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Serving Perth and Surrounding Areas

10th - 23rd November 2011

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iraffe Trading, a community interest company are asking for your help to turn the derelict public toilets in Mill Street Perth from an eyesore into a fully equipped training kitchen and café which will offer a further twenty positive opportunities per year for Perth residents with learning disabilities, Autism/Aspergers, Mental ill health and other hurdles in finding and maintaining employment. Giraffe are delighted with recent plans being given the go ahead to transform the disused building into something useful for the Perth community and hope the training kitchen will be up and running by May 2012. Having raised half the money required so far there’s still a hole in the pot that needs to be filled, but being the enterprising lot that Giraffe are, they are setting their sights on a further £5.5k by raising money from their brand new Christmas Shop opening in the former Mercury Signs shop opposite The Salvation Army on South Street. It seems at first glance like a fairly ambitious target to achieve in just three weeks but with donations already coming in of items to sell it looks set to be another huge success story for the organisation which already operate

The Giraffe Café and Gift Shop on South Street, Horticultural Centre at The Lade and seasonal café at South Inch. The Christmas Shop opens on the 1st of December and will remain open until Christmas. Among items the Giraffe Christmas shop will hope to have donated to them are pre loved and quality used or unwanted gifts, books, CD’s DVD’s and if they are unopened or if they have their original packaging even better, but all donations will be immensely and gratefully received. If you have items you would like to donate you can take them to the shop at 51 -53 South Street Perth, or you can call 01738 449227 and Giraffe will even collect from your home or place of business if you have a box of items that you would like to pass on. As always, we at the Perthshire HUB Newspaper wish Giraffe Trading every success in their new community venture and will follow their progress in future issues and I am sure we’ll be delighted to sample some of their wares when the new training kitchen in Mill Street opens next year.

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Wishart highlights Money for Life Challenge T he Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire has welcomed the launch of the Money for Life Challenge, funded by Lloyds Banking Group. Highlighting the ways in which local organisations and further education colleges can enter with a chance to win significant prizes – Mr Wishart said: “The Money for Life Challenge, funded by Lloyds Banking Group, is a national competition for 16–24 year old students in further education, work-based learning or adult community learning partner organisations which provides a fun way to learn vital money management skills, whilst also positively impacting on the financial education of communities. “The Challenge could be an

important tool in promoting financial capability and money skills, and I am sure there are plenty of local young folk who could come up with schemes worthy of a £500 grant and which would be in with a strong chance of winning the prizes on offer.” The Money for Life Challenge is part of a £4m financial capability and personal money skills programme, funded by Lloyds Banking Group and delivered in Scotland by Scotland’s Colleges. The programme seeks to embed vital money management skills in Further Education (FE) sector institutions or community groups. In addition to the Challenge, Lloyds Banking Group is also providing 1,400 free training places this year leading to two qualifications in financial education called ‘Teach Me’ and ‘Teach Others’.

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i there and thank you once again for picking up your latest edition of the HUB, Perthshires leading free newspaper. Well folk ,our office in King James Business Centre is up and running , so hopefully handy for you to drop in with your adverts and stories Due to the ever increasing popularity of the Perthshire HUB we have maintained a 20 page edition this issue thus providing our readers with the best of the positive, good news stories and colourful adverts , features and information. My personal thanks to all the advertisers who continue to use our paper to promote their business. Without your support we would not be able to support the community, thank you. Great story about an elderly gent experiencing the Highland

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erth & Kinross Council has announced that Jim Valentine has been appointed to the post of Executive Director (Environment) after a detailed recruitment process. Jim is currently Depute Director (Environment) and will take up the post next year, following the retirement of the present Executive Director, Jim Irons. Council Leader, Councillor Ian Miller said: “I am delighted for Jim. His experience and knowledge is a great asset to the Council and will be invaluable in our ongoing drive to develop and deliver high-quality services to the people of Perth and Kinross. “I look forward to working with him and to further developing our vision for the environment within our Council area.” As with all posts of Executive Director, the appointment was made by the Council’s Appointments Sub Committee which is chaired by the Leader of the Council and includes elected members from each of the political parties represented on Perth & Kinross Council together with the Chief Executive.

he route of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay has recently been released. The relay will take in 1000 towns and cities in the UK from Lerwick to Lands End. Abernethy will take centre stage on Tuesday 12th June and Milnathort, Kinross and Crook of Devon will have a starring role on Wednesday 13th June. Local MP Gordon Banks said: “It is really exciting for our local area to be able to take part in this historic relay. This is a once in a lifetime experience for the people of Abernethy, Milnathort, Kinross and Crook of Devon and I am delighted our towns have been chosen as part

Bungie Jump..... everytime I see the photos my stomach takes a leap. It was lovely to hear from the local police who are doing great community work and we will Liz Gibb, Editor be working The Perth HUB with them to provide you with local community stories. Once again thanks to you all, and keep sending in your good news stories.

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of the Scottish leg. With the majority of the Olympic events happening down in London it is easy for us to think that we are not connected with the Games. However, with our place on the relay the 2012 Olympics really seem a UK wide event, rather than just for those lucky few with tickets to events in London. I hope the whole community will come together to cheer on the local torchbearers. This is our area’s chance to show just how enthusiastic we are about the upcoming games. It will be a great couple of days and I look forward to attending.”

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KAVS Perth & Kinross Carers Centre is organising Employment Workshops for unpaid carers who may be thinking about returning to work or further education. Taking place at The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth on Thursday 24 November 9.30am - 2.30pm, representatives from Pathways, Skills Development Scotland, Voluntary Action Perthshire and Citizens Advice Bureau will be on hand to provide information and advice on various aspects of personal and career development, such as further education, cv writing

and interview techniques, volunteering and rights as a working carer. The workshops are free to attend, however, places must be booked in advance by calling Angie Ferguson, Carers Support Co-ordinator on 01738 452221 or email angela.ferguson@pkavs. org.uk The PKAVS Perth & Kinross Carers Centre provides information and advice, informal advocacy, group support and respite for carers through day care. Visit www.pkavs.org.uk for details.

he community councillors elected to Mid Atholl, Strathtay & Grandtully Community Council with effect from 3 November 2011 are as follows: Pamela Banks, Stanley Bruce, John Grant, Diana J. Gray, Graham K. Huggins, Margaret M. Ross and Stuart Smith. Percentage poll: 43.84% • Rejected votes: 1 • For more details please see www.pkc.gov.uk

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erth Provost John Hulbert was on hand at the recent Perthshire Amber: Perth Concert Reception to publicly congratulate Dougie Mclean, on his award of an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list . Describing it as a very well deserved honour, John Hulbert said that the award recognises not just Dougies contribution to music, but also the entrepreneurial way in which he has developed the festival. Dougie has taken it out of its base in the Dunkeld/Pitlochry area, and spread it around Highland and Eastern Perthshire, and even down into Perth itself. Additionally, he has broadened the concept, developing it from a music festival to much much more – involving walking, climbing, fishing, shinty, horse-riding, a Tattie fest and more while remaining true to the concept of exploring the roots of Scottishness through music, but involving scenery and

traditional activities so long may that continue. Mr Hulbert went on to congratulate Dougie on receiving the prestigious Danish Folk Award at the Skagen Festival this summer. This festival which has been going for 40 years now, has some similarities to Perthshire Amber, especially the fact that it puts on a big variety of events in several locations. It is a remarkable co-incidence that only days ago a reception was held in the Council’s Civic lounge for Margaret Bennett, who had received the prize, Les Prix du Québec, from the Québec government for her contribution to the folk history of the Gaelic speaking settlers who went form Scotland to Canada 150 years ago. Two Perthshire citizens, winning two major foreign prizes for their contributions to, in the case of Dougie, folk music, and in Margaret’s, folk history, truly something to celebrate. Perthshire has much to be proud of.


