October 2019 Issue 353
The 'Magazine of Choice' For Pitlochry And Surrounding Area
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Message Contents from the Features Team Welcome to the October edition of Pitlochry Life. This issue is jam packed with lots of new businesses joining us and all of our regulars. There is so much to see and do in Pitlochry that we can’t wait to get started. We are very excited about the start of this years Enchanted Forest – Cosmos. We can’t wait to see it. The build-up has been tremendous and many of our businesses have special treats lined up to coincide with it. In this edition Sheila Drummond takes a look at fruit trees to give you your own personal supply in the gardening column. Alan Clinch takes a look at how much exercise you really need based on your age. Who knew that wasps shouldn’t be swatted and Willie’s Wonky computer page is all about Ransomware and how to stop it. As well as the Enchanted Forest you can’t have October without Halloween. The shops will be full of it and we thought - Tablet! Don’t you just love it – well we have a great recipe and a quick cheats way too. If you have a spooky tooth – then make sure you enter our competition to Win a family ticket to Witches Kitchen at Blair Castle.
WIN 21 Christmas Markets 30 A Good Night's Sleep 68 Ben Lawers 88 Pitlochry Crossword 90 Wasps 96
Regulars Recipe 12 Pitlochry Tipple 22 Computer 24 Garden 26 Fitness 48
Community Diary 4 Get Out 6 Politics 32 Churches 74
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Pitlochry Supper Club
Reminiscence Group - Pitlochry Library
Welcome All Soup Lunch - Atholl Centre
Concert to Aid Bahamas - Tenandry Church
Kinky Karma play The Old Mill Inn
Music in Rannoch - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch
Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall
The Tryst Walking Group - Farragon Hill
Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park
U3A - Atholl Centre
Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall
Fun Bingo Night - Drummonds
Zero Waste Food & Fun Festival - Pitlochry Town Hall
Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall
Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - Atholl Centre
Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel
Keeping Pitlochry Safe - Atholl Centre
Pitlochry WI - Aldour Hall
Atholl Centre Thrift Shop
Chris Small plays the Old Mill Inn
Pitlochry Market - Armoury Road
Christian Aid Coffee Morning - The Tryst
Kynachan Hall Surplus Goods Sale
Blair Atholl Fun Tuesday Afternoon
Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club - A J Munro Non Shooters Shoot
The Small Pines play the Old mill Inn
The Tryst Walking Group - Aberfeldy to Pitlochry
Community Day - Pitlochry Library
Struan Trust Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall
Tweed play Food in the Park season closing night
Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst
Dunkeld Craft Collective Amber Market - Taybank, Dunkeld
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Wednesday 2nd October - Pitlochry Supper Club (Formerly Pitlochry Ladies Club) - Craigvrack Hotel - 7.00pm. Please note the new venue. Silent Auction for the charity Marie Curie (represented by Estelle Nicol) and will include a one course supper with tea / coffee at a cost of £13. Please bring along items for the auction. For more information, call or email Sue Dickinson (Chairman, 01796 470329, 07990 524219, email@example.com). Members are requested to let Sue know no later than midday on the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting, and their choice of meal. Friday 4th October - Reminiscence Group - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am to 12noon. Join us for a cup of tea and a blether about the good old days. If you would like to come but transport is an issue then we may be able to arrange this for you; please contact the library. Friday 4th October - Welcome All Soup Lunch - Atholl Centre - 12noon to 1.30pm. Soup,rolls, cakes ,tea,coffee are provided for a cost of £3. A free lending library of DVD’s is available. About 30-40 join us each week. All welcome. Saturday 5th October - Concert to Aid Bahamas - Tenandry Church - 3.00pm. Agapanthus Duo, Andrew Sherwood, violin and Jim Letham, piano. An informal recital of popular classical music. No entry charge – Donations to aid Bahamas. Refreshments. Come and support this cause. Sunday 6th October - Music in Rannoch - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch – 3.00 pm. The Clyde Duo, Aisling Agnew (Flute) and Sharron Griffiths (Harp). A lovely combination of instruments. £8 at the door, children free. Refreshments available during the interval, Easy parking. Monday 7th October - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. The speaker is Barbara Sadler of Heather Gems. Everyone welcome. Enquiries 01796 473210. Tuesday 8th October - The Tryst Walking Group - Farragon Hill - 9.30am. From Netherton on the south side of Loch Tummel we climb for 400m on a good bulldozed track to reach the shoulder of Farragon. The final climb of 250m is up a steep grass covered hillside. Total height climbed 650m. Distance 9 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Tuesday 8th October - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 44 for more details. Thursday 10th October - U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. See page 42 for details. Thursday 10th October - Moulin Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall, Pitlochry 7.30pm. Come along and give Scottish Country Dancing a try. No experience required, proven to be beneficial for the body and brain! Class dates for October are Thursday 10th, 17th & 24th. Admission £3.00 payable nightly, no membership fee. Further details phone June on 01796 473488. Friday 11th October - Fun Bingo Night - Drummonds Bar & Restaurant, Pitlochry - 7.00pm. Organised by the cancer research Shop, Pitlochry. Every one welcome the more the merrier. All funds raised go directly to Cancer research. Saturday 12th October - Zero Waste Food & Fun Festival - Pitlochry Town Hall - 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Presented by Climate Cafe. See page 56 for more details. Saturday 12th October - Rannoch History Society - Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall - 2.30pm. Come and hear Iain Fraser tell the fascinating story of the impresario Carl Rosa who brought light opera to the people in Scotland in the 1890’s. Light refreshments. Non-members welcome (£4). Monday 14th October - Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council - Atholl Centre - 7.30pm.
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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Wednesday 16th October - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. This month's demonstrator will be Sandra Halkett with 'Seasonal Selection'. There is also a club competition entitled ' Supermarket Bunch'. Visitors are very welcome to attend the meeting for a small charge of £5. For further enquiries contact Carol Davidson 01796 472017. Thursday 17th October - Keeping Pitlochry Safe - Atholl Centre - 10.00am. Free community safety information event organised by Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch. See page 40 for details. Thursday 17th October - Pitlochry WI - Aldour Hall, Pitlochry - 7.15pm. This month's guest is John Taylor - Beekeeper from Inver. Annual subscription is £25 for the whole session of 8 meetings and visitors pay £4 per meeting at which there is a lovely supper of home baked goodies. Please put the dates in your diaries and all ladies will be most welcome at the meetings. Friday 18th - Saturday 26th October - Atholl Centre Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry 10.00am to 4.00pm. We will be raising money towards our “Changing Place Toilet”. See page 44 for more info and details for making donations of goods. Saturday 19th October- Pitlochry Market - Armoury Road, Pitlochry - 10.00am to 3.00pm. Fresh products and crafts, including fresh meat, veg, bread, cakes, bakes, beer, gin & meads. Jewellery, arts and crafts. Not to be missed. Saturday 19th October - Christian Aid Coffee Morning - The Tryst - 10.00am to 12noon. Tickets £3 at the door, or from David Frame, Barbara Rombaut or Gina Charleson. See page 64 for details and for donations. Saturday, 19th October - Kynachan Hall Surplus Goods Sale - Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge 10.00am to 4.00pm. Due to hall refurbishment we will be holding a sale of items (glasses, crockery, chairs etc.) surplus to requirement at giveaway prices, not to be missed! Refreshments available. For more information please email email@example.com. Scottish Charity - No. SC034142. Tuesday 22nd October - Blair Atholl Fun Tuesday Afternoon - Blair Atholl Village Hall - 1.00pm to 4.00pm. See page 64 for more details. Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th October - Blair Atholl Small Bore Rifle Club - A J Munro Non Shooters Shoot – 7.00pm. Entry forms available from J Nicoll 01796 472280, Davy MacKenzie 01796 472716 or Davie C McKenzie 07967023836 or any club member. Entry £10 per team of three. Saturday 26th October - The Tryst Walking Group - Aberfeldy to Pitlochry - 9.30am We will travel by bus to Aberfeldy. The walk back from Aberfelduy to Grandtully mostly follows the old railway line and is quite flat. From Grandtully it climbs over the hill to Pitlochry. Height climbed 300m. Distance 10 miles. We are a friendly and informal group, based in Pitlochry, usually organising two walks per month. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details, contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 26th October - Community Day - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am to 12.30pm. See page 40. Saturday 26th October - Struan Trust Quiz Night – Blair Atholl Village Hall – 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm for registration. Teams of 4 (must be aged 18 and over) which can be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3.50 per person includes refreshments at half-time. There is a bar available and raffle tickets can be purchased. More details available from the Struan Trust Facebook page or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336. Monday 28th October - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - The Tryst - 7.30pm. Sandra Thomson on “My Jute Journey” dealing with the Dundee Jute Industry, once the cornerstone of “Jam, Jute and Journalism” as the basis of the City`s economy and reputation. All welcome. Saturday 2nd November - Dunkeld Craft Collective Amber Market - Taybank, Dunkeld - 11.00am.
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Tablet As a kid there was nothing better than guising at Halloween and getting home made tablet. I'm a bit too old for that now so have to make my own! Just needs a little patience.
Ingredients • 1kg Castor Sugar • 1 Large Tin (396g) Condensed Milk
• 120g (real) Butter • 200ml milk
Method 1. 2. 3. 4.
Add all ingredients to a large heavy bottom pan and melt over a low heat. Bring slowly to a gentle rolling boil and leave it to bubble away for about 20 - 30 minutes, just stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick. Don't let it burn. It will gradually change from pale to a beautifully golden caramel colour and start to thicken. Let it cool slightly and beat for about 5 minutes with a wooden spoon. It should thicken more and lose its glossyness. This is really hard work, but if you have a powerful enough electric whisk then try that - still needs about 5 minutes though. Pour into a lined/lightly buttered baking tray and as it cools mark it out so it will cut cleanly. Leave it to cool and set.
