Events

Events organised by Blairs are open to the general public. 

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18 December 2016 - Christmas Tree festival

The Christmas tree festival complete with 'Festive Forest' took place on Sunday 18th December together with the Nativity performed by the Children’s Liturgy group and some rather excellent violin, vocal and piano concerts performed by our very talented parish youth. Photos will be posted shortly.

4th December 2016 - Charities Group Prize Draw

A Charities Group Prize Draw was held in the Parish Room after Mass on Sunday 4th December.

6 December 2014 - Christmas Tree festival and concert

Last year’s Christmas Tree Festival at Blairs was another success with a total of £2227.53 raised for the Blairs College Chapel Trust Building Restoration Fund.  All 26 trees were beautifully decorated to represent each of their sponsors, from painted fir cone creatures by St Joseph’s School to goats and chickens on the SCIAF tree.  Visitors enjoyed browsing the trees and there were fun activities for the children to take part in.  As well as the homemade cakes and warm drinks on offer, the Blairs Museum was also open.  The highlight of the evening was a performance by Rock Choir, which everyone very much enjoyed, followed by community carol singing and an entertaining rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.  The organisers would like to thank everyone who took part – tree sponsors, helpers, cake bakers and visitors.  We look forward to welcoming you to the festival later this year.
Rock Choir performing at Blairs 2014 Christmas Tree festival
Christmas tree 'forest' at Blairs Chapel

4 October 2014 - Opera Concert

On Saturday 4th October St Mary’s Chapel at Blairs hosted a concert by Jackie Lawrence, soprano, titled ‘Favourite Songs and Arias’.  Jackie travelled up from Tunbridge Wells in Kent where she studies under Jenny Miller the Dramatic Soprano and Director of Barefoot Opera.

Jackie Lawrence concert

The concert was held in aid of Apostleship of the Sea and raised £270.  Jackie, accompanied by Sheila Noden on piano, performed a variety of pieces from Handel, Bellini and Debussy in the first half to more contemporary works in the second half like ‘In the Still of the Night’, ‘This is My Lovely Day’ and ‘Beautiful Dreamer’.   During the interval refreshments were served.

13 September 2014 - Cocktails and Teapots

When “tea” was served at a recent fundraising event for St Mary’s Chapel (Blairs), it wasn’t Tetley in the teapots, but something rather stronger instead.  A range of delicious cocktails normally found in fashionable bars were served in teacups, accompanied by a full spread of sandwiches, cakes, tray bakes and scones.  The 80 guests were entertained by live jazz from Morag McCall and the ‘Maybe It’s Late’ quartet.  A great afternoon was enjoyed by all, and lucky raffle winners went home with prizes such as a two night luxury break for two at Highland Heather Lodges, Comrie, a home photography family portrait session, and a £100 voucher towards a commission by Fiona Jack at Jack Tierney Gallery in Cults.


The congregation of St Mary’s Chapel wish to thank everyone who attended or helped with their annual Cocktails in Teapots party, which this year was held at Kingswells Village Hall.  The event raised a very encouraging £1,810, which has been added to the Blairs College Chapel Trust church restoration fund.  The next stage of the project is to repair the damaged internal plaster and paint work.  “We are reliant on fundraising to help us achieve this,” said Deacon John Wire the administrator of St Mary’s, “so we’re really grateful to the community for rallying round and helping to save our chapel.”

1 March 2014 - Concert by the Aberdeen African Choir and Aberdeen Rock Choir (Blairs)

On 1st March, St Mary’s Chapel at Blairs hosted a Charity Concert in aid of the Blairs College Chapel Trust to help fund their current building restoration project.  

The Charity Concert featured two well known, local choirs:  The African Catholic Choir and Rock Choir.  It was a lively and very enjoyable evening with some songs in African languages, some accompanied by African drums and some more familiar songs by Rock Choir.  There was even an opportunity for the audience to join in with the actions.  Both choirs were full of energy and put on a wonderful performance.  

Blairs parishioners prepared a huge spread of delicious homebakes, and teas and coffees were also served.  During the interval a raffle was held.  Thank you to all the prize donors for their generosity including the local businesses who kindly offered vouchers: Rock Choir, Rona Everett Hairdressing, Tips and Toes, Kelly of Cults and Highland Gourmet of Peterculter.

As a result of this and the previous fundraisers, we have been able to complete the work in the tower to rectify the drainage problem.  Also the marble has been repaired inside the chapel and the repointing work on the roof has been completed.  The next project will be to address the internal plaster work that has been affected by the water ingress.  It is exciting to see the funds that we have raised so far already making a big difference to the health of our church.

Blairs is very grateful for the support of everyone involved and look forward to welcoming back Rock Choir and The African Catholic Choir on their next visit.

Charity concert in full swing

15 December 2013 - Christmas Tree Festival (Blairs)

32 Christmas trees, each sponsored and decorated by a local business or interest group, were on display in the church from 13:00-17:00. Visitors were treated to a programme of musical entertainment throughout the afternoon, including a special Christmas Tree choir of local primary school children. The event was free of charge and open to the public, with a voluntary retiring collection. The trees together with their lights and decorations were sold at the end of the afternoon. The event raised over £2,000!

 
Christmas trees before the event
 
A full church during the carol concert

24th November 2013 - Bag packing at Sainsbury's (Garthdee)

Ten teams of children and adults carefully bagged customer's shopping between 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00. Satisfied customers showed their appreciation by making a donation. Children aged between 8 and 13 were each supervised by an adult and raised over £700!

9 June 2013 - Cocktails in Teapots Party (Milltimber Community Hall)

This proved to be a very popular and sociable event where a unique "afternoon tea" was served. Homemade cakes and sandwiches were served at elegantly dressed tables together with specially selected cocktails poured from teapots into china teacups. The raffle prizes, donated by generous local businesses were very well received with over £3,500 raised! Due to popular demand, the 2014 event is already being considered.