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PITLOCHRY LIFE

The Very Best of Pitlochry And Surrounding Area

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September 2018 Issue 340

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Apply by e-mail to Clare Humphreys, HR Manager:

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Message Contents from the Features Team Welcome to the September issue of Pitlochry Life Our BIGGEST and we hope best magazine yet! So a big thank you to everyone who has helped us put it together. In this issue we have a great COMPETITION to win a FAMILY ticket to the Enchanted Forest Preview Evening. A great prize as the event was a sell out last year. We take a look at the latest films, walks and the health benefits of CBD oil. Very interesting reading. Our regular columns feature weather proofing your garden by Sheila Drummond. Willie’s Wonky computer page asks whether Inkjet or Laser printer is the best and Alan Clinch looks at protein shakes. The Pitlochry Tipple this month looks at whisky, not just as a lovely drink but as an investment. The hottest part of the year may have gone but long hazy days are back on the horizon so take some time and read on with a lovely tea or coffee, then it’s out and about. Our walk from Rannoch Station (tea room) takes you past the highest railway station in the UK. Congratulations this month must be passed on to the people behind both the Pitlochry Bowling Club for raising over £100k in total and Pitlochry Station Book shop for reaching their £250k milestone. The members and locals in Pitlochry have achieved so much it’s quite astonishing. Remember and tell our advertisers that you saw them in Pitlochry Life. Their support enables us to include over 40 pages of local community information, free to the groups involved.

Morrison's Academy 34 Top Movies 38 Strathallan School 40 WIN Enchanted Forest Tickets 57 Cannabidiol 94 Ben Vrackie 98

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Recipe 14 Pitlochry Tipple 20 Garden 22 Fitness 28 Walk With Me 32 Cycle With Me 36 Computer 55 Horoscopes 96

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Diary 4 Get Out 6 Politics 42 Churches 48

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Diary - What’s On, Out and About Summary See the Get Out Section for full details 31st August

10.30am

Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library

1st September

8.30pm

Nae Plans play Food in the Park

3rd September

2.30pm

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall

7th September

9.30pm

Jono plays The Old Mill Inn

8th September

9.30am

Pitlochry Highland Games - Recreation Ground

9th September

6.00pm

Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema

11th September

10.00am

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park

13th September

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group – Crieff Walk

14th September

7.00pm

Christian Aid Team - The Tryst

14th September

9.30pm

Jamie McGeechan plays The Old Mill Inn

15th September

10.00am

Pitlochry Market

15th September

10.30am

Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Aid - The Tryst Lounge

15th September

11.00am

Blair Atholl Music & Scottish Craft Beer Festival - Food in the Park Live

16th September

3.00pm

Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch

16th September

8.00pm

Oh! Carol - Pitlochry Festival Theatre

19th September

2.00pm

Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre

19th September

2.00pm

Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

20th September

7.15pm

Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall

21st September

7.00pm

Christian Aid Quiz Night - The Tryst Lounge

22nd September

9.00am

Strathallan Senior School Open Day

22nd September

7.00pm

Race Night at Food in the Park

24th September

7.30pm

Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst

28th September

10.30am

Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library

28th September

11.00am

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Green Park Hotel

28th September

9.30pm

Gavin Munro plays The Old Mill Inn

29th September

9.30am

The Tryst Walking Group – Kingussie & Newtonmore

29th September

9.30am

Open Morning - Morrison's Academy, Crieff

29th September

7.30pm

Music in Blair Atholl - Ballroom at Blair Castle

29th September

8.00pm

Tidelines play Food in the Park

30th September

11.00am

Harvest Thanksgiving Service - Blair Atholl Church

1st October

10.00am

Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club - Atholl Centre

3rd October

7.00pm

Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel

For all our live music see pages 13, 53 and 104. Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, non commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to info@pitlochrylife.co.uk, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else. 4 Pitlochry Life


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

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A warm welcome awaits you at The Townhouse Aberfeldy

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

www.townhouseaberfeldy.co.uk

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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Friday 31st August - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am -11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. All welcome. Friday 3rd September - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Moulin Hall - 2.30pm. After a short AGM, Helen and Eddie Stewart will tell us about Badvo, their new Pitlochry Gin Distillery. Members old and new will be made very welcome. Enquiries 01796 473210. Saturday 8th September - Pitlochry Highland Games - Recreation Ground, Pitlochry - 9.30am. Join us for a spectacular day, with sports, bands, dancing, craft and charity stalls. Great fun for all the family. See page 11 and 72 for more details. Sunday 9th September - Heartland Film Society - Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy - 6.00pm. ‘A Fantastic Woman’. See page 70 for details. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10.00 / £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. Tuesday 11th September - Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Recreation Ground Car Park - 10.00am. See page 66 for more details. Thursday 13th September - The Tryst Walking Group – Crieff Walk – 9.30am. The walk will take in MacRosty Park, Lady Mary’s Walk and the River Earn before heading to Laggan Hill and back to the start. Height climbed 150m. Distance 6 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Friday 14th September - Christian Aid Team - The Tryst - 7.00pm. Staff from Christian Aid will talk about their work, and give you the chance to find out a bit more about what Christian Aid does, including the project which the Church of Scotland Guild supported. Saturday 15th September - Pitlochry Market - 10.00am to 3.00pm. See page 33. Saturday 15th September - Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Aid - The Tryst Lounge - 10.30am to 12noon. Come and join us to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Saturday 15th September - Blair Atholl Music & Scottish Craft Beer Festival - Food in the Park Live, Blair Atholl - 11.00am. There will be 4 awesome bands playing from 12noon to 11.00pm, food available all day, over 90 Scottish beers, with promotions and competitions throughout the event. See page 13 for more details and tickets. A great day out. Sunday 16th September - Music in Rannoch Concert - The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch - 3.00 pm. Spitha Brass Quintet - Emily Stokes (Trumpet), Marcus Shanks (Trumpet), Isaac Wilsher (French Horn), Jesus Lorente Gonzales (Trombone), Andreas Theocharous (Tuba) playing all sorts: Fanfares, Scherzos, Quintets, Ain't misbehaving, Jazz standards, Song of Japan, Armenian scenes and many others. £8 at he door, children free. Sunday 16th September - Oh! Carol - Pitlochry Festival Theatre - 8.00pm. The Rotary Club of Pitlochry are to present a tribute to Neil Sedaka in which Damion Scarcella and Belinda Wollaston will bring his story to life. Classy and powerful, let the duo take you back in time with all his greatest hits. Get this date into your diaries now. Tickets are available from www.PitlochryFestivalTheate.com 01796 484626. Don't delay, it will sell out! Continued on page 12 8 Pitlochry Life


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Get Out... with Pitlochry Life! Wednesday 19th September - Pitlochry & District U3A - Atholl Centre - 2.00pm. Rebekah Haldane will tell us about the work of the Sailors’ Society. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com. See page 68 for more info on U3A. Wednesday 19th September - Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Hydro Hotel - 2.00pm. The Demonstrator will be Audrey Buchan - her title 'All Washed Up'. We look forward to welcoming existing and new members to the Club on the opening day. Visitors are also most welcome. Thursday 20th September - Pitlochry SWI - Aldour Hall - 7.15pm. See page 88 for details. Friday 21st September - Christian Aid Quiz Night - The Tryst Lounge - 7.00pm. Saturday 22nd September - Strathallan Senior School Open Morning. See page 40 for info. Monday 24 September - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle – The Tryst – 7.30pm. Andrew Lear will talk on "Heritage Orchards and fruit trees around the Tay”. For more information see page 86. Everyone welcome. Friday 28th September - Bookbug Session - Pitlochry Library - 10.30am -11.00am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. All welcome. Friday 28th September - The World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Green Park Hotel, Pitlochry - 11.00am. Come and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be fantastic food, fabulous raffle prizes and lots of fun. See page 86 for more information on The Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group. Saturday 29th September - The Tryst Walking Group – Kingussie & Newtonmore via Loch Gynack – 9.30am. A circular walk from Kingussie on a good path. The route, Initially through woodland, passes Loch Gynack before crossing moorland to Newtonmore. We return on a cycle path to Kingussie. Height climbed 150m. Distance 7 miles. Visitors / new members are most welcome. For further details contact George or Cathy Marshall on 01796 470575. Saturday 29th September - Open Morning - Morrison's Academy, Crieff - 9.30am. See page 32 for more information. Saturday 29th September - Music in Blair Atholl - Ballroom at Blair Castle - 7.30pm. Join us for a violin and piano recital. See page 88 for more information and tickets. 30th September - Harvest Thanksgiving Service - Blair Atholl Church - 11.00am. All welcome. Monday 1st October - Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club - Atholl Centre - 10.00am to 12noon. Our new session starts and will run every Monday until end of March. Everyone is welcome, see page 88 for more details. Wednesday 3rd October - Pitlochry Ladies Club - Scotland's Hotel - 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time this winter) when Estelle Nicol of Marie Curie, the charity we are now supporting, will give us an update and there will be a raffle to raise money for our charity. The cost of the evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, nancytamblin@talktalk.net) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Please note the new contact point for this. 12 Pitlochry Life


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Let’s Eat The World - Guacamole - Mexico I just love Guacamole and Tortilla chips. They are made for each other. Of course Guacamole is used as an accompaniment to lots of Mexican food, or wrapped up in fajitas. This is so simple to make, tastes delicious and will stop you from buying the ready made stuff ever again. • 3 ripe avocados

• Juice of 1 - 2 limes

• 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

• 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

• 1 or 2 fresh green chillies finely chopped

• Small handful of fresh coriander chopped

• 1 tomato chopped (optional, but good) 1. Put a quarter of the onion and half the chilli and salt in a pestle and mortar and mash to a rough paste. 2. Cut open the avocados, remove the stones and scoop out the flesh into the pestle (or into a large bowl if your pestle is small). Roughly mash the flesh with a fork, adding half the lime juice as you go. I prefer mine quite chunky. 3. Stir in the rest of the lime juice and chillies, coriander, red onion and tomato. 4. Season with plenty of black pepper and salt (only if more salt is needed) 5. Serve with tortilla chips and a couple of bottles of Corona :o) Guacamole is very versatile, with lots of variations to the basic recipe. Try some of these: Bacon Guacamole - Add to the basic recipe above - a minced garlic clove, 2 sliced spring onions, 75g crumbled Feta cheese and 6 slices of streaky bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled. Basil Guacamole - Add to the basic recipe above - a minced garlic clove, another chopped tomato and a palmful of fresh basil leaves finely chopped. Creamy Guacamole - Simply stir in 2 or 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Better get more beers. 14 Pitlochry Life


