Notice Board Archive

2015

 

December 2015

David Berwick

Congratulations to Stanley man David Berwick who was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (RVM Gold) in the New Year Honours List for his services as Valet to the Duke of Edinburgh.  For further details of the medal

Seasons Greetings

 

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy 2016.

Nan Tait

Mrs Elsie Donaldson

 

Mrs Elsie Donaldson died peacefully at Ochil Care Home, Perth on Friday 11th December 2015 aged 97.  Beloved wife of the late John and much loved Mum of Neil and Lesley and a dearly loved grandma, great-grandma and mother-in-law.   Mrs Donaldson was Stanley School Secretary in the 1950's and 60's and previously lived in Manse Crescent and Mill Street Stanley although she has not lived in the village for a number of years.

Mrs Peggy Jolly 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mrs Peggy Jolly who celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday 5th December 2015.  To mark the occasion a celebratory lunch for family and friends was held in the Tayside Hotel.

October 2015

Elizabeth (Beth) Kennedy

 

Beth died peacefully in PRI on Friday 31st October 2015 aged 84 years.  She worked for many years in the Stanley Post Office and older residents will remember Beth as a Sunday School teacher. In 1945 she was the senior girl dux in Stanley School.  Her funeral service will be held in Stanley Parish Church at 2pm on Wednesday 18th November 2015.  R.I.P. Beth.

September 2015

Alastair (Buff) Harrington

We have just heard from Buff's daughter Kirsty that her father passed away from lung cancer on Wednesday 16th September 2015. Kirsty also said that Buff enjoyed browsing the Stanley website and through it he had managed to catch up with old pals from his Stanley days.   There are photos of Buff on the website taken on holiday at Butlins with other Stanley personalities.   R.I.P. Buff.

 

Ian Culbert

We have also learnt of the death of Ian Culbert in Burlington Ontario on Tuesday 8th September 2015 at the age of 72 years.  Ian has contributed photos to the website and his late mother Phyllis has also assisted in providing names and details for other photos when the website first started 10 years ago.   R.I.P. Ian.

July 2015

Barry McHardy

 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Arthur Barry McHardy (known as Barry) who will celebrate his 80th birthday on 18 July 2015.  Barry was  born in Stanley in 1935 and now lives in Winchburgh, West Lothian with his wife Freda who he has been married to for 57 years.  Barry worked for the civil service and retired at the age of 60 but then took part time work until the age of 75.  He played many sports; tennis, badminton, rugby and golf and features in some of the badminton photos on the Stanley website.    Happy Birthday Barry.  

 

Edna Gourlay nee Donaldson 22nd March 1939 - 2nd July 2015

 

Edna died very suddenly at home in Stanley on Thursday 2nd July 2015.  Beloved wife of Ron, much loved mum of Carol and dearly loved gran of Leigh, Ross and Craig.  Edna spent all of her life in Stanley.  She was born in King Street then moved to 10 Manse Crescent in June 1947.  Following marriage to Ron in 1962 who lived just a few doors away at 4 Manse Crescent, they started off married life in the cottages in Mill Street.  During their 53 years of marriage they have lived in King Street, Charlotte Street and Shielhill Place. Her funeral was held in a packed Perth Crematorium on Friday 10th July 2015.  R.I.P. Edna.  You are remembered with much love and respect by all who knew you.

 

Edna our sister but also wife mother and granny

With love we remember you good natured and canny

No airs and graces and with a genuine smile

For those you cared for you went the extra mile

Your life cut short that awful Thursday morning

Suddenly, unexpectedly without any warning

You were a good person whose worth we canít measure

Thanks for the memories Edna all of which we now treasure.

Jimmy Donaldson 20th July 2015

 

Gordon Howie

 

Wishing Gordon Howie a speedy recovery following his recent health scare and subsequent surgery.  For those who don't know, Gordon is the author of most of the poems on the website writing under the pen name of Exile.  In fact it was his "Stanley Poem" that was one of the reasons for building the Stanley website.  

May 2015

Norman Barron (Barney)

 

Norman Barron (Barney) died very suddenly in his garden at home in Linn Road on Friday 29th May 2015 at the age of 70.  The funeral was held at Perth Crematorium on Monday 8th June 2015.   R.I.P. Barney.  

George (Geordie) O'Brien

Will Stevenson and Heather Campbell have informed us of the death of Geordie (George) O'Brien in Perth Western Australia on Saturday 16th May 2015 after a short illness.  George was in his 82nd year and died peacefully in hospital.  A former resident of Caputh and Stanley, Geordie was a nurse at Murthly Hospital and emigrated to Australia some years ago.  He was a much loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle and much loved partner to Cindy. The funeral will be held in Perth WA on Friday 22nd May.

Margaret Miller

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Margaret Millar, Mill Street, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday 14th May 2015.  Margaret marked the occasion with a celebratory lunch for family and friends in the Tayside Hotel on Sunday 17th May.

Neil Rodger

We've just heard very belatedly of the death of Neil Rodger from cancer on 3rd July 2010 aged 62 at his home in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.  Neil lived at 13 Russell Street Stanley and attended Stanley School from 1952 to 1962. His mother Margaret was a nurse at Murthly Hospital and his father Willie was a painter and decorator.  The family moved to Kings Lynn when Neil was 17 years old.  Although he never managed to return to the village since moving south you will see from his blog that he had fond memories of Stanley and his upbringing there.

April 2015
 

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th April artists from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) will hold an exhibition in Stanley Mills.  Complimentary entry to the exhibition is available for Stanley residents, school pupils -  and accompanying parents - and teachers before 2pm on Saturday 25th April.  Full details will be available in the local newspapers.

January 2015

Will & Rhona Stevenson 

Congratulations to Will and Rhona Stevenson (nee Williamson) who celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary this month.  They live in Perth Western Australia.

