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March 2019 Issue 346

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The 'Magazine of Choice' For Pitlochry And Surrounding Area


Message Contents from the Features Team Does It Spark Joy? WIN Pitlochry Crossword Are We There Yet?

Welcome to the March edition of Pitlochry Life. Well that means longer days and Spring just around the corner. I can’t wait. I will be following Sheila Drummond’s advice in the garden as soon as the weather allows and taking care not to overdo it. Alan Clinch in the fitness column looks at stretching particularly for bad backs – so I’m covered. When the mood takes me I plan to follow the Kon Marie method of tidying up, actually it is quite amazing when you see it! Mother’s Day is at the end of March this year – so get your thinking caps on for that perfect gift, and we have a great selection of restaurants and hotels to take your Mum for a lovely meal. Don’t forget your flowers too. Ewan McIlwraith had a terrible task this month – judging 47 whiskies for best in class – Pop down to Robertson’s and see who wins. At this time of year you may be planning your holidays, Willie looks at the best time to book, and in the computer page we look at a new feature on Win 10 for copy and paste. Cute shortcut! Thank you to all our contributors this month, many of you are back from winter breaks so there is a lot to catch up on and plenty of events to support. We also have a new “Pitlochry Crossword”, supplied by local team AANDA. Do you know them? Give it a try and we will publish the answers next month.

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Recipe 12 Pitlochry Tipple 14 Garden 16 Fitness 22 Computer 26 Horoscopes 88

Community

Diary 4 Get Out 8 Politics 32 Churches 68

Useful Numbers Index

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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details 1st March

9.30pm

Anton O'Donnell plays Old Mill Inn

4th March

2.30pm

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall

6th March

7.00pm

Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel

8th March

9.30pm

Jamie McGeechan plays Old Mill Inn

9th March

9.30am

Strathallan School open morning

9th March

10.00am

Coffee Morning - The Tryst

9th March

9.30pm

Cherry Crumble play Old Mill Inn

10th March

6.15pm

Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema

11th March

7.30pm

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - Pitlochry High School

12th March

10.00am

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park

12th March

7.30pm

Atholl Country Life Museum Winter Talks - Atholl Arms Hotel

12th March

7.30pm

Blair Atholl & Struan Community Council - Village Hall

13th March

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group – Widcat Trail (Newtonmore)

13th March

2.30pm

The Guild Meeting - The Tryst Lounge

13th March

7.00pm

Pitlochry Angling Club Annual Open Night - Scotland's Hotel

14th March

7.00pm

Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class -Moulin Hall

15th March

7.00pm

Climate Cafe - HPCP

15th March

9.30pm

Lynnie Carson plays Old Mill Inn

15th-17th March

various

Niel Gow Festival - Dunkeld & Birnam

16th March

6.45pm

Magic Queen - Atholl Palace Hotel

18th March

7.30pm

Scottish Wildlife Trust - The Tryst

20th March

12noon

Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

20th March

2.00pm

U3A Meeting - Atholl Centre

21st March

7.15pm

Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall

22nd-23rd March

various

March Into Pitlochry Music Festival

23rd March

10.30am

Bookbug Session, Pitlochry Library

23rd March

2.00pm

Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust 2019 AGM

25th March

7.30pm

Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle

29th March 30th March 30th March 31st March

9.30pm 9.30am 9.30pm 1.00am

Chris Small plays Old Mill Inn The Tryst Walking Group – The Hermitage and Birnam Headroom play Old Mill Inn British Summer Time Starts

31st March

All Day!

Mother's Day

31st March

2.00pm

Vale Of Atholl Pipe Band AGM - Atholl Palace Hotel

For all our live music, see pages 47, 50 and 96.

Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, non commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life


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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life!

Monday 4th March - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. There will be an afternoon's entertainment entitled "3 Violins and a Cello - Fake or Fortune?" given by Dr D Cruikshank and friends. All welcome. Wednesday 6th March - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.00pm. See page 60 for details. Saturday 9th March - Coffee Morning - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 10.00am to 11.30am. Organised by Rannoch & Highland Branch Clan Donnachaidh Society. £3.00 payable at door. Cake & Candy stall. Hope to see you there. Sunday 10th March - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.15pm. ‘Personal Shopper’. See page 51 for details. Monday 11th March - Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - Pitlochry High School - 7.30pm. Please note that meetings for 2019 are all on the second Monday of the month, a change from previous years to avoid clashes with Perth and Kinross Council meetings involving local Councillors. Tuesday 12th March - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 46 for more details. Tuesday 12th March - Atholl Country Life Museum Winter Talks - Atholl Arms Hotel - 7.30pm. A talk will be given by Jess Smith, a Scottish Traveller who lived on the road with her family in a blue Bedford bus. She has published six books on her Travelling culture and continues to collect, through research, as much as possible before it vanishes, from those who remember the old ways. Entry £5 includes refreshments. Tuesday 12th March - Blair Atholl & Struan Community Council - Village Hall - 7.30pm. Wednesday 13th March - The Tryst Walking Group – Widcat Trail (Newtonmore) – 9.30am. This is circular walk around Newtonmore on good paths. The route passes through native woodlands and continues along the banks of the Spey and Calder rivers. Height climbed 120m. Distance 8 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 13th March - The Guild Meeting - The Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. David Frame will talk on Peace for Korea? Reflections from his recent visit to Korea & Japan. All welcome. Wednesday 13th March - Pitlochry Angling Club Annual Open Night - Scotland's Hotel, Pitlochry - 7.00pm. Presentation of trophies, a talk by Professor Eric Verspoor, our fishing tackle auction and a raffle. See page 60 for more details. Thursday 14th March - Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class -Moulin Hall 7.00pm. All levels of dancer welcome, Great fun and exercise. Come along and give it a try. Beginners from 7pm. No partner required. Admission £3.00. Also 21st & 28th March. For further details contact June on 01796 473488. Friday 15th March - Climate Cafe - HPCP, 23 Atholl Road, Pitlochry - 7.00pm. All are welcome to drop in and find out what interests each other have and the actions being taking. Tip # Other ways to reduce your own plastic use:- Buy your own reusable takeaway cup. Say no to plastic straws, even in cafés and restaurants. If a straw is a must, buy a reusable stainless steel or glass straw. Use a water bottle instead of buying bottled water and there are a growing number of cafés etc where you can ask them to fill your bottle with tap water. Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March - Niel Gow Festival - Dunkeld & Birnam. See page 56 for details and tickets. Continued on page 8

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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Saturday 16th March - Magic Queen - Atholl Palace Hotel - 6.45pm. The fantastic Magic Queen tribute act performing all of Queens greatest hits! See page 47 for details and booking.

Monday 18th March - Scottish Wildlife Trust - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 7.30pm. George MacDonald ‘Eye spy wildlife’ . George is a consultant in wildlife management and conservation and an ex-head stalker. For more information contact Richard Horobin richardwhorobin@tomcroy.co.uk Wednesday 20th March - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 12 for 12.30. Our Annual Lunch will be held prior to the Demonstration, in the Hotel. Lunch will be served 12.00 for 12.30pm followed by Demonstrator Christine Ogle showing us 'Today I Went Shopping'. With Lunch followed by a shopping trip it sounds a good afternoon's entertainment! New members and guests are always welcome. Linzee Lindsay 01738 710777. Wednesday 20th March - U3A Meeting - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 2.00pm. Hayley Groves will talk about her work as a Speech and Language Therapist. See page 52 for more info. Thursday 21st March - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. Pitlochry High School Pupils – School history and information on defibrillators. It’s £20 to join for the whole year and £3.50 for visitors on the evening. A great supper is promised of home-made sandwiches, scones/pancakes, cakes/biscuits and tea/coffee. Great value in anybody’s book - especially in Pitlochry! Please remember to bring your own cup! Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March - March Into Pitlochry Music Festival. See pages 1 and 64 for more details of this fantastic music weekend. Get your tickets early! Saturday 23rd March - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am. See page 46 for details. Saturday 23rd March - Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust 2019 AGM - Molteno Hall, Fortingall - 2.00pm. The meeting is open to all – you don’t have to be a member. See page 66 for more details. Monday 25th March - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst - 7.30pm. Dr David Munro speaks on “The 1902 voyage of the Scotia: The Scottish Antarctic Expedition”. Dr Munro is a former Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and his talk will cover the the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition led by William Speirs Bruce that was probably the most scientifically organised of all the great polar expeditions of the era. The expedition was privately funded and produced a vast amount of information as well as arresting photographs (including the Piper and the Penguin!) The expedition needs to be better known and this talk should be extremely illuminating. Saturday 30th March - The Tryst Walking Group – The Hermitage and Birnam – 9.30am. This is a circular walk from the Hermitage to Birnam via Rumbling Bridge, and returning by the river Tay. Height climbed 150m. Distance 6 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Sunday 31st March - British Summer Time Starts - 1.00am. Make sure you put the clock forward before going to bed on Saturday night, get a good sleep as it feels like an early rise. However make the most of the lighter nights! Sunday 31st March - Mother's Day. Make sure you have flowers, chocolate and a great day planned. She's worth it xx. Sunday 31st March - Vale Of Atholl Pipe Band AGM - Atholl Palace Hotel - 2.00pm 8 Pitlochry Life


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Sweet Potato Muffins Who doesn't love muffins, but have you ever tried savoury ones? Well, this is a 'healthy' recipe that has a great texture and taste. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or an anytime snack. Best served warm, but they are easy to heat up again next day, in a few minutes. I love them with Chilli Jam :o)

Ingredients • • • • •

600g sweet potatoes 4 spring onions 2 red chillies 100g crumbled feta cheese 6 large eggs

• 40g grated Parmesan (or similar) • 300g wholemeal self-raising flour • 2 tbsp mixed seeds, or use sunflower and poppy seeds

Method 1.

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases and lightly wipe their insides with oiled kitchen paper. Peel 600g sweet potatoes and coarsely grate into a large bowl.

2.

Trim and slice 4 spring onions and 1 red chilli and add to the bowl along with 100g crumbled feta cheese.

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Mix in 6 large eggs and 20g grated hard cheese or Parmesan.

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Sift over 300g wholemeal self-raising flour and mix well.

5.

Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cases. Slice 1 more red chilli and sprinkle a few slices on top of each muffin. Sprinkle another 20g grated hard cheese or Parmesan and 2 tbsp mixed seeds over the muffins.

