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January 2017 Issue 320

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from the Team


Welcome to 2017 with Pitlochry Life. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to what 2017 brings. I must admit 2016 was a bit bizarre with the Referendum, Donald Trump and one of the hottest Decembers on record. However don’t despair, we live in Pitlochry and there’s always something or somewhere fabulous to see, do and go! In this edition we have lots of updates from our great clubs, societies and political representatives. In addition Sheila Drummond continues her theme of making gardening easier (hire a gardener), whilst Alan Clinch looks at the benefits of swimming for all ages. We want to see you at the Pitlochry Hydro soon!! I have been catching up on my reading over the holidays and have looked up some new favourites for you to try, you will have a good bit of time whilst waiting for your lamb shanks to slowly braise! New Year often means new homes and it is great to see two local builders working on some new houses for the area. Go and have a nosey!! Well thank you to everyone who helped us produce, and deliver, such a great wee magazine in 2016 and we are looking forward to working with you all again in 2017.

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Diary - What’s On Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 1st January 4.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play Old Mill Inn 4th January 7.15pm Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 6th January 9.00pm Jon MacKenzie plays Old Mill Inn 7th January 9.00pm Howlin Radio play Old Mill Inn 8th January 5.40pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema 9th January 2.30pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 9th January 7.00pm The Moulin and Pitlochy History Circle, Annual Festive Supper 10th anuary 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group 10th January 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 11th January 12.00pm Pitlochry and District Adult Education Classes 11th January 2.30pm Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge 11th January 7.45pm New Season with Pitlochry District Choral Society 12th January 7.30pm Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class 13th January 8.00pm Atholl Country Life Museum - The Auld New Year 13th January 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 14th January 9.00pm Surround Gavin Munro play Old Mill Inn 15th January 2.00pm Aberfeldy Bowling Club AGM 17th January 9.30am Morrison’s Academy Open Morning 17th January 12.00pm Thursday2 Club - Burns Lunch 18th January 2.00pm Pitlochry Flower Club - Scotland’s Hotel 18th January 4.30pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall 18th January 8.00pm Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band AGM 19th January 2.30pm North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall 19th January 7.15pm Pitlochry SWRI - Aldour Community Hall 20th January 9.00pm Scott MacDonald Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 21st January 9.30am Junior Solo Piping and Drumming Contest 21st January 9.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play Old Mill Inn 25th January 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst 28th January 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Atholl Woods 26th January 10.00am Fundraising Coffee Morning in aid of Marie Curie - Hettie's 27th January 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 28th January 9.00pm Last Orders play the Old Mill Inn 1st February 7.15pm Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 9th February 7.30pm Atholl Country Life Museum – Winter Talk 20th February 7.30pm Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire

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4th January - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Beetle Drive. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. For the 3rd year running, we are supporting the same Charity, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. 8th January - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 5.40pm. See page 54. 9th January - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2 30pm. Our speaker is from Dunkeld Smokery. All welcome. 9th January - The Moulin and Pitlochy History Circle - Annual Festive Supper – 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Glass of mulled wine on arrival and the meal will consist of two courses and coffee. We are trying to ensure that our choice of dishes will meet with your approval. After the meal we are going to be entertained by Edis and Susan Bowden will will perform a medley of Scottish music. We are certain this is going to be an enjoyable evening and hope all members and former members will join the party. The cost of the meal is £22.95. A very happy Christmas to all who have supported us in the past. 10th January - The Tryst Walking Group - Towards the Spittal of Glenshee - 9.30am. Starting from Enochdu we follow the higher of the two tracks heading north east to the An Lairig gate. We return by the direct path to Enochdu. Height climbed 450m. Distance 8 miles, approx. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 10th January - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 58. 11th January - Pitlochry and District Adult Education Classes - Garment Design - Moulin Hall - 12.00pm. Lynn Elder’s Garment Design class resumes for 5 more sessions, just long enough to finish the trousers started this earlier ! For more guidance phone 07866 693752, email, or Information can be also be found on Facebook, search for "Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association". See page 60 for more info. 11th January - Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. 11th January 2017 - New Season with Pitlochry District Choral Society - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 7.45pm. Our new work will include Opera Choruses and will be performed on 9th April in the Atholl Palace Hotel. Further details are on the website. Do come and join us. 12th January - Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall - 7.30pm. Are you looking to get some exercise after the Christmas Festivities then come along and join us at the Scottish Country Dancing in Moulin Hall on Thursdays 12th 19th & 26th January. Whether you are a beginner or did it away back at school you are welcome to join us!! Admission £2.50. Further details phone 01796 473488. 13th January - Atholl Country Life Museum - The Auld New Year - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 8.00pm. A night of Scottish entertainment. Tickets £10 including supper from The Tilt Store and members. See page 9 for more details. 15th January - Aberfeldy Bowling Club AGM - Clubhouse - 2.00pm. Copies of the minutes and agenda can be picked up at the clubhouse or downloaded from the club’s website, www, Any apologies should be given to the Club Secretary, John Duff, prior to the meeting. continued on page 8

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17th January - Morrison’s Academy Open Morning - 9.30am. You can register to attend online, by telephone, or on the day. See page 21 for more details. 17th January - Thursday2 Club - Burns Lunch - Pitlochry Festival Theatre - 12.00pm. All welcome, booking essential on 01796 472005. 18th January - Pitlochry Flower Club - Scotland’s Hotel - 2.00pm. The demonstrator will be Jim Davidson who is a member of our Club. His title will be 'Just Me Again". Visitors are very welcome to come and join us for small charge of £5:00. For further information Phone Linzee Lindsay (Chairman) 01738 710777 or Carol MacGill 01796 473026. 18th January - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm. See page 54. 18th January - Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band AGM - Craigvrack Hotel 8.00pm. For more info please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 47 2692. 19th January - North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. We start our meetings for 2017 with a talk from Dr Nicola Cowmeadow entitled Noblewomen of Atholl, work. welfare and war. Nicola will look at the lives of two notable duchesses of Atholl, comparing and contrasting their lives, their work and their influence. All welcome, members free, visitors £3.00. Hope to see you there. 19th January - Pitlochry SWRI - Aldour Community Hall - 7.15pm. We start the New Year with "Scots wa' hae" - Peter Butters and his band to entertain us. A supper of cheese, oatcakes and shortbread will be on hand. Competitions are: Scottish brooch and some Highland Shortbread. Good wishes for the New Year and hope to see you there. 21st January - Junior Solo Piping and Drumming Contest - Pitlochry High School - 9.30am. 25th January - Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 2.00pm. See page 54. 28th January - The Tryst Walking Group - Atholl Woods - 9.30am. This is a circular walk starting at the Cally car park near Dunkeld. The route heads north to Mill Dam then turns west, returning via Polney Loch, all on good tracks. Height climbed 100m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 26th January - Fundraising Coffee Morning in aid of Marie Curie - Hettie's Tearoom, Pitlochry - 10.00am-11.30am. £5 - to include tea/coffee, a freshly baked, famous Hettie's Scone and preserves and chocolate truffle. Table sale and raffle. Tickets available in advance from Mrs Estelle Nicol 07879 481014. 1st February - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Kate West is speaking on "Rescue Dog". The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. For the 3rd year running, we are supporting the same Charity, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. 9th February - Atholl Country Life Museum – Winter Talk - Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl - 7.30pm. Freeland Barbour, Fincastle, on Lady Nairne, the famous Scottish song-writer. Her family was sympathetic to the Jacobite cause and "Will Ye No' Come Back Again?", "The Rowan Tree" and "Wi' A Hundred Pipers" are among many other favourite songs written by her. Entry £5 includes refreshments. 20th February - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group – The Tryst, Pitlochry – 7.30pm. Charlotte Fleming, the SWT ranger from Loch of the Lowes will give a talk ‘What’s new for wildlife in Perthshire? For enquiries contact Richard Horobin 01796 474480.

