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The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair TM

Highland Perthshire’s Community Magazine - June 2021 Delivering to every one of the 7,100 doors throughout the area each month 1


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Front Cover Picture - Our great thanks to The Scottish Wildlife Trust for sending us this wonderful shot of The Ospreys on their nest at Loch of The Lowes, Dunkeld. If you have something suitable you would like us to consider for the front cover of The Quair then please feel free to send it to us at atholl@thequair.com stating your name and providing a short narrative about the photo. Please note that by sending your photo you are also agreeing to let us use this for any Quair activity.

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All of our listed events, adverts and services are published in good faith. However, for a variety of reasons, things can sometimes change. Please always check times and venues of events listed in The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair before going. This is especially important with current events when things are moving so quickly from one day to the next. You can keep up to date with all of the current Scottish Government Guidelines at www.gov.scot/collections/ coronavirus-covid-19-guidance. Although dates of events were submitted with a positive outlook, this edition of The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair was sent for print on Sunday, 16 May 2021. We cannot be held liable for any mistakes, typographical or otherwise, by ourselves or changes made by Event Organisers.

The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair email: atholl@thequair.com website: www.thequair.scot Welcome to the June edition of The Atholl & Breadalnbane Quair. It was a bit disconcerting when we started putting together this month’s edition in early May and there being fresh snow on the Perthshire hills! The longest day of the year - The Summer Solstice - is on Monday, 21 June and marks the official start of summer. This day is 10 hours, 36 minutes longer than on The Winter Solstice in terms of daylight. Also referred to as Midsummer, the term, summer solstice, is derived from Latin and means ‘the sun stands still’. It’s the day that the Earth’s North pole is tilted closest to the sun. It is thought that, when the planet was in it’s infancy, a large chunk of something or other hit Earth and knocked it askew. So instead of rotating with its axis straight up and down, it tilts a bit. This lends itself to our four seasons. Celebrated by many, the lucky inhabitants of Strathearn don’t need to go far to welcome the summer in solitude, perhaps from the top of Schiehallion or Ben Vrackie, or for those with less stamina a gentler slope or glen is not far to reach. Most of the history of Solstice celebrations can be found in Orkney and Shetland, where there’s a strong influence from Scandinavia and The Summer Solstice is an important celebration. Marking the midway point of the harvest season, many of the celebrations for The Summer Solstice revolved around warding off evil spirits and bringing good fortune. If you are planning to take in the sunrise or sunset, and make the most of Midsummer’s Day, the sun will rise at around 4.20am and set just after 10pm. All going to plan, Covid restrictions throughout Scotland are set to be moved to Level 0 in late June. This means that there will hopefully be no safety guidelines to adhere to for this particular celebration. Of course nothing is absolutely guaranteed but as businesses gradually extend their services, within safety guidelines, do remember that they need your support like never before. Alistair and Linda

The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair is an open-access monthly magazine and is

delivered at the beginning of each month, to every one of the 7,100 residential and business addresses in Highland Perthshire. Copies for visitors are also made available each month from our outdoor dispensers in Pitlochry, Killin, Bankfoot, Aberfeldy, Kenmore and Dunkeld. The extra print run is dependent on the normal fluctuating seasonal demand from visitors and tourists and, of course, local and regional lockdowns due to worldwide pandemics! As well as being a Community Magazine, The Quair is an excellent source of information for our visitors who go on to support our Advertisers and Event Organisers. We also produce The Crieff and Comrie Quair each month. Between the 2 magazines we deliver around 13,000 copies directly to homes and businesses throughout Highland Perthshire and Strathearn each month. Local voluntary groups and organisations may submit articles, free of charge. All contributions are carried subject to space being available. We ask that any article reaches us by email by the specified copy date, is factual, non-political and not likely to offend. Copy Date for the next edition - The copy date for the July 2021 edition is noon on Thursday, 10 June. The magazines are due to be distributed the week commencing Monday, 28 June 2021. 5


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Aberfeldy (SC007899), Dull and Weem (SC001465) and Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay (SC004275) Parish Churches Minister - Rev. Neil Glover - nglover@churchofscotland. org.uk 07779 280074 PA - Judy Ewer - judy.ewer@adwgls.org.uk 07836 565528 Sunday Morning - Worship and Private Prayer - Dull and Weem Parish Church 9.30 am. Open for worship every Sunday. Bell ringing every Sunday at 9.20 am. Strathtay, Grantully and Logierait Parish Churches - Please consult the website for the current information on our services and private prayer. www.glschurchofscotland.org Aberfeldy Parish Church - Bell ringing every Sunday at 12 pm. We continue to hold weekly online services through our YouTube Channel - Churches Together Upper Tay and Tenandry. We also ‘meet up’ at a weekly Zoom Service - details can be found on all the Church Websites. Church Activities - Unfortunately, all other church - based activities are currently suspended. Prayer meetings, quilting groups, coffee mornings, lunch clubs etc. Please look at the church website for the latest information. Funerals - Aberfeldy, Dull and Weem Parish Churches and Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay are able to offer funeral services. These services follow the latest guidelines from the Scottish Government and The Church of Scotland. Weddings - Please contact Rev. Neil Glover if you want to hold a wedding. Help And Support - We recognise that there maybe people in our community needing a bit of support during these challenging times. In addition to the pastoral support we are able to offer, Perth and Kinross Council have a page dedicated to local support services. ‘Perth and Kinross Mental Health Directory 2020’ Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 Childline - 0800 11 11 Samaritans - 11 61 23 Aberfeldy Parish Church www.aberfeldyparishchurch.org Dull and Weem Parish Church www.dullandweemparish.org Grantully. Logierait and Strathtay Parish Church www.glschurchofscotland.org

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How do you feel about your knees? What words would you use to describe them? Knobbly? Svelte? Athletic? Replaced? Sore? I recently had surgery on my knee. This has given me new appreciation for that sometimesoverlooked junction of muscle, sinew and bone. After the operation, my surgeon showed me a video of the inside of my knee. As the camera toured my kneecaps and cartilage, his unbridled enthusiasm for knees was fully evident in the commentary. He spoke like a connoisseur might speak of wine. This was a good reminder. There is something stellar about the patella. There are two particular places where the Bible speaks of knees. The first is a prophecy from Isaiah where we are urged to “strengthen our weak knees”. Here the knee is an image of power, the place where our resolve and our talk are turned into movement. The knee is the place that takes you places, and you sometimes need to have a word with it, to persuade it to go. So where is it that you wish to strengthen, is it your weak knees? The second place is less obvious, but it’s actually one of the most common words in the whole of the Bible: the word “blessed” in Hebrew is also the word for knee. The idea here is that to be blessed is to confront a higher power, before which we bow, before which we bend the knee. Those of you who have had a connection with Twelve Steps movements (like Alcoholics Anonymous) will know that much is made there of appreciating a “higher power.” To acknowledge a higher power is to acknowledge that we need forces in the world which are stronger than us. To bend the knee is a lowering, but it is also the way that we are blessed. Where is that higher power for you? So, this week, I wonder if the challenge is to strengthen knees where we need to move, and to bend our knees, because always, always, always, we need to be blessed Yours, Neil Glover 8


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Parish Priest: Fr. Neil Gallagher, Rie-Achan, Pitlochry PH16 5AL, Tel. No: 01796 472174, E:stbridespitlochry@dunkelddiocese.org.uk Also served by St. Bride’s: St. Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ and Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Sunday Mass Times St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6 pm Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am. Weekday Mass Times Our Lady of Mercy’s, Tuesday at 9.30 am St.Bride’s, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9.30 am Holy Days of Obligation Mass Times St. Columba’s Birnam, 9.30 am Our Lady of Mercy, Aberfeldy, 11 am St.Bride’s Pitlochry 6 pm.

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

We have to thank the SSE Griffin and Calliachar Windfarm Community Fund for their generous grant which enabled us to commission a new website for this year’s exhibition. Thanks to Peter Guthrie our new webmaster who has designed a modern, lively site for us and artists have been registering over the month of May. The same as last year, we have had to restrict the number of artists to around 60 (from over 200) as we are not allowed to store work. We will be using the lower hall at the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld and - we hope to run a 3-week exhibition from Thursday, 19 August - Thursday, 9 September. Everything depends on coming out of lockdown and how this progresses but we decided to register anyway and all work that is shown on the website is for sale. www.dunkeldartexhibition.com. We have a Facebook page and as registrations continue it may be possible for us to show some of the work on it as well as give an update on progress.

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By the time you read this, all being well, the Larder will not only have moved premises but will also have extended its FoodShare facility. You will know that the primary purpose of the Larder, established in response to the pandemic, was to address food poverty in these very difficult times for those on limited budgets. This also incorporated the Co-op’s FoodShare initiative which is designed to minimise food waste. The Larder’s new premises are in Offizone on the corner of Kenmore Street and the opening and delivery times remain the same: *From 11 am - 12.30 pm every Saturday, customers can come to the Larder and collect items from the stock indoors, for a nominal fee of £1 for 4 items. Due to availability, some produce may be restricted to 1 or 2 per customer. This Breadalbane approach is not designed to raise funds, but rather to reduce the stigma of using a Foodbank/Community Larder and to provide dignity for Larder customers. *Emergency deliveries of food parcels continue. This service can be accessed by calling 0345 30 111 00 Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm. For the time being, we have suspended the trolley at the Co-op since the Larder is extremely well-stocked. We have had on average 8-10 customers every Saturday but the call for emergency food parcels has dropped. We have seen a large amount of pasta, tinned soup and beans in the donations and, while we are immensely grateful for all donations, when we put the trolley back, we would hope to encourage a greater diversity so that we might build up stocks of tinned vegetables and fruit, toilet rolls and washing powder. We at the Larder are immensely grateful to the people of Aberfeldy and beyond for their huge generosity, maintained for well over a year. It is heartwarming, in times of challenge and pain, to know that such good folk are still out there. The Larder has been Aberfeldy Co-op’s ‘FoodShare’ partner since March last year, taking ‘Best Before’ and ‘Use By’ food which


would otherwise be thrown away or sent to their bio-digester. This food has been available outside the rear of the church of Scotland building for people to come and help themselves during Larder opening times and it has been an undoubted success. For the latter reason, we have now extended our collection of ‘Best Before’ items from the Co-op to Monday, Wednesday and Friday and there will be an un-manned gazebo in the church carpark offering these items, not only to those in need but also to those who are committed to the concept of reducing food waste. If you know of anyone struggling to make ends meet, please let them know about the support provided by Breadalbane Community Larder which is a joint initiative of several local churches and also involves members of the wider local community. And remember, the Larder is not just about meeting the needs of those who are struggling - FoodShare is also a great way for you to play your part in reducing food waste in Aberfeldy and so helping the planet.

