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The Atholl Quair


email: website: The Atholl Quair is an open access monthly magazine, with a print run of between 4400, and 5000, dependent on the season, and is delivered FREE to all 3600 addresses in the PH9, PH16, PH17 & PH18 postal code 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 the specified copy date by email, 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 January 2017 edition is noon on Tuesday 13th December.

PPA Scottish Magazine Awards 2016 - Scot Active, producers of The Quair Magazines, has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Small Publishing Company’ in the 2016 Scottish Magazine Awards. The Scottish Magazine Awards, run by The Professional Publishers Association Scotland, is the premier celebration of the talent within Scotland’s magazine media sector. One hundred and seventy-five entries for this year’s competition were scrutinised by a distinguished panel of independent experts, led by Chairman of Judges Sue Hitchen. The winner of the award will be announced at the awards ceremony at Glasgow Radisson Blu Hotel on 1st December. Alistair Barr, Managing Editor said, ‘We really enjoy bringing the Quairs to you each month and are over the moon to have the publications acknowledged by PPA Scotland.’

Pitlochry New Year Street Party - It won’t be long until the annual New Year Street Party on 1st January, and the organisers have been working on it for some time already! This regular feature in Pitlochry’s calendar is mainly funded by the sale of raffle tickets, and when these go on sale in December, we’d encourage all Pitlochry residents to buy their share of tickets to ensure the success once again of this wonderful event - which brings so many visitors to the town at a quiet time of year. Local businesses have been staunch supporters of this raffle, and the prizes seem to get better each year. Let’s hope this trend continues for 2017. We also rely on local people to volunteer their support on the day as stewards, ticket sellers etc. It’s vital that we have enough volunteers on hand to cope with what needs to be done, and anyone who can help should please contact Graham Holmes (473153) to offer help. The street party is organised by a small committee, most of whom have been doing this for many years; and we do need some new faces on the committee. Some of us will be looking to step down before long, and if this event is to continue to happen annually, fresh blood is urgently needed!! Please contact Graham - especially if you’re one of those in the local hospitality industry that benefits from this event! Public Access Defibrillator in Grandtully - There is a 24-hour public access defibrillator available for emergency use (part funded by The British Heart Foundation) at Grandtully & Strathtay Village Hall. They are easy to use and provide automatic prompts which can save lives in the event of heart failure. Continued training in CPR is also available through the NHS Heartstart programme at the Atholl Medical Centre. Advertising & Editorial Information - Please note that all advertisements and articles carried by The Atholl Quair are done so with the understanding that any claims, statements or information given is the sole responsibility of the advertiser or contributor in question. Please also check times and venues of events listed before going. We cannot be held liable for any typographical mistakes or changes by The Quair or Event Organisers. 8 AQ

Heartland Film Society at the Birks

Sunday 11th December at 6pm - The Lobster (Greece, UK 2015 118 min Cert 15) director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Strange, thrillingly ambitious, and definitely an acquired taste - but for viewers with fortitude it should prove a savory cinematic treat. In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a partner in forty-five days or be turned into animals. At once a full immersion into a strange and surreal world, and a witty and clever reflection of our own society, The Lobster is a thrillingly audacious vision fully brought to life by Lanthimos and his terrific cast - Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Coleman. Winner Cannes Jury Prize. Recover afterwards in the bar at the Birks with the rest of us. Information and online booking at or phone 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10 and get twelve months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society and Facebook.

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- Blair Atholl Annual Christmas Market (Organised by Blair Atholl Area Tourism Association) will take place on Sunday 4th December in the Village Hall between 12pm - 3pm.

‘Adopt an Acre’ to Help Fund Conservation Work on Schiehallion

The John Muir Trust is giving the public an opportunity to support its conservation work on three of Scotland’s most popular mountains with a unique new gift idea. For twenty-five pounds, lovers of wild mountain landscapes can adopt an acre of one of three Scottish mountains: Ben Nevis, Schiehallion or Blà Bheinn on the Isle of Skye. Each gift sold will support the conservation work of the John Muir Trust on these mountains, which includes: *Native woodland restoration to help enhance wild habitats for wildlife and plants *Wildlife monitoring to support the regeneration of ecosystems *Footpath maintenance to allow people to enjoy wild places and minimise human impact on the mountains. The adoption pack can be personalised as a gift for Christmas or for any occasion. Daisy Clark of the John Muir Trust said, ‘The Adopt an Acre gift pack makes an ideal Christmas present for nature lovers, walkers or anyone who loves the outdoors. Each gift will care for an acre of mountain landscape for a year, helping to protect and restore native habitats for wildlife and plants, and keep paths in tip-top condition.’ Each Adopt an Acre gift pack contains: *An adoption certificate of the chosen mountain, with a personal message from the gift giver *Information about the mountain and the conservation work the gift is supporting. By adopting two or more acres on one mountain, the buyer can also choose to include a beautiful print of the mountain in their gift pack. Adopt an Acre gift packs can be ordered online at

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. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the ‘U’ part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don’t be put off by the ‘3A’ part; we are all older than we were but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share. Come to a social group for coffee, lunch or chat! Other current small groups include Poetry, Mah-Jong, Books, Scrabble, Scottish History, and Italian. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, or wish to know more about U3A, contact Meg Ross on 01796 483281 or; or look at our website 9 AQ

Pitlochry Path Group - The Path Group has had a busy and constructive summer. The group

consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom. In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in Black Spout Wood, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell. Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally. With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled thirteen tonnes of stone over a two-day period. The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period. The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally. We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch. Also this year, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour. A local contractor, Duncan Maclean, was engaged to carry out the works. This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted and led by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant. The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers - absolutely no technical knowledge is required. If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822425 or 07788 190876.

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. Every year RSABI helps hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, game-keeping and rural estate work who, due to illness, disability, To learn a little more about how RSABI operates, please see the website at

Café Scientifique - The next meetings of our local Café Scientifique group are as detailed below. We meet in the Royal Dunkeld Hotel starting at 7.15pm. Tuesday 13th December - Dr Donatella Cassettari, ‘Bose-Einstein condensation - or the strange things which happen when atoms get very cold’. The Breadalbane Heritage Society - The full programme for the remainder of our Season

is as follows: Meetings are held in Aberfeldy Town Hall starting at 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated. Friday 20th January - ‘Stirling Castle - A History’ Eleanor Muir (Historic Scotland) Friday 17th February - ‘Perth Suffragettes’ Ajay Close (Novelist and Dramatist) Friday 17th March - Society AGM followed by ‘Archaeology of Moncrieffe Hill’ Sophie McNicoll (Historic Environment Officer) Outings: Thursday 6th April - Stirling Castle (by coach)

The Pitlochry Playgroup - The Pitlochry Playgroup is for children from two years to five

years old. It runs on Monday afternoons from 1pm - 3pm, on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am 11.30am and on Friday afternoons from 1pm - 3pm in The Tryst Hall Pitlochry. Additionally the Playgroup is running a new Stepping Stones Group for children aged eighteen months to two years (parent must remain with child) along with a playgroup session. Contact us via our Facebook page or email fionaseaton1@ for more information. 10 AQ


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Acoustic Music Session - The Birks Cinema Celtic Acoustic Music Session every Thursday starts 7.00pm - 10.30pm finish. 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 01887 820165 Highland Perthshire Community Band

- We have a large and varied repertoire of arrangements for brass, woodwind and saxophone. The band meets every Monday at Breadalbane Community Campus, 7pm to 8 pm. We would be delighted to welcome new members and invitations to perform. Please contact Fiona on 07788 177772.

Sine Nomine Nova - Sine Nomine Nova, the popular local chamber choir based in Pitlochry will be holding their Farewell Concert on Sunday 4th December at 7pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Pitlochry. They have chosen some of their favourite choral and instrumental music for their programme, providing something for everyone to enjoy. As always, entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of local charitable causes. On this occasion being the Moulin Heritage Centre and also the restoration programme for Holy Trinity Church, the latter having provided Sine Nomine Nova with a performing venue over many years. Come early to be sure of a good seat. Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Flower Club will meet on the 14th of December 2pm at

Scotland’s Hotel. The demonstrator will be Margaret Campbell, her Title ‘Surprise, Surprise’. This will be a very festive afternoon; you may get ideas for your own Christmas flower arrangements. There will be a Competition: Christmas Sparkle. We would like to wish all the readers of The Atholl Quair a very Happy Christmas! If you would like any more information, please contact Chairman - Linzee Lindsay 01738 710777 or Carol MacGill on 01796 73026.

St. Bride’s RC Church Pitlochry - We are holding a fundraising coffee morning and raffle on Thursday 15th December at Hettie’s Tearoom from 10am to 11.30am. Tickets are £5 and will be available at the door. Please come along as it would be great to see you there! Many thanks to all at Hettie’s for supporting our event. Drink Tea and Scoff Scones….all in the name of charity!

Pitlochry Litter Action Group - There may be fewer tourists in Pitlochry in December but there is still a lot of litter around the town. If this annoys you, join our friendly litterpicking team for the monthly clean-up. All equipment is provided. Litterpicks take place on the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at 10am in the Recreation ground car park. This is a new venue. The next litterpick is on 13th December. Dates for litterpicks in 2017 are 10th January, 7th February, 7th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December. For further information contact Roger West ( 01796 474255 or Catherine Holmes ( 01796 473400. Welcome All Soup Lunch - The Welcome All Soup Lunch will continue to run weekly until the end of April 2017 (except 30th December 2016) in the Atholl centre behind the Baptist Church, next to the Tourist Centre, andSoup is served from 12 noon, at a cost of £3. Free lending DVD library. All welcome both young and old, men and women. 12 AQ

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Blair Atholl Table Tennis Club - The Club will run again at the Village Hall for the Season

(October through to end of April every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm). Membership Fee for the Season £15 Adults and £5 Juniors (12 years to 16 years old). Evening Payment £1 Adults and 50p Juniors. New Members will be made really welcome. You don’t have to be a good player to join. The aim of the Club is to make the evenings fun, enjoyable and with a certain competitive twist. We have three Club Tables and sufficient Club Bats and Balls for all. Hope to see you there. Contact: Neil Mackintosh, 01796 481310,

The Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society - The Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society meet every Monday evening in the Royal School of Dunkeld between 7.30pm-9.30pm. We are a friendly and enthusiastic group, of all levels of ability, learning and playing Scottish Music. To book our group to play for you, or for more information, please see Pitlochry Ladies Club - Our next meeting will be our Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 7th

December at 7.15pm at Scotland’s Hotel. The price of the evening is £20 and members need to book ahead and bring a gift with them. This will be followed by a beetle drive on Wednesday 4th January, again at Scotland’s Hotel with a start time of 7.15pm. The cost of the beetle drive evening will be £11, which includes a light supper with coffee to follow. For more information, call Carol MacGill (Chairman) on 01796 473026 or Lynda Gardiner (Secretary) on 01796 472157. We are a sociable friendly club, new members are very welcome and we are again supporting the same charity, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir

- December can be a busy month for the choir with a few festive performances. The choir will hold its open night on Monday 6th February, everyone is welcome to come along and join in with us! For more updates and news from the choir visit our website, which is regularly updated, at or check out our Facebook page. The choir always welcomes new faces - you do not need to be able to speak Gaelic or read music to come along and have some fun! The choir meets on Monday nights at 7.30pm in Aberfeldy Town hall. If you are looking for further information email

Pitlochry Bowling Club AGM

Members please note that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the Clubhouse at 7pm prompt on Monday 5th December. All welcome. Whist nights will continue until 20th and Bingo on Monday 12th - both at 7.30pm.

