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What to see and do in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Scotland
What to see and do in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Scotland

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Portlethen Gala takes place at the Academy and grounds on Saturday 18th August 2018 from noon to 5pm. It’s fun for all the family with Zorbs, Bouncy Castle and Bumper Cars, Huskies, Critters and Owls, Refreshments, Craft Stalls, and more.
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Tickets are now on sale for The Vamps Four Corners Tour in Aberdeen. aboutaberdeen.com/The-Vamps-Four-Corners-Tour-Aberdeen
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Pre-sale Tickets are now on sale for The Vamps Four Corners Tour in Aberdeen. aboutaberdeen.com/The-Vamps-Four-Corners-Tour-Aberdeen
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To break the journey from Aberdeen to Southern England we stay at a B&B in the Lockerbie area. We use Booking and select our budget price. It is so quick and easy and there are some great deals. If you use this link https://www.booking.com/s/14_6/c1b00b17 you are eligible for a 10% discount off your next stay. Pictured is Broadlea of Robgill Country Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Really comfortable and spacious rooms with an en-suite bathroom and a great Farmhouse Scottish Breakfast for just £65 for a twin room.
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Connect 4 Recovery takes place on Tuesday 24th July 2018, 1pm to 4pm at the Broomhill Activity Centre in Aberdeen AB10 7LN.

This free event aims to bring people, with an interest in or experience of addictions and mental health together to connect, create and share in a friendly setting ahead of Recovery Walk Scotland 2018 in Glasgow #TogetherWeFlourish

To register, or for more information visit the booking page at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connect-4-recovery-aberdeen-tuesday-24th-july-100pm-400pm-tickets-47082985477?aff=es2 or learn more at www.scottishrecovery.net

aboutaberdeen.com/Connect-4-Recovery-Aberdeen-Walk-Scotland-2018-Glasgow
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The Compassionate Friends provide support to anyone who has lost a child, sibling or grandchild. They offer a range of help for bereaved families which includes local support, a helpline, supportive closed Facebook pages and a community forum. They also hold retreats throughout the year where you can meet other siblings/parents/grandparents and immerse yourself in the comfort and warmth of a dedicated team of bereaved parent supporters. These include organised talks and discussions and a range of activities including crafts and writing.
www.tcf.org.uk
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We have an exclusive up to 20% off Airparks airport parking at Aberdeen and other UK airports which automatically applies the discount. See http://aboutaberdeen.com/Airparks-Aberdeen-Discount-Code for terms and conditions and for more information.
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Mrs About Aberdeen is busy painting a Gordon Highlander cap badge as a special commission for a surprise gift and this example is one of an army nurse cap badge (we both served in this Corps) with the Tactical Recognition Flash badge colours of the QARANC as a background.

Karla can paint any cap badge and TRF background and the canvases are ready to hang on the wall and cost just £60 which includes UK delivery. They can be personalised with any inscription and most folk have chosen name, rank, regimental number and years of service.

http://karlascreativecapers.co.uk/Military-Cap-Badge-Corps-Regiments-Personalised-Painting-Canvas.asp
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and grandads who cherish and love their children and grandchildren unconditionally, play with them, dad dance away without a care, embarrass them, give advice, are the Bank of Daddy and are there in the good times and the bad. Have a great day!
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Mrs About Aberdeen with a Yeomen of the Guard at last Thursday’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party for The Not Forgotten Association. The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Association received ten invites and being registered disabled, she kindly received one of the invites.
Karla was a QARANC army nurse from 1987 to 1993 and was in the same student nurse group as the current Chief Nursing Officer, Colonel Alison McCourt! They trained at the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich and at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.
The Garden Party was for The Not Forgotten Association who help bring fun and entertainment to ex-servicemen and women, as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are wounded or disabled. Karla has Rheumatoid Arthritis, which affects most of her joints. I was also able to attend as her carer; my first experience of being a husband-of!
There were over 2500 serving military and veterans along with carers and escorts.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, was in attendance as she is the Patron of the NFA. It was so lovely to be so close to her and see her talk away to fellow veterans and war pensioners. Though we were unable to be introduced to her, we did have a gentle walk along the Queen’s private lake and gardens. Here we got up so close to geese teaching their goslings to eat the grass, moorhens and coots. The Queen has the most-gentle of waterfalls cascading into her lake through a series of beautiful stone steps.
We were delighted to meet Stephen from Channel 4 Gogglebox and have a cheeky photo and brief chat with him. Other celebrities in attendance were Wayne Sleep and Alfie Boe, who sings so beautifully at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall, most years.
The Band of the Royal Marines played throughout the afternoon whilst we enjoyed the most delicious sandwiches and cakes with our afternoon tea. Her Majesty certainly knows how to look after her troops, because soon after these had been enjoyed, then generous helpings of strawberries and cream was served along with refreshing lemon cordials. A tame grey squirrel joined us and went from table to table looking for a treat.
We were able to meet members of the Yeomen of the Guard and met the lovely gentleman in the photo, who served in the army for over 25 years, serving in every rank from Private through to Regimental Sergeant Major and then commissioning to Captain. He now has the privilege of guarding Her Majesty and her family.
The afternoon was finished by a parade by the Royal Marines band with some rousing renditions of Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy themes, before HRH took the salute.
Though stairs are painful to climb, Karla. like many veterans, including those recently disabled in Afghanistan and Iraq, through to World War Two heroes, were helped up the stairs so that we could exit through the Grand Hall. This was worth the pain to see the plush gilded surroundings that the Royal Family enjoy.
Though her nursing and army days are long behind her, Karla now work as an artist, specialising in pet portrait and paintings of cap badges along with name, rank, regimental number and years of service to provide a lasting keep-sake for fellow veterans. Her website is www.karlascreativecapers.co.uk
We’d like to thank any readers who have donated or fundraised for www.nfassociation.org/ and for giving these veteran army nurses a day to remember. If, like Karla, you have a disability, then why not apply for a place in next years Garden Party. It’s a day to remember!


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