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Best Investment Whisky Brands In this second part of my series on Whisky Investment, before diving into the best whisky brands to invest in, I want to highlight some pointers to help you on your quest to invest. Before you actually buy a bottle it is important to consider a few points. • Appearance: Whiskies in their original box, with an undamaged label, will be more valuable. • Level: Avoid buying any bottle where the whisky is sitting on the shoulder of the bottle not the neck, as this will be an indicator that some of the liquid has evaporated, which will have a detrimental effect on its flavour and value (shoulder fill level v’s neck fill could reduce value by 25%) • Silent Distilleries: As with limited edition bottles, whisky from distilleries which have closed down, such as Port Ellen, Rosebank, and Brora, are especially popular with investors.. • Avoid the Big Brands: Although these can yield big returns they also cost more. Consider less well known distilleries, first releases, limited editions and single cask bottlings when starting off. The label on the bottle is like a Curriculum Vitae for the whisky. It should give you all the information about its history, life journey and current position. Look out for some key phrases on the label such as: cask strength/natural cask strength, single cask, un-chill filtered, natural colour, number of bottles released, distilled and bottling dates. Collectors want to know as much as they can about a whisky. Now, which distilleries are the best at the moment. This is a big question to ask as different people have different reasons for investing. Buy to sell quickly, long term investment, small budget to massive budget. I have focused on medium priced bottles which I think will make a good investment for the next 12-60 months. Please note that like any investment risk is attached. Prices can fall as well as rise. Springbank: This distillery on Campbletown produces under Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow (the peated version). They bring out limited releases which are of a very high quality. The Springbank 18yo 2019 release has only 4800 bottles – hard to find and still well priced. One to watch. Medium to long term Daftmill: Their first annual release came out in July 2017 and is now a valuable bottle. Their next release is out in October. Definitely one to get hold of. Short term investment potential is excellent. Glendronach: Glendronach have just released their 17th Batch of Cask Bottling. An example is their 13yo from 2005 with only 425 bottles and currently retailing at £120. Medium to long term investment. Port Ellen: Re-opening in 2021, new stills mean a new spirit profile. Collectors will look for the old bottlings as they are the ‘originals’. It will be in the press, and a high profile leads to increased demand. Long term investment potential with a higher initial investment. Rosebank: Re-opening in 2020, the Rosebank Flora and Fauna 12yo is the recently departed bottling. Currently selling for between £400-£2000. In demand but hard to find. New bottlings will be in their brand new stills. Buy for the long term investment. Ewan McIlwraith
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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Ransomware: an extremely special type of malware that encrypts files on your computer, then asks for a ransom to be paid for the encryption key. All your data is still there, however it is scrambled is such an effective way, using military grade type encryption, that it is completely unusable. Only the decryption key can restore it.
nearly impossible to decrypt, which makes them a great tool for cyber-criminals. On average, around 12 new ransomware families show up on the market every month, and only 10 percent of these families of ransomware can be decrypted without paying the attackers.
Hackers have intensified their efforts on attacking other operating systems as well. What makes it special is that regular malware Ransomware running on Linux machines has only manifests itself while it is active on a been spotted infecting Linux servers since 2015. computer. Wipe the malware clean and not only They also target Apple Macs, either via cracked is it gone, but the cyber-criminal who operates applications downloaded from illegal sources or it loses their leverage. With ransomware, you through a technique called “supply chain attack” don’t get off so lightly as wiping the malware where hackers break into popular applications does not remove its effects on the files. Data still and plant ransomware. Victims are unwarily stays scrambled and impossible to use. installing these applications only to find their Ransomware first appeared around late 2014 data encrypted. with the advent of Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker This is why, when it comes to ransomware, was asking for a ransom to be paid in the digital prevention is absolutely crucial. The best currency Bitcoin. It managed to extort more defence against ransomware is quite simply than 28 million US dollars in just four months of not getting infected in the first place. Modern intense activity. This highly successful business security suites have layered defences against prompted more and more cyber-criminals to ransomware: heuristics powered by artificial shift from other high-risk criminal activities intelligence, behaviour-based detection and towards this new category of malware. Ransomware Remediation as a last line of Experienced hackers who developed ransomware defence. In addition to running malware and for personal use also started selling it to others virus protection programs (that you keep up to in exchange of a share of profits. date!), it is strongly advised that you back your Ransomware then became the fastest growing security threat of the past few years and hit the headlines in 2017 with the WannaCry cyber attack that hit dozens of targets worldwide, and is alleged to have cost the our National Health Service nearly £100 million alone.
data up regularly on a USB drive that is not permanently connected to the computer. Ok, it might only be some photographs or a music collection, but a lot of that is irreplaceable. In case of a ransomware attack, you could then wipe the computer clean and restore from There are two major types of ransomware in use your back-ups, avoiding parting with your hard now: screen lockers and file encryptors. Screen earned cash. Remember, paying up motivates lockers mostly target Android devices and block hackers to come up with better malware and access to the home screen until the victim pays infect more and more victims. a specific amount of money as a “fine”. They Most major broadband and mobile phone often impersonate law enforcement agencies network providers include a free version of a and lock access to the device under the false very good anti virus program, but you need to pretext of you visiting “illegal” web pages or supplement that with an equally good malware downloading pirated media. File encryptors one, try Bitdefender, or Malwarebytes, there are mostly target Windows users and alter the files free versions available. by applying high grade encryption. They are Willie 24 Pitlochry Life
The Pitlochry Garden October Planting fruit trees is one of the easiest ways of growing food without a great deal of effort. Order them now for delivery bare root in late November or early December. This is the best time to plant if the ground is not frozen or covered with snow. Choose a well-drained, sheltered and sunny position to plant the tree; diseases like canker and scab are endemic and mainly caused by poor drainage. For apples, order either M26 (dwarfing root stock) which grows 8-12 feet in height and spread or, if you have a large garden, MM106 (semi-dwarfing root stock) which will fill out to 12-18 feet in height and spread. Pears are bigger trees, grafted onto quince rootstocks to reduce vigour. Look for either Quince C (moderately vigorous, about 8-18 feet tall) or Quince A (medium vigour, about 10-20 feet in height). Check that the trees are certified virus-free. Other forms to consider if space is really limited are pole fruits, tied in to arches or pergola posts; cordons, like poles but bent over at 45 degrees and best planted on a south wall; or M27 (extremely dwarfing) which can be planted in a large container. While you are waiting, clear out weeds and dig over about one square metre per tree. Break up any hard layer under the first few inches of soil to improve drainage. When the trees arrive, prepare the site for planting by forking in a small handful each of Growmore and bonemeal. Dig a planting hole and 26 Pitlochry Life
work a little compost into the bottom of the hole. Have your tree stake and tie ready. Make a little mound and position the tree over it, spreading out the roots. Plant the tree at the same depth that it was in the nursery, leaving the graft union above the soil. Place the stake in the hole beside the tree so that the top of the stake comes just under the lowest branch of the tree. Put the stake on the south west side of the tree. Hold the tree stem upright and backfill the planting hole with topsoil. Firm in gently all the way around and mulch around the tree with good compost. Fasten the tree tie correctly to the tree in a figure of eight and water in. Don’t plant anything around the bottom of the tree for the first three years then grass it down. Always plant at least two varieties from the same cultivation group for good pollination. Good choices here are from Group B – the mid-season types; for example, Discovery, Bramley’s Seedling, Fiesta, Greensleeves and Katy. The most successful pear is Conference. Pears ripen later than apples and need the protection of a warm wall to do well here. Pears don’t keep well but the flavour of tree-ripened fruit is incomparable. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 email@example.com
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Go on. Treat yourself to a short Christmassy Break... with Shopping! There’s something special about a Christmas market: the food, the mulled wine, the hand crafted gifts, decorations and the atmosphere. This year, why not take a break from shopping online and treat yourself to some festive cheer with a trip abroad to one or other of the best known Christmas markets on offer. Here’s our list of must see markets, within easy reach -
an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols, with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic. 30th November to 6th January.
Strasbourg, France. From 22nd November to 30th December.
The city's two main Christmas markets, in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are only The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is one of the five minutes' walk from each other, so can both oldest Christmas markets in Europe, dating back easily be explored in one day. Each one has the to 1570. Every year, the town gets taken over usual wooden huts found in similar markets by all things Christmassy. Shop windows are across Europe, but the Czech treats are what transformed into winter wonderlands and the really set them apart. streets are decorated with twinkling lights and Visitors can grab a klobása (Czech sausage) and festive garlands. wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell in the The market spreads out across the centre of the town, focused around Cathedral Square and Place Broglie where hundreds of stalls sell ornaments, toys, food and mulled wine to keep you warm as you browse. Before getting lost down Strasbourg's narrow alleyways and beautiful squares, visitors should be sure to head to Place Kleber, where they'll find the Great Christmas Tree, a towering effort that puts the spruce at New York's Rockefeller Centre to shame. Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria. 17th November to 26th December. Few cities steep themselves in the festive spirit like Vienna. The Austrian capital's first Christmas Market was held in 1298 and today the city has more than 20 events and locations to choose from. First timers, though, should make a bee line for the Viennese Christmas Market, which takes place in front of City Hall.
afternoon, then hang around for the main tree to be lit up on Old Town Square. Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy. 30th November to 18th December. Every year the German town of Heidelberg's 500-year-old market comes to Florence with it's holiday tradition and festive atmosphere. Piazza Santa Croce is filled with small wooden stalls selling everything from unique woollens and Bunzlau ceramics to handmade toys and colourful ornaments. It's a great place to pick up stocking fillers, holiday decorations or unusual sweets. For added yuletide vibe, to head to Piazza del Duomo for the nativity scene and Christmas tree, which is lit up on December 8th, as part of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Krakow, Poland. 1st December to 26th December.