Friday 20th January 2017: Heather MacLeod’s String Quartet, a young quartet, just finished at the Conservatoire after winning the top prize there. Friday 24th February: Clara Lafuente García (Oboe), Gillian Horn (Bassoon) and Scott Mitchell (piano), playing Poulenc, Saint-Saens and Debussy. Friday 24th March: Allan Neave (Guitar) and Robert Irvine (cello), both being heads of their departments at the Conservatoire on tour together in Scotland, playing a really good programme, - Vivaldi: E minor Sonata, Domeniconi: Seven Short Pieces, Barrios: La Catédral, Saint-Saens: The Swan, Fauré: Après un Rêve, Casals: Song of the Birds, Bach: Selection from Suite No 1 for violincello, Zenamon: Reflexos No 6, De Falla: Nana from Siete Canciones, Danza Espagnole no 1 from La Vida Breve. All concerts are held in the Old Church of Rannoch, Kinloch Rannoch at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 on the door. Children come for free. Refreshments are served at the interval. 14 AQ




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The Governors of Morrison’s Academy, known as Morrison’s Academy, is an school for boys and girls, founded in 1860.Academy, Theindependent Governors of Morrison’s Academy, known as Morrison’s TheisSchool’s Scottish school Charityfor Number is: girls, SC000458 an independent boys and founded in 1860. The School’s Scottish Charity Number is: SC000458

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11th & 18th of December

Christmas Sunday Lunches in the Ballroom … with roaring fires (12pm-3.00pm): £25.50pp. Booking essential. Holders of an Annual Pass to Blair Castle & Gardens will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine. Santa’s Grotto (10.00am-3.00pm): Child £10.00. Booking essential. Full Christmas Castle tour (10.00am-4.00pm): Adult £8.20, Conc. £7.00, Child £4.95, Family £22.00.

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New Years Day to Valentines Day Membership - that’s more than 6 weeks! Enjoy our swimming pool, sauna, spa pool and gym in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. For a tour, further information and details of how to purchase your gift: Contact us at Pitlochry Hydro Hotel, Knockard Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5JH Tel: 01796 472666

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The Struan Inn Calvine

December Restaurant opening times (pre-booking essential): Fridays and Saturdays 6.00 - 8.30pm.

We are closed from Sunday 18th December until mid-January. Bob, Mary-Ann and Staff would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Courtesy minibus available for diners within a six-mile radius. From couples to small groups – we’ll collect you and take you home. We may be able to travel further for larger parties. Please enquire when booking.

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John Swinney MSP Perthshire North - SNP I would like to wish all Quair readers a very merry Christmas. It has been another eventful year, with the Scottish Parliamentary elections and the EU referendum both taking place. I was pleased to welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to avoid the site of the Enchanted Forest during the dualling of the A9. The proposed section of road, between Pitlochry and Killiecrankie, will not interfere with the existing site of the Enchanted Forest. I am very pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the concerns of local people, and business owners, regarding this section of the A9. The Enchanted Forest is an excellent attraction that encourages tens of thousands of people to the area, every year. The significant, positive effect that this event has on the local economy makes it entirely sensible, and practical, to avoid this area when dualling the A9. I am well aware that the local community - including business owners and other residents - were keen to see this outcome. I am delighted that they will be able to celebrate this result and that the Enchanted Forest event will be able to continue in its current home, for the foreseeable future. In an announcement made by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, it was announced that the new, preferred option should result in less disruption for road users during construction as no new bridge will be required over Loch Faskally. It is also anticipated that the new option will be less expensive than alternative options. I would also like to encourage constituents to get ready for winter by using services available from organisations such as Home Energy Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government, Home Energy Scotland offers free, impartial advice and support to help people across the country save energy, keep warm, and reduce their fuel bills. Anybody who has particular concerns about heating their home, or is worried about the cost of their fuel bills, can contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for free, to enquire what help might be available to them. With temperatures starting to fall, and now that the clocks have gone back, people will be starting to turn on their central heating more regularly, and for longer periods each night. For some people, winter can be a very expensive time of year with additional fuel costs - especially if their home is large, or otherwise difficult to heat. Home Energy Scotland offers a valuable, free service to anybody who is concerned about heating their home. If anybody in Highland Perthshire is concerned about how much their fuel bills will cost this winter, I would strongly encourage them to contact Home Energy Scotland, as soon as possible, to discuss what assistance they may be able to receive. As well as offering advice on home heating, Home Energy Scotland can also help with queries about home heating grants including the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland scheme which can save householders, on average, £350 per year on their heating bills. As well as their Freephone number, Home Energy Scotland offers a website with further, helpful information: I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876576 or on email at

Coffee Morning in Aid of Marie Curie - There will be a coffee morning in aid of Marie Curie in Hettie’s Tearoom, Pitlochry on Thursday 26th January 2017 between 10am and 11.30am. Come along for a cuppa and a famous, freshly baked Hettie’s Scone and preserves. Raffle and Table Sale. £5 (Tickets can be bought in advance). Contact: Mrs Estelle K Nicol on 07879 481014. See all of our advertising details at 39 AQ

Blair Atholl and Struan Community Council

Minutes of Meeting Tuesday 8.11.16 7.30pm in The Armoury Hall, Blair Atholl Present: Colin Ross (Chairman), Malcolm Dix (Treasurer). Nigel Wild (Minutes Secretary), Donald Isles, CLLR IAN Campbell, Sgt Caroline McNaughton and one member of the public Apologies for Absence - Rosalind Gray, Cllr Kate Howie Police Report - by Sgt Caroline McNaughton. No reported crimes in area. Police Scotland will have a new system in place from January returning to a designated Highland Perthshire and Blairgowrie area which will have a dedicated sergeant and two dedicated constables. She also introduced ‘Selecta DNA Kits’ which the public can buy from the police for £20 to mark and register their property on a data base (farm, garden and personal equipment). www.selectaDNA. for more info. Minutes of Meeting 11.10.16 - Previously circulated - proposed D Isles, seconded S MacGlashan Matters Arising - Calvine AED power supply still awaiting connection. Ian Campbell will chase up *Pavement subsidence at BA hall - P& K arranging repairs *NHS Out of Hours Service - IC advised out of hours service would return to PRI for a limited period but would not be twenty-four hours. They are also basing a roving GP in Pitlochry. Aberfeldy GPs were trying to arrange some coverage based on Dalweem *B A Sports Court - twelve people attended the recent park clear up and most of the court was now cleaned with one area still to be worked on. It is intended to hold about three similar working parties a year *Flood risk action - kits had been delivered *A9 dualling meeting with Sarah Morgan of Jacobs - still awaiting a date from Sarah Morgan *Large wood lorry problems on B847 - police advised this was a traffic management problem dealt with by local authorities. KH was working on a plan. HPCP Update - GM report circulated. CR had attended. Broadband report was good. Broadband to be hived off to separate body possibly linking to other providers. John Swinney presentation was good but Community Empowerment really meant self-help. Much of the meeting was taken up with discussion of the future role and structure of HPCP. A formal AGM should be held shortly. Broadband Comments to Scottish Parliament Requested - CR would write to Scottish Parliament about poor connectivity in the CC area and poor co ordination of efforts to improve by all parties. Calvine Improvements - Derelict wooden shed - planned demolition did not go ahead due to ownership dispute *P & K Roads Dept had cleared ditches on B8079 at Calvine with a digger and this appeared to have solved the problem of water on road. Community Resilience Group - SMacG, Tony Rowson, and Christine Cheape had attended a table top exercise at Perth fire station in the previous week. A general meeting of the group will be called before winter. Community Fund - A meeting to discuss setting up the fund will be held on Wednesday 9th November involving several local groups. CC agreed to make a contribution from funds held on behalf of the community once properly constituted. Transport - Support for Birnam bus petition - no further contact from Birnam Bus Group to date *A letter had been sent to Humza Yousef with copies to Scotrail and Transport Scotland about the December timetable for 2018, requesting trains regularly stop at Blair Atholl (at least every other service) to provide a more effective service for locals and visitors. Pitlochry Station Users Group advise that the new early morning service from Inverness would be at the same time as the existing 07.12 from Blair Atholl. A new early morning service will start from Perth at 5.08 to give an earlier arrival in Inverness. Both to start from December 2016. These were welcomed. Struan School Consultation - Ongoing Removal of Phone Boxes - CR had previously sent a letter to BT supporting the retention of local phone boxes under threat of removal. He will now send a separate letter about each phone box by number in the CC area to Anne Condliffe at P & K. Finance - Treasury A/C £835 Reserve A/C £1,550 Planning - TEF079100 Bruar Telecom Cabinets Update Reports - P&K councillors. IC - Perth City of Culture bid will include the whole county with 40 AQ

a strap line ‘Not Just About Perth’. The money raised from increase in council tax in P&K will all have to be channelled to the Scottish Government for use in Dundee. It will therefore no longer be a local tax. P & K had complained to the Scottish Government that this was unfair. Correspondence Received - Zero Waste Highland Perthshire Home Composting Project - Homes in Highland Perthshire which do not have a brown bin garden waste collection can request a free composting bin from them on a first come, first served basis by contacting Fiona McBain at P&K 01738 475000 to request one. AOCB - S MacG will lay CC wreath on Remembrance Sunday *The Community Capability Survey had been returned to CNPA *CR sent details requested by insurers to P& K *Blair Atholl Hall will hold a general meeting on 8th December to launch new body. Date of Next Meeting - Tuesday 13.12.16, 7.30pm, Armoury Hall, Blair Atholl.

Councillor Ian Campbell

Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - Conservative If you would like to discuss any specific issues with me, please call me on 07786 173315/ 07736 307879/ 01738 827079 or e-mail me at If you want to keep up to date with what is happening daily in Highland Perthshire then follow me on Facebook at Councillor Ian Campbell HP.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group

- On Monday 19th December, Craig Macadam from Buglife will give a talk about pond dipping in Perthshire. The event will take place at 7.30pm in the Tryst, Pitlochry. For enquiries contact Richard Horobin 01796 474480.

 Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle - Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle is holding its

annual Festive Supper on 9th January at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. All members and former members are invited to attend. The evening will commence at 7pm for 7.30pm when a glass of mulled wine will be offered to guests. The meal consists of two courses and coffee to be followed by entertainment by Edis and Susan Bowden who will perform a medley of Scottish music. Edis plays on the Ukelele, which will be a first for us, and listening to him talk about his instrument should be really interesting. The cost of the meal is £22.95. We do hope you will come along and join the party but before then have a really happy Christmas. The History Circle Committee is looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Pitlochry and District Adult Education, Cake Decorations Class - There will

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Cllr Mike Williamson

Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - SNP I attended the launch of the Aberfeldy Community Warden when Norma Carr, who is the Aberfeldy Community Warden, took up post last month. The concept for the warden came about two years ago as a result of a meeting attended by the Police, the lead officer from the Community Safety Partnership and me. This combined role is a first for Scotland and I was delighted to have supported this scheme by seeking and securing the initial two-year funding for this post from Perth & Kinross Council. It is important to recognise the value this role will bring to the people of Aberfeldy in having this presence within the town to assist and take on local issues for local people. I have since facilitated a meeting with representatives from the Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch and the Pitlochry Community Council who have expressed an interest in setting up a similar scheme within the town. Perth and Kinross Community Safety Partnership members who are keen to support the setting up of another warden have supported this initiative. On the day of the launch, Aberfeldy Police Station moved to the same location as Aberfeldy Fire Station and the location of the Community Warden, which was opened by John Swinney MSP. This move enables better use of a public facility and gives greater access to a variety of services. At the beginning of November, the Benefits Cap was introduced, if you are likely to be affected by these changes then you would have been automatically contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the end of July. If you are getting Housing Benefit and it is not enough to cover your rent payments due to the Household Benefit Cap you may be entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). As this payment is discretionary, there is no guarantee that you would be entitled. Also, the amount of funding allocated to each Council for DHP’s is limited. If you are concerned about the new system of payments then please contact the Welfare Rights Team within Perth & Kinross Council on 01738 476900 or who are there to support you. I have been working with the Tayside Waders Flood Group in Aberfeldy with support from the Scottish Flood Forum in preparing their resilience plan which will fit into the wider Emergency Plan for Aberfeldy. Now that the plan has been prepared, it will be shared amongst the key stakeholders for their comments. During last winter’s storms, the flooding of homes in Tayside Crescent was narrowly avoided through the actions of the Tayside Waders Flood Group. They deployed their resilience equipment to defend homes, putting their pumps into action to divert water away from homes and successfully resisted the flooding. The Tayside Waders Flood Group recently secured funding from Scottish and Southern Energy Resilient Communities Fund for an additional 200 synthetic sandbags. Perth & Kinross Council is now installing Property Level Protection (PLP) equipment to their properties throughout Perth and Kinross. I have asked that they contact non-council neighbouring properties to see if householders are interested in purchasing and installing PLP equipment at the same time. I was delighted to hear about the twenty-five percent reduction in household waste and seventeen percent increase in recycling. It currently costs the Perth and Kinross Council £94.53 to send one tonne of waste for disposal. This twenty-five percent reduction equates to a saving of £973.66 which will be donated by Perth and Kinross Council to the newly established Men’s Shed in Aberfeldy. There is still time to become involved in the Zero Waste Highland Perthshire as phase two is now underway in Blair Atholl, Pitlochry and Ballinluig. If you would like any further information or wish to contact me my email address is mwilliamson@ or 07810 814495. Finally, I would like to wish all Quair readers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. If you require further information or need to contact me my e-mail address is uk or telephone 07810 814495. 42 AQ





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Minutes of Meeting Held by Killiecrankie and Fincastle Community Council

31st October 2016 Present - Dorothy Bancroft (Chair), Ann Phillips (Secretary), Sandra Parkins, George Stark, Sheila Watford, Cllr Kate Howie, Cllr Ian Campbell Sgt. Caroline Macnaughton and one member of the public. Apologies - Isobel Mackenzie, Cllr Mike Williamson Welcome to all from the Chair Minutes of Last Meeting - Approved by Sandra Parkins and Sheila Watford. Cairngorm National Park - Invitation to CNP design awards on the 14th November at Boat of Garten at 6.30pm. Their consultation has now ended and received 320 responses to questionnaire, broadband being high on the agenda. More information can be found at Highland Perthshire Community Partnership/broadband - Meeting last week was not well attended. John Swinney talked about Community Empowerment. Treasurers Report - £643.74 with £16 expenses for Chair taking total to £627.74 Planning - Extension to Green Burn Wind Farm at Bridge of Cally which may be seen from some parts of our community was brought to our attention to comment or object on if we wish. No other planning applications in the community. Roads - Vehicles are still parking on the Garry Bridge so people can take photos and causing an obstruction to other road users. The council will be coming to evaluate the situation. We all need to be aware and to take care and extra time for our journeys on the A9 at the moment as there are road and explorations works ongoing in the weeks to come. On 2nd November two electric transformers are being transported to Kinloch Rannoch, via A9 Ballinluig towards Aberfeldy and on to Rannoch, with a police escort, between 9.30am to approximately 1pm. A9 consultation meetings will be held at Pitlochry Town Hall on Wednesday 9th November between 3pm and 7pm and on Thursday 10th November between 11am and 4pm. Matters Arising - Cllr. Campbell is looking into possibility of a no parking sign on the bridge. A.O.C.B. - Colin Menzies has given us the quote for the repair of the erosion on the path of £84 plus £180 for the rock dust. He will create a culvert above the gate to help prevent this happening. There is a resilience work shop on Saturday 5th November between 9am - 11am or evening of 7th November between 6.30pm - 9pm. BT will be putting a cabinet between the bush and fence to hotel at Killiecrankie village hall. Anyone wishing to donate to the food banks at Pitlochry and Aberfeldy can bring donations along to meetings or to collection points at Aberfeldy co-op or the Atholl Centre in Pitlochry. Please no perishables, but things like UHT milk, pasta, soups. Wanangwa Community Initiative is also collecting items, like blankets, sheets, towels, books, clothes etc. Contact Stewart or Lillian on 01882 634282. Troopers Den Bridge across the Killiecrankie pass has now been repaired, and the work to repair Foot Bridge by the Garry Bridge has now started. Bike maintenance work shops are taking place in Blair Atholl. Police Report - Apologies for arriving late. There had been a demonstration at the inner wheel meeting of select DNA product which you can dab onto expensive items and makes them easily identified. They can be ordered via police station and cost £20. Good news is that there will be a change of shift patterns with more community visibility in the near future. There is now a community warden in Aberfeldy and this is proving to be working well. Dates for your Diary - Next Community Council Meeting 12th December 2016 at Glen Fincastle.

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Aberfeldy Bookshop in Collection of 75 of ‘World’s Greatest Bookstores’ Imagine the surprise of Kevin Ramage, the owner of the Watermill Bookshop in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, when an unsolicited parcel arrived from the USA containing a print of a watercolour painting of his bookshop. Inside, a note from ‘New Yorker’ cartoonist Bob Eckstein, explained that The Watermill Bookshop was one of seventy-five shops in his new book ‘Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores’. Moreover, The Watermill is one of only four bookshops in the UK and the only one in Scotland to be included, along with representation from places as far flung as Japan, China and Argentina. Bob Eckstein explains that his selection ‘based on recommendations, word of mouth, social history, and contributions to the locale…began with a list of 150 bookstores and eventually narrowed that down to seventy-five.’ Recommendation of The Watermill came from Michael Palin, who when asked by Bob Eckstein for his most memorable bookstore moment, said it was the time he opened the Watermill Bookshop (in 2005), ‘The most perfect conjunction. The owner of my favourite local bookshop in Kentish Town, London, decamps to the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and decides to turn an old mill into a bookstore. I’m asked to open it, and witness Kevin, the owner, flinging himself on the waterwheel to get started. I expected it to be a magnificent failure, but it’s been a magnificent success. Walter Scott is no longer the only reason for book-lovers to go to Scotland.’ Kevin Ramage said, ‘Above all this wonderful surprise is an acknowledgement and tribute to the outstanding support we have received from our customers, in a town of just 2,000 people. Since we opened we have seen off the recession, the rise of tax-dodging online booksellers and the birth of e-books. Almost every year the media seem to have been predicting the death of the bricks-and-mortar bookshop, but this October just finished we have celebrated our strongest sales ever.’

Blair Atholl Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party - The party will be held on Monday 12th December in The Atholl Arms Hotel at 6.30pm for 7pm. Any resident of Blair Atholl, of retirement age, is welcome to attend (women 60, men 65). Please contact any member of the committee if you wish to attend. Transport is provided to and from the venue. Mairi Macleod 481220, Janet Murdoch 481265

Perth & Kinross Carers Voice - Do you support someone who is ill, frail, disabled; has dementia, a mental health condition or an addiction? Wish there was a way to have your voice heard? Want to have a say in the development of carer support? Perth & Kinross Carers’ Voice, who would love to have more members from the outlying districts, gives carers the opportunity to: *Meet with local statutory, voluntary and independent sector professionals *Get your opinions heard *Speak directly to decision makers about the issues that affect you *Get involved in local planning *Help make a difference for carers in the Perth & Kinross area. Meetings are every six weeks on a Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP. For 2017 the dates will be: 10th January, 21st February, 4th April, 16th May, 27th June, 8th August, 19th September, 31st October, 12th December Booking is essential for refreshment purchases. To register your attendance or interest contact Kerry Donaghy on 01738 567076, or The Rannoch History Society - Our speaker this month is Adrian Davis, a wildlife expert

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held at 7.30 pm on 9th November 2016 in the High School Present: Andrew Holmes (Chair) 473400, James Laurenson (Vice Chair) 473788, Shona Hutchcox, William MacNicoll, Isobel King, Cllr Howie, Cllr Campbell and six members of the Public Apologies: Graham Holmes, David Roy Declarations of Interest Shona Hutchcox regarding reporting on A-Boards. Police Report Sgt MacNaughton reported on a number of issues. Community Policing - the new emphasis on community policing should mean a dedicated community sergeant based in Pitlochry from early 2017. This statement was welcomed by the CC. Members had questioned apparently contradictory bail conditions on persons charged locally. Caroline emphasised that conditions were imposed by the courts and not Police Scotland. If there was any intimidation by persons on bail, this should be immediately reported to the police. Underage drinking A resurgence of underage drinking had been reported. Police had spoken to off-licences, but any knowledge as to how the drink is being supplied can be passed on by phoning 101 or by contacting taysidehighlandcpt@policescotland.pnn. DNA forensic marking Pitlochry Police Station has SelectaDNA forensic marking kits for sale at £20. (Normally £50+). These can mark property via UV to allow immediate identification of stolen property. The meeting thanked Caroline for her presence. A9 Dualling Pitlochry to Killiecrankie - John Quail and Fergus Allen of Jacobs Consultants gave a brief synopsis of the current exhibition of the preferred alignment and urged people to respond to the proposals. It is hoped to publish draft Roads and Purchase Orders in 2017 with construction two years later although a public inquiry could delay that timescale. Presentation on a Proposed Gypsy Traveller Heritage Centre - Shamus McPhee gave a short presentation on very early ideas for a heritage centre in Pitlochry. He also displayed drawings and spoke after the meting. He asked for an opportunity for a further more detailed presentation in January. Minutes of 12th October These were approved as a correct record. Matters Arising - Andrew had written again to the enforcement officer who had met with Cllr Campbell. Cllr Campbell tabled a set of draft guidelines for A-board placement. CC members would respond to Andrew to collate and pass to Cllr Campbell. Street light at Victoria’s.- Andrew had contacted the Council. This was a power fault which had been wrongly signed off by SSE. PKC chasing. Litter north of the town. Following complaints, the volunteer litter group were organising a special pick-up as far as Faskally on 29th November. Chairman’s Report Grit Bins - A further approach had been made to the Council. Replacement bins were now appearing and being filled. Car Park Lighting. The main car park would be lit after January. Co-op notice boards. The manager was not willing to replace the board but any notices could be displayed via the internal TV screen. The meeting felt this to be inadequate and Andrew would follow up. The co-op event in the theatre on 19th November was an opportunity to raise other issues. Andrew to attend a meeting on 11th to discuss a possible community warden post for Pitlochry, similar to that established in Aberfeldy. Vacancies- Graham had resigned as Treasurer and the meeting thanked him for his efforts. Without a treasurer or Secretary, the CC could not continue and Andrew asked for volunteers. Secretary’s Report No Report Treasurer’s Report Main account balance £478.71 and Tartan account £3044.13 Environment Report No report Planning Report Comments submitted on new salt stores at the Station. No other applications of significance. HPCP Heartland FM will continue but the Perth licence has been leased to New Wave Media which will strengthen Heartlands finances. Broadband - Pilot scheme completed and way forward under discussion. PUGS: Tenders out for new terracing. Helpers wanted for group. Out of Hours medical care. Meeting held with Professor Connell, chair of Tayside NHS. Action hoped for on use of Community Hospital and appointment timings at Ninewells/PRI. Councillors’ Reports Cllr Campbell spoke on A-board control. He also described the cont p58/ 55 AQ

