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March 2020 - Edition 86

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Front Cover - This month’s cover is a

lovely photograph of Bobbin Mill, Pitlochry courtesy of Jean Galloway. We usually use photos from our own stock, however if you think you have something suitable (local and seasonal) you would like us to consider for the front cover of The Quair then please feel free to send it to us at breadalbane@thequair.com stating your name and providing a short narrative about the photo. Please note that by sending your photo you are also agreeing to let us use this for any Quair activity.

The Atholl Quair email: atholl@thequair.com website: www.thequair.scot Hello spring! Vernal Equinox begins on Friday, 20 March vernal meaning - “appropriate to springâ€? and equinox meaning “equal nightâ€?. British Summer Time begins on Sunday, 29 March. From then the sun will set after 7.49 pm allowing far more time to enjoy our beautiful outdoors after a day at work. Remember to “spring forwardâ€? when you go to bed on the Saturday, and that you will lose an hour of sleep. Mother’s Day, formally known as Mothering Sunday, which is on Sunday, 22 March this year, was originally celebrated in the 17th century. It falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was a date earmarked for visiting your mother church in your home town. It later became a date when daughters who were in domestic service would be given the day off in order to visit their mothers. In today’s world of Perthshire many opportunities present to inspire; locally sourced delicious foods to prepare at home and restaurants ready to serve up a mouth watering meals this Mothering Sunday Venues on the doorstep to entertain with a talk, concert or play. Beauticians ready to pamper, baristas ready to indulge, And local garden centres with colourful blooms and bulbs. :KDWHYHU\RXDUHGRLQJWKLV0DUYHOORXV0DUFKHQMR\WKHOLJKWĂ€OOHGGD\VDQGKDYHD great month!

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Toberargan Curling Club Toberargan Curling club is a small, friendly curling club based in Pitlochry but that also has members in Perth, Aberfeldy and Glasgow. The club plays at the Dewars Centre in Peth and has an annual outing to the Kinross Curling Rink. Although not of the standard of the Scottish silver and bronze medal winners in the recent ladies’ and men’s European Championships we play in the Atholl and Tummel Leagues! However, our main focus is on social curling. We have an outdoor curling rink which, weather permitting, we hope to be able to use this winter. New members, whether experienced, returners or beginners are welcome. For further information contact ibwatson22@icloud.com. Another way for beginners to get into curling is through the “Try Curling� sessions organised by Scottish Curling and held at the Dewars Centre.

The Atholl Quair is an open-access monthly magazine, with a print run of between 5500 and 5900, dependent on seasonal demand from visitors to the area. It is delivered FREE to all 4,850 addresses in the PH8, PH9, PH16, PH17 and PH18 postcode areas. Local voluntary groups and organisations may submit notices and articles, free of charge. All that we ask is that any article reaches us by email by WKHVSHFLĂ€HGFRS\GDWH, is factual, non-political and not likely to offend. For advertising and editorial information please contact Alistair Barr, Managing Editor, on 01887 829204 or see our website at www. thequair.scot. Copy Date for the next edition - The copy date for advertisers and organisations to submit an advertisement or article for the April 2020 edition is noon on Friday, 13 March. Magazines are distributed week commencing Monday, 30 March 2020. The Quair Magazines - Between The Atholl Quair and The Breadalbane Quair, we are delighted to deliver, by The Royal Mail, to every home and business in the whole of Highland Perthshire at the start of each month. We also produce The Crieff & Comrie Quair each month. Between the 3 magazines we have a print run of between 13,400 and 14,100 every month, dependent on seasonal demand, with around 11,650 copies being delivered directly to homes and businesses throughout Highland Perthshire and Strathearn. Although we are, and always will be, your monthly community magazine, we are also committed to making copies available for visitors to the area each month through our ten prime location, outdoor pick up dispensers which are located in Aberfeldy, .HQPRUH3LWORFKU\&ULHII DQG&RPULH7KLVKHOSVWRJLYHRXUYLVLWRUVDĂ DYRXURI WKH area and further supports our Advertisers and Event Organisers. 5


The Scottish Crannog Centre - The Scottish Crannog Centre

has now been open on winter hours for a month and will continue on these hours throughout March from 10 am until 4 pm until our Chocolate RIĂ€FLDORSHQLQJRQSunday, 29 March, when all of our interactive Tasting Club outdoor interpretation areas will be back up and running. Before then, we have our Mother’s Day event on Sunday, 22 March, when next session 18th March entry for mothers and grandmothers is free! No booking required, ÂœĂ›iVÂ…ÂœVÂœÂ?>ĂŒiÂś7>Â˜ĂŒĂŒÂœw˜`ÂœĂ•ĂŒÂ“ÂœĂ€i>LÂœĂ•ĂŒÂˆĂŒ>˜`iĂ?ÂŤÂ?ÂœĂ€i MXVWKHDGDORQJDWDPRUSPWRMRLQRQDWRXU2QRXURIĂ€FLDO ĂŒÂ…i>“>Ă˘ÂˆÂ˜}ĂœÂœĂ€Â?`ÂœvLi>˜ÂœĂ€Âˆ}ˆ˜]`>ÀŽ“ˆÂ?ÂŽĂƒ]ĂƒĂ•}>Ă€vĂ€iiĂƒ] opening day, the full museum and outdoor areas will be back open >ÂˆĂ€ĂŒĂ€>`i] ÂˆĂ€iVĂŒ/Ă€>`i]Â…ÂˆĂƒĂŒÂœĂ€Ăž]Li>˜ĂŒÂœL>Ă€Ăƒ]Ă€>Ăœ]Â˜ÂœĂŒĂƒÂœĂ€>ĂœÂś to the public after winter maintenance, with Iron Age interpreters onsite to demonstrate ancient technologies and techniques and ˜ÂœĂ•Ă€ĂƒiVœ˜`Ăži>Ă€]ĂœiLĂ€ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŒ>ĂƒĂŒiiĂ?ÂŤÂ?ÂœĂ€iĂ€ĂƒĂŒÂœ}iĂŒÂ…iĂ€ guided tours throughout the day. The 29th will also have musicians ĂŒÂœĂƒÂŤi˜`>}Â?ÂœĂ€ÂˆÂœĂ•ĂƒÂ…ÂœĂ•Ă€i>ĂŒÂˆÂ˜}VÂ…ÂœVÂœÂ?>ĂŒit Â…>Ă€Â?ÂœĂŒĂŒiÂ?ÂœĂœiĂ€ĂœÂˆÂ?Â?VĂ•Ă€>ĂŒi playing from the local area, plus pop-up curator sessions throughout >ĂƒiÂ?iVĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜Âœv`ˆvviĂ€iÂ˜ĂŒVÂ…ÂœVÂœÂ?>ĂŒiĂƒĂŒÂœĂŒĂ€Ăž>ĂŒi>VÂ…“iiĂŒÂˆÂ˜}] the day to give visitors a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. >˜`ĂŒÂ…iĂ€iĂœÂˆÂ?Â?LiÂœÂŤÂŤÂœĂ€ĂŒĂ•Â˜ÂˆĂŒÂˆiĂƒĂŒÂœLĂ•Ăžv>Ă›ÂœĂ•Ă€ÂˆĂŒiĂƒÂ° We’ll be holding events all throughout the year, from Celtic Spring 7iĂœÂˆÂ?Â?Â…>Ă›iĂŒĂœÂœÂźĂŒiĂ€Â“ĂƒÂ˝ÂœĂ›iĂ€ĂŒÂ…iĂži>ÀÆ in April to Samhain in October, as well as some special events in ˆ˜-ÂŤĂ€ÂˆÂ˜}ÂœĂ•Ă€`>ĂŒiĂƒ>Ă€iÂŁnĂŒÂ…>Ă€VÂ…]ÂŁxĂŒÂ…Ä?ÂŤĂ€ÂˆÂ?>˜`Ă“Ă¤ĂŒÂ…>Ăž] collaboration with local businesses and community groups. >˜`ˆ˜Ä?Ă•ĂŒĂ•Â“Â˜Ăœi“iiĂŒ>}>ˆ˜œ˜ÂŁĂˆĂŒÂ…-iÂŤ]Ă“ÂŁĂƒĂŒ"VĂŒ>˜`ÂŁnĂŒÂ… ÂœĂ›Â° As part of Visit Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, this summer /ˆVÂŽiĂŒĂƒ>Ă€i裊>“iiĂŒÂˆÂ˜}]ÂœĂ€Ă‹Ă“xvÂœĂ€>Ă€Ă•Â˜ÂœvĂŒÂ…Ă€ii° we are teaming up with Loch Tay Safaris to deliver a limited edition “Loch Tay Safaris Crannog Cruiseâ€?. This unique experience will iiĂŒˆ˜ĂŒÂ…i ÂˆĂ€ÂŽĂƒ ˆ˜i“>“iââ>˜ˆ˜i]ÇĂŒÂœn“° *Â?i>ĂƒiLœœŽĂŒÂˆVÂŽiĂŒĂƒĂ›Âˆ>ÂœĂ•Ă€œ˜Â?ˆ˜iĂƒÂ…ÂœÂŤ]>VViĂƒĂƒi`ĂŒÂ…Ă€ÂœĂ•}Â…ÂœĂ•Ă€ĂœiLĂƒÂˆĂŒi include entry to the Crannog Centre for a guided tour and entry ĂœĂœĂœÂ°VÂ…>Ă€Â?ÂœĂŒĂŒiyÂœĂœiĂ€VÂ…ÂœVÂœÂ?>ĂŒiĂƒÂ°Vœ“ our exhibition and outdoor demonstration area, plus a ticket for "Ă€ÂŤÂ…ÂœÂ˜i Â…>Ă€Â?ÂœĂŒĂŒi>ĂŒä£nnÇnÎäÎäÇvÂœĂ€Â“ÂœĂ€i`iĂŒ>ˆÂ?ĂƒÂ° the cruise where visitors will be taken out on Loch Tay with a costumed guide and learn all about the crannogs which remain under the surface of the loch from centuries ago. This special cruise will run every Wednesday from 15 April to 17 June at 2 pm, tickets Pitlochry Bowling Club News - Our indoor season is now can be booked through www.lochtaysafaris.net. in full swing, with club competitions being played for bowls singles 7RĂ€QGRXWPRUHDERXWWKH6FRWWLVK&UDQQRJ&HQWUHDQGRXUHYHQWV DQGSDLUVDQGIRUGRPLQRHVDQGGDUWV&RPSHWLWLRQLVĂ€HUFHEXW for 2020, please visit our website at www.crannog.co.uk. friendly, with the emphasis on enjoyment of the various events. The Tay Tummel indoor league for short mat bowls is approaching WKHĂ€QDOHZLWKRQO\DIHZJDPHVOHIWWRSOD\)RXUWHDPVSDUWLFLSDWH in this - Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Mid Atholl (who play in Ballinluig) and $EHUIHOG\7KHĂ€QDOUHVXOWZLOOEHDQQRXQFHGLQQH[WPRQWK¡VHGLtion of The Quair; although it’s fair to say that this season Dunkeld are doing particularly well. Short mat bowls is very similar to the outdoor game, but played on a shorter mat (as you might guess!) and with a small stick in the middle of the mat so that players must play around without hitting it. That little piece of wood has been threatened with burning quite a few times, but it makes the games interesting if at times frustrating! The club committee is looking at different options for club shirts, and members have been asked to indicate preferences from some sample shirts on display in the clubhouse. On a sadder note, we mourn the passing of two of our members over the winter months - John Livie and May Page. Both were regular bowlers and made many friends through the club, and both will be greatly missed. Our condolences go to their respective families. Let me reiterate our welcome to any prospective new members, or to any who are interested in trying out the sport of bowls. We hope to recruit new members for playing indoors and outdoors throughout the year. 6


