PITLOCHRY LIFE July 2017 Issue 326
Pitlochry Aberfeldy Blair Atholl Ballinluig Kinloch Rannoch Killiecrankie Grandtully
from the Team
Welcome to the July edition of Pitlochry Life. July already! Well we are hoping the weather is going to reach perfect summer temperatures as predicted. To make sure we all stay safe we have a great feature on sunscreens, so you can make the most of those fabulous sunny days without causing harm. If it does reach those hot temperatures and you need to chill out and cool down then the recipe this month is just perfect - Pimms! We’ve all heard of it, but who knows what it actually is? As many of us may be on holiday, or going away soon, I have reviewed the bestselling books at the moment. Hard work - but someone has to read them all there's something for everyone including murder, mystery, romance and some history. We have all the regular features too, Alan Clinch looks at what causes small injuries to some people whilst exercising, Sheila Drummond guides us through late summer colour in the garden and Willie looks at problems sending messages with pictures on your phone. Congratulations to Pete Wishart and Xander McDade for being successfully elected! If you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte – as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. We have ALL the best restaurants, things to do, places to go and things to see, right here, so take us along for company, but remember to say hello to our advertisers. Together we make Pitlochry what it is ☺
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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 1st-8th July 11.00am Annual 1st Pitlochry Scout Group Thrift Shop - Scout Hut 1st July 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Ben Vrackie 1st July 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 2nd July 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 2nd July 7.00pm Blair Atholl & Struan Church Songs of Praise 5th-19th July 11.00am Charity Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry 6th-9th July 9.00am Air Ambulance Pop-Up Charity Shop - The Locus Centre 7th - 9th July 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 7th July 9.00pm Charlie Gorman plays the Old Mill Inn 8th July-29th Aug 10.00am Exhibition by Danish Artist Lotte Glob - The Watermill Galley 8th July 9.00pm Cherry Crumble play the Old Mill Inn 9th July 7.30pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 10th-15th July 10.00am Macmillan Cancer Support 6 Day Sale – Locus Centre, Aberfeldy 11th July 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group – Glen Turret 11th July 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 13th-16th July 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 14th-16th July 10.00am Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair 14th July 7.30pm PMCC Moulin Hall 14th July 9.00pm Lynnie Carson plays the Old Mill Inn 15th July 7.30pm Quiz Night - Blair Atholl Village Hall 15th July 9.00pm Wolf Train play the Old Mill Inn 16th July 10.00am Porsche Concours - Blair Castle 20th July 6.00pm The Tryst Walking Group – Struan Point, Calvine 21st July 7.30pm St Andrews Church, Strathtay Quiz Night - Grandtully Hall 21st-23rd July 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 21st July 9.00pm Jono plays the Old Mill Inn 22nd July 9.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play the Old Mill Inn 23rd July 12noon Blair Atholl Summer Market - Village Hall 28th-29th July 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 28th July 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays the Old Mill Inn 29th July 9.15am The Tryst Walking Group – Six Lochs 29th July 9.00pm Howling Radio play the Old Mill Inn 30th July-19th Aug 10.00am Pitlochry Gallery Association Arts & Crafts Exhibition 2nd August 2.00pm Blair Atholl & Struan Church Annual Church Sale Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, no commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life
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1st - 8th July - Annual 1st Pitlochry Scout Group Thrift Shop - Scout Hut, East Moulin Road 11.00am to 4.00pm. Donated items can be handed in to the Scout hut on the evening of Friday 30th June after 7pm or when the thrift shop is open. If you would like to arrange for items to be collected please phone A McCartney on 01796472924. 1st July - The Tryst Walking Group - Ben Vrackie – 9.30am. We will follow the well trodden tourist route to the summit. There is a good path all the way although the last section is steep. We will return by the same route. Height climbed 750m. Distance 8 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 1st July - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. It’s Comedy Night. See page 11 for details and tickets. 2nd July - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. The Handmaiden (Cert 18). See page 66 for details. 2nd July – Blair Atholl & Struan Church Songs of Praise – Struan Church – 7.00pm. This will be one of the last services to be held in Struan Church. 5th - 19th July - Charity Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 11.00am to 4.00pm. See page 72 for further information and on how to make a donation. 6th - 9th July - Air Ambulance Pop-Up Charity Shop - The Locus Centre, Aberfeldy - 9.00am. Items for sale will include clothing, jewellery, books, home décor, dishes, DVDs, CDs, furniture, and plenty more. In addition to the usual charity shop offerings, there will be a special collection of higher-value items, baked goods for sale, and more. For more information and how to make donations, see page 64. 7th -9th July - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - Red Pine Timber Co, Saturday - North Sea Gas, Sunday - Whiteside. See page 11 for details. 8th July - 29th August - Exhibition by Danish Artist Lotte Glob - The Watermill Galley, Aberfeldy - 10.00am. The colour and light of arid La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, has inspired a new collection of tiles and etchings. Now in her sixth decade as a ceramic artist, she is renowned for the quality of her glazes which are created by an unpredictable and sometimes volatile process. On long, daily hikes she collects rocks, glass, clay and sediments. Working directly with these materials in a raw and unrefined state, she combines them with different clays to create sculptural forms. The Watermill is open Mon-Sat 10am – 5.30pm & Sun 11am – 5.30pm. For more information see www.aberfeldywatermill.com/art/exhibition 9th July - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 7.30pm. A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence. (Cert 12A. )See page 66 for details. 10th - 15th July - Macmillan Cancer Support 6 Day Sale – Locus Centre, Aberfeldy – 10.00am to 4.00pm. Organised by the Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group. For more information and how to make a donation of quality bric a brac & unworn or nearly new clothes, see page 72. 11th July - The Tryst Walking Group – Glen Turret – 9.30am. This is a circular walk, on good estate roads, on the east side of Glen Turret. Height climbed 450m. Distance 10 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 11th July - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 66 for details. continued on page 8
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13th - 16th July - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Thursday - Cherry Bombz, Friday - Yard of Ale, Saturday - Suited & Booted, Sunday - Strings Attached. See page 11 for details. 14th - 16th July - Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair - The Drill Hall, Dunkeld - 10.00am to 5.00pm. The fair has gone from strength to strength attracting a host of craft workers with crafts that are unique. Admission is free, see page 72 for more details. 14th July - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - Moulin Hall - 7.30pm. 15th July - Quiz Night - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.30pm. Doors open at 7 pm for registration. Teams consist of 4 people, which can also be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3 per person includes refreshments at half-time. A bar is available and raffle tickets can be purchased. More details available from the Struan Trust Facebook page, or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483 310, or e-mail email@example.com All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336. 16th July - Porsche Concours - Blair Castle - 10.00am to 4.00pm. This year Blair Castle is hosting the Porsche Club of Great Britain Concours. Come and see a fantastic display of Porsches. Garden admission applies. See page 2. 20th July - The Tryst Walking Group – Struan Point, Calvine – 6.00pm. A short climb to the summit of this little hill gives good views all around. Height climbed 200m. Distance 4 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 21st July - St Andrews Church, Strathtay Quiz Night - Grandtully Hall - 7.30pm. Teams of 4 Entry Fee £20 per team. A fun evening with prizes, mid-evening light supper. BYOB. For further details and to book your team please contact Alistair Barclay - 01887-840380. 