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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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Fireworks 2011

Latest Headlines - November 7, 2011 - 18:18
Fireworks 2011 - Many thanks to all the bakers, soup makers,etc who made the fireworks party a success. Special mentions to Rob for wood and rigging (gazebos a speciality) John and ALL the Vaughan boys for the bonfire building extraordinaire! Ian and Kim for looking after the barbeque. Byron, Stephen, Ian of Poetic Pyrotechnics (we have or own blow lamp) and everyone else who helped in whatever way. Best of all the community for supporting the event, and hopefully enjoying themselves! A grand total of £420 after costs was raised for Care for the Family. Result! Catherine and Nigel [Recent Forum Posts]

Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 8

Latest Headlines - October 31, 2011 - 11:01

Momentum is building with seven people turning out on Sunday, including Brendan Hall our first youth and Gary Donaldson, from Todhead Lighthouse.  Gary brings experience of building wooden boats with the Galgeal project, a great project that helps unemployed people on Clydebank by teaching traditional boat building skills.

The bow apron (inner) stem that was laminated last week has cured and has been cleaned up.  It is a wonderfully curved piece of wood that will form the bow of the boat. 

The outer bow stem was laminated, using the bow apron stem as the mould.  The stern apron stem was also glued up.  A dry run had been done on Friday that had identified more braces were required.  The gluing process was aided by the addition of more clamps.  The hog that had been scarphed was glued to create a 25 foot piece of wood that will be the backbone of the boat.

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Catterline Gala Weekend

Latest Headlines - October 25, 2011 - 12:13


Catterline Gala Weekend is held annually on the second Saturday of June. It comprises a traditional family gala on the Saturday afternoon, a village ceilidh on Saturday evening and the famous Catterline Cartie Challenge on Sunday afternoon.

The next gala will be on the Saturday 9th June 2011 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE . Music for the ceilidh will be provided by Clachan Yell.

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Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 7

Latest Headlines - October 24, 2011 - 10:26

On Friday Nick Dawson and Robert Plummer picked up the timber supplied by MacDougall & Masson. The timber has been cut for the stems, thwarts, hog and keel.  There are also four long straight knot free planks that will become oars.  Nick and Robert also finished cleaning up the edges of the planks that had been cut out of the plywood sheets supplied as the kit.

A large turnout on Sunday saw the bracing/moulds for the stem laminations prepared.  After drawing a line from the stem pro-forma, blocks of wood were screwed into the table (do not worry its a couple of sheets of chipboard) along this line.  A dry run was done to check that the 6mm laminates could be clamped around the wood blocks.  Then the seven 7.5 feet long laminates were painted with epoxy on both sides and then clamped around the blocks to create a fantastically curved piece of wood for the bow stem.

Once clamped, epoxy oozed out of the joins, which was scrapped off to reduce the later effort of planing hardened glue off.

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Fair Trade Coffee Shop

Latest Headlines - October 22, 2011 - 22:34
Start: Nov 5 2011 - 10:00am End: Nov 5 2011 - 2:00pm

Saturday 5th November
From 10.00am-2.00pm
In Catterline School Hall

Enjoy a cup of Fairtrade Coffee and delicious home baked cake.

Browse a fantastic range of fairly traded items:

  • Jewellery and accessories
  • Kitchen and home items
  • Crafts and gifts
  • Cards, decorations and wrapping paper

Buy on the spot or order in plenty of time for Christmas

Catterline Online on Facebook

Latest Headlines - October 22, 2011 - 15:47

Catterline Online is now on Facebook so you can follow updates to the site there instead. Check it out here.

Cocktails at the Creel

Latest Headlines - October 22, 2011 - 14:10
Start: Dec 16 2011 - 9:00pm

You are cordially invited to  the Catterline Residents' Christmas Party

  • When is it?             Friday 16th December
  • What time?              9.00pm till 1.00am
  • What shall I wear??     Black Tie & Best Frocks!!

Catterline WRI Quiz Night

Latest Headlines - October 22, 2011 - 14:05
Start: Oct 28 2011 - 7:30pm

Where? Kinneff Hall

When? Friday 28th October 7.30pm

Table of four - £10

Includes supper

Phone 01569 750405 to book table

Creel Inn Pub Quiz

Latest Headlines - October 22, 2011 - 13:43
Start: Nov 18 2011 - 8:00pm

Hating those long cold winter nights.......

then come along to the............

Creel Inn

Pub Quiz

for fun and friendly competition!

Friday 18th November

Prompt start at 8.00 please

Teams of 4 max.

£10.00 per team (to a good cause)

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