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The Crieff & Comrie Quair TM

Crieff, Comrie & District’s Community Magazine

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

A School for all the family Morrison’s Academy is a school for all the family with a strong and active community. With Nursery, Primary and Secondary all on one campus, our pupils and families build lasting relationships, experience continuity of learning and smooth transitions across the school. Our day school supports busy family lives, with wraparound care, co-curricular clubs and activities, holiday camps and a sprawling school bus route.

It’s not too late to enrol for August 2022 Inspire your child’s big dreams and help them reach their full potential. Contact Catriona Elliott and become part of the Morrison’s Academy family. admissions@morrisonsacademy.org

MORRISON’S ACADEMY

01764 653885 morrisonsacademy.org Morrison’s Academy, Crieff, PH7 3AN

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Care that makes a difference We don’t just care for our residents, we treat them like family. At Balhousie Dalnaglar we offer residential, nursing, respite, dementia and end-of-life care. To arrange a visit please contact us on 01764 655231.

We are an award-winning care home operator with 26 care facilities across Tayside, the north and the Central Belt. For more information visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk Twitter: @BalhousieCare Email us at: enquiries@balhousiecare.co.uk

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WAREHOUSE FABRIC SALE MASSIVE DISCOUNTS

Come along and visit our fabric sale

Extensive ranges of fabric wool, linen, Cotton, Sheers & Silk in Tartans, Plaids,Patterns, Stripes and Plains Woven in our Mill In Keith this is an ideal Opportunity for the Tailor, Seamstress, home decorator or to buy a present for yourself or as a gift from our selection of Throws & Scarves

Thurs 10th & Fri 11th October 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Towerhouse, Ruthvenfield Road Inveralmond Ind Estate, Perth, PH1 3UN Phone 01738 609000 Email - shop@macnaughton-group.com

Brian Jack Builders Brickwork and Stonework New Build, Extensions Concrete work paving walling 3 Hebridean Gardens, Crieff, PH7 3BP. Tel: 01764 650608 Mob: 07912 521228 Phone: 01764 218901 Mobile: 07762 795117 www.brianjackbuilders.co.uk www.kameleon-decorators.co.uk bsjbeets@aol.com Heather Watson-Ross

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Ochils Podiatry offers a comprehensive range of podiatry/chiropody treatments. Home visits are available in the surrounding areas of Auchterarder. For all enquiries please contact by: Telephone 01764 752252 Email info@ochilspodiatry.co.uk www.ochilspodiatry.co.uk We are located within Davidsons Chemist, 54-56 High St, Auchterarder.

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The Crieff & Comrie Quair tel/text: 07436 793785 e: crieffandcomrie@thequair.com w: www.thequair.scot

Come and visit our small luxury boutique hotel in Comrie, with Brasserie style restaurant and al fresco dining

The first week of June 2022 is Volunteer Week and we would like to take this chance to thank all of the volunteers who send in articles from the local groups who contribute to The Quair. Did you know that all Local voluntary groups and organisations from across the Crieff & Comrie area may submit notices and articles, free of charge? All that we ask is that any article is emailed to us by the specified copy date, is factual, non-political, under 400 words and not likely to offend. The local schools start their holidays at the end of this month and thankfully there’s lots going on in Perthshire over the next few months to keep us all entertained. Alistair We hope that you enjoy this month's edition, and Li

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The Crieff & Comrie Quair is an open access monthly

magazine which is delivered FREE to over 6,100 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. The extra print run is dependent on the normal fluctuating seasonal demand from visitors and tourists and, of course, local and regional lockdowns due to worldwide pandemics! As well as being a Community Magazine, The Quair is an excellent source of information for our visitors who go on to support our Advertisers and Event Organisers. We also produce The Atholl & Breadalbane Quair each month. Between the 2 magazines we deliver around 13,300 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 July 2022 edition is noon on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. The Magazines are due to be distributed the week commencing Monday, 4 July.

KENMORE BAKERY Keith’s award winning tablet

Homemade Shortbread and Biscuits

Bakers of Distinction Come and see us! We will be at

Aberfeldy Farmer’s Market on Sunday 5th June and

Crieff Market

on Saturday 11th June Keith & Sheila Mitchell Easdale, Acharn, Aberfeldy, Perthshire Tel: 01887 830556 E: kenmore bakery@hotmail.com Facebook: Kenmore Bakery 5


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IN AUCHTERARDER WHERE LEGS AND FEET MATTER WHERE LEGS AND FEET MATTER GREGOR McCOSHIM FCPodS MChS GREGOR HCPC McCOSHIM FCPodS MChS REGISTERED HCPC REGISTERED ROUTINE CHIROPODY ROUTINE CHIROPODY WALKING/RUNNING INJURIES WALKING/RUNNING INJURIES ORTHOTIC/INSOLE MANUFACTURER ORTHOTIC/INSOLE MANUFACTURER LEG/FOOT HEALTH ASSESSMENT HIGH ASSESSMENT STREET, LEG/FOOT206 HEALTH AUCHTERARDER, PH3 1AF 206 HIGH STREET, TEL: 07932 725211 AUCHTERARDER, PH3 1AF EMAIL:TEL: grm@mccoshim.plus.com 07932 725211

NEW BUILD EXTENSION RENOVATION DEVELOPMENT

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Crieffwww.grmpodiatry.co.uk ’s Fibro Warriors - Crieff ’s Fi-

bro Warriors is a support group for anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia in the Strathearn area. We have a Facebook group and we meet in Crieff Baptist church on Tuesdays at 1 pm. For more information contact Claire Scott at clairegrieve@hotmail.co.uk. Craft & Art Group - 2 pm on Thursdays. All welcome - Informal craft, art, board games, tea & chat. St Columba’s Episcopal Church Crieff. Contact Revd Gennie Evans rev.gen@btinternet.com 01764 650985.

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Digger work undertaken, wheel and track machines supplied for part time hire with experienced mature qualified operator. Drainage, flooding and ground remodelling also Forestry work, storm damaged trees cut and removed as required. Fallen hardwood trees purchased from your garden for cash. To discuss or request advice phone or message

