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March 2017 Issue 322

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from the Team


Welcome to the March edition of Pitlochry Life. Yahoo...not long now and the clocks go back. I always feel that this marks the end of winter and gives us great hope for the coming year. Well we have been busy with lots of new contributions and features this month. Willie has looked at the history of Car Tax and the significant changes that are coming into force from April 1st. I have been looking at designing new bathrooms with some help, and new recipes for Spring. The Sea Bass recipe on Page 10 is amazing. Whilst Spring means being healthy by getting out and about, sometimes there are wee accidents along the way, so Alan Clinch considers ankle sprains and the best way to treat them. Sheila Drummond looks at gardens with slopes, I must admit I hadn’t realised there is so much to consider. Remember we have a great selection of trades people and suppliers to help you with those household and garden jobs. The computer page actually looks at free music, a must for kids and adults alike. We have had many updates from our local groups, clubs and societies. Please do keep sending them in, it’s encouraging to see so much going on in and around the area. One such update this month is from the Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club. Good to see the positive effect it is having on our youngsters and in bringing the community together. If you are visiting, Cead mile Failte - as we say, a 100,000 welcomes.

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Community Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Diary - What’s On Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 1st March 7.15pm, Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 2nd-4th March 7.00pm Annual Drama Festival of One Act Plays - Birnam Institute 3rd March 9.00pm Gavin Munro at The Old Mill Inn 4th March 9.00pm Howlin Radio at The Old Mill Inn 5th March 12noon Wedding Fair - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel 6th March 11.00am John Swinney MSP Surgeries 6th March 2.30pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 7th March 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 8th March 2.00pm Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre 8th March 2.30pm Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge 8th March 7.30pm Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School 9th March 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Freuchie 10th March 9.00pm Jon McKenzie at The Old Mill Inn 11th March 10.00am Rannoch and Highland Branch Clan Donnachaidh Society 11th March 9.00pm Wolftrain at The Old Mill Inn 12th March 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema 14th & 15th March Various A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Pitlochry Town Hall 15th March 4.30pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall 16th March 2.30pm North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall 17th March 7.30pm The Rannoch History Society, Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall 17th March 9.00pm Gavin Munro at The Old Mill Inn 18th March 2.00pm Open Afternoon - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry 18th March 9.00pm Last Orders at The Old Mill Inn 20th March 7.30pm Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group 22nd March 12noon Pitlochry Flower Club - Atholl Palace 22nd March 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst 23rd March 7.30pm Blair Atholl Church AGM - Church Hall 24th March 7.30pm Music in Rannoch - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch 24th March 9.00pm The Daddy Naggins at The Old Mill Inn 25th March 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Kinloch Rannoch and Craig Varr 25th March 2.00pm HPCLT Dun Coillich AGM - Grandtully Hall 25th March 9.00pm Red Pine Timber Co. at The Old Mill Inn 1st April 10.00am Mid Atholl Hall Committee Coffee Morning 1st April 7.00pm Ceilidh at the Palace - Atholl Palace Hotel 1st April 10.00am First Level Creative Writing Course - Cluny Hall 7th April 2pm & 4pm Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre 9th April 7.30pm Pitlochry and District Choral Society – Atholl Palace Hotel 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, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life

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1st March - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. when Barbara Sadler will be speaking on "Heather Gems". The cost of the evening is £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. For the 3rd year running, we are supporting the same Charity, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome. For more info, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. 2nd – 4th March – Annual Drama Festival of One Act Plays - Birnam Institute – 7.00pm. See page 66 for more information. 5th March - Wedding Fair - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 12noon to 3.00pm. Start your wedding planning with everything you need in the one beautiful setting. 6th March - John Swinney MSP Surgeries - Birnam, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry - From 11.00am. By appointment, see page 40 for details. 6th March - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2 30pm. Our speaker is Dr Nicola Cowmeadow of Perth Museum will give an introduction to local and family history. All welcome. 7th March - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 61. 8th March - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Margaret Thomas will be talking about beekeeping. Everyone is welcome, members or not. Please come to what promises to be a very interesting afternoon. See page 62 for more information about U3A. 8th March - Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. A talk will be given on one of the Guild Projects – ‘Feed the Minds – Breaking the cycle of FGM’. Everyone welcome. 8th March - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School - 7.30pm. 9th March - The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Freuchie - 9.30am. This is a circular walk on good estate roads starting from Amulree. The outward leg climbs above the loch, returning by the lochside. Height climbed 300m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 11th March - Rannoch and Highland Branch Clan Donnachaidh Society Coffee Morning - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 10.00am to 11.30am. Cake & Candy. Raffle. Tickets £3.00 at door. Do join us. 12th March - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. See page 61. 14th & 15th March - A9 Dualling Programme Drop In Session - Pitlochry Town Hall. See page 43 for details and open times. 15th March - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm. See page 58. 16th March - North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is Ken Nisbet, well known and very knowledgeable genealogist. His subject is "The Home Front of the 1st World War". Ken will look at how the Great War impacted on the home front, with conscription, food rationing, employment of women, blackouts being examined. He will also look at how the Great War impacted on land ownership and the rural landscape. Should be a very interesting afternoon. Members are free and visitors pay £3.00. Coffee, tea and chat afterwards. 17th March - The Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall - 7.30pm. Iain MacIllechiar will give a talk about the Gaelic place names of Rannoch and what can be learnt from them about the area's fascinating past. £3 including refreshments. 18th March - Open Afternoon - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 2.00pm. Come and see our new conference room, it has disabled access and a loop AV system for the hard of hearing. With coffee and cake. A Bring & Buy sale will be happening too.

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20th March - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group – The Tryst, Pitlochry – 7.30pm. Catherine Lloyd from Tayside Biodiversity Partnership wll give a talk ‘Tayside biodiversity - every action counts’. For enquiries contact Richard Horobin 01796 474480. 22nd March - Pitlochry Flower Club - Atholl Palace - 12 for 12.30pm. Please note the Change of venue. This will be a lunch, with a flower demonstration to follow. The demonstrator will be Mrs Karl Brunton her title will be 'Surprises'. This should be a nice afternoon. Good food, a lovely flower arrangements. friendly company,what more could you ask for. For more information phone Janice Needham (treasurer) on 01764 683492. 22nd March - Heartland Healing Rooms - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 2.00pm. See page 58. 23rd March - Blair Atholl Church AGM - Church Hall - 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear what is happening at this important time in the life of our church. 24th March - Music in Rannoch - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch - 7.30 pm. Robert Irvine (‘Cello), Allan Neave (Guitar). Both Heads of Department at the Scottish Conservatoire, playing an attractive programme, including Saint-Saens: The Swan, Faure: Apres un Reve, Casals: Song of the Birds, and Vivaldi, Domeniconi, Barrios, Bach, Zenamon, De Falla. £8 at the door. Children free. 25th March - The Tryst Walking Group - Kinloch Rannoch and Craig Varr - 9.30am. Starting near Kinloch Rannoch the route follows follows patha and open hillside on the ridge to Craig Varr. We return down the tourist path. Height climbed 400m. Distance 5 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 25th March - HPCLT Dun Coillich AGM - Grandtully Hall - 2.00pm. See page 66 for more information on this very interesting afternoon. 1st April - Mid Atholl Hall Committee Coffee Morning - Mid Atholl Hall - 10.00am to 2.00pm. £10.00 per table. Tea's & coffee with tray bakes etc. will also be on sale from Committee Members. To help with car park refurbishment. Tables are limited so booking is essential. Contact John Grant to book a table on 01796 482589. 1st April - Ceilidh at the Palace - Atholl Palace Hotel - 7.00pm. Three course dinner and a ceilidh, see page 34 for details. 1st & 23rd April - First Level Creative Writing Course - Cluny Hall - 10.00am. For more details contact Angela on 01350-724237. 7th April - Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre - 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Helen Brady from Tayside NHS Heartstart will be at Atholl Medical Centre, please come to learn what to do if someone collapses. Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to attend as it could be you! There will be two sessions from2 to 4 pm and from 4-6pm. There is no need to book –just turn up. Even if you have attended one of these sessions before it is important to come again for revision and to keep up to date. For further information contact Catherine Holmes 01796 473400 9th April - Pitlochry and District Choral Society – Atholl Palace Hotel – 7.30pm. A wonderful evening of Opera Favourites, including choruses and arias from Carmen, Faust, Madam Butterfly performed by Pitlochry and District Choral Society and soloists including Thomas Kinch. Musical Director, Norman Beedie; Accompanists, Muriel Johnstone and Peter Shand. Tickets are £12 and £1 for children under 16 and will be available from choral members, Viva and The Atholl Palace. The Community bus will be available for those needing transport. Contact Linda Gaul on 01796 472366. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. 8 Pitlochry Life

