PITLOCHRY LIFE November 2018 Issue 342
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Message Contents from the Features Team Top Toys Bletchley Crossword Insure Your First Car WIN
Welcome to the November edition of Pitlochry Life. What a change in the weather and definitely time for the heating to be on. Remember if you have a real fire to order your logs! We cannot get away now without mentioning Christmas, and we have a really handy top toys guide for you. Whether you are a parent or grand parent choosing toys is never easy. This month we have lots of great places to eat not only in November, but book your Christmas celebration too. Before we get there though there is just time to try our walks and cycle routes, Alan Clinch looks at Nordic Walking in our Fitness column. I was surprised by the increased energy burn you can get from poles. Sheila Drummond gives advice on winter gardening and our Wonky Computer page is all about fraud prevention and the latest cyber scam. If you have teenagers at home Insuring Your First Car is also a must read. On a serious note there are a couple of local developments afoot. The A9 dualling process is getting closer and we all need to ensure the right route is chosen. Similarly the High School is under review. We cannot afford to lose this valuable resource â€“ so please make sure your voices are heard. After all that there is just time for a lovely coffee and a go at the Bletchley crossword puzzle â€“ could you have been a World War II Codebreaker?
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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details 31st October
A9 Dualling Programme - Killiecrankie Village Hall
A9 Dualling Programme - Killiecrankie Village Hall
Jono plays Old Mill
Open Morning - Strathallan Junior School
Aberfeldy Thrift Shop
Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall
Pitlochry and Edradour Community Bonfire
Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel
Anton O'Donnell plays Old Mill
The Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall
Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema
Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park
The Tryst Walking Group – Loch Broom
Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel
PMCC - Pitlochry High School
Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall
Gavin Munro play Old Mill
Aberfeldy Film Festival - Birks Cinema
Eddie Rose & Friends In Concert - Moulin Hall
Community Day - Pitlochry Library
Scottish Wildlife Trust - Tryst Hall
UFO Day - Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge
Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre
Atholl Country Life Museum Winter Talks - Atholl Arms Hotel
The Tryst Walking Group – Around Stanley
Macmillan Cancer Support - Christmas Tea Party
SNP Christmas Market - Fishers Hotel
Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst
Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library
Lynnie Carson plays Old Mill
Pitlochry Church Of Scotland Christmas Tree Festival
Pitlochry Bowling Club AGM
Blair Atholl Area Tourist Association Christmas Market
Pitlochry & District Choral Society - Carols By Candlelight For all our live music see pages 53 and 104
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Wednesday 31st October - A9 Dualling Programme - Killiecrankie Village Hall - 3.00pm to 7.00pm. See page 79 for details. Thursday 1st November - A9 Dualling Programme - Killiecrankie Village Hall - 11.00am to 3.00pm. See page 79 for details. Saturday 3rd November - Open Morning - Strathallan Junior School - 10.00am. See page 87. Sunday 4th to Saturday 10th November - Aberfeldy Thrift Shop - 10.00am to 4.00pm. Run by Pitlochry Refugee Support. See page 90 for full details and how to donate. Monday 5th November - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is Vicky Turnbull of RSPB and her subject 'Garden birds and the Tayside Reserves' Everyone welcome. Monday 5th November - Pitlochry and Edradour Community Bonfire - Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry – from 6.00pm. We are having a "Guy" competition for our bonfire night. All entries must be at the ground for 6pm to be judged. The "Guys" will then be placed on the bonfire before being lit around 6.20pm.There will be a prize for the winner. Fireworks to start approx 7pm by the winner of the art competition. Due to health and safety, sparklers are not allowed at the ground, there will be glow sticks for sale. In the interest of safety, please use the car park across from Drummonds, parking at the pavilion for disabled badge holders only. Food available from 6pm. Free entry. Wednesday 7th November - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.00pm. Margaret Sasada will talk about "A Broad Travels". The cost of the evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. If you wish to come to our Christmas Dinner in December please also bring the £23 charge for it to this meeting. The charity we are now supporting is Marie Curie and there will be a raffle in aid of it. 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. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, email@example.com) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Please note the new contact point for this. Saturday 10th November - The Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall - 2.30pm. Talk by local resident, Iain Falconer. "Rannoch Heroes: the stories behind some of the names that appear on the local war memorials". Admission £4 including refreshments. All welcome. Sunday 11th November - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ‘Sweet Country’. See page 72 for details. Tuesday 13th November - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 72 for more details. Wednesday 14th November - The Tryst Walking Group – Loch Broom – 9.30am. Starting either above East Haugh or Tullimet, the route follows a good path uphill until Loch Broom is reached. Height climbed 200m. Distance 8 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 14th November - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. We will have a Christmas-themed Bring and Buy stall as well as a Flower arrangers' stall. The Demonstrator will be Christine McKenna whose title is 'Christmas is only 6 weeks away'. Christmas wreaths and Door Hangings made by the Club will be available for sale at the Queen's View Christmas Village as from 1st December. Linzee Lindsay, 01738 710777. Wednesday 14th November - PMCC - Pitlochry High School - 7.30pm. All Welcome.
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Thursday 15th November - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. Elaine Scott of ‘Make I Do’, which plans and organises weddings and other celebrations. We don’t know what she’ll ‘make us do’ on the evening, but it should be fun. All ladies welcome. It’s £20 to join for the whole year and £3.50 for visitors on the evening. A great supper is promised and if you’re good at raspberry jam or crocheting a 4-inch square for a communal blanket, please bring them along and enter them in the evening’s competition...and please remember to bring your own cup! Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November - Aberfeldy Film Festival - Birks Cinema. See page 43. Friday 16th November - Eddie Rose & Friends In Concert - Moulin Hall - 6.30pm for 7pm. There will be a raffle and all monies raised go towards the running of the hall. Tickets of £6 include refreshment. We look forward to seeing you there for an evening of fun and laughter! Saturday 17th November - Community Day - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am to 12.30pm. See page 68 for details. Something for everyone and it's free. Monday 19th November - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group Tryst Hall - 7.30pm. Jim Crumley, nature writer, will give a talk on ‘The nature of winter”. For more information contact Richard Horobin firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday 20th November - UFO Day - Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge - 10.00am - 4.00pm. Unfinished Objects Day - Have you got a project (or projects) gathering dust in a cupboard? Do you need a few hours 'you time' to finish them? Please join us at Kynachan Hall to complete your project. Admission is £7.50 which includes soup/sandwich lunch plus tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day. For more information please email email@example.com. Scottish Charity - No. SC034142. Wednesday 21st November - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Bridget Black from Gatehouse Nurseries will tell us something about her work, give a demonstration of making a Christmas wreath and encourage us to make one ourselves. Everything will be provided so there will be an individual charge of £6 to cover costs. A fun session! Everyone welcome, members or not. For more information, see page 72 or get in touch with Meg Ross: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01796 483281. Thursday 22nd November - Atholl Country Life Museum Winter Talks - Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl - 7.30pm. Locally and internationally known musician Muriel Johnstone, on the subject of Music, Musicians and Composers of Perthshire. Entry £5 including refreshments. Saturday 24th November - The Tryst Walking Group – Around Stanley – 9.30am. This is a flat route on good paths and minor roads to the north of Stanley, taking in Taymount, Kingsmyre and Airntully. Distance 8 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 24th November - SNP Christmas Market - Fishers Hotel - 10.00am to 4.00pm. Lots of ideas for Christmas presents - large or small! Saturday 24th November - The Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support - Christmas Tea Party - Grandtully Hall - 2.30pm. See page 85 for details and how to help. Monday 26th November - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst - 7.30pm. David Willington will talk on the history of St John`s Church Perth. David is a Churchwarden and the historian of St Johns Church in Perth and he will talk on the history of this beautiful church, one of Perth`s landmarks and its roots in the earlier church. Visitors Welcome. Friday 30th November - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am -11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. All welcome.
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Creamy Cheesy Garlic Brussel Sprouts A recipe for Brussel Sprouts? Seriously? Yes, you need this. No other vegetable creates so much discussion at dinner. You either love or hate them. This will change all that. You will no longer have to tell the kids they will grow big and tall, have hairs on their chest and an IQ of 200. They will just love them. • 1kg Brussel Sprouts (fresh or frozen) • 250mls double cream • 300gms Lardons, or streaky bacon chopped.
• 50gms shredded Mozzarella Cheese
• 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
• 30gms grated Parmesan cheese
• Large knob of butter
• Salt & pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. 2. Cook the sprouts in salted water until just tender. Drain, refresh in cold water and let cool. Then slice in half. 3. Fry the lardons/bacon until crispy and set aside on kitchen paper. Drain off half the fat. 4. Add the butter to the bacon frying pan and gently fry the chopped garlic for a minute or two. 5. Add the sprouts and mix well. 6. Pour in the cream and mix well. 7. Add salt and black pepper to taste and mix well. 8. If not using an oven proof skillet/frying pan, transfer to an oven proof dish and top with the Parmesan and Mozzarella. 9. Bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling. Enjoy. You will never be bored with Brussel Sprouts again. If they only normally appear for a once a year Christmas outing that will change too! 14 Pitlochry Life
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The current burning question in the world of whisky is…. What do you do with that £848,800 burning a hole in your pocket? The answer is simple, buy a bottle of whisky with it and become the owner of the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world. This happened at Bonham’s of Edinburgh in October. By the time this is published, the anonymous person who paid £848,800 will possibly no longer own the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world. It is anticipated that a bottle will sell at Whisky Auctioneer, Perth, in November for £1,000,000. So what make a bottle this expensive? It is down to 3 key factors: rarity, age and brand. In the case of the bottle sold in Edinburgh it was 60 years old; distilled in 1926, bottled 1986, and the label was designed by the Italian artist Valerio Adami. There were only 12 bottles filled and it is a Macallan, long understood to be one of the best single malt whiskies made. The combination of these factors gets you to £848,800 In addition to these 12 bottles, 12 were bottled with labels designed by Peter Blake. We know that one bottle of Adami was apparently destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011 and at least one bottle of Blake has been drunk. There are stories of several others being sold though auction over the past decades but there is no way of knowing how many others are still in collections today. The probability is that the owner of a bottle of this value will not be opening it to drink. It will be held as an investment. So what does it taste like? As far as I am aware there is only one man who can give an opinion as to its taste. David Robertsons, (no connection), who was master distiller at Macallan from 1994 to 2006. “The whisky was quite intense, dry, and tasted of fruit 16 Pitlochry Life
with some hint of warming spice’, he is quoted as saying “…I’ve had to try a lot of whiskies over the years and in my humble opinion, there were a number that were better than this one”. Rare and interesting whiskies are not the exclusive of the uber rich. As I mentioned in my September article, we can all invest in whiskies for relatively modest sums and be able to make a good return. As for this rare Macallan, I’m still waiting for the postie to deliver it. 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 Scottish Field, judging the annual whisky and gin challenge competitions.
