PITLOCHRY LIFE January 2019 Issue 344
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Happy New Year and a big welcome to the January edition of Pitlochry Life. Well, that’s the Festive Season over – we hope you all had a lovely time with friends and family. We have been busy this month getting everything ready for 2019. We have reviewed the predictions for Top Movies coming this year. Some are out now if you fancy a trip out, and others will be coming along later in the summer. Willie looks at sound-bars to add to your TV experience and Alan Clinch has been tackling fitness with heavy ropes. That sounded like hard work until I read the bit about only needing 3 minutes of exercise time! Ewan McIlwraith in the Pitlochry Tipple looks at Whiskies to watch out for in 2019, they could be a good investment, or purely to enjoy now. As it is much colder, gardening was a bit more restricted for me last month, so I took a look at mushrooms. I even grew some Shiitake ones in my airing cupboard for a stir fry! Speaking of food, we have some great restaurants and hotels offering fabulous fayre this winter, so wrap up warm and head out for a wee taste and a special treat. It’s Burns Night soon too. We have updates from several funds, and the opportunity to nominate good causes for the 2019 awards. So if you are a community group, an individual or a good cause, and local to Pitlochry – read on and see if you can benefit from these awards in 2019. We wish all our readers, advertisers and contributors the very best for 2019, just let us know how we can make it even better for you.
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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details 1st January
Pitlochry Street Party - Atholl Road
Red Pine Timber Co play the Old Mill Inn
Scott Macdonald plays the Old Mill Inn
Chris White plays the Old Mill Inn
Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall
Pitlochry Litter Action Group
The Guild Meeting - The Tryst Lounge
Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel
The Tryst Walking Group – Craig Varr
Scottish Country Dance Classes - Moulin Hall
Jamie McGeechan plays the Old Mill Inn
Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library
Fraser John Lindsay's Bl at the Old Mill Inn
Alpha Coming To Pitlochry - Escape Route
Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - Pitlochry High School
Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst
Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall
Anton O'Donnell plays the Old Mill Inn
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Junior Piping & Drumming Solo Comp
ABBA A-RIVAL - Atholl Palace Hotel
The Engine House play the Old Mill Inn
Williamson's My Florist Celebration - Atholl Road Shop
Small Pines play the Old Mill Inn
The Tryst Walking Group – Craig Urrard
The Killiecrankie Hall Burns Supper
Last Orders play the Old Mill Inn
Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst
John Swinney MSP Surgeries
Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry - Annual 'Soup and Pud' Lunch
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - Pitlochry Festival Theatre
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Tuesday 1st January - Pitlochry Street Party - Atholl Road - 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Monday 7th January - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is Andy Walker and his subject is Alaska. Everyone welcome. Tuesday 8th January - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 42 for more details. Wednesday 9th January - The Guild Meeting - The Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. 'Free to Live Trust' an illustrated talk by Moran Uytman. All welcome. Wednesday 9th January - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.00pm. Beetle Drive and Silent Auction - please bring along items, all proceeds for the charity. The cost of the evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. The charity we are now supporting is Marie Curie and there will be a raffle in aid of it. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, email@example.com) no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Thursday 10th January - The Tryst Walking Group – Craig Varr – 9.30am. Starting near Kinloch Rannoch this circular route follows paths and open hillside on to the ridge ending at Craig Varr, giving very fine views. Height climbed 400m. Distance 4.5 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Thursday 10th January - Scottish Country Dance Classes - Moulin Hall - 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Cost is £3.00 per night. No membership fee. Instruction is given for all dances. Great fun, exercise and a way to meet some new friends. Tests have shown Scottish Country Dancing to be beneficial for both mind and body!!! Come along and give it a try, all welcome. Further classes on 17th and 24th. For further information contact June on 01796 473488. Saturday 12th January - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am to 11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. See page 40 for more info on the library. Sunday 13th January - Alpha Coming To Pitlochry - Escape Route, 3 Atholl Road, Pitlochry 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Every year, churches across the world invite their communities to explore life, faith and meaning on Alpha. Pitlochry Baptist Church wish to offer the same opportunity to the local community with a 7 week course. Alpha is an extremely popular course which gives people the chance to freely explore the basics of the Christian faith through a series of interactive and stimulating sessions using videos and discussions more often than not accompanied by a meal. For details of how to register your interest please see the accompanying advert on page 61. Sunday 13th January - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ‘The Florida Project’. See page 48 for details. Monday 14th January - Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - Pitlochry High School - 7.30pm. Please note that meetings for 2019 are all on the second Monday of the month, a change from previous years to avoid clashes with Perth and Kinross Council meetings involving local Councillors. Monday 14th January - Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst - 7.30pm. Our annual Festive Supper, contact Alan Crombie 472918 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lydia Busby 474180 email@example.com. Entertainment from Liam Manion playing Scottish Airs. Continued on page 10 8 Pitlochry Life
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Thursday 17th January - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. All ladies welcome. It’s £20 to join for the whole year and £3.50 for visitors on the evening. A great supper is promised and if you’re good at raspberry jam or crocheting a 4-inch square for a communal blanket, please bring them along and enter them in the evening’s competition...and please remember to bring your own cup! Saturday 19th January - Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Junior Piping & Drumming Solo Competition - Pitlochry High School - 9.30am. Everything from the classical Piobaireachd to learners on the practice chanter and drum pad. There are raffle tickets on sale with great prizes. See page 48. Saturday 19th January - ABBA A-RIVAL - Atholl Palace Hotel - 7.00pm. Our evening begins with drinks in the grand Bow Lounge. Then we head to the Atholl Suite for dinner and evening entertainment! Abba A-Rival is an explosive show packed with all your favourite Abba Hits, sensational singing and authentic costumes. This glamorous Abba Tribute bring back Abba as they were in their heyday, with sequins galore, platform boots and all the songs you love to sing and dance to! See page 43 for details. Friday 25th - Monday 28th - Williamson's My Florist Celebration - Atholl Road Shop - 9.00am to 5.00pm. To celebrate re-opening after refurbishment, Williamson's will be offering customers a free pot of hyacinths or a box of luxury Belgian chocolates with any purchases of £20. Pop in to see the new shop and take advantage of this offer. See page 47 for more details. Saturday 26th January - The Tryst Walking Group – Craig Urrard – 9.30am. This is a circular walk on paths and estate roads west of Blair Atholl. The route is mainly through woods but rises to a fine viewpoint. Height climbed 250m. Distance 8 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 26th January - The Killiecrankie Hall Burns Supper - 7.00pm for 7.30pm. This is a popular event and tickets (£15) go fast. To avoid disappointment and missing a fantastic night please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone James, 07947 068234 or Diane on 07817208143. Monday 28th January - Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst - 7.30pm. Colin Liddell will speak on “ Pitlochry in 1846”. The central theme will be around the maps drawn up of Faskally Estate in 1846 by Peter McLagan and the fascinating detail they show of the state of the area at that time. Friday 1st February - John Swinney MSP Surgeries - from 10.30am. See page 30 for details of times and places. Saturday 2nd February - Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry - Annual 'Soup and Pud' Lunch - The Tryst - 12noon - 2.00pm. Tickets £6.50. There will also be a raffle. Saturday 2nd February - Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2.00pm and 7.00pm. A brand-new collection of adrenaline-packed films, with the world’s top adventurers tackling extreme expeditions in the most stunning corners of the planet. Audiences will witness life-changing journeys, incredible wildernesses and spectacular cinematography – all via the big screen! See page 58 for more info, and on page 41 you could win 2 tickets for the afternoon performance. Entries for non profit groups are free. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to email@example.com Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. 10 Pitlochry Life
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Carrot Coriander & Coconut Soup I love carrot and coriander soup, well who doesn't? However, with the addition of a few simple ingredients you can transform it into something extra special - with fresh warming Thai flavours and sweetness of coconut. If you don't like it too spicy just leave out the chillies. It freezes well, so why not make a big batch and save some for a rainy day.
Ingredients • 500g carrots • 1 medium/large onion • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock (I use 3 stock cubes) • 2 chillies, seeds removed and chopped • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
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2 Tsp Thai Green Curry Paste 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped 1 x 400gm tin coconut milk 1/2 bunch coriander chopped Knob of butter, or coconut oil Salt to taste
Chop and sauté the carrots, onion, garlic, ginger and chilli for about 10 minutes in the butter until the onions have softened.