Rannoch History Society - Rannoch History Society meets September to April.

We also meet in the morning of the Saturday meeting to stitch at 10 am; sometimes being led by a member of the group, sometimes just stitching on our own projects. If you are coming all day please remember your packed lunch. We also meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month to stitch and chat at 2 pm. All meetings are at Oakbank Community Centre, Viewlands Road West, Perth PH1 1JE. Contact Michelle Peet on perthembroiderersguild@gmail.com. The Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal - The Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal is a national annual event which takes place during the month of March. Marie Curie nurses support people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support in their own homes. In Aberfeldy, local businesses are again asked to display boxes with daffodil badges for the public to buy. On Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 March volunteers will be standing in prominent street locations with collection cans. They will be wearing bright yellow tabards and tall hats so will be hard to miss! Please help to support this worthy cause. Donations small or large will be gratefully received.

on Saturday, 21 March at 2.30 pm in Georgetown Hall, Bridge of Gaur to welcome back writer and journalist, and former resident of Rannoch, Dick Barbor-Might. His subject will be “Catastrophe : Germany 1942-49”. In his talk he will explore the rise of Nazism and the disastrous consequences for the peoples of Europe, particularly focussing on the German people themselves, millions of whom were deported at the end of World War II. He will also trace the recovery of Germany and her progress to full democracy. Please note that this meeting will be held in Georgetown Hall. All are very welcome. There will be light refreshments. Admission for non-members £4. Perth branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild - On Saturday, 14 March at 2 pm Perth branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild will be hosting Fiona Wemyss of Wemyss School of Needlework. We will hear who set the school up and why, plus the fascinating history of the school since then. Fiona will bring along pieces from the collection to show us and kits based on the collection and archive. We are a friendly bunch of textile artists and welcome new members. You don’t have to be good at stitching; you can just be interested in stitching. We have varied lectures one Saturday a month from

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Dunkeld Smoked Salmon Shop situated in the historic village of Dunkeld. Our master smoker Ronnie has been perfecting the art of smoking both wild and farmed fish for the last 30 years. Each fish is slowly smoked in kilns over whisky barrel chips and oak dust giving the salmon a unique flavour and texture. Our traditional cold smoked and hot smoked salmon has been served to the Queen at Scone Palace. We also stock quality items from other well-known Scottish producers, find something for everyone.

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Pitlochry SWI - The programme of the New Year is as follows: Thursday, 20 February - Lindsay Robb Handmade hand bags Thursday, 19 March - Birte Ford - Yarn from wild nettles Thursday, 16 April - AGM Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15 pm in the Aldour Hall. All ladies are welcome. Visitors fee is £4 per meeting. Make sure you have the dates in your diary. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and every blessing in the New Year. Heartland Film Society - Heartland ÀOPWKLVPRQWKLVMaiden. The venue is The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy on Sunday, 8 March at 6 pm. Check the time as this may EH à H[LEOH 7KLV LV ,QWHUQDWLRQDO :RPHQ¡V 'D\VR LWLV ÀWWLQJWKDWWKHÀOPWUDFHVWKH VXFFHVVRI WKHÀUVWDOOZRPDQ¡VFUHZWRHQWHU the Whitbread Round the World race in 1989. Alex Holmes’s documentary about a yachting race revisits the ocean terrors and corrosive sexism faced by an all-woman crew. Anyone is welcome to the HFS screenings. Become a member any time for just £10 or £5 for 15-18 year olds and get 12 months of reduced prices on all HFS screenings at the Birks plus free DVD ORDQVRI +)6ÀOPVDQGDOOWKHEHQHÀWVRI  EHORQJLQJ WR D IULHQGO\ ÀOP VRFLHW\ www. KHDUWODQGÀOPVRFLHW\RUJ and Facebook.

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The Spring Fair takes place in The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 April. Innovative designs and new techniques make this fair a “must visit� for locals and tourists alike with daily demonstrations. The fair r uns from 10 am to 5 pm each day and entry is free.


Music in Dunkeld Cathedral - A Recital of Arias and Songs by Handel, Mozart, Dvorak (in Czech) and Vaughan Williams will take place on Sunday, 8 March at 3 pm. Kenneth Maciver (Baritone), Matej Benda (Counter Tenor) with John Walker (Accompanist). Donations at the door. Kenneth, from Perth, and Matej, who is Slovakian, are both studying at the Royal Dutch Conservatoire in The Hague. This recital is a repeat of the Lunch Hour Recital to be given in Dunblane Cathedral the previous day. A third recital on Monday, 9 March at 12 noon in St John’s Kirk, Perth, is to be FRQÀUPHG)XUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQIURP-RKQ Walker on 01350 727755.

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Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle

This month’s meeting of the History Circle will be on Monday, 30 March at 7.30 pm in the Tryst. The speaker will be Sharron McColl who will speak on “Andrew Carnegie (and his libraries)�.

Mindfulness Practice Group

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Pitlochry Art Walk

Hopefully the Pitlochry Art Walk will take place in June. If you would like to take part please get in touch at pitlochryartwalk@gmail. com, or call 07925 346613. Struan Trust Quiz Night - Blair Atholl Village Hall Come and enjoy a fun Quiz Night on Saturday, 25 April at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7 pm for registration). Teams consist of 4 people (must be aged 18 years of age and over) which can be made up on the night. An admission cost of £3.50 per person includes refreshments at half-time. There is a bar available DQGUDIÁHWLFNHWVFDQEHSXUFKDVHG0RUHGHWDLOV available from the Struan Trust Facebook page or from Ian Mackinlay on 01796 483310 or email struantrust1979@gmail.com . All proceeds go to the Struan Trust, Scottish Charity SC047336. Atholl Country Life Museum - Voices of Atholl. Voices of Atholl is an oral history project which was put together in the early twenty teens. Funding was obtained for a research student to conduct interviews with 16 senior residents of the Atholl area and the result was a series of, around 10 minute, clips of the interviewees telling their stories. A number of the interviewees are no longer with us and so the exercise was valuable not only because it captured the voices and memories of the interviewees but also for the faithful recording of a valuable local history resource. All of those in the compilation went back to the days where Blair Atholl was a much PRUHVHOIVXIÀFLHQWFRPPXQLW\ZLWKDJUHDWHUSRSXODWLRQDQGZKHQ pleasures and life were far more simple but no less enjoyable. The programme is available within the museum on a touch screen but visitors rarely have time to listen WR DQ\WKLQJ EXW D ÁDYRXU RI  WKH clips. Many of the clips are now available on the video section our Facebook page where they can be viewed and enjoyed at your leisure and wherever you have access to the internet. We will have all the FOLSVSRVWHGLQWKHÀUVWKDOI RI WKLV\HDU7KHYRLFHVDQGZKDWWKH\ have to say will undoubtedly strike a chord with many and we are very grateful to have the resource captured for posterity. The image shows our founder and mentor John Cameron who is WKHÀUVWRI WKHLQWHUYLHZHHV)LQG9RLFHVRI $WKROORQWKH$WKROO Country Life Museum Facebook page. Atholl Country Life Museum Winter Talk - An illustrated talk will be given by Mike Moir on Wade Roads in Perthshire, including some background on General Wade. In the Atholl Arms hotel, Blair Atholl on Wednesday, 11 March at 7.30 pm. Entry £5 includes refreshments. 10


