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PITLOCHRY LIFE October 2017 Issue 329

Pitlochry Aberfeldy Blair Atholl Ballinluig Kinloch Rannoch Killiecrankie Grandtully


Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the October edition of Pitlochry Life. October means one thing in Pitlochry – The Enchanted Forest. A big welcome to all the visitors to the area for this and please make sure you make the most of everything Pitlochry has to offer whilst you are here. We have some lovely walks and cycle rides, and fabulous places to eat. So take a trip down the high street and all the way out to Loch Tummel, Queens View and Aberfeldy. Whilst the nights draw in and the clocks go back there is still lots to do in the garden. There is next year’s bulbs to plant, planning and the year end tidy up! We have some great tradesmen here for you to lend a hand – even start a new project! October sees the Scottish Woodworking show and entry is free. Go along and be inspired. The other thing that we might have to mention is Christmas – it’s not that far off and many of our great hostelries have produced menus and events to help you celebrate…so make sure you book up early to avoid disappointment. We have an interesting slant on making Christmas cake to help get you in the mood. See recipe on page 14. Next month we will be looking at this year’s top toys to help you get the perfect child’s gift ☺ If you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte – as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. Feel free to let us know how much you enjoyed your visit.

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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 28th Sept-5th Oct 11.00am Atholl Centre Thrift Shop 2nd October 2.30pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 4th October 7.15pm Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 5th October 4.00pm Blood Transfusion Service Van - Pitlochry Town Hall 6th October 12.30pm Welcome All Soup Lunch - Atholl Centre 6th October 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays the Old Mill Inn 7th-8th October 10.00am Dunkeld & Birnam Autumn Art & Crafts Fair 7th October 8.00pm Beatleboots play Food in the Park Live 8th-21st October 10.00am Pitlochry Gallery Association of Arts & Crafts Sale 8th October 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema 9th October 11.00am Breadalbane & District Riding For The Disabled AGM 9th October 7.30pm Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire 10th October 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Cluny Walk 10th October 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 11th October 2.20pm Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge 11th October 7.30pm PMCC - Moulin Hall 12th October 7.30pm Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall 13th October 9.00pm Bob Hollis plays the Old Mill Inn 14th October 8.00pm Independence play Food in the Park Live 17th October 7.15pm Café Scientifique - Royal Dunkeld Hotel 18th October 2.00pm Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre 18th October 2.00pm Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel 19th October 2.00pm North Perthshire Family History Group 19th October 7.15pn Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall 20th-21st October 10.00am The Scottish Woodworking Show 20th October 7.00pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl Quiz Night - The Tryst 20th October 7.30pm Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church 21st October 7.00pm Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall 24th-26th October 7.00pm Blair Atholl Small Bore Rilfe Club - A J Munro Non Shooters 27th October 8.00pm CHIL play Food in the Park Live 28th October 9.30pm The Tryst Walking Group – Little Glenshee 28th October

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Thursday 28th September - Thursday 5th October - Atholl Centre Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre 11.00am to 4.00pm. Bric-a-brac, toys, books etc. Money towards roof renovation appeal. Monday 2nd October - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. Speaker Lisa Daniels of SSE Visitor Centre at Pitlochry Dam. All welcome. Wednesday 4th October - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Estelle Nicol will be speaking to us about Marie Curie, the charity we will be supporting this coming year. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. This will be the first meeting of this winter's programme. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner on 01796 472157. Thursday 5th October - Blood Transfusion Service Van - Pitlochry Town Hall - 4.00pm to 6.45pm. Bookings can be made up until 4.00pm on day before on 0345 90 90 999. Friday 6th October - Welcome All Soup Lunch - Atholl Centre - 12.30pm. Every Friday thereafter. See page 50 for more details. Saturday 7th - 8th October - Dunkeld & Birnam Autumn Art & Crafts Fair - The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld - 10.00am to 5.00pm. New crafts include unusual silver jewellery, vintage chair coverings, lampshades and cushions. Admission free. Sunday 8th October - 21st October - Pitlochry Gallery Association of Arts & Crafts Sale - The Atholl Centre - Sundays 2.00-4.00 pm and Monday-Saturday 10.00-4.00pm. Hope to see you there. Sunday 8th October - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ‘A Man called Ove’. See page 58 for details. Monday 9th October - Breadalbane & District Riding For The Disabled AGM - Locus Centre, Aberfeldy - 11.00am. See page 62 for more details. Monday 9th October - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group - The Tryst - 7.30pm. The speaker will be David Williamson and the title of his talk is ‘Biodiversity in the Planning System’. For more information contact Richard Horobin richardwhorobin@tomcroy.co.uk Tuesday 10th October - The Tryst Walking Group - Cluny Walk - 9.30am. From Pitlochry we climb Fonab Hill before turning northwest to Creag a’ Choire. Here we turn downhill and join the forest road back to Pitlochry. Height climbed 300m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Tuesday 10th October - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 58 for details. Wednesday 11th October - Pitlochry Church of Scotland Guild - Tryst Lounge - 2.30pm. Rev Liz Baker will give a talk on the Guild Theme – ‘Go in Love’. All welcome. Wednesday 11th October- PMCC - Moulin Hall - 7.30pm. All Welcome. Thursday 12th October - Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall, Pitlochry - 7.30pm. Scottish Country Dancing is the social dancing of Scotland and is characterised by the style of its music. The dancing is fun, and can be energetic so a great way to keep fit. Come along and join us for fun, fitness and friendship. Beginners welcome from 7.00pm. Cost £2.50. Other dates in October are 19th and 26th. For further information contact June on 01796 473488. Tuesday 17th October - Café Scientifique - Royal Dunkeld Hotel - 7.15pm. Dr Martin Dominik, School of Physics and Astronomy, St Andrews “The light’s for turning”. Finding anything from black holes to planetary moons using the gravitational microlensing effect. All welcome, see our web for more details www.tulliemet-perthshire.org.uk

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Wednesday 18th October - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Callum Christie will talk about his life as a District Officer in Barotseland in the 1950s at the end of Colonialism. Everyone is welcome, members or not. See page 64 for more information, or get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com Wednesday 18th October - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. Our demonstrator will be Susan Fairhurst with "The Tool Box" There will be a club competition titled Kitchen Medley. Visitors welcome priced £5. For further information Please phone Linzey Lindsay Chairman 01738710777 or Jim Davidson Vice Chairman 01887820029. Thursday 19th October - North Perthshire Family History Group - Moulin Hall - 2.00pm. Michael Lawrence, a native of Bankfoot. He will tell us the story of James Wyllie of Airlywight, a merchant in Perth at the time of the French Revolution.He was the President of the “Friends of the People in Perth and a leading campaigner for Parliamentary and burgh Council Reform and looked on by the authorities as a Jacobin trouble maker. It sounds an interesting way to begin the new season and as usual visitors are very welcome. Tea, coffee, biscuits and chat afterwards. 19th October - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. Dr Anthony will talk to us about Care in the Atholl Medical Centre. All ladies welcome. Friday 20th October - 21st October - The Scottish Woodworking Show - Brodies Timber, Inver, Dunkeld - 10.00am to 4.00pm. A great 2 days of woodworking, see page 23 for more details. Friday 20th October - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl Quiz Night - The Tryst - 7.00pm. Tickets £5. A light supper will be served. Come along for an evening of fun. Friday 20th October - Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch - 7.30pm. Steph Oatridge (Oboe) and Adam Brown (Guitar), playing an unusual but attractive programme of Lauro, Ravel, Barrios, Saigan, Ibert, Villa-Lobos, Falla,and others. Saturday 21st October - Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.00pm. Teams consist of 4 people, which can also be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3 per person includes refreshments at half-time. A bar is available and raffle tickets can be purchased. More details available from the Struan Trust Facebook page, or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483 310, or e-mail struantrust1979@gmail.com All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336. Tuesday 24th - 26th October - Blair Atholl Small Bore Rilfe Club - A J Munro Non Shooters Shoot - 7.00pm. See page 66 for details. Saturday 28th October - The Tryst Walking Group – Little Glenshee - 9.30am. This is a circular walk starting in Little Glen Shee and following good tracks over high ground to the north of the glen. Height climbed 250m. Distance 9 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 28th October - Put the clocks back an hour at bedtime. Long lie! Wednesday 1st November - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Kathleen and Angie from the Atholl Hair and Beauty Rooms will be speaking on "Hair and Beauty". The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. The charity we are supporting this year is Marie Curie. 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. Friday 10th November - Eddie Rose & Friends - Moulin Hall - 7.00pm. Tickets £6 includes tea and shortbread. There will be the usual raffle! Money raised is for hall funds. 8 Pitlochry Life


