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Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition - Rochdale Online

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Rochdale Online

Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition
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Enigma Engineering, P4 gauge. Layout by Paul Gittins. Enigma Engineering demonstrates that you don't need to have a big, complicated track plan to create a fulfilling P4 layout. Crawton, OO, Shefield Model Railway Society. Crawton is the first layout ...

Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition - Rochdale Online

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Rochdale Online

Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition
Rochdale Online
Enigma Engineering, P4 gauge. Layout by Paul Gittins. Enigma Engineering demonstrates that you don't need to have a big, complicated track plan to create a fulfilling P4 layout. Crawton, OO, Shefield Model Railway Society. Crawton is the first layout ...

Breakfast whets twinning appetite - Mearns Leader

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Mearns Leader

Breakfast whets twinning appetite
Mearns Leader
“A Skype session will be attempted with civic officials in Acheres and pupils from Dunnottar Primary School will be making table top Saltire and tricolour flags.” He is also keen to meet the Consul General of France in Edinburgh, Emmanuel Cocher, who ...

WATCH: North-east drone pilot captures the perfect view of this ruined medieval fortress - Press and Journal

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WATCH: North-east drone pilot captures the perfect view of this ruined medieval fortress
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Error loading player: No playable sources found. Sign up to our Daily newsletter. Subscribe todaySubscribe today from 99p Subscribe today from 99p. A north-east drone pilot has captured an amazing video of Dunnottar Castle during the Easter weekend ...

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North-east land train attraction on right track for success as first journeys of season packed - Aberdeen Evening Express

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Aberdeen Evening Express

North-east land train attraction on right track for success as first journeys of season packed
Aberdeen Evening Express
The Stoney Express, which serves tourists and the people of Stonehaven, has taken to the roads once more. The train shuttles passengers around the sights of the town, the Market Square, the harbour and Dunnottar Castle. Operated by the Stonehaven Town ...

It's Starting To Look Like a Boat...

Latest Headlines - January 25, 2012 - 14:33

Week 18 – 22 Jan 2012

“Wow it’s starting to look like a boat.”, Brendan Hall, Catterline boat builder

Six people were flat out on Sunday and were very productive.  Both planks #2 were bevelled and prepared for plank 3.  The component parts of plank 4 were scarphed.  The blades on the first two oars were worked on to start getting the blades into shape. Then there was a big epoxy session with two more oars glued up and two planks glued into position (plank #3).

This week coming we have a visit from the P6/P7 class of Catterline Primary School on Friday.  They  will be put to work as well as learning about the project.

Hopefully the planks 4 can be glued together, which will allow them to be attached next Sunday.

I forgot to report last week that we had our first lost time injury.  Whilst cleaning up excess glue, a finger managed to get in the way of a chisel.  A hospital visit was not required but a plaster was. 

This week, we somehow had glue in teenager hair.  The unfortunate was spotted trying to rinse his hair with water at the tap.  When challenged, he explained his predicament and then looked very concerned, when it was pointed out that we are using water insoluble glue for this boat. The question, “So what do I do?” followed.  The response ”cut it out” had his fellow teenager in stitches.

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Boat Building Progress

Latest Headlines - January 25, 2012 - 11:07

Week 16 – 8 Jan 2012

The battle to get plank 2 recommenced after the Christmas Break.  A slow afternoon to ensure that the planks fit perfectly, complicated by a slight error on plank 1, which means there is a slight bulge in the bow.  However this should be minimal.

Whilst the plankers were scratching their heads, the oars were started and the blades for the first two were glued to the shafts.  There will be plenty of planing to come.

Week 17 – 15 Jan 2012

The two plank # 2s (port and starboard) were glued in position on the Friday and Sunday sessions.  All the head scratching and tweaking seems to have paid off as the planks both sat easily and snugly with  the garboard (plank #1).  The process just has to be repeated for the next four planks. 

In preparation, the components of plank 3 were glued together, so plank 3 will be ready to be fitted this coming week.  Scarphing of the remaining planks will also be needed, so that we are not held up by the preparation of these planks.

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Creel Inn Farewell

Latest Headlines - January 7, 2012 - 16:02

Hi All,

Many of you will have no doubt heard my time at the Creel has come to an end ... 10 yrs is more than enough for any mortal soul!

I have really enjoyed my time at the Creel and Catterline, meeting many new friends.

We have experienced much together on this small part of life's journey; midnight cartie races, burns suppers, cocktail nights, ale fest buses & suppers, golf outings, meals, whisky tasting, darts, bottle walking, musicians, birthdays, anniversaries, friendships, marriages, births, bereavements and much more.

