Following two successful years collecting toy donations Heather Watson will be continuing to support the Angus Toy Appeal charity in 2023. 

Last year the charity gave out donations of gifts to 1927 children. 

Full details are in the poster below:

North Angus, Brechin and Montrose Tourism and Heritage Improvements

Thinking Big For North Angus

We were in the early stages of designing an exciting and ambitious scheme for North Angus, Brechin and Montrose when Storm Babet hit the area with such force.

While this has clearly changed priorities for this area of North Angus, we believe that this scheme could compliment recovery work by enhancing new and existing tourist and heritage destinations, connecting them via safe routes to walk, wheel and cycle.

For more information and to complete the survey, click here

For more information or to book your space, contact Strathmore dog training at or on 0 7930732470. The potential dates for these classes are:

Sunday 19th November  

Sunday 17th December 

Sunday 21st January 2024 

The Brave Lassies Blether campaign launches on 19th October, 4pm to 6pm at Montrose Football Club, 11 Wellington Street Montrose DD10 8QD

Brave Lassies Blether is a youth led campaign on healthy relationships and accessing support services delivered as part of the Young Women Know project by The Young Women's Movement and NSPCC Scotland in partnership with Angus Council. Young Women Know is a partnership programme between The Young Women’s Movement and NSPCC Scotland.

It has been set up to work with young women aged 16-18 living in different local authority areas to create toolkits to support young people in their understanding of healthy relationships, consent and safe spaces. This event will be the launch of the Brave Lassies Blether campaign, offering an opportunity to introduce you to members of the group and highlighting the important work they have done so far as well as their future plans.


16:00-16:30 Arrival, welcome and reception

16:30-18:00 Main presentation from NSPCC Scotland, the Young Women’s Movement, Angus Council’s Director of Education and Lifelong Learning and, of course, the wonderful Brave Lassies Blether members.

Teas / coffees / cakes will be provided.

Click HERE for more information.

Heating oil has become an expensive commodity, making it an attractive target for thieves.

Due to a recent rise in theft of fuel from domestic and commercial tanks please find below some tips to avoid becoming a victim of such a crime:

  • Deter thieves from entering your property by installing and using lockable gates and by maintaining boundaries and perimeter fencing;
  • Plant shrubs or install fences to hide exposed domestic heating oil tanks from the eyes of opportunist thieves cruising the neighbourhood;
  • Consider fitting a locking cap to your tank;
  • Check tank oil levels regularly;
  • Where possible install automatic movement sensor security lighting to cover your tank and the immediate surrounding area;
  • Note suspicious vehicle registration numbers and report them to the police through the 101 number;
  • If tanks are located in outbuildings or sheds, ensure these are kept locked;
  • Be aware that if thieves have already stolen fuel from your tank they may return to steal any replacement oil you order;
  • Be especially vigilant following a recent delivery of oil/diesel;
  • Consider fitting an alarm system that notifies you if fuel is being drained from the tank.

Report any suspicious activity, or those involved, to Police Scotland by calling 101. In an emergency, call 999. 

Click here for some further useful tips on preventing oil theft.


The Scottish Government has published a consultation on proposals for a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland. The public consultation will run for 16 weeks, closing on Thursday 5 October 2023.

The full consultation is available at Alongside the main consultation document they have published a range of accessible and alternative formats including a summary guide to the consultation, easy-read and audio among others to assist respondents. Gaelic translations will follow shortly. These formats can be found here and on Citizenspace.

Strathmore dog training classes now available at Aberlemno Village Hall - see posters below for contact details.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Community Council Special Meeting on 15th June 2023 to discuss the SSEN East Coast 400kv proposals. 

Here are the documents discussed at the meeting:

To allow more time for those interested in the East Coast 400kV phase 2 project to share their views SSEN have extended the consultation period until Friday 28th July in recognition of the extent of local interest in the project and to allow stakeholders and members of the community more time to share their views on the initial proposals.

You can contact the Aberlemno and District Community Council at or through this website using 'contact us'

Click Here to visit the SSEN website

Davidson Legacy Cottage: Community Ownership Project

Why we want to hear from you

The Davidson Legacy Cottage is located on the east of Scotland in Netherton, Angus. The cottage is named due to the Davidsons who lived in the cottage and emigrated to the USA in 1857. When William C Davidson reached America, he married and raised a family – three of his sons providing the Davidson name along with one William Harley, that created a global sensation.

Davidson Legacy Cottage SCIO have a simple aim, to raise funds in order to purchase the property from the current owners who plan to retire. As the current owners have restored the property to as it would have been when the Davidson’s lived there, they want to keep the legacy rather than sell to a property developer, which could place the cottage and its history at risk of being lost.

Taking the cottage into community ownership would ensure the safeguarding of this historic site, for future generations, the local community and visitors from all over the world.

