PITLOCHRY LIFE May 2017 Issue 324
Pitlochry Aberfeldy Blair Atholl Ballinluig Kinloch Rannoch Killiecrankie Grandtully
from the Team
Welcome to the May edition of Pitlochry Life. May is a beautiful month with blossom on the trees and the new green leaves adding a very bright hue to the world. Driving at this particular time is a pure joy and gives us all hope of a hot, sunny summer! Sheila Drummond sorts out the huge task that is the garden, and considers what to plant to ensure colour all the way through spring until your summer bedding plants are in bloom. Alan clinch looks at exercises to give you core stability, and there was so much to say that we had to put it on two pages. Just 20 seconds per exercise can make all the difference. In addition to all our regular features we take a look at new kitchens - part 2. My eyesight is not what it used to be….but the good news is that means I can get Windows 10 for FREE! See Willie’s Computer page for how! The updates from all our local clubs, groups, and societies show us how busy everyone has been. The MP’s and MSP’s update us on local politics and the local council elections are not far away on the 4th. Please remember to vote. This month we welcome a whole host of new advertisers, please visit as many as you can…oh and tell them where you saw their ad! Have a lovely May and we will see you all again in June. If you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte - as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. We have ALL the best restaurants, things to do, places to go and things to see, right here, so take us along for company.
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Diary - What’s On Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. Until21st May Online Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition Registration 30th April 12noon Wedding Fair - Atholl Palace Hotel 1st May 12.30pm @Community Connect - Atholl Centre 1st May 2.30pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 4th May 7.00am Council Election Day 5th May 2.00pm Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre Opens 5TH May 9.00pm Jono plays Old Mill Inn 6th May 9.30am Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth FC Soccer School 6th May 9.00pm Chunks play Old Mill Inn 7th May 6.30am Dawn to Dusk Festival - Carie Woods, Rannoch 9th May 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park 10th May 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Strathardle 10th May 1.00pm AGM of Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association 10th May 7.30pm Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School 12th May 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 13th May 10.00am Science Open Day - Atholl Palace Hotel 13th May 9.00pm Surround play Old Mill Inn 14th May 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 16th May 6.00pm The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Skiach Tracks 17th May 2.00pm Pitlochry Flower Club – Scotland’s Hotel - 2.00pm 17th May 4.30pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall 17th May 6.30pm Street Sports - Pitlochry High School 19th May 9.00pm Bob Hollis plays Old Mill Inn 20th May 7.30pm Emmanuel and Miho Concert – The Ballroom, Blair Castle 20th May 9.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play Old Mill Inn 21st May 4.00pm Last Orders play Old Mill Inn 22nd May 12.30pm @Community Connect – Atholl Centre, Pitlochry 22nd May 7.00pm Moulin Hall Trust AGM - Moulin Hall 26th May 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church 26th May 8.00pm Chil play Food in the Park, Blair Atholl 26th May 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 27th May 8.00pm Yard of Ale play Food in the Park, Blair Atholl 27th May 9.30pm The Tryst Walking Group - Maam Road & Glen Lednock Walk 27th May 2.30pm The Atholl Highlanders Parade - Blair Castle 27th May 10.00am The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games - Blair Castle 27th May 9.00pm Anton & The Colts play Old Mill Inn 28th May 8.00pm Red Pine Timber Co play Food in the Park, Blair Atholl Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, no commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to email@example.com, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life
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Until 31st May - Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition Registration. Registration is online, see page 66 for details. 30th April - Wedding Fair - Atholl Palace Hotel - 12noon to 4.00pm. Come along and meet our expert wedding team and wedding suppliers from all over Scotland. Complimentary drinks and canapés on arrival. Entry is free. 1st May - @Community Connect - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 12.30pm. Meet for a welcome bowl of soup and friendship. Come along a make new friends and learn new skills – we have gardening, DVD lending library, IT support and much more. For further information contact Iain on 01796 473 044 or Fiona on 01738 567076. 1st May - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2 30pm. Speaker Gordon Dilworth. 4th May - Council Election Day - 7.00am to 10.00pm. Think numbers! And make sure your vote counts! 5th May - Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre Opens - Moulin Kirk - 2.00pm. The Centre opens for the summer season with some new items. See page 71 for more details. 6th May - Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth FC Soccer School - Ballinluig FC - 9.30am. Start of 8 week block for P1 and P2 boys and girls. See page 72 for more details. 7th May - Dawn to Dusk Festival - Carie Woods, Rannoch. Guided walks and fun filled family outdoor activities. There will also be hot drinks, snacks and an afternoon BBQ. See page 68 for more details of this event. www.ourrannoch.co.uk 9th May - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 60. 10th May - The Tryst Walking Group - Strathardle – 9.30am. The walk starts at Kirkmichael and heads south to Pitcarmick. From here the track goes west to Pitcarmick Loch then to Dalvey and back to Kirkmichael. Height climbed 300m. Distance 10 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. 10th May - Annual General Meeting of Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association – Moulin Hall – 1.00pm. Business will be followed by light refreshments. With changes to our funding arrangements to discuss all past, present, and prospective members of the association are welcome, especially those with ideas for new classes and/or potential tutors. For further information contact either Kevin Handford on 07866 693752, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth Morris email@example.com 10th May - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - High School - 7.30pm. 13th May - Science Open Day - Atholl Palace Hotel - 10.00am to 4.00pm. Scotland’s Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory presents Science for Managing Fish & Fisheries. Great talks and hands on demos . See page 63 for details and tickets. Free entry. 14th May - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. See page 64 for details. 16th May - The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Skiach Tracks – 6.00pm. We start on the B898 near Kinnaird. A short but steep climb leads to Mill Dam Loch from there we cross to join the Loch Skiach track and then descend to the B898. Height climbed 150m. Distance 4 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575 continued on page 10
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17th May - Pitlochry Flower Club – Scotland’s Hotel - 2.00pm. This month’s demonstration will be given by Annette Stoker, her title “Tis the Merry Month”. This meeting will be our Annual General Meeting. The Committee hope that as many members as possible will attend. Visitors are very welcome to come to the demonstration for a small fee of £5.00. This will be our last meeting before the summer break. The Club will restart in September. For more information please telephone Linzee Lindsay (Chairman) 01738 710777 or Carol MacGill 01796 473026. 17th May - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm. See page 58. 17th May - Street Sports - Pitlochry High School - 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Pitlochry Baptist Church in partnership with St Johnstone Football Club's 'Saints in the Community’. All welcome. 20th May - Emmanuel and Miho Concert – The Ballroom, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl – 7.30pm. Piano recital by Emmanuel Despax, Violin and Piano recital by Miho and Kana Kawashima (ex Yehudi Menuhin School). 24 Preludes by Fryderyk Chopin, Interval, Violin and Piano Sonatas in E flat by Ludwig Van Beethoven op.12/3 Richard Strauss op.18. Tickets to include interval wine and drinks. £15 and £7.50 under 16s. Tickets and further information from: Lavinia Gordon, 01796 481230 firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door on the night. 22nd May - @Community Connect – Atholl Centre, Pitlochry – 12.30pm. Health & Social Care in Perth & Kinross has been undergoing changes over the last year. The Public Partners are a planning visit to Highland Perthshire to talk about their role on the board and some of their activities in the previous year. Please come along make your experience and interest known. A free bowl of soup is served at 12.30 and the Public Partners will give a short presentation at 1.15pm followed by questions and discussion. If you have queries please contact the Public Partners on 01738 567076 or email email@example.com 22nd May - Moulin Hall Trust AGM - Moulin Hall - 7.00pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend. This meeting will be followed by a committee meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. 26th May - Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church - 2.00pm. See page 58. 26th - 28th May - Food In The Park Live Music - Blair Atholl - 8.00pm. See page 13 for details. 27th May - The Tryst Walking Group - Maam Road & Glen Lednock Walk – 9.30am. This is a circular walk starting in Comrie and taking in both the Melville Monument and the Deil’s Cauldron. Height climbed 200m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575 27th May - The Atholl Highlanders Parade - Blair Castle - 2.30pm. The annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army, accompanied by pipes and drums. See page 2 for more details. www.blair-castle.co.uk 28th May - The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games - Blair Castle - 10.00am. Traditional Highland games with entertainment for all the family. See page 2 for more details. www.blair-castle.co.uk
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Still Dreaming of that New Kitchen………. Following on from last month and now you have the layout in your mind, it is time to consider different styles and materials. Generally speaking, regardless of the never ending list of kitchen styles bigger companies will confuse you with, I would say there are basically two different starting points when choosing a kitchen: Classic - which is timeless design, usually a traditional finish in wood and will include everything from Country to Shaker with a dozen stops in between. Contemporary - these are the modern looking ones! They include just about every material you could imagine. One of the big advantages in choosing a contemporary design for your kitchen is that you will have a large selection of colours and materials that you can use, just remember to aim for simplicity and functionality because those are the basics of contemporary design. Kitchen design has evolved. Whatever type you choose you will still get all the advantages of a new kitchen with all the features, and both types can blend well with new and older style homes. You will know your kitchen when you see it! So what about the different materials? Well, cabinets are usually chipboard. If your budget allows, try for the 18mm rather than 15mm as it is much sturdier - as are rigid, pre-built, as opposed to flat pack (and your installer will thank you!) Then there are the door finishes: Foils are sheets wrapped around an MDF core. They are used for some high-gloss doors and to create effects such as faux wood. Foils are usually the cheapest option. Vinyl / PVC wraps are used to give a painted or wood effect and are more hard-wearing than foils. They look real but are cheaper than wood 18 Pitlochry Life
or lacquer and their durability makes them less susceptible to denting than wood.
