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email: website: The Atholl Quair is an open-access monthly magazine, with a print run of between 4,400 and 5,000, dependent on the season, and is delivered FREE to all 3,600 addresses in the PH9, PH16, PH17 and PH18 postcode areas. Local voluntary groups and organisations may submit notices and articles, free of charge. All that we ask is that any article reaches us by email by the specified copy date, is factual, non-political and not likely to offend. For advertising and editorial information please contact Alistair Barr, Managing Editor, on 07436 793785 or see our website at Copy Date for the next edition - The copy date for advertisers and organisations to submit an advertisement or article for the August 2017 edition is noon on Saturday, 15 July.

Public Access Defibrillators in Pitlochry and Moulin -

There are four public access defibrillators available for emergency use. The first (provided by the Rotary) is at the reception of Fisher’s Hotel. The second (also provided by the Rotary) is in Pitlochry Festival Theatre the third (provided by the Community Council) is located in a case on the wall of the Moulin Inn Brewery and the fourth is just outside the Pro Shop at Pitlochry Golf Club. They are easy to use, provide automatic prompts and can save lives in the event of heart failure. There is continuing training in CPR through the NHS Heartstart programme in the Atholl Medical Centre.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - Come and join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10 am in the Recreation Ground car park. This is a new venue. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November and 12 December. For further information contact Roger West ( 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes ( 01796 473400. Perth & Kinross Carers Voice - Do you support someone who is ill, frail, disabled, has dementia, a mental health condition or an addiction? Wish there was a way to have your voice heard? Want to have a say in the development of carer support? Perth & Kinross Carers’ Voice, who would love to have more members from the outlying districts, gives carers the opportunity to: *Meet with local statutory, voluntary and independent sector professionals *Get your opinions heard *Speak directly to decision makers about the issues that affect you *Get involved in local planning *Help make a difference for carers in the Perth & Kinross area. Meetings are every six weeks on a Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm at PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP. For 2017 the dates will be: 8 August, 19 September, 31 October and 12 December. Booking is essential for refreshment purchases. To register your attendance or interest contact Kerry Donaghy on 01738 567076, or uk/Have-your-say. Dunkeld & Birnam Arts and Crafts Fair - The Dunkeld & Birnam Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on 14th, 15th and 16th July and 7th and 8th October. The work of many artists will be on display on these dates in the Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld. Admission is free. Advertising and Editorial Information - Please note that all advertisements and articles carried by The Atholl Quair are done so with the understanding that any claims, statements or information given are the sole responsibility of the advertiser or contributor in question. Please check times and venues of events listed before going. We cannot be held liable for any typographical mistakes or changes by The Quair or Event Organisers. 5

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Pitlochry Rotary Computers for Africa Appeal - The Rotary Club of Pitlochry is delighted to be able to report on tremendous public support for their appeal for unwanted pc’s, laptops, monitors, printers and all accessories which, in conjunction with the Edinburgh-based Turing Trust charity (www. Turing, are completely reconfigured and sent to schools in sub-Sahara Africa. The schools involved lack the resources we take for granted and this limits their potential. The Turing Trust charity is changing this by giving students the power to shape their own futures with technology. After only four weeks into the appeal the public have donated over seventy-five pieces of equipment and the Perth and Kinross Division of the Tayside Police have indicated that they will provide Pitlochry Rotary with 200 pc’s, monitors and keyboards. Pitlochry Rotary are also meeting with Perth and Kinross Council and hope to be able to agree to re-use many of their older computers which may be going to be re-cycled into scrap materials The Turing Trust give a 100% guarantee that any data on computers donated will be completely destroyed in a way which makes the process totally irreversible and we are also assured that technicians at the Turing Trust never look at any data on donated equipment. So please don’t just scrap any computers which are less than ten years old, contact the Rotary Club on any of the telephone numbers below and they will arrange to collect them from you. Please phone (01796) 473096, 473648 or 472952 for further information.

Rannoch & Tummel - Keep Up To Date with the Latest Community News

If you live in the Rannoch & Tummel area and want to keep up with the latest news, why not subscribe to the Rannoch and Tummel Community E-Newsletter. Co-ordinated by local volunteers, emails are sent out about a wide range of community subjects including road closures, planning applications, events and activities and news from our community groups. Based on feedback from our subscribers, the frequency of emails is dependent on the frequency of news as each piece of news is sent out separately. It has been operating for two years now and over 250 newsletters have been issued so there’s always plenty to be updated about. To subscribe, please email The newsletters are also posted on the Facebook page of Rannoch Community Trust and will shortly be available on the Trust’s website Please also email if you have a story or piece of news for the newsletter giving at least five days advance notice if it relates to a specific event.

Riding for the Disabled Breadalbane & District Group

- Do you know that there is a local RDA group based just south of Pitlochry providing fun, therapy and riding skills for the children from several different schools in Highland Perthshire? We operate on Monday mornings from April to the half-term break in October with a break for the summer holidays. New volunteers are always welcome with or without equestrian experience. If you think you would like to help please ring 01796 474444.

Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution

RSABI is a unique Scottish charity that supports people involved, or who have been involved, in farming, crofting and growing. RSABI offer practical support and financial assistance in times of need - all in complete confidence.

The helpline is open 7 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. So when you have things on your mind, financial pressures, work worries or anything else you need support with, don’t wait until a problem becomes a crisis. Call RSABI ( Scottish Charity No. SC009828) on 0300 111 4166. 8

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Minutes of AGM Meeting Held by Killiecrankie and Fincastle Community Council on Monday, 29 May 2017

Present: Dorothy Bancroft (Chair), Ann Phillips (Secretary), Isobel Mackenzie, Sheila Watford, Cllr Xander McDade, Cllr Ian Campbell Cllr Mike Williamson, Sgt Caroline Macnaughton and nine members of the public. Apologies: Sandra Parkins, George Stark Welcome all from the Chair Minutes of Last Meeting - Approved by Sheila Watford and James Rattray Chairman’s Report - Thank you all for coming along tonight. A community isn’t a community without the folk who live and work in it. I believe we live in a fantastic area of Scotland and that we are lucky enough to have a community that are able to work together. I have been honoured to serve as your community council chair. With my community council colleagues we do our best to serve our community - but please remember that we are all volunteers so sometimes life does get in the way…. I would personally like to thank Ann, Sandra, Izzy, George and our newest community councillor Sheila. This year we have once again been supported wholeheartedly by our elected councillors. I would once again like to thank Cllr Howie for her dedication and hard work over the years and wish her a long and happy retirement. I would like to congratulate Cllr’s Campbell and Williamson for their successful re-election and welcome Xander McDade as our new Councillor. We have been thrilled to hear of Highland Fling Bungee’s ongoing success and look forward to the new ‘swing’ being installed, Murray has offered me to have first ‘go’ but I’m not so sure! Murray is always a great supporter of our community and is more than happy to pay for signage in the village of Killiecrankie to direct folk who rely on their sat nav unless Ewan and Isobel Hay are starting a new venture I’m fairly sure they are lost. We had a lot of support for our annual litter pick and I would like to thank those who take the time to pick up other folks ignorance! Once again thank you for making our community so fantastic. Treasurer’s Report - End of year balance £241.34 At this point Office Bearers stood down and meeting was taken by Cllr Mike Williamson who asked for nominations for Office bearers. Once again Dorothy Bancroft was voted for Chair, Ann Phillips for Secretary and Sandra Parkins for Treasurer.

Minutes of Meeting Held by Killiecrankie and Fincastle Community Council on Monday, 29 May 2017

Present: Dorothy Bancroft (Chair), Ann Phillips (Secretary), Isobel Mackenzie, Sheila Watford, Cllr Xander McDade, Cllr Ian Campbell Cllr Mike Williamson, Sgt Caroline Macnaughton and nine members of the public. Apologies: Sandra Parkins, George Stark Welcome all from the Chair Minutes of last Meeting - Approved by Sheila Watford and James Rattray Police Report - *Sgt Caroline Macnaughton reported that it was mainly road offences within our area such as sheep on road, a road traffic accident, stones and drink drive offence *We need to focus on being aware of bogus workmen in the area and not to deal with anyone who comes cold calling *Keep an eye on wild campers; if you see anyone behaving out with the law then you need to report straight away so police respond. Ring 101 to report and take registration numbers of cars at the site *Reports of speeding through Killiecrankie *We now have two dedicated community officers in the area. PC Jamie Elder and PC Steve Band. Cairngorm National Park - *Unfortunately due to personal circumstances Lee Haxton is leaving his post with the CNP and as yet his post is still to be filled. The meeting to build stronger communities is postponed until further notice *Cllr Xander McDade will be a new board member filling the vacancy from Cllr Kate Howie on her retirement. Broadband - *Since HPCP have disbanded this project has been struggling although this does not af11

fect current users *HPCP were let down badly by Community Broadband Scotland *AB Internet is still operating but is in receivership *Cllr Ian Campbell will be having a meeting soon with P&K Council *Monies from HPCP were transferred to Ossian *Hope for resolution in the future and alternatives are being considered. Treasurer’s Report - Balance £241.34 Planning - Question of how long planning consent lasted before expiring, was answered by Cllr Ian Campbell, which is three years. Planning at the Steadings at Orchilmore, no objections. A9 - The A9 working group as actively been meeting weekly and is collating questions which will be put forward to Jacobs to answer at the meeting organised for Tuesday, 13 June at Killiecrankie Village Hall. Further question raised is who is coming from Jacobs to the meeting and what are their roles, skills and knowledge. Roads - *Overgrown hedge at Ailean House. Dorothy spoke with housekeeper who was not aware but will be dealt with within the next few weeks * From Monday, 5 June for approximately two weeks the road will be closed at the Garry Bridge for resurfacing between 9 am to 4 pm. Weather permitting it is hoped it may be done quicker than the two week period *The signs for no overnight parking at the Garry Bridge car park have been successful Train - The sounding of the horn from the 6.30 am train has now been resolved thanks to Ian Howieson who has been corresponding with the powers that be from the railway, to which he also sent his knowledge of thanks for their co-operation in this matter. Matters Arising - No Matters arising AOCB - None Dates for Diary - 13 June 2017 A9 Meeting Killiecrankie Village Hall 7.30 pm, 10 July 2017 Community Council Meeting Killiecrankie Village Hall 7.30 pm, 28 July 2017 Soldiers of Killiecrankie Street Parade Pitlochry, 29 and 30 July 2017 Main Event Soldiers of Killiecrankie in the Battle Field, 21 August 2017 Community Council Meeting Fincastle Kirk 7.30 pm, 2 October 2017 Community Council Meeting Killiecrankie Hall 7.30 pm, 13 November 2017 Community Council Meeting Fincastle Kirk 7.30 pm. Isobel Mackenzie and family would like to thank you all for the cards and letters following the sudden death of Kevin Taylor. Your kind thoughts and words brought comfort. Acoustic Music Session - The Birks Cinema Celtic Acoustic Music Session runs every Thursday from 7 pm till 10.30 pm. We would like to welcome you to our session, to play or just listen with like minded people sharing a variety of music. It may be anything from folk, blues, bluegrass or instrumental. Enjoy an evening of free music, in the comfort of the upstairs cinema bar with a drink and a song. For further details contact Doug on 01887 820165.

