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NORTH EAST ABERDEENSHIRE MEMBERS' CENTRE
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North East Aberdeenshire Members' Centre holds a variety of events throughout the year. Here are a few of our recent sucessful events.

November 2018

Photograph of Paul Mealor conducting University of Aberdeen Chapel ChoirThe night of November 16th might have been cold, foggy and dreich, but inside Haddo House Chapel all was cosy and colourful. Those who braved the weather had a real treat in store as Prof. Paul Mealor led the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir through a varied programme. Each piece was introduced by Paul and included some pieces with a remembrance theme. We were very privileged that Paul and the Choir took time out from their very busy schedule, which included trips to New York to perform with Sir Ringo Starr and Sheryl Crowe at a UNICEF fundraising concert as well as performing for the British Ambassador to the US in Washington, to perform for us.

Afterwards Paul and the Choir joined the audience for drinks and canapés in the Drawing and Morning rooms of Haddo House, the perfect setting to round off a memorable and successful evening.

December 2018

Photograph of members taking refreshments in Haddo House libraryThe first Sunday in December always sees the Members' Centre Carol Service in Haddo House Chapel. This is always a popular event, signalling for many the beginning of the festive season. The service, led by Rev. Will Stalder, included performances by violinist Miriam McDonald and the Haddo Choral and Operatic Society junior choir "Haddo Voices" as well as readings and poems telling the Christmas story. Of course there was plenty of opportunity for the congregation to raise their own voices in familiar carols. Tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread served in Haddo Library made sure everyone left suitably refreshed and full of Christmas cheer.

January 2019

All great, historic houses have their secrets and Haddo House is no exception. During a talk on 15th January, Simon Welfare shone the light on some of the secrets that have been lurking in the attics at Haddo. Seemingly innocuous objects, stored away and forgotten served to illustrate significant events and the prodigious talents of the Gordon family over the years - a picture of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, testament to the diplomatic skills of the first Marquis and his wife Ishbeal, who helped mend divisions in the church at the request of the King - a wonderful train set, representing a lifelong passion for railways shown by several members of the family and boxes of costumes and fabrics relating to the love of theatre and the arts for which Haddo has become famous. A delicious afternoon tea was included and the many attendees all agreed the event was well worth braving the nasty weather.

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