of chair. The announcement came hours after he was announced as a Liberal Democrat candidate for ...

Arduthie Gardens
STONEHAVEN and District Community Council (SDCC) have been left with more questions about the Council build at Arduthie Gardens following a meeting at Aberdeenshire Council to discuss issues with the design. Discussions about the build at Arduthie ...

Charity Open Day
A BRAVE Stonehaven woman is hoping to kick off the New Year by raising as much as she can for charity – by shaving her head. Angela Canale has offered to lose her locks in support of Cancer Research UK on January 7, and is looking for sponsors to help ...

Stuart works to help children
Former Stonehaven man Stuart Cameron is pictured with some of the Grade 5 students who are helped by the All You Need is Love Project near the Thai-Burma border. former Stonehaven man Stuart Cameron is heavily involved in the “All You Need is Love” ...

Committee recommended to approve STP plans
A report to the Kincardine and Mearns area committee meeting has recommended that the committee agrees to the Stonehaven Town Partnerships proposed business plan for the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park. The report for the item, which will be discussed at ...

Business Association Christmas Fair Stonehaven
A wide variety of busineses will be promoting their goods an sevices at the Town Hall on Sunday 11th Dec. Open from 11am to 4pm. Some entertainment on stage.

Olympic Torch to visit Stonehaven
Stonehaven is set to take part in a Historic event when the Olympic torch travels through the town in June next year. Following it's visit to Aberdeen on June 12, the Olympic flame will pass through Stonehaven. The route through the town the torch will ...  

Co-operative group address issues in Stonehaven stores
Following a visit in March, where they came under fire from frustrated residents, members of the Co-operative management team returned to Stonehaven and District Community Council this week to highlight how they had addressed some of the issues raised. ...

Success for Stonehaven Chip Shop 
Stonehaven's The Bay Chip Shop run by husband and wife team Calum and Lindsay Richardson has been named the best in Scotland.......  

Faster Broadband Coming to Stonehaven
More than 5,600 homes and businesses in Stonehaven will have access to faster broadband by the Spring of next year.
The Aberdeenshire town is among 22 Scottish communities included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation copper broadband service.
The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses.

Challenging 6G Demo at Stonehaven Harbour
Sonardyne's 6G (Sixth Generation) acoustic positioning technology was demonstrated to industry professionals during in-water demonstrations in Stonehaven Harbour by Hydro International........

Public slow to back Stonehaven cashless car parking
A cashless parking trial in Stonehaven has only attracted around 50 users in its first five months. By Graeme Strachan The council is now urging more residents to use the service and provide feedback before the pilot ends in November. ...

Travel in Comfort on new Coastal Route.
Stagecoach has announced that a fleet of 6 new luxury coaches which will operate on a new X7 coastal route between Aberdeen and Dundee, serving Stonehaven, Montrose and Arbroath from 12th September  2011.Each vehicle is fitted with a toilet, a special wheelchair lift for easy boarding, free wi-fi, luxury leather seats and CCTV for passenger safety and security. For prices and a full timetable click here

Adult Education Classes at Stonehaven
Details of Adult Education Classes for Winter term have just been announced. Click on link above to download details or contact Mary Gove or Alistair Lawrie on 01569 762688



Summer Residencies at the Tolbooth!
Among notable local artisans who have pledged their support to keeping the Tolbooth open and "alive" is the popular and talented Scottish Fiddler Paul Anderson whom it is hoped will be In-Residence at the Tolbooth jail on the last Sunday of July or a Sunday in August.



Final Flourish for 23rd Folk Festival
Stonehaven Town Hall was packed on Sunday night as some of the country's top musicians brought the curtain down in style on the town's latest folk festival.The show was the latest in a series of sell-out concerts, with Scottish super group Session A9 and guitar guru Adrian Nation along with award-winning band JPTrio providing the final flourish to the 23rd annual event.


Stonehaven Buffet Caterer Launches Video
Mearns Farmhouse Kitchen have noticed the growing trend for the
use of videos to market a business and have just launced a new video on 


Town Hall secures slice of People's Millions cash.
PICTURED in celebratory mood are the trustees of Stonehaven Town Hall. ... STONEHAVEN Town Hall Trust are celebrating the news that they have, after all, ...  


Summer Stushie
Isa Mubarek Al Najem an Oud player from Bahrain who will be appearing at the Stonehaven Summer Stushie. Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) has announced its full programme of events this week with a major show planned for Stonehaven Town Hall ...


Historic outdoor pool finally set to open following contamination fears
Stonehaven's Open Air Swimming Pool will open to the public on Friday - but source of hydrocarbons remains a mystery. By Kris Gilmartin 22 June 2011 16:33 BST Stonehaven's famous open air pool will finally open to the public on Friday following a ...  


