PITLOCHRY LIFE June 2017 Issue 325
Pitlochry Aberfeldy Blair Atholl Ballinluig Kinloch Rannoch Killiecrankie Grandtully
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Welcome to the June issue of Pitlochry Life. We’ve had some great weather already and the gardens are in full bloom - but keeping us busy! Sheila Drummond writes about good plants to keep the colour going throughout the summer, and if you are green fingered, you might seriously consider joining the Pitlochry in Bloom team. You’d be surprised at what they have done over the last 25 years for Pitlochry and now they really need some help to continue. See page 40 and give your support. To keep the colour theme going we have two walks to put colour in your cheeks, the Moulin Rouge walk around a brewery and distillery (my choice) and a bit stiffer task taking on Schiehallion- the fairy hill! If you fancy getting fitter, then Alan Clinch looks at movement exercises, following on from last month’s core exercises. Willie’s computer page is all about USB- C. Will it be easier to use just one cable? Read on. If you are out and about this month you may need some of our tips for hay fever. As a sufferer I know it can strike at any time. Lastly we look at Music Festivals with some tips on surviving them. A big thank you to all our contributors this month, we couldn’t do it without you. 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. 27th May 2.30pm The Atholl Highlanders Parade - Blair Castle 28th May 10.00am The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games - Blair Castle 28th May 3.00pm Tamas Fejes - Rannoch Station Platform 2nd-3rd June 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 2nd June 9.00pm Charlie Gorman plays Old Mill Inn 3rd June 9.00pm Last Orders play Old Mill Inn 3rd June 7.30pm David Oswald - Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town 6th June 7.30pm Blair Atholl Village Hall AGM 8th June 7.00am General Election Day 9th June 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 9th June 9.00pm Scott MacDonald plays Old Mill Inn 10th June Various Pitlochry Art Walk 10th June 10.00am Christian Aid Coffee Morning – The Tryst 10th june 9.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play Old Mill Inn 11th June 1.00pm Grandtully Gala 11th June 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 13th June 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park 14th June 11.30am Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church 14th June 7.30pm Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School 15th June 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Aberfeldy and Camserney 16th-17th June 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 16thy June 9.00pm Lynnie Carson plays Old Mill Inn 17th June 7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall 17th June 9.00pm Howling Radio play Old Mill Inn 18th June All Day! Fathers Day 19th June 6.00pm Dunkeld Art Exhibition Preview Evening 21st June 6.00pm The Tryst Walking Group - The Brann Walk, Dunkeld 21st June 6.30pm Street Sports - Pitlochry High School 22nd June 10.00am Dunkeld Art Exhibition - The Duchess Anne, Dunkeld 23rd-24th June 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 23rd June 9.00pm Jono plays Old Mill Inn 24th June 10.00am Charity Day - Blair Castle 24th June 7.30pm Scottish Chambers Orchestra - Blair Castle 24th June 9.00pm Antaon & The Colts play Old Mill Inn 28th June 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church 30th June 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 29th-30th June 8.00pm Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl 1st July 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Ben Vrackie 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 email@example.com, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life
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27th May - The Atholl Highlanders Parade - Blair Castle - 2.30pm. The annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army, accompanied by pipes and drums. See www.blair-castle.co.uk for more details 28th May - The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games - Blair Castle - 10.00am. Traditional Highland games with entertainment for all the family. www.blair-castle.co.uk 28th May - Tamas Fejes - Rannoch Station Platform - 3.00pm. Come and see one of Scotland’s top violinists in an unbelievable setting! Everyone welcome and it’s free! 2nd - 3rd June - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - Coupe de Ville, Saturday - Revival Blues. See page 13 for details. 3rd June – David Oswald - Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall - 7.30pm. Come along and join us on the dance floor or just watch from the balcony and enjoy the great music from some of Scotland's best Scottish Dance Bands. Admission Dancers £7.00 Spectators £2.00. For further information phone 01796 473488. 6th June - Blair Atholl Village Hall AGM - Village Hall - 7.30pm. All will be welcome at the meeting including non-members. At the end of the meeting, there will be an open discussion followed by refreshments. See page 78 for more info. 8th June - General Election Day - 7.00am to 10.00pm. Make your vote count. 9th June - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Abandon. See page 13 for details. 10th - 18th June - Pitlochry Art Walk. 20 locations around the town will host exhibitions of art and handmade items from local and other Scottish based artists. See page 76 for more info. 10th June - Christian Aid Coffee Morning – The Tryst, Pitlochry – 10.00am to 12noon. Tickets are £3.00 available from The Tryst office or at the door. Scones and pancakes will be served and there will be a cake and candy stall and a raffle. Please come and support the work undertaken by Christian Aid, in conjunction with their local partner organisations, in countries throughout the world. This year Christian Aid is helping those who are displaced from their homes and those needing support as refugees and asylum seekers. 11th June - Grandtully Gala - Grandtully Recreation Ground - 1.00pm to 4.00pm. A great day out for all the family with stalls and events galore. £2, kids go free. Stallholders can book a pitch (£20) by contacting Lesley Whitewood at firstname.lastname@example.org 11th June - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. Still Life (2013 cert 12A). See page 68 for details. 13th June - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry but we can expect a big influx of visitors from home and abroad in the summer. If you see dog poo anywhere please report it to the Council on 01738 476476 or on the P&K website on forms.pkc.gov.uk. Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided.For further information contact Roger West email@example.com 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org 01796 473400. 14th June - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church - 11.30am to 1,00pm. Please note new times and places. Everyone welcome. See page 62 for more details. continued on page 10
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14th June - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School - 7.30pm. 15th June - The Tryst Walking Group - Aberfeldy and Camserney – 9.30am. The walk starts in Aberfeldy and follows the Tay towards Kenmore before turning north to Camserney and back to Aberfeldy via Weem. Height climbed 200m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 16th - 17th June - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - Independence, Saturday - Yard of Ale. See page 13 for details. 17th June - Glencraig - Scottish Country Dancing - Pitlochry Town Hall - 7.30pm. Come along and join us on the dance floor or just watch from the balcony and enjoy the great music from some of Scotland's best Scottish Dance Bands. Admission Dancers £7.00 Spectators £2.00. For further information phone 01796 473488. 18th June - Fathers Day. Take your dad out for a nice lunch! 19th June - Dunkeld Art Exhibition Preview Evening - The Duchess Anne, Dunkeld - 6.00pm to 8.00pm. See page 78 for more info. Exhibition formally opens 21st. 21st June - The Tryst Walking Group - The Brann Walk, Dunkeld – 6.00pm. A woodland trail by the river Braan leads past the Hermitage to waterfalls at Rumbling Bridge. We return by the same route. Height climbed 100m. Distance 4 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 21st June - Street Sports - Pitlochry High School - 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Outdoor football cage tournaments. Pitlochry Baptist Church in partnership with St Johnstone Football Club's 'Saints in the Community’. All welcome. 22nd June - Dunkeld Art Exhibition - The Duchess Anne, Dunkeld - 10.00am. The Exhibition is open every day for 10 weeks until 31st August and we look forward to seeing you. Further information on on page 78, and our Facebook page DunkeldCathedralArtExhibition or email DunkeldArt@aol.com 23rd - 24th June - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - CHIL, Saturday The Mess Arounds. See page 13 for details. 24th June - Charity Day - Blair Castle - 10.00am to 4.00pm. 100% of admission fees go to charities. A great family day with raffle, tombola and other activities run by charities. See page 2 for more info. 24th June - Scottish Chambers Orchestra - Blair Castle - 7.30pm. See page 2 for details. 28th June - Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church - 2.00pm to 3.30pm. Please note new times and places. Everyone welcome. See page 62 for more details. 29th - 30th June - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. Friday - Cherry Bombz, Saturday - Ganked. See page 13 for details. 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. .
