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PITLOCHRY LIFE

The Very Best of Pitlochry And Surrounding Area

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October 2018 Issue 341

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Message Contents from the Features Team Crosswords Ben Lawers WIN Book Time

Welcome to the October edition of Pitlochry Life.

There’s definitely a change in the weather, so without much ado we move onto Autumn colour, warm cosy fires and pumpkin soup! What better way to enjoy a warm fire than with a great read, see my reading list on page 91. In this issue we also take a look at the history of the crossword puzzle. Sheila prepares the garden for a tidy up and Alan Clinch looks at why Walking Poles really are beneficial. Willie joins in the great printer ink debate, asks which toners are the best and gives some advice to save yourself some money. Well with all that I think we should all pop out for a coffee, tea, lunch or dinner. We have all the best eateries to try and who knows you might be looking to book your next Christmas night out. If you are here for the Enchanted Forest - Céad míle fáilte as we say – A hundred thousand welcomes. Wrap up well and have a fantastic time. Thank you to everyone for being part of Pitlochry Life, from the groups and clubs to the advertisers. WE couldn’t do it without you !

Regulars

Recipe - Pumpkin Soup Pitlochry Tipple Garden Fitness Walk With Me Computer Cycle With Me

Community

Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Useful Numbers 86 Index 94 Advertising Debbie - 07545299491

Art & Eds Willie - 07906375953 www.facebook.com/pitlochrylife @PitlochryLife

Deadline for November Edition - 13th October

Please Re-Cycle ... Eventually!

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

10.00am

Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club - Atholl Centre

1st October

2.30pm

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall

3rd October

7.00pm

Cancer Research Shop UK - Fun Quiz Night - Pitlochry Bowling Club

3rd October

7.00pm

Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel

4th October

2pm & 4pm

4th October

Various

Enchanted Forest starts!

5th October

9.30pm

Lynnie Carson plays The Old Mill Inn

6th October

10.00am

Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre Coffee Morning - Tryst Hall

6th-7th October

10.00am

Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair - The Drill Hall

9th October

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group – Rothiemurchus Forest Walk

9th October

10.00am

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park

11th October

7.30pm

Scottish Country Dance Classes - Moulin Hall

13th October

10.00am

Gallery 2 Craft Fair - Atholl Centre

13th October

3.30pm

Concert At Tenandry Kirk

14th October

6.00pm

Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema

15th October

7.30pm

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Tryst Hall

16th October

10.00am

Keeping Pitlochry Safe - Atholl Centre

17th October

2.00pm

Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

17th October

2.00pm

Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre

18th October

7.15pm

Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall

19th October

8.00pm

ABBFab play Food in the Park

20th October

10.00am

Pitlochry Market

21st October

3.00pm

Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch

23rd-25th October

7.00pm

Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club - AJ Munro Non Shooters Shoot

26th October

10.30pm

Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library

26th October

9.30pm

Jamie McGeechan plays The Old Mill Inn

27th October

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group – West Lomond Hill

27th October

7.00pm

Struan Trust-Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall

27th October

8.00pm

Red pine Timber Co play Food in the Park Closing Night!

29th October

7.30pm

Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst

31st October

All Day!

Halloween

3rd November

10.00am

Open Morning - Strathallan Junior School

5th November

2.30pm

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall

Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre

For all our live music see pages 13, 49 and 96.

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


For reservations please call 01796 473 248 Clunie Bridge Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5JY Email: bookings@thegreenpark.co.uk Web: www.thegreenpark.co.uk

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A warm welcome awaits you at The Townhouse Aberfeldy

Serving food in the evenings from 5.30pm - 8.30pm Booking Recommended Tel: 01887 829 995

www.townhouseaberfeldy.co.uk

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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Monday 1st October - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is Dr David Cruikshank and his subject is 'The Political Cartoons of Peter Brooks.' Everyone very welcome. Wednesday 3rd October - Cancer Research Shop UK - Fun Quiz Night - Pitlochry Bowling Club 7.00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm cost is £5 per head which will include entry to the quiz and a game of prize bingo. There will be optional raffles throughout the night with lots of great prizes up for grabs. Tables will seat teams of 4 and can be made up on the night. See you there then! Wednesday 3rd October - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time this winter) Estelle Nicol of Marie Curie, the charity we are now supporting, will give us an update and there will be a raffle to raise money for our charity. The cost of the evening will be £12, 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. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, nancytamblin@talktalk.net) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Please note the new contact point for this. Thursday 4th October - Heartstart - Atholl Medical Centre - 2.00pm & 4.00pm. See page 72. Thursday 4th October - Enchanted Forest starts! Saturday 6th October - Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre Coffee Morning - Tryst Hall 10.00am. All welcome, hope to see you there. Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th - Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair - The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld - 10.00am to 5.00pm each day. Free entry - demonstrations of woodcarving and chair re-caning. New exhibitors include sea-glass jewellery and amazing cushions and homeware. Tuesday 9th October - The Tryst Walking Group – Rothiemurchus Forest Walk – 9.30am. The walk starts between Aviemore and Coylumbridge. The route is mostly on good forest trails through the ancient Scots Pine woodland. We pass lovely loch an Eilein before heading towards the Cairngorm Mountains and back to the start. The route is virtually flat. Distance 7.5 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Tuesday 9th October - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 64 for more details. Thursday 11th October - Scottish Country Dance Classes - Moulin Hall - 7.30pm. No membership fee. Instruction is given for all dances. Great fun, exercise and a way to meet some new friends. Some Ceilidh dances will also be taught. £3.00 per night. Also on 18th and 25th. Come along and give it a try, all welcome. For further information contact June on 01796 473488. Saturday 13th - Gallery 2 Craft Fair - Atholl Centre (behind Baptist Church) - 10.00am to 5.00pm. Free entry donation from each craftworker to chosen charity. Saturday 13th October - Concert At Tenandry Kirk - Apanthus Duo - 3.30pm. See page 33 for info. Sunday 14th October - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ‘After The Storm’. See page 66 for details. 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. Monday 15th October - Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group - Tryst Hall - 7.30pm. Bradley Fairclough from Jacobs will talk about ‘Wildlife and environmental issues in dualling the A9'. For more information contact Richard Horobin richardwhorobin@tomcroy.co.uk

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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Tuesday 16th October - Keeping Pitlochry Safe - Atholl Centre - 10.00am. Come along for a free safety information event. See page 75 for details,all welcome. Wednesday 17th October - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. The Demonstrator will be Gill Garrow who has chosen 'Inspirations' as her subject. There will be a Club Competition entitled 'In a Pumpkin'. Linzee Lindsay, 01738 710777. Wednesday 17th October - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Strings and Things will play for us. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com. See page 66 for more info on U3A. Thursday 18th October - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. Alister Walker will present 'The Front Line Walk' (100km sponsored walk). All welcome. See page 80 for more information on the SWI. Saturday 20th October - Pitlochry Market - 10.00am to 3.00pm. See page 17. Last one this year! Sunday 21st October - Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch - 3.00 pm. Trio Khnopff. Sadie Fields (Violin), Romain Dhainaut ('Cello), Stephanie Salmin (Piano). Haydn: Trio in G major "Gypsy", Dvorak: Trio op. 90 "Dumky", Frank Martin: Trio on Irish Folk Tunes, Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Sadie Fields is an internationally known violinist with Rannoch connections. Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th October - Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club - AJ Munro Non Shooters Shoot - 7.00pm. See page 76 for details. Friday 26th October - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am -11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. All welcome. Saturday 27th October - The Tryst Walking Group – West Lomond Hill – 9.30am. This is a lovely walk from the car park near Falkland along a good track to the summit of West Lomond Hill. The hill gives good views over Loch Leven and to the west. Height climbed 200m. Distance 6 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 27th October - Struan Trust-Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall - 7.00pm. Teams consist of 4 people (must be 18 years of age and over) which can also be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3.50 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 struantrust1979@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336. Monday 29th October - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst - 7.30pm. See page 80 for details. Visitors Welcome. Wednesday 31st October - Halloweeeeeeeen! Saturday 3rd November - Open Morning - Strathallan Junior School - 10.00am. See page 35. 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. Entries for non profit groups are free. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. 12 Pitlochry Life


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Halloween? That Means Roasted Pumpkin Soup! I got the taste for this when the kids were wee. Every Halloween we would make pumpkin lanterns and be left with the insides. Seemed such a waste until I discovered how easy it was to make this pumpkin soup. By roasting first it brings out extra flavour. • 1.5kg pumpkin

• 3 cloves garlic

• Olive oil

• 1 carrot

• 1 teaspoon dried chilli

• 1 stick of celery

• 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

• 1 litre hot vegetable stock

• 1 large onion 1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. 2. Grind the Chilli and coriander seeds in a pestle with a pinch of salt until finely ground. 3. Skin the pumpkin and remove the seeds (you can keep these for roasting, they are really tasty), then chop into wedges. 4. Place the pumpkin on a large baking tray (probably need 2), drizzle with a little olive oil, then sprinkle on the spice mix with some black pepper. 5. Roast the pumpkin for about an hour until soft and slightly caramelised at the edges. 6. Meanwhile, roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Add to a large saucepan and sauté in a tablespoon of oil for about 15 minutes, until soft. 7. When the pumpkin is ready, add to the pan along with the stock and blend with a stick blender until smooth. If too thick, add a little more stock or water. 8. Simmer for about 5 minutes and you are good to go. Top with a dollop of cream/crème fraîche/natural yogurt or grated cheese, sprinkle with the roasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy with some crusty bread. All treat, no trick.


October at Blair Castle

10% off Family Ticket when you quote ‘Halloween’

You and your family are invited to a witches dinner at Blair Castle this Halloween season. The party is thrilling but there’s a problem; the guests’ broomsticks have been lost around the castle and everyone is in a flutter. Let your children’s imagination run free at Blair Castle from 6th October to 28th October (excluding 27th October) with challenges to locate the broomsticks and then explore the gardens on a spooky treasure hunt. No extra charge and no need to book in advance. Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TL 01796 481207 www.blair-castle.co.uk

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Open 10am - late, with heated terrace dining during Enchanted Forest. From our family to yours, we warmly welcome you to Victoria’s.

