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TM The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair Highland Perthshire’s Community Magazine April 2024 ABERFELDY | DUNKELD | BIRNAM | PITLOCHRY | KENMORE | BLAIR ATHOLL

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“So impressed with Balhousie Pitlochry!”

Across Balhousie Care Group, caring for their residents is at the very heart of everything they do. And, no less so at their care home in Pitlochry, where the team pride themselves on providing care that makes the difference to each and every one of those who call it home.

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Shirley Craik’s mother is a resident. And, as someone with over 30 years’ experience working in the social care sector, Shirley has been impressed by the ‘exceptional’ care her mum receives.

“I am so pleased with how well Mum has settled into Balhousie Pitlochry since she moved in last June.

“I am always so relieved when I visit. She is happy, well-cared-for, safe and has good social interaction. Social isolation was a major part of Mum’s issues before she moved to Pitlochry, so seeing her joining in with the activities, and in all of the photos in the home’s recent newsletter, was fantastic.

“I have worked in Social Housing for over 30 years and a lot of that was within older peoples’ services. One of my roles was responsibility for Housing with Care developments and two residential care homes, so I am well aware of the issues facing staff when working with older people - particularly those with dementia.

“I have been so impressed with the staff I see at Balhousie Pitlochry. Svetlana, the Deputy Home Manager, has been exceptional at keeping in touch with me, particularly in the early days of Mum moving into the home. I was kept updated and wasn’t worrying about Mum settling in.

“She was also a fantastic help when I was trying to negotiate the social work referral process and meetings to organise funding.”

“Please pass on my thanks to all of the team.”

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We have many excellent Trades and Services who advertise in The Quair Magazines.

We all want to trust that we are being treated fairly, reasonably, honestly and equitably by any business we contact. Trading Standards have published a list of DO’s and DON’Ts when dealing with any contractor:

DO ask for references and names of previous clients. Speak to them and look at their previous work, if possible

DO make sure you have a sufficient contact details for the tradesman e.g. geographic address.

DO get at least 2 detailed quotes in writing for the work needing to be done (3 quotes for larger jobs) and check that VAT is included in the final figure

DO check any claims by the tradesman that they are a member of a trade association

DO agree on the work being carried out and payment terms before the tradesman starts the job

DO make sure you receive your cancellation rights if you enter into a contract/agreement with a tradesman during a visit to your home or work - in most cases the tradesman must give written notice of your right to cancel the agreement

DO have regular meetings with the tradesman if it is a building job to make sure everything is on track

DO make sure you have any instructions and warranties for goods

DO know your rights - contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 08454 04 05 06 if you have any queries about your rights, or alternatively go online to www. adviceguide.org.uk

DON’T pay the final bill until the job is done and you are happy with the work - you have the right to withhold a reasonable amount of money until the work has been done to your satisfaction

DON’T rush into anything - take your time to make a decision on which tradesman to use

DON’T agree to have work done on the spot by someone who knocks on your door touting for work especially if they tell you there is something wrong with your property

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April has arrived, and with it, your copy of The Quair. Take a moment to peruse the activities and important dates that pique your interest (all in bold to help you find them), and be sure to mark them down in your diary. After all, relying solely on memory might leave you in a bind, and before you know it, April will have slipped away.

According to Wilderness Scotland, April tends to be a pleasantly mild month, particularly in Scotland. With statistics indicating it’s among the driest months of the year, and daytime temperatures averaging a comfortable 9°C. There’s a good chance of enjoying sunny spells, sometimes lasting for 2-3 days at a stretch - good news for those craving outdoor adventures. Lace up those boots and sign up for scenic walks or invigorating cycling trips through our picturesque surroundings. It’s the ideal way to embrace the great outdoors and feel the pulse of nature’s awakening.

A word of caution: don’t fall victim to pranks on April Fool’s Day, which falls on the first Monday of the month! Additionally, remember that the school term concluded on Thursday, 28 March, with Easter weekend extending from Friday, 29 March to Monday, 1 April, before students and teachers return on Tuesday, 16 April. Lastly, Monday, 22 April, marks the beginning of the SQA exams, and we extend our best wishes to all local students as they embark on this important endeavour.

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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 7,300 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 13,400 copies directly to homes and businesses throughout Highland Perthshire and Strathearn each month.

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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 May 2024 edition is noon on Wednesday, 10 April. The magazines are due to be distributed the week commencing Monday, 29 April.

Dunkeld & Birnam Spring Art & Crafts Fair

Due to ongoing works at The Drill Hall the Spring Fair is a little later this year. The Fair will be held at The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld on Saturday, 25 to Monday, 27 May from 10 am to 5 pm each day with some exciting new crafts. Admission is free.

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Wellness Walks in Perthshire! We run walks and skills courses that are totally free for anyone with self-reported low mental health. They’re an opportunity to get out into nature, meet other folk in a small group, chat or enjoy quiet company. Our skills courses give chance to learn something new in a relaxed practical way. To make sure you have a great time, all our walks and courses are led by someone who is trained and assessed in walk leadership, outdoor first-aid, mental health first aid and safeguarding.

Walk and Talk - Every Tuesday at 10 am Aberfeldy. Join us for a relaxed pace walk around the Aberfeldy area. We choose a route that suits the group on the day and with the banks of the Tay, mixed woodlands and the odd small hill to gain a view we’re spoiled for choice. Find out or book here: www. wellnesswalks.org.uk/region/scotland or email beth@wellnesswalks.org.uk

Hearing Aid Drop-in Clinic at Pitlochry Community Hospital - Do you or someone you know use NHS hearing aids? Do you need new batteries supplied and/ or fitted? Do you need the tubing replaced on either your mould or open fit NHS hearing aids? If yes, then NHS Tayside volunteers will be here to help you on Tuesday, 2 April between 10 am - 12 noon at the Pitlochry Community Hospital.

Hearing Aid Drop-in Clinic 2024 - The clinic has moved to Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice (Wellbeing Room), Aberfeldy - Do you or someone you know use NHS hearing aids? Do you need new batteries supplied and/or fitted? Do you need the tubing replaced on either your mould or open fit NHS hearing aids? If yes, then NHS Tayside volunteers will be here to help you on Wednesday, 3 April between 10 am - 12 noon at the Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice, (Wellbeing Room), Aberfeldy.

Pitlochry Repair Café - Pitlochry Repair Café is back at Moulin Hall on Sunday, 28 April from 12 pm - 3 pm. Future dates are 2 June, 1 September, 29 September, 3 November and 1 December.

We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly sessions where our skilled repair volunteers can fix your broken and damaged items. Enjoy hot drinks, homemade baking and soup while you wait!

We can’t fix phones or zips but bring along any other items including bikes, ceramics, textiles, household objects, furniture, electrical items and electronics. Kids are welcome and dogs too!

Want to get involved as a volunteer? Email repaircafe@sproutcommunity-eco-hub.com or contact us on Facebook or Instagram @PitlochryRepairCafe

Pitlochry Litter Action Group (part of Pitlochry in Bloom) - The tourist season has started up again and there are plenty of visitors about. It would be nice for residents and visitors if the town is really clean with no litter disfiguring the streets and green spaces. If you agree that this is important do join our team of litterpickers. All equipment is provided including gloves, black bags and grabbers. We do try to separate recyclable waste from the other litter.

Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10 am in the Recreation ground carpark. The next litterpick is on Tuesday, 9 April. Dates for litterpicks in 2024 are: 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December. We would like to thank those residents of Pitlochry who are not members of the litterpicking group and who also pick up litter when they see it. We know you do this and we are very grateful.

For further information contact Roger West (rogerwest7@btinternet.com) 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com) 01796 473400.

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Riding will begin again in the middle of April with the start of the school summer term. We will be welcoming back several of our riders from last year and one or two new ones will be joining us. A training day for volunteers takes place at the beginning of April to make sure we are all well prepared. We managed to get a sufficient number of helpers to run the Thrift Shop during the week after Easter. This is generally a very successful way to raise funds and we hope this year will be no exception. A lovely invitation came from our Country Chairman for a lunch held at McDiarmid Park at the end of March for all Perthshire

RDA volunteers. This was completely free of charge and came as a ‘thank you’ for the time and effort put in by volunteers. Nine lucky ones were able to go from our group. We are always on the ‘look out’ for more volunteers as people come and go with changing circumstances. Everyone is hugely valued and it is a most rewarding experience helping young people to get the most out of their riding. Anyone interested in joining should get in touch with Vicky on 07786 262329 or email breadalbanerda@gmail.com.

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Inner Wheel Club of Pitlochry - Inner Wheel is an international women’s organisation. Our objects are to promote true friendship; to encourage the ideals of personal service; to foster International understanding and we do this this through regular meetings, social events and raise funds to support local and international charities.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Quiz Night last month.

You helped us raise over £750 for Shelter Box and Multiple Sclerosis Scotland.

The club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month and our April meeting will be at lunchtime. Our speaker will be Rich Little from the Scottish Crannog Centre and we are looking forward to hearing more about the new centre at Dalerb.

If you are interested in attending or would like further information for either event then please email innerwheelpitlochry@gmail.com.

Pitlochry & District U3a - The next meeting of Pitlochry & District u3a will on Wednesday, 17 April. Helen Kirkwood from the centre will give a talk about ‘Life at the Atholl Centre’. This will then be followed tea/coffee and biscuits. Our Annual General Meeting will then be held immediately afterwards.

We meet in the Atholl Centre and our meetings start at 2 pm.

The u3a primarily brings together people who have finished working full time or raising their family to develop interests and to continue learning in informal and supportive environments. The focus is on sharing and learning from each other. In addition to our whole group talks we also offer interest groups which are led by one of our members - the emphasis is on learning from each other and having fun while doing so.

In between whole-group meetings, members take part in specialist interest groups.

For further information please visit our website Pitlochry & District U3A: Welcome (u3asites.org.uk) (www.u3asites.org.uk/pitlochry/ welcome) or contact Sandra Cairncross (Secretary) on smcairnx@ hotmail.com with any queries.

Tayside Woodlands Partnerships - We probably all now are aware of the immense value and sheer beauty of trees that surround us here in beautiful highland Perthshire. If you would like to learn a little more about some of the magnificent specimens we have locally, why not join us on Saturday, 21 April at 1 pm. Meet at the Black Spout Car park, and our local arborist and guide, Ormungandr will take us on a journey through these beautiful and fascinating woods, rich in a variety of wildlife and some hidden secrets. Any questions, contact Mark Aquilina at markandrosie@btinternet.com.

The Tayside Woodland group had its beginnings in Blairgowrie but its work is spreading to include tree planting and management of woodland in Coupar Angus and Pitlochry.

If you would like to know more or join or support this work, do visit the website: Tayside Woodland Partnerships or email us at lenseal210@gmail.com.

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Last month, the B898 was closed at its junction with the A9 to allow the laying of a new gas pipe. This represents the third phase of SGN’s replacement pipeline project, which began in October of last year. SGN have estimated that it will take approximately nine months for these works to be completed, and that during this period there will be a series of rolling road closures.

I have been in extensive dialogue with the local community regarding this matter, and have listened carefully to the numerous concerns that have been raised about this project and the impact it will have on those living near the B898.

I have ensured that I have fed these points back to SGN and, along with my colleague Pete Wishart MP, we have met on several occasions with senior SGN stakeholders, including their CEO, to discuss the pipeline project. One of the main issues that we have raised is ensuring that there is 24 hour access to the local communities for emergency services. If a local resident was experiencing a medical emergency, it is simply not acceptable that an ambulance heading north up the A9 would be unable to turn straight on the B898 and would instead be required to undertake a lengthy diversion.

We have received assurances on this point and I am pleased that SGN have recognised the importance of this basic safety issue.

Pete Wishart and I have also pressed for financial compensation for affected local residents. At a time when households are still feeling the financial pressure, the requirement to undertake a regular, lengthy diversion for months on end will have a significant financial impact on many of my constituents.

Whilst SGN have to date been unwilling to offer this compensation, we continue to believe this would be appropriate step that would garner significant good will within the local community.

I have also raised with SGN the prospect of extending their hours of work, so as to complete the project in a quicker timescale. I believe it would be helpful, particularly as we come into a period of lighter nights and better weather, for contractors working on this project to be scheduled to work later into the evening and also over the weekends. I will continue to liaise with SGN regarding this matter, and should any constituents have any specific issues that arise as a result of these road closures then I would encourage them to contact my office directly.

If you would like to book an appointment to speak with me, please contact my office via john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot or by calling 01250 876576.

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There is however support available via the Community Larder and other charitable organisations locally eg CAP Highland Perthshire. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please don’t hesitate to access an emergency food delivery via 0345 30 111 00. If however the need is less acute but, nevertheless, someone is struggling to manage, the social Supermarket can provide a lifeline. Many of our customers know the difference it makes to their budget when you can buy essential goods at 4 for £1. Please think whether you or someone you know might benefit from the social supermarket. Anyone who comes along will receive a warm welcome, understanding and practical help. The FoodShare initiative is a partnership with the Co-op and other local businesses who also contribute perfectly good but only just out-of-date food which is available for the whole community 24/7 in the rear car park of Aberfeldy Parish Church. We are currently waiting to hear whether the new Asda Express Store with be able to donate their ‘food waste’.

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Humanos Aid International - Our charity has a complete range of stationery, supplied by Sklep Papierniczy based in Poland. With over 60 items, including super glue, bubble wrap, all types of envelopes, printing paper and more, the range will be extended, once new supplies arrive. The post office in Ballinluig sells the full range of stationery and other items for our charity. The post office in Ballinluig has the following opening hours; Monday/ Thursday/ Friday 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5.30 pm closed for lunch 12 pm -1 pm. Humanos Aid International Registered Scottish charity SC042807

Fearnan Village Association

Invitation to a Daffodil Afternoon Tea on Saturday, 6 April 3 pm - 5 pm in the McLean Hall, Fearnan.

£6 for adults; £3 for children

Highland Perthshire Yoga & Wellbeing - Meditation

One of the practices supported by the Highland Perthshire Yoga & Wellbeing* group is meditation, which is very closely allied to yoga. You might envisage rows of monks in orange robes sitting cross-legged in silence for hours on end, amid exotic statues, incense and bells. But meditation is for us ordinary everyday people too, with our worries, fears and stress. It can bring great benefits, such as a calmer mind that is more relaxed and focussed.

‘But I could never meditate - my mind is all over the place!’ That’s exactly the point. It’s like saying, ‘It would be no good my taking piano lessons - I can’t even play the Moonlight Sonata!’ Everyone’s mind wanders (even those monks’), but meditation shows you ways to keep it on track - for a brief moment at first, then gradually for longer. It helps you to understand how your mind works and how it can work better.

The result is the stirrings of calmness and focus you were looking for, together with greater self-acceptance and awareness of the present moment. At the Dalguise Meditation Group, part of HPYW, this is the kind of meditation we offer, with only the occasional bell and no whistles at all. Anyone can do it and everyone can benefit from it.

www.highlandperthshireyogaandwellbeing. co.uk

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Atholl Medical Practice - Best wishes to Dr McEwen, who retired at the end of December and had a recent presentation from the community. Best wishes also to our Practice Nurse Marie Stephen, who retired at the end of February after 28 years with us. Both will be greatly missed.

Loch Tay Skiff Club - With days lengthening and warming in April the Loch Tay Skiff Club launches a new season with regular social rowing both at home on Loch Tay and away to other waters and with other clubs for events and races. This will include events suitable for rowers at all levels. For members, and for anyone interested in having a trial row or seeing the boat, gather with us on Sunday, 21 April on the small beach at Kenmore Club’s Diamond Resort 12 pm - 3 pm and bring a picnic (please park off site). For members, there will also be a get-together with tea and cake from 4 pm - 6 pm at the Kenmore Pavilion. As well as the AGM this is an opportunity for discussions of plans and for the presentation of the annual ‘Margaret Jarvis Award’ to a member. We will also be taking the opportunity to honour the life of boat-designer Iain Oughtred (1939-2024), whose 22-foot St Ayles skiff - such as our own ‘Red-haired Lass’ - is responsible for the phenomenal expansion of coastal rowing in Scottish waters and well beyond.

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Pitlochry Baptist Church

Atholl Road, PH16 5BX Pastor: Rev David Barrie (pastor@pbcweb.net) www.pbcweb.net

Sundays - Our Worship Gathering takes place every Sunday from 10.30 am at our building on Atholl Road - next to the Tourist Information Centre and across the road from Heartland FM. If you’re exploring faith or looking for a place to call home, come as you are and join us. For the children, we have a full programme for babies through to teenagers. We look forward to welcoming you.

This month’s highlighted events - *The weekly WA (Welcome All) soup lunches held on a Friday from 12 noon at the Atholl Centre (behind our church building) will continue until the end of April. We are planning 4 Summer Special events for seniors and others, spread through May to September, with details to be announced soon. Keep an eye on social media and notice boards.

For quick and easy access to information on our website and social media pages, scan this QR code (the black and white box thing). Do this by: (1) Open the Camera app on your phone. (2) Hold your phone so that the QR code appears in view. (3) Tap the notification to open the link in your browser. Alternatively, if that gives you a headache, go to our website or check us out on Facebook and Instagram for current up-to-date information.

Church of Scotland - Fortingall, Glenlyon, Kenmore and Lawers

Interim Moderator, Rev Robert Nicol, 01887 820242. Email :- rnicol@churchofscotland. org.uk

We invite you to join us for worship, whether you live in the area or visiting. Services are held on alternate Sundays between Fortingall and Kenmore Church at 11 am.

