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April 2017 Issue 323



from the Team


Happy Easter and welcome to the April edition of Pitlochry Life. April sees the days get longer, the weather get warmer (hopefully) and everyone getting out and about more! Sheila Drummond sorts out the huge task that is the garden, which wakes up from its winter hibernation. The daffodils are a joy to be seen. Alan Clinch looks at rehabilitation after an injury and Willie’s second part of streaming tells us all about Netflix! In addition to these regular features we take a look at new kitchens, often the heart of the home. March saw the new pound coin introduced, we take a look at what the differences are and find out if the old ones are still legal tender. Drones seem to be very popular at the minute, so if thinking of buying one, Willie looks at things you need to consider. This month we welcome a whole host of new advertisers, don’t forget to tell them where you saw their ad! If you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte - as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. We have ALL the best restaurants, things to do, places to go and things to see, right here, so take us along for company.

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Diary - What’s On Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 1st April 9.30am Blair Castle Opens For Summer Season 1st April Online Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition Registration 1st April 10.00am Mid Atholl Hall Committee Coffee Morning 1st April 7.00pm Ceilidh At The Palace - Atholl Palace Hotel 2nd & 23rd April 10.00am First Level Creative Writing Course - Cluny Hall 3rd April 2.30pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 5th April 3.00pm A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Killiecrankie Village Hall 5th April 7.15pm Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 6th April 1.00pm A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Blair Atholl Village Hall 7th April 2.00pm Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre 8th April 10.00am Coffee Morning - Aldour Community Hall 8th April 10.00am Table Top Sale - Clunie Hall 8th April 7.00pm Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall 9th April 2.00pm Blair Atholl Bowling Club AGM 9th April 7.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 9th April 7.30pm Pitlochry and District Choral Society – Atholl Palace Hotel 11th April 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Dunsinane and King’s Seat 10th April 7.30pm Pitlochry Tennis Club AGM - Stags Head Bar 11th April 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 12th April 2.30pm Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge 12th April 7.30pm Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council 13-15th April 7.00pm Scottish Community Drama Association Competition Final 15th April 10.00am Bunnies and Teddies for CHAS – Atholl Road 16-23rd April 11.00am The Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry Thrift Shop - Scout Hall 16th April PM TBC Blair Atholl Village Hall Easter Party 17th April 7.30pm Scottish Wildlife Trust 19th April 2.00pm Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre 19th April 2.00pm Pitlochry Flower Club – Scotland’s Hotel 19th April 4.30pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall 19th April 7.30pm Pitlochry Gallery Association AGM - Atholl Centre 20th April 2.30pm North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall 20th April 7.15pm SWI AGM and Beetle Drive – Aldour Community Hall 21st April 7.30pm The Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall 21st April 8.00pm Blair Atholl Village Hall Theatrical Evening 22nd April 1.00pm Opening Day for Pitlochry Bowling Club 24th April 7.30pm Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst 25th April 2.00pm J&H Mitchell Charity Seminar - AK Bell Library, Perth 26th April 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst 29th April 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Carn an Fhreiceadain 29th April 2.00pm Blair Atholl Bowling Club Opening Day 30th April 12noon Wedding Fair - Atholl Palace Hotel Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, no commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life

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1st April - Blair Castle Opens For Summer Season - 9.30am to 5.30pm. See page 84 for full details and forthcoming events. 1st April - 31st May - Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition Registration. Registration is online, see page 73 for details. 1st April - Mid Atholl Hall Committee Coffee Morning - Mid Atholl Hall - 10.00am to 2.00pm. £10.00 per table. Tea's & coffee with tray bakes etc. will also be on sale from Committee Members. To help with car park refurbishment. Tables are limited so booking is essential. Contact John Grant to book a table on 01796 482589. 1st April - Ceilidh At The Palace - Atholl Palace Hotel - 7.00pm. Three course dinner and a ceilidh. 2nd & 23rd April - First Level Creative Writing Course - Cluny Hall - 10.00am. For more details contact Angela on 01350-724237. 3rd April - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2 30pm. 5th April - A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Killiecrankie Village Hall - 3.00pm to 7.00pm. See page 55 for details and open times. 5th April - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Graeme Smith will speak about the Charity we have been supporting for the past three years, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, and we will be presenting a cheque to it. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. This will be the last meeting of this winter's programme. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. 6th April - A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 1.00pm to 7.00pm. See page 55 for details and open times. 7th April - Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre - 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Helen Brady from Tayside NHS Heartstart will be at Atholl Medical Centre, please come to learn what to do if someone collapses. Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to attend as it could be you! There will be two sessions from2 to 4 pm and from 4-6pm. There is no need to book –just turn up. Even if you have attended one of these sessions before it is important to come again for revision and to keep up to date. For further information contact Catherine Holmes 01796 473400 8th April - Coffee Morning - Aldour Community Hall – 10.00am to 12noon. In aid of The Sandpiper Trust who equip medical professionals with life-saving medical equipment known as "sandpiper bags" in rural Scotland. 8th April - Table Top Sale - Clunie Hall – 10.00am. Free entry. 8th April - Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Come and enjoy a fun Quiz Night. Teams consist of 4 people, which can also be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3 per person includes refreshments at half-time. A bar is available and raffle tickets can be purchased. More details available from the Struan Trust Facebook page, or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483 310, or e-mail . All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity No. SC004003. 9th April – Blair Atholl Bowling Club AGM – 2.00pm. A good turnout of members is requested. 9th April - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 7.00pm. See page 70 for details. continued on page 8

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9th April - Pitlochry and District Choral Society – Atholl Palace Hotel – 7.30pm. A wonderful evening of Opera Favourites, including choruses and arias from Carmen, Faust, Madam Butterfly performed by Pitlochry and District Choral Society and soloists including Thomas Kinch. Musical Director, Norman Beedie; Accompanists, Muriel Johnstone and Peter Shand. Tickets are £12 and £1 for children under 16 and will be available from choral members, Viva and The Atholl Palace. The Community bus will be available for those needing transport. Contact Linda Gaul on 01796 472366. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. 11th April - The Tryst Walking Group - Dunsinane and King’s Seat - 9.30am. Starting at Collace village this is a circular walk to Dunsinane Hill and then King’s Seat, giving good views to the north and south. The walk is mostly on paths but with some rough heathery ground. No dogs please. Height climbed 300m. Distance 5 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 10th April - Pitlochry Tennis Club AGM - Stags Head Bar, Atholl Palace Hotel – 7.30pm. 11th April - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 70. 12th April - Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. A talk will be given on one of the Guild Projects – ‘Prospects – All Friends Together’. Everyone welcome. 12th April - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School - 7.30pm. 13th – 15th April - Scottish Community Drama Association Competition Final – Pitlochry Festival Theatre – 7.00pm. See page 74 for details. 15th April - Bunnies and Teddies for CHAS – Atholl Road, Pitlochry - 10.00am to 4.00pm. Several ladies have been busy knitting and have produced some lovely outfits for the Teddy Bears to raise money for CHAS, the Childrens Hospice, Rachel House, Kinross. Also there is a wonderful selection of Easter Bunnies and Chicks with several other craft items all for sale. Usual place, Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Further information contact Kathleen Scott. 01796 472765. 16th – 23rd April - The Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry Thrift Shop - Scout Hall, Pitlochry – 11.00am. See page 76 for details. 16th April – Blair Atholl Village Hall Easter Party – See page 72 for details. 17th April - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group – The Tryst – 7.30pm. John Armstrong from Pitlochry Freshwater Fish Laboratory will talk about Scotland’s freshwater fish. There will be a short AGM at this meeting. For enquiries contact Richard Horobin 01796 474480. 19th April - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Drew Scott will be telling us about backstage matters at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or After the talk, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting and we hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend. 19th April - Pitlochry Flower Club – Scotland’s Hotel - 2.00pm. Please note the Change of venue. This months demonstration will be given by Shamima Hassan with 'Around the World'. There is will be a Competition for club members named ‘Something Exotic'. If you win the raffle you could go home with a beautiful flower arrangement. Visitors are very welcome for a charge of £5.00. Should be a very interesting afternoon. For further information Please phone Linzee Lindsay (Chair) 01738 710777 Or Carol MacGill 01796 473026. continued on page 10

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19th April - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm. See page 66. 19th April - Pitlochry Gallery Association AGM - Atholl Centre - 7.30pm. Our speaker for the evening will be Jane Brooks who will give a short presentation on the Corbenic Community. 20th April - North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is one of our own members, Loretta Davis-Reynolds. The title of her talk is "Laidneskea - Past to Present" with snippets of history of the locality and a home that was formerly a farm on the estate of Grandtully Castle. Should be a very interesting talk. All welcome. Coffee, tea and chat afterwards. 20th April - SWI AGM and Beetle Drive – Aldour Community Hall - 7.15pm. 21st April - The Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall - 7.30pm. Talk by Professor James Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History, University of the Highlands and Islands, "Set adrift upon the world: The Sutherland Clearances". Professor Hunter's recently published book of the same title was the winner of Saltire History Book of the Year 2016. Admission £3 including refreshments. 21st April – Blair Atholl Village Hall Theatrical Evening - "And Then Come the Nightjars" - 8.00pm. Perth Theatre will present Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic's production of "And Then Come the Nightjars" by Bea Roberts. See page 72 for details. 22nd April - Opening Day for Pitlochry Bowling Club- from 1.00pm. Players on the green at 2.00pm. Members and visitors all welcome. Information if required from Elma Spence on 01796 473459. 24th April - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst – 7.30pm. The meeting which is in part the Society’s AGM begins at 7.30 p.m. The speaker for the evening is John Young. Mr Young will talk to our members about the Lost Railways of Strathearn. For more than a century the railway lines of Strathearn were an important part of local life. Some readers may remember travelling by train to Crieff and Strathearn. These lines have been lost but not forgotten. John Young will attempt to breath life back into these railway lines as he did in his recently published book The Strathearn Branch Lines Tourists, Tatties and Trains. Refreshments will be offered after the talk. 25th April - J&H Mitchell Charity Seminar - AK Bell Library, Perth - 2.00pm. See page 75 for details. 26th April - Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 2.00pm. See page 66. 29th April - The Tryst Walking Group - Carn an Fhreiceadain - 9.30am This Corbett is situated above Kingussie. A good track leads over Beinn Bhreac to the summit which gives fine views across the Spey to Glens Tromie and Truim. Height climbed 630m. Distance 10 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 29th April – Blair Atholl Bowling Club Opening Day - 2.00pm. A warm welcome is extended to all members and friends. Anybody who is interested in playing bowls should come along to the club any Tuesday or Friday evening at 6.45 or contact our secretary Ken – 07866153892. 30th April - Wedding Fair - Atholl Palace Hotel - 12noon to 4.00pm. Come along and meet our expert wedding team and wedding suppliers from all over Scotland. Complimentary drinks and canapés on arrival. Entry is free. See page 43 for more details. 7th May - Dawn to Dusk Festival - Carie Woods, Rannoch. Guided walks and fun filled family outdoor activities. There will also be hot drinks, snacks and an afternoon BBQ. See page 75 for more details of this event. Send your entry for our Get Out pages to Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final.

