PITLOCHRY LIFE August 2017 Issue 327
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from the Team
Welcome to the August edition of Pitlochry Life. Seems like summer’s not really started and already the kids are heading back to school! We have a handy guide on page 74 with all the term times for the coming year. Watch out for those In-Service days. We are jam packed this month, Sheila looks at gardening… in the wet. Willie talks about PDFs in his computer page and Alan Clinch explains best exercise for you, whatever your age. We also look at Defibrillators. You really could save someone’s life and will be surprised by how many there are in the area! There’s lots to do, so get out and about. The big event this month is the International Horse Trials over 4 days at Blair Castle. In the meantime if the kids are bored, take them to the family fun day at the Hydro Hotel, see you there. If you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte – as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. Feel free to let us know how much you enjoyed your visit. We have ALL the best restaurants, things to do, places to go and things to see, right here, so take us along for company, but remember to say hello to our advertisers. Together we make Pitlochry what it is ☺
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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 30th July-19th Aug 10.00am Pitlochry Gallery Association Arts & Crafts Exhibition 2nd August 2.00pm Blair Atholl & Struan Church Annual Church Sale 4th August 12noon Feis Spe Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail - Blair Castle 4th August 7.30pm Family Ceilidh - Blair Atholl Village Hall 4th August 9.00pm Charlie Gorman plays The Old Mill Inn 5th August 8.30pm Comedy Night at Food in the Park Live 5th August 9.00pm The MMC Band play The Old Mill Inn 8th August 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park 9th August 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Gael-charn Mor 9th August 11.30am Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church 11th August 9.00pm Jono plays The Old Mill Inn 12th August 10.00am Coffee Morning - Moulin Hall 12th August 10.00am Blair Atholl & Struan Church Flower Show 12th August 7.30pm An Evening Of Jazz - Blair Atholl Village Hall 13th August 10.00am Community Football Day - Home Street, Aberfeldy 13th August 8.30pm Blues Mama play Food in the Park Live 15th August 6.00pm The Tryst Walking Group - Around Black Spout Wood 16th August 7.30pm Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir Concert in The Old Church of Rannoch 17th August 12noon Rotary Club of Pitlochry 25th Charity Golf Challenge 18th August 9.00pm Scott MacDonald plays The Old Mill Inn 19th August 12.30pm Rannoch Highland Games 22nd August 5.45pm Helen Kirkwood Joint & Back Class 23rd August 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church 23rd August 6.30pm Street Sports - Pitlochry High School 25th August 8.30pm Red Pine Timber Co play Food in the Park Live 2th-28th August Various Blair Castle International Horse Trials 26th August 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Laggan & Glen Pattack 26th August 10.30am Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry Explore Duncoilich 4th September 2.00pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 6-11th September Various Friends of Confolens 6th September 7.00pm J&H Mitchell Free Seminar 10th September 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema 21st September 7.15pm Scottish Women’s Institute - Aldour Hall
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Sunday 30th July - 19th August - Pitlochry Gallery Association Arts & Crafts Exhibition - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 10.00am. 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and 2.00pm-4.00pm on Sundays. Spaces available for artists, see page 69 for more details. Wednesday 2nd August - Blair Atholl & Struan Church Annual Church Sale – Blair Atholl Village Hall - 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Donations of Bric a Brac, Fruit & Veg, Books, Bottles, Home Baking etc. can be handed in to the hall on the previous evening or the morning of the sale. Friday 4th August - Feis Spe Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail - Blair Castle - 12noon to 2.00pm. See page 2. Friday 4th August - Family Ceilidh - Blair Atholl Village Hall – 7.30pm. The annual tour by the young traditional musicians from the Cairngorms National Park area returns to Blair Atholl Village Hall. Come and enjoy a great evening of traditional music and dancing from these very talented youngsters. Stovies available during the interval, bar, raffle and competition for the kids. Tickets £5.00 (under 16s free) from the Tilt Stores or at the door. .All welcome! Neil Mackintosh, 01796 481310, mail@blairathollvillagehall,co.uk Tuesday 8th August - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 64 for details. Wednesday 9th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Gael-charn Mor – 9.30am. This Corbett, near Kingussie, gives good views to the Cairngorms. The route is up Glen An Gleannan to the summit ridge, returning via Ballinluig farm. Height climbed 600m. Distance 7.5 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 9th August - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church - 11.30am. See page 62 for more information. Saturday 12th August – Coffee Morning - Moulin Hall – 10.00am to 12noon. The usual cake and candy and raffle will be there too! This is for hall funds which will enable us to maintain the hall for the community. Look forward to seeing you then. Saturday 12th August - Blair Atholl & Struan Church Flower Show - Blair Atholl Church - 10.00am. Entries will be accepted on Friday from 4.00pm to 8.30pm and on Saturday morning between 8.00am and 9.00am. Saturday 12th August - Family Fun Day - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 12noon to 4.00pm. A great family day out, and it’s free. See page 47 for details. Saturday 12th August - An Evening Of Jazz - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.30pm. Joe Thompson piano, Nigel Price – guitar, Calum Gourlay – double bass, Sophie Alloway – drums with Pussy Barnett – vocals. Tickets £15/£7.50. Optional interval delicious picnic £15, or bring your own. Glass of wine on arrival, Pay Bar & Raffle. In aid of Upgrading of Blair Atholl Village Hall www.blairathollvillagehall.co.uk and Big Noise, Sistema Scotland www.sistemascotland.org.uk Please contact for numbers: Lavinia Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org The Steading, Lude, Blair Atholl PH18 5TR 01796 481230, 07850 268820. Sunday 13th August - Community Football Day - Home Street, Aberfeldy - 10.00am to 3.00pm. See page 70 for more details. Tuesday 15th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Around Black Spout Wood – 6.00pm. This will be short walk around the perimeter of Black Spout Wood without leaving the wood. Height climbed 100m. Distance 3 miles approx. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. continued on page 8
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Wednesday 16th August - Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir - Concert in The Old Church of Rannoch, Kinloch Rannoch - 7.30pm. A varied programme of Gaelic and Scottish songs, featuring solos, duets and quartets in addition to pieces sung by the full choir. Admission £8 at the door. See page 70 for further details. Thursday 17th August - Rotary Club of Pitlochry 25th Charity Golf Challenge - Pitlochry Golf Club - 12noon. As well as the main competition, there will be a Rotary Ball Competition, Lettoch Links Challenge, Raffle and other prizes. There will be refreshments on the 9th green and buffet with wine in Cargill’s restaurant to round off the day. See www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk/rotary for programme, entry form and full details. Saturday 19th August - Rannoch Highland Games - Kinloch Rannoch - 12.30pm. See page 73 for more information. Tuesday 22nd August - Helen Kirkwood Joint & Back Class - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 5.45pm. Start of new 6 week course, please see advert on page 61 for details. Wednesday 23rd August - Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church - 2.00pm. See page 62 for more information. Wednesday 23rd August - Street Sports - Pitlochry High School - 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Organised by Pitlochry Baptist Church and St Johnstone FC’s ‘Saints in the Community’ All welcome. Friday 25th - Monday 28th August - Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair. Scotland biggest and best equine event. See page 2 for details. www.blair-castle.co.uk Saturday 26th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Laggan & Glen Pattack –9.30am. We start near Kinloch Laggan and follow a forest road along the south of the Loch before turning south to join the river Pattack. We follow this stream back to the start. Height climbed 150m. Distance 10 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 26th August - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group - Explore Duncoilich – 10.30am. A guided walk round Duncoillich, a property managed by Highland Perthshire Community Land Trust. Meet at the Duncoillich carpark NE of the Glengoulandie caravan site. For further information contact Tim Fison 01567 820221 email@example.com Information on Duncoillich is available from the website www.HPCLT.org Sunday 3rd September - Wedding Fair - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 12noon to 3pm. Planning on getting married? Don’t miss this. A great selection of exhibitors to help plan your big day. See page 38 for more details. Monday 4th September - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.00pm to 3.00pm. There will be a short AGM before Hugh Mackintosh will tell us about "The hey-day of Picture Postcards of Blair Atholl". All welcome. Wednesday 6th - 11th September - Friends of Confolens Visit. See page 69 for details. Wednesday 6th September - J&H Mitchell Free Seminar on Wills, Power of Attorney and Care Home Fees - Birnam Arts, Birnam - 7.00pm. See page 65 for more information and reservations. Sunday 10th September - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ’Ran’. See page 66 for details. Thursday 21st September - Scottish Women’s Institute - Aldour Hall, Pitlochry - 7.15pm. We resume our winter programme with ‘Fashion from Pitlochry Knitwear’. All welcome, see page 72. 8 Pitlochry Life
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Walk With Me… The Distilleries, Blair Athol and Edradour Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Visit both Pitlochry distilleries with an easy woodland walk, on good paths and minor roads. During the summer months both are open for guided tours, Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Blair Athol Distillery is open 12noon - 5.00pm on a Sunday, however Edradour is closed on a Sunday, keep that in mind if you fancy a wee dram and guided tour. Starting from the centre of town (Atholl Road), head south, towards Perth and under the railway line, using the underpass on the right hand side. Cross back to the left and you will find Blair Athol Distillery, home of Bells Whisky and one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, established in 1798. They draw water from the Alt Dour burn to produce their famous 12 year old single Blair Athol Malt - which can only be bought at the distillery. Keep heading south and after passing a row of bungalows you will see a blue sign on a lamppost for ‘Black Spout Car Park’. Turn left here and pass under the railway again. Continue until you reach the car park and follow the clearly marked route along a dirt track to the left which takes you to a path through oak woods. The golf course on the left belongs to the Atholl Palace Hotel. After a short distance you will see a sign to Black Spout Waterfall where there is an excellent platform giving superb views of the 190feet (60m) Black Spout Waterfall and gorge below. It is quite spectacular after heavy rain. Continuing along the path following signs for Edradour Distillery, once out of the oak woods, the path follows the edge of farm fields giving spectacular views towards Ben Vrackie (2,759ft high) and the village of Moulin. As the walk approaches Edradour it passes a stone cottage and emerges at the distillery. Edradour is world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, established 1825. Now turn left and follow the road for a short distance until you reach a farm gate on your left 14 Pitlochry Life
just before a set of ornamental stone gate posts. Follow the marked and enclosed path (can get overgrown in summer) as it skirts the edge of a field and then heads downhill with good views over Pitlochry. The path meets a grassy track, signposted for Pitlochry. Turn left onto it and continue through a gate back into Black Spout Wood. The path then meets a larger track where you turn right, downhill. Ignore other paths until you reach a wide bend and take the path branching off to the right following a yellow marker signed for Pitlochry. Continue until you cross a wooden bridge and turn left following the Kinnaird Burn. Ignore a path to the right which leads to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You will soon come to a junction, marked by a large triangular stone, continue to the right (ignore the optional riverside loop to the left). At the next junction also keep right and you will soon come to a road where you turn left and walk down past the entrance to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You emerge at the railway bridge with the underpass. Turn right on the main road and return to the centre of Pitlochry.
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The Pitlochry Garden August 2017 Gardening on heavy, clay soil can be difficult, especially with excessive rainfall and poor drainage. If it ever does dry out this ground can become as unyielding as concrete. However, with some hard work, you can unlock the goodness of this soil and have a garden that flourishes in spite of the rain. Cultivation and compost are the keys to success: digging and planting will start to open the soil and the application of garden compost, both in the planting holes and over the top as mulch, will improve the texture of the soil.
Add some 3-4 mm grit and only remove large stones bigger than your fist. Stones keep the water flowing through the ground and they also help to warm it in the spring. Most woody plants donâ€™t like water at the root. In really boggy places only willow and dog wood will do but there are many good forms to choose from. Avoid planting willows near the house and any drainage systems that they can get into. Poplars and alders are top tree choices for really damp 24 Pitlochry Life
ground. In large gardens you could try liquidamber, nyssa or parrotia as specimens. Pretty trees for medium to smaller gardens include amelanchier, halesia, cercidiphyllum and Davidia involucrata. Although most conifers dislike wet ground there are a surprising number that prefer moist planting sites: many good forms of pinus, abies and picea are candidates, as are Chaemacyparis lawsoniana and C leylandii. Choice conifers include Cryptomeria japonica, Abies koreana and Sciadopitys verticillata. Generally shrubs like well drained, sunny positions but there are some which could be used on damp ground; for example, the whole tribe of Acer palmatums, skimmias, Mahonia japonica and M aquifolium, smaller forms of amelanchier and Salix lanata.
Many beautiful perennials suit damp conditions so you can have flowers from spring to the end of the year, starting with epimediums, doronicum, brunnera, primulas like P florindae, P japonica and P
sikkimensis, and continuing with Euphorbia polychroma. Summer flowers include all the monardas, astilbes and filipendulas. Set them off with any of the persicarias, Iris sibirica and I laevigata, or Lythrum salicaria and Lysimachia clethroides. You can go right to the autumn with ligularias, eupatorium, rodgersias, and Veronicastrum virginicum. There are some good grasses for the waterâ€™s edge or damp places in the garden: try Carex elata aurea or Spartina pectinata but do avoid anything rampant like Phalaris arundinacea (Gardenerâ€™s garters) which can be hard to eradicate. Many stately ferns will furnish the edge of streams or ponds or else live happily in shady damp corners: Matteuccia struthiopteris (the shuttlecock fern) and Osmunda regalis are two good choices but aspleniums and onoclea will also thrive. Tulips and narcissi want well drained ground but leucojum and fritillaria will cope, as will bluebells and snowdrops. Camassia, nectaroscordum and nomocharis are also worth a try where you can improve the drainage. