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The Crieff & Comrie Quair TM

Crieff, Comrie & District’s Community Magazine

May 2021 1

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With spring now in full bloom and the country beginning to open up again after a long and difficult year, we are delighted to announce our reopening on April 26th. Set in the rolling hills of rural Perthshire, our store has plenty of air and space for everyone, including a lovely walk up the famous Bruar Falls - perfect for four-legged friends! A great place for reuniting with friends and family, we offer a complete day out with plenty of surprises in store for customers old and new, including a redesigned layout with our Present Shop, Art Gallery, Jewellery Shop and brand new Whisky Shop - everything you need to enjoy the country lifestyle at its very best! New spring lines for ladies and men are being added every day in anticipation of reopening our doors, and we look forward to welcoming you back with our unique brand of Scottish hospitality. The House of Bruar, By Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW. On the A9 ten miles north of Pitlochry Retail open 9am to 5pm • Fish & Chip Shop open 12 noon to 7pm • Telephone 01796 483236 Visit our website where you will find an extensive collection of handmade gifts and high-quality country clothing with new Spring/Summer items being added every day,



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All of our listed events, adverts and services are published in good faith. However, for a variety of reasons, things can sometimes change. Please always check times and venues of events listed in The Crieff & Comrie Quair before going. This is especially important with current events when things are moving so quickly from one day to the next. You can keep up to date with all of the current Scottish Government Guidelines at www. gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid19-guidance. Although dates of events were submitted with a positive outlook, this edition of The Crieff & Comrie Quair was sent for print on Sunday, 18 April. We cannot be held liable for any mistakes, typographical or otherwise, by ourselves or changes made by Event Organisers.

The Crieff & Comrie Quair e: crieffandcomrie@thequair.com w: www.thequair.scot Welcome to the May edition of The Crieff & Comrie Quair. Economic activity will be in the process of opening up as you read this month’s Quair. We hope that it can all be done safely and efficiently for everyone concerned and this time we won’t need further restrictions in the future. It’s been a long road for everyone and we wish all of our local businesses the very best for the coming season. May Day (Saturday, 1 May), or Beltane, has been celebrated in Scotland for centuries. Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival most commonly held about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Là Bealltainn, in Scottish Gaelic, traditionally marked the beginning of  summer and it was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around or between bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast. Doors, windows, byres and livestock would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. Beltane dew is still thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Alistair can be found each year up a Perthshire hill making the most of it. As the years progress he’s not sure it’s working as well, but still seems generally content! Beltane celebrations had largely died out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some Scottish communities it has been revived as a cultural event including by The Scottish Crannog Cente, Kenmore. Polling Stations will be open from 7 am - 10 pm for the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday, 6 May. In most of our previous elections, votes were always counted as soon as the polls closed at 10 pm, with the results being announced as they came in throughout the night. The Covid pandemic means that the votes in this election will not start to be counted until Friday, 7 May, with a final result not expected until Saturday, 8 or Sunday, 9 May. Alistair and Linda

The Crieff & Comrie Quair is an open access monthly magazine which is delivered FREE to over 6,000 homes and businesss in the Crieff & Comrie area - that's from the county boundary west of St. Fillans to Madderty in the east. Copies for visitors are also made available each month from our outdoor dispensers in Crieff and Comrie. We also produce The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair each month. Between the 2 magazines we deliver around 13,000 copies directly to homes and businesses throughout Highland Perthshire and Strathearn each month. Local voluntary groups and organisations may submit articles, free of charge. All contributions are carried subject to space being available. We ask that any article reaches us by email by the specified copy date, is factual, non-political and not likely to offend. Copy Date - The copy date for advertisers and organisations to submit an advertisement or article for the June 2021 edition is noon on Thursday, 13 May 2021. Magazines are due to be distributed the week commencing Monday, 31 May 2021. 7

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Comrie Development Trust

Self-catering - At the time of writing, painting of five self-catering huts has been completed and progress on this project is now quite visible: it is now much easier to imagine how these huts will look when finished. The painting process involves applying high pressure washing to the metal skins to strip all remnants of previous paint, next a T-wash to seal the galvanised surface, then a primer followed by an undercoat, and finally the red topcoat. This process, together with the specialist types of paint used, will give the outer skins protection for many years to come. The gable ends have been water washed to remove all previous layers of MOD paint and painted with two coats of good quality external paint. On the remaining work, all services have been connected to the huts and internal fitting out work is ongoing. Comrie Community Woodland - Has now completed the planting of around 20,000 native broadleaf and scots pine trees across the site and is looking forward to seeing these grow in their first year. The woodland area is also likely to see a lot of natural regeneration of trees without grazing deer, which has restricted this from happening until now. We plan to commence our community consultation shortly to ask the community about their longer-term vision for the woodland and what sort of activities they would like to see prioritised. Keep an eye out for an online survey and information about where to get hard copies if you want to have a say. This will help to inform the work that the woodland group does in the future. As ever the woodland is open for visitors to explore and they will see how it is starting out. We would be delighted to hear from anyone keen to get involved as a volunteer - for more information contact woodland@comriedevtrust.org.uk. Comrie Community Allotments - There has been plenty of activity over these last few months at the Comrie Community Allotments as plot holders prepare and nurture the ground, and carry out repairs to beds, huts and polytunnels. Plot hold-

ers have been eagerly awaiting the end of the late wintry weather when the water will be turned back on and the ground warm enough to begin planting. Many of us have windowsills at home with plants straining to move into larger premises and the opening of the garden centres is welcome and timely, so we hope planting will begin very soon. CDT are pleased that Cultybraggan Camp has again been included in this year’s Drover’s Tryst walks programme and walkers will start their walk from the Camp on Saturday, 29 May (covid restrictions permitting). Information about this walk and all other walks can be found on the Drover’s Tryst website: www.droverstryst.com Provided lockdown continues to ease, CDT are also looking forward to welcoming the Strathearn Marathon event back to the Camp on Saturday, 5 June. Like many, we were disappointed that the event had to be cancelled last year but hopefully all will go well this year and participants and supporters will again enjoy this popular event. During the month CDT hosted final year students from Napier College who were making a film as part of their degree course. The Camp was ideal for them as the film is a drama set during WW2 about two Black Watch soldiers and their experiences in France. Visitor Attraction - Although the Visitor Attraction at the Camp remains closed, the Camp’s ground is open to the local community for exercise. However, please be aware that construction work is ongoing and take extra care as heavy vehicles will be driving around the Camp. If you have any questions about Comrie Development Trust or are interested in volunteering please email admin@comriedevtrust.org.uk - we’ll be glad to hear from you.


