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The Crieff & Comrie Quair TM

Edition 118 January 2018

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Welcome to this month's edition of The Crieff & Comrie Quair, an open access monthly magazine. We have a print run of 5,500 per month. The magazines are delivered FREE to around 4,700 homes and businesss in the Crieff & Comrie area - that's from the county boundary west of St. Fillans right into the centre of Crieff and includes Comrie, and to the boundary with Muthill. Copies are also available to be picked up by residents in the centre of Crieff and Muthill, along with visitors to the area, by one of our six blue outdoor dispensers. Local voluntary groups and organisations 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 and not likely to offend. For advertising and editorial information please contact Alistair Barr, Managing Editor. Copy Date - The copy date for advertisers and organisations to submit an advertisement or article for the February 2018 edition is 12 noon on Sunday, 14 January.

Strathearn Ramblers

- Several events other than our regular rambles have occurred over the past while. The barbeque in Myra’s garden was a most enjoyable evening with lots of chat and laughter. I have to thank Ken Heiser for ensuring that the barbeque was at the right temperature on arrival and to Myra and her family for putting up the tent. Also thanks to all the cooks and bakers who supplied extra treats throughout the evening. At the end of August the club had its annual weekend away at The Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer. The weather was kind to us and the walks were varied and stimulating, I have to thank the walk leaders for the effort they put in especially Ken who re-reccied the Sunday walk a couple of days before the weekend to ensure that the original walk was still suitable and to Carol for testing several routes for the Sunday stroll to ensure the most pleasant was executed on the day. Although praise has to be given to all the walk leaders the highlight of the weekend was ‘Ramblers Have Talent’ on Saturday evening. Every act was fantastic and everybody in the audience had their favourites, but personally I thought Felicity’s mime plays were outstanding as was Zara’s recital of ‘Sir Patrick Spens’. However, nobody will forget the zest and sparkle of Dawn in kicking the evening off and intermission entertainment. Unfortunately we had to cancel the social on 20 October this year due to lack of numbers. Although the club funds are currently healthy we could not subsidise an event which would jeopardise the funds for the benefit of so few members. On the positive side several members have approached me with suggestions for socials in the future, each will be given due consideration before any further arrangements are made. Our best social of the year was the Christmas Stroll which is always great fun, the walking is certainly not taxing, the nibbles and mulled wine halfway through the stroll are always excellent. Non members are welcome to join walks for a temporary membership fee of £1 per day. Our full newsletter can be downloaded from the Comrie community website

PADS - PADS (Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society) is a well-loved, long established local dog

rescue charity with kennels at Forteviot, a few miles south-west of Perth in Scotland. Our aim is to provide care and shelter for the county’s unwanted dogs and to find them new loving homes. Our kennels, which were renovated in recent years, can house up to thirty animals in warmth and comfort. We provide veterinary care for the sick and injured amongst our strays and we have a small hospital unit which is used for the recovery of animals who have had operations. It also contains a ‘mother and baby unit’ where new mums can care for their puppies in a safe and relaxed environment. See 5

Crieff Learning Centre - The Centre is based in James Square, in the single storey building

to the right hand side of the Perth & Kinross Council building. We provide a range of part-time day and evening leisure classes for the local community. We also have a broad range of Open Access IT courses suitable for a complete beginner through to the more advanced IT user. If you would like some information about any of our courses, please contact us. Individual Training Account funding or Fee Waiver funding is available for certain courses depending on your circumstances. Leisure Classes starting in January - How about beating the winter blues by signing up for one of our Leisure Classes starting this month? We offer a range of language classes in French, Italian, German and Spanish. The Italian Beginners Class advertised on a Wednesday evening from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm will now take place on a Tuesday evening so if this is of interest to you, please contact the Centre. We also have availability on the Flower Arranging course and Photography courses - Creating an Online Photobook, Introduction to Digital Photography (Camera Skills) and Photo Editing and Print Preparation. Drop-in sessions - Held from 9.30 am to noon on Friday, 12 and 26 January to provide support in literacy, numeracy, IT, form filling and CVs. Please pop in and see Tracey Gregor. Contact - After the festive break, we open again as per normal hours from Monday, 8 January. Please call in to see us - our opening times are Monday and Wednesday 9 am -12 noon and 1 pm – 4 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9 am – 1 pm and 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Our telephone number is 01764 652112. You can follow us on Facebook or email the centre at

Could You Be A Founding Member Of The Crieff Fundraising Group For Marie Curie?

You are warmly invited to attend an informal Marie Curie information evening on Thursday, 18 January from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm at the Crieff Hydro. Refreshments provided on arrival. You will have the opportunity to learn about the care and support Marie Curie provides to people in their own homes who are living with a terminal illness. You will also hear first-hand from a Marie Curie Nurse about what her job involves and how local fundraising means that she can care for people during their final weeks and days. A new Marie Curie Fundraising Group in Crieff will bring together local people with different skills who can be the face of the charity and raise vital funds through events and collections. Full guidance, support and materials are provided by the local Community Fundraiser. Being part of a fundraising group is sociable, flexible and fun, so why not come along and find out more? Friends, family and partners are more than welcome to join you. To RSVP or ask any questions about the event, please contact Helen Zollinger on 0131 561 3948 or email:

Strathearn Music Society - Our first concert of 2018 takes place on Wednesday, 17 Janu-

ary 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Crieff and will be given by a young ensemble from Glasgow. The Northern Lights Wind Quintet is made up of graduates and students of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and are a vibrant example of Scotland’s buzzing chamber music scene. Comprising of clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon and French horn, the ensemble will be performing a varied programme including works by Ravel, Debussy, Elgar and Poulenc. Other concerts to look forward to are * The Hermes Experiment on Wednesday, 7 February * The soloists of the Chamber Philharmonic Europe on Wednesday, 7 March Single tickets are £12, Students £3 and under 18’s free of charge. Available from Carnelian Crafts, Comrie St., Crieff or at the door. Facebook and Twitter - @concertscrieff 6

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Crieff Archers Compete In Annual Worcester Challenge Tournament Crieff archery club held its annual Worcester Challenge on Sunday, 26 November in their new shooting venue at the Strathearn Campus! The Club enjoyed an excellent turnout with fourteen archers competing for the top honours! The ‘Worcester’ round is shot on a 40 cm face at 20 yards and the maximum score achievable is 300 points. There was also a novice round which was shot by our novice members on a 60 cm face. After the main shoot there was a knock out contest which was enjoyed by all! The prize giving was held at close of play and Joan Dundee our Lady Paramount for the event presented the trophies and medals to the successful archers. Club members then went for an enjoyable meal at the Towers in Crieff to finish off a very successful Tournament. Results

Overall Recurve Champion - Emma Borrie with a new club recurve record of 273 points (out of 300) Overall Compound Champion - Alex Cargill with a new compound record of 293 points.(out of 300) 1st Recurve Gent - Alan McDougall (261 points) 2nd Recurve Gent - Jim Clark (235 points) 1st Lady Recurve - Emma Borrie (273 points) 2nd Lady Recurve - Dee King (185 points) 1st Junior Recurve - Niall Dundee (186 points) 2nd Junior Recurve - Thomas King (167 points) Novice Recurve 1st place - Dave Wesson (446 points) Novice Recurve 2nd place - Ali Inger (359 points) Novice Recurve 3rd place - Shana Young (318 points) Novice Junior Recurve 1st place - Shannon Ellis (374 points) Novice Junior Recurve 2nd place - Corinne Young (304 points) Novice Junior Recurve 3rd place - Kyle Hinks - (199 points) Worcester Handicap Shield Winner - Thomas King Novice Handicap Winner Novice - Dave Wesson 1st Improver Worcester - Niall Dundee 1st Improver Novice - Corinne Young Spot Prizes were won by Alex Cargill, Alan McDougall, Niall Dundee and Shannon Ellis. ‘5 arrow max’ trophies were won by Alan McDougall and Alex Cargill for ‘Perfect 5 arrow ends’. Steve Ellis won a 54321 trophy.