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Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into a muffin. Remove from the oven, wait 5 minutes and serve warm. Enjoy!

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judges who were distillers, brand ambassadors, retailers, importers, writers and bloggers. From the Production Manager of Sullivans Cove Distillery in Australia to the Brand Ambassador for Paul John Indian Whisky, importers from Malta to Master Blenders from Egypt.

World Whiskies Awards 2019 On Wednesday 6th February I caught the sleeper down to London to judge in the 2019 World Whiskies Awards. The World Whiskies Awards are global and select the very best whiskies in all the internationally recognised styles, ultimately resulting in whiskies being voted Whisky of the Year 2019 within their specific category.

It was a fantastic day. My taste buds were challenged, my pre-conceived ideas of some International Whiskies were torn up and I met some brilliant people. 5 hours of tasting, 46 whiskies tasted and a great sleep home on the sleeper.

There were 2 rounds in the competition. All the whiskies were tasted blind and were judged on Nose, Palate and Taste. Round 1 was held in each county that had whiskies represented, the winners from Round 1 then went forward to Round 2, the final in London. I was involved 2 weeks before London in judging the best ‘Scotch Whiskies’ for Round 1 in Edinburgh. On that occasion, the whiskies were split into 7 categories: Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Highland (including Island), Lowland, Speyside, Islay, Blended Malt, Blends and Independent Bottling. The winner of each category then went down to London to compete against their International rivals. In London, the categories were far more complicated and included country of origin, age statement, blended, blends, corn, rye, grain, wheat, new make spirit and flavoured. Entries were received from 24 countries. Add all of these bottles together and you have a selection of the best whiskies in the world and a panel of judges licking their lips and eager to start. In all there were around 40 judges involved. Each country represented had one or two 14 Pitlochry Life

I now know which whiskies I tasted on the day but I have to wait, with the patience of a slowly aging whisky, to find out who the category winners are. The results will be announced at a dinner in London on the 28th March 2019.

Ewan McIlwraith Ewan McIlwraith is the owner of Robertsons of Pitlochry and The Bothy. Since 2013, Ewan has transformed the retail shop to now stock of over 450 whiskies and over 150 small batch gins. Ewan is also a judge for the World Whisky Awards and Scottish Field. Judging the annual whisky and gin challenge competitions. Robertsons support responsible drinking


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The Pitlochry Garden March March is tricky: it’s either shirt sleeves or snow shovels and I can’t tell which right now. The weather ought to improve as the month progresses but that sometimes isn’t how it happens. There are a lot of things to do and I’m going to sort them out according to conditions, rather than weeks. It may be that the ground is covered in snow and that, although the days are longer, it’s still as cold as winter. In that case, about the only thing you can get on with is any pruning left over from January and February. If you have fruit trees you can prune apples, pears and crab apples but leave the plums and cherries to mid-summer to avoid fungal disease. Apples and pears fruit on one-year-old wood so don’t snip off all around the tree: first look for any wood that is dead, diseased or damaged and remove that, making a clean cut back to a main stem. Then remove any branches which are crowded or crossing, especially the ones which are rubbing against another stem. That will do until mid-summer. If you haven’t finished the roses you can do that now: reduce floribundas overall by about a third and hybrid teas by about two-thirds, but always remove any dead, brown wood to encourage new growth. Always cut back to just above a new bud on a slant with the bud at the top of the cut. Ramblers that flower once at the end of their branches should be cut back hard to the main structure. Climbers need the old flowered shoots removed as well as any old wood. Check their ties while you are there so that the spring gales won’t 16 Pitlochry Life

pull them down. Please use soft green string and not wire or cable ties. If the ground is clear and thawed out, get on with planting any bare-root deciduous trees or hedges and any new bare root roses. Try to get this done before bud break in early April. Stake new trees and fasten the stakes to the trees with wide black rubber ties. Usually I stake to windward which is westerly but nowadays, especially in any exposed position, I double stake to east and west. Supposing conditions have really improved, give the vegetable beds a dig over and then clean up the herbaceous borders, cutting back old top growth and putting that on the compost heap. Weed as you go along but don’t put perennial weeds like buttercup onto the heap, burn them instead. If it stays dry there are two hard jobs left to do: dig new beds if you need them and start working on the lawn. Digging new beds by hand is very hard work so maybe just do a couple of hours and then do some raking on the lawn. Try to get out all the thatch and winter-killed grass as well as any moss. If it looks like spring has sprung apply a spring weed and feed, otherwise it can wait till early April. Look after your back and hands and, if it rains, go get some seed catalogues to look at but leave sowing until next month. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

Reasons To Stretch - Part 2 Following on from last month’s article, here are a few stretches which target key problem areas of the body. It’s always a good idea to warm up a little first by using the body to move around before you start to stretch – a cold muscle is much more likely to get damaged than a warm one. In order to carry out the exercise, you should move slowly into the stretch position, going through mild discomfort 1 3 but not pushing so that things hurt. Try to hold the stretch for about 20 seconds Shoulder and Upper Back Stretch – as I’ve said in https://blog.fitbit.com/daily-stretching-sequence/ a number of previous articles, many of us spend https://skillsforaction.com/diamond-sitting-rotation-stretch too much time sitting, a problem which tends to Piriformis – this is a muscle in the top of your leg, increase as we get older. The problem is, this is likely to result in the shoulders and upper back which basically connects your femur (or thigh rounding. Over a period, time, it becomes more bone) to your pelvis. Many people suffer from awkward to sit or stand up straight as muscles get tightness in this muscle, so stretching it on a regular basis is always helpful. Here are three basic used to being in a hunched position. This stretch can help loosen them and improve spinal flexibility. stretches for the piriformis, shown in order of Start by standing tall, arms by the sides. Reach difficulty. behind with both hands, placing the palms on the lower back. This should pull your shoulders back. The stretch could be progressed by trying to push the elbows together. 4 Spinal stretch - the cat/cow. This is actually a dynamic yoga stretch, useful for increasing mobility and flexibility in the spine. Begin on the floor on all fours. Hands should be are directly beneath the shoulders, knees directly beneath the hips. You can make fists if it’s more comfortable than extending the wrists. The Trunk – It’s important to keep the trunk flexible: a lack of movement potential here will often result in pain in the middle part of the back. Often experienced by people who spend a lot of time sitting down, it’s usually a symptom of incorrect posture caused by tight rhomboid Once in position, inhale, arching the spine and muscles (found between the shoulder blades. A number of rotational stretches are possible – here lifting your head and chest toward the ceiling. you can see a simple seated stretch, a slightly more Don’t take this any further than mild discomfort. awkward lying stretch, and a complex lying stretch. Now exhale while pulling in the belly and dropping the head and neck. Don’t be tempted to move It’s important to move into these rotational stretches slowly, to minimise the risk to the spine. quickly. alan@pitlochrylife.co.uk 22 Pitlochry Life


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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory shortcut Win+V (that’s the Windows logo key If you are quite productive on your computer, or spend time using Microsoft Word, you will be beside the Ctrl key) and the history page will pop up. familiar with the ability to copy and paste text or images in a document. You will also appreciate that this is a fairly limited experience as you can only copy one piece of content at a time. Well things have changed with the last update to Windows 10 and the introduction of cloud powered Clipboard History. This stores the text and images (up to 4mb) that you copy, allowing you to later view and paste content from the clipboard history, pin frequently used content to quickly find it, and even share your clipboard across all your Windows devices.

Now simply select the text (or image) you want and it will paste. If it is something you paste regularly, or intend to, whilst in the clipboard history window, click on the Pin button next to the item and it will be pinned to the top In Win 10 you have to enable this new clipboard of the list for next time. by opening Settings, click on System, click on Ok, there are some limitations as not everything Clipboard and turn on the Save multiple items you copy will appear in the history or sync toggle switch. Whilst in this screen you can also across devices. For example, you can copy the activate Sync across devices which is useful name of a file, but copying a file to move it to if using more than one device logged into the another location will not appear in the history. It same Microsoft account. Careful though, there will however copy and paste using the old way. are obviously privacy concerns here. If you don’t Also, the cloud clipboard supports images, but trust Microsoft with your clipboard data, you only if you copy the image within a document. shouldn’t enable the sync feature. If you decide You cannot copy an image file and expect it to to use this feature, you need to be careful appear in the history or sync across devices. what data you copy to your clipboard. The one Although the new clipboard experience can sync thing you should be particularly careful about your history across devices, you can only access is always sensitive information like passwords your history on computers running Windows 10 or credit card numbers. If you do copy them to version 1809 or later and when using the same your clipboard, make sure you remove them Microsoft account. You may even have to wait from the history right away. for the next update as not all versions of 1809

Ok, so say you are working in Word. If you place the cursor within a word and click once, you can add text, or delete with the delete and back space keys. If you click twice it will highlight that word, if 3 times it will highlight the paragraph. You now have various means of copying or cutting highlighted text – right click offers Cut, Copy and Paste. You could use these commands from the top quick access toolbar, or use the keyboard shortcuts – Ctrl+C (Copy), Ctrl+X (Cut) and Ctrl+V (Paste). To use the clipboard history feature, use whatever method suits you to either Cut, or Copy, go to where you want to insert the copied text then use the keyboard 26 Pitlochry Life

have this feature yet, apparently. Remember, if you choose to enable this feature, make sure that you understand all the potential security risks. For example, if you're one of those that usually copy sensitive information (such as passwords, addresses, names, etc.), anything you copy to the clipboard will store in plain text, and anyone with access to your computer will now be able to see this information in the clipboard history screen, by just using the Windows key + V shortcut. In addition, if you enable the sync option, you'll also be uploading your history to the Microsoft servers.... Willie


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A Promising Start to 2019 2018 was a successful year here at J & H Mitchell, with over 90% of properties selling for, or in excess of the asking price. We believe this is due to realistic home report valuations being given in what has been a pleasantly buoyant market here in Highland Perthshire, despite the uncertainty that current political issues have caused. J & H Mitchell consistently had the largest rotation of stock in Highland Perthshire in 2018, bringing the highest number of properties to the market and succeeding in achieving the most sales in 2018. In addition, we had 67% fewer price reductions than our nearest competitor which shows that we do not artificially inflate asking prices just to win business. * We are pleased to provide our services to all areas within Perthshire, and although a lot further afield than usual, I also found myself in Lochinver photographing a fabulous property to put on the market last June. No property is too big or small and distance is not an issue, more a perk of the job as it is immensely enjoyable exploring the area and travelling to new and wonderful places. Following a recent publication of the Registers of Scotland quarterly data on property prices, Registers of Scotland Business Development and Information Director Kenny Crawford said: “Average prices in Scotland continue their upward trend and have been increasing each month since March 2016, when compared with the same month of the previous year.� With this in mind, I am optimistic that 2019 will be another good year for sellers, as we have already brought a good selection of properties to the market during the first two months of this year, with some already having secured sales. If you are thinking of putting your property on the market, look no further than J & H Mitchell, your independent local estate agent and please feel free to contact me on 01796 472606 or pop in to our office in Pitlochry anytime. I am also available in our Aberfeldy office on a Friday afternoon on 01887 820285. Tracy Newland Property Manager J & H Mitchell W.S. *Data is derived purely from Rightmove.co.uk’s internal statistics covering postcodes PH16, PH15, PH9, PH17, PH18 correct as at 31st December 2018. Pitlochry Life 29


DOES IT S PA R K J OY ?