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The Pitlochry Garden November From the beginning of November gardeners can look forward to a good, long rest; nothing to do but put your feet up and wait for spring. But if you get bored and fidgety here are some things you could do in the garden this month, weather permitting. On good days, that is, when it’s not raining, prepare new areas for cultivation or places where you want to plant deciduous trees bare root. Digging by hand is heavy work so do the work in stages; or get some help or hire a digger. November is also the best time to plant new roses or a hedge of bare root whips. Planting bare root can take place any time this winter as long as the ground is open and not covered in snow. If things are delayed by bad weather, aim to get them in before bud-break. Since the leaves are all down now rake them up and stuff them into black bags to make leaf mould. Really stuff the bags and pierce them a bit before you stash them away out of sight for about a year. While you’re at it, turn over the compost and mix it up thoroughly.
deciduous shrubs that need restorative pruning; it is not necessary to nip everything back into a nice round ball. This only destroys the natural shape of the plant and fills up the centre with old wood. Restorative pruning means taking out a third of the oldest (thickest) stems right to the ground. If you do this every year all the stems will be new ones and the shrub will remain healthy for a longer time. This kind of pruning is useful for maintaining any suckering shrub like lilac or winter-flowering viburnum. At some point the weather will put you off working outdoors but you could usefully clean up the shed and clean your tools. Remove any soil and clean the blades of your cutting tools with disinfectant; sharpen them and wipe all the blades with an oily rag. Now is also a good time to get the mower serviced. Sort and stack your empty pots and trays but leave washing them until spring so you are sure they are clean before you sow fresh seed. Brush down the bench and clean the window, then sweep the place out.
Finish planting the tulips in pots and borders, weeding as you go along and then top up the bark mulch around your plants to keep their roots protected in the winter.
Winter is payback time for all the bird song and all the insects caught by your feathered friends so stock up on bird food and hang out the feeders. Now you can get your feet up!
I’m still not advocating cutting herbaceous plants back hard because I like to encourage wild life in the garden and decaying herbaceous material provides food and shelter for the birds.
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Nordic Walking So, last month’s article was about using poles to help with walking – this month I’ll take a closer look at Nordic Walking: what it is, and how it’s different.
Here are the main points to remember when using a Nordic Walking poles:
1 – The left arm and right leg (or right arm and left leg) always move forward together. This sounds There is actually a quite significant difference – a easy, but sometimes the terrain or simply losing normal walking pole is really designed to help with concentration causes people to get out of step. stability and spreading the load to take weight off The easy way to resolve this is to just drag the the knees and ankles, whereas a Nordic walking poles for a second and then pick them up and start pole is derived from those used in cross country again when ready. ski-ing, as it was originally a summer training 2 – The pole should be placed in the centre of the method for cross-country skiers. It's based on using stride. This means that it’s tilted slightly (with the walking poles that have been specially designed top further forward than the bottom), with the tip to allow users to capitalise on their upper body midway between the feet. They should remain strength, and is a well recognised way to turn a largely behind the body and point diagonally walk into whole-body exercise that can be done by backward at all times – this means that they should anybody, anywhere. be able to help you move forwards when pushing Using the upper body results in a significant with your arms. increase in energy use - around 50% more calories 3 – In terms of body position, than if simply going for a normal (ie without poles) • stand straight - look straight ahead and walk, and it’s well known that regular moderate open up the chest, which should help with exercise can help reduce risk of heart disease, deep and effective breathing. stroke, and help with weight loss. Done correctly, Nordic Walking will use most of the muscles in • shoulders are relaxed and down. the body, particularly targeting core, hips, thighs, • poles are held close to the body. buttocks and triceps. Correctly moving the poles whilst walking requires moving arms in opposition • Poles should be pushed as far back as with legs, so balance and coordination will be possible improved. Looking forward will also improve visual • When the poles swing forward, they aren’t coordination and posture. gripped but swing from the wrist straps. Using poles helps absorb some of the body weight, If you’re interested in Nordic Walking, this site will taking pressure off the joints in the legs, which help you find a local group or instructor makes it an ideal exercise for older individuals or https://nordicwalking.co.uk/ people with knee problems such as arthritis. As always, if you haven’t exercised for a while, or The set up and grip of the strap and handle allows have any medical conditions which might cause the user to push through the movement, and problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe increase stride efficiency by using extra the power to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a from the upper body. The video clip below gives sign that something is wrong… an overview of the basics of Nordic walking. https://youtu.be/_3VIVlYNIv4 28 Pitlochry Life
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Sextortion That’s caught your attention. And so will an e-mail that’s going around just now. It will address you by name, list one of your on-line passwords and might even include the last three digits of your mobile phone number. It will then claim that malware running on a porn site that you have visited (!) will expose you, unless of course you pay up. It is a scam and a type of scam we will probably see a lot more of in the coming months. This all stems from numerous data breaches in the past year, where hackers have stolen huge amounts of personal data and sold in on to whoever meets the asking price. This fraud banks on the chance that one of the e-mail recipients has indeed been visiting porn sites. They then claim that “while you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote desktop) and a keylogger provided access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook and e-mail account” It then goes on to say that you were recorded as you were viewing the porn and captured on a split screen video. It then claims to have also stolen all your personal contacts. Now the blackmailer offers you 24 hours to make a payment, often several thousand pounds, via Bitcoin. The threat is that “If I don’t get payment, I will send your video to all your contacts including relatives, co-workers and so forth”.
The advice is simple, never be taken in by unsolicited spam mail. Never, ever click on an attachment that may accompany it, as that is likely to infect your computer with something that will go on to steal more of your personal information, even banking details. Don’t even take up the offer of ‘Unsubscribe’ that usually appears at the bottom of any unsolicited e-mail. That just lets the sender know that your e-mail address is active and you will then be simply hammered with spam from then on. I would also advise that you regularly change your passwords and never use your banking password on any other site, it should be unique and as complicated a password as you can come up with. Also, remember that a PIN is your Personal Identification Number. Personal, so never share it with anyone, no matter who they say they are. Scammers are becoming increasingly clever with their dastardly schemes to relieve us of our well earned cash, as most of us are at least now aware of phishing. Some are even giving up on e-mail and resorting back to snail-mail, hoping you might treat it more seriously, so don't be too surprised at what comes through your letterbox. Treat it the same way - straight into the bin. If you have any doubts about any mail, reaching you by whatever means, just Google the title, the company, or the senders e-mail address and all will be revealed.
Everyone however does falls victim at some point to an e-mail with an intriguing title. It might even be as simple as ‘Your invoice is attached’ and whilst racking your brain trying to remember what you bought, you open the This is what is known as a Scam Scare. What e-mail and click on the attachment. Guilty. I’ve makes this one different is that most phishing done it. You then rely on your anti-virus doing e-mails try to steal your passwords, but this its job, but some malware is clever and doesn’t one already has your stolen password – which makes it seem all the more credible. That then flag up as a virus, so, that’s why you need a becomes seriously scary for anyone who might malware program. I always recommend www.malwarebytes.com It is free… and it also have even accidentally browsed into an adult website. So, you at the back with red face – trust works on a Mac. Willie me, it is a scam. 32 Pitlochry Life
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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative Back in early autumn, I was pleased to read the results of a survey from the Office for National Statistics which showed that life satisfaction in Perth and Kinross is higher than the UK and Scottish national average. People in the area ranked higher when it came to life satisfaction and happiness whilst also registering lower for anxiety. This placed Perth and Kinross above neighbouring Dundee, Fife and Stirling. What these statistics confirm, not that we needed it, is that Perth and Kinross is a fantastic place to live and work. However, there are challenges on the horizon. Access to services like top-quality healthcare and education will have a bearing on whether these rankings improve and it is important that admission to NHS treatment remains fast and convenient. Back in October, I called on the major banks to do more to protect customers from scams or pay compensation to customers caught out by fraudsters. This call followed news showing that more than half a billion pounds year was lost to online payment or push-payment scams in the first half of this year. Almost everyone will know someone who has lost out to fraudsters and an all-too small proportion of victims are made whole again. The major high-street banks are closing branches up and down the country, leaving customers almost wholly reliant on telephone or internet banking which carries a higher degree of risk. This is resulting in a step-change in retail banking behaviour and safeguards must improve or banks should start to compensate a wider set of circumstances. It is hugely important that banks step-up and shoulder more responsibility whilst doing more to protect vulnerable customers from scammers. The long, arduous process of dualling the A9 took a step closer as the Scottish Government confirmed, in response to a parliamentary question I asked, that the route between Pass of Birnam and Tay Crossing will be confirmed by the end of the year. As most of you will be aware, this is a particularly tricky part of the dualling thanks to the close proximity of the railway station and houses to the current route. I understand that the local community has been very active in proposing their preferred option and it is incredibly important that the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland closely listens to the people who will be affected by this dualling. As every Murdo appreciates the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 01738 553990.
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I would like to encourage groups in Highland Perthshire to apply to the new Digital Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund. The Digital Fund is a new UK-wide ÂŁ15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It will be launched on October 22nd, and aims to help charities and voluntary sector groups use digital tools and approaches to support people. Our increasingly digital world presents tremendous opportunities for charities and community groups, but can also pose significant challenges. With Big Lottery funding, organisations will be able to receive financial support to build upon the already stellar work they do across Highland Perthshire. Applications for the fund open on 22nd October with a closing date of 3rd December 2018. Further details can be found at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/digital-fund I mentioned last month that Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) was in the running for Scotlandâ€™s Most Welcoming Theatre. I was delighted to see that the theatre won the competition for a fourth successive year. Continued on page 36 34 Pitlochry Life
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The award, which will now see PFT compete with 11 other regional winners to be named the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre, was organised by UK Theatre and decided via a public vote. The winner of the UK award will be announced on October 14th. Pitlochry Festival Theatre is rightly lauded as one of the most iconic venues in all of Perthshire, and this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in its operation. I wish PFT well as they now aim to be named the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre. I would also encourage my constituents to support this local institution by visiting the venue and taking in a show. I was pleased to see that the number of overseas visitors from Europe to Scotland increased sharply by 39% in the 12 months to the end of June 2018. In the same period, spending by European visitors jumped by 21% to £1.6 billion compared to £959 million in the previous 12 months. Across all international markets, there was a 23% increase in overseas overnight visits, with almost 3.6 million visitors choosing Scotland as a destination in the 12 months to the end of June 2018 with spending rising too by 8% to almost £2.3 billion. Scotland's tourism industry is going from strength to strength and the continued rise in overseas tourists is encouraging. European visitors are flocking to our shores and spending more too, which is a great boost for the economy. It is also welcome news for tourism businesses, particularly in Highland Perthshire, with hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and cafés feeling the benefit of increased visitor numbers. Scotland offers an unrivalled and memorable visitor experience for people who choose our country as their holiday destination, and we will continue to warmly welcome all those who choose to visit. If any constituents 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 was pleased to see that EU citizens in Scotland, worried by the impact on their residency following the UK's exit from the EU, are to be offered an advice and support service by the Scottish Government. The service will be available at locations across Scotland. Advice on rights and entitlements, based on an individual's immigration status will be available. Additionally, the Scottish Government funded EU Citizens' Rights Project will deliver information meetings across Scotland including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Motherwell and other venues. There will also be a new expert group established, which will explore the impact of migration on the population and demographics of Scotland. The group will consider UK migration policy and how it will impact on areas of devolved responsibility. EU citizens who have made Scotland their home are understandably anxious about their future. They are welcome and valued and play a crucial role in our economy, our public services and our communities. Many EU nationals are concerned about still being able to access the NHS, schools for their children, housing and social security post-Brexit. I want to ensure that EU citizens are supported to enable them to continue to live, work and study in Scotland. Continued on page 38 36 Pitlochry Life
Cycle With Me! - Allt Shiecheachan Bothy Circuit – A hard ride! Great for: Experienced riders wanting a fun ride with challenging hill sections. Benefits: Some testing tracks for the more experienced, including some steep up and downhill sections. Starts at a car park. Warning: This route climbs to 2000ft in places and gets very exposed. Make sure you dress appropriately and layer up! Length: Approx. 15 miles From the Museum Car Park in Blair Atholl, take the track up the River Tilt towards the Glen Tilt Car Park and onwards towards Old Blair. At the crossroads in Old Blair, go straight on and follow the Banvie Burn track, over a stile and up through the woods to open moorland. After a few miles the track starts to descend to the Allt Shiechaenchan burn and bothy. After the bothy, cross the burn and ride up the hill on the narrow trail. After nearly a mile the track crosses back over the burn and then you are faced with a steep hill on loose track. At the top of the hill you’ll be pleased to know that’s your highest point! Follow the track down following the Allt Slanaidh, riding through it many times. At the woods take care as the track is steep here. After 2 gates you will reach the track to Glen Tilt and the rifle range – keep right and head back down towards Old Blair and retrace your tracks back to Blair Atholl. Have a great day out! Sally
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I am concerned that there is a risk that people will miss out on applying for settled status for a range of reasons including vulnerability, financial problems, lack of awareness and understanding of the scheme and we have identified a clear need for the provision of accurate and consistent advice from trusted bodies. Over the next 25 years, Scotland's projected population growth will come from migration. It is imperative that we attract new talent to Scotland and tackle the issues raised by our ageing population. I am pleased to see this new expert group set up to investigate the impact on our population, our workforce and our communities including the impact in rural areas faced by declining populations. I welcome new proposals from OFCOM to stop mobile phone companies routinely overcharging customers. Many people take out a contract which includes their new handset’s cost in the fixed term deal’s price. The majority of phones are paid off over two years. However, research shows that many customers’ bills are not reduced after the fixed deal ends and therefore continue to pay an extra £22 a month on average towards a phone they have already paid for. OFCOM has now announced a consultation on plans to ensure fairer, more transparent prices for mobile customers who pay for handsets and airtime within the same contract. It is unacceptable that people unwittingly pay for phones they have already bought. Too many customers are being ripped off in this way, while the big mobile phone companies continue to make excuses to avoid changing this all too common practice. Customers need transparency, which can only be achieved if the costs of their phone contract are separated out so they can clearly see what they are paying for and know what deals are value for money. In any other industry, that would not be controversial. It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the phone companies have failed to reach an agreement with OFCOM. With more than a third of mobile handset customers staying on their contract after the fixed 24-month period, regulations must be put in place to stop loyal customers being ripped off by their mobile providers. Relying on the goodwill of mobile phone operators has not worked, so I am delighted OFCOM is, at last, stepping up to the plate and bringing forward regulatory proposals. If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01250 876576.