Commencing, Sunday, 7 April in Fortingall. Sunday, 14 April in Kenmore. Sunday, 21 April will be held at 11 am in Fortingall church. The final service for April will be held in Kenmore church on Sunday, 28 April at 11 am.

Everyone is welcome to stay for tea, coffee and biscuits after the Fortingall services. Glenlyon church remains open during the day for a time of quiet reflection.

Tenandry Kirk - Killiecrankie

Interim Moderator: Rev Neil Glover

Session Clerks: Marion Faulds - 07719 784136

Edward Elworthy - 07770 842502

Every Sunday service at 10.30 am. 1st Sunday of the month

Coffee/Tea following the service. All Welcome

RC Parish of St Bride

encompassing St Bride’s, Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL

Our Lady of Mercy, Home Street, Aberfeldy PH15 2AJ and St Columba’s, St Mary’s Road, Birnam, PH8 OBJ Parish Priest: Fr. Emmanuel Adindu MA MSP

T: 01796 472174 e: stbridespitlochry@dunkelddiocese.org.uk

Sunday Mass Times

St Columba’s Saturday Vigil 6.00pm Our Lady of Mercy 9.30am St Bride’s 11.30am Weekday Mass Times

Our Lady of Mercy Tuesday 9.30am St Bride’s Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30am Holy Days of Obligation

St Columba’s 9.30am Our Lady of Mercy 12.30pm St Bride’s 7.00pm

For further information please refer to our Facebook page.

The Baha’i Faith: First Principles - World peace is the Goal but the Writings of Baha’u’llah make it clear that this is something we must all strive for individually. We need to overcome prejudice, hatred, bias and to look on humankind as one family, the family of mankind. This is not idealism but a practical necessity for peace.

Some practical steps are close to home, others universal: ‘First, it is incumbent on all mankind to investigate truth…. For truth or reality is not multiple; it is not divisible. Different religions have one truth underlying them; therefore, their reality is one.’ Humans have the power of reason. Each must use it for himself and may not follow others blindly. Two is to be of service to one’s fellow creatures. Thirdly, we must recognise the oneness of religion and science. ‘Any religious belief which is not in conformity with scientific proof and investigation is superstition, for true science is reason and reality, and religion is essentially reality and pure reason; therefore the two must correspond.’ A fourth calls for the legislative readjustment and equalisation of the economic standards of mankind. ‘The inequality of portion and privilege is one of the deep and vital problems of human society.’ ‘The rich must be merciful to the poor, contributing …without being compelled.’

For a broader treatment of these themes do search www.bahai.org or talk to the Baha’is in Perthshire via Rachel on rachelhelenab@hotmail.com or hilarie on 07967 601423 or Mark for the Junior Youth Group, The Aberfeldy Warriors!

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Dunkeld Parish Church

(Services in Dunkeld Cathedral, Little Dunkeld Kirk and Amulree Church)

Sunday Worship - 11 am in Dunkeld Cathedral (until Remembrance Sunday) Amulree Church - Services at 2.15 pm on the third Sunday of the month (Sunday, 21 April)

Prayers for Help and Healing - The next service will be held in St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Birnam on Sunday, 7 April at 6.30 pm Wednesday Worship - The next service will be held in Little Dunkeld Kirk on Wednesday, 17 April at 7.30 pm. This is a more informal and relaxed type of worship for younger adults. Please come and join us. Messy Music - This takes place straight after school on a Tuesday in Little Dunkeld Kirk from 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm and is open to children in lower primary. Lots of fun, singing, and craft activities. Parents or grandparents usually stay with the children. Summer Music Festival - Starts on Wednesday, 1 May with concerts on Wednesday lunchtimes from 12 pm - 1 pm. Check website for dates and details of performances. www.dunkeldcathedral.org/summermusicfestival

Visitors and children are always warmly welcomed at our services. Everyone is welcome to stay for tea and coffee after the service. Rev. R. Fraser Penny, The Manse, Cathedral Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AW. Tel: 01350 727249. Email: minister@dunkeldcathedral. org.uk. Please check our website for further information: www.dunkeldcathedral.org

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 childfriendly church and children are encouraged to attend. This service normally lasts for an hour and we hope you will join us. Check up to date information at www.stmarysbirnam.org.uk

Church of Scotland - Aberfeldy & District

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

Regular Sunday Morning Worship

Dull and Weem Parish Church - 10 am. Please consult the website for the current information on our services www.dullandweemparish.org

Strathtay, Grantully and Logierait Parish Churches -10.30 am. Please consult the website for the current information on our services www.glschurchofscotland.org

Aberfeldy Parish Church

10.30 am. Please consult the website for the current information on our services www.aberfeldyparishchurch.org

We also offer a live YouTube Service from Aberfeldy Parish Church - details can be found on the Church Website. This is a great way to stay connected if you are unable to be there in person!

1st Sunday of the month - A joint service with Aberfeldy, Dull and Weem, and Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay (GLS) - 10.30 am. See Church Websites for details.

Church Based Activities

‘Warm Welcome Cafe’ and Stay and Play - In Aberfeldy Parish Church on Tuesday mornings - teas, coffee, biscuits and baking - all free thanks to grant funding from Perth and Kinross Council - Warm Welcome Fund and the Church of Scotland - Small Grants

Stay and Play 9.30 am - 11.30 am Warm Welcome Café - 10 am - 12 pm

If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact Judy judy.ewer@adwgls.co.uk

Aberfeldy Quilting Group - Aberfeldy Parish Church, Farragon Room - Thursdays - 11 am - 3 pm. Contact Jane - 07771 641390 or Annette - 07736 384035

Aberfeldy Prayer Meeting - Aberfeldy Parish Church - 5 pm every Wednesday evening in Farragon - all are welcome to come along

Aberfeldy Alcoholics Anonymous - Aberfeldy Parish Church, Kitchen -7.30 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday. Contact 01887 820936.

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!

Strathtay Quilting Group - John Kyd Hall 7 pm - 9 pm on 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Contact Marie MacLeod - stytchandturn@btinternet.com. Please look at the church website for the latest information.

Church Website Information - Aberfeldy Parish Church www.aberfeldyparishchurch. org Dull and Weem Parish Church www.dullandweemparish.org Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay Parish Church www.glschurchofscotland.org

The Baha’i Faith - The Aberfeldy and North Perthshire community has weekly activities open to those of all faiths or none. They include youth group projects, children’s classes, adult study groups and prayer gatherings. Content ranges from projects to serve the local community, to how to develop (in all age groups) virtues such as trustworthiness, justice, kindness and love, to investigating how to achieve the unity of mankind, the equality of men and women, the necessary agreement of science and religion, the oneness of all religions, etc. To join any of these activities ring Rachel (07707 994812) or Hilarie (07967 601423) or you can learn more on www.bahai.co.uk.

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The Scottish Episcopal Church Offers all a warm and inclusive welcome to all

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 Website: www.hplc.scot Facebook Page: www.en-gb.facebook.com/highlandperthshirechurches

Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire - All are welcome at services in our churches and on Zoom. Check our website for updates.

Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Robin Baker - 01796 472005 Holy Trinity is open from Easter to Christmas

Serenity Garden is open Daily

Sunday services 9.30 am - Holy Communion/Communion by Extension 5th Sundays Joint Service with Kilmaveonaig & All Saints (see Website for location)

Book Group - Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 for details Garden Group - 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays

Holy Trinity Spring Fair - Saturday, 20 April 11 am to 4 pm welcome spring and enjoy the craft stalls, refreshments, tombola and children’s activities including face painting. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite former Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Kilmaveonaig is open daily Sundays at 11.15 am - Holy Communion/ Matins/ Communion by Extension 5th Sundays Joint Service with Holy Trinity & All Saints (see Website for location)

St Andrew’s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416

Sundays at 11.15 am - Holy Communion/ Matins/Service of the Word/Communion by Extension 5th Sundays with Church of Scotland (see website)

All Saints , Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact - Reverend Canon Liz Baker 01796 472005:

First Sunday of the Month 9.30 am - Holy Communion; 3rd March Holy Communion

5th Sundays Joint Service with Holy Trinity & Kilmaveonaig (see Website for location)

Zoom Services

Sundays - 6 pm Evening Services (see Website) Thursdays - 10.30 am. Morning Prayer

Friday, 12 April ‘Not English but Anglican’ a history of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Contact The Rector Liz Baker 01796 472005 for details.

Braes of Rannoch linked with Foss & Rannoch Church of Scotland

Interim Moderator: Rev Grace Steele

Phone - 01887 820025

Email - GSteele@churchofscotland.org.uk

Session Clerk Braes of RannochSession Clerks Foss and Rannoch

Robert and Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272

Services in April

7 April - Joint service at Braes of Rannoch Church (Bridge of Gaur) 11 am

14, 21 and 28 April - 9.45 am at Braes of Rannoch and 11.30 am at the Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch

Jehovah’s Witnesses - The Bible promises that God will take back control of the Earth, then he will restore the environment. On 11th and 21st there are talks on this promise. You are welcome to join us for our meetings held at the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy.

If you have a Bible, bring it with you; if you would like a Bible, we offer copies without charge. If you would like a lift to the meetings, get in touch using the information below.

4th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions

7th 10.30 am. A talk and a discussion

11th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions

18th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions

21st 10.30 am. A talk and a discussion

25th 7 pm. Short talks, videos and discussions

28 th 10.30 am. A talk and a discussion.

Jehovah is the name of Jesus’s father; to witness is to share the truth. Enjoy a free study of the Bible at your convenience - ring or text 07802 753193. At jw.org you will find the Bible’s answers to life’s questions.

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Pitlochry linked with Blair Atholl & Struan Churches of Scotland

Interim Moderator : Rev Fraser Penny 01350 727249

Pitlochry Session Clerk: 01796 472791

Pitlochry Website: www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk

Sunday Services - Please note the new times of worship services on Sundays, Pitlochry Church at 10 am and Blair Atholl Church at 11.30 am. At Pitlochry, 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. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served in The Tryst Lounge following the service.

Day Care - Alzheimer Scotland, Heart for Art (CrossReach) and Live Active have become the tripartite provider of Day Care in The Tryst Lounge on Tuesdays from 10 am - 2 pm and on Thursdays from 10 am - 3 pm. The community bus will provide transport. If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from these activities, lunch and some company or if you wish to volunteer to help, please contact The Tryst office for details (see below).

Wednesday Coffee & Chat - 10.30 am11.45 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. At present, donations are for the people of Malawi, through the Bananabox Trust.

Church Choir - Wednesdays at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. New members always welcome.

Pitlochry Choral - Wednesdays at 7.45 pm in The Tryst Hall.

Table Tennis - Meet weekly on Thursdays 2 pm until 4 pm in The Tryst Hall.

Church Office - The Tryst, for all enquires and deliveries contact by email thetryst@ btconnect.com or telephone 01796 474010. The office is open from 9 am - 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Emails and telephone messages are checked regularly. For details and availability of The Tryst hire also contact by email thetryst@btconnect. com or telephone 01796 474010.

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Pitlochry Tryst Walks

Thursday, 4 April - Geal-charn Mor (£5). This Corbett near Kingussie gives great views of the Cairngorms. From Lynwilg (Grid ref: 882107) the route follows the estate road NW up Glen An Gleannan to the watershed. From here a broad ridge gives pleasant walking to the summit. We can de-scend by the same route or return via Ballinluig farm.

Height climbed 600m. Distance 7.5 miles. OS map 35.

Saturday, 20 April - Rannoch Forest (£3). This is a forest walk on the edge of the Black Wood of Rannoch. The circular route

starts at Carie on the south shore of Loch Rannoch (Grid ref: 616571) and is on good forest roads and tracks, heading first SW towards Airigh nan Guileag and then north to Dall.

The last 1.5 miles is along the lochside road. Height climbed 150m. Distance 6.5 miles. OS map 52.

Please contact Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153 for further information.

Please note: walk organiser/contact cannot be held responsible for any accident.

Everyone walking does so at their own risk and should take due care.

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Dunkeld Archive - Back for its third year, Dunkeld Living History weekend will be taking place on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 May. The event will be opened at 10 am by the Dunkeld and Birnam Traditional Youth Music Group. Set in Stanley Hill Park, this Free event will bring you face to face with Dunkeld’s past. Explore the historic encampments, be wowed by the battle displays and reenactments but, keep an eye out for the cheeky jesters!

Listen out for the historic tunes of Craig Herbertson and Perth & District Pipe Band throughout the day! Wander around the Historic Traders stands, shopping for accurate replicas and handmade crafts, and watch traditional skills demonstrations. Take part in your own unique Victorian ‘Tin-Type’ photography session. Tickets available via Eventbrite. Explore Dunkeld’s past in the Community Archive exhibition (next to Stanley Hill park).

Tea, coffee, home-baking and soup will be available in the Duchess Anne Hall (next to the Archive).

Fill your evenings with fabulous performances from opera to stand-up comedy.

Friday, 3 May - 8 pm - Birnam Arts ~ An Evening with Lindsey Gibb (Storyteller) ‘Dunkeld’s Dark Deeds’ Murder & Intrigue. Crime and Punishment. Dunkeld & Birnam’s criminal past uncovered. Tickets available from Birnamarts.com

Saturday 4 May - 8 pm - Birnam Arts ~ Daniel Downie live: Hysterical & Historical Scottish comedy. Tickets available from Birnamarts.com

Sunday 5th May - 4.30 pm - Dunkeld Cathedral ~ The Scots Opera Project Present: Wandering Oisin ~ A Celtic Folk Opera. Tickets available from Eventbrite. See our website for all the details - www.historicdunkeld.org.uk

Pitlochry Bowling Club - Only a few weeks till our outdoor season begins on Saturday, 20 April at 2 pm. All bowlers are welcome to join us. Before that we have our AGM on Tuesday, 2 April at 7 pm. We have now closed the Monday warm space days. Carol and John Anderson with Fay and William MacNicoll deserve our grateful thanks for all the time and work they put in every week to serve up delicious homemade soup and bacon rolls with a warm welcome to everyone who came along. April Bingo nights are Monday, 8 and 22. 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Everyone is very welcome to this popular social evening. But please check our Facebook page (Pitlochry bowling club).

At our last quiz night the proceeds from the raffle amounted to £260 which was donated to (SCAA) The Air Ambulance. We recently reached the final of the Killiecrankie Cup (an internal club pairs competition) which was won by Stewart Rutherford and Kevin Walsh. Congratulations to you both. We also took part in the Tay Tummel Indoor league which I’m pleased to say we won. The photo was taken at the presentation. Team players were Campbell, Ian Wilson, Val Wilson, Brian McClure, Kevin Walsh,Niel Haggart (all in the photo) and John Greenshields, Cath McCartney and Agnes Naylor were missing that day. Thank you to Val for all the organising of matches and club members who helped with refreshments. We are a friendly club and always pleased to welcome new members. For further enquiries please contact John on 07833 664121 or Agnes on 07981 22414.

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Health & Well-Being Open Day

Join us at our health and well-being event in Aberfeldy for a range of come and try sessions for the whole family, such as Nerf Wars, Cricket, and Walking Football and Pickleball. Take a plunge into the pool and participate in a Parent & Child Swim Session, Aqua Fit, or Aqua Run...whatever suits your lifestyle! Alternatively, you can venture into a Canoe Session with Breadalbane Canoe Club!

Bring a friend and discover our workout classes, including: • Total Body Workout • Spin • Kettlebells • Pilates We're also organising two workshops, "Exercise for Older Adults" and "Enhance Your Home Comfort and Safety," focusing on balance and strength for fall prevention.

You can find the following partners on ‘The Street’ at our Open Day:

• Perth & Kinross Council will be promoting the National Entitlement Card, updating photos, obtaining parental approval for travel, and more.

• Healthiest Town is diving into the benefits of activity and offering a “Food Project” with nutritional information.

• Active Schools are offering information regarding extracurricular sports activities which take place in the school.

• Highland Perthshire Plus will be offering information regarding sports, clubs, and future plans.

• Aberfeldy Community Sports Hub will be discussing the SportScotland CSH concept and future plans.

• ESOL will be offering information on their English lessons.

• The Co-op Store will be offering community services.

• Cap will be providing debt support and mental health advice.

Along with all of our activities, Breadalbane Community Campus is hosting a car boot sale, and the Breadalbane Library is hosting a book sale plus a Lego drop-in!!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Scottish Parliament Párlamaid na h-Alba

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RSPB birds and nature - The RSPB will be available at the Explorers Garden entrance to chat about birds and nature in the garden. Date: Saturday, 20 April and Saturday, 27 April Time: 10.30 am until 3.30 pm Price: Free

Zen Yoga Class - Zen Yoga starts at beginner level, covering the fundamentals and helping you to better understand the poses and sequences. Progression will be gradual at an individual pace. There is an open morning in the Pavilion for all those interested in finding out more that will explore gentle yoga, breathwork, essential oils and organic herbal tea on Thursday, 18 April from 10 am - 12 pm for £13. Date: Thursdays 25 April - 13 June Time: 10 am Duration: 1hr Price: £13 per class, Offer: save £4 when you book a 4-week block from 25 April or 23 May. All yoga classes include same-day access to Explorers Garden

Woodland Breathing - The woodland breathing experience is a gentle and contemplative walk, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku. It is a great way to offer yourself some self-care. You will be guided to slow down and connect with nature and yourself through a series of invitations using your senses. Suitable for most fitness levels - there are some inclines around the garden with good paths. Date: Saturday, 4 May, Saturday, 1 June, Tuesday, 2 July, Tuesday, 6 August Time: 10 am Price: £33 includes same-day access to Explorers Garden Duration: 2-2.5hrs

Sherpas Speak - Come and spend an afternoon or evening with our guest speakers, Cameron McNeish, Fiona Valpy and James Lamb as they talk us through their connections with the Himalayas. We have a unique opportunity to learn about the great works of The Little Sherpa Foundation and how we, the Explorers Garden, can reconnect with communities that the Plant Explorers would have visited. We are now able to showcase our Meconopsis, Himalayan poppies within the Explorers Garden because of the generosity of Sherpa communities. Included alongside the talks is the groundbreaking documentary about Sherpa Culture, boasting an original soundtrack by Dougie and Jamie Maclean. Film credits go to double Bafta winners Richard Else and Meg Wicks. Venue: Studio at Pitlochry Festival Theatre Date: Wednesday, 29 May Time: 2 pm and 7.30 pm Price: £12 includes same-day access to Explorers Garden and Sherpa Exhibition of Life in the community of a Nepalese village in the Pavilion and Himalayan section of the garden which will run from Wednesday, 1 May to Saturday, 15 June.