I was struggling to think of a topic for this month until I heard people talking about Kon Marie. So I watched the series on Netflix. This article cannot convey “what a real life little miss dynamite that she is”. Truly! Just read on, and then if you get the chance, buy the book and watch the show – it will change your life.

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Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, best-selling author, star of Netflix's hit show, "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo," and founder of KonMari Media Inc. Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. In her #1 New York Times best-selling book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," Marie took tidying to a whole new level, teaching that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. According to the author, following her method will not only lead to a cleaner, more organised household, but also to a more positive and happy lifestyle overall.

Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

Tidy by category, not by location. - Clothes. Books. Papers. Miscellaneous. Sentimental. RULE 05 Follow the right order. RULE 06 For example; start with clothes. Empty your entire wardrobe and drawers onto the floor, everything. Now pick up each item in turn – clothing, shoes, handbags, one at a time. If you don’t feel a spark of joy, discard it. Give it away or take a trip to a charity shop. Expect to lose about half… maybe even more. KonMarie then teaches you how to fold everything in a certain way and how to put them away in a system that means you will never lose anything again. Now move onto books and apply the same system.

What is the KonMari Method? Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which means you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari method however encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go. Why should I bother? Well One of the obvious People around the world have been drawn to this advantages to a tidy house is that being able to easily locate things will cause you less stress. philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but But there’s actually evidence that clean organised also because it places great importance on being environments improve our ability to think. For mindful, introspective and forward-looking. example, a study of 80 people at the University RULE 01 of Navarra found that participants made more Commit yourself to tidying up. mistakes when undertaking a data input task in a messy environment than a tidy one. RULE 02 Imagine your ideal lifestyle. RULE 03 Finish discarding first. 30 Pitlochry Life

Successfully accomplishing a task – such as decluttering your house – also has enormous effect on your self belief. This is our sense that we are competent, autonomous people who can


learn, grow and succeed. Self-belief gives a huge boost to our overall wellbeing, and psychologists have shown it can have influence in a wide range of areas. For example, increasing self-belief in students has been shown to improve academic achievement. It has even been used to reduce symptoms of PTSD in trauma victims. Don’t start what you can’t finish. However, it may not all be good news. The KonMari method is rigorous and requires commitment, time and energy to complete to its fullest. Without Marie Kondo standing over you, it may be difficult to complete, and failing tasks is usually detrimental to our psychological wellbeing. Research shows that if people give up on a task, they usually perform worse on subsequent jobs and engage in unhealthy self-blame. But Rule 1 is all about commitment – so take this seriously. One of the quirkier aspects of the KonMari method is the idea of thanking your possessions for their service, especially before you discard them. It seems quirky to our culture, because we see inanimate objects as “consumables” ie. we use them, then throw them away. Anyone with a favourite pair of slippers or lounge pants may likelihood of success, and with it all the psychological completely understand growing attached to items. benefits. Set yourself a challenge and give it a try. Day 1 - Donate clothing, shoes and bags that don't spark joy, then properly fold what remains. Day 2 - Rid your desk and office of old papers, books and junk. Day 3 - Clear your hall of all but daily essentials. Day 4 - Clear shelves in your living and dining rooms of what you rarely use. Day 5 - Clear out your bathroom vanity to the essentials. So, should you try the KonMari method? Based on the research, and after watching the progamme the answer is yes. The series deals with empty nesters, young families struggling with kids, tiredness and even a life changing loss of someone you love. There is a reason to do this in most of our lives. One word of warning though - consider the time and resources you have available to devote yourself to the task, and ensure you set a goal that is feasible. Marie Kondo’s clients may be able to block out whole days to tidy their entire house under her watchful eye, but chances are you can’t. By creating an achievable goal, you increase the

Day 6 - Declutter and refold everything in the linen cupboard. Day 7 - Clear out and organise all the kitchen cupboard, drawers, the fridge and the freezer. Tweaking the KonMari method is also fine. Just remember that using hints rather than directions is better for our sense of accomplishment. Finally, don’t feel you’re missing out if the thought of examining all your possessions for feelings of joy leaves you cold. It's fun, but then again there's always next year’s resolutions, and lots of other great stuff on Netflix instead. Debbie Pitlochry Life 31


Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative The situation at Pitlochry Hospital’s minor injury and illness unit (MIIU) is one I will be keeping an eye on in coming weeks and months. Restricted opening hours at the facility mean that the unit is currently open between 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays, but closed to the public at weekends. Understandably many residents are concerned with the situation at Pitlochry Hospital’s MIIU. With many older constituents being dependant on this service, I will endeavour to establish what the future holds for the unit. This is a lifeline service for residents living in Highland Perthshire. I have called on NHS Tayside to look into the situation at Pitlochry Hospital’s MIIU and I will be raising the issue in the Scottish Parliament with the Health Secretary. Health is an issue that is often brought up during my surgery meetings with constituents. I was alarmed at data recently obtained by the Scottish Conservatives which showed that many dementia patients are being denied crucial support. The statistics supplied indicated that only 55.4% of those diagnosed with dementia in Tayside were referred for the necessary support set out by Scottish Government targets. It is estimated that in Tayside, 1,567 people were diagnosed with dementia in 2016/17 – the latest year for which figures are available – yet just 868 were referred to the scheme. The target set is that every person with dementia should receive these support packages for at least a year after being diagnosed, but the data released shows this is not happening. Another matter that I receive a lot of correspondence on is that of poor broadband. This problem was highlighted in a recent study carried out by consumer group Which? Their findings showed that Perth and Kinross lagged behind other local authority areas in Scotland, with an average broadband speed of 10.1 megabits per second (Mbps) – slower than Na H-Eilean Siar in the Outer Hebrides (11.5Mbps). The Which? study also showed that Perth and Kinross was well behind neighbouring Dundee City, which had one of the fastest average broadband speeds recorded – 23.1Mbps. The average broadband speed for Perth and Kinross shows the region is lagging behind other local authority areas in Scotland. I was recently contacted by residents who live in the Fortingall area of Highland Perthshire. Some of them claimed their broadband speed was as low as 2Mbps. It’s a concern that many residents have raised with us over the last couple of years. Please feel free to contact my office if you have queries in this area and I will help if I can. As ever, I appreciate the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot or via telephone at 01738 553990.

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I was pleased to see that communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £700,000 additional funding to improve flood protection. This includes £300,000 to support the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in its role as the national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority this year. It is also proposed to increase by a further £200,000 to £1.6 million for 2019/20. The ‘Scottish Flood Forum’ will receive £33,000 in 2019/20 to work with stakeholders to raise

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awareness of the importance of making flood resilient repairs and installing flood protection measures for property. £180,00 has also been made available to gather light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data, which surveys terrain and will provide robust data to improve assessment and management of flood risk. LiDAR data will be available free of charge to stakeholders via the Scottish Remote Sensing Portal. Flooding can cause utter devastation to communities, as we have seen in parts of Highland Perthshire. It is vital that we do everything we can to prepare for the worst, and this additional funding will improve resilience against future flooding. It will also allow an increase in understanding of when and where flooding is most likely to occur, and to support those communities affected. The Scottish Government is spending £420 million over ten years to protect homes and businesses in the most flood-prone areas. The use and regulation of fireworks is the focus of a public consultation, which aims to ensure everyone can enjoy displays safely. The consultation asks for views on issues, such as whether the sale of fireworks to the public should be banned, and what other measures can help ensure fireworks are used safely and responsibly. Responses will inform on-going discussions about whether changes to legislation and regulation of fireworks in Scotland are needed, following concerns about their misuse and the potential impact on public safety and animal welfare. Most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, but if used inappropriately or without respect for others they can cause great distress or even physical injury to people and to animals. From conversations with members of the public and emergency service workers, I am aware of concern about the use and sale of fireworks to individuals. The Scottish Government wants to work with others to reduce the negative impact of fireworks and the public’s voice is vital in shaping our approach going forward. While much of existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, this consultation will hopefully identify any gaps in the law and highlight where the regulation of fireworks could be improved. The consultation is open now until 13 May 2019 at https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/ I will be holding surgeries in Highland Perthshire on Monday 1st April at the following times and places- The Locus Centre, Aberfeldy- 10.30am- 12 noon, The Atholl Centre, Pitlochry- 1pm-2pm, Birnam Arts Centre- 2.30pm-3.30pm. If any constituents wish to make an appointment or need to contact me, I can be reached by email at john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot, you can call 01250 876 576 or write to 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH.

Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I am contacted by constituents on a great range of issues. A recent issue, on which I received a number of representations, was about encouraging the UK Government not to back away from commitments to deliver a pensions dashboard. A pensions dashboard is an online service allowing people to see information from multiple pensions in the one place, and is an important step in improving access to pensions information for everyone. With research showing that 47% of people do not know how much their pension pots contain, and the average person working in 11 jobs before they retire, it can be hard to keep up. There is no doubt that this would be a valuable tool letting us all look at the facts and figures about our own pensions. Having a single dashboard is important because it will provide a safeguard against scammers. Those who work in this field have warned that multiple dashboards could make it easier for

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scammers to trick the public into divulging personal data. It is also vital to ensure state pension data is included, as well as occupational and private pensions. It is essential that this information is available and that private providers are also compelled, through legislation, to supply information. Those who are retired, or are planning to retire, should have the ability to access clear information to support their understanding and management of their financial future. The Westminster government has the ultimate responsibility for this and they must not abdicate that responsibility to the private sector. I was concerned to hear of the recent decision to remove Pension Credit from thousands of pensioners, which could leave them out of pocket by as much as £7,000 each year. Pension Credit is means-tested and was introduced to tackle pensioner poverty. It provides a guaranteed minimum income to those over state pension age. If a single pensioner’s weekly income is less than £163 or their joint weekly income is less than £248.80 as a couple (£255.25 from May), Pension Credit tops it up. Currently, people who reach retirement age can claim Pension Credit regardless of their partner’s age. However, from May, pensioners with younger partners will have to claim Universal Credit, (which is currently £114.81). Pensioners will have to wait until their partner also reaches 65, increasing to 66 in October 2020. Couples with a partner under state pension age already in receipt of Pension Credit will be unaffected, but they will be moved onto the new system if their circumstances alter; even if they just change address, or if the pensioner partner goes abroad for over a month. Unless born on the same day, one partner will always be older than the other. The average difference is 2.6 years, meaning the cash loss incurred before the youngest partner becomes old enough to claim Pension Credit could be in the region of £19,000. The bigger the age gap, the more long-lasting the adverse impact of this change will be. Some pensioners may find they are financially better off if they split up and live apart and charities warn it could have a devastating impact on health and wellbeing, and increase the number of pensioners in poverty. My colleagues and I have urged the UK Government to reverse these changes. If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk or by phone on 01250 876576.

John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative Readers will recall the concerns that abounded last year when the Council advised us that a repair to the Cultullich Bridge and embankment of the main A827 between Aberfeldy and Grandtully could result in the road being fully closed for seven weeks. At that time, I met with roads engineers and asked them to explore alternative methods of repair and sought the agreement of my colleagues in Administration for additional funds to make it possible. I am delighted to tell readers that the engineers recently advised me that they have identified a better way to tackle these repairs which will result in one carriageway being kept open for the duration of the repair. While the full details will be the subject of the tendering and contract process, it is anticipated that there will be two or three overnight closures at the beginning while some initial work is undertaken to stabilise the embankment and a couple of days when the road will have to be fully closed at the end for resurfacing works, this is a far better outcome than appeared possible last May. I am grateful to the Administration for finding the significant additional funds to keep the road open and support local residents, visitors and businesses. Engineers will be holding a meeting with stakeholders once the contract has been awarded where more detail of the plans will be shared. The SEPA licence to conduct these works still means that they will take place between 1st June and 15th October.

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The recent serious fire in Kenmore Street brought into focus the need to have a well resourced and supported retained fire crew in our major towns. The way we live our personal lives and our working lives has made a significant difference to the pool of potential firefighters that are able and willing to put themselves forward for this vital community role. I have met with senior officers covering this area to hear the issues and how the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are trying to tackle the various challenges. I also attended an open evening at the Community Fire Station in Aberfeldy in the aftermath of the fire. The meeting wholeheartedly voiced its support and gratitude for the work done by the retained crew and there were a number of potential new recruits who heard details of what it takes to become a firefighter and the significant commitment of time and availability which is expected. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining up, please contact your local fire station or go online at www.firescotland.gov.uk for more details. If you are interested in planning matters, there is a consultation ongoing until 14th March regarding the Supplementary Guidance under the Local Development Plan. The consultation aims to inform forthcoming Statutory Guidance which lends weight to local planning matters under the plan. More details are available on the council’s website (www.pkc.gov.uk). As I write, the Council is about to go into its annual budget meeting. Local Authorities have been handed a significant cut in real terms in the settlement from the Scottish Government this year and there is no doubt that tough decisions will be required regarding council services. As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on jcduff@pkc.gov.uk, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542.

Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Ward, Independent By the time you read this article the Council will have set its budget for 2019/20 and provisional budgets for 2020/21 and 2021/22. The Council is again facing the needs to make tough decisions and I will be doing my best to protect our rural and frontline services. I will provide a more detailed budget write up in next months article. At the January meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee the committee voted 7-6 in favour of moving to a new model of delivering school meals across Perth & Kinross. This new model involves the main meal element of school meals being made in a centralised kitchen in Dundee and then being blast frozen before being shipped to schools across the county where they will be stored in freezers and reheated on the day of use. Certain sides such as salads and other similar items will still be made on site daily. This new model has been presented as a way to save money, but it will result in a reduction of 50 jobs across Perth & Kinross and so far there has been no public/parent/staff/pupil consultation on the new model. I spoke and voted against the proposal for all of the reasons outlined above and because I believe our children’s food should be as fresh as possible and recognise the important role our catering staff play in our children’s life’s. I feel will be detrimental to our communities and in my opinion is just further centralisation to Dundee by the backdoor. Also discussed at Lifelong Learning was the possible proposal to build a new tri-school for Perth & Kinross, Dundee and Angus. I’m concerned at the disparity between how our local schools are being handled in the School Estate Review and how proposals for new schools in the school estates review do not seem be required to have a full options appraisal at an early stage. The Convener told me is in the early stages of exploration at the moment and I did get a public commitment from her that should there be a wish to progress with this option of a tri-school, a full options appraisal will be undertaken that will look at other options such as a South Eastern Perthshire school which I have been advocating for since I joined the Lifelong Learning Committee. Continued on page 40 38 Pitlochry Life


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I have a number of reservations including how a joint school will be managed and the costs potentially involved, but I supported the Council exploring this option at this stage subject to commitment for wider options at a later stage. Recently in Council committees there appears to have been an increase in the number of papers being presented for consideration in private. While there are good reasons for certain information to be kept private such as confidential commercial information or information which affects individual staff members where they could be identified, there are ways for such confidential information to be put into private appendices which would allow the majority of a paper to be held in public session and therefore open to public scrutiny. I have raised my concerns that some recent decisions did not need to be taken in private - I objected to it at the meetings - and that in the future important matters such significant budget cuts should be taken in public session wherever possible. For the parts of Highland Perthshire in the Cairngorms National Park boundary, the CNPA is currently consulting on the draft Local Development Plan for your areas and I would urge everyone living in these areas to look at the plan and consider responding with your thoughts. The plan sets out the proposed planning policies and settlement site allocations for the period 2020-25 and is very important in terms of how the Council and National Park decide if development is appropriate and meets local policy. Finally, I’m pleased to say that Gordon Paterson, Chief Inspector (Adult Services) of the Care Inspectorate will be joining Perth & Kinross as our new Chief Officer (Health & Social Care). This is an incredibly important role, particularly as budgets tighten and we need to find new innovative ways to keep providing good frontline rural services. I’m looking forward to working with him in my role as a member of the Integration Joint Board (Health & Social Care) when he takes up post in a few months.

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council (PMCC) 11th February 2019 Five PMCC councillors, two P&KC councillors, 3 members of public present; 4 apologies. Members of Pitlochry High School Parent Council (PHS PC) and a member of PMCC attended meeting at Breadalbane . Open to talks but fully committed to review process. Information available by end February on PHS PC Facebook page and P&KC website. Preferred options considered before end May. Ground adjacent to railway crossing OK; more CCTV cameras at railway station; extra £2.2m ; P&KC short of resources to audit Common Good Fund; knowledge tests for taxi drivers in operation. Removal of trees at sewage plant essential on safety grounds. PMCC recommended high fence behind laurels and semi-mature trees. Andy and Jim to meet with Scottish Water. Total overnight closure of A9 will be required at times for dualling resulting in long diversions. Concessions for emergency vehicles. 30mph now between Croftinloan and Donavourd. East Moulin Road closed for one week from March 4th between Parkcroy Crescent and Broom Place. Resilience Plan Exercise,Town Hall, Wednesday 20th February. Time tba. Work on Tom na Moan play area to be completed Easter 2019. Scottish Government holding a consultation on future sale and use of fireworks. Drop-in event, Leisure Centre, Perth, 19th March. Planning Application for building at Cuilc Brae rejected. Continued on page 42 40 Pitlochry Life


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Scotland’s Hotel submitted plans for 12 flats between hotel and Elm Court. PMCC to object. Plans for flats on Bonnethill Road resubmitted. Desperately need of affordable housing in-keeping with character of town. Heartland Kid’s Club (HKC), due to start in mid-March providing, breakfast and after-school clubs and a 3-week holiday club. Applied to OSCR and advertised for staff. Use of room in school granted. P&KC supportive HKC have no money and are hoping for support from other organisations for local organisations to run holiday clubs in summer. Meeting to progress alternative placing of lovelocks. Request that P&KC paint bridge where paintwork has been damaged. Frozen school meals to be provided throughout region from Dundee. Around 50 jobs lost in rural areas . PMCC to write to P&KC . Concern about issues in P&KC committees discussed in private. Health and Social Care budget will have £4m deficit by end of year. Problem recruiting Staff for Minor Injuries Unit. No suitable housing. Next meeting 11th March in PHS at 7.30pm.