John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative Phase 2 of the School Estates Review has now begun and includes Pitlochry High School and Logierait and Grandtully Primary Schools. This is an immensely important process for Highland Perthshire and I encourage all residents, young and old, to take a keen interest in this. These schools are under review due to the unsatisfactory condition/suitability of the building and/or their roll being under 60% of its capacity. This is the latest part of a process started over two years ago by the previous administration which identified 21 Primary Schools and one Secondary School which fell into the review criteria mentioned above. The process requires the Council to consider a number of options including capital investment, new schools, extensions to existing buildings, reconfiguration of the existing accommodation, shared headships, catchment reviews and rationalisation through closure. It is apparent that a number of school buildings throughout Perth and Kinross have suffered from a lack of investment over the years and decisions need to be made about their design, management and maintenance. Similarly, school rolls have fallen in a number of areas for a variety of reasons and indeed some schools are close to capacity and decisions have to be made about what is Continued on page 40 38 Pitlochry Life
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best for the future education of our children as a result. I should point out that there is a legal presumption against closure of a school and that every option must be explored before that decision can be arrived at. Our schools each have a list of options for appraisal. For Pitlochry, these are 1) improve the condition of the building, 2) improve the condition of the building and include 5th and 6th year, 3) improve the condition of the building and extend catchment area, 4) move 4th year pupils to Breadalbane Academy and review use of building, and 5) move all pupils to Breadalbane Academy and close the school. For both Logierait and Grandtully, they are 1) extend the catchment area, 2) do nothing, and 3) consider closing the school and moving the pupils to a neighbouring school. By the time this article is published, the consultation process will be underway and I would encourage everyone to consider what they feel is the best option for their community and to make sure their views are heard by contributing to the process. Drop in sessions open to everyone (whether or not they are a parent, grandparent or carer, etc) are being organised and advertised and you can also contribute to the consultation through an online survey on the PKC website or by email/post (visit www.pkc.gov.uk for details). A new Licensing Statement has been agreed by the Licensing Board and comes into effect from 4th November. The main changes are to the licensing hours and the way noise nuisance is measured. Congratulations to Pitlochry Festival Theatre for winning the Most Welcoming Theatre in Scotland Award for the fourth year in a row. The Council is supporting Cornhill MacMillan Cancer Care by making a donation for increased glass recycling so make sure you take your glass bottles etc to your local recycling centre and help this very worthwhile charity. The Council’s MyPKC online portal can be used to report a wide range of matters to the Council from roads and lighting faults to fly tipping, abandoned vehicles and overflowing bins. It also accepts general enquiries and I would encourage you to make use of this facility to report matters to your Council. 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 It’s been another busy month in the Council. We welcomed a new Chief Executive, Karen Reid. She joins the Council from the Care Inspectorate and brings significant senior management experience with her to the role. We also had a Council meeting considering topics such as the Mid-Term Financial Plan, reports from the Perth & Kinross Child & Adult Protection Committee, Perth Harbour Business Plan progress report and the initial findings of the Review of the Scheme of Establishment of Community Councils. The Mid-Term Financial Plan this year again warns of the likely need to make further budget cuts as the public sector continues to face tight budgets – the potential implications of further cuts to public services is very concerning and I will be arguing to protect front line services. Another area of concern is the recruitment of nurses at Pitlochry Minor Injuries Unit. We were informed this month that the first round of recruitment for the two vacant posts has been unsuccessful and that they’re to be readvertised. Unfortunately, the national nursing crisis is now having significant effect on recruitment of nurses to rural areas including Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. I would again ask that if you know of any nurses who might be interested in moving to the area to encourage them to consider applying for these vacancies as they’re readvertised. Part of the issue with rural recruitment of key workers such as nurses is the lack of affordable housing. This is something I am working with my ward colleagues and others - to try and find a resolution to this issue in the long term. The current shortage of staff is forcing the MIU to operate reduced hours Continued on page 42 40 Pitlochry Life
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and to close on occasion. The current advice is to ring ahead to clarify if the unit is open before attending the MIU. You can call NHS 24 for Out of Hours on 111 or Pitlochry Community Hospital on 01796 472052. For the past year I have served as a member of the Cairngorm National Park Authority Board. Last month I was honoured to be elected by my fellow board members to serve as Convener of the Board for the next three years. This is an important role and Iâ€™m looking forward to working with my fellow board members and the CNPA staff to improve the Cairngorms over the next three years. Iâ€™m now the youngest ever Convener of a National Park in the UK, and we suspect the World. My aspiration for the Cairngorms is to see us leaving a positive legacy for future generations, where we have a park in which nature and people not only survive but thrive alongside each other. Where we have sustainable communities and strong economic growth, matched by the protection and conservation of some of the best landscapes in the World. These are not only my aspirations for the National Park, but what I strive to achieve everyday as a councillor fighting to protect rural public services and businesses in Highland Perthshire. My November surgeries will be on Saturday 20th in the following locations: Pitlochry Council Offices, 9:30-10:10; Mid Atholl Hall, 10:30-11:00; Breadalbane Community Campus, 11:30-12:10; Camserney Hall, 13:30-14:00; Old Comrades Hut, Acharn, 14:30-15:00; Fearnan Hall, 15:30-16:00; Kinloch Rannoch Hall, 17:00-17:30. As always, I can be contacted on XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk or 01738 465028.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - 10th October, Moulin Hall Five PMCC councillors, two PKC Councillors, Chair of Parent Council and 4 members of public present. Three apologies. Break-in in Lettoch Road reported. Five options for Secondary department of school to be considered. Drop-in sessions planned for 3rd, 6th and 19th November. On-line comments available until December 2108. Final appraisal May 2019. Rail works ongoing. Work to start on Puffin Crossing at Aldour 15th October 2018. Training workshop on planning available to PMCC members on 24/11/18. Relocation of cycle village for Etape Caledonia to Rec agreed. Director of Events to attend November meeting of PMCC. Action Partnership Road Safety meeting 7.30pm, 31st October, Breadalbane Campus. Consultation to be launched regarding Community Councils. Resilience Plan reduced from 40 pages to 8. PMCC members plus Catherine Homes to volunteer. Three centres, Atholl Centre, Tryst and school. Street lights behaving randomly at the moment. Planning permission not obtained for signpost to Boating Station (obstructing visibility.) Enforcement by PKC requested. Objection to planning application by Game Factory. 24 hour licence granted to Pitlochry Filling Station. New bus shelter installed at the West End car park. Alba Falconry in Atholl Road generated complaints. Licence required in future. 42 Pitlochry Life
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Main work at the railway should be finished by Christmas 2018. No applicants for two vacancies for nurses advertised for the Minor Injuries Unit. People with minor injuries advised to phone in advance before going to the minor injuries unit or doctor’s surgery. Pitlochry Festival Theatre voted ‘Most Welcoming Theatre’ in Scotland. Put forward for UK finals. Poppy Scotland request that public monuments be lighted in red before Remembrance Day to raise awareness . Minor changes in the Licensing Board hours and acceptable noise levels in force from 4th November. Locations for two pop-up policemen to be decided and regularly changed. Commercial or political notices not allowed on public notice boards. More parking cones to be introduced to ease Parking during October. Community Bonfire, Recreation Ground, 5th November 2018. Residents to be notified of details. Padlocks on Port-na-Craig bridge to be removed. Alternative sites to be considered and notices put up. Secondary school roll halved in the last 15 years and demographic age has increased dramatically. Unlikely to change without affordable housing. PK Councillors requested change of day for PMCC meetings. Next meeting at 7.30pm, 14th November, Pitlochry High School.
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (email@example.com) Church Office: 01796 470411 For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net and 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 Friday 30th November: St Andrew’s Day Family Ceilidh. With our very own ‘For One Night Only Ceilidh Band.’ Adults £5 - under 12’s free. All money gratefully received towards Steadfast Global’s Christmas Box Appeal sharing God’s hope and love with the Iraqi Yazidi community. From 6pm-9 in our church building. Food will be served. BYOB. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm in the Atholl Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940716396. Friendship Hour – last Monday of the month at 2.15pm in the Aldour Hall. 26th Nov - Terry Kirkwood ‘An Artist’s Life.’ Contact Val on 473742. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Continued on page 46 44 Pitlochry Life
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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 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.
Scottish Episcopal Church - A Warm and Inclusive Welcome to All Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Sunday 11th November 9.30 am – Holy Communion for Remembrance Sunday. 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. Thursday 1st November - 10.00am Holy Communion for the Feast of All Saints. Friday 2nd November 7.00pm - A Time to Remember a service for All Souls Night The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on 17th of September - enquiries to Continued on page 48 46 Pitlochry Life
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Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). Tuesday2 Club – 2.30pm 13th November. Talks, outings, fellowship and fun. This month ‘Remembrance of Things Past’. All welcome. Contact Liz Baker (01796 472005) for further details and the programme for the Year. 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 11th November – Joint with Church of Scotland. 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 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 this month.
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.
