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olleen Blair, of Aberfeldy recently became the first person to successfully swim across the ‘Hell’s Mouth’ 9 mile stretch between mainland Scotland and the Orkney Isles. The Pentland Firth is known as ‘Hell’s Mouth’ due to its reputation for strong tidal currents: it has sunk many ships in the past and there have been no previous successful swims

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recorded across this treacherous waterway. However, Colleen proved that it was no match for her strong swimming technique as she successfully arrived in Caithness less than 5 hours (exact time was 4 hours, 41 minutes, 21 seconds) after setting off from south tip of Hoy at Torness. Colleen Blair, who works for Live Active Leisure at Breadalbane Community Campus as a Duty

Leisure Manager and Swimming Lessons Instructor, is proud to have conquered one of the few remaining outdoor swimming challenges yet to be claimed by other freshwater swimmers and she hopes that the people she teaches can benefit from her experiences. Colleen added: “It was a tough swim, but it felt great to complete a challenge that no-one has completed before. I heavily relied

on my support team to keep me on the right track as the tides are so strong and would like to say thanks to all three of them; Robert Smith, my dad Bill Blair and my sister Shannon Davies.” She said. “I completed my first outdoor swimming challenge with my family when I was 7 years old and

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ello and welcome to your latest copy of your favourite newspaperThe Perthshire HUB. I’d like to thank you for picking up your own copy. It certainly has been busy here at the HUB HQ over the last week or so with new developments and new launches being actively looked at. When we launched the Perthshire HUB we talked about opening an office in Perth at some point in the future. After only 6 issues the office is about to materialize. We could never have expected the response and positive feedback after only 3 months. The HUB is going so well that we have recruited another sales executive to help our existing sales team. Also

we are increasing our circulation due to public demand. At the moment we are finalising the invitations for our “Perthshire HUB Launch” which is on 31st August. More about that will follow. Still a lot going on in Perthshire to keep everyone happy. To be honest, as long as the venues have a ROOF we will be happy. The rain and floods are unbelievable! Had a lovely long chat with Athole Fleming front man of The Windows rock band. Liked that story, hope you do too. Perth is soon going to be filled with more youngsters when the Aberdeen Youth Festival hits town. Sounds fantastic! Another busy weekend with the Southern Fried

Festival about to start. So much going on here that I’m considering living in the new office!! I would like to take the opportunity at this point to thank the lovely gals and guys who have asked to write columns for us. Clearwater Studio are doing a great job as does Savannah (Natural HUB) and Kevin (Tech HUB) Special Thanks to Kevin for his contributions to the paper. Next edition we will have another special columnist, my lips are sealed folks,so pick up edition 7 on the 4th August to find out what it is about! As always remember to send in any “Good News” anything you would like to share. I will always try to get it in the HUB

Paul Cromwell, Head of Operations at Live Active Leisure stated: “Live Active Leisure is proud to have a member of our staff take part in such impressive personal sporting challenges. We hope that children enjoy Colleens swimming lessons and we are sure that she will


service, and a selection of photographs of items from the Council Archive are available to view through the Flickr picture-sharing website. Social media is also being used by the Council’s campaign to restore City Status for Perth, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee civic honours competition, which has its own Facebook page. You can pledge your support for the campaign on the page, and find out more information about the work being done to restore Perth’s city title. For a list of links, and to find our more about the Council’s range of social media sites, you can visit socialmedia Council Leader, Councillor Ian Miller, said: “The Council is always looking to improve the way we communicate with our

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new Twitter site was officially launched by the Council that will allow people to keep right up to date with what’s going on across Perth and Kinross. You can now follow Perth & Kinross Council’s Twitter page to receive daily tweets providing all the latest news about Council services and initiatives, and events happening around the region. The Twitter site will be an excellent way of getting important information and news out to people quickly. If you have a Twitter account you can follow Perth & Kinross Council by visiting www.twitter. com/perthandkinross and clicking on the ‘follow’ button. You will then see the Council’s tweets in your Twitter timeline. The Council’s Archive Department also uses Twitter to provide information on how people can make use of their

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Continued from Front Page since then I have swam the English Channel, Loch Ness, from Ireland to Scotland and round New York’s Manhattan Island.” “I have been teaching swimming for 17 years now as I think that it is not only a great way to stay healthy, but a vital life skill. So teaching people to swim at Breadalbane Community Campus is very rewarding and I hope to inspire some of the children with my outdoor swimming achievements.”


Finally I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support.

residents, our businesses and our visitors. To help us to do this we now have profiles on several popular social networking websites. “I would encourage people to follow us on Twitter so they can keep right up to date with what the Council is doing and with what is going on in Perth and Kinross. Twitter is a fast and easy way to reach a large number of people and it will be an excellent way of communicating information to our residents.” Please note that anyone with an enquiry about the work of the Council should continue to contact us directly by telephoning 01738 475000 or emailing

he Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire visited Tayside Police at their Barrack Street, Perth. Speaking after her meeting with the new Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Roddy Ross, Roseanna said: “This was essentially a getto-know you meeting following Chief Superintendent Ross’s appointment as Divisional Commander and we had an interesting and useful conversation in which we discussed a range of local

policing issues. “Amongst the areas covered, we talked about work being done to tackle anti-social behaviour and the drugs problem in Perthshire which is as much an issue here as it is in the rest of Scotland. “We talked about potential police reforms with an emphasis on the both local and community policing and the importance of recognising that they are not necessarily the same thing. “I also had a very informative discussion with Inspector Iain Ward who is responsible for southern Perthshire and we talked about some of the

practical difficulties involved in rural policing. “In our first term in government, the SNP demonstrated our commitment to supporting policing our communities with a promise to increase police numbers by 1000. “That pledge was delivered and those police numbers that have delivered the lowest crime rates in a long time will be maintained. “Our police are doing a tremendous job of keeping our communities safe and we should all support them in that work.”