Andie Millarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust - Applications are

invited by Sunday, 31 May for donations to either individuals or organisations to be spent in Pitlochry and District (generally DVVHVVHGDVEHLQJZLWKLQDĂ&#x20AC;YHPLOHUDGLXV of the centre of Pitlochry) for any one or more of the following Trust purposes: *the advancement of education *the advancement of citizenship or community development *the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science *the advancement of public participation in sport *the provision of recreational facilities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities are primarily intended *the advancement of environmental protection or improvement; and/or *the relief of those in need by reason RI DJHLOOKHDOWKGLVDELOLW\Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOKDUGVKLS or other disadvantage. Generally, the Trustees will be able to provide donations of up to ÂŁ2,500 but in certain circumstances may be able to consider applications for a larger amount. Application Forms are available from www. andiemillar.org and, to be considered by the Trustees, each Application must be sent by e-mail to j@hmitchell.co.uk by 31 May. Please note that the Trusteesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision in UHVSHFWRI DQ\$SSOLFDWLRQLVĂ&#x20AC;QDO Scottish Charity Number: SC037334 www. andiemillar.org The Sports Court Blair Atholl - The Sports Court is now open for hire. This can be done through the Atholl Arms Hotel (100 yards from Court. Charges: One Hour ÂŁ10. Larger Groups ÂŁ25 for agreed time. (There is a refundable charge for the key). All hire fees will go towards future upkeep of the Court. Further Information: Neil at neilmack6@ gmail.com or Tel. 01796 481310

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The Field, Dunkeld & Birnam - Growing Forward in visitors. In September the annual 2020 and is this the truth about Slugs? - It is the start of our new PHPEHUVKLS\HDUDQGZHKDYHVHQWRXWDQLQIRUPDWLRQOHDĂ HWDQG membership form. As agreed at the AGM the membership fees for 2020 have remained the same as previous years. If you have not joined in the past and would like to, please contact Dave Amos and he will send you an application form. :HDOVRKDYHRXUDOPRVWDQQXDO5HĂ HFWLRQ0HHWLQJRQTuesday, 10 March at 7 pm in Birnam Arts Drama Studio. This is open to all members and especially the active volunteers. It is a chance for XVWRUHĂ HFWRQZKDWZHQWZHOOODVW\HDUDQGZKDWZHFDQGREHWWHU this year. It informs the plan for the year ahead and is a chance for \RXWRLQĂ XHQFHZKDWZHGR In response to a national initiative, requesting a survey of slugs, members of the Dunkeld and Birnam Field have conducted a survey with the following results: Many varieties of slugs have been observed at the Field. The classiĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQDQGEHKDYLRXURI LQGLYLGXDOVSHFLPHQVZRXOGEHLQWHUHVWLQJ but here we take a look at the communality of the slug population and consider their behaviour as a familia of species. Most gastropods active in this habitat are of a certain age, some having survived as many as 80 winters or more, though some younger individuals are also observed. Slugs congregate at the Field on certain days of the week, migrating to their home territory for the rest of their time, though some specimens make the trek more frequently, or even daily in the season. It is thought that the labours of these older creatures sustain the lives of younger specimens otherwise engaged during the growing season. Most journey only short distances from local habitats, but some come from further DĂ&#x20AC;HOGVRPHPLOHVDWWDFKLQJWKHPVHOYHVWRKXPDQWUDQVSRUW such as bikes and cars, and occasionally slugs from other parts of the country, and even England, come to explore the rich habitat of the Field. Recent TV slugumentaries showed the vast range of edible plants which attract these varied molluscs. Most imagine that slugs are silent, solitary creatures - a false impression! When engaged with the vegetable kingdom Field Slugs (limax campestris) have been observed to be highly communicative, apparently exchanging thoughts not only about plant life, but also, judging by the shaking of bodies in a sluggish version of human laughter, these â&#x20AC;&#x153;conversationsâ&#x20AC;? must range over all kinds of other topics. Although some gastropods seem to prefer to labour in solitude at their repetitive tasks, the majority are clearly happier when gathering in clusters, enabling collaborative behaviour. They gather in all weathers and are seldom deterred except by the most extreme conditions. After a period of industrious activity they can be seen to rest, imbibe restorative liquids and strengthen their bodies with sweet edible substances. Once or twice a year the slug population is augmented by numbers of

migration, or Sluggerfest, attracts local specimens of all ages to indulge in the frivolous abuse of vegetables, scattering carrots, defacing potatoes and other plants, while apparently competing to arrange RQLRQV LQ VWUDQJH FRQĂ&#x20AC;JXUDWLRQV In November they hold the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;parliamentâ&#x20AC;? at which dominant leader slugs are chosen by the assembled multitude, and this is followed by a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gastropodial Banquetâ&#x20AC;? of phenomenal magnitude. The feast concludes with slug equivalent of a dance - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slide we gaily, off we go, tail to tail, both fast and slowâ&#x20AC;?. It is wonderful to observe the variety of activities in which these unusual creatures engage, and well worth the effort to study and even emulate their behaviour which VHHPV WR EH EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDO IRU WKHLU KHDOWK DQG FRQWHQWPHQW QRW WR mention the environment. ,I \RXZDQWWRFRPHDORQJDQGKHOSDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGDERXWPRUHDERXW slugs, we would love to see you. We have regular working parties in WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGRQ7KXUVGD\DQG6DWXUGD\PRUQLQJVIURPDPZLWKD coffee and tea break around midday throughout the winter months. ,I \RXWKLQNLWLVWRRFROGWRZRUNLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGWKHUHLVDOZD\VZRUN to be done in the polytunnels from planting seeds to preparing the ground in the large polytunnel for the spring. Do come along, everyone has a skill we can make use of! Dave Amos 01350 727763 Dave Roberts 01350 728926 Email: dblandtrust@btinternet.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ SDJHV7KH)LHOG'XQNHOG%LUQDP :HEVLWH ZZZGXQNHOGĂ&#x20AC;HOG co.uk

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MARCH INTO PITLOCHRY MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY 27th & SATURDAY 28th MARCH 2020

FRIDAY 27th

TOWN HALL - HEADLINERS

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JESS AND THE BANDITS

JAMES GRANT

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FRIDAY NIGHT @ MCKAYS DEAD MAN FALL

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Keep your eye on our social media & website for announcements

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Majesteria Academy Day & Residential Retreats in Rannoch 2020 - I moved

Croftin Mhor Curtains, Blinds, Soft Furnishing Design & Clothing Alterations

Lynn Elder

Designer/Seamstress Seamstress Pitlochry

Tel: 07789 226591 www.croftinmhor.co.uk lynn.elder@yahoo.co.uk Facebook@croftinmhor

to Rannoch with my husband Peter 18 months ago. We left behind us a small-holding in Wales which was the base from which I ran a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retreat centre. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hosting retreats for women for over 30 years and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delight to continue to offer that here on lovely Loch Rannoch. My business is called the Majesteria Academy and under its wings I offer both day retreats and residential retreats for women. I call them solo intensive soulmedicine retreats. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a deep-dive inward to discover whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding you back or keeping you unhappy. Women work with me for all kinds of reasons: it might be that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re struggling to recover from a relationship breakdown or a divorce; you might be carrying a shed-load of grief or old anger; you might want to ditch some unhealthy habits; or improve your life-style; it might be that you have big business GHFLVLRQVWRPDNHEXWFDQ¡WTXLWHĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHFRXUDJHLWPLJKWEH that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just feeling stuck and want more out of your life. If you want to dive really deep to untie the knots holding you back, you might want to consider a 7-night retreat where I use the workbook from the Majesteria Academy on-line group coaching programme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boxâ&#x20AC;? to walk you through seven stages to reclaim your â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? and, just as importantly, your â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;?. This programme is the distillation of all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned over the past 30 years of supporting women. Self-catering accommodation is in our AirBnB cottage, Sadhana Bothy Retreat Rannoch. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just completed a 7 night solo intensive retreat with a woman who says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are called to Sadhana Bothy Retreat to work with Melanie, embrace it with all your heart. The setting is beautiful, the host is deeply caring, and the work has been life-changing for me. Thank you so much.â&#x20AC;? $OWHUQDWLYHO\\RXPLJKWOLNHWRFRPHIRUMXVWDGD\VWDUWLQJDWDPĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJDWSP with a hot lunch and afternoon tea provided. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re curious about the kind of work I offer, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do better than reading my memoir: Majesteria: from bad-ass vicar to bare-breasted priestess in seven years via a horse, a motorhome and a boat, Balboa Press, 2019. As well as giving an insight into my background, it also tells the story of how Peter and I came to live here in Highland Perthshire. Or take a look at my website: www.melaniesantorini.org. If any of this is ringing a bell with you, then please get in touch with me by email: info@melaniesantorini.org, or by phone: 07794 862336. You can see Melanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advert on page 4. Arthritis Awareness in Atholl - Arthritis Awareness in Atholl met in Moulin Hall on WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW0RQGD\RI )HEUXDU\WRKHDU&KULVWLQH&KHDSHWHOOXVDERXWKHUWULSRQWKH7UDQV Siberian Railway. We were indebted to Christine for coming along at short notice as our scheduled speaker was unable to come. &KULVWLQHDQGWZRIULHQGVZLWKWKHKHOSRI 7UDLOĂ&#x20AC;QGHUVVHWRII LQ0D\WRH[SORUH from Moscow to Beijing. They particularly wanted freedom to visit places once the guides SURYLGHGE\7UDLOĂ&#x20AC;QGHUVKDGLQWURGXFHGWKHPWRDQDUHDDQG7UDLOĂ&#x20AC;QGHUVRUJDQLVHGWKHLU trip accordingly. Christineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of their adventures through Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China $$$ was fascinating and hilarious - stories of Victory Day in Moscow, rural landscapes, a night spent in a yurt, attending a service in a Russian Orthodox Church where EDUVRI FKRFRODWHDQGFDEEDJHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGUROOVZHUHRQRIIHUPDGHWKHDIWHUQRRQSDVVDOOWRR quickly. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Christineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk and Dr David Cruikshank gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the appreciative audience. At the next meeting of AAA on Monday, 2 March, the talk by Chris Rowley of Ballintaggart is entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;From stocks and shares to stocks and saucesâ&#x20AC;?. Everyone very welcome. 14