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Old and Rare Collectable Whisky

that these appear to be not unusual, but they I’ve just been reading an article on the BBC News are limited release and are hard to get hold about Old and Rare collectable whisky. RW101, of. The Campbelltown distilleries have a strong following and these will be snapped up very a company based in Dunfermline who work in quickly. Robertsons have an allocation of just this particular area, are quoted as saying: 6 bottles of each – to give you an indication of “the value of rare Scotch whisky reached £16.3m how hard these are to get. - up year-on-year by 46%. The number of bottles of single malt sold at auction increased by more than 27%, to almost 50,000. The average price per bottle rose to a record £328, up by 14.8% on the same period last year.” This is a trend that we are seeing at Robertsons of Pitlochry. We have a comprehensive range of such whiskies, although not all at unreachable prices as some of the more ‘exclusive’ whiskies. Old and Rare can include single cask bottlings which are numbered and can start from as little as £50 and soar to six or even seven figure sums. So what are the ones to watch? In my opinion the No.1 affordable and collectable whisky comes from Macallan. A recent release of their Macallan Edition 4 could see you buying a bottle for £80. Resale prices are now hitting £250 per bottle and will continue to rise, and that is in a matter of weeks. Other releases to watch from Macallan are their Folio series – Folio 4 will be the next to be on sale although no dates are available yet. Also, the 2018 bottling of their 18yo whisky has particular value as it was distilled in the millennium year 2000. Again, there has been no sign of it yet but it will be available soon. Prices are still unknown but it will probably retail initially at around £180£200. This will be a great investment, so try to pick one up if you can. We have an allocation coming in, but like many retailers, we don’t know how many bottles or when.

There are various places to get hold of these whiskies, such as at auction or through retailers. You may find bottles priced more competitively on auction sites but don’t forget you have to pay commission and postage on top which can add a lot to the price. Also, you don’t get to see and hold what you are about to spend your precious money on. If you are interested in starting a collection come in to Robertsons for some advice. We have a book where we can add your name to a list for these limited releases, and we are always happy to spend time and talk to you about whisky, after all it is our passion.

Ewan McIlwraith Ewan McIlwraith is the owner of Robertsons of Pitlochry and The Bothy. Since 2013, Ewan has transformed the retail shop to now stock of over 450 whiskies and over 150 small batch gins. Ewan Other interesting bottlings that are coming out soon include a Longrow 14yo Sherry Wood and is also a judge for Scottish Field, judging the annual a 12yo Springbank Cask Strength. You may think whisky and gin challenge competitions. 20 Pitlochry Life


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The Pitlochry Garden September How can we mitigate the effects of extreme weather in the garden? This isn’t just a question of picking good plants for one sort of outcome - always choose fully hardy plants. It’s more about gardening techniques that will cope with all sorts of issues, including very hot or very cold weather, high winds or low light as well as drought and flooding. Mitigate the effects of very hot or very cold weather by applying good mulch and topping it up as often as you can. If you make garden compost you can use this to feed your plants and improve soil texture. Composted medium grade bark will also help to keep moisture in the soil in hot summers and give roots some protection from hard frosts in the winter. Save rain water but be sure to use it quickly because, without adding disinfectant, the water butt can become contaminated with some really nasty bugs like legionella. In periods of drought don’t waste water on the lawn but water the roots of plants deeply and regularly at least twice a week. I use an extendable lance which allows me to aim water very carefully and saves me bending my back. It used to be that wind blew mainly from the south-west about 40 to 45% of the time, but in recent years the wind rose has changed significantly and now we are as likely to have north-easterly winds. The general rule is to stake into the wind but now that there is an equal chance of two opposite directions, I think the best plan is to double stake to the south-west and north-east. 22 Pitlochry Life

Where wind is channelled down between buildings or it hits an opposite wall and comes back into the garden, try to break the flow with several screens of trees and shrubs. This will be helpful particularly in large gardens where the wind often swirls about in the middle, knocking tall plants over. If you have that problem look for more wind-proof plants that are shorter or more flexible like grasses. Choose shrubs and trees with smaller leaves and avoid ones that are prone to wind scorch. Long periods of heavy cloud, little rain and low temperatures are typical in the spring just when we are trying to get seedlings away. One way to mitigate this is to put up a polytunnel or glasshouse to provide some shelter and, if necessary, additional light. If possible align the tunnel east-west and plant your rows north south so that sunlight runs along each row. Assess your land for the possibility of flooding either due to excessive rainfall running off a slope or else a sudden rise in a nearby water course. Use ground cover shrubs to take up water and stabilise the ground across a steep slope. Make a soak-away along the bottom of the slope to protect your house and avoid property on land that is prone to inundation. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

What’s all the Fuss about Protein Shakes?

It’s become popular to use a protein shake in • Whey Concentrate - cheapest and most association with a workout – but how many people common form, often thought to taste the know exactly what they’re getting? Generally best, although some people struggle to speaking they consist of a few scoops of protein digest it. Contains lactose and is about 80% powder mixed with water or milk. Supermarket protein. An average serving often contains shelves and fitness magazines advertise a variety of ~5g carbohydrate and 3g of fat. protein drinks, which often taste good, but can also • Whey Isolate - filtered to remove more fat and contain high amounts of sugar. carbohydrate, it is about 90% protein. Rapidly Shakes are simply a convenient way to increase absorbed and contains almost no lactose your intake of protein, which is needed to support usually more expensive. muscle growth/repair, transmitting nerve impulses, • Whey Hydrolysate - highly filtered, protein making enzymes and hormones, and improving content ~ 95%. Absorbed quickly - even more immune function. (see also article on Protein from expensive. January 2016). As a rule, protein shakes should • Casein Protein - breaks down slowly over be used as part of a balanced diet, rather than several hours. Has high glutamine levels, which to replace food. With some restricted diets (for helps speed up recovery. example due to milk allergy or vegan preferences), • Soy Protein – effective for vegetarians, also it can be harder to meet protein requirements, contains glutamine and branched-chain amino which is where supplements can be beneficial. acids (BCAAs) which help with recovery. How much protein do we need? The Reference • Milk Protein Isolate - contains both casein and Nutrient Intake (RNI) is currently 0.75g of protein whey proteins and is full of amino acids. per kilogram bodyweight per day in adults. If you have a particularly demanding training regime When should you use them? Consuming a shake that may be increased - Strength athletes 1.2-1.7g in conjunction with some Carbohydrate within per kg body weight per day and Endurance athletes 15 minutes of training has been shown to be 1.2-1.4g per kg body weight day. effective, but really it doesn’t matter too much about time – it’s more important to have enough If you’re training twice a day, getting protein, carbohydrates and fluids in quickly is important to protein. Ideally, that should be split across meals, and a protein shake could make up one of those, aid recovery, but otherwise it’s really not worth perhaps with some fruit. It’s important to stress consuming protein as soon as possible after a that they’re not a cure-all, nor are they any more workout. There aren’t any significant risks to effective than naturally protein rich foods. If using protein powders, but it’s important to keep a close eye on the sugar and fat content of protein you’ve just made the shake from powder and water, it isn’t particularly nutritious, but if blended drinks, especially if you buy them ready-made. with other ingredients it can be. The majority of people will get enough protein naturally from foods, The key thing that protein powders and shakes offer is convenience - it’s a lot easier to drink a The most common type of protein powders are shake than to cook something. Where people go whey (by-product of cheese) based, however wrong is by forgetting that a protein shake is food it’s possible to get vegan powders. While all the and must be included in the total dietary picture. protein powders do a similar job, Isolate is a good option as it keeps the shake relatively low in calories. alan@pitlochrylife.co.uk 28 Pitlochry Life


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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 5 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 32 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 re-join 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.

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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. Generations of Morrisonians have benefited 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 2017, pupils maintained a 96% SQA pass rate at Higher level, a 95%% pass rate at Advanced Higher level and a 94% pass rate at National 5 (S4). 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 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, 29 September– 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 email at admissions@morrisonsacademy.org

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The Governors of Morrison’s Academy, known as Morrison’s Academy, is an independent school for boys and girls, founded in 1860. The School’s Scottish Charity Number is: SC000458

OPEN MORNING Saturday 29 September 2018 Registration from 9.30, Rector’s address 10.00 Lunch at noon

Morrison’s Academy has been independently educating young people in the heart of Perthshire for over 150 years. Today, our unique approach blends digital technology, specialist teaching, rich classroom settings and outdoor learning in our enviable Scottish environment to create a truly personalised experience for every child. The same friendly and nurturing culture that allows our three and four year olds to flourish also enabled our National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher students to achieve their best results on record in 2017. Come to our Open Morning − take a tour, meet our pupils and staff and discover why our approach to learning was shortlisted for the Scottish Rural Award for Education 2018. Register online, by telephone or on the day. Crèche facilities available.

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Cycle with me! Pitlochry to Killiecrankie via Loch Faskally there and back! Great for: Low level, flat cycling and beautiful scenery. Benefits: Conveniently starts at a central car park. Forest routes combined with riverside cycling. Use as a one-way or ‘there and back’ route. Cycle as little or as much of the route as you please before turning back! Length: Approx. 8 miles. Start at the Atholl Road Car Park in Pitlochry and turn left onto the main street in the town. On the outskirts of Pitlochry, take a left at the sign to the Faskally Boating Station. At the boating station at the bottom of the hill take the track that brings you alongside Loch Faskally. When you come to a track turning right, away from the Loch, look for the signs to the caravan park. You may have to dismount here to navigate the small steps. Do not follow the track alongside the river at this point as there are steep banks and the ride will get very technical. Keep following the signs for the caravan park and this will take you to a tarmac road. Turn left here and continue until you meet another road where you will make another left and continue cycling along the footpath. Go straight across at the junction to Tummel Bridge. Look out for the left hand turn onto a tarmac road and continue downhill on this tarmac until a right hand turn up river takes you to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. You will pass the ‘Soldier’s Leap’ on this path which is a breath-taking view well worth dismounting for! You may want to stay off your bike at this point to continue up the steps to the Visitor Centre. Return to Pitlochry reversing the above route. Sally

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Top Movies Coming Our Way This Autumn Mama Mia Here We Go Again

The Spy Who Dumped Me

You just have to love Abba and I bet you know all the words! In this sequel Sophie is pregnant herself‌and learns all about her own mothers past. Going through Donna's (played by Meryl Streep and Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible Dad's of Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfriend). I really enjoyed the first one, and with more or less the same cast and production team this should be every bit as good - well, except for Pierce Brosnan’s singing, but we do have Cher this time! Out now.

