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The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair is an open-access monthly magazine and is delivered at the beginning of each month, to every one of the 7,200 residential and business addresses in Highland Perthshire - PH8, PH9, PH15, PH16, PH17 and PH18 postcode areas. Copies for visitors are also made available each month from our outdoor dispensers in Pitlochry, Killin, 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. We also produce The Crieff and Comrie Quair each month. Between the two magazines we deliver around 13,300 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, under 400 words, and not likely to offend. The copy date for the September 2022 edition is noon on Thursday, 11 August. The magazines are due to be distributed the week commencing Monday, 29 August 2022. 4


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Aberfeldy (SC007899), Dull and Weem (SC001465) and Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay Aberfeldy (SC004275) Parish Churches. Minister Rev. Neil Glover - nglover@churchofscotland.org. uk; 07779 280074 PA Judy Ewer - judy.ewer@adwgls.org.uk; 07836 565528 Community Care Local Care for Local People Regular Sunday Morning Worship Dull and Weem Parish Church - 9.30 am. Please consult the website for the current ForAberfeldy years before I ever heard of a care information on our services. www.dullandweemparish.org For years before I ever heard of a group, I used to wonder what I would do Strathtay, Grantully and Logierait Parish Churches -10.30 am. Please care Community group, I used to wonder what I Care towards the end of my life. consult the website for the current information on our services. www.glschurwouldLocal do towards the end of my life. Care for Local People chofscotland.org Thankfully it has all worked out perfectly. Thankfully it has all worked out perfectly. We are fed, entertained, looked after in every Aberfeldy Parish Church - 10.30 am. Please consult the website for the current We are fed, possible way,entertained, even tucked looked up at night. information on our services - www.aberfeldyparishchurch.org ingranted. every possible Every after wish is On top ofway, that we receive We ‘meet up’ at our weekly Zoom Service - details can be found on all the Church Websites. even tucked upand at night. Church Based Activities immense kindness genuine love. Aberfeldy ‘Stay and Play’ - Aberfeldy Parish Church - Tuesday I am content. Every wish is granted. On top of mornings 9.30 am - 11.30 am - Lawers Hall that we receive immense kindness Aberfeldy Prayer Meeting - Aberfeldy Parish Church - 7.30 If you would like advice regarding care for you or your family and genuine love. or are interested in joining our team, please contact us on... pm every Wednesday evening in Farragon - all are welcome to I am content. enquiries@aberfeldycommunitycare.co.uk come along Telephone: 07881 736 939 Aberfeldy Alcoholics Anonymous - Aberfeldy Parish Church, If you would like advice regarding care for Kitchen 7.30 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday. Contact - 01887 820936 you or your family or are interested in joining Aberfeldy Quilting Group - Aberfeldy Parish Church, Farour team, please contact us on... ragon Room - Thursdays - 11 am - 3 pm. Contact Jane - 07771 enquiries@aberfeldycommunitycare.co.uk 641390 or Annette - 07736 384035 Telephone: 07881 736 939 Dull and Weem Chit Chat Café - 1st Monday of the month in the Macdonald Room, Dull and Weem Kirk. For further information please contact Liz Bruce: elizabeth_1_bruce@btinternet.com Strathtay Coffee Break - The group meet every Wednesday in the John Kyd Hall, beside Strathtay Church at 10.30 am - all are welcome to come along and join in! Freedom Strathtay Quilting Group - John Kyd Hall. 7 pm - 9 pm on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Personal Assistants month. Contact Marie MacLeod - stytchandturn@btinternet.com. Please look at the church Est. 2009 website for the latest information FULL SECRETARIAL & ADMIN SERVICES Church Website Information - Aberfeldy Parish Church www.aberfeldyparishchurch. For Individuals & Businesses org Dull and Weem Parish Church www.dullandweemparish.org Grantully, Logierait Including: and Strathtay Parish Church www.glschurchofscotland.org

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Interim Moderator Rev Fraser Penny 01350 727249 Locum Minister Rev Matthew Rodger 01828 634265. Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Service - 10.30 am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. The wearing of masks within our building is now optional. Everyone is welcome for Tea, Coffee and Juice in The Tryst after the service. Tryst for Prayer - Wednesday’s 10 am - 10.30 am in the Tryst Wednesday Coffee and Chat - 10.30 am - 11.45 am. Everyone is very welcome to catch up with friends, neighbours and to meet new people over tea, coffee and biscuits in the Tryst lounge. Table Tennis - Meet weekly on Thursdays 2 pm until 4 pm in the Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group - Details of walks are on The Tryst noticeboard. For details and availability of Tryst hire for groups and classes, please contact the office: 9 am - 1 pm Monday - Friday: tel 01796 474010; email thetryst@btconnect.com ScotThoughts Podcast - Thoughts for the day, short stories, Parables, inspiration, Reflections, Hymn writers, sermons. Listen on Spotify or Anchor podcasts.

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Grandtully further up the valley in order to cross the Tay. Over the years the condition of the bridge deteriorated and in 1991 fearing the bridge had become unsafe the estate attempted to close it to public access. Two committed local residents sought interdicts to prevent the closure which were awarded unopposed by the Estate at the High Court in Perth. In 1994 The Kinnaird Estate gifted ownership of the bridge to a newly formed community company the Logierait Bridge company whose objective was simply to maintain a road link, via the Logierait Bridge, to the communities on either side of the river Tay. The locally elected board of the company set to work to raise the money required to repair the bridge, at a cost of almost £400,000. This was quite a task but the money was raised and the Bridge reopened in 2001. The work of restoring the Bridge involved installing new decking, safety rails and repainting. This work included the removal of old lead paint, which had the potential to impact the sensitive environment of the River Tay. The entire structure had to be sheathed in a plastic cocoon while the Bridge was stripped back to bare metal. After dry and then wet grit blasting, the wrought iron was repainted. The board is still responsible for the maintenance of the bridge and have arranged to replace worn timbers on the deck, cleaned the bridge metal work and in 2018 arranged divers to check for scour at the base of the


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When you are visiting the Black Spout Wood please use the carpark provided. We have noticed that some visitors are parking on the side of the road which not only destroys the vegetation there but also and more seriously, damages the roots of the lovely oak trees which adversely affects their health. Pitlochry Path Group Weightlifting - Pitlochry Weightlifting Club member Alex Phillips won his 37th Scottish title at the Scottish Masters Open in Glasgow in June. Competing in the 81 kg (55 to 59 years) class Alex snatched 48 kg and clean & jerked 68 kg for a 116 kg total winning the class by 1 kg from his nearest rival. Alex’s total has also qualified him for next year’s British Masters, the first time he has qualified for this competition for several years. Alex has also been selected to represent Scotland as a Technical Official at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next month. Alex had been training at the Omega gym in Perth because the Live Active Atholl leisure centre in Pitlochry did not open fully until the middle of July.

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West Stormont Woodland Group - SCIO

West Stormont was the name used in medieval times to cover the parishes of Auchtergaven, Kinclaven, Logiealmond, Moneydie, Redgorton (Stanley) and the Murthly portion of Little Dunkeld. West Stormont has been chosen as the most suitably inclusive title for the many communities connected to Taymount and Five Mile Woods today. Working with local people to bring Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood into Community Ownership. What has WSWG been doing this month? *Our big thing was the first General Meeting of the WSWG SCIO, involving the retiral of the three interim trustees and the election of a new Board of Trustees to take WSWG forward as a charity. We had sent out a “GM Pack” to keep our WSWG membership informed, invite them to the GM and seek nominations for WSWG Members willing to become Trustees. The meeting was held at the Tayside Hotel in Stanley on June 20 with the formal proceedings followed by the opportunity to chat together over a cup of tea. Five Members were elected on the night and one Associate co-opted as a Trustee at the first SCIO Board meeting on June 29, with roles allocated as follows: •Simon Yearsley, Chair •Shonagh Moore, Vice Chair •Andrew Lear, Secretary •Elspeth Coutts, Membership Secretary •Betty Abbott, Trustee •Alan Ross, Trustee (co-opted) •Vacancy, Treasurer We are currently looking for someone to fill the position of Treasurer, so if any WSWG Members or Associates would be interested in that role on the Board of Trustees, please do get in touch. Thank you very much indeed to everyone who helped organise or who attended the GM; to Jane Wilkinson of Growbiz for coming along in support; and to Jo Hardy for hosting us so well at the Tayside Hotel. *Another big achievement this month was the submission of a funding application to the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund Round 2. We have sought significant funding towards staff and project costs within our proposed Community Benefit Programme which, if successful,


would provide invaluable support for the WSWG Project between 2023 and 2026. We will hear in December 2022 if we have been successful. Wish us luck and fingers crossed!! *Attended an online PKC-hosted workshop on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, delivered by Diversity Scotland. *Ongoing work on costed final WSWG Proposal and Business Plan. (NB. Getting there!) Word of the Month - Shining fungus beetle: (Scaphidium quadrimaculatum.) Found in Taymount Wood in July 2022, there are only 4 other recorded locations in Scotland for this unusual beetle which has not previously been recorded in Tayside. Having this summer found several insect species in the woods which have not been recorded in Tayside, we are beginning to get really excited about what living treasures Taymount & Five Mile Woods hold. What’s coming up next? *Look out for the next blog from the Barefoot Woodland Wanderer! *WSWG Volunteer Days over the summer - dates and activities coming soon. *SCIO Board meetings; business advice from Growbiz; Progress meetings with Forestry and Land Scotland & Scottish Land Fund; planning for Community Consultation on final WSWG Proposal after the summer holidays. Follow us! West Stormont Woodland Group Email us: contact@weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot

Blair Atholl and Struan Community Council

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The Atholl Craft Collective A group of local crafters are getting together over the next few months for crafters makers and bakers to showcase what they make. There is no charge to get in. The dates are as follows: Sunday, 7 August; Sunday, 25 September. 11 am - 3 pm Food in the Park, Blair Atholl 15


John Swinney MSP Perthshire North - SNP Recently, it was confirmed that I will temporarily take on the role of Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy. I have been asked to take on this responsibility whilst Kate Forbes MSP, the current finance secretary, is on maternity leave. Kate will also continue to retain the title of Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy while she is off. I would firstly like to wish Kate and her family well, and I hope that they enjoy the precious early days with their new arrival. I, along with all in the Scottish Government, will be looking forward to her eventual return to frontline politics. Having previously served as finance secretary for almost a decade, I know firsthand how important and demanding a role it can be. It is also one of the most rewarding, and I am therefore honoured to have been asked to temporarily return to this role. Of course, I will continue to ensure that I remain accessible to my constituents. I regularly hold constituent appointments, either face-to-face or remotely, and these can be booked by contacting my office directly. With Parliament currently on recess, I have been making the most of the increased flexibility in my schedule to meet with constituents and visit groups across the constituency. When Parliament is sitting, I am required to travel to Edinburgh on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is therefore a nice change of pace to be able to spend these days in the constituency. This is definitely the most “normal” summer recess that I have experienced since the start of the Covid pandemic over two years ago, and it is wonderful to see so many gala days and marquee events returning to the area. Whilst there are no restrictions in place, it is, of course, important to take sensible precautions. Covid cases are still high and people continue to tragically lose their lives at the hands of this virus. From a personal perspective, I know that my encounter with Covid was very unpleasant and made me extremely thankful that I had been fully vaccinated and therefore protected from significant illness. So, I would encourage my constituents to enjoy the remainder of the summer but to remain vigilant to the potential threat that Covid poses. I am available to offer assistance to constituents via telephone, email or meeting. In the first instance, please contact john.swinney.msp@ parliament.scot or call my office on 01250 876576.