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A Day of Scottish Culture

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ne of the outstanding and highly acclaimed solo events at last year’s Edinburgh Festival was the performance of Scottish actress Anna Hepburn in her own onewoman play - “Mary Queen of Scots: The Last Letter”. This dramatic 50-minute production tells the story of Mary’s last night of captivity, six hours before her execution, as she writes a letter to the brother of her first husband, Henry III of France. The events of her life are recalled in this last letter and clearly reveal the brutality of the situations in which she found herself during her life. This brave and extremely challenging piece of theatre can be seen at the Soutar Theatre in Perth’s A.K.Bell Library during the afternoon of Saturday, November 26 as part of the Day of Scottish Life and Culture organised by Perth Burns Club as Perth’s annual celebration of St Andrew’s Day. The event commences at 1pm

with a talk from Andrew Clegg, the well-known speaker and raconteur, entitled “Other Voices in the Wind” which will take a fresh look at Robert Burns’ epic narrative poem “Tam o’ Shanter”. He will be followed by the renowned Scottish film director and producer, Douglas Eadie, formerly of Perth, who will show one of his own films “Norman McCaig Fishing For Poetry” which has been shown on BBC television and features Billy Connolly, Ally Bain and

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Andrew Greig. Tea and coffee will be served at the interval and is included in the ticket price. At the same venue, commencing at 7.30pm, there will be a traditional Scottish Concert starring Perth’s internationally renowned folk singer Jim Malcolm who will be making his first appearance back on home ground following a highly successful tour of the USA. Jim will be joined on the programme by the popular female acappella trio from Edinburgh, The Silver Darlings. The show will be compered by George MacDiarmid. Tickets, costing 6 pounds for the afternoon and 8 pounds for the evening, are now available from Concorde Music, 17 Scott Street, Perth, the A.K.Bell Library, York Place, Perth and from Elliott Boyle telephone 01738 643963, email: elliott. boyle@talktalk.net and further information is available on the Perth Burns Club website at www.perthburnsclub.org.uk

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vents to mark Remembrance Day in Perth will this year take place on Friday 11th and Sunday 13th November 2011. On Friday, Poppyscotland will hold their traditional act of remembrance at the Mercat Cross on King Edward Street at 10.55am, before observing a two-minute silence. Provost John Hulbert, dignitaries and military associations will lay poppy wreaths. On Sunday, the Provost, Councillors, Council officials and members of the High

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at Thimblerow car park off the Old High Street at 10am and will then march through the city centre to the Kirk before the church service begins at 10.45am. The Council parade will return to the Council Buildings after the service via North St John’s Place, St John Street and the High Street. The military parade will march off via St John’s Place, King Edward Street, South Street and Tay Street. The salute will be taken at the viewpoint at the junction of Tay Street and High Street.

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Constables of the City of Perth will form the annual civic Remembrance Sunday parade and church service. The civic parade, led by Perth and District Pipe Band, will leave the Council Buildings at 2 High Street at 10.25am on Sunday and proceed to St John’s Kirk of Perth via Tay Street, South Street, St John Street and St John’s Place. The traditional military parade comprising local veterans, representatives of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and local cadets will assemble

peration Moon was instigated by Tayside Police with the objective of providing public re-assurance to residents of Perth and Kinross and also the many visitors to the area over the busy Halloween and Bonfire night periods. On Saturday 29th October 2011 and Saturday 5th November 2011 Tayside Police, working alongside their partners Perth and Kinross Council Community Wardens, carried out high-visibility foot patrols in the various housing

estates and City Centre area of Perth, engaging with residents and visiting the numerous public houses in the city centre area. Tayside Police Special Constables and Community Wardens played a key role in this operation, passing the clear message to enjoy the festivities and many activities Perth and Kinross had to offer, but to do so in a safe and sensible manner. The Officers and Wardens involved commented favourably on the good atmosphere in Perth on both nights.


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Annabelle Ewing welcomes PSALV to Parliament T

he Scottish National Party’s Ms Annabelle Ewing MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament representing Mid Scotland & Fife, joined representatives from PSALV, Psoriasis Scotland, the Scottish charity for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, during their recent visit to the Scottish Parliament. Ms Ewing said:“It was good to see the folk from PSALV in the parliament as they marked the first anniversary of the introduction across Scotland of SIGN Clinical Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. “Psoriasis is a common condition affecting around 3 people

in every 100, but still has an extremely low profile, and is much misunderstood. It can be very disfiguring, and many think it infectious although it never is. It is painful, itchy, bleeds and scales constantly. The condition is incurable and treatments can be extremely time consuming and messy. “Psoriasis sufferers are amongst those groups of people who have benefited most from the Scottish Government’s abolition of prescription charges. “For many sufferers of chronic conditions such as psoriasis this has been a very important policy indeed.”

Jim Hastie at The Fergusson Gallery Exhibition celebrating the life of dancer and choreographer

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n Thursday 17 November, an exhibition of photographs celebrating the life of Jim Hastie opens at The Fergusson Gallery. Jim Hastie was well known in Scottish theatre as a dancer and choreographer. His varied career spanned over 50 years and saw him working with many famous people including Julie Andrews, Lulu, Tom Jones, Stanley Baxter, Eartha Kit and Margot Fonteyn. He was also Artistic Director of the International Association of Margaret Morris Movement.

Before his death, exactly one year ago, he was instrumental in the generous gifting of the Margaret Morris Collection to Perth & Kinross Council. Jim Hastie grew up in Overtown in Lanarkshire. He began his dance career in the 1950s at Margaret Morris’s Celtic Ballet College in Glasgow, becoming principal male dancer for her Scottish National Ballet company. Subsequently, he trained in London with Cleo Nordi, and in Germany with Kurt Joos. In 1965, he moved to London and won the part of one of the four roustabouts in the American musical ‘Carnival’, performing at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Following this he returned to Scotland and worked as a dancer with STV’s Thingummy Jig’ and the BBC’s ‘White Heather Club’ before touring Canada and the United States as principal dancer with ‘Hail Caledonia’. On this return he became Dance Captain for the Bruce McClure Dancers who were in the line-up in all the major pantomimes and the highly successful revivals of the famous ‘Five past Eight’ revues. In 1971 Jim Hastie was

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appointed ballet master and movement coach to Scottish Opera, was also responsible for a publicity and education group for Scottish Ballet. In 1980 Margaret Morris, with whom he had remained a close friend, asked him to be her successor and to continue her work of developing and promoting her system of dance, which she called Margaret Morris Movement (MMM). Jim Hastie devoted the next 30 years of his life to this, as he took on the role of Artistic Director of the International Association of Margaret Morris Movement. He regularly taught MMM in Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Britain and Australia. Over these 30 years, he also acted as custodian for the Margaret Morris Collection. ‘Jim Hastie (1936-2010)’ includes photographs from his time with Scottish National Ballet, the Cygnet Ballet, Hail Caledonia and Andy Stewart as well showing him dancing and teaching MMM. Also on display are some items of costume worn by him performing and cards, posters, record sleeves and other items relating to his fascinating career. The exhibition is on show at the Fergusson Gallery from 17 Nov 2011 until 10 March

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Street Perth on FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER from 10:00 and 12:00 noon will have a panel of experts comprising Local and National Politicians, Welfare Rights Team Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Policy Officer from The Princess Royal Trust For Carers who will listen to Carers concerns and offer practical help and advice on issues raised. The event is open to all unpaid Carers and provides an ideal opportunity to meet and talk with those decision makers who work hard for Carers. Contact 01738 567076 for more details.

Tackling fuel poverty helps to keep homes warm T he Perth & Kinross Fuel Poverty Statement, setting out the Council’s commitment to tackle its root causes and enable householders to maintain warm homes, will be launched Friday 28 October in Perth. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of factors, which can include * Low household income * Fuel costs and lack of access to cheaper fuels * Poor insulation * Poor energy efficiency because of inefficient heating systems The impact of being in fuel poverty can be significant, affecting householders’ health and wellbeing.At a special event today, the Council and

its partners, including Save Cash and Reduce Fuel (SCARF), Consumer Focus Scotland and the Energy Savings Trust will be looking at how fuel poverty can be addressed through measures from improving insulation to energy advice and special grants. Housing and Health Convener, Councillor Peter Barrett, who will launch the Statement, said: “Fuel poverty is an issue we must continue to do all we can to tackle. As a Council, we have been working hard to improve insulation and energy efficiency in our own housing stock, alongside providing energy advice to residents and tenants alike. “The launch of the Statement today, appropriately enough,

comes during this year’s Energy Saving Week and I hope it will encourage people to look at

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ighland Perthshire bungee jumping operator Highland Fling Bungee has successfully dispatched the oldest jumper in Scotland- a 73 year old from Ayrshire. Retired cancer survivor Denis Gallagher has raised almost £1000 for cancer charities by becoming the oldest bungee jumper in the country. Former mechanic and multiple bike champion, Denis Gallagher, was shocked to discover he had bowel cancer six years ago when attending a routine medical for a bike license. However, the adrenaline-loving pensioner, given the all-clear in 2010, has now realised a dream he has had for over thirty years. Gallagher, from Girvan, leapt 155ft at 50mph from Highland Fling Bungee’s state-of-the-art bungee pod at Garry Bridge near Killiecrankie in Perthshire. Cheered on by family, friends and wife Phyllis, the evergreen OAP (complete with doctor’s line) was so happy with his jump, he has written to thank the company. Now, as he gathers together the proceeds for Cancer Support Ayrshire, he is hoping to do it again- if he can rope in a few of his septuagenarian pals. “I am definitely considering doing it again and I am trying to get a few of my friends this time,” said adventure-loving Gallagher, who has also tried para-gliding and diving.

