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PITLOCHRY

LIFE

August 2019 Issue 351

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The 'Magazine of Choice' For Pitlochry And Surrounding Area


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Message Contents from the Features Team

Garden Fence Sprayers 62 Schiehallion 84 Pitlochry Crossword 86 School Term Times 92

Welcome to the August edition of Pitlochry Life. Summer is here, we even have some rather lovely weather! I just love the summer and the longer nights, you always seem to have so much more time. Just as well because in this issue we have an amazing array of things to do and places to visit. The pages are full of the best restaurants, cafés and hotels, we even have a distillery! Whether you are here for the day, a couple of weeks or are lucky enough to live here all year round, there is plenty to enjoy. This month we meet Eric Toralba from the Craigvrack Restaurant and have his cashew paste curry to try! We love Live Music at Pitlochry Life and the summer seasons at Food in the Park Live, The Old Mill Inn and The Atholl Palace provide fabulous entertainment for everyone. There is something on most nights – so you will be spoilt for choice. Our regular features are here too. Sheila Drummond looks at flowers that can help the birds and the bees most. Alan Clinch looks at ways to make more endorphins (eat curry!) and, Willie looks at the new 5G network. The results are rather amazing. Then, if you intend spending many long hours painting your garden fence this Autumn, we have just the thing – paint sprayers, on page 62. As August also means back to school for our local kids, we have included a Term Time sheet for you to keep. We have an update from Andy Charlton of the PHS Parent Council, and we all need to help with this, as the school is the life blood of the community. Enjoy the long summer nights, pop out and say hello to all our great hostelries and remember to tell them and all our advertisers you saw them in Pitlochry Life 

Regulars At The Chef's Table Recipe Pitlochry Tipple Computer Garden Fitness

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Community Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Useful Numbers Index

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Diary - What’s On See the Get Out Section for full details Until 29th August

10.00am

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

31st July

2.00pm

Blair Atholl & Struan Annual Church Fayre

31st July

7.30pm

‘Hungry Town’ - Blair Atholl Village Hall

2nd August

8.00pm

Robert Carmichael plays the Stag's Head Bar

5th August

7.30pm

Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground

9th August

10.30am

Reminiscence Group - Pitlochry Library

9th August

9.30pm

Chris White Trio play the Old Mill Inn

10th August

10.00am

Annual Coffee Morning - Moulin Hall

10th August

10.30am

Church Flower Show - Blair Atholl Church

10th August

7.30pm

Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall

12th August

7.30pm

Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground

13th August

10.00am

Pitlochry Litter Action Group

14th August

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Erochty

14th August

7.30pm

Music in Rannoch - The Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir

15th August

10.00am

Struan Trust Craft Fair & Auction

16th August

8.00pm

Revival Blues play Food in the Park Live

17th August

9.30am

Councillor Xander McDade Surgeries

17th August

10.00am

Pitlochry Market - Armoury Road, Pitlochry

17th August

12noon

Rannoch Highland Gathering

17th August

9.30pm

The Engine House play the Old Mill Inn

19th August

7.30pm

Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground

20th August

6.00pm

The Tryst Walking Group - Glen Fincastle

22nd - 25th August

Various

Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials

23rd August

8.00pm

Chris White plays the Stag's Head Bar

24th August

7.30pm

Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall

26th August

7.30pm

Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground

30th August

5.00pm

Cocktail Night - The Mash Tun Bar

30th August

7.00pm

Climate Cafe - HPCP, Atholl Road, Pitlochry

31st August

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group - Carn Dearg Mor

31st August

11.00am

Dunkeld Craft Collective - Taybank Market

31st August

8.00pm

Manran play Food in the Park Live

2nd September

2.30pm

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall

7th September

10.00am

Car Boot/Table Top Sale - Moulin Hall

For all our live music, see pages 23, 47 & 96. Send your entry to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life


For reservations please call 01796 473 248 Clunie Bridge Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5JY Email: bookings@thegreenpark.co.uk Web: www.thegreenpark.co.uk

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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! 20th June to 29th August - Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition - Duchess Anne, Dunkeld – 10.00am – 7.00pm and 12noon – 6.00pm on Sundays. We have a great selection of artwork and as items are sold they are taken away and this means the exhibition is changing daily. All entries can be seen on our webpage www.dunkeldartexhibition.com For any further information please email DunkeldArt@aol.com or just call in to the Duchess Anne and have a chat with the stewards on duty. Wednesday 31st July - Blair Atholl & Struan Annual Church Fayre - Blair Atholl Village Hall 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Usual stalls. Everyone welcome. Wednesday 31st July - ‘Hungry Town’ - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.30pm. All the way from the USA and after fifteen years of world-wide travel and three album releases, Rebecca and Ken finally make it. Come and enjoy their Songs and Music in a Candlelit setting. Tickets £10.00 at Tilt Stores or at Door. Bar, bites, whisky Raffle. Proceeds to Hall Funds. Further Information : Neil 01796 481310. Monday 5th August - Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground - 7.30pm. Friday 9th August - Reminiscence Group - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am to 12noon. Join us for a cup of tea and a blether about the good old days. If you would like to come but transport is an issue then we may be able to arrange this for you; please contact the library. Saturday 10th August - Annual Coffee Morning - Moulin Hall - 10.00am to 12noon. There will be the usual stalls and raffle. Entry including refreshments, £3. This year we will also have the 400 club tickets available! We hope to see as many of you as possible there. The Hall needs your support. Thank you. Saturday 10th August - Church Flower Show - Blair Atholl Church - 10.30am. Church open from 4.00pm to 8.30pm on Friday evening and from 8.00am to 9.00am on Saturday morning for receiving entries. Auction of entries at 3.00pm. Saturday 10th August - Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall - 7.30pm. Come along and join us on the dance-floor or watch us skipping the lite fantastic and enjoy the great music of Marian Anderson. Admission - Dancer £8.00 Spectator: £2.00. Further info contact June 01796 473488. Monday 12th August - Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground - 7.30pm. Tuesday 13th August - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 40 for more details. Wednesday 14th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Erochty - 9.30am. From Trinafour the route goes around Loch Erochty on a mixture of tracks and paths. The section at the head of the loch is over rough ground with no path. Height climbed 100m. Distance 10 miles approx. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 14th August - Music in Rannoch - The Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch – 7.30 pm. The Rannoch Highland Gathering Week Concert. A competition Choir, singing in duets, quartets and full choir. Easy parking. £8 at the door, children free. Refreshments available during the interval. Thursday 15th August - Struan Trust Craft Fair & Auction - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 10.00am. Tables offered at £30 per 6 foot table. Auction at 7.30pm. See page 42 for more details. Auction donations and enquiries to Cath at cath1cant@gmail.com Continued on page 8 6 Pitlochry Life


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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Saturday 17th August - Councillor Xander McDade Surgeries - From 9.30am. Pitlochry Council Offices at 9.30am and 11:30am in Breadalbane Community Campus. All welcome.

Saturday 17th August - Pitlochry Market - Armoury Road, Pitlochry - 10.00am to 3.00pm. Fresh products and crafts, including fresh meat, veg, bread, cakes, bakes, beer, gin & meads. Jewellery, arts and crafts. Not to be missed. Saturday 17th August - Rannoch Highland Gathering - Weller Poley Park, Kinloch Rannoch 12noon. This is a fun filled event for all the family featuring the annual Hill Race, Heavies events, Highland Dancing, Athletic events for both seniors and juniors alike, along with the opening Pipe Band Parade. There will also be a variety of stalls featuring local produce and crafts as well as those to temp your taste buds. We look forward to seeing you on the day. If you require further info please contact: rannochgathering@gmail.com www.rannochhighlandgathering.co.uk Monday 19th August - Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground - 7.30pm. Tuesday 20th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Glen Fincastle – 6.00pm. From Glen Fincastle we climb to the top of the hill overlooking Blair Atholl on good tracks and paths. We return by the same route. Height climbed 150m. Distance 3 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 22nd to 25th August - Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials - From 8.00am. Includes over 200 trade stands. See page 16 for more details and tickets. Saturday 24th August - Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall - 7.30pm. Come along and join us on the dance-floor or watch us skipping the lite fantastic and enjoy the great music of Colin Dewar. Admission - Dancer £8.00 Spectator: £2.00. Further info contact June 01796 473488. Monday 26th August - Highland Night - Pitlochry Recreation Ground - 7.30pm. Friday 30th August - Cocktail Night - The Mash Tun Bar, Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry - 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Pitlochry's must see whisky bar. See page 9 for details. Friday 30th August - Climate Cafe - HPCP, Atholl Road, Pitlochry - 7.00pm to 9.00pm. All are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea/coffee and chat with everyone about issues raised or issues you are interested in regarding Climate Change and the Environment. See page 54 for more info. Saturday 31st August - The Tryst Walking Group - Carn Dearg Mor – 9.30am. This is a long expedition through the glens to the north of Blair Atholl, mostly on good tracks. The route is up Glen Banvie and on towards Beinn Dearg. Before reaching this Munro we turn south and climb Carn Dearg Mor before returning down Glen Tilt. Height climbed 650m. Distance 14 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 31st August - Dunkeld Craft Collective - Taybank Market - The Taybank, Dunkeld 11.00am to 4.00pm. See page 67 for info. Monday 2nd September - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. We resume after our summer break. After a short AGM, Fiona Findlay will give an illustrated talk on her cycle run round the Hebrides. Everyone welcome. Enquiries 01796 473210. Saturday 7th September - Car Boot/Table Top Sale - Moulin Hall - 10.00am to 2.00pm. £10 per car/table payable on booking on 472058 or bmbright38@aol.com. Refreshments inc soup available by Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry. 8 Pitlochry Life


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At The Chef's Table - with Eric Toralba Meeting Eric Toralba at Craigvrack Restaurant was a real pleasure. Eric has just taken over the culinary reigns at Craigvrack and has already created quite a buzz with his food amongst the tourists and the local community alike. Originally from the Philippines, Eric’s love of cooking started off in an unusual way. His family had traditionally been civil engineers and nurses. He was set to follow in the family footsteps and had enrolled at engineering college. To pay for his fees he started to work locally in the kitchen of the 5 star Group Marco Polo Hotel. His jobs as you can imagine were all the basic ones, peeling the potatoes, preparing the vegetables. Whilst working in the hotel he saw many men in aprons and chef hats, until one day when he saw a guy in a really clean apron and the tallest hat – he was the head chef. That day Eric decided “I want to have the biggest hat!” And the rest as they say is history. Eric says he has been inspired by motivational cooks like Gordon Ramsay and a self taught chef Raymond Blanc. He loves that chefs can take something simple and make it truly amazing. His tip for Pitlochry Life readers is to never stop learning. When he came to the UK he had never had a dessert role, so he had to go back to the beginning and learn all about desserts from a well known pastry chef. Besides working with local chefs all this while, he even got hold of a formal professional qualification to enhance his skill set. At Craigvrack, Eric’s food is known for its unique and novel Scottish flavours served with warmth and love. He says he always focuses on the versatility of ingredients and tries to present them in interesting and unusual ways. In addition to local cuisine, he has brought some of his signature dishes from Marco Polo,

such as Sushi, to the menu. Besides his novel flavours, Eric’s attention to detail is impeccable. He says he buys the best local produce that he possibly can and that reflects in his menu. He wants the guests to have the most incredible experience when they are at his restaurant. So what does he cook at Craigvrack? Having worked locally for 12 years, Eric is well versed in popular dishes here, and loves to experiment with his culinary skills. Unlike his previous stints, Craigvrack has given Eric the freedom and liberty to let his creativity shine through his artistic dishes. For him, this is the perfect place where he has really found his feet. His passion for his work is evident in the way he talks about it. Eric says every day at Craigvrack Restaurant is a another day for him to learn and offer something new to his customers. Currently favourite choices on the menu are Cod with onion twist or the very Scottish Haggis Bon Bon with Prawns. Duck Breasts with blackberry sauce is this month’s most popular selection. The restaurant is now open daily from 5pm onwards, so pop along soon and see what’s new at the Craigvrack Restaurant.