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Walk With Me… Moulin Rouge Distance - 3 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Let’s put some colour on our cheeks with an easy walk, taking in a pub that brews its own beer and a distillery. Ok, there’s also a ruined castle, some woodland, an impressive waterfall, and fantastic views. Start outside the Moulin Inn. From the main street in Pitlochry that’s about 1 mile up West Moulin Road (the A924 to Blairgowrie). The Inn first opened in 1695, the brewery which is round the back, in 1995. Their three draught ales are available in the bar, but best kept for when we get back! Cross the road into Moulin Square, do not walk straight ahead up Manse Road as it is a dead end, but turn right past the post box down the side of the church graveyard and you will come to Moulin Village Hall. There is a small car park here if your ‘driver’ needs it. On the other side of the hall is a path marked for the Black Castle, there are information boards here with some history of the castle which you will see ahead, in the middle of a field. There may be sheep, so careful with dogs. Walk past the castle to the far left of the field and go through the gate which is straight ahead (lilac coloured disc), cross a small field into a quiet cul-de-sac and follow the path up the left side of the first house. This will bring you onto a tarred road, turn left (signposted Edradour and Black Spout) and take the path between the two fences, again signposted. Follow this path around the outside of the field, through a gate and into woodland, again following the sign for Black Spout. After a few hundred yards you will come to a dirt track farm road, there are various signs here, but head straight across, again following Black Spout. After a short distance there is a marker post indicating either left or right (the trail here is a loop). Take the right hand path and it will emerge at Black Spout Waterfall and an excellent viewing platform giving superb 14 Pitlochry Life
views of the 190feet (60m) Black pout Waterfall and gorge below. It can be quite spectacular after heavy rain. On leaving the platform continue in the anticlockwise direction as before and follow the path as it rises. Before it completes the loop you will see another path signposted for Edradour Distillery, follow that for about a half mile and you will emerge directly across from it. Edradour is Scotland’s smallest traditional distillery. It offers tours, a shop and a Tasting Bar. It is open 10am - 5pm, however, please note - the distillery is closed on Sundays and will close for the winter on 22nd October. On leaving the distillery turn right and follow the single track road uphill until it joins the A924 Blairgowrie road. Head straight on, mindful of traffic and into Kinnaird, where on the wall outside the first cottage on the right you will see a plaque commemoration a stay by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1881. Keep going, it’s all downhill now with a fabulous view of Ben Vrackie on the right and all Pitlochry on the left. After three quarters of a mile you are back at the Moulin Inn and time for those beers.
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The Best of Both Worlds with Apartment Living
To anyone who is fortunate enough to call Pitlochry their home, its appeal is evident. But, as we know, Pitlochry has a broader charm - a bustling holiday destination and a ‘must-see’ part of Highland Perthshire, boasting everything you need for a great day out. To meet the needs and expectations of those looking to settle here, or call Pitlochry their second home, Perthshire housebuilders Stephen are creating eight contemporary apartments within their existing development in Pitlochry. As you can see for yourself by visiting the new show apartment (the first, and two others, sold out in record time!) the two bedroom apartments, built in two blocks of four, will complete Stephen’s ‘Lagreach’ development. As this magazine goes to print, a choice of two apartments remain available – one ground and one upper floor - with four clients having already settled into their fantastic new surroundings. These popular homes are modelled on similar properties at Balgarvie Mill in Scone, by Perth. All boast highly sought-after private parking, with ground floor units having their own easily managed gardens and garden store. First floor units enjoy a feature entrance porch and benefit from dormer windows in the main living rooms. And when it comes to ‘location, location, location’, and the associated views, these apartments cannot be beaten. These homes enjoy a spectacular and delightful setting under the dramatic skyline of Ben Vrackie with the River Tummel and Loch Faskally at its base. The Lagreach housing development has been designed to complement this setting, only 500 yards from the centre of town yet sitting within its own mature woodland setting adjacent to Loch Faskally. Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager said, “By building these apartments, we are bringing something quite unique to Pitlochry. Not only are these modern, high-spec, energy efficient homes but they are set within a prime location, and also just a short walk from the centre of Pitlochry. “With the final two remaining, these homes are appealing to a variety of audiences, from the local family market and the retired looking to down-size, to those seeking a second home, a Highland bolt-hole, within one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.” And if that wasn’t enough, priced at £175,750, the apartments are also eligible for the ‘Help to Buy (Scotland)’ initiative which allows people to put down a deposit of as little as 5% of the selling price, combined with a mortgage of up to 80% of the value of the property. So you pay just 85% of the property price now, and the remaining 15% is provided by the Scottish Government in the form of an equity loan. If you would like to view our new show apartment, please contact our Sales team on 01738 620721, or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we will be delighted to help. 18 Pitlochry Life
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The Pitlochry Garden June 2017 Real summer means warmer nights, longer days, probably more rain than last month, and lots of flowers in the garden. The best of the summer perennials should be hitting their stride now but what can you do to fill the gaps they leave by mid-July? On damp ground aruncus makes an elegant clump with good foliage and plumes of creamy white flowers. This goes very well with the classic combination of rodgersia, astilbe and astrantia that also like damp positions and will last till autumn. You could add Ligularia przewalkskii or stenocephala to that planting to carry the interest on.
June is delphinium month; those spires of blue are truly wonderful even if you have to work hard to protect them against slugs. In windy positions it is a good idea to stake each stem individually up to the base of the flower. If you use ring staking you may find the stems broken over the top of the frame. To follow on from delphinums you could plant Anemone 26 Pitlochry Life
japonica in shades of white, pink or rose. Bearded iris are excellent border plants in a sunny position. They don’t like damp ground or having their rhizomes covered so the front of the border might be the best spot.
The foliage is also good for contrasting with less structured plants, making good regular punctuation along the length of the bed. Button-shaped flowers make a good foil – maybe phlox or bergamot or a large geranium like magenta G psilostemon – depending on the colour of the iris. Or plant with a long-lasting foliage plant like heuchera or bergenia. Nepeta and campanula provide invaluable accents of blue all summer to combine with butter yellow (like anthemis) or lime-green (Euphorbia schillingii) or day lilies in a huge range of colours. Strong contrast both in flower colour and shape, as well as very different foliage, will draw the eye very effectively. Some of the larger campanulas like C Prichard’s Variety need staking but they will do well in
a ring stake. You could combine these with tall spires of verbascum and use a yellow day-lily in front to hide the staking. Lupins are another good early -flowering perennial that will provide a wide range of colours in the border. Grow them fresh from seed each year to flower a bit later and avoid the lupin aphid. Otherwise follow on with later flowering solidago or asters. Hardy geraniums combine well with Persicaria amplexicaulis or P affinis, especially with a bolder plant like Papaver orientalis for contrast. There are many striking colour combinations that can be made from these three plants. What about blue geraniums with white persicaria and big plum poppies behind? Put in a late-flowering lily to give fresh interest when the poppy has popped. Remember to cover the tops of your bamboo stakes to avoid eye damage. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 email@example.com
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Core Exercises to improve….Mobility Last month’s article looked at some exercises which you might do in order to develop some stability in the core (the area between your mid thigh and lower back). Once stability in this area is achieved, you can start to work on movement: this really is a case of don’t run until you can walk! As before, start with a target of 20 seconds for each exercise (it will be quite difficult). Aim to slowly increase to 30 seconds over a period of weeks, and try two sets of each exercise to begin with (but one will do). Slow Superman Start as picture 1, on your hands and knees, hands shoulder width and knees hip distance apart. Brace the core (see last month) and extend the right leg behind. Keep the foot level with the hip. Next, extend the left arm forward (thumb facing up). Keep the arm level with the shoulder. Move the left elbow and right knee toward each other and then extend to the starting position. Complete one set on the first side and repeat on the opposite side. Plank With Hip Flexion Start in a press up position as picture 2, with hands shoulder width and knees hip distance apart, weight on the balls of the feet. Brace the core and remember to breathe. Slowly, pull the right knee in toward the chest and return to the starting position. Alternate knees. Hip Bridge Lie on back, place the feet onto floor, arms by sides and palms to the floor (3). Brace the core and lift hips upward. Hold for three seconds and slowly release the spine and hips back to the floor. To make this harder, lift one foot off the floor when the hips are lifted. Side Plank with Rotation Really quite a hard exercise, so only try this if you’re proficient at all of the others. Lie on the right side, place right forearm on the floor. Bend the right knee to 90 degrees and lift the hips off the ground. Reach the left arm above the shoulder (4), with the palm facing forward. Don’t be tempted to drop the head down. Rotate chest toward the floor and bring the left arm under the ribs. Continue the set and then switch sides. As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong…. 32 Pitlochry Life
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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier! Pitlochry Life 33
Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Meet your new best friend. It’s called USB-C. USB (which stands for Universal Serial Bus) has been with us since the mid 90’s. It is simply a standardised port (plug) design which allows us to connect all different types of hardware to a computer. Most modern devices such as digital cameras, printers, scanners, flash drives, mobile phones, iPods and other MP3 players use some variation of the USB port in their design. Before USB came into existence, computers used serial and parallel ports to connect to devices and transfer data. Individual ports were used for peripherals such as keyboards, mice, joysticks and printers. Expansion cards and custom drivers were often required to connect the devices. Parallel ports transferred data at approximately 100 kb per second, serial ports from 115 to more than 450 kb per second.