Brunch, Lunch & Homebaking by day Bistro dining & top notch wines from 5.00 pm

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Local Innovation and Talent This month I want to pay tribute to two local innovators and very talented people who, apart from being brought up in the local community, have launched new products into the drinks industry which are proving incredibly popular.

Both Conall and Helen have paid particular attention to quality and flavour. Conall is producing beer which is fundamentally excellent. Ingredients are first class, his process and quality control are second to none and the flavour of his beers are outstanding. For me the Hopped IPA is an absolute winner; crisp hoppy and light with great body and colour.

Coming up with a new idea, recipe or concept is hard enough for the more seasoned of us, Helen has produced a gin which is different from but for young adults who have just finished degrees, to formulate an idea and see it through a lot of gins in the market. Using Wild Mint and Nettles, to name two of the botanicals, to production it is a huge challenge. the gin has a complex sweet and spicy flavour. I’m talking about Conall Low and Helen Stewart. More herbal than a lot of its competitors which Conall and a university friend decided not to sets it apart. Add standard or Mediterranean pursue their careers in the degrees they have fevertree tonic and orange peel and the gin gained and instead decided to open a brewery develops more complexity to its flavour. It really in Pitlochry. The logical name was ‘Wasted is one to sip and savour. Helen hand picks all the Degrees’. Production started in Kinnaird in 2017 botanicals from her parents farm, including the and in 2018 they have expanded production juniper. So this gin really does have authenticity capability. For Helen, the idea was formulated and quality. when she was just 18 and her Badvo gin was Both of these young entrepreneurs should launched at the end of July after years of fund be congratulated on a job well done. I hope, raising, building and product development. for them both, this is the start of long and The complexities and ‘red tape’ surrounding successful career. any new business is formidable, but when you My ethos at Robertsons is to support as many plan to build your own brewery/distillery and local businesses as possible and we have launch alcohol into the market, the red tape is stocked both the beer and gin since they were almost insurmountable. However, both have launched and will continue to support these two come through all of that and are now seeing ‘local heros’. their respective products grow in the market. The hard work doesn’t stop once the product is launched though and these two have thrown Ewan McIlwraith themselves into the marketing, brand building Ewan McIlwraith is the owner of Robertsons and sales of their beer and gin. Farmers markets, of Pitlochry and The Bothy. Since 2013, Ewan speaking to retailers, both on and off-trade, has transformed the retail shop to now stock working out how to invoice and deliver their of over 450 whiskies and over 150 small batch product in as efficient a way as possible to gins. Ewan is also a judge for Scottish Field, ensure they are doing it profitably is no easy judging the annual whisky and gin challenge feat. And doing all this when they are still have to competitions. manage the production, and in both cases this is done by themselves, you can see the benefits of being young and having lots of energy!! 20 Pitlochry Life


Let’s Party!

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at Fisher’s Hotel

Join us on Saturday 1st, 15th or 22nd December and dance the night away. Includes arrival drink, three-course dinner with half a boole of wine per person, plus an opponal overnight stay with breakfast and late check-out. Oppon of live band or disco. Late bar unnl 12.30am. £35 per person, or £75 with bed and breakfast. Over 18s only

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The Pitlochry Garden October This is a busy month for gardeners; after the clocks change, night time temperatures fall and precipitation tends to increase, often accompanied by strong wind. So, it is a good idea to get everything tidied up now.

can be done at the end of this month or in early November.

Many shrubs don’t require any pruning now: they either flower on wood made this season – like forsythia – so you would not want to cut off the buds for next year, or, they flower late – like buddleja – and should only be pruned in late winter.

Rake up fallen leaves and stuff them into black bags to rot down to make leaf mould. This will take a few months but the resulting material is invaluable for improving the texture of clay soil.

There is still time to move any shrubs which have outgrown their position. Prepare the new planting hole first, digging a bigger hole than you need and That doesn’t mean you should be cutting adding good compost. Put a handful of bone meal herbaceous perennials hard back or pruning every in the hole. Dig round the shrub beyond the spread shrub. The top growth of perennials protects of the branches and lift the whole root ball. Get the crown of the plant from hard frosts and the some help if this is a big plant. Re-plant the shrub, decaying growth is a home for insects. These making sure that the compost comes to the same insects, and any seeds, are good food for birds level at the stem of the plant. Firm in gently. Check foraging in the garden over the cold winter months. this plant if there are windy periods and re-firm.

Rose bushes however do need a bit of pruning and that can be completed now, removing flowered shoots, any dead or diseased wood and reducing overall height. Flowered wood on ramblers can be cut back hard and climbers can be shortened, and new shoots tied in with soft string. Overgrowth on deciduous foliage shrubs can wait another month until you can see the structure of the plant. Then remove the dead, the diseased and the damaged, take out any crowded or crossing branches and stop. Always cut back to a main stem.

The lawn will benefit hugely from some attention now: remove thatch and spike all over, brushing in a mixture of 50:50 compost and sharp sand to improve drainage. Cut the grass to about an inch. Weed the borders and top up the bark mulch if necessary. If you’ve done all that, and the spring bulbs are in, take the time for a walk in the woods to enjoy the last of the autumn leaves because winter’s coming.

Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design If you have hedges to clip, start with any coniferous 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com ones and try to do the work before there is a risk of frost at night which will brown off the cut tips. Deciduous hedges like beech and privet 22 Pitlochry Life


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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

Walking Poles There’s a high chance that over the past few years you’ll have seen an increasing number of people out for a walk using poles. The question for many though is ‘why use them?’ As often in these articles, I’ll mention a little bit about research which has been done that points to the fact that the use of poles is in fact a pretty good idea. Studies have been done with a wide variety of age groups using poles for different reasons, all of which have shown positive results. Using walking poles is likely to •

Reduce stress on the feet, legs, knees and back by helping to distribute weight evenly.

Protect knees, especially when walking down steep hills.

through the strap before gripping the handle of the pole – this means that downward pressure can be used to move yourself forwards as a result of the tension developed between the wrist and strap (though if you’re not confident just leave the straps until you are – that way if you slip or trip you can just drop the pole!). With the grip relatively relaxed, it takes very little effort to swing the pole forward with each step. You’ll find that after a few kilometres you’ll naturally develop a grip which is appropriate. If you’re using the poles for stability, the tip of the pole should touch the ground lightly (if you need more support this will happen without you really having to think about it).

When going uphill, it may help to shorten the poles slightly. Opposite arm/leg movement is important Improve power and endurance when walking – if you bring the same arm and leg forward, you’ll probably end up rocking from side to side. That uphill. said, sometimes it’s appropriate to use both poles Aid balance on uneven surfaces. together - when you are going uphill, downhill, Improve posture, making people more upright over curbs or stairs, you may want to place both poles in front of you at the same time. This means as they walk which can help breathing. that you can gain extra stability and also absorb Increase speed, especially going downhill. some of the shock – particularly helpful if you have Provide extra stability. knee problems.

Reduce fatigue.

Burn more energy by involving the upper body as well as legs.

Strengthen muscles which support the spine.

Help to develop or maintain muscles in the arms, shoulders and neck.

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If you decide to use poles, to get the maximum benefit they need to be correctly adjusted. They should be set to a length that allows a secure grip on the handle when the elbow is at a right angle and the forearm is parallel to the ground. Straps allow a slightly looser (but still secure) grip, which helps reduce tension in the forearm. To correctly use the straps, your hand goes up 28 Pitlochry Life

Using poles for stability and balance is quite different to Nordic walking, which is designed to use significantly more energy, and in the process provide an upper body exercise session. More about Nordic Walking next month. www.thebmc.co.uk/hill-skills-using-trekking-poles As always, if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong…

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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 Autumn 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’. (Port-na-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 32 Pitlochry Life

this 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.

For more walks, keep an eye on our website at www.pitlochrylife.co.uk/getout


This Month’s Tricky Sudoko How to play............

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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory I have bought cars for less money than a set of colour laser toner cartridges. But then again I’ve ruined carpets, clothes, reams of paper and walked around with blue hands for a week trying to refill inkjet and toner cartridges. Why do printer manufacturers hold us to ransom with the price of ink? Well the answer is quite simple and it is not because they put the fear of death into us for even considering buying compatible cartridges, it’s because they practically gift us a printer at a throwaway price, then look to recover the cost through replacing the cartridges. The great debate over whether or not to use anything other than the Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) has raged on for a tediously long time. But things are changing. We now have non OEM cartridges of recognisable non OEM brands that for the vast majority of us will perform every bit as good and save a satisfyingly large wad of money. Here’s what you need to know to get involved in the debate and make your own decision: Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridges are brand new manufactured by the same brand that made your printer. So an original cartridge for a HP printer is manufactured by HP. These are sometimes also referred to as ‘Genuine’. Compatible cartridges are brand new made by a third-party manufacturer. They have no affiliation with the original manufacturers of the printer, and the cartridges have not been used before. Sometimes also referred to as ‘Generic’. Refilled cartridges are original cartridges which have been used once, returned, cleaned and refilled. Typically inkjet cartridges are refilled.

contain no recycled parts. This is why they’re considered to be of better quality (by miles) than re-manufactured or refilled cartridges. So, for sake of this argument, let’s just concentrate on Compatible/Generic cartridges, then we will never have to deal with anything that’s been used and abused by a previous owner. Generic v Genuine: Where the Generics Win The biggest and most important reason why the debate of generic v genuine even comes up is the cost. People usually start considering generic cartridges when they realise the savings. It’s no secret that generic cartridges are much cheaper than genuine cartridges. However, the key question here is why. As mentioned above, printer manufacturers sell their printers on massive losses because they think that they’ll make up for the loss when the user has to buy cartridges again and again. So, when you buy genuine cartridges, you’re essentially paying for the printer you bought earlier and for the cartridges as well as for the manufacturers’ profits. The costing of genuine cartridges has nothing to do with the cost price or even supply and demand. Third party manufacturers of generic cartridges price their cartridges in a way that their costs are covered and they make a profit. This minor difference means that you can end up saving up to 70 percent by buying generic cartridges. That’s a lot of money in your lifetime. Consider the fact that it’s not just about the cost of one genuine cartridge. Instead, it’s about all the cartridges you’ll ever buy. What this means is that your savings add up massively over a few years. Generic v Genuine: How Genuines Win

Re-manufactured cartridges are original cartridges which have been used once, returned, cleaned, all working parts replaced and then refilled. These are typically toner cartridges, with the parts that experience wear during the printer process being replaced.