esidents in Perth are getting annoyed at the number of times they have been flooded out over the past 12 months with Feus Road once again bearing the brunt of it once again. They were joined, after an exceptionally heavy deluge of rain over several hours by residents in Crieff Road, Fairfield, Tulloch, Letham, Bridgend, Gannochy and Cherrybank. The flooding in Bridgend was even featured on the local BBCNews programme on Saturday night when someone videoed the deluge of water that had come down from Kinnoull Hill and swept down to meet the flow of water coming off Perth Bridge. As drivers struggled to negotiate the conditions the water followed across the street to a depth of about 18 inches and flooded down the vennel next to the tearoom at the Bridgend side of the bridge. In Main Street several cars had to be helped out of the flood water by the rescue services after becoming waterlogged. Tayside Fire and Rescue Service deployed seven fire tenders from Perth, Blairgowire, Coupar Angus and Dundee to help Perth

and Kinross Council deal with the effects of the flooding. Perth and Kinross Council distributed hundreds of sandbags, particularly to the residents in Feus Road who were suffering floods for the second time in as many weeks. One local houseowner said “I really cannot believe this has happened again, after the last two winters where we have suffered floods from snow melt we now get this twice in two weeks. It seems as though the drains are either blocked or they are jus not big enough to allow this amount of water to flow away. It is a shame the council did not spend the money they are doing on the

High Street to ensure we do not get flooded again.” The Met Office, when contacted, advised that their Perth monitoring station had reported that 4.2cm (over 1½ inches) of rain had fallen on Saturday in the Fair City which was over 80% of the total you would normally expect across the whole county in July. The River Tay was further swollen by the rains falling further upstream and came dangerously close to bursting it’s banks. The Met Office also said that this was probably due to over 6cm (2¼ inches) of rain falling towards Aberfeldy.


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King’s Speech and 127 hours. DVDs are very reasonably priced at £2.80 and available for a one week loan. For the duration of this promotion customers can borrow one DVD and get a second free. The ‘rent one – get one free’ offer also applies to music CDs. Our libraries stock CDs for people of all tastes, with genres including classical,

jazz, blues, folk, pop and country & western. CDs cost £1.10 per week to hire. DVD and music box-sets will be offered at two weeks for the price of one week. Box sets give many hours of viewing and are a great way to catch up on missed episodes or complete series. Titles range from the recent Mad Men to The Sopranos,

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ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL HITS THE ROAD TO PERTH T he Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) is set to transport Perth audiences on a musical journey across Europe when it brings acts from Scotland, England and the Netherlands to the Fair City. The performers, who represent the cream of the world’s musical talent, will take to the stage of the Perth Concert Hall in August as part of the extended festival to venues outwith the main hub in Aberdeen. One of the most unique groups participating in AIYF will be heading to Perth to showcase the skills that they have built up in just a matter of days of working together. Ceòl Mòr is the AIYF young traditional big band and is made up of some

of Scotland’s most promising musicians. They come together exclusively for the Festival to fuse together their creativity and then showcase their work to audiences. The youngsters appear on Wednesday, August 3 alongside The Gordon Duncan Experience – Scotland’s very own Celtic big band who will feel right at home in the venue. The group was formed in honour of music legend and Perthshire piper Gordon Duncan, who died in 2005. The band has brought together 26 talented local musicians who range in age from 12 to 18 to play piano, pipes, fiddle, cello, brass, flute, mandolin, percussion and guitar. The Youth Orchestra of the

Netherlands will be joined on stage by a very special guest of honour when they appear on Saturday, August 6. World renowned cellist Pieter Wispelwey will be giving an exclusive and highly anticipated performance both alongside the young musicians and as a soloist. Wispelway’s technical mastery of both modern and period cellos has led to giving recitals to audiences across the globe, and he has also performed as a soloist with a huge number of orchestras. This is a rare opportunity to see him perform in a more intimate venue with the next generation of classical music stars. The Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands was formed more than half a century ago and features 95 youngsters who have been hand selected due to their enormous musical talents. Auditions are held annually and competition to win a place is fierce. Successful students take part in three very intensive projects throughout the year and their appearance at AIYF is the culmination of the youngsters’ summer work. The London Schools Symphony Orchestra, which has been running for 60 years, will appear on Monday, August 1. The present generation of London’s finest young musicians, who benefit from studying under some of

the best professional musicians in the world, perform a broad and eclectic repertoire of symphony orchestra. They orchestra is the main performing ensemble of the Centre for Young Musicians – a unique venue in the UK where school age children receive instrumental training, general musicianship and ensemble work. Stewart Aitken, artistic director and chief executive of Aberdeen International Youth Festival is delighted that the extended festival is once again stopping off at Perth. He added: “These young musicians have an incredible amount of talent and the festival audiences are in for a captivating and memorable evening. We are particularly pleased that we will be featuring some fantastic young musicians from Perthshire playingin Perth Concert Hall in front of a home crowd. “We have for many years taken the best of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival to venues across Scotland, and we are committed to casting the net even further. We are delighted to be able to bring world class performers to Perth once again this year, and hope that local audiences will

enjoy having them here.” This year’s Aberdeen International Youth Festival takes place between Wednesday, July 27 and Saturday, August 6 and is set to be one of the biggest and best yet. With over 20 nationalities represented, the programme features 1,300 performers

across 100 different events and includes the whole spectrum of performing arts from music and signing to dance and theatre. There is also an educational element to AIYF, with residential and nonresidential courses provided by a number of tutors who are experts in their respective fields.



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ack by popular demand, enjoy the best of Broadway in a glittering night to remember at Pitlochry Festival theatre on Sunday 7th August. Don’t miss a musical feast featuring former stars from Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and other hit West End musicals, performing in concert. The show is constantly being updated with songs carefully selected from over eight decades of popular musical theatre, including favourites such as Broadway Baby (Follies), Climb Ev’ry Mountain (The Sound of

Music), Defying Gravity (Wicked), Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers) and some wonderful show medleys. The Masters of the House are renowned for their superb vocals and entertaining presentation delivered with panache by some of the leading theatre artistes of today. Indeed, performing in The Masters of the House has now become firmly established as a top option for the cream of West End singers between their theatrical roles. For old friends and fans, this new show will feature lots of exciting new songs whilst

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North welcomed the success of two groups in his constituency, saying: “I am delighted to see that Jeanfield Saints Girls’ Football Club and Kinloch Memorial Hall have been successful in the Big Lottery Fund’s “Awards for All” scheme. The funding secured is a testament to the hard work and dedication and investment of time by all those involved. “Awards for All is an initiative designed to improve the community, to bring people together and to support them as they improve their area. I am sure that the funding

which these organisations have secured will do exactly that.” Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, added his congratulations to Jeanfield Saints Girls’ Football Club and Kinloch Memorial Hall, saying: “I know that these funds will be put to good use by Jeanfield Saints and £10,000 is a very healthy contribution towards bringing about much needed improvements to Kinloch Memorial Hall and will be welcomed by the whole community.”



he Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Mr Pete Wishart MP and Mr John Swinney MSP have welcomed recent awards of lottery funding for local organisations in their constituencies. Congratulating Blairadam Amenity Association, Comrie and District Piping Association and Comrie Primary School, the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, Ms Roseanna Cunningham said: “The awards to Blairadam Amenity Association and Comrie Primary School

will help fund projects that will be of great benefit to the whole of their local communities and the support for Comrie Pipe Band will help a successful local group to grow.”

