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PITLOCHRY LIFE September 2017 Issue 328

Pitlochry Aberfeldy Blair Atholl Ballinluig Kinloch Rannoch Killiecrankie Grandtully


Message Contents from the Team Welcome to Pitlochry Life September edition. Well what a busy summer we all seem to have had. September means the last haze of summer so make sure you get the most from it and enjoy some f abulous days and nights out at our great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and places to visit. There is a great choice of music too. If you are ready for an adventure then we have a fabulous new walk for you! Autumn means a return to school for the younger ones, and for those not quite so young, Pitlochry AEA has a range of very interesting adult courses. Go on try something new and surprise yourself. I love autumn for the garden, Sheila Drummond tells us it is the busiest month and she’s right. There’s still so much to enjoy from this year, and we are already starting on next year. If you are lucky enough to have harvesting fruit – then see Willie tips on jam making. A big thank you to all our contributors this month, and good to see many clubs and societies starting back after the summer break. f you are visiting Pitlochry - Cead mile Failte – as we say, a 100,000 welcomes. Feel free to let us know how much you enjoyed your visit. We have ALL the best restaurants, things to do, places to go and things to see, right here, so take us along for company, but remember to say hello to our advertisers. Together we make Pitlochry what it is ☺

Features A Grand Day Out Making Jam Schiehallion

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Regulars Fitness Walk With Me Garden Computer Cycle With Me

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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details. 25th-28th August Various Blair Castle International Horse Trials 26th August 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Laggan & Glen Pattack 1st September 8.00pm North Sea Gas at Food In The Park Live 1st September 9.00pm Charlie Gormas plays Old Mill Inn 2nd September 8.00pm Yard of Ale at Food In The Park Live 3rd September 12noon Wedding Fair - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel 4th September 2.00pm Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall 6-11th September Say hello! Friends of Confolens Visit 6th September 7.00pm J&H Mitchell Free Seminar on Wills, POA and Care Home fees 8th September 9.00pm Gavin Munro plays Old Mill Inn 9th September 9.30am Pitlochry Highland Games 9th September 8.00pm Whiteside at Food In The Park Live 10th September 6.00pm Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 12th September 10.00am Pitlochry Litter Action Group 13th September 11.30am Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church 13th September 7.30pm PMCC - Pitlochry High School 14th September 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Falls of Bruar and Glen Banvie 15th September 9.00pm Jono plays the Old Mill Inn 16th September 8.00pm Revival Blues at Food In The Park Live 20th September 2.00pm Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel 20th September 2.00pm Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre 20th September 6.30pm Street Sports - Pitlochry High School 21st September 7.15pm Scottish Women’s Institute - Aldour Hall 23rd September 10.00am Coffee Morning & Car Wash - Pitlochry Baptist Church 23rd September 2.30pm Braes of Rannoch Church Afternoon Tea 23rd September 9.00pm Border Radio play the Old Mill Inn 24th September 10.30am Pitlochry Church of Scotland Thanksgiving Service 25th September 7.30pm Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle, The Tryst 27th September 2.00pm Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church 28th Sep-29th Oct 6.30pm Enchanted Forest 30th September 9.30am Morrison’s Academy Open Day 30th September 9.30am The Tryst Walking Group - Stuchd an Lochain 30th September 9.00pm The Engine House play the Old Mill Inn 4th October 7.15pm Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel 12th October 7.30pm Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, no commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life


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Friday 25th - Monday 28th August - Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair. Scotland biggest and best equine event. See www.blair-castle.co.uk Saturday 26th August - The Tryst Walking Group - Loch Laggan & Glen Pattack –9.30am. We start near Kinloch Laggan and follow a forest road along the south of the Loch before turning south to join the river Pattack. We follow this stream back to the start. Height climbed 150m. Distance 10 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Sunday 3rd September - Wedding Fair - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 12noon to 3pm. Planning on getting married? Don’t miss this. A great selection of exhibitors to help plan your big day. See page 43 for more details. Monday 4th September - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.00pm to 3.00pm. There will be a short AGM before Hugh Mackintosh will tell us about "The hey-day of Picture Postcards of Blair Atholl". All welcome. Wednesday 6th - 11th September - Friends of Confolens Visit. See page 68 for details. Wednesday 6th September - J&H Mitchell Free Seminar on Wills, Power of Attorney and Care Home Fees - Birnam Arts, Birnam - 7.00pm. See page 61 for more information and reservations. Saturday 9th September - Pitlochry Highland Games - Recreation Ground, Pitlochry – 10.30am. Come along and join us for a spectacular day. Gates open 9.30am, games commence 10.30am. Parade of Pipe Bands down Atholl Road to Recreation Ground at 11.40am. Featuring : running, cycling, jumping, solo piping, traditional highland dancing, heavy events, British tug ‘o’ war, grand pipe band competitions for Grades 1, 2 , 3, 4 and Novice / Juvenile Bands. Craft and Charity Stalls. Admission: £8.00 (Adults) £2.00 (Children 5 - 16 years) Cars £2.00. Enquiries: secretary@pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk Website: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk Sunday 10th September - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ’Ran’. See page 60 for details. Tuesday 12th September - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park 10.00am. See page 58 for details. Wednesday 13th September - Heartland Healing Rooms - Aberfeldy Parish Church - 11.30am. See page 58 for more information. Wednesday 13th September - PMCC - Pitlochry High School - 7.30pm. All Welcome Thursday 14th September - The Tryst Walking Group - Falls of Bruar and Glen Banvie – 9.30am. This Corbett, near Kingussie, gives good views to the Cairngorms. This walk heads up by the falls and continues to climb through woodland until the Banvie Burn. We follow the burn to Old Blair before returning to the start via Bulain Wood. Height climbed 200m. Distance 10.5 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 20th September - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. For our first meeting of the new season, our demonstrator will be Mr John MacDonald florist at Gleneagles Hotel and Silver Medal winner at Chelsea Flower 2017.Please note our New Venue at Pitlochry Hydro Hotel. All welcome. Wednesday 20th September – Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre, Pitlochry – 2.00pm. Ajay Close will read from and discuss her novel The Daughter of Lady Macbeth. Everyone is welcome, members or not. See page 64 for more information, or get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com continued on page 8

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Wednesday 20th September - Street Sports - Pitlochry High School - 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Organised by Pitlochry Baptist Church and St Johnstone FC’s ‘Saints in the Community’ All welcome. Thursday 21st September - Scottish Women’s Institute - Aldour Hall, Pitlochry - 7.15pm. We resume our winter programme with ‘Fashion from Pitlochry Knitwear’. All welcome, see page 70. Saturday 23rd September - Coffee Morning & Car Wash - Pitlochry Baptist Church, Atholl Road 10.00am to 2.00pm. All welcome, bring your car! Saturday 23rd September - Braes of Rannoch Church Afternoon Tea – Georgetown Hall – 2.30pm. Braes of Rannoch Church and the local community invite you to take the scenic drive to Georgetown Hall at the West end of beautiful Loch Rannoch where from 2.30 pm we welcome you to enjoy afternoon tea plus stalls offering bric-a-brac, baking, jams, garden produce and books. All funds in aid of Braes Church. A free bus will leave The Square in Kinloch Rannoch at 2.00pm for those needing transport. Sunday 24th September - Pitlochry Church of Scotland Thanksgiving Service - 10.30am. Wednesday Wednesday 27th September - Heartland Healing Rooms - Pitlochry Baptist Church - 2.00pm. See page 58 for more information. Monday 25th September – Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst – 7.30pm. Alan Crombie on “By stage-coach to Pitlochry - Cooks Tours before the railway.” Non-members are welcome. Meetings will be on the last Monday evening of each month except December through to the end of April with a wide range of speakers and topics. If you would like to know more contact the Secretary, Andrew Holmes on 473 400 or a.m.holmes@btinternet.com Thursday 28th September - 29th October - Enchanted Forest - 6.30pm to 9.00pm start times. Highland Perthshire's multi-award winning show with dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, you will explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forestry Commission Scotland's Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets are available online at their website www.enchantedforest.org.uk Be quick, weekend tickets sell out immediately, but you might still be able to get some for midweek. Saturday 30th September - Morrison’s Academy Open Day - Morrison’s Academy, Crieff - 9.30am. Come to our Open Morning, take a tour, see our school and meet the pupils and staff at an informal lunch, on us. See pages 45 and 46 for more details. Saturday 30th September - The Tryst Walking Group - Stuchd an Lochain (Glen Lyon) – 9.30am. This Munro lies south of Loch an Daimh near the head of Glen Lyon. Much of the “climbing“ is done by car. Height climbed (on foot) 600m. Distance 6 miles. . Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Wednesday 4th October - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.15pm. Estelle Nicol will be speaking to us about Marie Curie, the charity we will be supporting this coming year. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. This will be the first meeting of this winter's programme. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner on 01796 472157. Thursday 12th October - Scottish Country Dance Class - Moulin Hall, Pitlochry - 7.30pm. Scottish Country Dancing is the social dancing of Scotland and is characterised by the style of its music. The dancing is fun, and can be energetic so a great way to keep fit. Come along and join us for fun, fitness and friendship. Beginners welcome from 7.00pm. Cost £2.50. Other dates in October are 19th and 26th. For further information contact June on 01796 473488.