Painted finishes are powder-coated or spray painted to give a uniform hard-wearing finish, or hand-painted for a more bespoke look. The doors are often MDF at the lower end of the market, while more expensive doors are solid wood. Painted doors can always be sanded and repainted later on for a complete make-over. Wood Veneer is a thin layer of timber bonded to an MDF or other core. A good veneer will be indistinguishable from solid wood from a distance but is less expensive. Lacquered finishes are clear or coloured varnishes on an MDF or other base that provide a hard, durable coating and a really modern glossy look. This is a mid to high-end option Solid Wood doors have unique variations in colour, grain and texture. There is a huge range of stains and timbers available, from pale ash to dark walnut. Wood is the heaviest option and can be the most expensive choice. Solid wood develops an attractive patina over time but it can also dent easily. Stainless-steel doors are robust, hygienic and resistant to corrosion, but are pricey! Then there’s the worktops! Hardwood suits all kitchen styles and can be incorporated into a contemporary scheme using
glass or stainless steel to add a warm feel. You do need to wipe up spills instantly to prevent staining. Scratches can be sanded out with fine wire wool. Hardwoods require an initial programme of sealing using oil. Composite is a very practical and beautiful choice that can be used anywhere, including next to hobs and around the sink. Dramatic colours such as dark grey and blue can look fabulous in contemporary kitchens. If your room design is quite traditional, stick to neutrals such as cream. Composite is very tough and more durable than many natural stones. As the colour runs right the way through the material, any scratches can be sanded out. Laminate, the one we are most familiar with. It can accurately mimic other worktop materials, including granite, slate and wood, so will suit modern and traditional schemes. Probably the cheapest option and one of the few materials that can be cut and fitted by a DIY enthusiast rather than a kitchen professional. Glass is best used around the sink or for focalpoint breakfast bars. As it is a very reflective surface it is useful as a feature worktop in small kitchens to increase the feeling of space and can be lit from below to create an atmospheric focus. Corian. A material developed by DuPont. Perfect for a seamless integrated sink and worktop run. Suits most schemes. Available in a variety of colours – choose bright hues for modern kitchens, white for architectural, and any pale shades for traditional rooms. Scratches can be sanded out. Granite. A luxury material that is never out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. Choose from a classic polished finish, or a honed matt for a more contemporary look. Granite requires an initial sealing, and then another about 10 years later, however it is the best of all the natural materials, it can withstand high temperatures, is water resistant and is
impervious to most stains, (but wine and citric acids must be cleaned up at once.) Stainless steel is easily the choice of commercial kitchens because of its hygienic properties, however it can also look good in a contemporary design. Sinks! Again sinks come in a variety of materials: Stainless steel, ceramic, granite, Asterite, Corian and even copper to name a few. Stainless steel sinks have been with us for many decades, and as such can suffer from something of a old fashioned and basic reputation. Don’t give up on them though. While the cheapest kitchen sinks will indeed be made from stainless steel, the material is also extremely well suited to today’s sleek and modern kitchen decors, and makes an excellent match for a wide selection of taps and appliances. As a result, plenty of ‘designer’ stainless steel sinks are now available in large variety of shapes and sizes. Just give some thought as to how many bowls you need. Sinks made from stainless steel can vary in thickness and/or grade. In the more expensive and better quality models, the basin is welded to the rest of the sink, such that it has a denser and stronger base to the bowl. You should be able to see a weld mark on the underside of a good quality stainless steel sink. By comparison, cheaper sinks are made from a single, thinner sheet of stainless steel, where the bowl has been ‘pushed through’. This makes the basin weaker and more prone to flexing under pressure, even if you simply push your thumb onto it. Give them a try. So, when you do go to look at a new kitchen, you will hopefully have something in mind and at least have some understanding of what they will try to tell you. Just remember - listen to what they say, you can’t beat expert advice from an expert! Debbie
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The Pitlochry Garden May 2017 Now that April is over, with all its gales and snow on the hills, May gardeners feel more optimistic. Although late tulips and big purple alliums will display for another few weeks there may be a gap until the summer perennials kick in. There are some late spring perennials that fill this gap and many accept shady positions. These are members of large families and, just like any large family, some are badly behaved, so pick the right varieties. Hardy geraniums, especially the phaeums and macrorhizums are excellent for over taking bulb foliage in semi-shade. Geranium phaeum has several varieties from white to deepest purple and Geranium macrorhizum is white, pale pink or dark pink. This geranium also deters cats. Dicentra spectabilis is white or cerise pink or a yellowleaved form with pink flowers; this looks lovely with mid to late tulips in varying shades of deep pink. However the plant
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finishes in July so plant it with something to take over later like a hardy fuchsia. The smaller D formosa has excellent ferny foliage and dainty flowers in shades from white to purple-pink and will accept some shade. This associates well with pulmonarias and later shade-loving plants like digitalis and hostas.
Early anemones like A sylvestris, A narcissiflora or A rivularis have good foliage and flower into early summer in dappled shade. These look wonderful coming up through scilla or bluebells where they will cover up the old leaves and provide interest until early June. Follow on with Geranium Johnsonâ€™s Blue for blue flowers all summer. Euphorbias are a large family and there are some good early forms to add here; however, E amygdaloides var. robbiae, which manages well in dry shade but gets about, can put you off. Good euphorbias form nice clumps; in May Euphorbia polychroma will light up a semi-shady spot; plant with deep dark purple hellebores and blue-leaved
hostas to follow on. In sunnier places, good primulas are invaluable in May. This is another huge family but I want to mention a few specific varieties here: the candelabra types that flower on stems about 12 to 18 inches high in every shade of white, pink, deep red, yellow and orange. Look for Primula pulverulenta, P prolifera or P japonica. There is also P florindae which is scented pale yellow and doesnâ€™t mind damp conditions. Primula vialii is a smaller form that resembles a red hot poker with red buds opening to lilac flowers. All primulas are good but the drumstick sort does tend to spread. Some other good late spring interest: Ranunculus aconitifolius sometimes called Fair Maids of France, yellow daisied Doronicum in the shade, Hesperis (Sweet rocket) to fill in with good forms of brunnera in front. Keep on top of the weeds this month and watch out for aphids on new shoots. Maintain steady conditions for seedlings under cover and donâ€™t rush to get tender things out. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 email@example.com
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Core Exercises to improve….everything Most people have heard that developing core strength is important – the question is why ? Core strength helps to encourage stability and mobility, which begins with the core and spinal muscles at the centre of the body. The articles over the next couple of months will introduce some basic exercises, this month for stability, and next month focusing on mobility. If you can, start with a target of 20 seconds for each exercise (bear in mind that this is likely to be quite difficult, so less is fine). Aim to slowly increase to 30 seconds over a period of weeks,. Try two sets of each exercise to begin with (but one will do) Core Bracing This helps to stabilise your trunk during all of the exercises. Stand tall with the feet hip-distance apart, arms by the sides with palms facing forward. Contract the abdominal muscles for 10 seconds, but continue to breathe deeply. This exercise can be progressed by bracing the core and slowly lifting one leg at a time to 90’ in front of the body. The aim is to only move the hip joint, and not the torso. The slower the movement, the more effective the exercise 1.