Fowlis Wester SWI - In November, Husband and wife team from Strathearn Wool Studios

Muthill were introduced by President Wilma Brown to a very interested group of ladies. Linda and Colin Gardner have over 400 sheep of different breeds and some alpacas on their farm just outside Muthill. The wool is spun, mixed and died to make a rainbow of colours and textures. The finished wool is on display at their new studio which is open Tuesdays and Fridays 11 am - 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and have a look; they often have visitors who are following the Outlander Trail. Many questions followed! Competitions: A Vegetable Animal - 1st Heather Walker, 2nd Audrey McColl, 3rd Wilma Brown. Microwave Tablet - 1st Audrey McColl, 2nd Morag Donaldson, 3rd Wilma Brown

Blythswood Local Support Group Charity Shop

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St. Fillans Music Circle - Meetings are held at the Sandison Hall, St Fillans every Tuesday  starting 23 January until the 27 March 2018 from 12.45 pm until 3.30 pm. A light lunch is followed by a presentation or a live performance by local musicians from 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm, including a short break. Past & Present - St Fillans Music Circle (SFMC) was founded in 1999 by the late Nisbet Cunningham with the object of providing a vehicle for the appreciation of all genre of music by the residents of St Fillans/Comrie and the Strathearn District . We support a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland plus some young local musicians and groups.  Programme - 2018 23 January - Margaret Donaldson-Musical High Jinks 30 January - Jim Currie-George Frederic Handel 1685-1759 6 February - Dollar Academy Pupils entertain 13 February - Myra Souter - The Second Great Wave of Music Nationalism 20 February - John Maidment-Hubert Parry 27 February - Margaret Bennett-Gaelic Songs & Music 6 March - Harriet Patterson - Cellist - NYOGB 13 March - Richard Chester- Acoustic qualities of Orchestral venues (Inc Mozart & Wagner) 20 March - Glenalmond College Pupils entertain 27 March - AGM + Requests. Remember, you don’t need to know about music to enjoy music. Our Autumn Programme has been enormously appreciated. Will you join us in 2018 for our Spring Programme? We would love to see you. Please contact either:-   John Light (Chairman) 01764 685307;  Malcolm Gregory (Treasurer) 01764 670493. We look forward to meeting you. Crieff Probus Club Meeting - Crieff Probus Club was pleased to welcome Dr Mike Hin-

ton as its speaker on the subject of Scottish Connections with the Crimean War at its 21 November meeting. Dr Hinton was born in Kent and studied veterinary science at Bristol University, graduating in 1966. He then spent some years working in general practice and with the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, farming and Fisheries), before joining the staff of the Bristol Veterinary School. It was during this period that Mike discovered that one of his two times great grandfathers served in the Crimean war with the 49th Regiment, so triggering a lasting interest in the subject. Mike then became a civil servant in London. When he retired several years ago he undertook a doctorate in Crimean war studies, effectively combining his research expertise with his long term interest in that conflict. He has visited the Crimea on four occasions as well as many other locations elsewhere including archives and libraries, and during this time has acquired a mass of information about the participants. Dr. Hinton concentrated his fascinating talk not on the history of the conflict itself, but on the many personalities of Scottish origin who participated, together with an analysis of the ways in which events and locations were portrayed by war artists and photographers of the time. Some of these portrayals can be seen as fanciful when compared with the actual topography of the battlefields and therefore of little value historically. Whilst some of the art has evidently been commissioned by regiments or individual officers as a record of their presence at various events and locations during the war, closer examination of the work of other artists, particularly Sir Joseph Noel Paton, reveals elements which could be considered as anti-war art. Dr Hinton also drew our attention to the many artefacts from the Crimean war which are exhibited in general and regimental museums and give a valuable insight into the day to day life of participants in the conflict. The vote of thanks was proposed by Bob Rosweir and the meeting was followed by the Club’s annual Ladies Lunch at Crieff Golf Club.


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Scottish Juniors Dominant in Championship Finale - Round 8 of the Junior 1000 Ecosse Rally Championship saw many Scottish crews make the long journey to Anglesey in north west Wales to join the National championship contenders for a straight fight for victory. The Pentraeth Glyn memorial rally consists of sixteen stages contested over two days with four stages run in complete darkness. Sixteen year old driver Jude MacDonald (Culloden) and co-driver Michael Cruickshank (Crieff) in their Skoda Citigo made their intentions clear from the start taking a nine second lead after the first four stages from English crew Elliot Payne and Dominic Adams. One of the unique challenges of the Glyn memorial rally is the addition of night time stages. This is the only round in the Scottish championship to include such stages. MacDonald however, relished the challenge and was able to extend his lead even further to an incredible eighteen seconds at the end of day one. On Day two the Scottish duo took a sensible approach to the remaining eight stages adopting a strategy of minimum risk to preserve their lead to the finish. They did however have to pick the pace back up towards the end of the day to see off a late charge from young English driver Elliot Payne, but the hard work had been done on day one. Jude took a convincing win of nine seconds to take overall victory and becomes the first Scottish driver to win the Welsh event. ‘It’s been a difficult year and it’s great to end it on a high! We’d like to thank our sponsors OJ’s Pantry (Crieff), Blain plumbing and heating solutions (Dundee) and Hayfield Fencing (Inverurie) for their continued support, without your help this wouldn’t have been possible.’ Next year will see the pair graduate from junior rallying and progress in to faster rally cars who are looking forward to more success.

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Strathallan Community Rail Partnership - As part of their scheme to achieve better co-ordination between bus and train services at Dunblane, the Strathallan Community Rail Partnership has been discussing with Perth and Kinross Council, the provision of a regular hourly bus service between Crieff and Dunblane. We also are aware that two of our partner organisations, Crieff Community Trust and Crieff Community Council, have been anticipating the provision of a half hourly bus service between Crieff and Perth. We are, therefore, delighted that our dreams have come true and Perth and Kinross Council and Stagecoach have introduced their new Service 15/15a: Perth - Crieff - Comrie and St Fillans/Dunblane and Stirling. Service 15 will serve Comrie and Service 15a will serve Dunblane and Stirling. Buses will leave Perth at 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour arriving in Crieff 50 minutes later. The buses to Dunblane and Stirling will continue their journey at 43 minutes past the hour arriving at Dunblane at 20 minutes past the hour before train departure for Edinburgh at 29 past the hour. For the return journey buses will leave Dunblane at 19 minutes passed each hour arriving in Crieff at 3 minutes before the hour. Buses from Crieff to Perth will leave on the hour and the half hour. Trains from Edinburgh will arrive at Dunblane at seven minutes past the hour. A reduced frequency will operate on evenings and Sundays. In many parts of the rural areas of the United Kingdom, rural bus services are being withdrawn not increased and communities are losing their bus service. We are extremely fortunate in Crieff. So we urge people to use the facility. In the matter of this facility, the Partnership needs to create greater awareness of the services on offer and it is hoped in the New Year to arrange a meeting between all the interested parties to enable us to do this. Even with the new provision, it creates a better bus/train service and although longer obviates the problems of parking. Secondly both in order to promote our area from within the Central Belt and to promote easy country walking, the Strathallan C R P in partnership with the Stirling and Perth Groups of the Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside Ramblers will be publishing a series of walks leaflets connecting with both the train stations and the connecting bus services which includes Service 15a. This will be first time such leaflets have been produced in Scotland although they have been very successful on lines in Lancashire. Army Cadet Force - Bored?