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A Lifetime Of Physical Activity….. (Part 2) Last month we looked at the ‘early years’. As we get older, exercise becomes more of a chore; but it is during these years we need to find the motivation, as we have so much more to gain health wise. 40s. During this decade, issues like work or family responsibilities might prevent you exercising as frequently. It is important to find a balance that will allow you to maintain both, but with age comes an increasing requirement to maintain strength – without exercise the rate of muscle loss will increase, with men potentially losing up to 8% of their muscle mass each decade. If you haven’t been maintaining a consistent exercise routine, you might start to experience health issues such as high blood pressure, chronic stress, depression, heart disease, and diabetes. Up to the age of 40, reproductive hormones help to protect you from getting too much fat inside the body - women will store fat in the hips, thighs, and bottom, while men's goes outside the belly rather than deep in. After 40, a build-up of visceral (inside) fat may occur, with potentially disastrous consequences. A recent study of more than 20,000 adults in Dallas showed that the more active had a 36% lower chance of developing dementia. 50s. In your 50s, your body has quite different capabilities compared to your 20s. It’s possible that you’ll need to change the type of exercise you do to accommodate physical limitations such as damage to cartilage or ligaments, arthritis, or other injuries. A lower impact option such as cycling or swimming will allow you to maintain cardiovascular health. Resistance training should ideally remain the same, with the target of maintaining strength and joint flexibility, and a strong core: Pilates is particularly good for this. Try to stand and sit upright, and resist the temptation to slouch. 14 Pitlochry Life

60s. Maintaining strength is the key priority. Muscle mass helps to maintain normal hormone function, which means you use less energy related to daily living, reduces stress on the heart, and can prevent injuries from falls. Body weight, movement, and multi joint based exercises will stimulate bone/muscle growth and maintenance. Don’t take your eye off the cardio though, which could include lower intensity, steady-state exercises such as jogging, walking, cycling, swimming, or group based exercise classes which combine the above along with balance, agility, and flexibility. Recent research found that women in their 60s and 70s face as much as five times the risk of death within a year of suffering a hip fracture. 70s and beyond. Here the type of activity becomes less important than the amount. If you have a lifestyle and/or hobbies that involve being physically active, or if you spend time walking and have minimal sedentary time the benefits mirror those from earlier decades. Tai chi, aqua aerobics and walking are excellent because they are low impact and low intensity. I’ve written in the past about the importance of warm up – with age it’s important to start slowly, fire up the balance mechanisms and warm the joints and muscles. If you take it slowly you’ll get a feel for how your body is responding. It’s important to be able to distinguish between pain and discomfort - if you experience pain, stop and check with your GP before you proceed. As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong….and if you’re going to try this one, be very careful!! alan@pitlochrylife.co.uk


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Walk With Me… A Grand Day Out! A scenic drive, a train journey, a fabulous moorland walk and possibly the best High Tea ever?

Ok, we are going to drive to Rannoch Station, catch a train one stop north, then walk back across the moor to Rannoch Station Tearoom, for a real treat. You need to plan this as there are no trains on a Sunday morning and Rannoch Station Tearoom is closed on a Friday. You also need to equip as for a hill walk, carry some light refreshments and do not go without midge repellent on the moor. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on trains and up to two dogs per adult travel free. Drive north from Pitlochry towards Killiecrankie on the A924, ignore the A9 and continue straight onto the B8019. After 8 miles turn left at the bridge over the River Garry (still B8019) and follow this road along the banks of Loch Tummel to Tummel Bridge. At the T- junction there, turn right onto the B846. The road passes Dunalastair Reservoir to Kinloch Rannoch. Keep going on the B846 along the banks of Loch Rannoch to the very end at Rannoch Station. From Pitlochry this is 37 miles, but it is a no hurry - no worry drive so plan for about 1 hour 30 minutes at least; longer if you plan to stop at the likes of The Queens View. The station car park is free. If you forgot the midge repellent buy some now in the Tearoom! Take a morning train, either the 08.46 or the 11.09, north to the next station, Corrour, which is the highest railway station in the UK. Our walk begins here, 11 miles on part of an ancient track known to generations of cattle thieves and drovers as Rathad nan Eilean – The Road to the Isles. Allow 4 – 5 hours at an easy pace. Take the main track east from the station (there are no roads) for 1 mile to the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel where you will find a new track on your right, it heads south briefly, then turns eastwards for a slow climb to Peter’s Rock (plaque there explains who he was). Make sure you take this track, it runs parallel to the south 16 Pitlochry Life

shore of the loch, but is not the one closest to it. After 1.5 miles you will come to Peter’s Rock, and from here the path turns south and you can take in some of the longest, clearest views of Rannoch Moor, Blackwater Reservoir and mountains in every direction. There is a Munro, Carn Dearg, just above you to the left and a great detour if you’re feeling strong. You can walk back down a long ridge parallel to the path from the top and rejoin farther along. Otherwise, keep to the path and about 3 miles later you pass the ruin of Corrour Old Lodge, once Scotland’s highest shooting lodge, at 1723 feet above sea level. It’s been uninhabited since 1899, but still makes a good place to stop for some refreshments amongst the remains. Follow the same path down, and you will eventually cross two bridges. Then 2 miles downhill to the B846. Turn right onto the road and less than 2 miles later you will arrive back at Rannoch Station. You can see the station from many miles away, don’t be tempted to cross the moor, stay on the path. The Tearoom is open every day, March to October (except Fridays), 8.30am to 4.30pm where you can enjoy a very well earned refreshment, great food and some terrific home baking.

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


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So, You Want Jam On It? September is our month for soft fruit. Whilst the strawberries are mostly done, there are still raspberries, brambles, cherries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, plums, gooseberries and apples ripening now. And don’t forget the tomatoes. We can’t eat them all, even with the help of the neighbours, so why not preserve some for the winter months. Jam and chutney are easy to make, there are a few pieces of equipment that assist the process, but we can work around them:

you think the jam should be ready, put a drop onto a cold saucer, leave for a couple minutes, then when you push the jam with a finger it should wrinkle up. If not, boil for another 5 minutes and try again (… and again). Pectin. All ripe fruit contains pectin. When boiled up with sugar it sets to a jelly, giving us jam (or jelly). Some fruits like plums, green apples and redcurrants are high in pectin, whilst others might need a little help to set. To do this we usually add lemon juice which is naturally high in pectin, or for the likes of bramble jelly we can add a cooking apple or two. You can actually buy liquid pectin in the shop. It is a concentrated extract of lemon and apple juice, use it if you prefer, or need to. It is not cheating. Another option is to use Jam Sugar which comes with pectin added. Don’t confuse this with Preserving Sugar, which has larger crystals which dissolve slowly and evenly, it has no pectin. Jeelie Pan. Your granny had one, so it’s still in The Rolling Boil. When waiting for a setting the family somewhere! However, any large point, most jams need to be boiled quite hard. deep saucepan will do, bigger and wider the Stirring doesn’t stop it bubbling, but does stop better, and a thick base will stop anything from it sticking to the bottom. burning or sticking. Just don’t overfill as the Froth. Most jams with form a froth, or ‘scum’ fruit and sugar mix will bubble up quite a lot. over the top of the pan, especially if you use Sugar Thermometer. Set jam using the ‘wrinkle ordinary granulated sugar. Ignore it until you test’. For chutney, just drag a spoon across the have reached setting point, then skim it off with bottom of the pan and it should leave a clear a metal spoon. line for a couple of seconds before filling in. Sterilised Jars. This is very important. Ok, you Jam Funnel. A nice wide necked funnel specially can wash the jars and lids in a hot cycle of the made for filling jars, but a measuring, or milk dishwasher without detergent, but it is easier, jug works just as well. and quicker to give them a good wash, rinse Muslin Bag. My mum always used a clean well, then place in the oven at 120 degrees for pillowcase, tied to a broom handle, suspended 10 – 15 minutes until completely dry. Use an over the back of two chairs and dripped into a oven glove to bring them out, they are hot! bucket :o) Always label your jars, so in 6 months time you know what’s in them. Just wait for the contents There are a few other things to be aware of to cool before adding labels or they won’t stick. before you start: The Wrinkle Test. Before you start making jam, Then there are some rules, for both jam and chutney: put three or four saucers in the freezer. When 20 Pitlochry Life


