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Edition 109 April 2017

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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 5500 per month. The magazines are delivered FREE to around 4700 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 6 blue dispensers. You'll see them around! 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 May 2017 edition is 12 noon on Saturday 15th April.

Crieff Probus Club Programme to May 2017

4th April - Manners Edson ‘Autism Awareness’ 18th April - David Purdie ‘Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford’ 2nd May - Graeme Addison ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One: the work of the Police Treatment Centres’ 16th May - Rachael Prothero ‘Transforming Perth Theatre’ The Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month from Sept to May at 10am in The Legion Hall, Perth Road, Crieff. Enquiries about the Club can be obtained from the Secretary at 01764 652067.

The Great Loch Earn Boat Race 2017

- The date has been set for this year’s Great Loch Earn Boat Race. Sunday 23rd April will see teams row from Lochearnhead to St Fillans. Organisers, Crieff Round Table, hope to continue the success of the annual event which in 2016 raised a total of over £4,000 in sponsorship, all of which was donated to local charities. Several of last year’s teams have so far registered to battle it out over the seven mile course from Lochearnhead beach to the jetty of the Achray House Hotel in St. Fillans, but organisers are keen to encourage more local teams from Lochearnhead, St Fillans, Balquhidder and Stathyre to compete in the race. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the boats at the completion of the race where the teams will be treated to a warming meal at the Achray House Hotel and where the winning teams will collect their prizes. Remaining boats are still available (kindly provided by Drummond Fisheries) and four-person teams of all ability are welcomed to register for the race - for more details email Jamie Russell at

Comrie Community Orchard at Cultybraggan Camp

- Comrie Community Orchard at Cultybraggan Camp has the usual monthly work day on Sunday 2nd April from 11am until 3pm. There will be mulching of the edible hedgerows to be done and checking on the health and blossom of the fruit trees. A cage is needed around the blueberries and the recent hedge-laying work will be checked. All visitors will be welcome to join in the work activities of the day. Warm clothing and sturdy, waterproof footwear is advisable. Bring a hot drink along with your snack lunch and eat in the warmed shepherd’s hut with your work mates. For further information please contact Di McNab on 01764 670967 or email 5

Children and Young People at Crieff Parish Church - You and your family will

be made most welcome at Crieff Parish church, Strathearn Terrace. We have a variety of activities that we would love you to join us at. *Tuesday from 9.30am to 10.30am Magpies messy play and craft group for preschool children *Tuesday at 10.30am - Songbirds, a singing group for preschool children and babies *Thursday at 9.30am to 11.30am- St Andrews Hall baby and toddler group *Sunday at 9.40am to 10.30am- Sunday Explorers for children. Bible stories, crafts, DVDs and games *Sunday at 9.40am to 10.30am - Play Adventurers for little people *Sunday at 6.30pm till 8pm - Team Impact youth group. Active games, brain teasing activities and thoughtful pauses. Primary 7 upwards *Who let the Dad’s Out - a group for men and kids on Saturday 22nd April, 20th May and 17th June from 10am - 12noon. Tea/Coffee, healthy snack and bacon roll for the men. All activities take place at the St Andrew’s Hall, Strathearn Terrace, use the side door on Strathearn Terrace. Contact us on Facebook as Crieff Parish Church or online at Last Sunday Service - An informal Café style service for all ages in the St Andrews Hall, Strathearn Terrace. Coffee, tea and pastries to welcome you as you gather with old and new friends. Music, prayer, bible teaching and conversation. Doors open 10.30am. Activities for the children and play corner for little people. 26th March, 30th April, 28th May and 25th June

Muthill Golf Club - At last we have seen a glimpse of spring. Trees are budding up and the daffodils are in bloom. Hopefully we are into the better weather now. This coming season is going to be an exciting time at Muthill Golf Club. Thanks to the work of Iain our great green-keeper and a great many volunteers, the course is looking better than ever. New tees have been built and slight changes have been made to make the course fair and challenging to all golfers. We are also all looking forward to getting back on the regular greens, and with the aid of our new mowers, they should be superb. As we go into April the first medals of the year will be starting and on 9th April we stage the Captain’s Drive In followed by a Texas Scramble. Throughout the season we offer a number of open competitions which can be seen on our website: If you would like to take part in any of these please enter quickly as they have become very popular...and good fun! As always even if you don’t play golf (yet) you can still pop up to our friendly clubhouse for a cuppa and something to eat, all freshly prepared by our great in house caterer. We also still have places open for membership and there is no waiting list and no joining fee. If you have wondered about the wonders of playing golf why not get in touch and we can introduce you to the game and many like minded friendly people. We have clubs and trolleys for hire to get you started. You can contact the club at or: 01764 681523. Looking forward to the start of the new season and seeing you all here.

Crieff Choral Group’s Annual Coffee Morning

Crieff Choral Group’s Annual Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday 13th May from 10am at St Andrews Halls, Strathearn Terrace, Crieff. Tea and coffee with delicious cakes available. Variety of stalls including: Books, Bric-a-brac, Plants, Home Baking and Bottle Stall (Tombola). Raffle with great prizes.

Muthill Pre-School Group - Muthill Pre-School provides quality pre-school education for

children from 3-5 years of age. The centre prides itself on offering children a stimulating, safe and friendly environment in which to develop and learn. The children have been very busy lately helping ‘Muthill in Bloom’ volunteers plant spring bulbs around the village. They have also been working hard and have been awarded the Green eco schools flag for their outdoor activities and recycling efforts. The Pre-School is open Monday to Friday from 9.10am to 12.45pm and offers a lunch club until 2.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. For further information phone 01764 681281 or email, you can also find us on Facebook. 6


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Crieff 50+ Group -

 The 50+ meetings are held at St Columba’s Church, Crieff at 2.30pm.  Membership for the year is £5 and £2 per meeting with refreshment. 5th April - Paul Adair on Photography. 3rd May - A.G.M. and Social Afternoon. We are a friendly group of people. Sub Groups: Art, Book, Bridge, Indoor Bowls, Maj Jong, Quilters, Walking and Writers. Any enquires phone Jill Campbell 01764 652766.

Crieff Probus Club - On 7th February members were addressed by local business woman Mrs.

Ailsa Campbell, her topic ‘The Vision for Crieff’. Ailsa, born in Devon and brought up in Canada, went to school in Vancouver then undertook a course in cordon bleu cookery. She attended the University of British Columbia, gaining a BA in English Literature, then a BDes in Communication Design from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver. Ailsa came to Scotland in 1999 to the Glasgow School of Art as a graphic design exchange student. Barely had she arrived than she met her future husband, Iain, Crieff’s local baker. For several years Ailsa ran her own design business before joining Iain to run Campbell’s Bakery both in Crieff and in Comrie. Ailsa is Chair and one of the founders of Crieff Community Trust (CCT) and is on the Board of Crieff Succeeds BID (Business Improvement District). (A BID is developed, managed and paid for by the local business sector and its aim is to promote investment in a particular area, additional to central and local government investment (see Ailsa’s talk centred on the Crieff Community Action Plan 2013-2018, a joint effort constructed by CCT with Crieff Community Council (CCC) and Crieff & Upper Strathearn Partnership (CUSP). The consortium canvassed Crieff‘s inhabitants to identify their major concerns, such as the number of substantial redundant and derelict buildings in the town, witness the Drummond Arms, Strathearn and Crieff Hotels, and traffic, parking and bicycle access in the town centre, to name but two. The Action Plan suggests how local concerns about buildings, transport, amenities and environment might be prioritised and how responsibility for action, e.g. wading through government and local bureaucracy, obtaining planning permission and funding, can be delegated and coordinated. Ailsa’s talk, informative and given with enthusiasm and wry humour and the following lively Q&A session, was very well received. The vote of thanks was proposed by Don Macaskill. Members expressed appreciation in the usual manner.  Aberfeldy Farmers’ Market - It’s nearly that time of year again! We will be up and running again for the season on Sunday 2nd April along with the Arts and Craft Fair upstairs in the Birks Cinema. They will both continue on the first Sunday of the month until October! As in previous years there will be fantastic fresh produce from local producers including meat, vegetables, fish, cheese, bread, chocolate and lots of beautifully hand crafted items for sale. Many of Aberfeldy’s own independent shops and cafés are also open as is The Birks Cinema so you can make it a great day out for yourself and all the family. Further details of the Farmers’ Market can be obtained from Fiona on 01887 829343/07990 834092 or

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Glen Artney Church Services - Services at Glen Artney Church, Comrie, Perthshire PH6

2JJ, are held on the second Sunday of each month from June until October. Services will be held on 11th June, 9th July, 13th August, 10th September and Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on 8th October. Services start at 3pm. All welcome. Glen Artney Church stands on top of a knowe, at the confluence of the Ruchill Water and Carrie Burn. The church can be easily accessed from the carpark opposite. It is believed that the Church was built circa 1905, on the site of an old prayer mound. Services at that time would have been conducted outdoors. The stone used to build the church came from Doune and was transported by rail to Greenloaning Station, then by horse and cart to Glen Artney. For further information please contact Drummond Estate Office 01764 681257.