Start on all-fours, hands shoulder-width apart and knees hip-distance apart. Brace the core (see above) and extend the right leg behind you, foot level with the hip. Next, extend the left arm forward with the thumb facing upward, hand level with the shoulder. Hold, and repeat on the opposite side (times as suggested above).
This is often known as a plank – the position can be as in picture 2 (like a press up but held stationary), hands in the position indicated or in fists (better for the wrists).
It can also be done as in picture 3, with the elbows on the floor and the forearms out in front. Resist the temptation to look up – the spine should be in line.
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Often known as the hip bridge. Lie on the back, place feet hip-distance apart. Keep arms by the sides with palms facing the floor. Lift the hips upward to feel the contraction into the hamstrings (back of your thighs), gluteals (bottom) and lower back. Hold as suggested above and slowly release back to the floor. A progression of this exercise is to lift one leg, but make sure that the hip doesn’t drop.
Lie on the back and bend the knees 90 degrees. Activate and brace the core (it’s important to ensure that the spine doesn’t arch). While keeping one knee high, lower the other leg to tap the floor. Alternate the leg movements while concentrating on keeping the core stable and the back flat to the floor.
Usually referred to as a side plank, this is a quite difficult exercise, so should only be tried when you’re quite proficient at all of the others. Lie on the right side and place the right forearm on the floor. Bend the right knee to 90 degrees and lift the hips off the ground. Reach the left arm above the shoulder, with the palm facing forward. Hold and repeat on the other side.
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This Month’s Easy Sudoko 3
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How to play............
Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Windows 10, for free. Microsoft ended its support for Windows Vista on 11th April. That means there are no more security updates for Vista, and that will leave your computer open to attack from some evil geeky nerd who takes pleasure in stealing your personal information. Vista users be warned. Vista probably ranks right up there with some of the worst computer programmes ever released and is no loss. If you are still running Vista, then it’s time to seriously consider moving on. Unfortunately Vista did not qualify for an upgrade to Windows 10, but if you still have it, your computer must be nearly 10 years old now and without looking to offend - it is junk. Now is the time to buy a new one. There is still great debate over Windows 10, with a minority that simply refuse to accept it is the best operating system Microsoft have produced to date. I have used it since its release, installed it in dozens of computers and am entirely happy with its stability and the way it works. Ok, it looks strange at first with the change from ‘Programs’ to ‘Apps’, but that’s only a name, and we are all pretty familiar with apps now as most of us have a Smartphone. Apps are programmes, accept it and live with it, that’s the way computing is going. There is nothing else in Win 10 that is too confusing; it even has the old Start button. Microsoft offered free upgrades to anyone running Win 7 or 8.1, but as this was during the scaremonger period, many people refused the upgrade and haven’t moved on (Although 500 million did). That offer ended last July and Windows 10 costs £100 for the Home edition, £189 for the Pro. But, all is not lost. If you press the Windows key on your keyboard at the same time as the plus key (Win and +) the screen magnifier opens up and everything gets bigger. It’s really handy if you want to look at something in more detail. Play about with it, Win + and Win -. Microsoft calls this Assisted Technology and is one of 34 Pitlochry Life
several features available to people with vision or hearing impairment. You are now an Assisted Technology user. Now go to www.microsoft.com/en-us/ accessibility/windows10upgrade Here you will find an upgrade to Windows 10 for people who use Assisted Technology, for free, Ok, you still need to have Win 7 (with service pack 1) or Win 8.1 (upgrade from Win 8 for free), but if you do, you can read the bottom line “Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my upgrade to Windows 10” and press the upgrade button with no feeling of guilt whatsoever :o) The upgrade will talk you through everything and you will end up with an activated, legal copy of Windows 10, with all your documents, photos and programs still in place - for free. As part of the process an upgrade assistant will check your computer for anything it considers incompatible, but generally speaking if your hardware and software run on Win 7 or 8, it will run on 10. As part of the upgrade, it will download and install any additional drivers required, just sit back and let it get on with it. The process can take up to an hour, depending on the speed of your computer. If you feel a bit nervous, simply Google ‘Win 10 upgrade’ and there’s an abundance of help and videos that will explain it all, and show you what to expect. One day you will thank me. Willie
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At 3984 feet, Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands. It lies to the north side of Loch Tay, and is the highest point of a long ridge that includes seven Munros. Ben Lawers was long thought to be over 4,000 feet , however in 1870’s accurate measurement showed it to be some 17 feet short, prompting a group of locals to build a large cairn in the hope of bringing the summit above the "magic" figure. The cairn is no longer there, and in any case the Ordnance Survey ignored it, being an artificial structure. The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan Ranges, seven of which are Munros. It’s a hugely significant place for botanists, being renowned for its rare and endangered species of arctic-alpine flora. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, black grouse and ravens. This is a fairly easy climb as far as Munros are concerned as we start from a car park at just over 1300 feet (OSR: NN608377). This is reached by taking a minor road (signposted) off the A827 Aberfeldy to Killin road, about five miles north east of Killin. The route also takes us over Beinn Ghlas (3618ft), so we bag two for the price of one. Exit the car park, cross the road and follow the trail which gently climbs through a fenced area which protects the ground cover from sheep. 36 Pitlochry Life
Continue towards the foot of Ben Lawers' southern ridge. Keep right at the first path junction after which the climbing begins in earnest. The path, generally excellent, climbs easily in zigzags with no problems at all. As height is gained the view south across Loch Tay is superb. The next section is steeper, but you soon reach the summit of Beinn Ghlas from where the route ahead is in view. Away to your left are some crags and an equally spectacular view north towards Glen Lyon. There is a descent here to a col before a steeper ascent up Ben Lawers itself. The path is excellent and the climb hardly noticeable as you head upwards to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, and the Cairngorms to the north. The simplest return is by reversing the route, or you can turn right at the col, and follow the path across the northwestern flank of Beinn Ghlas that will return you to the fenced off area and back to the car park. As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. Remember the safety precautions and the equipment required for mountain walks are as essential here as on the more isolated ones weather conditions can change quickly, so check the forecast before you leave, take good care and always be well prepared. Willie
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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP John Swinney and I recently teamed up to promote a new television contest seeking to find the “Village of the Year”, with a £10,000 prize up for grabs for the winning village. As part of a new television show, to be broadcast on Channel 4 later in the year, villages across the UK have been invited to apply to be in with a chance of winning the grand prize. Villages with a particular history and heritage or sense of community, or villages that play host to special events, are especially encouraged to apply. John and I are asking local community representatives to consider nominating your home villages, as your area could win the contest. With so many picturesque villages in Highland Perthshire, this is an ideal opportunity for community groups to highlight what is great about their local area. With £10,000 at stake, I would encourage Highland Perthshire villages to apply for this prestigious title. Highland Perthshire is home to some fabulous small communities with their own, unique identities. This new contest is an excellent opportunity for villages to showcase what their area has to offer to a national audience. I believe that a village from Highland Perthshire could win this contest and I hope that community groups and representatives will very seriously consider nominating their home villages to take part. The new series, “Village of the Year”, will air on Channel 4 later in the year and will be hosted by Penelope Keith. Teams of judges will be visiting nominated villages across the UK to help shortlist potential winners of the £10,000 prize. Nominations close at midnight on 14 May 2017, with more information available from the show’s website: www.villageoftheyear.co.uk I welcome the news that a scheme to encourage the launch of new companies that benefit and involve communities will see annual funding double to £1 million for each of the next three years. The Social Entrepreneurs Fund offers grants and business support to help people make their ‘social start-up’ aspirations a reality. Increased backing for the fund is just one of 92 commitments made in the 2017-2020 Social Enterprise Action Plan. The plan follows publication of Scotland’s first-ever Social Enterprise Strategy, aimed at sustainably growing the sector over the next decade. Already, Scotland has more than 5,000 social enterprises – business that reinvest profits to address important issues like homelessness, unemployment or climate change – with 200 new enterprises starting up every year. Social enterprises empower communities and act as a catalyst for change. Across Scotland, they employ more than 100,000 people and contribute around £1.86 billion to our economy each year, so they make a significant economic contribution as well and I hope that the increased support for this Fund will see more social enterprises established in my constituency. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at email@example.com
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I want to encourage local carers to consider applying for a share of Time4Me funding being offered by Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS). The special funding pot, designed to provide carers with respite in order to help them sustain their caring role, is available until September 2017. With £7,000 still in the pot, applications of up to £250 for a “big break”, or £50 for a “wee treat” can be made. With previous applications having been made for football tickets, driving lessons and DIY products, I think that it would be a good idea for constituents to make an early application for a share of the funding.