Highland Perthshire Community Band

- We have a large and varied repertoire of arrangements for brass, woodwind and saxophone. The band meets every Monday at Breadalbane Community Campus from 7 pm to 8 pm. We would be delighted to welcome new members and invitations to perform. Please contact 01887 820592 for further details.

Auto Immune Diseases Support Group Covering Highland Perthshire - Do you suffer from an auto immune disease? Fibromyalgia, M.E. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myelitis, Arthritis, M.S. Stiff Person Syndrome, Lupus, Vasculitis, Myositis, etc. Maybe even something not yet diagnosed? We are a small group who all suffer one of these diseases. We meet up monthly for a cup of tea and a chat. Helping each other handle our many symptoms, getting updates on treatments and hopefully extra advice. We meet on the second Monday of every month at Aberfeldy Medical Practice from 2 pm to 4 pm. Drop in casually, even just for half an hour and see what we are all about. Dates for 2017 meetings - Monday, 10 July, Monday, 14 August, Monday, 11 September, Monday, 9 October, Monday, 13 November and Monday 11 December. For any further details please contact one of us: Elma Page - mobile 07518 051643 / email -, Carol May - 01887 830208 / email -, Liz Stott - 07734 200945 / email - 12


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Battle of Killiecrankie Revisited - The Atholl Country Life Museum in Blair Atholl is delighted to announce that its exhibition for 2017 spotlights the Battle of Killiecrankie, or Cath Raon Ruairidh, of 1689. Local people are urged to come along and learn the story of this historic encounter between government troops and stalwart highlanders and their women folk. If you’re considering going to see the wonderful annual spectacle of the re-enactment of the battle on the weekend of Saturday, 29 July and Sunday, 30 July it would be the perfect chance to learn how the battle unfolded and better understand the action as it developed on the battlefield. You’ll be able to meet our Jacobite warrior and his lady, both of whom are dressed in the full regalia of the time. A visit will also allow you to explore the rich social, environmental and working heritage of the Atholl area. There are three galleries to wander around, plus the original wooden post office from Trinafour, which looks and feels exactly as it would have done in the 1930s, even down to the stock on display behind the counter and the telephone booth near the doorway. The Voices of Atholl audio-visual display features local people talking about various aspects of life in the twentieth century. You can easily spend half a day discovering and being fascinated by life as it occurred on our doorstep not so long ago. The Atholl Country Life Museum is open daily through July and August. Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm and weekends from 1.30 pm - 5 pm. The Museum is a Scottish charity which is staffed entirely by volunteers. It receives no funding from local authorities or central government and accordingly makes a small admission charge (adults £4, seniors £3. Accompanied children of 17 and under visit free).



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2017 SUMMER EXHIBITION Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 6th August 2017 Open daily 10am to 6pm Free entry

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Pets Etc - Pets Etc is a small, independent pet supplies shop on Aberfeldy's Dunkeld Street and was established in 2007. In 2015 we were nominated for and won 'BEST ABERFELDY BUSINESS'. We were over the moon with that but thought that we wouldn't have a chance at the overall national awards, so when we won the same accolade in November 2016 we thought we'd give it a try. The grand final was held at the Glasgow Marriott hotel on Sunday 28th May. The competition was against some very popular businesses across the whole of Perthshire, all competing for 'BEST PERTHSHIRE BUSINESS' and guess what. We won!! To say we were surprised and delighted is probably the understatement of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all my customers and everyone who has supported Pets Etc and myself. Also big thanks to everyone who voted for us. It really means a lot to a small business like ours to get such amazing recognition. It can be difficult for a small retailer to succeed in this age of internet sales and we wouldn't be here without our very loyal customers. Lastly, but by no means least, a huge thanks to all the staff present and past who've been involved along the way. Cheers guys. 26


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WHAT’S ON IN JULY: Plays • Musicals SAT


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Absurd Person Singular




Red And The Wolf







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Absurd Person Singular

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Red And The Wolf

Red And The Wolf The Westenders


Mary Rose



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Amos & Jauncey


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The Scotsman

on J.M. Barrie’s Dear Brutus, 2012

The Times

on J.M. Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton, 2014



The Ruling Class




High Society


The Ruling Class


Preview Performances Secrets of the Stage

The Times


The Ruling Class

Donnie Munro

“A sparkling performance”



Mary Rose


The Sunday Herald


Mamma Mia! Murder Mystery Experience

High Society

“A swell party and a fabulous performance”




Mary Rose








High Society

Absurd Person Singular



Absurd Person Singular





Absurd Person Singular




Absurd Person Singular





High Society





The Scotsman



Mary Rose


“It’s hard to fault the sheer ambition and energy of the show [with] a cast of 17 dancing and singing their hearts out”


High Society




Backstage Tours Post Show Talk

A mysterious, poignant ghost story of youth, love and loss

Book your tickets today!


Comedy • Concerts • Talks • Tours Bowie Experience Sun 2 July, £25.00 - £22.50

The Herald

on Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van, 2015

Red and the Wolf

Red & the Wolf Sat 8 - Sun 9 July, £10 Adult, £5 U-18, Family ticket: £25

The Westenders Sun 9 July, £20.00

Amos & Jauncey Sun 16 July, £12.50

Auld Hats New Heids

Mon 17 July, £12.50

Mumma Mia! Donnie Munro

Racy, razor-sharp comedy about the heritage business

Please note that this play contains occasional strong language, partial nudity and some sexual content.

Sun 23 July, £32.50,

includes a three course dinner

Donnie Munro

Sunday 30 July, £20.00

Time Out



Please note that this play contains occasional strong language and some adult content


Hilarious comic masterpiece about suburban social climbing


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Honey, What Do We Do With The Kids?

CAP, a local debt counselling charity is offering tips to parents on how to keep their children entertained for less during the summer break. The tips come from the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Highland Perthshire, which has helped thirty-four local people in the last twelve months. Angela Hanvey, Highland Perthshire CAP Debt Centre Manager, said, ‘With the school holidays approaching parents across the land are asking one question, ‘What can we do with the kids on a limited budget?’ When we see local families, who have little or no money, the people who suffer, often in silence, are the children.’ ‘The last thing on the mind of their parents is a day out or doing something, because there is a general misconception that this costs money. Hopefully, these tips will show that this isn’t true.’ Well, to help you get started, UK debt counselling charity Christian’s Against Poverty (CAP) has released some top tips to keep your brood entertained this summer without breaking the bank: Kitchen fun - Baking buns, ice cream making and doing the dinner are always great activities for kids. You will find the BBC Good Food website a treasure trove, with a special children’s section that is filled with simple cheap recipes. Movie night - Why not get together with some other parents and take it in turns to host a movie night. Save money on snacks by making popcorn from kernels on the hob; you can get a 500g bag for just 99p and its fun to watch them pop in the pan. Second-hand DVDs are just as good, so have a hunt in your local charity shops - don’t forget the Aberfeldy Thrift Shop. Creative mess - Grab a shoe box and start filling it with bits and bobs today. Whether it’s old toilet roll tubes, magazines, plastic bottles or loose bits of string, keep it all. That way, when a rainy day comes and extinguishes all your plans, you’ll have a go-to craft box to keep the kids entertained. It really is amazing the things you can make with a toilet roll tube and a bit of imagination! Free places to go - You will be amazed how many places don’t charge for admission. As well as keeping an eye out for one off ‘free activity days’ in local magazines, etc there is a great list for Perthshire on If you, or a friend or family member is struggling with unmanageable debt, remember we are here to help. Call Free on 0800 328 0006 or visit to begin your journey to being debt-free! A local debt coach and team of supporters are waiting to help you.

Pitlochry & Moulin Heritage Centre

- The Heritage Centre in the Kirk is now open daily from 2 pm to 4 pm seven days a week. On display are Trophies from Moulin Bowling Club and Pitlochry & District Horticultural Society Flower Shows. Sadly these organisations are no longer in existence but both played a big part in the history of Pitlochry and Moulin. Articles with Moulin Kirk connections are exhibited including Communion Plates, Tokens and Cards. The Geneva Bible printed in the 16th Century and a Bidels Bible dating from the 17th Century are also exhibited. There are many photographs and items of local interest along with books for sale by local authors Please support your local Heritage Centre. The Local bus service stops nearby. 30

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LTD. We are looking for enthusiastic, self motivated outdoor people wishing to earn extra cash through summer and autumn. We currently supply wholesale markets across the UK and Europe with natural foraged products - such as the following‌. Wild Mushrooms: Ceps, Chanterelles, Trompettes, Hedgehogs and over 50 other edible varieties. Wild Berries: Blaeberries, Lingonberries, Blackberries etc. Wild Vegetables: everything from Ramsons, Sweet Cicely and Pink Purslane to Pignuts and Burdock Roots. Full training will be given if required. Local collection in Pitlochry. For further technical information please call Dick Peebles on 07539 539 669 For information on the collection procedure please call Garth McPherson on 07740 825 390 31

Councillor Ian Campbell

Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - Conservative

Ian Campbell HP

If you would like to discuss any specific issues with me, please call me on / 07736 307879/ 01738 827079 or e-mail me at If you want to keep up to date with what is happening daily in Highland Perthshire then follow me on Facebook at Councillor

Pitlochry & District Adult Education Association Autumn 2017 Programme

We have some new, exciting day and evening classes on offer this Autumn/Winter. This includes ‘Seasonal Suppers from Ballintaggart Farm’ where Leith trained Head-Chef Chris Rowley will be exploring new and exciting Scottish flavours. Louise Collins will be ‘Creating a Family Heirloom in Fabric and Stitch’. Dylan Gibson will provide ‘Fun and Fundamentals of Drawing’ and Ciara Gibson will be offering ‘Make Space’ in your week to produce some new and creative mini projects. Our existing classes will still be on offer including the ‘Art Club’ with Dee Bowman, ‘Sewing Skills and Simple Products’ with Ruth Conisbee, ‘Furniture Restoration’ with Les Simms and ‘Garment Design and Manufacture’ with Lynn Elder. Look out for our adverts in The Atholl Quair and on local notice boards. For full details of each class visit our Facebook page @pitlochryAEA. If you have a skill to offer the local community or simply would like to suggest ideas for future classes, please contact 07866 693752 or Ruth Conisbee

Grandtully, Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Interim Moderator: Rev. W Ewart

Session Clerk; Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209

Services during July will be at 10 am in Strathtay Church. The Morning service on Sunday, 30 July will be a joint one with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Strathtay). To be followed in the afternoon by a church picnic at Woodhill, Strathtay (details tbc) prior to the Annual Evening service in St. Mary’s Church Grandtully (Pitcairn/Historic Scotland) at 7 pm. All welcome. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 am - 11 am during morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting postcards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch meets on the evening of Tuesday, 4 July in Logierait Church. Contact Mrs. Isabel Cairns. Coffee Group. 10.30 am - 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee / tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilting Group meets in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church at 7 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The Walkers Group is planning their summer program. Details from Sandra Morrison. NB If you are new to the parish, are an artist or crafter and would like gallery space in our event for Perthshire Open Studios at the beginning of September please get in touch.