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Slow Cooked Braised Lamb Shanks Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends or family. Just pop these in the oven and let it get on with it whilst you enjoy the company. This serves eight, for fewer guests just reduce the quantities, the cooking time will be the same. Ingredients • • • • • •

2 tbsp olive oil 8 lamb shanks 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped few sprigs fresh rosemary 3 fresh bay leaf

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4 garlic cloves, left whole 2 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsp tomato purée 350ml white wine 500ml lamb or chicken stock

Method Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Pour the oil in a casserole dish or roasting tray large enough to fit all the shanks. Spend a good 10 mins browning the lamb all over. Remove the lamb, add the onion and carrot and cook for 10 mins until starting to brown. Stir in the herbs and garlic and cook for a few mins more. Stir in the flour and tomato purée, season well then pour over the wine and stock. Return the lamb shanks to the pan. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid or tightly with foil and cook, undisturbed, for 1½-2 hrs until lamb is nice and tender. Remove the lamb from the sauce and set aside. Put pan back on the heat and bubble it down for about 15 mins until rich and glossy. Pass through a sieve into a jug. The lamb and sauce can be stored in the fridge for two days or frozen for one month. To serve, reheat the lamb in the sauce, adding a splash of water if the sauce is too thick. Serve with seasonal vegetables as an accompaniment. Recommended greens beans and lots of creamy mash. Debbie

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The Pitlochry Garden January 2017 To conclude this series on reducing maintenance, let me ask you: how much lawn do you need? A good design balances the amount of planted, turfed and paved space – the proportion is usually around 40:40:20 but this does vary, depending on the plot.

disease resistant, repeat flowering and have healthy foliage.

There are small conifers that naturally assume a good shape: Picea albertiana conica, Thuja Smaragd and Pinus mugo pumilio are good choices.

Try thinking of the lawn as an element of the whole design, rather than just all the bits that aren’t paved or planted. A good strong shape like a circle or a square will knit together all the other parts of the garden and it will also help to keep the eye inside the boundary. Octagonal shapes are good when the boundaries are irregular. Installing a mowing edge will save hours of strimming or clipping and greatly improve the whole garden. Why not reduce the lawn further with some paving in a sunny spot for a second place to relax?

Roses need feeding, spraying, pruning and tying in; older varieties suffer from diseases and pests. That said many gardeners have strong attachments to them so to reduce maintenance switch to newer shrub roses that are

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herbaceous planting but it can be a chore. Try to keep forms small enough to reach comfortably.

If growing food is your top priority than a tunnel or a glasshouse is essential. However you can’t turn your back on them. Maintaining the correct temperature, light levels, ventilation and humidity are important if plants are to thrive. Incorporate them in a shrub, planting in a sunny spot, or in the new mixed bed that replaces the herbaceous border but remember not to plant them where a rose was so they don’t die of rose replant disease. Many gardens lack privacy or are exposed to strong wind; in either case, one solution is a hedge. The question is: what is a good hedging plant? Laurel, and leylandii grow quickly but take a lot of clipping. Beech needs two cuts per year and though it is slow to get away, it can reach staggering heights. A mixed boundary planting of shrubs will also provide shelter without all that work. Topiary provides strong architectural contrast with looser, more informal

Pest control undercover is also more difficult than it is in the open garden. Good hygiene will go a long way to preventing problems. Specialist growing areas like alpine beds or troughs, tropical plant borders or peat beds where the soil is not naturally acidic also require a high degree of maintenance. But if that’s what is most important to you, then keep them going and sacrifice something else instead. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory You Tube, the video sharing website was created by 3 employees of PayPal in 2005. It was snapped up the following year by Google for 1.6 billion dollars. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report and comment on videos. Whilst the majority of the content is uploaded by individuals, there’s an increasing While the video is uploading – which takes a number of media companies that offer some little time, you can change the name, add a material – BBC is one of them. description, set your privacy options (Public, Anyone can watch You Tube videos and 15 Unlisted or Private are the main choices), billion people do, every month. The real beauty choose a thumbnail and fill out other relevant though is that anyone can upload to You Tube, information. Once uploaded it will be and it is free. So, you are having a kids party, a ‘processed’ and you can see the progress for wedding, family get together, or even selling that in the status bar. your house – why not upload a video and Click Publish to finish uploading a public share it with the world, or keep it private and video, or if you set the video privacy setting to share it with whoever you want. Compile a Private or Unlisted, just click Done to finish the message from your family and share it with upload or click Share to privately share your family members or friends far away! video with whoever you choose. Did I say it was easy? – It is easy. You Tube If you haven’t clicked Publish, your video accepts all sorts of video formats, so you can do it all from your smartphone, you don’t need won’t be viewable by other people. You can any fancy equipment, you don’t even need any always publish your video at a later time in experience of shooting video. Your videos are your Video Manager. a whole lot more fun when you can share them Once the upload is completed you will get an email to notify you that your video is done online. uploading and processing. You can then You can upload videos to YouTube in a few forward that email to friends or family for easy easy steps which are basically the same, whether you upload from a computer, Android sharing. Congratulations you’ve just uploaded phone/tablet or an iPhone/iPad. To get started your first video. you need a Google account (because they own You Tube), but that’s free and it also allows you to use Google+ and Gmail. Go to and click the ‘Create Account‘ button to join, then log in. Click on the ‘Upload’ button at top right. Before you start uploading the video you can chose the video privacy settings. Public means anyone can see it, Unlisted means only people with a link to the video (or have searched for it specifically) can see it and Private means only people you want to see it can – it never shows up as the result of a search.

That’s it, really easy. However if you prefer someone to hold your hand and guide you through the process the first time with nice pictures, then simply Google ‘How to upload to You Tube for beginners’ . You will get a million hits, might even be a video :o) Once you’ve mastered the basic upload steps you might want to edit your videos – there’s lots of free software available, however an easy to use programme comes with Windows called Movie Maker. It is included with all Windows except Win 10, but is available for that for free from the Apps Store. The results are pretty basic, but it’s a good starting point.

Select the video you'd like to upload from your Send me your link :o)) computer, tablet or phone. You can also create a video slideshow or import from Google Photos.

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Swimming for Everyone A while ago I wrote an article on Wild Swimming – it might surprise you to hear that there are still plenty of hardy souls who are still regularly swimming in the open water even at this time of year….however, if you haven’t been in the water yourself for a while, maybe it’s time to get back in the pool. Swimming remains one of the most popular activities in the UK, with over 2.5million people going at least once a week. Sadly, there are many more who know how to swim but haven’t been to a pool in years. Scottish Swimming have developed a programme called ‘Swim Social’ which is expressly designed to try and get people back in the water, and it’s never too late to learn. Personally I had always swum, but never particularly effectively – I started doing triathlon events when I was about 30 and went back to the pool for some adult improvement lessons which made a staggering difference. More recently I’ve been going to a session on Monday evenings at the local pool which has again had a significant effect on my strength and joint stability. Nearly all of us will learn to swim as a child, but there is a big drop in participation among teenagers. The Swim Social programme has found that what most adults want/need is a little more confidence in the water - it provides opportunities where adults can do just that, though many local pools will offer classes or lessons targeted at everyone from 5 upwards. One local coach when asked about the benefits of swimming said: “Most swimmers in the class can already swim, and simply want to swim better. We can make huge improvements in just one session a common difficulty is not putting your face in the water – if you’re swimming with your head out of the water, your hips drop and that means you are using a lot of energy just to push the water out of the way when you move forward. Solving that helps to get people swimming efficiently so they can direct energy towards specific targets like getting fitter, swimming faster or swimming further.”

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Swimming elevates the heartbeat in the same way as jogging or running. Ten minutes of breaststroke can burn roughly 60 calories; 80 with backstroke, 100 for front crawl and 150 with butterfly (if you can manage it…!). Pools tend to be keep you cool and comfortable while you exercise (though it’s still important to take on water just as you would if doing some other kind of training). Swimming tends to help you focus on technique, breathing and results: this stops you thinking too hard about other distractions which in turn can have a positive impact on stress levels. The beauty of swimming is that you can have a gentle session, or a high intensity workout which is low impact: this puts less stress on the joints. For many people who have had an involvement in sport throughout their lives, there will come a time when it’s not possible to continue – I stopped playing competitive rugby when I was 50 - swimming can help to retain fitness levels, doesn’t have any impact through the knees, and helps keep the body strong and stable. A few front crawl lessons will help you to stop your hands crossing over and develop a much straighter stroke, improve your kick so you’re using the hips and not just the knees, and sort out your breathing. Finally, as I mentioned in a previous article, there is a big increase in outdoor, or wild swimming. There are some beautiful places to swim outdoors in Scotland - at Loch Lomond in August more than 2700 people took part in the Great Scottish Swim There are plenty of opportunities locally to swim, either as a beginner or as someone returning to the activity – so dive in! As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong….