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All parts of Crieff Visitor Centre are open again with the exception of the Drover’s Exhibition and the viewing gallery in the Caithness Glass factory. As previously, we have put all the necessary social distancing measures in place to make the Centre as safe as possible for both our staff and customers, including perspex screens at the till points and hand sanitisers for use by our visitors.


Join us for breakfast, morning coffee and cake, lunch or an afternoon treat in the Drover’s Restaurant. Also don’t forget our Seniors 2-course Lunch Special every Tuesday. Choose from Soup and a Main Course or a Main Course and a Sweet, along with a complimentary tea or coffee for only £7.75. When visiting please remember that it is mandatory to wear a face covering in all areas of the Visitor Centre.

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Drovers’ Tryst - Have you missed the At 1,076 metres this is a great viewpoint, Cultybraggan is one of the best-preserved Outdoors? Escaping from Covid restrictions is on everyone’s mind, as Scotland slowly eases out of lockdown - and what better way than a day out on the beautiful Perthshire Hills. Already many of the popular Drovers’ Tryst walks are fully booked and others almost so! But many of the 43 walks in May and July still have places to book. The walks detailed below reflect the range of types of walks that are still available during the long weekend of 29-31 May, but spaces are filling quickly, and walkers interested in joining are urged to sign up quickly, to ensure they can get on their preferred walks! Details of all the walks can be found on the Drovers’ Tryst web (www.droverstryst.com) Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dpthaidh (Sunday, 30 May) - “Forming part of the Great Wall of Rannoch, these two hills … form the boundary between the old Pictish Kingdom of Alba to the east and the Dalriade Kingdom of the Scots to the west” (Cameron McNeish, The Munroes)Beinn Dorain (Hill of the Otter) is one of the most instantly recognisable Munros in the southern Highlands, a huge conical peak that dominates Bridge of Orchy when driving north towards Glen Coe on the A82.

especially around the southern arc and to the west. Beinn an Dothaidh (Hill of the Scorching at (1,004m). The summit affords a fine view of Loch Tulla, Stob Ghabhar and its satellite peaks and to the north the full expanse of Rannoch moor, the eastern end of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis. Breathtaking. Ben Vrackie (Monday, 31 May) - Ben Vrackie is a well-known Corbett and a familiar sight above the popular town of Pitlochry. The walk starts from the car park above the village of Moulin and follows good paths and tracks to the summit. From Ben Vrackie (841m) there are excellent views of the town of Pitlochry and the south, the river Tummel in the west and Beinn a’Ghlo to the north. Join local historian Colin Liddell on a walk through some of Perthshire’s most scenic countryside. Cultybraggan (POW Camp 21) - Built in 1941 to house Category A prisoners, the most committed and fanatical German POWs. Step back in history and discover how the camp was run and some interesting and unusual stories of the time it was Camp 21, not least the story of an ex prisoner who bequeathed £384,000 to the local village of Comrie, when he died in 2014.


purpose-built WWII prisoner of war camps in Britain and is well worth a visit. The walk will be led by a member of the Comrie Heritage Trust. A further 22 walks will take place during 1719 July and these too are filling up quickly! In part, this is as a result of having smaller sized groups (8 & two guides) to abide by government Covid recommendations, but is more being driven by a desire by so many, to escape the fetters of lockdown and enjoy days out on the Scottish countryside especially as holidays further afield remain uncertain. So, if you fancy a day out, with like-minded folk, don’t delay! Tell your friends and visit the Drovers’ website www.droverstryst.com and book your place(s)!

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

We would like to thank the Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund for their support in helping to fund a new website for the Art Exhibition. It is hoped the new site will be open for registration from Saturday, 1 May and the address is still www.dunkeldartexhibition.com. At the time of writing our plan is to have a three week Exhibition from Thursday, 19 August along the same lines as last year. We will use the lower Hall at the Duchess Anne and limit the number of artists so that we can hang all the pictures and not have to store any. Our thanks are also due to our previous webmaster Keith Anderson who organised our website for a number of years and helped to keep our Exhibition running smoothly from one year to the next. Any queries to Dunkeldart@aol.com

An Invitation to view Free Archaeology and History Talks

Strathearn Archaeological and Historical Society, (SAHS), based in Crieff, would like to offer free access to its newly established online lectures. Due to the current pandemic the Society is unable to hold its regular talks in the Cursus Theatre at Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff, so has decided to move online until restrictions are lifted. The talks will be delivered on Microsoft ‘Teams’ and anyone wishing to watch them will need to register with our Secretary who will provide details of how to participate and the links required to join the talks. The talks commence at 7.30 pm but viewers should ‘check-in’ at 7.15 pm. To enlist please contact our Secretary at: SAHScrieff@yahoo.com You will be required to provide your name and email address. It would help if you could indicate which talks you would like to watch. We will supply you with details of further talks as and when they are arranged. Tuesday, 25 May - ‘Chimneys, Wolves and Drones: the varied work of Stirling City Heritage Trust’. Lindsay Lennie, Historic Shop Conservation Consultancy.