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - The next meeting is on Monday, 4 September, which is the AGM followed by our chairman Hugh Mackintosh showing post cards of Blair Atholl. We look forward to welcoming members new and old. 32


Birnam Garden Machinery • All types of machinery serviced and repaired • Machinery sales, parts and accessories • Chainsaw bars & chains For good advice and personal service Call Ron: Dunkeld (01350) 728964

Shiatsu Anneke Kraakman MRSS ‘Also Shiatsu Shin Tai’ Registered Member of the British Shiatsu Society Tel: 01887 840278/ 07746 117762

96 Atholl Road 1 Atholl Street Dunkeld PH8 0AR Pitlochry PH16 5BL Tel: 01796 473322 Tel: 01350 728028

The Scottish Deli - Fine Foods on your doorstep all year round We offer all your Deli essentials, an impressive range of cheeses, speciality food, home baking and delicious foodie gifts. Simon, Sarah, Jane and Xander look forward to welcoming you! 34

R. ANDERSON (roofing contractor) slate repairs to re-roofs BLAIR ATHOLL rhones repaired or replaced velux windows installed EPDM flat roof system

Roof inspections/roof surveys and aerial photographs of properties using quadcopter

mob; 07915 698348 home; 01796 481438 email;

MARICI Brothers

We Give Lives Colour Painter & Decorators Plastering (Interior/Exterior) Walls Papered, Linen Paper Tape Joint Filling & Tiling

Service Laundry Dry Cleaning & Laundrette 34 Atholl Road Pitlochry (Behind The Hardware Centre) Tue – Fri 09:15 – 17:00 Sat 09:15 – 12:30

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John Swinney MSP Perthshire North - SNP Statistics show non-disabled people are twice as likely to be in work as disabled people - the Scottish disability employment rate stands at 40.9%, while the non-disabled employment rate is 81.5%. Time and again I hear from disabled people about how they want to contribute and play their part in society. Part of this is having meaningful employment. While businesses have a vital role to play in this, it is also up to the Scottish Government and the public sector to lead by example. That is why I’m pleased to see this package of measures that will help open up opportunities for disabled people - giving them the necessary skills and tools to allow them to have an equal chance of competing in the labour market. It is a key issue, which requires us to work collectively, if we are to create a fairer country for all Scottish people. Young adult carers are the focus of a new campaign between the Scottish Government and Young Scot to raise awareness of what support they could be entitled to. The social media and digital campaign will aim to reach carers aged 16-24 who may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance but are not claiming it, using platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to reach young adults. Carers make an immense contribution to our society. Their dedication and commitment to caring for loved ones - often making significant personal sacrifices to do so - deserves our thanks and respect. That is why the Scottish government is committed to helping carers. Whether it is strengthening the rights of carers through legislation, committing to increasing the Carer’s Allowance with new social security powers, or working with partners to raise awareness with carers of how they can access the support they are entitled to. Young adult carers should not have the added worry of financial pressures along with their caring responsibilities. More detail on eligibility for Carer’s Allowance is available on the Young Scot website. information/rights/apply-for-carers-allowance A package of measures to support disabled people in accessing employment opportunities in public service and the public sector has been announced. They include: *A new internship programme for disabled people in the Scottish Government from September *A major congress in December on disability, employment and the workplace accompanied by a newly announced week-long programme of events which will explore employability issues in depth *A new campaign to raise awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the benefits of hiring and retaining more disabled people *A review, which will report back in the autumn, into whether the Access to Elected Office Fund could be extended to support disabled people who wish to undertake public service other than standing for elected office. Currently the fund provides financial support to help disabled people overcome extra difficulties they may face in accessing elected office - such as transport costs - with thirty-nine candidates supported in the recent local government elections and fifteen elected as councillors. I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876576 or on email at

Want to Help People Out of Debt and Back Into your Community?

Did you know that over the next six months, via your Co-op Membership Card, one percent of your regular shop can support your local CAP Debt Centre helping people, whoever they are, to get back on their feet financially? Simply visit, either create an on-line account, or sign into your existing account ... and choose CAP Highland Perthshire! If the internet’s not your thing you can call 03306 069418 and one of the really helpful customer service team will help you. Thank you for your support of CAP... and of those who need your help! 36

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Perth & North Perthshire

I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876 576 or by email at



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Air Ambulance Pop-Up Charity Shop - Where: The Locus Centre in the Square, Aberfeldy. When: Thursday, 6 July - Sunday, 9 July Why: All proceeds will go to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. The shop is being organised by two Aberfeldy families who have each experienced firsthand the heroic efforts of the Air Ambulance crew. Lucy Jane Birkett, aided by her gran, Irene Cattanach, is hosting the shop in memory of her daddy, the late John Birkett. Ron Young and his wife Linda Dewar are hosting to express their gratitude for Ron’s recent life-saving helicopter transport to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Items for sale will include clothing, jewellery, books, home decor, dishes, DVDs, CDs, furniture, and plenty more. In addition to the usual charity shop offerings, there will be a special collection of higher-value items, baked goods for sale, and more. Donations are welcome, and can be brought to the Locus Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 5 July. For more information, please call 01887 822729 (Linda) or 01887 820040 (Irene).

Pitlochry Bowling Club - Our annual friendlies have continued with a visit to Rattray BC while we welcomed Blairgowrie and Strathmore to our green. On Sunday, 14 May, the Arnold Brown Trophy was won by John Anderson, Irene Moulson and Alex MacDonald. On Friday, 2 June, members competed for the Teapot Trophy and the winners were Graham Davidson and Val Wilson. Our Charity Day in aid of CHAS is on Saturday, 29 July. Donations to the Raffle and Auction are much appreciated and Raffle tickets are now on sale from members and in the clubhouse. We are grateful to the Co-op for allowing us to sell tickets there from 10 am on Friday, 28 July. Spectators welcome on Saturday, 29 July. Photograph shows Arnold Brown winners.

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Dunmore Angling Club

Dunmore Angling Club have restocked Loch Dunmore with tench and carp for the 2017 season. The club controls the fishing on Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood just outside Pitlochry - reached from the B8019 road to Killiecrankie (the old A9 road). The small loch holds a mixed coarse fish community with perch, roach, rudd, tench, crucian and common carp in amongst the lilies - a most attractive venue to fish. Day tickets are available until mid September each year and can be obtained from Pitlochry Boating Station (£8 for adults and £4 for juniors aged 16 and under) or for details of membership email Paul Croft at or telephone 01796 482627.


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Childminders needed - could it be you? Introductory sessions are being offered for anyone in Perth & Kinross who might be interested in becoming a childminder.

Wednesday 30 August 2017

9:30-11:30am or 7:00-9:00pm A crèche can be provided for the morning session. There will then be the opportunity to attend a Pre-Registration Course over four Tuesday evenings starting on 12 September or two full days with crèche on 13 & 14 September Venue: Community Wing at Perth Grammar School For more information see phone: 01738 472350 or e-mail 40

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10.00am to 2.00pm in Aberfeldy Town Square 1st Sunday of the Month, April to October

Showcasing the very best of Perthshire’s famous food larder Aberfeldy’s own independent food stores, shops and cafés will also be open, along with other attractions in and around the town for all the family to enjoy. Why not come along and make a day of it.

For further details contact Fiona MacEwan Tel: 01887 829343 Mob:07990 834092 ASBA (Aberfeldy Small Business Association)


The weekend starts at 5.30 pm on Friday, 28 July with the closure of Atholl Road, Pitlochry’s main Street, to re-enact the skirmish that took place in the Pass of Killiecrankie prior to the main battle. Last year this drew large crowds and was the talk of the town that evening. This year we are planning a slightly longer skirmish with one or two of the Scottish Government army manoeuvres of that time. The gates open on the Saturday and Sunday at 10 am, with the event starting at 11 am on the Saturday with a grand parade. During each day in the large arena, you will see various infantry drills and cavalry manoeuvres, culminating in a re-enactment of part of the actual Battle of Killiecrankie. In addition to this we have the Scots Greys telling us the history of this wonderful regiment, from when it was raised in 1678, eleven years before the Battle of Killiecrankie to modern times. The BIG Tent operates a day long program which includes a very popular children’s interactive Battle of Killiecrankie play (even if you do not have a child to take, you will find it hugely entertaining). There are two talks on the Saturday, Lady Nairne ‘More than a Jacobite Heroine’ and ‘Jacobite Legacy in Songs and Poetry’ which we are sure many of you will find fascinating. There are regular Jacobite story telling sessions as many other events. Culloden Pipes - on the Sunday, the retired curator Jeannie Campbell of the Scottish Museum of Piping, will be bringing the only working Culloden Pipes, she will deliver two talks on these fascinating pipes and why they are much smaller than today’s pipes and why they have only two drones. The Soldiers Leap Zip Wire, proved to be very popular last year, we suggest you book your slot before the day, as it does sell out. There are Battlefield Tours, many stalls including where you can be dressed in Jacobite 17th Century clothing for men, women and children. The Battlefield Saturday night Ceilidh, again tickets can be bought on line, is very popular. Free car parking. Entry is £6 adult, £5 concession, children under 16 years £3, Family of four £16. Battlefield Tours are £2.

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The Basil Death Trust - When he died in 2006, Basil Death left his considerable fortune to

help others. A Charitable Trust in his name has been established to help support good causes following his great sense of social responsibility. Having lived in Perthshire for many years, served in the Irish Guards and as a lifelong Roman Catholic, he wished the Trust to support local educational projects in Highland Perthshire, the Roman Catholic Church and Military Charities, together with other good causes. The Basil Death Trust awards grants annually, generally up to £3,000 each and invites applications from charities and projects. For further information and an application form, please look at the dedicated website at Registered Charity Number SCO45474.

