Monitor Systems in the Community

In the Community
Counties of Aberdeen & Kincardine Bowls Champion

'success for Fergus'

October 2016

Fergus Muat, Counties of Aberdeen & Kincardine Bowls Champion

This year Fergus Muat, Financial Controller at Monitor Systems, has been back on the bowling green trying to perfect his game, with some success.

This year Fergus competed in the local county, Counties of Aberdeen & Kincardine, singles competition and was crowned the champion.

“The format of the competition is refreshing” says Fergus, “it’s played in two sets of seven ends, with a 3 end tie break if 'level' after two sets.”

The competition was played off over a week at the Harlaw Bowling Club in Inverurie, with Kintore Bowling Club also being utilised for the early rounds. The tournament was a great success with players coming from all over the county to compete.

Fergus added .... "Let’s hope that next years’ competition is just as well supported and keenly contested."

It’s been a good 2016 season for the County of Aberdeen & Kincardine being crowned champions of the North section in the Scottish County Championship.

The playing strength of the County is high class with a number of full Scottish and under 25 internationalists forming part of an excellent squad that will hope to carry on their form into 2017.


Golf Event Looks to Tee Support for CLAN

‘cancer support for all’ .....

August 2015

Monitor Support CLAN Charity at Insch Golf Club

Insch Golf Club hosted its annual CNR International Young Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Friday 21 August in aid of CLAN Cancer Support. The event supported by Insch Golf Club and sponsored by CNR International (UK) Limited saw 22 teams battle it out in the 18 hole tournament.

left to right: Darren Hill - CLAN, Steph Dowling - CLAN, Ernest
Tough - Insch Golf Club, Susan Crighton - CLAN, Allan M’Gillivray - Monitor Systems.

The annual event, which raises funds for CLAN Cancer Support and Insch Golf Club, featured teams of three partnered with a PGA Young Professional with prizes for nearest the pin and longest drive. Last year, 18 teams came together to raise nearly £11,000 for the charity, with every penny going directly towards its provision of free support services to anyone affected by cancer in the north and north-east of Scotland. Monitor Systems were involved last year and delighted to be supporting CLAN again with their charity work.

CLAN Charity at Insch Golf Club

As well as the golfing action, guests were treated to a tea and bacon roll on arrival, halfway house refreshments, a two-course meal, raffle, auction and an end of day prize giving at what is one of CLAN’s most important fund and awareness raisers of the year.

left to right: Andrew Thomson - Pro (Douglas Park Golf Club),
Fergus Muat - Monitor Systems, Keith Allan - RBS, Duncan
MacKenzie - Marsh Insurance.

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the affects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick. For more information, please visit


Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours

‘Fought and Conquered’ ... in more ways than one

August 2015

Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours

A Group of Adventurers under the banner “For those About to Rock” set off on the three peaks challenge in aid of ‘CLIC Sargent’ to raise funds for Children with Cancer. The task was simple, ..... climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, .. all in 24 hours !

The journey started at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel at 6am on Saturday 15th August and finished at the Pen-y-Pas Youth Hostel in Snowdon 23 hours and 40 minutes later. The climb times were / Ben Nevis 4:20 / Scafell Pike 3:20 and for Snowdon, starting at 2am in the pitch dark, 3 hours and 40 minutes.

The team of 8 made it across the finish line together, a monumental physical and mental achievement. Good team work and inspiration kept moral high and supported everyone through individual struggles.

A huge thanks goes to the logistics team of three who drove us us between hills and organised the essential provisions of water and food, vital to the success of the event.

Fergus Muat (Financial Controller) at Monitor Systems commented, ... ‘When all donations have been received, we will have achieved the fund raising total in excess of £5,000.

A huge thanks to all who have donated their support kept us going right to the end. We all feel privileged, not only to have completed this challenge together, but to have raised these valuable funds for CLIC Sargent, a charity that is very close to our hearts.’

One of our team members has had incredible support from CLIC as his youngest daughter has ‘fought and conquered’ Leukaemia.


Aberdeen City North Tennis Championships

Retained for second year

August 2015

Aberdeen City North Tennis Championships. Retained for second year.

Scotland North regional tennis player Gino Pezzani (Cults LTC) has won the North East Tennis Tournament (45+Singles) held at the Westburn Tennis Centre Aberdeen for a second consecutive year.

The final on the Saturday presented a slightly easier challenge than the semi-finals with Colin Burney (Rubislaw LTC / 6:4, 6;1), with a straight sets 6:1, 6:1 win over Paul Fernandes (Rubislaw LTC).

Gino Pezzani (Marketing Manger) at Monitor Systems said ... ‘Seeded number one and winning the tournament for a second consecutive year was a great win for me and helps towards a higher LTA ranking.’

‘A big thanks must go to Rob Ainsley who has helped me with my game with regular coaching sessions on hardcourt and astro; and to Gareth Rennie at the Cults LTC who has given me a great opportunity and position playing for the club in regional leagues.’