2014

December 2014

Again many thanks to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd.  Thanks also for your unselfish efforts in supporting the Stanley website in general Nan.  It is much appreciated.  Sadly, Peter Cameron who has also been a great help in promoting the website as well as providing photos/information etc is no longer with us.  His input has been invaluable and his help will be greatly missed. 

Jimmy Donaldson 21st December 2014

Peter McFarlane Cameron   27th July 1943 - 14th December 2014

 

Peter Cameron passed away in Perth Royal Infirmary (Cornhill Macmillan Centre) on 14th December 2014 at the age of 71.  He was a very likeable personality who was well known both in Dunkeld where he lived and Stanley where he was brought up.  Peter never lost his love for the village of his birth and demonstrated this in many ways.  He was a member of the United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14 but was also the Secretary of Lodge Stanley 1262.  Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Joan, Anne, Ian and his grandchildren.  R.I.P.  Peter.  You will be sorely missed by all who knew you.

June 2014

The late Robert Buchan

 

 

Military historians are desperate to trace relatives of a Scottish soldier who died in the Vietnam War to get their permission for his name to be added to a new memorial.  Lance Corporal Robert Buchan fought with Australian forces and died, aged 22, in a hail of AK47 bullets after ordering his men to take cover as he scouted an enemy position.

 

Now officials in the U.S. want to recognise his sacrifice in a new 'Wall Of Faces' memorial to be erected next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC.  But his name can only be added with the permission of his relatives, none of whom have so far been traced.

 

L/Cpl Buchan first emigrated with his family to Australia in 1951, when he was 3. His family returned to Scotland nine years later, but he decided to return to Australia alone in 1966.  Two years later, he signed up for the army and was assigned to the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. The machine gunner from Dundee was a piper but refused to join the armyís band, preferring to serve in a combat unit, where he was known to comrades as 'Jock'.

 

The regiment began its tour of duty in Vietnam in May 1969. In December of the same year the battalion located and destroyed a large cache of Viet Cong explosives at Phuoc Tuy.  It was there that L/Cpl Buchan died.

 

'Robert was commanding his section along a well-used track when his forward scout signalled the location of a bunker 15 metres in front,' said Richard Cousins, an Australian military historian.  'He went forward to investigate and directed a second forward scout into position on either side of the track.'The enemy opened fire from a distance of 10 metres, hitting Robert with small arms fire.'

 

Historians believe that had it not been for L/Cpl Buchanís decision to stop his platoon, many of his men would have been killed.

 

His father, also Robert, told a reporter after learning of his son's death: 'He sent home "signing on" papers two years ago and little did I think I would be signing his life away.'

 

Mr Cousins said: 'In November 2012 the US defence secretary Leon Panetta made special mention of the contribution made by Australia to the Vietnam war.

 

'In recognition, a centre is being constructed adjacent to the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance in Washington DC. This memorial will be opened in 2015. 'The central feature of this will be a Wall of Faces, a digital display of the images of those who died, including the images of the 521 Australians.

 

'Following a request from the the Office of Australian War Graves, Barney and I have researched and made contact with Robertís infantry platoon, providing us with photos and details on this highly regarded and brave soldier.'

 

In 1987 - 12 years after the conflict ended - a 'Welcome Home' Parade was held in Sydney, with flags presented to the families of the 521 Australian soldiers who died during the conflict. L/Cpl Buchanís flag was never presented to his family, and Mr Cousins would like to see his family receive this poignant token.

 

Mr Cousins believes L/Cpl Buchanís family lived in Perth, central Scotland, and efforts to track relatives are concentrated on that area.

 

The Vietnam War was one of Australiaís longest and most controversial conflicts. The country sent 30 military advisors in 1962 but more than 7,600 troops were eventually committed.

Five hundred Australian soldiers never returned, while more than 3,000 were wounded. The Vietnamese government has estimated that the war's total death toll - including civilians and soldiers on both sides - amounted to as many as 3.1million.

 

Do you know any of L/Cpl Buchan's living relatives? Send an email to reporter Damien Gayle at damien.gayle@dailymail.co.uk



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The above article appeared in the Daily Mail on 27th June 2014.  You can view this online  on the Daily Mail website.  This includes photos which I am unable to display on this website.  Thanks to Alex Duncanson (Australia) for bringing this to my attention.

 

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Finally, Ian Wells and me remember Robert from Class IIIA in 1962 and this school photo can be seen by clicking this link:  http://www.stanleyperthshire.co.uk/School/School20.htm#Four

 

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Since posting the above, Rena Lambert, who believes she is Robert's only surviving  relative has contacted the Daily Mail so hopefully he will be included in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC.

 

April 2014

Millie Stewart

Millie Stewart died suddenly but peacefully at home in Mill Street, Stanley on Monday 21st April 2014 aged 83 years.  Our thoughts are with Archie and sons, Gordon, Dougie and Raymond as well as their families.  The funeral service will be held at Perth Crematorium on Tuesday 29th April 2014.

March 2014 

Lodge Stanley 1262

Lodge Stanley 1262 are holding their annual Burns Supper on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 6.30pm for 7pm in the Lodge in Percy Street.  It is again being compered by Eddie Rose of Radio Heartland with two Guest Speakers from Glasgow.  For information on how to obtain tickets please contact Peter Cameron on 01350 727220.

February 2014

James (Jimmy) Burns 

James Ralston Burns (Jim), the last of the family of Davie Burns, Newbigging Farm Stanley died peacefully at Beech Manor Care Home Blairgowrie on Saturday 15th February 2014 at the age of 87 years.  Jim was a popular figure with all the Stanley kids who picked tatties at Newbigging Farm in the 1950/60's.  His funeral was held at a packed Perth Crematorium on Friday 21st February 2014.

