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February 2017 Edition 176

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Monthly Community Magazine of Aberfeldy, Weem, Dull, Glen Lyon, Kenmore, Fearnan, Keltneyburn, Loch Tay, Acharn, Lawers, Little Ballinluig, Camserney, Fortingall & Grandtully 1


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Gatehouse Nursery Seed Potatoes & Onion Sets Closed theSeeds Winter Flowerfor & Vegetable 1st November `16 - Reopening Mid February `17

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The Breadalbane Quair is an open access monthly magazine, with a print run of 2800, delivered FREE to around 2100 addresses in the PH15 postal area. 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 www.thequair.scot Copy Date for the next edition - The copy date for advertisers and organisations to submit an advertisement or article for the March 2017 edition is noon on Monday 13th February 2017.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Group

- On Monday 20th February Charlotte Fleming, the SWT ranger from Loch of the Lowes will give a talk ‘What’s new for wildlife in Perthshire?’and on Monday 20th March Catherine Lloyd from Tayside Biodiversity Partnership will give a talk ‘Tayside biodiversity- every action counts’. Both events will take place at 7.30pm in the Tryst, Pitlochry, PH16 5EB. For enquiries contact Richard Horobin 01796 474480.

Molteno Hall Fortingall Winter Keep Fit Classes 2017

- Keep fit this winter! Winter Keep Fit classes, led by an instructor from LiveActive Leisure Ltd, are held every Tuesday at 10.15am in the Molteno Hall, Fortingall. The exercise classes will continue every week at the same time until Easter. The charge per class is £4.50, payable upfront for either 5 or 10 sessions. There’s no problem if you miss a week or two, the fee you pay is not linked to any particular date, just attend when you can. You’re welcome to come along and try one session at a cost of £4.50 to see if the exercises suit you before committing to five or ten classes. Why not pay for ten in advance and get one session Free! Refreshments after the class are included.

Strategic Priorities for Culture Published - Perth & Kinross Council has today published

its Strategic Priorities for Culture. This document sets out the Council’s vision, ‘To be at the heart of Scotland’s cultural landscape, and celebrate our distinctive cultural past, present and future- for everyone.’ The Council aims to increase participation in culture by investing in online services, ​​delivering public programmes of national significance, and making culture more accessible to those with support needs. It will strengthen the tourism economy with the development of new cultural attractions and support for local artists and makers. The bid for Perth to be UK City of Culture 2021 will ensure the continuation of artistic and cultural excellence in the area, as well as providing the infrastructure to support participation. The Council, which is investing £53 million in capital projects related to culture, will deliver its cultural strategy jointly with its key commissioning partners, Horsecross Arts and Culture Perth and Kinross, as well as working with other organisations across the area. Council Leader Councillor Ian Miller said, ‘Cultural regeneration is at the heart of our plans for Perth and its surrounding area. We have a unique offering, combining our heritage and active community arts organisations with exciting and dynamic future developments. Perth is the place for culture!’ Strategic Priorities for Culture can be found on the Council’s website at www.pkc.gov.uk/18610.  Advertising & Editorial Information - Please note that all advertisements and articles carried by The Breadalbane 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. 9


Can You Spare a Couple of Hours for Marie Curie? Be part of something big this

March. Public collections will be held in Perth, Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry and Auchterarder, as part of the Great Daffodil Appeal for Marie Curie, raising money to provide expert nursing care at home for people living with a terminal condition. Collectors volunteer for two hours collecting donations in return for one of our well-known daffodil pins. Volunteers collect in pairs and can choose the date, location and time that suits them best. Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, Helen Zollinger, said, ‘During March, Great Daffodil Appeal collections take place right across the UK. Volunteering as a collector is a perfect opportunity to make a difference locally but be part of something really big. Every twenty pounds raised provides one hour of Marie Curie nursing care, so every collector can end their shift knowing they’ve made a real difference.’ If you can spare two hours this March to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal or would like to organise a collection in your town, contact Helen Zollinger on 0131 561 3948 - helen.zollinger@mariecurie.org.uk.

Pitlochry and District Adult Education, Art class resumes

- Art Club restarts on Tuesday 21st February, from 2-4pm, for another 10 sessions with a break over Easter. This class is held in the Atholl Centre; come along to Dee’s friendly, informal, class where people progress at their own pace, whether novices or experienced artists. For more guidance phone 07866 693752, email handford.kevin@gmail.com, or ruth@roobedo.com. Information can be also be found on Facebook, search for “Pitlochry and District Adult Education Association” 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. For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or megross@btinternet.com. Our next Whole Group meeting is on Wednesday 8th February at 2pm in the Atholl Centre. John Mattingley will be talking about Cluny Gardens. Everyone is welcome, members or not. Please come to what promises to be a very interesting afternoon. Jehovah’s Witnesses - The meetings at the Kingdom Hall, Moness Terrace, Aberfeldy, consist of talks and discussions. If you would like to get to know your Bible and the answers to life’s questions, do come and join in. The meetings are 10.30am Sunday, and 7pm Thursday. We offer a free home study course of the Bible using the book: ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach?’ If you would like a copy and a one-off trial of the study, do get in touch (07802 753193 or ministry@ akel.co.uk). At www.jw.org you can find out about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Carbon Offset - To offset some of our carbon use and replace some of the wood we use in the monthly production of The Breadalbane, Atholl and Crieff & Comrie Quairs we plant 2 trees every month. Our trees are planted at Balmuick Farm, above the village of Comrie. Each tree planted will help offset some of our environmental impact by breathing in about 730 kg CO2 emissions over its lifetime. The trees also provide sustainable habitat for wildlife, and will enhance the natural landscape with native broad-leaved trees. We hope that, in conjunction with copies of our magazines being recycled, we can help make a small difference to the environment. You can see details of the scheme we are part of at www.trees4scotland.com 10

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Blythswood Shoebox Appeal Spring Collection - Please note the date of our annual Spring Collection of black bags of warm clothes, shoes, boots blankets, dry food goods, knitted garments etc will take place this year on Saturday 1st April from 11am - 2pm. Normally, we ask you to bring your black bags to the Church Centre in Aberfeldy, but this year the Blythswood van will be parked outside the Thrift Shop. This is because Blythswood Shoebox Appeal has the Thrift Shop from Saturday 25th March to Saturday 1st April, so we’ve decided to dovetail the Spring Collection with our Thrift Shop duties. We look forward to receiving your generous donations as always. Please also note the above dates for the Shoebox Thrift Shop - we’ll be looking for volunteers to staff the shop that week, so grab your diary now and make an entry! Katie will be in touch with our usual supporters nearer the time, but if you’d like to volunteer to help us in the Thrift Shop for the first time, then please call Katie Allstaff now on 820632. As always, thank you for your invaluable support for Blythswood Care. Breadalbane Community Library - At the library we have a range of regular activities

on offer. If you are interested in any of them simply come along or get in touch if you have any questions. Bookbug Sessions - This is an under 5s activity session with songs, rhymes and stories, held every Wednesday 11am - 11.30am. Chatterbooks - A fun and friendly book group for children aged 8-11 (Primary 4-7), new members always welcome, held monthly on Fridays after school, 3.45pm - 4.45pm. Further dates- 10th February, 10th March. Café Books - Are you looking for something different to read or like to talk about books? This is an informal book group with a difference. We won’t tell you what to read but we could show you what you might like. Every 4 weeks on Saturdays 11am - 12.30pm; 4th February, 4th March, 1st April, 29th April, 27th May and 24th June. Tea and Tales - Join us for a cup of tea and a blether about the good old days. Starts again in the new year on Tuesday 7th February th 10.30am - 12pm. Further dates: 7 March, 4th April, 2nd May and 6th June.

Advanced Notice Date for the Diary - Library Community Day - A morning of fun with something for everyone, Music, Art, Literature and Entertainment: Saturday 11th March from 10am - 1pm. Breadalbane Community Library, Crieff Rd, Aberfeldy PH15 2DU breadalbanelibrary@cpk.org.uk 01887 822405

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Birnam Arts and Conference Centre is a 125 year old Scottish charity that has, in recent years, evolved into a vibrant and award winning arts and community centre based in the re-developed Birnam Institute. The post of General Manager has become vacant and we are looking for a high-quality candidate to build on the work that has transformed the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre into a much loved and admired institution within Highland Perthshire and beyond. This is a unique career development opportunity - the role demands a broad skill set with significant managerial responsibility; balancing the fulfilment of charitable objectives with the need to develop the Centre’s many commercial activities. If you are interested, please email admin@birnaminstitute.com for a detailed job specification and information about how to apply. 11


Drama Festival in Birnam - The annual Festival of One Act Plays will take in Birnam Institute between Thursday 2nd and Saturday 4th March starting at 7pm each evening. Teams from Aberfeldy Drama Club, Breadalbane Academy, Blairgowrie Players and Unmasqued Drama Club from Perth will be competing for the right to appear in the Divisional Festival in Orkney, while the youth teams will also be looking towards the Divisional Youth Festival in Aberdeen. Tickets will cost £9 (£7 for under 16s) and are available from Birnam Institute, Wade’s Newsagents in Aberfeldy and from participating clubs. Please note in your diaries that the Scottish Final will be in Pitlochry Festival Theatre between Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th April. Tickets are available now from the theatre box-office. More information will follow in later issues.