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-yearold best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey's ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world. Some great laugh out loud comedy with some shockingly surprising stuff! Out now (Cert 15).

Mission Impossible - Fallout Two years after Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) had successfully captured Solomon Lane, the remnants of the Syndicate have reformed into another organization called the Apostles. Under the leadership of a mysterious fundamentalist known only as John Lark, the organization is planning on acquiring three plutonium cores. Ethan and his team are sent to Berlin to intercept them, but as you would expect, things start to go wrong. I love these films, great story, action packed from start to finish with some amazing stunts. Simon Pegg is back and Cruise is joined by Rebecca Ferguson. Out now and rated 12A

Christopher Robin

The Equalizer 2

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Denzel is back.

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Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall who serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Based on the old TV series that starred Edward Woodward. Lots of action, suspense, twists, turns, a new story and new characters, but still Denzel doing what he does best. Rated R for violence. Out now. "There will be consequences"


Mile 22 In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and least-understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in. The team behind this are so confident in its success that the sequel is already planned, along with a TV series spin off. Released late August, an R rating for violence and language.

Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation A kid's favourite. The monster family embarks on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer break. It's smooth sailing as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But it soon turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. The kids will love it. You will too!

Ant-Man & The Wasp In the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War,' Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. Stars Paul Rudd and parts for Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas. Not too shabby then. Marvel fans will love it.

Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Will be released on 24th October. The music you know, the story you don't. Can't wait. Pitlochry Life 39


Strathallan, where the possibilities are endless

Our mission is to provide an outstanding education that gives opportunities for all pupils to excel and perform to the very best of their abilities. We encourage each pupil to explore their talents and realise their potential academically, in the arts, in sport and in a host of other activities. Each individual, no matter their passion or interest, is supported and inspired to shine during their time at school. Consequently, our pupils achieve brilliant things. They excel academically, compete in sports at national and international levels, succeed in scholastic championships, perform on national stages and play as part of nationwide orchestras and ensembles. We like to think there is something for everyone and any parent choosing Strathallan will quickly realise that their child will be known here - for who they are, for their individual abilities and for their potential. Academic Excellence Academically, we strive for excellence and our focus is to prepare pupils for higher education and beyond. Our flexible curriculum and innovative teaching means we can support every pupil, whatever their ambitions and style of learning. Our pupils go on to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, international study, work placements, professional sporting careers or even start their own business. An All Round Education We believe that learning outside the classroom bolsters success inside the classroom – that’s why we offer over 80 activities including everything from fencing to debating and clay target shooting to Model United Nations. This holistic approach to education leads to a rich diversity of pupil experience and some exceptional achievements academically, in sports, the arts and many other areas. It also supports the development of well-rounded young people equipped with the appropriate skills to succeed in life. Welcoming Community Strathallan is a close, safe and caring community. A large proportion of staff live on site with their families, creating a nurturing environment that feels like a home away from home for our boarding pupils. We welcome day pupils in exactly the same way as boarding pupils and they share the full Strathallan experience together. All pupils are thoroughly involved in the life of their House and participate in School activities during the day, in the evenings and at weekends too. Global Outlook Although we enjoy the advantages of a self-contained, rural location, we're an international community and young people come to us from around the globe. This diversity of experience gives our pupils the maturity and cultural intelligence to go out into the world and succeed, as well as enjoying a worldwide network of friends. Young people leave Strathallan prepared for the future. They have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their chosen career, and the confidence to make their mark on the world. 40 Pitlochry Life


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Murdo Fraser MSP - Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative The Scottish Parliament has just returned following the summer recess and I have finished my annual summer surgery tour across Highland Perthshire. Getting out and about to meet constituents is the most important and rewarding part of my job and this summer was no different. Following, my three-week tour across Perth and Kinross one issue cropped up more frequently than anything else and that was the provision of healthcare services locally. I know there has been a huge amount of concern following changes made to the minor injury and illness unit in Pitlochry back in July. I understand that this service was pared back, temporarily, as a result of staffing issues. This is a common problem for health-boards across the country and I believe that more innovative ways are needed to attract talent to rural areas, and this is something I will be raising in parliament. Another issue of concern has been the reorganisation of surgical services at Perth Royal Infirmary and I will continue to engage with NHS Tayside and the Scottish Ambulance Service to ensure that Highland Perthshire residents are well served by emergency medicine. During my surgery tour a number of residents bemoaned the state of our high streets and the tough trading environment for small retailers. As a result of this I have been pressing for the implementation of a so-called “Amazon Tax�. This would mean that web purchases would face an additional levy of between 2-5%, which would then be used to reduce business rates for the high street. This level the playing field between companies with a physical high street presence and those trading online. Companies like Amazon are raking in billions whilst at the same time reducing their tax liability, this is surely not right. The future of the high street is at stake and I believe drastic action, like this, is required to support our shopkeepers. During the first week of Parliament I was delighted to attend an event hosted by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum. The Scottish Traditional Building Forum is a network of tradespeople who work with homes built prior to 1919. Their mission is to raise awareness of how best to protect and preserve Scotland’s old buildings. At the event I was given a mini-tutorial from young apprentices in roof slating, stone-masonry, painting and decorating and joinery. Whilst this was great fun there was also a serious message. If we fail to train enough youngsters in these skills then there will be a shortage of tradesmen who are able to repair our aging building stock, which will have serious consequences. It is therefore vital that we continue to invest in young apprentices and college courses in these areas. Across Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire a large proportion of buildings were built prior to 1919 and I would encourage home owners across the region to be keep on top of home repairs as small issues can escalate if not dealt with quickly. As ever Murdo appreciates the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot or via telephone at 01738 553 990.

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The consultation on the scheme closed in November 2017, with nearly 3000 responses received from people and organisations all across Scotland. Two thirds of respondents felt that the free bus pass should remain available from the age of 60. A similar number of respondents felt that Modern Apprentices should benefit from free bus travel, and an overwhelming number of respondents were in favour of providing companion cards for eligible disabled children aged under five. The bus pass is a benefit that many people enjoy and use as part of their daily lives. The £250m that is spent every year on the scheme is a substantial part of the effort to improve people’s lives. The Scottish Government has recently announced £200,000 of new funding to support Quality Meat Scotland’s 2018 Scotch lamb promotional campaign. The sheep sector plays a significant part in Scotland’s red meat industry, which is worth £892 million to Scotland and we have a number of quality sheep producers locally The food and drink sector plays an important part in our local economy, so it is important we promote our premium produce. The strength of our farming industry would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the farmers who work tirelessly to produce high quality meat. That hard work and premium product is recognised by the protection given by the EU to the Scotch Lamb brand and I know that the Scottish Government will be working hard to continue that protection in the future. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or by email at john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot

Pete Wishart MP - Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I would like to call on small shopkeepers in Highland Perthshire to enter the “Best Small Shops” competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in the local community. The “Best Small Shops” competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online independent retail directory. Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9th September via the website www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry. The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shop’s entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community. The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception on the 13th November 2018 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018. Highland Perthshire has a number of fantastic small shops that make a real difference to our communities and local economy. Sometimes we take these businesses for granted but this competition is an opportunity to highlight the fantastic small shops that are based in the towns and villages across Perthshire. Readers will be aware of my concerns following the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland Continued on page 46 44 Pitlochry Life


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(RBS) branches in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. That is why John Swinney and local councillor, Mike Williamson, have called on RBS to review the level of service being provided by their mobile branch after we received numerous complaints from constituents. We heard from constituents that customers have been facing long waits in Aberfeldy and that simple services such as an address change cannot be administered in the mobile branch. Given the RBS closures that Highland Perthshire has recently seen, it was imperative that they got it right with their mobile branch visits. To hear that people have been waiting for a long time to use the service is totally unacceptable and goes to show what a mistake it was to close the branch. In addition to the issues with the mobile branch, I have been told that during recent weekends the cash machines in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry have been running out of cash. This would be pretty unacceptable at any time of year, but during peak tourist season it is particularly disappointing and a total inconvenience for visitors and businesses. If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk or by phone on 01250 876576.

John Duff - Councillor Highland Ward, Conservative Since the last edition, the Council has been in recess and most Councillors will have tried to find time to enjoy the beautiful weather, fit in some holidays and catch up on their outstanding enquiries. Prior to the recess, I was appointed to the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee (SP&R), the Environment and Infrastructure Committee (E&I) and the Licensing Board. SP&R has a wide ranging remit in relation to the strategic policy objectives and priorities for the Council including matters such as Community Planning, the performance and effectiveness of the Council’s work and management structure and the support and development of economic activity. Among other things, the E&I Committee exercises the Council’s functions in relation to public transport, roads, tourism, parks, woodlands and environmental protection. The Licensing Board considers all matters in relation to alcohol licences, gaming, betting and lotteries. I look forward to serving on these groups. I have taken on a number of other appointments including Chair of the Aberfeldy Museum Group and Trustee of the Cuil-An-Daraich Trust, Locus Breadalbane Ltd and Pitlochry Festival Theatre Trust. As the newest member of the Board, I recently enjoyed an induction at the theatre. It was amazing to see behind the scenes into the operation of Scotland’s “Theatre in the Hills”. Attracting over 100,000 visitors each season, it puts on six excellent productions during its summer season plus its Christmas production and hosts a year-round programme of concerts, talks and events. Putting on a different play virtually every day is a unique theatrical phenomenon and means that its actors have to be very talented and focussed and its sets have to be capable of being constructed/deconstructed in a couple of hours and stored away in a very limited space. It is currently in the running for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and votes can be cast online until 18th September. Residents in Pitlochry will experience some disruption in coming months in connection with the extension of the railway station platform and the removal of the wooden platforms to the south. However, the end result will be an improved station which can take Scotrail’s new High Speed Trains, an increased number of trains and shorter journey times. I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on JCDuff@pkc.gov.uk, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542. Continued on page 48 46 Pitlochry Life


