Welcome to our website

This site is aimed primarily at residents of the Parish of New Machar. It exists:

  • to raise awareness of local concerns
  • to inform the community about the work of the Community Council
  • to provide online access to selected articles from Newmachar News, the quarterly newsletter published by Newmachar Community Council
  • to provide access to the minutes of the Community Council
  • to provide information about local community groups

The Community Council reserve the right to edit material which appears on its website.

Your internet Service? - updated 06.12.14

Councillor Fergus Hood is keen to know what people are thinking about the Broadband service in Newmachar.  Aberdeenshire Council is looking for specific information from specific areas regarding broadband speed.  Information required is:

Name : Telephone number : Internet provider : Nature of problem : Broadband speed

People can either feed back this information to the community council via the website, or contact Fergus directly.  His e-mail address is Cllr.F.Hood@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Would you like to know more about the Community and how it works?

We invite anyone in the community who would be interested in finding out more about the Community Council, with a view to possibly becoming involved in our work, to contact either or .

Noctilucent Clouds

Night clouds or noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the "ragged edge" of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight.

Library News:

Come and use your local library. To contact them, email newmachar.library@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Just a reminder that we have a storytime session for pre-schoolers at half
past two this Thursday, the 20th, but also the BookBug himself  will be
paying us a visit a week on Thursday, the 27th, also at half past two.
All welcome. Come prepared to sing along!

New bus fares deal for young people aged 16-20

This initiative is being sponsored by Bain's Coaches, Stagecoach Bluebird and Aberdeenshire Council. Here is a link to a press release and also to the Council's web-page

The Garioch Partnership Group

The Garioch Partnership is a new member of the Aberdeenshire Rural Partnership Forum. They exist to provide support to voluntary groups and organisations with this large area, such as the Garioch Art Group. Anne Simpson is their enthusiastic, new Development Worker and The Garioch Partnership can be contacted via their website where you will also find a membership form. If you have any questions about setting up, running or seeking funding for a community voluntary group, then Anne is the person to contact for information and help.

Could you help with the Baby and Toddler Group?

At present, there is a Baby and Toddler Group in the village run by volunteers. It provides a valuable opportunity for Mums to relax and meet other Mums, whilst the kids can run around safely and make new friends.

The group meets on Tuesday mornings in the Church, and on Friday mornings at the Scout Hut. Unfortunately at the end of the last session, many of the committee members left. This means that there are not sufficient people left to keep the organisation going, and there is a strong possibility that the group will have to close. The duties of the Committee members are light, such as participating in a rota, opening up the halls and getting toys out and putting them away at the end of the session. The volunteers also help with the teas and coffees, putting out snacks for the kids and nice cake and biscuits for the adults.

It is important, not just for present and future users of the Group, but also for the Community at large, that the Baby and Toddler Group should continue. If you feel that you might be able to help, please contact

Newmhar Community Hall Association

For anyone that wishes to donate to this fund, please go to our Just Giving page.