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Cashew Paste Vegetable Curry This month we are delighted to have a recipe from Eric Toralba, Chef at the Craigvrack Hotel, Pitlochry.

Ingredients - Serves 4 • • • • • • • • •

200g Cashew nuts roasted 20g Ginger finely chopped 20g Lemongrass finely chopped 4 Cloves garlic chopped 1 Medium onion chopped 50g Coriander leaves 400ml Coconut milk 1 tablespoon curry powder ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

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4 Tablespoon Olive oil 2 Red Chillies (Optional) 1 Medium onion diced 1 Red Pepper diced 1 Green Pepper diced 200g Broccoli florets 200g Cauliflower florets 200g Carrots diced 150g Baby Corn halved

Method 1.

Heat half the oil on medium, sauté the garlic and chopped onion till brown then add the ginger and lemongrass, then add the roasted cashew nuts and mix well. 2. Add curry powder, turmeric powder, chilli and coriander leaves, keep mixing for two minutes then add the coconut milk and salt & pepper to taste. 3. Simmer for 5 minutes. 4. Pour the mixture in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water if too thick. Set aside. Prepare the Vegetables 1. Blanch the cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and baby corn till al dente or your desired cooking tenderness. 2. Heat a medium pan with oil, sauté the diced onion till translucent, add the peppers and then keep mixing until they are soft. 3. Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and baby corn to the mixture. 4. Pour the cashew curry paste into the mixture and mix well till combined. 5. Heat through and serve with natural yogurt or sour cream, garlic bread or boiled rice. Pitlochry Life 13


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Walk With Me… Moulin Rouge Distance - 3 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Let’s put some colour on our cheeks with an easy walk, taking in a pub that brews its own beer and a distillery. Ok, there’s also a ruined castle, some woodland, an impressive waterfall, and fantastic views. Start outside the Moulin Inn. From the main street in Pitlochry that’s about 1 mile up West Moulin Road (the A924 to Blairgowrie). The Inn first opened in 1695, the brewery which is round the back, in 1995. Their three draught ales are available in the bar, but best kept for when we get back! Cross the road into Moulin Square, do not walk straight ahead up Manse Road as it is a dead end, but turn right past the post box down the side of the church graveyard and you will come to Moulin Village Hall. There is a small car park here if your ‘driver’ needs it. On the other side of the hall is a path marked for the Black Castle, there are information boards here with some history of the castle which you will see ahead, in the middle of a field. There may be sheep, so careful with dogs. Walk past the castle to the far left of the field and go through the gate which is straight ahead (lilac coloured disc), cross a small field into a quiet cul-de-sac and follow the path up the left side of the first house. This will bring you onto a tarred road, turn left (signposted Edradour and Black Spout) and take the path between the two fences, again signposted. Follow this path around the outside of the field, through a gate and into woodland, again following the sign for Black Spout. After a few hundred yards you will come to a dirt track farm road, there are various signs here, but head straight across, again following Black Spout. After a short distance there is a marker post indicating either left or right (the trail here is a loop). Take the right hand path and it will emerge at Black Spout Waterfall and an 20 Pitlochry Life

excellent viewing platform giving superb views of the 190feet (60m) Black pout Waterfall and gorge below. It can be quite spectacular after heavy rain. On leaving the platform continue in the anticlockwise direction as before and follow the path as it rises. Before it completes the loop you will see another path signposted for Edradour Distillery, follow that for about a half mile and you will emerge directly across from it. Edradour is Scotland’s smallest traditional distillery. It offers tours, a shop and a Tasting Bar. It is open 10am - 5pm, however, please note the distillery is closed on Sundays and operates winter opening hours from 30th October. On leaving the distillery turn right and follow the single track road uphill until it joins the A924 Blairgowrie road. Head straight on, mindful of traffic and into Kinnaird, where on the wall outside the first cottage on the right you will see a plaque commemoration a stay by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1881. Keep going, it’s all downhill now with a fabulous view of Ben Vrackie on the right and all Pitlochry on the left. After three quarters of a mile you are back at the Moulin Inn and time for those beers.

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Slammer Dunked! With news that the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) are looking to relax the rules about which casks types can be used to mature whisky, mention was made in particular to Tequila casks, so, I thought I would look at Tequila this month. Tequila means different things to different people. From dusting the glass rim in salt and sucking on lime to Single Village Tequila costing hundreds of pounds per bottle, it is a complex and vast subject, but here are the key points. Tequila is made from blue agave (not cactus), and by law must be made in Mexico. All of the brands you know like Jose Cuervo, Patron, Don Julio, and others make the five types of tequila — silver, gold, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo — following these rules. Colour: Clear, light gold, rich amber Region: The majority are made in Jalisco state of Mexico (technically it can also be made in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas) ABV: Typically 40% abv Aged: • Silver/Blanco/Joven: generally unaged (or very briefly aged, for smoothness, e.g. “Suave” styles); full of agave flavour, but also heat, and an impression—but not taste—of vegetal sweetness • Gold: Basically a hybrid type, usually a mixto with colouring added to make it seem aged when it’s not; best bet is buying a brand that actually states “100% agave” on the label • Reposado: Meaning “rested,” aged in wood barrels for 2 months to under a year • Anejo: Aged between 1 and 3 years, the widest available complexly aged tequila, with softened heat and good wood character; too much aging isn’t recommended, as tequila is about expression of vegetal agave • Extra Anejo: A newer category, aged over 3 years, not as many examples but worth looking into if you like wood characteristics Made From: Blue Weber Agave 22 Pitlochry Life

Brand Examples: 1800 Tequilla, Patron, Gran Centenario, El Tesoro Popular Cocktails: Paloma, Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, El Diablo, Bloody Maria Produced primarily in Jalisco, tequila is the opportunistic product of the life cycle of the blue weber agave plant, a ‘succulent’ that defies desert temps to mature into a giant, spikey beast after eight years. Unlike a grapevine, agave are one-time use plants: the massive heart, or pina, is cut out and processed to make tequila (or Mezcal), with much of the work being hands-on from start to finish.

After the pinas are cut out of the blue weber agave, they’re basically steam-cooked to prepare the starches in the pina for fermentation. And while tequila, like vodka and gin, is a clear spirit, it is actually pot-distilled—meaning more congeners can remain to flavour the spirit, depending on the desires of the distiller. (Tequila is generally distilled at least twice.) Once it’s been distilled to strength, tequila’s either bottled (for a blanco/joven) or aged for a period of time in any variety of wooden barrel or cask (there are no strict rules here). How do you drink a good quality Tequila? Add ice, sip it and savour it like a fine single malt. Ewan McIlwraith Ewan McIlwraith is the owner of Robertsons of Pitlochry and The Bothy. Since 2013, Ewan has transformed the retail shop to now stock of over 450 whiskies and over 150 small batch gins. Ewan is also a judge for the World Whisky Awards and Scottish Field. Judging the annual whisky and gin challenge competitions. Robertsons support responsible drinking


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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory The next step in our mobile phone network technology is upon us, notably highlighted by the ongoing Huawei equipment spying rumours that have made international news as of late. Regardless of the equipment installed, 5G will roll out this summer and promises to revolutionise our mobile phone habits, well eventually. If you cast your mind back a few years, the introduction of 4G allowed users to upload or download data in any form: music, pictures, video or data at acceptably pleasant speeds compared to the older 3G. In fact, in some places a 4G connection is actually faster than logging into a local wi-fi network, and for some even faster than their home broadband. Well, 5G promises to be at least 5 times faster than 4G and that opens up loads of new possibilities. 5G has three major differences over 4G, concerning speed, capacity and latency, all set to be superior in every way. Speed. By far the most notable and obvious difference. 4G currently has a maximum download speed of 300Mbps (Megabits per second), whilst 5G is expected to achieve 10Gbps (Gigabits per second, with a Gigabit equalling 1,000 Megabits) – that’s a full HD movie downloaded in less than 40 seconds and smooth streaming of 4k. Then we will see cloud gaming, self-driving cars, smarter homes and other uses that we haven’t even dreamt of yet. Capacity. Mobile networks, be it 3G, 4G or 5G, use radio waves to transfer data. 5G uses much higher frequencies than 4G, occupying the band of spectrum between 30 to 300GHz. Higher frequencies mean larger bandwidths, and larger bandwidths mean you'll be able to download data, stream media or run demanding applications with ease, even in high traffic areas, no longer will your phone slow down in city centres or at major events. Latency. This is the time taken for data to pass from one place to another. Even if you manage to download a movie in under a minute, a high latency (or lag time) means you'll have to wait 24 Pitlochry Life

longer to open up the file and watch it. 4G has a latency of 50 milliseconds, while 5G will have a latency of 1 millisecond - that's 50 times better than 4G. It takes at least 10ms for an image seen by the human eye to be processed by the brain. Low latency is vital for real-time reactions in machines or cars and it could also make cloud gaming possible. It is low latency that will open up all sorts of new applications that were previously impossible because of the time lag. Exciting times, however it won’t quite happen overnight. First of all, you will need a 5G compatible phone, however your next contract renewal will probably take care of that with an upgrade. The next problem is that the higher frequencies used by 5G have a much shorter range and are less capable of dealing with obstacles. So much so that in built up areas like city centres, the phone masts will have to be as close as 500 metres apart and that involves a lot of work to match the current 4G coverage. Realistically we are looking at 2 years before most of us will even get a taste of 5G and a lot longer before the rural areas catch up. The plan is to roll out the technology in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, with several other southern cities lined up next. In the meantime we will have to make do with 4G, which incidentally is constantly being improved and expanded, so regardless of where you are you will still get good if not better speeds and the likes of Netflix in at least HD. Willie


