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The Atholl Quair


June 2018 Edition 65

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Anderson Dentistry A New Jewel in the Crown at Anderson Dentistry After ten years of working with Ross and Morag Anderson promoting general health through education and hygiene therapy, Fiona Perry is heading off on the adventure of a lifetime! Fiona leaves for South America at the end of June for a six-month trip with her husband, Fred, and daughter, Lily. Their adventure begins in Brazil, takes in Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay along the way. Phew! Fiona will be greatly missed by us all at the practice but everyone – friends, family, colleagues and patients alike will be able to keep up with her travel news through her blog: We wish the Perry family a fabulous time and look forward to seeing them back safely on Scottish soil in 2019. Given the extremely high standard of dental hygiene care that Fiona has set over the years, Ross and Morag knew it would be a challenge to fill her shoes. However, it is with delight that they will welcome Jennifer White to the practice from Monday 25th June. Jennifer has been working for the past ten years in Glasgow’s most prestigious practice, Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry. Luckily for us, Jennifer is an outdoor enthusiast and when she heard that Anderson Dentistry was recruiting she called straight away. She loved us, we loved her, we offered her the position on the spot and the rest is history, as they say! We think you’ll love her too. Jennifer comes with a wealth of education and experience. Having qualified as a Dental Hygienist at the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School (with accreditation through the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh) in 2001. The Crown, 10 Bank Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BB Tel: 01887 820 441 Email: 4

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Jennifer then moved to London to work in the Oral Cancer Department at Guys Hospital and the University College London’s Eastman Dental Institute. On returning to Scotland, Jennifer worked in a specialist referral practice in Glasgow dealing with complex periodontal (gum) disease as well as developing a dental implant care clinic at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry. Anderson Dentistry is incredibly flattered to have attracted this new jewel to The Crown! Good fortune continued for, a couple of weeks after Jennifer accepted the new post with us, her fiancé, David Foster, was offered the position of Head of Drama at Strathallan School. So, Jennifer, David and their Jack Russel are packing up their house in Glasgow and relocating to Aberfeldy. The hunt for their new home has begun…

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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 01887 829204 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 July 2018 edition is noon on Friday, 15 June.

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - If you see dog poo anywhere please report it to the Council on 01738 476476 or on the P&K website on Litter and dog poo on the streets do not give a good impression of our lovely town to the visitors so do join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided including gloves and grabbers. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10 am in the Recreation ground carpark. The dates for litterpicks in 2018 are as follows: June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11. For further information contact Roger West ( 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes ( 01796 473400.

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition - At the time of writing this, artists are still registering for the 2018 Exhibition to be held in the Duchess Anne from Thursday, 21 June Thursday, 30 August. Although one or two artists may not be able to register this year, once again we have a good number of new names and it is always interesting and exciting to see their work and wonder how the Exhibition will look and what will sell. Last year we were able to give the Cathedral £9,000. The invited artists this year are Kate West, originally from Aberdeen and who lives in Pitlochry. Kate has exhibited in the south of England, Edinburgh and all over Perthshire and takes part in the Perthshire Open Studios. Sarah Bookless is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and is inspired by poetry, music and the scriptures. Sarah has exhibited in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow and won the MacClaine Watters Medal from the Royal Scottish Academy. Hanna Kaciniel was born in Poland and was taught to draw and paint by her Grandfather; she studied at the Art College in Koszalin in Poland and now lives in Scotland. We will be taking in pictures over the weekend of 9, 10 and 11 June and the Preview Evening is to be on Monday, 18 June in the Duchess Anne from 6 pm - 8 pm. If you are in the area and interested in the Exhibition, please do call in, we would be pleased to see you. The Exhibition will run for ten weeks, open every day from 10 am - 7 pm except Sundays when it is 12 pm - 6 pm. For further information please email Pitlochry Tennis Club -  The tennis season is upon us once again and we’re geared up at Pitlochry Tennis Club for a new season at the Atholl Palace Hotel courts. It is a beautiful setting there and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun and we would make any new members very welcome. Our subscriptions are very reasonable - £80 for a family, £35 for adults, £20 for juniors. Please contact the Club Secretary Maureen Holmes for further information on 01796 473153 or email   7


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Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - Highland Night The Highland night is held in the Recreation Ground, Pitlochry every Monday night between 28th May 2018 and the 3rd September 2018. If it is wet, the event is held in Pitlochry Town Hall.

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Pitlochry & District U3A - U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a worldwide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK: there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or The Basil Death Trust - The Basil Death Trust has now been operating for nearly two years and over that period has given grants of over £100,000 to local organisations and groups. Whilst the trust does not fund individuals, it can make meaningful grants of up to £3,000 per group on an annual basis. Do have a look at and the feedback page, which gives an idea of the types of organisations that have been supported. The application forms are on the website and are simple to complete. The next round of awards takes place in September, but the sooner you can submit, the better. If you want further information, please contact William Jackson, Chairman, Breadalbane Heritage Society Super Summer Season - New this year, the Society will launch a short summer season of local events and activities for both members and visitors alike. As at The Quair press date, we expect to announce details shortly of a five week program, taking place mostly in the late morning (usually 11 am) on Wednesdays, starting on 13 June. Visits will include St Mary’s Church near Grandtully, the copper mine at Ardtalnaig, the standing stones at Croftmoraig and a summer party at the Crannog Centre in Kenmore. There will also be a coach trip to Dunfermline to the Carnegie Library and Abbey. The main winter season will begin on Friday, 21 September at 6.30 pm  in the Breadalbane Campus when we hope to confirm Roisin Campbell-Palmer as our speaker on Beavers, postponed from January due to bad

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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 currently held every 6-8 weeks on a Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm at New Rannoch Day Centre, 24 Shuna Court, Perth PH1 3DN. For 2018 the dates will be: 8 May, 5 June, 21 August, 18 September, 23 October, and 20 November. To register your attendance or interest contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076, or www. Heartland FM - It’s been an interesting and busy month at Heartland FM. The new studios are taking shape. Studio 1 has now been built, the production area is also built, and work has started on studio 2. By the time you read this we should be well on the way to bringing our new studios to air. The new programme schedule will include more live programmes, and we would love for you to take part. As station manager, I will be hosting the weekday Breakfast Show, which I plan to make informative, entertaining and interactive. So I hope you can join me on air Monday to Friday from 6 am when we move to our new studios. Well done to our lucky winners of our recent competitions, no matter what your musical choice, we have sent winners to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and sent listeners off to see Tony Christie, not to Amarillo, but off to Birnam Arts. We have more exciting competitions in the next few weeks. Our move to 23 Atholl Road, coincides with the launch of our new website, updates to our Facebook and Twitter, and the launch of our Instagram account. With our move we are keeping our same phone numbers, so the office number will still be 474040 and the studio phone in number will remain as 474000 We will also launch a new short code text service, so will always be contactable. Keep watching the window space at 23 Atholl Road, as we will reveal our new logo. Thanks to everyone who has contacted me from last month’s article, and some new programming ideas may come out of these conversations. So do you fancy being part of the Heartland FM team, and would you like to present one of our daytime radio shows? Even one morning or afternoon per week, would be great, as we would be happy to have you part of the team, and full training will be given. As always please get in touch, my email on alistair@heartlandfm. about any aspect of our service, and here’s to the future of your community run radio station - Heartland FM  Rural Wisdom - Summer of Fun - The Village Halls and Village Associations meeting went well with the committees agreeing to circulate a list of the events happening in their area to be shared with others. I will start to filter in the events when I received them. I will post them on the Aberfeldy Community Noticeboard Facebook page and in other areas and try to get them to Heartland Radio and The Quair. There are many amazing events in smaller communities who would welcome you so keep an eye out. If you would like me to send you the complete list, please contact me. There is a new group in town who would like to work towards Dementia Friendly Communities status for Aberfeldy, the first town in Perthshire. If you would like to know more about it, please contact I am still gathering opinions and issues about rural life for older people and am happy to meet up or come to a group meeting. Drop me an email or a text and I will get in touch. Jill Davies, Development Worker, Rural Wisdom West Highland Perthshire. Mobile 07591 203720, email 16

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Music in Rannoch - Music in Rannoch has moved into the summer. Enjoy a sunny drive to

Loch Rannoch with a brilliant concert thrown in. All concerts are in The Old Church, Kinloch Rannoch. £8 at the door, children free. Sunday, 17 June 3 pm. Escocia Duo. Katrina Lee (Violin) and Roberto Kuhn Versluys (Guitar) playing Romanian folk dances by Bartok, Cantabile Op.17, and Sonatas, by Paganini, Scottish Traditional pieces, and Sonata BWV 102 by Bach Sunday, 15 July 3 pm. Scott Mitchell in a Piano Trio, playing Haydn’s Piano Trio in E flat major, Mozart’s Piano Trio in G major K 496, and Beethoven’s Trio in B flat major op. 97 (The Archduke) Wednesday, 15 August 7.30 pm. Music in Rannoch’s Games Week Concert. Routes Quartet - Grainne Brady (Fiddle) Emma Tomlinson (Viola), Tricia Mullan (Fiddle), Rufus Huggan (Cello), playing a brilliant concert of Scottish and their own unique traditional music, in a classical string quartet Sunday, 16 September 3 pm. Spitha Brass Quintet- Emily Stokes (Trumpet), Marcus Shanks (Trumpet), Isaac Wilsher (French Horn), Jesus Lorente Gonzales (Trombone) and Andreas Theocharous (Tuba), playing all sorts: Fanfares, Scherzos, Ain’t misbehaving, jazz standards, song of Japan, Armenian scenes, and many others Sunday, 21 October 3 pm. Sadie Fields (Violin) in a String Trio, Music that includes Haydn’s String Trio (The Gypsy Rondo) and Piazolla’s Four Seasons. Pitlochry Rotary - Pitlochry Rotary once again present the famous Fiddlers’ Rally Charity Concert, now known as Fiddlers to the Fore. The Rotary Club will be presenting its annual Charity Fiddlers’ Rally at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Sunday, 1 July at 8 pm. This concert is hosted by around 70 musicians from the Dunkeld & District Strathspey and Reel Society who relish the opportunity of appearing at this prestigious event. The programme will be a mixture of old favourites spiced with more contemporary pieces by musicians such as Aly Bain and the late Gordon Duncan. Add to that the talents of broadcaster and musician Garry Innes who will compère the evening, and guest appearances of much acclaimed Scots traditional singer Siobhan Miller, and we know to expect a very special occasion. Proceeds of the concert will go to the Rotary Club’s Rotary’s Local, National and International Charities, including the Niel Gow Festival Memorial Fund. Tickets are available from Pitlochry Festival Theatre 01796 484626 or Pitlochry Station Bookshop - We are looking forward to hosting our first book-signing. Author David Meara has asked to use our Bookshop to launch his new book, ‘Anglo-Scottish Sleepers,’ which covers the history of the sleeper trains from their start in 1873 and brings the story right up to date. The book signing will take in Pitlochry Station Bookshop on Saturday, 9 June from 12 noon until 4 pm. ‘Anglo-Scottish Sleepers’ costs £14.99 and is published by Amberley. David Meara began travelling on sleepers in 1959 when he was 11 and has continued doing so for the rest of his life. He has found it a fascinating experience and says, ‘I have always regarded the sleeper experience as something of an adventure, when anything can happen and sometimes does.’ ‘Anglo-Scottish Sleepers’ is fully illustrated and contains many tales of travellers’ experiences over the years. Now that Logierait Market is underway again, the Bookshop stall can be found there on the second Sunday of each month from 10 am until 2 pm. As always, every penny from every book goes to our six charities. Pitlochry Baptist Church ‘Welcome All’ soup lunch every Friday at 12.30 pm at the Atholl Centre Everyone welcome. 20