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

Simple, Seasonal Cooking for Health, Energy and Vitality

In Season in January - Still plenty of root vegetables available to make hearty soups. Add in some venison, hare and other game to make delicious stews. The following recipe for Meatloaf goes well on a New Year’s Cold Buffet and is a great way to use up leftover Christmas Eve ham. Meatloaf Ingredients: 455 g steak mince, 228 g ham mince (Belfast ham or lean back bacon), 115 g breadcrumbs, 2 beaten eggs, ½ teaspoon spice, ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Pepper to season (there’s probably enough salt in the ham so additional salt not usually required) Equipment: Large mixing bowl, Loaf tin and Large pot (to fit loaf tin) Method: Mix together all the ingredients well with hands. Grease the loaf tin thoroughly and press the mixture in firmly. Cover the loaf tin with foil and place in bain marie, then loosely cover the bain marie. Simmer gently on the hob for 3 hours; and top up water during cooking so the pot does not boil dry. Serving Suggestion: Sliced and warm from the tin with boiled potatoes and peas or thereafter on a cold buffet. Benefits: Beef provides a variety of nutrients and minerals including iron and zinc and the ham offers zinc, B vitamins and protein To see more recipes: visit

Turleum Twirlstars - The majorette troupe has been running in Crieff since 1999. The athletes perform at all sorts of events and regularly take part in competitions where they compete individually and as part of a team. It is a great all round sport suitable for boys and girls from about 3 years upwards. We regularly fundraise to pay for team uniforms, transport, etc so that we can keep fees as low as possible. Turleum Twirlstars train every Friday night at Strathearn Community Campus at 6 pm. We are always looking for new recruits so come along and give it a try. First night is free. Find us on Facebook. Plasterers / Roughcasters / Wall & Floor Tilers. T. 01764 652812 MOB: 07976 816155 EST. 1955 20

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Perth Citizens Advice Bureau

Perth CAB continues to provide its full advice service in Crieff once a month. Experienced advisers have access to the full national information system on a laptop computer and can offer all the backup of the main bureau at 7 Atholl Crescent, Perth. Problems with housing, employment, relationships, consumer issues, debt, benefits or legal matters can all be researched on our comprehensive information system. We offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of issues including housing, employment, debt and benefits. Our objective is to help you access all the information you need to make an informed choice on your options. We can also offer practical help with form filling in addition to providing information and advice. The advisers will be available at each venue on a ‘drop-in’ basis. When required it may be necessary to arrange a follow up appointment with a specialist adviser. All enquiries are treated completely confidentially and will not be discussed with anyone without the client’s express permission. Crieff Community Hospital, King Street, Crieff PH7 3HR - First and Third Tuesday from 10 am till 12 pm - 2nd and 16th January 10 am - 12 noon; 6th and 20th February 10 am - 12 noon; 6th and 20th March 10 am - 12 noon. Drop in surgeries. No appointment necessary. Perth CAB, 7 Atholl Crescent, Perth, PH1 5NG. Advice Line - 01738 450580. Appointment Line 01738 450581

Crieff Recycling Centre, North Forr, Broich Road

Materials accepted: Cans (Aluminium, Steel, Aerosols and Aluminium Foil), bicycles, Car Batteries, Cardboard, cooking oil, Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Engine Oil, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Fridges and Freezers, Garden Waste, Glass, Household Batteries, Large Domestic Appliances, Non-Recyclable Waste (General Waste), Paper, Plastic bottles (Natural HDPE & PET), Scrap Metal, Telephone Directories, Textiles (Clothes and Shoes), Tyres (maximum two per visit, strictly householders only). LPG Gas Bottles should be returned to the supplier and are usually refillable.

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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

NHS 24 - NHS 24 is a confidential out of hours telephone health advice and

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

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Comrie Medical Centre,

Comrie Post Office Bridge Street Tel: 01764 670264

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Crieff Post Offices King Street - 01764 656361 High Street - 01764 219023

Please check hours on bank and public holidays

Our extended hours are as follows: Saturday 8 am - 9.15 am (1 every 6 weeks) Wednesday 5.30 pm - 6.45 pm (1 every 6 weeks) Thursday 7.15 am - 8.30 am (1 every 6 weeks)

Comrie Library

Drummond Street, COMRIE, PH6 2DS Tel: (01764) 670273 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Closed Thursday 2 pm to 4.30 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm Friday 10 am to 12.30 pm Saturday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

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Strathearn Community Library

King Street, Crieff, PH7 3SA Tel: 01764 652283 Repeat Prescription Line: 01764 655510 Opening Hours - 8 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday Closed 12 pm - 2 pm on a Thursday.

Community Campus, CRIEFF, Tel/Fax:01764 657705 Email: Monday Closed Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm Thursday 10 am - 8 pm Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 1 pm

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On a Thursday we are open from 7 am until 7.30 pm (7 am - 8 am and 6 pm - 7.30 pm for pre booked appointments only)

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Crieff Area Office 01738 476000 Council Main Reception 01738 475000 Registrars - by appointment 01764 657850 Potholes, Blocked Drains Faulty Street Lights, All Road defects Freephone CLARENCE 0800 23 23 23

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.

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Strathearn Politicians

Constituency Member of Scottish Parliament Roseanna Cunningham MSP 01738 620540 Regional Member of Scottish Parliament Elizabeth Smith MSP 0131 348 5000 Member of Parliament Luke Graham MP 020 7219 3000 Local Councillors - Strathearn Ward Roz McCall 01738 475000 Stewart Donaldson 01738 475000 Rhona Brock 01738 475091

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The Dunkeld and District Strathspey & Reel Society -

The Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society meet every Monday evening in the Royal School of Dunkeld between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm. For more information see

Inner Link Club of Comrie - Our group meets in the WRI Hall, Nurse’s Lane, Comrie fortnightly on Mondays at 10.30 am from October to April. The meetings are organised by the committee for ladies in the neighbourhood. Coffee and a chat and a chance to catch up with friends or meet new people are followed by a talk. The speakers cover a wide range of subjects and are always interesting, informative and entertaining. For further information please contact Hilda Bain 671117 or Frances Murray 670395.

Strathearn Talking News is the Talking Newspaper for Crieff and District We are volunteers who read and record the local newspaper, The Strathearn Herald, onto a small memory stick which is then posted out every week to our listeners. This is a completely free service for people who are blind or partially sighted. We also provide our listeners with a memory stick player. This is a small, black lightweight box which runs on an everlasting battery or it can also be run off the mains. The dial and buttons are yellow to make them more visible. When finished with hearing the weekly news, the listener simply puts the memory stick back in the yellow envelope - sized pouch in which it came, turns over the address label and pops it in a post box. No stamp is required as delivery is provided free of charge by the Royal Mail. Our listeners are able to hear local news concerning Crieff and the surrounding villages. We record all the news items, Letters to the Editor, Intimations, Planning Applications, the Memory Lane page, some sport news, items from local Clubs and Organisations, a calendar of what is coming up as well as the main features in the newspaper for that week. We also do our best to describe the photographs! It enables our listeners to keep up with what is going on in their local community. We have a website which has a feature allowing each page to be voiced so that a visually impaired person may listen to details about us - who we are and what we do. Please get in touch if you know of someone who would like to receive this free service. Email:, Phone: Maureen Anderson 01764 652406, Visit www.strathearntalking Full Tile Fixing Service or Supply Only. T. 01764 652812 / 07976 816155 26