Only use fresh fruit or veg that are in season and use as soon as possible. Discard any that are over-ripe, or not perfect. Cut everything into equal sized pieces, they will all cook at the same speed. The quicker a jam is cooked, the better it will taste, so do several smaller batches rather than one big one. Let your jam cool for 20 minutes before putting into jars, this stops the fruit floating to the top. Only make jam on a dry day. According to my granny, the moisture on a rainy day stops it setting! If making a jelly, do not squeeze the bag (pillowcase), let gravity do all the work for you, overnight and the jelly will be crystal clear. If Things Go Wrong. if the jam hasn’t set after cooling and potting, tip it all back into the pan and boil again, adding the juice of a small lemon; if mould develops on the surface of jam in a jar, remove it with a spoon, along with about half an inch of the jam underneath – rest assured, the rest of the jam will not be affected.

Some years my plum tree has so much fruit we don’t know what to do with it. Fortunately, plums are fairly high in pectin and they make a delicious easy setting jam: • 1.5k/3lb Victoria plums, washed & quartered • 200ml/7floz water • 1.5kg/3lb granulated sugar • Knob of butter (keeps the froth down) Gently heat and simmer the plums in the water for 10-15 minutes, until the fruit is soft. Slowly add the sugar until dissolved, then add the butter and bring to a full rolling boil for at least 10 minutes. Test for setting on chilled saucer, then skim the froth off. Allow the jam to sit for 15-20 minutes, stirring on and off. Then pour into warmed sterilised jars and seal. Remove the stones from the plums when preparing, however some reckon they add to the pectin, either fish them out at setting point, or tie in a muslin bag and add to the jam while boiling, makes it a lot easier to remove before potting up ! Pitlochry Life 21


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The Pitlochry Garden September 2017 Next to April, September is one of the busiest months in the garden. Crops need to be harvested; bulbs need to be planted; beds need to be weeded and mulched. September is also the best time to prepare new beds. Some fruit and vegetables will have done well out of our cool damp summer, others not so much. Enjoy the glut and try to preserve something for the winter months. Only keep the unblemished fruit and vegetables to store as any damage often leads to a fungal infection which can spread. Spring bulbs are ready now and you should start the planting as soon as you can, beginning with the smallest bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, muscari or scilla. Narcissi and alliums should be in the ground by the end of September because they start growing before the winter. Tulips can be left to the last planting because they can suffer from diseases like tulip fire if planted in warm soil.

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plant at a depth of about three times the height of the bulbs; so small things will go in about 4 inches deep and bigger bulbs as much as 8 inches down. Buy the largest bulbs you can find and plant them deeply and the bulbs will last for years and give a good show.

If you don’t cut back herbaceous plants until spring they will continue to gather energy and then store it in their roots for the next season. They will also provide valuable shelter for over-wintering garden birds on the hunt for insects. There is also a certain beauty to be had when the decaying structures are embellished with frost and snow. However, it is a good idea to get amongst the plants and make sure you have removed all the weeds and topped up the mulch while the soil is still warm. Anything that needs division and re-planting can

be tackled now because they will re-establish before the cold weather. Discard the old centre of the plant and re-plant fresh material that grows on the outside edge. Preparing a new bed is hard work; depending on the scale, either accept help from strong family or friends or else hire a wee digger. The ground will be heavy and compacted and there will be plenty of stones to remove. You need to open up about 10 to 12 inches deep but try not to bring the soil from the bottom up to the top. Avoid walking on this new bed from now on. Add compost to the top; about four to six inches deep but do not dig this in. The compost will be incorporated with the new plants as you put them in. If you aren’t going to plant this until spring, don’t apply compost now and cover the bed with plastic for the winter. At some point you will notice that the swallows and swifts have gone but there will still be a robin to sing to you while you dig. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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Schiehallion is from the Gaelic SĂŹdh Chailleann, which translates as 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians'. Its regular shape led it to be selected by Charles Mason for a ground-breaking experiment to 'weigh the world' in 1774. The deflection of a pendulum by the mass of the mountain provided an estimate of the mean density of the Earth, from which its mass and a value for Newton's Gravitational constant G could be deduced. Mason was assisted in the task by mathematician Charles Hutton, who devised a graphical system to represent large volumes of surveyed heights, later to be known as contour lines - which are now a main feature on all maps. Schiehallion is the perfect introduction to hill-walking. It is one of the easier Munros, the walk to the summit (1083m) is about 6.25 miles and takes about 5 - 6 hours return. To get there from Pitlochry (20 miles), drive north on the A924, don't join the A9 but head for Killiecrankie. Just past Faskally Caravan Park turn left onto the B8019 and follow this road to the far end of Loch Tummel. Turn left onto the B846 and follow this road until you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the right. Turn up here and park in the Braes of Foss car park. Grid ref : NN753556. There is a plaque here commemorating the work of Mason. From Aberfeldy (12 miles), leave on the B846 signposted for Kinloch Rannoch and follow until 32 Pitlochry Life

you see the sign for Schiehallion Road on the left. From the Braes of Foss car-park, head to its southern end and through a gate to a couple of information boards put up by the John Muir Trust. They have laid a well constructed path to almost the summit. Follow this path and not the old one which is really boggy. As the path starts to climb, you will pass a few stone 'chairs' that make for a good picnic spots looking onto Meall Tairneachan and over to Beinn a'Ghlo. Watch out for birds of prey, grouse, ptarmigan, whinchats and even some red deer. This path then leads right up onto the top of the ridge and a boulderfield, take time and care crossing here. You will pass numerous cairns but the true summit of Schiehallion is further along the ridge than might be first thought! You will know when you get there. The views are fantastic, particularly to the west across Rannoch Moor to the peaks of Glencoe. The return to Braes of Foss is by the same route, to prevent further erosion - please do not short-cut down the old path. Remember, mountains are dangerous. Do not venture out without being properly equipped for all weathers and eventualities. If you do go on a hot day, take plenty of water as there is none on the mountain. Have a good walk.


Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Over many years of building and repairing computers, I would have to say that today’s hardware and software are better than ever. Computers are now easier to get on with… until things start to go wrong. However, the majority of problems are caused by ‘Operator Error’ – simple mistakes that can lead to disaster. Here’s my top 10. You can learn from them. Not backing up important files One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is not backing up important information. There are so many different methods of backing up that there’s no longer any excuse for just not doing it. If your hard drive fails completely you will lose all your photos, documents and all sorts of stuff that are irreplaceable. You need to copy all those things onto an external hard drive, or flash drive, or write to a CD/DVD. If you run a business from a computer, or use it to keep accounts, you need at least two separate copies of the backup. Keep one safe in a drawer and another at home (or with an employee, friend or relative). Fire is very unforgiving. Get on it now. Not saving work While working on a document either offline or online make sure the program is automatically saving your work. If a program does not automatically save you need to make sure you are saving your work every 10-15 minutes, or even sooner. If the computer loses power, internet connection, or the program crashes, everything is lost that hasn't been saved, then, make sure you press the save button before closing the program, just in case.

our goal without actually reading what the popup box says, what we are agreeing to, or making sure there are no other check boxes checked. Make sure you read every prompt before agreeing, or you may be agreeing to install new browser toolbars, a program you didn't intend to install, or other crapware. Turning off the computer improperly With more of us learning on smartphones and tablets before learning the computer, not all new users are familiar with the proper method to shut down (turn off) a computer. When you are done with a computer and want to turn it off make sure to save any work, close open programs, and shut down the computer properly. Just pulling the plug creates chaos with software, even Windows has to tidy itself up before shutting down. Opening e-mail attachments If your computer gets infected by a virus, or malware, it’s probably because you opened a dodgy e-mail attachment. Be extremely cautious and doubtful of all e-mail attachments you receive, including those from friends or family. One of the most common tactics malicious users use to send viruses is from people you know to gain a false sense of trust.