Blair Atholl & Struan Community Fund - The Blair Atholl & Struan Community Council, with the support of a number of local businesses and organisations, has launched a Community Fund to assist local people in preparing for, mitigating and recovering from events causing disruption within the community. This initiative has been introduced in response to a string of setbacks experienced in recent years, including serious flooding and long term power outage. Some of the proposed uses of the fund include a contribution towards the upgrade of the village hall facilities to make it more suitable as a temporary safe refuge, purchase of an additional defibrillator and a contribution towards flood defences. The initial funding target is £4,000 and it is hoped to raise the first £1,000 through a crowdfunding appeal which has now gone live on where donations can be made quickly and simply on line. Those who would like to donate by more traditional means should contact Stewart on 01796 483339 or Donald on 01796 481663. Perth Citizens Advice Bureau: Benefits Advice in Libraries (BAIL) Service

Are you worried about your benefits? Do think you may be entitled to benefits? If so help is available in your community. Benefits specialist Sarah MacLean is providing one to one benefits advice in local libraries across Perth and Kinross, these include: Auchterarder, AK Bell, Blairgowrie, Breadalbane Community Campus, Loch Leven Community Campus, North Inch Community Campus, Scone, and Strathearn Community Campus. Sarah can provide advice on benefit entitlement, assist with benefit applications (including online applications); and can support clients in challenging a decision, refusal or sanction they believe to be wrong. In addition to benefits advice, Sarah can advise clients on how they can maximise their income by checking that clients are claiming everything they are entitled to. The service is available by appointment only. To make an appointment in any of the libraries mentioned above please call 01738 450581 or email Andrew Scobie (benefits and debt administration) at the following email address:

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

Interim Moderator: The Rev Mathew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan - Harold Ingram 01796 481275; Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch - Miss A M Philips 01882 633228; Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship - 11.15 am Blair Atholl; 9.45 am Braes of Rannoch; 11.30 am Foss & Rannoch Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 am till 12 noon with a short time of Worship at 11 am. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three Churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. 44

Discover, explore Scotland’s wild places • Wild places and animals on film • Evocative audio journeys • Inspiring photography, artwork and gifts Find us just off the A9 and train line at Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AN COME AND CONNECT WITH YOUR ESSENTIAL WILDNESS

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Next Fairs - 2nd July & 6th August 2017

10.00am to 3.00pm - The Birks Cinema, The Square, Aberfeldy

1 st Sunday of the Month - April to October “Craftmade, Traditional, Contemporary, Unique, Bespoke, Scottish.� Quality gifts and presents from in and around beautiful Highland Perthshire

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Summer Evenings in the Stag's Head Bar

Enjoy great bar food, cocktails, an extensive whisky choice and live music and entertainment on selected Friday and Saturday nights.

Chris White

Robert Carmichael

Chris will bring you hits from the 50s, 60s and onwards. It's live jukebox time - you pick the tunes and he'll play them!

Robert's Solo Acoustic Evening is an eclectic mix of music - expect anything from folk to rock, country to reggae!

Fri 7th, Sat 15th & Fri 21s t July - from 9pm

Fri 14th & Sat 22nd July - from 9pm

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Lavender Spa Leisure Club Membership A Lavender Spa Leisure Club Membership will allow you to enjoy:

Memberships 6 Months 12 Months

• Gym with Powerhouse machines – suitable for all levels of fitness


• Indoor pool, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and sauna • Use of snooker table and tennis courts















Family Off Peak Single Off Peak Joint

• Unique setting overlooking the Tummel Valley

All prices are subject to change.

• Full, Off Peak and Family Memberships available

Opening Times

• A complimentary full body massage or facial for each new member

Mon to Fri Sat & Sun

7.00am – 9.00pm 7.00am – 7.00pm

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Lavender Spa Treat

Special offer - bring a friend for half price! Restore your inner and outer glow with a Lavender Spa Treat. £80 per person - buy one, get one half price (available Mon - Thurs) Terms & Conditions apply

The Lavender Spa Treat includes: a Mini Facial & Tension Melt massage or an Ocean Glow exfoliation & Tension Melt

massage or a Mini Manicure and Mini Pedicure as well as use of the pool and leisure facilities and afternoon tea.

Quote ‘Quairs’ when you make your booking!

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Sunday Carvery Every Sunday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm

2 Courses: £18.00 (Children under 14: £9.00)

3 Courses: £22.00 (Children under 14: £11.00)

Join us every Sunday for a traditional Sunday Carvery Lunch in the Verandah Restaurant. Book your table today!

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Stretch & Strengthen in Highland Perthshire For everyone, from beginners to advanced. From learning to engage your core muscles to core strengthening; increasing power in the legs; strengthening the ankles; spine mobility; freeing up the shoulders; strengthening the hips and improving balance and overall flexibility. Exercises may be on the mat, seated on a chair, seated on a ball, working with weights, working with a resistance tube, or simply using your own body weight and resistance - whatever is needed and necessary. I spend time helping people build a deeper understanding of their body, working with them on exercising in a sound, effective and safe manner, empowering my clients to work at their full potential.

Please visit for more details One to one sessions on Tuesday mornings at The Althos Clinic in Perth (£40 for an hour). Home visits in Highland Perthshire can be arranged too (from £30, exact price dependent on location).

Please call Agathe on 07969 228 389, or email to arrange an appointment.




LET THE BATTLE BEGIN Summer History Challenge:

Find all the Battle Cards in your local area! Supported by CPK 2021 community funding local illustrator Dylan Gibson has specially created ‘Battle Cards’, featuring key characters from the Battle Of Killiecrankie, the first Jacobite Rebellion. These artworks have been hidden around Highland Perthshire to create a fun filled treasure hunt!

The challenge aims to enhance awareness of local history and the Battle of Killiecrankie. To take part all you need to do is find the 6 character portraits in either the Aberfeldy, Dunkeld/Birnam or Pitlochry/Killiecrankie/Blair Atholl areas. The Challenge is to find all 6 in the area closest to you. You can play along just for fun or note where you find the characters on an entry form, available at one of our ‘HISTORY HUBS’ at Hetties Tea Rooms and Cafe Calluna in Pitlochry, Birnam Arts in Birnam, Breadablane Community Library and Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The competition will run form the 1st July until the Soldiers of Killiecrankie re-enactment, 29th-30th July 2017, Winners will be drawn at random and receive a special collectors set of all the Battle Cards and a myster prize! Illustrations: Dylan Gibson


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News from SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity - SSAFA is the oldest national tri-

service military charity, having been founded in 1885. SSAFA gives lifelong support to our Forces and their families. We have trained caseworkers throughout Perth and Kinross and all enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence. We work closely with other military and civilian charities and over the years have helped many hundreds of veterans and their families. Last year the Perth and Kinross Branch assisted 144 local people by providing advice and by sourcing grants and equipment totalling £56,000. If you are in need of a helping hand, please contact us on 01738 625346, by email at perth@ or via our website: Reg Charity 210760 SC038056.

Birnam Arts

Saturday, 1 July - The Great Birnam Throwdown! Drop-in: 10.30 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm. £3 or £6 with glazing and firing. All ages. Drop-in 10 minute sessions with Jakub the potter from Camphill Corbenic Community, the chance to throw a pot and come up with your best effort à la Great British Throwdown! Great fun for all the family! Sunday, 2 July - My Darling Clementine. 8 pm. £12/£10/£5 U26s. A homage to the classic country duets of the 60s and 70s. Tuesday, 11 July - A Crawl Down The Ogre: Doug Scott CB. 8 pm. £13/£11/£5 U16s. Extreme Mountaineering. In an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has now become part of mountaineering folklore, A Crawl down The Ogre celebrates the 40th anniversary of Doug Scott’s legendary crawl back down Pakistan’s infamous ‘Ogre’ after a disastrous abseil just below the summit left him dangling on the end of the rope with both legs broken. Wednesday, 19 July - Beyond Presents, Phill Jupitus: Juplicity 8 pm. £18 (includes £2 Booking Fee) 14+ Comedy. Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Friday, 21 July - Wild Images, Wild Life with Doug Allan. 7.30 pm. £12 / £10 / U26 £5. Adventures, encounters and insights from the cameraman whose TV credits include Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants and Frozen Planet. Doug’s book will also be on sale on the night: Freeze Frame - a Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice - £25. Saturday, 22 July - Main Street Blue. 8 pm. £12/£10/£5 U26s. Blues/Rock. Unadulterated acoustic and electric blues rock, courtesy of Main Street Blues who’ve supported many touring bands, such as Caravan, Paul Jones and the Blues Band, Hot Chocolate and many more. Thursday, 3 August - Jack the Ripper: Uncovering the Truth. 8 pm. £12/£10/£5 U26s Audio Visual Talk 16+. This fascinating talk by ex murder detective Trevor Marriott reveals new evidence, facts and suspects and a compelling prime contender for the eponymous Jack the Ripper. Please be aware that some of the images in this audio visual presentation are of a graphic and disturbing nature. Lots more to see and do at Birnam Arts! Visit or pick up a brochure. 54


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Pete Wishart MP

Perth & North Perthshire - SNP

I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire. It was a nerve jangling night, but my warmest gratitude to the twentyone, the 21,000 and the 783 in between who placed their trust in me. To have won by twenty-one votes was down to the hard work of everyone involved and I would like to thank my team and especially my parliamentary colleague John Swinney MSP, who gave me his full backing. It was certainly the closest run election of my political career and, while we knew it would be a tight result, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated the outcome. It turned out to be a fantastic finale to what was a great campaign and reflects the sixteen years of service and the deep roots that I have in the community. As I have said after every election that I have been involved in, I am here to serve all constituents, regardless of how they voted. I am looking forward to representing this constituency for the next Parliamentary term and will maintain a strong voice for the people of Highland Perthshire at Westminster. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876576 or at

Celebrity Food Festival Opportunity for Local Producers - Food and drink producers across Perthshire are being invited to take part in the area’s largest annual food festival. Businesses of all sizes will showcase their unique products at the two-day Perthshire On A Plate food festival held at Perth Show on Friday, 4 August and Saturday, 5 August. Makers of a wide variety of the finest Perthshire products - from preserves, alcohol and chocolates to oils, fruit and bread - will come together at the festival trade marquee where a guaranteed footfall of several thousand will visit during the two-day event. The trade stands will complement a full two-day programme of celebrity and local chef demonstrations, headed by French favourite Jean-Christophe Novelli and Scotland’s own Nick Nairn. The festival, staged by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, will also feature a dining area hosted by local hotels, restaurants and caterers. Any local producers interested in taking advantage of this opportunity and securing a stand to showcase and sell their food and/or drink products at this event - costing £100 for two days - should contact Perthshire On A Plate at or Blair Atholl Golf Club

Gents Midweek Cup - *17/05/17 1st F Brennan 2nd R Gillespie 3rd J Greig *24/05/17 1st R Gillespie 2nd J Greig 3rd R Stearn *31/05/14 1st G Millar 2nd D Farrell 3rd J Beckett *June Medal 04/06/17 1st A Penman Nett 67 2nd K Simpson Nett 69 3rd R Gillespie Nett 71 9 Hole Premier League - *19/05/17 1st J Mcginty 2nd J Farron 3rd G Millar *26/05/17 1st K Devlin 2nd R Gillespie 3rd S Davies *02/06/17 1st J Greig 2nd R Gillespie 3rd R Stearn *09/06/17 1st R Gillespie 2nd F Brennan 3rd S Davies Ladies Results - *01/06/17 SLGA Medal 2nd round club Championship 1st June Pirnie 73 2nd Madge Stalker 75 3rd Jenny Collins 75 *08/06/17 H/Cap Sheild (3) 1st Audrey Smith 67 2nd Margeret Hume 69 3rd June Pirnie 78 *12/06/17 Stableford Sheild (2) 1st Jenny Collins 34 2nd Janette Kennedy 33 *15/6/17 Lord George Cup 3rd Round Club Championship 1st Jenny Collins 69 2nd Janette Kennedy 74 Dates for your Diary - *Saturday, 15 July Ladies Invitational Tri Am *Friday, 28 July Seniors Stableford Open *Sunday, 3 September Ladies Open The Bunker Bar and Restaurant on site is open throughout the day serving Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners open Monday 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday 9 am - 9 pm. **Special Offer** Join Now and receive eighteen months membership for the Price of twelve. Contact the Clubhouse on 01796 481 552 or email for more information. 58

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Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema - Two films for HFS members in July: Sunday, 2 July at 6 pm The Handmaiden (2016, Cert 18, 2h47) Director Park Chan-wook. Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith - ‘an outrageous thriller drenched with exoticism.’ The Guardian Sunday, 9 July at 7.30 pm A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On existence (2015 cert 12A) Director Roy Anderson ‘bizarre hallucinatory parable that defies description’ about the human condition. The Guardian (again). Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice. Information and online booking or phone 01887 822845. Film making workshops: Film making workshops will take place on Sunday, 27 August for 7-11 year olds and Saturday, 2 September for 11 - 18 year olds. Information from HFS website and Aberfeldy Film Festival Facebook. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10 and get twelve months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society www.heartlandfilmsociety. org and Facebook. Quiz Night - A Quiz Night will be held on Friday, 21 July at 7.30 pm. St. Andrew’s Church, Strathtay are holding the Quiz Night at Grandtully Hall. Teams of four with an Entry Fee £20 per team. A fun evening with prizes and mid-evening light supper. BYOB. For further details and to book your team please contact Alistair Barclay on 01887 840380.