Winning Start For New Rally Partnership - A new partnership between local rally

driver Michael Cruickshank and Crieff Café, OJ’s Pantry got off to a flying start with a class win at last weekend’s Knockhill Stages Rally. The first round of the 2017 Blackwood Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship is always a fiercely contested rally with nearly seventy crews fighting for victory over eight competitive stages. This year sees Crieff man, Michael Cruickshank, return to the stages in a new class for cars with up to one litre engines, after a big accident on the Speyside Stages Rally back in 2015. Michael said ‘I think it’s a fantastic idea to show people that you can go out and compete in cars that look just like the ones you see on the road every day at a relatively low cost, and have just as much fun as the cars that are costing in excess of £250,000.’ The rally got off to a very cold start with snow and ice facing the competitors throughout the day. The slippery conditions didn’t seem to faze the Nissan Micra driver taking an eighteen second class lead after just the first stage. This pace would continue for the remainder of the event taking a class win by nearly three minutes.The result was even good enough to take third in the class for up to 1.4 litre cars with nearly three times the power of the one litre Micra. The day wasn’t completely without incident however. On the very last stage of the day, the temperature plummeted, and conditions were absolutely treacherous. Michael said ‘We were coming into a very tight chicane, braking from around 75-80mph down to around 30mph. Unfortunately it was a combination of me being a bit ambitious and a lack of grip, that caused the car to slide into a chicane made from tractor tyres. The wee Micra came off a bit worse than the tractor tyres though! Damaging the radiator and the side quarter panel. Didn’t lose us too much time so that’s the main thing.’ The result means that the Crieff based team score maximum championship points at the season opener and are very much looking forward to the second round in April. Michael would also like to thank everyone at OJ’s Pantry in Crieff for all of their support and hope that this is the start of a very successful partnership. Comrie Thursday Club - For over thirty years now the Thursday Club has, from October to March, served very enjoyable and wholesome lunches in the White Church Community Centre. From 12 noon customers may partake of delicious, home made soup (choice of five) with cheese, buttered or plain roll, followed by a very tempting selection of desserts (choice of five) and tea/coffee and biscuits. This very satisfying and enjoyable meal is provided and served by an efficient, friendly band of volunteers for the princely sum of £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. All are welcome from near and far and we would love to see you there. 11

Friends of Innerpeffray - Friends of Innerpeffray Library (FOIL), a voluntary group set up to support our beautiful Strathearn historic library, has published its 2017 programme of cultural and local interest evening talks, details below: 12th April - Alison Martin: Sculpting the Past (This meeting will be preceded by the FOIL AGM at 6.30pm) 10th May - Peter Nurick: V&A Dundee - Creating Scotland’s Design Museum 14th June - Dr. Joseph Morrow: The Court of the Lord Lyon 19th July - Andrew Crummy: The Diaspora Tapestry - in Crieff Remembers 9th August - Dr. Sally-Anne Huxtable: The Drama of The Soul - The Art and Design of Phoebe Anna Traquair at National Museums Scotland 13th September - Sophie Younger - The Art and Science of Textile Conservation 11th October - Nicola Cowmeadow: Simply a Jacobite Woman? The Life Experience of Margaret, Lady Nairne All meetings are held in the Schoolroom at Innerpeffray Library. Light refreshments are served from 7pm. Talks commence at 7.30pm. Don’t forget to book on Strathallan Community Rail Partnership - The Annual General Meeting of the Strathallan Community Rail Partnership will be held in the Honeyman Hall at Bridge of Allan Parish Church, Bridge of Allan on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm. The Partnership is between ScotRail and the local communities served by the three stations at Gleneagles, Dunblane and Bridge Of Allan. The communities using the connecting bus services to/from Crieff, Blackford, Dunning and Aberuthven have been invited to join the Partnership which exists to promote the use of and the awareness of the railway in those communities. At present, the Partnership has three main projects, namely the finding of new uses for the unused rooms at Gleneagles Station, improving the links between local bus services and the rail services and improving the information about rail services in the communities served by the Partnership. Gleneagles Station was substantially refurbished to cater for increased patronage when the Ryder Cup was held at Gleneagles Golf Course in 2014. Parts of the station buildings have been under-utilised and underdeveloped. The Board of the Partnership is working with ScotRail management to secure full use of the premises. Approaches have been made to local artists in the Auchterarder area for use of some of the rooms as studios. This has successfully already been done at various stations in Fife. The remaining room is to be used as an area where various displays can be created to deal with the history of the local railways in the area served by the Partnership. In December 2018, there will be two regular frequency train services calling at the partnership stations. These will be an hourly Dundee to Glasgow Service calling at all three stations and a half hourly electric train service between Dunblane, Bridge Of Allan, Stirling and Edinburgh. The latter will be co-ordinated with an electrically operated service between Alloa, Stirling and Glasgow. It is hoped to be able to co-ordinate the times of the local bus services with the new rail stations at all three stations. In the coming year, it is also hoped to improve existing connections between Service 47 and train services at Dunblane and, in due course, to facilitate through booking between Crieff and stations on the rail network.

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Crieff and Strathearn Drover’s Tryst - The sixteenth annual Crieff and Strathearn

Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival programme is now open for online bookings at the event’s website A printed programme leaflet will be available shortly. The Tryst is very grateful for the generous financial support from Crieff Succeeds BID which has helped towards the cost of the new website. BID business manager Neil Combe said, ‘We are delighted to support this popular long running festival which every year brings hundreds of people to come and enjoy the attractions in the local area’. The new website is easier to use and access from a broader range of devices which should make booking events that much simpler. The Drovers’ Tryst, which takes place from 7th - 14th October, is one of Scotland’s premier walking festivals and is acclaimed for its friendliness and variety. It celebrates the cattle drovers who made Crieff one of the most important places in Scotland in the 1700s, when the Crieff Tryst in Michaelmas week was the largest cattle market in the land. This year’s festival offers an exceptionally rich programme of thirty-two Perthshire graded and guided walks, around a third of which are new to the Tryst, together with a programme of social events throughout the week. Walkers can choose to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors through the Sma’ Glen or enjoy dramatic Perthshire autumnal colours in the woods of the Trossachs, and in the company of the Woodland Trust Scotland. For our more adventurous walkers, the festival offers a range of peaks to be climbed including several Munros along with a number of lower, but no less dramatic, hills. As in previous years, the Tryst offers a range of opportunities to go ‘walking with’ to learn from experts: including subjects such as photography, archaeology, flora and fauna, formal gardening at Drummond Castle, Innerpeffray, beekeeping and local wildlife. The Social programme, most evenings, offers talks, films, traditional music, food, and drama at a variety of venues. The Tryst will culminate in a ceilidh, open to all, on the final Saturday night. On Sunday 8th October the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Race offers riders of all abilities a chance to have fun on Comrie Croft’s network of highly regarded trails. Comrie Croft was recently awarded ‘UK Trail of the Year 2016’. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, hotels and self-catering in and around the Crieff area plus a wealth of places to eat, drink and shop. It all adds up to an unmissable programme for anyone looking for a walking holiday in Perthshire. As ever the Tryst are very grateful for the many advertisers and sponsors who help financially and to all the many unpaid volunteers who give so freely of their time and skills to make this all happen.

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different Ramblers groups in the Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside Area which residents and visitors to Crieff and Comrie might like to attend. Those taking part are recommended to be at the starting point 15 minutes before the advertised start. Unless otherwise stated dogs are not permitted on walks. If you intend to take young children on a walk, please speak to the leader in advance to ascertain suitability. Other Areas of the Ramblers may provide walks in the area and details can be found on the Walks Finder Section of the Ramblers Section. Non members are always welcome but after three walks, they are expected to join the organisation. 1st April - Comrie to Torlum Hill Circular: Blairgowrie Group. A moderate walk of 11 miles with 300 metres of ascent and descent starting at 1000 hours at the Car Park at Bridge Of Lednock in Comrie G R NN776223. After walking through Comrie, walks south uphill to Wildlife Centre, then east around Corlum Hill. Road walk north through Upper Strowan and Strowan to disused railway track, west along track to Comrie: Leader: Jean Stewart 01250 873852. 1st April - Aberfeldy - Rob Roy Trail: Kinross and Ochil Group. A moderate walk of 6.5 miles starting at the Birks Car Park, Aberfeldy G R NN855486 at 1000 hours. Initial fairly steep climb through the Birks of Aberfeldy to Falls of Moness. Then follows part of the Rob Roy Way with good views over open moorland and to the north across Strathtay to Schiehallion; Leaders: Alan Bridges and Jacqui Ritchie 01577 866813. 8th April - The Hermitage and Pine Cone Viewpoint: Perth Group. A moderate walk of 8 miles with 400 metres of ascent and descent starting at 0945 hours on Inver Caravans Side Road G R NO 013425. A circular walk on forest tracks and by the riverside with excellent views. Leader: Kenny Valentine: 01738 446496. 9th April - Crieff Circular: Stirling and Falkirk Group. A moderate walk of 8 miles and 780 metres of ascent and descent starting at 1030 hours at Crieff Visitor Centre Car Park, Muthill Road, G R NN 854206. A circuit of the area behind Crieff Visitor Centre linking the Loch of Balloch, Torlum Hill and Knock Mary Hill. Includes a fair amount of climbing but the ascents are gradual. Leader: James Higgins 01786 470641, 15th April - Lochearnhead and Glen Ogle: Dalgety Bay Group. A strenuous walk of 14 miles with 540 metres of ascent and descent starting at 1030 hours at the car park in Lochearnhead opposite the Water Sports Centre G R NN592238. From Car Park head towards A85 to access signposted track: then short steep ascent and along old railway track. Leave track at high point for a woodland section and return through nature trail. Leader: Andrew Lees 01383 824795 or 07901 806024. 23rd April - Birnam Circular: Dundee Group. A moderate walk of 7 miles starting at Beatrix Potter Garden G R NO031418 at 1100 hours. A level walk past the Birnam Oak up one side of the river and returning down the other side via Dunkeld. Leader: Evelyn Watson 01382 480325 and 07884 123988. 23rd April - Crieff - Turret Burn and Laggan Hill Circular: Glenrothes Group. A moderate walk of 8 miles starting at 1045 hours at MacRosty Park, Crieff GR NN857221. A walk round Glen Turret Distillery over Laggan Hill to Baird Monument returning via Lady Mary Walk. Mainly on good tracks in woodland, may be muddy in places. Leaders C & B Barton 01383 725859 chrisbettybarton@gmail. com. 29th April - Cloan Glen Auchterarder: Blairgowrie Group. An easy walk of 6 miles with 250 metres of ascent and descent starting at 1000 hours at Crown Wynd Car Park, Auchterarder G R NN 943127 at 1000 hours. Very varied walk in a lovely glen comprising woodland and farmland with part of the walk following the Cloan Burn. Stunning views over Auchterarder and Craig Rossie. Mainly on paths and tracks with minor road walking. Leader Pat Fraser 01250 873577, 29th April - Culteuchar Hill, Forgandenny: Dalgety Bay Group. A moderate walk of 6.5 miles with 370 metres of ascent and descent starting in Forgandenny outside Post Office G R NO 086182 at 1030 hours. Parking in Station Road 50 yards to right. Up Kinnaird Road take right fork and climb towards woodland, then left on a track and follow it to open fields and a lane. Left to Culteuchar, Culteichar 15

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Hill and Fort Law passing the ruin to descend on tracks to Forgandenny. Can be muddy. Leader: Chris Roberts 01383 822184 or 07749 757587. 29th April - Whitewisp Hill: Perth Group. A moderate to strenuous walk of 10 miles and 450 metres of ascent and descent starting at 0950 at Glen Sherup Activity Centre on A 823 near top of Glen Devon G R NN 972052. A circuit of hills around Glen Sherup including Innerdownie and Whitewisp Hill. Not recommended for young children. Leader: Roger Brickell: 01764 656114, 07733 317725, On most walks organised by groups belonging to the Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside Area of the Ramblers, the majority of those taking part are members of the organising group with about one quarter from other groups. This serves to provide a particularly welcoming atmosphere. The most suitable groups for residents of Crieff and Comrie are Perth (walks every Wednesday and Saturday), Stirling and Falkirk (walks every Sunday) and Kinross and Ochil (walks fortnightly alternating between Saturday and Sunday).

