January 11th 2019 -nEwan Johnston - Farming in the North East.

In an excellent overview of farming in the North East, Ewan gave us pointers as to the challenges facing farmers in the North East and how farming has changed over recent years. He talked about the complex and many ways in which subsidies were applied to support farming and to keep the price of dairy and meat products competitive. This was a comprehensive and very informative talk and much appreciated by the members. The vote of thanks was by Ian Ellis.

January 25th 2019

It has been the tradition to celebrate the life and works of our National Bard each year. After the haggis was piped in by Charles Reid and addressed by Fred Watson (guest) the members sat down to their haggis, neeps and tatties.  Entertainment followed with a much appreciated accordion solo by Mark Forrest (Guest), a violin solo from Richard Thomson (guest) a poem by Fred Crawford and an appreciation by Colin Grant.

February 14th 2019 - Brian Woodcock Station House Media Unit

Brian gave us a fascinating insight into this charity which works with unemployed youth often who have not benefited by the educational establishments, including young offenders. They deliver training under very structured course work through the making of films and other media such as radio and press.

February 28th 2019 - Rev Howard Drysdale

March 14th 2019 - Gordon Porter - Ben O’ Line

In his talk, Gordon who is a Club member told uis about the various routes he undertook as a merchant seaman and how he amused his colleagues with the songs that he wrote and sang along with a guitar accompaniment Not only did this provide entertainment for his fellow sailors but also was a sort of musical diary recording the events in each port. He has compiled these into a DVD which you can purchase directly from Gordon.

April 11th 2019 - Dr Fiona Jane Brown -  Hidden Aberdeen

In an excellent talk, delivered with humour, Fiona showed us some of the exciting and hidden features of Aberdeen in past times. This was beautifully illustrated with stories and extracts from the books which Dr Brown has written to accompany the many walks around Aberdeen which she provides for groups or individuals.

May 8th - Mike Shepherd - Bram Stoker, Dracula and Cruden Bay

In an excellent, illustrated talk, Mike told us of how Bram Stoker fell in love with Cruden Bay and visited regularly. It was while he was staying there at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel that he wrote Dracula.

March 28th 2019 - Ian  Ellis - A bit of A doo

April 25th Spring Lunch

We had an excellent buffet lunch and sweet at the McDonald Golf Club at which we had a reasonable turnout of members and guests. President Ian welcomed Gary Seagraves, the magician who provided first class entertainment and entranced us

with amazing tricks.