Summer Concerts in Dunkeld Cathedral

Saturday, 6 August - 7 pm. The Abermore Singers, an Anglo-Welsh chamber choir, will perform unaccompanied sacred choral music in a variety of styles, ranging from Renaissance to 21st century. Donations from this concert will go to Ukraine Crisis. Wednesday, 24 August - 6 pm. Berkshire Youth Choir, one of the UK’s finest youth choirs, will perform a wonderfully varied programme of choral music from Byrd to Beyonce. Donations to the upkeep of the Cathedral.

Luke Jackson in Concert - Dalguise Hall, Friday, 19 August,

8 pm (doors open 7.15 pm). Luke Jackson is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who way back in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and 2016, his live album Solo:Duo:Trio was voted 2018 Album of the Year by Laurel Canyon and in 2020 his last studio release Journals was voted 2019 Album of the Year by Fatea Magazine. Over the past few years he has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the Folk, Roots, Americana & Acoustic circuits, through his solo, duo or trio shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady and Glen Tilbrook to name but a few. Luke appears at Dalguise Hall on Friday, 19 August as part of an 8-date solo Scottish tour. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the UK’s brightest young talents in an intimate setting. Doors open at 7.15 pm and the concert will begin at 8 pm. Tickets: £10. Available on the door or in advance from Birnam CD, Station Road, Birnam PH8 0DS 01350 727158/info@birnamcd.com or online via eventbrite.co.uk Pitlochry Station Bookshop - When I was young, and now that I’m old, there has always been an ache of disappointment if presents at birthdays and Christmas have not included a book token. A proper book token that is, one that’s made from card and shows a sum of money in large print, not an underwhelming rectangle of plastic. Happily, plastic has not had a complete victory. A card book token can still be found at the Station Bookshop where we sell our own card tokens, beautifully printed and priced at only £5 each. The token comes in its own envelope, just right for a quick and easy gift to a reader who is able to visit the Bookshop to choose from our wide selection of volumes. The £5 total is even broken down into £1 lots so that it need not be used all at once. The tokens are popular purchases in December but book tokens are not just for Christmas. People have birthdays too and most are happy to receive gifts on any day of the year. You can even buy several tokens at once and keep them for unexpected moments when you can give a lift to someone’s day. Visit us soon. Our book tokens are waiting for your early visit.

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Creative Writing Group

Join author Linda Cracknell at the Highland Perthshire Creative Writing Group as she uses existing poems and stories to spark your own writing ideas in the informal setting of Aberfeldy’s Breadalbane Community Library. This free drop-in session has been organised by Open Book who organise and run over 1,200 shared reading and creative writing sessions each year for a diverse range of community and public participants across Scotland. Dates and time: Thursdays, 28 July and 25 August. 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm. Venue: Breadalbane Community Library, Aberfeldy. Admission: Free. No need to book; just come along.

Pitlochry Highland Games Saturday, 10 September

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What’s On at Birnam Arts

It is Summer - time to relax with family and friends! Let Birnam Arts be a regular part of your Summer Holidays. The Café is cooking, the coffee is fresh, and the exhibition continues in August. We know there’ll be something to tempt you to visit… or visit again! Friday, 12 August - 8 pm. Hannah Fisher, Sorren Maclean & Friends. We are super excited to welcome our home-grown talent Hannah back to her roots in Dunkeld. Now both living on Mull, Hannah and Sorren find musical inspiration in the landscape, seas and space of their tranquil home. When not writing, recording and performing together, both are sought after session musicians and tour extensively with Idlewild, Mull Historical Society, King Creosote and Roddy Woomble. This intimate performance with friends will include original and contemporary songs and tunes, blending rich vocal harmonies with bluegrass influenced fiddle and guitar tunes.

Thursday, 1 September - 7.30 pm. Ventoux by 2Magpies Theatre. Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. Twenty years on, Ventoux restages the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the

question - how far will we go to succeed? Saturday, 3 September - 7.30 pm. Simon Yates - My Mountain Life. Simon is best known for his role in Joe Simpson’s bestseller Touching The Void and is one of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time. This is his amazing journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet. Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Wednesday, 14 September - 7.30 pm. A Room of One’s Own. The award-winning creators of Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Orlando, Dalloway, Christmas Gothic, and Austen’s Women return with a twenty-first century take on Virginia Woolf ’s celebrated pre-TED talk. Take a wry, amusing, and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism and gender. Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, and Shakespeare’s sister - Judith! Travel to the far-flung future of… 2028. But whatever you do, Keep Off the Grass. In the Gallery 1 July - 28 August - 10 am - 4 pm. nATURE with Katherine Fay Allan, Alicia Escott, Simone Kenyon, Heidi Quante and Christine Riley. ‘nATURE’ is an exploration of the disembodied relationship and sense of separation we feel from the rest of nature. Through this collective of sculptural installations, Artist Talk events and workshops, ‘nATURE’ seeks to remind us of our kinship with the more-than-human. Each artist approaches the subject in a curious and insightful way, from creating new words encapsulating this experience, curating a reference library and reading space connecting people to land, sky and sea, a collaborative composition of insect and vocal recordings, to documentation of a place sensitive performance project in the Cairngorms, nATURE offers ways to reimagine our relationship with nature, not as a separate space but as parts of one ecosystem. Simone Kenyon (Into the Mountain), Alicia Escott and Heidi Quante (The Bureau of Linguistical Reality), Christina Riley (The Nature Library) and Katherine Fay Allan (Insect Mimicry: a call for interspecies empathy). See upcoming classes on next column 18

Tuesday, 16 August - Tuesday, 20 September - 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. Creative Writing Workshop with Jane Archer. Limited Spaces. Free. Got a Story to Tell? Get Writing! You don’t need to have any creative writing experience, only an interest in the landscape, wildlife, legends, and tales from the area. Bring your memories, observations, and imagination, and we’ll take it from there. Jane is Associate Artist (Writer) at Perth Theatre. You can read her most recent work at Open Book Unbound and in the 2022 edition of New Writing Scotland. These sessions are supported by Autumn Voices, a Scotland-based organisation that seeks to celebrate creativity in later life. Tuesday, 23 August - Tuesday, 27 September - 6.30 pm - 9 pm. Creating Expressive Ceramics Class with Anna Olson. Join ceramicist Anna Olson for a 6-week course exploring the potentials and nature of clay. You’ll learn core hand-building techniques including pinch, coil and slab building, as well as the Japanese technique of kurinuki. You will journey with the clay from wet to dry, learning to react and respond to its transformational qualities. Throughout the course you’ll be supported to explore ways of conveying thought and expression through form and texture, and to consider aesthetics in relation to the Japanese ethos of wabi-sabi. Materials and tools will be provided: various clays and glazes will be available for use. Tickets available through birnamarts.com. Saturday, 27 August - 10.45 am - 11.45 am. Taster Spanish Class - Free. The taster class will give participants the chance to start talking to each other right away in Spanish. The focus will be to interactively practice basic greetings, ask and answer simple questions and start building the basics of a conversation. Spanish Conversation for Beginners. Throughout the course we will focus on developing skills and vocabulary to role play scenarios such as eating in restaurants; asking directions, shopping; going to the pharmacy; asking for information and talking about the weather. Classes will be dynamic and interactive while encouraging participants to use the language with confidence in a variety of contexts.


Saturday, 27 August - 12 pm - 1 pm. Taster Screenwriting Class - Free. The taster class will give participants an opportunity to start writing immediately. In the taster session we will create characters within a context, establish their relationship and identify a conflict. On that premise, participants will be encouraged to write the dialogue of the scene either individually or with a partner which will then be shared in the group. Screenwriting Course For Beginners 6-week block. During the course we will combine a little theory with actual writing practice, focusing on areas such as character development and voice, story structure, dialogue, construction of scenes, the role of conflict and basic script formatting with a view to writing a short film script. Guitar Lessons - We are delighted with the response about guitar lessons, and the first group is currently underway. There’ll be a break over the summer, with classes starting again in the autumn. For those who have already been in touch with Steph Hand to express an interest, we’ll be in touch with you in the coming weeks for you to confirm your interest. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, Steph would be pleased to hear from you. These small classes fill up fast, so if it is of interest, it is worth getting in touch. Regular Classes - For summer schedules of our regular classes - ballet, tai chi, yoga, and Pilates - we invite you to speak with your instructors to see if they have anything organised. Otherwise, check our regular newsletter for updates. Agathe’s Dance and French classes will start again in the autumn. Keep an eye on our newsletters and website for more information. Creative Kids with Helen O’Brien will pause for the summer holidays. To find out more or to sign up for the next block, contact Helen O’Brien via info@creativecatalystscotland. co.uk Fun For the Whole Family - Enter the world of Beatrix Potter through our Victorian school room, investigate the natural world, and explore ideas through drawing. Look out for fun family activities throughout the Summer Holidays to ignite the imagina-

tion! We have a range of interactive games and colouring in for little ones. You can choose the right option for you with our family day pass or tickets for small groups, and remember, carers and kids under 3 go free! You can buy your tickets in the Gift Shop or online. We’ve also just released our new Friends of Beatrix Potter annual pass, allowing you to visit as many times as you like through the year. Our summer hours - open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Gift Shop and Beatrix Potter open 10.30 am to 3.30 pm - offer more opportunities to visit Birnam Arts again and again. For more information on any events and to buy tickets, visit our website: www. birnamarts.com. The Box Office is open 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Dalguise Meditation Group - Why not come to a meeting this month and find out what we do? Meetings take place once a fortnight on Tuesday mornings eg. 2nd, 16th and 30th August, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in Dalguise Village Hall, and continue throughout the year. We enjoy sitting and walking meditations, discussions, and socialising over refreshments. There is no charge, and we have no religious affiliation. Meditation is a way of getting in touch with ourselves. It involves training the mind, through regular practice, to become aware and awake in the present moment. As a result, we become more focussed, calm and compassionate. Anyone can do it - it’s just practice. If you would like to know more, contact faithanstey@gmail.com. 19

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Pitlochry Baptist Church

Atholl Road, PH16 5BX www.pbcweb.net Keep up to date with us on both Facebook and Instagram. Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) Sundays - We gather from 10.30 am at our church building on Atholl Road. If you’re exploring faith or looking for a place to call home, come as you are and join us. Our provision for the younger ones include crèche (babies and pre-school), His Kidz (primary-aged children). We look forward to welcoming you. Community - We love being a part of our community - whether in Pitlochry, Kirkmichael, Kinloch Rannoch, Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy, and so on. Below is a selection of initiatives we thought you would like to know about: *Community Larder - situated 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 or admin@athollcentre.org. uk for information. *Heart & Soul - A topical mix of music, chat, news, community focus and issues, plus interviews every Sunday on Heartland FM from 8 am - 9 am (97.5FM & www.heartland.scot) *Make & Bake (nursery and primary children) - A fortnightly, after school, term-time event in the Aberfeldy Town Hall. Tuesdays 3.15 pm - 5.15 pm. Restarting in September. You will be most welcome! For more info call Gill on 07725 669816. *Sounds Inspirational - An hour of gospel, spiritual, and inspirational music with a wee bit of chat thrown in as well. Every Tuesday from 7 pm on Heartland FM (97.5FM & www.heartland.scot). Repeated Thursdays at 10 pm. *Stay & Play (babies and toddlers’ group) - A meeting place for anyone caring for pre-nursery aged children. For the children there’s plenty of play, craft, singing and energy sapping fun. In the church building, Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm during school term-time. *WA - Strawberry Tea with entertainment and refreshments Friday, 12 August from 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm in the church. Booking essential by calling 07703 442802 or 07713 133524.