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Carers sacrifice a lot to make sure that those nearest to them are looked after. It is important that these people are afforded some respite and I am very pleased that PKAVS still have some funding available for this purpose. That said, while carers are being told that the sky is the limit for any applications that are made, once this year’s money is gone, it is gone. I very much hope that local carers will consider making an early application for funds. Any support that can be put in place to help make carers lives easier is to be welcomed and I hope that as many carers as possible, from Perthshire North, can benefit from the funding that is available. The Time4Me funding is available until September 2017, or until all of the funding has been allocated, if this happens sooner. To be eligible for funding, carers must not have received funding from Time4Me in the past 12 months, look after somebody aged 21 or above and not have already taken the respite break. Applications can be made via the PKAVS website, where additional information for applicants is also available: www.pkavscarershub.org.uk/Time-4-Me An industry day was recently held in Perth to inform prospective contractors of the huge potential the £3 billion A9 dualling programme can offer their businesses. Transport Scotland told representatives from across the construction industry more about the next multi-million contract to dual the A9- the 9.5km section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam. Small to medium sized businesses also found out more about how they can compete to undertake advance works across the programme, such as site clearance, property demolition, access track construction, signage and fencing - all in preparation for future construction works contracts. The presence of representatives from the construction industry, including many from the local area, really drives home the importance of the A9 dualling to the north of Scotland. Transport infrastructure is a key area where improving connectivity between our cities, rural communities and centres of economic activity is vital to boosting productivity and competitiveness. The Scottish Government has set out its intention to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness and a considerable amount of work is already underway, from advance work to ground investigations and public exhibitions informing communities of preferred routes to construction on the ground. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative Highland Perthshire has some of the most picturesque and historic villages in the whole of the UK and now villagers have the chance to set this reputation in stone by being named the UK’s Best Village. Channel 4 is making a new primetime show called “Village of the Year” whereby a team of judges will travel across the country assessing the nation’s best village with the winning community receiving £10,000. Villages will be assessed on their community spirit, appearance and history. I would encourage residents and community councils to get together and submit their application before the closing date in May in order to be in with a chance of scooping the grand prize. With the recent success of the Great British Bake off, the Great British Sewing Bee and the Big Painting Challenge this new show could become a primetime favourite and offer the opportunity to showcase your village to the whole country on national television. Recently RBS named a raft of 30 high street branches across Scotland that are due to close in the next year or so. Fortunately, the axe will not fall on RBS in Pitlochry. However, a pattern is emerging whereby big banks are exiting the high street in favour of online or telephone banking. This is a continued on page 48
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huge concern and one that I have raised in parliament. Vital services like banking and post offices should remain the cornerstone of our high street, especially in remote areas where access to online banking is often more difficult. Furthermore, with the rise of online fraud it is time that banks started promoting the safety of using banking services face to face. In March, I visited a Nationwide branch in Dunfermline where they are pioneering new technology that allows customers to access vital services via a video link. The Nationwide Now services allows you to make an appointment in branch with financial consultants and experts in other branches over a high definition video link. This means that appointments can be more convenient to customers. Nationwide currently has no branch closure plans and instead is looking to invest £500m into its high street shop network. By re-engineering the branch experience using the latest technology Nationwide is potentially preserving their high street services in the wake of online and telephone banking. Although the nearest Nationwide branch to Pitlochry is Perth I would like to see other high street banks investigate the potential of this technology in order to safeguard their physical branches. Instead of using the blunt instrument of branch closures its perhaps time that the big banking names looked to innovate their high street offering rather than simply shutting their doors. Murdo Fraser always welcomes feedback from constituents. He can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL, by email on email@example.com or by telephone on 01738 553990.
Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005. e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on most Sundays, and other regular events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry. Sundays – 9.30am Holy Communion, Evening Services 6.30pm on the last Sunday of the month Contact - Mr Sandy Charleson 01796 473025. Morning Prayer Thursdays at 10.30am. All welcome. Journey into Prayer Course: This course open to all will begin on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7.00pm in the Hall, and will run for the following three weeks. For further details please call The Rector 01796 472005. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly in Aldour Hall at 2.30pm on second Tuesdays from October to March. Details of the Summer Outing in June will be published soon. The Reading Group normally meets in the Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month, enquiries 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Sundays– 11.15am - First Sundays Sung Communion or All Age Family Communion; second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins; third Sundays Sung Communion. Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. continued on page 50
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On May 4 the Scottish Council local elections take place. You should have received a leaflet through the door explaining how to vote, however as it probably came with lots of other polling leaflets, you may not have found time to read it properly. Voting this time round isn’t an ‘X’ in the box, for this election you vote using numbers. Your ballot paper will list all the candidates standing to be councillors in your ward. In the Pitlochry/Aberfeldy Ward (Highland) there are 6 candidates for 3 positions. You will be asked to number the candidates in order of your choice using 1,2,3 and so on. How many candidates can I vote for? In this election you can make as many selections or as few as you wish. Put number 1 in the voting box of your first choice. Put number 2 in the voting box of you second choice. Put number 3 in the voting box of your third choice…… And more if you want to…but you don’t have to give a number to every candidate. If you make a mistake … just ask for another ballot paper. This is an example of what the ballot paper can look like: ANDERSON Hans 57 Easter Road, Anytown Rowan Party CRANSTON Helen 92 Main Street, Anytown Beech Party
FLEMING Douglas Martin 112 South Street, Anytown Independent
HAMILTON Flora 45 Hill Place, Anytown Willow Party KUMAR Kuldip 3 Castle Wynd, Anytown Elm Party
MACDONALD Donald Alexander 4 Elgin Avenue, Anytown Oak Party MACKENZIE Robert William Sutherland 192 Blackhall Road, Anytown Independent
MASTERS Susan Caroline 93 Holyrood Road, Anytown Sycamore Party
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St Andrew's, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6.00 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Sundays – Unless otherwise stated a service is held at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month : for details please see notice board. Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Festivals in May and June Services on Ascension Day, Thursday 25 May Holy Communion – 2.30pm at Holy Trinity, Pitlochry; 6pm at All Saints', Kinloch Rannoch. Services on Pentecost (Whitsunday), 4 June – As normal services. All age Communion at Kilmaveonaig 11.15am.
Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Table Tennis Group: Wednesdays, in The Tryst Hall from 2 - 4.00pm, until 17 May when they break for the Summer. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Break for the Summer until Tuesday 12th September. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3.00pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at continued on page 52
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4.00pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. Messy Church Friday 12th May 4.00pm – 6.00pm in The Tryst Hall. ‘Martha and Mary’. Fun, Games & Crafts for children of all ages. All welcome, & must come with an adult. Church of Scotland General Assembly in Edinburgh for the week starting Saturday 20th May, including the ‘Heart & Soul Praise’ event in Princes’ Street Gardens on Sunday 21st May. See website for further details: www.churchofscotland.org.uk The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: email@example.com
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (email@example.com) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net Sundays: We meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road. Doors open at 10:30am with coffee & cake, tea & biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. May Events Sunday 7th - Josh Barrie will lead our worship team this morning and our pastor will begin our new sermon series, ‘Jesus and people like us.’ This morning he will explore ‘Jesus and the Church-Goer,’ through John 3:1-15. Sunday 14th - Ruth McLaren will lead our worship this morning, and our pastor will preach from Matthew 15:21-28 looking at ‘Jesus and the Outsider.’ Thursday 17th - Street Sports is back! Pitlochry High School 6:30-8:30pm. In partnership with St Johnstone Football Club's 'Saints in the Community.' Sunday 21st - Our youth pastor will share from God’s word. A team from PBC will also be pitched outside our church building car park serving the Etape Road Race and spectators. Sunday 28th - ‘How are Tearfund responding to the increase in child marriage throughout the world?’ Our short-term Mission Possible partner Deirdre Powrie was recently with Tearfund in Malawi and will share her experiences and reflections on Tearfund’s work there. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm repeated Sundays 10pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 (www.heartlandfm.co.uk) 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12. Contact Ken on 470261. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 2pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. Contact Ken on 470261. continued on page 54
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TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – Fridays 12pm. Soup Lunch in the Atholl Centre. Youth Club - Friday 26th at 6pm. See posters at FB page for details
St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. Weekday Masses: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month: Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1.00 pm. First Friday of the Month: After the 9.30am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence till 12.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation • Every first Friday of the month at St Bride’s, Pitlochry there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 12 noon to 12.30pm during Adoration. • Every first Saturday of the Month at St Columba’s, Birnam there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 5.30 to 5.50pm. • Every third Friday of the Month at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during adoration after Mass at 12 noon. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call.
Join us on our fantastic trip to Malta in October, see page 62 for details. Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge. continued on page 56
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Grandtully, Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland Interim Moderator, Dr Nigel Henderson 01250 870513. Session Clerk : Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209.
Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Matthew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228 Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am Braes of Rannoch 9.45am Foss & Rannoch 11.30am Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Christian Aid There will be no House to House Collection in Blair Atholl but members have been given kind permission to collect at House of Bruar on Saturday, 27th May. Collection cans will be available in the local shops. Atholl Gathering Sunday 28th May. Church Home Baking Stall – Donations of Home Baking will be much appreciated Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.
Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘Finding Security in a Dangerous World’. This talk, on the 14th will address this need. All the meetings listed are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Kingdom Hall, we’d be only too happy to help. Thursday 4th May, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘A Sign That Israel Would Be Restored—a discussion of Jeremiah 32–34’, ‘Organized to Serve “the God of Peace”’ Part 1, ‘“I Will Appoint Peace as Your Overseers”’. Sunday 7th May, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Living to Do God’s Will, Not Our Own’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Give Honour to Whom It Is Due (Revelation 5:13)’. Thursday 11th May, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Ebed-melech—An Example of Bravery and Kindness—a discussion of Jeremiah 35–38’, ‘Why were the Rechabites blessed?’, ‘Organized to Serve “the God of Peace”’ Part 2, ‘How Christ Leads the Congregation’. Sunday 14th May, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Finding Security in a Dangerous World’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Exercise Faith—Decide Wisely! (James 1:6)’. Thursday 18th May, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Will Render to Each One According to His Works—a discussion of Jeremiah 39–43’, ‘Jehovah Does Not Forget Your Love (Psalm 71:18)’, ‘Organized to Serve “the God of Peace”’ Part 3. continued on page 58
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Sunday 21st May, 3.00 p.m. A talk: ‘Never Become Dull in Your Hearing’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Serve Jehovah With a Complete Heart! (2 Kings 20:3)’. Thursday 25th May, 7.00 p.m. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Stop “Seeking Great Things for Yourself”—a discussion of Jeremiah 44–48’, ‘Kingdom Preachers Take Their Case to Court’ Part 1. Sunday 28th May, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Walk in the Way of Integrity’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Will You Apply Your Heart to the Things Written? (1 Corinthians 10:11)’. We offer a free home study course of the Bible using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like a one-off trial, do get in touch with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or email@example.com. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions, even the difficult ones.
Heartland Healing Rooms 17th May - Aberfeldy Town Hall 4.30pm - 6.00pm 26th May - Pitlochry Baptist Church - 2.00pm - 3.30pm (new venue) A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith ,no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. No appointment is necessary as you will be seen on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge. Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council Meeting, 12th April (Summary) Full minutes www.hpcp.co.uk/members Four PMCC members, one PKC Councillor and 3 members of the public present. Two apologies. Cllr Howie was wished well for the future and warmly thanked for her sterling work on behalf of PMCC over the last 9 years. A Community Police Officer has been seen around the town engaging with members of the public. Bollards will remain outside Gregg’s until after the repair of a cracked manhole cover. Notice to be served on the owner of Station House requesting action. The Co-op Manager is on the case of the notice board. PKC requested to enforce overnight parking restrictions in the town and also placing of A-boards. Application lodged with the Aspiring Communities Fund et al to fund a Community Warden. Pitlochry Tartan Account stands at £3044.13, Current Account at £378.61. Complaints have been received about new furniture outside Morton’s creating a hazard. PMCC to formally request removal. Cllr Howie gained unanimous support for a project to set up an alternative ‘ look-alike bridge’ for love-locks which are causing damage to the newly refurbished suspension bridge. Existing locks will be removed, notices put up and the main bridge kept clear of locks in the future. continued on page 60
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The conversion of Aberfeldy Cottage Hospital into affordable housing, including accommodation for medical and teaching staff, is now well under way and will be a welcome facility for Highland Perthshire. Two refrigerated trailers on the site of the old garage beside the Game Factory without planning permission are creating a disturbance. Owners have been served with a notice. Concern about unused carcasses on the premises. Councillor Howie has compiled a list of ongoing items for her successor. The unsightly metal remaining behind Walton’s after a fire two and a half years ago needs to be removed. Travel Lodge have expressed a wish to have a presence in Pitlochry. The southbound platform at Railway Station is to be extended. Train service is to be doubled by 2018. Canopy on Atholl Road can’t be repaired because of the poor state of the properties above. Cllr Howie to request the presence of a traffic officer at the PMCC meeting on 14th June to discuss the issue of speeding through the town and at Moulin. Great concern was expressed about inconsiderate parking by local residents. Next meeting 10th May in the High School at 7.30pm
Pitlochry Bowling Club The Club would like to thank the whist and bingo players for their support throughout the winter season which has raised a combined total of £547 for club funds plus a donation of £150 for the charities CHAS and SCAA in memory of the late Jessie Coghill. Bingo will continue once a month on the second Monday of the month as follows May 8th, June 12th, July 10th, August 14th and September 11th. Indoor season Trophy Winners so far:Gents Darts John Anderson Dominoes Jim Brown Bowls Pairs Mac Irvine and Bill Mailer Killiecrankie Pairs Cup Evelyn Humphrey & John Greenshields Everybody welcome to come and try the game of bowls - contact 01796 473459
Pitlochry Litter Action Group The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry but we can expect a big influx of visitors from home and abroad in the summer. Litter in the streets does not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground car park. The next litterpick is on 9th May. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 9th May,13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West firstname.lastname@example.org 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes email@example.com 01796 473400. continued on page 62