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Extra Free Nursery And Childcare Hours From August 2018 - Parents and carers in the Highland Perthshire area are invited to a free roadshow event on Saturday, 23 June to find out how they can access additional nursery and childcare hours for children aged 3-5 years old, and eligible 2-year-olds. Perth & Kinross Council recognises that every family is different, and how and when they want to access nursery places will vary depending on circumstances. The roadshow event will explain how Perth & Kinross Council, working in a partnership between Council-run nurseries, partner provider centres, and registered childminders, offers a range of options for families to choose from to build the nursery/childcare package which is right for them. The roadshow event will be held at Pitlochry Town Hall, on Saturday 23 June between 10 am and 12 noon. Just pop in to find out the range of options available locally. The extra hours are as a result of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which is increasing free nursery provision for all children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, and eligible 2-year-olds. The change means 1140 hours, which works out as 30 hours per week during school term time, of free nursery provision per year for each child. The change is expected to be in place by 2020, but in Perth and Kinross some parents will be able to benefit from this August. To accommodate the changes, the nursery at Pitlochry High School will offer sessions between 8 am and 6 pm, and there will be options to take the 1140 hours over school terms, or over 45 weeks of the year. While these changes will come into effect from August 2018, we will continue to review the way the 1140 hours allocation is managed across Perth and Kinross. Feedback from parents and carers on the way this is being implemented is welcome, and will be used to help shape the future delivery of the service. Pitlochry Pavilion User Groups - Yet again we have had a very busy month. The main thing coming up next is the Gala Day on Saturday, 23 June. What started as a small celebration to open the new terracing in 2016 is now a large annual event growing in size each year. This year the day will be even bigger with the inclusion of a youth football tournament hosted by Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football we expect to have around und 40 teams competing, drawing a large crowd. There may be space left for a stall at the Gala Day, if you are interested send an email to info@ for more information. Over the last month there have been a number of snagging works carried out at the Rec, upgrading the path along the riverside, regrading the path up to the terracing and extending the safety barrier. The plan now is to get Free Estimates - All Major Debit & Credit cards are accepted the Pavilion lease transferred to PUGs and begin the next big phase of development. for all your tiling needs We are already seeing a big MARBLE - MOSAIC - CERAMIC - PORCELAIN - NATURAL STONE increase in the number of people using the park and we want to build on that making where quality comes first it an exciting place to be all year round. SCOTT MILNE info@pavilionusergroups. Mobile: 07739 107 772 org www.pavilionuserEmail: @downtherec Company Registration No. SC449785 and find us on Facebook 24

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Pitlochry Path Group - Last month the group were working on various locations around Loch Faskally and the Dam doing minor repairs and improvements to the paths and steps. Both occasions saw a turnout of around 12 volunteers to assist with the works. Tasks for the remainder of this month and next month will be continuing around the Dam with path improvements and also working on our storage area and sheds for our equipment. The group work from 10 am till noon every second Thursday and dates this month will be the Thursday, 7 and Thursday, 21. Always looking for more assistance from local residents to help keep the paths useable and anyone interested in giving a few hours of their time would be welcome. All tools and materials are supplied as well as tea/coffee and biscuits. For further or any information please contact Jeannie on 07788 190876 or Frank on 07775 792279. Breadalbane Canoe Club Athletes in GB 2018 Squads - The early season selection series has seen Breadalbane Canoe Club athletes gaining selection to various GB National Squads. Towards the end of April Callum MacEachan and Pretam Gurung travelled to the 2012 Olympic course at Lee Valley, London to take part in the Extreme Slalom selection races. Extreme Slalom is an emerging discipline and takes its cue from the Ski-X or Snowboard X events. Like their winter equivalents, Extreme Slalom sees four paddlers racing head to head down a white water course and having to pass various inflatable gates. With boats pushing each other off line, excitement for spectators is guaranteed and ensures that this aspect of the sport will only grow. After the two days of racing Callum qualified and Pretam was selected as reserve and then, just a few days later, called up into the team. this means that at the Junior World Championships in Ivrea, Italy this July that Breadalbane Canoe Club athletes will make up the GB team! This success follows hard on the heels of the Wildwater Racing selection races which took place at Grandtully in February and saw Victoria Murray and Louise Revell once again gaining selection and this year being joined by Jacob Holmes. All three will be racing the senior World Championships in early June at Muotathal, Switzerland. In addition, Victoria and Louis will be called on to represent GB at the European U23 championships during August in Skopje, Macedonia. Finally, Jacob will be racing the World Cup race series in Europe following the senior Worlds. Of course all of this doesn’t come cheap and all of the above athletes will be primarily funding their travel and living expenses themselves. Thanks to ongoing fundraising, Breadalbane Canoe Club are supporting each athlete with a contribution of £125 to their travel costs. Any potential sponsors are invited to contact the club secretary, Alison Parmley, at Meanwhile, we wish all five of our international athletes the very best of luck in their adventures in GB colours this summer. Photo shows Pretam Gurung on the podium at the 2018 Extreme Slalom Selection races. 30

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Cycling Summer - It’s that time of year again when ByCycle, the Perth and Kinross Cycle

Campaign group, launch their Summer series of Wednesday evening rides. The first ride was the 11-mile Perth Circular at the end of April. Rides continue now every Wednesday from a variety of start points, always leaving at 6.30 pm and usually lasting a leisurely 90 minutes or so. We always have a tail rider to support the people at the back, and we are out for a sociable evening ride, not a workout (although your fitness could improve too!). The Ballinluig Circular starts from the North Car Park on Wednesday, 27 June. And an off-road jaunt round Craigvinean Forest, starting from Birnam Inn and finishing along the riverside on Wednesday, 15 August. To find details of all these rides, plus many others starting from Perthshire villages, go to www. Click on each route name, and the map will come up showing you the route. There will also be updates on Facebook: Perth and Kinross Cycle Campaign. Cost is £5 annual membership of ByCycle. Contact the organiser Margaret on 07751 025474, or for your local contact, Katharine on 01350 727048. A Summer Concert in the Marquee - Strathtay’s micro-version of Glyndebourne, featuring accompanied vocalists from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, will be performing select favourites of operatic arias as well as songs from the shows. Brought to you courtesy of David and Squibbs Noble, and St. Andrews Church at Strathtay. Join us in the marquee in the lovely country home setting of ‘Cloichfoldich’ just 1.5m west of Strathtay village, by Aberfeldy. On Sunday, 22 July, from 7 pm until late, relax and enjoy this unique musical event in the spectacular Tay valley. Bring your own picnic, wine, drinks, tableware and cutlery, to make it that extra special evening out. Tickets at £20 are obtainable from Strathtay Stores or via the internet Entry by ticket only, which includes entry to the raffle with prizes such as: 2 Centre Court seats at Wimbledon 2019; Ticket for 4 at Mains of Taymouth golf course; 2 Edinburgh Pro 14 game tickets for 2018/19; and much more. There are a restricted number of places.Exclusive benefits for: Registered Scottish Charity no. SC017058 St Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Strathtay, PH9 0PJ Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - At our recent AGM we were delighted that Kenny Forsyth accepted the role of chairman. Kenny played through the Junior band up to the Grade 1 band, left for a few years while playing with folk bands and came back recently to play in the Grade 3 band. Kenny was the young piper who was on the front of our first LP, pictured playing at the Queen’s View. Kenny and his family are well known in the area with his dad, Billy being our Pipe Band Chairman for many years and also the World Champion Highland dancer in the mid-60s who danced at our Highland Nights!!! Kenny’s brother Colin, compèred our Highland Nights before moving to New Zealand. Other office bearers are, President: Alister Walker, Secretary: Gillie McNab, Treasurer: Audrey Sinclair, Pipe Major (Grade 1): Adrian Cramb, committee members: Kenny Forbes, Brian Gibb and Kieran Downey. Co-opted members: Gus Clarke (Grade 3 Pipe Major), Ross MacNaughton (Grade 4 Pipe Major) and Caitlin Charlton CPO. We’re absolutely delighted with our cheque from the Enchanted Forest and as I write this, some new kilts are being made!!! It’s most encouraging to see so many youngsters joining the band and to get help with kitting them out is fantastic. Our Highland Nights (which are our main fund raiser) run every Monday night until 3 September, so please let all your guests, customers and visitors know about them. We’re just hoping for lots of dry, sunny Monday nights!! The Grade 3 band played at their first competition of the year on 13 May in Dundee and was delighted to win second place and the Grade 1 band entered their first competition of the year in Bangor and won third place. This will be another busy month with the Perthshire Provincial Mod in Aberfeldy on Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 June, Pitlochry Gala where we’ll have a fundraising stall, the Scottish Game Fair on Friday, 29 June and the European Championships at Forres on Saturday, 30 June. Practices for learners and Grade 4 are at Pitlochry High School every Tuesday night and with the nice evenings, we’ll be practising outside, so please come along and see us. Gillie McNab 07733 152223 34

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John Swinney MSP Perthshire North - SNP

I was delighted to see funding of £54.5 million to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions announced by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland outlines action to ensure that by 2040, all homes are improved so they achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C. Supported by £54.5 million funding, the route map confirms that landlords of privately rented homes will be required to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate rating of Band E from April 2020 at change of tenancy, and then Band D from 2022. All private rented properties will need to be EPC Band E by end March 2022 and Band D by end March 2025. This is aimed at ensuring private rented tenants live in homes which are warmer and more affordable to heat. The funding will also support local authorities to expand their existing energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes. And it will continue to support building owners to develop local heat and energy efficiency strategies as well as making funding available to social landlords to help them install low carbon heating systems such as air and ground source heat pumps. Further information is available at I welcome the publication of new figures which show that the Scottish Government’s business rate relief scheme saved businesses in Perth & Kinross £129 million between 2009-10 and 2016-17. Across Scotland, this scheme has saved taxpayers around £4.5 billion between 2009-10 and 2015-16 by reducing their rates liability and taking many firms out of business rates altogether. For the Perth & Kinross local authority area, the latest figures show that at least 4,970 local firms benefitted from this flagship Scottish Government policy in 2016. The true figure will, in fact, be even higher as this does not include premises that qualified for the new 100% reliefs introduced, including Day Nursery Relief and the Business Growth Accelerator. The Scottish Government will also spend an estimated record £720 million on rates relief across Scotland in this year alone. It has taken strong action to support business growth and jobs in Perth & Kinross, helping to keep money in our neighbourhoods and boost our high streets. I will be holding surgeries in Highland Perthshire on Friday, 22 June at the following times and venues- The Locus Centre, Aberfeldy- 1 pm - 2 pm, The Atholl Centre, Pitlochry- 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm and Birnam Arts, Birnam - 4pm - 5 pm. Please contact me to make an appointment. I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, email john.swinney.msp@ or call 01250 876 576.