It’s all about the quality and durability of images. This means that genuine cartridges are refined to fit in well with the printer and the paper. The effect of this difference is best visible when it comes to high quality prints. In the past they almost always provided better quality and clarity particularly when it comes to photographs.

The important part to remember here is that a re-manufactured cartridge is basically a recycled form of the cartridge that users emptied out earlier. A refilled cartridge is basically the same cartridge you emptied, filled with toner again. Generic cartridges are manufactured fresh and

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because they’re so confident in their performance that they even provide a 100 percent guarantee and money refund. But Will Use of Generic Printer Cartridges Cause Problems? Because of the threat that generic toner cartridges pose to OEMs profit margins, there are many rumours and myths designed to make them look bad and make you stick with genuine. For example:

So, are compatibles suitable for me? How much do you print? Normal-Frequently: compatibles will save you a huge amount of money. They typically contain more ink than originals, at a lower price, so your costs drop considerably. Very rarely: Your main concern is ink drying and blocking the print heads. Originals contain a chemical to prevent this, so if you print LESS than once every few months stick to originals.

Damage to Printer

What do you print?

This stems from a time when third party compatible cartridges weren’t of high quality. This myth is also a result of refilled cartridges malfunctioning, because that does happen fairly often. However, you shouldn’t let these myths deter you from generic. All you need to do is buy from a reliable seller.

Text: Compatible inks perform excellently for text with brilliantly sharp prints, particularly in laser printers, so if text printing is the majority of what you do you should try a compatible asap.

But, will compatibles affect my printer warranty? The most common myth regarding generic cartridges is that their use will void your printer warranty. There is no truth to this whatsoever. The laws forbid any company from absolving itself from the warranty provided, if the recommended consumables are not used unless those consumables damage the printer. There are very few ways a cartridge can break a printer and ‘legitimate’ suppliers guarantee the performance of your machine for cartridge failure. It is incredibly rare for a cartridge to cause an issue with a printer. If your printer was purchased within 12 months… A manufacturer is legally required to give a 1-year guarantee on electrical products. They cannot have anti-competitive terms. The manufacturer has to prove that the third party cartridges caused the fault with the printer. They cannot just state “you used a compatible, we’re not helping”. They should arrange an engineer visit to determine the fault and what caused it. If it’s the printer fault, great, they’ll sort it. If it is the cartridge, then your suppliers guarantee will cover it. If your printer is in an extended warranty after 12 months… These optional warranties are provided by the manufacturer and they can set their own terms. This means that they can void your warranty for using third party cartridges. In this case argue the toss with the cartridge supplier, they should cover it. 36 Pitlochry Life

Everyday photos: Original cartridges with original photo paper will always give you the best results, they’re designed to work in tandem. However, compatibles are brilliant for photo printing and telling the difference is nearly impossible for the majority of printouts. Professional Photos: Compatibles archival life is not as high as a genuine cartridge. They can fade within a few years, especially in harsh lighting, so I’d advise sticking to originals. My printer is old: (Wow, who has an old printer!) As long as you’ve taken care of your printer compatibles are perfectly viable – if you can still get them. (Your still on XP aren't you!) Conclusion: Stop wasting your money. Do not let fear of the unknown keep you from being held to ransom. If you are still paranoid, try buying one compatible with your next originals order. If it doesn’t live up to expectations, it’s no great loss. It is however recommended that you use one original cartridge every 3-4 compatible sets to clean and lubricate your print heads. We currently have two laser printers. The latest is an all singing dancing A3 Scanner, Laser HP bought earlier this year for £103 (Costco :o). A set of genuine cartridges cost £150ish, with recognised brand compatibles at around £60. I have no loyalty, affection or patience with errant printers, they are simply thrown out and replaced. That always works out cheaper.

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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative In early September I was pleased to see the UK Government announce a new visa pilot for seasonal farm workers. This year, Perthshire fruit growers have faced issues attracting seasonal berry pickers and it has become increasingly clear that greater flexibility is required to attract labour to the area. However, it’s not just farmers who have been calling for the Government to take action. My Conservative Colleague and MP for Angus, Kirstene Hair, has been pressing for a new visa along the lines of this proposal and I am sure farmers across the region will be pleased that her hard work has paid off. The new visa will give around 2,500 workers, from out-with the EU, the opportunity to work in the UK for 6 months in the agriculture industry. Fruit farming is incredibly important to the economy and this new visa scheme will hopefully prevent another year where farmers have struggled to find labour. Many readers will no doubt have watched in horror the findings of a recent BBC Scotland documentary on surgical practices at NHS Tayside. As a result of these new revelations, I questioned the Health Minister on what support was being offered to patients and whether St Andrews House would support an independent inquiry into Professor Sam Eljamel, the surgeon accused of botching these operations. Obviously, as this is a live legal matter, the Scottish Government was limited in their response but I was pleased that it was being given due consideration by those in charge. Patients need answers about what happened to them and a full independent inquiry is the least they deserve. Staying with health, I was disappointed to learn that the Pitlochry Minor Injury Unit closed for three days in September. This is not the first time the facility has had to adjust its operating hours as a result of staff shortages and more must be done to attract nurses to the area. Ultimately, this is a lifeline service for many and it is incredibly important that healthcare bosses get it right when it comes to the MIIU. As Parliament made its way back from recess I was delighted to support an event hosted by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum in Perth and Holyrood. During my visit I was able to try my hand at four different trades- stonemasonry, joinery, decorating and roof slating. Across, Highland Perthshire we have a number of Victorian buildings that require maintenance and without the right skills mix this becomes more difficult. In addition to letting MSPs have a go at a trade the event is designed to give school pupils a flavour of opportunities in the industry. Ensuring the next generation is coming through is incredibly important and I was pleased to see so many students from Perth and Kinross show an interest in the industry. As ever 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.msp@parliament.scot or via telephone at 01738 553 990.

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I was pleased to support the efforts of Pitlochry Festival Theatre to be recognised as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2018. The award sees over 160 theatres from across the UK vying for the honour. Pitlochry Festival Theatre has a strong pedigree in the competition, having been voted national winner for Scotland for the past three years. As a long-term supporter of the theatre, I know first-hand what a wonderful facility it is and how hard those involved work to make sure that it is a place for everyone to feel welcome and comfortable.

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Pitlochry Festival Theatre is a place for everyone and the theatre staff make sure that everyone is welcome in this special place. At the time of writing, the outcome of the vote is not known, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a successful result. I recently welcomed news that visits and spending by overseas tourists in Scotland have risen to the highest ever recorded level. The figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), showed the number of overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by 16.9% to 3.2 million, while expenditure increased by 23% to £2.3 billion. These increases were significantly higher than the UK as a whole. Across Tayside, meanwhile, the number of visitors rose from 219,000 in 2016 to 252,000 in 2017 – an increase of 15%. Spending, meanwhile, increased from £69 million in 2016 to £116 million in 2017 – an incredible rise of 68%. These are a magnificent set of figures that clearly show Scotland’s appeal to people around the world. By far outstripping the growth of other parts of the UK, Scotland is clearly demonstrating its potential on the global stage. Tourism is one of our most important industries, employing 207,000 people, creating jobs, supporting the local economy and building on our strong international reputation. The figures show that our bold, forward-thinking strategy of promoting Scotland is paying rich dividends. Of course, Highland Perthshire is a key player in the tourism sector locally. People across Scotland who want to build their own homes will be able to apply to a £4 million self-build loan fund. I know that it can be tough to secure funding and get the right advice, which is why the Scottish Government has set up the fund to help those that need to access finance. The fund is now open for applications and I want to see people across Perthshire apply and make full use of this fund. The Highland Small Communities Housing Trust will administer the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Loans are available for eligible urban or rural self-builders who are unable to access standard bank lending to support build completion, allowing access to a traditional mortgage which is used to repay loan. Further information is available at www.hscht.co.uk/scotland-self-build-loan-fund.html I will be holding surgeries in Highland Perthshire on 12th October in the following venues- Locus Centre, Aberfeldy- 11am- 12 noon, The Atholl Centre, Pitlochry- 3pm- 4pm, Birnam Arts Centre4.30pm- 5.30pm. To make an appointment, or contact me, email john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot call 01250 876 576 or write to 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH.

Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP A new plan to develop food and drink tourism in Scotland will aim to deliver an additional £1 billion to Scotland’s economy by 2030. The industry-led Food Tourism Scotland Action Plan sets out a range of actions to maximise the potential of two of Scotland’s most successful sectors - tourism and food and drink. Visitors to Scotland already spend around £1 billion a year on food and drink. The action plan aims to unlock the growth potential and secure an extra £1 billion spend on local produce. Measures in the plan include: •

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Cycle With Me! - Aberfeldy to Grandtully, Old Railway Riverside Path Great for: Lovely views of the River Tay. Family friendly! Benefits: Conveniently starts and finishes in a town. Relatively flat, although a little bumpy in places! Mostly woodland and field cycling, on tracks. Length: Approx. 12km round trip Pick a nice dry day, so it won't be too muddy. Park in any car park in Aberfeldy and head out of Aberfeldy on the A827 (towards Pitlochry) past Dewars World of Whisky on the right. After the cemetery, turn left and follow the signpost to Grandtully. You’ll follow the Old Railway track through 2 gates and cycle over a wooden bridge. Then there are 2 more gates before you arrive in Grandtully. From here you can either cycle back the way you came or cross the bridge over the River Tay to Strathtay village, where you will turn left and take the quiet road for around 8km to a footbridge after a left turn. Cross the Golf Course and find yourself back in Aberfeldy! This is a popular walking route so please look out for pedestrians! Remember your helmet, a picnic ... and... Have a great day out! Sally

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

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Creating the next generation of agri-tourism monitor farms to stimulate diversification

A further programme of Showcasing Scotland events – bringing regional buyers and suppliers together

This plan will bring together everyone in the food and tourism sectors to build on Scotland’s success story. Many great things are already happening and I have seen how quality local produce can attract visitors and enhance their experience of Scotland. Now is the time for everyone to work together to make sure that we can make the most of everything this growing sector has to offer. I support the efforts of my colleague, SNP Consumers Affairs spokesperson, Patricia Gibson MP, who has renewed her calls on the UK Government to protect shoppers from losing out on millions of pounds of gift card cash. The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association estimates the UK gift card market to be worth around £6,000 million a year, with around £300 million going unspent. The minimum period and policies for gift cards vary across retailers, and some have very short or hidden expiry periods with no indication on the card of when this arbitrary date may be. As a result, many people end up losing their money because the card has expired and the retailers effectively get money for nothing. More transparency around expiry dates on gift cards is essential. Expiry dates vary and are unclear, which leaves consumers out of pocket with unspent vouchers being clawed back as profit by retailers. It is important that at the very least a minimum across the board five-year expiry date is introduced to protect consumers. I hope that we will see action in this area. I was pleased to see that the Prince's Trust Scotland will receive £400,000 to strengthen and advance their Enterprise Programme, which provides free, local information sessions and interactive workshops for 18-30 year-olds, who are interested in starting a business. Events cover everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax. There is also an online programme with videos and guidance to help young people get started in business at a pace and location that works for them. Further information is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business/enterprise If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk or by phone on 01250 876576.

John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative Armistice Day next month marks the Centenary of the day fighting ended in the Great War and various commemoration ceremonies and events will take place to mark the occasion. PoppyScotland will be raising awareness of the Scottish Poppy Appeal with its Light Up Red campaign which will see iconic buildings, landmarks and structures floodlit in red as Remembrance Day approaches. Hopefully, various Highland Perthshire locations, including the Black Watch monument, will participate in tribute to those who died during World War 1 and since. Phase Two of the School Estates Review initiated by the previous administration has commenced and this phase includes a review of Pitlochry High School and Logierait and Grandtully Primary Schools. These schools are under review due to the condition of the building and/or the occupancy rate being under 60% of its capacity. Drop-in sessions will be organised at these schools allowing parents and interested parties to have their views recorded on a list of options and I would encourage everyone interested in these schools to go along and make their views heard. Many Parent Councils struggle to get parents to take an active part in the governance of their Continued on page 44 42 Pitlochry Life


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children’s school. If you have a child at school and want to get more involved with your parent council, contact the school or get in touch and I will pass on your details. I recently attended an event to gauge support for making Aberfeldy a Dementia Friendly town. The event was well attended with excellent speakers and discussion sessions and there was much support from the floor to make this happen. Over 90,000 people in Scotland now have dementia and the numbers are growing. This initiative is aimed at helping those with the condition and their carers to feel supported, safe and included in our society. I commend its objectives and hope that residents, businesses and organisations give it their support. Health provision in the area continues to be of concern to a great many of you with the shortage of nurses and other health professionals impacting on the ability to get the four bed unit at Dalweem up and running, the Minor Injury and Illness Unit at Pitlochry operating on reduced hours and, occasionally, having to close and the reorganisation of Accident and Emergency Services at Perth Royal Infirmary. Together with Murdo Fraser, MSP, we will continue to engage with NHS Tayside to ensure residents in Highland Perthshire get the medical service they deserve. 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 At last month’s meeting of the full Council, the new proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) was approved for submission to the Scottish Government’s Reporter for scrutiny. Housing sites in the LDP are assessed by the Council’s planners during the creation of the LDP and they make a judgement on an appropriate number of houses for each site. However, in recent years communities across Perth & Kinross have seen developers ignore the allocation in the current LDP1 and are regularly applying for significantly more houses than the sites original allocation in the LDP. Some sites which were perhaps originally zoned for 100 houses have seen applications for as many as 170 houses on the site when a developer comes to make a planning application. If these applications are then approved, it understandably leaves communities feeling as though their time spent putting responses into the LDP during the consultation stages and then when they object has been ignored. To help combat this issue, under the new proposed plan the Council has introduced site ranges, so rather than a fixed number of a 100, a site might now be zoned for 90-110 instead. At the meeting an amendment was proposed to ensure that applications which exceed the higher end of allocated site range would be rejected on those grounds alone. This was passed 33-5, and I’m pleased that all three Highland Ward councillors were unanimous in their support for this amendment. The three ward councillors also managed to get an agreement from the Council planning department in advance of the meeting for them to alter their recommendations to support the position of the Aberfeldy Community Council in relation to the old Fishers Laundry Site. Previously the site was zoned solely for employment uses, which meant that the recent proposals for a mixed use site of housing and employment uses were not acceptable. The Council has now altered its recommendation to allow the site to be used for mixed uses, provided 50% of the land is used for employment purposes. The LDP2 will now be submitted to the government’s reporter for their consideration. If you would like to know anything more about the LDP2 or the process then please do get in touch. During the August Lifelong Learning meeting there was disappointingly another vote to close a rural school in Perth & Kinross. Consistent with my position opposing rural school closures I seconded an amendment to keep the school open and look at other ways to grow the school roll such as through including a nursery provision. Unfortunately this vote went to a tie and the

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Convener used her casting vote to support closure. This was the final school in the first stage of the Council’s School Estate Review and it now moves onto stage two, which includes three schools in the Highland Ward including Pitlochry High School, Logierait Primary and Grandtully Primary. I have been fighting very hard over the last year arguing that closure of these schools shouldn’t be one of the options that is consulted on by the Council as part of the formal review and rather that options focused on investment and growing their role should what is consulted on. In the next few weeks we will find out what options the Council will be consulting on and it is important that once the formal review begins that all members of our community get involved in helping shape the future of our local schools. Highland Perthshire has a good track record of protecting services locally and we must show a strong front to protect our local schools. Locally schooling is not only a matter which effects parents of young children, but without it, businesses will often relocate or not set-up in an area due to difficulties getting staff. It can affect population demographics, where with less young people and families living in an area it then struggles for a working population to work in key jobs, meaning other services are reduced. So it is vital that everyone in the communities around these schools engage with the review and support ways to give these schools a better chance going forward. One key issue we face in Highland Perthshire is the lack of wrap around childcare provision and there is a local group who have been working on this over the summer. I have also been lobbying the Council over the last year to increase the childcare support they offer in rural areas, particularly in the Highland Ward and I’m hopeful that this combined with the work of the local group will allow new solutions to come forward. My October surgeries are on Saturday 20th October and are as follows: Pitlochry Council Offices, 09:30-10:10; Killiecrankie Village Hall, 10:30-11:00; Breadalbane Community Campus, 11:30-12:10. . No appointment necessary. As always I can be contacted on 01738 475028 or XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council - 12 September, Moulin Hall Present: James Laurenson Andrew Holmes Isobel Millar, David Roy, Susan Campbell Cllrs Duff, Mc Dade, Williamson, 4 members of the public Apologies: William MacNicoll, Norma Carr ( Community Warden ), Sgt MacNaughton Declarations of Interest: None Police report: No report Presentation On PHS future by Andy Charlton, Chairman of PHS Parent Council: Public Meeting to be held 16th Sept, Festival Theatre to explain issues. 10 schools in phase 1 of PKC School Estate Review including PHS. Timescale for review, consultation with School council and CC by May/Aug 2019. Drop in consultation November 2018. CC emphasised need for a local school. Matters arising: Rail works. JL had spoken to the site agent .Some delay in gaining access to the Yule bus parking area. This was expected to take place shortly and letters would be distributed to local residents and businesses on the works and changes in parking . Vehicle Actuated speed signs. A meeting with PKC officials on site had agreed locations. Moulin at village entrance, Perth Road north of Royal Mail depot, Atholl Road at Craigatin. Signs installed before March. Pedestrian crossing at Aldour this year. Scottish Water proposals for trees at Sewage Works: E-mail received from Scottish Water with plans for trees between the wildlife garden and the works, proposing to fell decaying trees and replace with new trees. Further felling in 4/6 years where needed, prepared to meet with CC on site. Chairman`s report: Adderley sold and refurbishment work commenced. 46 Pitlochry Life

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Restricted parking on Atholl Rd between Burnside Rd and Mill Lane on 17th Sept Andrew and Jim invited to attend a meeting of Pitlochry Business Forum on 13th Sept. Secretary`s report: LNER fund for projects to benefit communities on ECML. Secretary to follow up. Treasurers report: General fund £412.56, Tartan Fund £4194.13. Environment report: Dave was reactivating the resilience group and updating the Resilience Plan following a recent incident. Planning Report: No significant applications. Local Councillors: New Bus shelter to replace damaged shelter at coach park. Councillors have meeting room in Council offices. Community Safety event Atholl Centre 16 October. Monitoring forms being delivered to households and businesses near sewage works. Matters raised by the public: Concerns over congestion at “Escape Route”. Overhanging trees remain an issue, owners duty to cut back. AOCB: Next meeting to discuss affiliation to HPCP.