Falling for phishing, spam, or chain mail Phishing: As computers become more secure, and users get more tech savvy, the bad guys have moved to attacking people using phishing tactics. Phishing is when a malicious individual or group of individuals scam users by sending e-mails or creating web pages that are designed to collect your online bank, credit card, or other login information. Because they look like Clicking Next or Ok without reading Thanks to high speed broadband we can get to legitimate companies users trust them and wherever we want in record time. This makes us enter their personal information. If a website or complacent when a box pops up asking if we e-mail doesn’t look or feel right, it isn’t. want to save or open something, or asking if we Spam: Almost all spam is distributed by infected want to leave the page. The ‘Next’ or ‘OK’ computers or malicious users. Replying to these buttons always seem to appear at the same spam messages will not unsubscribe you from position on our screen, which means we can any list and a spammer may even use your reply click on two or three of them to quickly get to as a verification that your e-mail works and send Pitlochry Life 33


you more spam or share your e-mail address with other spammers. If you get spam, just delete it from your inbox. Chain mail: You should also never forward your friends and family chain mail. If you find an e-mail hard to believe, make sure it is true before you forward the myth or rumour to anyone else. Google it. Downloading and installing bad software The most common ways a computer gets infected with viruses, malware, and other crapware is from downloading and installing bad software. Always be cautious of any free software and who is offering it. To subsidize costs many developers include other bundled programs or toolbars, and if you are not careful, you may install them during the install. As mentioned earlier, always be sure to read what the program is doing during the install. Sites offering free things like cursors, fonts, wallpaper and other small downloads may be bundled with other bad things. There are sick people who download valid copies of a popular download, modify the file with malicious software, and then upload the file with the same name. Make sure you are downloading from the developer's web page or a reputable company. Don't install download manager. Many sites suggest or require you to install an installer or a download manager before allowing you to download a program you may be interested in. These tools almost always cause your computer trouble and may even have malware or other spyware built in. Avoid any site claiming anything must be installed first before you can continue with your download. Avoid advertisements on a download page. To help make money and pay for the bandwidth costs of supplying free software, the final download page may have ads. Many advertisers try to trick viewers into clicking an ad with phrases like "Download Now", "Start Download", or "Continue" and that ad may open a separate download. Cancel any automatic download Some sites may automatically try to start a download or give the appearance that something needs to be installed or updated before the site 34 Pitlochry Life

or video can be seen. Never accept or install anything from any site unless you know what is downloading. Not keeping operating system and software up to date Computers and software are constantly evolving. After a program is released, bugs and security threats are almost always discovered by other users. Installing the latest updates for a program makes sure everything runs smooth and if security fixes are found fix those problems, so your data is kept secure. Microsoft releases updates and fixes on the second Tuesday of the month, known as Patch Tuesday. Keep a computer on a surge protector or UPS If you plug your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone into a wall socket, you leave it open to damage from an electrical surge (often caused by a lighting strike). Instead, plug it into a surge protector. They look just like an extension bar with extra sockets, but have surge protection built in. An essential, but not expensive safety device. Also, if you are using a desktop computer for work or business, I always recommend also using a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) on your computer. These are basically batteries that maintain power to the computer during a power cut or surge, and prevent the computer from crashing and losing whatever you are working on. Although these can be more expensive than a basic surge protector, it’s your business that will crash with the computer. Buying incompatible hardware or peripherals Computers are becoming more diversified. We now have Chrome Books, hybrid computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Although all of these devices are considered computers, not all hardware is compatible with every type. Also, this is true with Apple computers vs. a PC, and computers running Windows or Linux, which are all running different operating systems. Before purchasing hardware or upgrading older hardware make sure it’s compatible with your computer, the operating system, and meets the system requirements. Remember‌ in the computer world old is not trusty. Back up time!

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Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP Recent figures reveal that Scotland has welcomed just over 25% of the total number of Syrian refugees that have arrived in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme (SVPRP) since 2015. Since the SVPRP scheme was expanded in 2015, 7,055 Syrians have arrived in the UK in total, 1,800 of which have settled in Scotland. I believe that it is excellent that Scotland has welcomed over a quarter of those Syrian refugees who have arrived in the UK, under the resettlement programme, since 2015. More needs to be done, however. This is an off-the-scale humanitarian crisis that is difficult to comprehend here at home. A recent all-party inquiry revealed that the UK public would not tolerate the UK government turning away from this humanitarian crisis if they were more aware of what was happening. I want to see the UK Government significantly step up its refugee resettlement efforts in the midst of what is possibly the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. There are unanswered questions on the UK government’s deal with BT to provide broadband. My Westminster colleagues and I have concerns over the benefits to rural Scotland and whether the proposals are the best deal for the taxpayer. There are some important questions that need answered urgently about this deal. It’s not clear if all of rural Scotland is going to benefit from the broadband roll-out, what are the time scales for the more remote communities? We need to see the details from the UK government urgently. We also need answers on its potential impact on the Scottish Government’s own commitment to provide access to superfast broadband to 100 per cent of Scotland’s homes and businesses by 2021. We also don’t know if this represents the best value for the public, when there has been no specification, no tender, no other providers involved – the Westminster government have just enabled BT to maintain its monopoly in this market and we do not know if this is a good deal for the taxpayer. If anyone needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876 576 or at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk

John Swinney MSP - Perthshire North - SNP I wanted to make people aware of a 10-point plan to help people struggling with debt to manage funeral costs. The Funeral Costs Plan commits to a range of actions to improve the support available. A leaflet has also been published to help people with practical new guidance on how to make their wishes clear and encourages conversations with family and friends – which can reduce stress and keep costs down when the time comes. This is available at www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/08/4930 it will also be available across Scotland from local authority, NHS, and advice services. The death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time for anyone. It can be even harder when money is tight. Funeral costs can push people into poverty – and often it is those already in financial hardship who face increased difficulties. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting those who need it most following a bereavement, which is why there will be a new Funeral Expense Assistance introduced from summer 2019. The Funeral Costs Plan: www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/08/6243 commits to 10 actions: continued on page 38

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Launch a new Funeral Expense Assistance benefit, by summer 2019 Publish guidance on funeral costs, by December 2018 Improve advice on funeral planning, help following a bereavement and support after a funeral Publish funeral planning guidance to help people think about and record plans for their funeral Strengthen consumer protection in relation to funeral plans Support discussion of bereavement, death, dying and care at the end of life Highlight products from credit unions, including those specifically for funerals Deliver a Social Innovation Fund to help tackle disadvantage such as funeral poverty Give people more options to save for their funeral, through a funeral bond pilot Improve the evidence base to assess the effectiveness of our actions I was pleased to see that Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) figures reveal that 17 community groups in Perth and Kinross now own their own land, bringing community assets into community ownership. Just under 500 community groups in Scotland have benefited from the Scottish Government’s land reform policies that help enable communities to control their own destinies. The Scottish government is well on its way to reaching the One Million Acres of Community Ownership target by 2020. People are well and truly at the heart of the Scottish land reform efforts that enable communities to thrive and make decisions about places that would often otherwise be lying derelict – and this is at the very heart of the community empowerment strategy that is aiming to make Scotland a more prosperous and fairer place to live. Anything we can do to reverse the depopulation trend in Scotland and encourage more people to live and work in Scottish communities should be encouraged and land reform is a key vehicle to do this and to build stronger, more sustainable and attractive communities across Scotland. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or on email at john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot • • • • • • • • • •

Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative At the start of the month I will be speaking at the annual Private Parking Scotland Conference and Exhibition in Stirling. As I am sure many Pitlochry Life readers will be aware I have been campaigning for better private parking regulation for some time and this was an opportunity to speak directly with the companies whose rules I’m seeking to change. Ensuring that parking in a privately managed facility is fair is important and the Members Bill I am sponsoring has a number of proposals aimed at levelling the playing field. Capping maximum fines and introducing a fair and impartial appeals process are amongst the most high-profile elements of this bill. As part of the legislative process I have launched an open consultation where members of the public and the industry can give their views on the proposals and their thoughts on where existing legislation needs to be improved. If you would like to contribute to this consultation please visit my website www.murdofraser.com which will direct you to an online survey or for those without internet access you can respond directly to my office via old fashioned pen and paper. On the 3rd of October I will be co-hosting a public meeting with Liz Smith MSP and Alexander Stewart on the future of clinical services in NHS Tayside. We will also be joined by the Chairman of NHS Tayside, Prof John Connell, who will lead a presentation explaining the reasons behind changes to healthcare provision across the region. It is important for the health service to engage directly with the public and politicians in order to ensure total transparency. Healthcare services continued on page 46

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It’s one of Scotland’s finest schools in one of its most scenic areas, and the beauty of Morrison’s Academy’s surroundings is matched by the standard of the education it offers. Nestled in the heart of the bustling country town of Crieff, Morrison’s Academy has long been making the most of its enviable location to enhance the education of every one of its pupils. The school’s long tradition of academic success continues today with a contemporary Scottish curriculum and a programme of child-centred learning that builds emotional intelligence, creativity and life skills. From Nursery through to Advanced Higher, specialist teachers in sports, languages, and creative and performing arts deliver a high standard of teaching in a growing range of subject choices. The results are impressive. Generations of Morrisonians have benefitted from this rich blend of academic, artistic and sporting experiences, going on to make their mark on the world as Olympians, scientists, award-winning actors, adventurers, politicians and professionals. In 2016, pupils maintained a 93% SQA pass rate at Higher level, with 56% of presentations at Grade A, and almost a third of S5 pupils gaining straight As in all five of their subjects. This commitment to excellence underpins all the school’s activities, in the classroom and beyond. Several innovative programmes unique to Morrison’s Academy provide core experiential learning in relationships, health, careers and enterprise, drawing out independence and self-knowledge and building confidence, emotional intelligence and empathy. “The staff simply care and each and every one goes that extra mile to help all students” - Emily Alexander, Head Girl 2015-16 The Morrison’s family extends beyond the current roll: former pupils and staff around the world are regularly involved in events, careers networking, and overseas trips, and are always delighted to return to visit their alma mater’s beautiful campus. The school is very easy to get to, with excellent bus services from the Stirling, Dunblane, Auchterarder, Dunning, Bridge of Allan, Perth, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy areas. Our next Open Morning is on Saturday, 30 September at 9:30am and we would be delighted to welcome you and your family to our school – registration is available on the day, or alternatively, pre-register online (morrisonsacademy.org) or by telephone 01764 653885. For further information please contact Catriona Elliott, our Admissions Registrar by e-mail at admissions@morrisonsacademy.org


across the UK are facing a number of new and unique pressures and it’s critical that the NHS is able to meet these challenges head on. The centralisation of healthcare services is clearly concerning for people living in remote and rural areas and I hope that this meeting gives ordinary patients the chance to put their points across to the man at the top. The meeting is set to take place at the Royal George Hotel in Perth at 7pm on the 3rd of October. I was disappointed to see that Perth missed out on being shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture title. The bid team put together a fantastic proposal that highlighted not just the culture and vibrancy of Perth but of the whole region. The bid focussed on the surrounding towns and villages in the region as well as the Fair City and I would hope that positive momentum is not lost. Momentum is certainly not being lost in Pitlochry as the town gets ready to welcome the annual Enchanted Forest Lights display at the end of the month, which is fast becoming a must see attraction for visitors to Scotland. As ever Murdo welcomes the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot or via telephone at 01738 553 990.

Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Perthshire, Independent. The Council has been in recess over the summer, but will start back this week in full swing with a busy full Council agenda, discussing the Perth City Hall, future of cultural programme in Perth & Kinross after the UK City of Culture Bid and most importantly a transformation project about remodelling how we look after children and young people in our residential care unit. If approved it will lead to all our young children currently housed in our residential unit being looked after in their local communities. A similar project in North Yorkshire has been a good success, so we’re not entering un-charted territory, but it will obviously be a significant change to the current set up. The new proposals for the Perth City Hall are due to go before the full Council on the 16th August. At this meeting an architect will be appointed from the short list of five so that the project can progress to the next stage. The design being recommended by Council officers – Mecanoo - was the most popular with local people and businesses. This project will be a major asset to Perth & Kinross’s cultural offering and will hopefully increase visitors to the wider Perthshire & Kinross-shire area. The Council hopes to receive funding from the Tay Cities Deal and the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the project. I will be watching the budget closely and will be opposing any overspending on the project. Pitlochry & Moulin Community Council have put in a formal request for a transfer of a surplus community asset under the Community Empowerment Act. for the old Burnside Toilets in Pitlochry. There are several potential uses being proposed locally including re-opening the building as public toilets again. I’m very supportive of this move. As a manager in a local business I am constantly asked where the nearest public toilets are and as a tourism dependent town it is important that we’re continued to be seen as a good stop for tourists. I will be doing everything I can as a Councillor to support this project. Anyone interested in supporting this project can contact Andrew Holmes on 01796 473400. My Pitlochry surgeries are held in the Pitlochry Council Offices, on the third Thursday of every month, at 6pm; and the Aberfeldy surgeries will be held in the Breadalbane Community Campus, on the third Tuesday of every month, at 6pm. All my touring surgery times can be found on the Perth & Kinross website. I can be contacted at: 9 Lettoch Terrace, Pitlochry, PH16 5BA; XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk or on 07557 815568. continued on page 48

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Scottish Episcopal Church Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector- The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005 e mail: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. Marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church On Wednesday 27th September at 4.00pm in the Atholl Centre there will be a meeting for members of our congregations to discuss the recent decision by the General Synod to allow clergy to conduct same sex marriages. The Rector would also be happy to discuss this with anyone unable to attend the meeting. Services on Sundays, and other events in our congregations Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry, Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214. Sunday service – 9.30am Holy Communion. 6 pm on the last Sunday of the month - Evening Service. Thursdays - Morning Prayer at 10.30am followed by coffee and chat, and by Holy Communion on first Thursday of the month. Harvest Festival 2017 - Sunday 1 October at 9.30am Holy Communion The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly on second Tuesdays from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.30pm. The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month (except July and August) - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont 01796 472745. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - please see notice board. Harvest Festival 2017 - Sunday 1 October All Age Sung Eucharist at 11.15am St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, (details on notice board). Harvest Festival 2017 - Sunday 24 September - 11.15am Holy Communion All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact – Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259. Sundays – normally a service is held on the first Sunday of the month (for details please see notice board). Harvest Festival 2017 - Sunday 1 October at 11.15am at Kilmaveonaig continued on page 50

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Pitlochry Church of Scotland Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services – 10.30am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. At a set point in the service our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am, commencing 6th September, following the Summer break. Church Choir: Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing: Every Tuesday from 12 September, at 7.30pm, in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. Summer Church Open. The Church will be open to visitors Mondays – Fridays 10.00am – 12 noon, from Monday 12 June until Friday 15 September. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our 10.30am Service on Sunday 3rd September. Harvest Thanksgiving Service - Sunday 24 September at 10.30am. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: thetryst@btconnect.com

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) Church Office: 01796 470411 Web-site: www.pbcweb.net Sundays: We will meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road until Sunday 3rd September. From Sunday 10th September we will meet for worship in our church building on Atholl Road. Doors open at 10:30am with coffee & cake, tea & biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. September Events continued on page 52

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Sunday 3rd. Our final Sunday worshipping at Pitlochry High School where our pastor will continue our series from the Acts of the Apostles. Sunday 10th. Our worship service will be in our church building on Atholl Road where our pastor will explore Acts 5:17-42. Sunday 17th. Our pastor continues our series from Acts exploring Acts 6:1-17. Wednesday 20th. 6:30-8:30pm: ‘Street Sports’ at Pitlochry High School. Outdoor Football Cage Tournaments with St Johnstone FC's 'Saints in the Community.' Saturday 23rd. 10am - 2pm: We’re organising a Coffee Morning and Car Wash at our church building on Atholl Road. During the Coffee Morning, Dr Douglas Kennedy will share some reflections on his recent trip to Northern Iraq with Steadfast Global. Sunday 24th. 11am: We welcome back to Pitlochry Malcolm MacLeod the director of Steadfast Global, a Scottish ministry which encourages the Church across Scotland to pray for and stand with persecuted Christians across the globe. 6pm: Malcolm will lead us in Prayer For the Persecuted Church. Wednesday 27th. 2:00-3:30pm: ‘Heartland Healing Rooms.’ A Healing Room is a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual need. No appointment necessary. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm. Contact Giles 07940716396. James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 (www.heartlandfm.co.uk) 'Stay and Play' Babies and Toddlers Group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Contact Ken on 470261. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 2pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7-8pm. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep – Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All – Fridays 12.00pm, Soup and lunch in the Atholl Centre.