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Choices in Dunkeld provides independent support and advice about care packages, Self Directed Support, and community support across Highland Perthshire. We know that housing can be a major concern if you have care issues and because of this we have teamed up with Housing Options Scotland and are holding a drop in on Thursday, 2 April at the Birnam Institute between 10 am and 2 pm. You are welcome to drop in at any time during those hours for free information, help, advice, and a cuppa and a cake. Housing Options Scotland have been helping disabled people, older people and members RI WKH$UPHG)RUFHVFRPPXQLW\WRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHULJKWKRPHLQWKHULJKWSODFHVLQFH7KH\ give information, advice and support on downsizing, renting, buying and adapting homes to people with disabilities, people who are 55 or older and people who have served in the Armed Forces. If you or someone you know could use some joined up information on Housing and Care, this event is for you. Other Drop Ins - If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to know more about care packages and Self Directed Support, or need some help and advice, come and see Support Choices at our drop-in advice sessions at the Atholl Medical Centre in Pitlochry on Wednesday, 4 March from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and on Thursday, 12 March at the Stanley Medical Centre. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be holding more in different parts of Highland Perthshire in the future so keep an eye out for posters going up and information on our website and social media. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to chat with us you can call us on 01350 729130 or email supportchoices@otbds.org. www.supportchoices.co.uk. Facebook at facebook.com/supportchoicesperthshire. Pitlochry Angling Club - President Mr Ross welcomed 30 members to the AGM in )LVKHU¡V+RWHOZKHUHPHPEHUVKHDUGDERXWWKHVXFFHVVIXOĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJVHDVRQDQGWKHKHDOWK\ Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOSRVLWLRQRI WKHFOXE$IWHUVRPHGLVFXVVLRQLQFRPPLWWHHLWZDVGHFLGHGWRFKRRVH something completely different for the club Open Night by locating it at the Birnam Arts Centre. This venue provides the facility to show an excellent new video about salmon management in Norwegian sea lochs and rivers and will hopefully provide a wider audience for other local angling clubs. Please note that the Open Night will be held on Sunday, 15 March starting at 7 pm. As ZHOODVWKHYLGHRWKHUHZLOOEHWKHSUHVHQWDWLRQRI FOXEWURSKLHVDUDIĂ HDQGWHDDQGFRIIHH All welcome with free entry.

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Minister: Rev Mary Haddow (01796 472774) www.pitlochrychurchofscotland.org.uk Sunday Services - 10.30 am. We invite you to join us, whether you live locally or are just visiting the area. Our services combine the traditional with the contemporary. Worship begins with a warm welcome, followed by a mix of music and words, ancient and modern. Refreshments are served in The Tryst after the service, please do join us. Tryst for prayer - We meet weekly for prayer time at 10 am on Wednesdays in The Tryst. Prayers are offered for local, national and international situations. Please join us or pass on prayer requests to the minister after a Sunday service, or email her at: MHaddow@ churchofscotland.org.uk, or drop a note in to the Church marked - “For Prayer”. Every SHUVRQDOVLWXDWLRQLVKHOGLQVWULFWHVWFRQÀGHQFH Coffee and chat - Every Wednesday, at 10.30 am, we serve tea, coffee and biscuits in The Tryst Lounge; a time to relax, catch up with friends and neighbours, and to meet new people. Everyone welcome - locals and visitors alike. Tryst Talents Group - Meet every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month, in The Tryst Lounge. Come along to The Tryst for creativity and fellowship, at 10.30 am. Church Choir - Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 6.25 pm in The Church. Rock-Pit, Youth Group - Meet in The Tryst every Wednesday at 5 pm - 6.15 pm for pupils in Primary 5, 6 or 7 followed by teen drop-in between 6.30 pm and 8 pm. Scottish Country Dancing - Classes are held, every Tuesday from 7.30 pm, in The Tryst Hall. Table Tennis - The group meet weekly, in The Tryst, on Thursdays, from 2 pm until 4 pm. Tryst Walking Group - See details of our walks on The Tryst Notice Board. Balhousie - A short service of worship takes place at Balhousie Care Home at 3 pm on the 1st Sunday of the month, with refreshments and a time to chat. Sunday, 1 March - The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at our 10.30 am Service of worship Friday, 6 March - World Day of Prayer, in the Church at 10.30 am Wednesday, 11 March - The Guild meet, in The Tryst Lounge, at 2.30 pm when Rev Matthew Robertson will talk on “One Man’s Life in Ministry”. Wednesday, 25 March The Guild will hold their AGM at 11.45 am in The Tryst. 7KH7U\VW2IÀFH- Open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 1 pm. The Tryst Halls are available for hire for both charitable and commercial events. A great facility for classes, meetings, parties, lunches. For additional information please contact: 7KHFKXUFKRIÀFH7HOQRHPDLOWKHWU\VW#EWFRQQHFWFRP

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West Stormont Woodland Group - West Stormont was the name used in medieval times to cover the parishes of Auchtergaven, Kinclaven, Logiealmond, Moneydie, Redgorton (Stanley) and the Murthly portion of Little Dunkeld. West Stormont has been chosen as the most suitably inclusive title for the many communities connected to Taymount and Five Mile Woods today. Working with local people to bring Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood into Community Ownership Monthly Community Update What has WSWG been doing this month? *A small group of WSWG members braved the windy weather on February 8 and had a lovely, sunny morning planting 100 native trees for wildlife in Taymount Wood. We also did more User Surveys with walkers and horse riders and mapped ideas for access improvements they would like in both woods *Native tree saplings have been given out free to WSWG members who have space available for planting them, as part of the Big Climate Fightback One Million Trees project sponsored by energy company Ovo and The Conservation Volunteers *PKC would like to include Feeling Good in the Woods in DOHDĂ HW they are producing to celebrate some of the projects which have received funding from the Community Investment Fund to date. We are delighted to have been selected from so many lovely projects and are chuffed at the publicity it will give us. WSWG is currently VHHNLQJWKHSHUPLVVLRQRI SHRSOHVKRZQLQWKHSKRWRV3.&ZRXOGOLNHWRXVHLQWKHOHDĂ HW *The WSWG Steering Group had a very useful meeting with Forestry and Land Scotland and the Scottish Land Fund on February 7 looking at various aspects of our progress and WKHZD\IRUZDUGRYHUWKHFRPLQJPRQWKV :HFRQWLQXHORRNLQJDWWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVIRUWKH project and CO2 issues around our action for the climate emergency. WSWG Word of the Month - Proforestation - Allowing the woodlands to reach their full biological potential (Proforestation) serves the greatest public good by maximising coEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVVXFKDVQDWXUHEDVHGELRORJLFDOFDUERQVHTXHVWUDWLRQDQGXQSDUDOOHOHGHFRV\VWHP VHUYLFHVVXFKDVELRGLYHUVLW\HQKDQFHPHQWZDWHUDQGDLUTXDOLW\Ă RRGDQGHURVLRQFRQWURO SXEOLFKHDOWKEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVORZLPSDFWUHFUHDWLRQDQGVFHQLFEHDXW\DVZHOODVRIIHULQJDGLYHUVH and sustainable forest produce resource for income revenue. Practicing proforestation as a purposeful public policy on a large scale is a highly effective strategy for mitigating the dual crises in climate and biodiversity and ultimately serving the â&#x20AC;&#x153;greatest goodâ&#x20AC;?. Recent research shows that natural forests can hold 40 times more carbon than plantations. Please let us know if you would like to get involved in helping with any WSWG activities. Become a WSWG Member today - Join the Free Membership Scheme on our website www. weststormontwoodlandgroup.org.uk. Follow us on Facebook! West Stormont Woodland Group Email us: contact@weststormontwoodlandgroup.org.uk Scottish Wildlife Trust - Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Members Centre Monday, 16 March - 7.30 pm in the Tryst, Church Street, Pitlochry (PH16 5EB) A talk will be given by Jo Pike and Caroline Hendry, respectively 6:7&KLHI ([HFXWLYH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUDQG5HJLRQDO9LVLWRU&HQWUH0DQDJHU7KH talk will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loch of the Lowes - a vision for the futureâ&#x20AC;?. 27


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West Africa (Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Gambia) and, assuming this is the same for the adults, when we next see our pair they ZLOOKDYHĂ RZQDURXQGWULSRI PLOHV There are numerous hazards along the way, not least Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadly intervention with guns DQG Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ QHWV EXW DFFLGHQWV VWDUYDWLRQ LOOQHVVDQGĂ \LQJLQWRSRZHUOLQHV)LQJHUV Ă&#x20AC;UPO\FURVVHGZHZLOOEHDEOHWRUHSRUWWKHLU safe return and look forward to sharing more amazing highlights of the osprey season. If you or anyone you know would like to take part in the 24/7 osprey nest protection program (Osprey Watch) please contact the Perthshire Ranger (perthshireranger@ scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk). All training is given and the role includes the opportunity to see beaver, otter, great crested grebe and all manner of species throughout the breeding season. Beaver Watches start again on Wednesday, 8 April and please remember booking is essential. See contact details below or through â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things to doâ&#x20AC;? on our website www.scottishwildlifetrust where you can also watch the Nest Cam showing all the live action direct from the tree. Or - come up to Loch of the Lowes and join us searching the skies IRU WKHLU DUULYDO <RX PLJKW EH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WR glimpse their return! We look forward to welcoming you to Loch