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The Pitlochry Garden August The sun is out and the garden is full of flowers with bees buzzing and butterflies flitting around them. But are there as many bees and butterflies as there used to be? How can you attract more of these valuable and attractive insects? Creating a successful ecology depends on managing positive and negative factors. We can’t control the weather but we can make sure that pesticides are not used in our gardens. You may not be able to prevent some of the viral diseases sweeping through bee colonies, but you can provide food plants and winter shelter for our most helpful insects. Providing food plants from early on in the year through to the first snows is important. Early flowering plants with plenty of pollen include crocus and hellebores, winter-flowering heathers and some late winter-flowering shrubs like sarcococca, skimmia and pieris. Berberis darwinni is adored by bees, especially small bumbles, and spring-flowering trees like malus and prunus are invaluable. Late food plants include aconitum, anemones, asters, colchicum and ivy, especially where it has become arboreal. Any late-flowering perennials or shrubs and climbers will be a godsend to bees stocking up for the winter. Bees prefer blue, purple and yellow plants – they don’t see red ones very well. They are attracted by flowers that wave about on long stems. For example: lavender, nepeta, alliums, echinops, perovskia, agastache and perennial salvia; daisies like anthemis, echinacea, rudbeckia, coreopsis, inula, helenium; flat heads like sedum, achillea, 26 Pitlochry Life

fennel and knautia. Hover flies are both pollinators and pest controllers. Hover fly larvae vacuum up aphids and the adults pollinate. They are particularly attracted to orange and yellow flowers like calendula, tagetes, limnanthes, verbascum, dahlias and helianthus. Plant marigolds or calendula amongst your vegetables where hover fly larvae can get to work on pest control and the adults can pollinate. Butterflies and are attracted to light-coloured or white flowers with open or flat heads and especially daisies. They love sedums and other flat heads, leucanthemum, late asters and Japanese anemones and the flowers of herbs like borage, rosemary and thyme. Urban bee-keepers are setting up hives on roof-tops to take advantage of inner city gardens and green spaces. This is a good investment because the organic honey is excellent and commands a good price. Amateur bee-keeping alone cannot address all of the issues concerning the decline in bee and insect populations but it is a step in the right direction. Gardeners could include as many plants attractive to insects as possible in their borders, maintaining them without chemicals, and always allowing a wee place for the odd bit of comfrey or nettle. It is exactly that messy, careless bit of the garden that is where the action is. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative I was alarmed to find out that there was to be no service at Rannoch Rail Station in October for eight days, and no mention of a contingency plan put in place. I noticed comments posted on social media by the owners of the Moor of Rannoch Restaurant and Rooms, who stated that the planned rail line closure – set to take place between October 5-13 – would have a huge impact on their guests and visitors to the area. My office contacted Sandy Meikle, owner of the Moor of Rannoch Restaurant and Rooms, and he expressed his concerns at a sign put up by ScotRail informing people of the proposed closure. He said many guests were already booked during the period of the rail ‘improvement’ work at Rannoch Rail Station, and how he felt most of them would be “stranded” with the temporary loss of the single-track line. This decision would have had a massive impact on residents, businesses and tourists in Highland Perthshire. It undoubtedly also would have had a huge knock-on effect with an impact on people who had been walking in the area and then arrived later in the day hoping to catch a train at Rannoch Rail Station, only to find out it was closed for eight days. I demanded answers from ScotRail about this issue and they admitted it had been caused by “misinformation” and added that the sign displaying the rail closure was to be taken down. ScotRail revealed that the plans for improvement work on the line were yet to be finalised and considered by their train planning team and they apologised for the sign being put up at Rannoch Rail Station. This must have brought a huge relief to the Moor of Rannoch Restaurant and Rooms and other businesses in the area and is an example of how bad communication can lead to major concerns from a local community. It is now the summer recess at the Scottish Parliament and a time to reflect on a very busy period for the MSPs who work there. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament and saw Her Majesty The Queen give a speech to MSPs in the debating chamber on June 29th. She was accompanied by Prince Charles. The event also featured performances celebrating the best of Scottish music and culture and the politicians were joined by a group of young people who were born on July 1 1999. These ‘July 1 babies’ have grown up with the Parliament and were part of the Scottish Parliament’s 10th anniversary events back in 2009. As ever, I appreciate the feedback of my constituents and can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot or via telephone at 01738 553990.

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP Along with local councillor, Mike Williamson I welcome a scheme which aims to make hearing aid maintenance easier for those living in Highland Perthshire. The scheme, proposed and organised by Councillor Williamson, will see NHS Tayside partner with Perth and Kinross Council and Culture Perth and Kinross. Around 30 volunteers will now be available once a month in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy to perform maintenance on hearing aids, including cleaning and replacing of tubes and batteries. Because of this scheme, those in Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and the surrounding areas who are in need of hearing aid maintenance will no longer be required to either post their hearing aids away or Continued on page 32 30 Pitlochry Life


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undertake long round-trips. This is an excellent, common-sense scheme that will bring tangible benefits to those living in Highland Perthshire. Going forward, Councillor Williamson will be working to extend this scheme to mobile library buses. This will ensure that those with hearing aids in Highland Perthshire can have access to this service on their doorstep, regardless of location. The new services will be available at Pitlochry Community Hospital on the first Tuesday of every month and at Aberfeldy Library on the first Friday of the month. These drop-in clinics are part of a Tayside-wide service delivered by specially trained NHS Hearing Aid Support volunteers. Further details of the scheme can be found at https://nhstaysidelowdown.com/page/2/ Councillor Mike Williamson and I recently met business owners in Pitlochry to discuss the inadequate toilet facilities available to tourists stopping off at the town in the evenings. Currently the public toilets close at 6pm and only a few businesses are signed up to a comfort scheme. Consequently, these businesses are regularly faced with tourists queuing for 45 minutes to use their bathroom facilities. The current provision of toilet facilities is clearly unsustainable. It is not fair or plausible to expect local businesses to bear the brunt of 45 minute queues to use their lavatories, nor is it a positive advert for Highland Perthshire. I have written to Perth and Kinross Council to request that adequate consideration is given to any steps that can alleviate the current situation. I am particularly interested in exploring the viability of moving forward the public toilet opening hours by half an hour, from 9am-6pm to 9:30am-6:30pm. I hope that the council can provide a common sense solution that will ensure that local businesses are not adversely affected and that tourists can enjoy their stop offs in Pitlochry as much as possible. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached by email at john.swinney.msp@ parliament.scot, you can call 01250 876 576 or write to 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH.

Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I wanted to highlight the number of people who are not currently claiming Pension Credit, to which they are legally entitled. Research by the charity Independent Age has revealed that there is an annual figure of £5.235m in unclaimed Pension Credit in Perth and North Perthshire alone. This is money which could help elderly people with heating costs and other valuable support. Pension Credit is also referred to as a ‘gateway benefit’ as it often unlocks entitlement to other social security benefits, such as assistance with council tax. We know that the current generation of pensioners are the least likely to go looking for assistance from the state, but at a time when utility bills and the general cost of living is on the rise, I was shocked to discover the numbers of pensioners who are not getting the help they quite rightly deserve. This is money which could be helping with heating costs or other household costs. With free TV licenses now being linked to Pension Credit, it is essential that those who are missing out check to see if they may qualify for extra support. Age Scotland have a helpline which can give advice on claiming Pension Credit, but also provides information on other schemes which exist to help older people with the cost of living. They can be contacted on 0800 12 44 222. I have been asked to let local charities know that the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is asking for nominations for the CSJ Awards 2020. Six small local charities which help our community could win £10,000. Continued on page 34 32 Pitlochry Life


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If you know an outstanding and innovative small charity, nominate them for the award and a chance at being recognised in a ceremony in Central London. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 7th October 2019. There are six awards available- The Criminal Justice Award, The Education Award, The Family Award, The Financial Inclusion Award, The Maxie Richards Addiction Award and the The Work Award. This is a great opportunity for Highland Perthshire charities to be recognised on a national stage. If anyone wants to nominate a local charity, they can either do it directly or they can contact my office. Nominations are open now at www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk. Each charity can only win one award, but any charity can be nominated for multiple awards. We have a great number of fantastic charities working for residents in Perthshire and it is quite right that they are properly recognised. I look forward to seeing some nominations. I can be contacted at my office at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk

John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative I recently accompanied Karen Reid, the Council’s Chief Executive Officer, and Gordon Paterson, our Health and Social Care Chief Officer, on a visit to Dalweem Care Home, Aberfeldy. We were pleased to see and hear how well the care home is doing and about the standard of care. We combined this with a visit to the refurbished west wing at Dalweem to hear about the Aberfeldy Model of Care currently being developed. Good progress is being made to introduce a wide variety of local services, such as memory, community midwifery and foot care clinics. These will support people with long-term conditions and allow assessment of adults with mental and physical health needs and older people with dementia. It is also intended that there will be a palliative care hub. The team also aims to provide the NHS Near Me service which allows patients access to central out-patient clinics in PRI or Ninewells digitally through online access from Dalweem. This will prevent patients having to attend Perth or Dundee to speak to their doctor or consultant reducing travel and transport. Additional staff are being recruited – an Occupational Therapist, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Health Care Support Worker, Social Work Assistant and Admin Support. Once in full operation, it will make a big difference to our local medical facilities. The Conservative-led Administration’s budget included £76,000 to provide hot meals to children who don’t have the security of receiving school meals during the holidays. Pitlochry High School and the Breathe Project at Aberfeldy Parish Church both received a share of the funds. During the holiday period, Pitlochry High School used the funds to provide brunch for 8–16 year olds, using the dining centre as a safe and familiar gathering place where staff could also offer support. Breathe, which supports young people many with challenges in their lives, ran a summer activities programme offering sports, activities, educational trips and team building exercises where meals were also provided. Both very commendable projects and I would like to thank both groups for taking on these additional responsibilities. Drop-in sessions were held for the Aberfeldy Flood Study which highlighted that 168 businesses and residential properties are at risk in the event of a 1 in 200 flood. The December 2015 floods were caused by river volumes of 733 m3/s (equivalent of a 1 in 30 – 1 in 50 flood). A 1 in 200 event would see river volumes of 1045 m3/s – about 50% more! The study recommends a combination of flood defence walls and culvert upgrades to protect the town. If implemented, the height and extent of these flood defence walls along the edge of the golf course between the Moness and Tomchulan Burns are considerable and will significantly affect the town’s landscape. Heights would Continued on page 36 34 Pitlochry Life


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vary between 1.2m and 2m in residential areas (Tayside Place/Crescent and Wade Place) and up to 3m in the industrial areas (Aberfeldy Business Park). I have asked for the study to be available on the council website. Any comments can be emailed to GABissett@pkc.gov.uk or I can send you a comment form to return by freepost. As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on jcduff@pkc.gov.uk, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542.

Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Ward, Independent Regular readers will be aware that I am heavily involved in both education and health & social care in my role as a councillor and I have chosen to focus on some of my recent activities in these areas. This month I visited Dalweem in Aberfeldy with the Councils Chief Executive and the Chief Officer for Health & Social Care. During our visit we saw the excellent standard of care provided to residents of the care home and also toured the medical wing which is finally due to open shortly. It will operate a clinic based model which will allow local people to access a number of services they currently have to travel to Pitlochry, Perth or Dundee for, and it will also provide an overnight base for the Ambulance Service. The wing is nearly ready to be made operational and staff recruitment is now complete. It is hoped that over time the number of clinics offered will increase and there is also the aspiration to introduce a version of tele care (video conferencing) for follow up appointments to reduce unnecessary travel to PRI and Ninewells. The community has had a long wait for this facility to open and I’m pleased that the wait is nearly finally over. Many of you may have seen in the press that yet another two rural schools have been approved for closure in Perth & Kinross. Blairingone in Kinross-shire and Abernyte in the Carse of Gowrie have both been approved for closure by the Councils Lifelong Learning Committee. There are a number of worrying aspects about these decisions, not least the fact that the current Council Administration seems set on a closure programme despite what evidence is presented. In the case of Abernyte, the school roll is already rising and after the summer would’ve been 200% of its roll when compared with when the statutory closure consultation was started and the Parent Council had provided names of children due to go to the school over the next four years showing the roll would rise to nearly 300% of its roll from the start of the review. Despite this strong evidence, the significant public support for the school and Education Scotland saying the school was providing children with an excellent education, the Committee voted 7-6 to close the school. I again seconded the amendment against closure as I firmly believe we must support our rural communities and not effectively close them by closing their last surviving public buildings. In the case of Blairingone, there was considerable controversy due to the vote for closure being swung by two unelected religious representatives on the committee. Had only councillors been able to vote at this point then the school would be set to remain open. The three religious representatives on the committee along with all our other stakeholder representatives including young people, parents and teachers all provide very valuable contributions to the committee, but only the religious representatives had a vote which was unfair. It is my firm believe that only those accountable to the electorate should be able to vote on matters of public policy. Following the vote the Scottish Government clarified that whilst legally the Council was required to appoint three faith representatives as set down by statute, it was up to the Council whether they should have voting rights. I therefore brought a motion to Council to change the Standing Orders so only elected councillors will be able to vote on future school closures. I’m please to say this was Continued on page 38 36 Pitlochry Life


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passed 21-19 with the support of my two fellow independents, the Labour councillor, all fifteen SNP councillors and two Conservative councillors. The remaining fifteen Conservatives and four Liberal Democrats voted against my motion. My August surgeries will be on Saturday 17th at 9:30am in Pitlochry Council Offices and 11:30am in Breadalbane Community Campus. As always I can be contacted on 01738 475028 or XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk

Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch ( NW) The following scam has been sent to Neighbourhood Watch, and is yet another clever way for tricksters to get hold of your cash, please be careful. Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’. Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank. What you need to do • • •

If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council. Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone. If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

During the holiday season, towns and car parks can be busy but don't let anyone fluster you, take time and think before giving any information to strangers. If you have been the victim of a scam/suspected scam, please report this to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or phone the Police on 101. For more information about telephone scams and about Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch, please contact our local Secretary, Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575 or marshall16@marshall16.plus.com

Pitlochry Library At the library this month, as well as our regular activities and services, we once again have the Summer Reading Challenge. August also sees the start of our new Tea and Tales reminiscence group. Simply come along to any of our events or get in touch if you have any questions. Summer Reading Challenge 2019 For children aged 4-11, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 runs from Saturday 22 June to Saturday 24 August. After signing up at the library, children read six books over the summer, getting rewards along the way, and receiving a medal and certificate if they complete the Continued on page 40 38 Pitlochry Life


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Challenge. This year’s theme is Space Chase. Regular Activities: ***New Reminiscence Group*** Tea and Tales– Friday 9 August 10.30 – 12.00 Join us for a cup of tea and a blether about the good old days. If you would like to come but transport is an issue then we may be able to arrange this for you; please contact the library. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in– every Thursday 14.30 – 16.00 Join Alec James, Community Banker for The Royal Bank of Scotland for help and advice about fraud prevention and online security at these free drop-in sessions at the library. Saturday stories and songs– every Saturday 10.30-11.00 An under 5s activity session with stories and songs led by local volunteers. (Once a month this is a full Bookbug session.) Facilities and Services: ICT facilities At the library we have PCs available for public access, as well as Wi-fi, printing, and scanning facilities. e-resources We have a full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. We also have e-reference resources which include Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry. All of these resources and instructions on how to download them are available from the Culture Perth and Kinross website (www.culturepk.org.uk). On the website it is also possible to view the entire library catalogue, as well as requesting and renewing books. To make things even easier you can also download the library app. Books on Prescription As well as our extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, we also offer Books on Prescription and on wellbeing to support various health and wellbeing needs. Books on Wheels For individuals who are unable to get out and about to visit the library we are able to offer a monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). This includes books in large print and audio formats. Recycling and Community Services Did you know that you can drop off your used stamps and batteries at the library for recycling? You can also pick up hearing aid batteries, ferrules for walking sticks and Data Link packs. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk www.culturepk.org.uk Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives – donate online or in person at your local library.

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Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground carpark. The next litterpick is on August 13th. The dates for litterpicks in 2019 are as follows: September 10th, October 8th, November 12th and December 10th. For further information contact Roger West (rogerwest7@btinternet.com) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com) 01796 473400.

Riding for the Disabled, Breadalbane & District Group We had a very successful end to the summer term’s riding with all our riders (with the exception of one who was off sick) receiving badges for their achievements at various different levels. Despite a very pessimistic forecast our final day of term was only damp and did nothing to diminish the smiles of the proud riders who received their badges from our County Coach who had assessed them. It was sad to say good-bye to one of our riders who is leaving us as she moves to a new school but so rewarding to see how she has developed during her time with RDA. To keep ‘the show on the road’ it is always necessary to raise money and our next effort will be at the Aberfeldy Show on August 9th and 10th where we will have a stand selling 2nd hand tack and home baking and produce. We look forward to seeing many of our friends there. Anyone wanting to donate second hand tack for the tack sale, please contact Lindy Lumsden on 07922650518 to arrange drop off or collection. Riding will start again on August 26th. New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested should get in touch with Jennifer Valentine on 01796 474444.

Struan Trust Craft Fair & Auction. Charity number (SC047336) Latest News - Thursday 15th August 2019 Blair Atholl Village hall On Thursday 15th August the Struan Trust will be holding a Craft Fair and a evening Auction at Blair Atholl Village Hall . Craft Fair 10am to 4pm. Evening Auction – bidding at 7.30pm. Funds raised at these events will be used by the Trust to contribute towards the community with various events/activities for all age groups including our Bursary scheme for school children. Craft Fair tables are offered to traders/crafters at £30 per 6ft table (tables provided) payment required on application There will be various goods on sale such as woollens/leather/needlework/jewellery & woodwork plus many more. Light refreshments and home baking will be available to buy. There will be a bar available in the evening. At the evening auction donated goods/services from local companies will be auctioned. Viewings are available from 12 noon until the auction commences. So far we have 50 lots to auction! Items include golf & skiing equipment/ pottery/lamps/spode crockery and vouchers from local proprietors and much more! Electrical items have all been PAT tested. If you require further information regarding the trade tables or auction items please contact: Cath Cant (Treasurer) email cath1cant@gmail.com Continued on page 44 42 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Station Bookshop Thanks to so many of our customers and supporters, our fund-raising for our new store room has been extremely successful. Over a brief few months we have been donated all the money we needed. Thank you, everyone. This means that the process of converting the old salt store has begun. The first step has been to engage an architect since our plans must meet the criteria required by our A-listed station. All going well, we should see the building work begin during the autumn. Here’s another enthusiastic review of the Bookshop which recently appeared on TripAdvisor: “Books generally cost £1. An amazing range of titles. Coffee. Seats. Lovely volunteers. Unusual books, not just bestselling paperbacks. Picked a dozen and could easily have doubled that. Ohh temptation!” Thanks to the anonymous writer. It would be difficult to improve on this recommendation although everyone is welcome to try. Please remember to visit our stall at the final Logierait Market of the year on Sunday 11th August. Our thanks go to farmer Peter Guinan for continuing to provide us with a free pitch on each market day thereby allowing us to continue with our claim that all proceeds from our book sales go direct to our six charities.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Another very busy month! The Grade 4 band under Pipe Major Ross McNaughton was delighted to take 5th place at the European Championships at Inverness, with even more young players out competing for the first time. The following night, (Sunday 30th June), we headed down to the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew to play at the Pakistan Welfare Dinner, where we piped in the guests, then we piped in the top table which included the Chief of Police, Scotland and the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. We then had the tastiest meal ever! The next week was just as busy with a Highland Night on the Monday, where we got about three quarters way through, then the rain came on........... Tuesday night was band practice night. Wednesday night the band played at Kenmore Games where apparently it was a beautiful night with a great crowd. It's the first Kenmore games I've missed in a long time, but along with DM Alister Walker, I was down at Holyrood Palace at the Tea Party. On Friday the band played at the Scottish Game fair at Scone Palace and another lovely day. The next two weeks were a bit quieter with just Highland Nights and practices!! Our next Major competition is the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton which will be over by the time you read this.... then the World Championships at Glasgow Green on the 17th August. We're delighted to have some guest bands coming to play at the Highland Night on Monday 12th August. The bands, who are across for the World Championships are the St. Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band from Tasmania and the 12 Wing RCAF from Canada. So please send your guests, visitors and friends down and come along yourselves!!! During August, the band is also playing at the Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering, The Tulloch/ Continued on page 52 44 Pitlochry Life


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What Are Endorphins? Endorphins have been around for as long as humans, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that medical research on pain killing drugs found that naturally occurring chemicals produced by the body had the same effect. These chemicals are endorphins. They help prompt feelings of pleasure or excitement (along with relieving pain), and are produced by the body during periods of strenuous exercise, emotional stress, and pain. They are frequently referred to as the brain's ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Endorphin production varies from person to person, which means that the effects are different for all of us – for example it’s been found that people with chronic pain conditions often have levels of endorphins which are lower than normal. Commercially available pain treatments such as morphine, oxycodone, and codeine (opioids) work by mimicking natural endorphins. The problem with commercially produced drugs such as those listed above is that they may open people up to the possibility of addiction. Opioids (or opiates), are usually prescribed to treat severe or chronic pain associated with medical conditions, or following surgery: they’re highly effective when used temporarily for the treatment of pain. Natural endorphins work similarly to opioid pain relievers, but their effects are generally not as dramatic. Endorphins can produce a ‘high’ that is healthy, safe, and without the risk of addiction and overdose. A number of activities have been identified as having the potential to increase endorphin levels.

