Camphill Connections winter edition published

We have just published the latest issue of Camphill Connections, the Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire newsletter.

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Refurbished Highland property centre opens its doors

Highland Solicitors Property Centre (HSPC) has completed the refurbishment of its property centre in Queensgate, Inverness.

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Camphill School Aberdeen achieves 100% satisfaction from parents

Camphill School Aberdeen has received a 100% satisfaction rating from parents as part of its re-assessment for the internationally-recognised Autism Accreditation. The long-established Aberdeen school, which inspired the worldwide Camphill movement, is one of only 14 schools in Scotland and the only one in Aberdeen to have achieved this standard.

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At 26, Steven Black becomes vice chair of Britain’s largest housing co-operative

Steven Black, has been elected vice chairman of Tenants First Housing Co-operative – Britain’s largest housing co-operative. At 26 he is believed to be the youngest vice chair in more than 200 social landlords in Scotland, including housing authorities, associations and co-operatives.

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World expert for Camphill autism conference

Dr Olga Bogdashina, who teaches and lectures on autism around the world, is to return to Camphill School Aberdeen next month (November) to lead a conference examining communication issues in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.
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First homes released for sale at new Donside development in Aberdeen

The first release of 13 homes at the new Donside village development in Aberdeen has gone on on the market, with prices starting at £140,750. Chap Homes reports strong interest in the new development, with a large number of enquiries and one reservation received already.
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Time to look at new business models?

The recession has made many directors reconsider the way they do business. But, is it also a time to consider other business models? Are social enterprises and co-operatives now more in tune with the times?
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Tenants First chair wins Committee Member of the Year Award

For the second time in four years, the chair of Tenants First Housing Co-operative has been awarded the Helen McGregor Award as the ‘Committee Member of the Year’ by EVH, a trade association for Scottish Housing Associations.
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Harley Davidson wins marathon trophy

Harley Davidson, from Inverness, is the 2011 winner of the Gerald Cooper Memorial Cup, presented by Highland Solicitors Property Centre (HSPC) to the first resident from the Highlands across the line in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon.
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Joint venture agreement to drive Donside village development in Aberdeen

Tenants First Housing Co-operative and Chap Homes Ltd have entered into a joint-venture agreement to build the Donside housing development on the former Donside Paper Mill site in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen.
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Highland house prices hold up in August

The average house price in the Highlands increased by almost 4% in the three months to the end of August, compared to figures for the previous quarter, according to the latest statistics released by the Highland Solicitors Property Centre.
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Scottish motor group changes up a gear

The John Clark Motor Group has reported a strong financial performance in its latest annual accounts for the year to December 31, 2010. At £281 million, turnover for Scotland’s fourth largest motor group was up 10% up on 2009. Pre-tax profit increased from £1.7 million in 2009 to £3.1 million in 2010.
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Camphill School Aberdeen opens its doors

Camphill School Aberdeen is holding an Open Day on Saturday, September 24 from 2pm to 5pm at its Camphill campus on Milltimber Brae, in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen.

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Aberdeen group supports Camphill Wellbeing Trust

Aberdeen building services, engineering and marine safety company, the Richard Irvin Services Group has stepped in to help an Aberdeen charity to provide accommodation for patients who are undergoing therapy.

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Cricketer John Edrich organises golf day for cancer charity

England and Surrey cricketer John Edrich MBE is organising a fundraising golf day this autumn to raise funds for the cancer charity he credits with helping him overcome leukaemia.

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Planning application submitted for Aberdeen care home

Simeon Care for the Elderly has submitted a planning application to develop a new care home in its existing grounds at Cairnlee Estate in the Bieldside area of Aberdeen. The plan is the first stage of a planned redevelopment to create a new care home, day facilities and sheltered housing on the existing site.

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New premises bring 38% revenue boost for the Spires in Glasgow

The Spires, operators of serviced suites in Aberdeen, Birmingham and Glasgow, has turned in a recession-busting performance in Glasgow, following their move to new premises in the city last summer.

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Highland house prices increase 2% in June

House prices in the Highlands and Islands edged upwards during June. According to the latest figures released by the Highland Solicitors Property Centre. The average house price was up 2% on the figures for June 2010.

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HSPC takes greener option for Property Review

Highland Solicitors Property Centre is taking a further significant step in its aim to improve its environmental performance.

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Work starts on John Clark Motor Group’s new £6 million dealership in Edinburgh

Work has started on the construction of the new £6 million Pentland Land Rover dealership for the John Clark Motor Group. The construction contract, valued at £2.9 million, has been awarded to Stewart Milne Construction.

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New £6 million dealership as Pentland Land Rover takes on wider franchise

The John Clark Motor Group has announced the first details of its new £6 million Pentland Land Rover dealership in the Newbridge area of Edinburgh as it prepares to take over the Land Rover franchise for the whole of Edinburgh and the Lothians at the end of this year.

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The Spires launches business package for independent women

The number of women travelling independently on business has increased dramatically in recent years. But, recent surveys have shown that many remain unhappy with their experiences of hotels.

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Record enquiries point to growing pent-up demand for Highland property

The latest report by the Highland Solicitors Property Centre shows continuing growth in the number of enquiries being handled by the centre.