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Covering all Highland Perthshire. Do you suffer from an auto-Immune disease? Fibromyalgia, M.E. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myelitis, Arthritis, M.S. Stiff Person Syndrome, Lupus, Vasculitis, Myositis, etc. Maybe even something not yet diagnosed? We are a small group who all suffer from one of these diseases. We try to help each other handle our many symptoms, getting updates on treatments and hopefully some extra advice. We have periodical speakers, treats etc. We meet on the second Monday of every month at Aberfeldy Health Centre from 2 pm - 4 pm. Drop in casually, even just for half an hour and see what we are all about. Dates for 2020 Meetings: Monday, 9 March, Tuesday, 14 April, Monday, 11 May, Monday, 8 June, Monday, 13 July, Monday, 10 August, Monday, 14 September, Monday, 12 October, Monday, 9 November, Monday, 14 December For any further details or any questions you may have please contact one of us :- Carol May - 01887 830208/07963 504787 or carol_may@hotmail.co.uk; Liz Stott - 07734 200945 or lizstott01@gmail.com; Elma Page - 07518 051643or pageelma@gmail.com

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Cllr Mike Williamson Perth & Kinross Council Highland Ward - SNP I have been working alongside the Heartland Kids Club, which aims to provide wrap around child care in Pitlochry. After many months of waiting to get permission to get their registration through the Scottish Care Commission WKH\DUHÀQDOO\DEOHWRRIIHUDQH[WHQGHGKRXUVVHUYLFH7KH timings of this childcare service are 8 am - 9 am for the Breakfast club and 3.30 pm - 6 pm for the after school club. The new extended service began on February 4 and will care for children from primary one up to the age of 14. Parents can claim child tax credit which will save 20% off their FKLOGFDUHIHHV,I \RXDUHQRWVXUHLI \RXTXDOLI\IRUWKLVEHQHÀW\RXFDQJHWFRQÀGHQWLDO advice from the Perth & Kinross Council Welfare rights team Tel 01738 475000. I chaired the last Action Partnership road Safety Sub group meeting. The group is made up of representatives from each Community Council area within Highland Perthshire. There was a presentation from Police Scotland which covered the transporting of wide loads which need escorted. It was interesting to hear that there are some roads which only the Police can escort wide loads, for example the B8109. The group has organised a raising the standards course for motor bike users and driver awareness courses for older drivers. The courses have been organised for Pitlochry and Aberfeldy this April and will be supported by Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and the Perth & Kinross Safer Communities team will be on hand to provide advice. Pitlochry Town Hall Users Group with the support of Jimmy Matchett from Pitlochry Market has organised a winter indoor market, which will run from 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday, 21 March. The intention is to run an indoor market over the winter period with the March market being the last one for this winter and we will be starting again in November 2020. As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents, and I can be contacted by email at MWilliamson@pkc.gov.uk or tel 07810 814495. Move More Scotland - Move More Scotland is part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s national campaign to ensure that people living with cancer are supported to become physically active before, during and after their treatment. Evidence shows that being active can play a vital role in helping to prevent a recurrence of cancer. It can also slow disease progression as well as reducing the side effects and consequences of cancer treatment, such as fatigue. The programme of physical activity is individually tailored and consists of 12 free sessions which are designed to help people with cancer to become, and stay, active at a level that’s right for them. That could mean gardening, joining a walking group, taking part in Gentle Movement classes or supervised gym-based programmes. Move More is about providing opportunities for people to get moving in an enjoyable way that suits their lifestyle. For further information on joining or for general enquiries please contact a Macmillan Move More Coordinator. Email: movemorep&k@liveactive.co.uk; Tel: 01738 454651

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Councillor John Duff Perth & Kinross Council - Highland Ward - Conservative At Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lifelong Learning Committee, members heard details of the Action Plan for the Highland Perthshire Learning Partnership involving Pitlochry High School, Breadalbane Academy and Perth College/University of the Highlands and Islands. The proposals, which were fully endorsed by the committee, had been unanimously agreed by both Head Teachers and both Parent Councils and were warmly welcomed by all present. I am delighted that we now have an agreed way forward to extend secondary education in Highland 3HUWKVKLUH ZKLFK LV EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDO WR ERWK VFKRROV DQG WKH FUHDWLRQ RI  WKH 3HUWK &ROOHJH 8+, +XE ZLWKLQ 3LWORFKU\ +LJK 6FKRRO DOVR PHDQV HGXFDWLRQDO EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV IRU SXSLOV school leavers, apprentices and possibly adults wishing access to further education too. As I write, details of the Scottish Government budget have just been announced and make for grim reading within Perth and Kinross. The budget gap is higher than we had anticipated and our capital budget expenditure has been hit too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to say exactly what impact this will have and I expect there will be some horse trading in Holyrood to FRPH+RZHYHUDWSUHVHQWVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWEXGJHWFXWVZLOOEHUHTXLUHG2YHUWKHQH[WIHZ ZHHNVZHZLOOEHSUHSDULQJRXUEXGJHWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVHWWOHPHQW7KH&RXQFLO meets on Wednesday, 4 March to agree its budget going forward. So, watch this space! It is very disappointing that we are once again facing restricted opening hours at Pitlochryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MiQRU,QMXULHVDQG,OOQHVV8QLWGXHWRVWDII VKRUWDJHV7KHUHFUXLWPHQWDQGWUDLQLQJRI VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW nurses continues to be the challenge and there is a pressing need for NHS Tayside to address the issue in the long term and not rely on restricting opening hours to overcome any shortfall. Dog fouling continues to be a problem in Highland Ward, especially during these longer, GDUNHUGD\V2QFHDJDLQWKHSUREOHPVFDXVHGE\WKHLUUHVSRQVLEOHDQGVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKGRJZDONers who leave their dog poo bags lying within Aberfeldy caravan site continue. The bins DUH UHPRYHG GXH WR WKH OLNHOLKRRG RI  Ă RRGLQJ LQ WKH ZLQWHU EXW D ORW RI  GRJ ZDONHUV indulge in the unhygienic and disgusting practice of leaving them where the bin used to be - despite there being a bin immediately outside the main caravan site entrance! -expecting caravan site staff to pick up and dispose of the degraded bags of dog poo for them. I have asked the Dog Warden to carry out additional patrols in this area to WU\ DQG FDWFK WKRVH LQYROYHG LW¡V DQ Â&#x2026; Ă&#x20AC;QH IRU WKLV RIIHQFH  DQG KDYH UHTXHVWHG D further bin to be placed on the main road close by the side path to the site so there is absolutely no excuse. If you see anyone involved in this, please notify the Dog Warden on 01738 476476 or online at www.pkc.gov.uk. If They Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Bin It, Drop Them In It! As always, I would be delighted to hear from constituents on any matter and can be contacted on jcduff@pkc.gov.uk2IĂ&#x20AC;FH7HORU0RELOH Perth & Kinross Carers Voice - Do you look after 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 Carersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. As carers ourselves, we understand that you may not be able to attend our meetings, but would be very happy to hear from you. We will then discuss your problems and, pass them on to the relevant bodies. For further information or to register for your free membership please send your name and email address to Carers.Voice@ pkavs.org.uk. You can also contact us on 07856 660898. Please feel welcome to attend any of our meetings. Please let us have your input if you are unable to attend. 40


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Interim Moderator: The Rev Grace Steele email: GSteele@churchofscotland.org.uk Session Clerk Blair Atholl & Struan - Harold Ingram 01796 481275; Session Clerk Braes of Rannoch - Miss A M Philips 01882 633228; Session Clerks Foss & Rannoch - Robert and Elizabeth Anderson 01882 632272 Morning Worship - 11.15 am Blair Atholl; 9.45 am Braes of Rannoch; 11.30 am Foss & Rannoch. Coffee Corner meets every Thursday in the Church Hall, Blair Atholl from 10 am till 12 noon with a short time of Worship at 11 am. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in all three Churches at the close of worship. All welcome. Looking For A Venue? Are you, or your organisation, looking for a suitable venue to hold a party or concert, a sale or even a sporting event? Then look no further - the Mid Atholl Hall, Ballinluig, is the perfect place for all your needs. Situated just off the A9 with ample parking, the hall has recently been completely refurbished and has the perfect ÁRRUIRUDJRRGFHLOLGK,WERDVWVDIXOO\ÀWWHG kitchen and male and female shower facilities if you are thinking about a sporting event. There are also two smaller meeting rooms if so desired. If you would like to view the hall to see if it meets your requirements, please telephone John Grant, Tel No. 01796 482589 or email john1205@btinternet.com. You will not be disappointed! Pitlochry and District U3A - The next meeting of Pitlochry and District U3A will take place on Wednesday, 18 March at 2 pm at the Atholl Centre in Pitlochry. Fiona Johnstone and Audra Webster from Perth and Kinross Council will speak to us about “Health and Wellbeing in Highland Perthshire”. Non-members are welcome to come along to what promises to be an informative afternoon. For further information please contact Margaret Hamilton at mhhamilton@hotmail.co.uk.