21st - 23rd July - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - The Mess Arounds, Saturday - Jericho Hill, Sunday - Misfits. See page 11 for details. 23rd July - Blair Atholl Summer Market - Village Hall - 12noon to 3.00pm. 20 stalls offering an excellent selection of plants, food and crafts. Free entry, see page 12. 28th - 29th July - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - Coupe de Ville, Saturday - Revival Blues. See page 11 for details. 29th July - The Tryst Walking Group – Six Lochs – 9.15am. This long six lochs walk starts in Dunkeld. From there the route heads to Loch Ordie then to Loch Oisinneach-Mor befote heading to Tuillemet and Ballinluig. All on good tracks. Distance 14 miles approx. Bring bus passes. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 30th July - 19th August - Pitlochry Gallery Association Arts & Crafts Exhibition - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 10.00am. 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and 2.00pm-4.00pm on Sundays. Spaces available for artists, see page 72 for more details. 2nd August - Blair Atholl & Struan Church Annual Church Sale – Blair Atholl Village Hall - 2.00pm. Donations of Bric a Brac, Fruit & Veg, Books, Bottles, Home Baking etc. can be handed in to the hall on the previous evening or the morning of the sale. Send your entry for our Get Out pages to firstname.lastname@example.org Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final. 8 Pitlochry Life
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It wouldn’t be summer without Pimm’s, and you needn’t be at Wimbledon to enjoy this delightfully refreshing drink… But, what is it? Pimm's is a brand name of what is classed as a ‘fruit cup’, but may also be considered a liqueur. The most popular is Pimm’s No 1 Cup and is 25% proof. Pimm’s was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm a farmer's son from Kent. He was the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England and offered a gin based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs as a tonic and aid to digestion. It was served in a small tankard known as a "No. 1 Cup", hence its subsequent name. Pimm's began large-scale production in 1851 to keep up with sales to other bars and began selling it commercially in 1859. In 1865, Pimm sold the business and the right to use his name to Frederick Sawyer. In 1880, the business was acquired by future Lord Mayor of London Horatio Davies, and a chain of Pimm's Oyster Houses was franchised in 1887. Over the years, Pimm's extended their range, using other spirits as bases for new "cups". In 1851, Pimm's No. 2 Cup and Pimm's No. 3 Cup were introduced. After World War II, Pimm's No. 4 Cup was invented, followed by Pimm's No. 5 Cup and Pimm's No. 6 Cup in the 1960s. 14 Pitlochry Life
The brand fell on hard times in the 1970s and 1980s. The Oyster House chain was sold and Pimm's Cup numbers 2 to 5 were phased out due to reduced demand. Since 1997 Pimm's has been part of Diageo. In 2005, they introduced Pimm's Winter Cup, which consists of Pimm's No. 3 Cup (a brandy-based variant) infused with spices and orange peel. In total, seven Pimm's products have been produced, all fruit cups, differing only in their base alcohol. Only Nos. 1, 6, and a 'Winter Cup' based on No. 3 remain. Pimm's No. 1 Cup is the most popular version. Based on gin. Pimm's No. 2 Cup was based on Scotch whisky. Currently phased out. Pimm's No. 3 Cup is based on brandy. Phased out, but a version infused with spices and orange peel marketed as Pimm's Winter Cup is now seasonally available. Pimm's No. 4 Cup was based on rum. Currently phased out. Pimm's No. 5 Cup was based on rye whisky. Currently phased out. Pimm's No. 6 Cup is based on vodka and although still available, Diageo also now produce Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower, also based on vodka. There is also a Strawberry, based on No 1.
There’s always great debate about how Pimm’s is best served. Here are some popular recipes, but bear in mind if having friends round, it is best made by the jug. Experiment!
PIMM'S CLASSIC Ingredients • 1 part Pimm's • 3 parts lemonade • Ice Method Mix all ingredients in a highball or half pint glass. Garnish with orange, strawberry, mint and cucumber.
PIMM’S CHERRY PUNCH Ingredients • 100ml Pimm’s • 200ml Cherry Juice Drink • 200ml soda or lemonade Method Half fill a serving jug with crushed ice, add Pimm’s, cherry juice drink, the soda water or lemonade. Pour into tall glasses, garnished with cherries.
PIMM'S ROYALE Ingredients • 25ml Pimm's • sparkling wine Method Mix all ingredients in a champagne flute. Garnish with a strawberry. You can of course use Champagne!
Make Your Own Pimm’s Mixture You can of course mix your own Pimm’s mixture. Experiment with different gins, vermouths, and orange liqueurs to find your favorite combination of the classic bottled cup. Hendrick’s or Bulldog gin will offer something completely different than a London Dry style like Beefeater. Martini and Grand Marnier both work well.
PIMPOM Ingredients • 1 part Pimm's • 3 parts Pomegranate • Ice Method Mix all ingredients in a highball or half pint glass. Garnish with orange and some fresh ripped basil.
PIMM'S DEUCE Ingredients • 1 part Pimm's • 1.5 parts orange juice • 1.5 parts cranberry juice • Ice Method Mix all ingredients in a highball or half pint glass. Garnish with orange and strawberry.
PIMM'S GINGER Ingredients • 1 part Pimm's • 3 parts ginger ale • Ice Method Mix all ingredients in a highball or half pint glass. Garnish with lemon and sprig of mint.
BASIC HOMEMADE FRUIT CUP MIXTURE Ingredients: • 10 oz. Dry Gin, such as Beefeater • 10 oz. Sweet Vermouth • 5 oz. Orange Liqueur
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Walk With Me… Pitlochry Fish Ladder and around Loch Faskally. Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 100m, with some steps. This is a good family walk with children. It is over well defined paths and some minor roads with lots to see and some stunning scenery along the way. The walk starts in Pitlochry’s main street (Atholl Road) at Ferry Road, this is lowest point in the main street where you will see Victoria’s on the corner. Turn down Ferry Road, past Fern Cottage, under the railway bridge and follow the road as it curves left. You will then pass the sports field and turn down a path, on the left, sign-posted for the Festival Theatre and Fish Ladder, then cross the bouncy Port-na-Craig suspension bridge, where the kids can count the ‘love-locks’. (Portna-Craig means ferry by the rock, see if the kids can spot the rock) Over the bridge turn right past Portnacraig Inn, the Festival Theatre will be above you on the left. The Explorer’s Garden is at the rear of the car park at the entrance to the theatre. Keep on this minor road, pass the Theatre and you will come to the hydro-electric dam which has created Loch Faskally. There is a fantastic new visitor centre here as well as observation chambers for the salmon ladder which allows the fish to swim upstream through a number of tunnels to bypass the dam. If lucky, you might see one pass through. An electronic counter records how many fish pass through each year and is usually in excess of 4,000. Climb up the steps next to the fish ladder to the top of the dam, then keep left up a few more steps to start the path around Loch Faskally. Soon head right at a fork to some steps down to the shore and follow the clear path. At one point you will go down steps, cross a bridge and climb a longer flight of steps up the other side. The path now climbs away from the water towards the A9. Stay in the woods and you will pass a house at Balmore before emerging onto a minor road. Turn right there and follow this 16 Pitlochry Life
road downhill, under the A9 bridge then immediately turn right down a path leading to a footbridge signposted for the Boating Station. Over the bridge turn right to follow the path around the other side of the Loch. You will soon reach the Boating Station, don’t forget to feed the ducks before heading up the road, back towards Pitlochry, passing the Green Park Hotel on the right. Then take the next right, Lagreach Brae (a new housing estate) where in the bottom right corner there is a signed path on the right that leads back down to the loch and the dam. Always keep to the main path near the water and ignore any other paths and tracks coming in from the left. Go through a gap in the fence and down steps towards the dam. Cross the minor road, climb steps on the far side and continue through woodland. The path emerges onto grass and then continues between the river and some houses before reaching the path leading down to the suspension bridge with the padlocks. Turn left here and retrace your steps back to the main street.