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Mid Strathearn Church - Mid Strathearn Church was delighted to be able to open its doors again on Palm Sunday. We are still using only one church building per Sunday in rotation (Fowlis Wester, Gask, Madderty and Monzie) and because of the need to Track and Trace, folk are asked to register beforehand with the Session Clerk, Sheena Crawford (tel. 01764 654270, evenings). But it is great to be back worshipping together. Full details of where and when church services are held can be found on our website www.mid-strathearnchurch.btck.co.uk. With Christian Aid Week coming up in May, but fundraising possibilities still limited, our Session Clerk and her husband Colin decided to take part in the Virtual Kilt Walk in April, walking 10k from Crieff to Madderty Church. Thanks to the generosity of the Hunter Foundation, every penny raised will be topped up by 50%. Donations can still be made online here: www.virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-SheenaCrawford

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Dave Mill of Real Charcoal produces pure, smokeless, locally made, sustainable Hardwood Charcoal right here in Perthshire. Each wood has unique burn qualities for your food choice. Simple to light and with no need for any nasty petrochemicals to ignite your burn. You are ready to cook in minutes. The Real Charcoal Company supplies Real Charcoal in various size bags and is available at local markets, through Neighbourhood foods and some in local shops. Dave can also deliver to your door or you can come and collect from the kiln site by calling 07825 162508 or visit www.realcharcoal.co.uk Crieff Fifty Plus Club - Our AGM this year will be on Wednesday, 5 May. This meeting will be conducted on ZOOM, so members who want to participate must ensure we have a current email address for you, plus you need to have downloaded the ZOOM app. Mary Arbuckle, Secretary Tel:01764 653941 Stuart Maxwell, Chairman Tel: 01764 650224 Ken Arton, Vice-Chairman 01764 652016

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charity; anyone who could help us with research in general, with recording items, and learning various skills, or with the cleaning and restoration work of the glass slides for example (see above); or anyone who could help to put on exhibitions or organise the space in The Old Town Hall. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in this great challenge we are undertaking. Later in the year we will be hosting a lecture by John Harding- Edgar on one of our local heroes, General Sir George Murray, who was born in Ochtertyre. This is the fascinating story of his distinguished and action packed career, first as a soldier, becoming The Duke of Wellington’s Quartermaster General, then his Chief of Staff; later as a politician he was MP for Perthshire, then among other things Secretary of State to the Colonies and Governor General of Canada. It is thanks to him that Perth became the name of the largest city in Western Australia, and the Murray River was named in his honour. What a busy and memorable life! In the autumn we will be organising an exhibition of Blanch Haddow’s wonderful wildlife photos and studies taken in this area, showing her unique skill with the camera. This promises to be colourful and fun, and we will announce the date as soon as we can. Something to look forward to! C








Registered charity in Scotland: SC 048238 Crieff in Leaf - As I write this in the middle of April we are awaiting the delivery of several thousand plug plants which we’ll spend the next week potting up in our poly tunnels. It has been lovely to be back out again for the last few weeks, in our small socially distanced groups. Unfortunately we have had to cancel our annual coffee morning again but we will have plants for sale. We are still working out where and how to do this under the current Covid guidelines, the date will be Saturday, 22 May, and we will keep you posted through our Facebook page and our website at crieffinleaf@gmail.com.

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An Introduction to the Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens’ Network

In 1990, following a huge loss of trees to a series of devastating gales, the Tree Council set up its national Tree Warden Scheme. Today, there are 8,000 tree wardens across the UK in some 200 networks of volunteers. The Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens’ Network (PKTWN) is the only such network in Scotland. Set up by the local authority in 1993, for the past 10 years it has been entirely independent, run by volunteers within the national scheme. It is supported by Scottish Forestry and the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership and still retains links with Perth & Kinross Council. Each of our volunteers are the eyes and ears for trees in their local communities. They monitor tree loss, promote tree replacement to landowners, report illegal fellings, comment on planning applications and take part in government consultations regarding trees. The PKTWN is currently preparing a series of leaflets, of which the first will be a ‘Perth & Kinross Bluebell Trail’ highlighting the best bluebell sites in the area and raising awareness of our native bluebell as an important indicator species for ancient woodland. Originally planned for publication this month in time for this year’s blooms, it has been decided to postpone the leaflet so as not to cause any additional access issues once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. With high quality online training for all Tree Wardens just about to start, now is the perfect time to welcome new members. Membership is still free and you can do as little or as much as you wish within your local patch. If you would like further information, please contact Julia, our Hon. Secretary, at secretary@perthandkinrosstreewardens.co.uk or check our website: www.perthandkinrosstreewardens.co.uk. We post all updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages: Facebook.com/PerthandKinrossTreeWardens and Twitter.com/PKTreeWardens - please feel free to follow us!

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What’s on at Strathearn Arts


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Crieff Fair’s Kiss and A Rose - A new theme tune for Strathearn Arts - Following an open invitation from composer, musician, and storyteller, Scot AnSgeulaiche, nine professional local musicians have been busy collaborating on a new piece of music that is set to become the theme tune for Strathearn Arts. The aim was to create a musical piece together which captures the essence of Strathearn Arts as a venue and forum for artists and musicians. Working entirely remotely during lockdown, this intergenerational ensemble brought together a remarkable range of local talent (in order of appearance): John Dew - Great Highland Bagpipe, Whistle; Scot AnSgeulaiche - Acoustic Guitar, Bodhran, Saz; Rose Logan - Fiddle; Jennie and Jamie Turnbull - Piano; Cathy Tilbrook - Cello; Robbie Hutton - Vocals, Acoustic guitar; John Paul Masom - Additional lyrics and Connor Sinclair - Acoustic Guitar, Wood Flute. The final work takes two traditional pieces, The Battle of Crieff Pass and Crieff Fair and combine them with a brand new composition A Kiss and A Rose, the work of the emerging talented songwriter, Robbie Hutton. The result is a creative, passionate, and responsive piece that draws on our sense of place - the beauty of the natural environment in and around Strathearn, our history, our community - and the way in which art and music brings the community together and enriches the lives of the people that make up Strathearn today. Strathearn Arts is delighted to have Crieff Fair’s Kiss and A Rose so generously gifted to us for our future use and archive and will be featuring a live launch later in the month. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first find out more www.strathearnarts.org/whatson Strathearn Arts Box Office & Shop Reopening - We are thrilled to be opening our Box Office and retail space at 2 Comrie Street, at the beginning of May. Newly styled by local designer, Laura Grace Caldwell, the retail space has a wonderful-