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP As I said in last month’s article, I am delighted to be returned as an MP. I was proud this week to have led and contributed to two debates in the House of Commons with great relevance to Perthshire. On 6th July, I took part in a debate on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme. The scheme is used by many in the soft fruit sector in Perthshire to attract seasonal workers and to ensure that soft fruit arrives on our shelves in the best possible condition. I represent one of the largest growing soft fruit sectors in the UK. Across Perthshire so much of our heritage is wound up with the berry farms and the tales of luggies, cleeks and dreels. Soft fruit remains an important sector particularly for areas such as Perthshire, as it does for the whole of Scotland. There has, however, been uncertainty about the future of the sector following the EU referendum. If there is no certainty about labour movement, or even a permit screen to let workers into the country, everything will have to change. Producers can’t plant what they can’t pick and this could involve ending soft fruit production if the uncertainty continues. The solution lies in the hands of the Government. The rest of us can only savour those delicious Scottish strawberries and raspberries for as long as we can. The countdown is on for Perth’s bid to become the UK’s city of culture as the shortlist is to be announced soon. In the run up to the announcement, I led a debate on the bid, which was heard by the Ministers responsible for the drawing up of the shortlist. The bid itself speaks for the small cities and large towns where so many of our fellow citizens live and recognises particular issues, challenges and agendas; and looks beyond the veneer of scale and rurality—where rural beauty can sometimes mask rural poverty and social isolation. We believe that an outstanding city of culture is as meaningful for the people living in its hinterland as it is for those living in the city itself. The bid will focus on the contribution of small cities and large towns to the UK economy, alongside the large-scale cultural regeneration programmes that are a transforming feature of our big cities. Different approaches are needed for different types of cities to unlock the potential of places such as Perth and tackle the quiet crisis that they face. We want the bid to take creative work into the extraordinary landscape surrounding Perth—our wild places, hillsides, lochs and rivers. We want it to be beyond just Perth, connecting the city to its hinterland, both physically and digitally. We are looking to increase access to culture across many different and varied platforms. As the infrastructure to deliver this improves and becomes more accessible, we want to ensure that visitor experiences are improved and enhanced. I was really pleased with how the debate went and with the response from Ministers. We are a serious contender for UK City of Culture and I look forward to hearing the outcome of the shortlist in the next few weeks. I will be holding surgeries over the summer. Please contact my office for an appointment at 1719 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at email@example.com
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I was pleased to see that firms are invited to apply to join a framework which will deliver advance works – worth approximately £10m over four years – along the A9 route between Perth and Inverness in preparation for the start of the main construction work. The framework will last for four years and will deliver advance work such as site continued on page 36
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A Lifetime Of Physical Activity….. (Part 1) I’ve written on many occasions in this column about the importance of physical activity. Developing effective physical activity habits early in life is certain to pay off in later years. Maintaining those habits with age will really help too - here are some ideas and priorities for exercise broken down by decades. Childhood - When we’re young, regular exercise helps control body weight, reduces blood pressure, encourages healthy cholesterol profiles, and helps develop bones, muscles and joints. Research has shown that exercise helps children develop self-confidence, readiness to learn and healthy sleep patterns. Children strengthen their muscles with play, like skipping or climbing trees. As they grow older and reach adolescence, they might take part in more structured programmes with football or rugby teams. 20s - The body undergoes big changes during now. We’ll make massive progress in terms of strength and cardiovascular endurance, with large muscle group or full body exercises, or high intensity interval training. The 20s are the time to really build a fitness base. With age, we’ll lose muscle strength and bones become weaker, so starting strength training while you have time and enthusiasm means that losing muscle mass and bone density later will be less of a problem. Lifting weights is great (as long as it’s an appropriately designed programme) but equally effective are body weight exercises (for example pushups and lunges). Equally important are cardio workouts – research has shown that exercising 1-3 hours per week can reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to 30%. 30s - You’ll start to notice in your 30s that it’s harder to progress as easily as when you were 32 Pitlochry Life
younger, and injuries are more likely to occur. Most of us will try to maintain a relatively high level of physical activity, but a key additional focus needs to be on recovery – this will help to avoid injury and a more insidious condition known as burnout (where you lack motivation as well as the physical ability to exercise). It’s important to try to continue resistance training to maintain strength. Cardio vascular activity such as running or cycling, that elevates your heart rate up to 80/90% of maximum will be very beneficial (a very rough way to calculate your maximum theoretical heart rate is 220 minus your age). During this decade, it’s also important to diversify your activities. It’s likely that if you are/were a regular exerciser during your 20s that you stuck with one sport or activity. With age we become a little more susceptible to ‘overuse injuries’, where habitual positions or movements eventually cause failure in muscles or tissues. Swimmers might develop tight neck, chest, and shoulder muscles. Runners may suffer from runner’s knee, shin splints, or plantar fasciitis. Cross-training is an effective way to prevent muscle imbalance and overuse injuries: look to include activities which will ensure a good mix of upper and lower body workouts, and will help to maintain balance and flexibility. In Part 2 next month, we will look at the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Want to give it a try ? As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong….and if you’re going to try this one, be very careful!! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory You see PDF files everywhere. At Pitlochry Life we use then all the time, our magazine goes to print as a PDF, on our web all the recipes etc are stored as PDFs. So what are they, and why are they so popular? In 1992 Adobe launched their ‘paper-to-digital revolution’ with the introduction of the Portable Document Format (PDF) file. It is used to present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware, or operating system, and most importantly, they look exactly the same no matter what device you open them on. You will often see instruction manuals, eBooks, flyers, job applications, scanned documents, brochures, and all sorts of other documents available in the PDF format. You will mostly come across them online and if you have Windows 10, your internet explorer (Edge, Chrome, Firefox) will open them automatically. In older versions of Windows you will need to install a PDF reader. The best is, for obvious reasons, from Adobe, called Adobe Acrobat Reader, and is free from: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ To edit a PDF you need slightly more complex software than a reader. Adobe Acrobat is the most popular, but costs money. There are loads of free options available, just Google ‘PDF editor free’ and take your pick. Be wary though, some leave a watermark on the document. If you just want to edit one document, the easiest option is to use a free online editor like PDF Buddy (www.pdfbuddy.com) You simply upload the PDF to their website, make your changes, insert images, text, signatures, links etc and then download it back onto your PC. This is great for those online forms, like job applications. You can of course convert a PDF into other formats that you might feel more comfortable working with – like Word. Again there are loads of free online services, or if you want to install a program, try Doxillion, just make sure you download the free version, not the trial version.
Converting to PDF is just as easy, there are loads of free programmes/online services. One that I have used is PrimoPDF: (https://primopdf.en.softonic.com/). It acts as a printer, you simply print your document, then select PrimoPDF from the dropdown list of available printers on the print screen and follow the instructions. Another advantage of PDFs is that you can secure them with a password. That means you can stop others from reading them without the password, or you can not allow editing, printing etc. Most design companies use this to stop their artwork, or parts of it, from being stolen or copied.