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Start the sauce. Boil the peas in salted water for a minute, then lift out with a slotted spoon and refresh in cold water. Set aside to drain. Peel and dice the potato into 1cm cubes and cook in same water until just tender, then drain and set aside to cool . Whisk the egg yolk, vinegar and mustard together in a bowl for 1 minute, then slowly add the olive oil – don't add the oil too quickly, otherwise the mixture will split. Season with a little salt. Gently heat the stock in a saucepan. Stir the cream into the mayonnaise then whisk in the hot fish stock a little at a time until the sauce is a coating consistency. Set aside . Cook the fish. Preheat the grill. Season a baking tray with salt, drizzle over a small amount of olive oil and lay the bream fillets on top. Grill for around 6 minutes, then remove and set aside for 2 minutes - the residual heat will finish cooking the fish as it rests. Peel the asparagus spears and blanch them for 2-3 minutes, depending on thickness in salted boiling water. Drain and refresh. Finely shred the lettuce and chop the gherkins. Put the sauce in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir the lettuce, peas and potatoes into it. Allow to heat through for a minute, then stir in the gherkins and tarragon. Season to taste Ladle the sauce into four warm serving bowls and lay the fish on top. Garnish each portion with four asparagus spears and a drizzle of olive oil. 10 Pitlochry Life

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It’s not every day you get the chance to design your bathroom from scratch…. But if you do, make a good bathroom truly great! Planning a new bathroom? If you have the opportunity to completely remove the old one and start from scratch, it’s easy to become engrossed in choice of bathroom suite, layout, type of taps, shower etc, then co-ordinating colours, blinds and even the towels. Sometimes that means you forget about a few extra touches that can make the difference between a good bathroom and a truly great one. Here are a few things to consider at those early planning stages.

every morning as you try to rub it clear by installing a heated mirror, they light up too and look great. Just remember to switch it on (most have a contactless switch) before running the bath/shower as it does take a few minutes to warm up.

Heated Mirror. There’s nothing worse than trying to use a steamed up mirror. Girls can go put make-up on in any room in the house, but guys are stuck shaving in the bathroom. Forget the paw prints and the squeak squeak squeak

shower ask yourself, when was the last time you used the bath? If it is your only bathroom then keep the bath. Couples with younger children do need a bath, but for everyone else it’s a lovely thought… but you are usually in too

Extractor Fan. Stop the rest of the bathroom from steaming up and always feeling damp by installing a fan. Whilst surface mounted ones work very well, they are noisy – particularly Underfloor Heating. There’s nothing better when during the night. So consider one where the fan is actually half way between the inlet and the on holiday somewhere hot, than wandering into a tiled floor bathroom and standing on the outlet. The smaller profile on the ceiling looks great and it doesn‘t sound like it’s hoovering cold floor. Floor tiles look great and are very the room. hard wearing, but they never feel warm, no matter how much you heat the bathroom they Heated Towel Rail. Absolute luxury. Again will always feel cold underfoot. So, if you intend there are two types; one that plumbs into the central heating, or electric. A plumbed in one fitting floor tiles, give a thought to underfloor heating. There are two types: water and electric. can heat the bathroom if a decent size. If room, you can add it in addition to the central heating The water type is plumbed into your central heating, it works very well but can be expensive radiator, or if short on space and you worry the to install. The electric type is made up of heated bathroom won’t be warm enough, consider a pads that link together. Easier to install and not combined radiator towel heater. The Victorian style is really attractive and practical. expensive to run as it can be controlled by a timer switch. The Shower. Actually before deciding on the

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hours to re- heat. Not the best with teenagers around! A tank fed shower may have more pressure than an electric shower. If the pressure is low in your tank fed shower, consider a ‘power shower’ where a motor forces the water through at an exhilarating high pressure, careful though, it empties the tank in no time. To ensure you get a good pressure with an electric shower, upgrade the wiring and fit at least a Showers themselves can be either electric or run off the hot water system. The electric shower 10.5 kw shower. means you can have as many showers as you If you have a tank fed shower, consider a dual want (subject to the electricity bill) without the outlet shower head. Like a large vertical drop hot water running out on you. A hot water tank ‘rain shower’ with an additional head on a hose. has a limited supply and will take a couple of Great for ladies with long hair and rinsing off other harder to reach bits :o) much of a rush. So if this is a second bathroom or en-suite then consider just having a shower. In that case, see if you can you fit an extra long shower in? Most shower cubicles these days are a bit tight for space. I’m only wee, but even I struggle to keep my hair out of the water stream with conditioner on it! A longer shower seems generous and very elegant.

Vanity Unit. Fit as large a vanity unit under the sink as you can squeeze in. All the clutter goes in there, it’s hidden from sight and makes the bathroom look sleek and tidy. Grab Rail. If you have a bath, or a shower over a bath, fit a grab rail. We all get older, and might have elderly friends or relatives staying. Baths are slippery and stepping in or out of them is the most common cause of accidents in the bathroom – at any age. Debbie Pitlochry Life 15

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The Pitlochry Garden March 2017 Slope in a garden is generally considered to be a problem; however, sloping gardens do have some advantages. For instance, separate areas can be defined at different levels, affording completely different points of view of the garden as a whole. Lawns are hard to establish on slopes and that means a steeply sloping garden, if it is well planted, mulched and properly retained, can be very low maintenance. There are two possibilities: a downwards slope away from the house and an upwards slope. The negative or downwards slope presents some interesting possibilities because there is a good chance that this garden will only reveal itself as you walk along the paths and steps leading down.

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at each turn of the path; for example, a seat in the sun, or a large shapely pot, left unplanted. Whether the slope runs up or down, the aspect of the garden will be very important when it comes to planning the planting. South-facing slopes can be very beautifully planted but north-facing ones, especially if they are negative or downwards from the house, will not only be deeply shaded but may also be much colder at the bottom due to the fact that frost rolls downhill. Water, of course, also goes downhill so upwards south facing slopes may be quite dry in high summer. Choosing good ground cover plants that will tolerate the dry hot conditions and mulching where possible will help to alleviate the effects of periodic drought. Equally, there may be a boggy place at the bottom of a downwards slope where water cannot drain away easily. In that case, either put in a soakaway – a large, deep pit filled with gravel – that will allow the water to percolate away, or else plant things that tolerate boggy conditions. It is fair to say that terracing will be expensive but it is a practical solution that will allow you to access your garden. Use the natural slope

as far as possible to reduce the cost of moving earth but be careful not to mix up the topsoil with sub-soils. In every case, try to ensure that whatever material you use to retain the levels is built on a firm foundation. You can use stone or brick, sleepers or telegraph poles and gabions filled with stones. As a rule each level should be about one metre in height, give or take a few inches. Try to create as much flat space as you can at each level.