Table Tennis in Blair Atholl - There is Table Tennis every Wednesday evening in the Village Hall from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm. We have three tables and bats and balls are supplied. Adults £2 Juniors (12-16) 50p. It’s slightly competitive but nothing serious. It’s just great fun and playing ability is not important. Hope to see you there! For further details: Neil: 01796 481310 Calypso Cave - At St. Bride’s church we decided to try and open a charity thrift shop at

Burnside Road, Pitlochry as a way to help our fundraising activities. Our parish priest, Fr Edward Vella, is from the island of Gozo in Malta. He mentioned our plans to some friends in Gozo and they said they wanted to help us. We gratefully accepted their very kind offer and they immediately swung into action. They used all their contacts and gathered together a substantial amount of donated goods which they sent over to us. They even paid for all the transportation costs. As a result of all their efforts we now have a huge amount of stock, including many brand new items, and can now go ahead and get our shop up and running. Gozo is also known as the island of Calypso and to show our connection to the island we have called our new shop Calypso Cave. 36

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A Clarion Call To The Residents Of Pitlochry - Pitlochry used to have strong strategic leadership. It needs that again now. There are many pressing issues which are going to impact upon this whole area, unless we take account of what is going on and stand up for what we want for the special place where we live and work. Currently, these include: *A9 dualling - do you agree with the route - and do you realise the impact that ‘enhanced lay-bys’ will have by encouraging cars to stop beside the A9 rather than come into the by-passed communities of Ballinluig, Pitlochry, Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl? *ScotRail - do you think we need more trains, especially in the evenings, and particularly when the new A9 is being built with extensive roadworks to the north and south of Pitlochry? *Atholl Road - are you happy with the image our main street currently gives to all our visitors? *Pitlochry Festival

Theatre - do you want to become engaged in the Theatre’s large capital development and understand what it means for Pitlochry? *Perth & Kinross Council - are you happy that the Council is spend-

ing most of its/our money on a Perth-centric programme, which has reduced its funding and interest in the rural areas, such as ours? *Bus services - are you prepared to accept the significant cuts agreed by the Council to our rural bus services? *Pitlochry High School - our school may be under threat - do you want to do something about it? *Pitlochry Community Hospital - are you worried about the reduction in local health services? *Our local events - are you aware that those on various local committees which run major events in the town are mostly in their sixties, seventies and in some cases their eighties, because younger people seem not willing to become involved? *Our local committees - would you be concerned if the likes of the Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry Highland Games, our New Year Street Party, etc. were to be forced to cease to exist simply because of a lack of local people being prepared to help? We all benefit from living and working in this beautiful area. So, it’s now time for others, and perhaps especially those in their thirties, forties and fifties, to become involved, to take their turn in local leadership and to give something back to our community. This may be for a short time, or a longer time, as you prefer. If you would like to step up, step in and help to lead Pitlochry successfully forward, please email now. Hopefully enough interest and enthusiasm will be shown to enable an initial meeting to be convened. Atholl Country Life Museum - The Museum is on the lookout for volunteers to help staff this wonderful little visitor attraction. At the AGM on 24 April those attending were informed that some of our helpers have had to move on. So, if you fancy giving up even half a day a week in a five-star Facebook and Trip Advisor-rated rural museum in beautiful Blair Atholl then we’d love to hear! You get to meet interesting and interested people. If you’d like more information then call Eric Allan on 01796 481775. In June the museum will extend its opening hours to daily, from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers who will be delighted to welcome visitors and locals to our wonderful little collection. Adult entry is £4 and senior entry £3. Accompanied children visit free and enthusiastic youngsters can fill in a quiz sheet about some of the exhibits. In the meantime you can keep up with what’s happening, and what’s being talked about, on the Atholl Country Life Museum Facebook page. Just access the page, click ‘like’ and ‘follow’ and keep informed! 38

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I would like to start this column by welcoming the election of John Duff to Perth and Kinross Council following his victory in the recent Highland Ward by-election. Obviously, this was an incredibly tough and sad election following the sudden death of Ian Campbell who served the area for over ten years. However, John is well-respected locally and will make a fitting replacement and advocate for residents in Highland Perthshire. At the end of May, I urged the Scottish Government to invest in a new £100 million road maintenance fund specifically aimed at filling potholes that are blighting roads across the region. There are over 150,000 potholes in Scotland and a large percentage of these can be found on rural roads in Perth and Kinross. Figures from the AA have shown that the percentage of A roads in Perth and Kinross urgently requiring work increased from 36 to 40 percent with a similar pattern emerging for both B and C routes. Local authority budgets are tight and the maintenance backlog across Scotland is clearly getting out of hand. So far the Scottish Government have offered £10 million to help mitigate the after effects of winter weather and whilst this is welcome, it will only go so far considering it is to be split amongst all 32 councils. What we need is real investment to tackle potholes and I believe it’s a case of spending a penny today to save a pound. I was pleased to see Transport Scotland bow to campaigners and announce a public local inquiry over the proposed A9 route near Killiecrankie. Over the past six months, I have joined with local residents questioning the merits of the proposed southern corridor option considering the substantial damage it would do to one of Scotland’s historic battlefields. Since the announcement was made I have laid down parliamentary questions aimed at learning more about the process and how best local people can have their views heard. Ultimately, Scottish Government Ministers have the final say but it is vital that all options are considered before making a decision that will result in irreparable damage to one of our last remaining historic battlefields. In May, new figures from the communications industry regulator, Ofcom, revealed that there are nearly 9,000 properties in Perth and Kinross still without adequate access to the internet. Furthermore, the percentage of residents struggling with sub-par broadband is substantially higher in rural areas like Aberfeldy and these figures laid bare the extent of the ‘digital divide’. According to Ofcom, only 0.4% of premises in Perth and Kinross are able to receive full-fibre which is capable of delivering next generation speeds. Ultimately, the speed of development in Scotland must improve if the Government is to meet its ambitious broadband targets. However, for many residents in Perth and Kinross the UK Government’s universal service obligation will remain their best hope for getting access to fast and reliable broadband. As ever Murdo welcomes 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. RSABI (previously The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution) - RSABI is a unique Scottish charity with roots going back to 1897. We provide financial assistance, support and advice in confidence to those people who have worked in Scotland in land-based occupations and who are suffering hardship. To learn a little more about RSABI, please see the website at 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. 40

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Sunday, 10 June 7 pm The Salesman - A teacher and his wife are taking part in a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. When she is assaulted in their flat, he sets out to seek revenge. ‘An ambitiously complex look at thought provoking themes … the well-acted results provide another consistently absorbing entry in Farhadi’s distinguished filmography’. From the director of The Past and A Separation, winner of multiple awards including Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and in Iran the highest grossing Iranian film to date. 2016 Iran 124 min. Cert 12. Dir : Asghar Farhadi Information and online booking or phone 01887 822845. Anyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10/£5 for 1518 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society. and Facebook Jousting Tournament - A Jousting Tournament will take place at Kinloch Rannoch Equestrian Centre, Kinloch Rannoch, 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday, 30 June and Sunday, 1 July. Both days will feature Jousting Tournaments, acrobatic horse display and falconry exhibition; plus much more! There will also be food, beverage and craft stalls etc. plus children’s entertainment and competitions. All welcome!  For more information or to purchase tickets prior to the event please telephone Sandy Fraser on 07585 143610 or email Craft Fair - A Craft Fair will take place at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge, 10 am - 4 pm on Saturday, 9 June. Stalls will feature handmade items of jewellery, needlework, knitwear, plants and much more! Teas, coffees and light refreshments will also be available.  All welcome!  For more information please telephone Linda El-Ghorr on 01882 634706 or email kynachanhall@ Kynachan Hall is a Scottish Charity No. SC034142 Scottish Country Dancing - Come along and join us on the dance floor or watch and listen to the music of some of Scotland’s finest Scottish Dance Bands. Scottish Country Dancing takes place in the Pitlochry Town Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturdays, 2 June, 16 June and 30 June. For further details phone 01796 473488. Admission Dancers £7 Spectators: £2 Minutes Secretary Needed Blair Atholl & Struan Community Council Our current Minutes Secretary is standing down and we therefore require someone to take on this important role for us. We meet monthly on the second Tuesday every month except July, normally in Blair Atholl Village Hall at 7.30 pm. The job of Minutes Secretary entails taking minutes at our meetings, and then typing these up for circulation, first to those present, and then to a wider distribution list. This can be a paid position for the right candidate. If you are interested, please contact the Chairman, Colin Ross on 01796 483281 or colinross47@, or come along to our next meeting on 12 June.

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. Pitlochry And Moulin Heritage Centre Is Now Open - Opening hours 2 pm to 4 pm daily. We now have photographs of Pitlochry Town Council (with thanks to Sheila Thorne) as well as the Provost’s Chain. A reminder that David Williamson from Moulin Yarns will be giving demonstrations of traditional spinning on Monday afternoons. If anyone has two hours to spare once a week, or even once a fortnight, to man the Centre, please contact Helen McNicoll on 01796 472723. 42

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I was honoured and delighted to have been elected as Councillor for the Highland Ward at the recent by-election. These first few weeks have been very busy as I adjust to my new situation. I have been appointed as a member of the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Council and to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Pitlochry Civic Trust and I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement. It has been informative and enlightening to see at first hand the operation of a large number of local groups and organisations all working away for the improvement of Highland Perthshire. Over the coming weeks, I hope to be able to visit more of these and gain a better understanding of how I can assist them in my new role. I welcome the news from Transport Scotland that the proposed A9 route through Killiecrankie will be the subject of a public local enquiry. Many concerns have been raised that the proposed route will have a drastic effect on the historic Killiecrankie battlefield site and campaigners have been fighting to preserve this part of Highland Perthshire’s rich history. The public enquiry will give local people and heritage organisations the chance to have their views heard and for other route options for this stretch of dual carriageway to be considered. I recently wrote to RBS regarding their proposed mobile banking plans for Highland Perthshire. Despite claims that they will provide a comprehensive mobile banking schedule in the aftermath of the proposed closure of their branches in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry, this will amount to two hours or less RBS mobile banking per week in each town. In Aberfeldy, where it is proposed to visit only on a Monday, this will mean no mobile service during a bank holiday week. I have asked RBS to reconsider this decision and, if these closures go ahead, to give customers in Highland Perthshire the comprehensive level of mobile banking access they were promised. Difficulties with staff recruitment still continue to frustrate plans to open the proposed fourbedded hospital unit at Dalweem in Aberfeldy. Round the clock care would require a team of at least seven nurses and these posts are proving extremely difficult to fill. However, it is hoped that progress can be made with the introduction of various clinic facilities operating from the new unit in the meantime. Local police have reported an increase in opportunist crime in the Highland Perthshire area and ask residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour. I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter. If you wish to contact me, I can be reached on, office tel: 01738 475095 or mobile: 07826 908542. 1st Perthshire Pitlochry Scout Group Thrift Shop - Planning a clear out? 1st Perthshire Pitlochry Scout Group are having their annual Thrift Shop at the Scout Hut (foot of East Moulin Road) from Saturday, 30 June to Sunday, 8 July inclusive. Open 11 am till 4 pm. We would welcome donated goods in advance or during opening times. Please contact 07771 981258 for any questions or if you require pick up of donations or visit our Facebook page. PADS - PADS (Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society) is a well-loved, long established local dog rescue charity with kennels at Forteviot, a few miles south-west of Perth. Our aim is to provide care and shelter for the county’s unwanted dogs and to find them new loving homes. Our kennels, which were renovated in recent years, can house up to thirty animals in warmth and comfort. We provide veterinary care for the sick and injured amongst our strays and we have a small hospital unit which is used for the recovery of animals who have had operations. It also contains a ‘mother and baby unit’ where new mums can care for their puppies in a safe and relaxed environment. See for further information. 44

