Hall's closure: Big impact on pig farming warn's Oldmeldrum Farmer

The closure of the Hall’s meat processing plant in West Lothian would have a huge knock-on effect for Scottish pig farmers. Philip Sleigh has 2000 pigs at his farm in Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire. Most of these are sent to Hall’s through a contract with Asda.   With the factory in Broxburn taking 75% of the pigs from Scotland, contracts would be lost to an industry that is already struggling with an increase in the cost of feed. Despite the bleak outlook,…
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Meldrum House Hotel earns four-star status

Award by VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance team A Local HOTEL has been awarded four-star gold status by Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Meldrum House, Oldmeldrum, was given the award after a visit from members of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance team. Peter Walker, general manager at Meldrum House, said: “It has been a bit of a journey since I arrived in 2009, when Meldrum House was a two-star hotel. “We are absolutely delighted to achieve four-star gold from VisitScotland and it reinforces Meldrum House’s…
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Always a silver lining.

Fine fishing weather Published Inverurie Herald on Monday 2 July 2012 14:24 WHILE the rest of the population is quite rightly bemoaning the dreadful weather, anglers are quite relaxed about it. At Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum the cool wet weather has kept water temperatures down while at the same time there have been big hatches of flies. This combination has had the effect of keeping the fish active and feeding much to the delight of anglers and with the forecast for…
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PHIL CUNNINGHAM AND ALY BAIN Concert 15 Sept 2012

CELEBRATED Scottish musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain will be showing off their mercurial talents in Oldmeldrum in September 2012. The duo will appear at Oldmeldrum in the Academy on Saturday 15 September in a concert organised by the Meldrum Academy  Parent Council as part of the school’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. This intimate concert will give you the opportunity to understand the talent that has earned them the title of “Simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to…
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Everything Turns to Gold at Formartine’s

Less than three months after opening, the North-east's newest visitor attraction with eatery, food hall, woodland walks and adventure play area has been awarded the Gold Green Tourism Award. Formartine's between Oldmeldrum and Methlick, has taken extra steps to create a state-of-the-art eco-friendly building, relying on 100 per cent renewable energy and creating its own hot water and heat. The joint business venture between John Cooper, who runs The Smokehouse in Methlick and Lord and Lady Aberdeen, proprietors of Haddo…
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Herbal Walk – Sat 7th July – Pitmedden Gardens

Herbal Walk with Lunch Sat 7 Jul Pitmedden Garden Come along and enjoy a herbal themed lunch followed by a guided herbal walk around the Garden and wider along and taste some of the fresh herbs from the Pitmedden Herb Garden in a tasty soup and scone lunch, accompanied by a herbal infusion. Afterwards there will be a guided tour of the herb garden and the rest of the Walled Garden with Medical Herbalist, Erica Hollis BSc MNIMH, who will…
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City of Roses – Sunday 8 July – At Haddo House

City of Roses Sunday 8 July Haddo House Enjoy some light refreshments while being entertained by the Aberdeenshire based women's barbershop City of Roses Chorus is a growing group of around 30 ladies of all ages who just love singing! They sing a mixture of songs arranged in the a cappella Barbershop style. Join us in the Peatyards at Haddo for a delightful daytime concert where you will be entertained by a mixture of songs arranged in a Barbershop style.…
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Parents’ tribute to tragic toddler Kayleigh

Two-year-old had incurable brain tumour A COUPLE who stopped working as teachers to look after their dying daughter today paid tribute to the toddler. Two-year-old Kayleigh Cordiner passed away at home after doctors discovered, just after Christmas, that she had developed a rare and incurable brain tumour. Parents Jonathan and Anna, of Oldmeldrum, also set up a charity to support the families of terminally ill children. Jonathan said: “She never lost her enthusiasm for life and we will always be…
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