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other artisans present their crafts. This is a more all-round Christmas shopping experience, so it's worth trawling the stalls for cheap antiques and some weird and wonderful bric-a-brac. Nuremberg, Germany. November 25th to December 24th. Although there are several contenders for the title of Germany’s most famous Christmas market, the Christkindlesmarkt in the medieval city of Nuremberg can stake a pretty strong claim. Dating back to 1628, the main market, held in the city’s largest square (Hauptmarkt), positively hums with visitors enjoying the colours, sounds and quality of the handcrafted goods on sale (mass-produced goods are strictly forbidden), while beating off the cold with glasses (or small boots) filled with Glühwein and munching on either spicy grilled sausages or Nuremberg gingerbread. A Christmas Angel further lightens proceedings, as does a playful Children’s Christmas market on the Hans-Sachs-Platz. Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, UK. November7th to December 23rd. England's second city isn't the first place you'd expect to find a traditional Christmas Market. But buzzing Birmingham boasts "the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany or Austria." Originally brought to Birmingham by their twin city, Frankfurt. Held in Victoria Square, Birmingham emulates its continental rivals with over 120 stalls selling everything from jewellery to handmade toys. But the big draw is Chris the singing Moose
found outside the market's Council House entrance, lending things a distinctly British air. The neighbouring Christmas Craft Market, in Centenary Square, has about 30 stalls selling local beers, British sausages and work by local artisans. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, New York. 28th October to 4th March. This European-style open-air market in Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan is the best known winter and Christmas market in New York. With around 170 custom-designed kiosks featuring jewellery and handicraft from all over the world and a 17,000 square foot outdoor skating rink (free, but pay for hire of skates), there's plenty to keep visitors occupied. The annual Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on December 4th is hosted by our very own Alan Cumming, with an exciting skating performance headlined by two-time Olympian and three-time US Champion Johnny Weir. You can also stop by Santa’s Corner for a holiday photo with Santa and his helpers from December 16th through December 23rd. There are many more great Christmas markets across Europe. Many are accessible by train, or organised coach trip, speak to your local travel agent. The quickest way though is obviously by air, so check the calendar page at the likes of www.skyscanner.com for the cheapest days to travel, and go on, treat yourself. Just remember the baggage weight limit for the flight home
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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative I am keen to see the retention of red phone boxes and was alarmed to find out that BT has earmarked many for closure in Highland Perthshire. The telecommunications company launched a 90-day consultation process in August following information received by the Scottish Conservatives which showed that several of the public payphones facing closure had a decent number of calls made from them. For instance, the public payphone at Inverar in Glenlyon had 122 calls made in the last 12 months so I feel there is clearly a business case for keeping that one open. And the payphone located at The Square in Kinloch Rannoch had 52 calls made from it during the same period. BT has earmarked a total of 25 payphones for closure across Perth and Kinross but I would encourage local residents in Highland Perthshire to make representations to the company in a bid to retain some of them, as it seems to be part of a national trend to get rid of them. The iconic red payphone box was once a feature of every high street across the UK, but now they only number around 10,000, and half of these are decorative rather than operational. Their importance was emphasised in 2015, when the traditional red phone box was voted the greatest British design of all time â€“ ahead of the Spitfire, the Routemaster bus, the Union Jack and Concorde. The closure of the public pay phones in Highland Perthshire would be a serious blow to local residents but communities may wish to follow the example of other areas in the UK and use the payphones as miniature libraries or for storing a vital defibrillator or even use them as a coffee stall. I was pleased to be told that Perth and Kinross Council has backed the creation of a Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership. This will see improved collaboration between Pitlochry High School and Breadalbane Academy, Perth College UHI and community partners. It demonstrated a commitment to Pitlochry High School but the move also protects Breadalbane Academy through the robust defence of principle of no detriment, in other words no loss or harm to the subject choices on offer to pupils who are taught at Breadalbane. I was also delighted that councillors accepted the council administrationâ€™s proposal to establish a nursery within Logierait Primary School. It would be great if the nursery will succeed in attracting children from the catchment area who will go on to receive their primary school education at Logierait. As ever, I appreciate the feedback of my constituents and can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 01738 553990.
John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP Along with Councillor Mike Williamson, I recently met with key stakeholders to discuss future plans for Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. The meeting, which was attended by members of Killiecrankie Community Council, the National Trust for Scotland and visitor centre staff, presented an opportunity to discuss future opportunities and challenges for the centre, as well as ways to maximise potential commercial gains. This was a productive meeting, and I am pleased with the level of engagement displayed by all stakeholders. The tone of the meeting was positive, highlighting the important role that the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre plays in promoting local history and re-affirming our commitment to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the facility. Continued on page 34 32 Pitlochry Life
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Killiecrankie Visitor Centre is a vital local resource and source of information for tourists. In addition, it is a significant employer within the area. To that end, it is important that we continue to support the facility and its staff, in order to allow it to continue to provide a quality, sustainable service. Going forward, I will work with those involved to ensure that the visitor centre can continue to provide an excellent service to those visiting Killiecrankie. I was pleased to visit Support Choices, a new project from Outside the Box that helps people across Perth and Kinross to get the social care and support that they need. The project, based out of Dunkeld, is a partnership between Outside the Box and the Care and Wellbeing Co-op. This complements a new initiative based at the Carers’ Hub at PKAVS and Self-Directed Support (SDS). Support Choices offer a valuable service to those across Perthshire, ensuring that people are fully aware of the ins and outs of the social care process and the help to which they are entitled. I am hopeful that this excellent service expands beyond its current base in Highland Perthshire, and I am fully supportive of the excellent work they are undertaking. Further information about Support Choices is available at their website- https://otbds.org/projects/support-choices/ You can also call 01350 729130, or email: SupportChoices@otbds.org If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached by email at john.swinney.msp@ parliament.scot, you can call 01250 876 576 or write to 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH.
Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I wanted to let readers know that Perth and Kinross Council has been referred to Audit Scotland over its handling over a £45,000 public grant given to the organisers of Heart 200. I recently held a public meeting in Tummel Bridge with Mike Williamson, to hear directly from the communities who have concerns about the project. The organisers received £45,000 to help set up the project, as part of February’s council budget. The Loch Tummel communities raised a number of issues with me at the meeting and these will be raised with Audit Scotland. The communities do not feel that the council has taken their concerns seriously and I feel that the best option is to pass these concerns to an independent body like Audit Scotland. Many are concerned about a lack of transparency around the grant of public money and how it was given to one organisation with seemingly no competition, or the following of a procurement process. It seems like no environmental impact assessment was considered and it would appear that no thought has been given to the potential further costs to the council that increased traffic on rural roads may cause. I am all for encouraging responsible tourism into Highland Perthshire and my support of the tourism industry over the years speaks for itself, but I cannot ignore the serious concerns that rural communities have raised with me over Heart 200. Residents also want to welcome tourism and visitors to the area, but it is about doing so in a planned and sustainable manner. A new benefit providing help for people on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral became available on 16 September 2019. The Funeral Support Payment will be delivered by Social Security Scotland (SSS) and will replace the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Funeral Expense Payment. The changes mean around 40% more people will be eligible for financial support at the point of bereavement. People will can apply by phone, post or online for the first time. Once SSS is fully operational, face-to-face pre-application support will be available.
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John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative In September, the Lifelong Learning Committee heard further reports about the School Estate Review for Pitlochry High and Logierait Primary schools. Further details were presented in relation to three options â€“ 1) the inclusion of 5th and 6th year education at Pitlochry High School; 2) having all 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils at Breadalbane Academy or 3) to develop the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership. At earlier meetings of the Committee, it had been agreed that the outcome of the review could not be educationally detrimental to either school. It was reported that options 1 and 2 would impact negatively on subject choice for all pupils and on teacher recruitment for an S1-S3 only High School meaning that neither option would meet the no detriment test. Option 3, the creation of a Learning Partnership involving greater collaboration between both schools, Perth College/UHI, both Parent Councils and other key stakeholders was seen as the way forward. An amendment to the proposal was accepted that requested the working group to consider different models of delivering education across both schools which may see the delivery of some 5th and 6th year subjects at Pitlochry High School in an effort to reduce some travelling, provided this is not detrimental to the educational offer at Breadalbane Academy. All 5th and 6th year pupils would continue to attend Breadalbane Academy and be Breadalbane Academy pupils. The Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership is an innovative approach which aims to deliver a stronger, more enhanced senior school education for all pupils in our area and will also bring new opportunities for school leavers and adult learners too. The report on Logierait Primary School recommended that a small nursery (max 8 pupils) be set up within the school with the aim of helping to increase the school roll over a period of years. Despite there being a significant number of primary school age children within the catchment area, evidence would suggest that some children attend other schools due to a lack of childcare in the area. This is a very positive and proactive outcome for Logierait and one that has been welcomed by the school, the parents and the community and I wish it every success. As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542.
Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Ward, Independent Last month I wrote about the upcoming Lifelong Learning Committee meeting where the future of Logierait Primary and Pitlochry High School were to be considered. Iâ€™m pleased to report that after a long campaign by parents, pupils (past and present), local residents and myself the school has been saved. Its future is further secured by the introduction of a nursery class from August 2020, which will allow local children to attend the school from aged three until the end of their primary education and provide a smoother transition between nursery and P1. This result is very much down to the campaign that has been run over the past year, and until recently closure seemed like the most likely outcome
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given other recent decisions on small rural schools in Perth & Kinross. Since I was elected in 2017 I have campaigned for all our small rural schools to have a nursery provision to secure their future and have repeatedly been told that it would not happen for Logierait or other schools I have suggested so I’m very pleased that we have managed to overcome these obstacles and succeeded. The future of Pitlochry High School also looks brighter as the Committee agreed to an amendment moved by me and supported by Cllr Williamson. Our amendment asked officers to proceed with a new project called the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership which is about both the secondary schools in Highland Perthshire – Pitlochry High and Breadalbane Academy – working closer together to increase the subject choice across both schools including exploring greater collaboration with Perth College UHI. The amendment also asked that a wider range of stakeholders be consulted about the project and that the group explore potential ways to deliver some 5th & 6th year subjects from Pitlochry High School to reduce travel time for pupils, but only if there was no detriment to Breadalbane Academy. Increased community use of the school will be explored further to see how the Pitlochry High building could be used better and I hope that through the collaborative work with Perth College UHI we may see the delivery of some further education courses out of the school building. There will be a scoping exercise to look at the possibility of making Kirkmichael Primary School a dual catchment for secondary education, which would allow parents to choose between Blairgowrie High and Pitlochry High. After a considerable amount of consideration the committee accepted the amendment unanimously. I will not be holding surgeries in October, and from November my surgeries will be on the third Thursday at 6pm in Pitlochry Council Offices and 7pm in Breadalbane Community Campus. If you wish to contact me please call 01738 475028 or email XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk
Yes Pitlochry Yes Pitlochry’s profile goes from strength to strength, especially with our Yes Stones (more below). It comprises a non-party political group of people of many ages and backgrounds who live in and around the Pitlochry area. Each of us is keen on seeing Scotland continue to progress as an independent, welcoming, fair and optimistic country. If you are repelled by the state of the governance from Westminster and have abandoned any belief in the fairness of British democracy then come and join us. We know the transition to a normal country will not be without its difficulties but look forward to the time when England, Wales and Northern Ireland are our close friends and trusted neighbours and no longer our managers. We encourage everyone to consider that the people who live in Scotland are best placed to decide who governs them and who runs their economy. Just like every other normal, democratic country. Presently, we have folks from Pitlochry, Kinnaird, Moulin, Aldclune, Killiecrankie and Ballinluig attending our meetings or events (other Yes Groups in Perthshire may be more convenient for you, for example: Yes Aberfeldy, Yes Perth City, Yes Blairgowrie, each available on Facebook). Yes Pitlochry organises a stand at local events to raise funds for leaflets and to share views and ideas. Two members produce the rather lovely Yes Stones now transported and photographed all over the world, see if you can spot any. (It was Moulin artist, Alison Rollo, who first came up with the idea and it has snowballed! The Yes stones even have their own Facebook page). We attend ‘All Under One Banner’ Yes marches throughout Scotland, proudly marching with our banner and can share travel, if needs be. The Perth event was good fun and we look forward to Edinburgh on 5th October. Contacted us anytime via email: email@example.com Continued on page 40 38 Pitlochry Life
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Pitlochry and District Neighbourhood Watch Association (NW) Keeping Pitlochry Safe Come along to the Atholl Centre (behind the Baptist Church) on Thursday 17th October at 10.00 am for a free community safety information event. •
Bring your electric blanket for testing by the Fire Service and arrange a free home fire safety visit
Hear from Trading Standards on how to protect yourself from scams
Learn about the importance of Power of Attorney from a local Solicitor
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The event is being organised by Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch and Councillor Mike Williamson and is expected to finish at 12noon. For further information, please contact local Neighbourhood Watch Secretary, Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Everyone welcome.