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Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - IND It has been a year since I was elected, and it’s been a very busy year to put it mildly. It’s safe to say that I’ve learnt a lot over the last year, about the issues facing my constituents and also about how best to handle them. I will always be fighting for what I believe is in my constituents’ best interests and putting my ward ahead of any party politics. Many of you will have seen in the press and online recently that I was removed from the Lifelong Learning Committee and Health & Social Care Integration Joint Board by the Councils ruling Administration against the strong opposition of myself and other councillors. The reason for our opposition was because the Councils Standing Orders, which govern the way the Council is run, clearly state that there should be a political balance on the Councils committees. By removing me (an Independent) and replacing me with a Conservative on both committees, there is now a political imbalance on both these committees, with the Conservatives having a majority on Lifelong Learning, despite no majority of councillors in the Council, and 3/4 places on the Health & Social Care Board, again without having anywhere near 75% of the councillors. The decision to remove me from these committees by the Administration ignored decades of historic custom and practice both to recognise the Independent councillors as a group for the purposes of committee representation and to respect the way the people of Perth & Kinross have voted and allocate committee membership accordingly. As a result of the Administration’s decision to abuse their majority in this way and attack these fundamental democratic principles, the two other Independent councillors have now left the Administration and along with the sole Labour councillor we have formed a group of four on the Council specifically for the purposes of committee representation and written to the Councils Chief Executive to inform her of that and request our fair allocation of Council committee places. As a result of this and due to the general acceptance that what occurred at the Council meeting on the 25 April, it now looks highly likely that I will regain my seats on these committees and I shall update you on this in a future column. I have spent the last several months opposing rural school closures and care home closures on these very committees. My position of opposition to these closures is consistent with the manifesto I was elected on last year where I said I would fight to protect our rural schools and healthcare from cuts and closures. I have spent the last year since my election visiting schools, health and care facilities, talking to those who work in these sectors and those who use the facilities to learn more about what we could, and should be doing to improve them - rather than take an easy option such as closure. Given the cross party commitment in the recent by-election against rural school closures in this ward, it is concerning that less than a week later, the Administration has then sought to remove me from the committee that will be taking the decision on their fate. Regardless of what happens, you can be assured that I will not stop fighting for these schools or the facilities in my wider ward. You can also be reassured that I will call out any attempts to silence opposition voices in the Council as happened on 25 April. As always I can be contacted on 01738 475028 or at My upcoming surgeries will be held on Saturday, 16 June. This will be one of my touring surgery days so there will be a surgery near you, please go online or get in touch for more details.

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The Atholl Quair has a monthly print run of 4,600. It is delivered at the beginning of each month, by Royal Mail, to all 3,600 residential and business addresses in the PH9, PH16, PH17 and PH18 postcode areas. This covers an area which includes Grandtully, Strathtay, Ballinluig, Guay, Moulinearn, Pitlochry, Logierait, Calvine, Killiecrankie, Tummel Bridge, Trinafour, Blair Atholl, Struan, Dowally, Faskally, Strath Tummel, Killichonan, Rannoch, Tulliemet, Balnaguard, Kinloch Rannoch and Kindallachan. Copies for visitors are made available each month from our three outdoor dispensers in Atholl Road, Pitlochry at Hettie’s Tearoom, Honest Thistle, and Robertsons. In addition we provide Magazines to be picked up each month in venues in Ballinluig, Birnam and Pitlochry. Copies are also available to read each month in Killin Library and Killin Medical Practice. You can contact us through our website or by email at


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¼ page - £20 + VAT per edition ⅓ page - £26 + VAT per edition ½ page - £37 + VAT per edition Full page - £70 + VAT per edition


The Atholl Quair Full Colour advertising costs for 2018 are as follows:

¼ page - £37 + VAT per edition ⅓ page - £48 + VAT per edition ½ page - £70 + VAT per edition Full page - £140 + VAT per edition 2 pages - £240 + VAT per edition

On page 62 you can see the discounts which are available when you advertise in two or three of our magazines in the same month.

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The Breadalbane Quair

The Breadalbane Quair has a monthly print run of 2,900. It is delivered at the beginning of each month, by Royal Mail, to all 2,100 residential and business addresses in the PH15 postcode area. This covers an area including Aberfeldy, Weem, Dull, Glen Lyon, Kenmore, Fearnan, Lawers, Keltneyburn, Loch Tay, Acharn, Little Ballinluig, Camserney, Fortingall and Grandtully. Copies for visitors are made available each month from our three outdoor dispensers at Wishing Well and Dows, Aberfeldy and The Courtyard Shop, Kenmore. In addition we provide Magazines to be picked up each month in venues in Aberfeldy, Ballinluig and Birnam. Copies are also available to read each month at Killin Library and Killin Medical Practice. You can contact us through our website or by email at




The Breadalbane Quair Black and White advertising costs for 2018 are as follows:

¼ page - £15 + VAT per edition ⅓ page - £20 + VAT per edition ½ page - £30 + VAT per edition Full page - £60 + VAT per edition

The Breadalbane Quair Full Colour

advertising costs for 2018 are as follows:

¼ page - £30 + VAT per edition ⅓ page - £40 + VAT per edition ½ page - £60 + VAT per edition Full page - £120 + VAT per edition 2 pages - £220 + VAT per edition

On page 62 you can see the discounts which are available when you advertise in two or three of our magazines in the same month.


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We are pleased to be able to offer the following monthly discounts in 2018 When You Advertise in 2 out of our 3 magazines  • The Atholl Quair • The Breadalbane Quair • The Crieff & Comrie Quair in the same month in 2018:

Black and White Advertising Costs ¼ b&w page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £30 + VAT - saving of between £5 and £10 + vat ⅓ b&w page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £40 + VAT - saving of between £6 and £12 + VAT ½ b&w page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £60 + VAT - saving of between £7 and £14 + vat Full b&w page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £120 + VAT - saving of between £10 and £20 + vat Full Colour Advertising Costs ¼ colour page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £56 + VAT - saving of between £11 and £22 + vat ⅓ colour page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £72 + VAT - saving of between £16 and £24 + VAT ½ colour page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £100 + VAT - saving of between £30 and £40 + vat Full colour page in 2 out of the 3 editions - £180 + VAT - saving of between £80 and £100 + vat 2 colour pages in 2 out of the 3 editions - £350 + VAT - saving of between £110 and £130 + vat

When You Advertise in 3 out of our 3 magazines  • The Atholl Quair • The Breadalbane Quair • The Crieff & Comrie Quair in the same month in 2018: Black and White Advertising Costs ¼ b&w page in the 3 editions - £45 + VAT - saving of £10 + vat ⅓ b&w page in the 3 editions - £60 + VAT - saving of £12 + VAT ½ b&w page in the 3 editions - £84 + VAT - saving of £20 + vat Full b&w page in the 3 editions - £168 + VAT - saving of £32 + vat Full Colour Advertising Costs ¼ colour page in the 3 editions - £84 + VAT - saving of £20 + vat ⅓ colour page in the 3 editions - £111 + VAT - saving of £25 + VAT ½ colour page in the 3 editions - £150 + VAT - saving of £50 + vat Full colour page in the 3 editions - £270 + VAT - saving of £130 + vat 2 colour pages in the 3 editions - £510 + VAT - saving of £290 + vat

All prices available from January 2018 - December 2018 and are subject to availability of space within the magazines

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Full Page - 190mm tall x 128mm wide, Half page - 128mm wide x 93.5mm tall, 1/3 page - 128mm wide x 61mm tall Quarter page - 93.5mm x 62.5mm Portrait or 128mm x 45mm Landscape

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Adverts should be prepared to the correct dimensions, either in Word or saved as a High Quality PDF (min 600dpi) and emailed to us. Alternatively, we are more than happy to produce adverts using your text and graphics at No Extra Charge. Please allow several days before copy date.

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Pitlochry Library - At the library we have a range of regular services and activities on of-

fer. We also have a monthly Bookbug session for under 5s. If you are interested in any of them simply come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Banking drop-in sessions - Weekly on Thursdays from 14 June 2.30 pm - 4 pm. Alex James, Community Banker with The Royal Bank of Scotland, will be available in the library to discuss any general banking issues. Bookbug sessions - Friday, 29 June 10.30 am - 11 am (last Friday of the month). This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories. Mischief Makers, Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018 - starts Saturday, 23 June. Boost your child’s confidence and reading skills this summer. Sign up to the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at the library, choose six books to read over the summer holiday and pick up a free pack, stickers and rewards. Certificate and medal for those who complete the Challenge. Age 4 to 11. ICT facilities - As well as events and activities at the library we also have PCs available for public access, as well as Wi-fi, printing, and scanning facilities. e-resources We have a full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. We also have e-reference resources which include Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry. All of these resources and instructions on how to download them are available from the Culture Perth and Kinross website ( It is also possible to view the entire library catalogue on the website, as well as requesting and renewing books. To make things easier you can even download the library app. Books on Prescription - As well as our extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, we can also offer Books on Prescription and on wellbeing to support various health and wellbeing needs. Books on Wheels - For individuals who are unable to get out and about to visit the library we are able to offer a monthly home delivery of books in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). This includes books in large print and audio formats. Pitlochry Library, Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BX; Phone: 01796 474635 E-mail:; Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are part of a charitable trust. We enrich the lives of people in Perth and Kinross through culture, heritage, learning and creativity. Help us inspire people to lead richer and more active lives - donate online or in person at your local library. Lip-reading - The recent film The Silent Child starred six-year old deaf Maisie Sly, who won an Oscar for playing a profoundly deaf girl living in silence until world was opened up when a social worker taught her sign language. This moving film shows how society still needs to understand hearing loss and how to deal with it, so those affected can conquer their social isolation and depression to have healthy family and social lives and remain in work. Hearing loss could happen to you or anyone; it can occur at any time. In the UK, 50,000 children are affected - half from birth - and by age 50, 40% of us have a hearing loss. By 2035, it is predicted that 15 million Britons will suffer a hearing problem be it a total loss, reduction or tinnitus. One way to cope with a hearing loss is to attend lip-reading classes. Run locally in Blairgowrie, Perth and Forfar by Susan Brown, one of the few qualified lip-readers in Scotland. Her classes have attracted a lot of attention appealing to both men and women of all ages. They are relaxed and friendly as one student commented, ‘The classes are a great way to socialise with people who have similar problems, friends who understand.’ The weekly classes last for only two hours and have many benefits in addition to learning to lip-read. Talks are given by outside agencies that help with advice and equipment for everyday living. Firemen talk about safety in the home, the police about security for the hard of hearing, Deaf Action, Action on Hearing Loss, Hearing Link and Hearing Dogs all advise on independent living. Some provide equipment for the hard of hearing - much of which is free - such as flashing door bells, television aids, and smoke alarms. Susan also introduces students to some basic 63

British Sign Language to help with spelling out words and counting, which can be a very useful back up to lip-reading. Students enjoy all aspects of the classes as they are informal and friendly. The classes in Perth and Forfar are funded by Deaf Action, however Susan has to find her own sources of funding for Blairgowrie. The NHS Innovation Fund covered the past two years and Eastern Perthshire Decides provided funding until March of this year. Susan is currently funded by the Greggs foundation and the Perth & Kinross See Hear Steering Group until the end of June this year. Due to increasing awareness and demand, Susan is planning a new beginner’s class this October and to fund this and continue the existing classes Susan needs help. If you are interested in joining one of Susan’s classes, or would like her to speak to your social group or help by becoming a sponsor please contact her on 07940 333924. Emergency Numbers 112 and 999 - If you need to call the Emergency Services (Fire, Police or Ambulance) from a mobile phone and you are in a location with no mobile phone signal, 999 won’t work but 112 will. 112 is recognised by all mobile phone companies internationally and will get you through to the Emergency Services. Whether you need the Fire Service, the Police (including Mountain Rescue and Coast Guard) or an Ambulance, it is vitally important to provide the Emergency Call centre with your location. This is so they can direct help to where it is needed as quickly as possible. If using a landline, either 999 or 112 will get you through.