USB also brought about the introduction of flash drives (pen drive/thumb drive/memory stick) in the year 2000. The latest version is USB 3.1. It transfers at up to 10 Gigabits per second. However, everything wasn’t really tickety boo as the contents of my ‘cables’ drawer would suggest. A standard USB has a Type A plug, my camera used a USB Mini-B plug, my sat nav a Micro-B plug, my printer a Type-B and I can’t even begin to remember what the others were for. It was a bit like getting a new phone, every one of them came with a different charger and different size plug. Apple changed that with its Lightning Connector, but even that is flawed in design – both ends are different. At last someone some has seen sense.
The USB 1.0 arrived in late 1995 and transferred data at a rate of 12 megabits per second. A revised version of this standard, USB 1.1, not only managed this, but could also operate at a lower speed of 1.5 megabits per second for lower bandwidth devices, like keyboards and mice. Apple then dropped all the other ports in favour of USB with its new iMac G3 in 1998 and the rest is history. Two years later, USB 2 arrived. It could transfer data forty times faster – 480 Mb per second and was backwards compatible with earlier versions. This newer version offered many additional user features, the main one being a power source, which meant low power use items like scanners didn’t need any external power supply. It also meant we could now charge our phone, camera etc.
So, meet the USB-C. It will run on USB 3.1 protocol (10Gb/sec) and have the same plug on both ends. Ok, hardware might take a while to catch up, but this will be a game changer. Not only can it be plugged in either way up (like in the dark round the back of your computer) but combined with ‘Thuderbolt 3’ not only will it transfer up to 40Gb/sec it will also carry up to 100 watts of power. That means a single cable will be enough to power and run a large screen monitor (two actually). It’s happening now, Apple’s latest MacBook Pro has four USB-C connectors, so expect to see more with every new device, and hopefully this will be the last new connector we will see for a while. Don’t know what to keep in my soon to be empty drawer. Best suggestion so far… Hob Nobs. Willie
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Schiehallion is from the Gaelic SĂŹdh Chailleann, which translates as 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians'. Its regular shape led it to be selected by Charles Mason for a ground-breaking experiment to 'weigh the world' in 1774. The deflection of a pendulum by the mass of the mountain provided an estimate of the mean density of the Earth, from which its mass and a value for Newton's Gravitational constant G could be deduced. Mason was assisted in the task by mathematician Charles Hutton, who devised a graphical system to represent large volumes of surveyed heights, later to be known as contour lines - which are now a main feature on all maps. Schiehallion is the perfect introduction to hill-walking. It is one of the easier Munros, the walk to the summit (1083m) is about 6.25 miles and takes about 5 - 6 hours return. To get there from Pitlochry (20 miles), drive north on the A924, don't join the A9 but head for Killiecrankie. Just past Faskally Caravan Park turn left onto the B8019 and follow this road to the far end of Loch Tummel. Turn left onto the B846 and follow this road until you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the right. Turn up here and park in the Braes of Foss car park. Grid ref : NN753556. There is a plaque here commemorating the work of Mason. From Aberfeldy (12 miles), leave on the B846 signposted for Kinloch Rannoch and follow
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until you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the left. From the Braes of Foss car-park, head to its southern end and through a gate to a couple of information boards put up by the John Muir Trust. They have laid a well constructed path to almost the summit. Follow this path and not the old one which is really boggy. As the path starts to climb, you will pass a few stone 'chairs' that make for a good picnic spots looking onto Meall Tairneachan and over to Beinn a'Ghlo. Watch out for birds of prey, grouse, ptarmigan, whinchats and even some red deer. This path then leads right up onto the top of the ridge and a boulderfield, take time and care crossing here. You will pass numerous cairns but the true summit of Schiehallion is further along the ridge than might be first thought! You will know when you get there. The views are fantastic, particularly to the west across Rannoch Moor to the peaks of Glencoe. The return to Braes of Foss is by the same route, to prevent further erosion - please do not short-cut down the old path. Remember, mountains are dangerous. Do not venture out without being properly equipped for all weathers and eventualities. If you do go on a hot day, take plenty of water as there is none on the mountain. Have a good walk.
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Hay Fever ? (seasonal allergic rhinitis)
It's that time of year again, when a warm sunny day can cause misery to so many of us. But help is on hand, here is some great advice to prevent hay fever from keeping you in and spoiling your summer. Did you know hay fever affects 1 in 5 adults in the UK and it is becoming more prevalent, especially in children? Hay fever is more likely if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema. In the UK, there may be over 12 million people with hay fever. What are the symptoms? Sneezing - Blocked or runny nose (rhinitis) - Itchy eyes, nose and throat - Headaches. As a result, people often suffer from poor concentration and poor quality of sleep. In some cases, hay fever may lead to asthma attacks. What is Hay Fever? Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, from plants, grasses, trees, even moulds carried in the air. It is most common during spring and summer. These plants and moulds produce allergens – hence allergy. This is when your body’s immune system reacts to an allergen and mistakes it for a harmful invader, i.e. a virus. It overreacts and produces antibodies that are not generated by non allergic people. The antibody is called immunoglobulin E ( IgE). The production of IgE is a trigger to your body to produce histamine. Histamine actually causes the symptoms of hay fever. Hence, when you go for over the counter remedies, they are called ‘anti-histamines’. There are different kinds of pollen that can cause suffering, they fall into four different types: Tree Pollen - late March to mid-May. Crop Pollen - main offender being Oil Seed Rape - end of April to early June. Grass Pollen - mid May to July. Weed Pollen - end of June to September. 38 Pitlochry Life
The exact timing and severity will vary from year to year, depending on the weather and also regionally, depending on geographical location. Treatments? Hay fever cannot be cured completely. The best way to control most allergies is to avoid the trigger substance, however it is very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months. If you suffer badly, there are a few simple steps to avoid over exposure: • Avoid cutting grass, playing or walking in grassy areas, and camping. • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you are outdoors. • Change your clothes and take a shower after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body. • Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50 - check online weather sites, such as BBC.co.uk/weather). • Keep windows and doors shut in the house. If it gets too warm, draw the curtains to keep out the sun and keep the temperature down. • Do not keep fresh flowers in the house. • Vacuum regularly, ideally using a machine with a HEPA filter. • Damp dust regularly. Dusting with a wet cloth, rather than a dry one, will collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around. • Do not smoke or let other people smoke in your house. Smoking and breathing in other people's smoke will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways and can make your symptoms worse.