GrowBiz Enterprising Rural Perthshire

- The GrowBiz ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme, in partnership with Business Gateway, Perthshire Chamber and PKAVS, and with funding support from LEADER* provides community-based enterprise support. This is to anyone in rural Perthshire who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise. It is regardless of your age or experience - in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. Services are free and confidential, and include one to one meetings, peer support, learning sessions, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. If you are thinking of starting an enterprise, or expanding an existing business, in rural Perthshire, more information is available at the GrowBiz website: - or email on to find out more, or make an appointment. We have a programme of Events and Learning Sessions coming up in both Highland and Eastern Perthshire. For details, and to book, please go to our website. *The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER provides funding and support for community and enterprise projects in rural Perthshire. More information at: Launch of Griffin & Calliachar Enterprise Fund - On Thursday, 25  May, 2017, SSE launched a new type of community fund designed to help Highland Perthshire entrepreneurs get their bright business ideas off the ground. The Griffin and Calliachar Enterprise Fund is worth a total £250,000 and is aimed at existing small businesses or start-ups who can apply for either micro-grants up to £1,000, or medium sized grants up to £5,000 or larger grants of up to £20,000. The application and administration of the fund will be handled by GrowBiz. There is more information on the Fund here - If you are a small business, start-up business or social Heartland Healing Rooms enterprise and wish to apply for an enterprise grant, Heartland Healing Rooms will be to obtain the relevant application form, or to find out closed during the month of July. more, email us on 60

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Carbon Offset - To offset some of our carbon use and replace some of the wood we use in the monthly production of The Atholl Quair, The Breadalbane Quair and The Crieff & Comrie Quair we plant two trees every month. Our trees are planted at Balmuick Farm, above the village of Comrie. Each tree planted will help offset some of our environmental impact by breathing in about 730 kg CO2 emissions over its lifetime. The trees also provide sustainable habitat for wildlife, and will enhance the natural landscape with native broad-leaved trees. We hope that, in conjunction with copies of our magazines being recycled, we can help make a small difference to the environment. You can see details of the scheme we are part of, at

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General Election Result for the seat of Perth & North Perthshire held on June 8th 2017

1st - Pete Wishart - Scottish National Party - 21,804 Votes 2nd - Ian Duncan - Conservative - 21,783 Votes 3rd - David Roemmele - Labour - 5,349 Votes 4th - Peter Barrett - Liberal Democrat 2,589 Votes SNP Majority - 21

Charity Thrift Shop - The Atholl Centre (next to the Tourist Office in Pitlochry) is holding a

Thrift Shop to help raise money for a new roof. It will be held between Wednesday, 5 July and Wednesday, 19 July. Doors will open from 11 am to 4 pm. Do pop in and have a browse - you never know what you’ll find! Disabled access, parking is free and there’s tea and coffee available. We welcome donations of books, toys and bric-a-brac towards the sale (no clothes please), so if you’re having a clear out, why not put some of your unwanted objects our way. Please get in touch with Iain or Wilma on 01796 473044 for more information (Charity No SC015113). Quakers - Quakers try to live simply and sustainably, promoting peace, equality and truth. Putting faith into action is central to their way of life and they gather weekly for quiet worship usually on a Sunday in around 480 locations across Britain. You are welcome to any meeting for worship. Perth meeting takes place in the Subud centre, St. Leonards Bank every second and last Sunday of the month from 11am - 12pm.

Scottish Magazine Awards 2016

Scot Active, Producer of The Quair Magazines Shortlisted for producing The Scottish Magazine of the Year 2016 in the Small Publishing Company Category run by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Scotland.

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Pitlochry Hospital Car Service

We urgently need new recruits to the voluntary service which provides transport to PRI and Ninewells for those with hospital clinic appointments. We require car owners with full insurance and a clean driving licence. For more information please contact Barbara Bright 472058 or Ray Wilson 473031. Please consider it! Thank you.

Crieff’s Markets August 5th - October 7th

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The Quair Magazines Advertiser Summer Special

Thank you so much to all of our advertisers for your support! In conjunction with Beyond Adventure Watersports, Aberfeldy, every one of our advertisers who appear in the July 2017 editions of either The Atholl Quair, The Breadalbane Quair or The Crieff & Comrie Quair were automatically entered into a draw to receive activities* to the value of ÂŁ100 with Beyond Adventure. There will be three businesses drawn at random on 1st July 2017. We will advise winners by email and publish their details in the August Editions of The Quair Magazines. * The activities will be offered subject to the availability of staff and the Health and Safety aspect of the proposed activity. Should an advertiser request an activity that they are not skilled enough or do not have the standard of health or fitness to complete safely, Beyond Adventure would reserve the right to discuss and agree a more appropriate activity with them. Activities must be completed by the end of September 2017.


Cllr Mike Williamson

Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - SNP

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Crannog Centre in Kenmore which is celebrating its twentieth year of being open to the public. At the time of writing there is to be a civic reception held at the Crannog where Scottish Government ministers are coming to support the Crannog. This is an iconic place, which has featured in so many photographs and calendar pictures. With any iconic place like the Crannog there is a huge amount of behind the scenes work to keep the forces of nature at bay and to encourage visitors to come and experience for themselves how folk lived in the Iron Age. The biggest event of the season will be the weekend of Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 August featuring a spectacular living history fair and Iron Age artisan village on the - theme ‘The Celts Are Coming!’ for more information go to At the recent Environment, Enterprise and Infrastructure meeting it was agreed that the free fifteen minutes parking should be extended across the Perth & Kinross council area to all pay and display parking bays. Concerns had been raised previously that there was a lack of short term parking close to shops and businesses within towns. I welcome that the traffic orders have now been made permanent after the successful trial run over the last year or so. Perth & Kinross has been successful in receiving £1.5 million funding from the Scottish Government to improve rural roads. This new investment is from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund and the funding be will used to support the improvement of five roads within Perth and Kinross, the B846 from Aberfeldy-Bridge of Gaur, B847, from Dunalistair to Calvine along with the C450, U29 and U214. I hope that this funding will go some way to alleviating timber transport within the area by improving passing places along some very narrow roads. I was sad to hear that the two year Zero Waste Highland Perthshire Project has now finished. Fiona McBain who has been running the project finished with a Highland Perthshire Master Chef competition in Café Calluna in Pitlochry, which was won by Lauren Webster. Folk were invited to cook venison in a chocolate sauce under the watchful eye of Lee Patrick. The project encouraged people to think about how they recycle and reuse their waste. Fiona has done a terrific job of bringing folk together under the banner of recycling and I am sure that we all wish her every success for the future Well done to Glen Lyon Primary School in their recent HMI inspection report. It’s great to hear that the inspectors praise the school for making full use of the community and that the community supports the school so well. On the last weekend in July Killiecrankie will once again be host to the Soldiers of Killiecrankie. The event kicks off with a street skirmish on Friday, 28 July in Atholl Road Pitlochry. For further details of this family event go to If you wish to contact me about any of the above or would like to speak to me about a council matter I can be contacted on 07810 814495 or

Tayside Conservation Volunteers Protecting Spectacular Scenery

- The National Trust for Scotland’s Tayside Conservation Volunteer Group will be hard at work protecting Scotland’s spectacular scenery this summer. The dedicated volunteers are looking for new members to join their group and get involved in caring for Scotland’s treasures. The group will be working on projects at properties cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, Scotland’s largest conservation charity, across Angus, Fife, Perthshire and beyond. Travel, accommodation and meals are all organised for volunteers signing up for these projects. For more information on becoming a conservation volunteer and the full programme, visit uk/Volunteering/Outdoor/. The Tayside Conservation Volunteers group is one of five working with the National Trust for Scotland, the charity that conserves and promotes Scotland’s heritage. 64

Pastor: Rev David Barrie (, Youth Pastor: Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Website: Sundays - We meet at Pitlochry High School on East Moulin Road. Doors open at 10.30 am with coffee and cake, tea and biscuits. We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday. July Events Sunday, 2 July - our Youth Pastor brings to a conclusion our series, ‘Jesus and people like us,’ exploring Jesus and the Last Chance. Sunday, 9 July - our pastor will lead our time this morning and share from God’s Word. Monday, 10 July - Wee Play (Summer Stay and Play) 10 am - 12 pm in our church building. Sunday, 16 July - Claire Simpson who is one of our Mission Possible partners will share some stories about what God is doing in Northern Norway and with the communities within the Arctic Circle. Sunday, 23 July - Lucy Peppiatt, pastor of Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol and Principle of Westminster Theological Centre, will be sharing from God’s Word. Monday, 24 July - Wee Play (Summer Stay and Play) 10 am - 12 pm in our church building. Sunday, 30 July - our pastor will be sharing from God’s Word. Monday, 31 July - Friday, 4 August - Children’s Holiday Club (for children who have completed P1-P7). More details and instructions on registering will shortly appear on our website. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7.30 pm. Contact Giles 07940 716396. James Court Service - 4 pm. Third Sunday of the month. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10 am and 6 pm. Wednesdays 7 am. Contact Jane on 474202. Sounds Inspirational - Tuesdays 7 pm, repeated Thursdays 8 pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 ( ‘Stay and Play’ Babies and Toddlers Group - Mondays and Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm. Contact Ken on 470261. Back after the school holidays on Wednesday, 16 August. The Place To Be - Ladies friendship group. Aldour small hall. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 2 pm. Contact Val 473742. TYG Conversations - Bible study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7 pm - 8 pm. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Dig Deep - Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays Free Estimates - All Major Debit & Credit cards are accepted 7.30 pm - 9 pm. Contact Debbie on 473085. Welcome All - recommencing in for all your tiling needs the winter months.