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Believe it or not, but with a little planning you could save yourself a few hundred quid, even thousands, by buying at the right time of year. There are dozens of different factors that influence shop prices; the weather, holidays and when the kids return to school are just a few examples of why and when retailers offer their biggest discounts. Different products are offered at different times of the year and the biggest bargains are not always on ‘Black Friday’ or New Year’s Day. For example TVs are cheapest in June. That’s when the new models come out, usually to coincide with major TV events, like the Olympics or the World Cup. That necessitates a massive sale of ‘old’ stock to clear the shelves for the newer models, and that means you are in for a serious bargain! Over the years researchers have found a pattern in the retail trade of what products get discounted when, so here’s the best bargains to be had throughout the year on a monthly basis:

end of each quarter (March, June, September and December). Most car dealers have targets that their sales staff are expected to meet and you arriving at the last minute might just be their saving grace. Haggle really hard. April – DIY. Easter is traditionally the start of DIY time. A busy time for stores who compete fiercely with each other for your custom. So if you even just painting the spare room, Easter Bank Holiday is best for a bargain.

May – Cameras. Picture this - All the new models start to appear in May, just in time for summer. That means the older models are discounted to make room. Snap one up.

January - The January sales are still best for consumer technology products, everything from DVD players to iPods. Shops overstock for Christmas and have to clear the surplus. June – TVs. For a good many years now, the TV companies have introduced their latest models in June. A habit formed to coincide with summer sporting events. Some people even watch cricket. February – Kitchen appliances. This is the month shops clear end of season lines in washing machines, fridge freezers and most other large appliances. March - Second hand cars. With the new number plate coming in, people buy new in March to get the newer plate. That means a sharp increase in the number of cars traded in. They have to go… so haggle harder! The July – Cars again, but big 4x4s. Who thinks same applies in September. If you want a about driving in snow in July? There are great brand new car, head to the showrooms at the bargains to be had, so now you do!

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August – Laptops and mobile phones. The start of a new school year brings a price war and massive discounts. Also a good time to buy a printer, or software.

September – Kettles. No, seriously, with the start of the new university year, that means students living away from home and that means big discounts on kettles and microwave ovens. Also, another good month for laptops and mobile phones again. Second hand cars again, as there’s yet another new registration plate.

October – Garden furniture. The colder weather means bulky stock has to be cleared for, eh… cold weather stuff. (And Christmas decorations.) Ok, you might not get to use your new patio set for 6 months, but at half price, who cares?

November – Cars again. This time it’s sports cars, particularly convertibles – ok, you will be frozen and soaked, but the patio will feel warm. December – Coffee machines. Apparently shops reduce their prices to make them more attractive as Christmas presents. Why don’t they do that with PS4s? Whether you plan on buying anything from a dishwasher, toaster, TV or SUV, make sure the timing is right and you could bag a real bargain. Willie Pitlochry Life 25

A new year – a new health kick… The New Year can be a good time to take stock of life and consider what you want to achieve in the forthcoming year. However, New Year’s resolutions are not necessarily the best way to bring lasting change as they can be easily broken. Instead it is better to set goals for the year, that way you haven’t failed if you have a wobble. If your goal for 2017 is to get healthier, this article based on founding principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help guide you.

and just be. If you have pain or physical injury – consider a restorative treatment such as acupuncture to help you recover.

The best way to improve your health and wellbeing is to take a holistic approach and aim to bring balance to the 4 pillars of your health: 1. Your mind. The stresses of life can have a profound impact on health and wellbeing. Get the right balance between keeping your mind stimulated and being able to switch off your internal dialogue to be still and focus on the things you are doing. Make sure you 4. Your sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy mind and strong keep joy in your life by doing things you body. It is the time when our minds process enjoy and seeing people you love. Keep the days events and our body repairs and your mind healthy by managing your stress regenerates. To get a good sleep, try to aim using therapies such as acupuncture and for 7 – 9 hours a night, ensuring you get to practices such as mindfulness or meditation. bed well before midnight. Avoid looking at 2. Your food and drink. Eat real food including screens before bed and don’t drink any plenty fruit, vegetables and good quality caffeinated drinks after 5pm. Keep your protein. Avoid excess sugar and processed room nice and dark and free from electronic foods. Eat at regular intervals, don’t skip gadgets. If you struggle with sleep, meals and don’t eat too late at night. Drink acupuncture can help. according to your thirst and activity. Enjoy Lifestyle and dietary advice form part of the your food and remember that the key to therapeutic treatment in an acupuncture good health is moderation. Eating the session. Acupuncture is a very versatile, safe occasional bit of chocolate is Ok, so long as you enjoy it in moderation and eat plenty and effective treatment that can be use to help of healthful, nutritious foods. If you find you treat not just symptoms but the underlying cause of those symptoms. It aims to help crave a lot of sweet foods, your digestive restore your natural balance and proper system is out of balance and acupuncture function in whatever way is needed. To find could help to address this. out more about living well, visit 3. Your body. Find the right balance between and follow me on exercise and relaxation. Some daily physical Facebook & Twitter. activity is essential for good health, but how much will depend on your individual Acupuncturist, Jill Storstein is member of the constitution. Balance your exercise – cardio British Acupuncture Council working at Offizone, activities such as running and aerobics Kenmore Street, Aberfeldy PH15 2BL. shouldn’t be the only type of activity you do, Website: also do something more nurturing such as yoga, pilates or tai chi. And make sure you have some down time where you can rest

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SCOTLAND’S CHARITY AIR AMBULANCE Highland Perthshire’s Heroes of the Sky Those visiting, living and working in Highland Perthshire have more cause than most to be grateful for the lift-off of Scotland’s only charity funded helicopter air ambulance.

frontline emergency response network, SCAA relies entirely on public donations to fuel its mercy flights, bringing help and hope to those suffering serious injury or illness wherever and whenever required.

In its three years of operation, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has flown to “Pitlochry Life” territory more than any other part of the country. And many local people have found their lives touched by the outstanding new service where speed and professionalism can prove a life-saver.

And local residents have been quick to respond to that need. Fundraisers across Highland Perthshire have helped through a wide variety of events and efforts to keep the vital funds coming in.

And it is in remote and rural regions such as Highland Perthshire that SCAA proves most valuable.

The amazing work being carried out by SCAA has prompted generous support from the Highland Perthshire region to reflect the charity’s commitment to providing a lifeline to rural Scotland.

Meg Farran who works in the Co-op at Pitlochry, for example, works tirelessly to raise funds for the air ambulance. She is one of The charity has already responded to well many individuals, businesses and organisations over 1200 emergencies all across Scotland which accounts for a third of the UK landmass, who recognise the value of a locally based air over 100 islands and some of the most remote asset whenever things go seriously wrong in their community. communities in Europe.

From its central base at Perth Airport near Scone, the distinctive yellow, green and blue helicopter - with its tartan tail - can fly to incidents in Highland Perthshire within 15-20 minutes. It flies expert paramedic skills straight to the scene of an incident and offers rapid transport to hospital for casualties, while land-based ambulances can be restricted by distance, travel time, flood, landslide, snow and ice, fallen trees or inaccessible terrain. Road traffic collisions; industrial accidents; equestrian, sporting and leisure accidents; strokes and heart attacks; falls and agricultural injuries all feature on SCAA’s busy workload in Highland Perthshire and elsewhere. And if these emergencies occur miles from anywhere, a helicopter air ambulance such as SCAA can make a critical difference - often between life and death. But saving and improving lives in every corner of Scotland as it responds to time-critical emergencies 365 days a year comes at a cost. Around £2.2 million is needed each year to keep the service in the air. The country’s only charity-funded air ambulance is a proven life-saving service. Yet while it operates as an integral part of Scotland’s

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Among those backing the air ambulance charity on an on-going basis are House of Bruar, the Pitlochry Station Bookshop and the Aberfeldy Marathon and Half Marathon. Others, such as The Enchanted Forest, adopted SCAA as one of their nominated charities for fundraising efforts in 2016. The charity marked its third anniversary in May and in that month alone the life-saving crew was scrambled nine times to emergencies in our area - including Kinloch Rannoch, Aberfeldy and Tummel Bridge.

