Village picnic marks Jubilee

Donside Community Council covers the largest area in Aberdeenshire - from the boundary of Tillyfourie up to Tough, over to Keig and Craigievar, Cushnie, Strathdon, Lumsden and Alford.

One project it is currently leading is the Diamond Jubilee village picnic on Sunday, June 3, in Haughton Park. Members have registered to host a Diamond Jubilee Beacon and are working with local groups including the Rotary club, Guides, Scouts, bowling club and Alford Valley Railway e to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.

Family-friendly activities are being planned with a programme, performances, games and activities to suit all ages, sizes and shapes. There will be an opportunity for local groups to tell everyone about themselves and fundraise and for people to try out new activities and hobbies.

Everyone is welcome to join them from 1pm - just take a picnic and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the company of family and friends and hopefully make new friends along the way. More details from Dorothy Anderson on (019755) 62862 or or on the Alford community website, at

Other projects include Alford Community Campus, Kildrummy Windfarm Community Liaison Group, flowertubs and hanging baskets in Lumsden and Alford, allotments, Christmas lights and setting up Facebook and Twitter links.

The Alford Academy lottery is drawn at their meetings (more details are available on the academy website). The police are also present at meetings to give a monthly report and members can bring issues to their attention as well.

They have helped fund litter bins in Alford, Towie Indoor Bowling Club, Corgarff Picnic, gloves for annual litter pick, Keig Junior Badminton Club and many more.

They are looking for volunteers to help with the Christmas lights. Anyone who could spare a few hours nearer the time should get in touch with Christine Petrie on (019755) 62972.

Members feel it is very important that the whole of Donside is represented at the community council and they are currently looking for representatives from: Corgarff, Craigievar, Cushnie, Lumsden, Glenkindie, Kildrummy, Tough/Whitehouse, Tullynessle/Montgarrie. A list of current representatives is available at

Anyone wishing to know more and/or if they are interested in becoming a representative, can go along to one of their welcoming and friendly meetings.

People can also make a blog comment at

Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month (except July and December) at Alford Academy at 7.30pm and meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, in Alford Academy, starting at 7.15pm with a cup of tea/coffee.