Pitlochry Library At the library this month, as well as our regular activities and services, we have our annual community day. Simply come along to any of our events or get in touch if you have any questions. Jump in to Libraries Community Day – Saturday 26 October 10.30 – 12.30. Join us at our family-friendly Halloween-themed community day. 10.30-11.00 Bookbug session; 11.00-12.00 spooky crafts with For Art Sake; 12.00-12.30 all ages storytelling with local myths and legends; refreshments included. Regular Activities: Tea and Tales reminiscence group – Friday 4 October 10.30 – 12.00. Join us for a cup of tea and a blether about the good old days. IT Drop-in – every fortnight on Wednesdays 14.00 – 16.00 (Wednesday 2 & 16 October) Fortnightly drop-in session in the library with Digital Champion Sue Gledhill where you can get help with using computers and portable devices. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in – every Thursday 11.00 – 12.00 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. Saturday stories and songs – every Saturday 10.30-11.00 An under 5s activity session with stories and songs led by local volunteers. (Once a month this is a full Bookbug session.) Facilities and Services: Online library services available via the library website (www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries) or by downloading the library app: browse the library catalogue, online joining, requesting and renewing items. ICT facilities: public access PCs, Wi-fi, printing, and scanning. e-resources available from the library website (www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries): e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, e-news, and e-reference resources (Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry). Continued on page 42 40 Pitlochry Life
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Libraries for health and wellbeing: we have self-help books covering a range of conditions, including mental health issues, common psychological problems, chronic pain and dementia. You can also pick up hearing aid batteries, ferrules for walking sticks and Data Link packs. Books on Wheels: monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) for individuals who cannot get out and about, including large print and audio books. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.culturepk.org.uk Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives – donate online or in person at your local library.
Riding for the Disabled, Breadalbane & District Group By the time this is being read the autumn school break will be upon us and riding will have finished for the year. Riding for the autumn term always goes by so fast. However there has been plenty going on. We have had one new rider who is very keen and has made steady progress and everyone has been practising for the small Handy Pony event we had to celebrate the 50 years of RDA. Gold Rosettes were given to all riders for this special occasion. On the same day we formally commissioned our new shed now resplendent with a brass plaque marking the generous donation from the League of Friends of the Aberfeldy Cottage Hospital. Several members of the League of Friends came along for this occasion and were able to see the riders completing their course. The Driving Harness and Reins (in immaculate condition) which has been very generously donated to us is still available. We have been advised that £200 is a very fair price. If anyone is interested please get in touch with Lindy on email@example.com. If we do not find a buyer it will be passed on to an RDA driving group elsewhere. We rounded up our year’s activities with our week at the Thrift Shop at the end of September and our AGM will be held at the Locus Centre, Aberfeldy on October 28th. Do come along if you are interested. We always welcome anyone who would like to help in whatever capacity. We would like to thank everyone for all the support we have been given during this very successful riding season.
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Pitlochry Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) The tourist season is still under way as we welcome Enchanted Forest visitors and Pitlochry should be looking its best. You could help by joining our friendly litterpicking team and picking up all those unsightly discarded cans and bottles. All equipment is provided including gloves, black bags 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 8th. The future dates for litterpicks in 2019 are as follows: November 12th and December 10th. We would like to thank those residents of Pitlochry who are not members of the litterpicking group and who also pick up litter when they see it. We know you do this and we are very grateful. For further information contact Roger West (email@example.com) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org) 01796 473400.
Thrift Shop - Atholl Centre Pitlochry. Charity No.SC015113. Our next Thrift Shop will take place from 18th to 26th October in the Centre, Monday – Saturday (excl Sunday) 10.00am – 4.00pm. We will be raising money towards our “Changing Place Toilet” a disabled access toilet for both children and adults with appropriate hoist, washing and changing facilities to be constructed in the Centre. www.changing-places.org This is being done as part of our 50th anniversary project. We are grateful to all who assist with our Thrift Shop. Should you wish to help or give us goods (but no clothes) please call us on 01796 473044 or pop into the Atholl Centre, Atholl Road (behind the Baptist Church) For more information contact Iain on 01796 473044.
Pitlochry Station Bookshop Summer may have gone but it has left us with great memories of healthy income and book donations as well as a steady stream of visitors from all over the world, sometimes to the extent that it was difficult to move in the Bookshop. “Continuing to flourish” was the theme of our recent Annual General Meeting where we heard about the very successful fund-raising to allow us to develop a storeroom further along the station platform. This will be a great addition to our operation and the building work should be starting about now. Yet again, we have kept up our regular contributions to our charities and we expect to hit our next financial milestone during the coming year. Chairman, Graham Holmes, summed up the feelings of everyone when he said, “The success of our shop never ceases to amaze me and I’m very much aware that it’s all down to the voluntary contributions of so many individuals – both donors of books and, in particular, our own volunteers. Let’s hope that continues for many more years!”
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Vale of Atholl Pipe Band That's the busy summer season over and what a busy one it was. We had a great run of Highland Nights and managed to hold most of them outside. We unfortunately had to go indoors for the last one but still had a full house. A huge â€œthank youâ€? once again to all our artistes and helpers and to all you kind folk who sent down your guests. Pitlochry Highland games will be long past by the time you read this, but we're hoping for a great parade down the street and hopefully a nice dry day and lots of people at our tombola stall!! We held an EGM in September to change the band to a SCIO which most charitable organisations are now doing and the executive committee was stood down and a board of eight trustees selected. The board members are Alister Walker, Caitlin Charlton, Gillie McNab, Audrey Sinclair, Graham Waugh, Stuart Letford, Ian Elrick and Kenny Forbes. Practices for learners on chanter and drums is on every Tuesday night in Pitlochry High School at 6pm. If you fancy giving it a try, just pop along. Gillie McNab 07733152223 email@example.com
Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band After winning Grade 4B British & European Championships, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association took the unusual step of re-grading us in the middle of the season to Grade 4A. This came only 2 weeks before the Scottish Championships, therefore we were unable to compete at such short notice with new music. However, with only 5 weeks to the World Pipe Band Championships, practices were full on learning the new tunes with the hope of actually being able to play on the day against 31 other bands. We not only qualified for the final but came 3rd in our new grade, this was an amazing and unbelievable achievement by every band member. We look forward to a busy winter of practises to keep the momentum going. If you would like more information or to come along to the band and learn the chanter, side or tenor drum, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 472692 or Secretary Claire Scott 01796 481456.
Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre www.pitlochryandmoulinheritagecentre.co.uk If you are looking for something to do, why not visit the Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre. On your visit to the Centre you can take a local journey through time. Open daily from May to October between 2pm and 4pm, it offers a fascinating afternoon out for visitors and those with family connections to the area, with a fantastic exhibition of local information, photographs and history of the area, along with memorabilia and artefacts donated or loaned by local residents. We also have some local books on sale for those who want to grow their knowledge of the local area. If you have anything we could add to the exhibits, please let us know. Please note that the Centre will close for the season on Saturday 5th October. Thanks to all who have visited, volunteered and contributed to the Centre this year. It is so much appreciated. We had a fantastic exhibition as part of Perthshire Open Studios with Beyond the Bothy in September and were pleased to see many familiar and new faces come along. We hope to do more of this in the future so keep connected to our Facebook Page!
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Climate Café, Pitlochry & District Our next environmental chat will be combined with Food and Fun Festival in October. A Climate Cafe is where people come together for a regular monthly meeting which is open to everyone of any age whether they are familiar with climate change or not but are interested in its effects on the environment. Come chat about any concerns you have, exchange information, find some answers. For more information contact:- Carol Aitken, firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook page, Climate Cafe Pitlochry & District for more tips and information. October Event - This year Climate week takes place from 7th until 13th of October, and the Pitlochry & District Climate Cafe have decided to celebrate it with our first (and hopefully annual) Zero Waste Food and Fun Festival on Saturday 12th of October, 1pm to 5pm in Pitlochry Town Hall. We would also like to raise more awareness of the Climate Cafe group and what we are doing within our community, and any visitors to the area are most welcome too. Our main focus is to find ways of becoming more environmentally sustainable. So we intend to promote local foods which would reflect what a plant based diet would entail, how to reduce waste, what plastic free swaps, eco products, etc are now available. We will achieve this through the inclusion of food stalls with opportunities to sample and buy a wide range of delicious foods, information boards on reducing waste and swap shop suggestions, workshops, activities for kids and have some space to allow us to continue our Big Climate Conversations. Can we encourage everyone to bring their own containers, bags, cups and cutlery to use at this event?