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Interim Moderator Rev.Neil Glover Session clerks Marion Faulds - 01796 472415; Judy Thorpe 01796 473252 Sunday Service - 10.30 am. All Welcome

Andy Sherwood and Jim Letham, The Agapanthus Duo

The internationally known duo of Andy Sherwood (violin) and Jim Letham (piano) are returning to Tenandry Kirk to give a recital of classical and Scottish music on Sunday, 11 September at 3.30 pm. As before, they are giving their services free but there will be a collection for local and overseas charities. Tenandry warmly invites all who love good music to come and fill our pews.

Blair Atholl & Struan linked with Braes of Rannoch and Foss & Rannoch

Interim Moderator Rev Grace Steele 01887 820025; GSteele@churchofscotland.org.uk Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan Harold Ingram 01796 481275 Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch Mrs Veronica Grosset 01882 633344 Session Clerks Foss & Rannoch Robert & Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272 Blair Atholl Church - Weekly services on Sundays at 11.15 am Rannoch - Weekly services on Sundays in Braes of Rannoch at 9.45 am and the Old Church of Rannoch, Kinloch Rannoch at 11.30 am.

The Baha’i Faith - All faiths and those of no particular “faith” are welcome to Baha’i prayer meetings on Sunday afternoon or evenings, Junior Youth Group on Wednesdays and discussions over morning coffee and cake! We are also happy to get involved where other groups are working in our communities. Feel free to contact Hilarie on hilarieburnett@clara.co.uk or Rachel at 07707 994812. Church of Scotland Fortingall, Glenlyon, Kenmore and Lawers

Interim Moderator, Rev Robert Nicol, 01887 820242. E: rnicol@churchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Service 11 am held on alternate Sundays between Fortingall and Kenmore, commencing :- 7 August at Kenmore, 14 August at Fortingall. 21 August at Kenmore, 28 August at Fortingall. We invite you to join us, all are welcome. Both Glenlyon and Fortingall churches are now open during the day.

St. Bride’s Catholic Church

Parish Priest: Fr. Emmanuel Adindu, Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AL; Tel. No. 01796 472174 email address; stbridespitlochry@dunkelddiocese.org.uk Also served by St. Brides: St. Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam Saturday Vigil Mass at 6 pm Our Lady of Mercy Sunday at 9.30 am St. Bride’s Pitlochry Sunday at 11.30 am. Weekday Mass times Tuesday Our Lady of Mercy Aberfeldy 9.30 am Wednesday, and Friday St. Bride’s Pitlochry 9.30 am. Thursday’s Mass will be held at St. Bride’s at 12 noon.

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Perth Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ

Serving Birnam, Dunkeld and surrounding areas Our main service of worship takes place at 10.00 every Sunday morning. It is a service of Holy Communion with prayers, readings, music and a sermon. We are a family and child-friendly church and children are encouraged to attend. This service normally lasts for an hour and we hope you will join us. Lesley-Ann Craddock, St Mary’s Rectory Birnam PH8 OBJ Lesley.craddock@ btinternet.com 20


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Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - Highland Night The Highland night is held in the Recreation Ground, Pitlochry every Monday night between 30th May 2022 and the 5th September 2022. If it is wet, the event is held in Pitlochry Town Hall. Gates open at the Recreation Ground at 7pm. Drive In - Free Parking in the Field Featuring: Pipe Band, Scottish Music and Songs, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing Admission Prices: Park: Adult £7, Child £1

Dunmore Angling Club - The club controls the fish-

ing on Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry. 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. 400 young tench were added to the stock during the winter and the water is fishing well at present. Aberfeldy Rotary Club - 200 Club: Winners for June were: £25 - Eric Slorance and Ramsay Fraser, £ 50 - Tom Macdougall and May Brown, £100 - Alistair Graham. £1,000 - Karen Brown. Citizen of the Year - The club would like to receive nominations for the 2022 award. Nominees should reside in Aberfeldy and district and should play an important part in community life via exceptional service in their work, professional life or voluntary work. The person making the nomination should give a full account of the reasons for nominating their candidate. Nominations should be submitted by Monday, 31 October to Mark Williams, St Margaret’s Hall, Kenmore Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BL, or markmwilliams@tiscali.co.uk.

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Riding for the Disabled Breadalbane and District Group (SCO47991)

Our riders and volunteers are enjoying a well-deserved break after a busy term which ended with a wonderful mixed session of relay races, exercises and a brief opportunity for grooming the ponies. Our fundraising activities will continue over the holidays as we have a stance at the Aberfeldy Show on Friday, 12 and Saturday, 13 August. We will be selling a range of goodies from cakes and jam to plants, toys and jewellery. Do pop along to see us if you get the chance! Our riders will return at the end of August and, as ever, we will be totally reliant on the goodwill of our volunteers, the owner of the arena and the owners of the ponies in order to provide a fun, confidenceboosting experience for all of them. We are always on the lookout for extra volunteers and for calm, reliable ponies for our riders. If you feel you would be able to help in any capacity with either of our needs please contact Jennifer Valentine on Tel: 01796 474444 or email valentinejennifer95@gmail.com. (Our sessions run on Monday mornings during term time from stables just outside Pitlochry).

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Pitlochry and District Neighbourhood Watch

Covid Scams - As Covid cases rise in Scotland, there has been a rise in scam text messages impersonating the NHS. People in Pitlochry have reported receiving texts saying that they have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid and asking them to click on a link to pay for a test kit. Links in these messages lead to a cloned NHS website, which asks for contact and payment details. NHS Scotland Will Never ask you to pay to take a test and will not ask for any financial details. If you are eligible, tests are free to order at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or phone 119. Suspicious texts can be forwarded to 7726. This free service enables your provider to investigate and take action if malicious content is found. Suspicious emails can be forwarded to report@ phishing.gov.uk or phone Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000. It’s best not to click on any links in unexpected text messages or emails but if you do, please do not provide bank or security details. Cold Callers - It’s also best not to engage with any cold caller offering to do repairs or garden work and the like. If you would like a free “No Cold Caller” sticker for your door or window, please contact Cath Marshall at marshall16@marshall16.plus.com or phone 01796 470575. If you are on email, you can receive alerts about all the latest scams by registering with www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk.

Annual Amulree & Trochry Clay Pigeon Shoot 2022

Sunday, 11 September at Clashcat Amulree PH8 0EE, follow the signs by the bridge at Amulree. Starting at 10 am last entry 3 pm. The shoot is open to everyone with prizes for the Open, Local (those living in Glen Quaich, Amulree, Auchnafree and Strathbraan), Ladies and Under 18’s categories. The cost for the 35 bird shoot is £18 per entry with £13 re-entry. Under 18’s is £7 per entry with £5 re-entry. Raffle with great prizes, a catering tent selling soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day. The event is in aid of the Amulree and Trochry Community Association which raises funds for community events such as the annual Christmas party for all of the children, as well as acknowledging all the ‘Joys and Sorrows’ throughout the Glen community and giving support where needed. We will also have donation buckets for the Scottish Air Ambulance. Enquiries contact Dawn Frame 07715 786742.

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31 July Aberfeldy Museum 7 August Breadalbane Community Library 14 August Heartland to Malawi 21 August Gaelic Parents of Breadalbane Academy 28 August Feldy in Flower 4 September Farmers Market 11 September Stay and Play 18 September Highland Perthshire Riding Group 25 September Breadlabane and Distict Riding for the Disabled 2 October SNP 9 October World Scouts 16 October Feldyroo Fitness Trail 23 October Inner Wheel 30 October Auto Immune Diseases Support Group 6 November Aberfeldy Tennis Club 13 November Amulree Hall 20 November ASN 27 November Tay Valley Timebank / Upper Tay Transport and Fortingall Roots

Fortingall Fitness

Fortingall Fitness is back again and meets regularly in the Molteno Hall in Fortingall at 11.30 am every Tuesday. We are a friendly group of mixed age and ability led by Lucy Davidson from Live Active. There is a mixture of exercises to improve muscle strength, balance, and cardio ability. Why not come along and see if the exercise suits you? At £4.50 a session this is good value for improving your health and wellbeing and having fun. Sessions are at 11.30 am every Tuesday and last for 45 minutes. For further information contact Penni - 01887 830575. All welcome.

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It’s Going To Be Braw! Blairgowrie and Rattray arts showcase celebrates Scotland’s Year of Stories Artists and creatives in Blairgowrie and Rattray will share local tales through music, art, photography, crafts and storytelling this summer as part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Stories. The sessions, which take place throughout August, are being held as part of the fifth annual It’s BRAW (Blairgowrie and Rattray Arts for Wellbeing) Festival and have been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. It’s BRAW runs throughout the year and aims to highlight the wealth of creative talent in the area and support the wellbeing of people by providing opportunities to participate in arts, crafts, music and drama activities. Now in its fifth year, it will culminate in a packed month-long programme of activities, encouraging people to try out new skills and hobbies while at the same time giving professional artists the option to showcase their skills. Inspired by nature and the area’s rich cultural heritage, there will be music events telling the history of the famous Berryfields of Blair, an accessible walk along the River Ericht which flows through Blairgowrie and Rattray with wildlife and plant life experts, storytelling workshops about the historic - and rumoured to be haunted - Newton Castle, nature videography and photography workshops and several creative skills sessions. A number of other events are also taking place in the town throughout the It’s BRAW showcase month. The Rattray Arts Festival, which this year will be held on Saturday, 27 August and Sunday, 28 August, celebrates the talent and skills of artists with an annual exhibition of work and will feature hundreds of original paintings and selected designs by sculptors, jewellers, silversmiths, stained glass artists, potters and a weaver. As well as the exhibition, there will be workshops over the weekend run by artists. There will also be a chance to enjoy several performances by award-winning local amateur dramatic group, the Blairgowrie Players. On Sunday, 14 August, there will be an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea while solving a murder mystery, An Englishman in New York, and then on Friday, 9 September, and Saturday, 10 September the youth section of the group will be performing Dracula: The Final Countdown? in Blairgowrie Town Hall. The team behind the month-long celebration of arts, crafts, drama and music is looking forward to what they say is going to be “a braw month filled with workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, live music, theatre and more”. The celebration of the area’s cultural heritage and biodiversity through the arts is open to everyone and aims to encourage people to get involved and maybe try something new. This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. For further details and to book a place at any of the events, please visit the website at www. itsbraw.scot. You can see our advert on page 57. 26


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Birks Cinema Community Activities and Events