Explorers Garden event info: www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com/explorers-garden-2

The Arts Society, Tayside - 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). Application forms are available from Jane Gordon, our Chairman and Membership Secretary - tastmembership@gmail.com.

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Moulin Hall Trust - A note from the Committee. Another busy start to the year, with some fantastic local groups using the Moulin Hall for everything from Bridge, Scottish Country Dancing and Yoga to Singing Groups, Art Exhibitions, numerous children’s parties and the Repair Café.

We are so delighted to be able to provide affordable facilities for such a broad range of events that bring so many people together. The Hall is community owned and we would love to hear from you if you think you’d like to get involved. It’s not a huge commitment - the Committee meets 4 or 5 times a year and hosts occasional fundraising coffee mornings and a New Year drinks party. Why not come along to the AGM on Friday, 17 May to find out more? For all bookings, contact Libis 07930 288761; www.facebook.com/ MoulinHallUsersGroup

Moulin Hall Trust Notice of AGM 2024 - Friday, 17 May. 7 pm in Moulin Hall.

Aberfeldy Quilters - Sometimes the thought of doing a big project is a bit daunting, so why not make something small? That’s what we have done here making needle cases and reversible fabric bins. They make great gifts and are handy to keep your bits and pieces in if you make them for yourself. If you would like to join us please contact Jane on 07771 641390 or Annette on 07736 384035 for more information.

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Aberfeldy Defibrillators - Public access defibrillators in Aberfeldy can be found at: *Ailean Chraggan Hotel *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 *Spirit of Wood. 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. Please be reassured that you cannot shock someone who is not in cardiac arrest. The machine analyses the patient’s heart and will not administer the electric shock unless it is required.

If there are any issues with the defibrillators, please contact Safer Communities Warden Norma Carr (07785 538425) or John Duff (07826 908542).

Rannoch History Society - On Saturday, 20 April, Rannoch History Society will welcome Dr James Caudle of Yale and Glasgow University, who will give an illustrated talk on the Tour of Scotland in 1773 by the celebrated Dr Samuel Johnson and his younger companion James Boswell of Auchinleck. ‘Boswell and Johnson in Scotland’ promises to be a scholarly and interesting account of the eighteenth-century Scotland they encountered and the observations they made as they journeyed.

The meeting will take place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, 20 April in Kinloch Rannoch Village Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Admission will be £5 for nonmembers. All are warmly welcome.

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Camserney Scottish Country Dance group meets on a Friday evening at 7.30 pm at the Camserney Hall. We are a friendly bunch and would be very happy to welcome new faces! You don’t need a partner to come along, just some soft shoes or dancing pumps (and a sense of humour!)

All dances are walked through before we dance. £5 per evening with a glass of wine (or soft drink) and some nibbles at interval. Hope to see you there! We will stop dancing for the summer from April 26 and start again in October.

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Loch of the Lowes - Think or imagine back to 1964. You possibly drove a Ford Cortina and you probably watched television in glorious black and white, if you had a TV at all; wireless was still king and was the best way to hear the news that would make it to the newspapers only in a couple of days. News was also very ‘local’, and you probably never heard about the group of individuals who banded together to form a new organisation focusing on Scotland’s wildlife. That organisation was the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and 60 years on we are celebrating what in human terms would be a diamond anniversary.

The world is clearly a different place now, compared with 1964, and the wildlife around us is facing many more challenges. There have been success stories for sure; beavers can be seen across many parts of Scotland now, including Loch of the Lowes, where with knowledge and understanding they can find their valued place again. Red Squirrel numbers continued to decrease with the advancement of the grey squirrels but with our joint action we are privileged that we can see them daily at Lowes. The red squirrel’s predator which is also its lifeline, the Pine Marten, is again welcome. Red Kites can often be seen tidying up our roadkill victims. The Scottish Wildlife Trust maintains the same beliefs, safeguarding all of Scotland’s wildlife. As you read this, ‘our’ resident Ospreys will hopefully be back in residence - another success story - and our wildlife hides provide a unique opportunity to view them in their summer home. Loch of the Lowes is privileged to have had Ospreys nesting at the reserve for many years; the environment here that was safeguarded by those early SWT pioneers is perfect for these choosy birds. The same is true of the Beavers; they made their homes here, they were not reintroduced, and the fact they have settled and raised offspring highlights what a precious environment we have.

The visitor centre is open seven days a week, 10.30 to 5 pm, and we have telescopes in our hides to help you enjoy what 60 years’ effort has delivered.

Loch of the Lowes ‘open day’ - On Saturday, 27 April in order to celebrate 60 years of the Scottish Wildlife Trust this year; it was set up in April 1964. This will be free admission with a look back at the 1960s with some games for children and a chance to chat about people’s experiences of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Loch of the Lowes over the years.

Viking Optics day - Saturday, 11 May 10.30 am to 3 pm. Come to Loch of the Lowes to see binoculars, monoculars and telescopes. Contact Loch of the Lowes as soon as possible if you would like a demonstration of a specific Viking product. Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld, PH8 0HH Tel: 01350 727337 Email: lochofthelowes@ scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk. For any events of the Scottish Wildlife Trust see and book if required www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-events/

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Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir

The Aberfeldy Mod takes place this year on Friday, 14 and Saturday, 15 June.

This annual event will see an arrival of participators from near and far to get together in song, music, drama and poetry to celebrate our heritage. The Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir are at present leading up to this event and are singing some new arrangements for this Mod and for the National Mod in October, to be held this year in Oban.

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This talk has been rescheduled from October 2023, when the Breadalbane Community Campus was unavoidably closed due to the storm.

From May until August the BHS will be arranging visits each month to places of interest in this area, details will be given on the website and The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair

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 and publications. Ongoing Society projects include the maintenance of the Killiehassie private burial ground in Strathtay, and the recent publication, in association with the Aberfeldy Museum Group, of an illustrated leaflet, The Aberfeldy and Weem Heritage Trail, with a trail map and information on the many places of interest in the area. QR codes with information at each of these sites are currently being installed. The BHS also provides a free service of assistance with family history research. Recordings of all the recent talks are available on the website.

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Breadalbane Heritage Society - The Breadalbane Heritage Society has now resumed its meetings in the Breadalbane Community Campus. The next meeting will be held on Friday, 19 April. Doors open at 7 pm for those who want to look at the displays, purchase publications or simply meet and chat, and the illustrated presentation will begin at 7.30 pm. Donald Riddell will give an Illustrated talk on ‘Glenlyon Myths, Legends, Amazing People and Places’. Donald has lived and worked in and around Glenlyon for over fifty years and has an extensive knowledge of its history, fauna and flora, including the many legends surrounding this long and lonely glen. Well-known for his guided excursions to see red deer, badgers and other fauna, Donald will take everyone

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Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) - These two ocean-wandering fulmars were pictured high-up on the parapet of St. Andrews Castle in Fife in February this year. The fulmar is superficially similar to a gull, but there are significant differences. Its yellow and dark grey bill is slightly hooked and it has two nasal tubes on the top of it - these are very distinctive. In flight its long wings are very stiff. It beats its wings and then glides, again very different from a gull. They start breeding early in the year and typically lay only one egg and they can live for up to 40 years. Their walking ability is very limited and in St. Andrews they are restricted either to grassy cliffs or buildings. Baxter and Rintoul (The Birds of Scotland 1953) noted them in 1943 and they have stayed there ever since in quite large colonies. Fulmars were for centuries hunted for food. Fulmar eggs were collected until the late 1920s by the inhabitants of St. Kilda until the human population departed in 1930. Many thanks to Colin Macintosh for sending in this article and photograph

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14 April - Canoe Club

21 April - Grandtully Primary School

28 April - Aberfeldy Tennis Club

5 May - Feldy in Flower

12 May - Camserney Hall

19 May - Auto Immune Diseases Group

26 May - Herb Society

2 June - St Andrew's Church Strathtay

9 June - Air Ambulance Charity

16 June - Feis

23 June - Rotary & Inner Wheel

30 June - Aberfeldy Football Club

7 July - Amulree Village Hall

14 July - McLean Hall

21 July - Ardeonaig & Ardtalnaig Community

28 July - Tay Valley Connections

4 August - Upper Tay Transport

11 August - Fortingall Roots

18 August - The Friday Club

25 August - Aberfeldy Bowling Club

1 September - Aberfeldy Rugby Club Youth Team

8 September - ASN

15 September - Heartland to Malawi

22 September - Logierait Primary School

29 September - Gamekeepers Welfare Trust

6 October - Hogmanay Street Party

13 October - Christmas Lights

20 October - Breadalbane Reading Room

27 October - Grandtully Bowling Club

3 November - Men’s Shed

10 November - Cricket Club

17 November - GLS Church

24 November - Birks Cinema

1 December - ASBA

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15 December - HPCLT

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Founded in 2019, Creative Crieff wants to help bring creative and cultural vibrancy to Crieff, Strathearn, and Strathallan. Our vision is to see Crieff flourish as a cultural hub, where creativity, collaboration, and community spirit thrive together. Through Heartland FM and The Star Experience, we’re dedicated to rejuvenating Crieff and its surroundings, sparking economic growth, enhancing community engagement, and promoting sustainability.

Our latest project, The Star Experience, reimagines our footprint to include more outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy. This unique blend of cinema, dining, radio, and greenery is designed to re-establish Crieff as a hub for tourism, celebrated for its creativity and community.

A Destination for All - The Star Experience caters to diverse interests, offering everything from bespoke cinema experiences in our intimate bijou cinemas to delicious local cuisine in our bistro.

It’s not just a place to visit, but a space to experience, engage, and enjoy.

Cinema & Community - We’re excited to bring together film enthusiasts and local community groups to curate screenings that reflect Crieff’s cultural and artistic vibrancy. Our aim is to create a cinema experience that’s as much about community as it is about film.

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As we move forward, we’re eager to work with the community to bring these visions to life, creating a place where everyone can find something to enjoy and participate in. Join us in this exciting journey to make Crieff a beacon of cultural and community spirit.

Heartland FM’s New Chapter

The merger with Radio Earn and the upcoming launch signify a new era for Heartland FM, enhancing our connection with the community and extending our reach throughout Perthshire.

The Star Experience will be the new home for Heartland FM, allowing visitors to engage with live radio broadcasts and participate in an interactive media experience.

Since its launch in 1992, Heartland FM has become the heart of Highland Perthshire’s community broadcasting and the region’s premier broadcast media outlet. In 2023, it broadened its service to all of Perthshire, merging with Radio Earn to offer a local radio service like no other, catering especially to the needs of remote and rural communities.

This merger highlights the ongoing need for a local radio that connects communities across Perthshire, making Heartland FM the go-to station for a mix of community news, insightful interviews, and a blend of classic hits and modern tunes.

With frequencies on 97.5 FM in Highland and 107.3 FM in Lowland Perthshire, plus online and mobile access, Heartland FM is more accessible than ever. We’re celebrating our re-launch with an open day at our new Crieff studios on Monday, 8 April, from 9 am to 5 pm, where we invite everyone to come along and learn about our exciting plans for the future and our commitment to the Perthshire community.

Birnam Arts: Concerts & Events •

Café • Shop • Gallery • Beatrix Potter Station Road, Birnam PH8 0DS 01350 727674. Tickets and full details online at www.birnamarts.com

Wednesday, 3 April - Beatrix Potter Storytelling 11 am. Six Cats 2.30 pm. Free events. Step into a world of imagination, reading and storytelling as actor John Anderson brings poetry and short stories to life. Beatrix Potter Storytelling: 11am. The wonderful stories of Beatrix Potter, especially for the younger children. 6 Cats: 2.30 pm. This performance is built around a selection from T S Eliot’s anthology Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and brings to life six wonderful feline characters. A charming 45 minute show for adults and primary school children celebrating the magical words of this great poet.

Thursday, 4, Friday, 5, Saturday, 6 April7 pm. Birnam Institute Players present Old Dogs by Steve Raw. Tickets: £10 Adults £5 U16s + Booking Fee. Ages 14+ recommended. A hilarious sitcom - think Last of the Summer Wine meets Carry On! A care home, three male residents, a prostitute, an accidental ‘murder’ - join the BIPs team for another fun-packed show, hitting farce level as the desperation builds and the misunderstandings pile up!

Friday, 12 April - 7.30 pm. Autumn Voices. £5 Adult/£3 over 60s + Booking Fee. Their second outing featuring local writing, this event features readings by group members of new work written over the past six months, covering everything from saints and witches in Perthshire woods to quarrelling sparrows. Also featuring Morag Anderson.

Saturday, 20 April, 7.30 pm - Neon Waltz. Tickets £12 + Booking Fee. Hailing from the northern tip of mainland Scotland, Neon Waltz are a four-piece indie band with a rich, melodic sound calling to mind their ‘60s influenced forebears.

The band has toured extensively throughout the British Isles, leading to sell out shows, including Glasgow’s iconic King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and landing support slots with artists such as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Coral and DMA’s. A brilliant night out guaranteed!

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Sunday, 28 April - 2 pm. The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Duration 2hrs.

Tickets: £12 Adults / £5 18-25/Students / + Booking Fee/ Free Under 16s. A superb concert of music and improvisation by the talented TSYJO, showcasing music by Miles, Ella, Piazzolla, Gillespie, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Since Tommy Smith formed the youth orchestra in 2002, it has forged over 125 masterful young musicians, many of them acclaimed award winners who have gone on to have successful national and international careers. With special guests, Michael Owers and Ryan Quigley.

Plus Esther Kent Play Exhibition until Sunday, 21 April and much more at Birnamarts.com

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Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst

The 2024 Walking Festival will take place from Friday, 10 to Monday, 13 May, and walkers will be offered around 24 guided walks across a range of difficulties.

The full range of the 2024 walks and their details will be found on the Drovers’ Tryst website (www.droverstryst.com) where walkers can book their respective walks.

RSABI (previously The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution) - RSABI is a unique Scottish charity with roots going back to 1897. To learn a little more about how RSABI operates, please see the website at www.rsabi.org.uk

Pitlochry & Moulin Men’s Shed - The Pitlochry & Moulin Men’s Shed (PAMMS) provides a community space for men to meet, connect, chat and create. Our activities centre on those that groups of men can enjoy together to help reduce loneliness and isolation. Equally importantly, we aim to make them enjoyable. Our Men’s Shed can give purpose to those who have either retired or who just have some time on their hands. Activities such as ours aim to improve mental health, knowledge, skills and confidence in an informal environment.

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37 Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd is a family-run business, established in 2018 by us, Andrew and Jennifer Macintyre. We provide a comprehensive financial planning service, offering specialist face-to-face financial advice, tailored to you. Our services include: •Retirement Planning •Investment Planning •Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning •Protection Planning •Cashflow Planning Contact us for further details. T: 01887 377810 E: MACINTYREWEALTH@SJPP.CO.UK 1 KENMORE STREET, ABERFELDY PH15 2BL WWW.MACINTYREWEALTH.CO.UK Macintyre Wealth Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. SJP Approved 12/02/2024 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. Castle Menzies As a charity, every penny spent at the Castle remains at the Castle as part of our conservation work Contact Ewen: 07455 061 781 ecoady@hotmail.co.uk Commercial & Domestic Open Daily 29th March until the end of October 2024 10.30 am- 4.30 pm (Sundays 2 - 4.30 pm) T: 01887 820982 www.castlemenzies.org

Bus Service 91

Trainee Bus

Drivers Wanted

Perth & Kinross Council have been successful in securing Smarter Choices Smarter Places funding to work in partnership with Upper Tay Transport Group to offer training for two bus drivers based in the Highland Perthshire area.

If you would like to achieve a PCV driving licence and have the opportunity to be employed as a part-time bus driver in the Aberfeldy area, please email publictransport@pkc.gov.uk or telephone 07341 780995 for more details.

Email: info@uppertaytransport.org

T: 07388 236233 Find us on Facebook or visit www.uppertaytransport.org

It’s fun on the 91 - Upper Tay Transport aims to improve transport options for local people and visitors and is proud that joint work with the Perth and Kinross Council has resulted in funding from Smarter Choices Smarter Places, allowing the 91 bus to run on more days, extended hours and to go to Kinloch Rannoch on Saturdays. But this achievement is thwarted by lack of sufficient drivers - hence the advert. Free training to be a bus driver is offered for someone wanting a new career.

So have you been on the 91 bus?