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Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd Financial advisers to individuals and businesses in rural Perthshire We are very pleased to introduce Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd to the Pitlochry community. We are a small local business, offering friendly and professional financial advice. Our clients are all unique, which is why we offer a service tailored to your needs. Whether your financial affairs are simple, or complex, we can help. We can come and visit you, at your convenience, to help us to understand your current position and future goals, before creating a personal financial plan for you. For clients who would prefer to meet in the central belt, we also have access to offices in Edinburgh and Linlithgow. Our Director, Andrew Macintyre, is a Chartered Financial Planner and can provide advice on all areas of financial planning for individuals, companies and Trustees. He is highly experienced in pension planning and Inheritance Tax planning, Later Life Planning and advising Trustees and Charities on investment management. He has relocated back to rural Highland Perthshire, after 2 decades of working in senior roles in financial services and investment management. Please contact us on 01882 634368 for a no obligation initial consultation, or visit our website, www.macintyrewealth.co.uk for more information about us and how we can help you. Macintyre Wealth Management represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website at www.sjp.co.uk/products Pitlochry Life 49
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. Sunday 11 November Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial, and our morning service will follow, at the church, at 11.20am. The Guild invite all to their Haggis Lunch, in The Tryst, on Wednesday 14 November, at 12.30pm. Scottish poetry with Alastair Dickson. Sunday 18 November The Guild will lead our morning worship service at 10.30am. Christmas Tree Festival - Saturday 1 December, 10.00am – 4.00pm, and & Sunday 2nd December, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Carol Concert 6.30pm. See page 80 for further information. Sunday 2 December, we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at 10.30am. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: email@example.com
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. 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 50 Pitlochry Life
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Walk With Me… Moulin Rouge Distance - 3 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Let’s put some colour on our cheeks with an easy walk, taking in a pub that brews its own beer and a distillery. Ok, there’s also a ruined castle, some woodland, an impressive waterfall, and fantastic views. Start outside the Moulin Inn. From the main street in Pitlochry that’s about 1 mile up West Moulin Road (the A924 to Blairgowrie). The Inn first opened in 1695, the brewery which is round the back, in 1995. Their three draught ales are available in the bar, but best kept for when we get back! Cross the road into Moulin Square, do not walk straight ahead up Manse Road as it is a dead end, but turn right past the post box down the side of the church graveyard and you will come to Moulin Village Hall. There is a small car park here if your ‘driver’ needs it. On the other side of the hall is a path marked for the Black Castle, there are information boards here with some history of the castle which you will see ahead, in the middle of a field. There may be sheep, so careful with dogs. Walk past the castle to the far left of the field and go through the gate which is straight ahead (lilac coloured disc), cross a small field into a quiet cul-de-sac and follow the path up the left side of the first house. This will bring you onto a tarred road, turn left (signposted Edradour and Black Spout) and take the path between the two fences, again signposted. Follow this path around the outside of the field, through a gate and into woodland, again following the sign for Black Spout. After a few hundred yards you will come to a dirt track farm road, there are various signs here, but head straight across, again following Black Spout. After a short distance there is a marker post indicating either left or right (the trail here is a loop). Take the right hand path and it will emerge at Black Spout Waterfall and an 56 Pitlochry Life
excellent viewing platform giving superb views of the 190feet (60m) Black pout Waterfall and gorge below. It can be quite spectacular after heavy rain. On leaving the platform continue in the anticlockwise direction as before and follow the path as it rises. Before it completes the loop you will see another path signposted for Edradour Distillery, follow that for about a half mile and you will emerge directly across from it. Edradour is Scotland’s smallest traditional distillery. It offers tours, a shop and a Tasting Bar. It is open 10am - 5pm, however, please note the distillery is closed on Sundays and operates winter opening hours from 30th October. On leaving the distillery turn right and follow the single track road uphill until it joins the A924 Blairgowrie road. Head straight on, mindful of traffic and into Kinnaird, where on the wall outside the first cottage on the right you will see a plaque commemoration a stay by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1881. Keep going, it’s all downhill now with a fabulous view of Ben Vrackie on the right and all Pitlochry on the left. After three quarters of a mile you are back at the Moulin Inn and time for those beers.
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TOP TOYS - CHRISTMAS 2018 Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the stress of getting the perfect gift. However, to give you a head start in November, we bring the toy retailers top toys list for this Christmas. So, here’s the list, in no particular order - but shop around, some stores have some of these on special offer:
Myla, the Magical Make-Up Unicorn! - £44.99 Thanks to a magic make-up brush, you can be a super unicorn stylist! Select any colour from the make-up palette and apply it magically to her horn, eyes, and wings and watch in amazement as they magically light up in that colour! With the magic microphone, you can sing songs together and have so much fun! Make Myla beautiful and add her tiara to her horn or add the clips to her hair! Want to know what your lucky colour is? Touch her back and she will tell you. Ages 5+, requires batteries.
Meet Boxer: Your Real Robot Pal - £69.99 Switch on Boxer and you’ll be best buds at first blink. Boxer will immediately win you over with adorable animated expressions, silly sounds, and a fun-loving personality. Your new freewheelin’ robot friend is ready to play in three different ways! Use the remote control to race Boxer around and do wild wheelies and amazing stunts. Interact and play with Boxer using hand movements and playful touches for some surprising reactions. Get Boxer to roll over and scan one of the 10 game activity cards for a hilarious round of Bot Bowling, Soccer, or Laser Tank. For more playtime fun, download the free app to unlock extra games! Quite small. Ages 5+. Batteries included.
Paw Patrol Rescue Fire Truck Playset - £69.99 With flashing lights and sounds, the PAW Patrol Ultimate Fire Truck is ready to roll! Loaded from front to back with multiple moving features to complete any rescue operation. Get hands on and help Marshall (included) save the day! Pull up the cab and it becomes a lookout atop the 2-foot tall swivelling ladder. Launch four water cannons to put out the blaze. There’s room for 6 pups (sold separately) to ride to the rescue. No mission is too big or too small with the Ultimate Fire Truck! Age 3+.
Fingerlings Untamed T-Rex and Dinos- £16.99 (each) These newborn creatures are fierce and unpredictable. In untamed mode, they roar, hiss and chomp! In tame mode they nuzzle, purr and love to be near you. Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws, these interactive dinos react to touch, motion, and sound with over 40 different sounds and animations. 4 to choose from. Age 6+. Batteries included.
Hatchimals Colleggtibles Series 3 (4 Pack & Bonus) - £7 Season Three Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4-Pack + Bonus set! With over 100 new characters to hatch and collect, you can find Best Friends (cute friends who connect), Twins (two Hatchimals CollEGGtibles in one egg) and sweet Squads! To start hatching, use your love and care to warm each egg until the heart on the shell changes colour. Press down to crack the shell and see your new friend! Very popular, ages 5+ and no batteries required! 58 Pitlochry Life
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall - £89 Build and recreate a magical fantasy realm from the Harry Potter movies with this detailed 4-level Hogwarts Hall Harry Potter building kit, featuring a fireplace, benches, tables and reversible house banners, plus the Grand Staircase tower with a spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, sorting hat, Mirror of Erised and lots of magical artefact accessory elements. Includes 10 minifigures and buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, plus Hedwig and Scabbers figures and lots more. Ages 9+ but there are 878 pieces.
Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Doll - £59.99 Beautiful baby doll with a realistic smell, super soft baby like blonde hair, sleepy eyes, with floppy limbs and head, so feels just like a new born baby (weighs 2lbs 10oz). Comes wearing a patterned T-Shirt, bunny all-in-one suit and hat (blue or pink) with a car seat gift box with real straps. Includes birth certificate and hospital tag. Ages 3+
Chow Crown Game - £25 It's the musical crown-spinning, chow-chompin' game. Put on the crown then load the dangling forks with various food. Ready? The crown will spin and play music – and the challenge begins! Players try to bite off the food without using their hands and aim to eat them all before the music stops. Want more of a challenge? Switch from the short game mode to the longer game mode. The player who eats the most food wins. Strawberries, pineapple, gumdrops, cheese… your choice. Ages 8+
Nella The Princess Knight Talk and Sing Soft Nella Doll - £18 Meet Nella - a kind and gracious princess as well as a brave and courageous knight. She loves jousting as much as jewellery and daring quests as much as glittering gowns. This soft-bodied Nella says 10 phrases from the Nickelodeon TV show and sings the Nella the Princess Knight theme song when her knightly heart is pressed. Nella is in her knight outfit, ready for adventure and is a very popular figure. Doll is 12 inches high. Age 2+ Batteries included.
FlipSide - £19.99 Can you Master the moves to beat the blocks? Flip to find the colour and slide to match the lights. Flip Slide is the take anywhere light-up fidget challenge you can't put down! A game for fast minds and slick moves. With four different game modes to choose from including - Multi-player mode, Speed mode, Level mode and Memory mode. Challenge yourself or challenge your friends in Multi-player mode. You'll be hooked from your first contact! A great stocking filler. Ages 8+ Batteries included. If you still need a hand - have the kids write to the man himself, don't forget a return address and use a stamp Santa Clause, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, North Pole, SAN TA1 Pitlochry Life 59
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First Saturday of the month 5.30 pm - 5.55 pm.
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 Addition. The Mustard Seed Bible Group, formerly The Mustard Seed Prayer Group: Every last Thursday of the month at 7.30p.m. You have the opportunity to learn more about the most important book ever written, the Holy Bible, by attending a Bible Study group run by Fr. Edward. Its purpose is to implant the seed of God’s Word and Love in our lives. The Lord is calling you. The Prayer Group will start meeting under its new form on Thursday 25th October in St. Brides foyer Pitlochry. Looking ahead to November and the centenary of Armistice Day, all Masses on the weekend of November 10/11th will be said in remembrance of all those who died in World War One. All are welcome to join with us to pray for all those who suffered during and after those years of conflict. 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. Follow us on the: Parish Web-page; www.stbridespitlochry.org.uk And Facebook; www.facebook.com/StBridesPitlochry
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
Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228
Robert & Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272
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. Remembrance Sunday, 11th November. Act of Remembrance at Blair Atholl War Memorial at 10.45am followed by Service in Blair Atholl Church at 11.15am. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Continued on page 62 60 Pitlochry Life
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Services in November 2018 will be at 10.30am in Strathtay Church. Coffee/tea served before the service. Please note the change of time. 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. 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 – 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilters Group meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, from 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. New members and visitors are always welcome. Further details from Marie MacLeod on 01887 840769 or email@example.com The Walkers Group. Information from Sandra Morrison. Thank you to all who contributed food stuffs for our Harvest Thanks Giving Service which was then donated to the food bank who also add their thanks. 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 join us at our meetings which are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Thursday 1st November, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: John 18, 19, ‘Jesus Bore Witness to the Truth’, ‘Rejoice, Not Over Unrighteousness, But With the Truth’, ‘Miracles—By Whose Power ?’—a discussion of Matthew 12:22–32; Mark 3:19–30; Luke 8:1–3. Sunday 4th November, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Jehovah’s Eyes Are Upon Us’, and a discussion of: ‘If You Know These Things, Happy You Are if You Do Them” (John 13:17)’. Thursday 8th November, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: John 20, 21, ‘Do You Love Me More Than These ?’, ‘There Will Be a Resurrection !’, ‘Jesus Rebukes the Pharisees’—a discussion of Matthew 12:33–50; Mark 3:31–35; Luke 8:19–21. Sunday 11th November, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Looking at Youths From Jehovah’s Standpoint’, and a discussion of: ‘Keep Displaying Love—It Builds Up (1 Corinthians 8:1)’. Thursday 15th November, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 1–3, ‘An
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Are You Good Enough? Bletchley Park was the now famous secret home of codebreakers in England, during the second world war. Mathematicians and communication specialists were brought together and it was here that the Enigma Code was cracked, due to Alan Turing and his team. It can also be considered as the birthplace of the electronic computer. Recruitment for a position in an organisation that had to remain a secret was necessarily and obviously difficult. However, through a turn of events, a number of potential recruits were flagged up after a rather unusual set of circumstances:
like mathematics and codebreaking itself, involved a creative lateral thinking process and the ability to make links between letters and words. More importantly, crosswords are about getting inside the mind of the setter, just as codebreaking was about getting inside the mind of the enemy. Codebreakers came to know the people encoding messages individually, just as crossword fanatics came to know their setters. Within a few weeks, several participants in the Telegraph challenge were ‘invited’ by Bletchley Park for an interview and several ended up working there, breaking German military codes.