• Keep car windows closed. You can buy a pollen
filter for the air vents in your car. This needs to be changed every time the car is serviced. It is not always possible to stay indoors when the pollen count is high. So what can you do? There are a number of treatments available, however the best way to start any treatment is to speak to your local pharmacy or GP. Speaking to your GP is particularly important if you suffer from asthma because hay fever can often make asthma symptoms worse and your GP may advise you to increase your dosage of asthma medication. The more common over the counter treatments are • Antihistamine Tablets and Nasal Sprays, if taken regularly, help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat and itchy watery eyes. • Anti-inflammatory Nasal Sprays and Nose Drops (usually containing steroids), which reduce inflammation in the delicate lining of the nose. These should be taken daily for the best results. • Anti-Allergy Nasal Sprays and Eye Drops, such as Cromoglycate, which act on the linings of the nose and eyes to stop the allergen triggering a reaction. Decongestant tablets and sprays can help if the nose is blocked and stuffy, but can lead to rebound blocking. The most common active ingredient in hay fever treatment is either Cetirizine or Loratadine. One may work better than the other for you, however either or both might make you drowsy. You must keep that in consideration if you drive or work
machinery. Ask your pharmacist for advice. Another treatment available is steroids – but these come with increased risk of side effects. It’s best to consult a doctor if your symptoms are very severe and persist. In addition, there are desensitising treatments, again to be administered by a doctor. However the course is long and can be quite expensive. Alternatively local Medical Herbalist David Pirie has suggested the following natural remedies which are safe for all age groups to take: Nettle: Our perennial weed is my herb of choice for hay fever, having used it successfully for my own symptoms. Supplied by most pharmacists, but you can simply pick your own small handful of nettle leaves (wear some gloves!), throw in the teapot, pour on boiling water, and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink three cups a day and your symptoms will soon vanish. You could add mint, but tastes refreshing on its own. Chamomile: pictured above, a simple chamomile tea taken 2-3 times a day will greatly reduce the inflammatory effects of allergies. Also calming and is very suitable for children. Euphrasia: either as an eyewash or homeopathic remedy to reduce inflamed and itchy eyes. Herbal Medicine has considerable long term success with allergies which often stem from digestive problems. Prevention is much better than cure! For further information on herbal medicine please contact David on 01887 840783 or firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Pitlochry Life 39
Pitlochry in Bloom began in 1993, so will be 25 years old in 2018. The present Committee are not as young as they used to be, average age is 74 and they desperately need some new blood and energy. They have worked tirelessly over Pitlochry since 1993, winning numerous awards and looking after the local environment, along with a band of local volunteers. Interestingly, their Constitution says nothing about flowers, but is more concerned with environmental quality and conservation. Their work entails caring for and maintaining local parks, the Armoury Park and gardens, Bloom feature beds. Planting trees and bulbs and summer bedding, creating floral displays, litter picking group and latterly the formation of a path group all form part of Pitlochry in Bloom. They aim to encourage re-cycling and encourage local businesses to look after their properties and to conserve the local environment. The aim of Britain in Bloom, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, â€œ To encourage Horticultural Achievement, Community Participation and Environmental Responsibilityâ€?. Over 3,000 Communities the length and breadth of the UK take part in Regional Campaigns and go forward to the National finals. Pitlochry in Bloom has won 5 Gold Medals in this campaign, the highest accolade, two in the Champion of Champions Category and twice won an International Award in Canada. They have secured three Heritage Awards for Pitlochry Station and numerous other wins for Tourism, Cleanliness and small projects. The benefits the town receives are many due to the locals who enjoy and participate in Bloom features and the tourists who come and take many photos and memories back of what a beautiful place Pitlochry is and how well it is cared for. They work on a Victorian theme and try to fund-raise to support the hanging baskets which are so much a part of the Pitlochry summer months. They would like to continue our work, but are struggling with lack of funding, support and new Committee members. They urgently need some local participation in order to continue. Please get in touch if you feel you are able to offer some of your time to help this very worthwhile Committee, either as a volunteer to help with gardening or bring new energy to our Committee. email@example.com
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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!
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Pete Wishart - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP Candidate It has been the greatest privilege to represent Highland Perthshire for the last 16 years. At all times, I have done my best to sort out the problems people face and to enhance our local community. Everyone will no doubt know someone from the constituency that I have assisted. I have taken my constituents’ concerns to the House of Commons and pursued the issues that matter to everyone in Perthshire. I work alongside my colleague, John Swinney, to deliver for the people of Highland Perthshire. I hope that I will be re-elected and I pledge to work hard for you.
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP General practice staff will be given additional training to develop their skills thanks to a £2.5 million investment from the Scottish Government. The move is part of plans to develop the skills of the whole practice team, making it easier for patients to access the right person at the right time. Receptionists and practice managers will be able to access training on signposting patients to the most appropriate source of help or advice. This could be a service available in the practice or elsewhere in the community, such as a community pharmacist or a local optician. Staff will also be up-skilled to allow them to take on more of the administrative tasks currently carried out by GPs. Additional training will also be made available for general practice nurses, so they are better equipped to meet the needs of patients with multiple health conditions. This is part of the move towards developing enhanced nursing roles within general practice. The Scottish Government wants to reinvigorate general practice and attract more people into the profession. We also want to shift the balance of care into the community, and general practice clearly has a significant role to play. By investing in the training of practice staff, the whole system can be made more efficient, freeing up time for doctors to spend on their consultations. We can also increase the skills of those practice staff and improve their job satisfaction. Home-owners can now apply for an interest free loan of up to £32,500 to improve the energy efficiency and use of renewable technologies in their properties. The Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme – launched on May 2 – makes a total of £34 million funding available to owner-occupiers and private landlords to install energy efficiency measures, such as external or internal wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, warm air units and other forms of renewable technology that can be used in the home. The updated scheme has been created by combining two separate and existing programmes, the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland Loans Scheme, and the Home Energy Scotland Renewable Loan Scheme. It contains an up to 25% cash back offer for a limited time. The Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme presents property owners with an ideal opportunity to install a variety of energy efficient measures and renewables technologies to make it easier and cheaper to keep their homes warm. Combining previous loan schemes makes it easier for continued on page 50
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consumers to make all energy-related changes to their properties at the one time. It also cuts red tape and expands the pot of funding available. Individual householders or private sector landlords looking for a loan or further information should call 0808 808 2282, or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-scotland-loan or www.homeenergyscotland.org or www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland for further details. I can be contacted at 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 In May I took time at Holyrood to meet with members of the StepChange Debt Charity to discuss their work in helping people struggling under the burden of high household and personal debt. The average household debt in Perth and Kinross stands at close to 13,000 pounds and a record number of people are now using StepChange services to help with financial problems. Advisors at StepChange believe that the increase in people using their services concerning but also positive as it shows that more people are seeking expert help when they need it. StepChange first opened their doors in 1992 and is the UK's leading debt advice charity wth their assistance free and impartial. In recent years significant progress has been made in establishing the right structures and best practice when it comes to helping people negotiate debt problems. However, things can always improve. During our meeting, StepChange explained their desire to see the extension of the existing Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland which helps people who are particularly vulnerable as a result of debt issues. StepChange is doing fantastic work in providing a crutch for people to lean on in Mid-Scotland and Fife but it is important that we continue to help people in financial difficulty to get back on their feet and I was happy to support their calls for extending the Debt Arrangement scheme. Statistics released in May have shown that farm incomes in the area have dropped by a staggering 48% in the last year. Since a peak in 2011, farm income has decreased by 75% across the country. In this corner of Scotland, agriculture plays a huge part in the local economy and news of this reduction has come as a hammer blow to farmers. Scotland's farming Union, the NFUS, believes that growers are not receiving a fair price for their produce with buyers continuing to drive down prices at market. Understandably, customers want low prices but all too often the burden of this falls on the producer rather than the retailer. There are other reasons behind this current downturn. The disastrous handling of CAP payments as a result of the Scottish Government's IT failures meant that farmers received subsidy payments far later and some payments still outstanding. The failure to pay EU monies on time has clearly hampered business and workforce planning in many farm businesses across Perth and Kinross. For some farmers the nightmare of CAP payments is still not over. Around 60 producers in Perth and Kinross are still waiting on Less Favourable Area support (LFASS) payments from 2015. These payments are designed to help farmers working the most marginal land and failure to pay them on time threatens the sustainability of these businesses. The combination of these two factors has resulted in a perfect storm for Scotland's farmers which is the last thing the industry needs. I have made it clear that we need to do more to encourage younger entrants into farming, but the combination of low prices and botched support payments is seriously affecting the attractiveness of farming as a career. Farmers across the area need a Government who truly understands the sector and is able to play a positive role in returning it to profitability. The UK will need a new subsidy support scheme as we exit the EU and this presents a continued on page 52
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real opportunity to tailor this to Scotland and I hope that both of our Governments grasp this chance. 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.