Steps need to be level and firm and preferably broad and shallow; that is, not like a flight of steps to the house. A well-made handrail is not a bad idea and can even be a strong design feature. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Music for free? No problem, you need Spotify. It’s a digital music, podcast and video streaming service that gives instant access to over 30 million songs. It is all legal and Spotify currently has over 100 million active users, so must be doing something right. Streaming is different from downloading, you play the music online and listen to it live over the internet.

screen, a little screen will peek out from behind the cover art, then swipe down to see it. When prompted, Tap For More for even more insights and exclusives.

Ok, as all things free there’s usually a catch and with Spotify you get the odd advert, and with the free version, having made up a playlist, you can only play it back in Random mode. However with access to such a vast library, unlimited playback and reasonable quality sound (90kbps streams offers decent detail levels and a tonally balanced presentation that’s refined enough and easy on the ears)… for free, why worry about the odd advert.

There’s lots to do in Spotify, explore, click the buttons and enjoy some fantastic music for free. You will probably get carried away, so make sure your broadband download allowance is at least 5GB, if not unlimited.

Eventually though, if serious about your music, you will ask for more. That’s when a monthly subscription comes in. The upgrade is called Premium and that offers better quality sound at You need to go to 320 kbps, no adverts, play music in any order choose your username and password, fill out you want and you can also download music to some other details and click the sign up button. listen to offline. That starts at £9.99 per month, but there’s a discount for family subscriptions Once you have an account you need a Spotify and students get 50% off. There’s also a free 30 player. They have Apps for your desktop, mobile, tablet and even for cars and TV. You can day trial so you can evaluate the upgrade. download a player to as many devices as you Other free music streaming sites worth looking like, all accessed through the one account. If at are: Deezer, Last FM, Soundcloud and Jango. you just want to sample their music, create an The most popular paid for services are Amazon account and use their web player (which also Music Unlimited – £9.99/month (£6.58 if you means you can use Spotify on anyone else’s already have Amazon Prime) first month is free, computer, even though they don’t have the it hosts "today's most popular artists", is ad-free App.) and lets you listen offline. Apple Music - £9.99/ Once you open your App, Browse helps you month (first 3 months are free) and Google Play discover the perfect music for every moment. Music – also £9.99/month. All well worth a look, You can explore different music from Rock to particularly if you regularly buy your music, Classical, playlists for every occasion, and much either on CD or through likes of iTunes, more so more. You’ll find Charts, Genres & Moods, New if the kids are constantly buying music as all, Releases, Discover, And Concerts . You’ll also including Spotify have a family membership that find Podcast (mobile only) and Videos. You can allows up to six members to use the service. find ‘Running ‘and ‘Party’ (mobile only) under They all also offer student discounts. Genres & Moods. With Spotify on iPhone 5 and The only drawback is that you can’t sit in your above, you can see the lyrics of many of your bedroom, music blaring, and read every word favourite tracks as they’re sung (or rapped, or on the album cover. Long live vinyl. screamed), and get the story behind them. Just Willie tap the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the 26 Pitlochry Life

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What to do with a Sprained Ankle Most of us will have done this at sometime, especially when the ground is slippery in winter, or perhaps during some kind of sporting activity. It’s not uncommon to hear people saying “I’ve sprained that ankle, so it’ll never be the same again now”. That statement would generally only be the case if the rehabilitation process wasn’t correctly completed – it’s possible to get an ankle damaged in this way pretty much fully functional again without too much difficulty. I had the misfortune to have a fairly spectacular mountain bike crash, and associated sprain (damage to the ligaments which hold bones in the correct alignment) recently, but correct and appropriate treatment is making a huge difference – should this injury happen to you, there are some simple rules to follow which might help. Immediately after the injury: follow the PRICE guidance: P – Protect, R – Rest, I – Ice, C- Compression, E - Elevation Protection is important to make sure that further injury doesn’t occur – the A&E at hospital may supply one of these disposable boots, designed and sized to stop the ankle moving whilst at the same time allowing it to swell.

of the blood vessels in the area of the damage which in turn helps to reduce the swelling (and also acts to numb the pain a bit). Ice should be left on the injury for 10 minutes, then removed for at least half an hour. Benefit/ relief from this process occurs for 4 or 5 days. Compression needs to be minimal – most people think that tubegrip bandages don’t seem very tight, but they are more than adequate. In the case of this injury, the tubegrip should extend from just behind the toes to just below the knee: this keeps the compression even. The compression bandage shouldn’t be worn at night, so remember to remove it. Elevation – again this is part of the process of minimising swelling. In the case of a sprained ankle, the whole leg should be supported to avoid putting excessive pressure on any joints. The last part of the puzzle at this point is pain relief – in this instance the best option is paracetamol - if you are able to use it but always follow the instructions on the packet, rather than ibuprofen. Ibuprofen might inhibit the inflammation, which is an essential part of the healing process.

Remember it’s not always appropriate to go to the hospital: I suffered a bad sprain (known as a Rest is important, as the more blood flow there Grade 2), and an additional concern was that is to the area the more the swelling will develop there might have been bone damage and – whilst it is important to let the initial displacement of the joint. X Rays showed this inflammation reaction of the body occur, the not to be the case, but it’s important to be sure. swelling process should be minimised where Once the swelling has reduced, the business of possible. Initially it’s likely with a bad sprain returning the damaged joint to normal use can that the bruising will come out within 24 hours. begin…..more on that next month. The swelling can be minimised with the use of Note that this is general guidance, and if in Ice – this should never be placed directly on the any doubt you should always consult a medical wound, but shielded in some way so that the professional. skin is not damaged. Small packets of frozen peas are excellent for this, as they will mould to the shape of the injury. The ice reduces the size

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Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club On Saturday 28th January Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football club had its annual prize giving, at the community campus in Aberfeldy. The club, which formed in 2007 to develop youth football in the area, now has 140 members from all over Highland Perthshire, and 55 volunteer coaches and officials. Garth Menzies, club chairman, summarised 2016’s key achievements, highlighting that the club has been re-awarded the SFA Quality Mark at the prestigious Community Level. This Award enables BSYFC to be part of the 2017 McDonalds Programme and sees former St.Johnstone player and N. Ireland International Danny Griffin supporting the club coaches to develop a curriculum, performance academy, soccer school and summer camp. Ross Ashworh (club secretary) delivered the results of the club's online survey, with excellent overall feedback, however the inadequacy of suitable outdoor training facilities was highlighted, many teams have to postpone training and even games which leads to inconsistency. Each team then took their turn to award every member of the club with a medal of participation and of effort. Player’s player and coaches player of the year awards were presented to: 2002s: Kyle Lochrine and Keefe Bridgeman; 2003: Jack Wilson; 2004: Robert Ryan and Andrew Schied –Symington; 2005: Most Improved: Ramsay MacEwan, Robert Morrison and Jamie Chisholm; 2006: James Campbell and Drew Carruthers; 2007s: Thomas Anderson and Callum MacEwan; Girls 9U: Most Improved Shannon Reily, Footballer of the Year: Beth Marshall; Girls 11U: Most Improved Isla Fletcher, Footballer of the Year Chloe Dow. Special mention was also made to the 2003’s who won the Schiehallion cup, finalists in the Finlayson Cup and runners up in the 2015-16 league. There was also individual thanks to Robert Ryan, Josh Moran, Robbie Heron and Rory Smith for their ticket selling efforts in the annual Christmas Hamper fundraiser. There are 9 boys teams and 2 girls teams and the club is one of the most inclusive youth football clubs with a low yearly membership fee. It's endeavour is to be a Positive Coaching club and considers every member important with its player pathway scheme. BSYFC have gratefully received Awards for All, Co-op community funding and SSE Griffin and Calliacher windfarm grants to cover the costs of club, player and coach development. The club has also raised a significant amount of money through local fundraising initiatives - including the Thirft Shop, Christmas hamper and gift raffle and community football day - which this year will take place on August 13th in Aberfeldy. For further information on the club, training times, please visit our website Find us on facebook Or email Mairi McAdam