• Let rising energy costs MAKE you MORE money. “I first saw a film of people bunjee jumping in New Zealand about thirty years ago. I was at the cinema in Glasgow with my brother and it was on a Pathe Newsreel. “At the time, I remember thinking: ‘if I ever get the chance, I am going to do that.’ “Obviously, it was a massive shock when I was told I had cancer but when I got the all-clear last year, I decided to give it a go. I heard you could now bungee jump in Scotland, which is great because I don’t think I would have gone to New Zealand. “It was fantastic and, when all the proceeds are gathered in, I reckon we will have over £900 for the charity.” Since opening in May 2011, Highland Fling Bungee has counted over 3800 jumpers worldwide but yesterday confirmed Gallagher as officially its most senior participant. For insurance and health reasons, the company requires all over 65s to present a valid doctor’s line, which Gallagher- and his GP- happily supplied. A company spokesman said yesterday: “We have now examined the data and Denis is definitely the eldest jumper we’ve had so far, although the age-range has surprised us, in a positive sense. We’ve had quite a few jumpers of a more mature vintage and it is really encouraging to see so many people still remaining active and

challenging themselves to keep trying new things.” As well as planning another bungee jump, Gallagher, who still competes in classic motorbikes, has been looking at the possibility of a fresh challenge. “I’ve had a look at wing-walking but I am not sure yet,” he said. “When I told my wife about the bungee jumping, she just shook her head but, after 54 years of marriage, she knows what I am like. “I am not one of those people to wrap myself in cotton wool or to look back and wish I had done something but never did. “I like a challenge and, although I felt a bit like an old fogey in a kindergarten when I did the bungee jump, I was made to feel really comfortable and loved it.” Highland Fling Bungee’s partners, the National Trust for Scotland, are delighted people of all age ranges are heading to Killiecrankie. “We are really encouraged to see that people spanning the age range are taking the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities such as this, especially at the Killiecrankie site. The area is rich in natural history and it is great that people, young and old, are enjoying all the area has to offer,” said Ben Notley, Property Manager for the National Trust for Scotland’s North Perthshire Properties.

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ust do it Theatre recently raised £1000 for Corbenic Camphill a residential community in Trochry near Dunkeld for adults with learning difficulties. A Charity benefit performance of ‘The Cemetery Club’ by Ivan Menchell was held in August at Birnam Arts. ‘So many local people and businesses helped make this event successful and I am thrilled to be able to present a cheque for £1000 to Corbenic on their behalf ‘ said Wendy Huggins who represented ‘Just do it Theatre’. Corbenic are embarking on an exciting new project, a shop and cafe in Dunkeld which they hope to have open in December. The Cemetery Club is Just do it Theatre’s first production and will be playing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Friday January 20th with a matinee on Saturday 21st 2012.

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he overall winners of the competition was the team from Hardies Surveyors, team members from left to right were Colin McNeil, Gordon Butt, Robert Stark and Alan Taylor shown receiving the Claret Jug Trophy from Willie Monks, main orgaiser of the event for the Kinnoull Club. The Team Ball Competition was won by the team from McCash & Hunter Solicitors Alan Davies, Brian McDiarmid,

Cliff Culley and James Saunders The hospitality provided by Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club including the help from the green keeping and catering staff who provided the hungry golfers with an excellent meal was as always first class. Kinnoull Rotary is grateful to everyone who helped to make this a successful event, raising funds for the many charities supported by the Rotary Club.


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In Search of Fairy’s

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ictured with drivetime presenter Frankie from Heartlandfm and Drew Scott (Community & Education Director, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) are Eden Barrie, Emma Macfarlane, and Natasha Hepple - three potential fairy’s in this year’s panto – Sleeping Beauty - at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The search is still on as PFT continue to hunt high and low for 12 festive fairy’s to play a part in this years pantomime production. To get involved and for further information, please contact Drew on 01796 484600 or via email:drew.scott@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Big Tree Country Award Winners Announced T

he winners of the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), Big Tree Country Awards have been announced at a ceremony in The Gleneagles Hotel. The awards took place on Sunday (31 October), celebrating the interesting and innovative ways in which people throughout Perth & Kinross are engaging with Perthshire’s woodland heritage. The three categories of Education, Community and Local Business were won by Blackford Primary School, Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company, Gilmore House, Blairgowrie (Small Business) and The Gleneagles Hotel (Large Business) respectively. Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust Chairman, Bob Ellis, said: “As this year has been designated the International Year of the Forest, we chose the theme Trees Matter for this year’s Big Tree Country Awards. We were thrilled with the quality of applications we received. The

winning projects perfectly captured the awards theme, demonstrating devotion and enthusiasm to our local environment.” Blackford Primary School has shown a total commitment to integrating outdoor active learning through the Forest School Programme. Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company are responsible for the successful not for profit management of the multiward winning Enchanted Forest event. Jill Merrouche of Gilmore House, Blairgowrie is a true modern ambassador for Perthshire Big Tree Country, particularly in her use of social media and blogs to promote the area, and The Gleneagles Hotel ‘Supporting Big Tree Country’ scheme is a great example of how a tourism business can help guests give something back to the local area. To date the generosity of guests and exceptional additional fundraising by staff has raised a staggering £120,000 to helping

enhance and maintain Big Tree Country for the benefit of visitors – and for the people who live and work across Perthshire. The awards were presented by Dr Kenny Taylor, wildlife writer and broadcaster who said: “These projects are inspirational. It’s great to see such a wide range of people, including schoolchildren, taking innovative steps to benefit trees, communities and wildlife.” Highly commended certificates went to Goodlyburn Primary School and The Woodland Trust Scotland for Moncreiffe Hill. The awards were designed and hand carved by PKCT Project Officer Robbie Gordon and entrants were piped in by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Fergus Cook. For more information please visit www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk

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Final Round Community Chest Awards Announced T over the course of the year including the following organisations: • Burrelton & Woodside Senior Club (138 votes): £300 award for new games tables • SLS Baton Twirlers (94 votes): £500 award for new batons • 73rd West Carse Scout Group (81 votes): £720 award for a patrol tent, flysheet and separators. • Perth Phoenix Basketball Club (105 votes): £500 award for new strips and tracksuits • PKAVS (88 votes): £500 for branded running vests for fundraisers • Moncrieffe Bowling Club (74 votes): £250 for bowling green maintenance equipment • Perth High School PE department (50 votes): £525 for team hoodies and rainjackets For further information on Community Chest visit: www.stjshopping.co.uk/ communitychest

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pend an evening in the company of one of the country’s most successful and creative cookery authors as Josceline Dimbleby takes to the main stage at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Friday 25th November. Josceline has written 24 books, including The Almost Vegetarian Cookbook; Cooking for Christmas; Favourite Food; A Taste of Dreams; Cooking With Herbs and Spices and Party Pieces. She also had the first cookery books ever to be sold in Sainsbury’s stores with 2 million copies sold to date! She was also a food columnist for the Sunday Telegraph for over 15 years and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 on programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Book of the Week. Her appearance at Pitlochry will focus on her latest book - Orchards in the Oasis. This is an enlightening and absorbing account of her lifelong love affair with food. Packed with flavour, humour and adventure, this is a journey that will take you from Josceline’s childhood in Damascus to family life in Devon. It is interspersed with 70 irresistible recipes from the diverse