Strathearn Film and Book Club - To commemorate the centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth, this month’s film, showing on Tuesday, 23 January, is the classic 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, based on Muriel Spark’s celebrated novel and starring Maggie Smith and Gordon Jackson. Set in 1930’s Edinburgh a spinster teacher aims to inspire her impressionable adolescent pupils with her unconventional teaching methods. They are to be ‘the crème de la crème’. All welcome. Tickets are £3.50 and are available in advance from Strathearn Campus Reception, telephone 01764 657700 or email Coding Club - A Coding Club for beginners aged 9-11 years old resumes on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. The club runs from 3.45 pm - 4.45 pm and there is a maximum of 10 spaces available so booking is essential. Please contact the library on 01764 657705  for more information. IT Drop-In Sessions  There will be no sessions in January. Sessions will resume later in 2018, dates to follow. Ancestry Sessions - For help researching your family tree our ancestry sessions in January will be on Friday, 5 and Friday, 19 January, 11.15 am to 12.45 pm. Bookbug Sessions - Bookbug sessions run every Friday morning from 10 am - 10.30 am and are free fun friendly sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to enjoy with their parents and carers. Storytime - Storytime is every Wednesday afternoon from 2.15 pm - 2.45 pm and is suitable for children under 5 years.  Comrie Library 

Comrie Library Bookbug Sessions - January’s Bookbug Sessions will be on Wednesday, 10 and Wednesday, 24 January 2018. For further information call Comrie Library on 01764 670273 or  or call Strathearn Library on 01764 657705 or email Hearing Aid Batteries - Comrie Library is now providing replacement hearing aid batteries - just bring your yellow book along. Local Timetable for  Mobile 4 Library Service  - for January dates please visit, or contact Strathearn Community Library, 01764 657705. Hearing-aid batteries are issued from the mobile library. For more information about mobile library services visit or phone 01764 657705.

Crieff Ladies Netball Club - Looking for a club to encourage you to keep fit? A club that is friendly and fun? A club open to you whatever your level of expertise? A club that ‘takes you back’ to the netball games you enjoyed at school? Crieff Ladies netball club meets every Monday in the ‘old’ gym at Crieff Community Campus from 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Come and join us: no subscription fee: just pay £3 on the night (first night free!) We look forward to seeing you. For further details, email Paula Brown paula. 27

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Red Squirrel Café Licensed Coffee Shop, with Jewellery, Gifts and Gallery

Quality Coffee made from 100% Arabica, Breakfast’s, Sandwiches, Panini’s, Soups and Home Baking. All enjoyed around a cosy log burner. Our Seasonal drinks menu includes some favourites with an alcoholic punch! Sit in, or Take Out and collect your Loyalty Stamps. With Christmas in mind, we have a lovely range of Gifts, Jewellery and Prints. Something for every pocket! Gift Vouchers Available. Please see also, our Red Squirrel Café Facebook page for promotions. Open Mon - Sat from 9 am - 5 pm Red Squirrel Café, 22-26 East High Street, CRIEFF, PH7 3AF Tel: 01764 650 955

Wee Beasties Vintage Home & Gifts

We have new ranges of Gifts and Homeware, Gorgeous Scarves & Gifts, ever changing Furniture and Gift Vouchers.... Something for everyone! 16 King St, Crieff, PH7 3HA Follow for offers and events Winter Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 5 30

Fed up of cooking? Do you want a Home cooked meal without the work? Try one of our own meals - just warm in Hampers, the oven. Range changesChocolates daily.

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Wednesday 9.30-11.30am (term time) Crieff Baptist Church Hall, Addison Terrace Relaxed play session for babies & toddlers. Children can play while parents & carers chat over a cuppa. We also have songs and/or parachute play towards the end. Mums, dads, carers or grandparents welcome with babies through to pre-schoolers. Costs £2 per child (includes snack), £1 for babies This group is run by parents and carers. We all help out with set up of toys, supervising children activities, clearing up and making snacks for children or a cuppa for the adults. Simply drop in one week for more information. Please note the door is kept locked for security, simply knock on the third window to left of door and we’ll let you in! Alternatively you can contact Lianne Gauld on 07808654181.

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J. L. Gill Ltd. J. L. Gill is one of the few traditional high street grocers left in Scotland. We are a family run business specialising in high quality Scottish food and drink. Come in and see us!

Scottish Produce at J. L. Gill Ltd., Tel: 01764 653011 26 West High Street, Crieff, PH7 4DL

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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

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Café Comrie At Café Comrie we serve • Traditional Scottish breakfasts • Hot filled breakfast rolls • Home made soups • Freshly made sandwiches & ciabattas • Filled croissants • Why not try our soup combos • Mackies ice cream • Twinnings tea selection and fresh ground coffee • Daily special board • Takeaway menu and wifi

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Comrie 50+ Group

Our 2017/2018 Monthly Meetings at the ‘White Church’ will commence at 2 pm on: Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - Lara Haggerty - As Keeper of Books, at The Library of Innerpeffray, Lara will talk on the historical background relating to the Library from its conception until current times. Wednesday, 28 February - A light hearted afternoon of entertainment playing Bingo with our ‘comical caller’ Chairman Mike Sasse. Lots of interesting prizes to be won! Wednesday, 28 March - Janet Reay, Inspector of Weights & Measures at Perth & Kinross Council, will inform us all about scams, how to be aware and to understand how not to lose your money and be taken in. Details of each monthly meeting will be posted around the village during the preceding week. As well as monthly meetings we offer Canasta, Mah Jong, Indoor Kurling, Sewing, Swimming and Bridge. Annually we have our Christmas Dinner, at Auchingarrich, with Santa and his Elf in attendance, accompanied by music on the accordion and violin. Two outings are arranged during the season. (Details will be sent to all members via our newsletter). Non-Members Welcome. New members are most welcome. If you wish to join contact Membership Secretary, Marion Burns on 01764 679794.

Crieff And Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Dates For Your 2018 Diary - There

will be a meeting of the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst on Thursday, 15 February 2018 at 7.30 pm in the Strathearn Artspace, Comrie Street, Crieff. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to approve, by way of an AGM of members, the winding up of the unincorporated association that previously ran the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst. An interim update will also be provided on the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SCO47728, which now runs the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst. This year’s Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst will run from Saturday, 6 October to Saturday 13 October 2018 inclusive. It is hoped that the programme will be available on our website,, from the end of March 2018.

Crieff in Leaf - Thank you very much to everyone who supported our sale of sponsored leaves for our Leafy Coo project, raising a total £541.11 at the Christmas fairs at the Campus, Morrison’s Academy and Art Space Christmas Lights. You have also donated £170 through our crowdfunding page. We are delighted to have received a grant of £10,000 from Perth and Kinross Community Environment Challenge Fund so with our earlier fundraising of over £3,000 we are well on the way to our target of £30,000, thank you all so much.

Further details of the progress of the coos will be revealed in the New Year, and you can also find information about us on our website

January at Strathearn Artspace - We’re taking a little break during January to take care

of some essential works at the Strathearn Artspace, but we’ll be back in early February with a film night and the Crieff Folk Club: Friday, 2 February - Whisky Galore (1949). Based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie and shot on the island of Barra, Michael Balcon’s original film stars Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood and of course 50,000 cases of whisky. Todday is suffering the worst of deprivations - a lack of whisky - when a shipwrecked cargo ship offers them an answer to their prayers. But how can they outwit the authorities and the prying eyes of Captain Waggett? There’ll be no drought at the Artspace as we toast this classic film 38

with a nip of whisky. Tickets £8 (£6 under 16s). Licensed bar available. Thursday 8 February - Crieff Folk Club presents Iona Fyfe. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, she embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Iona has been described as ‘one of the most stunning voices on the circuit today’. BYOB. Tickets £10/£8 (early bird discounts available). All tickets are available from the Artspace, Carnelian Crafts or (where applicable) online at Eventbrite www.stratharts.eventbrite. com. For more events see our website or sign up for our events email bulletin if you’d like to receive advance notice of forthcoming events and timely reminders so you won’t miss a thing. Strathearn Artspace SCO44319 Tel: 01764 655556 email:

Roseanna Cunningham MSP SNP, Perthshire South & Kinross-shire

We make a great deal of the New Year here in Strathearn, with a highlight being the Comrie Flambeaux ending up in the river to banish evil spirits. But, however you mark it, the turn of the calendar is always an appropriate moment for reflection on the year that has gone while looking forwards to what lies ahead. In terms of politics the early part of the year was dominated by a completely unnecessary General Election and the rest has been taken up, almost entirely, by Brexit. If we turn, Janus-like from reflection to looking forward, there is depressingly little I can see on the horizon but more of the same and I cannot help but be extremely worried about where the UK Government is taking us. In the spirit of looking forward to the future in a positive manner, the Scottish Government - continuing the practice of have a theme for each year - has designated 2018 the Year of Young People. A global first, the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people. It will give young people, aged 8 to 26, new opportunities to influence decision making on issues affecting their lives and be involved in cultural and sporting opportunities across the country. Young people have been involved in designing the programme, with more than 500 signed up to volunteer as Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors. And as part of the year’s events, Young people can apply for up to £1,000 of funding to run events in their local area as part of Year of Young People 2018 celebrations. Run by Young Scot and EventScotland, the fund is a chance for eight to twenty-six year olds to grow their entrepreneurial skills, while showcasing their talent within local communities. Events can be anything from film festivals to gigs, theatre and dance performances or fashion shows. The deadline to apply is Friday, 22 January 2018 and you can find out more and apply online at; Young, old or somewhere in between, I wish all readers and advertisers and everyone associated with the Quair all the very best for 2018. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth, PH2 0PE Tel 01738 620540 See all of our advertising details at t 39


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Applications Open for Second Round of Creative Communities Fund - Applications are once again being accepted for the Perth and Kinross Creative Communities Fund (CCF), following the great success of the first round of funding awards earlier this year. A total of £30,000 has been made available, of which the CCF will grant up to £1,500 per project. Applications are welcomed that will deliver creative, inclusive activities, events and projects that: *showcase the amazing talent of people across Perth and Kinross *show that culture is for everyone *• gets people involved in cultural activities that may not have tried before Projects can be a one-off, a series of regular events, a special exhibition, performance or something that reflects your community. Applications are welcomed from community groups, charities, networks, partnerships, parent teacher associations, residents’ associations, arts organisations, geographical communities and other communities of interest. The CCF programme will close either when all of the funds have been allocated or on Friday, 9 March 2018. Successful projects must be completed by Saturday, 31 March 2018. Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, said, ‘With this fund we are looking for applications that will bring communities and generations together to celebrate and connect with their local culture; celebrate the diversity of our communities and use digital technology in an innovative or creative way. We saw a number of fantastic projects and events benefit from the first round of funding and we are keen to keep this momentum going to help us celebrate our cultural diversity. I look forward to hearing about what is delivered in communities throughout Perth and Kinross with this second round.’ To apply to the CCF, please visit and download the application form. Completed forms can be posted to Creative Communities Fund, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH or emailed to  Comrie Cinema Club - Please note alteration to previously advertised programme.  The film festival will now be held on 8 and 9 September 2018 getting the new screening session off to an exciting start. The deadline for submitting your own film has therefore been extended to 31 July 2018. Remember to limit your film to 10 minutes.  The January film has been cancelled due to other events in the village on the proposed date. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  The next film, to be shown on Saturday, 24 February, will be a fundraiser for Perth Autism Support, a locally based charity working to improve the lives of children with autism and their families in Perth and Kinross. We are pleased to have a guest speaker, Lynsey Paterson, from the charity to tell us about it. The film title is still to be decided but will have an autism theme.  17 March - to be confirmed.  Due to poor audience numbers for the afternoon children’s films, we have decided to suspend these for the time being. We will keep things under review and are open to suggestions about ways we could improve attendance to make them viable again. We are also happy to consider requests for films from our supporters and wish you all happy viewing in 2018. 

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Omega - Friendship, fun, food, prayer, bible study, party nights and film nights. 10-15 year olds, 5.15 pm term time on Fridays in Crieff. Please contact Rev Canon Paddy Allen 01764 656222. Brass Central Strathearn - We are delighted to announce that the Development Band re-

ceived a Bronze Award in the Novice Section of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship on 25 November at Perth Concert Hall. This is the first time they have entered and all the members were delighted with the result. Tom Smith, their tutor, was very pleased with the performance and with the comments received from the adjudicators. We are always recruiting from schools within the Perth & Kinross area, particularly Strathearn area, for both Bands and anyone of any age can join. Contact Jim Wishart (Band Manager) at or phone 07738 274197. During December we were out and about playing Christmas Carols; firstly at Crieff Co-op where we also did a bag pack. Then Tesco Extra, Crieff Rd, Perth and finishing with our own Christmas Concert in Strathearn Artspace, Crieff.

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Crieff Trefoil Guild Programme for 2018

Monday, 22 January - Mini Burns Supper (bring and buy stall) Monday, 19 February - Thinking Day with the Brownies Monday, 26 March - A Holiday in Nepal, Marion Monday, 23 April - Foot Care for Summer with Susan Hill Followed by AGM Wednesday, 16 May - P&K County TG AGM, 7 pm - 9 pm in Crieff Monday, 28 May - Summer Outing Saturday, 16 June - TG (National) AGM Birmingham Saturday, 6 October - TG (Scottish) AGM Aviemore

Stroke Support …Now Chest and Heart Too! We’re a group of friends, who have been enjoying the stroke support group for some time now and we’d like to invite anyone who suffers from chest or heart problems to come along and join in the fun too or even help out if you prefer. Some of us have had strokes and, with that in mind, we feel that anyone who suffers from either chest or heart problems could join the group and get the benefits of the shared experiences we have seen from coming to the group. We like to get involved in various activities, many of which are aimed at giving us gentle encouragement to get involved. Try out New Age Kurling or Boccia! (Easy games that you can play even from a wheelchair). Sometimes, getting the chance to just sit and play scrabble or dominoes while we chat and compare experiences can make our meetings a really valuable and enjoyable experience. We like to think this talking is a really important part of our group activities. We can’t cure any physical problems but we try to show that life can still be good. Trying our members home baking is something you won’t forget either. We’d like to try yours too if you like. Call Bob Roseweir on 01764 653128 and give our group a try. We meet first and third Tuesday of every month at St Columba’s.

Volunteer Drivers Needed for Crieff Stroke Support Group - If you would be interested in driving someone to the Stroke Support Group that meets in Crieff every first and third Tuesday afternoon, (2 pm till 4 pm), we would be really pleased to hear from you. We’d like someone who could drive one of our members to the group and then take them home again. We can pay you for the mileage on your car and you would be helping someone to come to the group who might otherwise miss out on it. Please contact Bob Roseweir on 01764 653128.

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The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 for Perth and Kinross was published on 1 December 2017. This updates and refreshes the first Local Development Plan adopted in 2014 and sets out the Vision for Perth and Kinross, and policies and site specific proposals to achieve that Vision. The Plan, when adopted, will provide a framework to 2028 for sustainable economic growth through the provision of homes, encouraging employment and protecting the area’s rich natural and built heritage.

Your Chance to Comment on Plans for Your Area

January 2018

The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 sets the framework for development to A period for representations runs until 2 February providing an opportunity for all to comment on 2028 andand beyond, and want you to taking tell usplace what think. Environmental Report policies proposals. A we consultation is also on you the updated which shows how the Council has considered the environment in preparing the Plan. The updated Proposed You will have a chance to comment on the Proposed Plan and Local Development Plan 2, and Environmental Report Addendum, are available online now at Environmental Report until 2 February 2018. To view the Plan, an interactive An online interactive Storymap can be found on the website which online summary of the Plan, and to comment, go to provides a summary of the main changes and shows proposals on an interactive map with links to the relevant pages of the Proposed Plan. Comments can be made through the StoryMap, an online Come along to an information event near you to find out more about the main link or a representation form which are all available on the website. changes in your area and talk to planning officers. DATE




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For updates follow PerthandKinross on Facebook and @PKCPlanning on Twitter. The website contains information on how to comment, background documents and an interactive StoryMap, an online summary of the Proposed Plan. A series of drop-in events throughout the Council area took place in December and another round is taking place in January. These give everyone an opportunity to see the main policy changes and site proposals in the local area and to talk to Planning Officers who can help explain the Proposed Plan and how to make representations.