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Ballenlochan “Highly Commended” in the Scottish Home Awards Ballenlochan’s Kincraig house type received a “Highly Commended” in the prestigious Scottish Home Awards which was held at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday 15th June. The Scottish Home Awards recognises the achievements of house builders throughout Scotland, Eskgrove Homes, Ballenlochan development in Pitlochry was nominated for 2 awards; Best Small Development and House of the Year for the 3 bedroom Kincraig. Colin Cumberland, director of Eskgrove Homes commented “the Scottish Home Awards is highly competitive so we were thrilled to have been short listed for 2 awards, to receive a “highly commended” in the House of the Year category is a huge achievement for the Eskgrove team!” The development of 10 bungalows currently has 4 properties remaining; one 2 bedroom Moulin and three of the 3 bedroom Kincraig. Eskgrove Homes are different from other new build homes as each property is built using a closed panel timber frame system, rather than basic timber frames. The closed panel timber systems are structurally and thermally engineered to Eskgrove’s exacting standards and requirements, delivering outstanding thermal performance. Eskgrove’s build process is highly engineered to give home owners a super insulated, energy efficient home of unrivalled build quality! Along with the energy efficient building system, each home is heated using an air source heat pump making it efficient to run and the extra insulation and air tightness of the exterior walls and roof in each home means that the heat stays within your property, further reducing your heating bills. The extra insulation isn’t just in the external walls to ensure heat doesn’t escape; it’s also in the internal partitions throughout the house, making them denser and more acoustically insulated ensuring you have peace and quiet in every room. Along with all these eco features as standard, Eskgrove have also concentrated on the design and elegance of their homes. External materials include clay roof tiles, proprietary render and natural timber cladding. This theme of elegant simplicity continues in the interior of the properties starting with the ceiling heights of at least 2.7 metres which immediately add to the overall sense of spaciousness. This is further enhanced by a striking open concept with a spacious living room, dining area, sun area and kitchen. Bedrooms and bathrooms have also been designed with maximising space in mind. Each property has a private garden and parking along with spacious interiors with the 3 bedroom Kincraig measuring 974 sq ft and the 2 bedroom Moulin measuring 934 sq ft. With all these eco features as standard, you could say you are future proofing your new home. It’s not just for today, it’s for all those tomorrows too. Prices at Ballenlochan start at £249,000. Viewing by appointment or the show home is open every Sunday from Noon – 4pm. For further details on Eskgrove Homes please log on to www.eskgrove.co.uk 18 Pitlochry Life
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The Pitlochry Garden July 2017 After high summer the intensity and colour of the light becomes warmer, especially in the evenings towards the west. Good late perennials, together with tender perennials or annuals that can take advantage of this intensity will provide colour and sparkle right to the frosts.
In terms of colour, saturation is the key to choosing good late summer flowers: deep red and purple, cobalt blue, rich gold, burgundy and bronze, with flashes of dark orange and magenta will light up the garden. You may have to cheat a bit to get the effect because quite a lot of this deep colour comes from tender perennials like dahlias, pelargoniums and cannas or annuals like marigolds and tender salvias. These plants can go into the gaps left by earlier flowering perennials. You can’t beat Aconitum Newry Blue for the most dazzling spike of blue but many of the good late clematis like C Ascotiensis or C jackmanii superba also provide that degree of intensity. To increase 26 Pitlochry Life
the contrast plant Helenium Butterpat or Rudbeckia Irish Eyes with the aconitum. You could also use sunflowers, sown into pots earlier. I often think that not enough orange flowers are ever grown; it’s such a positive, cheery colour and it will do wonders amongst greenery or punching up the interest in softer mauve-blue like nepeta: try Helenium Moorheim Beauty or Dahlia David Howard, or tall marigolds (Tagetes patula), or zinnias, or the exotic Leonotis nepetifolia with dark orange whorls up the stems. In dry sunny spots, red hot pokers are good architectural plants paired with softer planting like Artemesia lactiflora or an excellent grass like Miscanthus Flammenmeer - one of the first to colour in the autumn and it stays upright.
For maximum impact pair colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel: like yellow and blue or orange and mauve. Red always provides good contrast because it is the opposite of green. Crocosmia Lucifer is at
its best in July - just follow it on with more dahlias – Bishop of Llandaff with good burgundy foliage – or Arabian Night. Or put in tall yellow spires of verbascum behind the crocosmia. There are also some good hemerocallis in this colour range and many herbaceous plants with burgundy foliage like actaea which flower on into the autumn. Later-flowering lilies in pots are also good at filling gaps. The oriental varieties like L Stargazer are often heavily perfumed and it may be best to place them away from outdoor dining areas. To avoid that heavy scent look for hybrids bred from L henryi like African Queen or Golden Splendour. Lilium pardalinum is a species lily that you will treasure – it is strong, increases reliably and the flower is gorgeous. Stake each individual stem to just below the buds as soon as they form. Remember that dahlias are gross feeders like roses or clematis and water them with tomato fertiliser once a week to encourage lots of flowers. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 email@example.com
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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 1
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What Causes People To Injure Themselves? What causes people to injure themselves It’s odd isn’t it – quite often you’ll come across people who you know to be fit and generally healthy, but they seem to have a habit of developing small injuries. I’m not talking about serious issues like torn ligaments or broken bones here – just those niggling little things that stop you doing what you wanted to. Even for people who are relatively fit and well used to training, risk of injury can be significantly increased by an accumulation of minor issues. Here are a few of the more common errors…. Not doing a warm-up Plenty has been written in magazines, the press, and in these articles about the importance of warm-up. One way to save time is to either shorten the warm-up or miss it out altogether. The purpose of the warm up is to raise core body temperature, improve the muscles’ ability to stretch, increase the range of motion in the joints, and raise the amount of oxygen being delivered to working muscles: the idea is that the body gradually adjusts to the increased intensity of activity, and responds in the most efficient way possible. Missing it out (or shortening it) means that the body won’t be fully ready to train – this is likely to result in injury. Always doing the same thing Always doing the same exercise, or running exactly the same route will stress the body in exactly the same way….sounds obvious doesn’t it. The problem is that this may result in injuries known as ‘overuse’. Things you might have heard of such a tennis elbow may result from repetitive actions. It’s definitely a good idea to vary the activities which you undertake, either in terms of the frequency (how often you do it), the intensity (how hard you work), the time (actually spent exercising), or the type of activity. This is sometimes referred to as cross training, and will enable the body to respond better to different types of activity. It also has the advantage of helping reduce boredom as well as helping avoid overuse injury due to imbalances in the muscles and repetitive movements Too much too fast Many people complain that they don’t have the time to exercise – it’s safe to say that most activity is good activity – but trying to overcompensate by working too hard (either in terms of the amount of exercise or the intensity that you’re working at) or cutting corners will almost certainly increase the injury risk. Don’t be tempted to simply push the body as hard as it can go – adrenaline will help you in the short term, but it won’t help the next day when the damage has been done. Try to maintain a balance across the week, and make sure you get sufficient rest between sessions. Not having a plan As I said earlier, any exercise (potentially) is good exercise. That said, it’s important to have defined targets and a plan of what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. A well developed plan (such as you might get from a personal trainer) will ensure that you lift the correct weights, or run at the right speed, or participate in relevant and appropriate classes, and do the exercises correctly. It should also help you to understand the purpose and likely benefits of all these activities. Armed with that knowledge you’ll be able to carry out an exercise programme safely – ultimately there’s no reason why you should damage your body systems as long as these basics are observed. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Help… my iPhone won’t send pictures when I text my friends. Maybe you’ve never tried to text a picture to someone before, or just got a new iPhone and now find that messages with photos just won’t go. They're stuck mid-way (Sending…) or the message just fails altogether. Simple solution? Well, Apple’s iOS is designed in a way that makes it very easy to send photos/pictures through the messaging app. iMessage takes care of communication between two iOS devices iPhones, iPads and iMacs – that’s when your text messages have blue and grey backgrounds. Regular MMS works well on-the-fly too – your texts will have green and grey backgrounds (normally because you text someone with Android, or there’s no Wi-Fi connection.) When you send a photo/picture or any media file (now we're talking videos too) through the messages app, it can be sent via iMessage or as an MMS (There are two types of text / picture messages. SMS is the original form of text messaging that only sends short amounts of text, and MMS, which was developed later and is capable of sending pictures and much longer messages.) iMessage works when you have it enabled and when the recipient is also using iMessage. That means your recipient pal should also be using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or a Mac. Photo Not Being Sent via iMessage
could have turned off iMessage). • Server issues with iMessage: This is out of
your control. Sometimes, Apple's servers managing iMessage go down, causing massive outages. If that's the case, you just need to wait a while. Photo Not Being Sent via MMS
Most mobile phone companies support/activate MMS for the customer right away but some of them have restrictions or activation barriers in place. Make sure MMS is Turned On: Go to Settings → Messages → and make sure MMS Messaging is turned on, it may be that until now you’ve only been sending text by SMS. If your photo doesn't go via normal messaging (MMS and the send button is green), the first thing to do is make sure is that your phone company allows MMS. Call them up to find that out. Then, when you get that confirmed, proceed to do the following: Make sure your mobile network is good: A weak phone signal can be a problem. Find a place where there's good coverage, like three or more bars, 3 or 4G and try to send your picture again. Remove Profiles: Profiles are installed manually so this option is mostly not applicable. But if you do have a profile installed, you might want to try removing it. To do this, go to Settings → General → Proﬁles and then remove the profile. When your picture is being sent as an iMessage, If you don't see a Profile list under General, that the “Send” button/link is blue. In this case, if the means there are no profiles installed. If all else fails - Reset Network: Make sure you photo doesn't go, the problem can be: know your Wi-Fi password as you will need to • Network issues on your iPhone/iPad: Check Wi-Fi/phone network. Try opening a webpage enter it again. Go to Settings → General → Reset Network Settings. Wait for the iPhone to in Safari. If it doesn't work, the problem is respring and then try to send the MMS again. with the network. If Safari does load the There’s always a postcard. website, the problem could be with your mate not being active on iMessage (they Willie