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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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Dementia Café - We are very pleased to announce the re-opening of the Demen-

tia Café in the Main Hall of the North Church, Perth. The café will be open every 1st Wednesday of the month from 10 am - 12.30 pm . We have put in place some restrictions to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and the café will continue to be reviewed in line with the Scottish Government’s review of Covid -19 restrictions. As in previous years, (and we have now been open for 13 years), there is always a warm welcome awaiting everyone, with free refreshments brought to the tables by volunteers. café is run by Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership with representa Computer / Tablet Problems  Computer / Tablet Problems The tives from Social Work, Daycare and Psychiatric departments who are on hand to answer HomeTraining Training AtAtHome questions and give advice with their broad understanding of dementia. The Hall is situated behind the North Church in Mill street where many buses arrive. Newequipment equipmentset setupup New There are a few parking places in the High street, which runs parallel and south of Mill Antiviruscheck check/ update / update Antivirus Street with easy access to the hall via a wide vennel. There are also ample places availWiFi/ /Broadband Broadband able in Kinnoull Street car park. We erect large, colourful Dementia Café banners to help WiFi guide folk to the North church main hall, whether approaching from Mill street or the Printerissues issues Printer High street. You can be assured of a warm welcome, whether you are a regular visitor or someone coming for the first time.’ Call:Allan AllanLorden Lorden Call: Notice of Annual General Meeting - The Annual General Meeting of Crieff Community Trust will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, 15 June in Can Do Crieff, Lodge Mob:07871 07871198266 198266 Mob: Street, Crieff PH7 4DW. This is an exciting time for the Trust and we encourage our members and the public to simplesolutions.scot@gmail.com simplesolutions.scot@gmail.com come along and find out more. The agenda below will enable our normal reporting obligations to be fulfilled. Full members and Business Associ(No solution No charge) (No solution - No charge) ate members are eligible to vote on any resolution and to stand for election as Directors. Associate members, junior members and members of the public are welcome to attend, but are not eligible to vote or to stand for election as Directors. Members are welcome to propose items or questions for ‘Any Other Competent Business’. Please email Jane White on janecrieffcommtrust@gmail.com before Tuesday, 14 June. If you would like to join the meeting virtually please email janecrieffcommtrust@gmail. com for login details to the Zoom meeting. Agenda - *Report from the Chair *Report from the Treasurer *Election of Directors *Any Other Competent Business Election of Directors - Any Full Member or Business Associate Member may stand for election as a Director, up to a maxim of 12 elected Directors. Although there is no requirement for members to give advance notice of their intention to stand for election as a Director, any member who is interested in standing or who would like further information on the role of Directors (who are also Trustees), is invited to contact the current Board by email at janecrieffcommtrust@gmail.com We are keen to welcome new volunteers and new Directors, so if you would like to get more involved in the work we do, please contact us or come along to the AGM. Crieff Community Trust is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland, No. SC445952 Scottish charity, No. SC044348 crieffcommunitytrust@gmail.com Facebook: Crieff-Community-Trust Read The Quair Magazines Twitter: @CrieffCommTrust online at www.thequair.scot Registered address: Can Do Crieff, Lodge Street, Crieff, PH7 4DW

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Bidh fàilte chrìdheil romhaibh uile!

Save the date Cuimhnichibh an ceann-latha

Disathairne 17 Sultain Fèis Thatha (Gaelic for ‘Tay Festival’) offers come-and-try workshops for young people aged 8-18 & Adults, led by some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians To register interest or if you’d like to help organise the Fèis Contact us: feis_thatha_2019@hotmail.com

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Breadalbane Community Campus during the day

SUMMER IS HERE!

Cèilidh in the evening

Le taic bho/ We are Supported by:

Front Cover Picture - Our front cover

this month was taken in Comrie on the way to The Deil’s Cauldron. We usually use photos from our own stock, however if you think you have something suitable you would like us to use for The Quair then please feel free to email it to us at crieffandcomrie@thequair.com stating your name and providing a short narrative about the photo. Please note that by sending your photo you are also agreeing to let us use this for any Quair activity.

Nothing says Summer is here more than ice cream. Equi’s exquisitely, irresistible luxury ice cream is now available to purchase in tubs from the Gift Shop or why not enjoy one of our amazing Equi Sundaes in the Restaurant? Flavours include Oreo Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Delight and Chocolate Mint Sensation. Delicious!

Also don’t forget to make your garden Summer ready. We have an extensive selection of bedding plants, hanging baskets and planted containers which will add lots of colour to your borders and balconies. Visit our Garden Centre to stock-up.

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Introducing the History Project

The new McNees now open for gifts for all occasions 23 High Street, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3HU Tel: 01764 654582 Website: www.mcneesofcrieff.co.uk

Providing free support for small businesses, social enterprises and the selfemployed in rural Perthshire

1-1 advice ~ online learning ~ networking events ~ mentoring ~ business directory ~ grant funding for young people ~ and more

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Cultybraggan Camp History Project was founded in 2017 to work with the camp’s owners wherever possible to preserve history and fabric of the camp. Its membership consists of genuine volunteers and academics who are dedicated to investigate and document in central resources all aspects of the camp’s past. Serious new members are welcome. Our members are fully qualified to guide tours and give talks to any group requesting. We are keen to support authors, historians and film-makers, allowing them access to our resources and to our personnel. If you would like an illustrated talk to your group or wish to enquire about us and our capabilities, please contact via history@camp21. org.uk.

Radio Earn Jubilee Concert

Radio Earn will present a Platinum Jubilee Concert in Honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on Sunday, 5 June From 9 am at www.radioearn.org The programme will be presented by: Lt Cdr (CCF) Roger Cartwright RNR (ret) Life Trustee of the Canadian Naval Memorial HMCS Sackville & June Cartwright. Introduction by: The Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie.

Monzie Castle

Monzie Castle will be open from Saturday, 14 May - Tuesday, 12 June inclusive. Open hours 2 pm - 4.30 pm with a cost of £10 per person.


Culture Perth and Kinross Museums & Galleries

Perth Museum and Art Gallery - 10 am - 7 pm every Thursday. 10 am - 5 pm every Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. 10 am - 4 pm every Sunday. Perth Museum and Art Gallery is closed on Wednesdays. The Fergusson Gallery - 10 am - 4.30 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday. 10 am - 4 pm every Sunday. The Fergusson Gallery is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Alyth Museum - This summer will see the exciting launch of the Cateran Ecomuseum hub, a ‘Museum Without Walls’ at Alyth Museum. Visitors to the museum will be inspired by the diverse heritage and culture of the Cateran Ecomuseum area, set within a creative and engaging space. Thursday & Friday 1 pm - 5 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 12 pm / 1 pm - 5 pm The museum is closed Monday - Wednesday. Library survey - Culture Perth and Kinross is working with Perth and Kinross Council to review library services and provision. The last review of services took place in 2013/14, and since that time, there has been a great deal of change for communities and services. This survey is part of a broader review, including consultation with communities, stakeholders, non-users, volunteers, partners, and case studies from elsewhere. We want to review the data and evidence of library use alongside the needs and interests of communities to identify a future model of library provision which is fit for the next 10 years and beyond. Culture Perth and Kinross would be incredibly grateful if you could take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey and share your experiences and views to help inform the conclusions and recommendations of the review. You can learn more about this research, how we manage your data and our privacy statement on our website, or email enquires@culturepk.org.uk. The survey can be accessed at www.culturepk.org.uk/libraryreview or by popping into your local library and speaking with staff.