One problem I encounter frequently is when trying to open a PDF on my phone/tablet, it appears as a winmail.dat file and just won’t open – but does open on my PC. This is a problem caused by the sender using the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook with outdated settings. To correct this, simply open Outlook, click File, select Options, go to the Mail category. Now make sure ‘HTML or Plain Text’ is selected for ‘Compose messages in this format’ under ‘Compose messages’ and ‘Convert to HTML format’ or ‘Convert to Plain Text format’ is selected for ‘When sending messages in Rich Text format to Internet recipients’ under ‘Message format’. Older version of Outlook will look slightly different, however the phraseology will be much the same. This won’t work on the online version of Outlook, that’s something Microsoft need to fix with an update. Willie
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clearance, property demolition, access tracks, laybys, fencing, signage, drainage and piling. It is anticipated that the framework will be of interest to small to medium sized enterprises as well as large construction companies. Work will be grouped, with successful bidders able to join one or more of the following three lots; civil engineering works up to £250k; civil engineering works from £250k to £2m and piling works up to £350k. Contractors are expected to be appointed on to the framework in November with the first work commissioned shortly after. This latest milestone builds upon the recent industry day in Perth, where industry partners were able to hear more about upcoming contract opportunities under the A9 dualling programme. Preparing the route in advance of the main construction work will enable the main contractors to hit the ground running - ensuring everything that can be done is being done. This contract underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment and continued significant investment towards ensuring that road users and the communities along the A9 get the 21st century road network they rightly deserve, which when completed will bring faster journey times, better journey time reliability and road safety improvements. The contract notice can be viewed on the Public Contract Scotland (PCS) website For further information on the A9 Dualling Programme please visit www.transport.gov.scot/projects/a9-dualling-perth-to-inverness/ I was interested to hear that young disabled people will be able to access a £5 million fund to help them live more independent lives. The Independent Living Fund (ILF) will provide a short-term award to people aged 16-to-21 to help the transition into adulthood. It can be used to help the young disabled person to be active, participate and contribute to their local community; aimed at helping them to reach their potential and make a lasting difference to young lives. It follows the set-up of the Scottish Independent Living Fund, in 2015, following the UK Government’s closure of the previous UK ILF scheme. The Scottish Government wants everyone in society to have the same quality of life and providing support to disabled people is one of the areas it has worked on. This fund will support young disabled people to take up opportunities to contribute to and participate in their communities, to help them live as independently as possible. The government has worked directly with disabled people to develop this fund and to ensure that people are given choices and are treated with the fairness, dignity and respect they deserve. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at email@example.com
Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative As the Scottish Parliament breaks for its annual summer recess, I will embark upon a surgery tour of Highland Perthshire where I look forward to meeting constituents and discussing issues that are important to you. I will be in Pitlochry on the 22nd of August, and if you would like to speak with me you can either drop by on the day or call the Scone office in advance to book a slot. A frequent and longstanding issue for constituents across Highland Perthshire is substandard broadband speeds. A report in July revealed that people in Perth and Kinross have some of the slowest internet connections anywhere in the UK. Perth and Kinross ranked as the 46th slowest area out of 387 in the country and was also ranked in the bottom half of local authority areas in Scotland. Dawdling internet connections inhibit growth and are downright frustrating for people continued on page 48
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YOU Could Save Someone’s Life… AEDs are easy to use, compact, portable… and very effective. We’ve all seen them on TV, in documentaries, movies, even in Casualty, but now we also see small portable versions in public places, so what are they and how do they work? When someone collapses with a cardiac arrest, it can be caused by disorganised electrical activity in the heart’s ventricular muscle. Their heart then quivers instead of pumping and this results in loss of consciousness and no pulse. This condition is called ventricular fibrillation. If your heart stops beating properly and blood stops flowing, your brain starts to lose its oxygen supply and you can die within five minutes. That's why people who suffer cardiac arrest (when their heart stops or goes into a dangerously abnormal rhythm) need emergency medical treatment. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help maintain the flow of oxygen to the brain, but getting the heart restarted and working normally often requires defibrillation with an electric shock and that's the life-saving job a defibrillator does. As the name suggests, defibrillation stops fibrillation by using a moderately high voltage (something like 200 - 3000 volts, depending on machine) to pass an electric current through the heart so it's shocked into working normally again. The units you see on TV in hospitals and in ambulances that feature handheld paddles and gel applied to the skin are usually manual external defibrillators. With these devices, the doctors, nurses, or paramedics have to figure out themselves whether defibrillation will help and also what shock voltage or energy level to use. Semi-automated defibrillators can work either automatically or in a manual override mode if the doctor prefers. Equipment like this used to require hours of training, but now portable, fully automatic defibrillators are being installed in public places and are designed to be used with little or no 44 Pitlochry Life
training. These units are called automated external defibrillators (AEDs), sometimes referred to as public access defibrillators (PADs) as anyone can use them in an emergency. They have self-adhesive electrode pads and a built-in computer that automatically analyzes the patient's heart rhythm to figure out whether a shock will help them (defibrillation doesn't work if the heart has actually stopped beating altogether) and, if so, what level of shock is appropriate. Whilst in use, the unit will ‘talk’ to you, giving clear easy to understand instructions. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest and there is no legal comeback for trying. Patients who suffer regular problems with their heart rhythm sometimes have an internal defibrillator permanently implanted into their chest (a bit like a pacemaker) or worn on the surface of their skin under their clothes. Units like this constantly monitor the heart rhythm and deliver a shock whenever it's needed. The chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest increases the more quickly defibrillation is used. Depending on underlying cause, defibrillation within 2 minutes can have as much as 60% success rate, even up to 10 minutes can produce results, so much so that there have been calls for them to be as commonplace as fire extinguishers.
If you do come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby. There are many defibrillators placed throughout Perth and Kinross. The council provides an excellent online map of known locations at www.pkc.gov.uk/defibrillators however, on calling 999 for an ambulance to attend a cardiac arrest, the operator will be able to identify the location of a defibrillator nearest to you. There are lots of organisations that provide training in emergency first aid and use of a defibrillator, these include St John’s Ambulance
Service, Red Cross, Fire Service and the British Heart Foundation (Heartstart) to name a few. A Scottish charity www.lucky2bhere.org provides training and can supply equipment through assisted fundraising. They also have a terrific free smartphone app (Crowdsav) with defibrillator locations across Scotland. The app can even direct you to the nearest location from where you are standing, using your mobile phone GPS. The majority of courses are free, they usually include other basic first aid and no prior medical knowledge is required. So what’s stopping you?
The defibrillator was invented by Professor Frank Pantridge (1916–2004), a doctor from Northern Ireland. In the 1960s, he realized that many people were dying unnecessarily because they typically experienced cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in some other public place. By the time they'd been taken to a hospital where there was a defibrillator to kick-start their heart, it was already too late to save them. He developed the first "portable," battery-powered defibrillator in 1965. Although it weighed 70kg it could be carried around in ambulances, which gave a few valuable extra minutes to save people. Another of his important insights realising that anyone could use a defibrillator with only very basic instruction and that eventually led to the development of the small, easy-to-use AED, weighing just 2 or 3 kilograms. Pitlochry Life 45
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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier! Pitlochry Life 47
trying to access simple online services. I know that the new Conservative-led administration at Perth and Kinross Council is exploring multiple avenues to bring better broadband to rural areas and I will also use my position to press the Scottish Government for more action in this area. In July, I was happy to promote Scams Awareness Month, a Citizens Advice Scotland initiative aimed at helping people across Scotland avoid being caught out by fraudulent traders and internet scammers. During the month, CAS focussed on a three separate demographics and the traps they are likely to fall into. However, it is wrong to assume that it is just elderly and vulnerable people who are preyed upon by scammers. Younger people, who spend more time online, are coming under fire from cyber criminals looking to exploit heavy internet usage. As more and more people across the country fall victim to these types of crimes it’s important that best practice for staying safe online is spread far and wide. Criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated and we need to improve our resilience to meet this challenge and I would encourage anyone interest to get in touch with CAS to learn more about how to protect yourself from rogue traders, bogus callers and online fraudsters. In September, I will be launching my hotly anticipated consultation into the Private Car Parking industry. This consultation will set out the aims of my Members Bill and why I believe regulation is necessary to get the industry in order. Private Car Parking in Scotland is not quite the wild west but there are number of cowboy operators out there who need to be brought into line. When the consultation goes live members of the public will have their chance to air their views and have their stories heard and I would encourage anyone with an opinion on this to get in touch with my office. As ever, Murdo welcomes the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.MSP@parliament.scot and via telephone at 01738 553 990.
Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Perthshire, Independent. This month I had a ward visit with the Council Chief Executive, Bernadette Malone – an opportunity offered to all new Councillors. During the visit we met with residents affected by appalling broadband coverage; as well as looking at the layout of Atholl Road in Pitlochry; hearing from local community groups about their excellent work to improve our environment; and discussing concerns with local business owners. I would like to thank our local Bloom groups who have ensured our towns and villages look welcoming to all our visitors, and thank all the local people and businesses who support them; Bloom’s good work could not exist without them. I would also like to congratulate the PUGs (Pavilion Users Group) on their fantastic Gala Day in June, and on all their work in fundraising and planning in conjunction with the Community Greenspace Team which has led to the completion of the new terracing down at Pitlochry Recreation Ground. Finally, congratulations to Linda Lennie, of Blair Atholl, who was elected as the Substitute Service User Representative for the Integrated Joint Board (Health & Social Care Partnership). I am currently working with the Environment Department to look at how we can tidy up the rough path at the back of Pitlochry Hospital. This is likely to involve joint work between local groups and the Council. The Council has also just announced some new evening bus routes including one between Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, which is welcome, but we still have more work to do to improve rural transport. Poor broadband is an issue that affects a considerable area within the Highland Ward, therefore it is going to be one of my main campaign areas this year and I would welcome people getting in continued on page 52
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At 3984 feet, Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands. It lies to the north side of Loch Tay, and is the highest point of a long ridge that includes seven Munros. Ben Lawers was long thought to be over 4,000 feet , however in 1870’s accurate measurement showed it to be some 17 feet short, prompting a group of locals to build a large cairn in the hope of bringing the summit above the "magic" figure. The cairn is no longer there, and in any case the Ordnance Survey ignored it, being an artificial structure. The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan Ranges, seven of which are Munros. It’s a hugely significant place for botanists, being renowned for its rare and endangered species of arctic-alpine flora. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, black grouse and ravens. This is a fairly easy climb as far as Munros are concerned as we start from a car park at just over 1300 feet (OSR: NN608377). This is reached by taking a minor road (signposted) off the A827 Aberfeldy to Killin road, about five miles north east of Killin. The route also takes us over Beinn Ghlas (3618ft), so we bag two for the price of one. Exit the car park, cross the road and follow the trail which gently climbs through a fenced area which protects the ground cover from sheep. 50 Pitlochry Life
Continue towards the foot of Ben Lawers' southern ridge. Keep right at the first path junction after which the climbing begins in earnest. The path, generally excellent, climbs easily in zigzags with no problems at all. As height is gained the view south across Loch Tay is superb. The next section is steeper, but you soon reach the summit of Beinn Ghlas from where the route ahead is in view. Away to your left are some crags and an equally spectacular view north towards Glen Lyon. There is a descent here to a col before a steeper ascent up Ben Lawers itself. The path is excellent and the climb hardly noticeable as you head upwards to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, and the Cairngorms to the north. The simplest return is by reversing the route, or you can turn right at the col, and follow the path across the northwestern flank of Beinn Ghlas that will return you to the fenced off area and back to the car park. As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. Remember the safety precautions and the equipment required for mountain walks are as essential here as on the more isolated ones weather conditions can change quickly, so check the forecast before you leave, take good care and always be well prepared. Willie
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touch to tell me their broadband stories. As promised in last month’s issue I have now organised regular monthly surgeries in both Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. My Pitlochry surgeries will be held in the Pitlochry Council Offices, on the third Thursday of every month, between 6pm and 7pm; and the Aberfeldy surgeries will be held in the Breadalbane Community Campus, on the third Tuesday of every month, between 6pm and 7pm. The dates and times of my touring surgeries will be announced shortly. This should ensure no constituent has to travel too far/wait to long to raise their issues with me in person. As always please feel free to get in touch with any issues. I can be contacted at: 9 Lettoch Terrace, Pitlochry, PH16 5BA; XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk or on 07557 815568.
Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Sundays, and other events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214. Sunday service – 9.30am Holy Communion. 6.00pm on the last Sunday of the month - Evening Service. Thursdays - Morning Prayer at 10.30am followed coffee and chat, and by Holy Communion on first Thursday of the month The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.00pm on second Tuesdays. The Reading Group normally meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month (except July and August) - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - see notice board. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. 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). All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Sundays – normally a service is held on the first Sunday of the month (for details please see notice board). continued on page 54
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Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk 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: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, 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 to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am, however, the Group breaks for the Summer, until September 6th. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall, however, they will break for the Summer, until August 23rd. Scottish Country Dancing: Break for the Summer until Tuesday 12 September. 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. Summer Church Open. The Church will be open to visitors Mondays – Fridays 10.00am – 12 noon, from Monday 12 June until Friday 15 September. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our 10.30am Service on Sunday 3rd September. 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: email@example.com
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (email@example.com) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net 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. continued on page 56
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August Events Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August - Children’s Holiday Club (for children who have completed P1-P7). More details and instructions on registering will shortly appear on our website. Sunday 6th - Andrew McNesih continues our sermon series Acts: Turning the World Upside Down and Ruth McLaren will lead our time together. Sunday 13th - Josh Barrie will lead our worship team and our Youth Pastor will preach from Acts 4:1-31 this morning. Wednesday 16th - ‘Stay & Play’ babies and toddler group returns (10am-12noon). Sunday 20th - Fiona Meyer will lead our worship service and our Pastor continues our sermon series by exploring Acts 4:32-5:11. Wednesday 23rd - 2:00-3:30pm: ‘Heartland Healing Rooms.’ A Healing Room is a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual need. No appointment necessary. 6:30-8:30pm: ‘Street Sports’ at Pitlochry High School. Outdoor Football Cage Tournaments with St Johnstone FC's 'Saints in the Community.' Sunday 27th - Douglas Kennedy will lead us in worship and our pastor will take us through Acts 5:12-16. 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 Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 (www.heartlandfm.co.uk) 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. 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. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – recommencing in the winter months.
St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. continued on page 58
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Working in Co-operation
• 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 pm. First Friday of the Month After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12. 30pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Please see the weekly Newsletter or visit parish website or Facebook. 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. Follow us on the: Parish Webpage; www.stbridespitlochry.org.uk And Facebook; www.facebook.com/StBridesPitlochry Our Parish is organizing a week’s holiday in Malta from 23rd to 30th of October this year. If you are interested and would like to join us, there are still some places available. Please see our website or contact Fr. Edward Vella by email or phone.
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.
Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Interim Moderator: Rev. H Mowbery Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209. Services during August will be at 10am in Logierait Church. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am during morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing. continued on page 60
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Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch meet on Tuesday evening the 1st of August in the John Kyd Hall at Strathtay Church at 7.30pm, with a speaker from the Charity Air Ambulance. Contact Mrs. Isabel Cairns. Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilting Group meets in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church at 7.0pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The Walkers Group would like to thank everyone who took part in their successful sponsored walk. Details from Sandra Morrison. NB If you are new to the parish, are an artist or crafter and would like gallery space in our event for Perthshire Open Studios at the beginning of September please get in touch.
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 9.45am 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. Annual Church Sale – Wednesday, 2nd August at 2.00pm in Blair Atholl Village Hall Donations of Bric a Brac, Fruit & Veg, Books, Bottles, Home Baking etc. can be handed in to the hall on the previous evening or the morning of the sale. Flower Show – Saturday, 12th August from 10.00am in Blair Atholl Church. Entries will be accepted on Friday from 4.00 to 8.30pm and on Saturday morning between 8am and 9am. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.
Jehovah’s Witnesses All the meetings listed are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Pick a topic that interests you and come along. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Thursday 3rd August, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: A Prophecy Against Tyre Strengthens Confidence in Jehovah’s Word—a discussion of Ezekiel 24–27’, ‘Faith in God’s Word Helps Us to Endure Trials’, ‘Fighting for Freedom to Worship (Part 4)’. Sunday 6th August, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Real Peace and Security—When ?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘Jehovah Provides Comfort in All Our Trials (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)’. continued on page 62
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Thursday 10th August, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Rewarded a Pagan Nation—a discussion of Ezekiel 28–31’, ‘Cultivate Godly Qualities—Humility’, ‘Kingdom Education—Training Servants of the King (Part 1)’. Sunday 13th August, 10.30am. A talk: ‘What Happens to Us When We Die ?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘Set Your Heart on Spiritual Treasures (Luke 12:34)’. Thursday 17th August, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘The Watchman’s Heavy Responsibility—a discussion of Ezekiel 32–34’, ‘Cultivate Godly Qualities— Courage’, ‘Kingdom Education—Training Servants of the King (Part 2)’. Sunday 20th August, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Keep Close in Mind the Fear-Inspiring Day’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Keep Your Eyes on the Big Issue (Psalm 83:18)’. Thursday 24th August, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Gog of Magog Will Soon Be Destroyed—a discussion of Ezekiel 35–38’, ‘Cultivate Godly Qualities—Faith’, ‘Kingdom Education—Training Servants of the King (Part 3)’. Sunday 27th August, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Evidence of God in the World Around Us’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Uphold Jehovah’s Sovereignty ! (Revelation 4:11)’. Thursday 31st August, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Ezekiel’s Temple Vision and You—a discussion of Ezekiel 39–41’, ‘Training Ministers of the Kingdom (Part 1)’. We offer a free study of the Bible, at a convenient time and location for you, using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like to see what it is like, do get contact Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or email@example.com. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.