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Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns I love hot cross buns at Easter, however my kids turned their noses up at them. Then I discovered this recipe with chocolate chips. Irresistible. You can of course use 50g of currents or raisins if you prefer, but this way the kids will even help make them! • • • • • •

400g strong white bread flour, 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast 50g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tsp 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 250ml warm milk

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1 medium egg, beaten 50g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing 100g chocolate chip (milk or dark) 50g plain flour For the glaze (optional) 2 tbsp apricot jam

1. Put the strong flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl with the spices and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and butter. Start mixing with a plastic or wooden spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add warm water, or extra flour if it’s wet. 2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 mins until it becomes smooth and springy. This will be a bit too much work for children, so get them to start the kneading, then when they get tired, take over. 3. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is. 4. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten. Scatter over the chocolate chips (or dried fruit), and knead the dough a few more times. Divide it into 8 even portions – (halve the dough, then halve each portion twice more = 8) 5. Roll each portion into a smooth round and place on a greased baking sheet in 2 rows of 4, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise. Cover with a tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins, until almost doubled in size again or just touching. 6. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the plain flour with 1 tsp sugar and 4-5 tbsp water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe white lines on the buns to make crosses. Bake for 20 mins until they are light brown. 7. If you want to enjoy the buns untoasted, gently heat the jam in a pan or the microwave, and brush over the buns using a pastry brush. If you are going to toast them, then don’t glaze them as the jam will burn.

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Spring Property Boost for Pitlochry

To anyone who is fortunate enough to call Pitlochry their home, its appeal is evident. But, as we know, Pitlochry has a broader charm - a bustling holiday destination and a ‘must-see’ part of Highland Perthshire, boasting everything you need for a great day out. To meet the needs and expectations of those looking to settle here, or call Pitlochry their second home, Perthshire housebuilders Stephen are currently creating eight contemporary apartments within their existing development in Pitlochry. As you can see for yourself by visiting the new show apartment (the first, and two others, sold out in record time!) the two bedroom apartments, built in two blocks of four, will complete Stephen’s ‘Lagreach’ development. With a choice of ground or upper floor apartments, they are modelled on similar properties at Balgarvie Mill in Scone, by Perth. All boast highly sought-after private parking, with ground floor units having their own easily managed gardens and garden store. First floor units enjoy a feature entrance porch and benefit from dormer windows in the main living rooms. And when it comes to ‘location, location, location’, and the associated views, these apartments cannot be beaten. These homes enjoy a spectacular and delightful setting under the dramatic skyline of Ben Vrackie with the River Tummel and Loch Faskally at its base. The Lagreach housing development has been designed to complement this setting, only 500 yards from the centre of town yet sitting within its own mature woodland setting adjacent to Loch Faskally. Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager said, “By building these apartments, we are bringing something quite unique to Pitlochry. Not only are these modern, high-spec, energy efficient homes but they are set within a prime location, and also just a short walk from the centre of Pitlochry. “We believe these homes will appeal to a variety of audiences, from the local family market and the retired looking to down-size, to those seeking a second home, a Highland bolt-hole, within one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.” And if that wasn’t enough, priced at £175,750, the apartments are also eligible for the ‘Help to Buy (Scotland)’ initiative which allows people to put down a deposit of as little as 5% of the selling price, combined with a mortgage of up to 80% of the value of the property. So you pay just 85% of the property price now, and the remaining 15% is provided by the Scottish Government in the form of an equity loan. If you would like to view our new show apartment, please contact our Sales team on 01738 620721, or email – we will be delighted to help. 16 Pitlochry Life

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I’M DREAMING OF A ……... NEW KITCHEN! Planning a kitchen is really daunting and is best left to the experts, however it is good if you have some ideas to take with you, so here are the basics to get you started! Remember a kitchen is a main feature of our home, and does have an impact on its resale value, so think carefully about the plan and colour. Lets Start with what you already have - what layout is your kitchen? The 3 basic layouts and all form a relationship between the sink, the cooker and the fridge. That saves a lot of walking. Corridor/ Gallery Layout. In a long, narrow area with doors at each end you have little choice other than two facing rows of appliances and storage units. You should allow at least 1200mm between two rows for a safe walk-through corridor and to allow comfortable access to front loading appliances. In really narrow rooms, the fittings might need to be restricted to one side of the room only. U-shaped layout. This layout is convenient as all working areas are within easy reach. It may be the only choice for small rooms although it can also be used with effect where a kitchen area needs to be fitted at one end of a larger room. Try to allow for 1200mm between the parallel sides of the U..

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L-shaped layout. This is often the best solution where the kitchen can fit into a corner. Now you need to measure the size of the existing layout. Measure your kitchen at floor level and again about 900mm from the floor - use the smaller measurement for your floor plan. Draw a scale plan, using squared paper makes things easier and mark on the plan the services as they currently exist - hot and cold water, drains, electric points, gas points, any existing extractor vents in the walls etc. With your scale drawing, list all the cupboards and appliances you want to include. Cut out mock appliances and then try to fit them all onto your scale drawing. Remember to take in to account the type of kitchen space you have using the diagrams below. The standard cupboard with is 500mm, the appliances are 600mm, so when working out how making units you can have use these sizes. Then if you have space left over – don’t worry there are lots units of different sizes then fillers and storage devices. The principal activity zones in the kitchen are food preparation, cooking, serving and finally washing up. Each activity needs to include the worktop(s), related appliances and related storage. In addition to the three zones, it is important to

arrange the appliances and worktops in the correct order i.e. worktop - appliance - worktop. A work triangle is formed between the three zones (as shown in the diagrams). For the greatest efficiency the total length of the three sides of the triangle should be between 3600mm and 6600mm, and, as far as possible, the work triangle should be uninterrupted by through traffic. If you have a large kitchen - consider an island or breakfast bar. Check all the planned appliances are near to the existing facilities like water and electricity. If the layout you decide on doesn’t fit with the existing services consider rearranging or if not achieving the overall result you want, then make a note of the new services you need. A new plug may be inexpensive but rerouting the You will often find that you will have to make water impossible – ie if you have concrete floors. some compromise. A good tip is think if you need all the things on When you are happy with a basic floor your list, a washing machine is essential but arrangement, think about the wall area and does it have to be in the kitchen – do you have where you can fit wall units, these tend to be a cupboard big enough to become a utility needed in the food preparation area. Try and room, or a garage with power? keep the wall units in line with the base units below them - It looks better. Think how you can rearrange the kitchen to make it easier to use, even think about You should now be in the position to list: relocating the position of the existing services. • The number and style of floor units you Remember that in addition to the floor require. mounted appliances, you will also need electric • The number and style of wall units you points for the smaller, moveable appliances require. which you get out of the cupboard each time you • The appliances to be fitted. want to use them (think of the number of • The work you need to do to add or sockets you might need and add on 50%). reposition the services. All services and even window/doors can be Now it’s time to start shopping for a new repositioned - it is just that additional work is involved; the rough order from easiest to most kitchen. Remember though it is a big expense, so speak to an expert before making your final difficult is - electricity, gas, water supplies, decision. Most kitchen companies and even drains (above floor), blocking up doors/ windows, drains below floor and moving doors/ some local kitchen installers will have an in-house designer. These guys are good, it’s what they do windows. But remember that you may need professional assistance to move doors/windows for a living. Many will provide this service for free and although you have your plan, they and you will need a registered gas fitter to might be able to improve upon it and even be move a gas point. Bearing all this in mind, 'play' with the layout to able to come up with some money saving ideas and still get you that dream kitchen. achieve your dream kitchen - then look at any relocation of services required - are you happy Next time - Choosing a new kitchen. with the amount of work involved?


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The Pitlochry Garden April 2017 For gardeners, April is one of the busiest months but it is also a month where the weather can create havoc. To cope with this I suggest we divide the month into three ten day periods.

At the start of the month light levels will still be low and there is always the possibility of frost and maybe spring snow. If it is fair use this time to finish up any jobs you meant to do in March like winter pruning or planting deciduous shrubs and trees that are root-balled. If it is still cold and wet take the time to do some serious cleaning in the shed, tunnel or glasshouse. When things heat up any over-wintering pests will be ready to spread so get in and sweep and wash down with some disinfectant. Prepare your potting and seed trays too and get in some fresh seed compost. Phase two will be at some point in the middle of the month when you can start to sow things in trays and pots under cover. If you sow too early your seedlings will be 26 Pitlochry Life

lanky and prone to falling over or getting fungal disease. Aim to have your seedlings on the bench for the shortest possible time before planting out after the last frosts. When your trays are all filled and covered with lids you can start preparing the ground where you will plant them out by digging the top spit and turning in over in clods. Late frosts will break this down and birds will clean out pests. Weed seed will also germinate and you can clean up the beds before you put your seedlings out. Apply fertiliser sparingly and turn over: well-rotted manure, Gro-More or pelleted chicken manure are all good depending on what crops you are growing.

