Welcome to the website of Alvah and Forglen Community Council, Aberdeenshire

The community council meets on the last Tuesday of the month eleven times a year.

See Meetings section for dates of the next meetings.

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Get ready for winter

With the darker nights and temperatures falling, Aberdeenshire Council teams are putting winter operations into motion.

The winter months can throw all sorts at us in the north-east, possibly bringing snow or ice, high winds and power disruption or flooding. The Council and all Community Planning partners will always try to deliver as many services as they can, no matter the situation, but the reality is that they might also be impacted.

To help communities prepare, a leaflet and door drop are getting underway, to provide guidance on steps to help get prepared and be ready for disruption. It can be simple actions, but they will improve the personal or household resilience of individuals across Aberdeenshire.

A version is available to download now here get ready for winter

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Interested in participating in health research?

SHARE, the Scottish Health Research Register and Biobank, is an NHS Research Scotland initiative. It has been created to establish a register of people, aged 11 and over, interested in participating in health research.

They need healthy people and people with health conditions to join SHARE. When you join the SHARE Register, the SHARE Team may send you information from time to time about research studies that might be of interest to you. This might involve taking part in surveys online, sharing your views on your healthcare or taking part in a study researching a new medication for an illness you may have.

SHARE would also like to ask for permission to keep any leftover blood (sample) from tests that you may have during your healthcare (like blood tests at your GP – no need for a separate visit to the GP). This sample can be used to help genetic research which looks to understand what causes different illnesses.

How do I sign up?

You can register:

· Online: www.registerforshare.org

· Phone: 01382 383 471

· Email: enquiries@registerforshare.org

Signing up to SHARE does not mean that you have to take part in any research studies. You can decide when you find out more about a study.

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At this time of year please be aware of the distress and alarm that fireworks can cause to pets and livestock. If you are intending to have a display on your property please let your neighbours know and, if possible, keep away from livestock and adjacent buildings.

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Scam and fraud warnings

Police Scotland and neighbourhood Watch Scotland have issued some warnings about scam and fraud attempts to be aware of:

In the last week we have seen numerous North East residents being ‘scammed’ when buying and selling high value items online via social media markets in recent weeks.
Genuine sellers are often contacted by scam ‘buyers’ looking to purchase an item, often high value electronics or designer items. (This weekend it has been predominately mobile phones)

The ‘buyer’ sends the seller a FAKE image of a payment notice on their phone which fraudulently confirms payment. This could be from a site such as PayPal or even a screenshot of a bank transfer. No money has actually been transferred and the seller has become a victim of fraud.

People are often enticed by high value items being sold at ‘bargain’ prices. This involves the scammer being shown a FAKE proof of postage, in order for you to send money, however the goods never arrive.

Crime Reduction Officer PC Irvine advised ‘Always check you have received payment using your own device prior to handing items over and do not be pressured into giving items without receiving the money. Where possible, meet the seller in person in a busy public place, before exchanging goods or money. Be suspicious of all ‘too good to be true’ offers and deals. Never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment you’re not comfortable with.’

Call 101 to report fraud or 999 in an emergency.

cyber scams

victims of fraud

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Aberdeenshire Council Fees and Charges survey

In line with Aberdeenshire Council’s Corporate Charging Policy and Charging Framework, their Environment and Infrastructure Services directorate is undertaking a review of its fees and charges. The purpose of the review is to ensure that:

  • Charges are levied on a clear and consistent basis across council services;
  • The affordability of charges and possible concessions are considered;
  • Recovery of charges is carried out efficiently and effectively; and
  • Charges are imposed and implemented in line with council priorities and policies

Last month, the Infrastructure Services Committee acknowledged the directorate’s intention to undertake the review and endorsed a public consultation on discretionary charges.

The consultation is limited to only those fees and charges which the directorate has discretion to set. Some of the fees and charges levied by E&IS – inc. charges for planning applications and building warrants – are set externally by the Scottish Government and the council has no discretion to change them.

Aberdeenshire Council are encouraging residents and businesses to participate in an online survey which, when completed, will be reported back to ISC and amended charges introduced for the 2023/2024 financial year.