North Perthshire Family History Group - The Speaker at our February Meeting will be Sarah Willcock, assistant Archivist at A K Bell Council Archives. Her subject will be ‘Researching your Family History, some known and lesser known sources in Council Archives’. We will meet as usual in Moulin Hall at 2.30pm on Thursday 16th February. If you are interested in finding out about your Family History, this should be a very interesting afternoon. Members free, visitors £3.

Church Offers to Give Your Finances a New Year Makeover - Hundreds of local people will benefit from the launch of a free course that aims to help them gain control of their money and household finances. Aberfeldy Parish Church, amongst others in Highland Perthshire, is running the popular Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course, which teaches a simple cash-based system that helps to build a household budget in a matter of weeks. Angela Hanvey, CAP Highland Perthshire Centre Manager said, ‘Many of us will have used credit cards or dipped into the overdraft to pay for the Christmas festivities. Our message is: please don’t struggle on - make a resolution to do it differently next year! Now really is the best time to put things in order and we can help to get your head in gear and take the practical steps to sort things out for good.’ She added that a small team from Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld gained training from UK charity CAP to put on the course, which now sees more than 10,000 people across Britain gain money management skills each year. Angela Hanvey said, ‘Around three quarters of the people who turn to CAP for debt help say they had problem debt, partly because they didn’t have any tuition in budgeting and money management. ‘When you know what you’ve got in your Scottish Magazine Awards 2016 account and you know where it’s going, you Scot Active, Producer of The Quair Magazines can plan for any big expenses like car repairs, Shortlisted for producing The Scottish Magazine meaning a much more peaceful 2017.’ of the Year 2016 in the Small Publishing Company ‘We’d rather people in our area have the skills Category run by the Professional Publishers to avoid serious debt problems and the best Association (PPA) Scotland. thing about the CAP Money system is that it’s flexible, so as your income or outgoings change, it can help you stay on top.’ The sessions take place in Aberfeldy Church Centre on Taybridge Road from 7.30pm on Tuesday nights starting on 7 th February. Book your space early to avoid disappointment at www.capmoney.org/en_GB/ othercourses?postcode. For more information call us on 07513 652597 or email angelahanvey@capuk.org. Small Publishing

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17th Perthshire (Aberfeldy) Scout Group - Now in our fourteenth year, our Scout

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I was delighted to hear that the First Minister and her Cabinet will meet on Monday 6th February, in Pitlochry and then take part in a public discussion at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The discussion will focus on the rural economy and give members of the public the chance to quiz Cabinet Secretaries on the issues of the day affecting the town and local economy. Since 2008, the Cabinet has held 43 meetings and public discussion events in towns across Scotland. The theme for the day is the rural economy and this is a chance for people to give the First Minster and her Cabinet Secretaries views on what more they can do to allow rural areas to thrive. They have promised to take on board the thoughts and concerns of people and use the feedback they get to shape their policy decisions to build a more inclusive and prosperous country. The public discussion will run from 1.30pm to 3pm at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Entry is free but as seats are limited, attendees must register in advance online at ministerstouringscotlandeventpitlochry.eventbrite.co.uk. I was concerned to hear about the UK Government’s proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit. The policy means a family with three children could lose up to £2,780 each year. Latest estimates show the proposal would lead to a cut in welfare spending of £1.6 billion by 2020/21, affecting over 600,000 families initially and rising to 3.7 million families across the UK when it is fully rolled out. The impact of changes to benefits and tax credits over the last few years is a considerable burden on those least able to afford it and continues to push more and more people into poverty at the very time we are working to lift people out of poverty. The UK Government must rethink this damaging policy. If any constituents need to contact me, I can be reached at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, on 01250 876576 or at pete.wishart.mp@parliament.uk.

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Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust - Alan Root Productions A chance to see two classic 1970’s African wildlife films on Friday 24th February at 7pm, Mezzanine Floor, Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy. Castles of Clay: biodiversity around termite mounds with an interval for glass of wine. Followed by A Season in the Sun: how animals survive the dry season. There will then be a short update on recent HPCLT activities. Entrance: £5 for adults, children free with proceeds to HPCLT. Further Information: Tim Fison 01567 820221 or timfison@gmail.com.

Aberfeldy Bids for Dramatic Success - The Scottish Community Drama Association

One Act Play Festival will take place at the Birnam Institute from 2nd to 4th March. Aberfeldy Drama Club will be performing two plays: Ring Road by Anita Vittesse and Parking Lot in Pittsburgh by Anne Downie. Both plays are comedies, with a tragic twist, set in contemporary Scotland. Ring Road explores the story of Lisa and her brother-in-law, Mark, who she has lured to a dingy hotel room in the middle of a ring road to carry out a plan. As the night unfolds she pushes every button she can to get him to agree to do it. Parking Lot in Pittsburgh centres on the story of Maggie and her four grasping sisters, desperate for a cut of her estate. The story is told partly in flashbacks, which reveals the truth behind Maggie’s decision to move to America and make her fortune. Performances start at 7pm and tickets are on sale at the door Scottish Country Dancing in Aberfeldy - The Aberfeldy Scottish Country Dancing Club is dancing once again in the Aberfeldy Lesser Town Hall every Tuesday evening from now through to Tuesday 28th March. Meeting at 7.15pm for 2 hours it is an informal class with the emphasis on enjoyment combined with a little ‘light’ exercise. New faces are always welcome, beginners and more experienced dancers and you do not require your own partner. For further information contact Betty Kinnear on 01887 820124. Learn to Save a Life with Heartstart - On Friday 7th April Helen Brady from Tayside NHS Heartstart will be at Atholl medical Centre, Pitlochry. Please come to learn what to do if someone collapses. Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to attend as it could be you! There will be two sessions from 2pm to 4 pm and from 4pm to 6pm. There is no need to book - just turn up. Even if you have attended one of these sessions before it is important to come again for revision and to keep up to date. For further information contact Catherine Holmes 01796 473400 (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com).

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Breadalbane Canoe Club - Breadalbane Canoe Club reached the end of 2016 with much to shout about! Based in Aberfeldy, but with paddlers from communities all around the River Tay, the Club currently has over 100 members, 31 who compete in Canoe Slalom and two who compete in Wild Water Racing. Breadalbane CC has celebrated successes in all levels of the sport. Victoria Murray, who began the autumn studying at Strathclyde University, was selected as Perth and Kinross’ Junior Sports Person of the Year. Along with this kudos, Vicky is the highest ever ranked Breadalbane woman (10th), finishing the season ranked 1st Scottish Junior and 2nd British Junior. Madelaine Jennings was selected to the 2016 British Junior team, and competed in the European Championships in August of this year in Solkan, Slovenia. Maddy is currently training in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia with another Breadalbane paddler and fellow 2017 Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) performance team-mate, Duncan Edwards. She will be competing in April at Lee Valley in London for the opportunity to represent Britain again. Maddy was also the recipient of the George Mortimer Sports’ Bursary. Both girls have also had the honour of standing on the podium at a British Premier Race this year in the bronze position. Eddie McDiarmid, currently studying Civil Engineering at Edinburgh University, achieved selection as a K1 Man on the Junior GB team and partnered as a C2 on the Senior GB team in Wild Water Racing. His fellow Breadalbane team-mate, Louise Revell, was also selected to the Under 23 and Senior British team. Louise, a student at Strathclyde University, won the bronze medal at the European Under 23 Wild Water Championships in the classic event at Murau, Austria this year. The success continued with the younger junior paddlers as well. Padraig Cowan won The Simon Fletcher Memorial trophy at the Aberfeldy Division 3 race in April, ensuring his promotion to Division 2. He has quickly moved up the ranks, and is currently ranked 12th in Britain in this division. Oscar Wyllie is the Scottish Junior 10 Champion in K1 men and Breagh MacPherson is the Scottish Junior 16 Champion in C1 women. Pitlochry Primary School (with only four paddlers competing!) won the top Primary school trophy at the Scottish Schools competition in June. Four S4 Breadalbane paddlers who attend Breadalbane Academy were not content to just train about eight times a week. They also decided that their Club should be considered as a worthy charity in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Their stellar presentation raised £3,000 for the Club. Looking to follow on from all the above success, Breadalbane has three eight year olds who have chosen to begin canoe slalom. These three are Breadalbane’s youngest paddlers to date! With more and more success for Britain in Canoe Slalom, both in the Olympics and at European and World Championships, the Club has recognised the necessity to train more on artificial courses. Breadalbane paddlers have had more sessions than ever on Scotland’s only artificial course in Glasgow (Pinkston Watersports). Older paddlers have had the first ever Breadalbane Canoe Club training camp on the Olympic Course at Lee Valley in London before both the April junior selection races and the British Open in September. All this bodes well for more success to come in 2017 for these dedicated paddlers!