The circular tour from Aberfeldy via Kenmore, Fearnan, Fortingall, Keltneyburn, Dull, Camserney and Weem is interesting and much better viewed from the bus.

It’s a ‘Hail and Ride’ service, so you can get on and off where you want, and Brian the friendly bus driver will

There is now a new, low floor wheelchair accessible bus on Service 91

help you do this. You can see the countryside and the wildlife without risk of hitting something on the narrow roads.

You can safely see views of Loch Tay and village at Kenmore, see the developments at Taymouth Castle, watch the Iron Age village grow at the new Crannog site at Dalerb, view the

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thatched village and ancient yew tree at Fortingall and much more. If you’re feeling more energetic, walk to Kenmore, have lunch and get the bus back.

There are loads of options, and all of these are free with a Young Scot card or a bus pass. And on Saturday you can go to Kinloch Rannoch for lunch

and get the bus back. Some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside is at your doorstep and becoming easier to access.

There’s more information and maps available at the Information Centre in Locus Centre in Aberfeldy which is open for the season from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays, where you will find

friendly faces to help you.

Do travel on the bus and let us know your experiences, either by calling in at the Locus Centre or sending to info@uppertaytransport.org.

And, if you enjoy it, which I think you will, tell your friends and family it’s fun on the 91, so they can go too.

39 Timetable - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Commecing Saturday, 9 September 2023 Service 91 91 91 91 Service 91A 91A 91A Codes SDO MTTF MTTF SDO Codes MTTF MTTF SDO Aberfeldy Chapel Street …. 0925 1133 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1028 1345 1500 Weem Strathtay Road 0930 1138 Acharn Cross 1043 1400 Dull road end 0935 1143 Kenmore Pier Road 1048 1405 1515 Coshieville 0939 1147 Fearnan 1055 1412 Keltneyburn 0940 1148 Fortingall bus shelter 1102 1419 Fortingall opp bus shelter 0945 1156 Keltneyburn 1109 1426 Fearnan 0950 1203 Coshieville 1110 1427 Kenmore Pier Road 0910 0956 1209 1615 Dull road end 1115 1432 Acharn Cross …. 1001 1214 …. Weem Strathtay Road 1120 1437 …. Aberfeldy Chapel Street 0925 1016 1229 1630 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1123 1442 …. Service 91B 91B 91B 91B 91B Codes MTTF MTTF MTTF MTTF MTTF Codes: MTF Operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1018 1123 1229 1335 1442 SDO Operates Kenmore Primary School schooldays only Aberfeldy Moness Crescent 1020 1125 1231 1337 1444 Aberfeldy The Square 1022 1127 1233 1339 1446 Aberfeldy Duntaylor Avenue 1024 1129 1235 1341 1448 Aberfeldy Taybridge Road 1026 1131 1237 1343 1450 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1028 1133 1239 1345 1452 Timetable - Saturday Service 91 91 Service 91A Service 91B 91B Aberfeldy Chapel Street 0900 1400 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1155 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1145 1350 Weem Strathtay Road 0905 1405 Acharn Cross 1210 Aberfeldy Moness Crescent 1147 1352 Dull road end 0910 1410 Kenmore Pier Road 1215 Aberfeldy The Square 1149 1354 Coshieville 0914 1414 Fearnan 1222 Aberfeldy Duntaylor Avenue 1151 1356 Keltneyburn 0915 1415 Fortingall bus shelter 1229 Aberfeldy Taybridge Road 1153 1358 Fortingall opp bus shelter 0920 1420 Keltneyburn 1236 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1155 1400 Fearnan 0925 1425 Coshieville 1237 Kenmore Pier Road 0929 1429 Dull road end 1242 Acharn Cross 0934 1434 Weem Strathtay Road 1247 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 0955 1455 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1250 Service 91C 91C Service 91C 91C Aberfeldy Chapel Street 0955 1455 Kinloch Rannoch Square 1045 1545 Weem opp Hotel 1000 1500 Tummel Bridge Riverside 1100 1600 Glengoulandie 1015 1515 Glengoulandie 1115 1615 Tummel Bridge Riverside 1030 1530 Weem at Hotel 1130 1630 Kinloch Rannoch Square 1045 1545 Aberfeldy Chapel Street 1135 1635

Breadalbane Men’s Shed - An Update and Invitation to our AGM

What is a Men’s Shed?

A Men’s Shed is a community-based, nonprofit, non-commercial organisation accessible to all individuals providing a safe, friendly and healing environment where people are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other people. We aim to provide a supportive environment for people to gather, volunteer, work, teach, learn and seek fellowship with like-minded others. We want to promote and stabilise the mental, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of people in our community.

Breadalbane Men’s Shed - Breadalbane Men’s Shed is a charity which has been in existence since 2016 . We are a group who enjoy meeting up regularly to enjoy a cuppa, talk and do woodwork or other practical activities. While our principal aim is to provide recreational activities, we hope to help individuals overcome social isolation and loneliness. Our repair service also offers the chance for items to be refurbished or re-purposed rather than being discarded.

For the past two years we have been working on adding an extension to our workshop to provide a toilet, kitchen and a social area. We have carried out the build ourselves, with only the groundworks and electrical work contracted to local tradesmen.

We began work in July last year and are now putting the finishing touches to the extension. We are also reorganising our workshop

now that we have more room. We plan to hold our Annual General Meeting in the new extension on Wednesday, 24 April at 11 am. All members are asked to attend and anyone who is interested in what happens at the shed would be very welcome to look around after the short AGM.

identify and reach it.

Contact Details - Phil Richards: 07496 758949 Bill Muntus: 07773 389085 Facebook: www.facebook.com/breadalbanemensshed

Spring Growth with GrowBiz Enterprise Support

Whether you want to start, develop or grow your rural business or self-employed practice, here’s some ways GrowBiz can support you this spring:

Get started - If you’re thinking about becoming self-employed, have a business idea you’d like to explore, or are in the early stages of starting up, speaking with a GrowBiz Enterprise Facilitator can give you the confidence, motivation and knowledge to get going.

Develop your skills - GrowBiz holds regular online learning sessions on useful topics to help you develop the skills needed to run a business, and also align it with net zero values and your own wellbeing. We also hold networking events where other business owners can inspire you.

Overcome obstacles - Do you have a specific question about your business, an idea you need help to think through, or accountability for a task you’ve been putting off? Book a half hour drop-in slot at one of our online support sessions on Thursday afternoons to chat instantly with an advisor.

Personal growth - Would you like to increase your confidence, get better at making decisions, or be able to clearly define your goals and intentions? You could benefit from having a trained GrowBiz volunteer mentor.

Take the next step - The next step in your business could be anything from applying for funding, to taking on your first employee, to creating a website, to improving your work/ life balance, to becoming carbon neutral. No matter how big or small, we can help you

Email connect@growbiz.co.uk to arrange a 1-1 chat with an Enterprise Facilitator, or visit www.growbiz.co.uk to see all of our events and services.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

- Another busy month with lots of teaching and practising!!!! We’re delighted that the RSPBA have managed to get all five Major Championships organised for this year. The first one is on Saturday, 18 May in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Our Grade 3 band is hoping to compete at it.

Some of our members played at the competitions in Perform in Perth, winning various placings and quite a few of our younger pipers and drummers are playing in the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday, 14 April with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. This promises to be a great night.

We’re busy organising our Highland Nights which start on Monday, 27 May , every Monday night until Monday, 2 September. We’ve already got two visiting groups who would like to take part in the Highland Nights. A group of Highland Dancers from Canada will be joining the Jean Swanston Highland Dancers on Monday, 29 July and the N S W Highlanders Pipe Band from Australia will be joining us on Monday, 12 August. This will be the 58th year of the Pipe Bands Highland Nights!!!!!!

If anyone would like any information on our tuition, please email or phone me.

gmcnab00@aol.com mob 07733 152223

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Blair Castle & Gardens

After a long winter, Blair Castle & Gardens is now open for the season, ready to welcome you for an enchanting day-trip fit for the whole family.

Take a self-guided tour around Blair Castle & Gardens, and watch as history unfolds right before your very eyes. Explore our 30 rooms with historical fixtures and furnishings before taking a walk in the 9-acre walled garden, making Blair Castle & Gardens the perfect day out for the whole family.

New for 2024, discover a brand new exhibition featuring the world’s oldest Scotch Whisky, found in the cellar at Blair Castle. Exhibition entry is included with standard admission to the castle. There will also be the opportunity to discover more about the whisky & illicit distilling with our whisky tours. Please see our website for opening times and to book tickets.

www.atholl-estates.co.uk

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ETAPE CALEDONIA RETURNS TO PITLOCHRY THIS MAY

Etape Caledonia is a mass participation cycling event that has attracted more than 45,000 people since it debuted in 2007, and the next edition is taking place on Sunday 12 May 2024. Entries for this sell-out event are selling fast so get in quick if you want to take on this iconic closed-road sportive.

Secure your entry at www.etapecaledonia.com

VOLUNTEER WITH US

If you’re located in the Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Kinloch Rannoch, Glengoulandie or Camserney areas we’d love you to get involved. Our volunteers are well looked after with food, drink, and a free place at the 2025 event! Find out more here: https://www.etapecaledonia.com/volunteer

For more information on the event and road closure timings head to our FAQs: https://www.etapecaledonia.com/faqs or get in contact with our team on hello@etapecaledonia.com

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THE 2024 ROUTE

Last year we introduced the brand new 55-mile route to complement the popular 40- and 85-mile routes. The three Etape Caledonia routes take in the best of what the Highlands has to offer and start and finish in the heart of Pitlochry. Participants will take on winding roads, tree-lined avenues, Lochs, mountains and everything in between. Pick your distance and take on this mighty challenge before it sells out!

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Care Home

Rivendell provides high quality care and support for you and your elderly relative. Based in Birnam and Dunkeld our homely environment provides a safe and fun community spirit.

Our trained staff provide care and support for all your needs 24 hours a day, we are always there. So, if you are looking for social contact, a safe and supportive environment, support with health or medical needs then contact us.

Our mission is to provide a home for life, so come and live life with us.

Please phone 01350 727413 and speak to Gina or email rivendellcare@btconnect.com for more information.

Highland Perthshire Plus - Highland Perthshire Plus (HPP) was launched in March 2023 to enable people with additional support needs (ASN) to live and thrive in Highland Perthshire. The group is led by a management group all of whom are parent/carers of adults or children with ASN. We have been very busy since then with things moving at pace. We have been successful in raising funds from a variety of sources. This has enabled us to recruit 2 members of staff - a Development Worker who will run the work of the group on day to day helping with information, support, running activities etc; and a Project Co-ordinator who will lead on a supported volunteering project. Supported Volunteering - HPP will offer 6-8 adults with additional support needs to work in meaningful roles in our community. This will involve running a café one day a week and gardening, although other projects may evolve.

Housing - HPP is working with Perth and Kinross Council on the development of supported housing in the locality. Sport and Social Opportunities - HPP is working with Perth and Kinross Disability Sport to offer a range of clubs and activities for all ages, including swimming, yoga, boccia, kayaking, archery, bowls and tennis. We also run an Activity club for 0-7 year olds with additional support needs.

Information and support - An important part of our work is to provide information to parents and carers and to professionals, as well as to facilitate better support for families in the area.

We are having a Spring Event on Sunday, 28 April in Victoria Park, Aberfeldy 11-2. Come along and meet the team, enjoy workshops, sports and activities and learn more about what support we offer and about some of our exciting new projects for this year. We hope you can join us! For more information, please contact info@hpplus.net.

Colin Gerrie Mobile: 07836 343967

Telephone: 01350 727364 Email: wkgerrie.inver@gmail.com

www.dunkeldfuneraldirectors.co.uk

Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and surrounding areas for 50 years.

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Your Local Legal Experts B ENEFIT FROMOVE R EXPER IENCE 01 7 96 4 7 2 6 0 6 www.jandhmitchell.com info@jandhmitchell.com Property Legal Services Charities & Communities Companies & Partnerships Agriculture, Estates and Renewables Our Aberfeldy o ce is open 5 days a week Traditional Values ~ Modern Thinking Wills, Powers of Attorney and Succession Planning www.thequair.scot @TheQuair Colin and Lizzy offer a caring and professional 24 hour service from custom built premises at Inver, Dunkeld. You can visit loved ones in privacy at our small chapel of rest beside the River Braan. For a personal service tailored to your requirements please contact us. We are a family business - We care. Serving the community in Dunkeld, Ballinluig, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and surrounding areas for 50 years. www.dunkeldfuneraldirectors.co.uk Colin Gerrie Mobile: 07836 343967 Telephone: 01350 727364 Email: wkgerrie.inver@gmail.com Colin and Lizzy offer a caring and professional 24 hour service from custom built premises at Inver, Dunkeld. You can visit loved ones in privacy at our small chapel of rest beside the River Braan. For a personal service tailored to your requirements please contact us. We are a family business - We care. Serving the community in Dunkeld, Ballinluig,

Councillor John Duff

Highland Ward

Conservative

At the end of February, the normally quiet, peaceful setting of Aberfeldy was rocked by a Police Scotland announcement that a local death, previously thought to have been non-suspicious, was in fact, a murder. This revelation, several days after the body of Brian Low was found early in the morning on Saturday, 17 February, came as a severe shock to everyone in the area. Mr Low’s family are obviously heartbroken at his death and devastated by this turn of events. Everyone’s thoughts, prayers and sympathies are sent to his partner, family and friends. There is mystery surrounding why anyone would look to shoot a quiet, family man out walking his dog early on a Saturday morning in the middle of the countryside and there has been much speculation as to the circumstances. The police have been out in force in an effort to provide reassurance to locals, many of whom are concerned at these developments and frightened for their own safety in the aftermath. Detectives have been out in force and are interviewing every occupant of the town in an effort to establish the facts. The family need answers. The police need evidence. If anyone knows anything about this crime, was near the scene on the day it happened, saw anything suspicious or perhaps has dashcam, CCTV or doorbell footage from the day, I urge them to report the details to the police. A Major Incident Public Portal link has been set up and further details can be found at www.mipp.police.uk/operation/SCOT24S04PO1 where you can provide any information online . You can also call the Police on 101 quoting incident number 0884 of 17/02/2024 and ask to speak to the officers on Operation Newlane or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It is absolutely vital that anyone who has information of value to the police comes forward as soon as possible to help solve this dreadful crime so that the family can understand why they have lost a loved one and peace can return to our area. If you know anything, please do the right thing. 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.

Pitlochry Garden Share - It’s getting much busier in the garden now, and seed sowing is well underway. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved this year, or learn more about us. Any help is welcome, even if it is just once a month. Contact us at pitlochrygardenshare@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. Our Volunteers day at the Moulin Community Garden is on Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm.

We are delighted to announce that R W Bell Green Energy has generously sponsored us with a donation towards the rent of the Community Garden, and offered some practical help to create a Children’s Area. This new project brings parents and their children to the garden to have fun growing their own veg! We would like to thank R W Bell Green Energy for their support. This month onwards we will be setting up a stall just outside the Pitlochry Market (third Saturday of month, April to October 10 am til 3 pm. This month 20th April).We will stay until we sell out, likely before 3 pm. Come along to learn more about us, and take home a variety of seedlings!

Pitlochry Rotary - To become a Friend of Rotary is an excellent way for individuals like you who would qualify for Rotary membership, but simply do not have sufficient time to attend Rotary meetings, or who cannot meet the financial requirements of being a Rotarian.

You can be a Friend and team up with Rotary to share in our ideals and objectives without the responsibility (or all of the benefits) of full membershipp, but it does afford you the opportunity to contribute to your community and to our events, if and when you are available. Some club events are not specifically for fundraising but also for socialising. Rotarians call this ‘fellowship’, an opportunity to enjoy activities and each other’s company, catch up with old friends and make or develop new ones.

Friends of Rotary also extends to corporate entities that could allow a representative of the organisation to attend meetings, service projects or fundraising events thereby allowing the corporation to be active in Rotary and the community. If you or your organisation would like more information of our Friends of Rotary membership category, please contact our Club Secretary at: Secretary@Pitlochry. rotary1010.org

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Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member Conservative

It has been a busy time at the Scottish Parliament dealing with various constituency issues and being a member of the Economy and Fair Work Committee. One major issue that needs to be addressed is the slow progress of dualling the A9 Perth to Inverness road. It has the unenviable record of being one of the most dangerous roads in Scotland and we recently had another fatality, when a 60-year-old man died following a collision on the A9 near Aviemore.

This means there has been 335 people who have died in 252 collisions on the Perth to Inverness A9 road since 1979. That is a shocking record and is surely one of the main reasons why dualling of the whole stretch of road should be of paramount importance to the SNP Government.

I am a long-term campaigner to have the road dualled and I know many local residents share my frustration at the length of time it is taking to complete the project. We have had to contend with the disappointment of the initial target of dualling being completed by 2025 not being achieved. While the Scottish Government has stated the dualling should be completed by 2035, industry experts are alarmingly predicting that the actual dualling may not be completed by 2050, if it is done by then.

Anyone who has driven on the A9 Perth to Inverness road will be only too well aware of how dangerous it can be, especially on single stretch parts of the road. Successive Transport Ministers have promised that the actual dualling of the whole road will eventually be completed but to only have reached 30 miles so far is very poor. I acknowledge that the Scottish Government has spent some money on better signage and other road safety measures, but too many lives have needlessly been lost and more will die as a result of the delays in dualling.

At best we will be waiting another 12 years for this project to be completed, and that is the most optimistic outcome we can hope for. We need to see some real progress on the dualling of the A9 Perth to Inverness road - otherwise we will sadly continue to have more fatalities.