If airlifted, patients from this area are normally flown to Ninewells Hospital at Dundee - a lengthy road journey that can be cut to just minutes by air. Public donations are the only fuel that keeps SCAA flying. You can find out how to help by visiting or contact the team on 0300-123-1111.

own dumper truck,” said the 42-year-old landscape gardener from Strathtay. “I then thought about my kids and that gave me the strength to make a superhuman effort to pull myself free. I think adrenaline took over.” The severity of Kevin’s injuries meant he was only able to drag himself into a sitting position against the still-running vehicle, miles from anywhere on the south shore of Loch Tay.

“I was then able to reach my mobile phone and dial 999,” he explained. “My workmate was breaking rocks at the other side of the property and couldn’t hear my shouts above the engine but luckily I had the phone and the SCAA is always looking for volunteers and would be delighted to hear from anyone who is ambulance controller kept me on the line talking willing to give up some time to help in a variety and reassuring me that help was on the way. of tasks from organising collecting cans to “My friend eventually realised something was staffing events. And if you would like to organise wrong and came to find me and did what he a fundraising event, the team at SCAA would could to make me comfortable. The pain across love to hear from you. my chest and in my leg was horrendous and I Or sign up to SCAA’s lottery via the website for only £1 a week with the chance of winning £1,000.

You might need SCAA’s help tomorrow - but they need your help today! And people like local man Kevin are in no doubt that when things went frighteningly wrong for them in Highland Perthshire, SCAA proved a life-saver. Here is Kevin’s story As the two-and-a-half-ton dumper truck slowly toppled over on the slope, driver Kevin tried to jump clear. Landing on soft ground he looked back to see the vehicle crash down on top of him – the roll bar crushing his chest and the body of the vehicle smashing on to his leg. Despite agonising pain, Kevin managed to wriggle into the soft ground and pull himself free of the dumper. “I really thought I was going to die under my

prayed for help to come quickly.” That help, in the form of local farmers, First Responders, an ambulance crew and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), all arrived within seconds of each other and paramedics quickly assessed the situation and started pain relief for Kevin. He was then stretchered to the nearby helicopter and airlifted to Ninewells Hospital where he spent nearly two weeks undergoing operations, skin grafts and treatment for a badly smashed shin and ankle and several broken ribs. “I was signed off work for four months and spent a lot of time unable to walk or on crutches,” he said, “but I know it could have been a lot worse. “SCAA is an absolutely tremendous service. They got me out of a remote area and into hospital within 18 minutes – the same journey would have taken at least 90 minutes by road. “The care, professionalism and speed they bring is second-to-none and I’m so glad they were there when things went horribly wrong for me,” he added. “Scotland’s lucky to have such a dedicated service and, although you never think you will need them, we should all be grateful they’re there.” You can donate to SCAA at or text ’SCAA01’ followed by your donation amount to 70070 Pitlochry Life 29

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Eco Friendly Homes – How do they Differ? Energy efficiency, eco-credentials and sustainability are all terms used these days, but what does it actually mean.

This methodology sees the walls of each house virtually finished in the factory. For their homes at Pitlochry, this means the insulation, service conduits and internal plasterboard are all assembled with the studs into complete panels and delivered to site. This method of construction allows each home to achieve an exceptionally high standard of air tightness. Put in its simplest of terms, if you try to heat a home which has lots of tiny air spaces, some of that heat escapes through these space. If you want to keep that home at a constant warm temperature, you have to keep putting more and more heat into it, to compensate for what you are losing through the spaces.

Many volume house builders boast about their homes being energy efficient or having eco credentials, but invariably such claims fail to stand up to scrutiny when you scratch beneath the surface. An example of this is the increased use of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s). Whilst they are to be congratulated for taking this step, it is rarely taken for the right reason (ie it is usually because there are not adequate gas supplies in an area to allow traditional boiler solutions!). Some builders also tend to use heat pumps without investing in improved building fabric, limiting the commercial value of this technology to their customers. One example of an eco home builder is Eskgrove Homes. Eskgrove company philosophy is that their homes are sustainable along with being comfortable, healthy, easy to maintain and operate with as low a running cost as possible.

If your home is better made and has less spaces for warm air to escape, once you’ve heated it up, it will stay warm. After a while a small amount of that heat will of course leak out but it doesn’t take a big effort to replace it and get you back up to temperature.

With Eskgrove homes, it’s not just one eco friendly features that’s included, it’s a whole One of the main difference with Eskgrove package of them. The factory manufacture, homes is the way they are constructed. The the precisely engineered components, the majority of new homes are built using timber detailing for air-tightness and the air source frame, which means that most of the kit is built heat pump. They can also add in additional on site and no matter how efficient the builders eco-friendly features such as underfloor heating are, there are inevitably minuscule spaces that and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. air can escape from. These are all parts of an interwoven and interdependent system, creating better, more However, Eskgrove Homes are one of a few sustainable homes. For more information on companies in the UK to have developed Eskgrove Homes at Pitlochry. timber frame systems to another level, into what is termed “closed panel construction”.

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Pitlochry Path Group The Path Group has had a busy and constructive summer and autumn. The weather has been very kind for our work party sessions and we have achieved lots. Our group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and strengths. We are organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom. In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell. Our last two work sessions have, following the glorious autumn leaves spectacle this year, involved clearing quite a lot of aforesaid leaves from the paths around Loch Faskally. Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally. With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two day period. The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period. The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally. We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch. Also this year, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund, a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour. A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works. This is a great improvement to the local core path network. It was very heartening to read Nicky King’s article in relation to the Edradour path in the December issue of Pitlochry Life. We think the core path network is a first-class asset for the town, locals and visitors alike. Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted and led by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant. The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers absolutely no technical knowledge is required. If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or 07788 190876. The group have outgrown our current store and are looking for a space to store tools etc. If anybody is aware of any surplus storage in town, please get in touch.

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Pete Wishart MP Happy New Year to you all! I was delighted to be asked to present the Palme Dewar at the Aberfeldy film festival, an event which attracts entries for short films made by film makers across Scotland. There was an exceptionally high standard of entry with seven fantastic finalists. The film festival has been growing year on year and the Palme Dewar is now recognised as the premier award in Scottish film-making. The well-deserved winner this year was a short film from Conrad Molleson about the first bike ride and the invention of the bicycle. Many congratulations to Conrad and to everyone involved in the Heartland Film Society for the work they do throughout the year and in putting together the film festival and its associated competitions. Their efforts make an immediate contribution to the cultural life of their community by beyond that they are ensuring a rewarding creativity on a national level. I have previously mentioned the actions of SNP MPs at Westminster, who have highlighted the gross pensions’ inequality for women born in the 1950s. In the latest attempt to persuade the UK Government to take a different tack, SNP MPs led an Opposition Day Debate to keep up the pressure to ensure that the WASPI women receive the pensions they are due. While the SNP-led motion received strong cross-party support the UK Government used its parliamentary majority to defeat the motion with 234 MPs for and 293 against. Debate after debate in the House of Commons has demonstrated the strength of public opinion on this matter and women across the country are struggling to make ends meet because they have been denied the pension they are due. The SNP’s independently-researched report shows that relaxing the rapid increases to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s back to the timetable set out in the 1995 Act would be significantly more affordable than the Government’s claim. Not only that, but the National Insurance fund has a substantial surplus at present; which could quite easily cover this cost. The UK Government should use the surplus in the National Insurance fund to provide immediate relief to these women who have been badly let down are and due their pensions. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at

John Swinney MSP A very Happy New Year to all readers. I hope that 2017 will be a good one for you and your family. Just before Christmas, I was happy to support Small Business Saturday once more. The event encourages consumers to shop locally and boost the local economy. Small businesses contribute around £75m a year to the Scottish economy, employing over 887,000 workers. Research shows that money spent in local businesses is more likely to stay in the local economy than that spent in larger corporations. The Small Business Saturday campaign aims to have a lasting impact on the success of small business by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Small businesses account for 98% of all businesses in Scotland and there are a great many fine small businesses in Highland Perthshire. They are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy supporting jobs and growth in our communities, as well as providing an invaluable service to continued on page 42