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hoppers visiting Perth city centre to do their Christmas shopping are being reminded to use special anti-theft purse bells which were handed out last year. The special bells are attached to purses and bags to alert shoppers to any attempted thefts. Funding to buy the bells was made available last autumn from Perth Common Good Fund and St John’s Shopping Centre in response to some purse thefts from elderly and vulnerable persons. The bells were handed out free of charge in the St John’s Shopping Centre to older shoppers by local councillors and partner

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submitted manually. With over 1240 votes cast for the three award winners, it was clear which projects the members of the Perthshire public wanted to support. Siobhan McConnell, St John’s Shopping Centre manager, commented “This was an amazingly popular funding round with well over 2000 votes cast and only one vote between the first and second place award winner, it was a very close run. Once again we are delighted that we can help make such a difference to three local community groups, as well as raise awareness of all the fantastic projects that are going on in and around Perthshire.” St John’s Shopping Centre announced the move to open up its coffers to worthy local community projects earlier this year. The 2011“Community Chest”, contained £5,000 for requests from the local community and a total of 10 groups have received much needed funding

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agencies, along with a pocket information card. Posters raising awareness of this type of theft were also displayed in city centre shops. The initiative has been a great success, with hardly any purse thefts recorded in the city centre since. Perth and Kinross Community Safety Partnership Convenor, Councillor Willie Robertson, said: “Purse and handbag thefts can have a devastating effect on victims. The use of these purse bells has helped us to more or less eradicate this type of crime from Perth city centre, and so I would urge shoppers to keep using their bells. “The initiative has been a huge success, and I would

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2012 Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia sells out in record time O rganisers of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, IMG Challenger World, has announced today that all 5,100 places on the 2012 event have sold out in record time. Overwhelming demand for the 2012 Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, taking place in Highland Perthshire on May 13th, saw the event sell out in a matter of weeks since entries opened mid September. This underlines the growing popularity of what was the UK’s first closed road cycling sportive and is now the largest of its kind outside mainland Europe. The news comes as a welcome boost to the Highland Perthshire economy with the event expected to bring in over £1million of additional spend in the area as cyclists and their families flock to Highland Perthshire for this annual event which has become a firm favourite in the cyclist’s calendar. To cope with increasing demand for such events, the organisers have recently announced the opening of their third closed road sportive and the first closed road event in England, the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines, which takes place in Durham on October 7th 2012. Entries for this event are now open and are sure to sell quickly as this is the only opportunity for cyclists to ride on completely closed roads through some of the most

stunning countryside in the north of England. Julia Warne, Head of Marketing, PR & Communications for IMG Challenger World sees the growth in demand as a reward for hard work in delivering quality events: “2011 has been a great year for us with the Etape Caledonia and Hibernia growing in popularity and cementing their reputation on the national and international sportive calendars. Now that the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia has sold out in record time, it’s great to be able to offer cyclists another closed road event in the new Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines on 7th October 2012.” “We are excited about returning to Scotland in 2012, with a sell out event and continuing to build on our success and our positive impact on the local economy. We understand that a number of hotels and B&Bs are already booked up well in advance and that the Highland Perthshire business community is preparing for a very busy weekend in May.” Marie Curie Cancer Care is the official Charity Partner of the Etape Series 2012. All funds raised by cyclists taking part will enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care and support to terminally ill people and their families. For more information on Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia visit: www. etapecaledonia.co.uk

like to thank our partner agencies for working closely with the Council to make sure that vulnerable people can feel safe when they are shopping in Perth city centre.” Perth Common Good Fund Convener, Councillor Callum Gillies, added: “I am delighted that the funding made available from the

Common Good Fund for this project has made such a positive difference. “Anyone who didn’t pick up a purse bell last year can still get one from charity shops in Perth city centre, where there is a limited supply.” “I would urge everyone who has a purse bell to use it when out doing Christmas shopping this year.”


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ell as the winter weather seems to be firmly on its way it’s time to give your hands a little more TLC than usual. Every day we expose our hands to all sorts of nasties and the winter weather certainly takes its toll. You can buy a wide range of hand creams from supermarkets, chemists and discount stores but did you know that a lot of these hand creams actually cause your skin to dry out so you apply more…sneaky! Anyway, avid readers will already know that we at the Perthshire HUB are ambassadors for all things natural and like to have a bash at making our own skin care treatments from easy to find ingredients, and with Christmas coming up why not make extra batches, pop it into small pots and give them as gifts? We thought it would be nice to give you a few recipes this time around, and don’t be afraid to

have a go even if you’re a man, they may sound a bit flowery but these hand creams are great for men too, especially if you work outdoors and because the ingredients are all natural, the fragrances soon dissipate… and remember guys, no woman wants to feel sandpaper hands on her soft skin.

Almond Hand Cream Ingredients: 1/4 cup of beeswax 1/2 cup of almond oil 1/2 cup of coconut oil 1/4 cup of rosewater Directions: Heat 1/4 cup of beeswax slowly in a double boiler. Add 1/2 cup of almond oil to the melted beeswax. Stir in 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Mix in 1/4 cup of rosewater and stir until thoroughly mixed. You can buy rosewater, or make your own by simmering 1 cup of fresh rose petals in one and a half cups of

distilled water for 10 minutes and then straining the flowers from the water. Pour the hand cream into a container while it is still hot, as it will become firm as it cools.

Beeswax Coconut Moisturizing Hand Cream Ingredients: 4 Tbsp. Beeswax 2 Tbsp. Avocado butter 8 Tbsp. Coconut oil Directions: Melt together wax and butter. Add oil. Mix completely until smooth. Pour into jar. Let harden

Really Dry Hands Remedy Cream Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup hot water 1/4 cup emulsifying wax 1/4 cup Organic Rosehip Seed

Oil 25 drops Lavender essential oil Directions: Combine Rosehip Seed Oil and emulsifying wax in a glass measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute until melted. Add the essential oil into the melted wax/Rosehip Seed Oil mixture. Microwave 1 1/4 cup of water for 1 minute. Pour the heated water over the wax/ oil mixture and stir. Pour into pint size jars and allow to cool overnight. Rosehip seed oil is considered a “dry” oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy residue. It is a wonderful hydrator, and penetrates dry or damaged skin immediately QUICK TIP: If you’re not a fan of Lavender, change substitute the Lavender oil for the equivalent of another essential oil such as Geranium or Patchouli.

Handy Hints

Spray Dusty Silk or Artificial Flowers with Hairspray. They will stay shiny and when they get dusty again, simply blow off with hair dryer. Make Candles Burn Slower and Last Longer by taking them and placing them in a container of water (just enough to cover the candles, add two teaspoons of salt and soak overnight. Aftershave or a squirt of perfume makes an excellent stain remover for ball point pen ink. Instead of buying dishwasher descaling and degreasing agents, simply run a cheap bottle of white vinegar through your dishwasher once a month to prevent build up. Make you own industrial hand cleaner, great for removing engine oil etc by mixing washing up liquid with granulated sugar. Burnt food stuck to your pan? Instead of scrubbing away, ...fill pan with water, pour a bit of fabric softener in and let soak. Everything will slide off after a few hours. Heat wax crayon marks on the wall with a hairdryer, the melted crayon washes off much easier than when it is cold.

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nterior HUB is on a festive break so what better time than now to show you some great ideas for sprucing up your home or table for Christmas. Over the next few issues we’ll be searching high and low to bring you some great decoration ideas that won’t cost the earth or leave you with a big black hole in your wallet. All of our ideas have been tried and tested for ease and should be fairly simple to recreate at home.

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First up we have this Pine Cone Runner, made simply from Free Pinecones, a few old egg cups and tubs painted gold and a long piece of red felt which is really cheap if you get an offcut. If you’re worried about beasties crawling out of the cones and making an appearance during Christmas dinner simply give them a good soak overnight in a bucket of water and then dry on a radiator before decorating them with a little glitter and topping with a star made form silver or gold card. Place the cones randomly along the felt and fill the spaces with odd baubles, a sprinkling of Christmas confetti and two or three candles.