Voices in a Mystery - The Episcopal Churches of Strathearn warmly invite you to a Perform-

ance of an Easter Cycle of Poems written by Paul Mein. The poems will be read by different voices and supplemented by illustrations and music. There are a series of short poems, each from a different voice, or voices, depicting in an imaginary and profound way ordinary lives touched by the events of the Crucifixion. The Performance of Voices in a Mystery will be on Monday 10th April at 7 pm, at St Serf’s Episcopal Church, Comrie. Admission free. Retiring collection in aid of Calcutta Rescue A visitor to a Performance of these poems at St John’s Church, Perth before Easter last year described it as ‘a dramatic sequence of poems …I decided to go along and I’m very pleased I did as it was reflections on the events of Easter week from the viewpoint of ordinary people - the maid who prepared the room for the last supper, the carpenter who made the cross, the doctor who signed the death certificate. The thoughts of those closest to the events and to Jesus were often moving and thought provoking.’

Kids Week In Crieff

- We are ecstatic to say that Kids’ week is back for what will be our second year running. We’re kicking off this year on Sunday 16th July! We honestly cannot wait! The week continues with our schedule of workshops, classes and events until Friday 21st July. The week is already looking just fantastic and our Crieffers are not letting us down. Everyone is rolling their sleeves up and getting involved. Crieff Community Spirit is at its optimum. Buckets of enthusiasm! It really is outstanding. Keep a check for updates on our Facebook page. We’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Susan and Paul Caudrey for all their efforts last year. Susan has stood down from the committee and will be very much missed. We welcome Claire Davidson, Heather Watson-Ross and Monica Thomson on to the team. We’re delighted to have them.  Free Introduction To Childminding Sessions In April 2017 - Perth & Kinross

Council’s Childcare Strategy Team will be hosting two free introductory sessions on Wednesday 26th April, for anyone who is considering childminding as a career. These sessions give an opportunity to find out exactly what childminding involves and to consider the potential impact becoming a childminder could have on your own home and family life. No formal qualifications are currently required, but childminders have to register with the Care Inspectorate before they can begin looking after children. There are two opportunities to attend on the day: a morning session from 9.30am - 11.30am, with a crèche provided if required; and an evening session from 7pm - 9pm. Both sessions will be held in the Community Wing, Perth Grammar School, Perth PH1 5AZ. Anyone interested in attending either of the introductory sessions, or wishing to be kept informed of future event dates, should contact the Childcare Strategy Team on 01738 472350 or email For further details, please go to 18

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Perth & Kinross Carers Voice - Do you support someone who is ill, frail, disabled, has

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

Ladies social 5-a-side football at Strathearn Community Campus A group of ladies are now playing every week from 8pm - 9pm on Thursday evenings at the Campus. It is very informal and all about having fun. All ages welcome. Come along or contact Liz Corke for more details. 07749300851 or

Army Cadet Force - Bored? Nothing to do in the evenings? If you're aged between 12 and 18, why not come along and join your local Army Cadet Force? Based in Crieff, situated round the side of the Co-op, we currently parade on a Monday 7 - 9pm and Wednesday 7 - 9.30pm.


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The Dunkeld & Birnam Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on 8th and 9th April; 14th, 15th and 16th July and 7th and 8th October. The work of many artists will be on display on these dates in the Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld. Admission is free.

Spring Camp - Spring Camp this year will run from April 10th to 14th , 9.30am to 12 noon with a cost of £70. Junior coaching begins on Wednesday 19th April. Juniors 4pm - 5pm, Intermediate 5pm - 6pm and Advanced 6pm 7pm. The cost is £5 per lesson with small class size. Private lessons are also available. Contact Magda on 07972 358762 or to reserve your place. Summer Camp - Summer Camp will run on 24th and 28th July from 9.30am to 12noon with a cost of £70. Contact Marcin on 07934 140129 or to reserve your place. On Tuesday nights from 6pm onward, adult friendly doubles. All welcome so please come try a few nights free! New Members Welcome. For more information Crieff & District Flower Club Emerald Anniversary

- The Crieff & District Flower Club celebrated its Emerald Anniversary on Tuesday 21st February with a lunch at Moyra Turnbull’s home. The committee prepared and served a very enjoyable menu. After lunch we had a quiz followed by a raffle. On behalf of the members a special thanks is due Moyra and the committee for all their hard work in making the day such a happy and enjoyable occasion. Mrs Pat Campbell gave the vote of thanks.

Fowlis Wester SWI - Headline news - Our ‘Ruralympics’ team came first after a hard tussle

in a playoff with Cleish SWI. Our winning team was Anne Hubbard, Fiona Lambie, Audrey McColl and Heather Walker.  At our February meeting Wilma Brown introduced Jenna McDonald to tell us about her jewellery business Tangled Up in Blue Boutique and Studio in East High Street, Crieff. Using aluminium she demonstrated how to bend, colour and design individual pieces. With vibrant colours and a vibrant personality Jenna gave us a chatty demonstration which was much enjoyed. She also plans to hold small workshops from her studio on East High Street.  Competitions: Lavender Sachet - 1st Audrey McColl, 2nd Heather Walker, 3rd Anne Hubbard Lavender Biscuits - 1st Heather Walker, 2nd Audrey McColl, 3rd Anne Hubbard

Crieff Probus Club - The 38th AGM of the club was held on 21st February 2017 at the Legion

Hall, Perth Road, Crieff. In the absence of the President who was abroad, the Immediate Past President Jim Maxwell was in the chair. A report from the President had been circulated and was read out to the meeting. In this he thanked the committee for their support during his year in office, gave a comprehensive overview of the meetings and referred to the many excellent speakers arranged by the Vice President and himself. Tom Inglis presented his report as Convenor of the Golf Section, noting that the Club has a diminishing number of active golfers but still able to play a few inter-club matches. Newly elected office bearers are President Peter Bennett, Vice President Gordon Wright and new committee members Harry Arbuckle and Joe Lamont. Ladies’ guests are now welcome at all ordinary meetings of the club. Following the meeting members and their guests retired to the Murraypark Hotel for an extended and sociable lunch. Information about the club and enquiries regarding membership can be obtained from the Secretary at 01764 652067. 24

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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 3yrs 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 6pm. We are always looking for new recruits so come along and give it a try. First night is free. Find us on Facebook.

Amnesty International Perth Group - Amnesty International issued a report in 2016

which revealed that major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products. The report, ‘This is what we die for’, traces the sale of cobalt, used in lithium-ion batteries, from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where children as young as seven work in appalling and perilous conditions. The report documents how traders buy cobalt from areas where child labour is rife and sell it to Congo Dongfang Mining (CDM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese mineral giant Huayou Cobalt. These firms process the cobalt before selling it to three battery component manufacturers in China and South Korea. In turn, they sell to battery makers who supply multinationals for use in our smartphones and laptops. Amnesty contacted sixteen multinationals who were identified as customers of battery manufacturers listed as sourcing processed cobalt ore from Huayou Cobalt. One company admitted the connection, four were unable to say whether they were buying cobalt from DRC, six said they were investigating the claims and five denied sourcing cobalt via Huayou Cobalt. Crucially, none of them provided enough details to independently verify where the cobalt in their products came from. Children told Amnesty investigators that they worked for up to twelve hours a day in the mines, carrying heavy loads, to earn between one and two dollars per day. UNICEF estimates that in 2014, approximately 40,000 boys and girls worked in mines across southern DRC, many of them mining cobalt. Many of the children who spoke to members of the Amnesty investigation team said they were frequently ill, and this is hardly surprising since inhalation of cobalt dust Copy Date for the is extremely harmful: it can lead to hard metal lung disease-a potentially May 2017 fatal condition. Additionally, skin contact with cobalt can cause dermatiedition of The tis, yet children and adult miners have neither masks nor gloves to protect Crieff & Comrie themselves. The mine tunnels are dug by hand by miners who have no Quair is noon on protective equipment. The tunnels have no supports and are prone to collapse, especially in the rain. Saturday 15th April The participation of children in mining is widely recognised as one of the You can read worst forms of child labour. Governments have a legal duty not only to ‘The Quair’ prevent this, but eliminate it altogether. Furthermore, product manufacturers have a responsibility to check for child labour in their supply chains, online at address it where they find it, and publicly disclose the remedial steps they have taken. David Sloan (Perth Amnesty International group) at

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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, relationship, 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 10am till 12pm - Please check dates for April. 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 & Aluminium Foil), bicycles, Car Batteries, Cardboard, cooking oil, Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Engine Oil, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Fridges & 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 & 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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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 Showbiz Satire Takes The Stage - While TV entertainment’s spotlight shines brightly on its performers, could it be there’s another world lurking in the shadows off-stage? Playwright Eric Chappell believes there is and has capitalised on the theme in his irreverent contemporary comedy Wife After Death. This two-act piece was toured in 2010 with a cast headed by Tom Conti - now it’s Crieff Drama Group’s turn. Chappell is a master craftsman in character and plot-building and in this hilarious comedy he transforms the demise of his fictitious TV comedian Dave Thursby into a brilliant situation comedy. Helen Day, who chairs the committee, says, ‘The story is all about show business egos and insecurities. We’re thrown into a motley gathering of show business characters constantly attempting to upstage each other with all the wit and cynicism you’d expect. Yet all the while, the late Mr. Thursby still seems more than capable of disrupting their best laid plans. We’re having a lot of fun with Chappell’s script.’ Crieff Drama’s Wife After Death is on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6th, 7th and 8th April at 7.30pm in Morrison’s Academy Hall. Doors and wine bar are open at 7pm. There’s still time to buy tickets, £6, at Carnelian Crafts in Comrie Street, Crieff or by phoning 01764 656375. Last minute tickets may be available at the door. Crieff Choral Group - Crieff Choral Group Coffee Morning will take place at 10am on Saturday 13th May in St Andrews Halls, Strathearn Terrace, Crieff. A variety of stalls: books; bricabrac; plants; bottle stall. Enjoy delicious home baking with your tea or coffee. Plasterers / Roughcasters / Wall & Floor Tilers. T. 01764 652812 MOB: 07976 816155 EST. 1955 32

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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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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.