Add the stock and simmer until carrots are soft.
Add the coconut milk, coriander and Thai paste.
Liquidize with a hand blender to how you like it.
Add salt to taste.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Enjoy with some crusty bread.
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Whisky Predictions for 2019 2018 has been a year of significant change in the whisky trade. New distilleries opening, the announcement that several mothballed and closed distilleries will be re-opened, and a number of distilleries which have been being bought and sold. So, what’s going to happen in 2019 and which distilleries are the ones to watch? In my opinion these four are definitely ones to look out for This year saw the first release from Daftmill Distillery near Cupar. The inaugural release was early summer and I was expecting another release in Oct/Nov but nothing appeared. I can only presume they will release early 2019 and it is definitely one to look out for. Supply is limited though and it has quickly become a favourite of the ‘collector'. You will have to be quick if you want to get a bottle of the next release. Glen Allachie Distillery was bought by Billy Walker (previously owner of Glendronnach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries) in 2017. This year saw the launch of the new range of whiskies with their 10yo, 12yo, 18yo and 25yo Billy has a reputation for producing first-class whiskies and these are no exception. I’ve tasted all but the 25yo and my tip is to go for the 10yo, is absolutely delicious. They will appear in Robertsons early next year. Glenrothes Distillery released a new range of whiskies and the ‘Soleo’ title; 10yo, 12yo, Whisky Makers Cut, 18yo and a 25yo. Soleo refers to a term used in sherry making and refers to the process of air-drying the palomino grape prior to fermentation. The colour of this very pale grape gradually gets darker and darker the longer it is laid out in the sun. Hence the gradual deepening of colour on the packaging and the intensifying of the colour and flavour as the you move from the 10yo to the 25yo. Only sherry casks are used by Glenrothes. I found the Whisky Makers Cut to be particularly delicious, and is bottled at the higher abv of 48.8%. Definitely one to get your hands on, a great dram and one that I’ll be tasting more regularly! 14 Pitlochry Life
Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay has started producing spirit. It was due to open late summer this year but I understand that it will now open at the start of 2019. Production Director Jim McEwan, the legend that was behind Bruichladdich, will undoubtedly produce some amazing spirit. We will have to be patient though as it will be a few years before we can taste it, but when we can I have no doubt it will be incredible. Ardnahoe are selling casks so if you would like to buy a piece of history then contact the distillery. Last but not least, I have to mention our own plans for 2019. As we have done since 2017 we will continue to buy and bottle casks. I’ve already bought casks of Tullibardine and Teaninich and I’m waiting patiently for the correct moment to bottle them. We are upgrading our range with a new bottle, label and box. This will improve the look of our bottlings. We are remaining true to our strict criteria of only bottling whisky that is from a single cask, of natural colour, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength. As always our bottlings are available to taste in the shop. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and remember to drink responsibly. Slainte
Ewan McIlwraith Ewan McIlwraith is the owner of Robertsons of Pitlochry and The Bothy. Since 2013, Ewan has transformed the retail shop to now stock of over 450 whiskies and over 150 small batch gins. Ewan is also a judge for Scottish Field, judging the annual whisky and gin challenge competitions.
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The Pitlochry Garden January Some people think that January is the coldest, longest, most boring month of the year. The same people generally don’t think much of February either. But I’d like to try to put a little shine on January if I can. Winter defines the climate in the cool temperate latitudes. The mainly deciduous forest, stretching around the globe at the mid-latitudes in both hemispheres, is one of the richest, most fertile habitats on the planet. In winter decayed vegetation breaks down to feed the soil, creating rich ground. There are about 150 to 200 growing days and enough rain to grow crops intensively. When spring comes, plants receive cues to come into growth and the food they produce supports us all.
contrast with the bare branches of deciduous trees and shrubs, especially if it snows. You can still work when the weather permits. Carry out late winter pruning of apples and pears by reducing the past year’s growth to about 4 or 5 buds, removing any dead or damaged wood and branches which either cross or crowd the middle of the tree. Make clean cuts just above a bud or back to a main stem. You can also do some restorative pruning of established deciduous shrubs, removing one-third of the thickest growth to the base. If you do this every winter for about three or four years you will have an entirely new shrub with healthy vigorous wood.
Remember to knock heavy snow off conifers with the back of the broom and avoid getting salt from Nothing would be the same without winter: it’s the paths onto the grass or other plants. cold that encourages flower buds and germination. If you’re feeling restless you can always turn over Without it, food production is reduced or irregular the compost heap, incorporating some brown in both quantity and quality. This particularly material like newspaper or egg cartons. If you affects nuts and fruit like apples, cherries, keep it well made up during the winter it will heat strawberries and pears, and cereals like wheat. quicker in the spring. There is already evidence that winter chill has declined in Britain and that this has affected our output of certain crops. Maybe this has affected your fruit trees; lack of winter chill is one cause of irregular or poor fruiting. The garden is often put to bed in late November and disregarded until March but there is pleasure to be had from good structure and plenty of evergreen plants and shrubs. Well-clipped evergreen shrubs and hedges make a good 16 Pitlochry Life
Whether the winter is Narnia or nuisance, remember we are lucky to have it. By the end of January, the sun will be stronger and the days will be longer. The bulbs are growing and the buds are fattening on the trees; remember “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 email@example.com
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FITNESS with Alan Clinch
Heavy Ropes This month I’ll have a look at the rise of the heavy rope (sometimes called battle ropes) in gyms and exercise classes. I’ve written quite a lot about the need to move more and move more intensely….. but the question is whether the intense movement is actually relevant to people’s daily lives. What Can Heavy Ropes Do for You? A significant benefit of this type of training is the coordination involved in most heavy-rope exercises. Coordination is generally recognised as a skill related element of fitness which isn’t always addressed – it’s pretty important though: we need coordination to do just about everything from walking to washing up, squats to shovelling. In terms of general fitness, heavy rope training improves muscular strength and endurance in the arms, aids endurance in the core, and promotes a high heart rate (and associated energy expenditure) making it a vigorous workout according to current UK physical activity guidelines. A couple of research studies have shown the following: Improved Muscular Strength and Endurance in the Arms A group of volleyball players, aged 18 to 25, was placed on an eight-week heavy-rope training programme consisting of three sessions per week, each lasting 45 minutes. After eight weeks, the players showed improvements in arm strength and muscular endurance. An important target of training with heavy ropes is to create the energy for movement with the core and legs while allowing the arms to simply direct where the energy goes (think of your body as a car - the arms are the steering wheel, the rest of the body is the engine: energy for movement comes not from the steering wheel, but the engine). If the training is effective then people should also see significant gains in core strength – important for us all, and the subject of a series of pieces I wrote last summer. Vigorous Aerobic Workout Another study consisted of a 10-minute rope 22 Pitlochry Life
training workout comprised of 15-second intervals of rope training followed by 45 seconds of rest. The researchers measured heart rate, oxygen uptake and post exercise oxygen debt. The highest exercise heart rate was 178 bpm, (~ 94% of age-predicted maximum heart rate). Total average energy expenditure was 112 kilocalories. The numbers are significant as the total time spent exercising was 10 x 15 seconds (150 seconds, or 2.5 minutes). The heart-rate generated was quite high, and the average calorie burn was more than 100 kilocalories for less than three minutes of work. All sorts of movements are possible with ropes – lunging, pushing, pulling, bending, lifting, and rotation are all relevant in our everyday lives. Using heavy ropes to achieve increases in functional strength or muscular endurance might not be for everyone, but it might just be fun to give it a try! If you’re interested the following articles may be interesting, or you could just ask at your local gym or leisure centre https://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/battle-ropeexercises-full-body-workout/ www.coachmag.co.uk/full-body-workouts/3781/ battle-rope-exercises-and-workouts-to-get-youripped As ever: bear in mind that workouts with heavy ropes are pretty intense, so 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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There's Magic In All Mushrooms Love them or hate them? They range from beautiful to grotesque, but all have the ability to add a depth of flavour to dishes that is otherwise unattainable. So how come we only buy the little white ones or the chestnut ones, which are from the same family, from the supermarket? Instead of keeping you in the dark, we're going to shed some light on our fungi friends. We even grew some meaty shiitake ones to see what a difference the real thing can make! After each description we offer you a recipe suggestion to Google, for the perfect way to try them. Chanterelles Known for their striking golden colour (but also come in different shades). They are fruity, peppery and are even said to have an apricot aroma. These are delicate in flavour and texture, work well as a starter topping and also pair nicely with eggs. Chanterelles last longer than most mushrooms in the fridge - up to 10 days. They have a high moisture content, so when cooked they should be prepared in a dry sauté as they will quickly release their own water. As they are difficult to grow, they are mostly foraged in the wild. Recipes: Chanterelle Mushrooms with Comtè Cheese, Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic & Thyme. Morels This is definitely the weird looking mushroom. It is not pretty, but this mushroom is super savoury and delicious. It's alive with flavour and worth getting over your fear of the ugly for. Really worth a try if you can get some at a decent price. They are a little chewy and taste great sautéed with butter. Recipes: Morel Mushrooms With Miso Brown Butter And Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Roasted Herb Chicken With Morels. Portobello If you like button mushrooms, then making your way to Portobellos should be an easy step. This mushroom is the most mature stage of the white button mushroom, with its cap fully grown out. The Portobello is mild in flavour, but has a meaty texture. It works well as a substitute for meat in certain dishes, and is great when grilled or stuffed and oven roasted. Recipes: Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos, Portobello White Beans & Caramelized Onions, Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas
Enoki These mushrooms have long stems and little caps. At first glance, they kind of look like bean sprouts, but they have way more flavour. They're common in Asian cooking, and are available fresh and canned. Because they're crisp, they hold up well in soups and go nicely in salads. They're native to Japan and really delicious. Recipes: Sautéed Prawns, Potatoes and Enoki Mushrooms, Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry.