January 2014

Rose Petrie

Rose Petrie (nee McDonald) died peacefully in Glen-Helenbank Residential Home in Luncarty on Thursday 16th January 2014 aged 83 years.  Wife of Smiler late of Shielhill Farm then Mill Street, Stanley.  Her funeral was held at a packed Perth Crematorium on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

Isa Graham

Isa Graham died in the tender care of Beechgrove House, Perth on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at the age of 102.

Further to Peter Cameron's note in December 2013 sadly Alan passed away in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 3rd January 2014.  His funeral will be held at Perth Crematorium on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 12.30pm.

2013

December 2013

Alan Reid

 

From Peter Cameron (70) Stanley born and bred but now living in Dunkeld.

My 16 year old grandson's girlfriend, Christy, lives in Scone.  Her grandad is one Alan Reid, (ex St Johnstone & Arbroath footballer in the late 1950's), who was a PT teacher at Stanley School in the early 1960's.  My grandson (Cameron Robinson) was going to a family dinner at Scone one day and I printed off this photo of Stanley Secondary's football team and gave it to my grandson to show to Alan.

Cameron was astounded when Alan rattled off NEARLY ALL their names.   Incredible!!! On the down side however.  Several weeks ago, Alan now in his 80's, had a fall in his house and punctured a lung, broke his collar bone, etc.  He has been in hospital ever since and recently came out of Intensive Care.  He is still in hospital and making a slow recovery.  Best wishes to him from all the ex-Stanley Secondary footballers, and indeed all the ex-pupils.

Footnote:  Sadly Alan passed away on 3 January 2014- see January 2014 intimation.

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful 2014.

Nan Tait

Ray Sime

Thanks to Ray Sime for the above two seasonal cartoons.  Ray left Stanley in the mid 1970's to further his education and has worked in Birmingham, Liverpool and North Wales.  He has also had a successful career within the Foreign Office travelling worldwide.   However, when work colleagues asked him where he was from the answer was always "Stanley".  He is now retired and lives in The Wirral but still retains strong links with his birthplace and is a regular contributor to the Stanley website.

October 2013

Bob Scott OStJ, JP

Former Provost of Perth and Kinross

It was with great sadness the people of Stanley and Luncarty as well as the wider community of Perth and Kinross learned of the death of Bob Scott at Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth on Thursday 17th October 2013.  Although he lived in Luncarty, Bob and his sister Anne attended Stanley Junior Secondary School, the third generation of "Bob Scott" to have done so.  Bob lived a busy and fulfilling life.  He was a local Councillor, serving on a number of committees and ultimately held the Civic position of Provost of Perth and Kinross.  He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.  As an Elder of Redgorton and Stanley Parish Church he was involved in many groups and committees within the Church, and also served as a Presbytery Elder.  Bob had many interests, one of which was lighthouses and he travelled the length and breadth of the country to visit them.  He was a rare individual, a man who made time for whoever spoke to him.  As has been pointed out by many people, "Bob was a good man".  The world will be poorer for his passing, but richer for his time with us.  Following a private cremation a Thanksgiving Service is to be held in St John's Kirk, Perth on Friday 25th October.  Thoughts and prayers are with Anne, Colin and their family at this sad time.

July 2013

Nicola Dair (nee McPherson)

Nicola Dair (nee McPherson), now resident in Western Australia, who used to live in Perth Road Stanley with her Mother the late Amy McPherson is visiting Perthshire next month together with her niece Denise McPherson (daughter of the late Dave McPherson).  If you want to say hi or arrange to meet up Nicola's mobile phone number is 07596463281.

Peter Cameron

Happy Birthday to Peter Cameron who celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday 27th July 2013.  All the best Peter.  Sorry to hear your recent health scare has resulted in a postponement of your planned party for a few weeks.

June 2013

Les and Alma Allan

Congratulations to Les and Alma Allan (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 22nd June 2013 with family and friends in the Strathord Inn Stanley on the same night at a surprise party organised by their daughter Fiona.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 22nd June 1963 and the reception was held in the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie.  Best man was Fred Rennie and Bridesmaid Fiona Milne. 

May 2013

Thank You - Bob Scott

May I, through the Stanley Website, pass on my grateful thanks to everyone who visited or sent cards and letters during my extended stay in hospital. 

These were greatly appreciated and boosted my morale while I waited for surgery.  

I am now out of hospital and recovering well.   

Warmest regards, 
Bob Scott

April 2013

Best wishes to Former Provost of Perth & Kinross Council- Bob Scott OStJ, JP following his recent operation and hospitalisation.  Speedy recovery Bob.

January 2013

Jim Whytock

 

On Sunday 10 January 2013, Jim Whytock, in his 100th year, died peacefully in Moncrieffe Care Home. Jim was born at Craigend of Gourdie, Caputh and was formerly a Manse Crescent resident having lived there since the houses were completed in June 1947.  Prior to that when WWII broke out he enlisted in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) as a driver and was captured at St Valery in France in 1940 and taken to Poland as a Prisoner of War (POW).  During his incarceration he was loading coal when he went to the aid of a prisoner who had collapsed.  A guard bayoneted Jim in the backside and in retaliation Jim grabbed the guard's gun and threw it to the ground.  The guard was later transferred to the Russian Front - not for the cruel bayoneting incident but for allowing his gun to be taken away.  After a period in solitary confinement Jim recovered when in the winter of 1944/45 he was forced to take part in what became known as the Long March.  With the Russians approaching, the Germans decided to abandon their camps and head west.  Forced to march around 1000 miles in the coming weeks, hundreds of prisoners succumbed to the cold and the gruelling march, perishing along the way.  Jim had made a deal with an Australian POW for a pair of boots and believed this is why he did not suffer from frostbite.   He eventually was freed by some Americans and returned home to become a Railway Signalman, a job that he loved.  He kept himself busy in retirement  and was a member of Lodge Stanley 1262.  In 2012 he was presented with his Jubilee Certificate from the Lodge (50 years loyal service).  R.I.P. 