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Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cake Not everyone loves Christmas cake. I can’t eat a whole one and so much goes to waste in our house. So, instead of making one large one, lets make lots of little ones using small baked bean tins. Then keep as much as you like and give the rest away as presents. October is a good time to bake your cake as it ‘matures’ nicely for Christmas. This makes 12, but do it in batches, it’s less beans! • • • • • •

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1. Put the cherries and other dried fruits plus zest in a bowl and soak in sherry overnight. 2. Line a small beans tin: Lightly grease base and sides. Line sides with a double thickness of baking parchment that stands 5cm above tin. Make 1 cm cuts at base to help it lie flat. Line base also. 3. Preheat oven to 150°c. Whisk butter and sugar for 5 min till light and fluffy. Whisk in eggs slowly. When almost added, whisk in some flour to stop it curdling. Fold in flour, spices, fruit and almonds. Spoon into lined tin and make a small dip in the middle of the mixture. Wrap tin in a double thickness of brown paper (or parchment) and tie with piece of string. Cook for 6090 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. If you want the top of the cake to brown a bit more untie the string, so the top of paper is open, for the last quarter an hour. 4. Once cooked, poke lots of holes in the top of the cake with a skewer and drizzle a teaspoon of sherry over cake. Don’t overfeed it or the cake will go too soggy. Leave to cool in tin. Then remove from tin, remove paper and wrap well in a clean lot of a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil. If you want, you can feed it every week or so with sherry before decorating to keep the cake moist. Next month we will look at marzipan and decorating the cakes. 14 Pitlochry Life


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The Pitlochry Garden October 2017 Wind is the gardener’s worst enemy. Damage can be superficial or permanently harmful. If pieces break off herbaceous perennials then, although the plant might be ruined for one year, it will regenerate. Trees, however, can’t regenerate broken limbs and some evergreens, once burnt by the wind, are beyond hope.

When the force of the wind is combined with very low temperatures, the problems can become severe. The prevailing westerly barrels down the valley, but the freezing easterly is even worse. The first consideration is to reduce the impact of the wind by deflection. Walls and fences, willow hurdles, dense hedges of shrubs and trees that can cope with the wind and banks of earth are some strategies you can employ. A barrier to the wind will create shelter on the leeward side of it for approximately ten times the height of the barrier. However, using a series of filters like a hedge of 22 Pitlochry Life

medium-sized trees and large shrubs at the boundary, plus a trellis with some climbers, plus a low hedge and possibly a change of level will reduce wind speed without creating down drafts. Close-boarded fences can easily blow down; hit and miss fencing provides privacy while permitting the wind to filter through gently. Solid walls create a vortex inside the garden where the wind spills over the barrier. Even in large walled gardens the down draft knocks plants over. This can be foiled by dividing the space into smaller rooms, using interior hedges at right angles, or planting medium height trees in the centre.

If your garden is exposed mainly to the west wind, plan it along the north-south axis, breaking up the design with filtering hedges or structures to provide shelter from the west. If the garden is long and narrow, avoid making a wind tunnel by placing windbreaks

on the diagonal. Choosing the right plants makes sense: avoid the kinds of trees and shrubs that are shallow-rooted; for example, eucalyptus and the shallower rooted conifers. Pines stand up to the wind but choose ones suited to the size of your garden. In general, plants that can withstand very windy conditions best are those which are short, have good anchoring root systems, small leaves that are not easily burnt or torn by the wind and whose main period of interest occurs when the wind is less strong. Yew, holly, laurel and elder are all useful boundary planting in windy areas and so are apples and pears. On damp ground alders, dogwood, hazel, viburnum and willows are good choices. Hawthorn is an invaluable tree for really exposed positions. Native silver birch can also be used to filter the wind. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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If you are visiting Pitlochry - You can't miss it. Ben Vrackie (sometimes known as Ben Y Vrackie) forms part of the scenic background overlooking Pitlochry. Ben Vrackie translates as `speckled mountain` and comes from a time when white quartz rocks were scattered across its slopes. On a good clear day the view from the summit of 2,757 ft (841 m) is tremendous, with the Beinn a Ghlo range to the north and the sweep of Strathtay and Strathtummel to the west. In exceptional conditions, apparently it is possible to even see Arthur’s Seat to the south in Edinburgh. Ben Vrackie is a Corbett (a separate hill of between 2500 and 2999 feet in height). Thanks to the work of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, the path is well-constructed for most of the route and offers a delightful walk by the Moulin Burn and then across heather moorland. Red grouse and red deer live on the hillside and even the shy mountain hare can sometimes be seen. Depending on your starting point, the walk is either 6 or 8 miles there and back. Starting from Pitlochry, follow the A924 road to Moulin (a distance of under a mile) and turn left at the Moulin Inn. Follow the road and signs for a few hundred yards to a small car park. It is however worth remembering that the car park at Moulin is very small and, on busy days, it might be wiser to leave your car in Pitlochry. 28 Pitlochry Life

From the car park the path is clearly marked here, through the trees lining Moulin Burn, until it reaches a deer fence at the edge of the moor over which there is a stile. You've had it easy so far, but pretty soon you will get a good view of the summit and the task in hand - it is worth it! Along the way you cross some fairly bleak landscape, but there's always a great view back to Pitlochry and the River Tummel below. Just stick to the main path all the way. You will see signs for the 'Bealach Walk' on the left, just ignore them and keep going. On the summit there is a horizontal dial indicating what’s visible from that point, including Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, the Cairngorms and like I said, Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh. The view is simply spectacular and one of the best in the southern Highlands. Return by the same path and a well earned Braveheart Ale, or two, at the Moulin Inn. As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. In spite of the accessibility of the mountain from Pitlochry, the safety precautions and the equipment always required for mountain walks are just as essential as on more isolated hills - weather conditions can change just as quickly here, so take good care and always be well prepared.


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Recovering from Exercise Sounds a little odd doesn’t it? – the expression recovering from exercise almost makes it seem like you should be avoiding it! What we need to remember is that exercise programmes are generally based on a principle called ‘progressive overload’. What this means is that an exercise programme will, over time, gradually increase the stress which we put the body under which causes it to adapt and improve. The problem is that sometimes the increased stress means the body needs time to recover before the next session, so this month’s article will focus on some suggestions to help promote effective recovery. All of us at sometime or another will suffer injury caused by too many workouts without taking appropriate time for rest and recovery. This can potentially lead to health problems. Recovery strategies are necessary for all of us to help minimise the effects of exercise, promote the repair of tissue and ensure replenishment of energy used during a workout. It’s worth remembering that recovery doesn’t only mean rest time – it might mean simply walking, which can help the body recover more quickly from an intense exercise session the day before. Programmes should vary the intensity of exercise and allow for recovery between workouts, help us to manage fatigue and avoid overtraining. Much fitness programming in recent years has focused on high intensity (See previous article on HIIT) formats. Demanding indoor-cycling workouts, longer runs, lifting heavy weights and high temperatures all apply high levels of physiological stress to the body. The body adapts to an exercise stimulus during the recovery period between workouts and there are a number of important things that can help: proper care of muscles, ligaments, and tendons; quality and quantity of sleep and appropriate nutrition can

help the post-workout recovery. These articles give a fairly detailed overview: www.gssiweb.org/en/sports-scienceexchange/article/sse-120-recovery-techniques -for-athletes www.sisport.com/media/791070/recoverystrategies-nutrition.pdf Here are a few ideas: • Rest (no exercise) – during rest your body will adapt to the demands made on it, repair any damage and remove waste products generated during the session • Sleep – during sleep your body will generate the hormones needed to promote tissue repair, so normal sleep patterns will promote this. • Using compression clothing – this helps the return of blood to the heart, so it can be re-oxygenated: oxygen is key to recovery. Compression will also help hold muscles in correct alignment, and may help keep temperature elevated – whilst not key to recovery, it may reduce feelings of soreness. • Massage – seeing a sports or soft tissue therapist, whilst relatively costly, is an excellent way to ensure correct muscle function. • Nutrition – (See also recent articles relating to this) Taking in the correct nutrients at the correct time is extremely beneficial in helping recovery. You’ll need carbohydrates to replace fuel, and protein to build and repair tissue. Have a think about how you apply these ideas to your own exercise. Remember that if it hurts it’s probably damaged, so if you have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor. If you want more specialised advice on these issues, asking an appropriately qualified personal trainer is an excellent way forward. alan@pitlochrylife.co.uk