Interestingly, it’s not only exercise or physical activity which has been shown to increase endorphin levels - volunteering, donating, and helping others also makes us feel good. One piece of research identified increased endorphin levels in people who gave money to a charity Yoga and meditation are recognised for their stress-relieving and relaxing effects, which may be partially due to an endorphin release. Some research suggests that yoga and meditation have been shown to decrease stress and increase endorphins. People who enjoy spicy foods may get an additional boost from their favourite dishes. Paradoxically, the spicy elements in chilli or hot peppers may trigger a pain sensation in the mouth, which prompts an increase in endorphin production. A 2017 research paper found that eating cocoa powder and chocolate (which contain mood boosting chemicals called flavonoids) may help increase endorphin levels. Bear in mind though that many chocolate products contain only small amounts of real cocoa (and plenty of added sugar and fat). Look for items that contain at least 70 percent cocoa, and only in small amounts! I’ve already written in these pages about the benefits of laughter therapy…..again, there’s a significant body of research to support that idea. To conclude, research into human endorphin levels is at a relatively early stage. While not the magic bullet that some folk are looking for, there is no doubt that boosting endorphins looks like an effective way to increase overall well-being…..so, exercise, eat chocolate and curry, meditate, help others, and laugh a lot!

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Letham Gala day, The Crieff Games and competing at the Perth Games and of course our weekly Highland Nights!! Practices for the learners start again in Pitlochry High School on Tuesday 20th August. Gillie McNab gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band Following on from winning the British Championships in May we returned home from Inverness at the end of June as European Champions and also winning the European Drumming prize in our grade. This was an amazing achievement and nice recognition after a winter of hard work by everyone. Next is the Scottish Championships at the end of July, then the Worlds on 17th August. We will be having our usual fundraising stall at Pitlochry Games as well as competing, so fingers crossed for good weather. If you would like more information on the band or come along to our Wednesday night practices, mainly in Blair Atholl, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 47 2692 or Secretary Claire Scott 01796 481 456.

The Yellow House Art Classes in Aberfeldy from September 2019 Matthew Storstein is a practicing artist and art tutor with 20 years teaching experience. He is a popular tutor at the reputable Leith School of Art and runs his own class in Edinburgh. He has taught a huge range of classes to all levels of students from beginner to professional artists. In 2015, Matt relocated to Aberfeldy and is excited to be bringing these skills to his home community by setting up “the Yellow House Art Classes”. The Yellow House is committed to creating and promoting high quality art and education to a wide audience. From September 2019, The Yellow House will be offering an art class called “Studio Practice” for individuals making their own work but would like support and instruction to help develop it further. The course will provide students with critical feedback on their work with strategies and advice on how to continue in the future. There will also be art history lectures and short, practical workshops introducing skills with a wide range of methods and materials such as pigments and binders, wax mediums and printmaking techniques. Matt has been running a similar class in Edinburgh since 2015 which has been immensely popular with his students. The Yellow House will be offering beginners/intermediate art classes and workshops at a later date. Further details can be found on the website at: www.theyellowhouseart.com

Pitlochry Pavilion User Groups (PUGs) 'Pennies For The Lavvies' On June 15th PUGs recently hosted the annual Pitlochry Gala Day and the Breadalbane Community Football Festival to great acclaim. There were around 650 players all under 12 years old from across Scotland taking part with an estimated attendance in excess of 2,250 people. This is now a major event in the Highland Perthshire calendar which bringing significant visitor

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numbers and business to the area and it is an event that can only grow, there are already applications for 2021. Such are the improvements to the Rec it has become a destination park with people travelling to enjoy the facilities for children. However, there were no toilet facilities available for other than the comfort scheme locations. This was an unacceptable position so PUGs decided that it would install a permanent portaloo for public use. The group has bought, securely installed and agreed a maintenance contract for a disabled access Portaloo. This has been placed near the Play Park and is free to use for all. This has been a very welcome initiative allowing families to spend longer enjoying the benefits of outdoor activities and creating an affinity with the location encouraging return and potentially longer visits. This provision comes at a cost which PUGs is bearing but funding will need to be found to allow it to continue as the demand has already outstripped the provision and the group is looking to increase the capacity. One funding initiative is a Crowdfunder to raise £3000. This will pay for the installation of the existing toilet plus one other for the summer season and the maintenance contract. If you could spare a few pounds to help us reach our target visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pennies-for-the-lavvies

Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre If you are looking for something to do, why not visit the Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre. Open daily from May to October between 2pm and 4pm, it offers a fascinating afternoon out for visitors and those with family connections to the area, with a fantastic exhibition of local information, photographs and history of the area, along with memorabilia and artefacts donated or loaned by local residents. If you have anything we could add to the exhibits, please let us know. On your visit to the Centre you can take a local journey through time. You can experience ancient life in Pitlochry and Moulin, St Colm or St Colman to whom Moulin Kirk is dedicated, find out about the medieval life around the Black Castle of Moulin, learn about old shops and trading in Pitlochry, prominent families, the flax industry and trade in Moulin, including examples of raw flax and finished linen. We have a brilliant photographic display of old postcards and newspaper articles together with lots of old school photos. Moulin Yarns will also be there on Mondays demonstrating their crafts. We also have some local books on sale for those who want to grow their knowledge of the local area. Find us in Moulin Square, opposite the Hotel, situated 1.5 miles from Pitlochry Town Centre on the A924 to Braemar. £3 entry or free to members. Hope to see you soon! And if you cannot make it, see www.pitlochryandmoulinheritagecentre.co.uk or pop on to our Facebook page “Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre” for some interesting snippets and stories.

Climate Café Our next environmental chat will take place a week later than advertised last month so it will be held on Friday 30th August 2019 in HPCP, 23 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, 7pm - 9pm. All are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea/coffee and chat with everyone about issues raised or issues you are interested in regarding Climate Change and the Environment. For more information, contact:Carol Aitken, caaitken.naturaldesign@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page, Climate Cafe Pitlochry for more tips and information. Tip for August, The Big Climate Conversation this summer. As part of a wider conversation series, Continued on page 56 54 Pitlochry Life


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the Scottish Government will be hosting a number of free public engagement events across Scotland where people can come to discuss their thoughts on climate change and what steps we need to take, together, to reach our net-zero targets. The first 6 conversation events have been scheduled but there are another 6 to be confirmed. For more information - www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/news/sustainability-and-climate-change/climate-challengefund/public-encouraged-to-take-part-in-the-big-climate-conversation

Andie Millar’s Trust Scottish Charity Number: SC037334 The Trustees of Andie Millar’s Trust were delighted by the number and quality of Applications received by the time-limit of 31st May 2019. The donations being awarded this year are as follows: 1.

Vale of Atholl Pipers Association - £2,500 towards reintroducing the Murray of Atholl tartan to the under-16 youths kilt uniform.

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Faskally Parkrun - £3,000 towards the set-up costs of introducing a weekly Parkrun event at Faskally.

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Moulin Kirk Trust - £2,040 towards the ‘Beyond the Bothy’ exhibition for Open Doors Day.

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The Den @ Heartland Kids Club - £803 towards an outdoor nature activity programme.

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Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association - £436 towards materials and equipment for Adult Evening Classes 2019/20.

Applicants are encouraged to lodge Applications at any time. The next time-limit for Applications is 31st May 2020. Full details and Application Forms are available at www.andiemillar.org Please note that the Trustees’ decision in respect of any Applications is final.

Blair Castle - Charity Day for Atholl Centre. Charity No. SC015113 Iain Walker receiving a cheque of £3,680 from Sarah Troughton, Trustee of Blair Castle along with Kerry Wilson and Chloe Thornton, staff members from the castle events team. The charity day was held on Saturday 29th June on the castle lawn where Perthshire Youth Brass band (Scottish Champions), Textures music ensemble and Mid-Life Crisis, a band from Aberfeldy, played some great Scottish music. Silly McB the clown and face painters were on hand to entertain the children. Many thanks to all who helped out to make this event a success; for the use of the two marques from Soldiers of Killiecrankie, the Community Payback squad for erecting and dismantling them, Holy Trinity Church and especially to Blair Castle for giving us a good proportion of their entrance fees for the day. With this cheque and money raised from a stall on the day, alongside money made from a Brass Band concert, held the previous night in Holy Trinity Church in Pitlochry, we realised a total of £4,546.65. This is going towards a “Changing Place Toilet”. There are over 1/4 of a million people

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who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well as older people. This new Changing Place, to be constructed in the Atholl Centre as part of our 50th anniversary project, is designed for them and will have a hoist, changing and shower facilities. To find out more contact Iain on 01796 473044 or check out www.changing-places.org

Pitlochry Bowling Club It is a mistake to think that bowls is a slow, boring game exclusively for OAP's. It is a game that anyone can enjoy at any age (from about 8 years upwards), at any skill level, or level of physical fitness. Fortunes within a game can come and go with the delivery of each bowl with the consequent elation or despair equal to any football game. Now is the time to come and have a go, the weather is clement, the green is in good condition and you would be given a warm welcome. You don't need any special equipment as this can be provided. Come along any weekday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm and you will be introduced to the game. If that is not convenient ring one of the contact numbers. If you should wish to join the club your first year's membership would be £50 (a £20 reduction on the normal fee). This would give you access to the green at any time, the use of the clubhouse and bar, and the opportunity, should you wish, to play in competitions. Come and have go. Contacts: 01796 473138, -470085, -472226, -473162

Blair Atholl Bowling Club This year we seem to be doing alright in the North Perthshire League midweek matches. This is a good start for us and we seem to have surprised some of our opponents, and ourselves, but there's a long way to go until the season ends. Lawrence Brown our Team Manager is picking the teams and is doing a great job. He has become the new Jurgen Klopp of Blair Atholl. Yet, we would like to hear from anyone who wishes to come along and give bowling a try you will be most welcome and join the squad. Moving on to our match on Saturday 15th June with Pitlochry, Crieff and ourselves the day was very good with an excellent turnout. the winners were Crieff and the runners up were second. ( work that one out). There was a two course meal and drinks afterwards and everyone went home happy. The Nomination Pairs held on a Sunday was won by Sam Davie and Gwen Figures and the runners up were Alastair Mackay and Helen Hannigan. For all the younger people out there who thinks it's an old man's marbles game, well Sam Davie is our Club Champion, he is only 19 years old, and very much a hands on member. Saturday 29th June we hosted the Golden Charter competition which is a huge event on our calendar. This is sponsored by Gerrie of Dunkeld who support this event and a big thank you to Matt and Abby for coming up and presenting us with the prizes once again. This event takes a lot of organising so a big thank you to ALL who helped out throughout the day. Too many to mention but they know who they are. The eventual winners were Ally Grey, Jim and Susan from Inverness and the runners up were Paul and Gwen Figures and Sam Davie from Blair Atholl. Continued on page 60 58 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Rotary Club This year’s annual Art & Craft was an outstanding success with a very high standard of entry at all levels. Both judges and visitors were highly impressed with the imaginative work on show. Kate Howie presented the prizes and complimented all the children on their efforts. She was particularly impressed with the emphasis on safeguarding the environment. The photograph is of the winners who were able to attend the prize-giving ceremony. July 2nd marked the beginning of a new Rotary Year and retiring President Sheena Brennan handed over the chain of office to the incoming President Dougal Spaven. Dougal outlined his plans for the year, which included a commitment to enhancing the activities of the club in the community with an emphasis on our public image, in addition to our ongoing national and international responsibilities. He looked forward to welcoming new members and expected all existing members to commit themselves to these objectives. In the meantime the annual cryptic quiz had raised over £620 for the End Polio Now campaign. The winner was Mrs J. Bourne from Buckie. The club thanks the local shops and businesses which sold the quiz sheets on our behalf. Club members played a supportive role at the Gala Day, manning the car park and providing the programmes for the day as well as manning an information stall. The proceeds from the parking were shared with PUGS and provided a welcome boost for both organisations. In conjunction with The Friends of the Community Hospital, Rotary hosted 55 Senior Citizens at a performance of Blithe Spirit at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on June 27th, an event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition The 49th annual exhibition got off to a good start with a well attended Preview Evening on Monday 17th June. The Exhibition opened on Thursday 20th June and will run until 29th August open everyday from 10am - 7pm and 12 - 6pm on Sundays, in the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld. We have a great selection of artwork and as items are sold they are taken away and this means the exhibition is changing daily. Our invited artists this year are Jane Ross from Comrie. Jane recently completed a commission as a gift for the astronaut Tim Peake using the iconic teacake wrappers. Another invited artist is Annie Grant from Aberdeenshire who has submitted a selection of botanical watercolours. Annie was sponsored to design one of the sculptures for the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail in aid of the children's hospital charities. We are pleased to welcome back Mother and daughter Liz and Perri Duncan who exhibited for many years. Perri moved away to Nevada and her new lifestyle is reflected in her work. This year we have a number of young teenage artists and it is encouraging to see their enthusiasm and Continued on page 64 60 Pitlochry Life


