From the Files

What happened in the Mearns in history.

25 YEARS AGO

Friday January 18 1991

A valued and free confidential citizens’ advice centre at Stonehaven, which was consulted by over 200 people in the past year, is suddenly in need of urgent help itself. - because the eight volunteers who organise and run the “STAIR” office from the British Red Cross Society premises at 11 Bridgefield, have been asked to vacate the accomodation by the end of March.

“If we aren’t offered - or cannot ourselves find - an alternative location in which to set up another office, I don’t think we’ll be able to function any more,” said STAIR management committee chairwoman, Mrs Nan Bryars, this week.

STAIR (Stonehaven Advice and Information Resource), who are fully affiliated to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (Scotland), have been loaned their current premises since april, 1989. Staff offer help to young and old alike, with advice on debt problems, claiming benefits, form-filling, and a wealth of other issues besides. “We are also there to lend a listening ear,” said Mrs Bryars, “which can be just as important.” So successful has been the service that the number of enquiries has quadroupled - in the year before STAIR set up at Bridgefield staff dealt with 52 enquiries. But this past year has seen over 200 people find assistance in their offices.

“Our reputation has spread,” said Mrs Bryars.

50 YEARS AGO

Friday January 21 1966

“Water is rationed in the north part of Kincardineshire.” “Only 100 houses can be built until the Glendye water scheme is completed.” Statements like these have caused a lot of talk in the county recently, and opinions have been expressed that the county council has been caught “on the hop” by a demand for houses that they did not foresee.

This week a Mearns Leader reporter investigated the position, and his inquiries clear the county council of any lack of foresight.

Away back in 1944 Glendye was considered as an alternative to Loch Lee as the source of the county’s future water supplies, but difficulties of tunnelling the country from the source to the Clatterin’ Brig resulted in the scheme being abandoned.

Loch Lee then became the main scheme. It was first intended that it should be taken right round the whole county, but that also was found to be impracticable, and it was decided to take it to Stonehaven only, leaving Glendye to serve the northern part of the county.

In 1952 water was obtained from the Aberdeen city supply, and a decision then taken to bring in the Glendye scheme.

At that point money difficulties arose. The government permitted only one water scheme to go ahead. Loch Lee.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday January 20 1916

The hurricane which blew with terrific force all over the North-East of Scotland on Thursday of last week was felt with special severity throughout the whole of Kincardineshire, which for the most part lies open and exposed to the elements.

After a quiet day on the Wednesday, a stiff breeze got up about 10 at night, and by 11 o’clock it was blowing what could only be decribed as a hurricane, blowing with terrific force from the north-west, and rising up now and then in a fierce fit of wrath, to throw a sharp, stinging shower of snow or hail on to the unoffending ground.

In the burghs there was a lot of minor damage, the gale bringing the loose slates and chimney pots with a clatter to the street.

Fortunately there were few people about at the time and there were few if any accidents.

But it was out in the open country that the gale was felt in its full fury. The early-to-rest farmer had his sleep disturbed by a clatter of a 60-miles-an-hour gale, screaming through the “court,” and rattling among the chimney cans.

The farmer’s mind was filled at once with apprehension for the stacks in his well-filled corn yard, and rousing his hands, he went to see what he could do to make things more shipshape.

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