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- It seems like Christmas is getting earlier each year, with shops gearing up even before Halloween is over. But for many Easter is just a spring holiday. For churches however, Easter has always been the main religious festival. The Christian message that scandalized and outraged the ancient world is still hard to grasp. The disciples and apostles declared that God, the creator of the universe had become a human being. They had known him, spending several years being taught by him and seeing him perform many miracles. Then the Romans put him to death in the cruelest way imaginable, by crucifixion. That scandalous message would be bad enough. But these same disciples and apostles then went on to say that after three days Jesus was alive again. The tomb was empty. Over a period of over a month many people, hundreds in fact, had seen Jesus and spent time with him. Then, mysteriously, Jesus disappeared. Those who were left began to tell others the stories of Jesus and of their experience of love and forgiveness. They spoke with such confidence that despite death threats and actual martyrdom, the church grew until the entire Roman Empire officially became Christian. The church today is represented in every country in the world and is growing faster than ever. (And people are still being killed for their faith too.) Every Church will have its own special services to celebrate the events of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth and reflect on the impact of those events for the world and for us today. In my own church there will be a special service on Maundy Thursday in Trinity Gask and Kinkell Church of Scotland which includes remembering the last meal Jesus had with his disciples, and on Good Friday there will be a service in Muthill Church of Scotland, focussing on the cross. Both services at 7pm. Then on Easter Sunday we celebrate the amazing news that the tomb was empty when the women went to pay their respects at the tomb three days after Jesus died. It begins with an Easter Egg hunt in Highlandman’s Park, followed by a bacon roll in Muthill Church and the morning service at 11.30am. The Easter service in Trinity Gask and Kinkell church is at 10am. All services are open to anyone who wants to come along.’




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Warehouse Sale Fabrics, Kilts and Accessories Wools, sheers, silks, tartans Plains, stripes and much more!

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Roseanna Cunningham MSP SNP, Perthshire South & Kinross-shire Questions surrounding the constitution continue to dominate politics at present but the picture, in terms both of Brexit and a referendum on Scottish independence, is changing so quickly that this really isn’t the best forum to discuss it. One of the ways of keeping up with a fast changing situation is through online news outlets and social media platforms and I am pleased to be able to share some news that suggests our ability to access those media is improving here in Strathearn. The launch of high speed fibre broadband in Crieff is part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme, one of the most ambitious broadband projects in Europe. I understand that, already, more than 710,000 Scottish homes and businesses can now connect to high-speed broadband. More than 3,400 new fibre street cabinets have been built, and they tell me that enough fibre cable has been laid to stretch all the way from Crieff to Houston, Texas. Over 4,000 premises in Crieff should already have access to this infrastructure so if a faster internet connection could benefit you then it would be well worth checking out whether that applies to you. The first thing to do is to go to the website (, enter your phone number and find out whether fibre broadband is available for your home or business. If fibre is available to you, you will have to get in touch with a communications provider - your existing company or a new one - to order fibre broadband. Ofcom has some price comparison advice on its website to help you choose the best option: Finally, if it turns out that you can’t yet get fibre, it is worth registering - both to show them where there is an unmet demand and to receive updates that might alert you to when it is becoming available. We rely more and more on our communication devices these days but one of the real downsides of the growth of the telecommunications industry has been the explosion in nuisance calls. Research by Which? and Trading Standards Scotland has consistently shown that people in Scotland receive more nuisance calls than people elsewhere in the UK - with Which? showing that three of the top five cities receiving the highest number of nuisance calls were Scottish. That is why the Scottish Government set up the Nuisance Calls Commission to specifically tackle the growing problem of nuisance calls, which are disproportionately affecting Scotland. The Scottish Government is already working with enforcement agencies, telecoms providers, and the makers of call blocking technology to find practical solutions that will help people protect themselves, and with business, to change the behaviour that leads to illegal calls in the first place. However, more needs to be done and the regulation of nuisance calls remains a reserved issue, so the Scottish Government is calling on the UK Government to bring forward further powers to better protect consumers and punish offenders. The people of Scotland deserve to see action being St Columba’s taken which recognises and responds to the seriousness of the problem. Craft and Coffee Have you some unfinished craft projects Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, and in need of some encouragement Perth, PH2 0PE Tel 01738 620540 Roseanna.Cunto complete them? Then please join us

every Thursday between 2 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

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Strathearn Rifle Club - The Perth Small Bore winter league is drawing to a conclusion with

only two rounds still to shoot. Tom Harrison, Ashleigh Taylor and Steve Hannam have all improved their position over the last few weeks whilst other members have generally maintained their positions in their relevant leagues. Current standings for Strathearn shooters are: Tom Harrison 3rd place in league 2; Ashleigh Taylor 2nd in league 11; Steve Hannam 3rd in league 21; Billy Wells 2nd in league 30; Mike Ivey 3rd in league 24; Jim Fraser 2nd in league 31; Derek Greenwood 2nd in league 25 and Trevor Whiteley 1st in league 28. The Club team has also improved moving up to 4th with two rounds still to shoot. Keep up the good work team. In the Brough Cup knockout competition David Halley is through to the Semi Final - all our other shooters have been knocked out - well done David. In the internal air weapon completion, Nick Evens has won the Pistol competition. The standing and bench rest competitions still have targets to be shot. These competitions will be completed by the end of March. Due to members moving on there are vacancies for 0.22 rim fire rifle shooters to join the club. The club has its own rifles for members to use so if this interests you please contact Derek Greenwood on 01764 652590 for further information.

Annual Primary School Quiz - The annual Primary School Quiz hosted by the Rotary

Club of Crieff was held recently at Ardvreck School. A good turnout of seven teams from local primary schools battled for the prestigious trophy answering questions on a formidable range of subjects from literature to science. In the end the winners, by a small margin, were Morrison’s Academy who received the trophy and winner’s certificate from Rotarian Willie Bell

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). Recently we tried painting stones; we’ve been testing our knowledge on music from different eras like sixties or seventies. 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. 47


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Crieff BID Successfully Negotiates Parking Changes for Crieff

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Fowlis Wester, Madderty, Monzie Churches linked with Gask Church

You are welcome to attend any of our services held in our churches. During the month of April we will be holding the following services below: 2nd April Fowlis Wester 10am, Madderty 11.30am, Gask 11.30am 6th April Maundy Thursday Service, Madderty Church 7pm 7th April Good Friday Service, Gask Church 7pm 9th April Palm Sunday Service, United Service, Monzie Church 10am, Gask Church 11.30am 16th April Easter Sunday Service, Fowlis Wester Church 10am, Gask Church 11.30am 23rd April Monzie 10am, Madderty 11.30am, Gask 11.30am 30th April United Service, Madderty Church, 10am, Gask Church 11.30am Madderty Guild - We are holding a Soup Lunch in Madderty Hall 30th April 11.30 to 1.00pm in aid of Madderty Church Guild Funds. A donation bowl at the door. All will be made most welcome. We are also planning a Festival of Flowers in Madderty Church plus a display of Wedding Dresses and Christening Robes worn in Madderty Church. Saturday 27th May 10am - 4pm and Sunday 28th May 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Everyone will be welcomed and we will have refreshments in the Session House. This event is to raise funds for Madderty Church Guild. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Strathearn Artspace - At Strathearn Artspace we are working hard to put on world class entertaining live events and films for everyone in the area to enjoy without having to travel further afield. This takes time, energy and the support of our dedicated volunteers. We need to recruit more volunteers to be able to put on more such events. There are opportunities to volunteer during the day as well as in the evening and weekends. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to get involved please email David on This April we have some truly great events lined up: 14th April we will be commemorating the 271st anniversary of the Battle of Culloden by screening The Peter Watkins Documentary Drama Culloden. We are also very proud to have Professor Margaret Bennett, who will be giving us a talk on the battle and its implications. On the 22nd April we have the wonderful Main Street Blues band that are making their third appearance with us, these guy really get the house going, not to be missed. And finally we have a savagely funny play And then Come the Night Jars. This will be the last night of a tour that has started in the north of England. This play by Bea Roberts is being presented in association with Perth Theatre. More information is available on our face book page: or by emailing;; Tel 01764 655556; email: info@strathearnartspace.; Strathearn artspace Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SC044319 Meditation Course - A meditation course on mindfulness will take place on Mindfulness and Wellbeing on Tuesdays in April at St Fillans hall, Ford road, Crieff. Enquiries to:; tel 01764 679732; mob: 07547 197628.