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.

McLean

Hall

Fearnan Quiz Night - The Fearnan Quiz Night held in the autumn was well attended and enjoyed by the quizzers. By popular demand, the Hall Committee is holding another quiz night on Friday, 3 May from 7 pm - 9 pm.

Light refreshments/ snacks will be available throughout the evening, and you can BYOB.

We are looking for teams of four at £10 per team - or you can join up with others on the evening to form a team. Proceeds will be shared between the hall and the SCAA.

At the time of writing, the investigation into the murder of Brian Low is still ongoing, and many questions remain unanswered. This has been an utterly horrifying incident, which I know has rocked the close-knit community of Aberfeldy to its core. My thoughts remain firmly with the family of Brian Low during this tragic time.

We now know that the police’s initial assessment of the death deemed it to be non-suspicious. It wasn’t until 10 days later, following the results of the post-mortem, that it was announced that the death had in fact been declared a homicide.

It is simply unfathomable that it took so long to identify the true cause of Mr Low’s death, as well as the further delay there was in notifying the local community and wider public. This has rightly led to serious questions about how this investigation has been handled. There is also further concern that vital evidence may have been lost due to this delay.

In light of this, I wrote to Police Scotland to call for urgent clarification on what is known to have happened thus far, and why the investigation was not launched sooner. I also emphasised how vital it is for Police Scotland to ensure full transparency going forward. Since those representations, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has announced that it has launched a probe of the investigation, in order to get to the bottom of how this situation unfolded in the way it did.

I was also assured that additional officers have been deployed to the area whilst their investigation is progressed by the Major Investigation Team, and I would urge for anybody with any information that may assist the investigation to come forward. It is my hope that we will soon have a much clearer understanding of what exactly happened here.

In brighter news, I am thoroughly looking forward to attending the official opening of the new Scottish Crannog Centre at their Dalerb site. This incredible feat has been 3 years in the making, following the devastating fire in 2021 that destroyed the previous site.

I have met with the team at the Crannog Centre on a number of occasions during that time, and have always been in awe of their unwavering focus and determination to bring the vision for the new site to life.

The new site will not just boast a new crannog over the water of Loch Tay, made literally by hand, but also an Iron Age village, roundhouse and visitor centre - featuring a cafe, retail space, museum and office. This will bring a wealth of benefits to the local community of Kenmore, who I know are delighted to have this cultural treasure back open for business.

As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office if you have an issue that you think I can help with - whether it’s in relation to your energy bills, pension, benefits, immigration status, or something else, on pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk / 01738 639598.

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Wishart MP Perth & North Perthshire SNP

Bespokestairs

Carpenter & Staircase Manufacturer

All joinery and carpentry work undertaken

Alan Thow Crieff, Perthshire

bespokestairs@btinternet.com

07544 634 964

Bespokestairs.indd

07941 775007

Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips

Home and Garden Services

Home and Garden Services

Paul Phillips

T: 01796 470505, M: 07568354376

Home and Garden Services

T: 01796 470505, M: 07568354376

Email: a.phillips153@btinternet.com

T: 01796 470505, M: 07568354376

Email: a.phillips153@btinternet.com

Email: a.phillips153@btinternet.com

Gardening (lawn cutting, strimming, weeding)

Gardening (lawn cutting, strimming, weeding)

Gardening (lawn cutting, strimming, weeding)

Painting – Internal & External

Painting - Internal & External

Painting – Internal & External

Oven Cleaning

Oven Cleaning

Cleaning – General Housework, Dusting, Vacuuming, Spring Cleaning, Oven Cleaning

D.I.Y. – Shelf Fitting, Picture Hanging, Power Washing Patios, etc

D.I.Y. – Shelf Fitting, Picture Hanging, Power Washing Patios, etc

D.I.Y. – Shelf Fitting. Power Washing Patios, etc

Dog Walking, Car washing & Valeting

Dog Walking, Car washing & Valeting

Dog Walking, Car washing & Valeting

If there is anything you can’t see on the list please just ask No job too small

If there is anything you can’t see on the list please just ask No job too small

If there is anything you can’t see on the list please just ask No job too small

References can be supplied

References can be supplied

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Studio Made to measure
and blinds, headboards, upholstery and other
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curtains
soft furnishings www.bankststudio.com

Useful Numbers Pitlochry & District

Pitlochry Community Hospital 01796 472052

infinity Blu Dental Practice 01796 470001

Pitlochry Tourist Information 01796 472215

Heartland Vet Services 01796 472201

Live Active Atholl 01796 473866

Pitlochry Theatre 01796 484626

Heartland Hearing 01796 473334

Duncan and Todd Opticians and Hearing Care Perth 01738 441394

Useful Numbers Dunkeld & Birnam

infinity Blu Dental Practice 01350 729198

Mr Peter Greig PS, BDS 01350 728826

Birnam Arts 01350 727674

The Dunkeld Vet 01350 729270

Useful Numbers Aberfeldy area

Anderson Dentistry 01887 820441

Aberfeldy Optician 01887 829756

Locus Centre 01887 829187

Heartland Vet Services 01887 820771

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 822477

Kenmore Primary 01887 822430

NHS 24

111

Police Scotland 101

Flying Smiles Mobile

Dental Hygienist 07812 055724

Perth Citizen’s Advice 0808 196 9440

Pitlochry Recycling Centre

Bridge Road

Thursday to Monday 9am - 4pm

Last entry 3.45pm

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 March 2024. 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

am - 7 pm

am - 5 pm

Tuesday & Thursday

9 am - 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday

10 am - 5 pm

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: TAY.craigvineanprescriptions@nhs.scot.

www.craigvineansurgery.scot.nhs.uk

Pitlochry Community Hospital

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG

Tel. 01796 472052

For up to date information on services and care provided at Pitlochry Community Hospital please see the NHS Tayside website www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/GoingToHospital/OurPremisesA-Z/PitlochryCommunityHospital/index.htm

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

Aberfeldy Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages

by appointment only 01887 822459

Rannoch Medical Practice

Kinloch Rannoch, PH16 5PR

Tel: 01882 632216

Appointments only Monday - Friday 9 am-10.15 am, 2 pm - 2.45 pm and 4 pm - 5.30 pm

For appointments phone reception

www.aberfeldyandrannochsurgery.co.uk

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Saturday
Other Useful Numbers

Housing & Community Safety

Pitlochry Area Office

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 appointment

This Council office will not open until 11 am on the first Thursday of every month.

Birnam Library Station Rd, Birnam, PH8 0DS

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.

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.

Front Cover Picture

Our great thanks to Pitilie Pods (See www. pitiliepods.com) for sending in this month’s front cover image.

The photograph was taken by author and photographer Polly Pullar at Pitile. You can see Polly’s website at www.pollypullar.com. If you have something suitable you would like us to consider for the front cover of The Quair then please feel free to send it to us at atholl@thequair.com stating your name and providing a short narrative about the photo. Please note that by sending your photo you are also agreeing to let us use this for any Quair activity.

Pitlochry Bank of Scotland

76 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BW

Check opening times at 01796 532013.

Chemists and Pharmacies

Davidsons Chemist - Atholl Road, Pitlochry

Tel: 01796 472810 and 01796 472414

Davidsons Chemist - 1 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH. Tel: 01350 727210

Davidsons Chemist, Bank St, Aberfeldy 01887 820324

May Quair Copy Date - The copy date for the May 24 edition is noon on Wednesday, 10 April. The magazines are due to be distributed w/c Mon, 29 April.

Perth Citizens Advice Bureau

The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair is published by Scot Active, Aberfeldy, PH15 2ZX tel/text: 07436 793785

web: www.thequair.scot

email: advertising@thequair.com

You can reach Perth CAB for Advice on: FREEPhone : 0808 196 9440

10am - 3pm Mon to Fri (Free from both landlines and mobiles)

Email: advice@perthcab.org.uk

Webchat: www.perthcab.org.uk (10am - 1pm Mon to Fri)

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.

Pitlochry Baptist Church

WA (welcome all) Soup Lunch every Friday until the end of April. Donations welcome.

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Dementia-Friendly Aberfeldy

The Friday Club Meeting Centre…. Coming Soon!! Perth and Kinross has the highest ratio of people aged 85 years and over in mainland Scotland. It’s therefore no surprise to learn that the number of individuals living with dementia in the local area continues to rise. There is a real need for improved access to support for people living with dementia and their families, as they learn to adapt to this new diagnosis. After nearly two years of fundraising, planning, and research, the Dementia-Friendly Aberfeldy team (a group of local volunteers) are pleased and excited to announce that we have at last started work on a new Meeting Centre in the Old School Room at the back of the Aberfeldy Town Hall. It’s an exciting project that has been taking shape slowly but surely, despite Covid slowing progress.

We have continued to run activities such as the Singing for Fun session and Relaxed Screenings at the Birks Cinema and provide support for carers, but we felt that more was needed. Everyone involved in this project has experience of living with or caring for a loved one who is living with Dementia, and we understand the challenges of loneliness, isolation and depression that can come with this diagnosis. Two years ago, we were inspired by a visit to Kirrie Connections Meeting Centre, a flagship facility in Kirriemuir. Kirrie Connections provides support to people and families affected by the early stages of dementia. It’s based on robust research evidence from a dementia support model originally developed in the Netherlands. From our visit, we came away enthused and struck by this happy, encouraging environment. Meeting Centres are now popping up all over Scotland and aim to help people to cope as they adjust to the changes that dementia brings.

The Friday Club in Aberfeldy will focus on supporting people living with dementia and their carers by providing a safe and supportive dementia-friendly environment. Using this social club model, people can meet, have fun, take part in activities, eat together, and enjoy the soon to be developed garden. We will be sharing this newly upgraded space with other community groups including the Horizon Lunch Club, who currently meet there on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We are very grateful for the tremendous financial support we have received from Basil Death, SSE Renewables Community Fund, Aberfeldy and District Rotary, Age Scotland About Dementia Fund, Aberfeldy Highland Ball Committee, Taymouth Castle, and The Men’s Shed for volunteering their time to help put together the lovely new kitchen. We are also very grateful to local architect Colin Smith of CASA Architects, who generously gave his time and expertise to guide the necessary planning.

We are indebted to the Town Hall for the use of this community space which will be totally refurbished with a new kitchen, a doorway out to garden and new carpet and flooring, all to create a warm welcoming homely and dementia-friendly environment. Local landscape designer Ruth Howell has also generously given of her time and talents designing a fabulous, interactive dementia-friendly and wheelchair accessible garden which we hope to develop in the near future at the rear of the Town Hall. We are currently fundraising for this part of the project.

If you have any old photographs of the room when it was in use as the Primary 7 school room, please get in touch.

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

Faskally Forest parkrun - Did you know that research has shown that participating and/or volunteering at parkrun really does make people healthier and happier? That’s why we are delighted that Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice have agreed to become a parkrun practice. This means that they will actively support practice staff and patients to attend parkrun in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

Faskally Forest parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9.30 am. It’s free, open to all ages, from babies being pushed in prams to folk 80 years young. You can decide to walk, jog or run the 5km beautiful forest route. We just ask children under 11 years keep within arm’s reach of their responsible adult and only 1 dog per person on a short handheld lead please. We’d encourage you to register (free) with parkrun first. Then bring along your barcode, which will enable you to receive an email with your completion time. You may prefer to volunteer to enjoy the camaraderie, it’s a great way to meet people and make friendships. There are a variety of volunteer roles, all are easy, and we will give you any training on the day if required. parkrun takes place every Saturday around the UK. Please come and join us 9.30 am on Saturday at Loch Dunmore. Afterwards we go to the Red Deer Restaurant for a coffee and blether. To find out more look at our web or Facebook page (www.parkrun.org.uk/ faskallyforest/ or www.facebook.com/faskallyforestparkrun )

Dunkeld & District Strathspey and Reel Society - Highland Perthshire and, especially, Dunkeld have a wonderful and continuing history of great traditional Scots music, from the time of Niel Gow in the eighteenth century to the present day. DDSRS, our local fiddle orchestra, meets most Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Royal School of Dunkeld, except in mid-summer We play an interesting variety of traditional Scottish music, old and new, under the expert direction of the well-known local fiddle player and composer Pete Clark. We love to welcome players of fiddle, cello, double bass, accordion or woodwind, who have the option either to join as full members, or to come along when you can and just pay on the night. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy each other’s company and the shared pleasure of making music together. Further information at www.dunkeldstrathspeyandreel.org.

Friends of Blair Atholl Station

Sharing our Past, Building our Future at Blair Atholl Station

Our oral history project is making progress, thanks to financial help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Struan Trust, and practical help from a whole load of individuals, groups and organisations that have come ‘on board’ to tell us their stories and share with us what’s special to them about Blair Atholl station. But we need more - especially stories of drivers and signal men and women who have workedand maybe still work - on the railway. Is this you? Please drop us an email or message us on Facebook or twitter.

If it’s easier, leave your contact details at Blair Atholl Golf Club and we will get back to you.

Our email address is friendsofbastation@gmail.com and do check out our new website - www.blairathollstation.co.uk.

Thank you!

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Our whisky shop has been synonymous with fine whisky, wines and spirits for over 60 years. We have customers from all around the globe who visit our shop and website to grab themselves a nice bottle of Scotland’s famous spirit.

As well as whisky, we stock a huge host of world wines, spirits and beers as well as a comprehensive range of craft gins.

Robertsons of Pitlochry, 44-46 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX

www.robertsonsofpitlochry.co.uk

Tel. 01796 472011

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Stocking your everyday essentials and our award winning salmon. Now serving takeaway coffees & teas along with our smoked salmon bagels.

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Orders now being taken for Christmas Turkey & trimmings, Meat Joints and much much more from Dunkeld Butchers

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Orders now being taken for Christmas Turkey & trimmings, Meat Joints and much much more from Dunkeld Butchers

13 Dunkeld Street Aberfeldy PH15 2DA 01887 829616

13 Dunkeld Street Aberfeldy PH15 2DA 01887 829616

Orders now being taken for Christmas Turkey & trimmings, Meat Joints and much much more from Dunkeld Butchers

Orders now being taken for Christmas Turkey & trimmings, Meat Joints and much much more from Dunkeld Butchers

13 Dunkeld Street Aberfeldy PH15 2DA 01887 829616

• Tree felling, shaping & trimming

13 Dunkeld Street Aberfeldy PH15 2DA 01887 829616

• All other landscaping services available

• Mono blocking, Patios & Paths laid

• Pathways & drives gravelled

• Slabbing and walls repaired or replaced

• Fencing & Turfing

• All types and sizes of trees supplied and planted - from 1m to 10m

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Lash Lift and Curl - for eyelashes that look longer & fuller

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Appointments & enquiries

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Pitlochry Town & Country Club - The next meeting of the Club will be on Thursday, 18 April, at 2 pm - 4 pm in Aldour Hall. There will be a change of speaker as advertised in our syllabus. Due to the snowy weather conditions in January our meeting was cancelled so we are now delighted that Zena Crowther will have this opportunity to demonstrate the art of Cross Stitch and show her beautifully crafted pictures. This will be followed with tea, home bakes and chat. You will be welcome. Contact me if you would like transport with the Community Bus.

Also this will be the final meeting of the 2023/24 programme which seems to have passed very quickly and we have enjoyed the company. Maybe we could plan an outing during the summer months. Contact Kathleen Scott. 01796 472765. New Venue For Art Courses and Retreats in Comrie - Comrie Art Hut works in collaboration with a variety of artists and makers from around Scotland to offer a variety of art courses and artist retreats. The space is light, peaceful and welcoming and is situated at Comrie Croft which is a former farm, now a thriving community of nature-based enterprises with accommodation, shop and café in the summer months. The hut is run by local artist and tea expert Beverly Wainwright with the aim of welcoming anyone with an interest in being creative and in the arts. A variety of courses are on offer from week long Artist Bookmaking and drawing courses to weekend mosaics. The summer and autumn programmes will expand over the next few years as will the variety of courses on offer. See our advert on p62.

Roll on Spring at Blair Atholl’s Memorial Park - As the snowdrops take their leave and the daffodils force their way through the cold earth, so spring returns to our beautiful Memorial Park in Blair Atholl, supported by the Blair Atholl & Struan Initiative. We’re delighted to report that the bark at our playpark has (at long last) been replaced, making the playpark a safe and less muddy place for our smaller residents and visitors. Our oral history project around the railway station is also gathering momentum, and we will be saying more about our findings in the months ahead. Last but by no means least, tennis is being played again, after a period of absence due to cold and wet weather.

If you’d like to join our club or even play as a one-off, please get in touch with John Charles on 07981 862038 or come along to social tennis on a Sunday afternoon (weather permitting). John has been coaching children at Blair Atholl school, and he is still doing so now - for which we are all extremely grateful. Here’s a reminder of some of our younger tennis players in action last year!

You can see all of our advertising details and read The Quair Magazines online at www.thequair.scot

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The Big Shed is a smallish, but well-equipped village hall, run by volunteers. It has a small kitchen, (which has been registered with the council for commercial use), a small hall and an upstairs studio space. These can be hired separately or together by individuals, groups or businesses.

The Big Shed can be used for workshops/ training, conferences, private events, (such as parties or weddings) and the studio can be hired for creative residencies. The website’s “Get Inspired” page has photos.