St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.com Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: • St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm. • Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am. • St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am.

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

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

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Interim Moderator: Rev. H Mowbery Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209. Services during August will be at 10am in Logierait Church. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am during morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing. 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 continued on page 56

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chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilting Group meets in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church at 7.0pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The Walkers Group would like to thank everyone who took part in their successful sponsored walk. Details from Sandra Morrison. NB If you are new to the parish, are an artist or crafter and would like gallery space in our event for Perthshire Open Studios at the beginning of September please get in touch.

Blair Atholl & Struan Linked With Braes Of Rannoch And Foss & Rannoch Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Miss A M Phillips 01882 633228 Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship: Blair Atholl 11.15am Braes of Rannoch 9.45am Foss & Rannoch 11.30am Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00 am. All are welcome. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches. September 23rd - On Saturday 23rd September members of Braes of Rannoch Church and the local community invite you to take the scenic drive to Georgetown Hall at the West end of beautiful Loch Rannoch where from 2.30 pm we welcome you to enjoy afternoon tea plus stalls offering bric-a-brac, baking, jams, garden produce and books. All funds in aid of Braes Church. A free bus will leave The Square in Kinloch Rannoch at 2.00pm for those needing transport.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Why would a loving God permit wickedness ? That is a good question, and it will be fully addressed with a talk on the 3rd September. All the meetings listed are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Pick a topic that interests you and come along. If you have a Bible, do bring it along; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Sunday 3rd September, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Why Would a Loving God Permit Wickedness?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘Seeking Riches That Are True (Luke 16:9)’. Thursday 7th September, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Pure Worship Restored !—a discussion of Ezekiel 42–45’, ‘Why Do You Value Pure Worship?’, ‘Training Ministers of the Kingdom (Part 2)’. Sunday 10th September, 10.30am. A talk: ‘What is Your Standing With God?’ Followed by a discussion of: ‘“Weep With Those Who Weep” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)’. Thursday 14th September, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Blessings That Restored Israel Would Enjoy—a discussion of Ezekiel 46–48’, ‘Why is Ezekiel Called “Son of Man?”’, ‘Training Ministers of the Kingdom (Part 3)’. continued on page 58

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Sunday 17th September, 10.30am. A talk: ‘Work What is Good Towards All’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘“Praise Jah!”—Why? (Psalm 147:1)’. Thursday 21st September, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Loyalty to Jehovah Brings Rewards—a discussion of Daniel 1–3’, ‘An Introduction to the Book of Daniel’, ‘Be Loyal When Tempted’, ‘Kingdom Support—Building for Worship and Providing Relief (Part 1)’. Sunday 24th September, 10.30am. A talk: ‘A Clean People Honours Jehovah’. Followed by a discussion of: ‘“May He Give Success to All Your Plans” (Psalm 37:4)’. Thursday 28th September, 7.00pm. A series of short talks, discussions and videos including: ‘Are You Serving Jehovah Continually?—a discussion of Daniel 4–6’, ‘Train Them to Serve Jehovah Continually’, ‘Kingdom Support—Building for Worship and Providing Relief (Part 2)’. We offer a free study of the Bible, at a convenient time and location for you, using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like to see what it is like, do get contact Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk. At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.

Heartland Healing Rooms Believe that God still heals to day and we are ready and eager to pray for you either at: Aberfeldy Parish Church - Wednesday, 13th September between 11.30am - 1.00pm. Pitlochry Baptist Church - Wednesday, 27th September between 2.00pm - 3.30 pm No situation is impossible for Him to change. You can have a cup of tea and a chat too and it is free! Prayer works. Prayer changes circumstances! Isabelle Macdonald 07768492803.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group The tourist season never really ends in Pitlochry although it is a bit quieter in September. If you see dog poo anywhere please report it to the Council on 01738 476476 or on the P&K website on forms.pkc.gov.uk Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided including gloves and grabbers. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground carpark. The next litterpick is on12th September. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are: 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December For further information contact Roger West rogerwest7@btinternet.com 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com 01796 473400.

Pitlochry Hospital Car Service. We are urgently needing new recruits to the voluntary service which provides transport to PRI and Ninewells for those with hospital clinic appointments. We require car owners with full insurance and a clean driving licence. For more information please contact Barbara Bright 472058 or Ray Wilson 473031. Please consider it. Thank you. continued on page 60

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Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy New season starts with Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ Sunday 10th September 6.00pm HFS starts the 2017 2018 season with Kurosawa’s masterpiece - a visually and dramatically breath-taking interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Kurosawa’s last and greatest epic is by turns achingly delicate and shockingly violent, the marvellous colours, movement and sound enhanced by recent 4K restoration. 1985 Japan/France 156 min Cert 15 Dir: Akira Kurosawa Multiple Awards Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Coming soon… October: A Man called Ove, November : Aberfeldy Film Festival and Young Indies Short Film Competition (deadline for registration 29 September, films to be submitted by 27 October) plus lots of other exciting events planned for you this year. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook.

Pitlochry and District Choral Society Following the Choral Society’s successful concerts at the Atholl Palace last December and April, we are now looking ahead to start rehearsals in September for our 10th December 2017 concert at the Atholl Palace, and for our 07 April 2018 concert at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Our December programme will include Messiah Part 1, plus carols (some for the audience to join in) plus children’s choir, and other festive music. Our April programme will include an exciting production of Carmina Burana plus other music. We are always looking to welcome new singers, whether sopranos, altos, tenors or basses, and whether beginners or experts. So if you would like to join us, rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Tryst, (beside the Church of Scotland) starting 13th September. If you would like to know more, please contact our secretary Andrina Ferguson Flatt. Email: a.fergusonflatt@btinternet.com

Pitlochry Bowling Club Our Charity Day Bowling Tournament in aid of CHAS on Saturday 29th July was played in fine weather and our thanks go to everyone who supported this event. Special thanks to the RBS who sponsor prizes and to various members and friends who rallied round to provide prizes for all the winners. Once again we must thank most sincerely the businesses in and around Pitlochry who generously supported the Grand Raffle and Auction. Donations to the raffle from members and friends are gratefully acknowledged, and our thanks go to the Co-op for allowing us to sell a record number of raffle books this year and to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks also goes to all those who provided food and especially to the kitchen and bar staff who kept the bowlers and spectators fed and watered all day long. The total raised this year is now at £5296 but the final figure will be handed over at our Closing Day on 30th September. Earlier in July we had our annual fixture with the Scottish Bowlers Fellowship and on Sunday 23rd the Distillery Cup was won by Niel Haggart, John Anderson and Dave Page. Prizes were sponsored by Blair Atholl Distillery. Everybody welcome to come and try the game of bowls - contact Elma Spence (Secretary) on 01796 473459. continued on page 62