You can access the survey until Sunday, November 6 here: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/eis-fees-and-charges-review

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Done to death, by Jove

Done to death, by Jove
Alvah Hall, Saturday 8th October 7.30pm
Prices Adults: £10, Under 18s and students: £7

Tickets availble from Bremner’s of Foggie, or book online, or pay at the door (if available)
Seating at tables so bring a bottle and a picnic!

The Great British Detective tradition! Holmes and Watson meet Poirot and Miss Marple (alongside the usual suspects) in a spoof homage – who murdered Lady Fanshawe!? Why is Matron Maudesly so friendly with one of the guests at the Clinic of Hopes and Cures!? Why have the sound cues got mixed up?

Made all the more tricky to tell, as theatrical knights, Sir Gavin of Robertson and Sir Nicholas of Collett attempt this 6-actor show, given the other 4 are stuck in a broken-down van on the M6. With only the two of them to play all the assigned roles, what could possibly go wrong?

Re-interpreting ‘The Art of Coarse Acting’ with a farcical result, it’s time to guess WhoDunWhat and how…

Warning: Contains hats!

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Local holiday dates for 2023

Banff and Macduff
Monday 13 February
Monday 10 April
Monday 1 May
Monday 4 September
Monday 16 October

Trades Fortnight Monday 10 Jul – Friday 21 July 2023

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SSEN Proposed 400Kv power line consultation exhibition Turriff 27th September

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are holding a public consultation exhibition giving information on their proposed 400kv electricity power line between Blackhillock and New Deer. There are two options for the route of this power line, one of which could pass though the Forglen area (other possible route would be further to the south).

The exhibition will be held at the Baden Powell Centre, Baden Powell Road, Turriff on 27th September 2022 between 2pm and 7pm. The SSEN project team will be in attendance to answer any questions/discuss the details of the project and invites the public to share their views with them.

Beauly Blackhillock New Deer Peterhead 400kV Events Poster

map of possible routes

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Steptoe and Sons Radio Show at Alvah Hall

Hambledon Productions and Apollo Theatre Company presents the Steptoe and Sons Radio Show at Alvah Hall on Wednesday 21st September 2022
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Ages ​12+

Tickets are available from Bremner’s of Foggie, can be pre booked online,
or bought at the door (if available). Ticket price: £7.00 – £10.00*
*booking fee applies to online bookings

Albert and Harold; father and son, rag-and-bone. The father proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the son protests that his dad is “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth.

These two, warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household favourites for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today.

Marking 60 years since the first ever broadcast, Hambledon Productions (Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show and Steptoe and Son Radio Show – Christmas Edition) and Apollo Theatre Company (Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour) breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this fresh and hilarious adaptation of three, original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom, faithfully recreating a live radio recording and reliving some of the Steptoes’ finest misadventures.

Alvah Parish Hall, Turriff, AB45 3XA

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Suicide prevention campaign

SAMH, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland have launched a suicide prevention campaign in North East Division (Grampian). The focus of which is to not only encourage those experiencing suicidal thoughts to open up to others but to enable those who are listening to feel empowered to help with confidence and compassion. Ultimately, they hope to create a culture where not only those in crisis know that they can get help, but that those who have concerns for others know how to respond effectively and will therefore be more willing to intervene.

Working with SAMH, they have created resources available for both the public and organisations or businesses – specifically the attached documents and this link to a video. The document for partners highlights known indicators that may point to someone being more likely to attempt suicide. It has been adapted from a Police version that has recently been distributed to all frontline Officers and Staff in North East Division. If anyone has concerns for another, being able to refer to this document can help enrichen their understanding of the circumstances and ensure they get the help they need earlier.

The leaflet for the public is aimed at those who know of, care for, live with or work with someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. It is important to highlight it is not a form of treatment but a means of safeguarding until further interventions can be made such as seeing a Medical Professional or accessing other means of support. The video accompanies the information for the public and has been shared on a variety of social media channels.

Suicide prevention is an ongoing, ever-changing process that needs to adapt to meet the needs of our communities, but what remains constant is that the more it is highlighted and talked about the more effective it will be.

A6_Suicide Prevention Advice

Suicide Risk Indicators – Partners


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