Most important was the sense of community a pint and friendship, thank you to everyone, I shall not forget.

Please note everyone is invited for a farewell drink on January 21st some time after 8.30pm, No Hot Ashes are playing and we will have some of the now famous post ale fest red Thai curry to soak it all up.

All the best in the future to everyone and new owners Marc & Fiona Dawson.

Cheers Robert

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New Year’s Day Dip

Latest Headlines - December 29, 2011 - 18:27

New Year’s Day Dip -

If you want to do something for charity in 2012 why not start early, and take part in the New Year’s Dip.

[Mearns Leader]


Always good for a laugh, and this year there will be a strong contingent from Catterline...

Tom and the Christmas Tree

Latest Headlines - December 12, 2011 - 11:24

Tom Robertson and his Dad popped into the boatshed on Sunday to have a look at the boat, on their way to buy a Christmas tree. Tom was keen to see what was going on and soon found a spokeshave in his hand and was busy tidying up the end of the bow end first plank, whilst Dad was chatting. Then the stern end of the plank needed tidying. Then it was time for some doughnuts (chocolate and jam). Then the rudder blade was faired. Then… It was 5 o’clock, dark and time to go home.

The Christmas tree…

Fortunately, Dad had cut down a tree and delivered it home in the time being.

The focus of the week has been the fitting of Plank 2. To ensure it fits, the edge of Plank 1 has to be bevelled and at the bow and stern, rebates have to be planed to get a snug fit. All fiddly and time consuming. But by the end of Sunday afternoon, the port side of Plank 2 fits snugly and is ready to be glued. Next week will be the last build before Christmas.

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Hot Spanish Lassies

Latest Headlines - December 5, 2011 - 22:58

So what has been going on in the boatshed, with a title like that, you ask.

Well, the wood burning stove went red, not in embarrassment, but due to the amount of heat it was throwing out.  Off cuts of plywood burn well.  The Spanish lassies refers to a number of Spanish windlasses that used to the attach the second garboard (Plank #1) to the hog.

These traditional techniques proved the best way to clamp the second garboard to the hog.  For the first garboard we used 35 clamps to bond the garboard to the hog.  However attaching the second garboard was not so easy as the first garboard was now in the way and the clamps could not fit around it and on to the hog.  Hence some ingenuity was required, with wood off cuts used to apply pressure to the garboard, with ropes from each end tied to the frame.  Then the rope was twisted to tighten and pull the wood off cuts down on to the garboard.

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Planking Begins - Boat Bulding Week 12

Latest Headlines - November 28, 2011 - 11:04

Another good turnout saw six planes in action simultaneously at one point on Sunday. More shavings for the Hall’s chickens.

This would not have been possible without the planes kindly lent to the project by Frank Hepburn, along with a bag of other useful tools and a portable workbench.

The two Plank number #1s were glued on Friday and one of them is now almost ready to be glued in position. The final shaping of the hog to assure a smooth curve for the bottom plank (garboard) is almost done. But it is a slow job, with lots of sucking in of breath and looking for millimetre gaps between the hog and the plank.

Stephen Hall and Chris Anstock have now sussed how to scarph and glue planks and were able to get Plank #2 prepared and glued in an afternoon.

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On a Winter's Night

Latest Headlines - November 27, 2011 - 23:51
Start: Dec 18 2011 - 5:00pm

Music,and words on a seasonal theme.

St Philip's Church Catterline

Admission, free, donations to Care for the Family Join us for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.

Calling all local singers. Join the Catterline Choir. No experience needed, just come and sing! Rehearsals 8th, 11th and 17th December for a performance on the 18th. Further details from Nigel 750273

Snowman Drive

Latest Headlines - November 27, 2011 - 19:19
Start: Dec 2 2011 - 7:00pm

Catterline school parents group will be hosting a Snowman Drive on Friday 2nd December at 7pm, at school. This will be an evening of family fun to kick-start the festive season.

This is first and foremost a social event and any monies raised will be put towards funding the Christmas presents for the kids at school.

Tickets costing £12 per family are available from school or at the door on the night. Refreshments included. Raffle on the night.