Viscount retires as Sea Cadet president
Lord Arbuthnott (John Campbell Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, KT CBE DSC) has recently retired as the President of Stonehaven & District Sea Cadet Unit after some 35 years service to the Corps and in particular to the Unit. .

Lack of extra government cash casts doubt on braes plans
 The Bervie Braes loom over Stonehaven harbour. Plans to stabilise dangerous North-east braes have been thrown into further doubt after the Scottish Government refused to provide additional funding ...

Specialist NHS division called in to help with investigation
 Health Protection Scotland has been called in to examine water quality tests from Stonehaven Open Air Pool. Aberdeenshire Council has consulted the specialist NHS division over contamination at the facility. ...

Ditch the pocket change and pay by mobile
 In Stonehaven you can now ditch your pocket change and pay to park in the Market Square Car Park with  mobile phones. Councillors agreed to a six-month trial, which begins today, of the scheme using ...

Pool set to re-open next week
One of Stonehaven's star tourist attractions will re-open next week, subject to water tests. The official opening of the town's popular Open Air Pool, which has been a highlight of the local calendar for over 70 years, on May 28 was delayed last week





Stonehaven's Market Square to pilot "cashless" parking scheme
Councillors on the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week backed a six month "cashless" parking trial in Stonehaven's Market Square. It is the only town in Aberdeenshire to pilot the scheme, which offers motorists the choice of paying for their ...



Stonehaven Folk Festival shapes up for a great year
As well as three evening concerts featuring headline guests to look forward to at the up-coming Stonehaven Folk Festival, plans are also well ahead for workshops and sessions, open stage and kids events, organisers say. Among the names playing at the ...



Appeal for more volunteers to man Tolbooth Museum
More volunteers are needed if a Stonehaven museum is to re-open for more than three days a week. The Tolbooth Museum, at the town's Old Pier, was shut and emptied by Aberdeenshire Council in March due to budget constraints, without consultation. ...



New tensions after travellers set up camp at Stonehaven
A fresh row was brewing last night after a group of travellers set up camp at Stonehaven. Four caravans and several other vehicles moved into the town's Baird Park. The group pitched up in a grassed area in a corner of the park near ..



Carron Den homes given green light
COUNCILLORS have given their backing to a bid to build over 100 new houses in Stonehaven. Despite members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee having clear reservations about the project, councillors supported Aberdeen-based Churchill Homes' ..

Funding boost for Stonehaven school bus campaign
A STONEHAVEN school has been given a welcome funding boost thanks to kind-hearted employees at an Aberdeen-based oil and gas operator. CNR International have donated £3500 to the Friends of Carronhill - a group of parents, staff and supporters of the ...



oncert recorded for fundraising CD
Mackie pupil Ross Hull, overall winner of the Stonehaven Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition, played two of his own compositions, Arnbarrow Hill, and the Honesty Boohshop. Two more Mackie pupils, Alison Esson, and Emma Campbell, recorded Sam ...



Firm urged to consult the public
 A community council chairman has urged a developer to hold a consultation on plans for more than 100 homes at Stonehaven. Churchill Homes, of Cults, is seeking outline approval for 109 houses at Carron Den. The proposals were first ...



Council cuts force pool closure for summer holidays
Stonehaven's indoor pool will close during the summer holidays as part of council cost-cutting measures. It will close from July 4 and seven others will have their opening times reduced from May 3. The move will save Aberdeenshire ...



Hogmanay event called off due to lack of volunteers
Open Air in the Square in Stonehaven has been axed after more than a decade. Committee members stood down earlier this year but the group has since been unable to find new volunteers. Thousands of revellers have thronged the Market Square at Hogmanay ...



Stonehaven Visitor information Centre Reopens
The Centre in Allardice Street is now Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday with a short 20 minute break around 1 p.m. 



Aberdeenshire Council begins caravan park money-saving overtures
Chairman of the Stonehaven Tourism Group Frank Budd said members fully support the proposal, as do the Stonehaven Business Association, while local MSP Nigel Don and Stonehaven councillor Graeme Clark have also offered their backing. ...



Tales o the Clatterin Brig and Drumtochty Glen
On Thursday 21st April there will be a concert and live recording session for the "Tales o' the Clatterin' Brig and Drumtochty Glen" CD, at the Clatterin' Brig Restaurant from 8.00pm (Prompt.)



Animal lovers flock to reserve for nature-gazing day
The RSPB and the Stonehaven Dolphin Research Trust held an awareness day at Fowlsheugh, near the town. It was the first time they had staged such a project and organisers said there had been a steady flow of visitors. It was the first chance for people ...