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A Fantastic Week in Malta and Gozo From Monday23rd to Monday 30th October 2017 Monday, 23rd: Flight with Jet2 from Glasgow to Malta at 15.20 and arriving in Malta at 20.15. Transfer to the Maritim Antonine Hotel (first 4 nights). Dinner and overnight. Tuesday, 24th: We leave Hotel at 9. 00, view of St Paul’s Islands where traditionally it is believed St. Paul was shipwrecked, continue to Marsaxlokk fishing village, we visit Ghar Dalam prehistoric caves, and finally we will have a 90-minute Grand Harbour Cruise. Wednesday, 25th: Full day Valletta the Capital city tour which includes Upper Barracca gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedra, The Grandmasters’ Palace, and the Malta Experience audio visual show. For those who like to there will also be a private mass at St Paul’s Shipwreck church in Valletta. Thursday, 26th: We start the day by visiting Tarxien Prehistoric Temples, then we have a walk around the Three Cities which includes visiting the Inquisitors’ palace. We will finish the day visiting the Mosta Church which is famous for its Dome and the incident that happened during the second world war when a bomb came through the dome but did not explode or hurt anyone. Friday, 27th: We will visit the old capital city Mdina also known as the silent city, and its beautiful Cathedral, after we visit St Paul’s Grotto in Rabat where according to tradition St Paul was kept as a prisoner for his three months stay in Malta. Mass at St Paul’s Church in Rabat, then we visit Dingli Cliffs where we can enjoy the beautiful view that they offer, and finally we will visit St Anton Botanic Gardens which is the garden of St Anton’s Palace the official residence of the President of Malta. Afterwards transfer to Cirkewwa where we catch the ferry to Gozo. Transfer to the Calypso Hotel dinner and overnight. Saturday 28th: We will visit The fortified Citadel in Victoria and St. Mary’s Cathedral, St George’s Church, then we visit Dwejra bay where we can see the place where the Azzure window was, we also visit the inland see and admire the fungus rock. Here there is also the possibility of taking a boat trip, but this is not included in the price. Finally, we will visit Xwejni Salt Pans. Sunday 29th: We will start the day by visiting Ggantija which is the oldest free standing temple in the world, then we visit Xlendi bay, Calypso’s cave, Ramla Bay and Ta Pinu National Shrine where we have a private mass. Monday 30th: Check out from the hotel, and free time in Marsalforn which is a lovely bay where one also can swim. In the afternoon, we will take the 15.45 ferry to Malta and transfer to the Airport, where we will have some free time to buy something to eat. Our flight back will depart at 20.50 and we will arrive at Glasgow International Airport at 23.45. Price Return transfer from Pitlochry to Glasgow International Airport £35 Flight from Glasgow to Malta and back with Jet2, This includes a 10kg hand luggage; £230 A check in luggage of 22kg £48 4 star hotels in Malta and Gozo on a half board basis, in a twin room £399 if you would like a single room an extra £128 All excursions, including coach, English speaking guide, all tickets needed, luggage transfers in a separate van. £270 continued on page 64
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Total (twin room and a 10kg hand luggage only) £934 Total (twin room, hand luggage and 22kg luggage) £982 If you like to take a single room you need to add an extra £128 with the above total. Those who decide to come with us need to pay a deposit of £300 by the 31st of May as places are limited, and also they need to give up their details to the organizers. N.B. The weather in October in Malta is generally good and not too hot, the sea is still very warm and very good for swimming. Even though Malta is in the EU and hospitals are very good, it is advisable to take a traveller’s insurance. It is each individual’s responsibility to do so but if you need any help don’t hesitate to contact us. Tel: 01796 472174 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 14th May at 6pm: Tangerines (2013 cert 15 90 mins) Director Zaza Urushadze. During the war in Georgia in 1992, Estonian farmer Ivo refuses to flee and leave his tangerine crop. He finds himself in the middle of someone else’s war, and takes in 2 wounded fighters from opposite sides. A morality tale that examines issues of conflict, reconciliation and pacifism. Won 12 awards, nominated for an Oscar. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook
Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or email@example.com
Dunmore Angling Club We have restocked Loch Dunmore with tench and carp for the 2017 season. The club controls the fishing on Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry - reached from the B8019 road to Killiecrankie (the old A9 road). The small loch holds a mixed coarse fish community with perch, roach, rudd, tench, crucian and common carp in amongst the lilies – a most attractive venue to fish. Day tickets are available between 1st April and mid September each year and can be obtained from The Faskally Boating Station just to the north of Pitlochry (£8 for adults and £4 for juniors aged 16 and under) or for details of membership e-mail Paul Croft at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01796 482627. continued on page 66
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Vale of Atholl Pipe Band The Pipe Band A.G.M. was held in the Atholl Palace hotel where Chris Duncan was voted on as the new chairman. Chris has been involved with pipe bands for years, playing bass for many years in our Grade 1 band. Chris now plays bass in our Grade 3 band along with her husband Ian Duncan. Their son, Alex, is Pipe Sergeant of that band. The other office bearers are President: Alister Walker, Secretary: Gillie McNab, Treasurer: Audrey Sinclair, Pipe Major; Adrian Cramb, Quartermaster: Duncan Edwards. Committee members: Kenny Forbes, Brian Gibb and Kieran Downey. At the end of March came the e-mail congratulating the McNab family as winners of the "Find a Piping Family at Forres". This was a competition set up by the committee from Forres who are running the European Championships and they thought they'd do something a wee bit different and find the most unique pipe band family to come and attend the launch of the Championships. They had entries from all over the World but they chose us as it was so unique to have three generations of the same family in the same pipe band at the same time!! On the 6th April, eleven of us headed up to the Benromach Distillery in Forres to help launch the European Championships which was a great honour indeed. It was a great day and the other guests were delighted when all eleven of us gave a tune together at the end, including Irralee's wee boy Ruaridh who stole the show playing his wee drum! So we're looking forward to heading back up on the 24th June for the Championships . The first Major Championship of the year is the British Championship which takes place in Paisley on the 20th May although we are playing at some smaller competitions before then. May sees the beginning of our main fund raisers with a Ceilidh in the Atholl Palace Hotel on Monday the 15th May with the City of Leeds coming along to play as guest artistes. Tickets are ÂŁ10 including stovies and can be got from any pipe band member or phone or e-mail me on contacts below. We'll be having our usual tombola stall at the Atholl Gathering on the 28th May, so please pop along to our stall to support us and our Highland Nights start on the 29th May with the brand new terraced seating!! (Hope it's all finished by then!!) Many thanks to all of you who promote our Highland Nights to your guests and customers every week. It really is appreciated. Gillie McNab email@example.com Mob 07733152223.
Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition Registration for the 2017 exhibition will be open online until 31st May. Anyone wishing to enter should look at the web page www.dunkeldartexhibition.com and follow the instructions under 'Register'. Please print off your registration form as it will have details of dates and times for reference. Details will also be shown on the web page. You may enter up to three pieces of work and once it is showing on the web page, you have to bring it to the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld over the weekend of 9th, 10th and 11th June. Due to restrictions of space we have to limit the size of work entered and cannot accept anything bigger than 80cm x 80cm. The Exhibition will open on Thursday 22nd June and run for 10 weeks until the end of August. We have a Preview Evening on Monday 19th June from 6 - 8pm in the Duchess Anne. The 2016 Exhibition was a bit quieter than the previous year but we were able to give a cheque for ÂŁ7250 to the Cathedral funds at the end of the summer. For any further information please email DunkeldArt@aol.com continued on page 68
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Riding For The Disabled - Breadalbane & District Group We are a small group based just south of Pitlochry serving the needs of children from approximately seven schools in Highland Perthshire. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the group to help at all levels – admin, trusteeship, coaching skills and helpers. Equestrian skills are not necessary but are obviously a great help. At present we have 8 children coming for two separate classes on Monday mornings starting at the beginning of the summer term and going through to half-term in October with a break for the summer holidays. We do not operate during the winter months. If you think you could help us to continue to provide this much needed service for the children of this remote area please ring 01796 474444.
Dawn to Dusk Festival, Carie Woods, Rannoch Sunday 7th May from 6.30am till 6.30pm Join us for a one-day event to celebrate Rannoch’s Outdoor Space. We’ve planned guided walks to suit different ages and all abilities. Hot drinks and snacks will be available all day plus a soup lunch and late afternoon BBQ. Whether you want a gentle meander to find our red squirrel feeding stations, or stretch your legs a little further with knowledgeable guides, there is a walk to suit everyone. Early birds can join our Dawn Chorus walk ending with breakfast butties and hot drinks. Don’t worry if walking doesn’t appeal – we have lots of activities to suit all ages at our base camp at the picnic site. Talk with experts on topics from wild cats to wild flowers or simply enjoy fresh air and good company. For youngsters, there will be den building, bug hunting and a tent full of crafting materials and older children can try out geocaching or join one of our longer walks. Transport will be available from Kinloch Rannoch. There is shelter at Carie but do come with outdoor coats and stout shoes. Booking will ensure we have enough food (but is not essential). Dogs on leads welcome except for the Dawn Chorus walk. Times (approx.) 06:30 - 07:30 Dawn Chorus Walk (moderate walk) 10:00 - 16:30 Base camp activities, talks, drinks and snacks all day 10:30 - 12:30 Explore our woods 1 (moderate walk) 11:30 - 12:30 Geocaching – hunt for treasure 11:30 - 12:30 Gentle meander (all abilities easy walk) 14:30 - 15:30 Red Squirrels and woodland creatures (easy walk) 14:30 - 15:30 Geocaching – hunt for treasure 15:30 - 17:30 Explore our woods 2 (moderate walk) This event is being co-ordinated by the Rannoch Community Trust with support from the Loch Rannoch Conservation Association and other local groups. Thanks to a grant from Big Lottery Fund and the permission of the Forestry Commission. Visit www.ourrannoch.co.uk for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07786 063678.
