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Friday, 19 October 2018

Stonehaven’s Offshore Windfarm Taking Shape

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The first turbine for the new £500million project is now visible from the coast around Stonehaven. By the end of 2020 six more are expected to follow.

The turbine is over 600ft high and is situated 9 miles offshore between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.

The article below provides more detail;-

A major new offshore £500 million windfarm, visible from the coast around Stonehaven, has started to take shape.

The plans were developed by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd (KOWL) and with the first dot on the horizon now making an appearance – six more turbines are expected to follow by the end of 2020.

At almost 600ft high and expected to be generating power this year, the turbine is nine miles offshore between Stonehaven and Aberdeen and lies entirely within the Scottish Marine Area.

KOWL director Allan Macaskill said that the project would be the biggest in the world when completed.

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited was set up by Scotland’s former deputy first minister Lord Nicol Stephen, who is also a director.

It is being operated by Pilot Offshore Renewables.

The wind farm was initially expected to cost £250 million when first planned in 2016, but will now cost closer to £500 million.

Mr MacAskill said the development would require £350 million to build, with lifetime operational expenditure likely to be around £150 million.

He added: “This type of project has never been done before. We will be producing this year and in the early part of 2020 we’ll be installing a further five 9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines.

“All in, this windfarm will be about 49 megawatts. When finished it will be the biggest floating windfarm in the world.”

The development plan for the Kincardine test and demonstration project originally envisaged the installation of eight turbines, but a variance applied for last year has seen that total drop to seven.

At two megawatts, the first turbine to be connected is less powerful than the six larger units which will follow.

They will be among the most powerful turbines in the world, with a potential rating of up to 9.5MW each.

In total, the Kincardine development is expected to produce enough power for 56,000 homes and support 110 jobs during assembly.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

We Was Brung Up Proper

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"And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993"!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos...
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because........
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O..K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,no video/dvd filmsno mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! 
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn’t need to keep up with the Jones’s!
Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT 
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren’t concentrating .  
We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R’s education.  
Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.  The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'  and 'Tiger'
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, show this to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Summer Opening for Stonehaven Open Air Pool

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The Stonehaven Open Air Pool had a glorious sunny day for this years Summer Opening on Saturday 26th May.

The Pool was officially opened by STV personality Andrea Brymer.

The crowd were entertained by Newtonhill Pipe Band as they excitedly waited to get in.

Just a few weeks ago fears had been raised that the opening of the outdoor attraction, which features heated salt water, would miss its traditional opening date on the last Saturday in May.

Last year, Aberdeenshire Council were involved in a health and safety investigation after a pensioner fell from scaffolding and injured himself.

The man was part of the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool group, which is responsible for ensuring the upkeep of the pool’s façade.

Fortunately the situation was resolved and the injured man recovered so the Friends group were able to welcome visitors from all across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and further afield for the grand opening to the season on Saturday morning.

Over 300 visitors enjoyed a great day at the Pool.

See Opening Times for the season below

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Friday, 18 May 2018

MailChimp and GDPR: How to Set Up GDPR Signup Forms

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If you are using MailChimp and you want to make sure you are GDPR compliant, you may well have received helpful information from MailChimp.

You may also find the video  a great help in setting up your GDPR sign up forms in Mailchimp
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Friday, 27 April 2018

Are You Planning to Visit Stonehaven?

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You are welcome to stay at the Ship Inn. Some rooms overlook the beautiful harbour with stunning views.

The Ship Inn is close to local attractions such as Dunnottar Castle.

Crowds of people visit the castle every day.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the town of Stonehaven before they move on.

A visitor from Perth Australia while sitting having a drink at a table outside the Ship Inn after visiting Dunnottar Castle, remarked "What a beautiful and quaint little place you have here.
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Could This Building Soon Become A Restaurant in Stonehaven?

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Could This Building Soon Become a New Restaurant in Stonehaven?

I wouldn’t bank on it.

On passing the former Royal Bank Building at the Market Square, in Stonehaven the other day I saw a notice on a post just in front of it.

It was from Aberdeenshire Council announcing that there had been an application for permission for change of use to a Restaurant and Take Away.

On further investigation, I learned that the proposals had been submitted by Bennett Developments and Consulting, on behalf of owners Sava Estates.

It seems the developers believe that the Royal Bank  in the Market Square, could be the perfect location for the new venture.

It has been reported in the press, that at the moment, the owners can’t say who would be going into the premises.

However, they have had positive discussions with a few different potential end users at the site.

These include an Italian pizza business and Indian, but these discussions are only the start and it might be someone completely different who moves in.

Whoever takes on the building will have to keep the ATM machine in place. Planning documents submitted to Aberdeenshire Council reveal that this would have to remain there for a number of years.

Although the location is good, Stonehaven already has a number of good eating places and Take Aways.

Could another Restaurant and Take Away survive without some existing eating places closing ?

It would be interesting to hear what people think.

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Friday, 23 March 2018

Top Band, Toploader for Top Town, Stonehaven

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Video created by Webecom Marketing

Stephen Jackson from Prestige Entertainment is bringing top 90’s Band to Stonehaven.

Toploader will perform at Stonehaven Town Hall on Saturday 6th October 2018.

The group from Eastbourne in south-east England, are touring this year after releasing their latest album Seeing Stars in 2017. The seaside town will be the band’s only gig in the North-east of Scotland.

Stephen said the band were really looking forward to visiting the area. “The group has a new album out and a single so they are touring across the country and we have the North-east exclusive in Stonehaven.

 “I have been working on different events and it was through some contacts that Toploader were in touch to see if there was any interest and I bit their hand off. It is hoped the event could bring more people to Stonehaven”. Why not plan an October trip to Stonehaven? Enjoy a stay in a local B&B or hotel, visit the local pubs and tourist attractions and be entertained by Toploader on 6th October 2018.

There will also be a support act. Tickets are available online at the Events page on
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