Question mark over future of Stonehaven caravan park  
A COUNCIL-run caravan park in Stonehaven could be sold to a commercial operator if no community body steps forward to take control, a report before councillors advises. The Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park, and many other parks across ...



Retiring business owners allay fears after spate of shop closures
Business owners at Stonehaven have insisted they are not closing due to a downturn in trade. Dorothy Jacks and Christine's Gift Box have already shut up shop and others, including Euronics and Ruftrak Bikes, will soon follow. ...



Changes afoot for amusement arcade 
THE end of an era for Stonehaven promenade beckoned this week, as it was announced the town's Amusement Arcade is to close. Owners Doug and Dennis Stewart have sold the arcade, which has been a feature on the beachfront promenade for ...



Sustainable haddock on menu at The Bay
The Bay fish and chip shop in Stonehaven is, the first UK fish and chip shop to offer its customers Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable Scottish haddock. Although other fish and chips shops have started frying MSC certified South ...



Field 52 unsuitable for supermarket
LAND on the outskirts of Stonehaven which had been earmarked as a potential site for a supermarket has been deemed unsuitable by the Scottish Government. Councillors approved the site at a meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee last year, ...



Horizon promotes town at station  
Stonehaven Horizon Project had reason to celebrate last week as their latest project, to display posters depicting the attractions of the town at the railway station were finally unveiled. Horizon, together with Deeside Timberframes, ...



Stonehaven's Co-op stores could perform better - bosses
Press and Journal
Five Co-operative bosses attended a meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council to face criticisms levelled at their outlets. Locals have complained about a lack of choice, stock levels, staff, produce quality and high prices. ...



Plans for supermarket on outskirts of Stonehaven deemed 'unsuitable'
The roads agency successfully argued that the area near Stonehaven was unsuitable as it was in the countryside and not easily accessible. It will have to buy the land if the bypass is built and the CAAD would have increased the value. ...



Council approves plan to stabilise Bervie Braes in Stonehaven
Scotland Courier
By Graeme Strachan Members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee unanimously supported the installation of landslip prevention measures at the Bervie Braes above Stonehaven through the use of "soil-nailing" and "rockfill" techniques. ...



Charity dinner raises £27000 for MRI
Mearns Today
A CHARITY dinner in aid of Stonehaven's Maritime Rescue Institute has raised more than £27000 to help fund its vital work saving lives in North-east waters. Around 240 corporate guests attended last Thursday's event at Aberdeen's Marcliffe Hotel and ... 



New lease of life on cards for derelict hotel
Aberdeen Press and Journal
By Gary Cruden A derelict hotel at Stonehaven looks likely to be transformed into ... Stonehaven and District Community Council objected to the proposals, ...



Councillors urged to allow river studies
Press and Journal
The floods which hit Stonehaven in November 2009 were described by council officials as "a one in 200-year event". Water rose to more than six feet in ...



A top down approach
... with £2 million spent on each - whilst at Carmont cutting, four miles west of Stonehaven, £1.8 million is currently being spent on stabilisation works. ... 



MSPs call for a straight answer over 'mosquito'
Press and Journal
SNP backbencher Anne McLaughlin led calls to summon Mr Ewing because the committee - which has been considering a plea from Stonehaven teenager Andrew Deans ...



Perth's knockout conundrums
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Stonehaven's Jackie Lockhart, who was already guaranteed second place, went down 8-2 to Stranraer's Munro. That result, along with a 6-5 win by Sloan over Reid, left Sloan, Reid and Munro tied on three wins each. They now have to go through the ...



Community councils join forces to strengthen case against road plan
Press and Journal
Stonehaven and District Community Council (SDCC) and Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Council have decided to meet to streamline their opposition ...



Backing in principle for development
Montrose Today
Aberdeenshire Council's planners advised members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee to back the scheme in advance of their meeting in Stonehaven on ...



Rooms from only £30 per night during Feb 2011
Belvedere Hotel, Stonehaven has special discounted rates throughout Feb. Plan a winter break now...

Stonehaven sea cadets get tough inspection
Aberdeen Press and Journal
The Stonehaven and district unit went on parade at its High Street headquarters for Northern area officer, Commander Mark Buchan-Steele. ...



Scottish man nets two holes-in-one in nine hole stretch
Sounds odd, but Stonehaven plays in an odd order in the winter, with the traditional closing hole actually playing first. Even crazier, Smith could only ..





Town Hall secures slice of People's Millions cash 
PICTURED in celebratory mood are the trustees of Stonehaven Town Hall. ... STONEHAVEN Town Hall Trust are celebrating the news that they have, after all, ... 




















































































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