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We Need You To Come and Vote - Health & Social Care in Perth & Kinross has been undergoing changes over the last year with an Integration Joint Board overseeing business. There are volunteer Public Partners on the board as stakeholder members. There are two principals and two reserves. Ann Gourlay and Sue Cole are carrying the user voice while Bernie Campbell and Maureen Summers speak for carers. At the election in June 2016, candidates agreed that the initial user representation should be for a year. An election to continue and enlarge that user voice is planned for Friday, 7 July. Candidates who have been asked to express interest will give short presentations followed by a voting process to determine the principal and reserve representatives. These presentations will take place at PKAVS the Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth. These will be streamed to seven other venues in Perth & Kinross. Attendees at those venues will be able to vote for their preferred candidates. The successful parties will be announced on Friday, 7 July. Please come along to one of these venues to listen and vote. Venues open at 12.15 pm. The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth; Atholl Centre, Pitlochry; Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff; Ayton Hall, Auchterarder; Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy. If you have queries please contact Susan Bathgate on 01738 567076 or email

Pitlochry Ladies Club - We are now taking our summer break and meetings will resume on 4 October. We are a sociable friendly group. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary).

St Bride’s Catholic Church - Rie-Achan Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AL Also served by St Bride’s: St Columba’s, St. Mary’s Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0BJ and Our Lady of Mercy’s, Home Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2AL Priest: Fr Edward Vella, Tel: 01796 472174, e-mail: Every Sunday we celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord amongst us during these Masses: *St. Columba’s Birnam, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6 pm *Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30 am *St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30 am Holy Days of Obligation: Mass Times - *St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30 am * Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30 pm *St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7 pm Weekday Masses - *Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Tuesdays, at 9.30 am *St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 am. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month - Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1 pm. First Friday of the Month - After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12.30 pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) - Please see the weekly Newsletter or visit parish website or Facebook. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him or call. We also have different groups in our parish: the Choir, St Vincent de Paul Society, Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Fund Raising committee and other groups are in the making. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome and can ask for further information about any of these groups from Fr Edward or any other member of our community. Follow us on the: Parish Webpage or Facebook; This month we would like to say a big thank you to Kathleen Yates and her family who organised a sponsored walk as a fund-raising event to upgrade the toilet in St Bride’s Church and make it accessible to people with special needs. Up to now this event raised over £4,000 and for this we would also like to thank all those who sponsored her. 66

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Minute of meeting of Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council held on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 in the High School at 7.30 pm Present: James Laurenson (Vice Chair) 473788, Isobel Millar (Treasurer), David Roy (Environment Convenor), Rita Robertson, Cllrs Campbell and McDade, Jane King (Minute Secretary) and six members of the public. Apologies: Andrew Holmes, William MacNicoll Wildlife Garden - Ex-councillor Kate Howie, in her new role as Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom brought a report on proposals for the future of the Wildlife Garden (opposite Bell’s Blair Athol Distillery). The garden needs to be restored and enhanced to become a sanctuary for wildlife and for people, and also an attractive visitor destination. There will be a consultation morning in the garden on Saturday, 29 July from 10.30 am till 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and view the preliminary plans drawn up by a garden architect, and also to contribute ideas. Further information from Kate on 01887 840378 or A complaint was made about the smell from the water treatment plant in the vicinity of the garden. Members of the public are urged to Contact Scottish Water on 0800 0778 778 every time they are aware of any smell from the sewage plant as this constitutes a breach of agreement. Police Report - There was no written report and no police presence at the meeting. Several people had come to the meeting on the understanding that there would be a Traffic Officer in attendance, as intimated in minutes of a previous meeting. Jim explained that a Traffic Officer from PKC (Daryl McKeown) had suggested that it might be more useful to meet with PMCC members to discuss the various problems than attend the meeting. Jim apologised on behalf of PMCC that a public notice had not been posted to that effect. In future, notice will be given on Heartland, social media and notice boards and Dave volunteered to take responsibility for this. Jim had met with Daryl two weeks ago and accompanied him round the town, discussing the traffic issues and potential solutions at each location. Several ideas were mooted but no timescale was agreed and no assurance given that solutions would actually be delivered. Money is available and there will be a consultation. Speeding in the town is getting worse, especially along West Moulin Road, and some members of the public felt that it is just a matter of time until someone is killed. It was suggested that since the police know who the culprits are, a quiet word about potential loss of licence might be effective. Cycling on local roads is no longer safe. One member of the public and her daughter had been forced off the road. People have stopped cycling and dog-walking in the evenings. Speed limits were suggested. One PMCC member had written to PKC in 2011 and received the assurance that something would be done, but nothing has happened. Cllr Campbell will chase up Daryl, and put Sgt Caroline Macnaughton in touch with two very concerned members of the public. It is important that members of the public report speeding cars to the police, asking for an incident number, to ensure that the complaint has been recorded, and requesting feedback. Concern was expressed about the low police cover in the area and it was thought that an unmarked police car might be more effective than the current police vehicle. Cllr Campbell reported that a new pedestrian crossing is due to be provided at Aldour Gardens within the next year. Minutes of 10th May - Approved as a correct record. Matters Arising - A-boards seem to be proliferating in the town. Hubertus Game has six months to provide appropriate sound-muffling equipment. The state of Station House has improved. Hedge trimming at Knockard has been partly done, but not completed. The size of the town notice board will be increased. Eight deer carcasses have been seen recently on the A9. Responsibility for their removal has reverted to PKC from BEAR Scotland. Overhanging and obstructing foliage is the responsibility of the land-owner unless it obscures a road sign. Road signs in the County are to be cleaned. The Coop now has a noticeboard. Overnight parking is still a problem. Parking restrictions are about to be imposed by shop owners behind Barnardo’s and also by Fisher’s Hotel. Chairman’s Report - None. 69

Secretary’s Report - Application has been made for booking of the school for Wednesday, 13 September, Wednesday, 8 November, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 and Wednesday, 10 January, Wednesday 14 February, Wednesday, 14 March, Wednesday, 9 May and Wednesday, 13 June 2018, also of the Moulin Hall for Wednesday, 11h October. Confirmation is awaited from PKC. Treasurer’s Report - Pitlochry Tartan Account £3,044.13, Current Account at £421.51. The books have been audited. Environment Report - Still awaiting a new road sign for Balnadrum Terrace. Concern was expressed about the unkempt state of the verges at the entrance/exit to the town and the long grass at several locations obstructing visibility. Cllr Campbell to investigate. Letters have been delivered about the flood survey. Planning Report - The owners of the Donavourd Yard have retrospectively applied for planning permission to use the yard as a temporary store. PMCC gave support to the application by the Path Group for funds to upgrade paths in and around the town. Councillor’s Reports - Cllr McDade reported that a column supporting the canopy had been damaged by a lorry and was awaiting repair, further complicating the existing issues relating to the canopy. Complaints were received from residents of Elm Court about the loud music surrounding the Etape event, also by local businesses about the distribution of free food by Etape Caledonia resulting in a downturn in their profits. Planning permission for Etape did not include music. Complaints were also received about the amount of rubbish left on the roads during the event. The town was taken by surprise by a second cycling event the next weekend. More advertising to be requested for future events. The rocks and rubble at the Lady’s Dell will be removed by SSE in due course and the debris and rubbish at the back of the Surgery needs to be cleared. Cllr McDade plans to hold regular surgeries in the Council Offices. Cllr Campbell reported that a programme of pot-hole repair has begun. Matters Raised by the Public - Concern was raised about the state of the Town Hall being out-ofkeeping with the rest of the town - the growing amount of rubbish surrounding it and the out-of-date notice boards. Sometimes it is locked up and the lights left on. Live Active Leisure owns the Town Hall and has been advised of these concerns by ex-Councillor Howie, Councillor Campbell and Dave Roy. We await their response. The entrance to Bridge Road would appear not to be wide enough for the traffic it takes. The verges are badly churned up and lorries run along the verge. PMMC to request widening of the road. Pooling on Athol Road outside the Distillery is still bad. It is on the PKC books and they have a year to complete the work. There was considerable discussion about bins. From September this year, residents will be charged £25 a year to have brown bins uplifted. Cllr Campbell described how in future there will be sensors in bins and only those eighty percent full will be uplifted, resulting in huge savings for the Council. Commercial premises pay almost £200 a year for the uplifting of bins and there is still no provision for the uplift of glass. The meeting closed at 2050hrs with a further apology from Jim for the lack of communication about the cancellation of the visit of the Traffic Officer. Date of Next Meetings - Wednesday, 12 July, Moulin Hall at 7.30 pm, no meeting August, Wednesday, 13 September in the School.

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Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - IND At the first meeting of the full Council held in May I was appointed on to the Council’s Audit and Lifelong Learning (Education) Committees. I was also appointed to a number of external bodies including the Perth & Kinross Integration Joint Board (Health & Social Care), Blair Atholl Village Hall, Moulin Kirk Trust, and from the 1st October I will be the Council’s representative on the Cairngorm National Park Board. These appointments reflect my areas of interests: education, health and social care, achieving good value for money, and protecting heritage and our natural environment. I’m excited to get to work on these topics and of course would welcome feedback from constituents on any of these areas. As part of my aim to be a listening Councillor, I have been going out and hearing from groups of residents/businesses about their concerns on issues affecting them such as local broadband availability, concerns about planning applications and housing issues. I am also finalising a diary of regular surgeries across the ward starting in July so if you have an issue you with to raise with me in person you will be able to do so at a place close to you. However, please feel free to contact me at any time should you have an issue you wish to raise. A number of local residents and businesses have raised concerns with me about the organisation of this year’s Etape Cycle event - including extremely loud music being played from the Library Carpark, signage issues and free food being given to competitors reducing the economic benefit to local businesses. While we want to welcome events to Highland Perthshire especially ones that encourage healthy living, this must be balanced against the needs and rights of local residents and businesses. I am currently undertaking a series of meetings with those affected to gather feedback. I will then look to meet the organisers to discuss these concerns so we can reach a positive outcome for all. Please feel free to get in touch. I can be contacted at: 9 Lettoch Terrace, Pitlochry, PH16 5BA; or on 07557 815568.

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - Yet another busy month!! The bands had great success at the British Championships at Paisley with the Grade 4 qualifying for the final then getting a 5th place in the final, the Grade 3 band winning a 3rd place and the Grade 1 band coming 8th. Many thanks for all the support we got at our tombola at the Atholl gathering raising over £500 for band funds. Our Highland Nights got off to a rocky start with the first one indoors, although we had a packed hall, but the second one was washed out in what started off as a beautiful sunny evening. I’ve never seen rain like that before!! Hopefully the terracing will be finished by the time you read this, as it’s a lot of hard work setting up and taking down all the chairs each evening, and hopefully we’ll get some dry, warm nights! We’ve got the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band from Canada joining us at our Highland Night on Monday, 7 August. We were saddened by the deaths of Pipe Major Ian Duncan’s Mum, Frances, who was a loyal supporter of the band and would always pop over to see us at the Highland Nights, we’ll miss her smiling face and also Peter Drane who was a great stalwart at the piping at the Highland Games and the judging of the bands on parade. The Aberfeldy Mod took place on Saturday, 10 June and winners from the pipe band were Keeley Purvis, 1st in chanter, Emily Ingham, 1st in novice piping with Brodie Barrie 2nd and Keeley Purvis 3rd. Archie McNab 1st in the 2/4 March , Graham Mulholand 1st in the MSR and the Pibroch and George Leslie 2nd in MSR. The band was going to play at the Methven Gala day but it was cancelled due to a water logged park. The band led the parade for the Kirking of the Council in Perth on Sunday, 11 June to the St. John’s Kirk and this was filmed by an Irish TV crew for a programme about the Reformation which will be going out on BBC at some point. The same weekend as all that happened, our Grade 1 band competed 78

at the UK Championships in Belfast gaining an 8th place, with a 4th place for drumming. We played at the Scottish Game fair on the Friday, 30 June and are now in the midst of another busy month of July ending with the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton on the 29th. Gillie McNab 07733 152223.