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local consumers. With around 170,000 small enterprises across Scotland, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to shop locally. An impressive £623 million was spent in small businesses during last year’s Small Business Saturday and I am sure that there was as much spent this year. Independent shops and small businesses have to compete in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players, and buying from a locally owned business means the money is much more likely to stay in the community. I encourage everyone to continue to shop locally to ensure our local businesses thrive. When you read this, we will no doubt still be in the grips of winter. Every winter, people across Highland Perthshire face bitterly cold weather and it is vitally important that you ensure that your home is ready. Assistance is available for those who need it including free advice from Home Energy Scotland to help reduce their fuel bills, or to discuss energy efficiency schemes that might be available. I would also encourage people to look into any benefits they might be eligible for, including the Warm Home Discount and the Cold Weather Payment. Nobody should need to go cold this winter if there is support available to help them keep their homes warm. I would strongly encourage everybody to look into what support is available to them this winter. Contact 0808 808 2282 at or It I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at

Murdo Fraser MSP May I wish all Pitlochry Life readers a happy and prosperous New Year for 2017. Across the world, 2016 was a year of tremendous political change. Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populist movements throughout Europe have dominated our news cycles. It will be difficult to imagine 2017 trumping last year for political shocks and underdog victories but the Scottish Local elections, in May, present an opportunity for Scotland to give its verdict on Nicola Sturgeon’s second year as First Minister. During her time in Bute House we have seen slipping standards in our schools, missed targets in our hospitals and higher taxes throughout the country. The local elections are the chance for hard working people up and down Scotland to make their voices heard and tell St Andrew’s House that they don’t want more taxes and another referendum. In 2016 I was honoured to be re-elected to the Scottish Parliament and have continued my fight to ensure that rural voices are heard at Holyrood. During the year I stepped up my campaign to end the madness of poorly regulated car parks, pressed for more comprehensive healthcare in rural locations and fought for faster broadband and smoother road links in our remote communities. I also campaigned alongside consumer charities to ensure that nuisance phone call companies, which disproportionately affect Scottish households, are brought to j ustice. Next year I will press the Government to use their new income tax raising powers fairly. I will also campaign to reverse plans to spend council tax revenue in other local authority areas as I believe it is vital that the principles of local accountability are retained. It has also been a pleasure to continue providing articles and insight to Pitlochry Life. Willie, Debbie and the team do a fantastic job in producing a magazine which, for many people, is the heartbeat and primary source of information for the local community. Pitlochry Life, formerly continued on page 44

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Newsround North, has been a constant provider of local knowledge for over 30 years and I look forward to contributing again in 2017. Keep up the good work guys! And finally In 2017 I look forward to meeting many more constituents across the region and helping, wherever possible, to represent their views. As ever I welcome the feedback from constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, called on 01738 553990, or email

Kate Howie, SNP Councillor, Perth & Kinross – Highland Ward Traditionally you tend to reflect on achievements and consider the successes of the past year. Highland Perthshire has an excellent ethos of volunteering whether it be in time or money. I wholeheartedly congratulate all those volunteers who give of their time selflessly for the benefit of others. There are so many organisations please forgive me just mentioned a few. A special mention of Blair Atholl Village Hall committee who now have achieved ownership for the community of this historic building after many years of negotiations. The newly reformed group of the Pavilion User Groups has done great work down at the Recreation Ground and has raise funds of £187K towards the total refurbishment of the terracing – no mean feat for such a small committee. But it is not the smallest committee that title goes to our two person Lighting Committee who raise all the funds and organise the winter lighting ever year in the town. A committee, who for many years has done the town proud, is Pitlochry in Bloom and they now need our support for more members willing to take on the physical as well as administrative tasks required to continue the beautiful displays and garden features. The Path Group has certainly made such an impact in a short space of time on our various well used paths. The Station Bookshop, Rotary, Enchanted Forest, New Years Day Street Party all raise so much for good causes – so well done to you all and may you continue in the true spirit of giving. I will end on an update following on from the Scottish Governments policy of Community Empowerment. Perth and Kinross Council has begun the process of encouraging communities to become involved in the future of their communities and at this time divided the area into Action Partnerships- ours being Highland and Strathtay . As a preliminary look at the area this has been broken down into four sub groups of Pitlochry and area; Aberfeldy and area; Dunkeld and Birnam and area and Stanley, Luncarty, Stanley and Bankfoot area. Each of these areas will have a participatory budgeting programme with £7k per area awarded to groups who can address the following themes and will be invited to apply for up to £1500 each, with the winning bids chosen by the voting public at a community event in March 2017. The themes are Employment and Employability, Social Isolation, Community Transport, Activities for Young People, Community Engagement and Rurality. More information on Action Partnerships You can get in touch with me at 01887 840378 or by email:

Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. continued on page 46

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Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at:, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday from 4th January, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along for creativity and fellowship. Table Tennis Group: Every Wednesday from 4th January, in The Tryst Hall from 2.00- 4.00 pm Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday from 10th January, at 7.30 pm in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. The Guild will meet on Wednesday 11 January at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge when Hazel Watson will give a talk on Human Trafficking. All welcome. Messy Church Friday 13 January 4 – 6.00pm in The Tryst Hall. Fun Games & Craft for children of all ages. All welcome, & must come with an adult. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. For additional information and applications for Hall Lets contact the church office, Tel no. 01796 474010. email:

Jehovah’s Witnesses You are welcome to all the meetings listed below, which are held at the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible we offer copies without charge. Sunday 1st January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Who Is Your God?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘Keep On Encouraging One Another Each Day’ (Acts 13:15)’. Thursday 5th January, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Takes Care of His People—a discussion of Isaiah 24–28’, ‘People Who Preach— Ministers Offer Themselves Willingly’ Part 2. Sunday 8th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Deliverance From a World of Darkness’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Organized in Harmony With God’s Own Book (Proverbs 3:19)’. Thursday 12th January, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘A King Will Reign for Righteousness—a discussion of Isaiah 29–33’, ‘In What Ways Does Jehovah Communicate With His Servants?’, ‘A Hiding Place From the Wind (Isaiah 32:2)’, ‘People Who Preach—Ministers Offer Themselves Willingly’ Part 3. Sunday 15th January, 10.30am. A talk: “Bible Principles—Can They Help Us With Today’s Problems?" Followed by a discussion of: ‘Do You Highly Esteem Jehovah’s Own Book? (1 Thessalonians 2:13)’. Thursday 19th January, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including:

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‘Hezekiah’s Faith Was Rewarded—a discussion of Isaiah 34–37’, ‘What was “the Way of Holiness” (Isaiah 35:8)’, ‘O Jehovah, … I Trust in You’, ‘Methods of Preaching—Using Every Means to Reach People’ Part 1. Sunday 22nd January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Overcoming Fear of the Future’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Called Out of Darkness (1 Peter 2:9)’. Thursday 26th January, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Gives Power to the Tired One—a discussion of Isaiah 38–42’, ‘In What Sense Does Jehovah Throw Our Sins Behind His Back? (Isaiah 38:17)’, ‘Methods of Preaching—Using Every Means to Reach People’ Part 2. Sunday 29th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Are You Doing What God Requires of You?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘They Broke Free From False Religion (Revelation 18:4)’. We offer a free home study course of the Bible using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like a one-off trial, do get in touch with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or At you can find answers to life’s questions, even the difficult ones.

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Matthew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan

Harold Ingram 01796 481275

Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch

Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228

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Arthur Andrews 01882 632372

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Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

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

Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge. continued on page 54

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Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie ( Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: Sundays: Our time together starts at 11am. Come just as you are. You’ll be made most welcome. ‘Creche’ is available for pre-schoolers during the service. Children P1-P7 are welcomed to Hiz Kidz, and teenagers to TYG. January Events Sun 1st - Ner’day Family Service lead by our youth pastor. Sun 8th - Nev Wallace will look at Matthew 5:6 this morning and Deirdre Powrie leads our worship. Sun 15th - our youth pastor continues to explore the Beatitudes from the book of Matthew and Fiona Meyer will lead the worship team. Sun 22nd - our pastor continues to look at Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount and Josh Barrie leads our worship team. CWTA exchange Sunday. Sun 29th - Ruth McLaren leads our worship team and our pastor will preach from Matthew 5:33-37. Regular Events Boiler Room Prayer - Sundays 10am, Wednesdays 7am, Sundays 6pm. Contact Jane on 474202. 5-a-side Football – Tuesdays 7pm in the Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940716396. Friendship Hour – Monday 30th January at 2.15pm in the Aldour Hall. Contact Val 473742. Home Groups - Our home groups are designed to complement our Sunday services and our missional communities, providing a place for you to share, receive and give. Contact Ian 473570. James Court Service - Sunday 15th January at 4pm. Living Bible Fellowship – Tuesday (1st & 3rd) 2pm in the Aldour Hall. Contact Val 473742. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Sundays 10pm on Heartland FM 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays 10am-12pm. Contact Miranda 472719 or just drop in to the building. TYG Conversations - Bible Study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. Contact our Youth Pastor 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie 473085. Welcome All – Fridays 12pm. Soup Lunch in the Atholl Centre. Youth Club - For young people in P4-P7. Friday 27th January from 6-8pm. Check out website and FB pages for more details.