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Quiz Night Success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support CCT on Friday, 24th February for our first ever Quiz Night. It was a very fun night and everyone had a good time. So good we plan to repeat it again next year! The event raised £965 to help CCT’s efforts to bring about improvements in the physical, economic and social environment of Crieff. Crieff’s Empty Buildings - The Empty Buildings Options Appraisal is being finalised by consultants Community Enterprise. Once complete the report will be available on the CCT website www.crieffcommunitytrust. Any other groups looking to regenerate an empty building in Crieff will be able to use it to demonstrate community need for their project. After extensive community consultation and research, the document recommends three routes to pursue: * Affordable housing * Affordable accommodation for visitors * Co-working space Part of the work was to have the Drummond Arms valued. CCT commissioned a building valuation on 7th February by J & E Shepherd. The building was valued at £50,000. With this knowledge Community Enterprise is working on a business case for the Drummond Arms for affordable housing and accommodation. Co-working Space - CCT is continuing its work to create a co-working space in Crieff. Last year CCT was looking at the Old Refectory as it seemed the only option at the time, however, since then, Perth College’s Learning Centre has left the Lodge Street Annex below Strathearn Artspace. This venue lends itself very well to a co-working space. CCT has expressed its interest in the premises to Strathearn Artspace and hopes to create a co-working space in it this year. CCT will be contacting people who expressed an interest in the coming weeks. Interested in co-working in Crieff? Please email us at Crieff Paths Group - Our group of volunteers meet on the last Saturday of the month to repair local paths. If you would like to help out please email Turretbank Wood - A draft management plan for the area is being reviewed. Funders are being considered for the work to link the path through Turretbank Wood to the rest of Lady Mary’s Walk. Community Street Audit - CCT assisted in two Community Street audits of Crieff’s pedestrian journeys to all the schools in Broich Road and along the High Street at the end of February.;

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Comrie Heritage Group - Spring has sprung, birds nesting, lambs in the fields and hopefully

better weather so maybe you’re looking for something to do that’s local but a bit different - why not have a wander around Cultybraggan WW2 POW Camp just outside of Comrie. Start at Hut 1 Comrie Heritage Centre, which is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 7am till 9pm. Come along and see our exhibition on both Comrie and Cultybraggan Camp through the ages up to the present day as well as how the old guard hut was environmentally refurbished. To help you look around the rest of the Camp there is a ‘Self Guide’ leaflet which takes you on a tour past the Chapel, Officers Mess, Guard Block, Comrie Allotments, the Nuclear Bunker and through the last remaining almost intact part of the camp - Compound D. Guided Heritage Tours - We’re now really getting geared up for the start of our First Sunday of the Month Guided Heritage Tours at the Camp which starts on Sunday 7th of May from 11am till 4pm with last tour at 3pm. Only £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and under 16’s absolutely free. Tea and biscuits available too. Perhaps your group would like a guided tour of the Camp out with our Guided Tour Days. Please call or email for more information or to book, see contact details below. Talks on Cultybraggan Camp - If your group would like a talk on Cultybraggan Camp ‘from WW2 to the present day’, we’d be delighted to arrange for one of our volunteers to come to you or you could come to us. For more information please contact us - details below. Would you like to be a Tour Guide or Meet and Greeter? - Learn something new, meet new people, be part of a really friendly group and even get a chance to become an official rated tour guide - we would love to hear from you. WW1 in Perthshire 100th Anniversary of the Nissen Hut - Great and exciting plans a foot to commemorate this special event with the attempt to beat the world record of erecting a Nissen hut in summer 2017. For more information, contact Victoria Cross - On Monday 5th June the village of Comrie will be presented with a commemorative paving stone in remembrance of Comrie’s son, John Manson Craig VC. John Craig was twenty-one years old, and a second lieutenant in the 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, British Army, attached to 1/5th Battalion during the First World War. On 5th June 1917 in Egypt, an advanced post having been rushed by the enemy, Second Lieutenant Craig immediately organised a rescue party and after tracking the enemy back to his trenches, set his party to work removing the dead and wounded under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. An NCO was wounded and a medical officer who went to his aid was also wounded. Second Lieutenant Craig went out at once and got the NCO under cover, but while taking the medical officer to shelter was himself wounded. Nevertheless, the rescue was effected, and he then scooped cover for the wounded, thus saving their lives. The Jellicoe Express - In 1917 a dedicated railway service was established linking the Admiralty in London to the Naval Base in Scappa Flow, Orkney, named the Jellicoe Express after the Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe. The train ran daily from London to Thurso in both world wars carrying personnel around up and down the country. To commemorate the centenary, the Jellicoe Express will be departing in May 2017 from Euston Station, London and will be stopping in Perth before heading up north! Hands on History Workshops - Peter Scally is a leading expert on military history with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the homefront and frontline experiences of those caught up in war. Workshops can be offered covering the First World War, Second World War and Napoleonic period. Peter will deliver the ‘Hands on History’ workshop with an interactive living history exhibition for students lasting approximately one hour and members of the Comrie Heritage Group will take students (weather permitting) on a tour of the camp. The whole visit offers schools a lively and exciting romp through history that students will never forget and complements the Curriculum for Excellence to support learning and hone responsible citizenship. This unique opportunity to visit a Second World War site in situ is not to be missed. If you are in78

volved in Primary education and interested in our workshops, please contact us for more information - details below. Would You Like to Help Comrie Heritage Group? - If you think you would like to volunteer in any way (from archiving to making tea or from WW1& 2 research to painting Nissen huts) or are interested in joining our very exciting group whose aim is to preserve the heritage of both Comrie and Cultybraggan Camp or if you have any stories of Comrie and Cultybraggan Camp that you would like to share we’d love to hear from you. Comrie Development Trust - Are also looking for volunteers to help, from office work to helping with events, from camp management to planting trees on the hill ground - for as little or as much time as you can spare. If you’re interested or would like to find out more about what the CDT does please contact the CDT number below. Contact Details - Please just call us via CDT office, now at Hut 3&4 Cultybraggan Camp, on 01764 670769 or Fiona Davidson on 01764 670391. Our email address is You can also go to the Cultybraggan Facebook page where we announce events, post photographs and keep our friends up to date.

Bake Your Own Way To That Authentic Scottish Taste - Keep it Scottish and

keep it authentic with a Bakery Skills Class at Campbell’s award winning bakery in Crieff - a 7th generation bakery which knows all there is to know about creating the crustiest bread, the most meltingly delicious golden pastry and the fluffiest cakes, pancakes and scones! A class at Campbell’s Bake School will enable you to recreate those tempting treats from your childhood that your mum or granny used to make. Tuition is in small groups of no more than five participants with award winning baker Iain Campbell at the helm to pass on the hints and expert tips needed to ensure success. Classes cost £80 per person and are held two Saturdays every month from 2pm - 5.30pm at the Crieff Bakery in King Street. Included in the price are all tuition, ingredients, recipe cards and a handy jute bag in which to carry home your creations. Call 01764 652114 to book or go online at Easter Baking - 8th April. Impress everyone you know with your very own handmade Hot Cross buns, Simnel Cake Slices and Iced Easter Biscuits. 22nd April - Introduction to Scottish Baking - repeat 6th May - Introduction to Bread Making - repeat. 20th May - Introduction to Pastry. In this informative yet informal class you will learn how to Scottish Magazine Awards 2016 make and use the following different types of Scot Active, Producer of The Quair Magazines pastry: *laminated, yeasted dough used to creShortlisted for producing The Scottish Magazine ate Danish and Chelsea Buns *crisp and flaky of the Year 2016 in the Small Publishing Company sweet shortcrust and savoury shortcrust used Category run by the Professional Publishers for tarts and quiche *light and airy puff pastry Association (PPA) Scotland. used to make turnovers 10th June - Summer Berry Favourites. In this informative but informal class you will learn to make and take away Strawberry Tarts, Flan and berry cheesecake. 17th June - The Scotch Pie Shell and the endless ways to fill it. In this informative and fun class you will first learn how to make a tradiPicture courtesy of tional Scotch pie shell, and then have fun with National Museums all your options from there. Gift vouchers are Scotland also available. 79 Small Publishing

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Remake Awarded £18,000 To Run Year 2 Of Remake Challenge Champions

Remake has recently been awarded £13,000 by the Robertson Trust & Gannochy Trust to run a second year of the free Remake Challenge Champions programme for children and young adults in the Strathearn area and Western Perthshire.��������������������������������������������������������� Remake Challenge Champions is a ten week creative, environmental and educational programme for children and young adults, sharing creative projects using domestic waste everyday objects in new ways. Remake was also very kindly awarded £5,000 last year by the Robertson Trust towards a very large chunk of the new Remake van to enable delivery of creative sessions and pickup of donations. Other donors were SSE, Perth & Kinross Council, JTH Charitable Trust, WM Mann Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation and a few generous individuals. The Remake Board of Trustees are delighted by the success of year 1 in which Remake delivered free creative sessions for eighteen community groups, charities, groups and organisations (with groups ranging from Perth Autism Support, St Dominic’s Primary School, Crieff High School, Kids Week in Crieff, Muthill Gala and Braco Ardoch Youth) with 1,483 total beneficiaries - 67% under 12 and 80% under 18. Remake Scotland is a creative recycle, re-use and education charity run by a committee of volunteer Trustees and set up to benefit children and young adults. Remake runs a number of projects including a volunteer programme, scrapstore, paid work experience placement programme for young adults, creative education, and developing local partnerships and community support projects. Remake works with over forty volunteers from a variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds and we have a particular focus on promoting intergenerational community building and skills sharing. Kids Creative Drop-in - Come to Remake for a fun family crafting session run by volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pay by donation on the day. Saturday Sessions from 10am - 11am. 2017 dates - 1st April, 6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December. Friday Holiday Craft Days from 10am - 2pm. 2017 dates - 14th April (Easter/spring theme), 13th October (Halloween/autumn theme). Opening times are Wednesday 10am - 2pm, Thursday 4pm - 8pm, Friday 10am - 2pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Contact us for more information on 01764 655733 or email or drop in to see us at Unit 2, Crieff Visitor Centre, Muthill Road, Crieff PH7 4HQ.