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Carrier Bag Door Wreath

This is so simple it’s scary, made from just a wire coat hanger and a pile of carrier bags; we used clear sandwich bags here for a frosty look but let your imagine run riot…imagine using black carriers with white baubles or a strand of tinsel interwoven; or green carriers with intermittent sprigs of holly with bright red berries If using the sandwich bag technique you will need around 100 bags (not the ziplock type). Using wire cutters detach the hook from the coat hanger by snipping at either side of the neck, bend the wire into shape using a paint tin or similar and re-twist the coat hangers loose ends to join them again (TIP – use a bit of electrical tape to cover any sharp ends). The next stage is just tying the bags to the frame until you have filled it, attach a bow to finish off and you’re done. If using carrier bags follow the same steps and instead of tying the sandwich bags to the wire frame cut the carriers in squares (about the size of a slice of bread) and tie them instead.

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Local politicians welcome football cash for local groups T

he Scottish National Party’s Perthshire parliamentarians have welcomed further success for local organisations in securing funding from Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme. Craigie Primary School received a £836 award which will enable them to deliver weekly, after school football sessions for both boys and girls. It meets the 2014 Communities outcome of ‘More people take part in sport or physical activity’ and ‘more people volunteer in sport or physical activity’. The grant for £836 will fund thirty footballs and a pair of free standing mini soccer goals. Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, welcomed the award, saying: “Well done to everybody at Craigie Primary School in securing this funding. I know that the money will be put to really good use. Fitness and fun go together and I am sure that this award will keep the kids in Craigie on target and achieving their goals.” Meanwhile, Stanley Socca received a £1,833 award with which will set up a new Under 13s football team and will also deliver training sessions in local primary schools. The project meets the 2014 Communities outcomes of ‘More People take part in sport or physical activity’ and ‘More people volunteer in sport or physical activity’. This grant for £1,833 will fund pitch lining machine & 2

cases paint, training balls, match balls, training kit, training bibs, nets / pegs / ties / hammer / ladders / corner poles, winter venue hire, first aid and coach training courses. Mr John Swinney, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire North, welcomed the award, saying: “I am delighted to see Stanley Socca able to provide for a new Under 13s football team, as well as delivering training sessions in local primary schools. “The grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities’ programme project will fund a pitch lining machine, paint, training balls, match balls, training kit, training bibs, nets / pegs / ties / hammer / ladders / corner poles, a winter venue hire, as well as first aid and coach training courses. “Good luck to all those involved with Stanley Socca”. Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, whose constituency covers both groups, added: “It is great to see local groups continuing to benefit from funding from the 2014 Communities programme which is doing a great deal to support grassroots sport in local communities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and to ensure a legacy of improved access to sporting facilities once the Games are over.” “Well done and best of luck to both Craigie Primary and Stanley Socca.”

Provost Welcomes Mercure to Perth A ttending the launch of the Mercure Hotel (Formerly the Ramada Jarvis Hotel) in Perth on Friday 4th November, Provost John Hulbert said he was delighted to see so many familiar faces attending and commented on the Hotel as one whose success has contributed significantly to Perth’s strong reputation as a holiday or sporting destination. Provost John Hulbert has been involved with the hotel for a long time, in particular because of its association with curling and badminton, both of which were represented on the day, and through the Scottish Economics Society, which holds its annual conference there. He went on to commend the high levels of customer service

provided by Chris and his team to their guests and said that “tourism is a very important industry in Perth & Kinross, and for our tourist industry to be successful, we need good hotels, which provide the highest standard of service to the customer. That can only happen with dedicated, motivated, and loyal staff who give continued service over a number of years. Under Chris’s leadership this has been the case, and the results speak for themselves”. The Hotel, apart from sponsoring sporting occasions, actively markets aboard – which is very good for Scotland’s and Perth’s tourist industry. Prior to the Launch Mr Hulbert, had taken the opportunity, one might almost

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Oswald Villa B&B, Dunning, Perthshire has recently opened after extensive refurbishment.

It is a beautiful old house located right at the entrance to Rollo Park with the 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and playpark and within a few minutes walk from the village. Dunning itself is a historical village set in one of the most scenic areas in Perthshire and is ......a great place for walking, cycling and golfing enthusiasts. Oswald Villa has one double room ensuite and one family room ensuite. The breakfast/sittingroom has an open fire, tv and a piano and guitar for the musically minded. All rooms have tv, dvd, wi-fi and tea/coffee facilities. A full breakfast is included in the price of £60 double, £75 family and £45 single supplement.

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Roseanna supports lung cancer awareness month

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he Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has given her support to Lung Cancer Awareness month which takes place throughout November. Commenting on the campaign, Roseanna said: “Lung cancer claims the lives of more than 34,000 people in the UK every year - more than leukaemia, breast and prostate cancer combined – and yet lung cancer still falls far behind other major cancers in awareness. “Lung Cancer is often associated with smokers, but it must be stressed that non-smokers are also at risk at contracting the disease. “Symptoms such as a continuing cough, breathlessness, having difficulty swallowing, or experiencing a dull ache or sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath should be discussed with a GP.”

Diverse events at Strathearn Community Library this month

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say the risk, of looking up TripAdvisor to see what it said about this hotel, “Quite honestly, it could hardly have been better” he said. TripAdvisor says, “Members consider this property to be one of the best in Perth. Nearly all previous guests rank Ramada Perth Hotel with near perfect scores”. You cannot get much better than that. Another aspect of this hotel is Chris’s commitment to the “Green agenda”. The impact of global warming is a great danger that the world faces at this time. The management and staff of the Ramada Jarvis hotel have risen magnificently to this challenge reducing electricity use by 25% without compromising the standard of service or the comfort of the guests. There were similar reductions in the use of water and gas. Scotland aims to lead the world in environmentally friendly tourism, and this is a great example of what can be done. Mr Hulbert ended by declaring that he was delighted to proclaim this renamed hotel open for business, and wished it and its staff the very best for the future.

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rts and culture are to the fore at events taking place in Strathearn Community Library later this month. On Thursday 24th November at 7.30pm, why not come along and meet writer, actor, painter and raconteur John Cairney? In a career that has spanned more than half a century, John has performed on every kind of stage and will relate stories from his life at this forthcoming talk. Following this, on Wednesday 30th November at 7.30pm, the library will be the venue for a special St Andrew’s Day celebration with Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author Anne Lorne Gillies. Anne will be singing and reciting the songs of Gaelic Scotland, all of which are central to the culture of Perthshire. Tickets for both events are £5.00 each, and are available from Strathearn Community Library. For further information, please contact the library on 01764 657705 or email strathearnlibrary@pkc.gov.uk


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ctober 28th saw the first heat of Clearwater’s Battle of the Bands, With Regiment 7 taking the winners spot.

devoted following, who Filled the floor in front of the stage and chanting “lets go regimental” . The lead singer, Callum McHoul worked the crowd well and seemed very much at home on the stage and certainly not in any way uncomfortable. The bands very high energy made you sit up and listen . There are few newbie bands around these days that prick my ears up and make me think, “wow”. But these guys did. The judges had to stand to see the show as the crowd were 6 deep and their chanting of the war cry made it difficult sometimes to hear the band. Each band gets 31 minutes to play their set and are held to that

The heat was very much them and us with fans lending no support to other bands than their own. However the lads from Umbilical Chord were extremely supportive of their competition and got on the floor and encouraged them. Especially the AC/DC cover band who were instantly disqualified when they started their second song, as only 1 cover is permitted in the rules. When I announced their disqualification at the end of their set I was boooed off the stage by the audiance. The drummer of the band in question, Rob Porter , was in the winning band of the original battle of the bands competition before Clearwater took it over “Whisky Trail”. And for the 2 years Clearwater have ran Battle of the Bands he has entered with a cover band purely to be disqualified. When asked why he smiled and replied “that’s rock ‘n, roll for you”. The winning band, “Regiment 7” whilst clearly young and relatively new to the giging scene had a strong Charlie

time. If they go over they will be disqualified. As Regiment 7 came to the end of their set the crowd were getting agitated and asked them to play more I waited with anticipation to see if they would risk being disqualified by giving their fans what they wanted and playing on [as 1 band did last year] but no they clearly want to win this competition and started to pack up. So I stepped in and told them they could do another 3 songs while the marks were being tallied by the judges. The crowd went wild. Not the biggest turn out to a heat weve had but a great night of musical entertainment was had by those that did attend. Regiment 7 are the featured band on Heartland radio this month so be sure to tune in and check them out Definitely a band to watch. Heat 2 of Battle of the Bands takes place on November the 12th Acoustic Jazz Pop band Charlie are set to compete in heat 2 of the competition . Another young band who started off doing covers but have progressed to writing their own stuff after developing their own