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Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre: Volunteers Needed

We are making plans to re-open the centre later in the year - ideally in late June - and are looking forward to once again welcoming visitors to the centre. Work is on-going to make sure the centre is Covid-secure for volunteers and visitors. We are a small team and are looking for more volunteers to help with the running of the Trust which oversees the centre. We are looking for volunteers to work in the centre. If you can spare a few hours every week (or two) over the summer, then please get in touch. Duties will involve opening the doors, greeting visitors, and closing up. Training will be provided. Opening days and times are still being finalised. We are also looking for volunteers to work behind the scenes. New ideas are always welcome, and we are looking for new Trustees to join the Board. We normally meet once a month (currently on zoom) with individual Trustees providing oversight for different aspects of our operation. We would welcome new Trustees with experience of fundraising, development work and community engagement. In particular we are looking for a new Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator. In addition to helping preserve our local heritage for future generations, becoming more involved is a great way of developing new and existing skills and meeting new people. For further information please email PandMHeritage@gmail.com and one of our Trustees will get back in touch. Please visit www.pitlochryandmoulinheritagecentre.co.uk for further updates. Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre: Operated by Moulin Kirk Trust: a Scottish Guarantee Company Incorporated under Company Number SC288830 Charity Number SC036883

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The Mindfulness Practice Group, Highland Perthshire

Since lockdown the group has been meeting via ZOOM and we are going to continue to do this for the rest of the year. Previously we had been meeting at the Dalweem health facility in Aberfeldy. The room at Dalweem is too small for safe social distancing and so we will be looking for a new venue, whenever it is safe again to meet as a group. In the meantime anyone interested is welcome to join the zoom sessions on the 1st Monday of every month between 6.30 pm and 8 pm. If you are interested contact Cat McCaw at cataitk@gmail.com or tel or text 07769 584163.

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We are a Carer’s Participation group which aims to involve carers in decisions on matters that affect their lives and the lives of those they care for. We are very keen to increase our membership base and we need your input to ensure that we maintain a current, accurate and well-informed understanding of all of the issues affecting unpaid Carers in the Perth and Kinross area. The group’s aim is to discuss possible solutions to issues raised by carers and feed back to local service providers. We are already well placed to raise awareness of the problems facing carers with representatives of our group attending the Integrated Joint Board, Carers Strategy and Strategic Planning Group meetings. We understand being a full-time carer is a very demanding and time-consuming role and that many carers may feel that they don’t have time to attend our meetings but that does not mean that they should not have an opportunity to make their views known. With that in mind, we have established our own email address in order to create an easy method for all carers to feedback their views on existing carer services and any suggestions for improvements going forward. The larger our membership base the more we can claim to be truly representative of the local caring community and have greater credibility and influence when speaking to all official bodies. Please email to register for your free membership at the following email address: perthandkinrosscarersvoice@gmail.com or Tel: 07856 660898.

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Aberfeldy Community First Responders

The Aberfeldy Community First Responders are now back helping our community. We have had to make a few changes to our team membership to ensure we are not putting any responder at increased risk from Covid-19. Unfortunately, this reduction in numbers may result in us being unable to cover the same hours as pre lockdown. You may not recognise those familiar faces, as we are attending all our patients wearing enhanced PPE. Please do not worry if, on arrival, we take a few minutes longer to come directly to the patient, it now takes us a couple of minutes to put on our PPE! This applies to the ambulance crew too. We must all help to protect one another! Your continuing support of the Community First Responders is greatly appreciated. We all know that time is critical when a patient suffers a cardiac arrest. Aberfeldy is very fortunate to have so many public access defibrillators. Fast action and the immediate use of a one of these defibrillators really can help to save a life, as one local family can testify. If someone suffers an out of hospital Cardiac Arrest and then certain things happen in a certain order, their chances of survival are hugely increased - this concept is known as the Chain of Survival. The Community First Responders are trained to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest. They are trained to perform CPR, to provide early defibrillation until the ambulance arrives and they will stay with the patient until they are taken to hospital for post resuscitation care. The Scottish Ambulance Service are currently unable to run courses for new Community First Responders. However, we would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about serving your community as a responder. Please drop Judy an email - info@ ACFRG.net

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have reached a decision to cancel The Enchanted Forest in 2021. Like a great many events we had sincerely hoped that we’d be able to operate this year. We have planned with that in our hearts, while waiting patiently on the necessary guidance and clarity from Government that would enable us to proceed safely. That clarity and guidance has, sadly, not been forthcoming in sufficient time for us and, regrettably, the financial risk of proceeding with our plans and potentially having to cancel at a later date without insurance to underpin potential losses is too considerable for a small charitable event operator to bear. This year’s event was intended to mark our 20th anniversary and, while we may not be able to come together in the forest as planned, we will be looking to mark the occasion in a way that celebrates the incredible magic and success of 20 years of The Enchanted Forest. Our beautiful home of Faskally Wood has stood proud and tall throughout this pandemic, and we hope our customers have kept safe and well. We are confident that we will be able to return one day, and we look forward to when that will happen. Our provisional dates for the event in 2022 are Thursday, 29 September - Sunday, 30 October. Tickets purchased for the 2021 event will be automatically rolled over into 2022. In due course we’ll be reaching out to everyone who has purchased tickets to confirm their new dates. Everyone who has purchased tickets for this year’s show will be given advance notice of their new dates prior to tickets going on public sale later this year. In the meantime, if anyone wishes to arrange a refund, our ticket agent will be in contact with details of how these can be processed online, or you can contact them directly at tickets@enchantedforest.org.uk. If you have any questions, our customer services team are here and happy to help. Please drop us an email at info@enchantedforest.org.uk. Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore - June is always a special time at the Crannog when one of the highlights of the year, our Midsummer Music Festival, takes place on Monday, 21 June. Artists performing this year include Iona Fyfe, the youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Michael Biggins who is the current winner of the coveted BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Munro Gauld and Neil Ballie who are traditional musicians exploring local Perthshire tunes and folklore. Plus we have the whole team from Wolanski Pole and Aerial Fitness as they perform ‘Under the Sun and Swallows’, around the Midsummer fires. In order to fit with government regulations, we will be running two sessions of the event, one from 6 pm until 7.30 pm, and the second at 8 pm until 9.30 pm. Groups in the Crannog will also be smaller. We recommend booking in advance as tickets sell out fast! In addition, there are our usual Crannog daily tours, Crannog Cruises with Loch Tay Safaris and our workshops, new this year for those looking for an immersive experience. Activities include basketry, iron smelting, jewellery making, spinning and dying textiles, plus much more. Visit our website to find out more.

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Lessons to learn from lockdown - As the world has battled on through the Covid-19

pandemic, we’ve all faced our own challenges. However, there are positives to be found in every situation, and with lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, it’s time to start thinking about what we’ve learned and how we can use this in the future. The importance of savings - You may have found that building up savings has been easier during the pandemic, with working from home and travelling less having cut costs. Perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough to be able to pay down debts with the cash you’ve saved. The pandemic has shown us all the importance of having a buffer to fall back on and we can take this lesson with us into the future. Thinking ahead to when life returns to ‘normal’, where could you realistically cut costs to allow you to build up or increase your savings pot? Celebrating small wins - With retailers like B&Q having reported ‘exceptional demand’ during the pandemic, it’s clear that many of us have caught the DIY bug while spending more time at home. You may have noticed that rearranging a room, painting, or even putting up a shelf can help to boost self-confidence and mental wellbeing. That’s because even small achievements are worth celebrating. This is definitely a lesson we can take from lockdown - and maybe some new DIY skills too! Handling pressure - During the pandemic, many of us have faced increased pressure from things like reduced income, juggling work and childcare, and health concerns. What ways have you found to help you destress during this time? Perhaps you’ve benefitted from going for a daily walk, having healthy snacks or scheduling in time to call a friend. These are useful tips to take with us going forwards as we continue to face the pressures of everyday life. Making the most of a new skill or hobby - Perhaps the extra time at home has given you the chance to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. It may be easy to fall back into old habits when you return to your usual routine, but hold tight to the benefits you got from this new activity, like having time to relax, feeling productive, and the joy of doing something for yourself. You could even turn it into a way to earn some cash - see diseasecalleddebt.com/frugal-hobbies-to-make-money for inspiration. Being thankful - Until the pandemic hit, many of us didn’t realise how much we’d been taking for granted, like seeing family, spending time with friends, and being free to go out amongst other things. The restrictions in our daily lives have taught us to cherish what we have, slow down and appreciate the simple things. What did you miss most, and how might you continue to cherish these things in the future?Asking for help - We’ve also learned that we don’t need to struggle alone. When a crisis hits, sometimes the help we need can be right on our doorsteps. During the pandemic, we’ve seen incredible displays of community spirit as friends and neighbours have helped each other with picking up shopping and delivering medicine. Similarly, help is available if you’re facing money worries. Despite the pandemic, thousands of people have become debt free through debt help charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) over the last 18 months. And it started with them asking for help. There are many organisations including CAP, StepChange, Citizens Advice and The Money Advice Service where you can get free advice and support right now. Visit capscotland.org or call 0800 328 0006 to arrange an appointment with your local CAP Debt Coach. 18


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Atholl Road, PH16 5BX www.pbcweb.net Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Youth Pastor: Rev Ken Naquin (youth@pbcweb.net) Sundays: While restrictions for physical worship gatherings remain as they are, we value continuing to be church together digitally throughout the week, and of course, on a Sunday: Virtual Church - 9.45 am on Zoom (email us for a Zoom link) In the meantime, we’re using this time to renovate our church building and anticipate that restrictions will ease heading towards the summer. When that happens, we’ll be ready to open the doors, welcome people in, and lift our voices in praise to Jesus, the hope of every nation. Community: We love that our community stretches far and wide - whether that’s Pitlochry, Kirkmichael, Kinloch Rannoch, Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy, and so on. Below is a selection of initiatives to be aware of: Community Larder - Situation outside the Atholl Centre. Bring, or take, whatever is there. Everything is free and for the benefit of the community. Food Bank - situated in the Atholl Centre behind our building. Contact 01796 473044, 07397 884453, 07747 755194, admin@athollcentre.org.uk for information. Heart & Soul - Hosted by regular presenters Howard Simpson and David Wilkie who bring a topical mix of music, chat, news, community focus and issues, plus interviews every Sunday from 8 am - 9 am on Heartland FM. Sounds Inspirational - Regular hosts bring an hour of spiritual and Christian music, with a wee bit of chat thrown in as well. Every Tuesday from 7 pm - 8 pm on Heartland FM. For more information check out our website at www.pbcweb.net and keep up to date with us on Facebook and Instagram.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Birnam Rector: Lesley-Ann Craddock Tel: 01350 728091 email: lesley.craddock@btinternet.com You can check all service times at www.stmarysbirnam.org.uk

Church of Scotland, Aberfeldy & District

Aberfeldy (SC007899), Dull and Weem (SC001465) and Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay (SC004275) Parish Churches Minister Rev. Neil Glover - nglover@churchofscotland.org.uk 07779 280074 PA - Judy Ewer - judy.ewer@adwgls.org.uk 07836 565528 Church Website Information - Aberfeldy Parish Church www.aberfeldyparishchurch.org; Dull and Weem Parish Church www.dullandweemparish.org; Grantully. Logierait and Strathtay Parish Church www.glschurchofscotland.org

St. Bride’s Catholic Church

Parish Priest: Fr. Neil Gallagher, Rie-Achan, Pitlochry PH16 5AL, Tel. No: 01796 472174, Email: stbridesrcchurch@yahoo.co Also served by St. Bride’s: St. Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ and Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL

Tenandry Church

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Church of Scotland Parish of Dunkeld

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The Scottish Episcopal Church in Highland Perthshire

Part of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane Rector: Reverend Canon Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: bethmaybaker@yahoo. co.uk Lay Reader: Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416: Email: lesleywhitwood@ btinternet.com Ordinand in Training: Rachael Wright Email: rwright.hplc@ gmail.com. www.hplc.scot Facebook Page: highlandperthshirechurches.