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Cllr Stewart Donaldson

Strathearn Ward - SNP It’s great to be back! I’m delighted to have been re-elected as one of the three ward councillors for Strathearn, and being able to serve for another five years. There are so many people I would like to thank. My fellow candidate David West, and my campaign team. They did a great job, and I thought we fought really effectively. Indeed, to such an extent that the SNP won Strathearn, with a clear margin over the Conservatives. I would also like to congratulate both Rhona Brock (Independent) and Noah Khogali (Conservative), who were successful, and my other opponents, for what was a fairly fought and good natured campaign. As was the case five years ago the same applies now. Despite political differences I will endeavour to work with my fellow ward councillors on a wide range of issues in order to represent the interests of Strathearn residents as a whole. Not just in Crieff and Comrie, but also in St Fillans, Gilmerton, and the many rural areas of the ward. On issues one that will really matter going forward is housing. In many areas there is a lack of proper provision in terms of social and affordable housing. Above all I’m grateful to voters in Strathearn who had me as their first preference, and I’m honoured that they supported me. Yet, I must stress that for those who did not vote SNP at all I am there to represent them too, and will do so to the best of my ability. Going forward monthly updates will be shorter. Hence I may not be able to cover as much ground as before. Nonetheless, I will aim to focus on priorities, but from time to time I might digress on to other areas. As I think most of you may know by now my own party, the SNP, will be forming a minority administration on Perth and Kinross Council. Obviously, just now there is quite a lot to sort out, but the position will be become far clearer after the first full meeting of the new Council on May 25. Best Regards to you all, Councillor Stewart Donaldson Strathearn Ward 6 If you want to contact me I’m on SDonaldson@pkc.gov.uk. Now fully back in Council offices at 2 High Street, Perth. Therefore, please phone me on 01738 475018, or on my Council mobile on 07557 815544. Crieff & Strathearn Museum - Come to our tent at the MacRosty Park Party in the Park on Sunday, 5 June. (See page 51) If you happen to have any memorabilia, anything from a mug to a photograph with connections to the Queen’s Coronation, or to her long life, and you would be happy for us to display it, please contact us before 5 June. There will also be other events throughout the year so keep an eye open for what we will be doing. Ann McIntosh, Secretary, The Old Town Hall, High Street, Crieff PH7 3HU. ann@crieffmuseum.org.uk

Cllr Noah Khogali

Strathearn Ward - Conservative I am going to start by admitting that this is far from a first draft. After months of campaigning, leafleting and door knocking, I am slightly unsure about what to say now that we have got to this point. Nevertheless, I shall give it a go. I am honoured to be in this position, and to have been given the trust of so many of you to represent your interests on Perth and Kinross Council. At 21, it is a level of responsibility that seems a little alien, I must admit. As the youngest person on the council, I have a duty to not only represent the people of Strathearn, but also to be a voice for the young people that have been historically politically disenfranchised throughout all of politics. In order to make our society work for everyone, it needs to represent everyone. The last few years have shone a light on how important it is to have a community that can come together. To be successful, they need to be intergenerational and fully committed to enhancing the lives of everyone within it. Post Covid, I know that for many people, young people especially, our societies and politics can sometimes feel somewhat Hobbesian - dictatorial and distant. The last few years of social seclusion and defacto pariahdom for many have meant that they no longer feel a part of their community. We must not let that continue. If, by the end of this term, we can all look around Strathearn, from St Fillans to Gilmerton, and see a community in which everyone feels they can play a meaningful, empowered and positive part, I will be happy. There are things that all of us can agree on, and work towards better education and infrastructure, more robust businesses and public services, amongst a plethora of other goals which benefit everyone, but it is different perspectives that make these goals a reality. Education and environmental policy, for example, benefit from ingenuity and constant evolution, we must not let them lie stagnant, a muddy puddle in which you can see the murky reflection of years gone by. We must bring communities together in a manner which is productive and forward looking, identifying opportunities to grow and improve, but at the same time, not forgetting the base which they are built on. I look forward to serving you for the next five years. There is so much to do, and I am excited to get started. If there are any issues then please feel free to contact me on - Telephone 01738 475000, email NKhogali@pkc.gov.uk or at Perth & Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH Comrie Centre for Peace and Reconciliation - Summer Solstice Vigil for World Peace on Tuesday, 21 June in the CCPR chapel at Cultybraggan. (The first hut on the right - entrance at the rear.) All welcome to share a time of quiet reflection and readings - for as long or short a time as you can spare. Further information will be available on notice boards in the area closer to the time.

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Aberfeldy Farmers Market & Arts & Crafts Fair Sunday, 5 June 10am - 2pm

Come along and see what delights are for sale in the square this month! Or visit the Arts and Crafts Fair on the Mezzanine floor in the Birks Cinema, showcasing makers & creators from in & around Highland Perthshire with traditional & contemporary, bespoke & quirky high quality, handmade gifts. Further details of the Farmers Market can be obtained from Fiona on 07990 834092 or aberfeldymarket@gmail.com. Arts and Crafts information from Lynn Shilp lynn@breaghaglass

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Live Well, Your Way with Saqib Rehman

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Live Well, Your Way

with Saqib Rehman Finding ways to stay young at heart, stimulated and busy is very important for seniors and there are proven health benefits of social interaction in older adults including lower blood pressure and reduced risk for mental health issues, such as depression. Social isolation carries real risks. Some of these risks are feelings of loneliness and depression, high blood pressure and decline in mobility. Helping others is a fantastic way to give something back to the community and remind yourself that even later in life you have something to offer. If you would like further advice then give us a call at and would enjoy Alternatively, if you enjoy being sociable Home Instead on: in 01738 505360 and Comrie then why not assisting other seniors Crieff contact us and find out what it involves being a paid part-time or full time Care Professional with Home Instead! You can email us on recruitment@pk.homeinstead.co.uk for more details. If you would like further advice then give us a call at Home Instead on: 01738 505360

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Royal Visitors for Scotland’s First Lending Library

The Library of Innerpeffray was honoured to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent during their recent visit to the county. The visit, arranged by the Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, included viewing the books and exhibition and a tour of library from the Keeper, Lara Haggerty and some of the Innerpeffray volunteers. If you are thinking of visiting the library this year, the theme of our annual exhibition is ‘Innovation and Invention’. In 1680 when David Drummond started a free public lending library, he started something innovative. Beginning with looking at the Founder’s Books, the exhibition explores our collections through a variety of new developments in sciences and the arts including farming, engineering, medicine and literature, with some special insights into connections in the Borrowers’ Register and Visitor Books. Entry to the Library, including a guided tour, is £8 per person, under 16s free of charge. Entry to grounds and heritage trail free. Events coming up Cancellation of the Dunira Gardens visit - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the visit to the lost garden of Dunira with the Friends of Innerpeffray Library has had to be postponed. It is hoped that the event will be rescheduled in the summer months please look out for updates on the library’s website. Sunday, 3 - Sunday, 10 July - Murder by the Book. An exhibition and events celebrating the novels of Agatha Christie and the iconic cover art created for her works in 1970 by the artist Tom Adams. A talk will be given on Sunday, 3 and repeated on Sunday, 10 July by Lara Haggerty and Dr Jim Grant. Or why not come along for a craft workshop on Wednesday, 6 July and create your very own ‘Book of Mystery’? Full details and tickets available online. Wednesday, 13 & Thursday, 14 July at 7 pm -The Three Inch Fools present Twelfth Night and The Gunpowder Plot. The everpopular outdoor family theatre company return to Innerpeffray with two fun-filled, musical productions. For tickets and pricing, visit the library website. Our full programme is available on our website and is updated regularly. Join the grounds maintenance volunteer team - Visitors and local residents enjoy visiting our Heritage Trail and the Library grounds, and this year we plan to extend our planting scheme to include specimen trees recommended by staff from the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. To keep the grounds looking attractive we have a small team of volunteers who give up one morning a week to help maintain the site. If you enjoy being out of doors and would like to join the team, do get in touch. No specialist knowledge is required and equipment is provided. Contact details: The Library of Innerpeffray is on the B8062, four miles southeast of Crieff, postcode PH7 3RF, telephone 01764 652819, website: https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk

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June 2022 is very special for Loch of the Lowes! This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of our first visitor centre on the banks of the loch! To celebrate this historic event, entry to the Visitor Centre and Hides will be FREE to everyone over the week-end of 4th and 5th June! With ospreys and great crested grebe nesting in clear view of the hides, you can experience the peace of nature on this picturesque, wood-fringed loch. Osprey chicks are due to hatch in mid-May so by June there should be fluffy little bobble-heads to watch and opportunities to see our male osprey bringing in fish for his hungry brood. Sandmartins, swallows and swifts are back, and although the insistent cuckoo may have moved along, summer will be gearing up towards the summer solstice. Over our Celebration week-end, there will also be a Tombola, quizzes to suit all ages and an exhibition displaying the creation of our Visitor Centre at Loch of the Lowes. Archive photos show how it’s grown from one small ‘hut’ in 1972 to the 4 Star facility we enjoy today. Don’t miss the special ‘Loch of the Lowes 1969-2022’ booklet, a great memento of the occasion. (For the avoidance of doubt - Scottish Wildlife Trust purchased Lowes in 1969, but the visitor centre was not constructed until 1972). On the Sunday (5th June) storyteller Claire Hewitt will be joining us at Lowes with magical wildlife themed tales, engaging to children and adults alike. Highland Perthshire is now Claire’s base where she has committed herself to building strong foundations for Storytelling in the local remote rural schools and communities. There’s no need to book to hear Claire’s delightful tales, just come along on Sunday afternoon and join the next session, they start on the hour, every hour from 1 pm. Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve is open 7 days a week, 10.30 am - 5 pm, Admission charges apply for non-members. Except For 4th and 5th June FREE entry to all! More information www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk


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Sunday, 12 June - Meall Ghaordaidh from Glen Lochay. Hill walk. Distance: 6 miles. Start: Small car park a short distance past the bridge over All Dhuin Croisg. Finish: As Above. Height Gained: 874m. Depart Crieff Co-op 8 am and Comrie School Car Park 8.15 am. This is one of the less distinguished Munros which because of its isolated position tends to be done on its own. The approach from Glen Lochay is up a broad grassy shoulder rewarded with a good view from the summit. Sunday, 26 June - Fife costal path. Stroll & walk. A) Stroll:- Fife Coastal Path Stroll St David’s Bay to Burntisland. Distance: 5.5 miles? Start Point: Harbour Place Car Park St David’s Bay Dalgety Bay What 3words swim.snowmen.suspends. Start Time: 11 am. Journey Time Comrie to Start Point 1 hour 15 minutes. Description: An interesting stroll packed with historical sites and facts, for example, Aberdour Castle and Gardens, the Silver Sands, St Columba’s Church Burntisland (King James Bible), birthplace of Arsenal’s first captain. This a flat walk with ice cream stops on the way and if we are lucky a go on the ‘Shows’ when we arrive at Burntisland. After a wander around Burntisland or a paddle in the sea strollers can get a train or bus back to Dalgety Bay where they can pick up their transport. The Sunday service back to Dalgety Bay by No 7 bus is 59 minutes past the hour from Burntisland and by train is at 14.21, 15.22, 16.24 from Burntisland Station or B) Walk:- Coastal Walk North Queensferry to Burntisland. Distance 11.5m/18.5km. Leaving from Comrie School car park 8.30 am Crieff Co-op 8.45 am Driving & getting train/bus back to start. This section of the Fife Coastal Path starts at the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and alternates between rural coastal scenery and settlements including Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay & Aberdour, with its art galleries, harbour and sandy beach. Lots to see on this lovely coastal walk. The stage finishes at Burntisland, a pretty town where there are shops & places to eat.

Sunday, 10 July - Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain and A’ Mharconaich. Hill walk Drumochter. Distance: 16 kms / 10 miles. Start: Lay by 79 on the west side of the A9. Finish: As above. Approx time: 6/7 hours Height Gained 783 m. Depart Comrie School Car park 7.45 am and Creiff Co-op at 8 am. These hills are on the west side of the Drumochter Pass and are heathery hills rather than true mountains but the views are good. It is mostly straight forward hill walking with wetter ground lower down and good walking on mossy turf along the ridges. Whether the 3rd Munro A’ Mharconaich is done depends on the weather etc. Sunday, 31 July - Comrie Fortnight. Strathearn Ramblers Chairman’s Walk. Crieff to Comrie. Distance: approximately 8 miles. Leaving Comrie PS Car Park 8.45 am. Leaving Strathearn Community Campus (Crieff High School) Car Park 9 am. Description: From the Campus Car Park we start by taking a path beside the River Earn and thereafter a series of twists and turns we will come back into Comrie after a pleasant day’s walking. There will be opportunities to take photographs Tuesday, 2 August - Comrie Fortnight. Strathearn Ramblers Vice-Chairman’s Stroll. Comrie and Comrie Croft. Distance 5 miles. Leaving Comrie PS Car Park 10 am. Description: A lovely social stroll through the Comrie area with many points of interest along the way. The stroll will take us to Comrie Croft where we will stop for a break with coffee/tea and tasty morsels available. Thereafter we will make our way back Comrie. This is a very pleasant walk in good company. Please note - If you would like to take part in either of these activities booking should be made through the Comrie Fortnight office. Sunday, 14 August - Stuchd an Lochain. Hill walk Glen Lyon. Distance: 6 miles (the return route will be determined after the recce) Start: Below Giorra Dam, Loch an Damh. Finish: As above. Approx time: 4/5 hours. Height Gained: 610m. Depart Creiff Coop at 8 am and Comrie School car park at 8.15 am. With a start at over 400 meters, Stuchd an Lochain gives a short ascent for 44