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Complete the Most Tedious Task in the Garden in a Fraction of the Time, and Have Fun Doing it! As we move from Summer into some cooler temperatures it is a good time to winter proof our garden timber: sheds, summer houses, decking and fences that go too long without paint or wood preservative suffer from damp and before you know it, rot creeps in, eventually destroying them. Even the hardest, densest timber, no matter the build quality can be effected.

Their downside is that the paint is stored on the gun, so the amount you can load up at any time is limited by the weight. That’s why most of these type have a 1 – 1.5 litre capacity or they get too heavy to work with over a longer period. However you will be surprised how far a litre of fence paint will go (and how quickly). Cost: £45 - £65

Whilst painting, or treating your fence and shed will extend its life by years, it is one of the most tedious tasks you will ever do. However, help is at hand… Use a sprayer. Not only is it a doddle, but it’s actually quite enjoyable. You’re also more likely to get better, more even coverage, which in turn will protect the timber more effectively. Many garden fence sprayers have adjustable spray nozzles and speed controls, so you can control how much preservative or paint is used, and easily get into tight corners or small gaps. You will also be amazed at how quick they work.

Cordless. There are three different types of shed and Apart from the fact these work on batteries, garden fence sprayer: corded, cordless and manual. Here’s some information on each to let either rechargeable or replaceable, they work on a different principle. The paint is pumped up you choose what’s best suited for your needs. They are all really best used with water based paint/preservative, otherwise cleaning them afterwards would be a difficult task. Mains-powered. The obvious advantage to these is no loss of power. You don’t have to pump them up, change or recharge batteries, they just work as long as you have an extension cable long enough to get where you are going. They also work on the same aerodynamic physics that the professionals use in car bodyshops etc. There are two parts, the main body has a motor that blows air up a hose to the spray gun. As the air leaves the gun via two nozzles it speeds up, lowers pressure and effectively sucks the paint out a third nozzle, mixing it in the jet of air giving the spray effect. They are very efficient with easily controllable spray patterns and volume of paint. 62 Pitlochry Life

a hose to a nozzle, where there is adjustment of pattern and volume available. In effect they are just like water pistols, however, they are portable and some have a 5 litre capacity, so don’t need refilled so often. There are mixed reviews on these however regarding battery life. They are cheaper than the mains powered one. Cost: £25 - £40


Manual. This is the cheapest option. You need to keep pumping them up by hand, however they are sturdy and versatile and will also spray weed killer etc. Although they can carry up to 5 litres, you would not want to tackle a bigger job with one of these. Cost: £10 - £20 With all types of garden sprayer, consider the following:

suit you and where you intend using it? If you have lots of timber to treat, how large is the tank and how fast is the coverage? Personal choice? We bought a mains powered one, branded Erbauer. I’ve used it several times and lent it out to friends and neighbours. It is always returned with a smile. It is easy to use, easy to clean, feels about 10 times faster than a brush and does an excellent job. A pleasure to work with.

Will they only work with specific types of preservative or paint? (which may limit their use All sprayers will recommend that you use a or lock you into expensive products). ‘sprayable’ paint. However all paint is sprayable Will you be able to carry them once you’ve filled if not too thick, and some guns come with a tool them up, and how easy are they to fill, refill and to measure the paint viscosity, it simply involves a cup with a hole and a stopwatch. So, if you do crucially – clean? have a large tub of fence paint in the shed, it’s Does the choice of nozzles and length of hose worth testing it, then water down slightly and give a really good stir to pass the test. A ratio of 10:1 paint to water can still produce good results. Finally, safety – gloves, overalls, goggles and a mask. Then remember, sprayers can misbehave in breezy conditions, so move the car, pets, people and washing well away when using one, and read any warnings on the paint can regarding plants, ponds etc. Have fun, but be careful. Willie Pitlochry Life 63


talent and we hope they will continue to exhibit at Dunkeld for many years. Susan Mitchell from Peebles is another popular artist at Dunkeld. A farmer's daughter she based her etchings and watercolours on the farmyard with hens, sheep and various birds. Susan has changed her style this year, attending a course at college she has entered a selection of her oil paintings in her new style. Prices range from £130 - £350. We have a number of artists who work with felt and Jennifer Budd, who lives in Canada but comes home to visit parents nearby, is one of them. Her pictures depict various highland scenes and the soft colours of the felt are very well suited to this. We also sell cards and stained glass as well as some woodcarved pieces - table lamp, fruit, pens and bowls. All entries can be seen on our webpage www.dunkeldartexhibition. com For any further information please email DunkeldArt@aol.com or just call in to the Duchess Anne and have a chat with the stewards on duty.

Pitlochry Senior Citizens Bus Wednesday Shopping Trips The bus operates a shopping trip to Pitlochry Coop Store on Wednesday mornings of each week throughout the year. Passengers are collected from and returned to their own homes. Fare £1.00. Please call our Driver Coordinator, Ian Moyes, on 01796 472425 to book or for more details. Perth Shopping Trips A shopping trip to Perth is operated on the last Thursday of every month. Again a door to door service. Fare £5.00. Please call Ian Rodney on 07966 597791 after the 15th of the month, to book or for more details. Volunteer Drivers Required We are still trying to expand our pool of volunteer drivers. We operate a rota system so that drivers only have to commit to a few hours per month. If you have a clean driving licence, why not join our team. Please call Ian Moyes (01796 47 2425) or Sandy MacGill (01796 473026) for details.

Heartland FM It’s been another busy time for the Heartland FM Team, as we think of Summer Holidays, it’s also HIghland Games Season. We were delighted to broadcast from the Kenmore HIghland Games in early July. The evening event is unique, the spectacle of the show ground with the backdrop of hill race was an amazing evening. We spoke to organisers, judges and competitors to bring and evening at the Games to Heartland FM. We don’t stop there we will be on the Games Circuit this year and will broadcast from Aberfeldy games on the 9th and 10th of August which will bring a combination of the agricultural show on Friday and the Games on Saturday. We hope to engage with the farming community as well as traders and Games Competitors. We were delighted to celebrate Bring Your Dog to Work Day with the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld where Graham Howie, from Heartland FM Breakfast broadcast from the Hotel to bring us up to date with the activities of this award winning pet friendly venue. We have been to The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy recently and looking at ways we can work together we had a great meeting with them and look forward to ways in which we have some Continued on page 66 64 Pitlochry Life


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common ground between the media hub at the radio station and the arts in Highland Perthshire. Our weekend news roundup feature is proving popular, with Pitlochry man and St Andrews University Student Adam Robertson part of our team for the summer break, and ex Commercial Radio and BBC journalist Greg Russel lending their support. The five minutes Highland Perthshire updates are broadcast on a Saturday on the half hour between 12.30 and 4.30pm inclusive. I was delighted to be asked to give out the prizes at Logierait Primary at their Celebration of Success, a great afternoon spent in the company of the pupils, teachers and parents from Logierait, here’s to its future. I do like a rant too, and have the Soapbox feature, at 11.30 on weekday mornings, I have tackled issues from use of public toilets with no evening provision, wild camping and information flow about accidents on the A9 to name but a few, if you have something that I should talk about please let me know. You can contact me at stationmanager@heartlandfm.co.uk Happy listening, Alistair

Pitlochry High School Parent Council As I am sure you are aware, until recently, the Secondary School at Pitlochry High (PHS) was facing the very real threat to its existence. Despite claims by some, the school was saved by those of you in our community that chose to support the Parent & Community Councils in our campaign to keep it open and then secure its long term future. Three months ago Perth & Kinross Council’s Lifelong Learning Committee voted to remove the option to close the school and develop additional options for its future. Those options are to either invest in the school and introduce S5 & S6 or work with other schools in the area to create the “Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership”. In June, pupils, staff, and parent representatives of PHS were, once again, asked to join PKC officers to hear their thoughts on the above options and express our own. Once again, the overwhelming message given to the council officers is that PHS deserves to have the capability to deliver education to S6 and that this should be provided in a building comparable to that which is afforded to all of the other secondary schools in PKC’s authority. I say “once again” because this follows countless conversations, comments at drop-in sessions, and formal meetings. As a result, it starts to bode the question, “how many times do you propose to ask the same question until you get the answer that you will accept? On the 4th September the 13 elected members of PKC’s Lifelong Learning Committee (LLC) will meet to approve or reject the proposal for the school’s future. We within the Parent Council have been engaged in this process for over two and a half years and are fully committed to ensuring that the voice of this community is heard at the highest level. Whether it be through our three ward councillors, the elected members of the LLC, the senior management of PKC, or to the Deputy First Minister, we have been consistent in our messages. 1) Pitlochry is a community which cares about its school and its future. 2) Saving the school and securing its future is not our job. 3) When comparisons are made to other Perth & Kinross secondary schools; it’s our turn to see significant investment. Although it might not be apparent to many, the work of the Parent Council in delivering this is relentless. There isn’t a day goes by when this subject isn’t being discussed. We constantly strive to impress upon all concerned that our three key messages are at the forefront of their minds and we are not going away. Too much time and effort has been spent on this for it not to come to fruition. The PHS Parent Council, once again, thank you all for your continued support. Andy Charlton, Chair of the PHS Parent Council. Continued on page 68 66 Pitlochry Life