Pitlochry Art Walk – 10 to 18 June 2017 Would you like to be involved in the Art Walk either as a gallery location or as an artist during this period? I would like to know so that it can be organised this year. The Rotary Club local schools art exhibition will take place during this time as well. Please do contact Iain on 01796 473044.
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Pitlochry Station Bookshop steams ahead in support of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance A second hand bookshop is proving a first class supporter of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). Pitlochry Station Bookshop has been on track with its support for SCAA since the charity was first launched, with regular on-going donations from their sales. Since it first gave to charity in 2007, the popular station platform outlet has gifted nearly £205,000 to a variety of good causes. And this month SCAA celebrated the bookshop having exceeded £21,500 in its support for the air ambulance charity. Graham Holmes, chairman of the voluntary group that operate the thriving station bookshop, explained that SCAA was a cause which was close to everyone’s heart in Highland Perthshire and beyond. “We see the distinctive helicopter air ambulance flying over here regularly and most people know someone who has been saved or helped by the crew,” he said. “To see it go about it’s vital work is encouragement enough to know our donations are working and being channelled to a worthy cause.” Since March 2013 – two months before SCAA took to the air – Pitlochry Station Bookshop has made regular donations to the air ambulance. And bookshop organisers say there is little doubt that support will continue. SCAA community fundraiser Fiona Dennis praised the ongoing support and the public who patronise the bookshop at Pitlochry Station. “Most of the books are sold for £1 so that’s a lot of books being bought up to help SCAA alone,” she said. “We’re so grateful to the volunteers who run this amazing outlet and channel funds towards SCAA and many other charities,” she added. “Their support helps fund a vital lifeline for remote and rural communities such as Highland Perthshire and we thank everyone involved for their on-going commitment to SCAA.” Pitlochry Station Bookshop, once patronised by TV railway enthusiast Michael Portillo, sells hundreds of books each week from its railway platform shop. It also singles out more valuable volumes for sale at auction or online. The busy welcoming shop attracts visitors from all over the world, many making detours to donate unwanted books and purchase others. Operated by a team of around 40 volunteers, the success of the bookshop has exceeded everyone’s expectations. “We have been absolutely gobsmacked by how popular and successful the venture has been,” said Graham. “Not just as a shop but as a fundraiser for a variety of charities.” Graham and several other volunteers from the bookshop were invited to visit SCAA’s Perth Airport base and meet the people involved in both the frontline emergency response team and the charity team. “There is little doubt how committed everyone at SCAA is to the service they bring to the people of Scotland and we’re just happy to be adding something to that very worthwhile cause through the sale of our books.” continued on page 70
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Pitlochry Hospital Car Service. We are urgently needing new recruits to the voluntary service which provides transport to PRI and Ninewells for those with hospital clinic appointments. We require car owners with full insurance and a clean driving licence. For more information please contact Barbara Bright 472058 or Ray Wilson 473031. Please consider it. Thank you.
Perth & Kinross Carers Voice - Open letter Dear Sirs I am writing, as one of the 13,308 identified unpaid carers in Perth and Kinross, to highlight the Scotland’s Carers Local Election Manifesto 2017. I am the Chair of the Carers Voice, our main aim is to engage in strategic development and provide a voice for unpaid carers in Perth & Kinross and we are supported by PKAVS Carers Hub. I am also a carer representative on the Health and Social Care Integrated Joint Board. The National Carer Organisations Local Manifesto calls for all candidates to support carers and protect the vital services that carers, and the people they care for, rely on. Carers are represented in every sector of society. They are older people, they are parents, they are from rural and BME communities. The issues that affect carers are issues for us all – caring for ageing relatives, caring for loved ones if they become ill, expecting high quality care when we need it ourselves. Supporting carers makes financial sense. In Scotland, carers save the economy £10.8 billion every year. A small amount of investment in supporting carers can sustain someone in their caring role. Not investing and having to replace the care we provide is hugely expensive; supporting carers can reduce the need for local authority and health interventions for care and cared for people. I think all of your readers will agree that supporting carers makes sense and that they will use the local elections to gather support and highlight these issues with candidates. Yours faithfully, Maureen Summers Chair of Carers Voice
Curling News Atholl’s very own Eve Muirhead continued her astonishingly successful curling career skipping Scotland to a bronze medal in the World Curling Championships held in China last month and with it, almost guaranteeing that her team will lead Great Britain into the winter Olympics in South Korea next year. In reaching the playoffs, Eve beat the best teams of the USA, Russia, China, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the Czech Republic. How many Scottish teams could do that in any sport? Although the team lost to Russia in the play offs, they bounced back in fine style to beat Sweden for the bronze medal. A truly fantastic achievement and congratulations go to Eve and her team. continued on page 71
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In domestic competition, Atholl Province convincingly won the final of the Reid trophy beating East of Fife Province at Perth ice rink. This was a fine team effort with the highlight being a thumping win for Tulliemet. Gordon Muirhead led Dunkeld to Atholl league victory. His team of Robbie and Kathleen Scott with Bob Hewines as lead won all of their games in this competition to retain the trophy. In the Breadalbane Province league, Kenmore 1, skipped by Colin Menzies, were the winners with Killin 2 the runners up. Kenmore was also the winners of the Breadalbane Knock out competition. Not content with this, Colin also won the points competition with Ian Duncan Miller as the runner up. Over 20 club members enjoyed the 35th AGM of Toberargan Curling Club held at Aldour Meeting room in Pitlochry. President Hugh Mackintosh reflected on the season and highlighted that the social side had been a great success. He was almost too modest to mention that he had won the vice-presidentâ€™s challenge this year as well as the Ladies v Gents competition, this year as a gent. Other prize winners were: Alex Tinto trophy; Claire McConnell Liddell pairs: Claire McConnell and Tim Parkins Simpson trophy: Robert Buchan, Tony Sandford, Alison Bryden and Jenny Cree Young vs Very Young Competition: Tony Sandford (very young). The annual Oscars awards featured special recognition for Tim Parkins (pairs bandit) The AGM was followed by a social evening hosted by Jeney Sandford and a raffle for, amongst others, a bag of Finest Balhomais Rooster & Golden Wonder potatoes, kindly donated by Greg Menzies. Club contacts Kenmore email@example.com Dunkeld firstname.lastname@example.org Heart of the Highlands email@example.com Aberfeldy firstname.lastname@example.org Toberargan email@example.com
Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre Opens on Friday 5th May 2016 at 2.00pm Moulin Kirk, Moulin, Pitlochry The Heritage Centre is open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm Tuesday to Sunday. The Centre is closed on Mondays. New items on display are a Geneva Bible, printed in the 16th century and a Bedel`S Bible dating from the 17th century. Also on display is an officer`s sword found a number of years ago under the floor of the Pitlochry Smiddy. It is thought to have been hidden there by a fleeing soldier. The artist Scott Rankin lived in Moulin for a few years until his death in 1942. A small exhibition of his work and items of interest are on show. A booklet on Scott Rankin and his work by David Robertson is on sale in the Heritage Centre. Other publications of local interest by David Robertson and others are on sale as are tea towels and tote bags. If you have any interesting local items, we would be pleased to hear from you. If so, please contact Kay Liney on 01796 47 3071. The Centre also needs attendants â€“ if you are interested and have an hour or two to spare please contact Helen McNicoll on 01796 47 2732. www.pitlochryheritagecentre.co.uk continued on page 72
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Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth FC Saturday Soccer School for P1& P2s, boys & girls, will commence 6th May 2017, Ballinluig FC 9.30-10.30am. 8 week block £15, or £2.50 per session. The sessions will utilise fun games and football skills practice in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. Soccer school coaches are SFA qualified, first aiders and are PVG scheme members. Through the soccer schools, BSYFC aim to increase the numbers of children playing organised, quality football in Highland Perthshire and positively influence the well-being of all participants. This year BSYFC are running 12 teams from age 6 up to 15, in 11, 7, 5 and 4 -a-side formats, including 2 girls teams. To register, find us on Facebook 'Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth FC Saturday Soccer School' email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07968581172. Aberfeldy Co-operative Community Funding The club is delighted to announce that through the Co-op local community fund, where Co-op members can chose from 1 of 3 local causes to receive 1% of what is spent on own brand products and services, along with money raised from carrier bag sales, we have received a fantastic £3736 over the past six months. This funding will be used to provide specialist coaching across all our teams through the Saints in the Community Programme at McDiarmid Park. It will also cover the costs of SFA coaching qualifications for our growing number of volunteer coaches, supporting the development of all players throughout the local community. Mairi McAdam.