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If you are visiting Pitlochry - You can't miss it. Ben Vrackie (sometimes known as Ben Y Vrackie) forms part of the scenic background overlooking Pitlochry. Ben Vrackie translates as `speckled mountain` and comes from a time when white quartz rocks were scattered across its slopes. On a good clear day the view from the summit of 2,757 ft (841 m) is tremendous, with the Beinn a Ghlo range to the north and the sweep of Strathtay and Strathtummel to the west. In exceptional conditions, apparently it is possible to even see Arthurâ€™s Seat to the south in Edinburgh. Ben Vrackie is a Corbett (a separate hill of between 2500 and 2999 feet in height). Thanks to the work of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, the path is well-constructed for most of the route and offers a delightful walk by the Moulin Burn and then across heather moorland. Red grouse and red deer live on the hillside and even the shy mountain hare can sometimes be seen. Depending on your starting point, the walk is either 6 or 8 miles there and back. Starting from Pitlochry, follow the A924 road to Moulin (a distance of under a mile) and turn left at the Moulin Inn. Follow the road and signs for a few hundred yards to a small car park. It is however worth remembering that the car park at Moulin is very small and, on busy days, it 36 Pitlochry Life
might be wiser to leave your car in Pitlochry. From the car park the path is clearly marked here, through the trees lining Moulin Burn, until it reaches a deer fence at the edge of the moor over which there is a stile. You've had it easy so far, but pretty soon you will get a good view of the summit and the task in hand - it is worth it! Along the way you cross some fairly bleak landscape, but there's always a great view back to Pitlochry and the River Tummel below. Just stick to the main path all the way. You will see signs for the 'Bealach Walk' on the left, just ignore them and keep going. On the summit there is a horizontal dial indicating whatâ€™s visible from that point, including Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, the Cairngorms and like I said, Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh. The view is simply spectacular and one of the best in the southern Highlands. Return by the same path and a well earned Braveheart Ale, or two, at the Moulin Inn. As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. In spite of the accessibility of the mountain from Pitlochry, the safety precautions and the equipment always required for mountain walks are just as essential as on more isolated hills - weather conditions can change just as quickly here, so take good care and always be well prepared.
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HOLIDAY BOOK TIME There’s still time to pick up a great read for those lazy sunlounger days by the pool. If you worry about baggage weight… treat yourself to a Kindle and take them all !
Santa Montefiore - Daughters of Castle Deverill
Mark Billingham Die of Shame
The sweeping new novel from the number one bestselling author Santa Montefiore. It is 1925 and the war is long over. But much has been lost and life will never truly be the same again. Castle Deverill, cherished home to the Deverill family in the west of Ireland for hundreds of years, has burned to the ground. But young and flighty Celia Deverill is determined to restore the sad ruin to its former glory. Celia married well and has the wealth, after all, to keep it in the family and she cannot bear to see it stand neglected. But dark shadows are gathering once more, as the financial markets start to shake. And everything that felt so certain is thrown once again into doubt. This is Book 2 in the Deverill Chronicles, out 22nd July 2016 in hardback. A compelling story of family and history, from the author of the top ten bestseller Songs of Love and War. Montefiore is a superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places. Her plots are sensual, sensitive and complex, her characters are unforgettable. Can’t wait, I just loved the first one.
Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series. Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects? Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
Paula Hawkins - Into the Water
The eagerly anticipated new novel from the global bestselling author of The Girl on the Train. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool... Into The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets. Can’t put it down, 5/5, careful - sunburn alert!
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C L Taylor - The Escape
Karin Slaughter - The Kept Woman
‘Grabs you by the metaphorical throat right from the start and doesn’t let up until the end.’ Heat "Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter…" When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't. The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN. The Sunday Times bestseller returns with her biggest and best book yet. ‘A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller’ Clare Mackintosh. ‘Absorbing and disturbing’ Alex Marwood.
The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestselling author, Karin Slaughter. A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge. But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues. But Sara's scene-ofthe-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out… Karin Slaughter was born and raised in a small Georgia town in the American South. She has been writing since she was a child and her books have sold over thirty-five million copies worldwide in thirty-six languages. She now lives in Atlanta. The Kept Woman is her sixteenth novel.
Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep The long hot summer of 1976 is legendary. It was unbearably hot, unbelievably long, and reservoir shrinkingly dry. There were stand pipes in the streets; even the appointment of a Minister for Drought. But freak weather can make for a wonderful backdrop to a story - Grace is 10 years old. Her neighbour and best friend, Tilly, will soon reach double figures too. Together they are about to infiltrate the world of the adults living in their street. They must. Because there is a mystery to be solved. A conundrum they believe only they can crack. A neighbour, Mrs Creasy has gone missing. No one knows why, or where she might be. But people are worried. And not just for Mrs Creasy; for themselves. And what she knows about them. And what she might reveal. It's not so much a tension, nail biting whodunnit as at times one of the most nostalgic books I have read. It actually made me laugh out loud..and brought back memories of when a penny chew was just a penny. Unusual and pleasure to read. I hope she writes more !
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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire. It was a nerve jangling night, but my warmest gratitude to the 21, the 21,000 and the 783 in between who placed their trust in me. To have won by 21 votes was down to the hard work of everyone involved and I would like to thank my team and especially my parliamentary colleague John Swinney MSP, who gave me his full backing. It was certainly the closest run election of my political career and, while we knew it would be a tight result, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated the outcome. It turned out to be a fantastic finale to what was a great campaign and reflects the 16 years of service and the deep roots that I have in the community. As I have said after every election that I have been involved in, I am here to serve all constituents, regardless of how they voted. I am looking forward to representing this constituency for the next Parliamentary term and will maintain a strong voice for the people of Highland Perthshire at Westminster. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at email@example.com
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP Young adult carers are the focus of a new campaign between the Scottish Government and Young Scot to raise awareness of what support they could be entitled to. The social media and digital campaign will aim to reach carers aged 16-24 who may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance but are not claiming it, using platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to reach young adults. Carers make an immense contribution to our society. Their dedication and commitment to caring for loved ones – often making significant personal sacrifices to do so – deserves our thanks and respect. That is why the Scottish government is committed to helping carers. Whether it is strengthening the rights of carers through legislation, committing to increasing the Carers’ Allowance with new social security powers, or working with partners to raise awareness with carers of how they can access the support they are entitled to. Young adult carers should not have the added worry of financial pressures along with their caring responsibilities. More detail on eligibility for Carer’s Allowance is available on the Young Scot website. http://young.scot/information/rights/apply-for-carers-allowance/ A package of measures to support disabled people in accessing employment opportunities in public service and the public sector have been announced. They include: • A new internship programme for disabled people in the Scottish Government from September; • A major congress in December on disability, employment and the workplace accompanied by a newly announced week-long programme of events which will explore employability issues in depth; • A new campaign to raise awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the benefits of hiring and retaining more disabled people; • A review, which will report back in the autumn, into whether the Access to Elected Office Fund could be extended to support disabled people who wish to undertake public service other than standing for elected office. Currently the fund provides financial support to help disabled people overcome extra difficulties they may face in accessing elected office - such as transport costs - with 39 candidates supported in the recent local government elections and 15 elected as councillors. continued on page 48
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Statistics show non-disabled people are twice as likely to be in work than disabled people - the Scottish disability employment rate stands at 40.9%, while the non-disabled employment rate is 81.5%. Time and again I hear from disabled people about how they want to contribute and play their part in society. Part of this is having meaningful employment. While businesses have a vital role to play in this, it is also up to the Scottish Government and the public sector to lead by example. That is why I’m pleased to see this package of measures that will help open up opportunities for disabled people – giving them the necessary skills and tools to allow them to have an equal chance of competing in the labour market. It is a key issue, which requires us to work collectively, if we are to create a fairer country for all Scottish people. If anyone wishes to make an appointment, contact 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative It seems like we have been in continual election mode for much of the past year and hopefully June’s General Election will be the last for a while. As someone who has spent the past few months relentlessly knocking on doors in both the local and General Election campaigns I think both my legs and voice could use a rest. However, I would congratulate Pete Wishart MP for his victory in the Perth and North Perthshire constituency. I would also like to pass on my commiserations to all losing candidates but particularly my Conservative colleague Ian Duncan who missed out by just 21 votes. Ian did a fantastic job in reducing the SNP’s majority from over 10,000 votes to just 21 which underlines how far the Scottish Conservatives have come. I hope that the SNP leadership listen to the clear message from the Scottish people that we don’t want another divisive independence referendum. During the campaign last month two horrific terrorist attacks in London and Manchester rocked the nation. Both of these heinous acts were designed to divide our country by creating fear and hatred. Despite their best efforts the terrorists failed on both counts. The response to these attacks has been positive and uplifting. In the vigils held across the UK there was a collective sense of grief and pain. It is more important than ever for our communities to come together and work to combat the broken ideology that inspires people to commit these crimes. On a wider scale it is important that our intelligence agencies have the skills and resources to fight these threats and the funding to match. In local politics, there is a new Conservative led administration in charge at Perth and Kinross Council and they have already started making positive changes to policy in the region. As previously mentioned, I have spent a lot of time speaking to voters on the doorstep and one issue consistently cropping up is potholes. Under the previous administration the threshold for pothole repair was increased from 40mm to 60mm in diameter. The Conservative led administration have reversed this and will now repair potholes that are 40mm in size. This small step will have positive implications for anyone who has suffered punctures and damage as a result of pitted road surfaces. Ensuring roads and infrastructure are of the highest quality is a real priority for this administration and hopefully this move will mean motorists can kiss goodbye to dodging potholes whilst driving. It’s a small move, but one which reflects that fact that the Council leadership are now putting the people’s priorities first. continued on page 52
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As ever I welcome the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser@parliament.scot or telephone at 01738 553 990.
Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Perthshire, Independent. At the first meeting of the full Council held in May I was appointed on to the Councils Audit and Lifelong Learning (Education) Committees. I was also appointed to a number of external bodies including the Perth & Kinross Integration Joint Board (Health & Social Care), Blair Atholl Village Hall, Moulin Kirk Trust, and from the 1st October I will be the Councils representative on the Cairngorm National Park Board. These appointments reflect my areas of interests: education, health & social care, achieving good value for money, and protecting heritage & our natural environment. I’m excited to get to work on these topics and of course would welcome feedback from constituents on any of these areas. As part of my aim to be a listening Councillor, I have been going out and hearing from groups of residents/businesses about their concerns on issues affecting them such as local broadband availability, concerns about planning applications and housing issues. I am also finalising a diary of regular surgeries across the ward starting in July so if you have an issue you with to raise with me in person you will be able to do so at a place close to you. However, please feel free to contact me at any time should you have an issue you wish to raise. A number of local residents and businesses have raised concerns with me about the organisation of this year’s Etape Cycle event – including extremely loud music being played from the Library Carpark, signage issues and free food being given to competitors reducing the economic benefit to local businesses. While we want to welcome events to Highland Perthshire especially ones that encourage healthy living, this must be balanced against the needs and rights of local residents and businesses. I am currently undertaking a series of meetings with those affected to gather feedback. I will then look to meet the organisers to discuss these concerns so we can reach a positive outcome for all. Please feel free to get in touch. I can be contacted at: 9 Lettoch Terrace, Pitlochry, PH16 5BA; XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk or on 07557 815568.
Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005. e mail: email@example.com Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on Sundays, and other events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214. Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. Other Sundays – 9.30am Holy Communion. 6.00pm on the last Sunday of the month - Evening Service. Thursdays - Morning Prayer at 10.30am followed coffee and chat, and by Holy Communion on continued on page 52
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first Thursday of the month. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.30pm on second Tuesdays. The Reading Group normally meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service. Other Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - see notice board. Sunday 9 July - 6pm Evening Service for Sea Sunday. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. Other Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Sundays – normally a service is held on the first Sunday of the month (for details please see notice board). Sunday 2 July – 10.30am Holy Communion.
Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am, however, the Group breaks for the Summer, until September 6th. continued on page 54
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Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall, however, they will break for the Summer, until August 23rd. Scottish Country Dancing: Break for the Summer until Tuesday 12 September. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. Summer Church Open. The Church will be open to visitors Mondays – Fridays 10.00am – 12 noon, from Monday 12 June until Friday 15 September. 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
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (email@example.com) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net Sundays: We meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road. Doors open at 10:30am with coffee & cake, tea & biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. July Events Sunday 2nd - our Youth Pastor brings to a conclusion our series, ‘Jesus and people like us,’ exploring Jesus and the Last Chance. Sunday 9th - our pastor will lead our time this morning and share from God’s Word. Monday 10th - Wee Play (summer Stay & Play) 10am - 12pm in our church building. Sunday 16th - Claire Simpson who is one of our Mission Possible partners will sharing some stories of what God is doing Northern Norway and with the communities within the Arctic Circle. Sunday 23rd - Lucy Peppiatt, pastor of Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol and Principle of Westminster Theological Centre, will be sharing from God’s Word. Monday 24th - Wee Play (summer Stay & Play) 10am - 12pm in our church building. Sunday 30th - our pastor will be sharing from God’s Word. Monday 31st July - Friday 4th Aug - Children’s Holiday Club (for children who have completed P1-P7). More details and instructions on registering will shortly appear on our website. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 (www.heartlandfm.co.uk) 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken continued on page 56
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on 470261. Back after the school holidays on Wednesday 16th August. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 2pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – recommencing in the winter months.
St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: 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. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month: Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1 pm. First Friday of the Month After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12. 30pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Please see the weekly Newsletter or visit parish website or Facebook. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call. We also have different groups in our parish: the Choir, St Vincent de Paul Society, Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Fund Raising committee and other groups are in the making. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome and can ask for further information about any of these groups from Fr Edward or any other member of our community. Follow us on the: Parish Webpage; www.stbridespitlochry.org.uk And Facebook; www.facebook.com/StBridesPitlochry This month we would like to say a big thank you to Kathleen Yates and her family who organized continued on page 58
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a sponsored walk as a fund-raising event to upgrade the toilet in St Bride’s Church and make it accessible to people with special needs. Up to now this event raised over £4000 and for this we would also like to thank all those who sponsored her.
Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.
Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Interim Moderator: Rev. W Ewart Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209. Services during July will be at 10am in Strathtay Church. The Morning service on 30th July will be a joint one with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Strathtay). To be followed in the afternoon by a church picnic at Woodhill, Strathtay. (details tbc) prior to the Annual Evening service in St. Mary’s Church Grantully (Pitcairn/Historic Scotland) at 7.00pm. All welcome. 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. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch meet on Tuesday evening the 4th of July in Logierait Church. Contact Mrs. Isabel Cairns. Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilting Group meets in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church at 7.0pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The Walkers Group are planning their summer program. Details from Sandra Morrison. NB If you are new to the parish, are an artist or crafter and would like gallery space in our event for Perthshire Open Studios at the beginning of September please get in touch.
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Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Songs of Praise – Sunday, 2nd July at 7.00pm in Struan Church. This will be one of the last services to be held in Struan Church. Annual Church Sale – Wednesday, 2nd August at 2.00pm in Blair Atholl Village Hall Donations of Bric a Brac, Fruit & Veg, Books, Bottles, Home Baking etc. can be handed in to the hall on the previous evening or the morning of the sale. Flower Show – Saturday, 12th August from 10.00am in Blair Atholl Church. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.