Lunch Club at The Molteno Hall

- The lunch club at the Molteno Memorial Hall, Fortingall will be on every second Wednesday of the month. To book a place please phone Morag on 830322 or Sue on 830871. Acoustic Music Session - The Birks Cinema Celtic Acoustic Music session every Thursday starts 7pm -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. 31


Aberfeldy Community Choir - A Big Thank You to our Audience - Newlyformed Aberfeldy Community First Responders Group were boosted by a £632.09 donation in December. The money was raised by a bucket collection during the Aberfeldy Community Choir’s annual free Christmas Concert on December 19th in the Town Hall. The evening also featured the award winning Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir and Aberfeldy Community Band and was sponsored by Aberfeldy & District Rotary Club. The Community Choir had conceived the evening as an informal café-style event, and the Band set the mood as the audience settled round festive tables. Keith Moncrieff hosted, encouraging everyone to join in with Christmas favourites. The two choirs under their Musical Directors and Conductors, Jane Carmichael and May Brown, entertained with a variety of Gaelic and Christmas songs. At the interval Judy Ewer of Aberfeldy Community First Responders Group explained how the first Responders would operate, and then members of the Rotary Club went round with teas, mince pies, and collection buckets. Encouraged by the playing of the Community Band, the audience forked out £532.09. A very successful evening was rounded off by the Band, the two choirs, Keith and the audience combining in a rousing version of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. As sponsors of the event, the Rotary Club donated a further £100 to bring the final total to £632.09. The Responders have completed their training and as their equipment becomes available, will become active in February 2017. Aberfeldy Community Choir would like to thank the Rotary Club for their sponsorship, the Gaelic Choir and the Community Band for their collaboration which enhanced the evening, the audience for their generosity and Griffin & Calliachar Community Fund who help keep our choir afloat. Here’s to next Christmas! Aberfeldy Community Choir meets on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Aberfeldy Parish Church Hall (behind the Church on Taybridge Road. Come and sing with us. There are no auditions.

Heartland Film Society at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Sunday 12th February at 6pm Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia 2015 125 min Cert 12A) Director Ciro Guerra. Award winning, ‘feast for the senses’: shamans, scientists and healing plants …. Sunday 26th February at 6.15pm Taxi Tehran (Iran 2015 80 min Cert 12A) Director Jafar Panahi. Taxi passengers express their view of the world… comedy and drama. After January’s triple bill, HFS has 2 feature films for you in February plus the 2016 Palme Dewar prize winning short The World’s First Bicycle, Director Conrad Molleson will be joining us for a Q&A on 26th February before the feature. HFS AGM is the same night - likely to be 5pm, members will receive an invitation. Information and online booking www.birkscinema.co.uk or phone 01887 822845. Everyone is welcome to HFS screenings but become a member any time for just £10 and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS films at The Birks plus free DVD loans of HFS films and all the benefits of belonging to a friendly film society www.heartlandfilmsociety.org

Pitlochry Flower Club - Pitlochry Flower Club will meet on Wednesday the 15th February at

Scotland’s Hotel Pitlochry commencing at 2pm. The Flower demonstration will be given by Christine McKenna - ‘Treasures from the Attic’ There will be a competition: ‘Bygone Treasures’. Visitors are very welcome for a charge of £5. If you would like any more information please contact (Chairman) Linzee Lindsay 01738 710777 or Carol MacGill 01796 473026. The March 22nd meeting will be held at the Atholl Palace, (please note the change of venue) from 12pm for 12.30pm. This will be a lunch, with a flower demonstration to follow. The demonstrator will be Mrs Karl Brunton her title will be ‘Surprises’. This should be a nice afternoon, good food, lovely flower arrangements, friendly company, what more could you ask for! For more information telephone Janice Needham (treasurer) 01764 683492. 32


Murdo Fraser MSP

Mid Scotland & Fife Regional Member - Conservative 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 murdo.fraser.msp@parliament.scot.

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.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop New Shelving - If you have not visited the bookshop since

Christmas, expect to find changes when you arrive. Thanks to a team of volunteers working across the Christmas break, new shelving has been installed throughout the shop. The original shelving had outlived its usefulness and would soon become a safety hazard. The problem was how to finance its replacement since all income from book sales is committed to the Bookshop’s six charities but spot on time; three local organisations came to the rescue with generous donations to cover the refurbishment costs. The Andie Millar Trust contributed £2,500, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust gave £250 and The Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership came up with an astonishing £4,500. The Bookshop volunteer staff are grateful to all contributors and are enjoying the warm approval of visitors for the new shelving. The increased book space also means that contributions to charity should increase further. Winter Words Festival - It’s time, again, for ‘Winter Words’ at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, this year from Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th February. As usual, the Bookshop will be running its stall with a wide variety of interesting and desirable volumes. Pitlochry Theatre generously makes no charge, so all income goes to the Bookshop’s charities. Bookshop Raffle - The Bookshop annual Raffle will be drawn at ‘Winter Words’. The prize, donated by Abellio Scotrail, is two Scotrail Return Tickets to anywhere in Scotland, valid for one year. Tickets are only £1 each and are available in the Bookshop.

 

Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice

We would like to welcome Dr Fiona Pittman who is with us from 7th December for 4 months. Appointments are valuable to you and to us, if you cannot make your time please telephone reception to cancel it. Please do not just ‘not turn up’. Someone else can use the slot. 266 appointment slots have been wasted due to non attendance since January 2014. Counsellor Angus Cameron - Psychotherapy from the Human Givens Therapy approach combines proven therapeutic techniques with the most up-to-date psychological knowledge to relieve emotional distress and help you move on with your life as quickly as possible. Tel: 07342 269227 (after 6.30pm) or leave a message at any time. Kinloch Rannoch - Please phone the Rannoch surgery after 11am for repeat requests and results. Kinloch Rannoch nurse and HCA appointments are now at 10 minute intervals, you may be asked why you need to see the nurse or HCA so that an appropriate time is given for your appointment. Aberfeldy Surgery - Please phone Aberfeldy surgery for results after 2pm. 33


Community First Responders - Aberfeldy now has eleven Scottish Ambulance trained Community First Responders. Some key facts about ACFRG: We aim to be on call during GP out of hours and Bank Holidays *We cover the valley from Grandtully / Strathtay to Bolfracks / Highland Safaris *We are instructed and sent by the Scottish Ambulance Service at exactly the same time as the ambulance is dispatched (Every minute counts in an emergency situation. This is especially so living in a rural area.) *We should be with the patient before the ambulance crew *We have been trained in a range of emergency procedures and will carry medical kit that includes defibrillators and oxygen cylinders *We will have four teams based on both banks of the River Tay Our Goals: *To save lives *To raise sufficient funds for medical kit bags *To recruit and train a total of twenty First Responders (the cap set by the Scottish Ambulance Service) If you are keen to learn more please email - info@ACFRG.net. Registered charity number SC047017