Ian Campbell - Councillor Highland Perthshire, Conservative. As you may know I was re elected at the council elections in May to represent Highland Perthshire. I would like to thank all those who voted for me and put their trust in me for the next 5 years so that I could continue to represent this area. I would also like to thank all those people who helped me get re elected. As a political group the Scottish conservatives got an excellent result and will now be forming the administration on Perth & Kinross council. We have formed a partnership with other groups and individuals on the council and will now do our best to provide quality sustainable services for the people of Perth & Kinross. As always I will represent all my constituents in Highland Perthshire and not just those who voted for me. Once again, I thank you for your support! If you would like to discuss any specific issues with me, please call me on 07736 307879/ 01738 827079 or e-mail me at email@example.com If you want to keep up to date with what is happening daily in Highland Perthshire then follow me on Facebook at Councillor Ian Campbell HP
Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005. e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on Sundays, and other events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sundays â€“ 9.30am Holy Communion (except 2 July). 6 pm on the last Sunday of the month Evening Service. However, on 25 June, there is a Farewell Service for Bishop David in St Ninian's Cathedral in Perth. Pentecost (Whitsunday), 4 June â€“9.30am Sung Communion Trinity Sunday 11 June 9.30 am Holy Communion. Thursdays at 10.30am, Morning Prayer followed by Coffee First Thursdays of the month at 10.30am, Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion, Thursday 15 June 10.30am - Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi) Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. continued on page 54
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The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.30pm on second Tuesdays. Details of the Mystery Tour on Tuesday 13 June from The Rector or Kath Sanderson (01796 470391). 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. Sundays at 11.15am - Pentecost (Whitsunday), 4 June - All age Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins; third Sundays Sung Communion. Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. Sunday 2 July - 11.15am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. 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). On Sunday 4 June there will be a Joint Service in Kilmaveonaig at 11.15am. Sunday 2 July – - 11.15am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig.
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. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall.
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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: email@example.com
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (email@example.com) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net Sundays: We meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road. Doors open at 10:30am with coffee & cake, tea & biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. June Events Sunday 4th - our pastor will lead our time together, and Nev Wallace will explore Luke 19:1-10, ‘Jesus and the Con-Artist.’ Sunday 11th - Fiona Meyer will lead our worship this morning, and our pastor will preach on ‘Jesus and the Distracted.’ Wednesday 21st - Street Sports. Pitlochry High School 6:30-8:30pm. Outdoor Football Cage Tournaments with St Johnstone FC's 'Saints in the Community.' Sunday 18th - John Greenshields will explore ‘Jesus and the Materialist,’ and Deirdre Powrie will lead our worship team. Sunday 25th - our Youth Pastor will lead our Family Service this morning. Our Mission Possible partners Andy and Heather Swanson (MAF Uganda) will be visiting with their young family. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 (www.heartlandfm.co.uk) 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 2pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. continued on page 58
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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. Youth Club - Friday 30th at 6pm. See our website or our FB page for details.
St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • 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 1.00 pm. First Friday of the Month: After the 9.30am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence till 12.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation • Every first Friday of the month at St Bride’s, Pitlochry there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 12 noon to 12.30pm during Adoration. • Every first Saturday of the Month at St Columba’s, Birnam there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 5.30 to 5.50pm. • Every third Friday of the Month at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during adoration after Mass at 12 noon. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call.
Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge. continued on page 60
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Grandtully, Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland Interim Moderator, Dr Nigel Henderson 01250 870513. Session Clerk : Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209.
Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Matthew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228 Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am Braes of Rannoch 9.45am Foss & Rannoch 11.30am Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. 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. Thursday 1st June, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Blesses Humility and Punishes Arrogance—a discussion of Jeremiah 49, 50’, ‘Remove the Rafter’, ‘Kingdom Preachers Take Their Case to Court’ Part 2. Sunday 4th June, 10.30am. A talk: ‘On Whose Promises Do You Rely?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘What You Vow, Pay (Matthew 5:33)’. Thursday 8th June, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah’s Word Comes True in Every Detail—a discussion of Jeremiah 51, 52’, ‘How Strong Is Your Faith in Jehovah’s Promises?’, ‘Kingdom Preachers Take Their Case to Court’ Part 3. Sunday 11th June, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Acts of God—How Do You View Them?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘What Will Go When God’s Kingdom Comes? (1 John 2:17)’. Thursday 15th June, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘A Waiting Attitude Helps Us to Endure—a discussion of Lamentations’, ‘Kingdom Preachers Take Their Case to Court’ Part 4. Sunday 18th June, 10.30m. A talk: ‘Rescue From World Distress’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘“The Judge of All the Earth” Always Does What Is Right (Deuteronomy 32:4)’. Thursday 22nd June, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Ezekiel Delighted to Declare God’s Message—a discussion of Ezekiel 1–5’, ‘Regain Joy Through Study and Meditation’, ‘Loyally Supporting God’s Government and No Other’ Part 1. Sunday 25th June, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Safeguard Your Christian Identity’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Do You Share Jehovah’s Sense of Justice? (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4)’. continued on page 62
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Thursday 29th June, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Will You Be Marked for Survival?—a discussion of Ezekiel 6–10’, ‘Uphold Jehovah’s Moral Standards’, ‘Loyally Supporting God’s Government and No Other’ Part 2. We offer a free home study course of the Bible using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like to see what it is like, do get in touch with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or email@example.com. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.
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 June will be at 10am in Logierait Church. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch meet on Tuesday evening the 6th of June in the John Kyd Hall at Strathtay Church, with Guest Speaker. 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 and sponsored walk for church funds will take place on 25th of June. Details from Sandra Morrison.