The main aims of the Davidson Legacy Preservation Group (DLPG) are:

  • Purchase the Cottage on behalf of the community
  • Preserve the history
  • Improve accessibility
  • Develop the amenities as a Heritage site
  • Encourage Community Engagement
  • Host regular events

If you live, work, or spend time in or around Angus or any of the neighbouring communities, we are looking for your views on the changes, that will make the Cottage into the best possible asset it can be, for the whole community, bikers, and visitors to the site. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. You can request a paper copy of the survey from the DLPG committee or fill it in HERE.

Sustrans Scotland and Helping Hand Environmental have joined forces to share information and helpful resources. We want to reach more community groups to raise awareness of the Love Your Network (£500-£1,000) grant, and we would love you to help us spread the word!

What is the Love Your Network grant?

The Love Your Network grant, funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland, supports community groups, helping to make traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network a more welcoming place for people and wildlife.

Community groups can receive equipment for litter picking and hand tools for maintenance and wildlife management tasks. Through workshops about birds, bees, and butterflies - people can learn about the wildlife on their routes and how to record their sightings. In addition, we have been able to support community groups across the country through Love Your Network.

Examples of successful grants include:

  • Training with a wildlife expert was awarded to a community hub in Nairn to learn how to identify and record the birds in their local area
  • Litter-picking equipment was awarded to a kayak club in Clydebank to transform the safety and attractiveness in and alongside the canal
  • Scything tools and wildflowers seeds were awarded to a conservation group near Stirling to create and maintain a wildflower meadow

What areas are eligible? Traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network as shown with the solid orange line on the Sustrans National Cycle Network Map.

How much money is available? Love Your Network purchases equipment and training on behalf of the group. Grants awarded are usually in the region of £500-£1,000.

Who can apply? Community groups, registered charities, and social enterprises – please get in touch if you need further information.

Interested community groups can find out how to apply by visiting the Sustrans website - Love Your Network grant.

The 2023/24 funding round will close at 23:59 on 5th February 2024.

There are two mobile libraries which serve the residents of rural Angus, providing a traditional lending service as well as community information.

There’s a wide range of stock on board for people of all ages. The service operates on a fortnightly basis and both our vans are fully accessible with disabled lift access.

Also offered are:

  • A hearing aid battery supply service
  • Tailored services to rural schools, nurseries and playgroups
  • Supporting partners to deliver health and wellbeing information sessions

Click here for the timetable and map.

Stem Appeal

Aberlemno School is planning to have a ‘tinker table’ type activity in the classroom. If you are getting any new small electrical kitchen appliances, hairdryers, straighteners, small tool boxes etc, please donate any that you no longer require and the School will put them to good use taking them apart and learning about how they work. The items do not need to work.

You can find about more about STEM in Scottish primary education here.

There is a defibrillator at the Aberlemno Church. It is on the outside wall of the Church clearly visible to your left as you enter the main gate.

The location details are:

Aberlemno Church
Postcode: DD8 3PE
What3words: status.currently.copycat
Coordinates: NO 5222 5557

Outside views of the proposed Angus Rural Mobility Hub building

Consultation is set to begin as Angus Council and Dalhousie Estates engage with local community councils, City of Brechin and District Community Council, and Inveresk Community Council to help shape their proposal for the Angus Rural Mobility Hub in Brechin.

Click here to read more.

Take a look at the latest edition of Rural Matters.

A bi-monthly bulletin produced by the Police Scotland North East Division Crime Reduction Team aimed at keeping you up to date with what’s happening in our countryside.

In this edition of Rural Matters - 

  • We investigate a high tech solution to deter criminals and protect your property.
  • PC Richard Russell answers your questions regarding CCTV.
  • PC Jonathon Davis talks about suicide in rural communities.
  • Following the Horse Society’s September safety campaign PC Hannah Corbett explains how horse riders and road users can stay safe.
  • And we look at how fraudsters are targeting families suffering as a result of the cost of living crisis.

Resources that can help with fatigue, sleep and anxiety

The National Wellbeing Hub has wide-ranging free content which is aimed at encouraging us to look after ourselves and seek help when we need it.

It contains information on (evidence-based) resources to enable self-care and the most comprehensive information on services available (e.g. helplines, peer support) at national, regional and local levels.

A number of key resources are available on the National Wellbeing Hub, including apps and online programmes:

Sleepio (click to access the evidence based sleep improvement programme)
Daylight (click to access ways of improving general wellbeing)
Silvercloud (click to access a structured programme based on CBT focusing on supporting your wellbeing, including managing your mental health, resilience, stress and sleep. Use code NHS2020)

For more information you can also follow @PRoMISScot @scotgovhealth on Twitter.

Can you help?

Do you know anyone who was in the Aberlemno WRI between 1952-1955?

Or did you know postman Hampton?

One armed postie Hampton, cycled from Forfar every day to deliver the post to Aberlemno whatever the weather. He was always cheerful and carries a lot of local news as well as the post.

When Aberlemno WRI were creating the embroidered map every WRI member put in some stictches to complete the map, which postie Hampton carried from house to house

Do you know anyone who was involved?

Did your mum/ granny help with a few stitches? Was your dad/ grandad/ uncle Postie Hampton?

Please get in touch if you have any information - through contact us on this website.

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