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Shiitake These grow mainly in Japan, China and Korea, which is one of the reasons why they are so predominant in Asian cuisine. They are savoury and meaty, and add an umami flavour to dishes. Remember when we did a feature on umami? Shiitakes can be used to top meat dishes and to enhance soups and sauces. And if you can't find the Shiitake at your supermarket but still want the flavour, try growing your own. Recipes: Shiitake and Swiss Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles, Asian Cabbage and Shiitake Stir-Fry.
Oyster Oyster mushrooms are simple to prepare and offer a delicate and sweet flavour. Depending on the time of year they are foraged, oysters can even offer an anise-like taste. This mushroom can be easily cultivated, making it one of the more affordable mushroom varieties. Recipes: Mixed Mushroom Ragout, Sesame Roasted Mushrooms & Scallions, Wild Mushrooms with Frisee. Porcini A meaty mushroom similar to the Portobello, the Porcini is often used in Italian cuisine. It's slightly nutty and creamy and has an aroma that has been likened to sourdough. Light brown/slightly reddish in colour, Porcinis can range from one inch to 10 inches across. Very aromatic and woody flavour, which makes them prized in the wild mushroom genre. They're sold fresh, dried and canned. If you're using dried Porcinis, soak them in hot water for at least 15 minutes before cooking with them. Recipes: Homemade Porcini Fettuccini with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce, Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce. Maitake Also known as Hen of the Wood, Rams Head, Dancing Mushroom or Kumotake. From afar, this mushroom can look like a head of cabbage. Cultivated, as well as found in the woods, these mushrooms are often sold in clusters with their soft, feathery caps overlapping. This mushroom has an earthy aroma and a gamy flavour. It is native to both the north-western United States and Japan. Maitake mushrooms are said to be rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamins B2,D2 and niacin. They are also said to have anti diabetic properties, and help fight cancer. Recipe: Stir Fried Mushrooms with Garlic, Maitake Soup.
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory So, you splashed out over the Christmas period on a new TV. Super slim, 4K, HDR, smart, voice controlled, bells and whistles. Screwed to the wall on a nice swivel mount, all set up and switched on. Picture is fantastic, but after an hour or so fiddling with all the settings you just have to admit – the sound is not as good as the old one.
for a great sound. I link Alexa to mine in the kitchen and music sounds fab.
Audiophiles look away now, go do the Sudoko.
It Should look Good. They sit in front of your TV, so sound bars should be well-designed with at least some thought given to style, without making them stand out so much that they become a distraction.
Ease of use: A sound bar that’s easy to use will get far more use. Choose one with a simple LED display that lets you switch audio sources and adjust sound settings whilst letting you see what’s happening. Also, look out for fiddly remote controls, they keep The problem is that whilst video technology has getting lost and often have tiny, hard-to-press advanced in leaps and bounds over the past few buttons. If you’re buying a big sound bar that years, allowing the TV to get seriously slim, the overlaps the bottom of the TV, it might block the technology behind fitting speakers into such a signal between your remote control and the TV. In small space just hasn’t kept up. However there’s a which case, look for one with built-in IR (infra-red) very simple and fairly inexpensive answer – it's not repeaters. They overcome this problem by relaying switch on the subtitles, it is buy a sound bar. the signal from your remote control to the TV. If you don’t spend all your viewing time watching action movies, you don’t need a home cinema kit with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Jackie Bird will give you nightmares. You just need clean, clear sound with a bit more bass - and a sound bar can do that very well.
Any buttons on the sound bar itself should be within easy reach and not require two mirrors, a torch and fingers of a concert pianist to use them.
For those with no experience of such, just imagine a long narrow box of speakers that sits below and in front of the TV, they usually contain high, middle and low range speakers that make watching TV a much more enjoyable experience. They can also be mounted on the wall below the TV and look great.
Sound bars can offer the complete package when it comes to sound quality, most of us will be happy with that, however if you want more… consider adding a sub-woofer. This is an external box that does all the bass work (referred to as 2.1). They do add to the price and they do take up a little space. However they really lift the sound quality again and As with all things electronic they do come with a as most are wireless, they can be placed anywhere variety of features, not always related to cost, so in the room – the bass is felt more than heard, here’s a few to consider before parting with your so the direction of sound is not so important. cash: But, show some consideration for neighbours and Listening Angles. Many sound bars have a ‘sweet other people in the house and get one that can be spot’. Great if you are on your own, but if the turned down independently, otherwise when you family sits down, those farther away, or to the turn the sound bar volume up, the sub will take the side won’t get the full benefit. So, check the spec tiles off the roof. for recommended listening angles/distances and In any case, do your research, read reviews online choose something with a fairly wide output. and better still, pop into the likes of that large store Quality connections: Any good sound bar will have that surprisingly doesn't sell Indian food and ask at least one digital connector: optical, coaxial or them for a demonstration. Trust me, you will like HDMI. These minimise interference. Never buy one what you hear. that only has the lower-quality 3.5mm audio jacks Finally, a sound bar is meant to replace the TV (like headphone sockets). sound, so mute the TV speakers when using it. This Wireless. In addition to wired connections, many also prevents a slight echo effect caused by some will come with Bluetooth. This is great if you want sound bars lagging by a few milliseconds behind to use your sound bar for listening to music without the TV speaker sound. having to turn on your TV. Link your phone or tablet Willie 28 Pitlochry Life
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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative I’d like to start this column by wishing all readers a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019. At this time of year it’s good to look back on the year that has passed and ahead to the one that is about to start. However, before that I would like to thank the public service workers who have worked hard over the festive period to maintain vital services at a time when most of us are spending time with friends and family. Nurses, doctors, paramedics, police officers and firefighters will all have missed celebrations to keep us safe. It’s only right that we acknowledge this sacrifice and thank them for their work. 2018 was a year when pressures on services in rural areas reached an all-time high. Throughout the year the area suffered from closure after closure, as services, both public and private, were stripped back. This all started when RBS announced its intention to close branches across much of rural Scotland. In Highland Perthshire, this meant that banks in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry would no longer operate, with an increased mobile bank schedule introduced to meet demand. I fundamentally believe that keeping services like banks and post offices on the high street is critical to the success of small towns. For people who have neither the wherewithal nor the capacity to use online or phone banking these closures are particularly hard to take. The versatility of post offices in handling a variety of services will now take on increasing importance and I would hope that these services remain in place across 2019. It wasn’t just the high street that experienced a squeeze in 2018. NHS services across the country are operating in a period of unprecedented change. Staffing pressures have resulted in the Pitlochry Minor Injuries and Illness Unit operating on a reduced timetable for large chunks of the year- including over the Christmas period. In addition to these issues, there are also plans to alter the emergency surgery offering at Perth Royal Infirmary which would significantly impact people in this part of the world. In 2019 I will continue my fight to see NHS services retained, particularly in remote and rural areas where being able to access out-of-hours care is particularly important. It has been a pleasure to provide articles and insight to Pitlochry Life in 2018. Willie and the team do a fantastic job in producing a magazine which, for many people, is an integral part of Highland Perthshire life. I look forward to contributing again in 2019. And finally in 2019 I look forward to meeting many more constituents across the region and helping, wherever possible, to represent their views. As ever, Murdo appreciates the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 01738 553 990.
