Donside Community Council News

Donside Community Council held its AGM in June and there were quite a few changes due to a number of our representatives “retiring”. We said a fond farewell to Ian Law (Tullynessle), Johnny Alexander (Glenkindie) and George Marshall (Lumsden) who between them notched up over 100 years on the Community Council. Their support, advice, vast knowledge of their areas has been invaluable to us over all the years they have served their communities. We presented them with wooden bowls as a token of our appreciation and flowers for their good lady wives. Ed Mathers, who retired at the end of last year, also came along to say farewell too.
We are looking for new members to join us – please come along to one of our meetings to see what goes on.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the tubs and hanging baskets in Alford. The tubs and baskets were filled by a group of local gardeners and included Liz and Ian Law, Ellie, James and Ben Lumsden, Betty Alexander, Betty Moir, June Graham, Dorothy and Harry Anderson, George Mitchell and Terry Wright. Since the tubs and baskets were installed in their respective places the Lumsden family have watered them every second evening and made sure that they have flourished despite the heat wave.
Thanks also to Nicoll Robb for looking after Jeremy Eric the Bull who is looking great and makes a fantastic statement as you come into Alford on the Aberdeen Road. Nicoll has studiously looked after Jeremy Eric for many years – Nicoll’s dedication is much appreciated.
We have recently given grants to Donside Defibrillator Group for the printing of the defibrillator leaflet which was distributed to all households within Donside, Vale of Alford Curling Club and the Alford Mens Shed Project.
Alford Car Park Project – this is still progressing, albiet at a slow pace. Approval has been given for patching to be undertaken, lining done as per agreed plan and traffic calming measures and parking bay fenders with bollards installed. No date has been given yet for this work.