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 Time - 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: Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30 am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30 am. First Friday of the Month - After the 9.30 am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence, concluding at 12.30 pm by Benediction. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Also every first Tuesday of the Month after the 9.30 am Mass at Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy we will have a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said and concluding by Benediction at about 10.30 am. All are welcome. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): St. Bride’s Pitlochry - First Friday of the month, 12 pm - 12.25 pm St Columba’s Birnam - First Saturday of the month, 5.30 pm - 5.55 pm Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy - First Tuesday of the month, 10 am - 10.25 am Fr Edward is available for Confessions or to talk to and can be reached on parish telephone number or by email. The Mustard Seed Prayer Group - Every last Thursday of the Month at 7.30 pm you have the opportunity to grow in the spirit of prayer by attending a prayer group run by lay people. This prayer group is called The Mustard Seed. It does not have a fixed structure as it is up to the members how to shape it. The group will rotate between the three churches: St. Brides, Our Lady of Mercy and St. Columba. Please check on our weekly newsletter or website for the venue each month. Please come and praise the Lord with us. All are welcome Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning - Aberfeldy Ladies Coffee Morning takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Watermill Café Aberfeldy at 11 am. All are welcome. Our Calypso Cave Charity Thrift Shop is now open in Burnside Road Pitlochry. Do call in and have a look at our wide range of items, many are brand new. 64

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Robertsons of Pitlochry - Ewan Mcilwraith is the owner of the award-winning drinks retail shop Robertsons of Pitlochry and Scotland’s newest tasting room, The Bothy. Since taking over in 2013, Ewan has transformed the retail shop on Atholl Road, now boasting a stock of over 450 premium whiskies, as well as an impressive selection of over 150 Scottish small batch gins. Ewan is also a national judge for Scottish Field and sits on the judging panel for the annual whisky and gin challenge competitions. ‘Study Finds Drinking Gin And Tonic Could Help Soothe Hay Fever Symptoms’. This headline caught my attention recently for two reasons. Firstly, I drink Gin and I also suffer from hay fever. It is also another excuse to enjoy a long refreshing G&T at the end of a busy day. Hay fever is a blight on those who suffer from it, almost as bad as midges - but not quite. It renders us virtually useless with itchy eyes, blocked noses and tickly throats. So you can imagine this article was high on my agenda to read, once my eyes stop itching and my nose running! So, what are the claims of the article I read? Alcohol is known to worsen the symptoms of hay fever due to two components: histamine and sulphites. These are typically found in darker, fermented beverages such as red wine and beer. The good news is that clear spirits such as gin and vodka contain relatively low histamine level and, whilst they won’t cure your symptoms, they don’t generate such a reaction. Gin has another benefit which is that as it is distilled, it contains no sulphites, unless added to the recipe. So, low histamine and no sulphites equals reduced hay fever symptoms. Good news all round. This made me curious to find out if there are any other claimed health benefits of gin, this is what I found: *Juniper berries are referred to as ‘super berries’ and are packed with infection fighting qualities as they are warming, stimulating and disinfecting. They can help prevent heart disease, improve blood circulation and even help fight kidney and liver disease *Juniper berries are full of antioxidants and boost the regeneration of cells for smoother, healthier looking skin *Gin is a low calorie spirit containing 97 calories per standard, not home, measure *Juniper berries help with the digestion of food by increasing the number of enzymes that break down your food. This also means less bloating *Juniper berries contain flavonoids which are great for preventing heart disease and improving blood circulation as you get older *Juniper berries help stop water retention meaning that more of harmful toxins and bacteria which you consume when you drink alcohol are flushed out of your system *Gin’s makeup helps to relieve achy joints and gout, and its alcohol content coupled with the juniper berries can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammations, such as arthritis *The oils contained in juniper berries can alleviate coughs by expelling the mucus in the throat and aiding lung congestion. Whilst these facts are interesting and fun to know, alcohol must be treated with respect. At Robertsons we support and promote responsible drinking. In the right place and the right quantities, gin, whisky, wines and beers can be enjoyed, savoured, be the centre of discussion between friends, and help to create lifelong friendship. Gin and whisky tasting sessions, like the ones we host at Robertsons offer a great environment to learn about and taste your favourite spirit.

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These will take place in the Atholl Centre Pitlochry. Beginners’ classes at 10 am, intermediate at 11.45 am and more advanced at 1.30 pm. The tutor is Joyce Cameron from the Perth Library Learning Curve in conjunction with the Atholl Centre. For more information please contact Joyce on 01738 477640 or Iain Walker on 01796 473044. The Centre is situated behind the Baptist Church and next to the Tourist Information Centre. 66

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Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) Web: Sunday Services - 10.30 am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer - We meet weekly for prayer time at 10 am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@churchofscotland., or drop a note in to the Church marked - ‘For Prayer’. Every personal situation is held in strictest confidence. Coffee and chat - Every Wednesday, at 10.30 am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome - locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group - First, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30 am. Church Choir - Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Tryst Hall. Tryst Walking Group - See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie - A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3 pm, First Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. James Court - A short service of worship will take place in the residents’ Lounge at James Court, at 4 pm, first Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. Sunday, 3 June - We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our 10.30 am service of worship. The Christian Aid Coffee Morning - Intended for Saturday, 9 June, will now take place at a later date in the Year. Kirk Session - Will meet on Thursday, 14 June, in The Tryst Lounge, at 7.30 pm. Presbytery Meeting - Will be held on Tuesday, 19 June, in the Rattray Church, at 7 pm. The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 1 pm The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: The church office Tel no. 01796 474010, email:

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Corbenic Camphill Community Corbenic Camphill Community is set in 100 acres of countryside in beautiful Strathbraan, Perthshire, Scotland, four miles from the town of Dunkeld, and twenty miles from the city of Perth. It was established in June 1978. The Community at present consists of approximately 120 people, including 40 adults with learning disabilities, volunteers and employees. There are seven households each of which is home to four - six residents, two house co-ordinators and five foundation co-workers. We have a variety of Therapeutic Workshops; bakery, craft, pottery, woodwork, biodynamic gardening and house gardening, candle-making, estate work, an organic farm and a shop/café in the heart of Dunkeld.


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The Soldiers of Killiecrankie - Plans for 2018 are coming together for our two day

program on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 July 11 am to 5 pm each day, with Scottish Entertainment in the Big Tent in the evening. What is new for 2018? This year we will have German re-enactors joining us, they are part of Clan MacGregor (Germany), early inquiries from a Russian group have gone quiet, so we presume they are unable to make it - it would have been interesting hearing what they do in Russia and compare it to how we do things here, hopefully another year. We are in early discussions regarding bringing a horse from Ireland to draw the cannons and give us demonstrations of how this would have been operated back in the 17th century. Last year we had demonstrations of the first hand grenades used on British soil here at Killiecrankie. The Battle of Killiecrankie is known as a transitional battle, where it was the last time many weapons were used including bows and arrows, two handed swords of Wallace and Bruce fame and the first time, massed fire power of muskets, plug bayonets, hand grenades and new systems of regiment firing muskets. Our focus is also making everyone aware of the A9 route through Killiecrankie Battlefield and possible impact on the battlefield. We fully accept it has to go through the battlefield, we are just concerned that the route chosen is properly considered to do least damage for future generations. We understand there have been 183 objections, including importantly all those who know about battlefields and Killiecrankie in particular, including Historic Environment Scotland and Dr Tony Pollard (Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology, Director, Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow) many of you may remember him with Neil Oliver in Two Men in Trench, back in 2003. We are in the early stages of planning an extended tour of the battlefield after the main program on the Saturday, this will take you along the line of the Government Army meeting different characters who took part and obtaining their views of what happened that day over 300 years ago - it will hopefully give you a very different insight to the battle. We would like to thank The Enchanted Forest (who are paying for our marquees, this is a massive saving in volunteer manpower having to erect, dismantle and dry tents before and after a long weekend). Again we thank Perth and Kinross Council (who are giving us support once again in so many ways). Please put the dates in your diary, it is a full day’s entertainment each day is different, £7 adult £6 concession and Children (5 to 16 years) £3, Family 2 adults and 2 children £17. Car Park is Free and so is your program - we try and ensure food and drink charges are reasonable prices if you choose to eat or drink when at our event. Running any event requires support from the wider community. If you would like to get involved, and help by stewarding, installation and laying out the field or at the memorial or running a stall please get in touch. For further details, please contact: James Rattray or 01796 473335. Dunmore Angling Club Day Ticket Season Now Open - 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. The water was restocked in 2016 with both tench and carp and the new fish showed up well during last season, as well as the established populations. Day tickets are available between 1 April and mid September each year and can be obtained from The Faskally Boating Station just to the north of Pitlochry (£8 for adults and £4 for juniors aged 16 and under) or for details of membership email Stewart Reid at See all of our advertising details at t 71

Pastor: Rev David Barrie (, Youth Pastor: Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Website:

Sundays - We have a full young people’s programme every Sunday from 11 am. Coffee and Cake, Tea and Biscuits afterwards. Sunday, 10 June - Sally Bennet will continue our Acts: Turning the World Upside Down series and Elaine Scott will lead our worship team. Sunday, 17 June  - Our pastor will explore Acts 25 and its implications in Following Jesus. Douglas Kennedy will lead our worship. Sunday, 24 June - Nev Wallace will preach from Acts 25-26 and Fiona Meyer will lead our worship team. Sunday, 1 July - Deirdre Powrie will lead our service and our pastor will continue our Acts sermon series. 1.30 pm: afterwards, we have our annual BBQ at the Rec. There’s always enough food and drink to go around. All are welcome! We’ll also have games in the park for the family. Regular Events 5-a-sides Football - Tuesdays 7.30 pm in the Atholl Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940 716396. Friendship Hour - Last Monday of the month at 2.15 pm in the Aldour Hall. 25 June - Annemieke Martin will be speaking on Lost in Translation. Contact Val on 473742 James Court Service - 4 pm. Third Sunday of the month in James Court. Contact Maureen on 472004. Prayer Gatherings - Sundays 10 am and 7 pm. Wednesdays 7 am. Contact Jane on 474202. Small Groups - Our small groups are designed to complement our gathered worship events and aim to be missional communities providing a place for people to belong. Contact Ian 473570. Sounds Inspirational  - Tuesdays 7 pm, repeated Thursdays 8 pm. HeartlandFM 97.5 and online at ‘Stay and Play’ babies and toddlers group - Mondays and Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm. Contact Ken on 470261. TYG Radiate- Wednesdays 7 pm - 8.30 pm. Held in the Atholl Centre. Exploring faith for Secondary aged young people. Contact Ken on 470261. Youth Club - Last Friday of the month 6 pm in PBC. For P4-P7. Expect lots of fun, invite friends and plan to come along! Games Night - Games Night is 22 June. Contact Ken on 470261.