Murder Island and imagining John Rebus afresh with Sam Baker. Alexander McCall This month we have some exciting additions Smith will be talking to BBC journalist James to our regular programme of activities and Naughtie. Serhii Plokhy will discuss Ukraine events: Animation Workshops and Two Ed- at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia with inburgh Festivals are coming to The Birks. Allan Little and last but by no means least Animation@The Birks - This summer we Brian Cox chats with Nicola Sturgeon. are running a series of animation workshops Edinburgh Film Festival - The screenings - the next one is Fantastic Mr Fox - Saturday, 6 will be: The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart August, Finding Dory - Saturday, 13 August. - A film about Edinburgh’s Old Town and Each film is followed by an iPad animation the centuries of adjacent and vertical comworkshop for children accompanied by an munities who have called it home. adult. Limited places available. See website Off The Rails - Rikke Brewer and best friend for more information. Aiden Knox hone their spectacular UrbEx Edinburgh Book Festival - We are linking stunts and gravity-defying Parkour skills, in via The Big Screen to these festivals again hoping that millions of likes on social media this year. As part of the Book Festival, we will be their ticket out of boring Guildford. will be screening: Our patron and one of Home (Dùthchas) - This documentary feaScotland’s favourite entertainers Alan Cum- tures previously unseen Kodachrome 8mm ming. Ian Rankin discusses McIlvanney, archive film of everyday life on the Isle of Berneray, in the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland through the 60s and 70s, intercut with interviews with people from the island including many featured in the archive film. LD SO Early booking advised. More information and tickets: www. birkscinema.co.uk. Book and Film Blethers - Our next blether is Where the Crawdads Sing on Sunday, 7 August at the earlier time of 5.15 pm (TBC). LD LD LD Everyone is welcome to join us SO SO SO for a chat after the screening - you don’t have to have read the book of the same name by Delia Owens Value! ’s me Ho ur Yo ise Maxim to join us but it is a fantastic read! T POSSIBLE PRICE E BUYERS = HIGHES Gaelic Café - Continues every MORE OFFERS + MOR month, starting at 10.15 am - an hour or so of friendly conversaPropert Marketing entre tional Gaelic, in a relaxed, informal and supportive setting. It’s a free SCAN CODE TO BOOK YOUR FREE event, so come along, listen and VALUATION WITH BRIAN CHAMBERS join in - everyone is welcome. The 07712 591 471 next one takes place on Saturday, 6 August. bchambers@remax-scotland.net T: 01738 508 741 Relaxed Screenings - Our £5 Relaxed Screenings take place on the “I’ll be your personal agent from FOR SALE to SOLD!” first Friday of every month. They create an inclusive environment

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for those on the autism spectrum, people living with dementia and anyone who would benefit from a relaxed cinema experience. The lights are left on low throughout the screening, the sound is set at a lower volume and there are no adverts/trailers. This month it’s the classic There’s No Business Like Show Business, Friday, 5 August, 10.30 am. In September we have The Greatest Showman Singalong, Friday, 2 September, 10.30 am. Climate Café (Monday, 22 August, 6.30 pm) - We have no screening this month but will meet to discuss the Food Waste Festival on Saturday, 24 September. Singing For Fun - Led by music therapist Daphne George. Participants have fun exploring their voices with songs old and new. Come and experience the health benefits of singing - for body and mind! Singing starts at 11 am on every second and fourth Friday of each month. Plus there’s free tea and coffee! No need to book, just pop along on the day. These sessions are Dementia friendly. For more info you can call Daphne on 07516 479882. If you need help with getting to and from the Birks, please contact the transport hub on 07388 236233 or info@ uppertaytransport.org. Football memories - An award-winning national project supported by Sir Alex Fergusson, a former St Johnstone player and manager of another well-known club in the English Premiership - Man Utd. With the use of player picture cards, team photos and memorabilia, participants’ memories of footballing days gone by are encouraged to be reignited. Please come along and bring anyone who you think might benefit from this kind of social interaction. Our next session is on Friday, 19 August. More information on any of the above email: support@birkscinema.co.uk


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Firefighters in Kinloch Rannoch, Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy are looking to attract new recruits to continue to keep their local community safe. The crew respond to emergencies via an on call pager and balance the role with primary employment. Firefighters are paid for the work and activities they undertake - including a training night once a week. The crews are appealing to anyone who lives or works within these highland Perthshire areas to get in touch and find out more. If you are interested you must be over 18, live or work within 20 minutes of Kinloch Rannoch or 5 minutes from Dunkeld, Pitlochry or Aberfeldy and have a good level of fitness and eyesight. Please email james.black@firescotland.gov.uk or garry.west@firescotland.gov.uk for any more information. Aberfeldy Small Business Association - The Farmers’ Markets are now up and running on the first Sunday of the month, we’re always looking for new stall holders who’d be interested in taking part. If you’re interested please contact Fiona our Market Manager at aberfeldymarket@gmail.com. We’re supporting the Aberfeldy Show on the weekend of the Show, Friday, 12 and Saturday, 13 August with a number of businesses in town staying open later until 7.30 pm - 8 pm. Some of the food establishments are discussing special menus. Watch out for more information on the Aberfeldy Community page on Facebook. We’re currently signing up businesses to our annual membership. Recognising the impact of various factors including the pandemic on businesses we’ve agreed to waive the boundary of Aberfeldy Town limits (part of our constitution) so those businesses who are more rural and not supported by other business communities can participate if they choose. If you would be interested in membership please contact angela@artisanand.co.uk.

New workshop organised by the Biodynamic Garden Camserney

Sound Bath in the Garden - Please join Cristie at the Biodynamic Garden for the last in the summer series of sound baths. Let the sounds of the singing bowls merge with those of the garden and help bring your body and mind into balance. Saturday, 6 August 10 am - 11 am. We will have a break and do the Biodynamic silica preparation for those interested. This event is funded by Scottish Communities recovery funding. If you would like to contribute then donations to the garden are very welcome. Numbers are limited to both events so please book early via www.biodynamiccamserney. com/news.html.

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Visit The Atholl Country Life Museum Blair Atholl

Open daily until the end of October, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition - The Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition at Molteno Hall is in full swing till it ends on Sunday, 7 August. So come along to Fortingall (follow the AA signs) and fill your senses with an amazing selection of art, furniture making, ceramics, jewellery and glass sculptures. There are also cards and prints for sale. The Young People’s art competition celebrating “The Year of Reading” has been a great success, with representatives from a number of local schools. All the entries will be exhibited. We are so fortunate to showcase this lovely event in such a historic hall, built in early last century for the benefit of the local community. The architecture, in the Arts and Crafts style of the period, compliments the village built in the same design. The famous 5,000 year old yew tree stands in the church yard, attracting people from far and wide. Last year we had a record number of visitors. It was also the best year for sales, much to the delight of our artists who worked so hard to make this event possible. Entry is free, but we do ask you to make a donation to The Scottish Air Ambulance, the charity we rely on in this remote part of Scotland. Image - David-Mackenzie-Surfs-Up Scottish Disability Sport - Our project, in partnership with Aberfeldy Plus, aims to support the increase of opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activities in a safe, secure and appropriate environment. Over the next year, we will be working with a wide variety of different sports clubs and organisations in Highland Perthshire to deliver a four week block of their sport, specific for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. There will be a wide range of different sports available. To register your place - please use the link, there’s no cost to participate. www.cognitoforms.com/ScottishDisabilitySport/PerthKinrossDisabilitySportHighlandPerthshireDisabilitySportOpportunities. Any questions, please get in touch graeme@pkds.org.uk Telephone: 07999 544549. www.pkds.org.uk or Coach Gregor at the Rugby club - Gregor.ross3@gmail.com or Jane Carmichael at Aberfeldy plus 07821 729905 for future events and sports opportunities for people with disabilities. Music in Rannoch - Concerts at 3 pm (except the August concert) in the Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch. £8 at the door, children free. Please wear face masks. Wednesday, 17 August at 7.30 pm. Highland Games Week concert. Les Trois Blondes. (2 accordions and percussion). Scottish and Parisian café music. (The name derives from the French for pale ale) Sunday, 18 September Abigail Young (Violin) and Scott Mitchell (Piano). 2 Brahms violin sonatas and some Bach Sunday, 23 October Gallus Brass Quintet from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Includes Music by Debussy and Crespin. 32


The Field, Dunkeld & Birnam - The field is alive and well

thanks to the care and hard work of the dedicated team of volunteers and in spite of all the challenges we have all been faced with in terms of the weather. If you come up to the field you will notice that we have a new polytunnel, we have rested two beds and opened up two new beds. Onions, leeks, potatoes, broccoli, cabbages, sprouts and kalettes are all growing well but need constant attention especially watering. Carrots, parsnips and beetroot are all established and the beans sprouting & climbing up their frames. Aubergines, sweet corn, tomatoes, chillies and cucumber growing in our large tunnel which sometimes is almost too warm. The herb bed is looking good and basil and other herbs are looking healthy. In terms of biodiversity, the oystercatchers and song thrush have had young chicks; the hedgehogs are roaming around but there too many caterpillars eating our broccoli! We are all looking forward to gooseberries, blackberries the black and redcurrants very soon! The stalls are back! We restarted the stalls on July 16 at the Duchess Anne from 10 am till Midday. From now on we will have stalls on: Tuesday Mornings at Birnam Arts from 10 am till midday and Saturday Mornings at the Duchess Anne Dunkeld from 10 am till Midday. Do come along and say hello and we can update you the produce that will be coming available. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our stalls. This is our busiest time of the year and we have welcomed some new volunteers but, if you would like to join in, you are always welcome to come up and help. We are there on Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10 am and there is also someone there most days. We have volunteers of all ages who really enjoy spending time in the field, thank you to you all. In addition after our work sessions we are hoping to reinstate time for tea, coffee, cake and a catch up chats that are enjoyed by all. Have a look at our website www.dunkeldfield.co.uk or our Facebook page @ The Field Dunkeld & Birnam. Better still, if you want more information, ring Dave Amos (01350 727763) or Dave Roberts (01350 728926) or drop us an email: dblandtrust@btinternet.com. We look forward to seeing you at the stall and the field. 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 hrs 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. If there are any issues please contact Safer Communities Warden Norma Carr (07785 538425)

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The Arts Society, Tayside

Possibly the best, the most enjoyable and varied arts lectures available, the wonderful Arts Society - theartssociety.org - a nationwide organisation, has been offering the highest quality talks for over 50 years. It’s a friendly, sociable society. At illustrated lectures you can hear experts, chosen for their knowledge, presentational skills and entertainment value, speak on a huge variety of topics: architecture, artists and designers, china, glass, painting, music, furniture, sculpture, jewellery…. and much more. The Tayside branch lectures are held in the well-equipped Birnam Arts (Birnam and Dunkeld are just off the A9, 12 miles North of Perth), leaving time for lunch after attending the lecture in the morning, or tea following the afternoon one. You can choose either time. The Arts Society believes whole heartedly that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives and strives to be the most inclusive and influential arts society. Everyone is welcome to join the 300 members in Tayside, who meet monthly from September through to June, on the second Monday of the month, either in the morning (11 am - 12 noon) or the afternoon (2 pm - 3 pm). The Arts Society Tayside (TAST) www.theartssocietytayside.org.uk is an affiliate society of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS). Do think of joining in time to start the new season 2022-23, beginning Monday, 12 September. If you are interested, and would like to try a lecture before committing, you would be most welcome to email our Chairman Jane Gordon, tastchair@gmail.com, who can arrange for you to sample one complimentary lecture, in September, to see whether this is for you. Forthcoming lectures encompass ‘The two great Queens of Crime’ Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, to ‘The Glasgow Girls’ a distinctive branch of the Art Nouveau movement, ‘Courts and Palaces of India’ and the ‘Roaring twenties’ - an amazing variety. See more on theartssocietytayside. org.uk Please note that we do not normally offer our lectures individually but as part of a seasonal membership. Application forms are available by contacting Jane Gordon, our Chairman and Membership Secretary - tastmembership@gmail.com.