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Xander McDade - Councillor Highland Ward, Independent Firstly this month I would like to thank all the fantastic volunteers who make Highland Perthshire such a great place to live and visit. Over the summer months I have attended a number of community run events like the Pitlochry Gala Day and the Aberfeldy Show which draw huge support from the local community and further afield. These events could not be run without huge numbers of volunteer hours being put in, similarly the commitment of our local Bloom and litter picking groups have ensured that our communities look great for our new and returning visitors. In June we had a meeting of the Highland & Strathtay Action Partnership. I proposed that as our partnership covered a vast area comprising about 60% of the land mass of Perth & Kinross, it would be more appropriate for it to be split in two with Highland Ward and Strathtay Ward each having their own individual Action Partnerships. The Action Partnership is responsible for distributing the participatory budgeting money from the Council and Scottish Government such as the recent “Highland & Strathtay Decides” events. It also looks to reduce inequalities through joined up thinking by government bodies and local communities. Hopefully our new Highland Action Partnership which will include representation from each Community Council in Highland Perthshire will be able better work towards reducing these inequalities. In March I wrote a response as a local councillor to the Cairngorm National Park Local Development Plan that covers Blair Atholl, Calvine, Killiecrankie and Pitagowan. I recommended that the old Struan School site should be zoned for affordable housing and I’m pleased that this proposal is now to be consulted on as a new site for the proposed Local Development Plan. Highland Perthshire has a serious shortage of affordable housing particularly in our smaller communities and we need more housing for families if we’re to sustain our communities. A number of local residents and businesses have contacted me and my fellow councillors over the past year about the issues of waste being left behind by wild campers and camper-vans parked by the side of the road. I have been looking at how we might address these issues and have had conversations with representatives of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park about their wild camping permit scheme to see if a similar scheme might be appropriate in Highland Perthshire. I’m also planning to ask officers to look at applying for funds from the national Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to see if we could fund certain facilities that would allow for the safe disposal of waste at certain points. I shall update you on this in future editions. My September surgeries will be held on Saturday 15th, in Pitlochry Council Offices between 9:3010:10, in Blair Atholl Village Hall between 10:30-11:00, and in Breadalbane Community Campus between 11:30-12:10. No appointment necessary. As always I can be contacted on 01738 475028 or XMcDade@pkc.gov.uk

Pitlochry Baptist Church Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) Church Office: 01796 470411 For more information, check out our website at www.pbcweb.net and keep up-to-date with us on Facebook Sundays: We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11am. Coffee & Cake, Tea & Biscuits afterwards.

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Special Events Sunday 2nd September - During our morning service Scottish Director of 24/7 Prayer Crystal Cryer will share what God is doing through this wonderful worldwide prayer movement. In the evening at 6pm in our church building she will lead those gathered in prayer. Sunday 16th September - If stepping into a church worship service is something that intrigues you but also terrifies you a little, our Family Service led by our youth pastor Ken might be what you’re looking for? Typically lasting an hour. Worship is led by some of our young musicians on guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Thoughtful, fun, relaxed, and you will always receive a warm welcome. Starting at 11am. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7:30pm in the Atholl Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940716396. Friendship Hour – last Monday of the month at 2.15pm in the Aldour Hall. 24th Sept - Ken Naquin on ‘From Texas to the Highlands’ Contact Val on 473742 James Court Service - 4pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10am & 7pm. Wednesdays 7am. Contact Jane on 474202. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Ian 473570. Sounds Inspirational – Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Thursdays 8pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk 'Stay and Play' babies and toddlers group – Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Recommences on Wednesday 15th August. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Radiate - Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. Held in the Atholl Centre. Exploring faith for Secondary aged young people. Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Club - Last Friday of the month 6.00pm in PBC. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends and plan to come along! Contact Ken on 470261.

Scottish Episcopal Church Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page www.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches A charge in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The 4 Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate 1st Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Continued on page 56 50 Pitlochry Life


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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Even in this digital, paperless age, we all still need a hard copy; letters, documents and photos all look better in a printed format, but printing can be expensive, with some inks costing more than Moet & Chandon. So, choice of printer can be a real cost saver. There are only two choices – inkjet or laser. Inkjet printers create images by dropping spots of ink onto paper, laser printers produce images by scanning a laser beam across photoreceptors. So which is better? Well, it depends on what you are using the printed copy for. Thanks to ridiculously cheap entry models, most households use inkjet printers for their everyday printing. But laser printers - even colour models - are now becoming available at prices and sizes suitable for a home or small office. To figure out if you should make the jump to laser, you need to look at why you really need one. Inkjet Printers Pros: Great for photos and image-heavy documents. They do a better job of blending smooth colours than laser printers and with some using up to 8 colours, the results with photographs can be spectacular. They are cheap and cheerful, with low start-up cost and have cartridges that can be refilled fairly easily (well with a little practice). They have no warm-up time and can print onto many types and thicknesses of paper, including glossy photo paper, textured stationery and even some fabrics. Inkjet printers also tend to be smaller, lighter and easier to maintain than laser printers. Cons: Considering the ink is water based, it is still relatively expensive and prints are susceptible to water damage and fading. The ink cartridges also need frequent cleaning and although most printers can perform this automatically, it does waste lots of ink. Then if you don't print for a couple of weeks the print head can dry out and get blocked, resulting in more wasted ink and a tedious task cleaning the heads out. Some inkjet printers will produce grey, fuzzy text if printing on plain office paper. Inkjet printers for home use have ridiculously low capacity paper trays and are seriously slow compared to laser printers, which makes high volume print jobs fairly challenging. Laser Printers Pros: Laser printers are blisteringly fast, a real bonus with high volume print jobs. They produce perfect sharp black text which looks very professional. They also handle small fonts and fine lines far better than inkjet. So, if your print jobs are mostly text with occasional graphics, laser is the way to go. They are also cheaper to run for text based documents, with high yield cartridges. Cons: Although toner is cheaper in the long run, upfront costs for laser printing are more. Although laser printers work faster, some people complain they can take time to warm-up (mine takes 10 - 20 seconds). Home laser printers can handle simple graphics, but smooth photographs are a challenge, they also can't handle the variety of paper or printing materials like inkjets. They run very hot, so anything heat-sensitive cannot be run through them. Then of course laser printers are bigger and heavier than their inkjet counterparts, so take up more space. It all comes down to what you want to print and how much of it. Break it down – quality photos – buy a dedicated photo inkjet printer, but print documents on something else. Home or light office – inkjet. Heavy use, home or office, or if document print quality is required – laser. Impatient (me) - laser. Just don’t buy a printer without a built in scanner, it is so much cheaper than buying them separate, make sure it’s wireless too, then everyone can access it from their computer, laptop, tablet or phone. Next month we will thrash out the Genuine v Generic cartridge debate :o)

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Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings can be arranged in all our Churches. For these and any other further details please contact our Rector. (We are pleased to be able to celebrate equal marriage and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate or renew their Union in church) Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday service – 9.30am Holy Communion. Sunday 30th September 10.30am Holy Communion – Joint at Kinloch Rannoch (5th Sunday) Sunday Evening Services – Last Sunday of the Month at 6.00pm Thursdays Services - A quiet space in the busy week, 10.00 am Morning Prayer or Holy Communion, with Coffee, Conversation and Fellowship 10.30 to 12.00 noon. The Reading Group meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month (except July and August) - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). The Writing Group 2.30pm on second Thursday of the month in Holy Trinity Hall enquiries to Liz Baker (01796 472005) or Cherith Nixon (01796 482502) Tuesday2 Club – 2.30pm 2nd Tuesday of the Month. Talks, outings, fellowship and fun- Meetings begin again on 9th October 2018. All welcome. Contact Liz Baker (01796 472005) for further details and the programme for the Year. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Matins. Sunday 30th September - 10.30am Holy Communion – Joint at Kinloch Rannoch (5th Sunday) St Andrew's, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 Sundays – 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Matins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday 30th September – Joint with Church of Scotland (5th Sunday)Sunday Evening Services – Third Sunday at 6.00pm – Weem Kirk House Group 10.00am last Wednesday of the month (Contact Lesley Whitwood for further details 01887 840416) All Saints' Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact – Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 6342592 Sunday 30th September - 10.30am Holy Communion (5th Sunday)

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and modern. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer: We meet weekly for prayer time at 10.00am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat: Every Wednesday, at 10.30am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome – locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group: Break for the Summer, and will resume1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, from 19 September. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30am. Church Choir: Break for the Summer and will resume Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall, from 22 August. Scottish Country Dancing: Classes start back weekly, after the Summer break, on Tuesday 11 September. Table Tennis: The group meet weekly again after the Summer break, on Thursday 4 October, from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Tryst Walking Group: See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie: A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3pm, 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court: There will be a break for the Summer, after which Services of worship will resume in September, in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, 1st Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow each service. The Church will be open to visitors over the Summer months, week days from Monday 11 June – Friday 14 September, 10.00am – 12noon. All welcome for a time of peace, in this historic place. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, at 10.30am, on Sunday 2 September. Christian Aid – presentation of their work, will be held in The Tryst Lounge, Friday 14 September, at 7.00pm. Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Aid, on Saturday 15 September, in The Tryst Lounge, from 10.30am – 12noon. Christian Aid Quiz Night will be held in The Tryst Lounge, Friday 21 September, at 7.00pm. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1.00pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010. email: thetryst@btconnect.com

St Bride’s Catholic Church Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.com 58 Pitlochry Life

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Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: •

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

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

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

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

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St Columba’s Birnam

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Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy

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First Tuesday of the month 10.00 am - 10.25 am.

Fr Edward is available for Confessions or to talk to and can be reached on parish telephone number or by email. Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Watermill Café Aberfeldy at 11 am. All are welcome. Our Calypso Cave Charity Thrift Shop is now open in Burnside Road Pitlochry. Do call in and have a look at our wide range of items, many are brand new. Follow us on the: Parish Web-page; www.stbridespitlochry.org.uk And Facebook; www.facebook.com/StBridesPitlochry

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Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 - 12 noon with a short time of worship at 11.00am. All are welcome. 30th Sept Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Blair Atholl Church at 11.00am. Struan Church is now closed but all are welcome at the other churches.

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem. Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by e-mail on nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk Telephone 01887 820 819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Ter. Aberfeldy. PH15 2BS Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in September 2018 will be at 10.30am in Logierait Church. Coffee/tea served before the service. Please note the change of time. Sunday 30th September (a fifth Sunday) will be a joint service with St. Andrews Episcopal Church when we will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. Food donations suitable for the food bank and there will be a retiring collection for the farmers benevolent fund. Board and Session will meet on Thursday 13that 7.00pm in the John Kyd Hall. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 – 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch will meet on Tuesday 4th September, at 7.30pm in Logierait Church. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 482272 Coffee Group. 10.30 – 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilters Group meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, from 7.00 -9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. During the first week in September we will be taking part in the church gallery for the Perthshire Open Studios, details below. Our new sylabus for 2018-2019 will start on Tuesday 25th September. New members and visitors are always welcome. Further details from Marie MacLeod on 01887 840769 or stytchandturn@btinternet.com The Walkers Group. Thank you to all who took part in the sponsored walk. Arts & Crafts. From 1st to 9th September we are to have a gallery of work in Strathtay Church and Kohn Kyd Hall by people from the parish, under the auspices of the Perthshire Open Studios. Open daily from 10am to 5.0pm Exhibition and sale plus coffees/teas and lovely home baking. Further details contact Lesley Thomas, email lathomas_es@yahoo.com Saturday 15th September – Fund raising concert in Mid Atholl Hall by group Piggery Brae. See posters for details. Saturday 29th September – Fund raising Harvest Supper at 7.00pm at Strathtay Cottage, tickets £8.00 available at church during September. Further details are available on our web site https://glschurchofscotland.org where there is also a link to our face book page.