ly fresh welcoming interior to showcase a high-quality range of arts and crafts for sale at reasonable prices. All arts and crafts are made by local artists and makers so why not pop in and buy something special for yourself or as a gift and help support independent local creatives. We also have a carefully chosen selection of books for sale with varied titles by local writers, and themes covering natural history, arts and crafts as well as a bespoke children’s section - so why not enjoy that bookshop feeling and take your time to browse? We need your help! We are looking for new recruits to join our brilliant team of volunteers helping to run the shop, so please get in touch if you have a few hours to spare and would like to help. Contact info@strathearnarts.org or call 01764 655556 *Check the website for confirmed opening dates and hours: www.strathearnarts.org/ whatson: Drive-In Cinema @ Comrie Croft - 4-6 June - In partnership with Comrie Croft, Strathearn Arts are delighted to announce we will be bringing Drive-in Cinema to Strathearn. Friday 4 June: 5 pm The Greatest Showman (PG); 8 pm Bridesmaids (15) Saturday 5 June: Noon Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG). 4 pm Skyfall (12); 8 pm Bohemian Rhapsody (12) Sunday, 6 June: Noon Pirates of the Caribbean (PG); 4 pm Mamma Mia! (PG); 8 pm Braveheart (15) Tickets - Strathearn Community Tickets £18.50 per car plus Eventbrite booking fee - limited number still available. Regular Ticket £28.50 per car plus Eventbrite booking fee. To book your tickets visit: www.eventbrite. co.uk/o/strathearn-arts-11237136161. Bonnie Mountain Café will be providing a fabulous range of cinema style food and drinks for you to buy at the event. Tasty treats such as classic popcorn and ice-cream, hotdogs and the finest coffee around. Find the full menu on our website www.strathearnarts.org. With special thanks to our sponsors Comrie Cinema Club, The Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff Food Company, Miller Hendry, MESH and Can Do Crieff.

May in the Garden with Mike the Gardening Coach

large as you can afford. It is amazing how quickly pond skaters and other mini beasts find your pond. Put a seat close by, so that you can watch all the activity. Before you know it, damselflies and dragonflies will be visiting, as well as birds and small mammals. Just make sure your pond has a variety of levels to make it easy for creatures to venture into and out of the pond. Here’s some tips on wilding your garden for wildlife: *Start with the soil in your garden. Annually, add plenty of organic matter. This can be rich well-rotted manure on your vegetable plot, or composted bark as a mulch on your flower beds. Both will get the worms and other soil organisms active once the soil heats up. This, in turn will attract birds, such as thrushes and robins *Avoid using weedkillers and pesticides. They kill beneficial insects and contribute to an imbalance, perpetuating the problem you thought you were solving in the first place *Aim to have flowers throughout the year to help pollinators even on mild winter days *Let the edges of your lawn grow and see what wildflowers come up. Or transform your lawn into a wildflower meadow. *Leave a woodpile and a stone pile in a corner of your garden, or a build a drystone feature and see what creatures use it. Happy gardening!

“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?” Edward Giobbi. Our gardens start to stir in February and March and ease into April, then May and June bring a rush of growth and blossom which all gardeners welcome. The growing season is well and truly back! However, we can still get a frost here in Perthshire, until the end of May, so protect those tender plants when one is forecast. Apparently, more birds sing in May than any other month in the year. It’s well worth gardening for our feathered friends and also welcoming those less popular creatures, the ‘bugs’ in the habitats that we create in our garden. Gardening for wildlife does not mean that your garden should necessarily look like a wild, abandoned space. Wildlife can thrive in orderly, formal gardens, as well as less formal spaces. The important thing is to provide shelter, food and water, creating a balanced ecosystem. Some plants can provide both food and shelter; such as our native Hawthorn, Rowan, Holly and Ivy, all of which produce a profusion of flowers followed by berries. Try growing lots of flowers (open, single flowers, not those with double flowers) for pollinators such as bees, jjj moths, butterflies, hoverflies and wasps (yes, wasps!). Did you know that an estimated 84% of EU crops (valued at £12.6b) and 80% of wildflowers rely on insect pollinators? Sadly, about half our bumblebee species are Helping you enjoy your garden more declining. Advice – Training – Support I always recommend finding a place in your garden for mike.gardeningcoach@gmail.com water. It could just be a shopwww.mikethegardeningcoach.scot bought bird bath, or a plant07881 992711 ed container, filled with water and appropriate plants. Ideally, find an open part of your garden for a pond. Make it as 21

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Crieff Community Diary

Strathearn Community Library is keeping a Crieff Community Diary of Local Events. This diary is on display in the library for local people and visitors to consult, and we would like all local societies and clubs to make use of it to plan and promote their events. We are hoping this will prove a useful resource and help avoid duplication of events. The library may be contacted by telephone 01764 657705 or by email strathearnlibrary@culturepk.org.uk

Local Schools

Crieff High School Reception 01764 657600 www.crieffhigh.pkc.sch.uk Strathearn Community Campus 01764 657700 www.pkc.gov.uk/strathearn Crieff Primary School 01764 657888 St. Dominics Primary School 01764 657800 Comrie Primary School 01764 661450 Madderty Primary School 01764 661444

Perth and Kinross Council

Crieff Area Office 01738 476000 Council Main Reception 01738 475000 Registrars - by appointment 01764 657850

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King Street, Crieff, PH7 3SA Tel: 01764 652283 Repeat Prescription Line: 01764 655510 Opening Hours - 8 am - 6 pm, Mon to Friday Closed 12pm - 2 pm on Tuesdays Please check hours for bank and public holidays Our extended hours are as follows: Wednesday 7.00 - 8.00 am and Thursday 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm for pre-booked appointments.

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King Street, Crieff, PH7 3SA Tel: 01764 652456 Repeat Prescription Line: 01764 655577 Opening Hours - 8 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday Open on a Monday and Wednesday morning from 7 am for prebooked appointments. Closed 12 pm - 2 pm on a Wednesday. Please check hours for bank and public holidays

Strathearn Politicians

Constituency Member of Scottish Parliament

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hours telephone health advice and information service available across Scotland. If you or someone you care for is unwell and you feel that it can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens then you can call NHS 24 on 111. You will speak first to a healthcare advisor who will capture important information and then direct your call to either an experienced nurse for an assessment or a health information adviser for information. Following clinical assessment from a nurse, you will be advised on what you should do next. You may be advised on how you can look after yourself at home, or you may be referred to your local Primary Care Emergency Centre (PCEC), Community Pharmacist or Accident & Emergency Department. Where clinically appropriate a GP home visit or an ambulance may be arranged for you. In a life threatening situation you should dial 999.