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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP Projects that are improving employment support by linking with health and social care, justice and housing services will receive a share of a £2.5 million fund. Funding of around £275,000 will go to a Tayside regional project to integrate employability and skills with housing, healthy living and community justice across Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus. People affected by homelessness, who have criminal convictions or suffer from mental ill-health face significant barriers to finding work, and it can be challenging to balance the search for a job with the need to access other important services. The EmployabiliTAY project will join together employability and skills support with health and social care, housing, and justice services which will improve the quality of localised support available for people across Tayside. I am delighted that the joint bid to support people across the Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross area has been successful. Not having a job is only part of the challenge facing some people and this money will allow them to be helped to overcome other issues around getting into employment including health, debt and housing. Specialist staff will be on hand to give support and advice as part of a 13-week programme, backed by the councils in Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee, while people are also learning new skills in applying for jobs, such as digital applications and improved interview techniques. It is great news that the number of accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland has reached 900 and that there are 23 Perth & Kinross businesses on that list. I want to see the number of Living Wage employers grow and it would be wonderful to see local employers playing a substantial part in taking that total to the next level and helping to hit 1000. I would strongly encourage all employers in Perthshire to look into the real benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. I know there are businesses out there that already pay their employees above the living wage, and to them I say: that is brilliant, now get the accreditation, show your employees and your customers that this is important to you. To those employers not yet able to qualify for accreditation: paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover. The real Living Wage can make a huge difference to both workers and employers and yet around 20 per cent of Scotland’s workforce earn less than the real Living Wage. With low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, it’s vital that employers who can pay the real Living Wage do so. If anyone needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk

Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative In early September I addressed a conference of Scotland’s Private parking companies to discuss my plans to regulate the sector with legislation at Holyrood. Following the meeting I was pleased to see the positive reception to my plans from both individual companies and the British Parking Association who represent a majority of companies engaged in the industry. It’s important that parking on private land becomes fair for everyone, not just those collecting the cash. Only tough new legislation can root out the cowboy operators and I continued on page 36

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High Quality Care Located in picturesque Birnam, Perthshire, Rivendell House care home offers comfort, tranquillity and community to all residents. The home’s mission statement is “a home for life” and owner Alastair Stewart ensures that his team strives to give everyone at Rivendell the best possible life during their twilight years. Manager Rhonda and the staff work continuously to improve and develop the care and support provided for residents and families. All staff are involved in the implementation of the Continuous Learning Framework and ensuring the implementation of best practice into everyday life. Rivendell House is registered with the Care Inspectorate and Perth and Kinross Council.

on the patio or in the summer house and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the gardens. There are different types of accommodation that can house up to 27 residents, from single en-suite bedrooms to self-contained flats, offering plenty of choice for anyone looking to move into a care facility. Rivendell offers a wide range of services. Alongside those who decide to come and make Rivendell their home for life we also care and support for those who decide to use our services for the short term. We have residents who come for a holiday whilst their main carer goes away. Some come to us for a period of rehabilitation and to help them get back on their feet after being unwell or a recent hospital stay. We have residents who come in for recuperation rather than go into hospital, building up their strength before going home again. We also have a Care at Home Team who can assist with the transition back home.

With 3 activity co-ordinators, there’s plenty to do at Rivendell – trips out every Tuesday, games, art, Olympic sports training, Physio, Beauty Therapy, crafts and musical performances – and green-fingered residents can help out in the fruit and veg garden and orchard. The produce from the garden goes into the quality meals prepared for residents, so they can taste the fruits of their labour.

Rivendell always welcomes visitors, so pop in Recently there was an Olympics Day held in and have a look for yourself… The kettle’s the home’s enclosed gardens, where residents always on. took part in different activities and enjoyed a barbecue. Rivendell House, Oak Road, Birnam, The spacious home has a large lounge – Perthshire, PH8 0BL overlooking the hills - and dining areas, offering 01350 727512 space to socialise. And when the weather is nice, residents can wander in the gardens or sit www.rivendellcareservices.com

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would encourage constituents experiencing issues with incorrectly issued private parking tickets to contact my office. In early October I am due to host a public meeting on the future of NHS Tayside with fellow Mid-Scotland and Fife MSPs, Liz Smith and Alexander Stewart. The Chairman of NHS Tayside, Professor John Connell is also due to sit on the panel. The meeting is designed to act as a forum for patients and residents to put across their concerns to the man at the very top. Health services across Scotland are at a crossroads with important and difficult decisions soon to be made on the delivery of care in rural areas. It’s important that patients’ views are heard in the process, particularly when it comes to the future of key sites like Perth Royal Infirmary. As we approach the traditionally difficult winter period for health services we must ensure that hospitals and health centres are tooled up with the right numbers of staff to meet demand. A well-rounded health service is important for everyone and I would encourage interested readers to attend the meeting which will be held at 7pm on the 3rd of October in the Royal George Hotel in Perth. It has been revealed that Perth and Kinross is the fifth most popular destination for stay-cationers in Scotland according to the Great Britain Tourism Survey. Well over 600,000 day trips were made to Perth and Kinross between 2013 and 2015 which highlights the lure of the area for people across the UK. Just under 10% of the region’s businesses are directly linked to the tourism sector which helps provide thousands of jobs. One area of tourism that is booming right now is whisky-based visits. I’m sure many residents in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry will testify to this when noticing a seemingly never ending queue of visitors at the Dewars and Blair Atholl distilleries. Last year 1.7 million people stopped at distilleries across Scotland which was up over 8% on the previous year. Visitors are also spending more than ever before with the average spend increasing from £27 to £31 per person. In Mid-Scotland and Fife, a number of producers have already seized upon this opportunity and Dewars recently made a substantial investment in their visitor experience. Scotch Whisky is drunk throughout the world and is Scotland’s most recognisable export. I would call on distilleries in the area who are currently closed to the public to diversify and open their doors. Whisky is unlike almost any other product and the public are just as keen to see how it is made as they are to consume it. As ever Murdo appreciates the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone PH2 6PL or via telephone at 01738 553990 or via email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I would like to encourage Highland Perthshire bus users to get involved in two new public consultations that will help shape the future of bus services and smart ticketing in Scotland. Transport Scotland will conduct a number of events and stakeholder workshops to encourage participation in these consultations before they close on 5th December. Although the number of bus users is falling, millions still use buses across Scotland every day, including in Highland Perthshire Transport Scotland’s two new consultations offer Highland Perthshire constituents and stakeholders an important opportunity to have your say on how best to improve Scotland’s bus services. In order to develop an effective, joint up, Scotland-wide smart ticketing and payment service, it is important that as many transport operators, public bodies and users as possible are consulted. Further information is available at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/improving-bus-services and https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/smart-ticketing-in-scotland continued on page 44

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Blair Castle in TV Spotlight as Location for Episode Seven of Current “Victoria” TV Drama! Blair Castle has released exciting details of what went on during filming of the second series of the acclaimed “Victoria” TV drama, which saw Episode Seven filmed in and around the Castle and estate. Starring Jenna Coleman, the series focuses on the early years of Victoria’s reign, during which time she visited Highland Perthshire, and particularly Blair Castle, on a number of occasions. Blair Castle’s Sales & Marketing Manager Julia Sim, takes up the story: “We are extremely proud to be part of this amazing production, and it was our pleasure to welcome the production company Mammoth Screen to the Castle for two weeks in late June 2017. We cannot wait to see the finished result, when the episode airs in October” “The two weeks of filming was a great deal of hard work for all of our staff, as we strove to ensure that the production crew and cast had everything they needed to film episode seven, with scenes filmed in the Castle, on our forecourt, and around the estate,” added Julia. “Overall it was a massive honour for everyone involved with the Castle to have Victoria’s time at Blair Castle documented in this way for the world to see. We have 145,000 acres on Atholl Estates and could easily offer the diverse range of scenery that the show needed, from flowing rivers to vast mountainous backdrops, and of course the pinnacle, which is the beautiful Castle itself.”