Crieff in Leaf Association - Spring is just around the corner and we have had our first work

party out and about already, concentrating on the area around James Square. We’ve extended the willow arch at Bridgend Garden and the trees along the river bank have been cut back giving a much clearer view of the bridge and the hills in the background, still with a slight covering of snow. Won’t be long now until our plug plants arrive, and the big effort involved in bringing on the plants ready for the coffee morning and planting out late spring. We can be contacted at Our next coffee morning will be on Saturday 27th May 10am till 11.30am in St Andrews Hall Admission £2.

Comrie Sing-a-long - Comrie Sing-a-long invite you to our 5th birthday party on Wednesday

19th April. We meet in Comrie Parish Church starting at 2pm and we would love to see you there. We sing for an hour...and don’t worry if you ‘can’t sing’ come and join us anyway. At around 3pm we have afternoon tea with lots of home made ‘goodies’. We would love to see you there. For further information ring Mairi 01764 670570 or Jim 01764 679180.

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Crieff Trefoil Guild Syllabus 2017 24th April AGM Followed by Sugar Craft Heather Hallum 29th April Scottish AGM 2pm Dundee Venue to be announced 17th May P&K County T.G. AGM 2pm Blairgowrie, St Catherine’s Community Centre 22nd May Summer Outing The Trefoil Guild is open to anyone over the age of eighteen with an interest in Girlguiding. Meetings are held in St Columba’s Church, Perth Rd. Crieff on the fourth Monday of the month at 2.30pm.

The Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society - The Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society meet every Monday evening in the Royal School of Dunkeld between 7.30pm-9.30pm. We are a friendly and enthusiastic group, of all levels of ability, learning and playing Scottish Music. For more information, please see

Heartland Healing Rooms

19th April - Aberfeldy Town Hall - 4.30pm - 6pm 26th April - The Tryst, Pitlochry - 2pm - 3.30pm A Healing Room is simply a private place where people can come to receive prayer for any physical, emotional or spiritual condition. We are happy to simply pray for blessing on your life. When someone visits they can expect to receive a warm and loving welcome in the reception area and will then be invited into a private room where they will receive prayer from a team of two or three trained Christian volunteers. Everything is held in the strictest confidence. It does not matter whether you have a strong faith, no faith or even another faith. You will be made most welcome. No appointment is necessary as you will be seen on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge. Isabelle Macdonald, 07768 492803. Inner Link Club of Comrie - Our group meets in the W. R. I. Hall, Nurse’s Lane, on Monday mornings, fortnightly, from 10.30am over the winter months. We provide these meetings for ladies in the neighbourhood who wish to extend their social contacts and keep the grey cells working, through a variety of informative and entertaining speakers. Coffee and chat are also provided. For further information please contact: - Helen Rae 670073 or Hilda Bain 671117.

Humanos Aid International, Collectables Wanted

- Do you have any collectables, for example, stamps, coins, diecast toys, model railway (runners / non runners or collectables) you have no longer use for? Our charity has a group of volunteers who are willing to accept your unwanted items. In house specialist for model railway repairs, two stamp experts, two diecast model specialists, a 35mm vintage camera expert and fountain pen repairer are all at hand. Your donation small or large, would be very highly appreciated, and help our charity generate the much needed funds for local and overseas community projects. If you are not able to deliver your unwanted items, we can arrange collection for you. We are just a phone call away. Humanos Aid International, No. 3 Bridgend, Aberfeldy PH15 2DF, Tel 01887 829445 www.humanos. email: Registered charity in Scotland SC042807 serving local and overseas community project. Our charity shop is interactive on Google earth, so you can have a wee browse online.

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Seminar Double Bill: The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit and The Role of the Charity Chair

Accredited Specialist in Charity Law, Colin Liddell, and Charity Law Solicitor, Sarah Rennie, will be hosting their Annual Seminar for Charity Trustees and Charity Managers at The Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th April. Places are £10 per person for either or both sessions and all proceeds will be donated to this year’s nominated charity PKVAS, Scottish Charity Number SC005561. The evening will be split into two sessions: The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit - In the first session, from 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Colin and Sarah will cover a variety of topics including the process for Trustee selection, Risk Management together with recent changes and current issues. The Role of the Charity Chair - In the second session, from 8pm - 9pm, Colin will cover a subject which is relevant to all Trustees and not just Chairs, or Vice-Chairs, in order to understand the Chair’s role and challenges. There will of course also be the usual Q & A session after each session and a short refreshment break in between. It is a case of ‘the more the merrier’ at our Annual Charity Seminar, where we recommend that as many Trustees of a charity try to attend the Seminar together, so that they can speak about it together afterwards. If you would like to attend, please contact to request a Booking Form. There are a limited number of spaces and bookings will be dealt with on a first-paid, first-served basis. For more information about J. & H. Mitchell W.S. and the other services that we provide, please visit us at

Crieff Probus Club

- At the meeting of the Club on 7th March, the President introduced the speaker Kenny Innes of the Butterfly Trust, a voluntary organisation which supports and empowers sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland. Kenny, now based in Falkirk, has been involved in the voluntary sector for over fourteen years both in the USA and UK. He gave a comprehensive overview of this inherited condition noting that 1:25 in the UK are symptomless carriers. His message was one of hope despite effects on the lungs with excessive mucus production, digestive disorders and a compromised immune system. Preventive treatment has radically improved the quality of life of sufferers with active physiotherapy implemented from birth. This is time consuming and may be several times each day and at night on occasion. The avoidance of infection is paramount and long term antibiotics are used with the dose increasing, both orally and by intravenous infusion, as required. Inhalation technique, dietary supplements and ready access to one of four specialist clinics in Scotland are all essential elements of management. Ongoing care places a huge burden on parents and support for them is vital in the early years. Sufferers often feel isolated and the Trust work to help them achieve their full potential in society. They also enable the provision of best home care, alleviate financial hardship and provide a support worker when required. They represent clients at Tribunal hearings and open doors to many community support services. Most young sufferers are disciplined and well informed and the Trust often provides an adult mentoring service for them as they reach independence. The speaker referred to two cases where one had fulfilled her ambition to own her own business another was in higher education after a lung transplant. This was a speaker very much on top of his subject - well informed and enthusiastic. He answered a number of questions and in his vote of thanks Iain Maclean referred to the talk as a ‘master class’ and it was all of that. Kenny Innes is a brilliant ambassador for this charity.

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Perth and Kinross Year of Archaeology 2017 - Over the

last decade, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has delivered its annual Archaeology Month, an exciting celebration of our past through a programme of guided walks, talks, historically themed fairs, archaeological field surveys and excavations. Beginning as Archaeology Week in 2003, this wellestablished annual feature has showcased the outstanding historic environment of Perth and Kinross and is a popular feature in the county’s events calendar. Officially declared as the Scottish theme year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, 2017 is set to be a big year for cultural heritage in Scotland and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is rising to the occasion with an extra special programme of over events. Thanks to the continued generous support of the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Archaeology Year promises to be a vibrant, engaging and informative feature of 2017 with not just one event-packed month but seven. The programme contains more than 100 events and will span from the beginning of April to the end of October with an official launch event on the 22nd April. The launch will be an exciting sunset ceremony beginning with a torch-lit procession through the atmospherically lit woodland of Moncreiffe hill up to the hillfort of Moredun top where the sound of a prehistoric horn will echo once more across the ramparts and a prehistoric world will be reconstructed through immersive hilltop virtual reality. The wider events programme will offer new guided walks to some of the county’s lesser-explored archaeological sites as well as reviving old favourites such as tours of the Roman Gask Ridge sites and trips to many of the hillforts that crown Perthshire’s hilltops. There will be lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty and experience the past at the trowel’s edge with four excavations to sign-up and take part in. The first will be Tay Landscape Partnership’s month-long dig (25th April to 20th May) on Moredun Top. The sixth and final season of excavations on the Pictish longhouses at Lair, Glenshee will be running for two weeks in June (6th -17th June) and then there are two more hillfort digs in late June-July (Abernethy) and September (Dunkeld) to join in with or visit. Navigation courses using archaeological sites, workshops and demonstrations in archaeological survey, and a Medieval Fair in Perth city centre will be taking place. Doors Open Days is not to be forgotten which will return in September, this time across three consecutive weekends instead of one Kinross-shire & Strathearn: 2nd -3rd September, Highland and Eastern Perthshire: 9th - 10th September, Perth City: 16th - 17th September. Events run by local historical societies and heritage organisations such as Culture Perth and Kinross and Historic Environment Scotland will also be included making the programme a one-stop-shop for heritage happenings in Perth and Kinross between April and October. Eastern Perthshire will feature prominently with walks and talks delivered as part of the Cateran’s Common Wealth, and Highland Perthshire will be an equally vibrant place to be with exciting monthly events at the Scottish Crannog Centre to mark their 20th anniversary - these are definitely not to be missed! The printed programme is available from libraries, museums, Visit Scotland Information Centres and leaflet stands across Perth and Kinross and a digital programme with calendar and links to online booking systems can be found at Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust’s website For the latest updates why not Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter (@PKHeritageTrust). There are lots of ways to explore Perthshire’s past in 2017 so get stuck in and discover!