The Big Shed is primarily for local people, but it is also available for hire to people from elsewhere, which helps us cover the running costs. We’ve promoted concerts and put on yoga workshops, though the pandemic put a damper on those for a while, but we hope it’ll be easier to plan ahead in 2024. If you want to find out more about the Big Shed, have a look at the website, the Facebook page or email us at websitecontact@ bigshed.org.uk. www.bigshed.org.uk www. facebook.com/theBigShedTombreck, txt/ phone 07508 645453

What is a Quair? (noun) (1) A quire; a book. The Kingis Quhair, James I. (of Scotland). (2) A set of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and stock; one twentieth of a ream. (3) A collection of leaves of parchment or paper, folded one within the other, in a manuscript or book. (Middle English quayer, four double sheets of paper, from Old French quaer, from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quatern, set of four, four each, from quater, four times;

The Kingis Quhair is a fifteenth-century poem attributed to James I of Scotland. It is a semi-autobiographical work, describing the King’s capture by the English in 1406 on his way to France and his subsequent imprisonment by Henry IV of England and his successors Henry V and Henry VI.

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The Birks is more than a cinema! We strive to create memorable experiences that bring the community together. Every week we have regular classes and groups, which are all free (donations welcome).

On Monday mornings, we host a relaxed Chair-Based Exercise session followed by Knit & Knatter and Yoga for Children with additional support needs in the early afternoon, and Chess Club in the evening. Join our new Book Club! Meet every second Monday of the month at 7.30 pm, choose books and chat about great reads in a relaxed setting with fellow book lovers. Our Environmental film of the month will be Fashion Reimagined on Monday, 22 April. Discover the captivating story of Amy Powney, the visionary fashion designer reshaping the industry’s future. In our exclusive screening, witness her remarkable journey from Vogue award winner to eco-chic pioneer, revolutionising the way we approach fashion. Join us for an enlightening event that transcends style - a must-watch for all who value sustainability and innovation. On Thursday afternoons people are invited to gather upstairs with their own craft and art projects for Craic N’ Craft - crafting and chatting! Our Lego Coding Club , for children with additional support needs, meets after school and in the evening is our much-loved Acoustic Music Night where musicians of all levels come together to play a mix of traditional and favourite tunes. You are also welcome to sing along, tap your foot to the beat, or just sit back and enjoy the music!

Board Games Night is held every Friday night with a variety of games to choose from. We hold Singing for Fun every two weeks on Friday mornings. And our monthly Beer Social will be held on Friday, 12 April, in the Café Bar. All welcome. Get ready to put your knowledge to the test because Quiz Nights are now a regular

event at The Birks Cinema! The first Friday of every month, 5 April at 7.30 pm, gather your friends, family, and even your furry friends for a fun-filled evening and a chance to win. And make sure to add a bowl of nachos to share!

Our popular Gaelic Café is on Saturday, 6 April, at 10.15 am. In the upcoming March edition of Gaelic Café, we are thrilled to have Caitlin Andrew as our featured speaker. A Gaelic graduate from the University of Glasgow, Caitlin now works as a researcher for BBC ALBA on the Eorpa series and will talk about Gaelic media. If you are interested in Gaelic culture, already speak Gaelic or are just learning, join our friendly group to chat or just listen to these inspiring and fascinating sessions!

Sunday, 7 April is our Book and Film Blethers night. This month we are screening Dune Part Two. Join us for Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi adventure into Arrakis and stay on for a blether about the film and the 1965 novel of the same name by American author, Frank Herbert.

Heartland Film Society - On Sunday, 21 April, at 6.30 pm we will be screening The Boy and The Heron, an enchanting new film from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. Winner of the Oscar for Best Animation 2024, this spellbinding adventure follows young Mahito on a journey through love, loss, and the realms beyond.

Special Events

Saturday, 6 April - 12 pm. Discovery Shorts for Wee Ones. Join us for a whirlwind adventure from across Europe with Discovery Film Festival’s captivating, animated film showcase! Perfect for little ones aged 3 and up, these visually stunning shorts are a colourful introduction to the magic of cinema with the power of storytelling through colour, character, and camera. Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience!

Friday, 12 - Sunday, 14 April - Birks Wilderness Film Festival. ‘The Birks’ setting in the heart of Aberfeldy, surrounded by such incredible countryside, makes it the perfect place to host a film festival focused on outdoors and the wilderness,’ says Patty Havey, Cinema Manager and Film Programmer at The Birks Cinema. Immerse yourself in a

captivating lineup featuring Scottish short films, Gaelic-language dramas, adrenalinefilled adventures, and inspiring documentaries. Proudly sponsored by local businesses, including Ballintaggart, Cow & Parrot Coffee Store, Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters, Ruaraidh Dewar Landscaping, Spirit of Wood, Splash Rafting Limited, Taymouth Marina, and Wee Adventures, this festival is a celebration of nature, community, and the spirit of adventure! The festival will open with a night of Scottish short films celebrating the outdoors, with select filmmakers in attendance for post-screening Q&As. Saturday afternoon’s feature Gaelic-language Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle (2007) will be preceded by a short documentary film called Three Wheel Drive, followed by a Q&A with the two main subjects while the evening film will be the modern cult classic Cocaine Bear (2023). Irish underdog sports movie Tarrac (2022) will play on Sunday afternoon, and the festival will close with the hit documentary Free Solo (2018).

Thursday, 18 April, 5.30 pm / Sunday, 21 April, 4 pm - Exhibition on Screen - John Singer Sargent: Fashion & Swagger. Step into the world of John Singer Sargent, the master of ‘swagger’ portraits! This special screening is set to unveil Sargent’s mesmerising influence on modern art, culture, and fashion. Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Tate Britain, London, this immersive experience delves into Sargent’s captivating studio, revealing his power to capture personalities and identities with each brushstroke.

Tuesday, 23 April - 7 pm. National Theatre

Live: Nye. Step into history with Michael Sheen as he embodies the legendary Nye Bevan, the visionary behind Britain’s NHS. Join us for an exploration of Bevan’s life and legacy, from his humble roots to his historic achievements. This epic Welsh fantasia will captivate and inspire.

Wednesday, 24 April - 7.15 pm. The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake. Indulge in a timeless tale of love and enchantment as Prince Siegfried encounters the ethereal Odette in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Experience the magic of this quintessential ballet classic streamed live from The Royal Opera House.

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A variety of vacancies will become available throughout 2024 in preparation for the castle opening:

Kitchen & Chefs

Hospitality Front of House

Landscape & Gardening

Outdoor Pursuits

Golf Operations

Greenkeeping

Housekeeping Services & Laundry

Spa & Wellness

Safety & Security

Discover our career website to view current vacancies, apply or set-up new vacancy alerts: careers.taymouthcastleclub.com

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HIRING

Pitlochry and Moulin History Society

The next meeting of the History Society is on Monday, 29 April. Our speaker is David Robertson on ‘The Story of Perthshire Postcards’. David has spoken to us before on both Lost Gardens and Lost Houses of Perthshire and has an extensive knowledge of Perthshire. His talk will cover how picture postcards arrived on the scene and then flourished in the Edwardian years up to the First World War. He will discuss the industry that grew up around publishing these cards, particularly in relation to Perthshire and show a range of cards that illustrate the wide range of themes publishers drew upon to attract public interest, including cards showing the Pitlochry area.

we know doesn’t change is the lively chat and delicious home baking, so why not come along and join us (details below).

Killiecrankie

The talk matches the title of David’s most recent book, in course of publication. The talk will be in the usual venue of the Pitlochry Tryst at 7.30 pm with tea and coffee afterwards. All welcome, admission £3. Aberfeldy Repair Café - This month we thought we would share some stats with you *First Café - January 2020 then after lockdown (outside) in October 2020 * Customers - approximately 523 by March 2024 (including repeat customers) * Happy customers - Lots * Repairs completed - approximately 633 * % Repair rate - a whopping 96%!!! * Most unusual item - menu from HMS Queen Anne (c 80 years old) * Most common repairs - lamps, clocks & zips * Regular volunteers - 8 (6 repairers, 2 admin) * Atmosphere - wonderful *Repair volunteers - unbelievably talented and willing. We meet every third Saturday of the month from 2 pm - 4 pm at Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters, so our next Café will be on Saturday, 20 April. We will also have a stand (no repairs that day) at the Eco Fair on Saturday, 2 April.

To find out more about what’s involved please contact Anna Sibbald at aberfeldyrepaircafe@gmail.com. Fix It, Don’t Bin It!

Climate Café Aberfeldy

- Climate Café Aberfeldy continues to meet regularly with a different subject covered each month. What

In February we had a fascinating talk (and discussion) around how climate change affects our health, and what we can do about it, and in March we got creative and made a Climate Café banner to put up at events we attend. Talking of which, later in March we hosted the Sustainable Fashion Action event with Climate Café Breadalbane and on Saturday, 27 April we will have a stand at the Eco Fair (10 am - 2 pm in the Town Hall). Is Aberfeldy ready to adapt to the impacts of the changing climate? What climate impacts can we expect here on our doorstep? What can we do to make our homes and community more resilient? These are questions we hope to explore some answers to with Elizabeth Leighton’s help on Tuesday, 9 April. In May we will be reminded by Kaja Ekiert from Handam of the importance of reducing our consumption and the packaging which often surrounds our purchases. Later in the year meetings will include meeting outside to celebrate our local environment, finding out what ‘en-roads’ are, another book discussion evening, sustainable Christmas, and more. Keep your eyes open for posters and on Facebook.

For a year or so now we have been meeting in the Locus Centre. However, from April onwards we will be meeting upstairs in Handam at the usual time - second Tuesday of the month 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm. All are welcome. More information will be posted before the meeting, on our Facebook page: www. facebook.com/people/Aberfeldy-ClimateCafé/100091393308992; www.climate.cafe/ climate-cafes/climate-cafe-aberfeldy

Village Hall - The Killiecrankie Memorial Hall Trust, responsible for Killiecrankie Village Hall, will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, 23 April. Anyone living in the Killiecrankie area is welcome to attend.

The Hall committee will be hosting another mythic Quiz Night on Saturday, 27 April.

The fun starts at 7.30 pm. Entry is £5 per person. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to help the little, grey cells.

Killiecrankie Fincastle & Tummel Community Council

Killiecrankie Fincastle & Tummel Community Council invites volunteers to join them on Sunday, 7 April for ‘Clean Up Killiecrankie’. We will assemble at 1.30 pm at Killiecrankie Village Hall to collect litter-picking equipment and then fan out in teams on pre-planned routes around the area. All Killiecrankie businesses are supporting and everyone is welcome in the hall for fun, a quiz and refreshments. There will be CPR and Defibrillator training on offer to everyone, litter-picking or not, in the hall from 2 pm till 4 pm.

The Minutes of our March meeting when a representative from Forestry and Land Scotland gave an update on the beaver translocation programme at Loch Kinardochy are now on the website; www.killiecrankievillagehall. co.uk/community-council

To join our mailing list, please contact info@ kftcommunitycouncil.co.uk.

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Vision PK: Social Group for People with a Visual Impairment

Our group in Aberfeldy has been running for over a year now. The group is very friendly, has fun sharing interests, reminiscence and storytelling, we’ve also had people working or volunteering in the community come speak with us about their work or group. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with coffees or group facilitation, please get in touch.

We have changed our group time, having decided an earlier meeting would be good especially in the winter when the days are short, it would also help us avoid school finishing times. We meet in: The School Room, Town Hall, Crieff Road, Aberfeldy PH15 2BJ. We will meet every third Thursday of the month from 1 pm - 2.30 pm. Anyone in the Aberfeldy area, who has a visual impairment is welcome, if they need the support of a carer to attend the carer will be welcome too. If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with Lidia at Vision PK. Telephone 01738 626969, mobile 07900 707542, email lidia.dye@ visionpk.org.uk

About VisionPK - VisionPK is a local charity offering a range of specialist services for people who are visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. These services includes rehabilitation; specialist equipment assessment and provision; information, advice and support; volunteering opportunities; fundraising opportunities and activities, groups and clubs.

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A programme of music and song celebrating Scotland

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Sunday 28th April 2024 7.30pm

The Ballroom, Blair Castle

Tickets £15.00 (£7.50 Students) available from www.pitlochrychoral.co.uk

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Tenor - David Douglas

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Musical Directors - Colleen Nicoll & Andrew Johnston

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Aberfeldy Farmers’ Market and Arts and Craft Fair

First market and fair of the season will be on Sunday, 7 April from 10 am - 2 pm. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again! - Fingers crossed for some lovely weather. Come along to the square and see what tasty delights are for sale this year!

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West Stormont Woodland Group-SCIO Update - What has WSWG been doing this month? *Meet the Team page updated on WSWG website www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot/meet-the-team *Working on WSWG Events Programme 2024 which will go up on the website soon. We plan to hold monthly woodland walks for which proposed dates will be set out for the rest of the year. Sometimes it may just be a chatty walk to meet the team and enjoy the woods; other times we will add on seasonal activities with social or practical conservation goals. Please let us know if there are any activities or topics you would like to be included. The other part of the programme will be delivery of our lovely WizzyWARP24 Programme (Wellbeing and Resilience Project) starting in April and funded by PKC’s Green Living Fund, with monthly events bringing various organisations supporting people living with specific challenges to enjoy time and different activities in Taymount and Five Mile Woods and find out about how we and they can take action for climate and nature. If anyone would like to help at these events, we will be looking for volunteers as we go. *Lots more fundraising activity. WSWG has very kindly been invited by the Garfield Weston Foundation to apply for £100,000 to their Trustees’ Meeting in June, if we can show evidence of match funding. *Initial discussions around prospects for basing a forest kindergarten business in Taymount Wood once we own it. *Applied for a Section 19 Permit to enable WSWG to use the PKC Community Minibuses. A great resource. *Attended excellent Community Woodlands Association webinar in February, ‘Understanding Carbon and Ecological Systems, and Alternatives for Funding’. *Trustees improving WSWG Social Media presence - Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter). *Signed petition and sent letter supporting the Kirkmichael community’s wish for FLS to reserve 86ha of Dalrulzion Forest for nature. If you wish to support their campaign, go to https://chng.it/Y6t7KNRNh8 *RSPB Nature Prescribing Calendar for Perth and Kinross nearly completed including listing for WSWG. Soon local health practitioners will be using it to help people find nature-based solutions for their health and wellbeing.

Word of the Month - Litter-picker: 1) A very valuable person (usually a volunteer) who collects litter thrown (usually from car windows) to help keep our environment safe and clean - ie what we need! 2) Hand-held mechanical grabber used by a litter-picker to pick up litter - ie what we will provide along with bin bags, bag-hoops, gloves and fun Follow us! West Stormont Woodland Group Email us: contact@weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot

Pitlochry-Confolens Jumelage - Dégustation de Whisky et Musique

Pitlochry’s Twinning Association (Friends of Confolens) fundraise with a Whisky Tasting, followed by live music, on Friday, 19 April, 6.30 pm - 8 pm at Robertsons of Pitlochry. Host Ewan McIlwraith, International Judge and Independent Bottler, will advise how to nose, taste and sample the spirit to get the best from it, and then take you through five different whiskies.

Scotch whiskies are very popular in France, of course, but there is another connection. Not all whisky barrels come from the USA. Many whiskies are matured in barrels made from Sessile Oak, from the Forest of Limousin, just outside Confolens. These barrels are previously used to make Cognac and Bordeaux red wine.

Afterwards enjoy three more hours of traditional and contemporary music in the monthly music session, led by Tom McEwan and Norrie Shand.

Tickets £30 from www.robertsonsofpitlochry.co.uk/tastingevents.

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Anew

Twenty six artists celebrating ‘Anew’ in our group Spring Show: ceramics and paintings, monoprints and etchings.

Twenty six artists celebrating ‘Anew’ in our group Spring Show: ceramics and paintings, monoprints and etchings.

15th March – 16th June 2024

15th March – 16th June 2024

The Watermill Gallery, Mill Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BG Telephone: Zanna Wilson 07881780103 hello@zannawilson.com www.zannawilson.com @zanna_thewatermillgallery

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Barbara Peirson, Catching the Light, Loch Tay, mixed media on wood panel, 35x40cm Barbara Peirson, Catching the Light, Loch Tay, mixed media on wood panel, 35x40cm

20th Anniversary of The Fortingall Art Exhibition

Saturday, 20 July to Sunday, 4 August.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 20th anniversary of our annual art exhibition is to be held once again in the Molteno Hall, the unique Arts and Crafts venue, in the beautiful conservation village of Fortingall, Highland Perthshire.

Fortingall Art was originally formed by a small group of likeminded local artists who all worked in isolation for the majority of the time (AII not AI!). It was a means of getting together annually, to collaborate, take creative risks and socialise. Of course selling work was important, as back in the day it was difficult to put one’s work out into the public domain, and many of the exhibitors relied on this income to keep the wolf from the door. Through word of mouth, not only were our visitors from Scotland and the UK, but also from Europe and much further afield. We had a very proactive Chairperson, Janet Wotherspoon, wife of the Laird of Glen Lyon Estate, Iain, who not only invested her time, but was also a keen sponsor. She also provided all the flowers for the magnificent floral arrangements, which decorate the hall. Thankfully the new owners of Glen Lyon Estate have continued this tradition. Indeed, Fortingall Art owe a great deal of thanks to

Janet, who has sadly moved away from the area and is much missed.

Times have changed over the years with the passing of many of our original members. However a few remain loyal to the cause.

The exhibition has grown organically and is much more commercially orientated. Old and new artists will showcase their work, which hopefully will push the boundaries of self-expression.

Behind the scenes is a dedicated team of people, led by our current Secretary, Cindy Brook, who works tirelessly to create the Fortingall Art Exhibition you see today.