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Loch of the Lowes - For the team at Loch of the Lowes, it was wonderful to re-open the Visitor Centre on May 1st. With osprey returning for a 52nd year, we are now looking forward to sharing the tranquility and rich wildlife of Loch of the Lowes with everybody. To keep visitor numbers to a safe limit, admission is by ticket to conform with government Covid safety guidelines and Trace and Protect, please book ahead whenever possible to avoid disappointment (details below). Currently our ospreys are incubating three eggs in their nest. For the male, LM12, this is his 10th year raising a brood at Lowes but the female, NC0, joined him last year for the first time. Last year, the new female, NC0, was spooked by something (gales, human disturbance?) at the start of the first lockdown. Unfortunately, this led to the pair abandoning the nest before eggs were laid. This was doubly unfortunate as our osprey nest has a live webcam and throughout lockdown it could only gaze upon an empty nest! (check out the live webcam streaming now, details below) However, when restrictions were lifted last summer and staff accessed the reserve, they saw a juvenile osprey perched beside LM12 at the side of the loch! So, at least 1 healthy chick was raised and fledged from Lowes last year. Happily, this year our pair chose the usual ‘webcam’ nest and laid 3 eggs. We would hope to have chicks by June and also really hope for better weather after a spring of snow, hailstorms, high winds and torrential rain. Ospreys are just one of many wildlife attractions during June at Loch of the Lowes. We are one of the top places in Scotland for close views of red squirrels who regularly visit the feeding station and can be seen racing through the treetops with acrobatic displays. On the loch, great crested grebes are incubating on their fragile lily-pad nest and chicks and ducklings abound! Fledglings - This is the time of year we see a lot of fluttering young birds scuttling around on the ground or sitting alone looking ‘lost’ and fluffy. Don’t worry! The adult birds are not far away, and this is all part of their growing into fully fledged birds. Owls are especially prone to looking ‘abandoned little balls of fluff ’, but unless they are in imminent danger (eg. on a road or being attacked by a dog) please leave them where they are for the parent birds to protect. To book, visit our website www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk . Please remember, if you are a Scottish Wildlife Trust member, you still need to book a space but there is no charge. Follow us Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve Twitter: @Lochofthe Lowes. Photograph courtesy of one of our volunteers © Marian Moore Humanos Aid Fundraising - Collectable toys and bags of Lego are for sale in the Post Office at Ballinluig to raise funds for various initiatives. On sale: Diecast Cars (and other vehicles), bags of Lego and other collectables. We are now stocking stationery, which includes padded envelopes and packaging tape. SC042807. Ballinluig Post Office opening times: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 am - 5.30 pm (closed for lunch 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm. 22


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If you have fallen: Keep calm If you’re not hurt and you feel strong enough to get up, roll onto your hands and knees and look for a stable piece of furniture, such as a chair or bed. Hold on to the furniture with both hands to support yourself and slowly get up. If you’re hurt or unable to get up, try to get someone’s attention, use your aid call button or if possible, crawl to a telephone and dial 999 to request an ambulance.

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Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) has launched a new Community Heritage Grant Fund and are inviting applications from local groups. The aim of the Fund is to support community projects which conserve or enhance the historic environment of Perth and Kinross. The Trust is hoping to give financial support to projects which fall into either of the following categories: *Conservation of historic buildings or monuments in Perth & Kinross that have established and generally unhindered public access *Community based recording, research and interpretation of the historic environment in Perth & Kinross “The Trust recognises how difficult it is for community groups to access funding for heritage projects. We are keen to assist groups in their efforts to deliver local heritage initiatives across Perth and Kinross and have designated £65,000 towards a Community Heritage Grant Fund. Through this fund we hope to support at least 15 eligible projects over the next two years” - Maggie Wilkins, Chair of the Board of Trustees. PKHT is inviting applications for grants of up to £5,000 although larger sums may be considered in exceptional circumstances; a minimum award has not been set. Applications will be considered twice a year with the intention of committing up to £20,000 at each session until the fund is expended. Initial deadlines for the receipt of applications are Saturday, 31 July 2021, 31 January 2022 and 31 July 2022. Potential applicants are asked to check their eligibility before applying and to note that the fund is intended to support projects developed by community-based organisations or are for community benefit. Applications for domestic or commercial properties are unlikely to be eligible. The Trust hopes to support a variety of small heritage projects over the whole of Perth and Kinross and invites potential applicants to contact PKHT to discuss their project as early as possible in its development. An application form, guidelines and conditions can be found at www.pkht.org. uk/communityheritagegrants

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Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - Conservative In mid-May, as I am preparing this article, news arrives that 70% of the adult population in Perth and Kinross have received their first vaccination and 40% their second vaccination. This is welcome news and we are all very grateful to the army of vaccinators supported by council and health care staff and a large team of volunteers for the very efficient and effective process which is in place. The infection rate in the area remains low and is falling and we have now moved into Level 2, which means fewer restrictions. It is vital that we all enjoy these new freedoms responsibly and continue to keep ourselves safe so that the infection rate carries on falling. The move to Level 2 is good news for our businesses which have struggled under the challenges of the last 15 months. I also welcome the opportunity for visitors to return to Perth and Kinross, and to Highland Perthshire in particular, in greater numbers and for longer periods. The furlough scheme has worked very well and has protected a significant number of employees in the area. However, businesses need the local economy to recover quickly and fully. They need our support to do that and I encourage everyone to shop locally, support our local businesses and venues wherever possible and help to save local jobs. The seven new Visitor Rangers should be on the ground very soon, helping Perth and Kinross Council to deal with the management of visitors in those areas which suffered last year. The Council has been working very closely with its partners and volunteers to develop a robust and effective visitor management policy and has already been engaging with visitors in many of our rural areas, making sure they understand what is expected and encouraging them to respect the beauty and peacefulness of our area. We are promoting use of the What3Words app to help to identify the exact location of any problematic dirty campers. The app identifies the exact location down to a 3m square anywhere on the globe by providing a unique three word identifier and will reduce the time which police and other resources are spending trying to find a location out in the countryside and sometimes in the dark. Are you “Future Ready”? Perth College UHI, in partnership with Breadalbane Academy and Pitlochry High School as part of the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership, is offering a new course locally for anyone who would benefit from support with moving into further training, study or employment. The course will help you to develop your skills, confidence and qualifications. For further details, see www.perth.uhi.ac.uk. If I can be of any assistance to constituents, groups or local businesses on any matter, please contact me on jcduff@pkc.gov.uk, Office Tel: 01738 475095 or Mobile: 07826 908542. Rotary Club of Pitlochry - The Rotary Year - Now that the month of June is upon us we are approaching the end of the Rotary year. What a year it has been and mostly for the wrong reasons. For the second year in a row we were unable to send two local youngsters to the outdoor activities camp at Nethy Bridge. All meetings have had to be conducted by Zoom and all our traditional fundraising efforts such as the stall at Games Day, car parking for Gala Day and our Golf Challenge had to be cancelled. Fortunately our calendar achieved excellent sales which allowed us to support the local food bank and the Community Support Group. With an eye to the future we are working on a calendar for next year. Whereas the current one shows pictures of Pitlochry The Way We Were the new one will show Pitlochry The Way We Are Now. We hope to have the calendars in the shops by the time you read this. The focus of the club’s activities in future will increasingly be on working with the community. We will be looking for ways in which we can help other organisations within the wider Pitlochry area with help or advice. More on this will appear in The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair in the months to come. 26


Atholl Country Life Museum - In the days of steam locomotives there were a number of “special” more local services which used the Highland Line on a limited basis. One we looked at a while ago was the “Housewives’ Choice” which ferried the wives and children north to Kingussie and Aviemore on Saturdays. This allowed the families of railway employees staying in lineside railway accommodation (most of which has been demolished) to get to bigger communities and get away from their relative isolation - remember this pre-dated widespread car ownership - for shopping, relaxation and socialising. Another service operated during school term times. The “Fivey” would ferry children from the rural communities which had dedicated stations to Pitlochry so the children could get to the high school. There were, of course, stations at Struan and Killiecrankie as well as Blair Atholl (the only remaining station) and one service a day would run south in the morning and back in the evening. Our picture shows a Caley 4-4-0 “Fivey” locomotive taking the children home one evening in the summer of 1960. The location is between Killiecrankie and Auldclune. Please remember that the museum is now open every day from 1 pm to 5 pm right up until the end of October. Please also follow and like our Facebook page for regular photos, videos and updates.

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Riding For The Disabled have started again!

After lots of preparation and consultation with the schools we will have started riding again on May 17. Some schools have found it easier than others to make the necessary arrangements to transport the children so it will have been a staggered start with some not starting until May 24. There is much enthusiasm amongst our volunteers to get going again and it has been very encouraging to have 4 new people joining us. We are very fortunate to have received a substantial grant from SSE Renewables - Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund. This has allowed us to remain a viable group during this past year when no fundraising activities were possible, and it has given us the solid financial base to go forward now that riding is restarting. We are extremely grateful to have had this support without which it is hard to see how the group would have survived. New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested should contact Jennifer Valentine on 01796 474444.

A Summer of Pop-up Concerts

Following a call out for local musicians to perform on the Gig On A Truck stage, Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre have announced locations for a summer of popup concerts! The expected relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions means that the outdoor mobile stage, which to date has only been able to travel to private locations, will tour to public spaces with Folk band Rallion entertaining the crowds at Birnam on Saturday, 5 June. Members of the public will be able to buy tickets directly from local organisations with concerts being held in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines for outdoor events. Marieke McBean, local singer and musician and founder member of the Scottish folk band Rallion, pictured, said, “We are really excited about being able to share our music with an audience again after a strange year of no live gigs. It’s fantastic to get this chance and we look forward to the performance.” You can see full details of the schedule at www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/gig-ona-truck

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We want to gather and display material for future generations to find out what went on in the Pitlochry and surrounding area during the Covid-19 pandemic 2020/ 2021. This will be stored and displayed by the Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre in Moulin Kirk and curated in conjunction with them. The Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council Covid 19 support group are also in support of this project. We are looking for any stories, anecdotes, personal feelings, poems, diary pages, pictures, drawings, posters and any item which relates to how the community worked together and how the country responded during these unprecedented times. We hope to get material from children, parents, the school, students studying at home, NHS staff, care home staff, care home residents, those shielding and anyone else affected by the pandemic or who were involved in making sure that our society still functioned. The Heritage Centre can retain any items on loan or a gifted basis, based on your choice. All items loaned or donated would be recorded on the Heritage Centre gift register. To help us record the items accurately, it would be great if you could include your name and address and confirm whether you would prefer for the item to be loaned or donated as part of the Heritage Centre collection. If you have any material, please send to Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX, email to admin@athollcentre.org.uk or contact Iain Walker on 07397 884453. Alternatively pop it through our letter box at the Centre which is situated behind the Baptist Church.

Protect Perthshire’s red squirrels

Readers will remember that last July we raised concerns about the security of Highland Perthshire’s native red squirrels following sightings reports from Pitlochry and Aberfeldy of their non-native cousin, the grey squirrel. Local people heard our appeals for help and we can now report on progress to date, including the first tangible success in our efforts to remove the threat. It has been observed throughout the UK 34

the local red squirrel population is gradually replaced due to competition for resources such as food and living space. Although grey squirrels occur in Dunkeld, this is generally the northern limit of their range in Perthshire. Sightings of greys reported by the public in both Pitlochry and Aberfeldy between July and September 2020 marked a worrying potential northward spread that could have serious consequences for Scotland’s core red squirrel populations if allowed to become established in these areas. Our awareness raising campaign calling on the public to report any grey squirrel sightings while out walking locally brought in further reports, and we were able to target close monitoring to a few specific sites. In February, we were able to confirm grey squirrel presence in Pitlochry and initiate grey squirrel control measures in early spring. Finally, we can report success in removing the first grey squirrel from Pitlochry. This may not seem like much, but locating and intercepting the very early grey squirrel colonisers is a difficult job - needles and haystacks being an apt analogy - and your reports enabled us to narrow our search. Although the risk of grey squirrel presence in the area has been reduced, we of course do not know how many grey squirrels remain in Pitlochry, and despite intensive efforts, the trail in Aberfeldy has gone cold for now. It is therefore important to remain vigilant and continue to report grey squirrel sightings so that we can redirect our resources when necessary. Reporting a sighting of either species of squirrel is one of the simplest ways to help the project and allows us to measure the impact our work is having. These can be submitted through www.scottishsquirrels. org.uk which only takes a few moments to complete. This small success with potentially farreaching protective significance would not have been possible without the support of the local community. So, on behalf of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Tayside Team, we would like to thank everyone who has been our eyes and ears on the ground. Ann-Marie MacMaster - Conservation Officer, Tayside - Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels


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Pitlochry & District Climate Café some up.