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Tenandry Church Session Clerks: Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 and Marion Faulds 01796 472415. All are welcome at family worship every Sunday at 10.30am throughout the year. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month and is open to everyone. Tea and coffee are served after the service. From the B8019 take the road adjacent to the car park at the Garry Bridge.

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘Continue to love your enemies’, Jesus told his followers. He later said, ‘If you love me you will obey my commandments’. On the 6th and the 13th, we will be discussing Jesus’s famous Sermon on the Mount. You are welcome to join us. If you need a lift to the Hall, we’d be happy to help. Our meetings are held in the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy. Sunday 2nd September, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Acquiring a Heart of Wisdom’, followed by a discussion: ‘“Let Your Light Shine” to Glorify Jehovah (Matthew 5:16)’. Thursday 6th September, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: An Introduction to the Book of John, John 1, 2, ‘Jesus Performs His First Miracle’, ‘The Famous Sermon on the Mount (Part 2)’—a discussion of Matthew 5:17–48; Luke 6:29–36’. Sunday 9th September, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Deliverance From a World of Darkness’, followed by a discussion: ‘Whose Recognition Do You Seek? (Hebrews 6:10)’. Thursday 13th September, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: John 3, 4, ‘Jesus Witnesses to a Samaritan Woman’, ‘John 4:23 Explained’, ‘The Famous Sermon on the Mount (Part 3)’—a discussion of Matthew 6:1–33’. Sunday 16th September, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘What God’s Kingdom is Doing For Us Now’, followed by a discussion: ‘Where Are Your Eyes Looking? (Psalm 123:1)’. Thursday 20th September, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: John 5, 6, ‘Follow Jesus With the Right Motive’, ‘John 6:44—How Does the Father Draw People to Himself?’, ‘Nothing Was Wasted’, ‘The Famous Sermon on the Mount (Part 4)’—a discussion of Matthew 7:1–26; Luke 6:39–48’. Sunday 23rd September, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘Love Identifies the True Christian Congregation’, followed by a discussion: ‘“Who Is on Jehovah’s Side?” (Deuteronomy 10:20)’. Thursday 27th September, 7.00 p.m. Short talks and discussions including: John 7, 8, ‘Jesus Glorified His Father’, ‘Demonstrate Christlike Humility and Modesty’, ‘A Centurion Shows Great Faith—a discussion of Matthew 8:5–13; Luke 7:1–10’. Sunday 30th September, 10.30 a.m. A talk: ‘How Can Youths Find Success and Happiness’, followed by a discussion: ‘We Belong to Jehovah” (Psalm 33:12)’. If you would like to enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time and location, do get in contact with Jules and Elizabeth on 07 802 753 193 or ministry@akel.co.uk At www.jw.org you can find answers to life’s questions—even the difficult ones.

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Baha'i Faith The Baha'i Faith- What is it? In earlier issues we've touched on the oneness of all Faiths, the progressive nature of religion as the teachings of One God, on the unity of the Messengers, or prophets, He sends to mankind; on Baha'u'llah's place in history; on some of His specific teachings for this age such as of the importance of the independent investigation of truth, of the harmony between science and religion, of the elimination of prejudice in matters of race, religion or gender, and their significance for achieving world peace..... The Baha'i Faith has no clergy: individuals are called on to study the Writings of Baha'u'llah for themselves, to work towards the refinement of their own character in combination with the offer of service to humanity. Concerning worship, it is active not just in cloisters or in the quiet of meditation but in the work one does, be it washing the dishes or running a business! Whether in the family, in schools, at work, or in formal organisations, the Baha'i ideal promotes the principles of consultation and harmony in decision making and cultivates loving and respectful relationships: "The heaven of divine wisdom is illumined with the two luminaries of consultation and compassion. Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance ... and is the bestower of understanding." (Baha'u'llah) The administrative structure of the Faith, from local assemblies to national and international level, is guided by both spiritual and moral principles. Individual members are elected to serve by secret ballot and no canvassing is permitted- a refreshing experience! Baha'i communities are encouraged to get to know one another well enough to make voting meaningful. Assemblies discuss and vote on the issues they are concerned about. The vote must then be accepted by all, no vetoes, so that action is then taken in a unified and supportive way. Global issues at the heart of the Baha'i Faith today, that we would like to return to in future issues, are the need to achieve universal education and for the elimination of poverty. Writings on the journey of the soul can be shared too. Baha'u'llah gives great weight to the subject of education and the role of youth, trained in both intellectual and spiritual capacity, in navigating the complex world we live in. In Grandtully and Strathtay we run a children's class weekly, not to teach about any one religion but to develop a love and thirst for truth and for knowledge and to give impetus towards being of service to humanity. It seems virtues can be fun! You can contact Hilarie in Grandtully on 07967 601423, or come round for a coffee at The Chocolate Centre, or dip into far more information at: www.bahai.org

Pitlochry Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) The visitors are arriving in droves and it would be nice if they can see a litter free Pitlochry. Could you help to achieve this? If you see dog poo anywhere please report it to the Council on 01738 476476 or on the P&K website on forms.pkc.gov.uk. Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors, so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided including gloves and grabbers. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10.0am in the Recreation ground carpark. The next litterpick is on 11th September. The dates for litterpicks in Continued on page 68 66 Pitlochry Life


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2018 are as follows: October 9th, November 13th, December 11th. For further information contact Roger West rogerwest7@btinternet.com 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com 01796 473400.

Pitlochry Path Group Contact Jeannie on 07788 190876 or Frank on 07775 792279 for details of date, task and location. We are a small group of volunteers always looking for new members to assist in keeping the path network in and around Pitlochry in a good condition. All tools, material and tea/ coffee provided

Pitlochry & District U3A U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't  be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were, but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th September at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry. Rebekah Haldane will tell us about the work of the Sailors’ Society. Everyone is welcome, members or not. For more information  get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com

Pitlochry Library At the library we have a range of regular services and activities on offer. We also have a monthly Bookbug session for under 5s and a weekly fraud prevention and online security drop-in. Simply come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Fraud Prevention and Online Security Drop-in – every Thursday 14.30 – 16.00. Join Alec James, Community Banker for The Royal Bank of Scotland for help and advice about fraud prevention and online security at these free drop-in sessions at the library. Bookbug Sessions – Friday 28th September 10.30-11.00 (last Friday of the month) This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. ICT Facilities As well as events and activities at the library we also have PCs available for public access, as well as Wi-fi, printing, and scanning facilities. e-resources We have a full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. We also have e-reference resources which include Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry. All of these resources and instructions on how to download them are available from the Culture Perth and Kinross website (www.culturepk.org.uk). On the website it is also possible to view the entire library catalogue, as well as requesting and renewing books. To make things even easier you can also download the library app. Continued on page 70 68 Pitlochry Life


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Books on Prescription As well as our extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, we also offer Books on Prescription and on wellbeing to support various health and wellbeing needs. Books on Wheels For individuals who are unable to get out and about to visit the library we are able to offer a monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). This includes books in large print and audio formats. You can also recycle batteries and stamps, and collect hearing aid batteries. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail: pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk www.culturepk.org.uk Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives – donate online or in person at your local library.

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy HFS New Season Sunday 9 September 2018 6.00pm: A Fantastic Woman Marina, a trans nightclub singer, comes under suspicion when her lover Orlando dies suddenly. Both Orlando’s family and the police harass and threaten Marina, forcing her to defend her rights as Orlando's bereaved partner and as a human being. “Subtle and tender … handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care”. 2017 Chile 104 min Cert 15 Dir: Sebastian Lelio . Oscar winner Best Foreign Language Film. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Coming soon… November 16 to 18 : Aberfeldy Film Festival, Palme Dewar and Young Indies Short Film Competitions plus lots of other exciting events planned for this season… Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings. Become a member any time for just £10.00 / £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. www.heartlandfilmsociety.org and Facebook.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop Yes, we’ve done it! Our fund-raising has now passed a quarter of a million pounds so congratulations to all our customers, our book donors, our business sponsors and our hard-working volunteers and our continued thanks to ScotRail for the use of our premises. At the time of writing, the actual sum raised is £250,071 every penny of which has gone to our charities. We even have a face for our quarter million pounds since it was regular customer Maria Cole who bought the book that hit the target. The Bookshop AGM has also been held recently and Chairman, Graham Holmes, reminded us how excellent the past twelve months had been with our award as Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year as well as our quarter of a million pounds. Continued on page 72 70 Pitlochry Life


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But we don’t stand still. We continue with our special summer offer of 20% off the price of railway books and our bookstall will be at Logierait Market again on Sunday 9th September. We hope you will visit us there or at the Bookshop.

Pitlochry Bowling Club Despite interruptions due to torrential rain our annual charity day in aid of CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland) was a resounding success. More than £8,000 was raised on the day which brings the total which we have contributed to CHAS to more than £102,000. For this we must thank everyone who supported our efforts, all those who provided prizes, sold tickets, gave contributions, cooked and baked and helped with the catering, our sponsors R W Bell and Atholl Palace, and all who played in the competitions on the day. Play was slightly curtailed while we waited for the green to drain but we managed, eventually, to play all of the finals. The Moulin Vase was won by Jude Iley, Graeme Irvine, George Macpherson, and Jean Simon from Newtonmore, the Forth Wines Trophy by Ronnie Duffy, Gael Shaw, Bob Fagan and Anne Fagan from Dunkeld and the Pitlochry CHAS Trophy by John Anderson, Eddie Gibb, Willum Macnicoll and Stewart Rutherford from Pitlochry. Congratulations to them and commiserations to the runners up, Sandy Smith, Gary Robertson, Lesa Smith and Janet Stewart (Luncarty) , Dave Watson, Donny MacDonald, John Simpson and Norma McIntosh (Dunkeld) John Greenshields, Les Simms, Evelyn Humphrey and Joe Osborne (Pitlochry) Our club competitions are progressing to the final rounds and for the second year running Pitlochry Bowling Club are the North Perthshire League Champions. Bowls is a game which anyone of any age can play and enjoy at any level. If you don't believe it come along and have a go and we will try to convince you. There is usually someone in attendance at the club from 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm who will kit you out and show you the ropes All that you need to bring are flat shoes without heels. By the time you read this we will be rapidly approaching the end of the outdoor season but don't let that put you off . You can try it and make a resolution to join next year, or for a reduced subscription become a winter member and play indoors in the clubhouse.