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If you are seeking advice please ring our advice Helpline on 01738 450580, Monday to Friday between 10 am and 3 pm. If you need advice about making a claim for Universal Credit please ring 0800 023 2581 or see www.cas.org.uk to access our Universal Credit webchat. If you would like to make an appointment at the Perth bureau please ring 01738 450581. www.perthcab.org.uk  Advertising and Editorial Information

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What to expect from a complimentary hearing assessment at The Edinburgh Hearing Practice

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Auchterarder Most hearing centers will measure the quietest sounds that you can hear and based on this will make a recommendation. Although this type of hearing test provides useful information, by no means does it provide a full picture, we hear with our ears but it is our brain that understands speech! With this in mind, we have designed our test protocol to ensure that we measure your exact individual issues. First and foremost, we will listen to you. Hearing loss is personal and we take the time to listen to your experience. We recommend that you bring someone with you as they can often provide useful information and support. Our hearing assessments usually take about 90 minutes. We will ask some medical related questions so that we have a good understanding of your general health and history. Next we will examine your ears. We have the latest technology and can show you images of your ears on a screen if you are interested in seeing exactly what we are looking at. 26

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Tomnah'a Flowers your local Flower Farmer Florist Growing, arranging and delivering beautiful flowers, chemical free and naturally grown in Strathearn

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Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 3pm (closed Sunday) Plants, Shrubs, Trees and Bedding Plants for the garden. Composts, Pots and Garden Tools. Wild Bird Food and Feeders Tel: 01887 820472 www.gatehousenursery.co.uk

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Tomnah’a Seasonal Diary - May; the exciting month spring and summer transition begins. In earlier years these “lean times” oft caught us between spring flowers and veg finishing, and the summer crops starting with not much to harvest. With time we grow. We learn what to plant filling the gap keeping us in bloom year round. The beauty of growing indoor and out is extension of the season with the heat and shelter making flowers last longer. Ongoing spring bulbs such as tulips, anemones and ranunculus flowering outdoors, complemented by early summer flowers popping colour in the polytunnel. The first cornflower of the year heralds the unofficial start to the summer. Then the first nigella, spectacularly sculptural in varying shades of blue. The first sweet peas, with their amazing scent, and possibly the most exciting of all - the poppies. Poppies have a relatively short “vase life” (the length of time a flower looks good once picked) so no good in our bunches, selected to last at least a week. Still, they put on a fabulous show, perfect for special events. Vase life of most poppies can be extended by sealing the ends immediately after picking, helps retain moisture and can be done by burning with a flame or searing in boiling water. We grew many last year: Somniferum, Shirley, Oriental, Californian, and Icelandic - too many as it turned out - with so many weddings and events postponed due to Covid. However, they didn’t go to waste - the bees had a great time, filling the polytunnel with buzzing which helped lift our spirits. We can’t wait to share them with our customers again this year. Friday, 21 May marks the start of our veggie box shares scheme - where customers sign up for the season. We’ll be harvesting a range of seasonal fruit, salad and veg every week until winter. May brings lots of greens, radishes, beetroot, carrots, courgettes, turnips and rhubarb. With fewer frosts, we’re planting tender vegetables and flowers in the polytunnel: chillies, aubergines, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, dahlias and zinnias. Even hardier plants have had to wait until now to be planted to avoid frost damage. Seedlings will have been hardened off and bursting to escape their cells and pots in favour of the ground. It’s an intense but exciting period for us getting flowers and veg in the ground. Next month we’ll enjoy harvesting and weeding!  Strathcare (Bertie Bus) Update - Everyone at Strathcare is eager to get Bertie Bus out and about again, enabling our passengers to enjoy friendly companionship, beautiful countryside, and maybe coffee and cake when we’re allowed! With restrictions beginning to lift, and the vaccine roll-out going well, we now have plans in place for restarting runs. New procedures are being drawn up to ensure the safety of both passengers and volunteers, together with refresher training for everyone assisting on the bus - it’s been over a year since most of us have stepped foot on Bertie!  But we haven’t been idle in recent months! Taking people for medical appointments and vaccines has continued, and Strathcare has been busy with Richmond Community in delivering a Chat and Treat Service to many people who have been isolated in this difficult time. That scheme will finish at the end of May, when it’s hoped that Bertie might be on the road again. If you would like to be part of what Strathcare offers, either as a volunteer (driver or passenger assistant) or a passenger, please contact the Secretary on info@strathcare.org. uk or 01764 652048. 28

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"Keeping the community on their feet"

Scotland goes to the polls for Scottish Parliament Elections on Thursday, 6 May 2021

Come On In… Soon! As you know during this current lockdown, we have not been able to have people in the hub, but we have continued to serve the community from the door. We are delighted to announce as of the April 26 we reopened the hub for that all important coffee and chat, along with the DVD swapping, School uniform, Books, advice, internet access, and of course our community fridge. We Look Forward to seeing you there! Services - (subject to tier restrictions) Community Fridge, School uniform Bank, Help with IT, Support Services, Advice on other services, Workshops & Support, A cup of tea/coffee, Chat, Free Wi-Fi. If you need any of these services, please Contact Us: 19 High Street, Crieff. Tel: 07955 710520 Email: admin@crieffconnexions.org.uk. Facebook: facebook.com/crieffconnexions Twitter: twitter.com/crieffconnex Instagram: instagram.com/crieffconnexions. Messenger: m.me/crieffconnexions. We can arrange times to get these services for you. ‘Days Out’ at the Hub - With the better weather coming in and the restrictions starting to ease there is no better time to start getting out and getting active. It was great to take a few of the regulars on a day out up to the Crieff hydro Golf course for some organised sport, we had a great few rounds of golf and that all important hotdog in between. We are planning as restrictions ease further to start making ‘Days Out’ at the Hub a more regular event and to widen the Activities we can do. We’re Doing it to make a change - As the Kiltwalk date is drawing closer, Jason and Allan have taken up the challenge of the Mighty Stride. They will be walking up the knock together to show their support for the hub. Jason said, “The hub has helped me a lot, and I want to do this to give something back to them.” Show your support - Why not sponsor Allan and Jason and you can make a difference to the community. You can scan the QR code at the hub to sponsor Crieff Connexions and make a real difference in local people’s lives. Glenfarg Folk Club - Glenfarg Folk Club has been established for over 41 years, and is one of the premier folk clubs in the country. Once centred in the village of Glenfarg, it moved to a dedicated music venue in Kinross - Backstage - in the Green Hotel, Kinross. We meet (currently online) every Monday night, and offer a wide range of artists, as well as providing an opportunity for members to play and sing. In these difficult times, we have continued, using Facebook and Zoom. Over the course of any year’s programme you can enjoy both traditional and contemporary folk music from both home and abroad, and can hear blues, country, jazz, ragtime, storytelling and poetry, always performed in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. We are fortunate to have several members who are accomplished players/ singers in their own right. In addition to our valued guest artist nights, we also host our own Singarounds events which permit any attendee to perform amongst friends. You are invited to join us, online, in our current monthly programme - one concert per month from a professional artist, 2 Singarounds for members, and a Gathering, where 4 members, or friends of the club, each play a short set of 25 to 30 minutes. More information, including concerts from professional artists, can be found at our website glenfargfolkclub.com, on the Glenfarg Folk Club Facebook page, or by calling me at the number below. John Scott Vice-chair 07599 913112. 30