The Big Shed - A belated ‘Happy New Year’ from the Big Shed. The AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th February at 7.30pm - all are very welcome… and there will be cake! At the time of writing in early January, we’re still finalising this year’s programme of events. We finished 2016 on a musical high with piper Fred Morrison and there will be more music this year. This year’s yoga workshops - all of which include lunch - are: 4th/5th March - the intriguingly titled Animal Yoga. (For more see www.animalyoga.org) 3rd/4th June - 2 day workshop with Ruth Hancock of www. barefootbarn.org 6th August - 1 day workshop with Clare Stephen 23rd/24th September - two half day workshops with Sue Atkinson. JohnMorris MorrisSafety SafetyLtd Ltd John 23rd October - 1 day workshop with Angela McHugh. JohnMorris Morris John Dip2OSH CMIOSH MIIRSM MInstLM MaPS MREHIS Dip2OSH CMIOSH MIIRSM MInstLM MaPS MREHIS There’s also a regular yoga class CharteredHealth Healthand andSafety SafetyPractitioner Practitioner Chartered with Emma Burtles on Friday from 10.30am - 12pm on Friday - price £6. No need to book, just come along. REHIS Health & Safety Certificate 1 day £75 per person REHIS Health & Safety Certificate - 1 day £75 per person Did you know that he Big Shed is REHISFood FoodHygiene HygieneCertificate Certificate- 1- 1day day£75 £75per perperson person REHIS FirstAid AidatatWork WorkCertificate Certificate- 3- 3day day£225 £225per perperson person First available to hire for celebrations of EmergencyFirst FirstAid AidatatWork WorkCertificate Certificate- 1- 1day day£75 £75per perperson person Emergency EmergencyFirst FirstAid AidatatWork Work(+F) (+F)Certificate Certificate- 1- 1day day£85 £85per perperson person all kinds, as well as workshops and Emergency retreats. SourceofofCompetent CompetentSafety SafetyAdvice, Advice,Fire FireSafety SafetyTraining, Training, Source You’ll find us on the north side of FirstAid AidTraining, Training,Manual ManualHandling HandlingTraining, Training, First Loch Tay, about 2 miles beyond the RiskAssessments, Assessments,Safety SafetyInspections InspectionsororAudits Audits Risk .. Ben Lawers Hotel. Access is signposted from the main road and there “Helpingyou youtotomeet meetyour yourlegal legalrequirements” requirements” “Helping is parking. you would like more information, please contact: If If you would like more information, please contact: See also: www.facebook.com/theBigCraignavieFarmhouse, Farmhouse,KILLIN, KILLIN,Perthshire, Perthshire,FK21 FK218SJ 8SJ Craignavie Tel: 01567 820787Mobile: Mobile: 07866 514033e-mail: e-mail: john@johnmorrissafety.co.uk ShedTombreck or www.bigshed.org. Tel: 01567 820787 07866 514033 john@johnmorrissafety.co.uk uk, or phone 07508 645453 34


John Swinney MSP Perthshire North - SNP

Walkers and climbers are urged to stay safe over winter period. Being well prepared with the appropriate equipment and knowledge can reduce the risks facing outdoor enthusiasts over winter. In 2015, the 27 Scottish volunteer mountain rescue teams were called out to 579 incidents and assisted 776 people in difficulty in Scotland’s hills and remote places. Just over £1.8 million is being spent to support a range of measures aimed at promoting mountain safety, including mountain rescue teams, the sportscotland Avalanche Service, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s national outdoor training centre. The vast majority of people will experience incident-free trips by following these safety tips: *Check the weather forecast and avalanche information service, changing plans if Necessary *Carry a compass and map and know how to use it. Don’t rely on GPS or Smartphone *Have an alternative plan in case weather conditions worsen *Attend a winter mountaineering course to brush up on your skills *Have all the appropriate equipment, including ice axe and crampons if conditions demand it *Leave a note with details of your route and when you expect to return *Read up about the risk of avalanche and how to spot the warning signs. Outdoor enthusiasts look forward to the winter months when Perthshire’s mountain ranges and wild places are at their most eye-catching. We want them to go out and enjoy them but clearly their safety must be their top priority. The vast majority of walkers, hill runners and snow sport enthusiasts are well prepared, and have safe and enjoyable experiences, but tragic situations do unfortunately happen. By taking simple precautions such as having the right equipment, knowing how to use it and having the latest weather information, anyone thinking of heading out will greatly reduce their risk of injury or accident. Also, getting good information helps any mountain goer decide where to go and what to do. Avalanche reports and other useful information which help with this important process can be obtained from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service at www.sais.gov.uk, Met Office, and Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) websites. Plans for major changes to the Scottish planning system were published recently. The Scottish Government has set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning decisions. They form a consultation which will pave the way for a planning bill to be brought forward this year. The proposals build on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year. Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to driving forward regeneration. I would encourage everyone with an interest in planning - developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and members of the public - to tell us what they think of our proposals for change. The consultation, runs until Tuesday 4th April, and can be accessed at www.consult. scotland.gov.uk/planning-architecture/a-consultation-on-the-future-of-planning I can be contacted at 17-19 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AH, by telephone on 01250 876576 or on email at john.swinney.msp@parliament.scot.

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Perth Citizens Advice Bureau

Aberfeldy Recycling Centre Perth CAB continues to provide its full advice service in Pitlochry. Dunkeld Road, PH15 2AG Experienced advisers have Batteries (household), Bicycles, Cans access to the full national in(including aluminium foil, aerosols, biscuit tins), formation system on a laptop Bulky Goods, Car Batteries, Cardboard, Cooking computer and can offer all the Oil, Electrical & Electronic Equipment, Engine backup of the main bureau at 7 Atholl Crescent, Oil, Fridges/Freezers, Fluorescent Tubes, Garden Perth. Problems with housing, employment, relaWaste, General Waste, Glass, Long Life Light tionship, consumer issues, debt, benefits or legal Bulbs, Paper, Plastic (rigid plastic packaging), matters can all be researched on our comprehenRubble Stone and Soil, Scrap Metal, Telephone sive information system. We offer free, independDirectories, Textiles (clothes and shoes), Timber, ent, confidential and impartial advice on a wide (hand) Tools for Reuse, Tyres (maximum two per range of issues including housing, employment, visit, strictly householders only) debt and benefits. Our objective is to help you LPG Gas Bottles should be returned to the supaccess all the information you need to make an plier. A range of companies are happy to accept informed choice on your options. We can also them for reuse, for free. offer practical help with form filling in addition to providing information and advice. The advisers Open All Year will be available at each venue on a ‘drop-in’ basis. Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 7pm When required it may be necessary to arrange a Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm follow up appointment with a specialist adviser. All enquiries are treated completely confidentially and will not be discussed with anyone without the client’s express permission. Pitlochry Outreach, 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month - Pitlochry Community Hospital, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 - from 10am till 12pm - 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 Aberfeldy Cottage Hospital Aberfeldy Police Station Anderson Dentistry infinity blu Dental Aberfeldy Optician Tourist Information Heartland Vet Services

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Chemists and Pharmacies

Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Centre

Davidsons Chemist Bank Street, Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy Health Centre

Tel: 01887 820324

Pitlochry Area Office

Tigh an Daraich, Taybridge Road Aberfeldy, PH15 2BH Tel: 01887 820366 Repeat Prescription Line: 01887 829743 Opening Hours - 8.00am - 6pm, Mon to Fri. Please check hours for bank & public holidays

26/28 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX Tel: (01796) 474625 •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 Mon to Fri: by appointment This Council office will not open until 11.00 am on the first Thursday of every month.

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

Breadalbane Community Library Opening Hours

Monday - Closed Tuesday - 10am-7pm Wednesday - 10am-6pm Thursday - 10am-7pm Friday - 10am-6pm Saturday - 10am-1pm Breadalbane Community Library Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DU 01887 822405. breadalbanelibrary@pkc.gov.uk

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Aberfeldy Registrars of Births, Deaths & Marriages

by appointment only - 01887 822459

Pitlochry Community Hospital

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

Samaritans, Perth 01738 626666 Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor 01738 562358

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 Freephone CLARENCE 0800 23 23 23 Perth & Kinross Council Community Learning Base, Highland Perthshire Area 01350 727669

Aberfeldy Post Office Tel: 0845 611 2970 Ballinluig Post Office Tel: 01796 482220 Strathtay Post Office - Tel: 01887 840203

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Breadalbane Politicians

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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 37


Councillor Ian Campbell

Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - Conservative It was great to visit The Workshop in Aberfeldy before Christmas to see the work done there which is helping young people to gain work and life skills. This is a social enterprise and I was also delighted that the council has agreed to work in partnership with The Workshop as re-use partners in conjunction with Aberfeldy

recycling site. Also before Christmas I visited Moness Crescent with local John Duff and a council officer to decide on a site for the placing of one of the new defibrillators. This will be installed in the near future. In Fearnan, the war memorial has caused some issue in recent years for people accessing the base of the memorial. I have arranged for the council to provide a specially designed base at the front of the memorial so that wreaths etc can be laid easily from the roadside. The design and plans will be presented soon to the local community council. In the council at the moment all parties are working on producing a budget for next year. Despite the government getting a major rise in its own budget, year on year, local authorities are having their budget slashed by £327M collectively. This will inevitably mean cuts to some local services whilst your council tax rises. Perth & Kinross Council’s Childcare Strategy Team is for a third year offering the chance to take on the ‘Childcare Challenge’ - a free course specifically for men who are interested in a professional career working with children. The evening course runs on Mondays from late January to June, and provides an introduction to the childcare sector. It consists of two SQA accredited units in Child Development and Play delivered by Perth College UHI, and a practical placement in a childcare setting. Previous participants have given the course very positive feedback and almost all have gone on to work with children in a professional capacity - in after school clubs, nurseries, crèches and other early learning and childcare settings. The course would also be beneficial for any men who would like to enhance their future career opportunities in sports coaching, teaching or social work. For further details, or to book your place, please call the Childcare Strategy Team on 01738 472350 or email childcare@pkc.gov.uk.  Just a reminder that free parking in PKC car parks after 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays comes to an end. 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 icampbell@pkc.gov.uk. 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.