Food Waste Action Fortnight - It is estimated that in the UK, 9.5 million tonnes of food waste are created annually (through households, hospitality, food manufacture and retail). This has a value of £19 billion per year, and creates approximately 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gases. By weight, 70% of this food waste comes from households. In order to encourage a greater awareness of food waste, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry Climate Cafés (in association with the PKC Waste Minimisation Team) will be running a Food Waste Action Fortnight this autumn. The fortnight will start with Aberfeldy’s week, which will begin on Monday, 19 September and culminate with a Food Waste Festival on Saturday 24, September followed by Pitlochry who will run from Monday, 26 September - Sunday, 2 October, with their Festival on Saturday, 1 October. As part of this awareness raising, we are looking for folk who Bidh fàilte chrìdheil romhaibh would be keen to take part in uile! a food waste survey over the next few months; each family will be provided with a brown food waste bin, and asked to record exactly what they throw away over this period of time. More information will be published nearer the time. Email aberfeldyclimatecafe@gmail.com if you would like to take part in the survey. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com Bidh fàilte chrìdheil romhaibh uile!

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offers come-and-try workshops for young people aged 8-18 & Adults, led by some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians

To register interest or if you’d like to help organise the Fèis Contact us: feis_thatha_2019@hotmail.com

This is an opportunity for community groups and third sector organisations to book in a 20-minute slot to speak with one of our advisors about their groups and any project ideas they may have. If you are interested in attending, please email rachelle.cloutier@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk to book a slot.

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Disathairne 17 Sultain Fèis Thatha (Gaelic for ‘Tay Festival’) offers come-and-try workshops for young people aged 8-18 & Adults, led by some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians

The National Lottery Community Fund is hosting two “Meet the Funder” events in August. The first will be at the Birnam Arts Centre on August 20th from 11am to 4 pm and the second will be at The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy on August 31st from 11am to 4 pm.

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Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair

The Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair takes place Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 August in the Drill Hall Dunkeld from 10 am to 5 pm each day. An exciting array of crafts including silver jewellery, collectible teddy bears, quirky feltwork, embroidery, beaded jewellery, Woodturning, knitwear, art, leatherwork, candles and Harris tweed. Meet the makers. Quilt display. Admission free. You can see all of our advertising details at www.thequair.scot


Enjoy a local staycation - Before Covid, around 8,000 Brits would search ‘staycation’ online each month. By summer 2020, this had jumped to almost 50,000. Although restrictions have almost disappeared since then, the uncertainty of the transport industry - as well as the soaring cost of fuel and cost of living crisis - means that many of us may choose to stay closer to home this summer, and take a staycation in or around our local towns. If this is how you plan to spend your summer holiday, here are a few tips on how to have a fun staycation on a budget. Food and drink - One definite highlight of a holiday abroad is enjoying the local cuisine. Why not bring that home? Search for some recipes to help you create the national dishes and drinks of your favourite holiday destinations, and start your staycation with a feast! Be a tourist in your own town - Adopt the same explorer’s attitude as you have abroad and learn about your hometown’s significant sites and history. Search online for famous local landmarks or find free tours and talks being run by your local church, parks and heritage sites. The great outdoors - There are hundreds of species living around us that most of us never get to see in our day-to-day lives. Pay your local nature reserve a visit and reconnect with nature. Many reserves host events, walks and talks about the local wildlife - from birds to whales. If you can’t get out and about, create a virtual outdoor experience from the comfort of your own sofa by watching what’s happening in national parks through webcams, like www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams and www. airpano.com. The sky at night - There are plenty of apps that will help you spend an evening stargazing. Grab a blanket, make yourself a hot chocolate and experience the beauty of the natural world by lying back and looking up into the canopy of space. How many stars and constellations can you spot? We hope these tips help you to enjoy your staycation, without breaking the bank. If you or someone you know is struggling with finances, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is on hand to offer free debt help to everyone. Call 0800 328 0006 or go to capuk.org to find out more. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity working with over 800 affiliated churches to deliver debt help, budgeting guidance, support to find work, life skills groups and more. Visit capuk.org to find out more. Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - The Grade 3 band had another great result at Inverness, winning their Grade at the European Championships and the Grade 4 band were delighted to take a fourth place in their Grade. It’s been a busy time, playing at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, which was a beautiful day and the Kenmore Highland Games where there was a huge crowd. We had a few engagements late July including a Beat Retreat at Stirling Castle and Braco Show. We’re also doing really well with our Highland Nights with great crowds and fantastic weather. Thank you so much for sending down your visitors and thanks to all the locals coming along as well. We’ve got a group of Highland Dancers from Hamilton, Ontario coming on Monday, 8 August to join our Jean Swanston Highland Dancers, so that will be a spectacle to see. August is another busy month with the World Championships at Glasgow Green on Saturday, 13 August, Rannoch Highland Gathering on Saturday, 20 August and Crieff Highland Gathering on Sunday, 21 August. Tutoring carries on as usual on both pipes and drums. Please contact our lead tutor Gary Nimmo on gary.nimmo@thevale.org. Gillie McNab 07733 152223 41

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Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - Conservative It’s great to see the number of events beginning to increase again. Recently, I have attended school prize-givings, Kenmore Highland Games, the Aberfeldy Mod, Breadalbane Academy’s Pupil Voice event and an Instrumental Music Service concert in Perth with 780 singing, dancing, clapping, screaming, laughing primary school children, all of them an absolute joy to be part of. The Pitlochry Community Action Plan has been published and distributed to every household in the area. A lot of excellent work has gone into this publication. Now the real work commences to try and get the key priorities for the community progressed. I look forward to working with the six themed sub-groups and the steering group to tackle these. Please consider lending your support to this community effort by offering to help - contact pitlochrycap@gmail.com. SSE are conducting significant works in our area both at Loch Kinardochy and in Tummel Bridge where the power station is being completely refurbished. I have been closely involved in monitoring the works, visiting the locations and attending community events. While there is some inconvenience, there will also be community benefits as SSE look to help a number of local projects with funds and/or resources. I welcome the £389,128 awarded to Perth and Kinross Council from the Scottish Forestry Timber Transport Scheme to carry out road improvements in Glenlyon where a lot of timber is being extracted. This will involve creating additional passing places, road surfacing/ strengthening and flood prevention and will make travelling through the glen less stressful for motorists. I recently attended an informative discussion on the presence of Japanese Knotweed in our area led by the local Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) Project Officer. The SISI provides free support and advice and will train up volunteers to eradicate this invasive and destructive weed. Further information is available at www.invasivespecies.scot. The UK Government has announced cost-of-living support for low-income households which will benefit thousands of families across Perth and Kinross. Two payments totalling £650 will be paid directly into bank accounts in July and September with a further £150 top-up disability payment being made to those eligible in September too. This will help to ease the pressure of rising costs. See www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment. If I can be of any assistance to constituents, groups or local businesses on any matter, please contact me on jcduff@pkc.gov.uk, Mobile: 07826 908542 or Office Tel: 01738 475095.

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New people - It’s been a pleasure to welcome a number of new people to the club, including some families who took up the special offer at our June Open Day for reduced rate annual family membership. Summer Opening times - Sunday to Friday 2 pm - 4 pm. Thursday & Friday evenings 6.30 pm - 9 pm (unless there are club competitions being played on Fridays). We hope to extend opening times to include most evenings from 6.30 pm - 9 pm, depending on volunteers being available to help. New members - The special offer still holds - the first 3 games are free, then annual membership is at the reduced rate of £30 for the first year, £50 for the second year, and £70 thereafter, with reductions for junior members. More information is available from: 07833 664121 (John) or 07703 442802 (another John!) Competitions - Congratulations to Pitlochry trio Ann Egglishaw, Joe Osborne and Niel Haggart who won the recent Blair Atholl triples. The following week, Joe and

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Aberfeldy Farmers’ Market & Arts & Crafts Fair Sun, 7 August 10 am - 2 pm Strawberry Tarts, Rose Syrup, Oatcakes and Cheese, Botanical Spirits, Honey or Mead, Fruit and Veg, Meat and Fish - a few of the delights at the market this month - Come along and see for yourself! Or visit the Arts and Crafts Fair on the Mezzanine floor in the Birks Cinema, showcasing makers & creators from in & around Highland Perthshire with traditional & contemporary, bespoke & quirky high quality, handmade gifts. You could have coffee, brunch or lunch at one of the many super cafés and visit some of our lovely independent shops open on Sunday. Further Farmers’ Market information from Fiona aberfeldymarket@gmail.com or Lynn Shilp at lynn@breaghaglass for Arts and Crafts information.

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The Birnam Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. The games have been held since 1864, and are now held annually on the last Saturday in August. We warmly invite you to our next family friendly gathering on Saturday, 27 August. Experience for yourself the fun and culture that has kept the Games so popular for over 150 years. Main Events: Highland Dancing : Solo Piping : Cycling : Running : Heavies : World Haggis Eating Competition : The Perth Arms Scottish 100yds Championship (Men) : The Birnam Hotel Scottish 100yds Championship (Youths) : Children’s Race : Mad Kiltie Dash : Stalls : Food & Drink Games Park Gates Open: 10 am Park Events Start: 11 am Pipe band Strike Up at “The Cross” Dunkeld: 11 am Parade Begins March through Dunkeld and Across the Bridge: 12 pm. Full details of all events can be found in our programme, which is available from our ticket boxes. See www.birnamhighlandgames.com for more information

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Holyrood Royal Garden Party - My wife Anne and I were recently at this event on behalf of the Centre. This was in recognition of the Centre’s Community involvement and especially that of the Foodbank. It was good to meet a number of people from our local Community who were also there for the same reason. Food Bank -We continue to need community donations. Please leave donated items at the Atholl Centre Main Entrance, or in the basket at the Co-op. Money can be more effective to us as it enables us to purchase specific items which are needed. NB: please note our new Food Bank emergency phone number: 07443 738240 Changing Place Toilet & shower - Now open, please do give us a phone to book. Community Larder - We are open 24/7 for anyone to come and help themselves. Most of the food is through the Co-op food share scheme to help stop food waste. The food is “best before” and ambient temperature. Garden Share -You can also leave and share anything you have too, including seedlings and produce from your garden or greenhouse. Do give Helen Kirkwood a phone as she will be the person in charge, as I step down after 15 years. She will be only too willing to assist, and I know you will give her as much support as you have given me. Iain Walker, Atholl Baptist Centre, Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Registered Charity SC015113 CATH Churches Action For The Homeless - The outreach service will be at the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry on Tuesday, 2 August, between 10 am and 12 midday. We can provide support with Housing issues and Benefit queries/applications. We also provide support to access a range of available services. Please feel free to drop in for a chat, or phone Helen 07739 858987. Aberfeldy Quilters - We have been really busy making quilts for our Ukrainian families, here is the latest batch of 8 quilts being collected. If you too would like to join us please contact Jane 07771 641390 or Annette 07736 384035 for more information. 46