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Pitlochry Golf Club Ladies - We held our annual meeting, dinner and prize giving on 11th November, with twenty-seven ladies attending most of whom are pictured below. The trophy winners pictured are (left to right) Front row:- Jenny Collins (Tom Hardy Rosebowl, Doreen Manson Foursomes, Blairgowrie Trophy, Aberfeldy Trophy), Denise Wildblood (Ladies Open Putting), Margaret Macrae (Madge Rankin Trophy), Laura Campbell (Club Champion Salver, Douglas Keiller Salver, Course Record Plaque), Janette Kennedy (Lady Myra Butter Trophy), Lauren Pirie (Fergusson Cup, PGC Bowl); Second Row:- Kay Knight (PGC Bowl), Katherine Haworth (Lesley Reid Trophy, Centenary Cup), Gillian Munro (Doreen Manson Foursomes), and second from the right Helen Telford (Past Captain’s Cup)

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band - The pipe band were delighted to lead, once again, the wheelbarrow parade and the Antonine Guard down the main street of Dunkeld to Stanley Hill where an outdoor concert was being held on the last day of the Amber Festival. The rain stopped just before the parade started and the sun came out, although it did get chilly as the afternoon wore on. The Remembrance Day parade was also a bit chilly, but it was lovely and dry as the band led the British Legion and Youth Groups to the service at the War Memorial. After the service, the band was once again invited to the Pitlochry Bowling Club for the hot soup which is always very welcome and we’d like to thank them very much for it. The younger members of the band competed for the ‘Sandy Spence Chanter trophy’ and it was won this year by Evelyn Ingham. This trophy was presented by Sandy Spence’s wife Elma in 2010 in memory of Sandy. The band is looking forward to December when we play at both the Aberfeldy Christmas Light switch on and the Pitlochry Christmas Lights on Saturday 3rd December. We will have a tombola stall at the Pitlochry event fundraising for our junior members to get them across to the UK Championships in Belfast in June next year, so please come along and support us. We will also have our pipe band calendars on sale so do come along and buy one! Then before we know it, it will be Hogmanay and New Year and we’ll be playing at the New Year Street Party in Pitlochry. Practices as usual are in Pitlochry High School every Tuesday night from 6pm (during term time) so if you are interested in playing pipes or drums, do pop along. Gillie McNab Mob no. 07733 152223 58 AQ

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who really wants to focus on the community, it’s a chance to show what you’re made of. You’ll be able to learn new clinical skills along the way, and new developments in diagnostics and additional treatment clinics could help you absorb the latest thinking. Generous relocation package and short term accommodation option may be available. Part time hours will be considered. Informal enquiries are welcomed by: • Wilma Latham, Head of Nursing Community Hospitals GP Units on 01796 474867 • Amanda Clements, Head of Nursing for District Nursing and Intermediate Care on 01738 564237

You’ll need to work flexibly to meet the needs of our communities, and you will spend time in inreach and outreach. You’ll follow a three-shift rotation pattern for inpatient services and a two-shift (early and late) one during community rotation. Both will involve working five out of seven days.

Please download the full application pack from Internal applicants: please download the application pack from Staffnet. Please read the Important Job Application Information in the Information for Dalweem Integrated Care Hub is an integrated care facility that will provide nursing care for the Applicants section. population of Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch Completed applications should be returned to wherever the care needs are required over a (quoting the job 24 hour period. It will provide care for patients reference number in the subject box) or to HR & transferred from acute hospitals for ongoing OD Directorate, Management Offices, Perth Royal treatment, rehabilitation, palliative care and Infirmary, Taymount Terrace, Perth, PH1 1NX. general elderly medicine and also care for patients Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email. either at home or admitted from home to the Please check your emails regularly, including your inpatient unit at Dalweem. junk/spam folder. What’s more, as we start to go through a Transforming District Nursing programme, you’ll be Please quote reference number – P/JG/57C. one of the nurses who are pioneering a completely Closing date: 15 December 2016. different way of working. For someone with good leadership, prioritising and decision-making skills,

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Perth and Kinross to give some of their spare time to help others. Throughout NHS Tayside, we recognise and appreciate the importance of volunteers in our day-to-day work and the valuable contribution they make to the quality of life of patients, service users, carers, the organisation and the community. There are almost 1,000 volunteers of all ages across NHS Tayside carrying out many roles, including library assistants, health walk leaders, gardeners, flower arrangers, chaplaincy support and breastfeeding buddies.Volunteering can give people the opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience, while also doing something worthwhile. Training is provided to all volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or would like further information, please contact Voluntary Services Manager Jane Laahs on 01738 562323 or email Pitlochry Senior Badminton Club - Is it years since you last played badminton but would like to take it up again? Why not join us on a Monday morning at the Leisure Centre, West Moulin Road, Pitlochry from 10am - 12 noon. We meet every week over the winter months. We’re a friendly, mixed ability group and if you’d like more information, please call Maureen Holmes on 01796 473153. Blair Atholl Village Hall - The first General Meeting of the new Blair Atholl Village Hall company (Scottish Charity No. SC046796, Company No. SC541925) has been arranged for Thursday 8th December at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. This will be an opportunity for everyone to find out what Modern premises, 190sq.m. the new organisation will mean for with open plan work space, the Hall and what the plans are for the Membership is currently open two offices, kitchen and WC. future. to all residents of Blair Atholl & Struan Flexible lease term. Optional Parish, although we are planning to offer membership to others who wish to accommodation. support us in the near future. Everyone is invited to the meeting, and there will be refreshments available afterwards. Contact Andrew Bruce Wootton Don’t worry about being cornered into on 07815 153009 or email: joining the committee - there won’t be any elections at this meeting. Donald Isles, tel. 01796 481663.


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Bonnie Prince Charlie Keepsakes Make Up Jacobite Exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

A display of a unique sword and targe belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie from the collections of National Museums Scotland has now opened to the public at Perth Museum and Art Gallery and will be on display until 25th February 2017. Touring in advance of the opening of a major Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition next summer at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the sword and the targe or Highland shield were probably gifted to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, by James, 3rd Duke of Perth, a committed supporter of the Jacobite cause. The display also features Jacobite objects and archival material from the Collections and Archive of Perth and Kinross Council which are cared for by Culture Perth and Kinross. As well as highlighting the role of Perthshire in the Jacobite uprisings, this display explores the figure of James Drummond, 3rd Duke of Perth, who was a leading Jacobite. Raised near Crieff, the Duke became lieutenant-general of the highland army and participated in the Jacobite victory at the Battle of Prestonpans before marching into England and laying siege to Carlisle Castle in 1745. Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, Helen Smout welcomed the display saying, ‘We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with National Museums Scotland to bring these significant objects to Perth, highlighting their connection to the area and setting them into context with material from Perth’s own collections and archives.’ The intricately decorated sword and targe on tour from National Museums Scotland were presented to Prince Charles Edward Stuart by the Duke of Perth, while Prince Charles Edward was residing with the exiled Stuart court in Rome. The targe was rescued from Culloden battlefield in 1746 by Jacobite colonel Ewan MacPherson of Cluny and remained in his family until the twentieth century. After the defeat of the Jacobite army at Culloden in 1746, the backsword was recovered and given to the Government commander, William, Duke of Cumberland. The display also features ‘The Battle of Culloden’ a recently acquired mid- 18th century manuscript poem narrating the musings of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and fictitious conversations between The Duke of Perth, Lady Weem, The Duke of Cumberland and Major James Lockhart following the Jacobite’s brutal defeat on Culloden field. Jenny Kinnear, Collections and Programming Manager at Culture Perth and Kinross explains,‘We are delighted to present this new acquisition to our Jacobite collection. For the first time this beautifully preserved manuscript will be made available to the public. We hope that its presence, alongside these items of local significance, will generate much thought-provoking interest from our visitors.’

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Pete Wishart MP

Perth & North Perthshire - SNP

All the best for the festive season! I recently held a debate in the House of Commons to highlight the spectre of massive debts and liabilities faced by plumbers. I also welcome government assurances that they will resolve the issue. Plumbing Pensions (UK) Ltd was established to provide pensions for the plumbing and heating Industry, having over 36,000 members and assets in excess of £1.5 billion. Under section 75 of the Pensions Act 1995, employers can become liable for what is known as a section 75 employer debt if they wish to retire or to wind up their business. The debt is calculated on a ‘buy-out’ basis, which tests whether there would be sufficient assets in the scheme to secure all the members benefits by buying annuity contracts from an insurance company. For many plumbers - with very small businesses employing one or two other people - this debt is crippling and has caused some individuals to face the prospect of losing their homes and life savings. Many plumbers have been unaware of this ticking time-bomb and it is vital that we look at all the options to resolve this matter. I am pleased that after my colleagues and I highlighted this unfair situation that the UK Government has committed to looking carefully at this issue and I look forward to seeing what proposals they bring forward. Readers may recall that I previously highlighted the ‘Unsolicited Marketing Communications (Company Directors): Ten Minute Rule Bill’, introduced by my colleague, Patricia Gibson MP. This included provisions to hold company bosses personally responsible for nuisance calls by giving the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the power to take action against named company directors found to have made unsolicited marketing calls in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. Following the debate, UK Ministers have now agreed to the proposal to end the scourge of nuisance calls by legislating for company directors to be fined up to £500,000 each if they are found to be in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. Prior to this, only businesses were liable for fines, many of which try to escape paying nuisance call penalties by declaring bankruptcy - a practice known as ‘phoenixing’ - only to open up again under a new name. This agreement will be an important step in tackling nuisance calls, as company directors cannot now escape the consequences of their unlawful actions and I look forward to these changes coming into force from spring 2017. Finally, reporting a nuisance call is simple: visit the ICO website at or call their helpline on 0303 123 1113. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876576 or at