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Pitlochry Station Bookshop Our main news this month is that we have been nominated for an award. Pitlochry Station Bookshop has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Scottish Fundraising Awards. The organisers, the Institute of Fundraising Scotland, describe the awards as an opportunity to recognise Scotland’s best fundraisers so we are delighted at this recognition of our work as well as the efforts of our customers and donors of books too. The thousands of pounds that we raise for charity each year is the result of a team effort. The winners will be announced on 3rd October at an awards ceremony in a central Glasgow hotel. A group of Bookshop volunteers will be attending to enjoy the occasion and applaud the eventual winners. Recently we hosted a ribbon-cutting by John Yellowlees, for many years ScotRail’s Head of External Relations. John was instrumental in setting up Pitlochry Station Bookshop in 2005 and has been an enthusiastic supporter ever since. He has now retired so, in his honour, one of the Bookshop’s areas has been named the John Yellowlees Room. Recalling the Bookshop’s early days as a box of books in the station waiting room, Mr. Yellowlees said, “We could not have foreseen its great success. It has raised more than £200,000 for charity and become a destination in its own right.” The Bookshop continues to be open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm. The final day of Summer Sunday opening is 3rd September (11.00 am until 3.00 pm). There will also be a Bookshop stall at Logierait Country Market on Sunday 24th September.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band It’s been a very busy time with competitions, Highland Nights and parades, not to mention band practices! The Grade 3 band was delighted to come in 5th place at the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton and the Grade 4 band qualified to play in the final. The Grade 1 band is creeping up all the time and took 2nd place in the competition in Moira, Northern Ireland on the 6th August. The week of the World Championships was an exciting week starting off with our Highland Night on the 7th August with our guest band, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe band from Canada. It was a beautiful evening and we had a huge crowd watching the show. At the end of the Highland Night it was a long march up to the Town Hall where we had a lovely supper provided by the band parents and the inevitable ceilidh with members of both bands piping, drumming and highland dancing. A great night. The Grade 1 band competed at the World championships on the Friday and for the first time for a few years, qualified to play on the Saturday, where they were very pleased with an 8th placing. The Grade 3 band unfortunately didn’t qualify and the Grade 4 band qualified in the morning and played again in the afternoon. They were placed 13th which they were very happy with as there was a total of 60 bands in their grade. We should have been playing at Perth Games the next day but they were unfortunately cancelled due to underfoot conditions. By the time you read this, we’ll also have played at Rannoch Highland Games and Crieff Highland Games and we’ll be looking forward to Pitlochry Highland Games on the 9th September. We’ll be having our usual tombola stall there, so please come along to support us. Our last Highland Night continued on page 64

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of the season is on 4th September and we’ve a couple of Beat the Retreats at Edinburgh Castle later in the month. We’re also looking forward to meeting our friends from Confolens who are coming to Pitlochry in September. We’ve been to Confolens to play a few times so the visitors will know a lot of the band members. Practices for learners start back again in Pitlochry High School on a Tuesday night from 6pm. Just contact me or pop into the school on a Tuesday night if you would like to learn to play the pipes or drums. Gillie McNab gmcnab00@aol.com 07733152223.

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band The band had a great day out at the World Championships in Glasgow and for most of the youngsters it was their very first experience of this huge event. Although not qualifying for the final in their grade which had 60 other bands, both Pipe Major Christy Kelly and Leading Drummer Lewis Taylor were very pleased with their performance We will be having our usual fundraising stall at Pitlochry Games and if anyone is interested in learning or joining the band, come along and speak to us or contact Christy or Sharon Kelly 01796 47 2692. Also check out latest pictures etc. on our Facebook page.

Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th September at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry. Ajay Close will read from and discuss her novel The Daughter of Lady Macbeth. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com

Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre, Moulin Kirk, Moulin, Pitlochry The Heritage Centre in the Kirk is now open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm seven days a week. On display are Trophies from Moulin Bowling Club and Pitlochry & District Horticultural Society Flower Shows. Sadly these organisations are no longer in existence but both played a big part in the history of Pitlochry and Moulin. Articles with Moulin Kirk connections are exhibited including Communion Plates, Tokens and Cards. The Geneva Bible printed in the 16th Century and a Bidels Bible dating from the 17th Century are also exhibited. There are many photographs and items of local interest along with books for sale by local authors Please support your local Heritage Centre. The Local bus service stops nearby.

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Call to ‘Adopt a Path’ in Scotland’s Mountains Volunteering in Scotland’s National Parks is on the increase thanks to the unique five-year The Mountains and The People Project which launched in the summer of 2015. Led by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, this unique conservation partnership project brings together both the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authorities alongside Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project’s recently launched initiative, Adopt a Path, enables those most passionate about Scotland’s mountains to become custodians of their favourite routes. Tom Wallace, Project Activity Manager explains; “Adopt a Path volunteers are crucial in helping us to conserve our fragile upland landscapes by reporting on erosion damage and path issues thereby enabling us to target our maintenance activities to best effect. With paths available for adoption across both of Scotland’s National Parks there is something for everyone – from short and gentle to long and remote – once registered you choose which path you would like to adopt from over 60 available routes. “ Interested in adopting your own mountain path? Are you used to spending time outdoors and have a good level of physical fitness? Are you an experienced hill walker with good health and safety awareness? If so, you are the type of person we are looking for. You would be asked to do a visual path survey twice a year which would involve taking photographs of any issues and to report these issues via our online portal. Full training on basic mountain awareness and recognising common path problems will be provided with the initial one-day sessions scheduled for the first weekend in September followed by further dates in the Spring next year. To play your part in the conservation of our national heritage, just follow the link: www.themountainsandthepeople.org.uk/volunteering

Join Your Local British Heart Foundation Fundraising Group The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland is calling on the people of Pitlochry and surrounding areas to help accelerate the fight against heart disease by joining their new local fundraising group and raising money for lifesaving research. Around 670,000 people in Scotland are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease and the nation’s heart charity is calling on people across Highland Perthshire to take heart and join the fight against Scotland’s single biggest killer, by becoming part of their new local fundraising group. Lisa Stafford, Community Fundraising Manger said: “Our fundraising groups are the face of the BHF in their local communities. continued on page 68

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“Heart disease is heartless. Too many lives are lost in Scotland each year, and we’re determined to do everything we can to protect more families from this devastation. “Any time that you can give will be invaluable, because every pound raised from our fundraising groups will help fund vital research and identify new treatments that could help save lives. It’s also a fantastic way to meet new people and make a real difference in your community!” “The British Heart Foundation currently invests over £63M into cardiovascular research at universities across Scotland. We are starting a new Pitlochry Fundraising Group very soon to help support this. If you would prefer to volunteer independently, we have many new exiting individual roles too! We rely on donations to support all our work into fighting heart disease so we would love as many people to get involved as possible from the local area.” From running fundraising events to supporting schools and local businesses, there are fantastic ways to support the vital work of the BHF. BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years, but there is still a long way to go. Through the public’s generosity the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years. Would you like to volunteer in/around Pitlochry to help fight heart disease? To find out more, simply contact communityvolunteer@bhf.org.uk or call Clare on 07818563163. Get involved and help fight for every heartbeat!”

Pitlochry Highland Games Saturday 9th September 2017 Come along and join us for a spectacular day at the Recreation Ground, Pitlochry. Gates open 09.30am. Games commence 10.30am Parade of Pipe Bands down Atholl Road to Recreation Ground at 11.40am. Featuring : Running, Cycling, Jumping, Solo Piping, Traditional Highland Dancing, Heavy Events, British Tug ‘o’ War, Grand Pipe Band Competitions for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and Novice / Juvenile Bands Craft and Charity Stalls Admission: £8.00 (Adults) £2.00 (Children 5 - 16 years) Cars £2.00 Enquiries : secretary@pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk Website : www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Friends of Confolens Over the weekend of this year’s Highland Games (9th September) there will be a party of 17 visiting Pitlochry from our twin town of Confolens in central France. As well as attending the Games they will be visiting Deeside, Stirling and the Kelpies. There will be opportunities to meet up and talk to them. If you have been involved in previous visits and may know some of our visitors and would like to meet up again; or would like to hear more about Confolens, please contact Gill or David Frame on tel: 474234 or email gill.frame@btinternet.com for further details of the visit.