The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 retains much of the spatial strategy that has shaped Perth and Kinross since 2014 while providing for the sustainable economic growth of the area and a low carbon future. It ensures there is sufficient land to meet the housing needs of the population and identifies sites to ensure economic prosperity. Updated policies ensure that the housing needs of a diverse population are met, including providing for smaller housing units and special needs. Policies also aim to ensure proposals are delivered and an effective housing supply is maintained at all times.


Perth Talking News - Do you have difficulty reading the newspaper? Do you know someone who does have difficulty? Would you like to receive coverage of the local news? Perth Talking News produce a Free of Charge eighty minute audio CD fortnightly, containing local articles from the Perthshire Advertiser, The Courier and The Sunday Post. For further details: Perth and Kinross Society for the Blind, St Pauls Centre, 14 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA Tel: 01738 626969

Save Our Honey Bees - Learn to be a beekeeper, with Dunblane & Stirling Beekeepers’ Association. Our Association is running a beekeeping beginners’ course, commencing in the classroom on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018. When the weather improves, we move out into the apiary for real ‘hands-on’ experience and follow our beautiful girls throughout the whole beekeeping year. If you want to keep your own honey bees or just learn about Nature’s most important pollinators, come along and participate. For details of the course, please email secretary@ A warm welcome awaits you. 1743 Royal Air Force Air Cadets Crieff Squadron - Royal Air Force Air Cadets Crieff meet at the new Cadet Centre, Crieff (just behind the Co-op Car park) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm - 9.30 pm. Air Cadets is a voluntary youth organisation supported by the Royal Air Force. It is open to anyone aged twelve (and in S2) to twenty. It is considered one of the country’s premier youth organisations and the world’s largest youth air training organisation. Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential. This may come in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing, band activities, adventure training, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Squadrons will meet twice a week during which cadets are able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones. There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the Squadrons. Additional activities are organised by Wings, Scotland and Northern Ireland Region and the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Army Training Estates and even abroad and can be weekend or week-long events. Crieff 1743 Squadron is always looking for new people to join, as a cadet, staff, civilian staff or as a member of a Squadrons Civilian Committee. If you are interested please come along or look us up on Facebook (

Stride for Life walks

Crieff - Every Tuesday, meet at the Strathearn Campus reception at 10.30 am for a volunteer led walk apart from every second Tuesday of the month with the walk starting from the car park in Macrosty Park. The walks last between forty-five and sixty minutes on flat ground and are a great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Comrie - Every Wednesday, meet at the Field of Refuge car park at 10 am for a volunteer led walk around the town, with occasional bus trips out of Comrie and walks in Crieff. The volunteer led walks last sixty minutes on mixed terrain and are a great way to meet new people, get active and finish with a cup of tea and a chat. Please note all walks are free (if taking the bus at Comrie there is a £2 charge). For further details and walk information contact Colin Melville on 01738 454628

Comrie Silver Circle

To all senior citizens. Come and join us on a Thursday afternoon from 2pm 4pm in the Comrie Parish Church Hall. Entertainment and afternoon tea with home baking. Transport provided contact - Barbara Scott on 01764 679931. 56


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- Perth & Kinross Council’s Childcare Strategy Team continues to work with people who are considering childminding as a career by running free introductory sessions and pre-registration training courses as well as offering start-up grants and ongoing support. Two very successful courses were held in September with another in November. Further introductory sessions and a two day pre-registration course are being held in March. A crèche can be provided for the daytime introductory session and the course if required. Families in a number of areas of Perth & Kinross have told us they would use a local childminder - if only there was one available! The Childcare Strategy Team is, therefore, particularly keen to hear from people in any of the following areas who might be interested in childminding * Auchterarder; Braco; Comrie; Crieff; Greenloaning * Aberfeldy; Birnam; Blair Atholl; Grandtully; Pitlochry Please contact the Childcare Strategy Team Tel 01738 472350 or email to find out more about what childminding involves. See for further details.

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Are you worried about your benefits? Do think you may be entitled to benefits? If so help is available in your community. Benefits specialist Sarah MacLean is providing one to one benefits advice in local libraries across Perth and Kinross, these include: Auchterarder, AK Bell, Blairgowrie, Breadalbane Community Campus, Loch Leven Community Campus, North Inch Community Campus, Scone, and Strathearn Community Campus. Sarah can provide advice on benefit entitlement, assist with benefit applications (including online applications), and can support clients in challenging a decision, refusal or sanction they believe to be wrong. In addition to benefits advice, Sarah can advise clients on how they can maximise their income by checking that clients are claiming everything they are entitled to. The service is available by appointment only, to make an appointment in any of the libraries mentioned above please call 01738 450581 or email Andrew Scobie (benefits and debt administration) at the following email address:

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January at Loch of the Lowes Scottish Wildlife Trust - Happy New Year! We wish you a healthy, happy 2018 from all at Loch of the Lowes. After all the hustle and bustle of the festive season, Loch of the Lowes offers peace and tranquillity. What could be better than relaxing beside the viewing window in a warm visitor centre and being entertained by an ever changing display of woodland birds and red squirrels. Out in the hides, enjoy the opportunity of seeing an array of water birds from great crested grebe and goosander, to wigeon and goldeneye. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available along with snacks, as well as quizzes and trails for children. (Admission charges apply, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 am - 4 pm Adult £3.50, Concession £2.50 Family £7 - children and SWT Members free). January is a very harsh month for wildlife but there is a lot you can do to make the difference between surviving a cold patch or succumbing to it. Maintaining a regular supply of bird food in feeders or on a bird table is the easiest way to help your local birds. Also, with the threat of temperatures plunging below freezing for prolonged periods, please make sure you provide water, breaking the ice when needed. Talking of ice, it is extremely dangerous to walk across frozen rivers or lochs. As a lot of the casualties caused by falling through ice were due to frantic owners trying to rescue their pets, it is strongly advised to keep a close eye on your dogs on winter walks, ED P TI preferably keeping them M E NK on the lead near water. IC TA T P E S R Y OU NEED YOU Loch of the Lowes visitor centre is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday • 24/7 Emergency Response throughout January, and the double decker hide on • Blocked Drains/Toilets the lochside is open 24/7. • High Pressure Water Jetting Should extreme weather conditions fall upon us • CCTV Surveys this winter, please bear • Septic Tank Emptying in mind the visitor centre may close without prior • Oil Interceptor Emptying notice. If you are travel• Grease Management ling a distance to visit, please check we are open • Drain Diagnostics & Repairs on social media (Twitter: • And much more… @lochofthelowes Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, our blog, or call ahead on 01350 727337.