a Munro. The initial climb is wet and steep but the ridge traverse that follows, around the top of the corrie cradling little Lochan an Cat is a delight. Sunday, 11 September - Beinn Dearg from Glen Artney. Hill walk. Distance 8.5miles. Start: Car park below Glen Artney Church. Finish: as above. Approx time: 5- 6 hours. Height Gained: 2,500ft/706m. Depart Creiff Co-op at 8.15 am and Comrie School car park 8.30 am. This a circular walk taking in a number of tops on the Highland side of the Boundary Fault which runs the length off Glen Artney. The walk is over grass with some peat hags to negotiate. It is a good season finisher with good views over Strathearn. Sunday, 9 October - Beinn an t-Sithein. Hill walk. Distance: 5mile. Start/ Finish: Forestry Commission Car Park at the southern end of Strathyre. Approx time: 5hours. Height Gained 572m. Depart Crieff Coop 8 am and Comrie School Car Park 8.15 am. The climb to the summit of Beinn an t-Sithein utilises forest tracks, steep tracks and paths and is a tough but rewarding hill walk. When on top an incredible panorama extends. Strathearn Ramblers future walks Hill Walk Reminders - Please note that the main walk leaders for each walk will decide whether it will take place on the sated date in the programme or on another nearby day if the weather forecast is better. They will communicate this to all Ramblers who have previously indicated an interest in participating in the walk, usually 3-4 days ahead, so please email or phone in advance to let them know you are interested. Booking procedures - Visitors are very welcome to join walks/ strolls but will be asked to take cognisance of government Covid-19 guidelines. The only means to join a walk or stroll is to book in advance by contacting Irwin Keith on 01764 652541 giving your name and mobile number for track and trace purposes. If you change your mind, please let the leader know as soon as possible to allow your place to be offered to another person. No one turning up on the day without prebooking will be allowed to join. Joining a


walking group will be on a first come first served basis. Safety measures - In the current circumstances, we are all responsible for helping to keep everyone as safe as possible by following government guidance. Please adhere to the following advice before and during the walk you join: *Social distancing, 2 metres to be maintained at all times *Masks & Hand Sanitiser to be carried by all *Maintain distancing during initial briefing and rest stops *Travel arrangements - no car sharing for people from different households *Contact details in case of emergency must be carried as per club rules *Where possible bring your own First Aid Kit, mobile and Test & Protect app. True crimes in Perth in 1935 - Back in December 2020 we featured the launch of local author Rob McInroy’s first novel, Cuddies Strip, which was based on true crimes in Perth in 1935. Now comes news that a follow-up to Cuddies Strip has just been published by Ringwood Publishing. Barossa Street is a thrilling crime story again set in Perth. We spoke to author Rob McInroy and asked him how Cuddies Strip had been received. ‘Really well,’ he told us. ‘It sold out a couple of print runs quite quickly and was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (First Blood) Dagger award for best first novel. Val McDermid, no less, singled it out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as “highly recommended.”’ The new novel picks up where Cuddies Strip left off, Rob tells us. ‘It opens in January 1936 on the day King George V dies, and it uses the subsequent abdication crisis as a backdrop. Bob Kelty, the central character in Cuddies Strip, has now left the police but he immediately becomes embroiled in another terrible crime - a brutal murder - when a friend

of his is suspected by the police of being the culprit. Prejudice lies at the heart of the police investigation and Bob realises that if his friend is to get a fair hearing he will have to investigate the crime himself.’ The end of Barossa Street sees Bob Kelty relocating to open a café in James Square in Crieff and we asked Rob whether that was going to be a permanent move. ‘Yes,’ he told us, ‘I’m planning a series of ten novels featuring Bob and his wife Annie, set between 1935 and 2014, and they will mostly be set in Crieff.’ Rob himself is Crieff born and bred, although he’s lived in England for many years now. ‘I still love coming back,’ he says. ‘Lady Mary’s Walk is one of my favourite places in the world and, of course, the view from the top of the Knock is amazing.’ Barossa Street is published by Ringwood Publishing and can be ordered through Amazon or on the publishers’ website here: www.tinyurl.com/BarossaStreet Turleum Twirlstars - Turleum Twirlstars are a baton twirling troupe based in Strathearn. We are a display team and we train in Muthill village hall on Tuesday nights 5.45 pm till 7.45 pm. We are always looking for new recruits. It’s a great all round sport suitable for girls and boys from 4 years upwards. The first night is free so why not give it a try. For more information contact Claire Scott at clairegrieve@hotmail.co.uk.

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New Crieff and Strathearn ‘community calendar’ and ‘facilities for hire’ listings

We are excited to announce that two new features are now available on the Uniting Crieff website: www.unitingcrieff.org.uk. The community calendar is the place to list and search for community events in Strathearn. We encourage all community groups to use it to list and advertise their activities and events and local people to search it to see what is going on in our area. We especially hope it will provide local groups with a useful online ‘events check’ to avoid clashes, as you will be able to see, for example if there is anything similar taking place on the same day. It is easy to add a new calendar entry via a simple form on the website. Just click on the drop down list in the community calendar and choose ‘add an event’. The community facilities listing page will show the wide range of facilities which are available to hire across the area and it is hoped that all of them will be listed centrally here to make it easy for local people, groups and organisations to quickly search for options. If your facility is not yet listed and you would like it to be included, please email: unitingcrieff@gmail.com. This website is also the place to access the Crieff community action plan and community database, which lists the activities and services of local community groups, service providers and small community businesses. We are very grateful to the Rural Communities Testing Change fund from Rural Perth and Kinross Leader for funding to develop these features on the Uniting Crieff website and to Kona at Fidgety Lizard for delivering them for us.

New Social Group for people with sprayed the glass with varnish. There was much mess and laughter as everyone had a a visual impairment

A Crieff and Comrie group has recently formed for people who have a visual impairment. A couple of years ago Vision PK conducted a consultation with our visually impaired clients, volunteers and staff. People responding expressed a need for local activities, social support, opportunities to meet others, share experiences and build supportive relationships. Vision PK received funding from the National Lottery Community fund to support the development of local groups, throughout Perth and Kinross, for people with a visual impairment. We have started our first groups in the Crieff and Comrie, Kinross and Auchterarder areas. The next Crieff and Comrie group will take place on: Tuesday, 21 June 1.30 pm to 3 pm, in St Columbia’s Episcopalian Church, Crieff. Laura from Lead Scotland will be there to help with IT; smart phones, iPad or another device you may have. If you’d like some support from Laura, bring your device with you. The group plan to have meetings once a month on every 3rd Tuesday of the month. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lidia at Vision PK 01738 626969, mobile 07900 707542, email lidia.dye@visionpk.org.uk. Fowlis Wester SWI - April was a busy month for Fowlis Wester SWI. A group of our ladies attended a calligraphy course and had a great time learning about pens, nibs and the dexterous use of the pen. The rest of us hope to see the results soon. Back on the art trail, our President, Wilma Brown, welcomed Evelyn Morrison and Sheila Walker who gave us a marvelous demonstration of Napkin Art. Evelyn added mod podge glue and mulberry paper to a glass base then attached decorative pictures cut from napkins, she covered the pictures in more mod podge glue and finally 46