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I hope that you all had a great festive season and I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2019. I was pleased to support the recent Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses. Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 6,080 small enterprises across Perth & Kinross – contributing £2,279million to the local economy and supporting over 25,000 jobs. A significant number of these are in Highland Perthshire. Continued on page 32 30 Pitlochry Life
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Through the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Small Business Bonus Scheme, 5,518 businesses in Perth & Kinross will benefit from a cap to their business rates bills for the next four years. The planned expansion of the scheme means that local businesses, including hotels, will see rates capped at a maximum of 12.5% in real terms each year until 1st April 2022. I will continue working to support local business and encourage enterprise in the area, helping to create opportunities for employment wherever possible. I recently welcomed a Scotland-India partnership to help disabled people into sustainable jobs. The partnership sees Glasgow Kelvin College and Lemon Tree Hotels, India link up to share techniques for accommodating people with additional support needs, including downs syndrome and autism, in the workforce. Lemon Tree Hotels is renowned as a global leader in providing training and employment for people with additional support needs. Social Security Scotland will now work with Glasgow Kelvin College to learn from Lemon Tree Hotels and its framework to inform the agency's employment policy. Together the companies aim to increase the number of people with additional support needs in full-time, sustainable employment in both countries. By learning from organisations like Lemon Tree Hotels, who have developed a successful working model, we can better understand the challenges faced by people with additional support needs in accessing employment. Initiatives like this have an important part to play as we move closer to our aim of at least halving the disability employment gap. I was interested to see the launch of a new campaign, 'People, Not Profit' to highlight the benefits of joining a credit union. Credit unions are not-for-profit, member owned financial co-operatives, which provide ethical and affordable financial services. A new website - www.creditunions.scot - has been set up to offer advice and help people find their local credit union. The new campaign highlights the benefits of joining a credit union and I would encourage everyone to visit the new website to find out more. It has been developed with significant input from sector representatives, including credit unions, their members and their trade associations. I will be holding surgeries in Highland Perthshire on Friday 1st February at the following times and places- The Locus Centre, Aberfeldy- 10.30am- 12 noon, The Atholl Centre, Pitlochry- 1pm-2pm, Birnam Arts Centre- 2.30pm-3.30pm. If any constituents wish to make an appointment or need to contact me, I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can call 01250 876 576 or write to 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH.
Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP A happy new year to all readers! I hope that 2019 will be a successful one for all readers. In last monthâ€™s Pitlochry Life, I mentioned that the school review process was taking place across Perth and Kinross. Since then, I held a public meeting to discuss the review and share ideas to oppose closure plans. Highland Perthshire is being heavily targeted with Logierait and Grandtully Primary Schools, as well as Pitlochry High School under threat in the current round of the review. The overwhelming view from parents is that, whilst they understand the need for the school estate to be reviewed, they feel they have not been given enough information and are unsure how best to respond to the process. I heard from many parents who are deeply worried that the council are not really listening and that they have already made up their mind about which schools to close. Indeed, the pupils of Logierait Primary were so worried about the future of their school, Continued on page 34 32 Pitlochry Life
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they recently made placards during their after school club. We have to ensure that this consultation is a genuine listening exercise and that the views of parents, pupils and staff are heard loudly when it comes to decision time. I was pleased to be able to host this event and allow parents from all over Perth and Kinross to come together and to share ideas about how best to oppose closure plans. The sooner these school communities get clarity the better. Having the threat of closure hanging over them is causing real damage to pupil numbers. I would urge parents to ensure that the contact their local councillors, as the SNP council group are determined to help parents in any way that they can. In last month’s edition, I highlighted that John Swinney, Councillor Mike Williamson and I arranged a meeting with SSE, NFU Scotland, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, as well local tourism businesses, distilleries and hotels to discuss the concerns of rural businesses, particularly in relation to recruitment. We are holding a follow-up meeting on Friday 11th January at 6pm at the Pitlochry Visitor Centre. If you want to come along, please email email@example.com I was concerned to hear a report by The Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest foodbank charity, which states that foodbank use in Scotland has recently risen by 15%, due to the in-built minimum wait of five weeks for a first payment of Universal Credit. On average, 12 months after the rollout of Universal Credit, foodbanks see a 52% increase in demand. These are heart breaking figures, which bring into sharp focus the disastrous impact of Universal Credit on our communities. The fact that foodbank use continues to grow is a damning indictment. As these figures show, the long delay in getting a first payment has pushed people into crisis aid and is one example of why the roll out of UC must be halted so the fundamental flaws can be addressed. If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01250 876576.
John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative Happy New Year! Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. Sadly, 2018 ended badly for an elderly friend when she was tricked into transferring the contents of her bank account by fraudsters. How can these people sleep at night! They don’t just prey on the elderly but older people tend to be more trusting and, as a result, are more vulnerable to these scams. The fraudsters are very plausible and have an answer to every question you might ask. Some times their call is preceded by an obvious attempt by another caller to access your account so that when they come on the phone pretending to be your bank stating that your account has been compromised, you are more likely to believe them. You may be asked for your account details, to move money “for safety reasons” into another account (theirs!) or to hand over cash to a courier who will call at your home. The banks or police will never ask you to divulge personal or financial details in these circumstances. If you are unsure, hang up and call the customer services number on your bank card. Do not use the same phone because the fraudsters are known not to hang up and when you make the next call thinking you are talking to your bank, they are still on the line. Don’t let the fraudsters spoil 2019! Earlier today, I attended a very powerful and moving testimony from Jasvinder Sanghera, a survivor of honour based violence and forced marriage. Jasvinder, a UK born Sikh female and one of seven daughters, was just 14 years old when she was shown a photograph by her mother of an older man she had never met and told that she had been promised to him in marriage. Continued on page 38 34 Pitlochry Life
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Her experiences at the hands of her own family were extremely harrowing and she ran away from home at 16 years old rather than get married so young. To maintain the family honour, her younger sister Robena was forced to marry the same man and ended up taking her own life a few years later. That was nearly 40 years ago and, even yet, Jasvinder still has very little contact with her family as a result of the “shame and dishonour” she brought on them. If you know of anyone facing a similar situation, help can found at www.karmanirvana.org.uk. Members of the Breadalbane Academy Parent Council recently heard an analysis report on the School’s exam results for this year. In terms of the National 5s and Highers results, the pupils were performing very well in comparison to their comparator school, other P&K Schools and nationally. In many cases, they were achieving results about 10% higher than the PKC average and 98% of pupils left school with a positive destination. Well done to the pupils and staff for such fantastic results. As we head for the coldest months of the year, there are some things we can do to protect ourselves and our homes. Make sure our heating system functions properly, insulate our pipes; locate your stop cock is in case of a burst pipe; if it’s really cold, consider keeping your heating on overnight at a low temperature; wear warm clothes – layers are best; draughtproof your home; listen for weather warnings; if you must travel, make sure you are fully prepared for all events and conditions; consider offering a helping hand to vulnerable neighbours to clear snow or help with shopping; keep a list of emergency numbers handy (there will be a page of emergency numbers in this magazine) – the Council Tenants Repair Service can be contacted on 01738 476000. Stay warm and stay safe! As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on email@example.com, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542.
Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Ward, Independent As the Council returns following the Christmas break, Councillors will start to consider to prepare the Council’s budget for the next financial year. At the present moment the financial outlook does not look like a positive one, and unfortunately further cuts are inevitable. As always I shall look to try and protect our most vulnerable groups in Perth & Kinross from any potential cuts. In some more positive news, the Strategic Policy & Resources Committee agreed the guidance for a Rural Micro Enterprise Fund and Micro Loan Fund. I supported the creation of these funds in the Councils budget in February 2018, and they’re aimed at supporting small rural businesses, social enterprises and community groups with fewer than ten employees. The Rural Micro Enterprise Fund will support them to invest in projects which will make a positive economic impact on their business and the wider local economy with grants of between £1,500 and £10,000 available. The Micro Loan Fund will be administered by the Perth & Kinross Credit Union. Perth & Kinross Council, along with Dundee and Angus Councils are looking at the possibility of centralising the production of school meals to a centre in Dundee. This is being proposed as a cost saving measure. I am opposed to this further centralisation of services and believe that our school meals should be made on site so the meals are as fresh as possible and to protect jobs in our rural areas. You will have perhaps seen press articles about concerns raised by one of my colleagues in relation the Council trying to raise revenue through the placements of adverts in schools. This is currently in the exploratory stages, but to be clear is not something that I would support. Continued on page 40 38 Pitlochry Life
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I would like to say a big well done to Pitlochry High, Grandtully PS & Logierait PS Parent Councils for their brilliant campaigns to protect our local schools. I would also thank the hundreds of local people who attended the informal consultation sessions and responded to the consultations. Highland Perthshire has shown it’s strong opposition to any of these schools being closed and I have again asked the Administration to remove the closure option, having first asked in August and again written in September asking for them to do this. I will not be holding surgeries in January and my regular surgeries will resume in February. As always should you wish to contact me about any matter you can call me on 01738 475028 or email me on XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council The next meeting will be in the High School on Monday January 14th . Please note that meetings for 2019 are all on the second Monday of the month, a change from previous years to avoid clashes with Perth and Kinross Council meetings involving local Councillors. All meetings at 7.30pm.
List of Pitlochry Organisations The 2019 updated list of Pitlochry Organisations is now available in the library. If you wish to receive an electronic copy please contact Grace firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitlochry Library At the library we have a monthly Bookbug session for under 5s and a weekly fraud prevention and online security drop-in. Simply come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in – every Thursday 14.30 – 16.00. Join Alec James, Community Banker for The Royal Bank of Scotland for help and advice about fraud prevention and online security at these free drop-in sessions at the library. Bookbug sessions – Saturday 12 January 10.30-11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. ICT facilities As well as events and activities at the library we also have PCs available for public access, as well as Wi-fi, printing, and scanning facilities. e-resources We have a full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. We also have e-reference resources which include Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry. All of these resources and instructions on how to download them are available from the Culture Perth and Kinross website (www.culturepk.org.uk). On the website it is also possible to view the entire library catalogue, as well as requesting and renewing books. To make things even easier you can also download the library app. Books on Prescription As well as our extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, we also offer Books on Prescription and on wellbeing to support various health and wellbeing needs. Continued on page 42 40 Pitlochry Life
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Books on Wheels For individuals who are unable to get out and about to visit the library we are able to offer a monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). This includes books in large print and audio formats. Recycling and dog waste bags Did you know that you can drop off your used stamps and batteries at the library for recycling? And you can pick up dog waste bags too. Also now available, hearing aid batteries, walking stick ferules and Emergency Data Link packs. Grace wishes all readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2019!! Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: email@example.com www.culturepk.org.uk Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives – donate online or in person at your local library.
Pitlochry Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) Visitors come to Pitlochry in winter partly because it is an attractive place. Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided including gloves and grabbers. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation Ground carpark. The next litterpick is on January 8th. The dates for litterpicks in 2019 are as follows: February 12th,March 12th, April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th, November 12th and December 10th. For further information contact Roger West (firstname.lastname@example.org) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (email@example.com) 01796 473400.
Pitlochry Path Group Contact Jeannie on 07788 190876 or Frank on 07775 792279 for details of date, task and location. We are a small group of volunteers always looking for new members to assist in keeping the path network in and around Pitlochry in a good condition. All tools, material and tea/ coffee provided.
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, ready to share. For more information, get in touch with Meg Ross: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01796 483281. Continued on page 47 42 Pitlochry Life
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Refresh for Established Pitlochry Florist A Pitlochry florist which has been serving the community since 1992 will celebrate a full refurbishment of its Atholl Road premises with a special shopping event at the end of January. Williamson’s My Florist is a fourth generation family business. The business was started in the central belt in the 1930s by William Williamson, the uncle of the current chairman, Neil Williamson, who took up their reins at age 21 after his uncle’s death. The Pitlochry shop is headed up by Neil’s daughter, Carol Williamson, who is the florist’s retail director. Carol said: “We’d like all of our loyal customers to know that our Pitlochry flower shop will close on 9th January and re-open again on the 24th. “We are excited to unveil a completely refurbished flower shop with new livery to reflect our re-brand earlier this year. To mark the occasion, we will be offering customers a free pot of hyacinths or a box of luxury Belgian chocolates with any purchases of £20 or over on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Monday 28th January.” Williamson’s My Florist has flower shops in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Dunfermline and a Garden Centre with a coffee shop in Livingston.
GrowBiz – Enterprising Rural Perthshire Wishing you a Happy & Enterprising New Year! GrowBiz provides a free community-based enterprise support service throughout rural Perthshire. The ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme, with funding support from LEADER*, provides support to anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise. This is regardless of your age or experience, and in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. All of our services are free and confidential, and include one-to-one meetings, peer support, learning sessions – both online and throughout Perthshire - training and networking opportunities. In January, we are looking at Wellbeing – start the year as you mean to go on, by looking after both yourself and your business. We will also focus on Taxation as the deadline for self-assessment tax returns on 31st January looms. Keep an eye on our website for details of events and learning sessions on these themes throughout the month. To find out more about GrowBiz, and to book for any of our free events, go to growbiz.co.uk - you can also join the GrowBiz mailing list via the website to stay up to date with news and events, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or email us on contact us by email – email@example.com and we’ll get in touch. *The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER provides funding and support for community and enterprise projects in rural Perthshire. More information at: www.pkleader.org Continued on page 48 Pitlochry Life 47
Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 13 January 2019 6.00pm The Florida Project Join us for some winter sun in the comfort of the Birks Cinema. Find out what life can be like on the other side of the Disney World fences …6 year old Moonee lives with her struggling young mother Halley in the Magic Castle, a budget motel serving the tourist industry but also a home to young families trying to scrape a living. Willem Dafoe puts in an award winning performance as the manager keeping a tolerant and watchful eye on the riotous children during the summer holidays. ‘A film of terrific grit and humour. There is no self-indulgence or preciousness. The film’s centre of gravity is with the children, who have their own intelligence and integrity.’ 2017 USA 111 min Cert 15 Dir: Sean Baker . Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings. Become a member any time for just £10.00 / £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook.