Tenandry Church of Scotland - A Christmas Eve Candlelit Carol Service will take place

at 7pm on Christmas Eve. (Please bring a torch) The Christmas Day Service is at Fincastle Chapel at 11.30am. (Take the B8019 towards Loch Tummel, the chapel is situated approx three miles from the Garry Bridge on the sharp corner at the turnoff to Glen Fincastle). There will be NO service at Tenandry on Christmas Day. New Year’s Day - 11am Morning Service at Tenandry Church  

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Pastor: Rev David Barrie (, Youth Pastor: Ken Naquin ( Church Office: 01796 470411 Website: Sundays Our time together starts at 11am. Come just as you are. You’ll be made most welcome. Crèche is available for pre-schoolers during the service. Children P1-P7 are welcomed to Hiz Kidz, and teenagers to TYG. December Events Sunday 4th - our Youth Pastor continues our Christmas series. Fri day 9th - Men’s Curry Night. Contact Martin for details 473085. Sunday 11th - Family Nativity. Revisit and renew our wonder at the birth of Jesus. 6pm Christmas Service of Hope. A contemplative service, especially for those experiencing grief or sadness this Christmas season. Sunday 18th - our Pastor continues our Christmas series. 6pm Christingle. This wonderful festive celebration for children of all ages. Saturday 24th - 11.15pm Watch-night Service. Joint service with and hosted at Pitlochry CofS. Online at Sunday 25th 10am Christmas Day Celebration - Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas morning. Together till 10.40am. Regular Events Boiler Room Prayer - Sundays 10am, Wednesdays 7am, Sundays 6pm. Contact Jane on 474202. 5-a-side Football Tuesdays 7pm in the Leisure Centre. Contact Giles 07940 716396. Friendship Hour Last Monday of the month at 2.15pm in the Aldour Hall. Contact Val 473742. Home Groups - Our home groups are designed to complement our Sunday services and our missional communities, providing a place for you to share, receive and give. Contact Ian 473570. James Court Service - Third Sunday of the month at 4pm. Living Bible Fellowship Tuesday (1st and 3rd) 2pm in the Aldour Hall. Contact Val 473742. Sounds Inspirational Tuesdays 7pm, repeated Sundays 10pm on Heartland FM www.heartlandfm. ‘Stay and Play’ Babies and Toddlers Group Mondays 10am - 12pm. Contact Miranda 472719 or just drop in to the building. TYG Conversations - Bible Study for young people P7-S2. Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm. Contact our Youth Pastor 470261. TYG Dig Deep Bible Study for teenagers S3-S6. Wednesdays 7.30 - 9pm. Contact Debbie 473085. Welcome All Fridays 12pm, Soup Lunch in the Atholl Centre. Youth Club - For young people in P4-P7. Last Friday of the month from 6pm - 8pm. Check out website and FB pages for more details.

Christmas Come All Ye - Share an evening of Songs and Carols for Christmas with the Aberfeldy Community Choir, augmented by members of the Gaelic Choir and guest artistes. Mince pies and refreshments, with all donations going to the Aberfeldy First Responders. Come along and sing. Monday 19th December, Aberfeldy Town Hall, 7pm.

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Perth Citizens Advice Bureau, Benefits Advice in Libraries (BAIL) Service

Are you worried about your benefits? Do think you may be entitled to benefits? If so help is available in your community. Benefits specialist Sarah MacLean is providing one to one benefits advice in local libraries across Perth and Kinross, these include: Auchterarder, AK Bell, Blairgowrie, Breadalbane Community Campus, Loch Leven Community Campus, North Inch Community Campus, Scone, and Strathearn Community Campus. Sarah can provide advice on benefit entitlement, assist with benefit applications (including online applications), and can support clients in challenging a decision, refusal or sanction they believe to be wrong. In addition to benefits advice, Sarah can advise clients on how they can maximise their income by checking that clients are claiming everything they are entitled to. The service is available by appointment only, to make an appointment in any of the libraries mentioned above please call 01738 450599 or email Andrew Scobie (benefits admin) at the following email address: Andrew.

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 landbased occupations and who are suffering hardship. Every year RSABI helps hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, game-keeping and rural estate work who, due to illness, disability, To learn a little more about how RSABI operates, please see the website at www.

This Festive Season at Errichel & Thyme Enjoy Chef Paul Newman’s delicious, seasonal Festive Menu from Thursday 8th December. Group bookings can enjoy our three course menu with Coffee for £29.00 per person.

(Certain dates & exclusions apply, to benefit from the Group Booking discount you must book in advance)

Hogmanay Dinner £65 person Welcome in the New Year in relaxed style in our beautiful Roundhouse Restaurant. Our Piper will welcome you with Cocktails & Canapes on arrival followed by a truly special 5 course meal. Errichel Rare Breed Meat Packs & Delicious Home Produce Hampers available, ideal for Gifting or just to Treat Yourself. Luxury 4 and 5 Star accommodation nestled in the Heart of Highland Perthshire.

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Perth Citizens Advice Bureau

Pitlochry Recycling Centre, Perth CAB continues to provide its full advice service in Pitlochry. ExperiBridge Road enced advisers have access to Materials accepted: Bicycles, Cans ( Aluthe full national information minium, Steel, Aerosols & Aluminium Foil), system on a laptop computer Car Batteries, Cardboard, Cooking Oil, and can offer all the backup Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE), of the main bureau at 7 Atholl Crescent, Perth. Problems with housing, employment, relation- Engine Oil, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Fridges & Freezers, Garden Waste, Glass, Houseship, consumer issues, debt, benefits or legal mathold Batteries, Large Domestic Appliances, ters can all be researched on our comprehensive Non-Recyclable Waste (General Waste), information system. We offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range Paper, Plastic bottles (Natural HDPE & of issues including housing, employment, debt PET), Rubble, Stone & Soil, Scrap Metal, and benefits. Our objective is to help you access Telephone Directories, Textiles (Clothes & all the information you need to make an informed Shoes), Timber, Tyres (maximum two per choice on your options. We can also offer practivisit, strictly householders only). cal help with form filling in addition to providing information and advice. The advisers will be availOpen All Year able at each venue on a ‘drop-in’ basis. Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 7.00pm When required it may be necessary to arrange a Saturday and Sunday 9.00am - 5.00 pm follow up appointment with a specialist adviser. All enquiries are treated completely confidentially and will not be discussed with anyone without the express permission of the client’s Pitlochry Outreach, 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month - Pitlochry Community Hospital, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 - from 10am till 12pm - 14th December; 11th and 25th January; 8th and 22nd February; 8th and 22nd March. 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 Pitlochry High School 01796 474666 Pitlochry Community Hospital 01796 472052 Pitlochry Primary School 01796 474666 Police Scotland 101 Grandtully Primary 01887 840313 infinity Blu Dental Practice 01796 470001 Logierait Primary 01796 474646 Anderson Dentistry 01887 820441 Blair Atholl Primary 01887 822491 Pitlochry Optician 01796 474004 Live Active Atholl 01796 473866 Pitlochry Tourist Information 01796 472215 Heartland Vet Services 01796 472201

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Chemists and Pharmacies

Pitlochry Community Hospital

Davidsons Chemist Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 472810

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 9am-9pm 7 days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for appointment

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Pitlochry Area Office

26/28 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01738 476000 (selecting option 2) • Housing & Community Care (Housing) • Registration Opening hours Monday to Friday: 8.45 am - 12.30 pm & 1.30pm - 5pm Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Tel: (01796) 474645 Monday to Friday: by appointment This Council office will not open until 11.00 am on the first Thursday of every month.

Atholl Medical Centre

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel: 01796 472558 Opening Hours - 8.30am - 6pm, Mon to Fri. Please check hours for bank & public holidays Repeat prescriptions: General email:

Kinloch Rannoch Health Centre

Pitlochry Library

Kinloch Rannoch, PH16 5PR Tel: 01882 632216 Appointments only Mon - Friday 0900-1015 , 1400-1445 and 1600 - 1730 For appointments phone reception

26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Tel: (01796) 474635 Email: Monday Closed Tuesday Closed Wednesday 2pm - 4pm & 5pm - 7pm Thursday 10am - 12noon & 2pm - 7pm Friday 2pm - 4pm Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm

Pitlochry Post Office Tel: 01796 474301 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Strathtay Post Office - Tel: 01887 840203 Blair Atholl Post Office - Tel: 01796 481233 Kinloch Rannoch Post office 01882 632347

Perth and Kinross Council

Council Main Reception 01738 475000 Perth & Kinross Childcare Information Service 0845 601 4477 Potholes, Blocked Drains Faulty Street Lights, All Road defects 0800 23 23 23 Freephone CLARENCE

Breadlabane Academy Reception 01887 822300 BreadalbaneCommunityCampus 01887 822400 01738 626666 Samaritans, Perth Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor 01738 562358

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Atholl Politicians

Member of Scottish Parliament - North Tayside John Swinney MSP 01250 876576 Member of Parliament - Perth & North Perthshire Pete Wishart MP 01250 876576 Local Councillors - Highland Ward Ian Campbell 07736 307879 Kate Howie 01887 840378 Mike Williamson 01887 820622

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Councillor Kate Howie

Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - SNP The rich colours of autumn have been glorious this year and I know I may sometimes take for granted the beautiful countryside I live in but my recent journeys in the ward have been a delightful reminder. At a recent exhibition by Transport Scotland on the preferred route for the future A9 Pitlochry north junction the concerns of local folk have been heard. This route will not impinge on the area of what is commonly named Faskally woods around Dunmore hill and loch thus saving a beautiful wooded area and well used walking area for visitors and locals alike. This is also the area used for the very successful Enchanted Forest which I understand increased their figures to over seventy thousand visitors this year and brought with it much needed footfall to Pitlochry at what can be a very quiet time of year for businesses. I recently hosted a visit by the Chairman of the NHS Tayside Board Professor John Connell. We visited the care home part of Dalweem in Aberfeldy which this year PKC has spent over £700K refurbishing. There have been delays on the NHS four bedded hospital hub but it is hoped this should be completed in the spring. We also went up to see the old Cottage Hospital which has been closed for sometime. At the public meeting in Aberfeldy Hall over three years ago, I suggested that when this site was available it should be used for the sole use of medical and teaching personnel working in Highland Perthshire. Well I am delighted that PKC have offered to buy the site and when the sale by NHS has been agreed my suggestion will become a reality. I realise part of the building is listed but hope this will not be insurmountable and good accommodation will be built for these professionals. Whilst visiting the staff at the Minor Injuries Unit in Pitlochry he was rather concerned about the low usage of this facility. The opening hours are 9am to 9pm but it can only be accessed from 6pm to 9pm by first calling NHS 24. I recounted that it had taken me four years of pestering the NHS before the unit had signage in and around the town and also because of lack of staff through annual leave or sickness it had been closed on several occasions over the years. He took this on board and the under usage of facilities in Pitlochry Hospital for clinics and telehealth. The latter being where patients do not have to go to PRI or Ninewells to be seen by a specialist but use TV/Skype facilities which have been in place since the opening of the building. Lastly I prepared a map for him of Highland Perthshire and I annotated the journey times, including trying to find a parking space, of how long it takes to get to PRI and Ninewells from most of our villages. He promised to find a fairer way for those from our area to be given more reasonable times for outpatient appointments. Remaining on medical matters, I attended a briefing session given by NHS Tayside Director of Pharmacy. We have all seen in the press the financial difficulties of our Health Board and he was able to give us some figures in his area of expertise. Last year Scotland spent £1,072 million, NHS Tayside £85.8 million and Perth and Kinross £25.8 million on prescriptions. Over fifteen thousand folk in Perth and Kinross take more that ten prescription items a day. I am in no way advocating the re introduction of prescription charges but just bring these figures to your attention. The tenders for the refurbishment of the terracing in Pitlochry Recreation Ground go out this month and it is hoped work will begin in the spring. This is a huge project and the majority of the fund raising has been done by our very own Pavilion Users Group. It will make such a difference to the Rec and without this enthusiastic group of volunteers the dilapidated terracing would have been removed and the area been left to grass. Edradour Distillery and Pitlochry in Bloom very kindly donated barrels and bulbs and the group planted these up outside the pavilion to brighten up the area in the spring. On Pitlochry Station, our Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership Committee have prevailed on Network Rail to rehouse their salt and equipment used to distribute it. They had been using the lovely wooden listed buildings on each platform and this has sadly had a disastrous effect on the interior of these rooms. You can get in touch with me at Tel: 01887 840378 or by email: 82 AQ