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Foulford 9 Hole Golf Course Par/SSS: 27. Course Length: 916 yards. Fancy a game of golf but short of time? Why not come and play Foulford Par 3 Course? Great fun for all the family amid the beautiful scenery of Highland Perthshire. No bunkers but lots of water hazards. Club hire available. Address: Sma’Glen, by Crieff PH7 3LN How to Get there: Five miles north of Crieff on A822. Contact Details T: 01764 652407 e: foulford@btconnect.com

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SNP - Strathearn Ward By the time you read this we will have made significant progress in Scotland on the easing of lockdown restrictions, but there is still further to go. Hopefully, over coming weeks further easing can take place. As a local councillor one thing I noticed when I went to get my jab several weeks ago at the Dewar’s Centre in Perth was the number of Council employees on duty there. Many I had not seen for more than a year. It was great to see them again. The position though has changed over the last month thanks to the number of people from the community who have volunteered to assist. Grateful to them. That means greater numbers of Council staff can go back to their normal roles. That’s good, as it allows a whole range of projects to be speeded up. Clearly, as we enter May, we want to see no repeat of the type of antisocial behaviour that we saw at St Fillans and on the south side of Loch Earn a year ago. I know that a number of Council officers have been working hard on this, along with other parties such as the Police and the National Parks Authority. I’m also seeking an update on the Crieff to Comrie Core Path, and on the Shaky Bridge in Glen Lednock. On the Path this is a matter that has been ongoing now for many years, and was one of the first questions I asked at Council back in 2017. It is a matter that must be resolved over the next few months. Then we can move to the next stage. Once the Core Path is fully restored it will be an immense asset for all. Other areas coming back to life include the Local Action Partnership, and hopefully there will be a meeting of the Community Investment Fund in the near future. The latter is an important source of funds for a wide variety of community organisations. The other positive news is that funding from the Scottish Town Centre Fund is having an impact. Progress is being made on the Drummond Arms. Especially pleasing is the news that an application to demolish has gone in for the Strathearn Hotel in Crieff. This is a matter on which all three ward councillors have worked together, and with others in the local community, such as the Community Trust and the Community Council. The building has been a clear fire and safety risk for many years. Normally, I would prefer to see a building such as this restored, but we are long past that point. Demolition is the only option. The funding is all about regeneration. Going forward I very much hope that a suitable use can be found for the site. Two other matters. First, I want to see moves made on restoring the Murray Fountain, and James Square in Crieff. We were making progress early last year. The pandemic put that on hold. The initial intention had been to have the restoration carried out prior to Games Day. It is a matter that has to be revisited. And talking of Games Day on Sunday, 22 August I cannot see why that one of the most important days of the year for Crieff clashes with the Party in the Park Festival in Perth that same weekend. This has happened before. It is now probably too late to do anything about this year. A similar clash must not happen in 2022. If you want to contact me I’m on SDonaldson@pkc.gov.uk. As I am still unable to get into Council offices at 2 High Street phone me at home on 01738 812760, or on my Council mobile on 07557 815544.

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Appeal for Leadership - Crieff ’s Scouts, Cub Scouts and Beaver Scouts are appealing for Leadership help so that their sections can get back to their scouting activities. Current restrictions mean that they can now meet up again outside subject to safety guidelines, but a lack of Leaders/Helpers is hampering their efforts. All their risk assessments have been agreed and accepted by the District Team. At the moment we are in the ‘Yellow Stage’, which means the sections are restricted to only meeting outdoors with a total of 15 people which includes Adults. We will be able to meet in the Scout Hall, King Street, Crieff as soon as we progress to the ‘Green Stage’, which hopefully, all being well, will be after the school summer holidays. The main stumbling block to prevent all this from happening is the lack of Leaders, even to start up in the Yellow Stage. Unless more help is found scores of children in Crieff will be left disappointed. All our Leaders are members of the PVG Scheme and trained in Safety, Safeguarding and First Aid. If anyone wishing to become a Leader/Assistant please contact Jimmy Comrie, Group Scout Leader of the 5th Perthshire (Crieff) Scout Group on 01764 653470 to discuss what the positions entail. Some training safety checks will be required. All training at this stage can simply be completed online and is not “rocket science”. Crieff Drama - Lockdown Over? Since 2009, Crieff Drama Group has been an integral part of the Crieff Drovers’ Tryst walking week by presenting ceilidh-like nights of rehearsed readings. Originally performing these at the former Crieff Hotel, they moved across the High Street to the Red Squirrel Café in 2011 and have been playing to sell out audiences every year since - until lockdown, of course. Many of these performances were recorded for Heartland FM, Strathearn NewsTape, PRI hospital Radio and several care homes, but now some have had a new lease of life. Helen Day, who Chairs the Group, said, ‘While we are gradually returning to a more normal existence, certainly at the time of writing, it will be some time before the drama group is up and running with a diary of live shows. So in the meantime our technical boffins have put together edited highlights of three of our Red Squirrel Tryst performance nights. These audio programmes really capture the atmosphere - and with the audience’s laughter and warm reactions it’s almost like being there. If you go to our website homepage at www.crieffdramagroup.co.uk the audios can be played at the touch of a button. We should mention that these are PERFORMANCE & not children’s shows, they do contain COMMUNICATION TUTORING some adult humour.’ For aged 4 years to Adults The three 20 minute shows are ‘Wish Individual lessons: on-line or in person You Were Here’ from 2017, ‘Letters Drama - Speech - Public Speaking - Reading for Please’ from 2018 and ‘Dear Diary’ Performance - English Language (ELTC) from 2019, each devised by John Do you or your child: Cummings and performed by Robin Bell, John Cummings, Helen Day, - need to improve confidence, speech or speaking in public? - want to enjoy drama, the spoken or written word? Jane Drysdale, Elspeth Fleming, John - want something to aim for and achieve accredited qualiHughes, Tom Inglis, Paul F Kelly, Cafications? rolyn McKeggie, Ann Morrison, Co- - need to prepare for the demands of the working world? lin Morrison, Catriona Watson and - need to prepare for college or university applications: Fiona Wellstood. perhaps add to your UCAS points too? In a widely contrasting mix of scenes For any of these reasons, why not read further informaand situations, every player takes on tion about subjects available and about me on my website: www.pamroberts.co.uk multiple characters and dialects. PlayFor further enquiries please email me: ing the internet shows requires no info@pamroberts.co.uk or online registration and costs nothing. Telephone: 07970 796864 All at www.crieffdramagroup.co.uk. 38