100 Attend Heart Screening Sessions in Aberfeldy Each week it is estimated that around 12 otherwise healthy young people in the UK die due to undiagnosed heart conditions. Although media coverage tends to focus on “elite” athletes or sports people anyone can be affected. On Monday 9th September the charity C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) mobile unit visited Breadalbane Academy and provided free heart screening to 100 young people in the 14-35 age group, mostly pupils from Breadalbane and Pitlochry. The sessions are intended to identify individuals who may be at risk due to a heart condition and allow appropriate treatment if necessary. It currently costs £5000 to provide the medical team and equipment for these screenings, however they are FREE to attend as they are paid for by C-R-Y. This session was funded by C-R-Y from the Andrew Murch and Michael Yorston memorial funds. To find out more about heart screening and the work of C-R-Y visit www.testmyheart.org.uk or call C-R-Y on 0203 691 0000. Thanks are due to the many people and organisations who have raised funds and donated in memory of Andrew and Michael and made these sessions possible. Particular thanks to The Plaice to Be in Pitlochry for their very generous contribution. Continued on page 58 56 Pitlochry Life
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GrowBiz - Making Rural Business Digital GrowBiz provides support and advice to anyone starting or growing a small or micro enterprise. Through our new project – Making Rural Business Digital – which is supported by the Perth & Kinross LEADER programme (see www.pkleader.org for more information) we want to make Perth and Kinross the most entrepreneurial rural economy in Scotland, through the development of Smart Villages, enterprise ‘hotspots’ and digital upskilling. Smart Villages are ‘digital communities’ that help rural enterprises to promote their services. They can provide information points for local community groups and organisations and can also be ‘communities of interest’ – we’ll be developing new platforms for artisan makers and care and wellbeing enterprises in rural areas. Please get in touch with us to find out more. We have also launched a new programme, GrowOnline, to help businesses to enhance and develop their online presence and make the most of the digital opportunities available to them. GrowOnline is open to anyone, and everyone who signs up to the programme will be able to access a wide range of online resources including ideas, information and tutorials. We continue to hold free events throughout Perthshire on a variety of topics. Look on our website at www.growbiz.co.ukfor the most up-to-date information and to book. And we can offer one-toone meetings for any rural business looking to start, grow or diversify. All of our services are free and confidential. Follow us on social media for news and updates - Facebook (@GrowBizPerthshire) and Twitter (@Grow_Biz) – and you can also sign up to our newsletters at www.growbiz.co.uk
Pitlochry Bowling Club We are always keen to welcome new players, and create opportunities for people who have never played bowls to come and try this sport for all ages and abilities. Having hosted some secondary school pupils, teachers, and groups from local businesses over the summer, in October we are getting ready to start our indoor winter season. Indoor Bowls - open sessions Would you like to try your hand at what’s called short mat bowls? We’re having eight open sessions, when anyone can come along, learn the game and try it out, all at no cost apart from teas and coffees. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up at any of the following times and you will be welcomed and introduced to this great game. No matter how well you do or don’t play, we can almost guarantee good fun as you take part. Venue: Pitlochry Bowling Club, West Moulin Road, Pitlochry •
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their trophies and prizes after a full outdoor season. Next month we will share the full list of competition winners. Closing Day The season will climax with our closing day on Saturday 5th October, with games starting at 2pm. We send our thanks to all who have helped in club matches and events over the summer; to all who have tended the green and grounds; and to our local sponsors who support us and provide many of the prizes awarded. Contacts: 01796 473138, -470085, -472226, -473162.
Blair Atholl Bowling Club The season is into its final leg and not many matches left to play. The nights are drawing in and I'm sure the rain is getting wetter. However, a worthy mention to start with is Spittalfield who held their Centenary Triples on Saturday 10th August hosted by Jock Tait and his team. lt's an all day game and the eventual runners up were Niel Haggart, Agnes Naylor, from Pitlochry and Sam Davie (our man from Blair Atholl) - yes! him again. However, the worthy winning team were all from Grandtully and they were Dave Campbell, Ron Stenhouse (new kid on the block) and Sandra Morrison who informed me that this was the first time they had won this competition So well done to you all. P.S. Thanks for my pen Jock. Congratulations also to Spittalfield on winning the league this year. Moving on back to Blair Atholl and over a three day weekend we contested our club finals, and boy what a feast of bowling we all witnessed. First was the Men's Pairs: This was played in very wet and slippery conditions and it was difficult for the players to throw their bowls up the green. The runners up were Jim Haggart and Alastair Mackay but the winners were Norrie McLaren and Sam Davie. Next day the Men's Singles Club Championship was played between Paul Figures and ( yes you've guessed it ) - Sam Davie!. and what a match!!!! A real humdinger, end to end stuff nip- n- tuc. possibly one of the best and closest finals for a long time. A pleasure to watch, it was so close, even at the end you wouldn't put your mortgage on the outcome. The eventual winner and our new Club Champion is Paul Figures (22) and Sam Davie (19) was the runner up. Congratulations to Paul. Next the Seniors and once again another treat.This was between Gwen Figures and Mick McWilliams. End to end stuff and really close all the way. Mick was actually lying game until Gwen sent down her last bowl and it sat there for a while then just fell over onto the jack for the match. How cruel was that? (blame the worm Mick) So Mick was a very very close second and runner up and Gwen became our Seniors Champion. The score 21 -20 Unbelievable! Finally, to the Handicap Final between two former club champions Jim McCallum and Sam Davie ( never said a word ) Another corker, extremely close yet again. In the end you couldn't separate them with a cigarette paper but Sam Davie just scraped it to become the Champion by only one shot. Jim was second but can be proud of his game throughout. Final score was 21 -20. You couldn't make it up. Congratulations to you all for a memorable weekend. The club triples was played the following Saturday on the 31st August and this was sponsored by our local Blair Atholl Garage and many thanks to Derek Crighton who donated the prizes. Blair Atholl Garage has always supported our club and it is very much appreciated. the format for the game was changed to Aussie rules just to make it a bit more fun. The runners up were Gwen Figures, Andrew Downie and Jim Haggart, but the winners were Norrie McLaren, Ian Page and Hugh Boyd. Well done. Continued on page 62 60 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 30th September 2019. For further information, please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153.
Pitlochry Rotary Club The Rotary Club of Pitlochry held its 27th annual Golf Challenge on the Pitlochry Course on August 15th. Fifteen teams of four enjoyed a fine sunny day for a friendly competition followed by a social evening in the clubhouse. In order to make sure that none of the competitors became dehydrated a refreshment stall was provided part way round and the attached photograph shows Rotarians Tom Allison, Bill Bright and Richard Dyson ready to provide support. Thanks to the generosity of the competitors and the support of the course management the club’s charity fund benefited by the sum of £2,523 which will be put to good use to support our projects at home and abroad. The winning team members were Neil Panton and Russell Hood (Pitlochry), Stewart McAslan (Lenzie) and Tony Harrild (Dunblane New).
Amnesty International UK: Pitlochry Group Members of our local Amnesty International Group held a Street Collection on Saturday 10th August at which the sum of £267.49 was raised. The major part of this sum was raised as a result of generous donations from local customers at the Paper Shop and the Co-op. Our thanks to all concerned. A cheque for the sum raised has been sent to Amnesty International UK.
Heartland FM The Highland Games Season came to an end with an amazing day at the Pitlochry Highland Games, and Heartland FM again brought you the excitement of Games Day on the radio. We have been brushing up on our Video Interviewing skills too and again recorded interviews both in sound and vision, which are posted onto our social media platforms. It’s exciting to see how our online platforms are growing and how you can access Heartland FM content on air an online please enjoy. We are delighted to have Cleo join the Heartland FM team as part of her Foundation Apprenticeship course from Perth College UHI. We have a couple of new voices coming on air
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Pitlochry Supper Club (formerly Pitlochry Ladies Club) Meetings will be at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month throughout the winter at our new venue Craigvrack Hotel. Our next meeting will be a fund-raising evening on 2nd October with a Silent Auction for the charity Marie Curie (represented by Estelle Nicol). Please bring along items for the auction. Then on 6th November Elaine Scott will present on Christmas Decorations. Each evening will include a one course supper with tea / coffee at a cost of £13. We are a sociable friendly club, and we welcome new members at any time (no membership fee). For more information, call or email Sue Dickinson (Chairman, 01796 470329, 07990 524219, email@example.com). To help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Sue know no later than midday on the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting, and their choice of meal.
Blair Atholl Fun Tuesday Afternoons (BAFTA) Every Tuesday from 22nd October from 1.00pm to 4.00pm in Blair Atholl Village Hall. Whist, Dominos, Scrabble, or bring your sewing, knitting or any art or craft you enjoy. Have a blether with you neighbours from near and far. Tea / coffee and goodies included. £1.50. For more information, contact Rita Isles on 01796 481663, or just come along.
Cards For Good Causes Thanks again to Cafe Biba, Pitlochry, Cards for Good Causes will be selling Christmas cards and goods from Tuesday 5th November until Friday 13th December. Opening times are Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 4pm.
Christian Aid Coffee Morning October 19th There will be a Coffee Morning for Christian Aid on Saturday October 19th from 10.00 –12.00 in The Tryst, Church of Scotland. Tickets are £3 and will be available at the door, from David Frame at the Church of Scotland, Barbara Rombaut at St. Brides or Gina Charleson at Holy Trinity Church. There will be a home baking stall and we would be very grateful if some of you could bake some cakes, make jam/marmalade or tablet. Donations will be gratefully received in The Tryst on Friday October 18th from 6 – 7 p.m. or before 10.00 on the day. We look forward to seeing you at the coffee morning. Continued on page 66 64 Pitlochry Life
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Charitable Donation to the Aberfeldy Workshop Local Aberfeldy based company, Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd presented The Workshop at Aberfeldy with a cheque for £9,500 from the St James’s Place Charitable Foundation. The Workshop is a social enterprise, providing opportunities for young people in a rural area, with particular emphasis on those under 25 years of age, and those facing additional barriers to employment. “We are delighted to receive this support from the St James’s Place Foundation” says Gina Wallace, co-Founder at The Workshop Aberfeldy. “It’s a real boost to be recognised for value of the work that we do, as well as helping us in our mission to support local people get a foot on the employment ladder. We are passionate about creating opportunities for people to fulfil their potential, and inspiring them to learn new skills and gain experience. We are really grateful to Macintyre Wealth Management for helping us to gain this crucial financial support, enabling us to keep helping people from across Highland Perthshire.” Andrew Macintyre, Director at Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd said "We are really pleased to have helped The Workshop gain a £9,500 donation from the St James's Place Charitable Foundation. Over 26 years, the Foundation has raised over £80m to support good causes, directly helping over 780,000 people and nearly three times that indirectly. We are very happy to see some of that benefit coming to such a worthwhile cause in our own community in Aberfeldy." Photo – names left to right: Roxane Still, Gina Wallace, Jennifer Macintyre, Andrew Macintyre, Bailey Pearce and Alastair McKinley
Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy Sunday 13 October 2019 6.00pm (check time) ‘The Mustang’ The HFS film choice this month is a tale of violence and redemption. Roman (an ‘electrifying performance’ by Matthias Schoenarts) is a convict in a Nevada maximum security prison tasked with taming a wild mustang horse as part of his rehabilitation programme. The director spent 5 years researching conditions in American prisons and her debut film is more gritty documentary than sentimental journey. 2018, 96 min Cert 15. Dir: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Date for your diaries: Aberfeldy Film Festival ‘Fishy Business’ 15-17 November. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings. Become a member any time for just £10.00 / £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook. Continued on page 70 66 Pitlochry Life
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Night, Night, ..... Sleep Tight... Last month we looked some of the common myths surrounding sleep. This month we look at some tips to help you nod off. Having trouble falling and staying asleep is not only frustrating, but it can also affect your mental and physical health. Sleep helps you feel good and makes your body and brain function properly. Try these simple ways to fall asleep as quickly as possible.