Hi Everyone, Our next environmental chat on Zoom will take place on Friday, 11 June from 7 pm. A Climate Café is just a space open to everyone of any age whether they are familiar with climate change or not, but are interested in its effects on the environment.  Come chat, exchange information, take action. For more information contact: Carol Aitken - caaitken.naturaldesign@ gmail.com or check out our Facebook page: Climate Cafe Pitlochry & District and our website: pitlochrycc.co.uk Local Community Eco Hub -  Our Climate Café and Handam Refill Shop are continuing to collaborate on the creation of a Community Eco Hub in Pitlochry. The Information space in the Refill shop is now being constructed. So in the meantime we would appreciate your help through filling in our short community engagement survey to discover what other help we could provide, all suggestions are welcome. You can fill it in online on our website (see above). Or you can pop into Handam Refill Shop (behind Davidson’s Pharmacy and Coffee Break) to pick up a paper copy and could you please return to us asap or by Saturday, 31 July. Men’s Shed and Repair Café - Audra Webster is organising a Men’s Shed in Pitlochry soon and we are hoping to start a repair shop so if you are interested in either or both please get in touch with us.  Garden Share - If you are interested in either  sharing your garden and allowing someone to help tend your garden or grow vegetables, fruit  or flowers? Perhaps share your gardening knowhow with someone new, then share some of the produce? Joyce VeHeary from Lend and Tend matches garden owners  with people who have little or no gardens but would like to garden. For more information as a garden owner or a garden tender, you can find the links to the Garden Share application forms here, www.lendandtend.com and on our website. (see above). Pop into Handam Refill Shop or call 07504 488873 to register your interest.  Seed Exchange Box - There is a seed exchange box at Handam Shop for any unwanted/spare garden seeds you have? Come see what we have. Drop some off and pick

Water Saving Campaign - Would anyone be interested in being part of a project to discover how much water we could save in a year using water saving devices? Please let us know. Ecosia - Some of you may already be using this site, Ecosia, “the search engine that plants trees”. They donate at least 80% of their profits to non-profit organisations that focus on reforestation, so it’s an easy way to get some more trees planted.

Première of David Greig’s new play, Adventures with the  Painted People

A new play by David Greig, Adventures with the Painted People, which was originally commissioned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre for its 2020 season and subsequently became an acclaimed radio play on BBC Radio 3, is set to have its world stage  première from Thursday, 10 June to Sunday, 4 July in the newly constructed amphitheatre as part of their exciting reopening for a new, outdoor Summer Season.  Directed by Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, Adventures with the Painted People is a compelling love story, exploring the value of history and the power of writing. Lucius is a cultured Roman officer, captured by the Picts and about to be sacrificed. Eithne is a wise Pictish woman, who wants to record her  people’s history in writing, a skill they do not yet have. She makes a deal - she will rescue Lucius, in exchange for him teaching her to write. So, they must flee - not by road, the Romans have not built those yet, but down river... Director Elizabeth Newman said, “When I was contemplating what we could make this summer, and  it was becoming more and more apparent that indoor performance was going to be more challenging for audiences, our new  commission,  Adventures with the Painted People by David Greig, just kept singing to me. The play has never left my heart, or mind, since we made it at the start of the last lockdown with Culture in Quarantine, BBC Arts and Radio 3. The outdoor amphitheatre felt like the perfect place - entirely fitting that a new play by the truly brilliant David Greig would open this 40

new performance space. Adventures with the Painted People is set here in Highland Perthshire, centrally and is a truly glorious piece about how Pictish and Roman culture are exploring nature and culture, therefore it felt apt to be transported to an outdoors environment. Painted People is romantic, often comedic, and we feel it will help audiences celebrate being in the ‘great outdoors’ and connecting with nature this summer at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.” David Greig is a multi-award-winning playwright who became the Artistic Director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2015. David’s most notable plays include The Events, Midsummer, Dunsinane and Europe. His stage adaptations have included  Solaris, Local Hero, and Touching the Void. David wrote the book for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened in the West End in 2013 and then transferred to Broadway in 2017. His adaptation of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax opened at The Old Vic Theatre in 2015. Adventures with the Painted People is directed by the award-winning director Elizabeth Newman  (Faith Healer, Pitlochry Festival Theatre), lighting design by Jeanine Byrne (Faith Healer, Pitlochry Festival Theatre), music and sound  design by  Ben Occhipinti  (Summer Holiday, Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Eithne, the Pictish Witch will be played by Kirsty Stuart (Faith Healer, PFT, The Duchess (of Malfi), Lyceum and Citizens, and Call The Midwife, BBC1; Shetland, ITV). Lucius, the Roman Envoy, will be played by Nicholas Karimi, who was originally cast to play the part for the Summer Season 2020, before the theatre had to close its doors. Capacity is very limited in the new outdoor venues, and with social distancing, Don’t miss out! For tickets and further information visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com.  


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A unique aspect of the Baha’i Faith is that it has no clergy. Individuals are expected to study the Writings, improve self-awareness and to be active in their communities, working with all similarly caring people in their areas. The Administrative structure of the Faith, laid down by Baha’u’llah Himself, requires elections at grassroots level once a year, wherever there are more than 9 adult Baha’is, to form a Local Spiritual Assembly; annual voting at a National Convention for 9 members to be chosen for the National Spiritual Assembly; and every 5 years all the National Assemblies of the world meet to elect The Universal House of Justice. Each of these have administrative, spiritual and social functions. The rules for all elections are firmly laid down with every Baha’i expected to take part. The contrast to our recent political elections in UK is marked: “…the method of Bahá’í elections is at complete variance with the methods and practices of elections in political systems. …. the utmost care must always be exercised so that the purity and spiritual character of Bahá’í elections are maintained and preserved.” “What the friends should do is to get thoroughly acquainted with one another, to exchange views, to mix freely and discuss among themselves the requirements and qualifications for such a membership without reference or application, however indirect, to particular individuals. We should refrain from influencing the opinion of others....” “...the practice of nomination, so detrimental to the atmosphere of a silent and prayerful election, is viewed with mistrust…” “Bahá’í electoral procedures and methods have, indeed, for one of their essential purposes the development in every believer of the spirit of responsibility… Bahá’í community life thus makes it a duty for every loyal and faithful believer to become an intelligent, well-informed and responsible elector…”

decide that they should be placed in positions of authority and put themselves forward to be voted into it. In the Bahá’í system it is the mass of the electorate which makes the decision. If an individual ostentatiously places himself in the public eye with the seeming purpose of getting people to vote for him, the members of the electorate regard this as self-conceit and are affronted by it; they learn to distinguish between someone who is well known as an unintentional result of active public service and someone who makes an exhibition of himself merely to attract votes.” The Baha’is of North and western Perthshire welcome your comments and contributions in devotional and discussion groups or in the recently formed Junior Youth group (11 to 15 years approx.) in Aberfeldy area. Contact Rachel on 07707 994812 or Hilarie on 07967 601423.

Alan Titchmarsh to judge care home garden competition

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh will judge a competition designed to get care home gardens blooming this summer. Alan will judge the finalists for Balhousie in Bloom, a gardening competition taking place across Balhousie Care Group’s 26 care facilities. Among the competing care homes are Balhousie Dalnaglar in Crieff and Balhousie Pitlochry. The homes would love to hear from anyone who can volunteer to help - and catch the attention of Alan! The competition has four categories with prizes for each: Staff & Resident Participation; Most Improved Garden; Community Engagement; and Indoor Garden. Alan will judge the final winner from photos and videos compiled by the entrants. The grand prize is a £500 donation from Balhousie Care Group to the care home’s residents’ comfort fund. From a Memorandum Written by the Univer- If you’re interested in helping, please get sal House of Justice: “The fundamental dif- in touch with: Balhousie Dalnaglar Home ference between the system of candidature Manager Sarah-Louise Neilson on sarah. 42

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Grandtully Station Park

In consultation with local residents and other groups the Scottish Canoe Association has been developing an ambitious plan to improve what is currently Grandtully Campsite. The project aims to solve Grandtully’s parking issues for residents and create a hub for those taking outdoor exercise with accessible toilets, changing and picnic facilities. This will mean it’s more likely that we will all be able to find somewhere to park in Grandtully. We propose to make our existing members’ car park much larger and turn it into public car parking and refurbishing the existing building into accessible toilets, changing cubicles and baby changing facilities for public use. We also plan to build a new facilities building further down the site for use

by people staying overnight which will also include a Changing Places facility, showers and toilets. The Changing Places facility meets the needs of people with profound physical or learning disabilities that standard accessible toilets do not meet. We have already begun to make some small site improvements to enable us to open a greater area for car parking this summer, having just been granted funding from NatureScot’s Better Places 2 fund for the purpose of short term visitor management. Contributing to this work are two local young people employed through the government’s Kickstart scheme, enabling them to gain valuable work experience and training to help their future long term employment prospects. To allow the existing building to be opened

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Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member Murdo Fraser MSP can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL Tel 01738 553 990 or email at Murdo.Fraser.msp@parliament.scot

I am honoured and delighted to have been re-elected to serve the people of Mid-Scotland and Fife at Holyrood for the next five years, and with more votes than ever before. I would like to thank all those who put their trust in me and the Scottish Conservatives and also thank my campaign team for all their help. Whilst I was disappointed not to win the Perthshire North constituency, I had my best ever result with a higher vote, and vote share, than previously. My vote of 15,807 was more than double the number I achieved when I first stood in the constituency 10 years ago. This was the best ever Holyrood election result for the Scottish Conservatives, with our highest vote ever, retaining 31 MSPs and our place as the second Party of Scottish politics. I recently returned to Holyrood - with my focus on getting on with the job of representing constituents and holding the Scottish Government to account. One of the major issues that needs addressed immediately is re-building the local economy. With the easing of restrictions, all hospitality is now back operating and I’m sure readers of The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair will agree with me in saying we must hope for a good summer, in terms of attracting visitors to the region and thus boosting the economy of Highland Perthshire. All businesses struggled during the pandemic, but none more so than hospitality and we all know the important role it plays in the economy of Highland Perthshire. Financial help was provided, including a substantial amount from the UK Government, but it is vital that business continues to be treated with respect and I will do all in my powers to see that this happens. A recent survey carried out by Barclays found that the total spend on UK domestic holidays this year is anticipated to reach £31 billion, with 23 million British people planning at least on staycation. The survey also showed that 48% of its respondents are planning trips that will allow them to explore areas in the UK with lots of small independent businesses, and 54% consider access to restaurants being ‘really important’ to them - all good news for Highland Perthshire hospitality businesses. Residents and businesses need to feel a mood of optimism post-Covid, and I’m sure they will with the help of some of these aforementioned measures. A sense of community spirit got us through the worse of the pandemic, and this stoicism will be needed again as we look to the future. Murdo Fraser always welcomes feedback from constituents. He can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL, by email on murdo.fraser.msp@parliament. scot or by telephone on 01738 553676. Aberfeldy Defibrillators - Public access defibrillators in Aberfeldy can be found at: *The Birks Cinema in the Square *The Fire Station on Crieff Road *The Bowling Club on Taybridge Terrace *Moness Crescent at the lane to Old Crieff Road * Chillies on Dunkeld Road. The defibrillators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are relatively easy to use, even without training. Once you open the defibrillator up, it talks you through the steps to assist someone who may be suffering a cardiac arrest. Please be reassured that you cannot shock someone who is not in cardiac arrest. The machine analyses the patient’s heart and will not administer the electric shock unless it is required. If there are any issues with the defibrillators, please contact either Safer Communities Warden Norma Carr (07785 538425) or Councillor John Duff (07826 908542). 46