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Crieff & District Flower Club - The Crieff & District Flower Club met in the Drummond Suite of the Crieff Hydro Hotel on 21 November. Mrs Moyra Turnbull welcomed members and guests to the final meeting before Christmas. She introduced demonstrator, Mrs Karine Murray, from Calderwood, East Kilbride. The theme for her demonstration was ‘Christmas Joys’. For the first arrangement she chose a tall log in an upward stance with a roughened surface sprinkled with artificial snow (like a Yule log) The oasis placement was dressed with foliage - phormium, bergenia, rubus, and senechio before inserting two hippeastrum, dried coppered aspidistra leaves, red roses and pine cones. Her second container was a small tray into which she placed gold/ glittered twigs, palm stems and platted palm, fatsia and hedera. The arrangement was completed with the addition of red roses, gerbera and carnations. The third arrangement was in a tray with oasis. The foliage used for this was stapled phormium, berried holly, ivy and euonymus. To this base she added yellow lilies, yellow roses and freesia. To complete, red bobbles on sticks and artificial candles in holders were added. The fourth presentation was an oasis ring set in a red plate dressed with pieris, spruce and choisy prior to adding green Anastasia chrysanthemums and green button chrysanthemums. Finally coloured red bobbles on sticks were added. The fifth arrangement was in circular metal rings with inner green metal wire supporting the dish with oasis, griselinia, eucalyptus, hebe and choisya. White delphiniums, Anastasia chrysanthemums, calla lillies, avalanches roses and finally orchids. She added snow cones on sticks and a Christmas star. Karine had made up smaller twin arrangements for each presentation and added colourful Christmassy boxes, artificial flame candles to complete a colourful display. Mrs Moyra Strath gave the vote of thanks prior to the raffle being drawn. Tea and chat followed. The next meeting is Tuesday, 20 February 2018 in Crieff Hydro Hotel. A Happy New Year!

Comrie Bridge Club - This is a small friendly bridge club, which meets for duplicate bridge each week from October through to the beginning of April. Wednesdays 2 pm - 5 pm and Thursdays 7 pm - 10 pm at the Comrie Bowling Club, Camp Road. New members welcome for both sessions. No partner needed for Wednesdays but may play as a pair if preferred. Thursdays are for pairs only. Cost £2 per session. For more information please phone Sue on 01764 679833 or George on 01764 679747 or email Collectables Wanted by Humanos Aid International - Do you have any collecta-

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GrowBiz Enterprising Rural Perthshire - GrowBiz provides a free community based enterprise support service in rural Perthshire. It assists anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise - regardless of age or experience and including people from all sectors and backgrounds. GrowBiz holds regular learning sessions on a range of topics - recent sessions include: how to take good images for your business; how to price your product or service; how to increase your sales; and how to use social media for your enterprise. Keep an eye on the website events page for upcoming sessions and networking evenings. All are welcome, and if you can’t attend evening events, GrowBiz has also started hosting Webinars on popular subjects. We’ve been busy setting up a programme of learning sessions and networking events for 2018 across rural Perthshire. Take a look at our Events Page for more information, and to book your place – As a result of the Enterprising Rural Perthshire programme, and funding from the Perth & Kinross Rural LEADER Programme, our services have expanded in Perthshire, and our team has grown too. We have a new Enterprise Coordinator, Bravo Nyamudoka, covering the Strathearn and Highland Perthshire areas, supported by a team of enterprise advisers who are all experienced business owners. We also have a team of trained volunteer mentors, as well as volunteers who kindly give up their time to host learning sessions and support our clients in a number of ways. All this means we have an enormous breadth and depth of expertise at our disposal to help people to realise their potential through enterprise. If you would like to speak to us about your business idea, the next stage of your business, or anything you feel your enterprise needs support with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The fully confidential services include one to one meetings with one of GrowBiz’s enterprise team, peer support sessions, peer learning events, a mentoring programme, and regular networking opportunities (including monthly women’s enterprise meetings). More information is available at the GrowBiz website: or email at GrowBiz is part financed by Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and the European Community Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER 2014-2020 programme. For more about LEADER go to Home-start Perth - Home-start Perth is a local charity, supporting families with children under the age of 5. We support families by matching them with trained volunteers who are either parents or have parenting experience. they have been there! If you have a child under the age of 5, and feel you would benefit from the support of Home-start, please talk to your health visitor or call us. Or, if you are looking for a volunteering opportunity, would like to help support local families, or benefit from the fantastic support and training that Home-start Perth offers, please also get in touch. Contact us on 01738 638847,, or find us on Facebook ‘Home-Start Perth’, or twitter @HomeStartPerth

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Happy ‘New’ Year from the Crannog! 2018 really is a year of new beginnings at The

Scottish Crannog Centre. From Teeside to Tayside - our new managing director, Mike Benson, has now taken over and is at the helm of the Centre. Mike has had an impressive and varied career which has taken him from the Teeside Steel Industry into heritage where he held the posts of managing director at Bede’s World, an Anglo-Saxon Museum in Jarrow; Ryedale Folk Museum in the North York Moors National Park and the National Mining Museum for England in Wakefield. Mike will be getting out and about in the community meeting people and businesses but if you want to say hello beforehand, just give us a call and we can arrange a meeting. Museum accreditation - as you may already know, the Scottish Crannog Centre is now an officially accredited museum. Museums and Galleries Scotland awarded the Centre official accreditation after a lengthy preparation process which took over a year and involved raising our curatorial standards and improving collections care, as well as completing a lot of paperwork and generally proving that the Centre is worthy of the status. It is a fantastic achievement and acknowledges the hard work and efforts towards achieving nationally agreed standards for UK museums. The Centre opens its doors as an accredited museum on 31 March and will be open every day until 31 October during 2018 when we look forward to seeing you all again. Young Archaeologists Club - In February 2018 we will launch the newly-formed Loch Tay Young Archaeologists Club ‘YAC’ which we are very excited about and is another prestigious development at the Centre! The club will be open to all 8-16 year olds, and we hope members will get involved in all sorts of activities including demonstrations, craft activities, museum object handling, visiting and investigating archaeological sites and historic places and lots more. The Young Archaeologists Club is part of the Council for British Archaeology which is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. The Centre’s parent charity, The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA registered charity number SC018418), was formed to promote research, exploration and public interpretation so having the YAC based at the Centre fulfils part of the aims and aspirations of the Trust. The Club, which will be led by staff member and archaeologist Richard Hiden, launches on 10 February 2018 and will meet twice a month on Saturdays. If you’d like to get involved with Loch Tay YAC, please get in touch with Richard here at the Crannog Centre on 01887 830583.

Cultybraggan Camp - The camp was built during WW2 and opened for business in 1942 to hold prisoners of war. Ardent Nazi prisoners remained till 1947 to be re-educated as good Europeans and many stories emanate from that period. The MoD took over the camp after WW2 and in the ensuing fifty years it was used as a training centre for both regular and cadet forces giving opportunities for many more stories! When no longer needed for military purposes in 2007, the camp was purchased by Comrie Development Trust for the community and is being developed as a visitor attraction and for community and commercial purposes. Over forty local people now earn their living in the camp. 2017 was a record year for visitors, tours and talks to clubs and societies and we’re expecting even greater numbers during 2018 and beyond. We continue providing private tours and talks, which can be arranged by calling CDT office on 01764 670769. Hands On History sessions, aimed at 8 to 18 year age group will commence in May 2018. Interested schools should contact CDT office early to help us arrange these free yet valuable sessions. For the regular tours that will start again in May, we are recruiting new volunteer tour guides. If you are interested in becoming a tour guide, please call CDT Office. 71

Crieff Parish Church Guild Syllabus for 2017 - 2018

10 January, 2018 Life in the Ministry - Rev Bob Halliday 24 January Street Pastors - Ian Roy and Bayne Shaw 14 February Afternoon tea for Valentine’s Day 28 February Trip to Malawi - Alexander and Astrid 14 March Butterfly Trust - Kenny Innes 28 March Annual General Meeting (and entertainment) The Guild meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from September to March at 2.30 pm in St Andrews Hall, Strathearn Terrace, Crieff. Enquiries about the Guild can be obtained from the Contact at 01764 650825.