The crossword used is reproduced on the next page. It is known as Telegraph Crossword 5,062 and was published on 13th January 1942. A word of warning though – Cryptic crosswords from that period look different, they do not follow today’s rigid rules, known as ‘Ximenean’, named after the legendary Observer crossword setter Ximenes. If you are a cryptic crossword fan, you will understand those rules as dictating Many people came along and five finished in a good clue should contain 1. A precise definition; the time allotted. The next day the crossword 2. A fair subsidiary indication; 3. Nothing else. was published in the paper so that the general public could try their own wits against the timed Forget them, anything goes here. puzzle. So are you good enough to have worked with Alan Turin and helped crack the Enigma Code? Unknown to the participants, recruitment In 1942 the Telegraph newspaper had been receiving letters complaining that their cryptic crosswords were far too easy and that they could be solved in a few minutes. The editor couldn’t believe this, so arranged to have a time challenge which was to solve the crossword in 12 minutes under test conditions.
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Across 1 A stage company (6) 4 The direct route preferred by the Roundheads(5,3) 9 One of the ever-greens (6) 10 Scented (8) 12 Course with an apt finish (5) 13 Much that could be got from a timber merchant (5,4) 15 We have nothing and are in debt (3) 16 Pretend (5) 17 Is this town ready for a flood? (6) 22 The little fellow has some beer; it makes me lose colour, I say (6) 24 Fashion of a famous French family (5) 27 Tree (3) 28 One might of course use this tool to core an apple (6,3) 31 Once used for unofficial currency (5) 32 Those well brought up help these over stiles (4,4) 33 A sport in a hurry (6) 34 Is the workshop that turns out this part of a motor a hush-hush affair? (8) 35 An illumination functioning (6)
Down 1 Official instruction not to forget the servants (8) 2 Said to be a remedy for a burn (5,3) 3 Kind of alias (9) 5 A disagreeable company (5) 6 Debtors may have to this money for their debts unless of course their creditors do it to the debts (5) 7 Boat that should be able to suit anyone (6) 8 Gear (6) 11 Business with the end in sight (6) 14 The right sort of woman to start a dame school (3) 18 'The war' (anag.) (6) 19 When hammering take care not to hit this (5,4) 20 Making sound as a bell (8) 21 Half a fortnight of old (8) 23 Bird, dish or coin (3) 25 This sign of the Zodiac has no connection with the Fishes (6) 26 A preservative of teeth (6) 29 Famous sculptor (5) 30 This part of the locomotive engine would sound familiar to the golfer (5) Pitlochry Life 65
Introduction to the book of Acts’, ‘Why is Jesus called “the Chief Agent of Life”?’, ‘Illustrations About the Kingdom (Part 1). Sunday 18th November, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Do You Harbour Resentment or Do You Forgive ?’, and a discussion of: ‘Happy Are Those Who Serve “the Happy God” (Psalm 144:15)’. Thursday 22nd November, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 4, 5, ‘They Kept Speaking God’s Word With Boldness’, ‘In What Way Is Jesus “the Chief Cornerstone”? (Acts 4:11)’, ‘Illustrations About the Kingdom (Part 2). Sunday 25th November, 10.30am. A talk: ‘God’s New World—Who Will Qualify to Enter ?’, and a discussion of: ‘Almighty yet Considerate (Psalm 103:14)’. Thursday 29th November, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: Acts 6–8, ‘The New Christian Congregation Is Tested’, ‘“A Gift in Hand for Jehovah” (1 Chronicles 29:5)’, ‘Illustrations About the Kingdom (Part 3). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.
Baha'i Faith The Baha's give equal respect to the original Writings of ALL Faiths. These are shared in places of worship, in devotional meetings and in childrens' classes. Individuals are asked to study these Writings as a preparation before declaring a belief in Baha'u'llah. The age of maturity, set at 15, is the earliest that one can take this step. The Baha'i Era is considered to have started in 1844 when the Bab (the Gate in Persian) first made His declaration, preparing the way for a new cycle of human history and social evolution. Like John The Baptist He was the Herald of a new revelation but was also Himself the bearer of a new revelation. He called on people to seek truth for themselves and to prepare for the Promised One, soon to appear, and so long anticipated in the Faiths and traditions around the world. The Bab's life took a path akin to that of Jesus, abruptly ended by execution in 1850 at the hands of corrupt leaders of Islam and the government. In 1863, Baha'u'llah , who had suffered as a leader of the Babis at the hands of these same forces, openly declared His position as the One foretold. By this time He had been exiled to Baghdad. Hearing this for the first time readers may well be sceptical of this story but it is a matter of historical record which can be researched on line and is attested to by such as Tolstoy, by diplomatic sources of the time and by the Oriental scholar, E.G.Browne, of Cambridge University. Baha'u'llah's own Writings, documented with great accuracy, are the best evidence of His authenticity, and speak for our times:"There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they are revealed. All of them were ordained by God and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you. Cleave unto that which draweth you together and uniteth you." For those of any religion or none, dig deeper on line at www.baha'i.org.uk or contact local Baha'is in your area. You can ring Hilarie on 07967 601423 (away til Nov 8th) or Rachel on 07707 994812 or email us on email@example.com
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Pitlochry Library At the library this month we have a special autumn community morning. We also have a monthly Bookbug session for under 5s and a weekly fraud prevention and online security drop-in. Simply come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Community Day – Saturday 17th November 10.30 – 12.30. Pottery painting with For Art Sake *ancestry and family history drop-in (11.00-12.00) *facepainting *Bookbug session (10.30-11.00) *&more. There’s something for everyone and it’s all free! 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 sessions – Friday 30th November 10.30-11.00am (last Friday of the month). This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. ICT facilities As well as events and activities at the library we also 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 dog waste bags Did you know that you can drop off your used stamps and batteries at the library for recycling? And you can pick up dog waste bags too. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.culturepk.org.uk Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives – donate online or in person at your local library.
Pitlochry Path Group Contact Jeannie on 07788 190876 or Frank on 07775 792279 for details of date, task and location. We are a small group of volunteers always looking for new members to assist in keeping the path network in and around Pitlochry in a good condition. All tools, material and tea/ coffee provided. Continued on page 72 68 Pitlochry Life
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INSURING YOUR FIRST CAR? It might not end up as expensive as you thought If you are a new driver, or even under 25, the cost of car insurance can be eye-wateringly high. The average cost for a 17-22-year-old is about £1400, however with a few do’s and don’ts and the convenience of online comparison sites, you could save yourself a few hundred quid in a matter of minutes. First of all, never buy a car without checking the insurance group and the road tax. You may fancy having the coolest car on the block, but cool usually comes hot! Rein it in until you have the no claims discount that makes it affordable. Don't assume third party is the cheapest There are three different types of car insurance: third party only, third party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive. Most would assume third party is the cheapest for young drivers as it offers a lesser level of cover than fully comp. This is not always the case as insurers consider people who choose third-party insurance are more of a risk. Get a quote for all three, you might be surprised. Try adding a second responsible driver Never, ever, add someone as the main driver if they are not. This is known as ‘Fronting’. It used to be a common ploy used by parents to get cheaper insurance for their kids. Insurance companies are wise to this now and will bump up the premium if they suspect it. Not only that, it is fraud. If you do it and are caught, you can face a criminal conviction and your insurance will likely be invalid. However, if you are a high risk driver, adding a second driver with good driving history will lower the average risk. Start with your mum, then try dad, your big sister, girlfriend, boyfriend – anyone who will be considered a lower risk. A third driver may help, but not always. It’s all about trial and error and on a comparison site that only takes a couple of minutes. 70 Pitlochry Life
Minimise your risk Regardless of your age, your insurance premium will be worked out with a simple equation: The Chosen Insurance Company + Level of Cover + Your Risk Level. There are companies that will always charge you more as quite simply put – they don’t want young drivers. They will price you out. Having said that SAGA refused point blank to quote me for my Subaru Impreza a few years ago. However, for those companies looking to insure you, there are ways of reducing your risk; Park your car in the garage, or on the driveway – less chance of theft or accidental damage. Fit a Thatcher approved alarm or immobiliser, less chance of theft. Keep your licence clean. Speeding can add 30%, running on a bald tire 60% and caught using a mobile phone will double the quote. Drive less. Ok, difficult when young and keen to get out there, or if you commute to work. Your cheapest quote will be at under 5,000 miles per year, but 10,000 will probably cover most people. If you drive on business, tell them, otherwise you could void the policy. Consider extra driving courses Check out Pass Plus and Drive IQ. Not many insurance companies recognise them any more, but you will easily recover the cost being a far better, confident driver that should amass your no-claims discount with year after year of trouble free motoring! Don't pimp your car The more changes you make to your car, barring security ones, the more you'll be charged. Particularly when it comes to performance. Always inform your insurer of any modifications to your car, whether you made them or not, or it may invalidate your policy.
Set the right excess without breaking the bank It's worth thinking about going for a policy with a higher excess – the amount of any claim you need to pay yourself. A higher excess will result in lower premiums but make sure you can afford the excess in the event you need to claim. You will find that claiming for less than £500 of damage both increases the future cost of insurance and can invalidate no-claims bonuses, meaning it's not always worth making a claim. If you can afford it, a few insurers will substantially reduce premiums for a £1,000 excess, so try this when getting quotes. The downside of this is if you have a bigger claim you'll have to shell out more, so take this into account. Tweak your job description (legitimately) An illustrator is often cheaper than an artist, an editor than a journalist, a PA than a secretary. Have a play with your job title on some of the comparison sites. Never auto-renew. Never Your insurance company will put your quote up every year. They rely on your loyalty, but more so on your laziness. Hit the comparison sites every year, there’s always somewhere cheaper and it might even be back with the same insurer. If you don’t want to switch companies, hit them with a few better quotes, they might even match them. If you live with parents, try multi-car policies If you've two or more vehicles between friends or family members in your household, some
providers offer discounts if you insure them together. Comparison websites can’t handle this, so get a quote for all the vehicles separately then approach the best company and ask for a multicar discount. Alternatively look for companies that offer a discount on a second vehicle. Remember to insure the cheapest one first, the 10% discount then comes off the second more expensive one giving a bigger saving. The 21 day rule Buying your car insurance three weeks ahead of the start day can save £100s compared with buying it 30 days in advance –or at the last minute as you’re deemed as higher risk. Check the insurers not on comparison sites Two of the biggest insurers on the market, Direct Line and Aviva, only offer their products directly and aren't on comparison sites. Keep your cheapest comparison quotes to hand. A little bartering doesn’t hurt when you call them. Finally - Never lie to the insurer With insurance, remember – the golden rule is: Tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you've read these tips and thought, "it's easy to lie about this", then of course, you're right. Yet lying on your insurance form is fraud. It can lead to your insurance being invalidated and, in the worst case, a prosecution for driving without insurance. Debbie Pitlochry Life 71
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 November 13th. The dates for litterpicks in 2018 are as follows: December 11th. For further information contact Roger West (email@example.com) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org) 01796 473400.