Twenty Years of the Scottish Crannog Centre - We are absolutely delighted to be

opening the doors to the Scottish Crannog Centre on 1st April for the twentieth year! During those twenty years, the Centre has become an award-winning, internationally acclaimed centre focusing on life on the loch 2,500 years ago. The reconstruction of the Crannog was originally carried out as an archaeological experiment to find out exactly how these amazing structures were built. Shortly afterwards it was decided to open it up to the public so everyone can marvel at the astounding achievements of our ancient ancestors - since 88

then the Centre has gone from strength to strength and continues to educate and entertain visitors from all over the world. To help celebrate this special year, we have an exciting line-up of unique, interactive events commencing with the Easter Egg-stravaganza on Easter Sunday 16th April. Join the team for tasters of pancakes and many other Iron-Age inspired nibbles. Doors open at 10am with the event starting at 10.30am. Don’t miss out on Easter with an Iron Age twist! Each of our 2017 events is inspired by at least one ‘Artefact of the Month’ discovered in our underwater excavations of a 2,500 year old loch dwelling in Loch Tay. In April we celebrate the finds of an ancient wooden butter dish that still contained butter-fat residue and spelt wheat grains that make delicious bread and pancakes. Prior to our discoveries, it was thought that the Romans introduced spelt wheat to Scotland but since they arrived some 500 years later, the native farmers and crannogdwellers take the credit! Look out for details of more exciting events, including midsummer music and an Iron Age Artisan Village in August! The Centre is open daily from 1st April to 31st October, 10am - 5.30pm. Details of all special events can be found at

Crieff Remembers - Festivals Crieff, the promoters of Crieff Remembers, are hard at work on

all aspects of this exciting and varied programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele. Dates for your diary: Saturday 22nd July - Saturday 12th August. The Diaspora Tapestry. All 305 panels of this hugely important community art project will be displayed in Morrison’s Academy Games Hall. Open daily, including Sundays, 11am to 4pm. Wednesday 19th July, talk by Andrew Crummy, artist designer of the Tapestry. Innerpeffray Schoolroom, 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £5 for FOIL members, £7 for guests. Sunday 30th July. Military Parade and Drumhead Service. Led by the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and incorporating Legion Scotland’s official commemoration of Passchendaele at national level. A spectacular and stirring tribute to men and women of the Armed Forces, past and present. Parade route: East High Street, High Street, James Square, King Street, The Market Park. Approx. times: 10am to 12 noon. Collection for Poppy Scotland. Sunday 30th July. Legion Scotland Community Event. An afternoon of activities for all the family, commencing immediately after the official ceremonies in The Market Park. Displays, games, competitions, concluding in a Retreat Parade. Approx. times 12 noon to 3.30pm. Monday 31st July to Saturday 12th August. Crieff Remembers Exhibition. Unique collection of First World War memorabilia - diaries, letters, photographs, medals, weapons, trench art - all either relating to men and women of Strathearn one hundred years ago or drawn from local family-held archives. Open daily, including Sundays, 11am to 4pm, Strathearn Artspace. Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 9th August. ‘One Woman’s War - Aunt Nell’s Story’. A dramatic collage drawn from the amazing archive left by Ellen Anderson, a VAD nurse from 1915 to 1919. Crieff Drama Group. Strathearn Artspace 7pm. Donations for Poppy Scotland. Saturday 5th August. Concert performance of The Pirates of Penzance. Perth City Opera Group recreate the charity performance of this well-loved operetta given by Crieff Amateur Operatic Society in 1917. Academy Hall 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Friday 11th August. ‘Echoes of War’. An evening of talks on various aspects of the First World War, including an account of the battle. Strathearn Artspace 7pm. Saturday 12th August. Grand Finale Concert. Songs and music of the First World War. Strathearn Artspace, 7.30pm. Tickets £10. July-August. Special exhibition at Innerpeffray Library. Library open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 12.45pm, 2pm to 4.45pm. Sunday 2pm to 4pm. 89

Key Business from Crieff Community Council Meeting - 6th March

Road Safety Audits - Walk-around audits of many of Crieff’s most awkward streets to navigate as a pedestrian have been undertaken in the past two months in partnership with road safety organisation Living Streets. These audits identified many hazards including the narrow and patchy footpaths along our high street; the difficulty in crossing the busy road at all parts of East High Street; the dangers for pedestrians crossing at Gallowhill; and many other trouble spots. Crieff CC has now written to Perth and Kinross Council and BEAR Scotland in support of pedestrian crossings at East High Street and Gallowhill, as well as between Pittenzie Road and Hebridean Gardens. We await the final reports by Living Streets and will share the findings when they arrive. Duchlage Court Sheltered Housing Crieff CC has had verbal confirmation that the road surfaces, dropped kerbing and parking bay lining will be improved by PKC as a priority as part of their budget increase for road safety works. Display Case - Community Councillor Craig Finlay has been working with Mrs Carol McGregor, mother of Ewan McGregor and sister of Denis Lawson, to include in our display in the library some interesting items belonging to these two well-known Crieff men. An interesting piece is a chalk artwork by a ten-year old Ewan McGregor depicting a diagram of a spaceship - quite fitting for someone who would go on to have a starring role in movie franchise Star Wars! The display contains a mix of many other items from Strathearn’s heritage and it’s well worth a visit. Phone Box Adoption - CC Christine Steinka is working to bring about the adoption of two declassified BT phone boxes to change them into use as community notice boards and, eventually, defibrillator storage facilities. These phone boxes are currently located at Gallowhill and Broich Terrace. Financial Provision for Community Meetings - Crieff CC have applied for a sum of money through Strathearn Community Planning Partnership to provide provision for those members of the public wishing to attend community meetings, but who have to rely on taxis to get to the venue, or babysitters etc, and, thus, costing money. We are hoping to have a fund in place soon to provide the opportunity for everyone in the community to take part in the shaping of their town. Volunteer Recognition - CC D’Auvergne is working on a project designed to recognise the hard work of volunteers in the area. More on this in the coming weeks. The next meeting of Crieff Community Council will be Monday 3rd April at 7.30pm in Strathearn Community Campus. Anybody wishing to get in touch can call 07709 347044, or email

Strathearn Arts Society - After more than forty years, the Society was - with some reluc-

tance - recently wound up. There were two main reasons for this step. It became increasingly difficult to attract new members - far less finding members able or willing to take office. As a result, there was a lack of younger people in the Society. Also, the annual summer exhibition, which was always a focal point for members, saw a gradual reduction in attendances and a consequent reduction in sales. Sadly, sales at last summer exhibition were practically non-existent even although the work had not dropped in quality. Possibly, uncertainty over the broader financial outlook may have contributed. The Committee called a meeting of the younger and active members to seek their views on the Society’s future. As one, they were in favour of winding up and this was acted upon. At the final meeting, Trustees were elected to obtain suggestions for dispersal of the remaining funds and to select suitable recipients. This has now been dealt with and the donations are:- Strathearn Artspace, £200; Crieff Summer Arts Festival, £100; Remake, Crieff, £100; Strathearn Art for Experience (S.A.F.E.) , £50 (total- £450 ).

Fowlis Wester Village Hall - Saturday 20th May Legendary Annual Plant Sale at Fowlis

Wester from 10am. By popular demand the complete roadshow of annual and perennial plants grown by locals for locals is once again happening at the village hall. Doors open at 10am for plants, tea and cakes, bake sale, bric a brac and bonhomie. Parking is in the adjacent car park and wheel chair access is throughout. Your garden and your vegetable patch will be the better for your visit. Proceeds this year to the maintenance of the village hall. Many thanks to our patrons in 2016; our defibrillator has been paid for from the proceeds last year. 90

Strathearn Library Strathearn Film and Book Club - The April film on Wednesday 19th April at 7pm will be Our Kind of Traitor. Based on the novel by John le Carre and starring Ewen MacGregor, a couple find themselves lured into a Russian gangster’s plan to defect: caught between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service - who should they trust? Following the showing you are invited to join library staff in a short discussion comparing the film to the book. Tickets cost £3.50 and are available in advance from Strathearn Campus Reception, telephone 01764 657700 or email Meet the Author - Children’s author Pauline Tait will be at Strathearn Community Library on Tuesday 4th April reading from her book The Fairy in the Kettle. Come on a magical journey to the heart of Bramble Glen and meet Leona and her friends. There will be activities and fairy crafts in the library after the reading. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years, this is a free event but booking is essential, to reserve a space contact the Library on 01764 657705 or email Ancestry Sessions - There will be no ancestry sessions in April but we hope to resume sessions in October 2017. In the meantime library computers are available to search genealogy web sites. Technology Drop-in Sessions - These sessions are held every Wednesday morning, 10am to 12 noon. IT tutors will be on hand to help with any basic technology questions you may have. ICT Room1 within the library. No need to book!  Bookbug Sessions at Strathearn Community Library - Run from 10am - 10.30am every Friday morning for babies, toddlers and their families and carers. Storytime is every Wednesday from 2.15pm - 2.45pm and is suitable for children aged 5 years and under. Comrie Library - As part of Platform, the Festival of Perthshire Creativity, Comrie library will host a multi -media exhibition of the work of Helen McRorie from the 25th March to 1st April. On Saturday 1st April, Helen McRorie will be in Comrie library for an interesting discussion on the themes of memory and forgetting from her multi media work. A video and mixed-media exhibition on remembering and forgetting. Inspired by moving stories of the loss of family albums in local floods, the artist is exploring concerns about personal and local archives in the digital age. How do we preserve our most precious memories and what is really worth keeping? Come and join in the research phase of this new moving-image work. Please see the events page on for more details on the Platform Festival. Comrie Community Library Bookbug Sessions - On Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 19th of April from 10.30am - 11am. This is a free story, song and rhyme session for babies, toddlers and their families and carers. Call Comrie Library on 01764 670273 or email or Strathearn Library on 01764 657705 or email for further information.