Blair Atholl And Struan Community Council Next steps for Cairngorms Local Development Plan – have your say! Ensuring sufficient land for housing, jobs and services while protecting the environment is a challenge anywhere – particularly in a National Park – but the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) are confident that the next Local Development Plan (LDP) for the area will do all that. All local authorities and National Park Authorities must prepare a LDP which directs development within an area for a five year period, setting out land allocations to deliver appropriate development in the right places and policies that will clearly help guide future decisions on planning applications. To get to this stage in the process, the CNPA has gathered evidence since the current LDP was adopted in 2015 and has undertaken a Main Issues Report consultation in 2017/18 that sought the public’s views on what big issues the next Local Development Plan should address and what the options might be for tackling them. You can view all the documents and proposals concerning the Proposed LDP 2020 online at www.cairngorms.co.uk/proposedplan or at the CNPA’s offices in Grantown-on-Spey as well as Pitlochry Library. The Proposed Plan contains community information for Bruar & Pitagowan, Calvine, Blair Atholl and Killiecrankie. In particular, 2 sites in Blair Atholl are proposed for housing, and Struan School site is proposed to be zoned for “community use”. This consultation will be on the agenda for the Community Council meeting on Tuesday 12 March at 7.30 pm in Blair Atholl Village Hall. You can comment online or complete a response form and email it to planning@cairngorms.co.uk or post it back the CNPA at FREEPOST NAT 21454, Grantown-on-Spey, PH26 3BR. All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 5 April. Following the consultation period, all responses will be collated and assessed before the Proposed LDP and all the consultation responses are sent to Scottish Ministers and subject to an Examination by an independent Planning Reporter. Continued on page 46 42 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Library At the library we have a monthly Bookbug session for under 5s, which this month is food-themed and followed by a play session to support the Highland and Strathtay Food and Health Festival 2019. There’s also the weekly fraud prevention and online security drop-in. Simply come along to any of our events or get in touch if you have any questions. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in– every Thursday 14.30 – 16.00 Join Alec James, Community Banker for The Royal Bank of Scotland for help and advice about fraud prevention and online security at these free drop-in sessions at the library. Bookbug session - Saturday 23 March 10.30-12.00 An under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories followed by a play session, all on a food theme and including healthy snacks for the wee ones. This is in support of the Strathtay and Highland Food and Health Festival 2019. Facilities and Services: ICT facilities - At the library we have PCs available for public access, as well as Wi-fi, printing, and scanning facilities. e-resources - We have a full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. We also have e-reference resources which include Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry. All of these resources and instructions on how to download them are available from the Culture Perth and Kinross website (www.culturepk.org.uk). On the website it is also possible to view the entire library catalogue, as well as requesting and renewing books. To make things even easier you can also download the library app. Books on Prescription - As well as our extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, we also offer Books on Prescription and on wellbeing to support various health and wellbeing needs. Books on Wheels - For individuals who are unable to get out and about to visit the library we are able to offer a monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). This includes books in large print and audio formats. Recycling and Community Services - Did you know that you can drop off your used stamps and batteries at the library for recycling? You can also pick up hearing aid batteries, ferrules for walking sticks and Data Link packs. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk www.culturepk.org.uk

Pitlochry Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) Visitors come to Pitlochry in winter partly because it is an attractive place. Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided including gloves and grabbers. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation Ground carpark. The next litterpick is on March 12th. The dates for litterpicks in 2019 are as follows: April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th, November 12th and December 10th. Continued on page 51 46 Pitlochry Life


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Neighbourhood Watch March 2019 Have you received a message like this by email/phone call/text? Bank: you need to reset your password; / we have detected fraudulent activity on your account; Utility Company: a payment has been declined and you need to act immediately; Local Council: you are due a refund of Council Tax; TV Licensing: your TV licence expires today; / please update your licensing info; HMRC: you are due a refund of tax; / you owe tax and must pay immediately; Microsoft: there are multiple viruses on your computer; PPI Pay-out: you are due a refund. Have you received a letter saying: You’ve won a large sum of money on the International Postcode lottery; Your help is needed to arrange for a large sum of money to be transferred into this country and you will get a cut. Someone with the same surname as you has died leaving a large fortune and no heirs, so as their solicitor, I am willing to share this with you. They are all scams. Do not respond. Do not click on email links. Do not provide any personal information. Do not be a victim. Never allow random callers remote access to your computer A Perthshire resident was defrauded out of £1,200 after a man phoned saying he was from Microsoft and persuaded the resident to allow him access to his computer. The fraudster entered the on-line bank accounts and transferred the funds out. Another local resident was told that their account had been hacked. The resident was persuaded to sign in to their on-line banking, allowing the fraudster to transfer £11,000 out of the accounts. Please tell your family and friends to be wary and hopefully we can prevent further victims.

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 10th March 2019 6.15pm - Personal Shopper Personal Shopper is directed by Olivier Assayas, internationally acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria. It is a ghostly story starring Kirsten Stewart as a high fashion personal shopper to the stars, who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings. Become a member any time for just £10.00 / £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook. Continued on page 52 Pitlochry Life 51


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. There are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Our next Open Meeting is on Wednesday 20 March when Hayley Groves will talk about her work as a Speech and Language Therapist. It will take place at the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry, at 2.00. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information, get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop After an enjoyable and productive spell at Winter Words, we are having to turn our attention to the recurring problem of our shortage of space. Book donations are the Bookshop’s lifeline but we are now receiving so many that space is at a premium. So, for the moment, we are suggesting that if everyone donating books brings no more than three boxes or bags per day, we can handle our space problems better. This restriction should be for a limited time only since ScotRail has offered us the use of a redundant store further along the platform. However it is in poor condition and requires some expensive improvements before it can be occupied. We have been able to acquire some grants towards the cost but before we can proceed, we need to raise £5000 and are appealing to the public for financial help. There are plastic collection boxes in various locations and, in the Bookshop, there are details of a sponsorship scheme which may be of interest to those who wish to contribute a larger sum. Thank you for any support you are able to give.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band We had a very successful Junior Piping and Drumming competition in Pitlochry High School. We started off with four competitions at 9.30am to get finished earlier as there had been bad weather forecast……… but even though the snow didn’t come, it was good to have it finished in daylight and all the competitors heading home that wee bit earlier!! Thanks again to everyone who made it happen. The overall winners for the piping champions were Under 15 Champion, Fraser Robson (Broughty Ferry), Runner Up Archie Clark (Crieff) and 15-18 Champion, Liam Brown (Johnshaven) and runner up Gregor Cochrane (Glenalmond). It was good to see such a good entry for the younger age groups as well in the chanter and novice piping. A good sign for the future!! We’d like to thank Mr and Mrs Ian McKinlay very much for the super raffle prize of a weeks holiday in Kinaldy Cottage. The raffle was a great success, taking in £1000 more than usual!! The holiday was won by a couple from Bathgate. We played in the massed bands in Perth to celebrate Burns Night, marching over Queen’s Bridge and round by the Rodney Pavilion where the Riverside Lights were opening. Displays were then given by each band in Tay Street and a massed band to finish it. By this time it was 8.45pm and the temperature had dropped considerably!!

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The pipe band AGM is on the 31st March at 2pm in the Atholl Palace Hotel. Practices carry on as normal for the bands and the learners and we’re delighted to be kitting out nine of our learners for Highland Nights which start the end of May. If you’d like any information on tuition, please contact either me or Ross McNaughton (rossmcnaughton2@hotmail.com) Gillie McNab gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.

Pitlochry Senior Citizens Bus Wednesday Shopping Trips The bus operates a shopping trip to Pitlochry Coop Store on Wednesday mornings of each week throughout the year. Passengers are collected from and returned to their own homes. Fare £1.00. Please call our Driver Coordinator, Ian Moyes, on 01796 472425 to book or for more details. Perth Shopping Trips A shopping trip to Perth is operated on the last Thursday of every month. Again a door to door service. Fare £5.00. Please call Ian Rodney on 07966 597791 after the 15th of the month, to book or for more details. Volunteer Drivers Required We are still trying to expand our pool of volunteer drivers. We operate a rota system so that drivers only have to commit to a few hours per month. If you have a clean driving licence, why not join our team. Please call Ian Moyes (01796 47 2425) or Sandy MacGill (01796 473026) for details.

UFOs Return early to Tummel Bridge Following the success of our Unfinished Objects day last year we are holding another one on Wednesday 15th May in the Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge from 10.00 until 4.00pm. As usual there will be soup and sandwiches at lunch time, tea and coffee all day, good company, laughter and the opportunity to spend time finishing the project that you’ve been meaning to get round for ages but….. For more information email kynachanhall@gmail.com or contact Liz on 01882634307.

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A Niel Gow Memorial A weekend of concerts, workshops, guided walks and informal music sessions. The Niel Gow Festival in Birnam and Dunkeld celebrates its 16th anniversary this year. Niel Gow (1727-1807) is regarded to be the patriarch of Scots fiddlers. He lived in Inver, where the River Braan meets the Tay, achieving great fame during his long life as a performer, composer and teacher. His pupils, including his four sons, carried the fiddle music of highland Perthshire far beyond the land of its origin. Visitors to Dunkeld are unlikely to see Gow’s headstone in Little Dunkeld, or the plaque on the wall of Niel Gow cottage in Inver, though they might find the beautiful bench beneath Niel Gow’s Oak. It was the lack of a conspicuous monument in a prominent location which inspired the creation of the festival, with the ultimate goal of realising a significant and lasting memorial in Dunkeld. Scottish sculptor David Annand has been commissioned to undertake the work, and it is hoped to have a life-size bronze of Niel Gow installed in the village by 2020. The Niel Gow Festival dates are 15th-17th March. Read more on the festival web site at www.niel-gow.co.uk Pete Clark.

Heartland FM February saw the launch of Heartland FM's Health and Wellbeing series. A weekly programme tackling all issues of our health and surrounding and how this affects our quality of live and wellbeing. We are not afraid to tackle any issues as in our first few programmes we look at Cancer Care and support, Parkinson Disease, and Bowel Cancer Screenings, and look at local support groups and services such as The Horizon Cafe in Aberfeldy and The Den at Heartland Kids Club. You will find this on air on Wednesdays at noon and Saturday mornings at 9am, and if you miss any of broadcasts we will upload all the interviews to our podcast section of our website. If you have a subject you would like us to cover, or have a support service we need to know about, please get in touch via the contacts pages on our website. Our popular Folklore Series continues to Tony Hull Continued on page 58 56 Pitlochry Life


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on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm, again if you miss the show, it is available as a podcast from our website. Our Valentine’ Day Promotion saw the Heartland FM team on the streets of Pitlochry and Aberfeldy giving out Chocolates to celebrate the season of love, and we are now planning our fun activities for Mother’s Day and Easter - so watch this space! Our Brits Competition was well liked, and we sent two lucky winners and their friends to The Brits in London on the 20th of February with First Class Rail Travel from the LNEL Community Engagement Team. We have a student with us for work experience from Pitlochry High School, who is learning programming skill and digital editing, and progressing very well, and we have had a visit from Perth College UHI looking at how we can get involved as a practical work experience centre for the Foundation Apprenticeship Scheme for the 2019/2020 academic year, for students taking the digital media course and we look forward to updating you on this. We are working on our Spring and Summer programme schedule so looking forward to bringing this to you soon. Thanks for reading and thanks for listening to Heartland FM, on FM, online and on your smart speaker. Alistair Smith, Station Manager