Heartland Healing Rooms (New times, new places) Wednesday 14th June - Aberfeldy Parish Church 11.30am - 1.00pm Wednesday 28th June - Pitlochry Baptist Church 2.00pm - 3.30pm Are you in pain? Have you lost all hope? Do you have a problem that you cannot solve? Come along to Heartland Healing Rooms and we will welcome you and pray to our almighty , supernatural God for you. No situation is impossible for Him to change. You can have a cup of tea and a chat too and it is free! Prayer works. Prayer changes circumstances! Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council AGM 10th May Andrew welcomed everyone to the meeting. Present: Andrew Holmes (Chair) 473400, James Laurenson (Vice Chair) 473788, Isobel Millar (Treasurer), David Roy (Environment Convenor) 473872, William MacNicoll, Shona Hutchcox, Jane King (Minute Secretary), Cllrs Mike Williamson and Xander McDade and 6 members of the public Apologies: Rita Robertson, Cllr Campbell continued on page 64
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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier! Pitlochry Life 63
Minute Of AGM 2016: Approved and no matters arising. Chairman's Report: Andrew thanked his fellow Community Council members for their work in 2016/17, also the local Councillors, Kate Howie (wishing her all the best for her retirement) and Ian Campbell, also Jane King for taking the minutes. He also welcomed Cllrs Mike Williamson and Xander McDade, congratulating Xander on his recent appointment. 2016/17 had been a quiet year with no major planning issues. The consultation on the dualling of the A9 is going smoothly. A-boards and parking are still ongoing. The main activity of the year had been the opening of the new SSE Centre, a welcome addition to the town, which has increased the available parking in the dam area and improved disabled access to the loch. Treasurers Report And Accounts: Tartan Account balance £3044.13, Current Account £356.61. A statement of accounts will be submitted to PKC. Election Of Office Bearers: The following were elected: Chair: Andrew Holmes , Vice Chair: Jim Laurenson, Treasurer: Isobel Millar, Environment Convener: David Roy. The Minute Secretary will undertake some minor administrative tasks in the absence of a Secretary. Andrew and the CC members were thanked for all their hard work, often unseen and un-thanked, over the course of the year.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, 10th May 2017 (Summary) Full minutes on www.hpcp.co.uk/members Six PMCC members, two PKC Councillors and 6 members of the public present. Two apologies. No police report. Project regarding love locks on the suspension bridge to be adopted by Cllr McDade. PKC Traffic Officer to be present at PMCC meeting 14th June to address speeding issues. Speeding signs requested at Aldour, West Moulin Road and North entrance to the town have not materialised. PKC can do no more about drains above the canopies on Atholl Road. Visual impact at the approach to Loch Faskally unacceptable for A9 dualling. New crossing being worked on. PKC not prepared to take action regarding tables and chairs outside Mortons. Public asked to lobby local Councillors. Formal guidance on A-boards still to be issued. Problems are still ongoing at Hubertus Game. Enforcement notice has been served. Appeal has been made. PKC asked to serve notice on Station house. Overnight parking in Ferry Road car parks, parking on yellow lines and pavement parking reported to PKC Traffic Manager. Bollards requested for pavement outside Post Office and Davidson’s. Barriers outside Greggs still not removed. PKC to remove them. New road sign requested for Balnadrum Terrace. On July 28th Bonnethill and West Moulin Roads to be closed for Killicrankie Parade. 40 soldiers expected. Crowd numbers unknown. Road to be cleared of pedestrians before removal of barriers. Hearing aid batteries and walking stick ferules now available from library Cllr McDade lobbying for more community empowerment. PMCC to produce paper outlining meaningful issues. continued on page 66
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Dog poo bags available free from Library. Dog fouling needs to be reported on 01738 476476 or www.pkc.gov.uk/dogfouling Tables, chairs and A-boards to be legally placed with room for pedestrians etc. A-boards to be restricted to one per business. Copy of PKC policy document requested for comment. Reconstitution of road outside Bell’s Distillery scheduled for 8/9 May postponed indefinitely. Trimming of hedge bordering the school and Knockard Avenue to be requested from PKC. Large green bins above Aldour after change-over to small ones. Email Environmental Services. Delta Road and Moulin notice boards adequate for summer season. More space required on town notice board. Extra panel beneath the present one to be investigated. BEAR to be contacted about removal of deer carcasses from A9. Next meeting 14th June in the High School at 7.30pm
Pitlochry Bowling Club Indoor Bowls Singles winner was Stewart Rutherford, runner-up Willum MacNicoll. We opened our green for the summer season on Saturday 22nd April and welcomed fellow bowlers from Blair Atholl. Bowls Scotland President Eddie Nicholson and his wife Doreen also visited and Eddie joined us on the green for the opening match. Vice president Valerie Wilson threw the first jack, and the match between teams representing President John Anderson and Vice-president Valerie, was won by the President’s team. The weather has been ideal so far and we have already visited Blair Atholl, Bankfoot and welcomed Almond Valley to our green. Opening hours are from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday and the Club “Hat” nights are open to all bowlers on Thursdays from 6.30pm. We look forward to meeting old friends and new throughout the summer. Everybody welcome to come and try the game of bowls - contact 01796 473459
Curling News The Province of the curling clubs in Atholl held their annual general meeting at Moulin Hall. Outgoing president Hugh Mackintosh reflected on the year which saw Eve Muirhead win the Scottish women’s championships for the sixth time before going on to represent Scotland at the World and European championships winning bronze at both events. Blair Atholl’s Chistine Cheape MBE was unanimously elected as new president. It was a night for the “oldies” when it came to the presentation of prizes. Tullymet, founded in 1840, skipped by the relatively young Ian McLaren, won the Atholl/ Breadalbane Bonspiel. Tullymet had earlier collected the Reid trophy in Perth as the highest up rink in the province win against East of Fife in the final with Roddy Thomson as skip. Dunkeld, founded in 1830 and skipped by Gordon Muirhead, won the Atholl League trophy. Murthly, founded in 1887, skipped by Bill Wilks won the Atholl Knock out and the Atholl Bonspiel. continued on page 68
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However, the young Heart of the Highlands, (1967) skipped by Peter Stark won the Clan Donnachaidh Tummel League trophy. Although the curling season has now ended, the clubs will be meeting at Blair Atholl for their annual Golf competition in June for the prestigious Colin Reid trophy. If anyone is interested in taking up curling, the clubs will be hosting “come and try evenings” at Perth Ice Rink in September and October. Contact any of the clubs below to receive further information when details are released. Club contacts, Kenmore firstname.lastname@example.org Dunkeld email@example.com Heart of the Highlands firstname.lastname@example.org Aberfeldy email@example.com Tullymet firstname.lastname@example.org Toberargan email@example.com
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 13th June. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 13th June, 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 Sunday the 11 June at 6pm (tbc, please check) Still Life (2013 cert 12A) Director Uberto Pasonlini. HFS’s next film is a British drama about a council case worker who searches for the relatives of people found dead and alone. Facing redundancy, while tracking his final case he becomes involved in the complicated past of a neighbour and a new friendship starts to form. Described as the cinematographic equivalent of The Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’, a lonely lament about the forgotten people of the world. Multiple awards : Best director (Venice) and Best performance for Eddie Marsan (Edinburgh IFF). Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. 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. continued on page 70
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Sale of Teddy Bears and Easter Bunnies for CHAS. A most successful sale was held in Pitlochry on Saturday 15th April 2017, raising money for the Children's Hospice, CHAS, Rachel House in Kinross, when 31 beautifully dressedTeddy Bears and many knitted Easter Bunnies, along with chickens, nests of eggs, several other craft items and a table laden with lovely baking, raised a wonderful sum of ÂŁ848.15 Thanks to all the Ladies who do the knitting, your time and talent is much appreciated, the Teddies are absolutely delightful when they all come together. Many thanks also to those who baked, those who donated and those who bought, your continued support is amazing. Kathleen Scott. Pitlochry.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band It's been a hectic month trying to kit out new members in time for competitions, our ceilidh with the City of Leeds Pipe Band and the Highland Nights. By the time you read this, the ceilidh with the Leeds Pipe band will be past and I'm sure it will have been a great night. The Highland Nights start on the 29th May and we hold them every Monday night until the 4th September. These Highland Nights are the main fundraiser for the band, so we'll be hoping for lots of nice sunny, dry Monday nights! Once again, thanks to everyone for promoting them. We're looking forward to seeing the nice new terracing filled with people!! The Grade 1 band had their first competition in Bangor on the 13th May and were delighted to take a second place and pick up their first trophy of the year, with I'm sure, many more to follow. The Grade 1 band are playing at the UK Championships in Belfast on the 10th June and we have a few chanter players and pipers competing in the local Mod at Aberfeldy the same day, and also playing at Methven Gala day in the afternoon. The European Championships follow on up in Forres, on the 24th June which will be a grand day as that's the day the "McNab" family get spoilt with winning the "Find a Piping Family" competition. So June once again will be a very busy month! Gillie McNab 07733152223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band The band competed at the weekend for the first time in almost 3 years. We were at Dunbar and for most of the youngsters it was their very first competition. Both Pipe Major Christy Kelly and Leading Drummer Lewis Taylor were delighted with their performance and everyone is looking forward to our next outing at the British Championships at Paisley then the European Championships at Forres at the end of June. For more information on the band or if you would like to come along, please contact Christy or Sharon Kelly on 01796 472692.
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 continued on page 72
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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. Items on display are a Dominie`s Desk which was used in Productions by Pitlochry Amateur Dramatic Society. Also on display is a Doll`s House complete in every detail circa 1942 and a selection of receipts from merchants and others in Pitlochry which make interesting reading. There are many photographs and items of local interest along with books for sale by local authors Please make time to support your heritage Centre.