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Author Event - Scottish author, David Munro, will be promoting his latest novel Georgina at Strathearn Community Library on Thursday, 23 June at 7.30 pm. The novel follows the trials and tribulations of a young woman, Georgina, who is forced to leave America for Crete under suspicion of her husband’s murder. The book’s closing chapters are set in Comrie and the landmark Cultybraggan camp. David will chat about the influences that made him choose a career in writing and will share his techniques in formulating a plot and setting the story Books will be available for sale on the night (cash only). To book, please secure your free ticket via Eventbrite bit.ly/37e6mIQ or contact Strathearn Community Library: strathearnlibrary@culurepk.org.uk Sign up to our Maker_Space at Strathearn Community Library You can have free access to the latest innovative technology and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud. Our space offers a creative working zone for everyone, including community groups, creatives, small businesses, and individuals. Please contact us if you would like more information. We also have free public access to computers, Wi-fi, printing, photocopying, and scanning. Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries have online library services available 24/7 via the library website (www.culturepk.org.uk/ libraries) or by downloading the library app: browse the library catalogue, online joining, requesting and renewing items. A selection of e-resources is also available from the library website (www.culturepk. org.uk/libraries): e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, e-news, and e-reference resources (Britannica, SCRAN, Theory Test PRO and Ancestry). Researching your family history? Join our informal sessions at Strathearn Community


Library, where you can access Ancestry for free and enjoy uncovering your past. We meet every second Friday 11 am - 1 pm. Please contact us for more details. Bookbug sessions are held at Strathearn Community Library every Thursday morning from 10.30 am - 11 am. They offer fun, friendly sessions of songs, rhymes, and stories. These sessions are suitable for babies, toddlers, and pre-school children to enjoy with their parents and carers. No need to pre-book. Strathearn Community Library opening hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm Friday: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm Sunday: Closed Tel: 01764 657705 strathearnlibrary@culturepk.org.uk Brass Central Strathearn - Our AGM was held on March 24 and at the meeting our long serving chairperson Catriona Melville-Mason stood down and was replaced by Graham Martin. Joining the committee was Graham’s wife Jayne. Shona Douglas stepped down as Child Protection Officer and was replaced by Helen Barr the rest of the committee stays as is. The ‘Come and Try’ evening was a small success as we gained 3 new starters, which we will work with over the coming weeks and months and we will try another intake as the schools return in the summer, that doesn’t stop anyone else from getting in touch sooner if they so wish. We now have 3 engagements in the diary for the next couple of months or so starting with the ‘Little Dunning’ which is held Dunning Park on Saturday, 4 June and we will be playing at 1 pm. Then on Sunday, 5 June at 1 pm we are at the Bandstand in MacRosty Park Crieff for the local Jubilee Celebrations ‘Picnic in the Park’. Sunday, 7 August sees us at the ‘Open Day’ at Drummond Castle Gardens. Jim Wishart (Band Manager) Ambleside, 11 Ryan Place, Crieff PH7 4EW 01764 650488 07738 274197

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When the lights go up for a 72nd summer of theatre from here in Pitlochry, there will be much to celebrate. In the twentysix months since the pandemic first closed theatres across the country, we have continued to gather with audiences Online and Outside. As we look forward to re-opening the front doors soon, we know we’ll be doing so with an extensive programme to be delivered across multiple stages. In March 2020, as all our theatres started to go dark, none of us could have foreseen what the next two years would bring. The challenge of continuing to be a constant in the lives of our communities, as well as accelerating the work we had committed to in our VISION Project, has certainly tested and brought out the resilience, imagination and determination of everyone involved. From our Telephone Club, where we all chatted, listened and shared our stories through lockdowns to our Sound Stage virtual productions, where audience members joined us from across Scotland and the world, we have continued to share what we do in the ways that were safe and possible. Whilst we were delivering experiences Online and Outdoor, we have been busy creating our new Studio theatre. Over forty years after it was originally planned, we’re delighted to open our new Studio this summer. The Studio is atmospheric and intimate - so immersive, in fact, that those sitting in the front row will have their feet on the stage itself! At full capacity, the Studio will seat 172 over 2 levels. And with removable seats, it can be reconfigured too, making it an ideal space for a huge range of experiences. Our Front of House has been reimagined into a large and open space for everyone to enjoy. There

is more space to gather together with a fantastic bar and café offer selling high quality and sustainably sourced drinks and food. As always, our Box Office and Events Team will be there to support our valued audiences. So what will our summer 2022 offer be? Our Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman shares her thoughts, ‘We are thrilled to be welcoming everyone back inside for largescale productions in our main Auditorium and, for the first time in Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s history, we will have a studio theatre where you will be able to enjoy cracking new plays too. I hope this summer season offers an exciting return to experiencing lots of theatre together and the chance to see six plays in six days! We’re building on the success of our 2021 outdoor summer season by premiering two new productions in our Amphitheatre and a family extravaganza at the Bandstand alongside our family promenade experience in the Explorers’ Garden. This Inside and Outside programme will be supported by our continued work Online. We are also collaborating with Capital Theatres, Watford Palace Theatre and Stellar Quines Theatre Company to make three of our productions this year. This will enable us to reach even more audiences across the

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UK and to continue to share Pitlochry with the world and the world with Pitlochry. We are proud to continue our journey to be a Theatre for a Lifetime and a Theatre for All in Pitlochry. The commitment from audiences, artists, staff, and our local community over the past two years has been incredible. It has got us through the most challenging times. A big thank you to everyone who has stuck with us. I look forward to seeing you Inside, Outside and Online in 2022!’ And so to the future. Pitlochry Festival Theatre hasn’t stopped looking to the future since John Stewart first imagined a theatre in a tent in the gardens of his home at Knockendarroch. That’s why we’re so thrilled to have now secured c. £20m to invest in our building transformation. Having received c. £10m in generous support, with a further £10m provided by The Scottish Government through the Tay Cities Deal, we can all be confident of a long and sustainable future for the Theatre. That’s all ahead of us though. For now, this summer, we can celebrate being together, experiencing theatre Inside, Outside, and Online, in spaces old and new. Thanks to everyone for continuing to play a part with us - the support of all of our communities means everything to us.


