Community Gathers to Remember

The Act of Remembrance was attended by over 500 this morning. We were delighted to see so many turn out to remember and pay their respects to the local men who sacrificed their lives in the Great War.

School children, veterans and personnel from 205 (Scottish) Field Hospital were joined by local councillors and hundreds from the community at the Bridge of Don War Memorial. The service was led by Rev Louis Kinsey and Rev Jarod Meenan. The names of the men on the war memorial were read out as school children placed a cross for each one. Wreaths were laid and 2 minutes silence observed.

Music was provided by Granite City Brass Band.

Rev Louis Kinsey, minister at St Columba’s Church of Scotland said: “Remembrance is an important opportunity for the generations to come together in shared thankfulness to God for the sacrifices of the past and to stand beside one another in shared resolve to build a peaceful future.

“In a divided world, it’s a time to learn from one another and to draw near to each other. The Armistice centenary enables us to remember the grainy characters in old newsreels as the sons, fathers, husbands, brothers and friends that they really were.”

Photo Credits: Chris Sansbury. Douglas Taylor. Karen Somerville.

Bridge of Don Remembers 100: Armistice Service

Remembrance Sunday flyer‘Bridge of Don Remembers 100’ invites you to a Community-wide Service of Remembrance, held at the Oldmachar War Memorial, in the Bridge of Don, at the junction of Ellon Road and Balgownie Road, AB23 8ED, to give thanks to God for the Armistice and to remember the fallen in wars and conflicts, then and since.

Free parking is available at Gordon Barracks, on the southbound carriageway of the Ellon Road. Please arrive early to allow time to walk down to the War Memorial.

Balgownie Road will be closed, from the Legion Scotland to the Ellon Road, from 10.00-11.45am. The northbound carriageway of the Ellon Road, from the Esplanade to Balgownie Crescent, will be closed from 10.30-11.45am.

All welcome.


So much going on!

There has been so much going on in the schools this week – here is a glimpse of some of the fantastic work and learning that has been going on.

Alison at Braehead spoke at an assembly about her family member who is named on the War Memorial.

These P1s were busy learning about the War Memorial and creating some artwork.

Pupils taking part in a WW1 thinking space.

P6s writing messages for a WW1 reflections wall.

A great poem from Chloe.

Conscience Alley – P7 are discussing Tommo’s conscience from the novel Private Peaceful. We were whispering reasons for or against Tommo listening to his conscience.

P6/7 visited Hamewith to share their work on WW1. We loved speaking to the residents and sharing our learning. We were also able to learn more from the residents, and were able to see a medal from WW1. We enjoyed learning about their war experiences.


P2 were lucky enough to have a look at some real WWI medals today! They belonged to one of our pupil’s great great great grandad!

We’ve even written a book!

Rev Kinsey spoke to the children about the role of a soldier and how soldiers help keep people safe.

We had the opportunity to look at these WW1 items.

P5s writing about Remembrance.

Primary 1 & Primary 1/2 were very busy  baking and decorating poppy cakes for a community café this afternoon, we hope you enjoy them!

Wow look at all this fabulous work set up for a Community Cafe.

We know there is so much more that has been happening. Well done to everyone!




Poppy Art Installations

The Poppy Art Installations the children have been working on all came together at our service on Friday. They are all outstanding, so wonderfully effective and all so different. An amazing art exhibition to help us remember those who gave their lives for us. Scroll down to see some photos of these wonderful creations.

The Poppy Art will be on display again for all members of our community to come and view at our Open Days on the 12th, 13th and 14th November. We do hope you’ll come along and enjoy the children’s art. Details of times and locations are:

Monday November 12th. 1.30-4pm 6.30-8pm. St Columba’s Church of Scotland (Braehead Way)

Tuesday November 13th. 10am-12pm. 3.30-5.30pm. Oldmachar Church of Scotland (Ashwood Park)

Wednesday November 14th. 8.45-11.30am. Bridge of Don Baptist Church (Dubford Road)

Outdoor art

The Friends of Westfield Park have been brilliant supporters of BOD Remembers and have created this wonderful piece of artwork in the park.

They want to thank members of the community who knitted all the poppies and the children of St Columba’s Church who painted the stones.

We want to thank the group! It looks amazing – thank you for all your hard work and effort.

Do have a walk through our park, admire the installation and spend a couple of minutes pausing to remember.

Schools and Community Act of Remembrance

On Friday afternoon we held our schools and community act of Remembrance.

We are exceptionally proud of every child and young person who attended and took part in the service.

They were joined by representatives from our community. There were attendees from Legion Scotland, Friends of Westfield Park, our churches, sheltered housing complexes, parent councils, community council, uniformed organisations, education department, Tesco, local councillors, MSPs and MPs.

Before the service started we enjoyed music from the joint primary schools choir.

During the service the children shared poems, information, their thoughts on remembrance and read to us from the Bible. Young people from our academies led us in an act of remembrance. 

Rev Kinsey reminded us that courage is doing the right thing even when we’re frightened. That’s what the soldiers in WW1 did and that’s what we must do also.

Bridge of Don Academy choir concluded the service with the song ‘In Flanders Fields’. 

Perhaps the most significant part of the service was the wreath laying. Mr Matt Fyfe from Oldmachar Legion Scotland laid the first wreath and then 9 children from our 9 schools representing over 2500 children followed his example. It was moving to watch the children learn from Mr Fyfe. That is what this project has been about. Children learning from older generations. Being taught who we must remember, why we must remember and how to remember. 

“A very thought provoking and beautiful service, well done to everyone involved, all the children and schools did amazing. Lest we forget 🌺🌺🌺🌺

“Lovely moving service and loved the message about doing the right thing. Well done to all involved.”

“A wonderful and amazing Afternoon  well done to all for the  vision  and planning for this Memorable Event. I feel humbled by the Service.”

“A very thought provoking act of remembrance at St Columbas Church this afternoon. So lovely to see everyone coming together to remember.”

“The best way to honour them is to be the best people we can be. We will remember them.”

“They spoke so well. What a special service to commemorate the centenary.”

Look at all we’ve been doing!

P2 at Forehill School were learning about why WWI started and had a super question from Chloe: “Why didn’t they just solve the problem instead of going to war?” That was a fantastic thought and it prompted some interesting conflict resolution ideas from p2.

The children have been sharing their own family history. Here’s a picture of a Great Grandad who was a soldier.

P7 at Braehead are creating models of WW1 trenches.

We’ve been working with our friends to create Poppy Necklaces.

We’ve been making posters to help us think about how to deal with conflict.

This lucky class had a visit from RSM Campbell who told us about his job in the Armed Forces. He brought lots of his equipment to let us see. We enjoyed hearing about how the army helps us.

All the schools have been creating their own art installations. Here’s a sneak peak at Danestone’s. Wow! We can’t wait to see the finished result.

Greenbrae have been practising their marching. Check out twitter for some videos! It was tricky!

Some wonderful Gordon Highlander Caps were made by P5/6 in Braehead.

Fabulous artwork by Greenbrae P3/4

P2/3 Poppies!

P2 poppies with wonderful weaving in the centre.

More researching with Mr Sandy Riddell, the St Machar Cathedral Archivist. We are so grateful to him for giving his time.

We will Remember.