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opportunities to watch our ospreys in their loch-side nest at Loch of the Lowes. Since arriving in March, our resident male (LM12) and his mate (NC0) produced 3 eggs which hatched three chicks, although the youngest chick died shortly afterwards. Perhaps because a spell of bad weather coincided with LM12 bringing less fish to the nest (maybe due to suffering a temporary eye injury) the older chicks perceived a scarcity of food. The urge to survive meant the older, stronger chicks subjected the 3rd chick to severe sibling rivalry and bullying to keep it away from eating, resulting in its death. The remaining 2 chicks are healthy and thriving and were ringed by Keith Brockie, LP8 and LR0. We hope to be able to follow what becomes of them when they leave here when these rings are identified. The leg rings mean we have been very fortunate to have received photographs and confirmed sightings reported to us over the years both in the UK and further afield. July brought hot weather and a lot of us wanted to be out and about in our beautiful countryside, if August is the same, please be aware of the dangers as well as the pleasures to be found in Nature. Approx. 50 people die from accidental drowning in Scotland every year, far more than in the rest of the UK. Ticks, carried by deer and other wildlife, can easily transfer to humans if walking off the beaten track and can cause Lyme disease. This is a nasty disease but can be treated if caught quickly. If you see a red circle forming around a tick bite, please seek medical attention immediately. Across Scotland’s mainland and islands, Scottish Wildlife Trust is involved in practical conservation on over 100 reserves. Here in Perthshire, our Perthshire Ranger manages 5 reserves and on Tuesday, 2 August, will be at Tomdachoile. If you would like to join them for wildflower identification, please email perthshireranger@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk This will be a fabulous day out with the chance to learn about the flowers we all see regularly but know little about. On Monday, 22 August, join the Ranger for a Moth Night and learn about moth- trapping and the habits and glorious variety of our fascinating night-flying insects. Throughout August, on Wednesday Evenings, we hope to be running Beaver Watches on the reserve. Please check out our Reserves page on www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk to find out more information and to book - booking is essential. Please stop by and see us at Birnam Highland Games on Saturday, 27 August, our first community stall in over 2 years! From wildlife food to toys and cards, there will be a variety of wildlife themed goods to purchase and, of course, information about the Trust’s work, ospreys, red squirrels, beavers and much more. Follow all the action at Lowes on our website www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve and Twitter: @LochoftheLowes or email any queries to lochofthelowes@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Pitlochry Rotary Club - Our third calendar ‘North Perthshire Highland Wildlife ‘ is now complete and available for purchase from Iain McEwan, Neil Panton and currently 3 outlets in Pitlochry. The calendar has been inspired by the talented wildlife photographers in our community who have taken fantastic photographs of the beautiful and diverse wildlife that inhabits North Perthshire. Thanks to a fabulous gesture from Danscot, our printers, and our monthly Page Sponsors, all the proceeds from each calendar sold will go directly to local charities. If you would like to know more about our calendar or Rotary in Pitlochry please contact a member of the club or visit our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pitlochryrotaryclub.

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PH8 Community Matters - PH8

Community Matters wants to engage with every local resident to stimulate conversations about how we want our community to look over this coming decade. Funded by Perth & Kinross LEADER and the SSE Griffin & Calliachar Community Fund, with support from Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council and Perth and Kinross Council, the steering group of local people worked with STAR Development Group to produce the first PH8 Community Action Plan, published in March 2022, following community consultation through 2021. You can get in touch with us at ph8communitymatters@gmail.com and follow us on social media @ph8communitymatters


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Aberfeldy Show and Games - After an enforced two-year absence, the organising committee of Aberfeldy Show and Games is excited to be back and looking forward to hosting the 2022 event. The Committee is hoping for a bumper year in what will be their first chance to host the event since the Society bought the field in 2020. This year’s show will follow the usual format of the horse and pony show on Friday, 12 August, followed by cattle and sheep classes, heavy horses, pipe band, vintage tractors, races and a full programme of Highland games and Highland dancing on Saturday, 13 August, with various craft, gift and food stalls present on both days. “We’re really excited to welcome exhibitors and the public back to Aberfeldy Show this year, and especially excited to welcome them to the site now owned by the show society,’’ said chairman, Roddy Thomson. “Aberfeldy Show has been a big miss on the social calendar, both for the local farmers and the local community, and we hope to be back with a bang for 2022.’’ Schedules for the Horticultural and Industrial Sections and the Livestock Classes are available on the website now (www. aberfeldyshowandgames.co.uk). For those wishing to avoid the queues, tickets can be purchased online by following the link on the website. Birnam Library - Birnam Library is now open again! The new opening hours are: Thursday 5 pm - 7 pm Friday 12 pm - 5 pm Saturday 9.30 am 12 pm Birnam Library, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS 01738 459709 / birnamlibrary@culturepk.org.uk Summer Reading Challenge - The Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year, the Reading Agency is teaming up with the Science Museum Group for an incredibly special science-themed challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity! Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover the science all around you. Pop into your local library from June 25 to sign up!


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Pitlochry Community Action Plan News

The Pitlochry Community Action Plan (CAP) is printed and delivered to every home in Pitlochry. We hope you enjoy reading about the improvements you said you wanted to see happen in our community in 2022-27. There’s a lot to take on board and a lot of work to be done by everyone to realise our ambitions for our town. The Next Stage - Six inaugural meetings (one for each Theme) have just been held as a starting point. Some groups have appointed ‘Theme Champions’ to lead.

The first official ‘Theme group’ meetings are being planned now for all six groups. And there are plenty more seats at the table remember, this is a chance (the best one in years!) for all of us to continue to make a difference for our community. You may have filled in and returned a survey questionnaire in December with important comments let’s keep up the good work and see improvements that we want! Let us know if you would like to be involved by contacting us, the Steering Group at pitlochrycap@gmail.com. If you haven’t received a copy of the Pit-

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Murdo Fraser MSP

Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member Conservative

It is now the summer recess at the Scottish Parliament and many of us will be either going on holiday or have a holiday planned during the summer months to spend some time with family or friends. Looking to matters closer to home, I was delighted to hear the recent announcement from the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) that the inpatient ward at Pitlochry Community Hospital has reopened again. Concerns were understandably raised after it was temporarily closed in early January, due to ‘long-standing’ staffing and recruitment difficulties. However, we saw four inpatient beds opened in June, with the remaining five due to open in the autumn. I very much welcome this news and I’m sure it was met with relief by local residents. The importance of the ward to the local community cannot be overstated. I was very concerned when the ward was temporarily closed back in January as it created a lot of anxiety for many Highland Perthshire residents and meant that many of them were faced with lengthy journeys if they wanted to get inpatient medical treatment. That is why it is vital that this ward now stays open and we will be doing all we can to ensure that this is the case. It was good news that additional staff have been recruited and we will keep a watch on further developments towards full re-opening. I was also pleased to hear that the Pitlochry Community Action Plan (CAP) is now complete and has been delivered to all households in the area. This involved community consultation which identified the priorities and actions for the future in a five-year plan. The key themes were access to services and transport; community and recreation; town enhancement and recreation; local economy and housing; environment and sustainability and arts, culture and events. CAP is a process promoted by Perth and Kinross Council and is designed to help communities understand what their priorities are for their area. This helps when applying for funds/grants as you have evidenced the need for something through this community consultation and it is more likely to be supported by funders. I was particularly pleased to find that 813 community views surveys were returned (over 50% of the households in the area) - this was very positive. In addition, a youth survey and event were carried out, 68 businesses returned business surveys and numerous local groups and organisations also participated. 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.

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Pete Wishart MP

Perth & North Perthshire SNP The Scottish Affairs Committee recently published our report on access to cash in Scotland, which I know is an issue affecting many residents in Highland Perthshire. Access to cash across Scotland has been decimated in recent years, with 53% of bank branches closing since 2015. This is the highest rate of closures anywhere in the UK. This was exacerbated by the pandemic. For most of us in lockdown, our spending became almost entirely digital. And even as the economy opened back up, retailers encouraged customers not to use cash to minimise Covid risk. And for many of us, recent digital banking innovations have been great, allowing us to do banking more smoothly and quickly. But we simply cannot forget about the estimated 500,00 people in Scotland who rely on cash in their day-to-day lives due to difficulties adapting to digital payments or for budgeting purposes. Highland Perthshire has seen numerous branch closures over the last few years. And while I have continuously called for the banks to reconsider these decisions, it has become clear that more comprehensive intervention is needed. In the report, we urge for the UK government to take urgent action. Firstly, by mandating cash acceptance in order to prevent retailers from refusing cash payments. Secondly, we have called for banks to be required to sign up to LINK, which plays a crucial role in allowing free ATM withdrawals. And finally, we recommend that the UK government seek a long-term commitment from banks to maintain appropriate services for their customers using the Post Office network. The recent closure of the Kenmore Post Office was a devastating example of the trend we are currently seeing across Scotland and the UK. However, implementing these recommendations would be a starting point for tackling this problem. In light of the report, I welcome the UK government’s plan to introduce a Financial Services and Markets Bill, which includes added protections on added to cash. But this bill must now be considered as a matter of priority in order to prevent more closures from further isolating rural communities. Many readers will also be thinking of jetting off over the summer period for the first time since before the pandemic, now that we are almost free from Covid restrictions. Due to the increased demand for travel, Her Majesty’s Passport Office is currently dealing with a huge volume of applications, and numerous constituents have gotten in touch recently regarding delays in receiving their passports. While I have been doing everything I can to assist with each of them, I encourage readers to allow 11-12 weeks between making the application and your date of travel. And for all readers with a holiday planned, whether that is abroad or here in bonnie Scotland, I hope that you have a wonderful time. You can reach me by email on pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk or call 01250 876576. 56


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Anderson Dentistry Aberfeldy Optician Locus Centre Heartland Vet Services

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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 0808 196 9440 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 - Perthshire North John Swinney MSP 01250 876576 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 Claire McLaren 01738 475000 Ian James 01738 475022

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Editorial and Event Information

All of our listed events are published in good faith. However, for a variety of reasons, things can sometimes change. This edition of The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair was sent for print on Saturday, 16 July 2022. Please therefore 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


Housing & Community Safety Pitlochry Area Office

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 Chemists and Pharmacies appointment Davidsons Chemist - Atholl Road, Pitlochry This Council office will not open until 11 am on the first Thursday of every month. Tel: 01796 472810 and 01796 472414 Davidsons Chemist - 1 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH. Tel: 01350 727210 Birnam Library Davidsons Chemist, Bank St, Aberfeldy Station Rd, Birnam, PH8 0DS 01887 820324 T: 01738 459709 birnamlibrary@culturepk.org.uk

Pitlochry Library

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

Breadalbane Community Library Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, PH15 2D 01887 822405 breadalbanelibrary@culturepk.org.uk See Current Library opening times at www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries/

Perth and Kinross Council

Council Main Reception 01738 475000 Perth & Kinross Childcare Information Service 0845 601 4477

Amulree Hall - The hall is available for

meetings, etc, with good rates for local residents. For further info call 07749 914906 or email info@amulreehall.org.uk.

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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.