2012

December 2012

Ray Sime

Thanks to Ray Sime for the above two seasonal cartoons.  Ray left Stanley in the mid 1970's to further his education and has worked in Birmingham, Liverpool and North Wales.  He has also had a successful career within the Foreign Office travelling worldwide.   However, when work colleagues asked him where he was from the answer was always "Stanley".  He is now retired and lives in The Wirral but still retains strong links with his birthplace and is a regular contributor to the Stanley website.

Happy Christmas and Warm Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2013 to family and friends at home and overseas.

Nan Tait

Beth Kennedy

Wishing Miss Beth Kennedy a quick recovery to good health following her recent stay in hospital.  Beth worked in Stanley Post Office for many years and was Stanley School Senior Girl Dux in 1945.

Nan Tait

Thanks again to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards my expense in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd.  Thanks also for your unselfish efforts in supporting the website in general Nan.   It is much appreciated.

Jimmy Donaldson 14th December 2012

October 2012

Margaret Reiche

Belated birthday greetings to Margaret Reiche  who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday 20th October.  A family dinner was held in the Royal Hotel in Dunkeld on Friday 26th October to mark the occasion.

Peggy Jolly

Wishing Mrs Peggy Jolly a speedy recovery following her recent hip operation.

August 2012

Congratulations to Fiona Allan and Danny Small who were married in Huntingtower House Hotel on Thursday 30 August 2012.  Best wishes for the future.

Johnny & Frances Fordyce

Congratulations to Johnny and Frances Fordyce (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding recently with a family holiday in Majorca.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 18th August 1962 and the reception was held in the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie.  Best man was Andy (Gus) Williamson and Bridesmaids Alma Allan (nee Donaldson) and Anne McIntosh (nee Fordyce).  They moved from Stanley in 1967 to Livingston, West Lothian and now live in Mid Calder, West Lothian.

Gordon Jolly

Gordon Jolly passed away in Perth Royal Infirmary (Cornhill Macmillan Centre) on 12 August 2012 at the age of 66.  Gordon, who was a fine athlete lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for around 40 years.  He was a regular contributor to the Stanley website and our thoughts are with his wife Linda and family as well as his Mum, Mrs Peggy Jolly at this sad time.  R.I.P. Gordon.

July 2012

Bill Hancock

At this time, Bill Hancockís friends and family are mourning his passing away from lung cancer in New Zealand on 18 July 2012 at the age of 78 years.  Bill left Stanley in 1951 at the age of 17 years and joined the Royal Navy as a junior stoker.  He spent most of his Service career in submarines and his talents were recognised by being selected for a two year engineering course which saw him advanced to Petty Officer. In 1973 he left the Royal Navy as an Engineer Lieutenant - a magnificent achievement in those days to have progressed to that rank.  He then transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy and ended his Service career there as a Lieutenant Commander.  Bill was well travelled and had latterly been living in Penang, Malaysia but he still retained a keen interest in Stanley and attended the 2007 reunion.  R.I.P. Bill.

They've wandered monie a weary road

They've sailed ower monie a sea

An' followed round the rowin' earth

The footsteps o' the free.

They've crossed the wide Atlantic's wave

An' the Pacific's swell

Wha' hae played as bairnies

Roond the Auld Brae Well.

Archie Stewart

Congratulations to Archie Stewart on attaining 60 years loyal membership of Lodge Stanley 1262.  He was presented with his certificate from Grand Lodge of Scotland by the RWM, Ralph Smart, at a Social Evening in the Lodge on Saturday, 7 July, 2012.  The occasion was well attended with live music, stovies, etc, and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.    Millie, his wife, was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Ralph, and all of their three sons were in attendance, with the eldest, Gordon, coming from Gosport, in the south of England, to be there.   Well done Archie.  To see the photos

March 2012

Jimmy Whytock

Congratulations to Jimmy Whytock aged 99 years of Manse Crescent on gaining his Jubilee Certificate from Grand Lodge of Scotland for 50 years loyal membership of Lodge Stanley 1262.  Jimmy was presented his certificate by the RWM of Lodge Stanley Bro Ralph Smart on 22nd March 2012.  to see photos.

Ron and Edna Gourlay

Congratulations to Ron and Edna Gourlay (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 24th March 2012 with family and friends in the Tayside Hotel Stanley on the same night.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 24th March 1962 and the reception was held in the County Hotel Perth.  Best man was Douglas Gourlay and Bridesmaid Alma Allan (nee Donaldson).

Cammie Hughes

Happy Birthday to Cammie Hughes on his 65th birthday 20th March 2012.

January 2012

Miss Isa Graham

Miss Isa Graham shows off her 100th birthday card received from the Queen.

Footnote: Sadly Isa died on 29 January 2014 at the age of 102.

2011

December 2011

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012.

Nan Tait

Thanks to Ray Sime for the seasonal cartoon.

November 2011

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert)

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert) has changed her email address and you can get in touch with Rena by clicking the link below:

October 2011

Happy Birthday to Gordon Howie, Lorna West, Nan Tait and Donella (Dawn Harbison) Firth who will all reach the age of 65 in October.  Gordon 2nd, Lorna 20th, Nan 27th and Donella 28th.  Best wishes to you all.  

May 2011

Beth Kennedy

Best wishes to Beth Kennedy who celebrated her 80th birthday on 22 May 2011.  Beth was Stanley School Senior Girl Dux in 1945.

Harvey Nathan Stanley Matulewicz

Welcome to baby Harvey Nathan Stanley Matulewicz born on 27 May 2011. Harvey weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds 9 and a half ounces and is the first Great Grandchild of Alma and Les Allan.  Mother Nadine and baby doing well. 