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Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative It seems like we have been in continual election mode for much of the past year and hopefully June’s General Election will be the last for a while. As someone who has spent the past few months relentlessly knocking on doors in both the local and General Election campaigns I think both my legs and voice could use a rest. However, I would congratulate Pete Wishart MP for his victory in the Perth and North Perthshire constituency. I would also like to pass on my commiserations to all losing candidates but particularly my Conservative colleague Ian Duncan who missed out by just twenty-one votes. In early June I attended a public meeting on the future route of the A9 dual carriageway near Killiecrankie. Residents in the area are concerned at the plans currently favoured by Transport Scotland and this was an opportunity for those objections to be aired. As the A9 dualling works move forward, similar problems are bound to crop up. In these instances, it is hugely important that the views of the public are not just heard but understood. Dualling the length of the A9 between Perth and Inverness is a significant infrastructure project and one which must be completed safely and in the interest of everyone involved. Nonetheless, the case for having a fully dualled road was further underlined in June when new Government statistics showed that road fatalities increased in Scotland in 2016. The A9 is still one of Scotland’s most dangerous and deadly roads and it is vital that the complete dualling works are finished as quickly as possible. I was pleased to learn of a new tourism pass created for Perthshire visitors this summer. The Perth History and Heritage Pass has been launched to mark the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, and will enable visitors to visit Scone Palace and the Black Watch Museum with a twenty percent discount on standard admission. The pass costs £19.50 for adults and £12.50 for children with concessions and a family ticket priced at £16.50 and £46.50 respectively. This is great value for money and will hopefully prove worthwhile in both attracting and keeping tourists in the area. I would like to see this type of idea rolled out to a wider number of attractions. In Highland Perthshire there are a number of historic attractions that could benefit from pairing up with others in the area to create a similar pass and I would encourage Visit Scotland to work with partners in the region on this. As ever I welcome the feedback of constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL or via email at or via telephone at 01738 553990.

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Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth FC

- Some of our teams have received fantastic support from the following local companies and individuals over the past month. Billy Devlin (U9 Girls) - Long time supporter of football in the area, Billy Devlin, generously provided our youngest girls teams with new strips. The girls are all now looking forward to taking part in their first tournament.

L&M Electrical Contractors Ltd (U12 Boys) - A huge thank you to Lee and Mark Shanto for providing the 2005s with new strips as they make up step up from 7 to 11-aside for the coming season. The team have already played some 11-aside friendly and tournament fixtures and adapted quickly to the new format, turning in some great performances. DK Logs (U14 Boys) - Karen and ‘Crockett’ Wilson of DK Logs, suppliers of local kiln-dried logs and firewood, stepped in to provide our 2003s (who seem to be growing rapidly) with much needed, new training tops. The tops were put to good use over the first weekend in June as the boys took part in the 6th Giffnock Soccer Centre International Football Festival where the champions of Perth & Kinross competed against some of Scotland’s top clubs. The standard of football was extremely high and the boys acquitted themselves well, losing only by the odd goal to the eventual tournament winners.  It is great to see local business support our youngsters and sponsor the teams as the Club continues to grow and develop football across Highland Perthshire.  The club is holding a Community Football Festival Day on Sunday, 13 August at Home Street, Aberfeldy from 10 am - 3 pm, more details to follow. Further information pls contact

Perth and Kinross Year of Archaeology 2017 -

The printed programme is available from libraries, museums, Visit Scotland Information Centres and leaflet stands across Perth and Kinross and a digital programme with calendar and links to online booking systems can be found at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust’s website For the latest updates why not Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter (@PKHeritageTrust). There are lots of ways to explore Perthshire’s past in 2017 so get stuck in and discover!

Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair - The Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fair takes place this year from Friday, 14 July to Sunday, 16 July from 10 am to 5 pm each day. The Summer Fair is brimming over with talented craftworkers, some of them demonstrating their talents. There will be upcycled quirky items recrafted from silver and silver plate, old tattie box wood, pitch pine from old kirks, Nineteenth/twentieth century industrial wooden bobbins, pre-worn treated horseshoes, stirrup irons, horse brasses, embroidered cushions, scarves, purses and clutch bags, knitwear, woodturning, soaps and lotions, cards, fairies, scarves and matching earrings, Harris tweed items, photography and beaded jewellery, painted glassware and pottery, woodcarving and Daniel Campbell is back painting for your delight. 1st Pitlochry Scout Group Thrift Shop - The annual 1st

Pitlochry Scout Group thrift shop will be run in the Scout hut on East Moulin road from Saturday, 1 July to Saturday, 8 July, 11 am to 4 pm.

Donated items can be handed in to the Scout hut on the evening of Friday, 30 June after 7 pm or when the thrift shop is open. If you would like to arrange for items to be collected please phone A McCartney on 01796 472924. 80

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Stride for Life walks - Walking is good for your health, can be done anywhere in your local community and helps to make new friends and is free! Walking has a great many benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing and doing it with other people makes it easier and much more enjoyable. Live Active Leisure has been working with local communities to organise short health walks so why not join us? Birnam - Every Wednesday, meet at the Servite Willowbank Lounge at 1.30 pm for a volunteer led walk around the village, lasting between thirty to forty-five minutes on flat ground. A great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Aberfeldy - Meet outside the Birks Cinema every Thursday morning at 11 am and will finish with a sociable cup of tea and a blether in the Birks Cinema café. The walks will take place around the town and will be led by trained walk leaders with the walks lasting up to an hour, and will be tailored to suit the abilities of the group. This is a great way to meet new people, get out of the house and become more active in your community so why not come along and give it a try? The Aberfeldy walking group have been invited along to the lunch club which meets at the Parish Church on the third Thursday of each month from 12 pm - 2 pm. All are welcome and the lunch club provides a great social opportunity as well as a really tasty lunch! Kinloch Rannoch - Fridays - The walk will meet at 10.30 am at the Riverside Café with the ‘health walk’ designed to cater for people of all ages and abilities with these local walks taking place around the village and surrounding countryside, providing the opportunity to enjoy a walk and chat in the company of others. All walks are free, are led by trained health walk leaders for your peace of mind, and generally last between forty-five and sixty minutes on good flat ground and will finish with the opportunity for a cuppa and chat afterwards in the café.  You are welcome to just turn up (wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the weather) but if you would like to chat to someone beforehand, call Colin Melville on 01738 454628 during office hours. Email Please note all walks listed are free and for further details and walk information please contact Colin Melville on 01738 454628 or email

Quiz Night at Blair Atholl Village Hall - Come and enjoy a fun Quiz Night on Saturday, 15 July at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7 pm for registration). Teams consist of four people, which can also be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3 per person includes refreshments at half-time. A bar is available and raffle tickets can be purchased. More details available from the Struan Trust Facebook page, or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483310, or email

All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336.

Collectables Wanted by Humanos Aid International

- Do you have any collectables, for example, stamps, coins, diecast toys, model railway (runners/non runners or collectables) you have no longer use for? Our charity has a group of volunteers who are willing to accept your unwanted items. In-house specialist for model railway repairs, two stamp experts, two diecast model specialists, a 35mm vintage camera expert and fountain pen repairer are all at hand. Your donation, small or large, would be very highly appreciated and help our charity generate the much needed funds for local and overseas community projects. If you are not able to deliver your unwanted items, we can arrange collection for you. We are just a phone call away. Humanos Aid International, No. 3 Bridgend, Aberfeldy PH15 2DF, Tel 01887 829445 www.humanos. email: Registered charity in Scotland SC042807 serving local and overseas community project. Our charity shop is interactive on Google Earth, so you can browse online. 84

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Baby Birds has relocated to Pitlochry from Perth We opened in May 2014 and are a Grade 5 registered Childminding Service We offer Pre school places, Nursery and School drop/collections from Pitlochry High School. Holiday places are also available for School Children not requiring Term Time Care. Please Contact Gillian on 07825 290168 Email: Reg no. CS2014324274 85

Public Thank You for Volunteers in and Around Pitlochry - Volunteers who

have been involved in a wide variety of projects in and around Pitlochry received a public ‘thank you’ at a celebration in early June. Organised by the Hipshire Network, a total of twenty-eight individuals and twelve groups were recognised for their efforts around Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie, Ballinluig, Logierait, Struan, Kinloch Rannoch, Tummel Bridge and Trinafour. A variety of organisations and community groups chose to pay tribute to their volunteers at the event, which follows on from a similar evening in the Aberfeldy area last November. Each nominee received a certificate of thanks, presented on the night by local musician Dave Amos. Lidia Dye of PKAVS Volunteering Hub, said, ‘This event was a real celebration of the fantastic work volunteers do in their local area and the difference they make to the community. ‘People take part in volunteering for a variety of reasons and there really are opportunities out there for everyone, whatever their interests or abilities. Volunteering is incredibly rewarding in itself, but we still feel it’s important to say thank you for the dedication and hard work given by local people. We look forward to holding more events like this in other areas in the months to come.’ Those honoured have been pivotal to the success of a variety of projects, such as Bloom Groups in Pitlochry and Kinloch Rannoch, Friends of Balhousie Care Home, Pitlochry and Rannoch Path Groups led by Community Greenspace, Soldiers of Killiecrankie, Christians Against Poverty, the Dawn to Dusk Festival, National Trust for Scotland, the Pitlochry High School Defib Group, the Pavilion Users Group who lead fundraising for the Pitlochry Recreation Ground, and the Perth & Kinross Council-delivered Zero Waste Highland Perthshire project. For information on voluntary opportunities near you contact PKAVS Volunteering Hub or search

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

- We have a bumper number of artists this year: over 220 with lots of new names amongst the familiar ones. At the time of writing we have sold four pictures before we have even got them on the walls - partly due to the power of the internet. One is heading off to USA and the others are more local. Highland Coos are a popular subject and we have a Coos’ Corner with Fingal, Hamish, Morag, Robbie and Heather and even a Wee Highland - no-name - a calf with a lovely face. Once again we have original art work, prints, sculptures, stained and fused glass, pottery, wooden toys and turned wood bowls; we also have a good selection of cards priced from £2. One of our invited artists is Rowena Laing who is originally from Arbroath. Rowena paints mainly in oils using vibrant colours and a variety of subjects. Lisa Brundrett has painted well known Scottish scenes with oils on aluminium. Maggie T Ferrie from Dundee exhibited at Dunkeld a number of years ago and her work is also on show. The Exhibition is open every day in the Duchess Anne Church Hall in the Cross from Thursday, 22 June until Monday, 31 August, 10 - 7 pm, Monday - Saturday and 12 - 6 pm on Sundays. For any further information please phone Margaret Scott 01738 710399 or email DunkeldArt