Scotland,” said Julia. “The Castle still houses items of furniture and other personal belongings of Victoria which were here during her time staying in Blair Atholl. As there is bound to be even more interest in Victoria with this acclaimed TV series once again on air, we will be allocating more exhibition space throughout the castle in 2018 and we have some exciting outdoor tours of the filming locations planned.” Julia explained that two of the estate’s native Highland ponies were used in the filming, as Commenting on the recent filming, Blair Castle Victoria and Albert’s own ponies. Several Atholl Trustee Sarah Troughton said: “It was fascinating Highlanders, the regiment which Queen Victoria to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit herself founded, also feature in the episode, to Blair Castle and the surrounding hills and and were also delighted to be involved. glens brought to life in such as engaging manner.” “Queen Victoria visited Blair Castle many times The series is currently airing on ITV on Sunday nights. over her reign and clearly loved being in

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I welcome the introduction of a new, £50,000 fund that will install call-blocking technology for those most at risk from nuisance calls in Perthshire. The fund forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s Nuisance Calls Action Plan, which will raise awareness of the issue of scam and nuisance calls and empower people to protect themselves from scams. This new £50,000 fund is great news; particularly as new statistics reveal that Scotland is disproportionately affected by the issue of nuisance calls. Nuisance calls can be irritating for many people, but they can also be far more sinister and disguising scams that target the elderly and the vulnerable. This fund will ensure those most at risk from these calls can get the protection they need and call-blocking technology can be installed. Much more can, and needs to, be done to address this issue. The Scottish Government is taking action where it can, but the power to regulate lies with the Westminster Government. The Scottish Government, and SNP MPs, will continue to press the UK Government to take greater action to reduce nuisance calls. Further information on the action plan is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/09/6017/2 Plans to increase the use of Scottish produce in schools, hospitals and other public sector organisations have recently been unveiled. £1.2 million has been confirmed to expand the current Food for Life programme, to increase the amount of locally-sourced and produced food in Scotland’s schools. A further £100,000 will deliver a new Supplier Development Programme, to help small and medium sized food and drink businesses compete for public sector food contracts. These new measures will put local sourcing at the heart of many public sector supply chains, meaning that more people around Scotland will be able to enjoy our locally-produced, fresh food. The Scottish Government is committing more than £1 million over the next three years, so more young people in our schools have the benefit of fresh, healthy and locally sourced food and the government is supporting small and medium-sized businesses to access valuable public sectors contracts which otherwise would remain out of reach. There is now a real opportunity to build on the good work that has already been done in this area to unlock the potential public sector food and drink market, which is worth £150 million in Scotland annually, and for the public sector to become a trailblazer for local food and drink sourcing. The policy paper is available at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/promoting-local-food-and-drink-action-plan/ I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or by email at john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot

Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Perthshire, Independent. I was pleased to support the Council's new Key Vacant Buildings Rates Relief Programme at the recent Strategic Policy & Resources Committee. This programme is designed to target eyesore buildings in prominent locations across Perth & Kinross, which includes the following sites in Pitlochry: the Station House; the Bank House; and the former Baker's Oven. Rates relief will only be given on these sites if new businesses are opened in them; if the sites remain vacant, then no relief shall be given. Perth & Kinross Integrated Joint Board (Health & Social Care) and NHS Tayside are currently consulting on a redesign of Mental Health Services across Tayside. The key changes of this redesign are enhanced care and treatment from GPs' practices, specialist care and third sector organisations with an aim of reducing hospital admissions. The redesign will also involve continued on page 46

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consolidating all General Adult Psychiatry services at Carseview in Dundee and consolidating all Learning Disability services at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth. Other services that will not be affected include: the Psychiatric Care Unit; Substance Misuse; Psychiatry of Old Age; Child & Adolesent Mental Health; GAP Complex Care & Rehabilitation; and the Regional Low and Medium Secure Units. As a member of the IJB, this month I visited the various mental health sites across Tayside, which was an eye-opening experience and the Learning Disability patients will definitely benefit from much better facilities at MRH. I have, however, raised concerns about the poor advertising of the on-going consultation. It is extremely important that the views of service users are heard, particularly those in rural areas. You can get involved with the consultation by e-mail: mhldredesign.tayside@nhs.net; by phone: 0800 7836 110; on-line: taysidementalhealthredesign.scot.nhs.uk; or by writing to: Public Involvement, Tayside NHS Board, Freepost SCO 6181, Dundee, DD3 8ZR. This month, in addition to my monthly Pitlochry and Aberfeldy surgeries, I will be holding surgeries in Killiecrankie, Rannoch, Fortingall, Kenmore, Grandtully. For details of times and locations, please go to my page on the Perth & Kinross Council website. As always, I can be contacted on XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk or on 07557 815568.

Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005 e mail: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on Sundays, and other events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry, Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214. Sunday service – 9.30am Holy Communion. 6 pm on the last Sunday of the month - Evening Service. Thursdays - Morning Prayer at 10.30am followed by coffee and chat, and by Holy Communion on first Thursday of the month. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly on second Tuesdays from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.30pm. The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month (except July and August) - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - please see notice board. St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service continued on page 48

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with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, (details on notice board). All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Sundays – normally a service is held on the first Sunday of the month (for details please see notice board).

Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday, at 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. The Guild: The first meeting of the Guild’s new session will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge. Rev Liz Baker will give a talk on the Guild Theme – ‘Go in Love’. All welcome to come along. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: thetryst@btconnect.com continued on page 50

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Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net Sundays: Coffee & cake, tea & biscuits from 10:30am. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. October Events Sunday 1st - Our pastor continues our series exploring the Acts of the Apostles - Acts 8 ‘Gospel for All.’ Sunday 8th - Our youth pastor will look at Acts 9:1-22 and Fiona Meyer leads our worship team Sunday 15th - Miranda Barrie will lead our worship this morning, and Rev Edwin Gunn, formerly of Queens Park Baptist Church, is our visiting preacher and continues our journey through Acts Acts 9:31. Sunday 22nd - Our youth pastor will lead our Family Service this morning. Sunday 29th - Our pastor will lead our time and explore the question of how God Transforms the World in Acts 10:1-11:18. Friday 27th - 18:00-19:30pm: The Light Party for primary aged children. Come along for an evening of fun, games and activities. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. Friendship Hour – 2.15pm. Last Monday of the month in Aldour Hall. Contact Val on 473742 James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 7pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. 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. TYG Radiate - Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. Held in the Atholl Centre. Exploring faith for Secondary aged young people. Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Club - 6-8pm. Fourth Friday of the month. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends and plan to come along! Contact Ken on 470261. Welcome All Soup Lunch – Fridays 12pm-2pm. Beginning on 6th October 2017 and then weekly until the end of April 2018. Held in the Atholl Centre (behind our church building). There is a £3 cost for the lunch. All welcome. Contact Maureen on 472004.