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TV personality Timmy Mallett opens special needs housing development

Television personality and artist Timmy Mallett is to perform the official opening on Tuesday, June 7 of a new £2.7 million housing development specially designed for individuals with additional support needs.

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Camphill charities to join in Celebrate Aberdeen parade

Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire charities will be among the 120 organisations taking part in the Celebrate Aberdeen parade and Saturday, June 11.

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Camphill Connections summer 2011 published

The latest edition of Camphill Connections has been published to coincide with the Discovering Camphill national conference on May 17.

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Care experts head to Discovering Camphill conference

Leading experts in the field of care for individuals with special needs will be heading to Aberdeen on Tuesday (May 17) for a one-day national conference at Camphill School Aberdeen.

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Cranes symbolise hope for Japan

Following the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on March 11, more than 26,000 people have been reported dead or missing.

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Ceremony marks completion of Blue Toon project

The National Trust for Scotland and Tenants First are celebrating the completion of a project to conserve and adapt a group of Georgian townhouses at the heart of old Peterhead. Read More...

Tenants First wins Climate Challenge Fund support

Tenants First Housing Co-operative has been awarded £43,126 by the Climate Challenge Fund towards the costs of a project to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across Britain’s largest housing co-operative.

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The Blank Stare - talk on media influence on children's speech

A talk in Aberdeen, on Tuesday, April 26, will look at the influence of the media on children’s speech development.

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The Spires targets Middle East market at the Arabian Travel Market

The Spires, operators of serviced suites in Aberdeen, Birmingham and Glasgow, will be targeting the Middle East market in Dubai when it exhibitions at the Arabian Travel Market next month (May) for the fifth successive year.

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Conference to look at relevance of Camphill in meeting today’s needs

A conference to be held in Aberdeen on Tuesday, May 17, will review the 70 years since the foundation of the first Camphill community and ask if Camphill’s work is as relevant today as it was when Camphill House first opened its doors to children with special needs.

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Camphill School Aberdeen embracing social media opportunities

Camphill School Aberdeen has joined Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire by embracing social media as part of its communications strategy.

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Talk examines use of colour in art therapy

The role of colour in art therapy will be examined by Jennie Tanser, Art Therapist at Camphill Medical Practice, at a free talk in Aberdeen on Tuesday (March 29) evening.

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Gardener’s forum to support care for the elderly

Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl is among a panel of experts who will be answering questions at a Gardener’s Forum on Thursday, March 10 at 7.30 pm to raise funds for Simeon Care for the Elderly.

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£5 million European urban regeneration loan for Donside Urban Village

Tenants First Housing Co-operative has secured a £5 million loan for the social housing element at the Donside Urban Village development in Aberdeen. The funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) was provided by The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC).

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John Clark Motor Group puts Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal into top gear

Winning 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain, Colin Montgomerie, has launched a fundraising partnership between Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and The John Clark Motor Group.

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Chance to learn about the benefits of the International Baccalaureate

Prospective pupils and parents in Aberdeen will have a chance to learn about the benefits of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and also see the new premises of the International School of Aberdeen at a series of open events next week.

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Launch of the world’s first online oil and gas drilling equipment course

Following two years of development, Aberdeen Drilling Consultants has launched its new ADC Virtual Academy division, offering the world’s first online course focussed on drilling equipment for the oil and gas industry.

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Talk examines organic farming and whether it improves food quality and health

Does organic farming affect the quality of food produced and could a difference in food quality affect human health?

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John Clark Motor Group opens new Skoda dealership in Dundee

The John Clark Motor Group has opened its new Specialist Cars Skoda dealership in Dundee.

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Multicolour Camphill workers raise £2,000 for Java volcano survivors

People in Milltimber and Bieldside areas of Aberdeen may be doubting their eyes after this weekend as a group of eight from Camphill School Aberdeen go about their business with multicolour hair, plus two with pink beards.
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Intrepid team from The Spires brave haunted castle for charity

Three members of staff from the head office of serviced apartments business, The Spires, will be risking a terrifying night on Saturday, February 26 in what is described as “one of Scotland’s most haunted castles”.

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The Spires promotes suites as business-friendly alternative to hotels

The Spires, operators of serviced suites in Aberdeen, Birmingham and Glasgow, is to focus on its benefits for business travellers with a stand at one of Europe’s top business travel exhibition next month.

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How individuals with Down Syndrome bring joy to those around them

Dr Marga Hogenboom, author of the book ‘Living with Genetic Syndromes Associated with Intellectual Disability’, is to present a talk on Down Syndrome on Tuesday (January 25) based on her experience working at Camphill Medical Practice and Camphill School Aberdeen. Read More...

House prices up in Highlands as year of mixed fortunes ends

Average house prices in the Highlands ended 2010 2% up on the same period in 2009, according to the latest figures just released by the Highland Solicitors Property Centre (HSPC). The figures show the average house price in the Highlands was £170,004 in the final quarter of 2010, up £2,851 from the end of 2009.

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T.Rex drummer in Aberdeen for art exhibition and final UK music event

Bill Legend, the last surviving member of the 1970-73 line-up of rock group T.Rex will be in Aberdeen on Friday (January 7) for the opening of his first-ever art exhibition in the city and his final music event in the UK.

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