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 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 6pm *Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, Sunday at 9.30am *St. Bride’s, Pitlochry, Sunday at 11.30am. Holy Days of Obligation - Mass Times. St. Columba’s, Birnam at 9.30am - Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 12.30pm. - St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 7pm. Weekday Masses - Tuesdays, Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy at 9.30am. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, St. Bride’s, Pitlochry at 9.30am. (There will be no Mass in St. Bride’s on the 3rd Friday of each month as Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy). Third Friday of the Month - Mass will be said at 12 noon in Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy, followed by a moment of Adoration during which Rosary is said, and concluding with Benediction at about 1pm. First Friday of the Month - After the 9.30am Mass in St Bride’s Pitlochry, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer in silence till 12.30pm. The Lord is calling each one of us to stay ‘awake’ and pray, in order not to fall into temptation: this is the same plea he made to the apostles in the garden of Gethsemane. Everyone is welcome to come and pray in silence even for a short time. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): Every first Friday of the month at St Bride’s, Pitlochry there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 12 noon to 12.30pm during Adoration. Every first Saturday of the Month at St Columba’s, Birnam there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 5.30pm to 5.50pm. Every third Friday of the Month at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy there will be the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during adoration after Mass at 12 noon. Our parish also organises a penitential rite with the possibility of confession four times a year. To find out when these will take place please refer to the parish newsletter. Fr Edward is also available for confessions or to talk to him on call. We also have different groups in our parish: the Choir, St Vincent de Paul Society, Altar Servers, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Fabric and Planning committee, Fund Raising committee and other groups are in the making. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome and can ask for further information about any of these groups from Fr Edward or any other member of our community. N.B. In our repository we have a good variety of possible gifts for children and adults. If you would like to buy from the repository you can do so in any of our churches before or after any Mass. Doing so, you will not only be supporting our community and getting a gift with a Christian message but also you will be supporting Christians who are being persecuted around the world. Most of our repository items were bought from ‘Aid to The Church in Need’.

Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations

at St Bride’s RC. Parish (Pitlochry), St Columba’s (Birnam) and Our Lady of Mercy’s (Aberfeldy) We would like to wish you and all your friends and dear ones a very Happy and Holy Christmas. May the light of Jesus always enlighten our lives and through us enlighten others. We also would like to wish you all a very Happy and Holy New Year. May Jesus always be our way, truth and life in the year 2017. We would like to invite you and everyone for our Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 83 AQ

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 17th December 5pm (before Mass): Confessions at St Columba’s Birnam. Tuesday 20th December 10am (after Mass): Confessions at Our Lady of Mercy’s Aberfeldy. Thursday 22nd December 7pm: Reconciliation Service with confession at St Bride’s Pitlochry. If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and none of the above times is suitable for you, please contact Fr Edward on 01796 472174 or e mail: Christmas Celebrations: Saturday 24th December - Christmas Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy. 5.15pm Carol Singing and 5.30pm Vigil Mass. Carol SingSaturday 24th December - Midnight Mass at St Bride’s Church, Pitlochry. 11pm ing and 11.30pm Celebration of the Mass of the Solemnity of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The first part of the Mass will involve the singing of Psalms and listening to readings from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church. After Mass we will all share together some mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread during whichSt Bride’s Christmas Raffle will be drawn in the Church Foyer. Sunday 25th December - Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. St Columba’s, Birnam: 9.45am Carol Singing and 10am Mass. St. Bride’s Church, Pitlochry - 12pm Mass. New Year’s Celebrations: Solemnity of Mary Mother of God St Columba’s, Birnam: Saturday 31st December Vigil Mass at 6pm; Our Lady of Mercy’s, Aberfeldy Sunday 1st January Mass at 9.30am; St Bride’s Church, Pitlochry: Sunday 1st January Mass at 11.30am. N.B. In our repository we have a good variety of Christmas presents for children and adults. If you would like to buy from the repository you can do so in one of our churches before or after any Mass. Doing so, you will not only be supporting our community and getting a gift with a Christian message but also you will be supporting Christians who are being persecuted around the world. Most of our repository items were bought from ‘Aid to The Church in Need’. The climax of the Midnight Mass is the moment when a group of children will bring in a statue of Baby Jesus for the veneration of the community. If your child would like to participate please contact us by email or phone, (provided on this program) we would be delighted to have as many children as possible. Thank you.

Pitlochry Youth Dance Company - The Pitlochry Youth Dance Company (PYDC) would

like to invite you for an informal performance of their work on Friday 16th December at 8pm in the Pitlochry Festival Theatre rehearsal studio located at Fonab. PYDC was formed last February, thanks to funding received from Cashback for Creativity, as a joint initiative between Perth and Kinross Council and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The group, open to nine to eighteen years old, has met weekly and performed at the Perth Concert Hall last May. This is a great opportunity for anyone who may wish to join the group, to check what PYDC have been up to! After this performance, the group will break for Christmas, before returning to work in the studio in January. For more information about PYDC and class times, please contact Agathe: email agathe@heelsoverhead. or call 07969 228389.

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Stride for Life walks - Walking is good for your health, can be done anywhere in your local community and helps to make new friends and is free! Walking has a great many benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing and doing it with other people makes it easier and much more enjoyable. Live Active Leisure has been working with local communities to organise short health walks so why not join us? Birnam - Every Wednesday, meet at the Servite Willowbank Lounge at 1.30pm for a volunteer led walk around the village, lasting between 30 - 45 minutes on flat ground. A great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Crieff - Every Tuesday, meet at the Strathearn Campus reception at 10.30am for a volunteer led walk apart from every second Tuesday of the month with the walk starting from the car park in Macrosty Park. The walks last between 45 - 60 minutes on flat ground and are a great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Comrie - Every Wednesday, meet at the Field of Refuge car park at 10.00am for a volunteer led walk around the town, with occasional bus trips out of Comrie and walks in Crieff. The volunteer led walks last 60 minutes on mixed terrain and are a great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Aberfeldy - Meet outside the Birks Cinema every Thursday morning at 11.00am and will finish with a sociable cup of tea and a blether in the Birks Cinema café. The walks will take place around the town and will be led by trained walk leaders with the walks lasting up to an hour, and will be tailored to suit the abilities of the group. This is a great way to meet new people, get out of the house and become more active in your community so why not come along and give it a try? Kinloch Rannoch - Fridays - The walk will meet at 10.30am at the Riverside Café with the ‘health walk’ designed to cater for people of all ages and abilities with these local walks taking place around the village and surrounding countryside, providing the opportunity to enjoy a walk and chat in the company of others. All walks are free, are led by  trained health walk leaders for your peace of mind, and generally last between 45 and 60 minutes on good flat ground and will finish with the opportunity for a cuppa and chat afterwards in the café.  You are welcome to just turn up (wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the weather) but if you would like to chat to someone beforehand, call Colin Melville on 01738 454628 during office hours. Email Please note all walks are free (if taking the bus at Comrie there is a £2 charge) and for further details and walk information please contact Colin Melville on 01738 454628 or email The Aberfeldy walking group have been invited along to the lunch club which meets at the Parish Church on the third Thursday of each month with the next lunch scheduled for the 17th November from 12pm - 2pm. All are welcome and the lunch club provides a great social opportunity as well as a really tasty lunch!


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Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership Broadband Project

The project to bring a better broadband service to Highland Perthshire (HP) continues as HPCP and partner PGL Dalguise link up to connect a part of HP that suffers from connection speeds of 0.5mbps or less. This service will allow PGL to continue to grow their business and secure more employment in the area for years to come. This very welcome addition brings the HPCP network to fifty subscribers (monthly contracts), seventy-five seasonal subscribers, eighteen small businesses, five commercial enterprises, a regular service to the Blair Castle Horse Trials plus over 12,000 annual users at Blair Castle Caravan Park. The network jointly funded, initially, by Perth & Kinross Council (PKC), Griffin Wind Farm Fund and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) has four transmitters; Pitlochry (two), Struan and now at Rotmell serving Dalguise and surrounding communities. This offers wide geographic coverage with options to connect more premises as and when the opportunity arises. With wireless connections not dependent on a properties’ distance from a BT exchange, and with connection speed of 16Mbps and prices in line with those charged by BT, the service is proving to be a lifeline to existing businesses and residents. This is kindling growth and attracting new business to the area, with now in excess of 300 people connected to a useable internet bandwidth on a daily basis that could not do so before the HPCP initiative. The original HPCP Broadband pilot project targeted sixty subscriber connections on a budget of £120,000, which included core infra-structure allowing future expansion to additional communities. Government statistics say that the national economic impact to rural areas is around £2 billion annually and growing. Figures produced for areas similar to HP suggest this project is, today, worth around four to five million pounds per annum to Highland Perthshire, and growing. The social benefits are almost impossible to calculate but there will be a positive impact on rural populations, school numbers and local services. HPCP chairman Graham Huggins commented, ‘This has been a long and very difficult challenge with many setbacks which CBS acknowledge were not of our own making. We MOUNTAINEERING & POLAR EXPLORATION SPECIALISTS are very proud of what we have achieved in what has been, at times, very trying circumstances. Great credit SCOTLAND’S LARGEST SELECTION must go to all the team at OF MOUNTAIN & POLAR TRAVEL BOOKS HPCP especially our core volunteers. - UK & Worldwide Climbing & Walking - Wildlife & Natural History In light of recent ill-informed - Alps – Dolomites – Pyrenees comments in the press from - Himalayan & Asian Travel Murdo Fraser MSP we would - Greenland – Spitsbergen like to invite him to make his - North & South America first visit to HPCP when we - The Polar Regions can give him a better understanding of who we are and - FREE Valuations what we have and want to - FREE Catalogues achieve.’ - FREE Booksearch On Any Subject - WE BUY BOOKS Mr Huggins went on to say ‘Great credit must also go BROWSERS WELCOME, PLEASE PHONE FIRST to PGL for their foresight in recognising the benefits of For helpful service, please contact Tel: +44 (0) 1796 470056 our service to their business Chris or Anne Bartle, Ard-Darach, Email: and community and we look Strathview Terrace, Pitlochry, NEW, SECONDHAND PH16 5AT forward to a long and mutu& ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS ally beneficial partnership.’