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 continued on page 52

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Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.com Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7.00 pm. Weekday Masses: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month: Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1 pm. 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. 30pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Please see the weekly Newsletter or visit parish website or Facebook. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call. Follow us on the: Parish Webpage; www.stbridespitlochry.org.uk/ And Facebook; www.facebook.com/StBridesPitlochry Are you Catholic? We are updating our parishioners’ list. Even if you don’t come to church very often, we would like you to be on our list of parishioners. Please send us an e-mail or a letter with your details so we can have an accurate list as far as possible. Thanks very much for your cooperation. If you’re not Catholic but you would like to get in touch with us, please contact us, you will be most welcome. Fr Edward.

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Interim Moderator: Rev. H Mowbray. Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209. Services during October will be at 10am in Strathtay Church. Sunday 29th October being a 5th Sunday in the month we will have a joint service with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Strathtay. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch has finished for this session and will meet again in the spring. Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. continued on page 54

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A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilting Group meets in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church at 7.0pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. On Tuesday 12th September our new session and sylabus started, but new members and visitors are always welcome. The Walkers Group. Details from Sandra Morrison. Open Studios Gallery in Strathtay Church and The John Kyd Hall, (venue 132). We would like to thank everyone who supported our exhibition and sale during the Perthshire Open Studios Week and all those who produced the lovely home baking for the teas. Auction Sale This will take place in the Grandtully and Strathtay Village Hall, Grandtully on Saturday 28th October. Times to be confirmed. Donations of all those “antiques” you no longer have houseroom for, pledges, plants and produce will be gratefully received. Watch out for the posters with the details of dates and times. Collection of large items may be arranged. Come and join in the fun, bid for a bargain and enjoy an afternoon tea.

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228 Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am Braes of Rannoch 9.45am Foss & Rannoch 11.30am Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Harvest Thanksgiving - 1st October in Blair Atholl Church at 11.15am. Donations for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance will be most welcome. (Please note that there will be no collection of dry goods for sending abroad this year) Holy Communion in Blair Atholl Church on Sunday, 8th October at 11.15am. All welcome. Rannoch – Joint Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Braes of Rannoch Church on Sunday, 8th October at 11.00am. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.00am. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘Can You Live Forever ? Will You ? That is a good question, and it will be fully addressed with a talk on the 29th October. Our meetings listed are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Pick a topic that interests you and come along. If you have a Bible, do bring it; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Sunday 1st October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘The Sacredness of Life and Blood’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Are You Willing to Wait Patiently ? (James 5:8)’. Tuesday 3rd October, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Daniel’s Prophecy Foretold the Messiah’s Arrival—a discussion of Daniel 7–9’, ‘How to Become a Diligent Student of the Scriptures’, ‘Loyalty—Part of the New Personality’. Sunday 8th October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘What is Religion’s Future ?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘“The Peace of God … Surpasses All Understanding” (Philippians 4:7)’, and a talk: “Look ! The Light is Wonderful”. Thursday 12th October, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Jehovah Foresaw the Future of Kings—a discussion of Daniel 10–12’, ‘Fortified by Bible Prophecy’, ‘A Building Work That Honours Jehovah (Part 2)’. Sunday 15th October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Godly Wisdom in a Scientific World’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘How We Strip Off and Keep Off the Old Personality (Colossians 3:9)’. Saturday 21st October, 9.50am. to 4.00pm., Assembly Hall, Appleton Parkway, Livingston. The theme: ‘Don’t Give Up in Fulfilling the Law of the Christ (Galatians 6:2)’, including the talk: ‘Love One Another, Just as Jesus Loved You’. Thursday 26th October, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Offer Your Very Best to Jehovah—a discussion of Hosea 8–14’, ‘Live to Praise Jehovah !’, ‘The Ministry of Relief (Part 2)’. Sunday 29th October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Can You Live Forever ? Will You ?’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘Cultivate Self-Control (Galatians 5:22, 23)’. We offer a free study of the Bible, at a convenient time and location for you, using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like to see what it is like, do get contact Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, Summary of Meeting 13th September www.hpcp.co.uk/members Four PMCC councillors, two P&KC councillors, 2 PC’s and 9 members of the public present.. Three apologies. New take-away has been reported for breach of licensing laws. Police check proved no speeding at entrance/exit to town. Fake bank notes in circulation. Police report does not include all reported crime. Farm machinery should be marked. Kits available mornings Mon-Fri police office. No evidence of deer poaching reported. Businesses should have only one A-board and leave pavement room for buggies and wheelchairs. Public please report breach of this guideline to P&KC on 01783 476476. Sycamore trees between Ferry Road and Bruach lane to be legally felled. PKC confirmed that public have right of access and parking in Burnside. continued on page 58

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Public opinion want Burnside public toilets to re-open. Asset transfer notice served and cost being investigated. Complaints about maintenance of Fonab cemetery and disappearance of water butt. New road sign needed between Co-op and chip shop. New fence at Donavourd poses traffic hazard. Fonab Castle in breach of planning regarding staff accommodation. Work to begin 2018 on Puffin Crossing on Perth Road at Aldour. Proposals to stage speed reduction through town and introduce flashing speed indicator signs in Moulin. Possibility of narrowing the pavement opposite Escape Route and widening of the end of Bridge Road to be investigated. Derelict Buildings Rates Relief could apply to three buildings in Pitlochry. To be used for derelict business premises being brought back into use. Two NHS consultations planned for Monday 18th September, mental health and surgical, very poorly advertised. Community Safety events to be held in the Aldour Hall on Thursday 21st September between 11am and 12.30pm and in Cafe Calluna afterwards. Power of Attorney, safety and walking stick checks. No funding for community warden in Pitlochry. Etape 2018 planned for Sunday 20th May - longer route. Missing street sign at Well Brae. Andrew to investigate parking rights outside Fishers. Next meting 7.30pm 11th October Moulin Hall.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry although it is a bit quieter now. If you see dog poo anywhere please report it to the Council on 01738 476476 or on the P&K website on forms.pkc.gov.uk Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided 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 on10th October. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West rogerwest7@btinternet.com 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com 01796 473400.

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 8 October 6pm A Man Called Ove The HFS film for October is a bleakly funny feel-good comedy about an old curmudgeon and his lively neighbours. Unsentimental, heart-warming and winner of the European film Award for best European Comedy in 2016. The Guardian reviewers were split : ‘black comedy with a big heart’ or ‘tiresome tale of an old grump’ – come and see what you think! continued on page 60

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2015 Sweden 113 min Cert 15 Dir: Hannes Holm Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Coming soon… Oh What a lovely War! 12 November and 17-19 November ‘Go For It!’ the Aberfeldy Film Festival and Palme Dewar and Young Indies Short Film Competitions (deadline for films to be submitted 27 October) plus lots of other exciting events planned for you this year. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but 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.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band What a fantastic Highland night season the band has enjoyed. We’ve had super crowds at each night, so many thanks to everyone who publicised them. We had a great night with the Celtic Touch Highland dancers from Nova Scotia who attracted a large crowd and the special effects on the last night with the mist rising from the ground, then the full moon with three brightly coloured rings round it, was all just amazing…and all for free! Thanks also to all the artistes who appeared week in, week out and also to Drew Scott for doing the sound and Royce Davidson for laying the dancing boards each week. Thanks also to the Blair Athol distillery for their continued support. Drum Major Kenny Forbes won a first place at the Bridge of Allan Games and the Pitlochry Highland Games were just a perfect end to the season. The band had a very busy day. We opened the games and played round the park at 10.30am, then up to the railway station for the pipe band parade to the park, which we were delighted to win!! Our tombola stall went like a fair all day, so many thanks for supporting it. The band competed early afternoon, then played later for the Drum Major’s display. Finally it was massed bands and the weather was perfect! It was a tremendous day and all our friends from Confolens thoroughly enjoyed it. Now it’s back to practices in Pitlochry High School on a Tuesday night (during term time), so we get a wee break in October. We’ve got two beat retreats coming up at Edinburgh Castle and one at the Britannia later this month. Anyone interested in learning to play pipes and drums, please contact me for details. Gillie McNab. Gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band Pitlochry Games was the last competition of the season and we were delighted to be asked to lead the parade of bands down the street to the recreation ground. We weren’t in the prize list for Grade 4 but it was a great day out for everyone and we made a fantastic boost to our funds. Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported us, donated water or wine or guessed the whisky. Practices will start back again after the school holidays (25th October) and if you would like to join the band, learn the chanter, side or tenor drum, please come along to Craigvrack Hotel, Pitlochry on a Wednesday evening at 7.00pm or phone Christy or Sharon Kelly on 01796 472692. continued on page 62