Pitlochry Highland Games Saturday 8th September 2018 Come along and join us for a spectacular day at the Recreation Ground, Pitlochry. Gates open 09.30 am. Games commence 10.30am Parade of Pipe Bands down Atholl Road to Recreation Ground at 11.40am. Running, Cycling, Jumping, Solo Piping, Heavy Events, Traditional Highland Dancing, British Tug ‘o’ War. Grand pipe band competitions - 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 Continued on page 74 72 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Curling Club Your Curling Club needs you - summer is almost over and winter almost around the corner. Time to think of a nice warming pursuit with like-minded folks - yes, curling! We are urgently looking for new members to join us for a relaxed fun afternoon of curling. We are a mixed group of varying ages who take to the ice at Perth on Wednesday afternoons from 12.30 onwards starting beginning of October. Car pooling arrangements can be available to ease transport to and from venue .All levels from beginners to veterans, are most welcome so why not join us. Please contact either: Malcolm McGraw themcgraws14@icloud.com or 01796-482527, or JIm Wilson jmwilson1@btinternet.com or 01887-829096.

Oh! Carol - Neil Sedaka Tribute As part of its ongoing fundraising programme, the Rotary Club of Pitlochry will be fronting Oh Carol at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on September 16th at 8pm. The show is based on the life and work of Neil Sedaka with many of the songs associated with Neil himself and others, including Connie Francis. He is best known in more recent years for (Is This The way To) Amarillo. So on the 16th you should make your way to Pitlochry Festival Theatre for a musical evening to remember. The proceeds, including a splendid raffle will go towards financing the many projects supported by the Rotary Club as outlined elsewhere in this issue. Tickets are available from Pitlochry Festival Theatre box office 01796 484626 or PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com or at the theatre door.

Pitlochry Youth Dance Company 2018-2019 - Enrolment Aged between 9 and 16? Love dancing? creating? performing? This is for you!! The Pitlochry Youth Dance Company (PYDC) meets every Friday at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s rehearsal studio at Fonab, 6-7.30pm. The group enjoys 2 performance opportunities in Perth every year, at the Perth Dance Festival and as part of the Youth Arts Festival, organised by Horsecross. Please contact Agathe for more information (agathe@heelsoverhead.co.uk or call 07969 228389). The group starts again on Friday 14 September. To Enroll: Please call the Horsecross box office on 01738 621 031 (enrolment opens mid-August).

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Our Grade 4 band was delighted to qualify once again for the finals in the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton. They didn’t come away with any silver this time, but were happy with their performance. August was another busy month for the band and we had a lovely day playing at the Aberfeldy Show on the 11th. Our Highland Nights have been going very well and attracting great crowds, so many thanks again to everyone who supports us with them. By the time you read this, we’ll have had our night with the Murrumba Pipe Band from Australia and our final Highland Night of the year is the 3rd September. We’ll also have played at the World Championships at Glasgow Green!!

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We’re looking forward to competing at Pitlochry Games and we’ll also have our usual tombola stall there, so please come round the park and find us! We’ve also got “Beat Retreats” at Kinross House and Scone Palace in September and now that school is back, we have our usual practices for learners and the band in Pitlochry High School on a Tuesday night. Gillie McNab 07733152223 gmcnab00@aol.com

Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band Pitlochry Games is the last competition of the season for the band and we will also be having our usual fundraising stall there. If you are interested in joining the band or would like to learn the chanter/side or tenor drum, pop in to see us on the day or contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly (01796 472692) or Secretary Claire Scott (01796 481456) for more details.

Pitlochry in Bloom Pitlochry in Bloom committee has really concentrated its efforts recently in four main areas – the hanging baskets; (many thanks to the businesses who support us) the wrought iron figures around the town with their lovely arrangements and flower beds; the War Memorial area and gardens and the Railway Station. As you may have noticed much is happening down at the station with the lengthening of the platforms and new signalling work. This is essential for the new trains we are getting on our line similar to the East Coast Line train. The Armoury Park flower bed has been dug out to allow work near the Signal Box and the old train has been removed. These areas will be replanted when the work is complete with the cost being borne by the construction company BAM Nuttall. I would wish to commend this company for their excellent community engagement and willingness to engage with different groups and individuals. Sadly a planning application by Network Rail to Perth and Kinross Planning Department for 4 shelters for the new platforms was passed recently. These shelters are totally inappropriate for our lovely Victorian station and there are other far more suitable shelters on the market. To that end Network Rail officials have agreed to meet with us to discuss the matter. You may all be asking when will the work begin on the refurbishment of the Wild Life Garden. Well I am sorry to report but Scottish Water have delayed again and this time they say they need to consult again (third time) with the Community Council. As they do not meet in August I will have to wait until September to hear the outcome. Our MSP Mr Swinney has kindly written on our behalf to Scottish Water enquiring why it has taken 15 months to come to a decision to remove some trees. I hope I have more positive news for you next month. Some cold mornings recently and welcome rain but still the ground is very dry a few inches down. It was a superb Summer and I hope you are still enjoying the flowers which make our town so welcoming. Again I put out this plea that if you are able to offer some of your time to Pitlochry in Bloom to help maybe with some weeding/planting or fundraising or administrative skills please do get in touch with me katehowie@yahoo.co.uk or 01887 840378

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Heartland FM Heartland FM have now fully moved into our new studios at 23 Atholl Road in Pitlochry. After months of planning, and what seems like miles of wiring, we are now fully up and running from our new premises. This now gives us a completely operational 2 studio, broadcasting, recording and editing facility, which has brought us right into the 21st Century with state of the art broadcast software, and new "Voip" telephone system connecting all studios and outside sources with ease. Our new website www.heartlandfm. org is very interactive, allowing you to listen on line at the click of button, and contact us with ease. Our online listening quality has been upgraded and as well as hearing us through our website, we are available from the Tune In Radio app, and we are also compatible with Alexa smart speakers, all you say is “Alexa, play Heartland FM” and Alexa goes and finds us and starts playing the current programme. We have launched a new live breakfast show with myself Alistair Smith, weekday mornings between 6am and 10am, I will have all the local information on traffic conditions in the area, and always appreciate a call on 01796 474000 should there be a local incident you feel you feel we need to get to air. This is part of our ongoing commitment to make Heartland FM accessible to all. We also have another 4 presenters in training so hope to expand our daytime live offering soon. I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch through our What's On service through our website, and I would encourage everyone to get in touch and submit all community, charity and non profit events here, as we will promote them on air 7 times a day, on our website, and on our new communication screen, in the window of our new offices, where you can see our new updated logo on the window too. So please take a look at our new programme schedule on line, and give us a listen. As always if you would like to contact me direct about anything on Heartland FM or if you would like to get involved please email alistair@HeartlandFM.co.uk Happy listening!

Table Tennis in Blair Atholl There is Table Tennis every Wednesday evening in the Village Hall from 7.30pm. until 9.30pm. We have three tables and bats and balls are supplied. Adults £2.00 Juniors (12-16) 50p. It’s slightly competitive but nothing serious. It’s just great fun and playing ability is not important. Hope to see you there ! For further details : Neil : 01796 481310

The Basil Death Trust The Basil Death Trust has now been operating for nearly two years and over that period has given grants of over £100,000 to local organizations and groups. Whilst the trust does not fund individuals, it can make meaningful grants of up to £3,000 per group on an annual basis. Do have a look at the website http://basildeathtrust.co.uk/index.html and in particular the feedback page, which gives an idea of the types of organizations that have been supported. The application forms are on the website and are simple to complete. The next round of awards takes place in September, but the sooner you can submit, the better. If you want further information, please contact William Jackson, Chairman, wnj@derculich.com Continued on page 80 78 Pitlochry Life


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Rotary Report Over the last few months the Rotary Club of Pitlochry has been busy as ever supporting a range of causes both local and from further afield. The following is a sample of their work. They arranged the Art Competition for local schools, a Young Chef competition for Pitlochry High School and supported a range of prizes for the High School prize giving as well as donating Dictionaries for Life to Primary pupils. Two Secondary pupils were sponsored to attend a Youth Leadership course at the beginning of the school holidays. The club has close links with Heartland FM and it is hoped to use this contact to provide media involvement for local young people. With the support of the Friends of the Community Hospital a group of Senior Citizens were taken to see Chicago at the theatre and further visits have been arranged to Quality Street and The Wizard of Oz. On the international front the scheme to send computers to Africa has now ended but the club has continued to support End Polio Now and in conjunction with the Aberfeldy club is helping to provide clean water and sanitation to a village in Kenya. A recent speaker at the club gave a moving account of the work being done by Freedom From Fistula to help women in Africa who have suffered traumatic injury during childbirth. The club will be investigating how to support them in the coming months. As usual our fundraising stall will be at Games Day on September 8th; come along and help to fund our future projects.

Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre Not many people have heard of “The Souter’s lamp and other Stories”written at the beginning of the 20th Century. The stories are set in Moulin and surrounding areas. Hector McGregor is the Author’s name but some think that was a pseudonym for a Minister of Moulin Church at the time.. It was often the custom then for the men of a Highland village to meet in the Shoemaker or Souter’s workshop of a night and discuss the affairs of the day. Have a good gossip in other words. The stories are set in that background and many local places are mentioned. The book is out of print, although a scanned copy is available from Amazon. We have two of the stories in Booklet form for sale in the Centre. “The Queen’s Birthday” and the “Souter’s Lamp”. On a different note, Alastair Fergusson, Pitfourie, one of our Patrons, has gifted the fleeces of two sheep for David Williamson of Moulin Yarns to spin into wool, so if you were to pop in on a Monday afternoon to watch him spinning, it might be with the wool from local sheep. If anyone has two hours to spare once a week or even once a fortnight to man the Centre please contact Helen McNicoll on 01796472723.

Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch Those of us who receive alerts from Neighbourhood Watch Scotland have been sent these two alerts in the last month. 1 Watch out for these fake British Gas refund emails. We’ve had an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts. Continued on page 82 80 Pitlochry Life


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Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk 2 One of my neighbours received a phone call from a female with an Indian accent, saying she was representing “BT Open Reach” and that there was trouble with her internet. She was asked to check her router (which was working as normal) and then to switch on her computer. When my neighbour queried this, she was told that her line was contaminated by viruses. Fortunately my neighbour was immediately suspicious and ended the call. The number that the call came from was 01228 057501. The scammers are becoming increasingly clever and launch ever more sophisticated scams, many of which are hard to detect. Very many people have fallen victim to these scams and have lost thousands of pounds. Often the criminals who devise and send out the scams are connected with international crime. To avoid being a victim of these crimes join Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch or go to the Neighbourhood Watch website and press ‘join’. Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com 01796 473400 Neighbourhood Watch Scotland neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk 01786 463732

Children’s Hospice Thrift Shop Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) will be the beneficiary of the Aberfeldy Thrift Shop for the week commencing Sunday 2nd September and organisers hope that the charity will receive the usual tremendous support from residents and visitors during the week-long event. For over 20 years, CHAS has offered a full family support service for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. This includes palliative care, family respite and support through its hospices, homecare services and hospital presence. CHAS operates the only children’s hospice facilities in Scotland at Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House near Balloch and wants to reach out to more families in need throughout the country. To do so, CHAS needs your help. If you can donate goods, money or a raffle prize, please contact the organiser, John Duff, on 01887 820217, email: john.c.duff8@gmail.com or bring them along during the first day or two of the CHAS Thrift Shop week. All donations will be gratefully received. Thank you for your support.

Pitlochry Flower Club The opening meeting of the 2018/19 Session of the Club will be held on Wednesday September 19th, 2018 in Pitlochry Hydro Hotel at 2.00pm. The Demonstrator will be Audrey Buchan - her title 'All Washed Up'. We look forward to welcoming existing and new members to the Club on the opening day. Visitors are also most welcome. For further information contact Linzee Lindsay, Chairman, 01738 710777.

Pitlochry Ladies Club Our first meeting of this winter's programme will be on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time this winter) at Scotland's Hotel when Estelle Nicol of Marie Curie, the charity we are now supporting, will give us an update. Then on Wednesday 7th November Continued on page 84 82 Pitlochry Life


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Margaret Sasada will talk about "A Broad Travels". There will be a raffle each evening to raise money for our charity and the cost of each evening will be £12, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome at any time. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. This winter, to help with catering arrangements, members are requested to let Nancy Tamblin (07813 539882, nancytamblin@talktalk.net) know no later than the Monday before the meeting if they are intending to come to a meeting. Please note the new contact point for this.

Words, Music and Memories –The Centenary of Armistice Day

November 11th seems a long time ahead whilst sitting here in temperatures over 90 degrees. However, Churches Working Together are busy planning an evening of Words, Music and Memories to remember the end of the 1st World War. This year is the centenary of the end of the Great War, a time when it was hoped that there would be peace for ever in the world. This event will take place on the evening of November 11th. Pitlochry High School has offered to host the evening. This will be confirmed at a later date. As part of this we want to have a display of memorabilia from the 1st World War. This will include letters, cards, memories handed down from grandparents, great grandparents etc., photos of local people who were involved in the war. Obviously these are precious items to families, so we are asking if you have any items, please copy them and the copies will be used for the display. Please send/ give these copies to Barbara Rombaut at 19, Fonab Crescent, Pitlochry. Phone 472516. Please put a label on the reverse informing us who they belong to and any relevant information. We would like to have items by the end of September please. There will be other things happening. Did you see the poppy display in Perth? We will be looking to have our own display in Pitlochry with hundreds of knitted or crotched poppies. There will be more information about this in the next edition and other ways of being involved. So, for the moment, please search for memories. Thank you, Barbara Rombaut

Mid Atholl Strings And Things We have had a short holiday break and were all pleased to meet up again in Mid Atholl Hall for the resumption of our practices in mid August. In July we played at the Logierait Market when the recipient of our “Jeely Pan” donations was Aberfeldy’s Age Concern. In August at the Market on a very wet Sunday we raised some money for our own funds to help us continue with our charitable work. Keyboard Player required. We always welcome new members to join our group – any ability and instrument - and in particular we would like to recruit a “keyboard player”. If you are able to help us or know of someone who would be interested, we would like to hear from you. We are a charitable group who play together for fun and the enjoyment of playing Scottish Traditional Music. We practice on Wednesdays in Mid Atholl Hall at 7.30 and throughout the year we are asked to play at a variety of events such as ceilidhs, Burns Suppers, parties and background music at fêtes and markets. Fiddle Tuition for Beginners / returners. Many folk have expressed an interest in learning to play the fiddle. Others talk about having played for a couple of years while at school and never

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continued. So… if you are someone who would like to learn, we are running a six week taster course. This will take place in Moulin Hall on Wednesday evenings commencing the 24th October at 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Martin MacLeod will be the tutor and the cost will be £30 for the 6 weeks. If you are interested in attending the taster course or if you wish to book our group for an event please contact me – Sandra Batty (Leader) 01887 820021 battysan152@btinternet.com or Alison Thom (President) 01887 820174 thoms123@btinternet.com

Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle The 2018/2019 season will begin on Monday 24 September with a talk by Andrew Lear on " Heritage Orchards and fruit trees around the Tay”. The area around the Tay was an important orchard area from medieval times and many varieties of fruit tree originated from there. The first orchards were planted in the 12th Century by the monks and an extensive industry existed into the 20th Century with fruit exported as far as London and many new varieties being developed. Andrew Lear is a well known expert on fruit trees and this will be an interesting talk. The usual time and venue, Pitlochry Tryst at 7.30pm. The programme extends until April with talks including amongst others, a history of Salmon Management, Captain Bligh and the Scottish Antarctic Expedition of 1902.

Macmillan Cancer Support News In 2017 Macmillan Cancer Support estimated around 1.6m people received personal, high impact support from Macmillan professionals or services. This assistance is enabled by people like you supporting fundraising events & the Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our events in any way recently. In June we had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine at the home of Isobel & Athole Still in Strathtay for our Strawberry Tea which raised the fantastic total of £900. Special thanks to both Isobel & Athole for once more hosting this fundraiser & to the local businesses who kindly donated prizes for our raffle on the day. The 7 Day Sale at the Locus Centre in Aberfeldy in July was also a great success raising £2052. The group would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the week in any way. Without your support the sale couldn’t happen & we are very grateful to all of you. Our next event is the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer where people all over the UK host coffee mornings & donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised over £27 million! The Highland Perthshire Fundraising Group are pleased to confirm that once again the Green Park Hotel in Pitlochry will host a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September thanks again to the continuing generosity of the McMenemie family. Please come along and help us beat last year’s total. The fun starts at 11am & is always a busy morning with fantastic food & fabulous raffle prizes & we look forward to seeing you all there. If anyone thinks that they would like to help out at events like the coffee morning or you are interested in finding out more about being a Macmillan volunteer, please get in touch by calling Liz on 07866556360 or email Fiona at malarkey99@gmail.com. Continued on page 88 86 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry SWI We had a busy summer preparing for the Shows in Perth and Aberfeldy. They submitted Community Entries in both shows and Ginnie Wilkie took the 'Best in Show' trophy at Perth for her blackcurrant jelly. She and some others took prizes for floral arranging, baking, sewing and knitting in Perth and Aberfeldy. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.15pm in the Aldour Hall and new members are always welcome. Please bring your own mug! The speaker at our first meeting on Thursday 20th September 2018 is Louise Collins, a local textile designer and maker. If you fancy entering the competition on the night, bring your best charity shop find and an autumn arrangement. Winners are often surprised by the judges choice, so don't be put off! The full syllabus will be published next month. SWI fees for membership for the whole session are £20 and others pay £3.50 on the night to hear the speaker and have a lovely supper. Age is no barrier - at either end of the spectrum! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Music in Blair Atholl - Violin And Piano Recital Saturday 29th September at 7.30pm the Ballroom at Blair Castle Stephanie Gonley – Violin. Leader of the Scottish and English Chamber Orchestras Nigel Hutchison – Piano. Chamber musician, accompanist and coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School Programme Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D major op.12 – L.Van Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major – G. Faure Interval Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in G major – J. Brahms Tickets: £15 under 16s £7.50 www.musicinblairatholl.co.uk or from Lavinia Gordon: alaviniagordon@gmail.com 01796 481230 or at the door on the night.

Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club meet every Monday morning at the Atholl Leisure Centre from 10 – 12 from the beginning of October till the end of March. After our summer recess, we will again dust down our badminton rackets and take to the courts. We are a friendly, mixed ability club and would warmly welcome any new members. Our new session starts on Monday 1st October 2018. For further information, please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153.

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The Enchanted Forest: Do you have your ticket for a wild and wondrous Autumn spectacle?

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show, has released almost 80,000 tickets for this year’s event, with the box office opening to the general public in June. The 2018 event, entitled 'Of The Wild', is firmly rooted in nature and inspired by the hidden mystery of Faskally Wood after dark. The creative team has come up with an engaging event that combines breathtaking visuals, innovative technologies, interactive special effects and an original music score. Over 73,000 visitors attended last year’s sold-out show Oir an Uisge (Gaelic for ‘Edge of the Water’), which was a four per cent increase on the previous record-breaking year. Now in its 17th year, the event brings in an estimated £3 million to the local economy. Demand for tickets this year has been brisk with almost ??,000 tickets snapped up already. Weekend nights are already sold out and customers are advised to book soon to avoid disappointment, with organisers predicting that the event will sell out before opening night for the second year running. Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, The Birks Cinema Trust and Blairgowrie Riding for Disabled have been confirmed as the official charity partners for 2018. These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted extensively during the month-long extravaganza which opens to the public on Thursday, October 4. Set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood, organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust use Scotland’s premier creative talents to produce a world-class state-of-the-art show which has won numerous awards, most recently being named Best Cultural Event Finalist in the 2017 Scottish Thistle Awards. Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “Innovation and imagination are at the heart of The Enchanted Forest’s reputation as Scotland’s premier sound and light show. Without giving too much away, I am delighted to say that our creative team has once again come up with an event that will deliver a real wow factor to enchant and enthral visitors of all ages. “As demand for tickets grows year on year, I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.” This year’s Enchanted Forest will run from October 4 to November 4 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets are on sale at www.enchantedforest.org.uk where more information on the event is available. 90 Pitlochry Life


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CBD

Could This Be Your Simple Solution? You will have seen a lot of attention on the news lately regarding the medicinal use of Cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy and related illnesses. This has resulted in a change of law in the UK to allow medicinal marijuana to be made available by prescription, under certain restrictions, to treat such conditions. All this attention has coincided with the rapidly increasing use of Cannabidiol Oil (CBD) for a variety of other conditions. Because of some similarities, many people assume that medical marijuana and CBD oil are the same thing.

use in rope, clothing and paper. It wasn’t until the mass production of cotton that ‘Industrial Cannabis’ was replaced as the main fibre used in clothing. Industrial Cannabis, also known as Hemp, was used to make ropes until shortly after the 2nd world war. Hemp has many other uses, the seeds can be crushed for oil then used in food and beauty products. There is every chance that your front door mat is made from either jute or hemp.