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Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - SNP A new Recycling Centre Permit System was introduced at Perth and Kinross Recycling Centres from 9th January 2017, which aims to target traders who claim to be residents with household waste and try to deposit it free of charge. The majority of people who use recycling centres will be unaffected by the new permit system, however if any ‘commercial’ type vehicle is used to visit the Centres (vans, both liveried and non-liveried, trailers etc.), they will need to apply for an appropriate permit. Permits are issued at no cost for three specific user categories: *Domestic Exemption Permit - for householders whose main mode of transport is a van or have use of a trailer or other commercial type vehicle *Commercial Permit - businesses will need this Permit to be able to dispose of chargeable waste material and to deposit recyclable materials free of charge such as wood, cans, cardboard, paper and glass. Businesses will also either need to present pre-paid vouchers to dispose of chargeable materials, such as garden waste, general waste and inert waste, or pay in cash or by account at Friarton Weighbridge *Landlord Permit - with this Permit landlords will be able to dispose of waste free of charge from their tenant’s domestic properties twice in a financial year. Permits are valid for the financial year and should be displayed on the dashboard or shown when visiting Recycling Centres or Friarton Weighbridge. It’s a requirement of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that all businesses who transport any waste materials register with them for a Waste Carriers Licence or as a professional collector and transporter of waste. The new Permit system being put in place will ensure that there is a level playing field for businesses. The relevant links for SEPA is - www.sepa.org. uk/regulations/waste/waste-carriers-and-brokers. If the waste is generated from their own business and they do not fall under the list of waste carriers they can apply for free for the ‘Professional collectors and transporters of waste’ which they can do online at the above link. Once they have registered then they can apply for the permits online or download and complete the application form at www.pkc. gov.uk/recyclingpermits *Commercial permit for the recycling www.pkc.gov.uk/commercialpermits *Domestic Permit for their own household waste www.pkc.gov.uk/domesticexemptionpermit. If they have any further queries on how to complete the forms they can contact the Commercial Waste Team on 01738 476476. I was delighted to hear that Live Active Leisure (LAL) has secured funding from Macmillan in support of the creation of the Move More project in Perth and Kinross. Move More Scotland aims to support people affected by cancer to be active before, during and after their treatment as physical activity contributes significantly to achieving better outcomes. LAL have secured funding for 2 full-time Wellbeing Coordinators for 3 years to establish the service across P&K. This will include physical activity screening and support for people affected by cancer, the creation of new physical activity opportunities (gardening, gentle exercise, circuits and walking) and the development of people to support sustainability of programmes. Community Action partnerships as I mentioned last month have been set up in 5 localities. The locality for this area covers Highland Perthshire and the Strathtay wards. The membership of the partnership is made up of Councillors, Public service and community representatives. The Community Action Partnerships have budgets which they are inviting community groups to submit an application for up to £1,500. They will be using Participatory Budgeting to get the Communities involved in deciding how this money will be allocated. Applications can be submitted up to the 17th February. Application Forms are available from Christine Miller, Tel 01738 459703 or email cmiller@pkc.gov.uk If your idea matches the criteria, you will be invited to present it at a community event on 25th March at Birnam Arts Centre. Residents will then be invited to vote for their preferred projects for funding. Successful applicants will hear at the event. If you would like further information or wish to contact me, my contact details are 07810 814495 or mwilliamson@pkc.gov.uk. 40


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Simple, Seasonal Cooking for Health, Energy and Vitality Lou-Jane Lumsden moved to Perthshire from Glasgow after achieving a BA in Hospitality Management and working in health food shops in Edinburgh. She proceeded to work in the Catering Industry until eventually poor health got the better of her. Passionate about using nutrient rich, seasonal and local foods (the eating style that restored her health) she is pleased to share some of her seasonal recipes with our Quair readers. Daughter, wife and mum - in quest of wellness said, ‘When human beings experience poor physical and mental health it is not unusual for their lives to become a daily, lethargic grind. I have found in many cases, that making sensible choices when it comes to what we put in our bodies allows life to be lived at a higher performance level. Put another way, if you feed diesel into a car intended for petrol, the engine will run inadequately with low power, if at all.’ Lou-Jane likes to cook with ‘the smallest amount effort’ and keep things simple. ‘Nature’s already done the hard work!’ In Season in February - In this, the last of the winter months there are many seafoods to choose from. Purple sprouting broccoli is now available as is savoy cabbage. The following recipe will prepare a meal for two as a hearty main course.

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HPCLT/Dun Coillich Update - This Mini-update, 2017/1, covers many topics, so taster notes only. For more information, contact me or any Trustee, or come to this year’s AGM. Better still, do both! Notes are not in any order of importance. A locally hatched Hen Harrier named DeeCee, fitted with satellite tag by RSPB in early 2016, continues to be tracked. It spends most of its time near Braemar and Ballater. More info at AGM. Our Project Officer, Heather Hamilton, has been very active - recruiting Trainees, arranging their courses and work experience, coordinating volunteer activity in relation to maintenance at Dun Coillich, and much more besides. AGM is at 2pm on 25th March at Grandtully Hall. Make note in your diary now. Come along, it is open to all. Bring a friend. Speak to those who manage your land at Dun Coillich, and also now the little field in Aberfeldy. The company that operated the Hydro scheme that starts on Dun Coillich is under new ownership, so we now have a new tenant. The Lease is being revised, but no great impact on HPCLT is expected in the immediate future. The Purchase of the field close to the Lower Birks in Aberfeldy is now complete. Surveys are planned. There will be some publicity during February also seeking ideas and volunteers. Do you have ideas for its use? Can you volunteer to help ‘manage or maintain’ this field? What should we call it? Volunteers always needed and always welcome at Dun Coillich. Work to be done includes:-tree/ fence maintenance, tree planting, surveys, creating storage, making steps/bridges/boardwalks etc. Heather is now running regular volunteer days. Every Tuesday at the hut, and also, with effect from 25th February, the last Saturday every month. Sessions start at 10am. Just turn up and come for as long or as little as you wish. Old or young, come along to enjoy two films of African wildlife, made by the famous photographer, Alan Root, in the 1970s. Showing upstairs at the Birks Cinema, and courtesy of HPCLT, is at 7pm 24th February. Just £5 will get you a glass of wine (or something soft), two films, and a bit of socialising with like minded folk. If under 18, entry is free but no wine! The trees at Dun Coillich were recently routinely inspected as part of HPCLT’s Woodland Grant Scheme. We await the outcome. To see some photos etc of Dun Coillich/HPCLT activities, take a look on Facebook Groups at ‘Dun Coillich’. Bill Hoare, January 2017 01887 820315 williamhoare@btinternet.com.

Parles-tu Français? ¿Hablas Español? Would you like to try informal French conversation over a coffee - Café et Causerie? A well-established group drawn from places as far-flung as Dunning and Fortingall meets at 10.30am on the first Thursday of every month in the comfort of the Rivers Meet café (formerly the Allium Garden Centre) in Ballinluig. There is also a wide range in fluency, but be assured that all but the very best of us (and there are some of those too) lapse into franglais occasionally. What we have in common - as in any café culture - is the desire to chat. We all make mistakes, but it is truly amazing what we find to talk about amongst friends. If you would like to join us, even for a taster session, please contact Katharine on kmelville@ogoroad.com or phone 01350 727048. A bientôt! Or is it Spanish «charla» you’d like to try? This group - Café y Charla - also meets at the Rivers Meet café on the third Thursday of every month at 10.30am. This group also has a wide range in fluency, but we enjoy chatting and think it’s a great way to feel more at ease when speaking Spanish. If you would like to join us, please contact Jenny on 01796 482765. ¡Hasta luego! Fluent or not so fluent in French and/or Spanish, we’d be delighted to see you! 54


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The Breadalbane Heritage Society - Our first meeting in 2017 is to hear Eleanor Muir of

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Aberfeldy Defibrillators - Four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have now been

located across the town with these machines now available outside the Birks Cinema, the Co-operative Supermarket, the Bowling Club and the Fire Station. It is planned to locate a fifth AED within the Moness Crescent area once a suitable site has been identified. These defibrillators are available 24 hours a day and can be used by anyone, even if they have not been trained as the machine talks the user through the various stages. It should be noted that these defibrillators will not administer a shock to anyone who does not require it. Twenty-eight residents attended the training event in early November and were trained on Emergency Life Support and how to use a Defibrillator by the charity Lucky2BHere, providers of the AEDs. A further training event is planned for the spring of 2017 and details will be published in due course. Regular monitoring of the AEDs will be conducted by the new Safer Communities Warden, Norma Carr. Aberfeldy Community Council is grateful to the SSE Griffin and Calliachar Wind Farm Fund for the financial support given.