Our City’s Nature Reserve

Walker Dam in the spotlight

May 2015

Walker Dam

Monitor Systems and Studio 1 VC Ltd have come together to provide valuable support to Allan Davidson (Treasurer) of Craigiebuckler & Seafield Community Council and new community group ‘Friends of Walker Dam.’

Above: Aerial view of Walker Dam adjacent to Springfield Road in Aberdeen. Get involved, go to:

Ongoing support in the shape of ‘branding / photography, web site development and hosting’ means that ‘Friends of Walker Dam’ will have an online platform and presence in which to engage the public, local organisations and raise general awareness of its existence and plans for action.

Allan commented, “To protect and enhance the Walker Dam wildlife environment for the benefit of Aberdeen is our main objective, it’s a wonderful nature spot in the heart of our City that everyone can enjoy. Some projects we may aspire to in the future include improvement of the existing paths, wheelchair access to view the dam, notice boards for information on the dam and wildlife etc. We will also be looking to promote the educational aspects of the dam to local schools and colleges.”


Broomhill School (P4) receive MSSL Sponsorship

Supporting football at grass roots

March 2015

Broomhill (P4) receive local Sponsorship

Monitor Systems have sponsored Broomhill School (P4) football team. The current plan is to sponsor the team in 2015 and 2016, featuring the brand of the company.

< left: Cammy Smith of Aberdeen Football Club presents Broomhill School (P4) with new football strip sponsored by Monitor Systems.

”MSSL get involved in community support when ever they can, and we are delighted to support this local football team at grass roots.” commented Brian Sinclair, Managing Director.


Whitehall attracts Commonwealth Gold Medallists

A real privilege

August 2014

Whitehall attracts Commonwealth Gold Medallists

This year was very special in the world of bowls with the success of the Scotland team at the Glasgow Commonwealth games. The tournament was delighted to welcome men’s and women’s Scottish Internationalists including Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists, David Peacock, Neil Speirs, Darren Burnett and the Scotland Team manager David Gourlay.

Above: Darren Burnett, Commonwealth Games Singles Gold Medallist and World Indoor Champion. Back-center to right: Neil Speirs (Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist next to our very own (champion!) Fergus Muat ‘the Goose’ (Monitor Systems).

The Whitehall Tournament took place at the Whitehall Bowling Club in Aberdeen at the end of August. This is a prestigious annual event with players being drawn from all over the North East of Scotland.

This year Fergus Muat, (Financial Controller) competed for the first time and qualified through the group stages into the final group stage. “It was a real privilege to be invited to participate, and playing against Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists was a superb experience. Even as a County bowler with many years experience, to pit-your-wits against the best in the world is something really special, there are not many sports where you’d be given that chance” ... commented Fergus 'the Goose'.

The men’s tournament was won by David Gourlay and David Peacock, with the ladies tournament being won by Internationalists Anne Dunwoodie and Lorraine Malloy.


The Ice Bucket Challenge and the Power of Social Media

Went viral during July-August 2014, generating £100m in one month

August 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (a disease that targets nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord ) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August this year.

Above: Robert on the Helideck of the semi-submersible: click to view video

Within weeks of the challenge going viral, The New York Times reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until August 21. More than 739,000 new donors have given money to the association, which is more than double the $19.4 million the association received during the year that ended January 31, 2013. On August 29, the ALS Association announced that their total donations since July 29 had exceeded $100 million, ... and all with the power of social media.

The ice bucket challenge plays on many of the personality traits that emerge when using social media. It encourages a competitive spirit, with each participant trying to make their video more amusing, absurd or outrageous than the last. As with the #no-make-up-selfie campaign for Cancer Awareness, the ice bucket challenge was fuelled by the power of a good cause, combined with celebrity involvement.

Even if you think it’s a stupid campaign it’s hard to ignore a personal (and very public) nomination from a friend in the name of charity. It also embraces the community spirit of social media; rather than sponsoring someone to run a marathon or climb a mountain, everyone can get involved ‘very easily’ in the comfort of their own home and still feel as though they’ve done something good with their day.

Many of the staff at Monitor Systems took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but most remembered was Robert on a Semi-submersible rig in warmer climes ... plenty of ice to cool a hot-head!


CAIDEN @ the AFC Community Trust Programme

It’s time to put away the school books and dig out the football boots!

July 2014

AFC Community Trust Programme

Young Caiden Sinclair has signed up for the AFC Summer Holiday Programme which runs from the 7th July to the 8th August across several venues in Aberdeenshire.

Brian Sinclair (MD) commented, “The AFC Soccer School aims to help young children like my son Caiden improve their football skills and confidence whilst having fun in a safe environment. The emphasis is on enjoyment, learning new skills, meeting new friends and participating in many games.”

Above: Caiden aged 6, holding the Scottish League Cup at AFC.