April 2011

May Williamson (nee' O'Brien)

On Wednesday 20 April 2011, after a long illness bravely fought, May Williamson (nee' O'Brien) dearly beloved wife of Arthur and mother to Rhona, Corinne and the late Pamela.  A very much loved and respected mum, gran, mother-in-law and sister and friend to everybody.  Both May and Arthur and their families contribution to the folklore of the village is immense. The thoughts of the villagers, contributors to the website and all who knew her, are with her family at this sad time.  Her husband Arthur is a Stanley footballing legend and our sincere condolences go out to him and all friends and relatives.  

March 2011

Pate Cameron

To Jimmy Donaldson (Hartlepool) & Ian Wells (Aberdeen).  A very big thank you for your visit to my home in Dunkeld about mid-day on Sunday 20/03/11. ( should really have been at church but had a very sore knee)  I felt very humble that two lads, younger than myself, and coming back to Stanley, before heading off to The Emirates Stadium  in London to support Scotland against Brazil, would fit in the time to give me a visit.   I thoroughly enjoyed their visit, to the extent that I was asked to join them on a walk down the back of the Mill on the Sunday.  Funnily enough, my knee never bothered me till the return journey and we decided to go from the road between Scottie's auld hoose (at the Mill gates) just a couple of hundred yards along to  Jock Taylors auld hoose at the orchard, then the Red Lodge we decided to take a return trip , via the Curling Pond, before we reached Scottie's hoose.   The Curley was a big disappointment. Nae water and everything overgrown.   However.  On Stanley On.  Thanks for the visit.  Funny how all the true Stanleyites, Gordon Howie, Billy Hancock, Sandy Wann, Dave Berwick, & Jimmy & Ian. who have been all over the world, always like to start their homecoming with a trip down the 'back o' the mill".       

Pate Cameron

Cammie Hughes

Cammie Hughes celebrated his 64th birthday in the Strathord Inn on 20 March 2011 with friends and family.  Happy Birthday Cammie. 

 

Alan West

A sad week for the older Stanley residents with the passing of Alan West (ex Airntully) in Winnipeg, Canada on 4 March 2011.  He was aged 89 and emigrated to Canada in the 1950's.  He was a blacksmith to trade and worked in Canada as a machine engineer.  He was one of a family of twelve of whom six survive.  (Jessie, Bert, Dot, Isobel, Norman & Aileen).  He is survived by his wife, Peggy (nee MacLean) - sister of Jack MacLean, Murray Place and also by his son Alan, Jnr.  His late brother Jim, captained Stanley Juniors for many years and there is a photograph of Jim on the website under "Your Page" then Fitba' photos - 6 (4).

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Jimmy Pirie

Jimmy Pirie the butcher passed away on 9 March 2011.  He was aged 91 and until a few years ago was Britain's oldest working butcher.  Jimmy was born in Stanley in June 1919 and started work as a butcher, aged 14 in 1933. During his working life he won no fewer than 131 UK and international awards, the highlight being the Sausage Scottish Championship and  Scottish Haggis Championship in 2005. He is survived by his son Alan who carries on the business.

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Alec Kennedy

Alec Kennedy retired postman from Athole Drive passed away on 9 March 2011.  His wife, Marion (nee Panton) passed on several years ago.  He is survived by his son, Roy.   Alec was a very popular postie in Stanley for a long number of years and his photo is on Stanley Photos No 4 (2).

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Sincere condolences to all friends and relatives of the aforementioned Stanley personalities.

Rene Coghlan (nee O'Brien)

Happy Birthday to Rene Coghlan (nee O'Brien) who celebrated her 80th birthday on 3 March 2011.  Hope you had a really special day!

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert)
Congratulations to Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert) formerly of Stanley but now living in Australia on her 65th birthday on 9 March 2011.

February 2011

Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson was buried in Inverness-shire on 24 February 2011.  He was Stanley School sports champion in 1941 and along with his Uncle, Allan Donaldson, who was about the same age as him, were known as "The Powderhall Pair" for their sprinting prowess.

January 2011

Calvin Strickland

Many Happy Returns to Calvin Strickland on his 65th birthday on 7 January 2011.

2010

December 2010

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Very Happy Christmas and Health and Happiness in 2011.

Nan Tait

Robyn Hughes

Rangers V Celtic 2 January 2011 - Ne'erday match

Leading out the Rangers team for this match will be Robyn Hughes from King Street Stanley (thanks to Peter Cameron for this info).

 

Nan Tait

Thanks again to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards the upkeep of leasing the Stanley website domain name and web space. Much appreciated.  

Jimmy Donaldson 9th December 2010

November 2010

Jimmy Davidson and Chic Kipppen

Jimmy Davidson and Chic Kipppen, both high profile Stanley residents, recently celebrated their 50th birthdays.  Congratulations to both.

September 2010

Janet Murray

Belated congratulations and best wishes to Janet Murray who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. 

July 2010

Ivan and Mary Haggart

Congratulations to Ivan and Mary Haggart who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 4 July 2010. They both now live in Toronto, Canada having emigrated there in 1966.

June 2010

Archie and Millie Stewart

Congratulations to Archie and Millie Stewart who celebrated their Diamond Wedding (60th) anniversary on 24 June 2010.  A very successful party was held in the Tayside Hotel on Saturday 26 June 2010 organised by Dougie and Alice.

The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, President , The Prince's Regeneration Trust visited Stanley Mills on 1 June 2010.  He was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross (Brigadier Melville Jameson).

February 2010

Lodge Stanley 1262

The Lodge Stanley 1262 annual Burns Supper took place as scheduled and was a complete sell-out.  The evening was a resounding success both socially and financially and the RWM of the Lodge, Jimmy Davidson, would like to thank all who attended, also the lady helpers & committee members who contributed to the success of the evening.  Jimmy pointed out that it was a very pleasant feature to see so many younger people attending and showing such interest in the poems and songs of our National Bard.