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Children, Young People and Family Services - An NHS School Drop-in is available and offers confidential health advice to all young people. We can help with sexual health, family, mental health, self harm, Facebook, LGBT and drugs & alcohol. The Drop-in which is open every Friday from 1pm - 3pm in Aberfeldy Town Hall is run by Chloe Tisshaw, School Nurse. Access is via the back entrance. For more information email chloe.tisshaw@nhs.net or call 07900 431486.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind - Aberfeldy Branch - Ways to help Guide Dogs We are now once again collecting used postage stamps in addition to foreign coins.

Please can you ensure there is a small margin of envelope/paper around the edge of the stamps. These can be dropped into The Locus Centre, The Square, Aberfeldy.

Highland and Strathtay Decide - The Highland & Strathtay Action Partnership is pleased

to announce the opportunity for local groups to bid for funding of up to £1,500. Funding is available for community groups in Pitlochry area; Aberfeldy area; Stanley, Luncarty and Bankfoot area and Dunkeld and Birnam area.

Local community groups can apply for funding to carry out projects tackling any of the following issues of Employment and Employability; Social Isolation; Community Transport; Activities for Young People and Rurality. Funding will be allocated using ‘participatory budgeting’ - this means that successful bids will be chosen by a public vote, to take place at a community fun day at the Birnam Institute on Saturday 25th March. The fun day will also be an opportunity for people to share their views and opinions of local priorities, to influence future activity. Further details and application forms are now available. They can be found at www.pkc.gov.uk/communityplanning, or by contacting Christine Miller on Dunkeldcomlearn@ pkc.gov.uk. The Highland & Strathtay Action Partnership aims to tackle inequalities in the locality. It is a collaboration between local community representatives, Perth & Kinross Council, NHS Tayside, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and other public services. Kenmore Hotel Celebrate 70th Anniversary - Kenmore Hotel Celebrated the 70th anniversary of their official opening of the Tay Salmon Fishing Season on Monday 16th January. Anglers and well-wishers from all over Scotland gathered in The Square, Kenmore, for the opening ceremony, with welcome speeches from Scott Mackenzie and Provost Liz Grant, before being led by the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band down to the banks of the Tay to carry out the ���blessing of the river’. Three-times World Spey casting Champion, Scott Mackenzie, made Copy Date for the the first cast of the March 2017 day to herald the edition of official opening. The Atholl Quair The anglers took up is noon on their positions along Monday 13th both banks of the February mighty Tay while the final ceremonies You can now read were performed on the river itself and a toast offered to bless the water for the ‘The Quair’ new season. Once the first cast was made in the middle of the river, the cry went online at out ‘Tight lines’ and all the anglers made their first cast for the new season. www.thequair.scot General Manager of The Kenmore Hotel, Ross McEwen (pictured with Provost Liz grant) said, ‘The Kenmore Hotel has been a popular hostelry for anglers since 1572 and the 2017 opening is particularly special as it marks the 70th year that this landmark event has been celebrated at Kenmore. ‘The team at The Kenmore Hotel are proud to be part of this historic occasion and delighted that Provost Liz Grant, Scott Mackenzie and anglers, who have travelled from around the country, have been able to join us again for the celebrations.’ 62


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Breadalbane Academy News - Breadalbane Academy is proud to announce the exceptional achievement of one of our current S6 pupils. Our Head Boy, Harry McLachlan achieved the top mark in Scotland for Higher Physics in 2015. To celebrate this exceptional achievement Harry was invited to attend a special awards ceremony that formed part of a wider Scottish government initiative titled ‘Science and the Parliament 2016’. A range of people of distinction from across the political spectrum attended. These included the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney and several MSP’s. A diverse range of experts from industry, education and local authorities also met to discuss the issues affecting Scottish Education and how best to drive it towards excellence in the coming years. Harry collected his award, watched by his parents and teacher (Mr Blair) amid much applause. Several other exceptional pupils also collected their awards and were then treated to a drinks reception and buffet in the fantastic surroundings of Dynamic Earth, situated immediately opposite the Scottish parliament. Harry’s award comes as no surprise to those that know him but must be put in perspective when considering the ten thousand or so pupils who sat the examination in 2016. The conversation after the award was certainly a happy one for all those involved in educating and supporting Harry as it is obvious he has a very bright future ahead. Harry is pictured with Shirley-Ann Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

Aberfeldy Christmas Lights - We are holding a meeting to discuss the Town’s Christmas

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Condensed Minutes for the meeting on 7th December 2016 at 7.30pm in Aberfeldy Town Hall Present: Victor Clements (Chair) Ron Young (Deputy Chair), Jean Duff (Treasurer) Duncan Curran, Ian Menzies, Lorraine Reed, Pat Spicer. Also Sgt MacNaughton and PC (Police), Cllrs Ian Campbell and Mike Williamson, Norma Carr (Community Warden) and 7 members of the public. Apologies: Cllr Kate Howie Minutes of the Previous Meeting - approved as issued. Matters Arising - Report on the HPCP AGM, confirmation of the co-option of Lorraine on to the ACC, date of meeting re Caravan Park issues, the lack of progress in appointing a minutes secretary, Crossburns Wind Farm Public Enquiry, ACC support for the Duntium planning application, possible establishment of a re-use/upcycling centre in Aberfeldy, safety of pavements in Aberfeldy and progress with a problem with trees in the Moness Burn. Crime Prevention and Community Safety - Sgt MacNaughton presented a report (Opening of the Safety Hub and plan to improve police access to it, start date for new local policing model (17/1/17), motor accident outside Breadalbane Hotel, warrants issued, value of community intelligence to effective policing in such a large area, Selecta DNA kits (for marking property) and on use of private CCTV cameras). Norma Carr reported on her activities also. Resilience Planning – Defibrillators - John Duff presented a report. Four of five machines now in place (At Co-op, Birks Cinema, Fire Station and Bowling Club). Launch and Training event successfully held 9th November. More training next year. First responders group progressing, with initial training completed. Regeneration of Town Square - A meeting is to be held between Ian Campbell and Historic Scotland re possible additional funding for the project. Griffin Community Benefit Panel - Setting up of two new funds (the Enterprise and Endowment funds) was reported on. More details of how these will work are expected in the new year. Planning - No new issues discussed. Reports - Chair - Fibre optic Broadband is further delayed. A degree of interference with traffic will occur in January as work to complete installation continues. Recycling in Aberfeldy was discussed and is planned for a specific item at the February meeting. Parking problems were also discussed and efforts will be made to address. Secretary - None - office still vacant. Treasurer - We hold £547.24 in our funds and £1,266.11 of grant money, plus the balance of the defibrillator funding (to cover installation of fifth machine once site agreed and other minor works). Councillors’ Reports - Ian Campbell - reported that the five-year funding plan for PKC by central government will be notified next week. The scale of consequent cuts remains unknown, but will inevitably require cuts to PKC services. A process is being formulated to enable grants to be sought from the Community Partnership Fund. Mike Williamson - mentioned plans for co-operation between the Community Campus and the Birks cinema, the Rural Crime Forum to happen in January and the Tayside Waders who now are ready to consult on a resilience plan. AOCB - Bill Hoare reported on the ETAP organisers looking for a route extension. Unlikely to happen in 2017, but might happen in future years (insufficient time for planning process for 2017). Legal issues have been completed to transfer the field adjacent to the Lower Birks into ownership by the HPCLT. Options for use will be sought with something in the Quair in February. • Work on conversion of part of Dalweem to serve the community in lieu of the Cottage Hospital is underway, for completion by end February. • Derelict state of the grounds surrounding the old church building adjacent to the school was raised. The owners will be asked to address. • Problem of the smoothness of the new paving surface on Taybridge Road was mentioned as a safety concern. To be raised with PKC roads. • There was discussion about how community council communication could be improved. • There was discussion of how the Community Warden position could be maintained in the long term. Aim to have a more informed discussion at the February meeting. Date of Next Meeting - Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 7.30 pm, Aberfeldy Town Hall Full minutes available at the Library and on the Locus Centre website. 71