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Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th October at 2.00pm in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry. Callum Christie will talk about his life as a District Officer in Barotseland in the 1950s at the end of Colonialism. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com

Riding For The Disabled Breadalbane And District Group As riding comes to an end for 2017 this autumn is a time of celebration for our group. Firstly congratulations to all our riders from Breadlabane, Logierait and Blair Atholl schools who have just taken part in the RDA nationwide sponsored BIG RIDE raising money to be divided equally between a training centre for volunteers and our own group. Together they rode a total of 17.28 km and it is expected that they will have raised about £300. Secondly two of our volunteers will be presented with Silver Jubilee Certificates and Medals for 25 years of service. The presentation will take place at our AGM on Monday 9th October at 11am in the Locus Centre, Aberfeldy and Kate Bennett, our regional chairperson will be there to make the presentations. Thirdly this year marks the 25th anniversary of the group being established. To celebrate this and the achievement of all our riders over the past years we are having a party at Fortingall Hall on Tuesday 31st October between 5.30 and 7.30 p.m. An invitation is extended to previous riders and their parents, school teachers, volunteers and anybody who has been involved with the group at any time over the past 25 years. We look forward to seeing you all.

Neighbourhood Watch Pitlochry has an active Neighbourhood Watch organisation. Recently, the group raised finance for the provision of new street signs, which have been positioned around town, with the aim of raising awareness of the crime prevention network locally and encouraging more residents to become members. The signs provide visible evidence that residents care about their community and look out for each other. The support of the following organisations, which generously contributed to the fund- raising, is greatly appreciated – Rotary Club of Pitlochry, Enchanted Forest Community Trust and Andie Millar’s Trust. Neighbourhood Watch works in conjunction with the Perth and Kinross Community Alert system “Community Watch”, which provides members of the public with information on local crime trends, crime prevention advice and also information from partner agencies throughout the region (flood warnings, road closures, Police Commander Bulletins etc.) If you are interested in getting information and alerts from Community Watch, please register for free at www.pkccommunitywatch.co.uk or www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk or contact Neighbourhood Watch Secretary, Cathy Marshall on 470575 about joining your local Watch. continued on page 64

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Pitlochry Ladies Club The first meeting of this winter's programme will be on Wednesday 4th October at Scotland's Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm, when Estelle Nicol will be speaking to us about Marie Curie, the charity we will be supporting this coming year. This will be followed on 1st November, again at Scotland's Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm, with Kathleen and Angie from the Atholl Hair and Beauty Rooms speaking on "Hair and Beauty". The cost of each evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. 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.

Pitlochry SWI Pitlochry branch of the SWI have started their winter's programme. On 19th October Dr Anthony will talk to us about Care in the Atholl Medical Centre. That will be a great opportunity to have some of your questions answered. Just comeyourself and enjoy the friendship and fellowship. All ladies are welcome.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop The Bookshop community is still enjoying the glow of our nomination in the Scottish Fundraising Awards for 2017. Some volunteers are attending the Glasgow awards ceremony in early October to learn the outcome of our nomination and to congratulate the eventual winners. This year we are holding a special Christmas Book Fair at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Friday, 8th December from 12 noon until 6.00pm. Drop in and see if we can solve some Christmas gift problems from our wide-ranging stock of high quality second-hand books. Your purchases will also give you a good Christmas feeling since all our income goes straight to our group of six charities. More details about our charities are on the Bookshop website www.pitlochrystationbookshop.co.uk. The Bookshop continues to be open from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm (Monday to Saturday) for book sales and book donations. There will also be a Bookshop stall at Logierait Country Market on Sunday 22nd October between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club Celebrates 10 Years! Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club (BSYFC) celebrated their 10th birthday in style with a community fun day in Aberfeldy on the 18th August. BSYFC covers a wide area of Highland Perthshire attracting players from the likes of Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Kenmore, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld & Birnam. In those 10 years, thanks to the dedication of volunteer coaches, officials, sponsors and parents, the club has grown to over 130 players. The club is now represented from P1-S3 age groups and is proud to promote inclusion, fair play and positive coaching. The club achieved SFA ‘Quality Mark’ status in 2007, was voted Scotland’s ‘Community Club of the Year’ in 2008 and then in 2015 the BSYFC 2001s lifted the club’s first silverware. No 10-year celebration would be complete without a mini football festival. The Fun 4 / Super 5 continued on page 66

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This Month’s Easy Sudoko 2 1

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and 7 a-side age groups played teams from Luncarty, Crieff and Scone whilst the Girls Team later faced the BSYFC 2008s. The BSYFC 2005s moved to 11 a-side this year and proved to be very competitive when they pitted against the BSYFC 2004s. The football culminated in an extremely hard-fought match between BSYFC’s title and cup winning 2003s versus a coach and parent select 11, the BSYFC 2003s emerging victorious. The event was open to all comers with plenty of other activities going on including ‘Beat the Goalie’ and ‘Target’ competitions, face painting, a bouncy castle, a BBQ and a variety of stalls. The day was also an opportunity to highlight the club’s support for a project to install a fresh water bore hole in the Malawian village of Engucwini. This year has seen the introduction of a Soccer School on Saturday mornings in Ballinluig for P1/ P2 girls and boys; another stage in establishing a sustainable structure club that will enable the club to grow and thrive for another 10 years!

Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club - A J Munro Non Shooters Shoot 2017 Will take place from Tuesday 24th October to Thursday 26 October 2017 at 7pm. This year there will be a trophy in memory of A J Munro kindly donated by his son John for the highest gents and ladies scores. A large turnout would be appreciated. Entry forms can be obtained from J. Nicoll, 01796 472280, Davie MacKenzie, 01796 472716, and Davie C McKenzie, 07967023836. An entry fee of £10 per team of three.

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 starts on Monday 2nd October 2017. For further information, please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153.

Pitlochry Bowling Club Congratulations to our Champions for this year. Ladies Champion Ann Egglishaw and Gents Champion Niel Haggart. Other Trophy winners so far:Mixed Pairs May and Dave Page. Ladies Pairs Ann Egglishaw and Val Wilson Club Pairs Stewart Rutherford and John Greenshields, Gents Pairs John Greenshields and Niel Haggart, Club Rinks May Page, Alex MacDonald and Graham Davidson. The winners of the Senior Singles, Nomination pairs, Two-bowl pairs and Triples will be announced next month. On 30th September we will be able to hand over a cheque for £5,700 to C.H.A.S. Once again many thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible. Our indoor season of short mat bowls, darts and dominoes will commence during October. Further information in the clubhouse or from members. Elma Spence, Secretary, 01796 473459. continued on page 68

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Flu And Pneumococcal Vaccination Programme 2016 Atholl Medical Centre, Pitlochry - Wednesday 18th October 2017 (pm only) & Wednesday 25th October 2017 (pm only) This year the Atholl Medical Centre will be giving flu vaccinations on 2 half days. We would be grateful if as many patients as possible (who are eligible) could attend on the appropriate day, as there will be limited appointments available if missed. We would like patients to attend by surname letter, as set out below: Wednesday 18th October

Wednesday 25th October

13.30 – 15.15

A–F

13.30 – 15.15 All Mc, Mac – Q

15.30 – 17.00

G – M (not Mc, Mac etc)

15.30 – 17.00 R – Z

Patients eligible for flu vaccinations are: All patients over 65 years of age, pregnant women, or anyone suffering from the following: •

Chronic heart disease or chest complaints including asthma and COPD

Chronic Liver or Kidney Disease

Diabetes

Neurological conditions eg MS

Lowered immunity due to illness or medication

Other specific medical condition (check with surgery)

Pneumococcal and shingles vaccines are also available for eligible patients Parents or guardians of children aged 2-5 years should telephone the surgery once they have received a letter to book an appointment Please note that the NHS does not fund vaccinations for patients who are not in any of the eligible groups, this is available at pharmacies for a nominal charge.