Grantully Logierait and Strathtay Church of Scotland, linked with Aberfeldy, linked with Dull and Weem Minister, Rev Neil Glover Contact by email on 01887 820819 or at The Manse Taybridge Terrace. Aberfeldy PH15 2BS Session Clark Professor Andrew Calder, 01887 840209

pm in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Church. New members of any age or ability will be made welcome, but young quilters under the age of 16 require to be accompanied by a family member. The Walkers Group - Information from Sandra Morrison. Further Details - Available on www.glschurchofscotland.org where there is a link to our Facebook page. Acoustic Music Session - The Birks Cinema Celtic Acoustic Music Session runs every Thursday from 7 pm till 10.30 pm. We would like to welcome you to our session, to play or just listen with like minded people sharing a variety of music. It may be anything from folk, blues, bluegrass or instrumental. Enjoy an evening of free music, in the comfort of the upstairs cinema bar with a drink and a song. For further details contact Doug on 01887 820165.

Services Logierait this month - Will be in Logierait Church on a Sunday at 10 am. Please note the change of time. Coffee and tea served after the service. The service on Sunday, 8 March will be followed by the Stated Annual Meeting to which all members and adherents are invited to attend. The Sunday Club - Will meet each Sunday, in school term time, from 10 am till 11 am. The children from nursery age upwards join WKHFRQJUHJDWLRQIRUWKHÀUVWSDUW of the service and then go into the hall for their own activities, which are reported on the church Facebook page each week. As well as their weekly activities they grow plants and make Christmas gift tags which are sold to raise funds for their chosen charity, which ties in with their activities. They also collect postcards, old and new for Aviation Fellowship and used stamps for Cross Reach, both of which sell them for funds to help them continue their work. Church of Scotland Guild, GLS Town Hall User Group and Pitlochry Market present: Branch - 7KH*XLOGKDVÀQLVKHG for the season and will start again in the spring. Contact is Isobel Cairns. 01796 482272. Coffee Group - 10.30 am - 11.30 am on Wednesday mornings in the John Kyd Hall, Strathtay Please come along as it will be packed as usual with Arts & Craft, Food, Drink and Produce Stalls. Church. A warm welcome to Everyone welcome. anyone local or visiting the area to join us for coffee/tea and a SATURDAY 21ST MARCH chat. Donations to charities local IN PITLOCHRY TOWN HALL, WEST MOULIN ROAD and national. 10AM TO 3PM GLS Quilters Group - The For further information please contact Kaja Ekiert group meets on the 2nd and 4th email: kajaekiert@gmail.com Tuesdays of each month, at 7 41


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Cllr Ian James Perth & Kinross Council Strathtay Ward - Conservative There are some great things happening with our Council at the moment. It appears that we are getting things right when it comes to homelessness. The Scottish Government ÀJXUHVKDYHUHYHDOHGWKDW3HUWKDQG.LQURVVKDVVHHQWKH biggest drop in homelessness across the country, with the number of people presenting themselves as homeless falling from 1,025 to 780 between April and October, a drop of 24%. Let’s hope that this is a continuing trend. Victor Hugo is quoted as saying, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Our Lifelong Learning committee were helping to keep prisons closed recently when they approved plans to build a new Primary school at Bertha Park. The committee were told that an extra 2,582 homes were predicted to be built within the proposed new school’s catchment area resulting in an estimated 700 extra primary school aged children over the next decade. Whilst it is always good to build new homes, the infrastructure is often forgotten about and I welcome this much needed facility in the area. The Strathtay Local action Partnership met recently and the second round of funding for local causes was decided. Requests for over £100 k were received for the remaining budget of £25 k. There were requests from organisations throughout Strathtay and there was always going to be some disappointment but I believe that on the whole, funding has been directed to the right areas. If there is anything in particular that you would like to discuss with me or if there is anything that I can help you with then please call me. I prefer to react to requests rather than hold surgeries. I can be contacted on 07557 815546 or via email at IJames@pkc.gov.uk. Into the Wild Woods: Exhibition - Wild Space Visitor Centre, John Muir Trust, Tower House, Station Road, Pitlochry. Into the Wild Woods is a group exhibition showcasing a range of work by local artists. Inspired by the Caledonian Forest and the John Muir Trust’s re-foresting campaign “Wild Woods”, this exhibition draws you into a woodland world which is tactile and vivid; dark and playful. The exhibition includes work across a range of disciplines including ceramics, print-making, willow sculpture and text-based work. Each of the artists has Secluded, high quality private owned villa in Sao travelled into the Romao, Sao Bras D’Alportel, Algarve, Portugal. forests for their Heated pool, roof terrace, sleeps 8, 4 bathrooms, inspiration, and air con, wifi, lots of outside games. 25 mins from invites you to journey with them. Faro Airport, local restaurants walking distance, The Exhibition is open until Monday, Friday, 27 March. shopping 7 mins away, beaches & golf 20 mins. Exhibiting Artists: Ciara Gibson, Looking for a holiday contact: 077988600267 or Rebecca Logsdon, Tricia Tunstall, debbiecarlton09@gmail.com Giles Conisbee & Nicky Bolland 52


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opposite former Tilt Hotel, Blair Atholl Contact - Mrs. Lavinia Gordon 01796 481230. Sundays at 11.15 am - First and third Sundays, Sung Communion. Second and fourth Sundays Sung Matins. St Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Church, Strathtay, opposite the local shop Contact - Ms. Lesley Whitwood 01887 840416 Sundays - 11.15 am - First Sundays Mattins, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion; third Sundays Matins/ Service of WKH:RUG&RPPXQLRQE\([WHQVLRQĂ&#x20AC;IWK Sundays Joint Service with Logierait Church of Scotland. Sunday Evening Services - Third Sunday at 6 pm - Weem Kirk House Group 10 am last Wednesday of the month. Contact Lesley Whitwood for further details 01887 840416 All Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Church, Kinloch Rannoch Square Contact - Mrs. Rose de Sales La Terriere 01882 632314 or Mrs. Anne Pealing 01882 6342592 Sunday, 5 April - 9.30 am, Palm Sunday Communion

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Hadrian in 122 AD, or the Antonine Wall, built by Antonius Pius in 142 AD, there were at least three recorded occasions when Roman armies travelled further north. This included passing through and occupying what is now Perth and Kinross, known as Bertha to the Romans. In addition there was the construction of Inchtuthil near SpitalĂ&#x20AC;HOGDVDEDVHIRUWKH7ZHQWLHWK/HJLRQD unit consisting of over 5,000 troops, a site covering 53 acres.

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Sir/Madam like to-day? â&#x20AC;Ś Aw, jis gie us me?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; inquired Hugh, politely. wan wiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wings anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stick it oan ma shouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;der! â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Christ, now aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;body kens whit â&#x20AC;Ś But, of course â&#x20AC;Ś our pleasure!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hugh â&#x20AC;Ś anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; am Alec,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; injected Alec, from the far side of the weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re havinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; muttered Hugh. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The lass has â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look sharp,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; interrupted Alec. table, overriding his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquiry. Alec nae tact.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wur order cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; continued â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; you are?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He sat back â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Naw â&#x20AC;Ś but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goat a tat!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; waiting a response from the young waitress Tina arrived, edged the tray on to the table who stood, engine idling, with her pad and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A whit?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; EHIRUHRIIORDGLQJWKHRUGHUÂś<H¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGVXJDU pencil to the fore. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A tat â&#x20AC;Ś a tattoo â&#x20AC;Ś an ink,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said and sauces in they sachets,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she informed, pointing to the bouquet of condiments â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nice fur tae meet yooz genâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lemen Alec, hoping to expand his observation. adorning the middle of the table. â&#x20AC;Ś am Tina. Tina Galbraith.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She offered a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ah thought sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d a pencil, noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a generous smile. As she spoke, Hugh thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thanks very much,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Alec, KH VSRWWHG D ZKLWH Ă DVK RI  FKHZLQJ JXP Biro,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; responded Hugh, clearly confused. straining innocently to catch a glimpse of circumnavigate her mouth like a Lottery ball waiting to be drawn. Alec was too close Alec sighed before speaking quite slowly. an tattoo and decide what it was meant to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;She has an tattoo â&#x20AC;Ś anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goat it on her be. Tina just had time to switch the chewing to share the moment but then asked, chest!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He waited a moment before adding, gum to the other side of her mouth before announcing that she hoped â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everything â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You related to Archie Galbraith?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Did ye noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; see it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ZRXOG EH Ă&#x20AC;QH IRU \RR]¡ 6KH VDOOLHG RII who Alec knew owned the cafĂŠ. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ah saw somethinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;Ś but ah swinging the tray as she went. Tinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face lit momentarily. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aye, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ma thought it wiz an necklace â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commented â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You were almost down her uncle â&#x20AC;Ś uncle Erchie â&#x20AC;Ś but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no in the Hugh, emphasising the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as he knew Alec blouse!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; beamed Hugh. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Am surprised she had been grammatically incorrect. 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Dun Coillich Strathtay Ramblers

Dun Coillich Strathtay Ramblers is a small but active and friendly group with a fortnightly programme of walks all year round. Walks alternate between Saturdays and Sundays. The programme ranges between Munros and low-level local walks, mostly in Highland Perthshire, where we have a huge variety of scenic walks. Visitors and new walkers are always welcome. If you think you would enjoy walking (and talking) please feel free to join us for a few walks before committing yourself. ,I \RXDUHXQVXUHRI \RXUĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVOHYHOWKHQ WU\ D VKRUW ZDON Ă&#x20AC;UVW ,I  you are not sure whether a walk is suitable for you, please contact the walk leader in advance. Walks generally start in the morning from the car park beside the Cooperative Store in Aberfeldy and these leaving from here usually share transport. We can always offer transport to visiting/new walkers. Alternatively, walkers can make independent arrangements to reach the beginning of the walk. Programme details are available at www.fvft-ramblers.org.uk