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) Church Office: 01796 470411 For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net and keep up-to-date with us on Facebook Sundays: We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11am. Coffee & Cake, Tea & Biscuits afterwards. Special Events Friday 20th - Saturday 21st October: ‘The Kingdom of God’ conference - teaching and ministry with Ken Fish. We’re excited to welcome Ken and his team back to Pitlochry again for this second year running. Join us as we explore what Scripture means by ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand.’ How is God’s kingdom near? What does it mean to partner with Him to bring His reign into ordinary human life? What is the releasing of the Kingdom in our daily lives? Book online at http://the-kingdom-of-god.eventbrite.co.uk Sunday 28th October: (11am) We’re delighted to welcome back Malcolm MacLeod as our guest speaker this morning. Malcolm heads up ‘Steadfast Global,’ a Scottish ministry which encourages the Church across our nation to pray for and stand with persecuted Christians across the globe. (6pm) Malcolm will lead us as we gather to pray for our persecuted family throughout the world. 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. 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. Continued on page 52 Pitlochry Life 51


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 Ian 473570. 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. Held in the Atholl Centre (behind our church building). There is a small 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: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page www.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches A charge in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The 4 Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate 1st Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings can be arranged in all our Churches. For these and any other further details please contact our Rector. (We are pleased to be able to celebrate equal marriage and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate or renew their Union in church) Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday service – 9.30am Holy Communion. Sunday 7th October – 10.30am – All Age Service for Harvest Festival with Kilmaveonaig Sunday 21st October - 10.30am Holy Communion – Joint Charge Service at Kinloch Rannoch Sunday Evening Services – Last Sunday of the Month at 6.00pm Thursdays 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. The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on 17th of September - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). The Writing Group 2.30pm on second Thursday of the month in Holy Trinity Hall enquiries to Liz Continued on page 54 52 Pitlochry Life


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Baker (01796 472005) or Cherith Nixon (01796 482502) Tuesday2 Club – Talks, outings, fellowship and fun. This month ‘Below Par – Tales from the Golf Course’ with Lesley Whitwood. 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 7th October – 10.30am - All Age Service for Harvest Festival (Joint at Holy Trinity, Pitlochry) Sunday 21st October- 10.30am Holy Communion – Joint Charge Service at Kinloch Rannoch 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 21st October – 10.30am Holy Communion – Joint Charge Service at Kinloch Rannoch 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 Sunday 21st October 10.30am Holy Communion - A joint Charge Service Sunday 28th October - Holy Communion 10.30am

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. Continued on page 56 54 Pitlochry Life


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 55


Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Classes are held, every Tuesday from 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis: The group meet weekly, in The Tryst, on Thursdays, from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: Services of worship will be held in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, every 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow each service. The Guild open their 2018/9 meetings on Wednesday 10 October at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge. Rev Ann Brennan and Brian Brennan will speak on Camino de Santiago, a Pilgrim Way. All very welcome. Messy Church meet again Friday 26 October, from 4 – 6.00pm. Our theme will be ‘Noah’s Ark’. Please come along and join in the fun. There will be games, crafts, stories and lots more. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may come along without a child! The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: thetryst@btconnect.com

St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.com Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: •

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

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

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

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

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Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy First Tuesday of the month 10.00 am - 10.25 am. Fr Edward is available for Confessions or to talk to and can be reached on parish telephone number or by email. Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Watermill Café Aberfeldy at 11 am. All are welcome. 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

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Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem. Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by e-mail on nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in October 2018 will be at 10.30am in Logierait Church. Coffee/tea served before the service. Please note the change of time. Continued on page 60 58 Pitlochry Life


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The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach. 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 stytchandturn@btinternet.com The Walkers Group. Thank you to all who took part in the sponsored walk. Arts & Crafts. From 1st to 9th September we had our gallery of work in Strathtay Church and John Kyd Hall by people from the parish, under the auspices of the Perthshire Open Studios. A big heartfelt thank you to all who participated in any way to a most successful week. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our face book 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 Jesus came to share the good news of the Kingdom. He commissioned all his followers to do so. Our meetings help us to understand what that Kingdom is and how we can share the good news with others. You are welcome to join us. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Our meetings are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Thursday 4th October, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: John 9, 10, ‘Jesus Cares for His Sheep’, ‘What was the Festival of Dedication?’, ‘Jesus Resurrects a Widow’s Son’—a discussion of Luke 7:11–17’. Sunday 7th October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Is Your Confidence in Jehovah’, and a discussion of: ‘Do You Have the Facts? (Proverbs 18:13)’. Saturday 13th October, 9.50am. to 4.00pm. Assembly Hall, Appleton Parkway, Livingston. The theme: ‘Be Bold! (Psalm 138:3)’, including the talks: ‘Imitate Christ’s Boldness When Facing Pressure’, ‘Take Your Stand for True Worship’ and ‘Your Boldness “Will Be Richly Rewarded”’. Thursday 18th October, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: John 13, 14, ‘“I Set the Pattern for You”’, ‘Love Identifies True Christians—Reject Selfishness and Provocation’, ‘Woe to an Unresponsive Generation—a discussion of Matthew 11:16–30; Luke 7:31–35’. Continued on page 62 60 Pitlochry Life


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Sunday 21st October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Follow the Way to Life’, and a discussion of: ‘Generous Givers Are Happy People (Acts 20:35)’. Thursday 25th October, 7.00pm. Short talks and discussions including: John 15–17, ‘“You Are No Part of the World”’, ‘Love Identifies True Christians—Protect Precious Unity’, ‘A Lesson in Forgiveness—a discussion of Luke 7:36–50. Sunday 28th October, 10.30am. A talk: ‘How To Keep Spiritually Awake’, and a discussion of: ‘Work With Jehovah Each Day (1 Corinthians 3:9)’. If you would like to enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time and location, do get in contact with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.

Baha'i Faith We hope past topics about the Baha'i Faith have been of interest and relevance to readers' own experiences. In the Writings of Baha'u'llah He puts forward that the path to unity is inevitable in that Truth is One. Thus the teachings of all the great faiths are one; and Truth in the realm of science is as much a truth in the spiritual realm. Such search obviously calls for setting ego aside. One can think of apparently insoluble problems of conflict resolution in such a case as the Syrian conflict. Yet a starter could be the setting aside of self-interest; that the parties prove their trustworthiness; and one is reminded of Baha'u'llah's injunction that until women have an equal place with men in the world, peace will not be achieved. Women as mothers and wives have the greater motivation to resolve such conflicts. Above all, the ruling principle in human affairs, maintains Baha'u'llah, should be Justice. Baha'is believe that unity, though inevitable, is far from easy to achieve. And that everyone is responsible in this day for helping to arrive at the solutions. Referred to in a past issue, one of the most pressing obligations Baha'u'llah puts on us today is to work towards Universal Education. In a statement addressed to the peoples of the world in 1985, the year chosen by the U.N. as Year of Peace, the Universal House of Justice puts it this way: "We hold firmly that all human beings have been created 'to carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation'; that 'to act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man'.....We reaffirm the belief that the 'potentialities inherent in the station of man; the full measure of his destiny on earth, the innate excellence of his reality, must all be manifested in this promised Day of God.' " Also important in the mix must be Baha'u'llah's calls for the Adoption of a Universal Auxiliary Language, for the Abolition of Extremes of Wealth and Poverty, and for a World Tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations. The Baha'i Writings are rich in the down to earth details for making unity and peace actually happen! Do share your thoughts with any of the Baha'is in Perthshire, Dundee or Stirling by contacting Hilarie on 07967 601423, or emailing hilarieburnett@clara.co.uk or calling in for a coffee with her at the Chocolate Centre. There's excellent information also on the web: www.bahai.org

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come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in – every Thursday 14.30 – 16.00. Join Alec James, Community Banker for The Royal Bank of Scotland for help and advice about fraud prevention and online security at these free drop-in sessions at the library. Bookbug Sessions – Friday 26th October 10.30-11.00 (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. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk 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 Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) Although summer is over visitors are still coming to Pitlochry in large numbers. 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 on October 9th. The dates for litterpicks in 2018 are as follows: November 13th and December 11th. For further information contact Roger West (rogerwest7@btinternet.com) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com) 01796 473400.

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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.

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 17th October at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry when Strings and Things will play for us. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 14 October 2018 6.00pm : After the Storm Shinoda writes detective fiction, and earns a living as a seedy private detective. He’s divorced, loves his son and yearns for his ex wife …but his gambling means he fails to keep up with his child support payments plus he’s back living with his mum. A story of bittersweet regrets and acceptance of life’s disappointments. Koreeda’s film making is full of “intelligence and delicacy, wit and understated humanity” 2017 Japan 118 min Cert PG Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda . Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845 Dates for your diary November 16 to 18 : ‘Animal Tales’ Aberfeldy Film Festival, Palme Dewar and Young Indies Short Film Competitions plus lots of other exciting events 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.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop There is one area of the Bookshop which gets fewer visitors than any other and that is the Children’s section. Yet there are many excellent books to be found there, catering for a wide range of tastes and ages. A recent scan of titles shows Philip Pullman and Michael Morpurgo alongside Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Horrible Histories and the Wimpy Kid. There always seem to be Harry Potter volumes and Enid Blyton too. Continued on page 68 66 Pitlochry Life


