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G.H.A. Events 2016


Grampian-Houston Chairman Brett Jackson welcomed a company of 90 at the Association's 2016 Jazz Lunch at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels  Hotel and Spa on 31 January.

He explained that money raised at the event would go towards the cost of financing  a study visit to Houston by two student nurses from the Robert Gordon University in September, 2016.


After the roast beef lunch, Aberdeen's favourite fishmonger and former town councillor Ken Watmough conducted an auction and raffle for prizes kindly donated by local businesses and Association members.


Items up for auction included a Steiff Blonde Classic 1920 Teddy Bear, dinner, bed and breakfast at the Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen, bed and breakfast at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, a weekend stay at Skene House Apartments, Aberdeen, VIP tickets for the Scottish Homes Show and a limited edition signed and framed print donated by the Butterworth Gallery, Aboyne.

Black Gold, the painting of Aberdeen Harbour, was purchased by Councillor Ron and Mrs McKail, who are pictured with their new acquisition.

The auction and raffle raised more than £1400.

Music was supplied by the Atholl Smith Jazz Quartet and  arrangements for the event were made by Marlene McLeod, the Association's Social Secretary.

Some of the guests who attended the Jazz Lunch are pictured below.


Guest speaker at the Grampian-Houston Association 2016 Thanksgiving Dinner at the Royal Northern & University Club in Aberdeen was American-born journalist Rita Brown, who was accompanied by her father Kieran from California.

Rita, who is Editor of Energy Voice, lives in Aberdeen with her Scots-born husband and three sons.  Association Chairman Brett Jackson thanked her for her talk and presented her with a Celtic brooch as a memento of the occasion.

Also in the picture are Kieran Brown (left) and Grampian-Houston Association President Provost Hamish Vernal and his wife Maureen.