Clearing up your ornamental beds and applying fresh mulch will help to control weeds, nourish your plants and keep watering requirements to a minimum. Decaying top growth can be removed to the compost heap along with old leaves but put perennial weeds like dandelion or dock onto the fire not the compost.

This is also a good time to apply a little feed to the borders: I prefer to use a balanced feed like Gro-More or else pelleted chicken manure, but only a scant handful per square metre. Over feeding produces lush top growth which is very attractive to aphids and they are coming next. Better to grow things a bit harder and have good root systems. The last ten days of April ought to be noticeably warmer with bud burst and early spring flowers to follow the spring bulbs. Leave the foliage of bulbs for at least 6 weeks or else let them die down entirely. You can dead head the bulbs and sprinkle that area with bone meal to feed the bulbs for next year’s display. If you fed the birds all winter and maybe provided nest boxes there should be an army of helpers singing in the hedges and chasing down any bugs while you have a seat in the sun and relax. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Last month we looked at streaming music, this month lets look at video and TV. The two main contenders are Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, both are streaming video services, which means that as long as you have an internet connection, you can watch TV shows and movies without having to wait for them to download. Both are paid subscriptions and both are fantastic. They have thousands of movies and TV shows - it’s great to sit down each evening and watch a whole series of a TV show over a week or so, instead of once a week, without forgetting who’s who and what happened last time. There are several ways of doing this. The easiest by far is with a smart TV. By smart, I mean one that connects to the internet, either by a cable to your router, or wirelessly. You will need around 5mb/s connection speed for quality uninterrupted playback and fibre optic speed for 4k content. Most recent models of TV will come with both Amazon and Netflix apps already installed. If not, check the apps available, they may be available to download directly onto the TV. If either, or both are unavailable, the next best option is an Amazon Firestick which retails for about £35. This simply plugs into a spare HDMI socket on your TV and speaks wirelessly to your router. There are lots of apps on it, and quite surprisingly it includes Netflix. Next is a Google Chromecast (£30), it has Netflix, but doesn’t have an Amazon Prime Video app, so consider the next option: Smart Blu-ray/DVD player. These come in at a little over £50, no need to spend a fortune on one.

Delivery, you already have Amazon Prime Video, and music too! (not everyone realises that) Without confusing matters, Amazon also have something called Amazon Instant Video. The movies and TV shows are slightly more recent on Instant, but are on a pay to view. If you have Prime, it also shows what’s available on Instant, which is sometimes disappointing when you find you have to pay more to watch something you really fancy. However, Prime has a massive selection and includes the Jeremy Clarkson, better than Top Gear, Grand Tour. Some reckon the monthly subscription is worth this alone… Amazon Prime costs £79 per year, or £7.99 per month. But remember you get video, music and delivery for that.

Netflix – Again, thousands of titles, including the absolute must see Breaking Bad and The Good Wife (that’s 2017 taken care of then). There is nothing extra to pay with Netflix, which keeps it simple, and I think their home page is easier to navigate than Amazon. Netflix starts at £5.99 per month, but forget that and start at £7.99 to get HD and watch on two screens at same time (ie kids upstairs out of the way watching something from the kids section, whilst you enjoy whatever you want to watch in peace elsewhere. 4k and 4 screens is £8.99. So, which one? Well they are both great, both play on phones, tablets and computers, you can watch them anywhere in the world. Both now offer the ability to download and watch later and both have increasing 4k content. No easy answer then, well there is – both offer first month free, so sign up for both, make your choice and cancel the other before the first payment is due. Amazon Prime Video – you get a bonus with this, the cost includes the Amazon Prime next Bet you keep both, I did and by cancelling my day delivery for free (ok, 2 day delivery in Sky Movies I get better TV and saved money! Pitlochry). If you shop regularly on Amazon it is Willie well worth it. If you already have Amazon Prime 32 Pitlochry Life

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What to do with a Sprained Ankle - Part 2 If you read last month’s article, you’ll be aware of the reasons for the article on sprained ankle treatment. This month I’d like to move it on to the next stage – how to begin and progress the process of rehabilitation. There are a number of stages to this, but from the outset you need to concentrate on a combination of restoring the correct movement in the ankle, and slowly strengthening it. It’s worth remembering the basics here – try comparing the movements possible with the injured ankle to those of your good ankle: you’ll probably be quite surprised at how different these two are. Try pointing your foot downwards, upwards, and very carefully rolling it inwards and outwards: your target is to get the flexibility in the joint back as near as possible to its pre-injury level. Initially these movements should be done whilst seated – certainly not whilst weight bearing. Look at yourself walking, or get someone else to do it – check if you’re limping at all: it’s vital to try and break that habit, or you’ll set up misalignment all over the body. This will probably give you a bit of a shock – as can be seen in picture 1, whilst for all practical purposes I can walk around as normal, there is significantly more movement in the left (undamaged) ankle. Picture 2 tells a similar story – this movement is known as inversion, and again there is a great deal more movement on the undamaged side. So…work to do here then, and that’s after 7 weeks…. Massaging the bottom of the foot is always a good idea before you try any exercises – picture 3 shows a small foot massager. You can use a tennis ball, but it’s likely that something quite a bit softer will be more comfortable. Roll this

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gently under the foot for at least 2 minutes. Picture 4 shows exercises done with a theraband. Yellow is the lightest grade I have, and it’s more than adequate. The foot should be put into all of the positions described in paragraph 1, with resistance there but not so you have to strain really hard. This part of the process takes a long time – much longer than most people expect, and these exercises should be done several times a day. I’ve been doing them for a number of weeks now, and the movement, strength, and control is slowly returning. The final stage is to reconnect the brain and the joint – this is known as proprioception, and again is a slow process of teaching the brain to recognise what’s going on in the joint. Initially stand on one leg, eyes open. Then progress to the same exercise with the eyes shut – make sure there is something you can grab hold of if you lose your balance! Finally you can use a wobble board (see the final picture) – these can be bought cheaply online and is an excellent investment. The idea is to balance for at least 30 seconds at a time – harder than it looks. As you can see, my ankle is still significantly swollen even at this stage. This then is a very basic guide to some of the exercises which you might undertake in order to return to normal function, and a reminder that whilst you may be able to do basic actions (functional recovery), it will be a lot longer until you can stress the joint like you could pre-injury (anatomical recovery). Note that this is general guidance, and if in any doubt you should always consult a medical professional.

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Cycle With Me! - The Circular Banvie Route – Blair Atholl. Length: Approx. 9.5 miles Great for: A moderate cycle with a great half-way stop for lunch in the woodlands! Benefits: Conveniently starts at a car park. Great views of Blair Castle. Takes in woodland, moors and rivers. Estate tracks, so few vehicles. Starting from Glen Tilt Car Park, turn left on the road outside the exit from the car park and head towards Old Blair. (If you are starting from the Museum Car Park in Blair Atholl, turn right out of the car park and then left after the bridge and follow the signs to the Glen Tilt Car Park). In Old Blair, turn left at the crossroads and then right after crossing over the Banvie Burn (signposted). Keeping the burn on your right you will climb through woodland and then reach moorland, with plenty of chance to spot Buzzards and the odd Peregrine Falcon! Follow the way marked path into woodland again and enjoy the gentle downward slopes, passing a turn off for The Falls of Bruar – a good place to stop for a picnic! The route then bends round to the left continuing through woodland. After a sharp turn to the right and then a left hand turn at a mini crossroads it’s a straight cycle towards Blair Castle with views of The Pass of Killicrankie and Ben Vrackie in the distance. Just before the riding centre at Blair Castle, take the road to the left which will take you down a hill, round a bend and under a bridge through some cottages to bring you to where you started your cycle up the Banvie Burn. Retrace your wheels to bring you back to either of the car parks! Written by Sally Judd, Blair Atholl Bike Hire

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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I was pleased to see the recent demonstration in Westminster by campaigners from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI). I am also happy to lend support to their fight against the UK Government’s changes to the state pension age. The UK Government has accelerated the process of equalisation of pension ages for men and women, which means that women born in the 1950s have lost thousands of pounds in pension payments without having sufficient time to plan. These women have a right to be angry – they have worked hard for decades and have paid their fair share into the pot. The Government must now honour that and recognise that pensions are not a privilege but an entitlement. Thousands of women in my constituency, and across the country, now face years without receiving their state pension and a struggle to make ends meet. We know that the Government has the money in the National Insurance Fund to help these women, and ensure they get what they are entitled to. I am continuing to urge the Government to do the right thing and scrap these changes immediately. I wanted to make sure that readers were aware of benefit support that is available. It is estimated that, in 2014/15, for tax credits and the main income-related benefits, there could be over 500,000 cases of individuals or families in Scotland not claiming benefits to which they were entitled. Claiming the benefits that people are entitled to will help maximise family incomes and can reduce poverty levels. Knowing what financial support is available could make a difference to people’s lives. We also know that personal circumstances can change very quickly – whether it’s losing a job, a family bereavement, becoming a carer for a family member, or having a child. The evidence tells us that often many of us don’t realise that changes in our lives can mean we are entitled to additional support and that there is a range of benefits all of us are entitled to know about. Many of us will need that financial support at some point in our lives, whether we’re in work or not. So we all have a stake in ensuring everyone is looked after properly and the social security system exists to help and support those who need it, when they need it. Making sure that everyone receives the financial help they are entitled to is one of the first steps towards putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security policy in Scotland. Citizens Advice service in Scotland is providing a dedicated web page : with all available information on benefits and tax credits, eligibility and how to access them, as well as a freephone benefits helpline (0800 085 7145). I will be holding surgeries during my Easter recess. Keep an eye on my or the local press for details. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP Over £590 million will be made available for 2017/18 to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland. Councils across Scotland will share £422 million to deliver more affordable homes in their local communities. £11.681 million is available for Perth and Kinross. continued on page 50