Jehovah’s Witnesses All the meetings listed are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Sunday 2nd July, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Godly Wisdom in a Scientific World’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘May Your Volunteer Spirit Bring Praise to Jehovah ! (Judges 5:2)’. Thursday 6th July, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Do You Have a Heart of Flesh ?—a discussion of Ezekiel 11–14’, ‘What Responsibility Does Ezekiel 12:26-28 Place on Jehovah’s Servants ?’, ‘Loyally Supporting God’s Government and No Other’ Part 3. Sunday 9th July, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Serving With Jehovah’s Unified Organisation’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Helping “Foreign Residents” to “Serve Jehovah With Rejoicing” (Psalm 146:9)’. Thursday 13th July, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Do You Keep Your Promises?—a discussion of Ezekiel 15–17’, ‘Fulfil Your Marriage Vow’, ‘Become Jehovah’s Friend—Be Truthful’, ‘Fighting for Freedom to Worship’ Part 1. Sunday 16th July, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Follow the Way to Life’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Helping the Children of “Foreign Residents” (3 John 4)’. Thursday 20th July, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘When Jehovah Forgives, Does He Forget ?—a discussion of Ezekiel 18–20’, ‘Do You Forgive Yourself?’, ‘Young People Ask—How Can I Deal With My Mistakes ?’, ‘Fighting for Freedom to Worship’ Part 2. Sunday 23rd July, 10.30a. A talk: ‘Keep Clean From Worldly Defilements’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Do Not Let Your Love Grow Cold (Matthew 24:12)’. Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July, ‘Don’t Give Up !’ Convention at The Hydro, Glasgow. Friday 9.20am to 4.55pm, Saturday 9.20am to 4.55pm, Sunday 9.20am to 4.00pm. Some of the talks: ‘Jehovah—The Greatest Example of Endurance’, ‘Remember the Wife of Lot’, ‘Your Endurance Makes Jehovah Rejoice !’, ‘We Must “Run With Endurance”’. We offer a free study of the Bible, at a convenient time and location for you, using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like to see what it is like, do get contact Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.
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Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, 14th June 2017 (Summary) Full minutes on www.hpcp.co.uk/members Four PMCC members, two PKC Councillors and six members of the public present. Two apologies. Ex-councillor Kate Howie, Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom, reported proposals for restoration of Wildlife Garden. Consultation morning in garden, 10.30am-12noon, Saturday 29th July, all welcome. Info from Kate on 01887 840378 or email@example.com Contact Scottish Water on 0800 0778 778 to report smell from sewage plant. Advertised visit of P&KC Traffic Officer cancelled after visit with PMCC members to trouble spots. Future cancellations to be notified via Heartland, social media, notices etc. Money available for traffic solutions, consultation to come. Problem of speeding cars serious. People likely to be killed. Cyclists and dog-walkers afraid to be on roads. Speed limits suggested. Nothing done previously. Threat of loss of licence suggested for offenders. Report speeding cars to police, get incident number, request feedback. Concern expressed about low police cover. Use of unmarked car suggested. New pedestrian crossing for Aldour Gardens within next year. More A-boards around. Hubertus Game to provide sound-muffling equipment. Station House improved. Hedge trimming at Knockard not completed. Town notice board area to be increased. Responsibility for removal of deer carcasses from A9 now P&KC’s. Road signs to be cleaned. Co-op now has notice board. Overnight parking still a problem. New parking restrictions soon behind Barnardo’s and at Fisher’s. New road sign for Balnadrum Terrace awaited. Concern expressed about verges at entrance/exit to the town and long grass obstructing visibility elsewhere. PMCC support application by Path Group for funds to upgrade paths . Column supporting canopy damaged by lorry - awaiting repair. Complaints from residents of Elm Court about loud music at Etape, also from local businesses about distribution of free food. Planning permission did not include music. Complaints about rubbish left on road during Etape. Second cycling event the next weekend surprised town. More advertising requested in future. Rocks at the Lady’s Dell to be removed soon and rubbish at the back of the Surgery needs clearing. Cllr McDade plans to hold regular surgeries in Council Offices. Programme of pot-hole repair begun. Concern about Town Hall, rubbish, notice boards, etc and lights being left on. Messy verges on Bridge Road suggest road too narrow. Widening requested. From September, residents will be charged £25 a year for uplift of brown bins. Next meeting: 14th July, 7.30pm, Moulin Hall
Pitlochry Bowling Club Our annual friendlies have continued with a visit to Rattray BC while we welcomed Blairgowrie and Strathmore to our green. On Sunday 14th May the Arnold Brown Trophy was won by John Anderson, Irene Moulson and Alex MacDonald. On Friday 2nd June members competed for the Teapot Trophy and the winners were Graham continued on page 64
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Davidson and Val Wilson. Our Charity Day in aid of CHAS is on Saturday 29th July. Donations to the Raffle and Auction are much appreciated and Raffle tickets are now on sale from members and in the clubhouse. We are grateful to the Co-op for allowing us to sell tickets there from 10am on Friday 28th July. Spectators welcome on the 29th . Everybody welcome to come and try the game of bowls - contact 01796 473459
Air Ambulance Pop-Up Charity Shop Where: The Locus Centre in The Square, Aberfeldy When: Thursday through Sunday, 6th – 9th July Why: All proceeds will go to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. The shop is being organised by two Aberfeldy families who have each experienced first-hand the heroic efforts of the Air Ambulance crew. Lucy Jane Birkett, aided by her gran, Irene Cattanach, is hosting the shop in memory of her daddy, the late John Birkett. Ron Young and his wife Linda Dewar are hosting to express their gratitude for Ron’s recent life-saving helicopter transport to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Items for sale will include clothing, jewellery, books, home décor, dishes, DVDs, CDs, furniture, and plenty more. In addition to the usual charity shop offerings, there will be a special collection of higher-value items, baked goods for sale, and more. Donations are welcome, and can be brought to the Locus Centre on the evening of Wednesday, July 5. For more information, please call 01887-822729 (Linda) or 01887-820040 (Irene).
Pitlochry Litter Action Group The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry but we can expect a big influx of visitors from home and abroad in the summer. Litter in the streets does not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground car park. The next litterpick is on 11th July. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West firstname.lastname@example.org 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes email@example.com 01796 473400.
Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Two films for HFS members in July : Sunday 2nd July at 6.00pm The Handmaiden (2016, Cert 18, 2h47) Director Park Chan-wook. Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel ‘Fingersmith’ – “an outrageous thriller drenched with exoticism” The Guardian Sunday the 9th July at 7.30pm A pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence ( 2015 cert 12A) Director Roy Anderson “bizarre hallucinatory parable that defies description” about the human condition. The Guardian (again). Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice continued on page 66
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Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Film making workshops: 27 August for 7-11 year olds and 2 September for 11 – 18 year olds. Information from HFS website and Aberfeldy Film Festival Facebook. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook.
Pitlochry Hospital Car Service. We are urgently needing new recruits to the voluntary service which provides transport to PRI and Ninewells for those with hospital clinic appointments. We require car owners with full insurance and a clean driving licence. For more information please contact Barbara Bright 472058 or Ray Wilson 473031. Please consider it. Thank you.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Yet another busy month!! The bands had great success at the British Championships at Paisley with the Grade 4 qualifying for the final then getting a 5th place in the final, the Grade 3 band winning a 3rd place and the Grade 1 band coming 8th. Many thanks for all the support we got at our tombola at the Atholl gathering raising over £500 for band funds. Our Highland Nights got off to a rocky start with the first one indoors, although we had a packed hall, but the second one was washed out in what started off as a beautiful sunny evening. I’ve never seen rain like that before!! Hopefully the terracing will be finished by the time you read this, as it’s a lot of hard work setting up and taking down all the chairs each evening, and hopefully we’ll get some dry, warm nights! We’ve got the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band from Canada joining us at our Highland Night on the 7th August. We were saddened by the deaths of Pipe Major Ian Duncan’s Mum, Frances, who was a loyal supporter of the band and would always pop over to see us at the Highland Nights, we’ll miss her smiling face and also Peter Drane who was a great stalwart at the piping at the Highland Games and the judging of the bands on parade. The Aberfeldy Mod took place on the 10th June and winners from the pipe band were Keeley Purvis, 1st in chanter, Emily Ingham, 1st in novice piping with Brodie Barrie 2nd and Keeley Purvis 3rd. Archie McNab 1st in the 2/4 March , Graham Mulholand 1st in the MSR and the Pibroch and George Leslie 2nd in MSR. The band was going to play at the Methven Gala day but it was cancelled due to a water logged park. The band led the parade for the Kirking of the Council in Perth on the 11th June to the St. John’s Kirk and this was filmed by an Irish TV crew for a programme about the Reformation which will be going out on BBC at some point. The same weekend as all that happened, our Grade 1 band competed at the UK Championships in Belfast gaining an 8th place, with a 4th place for drumming. We’re playing at the Scottish Game fair on the 30th June and then another busy month for July with the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton on the 29th. Gillie McNab firstname.lastname@example.org 07733152223. continued on page 68
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Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or email@example.com
Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre, Moulin Kirk, Moulin, Pitlochry The Heritage Centre in the Kirk is now open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm seven days a week. On display are Trophies from Moulin Bowling Club and Pitlochry & District Horticultural Society Flower Shows. Sadly these organisations are no longer in existence but both played a big part in the history of Pitlochry and Moulin. Articles with Moulin Kirk connections are exhibited including Communion Plates, Tokens and Cards. The Geneva Bible printed in the 16th Century and a Bidels Bible dating from the 17th Century are also exhibited. There are many photographs and items of local interest along with books for sale by local authors Please support your local Heritage Centre. The Local bus service stops nearby.