The biggest difference between medical marijuana and CBD oil is that medical marijuana It is not so, and while medical marijuana remains has large amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol illegal for the majority of us, CBD oil is not. The (THC), while CBD oil contains either no THC or tiny, trace amounts of the substance. two products are fundamentally different in a number of ways, yet they do share some common elements. Marijuana, pot, weed, hash, grass, Ganga are all slang names for the Cannabis plant. Its history dates back thousands of years. The oldest known written record on Cannabis use comes from the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 B.C. Ancient Greeks and Romans were also familiar with Cannabis, while in the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa. In 1545 Cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fibre. In North America, Cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown on many plantations for

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the key psychoactive ingredient in Cannabis, responsible for the “high” that users feel after smoking, vaporizing or eating marijuana. CBD oil is made from hemp which generally contains either no THC or very small amounts. CBD oil is instead rich in CBD, a different type of cannabinoid that has its own range of health benefits. It is the lack of THC that allows cannabidiol manufactured from hemp to be purchased legally. Medical marijuana can apparently soothe nausea and increase appetite, quiet pain, soothe anxiety and even reduce epileptic seizures.

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Other research on the healing effects of Cannabis 100 – 1000mg. Over 400mg is considered high is being examined. For example, THC may be able strength. Occasionally you will find it with the to improve memory. strength given as a percentage, this can be confusing as the actual strength then depends Cannabidiol, the active ingredient in CBD oil, on the volume of the product. In this case it has a different range of health benefits and is is best to ask the supplier for the equivalent apparently linked to improvements in the milligram figures, so you can compare. symptoms of stress and tension, as well as a huge range of other conditions from acne to cancer. It’s also considered a potential health and wellness aid for a vast range of challenges - physical, mental & emotional - that people navigate every day. Many people worldwide use it to suppress chronic pain, particularly for arthritis related symptoms. It is also available for animals.

The rise in popularity of CBD oil now means it is manufactured legally, on an industrial scale, across the world. CBD is freely available from numerous reputable outlets. As well as buying online, it is also available from many pharmacies, Holland & Barrett and from local vape shops. It is available as tinctures, capsules, topicals, sprays, vapes and in numerous foodstuffs – including Gummies. The most popular means of taking CBD is by using a flavoured tincture, where one or two drops are placed under the tongue. CBD is usually packaged with its strength given in milligrams, normally ranging from

If you feel you could benefit, or would like to benefit from CBD, do your own research. There are literally hundreds of websites and forums at your disposal and the answers to all your questions can be easily found. (Just Google CBD) There are very few side effects with CBD and it is considered a safe substance to take. However, it is always recommended that you consult with your doctor before taking it to insure it is safe for you, and will have no interaction with other medication you may be taking.

Always purchase from a reputable supplier and buy a known established brand (have a look at www.elixinol.com). The CBD dosage will vary for each person depending on their needs and the conditions they are trying to alleviate. For some people only a small CBD dose is required to achieve optimal results; in other cases, a higher dosage will be required. Just start on a low dose and work your way up. Pitlochry Life 95


YOUR HOROSCOPE For September 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The carefree summer holidays have come to an end with the autumnal Sun shining in the serious and down to earth sign of Virgo. Our attention now turns to learning and acquiring new skills as schools and colleges start their new term and the focus is once more on hard work and study. Mars is serious and stable in Capricorn until the 10th and then moves into quirky Aquarius for the rest of the month. This is a good time to be practical, but also to act in a more individualistic way as you bring grand ideas and vision to the surface. Heightened passion in relationships and partnerships are favoured as the love planet Venus moves into sexy Scorpio on the 9th. The new moon in Virgo on the 9th is well aspected by serious Saturn, offering new insight into completing any practical projects. The moon is full in the sign of Aries on the 25th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Adjustments to your health and wellbeing are favoured this month as the Virgo Sun illuminates all things to do with your physical condition. Finances will also come under review as a positive aspect from Jupiter to Neptune offers some inspirational new ways of making money. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 The Sun illuminates the love sector of your chart asking you to be open and honest about your relationships and all things to do with romantic encounters. Venus illuminates important work issues up to the 9th, make sure that you pay attention to any professional opportunities that come your way. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 The first week of September brings love and romance into the spotlight as stylish Venus is determined to create harmony and beauty within your circle. Mercury, your ruler, illuminates your home life after the 6th as tensions and conflicts start to ease and important breakthroughs come to the surface. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The relationship sector of your chart is in the spotlight for September; the practical Virgo new moon on the 9th helps you to see your situation and your options more clearly. This is the perfect time to stand back and see the bigger picture by trusting your intuition to bring greater rewards your way. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 September starts with a brilliant aspect between innovative Uranus and the radiant Sun; exciting career opportunities are on the horizon and this could mean that a lucky break is coming your way. The new moon in practical Virgo on the 9th allows you to see things in a very different light. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Communication is your focus as Jupiter, the planet of abundance and optimism aspects Neptune, the planet of dreams and intuition. Dynamic Mars highlights creativity, be bold and confident as plans and solid foundations for your future are ready to be laid down now.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Venus, your ruling planet, moves into the financial area of your chart on the 9th joining abundant Jupiter in strong-minded Scorpio. Business ideas will need to be reviewed and overhauled so that you can reap the rewards with a stronger sense of purpose and clarity.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The month begins with a challenging aspect from the moon to Jupiter in your sign. This is your opportunity to see new ways to nurture yourself and structure your days based on faith and trust. Your gift of intuition will become more powerful as you begin to believe in yourself and go after what you want. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Your goals and ambitions are the focus for this month as the Sun illuminates your career potential. The Virgo new moon on the 9th sets the pace for new areas of development as mighty Jupiter looks on and boosts your confidence with heightened awareness and intuition. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 September brings plenty of planetary action to the travel and adventure sector of your chart. The Virgo new moon on the 9th signals new beginnings as you prepare for a fresh and more positive phase of existence. Jupiter ensures that you draw original and interesting people into your circle. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 This month brings innovative new projects to the forefront as expansive Jupiter illuminates the highpoint of your chart clearing the way for new and exciting career opportunities. Visionary Neptune makes a promising aspect to enhance your imagination and access to higher knowledge. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 This month’s powerful Virgo new moon on the 9th turns your attention to your relationships and partnerships. Communicative Mercury asks you to review any interactions that are not working. Faraway places beckon as both Jupiter and Venus highlight fun and adventure. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. I offer a full motivational and transformational coaching programme using astrology, coaching and the Bach flower essences. My client base is international, all my consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information. Intuitive Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, www.restyleyourlife.co.uk Christine@restyleyourlife.co.uk Telephone: 07813 483549

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If you are visiting Pitlochry - You can’t miss it. Ben Vrackie (sometimes known as Ben Y Vrackie) forms part of the scenic background overlooking Pitlochry. Ben Vrackie translates as `speckled mountain` and comes from a time when white quartz rocks were scattered across its slopes. On a good clear day the view from the summit of 2,757 ft (841 m) is tremendous, with the Beinn a Ghlo range to the north and the sweep of Strathtay and Strathtummel to the west. In exceptional conditions, apparently it is possible to even see Arthur’s Seat to the south in Edinburgh. Ben Vrackie is a Corbett (a separate hill of between 2500 and 2999 feet in height).

From the car park the path is clearly marked here, through the trees lining Moulin Burn, until it reaches a deer fence at the edge of the moor over which there is a stile. You’ve had it easy so far, but pretty soon you will get a good view of the summit and the task in hand - it is worth it! Along the way you cross some fairly bleak landscape, but there’s always a great view back to Pitlochry and the River Tummel below. Just stick to the main path all the way. You will see signs for the ‘Bealach Walk’ on the left, just ignore them and keep going.

On the summit there is a horizontal dial indicating what’s visible from that point, Thanks to the work of the Perth and Kinross including Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, the Countryside Trust, the path is well-constructed Cairngorms and like I said, Arthur's Seat in for most of the route and offers a delightful walk Edinburgh. The view is simply spectacular and by the Moulin Burn and then across heather one of the best in the southern Highlands. moorland. Red grouse and red deer live on the Return by the same path and a well earned hillside and even the shy mountain hare can Braveheart Ale, or two, at the Moulin Inn. sometimes be seen. Depending on your starting As with all hill climbs, try to pick a clear day, as point, the walk is either 6 or 8 miles there and low cloud will obliterate your view. In spite of back. the accessibility of the mountain from Pitlochry, Starting from Pitlochry, follow the A924 road to the safety precautions and the equipment always Moulin (a distance of under a mile) and turn left required for mountain walks are just as essential at the Moulin Inn. Follow the road and signs as on more isolated hills - weather conditions for a few hundred yards to a small car park. It is can change just as quickly here, so take good however worth remembering that the car park care and always be well prepared. at Moulin is very small and, on busy days, it Willie might be wiser to leave your car in Pitlochry. 98 Pitlochry Life


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Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch 80 Pitlochry Station Bookshop 70 Portland Garden Design 23 Queens View 6 Rannoch Station Tea Room 10 Rate Card 79 Recipe 14 Red Brolly Inn 18 Reid Estates 36 Reid Tree Garden Services 27 RW Bell Building Services 63 RW Bell Electrical 61 S Saint Electrical 69 SM Building Solutions 61 Stevie G Roofing 61 Strathallan School 40 Strowan Cemetery 47 Sudoko 75,99 Suthers Stonemason 87 Tay Roofing 25 The Green Park Hotel 5 The Hair Studio 30 The Hardware Centre 23 The Loft 16 The Old Mill Inn 104 The Spray Factory 92 The Townhouse, Aberfeldy 7 Thistle & Orchid Beauty 30 TLC Laundry 45 TMD Cleaning 67 Tom Smeaton Fencing 24 Tommy Garrow 24 Top Movies 38 Tree Maintenance Services 26 U3A 68 Useful Numbers 89 Victoria's 16 W & K Gerrie 71 Walk With Me 32 Wasted Degrees Brewery 10 Win 57 Wonky Computer Factory 55

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