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The total budget is an increase of £18 million compared to last year. A good supply of affordable homes is vital to ensuring everyone has an equal chance of getting on in life. That is why it is key to the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling poverty, reducing inequality and building strong local communities. It also boosts the economy by supporting 14,000 jobs right across the country. The Scottish Government is determined to increase and accelerate housing supply – working in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver quality homes to fit local needs. Further information about More Homes Scotland is available on the Scottish Government website. I was pleased to see that the latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across Perth & Kinross are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously. In 2015-16, 95% of pupils went onto positive destinations after leaving school in Perth & Kinross – an increase of 2.9% in the past year. The SNP Government has made education its number one priority in this parliament and is committed to improving education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life. We are committed to continually improving standards in our schools and ensuring that young people have opportunities to go on to work, education or training and make the best start in adult life. Our schools across Perth & Kinross are benefitting from this commitment from the Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life – and additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from Perth & Kinross find positive destinations after leaving school. I’m delighted to see 95% of school leavers in Perth & Kinross now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. After four years steadily around the 92-93% mark - itself a high percentage - this year's figures represent a step change and show the continued progress the Government is making to give young people across Perth & Kinross the best start in life. Congratulations are also due to Perth & Kinross Council and all of the hard work put in by teachers, parents and, above all, the young people themselves. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at

Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative Following much wrangling, BT have announced their intention to legally separate itself from its infrastructure arm, BT Openreach. Openreach controls the fibre connections, ducts and pipes behind the UK's broadband infrastructure and sells access to rival providers, such as TalkTalk and Sky. Ofcom had previously threatened to split up the BT monopoly in order to increase competition. Broadband competitors have long complained that having to pay for access to BT infrastructure was strangling market competition. Hopefully this shake up will be good news for customers and allow greater focus and competition for rural broadband rollout. The UK Government has made a commitment for superfast broadband to be available to every property by 2021, hopefully this new structure will allow this to happen for residents in Highland Perthshire. continued on page 52

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In March, I had the pleasure of meeting modern apprentices currently working at Perth and Kinross Council as part of Modern Apprenticeship week 2017. Skills Development Scotland, who ran the week, hoped that it would raise awareness over the career opportunities afforded by apprenticeships. It is massively important that local government and public services are equipped with the right skills to deliver services and modern apprentices area vital part of this story. It is also important that youngsters are aware of options other than college and university open to them post high school. Increasing the appeal of apprenticeships is important and I believe that they must have the same cachet as other post-school study options. In February and March, I heard from countless businesses across Highland Perthshire who contacted me with concerns following an increase in their business rates bill following the Scottish Government revaluation. Hikes for hoteliers in some parts of Highland Perthshire have put their profitability under serious pressure and I was pleased to be able to lead the charge at Holyrood for a cap on hikes. As a result of this campaign Ministers at St Andrews House U-turned and capped increases at 12.5% for the coming year. Despite this action, many businesses are left out from this relief and are facing huge bills with no realistic means of paying them. What this whole sorry issue highlighted is the serious deficiencies in how rates are calculated and assessed. The changing nature of commerce is seriously hitting those who have a physical presence on the high street. A new path must be forged that takes into account specific local trading conditions and the pressures they face. It is time that businesses were supported rather than treated as a cash cow as many receive precious little in terms of support or services for their hefty rates bill. Murdo Fraser MSP always welcomes feedback from constituents. He can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL, by email on or by telephone on 01738 553990.

Kate Howie - Councillor, Perth & Kinross Highland Ward - SNP A Farewell from Councillor Kate Howie After much consideration I have decided not to seek re-election at the Council elections in May. With my sister Eleanor before me we Howie sisters have represented the folk of Highland Perthshire for over 20 years. I can honestly say it has been an honour and privilege to work for and with the communities here. I have made many friendships and hope in some small way I have helped those who sought my assistance. I give my successor all my best wishes. Kate Good luck Kate, we all wish you the very best and I’m sure everyone in Pitlochry will offer their best wishes for the future and a huge thanks for a job well done.

Ian Campbell - Councillor, Perth & Kinross Highland Ward - Conservative If you would like to discuss any specific issues with me, please call me on 07786 173315 / 07736 307879/ 01738 827079 or e-mail me at If you want to keep up to date with what is happening daily in Highland Perthshire then follow me on Facebook at Councillor Ian Campbell HP continued on page 54

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Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005. e mail: Facebook Page: Highland Perthshire Linked Charge. Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on most Sundays, and other regular events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Sundays – 9.30am Holy Communion Contact - Mr Sandy Charleson 01796 473025. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly in Aldour Hall on second Tuesdays at 2.30pm. Details of the Summer Outing in June will be published soon. The Reading Group normally meets in the Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month enquiries 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Sundays– 11.15am - First Sundays Sung Communion or All Age Family Communion; second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins; third Sundays Sung Communion. Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. St Andrew's, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Sundays – Unless otherwise stated a service is held at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month : for details please see notice board. Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. This year, Lent began on Wednesday 1 March During Lent, Morning Prayer will be said on Thursdays at 10.30 am in Holy Trinity, Pitlochry Please look out for notices about the Lent Study Course on the theme 'The Journey to the Cross', arranged by Churches Working Together in Atholl. Services For Holy Week And Easter 2017 At Holy Trinity, Pitlochry Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10, 11 and 12 April 10.30am Morning Prayer; 11.00am Time for Silent Prayer. Thursday 13 April - Maundy Thursday. 8 pm - 'Watch and Pray' - Holy Communion, with Hand Washing, Stripping of the Altar and Vigil. Friday 14 April Good Friday. continued on page 56

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12noon to 2 pm - Silent prayer and reflection. 2 to 3pm The Final Hour - Readings, Reflections, Music and Prayers with Holy Communion. At St. Andrew's, Strathtay Friday 14 April Good Friday. 2 to 3 pm The Final Hour Easter 2017 At Holy Trinity, Pitlochry Saturday 15 April Easter Eve. 8.00 pm - Easter Vigil with watch until midnight. Sunday 16 April Easter Day. 9.30 am - Sung Holy Communion.

Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at:, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along for creativity and fellowship. Table Tennis Group: Every Wednesday from 4th January, in The Tryst Hall from 2.00- 4.00 pm. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. The Guild will meet on Wednesday 8th March at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge. A talk will be given on one of The Guild Projects – ‘All Friends Together’. All welcome to come along. Lent Meeting (Last in the series of 6 meetings organised by the CWTA Group, ‘Journey to the Cross’) will be held at Pitlochry Church of Scotland, in The Tryst Lounge at 2.30pm.

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Good Friday Evening Service at 7.00 pm. Easter Morning Ecumenical Communion Service in The Explorers’ Garden beside Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Sunday 16 April 7.00 am. Easter Morning Communion Service at 10.30 am. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email:

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie ( Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: Sundays: We meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road. Doors open at 10:30am with coffee & cake, tea & biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. April Events Sunday 2nd - we will be exploring The Esther Paradox: Many people speak about God drawing closer to them in times of distress, as he certainly does, but there are also times when the opposite is true. Where do we go when we seem to need God’s comfort most desperately, but he seems to withholds his voice from us? Sunday 9th - Palm Sunday: the occasion when Jesus, the King of Kings, enters the great city of Jerusalem... on a donkey!? Sunday 16th - Easter Sunday Family Service. Today is the most important date in the Christian calendar when we celebrate that death could not keep Jesus in the grave. Afterwards there will be a huge Easter Egg hunt which again everyone and anyone can come and enjoy. Details on our website and Facebook page. Sunday 23rd - We continue to confront the big questions of life through the stories of the Bible’s heroes of faith. In Paradoxology we wrestle with the challenges of faith so we can really come to know God, individually and together. Sunday 30th - John Greenshields concludes Paradoxology. Some people never unpick the troubling questions of our faith fearful that that faith may be too fragile to be tested on difficult ground. We don’t believe so! Paradoxes are actually the heart of our vibrant faith. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm repeated Sundays 10pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 ( 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12. Contact Ken on 470261. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 2pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. continued on page 60

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When The Pound’s Not A Round The new pound coin comes into circulation on 28th March. Its design is based on the winning entry of schoolboy David Pearce (15), who beat 6,000 others in a nationwide contest. The design on the ‘tails’ side features a rose, a leek, a thistle and a shamrock – the emblems of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – all growing out of a single stem. The ‘heads’ sign is a portrait of Her Magesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark. There are however two other features that make it instantly recognisable:

Latent image – it has an image like a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number '1' when the coin is seen from different angles. Micro-lettering – it has very small lettering on the lower inside rim on both sides of the coin. One pound on the obverse “heads” side and the year of production on the reverse “tails” side, for example 2017. Milled edges – it has grooves on alternate sides. The coin also has a high security feature built in to further protect it from counterfeiting in the

It is 12-sided – so also instantly recognisable by touch as well as sight. It is bimetallic - made of two metals (like our current £2 coin). The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy). But the coin is cleverer than that. It will be the most secure coin in the world, with several features that make it much more difficult to counterfeit. Our current pound coin was first introduced in 1983 and there are over £433 million of them in circulation. The Royal Mint estimates that one in 30 pound coins is fake, so they have produced the new one with cutting edge technology in their factory in Wales (at a rate of 2,000 per minute). They hope the new coin will all but end counterfeiting. In addition to the shape and bimetal construction, it includes:

future. It is rumored that the coin has a steel core, with an electromagnetic ‘signature’ that a machine can detect and verify authenticity extremely quickly. The new coin weighs slightly less than the old one, is a little thinner, but has a slightly larger diameter. This is obviously going to cause a lot of problems with parking meters, vending machines etc. which will have to be sorted out before the old coin is withdrawn from circulation on 15th October 2017. That withdrawal date causes another problem – for Piggy Bank coin hoarders! So, empty your piggybanks, upend your coin jars, scrabble behind the sofa and get all your pound coins together – then spend or change them before October. Debbie Pitlochry Life 59

Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – Fridays 12pm. Soup Lunch in the Atholl Centre. Youth Club - Friday 28th at 6pm. See posters at FB page for details

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Matthew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228 Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am Braes of Rannoch 10.00am Foss & Rannoch 11.30am Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Holy Week Services Thursday,13th April Maundy Thursday Service at Struan Church at 7.00pm Friday, 14th April Good Friday Joint Service at Kilmaveonaig at 7.00pm Sunday, 16th April Early Morning Service at St Brides Kirk at 8.00am Sunday, 16th April Easter Service in Blair Atholl Church at 11.15am Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

Grandtully, Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland Interim Moderator, Dr Nigel Henderson 01250 870513. Session Clerk : Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209.

Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.

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Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. Weekday Masses: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month: Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1.00 pm. First Friday of the Month: After the 9.30am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence till 12.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation For Confessions please refer to the Easter Program. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call. We also have different groups in our parish: the Choir, St Vincent de Paul Society, Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Fund Raising committee and other groups are in the making. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome and can ask for further information about any of these groups from Fr Edward or any other member of our community.

Welcome to Our Easter Celebrations St Bride’s Pitlochry - Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy - St Columba Birnam Every Friday of Lent at 7.00 pm we will meditate the way of the Cross followed by a sharing of the Word of God (the Gospel) proclaimed to us by the Church on the previous Sunday (Lectio Divina). Confessions: Saturday 8th April: St Columba’s, Birnam from 5. 30 pm till Mass. Tuesday 11th April: Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy after 9.30 am. Mass. th St Bride’s, Pitlochry, Penitential Service at 7.00 pm. Tuesday 11 April: Rev. Dr Thomas Shields will be leading this service, during which both Fr Thomas and Fr. Edward will be available for confessions. Saturday 8th April – Mass for the Sick and Elderly 11. 00 am Mass in St Bride’s, Pitlochry: this mass is especially for the sick and elderly during which those present can receive, if they like to, the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. After mass, there will be light refreshments. Holy Week Celebrations Palm Sunday – 9th April: Mass times. Saturday Vigil Mass at St Columba’s, Birnam 6. 00 pm. Palm Sunday: Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy 9. 30 am. St Bride’s, Pitlochry 11. 30 am. continued on page 64

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In all Masses, there will be the blessing and distribution of Palm Crosses. Wednesday, 12th April: Chrism Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, 7. 00 pm. All are welcome for this very special Mass during which the sacred oils are blessed and the priests will renew their vocational commitments. Please pray for priests and vocations especially on this day. Maundy Thursday: 13th April: The Last Supper of Our Lord Mass with the washing of feet at St Bride’s, 6. 30 pm. After Mass, there will be Silent prayer in front of the blessed sacrament at the Altar of Repose. Good Friday: 14th April: The Passion and Death of Our Lord Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 10.30 am. The celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross will take place at St Bride’s, Pitlochry at 3.00 pm. Easter Saturday: 15th April Easter Vigil: The greatest and most important of all Christian Celebrations; at St Bride’s, Pitlochry, 8.30 pm. May we all make a special effort to participate in this special mass and encourage other to come as well. Easter Sunday: 16th April; Mass times. Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy: 9. 30 am. St Columba’s, Birnam: 11. 00 am. St Bride’s, Pitlochry: 11. 30 am. May the Joy of the Risen Christ be always with us to strengthen us in our life. We would like to wish everyone a very happy and holy Easter.

Jehovah’s Witnesses On the night before he died, Jesus instituted a new anniversary for Christians—the Memorial of his death. This year the Memorial is after sunset on 11th April. Your local congregation will be holding this special service at 8.00 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Please join us to remember what Jesus achieved for us. Sunday 2nd April, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Human Creation’s Groaning—When Will it End ?’ Followed by a discussion: ‘These Things Entrust to Faithful Men (2 Timothy 2:2)’. Thursday 6th April, 7.00pm. A series of talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Let Jehovah Mold Your Thinking and Conduct—discussion of Jeremiah 17–21’, ‘Warmly Welcome Them’, ‘The King Refines His People Spiritually’ Part 3, ‘Progressively Enlightened About Use of the Cross’. Sunday 9th April, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Serve Jehovah With a Joyful Heart’. Followed by a discussion: ‘Jehovah’s Purpose Will Be Fulfilled! (Isaiah 46:11)’. Tuesday 11th April, 8.00pm. The Memorial of Christ’s Death. Thursday 13th April, 7.00pm. A series of talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Do You Have “a Heart to Know” Jehovah?—discussion of Jeremiah 22–24’, ‘Moral Refinements—Reflecting God’s Holiness’ Part 1. Sunday 16th April, 10.30am. A talk: ‘How to Cultivate Peace in an Angry World’. Followed by a discussion: ‘The Ransom—A “Perfect Present” From the Father (James 1:17)’. continued on page 66

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Thursday 20th April, 7.00pm. A series of talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Be Courageous Like Jeremiah—discussion of Jeremiah 25–28’, ‘Kingdom Songs Inspire Courage’, ‘Moral Refinements— Reflecting God’s Holiness’ Part 2, ‘The Bible’s View of Alcohol and Tobacco’. Sunday 23rd April, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Does God Count You Personally Important?’ Followed by a discussion: ‘Jehovah Leads His People (Isaiah 58:11)’. Thursday 27th April, 7.00pm. A series of talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Foretold the New Covenant—discussion of Jeremiah 29–31’, ‘How Does Jeremiah 29:10 Demonstrate the Accuracy of Bible Prophecy?’, ‘Moral Refinements—Reflecting God’s Holiness’ Part 3. Sunday 30th April, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Show Respect and Love in Your Marriage’. Followed by a discussion: ‘Who Is Leading God’s People Today? (Hebrews 13:7)’. We offer a free study of the Bible, at a convenient location for you, using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like a one-off trial, do get in touch on 07 802 753 193 or At you can find answers to life’s questions, even the difficult ones.

Heartland Healing Rooms Heartland Healing Rooms will reopen in January. 19th April - Aberfeldy Town Hall 4.30pm - 6.00pm 26th April - The Tryst, Pitlochry 2.00pm - 3.30pm A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith ,no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. No appointment is necessary as you will be seen on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge. Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council Meeting, 8th March (Summary) Full minutes 7 PMCC Councillors 2 PKC councillors and Police present. Minutes of February meeting accepted. Police: Sgt MacNaughton stated that 2 more of her officers were now redeployed towards community duties. She covered the following items; cold calling by people offering “gardening” services; Warning off a nuisance busker on Atholl Road; noise complaints at Walker Court; vandalism to cars; a person claiming to be a meter reader to gain entrance to a house. From the floor; Repeated noise complaints at Ballinlochan Terrace. Police following up but all incidents should be called in to 101 as they occur. Chairman`s report: Notices received and circulated re A9 upgrade. Overnight works on railway during March and April. A request for CC support for a “Volunteer Celebration Day” for Highland Perthshire in Pitlochry, similar to events in Aberfeldy in previous years. Agreed in principle. Treasurer`s report: Current account £421.05, Tartan account £3044. Environment Report: Ongoing street light issues were generally responded to when notified. Most columns Still lacking legible identification numbers. continued on page 68

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High Quality Care Located in picturesque Birnam, Perthshire, Rivendell House care home offers comfort, tranquillity and community to all residents.

nice, residents can wander in the gardens or sit on the patio or in the summer house and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the gardens.

There are different types of accommodation that can house up to 27 residents, from single en-suite bedrooms to self-contained flats, offering plenty of choice for anyone looking Manager Rhonda and the staff work continuously to move into a care facility. to improve and develop the care and support Rivendell offers a wide range of services. provided for residents and families. All staff are Alongside those who decide to come and involved in the implementation of the Continuous make Rivendell their home for life we also care and support for those who decide to use Learning Framework and ensuring the implementation of best practice into everyday life. our services for the short term. The home’s mission statement is “a home for life” and owner Alastair Stewart ensures that his team strives to give everyone at Rivendell the best possible life during their twilight years.

Rivendell House is registered with the Care Inspectorate and Perth and Kinross Council.

We have residents who come for a holiday whilst their main carer goes away. Some come to us for a period of rehabilitation and to help them get back on their feet after being unwell or a recent hospital stay. We have residents who come in for recuperation rather than go into hospital, building up their strength before going home again.