Dunkeld Bank of Scotland

High Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AL Check opening times at 01350 727415

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 timetable for the Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Front Cover Picture branch by going to www.personal.rbs.co.uk Our great thanks to Blair Castle International and search for Mobile Branch. CustomHorse Trials for sending us in this month’s ers can also contact 03457 242424 for any front cover picture. enquiries. The Trials will take place against the stunning th th backdrop of Blair Castle between 25 - 28 Perth Citizens Advice Bureau August. You can reach Perth CAB for Advice on: If you have something suitable you would FREEPhone: 0808 196 9440 like us to consider for the front cover of The 10am - 3pm Mon to Fri (Free Quair then please feel free to send it to us at from both landlines and mobiles) atholl@thequair.com stating your name and Email: advice@perthcab.org.uk providing a short narrative about the photo. Webchat: www.perthcab.org.uk (10am - 1pm Please note that by sending your photo you Mon to Fri) are also agreeing to let us use this for any Quair activity. NHS 24 - NHS 24 is a confidential out of hours telephone health advice and information service available across Scotland. If you or someone you care for is unwell and you 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 you. In a life threatening situation you should dial 999.

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Pitlochry Football Festival 2022

On June 11, Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club (BSYFC) in Partnership with the Pavilion User Group (PUGS) hosted the much-anticipated return of “The Pitlochry Football Festival” at the Pitlochry Recreation Ground. With changeable weather and the threat of downpours luck was on-side and the hosts managed to pull off another fantastic event with very little rain and lots of football. The small-sided football festival, held in true community spirit, hosted teams from all over Scotland with 590, 6-10yr olds taking part - including Highland Perthshire’s resident club BSYFC and others from within Perth & Kinross, to further afield; Gartcairn, East Kilbride, Galston and Currie to name a few. Preparation for the day started months ago by a small team of volunteers, and in particular the timing, attention, and care that was undertaken by the BSYFC pitch experts Stevie Mullin and Neil Smith to coordinate grass cutting, resulting in immaculate pitches on the day. This was a massive effort, and the club would like to thank Stevie and Neil for all their hard work and commitment to this event and to Alex Butter Landscaping for their support. But it didn’t stop there with 194 games of football to played throughout the day the team had to continue to manage the pitches including changing goals at midday. Fair Play awards were presented on the day to Gartcairn FC in the 2015s, Glen Lions in the 2014s, Bridge of Earn in the 2013s and Blairgowrie & Rattray CFC in the 2012s; well done to all!But it’s not just football…. Embracing the ethos of Developing, Encouraging and Inspiring participants in a fun setting, was the driver for event Organisers to provide some entertainment alongside the main football fixtures - this year a 100 feet inflatable obstacle course, target goal shoot, alongside brothers Frank and Ronald ‘de Boer’ (representing the Boar of Breadalbane) fulfilled this element. BSYFC is a volunteer led club, aiming to develop youth football across a substantial area, with 120 members that come from Killin & Kenmore, Aberfeldy & Grandtully, Blair Atholl & Kinloch Rannoch, Pitlochry & Ballinluig to Dunkeld, Birnam & Murthly; who come together to ultimately form teams for each year group. It was all hands-on deck to organise and run the day, with 30 parent volunteers - from coaches, first aiders, stall helpers, event officials and coordinators. In addition, the event was supported by a large amount of local businesses, volunteers and charities. Unfortunately, this month’s edition of The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair doesn’t have enough room for us to name them all individually. However, we want to take this opportunity to put on record our grateful and massive thanks to them all!

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Our Community Council covers the area just south of Pitlochry to Grandtully and north of Dunkeld including - Ballinluig, Balnaguard, Grandtully, Logierait, Tulliemet. The remaining meetings for the forthcoming year are on Tuesdays: 27 September & 29 November. Agenda for meetings will be posted on local notice boards and our web page. Contact: mid.atholl@gmail.com


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Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition - Registration has now closed and with around 100 artists we are looking forward to our 4 week Exhibition from Thursday, 4 August Thursday, 1 September. Once again we are fortunate to have support from a number of professional, as well as keen amateur, artists. We have a number of new faces including 2 teenagers who picked up their paintbrushes during lockdown - along with woodturning, stained and fused glass and greetings cards, we have a wide range of items and prices. We will be open every day from 10 am - 4 pm and 12 pm - 4 pm on Sundays, in the Lower Hall at the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld. Our Preview will take place on Sunday, 31 July from 12 pm - 5 pm and if you are in the area, please call in and say hello. The artists’ work can be seen on our website www.dunkeldartexhibition.com and news updates on Facebook - Dunkeldcathedralartexhibition. Any queries please contact DunkeldArt@aol.com.

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Pitlochry in Bloom and the Wildlife Garden

contractors on site - some days it was just a muddy field. So then as the planting was progressing, the lovely lady bird seats repainted we had a problem with Scottish Water in the middle of the garden. Again this took months and months to resolve. I am still wrestling with sign boards and further planting in the gabion baskets. But I was so delighted in June to welcome twelve youngsters from the Beavers to the garden. They had great fun identifying some of the wildflowers and finding all the special areas in the garden. A return visit is in planning. We hope to have a fun reopening in the late summer. But to make this garden a real success I need to form a group of Wildlife Garden volunteers. This is very different from the normal Bloom activities and I hope I can hear from some of you who could be interested Please get in touch with me. Kate Kate Howie Chair of Pitlochry in Bloom, katehowie@yahoo.co.uk or 01887 840378/07794 187579

With this glorious weather in the middle of July it really brings on our summer planting and our now well photographed hangings baskets. They really do bring such a welcoming sight to the town both for our visitors and residents alike. I am so encouraged and delighted by the generosity of everyone and I thank individuals and businesses alike in supporting the 202 baskets that are up and around the town. I am not sure if folk are aware of the many volunteers are involved in Pitlochry in Bloom. We have a team who weed and plant the main containers at the War Memorial, Railway Station, Tourist Office, Flower Seller and the Nanny pram. Then various teams and individuals have taken responsibility of areas such the Still bed at the entrance to the town, the Jewel garden, The Bloom fisherman, the Victorian postie on the penny farthing and far entrance to the town from the North. A big thank you to you all - without you the town would be a very dull place and not nearly so attractive. Breadalbane Heritage Society 22-23 After a series of popular and successful summer excursions the Breadalbane Heritage Society is looking forward to its regular autumn and winter programme of talks, details below. Talks are held at 7.30 pm in the Breadalbane Community Campus in Aberfeldy except for the special November meeting. Note that the talks for January and February 2023 will be on Zoom. Friday, 16 September 2022 - Deer Management in Recent Times (Natural History). Speaker: George Macdonald (Wildlife Management and Conservation Consultant, exHead Stalker at Camusericht Estate). Of course we have had our fundraising Friday, 21 October 2022 - Hillforts of the activities totally curtailed by Covid but we Tay (Archaeology). Speaker: David Strachan hope you can come and support us at the (Director, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust) Pitlochry Highland Games on Saturday, 10 Friday, 18 November 2022 - BHS 60th September - plenty of lovely strawberries Anniversary Party - Celebrating 60 years of and cream for sale ! Sadly the Wildlife Garden BHS activities has suffered incredible delays - It took me 3 Aberfeldy Town Hall years to get Scottish Water to take down the Friday, 20 January 2023 (Zoom) - Culloden. leylandii trees which were shadowing 60% (History). Speaker: Catriona McIntosh, curof the garden. Then the PKC tendering took rent NTS Culloden Visitor Services Manager an eternity and when the contractor finally Estate. got the green light he was delayed with the Friday, 17 February 2023 (Zoom) - Alawful weather making it impossible for the exander Stewart -The Wolf of Badenoch. 64

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Friday, 17 March 2023 - Old Ways, New Roads. (History). Speaker: Christopher Dingwall. The BHS’s website www.breadalbaneheritage.org.uk features a video of local scenes of interest, and 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-March 2022 are now available on this site. Updated information on events and talks will be posted in The Atholl and Breadalbane Quair and on the BHS website. To get the link enabling you to join the Zoom talks, and for any enquiries, please email bhsaberfeldy@ gmail.com.

Killiecrankie Village Hall

Killiecrankie Village Hall is open again and available for hire. The hall is suitable for all sorts of events and offers a good meeting space together with a stage, fully equipped kitchen and parking. Thanks to a new website, you can now check availability and book online. Details of special events and public meetings will also be advertised on it. See: www.killiecrankievillagehall.co.uk


Pitlochry and District Climate Cafe - “Everything is a resource for something else. In nature, the ‘waste’ of one system becomes food for another” William McDonough (Cradle to Cradle). In a Climate Cafe everyone is welcome to join the conversation over a cup of tea or coffee on climate change and the issues we face and the actions we can take. August Climate Cafés:- Thursday, 4 August, 7 pm and Tuesday, 9 August, 1 pm (virtual or in person). Venue: Moulin Hall. Topics: Sprout, Food waste project and Climate Week 26 September to 2 October. September Climate Cafés:- Thursday, 1 September, 7 pm and Tuesday, 13 September, 1 pm (virtual or in person). Venue: Moulin Hall. For more information: Carol Aitken caaitken.naturaldesign@gmail.com. Pitlochry Eco Badge - More and more people (71% of 25-40 year olds, 50% globally, according to Booking.com) say that a factor in their booking choice is the efforts of accommodation providers to offer more sustainable hosting. With their new Eco Business badge, Pitlochry Climate Café hopes to help accommodation providers improve their ‘green credentials’ and make sure guests know that they’re helping the planet. Pitlochry is a major tourist hub so ‘greener’ hosting can make a big difference. Every change counts, from small things like using refillable shampoo bottles to big projects like installing EV chargers. The free badge, which accommodation providers can display in their accommodation and on their website can be applied for through the Pitlochry and District Climate Cafe website, or they can look out for an email from the Climate Cafe inviting them to fill in a questionnaire. There are no hard and fast rules; the aim is to get accommodation providers and guests thinking and sharing ideas. Guests can scan a QR code to find out some of the great things their hosts are doing and leave feedback. We’ve had a good response so far and are glad to see that most people are already hosting in a more planet friendly way, with lots of ideas, many of which will save them money at the same time. www.pitlochrycc.co.uk/pitlochry-eco-badge.html We’re also asking accommodation providers to link to our Car Free Pitlochry page, which has lots of ideas to happily fill a week or two without using the car. www. pitlochrycc.co.uk/car-free-pitlochry.html Dunkeld & District Strathspey and Reel Society