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
Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild’s Coffee Morning Thank you to all who supported the Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild’s Coffee Morning on 22nd April in aid of the Disaster Emergency Committee East Africa Crisis Appeal which raised £409.00. We are particularly grateful for the generous donation of tomato plants and to the Hardware Shop in Pitlochry who sold the remainder for us.
Scotland’s Outdoor Access Trust Changes its Name Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust has had a recent change of identity to reflect the growth and expansion of its activities throughout Scotland. Now called Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, this innovative environmental charity is working to develop an access management continued on page 74
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strategy across both of Scotland’s National Parks and to develop new initiatives across Scotland. Building, restoring and maintaining paths, training people in conversation and managing a Scotland wide volunteering scheme are just some of the activities the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland are involved in. Fast approaching its 20th year, the trust has an impressive record throughout its history with over 24km of mountain paths having been restored last year alone and another 100km of repairs planned over the next three years. Dougie Baird, Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland CEO reports, “Scotland’s two National Parks are immensely popular and play host to over 5.5 million visitors each year. Unfortunately, these huge numbers of visitors, along with our Scottish weather, creates serious erosion of mountain paths and the destruction of nearby habitats. As Scotland’s primary outdoor access trust, we are now working with both National Parks as well as Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and a host of grant awarding bodies, to conserve our unique upland mountain landscape for future generations to enjoy.” With fourteen new trainees due to start their SQA accredited course in Environmental Conservation, a new Director on the Board, a vast programme of volunteering opportunities and a huge geographical increase in their area of operation, the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland is one charity that is firmly here for the long term. To find out more about the trust and its work as well as to get involved in volunteering opportunities, please either visit www.outdooraccesstrustforscotland.org.uk or give them a call on 013398 87777.
The Surgery Users’ Group at Atholl Medical Centre (AMC) It’s 18 months now since we established the Surgery Users’ Group and it has been meeting with representatives of the Practice at quarterly intervals over that time. These meetings have been wide ranging and have provided a useful channel of communication between patients and the Practice, enabling each to raise with the other any matters of concern, and helping to improve the service to the public. Arising from these meetings have been several matters that you should know about concerning the NHS in Scotland and the AMC:• The website www.nhsinform.scot provides some very useful information on your health and how to look after it. • How patient information is used to improve medical services and kept secure and confidential is explained at spire.scot (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) • AMC’s website www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk is full of information about appointments, emergencies, opening hours and much more. There is also a page for the Users’ Group, including how to contact us. • AMC would like to draw your attention to the availability of Respite Care at Balhousie Care Home - a chance for Carers to have a break. • There is a new facility at the Surgery – a room where patients can take their own blood pressure (without appointment). There are instructions there and a short form to provide your doctor with the results of the test. This is a useful facility as without it you’d need an appointment with the nurse, and it can be used at your convenience. • Dr Kennedy will be leaving the practice on 31 July. Dr Fiona Sinclair will join the team 2 days per week from 1st September when Dr McCoy will move to 4 days per week. continued on page 76
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Pitlochry Rotary honour the Co-op’s People’s Champion with the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award for 2017
If you were to ask anyone living in Pitlochry who was ‘Meg at the Pitlochry Co-op’ chances are that pretty much everyone would know the familiar face and the cheery voice of Margaret ‘Meg’ Farron who, as her Manager, Barry Jardine, tells us, has been the voice of the Co-op for the best part of eighteen years. As far as he knows she has never missed a day off and is a fine role model and mentor for the rest of the staff. Meg is a member of the Customer Service Team and is well known for ‘going the extra mile’ with customers. She very often sends you back down the aisle when there is a ‘two for one’ deal going that you missed !! What many people do not know is just how much of her own time is spent on raising money for charitable causes such as the Air Ambulance Service, the British Red Cross and many other local charities. She spends hours collecting raffle prizes from local donors and sells tickets in the store outwith her own working hours. A conservative estimate has been put on her fund raising over the past few years and it is in excess of £20,000. To quote a regular shopper who told us “ All her work goes almost unnoticed as she is not one to shout about what she does and personally I think that as she is such a well known and loved member of the community this is a fitting honour for her.” R W Bell (Electrical) Ltd, Pitlochry very generously support this award alongside Pitlochry Rotary and their General Manager, Kate Henderson, told us that they were delighted to be able to continue to be associated with this 2017. Congratulations Meg! Picture - Barry Jardine, Co-op Store Manager, John Uytman, Rotary President, Meg Farron, and Kate Henderson, RW Bells General Manager. Pitlochry Life 75
• Receptionist Katie has left and has been succeeded by Pamela. To help the practice work more efficiently, we can all contribute by:• avoiding missed appointments. One of the biggest problem our doctors and nurses have is the number of “no-shows” which wastes valuable time and severely disrupts the practice working day. • not coming to the surgery with an infectious condition, or bringing children in such a condition. The waiting room can become a source of spreading illness throughout the area! If you want to get involved in the Users’ Group, or have an issue you think the Group should discuss with the practice, you can contact the Group Chairman, David Frame, on 01796 474234, or email email@example.com Remember that the User’s Group does not discuss any personal medical matters.
Community Drama The Scottish Community Drama Association held the Scottish Final of its One Act Play competition in Pitlochry Festival Theatre in April. The Association was most appreciative of the support from the people and businesses of Pitlochry. Over 50 local businesses supported the event, ranging from B&Bs taking a one line advert in our house magazine to the Rotary Club of Pitlochry which sponsored the programme. Our members from all over Scotland and beyond were highly appreciative of the service they received in shops and accommodation and from the management and staff at the theatre. The icing on the cake from a local point of view was that Aberfeldy Drama Club won the Festival with their performance of Ring Road by Anna Vitesse and will go on to represent Scotland at the British Final in Belfast in July.
Pitlochry Art Walk – 10 to 18 June 2017 20 locations around the town will host exhibitions of art and handmade items from local and other Scottish based artists. Each venue will have a location number which will also be printed on the Art walk map which will be available at all locations. Each place will be open during their normal working hours over the 10 day event. Do pick up a map and make your way round the town, browse and perhaps buy. The Rotary Club Kids Art Exhibition will also take place in the Atholl Centre from Monday afternoon to Friday during the week. This exhibition is from the children of Breadalbane Academy, Pitlochry High and their feeder primary schools. Why not pop in and chose who you feel is your winner. Do look at our website: www.pitlochryartwalk.co.uk For more info contact: Annie - 01796 472358 or Iain - 01796 473044
Arthritis Awareness in Atholl Gordon Dilworth was the speaker at the May meeting of Arthritis Awareness in Atholl. He chose as his title "Rhyming for fun, a lifetime of verse" and we were not disappointed. He read and recited a variety of poems, some familiar, some in Scots, about battles, farming, dogs, Noah's Ark, and other subjects, interspersed with amusing limericks. Everyone enjoyed immensely our last meeting before the summer break. President Dr Cruikshank very appropriately gave the Vote of Thanks in verse. The next meeting is on Monday 4th September which is the AGM followed by our chairman Hugh Mackintosh showing post cards of Blair Atholl. We look forward to welcoming members new and old. continued on page 78
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Cycle with me! Pitlochry to Killiecrankie via Loch Faskally – there and back! Great for: Low level, flat cycling and beautiful scenery. Benefits: Conveniently starts at a central car park. Forest routes combined with riverside cycling. Use as a one-way or ‘there and back’ route. Cycle as little or as much of the route as you please before turning back! Length: Approx. 8 miles. Start at the Atholl Road Car Park in Pitlochry and turn left onto the main street in the town. On the outskirts of Pitlochry, take a left at the sign to the Faskally Boating Station. At the boating station cafe at the bottom of the hill take the track that brings you alongside Loch Faskally. When you come to a track turning right, away from the Loch, look for the signs to the caravan park. You may have to dismount here to navigate the small steps. Do not follow the track alongside the river at this point as there are steep banks and the ride will get very technical. Keep following the signs for the caravan park and this will take you to a tarmac road. Turn left here and continue until you meet another road where you will make another left and continue cycling along the footpath. Go straight across at the junction to Tummel Bridge. Look out for the left hand turn onto a tarmac road and continue downhill on this tarmac until a right hand turn up river takes you to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. You will pass the ‘Soldier’s Leap’ on this path which is a breathtaking view well worth dismounting for! You may want to stay off your bike at this point to continue up the steps to the Visitor Centre. Return to Pitlochry reversing the above route. Written by Sally Judd, Blair Atholl Bike Hire
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Blair Atholl Village Hall The first Annual General Meeting of Blair Atholl Village Hall, the new community company which now owns the Hall, will take place on Tuesday 6th June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Members should have received formal notice of the meeting along with the agenda. If you are a Member and have not received this notice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We now have over 100 Members; if you would like to join us, please complete the application form on our website www.blairathollvillagehall.co.uk or contact Donald Isles. All will be welcome at the meeting including non-members. At the end of the meeting, there will be an open discussion followed by refreshments. Donald Isles, Secretary, Blair Atholl Village Hall. Tel. 01796 481663, email email@example.com Scottish Charity No. SC046796, Company No. SC541925.
