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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Community Council elections

Nominations are being sought to fill 7 vacancies on Alvah and Forglen Community Council. Nomination forms are available on the Aberdeenshire Council website, by emailing: banffandbuchanamo@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, or by telephoning (01467) 537000

Forms must be returned by 4pm on Tuesday 07 June 2022. If the nominees outnumber the spaces available, an election will take place on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 in Alvah Parish Hall between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

The Community Council’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 18.30 pm in Forglen Hall

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Community picnic for unveiling of Queen’s Platinum Plaque

Alvah and Forglen Community Council invites the Communities of Alvah and Forglen to a


to celebrate the unveiling of the Queen’s Platinum plaque to commemorate the planting of 2000 trees as our contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy

Saturday 28 May 2022 from 11am

Mountblairy Estate
Picnic food and drink, coffee and tea provided
Music from Turriff Silver Band

Andrew Simpson, the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire will unveil the plaque at 12 noon.

Parking at Alvah Hall, AB45 3XA – a community minibus will run to and from the nearby planting site from 11am to 3pm.
As it is a countryside site, sensible shoes should be worn.

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new 4G mast at Bogton

Some information on the 4G service now provided by EE from the new mast at Bogton which went live this month.

The mast is not exclusively for any Operator, and was built by Scottish Government with the intention that any Mobile Network Operator (MNO), or Fixed Wireless Operator, can utilise the mast to expand their network coverage.

WHP Telecoms Ltd is Scottish Government’s infrastructure provider, and it is this company that built and owns the mast. Any MNO or Fixed Wireless Operator can then install their equipment on the mast, in order to generate signal for their network.

EE was the only MNO to show interest and commitment to the new mast at Bogton, and this is why they are the operator using the mast currently. O2, Vodafone and Three, did not commit to this mast, and so are not utilising it.

Scottish Government required at least 1 of the MNO’s to commit to usage before the work went ahead, so thankfully they did get the commitment from EE. Although it is unlikely for additional MNO’s to seek use of the mast, they can do this by going through the appropriate channels with WHP Telecoms Ltd or Scottish Government.
Jack Rigby, Digital Stakeholder Lead Officer, Aberdeenshire Council

A letter covering this and more to Aberdeenshire councillor Michael Roy
Bogton mast

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Police report

Banff Police have supplied a report for the February period to the community council which is available for download.

Community Council Report February 2022

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Queen’s Green Canopy

At the beginning of the month, AFCC completed the planting of almost 2000 trees as their contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy. It is intended that the Lord Lieutenant of Banff will formally unveil the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Plaque on site on 28 May.

The community will be invited to attend and enjoy refreshments and listen to the Turriff Silver Band. Further details will be issued nearer the date.

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Applications invited for projects under the Deuchries Windfarm Community Fund

The Deuchries Windfarm Community Fund receives money each year which can be used for projects intended to improve the Aberchirder & Marnoch and Alvah & Forglen areas.

Applications are invited for suitable projects which will benefit these communities and should be submitted using this application form. Applications should be received no later than midday 29th March 2022 to be considered in the March allocation meeting.

Applications are only eligible from, and for, organisations within the Aberchirder & Marnoch / Alvah & Forglen areas.

Completed applications should be handed in, or posted, to:
ADCA Secretary
Bob Peden, 18 Causewayend Crescent, ABERCHIRDER AB54 7TF

in a sealed envelope.

Please ensure your application envelope is clearly marked Deuchries Windfarm Community Fund.

Download a poster for display DWCF Poster March 2022

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Queen’s Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a national initiative to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, and to promote the importance of trees to the environment.

Alvah and Forglen Community Council are pleased to support the initiative and have been allocated 2.8 acres of land by the Mountblairy Estate to establish a wild wood which will enhance the environment and the habitat of local wildlife.

Thanks to an initial quantity of trees supplied by the Woodlands Trust and a generous donation from Brydock Windfarm for additional trees, AFCC intends to plant almost 2000 trees by the end of Spring.

AFCC are aware that many residents in the area and beyond would welcome the opportunity to plant a tree to commemorate the Jubilee. To that end AFCC will hold a TREE PLANTING WEEKEND on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 2022 from 10am to 4pm at Mountblairy Lake on the Mountblairy Estate, near Turriff.

Members of the local community of all ages are invited to come along with a spade and plant a tree.

To find out how to plant a tree please follow this link https://queensgreencanopy.org/get-involved/plant/

Click to register and receive a map/directions to the site

Video of the tree planting

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Useful information in the event of bad weather events

Aberdeenshire Council has provided a list of useful contact information in the event of further bad weather events in the area. Download Aberdeenshire Information Flyer

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Storm Malik warning

Aberdeenshire Council has issued the following in regards to Storm Malik

Storm Malik public briefing 28.1.22

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Royal Mail text scam

Police have issued a warning, regarding another Royal Mail fake text scam.
See details royal mail text scam

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