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Vehicle Excise Duty is Changing Next Month Beware... it could cost you more to buy a new car! It’s often assumed that ‘road tax’ pays for Britain’s roads. In fact, it’s general and local taxation that pays for roads. Proceeds from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – a tax on vehicles, not a payment for use of roads – goes straight to the Treasury.

and was replaced by Vehicle Excise Duty - a tax on cars, not roads. Effectively we all pay for roads, not just motorists.

This was a graduated tax on cars, based on their horsepower. Working out the HP involved measuring across the top of the piston, multiplying by the number of cylinders and then having a mathematical formula applied. What this did was to restrict “over square” engine development as most engines became long stroke. This kept the piston diameter as narrow as possible enabling you to pay less tax. This was pretty much standardised at £1 per HP from 1921 to 1948.

place starting 1st April. But it’s no joke and some of us could end up paying hundreds more in road tax every year.

By 1925 the Treasury were looking for a way to scrap the ring fence and the then Chancellor, Winston Churchill famously said “Entertainments may be taxed; public houses may be taxed; racehorses may be taxed…and the yield devoted to the general revenue. But motorists are to be privileged for all time to have the whole yield of the tax on motors devoted to roads. Obviously this is all nonsense …Such contentions are absurd, and constitute… an outrage upon the sovereignty of Parliament and upon common sense.” That then was the beginning of the end of Lloyd George’s pledge and the Treasury began dipping into the Road Fund in 1926. By 1937 the fund was all gone

Since then, to meet EU emissions targets average new car emissions have fallen to 125 gCO2/km. This means that an increasingly large number of ordinary cars now fall into the zero or lower rated VED bands, meaning they pay no tax at all, and that is bad news for the government.

The Tax Disc was first introduced in 1921. It changed in style and appearance over the years until computers and camera technology The original road tax pot was called the Road evolved sufficiently to see the end of the disc in Fund was started in 1909 and was administered 2013. The Government forecast a saving of over by a Road Board. This was a pot of cash raised £10 million each year - but obviously forgot to by motorists to be spent on roads. It was factor in the estimated 86,000 untaxed vehicles introduced by Chancellor Lloyd George in April currently on the road. that year, along with the pledge that the Road In 2015, the Chancellor, George Osborne Fund money would be ring-fenced, to be spent announced changes in our Vehicle Excise Duty only on road maintenance projects. This ring to reflect changes in emissions technology in fencing was deeply opposed by the Treasury new cars. We probably all forgot about that, and by Customs & Excise at the time. but DVLA didn’t and those changes come into

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The present structure based on CO2 bands was introduced in 2001 when average UK new car emissions were 178 gCO2/km. The Band A threshold of 100 gCO2/km, below which cars pay no Vehicle Excise Duty, was introduced in 2003 when average new car emissions were 173 gCO2/km.

The important thing to remember is that the new structure and charges only apply to new cars, first registered on or after 1st April this year. What you pay just now will stay the same, however if you are planning to change your car this year, the new rules might just determine what car you buy, or whether you buy a new or a second hand one registered before April 1st.

Under the new rules - only electric and hydrogen Maybe I’m missing something here, but would cars will be exempt - and all other cars will pay it not make sense to simply tax the fuel? Then everyone using it pays proportionally. a flat rate of £140. A car emitting 99g/km bought before April 1st will be free of road tax for life. Those bought after that date will cost £120 in the first year, and £140 a year thereafter. Cars emitting 131g/km will be taxed £200 instead of £130, those emitting 151g/km will be charged £500 instead of £180, those emitting 171g/km will be charged £800 instead of £295, and those emitting 191g/km will be charged £1,200 instead of £490.

New VED - for cars registered from 1/4/2017 1st Year

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The highest possible charge will continue to apply to those emitting over 255g/km, but that will rise from £1,100 to £2,000.







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But just when you start to get to grips with this, there’s a spanner thrown in the works for anyone affording a ‘luxury’ car with a list price of £40,000 and over – they will have to pay an extra £310 every year for the first 5 years! Interestingly enough George Osborne also pledged that from 2020-21 the government will spend all of the revenue raised from VED on the road network only.

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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I recently joined Westminster colleagues’ calls to end the discrimination and unfairness that exists within the UK’s energy market and introduce a universal network charge. This would replace the 14 regional markets that currently have different charges which make energy supply to Perthshire much higher than other areas like London. This would introduce greater fairness and help ensure that rural communities are not penalised with higher costs simply because of where they live. The issue has been raised by the SNP at Prime Minister’s Questions and in various debates in recent months but the UK Government has so far failed to offer any concrete assurances over a universal network charge and simply said the UK Government is “looking at making sure that energy markets in the UK are indeed working properly”. The cost of energy, especially for rural households, is really significant and in some cases people are being forced to choose whether to ‘heat or eat’. That is simply unacceptable in an energy-rich country like Scotland. Winter is a difficult time for many people, but it is especially so for people in areas like Highland Perthshire, who are penalised with higher energy costs because of where they live. Across the UK there are 14 regional markets with different levels of network charges meaning that electricity distribution charges for the north of Scotland are 84% higher than the charges for London and the standard unit price is 2p a kw/hr more than in other parts of the UK. While 2p doesn’t sounds like much, it is a premium of 15% for consumers in the north of Scotland. In rural Scotland where households in off-gas areas rely on using domestic heating oil and solid fuel, costs are even higher, with energy bills, on average, around £1000 more than the national average. It is time there was a universal network charge and put an end to the discrimination and unfairness that exists within our energy market. I recently wrote to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green MP, to seek clarity over the future of JobCentre Plus locations in Perth and North Perthshire. Following the announcement that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are to close certain JobCentre Plus locations in Scotland, I wanted a a firm assurance that the UK Government have no plans to close such facilities in Perthshire. For many people, JobCentre Plus provides valuable support in securing employment and continued financial support whilst people are looking for work. It is important the Secretary of State gives a cast-iron guarantee that JobCentre Plus locations in my constituency will not be included as part of the review of the DWP estate. Due to the sheer size of Perthshire, people are already having to travel greater distances to access JobCentre Plus services than those in urban areas and I am looking for assurances that this is not going to be made even more difficult for people. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I was pleased to see that more Scottish food and drink could be served in schools, hospitals and other public buildings, under plans to boost the economy by making public-sector catering contracts more accessible to businesses in Scotland. Scottish companies in the food and drink sector currently service around 48% of public contracts, which are worth around £750 million between now and 2021. continued on page 42 40 Pitlochry Life