Drop-in Bereavement Support at Crieff Community Hospital

- The Bereavement Group was formed with one aim - to allow people coping with the loss of a loved one to meet together to talk about their feelings with others, and in sharing, to hopefully gain support from knowing they are not alone in a time of great sadness and uncertainty. First Wednesday of each month between 6.30pm and 8pm for more information contact Liz on 01764 685383. (Cruse affiliated)

Elizabeth Smith MSP Conservative - Mid Scotland & Fife As always I can be contacted at The Control Tower, Perth Airport, Scone, Perth PH2 6PL tel:  01738 553990  or email:  Elizabeth.Smith.  91

Aquila Ecology Isle of Islay Tour, 19th-23rd February 2017 - The isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides and is often referred to as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. Once home to the Lords of the Isles, it is now home to a wide array of wildlife. During our stay the weather was pretty wild and wet, with storm Doris passing over the island, but nevertheless it was another fantastic trip with a good number of species sighted. Islay is a major wintering destination for great flocks of Barnacle and White-fronted geese who come all the way from their breeding grounds in Greenland. During the trip, geese in their thousands were encountered in the fields all around the island. A small number of Brent geese from Iceland were also spotted on the beaches near Black Rock. Along the coast a number of seabirds and wildfowl were observed, these included: Black guillemot, Red- and Black-throated divers, Great northern diver, Common scoter, Long-tailed duck, Shelduck, Teal, Pintail and Wigeon. Seals (both Grey and Common) were spotted at Port Ellen and Portnahaven, with some of them observing us having our lunch! At Loch Gruinart, an RSPB nature reserve and working farm, hundreds upon hundreds of Barnacle geese came in to roost in the area in the evening. Islay is one of the few places in Scotland where one can see Choughs and we had spectacular and close-up views of these birds going to roost at Ardnave. Raptors are another highlight when visiting the island. The raptor species present include White-tailed and Golden eagle, Hen harrier, Common buzzard, Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, and occasional Kestrels along with numerous Ravens which are often referred to as honorary raptors. Whilst on the island we were lucky to see up to five Golden eagles, one displaying right in front of us! We had spectacular views of Hen harriers, which included a beautiful male gliding over the moorland in front of the lodge during breakfast, what a sighting! A number of mammals were also sighted; good numbers of Brown hares were encountered every day in fields beside the road, Roe deer and Red deer were seen on the hills, a large group of Feral goats were seen on The Oa and an Otter was spotted at Bunnahabhain, swimming, fishing and feeding on a crab. It was a breath-taking sight. It was a fantastic four day trip, with unusual and close sightings along with the impressive scenery around the island and neighbouring Jura. Join us in 2018 for our next trip. You can see our advert, and full details, on page 37. Bluebell PND Coffee Morning - Our Bluebell Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday 29th April in St.Andrew’s Halls, Strathearn Terrace, Crieff from 10am - 11.30am. There will be the usual stalls including baking, bric-a-brac, jewellery and a raffle. All proceeds will go towards supporting families where there is experience of Perinatal Depression. Everyone will be made most welcome. Entry £2. Children free. Anyone wishing to make donations of items can also drop them off on Friday evening between 7pm and 8pm. GrowBiz - Enterprising Rural Perthshire

- GrowBiz provides a communitybased enterprise support service in rural Perthshire. Until recently, it worked mainly in the Eastern and Highland areas. Now, in partnership with Business Gateway, Perthshire Chamber and PKAVS, and with funding support from LEADER*, the service is available across Perthshire. The ‘Enterprising Rural Perthshire’ programme provides support to anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or starting (or growing) a small business or social enterprise. This is regardless of your age or experience - in fact, it works right across the community to include people from all backgrounds and sectors. Services are free and confidential, and include 1-1 meetings, peer support, learning sessions, mentoring, training and networking opportunities. For details of these, and to book your place, go to the GrowBiz website: You can also join the GrowBiz mailing list to stay up to date with news and events.*The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER provides funding and support for community and enterprise projects in rural Perthshire. More information at: 92

KEIR JOINERY LTD We undertake all types of joinery. We also design and create bespoke woodwork  in our local workshop. To find out more please visit our website - 01786 880 321 - 07493 887 560

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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP Ochil & South Perthshire - SNP

I regular hold surgeries by appointment throughout the constituency. Please drop me a line at or call my office on 01259 726661 if you would like an appointment or if there is every anything I can do to help.

Pilates on Tay Workshop - Living with chronic back pain is no joke. Invisible pain, and in

particular back pain, is a growing issue for our increasingly sedentary society, with one in ten of us suffering daily. Spending long periods sitting, or hunched over devices, only compounds the problem, whilst for many sufferers movement and exercise seem out of the question, sending you spinning down another spiral of pain and fitful resting. Chronic back pain takes its toll on your mental health, too: it’s worryingly common for sufferers to feel fear, frustration, and anger, or have depression and anxiety because of ongoing pain. (If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Speak to your doctor, or seek support from family and friends.) You might feel powerless to do anything about your pain, having exhausted medical diagnostics or resorted to heavy-duty pain management, but myriad studies agree that keeping active can make the world of difference. Daily activity and specific physical exercises can help relieve pain and stretch off overwound back, hip, and leg muscles, leading to dramatic, long-term improvement. Having back pain can make even the most basic movement difficult, and often exercising - even walking - is the last thing you want to think about. Mindful movements and Pilates are a wonderful, low-impact solution for back pain sufferers. Indeed, a recent NICE review published in The Times concluded that low-impact exercise and psychological therapy were the only effective treatments for back pain, with anti-inflammatories and acupuncture providing little more relief than a placebo. Moving more, and moving mindfully, might just hold the key to a life without pain. Pilates on Tay’s newest half-day workshop focuses entirely on back pain, working through floor-based movements that have been shown to consistently provide relief for sufferers. If you’d like to attend on Sunday 30th April, from 2pm, call Christine on 07786 980068, or visit for more information.

Councillor Ann Cowan

Conservative - Strathearn Ward I have been a Councillor for fourteen years, and as I am not putting my name forward for the Council election on 4th May, will retire on that date. When I was first elected in 2003, ward sizes were much smaller, and for four years I represented ‘Crieff South’ which was just a third of the size of the current Ward 6 Strathearn. I would like to take this opportunity to say a grateful thank you to all of you who have supported me over the years since 2003.  Representing you on the Council has been a great privilege and pleasure.  I wish the area and everyone living here good luck, good fortune and a bright future. Thank you very much, and Goodbye. Omega - Friendship, fun, tea, toast, prayer, bible study, party nights and welly week. 10 - 15 year olds, 7.30pm - 9.00pm term time on Fridays at St Columba’s, Crieff.

Councillor Rhona Brock - Ind - Strathearn Ward

If you would like to discuss anything with me or contact me I can be contacted on - Rhona Brock, 14 Burrell Street, Crieff PH7 4DT Telephone 01738 475091 Mobile 07881 500470, email rbrock@ or you can write to me directly at Perth & Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH 94

Spring 2017 Classes Crieff Learning Centre Digital Photography Introduction Digital Photography Intermediate Digital Photography

Wed 26 Apr Wed 26 Apr

4-6pm 6.30-8.30pm

10 weeks 8 weeks

£75 £60

Creating an Online Photobook

Wed 26 Apr


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French Improvers French Advanced Conversation

Mon 10 Apr Mon 10 Apr

12.15-2.15pm 9.30-11.30am

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Spanish Beginners Term 3 Spanish Beginners Term 3 Spanish Intermediate Spanish Advanced

Mon 24 Apr Mon 24 Apr Mon 24 Apr Mon 24 Apr

2.30-4.30pm 5-7pm 10am-noon 7-9pm

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Italian Improvers/Intermediate

Wed 26 Apr


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Everyday Basic German German Intermediate

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Upholstery 1 Upholstery 2

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10am-1pm 1.30-3.30pm

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£150 £100

Stained Glass Intermediate

Mon 10 Apr


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Patchwork and Quilting

Thu 20 Apr


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Crieff Rotary Club - Youth Project Initiative: A talk by Julie Petrie and pupils at Crieff High

School (Yanns: 7/3/2107) YPI was founded in 2002 in Canada by the Toscan Casale Foundation who were the original creators of MAC Cosmetics. When the company was sold to Estée Lauder, in early 2000, Julie Tosacn Casale, decided to use the money to create a foundation where values-driven decisions were made to engage and empower young people to stand up for some of the most vulnerable members in communities. YPI’s model began as a humble yet elegant idea of empowering young people to support local issues and determine where support monies could be spent in their own communities. Although based primarily in Canada, the ideas gained credence in Scotland and Northern Ireland where financial support from the Wood Foundation enabled ten schools, in Perth and Kinross alone, to develop empathetic support programmes for the homeless (where records show there were 800 in P&K last year). As we live our comfortable lives in a beautiful part of Scotland, it is perhaps difficult to fully understand the debilitating effects of homelessness and it was thus, most inspirational, that the pupils of Crieff High School decided to act out, for us, a little vignette to show what true desolation and depression is caused by living on the streets. Truly evocative. Well done to Hamish, Fraser, Ken and Nathan and of course their teacher, Julie. Vote of thanks by Ian Wilcock

Crieff & District Flower Club - Crieff & District Flower Club will be holding their Tuesday 18th April meeting in the Crieff Hydro Hotel at 2pm when Marilyn Bevan from Helensburgh, SAFAS`s first Vice-Chairman, will be demonstrating to the Club with her theme, ‘Spring a-ling-aDing Dong!’ We welcome guests and visitors to the meeting, where there is a small charge. Coffee/tea will be available at the end of the meeting and the usual chat! We look forward to seeing you. 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 9.30am - 11.30am (for babies up to 9 months), Crieff Medical Centre, King Street, and Monday mornings 9am - 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 10am - 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. 96


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PKAVS Carers Respite Day Services Are you an unpaid carer in need of a break?

Who may attend?

Anyone over the age of 18 that does not require complex personal care. Our trained and friendly staff will carry out an assessment before the first visit to ensure the needs of the cared for and equally the carer are fully understood and met. If you are caring for someone with complex needs or are looking for services available for those under 18 years of age we urge you to get in touch to discuss this with our staff.

When are you open?

Mon to Fri, 09:00 - 15:00, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth Tues, Wed & Fri, 09:00 - 15:00, Rattray Community Hall, Balmoral Road, Blairgowrie. You can come for 1 day… or all 5! The flexibility is there to help you. Emergency respite care available if 48 hours’ notice given.

Is there a cost?

To make a referral or for more information please contact: Laura McKenzie or Linda McGougan on 01738 567076 or email

Yes. We charge £25 per day.

What can I expect?

• 5 hours at the Day Club • 3 course lunch & refreshments • Organised activities such as games, quizzes, gentle exercise techniques, crafts and much more!

Do you offer transport?

Yes. However this is limited by the area we can cover and spaces in our buses. Please get in touch to discuss your own requirements. Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service Ltd (PKAVS) is a registered Scottish Charity (SC 005561) and a company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland (86065)


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Gatehouse Nursery Closed for the Winter Spring Bedding Plants Seed Potatoes & Onion Sets


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