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Grandtully Village Hall My neighbour was excited about using his drone to capture aerial views of Grandtully Village Hall. “It looks great, a real feature as you drive into the village, you can’t help but notice.” He was and is correct. Moving away from the area, he wanted to capture the impact of the completed work to refurbish and upgrade the presentation of what is an important Grandtully and Strathtay community facility. A thoughtful and meaningful approach, both inside and out, has drawn positive feedback from the wide range of users and local people and confirms that yes, it is “great”. Refurbishment even extends to benches in the park/playing field behind the Hall. The children’s play area with swings and climbing frames is new and is another well used and unique part of the facility. The main hall with its stage, large floor area and seating/tables for 120 people plus the smaller hall/meeting room for 40 people, provides for a wide range of uses. ‘Customers’ range from the local school, community members and groups including ‘paddlers’ from Wales. Recent enquiries include, from Spain for a wedding/function and from the BBC in respect of one of its cookery shows. The Hall presents opportunities for many uses - meetings, parties, coffee mornings, workshops, theatre and dance groups, art groups, keep fit, weddings, table tennis, ceilidhs, antique fairs and so on. Someone recently thought of trying to gain support for whist drives. It’s important that everyone can benefit from what is available and so hire costs are very affordable. The Hall provides the use of a modern kitchen with a range cooker, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, crockery etc., changing/cloakroom /toilet facilities and Wi Fi. The presentation of what is now on offer reflects the care and thought that has guided 3 years of upgrading, while still ensuring availability of the Hall for hire. Check it out. Enquiries to - GrandtullyVillageHall@gmail.com, Tel. 07745300530. Stuart McKechnie, Chairman of Grandtully and Strathtay Hall and Park Association. Scottish Charity No. SC000743

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, 8th July 2019 (Summary) Present: Jim Laurenson (Chairman), Andrew Holmes (Secretary), Isobel Millar (Treasurer),Susan Campbell, David Roy. 6 members of the Public. 5 Apologies. Matters Arising: Fonab Cemetery, grass cutting had left a mess and compost had disappeared. Community Warden: No further progress. Community Hospital: Nurse had not taken up job offer because of lack of accommodation in the town. High School Update: Focus groups set up for each school and a number of options still being considered. Lifelong Learning Committee to decide on 4th September, public urged to attend. PUGS: Portaloo installed. Not adequate for demand and but 2 toilets and servicing would cost £70 weekly. Crowdfunding bid launched www.crowdfunder.co.uk/penniesforthelavvies Gala day had 2k people with 650 under 12s in a football tournament, Bonfire night to be bigger event and monthly car boot sale starting. Dog poo getting worse. Keep dogs on lead in park. Town Hall Works: £30K being spent on basic remedial works. Meeting Venues: Meetings moved to Atholl Centre. Chairmans Report: Discussions continuing over cemetery. Etape Caledonia holding poorly publicised debrief meeting. Scottish Ambulance Service introducing new Clinical Response Model. Continued on page 70 68 Pitlochry Life


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Secretary`s Report: No response received re Station complaints. A9 closed overnight at Luncarty 29, 30, 31st July. Atholl Road to be resurfaced from East Moulin Road to Bonnethill from 9 September. Traffic lights control. Community Council elections, November. Treasurers Report: £435.30, current account; £4190, Tartan Account. Environment Report: Number of complaints dealt with regarding grass cutting and parks. Planning Report: No issues of significance. Local Councillors: Town Centre fund had been approved. Consultation soon on works around bus stop. Sites being examined for key worker housing. Issues Raised by Public: Concerns over possible opening of kiosk. New online magazine “IRIS” published by Heartland. Meeting expressed regret over closure of Williamsons florists. AOCB: Common Good Fund. Susan had been pursuing the list of community assets that PKC were delaying producing Next Meeting: 9th September, 7.30pm in Atholl Centre.

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. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We will not be meeting as a group over the summer months, however please pass any prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Tryst 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: We will not meet over the summer months, but will resume on Wednesday 4 September. We then meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, in The Tryst Lounge. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Weekly rehearsals resume Wed 28th August at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: No classes over the summer, but they resume in September, every Tuesday from 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis: The group does not meet over the Summer, but meet again, weekly, in The Tryst Hall, from 3rd October, on Thursdays, from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our Summer Walks Programme 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: Services of worship will not be held in July/August, but will resume every 1st Sunday of the month from 1st September, in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4pm. Tea and coffee will follow each service. Continued on page 72 70 Pitlochry Life


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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!

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The Church is open to visitors over the Summer months, week days from Monday 10th June to Friday 13th September. All welcome for a time of peace, in this historic place. Sunday 1st September, we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at our morning Service, at 10.30am. 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: thetryst@btconnect.com

The Scottish Episcopal Church in Highland Perthshire Offers a Warm And Inclusive Welcome To All Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ highlandperthshirechurches A charge in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane 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. The Scottish Episcopal Church is one of the historic national Churches of Scotland, a product of the Scottish Reformation in 16th C and thus 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. The 4 Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate 1st Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings can be arranged in all our Churches. For these and any other further details please contact our Rector. (We are pleased to be able to celebrate equal marriage and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate or renew their Union in church) Details for services in August are below but please check our website www.HLPC.scot for updated events. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Robin Baker - 01796 472005. Sunday services – 9.30am Holy Communion. 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 or All Age Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Matins. Sunday 4th August - All Age Communion. 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 Matins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday Evening Services – Third Sunday at 6.00pm – Weem Kirk. 72 Pitlochry Life

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House Group 10.00am last Wednesday of the month. Contact Lesley Whitwood for further details 01887 840416. All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. No services in July. Contact – Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 634259.

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net keep up-to-date with us on Facebook and Instagram. Sundays: We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11am. Coffee & Cake, Tea & Biscuits afterwards. Special Events Wee Play babies and toddlers - Monday 12th August 10am-12 noon. Contact Ken 470261. Baptism at Ladies Dell - Sunday 25th August. 12 noon. Head down to Armoury Road to Ladies Dell where a number of people will be baptised in the waters of Loch Faskally. If you’ve never witnessed a baptism service, why not this one? Come rain or shine, please feel free to join us. We’ll be getting wet anyway! Regular Events Friendship Hour – Monday 26th August from 2.15pm in the Aldour Hall with HeartlandFM station manager Alistair Smith. Contact Val on 473742 Heart & Soul - Sundays 8-9am. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.org Join regular presenters Howard Simpson and David Wilkie as they bring a topical mix of music, chat, news, community focus and issues, plus interviews. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Martin on 473085. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Debbie on 473085. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7-8pm, repeated Thursdays 10-11pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.org An hour of Spiritual, Gospel, and Christian music, with a wee bit of chat thrown in as well. 'Stay and Play' babies and toddlers group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. Recommencing Wednesday 21st August. Hooray! Youth Club - last Friday of the month 6pm in PBC. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends and plan to come along! Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Group Gatherings - Dinner first Wednesday of the month at the Atholl Centre from 7-8:30pm. We also have various secondary aged small groups that gather during the week exploring the Christian faith and enjoying life together. Please contact Ken on 470261 for info about joining the group.

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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 We said a sad farewell to Fr. Edward on June 24th who has now returned to Gozo. There will only be the usual Sunday Masses as follows until a new priest is appointed. St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30am. St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30am.

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch

Harold Ingram

01796 481275

Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228

Robert & Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272

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 11.00am. All are welcome. Annual Church Fayre - Wednesday, 31st July in Blair Atholl Village Hall from 2.00 to 4.00pm. Usual stalls. Church Flower Show - in Blair Atholl Church on Saturday, 10th August. Church open from 4.00 to 8.30pm on Friday evening and from 8.00 to 9.00am on Saturday morning for receiving entries.

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem. Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by e-mail on nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in August 2019 will be at 10.30am in Strathtay Church, coffee/tea served after the service. On Sunday 25th August we will have an informal communion service, to which all are cordially welcome. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10.30 – 11.30am. 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 for Crossreach, all donations gratefully received. You can follow our activities each week on the church’s Facebook page.

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Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch. The guild will meet on Tuesday 6th August at 7.30pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church, when Mary and Stewart Sherriffs will enlighten us on the use of computers. Anyone interested is invited to join us for this meeting. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 48227. 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 Quilters Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. New members of any age or ability will be made welcome, but young quilters under 16yrs require to be accompanied by a family member. The Walkers Group. The Sponsored Walk has been postponed until August after the schools go back, so as not to clash with other fund raising items. Information from Sandra Morrison. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our facebook page.

Jehovah’s Witnesses All are welcome to join us at the meetings listed. They are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Thursday 1st August, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 1 Timothy 4–6, ‘Godly Devotion Versus Riches’, ‘The Cost of Materialism’, ‘Keep your eye focused (Matthew 6:22, 23)’, ‘Jesus Gives Counsel About Riches’—a discussion of Luke 12:1–34. Sunday 4th August, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Good News in a Violent World’, and a discussion of: ‘Improve Your Bible Study Habits! (Philippians 1:10)’. Thursday 8th August, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: An introduction to 2nd Timothy, “God Did Not Give Us a Spirit of Cowardice”, ‘How Do Jehovah’s People “Renounce Unrighteousness”?’, ‘Keep Ready, Faithful Steward!’—a discussion of Luke 12:35–59. Sunday 11th August, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Why Submit to God’s Rulership Now ?’, and a discussion of: ‘“Look Out That No One Takes You Captive”! (Colossian 2:8)’. Thursday 15th August, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: An introduction to Titus and Philemon, “Make Appointments of Elders”, ‘Young Ones—Be “Zealous for Fine Works”’, ‘Why Destruction Is Ahead’—a discussion of Luke 13:1–21. Sunday 18th August, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Turn Your Eyes Away From Worthless Things’, and a discussion of: ‘Overturn Every Reasoning That Is Against the Knowledge of God! (2 Corinthians 10:5)’. Thursday 22nd August, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: An introduction to Hebrews, ‘Love Righteousness and Hate Lawlessness’, ‘The Fine Shepherd and the Sheepfolds’—a discussion of John 10:1–21. Sunday 25th August, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Ruining the Earth Brings Divine Retribution’, and a discussion of: ‘Rely on Jehovah When Under Stress (1 Samuel 1:5)’. Thursday 29th August, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: Hebrews 4–6, ‘Do Your Utmost to Enter Into God’s Rest’, ‘Good Works That Are Not Forgotten’, ‘One With the Father, But Not God’—a discussion of John 10:22–42. If you would like to enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time and location, do get in Continued on page 82 80 Pitlochry Life


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contact with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk. At www.jw.org you can find the answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.

Tenandry Church Interim Moderator: Rev Matthew Robertson Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.30am throughout the year. 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.