3. Stick to the same sleeping hours. Your body has its own regulatory system called the circadian rhythm. Although it sometimes feels impossible, going to bed and awakening at the same time every day can really help get your body into a good rhythm for sleep.
4. Experience Both Daylight and Darkness. Light can influence your body’s internal clock. Irregular light exposure can lead to disruption of circadian 1. We sleep better in a dark and cool environment. rhythms, making it harder to fall asleep and stay So it’s worthwhile turning the heating down in the awake. So, during the day get out and expose yourself to bright light, then at night make your bedroom, swap to a lighter tog duvet and invest room as dark as possible. Blackout blinds will help. in blackout blinds. Taking a warm bath or shower could also help speed up the body's temperature 5. Practice Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. changes. As your body cools down afterwards, this Helps ease away the stresses, strains and tension can help send a signal to your brain to go to sleep. built up during the day. 2. Use the "4-7-8" Breathing Method. A simple but powerful breathing method that promotes calmness and relaxation. It might also help you unwind before bed. It can be practiced anytime you feel anxious or stressed. First, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth. Exhale completely through your mouth and make a whoosh sound. Now close your mouth and inhale through your nose while mentally counting to four. Hold your breath and mentally count to seven.
6. Do Not Look at Your Clock. It is normal to wake up in the middle of the night. However, the inability to fall back asleep can ruin a good night’s rest and ‘clock watching’ can only make it worse. Turn the clock so you can’t see it, then you won’t have to worry about it. 7. Avoid Naps During the Day. Studies have shown that regular, long (two hours or more) and late naps may lead to poor night-time sleep quality and even sleep deprivation. Limit yourself to 30 minutes maximum.
Open your mouth and exhale completely, making a 8. Watch What and When You Eat. Eating too much late in the evening can affect the quality of whoosh sound and mentally counting to eight. your sleep. Try to finish your meal by 8.00pm. Repeat at least three more times. 9. Limit Caffeine. It can be found in food and drinks like chocolate, coffee, sodas and energy drinks. Unfortunately, caffeine can have disastrous effects on your sleep. It is recommended that you avoid caffeine at least six hours before bedtime. Instead, you could drink a soothing tea like chamomile tea, which has been shown to promote sleep and relaxation. 10. Listen to Relaxing Music. Soothing music can significantly improve quality of sleep. It can even be used to improve chronic sleep disorders like insomnia. Just find some relaxing background music and set it to switch off after about 45 minutes. 11. Exercise During The Day. Exercise can increase 68 Pitlochry Life
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15. Try Journaling. Writing down the positive events that happened during the day can create a state of gratitude and happiness, downgrade stressful events and promote more relaxation at bedtime. Set aside 15 minutes every night to write about your day. It is important to focus not only on the positive events of the day but also on how you feel at the time.
19. Visualize Things That Make You Happy. Instead of lying in bed worrying and thinking about stressful things, visualize a place that makes you feel happy and calm. Using ‘imaginary distraction’ helps occupy your mind with good thoughts instead of engaging with worries and concerns during the pre-sleep time.
17. Read Something. Reading is good to help you wind down before bed. At least for kids, it seems that bedtime reading may promote longer sleep.
However, electronic books emit a kind of light that can reduce melatonin secretion, making it harder for you to fall asleep and causing you to feel tired 12. Get Comfortable. A comfortable mattress and the next day. Although a Kindle emits very little bedding can have a remarkable effect on the depth blue light, it is still recommended to read from a and quality of sleep. A medium-firm mattress has 'proper' book. been shown to positively affect sleep quality and prevent sleep disturbances and muscular discomfort. The quality of your pillow is also crucial. It can affect your neck curve, temperature and comfort. A study determined that orthopaedic pillows may be better than feather or memory foam pillows. Additionally, the use of a weighted blanket could reduce body stress and help improve your sleep. Lastly, it is crucial you choose comfortable clothing made of fabric that helps you keep a pleasant temperature throughout the night. 18. Focus on Trying to Stay Awake. It is believed 13. Turn Off All Electronics. Using electronic that if you go to bed and try to force yourself to devices late at night is terrible for sleep. Watching fall asleep, your chances of succeeding drop TV, playing video games, using a mobile phone and dramatically. Instead, you can try "paradoxical social networking can make it significantly harder intention." This technique recommends trying to for you to fall and stay asleep. stay awake instead of forcing yourself to sleep. This 14. Try Aromatherapy. Lavender and damask rose is based on the idea that the stress and anxiety are popular scents with positive effects on sleep. produced by forcing yourself to fall asleep can An essential oil diffuser will infuse your room with prevent you from relaxing and snoozing off. Worth relaxing scents that encourage sleep. a try.
Also if you are worried about all the things you have to do tomorrow, write down a ‘to do’ list, then forget all about them.
Picturing and concentrating on somewhere that makes you feel peaceful and relaxed can take your mind away from the thoughts that keep you up at night.
16. Adjust Your Sleep Position. Good quality sleep Finally - Try Sleep-Enhancing Supplements. If all may depend on your body position during the night. else fails, try a natural sleep inducing supplement. Melatonin, Valerian Root, Magnesium and There are three main sleeping positions: back, stomach or side. Traditionally, it was believed that Lavender all seem to achieve good result. If you back sleepers had a better quality of sleep. However, still struggle to get a good nights sleep, then it’s probably time to speak to your doctor, just in case research has shown that it could lead to blocked there’s some underlying cause. airways, sleep apnea and snoring. Although individual preferences play an important role in ... Don’t let the bugs bite. choosing sleep position, the side position seems to
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Pitlochry Tennis Club Pitlochry Tennis Club held their second American Tournament of the season on Sunday 25th August which was won by Conor Jennings, with Lesley Jennings & Bobbie McGraw in joint second place. Conor was presented with the Silver Mixed Doubles plate. Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon of tennis & Pimms in wonderful weather. The Men's Singles Final between Giles Conisbee and Jimmy Robertson was held at the Atholl Palace Courts on Sunday 8th September. It was won, once again, by Jimmy Robertson, shown on the right of the photo, and he was presented with the trophy, which was gifted by the Atholl Mercantile Association many years ago.
Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council 9th September 2019 Five PMCC members, two P&KC Councillors, 8 members of public present and two apologies. Fonab Cemetery in a poor state. Final option for PHS offered. No provision for S5 and S6 pupils. Decision overturned. Community needs to keep campaigning for better facilities. Thanks to all for work well done. Vacant property in the centre of the town still causing concern. Public urged to report every sighting of vermin in the area. Network Rail proposing the replacing of the present railway bridge with a standard bridge. Etape Caledonia 2019 very successful. No complaints of excess noise or litter. Entries sold out for 2020. Scottish Charities Air Ambulance to join Marie Curie for sponsorship. East Moulin Road closed for resurfacing from 7th of October for 2 weeks. Footpath to Cuilc Brae from Atholl Road to be closed for three weeks. The Plaice to Be has sponsored the toilet facility by donating ÂŁ840. Pavilion now has a postcode. Superfast broadband is on its way. Fundraising Race Night October 26th in partnership with Vale of Atholl AFC. Bonfire Night Nov 5th 6pm â€“ 8pm Potholes in Pavilion car park to be repaired week beginning 2nd October 2019. Enquiries continuing into problems surrounding mental health issues in Tayside Logierait Primary School has been saved. Meeting with the Scottish Government in December to consider law relating to wild camping and overnight parking of camper vans. Public toilets now open until 7pm. Widening of Atholl Road during the current re-surfacing will not take place. Members of public who feel strongly about this should write to barbara renton, director of environment and copy to local ward councillors. Enhancement of the town centre will not be done without public consultation. Fencing around Recreation play park requested to prevent dog fouling. Dogs should be kept on the Continued on page 74 70 Pitlochry Life
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The Distilleries, Blair Athol and Edradour Distance - 3.25 miles. Time - 1.5 - 2 hours. Ascent - 145m. Visit both Pitlochry distilleries with an easy woodland walk, on good paths and minor roads. During the summer months both are open for guided tours, Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Blair Athol Distillery is open 12noon - 5.00pm on a Sunday, however Edradour is closed on a Sunday, keep that in mind if you fancy a wee dram and guided tour. Starting from the centre of town (Atholl Road), head south, towards Perth and under the railway line, using the underpass on the right hand side. Cross back to the left and you will find Blair Athol Distillery, home of Bells Whisky and one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, established in 1798. They draw water from the Alt Dour burn to produce their famous 12 year old single Blair Athol Malt - which can only be bought at the distillery. Keep heading south and after passing a row of bungalows you will see a blue sign on a lamppost for ‘Black Spout Car Park’. Turn left here and pass under the railway again. Continue until you reach the car park and follow the clearly marked route along a dirt track to the left which takes you to a path through oak woods. The golf course on the left belongs to the Atholl Palace Hotel. After a short distance you will see a sign to Black Spout Waterfall where there is an excellent platform giving superb views of the 190feet (60m) Black Spout Waterfall and gorge below. It is quite spectacular after heavy rain. Continuing along the path following signs for Edradour Distillery, once out of the oak woods, the path follows the edge of farm fields giving spectacular views towards Ben Vrackie (2,759ft high) and the village of Moulin. As the walk approaches Edradour it passes a stone cottage and emerges at the distillery. Edradour is world renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, established 1825. Now turn left and follow the road for a short 72 Pitlochry Life
distance until you reach a farm gate on your left just before a set of ornamental stone gate posts. Follow the marked and enclosed path (can get overgrown in summer) as it skirts the edge of a field and then heads downhill with good views over Pitlochry. The path meets a grassy track, signposted for Pitlochry. Turn left onto it and continue through a gate back into Black Spout Wood. The path then meets a larger track where you turn right, downhill. Ignore other paths until you reach a wide bend and take the path branching off to the right following a yellow marker signed for Pitlochry. Continue until you cross a wooden bridge and turn left following the Kinnaird Burn. Ignore a path to the right which leads to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You will soon come to a junction, marked by a large triangular stone, continue to the right (ignore the optional riverside loop to the left). At the next junction also keep right and you will soon come to a road where you turn left and walk down past the entrance to the Atholl Palace Hotel. You emerge at the railway bridge with the underpass. Turn right on the main road and return to the centre of Pitlochry.
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lead. Dog related issues should be referred to dog warden in Perth. Cracks in the glass canopies over shops reported, caused by owners not properly maintaining their property. In spite of promises by Royal Bank of Scotland that their building would be used for community purposes, it still lies empty. Three neighbours from Lettoch Road asked what could be done about the increase of deer. Cllr McDade is to set up a meeting with estate owners. Broken paving slabs around Fisher’s Hotel present a tripping hazard. Next meeting October 14th, Atholl Centre.