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, ready to share. Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st November at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry. Bridget Black from Gatehouse Nurseries will tell us something about her work, give a demonstration of making a Christmas wreath and encourage us to make one ourselves. Everything will be provided so there will be an individual charge of £6 to cover costs. A fun session! Everyone welcome, members or not. For more information, get in touch with Meg Ross: email@example.com or 01796 483281.
Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 11 November 2018 6.00pm (check time with cinema): Sweet Country An Australian ‘western’ set in the 1920s Northern Territory. An Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defence and goes on the run from a posse…. but white man’s justice has to be faced eventually. ‘A film of contemporary relevance and cinematic beauty’. 2017 Australia 113 min Cert 15 Dir: Warwick Thornton. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. November 16 to 18 : ‘Animal Tales’ Aberfeldy Film Festival, Palme Dewar and Young Indies Short Film Competitions, Live Q&As with film makers, music and a Vegan V Carnivore buffet, unmissable! 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.
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Serving the community in Dunkeld, Ballinluig, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and surrounding areas for over 40 years. Colin, Bill and Matthew offer a caring and professional 24 hour service from custom built premises at Inver, Dunkeld. You can visit loved ones in privacy at our small chapel of rest beside the River Braan. For a personal service tailored to your requirements please contact: Colin: 07836 343967 or 01337 860722 Bill: 07836 323060 or 01350 727594 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We are a family business - We care Pitlochry Life 73
Pitlochry Station Bookshop Now that the clocks have changed and we’re heading rapidly to the darkness surrounding the shortest day, it’s a good time to look back at the Bookshop’s summer visitors. This year, for the first time, we have used a visitors’ book and it shows that while our customers come from all over Britain and Ireland, they come from many far-flung parts of the world too. The major English-speaking countries provide the largest number of visitors and it is almost normal to hear accents from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand within the Bookshop walls. Europe provides encouraging numbers also and French, Spanish and German speakers will buy volumes of Stevenson or McCall Smith or Harry Potter in complete confidence that they will read and enjoy them in the original English. All our visitors say, “I wish we had a shop like this at home.” They are most impressed by the fact that every penny that goes into the till goes straight to our six charities so thanks again, ScotRail, for our rent-free accommodation. Not everyone buys a book when they are concerned about luggage weights but usually they make a donation and leave with a Bookshop bookmark to help spread our reputation and allow us to boast of an international clientele, from Pitlochry to the World.
Pitlochry in Bloom At this time of year it is sad that just as we are enjoying the glorious colours of Autumn along comes the blustery and sometimes gale force weather. The trees and shrubs lose their leaves and everything looks a little bare. Unusually for my garden at this time of year my rowan tree still has masses of berries on it – usually the speckled fieldfares would have arrived and laid the tree bare in one sitting ! We enjoyed our day at the Pitlochry Highland Games and hope some of you enjoyed our strawberries and cream. It is such a special day in our calendar and we are grateful for the support given to us. But we were dismayed by what appeared to be the small numbers of real community stands and the increase of a more commercial influence. You will have noticed that the lovely hanging baskets are now down for another year. I have received numerous complimentary comments of these displays and it is so heartening that businesses help so much towards their cost and regular watering. Also all the flower beds and wrought iron figures have been cleared of their Summer plants and many bulbs have been planted in their place. Just to give you an idea of how many bulbs I ordered this year – over 3000 ! – all of which were sorted out in my garage ready for planting. Before ordering these bulbs I sent out a letter to many of you asking for a wee bit of financial assistance and thank you to those of you who have responded. If you are down at the station please don’t worry about the absence of the two large round containers outside the station or the Victorian Macfarlane benches or the fountain. These have all been taken away to be refurbished and will be back in situ before December. With the current refurbishment of the Station the construction company BAM Nuttall and ScotRail have very generously agreed to pay for this work. We continue to have an excellent working relationship with both companies and they are keen to help us as a voluntary group in the town. Applications for funding the Wildlife Garden project are progressing and we are very grateful to Continued on page 76 74 Pitlochry Life
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the Pitlochry Partnership for their generous offer of £5K and therefore we are nearly half way towards our goal. If you feel you can help the “Bloom” in any way please do get in touch with me email@example.com or 01887 840378.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Sandy Wilson. Sandy was a tremendous supporter of the pipe band, having played in it for many years. He would proudly show you his photos of the pipe band as he strode out in front as an impeccable Drum Major. Sandy was the Pipe Band Chairman for many years giving lots of advice and support. We’ll miss him at the Highland Nights next year as he was always waiting on the pavement at the bottom of Bonnethill Road to see us marching down the road, getting a salute from Drum Major Alister Walker, as we passed!! October has been a much quieter month with a Beat Retreat at the Britannia and an indoor performance at the National Museum of Scotland. In November we have the Remembrance Day parade, but also on the 11th, at 6am in the morning we have pipers playing all over the country, either in their street, at their front door or at a war memorial, the tune “The Battle’s O’er” to signify the end of the war. The local branch solo competition is on Saturday 24th November in Craigie High School and we’ll have a number of band members competing. We’ve also got four band members studying for their Drumming qualifications with their exam in December in Crieff High School. Our junior piping and drumming competition is being held in Pitlochry High School on the 19th January and our raffle tickets are out on sale now for it with lots of fantastic prizes, so make sure you get some!! We’d also like to announce that Gus Clarke has retired as Pipe Major of the Grade 3 band and we’d like to welcome Graham Mulholland as the new Pipe Major and wish him all the best. A special thanks must go to Gus who has been a great Pipe Major and a tremendous support to me organising bands for events. Gus is still playing in the Grade 3 band and he is also one of the tutors for the learner pipers. Practices continue all through term times and if you’d like to learn to play the pipes, drums or drum majoring, please contact me on details below or our Grade 4 Pipe Major Ross McNaughton on firstname.lastname@example.org Gillie McNab 07733152223 email@example.com
Pitlochry Curling Club Your Curling Club needs you - summer is almost over and winter almost around the corner. Time to think of a nice warming pursuit with like-minded folks - yes, curling! We are urgently looking for new members to join us for a relaxed fun afternoon of curling. We are a mixed group of varying ages who take to the ice at Perth on Wednesday afternoons from 12.30 onwards starting beginning of October. Car pooling arrangements can be available to ease transport to and from venue .All levels from Continued on page 78 76 Pitlochry Life
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This Month’s Easy Sudoko 8 3
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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beginners to veterans, are most welcome so why not join us. Please contact either: Malcolm McGraw email@example.com or 01796-482527, or JIm Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org or 01887-829096.
Pitlochry Bowling Club Our successful outdoor season, having won the North Perthshire League Championship for the second year in succession, finished at the end of September with a prize giving evening and the closing day competition. Congratulations to Niel Haggart (gents champion) and Christina Maclennan (ladies champion) and to the winners of all the other competitions. Commiserations to the losers - better luck next year. Closing day was well attended, including guests from Blair Atholl, and a cheque for more than £8,000 was presented to CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland) bringing the total which we have raised for them over the years to over £100,000. We now move indoors to play short mat bowls in the clubhouse. Come and have a go -it's a different but equally enjoyable game. Also on offer are darts, dominoes and bingo and members bar. Contact any of the numbers below for details. You will be given a warm welcome. We are still offering a discount on your first year's membership -£50 instead of £70 Our AGM this year is Monday 3rd December at 7.00pm in the clubhouse. As many members as possible are asked to attend. Contact Numbers 01796473459, 07914378359, 01796472226
Mid Atholl Bowling Club Our new season of indoor carpet bowling has started. Every Monday in Mid Atholl Hall at 7.00pm. Come along and enjoy a social night, bowls can be supplied. Frances Davidson Hon President.
Heartland FM I think for everyone October has flown past. I hope you had a chance to see our Autumn, Halloween window display at our offices in Pitlochry, and our display turns to Remembrance and then to Christmas. This month we have had some amazing people to chat to and tackling local issues including an update from Transport Scotland about the ground investigation works which is ongoing from the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig. We are keeping up to date with the Council Estates Review with Andy Charlton from Pitlochry High School Parent Council, we spoke to Gordon Michie Fundraising Manager for Poppy Scotland about this year's appeal, Gemma Farlie, Associate Director at Pitlochry Theatre dropped by to chat about winning The Most Welcoming Theatre in Scotland Award, we chatted to The Creative Team from this year's Enchanted Forrest, and we were delighted to have Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall as a guest on the Breakfast Show to talk about her new album Wax.
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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 7
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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On Friday the 26th of October Heartland FM's new studio complex was officially opened by Deputy First Minster John Swinney, who has now completed a Trio of openings for Heartland FM, when he opened the studios at the Curling Rink, the Alba Place studios and now the new studio opening at 23 Atholl Road. This gave The Deputy First Minister a change to look around the new facilities and have a chat on air, of course wishing us all the best in the future. We thank John for his continued support of Heartland FM. Heartland FM with be at the Pitlochry and Edradour and Community Bonfire on the 5th of November keeping the crowd entertained before the fireworks display, and we will be broadcasting from Cafe Calluna at the Christmas Market on the 1st of December. So lots going on, thanks for listening and as always if you want, you can contact me at email@example.com
Pitlochry New Year Street Party 2019 It may only be November, but it won’t be long until the annual New Year Street Party on 1st January, with this being the 20th anniversary! This regular feature in Pitlochry’s calendar is mainly funded by the sale of raffle tickets, and when these go on sale in December, we’d encourage all Pitlochry residents to buy their share of tickets to ensure the success once again of this wonderful event - which brings so many visitors to the town at a quiet time of year. Local businesses have been staunch supporters of this raffle, and the prizes seem to get better each year. Let’s hope this trend continues for 2019. We also rely on local people to volunteer their support on the day as stewards, ticket sellers, mulled wine & soft drink dispensers etc. It’s vital that we have enough volunteers on hand to cope with all that needs to be done. Anybody who can help should please contact Cathy Joss ( 01796 473987 ) or Calum Maclellan (01796 472123). Facebook page: @PitlochryNewYearStreetParty
6th Annual Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Pitlochry Church of Scotland 1 - 2 December 2018 Saturday 1st December 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 2nd December 2.00 – 4.00pm Carol Concert Sunday 2nd December at 6.30pm At Pitlochry Church of Scotland we will again be holding our popular Christmas Tree Festival. A Christmas Tree Festival is our invitation for local businesses, voluntary organisations, charities, families and individuals to provide a real or artificial Christmas Tree which they also decorate in a way which advertises or promotes their interests or a particular Charity. The Trees will all be displayed inside Pitlochry Church of Scotland over a period of two days. There will be a Christmas Carol Concert on the evening of 2nd December to celebrate the end of the Festival and reveal the winner of the Best Tree Competition and details of the monies raised for our Charity Partners: ‘Help for Heroes’, supporting serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families; and ‘Penumbra’, one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities, working to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’, and to support people with mental health problems. Come along and visit the church and enjoy what should be a magical, colourful, interesting and innovative display of decorated Christmas trees, all illustrating different themes captivating the
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Public Information Event A9 Dualling Programme Killiecrankie to Glen Garry Public Information Event Following the Publication of Draft Orders and Environmental Statement on 28th November 2017 for the Killiecrankie to Glen Garry project, part of the A9 Dualling Programme, Transport Scotland is holding a further public information event. This will be held over 2 consecutive days in the Killiecrankie Village Hall. The purpose of the public event is to provide information on the results of the recent archaeological investigations within the Killiecrankie Battlefield and the design refinements that have been undertaken since the publication of the Draft Orders and the Environmental Statement. The details of the public exhibitions are as follows: Date
Wednesday 31st October
15:00 – 19:00
Killiecrankie Village Hall, PH16 5LG
Thursday 1st November
11:00 – 15:00
Killiecrankie Village Hall, PH16 5LG
For further information on the scheme or to view the Draft Orders and Environmental Statement, please visit: www.transport.gov.scot/projects/a9-dualling-perth-to-inverness/a9-killiecrankie-to-glen-garry/ Transport Scotland officials and our design consultant, Jacobs, will be at the events to answer any questions. Pitlochry Life 81
hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike. In the Church of Scotland Tryst, there will be a Festival Craft and Produce Market, Refreshments, and Children’s Crafts, on Saturday from 10.00am – 4.00pm.Santa will be dropping in for a visit too! Find out more at www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Or contact: The Tryst Office, Church Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5EB. Office hours 9.00am – 1.00pm Tel: 01796 474010.