Above the open sky unique style of music. From Dundee the band will be attending Heartland FM radio in Pitlochry to air their music and be interviewed by the station who are supporting the competition this year. All the entrants to the competition receive a slot on Heartland FM just for entering and will be featured in the Hub Newspaper as well. They will be competing against Perth up and coming band

Hip Hop is coming to Town on the 04th of December C

learwater Studios are very excited to announce their partnership with Sean Mullholand aka “R.I.P”. We have recognized for some time now that there is a need for someone who is relevantly involved in the Hip Hop scene and after

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meeting Sean and attending his hugely successful Ellemental gathering held last month in Dundee in aid of Radio Tays Cash for Kids . We believe he is that man. We will be holding an open door Sean Mulholland day on the long to be. 04th of December to launch this One such youngster is Joe Comrie partnership for anyone interested from Crieff aka “JOCCO”. Sean in developing their Hip Hop skills and his team will be working with or working with Sean and his team Joe throughout December creating in the production side of their beats for him to rap to and helping music, or just simply to get some to produce a 5 track EP to launch information about getting involved this very talented young man into with Hip Hop. recognition. Mark McLymont one of the long We invite anyone in the standing engineers at Clearwater community to pop along on the will be working hand in hand with day for a chat and to see the Sean offering up his own knowledge team in action as there will be and skills to produce the best demonstrations throughout the day. possible service to anyone wishing For more information contact Fiona to progress from their bedroom on enquiries@clearwaterstudios. rapping to the recorded artist they co.uk or 07762159154

Above the open Sky . The 6 piece Metal Hardcore band have been supporting many well honed seasoned bands at their gigs and have built up a good reputation for themselves. And this Thursday the find themselves in an unusual position , they are not the first band to play . “ I was quite shocked when I was told we were not to play first as we have kinda got used to that being the newbies” claimed

Scott Stirrat the bands Drummer “so I am looking forward to it”. You can see the boys along with “Mind set a threat”, “Verona” ,”Kill the Commodore” and others on Thursday the 10th of November at the Corinna . And the third band to compete for a place in a semi final are a young band from Auchterarder “The Age”. Stepping in at the last minute as the original 3rd band had to pull out .

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popular Perth band are seeking a new bass player. The band are a well known band from Perth and have been giging successfully for many years now and recently spent time in the studios recording their latest E.P . Although experience would be a great asset to the applicant , the band are really looking for someone that is a competent player that can bring something new to the table. For more details contact Fiona on enquiries@clearwaterstudios. co.uk or 01738443217

This issues gig listings November 10th Thursday the 10th of November Mind set a Threat, Verona, Kill The Commodore And others @The Corinna

Friday the 11th of November The Red Pine Timber Co live @ Coast Arbroath Mad Ferret and the John McIain band @ The Twa Tams Saturday the 12th of November Clearwater Battle of the Bands heat 2 @the Corinna The Accelerators live @ the Tulloch Institute club The Rock Gods @The Twa Tams

Thursday the 17th of November The New Madrids acoustic event with Donny and Hutchcy @ The Twa Tams The Beatdoon Festival presents Drive by Audio, The Jack Hammers + others @The Corinna Friday the 18th of November Clearwater Battle of the Bands heat 3 @ The Corinna Last Orders @ The Twa Tams Saturday the 19th of November Band Night @ The Corinna A Special night of music …… @The Twa Tams


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t has been quite a while since we visited here and I was hoping that my memory had not played tricks on me and that it was as good as I remembered, I was not disappointed in the slightest!! We were given a cosy table by the window and the waitress brought us the menu and took our drink order straight away. A glance down the list showed me that I was going to have to make a big decision as all my favourites were there from the fajitas, chicken peri peri to the market foods I so enjoy such as tacos, quesadillas and, the choice that I finally settled on, chimichangas, We looked at the starters and decided to go for the Sharing Nachos, which was a partial mistake as you will see but a nice one all the same. When the waitress came back with our drinks we were ready to order and off she went to get it all done. She reappeared 10 minutes later with the Sharing Nachos and I have not seen a heaped plate like this since I had them in Margaritaville. We had opted for the chilli ones and the plate was piled high with the nachos interspersed with jalapenos, beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and plenty of hot spicy chilli. This was a meal in itself and on hindsight we may have been better ordering two smaller dishes but we attacked it and ate our way through it all and the combination of the flavours and crispiness of the nachos was superb with just enough Monterey jack cheese on top to taste. For our main courses I had opted for the Beef Verde Chimichanga and my partner

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eartland FM has just launched a new competition offering listeners a chance to win a laptop worth £400. Details of the new competition were announced on Wednesday 9th November on Lunchtime Live with John Dare. By tuning into Lunchtime Live, which goes out on Mondays and Wednesdays, listeners can enter the competition by answering simple computer-related questions. There’s a new question on each show and every correct answer will be entered into two prize draws. The first draw will take place on Wednesday 30th November. The prize, supplied by PC Solutions in Perth, is an internet security software package that can be used in up to three computers. Then on Monday 15th December, a second draw will take place. The winner will take home a laptop, from PC Solutions, worth £400 in time for Christmas. For a chance to win, tune into Heartland FM on 97.5FM and 106.6FM across Perthshire or online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk

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ollowing the huge success of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s spectacular first panto, Cinderella, They’ve dreamed up another magical Christmas treat for all the family . . . Spinning wheels, wicked fairies, beautiful princesses, strange enchantments, overgrown castles, heroic princes - what else could it be but that most magical of fairytales, Sleeping Beauty? Join them this festive season to see if Nurse Nancy, Fester the Jester - and a very stylish Prince - can awaken Princess Beauty from her spellbound slumber - and save the kingdom into the bargain! With glittering costumes, sparkling sets, and a host of colourful characters, there will be song, dance and laughter aplenty to delight the young - and the young at heart! And don`t forget to bring your dancing shoes We have 5 sets of family tickets to give away and all you have to do to be in with a chance fo winning is simply answer the following question and submit your entry by email to perth@thehubpaper.com, or pop your answer in an envelope and send or drop it into our Perth Office at The King James Business Centre, Friarton Road Perth. Closing date for entires is 22nd November 2011. Winners Names will be published int he Perthshire HUB Newspaper on the 24th November (Issue 15). Good Luck.

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Your Horoscope Predictions By Anne Smith Aries (21 March - 20 April) Opinionated and a powerful personality Subtlety xxxx

doesn’t play a big part in your agenda’s. So in the coming months you have to be more aware of how you approach people and allow some diplomacy to come to the fore, you are super organized from the end of December and looking to organize parties and get together, however you need to really look at your own personal issue as there is some clearing out required to move forward positively into 2012.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May)

As a fixed sign you like routine and stability xxxxxxxxx and you are a devoted friend, loyal to the end. The planets positions over the next few month allows you to search within yourself to re-adjust where your priorities lie, you will be letting go of some friendships that no longer serve you and new people, places and opportunities are on the horizon, try to keep your energy high in January and do not allow yourself to become melancholy.

Gemini (22 May - 21 June)

Bright, xxxx communicative, charming you are a people person but find it hard to say no this allows people to take advantage somewhat, from December when the socialites come flooding out of the wood work you will notice that you are more aware of who your true friends are, you will also make life changing decisions in late Dec, early Jan? Time to focus on you and decide what you really want and follow your heart.

Cancer (22 June - 23 July)

The great nurturer, you have a depth that xxxxxxxxx people could easily over look, you swing between kind and caring, to tough and prickly. You hate disturbance around your home and find it difficult late November when there are changes being thrust upon you, December you are nostalgic and reminiscing of times gone by. January sees a new determination and a clearing away of clutter some of you may be pulled towards your roots and a visit home is needed!