Heartland Healing Rooms Believe that God still heals to day and we are ready and eager to pray for you either at :Aberfeldy Parish Church - Wednesday, 9th August between 11.30am - 1.00pm. or Pitlochry Baptist Church - Wednesday, 23rd August between 2.00pm - 3.30 pm No situation is impossible for Him to change. You can have a cup of tea and a chat too and it is free! Prayer works. Prayer changes circumstances! Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, 12th July 2017 (Summary) Full minutes on www.hpcp.co.uk/members Three PMCC councillors, 2 PKC councillors and 7 members of public present. Two apologies. Monthly crime report replaced by weekly Commander’s Bulletin. Resolved crimes not reported. Police resources now required for specialists tackling cyber crime etc. Sgt Macnaughton keen to keep PC’s in the community. One police group deals with traffic issues, the other with local matters. Where culprits of driving offences are known, report details to Sgt Macnaughton Including make, type, registration of vehicle to firstname.lastname@example.org. Extracts of email from Daryl McKeown of PKC roads circulated and discussed and action on all proposals promised. New sign for Balnadrum Terrace still awaited. Damaged column supporting canopy on Atholl Road monitored by Cllr McDade. Widening of Bridge Road still under consideration. continued on page 64
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Widening of road outside Escape Route requested to alleviate parking. Guidelines regarding use of A-boards to be published after 17th July 2017. Disabled parking at Burnside being abused. PKC to clarify status and enforce regulations. PKC to deal with road signs and drains in Larchwood Road. Discharge of sewage near Mackays reported to Scottish Water. New road sign for Balnadrum Terrace still awaited. Resources allocated for improvement of road between Rannoch Station and Garry bridge, including 80 passing places, also for the additional play areas for disabled children. Cllr Mcdade available for consultation 6pm â€“ 7pm, third Thursday of month at council offices Pitlochry. Request for better road signage at bus park. Debris behind Community Hospital needs clearing. Animal Agents, Wildlife Detectors- Go Wild at Pitlochry Library, 10am- 12 noon, Saturday 5th August. Free but must be booked in advance. Sharp bend on East Moulin Road at Poplars Guest House - car horns a nuisance; no footpaths (school route); large vehicles collide with walls and sometimes block the road; driveway used for turning vehicles unable to negotiate bend. Daryl McKeown promised to check it out. Ground owned by developer on Bonnethill Road unsightly. Fresh proposals expected now ownership has changed hands. PKC keen to encourage twinning of towns but no resources available. Difficult to find suitable accommodation in Confolens. Delegation visiting Pitlochry 6th/11th September. It is a legal obligation to cut back vegetation overhanging public roads and pavements. Offenders to be reported. Meeting to discuss the movement of NHS non-acute surgery to PRI from Ninewells,18th September, Pitlochry. Next meetings 13th September, 11th October, 7.30pm, School.
Pitlochry Litter Action Group The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry but we can expect a big influx of visitors from home and abroad in the summer. Litter in the streets does not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do 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 car park. The next litterpick is on 8th August. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West email@example.com 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org 01796 473400.
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. continued on page 66
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Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy The new HFS Season starts on Sunday 10 September with Akira Kurosawa’s samurai masterpiece ‘Ran’ – a breathtaking interpretation of King Lear, digitally remastered. Meanwhile HFS is busy planning the Aberfeldy film Festival for 17-19 November on the theme of Adventure…. Our free Film making workshops are proving popular, so if you are interested sign up now as places are limited: 27 August Animation for 7-11 year olds and 2 September Film Making Skills for 11 – 18 year olds. Information from HFS website and Aberfeldy Film Festival Facebook. Anyone 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 www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook
Pitlochry and District Choral Society Following the Choral Society’s successful concerts at the Atholl Palace last December and April, we are now looking ahead to start rehearsals in September for our 10th December 2017 concert at the Atholl Palace, and for our 07 April 2018 concert at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Our December programme will include Messiah Part 1, plus carols (some for the audience to join in) plus children’s choir, and other festive music. Our April programme will include an exciting production of Carmina Burana plus other music. We are always looking to welcome new singers, whether sopranos, altos, tenors or basses, and whether beginners or experts. So if you would like to join us, rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Tryst, (beside the Church of Scotland) starting 13th September. If you would like to know more, please contact our secretary Andrina Ferguson Flatt. Email: email@example.com
Pitlochry Bowling Club Club competitions are now under way heading for the Finals Weekend beginning on Friday 1st September. However we are still open to visiting bowlers on weekdays from 10am -12 noon and from 2 - 4pm - weather permitting! Everybody welcome to come and try the game of bowls - contact Elma Spence (Secretary) on 01796 473459.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band The band had a great day at the European Championships at Forres, with the Grade 4 qualifying, then coming 6th in the final, the Grade 3 band taking 3rd place and the Grade 1 band coming 2nd in the drumming. The McNab family also had a busy day being the “Piping family of Forres”, with interviews, photographs and a presentation. It was a tremendous day. We had a good day playing at the Scottish Game Fair on the 30th June and once again the weather was fine, but very muddy underfoot from the heavy rain the day before. Kenmore Games on the 5th July was another lovely night with a large crowd and the band gave three performances there. Archie McNab won a first, a second and a third place in the solo piping competitions.
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Highland nights haven’t been blessed with very good weather so far, but hopefully that will change and we’re looking forward to the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band from Canada joining us on the 7th August. The Scottish Championships at Dumbarton will be over by the time you read this and the last Major Championship of the year is the World Championship at Glasgow Green on the 11th and 12th August. The Grade 1 band play at the qualifying round on the Friday and hopefully in the final on the Saturday and the Grade 3 and Grade 4 both play on the Saturday. We note with great sadness the passing of Dot McDonald. (Forrest). Dot was a great supporter of the pipe band and danced at many Highland Nights and ceilidhs with the Country Dancers. Lots of great memories! Gillie McNab. Gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.
Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band The band have now competed at both the British and European Championships and each time gaining experience and improving results. Practices are busy just now for the Scottish Championships and the Worlds in August, then a short break before Pitlochry Games. We will have our usual fundraising stall at the Games which we hope will be as successful as our one at Blair Atholl in May. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and especially Dave & Sally from Food in the Park. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement from everyone seeing the band out playing again. If you would like more information on the band, or would like to come along and learn, please contact Christy or Sharon Kelly on 01796 47 2692.