Arrangements For Blair Atholl There will be an open session in Blair Atholl Church Hall (next to the Village Hall) for our Blair Atholl patients on 24th October 2017 (9.30am – 11.00am) If you have any questions regarding arrangements please contact Atholl Medical Centre on Pitlochry 472558. Important note: If you are housebound (or have a relative/friend/neighbour who is) please advise the surgery so that we can make other arrangements for your flu vaccination.

Unfinished Objects Day at the Kynachan Hall Tummel Bridge On Friday 10th November from 10.00am - 4.00pm there will be another UFO Day in the Kynachan Hall. Come and work on your unfinished projects, start a new piece of knitting, stitching, sewing, beadwork or any craft or as someone did last year sort your photgraphs. The hall will be warm, there will be laughter with soup and sandwiches at lunch time. £7.50 for the day We have some floor standing frames, tapestry wool and other 'stuff' which will be sold for charity. For details contact Liz Nicholson 01882 634 307 or hamishnicholson@scotnet.co.uk continued on page 70

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Pitlochry circular trip via Stone Circle, the Rob Roy Way and Loch Tummel Great for: Riders wanting more of a challenge and a whole days biking. Steep climbs and fast descents! Benefits: Conveniently starts and finishes in a town. Challenging climbs for the more adventurous. Mostly on tracks. Length: Approx. 40km round trip. From any car park in Pitlochry, find your way to the footbridge by the Festival Theatre and climb up towards the A9. Cross the A9 and head straight on past Middleton of Fonab Farm. The climb carries straight on, past a stone circle to reach a brilliant descent on the Rob Roy Way into Strathtay (via the golf course). Turn right to head down the road until you get to a track leading up to Loch Derchulich. Ride beyond the loch to the highest point of the ride (loose in places, but a steady climb) until it heads down, fast, on a Land Rover track to Loch Tummel. Turn right and follow the road until you can get across the river by a footbridge (Jubilee Bridge). Follow a fast straight down to the River Garry, then head upstream to the Soldier's Leap in the Pass of Killiecrankie. Take in the Visitors Centre here. A minor road then heads under the A9 and leads to a climb onto Ben Vrackie. Follow this road to the Bealach na Searmoin (marked on 1:25000 maps) and then you have a lovely ride back to Pitlochry via Moulin (rewarding beers from Moulin Inn are optional!).

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North Perthshire Family History Group We start our season of Winter Meetings on Thursday October 19th in Moulin Hall at 2.30 pm. Our first speaker is Michael Lawrence, a native of Bankfoot. He will tell us the story of James Wyllie of Airlywight, a merchant in Perth at the time of the French Revolution. He was President of the “Friends of the People in Perth and a leading campaigner for Parliamentary and Burgh Council Reform and looked on by the authorities as a Jacobin trouble maker. After his colourful early years he settled down at Airleywight in the Parish of Auchtergaen. Among many improvements he carried out in the area was the development of Bankfoot and Waterloo. Apart from the story of James Wylie the talk will provide a colourful background to the life and times of Perth and Perthshire during his lifetime. Visitors are very welcome. Tea, coffee, biscuits and chat afterwards.

‘Dreams Thrive here’ Here at Perth and Kinross Credit Union, along with all other credit unions in Scotland, we will celebrate World Credit Union Day on Thursday 19 October, an annual event celebrated by more than 223 million members of credit unions worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Dreams Thrive Here’. This gave us pause for thought because every day we help our members tackle the challenges of daily life (a new washing machine, school trip, unexpected expense etc) and we wondered what dreams they have for the future. Have an adventure? Get property, a car, a bike? Start a family? We hope they can fulfil their dreams and we would like to think that we can help them along the way whether it is by encouraging them to save and or providing them with an affordable loan when needed. Let dreams thrive here. For more information about our credit union contact us at 282 High Street, Perth, 01738 624872 or visit our website www.pkcu.org.uk

Coming Soon In Pitlochry Life Over the winter months we will be running a new feature in Pitlochry Life called Pitlochry Portraits. Each month we will feature an interview with someone local, who is well liked and respected. I’m sure you will either know the person concerned, or at least know of them. However we hope to delve into their background, their upbringing, career and life in Pitlochry. Many local people are well known but their histories are often much more interesting than many of us suspect. Is there anyone in Pitlochry that you would like us to run a feature on? I’m sure we will unearth some fascinating stories. Pitlochry Life will meet up with them and over coffee get to know them better. If there is someone you think would appreciate telling their story then please get in touch. Either drop us a note to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk or call Debbie on 07545299491.

Share Your Recommendations And Get A Thank You From Us. We have a great number of readers and contributors in Pitlochry Life, and many of them recommend our little magazine to tradesmen or businesses that have provided them with good service, normally with “You should be advertising in this!” We are usually then contacted by these companies acting on your recommendation. So, it’s time to say thank you. If you recommend us to a business or service provider and they choose to advertise with us, we will reward you with a nice voucher for a shop of your choice. Just ask them to quote your name and we will be in touch. 70 Pitlochry Life


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

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

Prescriptions - amcprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk

Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203

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

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

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station

101

Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000

Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Council Housing Emergency

0845 301 11 10

Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

01738 625411

NHS 24

111

24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry

01796 470001

Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld

01350 729198

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580

Homelessness

0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20

Samaritans

0845 909090

SSPCA 24Hrs

0300 999 999

Childline

0800 1111

Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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Walk With Me… Pitlochry Fish Ladder and around Loch Faskally. Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 100m, with some steps. This is a good family walk with children. It is over well defined paths and some minor roads with lots to see and some stunning scenery along the way. The walk starts in Pitlochry’s main street (Atholl Road) at Ferry Road, this is lowest point in the main street where you will see Victoria’s on the corner. Turn down Ferry Road, past Fern Cottage, under the railway bridge and follow the road as it curves left. You will then pass the sports field and turn down a path, on the left, sign-posted for the Festival Theatre and Fish Ladder, then cross the bouncy Port-na-Craig suspension bridge, where the kids can count the ‘love-locks’. (Portna-Craig means ferry by the rock, see if the kids can spot the rock) Over the bridge turn right past Portnacraig Inn, the Festival Theatre will be above you on the left. The Explorer’s Garden is at the rear of the car park at the entrance to the theatre. Keep on this minor road, pass the Theatre and you will come to the hydro-electric dam which has created Loch Faskally. There is a fantastic new visitor centre here as well as observation chambers for the salmon ladder which allows the fish to swim upstream through a number of tunnels to bypass the dam. If lucky, you might see one pass through. An electronic counter records how many fish pass through each year and is usually in excess of 4,000. Climb up the steps next to the fish ladder to the top of the dam, then keep left up a few more steps to start the path around Loch Faskally. Soon head right at a fork to some steps down to the shore and follow the clear path. At one point you will go down steps, cross a bridge and climb a longer flight of steps up the other side. The path now climbs away from the water towards the A9. Stay in the woods and you will pass a house at Balmore before emerging onto a minor road. Turn right there and follow this 72 Pitlochry Life

road downhill, under the A9 bridge then immediately turn right down a path leading to a footbridge signposted for the Boating Station. Over the bridge turn right to follow the path around the other side of the Loch. You will soon reach the Boating Station, don’t forget to feed the ducks before heading up the road, back towards Pitlochry, passing the Green Park Hotel on the right. Then take the next right, Lagreach Brae (a new housing estate) where in the bottom right corner there is a signed path on the right that leads back down to the loch and the dam. Always keep to the main path near the water and ignore any other paths and tracks coming in from the left. Go through a gap in the fence and down steps towards the dam. Cross the minor road, climb steps on the far side and continue through woodland. The path emerges onto grass and then continues between the river and some houses before reaching the path leading down to the suspension bridge with the padlocks. Turn left here and retrace your steps back to the main street.