Las Posadas Catterline

Latest Headlines - November 25, 2011 - 17:12

It's that time of year again when the strangely smooth wooden people jump out of their summer cardboard box and majestically meander around our community, travelling in style in a wicker box alongside various cards and decorative adornments for the yuletide twig. They overnight in a variety of local homes, witnessing great hospitality and the partaking of home produce and beverages of an intoxicating nature. Their travel journal is decorated by all manner of community rascals, before their journey concludes at the great cathedral of St Philips amidst the angelic singing of the merry revellers happy to greet them and celebrate the gift they bring to the world.

If anyone wants to take part and welcome the Posada into their home over advent, please contact Chris and Steph (750297).

Scarph Scarph Scarph - Boat Building Week 11

Latest Headlines - November 21, 2011 - 23:20

The gluing of the hog to the frames, bow and stern stems marks the completion of the setting up stage.  The build instructions, we are following, state that the builders should retire to a local hostelry to mark the occasion.  (Details of date at the Creel to follow)

It was also a big week on publicity with articles in the Press and Journal, the Mearns Leader and on The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association web site.

After quiet midweek sessions, Sunday saw our biggest turnout to date.  Robbie Holst brought his father-in-law, Frank Hepburn along.  Frank, a retired shipwright in Aberdeen, was soon imparting his experience and wisdom to the boat builders.  He also served a good cup of tea.

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A Touch of Tartan

Latest Headlines - November 19, 2011 - 16:32
Start: Nov 30 2011 - 7:30pm

St Andrew’s Night Charity Concert

at The Clatterin’ Brig

Wednesday 30th of November, 2011 7.30 for 8.00pm

Guest Speaker, Nigel Don MSP

All proceeds to Kinneff Old Church Preservation Trust for their Window Restoration Programme

Entertainment by: Dave Ramsay, Geordie Murison, Ray Milne, Ross Hull, Tony Peters and Nigel Don

Welcome by Dave Ramsay

Menu: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with Coffee and Shortbread to follow.

Guests are invited to wear an item of tartan,in celebration of St Andrews Night

Tickets price £12.00. Available from The Clatterin’ Brig, The Shell Hoosie, Stonehaven,

The Fettery Shoppe, Metelski, Auchenblae or direct from Dave on 01569 750730

'Canny Act' Meeting

Latest Headlines - November 16, 2011 - 10:26
Start: Nov 22 2011 - 8:00pm

Want to brighten up those dark winter evenings? Canny Act your local Drama Group are planning another production for next year and would welcome new members.

If you would like to join in the fun then do come along to Temple Lodge Kinneff next Tuesday 22nd November at 8.00 pm.

We need all sorts of help - it's not just for those who enjoy dressing unusually - we need folk to assist behind the scenes too. We can guarantee a lot of laughs so do come along!

If you cannot make the meeting then please phone Karen Hales on 750467 or speak to any of the Group to let us know you are interested. See you next Tuesday!

A Quiet Week in the Boat Shed - Week 10

Latest Headlines - November 14, 2011 - 11:05
After the strong turnouts of the last two weeks, this was a much quieter week with just Rob and Chris pressing on.  They closed up the barn on Sunday evening having made the preparations for the next big gluing job, which will see the hog attached to the stems and the frames.  This will mark the end of the first stage of the project. We then move on to the planking.
The session saw the first appearance of a spokeshave which was used to smooth up the inside of the laminated stems so that they are in a condition to be either painted or varnished.  With much in trepidation, the laminated stems were cut so that the hog would fit. Any error / cutting too much off, would require a new stem to be laminated, but with two sets of eyes double checking, the cuts were in the right place and the hog and stems fitted together.  
The frames of the boat are now clamped to the moulds, protected with gaffer tape to stop them getting stuck together with excess glue.

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Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 9

Latest Headlines - November 7, 2011 - 21:44

Three new builders joined this week and there was another good turnout on Sunday.  Clare Anstock completed the marking out the rudder on Wednesday evening, Joseph Rodger and Tom Gall strengthened the teenage input with lots of planing on Sunday.  Joseph also sharpened up his great grandfather’s jack plane, which is now suspected to be the oldest tool that is being used on the project.

The gluing of the fourth stem (outer stern) was made on Friday.  Considerable energy has been put into cleaning up the four large curved laminates that we have made, which the team have spent much time admiring.  Excess wood has been removed to bring them down to the correct width.  The hog was placed on top of the moulds and it fitted snugly.  So that the first plank (garboard) fits to the hog it has to be shaped.  This involves using a tenon saw to cut into the hog to ensure the angle of the mould continues into the hog.  This provides a guide as to how much wood has to be removed from the hog. Once this had been done, Brendan, Joseph and Tom set to planing the hog, which involves a lot of wood removal.

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