“Many congratulations to everyone involved in these organisations for their success in securing these important funds.” Mr John Swinney MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire


rganisers of Perth’s popular Southern Fried Festival are urging music lovers to snap up tickets as soon as they can as gigs are selling out fast. Every year, the Southern Fried Festival in Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and other venues, gathers together a top quality collection of international and UK musicians to celebrate the best in American Roots Music. And the fourth annual Southern Fried Festival which takes place over the weekend of 22 to 24 July is no exception with Lyle Lovett leading a line up which also includes the legendary Stax band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Iris Dement, Justin Townes Earle, former Mavericks front man Raul Malo and more, plus free workshops, smaller gigs and singalongs as well as the legendary Southern Fried soul food.

Saturday night’s Late and Southern Fried gig in Perth Theatre with Raul Malo and the Savoy Family Cajun Band is sold out as is the Iris Dement and Dean Owens concert in Perth Theatre on Saturday afternoon. There are just a handful of tickets left for Friday’s Late and Southern Fried with Justin Townes Earle and Abigail Washburn. Fans of the rarely seen Iris Dement still have the opportunity to see her perform when she supports Blind Boys of Alabama in the opening gig of the festival Friday 22 July in Perth Concert Hall as some tickets remain for this. Balcony tickets can still be had for Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday night and there are still tickets for Stax and Phantom Limb in Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 24 July.


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he first part of the Historic Churchyards Project in Perth and Kinross is progressing well, with the support of local people. Tuesday 28th June 2011 saw eight volunteers helping to restore the historic churchyard in Meigle, which has been a religious site since at least the 12th century. Meigle Churchyard is also where the 30 ancient Pictish Stones were found, which are on display in the neighbouring museum run by Historic Scotland. Churchyards Officer, Fiona Fisher was joined by the museum’s curator, Lynda McGuigan, four members of the local parish church and three volunteers from the newly formed Friends of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. Key to the success of the project in Meigle is its ability to enhance the appearance and the maintenance of grass areas around the headstones. In consultation with Perth & Kinross Council’s grounds maintenance team and Bereavement Services, a solution has been devised. Where the soil has been badly eroded, topsoil has been spread and sown with a lowgrowing wildflower meadow mix. This meadow has been sourced within Tayside, from Scotia Seeds in Brechin, and contains only native species, locally found which are sure to encourage wildlife.


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01738 587100 It will be cut once a year, the cuttings raked off and paths will be mown regularly throughout the growing season. The result will be a natural tidy churchyard where there is less danger of accidental damage to headstones by mowing close to them. Recently, following works to repair twelve 17th and 18th Century table stones, Meigle Primary School pupils helped to sow the initial seeds in May 2011. Thanks to their work, and the great response from older volunteers, the wildflower meadow has now

been substantially completed. Further work is proposed at Meigle, for which a planning application has been submitted, comprising a new disabled access and other minor works. The plans for this are displayed on the local notice-board in Meigle and can also be viewed on the Council website. Other works planned for the first stage of the project include restoration at Coupar Angus and at Collace. The second round of improvements covers Alyth, Bendochy, Blairgowrie, Cargill, Caputh, Clunie,

Kettins, Kinfauns and Rait churchyards. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has already been in touch in each of these locations with the local Community Council or Church. Other projects will follow in due course. The Historic Churchyards Project is supported by grants amounting to £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Gannochy Trust. Project updates can be seen on the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust website, www.pkht.

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erth & Kinross Council’s Countryside Ranger Service is running five free activities in Crieff during August 2011, all designed to give people taking part the chance to discover more about their local environment and how they can help care for it. Booking is essential for all the activities. Please call 01738 475349 to book your place. The local Greenspace Ranger will be carrying out a Plantlife survey

in MacRosty Park on Wednesday 3rd August. Volunteers are needed to help count wildflowers as part of this nationwide project, to provide an indication of how healthy our countryside and parks are. If you would like to volunteer to help carry out the survey in the park, please meet at 2pm on the day at the Pavilion, next to the Rangers Office. The next two events have been organised with the aim of creating a new generation of

nature-lovers by getting people to explore, enjoy, study and protect their local environment. On Friday 12th August, an earthworm surveying activity will take place, also in MacRosty Park. Earthworms play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating soil, and the results from the survey will help scientists understand more about earthworms and the soils they live in, something about which there is little knowledge at present. An air quality survey will be held on Sunday 21st August at Lady Mary’s Walk, giving an insight into how lichens can give scientific clues to the quality of the air in the local area. For both events, which will last between

one and two hours, participants should meet at 2pm in the car park at Taylor Park. The activities are initiatives developed by OPAL (Open Air Laboratories). Next up, on Saturday 27th August, volunteers are invited to help carry out ‘bracken bashing’ near the summit of the Knock, to clear vegetation and conserve the heathland habitat. Volunteers should meet at the Knock’s lower car park at 10am, finishing work around 3pm.