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Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I have absolutely no idea how it can be June already! Despite a pretty gloomy start to the year still being in lockdown and weatherwise, this year has vanished in front of my eyes. In May I was able to get out and about a bit more, and I spoke to many constituents as I took to the streets as part of the Scottish Parliament election. Despite not being a candidate in this particular election cycle, it was great to get out and about and speak to constituents about the issues that matter to them, whilst supporting my colleagues who were standing for election. Given the easing in restrictions, it is pleasing to see more people getting out and about and enjoying a return to some of the normality we are used to. It is inevitable that some of the public health measures will be with us for some time to come, but it is still reassuring to see the numbers drop and the protection that the vaccination programme is providing us. For some, the return to life pre-pandemic will not be quite so easy. Whilst many of us cannot wait to get out to theatres, cinemas and restaurants, there will be others who will not feel comfortable with this yet, and I think that we all need to look out for our friends, neighbours and family, who may not want to operate at the same pace as everyone else. Rest assured, our businesses across Perthshire will be ready to welcome us all when we feel ready to do so. By the time this article goes to print, we should be just about ready to move into level 1 across Scotland, but this will entirely depend on the prevalence of the virus, and any new strains, which we know cause great concern in the scientific and public health communities. At every stage of this pandemic, we will be guided by the science and although we are extremely conscious of the need for every sector of the economy to be able to reopen, we must make sure for the sake of the wider economy, that we do not need to lock down again. A number of live events continue to be postponed across the country, but I am reassured that a number of test events have demonstrated our ability to get our events sector up and running again. As someone who was involved in the music industry before my current career path, I know all too well the importance of live events for the industry and I am working closely with colleagues in both the UK and Scottish Parliaments to see what more can be done to ensure that our concert venues, theatres and other night-time venues can return to some sort of normality. Home working is still the norm, but I am still available to take up constituent cases and I can be contacted on 01250 876576 or by email at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk. I can set up a telephone call or online meeting should constituents wish to replicate a face-toface appointment. Heartland Film Society - In optimistic mood and trusting the Birks will re-open fairly soon, we’ve been preparing a programme of films for the 2021-2022 season, starting in September, and planning for the usual Film Festival to take place in November. Meanwhile we’re really looking forward to the Birks drive-in cinema weekend from Friday, 18 to Sunday, 20 June. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy HFS screenings, but membership - still just £10 for 12 months - brings discounted ticket prices for HFS films, free access to our extensive library of films on DVD and the chance to engage with other film lovers. www.heartlandfilmsociety.org.uk and Facebook

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Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - SNP It was recently reported that the council had to pay £50,000 to dispose of contaminated waste. The average rate of contamination for 2020 was 22.4%, with rates peaking at 29% in November 2020. As a direct result, between January and December 2020, the Council had to pay out an additional £50,000 in penalties to our reprocessor for removal and disposal of contamination. In the last few weeks, the Waste Services Team has launched the Stick to the Six recycling campaign, in a bid to reduce the amount of contamination (or non-recyclable materials) put in the blue kerbside recycling bins. The Campaign is encouraging householders across the Council area to work together to improve the quality of recycling collected. Contamination doesn’t just cost money; it ruins the hard work of householders who are recycling correctly - the contamination lowers the quality of all the recycling collected. It also contributes to climate change through the disposal of valuable resources that could have been recycled and made into something new. The Carers Week Event runs from Monday, 7 June this year and like last year will be an online event. The week is designed to highlight the work of unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person, of any age, who looks after family members who are in need of support. This could be due to illness, physical disability, mental health issues or where there is a substance misuse in the household. This carer is unpaid - you may also be in receipt of Carers Allowance but this not considered to be a payment. PKAVS Adult Carers Service offer support to unpaid carers over 25 by helping them to overcome challenges that being a carer can bring. If you are struggling emotionally or experiencing financial difficulties then please feel free to contact the Carers Hub on tel 01738 567076 or email carershubadmin@pkavs.org.uk for advice. As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents, and I can be contacted by email at MWilliamson@pkc.gov.uk or Tel 07810 814495. Pitlochry Bowling Club - The opening day for the Pitlochry Bowling Club was May 8 when Niel Haggart had the honour, in recognition of his remarkable dedication in maintaining the green in splendid condition, of throwing the opening jack. Unfortunately for the 14 members who turned out to play on the opening day no play was possible due to the deluge of rain that occurred. However the club is now open for members to play on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons between 2 pm and 4 pm and on Friday evenings between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Although we are not expecting any inter-club competitions this season some friendlies may be able to take place later in the year. Monzie Castle - Monzie Castle, near Crieff, will be open this year from Tuesday 1 Wednesday, 16 June inclusive. As per the current regulations it will be necessary to make a booking by email: Isla.crichton@monzieestate.com, 24 hours in advance and visitors will be restricted to one household/bubble at a time. Open hours 2 pm- 4.30 pm with a cost of £7/per person. 49

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Pitlochry Highland Games - The Pitlochry Highland Games Committee has taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Pitlochry Highland Games once again. It is deeply disappointing to have to cancel for the second year running, as we had hoped that with the success of the vaccine rollout across the UK and greatly reduced infection rates that we would have a better chance of holding the Games in September. The Committee has a duty to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the Games, spectators and the wider community. Unfortunately, with the continued uncertainty of future restrictions and the course of the virus, this is not possible. It goes without saying that we very much look forward to 2022 and welcoming everyone back to celebrate 170 years since our establishment. Charles Butter, Chairman Registered as a Scottish Charity SC041070 Pitlochry Station Bookshop - After more than a year of restrictions, we are looking forward to our return to full-time opening. From Monday, 31 May we will open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday from 9 am until 4.30 pm. It is likely that certain restrictions will have to continue, such as the wearing of masks, limited number of people allowed in and all other social distancing and hygiene measures. Donations are welcome at our stock room which is just beyond the Bookshop on Platform One. Books should be in bags, which allow us to follow quarantine rules, and only two bags per person (not bin liners, please) are accepted. All books should be in good, clean condition but we can not accept Readers Digest, Encyclopaedias, Bibles and magazines. Our limited opening hours during May have been a great success and we have been very encouraged by the numbers of our visitors. We hope that our return to normal hours will attract lots more customers which, in turn, will allow us to increase our contributions to our charities.

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Local Results for The Scottish Parliament Elections held on Thursday, 6 May 2021 Perthshire South & Kinross-shire

Jim Fairlie - Scottish National Party - 20,126 Liz Smith - Conservative - 18,178 Janine Rennie - Labour - 2,943 Julia Brown - Liberal Democrat - 2,823 Jim Fairlie SNP is duly elected to serve as the MSP for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire

Perthshire North Constituency

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John Swinney - Scottish National Party - 19,860 Murdo Fraser - Conservative - 15,807 Ryan Smart - Labour - 2,324 Peter Barrett - Liberal Democrat - 1,802 Don Marshall - Scottish Family Party - 334 John Swinney SNP is duly elected to serve as the MSP for Perthshire North

Stirling (which includes Killn & Lochearnhead)

Evelyn Tweed - Scottish National Party - 19,882 Dean Lockhart - Conservative - 12,987 Chris Kane - Labour - 6,556 Fayzan Rehman - Liberal Democrat - 1,466

Open 7 days a week Bankfoot - 6am-9pm Murthly - 6am - 8pm Our services; Lottery - Post Office Local Home Delivery - Free Cash Machine - Paypoint My Hermes Parcel collection (in Bankfoot) Burning peat and compost available in both shops.

Evelyn Tweed SNP is duly elected to serve as the MSP for Stirling Pitlochry Flower Club - We hope all is well. We are making plans to restart meetings on Wednesday, 15 September in Pitlochry Hydro Hotel. We will be contacting existing members in due course, and anyone else interested in joining the club should contact Janice Needham (01738 629933, needham914@btinternet.com) or Lynda Gardiner (01796 47215, lynda.gardiner@talk21.com). New members are very welcome at any time.

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Morrison’s Academy pupil receives prestigious role as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet

For the eighth year in a row, a Morrison’s Academy pupil has been appointed the prestigious role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. Mr Stephen Leckie, Lord-Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross presented a certificate, acknowledging the role to Cadet Sgt Lachlann.

The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s official representative and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is aide and representative of the cadet forces to the British royal family and the Lord-Lieutenant. Cadet Sergeant Lachlann, is in Fifth year at Morrison’s Academy and joined the school’s Combined Cadet’s Force (CCF) in 2017. He said, “What I enjoy most in CCF is carrying

out training exercises along with the opportunity to go on Adventure Training days which are always good fun. I am looking forward to representing my school’s CCF as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet at various events in the coming year.” Morrison’s Academy’s school motto, ‘Ad Summa Tendendum’ means, ‘To Strive For The Highest,’ and Lachlann cont 54/

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certainly upholds this. He plays a full and active role and is a stalwart pupil within the school community. As well as being a member of CCF, Lachlann is in the Pipe Band, playing both the snare drum and the pipes. In addition, he is a member of the school’s Celtic Rock Band. Lachlann’s true passion is undoubtedly rugby. This season he was selected as the captain of the school’s 1st XV. He has represented the

school in cricket, athletics, cross country and climbing/ rock climbing. Currently, Lachlann is working towards his Highers and sitting his second block of assessments. Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Leckie said, “It was lovely to meet Lachlann and Lt Col Mike Clayton CCF, Contingent Commander Morrison’s Academy CCF and I look forward to working closely with my cadet in the coming year. It’s so warming to work with ambitious and capable people like Lachlann.” To find out more about the opportunities available, the school’s approach to balancing academics and co-curricular opportunities and to experience Morrison’s Academy, please contact Catriona Elliott, Admissions Registrar to arrange a visit. celliott@ morrisonsacademy.org or 01764 653885. Photo taken by Arwen Moses (S5 pupil photographer) - Lachlann Forsyth and the Lord Lieutenant.

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W&W Antiques, based near Crieff, has been selling quality decorative antique items online since 2018. We (Mr & Mrs W) are passionate about antique items with distinct character, great design and evident craftsmanship from the 17th, 18th, 19th Century and into the early 20th Century. Our particular interest lies in the simple design, quality construction and beautiful details of antique items with utility that have lived (and survived) a long-life already. In sourcing these items, we enjoy researching their background, understanding their context and discovering their social history. W&W stock items acquired from Scotland, the wider UK, Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and Northern Europe and have a passion for regional/vernacular/ country items, folk art and the aesthetic changes of the decorative arts since c.1850. This includes the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts Movement (in particular, of Scottish origin) and Art Deco. We appreciate the innovation and quality construction in country/vernacular items, folk art and original paint decorated items from across Europe, as well as Scandinavian antiques and textiles. W&W source and sell items online from our Perthshire base and our items are available from our website (www.wandwantiques.com) and also via partners (www.loveantiques. com and www.antiquesboutique.com). New acquisitions are posted directly to Instagram where you can follow us on @wandw_antiques. Thanks for viewing our selection of decorative antiques online, we are always pleased to see items pass through our hands to new owners and homes as antiques remain a great green recyclable purchase! We are always pleased to hear from you, if you have an item that you think would be of interest to us do get in touch via email wallsandwalls@ btinternet.com. You can see our advert on page 28.


