Courtesy of the Evening Express

Councillors want safety improvements on the B999


Calls have been made today to improve safety on a deadly rural road after a man died in a crash.

Mark Wood, 38, died following a collision involving a Volkswagen Golf and Honda Jazz on the B999 Aberdeen to Tarves road between Pettymuick and Pitmedden Bridge on Friday, October 6.

Councillor Paul Johnston, who represents the Mid-Formartine ward, criticised the condition of the road last month. He said: “There are locations all the way along that road where past tragedies remain marked, and that is a sobering thought.

“There’s been at least five (fatalities) since I’ve been a councillor.”

Repair work has since been carried out after those incidents, but Cllr Johnston would like to see additional safety measures.

He added: “There have been requests for better reflectors on the road and crash barriers.”

Between 2000 and 2014 there were 10 fatal accidents on the road.

In 2009, a 55-year-old van driver was killed on the Aberdeen to Tarves road, and in 2007 a 34-year-old man died on the Bridge of Don to Pitmedden stretch when his car crashed at a junction a few miles west of Potterton.

A teenager also died in a smash on the road the same year.

In 2006, a 46-year-old biker died after his vehicle left the road, in 2003 a 30-year-old woman lost her life in a one-vehicle crash and in 2002, three people died following collisions on the road.

Fellow ward councillor Andrew Hassan added: “I was saddened to hear about the fatal accident.

“In recent years there have been fewer road accidents in Mid-Formartine but it’s a reminder, if we need one, that accidents happen on our roads and if any measures can be put in place to address blackspots I would hope that would be considered by officers.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee chairman Councillor Peter Argyle said: “Whenever these things happen it’s obviously an appalling tragedy.

“The police and council spend a lot of time looking at what caused the accident and if there are things that can be done in terms of engineering or other measures, I have no doubt that will be something that we will be looking at.”

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Warning after two local businesses targeted in overnight raids

Warning after two rural businesses targeted in overnight raids

Police Scotland is urging rural business owners to ensure they have robust security measures in place following two break-ins overnight.

Officers received a report at around 12.30am on October 17th that a store at The Square, Tarves, had been targeted. Entry was forced and goods were taken.

They received a second report that a store at Main Street in Methlick had also been targeted overnight. Entry was again forced, however nothing was taken.

Detective Sergeant George Nixon, who is leading inquiries, said: “This is the second time the store at Methlick has been targeted in less than a month which is completely unacceptable. Crime of this nature is generally extremely rare in the village, so to have two similar incidents reported to us in such a short space of time won’t be tolerated.

“Inquiries into both incidents overnight are ongoing and anyone with information that could assist is urged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Both break-ins took place through the night when the areas and roads would have been quiet so if you were out and about and saw anything unusual, please let us know.

“I would also appeal to business owners in small communities across the north-east to ensure your premises are locked and secure when you leave tonight and that you have appropriate security measures in place. Robust locks and safes are crucial to keep stock safe, while appropriate alarms and security lights can help bolster security. I would also advise against keeping large amounts of cash on the premises and to keep high-value items locked away.

“It is also important that you keep a note of any suspicious people who might visit your business that you don’t recognise as being from the area and cause you concern. It is entirely possible that those responsible are not local and might come in beforehand to scope out your set-up.

“A great deal of proactive police work is carried out on a daily basis to ensure the areas you live in are as safe as they possibly can be, however if the worst does happen it is vital you have robust security measures in place to ensure potential thieves don’t stand a chance.

“For general crime prevention advice and tips on how to keep your business secure, you can speak to your local Community Policing Team by dialling 101.”

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Ellon Cinema – Opera Event – 20th October

Ellon Cinema

Friday, 20th October – Opera Night

Ellon Cinema volunteers will be running a very special night on Friday (see below) as this will be their first Opera event and are hoping that it will prove popular.  They are planning to offer a seating at table option and a licenced bar for both pre and half time refreshment.  Online bookings are already coming in and they will be offering the usual pay at the door option for those who make up their minds last minute.

If successful, Ellon Cinema will be looking at putting more from the All Opera 17/18 series (which includes a ballet) during 2018.

Georges Bizet’s Opera CARMEN – 7 pm for 7:30 Staged by Argentine director Valentina Carrasco, this is a modern interpretation performed in the enchanting setting of the Terme di Caracalla in Rome, the archaeological site of the Roman Baths where a unique theatrical stage comes to life. Captured live in HD from their summer programme this is an encore version intended especially for showing in theatres and cinemas world wide.

Next Cinema Event: Sunday, 29th October

Captain Underpants (U) – 3 pm Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants

Goodbye Christopher Robin (12A) – Provides a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?.

See our web site: for films planned for the months ahead


The Aberdeen Arms will be swinging away when Wee Betty mixes up the gin and tonics for an afternoon ‘Tea’ event.  Music and singing makes for a good decadent Saturday afternoon.  


Tarves Heritage Project have got a Tattie Holiday challenge.  Things to do during the holidays and support Tarves Heritage Project by getting to know your area in a fun way.


Formartine is blooming lovely. 2017 again saw the Formartine Partnership run the popular “in bloom” competition for villages and the ” beginning to blossom” competition for schools in the Formartine Area.

The Award Ceremony at Meldrum Academy was well attended on Tuesday night by the schools and community groups and there is an attached copy of the Awards List for your information.  Follow the link to see how the different communities faired.

A group photograph of the schools with their certificates and one of the winners of the communities – you will note that the school pupils represented Auchterless to collect their prize as they had assisted in the village.

Find out more about the Formartine partnership and how you can help your community by contacting:   

Telephone No  01358 720584  

Email :                                                                                                                                 



Formartine Partnership Limited

29 Bridge Street



AB41 9AA



We have 2 spaces now available for the weekly classes. A few for the Thursday morning. Please get in touch if interested


Udny Young Farmers are holding a pub quiz on Friday 27 October 2017 at the Aberdeen arms.  Open to all.  A fun evening of fundraising so get your thinking caps on.