“My son’s passion for football and AFC, together with many youngsters across the North East will be the future life blood and success of the club. A big thankyou must go to AFC for a well managed fun filled holiday programme without which, many youngsters would never get the chance to follow their dream.”


Aberdeen City North East Tennis Championships

Your mind and body connection, one without the other will lead to failure

July 2014

Aberdeen City North East Tennis Championships

Avid tennis player Gino Pezzani (Cults) has won the North East Tennis Tournament (45+) held at the Westburn Tennis Centre Aberdeen in July.

Gino commented,... “all of the hard work was done in the quarter and semi finals, and putting out the first seed Brian Morgan was simply down to self belief, determination and who had prepared best.”

Above: Left to right: Gino Pezzani (Cults LTA) with runner up Phil Roscoe (Stonehaven LTA) at Westburn Park, Aberdeen City.

“The final on the Saturday presented a slightly easier challenge but a walkover by no means, with a straight sets 6:3 / 6:2 win over Phil Roscoe. Thanks to the North East weather, ... the wind calmed down and the sun came out to join us.”

“The tournament win will give me valuable LTA ranking points and added confidence for the Stewart Milne Group North East Scotland Tennis Championships in August.”


After 42 Years, the Scottish Open comes to Aberdeen

You don’t have to be a professional golfer to love the game of golf, it’s a game for everyone

July 2014

the Scottish Open comes to Aberdeen

With over 550 golf courses in Scotland, Scotland’s East and West coasts are blessed with spectacular links courses that are so inherently Scottish. Famous names from Open Championship history such as St Andrews, Loch Lomond, Carnoustie and Turnberry offer a slice of history, while Gleneagles’ Perthshire landscape offers unrivalled beauty, .... now Royal Aberdeen takes its rightful place in Scottish Open history.

Above: Fergus Muat’s buddy Kev Leslie, caddying for local favourite Greig Hutcheon, who played superbly and made the cut.

Fergus commented ... “Aberdeen is no stranger to hosting major golfing events, the 2005 Senior Open and the Walker Cup in 2011 were hosted at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, which will continue in the tradition of great Scottish Open venues.”


Kilt Walk in Support of Scottish Children’s Charities

The atmosphere was amazing

June 2014

Kilt Walk in Support of Scottish Children’s Charities

Fergus Muat took part in the Kiltwalk on Sunday 1st June in aid of childrens charities as part of the team ‘Kilty Conscience.’

The Kiltwalk events throughout Scotland aim to raise in excess of £1.5M for childrens charities.

Above: Fergus Muat (Financial Controller) Monitor Systems pictured (left) with good friend Stewart Swann from Kincraig on route to Potarch.

Fergus commented, ... “the atmosphere was amazing at the start with Northsound sending us on our way along the Deeside Railway line with feet tapping awa and a few dodgy tunes, .... although having the Bay City Rollers in your head for a few miles isn’t a great start!

Kilt Walk, Children’s Charities

The course was 26 miles from Duthie Park to Potarch and we completed this in 7 hours 20 minutes with steam coming from my boots at the end! The sense of achievement was incredible and worth all the pain ... honest! Thanks to everyone that supported my walk and the charity.”

The Kiltwalk is a Scottish charity that organises sponsored walking events to raise money to support Scottish children’s charities.


Monitor Systems Support CLAN Charity at Insch Golf Club

CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the affects of a serious illness

June 2014

Monitor Support CLAN Charity at Insch Golf Club

Insch Golf Club will host its annual Young Pro-Am tournament on Friday (August ??) in aid of CLAN Cancer Support. The event supported by Insch Golf Club and sponsored by CNR International (UK) Limited will feature a shotgun start with prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin.

Above: CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer.

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the affects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

EVENT SIGN UP: Anyone interested in playing golf and taking part in supporting the CLAN Charity Golf Event at Insch should contact Allan McGillivray (General Manager) at Monitor Systems. In order for CLAN to continue providing the services and support that it does, it’s vital that CLAN manages to keep raising funds, and golf events like this one at Insch is a fantastic way forward. In 2013 the event raised more than £15,000 on the day.


Strengths & Weaknesses ... Big boys with their toys!

Two MSSL teams went head-2-head

May 2014

two MSSL teams went head-2-head

Monitor Systems put its ‘team building and competitive behaviour’ to test at Lochter Activity Centre with an action packed activity course of Segway, Go-Karting and Archery. Two teams went head-2-head in a points rated system that challenged everyones confidence, accuracy, balance and speed ... not to mention patience and temperament!

Left: Ryan, always a winner, even at the back. Best ‘puddle’ clearer on the day!

The event was a great success and proved to be hugely rewarding, not only for the individuals but also for each team. It was a demonstration of individual and group strengths and weaknesses, all in a safe challenging environment where everyone has equal participation, ... quality entertainment.

Monitor Systems, Lochter Activity Centre

Left: Two MSSL teams ‘prepare’ for the challenge, .... head-2-head, a mix of serious and not so serious faces dip their feet into the unknown