January 2010

Lodge Stanley 1262 will hold their annual Burns Supper in the Lodge Rooms in Percy Street at 6.30pm on Saturday 6th February 2010.  There is a distinguished list of artistes lined up and it is a mixed evening, with most of the tickets sold.  A few seats are still available and admission is £7.50 which can be paid at the door.  

Peter Cameron - Lodge Secretary

2009

 

December 2009

Nan Tait

 

 

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010.      Nan Tait

 

November 2009

Stewart Buchan - The Garage

It was with very deep regret that the villagers learned of the death of Stewart Buchan, in his 93rd year, of the garage fame on Perth Road, where he carried on the garage business with his cousin, Willie, after Harry Blair and his family emigrated to Canada, in the 1950's. The garage, still carried on to this day, by his nephews, Ally & Graeme Buchan, who run an excellent mini-bus service, and still, despite other shops & businesses in the village closing, remain in recent years, one of the few places where the old Stanleyites can meet & reminisce.  He was a tremendously popular lad Stewart. You always got him the same, cheery & smiling, and he will be sadly missed by his close family & all who knew him.     Peter Cameron        

BINGO TEA

There's a Bingo Tea on in the Village Hall on Wednesday 18th November 2009.  Doors open at 7pm.

Beryl Snowden SWRI

Claire Betts (Gordon & Linda Jolly's daughter) along with a group  from Ireland, New Zealand and England climbed Mont Blanc reaching the summit on 17th September 2009.  Claire said it was a hard climb but well worth it.  Mont Blanc, at 4810 metres is the highest mountain in Western Europe and is on the three way border of France, Italy and Switzerland. A leading topographer, Bernard Dupont, recently reported that the mountain is 45cm (18 inches) shorter than two years ago and the volume of snow and ice coating on the summit has also fallen by a tenth. He  said that the shrinkage could not be linked directly to climate change.  The highest point of Mont Blanc has also moved 85 feet closer to Italy although it remains in France.    Last year Clair and  her husband Robert climbed Kilimanjaro.

 

August 2009

Neil Rodger

Neil Rodger wrote that his son is treating him to the Runrig concert at Scone Palace on 29th August 2009.  If you remember him from Russell Street and see him at the concert please say hello.  He says that after all this time he doubts if his memory will work to spot old friends as the years will have changed a lot of us.  Here's a photo of him: 

Further to the above Neil has contacted me again to say he will be unable to attend the concert because he has not recovered rapidly enough from a laryngectomy (removal of the vocal chords) after a cancer operation. If anyone is interested in two tickets to the concert at face value please contact him on 01553 675676 and ask for his son Andrew as Neil cannot speak yet.  (Footnote:  Neil passed away on 3rd July 2010 aged 62 years)

June 2009

Kate Gairns

Kate Gairns died in Perth Royal Infirmary on 8th June 2009 aged 87 years.  Kate was a well known and respected member of the village and very much involved in village life with interest in The Guild, SWRI, Community Council, Village Hall Committee, and the Historical Society.  Her experience of working life in Stanley Mills (she started work at 14 and worked there for 41 years) was invaluable in the setting up of the Historic Scotland Museum at Stanley Mills.  She was also a very enthusiastic contributor of photos to this website. Although Kate had undergone a partial leg amputation in 2008, she maintained her indomitable spirit and sense of fun.  A mark of esteem held by Kate in the village was witnessed by the capacity attendance at her funeral in Stanley Parish Church on Monday 15th June 2009.

Helen (Nel) (McGregor) (Dow)

We've just  belatedly heard from Glen Dow of the death of his Mother in Canada Helen (Nel) (McGregor) (Dow) Pearson in 2009.  She was born in Stanley on 22 November 1911 to Duncan and Margaret McGregor.  Her Father Duncan was killed in action in France on 13th November 1916 aged 30 years.  Details of this are shown on the Stanley War Memorial page   Nel married Jim Dow of Kinnoull Hill Perth and they had 4 children;  Stewart, Duncan, Frank (died at birth) and Margaret and lived in Store Street Stanley.  The family emigrated to Toronto in 1946 and a fifth child, Glen was born in 1948.  Her husband James died in Toronto in April 1958 and she remarried Eric Pearson of Toronto in 1961.  Eric passed away in 1994. Nel spent her golden years in retirement in her "little cottage" in Severn Bridge Ontario until her death on 8th June 2009.

February 2009

Ron (Tot Smith)

Sorry to hear of a schoolmate passing away. I have good memories of good times we had at school playing together in many school teams.  I am sure Tot will be missed one way or another.  Our condolences and best regards to the family.

Brian Blair

January 2009

Tam Moran

 

Wishing Tam Moran a speedy recovery following his hip  replacement operation.  

2008

December 2008

We would like to wish the people of Stanley a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and especially to our Mums, Mum Jolly and Mum McWalter.  

Gordon and Linda Jolly, South Africa

 

Thanks to Nan Tait for the thoughtful personal donation she has recently made which will help towards my costs in renting the Stanley website domain name www.stanleyperthshire.co.uk from Nominet UK and the webspace from 1 and 1 Internet Limited.  I would also like to wish regular browsers to the website a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and ask if you can make it one of your New Year resolutions to look out any Stanley photos  or amusing anecdotes.  Best wishes.   Jimmy Donaldson - Stanley Webmaster.  

 

Wishing family and friends at home and abroad a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2009 from Nan Tait

Brian Blair

 

To all our friends in Stanley.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.      Brian Blair

Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett

 

Wishing family and friends a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2009 from Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett. 

October 2008

Kate Gairns

Best wishes to Kate Gairns following her recent operation. 

