Chiels marking a decade

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Ballater Charitable Chiels held their 10th anniversary ball on Saturday, June 18.

The group formed on the January 5 2001 celebrated 10 years of raising funds for local good causes - the total so far being £300,000.

The Chiels kicked off the night with a group photograph at Ballater Golf Club before greeting more than 100 guests at a marquee, supplied by Mike Findlay, of Craigievar Marquees, at a site alongside the curling pond.

Once the guests had recieved a reception drink from the bar, stewarded by Tracy Henderson, and her staff from Ballater Golf Club, they were asked to take their seats, supplied at the last minute by Logie Coldstone Hall at tables from the Lonach, which were named after some of the hills the Chiels have climbed while raising funds.

Chiels Chairman Brian Florence gave the welcome speech, which detailed some highs and lows the group had gone through in the first 10 years of being together.

Guests were then encouraged by John Sinclair and Mike Rattray to take part in a game of heads and tails.

The last man standing with hands on head was Alan Michie, of Golf Road.

Grace was then regaled by Scott Fraser and an excellent four-course meal served by Harry Fraser Catering Services.

After the meal, the Chiels and guests were entertained by their good friends, the band ‘Flites’ who, along with their travelling support, came from Fife, swelled the numbers and turned the ball into something of an extra-special event.

A raffle was held during a break, with prizes donated by the many supporters the Chiels have both locally and further afield, for which they give so much thanks. Raffle tickets were drawn by Marcus Humphrey, of Dinnet, and were handed out by the many Chiels on hand.

Local photographer Amy Muir was on hand throughout the evening, taking snaps firstly for the Chiels’ archive but also for anyone else to view.

This can be done by visiting or by contacting Scott Fraser on 07909 781517.

The Ballater Charitable Chiels thanked everyone involved in making their 10th anniversary ball a night to remember - and indeed their first 10 years so far.

They also apologised sincerely to any party who felt their event disturbed them in any way.