Alice's 725km Fundraiser My name is Alice Le Marchant. I’m 18 years old, currently in my gap year, and applying to study veterinary medicine at university. My grandparents live in Rannoch so I’ve long loved the highland hills. In May this year, I will be doing a 725km (450 miles) walk across Scotland, to raise awareness about plastic pollution. I am combining my love for the Highlands and hiking, with a cause I believe in passionately. I am doing the walk to raise money for a UK charity called Surfers Against Sewage. They tackle plastic pollution and climate change through education, beach clean ups, plastic free communities, and marine conservation projects. The walk will include wild camping and stays in lodges, and it is taking me through the wilderness of Scotland. I start on the West Highland Way to Fort William - where I will climb Ben Nevis - then I cross Rannoch Moor. I resume at Blair Atholl go up through the Cairngorms to Aviemore, and will tackle Ben Macdui. Heading west through the Monadhliath Mountains to Loch Ness, I willl continue to Morvich on the west coast. From there I head up to Cape Wrath, following the Scottish National Trail. I plan to start in early May and expect the walk to take around 40 days. I’d love any support you can give me, and in turn support our amazing world. My fundraising link is: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/a-725km-wilderness-walk The charity’s link is: www.sas.org.uk Thank you for reading. Alice

Learn to save a life with Heartstart. On Tuesday 9th April Helen Brady from Tayside NHS Heartstart will be at the Atholl medical Centre, Pitlochry. 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 only one session at 2.0pm. The training is free and there is no need to book –just turn up. Training will be given on the use of publicly accessed defibrillators. 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 (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com). Continued on page 60 58 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Hospital Car Service Once again we are appealing to all car drivers with a clean licence and insurance to consider offering their services to the hospital car service. We mainly take and return clients to hospital appointments in Perth and Dundee. There is no 'pay' but drivers get a flat rate expenses allowance. Our resources at the moment are being stretched almost to the limit. Recently we had 13 requests in 10 days, we only have 22 volunteers, and volunteers are not always available because of their own commitments! In the past a driver had the anticipation of maybe one run a month, it is far more frequent these days. With more drivers there would be less strain on us all. If you feel that you could give us half a day now and again please contact either Barbara 472058, Ray 473031 or Nora 474002. Thank you, your help will be much appreciated.

Pitlochry Ladies Club The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March, when Helen Stewart will talk to us about "Starting a Gin Distillery". Then on Wednesday 3rd April Richard Horobin will talk to us about "Why Scotland Needs Beavers". The meetings start at 7pm and the cost of each evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. The charity we are now supporting is Marie Curie and there will be a raffle each evening to raise money for it. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time, and we are currently also looking for new committee members. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members let Nancy Tamblin 07813 539882, nancytamblin@talktalk.net know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting.

Pitlochry Bowling Club The inter-club short mat league is in progress as are the winter season club competitions of bowls, darts and dominoes. We are looking forward to, and making preparations for, the opening of the outdoor season on the Saturday 20th April. Our opening day is a great social occasion where you can meet fellow members and visitors from other clubs who all come along to play, a not too serious game, and to enjoy the catering provided by the club. If you join the club before then you could take part and remember that new members receive a £20 discount on their first year's membership making it £50 instead of the usual £70. Membership gives you access to all the club's facilities including the member's bar, club and inter-club competitions and to come and play whenever you wish or simply come along for a chat and a drink. If you would like to have a go, at what is a great game, contact one of the numbers below and make arrangements for a free, no obligation taster session, or from May to September simply turn up on a Tuesday afternoon. Contacts: 01796473138, 01796470085, 01796472226, 01796473162

Pitlochry Angling Club Following the successful AGM in December, the club will be holding its Annual Open Night on Wednesday March 13th in Scotlands Hotel, starting at 7pm. Following on from the presentation of club trophies there will be a talk by Professor Eric Verspoor, from the Rivers and Lochs Institute, entitled " Arctic Char and Brown trout diversity in the River Tay system ; Many ecological forms".

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This should prove to be a fascinating presentation. In addition, we welcome back our ever popular fishing tackle Auction, so please look through all your old and new fishing tackle, including books, and donate one or two items to the sale. Please hand them over as soon as possible to any committee member or phone 472484 or 07541404048 for collection. Proceeds from the sale will be divided between CHAS and Help the Heroes. There will also be a raffle on the night with some excellent prizes.

Pitlochry Young Masterchef This is the fourth year in which the Rotary Club of Pitlochry has entered a Pitlochry High School pupil for the Rotary UK Young Chef of the Year, competition. For the local round an entry list of 12 pupils was whittled down to three; Rebecca McCartney and Fione Cruikshank from S4 and Fergus Grant from S2. Contestants were given 30 minutes preparation time and 90 minutes cooking time to prepare and serve a two course healthy meal for two as economically as possible. Their performance was judged by Chris Rowley and Sara Rinaldi of Ballintaggart Farm Cook School www.ballintaggart.com Each of the three received a certificate and the winner was presented with an embroidered chef’s jacket by Club President Sheena Brennan. For the second year running the winner was Fione who progressed to the District Final in Dundee College where she faced competition from 15 others most of whom were much older than her. At this stage the requirement was raised to three courses. To her very great credit Fione came first, and along with a girl from Crieff, will represent the North of Scotland in the Scottish Final in East Kilbride on March 2nd. The winner of the Scottish will then go on to the UK Final in Leeds. The Club is grateful to Pitlochry High School, particularly Louise Wilkie of Home Economics and to the judges for their help at the local stage and wishes Fione the very best of luck for the future stage(s) of the event. The photograph shows (l to r) Louise Wilkie, Rebecca McCartney, Fergus Grant, Fione Cruickshank, Sheena Bremner, Sara Rinaldi and Chris Rowley.

Charity / Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre Pitlochry. Charity No.SC015113. We are raising money for a “Changing Place Toilet”www.changing-places.org a disabled access toilet for both children and adults with appropriate hoist, washing and changing facilities to be constructed in the Centre. Our next thrift shop will be held from Tuesday 2nd to Wednesday 10th April. We will be open from 11 am to 4 pm every day (not Sunday) We would welcome donations of bric-a-brac, toys and books etc but no clothes. You may wish to sponsor this or perhaps know of a trust fund who could assist. We are situated behind the Baptist Church and next to the Tourist Information shop. If you want to help serve or donate please give Iain or Wilma a phone on 01796 473044. Continued on page 64 62 Pitlochry Life


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March Into Pitlochry Yorkshire’s The Dunwells and Edinburgh’s Blue Rose Code will headline the 4th annual March Into Pitlochry music festival on March 22 and 23. Building on past success this year’s festival promises to be the best yet and encouragingly tickets sales are well up. Indie outfit The Dunwells went down a storm in 2017 and we are delighted to lure these UK festival regulars back as bill toppers for the Friday night. Having appeared on the Jay Leno show in the USA as their single “I Could Be King” made the top 20 on the US charts they have enjoyed a profile that had them recently appear on the Andrew Marr show. Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson, heads for to Pitlochry in the midst of a sell-out UK Tour. Ross is an exceptional songwriter whose eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul and pop has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits. Having recently garnered rave reviews supporting Deacon Blue on their 30th Anniversary tour, and his latest album “Water of Leith” receiving 5 star reviews and extensive radio play we are excited to have Ross headline the Saturday night. The ever popular Saturday Acoustic Sessions in McKays back bar sees Glasgow’s Admiral Fallow headline with a rare acoustic set. Best described as folk influenced indie pop Admiral Fallow have a loyal following and are sure to pack out this intimate venue. The weekend of live music at Pitlochry Town Hall and McKays Hotel will be rounded off by a very special Silent Disco as Grant Hutchison and Billy Kennedy of Frightened Rabbit fame battle it out to be crowned DJ King of Highland Perthshire. Perth Americana band The Carloways will return to Pitlochry as part of a line-up which includes Astrid (LA and Stornaway), False Friends (Northern Ireland), Ian McLaughlin and the Outsiders (Inverness), The Wellgreen (Glasgow), Bohemian Monk Machine (Perth), Be Like Pablo (Forres), The Tumbling Souls (Isle of Lewis), Hugh Kelly (Glasgow), Roberto Cassani (Italy), Emme Woods (Glasgow), Break the Butterfly (Levenmouth), The Sibellas (Perth), Billy Mitchell (Dundee) and Spanish (confusingly Stornaway!). Our 2109 charity partner will be Perth and Kinross Voluntary Service (PKAVS) and once again we are indebted to our main sponsor Belhaven and all our other supporters. Full weekend tickets priced £50 are available via www.marchintopitlochry.co.uk It’s going to be a belter!!

Rotary Citizen of the Year 2019 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 the Citizen of the Year Award 2019. The person nominated should reside in the area of Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and Ballinluig and 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 or voluntary work or exceptional service in their work or profession. All nominations should be sent to Michael Winton, 9 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX by Sunday 31st March. For further information contact 07722 889262; michaelwinton61@gmail.com Stephen Carruthers, Managing Director of local firm RW Bell, has once again generously agreed to supplement the prize fund for Rotary 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 support.

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Blair Atholl Sports Court Over the past few months, work has been carried out to bring our village Sports Court back into usable condition. It is now fit again for Tennis, Five-a-side Football, Netball and Basketball. A new system of booking the Court will soon be in operation, details of which will be available at the Court. It is hoped that the Court will be used much more than in the past few years and, along with the help of Active Blair Atholl, part of this could be Open Tennis Evenings, Five-a-Side Football Challenges, Tennis and Basketball Coaching for the young , Walk Football for the ‘Not so Young’ and much more. All fees for use of the Court will go towards the upkeep of the Court ensuring that it is maintained in good condition in the future. In this respect, it is hoped that we can get a small group of volunteers together to help maintain, run and help organise events at the Court. Any offers of help at all would be hugely appreciated. For further details, please contact Neil Mackintosh 481310 or neilmack6@gmail.com

Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust 2019 AGM Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust’s 2019 AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 23th March at Molteno Hall, Fortingall. The meeting is open to all – you don’t have to be a member. The formal business of the AGM will be quite short, and will be followed by a talk by Claire Smith, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer, entitled The work of RSPB and Tayside Raptor Study Group in Highland Perthshire. Claire is a member of the black grouse study group and chair of Tayside Raptor Study Group. There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT, including our Rural Skills training for young people, and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved in HPCLT. W H Auden said “A culture is no better than its woods”. Come along to the AGM and see how this philosophy is being supported at Dùn Coillich: since 2002, when the land was purchased on behalf of the community, over 220,000 native trees have been planted as a key part of the restoration of a healthy ecosystem. HPCLT also looks after the Wee Birks Field in Aberfeldy, where there are already established trees. This area will be kept as an open space for public enjoyment, perhaps with some seats and some additional native flowering trees.