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Pitlochry Recycling Centre Bridge Road Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 5 pm

Bankfoot Recycling Centre Stanley Road Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am - 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Useful Numbers Pitlochry & District

Pitlochry Community Hospital 01796 472052 LQĂ&#x20AC;QLW\%OX'HQWDO3UDFWLFH Pitlochry 01796 470001 Anderson Dentistry, Aberfeldy 01887 820441 Pitlochry Optician 01796 474004 Pitlochry Tourist Information 01796 472215 Heartland Vet Services 01796 472201 Live Active Atholl 01796 473866 Pitlochry Theatre 01796 484626

Useful Numbers Dunkeld & Birnam

LQĂ&#x20AC;QLW\%OX'HQWDO3UDFWLFH Dunkeld 01350 729198 Mr Peter Greig PS, BDS 01350 728826 Anderson Dentistry, Aberfeldy 01887 820441 Pitlochry Optician 01796 474004 Ferns Veterinary Practice 01350 727999 Birnam Arts 01350 727674

Local Schools

Breadlabane Academy Reception 01887 822300 www.breadalbane.pkc.sch.uk/BA/ Breadalbane Community Campus 01887 822400 www.breadalbane.pkc.sch.uk/BCC/ Pitlochry High School 01796 474666 Pitlochry Primary School 01796 474666 Royal School of Dunkeld 01738 454470 www.royaldunkeld.pkc.sch.uk Grandtully Primary 01887 822499 Logierait Primary 01796 474646 Blair Atholl Primary 01887 822491 NHS 24 1+6LVDFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWLDORXWRI  hours telephone health advice and information service available across Scotland. If you or someone you care for is unwell and you feel that it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until your GP surgery reopens then you can call NHS 24 on 111. You ZLOOVSHDNĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRDKHDOWKFDUHDGYLVRUZKRZLOO

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 dial 999. Perth Citizens Advice Bureau - Pitlochry Community Hospital, Ferry Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5FG. 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month: 10 am - 12 noon. All our surgeries are drop-in so no appointment is necessary. Advice is available on a wide range of issues. 2XU DGYLFH LV IUHH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWLDO impartial and independent. For more information - www.perthcab.org.uk

Other Useful Numbers Police Scotland Samaritans, Perth Alzheimer Scotland

101 01738 626666 01738 562358

Atholl Politicians

Member of Scottish Parliament - North Tayside John Swinney MSP 01250 876576 Member of Parliament - Perth & North Perthshire Pete Wishart MP 01250 876576 Local Councillors - Highland Ward Xander McDade 01738 475000 Mike Williamson 07810 814495 John Duff 07826 908542 Local Councillors - Strathtay Ward Grant Laing 01738 475023 Anne Jarvis 01738 475030 Ian James 01738 475022

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Atholl Medical Centre

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel: 01796 472558 Monday to Friday - 8.30 am - 6 pm Please check hours for bank & public holidays Repeat prescriptions: amcprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net www.theathollmedicalcentre.co.uk

Craigvinean Surgery Little Dunkeld, Dunkeld PH8 0AD

01350 727269 Monday to Friday - 8.00 am - 6 pm Please check hours for bank & public holidays Repeat prescriptions: craigvineanprescriptions.tayside@nhs.net www.craigvineansurgery.scot.nhs.uk

Pitlochry Community Hospital

Ferry Road, Pitlochry , PH16 5FG Tel. 01796 472052 Visiting Hours GP Unit: 2 pm - 4.30 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm. Atholl Unit: MIIU open 9 am - 9 pm 7 days a week. Phone NHS 24 on 111 for appointment

Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice Kinloch Rannoch, PH16 5PR Tel: 01882 632216 Appointments only Monday - Friday 9 am - 10.15 am, 2 pm - 2.45 pm and 4 pm - 5.30 pm For appointments phone reception

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Chemists and Pharmacies

List of Organisations in Pitlochry

and 1.30 pm - 5 pm Wed Closed, Thurs Closed, Fri 8.45 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm. Appointments can be made with us by calling us on 01738 476000 (option 2). Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Tel: (01796) 474645 Mon to Fri: by appointment 7KLV&RXQFLORIÃ&#x20AC;FHZLOOQRWRSHQXQWLODPRQWKH Ã&#x20AC;UVW7KXUVGD\RI HYHU\PRQWK

Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bank

Davidsons Chemist - Atholl Road, Pitlochry Tel: 01796 472810 and 01796 472414 Davidsons Chemist - 1 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH. Tel: 01350 727210

There is a list of all seventy-three organisations in the library mainly for the use of newcomers to the area. If there are any groups which have been formed since September 2014, they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be on the list so please send details Â&#x2021;+RXVLQJ &RPPXQLW\6DIHW\Â&#x2021; of the contact person to Catherine Holmes 3LWORFKU\$UHD2IÃ&#x20AC;FH c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com or phone 01796 26/28 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 473400. For longer established organisations, Opening hours are as follows: Mon 8.45 am - 12.30 please let me know of any change of contact pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm, Tues 8.45 am - 12.30 pm person unless you have already done so.

Birnam Library

Station Rd, Birnam, PH8 0DS T: 01738 459709 birnamlibrary@culturepk.org.uk Monday - Closed, Tuesday - Closed, Wednesday - Closed. Thursday - 6pm - 8pm, Friday - 10am noon and 1pm - 5pm, Saturday 10am - noon

Pitlochry Library

26 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01796 474635 pitlochrylibrary@culturepk.org.uk Monday - Closed, Tuesday - Closed Wednesday - 2 pm - 4 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm Thursday -10 am - 12 noon and 2pm - 7pm Friday - 2 pm - 4 pm, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

Perth and Kinross Council

Council Main Reception 01738 475000 Perth & Kinross Childcare Information Service 0845 601 4477 Potholes, Blocked Drains, Faulty Street Lights, All 0800 23 23 23 Road defects - Freephone

The Atholl Quair

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Pitlochry Bank of Scotland

76 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BW; 01796 532013. This branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am - 4 pm; Tuesday Closed; Saturday Closed

Dunkeld Bank of Scotland

High Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AL; 01350 727415 This branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 10 am - 3 pm; Wednesday and Thursday Closed; Saturday Closed

TSB

Bank Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BB; Tel: 01887 604999. Open on a Tuesday only. Bonnethill Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BS; Tel: 01796 634999. Open on a Thursday only. Amulree Hall - The hall is available for meetings, etc, with good rates for local residents. Please get in touch with any queries. For further info or to make a booking, call 07749 914906 or email info@amulreehall.org.uk.

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Re-opening 15th March 2020

Rotary Club of Pitlochry - Once again Rotarians honoured the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday. After the Chieftain had been piped in by Annabel Charlton it was dramatically addressed by Ian Moyes and a Yorkshire take on the Selkirk Grace was given by Richard Dyson. The traditional toasts were made by Dougal Spaven (words by Neil Panton) and Jane King while John Reid gave his usual erudite and thoughtful version of the Immortal Memory. Our candidate, Jaqui Stewart of Pitlochry High, took part in the District round of the Young Chef of the Year competition in Dundee and although she did not win she received an Honourable Mention in an event where she was up against much older and more experienced youngsters. She was presented with her FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHE\WKH+HDG&KHI DW Ballintaggart. Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society Winter programme of Meetings

The Historical Society has its last meeting of our winter programme, which takes place at 7.30 pm in Birnam Arts on Monday, 16 March. It will be a fascinating talk on the Romans entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revisiting the Romans in Perthshire: A fresh look at the archaeology beyond the Frontierâ&#x20AC;? - Gavin Lindsay (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust) Although it is not as well-known as the frontier lines of Hadrianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, or the Antonine Wall, built by Antonius Pius in 142 AD, there were at least three recorded occasions when Roman armies travelled further north. This included passing through and occupying what is now Perth and Kinross, known as Bertha to the Romans. In addition there was the construcWLRQRI ,QFKWXWKLOQHDU6SLWDOĂ&#x20AC;HOGDVDEDVHIRUWKH7ZHQWLHWK/HJLRQ a unit consisting of over 5,000 troops, a site covering 53 acres. In addition we are busy finalising our winter programme for 2020/2021 and already have two interesting talks lined up for your diary. Monday, 19 October - â&#x20AC;&#x153;The River Runs Redâ&#x20AC;? - featuring true stories from Perthshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dark Past by Mark Bridgeman. Monday, 16 November - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayhem in long skirts - the Scottish suffragettesâ&#x20AC;? by Ajay Close who wrote A Petrol Scented Spring. We hope to make announcements about the rest of the programme in the spring, watch this space. Highland Perthshire Community Band - Something Old. Something New. Something Scottish. Something Blue. We have a large and varied repertoire of arrangements for brass, woodwind and saxophone. The band meets every Monday at Breadalbane Community Campus from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. We would be delighted to welcome new members and invitations to perform. Please contact 01887 820592 for further details. 60


Karen Dunbar to take on iconic comedy role in Perth Theatre

Celebrated Scottish actor and comedian Karen Dunbar has been announced as Lady Bracknell in the upcoming Perth Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She will be stepping into some famous shoes as the iconic comedy character, who utters the famous line “A handbag?”, has been played by such diverse talents as Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Geoffrey Rush and David Suchet! Karen is best known for TV classics including Chewin’ the Fat, The Karen Dunbar Show, River City and Rab C. Nesbitt. She recently completed a run as God in Still Game in SSE Hydro! Commenting on her potential take on the role, Karen said, “I’m really looking forward to appearing in The Importance of Being Earnest in Perth this March. It’s such a classic play: funny, smart, timeless and very relevant, especially in times like these. So far, I’m pitching my Lady Bracknell somewhere between Mary Berry and Ena Sharples. We’ll see what comes oot!” Grant O’Rourke will play Algernon, Amy Kennedy plays Cecily, Caroline Deyga is Gwendolin and Daniel Cahill plays Jack. Supported by Bright Spirits, with match funding from Culture and Business Fund Scotland, The Importance of Being Earnest runs in Perth Theatre from Thursday, 5 March until Saturday, 21 March.