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Looking for work? Drop into our Skills Zone A drop-in session has been organised by the Council’s Adult Learning Team to help people who are looking for work. The Skills Zone Drop-In will help you complete application forms, put together a CV, search for jobs on-line and brush up on your computer skills. The informal session will be held every Tuesday from 23rd August at the North Inch Community Campus, Gowan’s Terrace, Perth, from 2.15 – 4.15pm. Come along have a coffee and a chat, and take that first step towards moving forward to success. For further information, or to book your place, contact Caroline Moore on 01738 477028 or 07977 368167.



erthshire politicians have welcomed news that Perthshire Women’s Aid have been successful in applying to Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Ideas programme, securing a total of £10,000 funding. The funds will be used to engage a consultant to prepare a detailed business case for the organisation’s plan to create a purpose built women’s refuge to provide support and accommodation for women and children escaping domestic abuse. Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire said: “Congratulations to everyone involved with Perthshire Women’s Aid for their success in securing the funding for this important early stage in their exciting plans to

create a purpose built women’s refuge. “I am delighted to be able to welcome this great news and look forward to hearing more about the project as it progresses.” Mr John Swinney MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire North added: “Perthshire Women’s Aid” is a fantastic facility in my constituency and provides valuable support to vulnerable women of all ages. “This substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund will be of great value to the organisation, in pushing forward their plans for a women and children’s refuge in Perth. “I wish all those involved with Perthshire Women’s Aid all the best with this project”.

T Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinrossshire, concluded: “Perthshire Women’s Aid provide invaluable support to women and families across the county so I am delighted that they have received this great boost to their plans to improve the service that they are able to provide.”

he Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has expressed her sympathy and concern for residents and businesses affected by flooding in Perth over the weekend. Ms Cunningham said: “The Council’s Communications team have been keeping me informed about the impact

on homes and businesses as torrential rain has hit Perth over the weekend. “I have a huge amount of sympathy for those facing the prospect and indeed reality of floods affecting their homes or businesses. “I know that the emergency services and Council employees have been working extremely hard to respond to the many calls they have been receiving. Action has

been taken to cover for the possibility of people being evacuated from their homes although we all hope that will not be necessary. “There are particular concerns about the situation in Feus Road where the drainage system once again failed to cope and I will be raising this issue with Scottish Water as a matter of urgency.”


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As we approached the Byzantium we could see a great deal of thought had gone into the process of design, from pavement furniture to signage the place screams come in and see more. On entering we were not surprised to see the attention to detail had been carried through the entire restaurant, contemporary designs, open spaces and clean lines draw you in and invite you to explore. We were greeted by a very attentive member of staff and shown to our table on the mezzanine level, the menu’s and food choices were explained very knowledgably and out drinks arrived a short while later. Our starters were well presented and again, a great deal of thought has been given to how the dishes are presented to be in keeping with the

contemporary features of Perth’s newest dining experience. Starters over with, we eagerly awaited the main. “Can they beat the starter with an even tastier main course”? The answer was yes, the whole basis of conversation for the next twenty minutes, every bight a delight to the senses and enjoyed amid a chorus of mmm an explosion of flavours that you only get with the expertise of a food loving chef preparing each dish as his artform. We have purposely omitted the dishes we tried as we want to you choose the dish that appeals to you, after all taste is very individu delighted with our meal, we were pleasantly surprised by our bill and the level of service, if we had to give a score we’d definitely g

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he Scottish New Music Awards have been set up by managing director Bruce Hotchkies to recognize the burgeoning music scene in Scotland. The event, to be held annually, will honor recipients in approximately 60 categories ranging from Male Vocalist of the Year to Rehearsal Studio of the Year. Bruce states “Unlike many award shows, The Scottish Music Awards will not target major acts only, all aspects of music and all genres of music will be considered”. A musician by heart Bruce feels very strongly about younger acts not getting the recognition they deserve and feels that in this event this can be

realized. In his own days of music making Bruce was quite the trail blazer in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with involvement in cover bands “me first and The Gimmie Gimmies” AND “Britney’s Krack”. Bruce recalls thinking “ that Britney’s Krack was coming to an end, and that I should be concentrating on doing original music. Sometime in the early part of 2006, James (Britney’s Krack Lead Singer) didn’t show up to a rehearsal, and I had lyrics for “New York City” and “F**ked By Rock and Roll”, scribbled down in my bag. Next thing you know, ‘The Deadly Romantics’ were born.” The band was officially formed in the Summer

of 2006 and featured several (locally) well known musicians. In November 2008, The Deadly Romantics were invited to play at the Hamilton Music Awards where they had been nominated in the “Best Hard Rock” category. Playing on the same night as the Forgotten Rebels and the Frankie Venom Memorial at the Hamilton Convention Centre, Bruce flew over from the UK to participate in the honour. By April 2009 saw the band go back to Homegrown Productions, and under the watchful eyes of engineer, James Taylor, the band have finally started work on their debut album.



Bill Wilkie

ituated in the Fair City of

Perth, Wilkies Music House had become known throughout the country as the home of music for over 50 years. Combining tradition with technology they were pleased to offer a huge range of today’s modern digital equipment whilst retaining a passion and knowledge of traditional musical instruments of every musical genre.

Known as “The Music Man” Bill Wilkie MBE is one of the great pillars of Scottish accordion music, a master and tireless champion of the instrument and an impresario and businessman who has promoted and encouraged many of the leading players on the Scottish music scene. Born in Perth on January 6, 1922, Bill had to wait until he started work in Paterson’s

music shop in Methven Street before he could afford his own accordion. Taking lessons from Paterson’s visiting tutor, Dr Edward Sarafin, Bill made swift progress and in 1938, aged sixteen, he won the accordion class at Dundee Music Festival. In 1959, Bill took over the lease of a dusty old cobbler’s shop on the corner of Canal Street and Charterhouse Lane in Perth and turned it into a hub of accordion music, Wilkie’s

Music House. Running this in conjunction with his music school, the Perth All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival, which celebrated its diamond jubilee with a spectacular celebrity show in November 2009, his many concert promotions and bands, Bill has become synonymous with the accordion

to people from all over the world. As the late Jim Johnstone, just one of the innumerable accordionists and bandleaders who have held him in reverence, said of Bill Wilkie with complete justification: “He’s a one-off.” After a record breaking 60 years (1949 to 2009) as organizer of the prestigious All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival in Perth, Bill finally stepped down handing the rains to local fellow musicians , with Peter Bruce as Festival Chairman. This festival has produced countless champions who have progressed to successful careers as professional accordionists or bandleaders, and Bill Wilkie’s contribution to the accordion in Scotland cannot be over stated. The 62nd All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Championships start on Saturday the 29th October 2011 @ The Salutation Hotel South Street Perth with a Welcome ceilidh dance the night before. http://www.