Rannoch & Tummel – Keep Up To Date With The Latest Community News If you live in the Rannoch & Tummel area and want to keep up with the latest news, why not subscribe to the Rannoch and Tummel Community E-Newsletter. Co-ordinated by local volunteers, emails are sent out about a wide range of community subjects including road closures, planning applications, events and activities and news from our community groups. Based on feedback from our subscribers, the frequency of emails is dependent on the frequency of news as each piece of news is sent out separately. It has been operating for 2 years now and over 250 newsletters have been issued so there’s always plenty to be updated about. To subscribe, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletters are also posted on the Facebook page of Rannoch Community Trust and will shortly be available on the Trust’s website www.ourrannoch.co.uk Please also email email@example.com if you have a story or piece of news for the newsletter giving at least 5 days advance notice if it relates to a specific event. Jane Dekker, Interim Project Manager, Rannoch Community Trust. www.ourrannoch.co.uk Please note that I work part-time but will try to respond to your email promptly
Riding For The Disabled, Breadalbane & District Group Do you know that there is a local RDA group based just south of Pitlochry providing fun, therapy and riding skills for the children from several different schools in Highland Perthshire. We operate on Monday mornings from April to the half-term break in October with a break for the summer holidays. New volunteers are always welcome with or without equestrian experience. If you think you would like to help please ring 01796 474444 continued on page 70
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Pitlochry Station Bookshop The Bookshop is now operating summer opening hours. This means that on Sundays until the end of September, the shop will be open for sales and donations from 11.00am until 3.00pm. This is in addition to our normal hours from Monday to Saturday of 9.00am to 4.30pm. More details about the work of each charity are on the Bookshop website at www.pitlochrystationbookshop.co.uk We hope that our customers, book donors and volunteer workers are pleased that all our efforts have made such significant contributions to the work of our charities. Thank you. We look forward to everyone’s continued support in the future.
Macmillan 6 Day Sale at Aberfeldy Locus Centre The members of the Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support would like to invite you to our 6 Day Sale at the Locus Centre in the Square in Aberfeldy which will run from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th July, opening times 10am - 4pm. Last year's sale was a great success and we raised £1300 so we are crossing our fingers to better that amount this year. Any donations of good quality bric a brac & unworn or nearly new clothes will be gratefully accepted and can be handed in during the week or contact Fiona on 01887 829033 to arrange to drop anything off. We would love to see you there so please do pop in to visit us during the week for some tasty home baking & to try your hand at the tombola too! Finally, if you think you could assist at the sale or would like to find out more information about how you could help the group's fundraising efforts, please do get in touch with our Chairperson Liz Stewart on 01796 482297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinloch Rannoch Recreation Club We will be having our usual “bottle stall” at the Rannoch Highland Gathering on Saturday 19th August 2017. Proceeds from this go to help to pay the kids Halloween, Christmas Parties and local Youth Group. Bottles of all shapes and sizes can be handed into May Kennedy, 7 Bunrannoch Place, Kinloch Rannoch or on the day of the Gathering. Many thanks.
Pitlochry Gallery Association The Gallery Art & Crafts exhibition is open at the Atholl Centre from Sunday 30th July to Saturday 19th August from 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and 2.00pm-4.00pm on Sundays. There are still some spaces available for artists who would like to participate, contact Dee Bowman on 01796 473579 for an Art Exhibitor's Entry Form.
Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair 14th, 15th and 16th July 2017 - 10am to 5pm each day, in The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld. The fair has gone from strength to strength attracting a host of craft workers with crafts that are unique, many are personalised and attend to every whim of the buyer. This year the far is brimming over with talented crafters some of them demonstrating their talents and with an emphasis on recycling. There will be upcycled quirky items recrafted from silver plated flatware, continued on page 72
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old tattie box wood, pitch pine from old kirks, 19/20th century industrial wooden bobbins, pre-worn treated horseshoes, stirrup irons, horse brasses etc. embroidered cushions and bags. There is also knitwear, woodturning and woodcarving, soaps and lotions, paintings, cards, fairies, scarves with matching earrings, Harris Tweed, photography, beaded jewellery, painted glass, pottery and ceramics. Daniel Campbell the artist returns and will be painting each day. Admission to the fair is free.
Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition We have a bumper number of artists this year: over 220 with lots of new names amongst the familiar ones. At the time of writing we have sold 4 pictures before we have even got them on the walls - partly due to the power of the internet. One is heading off to USA and the others are more local. Highland Coos are a popular subject and we have a Coo's Corner with Fingal, Hamish, Morag, Robbie & Heather and even a Wee Highland - no-name, a calf with a lovely face. Once again we have original art work, prints, sculptures, stained and fused glass, pottery, wooden toys and turned wood bowls; we also have a good selection of cards priced from £2. One of our invited artists is Rowena Laing who is originally from Arbroath. Rowena paints mainly in oils using vibrant colours and a variety of subjects. Lisa Brundrett has painted well known Scottish scenes with oils on aluminium. Maggie T Ferrie from Dundee exhibited at Dunkeld a number of years ago and her work is also on show. The Exhibition is open every day in the Duchess Anne Church Hall in the Cross from 22nd June until 31st August, 10 - 7pm, Monday Saturday and 12 - 6pm on Sundays. For any further information please phone Margaret Scott 01738 710399 or email DunkeldArt @aol.com
Charity Thrift Shop The Atholl Centre (next to the Tourist Office in Pitlochry) is holding a Thrift Shop to help raise money for a new accessible meeting room with AV and loop, which will be great for all the community groups who use us. It will be held from Wednesday 5th-Wednesday 19th July. Doors will open from 11am to 4pm. Do pop in and have a browse – you never know what you’ll find! Disabled access, parking is free and there’s tea & coffee too available. We welcome donations of books, toys & bric –a brac towards the sale (no clothes please), so if you’re having a clear out, why not put some of your unwanted objects our way. Please get in touch with Iain or Wilma on 01796 473044 for more information (Charity No SC015113).
Rotary Club Of Pitlochry We recently organised a quiz sheet entitled ‘Cities, Towns and Villages of the United Kingdom’. Nearly 500 sheets were sold, and over 20 were returned. Unfortunately, none were all correct. However, the one which had the least mistakes was declared the winner, and this was sent in by Mrs C Pywell of Sleaford, Lincolnshire. She wins a Book Token for £25. As a result of the quiz, over £450 was raised, and will be sent to the Rotary Foundation Charity to be used in the ‘End Polio Now’ project, which hopes to eradicate this crippling disease worldwide in the next few years. Alongside other organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the battle is nearly won, although the ‘war’ is not. Only two countries were left in the world where Polio is still endemic, but a fresh outbreak in Nigeria this year has set the progress back a little. From a situation of 128 countries in 1985, where Polio was endemic, great strides have been made, and all the organisations involved will continue to work hard to see a positive outcome of this work in the next few years. Thanks to everyone who sold and bought quiz sheets. 72 Pitlochry Life
Cycle With Me! - The Circular Banvie Route – Blair Atholl. Length: Approx. 9.5 miles Great for: A moderate cycle with a great half-way stop for lunch in the woodlands! Benefits: Conveniently starts at a car park. Great views of Blair Castle. Takes in woodland, moors and rivers. Estate tracks, so few vehicles. Starting from Glen Tilt Car Park, turn left on the road outside the exit from the car park and head towards Old Blair. (If you are starting from the Museum Car Park in Blair Atholl, turn right out of the car park and then left after the bridge and follow the signs to the Glen Tilt Car Park). In Old Blair, turn left at the crossroads and then right after crossing over the Banvie Burn (signposted). Keeping the burn on your right you will climb through woodland and then reach moorland, with plenty of chance to spot Buzzards and the odd Peregrine Falcon! Follow the way marked path into woodland again and enjoy the gentle downward slopes, passing a turn off for The Falls of Bruar – a good place to stop for a picnic! The route then bends round to the left continuing through woodland. After a sharp turn to the right and then a left hand turn at a mini crossroads it’s a straight cycle towards Blair Castle with views of The Pass of Killicrankie and Ben Vrackie in the distance. Just before the riding centre at Blair Castle, take the road to the left which will take you down a hill, round a bend and under a bridge through some cottages to bring you to where you started your cycle up the Banvie Burn. Retrace your wheels to bring you back to either of the car parks! Remember to prepare for changes in weather, and don’t forget to wear your cycle helmet.