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We have such a wealth of great food and drink in Perthshire and I want to see more of our schools, hospitals and public sector organisations taking advantage of the high quality food and drink produced locally, so that school pupils, healthcare users and public sectors the length and breadth of Scotland can enjoy it. Currently, almost half of our public sector food and drink contracts are awarded to Scottish businesses, however I believe there is enormous untapped potential to do more and use the power of public sector spending to boost our own economy. The benefits of supporting our world-class food and drink providers are huge. It is now the single biggest contributor to the Scottish economy, generating a turnover of around £14.4 billion, with much of this based across rural Scotland. I would urge all businesses that haven’t done so to sign up to the Scottish Government’s free online Public Contracts Scotland website- where they can be informed on all opportunities to supply the public sector in Scotland. I welcome the news that proposals to introduce rod licences and a new wild fisheries levy will not be taken forward. The Scottish Government has ruled out these measures, as well as the criminalisation of freshwater fishing without written permission and proposals to overhaul the structure and remit of District Salmon Fishery Boards, following a consultation on draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill and draŌ Wild Fisheries Strategy. The Scoƫsh Government will facilitate work streams which encourage, empower and support the modernisation of fishery management, including the piloting of voluntary board mergers to identify any existing legislative issues. It will also develop a fishery management plan to trial any changes with boards and will also explore potential freshwater conservation provisions ahead of the introduction of a Bill to Parliament. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our famous and valuable wild fisheries, to modernise our fishery management structures and to establish a more secure and sustainable future for this vital sector. The Wild Fisheries Bill will build on the significant conservation achievements to date, including the annual salmon conservation measures, Spring Conservation Orders, and the moratorium on coastal mixed stock fishery netting for three years. It is important that the interests of anglers are represented and that their concerns have been listened to around increasing costs and restricting access to fisheries, therefore the introduction of rod licences and a freshwater levy have been ruled out. These steps would limit the opportunities for our anglers and potentially discourage young people from taking part. The government will also work with the angling community to identify ways to increase participation and to improve engagement across the sector. The analysis of the consultation is available to view at: I will be holding surgeries at the following times and places on Monday 6th March- 11am-12 noon Birnam Arts Centre, 1.30pm-2.30pm Locus Centre, Aberfeldy, 3pm-4pm Pitlochry Town Hall. To make an appointment, please contact 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or by email at

Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative At the end of January, I was at the opening of the Tay salmon fishing season. This is always a great day in the calendar and a big moment for hoteliers and the hospitality industry across Perth and Kinross. Fishing tourism is important for the local economy and continued on page 44

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communities surrounding the Tay and other rivers in Perth and Kinross. Its footprint to the local economy is significant and it is estimated to bring in around £136 million pounds annually across Scotland. Last year the Scottish Government reclassified several rivers as part of a new catch and release policy. Originally the River Earn was going to be subject to a complete catch and release policy effectively banning fishing on the river. Thankfully this move was resisted locally and the Scottish Government changed tact. However, what this incident served to remind us is why we need to engage with central government to ensure that the decisions they take do not negatively affect and constrict rural life. The second week in March marks the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week and I will support this by spending a morning with young apprentices in Perth and Kinross. Ensuring that there are enough opportunities for young people is incredibly important. Modern apprenticeships, in many ways, are the best tool for helping equip our economy with the skills it needs. Per head of population, Scotland has only half the number of apprenticeships as England and I believe that this must change. An additional 10,000 apprenticeship starts every year by the end of this Parliament would go some way towards improving the youth employment picture across Perth and Kinross. In February the Scottish Government’s budget was approved in parliament thanks to support from the Green Party. As Shadow Finance Minister, I have spent much of the past two months scrutinising and analysing the government’s figures. During these sessions it emerged that the Scottish Government has half a billion pounds more to spend compared to last year. In my negotiations with the Scottish Government I laid out several red lines that must not be crossed in order to gain support from our side of the chamber. Unfortunately, these were not followed and working people in Scotland will now be taxed more than any other part of the UK. Middle earners, like teachers, doctors and nurses will pay up to £400 a year more than colleagues doing similar roles in the rest of the UK. This is not good news for our economy when creating a competitive tax environment could encourage growth resulting in increased revenue for public services. The best way to get more money for schools, hospitals and the police is to expand the tax base not to milk it and I will continue to press this message home at Holyrood. As ever I welcome the feedback on constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Scone Airport, Perth, PH1 6PL and at and 01738 553 990.

Kate Howie - Councillor, Perth & Kinross Highland Ward - SNP I know that dog fouling is something that you are very concerned about. When folk with total disregard for others do not pick up their dog. This causes unnecessary problems with children playing in the areas and also blights walkers on our many favourite paths. It is so easy to remember a bag and when finished it can be deposited in a normal refuse bin, you don’t have to find the marked wee dog bins. I have found bags hanging on trees and bushes – who do they think is going to collect these? We have a Dog Warden team and recently in Highland Perthshire they have been very successful in charging and fining miscreants. The fine is £80 and can go up to £100. But they need your help and need to know:- the time and place; name and address of owner if known; dog type and colour; description of owner or their vehicle. Either report this to or leave a message on 01738 476476 . Let’s try and reduce this awful practice. You will see work starting on the new terracing at Pitlochry Recreation Ground in the coming months. This work has only been possible through the collaborative work of a small local committee – Pavilion User Groups – and Community Greenspace in the Council. The terracing was becoming continued on page 46

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dangerous, dilapidated and not fit for purpose and the Council were going to get rid of the old wood and leave it to grass over. I was determined that would not happen. Anyone who attends the Highland Nights or indeed the Pitlochry Highland Games know how well used they were and it is part of the heritage of the Recreation Ground. PUGS was founded and I am delighted to be part of it as it is a very proactive bunch of folk who want to achieve improvements for the town and have raised and secured enormous funds to complete the new terracing. To that end they have been nominated to be considered for the Council’s Securing the Future Awards and we hope that all our hard work may be recognised as well as enjoyed by youngsters, residents and visitors alike. I am sure by now some of you will have been able to visit the very new and very interesting Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre but were you aware that 90 % of the UK’s Hydro Power is produced in Scotland. Also Scotland produces 40% of the UK’s wind, wave and solar renewable energy and many future projects are now in production. You can get in touch with me by email : or by telephone on 01887 840378.

Ian Campbell - Councillor, Perth & Kinross Highland Ward - Conservative I had reports at Aberfeldy CC meeting, that people had been taking fallen wood and even maybe cutting down trees in the Birks. It is an offence to remove wood from the Birks due to it’s designation in part as a SSSI and the fact that the Birks is owned and managed by the Common Good Fund on behalf of Aberfeldy. Rangers and council officials will be watching for further infringements. I met with the community in Fearnan recently to try and resolve their concerns about alleged ‘anti social’ behaviour from a local landowner. I have now organised a multi agency task force which we hope will apply some pressure and resolve the issues in the area as soon and as sustainably as possible. Last year I organised the council collection of objections to the removal of red phone boxes in areas where the community wanted to retain them. I have now encouraged the council to formally object to those removal plans in the more remote areas such as Glen Lyon. We await to hear from BT their finalised plans. In Pitlochry the Parent Council held a meeting with one of the education officers from PKC to discuss the recent proposed review into all PKC schools. The session was very informative and gave parents the chance to hear the facts about our school review. The development of the Square in Aberfeldy moves apace and this week I will be discussing where we can place underground power points in the Square for local events use such as the Farmers Market and music events etc. There will be an open exhibition in the late spring outlining PKC plans for the Square. Constituents have complained to me recently about their children not getting places at colleges. This was put in to more focus when it emerged this week that college enrolments of women had dropped by 48% since 2010. The government at Holyrood has deliberately cut college places. This is a shocking figure but one that appears to be accepted quite placidly by most! Councillors are still at work trying to resolve the council budget for the next couple of years. It is already clear, however, that 2000 homes in Highland Perthshire will be paying up to 22% extra on their council tax or just over £500 extra per year, before the council adds it’s own council tax. Wherever, possible I will be trying to protect the young , the elderly and the vulnerable in the community. Despite some additional monies from the Scottish Govt. the local authority settlement is still a £200M cut on last year’s funding. continued on page 48