This Issues gig guide 21st of July -03rd of August 21st of July sees the Southern Fried Festival launch with Wang Dang Delta @ the Twa Tams 22nd of July The Wyre and support @ the Twa Tams 23rd of July another helping of Southern Fried Festival goodies with the Festival matinee featuring The Red Pine Timber Co and Southern Tennant Folk Union , Followed by an evening with The True Gents @ The Twa Tams 23rd July The “ Jammy Devils” @ Brennans 28th of July “The Blackest Night” a Pryder Production @ The Corinna 29th of July The Belladrum Festival Fringe Present TBC @ The Twa Tams 29th of July Gigs for a Cure present “ The Elijah ” and support @ The Corinna 30TH of July The Belladrum Festival Fringe Presents Cousti @ The Twa Tams



his successful event is now in its sixth year and is hosted by Perth and Kinross Council Youth Services. The event is for young people aged between 12-25 years and is an opportunity for them to celebrate the start of summer and find out more about what is available for them in Perth and Kinross. The ever-popular ’skate-jam’ and ‘young musicians’ will ensure that young people of Perth and Kinross can show of their talents. This year is Bigger and better than before, there will be a massive stage to showcase local young musicians, bands and DJs while BMX bikers, skaters and bladers will have the chance to compete in the now famous Skate Jam for prizes. A host of other activities will also be on offer including talent competitions , art workshops, fun activities.

Information and advice for young people and parents from a range of agencies including the Council. Tents in the Park 2011 will take place on Friday 12th of August at the Perth Skate Park on Lesser South Inch, running from 12 noon to 5.00pm For more info goto :

PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT E veryone knows music is fun and provides entertainment and enjoyment, but not all know that music making has been scientifically proven to: exercise the brain, fight memory loss, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stave off depression, and enhance cognitive development in children. Scientist Christo Pantev saw a difference even among those who were slipping over the edge into dementia. Memory begins to fade as the patients slide toward that dark abyss, but the last thing that goes — the last bit of memory — he says, is their ability to remember music. Some of the social benefits of music making include: inspiring creativity, increasing productivity, building confidence and creating social connections/bonds. The elderly are turning to music to exercise their mind and increase memory, to stave off depression, and for social and group interaction, proving it is never too late to start making music. Music can make you smarter, according to Lutz Jancke, professor of neuropsychology at ETH Zurich. The physical act of playing an instrument changes the anatomy

of the brain. The area of the brain used for processing music also is involved in memory and language skills. Cognition is defined as the product of memory or awareness. Mentally stimulating tasks create more brain cells and connections among cells. Having more brain cells, or cognitive reserves, enables you to withstand the challenges of age, notes a study in the June 2003 issue of the “British Medical journal” Whether we believe these statements or not the fact is that music can enhance everyone’s lives and when we listen to it or play it the feel good factor it creates is priceless. At present Perth and Kinross and surrounding areas are working very hard at providing that outlet for the public with its many musical offerings and great venues to appreciate them in. Music lessons are also available in all forms from the ever popular guitar to the increasingly saught after banjo lesson , with more and more mature and younger students discovering the joy of learning Billy Connely’s instrument of

choice. Vocal tuition is on the up with all the aspiring x-factor wannabes and the Accordion has seen a warmly welcomed revival of interest. Clearwaterstudios have been at the forefront of teaching for over 15 years now with tutors going to teach the inmates in Perth Prison . They have now developed workshops , with the local group six circle recently completing a hugely successful music workshop for their clients at the beginning of the year producing their own CD which was written and performed by the group. For more info on lessons and workshops http://www.clearwaterstudios. Also look out for the discount voucher within the advert in this issue of the Hub.


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t is not very often that a songwriter can boast having a number one hit in the USA. It is also a rare thing to have that same song appear on the globally released DVD movie. But that is exactly what has happened to “One in a million”, the ‘gentle love song’ written by songwriter and frontman of Perth rock band THE WINDOWS. Thanks to the internet, “One in a million” is played on every continent, and only last week, Athole received a request for the song lyrics all the way from El Salvador. More recently, Athole had to send copies of The Windows 18 track album ‘hearts and sleeves’ down to a fan in Australia who had traced Athole after hearing the song on the film DVD special feature ‘The making of Valhalla Rising”. “The response both locally and worldwide to ‘One in a million’ has been really fantastic and amazing, and all through internet radio play. If only the mainstream would pick it up, who knows what would happen!”, says Athole. “It’s a very strange feeling really, on one hand, to know that I have written a song loved by so many people in so many countries, and now on a worldwide DVD release, is very pleasing. But at the same time, I haven’t earned any money from it!” explained Athole. So right here in Perth we have

a songwriter with a current worldwide hit, and a rock band with a songwriter as their frontman who knows how to write original material that appeals to many people all over the world…..maybe it is only a matter of time before the songs of Athole Fleming get the break they deserve, and they should. Readers can hear “One in a million” and the full album at http://thewindows.bandcamp. com/ THE WINDOWS THE WINDOWS are an original classic rock n roll band, with influences from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks etc. Melodic rock n roll music is one way of describing the writing of their founder and frontman Athole Fleming’s work. THE WINDOWS play all over Scotland, performing around 40 concerts a year. Their gigs are usually 2 ½ hours – 3 hours, and a few classic covers are thrown into the mix…but only a few!!...The Windows are very much about new and original rock n roll. “One in a million”, from their album ‘hearts and sleeves’ reached NO1 on the US based Indie Charts website last year, and is still played all over the world on internet radio. More information on THE WINDOWS can be seen on their official website…

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Your Horoscope Predictions By Anne Smith Aries (21 March - 20 April)

Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct)

Your ruler Mars moves signs on the 3rd moving into you domestic zone. As we all know he is a bossy little planet and may stir up some trouble around your family and friends. You may find that you are dragging up the past and raking through people’s skeletons, if you want to keep your friends please close the closet as leaks will definitely be regretted by September.