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You are my Sunshine…. But do you really make me happy? We are pretty well accustomed to seeing the UV Index on daily weather forecasts on TV, or even on our phone’s weather app, but being Scottish we welcome every ray of sunshine and consider a nice tan as looking ‘healthy’, with a complete disregard to the fact that we may actually be damaging our skin and our eyes. The sun gives out ultraviolet radiation made up of UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC from the sun cannot penetrate the ozone layer, while UVA and UVB rays can, and will damage unprotected skin. UVA: UVA causes premature ageing of the skin and is linked to long-term skin damage. UVA is implicated in some skin cancers, but UVB is believed to be more harmful. UVB: UVB causes sunburn and direct damage to our cell’s DNA. UVB is thought to cause most types of skin cancer. UV Index is a forecast of the amount of skin damaging UV radiation expected to reach the earth's surface at the time when the sun is highest in the sky (around midday). The amount of UV radiation reaching the surface is primarily related to the elevation of the sun in the sky, the amount of ozone in the stratosphere, and the amounts of cloud cover. Thick cloud can greatly reduce ultraviolet radiation levels, however, certain types of thin cloud can actually magnify the ultraviolet radiation strength. The peak daily ultraviolet radiation level changes over the year. The strongest being at the Summer solstice (21st June) and the weakest at the Winter solstice (21st December). The UV Index can range from 0 (at night) to 11
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or 12. It might even be higher in the tropics and/or at high elevations under clear skies. The UV Index does not exceed 8 in the UK (8 is rare; 7 may occur on exceptional days, mostly in the two weeks around the summer solstice), it’s not unusual to score a 5 across Scotland on a sunny summer’s day. Indices of 9 and 10 are common in the Mediterranean area, so it’s worthy of fully understanding the risk before going on holiday. The Index forecast refers to the daily maximum. Low Risk, 1-2 means that there is nothing to worry about - the sun will not harm you. Redness, as in sunburn will appear after 2 hours or more (11.00am – 3.00pm) in a UK summer. Medium Risk, 3 - 5 means that the sun is not dangerous, but you should avoid being in direct sunlight for more than 1 to 2 hours. You will suffer sunburn after longer exposure. Burners should apply skin protection factor (SPF) 15 sun screen and everyone should wear UV-A+B sun glasses. High Risk, 6 - 7 means you could burn in 30 minutes. Try to keep out of direct sunlight, cover up or wear a sunscreen lotion SPF 15+ and use protective clothing. Very High Risk, 8 - 10 means that you could burn severely in as little as 20 minutes. Stay out of direct sunlight, cover up and use a sunscreen lotion SPF 15+. People of all skin colour, especially children and babies, can suffer eye damage, overheating and dehydration as a result of excessive sun exposure.
Sun Cream and SPF. The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) gives an indication of the amount of protection sun creams offer against UVB radiation. It gives an indication of how much longer it will take for your skin to burn with sun cream compared with bare skin over the whole day. However, studies suggest that most people won’t achieve the specified SPF due to poor application – it’s better to apply too much sun cream than too little. If you read the label properly, you will probably find that you should apply twice the amount you would expect. It’s best to first apply sun cream 15 minutes before you head outside. Experts recommend that you then re-apply it every two hours, but you may need to re-apply it sooner than this if you go swimming or find yourself sweating a lot. Remember you can still get badly burned on a cloudy day. Sun creams are categorised as follows: Low protection: SPF 6 and 10 Medium protection: SPF 15, 20, 25 High protection: SPF 30, 50 Very High protection: SPF 50+ A simple UVA logo is recommended (you'll often see the letters inside a circle), with the UVA protection level being at least one-third of the sun protection factor. Additional stars are used by some brands to indicate the UVA protection level is higher than this minimum. It's useful to know that an SPF 6 sunscreen filters out 75% UVB radiation, while an SPF 15 sunscreen filters out 93% and an SPF 30 filters out 96% of UVB radiation.
Types of Sunscreen Chemical: Contains UV filtering ingredients that require time to be absorbed into the skin. You should apply chemical sunscreen 15 - 20 minutes before sun exposure. Mineral: Contains inert UV protective ingredients (such as Zinc oxide) to form a protective barrier on top of the skin. Mineral sunscreen has an immediate effect. Some people find mineral sunscreens don’t irritate their skin. Zinc also has anti-inflammatory, healing properties and doesn’t block pores. The downside is they’re often very white and obvious on the skin. However there are newer versions that turn transparent on application. What is a Tan? The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) states that a tan is actually a sign that the skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself. “The dark pigment that gives the skin its natural colour is called melanin. Melanin is made in the skin by pigment cells called melanocytes. After our skin is exposed to sunlight, the melanocytes make more melanin to try to absorb further UV radiation, and so the skin becomes darker.” All said and done, the sun is actually good for you. It provides our main source of Vitamin D which creates healthy bones and boosts our immune system. Sunlight also lowers blood pressure, improves brain function, eases mild depression, improves sleep quality, lessens Alzheimer’s symptoms, heals some skin disorders, boosts growth in children and actually reduces the risk of certain cancers. So don’t hide away, try to get at least 15 – 20 minutes of sun daily, Scottish weather permitting. Pitlochry Life 75
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Walk With Me
Gilmour Garden Services
Rannoch Station Tea Room
Walton Kilgour CA
Go Driving School
Recipe - Pimm's
Wonky Computer Factory
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The Atholl Medical Centre Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472558 Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm (Doors open at 8.30am) Except Wednesdays Closed 12.15 - 1.45pm Tel: 01796 472558 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111
Pitlochry Post Office Within Premier Store 63 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 474301
Prescriptions - firstname.lastname@example.org www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk
Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203
Pitlochry Community Hospital Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472052 Visiting Hours: GP Unit 2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm MIIU Open 9.00am - 9.00pm seven days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for an appointment Directions: Turn down at Victoriaâ€™s Restaurant and follow signs. (Hospital is adjacent to Atholl Medical Centre) Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice The Surgery, Kinloch Rannoch. Tel: 01882 632216 The Reception is open Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm Surgery Hours 9-10.15am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm. For all urgent appointments please phone reception Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111
Blair Atholl Post Office Tel: 01796 481233 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Kinloch Rannoch Post Office Tel: 01882 632347 Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: email@example.com Mon - Closed. Tues - Closed Wed 2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm Thurs 10.00am - 12noon & 2.00pm - 7.00pm Fri 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Sun - Closed. Housing & Community Care and Registration Services 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Housing & Comm Care (Housing) 01738 476000 (selecting option 2) Mon - Fri: 8.45am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages 01796 474645 Mon - Fri: By Appointment
More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station
Perth & Kinross Council
0800 555 111
Adult Care Services
0845 301 11 20
0800 300 999
0800 111 999
Council Housing Emergency
0845 301 11 10
Perth Royal Infirmary
24hr Domestic Abuse
0800 027 1234
Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry
Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld
Citizens Advice Bureau
0800 917 0708
Roads & Flooding
Mental Health Services
0845 301 11 20
0300 999 999
Perthshire Women's Aid
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Published on Jun 27, 2017
Published on Jun 27, 2017
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