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Breadalbane Heritage Society

To replace the cancelled 2020/2021 winter season of monthly talks, the Breadalbane Heritage Society has held a series of free, virtual online Zoom talks, followed by Q&A sessions. These began in September 2020 and have proved to be highly successful, with attendances at some of the talks reaching well over a hundred, and new members joining the BHS after each talk. The BHS recently launched its attractive new website www.breadalbane-heritage.org.uk. Featuring a video of local scenes of interest, the site provides up-to-date information about talks and activities, events, publications, projects including maintenance of the Killiehassie private burial ground in Strathtay, and services such as assistance with family history research. Recordings of all the talks for 2020-2021 are now available on this site. A series of interesting excursions has been provisionally planned for this year, starting this month, along with the popular annual Summer Party in July, but due to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions it is still not certain whether these can go ahead. Updated information will be posted in The Atholl and Breadalbane Quair and on the BHS website. For any enquiries please send an email to bhsaberfeldy@gmail.com.   Jehovah’s Witnesses - How can we make decisions in life that lead to success? That question will be answered from the Bible on 27th. You are welcome to join us at our meetings via Zoom. Get in touch for details. See you soon. 3rd 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions 6 th 10.30 am. A talk 10th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions. 13th 10.30 am. A talk 17th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions 20th 10.30 am. A talk 24th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions 27th 10.30 am. A talk. Enjoy a free study of the Bible at a convenient time using Zoom-ring or text 07802 753193. At www.jw.org you can study the Bible in the language of your choice, and you can find the Bible’s answers to life’s questions.

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Pitlochry Institute of the SWI - The Pitlochry Institute of the SWI met virtually on April 29. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the results of the recent survey to ascertain the feelings of members and friends about the way forward. The results were surprising. There had been a good response to the survey and, unlike the responses from last year the vast majority simply wanted to meet together regardless of the ‘label’. Most wanted to meet in the afternoon and there seems to be a real appetite for outings, visits to the theatre etc and demonstrations. It felt like everybody was missing social contact. Several respondents were prepared to form a committee. If lockdown restrictions are lifted as we hope they will be, meetings may be able to resume in September, but as yet there are no details from the Government. Betty Stark had submitted a handmade card for national competition. Details were shared about Group, Federation and National events.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - We held our first AGM under the new SCIO charity on

May 11 by Zoom. Reports were given by the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Pipe Majors, Quartermaster, Social media and Fundraising. The Trustees of the board (who were elected last year and on for two years,) are Ian Elrick, Gillie McNab, Alister Walker, Stuart Letford, Mark Stewart, Graham Waugh and Amy Fenton. We’re holding discussions regarding the Highland Nights to see if we can put on some later on in the year, so we’ll keep you posted. Practices and lessons are still by Zoom at the time of writing, but we are hopefully going to get back to “real” practices before too long. Anyone interested in learning either pipes or drums, just send me an email. Gillie McNab gmcnab00@aol.com 07733 152223

Perth Physio Clinic - Perth Physio Clinic is pleased to be re-opening in Pitlochry from

Tuesday, 1 June. Physiotherapy appointments will be at our new premises in Pitlochry Business Centre, with our Pilates classes resuming at the Tryst. Our physiotherapists are specialists in musculoskeletal health, treating everything from acute sports injuries to helping with management of chronic conditions. We offer a variety of treatments to help you recover from injury including manual therapy, soft tissue/massage therapy and acupuncture, all complemented with a bespoke exercise programme. For further information, you are welcome to email us at perthphysios@gmail.com or ring our reception on 01738 626707. More information can be found at www.perthphysio.co.uk. See our advert on page 32.

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Minister: Interim Moderator, Rev Robert Nicol; 01887 820240. Email: rnicol@churchofscotland.org.uk There will still be no services or meetings at the above churches due to Covid-19. However we would encourage you to join us online through the recorded services via YouTube or by telephone. Follow the links via the website, taylyonchurch.org.uk, worship and spiritual life on the header, or ring 01887 440446 for this service. 58


Pitlochry Church of Scotland - From as a second language. Anyone age 16 or over May 23, and in line with government guidelines, our buildings will have opened. As before, this is subject to a number of restrictions, one of which is the number of people who can come into the buildings. (We still have to observe the 2m physical distancing inside and outside our buildings, however, households can sit together.) If you plan to join us at 10.30 am for Sunday morning worship, please phone the church

office (01796 474010) by the Friday lunchtime, leaving a message with your name and phone number, and the names of any others from your household who are coming with you. The regulations that we have to follow are the same as those followed when we opened from September to December last year - face covering throughout the time we are in the church building, hand sanitiser stations as you enter and exit the building, etc. We will continue with Sunday Reflections on Facebook via video on the Pitlochry Church of Scotland Page. We also have a YouTube Channel. Our On-line audio can be found on our website - www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk And for those without internet access our dial-in audio can be reached by phoning the local number 01796 517004. Adult Learning - Perth and Kinross Council’s Communities Team has launched a number of free online courses. The courses offer a range of new skills which could help people looking at volunteering, maintaining their wellbeing and improving their English

can sign up for the online courses. Adult learning is key to us and with the current restrictions on face to face contact we are keen to innovate and implement new ways for people to access this important provision. Please click on the following link www.pkc.gov.uk/adultlearninghub for more information on the range of adult learning opportunities on offer, text 07775 553245 or email learningcurve@pkc.gov.uk. For more details please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Doyle or Renata Fraser. Aberfeldy Quilters - We have been busy making blocks for Quilts for Care Leavers. This is an organisation that ensures each young person leaving the care system is given a quilt to hug. There is a different block pattern to complete each month and we can have a go at one or make as many as we like. There are clear instructions to follow if you would like to join in the fun, contact either Annette on 07736 384035 or Jane on 07771 641390 - you would be most welcome.

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Highland PerthshireSchools

Breadlabane Academy Reception 01887 822300 www.breadalbane.pkc.sch.uk/BA/ Breadalbane Community Campus 01887 822400 www.breadalbane.pkc.sch.uk/BCC/ Pitlochry School 01796 474666 Pitlochry School absence line 01796 474699 Royal School of Dunkeld 01738 454470 www.royaldunkeld.pkc.sch.uk Grandtully Primary 01887 822499 Logierait Primary 01796 474646 Blair Atholl Primary 01887 822491 Glenlyon Primary 01887 866223 Kenmore Primary 01887 822430 Other Useful Numbers NHS 24 111 Police Scotland 101 Flying Smiles Mobile Dental Hygienist 07812 055724 Perth Citizen’s Advice 01738 450581 See www.perthcab.org.uk Pitlochry Recycling Centre Bridge Road Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 5 pm

Bankfoot Recycling Centre Stanley Road Tuesday & Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Highland Perthshire Politicians

Member of Scottish Parliament - North Tayside Scottish Parliamentary Elections - 6th May Member of Parliament - Perth & North Perthshire Pete Wishart MP 01250 876576 Local Councillors - Highland Ward Xander McDade 01738 475000 Mike Williamson 07810 814495 John Duff 07826 908542 Local Councillors - Strathtay Ward Grant Laing 01738 475023 Anne Jarvis 01738 475030 Ian James 01738 475022

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Editorial Information Before you go.....

All of our listed events are published in good faith. However, for a variety of reasons, things can sometimes change. Please always check times and venues of events listed in The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair independently before going. We cannot be held liable for any mistakes, typographical or otherwise, by ourselves or changes made by Event Organisers. Aberfeldy Recycling Centre Dunkeld Road Tuesday & Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

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Atholl Medical Centre

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel: 01796 472558 amc.tayside@nhs.scot

Monday to Friday - 8.30 am - 6 pm Check hours for bank & public holidays Repeat prescriptions: tay.amcprescriptions@nhs.scot www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk

Craigvinean Surgery

Little Dunkeld, Dunkeld PH8 0AD 01350 727269 Monday to Friday - 8.00 am - 6 pm Check hours for bank & public holidays Repeat prescriptions: craigvineanprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net www.craigvineansurgery.scot.nhs.uk

Pitlochry Community Hospital Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel. 01796 472052

Pitlochry Minor Injury and Illness Unit

For up to date opening hours please see the NHS Tayside website www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk Phone NHS 24 on 111 for appointment

Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice

Aberfeldy Health Centre Tigh an Daraich, Taybridge Road Aberfeldy, PH15 2BH Tel: 01887 820366 Repeat Prescriptions: 01887 829743 tay.aberfeldyprescriptions@nhs.scot Opening Hours - 8 am - 6 pm, Mon to Fri Check hours for bank and public holidays

Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice

Kinloch Rannoch, PH16 5PR Tel: 01882 632216 Appointments only Monday - Friday 9 am-10.15 am, 2 pm - 2.45 pm and 4 pm - 5.30 pm For appointments phone reception www.aberfeldyandrannochsurgery.co.uk


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List of Organisations in Pitlochry

There is a list of all seventy-three organisations in the library mainly for the use of newcomers to the area. If there are any groups which have been formed since September 2014, they won’t be on the list so please send details of the contact person to Catherine Holmes c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com or phone 01796 473400. For longer established organisations, please let me know of any change of contact person.

26/28 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Opening hours are as follows: Mon 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm, Tues 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm Wed Closed, Thurs Closed, Fri 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm. Appointments can be made with us by calling us on 01738 476000 (option 2). Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Tel: (01796) 474645 Mon to Fri: by appointGlenlyon and Loch Tay ment Community Council Website This Council office will not open until 11 Glenlyon and Loch Tay Community Council am on the first Thursday of every month. now has a website. It’s an online noticeboard where you will Birnam Library find an interactive map, notices of coming Station Rd, Birnam, PH8 0DS meetings, agendas, minutes and more. T: 01738 459709 Find us at www.glenlyonandlochtaycc.org. birnamlibrary@culturepk.org.uk uk/wp.

Pitlochry Library

26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01796 474635 pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk

Chemists and Pharmacies

Davidsons Chemist - Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 472810 and 01796 472414 Davidsons Chemist - 1 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH. Tel: 01350 727210 Davidsons Chemist, Bank St, Aberfeldy 01887 820324

Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch

You can see the Highland Perthshire timetable at www.bankofscotland.co.uk/contactus/ mobile-branch/perth.html Any queries regarding this mobile branch should be directed to Perth branch (01738 412640).

Pitlochry Bank of Scotland

76 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BW; Check opening times at 01796 532013. This branch’s normal opening hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am - 4 pm; Tuesday Closed; Saturday Closed

Dunkeld Bank of Scotland

High Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AL; Check opening times at 01350 727415 This branch’s normal opening hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 10 am - 3 pm; Wednesday and Thursday Closed; Saturday Closed

TSB

Bank Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BB; Tel: 01887 604999. Open on a Tuesday only.

Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bank

You can see the Highland Perthshire timetaBreadalbane Community Library ble for the Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, PH15 2D branch by going to www.personal.rbs.co.uk 01887 822405 breadalbanelibrary@culturepk.org.uk Amulree Hall - The hall is available for and search for Mobile Branch. Custommeetings, etc, with good rates for local resi- ers can also contact 03457 242424 for any See Current Library opening times at dents. For further info call 07749 914906 or enquiries. www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries/ email info@amulreehall.org.uk. NHS 24 - NHS 24 is a confidential out of Perth and Kinross Council hours telephone health advice and informaCouncil Main Reception 01738 475000 tion service available across Scotland. If you Perth & Kinross Childcare or someone you care for is unwell and you Information Service 0845 601 4477 feel that it can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens then you can call NHS 24 on 111. Where clinically appropriate a GP home visit or an ambulance may be arranged for is published by Scot Active, you. In a life threatening situation you Aberfeldy, should dial 999. Perthshire, PH15 2ZX Pitlochry Baptist Church Q Tel: 01887 829204 ‘Welcome All’ soup lunch web: www.thequair.scot at the Atholl Centre email: advertising@thequair.com Cancelled due to corona virus

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Dementia Friendly Aberfeldy Collaborative - There’s an African proverb “It takes a village to rear a child”. We recognise its truth, and we’re mostly hard wired to look out for the youngsters in our town. The proverb is equally relevant at the other end of the scale. The Dementia Friendly Aberfeldy Collaborative aims to bring the same loving care and awareness which we rightly give to the young, to those in our Community who are affected, either directly or as carer, by Dementia. We have a multi layered group of activities which are aimed not just at people with Dementia but at helping to create a climate of Dementia awareness in Aberfeldy. Covid has brought an extra level of stress to us all, and restricted the group’s activities, but with the gradual relaxation of lockdown, work has restarted on a Dementia garden and reminiscence area beside the Fire Station and the Town Hall. Ruth Howell has designed an exceptional garden, and groundwork and planting is now well advanced. Supervised by Kevin McNab and Jeannie Grant, Ruth is now planting up the area, which incorporates a couple of “blether benches” donated by Spirit of Wood. We’d like to invite you to come to an Opening of the Garden Space on Friday, 18 June at 2 pm. The Dementia Garden is a new green space in Aberfeldy, and we hope it will evolve as a peaceful and contemplative drop-in location for everyone in the Town. After a year of lockdown we all need spaces to find our way back to Social living. Think of the Garden as “the Birks, but without the legwork”. The Dementia Friendly Aberfeldy Collaborative (DFAC) is a small group of people living in Aberfeldy who have close relatives with Dementia and are also unpaid carers. Our Steering Group has representation from NHS Tayside, Perth and Kinross Council, Dalweem Care Home, The Birks Cinema Trust and Rural Wisdom. We would like to thank the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for the use of the space and the Basil D’Eath Trust for their generous grant which made the creation of the garden possible. In line with Covid guidance numbers may be restricted so to confirm your attendance at the Opening of the garden or for more information about DFAC please contact: Janette Barrie: Janette.dfag@gmail.com Cllr Grant Laing

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Pitlochry Hospital Car Service - After a year of rules and regulations the Pitlochry Hospital car service hopes to be able to provide a service to the local community once again as of Monday, 7 June. Firstly, I would like to thank all our volunteers who agreed to pick up the driving gloves again and also to some new ones who will help to share the load! We are always ready to welcome new drivers!! We intend to operate as in the past: anyone wishing a lift to PRI or Ninewells Must phone the surgery to find out which of us is currently on duty and then you phone that person. That person will then find a driver for you. The drivers have all had their vaccinations and will wear masks. We ask that all clients wear masks and that All will abide by the current rules at the time. We would like to stress that our volunteers are Drivers, we are not trained in any other way for the job. If anyone needs assistance we would ask that they get someone to accompany them. It is good to be moving into a more positive time and we are pleased to be here to help the community again. Barbara 01796 472058. The Field, Dunkeld & Birnam - Volunteers have been “beavering” away up at the field since the last snows melted off the ground in March. The snow had protected much of our root crops and leeks so we enjoyed a welcome abundance of produce well into the hungry gap. We also enjoyed many of the brassica varieties which survived the frost especially the flower sprouts or kalettes which are delicious. All of this enabled us to stock the honesty box stall at the gate which proved very popular with locals and weekend visitors through the winter months. George Ness did our ploughing and harrowing in April and we now have all our tatties and onions planted. We had an enormous delivery of compost from the P&K recycling plant at Binn farm which will be used on our experimental no dig beds. We have repaired and recovered the fruit cage and built the first of two raised beds to provide easier access for folk who find bending over less comfortable. We’ve been kept in salads and spinach from the large poly tunnel and will be bringing on summer crops, tomatoes, peppers, aubergine and sweetcorn to name a few. The “propagation “ group consisting of Sally, Jane, Linda and Elspeth have filled the small poly tunnel twice over with leeks, beans, brassica, much of which is now outside hardening off ready for planting out this month. Maddy had all her flowers propagating in there too so plants do not have much room for social distancing! As restrictions on gatherings relax we are now able to have increased numbers at the field although there are periods where numbers will be restricted. It is still easy to find a slot on our Work Rota spreadsheet which is to be found on our website www.dunkeldfield. co.uk/. You will also find membership and information forms there. If you would like to participate in this growing project you would be very welcome; many hands make light work and there always seems to be a lot of chatting and laughter as the work gets done. Coffee breaks, with appropriate social distancing and ventilation have been reinstated. Don’t worry if you haven’t grown anything before, there are plenty folk who will be able to guide you and you will enjoy the luxury of fresh vegetables almost all the year round! What is a Quair? (noun) (1) A quire; a book. The Kingis Quhair, James I. (of Scotland). (2) A set of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and stock; one twentieth of a ream. (3) A collection of leaves of parchment or paper, folded one within the other, in a manuscript or book. (Middle English quayer, four double sheets of paper, from Old French quaer, from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quatern, set of four, four each, from quater, four times; The Kingis Quhair is a fifteenth-century poem attributed to James I of Scotland. It is a semi-autobiographical work, describing the King’s capture by the English in 1406 on his way to France and his subsequent imprisonment by Henry IV of England and his successors Henry V and Henry VI. 63

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The Scottish Episcopal Church offers all a warm and Inclusive Welcome

Part of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane Rector: Reverend Canon Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: bethmaybaker@ yahoo.co.uk Lay Reader: Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416: Email: lesleywhitwood@btinternet.com Ordinand in Training: Rachael Wright Email: rwright.hplc@gmail.com Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches/ The episcopal churches in Highland Perthshire are open and are delighted welcome you back into our churches as well as offering a continual programme of services and events online. But please check our Website for any updates or new developments which may occur. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Robin Baker - 01796 472005 Sunday service - 9.30 am Holy Communion or All Age Communion Thursday Services - 10.30 am Morning Prayer (also on Zoom) followed b Open Church Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite former Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl - Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15 am - First Sunday Holy Communion or All Age Communion third Sundays, Holy Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Matins or Morning Prayer St Andrew’s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 Sundays at 11.15 am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Matins/ Service of the Word/Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. All Saints, Kinloch Rannoch Square (Currently closed) Online Zoom Services and Events - Sundays - 6 pm Evening Services Thursdays 10.30 am Morning Prayer - from Holy Trinity Social Activities - 11 am Monday Coffee Mornings. Contact the Rector Liz for further details and Zoom invitations.


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Gaelic Parents of Breadalbane Academy

The growth of Gaelic learning in Aberfeldy is flourishing and us parents are so excited to see our children continue to grow and the new families joining and we wanted to give you a snapshot of what’s happening at the moment. Breadalbane Academy now is home to the brand-new Gaelic Nursery, the only Gaelic Medium Education (GME) Nursery in the whole of Perth and Kinross and in fact the only Gaelic nursery this side of Edinburgh!!!! Exciting times ahead with a wonderful new Gaelic nursery teacher 5 days a week, a soon to be joining new teacher for P1-3 and of course the exceptional Gaelic teachers, we already have in the P4-7 and Senior. As the children grow through the Gaelic Medium we see the huge benefits of bilingual learning, the ease with how French is picked up (it does help there is another exceptional teacher teaching French and Art to them!!), the higher than average reading ages in English … the benefits really do seem to be endless… In the nursery this week the children had such fun searching for beasties in the secret garden at Breadalbane Academy, learning all about bugs and everyone’s favourite “damhan-allaidh” (dav-en-r-lee) spider- It means “a fierce little stag” …

Whilst in P1-3 they have all been very busy with their topic of the Olympics, I was told what the red dot in the Japanese flag stands for on Monday, on Tuesday why there are 5 rings in the Olympic sign.. everyday literally is a school day for parents too (with explanations usually in Gaelic and in English)!! … Politicians get ready, the clever kids in P4-7 have been discussing and debating while they craft their letters to lobby such politicians as John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon. Ideas vary from a proposal for a 4-day week, redeveloping the playground and demanding more pay for teachers. And of course the P4-7, along with P6 and P7 classes, have been working together in their social enterprise, “Nature’s Wood” (you may have heard them on Heartland FM or read about them in the Big Issue), where they have created a wonderful outdoor learning for the whole school that will be for future classes to use and enjoy for years to come. In Senior the growing number of students choosing all languages is phenomenal with an increase in those choosing Gaelic in addition to those who continue their journey with Gaelic that they started in nursery. Having Gaelic as one of your languages opens up so many opportunities for leavers with such companies as BBC looking for bi-lingual and Gaelic speaking candidates. The Parents of children in GME at Breadalbane Academy were keen to give you this insight. There are so many wonderful things happening at the school, from the soon to relaunch Croileagan for the very wee ones, the new nursery, the growing primary and way through senior and beyond… (adult lessons soon to return too now that we are hopefully waving goodbye to pandemic restrictions) Exciting times.. and this is only a wee glimpse!! If you would like to learn more, please get in touch either directly with the school breadalbane@pkc.gov.uk or find us/ contact us on Facebook; www. facebook.com/AberfeldyGaelic 66

Culture Perth and Kinross Museums & Galleries

The doors of Perth Museum and Art Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery in Perth reopened and welcomed visitors back on April 30. Among the highlights is an exhibition curated by volunteers working on the MyMuseum project at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. The photographic exhibition City Hall Generations - Making MyMuseum explores a timeline of cultural activities hosted at Perth City Hall since its opening in 1910. Other exhibitions on offer are Philip Braham with Closer to Home, an exhibition of paintings and photographs inspired by the artist’s recent move from Edinburgh to Crieff; while Going for the Messages: A History of Shopping in Perth explores where people have shopped in Perth, how those shops developed, and how goods were advertised. A Scottish Colourist explores the links between JD Fergusson and his fellow Scottish Colourists; whilst 1920s in Colour explores JD Fergusson’s interwar period which was to become one of his most productive and creative episodes. Both exhibitions are new to the Fergusson Gallery, open for the first time since 2019. Both venues remain free to enter for new and returning visitors with a range of measures in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. Full details along with information to help you plan your visit can be found on the Culture Perth and Kinross website: www. culturepk.org.uk/nowopen

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The AK Bell Library in Perth, Breadalbane Community Library, Aberfeldy, Auchterarder Library, Blairgowrie Library, Loch Leven Community Library, Kinross, Scone Library


and Strathearn Community Library, Crieff have now reopened for visitors to borrow and return books. Comrie, Pitlochry and Birnam Libraries remain closed at present, but all sites are being supported by the popular Mobile Library Service, now in its 100th year. Opening hours of individual libraries and Mobile Library timetables can be found on the Culture Perth and Kinross website. www.culturepk.org.uk/backtolibraries Breadalbane Community Library - Monday: Closed Tuesday: 5 pm - 7 pm Wednesday: 5 pm - 7 pm Thursday: 5 pm - 7 pm Friday: 5 pm - 7 pm Saturday: 9.30 am - 4 pm Sunday: Closed 01887 822405/ breadalbanelibrary@culturepk.org.uk