The Young Person’s Art Competition will be our Fortingall Art Exhibition of the future, and one has to wonder what the next 20 years will bring to the creative process.

With an event that needs much enthusiasm, diligence and planning let’s hope that indeed it will be an experience to remember.

If you are planning a visit to Fortingall and don’t want to drive, the new No91 bus goes straight past Molteno Hall and has wheelchair access. It runs a regular and extended timetable. Bring a picnic and explore the area or nearby, Kenmore provides an excellent choice of eateries and it’s a fun thing to do if you want to explore our beautiful countryside.

Remember Saturday, 20 July to Sunday, 4 August. Doors open at 10 am and close at 6 pm. See you there.

Dalguise Meditation Group - Meditation has all sorts of benefits - increased focus and calmness, the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, a greater feeling of freedom and harmony, among many others. Whether you have never tried meditation before, or whether you have an established practice, why not come to one of our meetings and find out what we do? Meetings take place every other Tuesday in Dalguise Village Hall from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. In April, the meetings are on 9th and 23rd. We enjoy sitting and walking meditations, discussions and refreshments. There is no charge and we have no religious affiliations. If you aren’t able to attend in person, you might be interested in joining our mailing list, to receive interesting and helpful articles about meditation and mindful living, on the

intervening Tuesdays. If you would like to know more about our meetings or about meditation in general, please do contact faithanstey@gmail.com.

Warm Connections - We are starting a series of short, fact filled reports on ‘Hot Topics’ on home energy.

This month it’s light bulbs, and don’t forget to check the Warm Connections blog for longer versions of these articles at www. warmconnections.net/blog.

LED Light Bulbs - What are they? Are they any good? Are there any catches or exceptions I should know about? Here is a summary of the 4 types of bulbs commonly found in the UK, based on an old 60w bulb or alternative bulbs creating an equivalent amount of light output: *Incandescent old bulbs create light by heating a filament to white hot. These bulbs get too hot to touch *Halogen rely on heat to create light, so are also too hot to touch *CFL - Compact Fluorescent Light were the original low energy bulbs, and long life - they use most energy to start up and may take a short time to reach full brightness. Manufactured with and incorporating toxic chemicals *LEDLight Emitting Diode, create light with far less heat and can be recycled

Data taken from the Energy Saving Trust and the Light Bulb Company

Price - It’s getting hard to buy anything but LED now and as the price has fallen significantly, based on the length of their life alone they are cost effective; when you also add the energy savings, LEDs become a simple win.

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Based on 8 hours of light a day Incandescent Halogen CFL LED Power used per hour 60 Watts 45 Watts 12 Watt 8 Watts Expected lifespan in hours 1,500 1,500 10,000 20,000 Estimated annual cost to operate £23.88 £17.91 £5.07 £3.60 Carbon emissions per year 172kg 129kg 44kg 28kg
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Heartland Film Society at The Birks

On Sunday, 21 April we’re planning to show The Boy and the Heron, the latest offering from Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese creator of Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, amongst other brilliant animations. The film centres on 12-yearold Mahito. Following the death of his mother, he and his father move from Tokyo to the countryside to live with his aunt - his new stepmother. When she disappears, he follows a mysterious grey heron into a magic tower, and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey, with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world, and the truth about himself. This fascinating film has won 83-year-old Miyazaki his second Oscar and, sadly, is likely to be his last.

Unfortunately, at time of going to press, we haven’t had final confirmation of the film’s availability on our chosen date. We’re hopeful, but please check our website and The Birks publicity nearer the proposed date. Everyone’s welcome at HFS screenings, but a 12-month membership costs just £10 and brings you 12 months of reduced prices for HFS films at The Birks, plus other benefits. www.birkscinema.co.uk www.heartlandfilmsociety.org.uk

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Pitlochry Station Bookshop

Last month we looked at the Bookshop’s origins but its success developed from a number of other factors too.

The most important of these was ScotRail. Not an organisation that normally receives applause but without ScotRail our Station Bookshop would not exist.

ScotRail identified the need to use its redundant station buildings and, most importantly, offered them rent-free. That arrangement still exists eighteen years on and ensures that all our income can be donated to charity.

Some forty people staff the Bookshop and all are volunteers. Not only do we receive their services free but we benefit from their enthusiasm and expertise.

Our customers and book donors - often they are the same people - ensure a high turnover of our quality stock and keep the cash register ringing. They are also attracted by our excellent prices. With our books selling from only £2 it is easy for our customers to find many literary bargains.

There have also been participants from the wider community. Joining ScotRail are the Green Park Hotel, Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, The Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership and The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair, all of whom who have provided us with a wide range of excellent support over many years.

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Open Gate Festival 2024 - The Healthiest Town Aberfeldy team is thrilled to be leading an exciting, new, local project focussed on food. One of our pillars is food and enabling and encouraging people to eat more local, real food and to learn more about their food is our focus - good for people and planet.

The Open Gate Festival is an opportunity for us all to learn about our food, where it comes from, how we can grow our own food and how small changes can make big differences to our own health and that of the environment around us. This forms part of work going on across Perth and Kinross and Scotland to support better food. For the Open Gate Festival, local growers and producers will be able to open their farm or garden gates to the public, to show where our food comes from and how it grows. We will also have a series of workshops, a speaker event, foody films, farm visits, cooking workshops and a community feast. It will run from Friday, 23 August to Sunday, 1 September.

If you have a farm, a garden, a hive or a window box that makes food, consider getting involved in this exciting project - a first for Scotland (as far as we know). More information from info@healthiesttown.org or on our website www.healthiesttown.org.

Ecological restoration for wildlife and people - Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust 2024 AGM and Open Meeting

HPCLT’s 2024 AGM will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, 27 April at Kynachan Hall, Bridge of Tummel. The meeting is open to all - you don’t have to be a member. The formal business of the AGM will be quite short, and will be followed by a talk by ecologist and wildlife expert Rob Coope, entitled ‘Pine Martens: a personal story’. Rob has a wealth of experience, from his upbringing steeped in natural history, and his work for the then Forestry Commission, in the Ecology Division of Forest Research and more recently as an independent ecology consultant. There is no-one in Scotland better qualified to talk about pine martens.

There will be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done at Dùn Coillich, including our Rural Skills training for local young people, and the chance to talk to some of the staff, volunteers and trustees actively involved. Come to this meeting and find out what we are doing to restore the 420 hectares of land at Dùn Coillich to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. Over the past 20 years, more than 230,000 native trees have been planted, helping to create a patchwork of woodland, heathland and wetland. Dùn Coillich is a partner in the Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership, which in turn is part of a much larger movement throughout Scotland to enhance the upland landscape for the benefit of wildlife and people.

HPCLT also looks after the Wee Birks Field in Aberfeldy. This is being kept as an area of green space for public enjoyment, with the informal paths kept clear of vegetation. Some 40 native flowering trees have been planted.

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The Tay Valley Timebank charity is now Tay Valley Connections! We have grown far beyond our origins in time-banking. TVC now supports connection in the Upper Tay area by 1) helping people build community, 2) helping people get around 3) helping people help one another.

We began as a timebank more than 10 years ago - back then, we were called Deeds for Needs and were supported by Perth And Kinross Association Of Voluntary Service (PKAVS). Timebanks can help to move us away from the idea of ‘givers’ and ‘recipients’.

In fact, everyone needs something and everyone has something to give.

During the pandemic, our work grew beyond timebanking. We were helping with prescriptions, transportation, groceries, and more. We called our expanding

transportation arm ‘Upper Tay Transport’ and ‘Timebank’ became a confusing name for an organisation that includes much more than timebanking. Now, we have changed our name to make it clear that we are all

about connection in this beautiful area we all call home.

TAY VALLEY TIMEBANK and UPPER TAY TRANSPORT are now...

Please join us for a celebratory launch of our new identity Saturday, 11 May, 1 pm - 3 pm at the Aberfeldy Town Hall. This event is for everyone of all ages and abilities. The town hall is fully accessible and children will be happy to hear that there will be a bouncy castle! We’ll have food, drink, and connection. It’s all Free.

Join us to celebrate and build community together!

Sat 11 May, 1:00-3:00 pm at Aberfeldy Town Hall. All ages and abilities welcome!

Food - Drink - Music - Connection - Bouncy castle It’s all FREE.

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Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch

Holiday scams - Fraudsters can create fake accommodation listings, websites and reviews to tempt potential holiday makers into parting with their cash.

Avoid deals which seem too good to be true - For example, much lower cost for a similar holiday with a different provider; Check reviews across multiple independent sites, eg Trustpilot. It’s best to pay by credit card as you will receive some financial protection under Section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act. If you do need to pay by bank transfer, ensure that the company is genuine, and contact them by phone to verify bank details sent to you by email; Watch out for fake websites. Signs include spelling mistakes in the domain name or across the site itself and no padlock symbol next to the web address. If you’re booking through a travel company, check it’s a member of a reputable trade body such as ABTA. Search for the company on the ABTA website. If you decide to book your holiday independently, then make sure that you are following the above advice.

Keyless Theft or Relay Theft - Criminals use handheld technology to identify whether a parked car has keyless entry. If the car ‘key’ is near enough, the criminals can amplify the signal and send it to a transmitter which acts as the true key and opens the car, allowing it to be driven off.

To prevent relay theft, keep keys and fobs well away from doors and windows; buy a signal blocker wallet to store keys; use a wheel lock or wheel clamp; or install an alarm/CCTV.

Bogus Telephone calls - A local resident received three calls from 07482 351568 advising that their Internet is being used for illegal purposes and to contact them. This was followed by two calls from 07476 361131 claiming to be from Microsoft regarding problems with a computer in their father’s name. The savvy resident simply put the phone down.

Report - Scams: Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or at www.consumeradvice.scot Fraud: Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency Suspicious emails: forward to report@phishing.gov.uk and

send links from websites which you think are trying to scam the public to www.ncsc. gov.uk/section/about-this-website/reportscam-website Suspicious Text Messages: forward to 7726.

Sign up for Scam Alerts at www.neighbourhoodwatchscotlan.co.uk or phone Cath Marshall, local NWS Secretary on 01796 470575.

Pitlochry & District

Climate Café

Growing up you likely learnt about the 3 R’s of sustainability and looking after the environment. They are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and were a great starting point, but as time has passed and we are becoming more aware of our choices on how to become more sustainable, that list has grown to 9 R’s - Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Refurbish, Remanufacture, Repurpose and lastly Recycle and Recover. These are handy to remember and even better to practice and to pass on.

Our Climate Cafés take place on the second Thursday of the month, 7 pm unless otherwise stated. Venue is the Pitlochry Library, 26 Atholl Road, PH16 5BX.

Our next Climate Café is on Thursday, 11 April . Come and join us for a chat with Ana de Miguel, one of PKC’s waste minimisation officers about their recycling initiatives, the Council’s recycling rates, where our rubbish goes etc. Bring your questions, concerns and ideas for how we can improve as individuals, as a community and as a country. For more information please contact: Carol Aitken pitlochrydistrictcc@ gmail.com Website: www.pitlochrycc.co.uk

Fortingall Village Hall

£5 Drop in Lunch - Join us for lunch on Thursday, 18 April at Fortingall Village Hall. Choice of main course, tea/coffee and a cake for just £5.00. 12noon to 2pm (last orders 1.45pm). No need to book, but if you wish, email fortingallhallevents@ gmail.com or 01887 830322.

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The Big Shed

None for ages then three come along at once - that’s not buses, (fat chance of that!) but retreats at the Big Shed: Friday, 12 - Sunday, 14 April - Spring Into Life and Love with Elisheva. Price £150. Contact Luam .guide@ gmail.com

Friday, 19 - Sunday, 21 April - Creative Flow Yoga Art and Nature Retreat with Hazel Watson a trained art and yoga teacher. There are more details on this link or contact Hazel on hazellouisewatson@gmail.com. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creativeflow-yoga-art-nature-retreat-tickets840018687507?aff=oddtdtcreator

Friday, 24 - Sunday, 26 May - Root to Rise with Hayley Reid - a family friendly retreat with yoga, somatic practices, arts & crafts, dance storytelling, cold water swimming, £111 per person, but kids come free. To book get in touch with Hayley Naples2003@ hotmail.co.uk.

The Big Shed is at Tombreck on the north side of Loch Tay, about 2 miles beyond the Ben Lawers Hotel. Access is signposted from the main road and there is parking.

If you want to find out more about the Big Shed, have a look at the website, the Facebook page or email us at website contact@ bigshed.org.uk.

Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork,

& Sausages

Botanical Spirits, Mead and Beer

Bread and Cheese

Cakes and Chocolate

Eggs and Honey

Fresh and Smoked Fish

Fruit and Vegetable

Homemade Burgers

Jam, Jellies

Aberfeldy

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April - November 2024

Next Market

7th April 2024

Venison, Rabbit, Pheasant, Pigeon, Partridge…

Pies and Pasties

Plants and Herbs

Preserves and Pickles

Ready Meals

Salad and Olives

Scones and Tray Bakes

Shortbread and Oatcakes

Vegetarian and

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Spring Singing! Just Singin’, your friendly, local Community Choir, returns after the Easter break to start our spring term on Wednesday, 17 April at 7.30 pm in the upstairs room Birnam Arts. We are delighted to welcome back one of our talented local tutors, Hazel Murch, well known to many as the leader of the Dunkeld Cathedral Choir. Hazel will be leading us for the first four weeks of our term (17 & 24 April and 1 & 8 May). Please join us if you can! We are also delighted to be able to support another singing opportunity - a one day workshop with the very talented Alice Marra who has run fantastic sessions with us in the past. As well as running various community singing groups in Dundee, Alice is involved with Sistema Scotland. She has appeared regularly at the Celtic Connections festival with her band, The Hazey Janes, and recently collaborated with writer Liz Lochhead and saxophonist Steve Kettley to record a jazzy backing to the spoken word on ‘The Light Comes Back’. Alice is passionate about music and about giving everyone the chance to sing!

The workshop is taking place from 10.30 am - 4 pm on Saturday, 27 April at Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street, Perth PH2 8JN. Alice promises a wide variety of song styles, with something for everyone. With financial support from Just Singin’, the workshop is being offered at a cost of only £15. If you would like to join us on the day, please email carole.a.reid@hotmail.co.uk to book. Places are limited and filling up fast!

Culture Perth and Kinross Perth Museum’s debut exhibition, Unicorn - Visit Perth Museum’s debut exhibition, Unicorn, and explore the significance of this mythical creature throughout history. Discover its role as a symbol of Scotland’s heritage and identity and its modern significance for the LGBTQI+ community. The exhibition features loans from around the world, including a 700-year-old narwhal tusk and the Lady and the Unicorn painting. There will also be personal objects from the local community on display. Admission Fee is £10/£8 (excluding a 10% booking fee).

Book tickets online via Perthshire Box Office: www.perthshireboxoffice.com/whatson/unicor n

Did you know we have a Supporters Membership, which starts at £7 a month? Membership is for 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16, giving you free, unlimited entry to exhibitions, including Unicorn and any future paid exhibitions as many times as you like. The money spent on the Membership gets directly reinvested back into caring for the collections we care for across Perth Art Gallery, and Perth Museum.

Discover more about the Supporters Membership on the Perth Museum website: www. perthmuseum.co.uk/about-the-museum/ support-us/supporters

Aberfeldy & District Rotary Adventure, Adventure, Adventure

Do you know someone looking for an adventure this summer?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a worldwide programme and D1010 has long been involved with RYLA with providing a RYLA programme, which has evolved across the decades. How can you become part of this amazing development experience for young adults. The key features of this longestablished camp are:

*The RYLA programme has a successful record of developing leadership capabilities in participants through a series of physical and mental challenges undertaken in group situations *The camp is held at the Abernethy Centre, Nethybridge *Camp dates: 2024 - Female Saturday, 6 - Saturday, 13 July and Male Saturday, 13 - Sunday, 21 July *Participants must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the camp *Coach transport to and from the camp, indoor accommodation, all meals, necessary outdoor equipment, and professional instruction provided by the Centre *There is no charge to the candidate (local candidates are sponsored by a Rotary Club). If you live in or near Aberfeldy. Please contact Richard Pearson at 07935 259001 or rwpearson@btinternet.com *Selection of participants is undertaken by Rotary Clubs - application forms submitted online and in-person interviews.

For full details - For full details about the camp and application procedures for candi-

dates please visit www.ryla1010.com

RYLA is a great experience for young adults #ryla1010 - Learn more about the ethos and values of a RYLA programme and how this approach to problem-solving indoors and outdoors develops individual potential and creates opportunity for young people in D1010.

Please contact info@ryla1010.com and either Ros or Gavin, RYLA Co-ordinators will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Tay Forest National Park bid submitted

Perth and Kinross Council has submitted its formal bid to create Scotland’s third national park in Northern Perthshire to the Scottish Government.

The bid highlights the work carried out last year to consult with communities, land managers, businesses and other stakeholders on what a national park within Perth and Kinross could look like; bringing together a combination of our vision and the feedback received to form a cohesive bid that we believe puts forward a very strong case.

Last year, from October until early December, we carried out an eight-week public consultation with residents, land managers and other interested parties across Perth and Kinross to discuss our initial proposals for Tay Forest National Park.

Overall engagement levels and awareness were high, resulting in: *Over 350 responses to the Consultation Hub survey *Over 160 attendees at in-person drop-in sessions *Around 40 land managers at a dedicated in-person workshop *24 representatives from 19 environmental organisations at a dedicated online workshop.