Pitlochry Ladies Club We are now taking our summer break and meetings will resume on 4 October. At the last meeting of our winter season on 5 April, we presented Graeme Smith of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) with a cheque for £550 which we had raised over the winter. Graeme also gave us a very interesting talk. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. The SCAA is the charity we have supported over the past three years.
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Local Can Mean National at Blair Atholl Garage Servicesure Autocentre Want to get your car serviced locally… but worried that you need to take it back to the garage you bought it from? Or, worried about choosing a smaller garage that isn’t one of the big chains??? Well since 2003 legislation changed to allow you to take your car to the garage of your choosing without invalidating your warranty. Blair Atholl Garage may be independent and local but it is also is proud to be a member of the Servicesure Autocentre Network. The network which was established in 2004 means that as an independent garage it operates to a strict set of practices laid out in the Customer Services Charter, the scheme is officiated by the Motor Ombudsman. So you get the benefits of a national service and the benefits of a local garage. Servicing Savings Plan Over time your car will need looking after with regular servicing. Blair Atholl Garage recognises servicing is often left to last minute and bills that arise are not usually planned for … but they can be. The garage has its own ServiceSure Plan. You can save a small amount each month (you set the amount and pay by direct debit) and it goes into a savings plan for you. When you get your car serviced the plan pays out, so you don’t get a big bill. If you have saved more money than the bill, the money stays there and carries forward to next time. If you haven’t saved enough then you only to pay the shortfall. If you move, you just cancel the savings plan and take the money with you. Servicesure have linked this with a Drivers Club benefit scheme which can save you up to £500 per year at high street stores, supermarkets, travel and home gas/ electricity discounts. Pop along and see Derek and the team at Blair Atholl Garage and sign up today. Don’t wait until that bill comes in !! Pitlochry Life 73
Walk With Me… The Distilleries, Blair Athol and Edradour Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Visit both Pitlochry distilleries with an easy woodland walk, on good paths and minor roads. During the summer months both are open for guided tours, Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Blair Athol Distillery is open 12noon - 5.00pm on a Sunday, however Edradour is closed on a Sunday, keep that in mind if you fancy a wee dram and guided tour. Starting from the centre of town (Atholl Road), head south, towards Perth and under the railway line, using the underpass on the right hand side. Cross back to the left and you will find Blair Athol Distillery, home of Bells Whisky and one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, established in 1798. They draw water from the Alt Dour burn to produce their famous 12 year old single Blair Athol Malt - which can only be bought at the distillery. Keep heading south and after passing a row of bungalows you will see a blue sign on a lamppost for ‘Black Spout Car Park’. Turn left here and pass under the railway again. Continue until you reach the car park and follow the clearly marked route along a dirt track to the left which takes you to a path through oak woods. The golf course on the left belongs to the Atholl Palace Hotel. After a short distance you will see a sign to Black Spout Waterfall where there is an excellent platform giving superb views of the 190feet (60m) Black Spout Waterfall and gorge below. It is quite spectacular after heavy rain. Continuing along the path following signs for Edradour Distillery, once out of the oak woods, the path follows the edge of farm fields giving spectacular views towards Ben Vrackie (2,759ft high) and the village of Moulin. As the walk approaches Edradour it passes a stone cottage and emerges at the distillery. Edradour is world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, established 1825. Now turn left and follow the road for a short distance until you reach a farm gate on your left 74 Pitlochry Life
just before a set of ornamental stone gate posts. Follow the marked and enclosed path (can get overgrown in summer) as it skirts the edge of a field and then heads downhill with good views over Pitlochry. The path meets a grassy track, signposted for Pitlochry. Turn left onto it and continue through a gate back into Black Spout Wood. The path then meets a larger track where you turn right, downhill. Ignore other paths until you reach a wide bend and take the path branching off to the right following a yellow marker signed for Pitlochry. Continue until you cross a wooden bridge and turn left following the Kinnaird Burn. Ignore a path to the right which leads to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You will soon come to a junction, marked by a large triangular stone, continue to the right (ignore the optional riverside loop to the left). At the next junction also keep right and you will soon come to a road where you turn left and walk down past the entrance to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You emerge at the railway bridge with the underpass. Turn right on the main road and return to the centre of Pitlochry.
For more walks, keep an eye on our website at www.pitlochrylife.co.uk/getout
Pitlochry circular trip via Stone Circle, the Rob Roy Way and Loch Tummel Great for: Riders wanting more of a challenge and a whole days biking. Steep climbs and fast descents! Benefits: Conveniently starts and finishes in a town. Challenging climbs for the more adventurous. Mostly on tracks. Length: Approx. 40km round trip. From any car park in Pitlochry, find your way to the footbridge by the Festival Theatre and climb up towards the A9. Cross the A9 and head straight on past Middleton of Fonab Farm. The climb carries straight on, past a stone circle to reach a brilliant descent on the Rob Roy Way into Strathtay (via the golf course). Turn right to head down the road until you get to a track leading up to Loch Derchulich. Ride beyond the loch to the highest point of the ride (loose in places, but a steady climb) until it heads down, fast, on a Land Rover track to Loch Tummel. Turn right and follow the road until you can get across the river by a footbridge (Jubilee Bridge). Follow a fast straight down to the River Garry, then head upstream to the Soldier's Leap in the Pass of Killiecrankie. A minor road then heads under the A9 and leads to a climb onto Ben Vrackie. Follow this road to the Bealach na Searmoin (marked on 1:25000 maps) and then you have a lovely ride back to Pitlochry via Moulin (rewarding beers from Moulin Inn are optional!). Written by Sally Judd, Blair Atholl Bike Hire www.blairathollbikehire.co.uk
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The Atholl Medical Centre Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472558 Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm (Doors open at 8.30am) Except Wednesdays Closed 12.15 - 1.45pm Tel: 01796 472558 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111
Pitlochry Post Office Within Premier Store 63 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 474301
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Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203
Pitlochry Community Hospital Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472052 Visiting Hours: GP Unit 2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm MIIU Open 9.00am - 9.00pm seven days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for an appointment Directions: Turn down at Victoriaâ€™s Restaurant and follow signs. (Hospital is adjacent to Atholl Medical Centre) Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice The Surgery, Kinloch Rannoch. Tel: 01882 632216 The Reception is open Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm Surgery Hours 9-10.15am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm. For all urgent appointments please phone reception Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111
Blair Atholl Post Office Tel: 01796 481233 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Kinloch Rannoch Post Office Tel: 01882 632347 Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: email@example.com Mon - Closed. Tues - Closed Wed 2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm Thurs 10.00am - 12noon & 2.00pm - 7.00pm Fri 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm Sun - Closed. Housing & Community Care and Registration Services 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Housing & Comm Care (Housing) 01738 476000 (selecting option 2) Mon - Fri: 8.45am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages 01796 474645 Mon - Fri: By Appointment
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Perth & Kinross Council
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Council Housing Emergency
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Perth Royal Infirmary
24hr Domestic Abuse
0800 027 1234
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Roads & Flooding
Mental Health Services
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