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We are volunteers who read and record onto USB the Strathearn Herald, the local newspaper for Crieff and District. We also read and record onto USB the monthly magazine The Crieff and Comrie Quair. A USB may be more familiarly known as a memory stick. Strathearn Talking News is a Charity (SCO 15628) and in 2014 the Charity received a grant from Awards for All to go digital. Prior to that the newspaper was recorded and copied onto cassettes. We are proud to say that Strathearn Talking News has been providing a service for nearly 35 years for those in our community with a visual impairment and who find reading difficult. We provide a USB player. It is a small lightweight box no larger than a box of tissues. It runs off the mains electricity but it can also run on a battery which is automatically charged when the player is plugged into the mains. This makes it very easy to take into other areas of the house. The yellow on/off dial at the front is also an excellent volume control. The dial and the forward/back/pause buttons are yellow to make them more visible. The service we provide is completely free. We record and copy from our own homes on a weekly rota, 52 weeks of the year. Listeners to Strathearn Talking News hear local news concerning Crieff and the surrounding villages. We record all the news items, letters to the Editor, Intimations, Planning Applications, reports from local Clubs and Organisations, a calendar of events, as well as the main feature in the newspaper that week. We also do our best to describe photographs! The Crieff and Comrie Quair is an open access monthly magazine. As well as being a brilliant and reliable source of information for locals and visitors alike, The Quair carries articles on a variety of interesting topics. It is delivered free to over 6,000 homes and businesses in the Crieff and Comrie area. We record and copy it onto our weekly USB once a month. This news service provided by Strathearn Talking News allows our listeners to keep up to date with what is going on in their community. Every week our listeners receive the USB in a yellow padded wallet. When they have finished listening, they put it back into the wallet, turn over the address label (it will state Crieff Post Office) and put it in any post box. No stamp is required as Royal Mail deliver items to people with a visual impairment free of charge. Strathearn Talking News website has a voiced facility for anyone logging on who wishes to listen to a description of who we are and what we do. The font size can also be enlarged. We welcome enquiries from relatives and friends of people they know who may like to avail themselves of our free service. E: info@strathearntalkingnews.org T: Maureen Anderson 01764 652406. For more information visit: www.strathearntalking news.org MacRosty Park Party in the Park - On Sunday, 5 June we hope to see as many people as possible - old and young (specially young!) - in MacRosty Park where there will be a wonderful party for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration. The whole park will be reverberating to the joy and happiness we feel for the wonderful Queen who has steadied the country in times of difficulty, and smiled with us in times of joy. We will have a tent full of regal looking clothes for children to dress up in and pretend they are Princes and Princesses. There will be a competition for people who remember the Park as it used to be. So do come along and enjoy yourselves. The show opens from 12 o’clock until 4 pm. There will be music and lots of things to see and do - see you there! 51

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As we head into June, here’s hoping that we can look forward to a comparatively normal summer and that communities can come together once more. I want to see my diary filled with agricultural shows, highland games and church fetes, gala days, weeks, and - in the case of Comrie - even fortnights! These events could not happen if it wasn’t for the incredible amount of time and effort put in by a huge number of volunteers. So, it is perhaps fitting that this first week of June is Volunteers’ Week, an opportunity for us all to recognise the huge contribution that volunteering makes in our communities. And it is not just about putting on big once a year events, there is a myriad of volunteering opportunities out there and a vast range of roles in which you can make a difference just by giving some of your time. Understandably, Volunteers’ Week 2022 makes a particular point of offering a time to say thanks for the incredibly important role volunteers played in the response to the pandemic. Throughout an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities - just as they do every year. This is an opportunity for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution. Further information about Volunteers Week and information about becoming a volunteer can be found at www.volunteersweek.org but you can, of course, always get in touch with whatever organisation or group you think you might like to help. I can assure that every organisation that depends on volunteers is always delighted to welcome someone else on board. Political parties, too, depend on the efforts of volunteers and whoever decided that May was to be National Walking Month obviously knew there was going to be an election on! I want to congratulate all of those who have been elected to Perth & Kinross council. Obviously, I am delighted that the SNP are once again the largest party and will be forming the administration but everyone who participates in the democratic process plays an important role. Without those prepared to stand and lose, we do not have democracy. Those who put themselves forward as local councillors may not be volunteers in the strictest sense, since there is payment associated with the role, but the level of commitment most show far outstrips the remuneration they receive. Many volunteers are involved in fundraising and that link gives me the chance to plug a fundraising endeavour of my own which is approaching fast. (I have mentioned it in this column before and I won’t promise not to plug it again!) In October, I will be climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Cornhill Hospice in Perth and Andrew Fairlie Scholarship. I have chosen that particular challenge because it means I will be following in my late brother’s footsteps - he made the same climb in 2011 (pictured). Please look up my JustGiving page and consider donating to two really worthwhile causes! I am always keen to hear of interesting things happening around the constituency - just send me an email. I can be contacted on 01738 620540/Jim.Fairlie.msp@parliament.scot 52


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

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

For further details contact Fiona MacEwan Tel:01887 820122 Mob:07990 834092 e-mail:aberfeldymarket@gmail.com ASBA (Aberfeldy Small Business Association)

Mezzanine Level The Birks Cinema The Square, Aberfeldy

First Sunday of the Month - April to October - 10am - 2pm

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The Board at Comrie & District Men’s Shed would like to introduce you to the diverse programme of events that it has agreed for the rest of 2022. We hope that these events provide opportunities for our members and the local community to come together again in a safe environment and enjoy collective activities in a variety of social settings. However, don’t forget that you are always welcome to come and visit us at any time at our base at Hut 65, Cultybraggan Camp and see the range of experiences that we can offer. We are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually reserved for individual projects - with ‘men shedders’ coming in on either Tuesdays or Saturdays and ‘she shedders’ coming in on Wednesdays. Thursdays are usually reserved for Shed Project Work. We start our 2022 Events Programme with a stunning Summer Barbecue on Saturday, 25 June between 11 am and 4 pm with a range of food and games for the family followed by a Barn Dance at 6 pm with a buffet plus bar. Please call or email us as soon as possible for information about tickets or contact a member. We hope that tickets will also be available from the Handy Shop in Comrie. We will then take part in the Camp’s Open Days in June and September (Dates TBA) when we hope to hold a Craft Fair and provide a Food Van and games for all the family. We are also hoping to have a significant presence at the Comrie Fortnight (23/7/226/8/22). This will start with games and a Craft Fair on the first Saturday and taking part in the float parade on the last weekend. After this we will be supporting the Horticultural Society in their presentation which follows two weeks after the Comrie Fortnight (Date TBA). Finally, highlighting the close of our 2022 events season, will be the All Hallows Masquerade in October (Date TBA) for 18-30’s at the White Church. Don’t forget that this only covers our


planned event activities during 2022. We also have a variety of projects that our Shedders will be working on throughout 2022 including: *Replanning and relocating the layout of our metal working machines *Putting in place a Learning Centre * Major overhauls of our Burger Van and Trailer *Developing our small crafts opportunities which we hope will take place in a conservatory (which we already have from a donation) in our garden area. However, you will appreciate that it is only possible to give you a taste of some of our planned projects for 2022. The best way to find out is to call in to Hut 65, have a look around and see if there is anything you fancy. I am sure when you come along you will agree that there is something for everyone who enjoys working at something with their hands. However, don’t forget that we highly value providing opportunities for our members to meet and socialise and, if you simply want to come along and have a cuppa, a biccy and a blether, we will certainly encourage you to do that. So, give us a call or come and see us so that we can get to know what ‘floats your boat’ and how we can help you achieve it. Comrie & District Men’s Shed - A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) (SC048922), Hut 65, Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie, Crieff, Perthshire PH6 2AB Phone: 07708 003613 Email: comriemensshed@gmail.com