Pitlochry Station Bookshop Happy New Year to all our readers from the forty volunteers whose great efforts keep our Bookshop thriving. Before Christmas we took part in a number of local events to increase the income for our charities and soon we shall be looking forward to our next occasion, “beyond the Bookshop.” February 14th – 17th sees the return of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s book festival, “Winter Words” when, as always, we shall provide a large selection of volumes to attract the many people who come to this popular event from the home area and from further afield. Readers who have not yet made contact with the Bookshop may like to know that all the books we sell are donated to us and we pass them on to our customers, usually for the price of £1 per volume. (A few items sell for a little more, often due to their rarity.) All the money raised from our sales goes to six charities who have, so far, benefited from more than a quarter of a million pounds. We have no rent to pay thanks to ScotRail and no wages to pay, thanks to our volunteers. Whether donating or buying books, everyone who visits the Bookshop takes part in our work for charity.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Well that was a busy time with all the Christmas Light events in both Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. The atmosphere was just amazing everywhere and we hope you enjoyed all the New Year festivities. We had a bit of bad luck in our Grade 1 band with the drum corps leaving us and going to the Lomond and Clyde pipe band, so at the moment , the Grade 1 band is having a sabbatical and wont be competing this year. That’s the problem with the high grade bands nowadays, it’s a lot different than when we started out in Grade 1 and now players fly in from all parts of the World to be in a Grade 1 band.. But our Grade 3 and Grade 4 bands are
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nice and healthy and looking forward to the competing season. We also have a good number of learners who will be out with the band when the Highland Nights start! We’re playing at Tesco’s on the Crieff Road again this year just before New Year and it’s another fun day, which finishes off with us marching up and down the aisles!! By the time you read this we’ll probably have played at the Atholl Palace Hotel on Hogmanay and at the New Year Street Party and we’ll be getting ready for our Junior Piping and Drumming solo competition in Pitlochry High School on the 19th January. The day starts with four different piping events at 9.30am and carries on right through until 4pm. Everything from the classical Piobaireachd to learners on the practice chanter and drum pad. There are raffle tickets on sale to help support this event and the raffle gets drawn in the school at the end of the competitions, so please get some raffle tickets,,, lots of lovely prizes to be won, including a week up in Kinaldy Cottage at Trinafour. What a great prize, so make sure you get your tickets!!! Practices for the Grade 4 band and the learners start up again on Tuesday 8th January in Pitlochry High School and we’re looking for new learners for both the piping and the drumming, so if you’re interested in joining us please e-mail our Grade 4 Pipe major Ross McNaughton an firstname.lastname@example.org or me on the e-mail below. Gillie McNab 07733152223 email@example.com
Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band If you require any further information on the band or our practices on a Wednesday night, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 472692 or Secretary Claire Scott 01796 481456.
Pitlochry Senior Citizens Bus Wednesday Shopping Trips The bus operates a shopping trip to Pitlochry Coop Store on Wednesday mornings of each week throughout the year. Passengers are collected from and returned to their own homes. Fare £1.00 For further details please call our Driver Coordinator, Ian Moyes, on 01796 472425. Volunteer Drivers Required To maintain and develop the service we provide to local senior citizens we wish to increase our pool of volunteers to drive our Mercedes Minibus. We operate seven days a week all year round taking our passengers to club and society meetings, shopping trips locally and to Perth, to Church, to the local day care centre, and on many trips and social gatherings. If you have a few hours to spare each month and have a clean driving licence, why not join our team. Full training will be given. Please call Ian Moyes, Driver Coordinator (01796 472425) or Sandy MacGill, Secretary (01796 473026) for more details.
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Riding For The Disabled, Breadalbane & District Group Help!! Help!! We are in desperate need of help!! Do you think you could consider becoming one of our Volunteers and help us deliver the much appreciated riding opportunities that we give to the children of Highland Perthshire. Riding for The Disabled’s motto is “It’s what you can do that counts” and by following that maxim we see our riders developing in so many different ways and the feed-back from the schools supports this. At the moment we are struggling to meet the demands from the schools for children to come for riding. We meet once a week on Monday mornings during school term times throughout the summer months, starting in April and ending at the autumn half-term break. Our lessons take place at Knockdarroch Farm just south of Pitlochry. Previous experience with horses/ponies is not necessary, but an ability to jog 100 yds or so would be helpful. If you think you could give 3 hours on Monday mornings in return for a very rewarding experience please contact Jennifer Valentine on 01796 474444.
Heartland FM I hope you had a very Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our listeners. I hope you enjoyed our special programmes including our Christmas Song Celebration with the Schools in Highland Perthshire, which are now on the Heartland FM websites www.heartlandfm.org, so you can listen to the songs as many times as you would like, and our Hogmanay Special, two hours of traditional Scottish music with Heartland FM favourite Eddie Rose. As we look to 2019, we ran a pilot programme for Health and Well-being in Highland Perthshire with NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund, and look to roll this out in the early part of 2019. We are looking forward to an exciting year of programming, why not make your New Year's Resolution to come and join us? We are looking for volunteers for presenters, people to help with audio editing, interviewing, social media and programme making. You don't have to do them all! If you would like more information or come in for a chat please sent me a message by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Watch News, January 2019 Scam Alert from Neighbourhood Watch Have you ever heard of “Vishing?”…. According to the dictionary, this is “The fraudulent practice of making phone call or leaving messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as bank details or credit card numbers”. There’s been an increase in attempted fraud by this means. What might happen is that a phone call comes in from someone who knows the basic facts about the victim. The phone number it comes from is disguised so that it appears to be that of the bank. The fraudster introduces him(her)self as an employee of the bank and claims there has been suspicious expenditure on their accounts. They convince the victim that they must move their money to ‘safe accounts’ set up for them. The victim thereafter logs into their online banking and transfers all their money into their own current account. From there they are provided with a list of mule accounts and instructed to send the funds to these accounts. Fraudster states the victim will receive new bank Continued on page 56 54 Pitlochry Life
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cards in the post. A variation of this is that the victim is told there is a problem with bank staff “on the fiddle” and the victim must not discuss this with local staff. Excuses are offered for the victim to offer the bank if questions are raised about transferring big amounts. “I’m helping my grandchildren”, “It’s for building contractors”, “I’m sorting out my financial affairs” etc. Large amounts have been stolen by various forms of this scam, to which vulnerable, usually elderly, people have succumbed. People should be aware that genuine banking organisations will never ask customers to transfer money to other accounts. More information on this kind of scam can be obtained from Trading Standards on 01738 476476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Struan Trust Bursary Presentations 2018 Struan Trust is a small Trust established in 1979 covering an area which includes Struan, Calvine, Trinafour and Bruar. The Trusts objective is to involve residents in their area in activities catering for all ages from Seniors to babies thus contributing to their welfare and the Community. To cater for the changing scene within the teenage group the Trustees decided to change from previous activities to something more relevant to todays world. This resulted in the initiative called the Struan Trust Bursary Scheme. Any teenager aged from 12 to 19 years old and living in the Trust area or attending Pitlochry High School or Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy is encouraged to apply to the Trust seeking financial support for further education, sport, a hobby or some other project which would not only benefit the applicant themselves but perhaps their school or community. This year 2018 seven Bursary awards have been granted including diverse activities such as Highland dancing, fashion, kayaking, golf, fencing, and volunteering for service overseas. The winners were presented with their awards by Struan Trust Chair ,Ian Mackinlay and Bursary Chair Diane Inglis at two Assemblies. Pitlochry High on Friday 23rd November and Breadalbane on Thursday 29th November 2018. Pitlochry High School From Left Luisadh Leck, Lauren Pirie, Libby Walker Breadalbane Academy From left Bethan Macdonald, Breagh Macpherson, Georgia Holmes ,Ian Mackinlay. (Missing from presentation Elsie Lewellyn representing Scotland at Fencing in Canberra)
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The Banff Mountain Film Festival The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is celebrating its 10th year of touring the UK and Ireland, bringing over 100 adrenaline packed shows to almost 60 venues from January - May 2019. The Tour features two different collections of brand-new films from the world’s most intrepid film-makers, starring pioneers and explorers tackling extraordinary expeditions in the wildest corners of the planet. “We’re thrilled to have reached 10 years of bringing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the UK and Ireland – and what better way to celebrate than with the latest dose of cutting edge adventure films from the world’s most prestigious mountain festival!” says Tour Director Nell Teasdale. “We guarantee that the anniversary atmosphere at the shows will be buzzing – and that audiences will go home inspired to have an adventure of their own as well,” she adds. Films in the World Tour are selected from hundreds entered into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place for every November in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The UK & Ireland Tour starts in Edinburgh on Saturday 19 January and finishes in Guildford on Friday 24 May. It comes to Pitlochry Festival Theatre (matinee and evening shows) on Saturday 2nd February. As well as thrilling films, each event features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from the Tour Partners. You could win 2 tickets in out easy to enter competition, see page 41 for details. For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com
Pitlochry Bowling Club Happy New Year to all our members, friends and families and all potential members whom we hope will be joining us in droves ready for next season. Until our opening day in April 2019 you can join and play short mat bowls in the clubhouse or enjoy a game of darts, dominoes or bingo or just come along for a drink and a chat. Why not try it, or if you are looking for a special Christmas present what about a gift subscription? Special events during the winter will be publicised in the clubhouse once the dates are fixed. You can contact us or get further information on any of these numbers: 01796473459, 01796472226, 07703442802 or 07483246936
Pitlochry Ladies Club The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th January at Scotland's Hotel at 7.00 pm, when we will have our Beetle Drive and Silent Auction - please bring along items, all proceeds for the charity. Then on Wednesday 6th February, Shona Blair will talk to us about "The Answer Lies Within". The cost of each evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. The charity we are now supporting is Marie Curie and there will be a raffle each evening to raise money for it. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more Continued on page 60 58 Pitlochry Life
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information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, email@example.com) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting.