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Trains Across Strathearn (TrAcS) Memorial Project (Charity Registered - SC050176)

TrAcS was formed recently with the aim of working with local people to mark Upper Strathearn’s railway heritage, and to do this we hope to create a feature within Crieff, to act as a tribute to the local lines and their staff and to the many benefits they brought to Upper Strathearn. The feature will consist of an ex-Caledonian Railway signal (of a type previously seen on the local lines) with interpretation boards to tell some of the story of the lines, and will be accompanied by photographs, including some showing staff. The first Annual General Meeting of the Trains Across Strathearn (TrAcS) Memorial Group was held on March 10 by email - due to Covid restrictions preventing a physical meeting. Reports and accounts were sent out to members of the Group and were agreed as correct. A new Board was then voted in and consists of the same members as last year - Chairman - Dave Ferguson; Treasurer - Sandy Fraser; Secretary - Mary Hunt. Chairman Dave Ferguson said, “I would like to send a big thank you to all the members for sticking with the email arrangements and continuing to support TrAcS. It was not an easy job ensuring that all the reports were written up and the accounts examined independently, with this then all being sent on to the members. Not all members have email, so one or two outdoor, socially distanced meetings were held to ensure all members had their say, so as I say a big thank you to all for enabling the AGM to run as smoothly as possible. We are now looking to the year ahead and hopefully as restrictions are lifted we can push forward with the Project. If anybody would like to join us or learn more about us, then please contact myself on 01764 654060 or via email at Crieffcaleyman19@aol.com, and you’ll be made very welcome. My interest in the local lines started with a school project and I was a bit frustrated in that very little seemed to have been published regarding their history or use, including very few pho40

tographs, so it was difficult writing up the project. From here I went on a mission and the story uncovered through searching old local papers and speaking to people of the local railway lines is a fascinating one which we hope to tell with this proposed feature. We currently have within the Group some ex-staff members or their family, so we are in safe hands as we move forward. There are of course other groups working on the old lines, with the Loch Earn Railway Path Project making a great job on resurfacing the old track bed almost all the way from Comrie to near Lochearnhead. This is terrific, as for people like me who were not able to use the train as it was all gone by the time I was born, it allows you to at least walk the old route and get a flavour of what the train journey must have been like. Although our signal feature will be located in Crieff, looking to the future we can hopefully create other features elsewhere along the lines between Perth and Balquhidder and Crieff and Gleneagles, to help people learn more about them.” Photograph shows St. Fillans Tunnel - The attached photograph shows the western approach to St. Fillans Tunnel and the newly resurfaced old track bed as seen on 7 August 2017 taken by David Ferguson.

The Library of Innerpeffray - The Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings

Library of Innerpeffray reopens for visitors on Wednesday, 2 June. The Library is a small space, so to allow for safe visiting, meeting the guidelines, we will be operating a timed entry system, you can book a place by telephone or on our website. If you just happen to be passing, do ask: we will do our best to fit you in. Events coming up at Innerpeffray Library Lives: Books, Borrowers, and Beyond - Saturday, 22 May at 2 pm. This free online event will highlight Innerpeffray’s unique Borrowers’ Register and the stories it can tell about the library’s books and borrowers. In the first half we will hear about individual borrowers from a variety of experts and about Innerpeffray’s place in the amazing history of library use in Scotland. In part two find out how you can uncover the world behind borrower names and book titles and then challenge the Keeper to find the books borrowed! Many local names appear regularly in the Innerpeffray Borrowing Register: names like Bain, Fergusson, Keron, McOmish, and many more. If you’d like to find out if your family name appears, and how you might find out more about local history, why not join us for some Library Lives? Organised in conjunction with the project Books and Borrowing 1750-1830, based at the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow (borrowing.stir.ac.uk). Register for your free place to receive joining details. Walter Scott at Innerpeffray - Read to Death - Opening Event. Thursday, 3 June at 6 pm. We are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott with a special exhibition, sponsored by the Friends of Innerpeffray Library (FOIL), exploring one what makes Scott one of Scotland’s literary legends. This opening event combines a private view of the exhibition with drinks in the Library and readings in the outdoor reading room beside the river. Limited places available, tickets £10, Patrons and FOIL Members £5 including a special souvenir to take home. Petronella Haldane: A Retrospective