Funding Available For Tourism Projects From The Pitlochry & District Tourism Trust The above Trust has been in existence for more than twenty years and during that time has helped a number of good causes. Recently the Trust has experienced little demand for its assistance and accordingly the Trustees continued on page 70

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decided that they should remind the local population and organisations of its existence and of its willingness to assist “generally in the promotion of projects to develop Pitlochry and District as an all year round holiday destination” – to paraphrase the Deed of Trust. Needless to say there is not an enormous amount of funding available but no doubt any donation could be very helpful in encouraging local projects. For more information or to submit an application please contact any of the Trustees noted below Jim Raeside - jgraeside@gmail.com Kate Howie - katehowie@yahoo.co.uk Sandy Wilson - acw@acwilson.org.uk

First SWI Meeting Of The 2017-2018 Season Thursday 17th September sees the start of the new season of the SWI in the Aldour Hall at 7.15pm. The Managers of the local Pitlochry Woollen Mill and the Pringle shop have got together and are coming to show us what surprises lie behind the assorted articles and posters in the store windows. Did you know that ladies lingerie and nightwear are available upstairs in PWM? Have you ever wished that you could buy coloured card locally, or a piece of quality china? Amongst all the gifts of Harris Tweed and cashmere aimed at the tourists, there are items for local people as well, and not least an amazing selection of moderately-priced good quality clothes and shoes. A selection of these will be displayed on the night and the opportunity given at a later date to explore the shops more fully at your leisure. You will be very welcome to join us for the talk and the lovely supper afterwards. Cost for the evening is only £3.50 – or £20 for the 7 meetings of the season. We look forward to seeing you there. If you would like further information, please contact Ginnie Wilkie on 01796 472791.

Curling News The curling season will be getting underway soon with special local interest in the winter Olympics in South Korea to look forward to. Local clubs will be hosting a number of "try curling" sessions at Perth Ice Rink at the end of the month and early October so if anyone is interested in taking up Scotland's great winter game then now is the best time to try it out. The following web site gives an idea of what is involved - www.trycurling.com/learn/beginner-classes/ Apart from many sessions being available at Perth Ice Rink, local clubs are organising the following, Aberfeldy Curling Club are hosting a session on Saturday 21st October at 11.15 am. Contact John Hardie 01887 820197 email john@silverfoilcomputers.com Toberargan Curling Club, Pitlochry are hosting two sessions, on Wed 27th September at 6pm and Monday 16th October at 6pm Contact toberargancurling.com or Robert Buchan email r.buchan@icloud.com Tullymet Curling Club have sessions booked each month, contact janette.kennedy@hotmail.com if you are a beginner or if you are looking to take up the game following absence, then please get in touch with any of the clubs, or the province secretary ,email ianparkinson@tiscali.co.uk continued on page 71

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Pitlochry Ladies Club The first meeting of this winter's programme will be on Wednesday 4th October at Scotland's Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm, when Estelle Nicol will be speaking to us about Marie Curie, the charity we will be supporting this coming year. The cost of the evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157.

Peter Drane I'd like to express sincere thanks to all who attended Peters funeral on June 16th. To also say thank you for all the cards, flowers, telephone calls and messages, it's been amazing and overwhelming, he would have been honoured and humbled to realise that he'd touched so many lives in so many different ways. £1,000 was collected in donations and this will be split equally between Help for Heroes a charity Peter supported and the Scottish Air Ambulance who were in attendance . I'd also like to assure those who've shown concern that I shall be moving and no longer practicing, this could not be further from the truth, Pitlochry is my home and I'm staying firmly put and am continuing to offer Chiropody / podiatry as normal . Once again many thanks. Jacquie Drane.

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

Share Your Recommendations And Get A Thank You From Us. We have a great number of readers and contributors in Pitlochry Life, and many of them recommend our little magazine to tradesmen or businesses that have provided them with good service, normally with “You should be advertising in this!” We are usually then contacted by these companies acting on your recommendation. So, it’s time to say thank you. If you recommend us to a business or service provider and they choose to advertiser with us, we will reward you with a nice voucher for a shop of your choice. Just ask them to quote your name and we will be in touch. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final. Pitlochry Life 71


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Cycle With Me! - Blair Castle to Falls of Bruar Circular Route Great for: Lovely views and relatively flat. You can split your day out between cycling to the falls, exploring the falls on foot, and returning by bike. Benefits: Conveniently starts at a car park. Rewards of seeing the spectacular Falls of Bruar. Great views of Blair Castle. Mostly estate tracks, so few vehicles. Length: Approx. 14.5km round trip Starting from Glen Tilt Car Park, exit left out of the car park and head up the hill towards Old Blair. Once at Old Blair go left at the crossroads. Follow this road down and under a bridge and then turn right, away from the Castle, when the road comes to a T Junction at the end of the West Drive. You will cycle on tracks past fields with the Castle to your left and slightly behind you. After approx 2 miles, turn right and then sharp left through a gate. The track then takes you towards the Falls. Explore the Falls on foot and then to return keep on the main track down towards the public road. Follow the public road for around a mile and then go back into the castle grounds through the gate at West Lodge. You will then be able to retrace your route back towards the Castle and round to the Car Park again. Remember your helmet and have a good day out!

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

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

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

Strathtay Post Office Tel: 01887 840203

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

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

More Helpful Numbers to Hand Pitlochry Police Station

101

Perth & Kinross Council

01738 475000

Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

Adult Care Services

0845 301 11 20

Scottish Hydro

0800 300 999

Anti-Social Behaviour

01738 476173

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Council Housing Emergency

0845 301 11 10

Perth Royal Infirmary

01738 623311

Environmental Health

01738 625411

NHS 24

111

24hr Domestic Abuse

0800 027 1234

Infinityblu Dental Pitlochry

01796 470001

Infinityblu Dental Dunkeld

01350 729198

Citizens Advice Bureau

01738 450580

Homelessness

0800 917 0708

Roads & Flooding

01738 625411

Mental Health Services

0845 301 11 20

Samaritans

0845 909090

SSPCA 24Hrs

0300 999 999

Childline

0800 1111

Perthshire Women's Aid

01738 639043

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A Grand Day Out

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Hospital Car Service

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House of Hearing

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Infinity Blu Dentist

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J & H Mitchell

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Atholl Palace Hotel

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Barhaul

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J W Lang Painter/Tiler

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RW Bell Electrical

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Blair Atholl Garage

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John Swinney MSP

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S Saint Electrical

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Blair Castle

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K Allan Joinery

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24 24 55 73

Churches

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Making Jam

20

SWI

70

Coach House Flowers

43

MAP

76

Tay Roofing

23

Councillor Xander McDade

46

Maxim Hair studio

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Taymouth Marina

15

Curling News

70

McKenzie Strickland

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The Green Park Hotel

11

Cycle With Me

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Morrison Joinery

25

The Hair Studio

47

Duncan McLean

30

Morrison's Academy

45

The Hardware Centre

27

Eskgrove Homes

53

Murdo Fraser MSP

38

The Inn at Loch Tummel

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Ewan McAdam

22

Murthly Sawmill

28

The Loft

15

Fern Cottage

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Omeworks

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The Old Mill Inn

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Fitness

14

Pete Wishart MP

36

The Townhouse, Aberfeldy

12

Food in the Park LIVE

10

Pipe Bands

62

The Tryst

61

Frederik Demeyere

27

Pitlochry Adult Education

75

Thistle & Orchid Beauty

47

Friends of Confolens

68

Pitlochry Bowling Club

60

Time to Care

65

Garage Door Experts

49

Pitlochry Car Hire

13

TLC Laundry

65

Gatehouse Firewood

74

Pitlochry Choral Society

60

TMD Cleaning

69

Gatehouse Nursery

29

Pitlochry Garden

26

Tom Smeaton Fencing

28

Gaulds Funeral Directors Gilmour Garden Services

55 31

Pitlochry Garden Care Pitlochry Heritage Centre

31 64

Tommy Garrow Tree Maintenance Services

29 27 64

Go Driving School

23

Pitlochry Highland Games

68

U3A

GRM Podiatry

57

Pitlochry Hydro Wedding Fair

43

Victoria's

7

Hearing & Mobility

59

Pitlochry Life Portraits

71

W & K Gerrie

59

Heartland Film Society

60

Pitlochry Litter

58

Wonky Computer Factory

33

Heartland Healing Rooms

58

Pitlochry Station Bookshop

62

Whilst every care is taken in preparing this magazine to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot be held responsible for loss, damage or omission caused by an error in an advert. Artwork is accepted on the condition that it is legal and copyright free and that the advert is fair and accurate. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of claims made by the advertisers or the views expressed by contributors, nor do the publishers necessarily share such views. We reserve the right to refuse articles and advertisements. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.

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