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Children who are prepared to dip in to classics can find Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, Narnia and Lord of the Rings while some grandparents may wish to renew their acquaintance with Biggles. Younger children are not forgotten with a wide selection of books for sharing and reading aloud. So, next time you visit the Bookshop look at the Children's shelves. You may find some interesting volumes for the young people you know. Better still, bring them along too.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Well, the summer season is over, but what a tremendous year. The weather was fantastic and we had a great Highland Night season with only two indoors. Thanks again everyone for all your help, it is one of the main fund raisers for the band. Pitlochry Games day was exceptional, with the weather, the crowd and just the whole atmosphere from start to finish. We were delighted to win the pipe band parade and also very happy with our two third places in Grade 3 and Grade 4. Our tombola stall was also very busy all day, with parents and young band members working away hard and raising a magnificent £1000. I would just like to say a big “Thank You” to the organisers of Pitlochry Games who do a tremendous job! We played at a very atmospheric “Beat Retreat” at Kinross House on 1st September with the mist coming in from Loch Leven and we marched through the mist under floodlights, then the floodlights went off and the polytechnic fountains came on during Highland Cathedral. Just brilliant! We also did Beat Retreats in September at the Britannia and Scone Palace. We’re looking forward to a slightly quieter October where we’ve only got Beat Retreats at the Britannia and the National Museum of Scotland. Band Practices start again in October, where all the new music is selected and lead drummers have to then write all the drum scores to the tunes, so there’s lots of work going on behind closed doors!! Practices are back in Pitlochry High School every Tuesday night at 6pm and this year Pipe Major Ross MacNaughton from the Grade 4 band is organising a lot of training and workshops. We have chanter classes, tenor and snare drum classes and also drum major classes, so if you’re interested in trying any of these ( from Primary 3 upwards), just pop along to the school at 6pm or give me a phone, text or e-mail. Gillie McNab gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band The band had a brilliant day in the sunshine at Pitlochry Games, we came 3rd in the Street Parade and also played well in the competition. Many thanks to Davy and Sally from Food in the Park, Blair Atholl for their continued support and to everyone who came along to our stall, we made just under £800, which is a great boost to our fundraising. It won’t be long until we have our Christmas Hampers on the go, so please look out for these or ask band members or committee for tickets We are looking for new members for the band, as well as learners for the chanter, side or tenor drum. If you would like to come along to a practice or more information, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 472692 or Secretary Claire Scott 01796 481456. Continued on page 70 68 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Bowling Club At the time of writing we are coming to the end of another successful outdoor season. For the second year in succession we are the North Perthshire League Champions (both indoor and out) and our new Ladies Champion, Christina MacLennan, represented the club in the Ladies Singles in the Scottish Championships in Ayr. Some of our other competition finals have been played: the Ladies Pairs was won by May Page and Christina MacLennan, the Nomination Pairs by Neil Haggart and John Greenshields and the Gents Pairs by Willum MacNicoll and Stewart Rutherford. Congratulations to all of the above and good luck to the finalists in the remaining competitions. Playing will of course continue during the winter on the short mat in the clubhouse. Come along for a friendly game or join in the range of competitions on offer. We are always looking for new members despite the fact that, in contrast to most similar organisations, our membership is increasing. You will be assured of a warm welcome whatever your skill level or experience and you don't need to be a pensioner, bowls is a great game for all ages. Apologies. A typographical error crept into last months entry. The amount raised by the Club, over the years, for Children's Hospices across Scotland should have read : More than £100,200 not £102,000 -still an amazing achievement. Contact Numbers: 01796 473459, 07483 246936, 07703 442802

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 beginners to veterans, are most welcome so why not join us. Please contact either: Malcolm McGraw themcgraws14@icloud.com or 01796-482527, or JIm Wilson jmwilson1@btinternet.com or 01887-829096.

Pitlochry in Bloom Well, I think Autumn is nearly with us as the leaves on many trees are already changing colour. The trees are always glorious and I don’t think you have to travel all the way to New England to enjoy the spectacular autumnal colours. This month I have more positive news especially about the Wild Life Garden. Scottish Water have at last written to me and confirmed that in light of the time it has taken them to come to a decision to remove some of the trees they feel it is reasonable that they should fully fund the replanting work, as well as the removal of the existing trees that screen their site. They feel that it will be least disruptive to fell the existing trees in the quieter months for tourism and it will be the best time to plant new trees ahead of next year’s growing season. We have already started applying to various funding bodies for the £35K required for the full refurbishment and consequential planting. If anyone would like to get involved in this Continued on page 72 70 Pitlochry Life


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process to help please get in touch. It will be a very special garden for residents and visitors alike and I hope that our school groups will again enjoy their nature trips to it. I am very grateful to the Path Group volunteers and our Pitlochry in Bloom Group who have kept this garden tidy and manageable during the long period of negotiation with Scottish Water. The work at the Railway Station is moving along a pace and always the company BAM Nuttall take great care of all our floral arrangements there. They have had to dig up the platform in many areas to facilitate the new signalling infrastructure but always fully protecting the floral train, fountain and wrought iron Victorian Porter. We had a very positive meeting with Network Rail about the proposed 4 shelters for the new platforms. You will recall the proposed shelters were out of keeping on our listed station and they have agreed to look at more suitable designs. BAM Nuttall hope to totally resurface the platforms by December and therefore time is of the essence to remove the fountain and the Macfarlane benches for refurbishment. But it is hoped all this can be done in the timescale. If you feel you can help the “Bloom” in any way please do get in touch with me katehowie@yahoo.co.uk or 01887 840378.

Heartland FM Heartland FM have been supporting Child Cancer Awareness month during September, and I hope you have managed to see our Gold Glowing window display. Our office space was used as part of the Perthshire Open Studios event during September and Beyond the Bothy, a group of 5 local artists, were displaying their works when our office was transformed into a pop up shop and art studio, a great creative use of the office space. We have had some great interviews on air this month, including the lovely Elkie Brooks, ahead of her only Scottish concert in Perth Concert Hall, and young accordionist Brandon McPhee, before he performed the Jimmy Shand Story at the same venue and we were delighted to catch up with Deputy First Minister John Swinney when he attended Pitlochry High School as part of Scottish Maths week. We have had 5 presenters in training this month, and two are now on air, with Megan Kerfoot looking at alternative music and the local music scene on a Sunday evening at 9pm, and Dunkeld Man Graham Howie now presenting his Friday afternoon show between 1pm and 4pm. So if you would like to get involved in either presenting or helping us out with some of the many administrative jobs we have, we would love to hear from you. You can email me any time alistair@heartlandfm.co.uk

Learn to Save a Life with Heartstart. On Thursday 4th October, Helen Brady from Tayside NHS Heartstart will be at Atholl medical Centre, Pitlochry. Please come to learn what to do if someone collapses. Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to attend as it could be you! There will be two sessions from 2 to 4 pm and from 4-6pm. The training is free and there is no need to book –just turn up. Training will be given on the use of publicly accessed defibrillators. Even if you have attended one of these sessions before it is important to come again for revision and to keep up to date. For further information, contact Catherine Holmes 01796 473400 (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com). Continued on page 74 72 Pitlochry Life


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Rotary Report Games Day. The Pitlochry Rotary stall on Games Day had a totally new look this year with two splendid gazebos lent by the wider Rotary movement. The usual attractions, including the notorious bed of nails, attracted a lot of attention and brought on fierce competition to win the final bottle of malt whisky. The Club is deeply indebted to the local shops and businesses who generously contributed a splendid list of prizes. The Rotary Charity fund has been enhanced by some £500 which will be used to help good causes at home and elsewhere. Rotary Club Of Pitlochry 26th Charity Golf Day 2018. On the 23rd August 2018, at Pitlochry Golf Course, fifteen teams from the locality and from as far as Crieff and Auchterarder, competed in the 26th holding of the Rotary Club of Pitlochry, Charity Golf Day. On a sunny, but breezy afternoon, there was a tricky putting competition to be played out as well as the main event, where there was some excellent golf played, with the team from J&H Mitchell coming out on top. A big thank you to Pitlochry Golf Limited, for the use of the course and to all the teams who competed on the day.

Neighbourhood Watch News, September 2018 “Keep Safe’ places and “Keep Safe” cards “Keep Safe” is part of a community charity called “I Am Me”, which aims to change attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people in Scotland feel safe when out and about in the community. The “Keep Safe” initiative works with a network of businesses such as shops, libraries and cafés, which have agreed to make their premises a “Keep Safe” place for people to go if they are feeling frightened, distressed or have been a victim of crime when out in the community. Before any set of premises is accepted into the scheme as a “Keep Safe” place, it is checked for approval by Police Scotland and staff within the premises are trained to offer assistance if required. A business pack is left with each “Keep Safe” place to ensure that any new staff can be made aware of the initiative. Businesses, which agree to take part, are issued with a “Keep Safe” sticker to display in their window to let vulnerable people know that they provide a “Keep Safe” place. All “Keep Safe” places are listed on the “I Am Me” website and the “Keep Safe Scotland” phone app. Keep Safe Cards are available for anyone who might feel lost, scared or vulnerable when out in the community. The cards have information about any communication requirements, medical concerns and who to contact in the event of an emergency. The cards can be downloaded from the “I Am Me” website or can be requested by email. These cards are particularly useful for people who have a learning disability or have dementia/ Alzheimer's. More information on the charity and how to get involved is available from www.iammescotland.co.uk Continued on page 75 74 Pitlochry Life


Keeping Pitlochry Safe – a free safety information event Come along to the Atholl Centre (behind the Baptist Church) on Tuesday 16th October at 10.00 am for a free safety information event. • Bring your electric blanket for testing by the Fire Service and arrange a free home fire safety visit • Hear about the latest on scams from Trading Standards and RBS • Learn about Power of Attorney from a local Solicitor This should be a very informative event, so why not mark it up on your calendar now. Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch: c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com 473400 or marshall16@marshall16.plus.com 470575 Neighbourhood Watch Scotland www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk 01786 463732

Looking For A Venue? Are you looking for somewhere to hold a dance/concert/coffee morning or family party? Mid Atholl Hall in Ballinluig, situated next to the A9 with car parking space, is the ideal location for your needs. Excellent floor for a ceilidh with full kitchen facilities. We also have smaller rooms for meetings etc. The hall also has male & female shower facilities if you require to use it for a sporting event. Interested? Contact John Grant on 01796 482589 or email : john1205@btinternet.com who will advise you of rates etc.

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. john1205@btinternet.com to arrange where you can leave goods or you can bring them along to the shop anytime during 25th Nov-1st December.

Moulin Hall Once again, the Moulin Hall Committee is organising a '300' Club to raise funds for the upkeep of the Hall. Two prizes of £10 are drawn each week for six weeks, starting on 24th November, and three prizes of £100, £200 and £300 at the final draw on 2nd January 2019. If you are interested in taking part, tickets are £5 each, and available from Bill Bright (47058) or any of the Hall Committee members. As there are only 300 tickets available, it will be first come, first served! Help to keep the village hall going, with a chance to win up to £300. Bill Bright, 300 Club Organiser, Moulin Hall. Continued on page 76 Pitlochry Life 75


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

Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club A J Munro Non Shooters Shoot 2018 will take place from Tuesday 23rd October to Thursday 25th October 2018 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 Ladies Club Our first meeting of this winter's programme will be on Wednesday 3rd October when Estelle Nicol of Marie Curie, the charity we are now supporting, will give us an update. Then on Wednesday 7th November Margaret Sasada will talk about "A Broad Travels". Meetings start at 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time this winter) and are at Scotland's Hotel. There will be a raffle each evening to raise money for our charity and the cost of each evening will be £12, 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. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, nancytamblin@talktalk.net) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Please note the new contact point for this.

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.