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug)

A natural leader and poseur, possessing a xxxxxxxxx magnanimity of spirit, you are in love with life itself December and are organizing and creating a whirl wind of opinions and gossip all around you as you stand firm by your beliefs and push forward to a better more prosperous New Year, and yet this front hides a quieter, more deeper aspect of who you are, prepare for the quiet moments so you do not fall too hard after the party is over!

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

Extremely xxxxxxxxxefficient you have everything under control, you have a tendency to overwork yourself try to remember that you are not always right and that the change of the planets December throughout to January will affect that large ego which is not always evident, it is good to allow emotions to come to the fore, but stop there do not become filled with selfpity as the new moon in January will awaken new hope and new starts.

Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct)

A vacillating persona that swings between xxxxxxxxxx extremes of sitting on the fence to pushy and opinionated, these next few months bring exactly that, you will find that you are a natural counselor people flock for you to give them guidance in Nov & Dec and you will adapt and adjust to each situation beautifully and this is to your credit, however, remember to practice what you are preaching and follow the advice for yourself, particularly in matters to do with personal relationships.

Scorpio (24 Oct - 22 Nov)

Charismatic, xxxxxxxx secretive with a high intuition a fixed sign who will only like change when instigating it themselves, this is going to be a tough couple of months for you as the planets go from one extreme to the other you will have to follow your intuition instead of your mind and if you can do this you will feel so much more relaxed and less stressed if you don’t you may find yourself sitting in the doctors surgery with stress! Try to go with the flow.

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec)

Jovial, xx boisterous and very sociable you are in your element at the time of your birth and you can only see what mischief you can get up to next a wanderer by birth you like adventure and find it difficult to settle your emotions, January sees a slower month in your personality and you plan to make things in your life more stable, but we will see if this comes to fruition, try to slow down a little or you will burn out.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

Tenacious, xxxxx disciplined and resilient, you look forward to a challenge or two and the planets will not disappoint you as they are making you face which you dread the most, communications form the heart, allowing people to know how you feel and let them see that softer side of you, December brings out the sensual you and you are flirting your way through the festivities, this may well cause a few questions around you as people are confused by this sudden openness, try to remain open and free thinking.

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb)

Your quirky personality is unconventional xxxxxxx and idealistic, you are your own catalyst and with Saturn in Capricorn late Dec early Jan this makes you a little cranky. Try not to let you stubbornness spoil other peoples plans, because you are a deep character you can surely hide your disappointment for a short time to allow those in your life to have a good time, trust your intuition in December as you are flying with the spirit of Christmas.

Pisces (20 Feb - 20 Mar)

xxxxxxxxxx yet vague and lacking focus Complicated your biggest challenge in the next few months will be assessing is this what you want or is this someone else’s dreams and hopes you are very confused in January and need to write down your hopes for you in 2012 and when you get lost in others ideas re-focus on your written quest for guidance as this will keep you in touch with reality.

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book of poetry, prose, paintings and photography compiled by adult learners in Perth and Kinross was launched on Wednesday 26 October at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. The book, titled ‘backbone’, followed the untimely death in 2008, of volunteer adult literacies tutor, Andrew Campbell, at the age of 36. Andrew’s battle against cancer inspired learners and colleagues to put the book together in his memory. Their stories, poems and pictures - all with a theme of inspiration - were gathered in anthology form by the Perth and Kinross Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) Partnership. Learners were asked to think about someone, somewhere or something that had inspired them, and then to reflect that in their work. Following Andrew’s death, learners supported by the Perth and Kinross Adult Literacy and Numeracy Partnership, successfully applied to the ‘Awards For All’ Big Lottery Fund for a grant of £5,500 to launch the project and to cover publishing costs. Fundraising efforts by the project organisers generated a further £500. Workshops led by writers were organised to inspire and start the learners on their writing journeys. Artists were involved with students from Carnegie College at Perth Prison in making art expressions for the book.

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Some learners worked together to write group poems and others created photography pieces. Adult learning students and staff travelled to Edinburgh along with Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Liz Grant, and Andrew’s father Jim, to see their book being officially archived at the National Library of Scotland and to tour some of the Library exhibitions as part of their studies. ‘backbone’ will now be used as a resource to inspire future adult learners in Perth and Kinross, and to demonstrate what is possible if they work towards a goal. Councillor Grant said: “This book represents a major achievement by our

adult learners and staff, and it is a fitting tribute to the memory and work of Andrew Campbell. Everyone who knew Andrew talks of him as a quiet, humble and very knowledgeable man who was dedicated to helping people better themselves. “The theme of backbone is ‘inspiration’ and all contributors were asked to think about when they have been moved by someone, something or somewhere, eventually creating an inspirational selection of poetry, prose, paintings and photography. “Approximately 60 learners contributed to the project and 1,000 recipients will receive a copy of the book locally through the ALN Partnership. We anticipate

that backbone will be used as a learning resource and be an inspiration for the continuing literacy work in Scotland for many years to come. “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this project for their dedication. I know that the students have hugely enjoyed working on the project, which illustrates perfectly the creative work being done by our ALN Partnership and Adult and Family Learning Service in Perth and Kinross.”

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Is Our Personal Information Secure With Our MP/MSP? S o, it turns out the Vince Cable’s office has been putting personal information in clear plastic recycling bags outside his office. If your information was in these bags how would you feel? Was this just an honest mistake or something worse? MPs and MSPs are responsible for the security of all information that we pass to them as they are data controllers in their own right. They are therefore required to register themselves with the Information Commissioner to allow them to process or use their constituents personal and sensitive personal information. It is exactly the same way that

companies have to notify every year, as we have discussed previously, but a search of the Commissioner’s database shows that Mr Cable may have not notified….. On a similar slant, virtually all the local MPs and MSPs have notified, I will be writing to the ones that haven’t though. So what will happen to Vince Cable? Well, the Information Commissioner has a couple of routes he can take, he can prosecute him for not notifying which carries a maximum fine of £5,000 and a criminal record and he can also apply for a financial penalty of up to £500,000 to be made against him. The big question is, would this be the correct thing

to do? Reading through the story in the national press I came across a paragraph that explained how this came to light, and it was not what I was expecting either. It seems the constituency workers were trying to be diligent and recycling the papers that Mr Cable had no more use for and, to this end, put them in the recycling bags ready for the council to pick up. It transpires that a member of the public saw these bags and, instead of just telling the office about it, decided to open the bags and take out some of the papers. They did this over a period of weeks until they had quite a dossier then sold it

to a national newspaper…… To me this is a more heinous crime than putting the papers out, to actually go through the recycling bags of a senior MP for your own personal gain is tantamount to blagging (as I wrote about in the last issue) and this needs to be looked at. Blagging is a criminal act and I believe the Information Commissioner should ask the police to investigate this member of the public and prosecute them for this. It does not mean Mr Cable is innocent, far from it, but whilst he is culpable for putting personal information out with the rubbish the ‘concerned constituent’ is even more so.

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record their first away win this season and their host first home loss. Bankies tested the home goalie early on when Ross Mitchell fired in a strong shot from 15 yards which the goalie blocked and, a few minutes later Mitchell faced exactly the same fate with another great shot. Welfare took the lead on 20 minutes when John Fergusson was upended by Bankies goalie David Rice and Lee Reid fired them ahead from the penalty spot. Bankies were unlucky to be denied a penalty themselves five minutes later when Shaun Fergus was brought down and everyone but the referee thought it was in the penalty box. Half time came with Lochore going in 1-0 up. Welfare come out in the second half fired up and Ferguson found himself with only Rice to beat from the kick off but his shot sailed safely over the crossbar.