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The Scottish Episcopal Church in Highland Perthshire Offers a Warm And Inclusive Welcome To All Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ highlandperthshirechurches A charge in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The 4 Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate 1st Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings can be arranged in all our Churches. For these and any other further details please contact our Rector. (We are pleased to be able to celebrate equal marriage and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate or renew their Union in church) Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday Service – 9.30am Holy Communion. Thursday Services –A quiet space in the busy week, 10.00 am Morning Prayer or Holy Communion, with Coffee, Conversation and Fellowship 10.30 to 12.00 noon. Wednesday 6th March – Ash Wednesday 10.00am Service of Holy Communion with Ashing. Tuesday2 Club – 2.30pm 12th March Talks, outings, fellowship and fun. This month at the Atholl Centre, Concert and AGM. All welcome. Contact Liz Baker (01796 472005) for further details and the programme for the Year. Balhousie Care Home Services. As part of CWTA (Churches Working together in Atholl) services are held at Pitlochry Balhousie Care Home on the 1st Sunday of each month at 3.00pm. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Matins. Sunday 29th March – Joint at Holy Trinity 9.30am 6th March – Quiet Afternoon ‘Remembered Dust’ 12.00 – 4.00pm at Croftcarnoch Cottage. Soup and Cheese Lunch provided. Cost £6.00 to cover expenses. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Matins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday Evening Services – Third Sunday at 6.00pm – Weem Kirk. 68 Pitlochry Life

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House Group 10.00am last Wednesday of the month (Contact Lesley Whitwood for further details 01887 840416) All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Contact – Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 6342592. No services in the winter months.

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net keep up-to-date with us on Facebook and Instagram. Sundays: We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11am. Coffee & Cake, Tea & Biscuits afterwards. Special Events Mens’ Curry Night - Saturday 1st March. 7pm. Craigvrack Guest House. Interested? Contact Martin on 473085. Fundraising Car Wash & pop-up Coffee Shop - Saturday 23rd March 10am-2pm. PBC. A group from PBC will travel to Northern Iraq to serve those who have been displaced by ISIS and who continue to be persecuted because of their ethnic and religious background. By supporting this fundraising event you’re donations will make a considerable difference of many lives. Regular Events Guys’ Breakfast Club - Thursday 21st March 7-8am. PBC. An early morning get-together with bacon rolls, fresh coffee, and hot tea. Bible study, prayer, and then into the day. Contact Dan 07851678349. Heart & Soul - Sundays 8-9am. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.org Join regular presenters Howard Simpson and David Wilkie as they bring a topical mix of music, chat, news, community focus and issues, plus interviews. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 7pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Martin on 473085. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Debbie on 473085. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk 'Stay and Play' babies and toddlers group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. WA (Welcome All) Soup Lunch. Friday’s from 12pm. Held in the Centre behind our church building. There is a £3 cost for the lunch. All Welcome. Contact Maureen on 472004. Youth Club - Last Friday of the month 6.00pm in PBC. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends Continued on page 72 70 Pitlochry Life


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and plan to come along! Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Group Gatherings - Dinner first Wednesday of the month at the Atholl Centre from 7-8:30pm. We also have various secondary aged small groups that gather during the week exploring the Christian faith and enjoying life together. Please contact Ken on 470261 for info about joining the group.

Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: Meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, in The Tryst Lounge. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Classes are held, every Tuesday from 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis: The group meet weekly, in The Tryst, on Thursdays, from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: Services of worship will be held in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, every 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow each service. Friday 1 March World Day of Prayer, in The Tryst at 2.30pm. Sunday 3 March We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at our 10.30am Service of worship. CWTA Lent meetings. The Churches Working Together in Atholl follow a series of meetings in Lent, for discussion, meditation & prayer. This year’s meetings are entitled ‘Eyewitnesses - What we saw and heard’. Wednesday 13 March, 2.30pm at St Brides wk beg 18 March, at Pitlochry Baptist Church wk beg 25 March, at St Andrews, Strathtay Wednesday 3 April, 2.30pm, at Pitlochry Church of Scotland Tuesday 9 April, 2.30pm, at Holy Trinity Church Continued on page 74 72 Pitlochry Life


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Wednesday 13 March 2019 The Guild meet, in The Tryst Lounge, at 2.30pm – David Frame will talk on Peace for Korea? Reflections from his recent visit to Korea & Japan. 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: thetryst@btconnect.com

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: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.com Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: •

St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm.

Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am.

St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am.

Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. Weekday Masses: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. First Friday of the Month After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12. 30 pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Also every first Tuesday of the Month after the 9.30 am Mass at Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy we will have a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said and concluding by Benediction at about 10. 30 am. All are welcome. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): St. Bride’s Pitlochry

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Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy First Tuesday of the month 10.00 am - 10.25 am. Fr Edward is available for Confessions or to talk to and can be reached on parish telephone number or by email. Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Watermill Café Aberfeldy at 11 am. All are welcome. The Mustard Seed Bible Study group. The next Mustard Seed Bible Study group will take place in St. Columba’s Birnam on Thursday 28th February at 7p.m. and the following date will be March 28th at 7.30p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy. This group meets every last Thursday of the month and each time we discuss one of the books of the Bible. We started from Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and at each meeting we talk about

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the next book. The March meeting will discuss Deuteronomy. Please read this book and come along to share and ask questions. Ash Wednesday 6th March 2019 You are welcome to join us to begin this season of grace in the following masses: 9.30 a.m.

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During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be said after Sunday mass for all those who would like to meditate on the journey of our Lord to Calvary. CWTA Lenten meetings On Wednesday 13th March at 2.30p.m. the first CWTA Lenten meeting will take place in St. Bride’s Pitlochry. This is a meeting for all Christians, and this year we will be considering characters who were witnesses in the Easter Story. The meeting at St. Bride’s will come together to meditate Mary’s participation in the suffering of Jesus our Lord and what this means for us. All are welcome. Our Calypso Cave Charity Thrift Shop is now open in Burnside Road Pitlochry. Do call in and have a look at our wide range of items, many are brand new.

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch

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Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am. Braes of Rannoch 9.45am. Foss & Rannoch 11.30am. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00am. All are welcome. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem. Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by e-mail on nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in March 2019 will be at 10.30am in Logierait Church, Coffee/tea served after the service. Sunday 24 March - 10.30 am - Stated Annual Meeting will take place after the service. There will be a Board and Session Meeting at 9.30am prior to the service Sunday 31 March - 10.30am - Joint Service with St Andrews Episcopal Church will take place at Logierait Church

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The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach, all donations gratefully received. You can follow our activities each week on the church’s face book page. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch The guild has finished for this session and will meet again in the spring of 2019. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 482272. Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilters Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of March (12th & 26th) from 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. 30 March The Quilters are holding their 10th Anniversary Exhibition in the John Kidd Hall, Strathtay Church from 10.00am - 4pm ( see posters for further details) The Walkers Group. Information from Sandra Morrison. “Let There Be Food”. Thank you to all who purchased our Cookery book in time to use them as Christmas presents. There are still plenty available for anyone interested in recipes from across the parish and accompanying graces. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our facebook page.

Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.30am throughout the year. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.

Jehovah’s Witnesses You are welcome to all the meetings listed below which are held in our Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you have a Bible, bring it with you, if not we offer Bibles for free. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Sunday 3rd March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Resist the Spirit of the World’, and a discussion of: ‘Young Ones, You Can Have a Satisfying Life (Psalm 16:11)’. Thursday 7th March, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: Romans 12–14, ‘What It Means to Show Christian Love’, ‘Why Should Christians Pay Taxes Even if These Are Used to Support Unscriptural Activities?’, ‘Jesus Cures a Girl and a Deaf Man’—a discussion of Matthew 15:21–31; Mark 7:24–37. Sunday 10th March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘A Cleansed Earth—Will You Live to See It?’, and a discussion of: ‘“Do Not Be Anxious, for I Am Your God” (Isaiah 41:10)’. Saturday 16th March, 9.50 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., Assembly Hall, Appleton Parkway, Livingston. The theme: ‘Be Strong! (Joshua 1:9)’, including the talks: ‘Be Strong—Build Your Faith’, “Stand Firm in the Faith, . . . Grow Mighty”.

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Thursday 21st March, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 1 Corinthians 1–3, ‘An Introduction to 1 Corinthians’, ‘Are You a Physical Man or a Spiritual Man?’, ‘Who Is the Son of Man?’—a discussion of Matthew 16:13–27; Mark 8:22–38; Luke 9:18–26. Sunday 24th March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Respect for Authority is a Safeguard for You’, and a discussion of: ‘How Can You Safeguard Your Heart? (Proverbs 4:23)’. Thursday 28th March, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 1 Corinthians 4–6, “A Little Leaven Ferments the Whole Batch of Dough”, ‘The Transfiguration—A View of Christ in Glory—a discussion of Matthew 16:28–17:13; Mark 9:1–13; Luke 9:27–36. Sunday 31st March, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Christian Separateness From the World—Why Beneficial’, and a discussion of: ‘What a Simple Meal Teaches Us About a Heavenly King (Matthew 26:26–28)’. If you would like to enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time and location, do get in contact with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk. At www.jw.org you can find the answers to life’s questions—even difficult ones.