A typical month for you , where you want one thing to happen, well others to do it for you and another occurs. This is the nudge you need to realize that you are the only one who can sort out your communications. Your love life is taking a turn for the better as those nearest and dearest around you just seem to get you this month.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May) Neptune is a planet that can make your dreams come true, and he is back in your sign on the 5th and he is only here for a few short months so make the most of this time to get what you want from career issues to sorting out your love life, the full moon joins him on the 13th allowing you to say goodbye to who and what is holding you back.

Scorpio (24 Oct - 22 Nov) Try not to get caught up in petty disagreements this month as to who said what as this type of behaviour needs to be nipped in the bud immediately, as Mercury is retrograde and is doing his best to wind you up. At work you may be given a project to handle as a sort of quest and the results will definitely have an input in your future there.

Gemini (22 May - 21 June)

Time to shake up and shape-up as Mars moves into your money zone from the 3rd encouraging you to make plans for new opportunities on how to build your coffers! Work will be foremost on your mind and if you can lift your self-confidence and remember you are a bright star you will rocket into orbit!

Cancer (22 June - 23 July)

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec)

Mercury retrograde in your sign this month gives you an opportunity to talk and look at all communications between you and you other half, look at what was said and about commitments or promises you may have made but have not yet fulfilled! Try to remain optimistic where work is concerned to as things may go a little dull around the middle of the month but by the 23rd through to the 29th things are looking really bright and there could be a promotion for some.

(22 Dec - 20 Jan) Mars is moving into your love zone at the beginning of the month and things are hotting up for the usually well hidden fires of Capricorn, you are on fire this month and you are attracting moths to the flame, remember to put some of that new found passion into your current relationships, and remember all that fire can also cause some heated debates, try to control the heat!

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug) As your solar year begins, Neptune is moving into your love skies, with a little romance in your heart you can make your heart’s desire a reality, if you wish! Jupiter is in your work zone and shine hope and optimism, he is known as the planet of luck and he seems to be drawing the right people at the right time to you like a magnet in the coming months

.Try to live in the moment this month as there is so much going on in your chart that I would need a week to discuss it. Try not to start plans this month or over analyses either as communications are not what they appear to be, Honestly this month you need to go with the flow, don’t commit to anything and do not sign anything until after the full moon on the 13th.

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

Women out there everywhere have a secret stash of chocolate hidden somewhere for emergencies, but there is a way you can enjoy that guilty pleasure without it heading straight for the hips and thighs! Not only is this Chocolate recipe diet friendly, it is an excellent moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and glowing. By applying this mask, you will be using chocolate and double cream for a 15 minute face lift since it is filled with antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin. Known about since the times of the Mayas and the Aztecs, chocolate has a special place in our nutrition. It is filled with tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is thought to regulate mood, it is also very rejuvenating and helps you feel more at peace, happy, and relaxed, plus the fatty acids present in chocolate break down on your skin leaving it feeling smooth and nourished.

Ingredients • 1/3 cup cocoa powder • 1/4 cup of honey • 2 tablespoons of double cream (sour cream will also work) • 3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder (instant oat cereal)


Worrying about money is a waste of time, but doing something to improve your situation is not. Love is not going to be easy for you this month either so hold on tight it will get a little bumpy along the way. With Saturn still in your family zone and mars entering on the 3rd, you will be thinking about moving home or making decisions on how to sort out your child who needs some new rules to keep them in line.

It is a poor month for romance from the 5th of the month and those you love seem to be testing you in more ways than one. Venus is back on the 21st so make the most of that time where you could rekindle your fire. On a brighter note your career and money are improving this month and it is a good to share your ideas with those who would listen as there is a hidden gem just waiting to get out!

Feed your face with this chocolate recipe

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb)

Pisces (20 Feb - 20 Mar)

You will be in your element this month as there is so many comings and goings of the planets in your sign you will do yourself proud as you twist and turn with the flow. It is a month to sort out the wheat from the chaff, all those niggling issues in love and work so you can have a clear start for September, Friendships will show there true colours around the 16th so be prepared to let go and move forward.

Preparation Mix all the ingredients until the mass is consistent. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water… it really is as easy as that. Now that you know all these benefits of chocolate, not only can you be guilt free while eating it, you can prepare an excellent chocolate face mask recipe and aid to your skins youthful look and nourishment. Happy Days.

CROSSWORD Crossword clues Across 1. Assortment (7) 5. Group of insects (5) 8. Large herbivorous mammal (5) 9. Pagan (7) 10. Unfeigned (7) 11. Ledge (5) 12. Lifted (6) 14. Appraise (6) 17. Notions (5) 19. Fruit (7) 21. Direction (7) 22. Taut or rigid (5) 24. Days of the month (5) 25. Embroiled (7) Down 1. Chart (3) 2. Inert gas (5) 3. Dissimilar (7) 4. Reverberated (6) 5. Photos (5) 6. Attain (7) 7. Public declaration (9) 10. Decorated food (9) 13. Imprecise (7) 15. Abridge (7) 16. Captured (6) 18. Secret agents (5) 20. Invalidate (5) 23. Conclusion (3)

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Business and Money Promotions at work? A

n employee has really impressed me over the last year and I have offered them a promotion. How best can I ease them into the role, and how would I go about re-instating them in their old job were it not to work out?

will help them with their confidence in relation to having the necessary skills for the job. Discuss what you want them to be doing and see what questions they have about the role itself or their authority.

Rhonda Brymer, consultant at Peninsula, responds:

Timetable regular review meetings to assess how they are coping and make sure that your employee knows that these are open discussions where they can tell you what they think is going well and about any problems so you can look at addressing them. If you will be managing them directly then these meetings should be with you, if not then they should be with their line manager.