Appreciation How much I have appreciated the many kindnesses shown to me in my recent sad loss of Les and our son Murray - also in my own accident. Cards and visits, gifts and prayers have cheered and comforted me and I want you to know of my sincere gratitude. I hope I'll soon be able to leave the hospital and move to Abbeyfield. A warm 'thank you' also to all who kindly supported our family at Les' funeral in August. Elaine (Brown)
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 & international situations. Please join us, or pass any prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Tryst marked – ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, in The Tryst Lounge. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Weekly rehearsals at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday from 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis: Weekly from Thursday 17th October in The Tryst Hall, 2pm until 4pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our Walks Programme 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 every 1st Sunday of the month, in the residents’ Continued on page 76 74 Pitlochry Life
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Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm. Tea and coffee will follow each service. Guild: All are welcome to the first Guild meeting of the session. It will be in The Tryst on Wednesday 9th October at 2.30pm when we shall hear from the joint Guild & CrossReach project: Join up the Dots, which is enabling people of all ages to overcome loneliness and social isolation in Scotland. Our Haggis Lunch will be on Wednesday,13th November, tickets will be available from Guild members nearer the time. Friday 22 November, Messy Church in The Tryst, from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. A time for children’s fun crafts, story time, games and food. Come along on the day, where a friendly warm welcome awaits. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All adults don’t need to be accompanied by children! The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: email@example.com
The Scottish Episcopal Church in Highland Perthshire Offers a Warm And Inclusive Welcome To All Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lay Reader: Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416: Email: email@example.com Priest in Training: Rachael Wright Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches/ Part of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane we welcome all to share in our worship and fellowship. The SEC is one of the historic national Churches of Scotland, a product of the Scottish Reformation, rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history. The SEC is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, a family of 70 million Christians in 160 countries. The Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in our Churches use the 1982 Liturgy, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communions’ at Kilmaveonaig and Holy Trinity use parts the 1982 Liturgy, child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. To arrange Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings please contact our Rector. (We celebrate equal marriage and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate or renew their Union in church) October Services please check our Website www.hplc.scot for updates. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Contact – Robin Baker - 01796 472005. Sunday Services - 9.30am Holy Communion. Sunday 13th October – Joint Service for Harvest 11.15 at St Andrews. Strathtay. Thursday 10.00am – Morning Prayer or Holy Communion 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, Holy Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Matins. Sunday 13th October – Joint Service for Harvest 11.15 at St Andrews. Strathtay 76 Pitlochry Life
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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 2
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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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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, Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday 13th October – Joint Service for Harvest 11.15 Sunday Evening Services – Third Sunday at 6.00pm – Weem Kirk House Group 10.00am last Wednesday of the month (Contact Lesley Whitwood ) All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square. Contact – Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Next Service: Sunday 20th October 10.30am – Holy Communion Sunday 13th October – Joint Service for Harvest 11.15 at St Andrews. Strathtay
Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (email@example.com) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net keep up-to-date with us on Facebook and Instagram. Sundays: We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11am. Coffee & Cake, Tea & Biscuits afterwards. Regular Events Heart & Soul - Sundays 8-9am. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.org Join regular presenters Howard Simpson and David Wilkie as they bring a topical mix of music, chat, news, community focus and issues, plus interviews. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Martin on 473085. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Debbie on 473085. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7-8pm, repeated Thursdays 10-11pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.org An hour of Spiritual, Gospel, and Christian music, with a wee bit of chat thrown in as well. 'Stay and Play' babies and toddlers group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. Recommencing Wednesday 21st August. Hooray! Welcome All - Friday’s from 12pm. Recommencing 4th October! Held in the Centre behind our church building. There is a £3 cost for the lunch. All Welcome. Contact Maureen on 472004. Youth Club - last Friday of the month 6pm 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 Continued on page 80 78 Pitlochry Life
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exploring the Christian faith and enjoying life together. Please contact Ken on 470261 for info about joining the group.
Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch
Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228
Robert & Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272
Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am. Braes of Rannoch 9.45am. Foss & Rannoch 11.30am. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00am. All are welcome. Sunday 6th October - Communion Service in Blair Atholl Church at 11.15am.
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 We were pleased to welcome our new Parish Priest on September 21st. He is Fr. Neil Gallagher who has come from a parish in Dundee. We thank the various priests who have helped us during the weeks since Fr. Edward returned to Malta. Once Fr. Neil has settled in we will be able to give more details about week day Masses and activities. St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30am. St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30am.
Tenandry Church Interim Moderator: Rev Neil Glover. email@example.com 07779280074. 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. Continued on page 82 80 Pitlochry Life
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in October 2019 will be at 10.30am in Strathtay Church, Coffee/tea served after the service. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10.30 – 11.30am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach, all donations gratefully received. You can follow our activities each week on the church’s Facebook page. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch. The guild has finished for the season and will meet again in the spring. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 48227 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. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month fromm 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. New members of any age or ability will be made welcome, but young quilters under 16yrs. require to be accompanied by a family member. The Walkers Group. Thank you for all those who supported the sponsored walk. Information from Sandra Morrison. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our face book page. Perthshire Open Studios. Once again thank you for all the support for the church's gallery.
Jehovah’s Witnesses Do you matter to God ? That question will be answered on Sunday 6th. You are welcome at all the meetings listed below, which are held in our Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Tuesday 1st October, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: James 1, 2, ‘An Introduction to James’, ‘The Way to Sin and Death’, “Continue Considering These Things”, ‘The Son Who Was Lost Returns’—a discussion of Luke 15:11–32, ‘Do You “Put Your Heart Into the Work”?’. Sunday 6th October, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Do You Matter to God ?’, and a discussion of: ‘“We Do Not Give Up”! (2 Corinthians 4:16)’, “I Have Approved You”. Saturday 12th October, 9.50 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., Assembly Hall, Appleton Parkway, Livingston. The theme: ‘“Love Builds Up” (1 Corinthians 8:1)’, including the talks: “Let Everything You Do Be Done With Love”, “Knowledge Puffs Up, But Love Builds Up”, ‘Barnabas, Paul, Dorcas—They Built Others Up’. Thursday 17th October, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 1 Peter 1, 2, ‘An Introduction to 1 Peter’, “You Must Be Holy”, ‘God Loves Clean People’, ‘Plan Ahead—Use Practical Wisdom’—a discussion of Luke 16:1–13. Sunday 20th October, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Reject Worldly Fantasies, Pursue Kingdom Realities’, and a discussion of: ‘“Those Who Listen to You” Will Be Saved (1 Timothy 4:16)’. Continued on page 84 82 Pitlochry Life
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Thursday 24th October, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 1 Peter 3–5, “The End of All Things Has Drawn Close”, ‘Chaste Conduct and Deep Respect Win Hearts’, ‘A Change for the Rich Man and for Lazarus’ Part 1—a discussion of Luke 16:14–21. Sunday 27th October, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘What Is Your Relationship With God ?’, and a discussion of: ‘Adjusting to a New Assignment (Hebrews 6:10)’. Thursday 31st October, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: 2 Peter 1–3, ‘An Introduction to 2 Peter’, “Keep Close in Mind the Presence of the Day of Jehovah”, ‘How Much Do You Treasure God’s Word ?’, ‘A Change for the Rich Man and for Lazarus’ Part 2—a discussion of Luke 16:22–31. Enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time and location—get in contact with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or email@example.com. At www.jw.org you can find the answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones—and study the Bible online.
The Baha’i Faith Celebrate The Birth of a New World on October 30th at 7:30 pm in Breadalbane Academy’s Assembly Hall – and you’re invited! Premier screening of the feature length film: “Dawn of the Light” Admission free The Baha’i Community of Aberfeldy and Pitlochry warmly welcomes you to join us on October 30th at 7:30 pm in the Assembly Hall of Breadalbane Academy when we’ll screen the film “Dawn of the Light,” celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab and unveiling His soul-stirring message that raises a banner of unity among all peoples, races, faiths and nations. Most of us have heard the term “apocalypse” and believe it refers to catastrophe; to an “end time,” when disaster and destruction reign. Many would say that time is now in a world overtaken by war, political conflict, environmental collapse, racism, sexism, and extremes of poverty and wealth. However, apocalypse is actually a Greek word meaning “revelation” or “unveiling,” and refers to the return of God’s messenger with a roadmap for peace and unity. Every one of the world’s religions has foretold the return of their prophet -- Christ, Moses, Mohammad, the Buddha, or other religious figure -- Who will usher in a renewed, balanced and peaceful civilisation. In fact, this Messenger, fulfilling every qualification mentioned in all the Holy Scriptures, has appeared at the appointed time. His name is The Bab [The Gate] and He announced His mission as The Promised One of all ages in 1844, in Persia while heralding the advent of the Baha’i Faith. Since then, the Faith has grown to encircle the globe; the world’s most widespread among major religions. Now Baha’is everywhere are engaged in “community building,” a practical and spiritual process that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together in service to mankind. From the grassroots outward, we’re creating a world of caring, kindness and prosperity by simply following the blueprint of the Baha’i Writings. To open the programme, Scottish composer and singer, Alex Reid, will debut an original ballad in celebration of the occasion. Stay afterwards to chat over tea and biscuits. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. To read the writings and teachings of Baha’u’llah tap in to www.bahai.org Locally, Hilarie can put you in touch with Baha’is in your area at firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, our community pages are free to non profit organisations. Please send details to email@example.com or call 01721 720129, by 12th of the month. 84 Pitlochry Life
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Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccination Programme 2019 Atholl Medical Centre, Pitlochry Wednesday 30th October 2019 (PM Only) Wednesday 13th November 2019 (PM Only) The Atholl Medical Centre will be giving flu vaccinations on 2 half days as above. We would be grateful if as many patients as possible (who are eligible) could attend on the appropriate day, as there will be limited appointments available if missed. We would like patients to attend by surname letter, as set out below: Wednesday 30th October 13.30 – 15.15 15.30 – 17.00
Wednesday 13th November 13.30 – 15.15 All Mc, Mac – Q
G – M (not Mc, Mac etc)
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Patients eligible for flu vaccinations are: All patients over 65 years of age, pregnant women, or anyone suffering from the following: • Chronic heart disease or chest complaints including asthma and COPD • Chronic Liver or Kidney Disease • Diabetes • Neurological conditions eg MS • Lowered immunity due to illness or medication • Other specific medical condition (check with surgery) Pneumococcal and shingles vaccines are also available for eligible patients Parents or guardians of children aged 2-5 years will receive a letter with a contact number on it, to arrange an appointment this year. The vaccines will be carried out by the NHS Tayside Immunisation Team. Please Note That The Nhs Does Not Fund Vaccinations For Patients Who Are Not In Any Of The Eligible Groups, This Is Available At Pharmacies For A Nominal Charge.