Local Christmas Card Delivery Service “Thank you” to everyone who used the local Christmas card delivery service, which operated from Victoria’s Restaurant between 10th – 14th December. Thanks too, to all the volunteer sorters and deliverers who made it happen and to the staff of Victoria’s Restaurant for being such wonderful hosts. The purpose of this annual event is to raise funds to help keep our Senior Citizens’ Bus on the road. Writing this prior to the event, means it is not possible to say how much was raised but this information will have been posted on notice boards around town. Thank you so much for your support.
Pitlochry Hospital Car Service Once again we are appealing to all car drivers with a clean licence and insurance to consider offering their services to the hospital car service. We mainly take and return clients to hospital appointments in Perth and Dundee. There is no 'pay' but drivers get a flat rate expenses allowance. Our resources at the moment are being stretched almost to the limit. Recently we had 13 requests in 10 days, we only have 22 volunteers, and volunteers are not always available because of their own commitments! In the past a driver had the anticipation of maybe one run a month, it is far more frequent these days. With more drivers there would be less strain on us all. If you feel that you could give us half a day now and again please contact either Barbara 472058, Ray 473031 or Nora 474002. Thank you, your help will be much appreciated.
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (email@example.com) Special Events The Alpha Course - beginning on Sunday 13th January from 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Escape Route Cafe, and for 7 weeks. Everyone has questions. We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk (DVD) looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in churches, homes, universities, workplaces, and Pitlochry’s Alpha is happening in the Escape Route Cafe on Atholl Road. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk (DVD) and a good conversation. For more information or to register, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01796 470081. Continued on page 62 60 Pitlochry Life
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Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm in the Atholl Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 7pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Martin on 473085. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Debbie on 473085. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk 'Stay and Play' babies and toddlers group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. WA (Welcome All) Soup Lunch. Friday’s from 12pm. Held in the Centre behind our church building. There is a £3 cost for the lunch. All Welcome. Contact Maureen on 472004. Youth Club - Last Friday of the month 6.00pm in PBC. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends and plan to come along! Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Group Gatherings - Dinner first Wednesday of the month at the Atholl Centre from 7-8:30pm. We also have various secondary aged small groups that gather during the week exploring the Christian faith and enjoying life together. Please contact Ken on 470261 for info about joining the group.
The Scottish Episcopal Church in Highland Perthshire Offers a Warm And Inclusive Welcome To All Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: email@example.com Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page www.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches A charge in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The 4 Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate 1st Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday Service – 9.30am Holy Communion. Sunday Evening Service 27th January at 4.00pm. Thursday Services –10.00am Morning Prayer or Holy Communion, with Coffee, and Fellowship 10.30 to 12.00. Continued on page 64 62 Pitlochry Life
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The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). Tuesday2 Club – 8th January ‘Burns Lunch’ at Holy Trinity Church. To book contact Liz Baker (01796 472005) for further details and the programme for the Year. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Matins. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Matins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday Evening Services – Third Sunday at 6.00pm – Weem Kirk. House Group 10.00am last Wednesday of the month (Contact Lesley Whitwood for further details 01887 840416) All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Contact – Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 6342592. No services in the winter months.
Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. We meet again, after Christmas from January 9th 2019. Tryst Talents Group: Meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, in The Tryst Lounge. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Classes are held, every Tuesday from 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis: The group meet weekly, in The Tryst, on Thursdays, from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Continued on page 66 64 Pitlochry Life
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How to play............
Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!
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Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: Services of worship will be held in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, every 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow each service. 9 January 2019 The Guild meeting, in The Tryst Lounge, at 2.30pm – Free to Live Trust an illustrated talk by Moran Uytman. Sunday 13 January – Churches Exchange Sunday, when members of each church in Pitlochry visit another church, to experience their fellowship and worship. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: •
St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm.
Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am.
St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am.
Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. Weekday Masses: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. First Friday of the Month After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12. 30 pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Also every first Tuesday of the Month after the 9.30 am Mass at Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy we will have a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said and concluding by Benediction at about 10. 30 am. All are welcome. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): St. Bride’s Pitlochry
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Dental Implants Fun Facts to Smile About
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Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Watermill Café Aberfeldy at 11 am. All are welcome. The Mustard Seed Bible Study Group will meet on January 3rd at Our Lady of Mercy, Aberfeldy at 7pm. Please read the book of Exodus in preparation for this. The following meeting will be on 31st January at St. Bride’s Pitlochry at 7pm. The group is led by Fr. Edward. Its purpose is to implant the seed of God’s word and love in our lives. Our Calypso Cave Charity Thrift Shop is now open in Burnside Road Pitlochry. Do call in and have a look at our wide range of items, many are brand new.
Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch
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Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am. Braes of Rannoch 9.45am. Foss & Rannoch 11.30am. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00am. All are welcome. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.
Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem. Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in January 2019 will be at 10.30am in Strathtay Church, Coffee/tea served after the service in the John Kyd Hall. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach, all donations gratefully received. You can follow our activities each week on the church’s face book page. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch The guild has finished for this session and will meet again in the spring of 2019. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 482272. Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilters Group will meet on the 4th Tuesday of January after their Christmas and New Year Continued on page 70 68 Pitlochry Life
Autumn - Winter Hours 10am to 2pm
Scooters, Wheelchairs and Rollators for HIRE New - Hearing Aid Audiologist available for home visits.
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break, from 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. The Walkers Group. Information from Sandra Morrison. “Let There Be Food” Thank you to all who purchased our Cookery book in time to use them as Christmas presents. There are still plenty available for anyone interested in recipes from across the parish and accompanying graces. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our facebook page.
Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.30am throughout the year. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.
Jehovah’s Witnesses Why Would a Loving God Permit Wickedness ? What a good question. That question will be answered on Sunday 20th. You are most welcome to come to hear the talk. All the meetings listed below are held in our Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Sunday 6th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Finding Comfort in All Our Tribulations’, and a discussion of: ‘“Buy Truth and Never Sell It” (Proverbs 23:23)’. Thursday 10th January, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 21, 22, “Let the Will of Jehovah Take Place”, ‘Apply Yourself to Reading and Teaching’, ‘Taught by Jehovah to Raise Our Family’, ‘Preaching in Galilee and Training the Apostles’—a discussion of Matthew 9:35–10:15, Mark 6:6–11; Luke 9:1–5. Sunday 13th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Keep Close in Mind “the Fear Inspiring Day”’, and a discussion of: ‘“I Will Walk in Your Truth” (Psalm 86:11)’. Thursday 17th January, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 23, 24, ‘Accused of Being a Pest and of Stirring Up Seditions’, ‘Prepared to Preach Despite Persecution’—a discussion of Matthew 10:16–11:1; Mark 6:12, 13; Luke 9:6. Sunday 20th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Why Would a Loving God Permit Wickedness ?’, and a discussion of: ‘Trust in Jehovah and Live ! (Proverbs 3:5)’. Thursday 24th January, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 25, 26, ‘Paul Appeals to Cæsar and Then Witnesses to King Herod Agrippa’, ‘Murder During a Birthday Party’—a discussion of Matthew 14:1–12; Mark 6:14–29; Luke 9:7–9. Sunday 27th January, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Walking With God Brings Blessings Now and Forever’, and a discussion of: ‘Who Molds Your Thinking ? (Romans 12:2)’. Thursday 31st January, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 27, 28, ‘Paul Sails for Rome’, ‘Generously Give Commendation’, “Paul Thanked God and Took Courage”, ‘Feeding Thousands With a Few Loaves and Fish’—a discussion of Matthew 14:13–21; Mark 6:30–44; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–13. Continued on page 72 70 Pitlochry Life
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Baha'i Faith We wish the readers of Pitlochry Life all the best in 2019! In the area around Grandtully there's been great concern recently about the future of local schools. So a good time to talk about our values in education? Abdu'l Baha, appointed by Baha'u'llah, his father, as interpreter of His Writings, says: "The sciences and arts, all inventions, crafts, trades and their products have come forth from the intellect of man. It is [thus] evident that within the human organism the intellect occupies the supreme station." Baha'u'llah writes: "Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom." Current concerns are showing too that "transformation of the individual and transformation of the community unfold simultaneously". The children in our local primary are developing spiritual qualities alongside intellectual capabilities and showing an awareness of and capacity to serve the local community. Small is beautiful here! Projects are undertaken across the age divide; 'smalls' are helped by 'seniors', relationships and respect blossom; parents and their families help teachers 'entertain' the open community; individuals in the community willingly share their time and skills to lead the children through the process of egg laying to hatching; children have taken part in a police program to slow down (and warn!) drivers speeding through the village. This inter connectivity is precious to us all. Let's foster it whenever we have the chance. Next month, still on the theme of education, we could look at the story of another community where such value is placed on education that people risk imprisonment, torture, even their lives to share it. Come and talk to parents and grandparents in Grandtully if you would like to about how to safeguard and develop education at primary level, or for teens, twenties, and oldies! Contact Hilarie or Rachel or Baha'is anywhere in Perthshire or Tayside via: 07967 601423 or firstname.lastname@example.org Or research the teachings of Baha'u'llah on line at www.bahai.org. We have many friends here that would join in with such discussions too so a call would be welcome and a round table in the Chocolate Centre could be the venue!