Pitlochry Gallery Association - The Gallery Art & Crafts exhibition is open at the Atholl

Centre from Sunday, 30 July to Saturday, 19 August from 10 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday and 2 pm - 4 pm on Sundays. There are still some spaces for artists who would like to participate. Contact Dee Bowman on 01796 473579 for an Art Exhibitor’s Entry Form.  Kinloch Rannoch Recreation Club - We will be having our usual ‘bottle stall’ at the Rannoch Highland Gathering on Saturday, 19 August. Proceeds from this go to help to pay the kids Halloween, Christmas Parties and local Youth Group. Bottles of all shapes and sizes can be handed into May Kennedy, 7 Bunrannoch Place, Kinloch Rannoch or on the day of the Gathering. Many thanks. Are You a Carer? Complimentary, non-intrusive therapy sessions sponsored by the Creative, Care and Support Project run by IRISS, for Carers and former Carers, held in the Town Hall Pitlochry on the first and third Monday mornings of each month. For more details and appointments phone 01796 473621. 86


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Blair Atholl All-Weather Sports Court - The All-Weather Sports Court in the Memorial Park in Blair Atholl is owned and managed on behalf of the community by Blair Atholl & Struan Initiative (BASI), a community-based charity. (Charity No.SC032803, Company No. SC227985) We have recently spent a considerable sum of money cleaning the court and are repairing/renewing the nets and other facilities. We receive no public funding and rely on local volunteers to do most of the work. Recently we have received reports of skateboarding on the court. The surface is designed for football, tennis and similar sports but can be damaged by the likes of skateboards, cycles and roller skates. Repair or replacement would be very expensive and beyond our means. Litter has also been left including soft-drink bottles and cans, and even chips. Nobody is paid to clean up - that is in the hands of volunteers in their spare time. Please do not abuse your sports court and please put your litter in the nearby bins. If this recent behaviour continues, we will have to consider locking the court, making access much more difficult and inconvenient for those who wish to use it responsibly. If you would like to help keep the sports court tidy, or if you spot any abuse or littering, please contact me: Donald Isles, Secretary, BASI, tel. 01796 481663, email Pitlochry Golf Club Ladies - Laura Campbell and Isla Moncrieff have been selected for the team to represent Perth & Kinross at the Jamboree at Nairn. Kay Knight played for the Midland Vets v the East Vets at Stirling where the East won 4/3, whilst Kathleen Duncan played v West Vets at Auchterarder, with the West winning 7/3. Winners of the club competitions were: - Spring Meeting: Isla Moncrieff (71), Blairgowrie Trophy & Cancer Relief: Lynn McDonald (38pts), Centenary Cup: Gillian Munro (70), June Medal: Laura Campbell (68) and June Butter Cup: Julie Henderson (65). A good number of the Ladies gathered at the clubhouse to celebrate Isobel McLauchlan’s eightieth birthday. Isobel has been a member for many years and was the ladies Captain in the late 1990’s. She supports many of the club activities, including entertaining us at the Ladies Highland. 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 or phone 01796 473400. For longer established organisations, please let me know of any change of contact person unless you have already done so. If you would like an electronic copy of the list, please let me know. Scots Lingo - This selection of words was put together to encourage the use of the Scots Language. Spellings and pronunciation alter according to geographical districts and various spellings are acceptable. Hopefully in some small measure it will slow the decline of this interesting, distinctive and valuable Scottish treasure. We will publish a selection each month. Thanks to a local Pitlochry resident for sending them in. Etnach - juniper Fairflitten - scolding Niffer - to barter or haggle 88

Scottish Episcopal Church - Highland Perthshire Linked Charge

Rector: Revd Liz Baker 01796 472005 E mail: Facebook Page: Highland Perthshire Linked Charge. Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over seventy million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services on Sundays and other events in our congregations: Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday 2 July - 11.15 am, Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. Other Sundays - 9.30 am Holy Communion. 6 pm on the last Sunday of the month - Evening Service. Thursdays - Morning Prayer at 10.30 am followed coffee and chat, and by Holy Communion on first Thursday of the month. Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly from October to March in Aldour Hall at 2.30 pm on second Tuesdays. Reading Group normally meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30 pm on third Mondays of the month - enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont (01796 472745). Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sunday, 2 July - 11.15 am Joint Charge Service. Other Sundays at 11.15 am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - see notice board. Sunday, 9 July - 6 pm Evening Service for Sea Sunday. St Andrew’s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416. Sunday, 2 July - 11.15 am Joint Charge Service at Kilmaveonaig. Other Sundays - 11.15 am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6 pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board. All Saints’ Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact - Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259 Sundays - normally a service is held on the first Sunday of the month (for details please see notice board). Sunday, 2 July - 10.30 am Holy Communion.

Riding for the Disabled Breadalbane & District Group Do you know that there is a local RDA group based just south of Pitlochry providing fun, therapy and riding skills for the children from several different schools in Highland Perthshire? We operate on Monday mornings from April to the half-term break in October with a break for the summer holidays. New volunteers are always welcome with or without equestrian experience. If you think you would like to help please ring 01796 474444.

Jelly Tots 0 - 3 group Every Tuesday 1.30 pm - 3 pm in Pitlochry School (01796 474666). Term Time Only. This is a free parent and child group providing chat, art, activities and rhyme time. Feel free to come along and meet new friends 89

Ian Hudghton MEP

Scotland - SNP On Monday, 12 June at the European Plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs representing minority language regions spoke in their mother tongue to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The stance goes against Parliament protocol, where it is forbidden to use any non-official language during the plenary. Parliamentarians spoke in languages such as Welsh, Catalan, Frisian, Basque and Low Saxon all of which are not recognised as ‘official working languages’ of the European Parliament. By speaking in the minority languages the representatives hope it is an important step in the European Parliament broadening the scope of its official languages. After all as many as 9 million people speak Catalan, and Low Saxon by 5.5 million in Germany and the eastern Dutch provinces. My Catalan colleagues in the European Parliament announced on 13 June that their government plans to hold an independence referendum on 10 October this year. Polling figures suggest the vast majority of Catalans are in favour of the question being formally asked to them in a referendum. The vote will answer yes or no to the question, ‘Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of Republic?’ There is a highly hostile reaction by Spanish authorities who do not endorse the proposed referendum. Donald Trump’s declaration in June to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement that set international binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions was roundly criticised by MEPs in a debate later that month. European leaders have condemned the decision of the US President and MEPs highlighted that it does not give an excuse to Member State governments from fulfilling their commitments. An initiative by Madame Ecosse, Winnie Ewing, celebrated its thirty year anniversary in June. The Erasmus+ programme facilitates students’ opportunities to study abroad for a spell during their university courses, and allows them to experience a different environment. Erasmus+ has been a massive success, with three million students from across the EU using the programme. In an effort to clamp down upon tax secrecy, which allows businesses to exploit favourable tax havens, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs and Legal Affairs committees voted to improve European Commission proposals for country by country reporting. This will require all companies operating within the EU to publish financial information for all territories in which they operate, including those outside the EU. Each year the European Parliament compiles and assesses a report on potential future European Union members. One such case is Kosovo, which was scrutinised by the Parliament’s Plenary session in June. The report endorsed Kosovo as a future EU member providing it meets a series of requirements. This includes defusing regional tension with its neighbouring nation states, and continuing efforts to improve the rule of law within the country. June 15th marked the end of roaming charges in the EU. Wherever you are travelling to in the EU you can call, send a text message and surf the internet at the same conditions you enjoy in Scotland. This has followed an almost yearly decrease in the costs accrued for simple and daily use of your phone. Ian Hudghton MEP, 8 Old Glamis Road, Dundee, DD3 8HP.

Celebrating The Extraordinary Iron Age - One thing guaranteed to bring us all together is food. We all have to eat, and tasty nutritious food is top of the list in today’s busy world. However, imagine a time with no supermarkets, a time when food was not available all year round. A time when there were no cookers, fridges, freezers or kettles! The team at the Scottish Crannog Centre aim to demonstrate that very world at the Centre’s Iron Age Gourmet Day on Thursday, 20 July. For further information at The Scottish Crannog Centre operates on behalf of the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology, registered charity SC018418. 90

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Pitlochry High School Defibrillator APP

Jotters - Jotters are a small, independent group of people in Highland Perthshire who enjoy doing Creative Writing, and sharing it with the group, and with the community at large. We are delighted to have the chance to share work in The Quair.

We would like to share some important changes with you. After lengthy consultation with the Scottish Ambulance Service and HPCP, we have agreed the need to withdraw our ‘Defib APP’. We have not taken this decision lightly and, whilst disappointed, we are encouraged by the influence our piece of work has had on their development of the ‘Registration to Resuscitation’ campaign to locate public access defibrillators. ( We are confident that the research and consultation, which we undertook in the development of our APP, were thorough and led to its success. However, the rigorous security necessary within the Scottish Ambulance Service 3C communication structure, is beyond what we would be able to offer and we consider this to be a particular strength in their new system. As a group, we have been taken seriously; described as ‘pioneers in a national piece of work’, and told the contribution has been and will continue to be crucial to their project. We believe that in order for this Scottish Ambulance Service system to be recognised as a local and national asset, your continued monthly registration should now transfer to the R2R campaign. So, if you have a defibrillator in your area, please register with the Scottish Ambulance Service on this link: Defibfaq.aspx. The Pitlochry High School ‘Defib Group’ will continue to attend public access defibrillator awareness raising sessions in order to share their skills with you. Heartfelt thanks to you all for being part of this project. HPCP and the pupils and staff at Pitlochry High School.

SPRING POEM Diver. Erect, breathe deeply, then pace and leap; land strongly on board, welcome the lift. Leap with lift, spinning in somersaults. Straighten to cut into water of silk. Jumper. Pace about, inhale, look to the bar; Bouncing strides, then throw arms past the face, Twisting,lifting, twisting backwards, over the bar, which stays in place. Walker. Set off, booted and jacketed, on usual route; Snowdrops and aconites, burgeoning yellow shoots. Wrens scuttle low, buzzard wheels on high; deer hide in stillness, under catcalls in the sky. Oakwoods by the river, swollen and strong; Ducks ease by. Dippers dip bravely, the peewit gives song. Soon home after a spring walk; companionable silence - no need to talk. Hamish McBride

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May and June have been exceptionally busy months with joiners, plumbers, electricians and builders working behind closed doors to transform the inside of The Crown into a spectacular Dental and Implant Clinic. The external work will begin soon with new windows and doors set beneath the artisanal skills of a local stone carver (they still exist!). Our business has grown thanks to the word of mouth referrals that come from our patients - thank you. Our expansion into bigger premises allows us to offer an even better service to more people, so please recommend us to your family and friends! We aim to open our doors to patients old, and new, in September, until then it’s business as usual at our Taybridge Terrace premises. Remember to keep us up to date with your email address so that we can keep you up to date on progress with our newsletters. Call on 01887 820441, email or visit our website to update your email address or request a new patient pack. Taybridge Terrace, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2BS Tel: 01887 820 441 Email: 94


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