Neighbourhood Watch News, November 2018 An increasing number of people in the area are receiving important information on scams and computer fraud via local NW co-ordinators but there are still many who are missing out on this free service. Therefore, the Neighbourhood Watch ( NW) committee have decided to mitigate this problem by providing a monthly summary of recent scams, especially those involving fake websites which are exact copies of legitimate business websites. Many people are paying out money for what appear to be bargain deals and the website then disappears once payment is received. The most basic actions to take to spot fraudulent websites include; a quick check of spelling and grammar; carefully reading the web address for a change in one of the brand letters and checking that the website begins with ‘https’ which confirms the site security but not necessarily its legitimacy. In general it is best to trust your instincts and if the deal looks too good to be true then it probably is. You can report any such scams to Action Fraud (Tel; 03001232040) On another matter we now hear that there is a possible Glitch in the popular browser, ‘Google Chrome’ Apparently, someone near a victim’s home could hack into their network. During the attack the victim will see a page pop up that looks like their routers administrator menu otherwise there are no other signs. For a general overview of the current situation in Scotland you may wish to look at the recent TV series on STV called ‘Stopping Scotland’s Scams’ Recent scams include:Phishing attacks on TSB bank, Fake ARGOS texts, Fake TV license refund offers, Fake Netflix e-mails We have also received some excellent advice on Gas Safety. If You wish to be added to the NW e-mail distribution list to receive regular updates please contact NW secretary, Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid Atholl Hall - Thrift Shop Mid Atholl Hall Committee are holding a Thrift Shop in the old church, Chapel Street, Aberfeldy from 25th November to 1st December, 2018. This is in aid of funds to enable upgrade of the hall car park. Come along and grab a bargain for Christmas! Who knows ladies, you may find that gold lamé or sparkly dress in time for your Christmas party!! If you would like to donate to the Thrift Shop, please either call John Grant on 01796 482589 or email. email@example.com to arrange where you can leave goods or you can bring them along to the shop anytime during 25th Nov-1st December. Continued on page 84 82 Pitlochry Life
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Mr Sandy On September 29th the Rotary Club of Pitlochry lost its most senior and most respected member, Sandy Wilson. Sandy’s contributions to the Club over more than 40 years were invaluable. He was Club President in 1988/89 and was Club Treasurer for quite a few years. As a businessman and entrepreneur he had a clear conception that the Club had to get involved in fundraising in order to fulfil its charitable aims and in the 1980s along with his old friend Ford Carruthers he started a series of major events including a Welsh Male Voice Choir concert at Blair Castle, a golf tournament which later developed into our annual Golf Challenge and a whole series of concerts at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He was an enthusiastic curler and as well as representing Pitlochry in the Rotary League played a key part in leading a Rotary curling tour of Canada. There was not a single aspect of Club activities in which he did not play a vital part and in 2001 he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary’s highest honour, for his services to the Club and the community. However the aspect of Sandy’s life which deserves the greatest respect was his devotion to the community of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over many years Sandy made more than 20 visits, entirely at his own expense, to try to make the life of the local people a little more bearable. In conjunction with the Ann Gloag Trust he helped to oversee the virtual re-building of the local school and the enhancement of a Fistula Clinic which did invaluable work helping women who had been damaged in childbirth. In 2011 he led a team of seven Rotarians and friends to spend two weeks refurbishing wards and an operating theatre in the local government hospital. Sandy became a well known figure there and would be greeted in the streets with cries of “Hi Mr Sandy!”, on at least one occasion causing a major traffic jam as people rushed to greet him. As everyone knows, Sandy was a great football fan and had seen a group of men who had lost limbs during the civil war playing football on the beach. During the Pitlochry team visit he heard that their ball had burst and they could not afford a new one. He immediately made his fellow team members dig deep and provide sufficient cash to provide several new balls. Unfortunately the Ebola epidemic prevented Sandy and other Rotarians from visiting in more recent years but the Club will be making a significant donation to the Sue Hope Foundation which works to help women in tropical Africa with fistula problems. The attached photo is of Sandy relaxing during a break in the work at the hospital. Sandy will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues.
Table Tennis in Blair Atholl There is Table Tennis every Wednesday evening in the Village Hall from 7.30pm. until 9.30pm. We have three tables and bats and balls are supplied. Adults £2.00 Juniors (12-16) 50p. It’s slightly competitive but nothing serious. It’s just great fun and playing ability is not important. Hope to see you there ! For further details : Neil : 01796 481310 84 Pitlochry Life
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Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club meet every Monday morning at the Atholl Leisure Centre from 10 – 12 from the beginning of October till the end of March. After our summer recess, we will again dust down our badminton rackets and take to the courts. We are a friendly, mixed ability club and would warmly welcome any new members. Our new session is under way. For further information, please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153.
Pitlochry Ladies Club The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th November at Scotland's Hotel at 7.00 pm, when Margaret Sasada will talk about "A Broad Travels". The cost of the 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 to raise money for it. Our Christmas Dinner will be on Wednesday 5th December, again at Scotland's Hotel at 7.00pm, and this evening should be booked and paid for (£23) at our November meeting. 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. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, firstname.lastname@example.org) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting - other than the Christmas Dinner which should be booked and paid for at the November meeting.
Macmillan Cancer Support - Christmas News! The Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support would like to extend its thanks to everyone who has supported our various events this year. So far we have raised over £8000 in 2018. The most recent event, The World's Biggest Coffee Morning, kindly hosted by the Green Park Hotel in Pitlochry, raised £2490 including gift aid, which is a fantastic total! Everyone had a great day. Huge thanks go out to Diane & Alistair McMenemie & their wonderful staff, without whom the staging of this event would not be possible. Thank you also to the generous businesses and individuals who donated prizes for our raffle and to all who came on the day. We really do appreciate your support. The next event for your calendar is our annual Christmas Tea Party at the Grandtully Hall on Saturday 24th November at 2.30pm. Along with the usual tasty treats to enjoy with your cuppa on the day there will be a great selection of stalls: raffle, tombola, gifts, and cake and candy to name but a few. Please come along to help us raise even more funds for MacMillan and have a fun, festive afternoon out into the bargain. Finally, if you think you could assist at the Christmas Tea Party or would like to find out more about how you could help the group's fundraising efforts, please get in touch with Liz on 07866 556360 or email Fiona at email@example.com
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Cards for Good Causes Thanks again to Cafe Biba, Pitlochry, Cards for Good Causes will be selling Christmas cards and goods from Tuesday 6th November until Friday 14th December. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am - 4 pm and Sunday 1pm - 4pm.
Local Christmas Card Delivery Service – December 2018 It’s always nice to get a card and even better if it helps a good cause. The local Christmas card delivery service helps raise funds to keep our Senior Citizens’ Bus on the road. We will be at Victoria’s Restaurant on: Monday 10th to Thursday 13th December: 10am to 4pm and Friday 14th December: 10am to 11.30am Let our team of local volunteers sort and deliver your local cards. We operate in and around Pitlochry, from Greengates to Aldour; Kinnaird to Fonab Crescent; Donavourd, Croftinloan, West & East Haugh, Dalshian and Dalcapon; and possibly even wider (more news in December issue). We have a regular group of helpers but if you would like to join us, please give Cathy Marshall a ring on 470 575 by 9th November.
Pitlochry Choral Having sung the Soprano lead at the performance of Carmina Burana at the Festival Theatre with Pitlochry Choral back in April this year, Colleen Nicholl heard that the Choral Society were seeking a new Music Director, applied, and as part of ‘the package’ brought along her partner and accomplished pianist Andrew Johnston to assistant in helping the 50-odd members of the Society progress to even higher attainment levels. Their arrival has been a beneficial move for both Colleen and Andy, as well as the choir themselves and the repertoire for our ‘Christmas by Candlelight’ concert promises to be well received and very enjoyable for the members of the choir too. In addition we’re looking at involvement from local school children who will be performing their own carols as well as singing with the Choral Society. It promises to be a great evening, and with Hot Chocolate during the interval we’re sure the audience will get their Christmas off to a wonderful start. Tickets are available from choir members, Viva and Fishers Hotel. Come along and join us, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your evening. Continued on page 88 86 Pitlochry Life
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Important Message From The Pitlochry High School Parent Council As you may already know, last month the Secondary School at Pitlochry High School was formally notified that its future was under review as part of PKC’s Estates Transformation Review. From this, the Head Teacher, the Parent Council, and the Pitlochry Community Council have been presented with five possible options. These are : 1.
Improve condition rating of school.
Improve condition rating of school and include S5 & S6 at Pitlochry High School to increase occupancy level.
Improve condition rating of school and extend catchment area to increase occupancy level.
S4 pupils move to Breadalbane Academy and review use of Pitlochry High School building.
Close Pitlochry High School (Secondary) and pupils move to Breadalbane Academy.
If you would like to learn more about the review, the proposed options, and possible implications, then representatives from PKC are to hold a series of drop-in sessions within the town. (Listed below). We at the Pitlochry High School Parent Council urge you to take this opportunity and attend. Saturday 3rd November
9.30am - 1.30pm - Pitlochry Town hall
Tuesday 6th November
3.30pm - 7.30pm - Pitlochry High School
Monday 19th November
10.00am - 1.00pm - Pitlochry High School
Monday 19th November
3.30pm - 7.30pm - Pitlochry High School
If you are unable to attend but would like to provide feedback then this can be done by : 1.
Via an online survey on the PKC Wesite. (www.pkc.gov.uk)
By email (ECSResources@pkc.gov.uk)
Or by post to : Estates Transformation, Education and Children’s Services, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH
Andy Charlton (Chair of the PHS Parent Council)
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 For further details please call our Driver Coordinator, Ian Moyes, on 01796 472425. Volunteer Drivers Required To maintain and develop the service we provide to local senior citizens we wish to increase our pool of volunteers to drive our Mercedes Minibus. We operate seven days a week all year round taking our passengers to club and society meetings, shopping trips locally and to Perth, to Church, to the local day care centre, and on many trips and social gatherings. If you have a few hours to spare each month and have a clean driving licence, why not join our team. Full training will be given. Please call Ian Moyes, Driver Coordinator (01796 472425) or Sandy MacGill, Secretary (01796 473026) for more details.