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Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Sundays – 9.30am Holy Communion Contact - Mr Sandy Charleson 01796 473025. The Reading Group meets in the Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month - enquiries 01796 472745. The Thursday 2 Club normally meets monthly in Aldour Hall on Tuesdays at 2.30pm. However, on Tuesday 17 January we have a Burns Lunch at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, at 12 for 12.30pm. All welcome. Booking essential - 01796 472005 for further details. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Sundays– 11.15am Sung Communion first and third Sundays, Sung Mattins second and fourth Sundays. Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. St Andrews, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Sundays – 11.00am Holy Communion first, second and fourth Sundays, Mattins third Sundays. Once a month at 5 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. All Saints Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Sundays – Unless otherwise stated a service is held at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month : for details please see notice board. Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259.

St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm.

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at about 1 pm. First Friday of the Month: After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence till 12.30 pm. The Lord is calling each one of us to stay ‘awake’ and pray, in order not to fall into temptation: this is the same plea he made to the apostles in the garden of Gethsemane. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation • Every first Friday of the month at St Bride’s, Pitlochry there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 12 noon to 12.30 pm during Adoration. • Every first Saturday of the Month at St Columba’s, Birnam there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 5.30 to 5.50 pm. • Every third Friday of the Month at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during adoration after Mass at 12 noon. • Our parish also organises a penitential rite with the possibility of confession four times a year. To find out when these will take place please refer to the parish newsletter. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call. Silver Club Every first Saturday of the Month (starting from Saturday 7th January 2017) in the foyer of St. Bride’s in Pitlochry at 10 am our parish is organizing the ‘Silver Club’ for retired people. This is a monthly social gathering for people who are retired. All are welcome to make part of this club, which will give you the opportunity to socialise and also take part in various activities organized specifically for all members. We also have different groups in our parish: the Choir, St Vincent de Paul Society, Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Fabric and Planning committee, Fund Raising committee and other groups are in the making. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome and can ask for further information about any of these groups from Fr Edward or any other member of our community.

Heartland Healing Rooms Heartland Healing Rooms will reopen in January. 18th January - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm - 6.00pm 25th January - The Tryst, Pitlochry -

2.00pm - 3.30pm

A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith ,no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 8th January at 5.40pm Mustang (Turkey 2015 95 min Cert 15) director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

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Five beautiful and beguiling young sisters become imprisoned in their own home, forbidden by their controlling, conservative elders from having any contact with the outside world—especially boys. As the eldest sisters are married off, fierce sisterly love helps the younger ones rebel to avoid the same fate and chase a future where they can determine their own lives. A powerful portrait of female empowerment. Awards: César, Goya, Glasgow. Also showing 2 shorts with Q&A with the directors : Middle Man from Charlie Francis and Katie White, Palme Dewar finalists 2015 and Hula from Robin Haig winner of BAFTA Scotland New Talent award Stay on for the Q&A on the Birks mezzanine. Information and online booking or phone 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society and Facebook

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band The pipe band members had a good day at the Perth, Dundee and Angus branch of the Royal Pipe Band association's solo competition which was held in Craigie School in Dundee with placings as follows: Lewis Wilson 1st on drum pad, David Edmeades 2nd in novice side drumming and 1st in 18 and under March, Logan Shanto 3rd in 18 and under tenor drumming, Scott Coyle 1st in 18 and under MSR, Rory Duncan 2nd in adult side drumming, Archie McNab 3rd in 18 and under March and 5th in 18 and under Jig and Graham Mulholland 1st in adult MSR and 1st in adult Jig. The band played in Perth at the St. Andrews Day celebrations on Sunday 27th November where large crowds enjoyed The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Perth and District Pipe Band, Strathallan School Pipe Band, The Red Hot Chilli pipers and Dougie McLean. An enjoyable day was had by all. The following Saturday, the 3rd December, was an extremely busy day for the band. We led the Santa and reindeer procession in Aberfeldy at 12noon, with another spot playing at 2pm in the Square, then headed across to join in the Pitlochry Christmas festival where we played at 4pm as a finale to a fantastic day. I was on the pipe band tombola stall and it went like a fair all day, so many thanks to all of you who came along to support our stall and a big "well done" to Jan, Vikki and Tina for all their hard work organising everything. Our next band performances are at the Atholl Place Hotel and Kynachan Loch Tummel Hotel on Hogmanay and the Street Party which we all enjoy playing at on the 1st January. Then on the 21st January we hold our annual Junior Piping and Drumming contest in Pitlochry High School starting at 9.30am. This is the 42nd year of this very successful competition and once again we're looking at a very large amount of competitors. We'll be in the Pitlochry Co-op selling raffle tickets, drawn at the event, on Fri 13th and Saturday 14th January, so please come and get some!! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. Gillie McNab 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band Well done to the following band members at the recent RSPBA Branch Competition in Dundee 13 Years & Under Novice Piping: 2nd Andrew Symington Drumming On Pad: 2nd Bayley Cudworth

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13 Years & Under Novice Drumming: 3rd Gregor Cumming. Thank you to everyone who came along to Hetties Tea Room for our coffee morning and also Clair and her staff for all their help also many congratulations to Veronica winning the hamper. The band's next engagement is at the Blair Atholl Senior Citizens Christmas Party in the Atholl Arms Hotel. Our AGM will be held in Craigvrack Hotel at 8.00pm on Wednesday 18th January. If you would like more information on the band, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 47 2692.

Did you get a new PC, Laptop or Tablet for Christmas ? Please don’t throw your old one away ……The Rotary Club of Pitlochry have recently announced that they have entered into an agreement with Edinburgh based charity the Turin Trust, to collect unwanted computers from domestic and commercial premises in Highland Perthshire. The Turin Trust takes donations of unwanted computers and reconfigures them for use in schools in Africa. The schools involved lack the resources we take for granted and this limits their potential. Turin Trust is changing this by giving students the power to shape their own futures with technology. Already over £330,000 worth of it equipment has been sent over to African schools. Over 40 computer labs have been installed in Ghana & more than 20,000 African students have been helped to become IT literate. Ongoing support is available to help train teachers and facilitate computer maintenance. Your local Rotary Club wishes to contribute to this very worthy work with your help. We have a 100% guarantee from the Turin Trust that any data on computers donated will be completely destroyed in a way which makes the process totally irreversible and we are also assured that technicians at the Turin Trust never look at any data on donated equipment. We would very much appreciate it if you would donate your unwanted equipment to the Turin Trust by calling us below. Please phone (01796) 473096, 473648 or 472952 for further information.

Adult Literacy Classes Need help with reading, writing, numbers or digital devices? There are free classes starting near you. Call Livvy or Lorna on 01350 727669 for details.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group There may be fewer tourists in Pitlochry in December but there is still a lot of litter around the town. If this annoys you join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.00am in the Recreation ground carpark. This is a new venue. The next litterpick is on January 10th. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 7th February, 7th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December. For further information contact Roger West 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes 01796 473400. continued on page 60

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Pitlochry Bowling Club At the AGM held on Monday 5th December John Anderson was elected President for 2017 with Valerie Wilson as Vice-president. Billy McIntosh announced his resignation as Green Keeper and was warmly thanked for his excellent services. All other Office bearers were re-elected with nominees John Greenshields, Evelyn Humphrey and Les Simms all elected on to the Committee. Bingo will be on Monday 9th and whist on Tuesday 10th January. Best Wishes to all our members, friends and supporters for a Happy New Year. Elma Spence 01796 473459.

Aberfeldy Bowling Club AGM The AGM for Aberfeldy Bowling Club will be held on Sunday 15th January 2017. The meeting will commence at 2pm within the clubhouse. Copies of the minutes and agenda can be picked up at the clubhouse or downloaded from the club’s website, Any apologies should be given to the Club Secretary, John Duff, prior to the meeting.

Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Come to a social group for coffee, lunch or chat! Other current small groups include Poetry, Mah-Jong, Books, Scrabble, Scottish History, and Italian. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, or wish to know more about U3A, contact Meg Ross on 01796 483281 or; or look at our website:

Welcome All Soup Lunch Fridays in the Atholl Centre behind the Baptist Church next to the Tourist Office and runs weekly until the end of April 2017(except the 30th Dec) Soup costs £3 and is served from 12 noon. A free DVD lending library is available. Do come along, young and old and men and women.

Pitlochry and District Adult Education Classes Resuming in Spring Lynn Elder’s Garment Design class resumes on Wednesday 11th of January for 5 more sessions, just long enough to finish the trousers started earlier! Art Club, commences Tuesday 21st February, from 2-4pm, for another 10 sessions with a break over Easter. This class is held in the Atholl Centre; come along to Dee’s friendly, informal, class where people progress at their own pace, whether novices or experienced artists. For more guidance phone 07866 693752, email, or Information can be also be found on Facebook, search for "Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association"

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Pitlochry Ladies Club The next meeting will be our Beatle Drive on Wednesday 4th January at 7.15pm at Scotland's Hotel. This will be followed on Wednesday 1st February with Kate West speaking on "Rescue Dog", again at Scotland's Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm. The cost of each evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. For the 3rd year running, we are supporting the same Charity, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome. We hope everyone is having a lovely time over the festive season. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157.

Pitlochry Arts and Crafts Group This independent group, PACER (Pitlochry Arts & Crafts Empowering Recovery) aims to promote well-being by providing opportunities or adults to participate in arts and crafts in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Weekly sessions provide a reason to go out to meet and connect with other people as well as the opportunity to learn new skills. The group is flexible to the needs of its members, offering support and freedom to explore the group experience at their own pace without any pressure to produce finished work. This group is open to everyone, individuals are encouraged to come along and have a cup of tea or coffee, a chat, try the activities and are welcome to bring a friend. No prior craft experience required Cost – Donation towards tea and coffee. Held at the Pitlochry Community Hospital, Atholl Ward on Monday 10.30-12.30 except Public and School holidays.

Pitlochry Group Amnesty International UK We were delighted to have so much interest this year in our ‘Amnestree - A Symbol of Hope’ entry at the Pitlochry Christmas Tree Festival. A big thank you to everyone who signed our greetings cards for sending to prisoners of conscience to let them know that they have not been forgotten. This year we collected nearly 240 signatures on 8 cards - a fantastic response. The cards have now been sent off to three prisoners: a photojournalist imprisoned in Egypt for doing his job, a young man imprisoned in Cameroon for sending a satirical email to a friend, and a British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran while visiting her family there. The cards are part of Amnesty’s annual ‘Write for Rights’ campaign, but the work of supporting people who are unjustly imprisoned goes on all year. If you would like to know more about our Group, please get in touch with Caroline on 01796 470163.

The Highland & Strathtay Action Partnership We are pleased to announce our participatory budgeting programme. £7000 per area will be allocated to groups in: • Pitlochry and area • Aberfeldy and area • Stanley, Luncarty and Bankfoot area • Dunkeld & Birnam and area

Groups addressing the following themes will be invited to apply for up to £1500 each, with the winning bids chosen by the voting public at a community event in March 2017.

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• Employment and Employability • Social Isolation • Community Transport • Activities for Young People • Community Engagement • Rurality

Contact your local community capacity builder for more information: For more information about Action Partnerships, see

Highland Perthshire rises to the Challenge A Zero Waste Challenge to encourage households in Highland Perthshire to reduce their rubbish has resulted in a 25% drop in general waste and a 17% increase in recycling. The money saved by Perth & Kinross Council on disposing of that waste will now be awarded to back to the community. Zero Waste Highland Perthshire, which is supported by Zero Waste Scotland, has been working hard over the past year, encouraging the communities of Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Kinloch Rannoch, Grandtully and Glen Lyon to reduce, reuse and recycle more, and data collected in the last few weeks shows households are getting on board. The Zero Waste Challenge ran between 9th September and 1st October, with various events held to spread the message, including a Fun Day and waste electrical collections at local schools. The total tonnage of general waste and recycling presented in bins at the end of the Challenge was calculated and analysed by the Waste Services team, then compared to the same time last year. A total of £973.66 saved from disposal costs has been awarded to a chosen community group the newly established Men's Shed in Aberfeldy. Men’s Sheds are a country-wide initiative and are basically a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and can pursue practical interests. Members gather in a relaxed environment to share skills and knowledge, as well as the tools and resources they need to work on their own projects at their own pace, and this will often involve reuse or restoration. The potential for additional community reuse and the positive nature of the Men’s Shed concept enthused Zero Waste Highland Perthshire to support the fledgling Breadalbane Men’s Shed which is located in Aberfeldy but open to new members from around the Highland Perthshire area. Councillor Williamson, Vice-Environment Convener congratulates everyone who took part in the Zero Waste Challenge and the first Year of Zero Waste Highland Perthshire: “I’m delighted to see that Highland Perthshire has really risen to the Zero Waste Challenge by reducing, reusing and recycling more. This project is all about getting the community involved at a grass-roots level to inspire Highland Perthshire’s householders, schools and community groups to become Perth and Kinross’ second Zero Waste Community*. “There’s still time to get involved in this Project– Phase 2 is underway in Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Ballinluig - but the results for the Phase 1 area show that the community is genuinely adopting new good habits over the long term regarding waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Congratulations all!” For further information about Zero Waste Highland Perthshire, visit continued on page 65

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Ceilidh The St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh Dance held in Aberfeldy Town Hall on Saturday 26th November raised a magnificent £740 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. The large audience was treated to a feast of piping, singing, music and dancing, with super stovies at the interval and a fantastic raffle. Thanks are due to piper Lochy Brown, ceilidh band Ballinceol, The Geordie Rabbity folk group, Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir, singers May Brown and John Duff and compere, Alan Brown. Thanks also to the Fountain for providing the bar, to Dow’s of Aberfeldy for assistance with the stovies and to the ladies of the Inner Wheel for serving the food. On behalf of the organisers, John Duff stated “We are delighted to have raised such a fabulous total for this very worthy cause. The air ambulance provides a time-critical lifesaving service much needed in the more remote areas of Highland Perthshire”.

Aberfeldy Defibrillators Four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have now been located across the town with these machines now available outside the Birks Cinema, the Co-operative Supermarket, the Bowling Club and the Fire Station. It is planned to locate a fifth AED within the Moness Crescent area once a suitable site has been identified. These defibrillators are available 24 hours a day and can be used by anyone, even if they have not been trained as the machine talks the user through the various stages. It should be noted that these defibrillators will not administer a shock to anyone who does not require it. Twenty eight residents attended the training event in early November and were trained on Emergency Life Support and how to use a Defibrillator by the charity Lucky2BHere, providers of the AEDs. A further training event is planned for the Spring of 2017 and details will be published in due course. Regular monitoring of the AEDs will be conducted by the new Safer Communities Warden, Norma Carr. Aberfeldy Community Council s grateful to the SSE Griffin and Calliacher Wind Farm Fund for the financial support given.