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Live Active Atholl - Live Active Leisure is delighted that Live Active Atholl has

reopened to the community after an extended closure due to Covid and alternative use of the building to support the vaccination effort. Currently open Monday to Friday (Tuesday and Friday 9 am - 4 pm, and Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2 pm - 9 pm), these hours are part of a phased reopening, and the good news is they are planning to extend these hours further, later in the year. The venue has a fully equipped gym with a range of cardio and resistance equipment and there is a dedicated weights room for strength training. Classes include Kettlebells, Circuits, Metafit and Core Stability as well as a low-impact Stretch and Strengthen class incorporating Yoga and Pilates. Fitness Manager Graeme Lackie stated, “It has been a long time coming but after an extended closure of Live Active Atholl we are delighted to announce that the venue is now open to our Pitlochry community that we have missed so much. With the gym, fitness classes and sports hall activities available during our opening hours, we hope to see previous and new customers, clubs and groups returning.” Activities such as badminton and 5-a-side football are available again, and the sports hall can be booked by casual users, sports clubs and groups who would like to use facilities to train. Members of sports clubs or groups who are interested in block bookings, can contact the Operations Manager on the following email: AMcKinnon@liveactive.co.uk. Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band - Well done to band members Brodie Barrie & Lucy Jamieson placed 2nd & 3rd at the Aberfeldy Mod. We had a fantastic day at Lochore winning both Grade 3 and Grade 2, then a few weeks later at the European Championships in Inverness we were runners up for drumming and won 3rd place overall as a band. After the Scottish Championships at the end of July we have the World Championships on Saturday, 13 August in Glasgow. Practices are full on at the moment in Blair Atholl on a Wednesday night but if you would like more information on the band, please contact Pipe Major Christy Kelly 01796 472692/ Secretary Claire Scott 01796 481456 or follow us on Social Media. Pitlochry Bonfire is Back! We are pleased to announce that Pitlochry and Edradour Community Bonfire will be held this year on Friday, 4 November at the Recreation Ground. There will again be a fabulous display of fireworks kindly sponsored by Edradour Distillery and a large bonfire. Guy competitions, Storytelling, Burger Stall, Teas and Coffees and Heartland Radio and more will be there for your entertainment. Fundraising has already started. Please look out for and support the Raffle in the local Co-op this monthFantastic prizes generously given by local businesses. We are also organising a Thrift Shop in the Scout Hall from Monday, 22 August. Please make time for a clear out of items of clothing, kitchen ware, toys and bric-a- brac that are still in good condition but are no longer required. You can bring your donations to the Scout Hall on the morning of 22 August or, if you need help with collection, please contact Morag Uytman on 01796 472952. The Thrift Shop will be open for custom from 12 noon. Anyone interested in helping with the organisation of this Community Event please contact the above number - your help will be much appreciated. 66


Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre - The Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre, our wee museum located in Moulin Square, is open daily from 2 pm - 4 pm. Come along and take a step back in time through a fascinating journey of our local history, discovering old stories and examining artefacts of the past. We have some great displays and something for everyone in the family through the holidays. We have a kids’ corner, with some historic costumes to dress up in and colouring to explore. Moulin Yarns is here every Monday with their live spinning displays. A visitor to the area? Come and learn about its history. Or back home on holiday? Well come and remember how Pitlochry and Moulin used to look or browse our school photo collection. See if you can spot yourself or learn something new about the area. Come along to find out more - something to entertain the family on rainy days. Our wee Heritage Centre is a great afternoon out for the family, local and visitor! £3pp entry or free for members and under 16s. To join as a member see our website below for more details - £10 for an individual, £16 for a family and £20 for a corporate membership. Great value! And if you have some time on your hands and would like to get more involved, we love to welcome new volunteers. The Centre is run by volunteers and stays open only through local support, visitors and donations. Check out our Facebook page for details on some exciting events we will have on this year. For more details, please contact us by email at pandmheritage@gmail.com, through our Facebook page “Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre” or our website www.pitlochryandmoulinheritagecentre.co.uk. We hope to see you soon! Breadalbane Canoe Club - A massive congratulations to Oscar Wylie who got a bronze medal in the finals of the Canoe Slalom kayak team event in Ivrea, Italy in July. In the single kayak event he narrowly missed qualification to the semi finals showing pace worthy of the finals. He was selected to the Great Britain Canoe Slalom Team at the British Selection Series in April. This was his first World Championships and a fantastic result showing great promise for the rest of his Junior career. Oscar will take to the water again in August competing at the European Championships in Ceske Budejovice, Czechia and we wish him the best of luck. At the opposite end of our club our new entrants have been busy on the water since Easter when they first started and finished their first block of kayaking with a summer camp on the River Tay in Aberfeldy. Lots of time spent learning the basic strokes and getting happy swimming in the water. They will be back with a splash at the end of August with regular sessions on the river and then in the pool once winter begins. Many of our members will be away in August to Nottingham to the white water course to test their skills on some artificial features. It’s great to see all levels making the most of the warmer weather to spend time out on the river. Photograph shows Oscar with parents Andy and Gail

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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 - All are welcome at the services in all our churches and on Zoom. Check our website for updates. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Robin Baker 01796 472005 Sunday services - Normally 9.30 am Holy Communion or All Age Communion Thursday Services - 10.30 am Morning Prayer Tuesdays Serenity Garden Group - 10.30 am and Open Church with Coffee and Conversation. All welcome Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite former Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15 am - First Sunday All Age Communion third Sundays, Holy Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Matins/ Morning Prayer or Communion by Extension St Andrew’s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop - Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 Sundays at 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Service of the Word/Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service Church of Scotland. House Group - Last Wednesday of the month contact Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 for details All Saints, Kinloch Rannoch Square - Contact - Reverend Canon Liz Baker 01796 472005: Sunday, 7 August - 9.30 am Holy Communion The Julian Meetings (New for 2022) - Highland Perthshire Julian Meeting held monthly on 2nd Wednesday. Our 1st Meeting at 2 pm Wednesday, 10 August at Holy Trinity (hopefully in the Garden). Julian Meetings are Ecumenical, foster the teaching and practice of contemplative prayer and meditation in the Christian tradition, and encourage people to practise contemplative prayer and meditation in their daily lives. All very welcome. Contact Liz 01796 472005 for further details. Online Zoom Services and Events - Sundays - 6 pm Evening Services Thursdays - 10.30 am Morning Prayer - from Holy Trinity Contact the Rector Liz for further details and Zoom invitations. Do you have fruit trees in your Pitlochry garden? Last autumn on our lockdown walks round the town we noticed many unpicked fruit trees in Pitlochry gardens and thought this to be a great waste. This year we would like to ask fruit tree owners if they would like someone to pick the fruit for them and give the surplus to those in the community who would like it. If you have fruit trees which you cannot pick yourself and would be willing to donate the fruit please let me know. Alternatively we can arrange for the apples from your trees to be professionally made into apple juice and bottled in 1 litre bottles at a cost of about £2 a litre. This will not be mixed with other apples, will keep for a year and can be labelled with your name or house name. Also if you would be willing to join a team of fruit pickers do get in touch. Catherine Holmes (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com) 01796 473400 68


Heartland Community Wind invites interest in community benefit fund

Heartland Community Wind, a small cooperative that generates green energy with two medium sized turbines in the hills above Kenmore, is looking for interest from local organisations in our community benefit fund of £5,000 (per year). After a successful 3-year programme of offering scholarships for students from the Aberfeldy and Kenmore area (PH15 postcode) attending Perth College, we are now looking to offer the community benefit fund to local organisations working to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. Heartland Community Wind’s two turbines are 100% owned by its members - both locals and members from further afield. Elizabeth Leighton, Heartland Community Wind director said, “We are excited to consider expressions of interest in the community fund which address the climate emergency and help alleviate fuel poverty in the Kenmore and Aberfeldy area. The fund is based on the proceeds of generating green energy, which help to reduce our carbon emissions and tackle climate change.” The project or service must meet the following criteria: *Benefits the area and residents of the PH15 postcode. *Aims to tackle climate change and/or alleviate fuel poverty. Where possible it should also seek to provide wider social and economic benefits to the community - for example, energy efficiency and renewables in buildings, sustainable transport, zero waste, sustainable food, natural solutions to climate impacts. *Ability to administer the spending of £5,000 each year over a 3-year period and report quarterly on this spend to Heartland Community Wind. Please contact Elizabeth Leighton at elizabeth@thinkingtrees.co.uk by 30 September 2022 if you are interested with a short paper (no more than 4 pages) with information about your group, how you would spend the annual £5,000 and what you hope to achieve over the three year period. These submissions will be considered by the Heartland Community Wind Board and a decision made in autumn 2022.

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This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society welcomes visitors. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house. Castle Menzies stands north of the River Tay at Weem on the B846, one and half miles from Aberfeldy.

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£300k Rannoch Riverside All Abilities Path officially opens

Everyone of all ages and abilities in Kinloch Rannoch can enjoy walking, wheeling and cycling alongside the River Tummel thanks to over £300,000 worth of upgrades to this much loved path. The Rannoch Riverside All Abilities Path upgrade project was officially opened by outdoor explorer and mountaineer Cameron McNeish in June, in the company of more than 70 residents, school children, visitors, landowners, funders, contractors and project partners. The project saw 700m of the narrow, uneven track alongside the picturesque River Tummel within the village upgraded to a modern, multiuser, all abilities path suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelers and horse riders all year round. The new path will allow everyone to get in and around the village by active means, which is greatly beneficial to physical and mental health and the environment. The grand opening event included the ribbon cutting by Cameron McNeish, a gentle traverse along the route and plenty of homemade cakes and treats at the picnic area by the impressive weir for the Hydro schemes. The pupils from Kinloch Rannoch Primary School also got to enjoy educational activities, including a treasure hunt and colouring sheets. Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) managed the project with partners Rannoch Paths and Open Spaces Group (RPOSG) and Design Engineers from Cycling Scotland: Transport Planning & Engineering (TP&E). Cameron McNeish, PKCT’s patron, said, “What a fantastic day it was meeting so many incredible people and opening this path, which I can say is great to walk and cycle on! Having accessible routes like these within communities near nature make a big difference to the experience people have making those everyday journeys, be it going to school, walking the dog, visiting friends on the other side of town, or heading off on a longer trek or cycle through the local countryside. Thank you PKCT for inviting me to cut the ribbon opening the path and

thank you everyone who helped make this riverside path possible for all to enjoy.” Annie Benson, RPOSG Chair, commented, “I have been looking forward to making this beautiful riverside path more accessible for at least a decade. Seeing it finally upgraded so that everyone can enjoy the river and views is exciting. Having an accessible path without the flooding and the tree root trip hazards is so freeing for many residents and visitors. No longer is the path single file so it’s possible to walk beside your pal. It was heart-warming to see so many faces, young and old, at the grand opening and hearing what a difference the path is already making for many. Thank you everyone for making our community an even better place to live.” PKCT’s Communities Officer, Bid Strachan, who managed the Rannoch Riverside All Abilities Path improvement project, said, “Working on this project with the Kinloch Rannoch community to deliver their aspiration for an all-abilities path alongside the scenic River Tummel has been so rewarding! The upgrade has been really well received by so many people of all ages and levels of mobility. Making the outdoors accessible for more people and working with communities and visitors are two of PKCT’s key ambitions, and I am delighted to have

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finally delivered this worthy project after 3 years of ‘chipping away’. I want to give a special thanks to Caley Construction Limited, Transport Planning & Engineering, Annie Benson of RPOSG, and the local amenities that looked after the workers building the path, all without whom this path would not be a reality.” Steven Psihramis, Grant Advisor for Sustrans, said, “We hope the new path will be a vital amenity for the local community and visitors alike. Not only does it provide a safe, accessible route for walking, wheeling and cycling as an alternative to the B846, the path also links to key amenities like the primary school and health centre. I would like to thank the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust and TP&E for all of their hard work on the project. Well done!” The Rannoch Riverside All Abilities Path upgrade was graciously funded through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme, an active travel infrastructure fund backed by the Scottish Government, as well as SSE Renewables Sustainable Development Fund in Perth & Kinross, and Avondale Environmental as part of the NPL Group through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. It also receives ongoing support from the Rannoch Paths and Open Spaces Group.


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