Key findings from the consultation indicates there is general support for the proposed national park in the local area, with 56.8% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with the idea of their community being located in the proposed national park.

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Pitlochry Community Action Trust - Pitlochry Community Action Trust (PCAT) is a charitable development trust dedicated to the community of Pitlochry and Moulin. Our volunteers and members are at the heart of the organisation and we’re here to make Pitlochry’s voice heard.

Building on the aspirations identified in the community action plan for the town, the Trust is focusing its efforts on six key areas.

These are: Access to Services and Transport; Community and Recreation; Town Enhancement and Traffic Management; Local Economy and Housing; Environment and Sustainability and Arts; Culture and Events.

Since forming last year, we have made good progress on the some of the issues highlighted in the community action plan. We also successfully applied for funding from Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Led Local Development programme which has enabled us to contract a development officer and a project officer to help support the community and the development of the Trust itself.

We held our first AGM in January which was very well attended, and we’ve also been involved in helping to facilitate discussions around PKC’s asset review in the town and the potential implications of that.

We’re committed to delivering for Pitlochry and this is an important time for the town. There are plenty of ways to get involved with Pitlochry Community Action Trust and help us make a real and positive difference. You will find a friendly group of dedicated volunteers, members and trustees ready to welcome you.

Whether you want to join as a member, a volunteer, or one of our funders and supporters, you’ll be part of an enthusiastic team helping to improve Pitlochry.

Find out more about PCAT on our website at www.pitlochryaction.org.uk or follow ‘Pitlochry Community Action Trust - CAT’ on Facebook.

Pitlochry Community Action Trust (PCAT) and Warm ConnectionsPitlochry Community Action Trust (PCAT) and Warm Connections, supported by the Aberfeldy Development Trust, are hosting two Eco Fairs this month.

The events will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 20 April, in Pitlochry Town Hall and Saturday, 27 April, in Aberfeldy Town Hall. Both events aim to promote a more sustainable lifestyle to the whole community by giving local people an opportunity to engage with organisations and individuals who can help them to reduce their environmental footprint.

There will be representatives from sustainable transport and active travel organisations, and from local projects whose focus is reducing waste, including Handam, our Climate and Repair Cafés, local upcyclers and local food and gardening initiatives and more. There will also be energy advisors on hand to answer any questions people may have on how to use energy more efficiently and reduce their energy bills.

The events are family friendly with refreshments and children’s activities provided.

For further information, contact Carol Aitken by emailing environment@pitlochryaction.org. uk or Anna Sibbald advice@warmconnections.net.

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Pitlochry Flower Club

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 17 April at the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 2 pm - 4 pm when Sandra Halkett will give a demonstration entitled ‘The Glory of the Garden’. Sandra’s stunning arrangements will be raffled at the end of the meeting. We will have our usual sales table, so whether you are an

Birnam Institute Players present...

Old Dogs by Steve Raw - 4, 5, and 6 April, Birnam Arts 7pm

An hilarious, black sitcom - think Last of the Summer Wine meets Carry On!

Mrs Rendell, a care home manager used to running her business on shoestring, is tricked into going on holiday early, leaving the three male residents - Sid, Ron and Eric - to their own devices for the first time in a long time. A determined banging on the door sees Julie, a prostitute, come dashing in, fleeing her pimp, John.

Aside from Scrabble, the terrible trio suddenly have a few more puzzles to take up their days, especially when trainee, wet-behind-the-ears Care Inspector, Colin, arrives on his first care home assessment... And, when Colin's mother turns up along with a senior Care Inspector, there's a bigger mystery to unravel. Colin never returned to his mother's ample bosom after his visit! What has happened to Colin? What are they going to do with Julie and John? And just who IS in that coffin?

Join the BIPs team for another fun-packed show, hitting farce level as the desperation builds - and the misunderstandings pile up!

Tickets: ON SALE - Adult £10 - U16 £5

Tel: 01350 727674 - www.birnamarts.com

enthusiast or a beginner, you can stock up on supplies. There will also be a club competition with the theme ‘April Showers’ Visitors will be most welcome for a small charge of £8.

Come along and have a fun afternoon with friends and flowers, watching Sandra create stunning floral arrangements. We are a

small club and new members will be very welcome at any time.

For more information please contact Lynda Gardiner (01796 472157).

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You can make a difference!

Volunteer with us!

VisionPK is your local charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss. Volunteering for as little as 2 hours a month can make a difference to people with sight or hearing loss receiving support from our social groups across Perth and Kinross.

Please get in touch to find out more:

Lidia Dye, Community Development Worker

Telephone: 01738 626707969

Email: lidia.dye@visionpk.org.uk

VisionPK is the operating name of Perth and Kinross Society for the Blind. Scottish Charity number SC001152. A Company limited by Guarantee, No. 205004. Registered in Scotland.

Registered Address: 174 High Street, Perth, PH1 5UH.

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Aberfeldy Drama Club - The drama world has very fond memories of Gilbert Price. This was very evident at the recent Scottish Community Drama Association Festival of One Act Plays in Birnam where a new trophy was presented in his honour for highest marks for production. It was fitting and very poignant that the first recipient of this new trophy was Aberfeldy Drama Club.

A total of eleven plays competed at the four day competition, three of which were from Aberfeldy Drama Club. Flying with Swans - Cast Sandra Batty, Sheila Fraser and Kathie Pearson and director Anna Price was awarded the Hunter Trophy for best play in the festival; The Gilbert Price Trophy for highest production marks and the Roy Caterer Quaich for Best Stage Presentation. The set was created by Marjorie Fearn. The Bridge - Cast Ally Marshall, Gilianl Andrew, Liz Campbell, Bob Davidson and Anna Seward and director Anna Price was awarded the Allan Proctor Trophy for third Place. Dear Mum with a youth cast - Ruby Cook, Callan Roy, Layla Montgomery, Imogen Stubbs, John Scott and Dougie Cook and directed by Anna Price and David Roy, received the District Cup for second place in the youth category; the Stirling Stone for the best moment of theatre and the Frank Martin Award for the best depiction of Scottish Life and Character.

Flying with Swans now goes forward to the Northern Division Final in Aberdeen. Mention must also be made of the youth

team from Breadalbane Academy who received the Billy Gordon Trophy for best youth play and the Sandy Miller Cup for second in the open festival. A clean sweep of awards for the town of Aberfeldy. The community will have an opportunity to see the three award winning plays from Aberfeldy Drama club in the Town Hall on Thursday, 23 and Friday, 24 May. Further details to follow in next month’s Quair.

Photo - Anna Price pictured with the Gilbert Price Trophy.

Four reasons for Debt and how we can Tackle them

Everything is so expensive these days, so it’s easy for many of us to find ourselves in unmanageable debt. By recognising the causes of debt, we can gain a better understanding of the problem, prevent it and deal with it. Low incomes - At Christians Against Poverty (CAP) we offer free, face-to-face debt advice and budgeting help. One of the main reasons our clients fall into debt is living on a low income. A lower regular income means less wiggle room to cope with rising costs. We often don’t realise what benefit support we could be entitled to. The free Turn2us benefits calculator on CAP’s website at capscotland.org/calculator is helping thousands of people to see if they are missing out on any vital income. Why not give it a try?

Unexpected circumstances - We’ve all had days where it feels like everything is going wrong and unexpected circumstances can have a massive impact on our finances. It could be that you’ve been made redundant, are going through a relationship breakdown, or a loved one has passed away, resulting in less household income. These types of situations can cause us both emotional and financial pain.

If you find yourself in debt that’s unmanageable, the moneyhelper.org.uk website has a range of free support and you can find out what free services CAP is running in your local area at capuk.org/help.

Physical and mental health strugglesMany of us will have heard the phrase ‘health is wealth’, meaning your health is always the most important thing. I think most of us would agree this is true. It’s also true that long-term illnesses or injuries that happen

to us or a close family member can have a huge impact on our household’s finances. Being kind to yourself, seeking professional, medical help early and readjusting your budget as quickly as you can following any changes to your regular income can be really helpful. This will give you a clearer picture of where your finances are at and help you make productive decisions.

In need of budgeting support - Budgeting and learning to save are essential life skills, but many of us have never been taught how to manage our finances and avoid debt. When things go wrong, not having this vital knowledge can make it a lot harder to deal with situations that impact our income.

Building up a savings buffer of around three to six months of your monthly income can bring you peace of mind. Even if you think you know how to budget and save, it’s always great to learn new skills. Consider taking part in free money coaching to grow your knowledge. You can access free budgeting resources and find out more at capscotland. org/budgeting.

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 education and more. Visit capscotland.org to find out more.

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Highland Perthshire Volunteer Ensures Local School Children are Fed and Clothed

A volunteer in Highland Perthshire has been responsible for ensuring Highland Perthshire pupils most in need have been fed and clothed since the pandemic through the formation of charitable body, the Upper Tay Anti-Poverty Support Group. Along with those in her church, Judy Ewer saw a need to help those in her community who were really struggling financially. Starting with a whip round in her church to help those desperately in need, Judy realised a more permanent solution was required for accessing funds that could be distributed to people in her community who really needed the support. Covering a mostly rural area, stretching from Logierait, Ballinluig, Grandtully to Aberfeldy, Dull and Weem, the Upper Tay Anti-Poverty Support Group has been able to raise £40,000 to date through various grants and funds, including £5,000 from the Enchanted Forest Community Trust fund. All the money has been distributed to people in need in the region. According to the Local Child Poverty Action Report 2022/23, produced by Perth and Kinross Council and NHS Tayside, 5,914 children (21.9%) in Perth and Kinross are living in relative poverty.

The Upper Tay Anti-Poverty working group includes representatives from local churches, schools, the community warden, and other support groups such as Christians Against Poverty and Breathe Youth Project. The group meets regularly to determine what the needs are and where the funding should go. They raise funds for particular needs, such as laptops for Ukrainians who have moved to Highland Perthshire and recently, they held a bring-and-buy sale for flood victims living in Ballinluig, raising over £2,300.

Children at Breadalbane Academy are just one of the groups and individuals who have been able to benefit from the financial support offered by the Upper Tay Anti-Poverty Support Group, which has allowed the school to provide breakfast for pupils who aren’t able to get it at home, called ‘soft start’; supplied food vouchers direct to families most in need and provided a bank of spare PE kit for the school so those who can’t afford it don’t have to suffer the stigma. Children have also been supported on an individual basis according to need, such as those who need bed clothing.

During the summer holidays, the Upper Tay Anti-Poverty support group has funded places for children to attend outdoor courses at Beyond Adventure and Wee Adventures, for those families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Anna Glover, Principal Teacher of Support at Breadalbane Academy, said, ‘The funds provided by the Upper Tay Anti-Poverty Support Group have helped us to support pupils at the start of the school day, ensuring they receive a good breakfast to set them up ready for learning. They have basically helped us to enable pupils to attend school, by providing essential items such as school uniform that some families cannot afford. For instance, pupils can help themselves to clothes for PE out of a PE locker we have at school. There are no questions asked and pupils do not have to suffer the stigma of not having the appropriate school uniform. We are very grateful for their support.’

The Scottish Crannog Centre

Dalerb, by Kenmore

After two years of hard work, dedication, and support, we're thrilled to introduce our Iron Age village at the Crannog Centre, opening Monday, 1 April.

Crafted by skilled artisans from across Scotland and beyond, this village stands as a testament to Scottish craftsmanship, rooted in traditions dating back 2500 years to the Iron Age. Our village features six archeologically inspired buildings crafted from turf, stone, and greenwood timber frames, topped with heather and reed thatch.

From textiles and pottery to blacksmithing and farming, visitors will immerse themselves in hands-on activities showcasing the essence of Iron Age life.

We're proud to source our materials sustainably, with resources from Tay reedbeds RSPB reserves, Dun Coillich heather, Taymouth Castle turf, and local farms providing stone and fleece.

At the heart of our village lies a reconstructed roundhouse inspired by the ‘Carn Dubh’ site outside Pitlochry and woven from coppiced hazel within a drystone wall. As we embark on our first season, visitors can witness the construction of our crannog over the water, a process unfolding over the next 18 months, as well as the finishing touches to our Village.

Partnering with JML Contractors, we've created a modern museum to house our ancient collection, alongside a new café which will serve delicious homemade soups and sandwiches, as well as Glen Lyon coffee.

Join us in celebrating by commemorating a special person or moment with stunning community art installation by Angus Ross, reflecting our ethos of community, togetherness, and shared memories.

Tours, running daily from 10 AM to 4 PM, offer insight into the lives of those who inhabited Loch Tay 2,500 years ago.

We are a dog friendly site, so the whole family is welcome!

Residents of the PH15 area can enjoy discounted entry, and enthusiasts can become Friends of the Crannog Centre, granting unlimited access throughout 2024.

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Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries

Highland Perthshire

Birnam Library

Bookbug sessions - Every Thursday from 10.30 am - 11am. Come and join us for a session of songs, stories, and rhymes for under 5s. Prebooking for each session is essential. Please get in touch with the library to book a spot.

Books on Wheels - For individuals who cannot get out and about to visit the library, this includes books in large print and audio formats. For further information, please get in touch with the library.

Recycling - All libraries accept used stamps and batteries for recycling.

Opening hours - Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 5 pm - 7 pm, Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm Saturday: 9.30 am - 12pm Sunday: Closed Birnam Library, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS 01738 459709/ birnamlibrary@culturepk.org.uk

Pitlochry Library

Library Lego Day - Wednesday, 10 April Calling children aged 4-11! Join us at the library for our next Lego day! Get handson to make some of our suggested models or you can try out your own designs! Three sessions are available: 9.30 am - 10.45 am; 11 am - 12.15 pm; 1 pm - 2.15 pm. Numbers are limited so please book your space by contacting the library. Under 8s should be supervised by an accompanying adult.

Bookbug sessions - Every Thursday from 9.15 am to 9.45 am. Come and join us for a session of songs, stories, and rhymes for under 5s. Prebooking for each session is essential. Please get in touch with the library to book a spot.

Community Knitting Group - Every Thursday from 11 am to 12.45 pm. Do you like to knit or want to learn? Come along to our community knitting group that meets weekly in the library. We can provide everything you need to get started!

Digital Skills Course - Thursday 1 pm - 3 pm. Would you like some free help to improve your digital skills? Then this is the course for you! The course runs in five-week

blocks. Topics covered include computers and tablets basic settings and apps; internet navigation and safety; watching, listening and reading online; public services online; and email. Please contact the Learning Curve to book your space on the next course: 07198 477092/ learningcurve@pkc.gov.uk Books on Wheels - For individuals who cannot get out and about to visit the library, this includes books in large print and audio formats. For further information, please get in touch with the library.

Recycling - All libraries accept used stamps and batteries for recycling.

Opening hours - Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 10 am - 1 pm/ 2 pm - 7 pm Friday: Closed Saturday : 9.30 am - 12.30 pm Sunday : Closed

Pitlochry Library, 46 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 2BX 01796 474635/ pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk

Breadalbane Community Library Events and Activities

Library Booksale - Sunday 14 April 10 am - 2 pm. Join us for a special Booksale at Breadalbane Community Library. Explore a selection of children’s and adult, fiction and non-fiction books at great prices! Your participation supports the library service. We hope to see you there!

Library Lego Drop-in - Sunday, 14 April 10am - 2 pm. Calling children aged 4-11! Join us at Breadalbane Community Library for our Lego drop-in! Get hands-on to make some of our suggested models or you can try out your own designs! Under 8s should be supervised by an accompanying adult. Textile Upcycling Classes at Breadalbane Community Library - Saturdays 10 am12.30 pm. Are you interested in textile upcycling? Fancied giving it a go but don’t know where to start? Join us at the library for our textile upcycling classes. Led by experienced creative textile practitioner Louise Collins, the sessions will focus on simple hands-on upcycling projects that you can complete to improve your skills and inspire your creativity. 6-week block starting Saturday, 20 April. Session dates: 20 and 27 April; 4, 11, 18, and 25 May. £5 per session. Limited spaces. Please contact the library to book.

Café Books - Saturday, 20 April 11 am12.30 pm. Are you looking for something different to read or like to talk about books? This is an informal book group with a difference: we won’t tell you what to read by we could show you what you might like.

Open Book- Highland Perthshire Creative Writing Group - Thursday, 25 April, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Join author Linda Cracknell as she uses poems and stories to spark your own writing skills in a relaxed, informal drop-in session in the library.

Code Club - Every Thursday from 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm. This is a weekly term-time coding club for children aged 8-12.

Bookbug sessions - Every Friday from 11.15 am to 11.45 am. This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories.

Breadalbane Heritage Society Family History Group - If you are looking for help to research your family history and create your family tree, then the family history group may be able to help.

Please get in touch with Helen Stewart at helenstewart.bhs@gmail.com or contact the library.

Support sessions are held in the library and are by prior arrangement only.

Books on Wheels - For individuals who cannot get out and about to visit the library, this includes books in large print and audio formats.

For further information, please get in touch with the library.

Recycling - All libraries accept used stamps and batteries for recycling.

Digital Services and Resources

Maker_Space - Free access to a fantastic selection of creative technology, including a 3D printer and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Digital services - The library has free public access to computers, Wi-fi, printing, wireless printing with Princh, photocopying, and scanning facilities.

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed Tuesday:10 am - 7 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm Friday: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm Sunday: Closed

Breadalbane Community Library, Crieff Road, Aberfeldy PH15 2FJ 01887 822405/ breadalbanelibrary@culturepk.org.uk

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