Giant Footprints Lead To Great Art! Watch out for the transformation of Pitlochry ‘s main street, Atholl Road as the Art Walk is brought to life with footprints leading you to 18 locations displaying art in all shapes and guises. The Art Walk is showing the work of over twenty contemporary artists in all sorts of venues including the bike shop, the whisky shop and the bookshop as well as most of the cafés in Pitlochry. The work includes original paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics and photography. Full details of the route, the venues and the artists are on the website www.pitlochryartwalk. Pitlochry Art Walk is Saturday, 9 - Saturday, 16 June Pitlochry Rotary’s Appeal For ‘Computers For Africa’ Draws To An End Pitlochry Rotary Club would like to warmly thank all the people in our Community who kindly donated equipment to the above appeal. Thanks to the Turin Trust with whom we have liaised, most of the donations have now been reconfigured for use and sent to remote IT ‘classrooms’ in sub-Sahara Africa. Hundreds of African students, who would never before have had the opportunity to learn have been given the opportunity for advancement. 72


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How to spot, avoid and report a loan shark - With the economic struggles facing our society today, illegal money lending is becoming a bigger problem than ever before, especially for vulnerable individuals such as those already dealing with debt. At Christians Against Poverty (CAP), we see many people approaching us for debt help after falling victim to illegal lending or ‘loan sharks’. It’s more important than ever to be aware of how loan sharks work, how to recognise and avoid them, and what to do if you suspect you’ve encountered one. What is a loan shark? A loan shark is a company or individual that lends money illegally, often charging very high interest rates. Because they aren’t legally regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (which provides rules and regulations around what money lenders can and can’t do), they might, for example, increase interest rates or refuse to close a loan even after it has been paid off. They may even become intimidating, threatening or violent. In any case, loan sharks have no legal right to make an individual pay the loan back because the ‘agreement’ isn’t legally binding. How do I know if a lender isn’t reputable? Loan sharks often start out appearing friendly and reputable, however, there are some tell-tell signs that they’re not all they appear to be. Before making any agreements, ask yourself the following questions: *Do they refuse to provide adequate paperwork or record of payment? *Are they uncertain about interest rates or the amount you’ll have to repay? *Have they asked you to provide valuable items such as passports, bank cards and driving licences? *Was the loan offered in cash with little evidence to trace it? *Does it feel wrong? Would you be worried about people finding out? *Are they listed on the Financial Services Register? (You can check this at Should I report it? Whether you suspect a loan shark early on, or if you’ve already made the deal, there is support available to help you. You should never feel ashamed or scared to report it, plus you can do it anonymously, if you wish. Visit or gov. uk/report-loan-shark for various ways to report a loan shark. What if I’m really struggling with money and need a loan? - We’d always suggest exhausting all other options before borrowing money as this can lead to serious financial consequences. However, if you do decide to take out a loan, there are plenty of companies authorised by the FCA, as well as credit unions and governmental support you can claim. The main thing to remember is to be careful and shop around for the best deal. You should never feel that loans sharks are the only option. If you’re struggling with debt, CAP is here to help. We’ve been helping people to break free and take back control of their finances for over 20 years. Call free on 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with a local debt coach or visit to find out more.

SWI Fun Night - The SWI Fun Night with Joyce Ramsay and friends is to be held in Blairgowrie Town Hall on Friday, 15 June at 7.30 pm. Doors open 7 pm Ticket £5. BYOB and Nibbles. There is also a Raffle. 74

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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 Bridge Road our environmental impact by breathing in about 730 kg Open All Year CO2 emissions over its lifetime. The trees also provide Monday - Friday sustainable habitat for wildlife, and will enhance the 9 am - 7 pm natural landscape with native broad-leaved trees. We hope that, in conSaturday & Sunday junction with copies of our magazines being recycled, we can help make a small difference to the environment. You can see details of the scheme 9 am - 5 pm we are part of, at Perth Citizens Advice Bureau - Perth CAB continues to provide its full advice service in Pitlochry. Experienced advisers have access to the full national information system on a laptop computer and can offer all the backup of the main bureau at 7 Atholl Crescent, Perth. All enquiries are treated completely confidentially and will not be discussed with anyone without the express permission of the client’s. Pitlochry Outreach, Second and Fourth Wednesday of the Month - Pitlochry Community Hospital, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 - from 10am till 12pm - 10am - 12 noon. All of the dates are drop in surgeries no appointment is necessary. Perth CAB, 7 Atholl Crescent, Perth, PH1 5NG. Advice - 01738 450580. Appointments - 01738 450581 NHS 24 - NHS 24 is a confidential out of hours telephone health advice and information service available across Scotland. If you or someone you care for is unwell and you feel that it can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens then you can call NHS 24 on 111. You will speak first to a healthcare advisor who will capture important information and then direct your call to either an experienced nurse for an assessment or a health information adviser for information. Following clinical assessment from a nurse, you will be advised on what you should do next. You may be advised on how you can look after yourself at home, or you may be referred to your local Primary Care Emergency Centre (PCEC), Community Pharmacist or Accident & Emergency Department. Where clinically appropriate a GP home visit or an ambulance may be arranged for you. In a life threatening situation you should dial 999.

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Davidsons Chemist - Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 472810 and 01796 472414

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel. 01796 472052 Visiting Hours GP Unit: 2 pm - 4.30 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm. Atholl Unit: MIIU open 9 am - 9 pm 7 days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for appointment

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26/28 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Opening hours are as follows: Mon 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm, Tues 8.45 am 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm Wed Closed, Thurs Closed, Fri 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm. Appointments can be made with us by calling us on 01738 476000 (option 2). Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Tel: (01796) 474645 Mon to Fri: by appointment

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Corbenic is a Camphill Community, in which individuals with a variety of social, emotional, intellectual and learning disabilities live and work with others in healthy social relationships, based on mutual care and respect. Out of this respect for the uniqueness of each human being, Corbenic strives to foster social and cultural well-being through mutual support and community building. Corbenic promotes ‘citizenship’ of all those involved in its activities. It believes that development, participation and the ability to contribute creates a healthy sense of belonging and purpose that promotes well-being. We are active members of both Camphill Scotland and the Association of Camphill Communities.

We are currently recruiting to fill places on our Board of Trustees, and would welcome expressions of interest from people, from all backgrounds, to oversee and be accountable for our work. If you have an understanding of organisational planning and development and an awareness of charity law and third sector policy, we’d like to hear from you. We’d particularly appreciate interest from people with business, HR, and/or property experience and/or legal expertise. To enable Corbenic to meet its aims, trustees perform the following functions: o Set and maintain the vision, mission and values of the organisation. o Develop direction, strategy and planning. o Ensure the organisation has the structure and resources for its work. o Establish policies and procedures to govern organisational activity, including guidance for the board, volunteers and staff. o Establish systems for reporting and monitoring. o Manage risk and ensure compliance and accountability with the memorandum of association, external regulators and the law. o Make certain that the financial affairs of the organisation are conducted properly and are accurately reported. Please send completed application forms to Colum Pooler at Or to arrange an informal conversation and tour of Corbenic please call Colum or Betty on 01350 723206 78

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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.

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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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Pitlochry Festival Theatre Announces Its 2018 Summer Season Acting Company

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s new 17-strong acting ensemble (pictured) recently gathered all together on stage, to celebrate what promises to be another spectacular Summer Season at Scotland’s Theatre in the Hills. This year, the ensemble features several familiar faces including Helen Logan who has appeared in 40 PFT productions over 12 Summer Seasons. A twice winner of the Leon Sinden Award, Helen is fondly remembered for her roles in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Yellow On The Broom, Whisky Galore - A Musical! and more recently: Scrooge!, This Happy Breed and Carousel. Last seen in PFT’s terrific autumn production of The Monarch Of The Glen, Mark Elstob returns this year to play Henry Carr (amongst other roles) in the chaotic comedy Travesties. Mark is well remembered from previous outstanding performances in Present Laughter, The Lady In The Van and Pyrenees. Alan Steele makes a welcome return to play Douglas Begg in Rona Munro’s The Last Witch and Lenin in Stoppard’s comic masterpiece Travesties. Audiences and critics alike raved about Alan’s performances as J.M. Barrie in last year’s Mary Rose as well as Fret in Europe. If you enjoyed High Society last Summer then you’ll be delighted with news that both Alan Mirren and Alex Scott Fairley - both of whom brought the house down - are once again, in the Pitlochry company. Alan takes on the roles of Amos Hart in Chicago and Valentine Brown in Quality Street while Alex plays James Joyce in Travesties, Lieutenant Spicer in Quality Street and adds a ray of sunshine to Chicago! Audiences can also say a hello again to Deirdre Davis, who is a familiar face from TV’s River City in which she played Eileen Donachie for 13 years. Deirdre most recently appeared on the Pitlochry stage as Trixie - the lady of the Glen - in the much acclaimed The Monarch Of The Glen. Having performed in Bold Girls at the Citizens Theatre, Deirdre returns to Pitlochry to play Janet Horne in The Last Witch, Blanche Skinner in Before The Party, LV’s mum - Mari Hoff - in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice and Mary in J.M. Barrie’s Quality Street. Carl Patrick, who played Dexter in PFT’s smash-hit Christmas musical Singin’ In The Rain, also makes a return to play Billy Flynn in Chicago, Ray Say in Little Voice and Bennett in Travesties. Carl can also count the 2013 Summer Season and The Ladykillers (2014) amongst his PFT credits. Graham Mackay Bruce who played (to perfection!) Bob Cratchit in Scrooge! also returns to Pitlochry this Summer to play Tristan Tzara in Travesties, Fred in Chicago and Niall in The Last Witch. Amongst the many new faces at PFT this Season, Irene Myrtle-Forrester brings a wealth of West End experience having recently performed in The Lion King and Hairspray amongst others. There’s no doubt she will truly revel in the role of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago! Amongst her credits, Camrie Palmer has tread the boards at Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre appearing in Blackbird, Rapunzel and Lanark: A Life In Three Acts. Camrie originally hails from Perthshire and makes 80

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her PFT debut this Summer. Having performed in UK Tours of  Legally Blonde and Save The Last Dance For Me, Niamh Bracken swapped the touring life for London’s West End, taking the role of Gwen in Sunny Afternoon, and in the ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Niamh is ready for the PFT challenge of multiple roles across multiple shows, launching the season as our very own Velma Kelly in Chicago. Fresh from Barnum, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London and a UK tour of Mary Poppins, Lucie-Mae Sumner also joins the PFT ensemble this summer. Lucie brings a wealth of experience and talent having performed in Guys And Dolls in the West End as well UK tours of Avenue Q and Sister Act. Kirsty McDuff, who was last seen aboard a Clyde puffer in our production of Para Handy, sails back to Pitlochry this Summer to play the Laura Skinner who shocks her family with her return and revelation in Before The Party. Kirsty will also appear in Chicago and Quality Street. Other new faces to the Pitlochry stage this summer are: David Rankine: The Last Bordello (Fire Exit), Cosmonaut (Edinburgh Science Festival), His Bloody Project (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and The Taming Of The Shrew (Bard In The Botanics): Fiona Wood: Glory On Earth, The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and The James Plays (NTS); and Isaac Stanmore who has performed in UK wide tours of I Capture The Castle; 24 Hour Plays and Kiss Me Quickstep (UK Tour). Last, but by no means least, Laura Costello will make her professional debut at Pitlochry. A graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, Laura’s blistering vocal abilities landed her the role of Little Voice in the play of the same title. She’s all set to spend a summer in rural Perthshire where she’ll also play Annie in Chicago, amongst other roles. The 2018 Summer Season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre opened at the end of May. Book tickets online at or call Box Office on 01796 484 626.