August 2008

George & Jean McCabe (nee Carmichael)

Congratulations to George & Jean McCabe (nee Carmichael) now residing in Blairgowrie on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding.  Home for the celebrations was Jean's sister Wilma who married Dave Armstrong from Spittalfield and who now reside in Canada. Jean and Wilma are the daughters of Arthur & Phemie Carmichael who lived in Stores Street in the 1940's/50's.

July 2008

Peter Cameron

Many Happy Returns to Peter Cameron on his 65th birthday on the 27th July 2008.  All the best Peter. Enjoy your retirement.

May  2008

Donna & Paul Nisbett

Congratulations to you both on your Wedding Day on the 21st May 2008.  I'm sure you have had a wonderful time.  Also many Happy Returns on your 60th birthday Donna.  

Kindest Regards - Janet Fergus  

Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett on their  marriage at The Mill Forge, Gretna Green, on Wednesday 21st May 2008.  This will be a double celebration as Donna celebrates her 60th birthday on the same day. 

April  2008

Pamela Robson (nee Blair)

On Thursday 24th April 2008, Pamela Robson, (Blair) daughter of Harry and Agnes Blair passed away in Pennsylvania, USA.  Many people will not remember her but she is in school pictures 6, photo 1, 2nd from the left.  She leaves behind her husband, two children and four grandchildren.  Sister to Harry, Brian, Raymond and Jean (deceased).

January  2008

Maisie Robertson (nee McKinlay)

On the 30th January 2008  after a short illness, unexpectedly in the PRI, Maisie Robertson (nee McKinlay).  Daughter of the late Daisy and Bob McKinlay and sister of Gloria, George and Robert.  She will be sadly missed by her family. 

2007

December  2007

Mrs Jean Davidson (nee Cameron)

Mrs Jean Davidson (nee Cameron) died in Chequers Eventide Home, Pitlochry, on Christmas Day, 2007.  She was 93 years old and was the last surviving member of John Cameron, snr, the baker's family, who had the bakehouse in Perth Road, Stanley, next door to Angelo Cura's, before the 2nd World War. (A sister of the late Jock, Wull, Cis & Teen).

   She is survived by two sons, Cameron Murray, who lives in the outskirts of Pitlochry, and Frazer Murray, who lives in Australia. Jean's first husband, Nelson Murray, was killed in a road accident at Gannochy in Perth, and several years later she married Willie Davidson, who was then curator at Perth Art Gallery.  Willie died a few years ago after he retired to Birnam.

  Jean's grand-daughter, Pollyanna Murray, (Cameron's daughter) hit the headlines several years ago when she became the first Scottish woman to climb Mount Everest.  

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and abroad a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2008. 

Nan Tait

Happy Birthday to our Dad and Grandad 

Alex Pratt 

who will be 80 on the 21st December 2007. 

Congratulations Dad.  

Love from Malcolm, Eileen, Graeme & Michelle, 

Vicky & Neil 

XX

November  2007

07.07.07 Reunion Committee

Several members of the 07.07.07 Reunion Committee met up again on Saturday 24th November at Dawn (Donella Firth) Harbison's home in Kirkcaldy.  Many thanks to Dawn for her hospitality and excellent meal, ably assisted by her sous chef, Margaret Kay.  A super night was had by all. 

Entertainment was provided by Jimmy D with a wealth of hilarious jokes and stories.

Grateful thanks to Calvin Strickland for acting as chauffeur for the evening. 

for photos taken on the night.

 

Calvin and Jean Strickland

Congratulations and best wishes to Calvin and Jean Strickland who recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding. 

October  2007

Gordon Jolly

Best wishes to Gordon Jolly who is in hospital in South Africa recovering from an operation.  Speedy recovery Gordon.

September  2007

Jimmy Donaldson

Congratulations to Jimmy Donaldson on his 60th Birthday on the 21st September 2007 from the Stanley 07/07/07 Re-Union Committee. The ship shown is the Minelayer HMS Abdiel, (Jim served in her 1971-73) entering her base port - Port Edgar, South Queensferry with the Forth Bridges in the background. The cake was baked by his sister-in-law - Hilda Hart of Hartlepool. 

May  2007

Don Farquharson

Don Farquharson aged 88 died on the 31st May 2007 in St Johns Hospital Livingston.  Don's wife Beth died in February 2006.  He will be sadly missed by his daughters  Maureen and Donna and their families. 

Drew Ross

Congratulations to Drew Ross who celebrated his 80th Birthday with a party at Luncarty Bowling Club.  Well done Drew!

Footnote: Sadly Drew passed away just over a year later in June 2008

HELLO  To all my classmates at Stanley school.  My question is, where have all the lassies gone?  Are they still around or have they passed on.  I am coming back for the reunion and would like to meet with anyone who is still around.

  Yours sincerely Brian Blair

 

2006

 

December  2006

To all our relations and friends wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

        Cheers from the Blairs in Canada.

 

 

Dave and Kath Culbert, Would like to wish all the Culbert 'Clan' a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a safe journey to everyone travelling home for 07.07.07

Nan Tait

Wishing all our friends and relatives a Very Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy 2007!

Linda and Gordon Jolly

 

November  2006

Helen (Nel) McGregor of Store St. married to Jim Dow and emigrated to Canada will turn 95 years young on Nov.22/06 and an afternoon tea was held on Nov.18 to celebrate with many family and friends. Scottish songs were sung to the bagpipes played by Brian Blair. Contact to Helen's family can be made through the e-mail address glenmdow@sympatico.ca  

Footnote:  Nel died on 8th June 2009.

 

October  2006

Happy Birthday to Gordon Howie, Lorna West, Nan Tait and Donella (Dawn Harbison) Firth who will all reach the age of 60 in October.  Gordon 2nd, Lorna 20th, Nan 27th and Donella 28th.  Best wishes to you all.  Health and happiness always.