The Baha'i Faith and the Future of our Planet At the end of May we were fortunate in this area to have the world renowned environmentalist, President of the UN Environmental Forum, and leading Baha'i scientist, Dr Arthur Dahl, to share his expertise -in public meetings, in school groups, with leading Tayside scientists and activists and local individuals, aged 8 to 80! Messages about climate change and losses of our planet's bio-diversity are very uncomfortable as we are inevitably learning that our own life styles have got to change in a multitude of ways. Baha'is find that the Writings of Baha'u'llah brook no feebleness in our response to these crises. As humans we are trustees for the natural world which exists for our needs and our delight. It is up to us to ensure the ecological equilibrium we inherited continues into the distant reaches of time. Scientific understanding, by itself, is usually not sufficient to change human behaviour. It must be applied in conjunction with ethical and spiritual principles. In a world of global problems we must find ways of increasing our levels of co- operation, of devising institutions to control corporations and national leaders that put their own interests first, of enacting fairness and reciprocity between the peoples of the whole world, where rich and poor, the have-it-alls and the dispossessed, have an equal share of the planet's bounties. In effect, we now are slowly recognising the unity of mankind, that our neighbours stretch to the corners of the earth. What can we do as individuals and communities? We can re-examine our values, educate ourselves to the issues, think long term, empathise with those beyond our own families and communities----And we can " live lightly on the earth", being content with little! As Dahl said to the primary children in Aberfeldy who wanted to know if Aberfeldy would become uninhabitable, with climate change, that what they could be doing is to get ready to welcome those who will lose their homes and livelihoods when catastrophe strikes! Many organisations are caring for the planet: we can join them or do it our own way. An extremely useful educational website and a very active organisation open to all who share the Baha'i ideals is the International Environment Forum (IEF), accredited to the UN, to be found at: iefworld.org. -run by scientists, academics and professionals in the environment and sustainability. All work as volunteers. In Tayside the Baha'is welcome enquiries and exchanges with those of all faiths and no faith! Please contact Hilarie on 07967 601423 or at hilarieburnett@clara.co.uk 82 Pitlochry Life


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Schiehallion is from the Gaelic SĂŹdh Chailleann, which translates as 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians'. Its regular shape led it to be selected by Nevil Maskelyne for a ground-breaking experiment to 'weigh the world' in 1774. The deflection of a pendulum by the mass of the mountain provided an estimate of the mean density of the Earth, from which its mass and a value for Newton's Gravitational constant G could be deduced. Maskelyne was assisted by mathematician Charles Hutton, who devised a graphical system to represent large volumes of surveyed heights, later to be known as contour lines - which are now a main feature on all maps. Schiehallion is the perfect introduction to hill-walking. It is one of the easier Munros, the walk to the summit (1083m) is about 6.25 miles and takes about 5 - 6 hours return. To get there from Pitlochry (20 miles), drive north on the A924, don't join the A9 but head for Killiecrankie. Just past Faskally Caravan Park turn left onto the B8019 and follow this road to the far end of Loch Tummel. Turn left onto the B846 and follow this road until you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the right. Turn up here and park in the Braes of Foss car park. Grid ref : NN753556. There is a plaque here commemorating the work of Maskelyne. From Aberfeldy (12 miles), leave on the B846 84 Pitlochry Life

signposted for Kinloch Rannoch and follow until you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the left. From the Braes of Foss car-park, head to its southern end and through a gate to a couple of information boards put up by the John Muir Trust. They have laid a well constructed path to almost the summit. Follow this path and not the old one which is really boggy. As the path starts to climb, you will pass a few stone 'chairs' that make for a good picnic spots looking onto Meall Tairneachan and over to Beinn a'Ghlo. Watch out for birds of prey, grouse, ptarmigan, whinchats and even some red deer. This path then leads right up onto the top of the ridge and a boulderfield, take time and care crossing here. You will pass numerous cairns but the true summit of Schiehallion is further along the ridge than might be first thought! You will know when you get there. The views are fantastic, particularly to the west across Rannoch Moor to the peaks of Glencoe. The return to Braes of Foss is by the same route, to prevent further erosion - please do not short-cut down the old path. Remember, mountains are dangerous. Do not venture out without being properly equipped for all weathers and eventualities. If you do go on a hot day, take plenty of water as there is none on the mountain. Have a good walk.


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1.Atholl’s royal building here (6) 2. No! Cora upset the flesh eating mammal (6) 3.Iconic part of a cone (5) 4. Manage to work in a theatre (7) 6. Tourist spot near Birnam – for a monastery? (9) 7. Was aware of reed Lisa pulled up (8) 8. Guillotined, Deb heed a review (8) 11. Amend to change of diet (4) 15. Transfer blood. Runts safe perhaps (9) 17. Fall behind and get to the Pitlochry brae (8) 18. A loser below the canine (8) 20. Except rescue (4) 21. Give orders in an edict at Edinburgh (7) 22. Assimilate the synopsis (6) 23. Spoke words not meant to be heard, as dies out (6) 26. Bid comes from off Ernest’s business (5)

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Cycle With Me! - Aberfeldy to Grandtully, Old Railway Riverside Path Great for: Lovely views of the River Tay. Family friendly! Benefits: Conveniently starts and finishes in a town. Relatively flat, although a little bumpy in places! Mostly woodland and field cycling, on tracks. Length: Approx. 12km round trip Park in any car park in Aberfeldy and head out of Aberfeldy on the A827 (towards Pitlochry) past Dewars World of Whisky on the right. After the cemetery, turn left and follow the signpost to Grandtully. You’ll follow the Old Railway track through 2 gates and cycle over a wooden bridge. Then there are 2 more gates before you arrive in Grandtully. From here you can either cycle back the way you came or cross the bridge over the River Tay to Strathtay village, where you will turn left and take the quiet road for around 8km to a footbridge after a left turn. Cross the Golf Course and find yourself back in Aberfeldy! This is a popular walking route so please look out for pedestrians! Remember your helmet... and... Have a great day out! Sally

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For August 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The summer month of August starts up with a passionate new moon in the dramatic sign of Leo. Leo is the sign of courage and creativity, reach out and be inspired by the abundance of motivating ideas that come your way. Communication planet Mercury moves out of the retrograde phase on the 2nd, breathe a sigh of relief as life begins to flow much more smoothly. Enjoy being generous, affectionate and playful as love planet Venus remains in Leo until the 21st. August is an extra special month as we have two new moons to enjoy, the second culminates in the industrious sign of Virgo on the 30th. Mars, having already arrived in Virgo on the 18th assists this important energy shift as careful planning will allow opportunity for new projects to get underway. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Dynamic Mars, your ruler, arrives in industrious Virgo on the 18th of August – prepare for change as a completely new way of working comes to your attention. The new moon in Virgo on the 30th challenges you to exercise caution and deliberation, particularly with long term planning. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 August is an important month as several planets occupy the fiery and extrovert sign of Leo, a generous and carefree mood is yours. Be open to love and romance around the 21st as Venus, your ruler, changes signs. Significant optimism gives you the energy for strong leadership. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 As Mars and Venus pass through the communication sector of your chart during August you will be looking at restructuring the way you think. Important opportunities are coming your way and some significant decisions may need to be taken. You are at your best when working with others on a personal level. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 During August the planets suggest that money making schemes are at an all-time high, this powerful energy should leave you feeling successful and prosperous all month. Take the opportunity to profit from your natural diplomatic skills, especially in personal relationships. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 August is your special time and as Mars, Venus and Mercury occupy your sign for most of the month it looks like it will be particularly exciting and festive time. The pace changes as Mercury moves into industrious Virgo on the 29th; an important project comes to light, use your intuition to make necessary changes. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 August looks like a rather introspective month as the Sun, Venus, Mars and Mercury suggest that it’s time to take a break and tune into your inner needs. A new phase of action begins after the Virgo new moon on the 30th; your confidence is on the up, with more potential for success than usual. 88 Pitlochry Life


LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 August puts the emphasis on friends and social life, just perfect for the holiday season. Mars enhances the Sun’s vitality and gives you a much needed energy boost. The energy shifts at the Virgo new moon on the 30th, here is a chance for some deep introspection, use your intuition to get to the heart of the matter. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Mars and Venus enhance the Sun’s powerful and creative influence during August. Where do you shine, what makes you really happy and fulfilled? It’s time to ask these important questions. Mercury arriving in practical Virgo on the 29th highlights friendships, personal goals and your dealings with groups. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 August is a super busy time for Jupiter ruled Sagittarians as positive planetary activity is at its height. Be sure to get out and about and make the most of a surge of self-confidence to lift your profile. The Virgo new moon on the 30th offers a new and exciting career opportunity. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 August brings some important financial issues to your attention, facing facts professionally or personally will eventually make life much easier. Be open minded in your approach to the suggestions of close colleagues. Venus changes sign on the 21st, indicating that it’s good time to broaden your horizons. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Relationships come to the forefront during August as a long term partnership demands your attention. Mars and Venus in fiery Leo indicate that passion and joy are more important than ever. The full moon in your sign on the 15th suggests that changes are afoot and it may be best to keep your options open. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 The Leo new moon on the 1st of August emphasises the area of your chart concerned with work and daily life. Mars and Venus shine brightly, suggesting that you have the energy to find a balance and make creative changes. The new moon in your opposite sign on the 30th brings a relationship issues to the forefront. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. Please contact me now for a personal astrological reading and/or a transformational life coaching consultation. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: christine_chalklin@hotmail.com Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife

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Perth & Kinross School Holiday Dates 2019 - 2020

Well the kids are heading back to school and we can get on with our lives in relative peace until at least the start of October. Here are the term times for the coming year: they will let you plan your holidays, childminders, days out, days in etc. Watch out for the 2 occasional holidays and the 4 dreaded In-Service Days. Then there will inevitably be snow...

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Monday 19th August 2019

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Tuesday 20th August 2019

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Wednesday 21st August 2019

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Thursday 3rd October 2019

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Friday 4th October 2019

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Friday 18th October 2019

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Monday 21st October 2019

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Thursday 14th November 2019

In-Service Day

Friday 15th November 2019

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Friday 20th December 2019

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Monday 23rd December 2019

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Friday 3rd January 2020

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Monday 6th January 2020

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Wednesday 12th February 2020

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Thursday 13th February 2020

Occasional Holiday

Friday 14th February 2020

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Friday 3rd April 2020

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Monday 6th April 2020

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Friday 17th April 2020

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Friday 8th May 2020

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Friday 22nd May 2020

In-Service Day

Wednesday 1st July

All break for summer

Easter Sunday - 12th April 2020. School Session 2020/21 will commence on Monday 17th August 2020 for Staff, Tuesday 18th August 2020 is In-Service day and pupils return Wednesday 19th August 2020. For further information on schools, visit the Council website at www.pkc.gov.uk/schools Email: ecsschools@pkc.gov.uk Tel: 01738 476200 92 Pitlochry Life


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 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111 Prescriptions - amcprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net

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 .

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

Pitlochry Post Office Within Premier Store 63 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 474301 Blair Atholl Post Office Tel: 01796 481233 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203 Kinloch Rannoch Post Office Tel: 01882 632347

Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@pkc.gov.uk Sun, Mon, 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

Housing & Community Safety and Registration Services 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Mon, Tues & Fri 8.45am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm Appointments arranged out with these days 01738 476000 (select option 2)

Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages Mon - Fri: By Appointment 01796 474645

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station

101

Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000

Crimestoppers

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

111

24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry

01796 470001

Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld

01350 729198

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580

Homelessness

0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20

Samaritans

0845 909090

SSPCA 24Hrs

0300 999 999

Childline

0800 1111

Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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