Arrangements For Blair Atholl There will be an open session in Blair Atholl Church Hall (next to the Village Hall) for our Blair Atholl patients on 23rd October from 9.45am to 11.15am.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve itself. The path is excellent and the climb hardly encompasses nine mountains within the noticeable as you head upwards to the summit, southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent Tarmachan Ranges, seven of which are Munros. views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, It’s a hugely significant place for botanists, being and the Cairngorms to the north. renowned for its rare and endangered species The simplest return is by reversing the route, or of arctic-alpine flora. The area is also home to a you can turn right at the col, and follow the path variety of wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, across the northwestern flank of Beinn Ghlas black grouse and ravens. that will return you to the fenced off area and
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As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as low cloud will obliterate your view. Remember the safety precautions and the equipment required for mountain walks are as essential here as on the more isolated ones weather conditions can change quickly, so check the forecast before you leave, take good care and always be well prepared. Willie
Answers to the September Crossword Across
1. Burnside 5.Psalms 9. Decently 10. Prince 12. Enchanted 13. Trees 14. Teas 16. Article 19. Old Mill 21. Stye 24. Racer 25. Warehouse 27. Extend 28. Helmsmen 29. Forest 30. Hydrants
1. Budget 2. Rococo 3. Sonja 4. Deletes 6. Strathtay 7. Lenience 8. Seedsmen 11. Idea 15. Emigrants 17. Yourself 18. Educator 20. Lawn 21. Surgery 22. Gunman 23. Tennis 26. Homer
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1. Islands in the S.E. Pacific, but also seen within a pit, Cairngorms district (8) 5. Strong home for horses (6) 9. Man & boar with a beginner could be unusual (8) 10. Uncle, I possibly go before Bridge Road (6) 12. A semi precious stone for a Scottish mountain railway (9) 13. The country held in Diana’s dreams (5) 14. The pudding from Eton is a muddle (4) 16. Regret concerning the old T.V. detective (7) 19. Fund Lee separately, it’s necessary (7) 21. Carry a bit to Tenandry (4) 24. I cluck around losing a thousand for the Pitlochry brae . . . . . (5) 25. . . . . . and will Dee resign over the road? (9) 27. The gardens where Percival, dour character, lives (6) 28. Mix heather in the Scottish town (8) 29. “For now we see through a glass _” 1st Corinthians (6) 30. Concerning the cost, load again (8)
1. Rep can possibly caper (6) 2. You can go to court for this game (6) 3. In the summer Dagmar ran a café in a Scottish island (5) 4. Figures out causes (7) 6. Eddie Rose’s local airport! . . . . .(9) 7 .. . . . . for the Med, Rob in a resort in Spain (8) 8. Uplifted, Ted leave off (8) 11. The Muslim leader comes from Weem, I reckon (4) 15. Producing the required result when fault fee is distributed round initial capital (9) 17. Dock rank to order at the Pitlochry road (8) 18. Red miner produced a memento (8) 20. Record of events shown in pieces of wood (4) 21. Pitlochry’s festival one (7) 22. Dirt i.e. swept up – it’s neater (6) 23. A bird below the start of Blairgowrie – but it’s a dog (6) 26. Sea where the Tay ends (5)
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Cycle With Me! - Glen Tilt Circular Mountain Bike Route via Gilberts Bridge Great for: A morning’s cycle for older families or a quick blast for the more experienced Benefits: Conveniently starts at a car park. Great views of Glen Tilt and Blair Castle. Rewards of gliding downhill, after only a couple of short climbs. Estate tracks, so few vehicles. Length: Approx. 6 miles Starting from Glen Tilt Car Park, go up the track between two stone gateposts directly opposite the car park exit and to the right of the detached house. Continue along this track, taking in the spectacular views of Glen Tilt and the river. After about 1 ½ miles you will go over the first bridge crossing the Tilt. Continue on round to the left and after another 1 ½ miles you will cross a cattle grid – look to your left and you will see picturesque Gilbert’s Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the track up the slight hill to the rifle range car park - please be aware that when the red flag is flying, shooting is in progress and you will not be able to pass – you can check the timetable at www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk From here it’s a mostly gliding, downhill track with great views of Blair Castle and beyond towards Blair Atholl. The track will turn into tarmac at the top of a steep, downhill section. At the crossroads at the bottom of the hill, turn left and this road will take you back to Glen Tilt car park. Have a great day out! Sally
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YOUR HOROSCOPE For October 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin October moves the sign of Libra to the forefront. Libra is the sign of the scales and invites concentration and reflection on what needs to be done to find more stability in your life. As the energising planet Mars joins the Sun in Libra on the 4th there is a great opportunity to putting some energy into achieving a balanced life. Mercury and Venus arrive in Scorpio early on in the month ensuring that many of us will take the plunge in search of truth, wisdom and untapped resources. The Aries full moon on the 13th brings a peak in physical energy and enhanced activity and offers the drive to find expression in a creative way. The new moon falls in intense Scorpio on the 28th; this can be an emotional time as the mysteries of life intrigue and invite us to delve a little deeper. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 An exciting creative opportunity appears to be up for grabs during October as the powerful Aries full moon on the 13th challenges you to up your game and reach out to take some risks. Mars arriving in Libra on the 4th may bring a relationship issue into question. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 October continues with the theme of new friendships. Venus, your planetary ruler, enters the deep and powerful sign of Scorpio on the 9th, drawing your attention to the important things in your life. It may be best to think carefully before you express your opinion. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Love and romance are in the spotlight during October as energetic Mars stirs up relationships, particularly after the 4th. Mercury and Venus in deep and intense Scorpio suggest that there might also be some soul searching and decisions to be made concerning work matters. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The powerful Aries full moon on the 13th highlights a career opportunity as your thinking becomes much clearer and you are ready to forge ahead with an important decision. Itâ€™s a good time to revise what your unique qualities are and use your imagination and creativity. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 October is looking very positive for communication and negotiations on all levels; your mind should be focussed in order to expand your knowledge. Jupiter enhances your creativity and brings optimism and good luck, but be sure not to overstretch yourself. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Exciting new beginnings are evident as the month commences, Mercury, your ruler, enters Scorpio on the 3rd bringing your attention to what is really important in your life and helping you to ignore and dismiss what is no longer valid. Communication is enhanced with the Scorpio full moon.
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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 As Venus, your ruling planet, moves into Scorpio on the 9th all things financial come to the forefront. Creative planning is necessary as you consider new and exciting ways of making money. Mars energises your sign from the 4th, you should find that your vitality improves. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 October may turn out to be a rather introspective month, be sure to take care of your physical health as your strength may be drained by over-stretching yourself. The Scorpio new moon on the 28th changes the energy as you make a path for new projects to be initiated. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 This month might bring some uncertainty as the reflective and self-examining area of your chart is highlighted. Steer your energy towards realistic targets that can be completed with hard work. The powerful Scorpio new moon on the 28th brings an important breakthrough. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 October suggests there is a challenge to your work and career situation as enthusiastic Mars moves into a confrontational position. Try not to give in to unnecessary self-criticism, your task is to balance logic with imagination. Opportunities arrive on the Scorpio new moon. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 This month emphasises the importance of making plans for further education, adventure and travel. Your life goals are highlighted and the powerful new moon in Scorpio on the 28th facilitates new projects that require your concentration and endurance. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 This month highlights the need for balance and stability in your investments, finances and resources. Mercury and Venus arrive in intense Scorpio during the second week and both planets favour the discussion of matters that are usually kept hidden. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS â€“ with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. Please contact me now for a personal astrological reading and/or a transformational life coaching consultation.
Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife
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Before You Swat a Wasp.... Swot up on them, you will be surprised. I've been stung by a wasp this year, twice last insect predators, that meat is to feed the larvae year, probably my own fault, it's difficult to not not themselves. In their adult state wasps are start flapping about when one gets too close. not able to digest solid food and need sugary Autumn is the time of year when people start to liquid to survive. Now, with fewer or no larvae ask 'what's the point of wasps?' The answer may to feed, they become uncontrollably and insatiably hungry. surprise you. Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 species of wasp in the UK? These include the parasitic wasps, some of which are so unbelievably small, they are like pin heads. Of the 250 larger wasps which can sting, the majority are solitary and cause no upset to humans. However, when we talk about wasps, we're almost certainly referring to the our nation's nemesis, the Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris). To understand why these wasps become really annoying at this time of year, you first need to understand their life cycle.
Wasps love easy food such as over ripe fruit and your fizzy drinks. Towards the end of their brief lives, their hunger drives them to search for easy sugar at exactly the time when we are more likely to be using our gardens and outdoor spaces for eating sweet things. The timing couldn't be better for them or worse for us. So why are those who panic and try to swat them away more likely to be stung than those who remain calm?
Well the problem is that these redundant workers have their own pheromone, which Common wasps live socially like bees, but unlike helps protect the nest from attack earlier in the year, and that's essentially a chemical rallying honey bees, they haven't evolved a way of storing food to allow their colony to survive the cry to other workers that the nest is under attack. winter. In fact the only survivors are the young fertilised queens who hibernate over winter. So when you swat that annoying wasp and it They emerge in the spring to build little walnut feels under attack, that rallying cry will go out. sized nests where they lay around 20 eggs. Suddenly it all kicks off, and loads more wasps will start arriving in aggressive 'red-mist' mode, The queen feeds the resulting larvae until fired up and ready to defend their nest. This is around May, when they mature and become why the best advice is to stay calm. workers. Then she focuses on more egg-laying and the workers get on with feeding them, enlarging the nest as they go along. By this time of year the nest has grown to around 40cm in diameter, often larger, and that nest can contain up to 10,000 wasps and needs serious pest control if on your property. Phone Andy Law! Then, in late August and September, a dramatic change takes place. The queen quits her egg laying (save a few that will go on to be future queens and males to fertilise them) and no longer releases the pheromone that causes the workers to work. Basically, these workers are made redundant, and are left jobless and disorientated. And the problem for us is that, although adult wasps are 96 Pitlochry Life
Think of it this way, from May that wasp has been working its socks off helping to keep things nice on planet earth. Now itâ€™s going to die. So why not give it a break, save your swats, put a bowl of sugary drink somewhere out of your way, and let it go out on a nice sugar rush ď Š At the very least don't kill it. So, what's the point of wasps? Well, believe it or not, wasps do more good than harm. They play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations. They capture and eat insects such as flies, caterpillars and beetle larvae. We need wasps for us to survive. Willie
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