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Friends of Innerpeffray Library - April 14 should have seen the start of this year’s FOIL programme of events and talks. Whilst it is good that restrictions are easing, the format of FOIL talks in the Schoolroom is not in line with current guidance. Although we are very disappointed not to be able to present our programme of talks this year working alongside the Keeper of Books and the Governors we will offer alternative outdoor events. The Library’s opening event - Walter Scott at Innerpeffray Read to Death on Thursday, 3 June at 6 pm is sponsored by FOIL. This event combines a private view of the exhibition with drinks in the Library and readings in the outdoor stone circle beside the river. In line with Covid restrictions numbers will be limited to 60 people so you are encouraged to book your places. Tickets cost £10 but FOIL members pay the usual £5. FOIL will also provide practical support at the performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor given by Three Inch Fools on Friday, 9 July at 7 pm Tickets for both these events are available through the Library see the website ‘What’s on’ for full details. FOIL has again been invited to provide the Cake & Candy stall at Drummond Gardens Charity Open Day on Sunday, 1 August. This will be our first fundraising event and we would of course be grateful for support in the form of home-baking. The FOIL committee can be contacted by email: friends@innerpeffraylibrary. co.uk Further plans include an outdoor picnic at Innerpeffray on Wednesday, 11 August. A wandering speaker will entertain and inform! There will also be a mystery trip to a local venue in September. Full details of these events will follow. The support given to the Library in 2020 by FOIL members was remarkable and already many have renewed membership for 2021. This means that along with our restricted fundraising events we hope to be able to once again make a financial contribution to the Governors for the enhancement and work of the Library. If you would be interested in becoming a member of FOIL please contact the membership secretary. Details are available on the Friends section of the Library website: www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk. Registered Scottish Charity SC 023545 The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore - The Scottish Crannog Centre is delighted to announce that we are open again for the 2021 season! With social distancing and health & safety procedures still in place, the team are excited to welcome visitors to the Centre for the first time this year and hope to see both locals and tourists back very soon. Tours will run 7 days a week, from 10 am (last entry at 4 pm). Spaces are limited and booking is essential - to book visit www.crannog.co.uk. Alongside our usual tours, we now have workshops available for those looking to join a half-day or full-day immersive experience, learning a traditional craft alongside likeminded people on the banks of Loch Tay. You can subscribe to our newsletter via our website at www.crannog.co.uk to keep up to date with the latest Crannog Centre news.




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For the 2021-22 Academic year, we are donating a year’s tuition in the form of the first Explanet Curiosity Scholarship. Are you the kind of student who likes Maths and/or Physics, but can’t get answers to the questions you have? Do you always want to understand, rather than just get through an exam? Perhaps you feel like you could be achieving more than your academic results indicate. Starting in September, we’re offering one Perthshire student a year’s free weekly tutorial via Zoom. Interested students (not parents!) should email scholarship@explanet. co.uk with a 300 word outline describing: *Why they would benefit from the tuition *How their enthusiasm for Maths and/or Physics has expressed itself *Their top 3 burning questions. The deadline for applications is Thursday, 1 July. The Scholarship winner will be notified by Sunday, 1 August. Scholarship begins: Wednesday, 1 September. You can see Explanet’s advert on page 7. Culture Perth and Kinross - Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are reopening. From Wednesday, 12 May, you’ll be able to borrow and return books to the AK Bell Library, Strathearn Community Campus, Loch Leven Community Campus, Breadalbane Community Campus, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie and Scone Libraries. Our mobile libraries will be back out on the road as well. Full details on opening times are available on our website - www.culturepk. org.uk/backtolibraries. Library opening hours - Check www. culturepk.org.uk/backtolibraries for more information. Museum Reopening - Culture Perth and Kinross are delighted to announce they opened the doors to both Perth Museum & Art Gallery and the Fergusson Gallery on April 30. Admission remains free and there are five new temporary exhibitions across the two venues. Find out what’s on at www.culturepk.org. uk/whatson. Unable to visit? There’s also a new exhibitions website, full of great digital content and online exhibitions. Go to www. cpkmuseums.co.uk for more.

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ual easing of the covid-lockdown measures has opened opportunities for local Rotarians to restart some fundraising initiatives to help refill our charity account which, as reported in last month’s Quair, has become somewhat diminished. Our current President and our future Presidential Nominee are together planning a joint day-long sponsored cycle ride in midJune, pedalling from Crieff via St. Fillans, Killin, Glen Lyon, Aberfeldy and back to Crieff. The money they hope to raise will be mostly put towards Bowel Cancer UK, one of the important charities which our Club has supported in the past, following the death of one of our former Secretaries from this horrible disease in late 2017. The Club is also talking to our friends at the Co-Op at Town Green in Crieff to see whether we can once more set up our static-cycle challenge in the car park. This has been an annual and popular activity in which a team of Rotarians pedal furiously over three hours, but with the odometer covered up; passers-by are then encouraged to pay a small fee and guess (for a nice prize) what the final ‘mileage’ will be once the odometer is revealed at the end of the challenge. On this occasion, the money raised will mostly go towards Prostate Cancer UK, another very worthwhile cause. Our biggest money-raising event, however, will be the long-awaited return of our Golf Day at Crieff Golf Club on Thursday, 5 August. We are hoping that the club house will have reopened by then but, if it has not, then the event will still go ahead, but with everything being organised from outdoors. More information about these activities can hopefully be revealed next month. In the meantime, for further details about the Rotary Club of Crieff, including how to donate to its charity account, please visit its website or email the Membership Convenor at rc.crieff-membership@outlook.com.

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A glass recycling business, launched during lockdown, is helping raise funds for local food banks, in the first of its kind in the area. Doorstep Glass Recycling was launched during lockdown after noticing a gap in the market for people to conveniently recycle glass without having to travel to recycling points. This is a company with a difference as they donate a percentage of any proceeds to local foodbanks. After a successful launch in early 2021, the company are now expanding into new areas. The service is now available in Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Alyth, Crieff, Comrie, Glen Lyon, Fortingall, Fearnan, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld, Gleneagles, Dunning, Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus and all of the little places in between. The company are aiming to service the whole of the areas covered by The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair and The Crieff and Comrie Quair. Collections are every four week’s and the company are always flexible with regards to collections. Customers are sent a text and email reminder of the collection date and they collect from all properties. The business charge £6 per month for one box and thereafter any additional boxes are charged at a discounted rate. The boxes are 45 litres and can hold over 30 bottles of wine and approx 55 beer bottles. The business has proved a success with a number of local Airbnb’s signing up to the service quickly. The company work in association with the Binn Group, who are based at Glenfarg, to ensure that the glass is disposed of correctly. As well as boosting recycling locally, the organisation is also helping make a contribution towards reducing emissions. If you have any glass to be recycled, and would like to help raise funds for your local community, get in touch with Doorstep Glass Recycling at www.doorstepglassrecycling.co.uk.

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