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Last Gasp Mackie Win the Day

By Jane Cruickshank / February 16, 2020

Match report by Ian Gray – ON the drive up to Banff, the gale force wind was buffeting the car and the rain was beginning to lash down. Could a meaningful game of rugby be played in such conditions? Should a game of rugby be played in such conditions, even if the ground is considered […]


Update On Cycling Project

By Jane Cruickshank / February 16, 2020

PROGRESS on Stonehaven Town Partnership’s efforts to create a network of walking and cycling paths around the town is just one of the items on the agenda, for their next meeting. All are welcome to join the STP at the Invercarron Resource Centre on Tuesday February 25 at 7pm. The land train, town centre improvements […]


Flood Risk Reassurance

By Jane Cruickshank / February 15, 2020

AS Storm Dennis hits Stonehaven, the contractors undertaking the Carron River flood protection scheme say they want to reassure householders they are not more vulnerable while works are underway. Community liaison officer Sheila Tolmie told The Bellman she had been approached by concerned locals – and has issued the following advice: ”We as the Contractor […]


New Entry For St James’

By Jane Cruickshank / February 11, 2020

A FACELIFT for the gateway and ground to the front of one of Stonehaven’s places of worship is on the cards. St James’ Episcopal Church has applied for full planning permission for: alterations to access, repositioning of pillars and gates and increase boundary wall, erection of timber fence, repositioning of existing notice board and formation […]


Twenty’s Plenty

By Jane Cruickshank / February 10, 2020

REDUCED speed limits in residential areas across the Shire will be discussed at tomorrow’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee. It is proposed to make 20 mph the normal speed limit on minor roads in our built-up areas while retaining 30mph or 40 mph limits on a strategic network of routes. This […]


Bellman Holiday Update

By Jane Cruickshank / January 12, 2020

ALMOST exactly one year from first posting on The Bellman I’m taking a holiday from the website – but with a happy heart as our Stonehaven news project seems to be a success. We’ve relied on word of mouth marketing and Facebook shares to reach our reading audience. The numbers have grown month on month. […]


Road Ahead For Ury

By Jane Cruickshank / December 30, 2019

A NEW approach into Stonehaven from the Netherley Road is on the cards with proposals for a new road at Ury Estate. Kirkwood Homes have applied for full planning permission for East Lodge link road infrastructure at land adjacent to East Lodge. The proposed layout shows the road cutting through the Polbare tree belt and […]


Burns Garden Lights

By Jane Cruickshank / December 15, 2019

A ROWAN tree draped with lights is now brightening the entrance to Stonehaven thanks to the efforts of a host of community groups. The Horizon Group led the project at the Burns Memorial Garden, supported by Aberdeeshire Council’s landscape services. Stonehaven and District Community Council provided funding for the lights installed by Scotia Lighting – […]


Committee Wheeling and Dealing

By Jane Cruickshank / December 9, 2019

Cycling Without Age volunteers are hoping for a £5,000 boost towards the purchase of a second trishaw from the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee budget. If they get the cash, volunteer ‘pilots’ will supply the pedal power needed to provide an outing for those with mobility issues, allowing them to be out enjoying the fresh […]

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