With 3 activity co-ordinators, there’s plenty to do at Rivendell – trips out every Tuesday, games, art, Olympic sports training, Physio, Beauty Therapy, crafts and musical performances – and green-fingered residents can help out in the fruit and veg garden and orchard. The produce from the garden goes into the quality meals prepared for residents, so they can taste the fruits of their labour. Recently there was an Olympics Day held in the home’s enclosed gardens, where residents took part in different activities and enjoyed a barbecue. The spacious home has a large lounge – overlooking the hills - and dining areas, offering space to socialise. And when the weather is

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Local Councillors reports: Cllr Howie ; Town Hall ,£120k spent on works this year. Surveys underway to identify streetlights needing renumbering. Canopies on Atholl Road to be inspected. Junction of Perth Road/Bridge Road being inspected regarding damage to verge. Road Safety; extra money in budget. Meeting agreed priority sites for speeding were Perth Road at Aldour, approach to Moulin from Kinnaird and West Moulin Road at access to the school. Dog Fouling; someone had now been charged and fined. A particular problem caused by dogs to fouling outside the nursery at the school. All fouling should be reported to the Dog Warden on 01738476476. Cllr Campbell: Perth Winter Festival had received grant of £282k from PKC and produced significant benefit. Council was running a “Place Standard workshop” on 21 March and CC members free to attend. Issues raised by Public: Plastic bollards outside Greggs abandoned by Utility company blocking road, Condition of Stationhouse. This belonged to the owner of Pasha Restaurant who refused to discuss it. Trees at Ballinlochan Terrace causing problems. Co-Op notice board, store to be pressed for new board. AOCB: Pavement gritting issues. Request for enforcement of overnight parking ban in Atholl Road car-park. PUGS; work underway on terracing to finish by Gala Day. Other areas progressing. A-boards still proliferating. Out of hours medical service at PRI partially re-instated but insufficient Doctors prepared to participate to provide full service.

Neighbourhood Watch: April 2017 Not a day goes by without a new Scam being reported so here are a few of the recent ones which have been circulated to members of Neighbourhood Watch but not to the wider community. By phone: You receive a phone call from a caller who says they are from a Utility company or similar. They say that due to some fault/shortfall in their service, you are due compensation. You are given to understand that the money will be paid in to your account (they may/may not ask for account details). A few days later, the fraudster phones again and says that too much compensation has been transferred to your account and could you please transfer a certain amount back. The fraudster provides account details for the “return” of the money. If you do as asked, you will be out of pocket by the amount transferred as no compensation will have been transferred in the first place. There are other variations on this technique. By email: Consumers are becoming increasingly vulnerable to sophisticated ‘Phishing’ e-mails purporting to come from companies we trust, such as Amazon , Apple, banks, charities and even government departments (HMRC). The general advice is to check that the e-mail has the genuine domain address and to never open any links to other sites. A local example is when you receive an email allegedly from your Bank, saying that they are upgrading their security machines to provide a better customer service. The message goes on to ask you to update your account information and warns that a failure to do so will mean a suspension of your online service. You are asked to “Click here to login” to complete the update. Don’t do it Spoofed “Amazon” Fraud: You receive an email purporting to be from Amazon which says that you have made an order online for an expensive vintage chandelier/ stereo/ watch. It says that, if you haven’t authorised the transaction, you can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. This link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm name, address and bank card details!!! No genuine company will ever ask for personal or banking details to be supplied by email. If you have been a victim of fraud report it at or phone 0300 123 2040 or Police Scotland on 101. continued on page 70

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Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday the 9th of April at later time of 7pm: Rams (Hrútar) (2015 cert 15 91mins) Director Grímur Hákonarson. Won 29 awards and nominated for 10. 'Most memorable for its gravity, for the almost tragic nobility it finds in sad and silly moments.' This April, Heartland Film Society brings you 'Rams', a masterpiece of Icelandic dry humour that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Information and online booking or phone 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society and Facebook.

Pitlochry Bowling Club Opening Day for Pitlochry Bowling Green will be Saturday 22nd April. Clubhouse open from 1.00pm - players on the green at 2.00pm. Members and visitors all welcome. Information if required from Elma Spence on 01796 473459.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group You cannot fail to notice the litter lying about on the streets of Pitlochry. If this annoys you join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground carpark. This is a new venue. The next litterpick is on 11th April. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 11th April, 9th May,13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes 01796 473400.

Pitlochry Rotary Bring A Touch Of Colour To A Dull Winter! On entering Pitlochry from the south, both locals and visitors alike are met with a swathe of purple crocuses at the foot of East Moulin Road. Five thousand bulbs were planted in the autumn of 2016 by the Rotary Club of Pitlochry to promote awareness of Rotary International’s drive to eliminate polio world-wide. This momentous task has almost been achieved with only two countries now reporting signs of polio, rather than the one hundred and sixty when Rotary first started the programme over twenty years ago. The quest continues……… continued on page 71

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Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th April at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry. Drew Scott will be telling us about backstage matters at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or After the talk, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting and we hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend.

Dunmore Angling Club We have restocked Loch Dunmore with tench and carp for the 2017 season. The club controls the fishing on Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry - reached from the B8019 road to Killiecrankie (the old A9 road). The small loch holds a mixed coarse fish community with perch, roach, rudd, tench, crucian and common carp in amongst the lilies – a most attractive venue to fish. Day tickets are available between 1st April and mid September each year and can be obtained from The Faskally Boating Station just to the north of Pitlochry (£8 for adults and £4 for juniors aged 16 and under) or for details of membership e-mail Paul Croft at or telephone 01796 482627.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band The band had a great night playing at the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Perth Concert hall on the 19th February. The band played outside to welcome Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Lawrence as they arrived at the Concert Hall. Pipe Major Graham Mulholland had set all the chanters beautifully in tune with the fiddles and accordions and the tunes "The Old Man of Hoy" and "Sunset Song" were amazing with the pipes and all the other instruments. Four band members were invited to a drinks reception with Princess Anne at the interval. Two young members from the band, Evelyn Ingham and Logan Shanto were chosen, as they had turned out at most parades during the year, and Gus Clarke and I were the other two. It was a lovely experience. We've got a tuition weekend organised at the end of March at Glenalmond College for all our young pipers and drummers in the area. There are about fifty youngsters coming, so it promises to be a busy weekend. All three competing bands are practising hard for the competition season and the time has come to get all the new players who are ready for Highland Nights kitted out in uniform. Our first competition will be on the 22nd April in Dundee when we'll be taking part in the local branch mini bands and trios competition. Practices for learners carry on in Pitlochry High School on a Tuesday Night during term time and we're looking for some new young people who would like to learn the tenor drum to come and join our bass section of the band. Gillie McNab 07733152223. continued on page 72 Pitlochry Life 71

BLAIR ATHOLL VILLAGE HALL By the time you read this, Blair Atholl Village Hall will be owned by a community based charitable company. It has taken many years of working towards this position where the community of Blair Atholl and Struan really does control the destiny of its Village Hall. To celebrate this, we are planning an Easter party on the afternoon of Sunday 16 April. This will be an event for all ages - come and join us as we celebrate. Watch out for details on posters and our website. As well as working towards ownership, we have developed a website for the Hall. This will display information on our facilities and provide a booking enquiry form; there will be details of forthcoming events; a membership application form; and an outline of our plans for the upgrade of the Hall. Visit Later in the month, we have a theatrical evening on Friday 21st April, when we are delighted that Perth Theatre will present Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic's production of "And Then Come the Nightjars" by Bea Roberts. Set in 2001, Jeff is a vet with a problem, Michael is a cattle farmer who is a problem.. By turns heart-breaking and hilarious, this is a tender portrait of friendship and a requiem to rural life. Tickets (£10 each) are available from Tilt Stores, Blair Atholl or from Perth Concert Hall. This production has received excellent reviews. Donald Isles

Pitlochry Station Boookshop March saw the Bookshop reach another landmark when its total of money raised for charity passed £200,000. All of this has been achieved by selling second-hand books, mostly at £1 each. The Bookshop has grown from small beginnings twelve years ago and relies completely on the support of many people: from the volunteers who work in the shop and our many donors of books, to our customers from all over the world and to ScotRail who provide our premises free. Since we have no overheads, all money raised goes to charity. At present there are six charities who benefit from the Bookshop’s work. They are Cancer Research UK; Children’s Hospice Association, Scotland (CHAS); Highland Perthshire Shopmobility; Mercy Corps, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Tayside Mountain Rescue. Details of each charity, including the amounts donated by the Bookshop and its customers, can be found on the Bookshop’s website at The website also includes many interesting items about the Bookshop and its work. The Bookshop is situated on Platform 1 at Pitlochry Station and is open each day from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

Pitlochry and District Choral Society Come to The Atholl Palace Hotel on April 9th at 7.30 p.m. for a wonderful evening of Opera Favourites, including choruses and arias from Carmen, Faust, Madam Butterfly performed by Pitlochry and District Choral Society and soloists including Thomas Kinch. Musical Director, Norman Beedie; Accompanists, Muriel Johnstone and Peter Shand. Tickets are £12 and £1 for children under 16 and will be available from choral members, Viva and The Atholl Palace The Community bus will be available for those needing transport. (Contact Linda Gaul on 01796 472366). We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. continued on page 73

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Rotary Citizen Of The Year 2017 The Rotary Club of Pitlochry, with the generous support of RW Bell, would like to invite members of the public to nominate a suitable candidate for their Citizen of the Year Award 2017. The person nominated should reside in the area of Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Ballinluig and/or play an important part in local community life. The person nominating should give a full account of the reasons why they feel the candidate should be given this prestigious award. This could include public service, voluntary work or exceptional community service in their work or profession. All nominations should be sent to Dougal Spaven, Wester Knockfarrie, Knockfarrie Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5DN by Friday 14th April 2017. For further information please phone 01796 472020 or contact Once again Stephen Carruthers, Managing Director of local firm RW Bell, has generously agreed to supplement the prize fund for Rotary’s Citizen of the Year award. As well as receiving a trophy to keep for a year and a payment of £200 to a charity of their choice the winner will receive a personal award of vouchers worth a further £200. The Rotary Club are indebted to RW Bell for their continuing support.