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St Fillans and Comrie Music Circle - A full Programme is well under way for the Autumn session with 10 meetings to be held at the Rural Hall commencing on Tuesday, 20 September through until Tuesday, 6 December (but always avoiding the second Tuesday in each month)’ More information on the exact programme will be given nearer the start date, so please watch this space. Meetings are on a Tuesday starting at noon, with a light lunch at 12.30 pm followed by the programme which will end at 3.30 pm. Guests are always welcome so please come and give it a try. Entrance fee for guests is £10 which includes a light lunch followed by the performance. Crieff Macular Society Support Group - Do you have a macular condition or have another form of sight loss? Perhaps you have a friend or family member who has problems with their sight. Crieff Macular Society Support Group is here to help anyone who has macular degeneration, another macular condition or any form of sight loss. Everyone is welcome at the group. We meet at St Columba’s Episcopal Church, Perth Road PH7 3EB from 10 am to 12 pm on the first Monday of the month. We often have speakers, on a wide range of topics connected with the local community, sight or general interest. We would love to have some new members and would encourage anyone interested to join us. Friends, family members and carers are welcome at the group too. We are also looking for volunteers to join the small team that helps run the local Group. Could you give a few hours a month to help on the day or in the run-up to a meeting? The group is part of the Macular Society, which is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information, support, social interaction and a listening ear. There are 48 Macular Society Support Groups in Scotland. They offer help in understanding macular disease and coming to terms with sight loss. They also help us to ensure that everyone is kept up to date with all the current news and information. For more information about the Crieff Macular Society Support Group, if you would like to come to the meetings or help with the group or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Gray, Senior Regional Manager, Macular Society on 07948 352967 or email laura.gray@macularsociety.org. Strathearn Building Bridges Inc - Can you help…? We’re delighted to say that Building Bridges is starting to go back face to face and we’re looking for volunteers to help us build back better! A registered Scottish charity for over 10 years, we’re all about working towards a better quality of life for people with learning and other disabilities and their parents and carers. Our aims are to reduce isolation, enhance integration and raise community awareness. Before lockdown we organised and supported a range of sport, leisure and social activities for our members in the Crieff and Strathearn area. During lockdown we went online and continued to provide opportunities for our members to socialise, get creative and keep active. We’re now recruiting for our popular Tuesday Club and fortnightly Knock Down group. We’re also really keen to get our sporting activities up and running again in partnership with Live Active. Our volunteers are all ages and come from all sorts of backgrounds. No particular experience is required, but if you’re friendly, enthusiastic and approachable, willing to learn and able to work as part of a team, we’d love to hear from you! In return for a commitment to a couple of hours a week we offer our volunteers training, support, the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives, and above all fun! Check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StrathearnBuildingBridges or email us at building-bridges@hotmail.com. A registered Scottish charity, SCIO No SC048085 56


Crieff Parish Church

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Songs of Praise - Sunday, 5 June at 6 pm. We are delighted to be able to host a special songs of praise to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The event will be held in the St Michael’s building in Strathearn Terrace starting at 6 pm on Sunday, 5 June. Organised by the St John’s Association, the evening will feature a number of local musicians and choirs. Her Majesty the Queen has never been shy of speaking of her Christian faith, and the evening will be a thanksgiving to God for her faithful witness and service to our country and the commonwealth. Refreshments will be served and there will be an offering to sort the work of St John’s providing lifesaving defibrillators in Crieff. Our morning services continue each Sunday at 11 am in The St Andrew’s building with a live stream for those unable to come in person. It was a joy for us to share Easter worship in Macrosty Park and breakfast at the SDA Church followed by our own communion service. We have missed being able to celebrate the sacrament over the past two years, so despite the increased rates of Covid infection, it is a sign of hope for better things ahead. The St Andrew’s building is well used through the week, and we are delighted that a growing number of local groups and individuals are making use of our building. This helps the congregation keep the St Andrew’s building available for our community. Most recently we have welcomed a number of children’s parties. Enquiries about using the St Andrew’s building can be made to hallrentals@crieff. church - 01764 218976. Crieff Holiday Club - This will be held during the first full week of the school summer hosts and we look forward to repeating the amazing week of fun the primary aged children shared last summer and at our more recent reunion day. Look out for details on social media and nearer the time at crieffholidayclub.org.uk.

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Bertie Bus Back to Normal! A year

ago Strathcare tentatively restarted a few runs after the restrictions of lockdowns. Eventually, at the end of April 2022, our final regular run began again: taking passengers to the RVS Thursday lunch at Duchlage Court. Finally we can say we are back to our pre-Covid pattern of runs! And in May, with the relaxation of government regulations and infection numbers dropping, we are once more able to fill the bus. The health and wellbeing of our passengers and volunteers is always at the forefront of what we do, so we shall continue to monitor any advisable precautions. Collaboration with others in the community has been a significant feature as we increase opportunities for people to socialise. As well as our usual runs, we have been working with Richmond Community and Strathearn Arts. One Sunday afternoon a month Bertie has taken a group of passengers to a Tea Dance at the Artspace. This has been very popular, with much reminiscing enhanced by the music, watching the dancers and, not least, enjoying the afternoon tea with a warm welcome provided by the Strathearn Arts volunteers. Over the Jubilee weekend, some passengers will be attending a garden party at Richmond House. The cost of both these activities is provided by lottery funding. And as I write, plans are afoot to see how else Bertie with its volunteers and passengers can join other local Jubilee activities.

The summer ahead holds promise of further Strathcare events both for Bertie passengers and others in the community. Our ever popular Summer Lunch, absent for the

last two years, is being planned along with a coffee morning for passengers. In addition one or two new events for Strathcare are being considered: watch this space! None of this would be possible without the dedication of the 43 volunteers who give up their time to make it all happen. Later in the year there will be a ‘thank you’ event just for them. With increased referrals from the Social Prescriber, Marisa Carradice, and others hearing about what we do from friends, the number of our passengers is increasing. It’s good to know we are helping more people get out and about. This is an exciting time to be on Bertie Bus! If you feel you would like to help once or twice a month, know someone who might benefit from any of our runs, or come out on Bertie yourself, do get in touch. You can find out more on our website www. strathcare.org.uk, email info@strathcare. org.uk or telephone the Secretary on 01764 652048.

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Craft & Jewellery Supplies - Last month we held our first ever Craft Bonanza. Due to the wonderful support of both Volunteers and staff the event was a huge suc58

cess. We still have a huge amount of craft items available in store along with a wide selection of jewellery making materials and accessories. Job Opportunities - We are delighted to share that we will be recruiting for a Donations Co-ordinator and Project Co-Ordinator in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our website www.remakescotland.co.uk under the Get Involved tab for further details or follow us on social media for details. Reuse & Repair Workshops - We have several great workshops scheduled to begin in June including Beginners Dressmaking 6-week block starting Friday, 17 June and Visible & Funky Repairs - 6-week block starting Wednesday, 15 June. To sign up simply go to www.remakescotland.co.uk/ workshops. Volunteers - Our Volunteers support us in so many ways, it would take a whole essay to cover it all! They come from many different backgrounds and bring with them a host of diverse skills. At the moment, we are actively looking for Volunteer Drivers to collect our donations from Crieff Recycling Centre and/or do one off driving jobs. If you would be interested in joining our team, please get in touch via email to info@remakescotland.co.uk.


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