Ian Hudghton - MEP

Member of the European Parliament - Scotland - SNP The European Parliament has launched into a busy 2017 schedule. The European Union has plans to legislate on migration issues in response to the refugee crisis that overwhelmed many EU Member States in recent years. MEPs will vote on a European Commission proposal to better process asylum applications. An emergency mechanism would be introduced to allow Member States to utilise border controls when dealing with a certain number of asylum seekers. It is proposed that the EU Member State, where refugees arrive first, will be responsible for dealing with asylum requests. The European Parliament is expected to stipulate that EU countries should recognise each other’s criteria and asylum procedures, as well as a binding mechanism to distribute asylum seekers among all member states and to support countries having to deal with a significant numbers of asylum seekers. Last June the European Parliament established an inquiry committee on tax evasion following the ‘LuxLeak’ revelations. In late spring the committee will deliver its final report assessing how the European Commission and EU countries have been fighting money laundering and tax evasion. Another of the great issues facing the EU this year is the ongoing challenge of combatting terrorism. In November Parliament and Council negotiators provisionally agreed on the final version of a directive that would make preparing terrorist acts an offence all over the EU. This will include activities such as travelling for terrorism purposes, facilitating such journeys, training for terror acts or for financing any affiliated preparations. The new legislation will be formalised early this year. Whilst a great deal of the Parliament’s attention is on problem solving, there is still opportunity to progress law that has the intention of progressing European society. One such example is the digital single market. A plenary vote in January will call for an end to ‘geo-blocking’ to give consumers across the EU the same rights when buying products and services online originating in another EU country. Parliament is also exploring copyright rules regarding online content. I have often been contacted by constituents that ask why they are unable to watch their favourite television programmes on BBC iPlayer or similar services. The new rules would make it easier for broadcasters to get authorisation to transmit their programmes online in other EU Member States. The EU will further address energy and climate change. International targets on emissions were set in 2015, and the EU will take a step closer to reaching these goals with the introduction of the emissions trade system. Companies will be encouraged to shift to renewable of low-carbon sources. This is part of a Europe wide strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. The plans cover issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, the design of the electricity market, ecodesign and security of electricity supply. Of course, one matter that will intensify this year is Brexit. The London based parties have taken a common stance against freedom of movement and continued membership of the single market. I agree with comments made by the SNP’s spokesperson on Europe, Stephen Gethins, who said, ‘Freedom of movement benefits us all. Our industries and public services rely on it, it boosts our economy, provides vital tax revenues, makes our society richer and more culturally diverse, and allows UK citizens to live, work, study, and travel freely across Europe.’ At the tail end of 2016 the European Parliament agreed informally with the European Council to make 5G mobile internet available in Europe by 2020. The technological advances will help to boost the European economy, as well as offering high quality and modern internet to consumers. Outgoing European Parliament President read a farewell statement to MEPs recently. Martin Schulz said, ‘It was my goal to make the European Parliament more visible, more audible and more influential. Five years later, I can say that together we have achieved this: today the Parliament is more visible, more audible and more influential than ever.’ Ian Hudghton MEP, 8 Old Glamis Road, Dundee, DD3 8HP. www.hudghtonmep.scot 72


Councillor Kate Howie

Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - SNP Much of the work in the Council at the moment is preparing the proposals for Budget Day on Thursday 9th February. Each Service is closely scrutinized to ensure we deliver services in the most cost effective way. But with the block grant from Westminster reduced for several years, the knock on effect through the Scottish Government is a certain reduction to Local Authorities. For example last year Local Government Expenditure was reduced by £350 million. As a Council a large amount of our budget is statutory, particularly in Education and Children’s Services and Housing, amounting to nearly 60% of the overall delivered services. Our main income comes from the Scottish Government with your Council Tax amounting to 20% of the total. This all means that we have to deliver services in new ways, working closely with our communities and protecting the most vulnerable from the impact of the inevitable tightening of resources. All Councillors will be involved in getting the best outcome for their Wards in this process and I have already spoken of the importance of remembering our rural areas in these proposals. You will have noticed in the press that to save money your individual paper notification of your ‘bin collection dates’ has been discontinued and that you can now source the information on line - www. pkc.gov.uk/bindates - and for those who have no access to computers these are available in the local libraries. I have also arranged to have this information available on the mobile libraries too. Those of you using the recycling centres with trailers over six foot long should apply as soon as possible for a Domestic Exemption Permit - recycle@pkc.gov.uk. The permit is free of charge and again it is a Council initiative to reduce costs and ensure commercial companies pay for the disposal of waste. The cost per ton of waste to landfill is approximately £100 and last year the Council had to send 60,000 tons to landfill. Compared with other local authorities our figure of 56% recycling is very good but I am sure we can all just take time to think ‘can this be recycled?’ The Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre is soon due to open and it will celebrate the vision of men like Tom Johnston, who during and after the Second World War, as Scottish Secretary of State, saw the importance of hydro power for the future and particularly in the Highlands. In 1943 only 1 in 6 farms and 1 in 100 crofts had electricity. A team of engineers and a workforce of 4500 men constructed 54 power stations, 78 dams, 300kms of rock tunnel and 32,000km of electricity network. The new centre will be a great visitor experience inspired by the transformation these schemes made to peoples lives and showing the new sources of renewable energy to ensure a sustainable for the future. At a recent Environment Committee meeting we were given a presentation from our Head of Greenspace on the value of engaging and working with communities to add to the quality of life of residents and enhance the visitor experience. They are key indicators of the character of an area or community and directly contribute to the sense of pride and wellbeing. I know from my involvement with Pitlochry in Bloom and our Pitlochry Path Group that this is indeed true and hope in the future the Council continues their support for these groups and nurtures new ones. The now established allotments and community garden in Dunkeld is another shining example of what can be done with such support and some funding. Dunkeld did benefit from Griffin Wind Farm grants and it is interesting to note that since 2010 the fund has provided over £3 million worth of grants in Highland Perthshire. Recently our famous Pitlochry Station Bookshop was in need of new shelving. With the super amount of books donated they were literally creaking at the seams. I was therefore delighted that the Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership was able to secure funds from Scotrail Abellio for the Bookshop and it is hoped in the future more funds may be available to provide extra space at the Station for a book storage area. In February at the theatre’s Winter Words Festival the Bookshop have a bookstall in the theatre foyer throughout the ten day Festival. You can get in touch with me by email khowie@pkc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01887 840378. 73


Scottish Episcopal Church - Highland Perthshire Linked Charge Rector: Revd Liz Baker 01796 472005 E mail: bethmaybaker@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook Page: Highland Perthshire Linked Charge. Our four congregations are warm and friendly, and we welcome you to share in our worship and fellowship, whether you are visiting the area or living locally. Firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history, the Scottish Episcopal Church is also part of the world wide Anglican Communion which is a family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. This year, Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March - look out for details of services then, and of the Lent Study Course arranged by Churches Working Together in Atholl. Holy Trinity Church, Perth Road, Pitlochry Sundays - 9.30am Holy Communion Contact - Mr Sandy Charleson 01796 473025 The Reading Group normally meets in the Hall at 2.30pm on third Mondays of the month - however in February we have a meeting with Kenneth Steven, local writer and poet - enquiries 01796 472745. The Tuesday 2 Club meets monthly in Aldour Hall on Tuesdays at 2.30pm - on 14th February Hugh Mackintosh will speak about ‘Barnardo’s Children’. Kilmaveonaig (St Adamnan’s Church), opposite the Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Sundays - 11.15am - First Sundays Sung Communion or All Age Family Communion; second and fourth Sundays Sung Mattins; third Sundays Sung Communion Contact - Mrs Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230 St Andrew’s, Strathtay, opposite the local shop Sundays - 11.15am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Mattins or Service of the Word or Communion by Extension; fifth Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Third Sundays at 6pm - Evening Service in Weem Parish Church, details on notice board Contact - Ms Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 All Saints’ Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Sundays - Unless otherwise stated a service is held at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month: for details please see notice board Contact - Mrs Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs Anne Pealing 01882 634259.