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Mobile Library Service

- The Perth & Kinross mobile library service travels over 50,000 miles a year taking books, CDs, videos and DVDs to the rural parts of Perth and Kinross which are not served by a community library building. We deliver this service using four modern, specially designed mobile library vehicles, all of which are fully accessible with disabled ramp access. The vehicles also offer ∙ Extended services to older people in residential homes, care homes and sheltered housing ∙ 3G Wi-Fi planned on all vehicles so that customers who don’t have access to a PC or Broadband can access online services ∙ Tailored services to local schools which encourage good reading practice in early years ∙ Long stops in villages and small towns ∙ Priority stops and deliveries to remote rural communities. We provide this service for local communities on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Please keep up to date at for details of any disruptions to the library services. Also, please note that all times are subject to traffic and weather conditions. Wednesdays - 4th December. Kinloch Rannoch 09.45 - 10.15 Rannoch School 10.30 - 11.00 Rannoch Station 11.30 - 11.45 Bridge of Guar (Farm House) 12.00 - 12.20 Loch View 12.30 - 12.50 Trinafour (Trinafour House) 14.20 - 14.40 Tummel Bridge (Parkdean) 15.00 - 15.20 Strathtummel (Hotel) 15.30 - 15.55 Tuesdays - 6th December and 20th December. Grandtully 13.00 - 13.30 Balnaguard (Bus stop) 13.40 - 14.00 Dalguise 14.10 - 14.30 Calvine 15.30 - 15.50 Ald Clune 16.00 - 16.15 Killiecrankie 16.30 - 16.45 Ballinluig (Braeside Road) 17.40 - 18.00 Strathtay (Golf Club) 18.20 - 18.40 Weem (Church) 19.30 - 19.20 Wednesdays - 7th December and 21st December. Bridge of Tilt (Store) 10.00 - 10.30 Blair Atholl (St Adamnan Rd) 10.35 - 11.00 Blair Atholl (Ford Rd) 11.05 - 11.45 Bridge of Cally (Village Hall) *every 4 weeks - fortnight 1* 13.45 - 14.15

Ballintuim (Phone Box) *every 4 weeks - fortnight 1* 14.25 - 14.45 Spittal of Glenshee (Village Hall)*every 4 weeks - fortnight 2* 13.50 - 14.15 Dalrulzion (Old Hotel) *every 4 weeks - fortnight 2* 14.25 - 14.45 Kirkmichael (Bridge) 14.55 - 15.25 Straloch (School) 15.35 - 15.50 Saturdays - 10th December and 24th December. Bridge of Tilt (Store) 09.45 - 10.05 Blair Atholl (St Adamnan Rd) 10.05 - 10.20 Blair Atholl (Ford Rd) 10.25 - 10.45 Kinloch Rannoch (Square) 11.15 - 12.15 If you have any comments about the mobile library service, you can email us at library@pkc. (please include the subject line provided by the link, to ensure that your email reaches the correct department).

List of Organisations in Pitlochry

There is a list of all 73 organisations in the library mainly for the use of newcomers to the area. If there are any groups which have been formed since September 2014, they won’t be on the list so please send details of the contact person to Catherine Holmes c.p.holmes47@ 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.

Are You a Carer?

Complimentary, nonintrusive 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.

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. Pawky - shrewd, sly Sauch - willow Corrieneuchin - converse intimately

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GrowBiz: Enterprising Rural Perthshire

- GrowBiz provides a communitybased enterprise support service in rural Perthshire. Until recently, it worked mainly in the Eastern and Highland areas. Now, in partnership with Business Gateway, Perthshire Chamber and PKAVS, and with funding support from LEADER*, the service is available across Perthshire. The ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme provides support to anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise. This is regardless of your age or experience in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. Services are free and confidential, and include 1-1 meetings, peer support, learning sessions, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. If you are thinking of starting an enterprise, or expanding an existing business, in rural Perthshire, more information is available at the GrowBiz website: or email on to find out more, or make an appointment. *The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER provides funding and support for community and enterprise projects in rural Perthshire. More information at:

Christmas Concert with Pitlochry and District Choral Society - A Christmas

Concert with Pitlochry and District Choral Society will be held on Sunday 11th December at 7pm at the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry.

Jump-start your festive season by coming to our concert at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry where you will hear the Brahms Liebeslieder Love Songs and lots of seasonal songs and carols sung by the Pitlochry Choral, under the direction of the very well known Norman Beedie, and accompanied by the equally well known Muriel Johnstone, together with Peter Shand. Muriel and Peter will also be playing some keyboard works. We will be joined by the Primary School Choir of Breadalbane Academy who will be singing a number of items and who always bring that extra something special to our Christmas Concert. Pitlochry’s Dougal Lee is joining us to do the readings again. Tickets are on sale from Viva, 1 Mill Lane, Pitlochry; Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry; members of the choir, or by telephoning Viva on 07854 486872 or Susie on 01887 829118. Further information and contact details are on the website Wednesday 11th January is our date to reconvene and begin work on new material for the concert in April. Do come along then for a free taster session at The Tryst, Pitlochry at 7.45pm on Wednesdays. All music is provided and there are no auditions. We look forward to welcoming you to our concert on 11th December at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry. Humanos Aid International, Collectables Wanted - Do you have any collectables, for example, stamps, coins, diecast toys, model railway (runners / non runners or collectables) you have no longer use for? Our charity has a group of volunteers who are willing to accept your unwanted items. In house specialist for model railway repairs, two stamp experts, two diecast model specialists, a 35mm vintage camera expert and fountain pen repairer are all at hand. Your donation small or large, would be very highly appreciated, and help our charity generate the much needed funds for local and overseas community projects. If you are not able to deliver your unwanted items, we can arrange collection for you. We are just a phone call away. Humanos Aid International, No. 3 Bridgend, Aberfeldy PH15 2DF, Tel 01887 829445 www.humanos. email: Registered charity in Scotland SC042807 serving local and overseas community project. Our charity shop is interactive on Google earth, so you can have a wee browse online. 92 AQ


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Heartland Healing Rooms - Heartland Healing Rooms will be closed in December. We are

sorry if this causes you any inconvenience. A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith, no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. No appointment is necessary as you will be seen on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge. Isabelle Macdonald, 07768 492803.

New Release at Birks Cinema will run for 365 Days - A festive fundraising calendar

is available now, featuring an introduction by Alan Cumming. After the success of its 2016 fundraising calendar, the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy has produced an even more colourful calendar for 2017, with stunning pictures taken by local people selected by popular vote in a photo competition. The new and improved calendar for 2017 is poised to be even more popular, featuring a foreword from Aberfeldy born Hollywood Star and Cinema Patron, Alan Cumming. Each calendar sold provides valuable income towards maintaining the cinema and supporting the wide spread of community activities it hosts. ‘This year’s calendar is bigger and better than ever,’ said John Freeman, Chair of The Birks Cinema Trust, adding, ‘Not only does it feature twelve stunning photographs from local photographers, the calendar is also packed with details of the planned films, special live broadcasts and community events planned for 2017. At only £6, it should make the perfect gift for the festive season.’ The calendar is available for sale now at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy, via a number of retailers in Highland Perthshire or online at

Cards for Good Causes - Thanks again to Café Biba, Pitlochry as Cards for Good Causes

will be selling Christmas cards and goods in their Conservatory from Tuesday 1st November until Wednesday 14th December.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. Please come along and support this worthwhile cause, get your Christmas Cards and have a coffee while your at it! Quakers - Quakers try to live simply and sustainably, promoting peace, equality and truth. Putting faith into action is central to their way of life and they gather weekly for quiet worship usually on a Sunday in around 480 locations across Britain. You are welcome to any meeting for worship. Perth meeting takes place in the Subud centre, St. Leonards Bank every second and last Sunday of the month from 11am - 12pm.

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 in Scotland. Our aim is to provide care and shelter for the county’s unwanted dogs and to find them new loving homes. See for further information. 94 AQ

Murdo Fraser MSP

Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative I would like to wish all Quair readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As we enter the festive season retailers across Perth and Kinross will look to the season of goodwill to bring more shoppers to high streets across the region. Christmas shopping can help make or break a retailer’s year but there are several other issues that are holding back retail profitability. High business rates are crippling town centre business and are in urgent need of review. Since 2007 rates have increased by forty-two percent with many town centre businesses feeling the pinch of these hikes. In addition to the burden of higher rates many small to medium sized firms are being hit by the large business supplement, which taxes firms based on their shop floor size rather than financial footprint. The combination of these two taxes is resulting in reduced profitability for independent retailers and unless the Scottish Government reverses tack, more small businesses will become dependent on the Christmas shopping season to fill up their order books. Another issue that constricts town centre growth is the availability of parking spaces. Private parking companies operating in town centres are a vital provider of spaces but recent issues, particularly in Perth, have shown that their relationship with motorists is not working. Hard to interpret charging regimes, poor signage, and puzzle-like meters are confusing motorists and resulting in a significant number of fines being handed out. Extracting revenue from fines would appear to be more important than providing the best possible customer experience. For motorists who have been issued an incorrect fine and want to challenge it there is no independent appeals process. This is the crux of current problems. The existing system of self-regulation is falling way below of what we should expect. In appealing your charge directly to the operator, there is a clear conflict of interest and the code of conduct that operators work to is entirely voluntary, leaving it open to significant abuses. On top of this, private operators use questionable tactics to elicit payment from drivers. Fines from private parking companies are packaged to look as though they have the same legal standing as those from local authorities. They are not. Third party debt collectors are often appointed to extract revenue, with many citing the Parking Eye versus Beavis case despite there being no legal precedent north of the border. The threat of court action coupled with a barrage of intimidating letters often results in older and more vulnerable residents coughing up, even if they haven’t broken the rules. The relationship between parkers and providers is at an all time low. What I want is a more rigorous form of regulation. I am calling on the Scottish Government to enforce a standard set of guidelines that operators must stick to as well as a wholly independent statutory appeals service. The implementation of these policies would allow parkers to regain trust in the system and would give both motorists and providers a clear set of responsibilities that they must stick to. As ever I welcome the feedback from constituents and can be contacted at the Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, called on 01738 553990, or emailed at

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

Interim Moderator: The Rev Mathew Robertson Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan - Harold Ingram 01796 481275; Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch - Miss A M Philips 01882 633228; Session Clerk Foss & Rannoch - Arthur Andrews 01882 632372 Morning Worship - 11.15am Blair Atholl; 9.45am Braes of Rannoch; 11.30am Foss & Rannoch Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10am till 12 noon with a short time of Worship at 11am. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three Churches at the close of worship. All are welcome. 95 AQ

Pitlochry’s Wild Space Visitor Centre Smashes Through 100k Barrier Three and half years after it opened, the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space Visitor Centre in Pitlochry has welcomed its 100,000th visitor through the door. The centre opened on April 2013 as the Trust was celebrating John Muir’s 150th birthday. It tells the story of Scotland’s wildest places through film, audio, images, stone and wood. Jane Grimley, the Wild Space Manager, said, ‘When we opened, we could never be sure whether our new visitor centre would soar like an eagle or sink like a stone. We can now say it has been a resounding success, with an average of ninety-five visitors a day from all over the world. ‘They love coming here to spend twenty minutes getting an insight into Scotland’s glorious landscape. Through our four audio journeys, they can conjure up the sounds and stories of the Skye coastline, the Knoydart peninsula, Sandwood Bay and Ben Nevis. They can watch our beautiful film, Essential Wildness, with its heartfelt plea to protect nature. ‘And they can view spectacular images of Scotland’s glorious landscape and wildlife, and browse our specialist bookshop with its unique collection of classic and contemporary writings on land, mountaineering and ecology. ‘Wild Space has also become an important cultural hub for locals and visitors, hosting regular talks and book signings by some of our greatest nature writers, while the Alan Reece Gallery holds regular exhibitions showcasing the works of established and up-and-coming landscape artists and photographers.’ The current exhibition features the ten winning images in the Wild Places section of the 2016 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition.

Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Members and friends of Arthritis Awareness in Atholl were treated to a fascinating and informative talk by Vivien Milford of Perth and Kinross Waste Management Department at our November meeting. As the world’s resources are finite, we must ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ as much as we can. P&K Council encourage us to do so by providing different bins for different waste. The Council has to pay £85 per tonne on landfill tax so it makes sense to put as little as possible in our Green bins. Care must be taken not to put food or liquids into our Blue bins as one contaminated bin can lead to a lorry load being rejected at the Recycling Centre. Garden rubbish is turned into liquid fertiliser used by farmers and into the garden compost used locally by gardeners. Other waste becomes fuel pellets. Waste is seen now as a resource that we can all contribute to.


Chairman Hugh Mackintosh called on Dr David Cruikshank to give the Vote of Thanks on behalf of a very appreciative audience.

International Citizen Service - Want to be a part of Global Change? - An active member in Tackling Poverty overseas? See Real Change in deprived communities?

Then donate to International Citizen Service today! My name is Katie, a local in Pitlochry and I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted onto ICS’s program International Service where I will be volunteering in Burkina Faso, West Africa! As part of my challenge I need to raise £1,500 in order to keep funding ICS’s indispensable charity work so…Please visit my JustGiving page to find out more and to donate! 96 AQ

Scottish Episcopal Church - Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector: Revd Liz Baker 01796 472005 E mail: Facebook Page: Highland Perthshire Linked Charge. Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the worldwide Anglican Communion which is a family of over seventy million Christians in more than 160 countries. Services Until Christmas Holy Trinity Church Pitlochry Sundays 4th, 11th and 18th December - 9.30am Holy Communion Wednesday 21st December - 7pm ‘Lighten our Darkness’ - reflections on Midwinter’s Night. St Adamnan’s Church, Kilmaveonaig Sundays 11.15am 4th and 18th December Sung Communion; 11th December Sung Mattins. 18th December - 4pm Service of Seven Lessons and Carols St Andrew’s Church, Strathtay Sundays 11.15am 4th and 18th December Mattins; 11th December Holy Communion. 18th December - 6pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Weem Kirk. All Saints’ Church, Kinloch Rannoch 4th December - 10.30am Holy Communion 18th December - 2pm ‘Away in a manger’ carols and readings for all the family Christmas and New Year Services Holy Trinity Church Pitlochry Christmas Eve - 3pm Christingle-Nativity Service for all ages. 11.30pm Midnight Mass - the first Communion of Christmas Christmas Day - 9.30am Morning Worship - A Celebration on Christmas Morning St Adamnan’s Church, Kilmaveonaig Christmas Day - 9.45am Holy Communion - a service for all the family with Communion St Andrew’s Church, Strathtay Christmas Eve 5pm - Christingle Service for all ages 11.30pm Midnight Service - Holy Communion with Reserved Sacrament Christmas Day - 11.15am Holy Communion - A service for all the family All Saints’ Church, Kinloch Rannoch Christmas Day - 10.30am Christmas Service - A joint celebration in Rannoch

Kirk For all four congregations New Year’s Day 2017- 11.30am Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

Primary Six Class Publish Book of Spooky Stories

- Pupils from Primary Six at Breadalbane Academy Primary School have written and illustrated a comb bound book of spooky stories for kids. Each book contains twenty spooktacular stories. Each thrilling story has been handwritten and brilliantly illustrated and books are now available for sale at £2.50. These books are suitable for all ages of reader and can be purchased at Breadalbane Academy reception. 97 AQ

Pitlochry Church of Scotland

Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774)


Sunday Services 10.30am. 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. At a set point in the service, our children leave for their activity groups in the Sunday Club, and are always delighted to welcome new friends and visitors. We’d love to get to know you better, so after the service refreshments are served in The Tryst, please do join us. Tryst for Prayer - We meet weekly for prayer time at 10am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us, pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at, 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 10.30am, 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 for creativity and fellowship. Table Tennis Group Every Wednesday in The Tryst Hall from 2pm - 4pm. Church Choir Rehearsals every Wednesday at 6.25pm in The Tryst Hall. Scottish Country Dancing Every Tuesday at 7.30pm 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 3pm, 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 4pm, First Sunday of the month. Tea and coffee will follow the service. Christmas Tree Festival Church Open Day Saturday 3rd December 10am 4pm. The Guild will meet on Wednesday 7th December at 2.30pm in The Tryst Lounge. Join us for an afternoon of Christmas Crafts and Carols with Rachael Wood. All welcome. Christmas Services: Christmas Eve 6.30pm All Age Christingle Service, to celebrate the arrival of Christ the Light of the World Watch Night Service 11.30pm - Carols from 11.15pm Bring a candle/Christingle Christmas Day Service 10.30am - come celebrate the birth of the Christ-child. Bring a card or gift you have received The Tryst Office - Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 1pm. For additional information and applications for Hall Lets, contact the church office. Tel. 01796 474010. email:

Pitlochry Market Information - Car parking is free during market hours 10am - 2pm at our Armoury Road car park. Drop offs/pick ups can be made at the market gate. Please support your local market.

Public Access Defibrillators in Pitlochry and Moulin - There are three public access defibrillators available for emergency use. The first (provided by Rotary) is at the reception of Fishers Hotel. The second (also provided by the Rotary) is in Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the other (provided by the Community Council) is located in a case on the wall of the Moulin Inn Brewery. They are easy to use and provide automatic prompts and can save lives in the event of heart failure. There is also continuing training in CPR through the NHS Heartstart programme in the Atholl Medical Centre. There is also now a defibrillator just outside the Pro Shop at Pitlochry Golf Club. 98 AQ

Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club (BSYFC) - The onset of autumn has seen no let-up in the activities of Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club (BSYFC) as it looks to maintain the high momentum built up over recent years. In our efforts to promote coaching excellence, the club held two workshops across September and October. The ‘Positive Coaching’ workshop in September, facilitated by the SFA, and aimed at coaches, players and parents, was designed to reinforce this central plank of coaching philosophy with the aim of creating ‘an environment that develops betters players and better people’; it is about building self confidence in our young players and focuses on rewarding the effort they put in. Parents and supporters have a vitally important role to play in reinforcing this philosophy at pitch side and off the pitch. More recently, the club organised a technical coaching workshop for all our volunteer coaches. Local resident Gavin Price, currently assistant manager of Elgin FC, provided valuable subject matter expertise in consolidating the knowledge our coaches have built up through the official SFA coaching pathway. Geography is a constant challenge for the football club, so bringing coaches together in this way is key in trying to improve coordination and cohesion amongst our many coaches. Improving diversity within the club has long been part of our mission and vision statements. To that end, BSYFC hosted a girls ‘SFA Live Your Goals’ festival on the 3rd November at Breadalbane Community Campus. Under the able organisation of BSYFC coaches - Laura MacIver (Lead), Rab Murdoch, Mhairi Morrison, Louise Torbet, Rhys Dow, Murray Ross and Kyle Ridley the festival was a great success, attracting forty-five girls from the club catchment area, which bodes well for the development of girls football in the area. Sponsorship is an important income stream for most football clubs; this is especially true for BSYFC which strives to maintain high levels of quality. The most recent sponsor to come on board is Ballinluig Services who have kindly sponsored training tops for the 2008 team. This team is due to begin 7-a-side football in the Perth & Kinross Youth Football League in March, so the tops are likely to see a lot of use over the coming year! The club would like to express its thanks to Ballinluig Services for their support. It is equally important that our coaches have clothing and equipment as befits the status of the football club. All twenty-eight of BSYFC’s volunteer coaches have now received new tracksuits and tops. Our thanks go to Grandtully Logos for their support; they have provided a fantastic service to us since 2007, designing logos and providing kit badges. On the playing side, the BSYFC 2003s were unsuccessful in their bid to reach the last thirty-two of the U14 Scottish Cup after losing 4-1 to Johnstone Burgh BC on Sunday 30th October in front of a sizeable crowd at Home St. The boys were the last remaining team from Perth & Kinross in the competition, having already defeated sides from Perth, Montrose and Fife but were unable to overcome a strong Glasgow outfit and left to rue a number of missed first half chances.Over the years, there has been a steady stream of high performing players from BSYFC selected to play at higher levels in the junior ranks of professional clubs such as St Johnstone. Scott Logan, 2005 player and P7 pupil at Breadalbane Primary, is the latest to continue this trend, having been selected for the P&K Select Football Squad ‘LIDL advanced skills centre’ program. This is an SFA led thirty-week elite youth training program designed to develop the best talent in the area and takes place at McDiarmid Park. The Squad will take part in Scottish Primary Schools 7-a-side football festivals throughout the year. Well done Scott - a huge achievement! Christmas Hamper Raffle fundraiser - This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and money raised will help fund the cost of new equipment for all our ten youth football teams ranging from 7-15 years age groups. Tickets will go on sale from late November and will be on sale at the Aberfeldy Christmas Market on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets are £1 each, with many fantastic prizes, supported by local businesses throughout Highland Perthshire. Finally, we are pleased to announce that Saturday 28th January 2017 will be the date of our annual awards ceremony, where players will be rewarded for their efforts and parents will have an opportunity to get a progress update from the coaches and get an insight into the plans for the club as a whole. More detail will be forthcoming on this in the upcoming weeks. 99 AQ

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Our whisky shop has been synonymous with fine whisky, wines and spirits for over 60 years. We have customers from all around the globe who visit our shop and website to grab themselves a nice bottle of Scotland’s famous spirit. As well as whisky, we stock a huge host of world wines, spirits and beers as well as a comprehensive range of craft gins. Robertsons of Pitlochry, 44-46 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Tel. 01796 472011

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