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If you would like to discuss any specific issues with me, please call me on 07786 173315 / 07736 307879/ 01738 827079 or e-mail me at 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

Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at:, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along for creativity and fellowship. Table Tennis Group: Every Wednesday from 4th January, in The Tryst Hall from 2.00- 4.00 pm. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday at 7.30 pm in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. The Guild will meet on Wednesday 8th March at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge. A talk will be given on one of The Guild Projects – ‘Feed the Minds – Breaking the cycle of FGM’. Everyone welcome to come along. Messy Church - What’s up Zac? Friday 24 March, 4.00 – 6.00 pm, in The Tryst. Games, video, craft & fun for children of all ages. All welcome, & must come with an adult. Lent – ‘The Journey to the Cross’. As has been the custom in recent years, the ‘Churches Working Together in Atholl’ Group are arranging a series of meetings round the theme of ‘The Journey to the Cross’. There will six meetings in total, hosted by different churches in the area, the last meeting being at Pitlochry Church of Scotland on Wednesday 5 April, at 2.30 pm. 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: continued on page 50

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Jehovah’s Witnesses The Origin of Humans—Does It Matter What You Believe? The talk, on the 5th will address this vital question, at the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Kingdom Hall we’d be only too happy to help. Thursday 2nd March, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘New Heavens and a New Earth Will Cause Great Rejoicing—a discussion of Isaiah 63–66’, ‘Rejoice in Your Hope’, ‘Results of Preaching—“The Fields . . . Are White for Harvesting”’ Part 1. Sunday 5th March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘The Origin of Humans—Does It Matter What You Believe?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘Trust in Jehovah and Do What Is Good (Psalm 37:3)’. Thursday 9th March, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘I Am With You to Save You—a discussion of Jeremiah 1–4’, ‘Results of Preaching—“The Fields . . . Are White for Harvesting”’ Part 2. Sunday 12th March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Acquiring a Heart of Wisdom’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Treasure Your Gift of Free Will (2 Corinthians 3:17)’. Thursday 16th March, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘They Stopped Doing God’s Will—a discussion of Jeremiah 5–7’, ‘Results of Preaching—“The Fields . . . Are White for Harvesting”’ Part 3. Tuesday 21st March, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Humans Can Have Success Only With Jehovah’s Guidance—a discussion of Jeremiah 8–11’, ‘The King Refines His People Spiritually’ Part 1, ‘How We Recommend Ourselves as Ministers’. Sunday 26th March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Are You Conscious of Your Spiritual Need?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘You Can Remain Modest Under Test (Micah 6:8)’. Thursday 30th March, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Israel Forgot Jehovah—a discussion of Jeremiah 12–16’, ‘Help Your Family to Remember Jehovah’, ‘Christmas, Its Origin and Purpose, and Exposing Other Holidays and Celebrations’, ‘The King Refines His People Spiritually’ 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 a one-off trial, do get in touch with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or At you can find answers to life’s questions, even the difficult ones.

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie ( Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: 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 March Events Sun 5th - Ken our youth pastor will lead our Family Service this morning. Sun 12th - Our pastor will be exploring The Moses Paradox: How can God be both everywhere present, promising he will be with us at all times, and yet so intangible that for much of our lives we don’t see, hear or feel him at all? How can we worship a God who says he is here

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with us, when so often it feels like he is nowhere to be found? Sun 19th - we continue our ‘Paradoxology’ series exploring The Joshua Paradox: How do we reconcile the paradox of a God who has compassion on the Jewish nation of the Old Testament through all their failures, but then commands them to show no compassion towards other nations? How can we take seriously the command of God to love our enemies, when he appears to ignore those injunctions himself? Sun 26th - this morning we will explore The Job Paradox: Why does God stand passively by when there is so much suffering going on all the time? Does God care? Is he incapable of stepping in? God’s deliberate policy of not fixing things when we are suffering highlights one of those universal paradoxes - we believe that God is active and powerful, so if he does not intervene, we are forced to concluded that God is actively choosing to be passive. 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 Sundays 10pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 ( 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12. 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. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – Fridays 12pm. Soup Lunch in the Atholl Centre. Youth Club - Friday 24th at 6pm. See posters at FB page for details

Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005. e mail: Facebook Page: Highland Perthshire Linked Charge. 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. This year, Lent begins on Wednesday 1 March Ash Wednesday - there will be Services of Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes at 10.30am at St Andrew's Strathtay, and 7.00pm at Holy Trinity, Pitlochry. During Lent, Morning Prayer will be said at on Thursdays at 10.30am in Holy Trinity, Pitlochry. Please look out for notices about the Lent Study Course on the theme 'The Journey to the Cross', being arranged by Churches Working Together in Atholl. On Sunday 19 March, Bishop David will visit Holy Trinity, Pitlochry and Kilmaveonaig. Next month details will be published of services on Palm Sunday (9 April), during Holy Week, on continued on page 54

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Good Friday (14 April) and on Easter Day (16 April). Sunday Services and other regular events Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Sundays – 9.30am Holy Communion Contact - Mr Sandy Charleson 01796 473025. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly in Aldour Hall on second Tuesdays at 2.30pm - on 14 March we shall have our Annual General Meeting, with a Concert and Cream Tea. Details of the Summer Outing in June will be published soon. The Reading Group normally meets in the Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month - enquiries 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Sundays– 11.15am - First Sundays Sung Communion or All Age Family Communion; second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins; third Sundays Sung Communion. Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. St Andrew's, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. 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. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Sundays – Unless otherwise stated a service is held at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month : for details please see notice board. Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259.

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. World Day of Prayer (Joint service with Kilmavonaig) Friday, 3rd March at 2.30pm in Blair Atholl Church Hall. All welcome. Blair Atholl Church AGM. Thursday, 23rdMarch at 7.30pm in Church Hall. Everybody is welcome to come along to hear what is happening at this important time in the life of our church. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

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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.

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.

St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. 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. Ash Wednesday – 1st March: the beginning of Lent Masses with the rite of Ashes will be as follows: continued on page 58

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St. Columba’s Birnam 9.30am. Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy 12.30pm. St. Bride’s Pitlochry 7.00pm. There will be Stations of the Cross and Lectio Divina every Friday at 7pm at St. Bride’s during Lent. (Starting from the 10th of March) March 2nd Churches Working Together in Atholl 1st Lent Meeting at St. Bride’s 2.30pm. March 3rd World Day of Prayer at St. Bride’s at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

Heartland Healing Rooms Heartland Healing Rooms will reopen in January. 15th March - Aberfeldy Town Hall 4.30pm - 6.00pm 22nd March- The Tryst, Pitlochry 2.00pm - 3.30pm A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith ,no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. No appointment is necessary as you will be seen on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge. Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council Meeting, 11thJanuary (Summary) Full minutes Four PMCC members, one PKC Councillor and four members of the public present. Three apologies. New Community PC Jamie Elder present but called away. Nothing to report except an arrest re sheep-worrying. Rita Robertson welcomed to the committee. Jim and Willum attended the opening of impressive new SSE Exhibition Centre – great asset. The road at the entrance to Bells Distillery to be resurfaced by March. Steering Committee set up to look for funding for Community Warden for Pitlochry. Some street lamps are still not working. Numbers on lamps to be be re-painted. Report faulty lamps to David Roy on 01796 473872 or to CLARENCE on 0800 23 23 23. Please give lamp number. Town Hall is greatly in need of refurbishment both inside and out. Cllr Howie to report. Canopies in Atholl Road refurbished two years ago. Problems with drainage from properties above. Dog fouling should be reported on 01738 476476 or with the following: time of day, name and address of owner (if known), description of owner or vehicle, dog type and colour and any further relevant information. £80 fine for dog fouling. No significant planning applications except for work at Bell's Distillery. continued on page 60