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Twelve minutes into the half and Welfare were reduced to 10 men when Paul Duncan got a second yellow card and Bankies took full advantage of the situation and four minutes later Bankies got the equaliser when a free kick was taken by Shaun Fergus and after some good play in the penalty box it fell for Alan Stewart to head into the net. Five minutes later and Bankies took further advantage when a corner from Fergus was headed down by Steven Moon at the back post for Donald McDonald to hammer past the diving goalie from the edge of the six yard box. With minutes left on the clock, Bankies were reduced to 10 men when Max Smith got a straight red card for a foolish late tackle but they held on to record another win. Final Score: Lochore Welfare 1 – Bankfoot 2

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n the cup Jeanfield Swifts lost out to Blantyre Vics in a thrilling encounter that saw Vics take the lead in 28 minutes with Swifts equalising 9 minutes later when Gavin Anderson fired in an unstoppable shot from Jamie Reid’s perfectly weighted cross to take it in all square at half time. Swifts came out with all guns firing in the second half and only the goalie denied them more goals as first Reid then Steve McManus tested him. Then with 15 minutes left in the game Robbie Holden had the ball in the net only for a controversial offside decision by the referee chalking it off. Vics killed off Swifts’ hopes in the final minute though when a long clearance kick dropped behind the defence and Colin Boylan beat Swifts’ goalie for his second goal of the match. They did have a chance to take it to a reply but Tony Holt’s header in added time was somehow saved by the Vics goalie. Final Score: Jeanfield Swifts 1 – Blantyre Vics 2

Despite the amount of pressure they were applying, Swifts did everything but score and it was Steelend who had the best chance on 34 minutes when Andy Watt found himself behind the Swifts’ defence and onside. This must have thrown him as he fired his shot way over the bar from 10 yards out. This seemed to be the spur to send Swifts forward as a cross from Reid was taken by Robbie Holden turning the defender and scoring a great goal from all of 15 yards after some great build up work by Gavin Mackie. It only took another few minutes to go even further ahead and Holt doubled his tally when he ran on to John Anderson’s lay off to hammer the ball past the stretching goalie from 10 yards and take them in 3-0 u at half time. Frustratingly, Swifts came out in the second half and were just a hapless in front of goal as in the first half and five minutes into the half Anderson managed to hit the post from close in when it would have been easier to hit the net. He made up for it two minutes later though with one of his trademark headers from 18 yards out rocketing into the net. Twenty minutes into the second half saw Swifts eventually get another goal when Holden played a ball to Mackie who saw his rather speculative shot fly past the stranded goalie to make it 5-0. Ten minutes later, substitute Paddy Deane scored their sixth when he met Holden’s cross and fired in from close range. Vics finally troubled Mark Mitchell in the Swifts goal when Andy Watt took advantage of a now cruising Swifts defence to fire in a couple of good shots that really stung Mitchell’s palms but he was up to the task and Swifts took all three points and another clean sheet. Final Score: Jeanfield Swifts 6 – Steelend Vics 0

F

ireworks day saw Swifts return to League action and it would appear Steelend Vics suffered for them being knocked out the cup the previous weekend. In a game that saw Swifts miss as many chances as they took they came out as 6-0 winners to take them to fourth place, just seven points off the leaders with two games in hand. They started the game in dominant form and had wave after wave of attacks break down and Tony Holt went close a couple of times before finally finding the back of the net on 18 minutes when he was put through on the right wing by Jamie Reid. He drove imperiously into the penalty box and his shot from 12 yards was played into the goal by the unlucky goalie.

JUNIOR LEAGUE TABLES Central Division Team

Home P W D L

F A

W

Kinnoull Kirkcaldy YM Lochgelly Albert Jeanfield Swifts Dundonald Bluebell Lochore Welfare Bankfoot Newburgh Rosyth Crossgates Primrose Luncarty Thornton Hibs Steelend Vics

7 8 5 5 4 8 6 6 6 7 8 6 6

11 8 18 13 8 1 15 0 4 2 6 3 9 7 4 6 2 3 4 15 7 15 4 9 5 6

4 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0

2 4 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 1

0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 4 3 1

D

Away L F

0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2

0 0 0 1 0 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2

A GD Pts

9 3 9 6 3 8 12 6 13 4 3 16 6 1 7 9 9 3 5 8 -1 5 7 -4 5 10 -6 6 6 -11 9 16 -15 4 8 -9 8 17 -10

19 17 13 12 12 10 7 5 5 5 4 3 3

to Albert W

hilst everyone else was on cup duty, the Bleachers were on league duty having lost out in the previous round and entertained Lochgelly Albert in the McBookies Central League. Lochgelly are looking very strong this season and could find themselves taking the league title however, the Bleachers are not intimidated by reputation firing in a few shots early on and taking the lead in 20 minutes when Scott McKain cracked in a fine goal following a mazy run through several defenders that gave the home fans something to cheer about. Following some good chances for both sides things only got worse for the Albert ten minutes later when the referee adjudged that a Willie Telfer shove warranted a red card but this seemed to fire them up and Sam Courts showed their class when he got the equaliser just before half time with a great shot from the edge of the penalty box that deceived the goalie to go in all square at 1-1. The second half saw a change of tactics by the Albert and John McDiarmid fired them ahead on 53 minutes with a well taken goal following a corner that was headed back across the goal. They increased the lead when a cross from the left was deflected by one of the Luncarty defenders and is landed just inside the net. Both sides continued to make chances drawing some fine saves from the goalies and Lochgelly rattling the crossbar. From one corner,

the Albert goalie fumbled the ball and just before it rolled across the lne was hooked out by one of the defenders. The Bleachers kept the pressure on though and McKain doubled his tally with a great goal. Out wide on the left he robbed the defender of the ball before driving into the box and firing in from 10 yards to close the gap. The game then petered out with both sides trying with a few long range efforts that hardly troubled the goalies. Final Score: Luncarty 2 – Lochgelly Albert 3

PUZZLE ANSWERS CROSSWORD

SUDOKU

North Division Team

Home P W D L

F A

W

D

Away L F

A GD Pts

Dundee Violet

7

3

0

0

13

Montrose Roselea

7

3

1

0

13

2

4

0

0

20

4

27 21

0

2

0

1

10

4

Dundee North End

7

3

0

1

9

19 16

4

2

1

0

8

6

7 16

Arbroath Vics

7

2

1

0

8

6

2

East Craigie

7

2

0

1

10

8

1

1

1

10

5

7 14

2

1

7

7

2 11

Kirriemuir Thistle

7

2

1

1

7

5

1

0

2

Lochee Harp

8

3

0

2

14 16

0

0

3

4

4

2 10

5

13 -10 9

Brechin Vics

7

2

0

1

6

10

0

0

4

3

18 -19 6

Blairgowrie

8

0

1

2

4

9

1

1

3

10 11

-6 5

Forfar Albion

7

0

2

1

5

6

0

1

3

5

11

-7 3

Coupar Angus

6

0

0

4

6

19

0

0

2

3

12 -22 0


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Saturday 5th November 2011, East Region Central League at Brownlands Park, Luncarty

K

innoull went to the top of the Central League with this win after League leaders Kirkcaldy could only draw at Crossgates. There were chances at both ends before Kinnoull thought they had taken the lead when Richard Doig netted with a header but Referee Banks halted celebrations when he blew for offside. Kinnoull did take the lead on 27 minutes when Adam O’Connor crossed for Chris Webster to sidefoot home from close range. Ten minutes later Sean Fleming tried his luck from outside the penalty box and his powerful strike was too strong for Craig Rathey in the Luncarty goal and he got a hand to the ball but could not stop it and it squeezed inside the post.

Kinnoull looked comfortable three minutes from the break when David Carr crossed from the left for Gary Fraser to flick on and Gavin Tinley hit a screamer of a shot that rifled high into the net. But two minutes later a slack pass allowed on loan striker Scott MacKain to intercept and he chipped the ball over the advancing Duncan Bruce to narrow the deficit. Kinnoull dominated the second half but could not get a killer goal and Luncarty could have got right back in the match when Scott MacKain’s shot brought out a fine save from Duncan Bruce in the Kinnoull goal. Kinnoull captain Chris Webster hit the post with a thunderous shot near the end but there was no further scoring.

Kinnoull Signing K

innoull hosted Ayrshire side Irvine Victoria for the first ever clash between the two Clubs. It was the West coast side who got started the brightest when Ben Carson rifled home a free kick for the opening goal. Kinnoull lost Keith Dewar after an aerial clash with Vics Ian Seymour and Dewar was still receiving treatment off the park when the Seymour netted a second goal with a shot from outside the penalty area that dipped just under keeper Steve McKinnie’s crossbar. It looked bleak for the Tulloch Park Club but Kinnoull gradually fought their way back into the game and Daryn Smith scored with a well struck free kick into the top corner after Gary Fraser had been

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