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Tuesday, 3 March - Thursday, 30 April Daily 10 am -5 pm Exhibition: Li Huang. Free Entry. Opening Friday, 6 March 5 pm - 8 pm Wednesday, 4 March - 7.30 pm. Wanted. Gazebo Theatre. ÂŁ12/ÂŁ10/ÂŁ5 U26s + ÂŁ1 Booking Fee. Wanted explores the stories of 5 extraordinary ordinary women who share a passion for standing up for what is right, IHDWXULQJDQDUUD\RI KLVWRULFDOĂ&#x20AC;JXUHV3UH theatre menu available for this event. Reserve your place on 01350 727674 Thursday, 19 March - 7.30 pm. Elles Bailey. ÂŁ12/ÂŁ10/ÂŁ5 U26s + ÂŁ1 Booking Fee. When Elles lands in Birnam, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think twice, just get hereâ&#x20AC;Ś a great evening and a long musical friendship will be waiting! Friday, 20 - Sunday, 22 March - The Niel Gow Festival. Musicians from far and

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Registration for the 2020 Exhibition will be open online from Wednesday, 1 April - Sunday, 31 May at www.dunkeldartexhibition.com. The Exhibition will run for 10 weeks from Thursday, 25 June until Thursday, 3 September and is open every day from 10 am - 7 pm and 12 pm - 6 pm on Sundays. Last year we sold over 400 pieces of work and gave the Church funds a donation of ÂŁ7,000. We are fortunate to have the support of a good number of professional artists as well as amateurs, coming from all over the country. For any further information please email DunkeldArt@aol.com.


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Birnam to Ballinluig A9 Community Group Working constructively to get the best community outcomes from the A9 dualling proposals. The next regular B to B A9 Community Group meeting will be on Thursday, 26 March at the Duchess Anne, Dunkeld, 7.30 pm. All Welcome! The series of workshops on Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing, which Community Group representatives started on October 31 with Transport Scotland/Jacobs (TS/J), concluded on January 8, making six in total. A full report was made at the January 30 Community Group meeting and is available online and by email. The agreed purpose of the workshops was that - following on from discussions about the CGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closing the Gapâ&#x20AC;? paper after the Cabinet Secretaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit last July we would together aim to: *better understand and discuss TS/J concerns about the Community Preferred Route (CPR) voted for in June 2018 and mitigation possibilities *examine the TS/J additional design options from their March and May 2019 exhibits, as well as the CPR, in relation to the Community Objectives adopted in 2017; *get a better understanding of the reasons/rationales for the additional proposals E\76- GLVFXVVUHĂ&#x20AC;QHPHQWRI WKHVHDQG or further design options, including the 450 m cut and cover tunnel (not included in the 2019 exhibits but agreed later by TS/J to be assessed) Process - Three workshops dealt with VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F ORFDWLRQV %LUQDP0XUWKO\ (VWDWH junctions (preceded by an overview of the CPR); Dunkeld junction; and Dunkeld and Birnam Station access/A9 road level. The other workshops covered follow up WRLWHPVIURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKUHH LQSDUWLFXODU new design options proposed by the CG); Environmental Assessment process and issues for the whole route; recap summary of engineering issues; and review of the CPR and additional design options in light of the Community Objectives and the TS objectives for the A9 dualling. (Note: The other junctions on the Pass of Birnam to Tay Crossing section, at the en-

trance to the Hermitage and at the Dalguise Road, were not included in the workshop discussions other than in the whole route overview because TS/J did not make an alternative proposals to those voted for in the CPR.) 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZRUNVKRSZDVIHOWWREHVXFFHVVful and the other ones followed the same format (participants around a big table with large scale maps on) each running for three hours or more, with arrangements including refreshments made by TS. The CG representatives (between 6 and 10 each time) were encouraged by the openness of the TS/Jacobs team, led by well-prepared Jacobs engineers who had been involved LQWKH&R&UHDWLYH3URFHVV GXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half of 2018), and the collaborative and productive discussions which ensued with unpressured time. An early key learning point for the CG was that the reasoning behind the additional design options as comparators to the Community Preferred Route (put on, or back on, the table last year) appears clearer. As a matter of due process TS are required to show Ministers that proposed junctions/routes can be compared to something in order to be selected. This process appears now to be less threatening than it did at the time of the TS/J exhibits last spring. The presence of an additional design option at this stage eg at Dunkeld junction does not automatically mean that is thought by TS/J to be better than the design voted for in the CPR. Throughout the workshops the CG participants kept clear the views of the commuQLW\DVLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGE\WKH Community Preferred Route (CPR) option: in particular dualling the section past Birnam through a tunnel which would lower the A9, allowing the station to be reconnected to Birnam via Station Road for ac64

cess and parking and for pedestrians and cyclists; the lowered A9 continuing to a roundabout at the Dunkeld junction. CG participants strongly maintained the position that the CPR represents the best RSWLRQZLWKWKHPD[LPXPEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVDQGWKH minimum negative impacts. None of the additional options presented by TS/Jacobs meet the Community Objectives as fully as the CPR. One of the alternatives presented last March is to replace the current A9 with an â&#x20AC;&#x153;at gradeâ&#x20AC;? dual carriageway passing Birnam. This would remove the station car park and would likely require a grade separated Dunkeld junction. A lift and underpass would provide access from the station to Station Road. The CG participants were clear in pointing out that this would not meet the Community Objectives as expressed in the Co-Creative Process. TS/Jacobs are now tasked with presenting the CPR and alternatives in a DMRB Stage 2 Assessment Report and Recommendation to the Cabinet Secretary early in 2020. While we wait for more clarity on the timetable for this, and when we will have sight of the Assessment Report, the Community Group will continue to present and advocate for the clear advantages, in relation to the Community Objectives, of the Community Preferred Route and its components, and the


disadvantages of additional options tables by TS/Jacobs. There is a display with background information on the “Community Preferred Route” at Birnam Arts, on the wall in the Dance and Drama Studio upstairs. Our page on “The Bridge” website has more information on recent developments www.dunkeldandbirnamnews.co.uk/community-council/a9-dualling. More detailed information from TS is available at: www.transport.gov.scot/projects/ a9-dualling-perth-to-inverness/a9-passof-birnam-to-tay-crossing/project-details/#50754. You can contact us at email: dunkeldA9workinggroup@gmail.com and to have your details added (or removed from) our mailing list, also at Facebook page: Birnam to Ballinluig A9 Community Group. Please Like and Share it or just phone me! Alasdair Wylie, Coordinator 01350 727361 07927 175121

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Perthshire Branch, Friends of Scottish Opera Provisional Season for season 2019-2020

Talks in the Royal George Hotel at 2.30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Programme; Donald Maxwell, our much loved Patron and Baritone singer, on Sunday, 8 March. He will talk about the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, in particular, the Gondoliers, which is the last stage opera this season. A Jaunt to a Dress Rehearsal, Tuesday, 12 May. Having enjoyed Donaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk, we can go to see the Rehearsal, after an early light supper. Bus will leave in time for us to be at the Theatre Royal for 5.15 pm, then the show at 7.15 pm. Concert, at Birnam Arts, on Sunday, 26 April. Scottish Opera All Sorts, a group of four lady singers give a delightful mix of opera and lighter music â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a cappellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. There will be a glass of Fizz to start, and our now famous 5DIĂ H Further Information, Hamish McBride, Tr e a s u r e r . 0 1 8 8 7 840355, email, hamishmcbride46@gmail.com 70


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environmental chat will take place on Friday, 13 March at HPCP, 23 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, 7 pm to 9 pm. A Climate CafĂŠ is where people come together for a regular monthly meeting which is open to everyone of any age whether they are familiar with climate change or not, but are interested in its effects on the environment. Come chat about any concerns or interests you KDYH H[FKDQJH LQIRUPDWLRQ Ă&#x20AC;QG VRPH DQVZHUV )RU more information contact:-Carol Aitken, caaitken. naturaldesign@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page, Climate Cafe Pitlochry & District for more tips and information. Website coming soon. Tesco, Crieff Road, Perth - Has a new collection SRLQWIRUUHF\FOLQJLQNMHWFDUWULGJHV:DWHUĂ&#x20AC;OWHUV%DWteries and Light bulbs. We recently attended The Birks Cinema to see a Film 2040ZKHUHHQYLURQPHQWDOLVWDQGĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNHU'DPRQ Gameau, being concerned about his young daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future travels the world in search of existing solutions to climate change. He meets with pioneers in many Ă&#x20AC;HOGVWRGUDZRQWKHLUH[SHUWLVHUHJDUGLQJHQHUJ\IRRG WUDYHODQGZDVWH,WZDVDJRRGIHHOJRRGĂ&#x20AC;OPZRUWKWKH watch and hoping to bring it to Pitlochry at some point.


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