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HPCP was set up over 20 years ago. At the last meeting all current office-bearers stood down. Broadband will continue under the auspices of another charity but HPCP will be wound up. Cllr Howie reported that PKC propose to bid for an £826m grant under the ‘Tay Cities Deal’ for projects in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross. Scottish Cabinet met in Pitlochry on Monday 6th February at the new SSE Centre, then in PFT for Q&A’s (no ‘prepared questions’). One and a half hours answering questions and a further hour speaking to people over refreshments. More money received from the Scottish Government. Budget meeting on 22nd February to discuss. PKC snow-clearing policy questioned. One pavement snow-clearing machine for Pitlochry. Snow was recently cleared by hand near Ballinluig . Heaps of sand left on the lower part of the road at Donavourd, but not further up the hill where the need is greater. The grass verge at the entrance to Bridge Road is churned up through continual use because the road is too narrow at that point. Next meeting 8th March 2017, High School 7.30pm

Blair Atholl & Struan Community Fund The Blair Atholl & Struan Community Council, with the support of a number of local businesses and organisations, have launched a Community Fund to assist local people in preparing for, mitigating and recovering from events causing disruption within the community. This initiative has been introduced in response to a string of setbacks experienced in recent years, including serious flooding and long term power outage. Some of the proposed uses of the fund include a contribution towards the upgrade of the village hall facilities to make it more suitable as a temporary safe refuge, purchase of an additional defibrillator and a contribution towards flood defences. The initial funding target is £4,000 and it is hoped to raise the first £1,000 through a crowdfunding appeal which has now gone live on where donations can be made quickly and simply on line. Those who would like to donate by more traditional means should contact Stewart on 01796 483339 or Donald on 01796 481663.

Pitlochry Arts and Crafts Group This independent group, PACER (Pitlochry Arts & Crafts Empowering Recovery) aims to promote well-being by providing opportunities for adults to participate in arts and crafts in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Weekly sessions provide a reason to go out to meet and connect with other people as well as the opportunity to learn new skills. The group is flexible to the needs of its members, offering support and freedom to explore the group experience at their own pace without any pressure to produce finished work. This group is open to everyone, individuals are encouraged to come along and have a cup of tea or coffee, a chat, try the activities and are welcome to bring a friend. No prior craft experience required Cost – Donation towards tea and coffee. Held at the Pitlochry Community Hospital, Atholl Ward on Monday 10.30-12.30 except Public and School holidays. continued on page 61

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Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 12 March at 6.00pm (tbc) A War (Denmark 2015 115 min Cert 15) Dir: Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) Legal and moral questions raised by soldiers’ actions in the heat of war are at the core of this Danish drama. A officer on routine patrol in Afghanistan makes a decision with disastrous consequences which leads to him being sent home to be tried for murder. Meanwhile his wife has been struggling to hold together a family of three children sorely missing their father. Fans of Scandi drama may recognize Pilou Asbaek as Commander Claus Pederson, while, apart from other main characters, the rest of the soldiers are played by actual Afghanistan veterans. Part thriller, part courtroom drama, this Oscar –nominated film is one not to be missed. Information and online booking: or phone: 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome at HFS screenings, but become a member at any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at the Birks, plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. and Facebook.

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

Curling Teams from Atholl and Breadalbane held their annual bonspiel at the Dewars Ice Rink in Perth. The result was a narrow win for Atholl by 29 points to 26. Atholl Province played Strathearn Province in the first game of this season’s inter province competition for the Reid Trophy, a competition that Atholl has dominated in recent years. Atholl won by 51 points to 24. Heart of the Highlands are having a successful run in the Tummel league. However, having won all their games up to round 5 they then lost round 6 against bottom of the table Ardblair. They are now level on points with Airleywight whom they play next in a possible title decider. Since this is the Club's 50th Anniversary they would dearly love to win this popular league sponsored by the Rannoch & Highland Branch of the Clan Donnachaidh Society so there is all to play for in round 7 on the 9th March. The club are hosting a 50th Anniversary dinner in May and an Anniversary Bonspiel early next season. Toberargan Curling Club held their annual Young v Very Young competition in Perth and after a hard fought encounter, The 'Very Young'; team of Tony Sandford, Mairi Mackenzie, Irene Cameron and Tim Parkins emerged victorious. Aberfeldy played a friendly against Kenmore in preparation for their upcoming second leg of the McCandlish stone against Toberargan. continued on page 62 Pitlochry Life 61

The Breadalbane Province League is very tight at the top with Killin 2 and Kenmore 1 both on 8 points closely followed by Aberfeldy 1 and Kenmore 2 both on 6 points. Club contacts; Heart of the Highlands Aberfeldy Toberargan

Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or Our next Whole Group meeting is on Wednesday 8th March at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre. Margaret Thomas will be talking about beekeeping. Everyone is welcome, members or not. Please come to what promises to be a very interesting afternoon.

Pitlochry Bowling Club Winter activities in the clubhouse continue with Whist every Tuesday evening and Bingo on 13th and 27th March. Our Grand Finale Whist and Raffle will be held on Tuesday 4th April – all whist players are welcome to join us at any time. Raffle tickets will be on sale in the clubhouse. Prizes include an extra special hamper of goodies plus bottles of wine, spirits and other donations If anyone would like further information about the Club please contact the Secretary, any club member or come along to the clubhouse on Friday evenings. Opening Day for the summer season this year is on Saturday 22nd April.

The Highland & Strathtay Action Partnership We are pleased to announce our participatory budgeting programme. £7000 per area will be allocated to groups in: • Pitlochry and area • Aberfeldy and area • Stanley, Luncarty and Bankfoot area • Dunkeld & Birnam and area Groups addressing the following themes will be invited to apply for up to £1500 each, with the winning bids chosen by the voting public at a community event in March 2017. • Employment and Employability • Social Isolation • Community Transport continued on page 64

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• Activities for Young People • Community Engagement • Rurality Contact your local community capacity builder for more information: For more information about Action Partnerships, see