The best way to ease someone into a role is to have a clearly defined job description and a set probationary review scheme. You can also never underestimate the value of good communication. In order for someone to succeed in a role the most important thing they need to know is what is expected of them. The less time they have to spend working out what their responsibilities and boundaries are the more time they can spend focussing on the job itself. Make sure that they and their colleagues know what they will be doing. A clearly defined role helps reduce any internal difficulties in relation to their authority so that you can avoid disputes over whether something is a request or an instruction. A clearly laid out job description not only ensures that you both understand what is expected of the role but it also gives you something to refer back to at a later stage when you are reviewing how they have performed or considering if you want to redefine duties. Explain to your employee what it was about them that made you consider them a good fit for this role. This

The nature of the role will affect the speed at which you give them duties. Generally speaking, you should try and avoid dropping all duties on them at day one. If possible build up the duties in a layered manner, starting with the basic duties and then the subsequent layers that build on the earlier ones. Try to limit the number of new procedures your employee has to learn in a short period. Of course, this isn’t always possible and when you’ve promoted someone to fix a problem because no-one has a grip on it then sometimes you have no alternative but to just throw them in at the deep end. In those circumstances make sure they know that you don’t expect miracles, what you want is for them to assess the situation and then you’ll talk and agree a plan of action. Again make

sure that they are fully aware that they can discuss any problems with you and that you will make sure they have appropriate support. Tell your employee that they can speak to you if they need to and they don’t have to wait until a set review meeting. Keep an eye on how they are doing, as much as possible, to make sure that they are not getting overwhelmed or out of their depth. Agree the terms of a probationary period in the new role and the basis on which either of you can decide to return them to their old position. You will need to consider how you are going to cover their previous position to take into account the fact that you may want to return them to it. Set a date for the probationary review and make it clear that they are not confirmed in post until after you have confirmed successful completion of the probationary period. Having regular reviews during the probationary period helps to ensure that you give them all necessary support and every opportunity to know about and fix any problems or concerns you might have. This gives you both the best chance to make this succeed and make the most of your employee’s potential. If you need any more advice regarding this topic please contact Rhonda Brymer on 0779 159 4463 or via email, Rhonda.Brymer@

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Phone Hacking, is my phone safe? Who is really to blame? How do I keep it safe?


his has suddenly become a very hot topic with the revelations that News International hacked into the mobile phone accounts of Millie Dowler and possibly the relatives of servicemen out in Afghanistan as well as the Royal Family and several politicians. Taking aside the morals of doing this, who is actually responsible for these reporters accessing the voicemails of these mobiles? The simple answer is ‘the owners of the phones’. This might seem like a generalisation but in realty it is not as how many of you actually have password protection on your voicemail? I would suggest that there are very few people who do as it is a nuisance having to remember another PIN and also you may not be aware of the fact you can do this, however it is the best way to safeguard your mobile phone either if it is lost, stolen or just hacked! So what does it mean? If

you go to your voicemail there will be an option there to set up your security, some suppliers allow you to do it online as well. Find out where you do this and then think of a PIN (not your date of birth or the same one as you bank card) and set this as your voicemail retrieval security PIN. This means that when you access your voicemail you will be asked to input your own unique PIN thus preventing anyone else being able to hear what is on your voicemail. The reason the hacking was so easy for them to do was due to the phones not having this security PIN code to protect the voicemails and the reporter only had to input a simple code to access these voicemails. By following the above you can ensure your voicemails are safe even, as I say, you lose your phone or it is stolen as well. The other thing you can do is keep your phone number safe, give it to





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friends and family but if you do not want it to be on general release do not give it out to marketing companies etc. I am sure many of you have received the texts asking you why you have not claimed for the accident you have recently had (even if you haven’t) and asking you to reply with ‘STOP’ if you wish to opt out. I am also sure many of you will have sent the word ‘STOP’ to them but a week or so later you get a text from another company asking you the same sort of thing. There is one very good reason for this, you have responded to them and confirmed that your number is live. The way

they get the numbers is to go through the various lists where you have agreed (without knowing maybe) that your number will be shared with other companies. They then send out a mass text message to everyone at very little cost and hope a few respond accepting their offer and also that people will respond


with the ‘STOP’ to show that the number is live. All those that do not respond are marked as probable dead numbers and they are re-used only occasionally. Therefore, the best thing to do if you receive a text you do not want, just delete it as the sender has no idea whether you read it or not and your number is once

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<<< SNOOKER Young Perth Snooker Player through to last 32 in Canada

The Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs which is sponsored by Dewars World of Whisky was played at Scone Recreation B.C.



Glencarse Emily McClintock and John Bernard

David Hendry and Susan Myles. In the middle President of Scone Recreation Marie McDonald, Jessie Watson and James Watson

RESULTS: Semi-finals Stanley 25 Glencarse 15 Rattaray 15 Perth 11 Final Susan Myles and David Hendry (Stanley) 18 Jessie Watson and James Watson (Rattray) 6

Perth Susan Hutchinson and Bob Fairlie


<<< FOOTBALL Junior Football has to wait for League Kick off until 27th August


nlike their SPL counterpart, St Johnstone, all the local junior sides will have to wait until August 27th to see league action. Although they all have a series of warm up games beforehand, they will be relishing the opportunity to really get stuck in to the leagues with the first of the local derbies seeing Bankfoot at home to Luncarty on the opening afternoon. Luncarty are also kicking off their 125th anniversary celebrations on August 7th when the visitors to Brownlands Park will be SPL club Motherwell. Kick off has been confirmed as 1:00pm.

There have been quite a few personnel changes in the local sides with Kinnoull bringing in two new players in the shape of Callum McKinlay and Keith Dewar. Coupar Angus, meanwhile, have really rung in the changes bringing four new players to the club in a bid to prevent a repeat of last seasons last place finish. Manager Alan Robson has managed to get the signatures of defenders Rory Cromb and Mark Mitchell, midfielder David Burgess and striker Lee Davidson. These will complement the seven retained players from last season’s squad.

Local footballer off to the US


erth goalkeeper Jamie Harrison has won the ultimate prize with a Sports Scholarship to Independence Community College in Kansas and will join them in August after gaining his scholarship from FirstPoint USA in Glasgow.

The 22 year old currently plays in goal for Methven Amateurs but will give this up to take up his new position for Independence College despite giving away two penalties during trials held at Stenhousemuir FC. He puts his success down to being a

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keen fan of ex St Johnstone and in particular of exkeeper Alan Main, a legend at McDiarmid Park, and wants to prove that he can be as good as him. He will also be giving up his job at Aviva to travel to Independence in Kansas and study Athletic Training and also continue with his academic studies. US Sports Scholarships are awarded to skilled sports people who excel at their sport but wish to improve both their athletic skills as well as their academic ones.