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Homegroup? What’s that about? A Homegroup is simply a group of PCs on a home network that can speak to each other and share files and printers. Obviously you need more than one computer to make use of it, but it allows you to access and share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your HomeGroup. Other people can't change the files that you share unless you give them permission to do so. After you create or join a Homegroup, you select the libraries (for example, My Pictures or My Documents) that you want to share. You can prevent specific files or folders from being shared, and you can share other bits later. HomeGroup is available from Win 7 through Win 10 (however in Win 7 Starter and Home Basic, you can join a Homegroup, but not create one). The best part really, is using a printer wired to another computer in the group. Create a Homegroup • Type Homegroup in the search box on the taskbar, and then select HomeGroup. • Select Create a Homegroup > Next. • Select the libraries and devices you want to share with the HomeGroup, and then select Next. • A password will appear—print it or write it down. You’ll need it later. • Select Finish. If a Homegroup already exists on your network, your kids may have already created one, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one. Add your other PCs to the Homegroup You'll need the HomeGroup password, which you can get from any HomeGroup member. All user accounts except the Guest account will belong to the Homegroup. Each person controls access to his or her own libraries. To join a homegroup, follow these steps on the PC that you want to add to the Homegroup: • Open HomeGroup as above. • Select Join now > Next. • Select the libraries and devices you want to share 74 Pitlochry Life

with the HomeGroup, and then select Next. • Type the Homegroup password in the box, and

then select Next. • Select Finish.

Find Homegroup files PCs that belong to your Homegroup will appear in File Explorer under Homegroup. • Under Homegroup, select the user account name of the person whose libraries you want to get to. • In the file list, double-tap the library you want to get to, and then double-tap the file or folder you want. PCs that are turned off, hibernating, or asleep won't be available as part of the Homegroup. When you create or join a Homegroup, you select the libraries and devices you want to share with other people in the group. Libraries are initially shared with Read access, which means that other people can look at or listen to what's in the library, but they can't change the files in it, but you can adjust the level of access at any time. Keep in mind that children who use Homegroup PCs will have access to all shared libraries and devices. Share a printer Printers that are connected with a USB cable can be shared with a Homegroup, they appear through the Print dialog box in any program, just like a printer that's directly connected to your PC. • Open Homegroup as above. • Select Change what you’re sharing with the Homegroup. • Next to Printers & Devices, select Shared or Not shared (be set to Shared by default). • Select Next > Finish. To print to a Homegroup printer, open the Print menu of the app you want to print from (like Microsoft Word), select the Homegroup printer, and then select Print. Remember, the PC that the printer is connected to must be turned on to use the printer. Willie


2 x Part Time Housekeepers for large private house on Atholl Estates. Part time hours with weekend work. Hourly paid. Would suit a couple or friends. Duties to include: •

Clean the Lodge between parties of guests, with a light clean mid-week. The Lodge requires 2 people to clean between parties (10am - 4pm).

Organise rota and supervise supporting staff.

Be Lodge point of contact for guests during stay and ensure Information Packs, Notices and Displays are stocked and up to date.

Liaise with Lodge Administrator regarding forward bookings.

Maintain the inventory of equipment and utensils.

Maintain stock of firewood.

Arrange for linen and Laundry.

Maintain stock of cleaning materials and consumables.

Supervise thorough clean in Spring and Autumn.

Notify Lodge Administrator about damage or unreasonable mess after guests depart.

Notify repairs using correct system and arrange access for work.

Notify lodge Administrator of hazards or instances which pose a threat to lodge or guests.

Help to maintain the Lodge security against intruders.

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Kinloch Rannoch

Rannoch Station

Kenmore

Aberfeldy

Dunkeld

14

13

8

89

99

98

79

52

68

61

71

70

50

47

67

37

31

15

34

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45

64

35

30

12

32

47

45

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16

16

18

35

17

68

67

64

16

-

32

34

54

34

89

61

37

35

16

32

-

7

24

27

14

99

71

31

30

18

34

7

-

18

21

13

98

70

15

12

35

54

24

18

-

20

8

79

50

34

32

17

34

27

21

20

-

Pitlochry

-

87

57

26

Inverness

87

-

Aviemore

57

30

83

80

Perth

26 112 83

-

16

Blairgowrie

26 108 80

16

Kinloch Rannoch

21

80

52

Rannoch Station

37

96

Kenmore

21

Aberfeldy Dunkeld Blair Atholl

-

Blair Atholl

Blairgowrie

21

96

Perth

37

Aviemore

21

Inverness

26

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ADVERTISERS IN THIS ISSUE Acarsaid Steakhouse

12

Heartland Film Society

58

Recipe

Alba Chimney & Stoves

20

Highland Travel

55

Reid Estates

63

Andy Law Pest Control

61

Homefresh Cleaning

29

Reid Tree Garden Services

27

Appliance Repairs

67

House of Hearing

51

Rivendell

34

Atholl Estate Vacancies

75

House of Bruar

37

RW Bell Audio Visual

65

Infinity Blu Dentist

49

RW Bell Building Services

73

Atholl Palace Hotel

39-42

14

Barhaul

20

ITV's Victoria

43

RW Bell Electrical

19

Ben Vrackie

28

J & H Mitchell

38

S Saint Electrical

21

Scottish Woodworking Show

23

Birnam Picture Framing

29

J W Lang Painter/Tiler

Blair Atholl Garage

35

Jill Storstein

16,21 55

SM Building Solutions

19

Blair Atholl Golf Club

31

John Swinney MSP

36

Stephen Housebuilder

79 19

Blair Castle

2

K Allan Joinery

21

Stevie G Roofing

Brodies Timber

16

Killiecrankie Hotel

5

Strowan Woodland Cemetery

CCS Locksmiths

45

Lazlo DĂŠcor

67

Sudoko

Chimney Sweep

29

Leaflets

59

SWI

64

Chris Mitchell Landscapes

24

Lesley McLean Footcare

55

Tay Roofing

45

Churches

46

Malcolm Appleby

38

Taymouth Marina Restaurant

15

Coach House Flowers

47

MAP

76

The Green Park Hotel

11

Councillor Xander McDade

44

Maxim Hair Studio

47

The Hair Studio

47

Cycle With Me

69

McKenzie Strickland

63

The Hardware Centre

24

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Dalguise Fishings

38

Morrison Joinery

21

The Inn at Loch Tummel

1

Doug Mcphee Fencing

24

Murdo Fraser MSP

32

The Loft

15

Doug McPhee Stoneworks

29

Murthly Sawmill

25

The Old Mill Inn

80

Duncan McLean

27

Omeworks

18

The Townhouse, Aberfeldy

13

Ewan McAdam

16

Pete Wishart MP

32

Thistle & Orchid Beauty

47

Fern Cottage

7

Pipe Bands

60

Time to Care

59

Fitness

30

Pitlochry AEA

75

TLC Laundry

59

Flu Vaccination

68

Pitlochry Bowling Club

66

TMD Cleaning

67

Food in the Park LIVE

10

Pitlochry Car Hire

12

TMS Logs

17

Frederik Demeyere

24

Pitlochry Garden

22

Tom Smeaton Fencing

25

Garage Door Experts

18

Pitlochry Golf Club

31

Tommy Garrow

26

Gatehouse Firewood

51

Pitlochry Life Portraits

70

Tree Maintenance Services

17

Gatehouse Nursery

26

Pitlochry Litter

58

U3A

62

Gaulds Funeral Directors

53

Pitlochry Org

33

Victoria's

7

Gilmour Garden Services

20

Pitlochry Station Bookshop

64

W & K Gerrie

57

Go Driving School

45

PMCC

56

Walk with Me

72

GRM Podiatry

55

Queen's View Cafe

9

Wonky Computer Factory

74

Hearing & Mobility

57

Rannoch Station Tea Room

12

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