St Andrew’s Hall bookings - The St Andrew’s Hall is available to book for coffee mornings, meetings, leisure classes and events. We have a variety of people using our halls at the moment, including Brownies, Yoga classes, and fitness classes, The Strathearn Music Society and Crieff Acting and Singing. However, we can always fit in new things. Room hire is £6/hr for the small back room, £9/hr for the small hall and £17/hr for the large hall. Enquiries/bookings Crieff & Auchterarder Breastfeeding Groups (CABG) - Are you a new mum

looking for some support with breastfeeding? Or just want to meet other like-minded mums? Whether it’s specific help or advice you’re looking for, or just to simply get out of the house, come along for a cuppa (and quite possibly cake!) and a chat. We’ve met some lovely mums, babies and pregnant ladies so far and we’re looking forward to meeting you too! Our Crieff group has been on the go for nearly a year now, and we’ve just recently got our new Auchterarder group up and running too. Crieff Group: Thursday mornings 9.30 am - 11.30 am (for babies up to 9 months), Crieff Medical Centre, King Street, and Monday mornings 9 am - 12 noon (for babies of all ages) at the ‘Bumps to Tots’ toddler group, SDA Church, Gwydr Road.Contact Susan Caudrey on 07891 624473 for more info, or via our Facebook page. Auchterarder Group: Monday mornings 10 am - 12 noon, St Margaret’s Hospital. Contact Ruby Keay on 07803 900716 for more info, or via our Facebook page. All of our Volunteer Breastfeeding Support Workers have been NHS trained and have experience breastfeeding and/or working within the NHS. The group is very friendly and informal. We welcome anyone who is breastfeeding or who is pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding their little one. Our hope is to build a group of women that can help and support each other on their breastfeeding journey.

Crieff 50+ The 50+ meetings are held at St Columba’s Church Crieff at 2.30 pm. Membership for the year is £5 and £2 per meeting with refreshment. The Christmas tea was a great success and Derek and Davie from On-The-Wagon were enjoyed by all. The first meeting for the New Year on Wednesday, 7 February is Mr Craig Stockton on Motor Neurone Disease. Sub Groups: Art, Book, bridge, Indoor Bowls, Maj Jong, Quilters, walking and Writers. We are a friendly group of people. Any Enquiries phone Jill Campbell 01764 652766.

Crieff Bridge Club - The season runs from October to March and meets in Crieff Golf Club every Tuesday at 6.45 pm.  We are a friendly and welcoming club, and new members and visitors are welcome.  Enquiries: Tel. 01764 652016 (Secretary) or 01764 681786 (President).

Tora Kai Shotokan Karate Club - Class held at Morrison’s Academy on Thursdays from

5 pm - 6 pm. The class is open to the public, all ages and schools. Shotokan is one of the most rounded of all physical activities, working all parts of the body equally. For more information please contact Mike Clifford (JKA 5th DAN, UKTKF 5th DAN) on 07775 881476. Please feel free to come give it a try for Free. See all of our advertising details at 72

More childminders are needed in your local area - could it be you? Introductory sessions are being offered for anyone in Perth & Kinross who might be interested in becoming a childminder.

Thursday 8 March 2018

9:30am-11:30am or 7:00pm-9:00pm A crèche can be provided for the morning session. There will then be the opportunity to attend a Pre-Registration Course 21 & 22 March, 9:30am - 4:30pm each day with a crèche available if required. Venue: Community Wing at Perth Grammar School To book places Tel: 01738 472350 or e-mail For more information including other course dates see 73

Councillor Roz McCall Conservative - Strathearn Ward

If you would like to discuss anything with me or contact me I can be contacted on - Telephone 01738 475000 email RMcCall@pkc. or you can write to me directly at Perth & Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH

The Elephant in the Room - Work makes up a huge part of our lives. The average person with a full time job is at work for fifty percent of their total waking daily hours. Over a fifty-year working lifetime being in the workplace makes up over 90,000 hours of our life which equates to roughly eleven whole years. A constant stream of research tells us how important it is for workplaces to be happy. Happy employees are more productive and profitable than their miserable counterparts. Employers know they are wise to do what they can to foster a happy workplace as the economic benefits are immense. However, what happens when, despite good intentions, the employer and employee relationship has deteriorated beyond repair? The employee trudges off to work every day with a dark cloud hanging over them. The employer becomes more and more frustrated with the situation. A breakdown in the employment relationship might not be the fault of one or other. Sometimes the employment fit just doesn’t suit. However the impact of unhappiness in the workplace can have a devastating impact on both the employee as an individual and on the overall workplace environment. Unhappy employees frequently complain of suffering from poor sleep, anxiety and depression. Businesses lose money from the lack of positive employee contribution. So how do you start to talk about the elephant in the room? The employee is worried about appearing confrontational. The employer worries about a claim being raised against them. It is not an uncommon problem and employment law provides you with a bespoke tool to raise these issues and propose solutions. Sometimes mediation or conciliation can provide positive outcomes. In other cases, the best option is for both parties to agree the terms of a dignified exit. The employee moves on to pastures new with a positive refCopy Date for the erence and a bit of a financial cushFebruary 2018 ion. The employer can start afresh. edition of The Both can breathe a sigh of relief.

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There are some legal procedures to be followed, but, in the right circumstances, the employer and employee can raise these options without the discussions being used against them in any legal claim.

You can read ‘The Quair’ The success rate of such discussions is high with about ninety percent of online at employers and employees agreeing a mutually beneficial outcome. So if you have been limping along with a workplace issue, maybe 2018 is the time to start afresh.

For more information or a confidential chat please don’t hesitate to contact Alison Forsyth, Employment Solicitor, Forsyth Employment Law, 07540 214920, email: Forsyth Employment Law is a Law Society of Scotland regulated practice. You can see Alison’s advert on page 58. 74

Strathearn Harriers - Runners of all ages and levels of fitness are most welcome at our club training runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with some seasonal variation. Whether you are local or a visitor to the area, a competitive runner or occasional jogger, if you like to run, why not come along and join in? We have a lively and active Junior Harriers section, open to all between the ages of 9 and 16. Juniors meet on Sunday mornings, with a further Development Squad session on Thursday evenings for runners over 12 who meet required standards. Strathearn is a great place for running - With Strathearn Harriers you can run on roads, trails, hills and cross-country, as well as taking part in races locally and elsewhere. Each year the Club organises what we like to think is one of Scotland's most enjoyable and scenic 10ks. Full race information and online entry for The Crieff 10k can be found at We also organise a great hill relay race in September - full race information here for the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay. And in 2012 we launched The Strathearn Marathon, a tough new marathon in a beautiful Perthshire setting, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite on the Scottish marathon circuit. Find out more - For more information about the Club email the club at or just come along to any club run. See all of our information at Strathearn Archaeological and Historical Society Remaining Programme of talks for 2017-2018 season

Tuesday, 23 January - AGM and Members’ Night Tuesday, 27 February - ‘The Wars of Independence’ Dr. Fiona Watson, Historian, Author and Broadcaster Tuesday, 27 March - ‘Machair Materiality: The Udal Archaeology Project’ Mark Hall, Perth Museum, Honorary Archaeological Advisor to S.A.H.S. Talks start at 7.30 pm. at Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff. Membership £12 per annum. Non-members welcome at all meetings £3.

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Have you some unfinished craft projects and in need of some encouragement to complete them? Then please join us every Thursday between 2 pm and 4 pm in St Columba’s Church, Perth Road (opposite Houseproud). Come for a chat, munch some good home bakes and just enjoy some time out. Interested? Tel Maggie at 01764 656640 75

Valentine's Dinner & Dance Saturday 10 February Join us on Saturday 10th February for a truly romantic, wonderfully memorable evening at Atholl Palace, Pitlochry.

Only £85 per couple, with a welcome Prosecco, canapés and a romantic 3 course candlelit dinner.

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