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7 year old Scott Donaldson, formerly of Perth High School, has played himself into the knockout stages of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Under 21 Snooker Championship being played in Montreal, Canada. During the round-robin stages Scott pocketed the third highest score of the championship with a 129 break which unfortunately was not enough to help him beat England’s Nick Jennings in the match. He did, however, do enough to get himself into the knockout stages where he came up against strong competition from another Englishman, Callum Davidson. Scott started well losing 77-35 in the first frame in the best of nine, he then upped his game and went on to win the next two frames 67-5 and an incredible 122-17. This seemed to jolt his opponent into life and Davidson came back strongly to take the next three frames and the match including two blanks for Scott. This is Scott’s first year on the amateur circuit after leaving school earlier in the year to try and break into the professional ranks. His endeavours have also taken him to the quarter-final of The 2011 European Snooker Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in June.


Perthshire Rugby Look Forward To The New Season



aturday will see St Johnstone, under the SPL’s current longest serving manager, Derek McInnes, open their SPL campaign with e trip up the A90 to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen. The manager is looking forward to the new season and has brought in a few new faces to try and break the goal duck they suffered in the last campaign. As the manager pointed out, a trip to Aberdeen is just the start the team needs as there will be a big support for both teams which will create a real atmosphere in the stadium. There is a concern over Murray Davidson who picked up a thigh strain in Ireland during the pre-season games but apart from that, and the still recovering sam parkin, he has a fairly fit squad to pick from. With new signings Frazer

Wright (Kilmarnock), David Robertson (Dundee Utd), Callum Davidson (Preston), Sean Higgins (Dundee), David McCracken (Brentford) and Carl Finnigan (Falkirk) manager Derek McInnes has started to rebuild the team that appeared so lack-lustre last season. He still has a decision to make on Marcus Haber and is waiting to hear about the availability of Danijel Subotic but is well prepared for the start to the new season. After this weekend’s match at Aberdeen, SPL action returns to McDiarmid Park and the newly grown pitch on Saturday 30th July with the lunchtime visit of Rangers in what is being billed at McInnes –v- McCoist. A match which could point the way both clubs are heading for the new campaign and a great test for Saints new players.

nder new Head Coach Andy Cummins, Perthshire Eagles rugby ‘stars’ are going through their paces in a bid to improve on last season’s results which saw them just manage to avoid relegation. With a new Chairman, ex Eagles hero Allan Brown, and Vice Chairman, legend Graham Binnie, together with Andy Cummins the Eagles have thrown down the gauntlet to the other clubs by having a younger, more enterprising driving force. It has also seen the arrival of Derek O’Riordan from Premier 1 club Boroughmuir, surely one of the catches of the pre-season, to become a player/ coach and the new Club Development Manager. This is quite a coup for the Eagles as Derek was destined for a professional contract with Connaught until injury scuppered that plan, but getting him to Perth is one that follows tradition in appointing successful players to the coaching system on the North Inch. Sadly next season will see Perthshire without a very familiar face and figure for the first time in 25 years with the retirement of prop Jimmy Whyte. No man has given more service both on and off the field for Shire and he will be greatly missed both for his aggression and his passion for the game but mostly the club he has stayed with, despite tempting offers from bigger clubs. He will not be lost to the club however, as he will remain as a specialist coach for the young props coming through the youth system, something the game of rugby sorely needs in Scotland. He will be well placed to show them how to scrummage hard and hopefully let them know how they can avoid the array of yellow and red cards he managed to collect over the years….



n front of a 150 strong crowd at the Windlestrae Hotel in Kinross last week, Perthshire’s young boxers overcame their counterparts from Northern Ireland 5-3 in a thrilling night of pugilism. Coach Andy Caulfield was full of praise for the youngsters saying that they had to overcome some hard fought contests to get the win. The other winners on the night being the fans who turned out as they watched bout after exciting bout cheering their young home boxers on to victory.

They gave a standing ovation to young Ally Gonsales after a superb fight saw him win on points over his opponent but the young boxer of the night award went to Ryan Warden who won an extremely hard fight on points against his opponent. Overall the fans, coaches and boxers went away realising that Perthshire have a wealth of excellent and exciting young boxers to call on.

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innoull Juniors started their pre-season build up at Huntingtower, home of Fair City Amateurs and won the three team tournament which also included senior side Heston Rovers who play in the South of Scotland League and hail from Dumfries. The pitch was waterlogged in places after a deluge of biblical proportions earlier in the day, but John McKechnie and the Fair City staff all mucked in and did a great job to get referee Kevin Graham to give the tournament the go ahead. Kinnoull started win a 1-0 win over the hosts when Ryan Ward scored on his first start in a Kinnoull jersey and followed this up with a 2-0 victory over Heston, this time Gary Fraser and Chris Webster netting. Another 1-0 win followed when player of the year Lee Deans headed the only goal and this left Kinnoull only needing a draw to lift the trophy. The

0-0 draw with Heston was just enough to see the Junior side triumph over their amateur and senior counterparts. Kinnoull manager Gavin Price has been busy over the summer break and made six new signings, the latest being midfielder Gerry Kelly who has signed from Scone and he returns to Tulloch Park for a second time, nine years after leaving. Wide man Callum McKinlay has also put pen to paper and the one-time Scotland u16 International looked sharp as does Keith Dewar who has signed from Blairgowrie. Successful trials have resulted in other new signings, all from the amateur ranks and they are Ryan Ward from St Johns, Richard Doig from Burrelton and Brad McKerchar who has also signed for a second time with Kinnoull. Kinnoull continue their pre-season with a first ever official Junior match

played at Strathallan School when they take on Kirriemuir Thistle. This will be followed by a long trip up to Aberdeen to Bridge of Don to meet North Super League side Hall Russell Utd. The final planned preseason fixture before the season starts on 3rd August is away to Premier side Tayport on 30th July. Kinnoull have a free day on 13th August due to an odd number of teams in the league cup section, bit the players, management and committee will be far from idle. The Club have planned their annual sponsored fund-raising event for that day and this year it is a cycle around many miles of Loch Tay. Kinnoull are on the lookout for cycles to borrow for the day as well as sponsorship to help raise funds. Anyone who wishes to help can call secretary Charlie Grieve on 01738 446747 or e-mail


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