Pitlochry High School Pupil does well in the Rotary Young Chef Finals We recently reported on the success of local pupil Charlotte McIntyre in local heat of Pitlochry Rotary’s Young Chef of the Year competition. The choice of winner by local judges was obviously the right one as Charlotte went on to practise hard and achieved 3rd place in the District Final recently held in Dundee and Angus College. There were 12 finalists in total and the second place went to Matthew Turnbull (Dundee) who won last year and then was second in the Regional (Scottish) final. Both Charlotte and Matthew were pipped this year by Maddie Owen (Dundee) who proved to the best of an exceptionally high standard of contestants and who now goes on to represent the District in the Regional Final. Our local winner has since been presented with a very smart Chef’s jacket and is seen in our photo with Elaine Liney, Head teacher PHS, (left) ,John Uytman, President of Pitlochry Rotary Club and Louis Wilkie Home Economics teacher. Over the past few years Pitlochry High school have been very successful in this competition consistently achieving high places in the District finals. Next year they are determined to bring the Scottish title of Rotary Young Chef of the Year to Pitlochry.

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and times for reference. Details will also be shown on the web page. You may enter up to three pieces of work and once it is showing on the web page, you have to bring it to the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld over the weekend of 9th, 10th and 11th June. Due to restrictions of space we have to limit the size of work entered and cannot accept anything bigger than 80cm x 80cm. The Exhibition will open on Thursday 22nd June and run for 10 weeks until the end of August. We have a Preview Evening on Monday 19th June from 6 - 8pm in the Duchess Anne. The 2016 Exhibition was a bit quieter than the previous year but we were able to give a cheque for £7250 to the Cathedral funds at the end of the summer. For any further information please email

Pitlochry Art Walk – 10 to 18 June 2017 Would you like to be involved in the Art Walk either as a gallery location or as an artist during this period? I would like to know so that it can be organised this year. The Rotary Club local schools art exhibition will take place during this time as well. Please do contact Iain on 01796 473044.

Scottish Final in Pitlochry Every year the Scottish Community Drama Association runs a competition for one act plays which draws entries from all over the country. After two preliminary rounds eight winning teams compete in the Scottish Final. This year the event will return to Pitlochry Festival Theatre from the 13th to the 15th of April. At the time of going to press the competitors were still unknown but there is a very strong chance that Aberfeldy Drama Club will be there with their performance of Ring Road by Anita Vitesse. The onerous task of assessing the teams will be carried out by Jan Palmer Sayer, a highly experienced adjudicator, director and actor from Hertford. She is a member of the council of The Guild of Drama Adjudicators and has adjudicated at festivals throughout England and Wales as well as last year’s British Final. She recently directed and played the part of Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The Guest of Honour on the Saturday will be Dougal Lee who has been a member of the company at PFT for many years. Tickets price £17 or £48 for all three nights are available from the PFT box office 01796 484626 First curtain each evening will be at 7pm.

Riding For The Disabled - Breadalbane & District Group We are a small group based just south of Pitlochry serving the needs of children from approximately seven schools in Highland Perthshire. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the group to help at all levels – admin, trusteeship, coaching skills and helpers. Equestrian skills are not necessary but are obviously a great help. At present we have 8 children coming for two separate classes on Monday mornings starting at the beginning of the summer term and going through to half-term in October with a break for the summer holidays. We do not operate during the winter months. If you think you could help us to continue to provide this much needed service for the children of this remote area please ring 01796 474444. continued on page 75

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Seminar Double Bill: The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit and The Role of the Charity Chair 6.30 p.m., Tuesday 25th April 2017, Perth Accredited Specialist in Charity Law, Colin Liddell, and Charity Law Solicitor, Sarah Rennie, will be hosting their Annual Seminar for Charity Trustees and Charity Managers at The Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 25th April 2017. Places are £10 per person for either or both sessions and all proceeds will be donated to this year’s nominated charity PKVAS, Scottish Charity Number SC005561 The evening will be split into two sessions: ‘The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit’ In the first session, from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Colin and Sarah will cover a variety of topics including the process for Trustee selection, Risk Management together with recent changes and current issues. ‘The Role of the Charity Chair’ In the second session, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Colin will cover a subject which is relevant to all Trustees and not just Chairs, or Vice-Chairs, in order to understand the Chair’s role and challenges. There will of course also be the usual Q & A session after each session and a short refreshment break in between. It is a case of ‘the more the merrier’ at our Annual Charity Seminar, where we recommend that as many Trustees of a charity try to attend the Seminar together, so that they can speak about it together afterwards. If you would like to attend, please contact to request a Booking Form. There are a limited number of spaces and bookings will be dealt with on a first-paid, first-served basis. For more information about J. & H. Mitchell W.S. and the other services that we provide, please visit us at

Let’s go out! Dawn to Dusk Festival in Carie Woods, Rannoch PH17 2QJ Why not join us in Rannoch for a day of free, fun-filled family outdoor activities on Sunday 7th May. Rannoch Community Trust (in partnership with other Rannoch groups) is holding a one-day event to celebrate Rannoch’s Outdoor Space thanks to a grant from Big Lottery Fund and the permission of the Forestry Commission. We’ve planned guided walks to suit different ages and all abilities. Hot drinks and snacks will be available all day plus a soup lunch and late afternoon BBQ. Whether you want a gentle meander to find our red squirrel feeding stations, or stretch your legs a little further with knowledgeable guides, there is a walk to suit every one. Early birds can join our Dawn Chorus walk ending with breakfast butties and hot drinks. Don’t worry if walking doesn’t appeal – we have lots of activities to suit all ages at our base camp at the picnic site. Talk with experts on topics from wild cats to wild flowers or simply enjoy fresh air and good company. For youngsters, there will be den building, bug hunting and a tent full of crafting materials and older children can try out geocaching or join one of our longer walks. continued on page 76

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Limited transport will be available from Kinloch Rannoch. There is shelter at Carie but do come with out door coats and stout shoes. Booking will ensure we have enough food (but is not essential). Dogs on leads welcome except for the Dawn Chorus walk. For the full programme please visit and click on the “our events” page or email (also for booking walks).

Pitlochry Hospital Car Service. We are urgently needing new recruits to the voluntary service which provides transport to PRI and Ninewells for those with hospital clinic appointments. We require car owners with full insurance and a clean driving licence. For more information please contact Barbara Bright 472058 or Ray Wilson 473031. Please consider it. Thank you.

Pitlochry Ladies Club The last meeting of this winter's programme will be on Wednesday 5th April at Scotland's Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm, when Graeme Smith will be speaking to us about the Charity we have been supporting for the past three years, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, and we will be presenting a cheque to it. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157.

Pitlochry Tennis Club The tennis season will soon be here and we’re getting geared up at Pitlochry Tennis Club for a new season at the Atholl Palace Hotel courts. It is a beautiful setting there and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun and we would make any new members very welcome. Our AGM will be held on Monday 10th April in Stags Head Bar, Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry at 7.30pm. Our subscriptions are very reasonable - £80 for a family, £35 for adults, £20 for juniors and if payment is made on or before Wednesday 10th May, you’ll get a discount of £10 on a family membership and £5 on adult & junior membership. Please contact the Club Secretary Maureen Holmes for further information on 01796 473153 or email

Spring Cleaning???

Unwanted goods welcome!!!

The Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry is having a Thrift Shop in the Scout Hall, Pitlochry from Sunday 16th April to Sunday 23 April. Opening times will be 12 to 4 on Sunday 16th, all other days 11 to 4. We are happy to receive bric-a-brac, small items of furniture, books, toys, clothes, etc. Please bring them along to the Scout Hall during opening times. All proceeds will be shared equally between the DEC appeal for Yemen and PUGS. So please bring your good condition but unwanted goods to support these worthwhile charities. Many thanks for your support. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final.

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J. & H. Mitchell W.S. Announce New Partner The Partners of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. – Colin Liddell, Alan Innes and Paul Keith – are delighted to announce the appointment with effect from 1st April 2017 of Sarah Rennie as a Partner in the firm. Sarah joined the firm in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor, became qualified as a Solicitor and has since been an Associate and Senior Associate. Sarah is only the eleventh Partner since the firm's establishment in Pitlochry in 1836. Sarah is an integral part of the J. & H. Mitchell Charities Team and has built up a significant portfolio of charity clients and community organisations, providing advice and assistance to them on a wide range of topics, and also providing training to charity trustees on request. Sarah is herself a Trustee of two charities, Birnam Arts and The Pettigrew Charitable Trust. Sarah commented “I am delighted to become a Partner of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. It is a pleasure and an honour to become an important part of a forward-thinking legal practice, with traditional values and a personal approach to client care. I thrive on working with individuals and organisations, in particular charities and community bodies, whose passion for a cause I often find infectious. I take a great deal of satisfaction in helping organisations to achieve their goals, operate efficiently and adopt good governance. It is great to see organisations that I have been involved with evolve. Being a Trustee of two charities myself I am aware the practical challenges Trustees can face as well as the legal ones! I am looking forward to exciting times ahead at J. & H. Mitchell W.S as the firm continues to go from strength-to-strength.” Senior Partner, Colin Liddell, said “Adding Sarah to our team of Partners in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy underpins the charity side of our business in particular, but she is able to give advice to clients on a range of topics and complements the existing team well. We are delighted to welcome her as a Partner of our long-established firm.” Pitlochry Life 77

Game of drones We have all seen dramatic aerial video filmed by a drone. They are used extensively now by professionals in movies and TV. Drones are taking off in a big way. Once the preserve of the military, UAV’s - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are now used in a wide range of industries: aerial surveillance of crops, search and rescue operations, delivery of medical supplies to remote or otherwise inaccessible regions. The emergency services all use them, estate agents use them and Amazon even plans to use them for delivery. As they become ever cheaper and increasingly sophisticated, the public are taking to them in a big way. You can now buy a ‘quadcopter’ drone with HD camera and recording facility for less than £60, and it’s that availability that presents a new problem: most people simply regard them as toys. The truth of the matter is that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) classifies them as ‘unmanned aircraft’ – not toys - and as such there are rules and regulations that must be adhered to. First of all a drone must weigh less than 20kg, otherwise it can only be flown in certain few and far between ‘danger areas’ and only with (very) special permission. Anyone flying a drone weighing less than 20kg for commercial use i.e. receiving payment of any sort is also required to seek permission from the CAA. To get permission you will have to show that you are “sufficiently competent”. This is obviously less clear-cut than manned aircraft, which has a well-established licensing

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procedure that is not to be messed with. However, If your drone is under 20kg (huge) and you're not using it for commercial reasons, then you still have some rules to follow. The drone must not be flown: •

Over or within 150 metres of any congested area.