Mid Atholl Strings And Things We continue to be kept busy on the music front. Last month we played at the opening night of an Open Studios art show in Pitlochry and an event at Blair Castle Caravan Site. We also entertained the shoppers at the monthly Country Market at Logierait when we collected donations for Aberfeldy’s First Responders. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us. We always enjoy providing background music at the Market which has such a lovely atmosphere thanks to the marvellous organising skills of Pete and Fiona Guinan.

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Weekly practices continue in the Mid Atholl Hall at Ballinluig where we welcome new members of any ability and with any instrument. We are still looking for a keyboard player – do contact us if you can help us out either regularly or on an occasional basis. On a recent practice evening we welcomed the players who were participating in the Dunkeld Bridge Fiddle Week tutored by Pete Clark. The participants came from far and near including Australia and the States. What a fun evening we had playing through some of our repertoire and enjoying home baking. We have received a grant from the Enchanted Forest and with this we have purchased a laptop, laser printer, binder and a computer programme called Sibelius. This will enable us to produce good quality printed music for our members. We also received a grant from SSE (Griffin) and with this we are able to part fund a six week tuition course for beginner fiddle players. Our Beginners Fiddle Tuition Taster Course starts 24th October in the Moulin Hall, 7 - 9pm. The tutor is Martin McLeod. £30 for the 6 week course. If you are interested in attending the taster course or if you wish to book our group for an event, please contact me, Sandra Batty (Leader) on 01887 820021 or email battysan152@btinternet.com or Alison Thom (President) on 01887 820174 or email thoms123@btinternet.com

Children’s Hospice Thrift Shop Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) were the beneficiaries of a recent week long fundraiser at the Thrift Shop in Aberfeldy. Organised by John Duff, local Perth and Kinross Councillor and supporter of CHAS, the event raised the sum of £1520 for the children’s charity. CHAS provides Scotland’s only hospices for children and for over twenty years has been offering full family support services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. It runs two hospices – Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch near Loch Lomond – and has dedicated bases in Inverness and Aberdeen from which it provides palliative care, family respite and support. Councillor Duff stated, “I first became a supporter of CHAS when I organised the annual Charity Dinners for Strathclyde Police and have continued to do what I can for CHAS children and families over the last 15 years or so. This is a tremendous sum of money which I know CHAs will put to very good use and I would like to thank all the helpers, bakers and supporters who came along during the week.”

Riding For The Disabled - Breadalbane & District Group Our autumn riding sessions began again in August with the start of the academic year and we are pleased to have 2 new riders coming from Pitlochry which brings our total of riders on Monday Continued on page 79 78 Pitlochry Life


mornings to 10. We have had visits from two County Coaches the first one authorizing a new trainee coach who will be an enormous asset to the group. The second visitor came to assess our riders with brilliant results. Grade 3 Riding was awarded to two riders, Grade 3 Horse Care to one rider and Grade 2 Riding and Horse Care to two riders. She was very impressed with their preparation for the tests. On the fundraising side we had a hugely successful two days at the Aberfeldy Show where we made £553.73. The second hand tack proved to be very popular and we hope we may run it again next year. We were delighted but extremely surprised to win 2nd best Trade Stand!! The raffle which has been ongoing since the beginning of May was drawn on the Sunday at the Blair Horse Trials in the pouring rain and the final total was £863.30. Many thanks to so many who bought tickets. Our final effort for the year will be at the Aberfeldy Thrift shop for the week starting 7th October which we are sharing with the charity for Cerebral Palsy. We really would welcome some more younger volunteers who are able to run short distances. Experience with horses is not essential though it obviously helps. Watching the riders progress not only with their riding but with their social and communicating skills is so rewarding. If you would like to know more please contact Jennifer Valentine on 01796 474444.

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Pitlochry Tennis Club held its first Men’s Singles Competition for a very long time on Sunday 2nd September. Jimmy Robertson won against Bob Buchanan and was presented with a very impressive trophy, which was gifted by the Atholl Mercantile Association and which has been in the Club for many years, and was last presented in 1997 to – Jimmy Robertson. We also held our first ever American Doubles Tournament which was won by Giles Conisbee and Heather Elworthy. They were presented with a silver plate which had not been played for since 2003. We had a great afternoon of tennis which was really enjoyed by all who played and we will certainly hold further tournaments next year. Maureen Holmes – Secretary PTC Continued on page 80 Pitlochry Life 79


Words, Music and Memories –The Centenary of Armistice Day You will have read in previous editions that Churches Working Together were planning an evening of Words, Music and Memories. We have since discovered that there will be an event , Roses in the Darkness, to be held at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on that day with a similar theme. We have therefore decided not to go ahead with our planned evening. However, we are still planning to have a small exhibition of memorabilia which will be in the Foyer of the Theatre on that evening. Many thanks to those of you who have found items of interest. If anyone still has some items and is willing to have them included in our display, please contact Barbara Rombaut 472516. We are also having a display of knitted/ crotched poppies on the railings by the War Memorial. Thank you so much to those who have been knitting. So far we have just over 100 but will need at least another200! So, if you could knit a few please see Tina at Viva in Pitlochry for the pattern and wool. Thank you, Barbara Rombaut

Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle Gavin Lindsay of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust will be talking about the work of the Trust in preserving our historic environment. He will also talk about Kings Seat Hill Fort and the Trusts recent archaeology there. The King's Seat hill fort is situated on a prominent hill top above an important bend in the River Tay at Dunkeld. It has a dominating position overlooking Strath Tay, and while the fort has been known about for at least the last century, and is designated as nationally important, little was actually understood about it. How old is it? How did it develop? Did people live there? Come along and learn more about this very significant site. Pitlochry Tryst , 7.30 pm on Monday 29th October. Visitors welcome.

Pitlochry SWI After a good summer at the Perth and Aberfeldy shows, Pitlochry SWI are ready to roll with their next season’s programme. It’s interesting and varied and hopefully holds something for ladies of all ages and interests. For those who would like to join, the fee for the 8 meetings of the session is £20, payable on the first evening you attend, otherwise it’s £3.50 per meeting which always includes a great supper of home-made sandwiches, scones/pancakes, cakes/biscuits and tea/coffee. Great value in anybody’s book - especially in Pitlochry! All meetings are on the third Thursday of the month (except in December) and the group meets at 7.15pm in the Aldour Hall. Our next meeting is on October 18th with Alister Walker – The Front Line Walk (100km sponsored walk). Looking forward to seeing some new faces at our meetings this session, all ladies will be made very welcome. Continued on page 82 80 Pitlochry Life


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GrowBiz - Enterprising Rural Perthshire GrowBiz provides a community-based enterprise support service across rural Perthshire. The ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme, funded by 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 – in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. Services are free and confidential, and include one-to-one meetings, peer support, learning sessions, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. If you are thinking of starting an enterprise, or expanding an existing business in rural Perthshire, more information is available at the GrowBiz website www.growbiz.co.uk - or email us on connect@growbiz.co.uk We invite you to join us for our next Highland Perthshire Women's Enterprise Network on 11th October. The network is designed to support women starting, running or growing a business in rural Perthshire, or perhaps only just thinking about it. The informal evening is free to attend. It starts off with a light buffet, followed by a chance to meet and chat with other like-minded women, meet up with some of the GrowBiz team, and to hear from an inspirational speaker. Go to our website for more information and to book your place. We regularly add to our programme of events and learning sessions, which take place throughout Perthshire, so keep an eye out for more on the website and in our regular Newsletters. Make it easy – subscribe to our Mailing List on the website to be sure you don't miss out. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too. *GrowBiz is funded by Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Enterprise and The Scottish Government, and the Enterprising Rural Perthshire project is supported by the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. For more on LEADER go to www.pkleader.org

Visual Artist & Craft Makers Awards – VACMA Perthshire Creates & Culture Perth & Kinross are delighted to be working with Creative Scotland to fund The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) in Perth & Kinross for 2018/19, a national funding programme of small grants to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development. There are two opportunities to apply with deadlines on: Tuesday 2 October 2018 at 5pm and Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 5pm. The scheme is funded by Creative Scotland and Culture Perth & Kinross, and administered by Perthshire Creates and will offer awards from £500 and any amount up to a maximum of £1,500. Additional information including the Creative Scotland VACMA Guidelines can be seen on the Creative Scotland website www.creativescotland.com To apply: go to http://perthshirecreates.co.uk/vacma/ where you can download the Guidelines Document, Application Form and Equalities Monitoring Form. Email the completed application form plus other requested information/material to Caron Ironside at cironside@culturepk.org.uk at Perthshire Creates by the appropriate deadline with the subject heading – VACMA P&K Application. If you have any queries regarding the scheme, appropriate funding request, how to send your application, images etc please be in contact in the first instance by email to Caron. * All applicants are asked to fill in an Equalities’ Monitoring Form. Creative Scotland, as a National Lottery Distributor and an NDPB of the Scottish government, require this useful statistical 82 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 starts on Monday 1st October 2018. For further information, please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153.

Blair Atholl & Struan Initiative Blair Atholl and Struan Initiative is looking to recruit members to its Board of Trustees. The charitable purposes of the Trust include projects to promote facilities for the enhancement of the community, and its responsibilities include management of the Memorial Park in Blair Atholl. Persons who are users of the Park and are interested in developing the sports and recreation facilities within it are especially encouraged to apply. Full details of the work and charitable purposes of the Trust can be obtained from the Secretary, Donald Isles, tel. 01796 481663, email deisles@aol.com, to whom all enquiries and applications for membership should be addressed.

Pitlochry Group Amnesty International UK On Saturday 18 August we held our annual street collection in Pitlochry town centre on behalf of Amnesty International UK (charity no. 1051681). Through the generosity of many locals and visitors we raised a total of £338.89. This money has been sent on to Amnesty International UK to support its work on human rights, including the monitoring of human rights abuses and efforts to secure justice for victims of abuses in many areas of the world. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed. You can find out more about Amnesty’s work on their website at www.amnesty.org.uk/issues or by getting in touch with the local Group (tel. Caroline Cantley 01796 470163).