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. The end of the financial year allows us to look back at our fund-raising. Since 2006 we have raised a total of £208,371 from selling on the books which have been donated to us. This sum has been divided equally amongst different charities. Some have received less money that others simply because they joined our list at later dates. The list of charities with money received from the Bookshop is: Cancer Research UK £37,356; Children’s Hospice Association (CHAS) £37,235; Highland Perthshire Shopmobility £37,190; Mercy Corps £37,100; Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (since 2014) £22,100; Tayside Mountain Rescue (since 2016) £6,200; Amnesty International (2006-2016) £31,190. 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 the charities. Thank you. We look forward to everyone’s continued support in the future.
Dunkeld Art Exhibition The 47th Art Exhibition will open in The Duchess Anne on Thursday 22nd June at 10am and run for 10 weeks until Thursday 31st August. With over 150 artists registered we are delighted to have work from Rowena Laing a well known artist originally from Arbroath, Lisa Brundrett, Phen Hunter and Maggie T. Ferrie. Lisa will be entering some of her photography as well as paintings, Phen designed the artwork on the chairs in Dunkeld Cathedral and Maggie exhibited at Dunkeld a number of years ago. There will also be pottery, stained glass, wooden toys and cards for sale. We have a Preview Evening on Monday 19th June from 6 - 8pm and if you are in the area and interested in the Exhibition, please come along and see work by artists from all over the country as well as a number of locals. continued on page 81
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The Exhibition is open every day for 10 weeks from 22 June until 31st August and we look forward to seeing you at the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld over the summer. Further information on our Facebook page DunkeldCathedralArtExhibition or email DunkeldArt@aol.com
Neighbourhood Watch: June 2017 Protect yourself from Ransomware Following the ransomware cyber attack on 12 May, which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, individuals and businesses are being urged to protect themselves from this type of attack. Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) which enables cyber criminals to lock down files on your computer or mobile device and demand a ransom to restore access to your files. Ransomware can infect your device e.g. by a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use. Key Protect messages for individuals and businesses: • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available. • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated. • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too. Additional Protect message for individuals Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections. Phishing/smishing Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of their phishing/smishing campaigns so please be cautious if you receive any unsolicited communications purporting to come from the NHS. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details. The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number. Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call. Banks and the Police will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw cash or transfer your money to another “safe” account. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk or phone 0300 123 2040. Technical guidance can be found at www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance and www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisatiob-ransomeware
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Fancy a Festive Summer? Everyone needs a music festival at least once in their life! Rock, reggae, folk or funk, there’s a music festival that will suit your taste. Whilst events like Glastonbury sell out in a flash, there are dozens of other festivals around the country well worth considering. Age is no barrier in your love of music, and there are some great family orientated gigs that attract fans of all ages. Check out www.efestivals.co.uk to see what’s available and www.festivalawards.com to see how it is rated (best event/toilets/food etc.) Then check out www.clashfinder.com to create your ideal festival weekend timetable. Remember at larger events you will walk miles between various stages and the campsite. That can take a lot longer than anticipated, so plan it all out beforehand. Don’t forget to leave some ‘free’ time to wander and catch some unexpected great bands or make new friends. Yes, you can stay in a hotel, but you will need to book months in advance, pay through the nose and have a nightmare travelling back and forward each day. Camping is part of the festival experience and makes you feel part of it. So, if you fancy Madness at Camp Bestival, Aerosmith at Donnington, Rod Stewart at Isle of Wight, or Eminem at Reading, get online and grab a ticket. Then use our handy guide to plan a great festival weekend.
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Camping. Don’t buy the cheapest tent, you will either cook or freeze and will invariably end up wet from dew or rain. Get something with a double skin and always add a ‘person’ to the size – you need the extra space to store rucksacks, clothes and food. Try and get on site as early as you can to pick the best spot. Then don’t pitch at the bottom of a hill, downwind of the toilets, next to the ‘all-nighter’ stage or close to anyone who brought musical instruments. Remember where you pitched your tent by finding a decent landmark, something that works when staggering back in the early hours. Don’t put a Scotland/ England/Wales flag on the roof of your tent – everyone does that and there will be thousands of tents there. Don’t take a pillow; it won’t fit in your rucksack. Just take a pillowcase and stuff it with your spare clothes. It’s also worth taking a couple of bin bags, wrap up your bedding and spare clothing when out. If it turns monsoon time, at least you will have something dry to come back to. If you drive there, leave a clean change of clothes in the car, so when you leave after 3 days of downpour you will be warm and snug for the drive home. Remember the mallet! Toilets. They do get quite bad, but not always as bad as you think. You will find two types;
plastic portable chemical toilet ‘oven’ things and ‘long drop’ latrines. Keep an eye on them and try to nip in just after they’ve been cleaned. Never carry your phone in your back pocket – you wouldn‘t want to go fishing in either. Always carry some toilet paper and some hand sanitiser. You never know when you will need them! The toilets near the main stage will be the worst. There will be showers on site but you will lose the will to live in the queue. Wet wipes and hand sanitiser are your new best friends. Just be very careful if you wear contact lenses, hands covered in either will make your eyes sting like hell. Food. If you are a festival newbie, forget about camping stoves and budget to eat from the vans. Festival food is actually quite good but budget between £6 to £10 per meal as you will tire of burgers after the first day. Take cereal bars and bananas, they make a cheap nutritious breakfast and don’t need milk. Never be without water, fill a water bottle at stand pipes around the site. Phones. Your phone battery might last the first day, Even less if you waste it on Facebook and Twitter. Taking pictures will kill it. Consider taking a portable USB battery charger, or even a £20 PAYG basic phone that will possibly last 3 days on one charge and an old digital camera. Do not take your iPad, they are difficult to carry about and too valuable to leave in your tent.
Keep safe. Even with the best stewards available there are always people who will steal your stuff. The best advice is only take what you are prepared to come home without. Take enough cash to see you through the weekend as not everywhere will take cards. There will be ATMs but the queue competes with a shower. Keep your valuables on you at all times. I like to wear cargo pants/shorts as they have lots of extra pockets that fasten securely with zips, buttons or velcro. Spread your stuff about in the pockets so that if you lose something you don’t lose it all. As soon as you arrive arrange a rendezvous point in case anyone gets lost. Keep an eye on your mates, it is very easy to lose someone in a 100,000 crowd. Drugs. Don’t do it! You will get a big enough buzz off the music and crowd without risking it. At very least, just don’t try a drug you’ve never had before at a festival. Remember you are in a field in the middle of nowhere with very limited medical help and no idea how your body will react. Don’t risk it! Finally. Wear strong shoes as you will walk miles. If rain is forecast, take wellies and a cagoule. Drink more water than beer, explore, make new friends, behave, respect the stewards, ignore the idiots, use the bins, don’t believe the rumours about surprise bands , leave early or late to avoid the traffic and have immense fun. Pitlochry Life 83
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