Macmillan Christmas Tea Party All the members of the Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support would like to extend their thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas Tea Party at the Grandtully Village Hall on 26th November. We had a fantastic turnout and raised the grand sum of £1408.21. Thank you to the generous businesses and individuals who donated prizes for our raffle. We really appreciate your support. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Josh Moran. Josh sadly lost his grandfather to cancer & went on to write "The Story of Rosie the Lamb" when he was only 7 years old. He has sold this story in booklet form at various events to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Josh, now 13, attends Breadalbane Academy and is very keen on football. The photo shows Josh presenting £1000 to Liz Stewart of the Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support, bringing the total amount he has raised to an amazing £5000. Well done Josh! Finally, if you think you could spare the odd hour to help out at events like our Christmas Tea Party, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch by email at Pitlochry Life 65

YOUR HOROSCOPE For January 2017 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all! The down-to-earth and practical sign of Capricorn steps forward this month as we head into 2017. The intuitive Sun joins up with powerful Pluto on the 7th prompting some serious soul searching. It’s that time of year when the universe invites you to ponder some big questions and most importantly to ask: what do I want to be different for this year? This is a passionate time loaded with creative potential; energetic Mars, currently travelling through the visionary sign of Pisces highlights your imagination and practical Capricorn can help to make those long held dreams come true. The energy shifts big time as Mars enters its own sign of Aries on the 28th; the new moon in quirky Aquarius that same day enhances intuition and opens minds to exciting new possibilities. Be ready for love and romance to blossom as Venus, the love planet, enters soft and gentle Pisces on the 3rd. Mercury’s forward motion and arrival into Capricorn after the 13th should assist with sticking to those New Year’s resolutions. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 January starts out with a rather introspective mood as your ruler, the normally feisty Mars, journeys through watery Pisces. Plans for turning dreams into reality are in the spotlight this month as the practicality of the Capricorn sun and analytical Mercury appear at the highest point in your chart. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Venus, your ruling planet, moves into the gentle and imaginative sign of Pisces on the 3rd; use this well-balanced energy in practical ways to bring creativity, beauty and pleasure into areas that may have been tense and stressful. The full moon in cancer on the 12th highlights successful combination. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 This month’s focus on the sign of Pisces draws your attention to balancing your inner needs with your work and daily routines. Both Venus and Mercury urge you to reconnect with creative endeavours that give you joy. The full moon in Taurus on the 12th highlights your finances. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The Sun, Mercury and transformational Pluto are in your opposite sign of Capricorn this month. With the Cancer full moon on the 12th there could be some radical changes on the cards. Clarity and composure are vital as you review those areas where you feel restricted and unappreciated. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Make the most of the practical Capricorn energy in the work and daily routine sector of your chart; increased stamina and drive are at your disposal, particularly around the 7th as the Sun aligns with powerful and transformation Pluto. Some prioritising and re-structuring needs your focused attention. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 With your ruler, the curious and versatile Mercury, illuminating all forms of self-expression and creativity, this could turn out to be the best time to achieve anything that you earnestly desire. Mars remains in dreamy and idealistic Pisces, joined by the love planet on the 3rd. Romance could well be on the cards! 66 Pitlochry Life

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Your ruler, relationship minded Venus, changes signs from analytical Aquarius to imaginative and mystical Pisces on the 3rd. You might not have to look too hard for new love – it will find you. Career is also in the spotlight around the 12th, use your creativity and humour to get your message across. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Transformational Pluto, your ruling planet, is joined by the Sun on the 7th. This powerful alignment illuminates all forms of learning and communication, particularly anything concerning long term goals is looking very promising now. Prepare the ground well before you move into action. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Responsible down-to-earth Saturn joins forces with innovative and unpredictable Uranus in the creative sector of your chart. As your home life is stirred up by fiery Mars and then joined by harmonious Venus after the 3rd, you may feel that some radical changes are now necessary. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 The Sun, Mercury and powerful Pluto are energising your sign for most of the month, ensuring that your stamina, drive and confidence batteries are fully charged. Saturn remains connected with Uranus and continues to bring interesting opportunities and challenges to your door. You need to apply your willpower to achieve. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 The Sun challenges your ruler, unpredictable Uranus around the 10th, bringing communication and negotiation into the spotlight. Confidence and intuition are at an all-time high, indicating a significant turning point concerning any groups and organisations that you belong to. Your new moon on the 28th brings a fresh start. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Enthusiastic Mars is travelling through your sign and is joined by the love planet Venus on the 3rd. This move indicates that this is the month for new friendships and some passionate romance. You’ll feel that your energies at an all-time high as the need for radical change becomes top of your agenda.

What does 2017 hold in store for you? How can you make this year your best year ever? Navigate your way to success with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Insights gained by having your unique birth chart explained to you will help you to work with the planetary cycles and maximise your potential for the year ahead. Consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information

Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Telephone: 07813 483549

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BOOK TIME for 2017 Just in case you didn’t get everything you wanted to read from Santa, here’s a couple of suggestions for those dark nights. Curl up by the fire and enjoy.

David Baldacci The Last Mile.

JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts

Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged twenty-years-old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL. When Amos Decker, newly appointed special agent with the FBI, hears the news that Melvin was saved in the final seconds before his execution because someone has confessed to the killings, he persuades his boss to allow him to carry out an investigation into the Mars murders. There are facts about the case which don't add up, and as the investigation deepens, Decker and his team uncover layer upon layer of lies and deception which are rooted at a time in American history which most would rather forget, but some seem keen to remember. There’s someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret that everyone is looking for. A race against time ensues because, when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very top.

Jk Rowling continues to wow us, and can you believe it Harry potter first appeared in 1997., so to celebrate 20 years we go back to a time before he was even born!

( currently in cinemas)

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, regardless of age, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf

I was delighted to get reacquainted with the characters and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lee Child - Night School ( Jack Reacher) I love Jack Reacher, and this is number 21. Lee Child is British, born in Coventry, and was an ITV TV series writer before becoming a famous novelist and moving to the USA. His first and second Jack Reacher novels were made into films starring Tom Cruise - the shortest 6 foot bloke you will ever see! In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from? It's 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there's a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big. Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It's a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he's selling. And to whom. There is serious sh*t going on, signs of a world gone mad. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With his trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine. Great stuff, the films are good, even with Tom Cruise, but the books are even better.

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Ian Rankin—Rather Be the Devil I am so glad Rebus is back. I have been watching re-runs of Ken Stott lately ...Rebus to a T. But now he’s back in the flesh...or rather in print: “Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking? In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their best.

James Patterson - Cross the Line (Alex Cross 24 )

Jeffrey Archer - This was a Man This Was a Man is the captivating final installment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller. This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons. In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience. Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police A great read that makes you sit up and think. official lies dead, leaving the city's Impossible to put down. 4.5/5 police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread - the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side. As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos. I love James Patterson, keeping up with his prolific output is tough. I’m still reading number 23 and here’s the next one. Too good to miss!

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

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

Prescriptions -

Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203

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

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

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station


Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000


0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Council Housing Emergency 0845 301 11 10

Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

01738 625411

NHS 24


24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580


0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20


0845 909090


0300 999 999


0800 1111

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ADVERTISERS IN THIS ISSUE Aberfeldy Defibrillators


Harry Bonthrone Plumbing


Rotary Turin Trust


Acarsaid Steakhouse


Hearing & Mobility


RW Bell Electrical


Andy Law Pest Control


Heartland Film Society


RW Bell Plumbing


Appliance Repairs


Heartland Healing Rooms


S Saint Electrical


Atholl Palace Hotel

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Highland Travel




Auld New Year


HIS Design Ltd


Starting a New Business ?




Homefresh Cleaning


Stephen House Builders


Birnam Picture Framing




Stevie G Roofing


Blair Atholl Car Sales


Infinity Blu


Strowan Woodland Cemetery


Blair Atholl Garage


J & H Mitchell




Book Time


J W Lang Painter/Tiler

30,49 Swimtime


Bowling Clubs


Jill Storstein Acupuncture

23,26 Tay Roofing


Brodies Timber


John Swinney MSP


Taylors Of Scone


Business Services


K Allan Joinery


The Egg Shed


Carriages of Scone


Lazlo Decor


The Green Park Hotel




Lesley McLean Footcare


The Hair Studio


Coach House Flowers


Maxim Hair Studio


The Hardware Centre


Councillor Kate Howie


Morrison Joinery


The Old Mill Inn


Doug McPhee Stoneworks


Morrison's Academy


The Townhouse, Aberfeldy


Duncan McLean


Murdo Fraser MSP


There's Always a SALE


Eskgrove Homes


Murthly Sawmill


TLC Laundry


Ewan McAdam Joiner




Tom Smeaton Fencing


Fair Bathrooms


Pete Wishart MP


Tommy Garrow


Fern Cottage


Pipe Bands


Tree Maintenance Services


Finer Finish


Pitlochry Arts & Crafts






Pitlochry Garden




Frederik Demeyere


Pitlochry Garden Care


W & K Gerrie


Gatehouse Firewood


Pitlochry Ladies Club


Walton Kilgour CA


Gatehouse Nursery


Pitlochry Litter


Wonky Computer Factory


Gaulds Funeral Directors


Pitlochry Path Group


Zero Waste


GRM Podiatry




H & S Action Partnership


Reid Tree Garden Services


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