A Special Thanks Liz Rattray would like to thank everyone for their love, care and support following the death of her husband, Ian who died so tragically on 2 October 2017. You have all helped me, especially my Abbeyfield family, get through this difficult time. My love to you all.

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Every One's a Wynner

We are all familiar with crossword puzzles, although originally they were actually word square puzzles where the reader was given a list of words, no clues, just words, that were inserted into a grid so they could be read both across and up and down. Remains of these puzzles were found at Pompeii. The crossword as we know it was invented by Arthur Wynne, a Liverpool journalist who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue his career. He wrote the first crossword whilst working for the New York World (owned by Joseph Pulitzer) and it was published as part of the paper’s Sunday entertainment section, on 21st December 1913. Wynne originally called it a word-cross, but apparently due to a typo it later appeared as crossword. Whilst Wynne’s first puzzle was a diamond shape, he later invented the square one as we know it, as well as the blank black squares. The first crossword published in the UK was in Pearson’s Magazine in February 1922. British puzzles quickly developed their own style, being considerably more difficult than the American variety. In particular, the cryptic crossword became established and rapidly gained both popularity and notoriety. For my generation the Scotsman newspaper provided the real daily 84 Pitlochry Life

challenge to be reckoned with and regulars became familiar with the composer's clues, phraseology and cryptic mind. Crossword aficionados are actually called “cruciverbalists”. Today, standard crossword puzzles in the UK and US are very different from each other. In the US a crossword author is normally expected to produce puzzles with every white square crossed by two answers, whilst a crossword composer in the UK will usually set puzzles ignoring this rule. This difference leads to large differences in the appearance of the puzzles, and often in the styles of the answers and clues as well. Crosswords were banned in Paris during the 2nd World War, through fear of passing secret messages to the enemy. Meanwhile, Britain's main decryption establishment at Bletchley Park were asking cryptologists to solve Daily Telegraph crosswords in under 12 minutes as part of their recruitment process. In the 1930’s, an architect by the name of Alfred Mosher Butts created a board game based on the principles of the crossword puzzle, which at the time was a very popular pastime. The game was called Scrabble. On the next page is Arthur Wynne’s very first crossword, as published. Good luck.


2-3. 4-5. 6-7. 10-11. 14-15. 18-19. 22-23. 26-27. 28-29. 30-31. 8-9. 12-13. 16-17. 20-21. 24-25. 10-18.

What bargain hunters enjoy. A written acknowledgment. Such and nothing more. A bird. Opposed to less. What this puzzle is. An animal of prey. The close of a day. To elude. The plural of is. To cultivate. A bar of wood or iron. What artists learn to do. Fastened. Found on the seashore. The fibre of the gomuti palm.

6-22. 4-26. 2-11. 19-28. F-7. 23-30. 1-32. 33-34. N-8. 24-31. 3-12. 20-29. 5-27. 9-25. 13-21.

What we all should be. A day dream. A talon. A pigeon. Part of your head. A river in Russia. To govern. An aromatic plant. A fist. To agree with. Part of a ship. One. Exchanging. To sink in mud. A boy.

Ok, not as easy as you expected. Let me give you a clue - this puzzle is... hard. And now you are asking 'what on earth is the gomuti palm?' Well, its also known as the sugar palm and the fibre adopts its Indian name of Doh, used for rope making and roof material of all things. Still stuck? email me at HELP@pitlochrylife.co.uk and I will send the solution. Next time we will print the first UK crossword, it's harder! Pitlochry Life 85


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

Pitlochry Community Hospital Ferry Road, Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 472052 Visiting Hours: GP Unit 2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm MIIU Open 9.00am - 9.00pm seven days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for an appointment .

Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice The Surgery, Kinloch Rannoch. Tel: 01882 632216 The Reception is open Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.00pm Surgery Hours 9-10.15am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm. For all urgent appointments please phone reception Out with Surgery Hours NHS 24 - 111

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

Pitlochry Library 26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@pkc.gov.uk Sun, Mon, Tues - Closed Wed 2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm Thurs 10.00am - 12noon & 2.00pm - 7.00pm Fri 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm

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

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Perth & Kinross Council

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Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

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Council Housing Emergency

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Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

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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

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Childline

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Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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At 3984 feet, Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands. It lies to the north side of Loch Tay, and is the highest point of a long ridge that includes seven Munros. Ben Lawers was long thought to be over 4,000 feet , however in 1870’s accurate measurement showed it to be some 17 feet short, prompting a group of locals to build a large cairn in the hope of bringing the summit above the “magic” figure. The cairn is no longer there, and in any case the Ordnance Survey ignored it, being an artificial structure. The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan Ranges, seven of which are Munros. It’s a hugely significant place for botanists, being renowned for its rare and endangered species of arctic-alpine flora. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, black grouse and ravens. This is a fairly easy climb as far as Munros are concerned as we start from a car park at just over 1300 feet (OSR: NN608377). This is reached by taking a minor road (signposted) off the A827 Aberfeldy to Killin road, about five miles north east of Killin. The route also takes us over Beinn Ghlas (3618ft), so we bag two for the price of one. Exit the car park, cross the road and follow the trail which gently climbs through a fenced area which protects the ground cover from sheep. 88 Pitlochry Life

Continue towards the foot of Ben Lawers’ southern ridge. Keep right at the first path junction after which the climbing begins in earnest. The path, generally excellent, climbs easily in zigzags with no problems at all. As height is gained the view south across Loch Tay is superb. The next section is steeper, but you soon reach the summit of Beinn Ghlas from where the route ahead is in view. Away to your left are some crags and an equally spectacular view north towards Glen Lyon. There is a descent here to a col before a steeper ascent up Ben Lawers itself. The path is excellent and the climb hardly noticeable as you head upwards to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, and the Cairngorms to the north. The simplest return is by reversing the route, or you can turn right at the col, and follow the path across the northwestern flank of Beinn Ghlas that will return you to the fenced off area and back to the car park. As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. Remember the safety precautions and the equipment required for mountain walks are as essential here as on the more isolated ones weather conditions can change very quickly at this time of year, so check the forecast before you leave, take good care and always be well prepared. Willie


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BOOK TIME

I usually collect lots of books for holiday and when I come back I usually find I’ve read them all. I then really miss reading, it’s such a great relaxing pastime and helps me get to sleep. Reading is also a great exercise for the brain, so, don’t stop, here’s what’s on my current reading list...

David Baldacci - End Game (Will Robie series, Book 5)

Gill Sims Why Mummy Swears

A Richard & Judy Book Club pick, End Game is the fifth book in the thrilling Will Robie series.

Welcome to Mummy’s world…

Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government’s most indispensable asset, is called to London.

The Boy Child Peter is connected to his iPad by an umbilical cord, The Girl Child Jane is desperate to make her fortune as an Instagram lifestyle influencer, while Daddy is constantly off on exotic business trips…

An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins.

Mummy’s marriage is feeling the strain, her kids are running wild and the house is steadily developing a forest of mould. Only Judgy, the Proud and Noble Terrier, remains loyal as always.

He knows he has one chance to succeed. One chance to save London. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together.

Mummy has also found herself a new challenge, working for a hot new tech start-up. But not only is she worrying if, at forty-two, she could actually get up off a bean bag with dignity, she’s also somehow (accidentally) rebranded herself as a single party girl who works hard, plays hard and doesn’t have to run out when the nanny calls in sick.

But Robie is about to learn that even if he succeeds, the worst is yet to come. The game has started. Now only he can end it . . . David Baldacci is one of the world’s best-selling and favourite thriller writers. With over 130 million copies in print, his books are published in over 80 territories and 45 languages, and have been adapted for both feature-film and television. He has established links to government sources, giving his books added authenticity. Read them all!

Lee Child - Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23)

Can Mummy keep up the facade while keeping her family afloat? Can she really get away with wearing ‘comfy trousers’ to work? And, more importantly, can she find the time to pour herself a large G+T? Probably effing not. Hilarious. I had so many laugh out loud moments that I had to give up reading in bed!

The most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018 follows our hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father’s past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, hair-raising,blood-curling ticking-time- bomb of an adventure yet. Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what’s one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It’s a strange place … but it’s all there is. The next morning in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place? Can’t wait. 90 Pitlochry Life


Joanna Cannon Three Things About Elsie 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew – a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light … Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. Her first novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was a top ten best-seller in both hardback and paperback and was a Richard and Judy pick. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was warm, funny yet heartbreaking, loved it.

Sarah Pinborough - Behind Her Eyes Don’t Trust This Book Don’t Trust These People Don’t Trust Yourself And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending... Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets... David Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife Adele. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks... Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?” Wow this was tense and the ending was unbelievable. Read this now!.

Yuval Noah Harari - Sapiens Seventy thousand years ago, there were at least six different human species on earth. They were insignificant animals, whose ecological impact was less than that of fireflies or jellyfish. Today, there is only one human species left: Us. Homo sapiens. But we rule this planet. Sapiens takes us on a breath-taking ride through our entire human history, from its evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism and genetic engineering, to uncover why we are the way we are. The book focuses on key processes that shaped humankind and the world around it, such as the advent of agriculture, the creation of money, the spread of religion and the rise of the nation state. Unlike other books of its kind, Sapiens takes a multi-disciplinary approach that bridges the gaps between history, biology, philosophy and economics in a way never done before. Furthermore, taking both the macro and the micro view, it conveys not only what happened and why, but also how it felt for individuals. We rule the world because we are the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in our imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights. We are also the only animal that can Gossip! By combining profound insights with a remarkably vivid language, Sapiens has already acquired almost cult status among diverse audiences, captivating teenagers as well as university professors, animal rights activists alongside government ministers. It is currently being translated into close to thirty languages. Fascinating, compulsive read.

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Rannoch Station

Kenmore

Aberfeldy

Dunkeld

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21

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21

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8

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31

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19

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25

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7

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30

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40

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30

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21

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68

TMD Cleaning

63

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28

Pitlochry Bowling Club

70

Tom Smeaton Fencing

24

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11

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39

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24

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22

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26

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43

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17

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32

GRM Podiatry

31

Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch

74

Wasted Degrees Brewery

89

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Wonky Computer Factory

34

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