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band We had a very successful day at our Junior Piping and Drumming competition in Pitlochry High School on the 21st January with over 90 entrants. The chanter competition entry was so large that we had to split it into four groups which is a great sign for the future of piping. I would like to list all the prize winners from the Vale of Atholl, but there are so many, it would be impossible to list them all, but congratulations to all of you. The Champion pipers and runners in the two age groups are as follows: Under 15, Champion piper: Brogan Townsley, Luncarty. Runner up: Archie McNab, Methven. 15-18 years, Champion piper: Douglas Mair, Kinross. Runner up: Cameron Bullard, Glenalmond College. Many thanks to everyone who supported the event by coming along to listen or buying raffle tickets. The band has been busy playing at engagements. We played at a Burns Supper at the end of January up in Aberdeen for the Baker Hughes group and performed a "Beat the Retreat" at the Royal Yacht, Britannia on the 10th February at 11.30pm in a bitterly cold wind and a temperature of 1.5 degrees!! Why do we do it???? One easy answer, it takes a lot of money to run a pipe band, and within our band we have three separate competing bands, and we need to keep doing engagements for the funds. We still have no sponsor! By the time you read this, we'll have played at the concert in the Perth Concert Hall with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. I'll let you know how we got on next month! March is another busy month. It is our AGM in the Atholl Palace Hotel on the 19th at 2pm. and the following weekend we have a Junior Tuition weekend for all our learners and Grade 4 band members at Glenalmond College which is always a very worthwhile project. We're also holding two fund raising ceilidhs. The first one is on March 17th in the Tulloch Institute in Perth and the second one is at the Atholl Palace Hotel on the 15th May with the City of Leeds Pipe Band. Tickets available from band members or e-mail me. Practices continue in Pitlochry High School for learners on a Tuesday night from 6pm. Please contact me if you'd like any more details. Gillie McNab Mob no. 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band Chairperson, Betty Stark welcomed everyone to the AGM and began by thanking all present for their hard work and achievements over the last 12 months. Pipe Major Christy Kelly praised the youngsters for their commitment and progress and looked forward to their first competition this year. He also thanked the tutors for all their help and parents and committee members for their tireless fundraising efforts. Office Bearers for 2017/18:continued on page 66

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Chairperson - Betty Stark, Vice Chair - Stewart Smart, Treasurer - Tracey Cudworth, Secretary Claire Scott. Congratulations to our members on their placings in the Vale of Atholl Solos last month. Andrew Symington - 1st in Chanter and 4th in 12 and under Novice Pipes. Ellie Cudworth - 4th in 18 and under Novice Pipes. Blair Matchett - 5th in drumming on pad. Bayley Cudworth - 4th in drumming on pad. Practices are back at Craigvrack on a Wednesday night at 7.00pm, if you would like to come along or find out more about the band, please call Pipe Major Christy Kelly on 01796 47 2692.

What do you know about Dun Coillich? Dun Coillich is your land managed by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT). The Trust was set up in 2002 following the purchase on behalf of the community of 418 hectares of land centred on the small hills of Dun Coillich (572m) and Dun Beag (403m), between Glen Goulandie and Schiehallion. The whole area is now referred to simply as Dun Coillich. HPCLT’s overall aim is to create an environment to benefit both wildlife and the well-being of Highland Perthshire residents and visitors. This will be achieved through the restoration of a healthy ecosystem, which includes the planting of native trees, such as scots pine, downy birch, rowan and sessile oak. If you like the sound of this, come along to the 2017 AGM and find out more; it’s at 2pm on Saturday 25th March at Grandtully Hall. The AGM will be quite short, and there will be a talk by Jon Hollingdale, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Woodlands Association, illustrating the diversity of community woodlands and the various activities the woodlands support. There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved. A very recent development has been the donation to HPCLT of a small field in Aberfeldy for use by the community. At this stage, we have no firm views about how the land might be used – another reason for coming to the AGM to find out more and give us your ideas. Andrew Walker, Vice-Chair, HPCLT, 01887 830461,

Drama Festival in Birnam The annual Festival of One Act Plays will take in Birnam Institute between Thursday 2nd and Saturday 4th March starting at 7pm each evening. Teams from Aberfeldy Drama Club, Breadalbane Academy, Blairgowrie Players and Unmasqued Drama Club from Perth will be competing for the right to appear in the Divisional Festival in Orkney, while the youth teams will also be looking towards the Divisional Youth Festival in Aberdeen. Tickets will cost £9 (£7 for under 16s) and are available from Birnam Institute, Wade’s Newsagents in Aberfeldy and from participating clubs. Please note in your diaries that the Scottish Final will be in Pitlochry Festival Theatre between Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th April. Tickets are available now from the theatre box-office. More information will follow in later issues. continued on page 67

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Rotary Citizen Of The Year 2017 The Rotary Club of Pitlochry, with the generous support of RW Bell, would like to invite members of the public to nominate a suitable candidate for their Citizen of the Year Award 2017. The person nominated should reside in the area of Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Ballinluig and/or play an important part in local community life. The person nominating should give a full account of the reasons why they feel the candidate should be given this prestigious award. This could include public service, voluntary work or exceptional community service in their work or profession. All nominations should be sent to Dougal Spaven, Wester Knockfarrie, Knockfarrie Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5DN by Friday 14th April 2017. For further information please phone 01796 472020 or contact Once again Stephen Carruthers, Managing Director of local firm RW Bell, has generously agreed to supplement the prize fund for Rotary’s Citizen of the Year award. As well as receiving a trophy to keep for a year and a payment of £200 to a charity of their choice the winner will receive a personal award of vouchers worth a further £200. The Rotary Club are indebted to RW Bell for their continuing support.

Andie Millar’s Trust Scottish Charity Number: SC037334 Applications are invited by 31st May 2017 for donations to either individuals or organisations to be spent in Pitlochry and District (generally assessed as being within a five mile radius of the centre of Pitlochry) for any one or more of the following Trust purposes: 1. the advancement of education; 2. the advancement of citizenship or community development; 3. the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; 4. the advancement of public participation in sport; 5. the provision of recreational facilities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities are primarily intended; 6. the advancement of environmental protection or improvement; and/or 7. the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. Generally, the Trustees will be able to provide donations of up to £2,500 but in certain circumstances may be able to consider applications for a larger amount. Application Forms are available from and, to be considered by the Trustees, each Application must be sent by e-mail to by 31st May 2017. Please note that the Trustees’ decision in respect of any Application is final.

‘Off The Scale’ - Blair Atholl Choir Come join a fun and funky choir in Blair Atholl! "Off the Scale" meet every Thursday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the village hall. All welcome, no auditions, no pressure, just fun songs from musicals, pop and rock arranged for beautiful harmonies! £2 subs each week. Tea and coffee provided. Like us on Facebook for updates or for more details email continued on page 68

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Pitlochry Art Walk – 10 to 18 June 2017 Would you like to be involved in the Art Walk either as a gallery location or as an artist during this period? I would like to know so that it can be organised this year. The 1st meeting will take place in Melt Gallery towards the end of February. The Rotary Club local schools art exhibition will take place during this time as well. Please do contact Iain on 01796 473044.

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

Pitlochry and District Choral Society Come to The Atholl Palace Hotel on April 9th at 7.30 p.m. for a wonderful evening of Opera Favourites, including choruses and arias from Carmen, Faust, Madam Butterfly performed by Pitlochry and District Choral Society and soloists including Thomas Kinch. Musical Director, Norman Beedie; Accompanists, Muriel Johnstone and Peter Shand. Tickets are £12 and £1 for children under 16 and will be available from choral members, Viva and The Atholl Palace The Community bus will be available for those needing transport. (Contact Linda Gaul on 01796 472366). We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Pitlochry Garden Seeks Volunteers! Are you looking for a new hobby or an opportunity to meet new people? Pitlochry’s Explorers garden, located adjacent to Pitlochry Festival Theatre, is seeking new volunteers to help look after the general maintenance of the garden all year round. You will also meet the visitors and sell plants when the garden opens in April. No experience needed – full training will be given! As a volunteer, you will receive two free tickets for each play in Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Summer Season 2017 (Mondays – Thursdays). You will also be entitled to a 50% staff discount at the Festival Café and 25% discount at the shop. In addition, you will receive six free entrance tickets to the Garden for friends and family per season. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people within a friendly community. If interested and for more information, contact Julia on 01796 484 600 or Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final.

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

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

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

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

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station


Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000


0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Council Housing Emergency

0845 301 11 10

Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

01738 625411

NHS 24


24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry

01796 470001

Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld

01350 729198

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580


0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20


0845 909090


0300 999 999


0800 1111

Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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