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Aberfeldy Thrift Shop to Support Refugees (4 to 10 November) The shop will be run by Pitlochry Refugee Support Group, a group of over 50 people scattered across Highland Perthshire. We will be raising funds for Citizens UK in particular their Safe Passage campaign to help unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary and for the Scottish Refugee Council. We will also use the shop to collect for Edinburgh Direct Aid which has established a centre for 80,000 Syrian refugees at Arsal, in the Lebanon close to the Syrian border and has recently sent supplies to refugees in Bosnia. (See list below) If you would like to donate items for sale please leave them in the porch at Cairneyhill, 13 Well Brae from 24th October or bring them to the Aberfeldy Thrift Shop between 10 and 4 on Sunday 4th November For further information contact Alyson Buchan: firstname.lastname@example.org Edinburgh Direct Aid needs the following • • • • •
Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary towels, razors Simple first aid: pain killers, plasters, disinfectants School supplies: paper, pens, pencils, laptop computers windows 10 capable Fabrics, wool Coats, fleeces, waterproofs, warm winter clothes for men and women, young and old, babies, children, teenagers.
Atholl Medical Centre – Surgery Users Group The following issues were discussed at the latest meeting between the practice and the Users Group. SPIRE:- The Scottish Primary Care Information Resource is operated by National Services Scotland, which is part of the NHS and provides centralised services for the medical profession, one of which is information, through SPIRE. It is both a service and a computer system which medical practices can access. Basically, this is a more efficient way of using the information from GP records. Any information which might identify a patient is encrypted, but the NHS can obtain reports showing, for example, the number of patients in a practice or area with a particular condition, or who are due to have the likes of the flu vaccine. Patients may choose to opt out of having personal identifiable information included in the database. Forms for this can be obtained from the practice or the SPIRE website (spire.scot) Public Holidays:- Questions had been asked about the surgery closing for “public holidays” which no-one else seemed to observe. These holidays are ordained by NHS Tayside and the dates are not necessarily the same for hospitals, surgeries or other NHS services. Since AMC does not, for example, close for 4 days over Easter, these days are seen to be “in lieu”. On Line Prescription Service:- Problems had been reported with this procedure for which registration in person at the surgery is required. Once registered, some were having difficulty in ordering prescriptions. Teething troubles with the system have been ironed out, but it should be noted that if a confirmation message is not received after ordering a prescription the order has probably not been recorded. Nurse Practitioner:- Details of how the new system works are on the waiting room screen and on the AMC website. When taking a call for an appointment, the receptionist refers the patient to the NP unless it’s for a pre-existing condition, when a doctor appointment will be made as usual. Continued on page 92 90 Pitlochry Life
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Otherwise the NP will “triage” and either deal with the case or make a doctor appointment. There should be no delays and the system is already allowing the doctors more time to deal with more complex cases. Birth Month Check-up:- Confirmed that ideally the patient should contact the surgery in plenty of time to make an annual appointment. It is the patient’s responsibility, although a reminder may well be sent 1-2m after their birthday month. Recruitment situation:- No partner yet recruited. Two locums employed until around Christmas one 1.5 days p.w. and the other 2 days. Reduced hours in Minor Injuries Unit:- This is due (in part) to the Nurse Practitioner having left to join the practice and not yet having been replaced, in addition to other staff shortages. Queries re NHS Tayside services:- Should be referred to NHS Tayside Chair of SUG:- Members will choose one member to prepare and chair each meeting with AMC Flu Vaccination days:- Dates are on the media screen in the waiting room, various notice boards around the town and in the chemist shops. Anyone not vaccinated by year-end will require to have this done at the chemists. Those aged 70 - 79 will be offered shingles jab if not already done. If you have any issues you would like SUG to raise with the practice, let members of the group know, or email at email@example.com.
GrowBiz - Enterprising Rural Perthshire GrowBiz provides a free community-based enterprise support service throughout rural Perthshire. The ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme, with funding support from LEADER*, provides support to anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise. This is regardless of your age or experience, and in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. All of our services are free and confidential, and include one-to-one meetings, peer support, learning sessions – both online and throughout Perthshire - training and networking opportunities. GrowBiz Creative Care Project In addition to supporting and connecting a wide range of local enterprises in sectors including tourism, technology, creative services, food & drink etc., GrowBiz has helped to develop and support the unique Care & Wellbeing Cooperative based in Highland Perthshire. Based on our experience of developing the Cooperative, we are now delivering a ‘Creative Care’ project across rural Perthshire We want to help communities increase the range of care, support and wellbeing activities available to people in rural Perthshire. GrowBiz can support you if you have an idea, a service, an activity or skill which could help someone stay at home, maintain contact with their community, improve wellbeing or simply help people have the life they want. This could result in a new enterprise, volunteering opportunities or employment. We understand the health and social care sector and recognise the challenges in keeping communities well. We work alongside our local Health and Social Care Partnerships, voluntary organisations, private care providers, local community members and people who use services and who need support. Would you like to play a part in helping deliver care, support and wellbeing in rural Perth and Kinross? Do you have an idea you would like to develop further? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org To find out more about GrowBiz, and to book for any of our free events, go to growbiz.co.uk - you can also join the GrowBiz mailing list via the website to stay up to date with news and events, and Continued on page 94 92 Pitlochry Life
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Poppies for Armistice Day A very big thank you to so many people who have knitted and crotched poppies for the display of poppies which will be going up near the War Memorial in Pitlochry. So far we have well over 600 poppies and the display is looking really impressive. We hope to have them in place shortly before November 11th. Thank you also to Tina at Viva for donating some of the wool and being a collecting point. We still have space for some more! Many thanks, Churches Working Together in Atholl
IT Support Volunteer (Universal Credit) Are you a helpful, discreet and organised individual who is passionate about making a difference? If so, Culture Perth and Kinross (CulturePK) are looking for IT Support Volunteers to offer vital online assistance to individuals to make claims for Universal Credit. Training and support will be provided in return for a commitment from the Volunteers to provide a high level of customer care, impartial IT support and advice, and support of CulturePK ‘s aims and objectives. To become an IT Support Volunteer you will possess excellent communication skills, and be comfortable speaking with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. You will be confident helping individuals to use computers, and have strong IT skills, including proven experience of using the internet, familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and experience of completing forms. You will also have the time and commitment to support local communities on a regular basis and understand the need for confidentiality and discretion. Working with individuals will be on a pre-booking basis so hours are likely to be flexible and in response to customer demand. Successful candidates may be based at any of the 13 libraries across Perth and Kinross and travel expenses will be paid. To apply for this post, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like further information please call Sandra Birse, Senior Officer Libraries on 01577 867154 / 867205.
Pitlochry Life Christmas Wishes At this time of year many people like to send good wishes to their friends and neighbours, but for some people this may prove quite difficult. If you would like to wish your local friends Christmas wishes via Pitlochry Life please send your information to us here at email@example.com We would ask that you keep it short and sweet, just include your wishes, your name and a small part of your address ( to avoid confusion ). Contact us before Nov 10th for inclusion in the December edition, space permitting. There is no charge for inclusion.
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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 Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111 Prescriptions - firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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
Housing & Community Safety and Registration Services 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Mon, Tues & Fri 8.45am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm Appointments arranged out with these days 01738 476000 (select option 2)
Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages Mon - Fri: By Appointment 01796 474645
More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station
Perth & Kinross Council
0800 555 111
Adult Care Services
0845 301 11 20
0800 300 999
0800 111 999
Council Housing Emergency
0845 301 11 10
Perth Royal Infirmary
24hr Domestic Abuse
0800 027 1234
Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry
Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld
Citizens Advice Bureau
0800 917 0708
Roads & Flooding
Mental Health Services
0845 301 11 20
0300 999 999
Perthshire Women's Aid
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YOUR HOROSCOPE For November 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The Scorpio Sun is in perfect harmony with mystical Neptune at the start November, making this the ideal month for exciting friendships and passionate romance to blossom. Mercury, the planet of ideas and communication speeds up the pace in Sagittarius, offering a brilliant time to invest in education and training, especially when it comes to your career. Mercury is heading for another retrograde phase on the 17th, be sure to get your important documents signed, sealed and delivered by then. The big planetary move this month is expansive Jupiter leaving Scorpio on the 7th and preparing for a one year stay in its own sign of Sagittarius. This major shift offers the possibility of a new world vision and enables us all to explore new horizons in greater depth. The new moon is in Scorpio on the 7th, There’s nothing halfway about intense Scorpio energy, so be prepared for some deep emotional delving. The lighter and more playful full moon is in Gemini on the 23rd. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Both Saturn and Pluto continue to put the emphasis on work and career issues in November; but playful Mercury, just entering Sagittarius, suggests there’s a lighter mood for you to enjoy. The arrival of expansive Jupiter on the 8th puts the enthusiasm for new adventures firmly in the spotlight. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Jupiter and the Sun highlight your closest relationships this month. Venus, your ruling planet, remains in retrograde motion until the 16th, challenging problems may well remain on hold until then. The new moon on the 7th ask you to attend to the small details rather than the bigger picture. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Mercury, your ruler, is now in Sagittarius and demands that you broaden your horizons and bring some new adventures in to your life. Do try to get any important matters organised before the Mercury retrograde period sets in around the 17th. The Scorpio new moon is an excellent time for reviewing health and well-being. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 November is an important month as expansive and abundant Jupiter moves into a pivotal position on the 8th, setting the tone for the next twelve months. Work related issues surface as the chance for growth and success become evident. Any concerns around your home and family should ease after the 16th LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Your home and family are in the spotlight this month as some difficult decisions may need your attention; try to get things sorted before Mercury goes retrograde on the 17th. Otherwise abundant Jupiter lends a helping hand and ensures there isn’t much that you can’t achieve this month. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Mercury is active in your domestic area during November, emphasising the need to be firm on some major decisions. Make sure you double-check any information that you have received, particularly after the 17th as your ruling planet goes into the retrograde phase. 98 Pitlochry Life
LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Jupiter, planet of abundance and growth, moves to a pivotal position on the 8th. This major shift introduces a time when you can benefit from a more extrovert approach than usual, and be open to new information from social contacts. Anything to do with learning and communication is positive. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 This month brings Jupiter’s year long stay in your sign to an end; hopefully you used this time wisely and created a magical new future for yourself. Finances are now in the spotlight and Mercury offers a chance to plan ahead and make some significant changes, before the 17th if you can. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Hold on to your hat – your ruling planet is coming home! November is the start of major shifts in all areas of your life as abundant Jupiter ensures that the winds of change are blowing. Pull out all the stops and get busy with major initiatives and be sure to broaden your horizons. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 The first half of November may feel as if things are dragging, particularly where your ambitions are concerned, Venus finally goes direct on the 16th , offering a favourable period for advancing shortterm plans and career aspirations. It’s a good time to expand your contacts with the world. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Dynamic Mars leaves your sign on the 16th, entering the sensitive and mystical sign of Pisces. Promising new developments could arise in social matters and your charitable instincts may come to the fore. Jupiter‘s arrival in the friendship sector of your chart is a huge bonus. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 November brings the start of an optimistic and lucky trend as abundant Jupiter moves to the highest point in your chart (for a one year stay!) Be ready for change and a new lease of life, whether in social or professional affairs. The Scorpio new moon on the 15th brings travel to your agenda. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. I offer a full motivational and transformational coaching programme using astrology, coaching and the Bach flower essences. My client base is international, all my consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information. Intuitive Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, www.restyleyourlife.co.uk Christine@restyleyourlife.co.uk Telephone: 07813 483549
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