 

September  2006

Daisy McKinlay- 1910 - 2006

Family and many Friends filled the Episcopal Church on the Perth Road in Stanley to standing room only on Wed 20th September.  Bishop Michael Hare-Duke led the service to celebrate and remember her 96 years. She died in her 97th year. Born in London in 1910 she lived the great part of her life in Stanley. 

She is dearly missed by Maisie, Robert, George, Gloria and their families.

"If I should go before the rest of you,

Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.

Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice,

But be the usual selves that I have known.

Weep if you must,

Parting is hell,

But life goes on,

So sing as well"

Paddy Ferry - 76th birthday 15th September 2006.

Happy birthday Dad.  Lots of love from Ann, John, Kate, Miggy, Berny and Teresa.  See you in the Tayside.  You're on the first round.  OK!  The Boss.

 

August  2006

Congratulations to Wendy and Jimmy Davidson on their Silver Wedding anniversary on 22nd August 2006.  Hope you have a great day and enjoy a few drams.  All the very best, with love from Rhoda, David and boys.

All the very best to Wendy and Jimmy on their special day. Love from Auntie Ella.

 

July  2006

Alex Duncanson 56th birthday on 16th July 2006.  Happy Birthday Alex all the way over there in Queensland.  Best wishes.  Ann Ferry. 

 

June  2006

Congratulations to Margaret and Stewart Buchan who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 21st June 2006.

To Shiel from Deal, wife of Keel 

 GET WELL SOON

 

April  2006

CONGRATULATIONS TO MRS JEAN MCWALTER ON HER 90TH BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY 28TH APRIL FROM GORDON AND ALL THE FAMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND NEW ZEALAND, LOTS OF LOVE, THINKING ABOUT YOU ON THIS SPECIAL DAY.

Congratulations and Birthday wishes from neighbours and friends to Mrs Jean McWalter who celebrates her 90th birthday on Friday 28th April.

Elizabeth Petra Menzies, born May 28th, 1942. Lived in Stanley with her two sisters, Ellen and Evelyn, until 1960 when she trained to become a registered Nurse at the Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children. Emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in May, 1964 where she met and married William [Bill] Cooke of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England on December 4th, 1965. Together they raised four children, Suzanne, Leanne, Gregor and Rebecca. There are nine grandchildren.

Petra, as she liked to be known, had practiced her nursing career in Hamilton for 38 years and was elected President of the province's regulatory body, the College of Nurses of Ontario. At the age of 58 she went back to school and received her B.Sc.N. degree from McMaster University in 2003. After taking early retirement she went on to teach the next generation entering the nursing profession.

After a lengthy fight with breast cancer Petra passed away on Sunday, April 9th, 2006 just weeks before her 64th birthday.

 

March 2006

Congratulations to Pete and Joan on their RUBY WEDDING on Sunday 26th March.

Gordon and Linda.

Congratulations to Peter and Joan Cameron who will celebrate their Ruby Wedding on 26th March 2006.

Congratulations to Gordon and Linda Jolly, who celebrate their Ruby Wedding on 26th March and we would like to send them best wishes and many congratulations from
Dod, Jo-Anne, Louise and Scott, Chris and Susan

 

January 2006

Congratulations To my Mum and Dad Mairi and John Kay who will celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 17th.Jan.2006.  They were married at York House, Perth  in 1946. Will look forward to seeing you both on your big day.

Lots of love

Janet xx

I would like to send lots of love and Happy Birthday greetings to my Mum Mairi Kay who will be 80 years young on 6th.January. She was born in Kiltarlity Inverness-shire and married John Kay who is a Stanley man.

Lots of love

Janet xxxx

2005

 

December 2005

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2006

Nan Tait

Have A HAPPY NEW YEAR                Brian Blair

Many happy returns to Gordon Jolly Port Elizabeth, South Africa who is 60 on Thursday 29th December 2005.   From Pete Keel and Nan

Have a great day.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MRS JOLLY

who celebrated her 80th Birthday on the 5th December 2005

Congratulations from Dod, Jo-Anne, Louise & Scott, Chris & Susan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY KYLE

80 YEARS YOUNG ON THE 23rd DECEMBER.

Roger, Janet, Hazel, Kenny......

 

October 2005

Happy birthday  Bill Hancock 

72 on Monday 3rd October

All the best

(Footnote:  Sadly Bill passed away in New Zealand on 17 July 2012) 

 

September 2005

Happy Birthday to my Dear Dad John Kay

I would like to send All my Love and Best Wishes to my Dad John Kay who was 80 years old on the 12th September.  He was born in Percy St. and later went to school at Queen Victoria School for boys in Dunblane and went on to join the Royal Scots Regiment stationed in Edinburgh. He came back to Stanley to stay about 1952 with my Mum, sister Elizabeth myself Janet and my brother  John who was born in 1955. Dad became a postman in Stanley like his father Willie Kay who was well known in Stanley.  I've just had a lovely musical nostalgic trip round Stanley on the computer.

 

Kindest Regards

Janet Fergus nee Kay

Daisy McKinlay

Birthday congratulations to Daisy McKinlay of Mill Street (ex Murray Place) who was 95 years young on the 3rd September 2005.  Surely one of the village's oldest residents. Happy Birthday to you Daisy.

I would like to add my congratulations and best wishes to Mrs Daisy McKinlay on her birthday just past. She was a good friend of my mother 'way back. Her daughter Maisie was a classmate of mine circa'38/'46. Good on you Mrs Mac.         

Billy Hancock (Dolly's son)

(Footnote:  Sadly Daisy passed away peacefully in PRI on 14th September 2006 - 11 days after her 96th birthday. 

 

August 2005

Jack and Isobel Ford

Congratulations to Jack and Isobel  Ford who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 27th August 2005.

Footnote:  Jack passed away in September 2011 and Isobel on 30th December 2015.