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academic year the Parent Council would like to say a huge Thank You. Those teachers and educators who put our children first and themselves second. The staff at Breadalbane Academy who were never too tired to answer the millions of questions while the covid rules changed and then changed again. The children and young people who took these monumental times in their confident and caring strides. The people who leaned in to support when they could have locked down and disappeared. The community that pulled together and rose strongly as one. The parents and carers who took a breath even when breathing space felt hard to find. To the Leavers we wish you luck, health and safe travels wherever your next chapter may be. This academic year has been one of highs and lows and what has been ever so obvious is that Breadalbane Academy, the school community and the community that surrounds us is filled with the most exceptional people.  Thank You, wishing you a wonderful summer, filled with freedom and adventure, laughter and hugs.. chairperson@breadalbaneparents.com Summer at The Den at Heartland Kids’ Club - We are busy planning our Summer Holiday Club at The Den. You can provisionally book spaces now - don’t delay, spaces are limited! Our Holiday Club runs on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm. We are restricted to the following intake to keep us in line with Scottish Government guidance: From 12 noon on Thursday, 24 June, all day on Friday, 25 June, Monday, 16 August and Tuesday, 17 August: children from Pitlochry school only. From Monday, 28 June to Friday, 16 July: all children starting P1 in August to 14 years from within Perth and Kinross are welcome. Our daily charge is £30 per child, with sibling discount available. Children must be registered with The Den, small fee applies. Kids will enjoy outdoor play, crafts, activities, den building, woodland walks, fun days… all helping to develop social skills, problem solving abilities, improve self-esteem, and nurture their emotional wellbeing. To make a booking or to find out more, just get in touch by emailing bookings@thedenatheartland.com. You can visit our website at www.thedenatheartland.com, find us on Facebook at The Den at Heartland Kids Club or Instagram at theden_atheartland. The Den operates in line with Pitlochry High School Primary and follows all the latest Covid-19 guidelines. Scottish Charity Number: SC049188

Aberfeldy Farmers’ Market

Sunday, 6 June from 10 am - 2 pm for the second market of the season - hope we have another lovely day - maybe a bit warmer would be good! Come along and see what delights are for sale - you will be able to have coffee, brunch or lunch at one of the many super cafés and visit some of our lovely independent shops open on Sunday. Further details of the Farmers’ Market can be obtained from Fiona on 07990 834092 or aberfeldymarket@gmail.com. 68


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Perth & Kinross Council Strathtay Ward Conservative As always, I do not hold specific surgeries for your enquiries, I much prefer to react to your individual requirements and I am happy to arrange meetings around you. Please feel free to contact me either by phone on 07557 815546 or email me at ijames@pkc.gov.uk. Hate Litter? Help to keep your local streets and streams free from rubbish by joining our lively Litter Picking group. Now that current restrictions are relaxing, we will, once again, meet every 1st Tuesday in the month, at 2 pm, outside the Birks Cinema. All welcome! Help is at hand - As we continue to emerge from Covid restrictions, your local Timebank remains the place to get help. Our volunteers are standing by to use their time, energy and skills to ensure you get the help you need, when you need it. No ask too small! From shopping collection or dog walking, to weeding or repairing, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch today. Want to get involved? We are all optimists and activists at the Timebank. If you think a hugely flexible (as much and as often as you like) volunteering opportunity is something you would like to try and you’d like to make a difference in your local community, please contact us. Grow to Give - Our food growing and sharing initiative continues to take root. We’ve had offers from several kind people who have space in their gardens and are happy to welcome people (no experience necessary) to grow plants, vegetables and flowers. If you would like to have a go or find out more, please get in touch. Grow to Give is already proving a great way to engage and inspire people in your area to grow and share knowledge and produce. Furthermore, it’s not too late to get involved. In fact, poor weather conditions have set the season back somewhat, so June will be a great time to plant out seedlings and place vegetables into the ground. We’ll also be back at the next Farmers’ Market on Sunday, 6 June, 10 am to 2 pm, so pop along and say hello. Pick up a free seed pot and exchange your rhubarb for radishes. Tuesday Social - Join us every Tuesday 10.30 am for a (virtual) chat and meet likeminded people! Why not give it a go? Contact us and we’ll send you a link. Prescription Delivery Service - If you’re isolating, have medical or mobility issues or can’t get to the chemist’s for whatever reason, our repeat Prescription Delivery Service (Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm) can help. We cover the communities of Strathtay and Grandtully, all the way to Glen Lyon. Call us to activate. New Transport hub - Timebank’s Upper Tay Transport project offers sustainable travel, transport and active travel solutions to ensure you get the help and support you need to go places! For full details pop into the newly opened transport hub in the Square, Aberfeldy to find out more. Open 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday. Covid-19 Support - This initiative, delivered by your Timebank, The Birks Cinema Trust and Upper Tay Transport Group, remains active and in place. Whatever help or assistance you need, just get in touch. How To Contact Your Timebank - Visit www.tayvalleytimebank.com, text/call us on 07507 479555 or email us on tayvalleytimebank@gmail.com. 70


Dunmore Angling Club - The club controls the fishing on Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry - reached from the B8019 road to Killiecrankie (the old A9 road). The small loch holds a mixed coarse fish community with perch, roach, rudd, tench and carp in amongst the lilies - a most attractive venue to fish. The club wish to encourage Juniors to take up angling so in 2021 any adult Member may be accompanied by a junior fishing on the same platform without a separate ticket.  Following the virtual AGM, which replaced the meeting scheduled for March 1, the Committee decided that until the government agree to lifting all restrictions on outdoor meetings the fishery should continue as a ‘members’ only venue and therefore No Day Tickets will be on sale until further notice. The main reason for this is that Working Parties have not been permitted and therefore swim preparation has been reduced - as it has to be carried out by individuals. Hopefully this situation will be able to improve later in the season and provision will be reviewed. New members are still welcome to join for 2021. For details of membership email Stewart Reid at a.reid16687@gmail.com. Members who wish to have a copy of the full note of the Virtual AGM and/or a copy of the Financial Statement should email the Treasurer at paulscroft@aol.com.  The Fortingall Art Exhibition - Molteno Hall, Saturday, 24 July to Sunday, 8 August. With the end of July fast approaching, we are getting geared up for our exciting annual summer art exhibition. This year even more so as the Covid-19 Pandemic forced us to cancel our prestigious event last year. Fortingall is a special destination. If you read The Quair and as such live in the area but have never visited this unique village, now is the time to make a trip! Featuring striking Arts and Crafts architecture and multiple thatched roofs, the village has a special atmosphere - it has to be seen, and experienced, to be believed! As does its oldest resident, the resplendent, 5,000 year old Fortingall Yew, famous the world over. Fortingall village hall seems a natural venue to hold our exhibition, with its fantastic wood interior, it creates a beautiful environment for our exhibitors to show off their work. There is of course the well known Fortingall Hotel, which offers refreshments and bar meals. There will be several historic walks for anyone interested in the past, and many beautiful meanders for those who love being in nature. The River Lyon is not far from where it gushes out of the steep sided gorge of Glen Lyon. The longest, loveliest and loneliest glen in Scotland is surely worth a trip for the hiker, cyclist or motorist alike. It is clear to see why so many great artists gravitate towards the glen, with its breathtaking scenery, colour and light in all four seasons. Nearby Loch Tay is an aquatic playground and a great place to entertain children. With so much to do, even on the odd rainy day, it’s definitely worth a visit. If you just fancy a picnic, Dalerb, an open space with a dedicated picnic site loch side, is only a few miles from Kenmore, a popular spot for tourists which offers a good selection of places to eat. So, in addition to our summer exhibition, which we feel will be as wonderful as usual, there is much to explore in the surrounding area. So make a day of it and enjoy what this wonderful place has to offer. The picture is of one of our regular exhibitors, wildlife painter, Keith Brockie, next to his commission “An immature Golden Eagle in an old Scots pine tree”. 71

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200 artists and makers have signed up for Perthshire Open Studios - and organisers are hoping it will be a bumper year as the region emerges from lockdown. The event, which takes place from Saturday, 4 - Sunday, 12 September, had to be cancelled last year due to Covid and when an open call was made for participants for 2021 no one was sure what the level of response would be.  Glenys Andrews, president of Perthshire Open Studios, said, “We are excited to be back after what has been a very difficult time for artists and makers.  The response has been wonderful, with numbers back to what they were in 2018 and 2019. Everything will be organised in line with Covid regulations - but we can hopefully promise visitors a fantastic range of arts and crafts of every kind right across beautiful Perthshire and Kinross-shire. After such a long period of isolation I think artists and makers are really looking forward to meeting people again, showing them round their studios and talking to them about their work.” The full list of participants will soon be unveiled - but they will see the welcome return of many 2019 favourites such as: *Alan Lewis: Stained glass; copper and silver jewellery  *Ceri White: A ceramicist based in Perth *Dawn Wood: Paintings, monoprints and ceramics  *John Easson: Traditional  letterpress printing *Karenina Johnson: Contemporary landscape painting  Depending on any travel restrictions, the organisers believe there may be a very good turnout of visitors as well - especially as many people may choose to take breaks and holidays in the UK rather than overseas.  Changes have been made to the usual format which will give visitors the maximum opportunity to meet artists in the surroundings where they work as well as in two Showcase Exhibitions: at The Barn Gallery, The Bield at Blackruthven and (new for this year) Birnam Arts at Dunkeld. There will also be an exhibition of ‘Green Route’ artists’ work at Strathearn Arts in Crieff where several working artists will be based. The Showcase Exhibition in The Bield will be open from Saturday, 28 August to


Sunday, 12 September. Set up in a Covid secure environment, it will provide a taster of the art and craftwork of many of our artists as well as hosting four Exhibiting Artists and our Featured Artist for this year, the internationally renowned designer and wood sculptor, Angus Ross. Open from Friday, 3 September to Sunday, 26 September will be our new Showcase Exhibition at Birnam Arts in Dunkeld. It is the perfect location to view a sample of the art and craft of POS members from all areas of the event.  There will be no printed brochure, but there will be information leaflets including maps of the entire event and downloadable route maps. Information about the artists and their venues will be publicised on the new dynamic website and visitors can be assured of a welcome from all at Perthshire Open Studios.  More information at www.perthshireopenstudios.com. For additional information contact info@perthshireopenstudios.com.

Drive In Cinema

There will be a Drive In Cinema at Wades Park on Friday, 18 to Sunday, 20 June. We are very excited about our first Drive In of 2021 - the full list of films can be seen on page 43. With help from our incredible volunteers, Tay Valley Timebank, Ballintaggart, Errichel, Fonab Pizza Box, PIECE, Miller Coffee, we will be delivering a weekend of wonderful films and an amazing range of street food, drinks and snacks including: *Bacon rolls in the morning *Pulled pork *Slow roast lamb *Three bean flatbreads at lunch *Tray Bakes *Soft drinks, Sweets and Popcorn *Chow Mein Noodle Boxes *Wood fired pizza using homegrown and local produce *Nachos *BBQ Chicken Wings & salad *Hotdogs. For any further information, please contact: Fiona MacEwan 07990 834092; fiona.macewan@birkscinema.co.uk; www.birkscinema.co.uk/drive-in-cinema

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