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Wonderful Winter at the Scottish Crannog Centre - Our Iron Age team by Kenmore has been beavering away this winter planning celebrations for the Centre’s 20th anniversary this year. In addition to expanding our living history team to deliver a new events programme, we are underpinning the Crannog Roundhouse to help it better withstand the ravages of raging winds and waves - and it is no mean feat handling 10 metre long tree trunks in sub-freezing temperatures! Working around the existing structural beams, our modern building crew still needs to pull up and place the timbers by hand and peg each one into place with wooden dowels. You can read more about it on our website and social media platforms. This painstaking work is hampered by bad weather, so the crew faces a race against the clock now to complete the work in time for our first event in March. What happens in March? The Scottish Crannog Centre is delighted to help launch a new Scottish Coppice Forum and its first-ever Coppice Festival. Our part of the Festival programme runs on the 18th-19th March, kick-starting our 20th anniversary year celebrations and dovetailing with Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Our events target craft and woodland management specialists as well as the general public to promote awareness of the benefits of coppicing and the widest engagement possible. The event on Saturday 18th March is aimed at specialists and woodland practitioners and features a short series of lectures followed by visits to local coppice sites under our management. Sunday’s Coppice Craft Fair is aimed at the public as well as specialists and demonstrations will include woodworking, hurdle-making, basketry, metalworking and more. In addition to handson sessions for the public, there will be opportunities for related organisations to provide stands in order to promote their work and to demonstrate how we are all interlinked around the broad coppice theme, giving the day a marketplace feel-good factor. Normally closed at this time of year, the Scottish Crannog Centre will open especially for the Coppice Festival occasion, offering a one-off pre-season taster for holiday-makers and residents alike. Places for Saturday’s seminar and site visits are limited so booking ahead is essential. Booking is not required for the Craft Fair open to the public. Opening times, charges and further details will be posted on the website. For all other enquiries, please email us at info@crannog.co.uk.

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Community Activities at The Birks Cinema

Musical Tales and Arty Activities with Clair Hewitt for Children and families - Thursday’s in term time 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Stories and activities about giants, trolls and witches! Lego Club for children with additional support needs. Wednesday’s in term time 4.45pm - 5.45pm International Women’s Group - Thursday 9th February 6.30pm. Embrace - Ex-bodybuilder Taryn Brumfitt campaigns to ditch diets and end myth of the ideal shape. Tickets £9.50. If you would like to join us afterwards for soup and a scone and a blether please let me know. These events are part funded by the Women’s Fund for Scotland, administered by Foundation Scotland. Film and Book Blethers - Sunday 5th February at 6.10pm. Silence is a 2016 epic historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. While the story is set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely in Taipei, Taiwan. The plot follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in order to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholicism. Sunday 5th March at 5.45pm. Lion is a 2016 drama film directed by Garth Davis in his feature debut and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. It tells the heartbreaking and inspiring original true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later. If you would like to join us afterwards for a blether about the film/book you are very welcome. Chair Based Exercise - Every Monday from 11.15am until 12pm with Emma Burtles. This activity continues with support from The League of Friends of Aberfeldy Cottage Hospital. Craic ‘n’ Craft - We meet every Thursday during term time from 2pm - 4pm. Come along for a cup of tea, great craic and maybe even learn a new craft skill! Sing Along Sunday - Come along on the second Sunday of the month at 3pm for afternoon tea and a singalong to all your old favourites. Yoga for the Special Child - Every Monday during term time at 4pm. These sessions are run by Judy Cameron and include a step-by-step system of yoga poses to increase cognitive and motor skills in children with learning and developmental disabilities. Specialised breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity and also part of these sessions. If you would like any more information on any these activities please contact Fiona on community@birkscinema.co.uk or 07990 834092 78


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Friday 24th February: Heather MacLeod’s String Quartet, a young quartet, just finished at the Conservatoire after winning the top prize there. Clara Lafuente Garcia (Oboe), Gillian Horn (Bassoon) and Scott Mitchell (piano) offer a brilliant performance which will include: The Trio and Oboe Sonata by Poulenc, the Oboe Sonata and Bassoon Sonata by Saint-Saens and Debussy’s Piano Preludes. 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.

Charity Texas Scramble 18 Holes - Humanos Aid International is holding a Charity Texas Scramble 18 Holes fundraising event at the Aberfeldy Golf Course on Sunday 30th April 2017 at a cost of £15 per player. Come and play in Texas Scramble on the new improved eighteen-hole course, with wonderful views overlooking the river and Wade’s Bridge, which would make any player want to play at this event. The following prizes are available: 1st Prize: Special bottle Dewar’s Whisky 2nd Prize: Dinner for two at KB’s Italian Restaurant, Aberfeldy 3rd Prize: High tea for two at Rhino Café Aberfeldy. The  charity is renting out table-stalls in the clubhouse, so for businesses and charities, a good opportunity to market and sell your products. (Please register and reserve early as limited space is available.) Registration A: for players is £15 and Registration B: for table-stall £25. To register, please contact us by phone, email, letter or visit our charity shop stating A or B. Please note registration is based on first come first served basis.  Amulree Hall - A Dance will be held at Amulree Hall on Friday 17th March from 8pm, music by Callum Wallace. Admission £5, bar and supper provided.

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The Jotters - The Jotters are a small, independent group of people who enjoy doing Creative Writing, and sharing it with the group, and with the community at large. We are delighted to have the chance to share work in The Quair. Jotter’s Corner will, we hope be a regular contribution.

The Dunkeld & Birnam Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on 8th and 9th April; 14th, 15th and 16th July and 7th and 8th October. The work of many artists will be on display on these dates in the Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld. Admission is free. The Basil Death Trust - When he died in 2006, Basil Death left his considerable fortune to help others. A Charitable Trust in his name has been established to help support good causes following his great sense of social responsibility. Having lived in Perthshire for many years, served in the Irish Guards and as a lifelong Roman Catholic, he wished the Trust to support local educational projects in Highland Perthshire, the Roman Catholic Church and Military Charities, together with other good causes. The Basil Death Trust awards grants annually, generally up to £3,000 each and invites applications from charities and projects. For further information and an application form, please look at the dedicated website at www. basildeathtrust.co.uk.  It should be noted the next round of applications will be considered in early March. Registered Charity Number SCO45474

Winter Sky Thin strips of blue sky play with clouds edged in gold and pink. A heartbeat later silver, darkening, misty maelstrom. Swirls and whorls of mist wisp off fields. Spectral shapes shift and fade out of this rolling and tumbling. A moment of clarity shows starkness of winter trees silhouetted, crepuscular, ghostly. Solid cattle and sheep disappear behind the veil. A clamour of rooks takes flight; collective wingbeat startling the silence. Then vanished into the ether. Scent of leaf mould, of sodden earth, waiting for rebirth. Damp rises through my feet, rooted to the ground, while I watch the winter solstice dancing its magic.

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. Our kennels, which were renovated in recent years, can house up to thirty animals in warmth and comfort. We provide veterinary care for the sick and injured amongst our strays and we have a small hospital unit which is used for the recovery of animals who have had operations. It also contains a ‘mother and baby unit’ where new mums can care for their puppies in a safe and relaxed environment. See www.padsdogrescue.com for further information.

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February is the start of our 50th year! Our year starts off with our annual open night on Monday 13th February at half seven in Aberfeldy Town hall. It’s a great evening and will give you a taste of everything we do from a Puirt a Beul to some of our slower pieces. You don’t need to be read music or speak Gaelic to come along and join in! If you’re looking for more information about our open night or about the choir our Facebook page is regularly updated, or check out our website www.aberfeldygaelicchoir. co.uk  or email our secretary at secretary@ aberfeldygaelicchoir.co.uk.

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Aberfeldy, It’s Time To Add Value! Intrigued? Read On - The small field, behind the War Memorial and close to the Lower Birks, is now owned by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT). This ownership is on behalf of the community, just as is Dun Coillich. The opportunity to acquire this one Hectare field arose when the Trust owning it decided to donate it for ‘community’ use. HPCLT is planning to carry out surveys including soil, flora, fauna, archaeology, trees etc, and will discreetly mark the boundary of the land, all to help us decide upon its future. On behalf of HPCLT, what I want from you, residents in and around Aberfeldy, are ideas for its use. It could be just seats from which to watch the birds/insects fly and flowers grow. It might provide outdoor/nature opportunities for folk of all ages. It might be a community orchard. It might hold a green gym. It might be all of these and more. Room for many ideas, so thinking caps on please, and get in touch. And what should we call it? Name it after the donating Trust, or give it a Birks related name, or what? I also need local energetic representation to help HPCLT move this project forward. Can you provide some time and energy? Get in touch on 01887 820315 or williamhoare@btinternet.com. Don’t know where it is? Just go through the War Memorial Arch and instead of forking right toward the wooden bridge over the Moness (Urlar) Burn, fork left through a few trees on to the grassy field. I will try and get simple but temporary notice(s) put in place by 1st February. Like a guided tour? Just get in touch. Bill Hoare, HPCLT Trustee and Aberfeldy resident. Scottish Cabinet to meet in Pitlochry - The First Minister and her Cabinet will meet

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