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. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre, Moulin Kirk, Moulin, Pitlochry The Heritage Centre in the Kirk is now open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm seven days a week. On display are Trophies from Moulin Bowling Club and Pitlochry & District Horticultural Society Flower Shows. Sadly these organisations are no longer in existence but both played a big part in the history of Pitlochry and Moulin. Articles with Moulin Kirk connections are exhibited including Communion Plates, Tokens and Cards. The Geneva Bible printed in the 16th Century and a Bidels Bible dating from the 17th Century are also exhibited. There are many photographs and items of local interest along with books for sale by local authors Please support your local Heritage Centre. The Local bus service stops nearby. continued on page 69
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Andie Millar’s Trust The Trustees of Andie Millar’s Trust were delighted by the number and quality of Applications received by the time-limit of 31st May 2017. The donations being awarded this year are as follows: 1. The Heartland Radio Foundation Limited - £2,200 for Pitlochry Audio Walking Guides to provide a focus on local history in a digital audio file format available to local residents and visitors. 2. Pitlochry & Blair Pipe Band - £2,500 tuition workshops and replacement drums and harnesses. 3. Pitlochry Pavilion Users’ Group - £2,000 for development and improvements of the facilities at Pitlochry Recreation Ground. 4. Tayside Biodiversity Partnership - £2,500 to raise awareness about birds through the Pitlochry Community Swift Project. 5. Pitlochry in Bloom, for Pitlochry Path Group - £736 for improving the walkers’ path adjacent to Auchnahyle, Pitlochry. 6. Pitlochry & District Neighbourhood Watch Association - £245 for new Neighbourhood Watch signs. 7. Toberargan Curling Club - £824 for the renovation of outside curling stones. 8. Pitlochry & District Adult Education Association - £750 for advertising and insurance costs to promote adult evening classes 2017/18. Applicants are encouraged to lodge Applications at any time. The next time-limit for Applications is 31st May 2018. Full details and Application Forms are available at www.andiemillar.org Please note that the Trustees’ decision in respect of any Applications is final. Scottish Charity Number: SC037334.
Friends of Confolens Over the weekend of this year’s Highland Games (9th September) there will be a party of 17 visiting Pitlochry from our twin town of Confolens in central France. As well as attending the Games they will be visiting Deeside, Stirling and the Kelpies. There will be opportunities to meet up and talk to them. If you have been involved in previous visits and may know some of our visitors and would like to meet up again; or would like to hear more about Confolens, please contact Gill or David Frame on tel: 474234 or email email@example.com for further details of the visit.
Kinloch Rannoch Recreation Club We will be having our usual “bottle stall” at the Rannoch Highland Gathering on Saturday 19th August 2017. Proceeds from this go to help to pay the kids Halloween, Christmas Parties and local Youth Group. Bottles of all shapes and sizes can be handed into May Kennedy, 7 Bunrannoch Place, Kinloch Rannoch or on the day of the Gathering. Many thanks.
Pitlochry Gallery Association The Gallery Art & Crafts exhibition is open at the Atholl Centre from Sunday 30th July to Saturday 19th August from 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and 2.00pm-4.00pm on Sundays. There are still some spaces available for artists who would like to participate, contact Dee Bowman on 01796 473579 for an Art Exhibitor's Entry Form. continued on page 70
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Concert by the Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir On Wednesday 16th August local music society Music in Rannoch will present a concert by the Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir with compère, Alan Brown. Come and enjoy a varied programme of Gaelic and Scottish songs, featuring solos, duets and quartets in addition to pieces sung by the full choir. This is Music in Rannoch's first concert of the 2017/2018 season – the annual Games Week concert – and it will be held as usual in The Old Church of Rannoch, Kinloch Rannoch, starting at 7.30pm. Admission £8 at the door, or full annual subscription (£35) to Music in Rannoch for this and five more classical concerts from October to March. For further details, please visit www.rannochandtummel.co.uk.
Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club Community Football Day The event of the summer is not far away.... We are celebrating BSYFC's 10th year, with a mini football festival, BBQ, fundraising stalls, football activities and much, much more! All ages Under 6's - Under 15's, girls and coaches / parents will take part in a fun-filled day of footballing action. Sunday 13th August, Home Street, Aberfeldy. 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Blair Atholl All-Weather Sports Court The All-Weather Sports Court in the Memorial Park in Blair Atholl is owned and managed on behalf of the community by Blair Atholl & Struan Initiative (BASI), a community-based charity (Charity No. SC032803, Company No. SC227985) We have recently spent a considerable sum of money cleaning the court and are repairing, renewing the nets and other facilities. We receive no public funding and rely on local volunteers to do most of the work. Recently we have received reports of skateboarding on the court. The surface is designed for football, tennis and similar sports but can be damaged by the likes of skateboards, cycles and roller skates. Repair or replacement would be very expensive and beyond our means. Litter has also been left including soft-drink bottles and cans, and even chips. Nobody is paid to clean up - that is in the hands of volunteers in their spare time. Please do not abuse your Sports Court and please put your litter in the nearby bins. If this recent behaviour continues, we will have to consider seriously locking the court, making access much more difficult and inconvenient for those who wish to use it responsibly. If you would like to help keep the sports court tidy, or if you spot any abuse or littering, please contact me: Donald Isles, Secretary, BASI, tel. 01796 481663, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perth and Kinross Credit Union Update Our Credit Union continues to grow and develop its services throughout Perth and Kinross as recent figures show. A milestone of £500,000 deposits into the credit union was reached in May ’17 with our low cost loans continuing to grow month on month. Added to that, we saw that those who had taken loans with us had also achieved savings of £37,000 while doing so, demonstrating the success of our ‘Save a bit while you repay your loan’ policy. All of this benefits our members and our community (those who live or work in Perth and Kinross) by encouraging saving and providing low cost loans giving peace of mind that we are here when you need us. continued on page 72
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Rannoch Station Tearoom is ‘Probably the Remotest Tearoom in Scotland!’ The remotest tearoom in Scotland is on the platform at Rannoch Station on the West Highland railway line, one of the world’s great train journeys. Rannoch Moor is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland with its unique fauna and flora, lochs, hills and views to Glencoe and beyond. The area has featured in the Harry Potter films, Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys and The ONE Show. Rannoch Station Tearoom serves delicious, homemade, freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Every morning they make fresh soup, daily specials and bake a large selection of cakes and scones. Their drinks include cafetieres of fresh coffee, a wide range of teas, hot chocolate, milkshakes and soft drinks. They are also licensed and stock a range of wines, malt whiskies, local beers and cider. In addition, the Tearoom also host pub nights, music and poetry events, private functions as well as being a venue for car and motorbike rallies (please see website for details). Many customers come for a day out to see the station, ride the trains, stroll, walk or hike over the moor or up the hills. This is a great starting/meeting point for walkers, cyclists, bikers and drivers who want to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of this incredible wilderness.
The Visitors Centre and Signal Box on the station platform have colourfully presented explanations of the unique natural habitat of Rannoch Moor and the story of how the railway line was built at the end of the 19th century. The Tearoom is open from early March to end of October, 6 days a week (closed Fridays). Saturday, Monday to Thursday 8.30am until 4.30pm and from 10.00am to 4.30pm Sundays. By Road - Situated at the very end of the road B846 and a little over an hours drive from Pitlochry or Aberfeldy. It is a beautiful drive through with glorious views of Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch, the Black Wood of Rannoch, Glencoe and Bridge of Orchy mountains and Schiehallion. So enjoy the trip, there and back! By Rail - Rannoch Station is on the world famous West Highland Railway which runs from Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William and Mallaig. There are 4 trains each way every day (a bit less on Sundays) so you can plan your trip to Rannoch Station. There is plenty of parking, a public loo and babychanger. You can also buy local fishing permits and midge repellent. Dogs are welcome! Rannoch Station Tearoom, Rannoch Station, Perthshire PH17 2QA. 01882 633247 - 07557 271880 www.rannochstationtearoom.co.uk See map on page $$.
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We have extended our services by opening local offices in Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Letham and Pitlochry (Wednesday 10-12) which ensures that rural members have face to face contact with us regardless of living area, making it an easy process for anyone to join the credit union. So call in to our main office at 282 High Street Perth or a local office near you, phone us on 01738 624872 or contact us via our website www.pkcu.org.uk to see how your credit union can benefit you. Full details of local office opening days and times are available on our website or by contacting our main office.
Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) You may remember us as the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI), which we were until 2016. Now we have a new name, a new logo and a new programme for 2107-2018. We meet on the third Thursday of the month in the Aldour Hall between September and April from 7.15pm till 9.30pm with a different speaker each evening. Sometimes the talks are related to home crafts, and sometimes not, but we always have a yummy supper - home-made sandwiches, cakes and biscuits and a good cuppa to boot! Subscription for the year is £20 which covers all the meetings. If, however, you would rather just pop in and out, each visit is £3.50, so £20 is a bargain. All ladies are welcome and you don’t need to be a baker, a knitter, a seamstress or an arty-crafty person to join. Here’s a wee peek at the winter’s programme so that you can put the dates in your diary. 21 Sept 2107 - Fashion from Pitlochry Knitwear 19 October – Care in the Atholl Medical Centre 16 November – Flower arranging 14 December – Christmas Dinner
18 January 2018 - Scottish recipes 15 February - Pamper Session 15 March – Crochet for all 19 April – Bead work and AGM.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new session in September. For further information, please contact Ginnie on 01796 472791.
Rannoch Highland Games Kinloch Rannoch, Saturday 19th August 2017. Nestling between Craig Varr and Schiehallion lies Kinloch Rannoch – the place to be on Saturday 19th of August 2017 for the Rannoch Highland Gathering. With all the attractions of larger traditional Highland event the Rannoch Gathering has the intimacy of a true “homecoming”, a real family day out. There are races to be run, Highland Dance trophies to be won, hammers and cabers to be tossed. To the skirl of the bagpipes, the band in full Highland regalia marches round the field. As well as the adult events, children are well catered for. Silly MacB the Clown makes sure of that. After the gruelling hill race, the tension mounts towards the end of the day as teams from the south loch side battle with teams from the north and the tug of war commences. Something for everyone, a Tea Tent, a BBQ and a beer tent too. Stalls to buy cakes, win bottles, and support local ventures. Don’t forget the post Games Dance in Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall from 8pm. Prices: Adults £5, Con. £4, Child £3 Family ticket £12, Cars £1. Dancing begins 12.30 - Other events 2.00pm continued on page 73
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Details of all these events can be found on www.rannochhighlandgathering.co.uk or by contacting the Rannoch Highland Gathering Secretary on email@example.com Come along and join in all the fun
Neighbourhood Watch: August 2017 - New Signs! Neighbourhood Watch Scotland has changed its logo from the orange style to the blue style shown on the right. The change was made to reflect the new, more up to date image of Neighbourhood Watch, with the hope of encouraging more of our residents to benefit from the alerts and safety advice which membership offers. Thanks to donations from Rotary, The Enchanted Forest Trust and Andie Millar’s Trust, the old street signs will be replaced with the new style blue ones. Local Watches Aldour Ct & Gdns
East Moulin Rd (1 – 34)
Lettoch Rd & Pl
Finlay Cl & Ter
Croftinloan – School Ln
Nursing Home Br
Knockard Rd, Pl, Ave & Cres
Robertson Cres & Ln
St Colm Pl
If you live in one of the streets listed above, you have a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, who will pass on alerts about scams, bogus callers and rogue traders as well as general safety information received from Neighbourhood Watch Scotland. If you have not so far joined your local Watch and wish to do so, please contact Cathy Marshall on 470575 firstname.lastname@example.org, who will put you in touch with your local Co-ordinator. If you live in Pitlochry but not in any of the streets listed above and would be interested in starting a Neighbourhood Watch, Cathy will be happy to explain what’s involved. If you would like to receive alerts without joining a Watch, you can do so by logging on to www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk
Pitlochry Group Amnesty International We held our annual summer street collection on Saturday 15 July. We are delighted that the less than summery weather did not put a damper on the generosity of locals and visitors and that we raised £368.57 for Amnesty International UK. This money will support Amnesty’s campaigns to protect human rights in countries around the world where people are deprived of basic freedoms and the right to justice. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed. If you are interested in learning more about the local Group please contact Caroline on 01796 470163.
Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to email@example.com Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final. Pitlochry Life 73
Perth & Kinross School Holiday Dates 2017 - 2018 Well the kids are heading back to school and we can get on with our lives in relative peace until at least the middle of October. Here are the term times for the coming year; they will let you plan holidays, childminders, days out, days in etc. Watch out for the 2 occasional holidays and the 5 dreaded â€˜In-Serviceâ€™ days. Then there will be the snow.....
Monday 14th August 2017
Staff resume - In Service Day
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Friday 6th October 2017
All break, mid- term
Monday 9th October 2017
Friday 20th October 2017
Monday 23rd October 2017
Thursday 16th November 2017
In Service day
Friday 17th November 2017
In Service day
Friday 22nd December 2017
Monday 25th December 2017
Friday 5th January 2018
Monday 8th January 2018
Wednesday 14th February 2018
In Service day
Thursday 15th February 2018
Friday 16th February 2018
Thursday 29th March 2018
Friday 30th March 2018
Friday 13th April 2018
Monday 16th April 2018
Staff resume - In Service day
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Monday 7th May 2018
May Day Holiday
Thursday 28th June 2018
Easter Sunday - 1st April 2018 School session 2018/19 will commence on Monday 13th August 2018 for Staff and Tuesday 14th August 2018 for Pupils. For further information on schools, visit the Council website at www.pkc.gov.uk/schools
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Pitlochry circular trip via Stone Circle, the Rob Roy Way and Loch Tummel Great for: Riders wanting more of a challenge and a whole days biking. Steep climbs and fast descents! Benefits: Conveniently starts and finishes in a town. Challenging climbs for the more adventurous. Mostly on tracks. Length: Approx. 40km round trip. From any car park in Pitlochry, find your way to the footbridge by the Festival Theatre and climb up towards the A9. Cross the A9 and head straight on past Middleton of Fonab Farm. The climb carries straight on, past a stone circle to reach a brilliant descent on the Rob Roy Way into Strathtay (via the golf course). Turn right to head down the road until you get to a track leading up to Loch Derchulich. Ride beyond the loch to the highest point of the ride (loose in places, but a steady climb) until it heads down, fast, on a Land Rover track to Loch Tummel. Turn right and follow the road until you can get across the river by a footbridge (Jubilee Bridge). Follow a fast straight down to the River Garry, then head upstream to the Soldier's Leap in the Pass of Killiecrankie. Take in the Visitors Centre here. A minor road then heads under the A9 and leads to a climb onto Ben Vrackie. Follow this road to the Bealach na Searmoin (marked on 1:25000 maps) and then you have a lovely ride back to Pitlochry via Moulin (rewarding beers from Moulin Inn are optional!).
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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 - firstname.lastname@example.org www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk
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 Victoriaâ€™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: email@example.com 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
0800 555 111
Adult Care Services
0845 301 11 20
0800 300 999
0800 111 999
Council Housing Emergency
0845 301 11 10
Perth Royal Infirmary
24hr Domestic Abuse
0800 027 1234
Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry
Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld
Citizens Advice Bureau
0800 917 0708
Roads & Flooding
Mental Health Services
0845 301 11 20
0300 999 999
Perthshire Women's Aid
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Atholl Palace Hotel
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Councillor Xander McDade
Cycle With Me
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Murdo Fraser MSP
The Hair Studio
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The Hardware Centre
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Omeworks Pete Wishart MP
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Thistle & Orchid Beauty
Food in the Park LIVE
Pitlochry Choral Society
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Pitlochry Garden Care
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Pitlochry Heritage Centre
Pitlochry Hydro Family Fun Day
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Gaulds Funeral Directors
Pitlochry Hydro Wedding Fair
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Rannoch Station Tea Room
Heartland Film Society
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