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Minister; Rev. Neil Glover. Contact by email on Telephone 01887 820819. Or at The Manse, Taybridge Terrace, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BS Session Clerk - Professor Andrew Calder 01887 840209 Services in June 2018 will be at 10am in Strathtay Church. Coffee/tea served after the service. The Sunday Club, with coordinator Mrs Sherriffs, meets from 10 - 11am. During morning service and during school terms. All Children welcome from nursery age to secondary school age. At present we are collecting post cards old and new for Mission Aviation Fellowship and the collection of used stamps is ongoing for Crossreach. Church Of Scotland Guild, GLS Branch will meet again on Tuesday 5th June, at 7.30pm in the John Kyd Hall at Strathtay Church, when the speaker will be our minister Rev Neil Glover. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 482272 Coffee Group. 10.30 - 11.30 am every Wednesday morning in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. A warm welcome to anyone local or visiting the area to join us for a coffee/tea and a chat. Donations to charities local and national. GLS Quilters Group meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, from 7.00 - 9.00pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. New members and visitors are always welcome. Further details from Marie MacLeod on 01887 840769 or stytchandturn@btinternet. com The Walkers Group. This year’s Sponsored Walk, for all abilities, will take place on the 17th of June at Spitalfield. Numbers required as soon as possible Details from Sandra Morrison. Further details are available on our web site where there is also a link to our face book page. See all of our advertising details at t 82



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AFFORDABLE – Origina® is fitted over existing worktops and other surfaces, making it cheaper, easier and less disruptive to install, with less waste.

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The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge - WildFox Events, based in Highland Perthshire, is pleased to announce the return of The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge on 23 June. This year the event is supporting Maggie’s, Marie Curie, The Princes Trust, Cyrenians, Horseback UK and SCAA (Scottish Charity Air Ambulance). If you’d like to register for the event, volunteer as a supporter or ask any other questions then please contact or 01567 820409. 12 83

Pitlochry in Bloom - Pitlochry in Bloom will be 25 years old this year.

I have been the Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom for just over a year. I was quite new to the Committee and certainly had not realised what this Committee (The Bloomers) had done for the town over these years. They have worked tirelessly in Pitlochry since 1993, winning numerous awards and looking after the local environment, along with a band of volunteers and local groups including the Litter Pick Group and the Path Group. Were you aware of some of their work? Let me list some of it here for you: *The three stone signs at each of the entrances to the town welcoming you to Pitlochry *The bed with the postman on his penny farthing beside the sorting office *the bed with the whisky still in the middle opposite Aldour *the fisherman in his boat just before the railway bridge *the Victorian nanny with her pram at the other side of the railway bridge*the stone loving seat opposite the scout hut *the four large round metal containers at the War Memorial *the four metal benches depicting soldiers from the First World War *the Victorian flower seller outside the RBS bank *the Porter at the station. This is only some of the work Pitlochry in Bloom have done with fundraising and securing different grants. BUT they all have to be weeded, planted and repaired and this is down to a very dwindling band of our superb volunteers. The benefits the town receives are incalculable and I am sure you have all seen the tourists who come and take many photos and memories back home and describe Pitlochry as a beautiful, clean and welcoming town with its Summer Hanging Baskets and various floral displays and excellent path network. The ‘Bloomers’ urgently need some more local participation in order to continue. This is a very urgent appeal and without some new people stepping forward our survival is in doubt. It would be tragic if this was to come to an end and all the flowers disappeared. Please get in touch with me if you are able to offer some of your time to help this very worthwhile Committee, either as a volunteer to help with gardening or bring new energy to our Committee. Pitlochry Golf Club Young Entrepreneurs - On Saturday 23 Pitlochry golf club ladies recently cel- June, Perth will host the Diverse CiTay Festival, ebrated the 80th birthday of Margaret comprising a Two Inch Carnival Parade, followed Macrae. Margaret was a past lady captain by entertainment and activities  on the North and club champion and a long standing Inch, with the Mill Street Youth Market rounding member of some 48 years. A very enjoy- off the day between 5 pm and 10 pm. Around able afternoon was had by all with after- 10,000 people are expected to attend the Festival. noon tea provided at Cargills Clubhouse Free pitches are available at the Market for 8 to 26 year olds who fall into any of the following categories: *Experienced traders already selling at street, youth and teen markets *Working as part of a family market trading business *Online traders - an opportunity to bring the business off the computer and discover new markets *Hobbyist or collector *Young farmers and market gardeners - bring your produce (food, drink, herbs and flowers) to new consumers. For further information, and to apply for your free pitch, please contact the Council’s Events Team by  email to  or call 01738 477952 or 475294. 84

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Pitlochry SWI - Pitlochry Institute of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) has had a great session in 20017-2018. Membership increased by a third, meeting attendance improved considerably, and more competitions were won than in recent years. In August 2017 at the Aberfeldy Show, Jane King was awarded the Mrs W Macdonald Jubilee Salver for the ‘Best in Show’ with her brown bread rolls and Ginnie Wilkie won first prize for her blackcurrant Jelly. The President, Kathleen Scott, skipped the Curling Team with curlers from other Institutes, which won the P&K Bonspiel in Kinross on 12 March, then went on to win the National Bonspiel for Perth & Kinross Federation at The Peak, Stirling, on 20 March. The Sketch ‘The Rumour’, written jointly by Jane King and Kathleen Scott took the McLeod trophy at Ballinluig on 28 March. Ginnie Wilkie was the third actor. At a local level, Kathleen Scott swept the board with first prize in all sections. Ladies, watch this pace and plan to attend the next session when the programme is published. You don’t have to be old or arty/crafty to enjoy our interesting and informative programme. Keep the third Thursday of the month free in your diary from September 2018….7.15 pm in the Aldour Hall. Left to right in picture: Ginnie, Kathleen and Jane with their combined trophies for the past session. Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch - As Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch (PNW) continues to expand and improve its service to the local community, the challenges that it faces also increase. During the past decade the traditional neighbourly help has been overtaken by phone and computer-based scams. While current members of PNW now are alerted to a diverse and much wider range of illegal activities than in the past, the PNW committee feel strongly that such important information should be available to everyone in Pitlochry community. We are therefore taking a different approach, by providing information to local people about scams etc, who are not members of the local Neighbourhood Watch, but who would be agreeable to receive such information by email via the Secretary/ Contact of any local Group of which they are a member. To this end, members of the local Neighbourhood Watch Sub-Committee will be contacting local Group Secretaries/ Contacts of the numerous Groups and Clubs in Pitlochry e.g. History Circle, Angling Club, Litter Action Group to ask if they will agree to send out Alerts by email to any of their members who wish to receive them. Examples of alerts include information about cold callers in the town, recent scam phone calls, emails and letters; how to spot a scam and advice on dealing with one. We believe that the best way of protecting our residents, especially our elderly ones, from these increasingly sophisticated and serious scams, which can cause much distress and defraud people of thousands of pounds, is to make as many people as possible aware of them so that they can be forewarned and thereby less likely to become victims. Participation is free, emails addresses will not be shared as all communication will be via someone who already holds the email addresses for Group/Club members and you can opt out at any time. Because some individuals are members of many organisations, some initial duplication of recipients will be inevitable but please bear with us as we try to increase the number of people in and around Pitlochry who can benefit from these valuable Alerts. If you are not a member of PNW or any club/organisation you can still receive the alerts by contacting Cathy Marshall on 470575 or email; 86

June at Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes - Finally, spring and good

weather have arrived at Loch of the Lowes. All of our trees have come into leaf and across the ground cuckoo flowers are in abundance. Our Osprey eggs were due to hatch in May, so why not visit the centre this month to find out when they hatched and how fast they are growing. Events in June at Loch of the Lowes: Booking is essential for these events, either by speaking to a member of staff while visiting the centre, online through uk/thingstodo or just give us a call on 01350 727337.

Every Wednesday evening throughout June, 7 pm - 9 pm, we are delighted to be running Beaver Watches supported by the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Wednesday, 6 June, 10.30 am - 1 pm, Dragonfly Identification Workshop. Join Andrea Hudspeth from the British Dragonfly Society for a talk and a walk getting to know dragonflies and damselflies. Adult £6, Concession/Member £5, Child £3, Child member £2. Friday, 8 June, 7 pm - 9 pm, Mysterious Moths Evening. Come along for an interesting evening discovering more about moths at Loch of the Lowes and how surveys are carried out. Adult £6, Concession/Member £5, Child £3, Child member £2. At our beautiful Keltneyburn Wildlife Reserve near Aberfeldy: Saturday, 30 June, 11 am - 3 pm, Awesome Orchids at Keltneyburn. Join the ranger at Keltneyburn Meadow for a walk and a talk about orchids, including how to identify different orchid species. Outdoor clothing, walking boots and packed lunch needed. Adult £6, Concession/Member £5, Child £3, Child member £2. For further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Loch of the Lowes, Scottish Wildlife Trust, 01350 727337 Follow us on Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve. Twitter @lochofthelowes Admission charges Adult £4, Conc £3.50 Child 50p Family £7.50 SWT Member, Free. Open 10 am - 5 pm, Double Decker Hide 24/7 87

Scottish Episcopal Church - Highland Perthshire Linked Charge

Rector: The Reverend Liz Baker 01796 472005: Email: (new Website coming soon) Facebook Page Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The four Episcopal Churches in Highland Perthshire follow the liberal catholic tradition. Sunday morning services in all our Churches use either the 1982 Liturgy for Holy Communion, or traditional services of Matins or Morning Prayer. Our ‘All Age Communion’ at Kilmaveonaig on alternate first Sundays uses parts of the 1982 Liturgy but also contains child friendly Eucharistic prayers and elements of ‘Messy Church’. Baptisms, Confirmations, Funerals and Weddings can be arranged in all our Churches. For these and any other further details please contact our Rector. (We are pleased to be able to celebrate equal marriage in our churches and offer a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate their Union in church) Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry - Contact - Mike Sharp - 01796 472214 Sunday service - 9.30 am Holy Communion. Fifth Sundays - Joint at Kinloch Rannoch Evening Services - Last Sunday of the Month at 6 pm Thursdays - Open Church (10 am to 12 pm) with Morning Prayer at 10 am (Holy Communion on first Thursday). Sunday, 10 June - 11.15 am. Joint at St Andrews Strathtay The Reading Group - Meets in Holy Trinity Hall at 2.30 pm on third Mondays of the month (except July and August). Enquiries to Barbara or Gordon Pont on 01796 472745. The Writing Group - 2.30 pm on second Thursday of the month in Holy Trinity Hall enquiries to Liz Baker, 01796 472005 or Cherith Nixon, 01796 482502. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl. Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15 am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins. Fifth Sundays - Joint at Kinloch Rannoch Sunday, 10 June - 11.15 am. Joint at St Andrews Strathtay St Andrew’s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop. Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 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. Evening Services - Third Sunday at 6 pm, Weem Kirk All Saints’ Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact - Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 6342592 No services in June Sunday, 10 June - 11.15 am. Joint Charge Service at St Andrews Strathtay Sunday, 1 July - 10.30 am. Holy Communion 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 1st and 3rd Monday mornings of each month. For more details and appointments phone 01796 473621. 88

PITLOCHRY TENNIS CLUB (Courts at Atholl Palace Hotel)

New season now starting New members most welcome

Follow the footprints and find original art and crafts displayed in shops and cafes in this lovely Highland town.

Weekly Club Nights

A map of the venues will be available at the end of May.