Baha'i Faith With a request to discuss why or how an individual becomes a Baha'i, here's another story, if not as dramatic as last month's about the plight of the Baha'is in Iran. It is one person's story - let's call her Hazel - but of course no two journeys are alike. Stretching back 40 years, we have Hazel being raised in the Far East by Scottish parents: the father from a West Coast family that 'emigrated' from Glasgow to avoid making their living from a whisky distillery; the mother, a daughter of Presbyterian medical missionaries who dedicated their lives to work in China. Hazel's parents met on a "slow boat to China" as the song goes. Their lives were in the Philippines, part of a lively Spanish/ Filipina/American and even Scottish way of life, mixing harmoniously. WW2 brought the Japanese occupation for 4 years. Then followed the slow recovery; much later Hazel was in the next generation of children sent to UK for precious education, looked after by generous friends and relatives. This multi-cultural, multi-faith background and the warm welcome received in a variety of homes, made experiences of anti-Catholicism, anti-Americanism and other anti-isms seem nonsensical. A university course later in international law had a great pull. Job applications followed, to U.N. and W.H.O..... In time Hazel has become a mother and is trying to reach for a world that is a safer and better place for her children. At this point the teachings of Baha'u'llah come along. With almost a sense of shock Hazel makes the discovery that the Charter of the League of Nations (now U.N.), so familiar to her, was based on 9 of the 10 principles of the Baha'i Faith. Still the leap of faith that was called for before declaring as a Baha'i was slowed down by the thought that Christ had much the same message. After much reading and thinking and the positive experience of the openness of Baha'i Children's classes the conviction came that as a Baha'i one was a truer Christian. The message that we should all be working towards unity in the world was so obviously true. From the personal to the universal comes Baha'u'llah's voice: "The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God." Contact in many parts of Perthshire and Kinross can be made via mo. 07967 601423 or hilarieburnett@clara.co.uk Research of your own on www.bahai.org or by information posted to you. 80 Pitlochry Life


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 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111 Prescriptions - amcprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net

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 .

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

Pitlochry Post Office Within Premier Store 63 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 474301 Blair Atholl Post Office Tel: 01796 481233 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203 Kinloch Rannoch Post Office Tel: 01882 632347

Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@pkc.gov.uk Sun, Mon, 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

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Are We There Yet? Holidays are probably the biggest event of the year. It’s great to get away, let your hair down, have fun, catch some sun and mix it with friends or family. They also give us so much to look forward to during the winter months. So, why is booking a holiday so stressful? For most of us, finding the right place at the right time at the right cost is the hard part. The first priority is probably the money, so here are a few tips to ease the burden: Package or DIY? A package holiday can seriously cut the cost of going away, particularly if you're heading to a popular beach destination. There are serious discounts to be had - and booking ahead for the summer could bag you a bargain. A package is usually booked through one company. They provide the flights, transfers and all the accommodation for one price. They always work out best for traditional holiday destinations for 7, 10, or 14 days. Off season you may find there’s only one flight per week, so 10 days is not an option.

Beans are not the sign of a good chef. At 4 star you will have greater choice, the food is of far better quality and you will probably struggle to find better in a local restaurant. Package holidays also come with greater consumer protection through ATOL or ABTA. This means that if your travel company goes bust, you'll be refunded if you're yet to travel, or found alternative accommodation and flights home if you're abroad. You're also covered if you don't get the holiday you paid for, eg. if an airline goes bust, or bad weather stops you travelling. If you want to go for a shorter or longer period, to a more ‘out of the way’ location, on a city break or multi-stop holiday, it's likely you'll be better off with a DIY package or by booking each part of your break separately through different firms.

To cut the price of a package holiday, first check online with the big tour operators: Thomas Cook, Tui, First Choice etc, and note a decent price. You might even find a flash sale price there that won’t be beaten elsewhere. Then move to the comparison sites, for example TravelSupermarket, Ice Lolly, Going ‘All Inclusive’ can also give great savings, but Holiday Pirates, Travelzoo and Secret Escapes. For only if you are prepared to eat in the hotel most more upmarket, with good discount try Voyage of the time. Going out for dinner at any popular Privé . Finally check with BA Holidays, sometimes tourist spot will probably set you back £50 for 2 they offer packages that are actually cheaper than adults, for food and a couple of beers or a bottle of the flight alone (even if you don’t use the hotel!). wine. Add that up over a week or two, then throw The real bargain though is sometimes found by in breakfast, lunch, snacks and all the drinks you want and you can see why All Inclusive is becoming getting on the phone to late specialist travel agents to see what they can find. Remember tour operators the most popular choice. make holidays, travel agents just sell them, so the The problem then is eating hotel food for two same holiday can be different prices at different weeks and my advice here is to pay a little extra agents, shop around. and book 4 star. (OK, 5 star if you can afford it). In any case, read the hotel reviews and pay attention Is it best to book early, or late? to comments about the food; HP Sauce and Heinz Booking late is the cheapest way to get a package.

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By 'Late', I mean no more than 8-10 weeks before departure. That’s when the bargains flood in - tour operators have chartered the planes and reserved the rooms, if they don't sell them, they lose money. The later you leave it, the more desperate they are to sell empty rooms, so the price drops further.
 However, you really need to be flexible about dates and destinations. 
If you just want anywhere hot and cheap, leave it very late, ie, the week before you go, and you may get luxury for economy class prices.






to ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Many people don't want to be away the week before schools go back, so if you can leave it to the very last minute you'll likely save, and you can take the kids. There are always destinations that are no longer so popular. For example the political instability in Turkey puts lots of people off, but the Turkish Mediterranean resorts are unaffected by this with huge savings to be had. You could also try Bulgaria instead of Greece, again huge savings to be had.

On the other hand, if you book early you get all the choices and a discount. Many tour operators offer early booking codes or discounts. These can include £100-per-couple discounts or buy-one-getone-free weeks. Booking early gives peace of mind, time to research the location for things to do and a chance to daydream for a few months, knowing where you are going.

For DIY holidays, start with the flight comparison site Skyscanner (www.skyscanner.net). Here it really pays to be flexible, just put in your dates, choice of departure airports and destination, then display the search results in their calendar mode. You will very often find huge savings by flying on different days (Tuesday!) and, as long as you fly back to your departure airport (where your car If you don’t have kids, the world is your oyster with is) it doesn’t matter if you fly home on a different airline. It also lets you go for as many, or few days huge savings out-with school holiday times, but remember – English schools break at different as you like. Just watch out for long stopover times if the flight isn’t direct, but make sure there’s times from ours, so avoid them too. The last two enough time for Immigration, terminal changes, weeks of summer is also a great time, as are May and June, when the weather can be surprisingly security checks and sometimes baggage transfer (particularly if flying to USA, where you will need a hot, there’s peace and quiet thrown in too… minimum of 2-3 hours between flights). Prices for package holidays usually drop rapidly towards the end of August – this is because most Happy hunting and happy holidays! people want to go as soon as they can, according Debbie Pitlochry Life 85


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YOUR HOROSCOPE For March 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin March starts out with a rather a mystical flavour as the Sun and Neptune are in close contact in gentle Pisces, offering a magical and spiritual energy that could help with a kinder and more humanitarian outlook on the world stage. Mercury, the planet of ideas and interaction moves into the retrograde phase on the 5th to the 28th. As always, this is a time of reviewing and double checking anything to do with communications, travel or important written documents. Venus, the relationship planet, remains in Aquarius until the 27th, offering an excellent opportunity to make and develop friendships with interesting and innovating new people. Mars is in the down to earth sign of Taurus all month, highlighting practical energy and the need to get things done. The Spring Equinox falls on the evening of the 20th, day and night are equal and we should really start to feel that spring is well on its way. The new moon is in Pisces on the 6th and the full moon is in Libra on the 21st. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 The powerful alignment of planets in your career sector at the start of the month brings your personal charisma to fabulous new heights. Anything to do with new prospects or promotion is very well favoured. The Maverick planet Uranus is in the last degree of your sign, be prepared for exciting or sudden changes in your life. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Venus, your planetary ruler, spends most of the month in quirky Aquarius highlighting your goals and ambitions. New and unexpected people can suddenly arrive in your life, pay close attention as they are there for a reason. Dynamic Mars, strong in your sign, brings those breakthrough moments that you have been waiting for. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 A spectacular alignment of the Sun and the planet Neptune highlight the career angle of your chart this month, allowing scope for intuitive and creative thinking for your many new projects. Mercury, your ruler, goes into retrograde motion on the 5th, be sure to check all your important documents, not once but at least twice! CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The new moon in Pisces on the 6th illuminates all forms of learning, travelling and generally broadening your horizons. This is a good time to review a cherished dream and start to plan your best way forward to making it a reality. Exciting new ideas can boost your personal objectives, particularly after the 28th. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Your funds and assets are in the spotlight this month as the Sun/Neptune configuration bring financial matters to a head. Optimism and positive thinking should make a vital difference to current plans and help things to go your way. You need to go with your intuition as interesting offers come your way. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Mercury, your ruling planet, goes retrograde on the 5th. Be sure to reflect on your progress so far; take stock, and don’t make any major decisions until after the 28th, when you will have a clear picture of your way forward. The full moon on the 21st emphasises your potential and your powers of persuasion. 88 Pitlochry Life


LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Venus, your ruler, is in Aquarius for most of the month illuminating romantic relationships and highlighting optimism and luck. The most important thing is for you to be independent and stay true to yourself. The full moon in your sign on the 21st demands that you follow your heart and pursue your ambitions. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The radiant Sun and mystical Neptune are highlighting the love and romance sector of your chart. Cosmic indicators show that your powers of attraction are strong and you should have the knack of finding just the right company. Creative talent is also favoured, the more you express yourself the happier you will be. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Mars in Steadfast Taurus indicates that this is an exceptionally dynamic time and you can make the most of a powerful surge of determination and self-confidence, particularly in work related matters. After the spring equinox on the 20th unexpected contacts bring some good news your way. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 An abundance of planetary activity in your sign suggests that this is the time to back your hunches and take chances in life. Prepare to be well organised ahead of new opportunities that will soon arise. Try to avoid misunderstandings and disagreements, particularly after the 5th as Mercury goes retrograde. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Financial support and new opportunities may derive from unexpected sources and your own generosity may now be repaid. Venus is in your sign until the 27th, ensure that optimism allows you to forge ahead with your personal ambition. From the 7th, Uranus your ruler, illuminates big changes on the domestic scene

PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Mars is powerful in your financial sector and suggests that a review is now long overdue. Important initiatives should get enthusiastically underway now, but avoid hurrying things too much! You’ll start to view events from a new perspective after the spring equinox on the 20th, as you welcome in innovative and beneficial change.

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS in 2019. Take a look at your year ahead and plan with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Become aware of your potential and tune into positive and productive planetary cycles. Find out how to become more successful in life and in business. Consultations are available on Skype or telephone, please contact me for more information. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, www.restyleyourlife.co.uk Christine@restyleyourlife.co.uk Telephone: 07813 483549

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