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Top Movies Coming Our Way in 2019 Holmes & Watson PG13
A humorous take on one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Played by Will Ferrell, as Sherlock, John C Reilly as Watson and Ralph Fiennes as Moriaty. There's also Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald and Hugh Laurie to name a few. Holmes and Watson join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace. They soon learn that they have only four days to solve the case, or the Queen will become the next victim. Out now and looks hilarious!
Starring Nicolas Cage – shouldn’t be too loud then! The Plot; Joe, a down on his luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child, meets a mother who can contact spirits when suffocating. Her daughter is dying when Joe helps the mother spiritually contact the daughter and save her. Unfortunately, the spirit in the daughter's body is now that of Joe's dead wife Mary, who has plans of her own. I do actually like Nicolas Cage, a tense drama may make a change after all the kids and funnies out at the moment. Certificate 15, out January 25th.
How to Train your Dragon - The Hidden World After becoming the chief of Berk, Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind. This is the third and final instalment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy which started in 2010, based on books of the same name by Cressida Cowell. Computer animated action fantasy at its best, kids love this stuff and hopefully it will be out in time for the February half term. Rated PG.
Avengers : Endgame
George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defence secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his new found power to help reshape the country and the world. A wicked satire with an outstanding performance from Bale. Out now.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of the remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe for once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
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This is the one Avengers and Marvel fans have been waiting for. Good luck to them, but already estimated to make £2 billion from a £365 million budget!
Toy Story 4 Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in Toy Story 4, welcoming new friends to Bonnie's room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that is Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant Forky to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. You just cannot not watch this, can you? Released 21st July.
Hobbs & Shaw
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
A Fast and Furious spin off, featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as Hobbs and Jason Stratham as Shaw. Idris Elba will also feature as a serious bad guy and true to form it will be ... fast and furious without an Avenger in sight. Several scenes were filmed in Glasgow this year - doubling up as London and Dublin. Several streets in the city centre were closed for a few days in October where a chaotic car chase was filmed and several shots fired. Same old formula then, but why not, F&F is one of the highest grossing franchises going. Expected on 26th July.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles. It has a 'who's who' of a cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth. However for film fans the important part is that it is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Not a quiet night in girlie romance then, it is actually based on the Charles Manson murders that shook California. The name Sharon Tate will come back to you now. Expected July.
The Lion King From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. This is a remake of the 1994 classic, this time filmed in photo-realistic 'live action' animation and promises to be something really special. Some original songs are included, with a new one from Beyonce. She collaborates with Elton John and Tim Rice, who gave us the original classics. Released 19th July. Pitlochry Life 75
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YOUR HOROSCOPE For January 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin Happy New Year to all – may 2019 turn out to be your best year ever! The New Year starts off with a close alignment of the Sun and Saturn in the earth sign of Capricorn. The tone of this year is set to be full of responsibility and accountability. Taking time to review if our foundations are secure will be a high priority. Dynamic Mars arrives into Aries on the first day of the New Year; this placement is powerful, energetic and demands change. Whatever is not working as it should be will have to be addressed with courage and conviction. Venus arrives in Sagittarius on the 8th, bringing optimism and abundance to projects that have been well thought out. The first new moon of the year falls in Capricorn on the 6th, this is the time for following, honouring and refining your intentions to travel along a new path. Change and opportunity are the themes of the challenging full moon/ total lunar eclipse which falls in Leo on the 21st. New doors will be opening while others may abruptly shut, keeping an open mind and staying calm and patient is the key to dealing with this erratic and unpredictable energy. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Your highest goals are in the spotlight during January – planning for what could turn out to be a transformational year can begin right now. Dynamic Mars, your ruler, is strong in your sign, offering excellent opportunities for you to connect with your deepest resources – confidence and courage! TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 The Sun and stern Saturn are strong at a pivotal sector of your chart ensuring that travel and romance are seriously linked this month. As Venus arrives in Sagittarius, don’t let work commitments stop you from enjoying what the stars have in store for you. The full moon on the 21st could bring an exciting opportunity. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Expansive Jupiter and communicative Mercury are powerful in Sagittarius at the start of the month. New ideas take off and you can now put your point of view across and win support from an unexpected quarter. Take full advantage of the opportunities that come your way, particularly after the 6th. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 A close relationship is in the spotlight this month, urging you to focus on your private life and put your career plans on hold. The new moon on the 6th helps you reach a new understanding, but only if you trust your instincts. As Mars travels through Aries, be bold about what you really want. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 As forceful Mars in Aries is now active in a pivotal sector of your chart, you’ll find that your focus is changing. The importance of broadening your horizons and thinking long term become increasingly significant. The new moon on the 6th throws some light on an issue that’s been troubling you for a while.
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VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Relationship minded Venus arrives in open-minded Sagittarius on the 8th, putting the spotlight on domestic issues. You might need to let go of any preconceived ideas about trying to solve a recent problem. The Capricorn new moon on the 15th brings fresh insight â€“ and lucky Jupiter is in its own sign. LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Vibrant Mars is in your opposite sign all month, the focus will be on you and your relationships, anything thatâ€™s not working will now have to be scrutinised. New and exciting friendship groups are also in strong focus, particularly around the time of the Leo full moon on the 21st. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Venus will leave your sign on the 7th and begin to illuminate the financial area of your chart; decision making is now on the cards. Banish your doubts as Jupiter and Venus are in good aspect to each other, bringing you a new and inspired solution. The 10th brings a surprise communication, be open to change. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Creative Venus has just entered your sign helping you to reach a more secure career position. Jupiter, is strong in your sign, make sure that you are flexible about the future and be prepared to change your plans. The Capricorn new moon on the 6th offers you some extra powers of persuasion. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Lucky Jupiter aligns with communicative Mercury at the start of the month, marking the beginning of a new chapter in your life. The 6th is an important date as the Sun joins powerful Pluto in your sign and presses you to stand tall, finally enabling you to break free from a restrictive situation. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Dynamic Mars is strong in the communication area of your chart, ensuring that this month will be anything but dull! Career opportunities could come out of nowhere as you leave recent problems behind and win the recognition that you deserve. The full moon on the 21st brings an exciting meeting. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Your close relationships are under optimistic stars this month, as Jupiter and Venus, the planets of good fortune and romance, are well favoured. Venus also highlights career matters, be sure to take full advantage of this chance to usher in a whole new era of confidence and success. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS in 2019. Take a look at your year ahead and plan with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Become aware of your potential and tune into positive and productive planetary cycles. Find out how to become more successful in life and in business. Consultations are available on Skype or telephone, please contact me for more information. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, www.restyleyourlife.co.uk Christine@restyleyourlife.co.uk Telephone: 07813 483549 Pitlochry Life 81
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