Contact Maureen Holmes 01796 473153 Kindly sponsored by


Pete Wishart MP

Perth & North Perthshire - SNP I was pleased to see that social housing landlords will be able to make their properties more energy efficient, with money from a £3.5 million decarbonisation fund. Local authorities and housing associations will be able to use the fund on projects that improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heating, for example when installing solar panels or air source heat pumps. As well as assisting social landlords in decarbonising their heating, the fund will also encourage innovative thinking and fresh ideas, and is open to expressions of interest from today. This is part of more than £5 million of additional funding to support the Energy Efficient Scotland: Transition Programme, which will continue to provide a mix of advice, grant and low cost loans to support property owners over the next two years. Funding will be available to Local Authority and Housing Association landlords across 2018/19 and 2019/20. The majority will be front-loaded, requiring spend in the current financial year 2018/19. Readers will be aware of the ongoing concerns over the proposed closures of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) branches in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. The Scottish Affairs Committee that I chair, had three senior executives appearing before us recently. The committee was united in its anger over these branch closures and we pressed the representatives very hard on their decision. It was hugely disappointing that RBS failed to answer the questions posed to them. Neither did they listen to the anger and frustration voiced by so many of the customers and business hit by their branch closure plans.  The three senior executives - including the Chief Executive Ross McEwan - gave the clear impression they are just not listening to the concerns of all the communities and businesses hit by their closure plans hitting rural areas, like Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, which depend on banking services. This is a bank that now looks purely interested in maximising profits and losing its community responsibilities. They have failed to listen to the anger and frustration that so many customers and businesses have voiced about their cuts and closures. RBS is still owned by the taxpayer and the Chief Executive shed little light to the committee on the decision-making process that is leaving so many communities across Scotland without physical banking services. My colleagues and I will continue to try to save these banks and force this public company to respect the communities that are in danger of being abandoned. If any reader needs to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by email at or by phone on 01250 876576. Benefits Advice in Libraries (BAIL) Service - Are you worried about your benefits? Do you think you may be entitled to benefits? If so, help is available in your community. A Benefits specialist 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. Our adviser 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: 90

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Sarah Kelly Continues To Care - The Kenmore Nurse has retired after a career in nursing spanning 42 years. During this time, she provided Nursing care, Palliative care, End of Life care, Maternity care and worked in local schools; she became known locally as the Kenmore Nurse or Nurse Sarah. Over the past 20 years she has been training and using skills in a range of Complimentary Therapies. Although retiring from Nursing after forty-two years in the NHS, Sarah says she will be staying in the area and moving on to new ventures. ‘I have a keen interest and expertise in Complimentary Health Therapies. It has been a pleasure and a great privilege to serve this community during my working life.’ Sarah is now based at The Bank House in Aberfeldy on Tuesdays and Thursdays, offering a range of treatments including the following: *FasterEFT - move forward in your life by experiencing a powerful tapping method which can help you to heal past memories and allow you to take ownership of your emotional health *Coaching - Reduces Anxiety and Stress and helps you to find direction in your life *Reiki - Experience gentle effective healing with a natural hands on system which will help you to feel deeply relaxed, balancing mind and body *Bach Flower Remedies - Flower Essences are a gentle and subtle way of managing your emotions. They are taken in the form of drops and are ideal for all ages including children. A variety of physical and emotional conditions can be helped with these treatments. If you would like further information or book an appointment you can contact Sarah on 01887 830281 or 07754 497889. You can see Sarah’s advert on page 52. Auto Immune Diseases Support Group - Covering All 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 try to help each other handle our many symptoms, getting updates on treatments and hopefully some extra advice. We have periodical speakers, treats etc. We meet on the second Monday of Every Month at Aberfeldy Health Centre from 2 pm - 4 pm. Drop in casually, even just for half an hour and see what we are all about. Dates for 2018 Meetings: - Monday, 11 June; Monday, 9 July; Monday, 13 August; Monday, 10 September; Tuesday, 9 October; Monday, 12 November; Monday, 10 December. For any further details or any questions you may have please contact one of us:Elma Page - Mobile 07518 051643/Email - Pageelma@Gmail.Com, Carol May - 01887 830208 Email - Carol_May@Hotmail.Co.Uk, Liz Stott - 07734 200945/Email-Lizstott01@Gmail.Com Pitlochry Girl Plays Pipes For Patients - Patients in Perth Royal Infirmary have been treated to a special bagpipe performance from Pitlochry schoolgirl Annabel Charlton. The 12-year-old, who has played bagpipes since the age of eight with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, visited patients in Ward 3 and Tay Ward to play a number of Scottish tunes and even took requests from the patients. S1 pupil Annabel visited the hospital with her mum, Head of Nursing for Medicine for the Elderly Caitlin Charlton, as part of Take Your Child to Work Day. She had earlier spent the morning shadowing a bagpipe tutor at a local school. Caitlin said, ‘The patient and staff feedback was really positive, and Annabel was able to play a few requested tunes. 92

‘It really brightened up the day for some of our patients and you could see them enjoying the traditional Scottish music. ‘Annabel was looking forward to visiting the wards. I think it is really important that young people can find out more about the NHS and how we work so they can possibly consider working for the NHS in the future.’ Annabel, who attends Pitlochry High School, said, ‘The patients seemed to enjoy my playing and I enjoyed playing for them too. There was a lot of highland dancing in the corridors of the wards and some happy tears too. ‘I enjoyed my day and I was happy to cheer up the patients’ days. Thank you to all the staff for supporting me but especially Avril from Tay Ward and Jackie from the Discharge Hub.’ 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. Fankle - entangle Clippock - sharp tongued Rumblegarie - confused

Everyday Gaelic

What’s new? Dè do naidheachd? Nothing new Chan eil càil às ùr Nothing worth mentioning Chan eil guth ri ràdh

Jae daw neh-ochk? chan yil cahl oor chan yil goo ri rah

Mid Atholl & Strathtay SWI

President Isobel Still presented Helen Evans (left) with the Anderson Trophy for Baking and the McLaren Paperweight for Shortbread and also presented Irene McWilliam (right) with the Mary Robinson Shield for most points in the Housewives section and the Pitnacree Cup for Handcrafts and the Jubilee Vase for most points in the Handcrafts. The presentation took place at the recent meeting of the Institute. Moving ‘Swiftly’ On - Pupils of Blair Atholl School watched excitedly as a swift nesting box was attached to the wall at the front of our school recently. It was organised by Swift Conservation and the contact, Daniele Muir, had already visited the school to explain about the migration patterns of swifts - but due to building renovations and new builds, the particular types of eaves and roofs are not as plentiful as they used to be, leaving these lovely birds fewer places to roost. They fly all the way from eastern Africa and hopefully now, some will be arriving in the nest box in the next three to four weeks. As an additional part of the project, Blair Atholl school have been twinned with Kazuramimba school in Kigoma region in Tanzania, providing a whole new window on the world! Here are the pupils from P1-7, with a beautiful banner presented to them by Swift Conservation, ready to welcome those first arrivals back to Scotland! 93

Pitlochry To Welcome Youth Football Teams From Across Scotland In Fun Packed Gala Day This year’s Pitlochry Gala Day will also be home to Highland Perthshire’s first small-sided football festival, attracting teams from across Scotland on Saturday, 23 June to play in the following formats: 4-a-sides (2011s), 5 a-sides (2010s), 7 a-sides (2009s and 2008s) with 9 years and 11 years and under girls’ friendlies. Trophies and medals for the tournament have been generously sponsored by the Atholl Palace Hotel. The Gala Day will also have lots of stalls, inflatables and other activities so will make for an excellent day out for all the family. The football event will be hosted by Breadalbane Strathtay Youth FC, who promote youth football across Highland Perthshire. New youth goals and equipment have recently been provided at the Recreation Ground thanks to the support from Pitlochry Pavilion Users Group. Training and matches now taking place in Pitlochry will help grow participation in football throughout the Atholl area by providing easier access to the quality coaching that the club has to offer. The Club are also delighted to announce that an application to the SSE Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund for £7,148 to support three new exciting projects has been successful.  Mairi McAdam, the Club’s Child Protection and Volunteer Officer who has been instrumental in getting these projects started, explained, ‘This funding will allow us to deliver Additional Support Needs (ASN) football sessions which have been developed with the support of the ASN Parents Group and LiveActive. The sessions provide a huge amount of enjoyment, sense of inclusion and help improve the confidence and social skills of all the players who were recently presented with new strips thanks to club sponsor Edradour. The club are engaging with Ross Cafferkey (Regional Para Football Officer) and the Scottish FA East Region to support sustaining this activity and develop opportunities to experience playing the game against other para football clubs in the region. The School Inclusion Project in conjunction with Breadalbane Academy has also proved extremely beneficial. These sessions are now able to continue after a successful pilot. The football and lunch sessions have created an environment where the children can interact with others across a wide range of ages, improving their confidence, social skills and willingness to join in with sport.’ Both these sessions require specialist coaching and the Club have been very fortunate to secure the services of Martin Preuss who said, ‘It has been a real privilege and great fun working with the children. A key feature of both these projects will be to make them sustainable by developing and upskilling the Club’s own coaches and the senior youth players who have helped with the sessions so far, Kirsty Steele, Jack Wilson and Robbie Heron have all been fantastic.’ The third element that the funding will help is the purchase of weight lifting equipment. Athletes and coaches from both the football club and Breadalbane Canoe Club completed a four month strength and conditioning course under the expert tutorship of Gil Stevenson from the UK Strength & Conditioning Association. The courses had previously been delivered centrally in Perth but were piloted in local venues through the support of UKSCA, Live Active and the Gannochy Trust. The purchase of this new equipment will allow the training sessions to continue and allow coaches and elite athletes from both clubs to continue working together.  Breadalbane Strathtay Youth FC are extremely grateful to SSE and the Advisory Panel for the backing they have provided for these projects which will be a huge benefit not only to our young people but the wider community.The Club has a current membership of around 150 children ranging in age from 5-15years with nine teams participating in the Perth & Kinross Youth FA Leagues and two girls development squads (11 and 9 years and under) encompassing the communities of Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and surrounding areas. For further information please contact’ See all of our advertising details at t 94




Customer Service lies at the heart of what we do at The House of Bruar, so if you feel you can help us build and promote our luxury brand then we would like to hear from you. Candidates should have a friendly and outgoing personality and a smart appearance. In return for commitment and enthusiasm we offer competitive rates of pay and generous staff discounts.

Apply by e-mail to Clare Humphreys, HR Manager: Or in writing to The House of Bruar, By Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW, enclosing your CV. 95

Colin Ramage

LIVE @ June 2018 Friday 1st June



Scottish folk musician, with over 30 years experience in the industry.

Saturday 2nd June



5-piece folk rock band with influences from rock and blues to world class pipe bands.

Thursday 7th June


Friday 8th June


OCH AYE MCKAYS (with Davy & Derek)

Bob Stewart


A covers and originals band from Dundee, with a repertoire of over 300 songs.

Saturday 9th June



Entertaining for over 25 years with Scottish/Celtic and contemporary acoustic music.

Thursday 14th June


Friday 15th June


OCH AYE MCKAYS (with Zetor in the Kailyard) SCOTT ASHWORTH

A highly sought after soloist playing a range of music from the 60s to the current chart.

Saturday 16th June



Scott Ashworth

Scottish, Funk, Rock, Calypso, Swing, Jazz, Bossa Nova and just about everthing else.

Thursday 21st June


Friday 22nd June


OCH AYE MCKAYS (with John Davidson & Sandy Marshall) COLIN RAMAGE

Scottish folk musician, with over 30 years experience in the industry.

Saturday 23rd June



5-piece folk rock band with influences from rock and blues to world class pipe bands.

Thursday 28th June


Friday 29th June


OCH AYE MCKAYS (with Zetor in the Kailyard) RAIN KINGS

Rain Kings

A unique sound blending many influences from Americana, Scottish & indie music.

Saturday 30th June



Dundee based band, playing funk, soul, pop and rock covers.

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The Atholl Quair  

Monthly Community Magazine of Pitlochry & District

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Monthly Community Magazine of Pitlochry & District