Over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons.

Within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the drone.

Within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing.

The drone must be kept within the visual line of sight (normally taken to be within 500 m horizontally and 400 ft vertically) of its remote pilot (i.e. the ‘person in charge’ of it).

There are also implications under the Data Protection Act regarding the collection of images of identifiable individuals, even inadvertently, when using surveillance cameras mounted on a small unmanned surveillance aircraft.

With a sensible attitude and complete strict regard to safety, none of the above should stop you from buying a drone and having a fantastic time capturing wonderful landscapes, taking amazing selfies, and then of course there’s drone racing!!

If tempted, there are a few considerations before buying your drone. Don’t buy beyond your skill level. Some drones are easier to fly than others. Learning to fly any remote control aircraft is difficult and requires lots of patience. You will most likely crash it as part of the learning curve, so go acquire your skills on a cheaper model first, then move on up as you become more experienced. Learn with a ‘spotter’ to assist you, only fly in good weather, don’t learn near water, trees, power lines or anywhere that’s busy. Long grass can save a crashed drone, but makes it difficult to find. Remember to keep an eye on your battery and quickly understand the meaning of ‘Vortex Ring State’! Do you want to record? Again, drones with cameras are not expensive, ok, you get what you pay for, but as a general rule of thumb, anything with 10-megapixels or more is good quality as far as video is concerned. If you choose one with a removable camera you can fly for longer when learning. How much flight time do you need? At entry level the average flight time is about 7 minutes.

As a pilot that is disappointingly short, but 7 minutes of video is surprisingly long. The more expensive ones last 12 to 15 minutes, the top of the range up to 25 minutes. The easiest solution – buy more batteries as the recharge time can take hours and feel like days. Do you want FPV? That’s First Person Viewing. That means you see what your drone’s camera is seeing in real time and is a great way to fly. This is achieved either by a monitor built into the drone’s transmitter, on a tablet, i-Pad or even smartphone that can be attached to the transmitter, or with increasingly popular FPV goggles. Goggles are still a little expensive but are incredibly exciting to use and are a prerequisite for drone racing with the big boys. There’s lots of advice and assistance available online, Google away and check out the likes of - you will be up and away in no time. Have fun, keep safe and post your results on our Facebook page :o) Willie Pitlochry Life 79

Walk With Me… Pitlochry Fish Ladder and around Loch Faskally. Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 100m, with some steps. This is a good family walk with children. It is over well defined paths and some minor roads with lots to see and some stunning scenery along the way.

right down a path leading to a footbridge signposted for the Boating Station. Over the bridge turn right to follow the path around the other side of the Loch.

The walk starts in Pitlochry’s main street (Atholl Road) at Ferry Road, this is lowest point in the main street where you will see Victoria’s on the corner. Turn down Ferry Road, past Fern Cottage, under the railway bridge and follow the road as it curves left, passing Drummonds. You will then pass the sports field and turn down a path, on the left, sign-posted for the Festival Theatre and Fish Ladder, then cross the bouncy Port-na-Craig suspension bridge, where the kids can count the ‘love-locks’. (Port-na-Craig means ferry by the rock, see if the kids can spot the rock)

You will soon reach the Boating Station where boats and fishing tackle can be hired. There is also a café with lovely home-made cakes. Don’t forget to feed the ducks before heading up the road, back towards Pitlochry, passing the Green Park Hotel on the right. Then take the next right Lagreach Brae (a new housing estate) where in the bottom right corner there is a signed path on the right that leads back down to the loch and the dam. Always keep to the main path near the water and ignore any other paths and tracks coming in from the left.

Over the bridge turn right past Portnacraig Inn, the Festival Theatre will be above you on the left. The Explorer’s Garden is at the rear of the car park at the entrance to the theatre. Keep on this minor road, pass the Theatre and you will come to the dam which has created Loch Faskally. There’s a fantastic new visitor centre here, as well as observation chambers for the salmon ladder which allows the fish to swim upstream through a number of tunnels to bypass the dam. If lucky, you might see one pass through. An electronic counter records how many fish pass through each year and is usually in excess of 4,000. Climb up the steps next to the fish ladder to the top of the dam, then keep left up a few more steps to start the path around Loch Faskally. Soon head right at a fork to some steps down to the shore and follow the clear path. At one point you will go down steps, cross a bridge and climb a longer flight of steps up the other side. The path now climbs away from the water towards the A9. Stay in the woods and you will pass a house at Balmore before emerging onto a minor road. Turn right there and follow this road downhill, under the A9 bridge then immediately turn

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Go through a gap in the fence and down steps towards the dam. Cross the minor road, climb steps on the far side and continue through woodland. The path emerges onto grass and then continues between the river and some houses before reaching the path leading down to the suspension bridge with the padlocks. Turn left here and retrace your steps back to the main street.

For more walks, keep an eye on our website at

The Atholl Medical Centre Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472558 Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm (Doors open at 8.30am) Except Wednesdays Closed 12.15 - 1.45pm Tel: 01796 472558 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111

Pitlochry Post Office Within Premier Store 63 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 474301

Prescriptions -

Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203

Pitlochry Community Hospital Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472052 Visiting Hours: GP Unit 2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm MIIU Open 9.00am - 9.00pm seven days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for an appointment Directions: Turn down at Victoria’s Restaurant and follow signs. (Hospital is adjacent to Atholl Medical Centre) Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice The Surgery, Kinloch Rannoch. Tel: 01882 632216 The Reception is open Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm Surgery Hours 9-10.15am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm. For all urgent appointments please phone reception Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111

Blair Atholl Post Office Tel: 01796 481233 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Kinloch Rannoch Post Office Tel: 01882 632347 Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: Mon - Closed. Tues - Closed Wed 2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm Thurs 10.00am - 12noon & 2.00pm - 7.00pm Fri 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Sun - Closed. Housing & Community Care and Registration Services 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Housing & Comm Care (Housing) 01738 476000 (selecting option 2) Mon - Fri: 8.45am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages 01796 474645 Mon - Fri: By Appointment

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station


Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000


0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Council Housing Emergency

0845 301 11 10

Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

01738 625411

NHS 24


24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry

01796 470001

Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld

01350 729198

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580


0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20


0845 909090


0300 999 999


0800 1111

Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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Atholl Estates and its Award Winning Blair Castle Caravan Park Start 2017 on a High Note! Atholl Estates, the 145,000 acre estate which is home to Blair Castle, has hit the ground running in 2017 with the announcement of a new Family Pass to accompany its popular Annual Pass, now in its fourth year. The estate has also announced that another two eco friendly Family Camping pods are being added to the portfolio at Blair Castle Caravan park, which has recently picked up another top industry award from the AA. And to further crown the approaching new season, The Royal Horticultural Society has officially recognised the Castle Gardens as being worthy of membership of its Partner Gardens Scheme. RHS members will now gain free entry to the gardens every Wednesday throughout the season, a fitting way to celebrate the 21st Birthday of the renowned Hercules Garden being restored, having been first being set out and planted by the 2nd Duke.

them access to the Castle and Grounds for as many times throughout the year as they choose” she said. “The gardens are stunning, and it’s wonderful to gain recognition from the RHS.” Whether visitors just want to come into the restaurant for coffee and cakes or they want to visit the gardens or Gift Shop, they can do so without any additional charge under the Annual Pass. “It’s a way of building loyalty locally for us with certain groups like Senior Citizens and young mothers who may want to meet up here at the Castle and save taking a bus into Pitlochry. We are a wonderful resource here” said Julia Sim.

Says the newly appointed Head of Sales & Marketing at the estate, Julia Sim, who is overseeing the continuing development of Atholl Estate’s tourism business: “We are delighted to announce that we have started 2017 on such a positive note, with a trio of good news stories. Our innovative camping pods have proved so popular with guests looking for no frills self catering accommodation. They are in a great location, within easy reach of the many amenities of the park. We now have four pods in total, and bookings are once again underway.” “We are also pleased to offer the Annual Pass again, under which visitors can opt to pay an extra one off charge of just £17, which gives

As regards the camping pods, the estate believes that many visitors are looking for a self catering experience which is a little bit different. ”Pods of this type have become popular because they also give guests the security of a solid structure and offer a feeling of extra space due to the domed shape of the pods. If you’re a camper you usually have to go to the trouble of putting up your tent when you arrive but time will be saved when you stay in the pods,” she added. “They have utility provision for cooking too.” For further details checkout and Or call 01796 481263.

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She also explained that the new Family Pass covers two adults and up to three children for £50. “We are confident this will appeal to families. It’s another exciting development for the estate.”

Inverness Aviemore Perth Blairgowrie

Blair Atholl


Kinloch Rannoch


Kinloch Rannoch 21 80 52 47 45

80 52 47 45 -

89 61 37 35

99 71 31 30


87 57 26 26 21 21 14 13 8

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The Inn at Loch Tummel

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Acarsaid Steakhouse


Heartland Film Society



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Andy Law Pest Control


Highland Travel




Appliance Repairs


Homefresh Cleaning


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Atholl Palace Hotel Barhaul


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The Hair Studio


Cycle With Me


Neighbourhood Watch


The Hardware Centre


David Pirie Natural Healing


New Kitchen


The Inn at Loch Tummel


Dawn to Dusk Festival


New Pound Coin


The Loft


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The Old Mill Inn


Eskgrove Homes


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TLC Laundry


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