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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Bike Revolution Fisheries & Community Museum Lossiemouth Flower Show Hopeman Gala Football Club Report West Beach Brewery The Stotfield Hotel ‘Moray Coast Cooks’ Community News, Events & What’s On Plus Much More ...


Dear Neighbours, The eagle-eyed amongst you will have realised that the 19th Summer Issue of The Lossie Local is in fact late this year. My apologies to those of you who have long anticipated its arrival! As I explained to our advertisers I was running behind and didn’t manage to catch up - having two small children means I only get to work on the magazine in the evenings and at weekends, and I wasn’t able to do as much as needed for this issue. But it’s here now, and the next edition will be a combined Autumn/Winter one out sometime during October (so for those of you organising community & charity events around that time please remember and get in touch in plenty of time - full details on how to get information published either free of charge or at reduced rates is under the community tab at Thanks again to the Senior Citizen Bus Trust Walking Group, who have once again done a great job in delivering the magazines. The lovely summery front cover photo is by Nicola Mack. For more of her stunning images go to As you go through and read the magazine please make a note of who’s advertising, old and new (and there are plenty of new ones to spot!). Please make the effort to use our local businesses rather than the big stores and supermarkets, even if it’s just some of the time. I’m sure everyone will be saddened to learn of Swansons’ recent closure. It’s a real loss for our town; for the staff who worked there, their loyal customers (some of whom haven’t the means to travel to a big store to get their fruit and veg), and for the community and our visitors in general. Those of you who feel strongly about the importance of shopping locally, keeping our hard-earned cash in Lossie and ensuring no more shops are forced to close please get in touch and note your support. If there’s enough interest perhaps The Lossie Local can co-ordinate some sort of ‘Support our Local Shops’ Campaign? Something to think about ...

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Baptist Church …………………….…..14&15 Bike Revolution ……………………..……...44 Community News & Events ……….….5&6 Fisheries & Com’ty Museum ……...29&30 Flower Show ………………………………....32 Get Gladiator Fit ……………………..……..34 Hopeman Gala …………………...…...16&17 Index of Advertisers …………….………...46 Lewis’ Footballing Dreams …………..….22 Lossie Football Club ..…………...…..19&20 Lossiemouth Gospel Hall …….…........8&9 Marine Park ……………………………….….39 ‘Moray Coast Cooks’ Recipe Book …....36 Moray Coast Med Centre ………………...10 RAF Lossie News …………………..……….38 Stotfield Hotel …………….23, 24, 25 & 26 West Beach Brewery …………….....41&42 YPAC …………………………………………....12 So enjoy the summer months ahead and look forward Useful Phone Numbers ……..…………….33 to catching up again during October. Nicky Slater

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Community News, Events & What’s On CHARITY SHOP ON QUEEN STREET (up lane by Indigo Mystique) Please donate all your good quality clothes, toys, books etc. Come in, browse & pick up a bargain! The Wall of Rock is a free-entry youth music We will be supporting the following charities festival running on 7 & 8 September at Station during July, Aug, Sep, Oct and Nov: Park. There will be a family area so parents 2 Jul - 13 Jul: Luncheon Club and grandparents are warmly invited too. 16 Jul - 27 Jul: Friends of Guiding COMMUNITY CENTRE 30 Jul - 10 Aug: Darby & Joan Club 2 - 3 Children’s Playgroup 2 groups available; 13 Aug - 24 Aug: Senior Citizens 9.15am - 10.45am. For further information 27 Aug - 7 Sep: Elgin & District Cancer telephone 815299. Support Group Children’s Birthday Parties Bouncy Castle, 10 Sep - 21 Sep: Baptist Church Sports or Swimming Pool Parties. Available 24 Sep - 5 Oct: Royal British Legion everyday during the Summer Holidays. 8 Oct - 19 Oct: Greyfriars Club 22 Oct - 2 Nov: Millennium Association Parent & Toddler Groups Come along and meet new people and make new friends at this friendly group. Wednesday morning 9.15am 10.45am.


Variety concert featuring an electic mix of acoustic performances from around Moray. Badminton Come along and have some fun at These incluse Alice Cruickshank, Blair our open session on Wed 6.15pm - 7.30pm. McLeod, Fat King George, Scott Ramsay and Adults £2.85, Children £1.40. Equipment many more. Held at the East Grange Loft on supplied. 20 July. Tickets available from Sound & Vision (Elgin), Starbucks (Elgin), East Grange Spin Classes Various classes running Loft, and £5 throughout the Summer Holidays. for adults and £3 for students (students may be Swimming Pool New timetable available at asked to produce a valid student ID at the reception. Children’s swimming lessons, door). Doors and bar open at 7pm, event starts parent & child classes, fun & activity sessions. at 8pm. Summer holiday saver cards - available for the Summer Holidays. One payment of £7.50 for swimming pool, stepping stones, snorkelling & fun sessions. Swimming lesson crash courses - £15 per weekly block. For further information on any of the above activities please contact Lossiemouth Sports & Community Centre on 01343 815299. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IN MORAY The swimming pool timetable is available at and follow the leisure link. A website of information and support for people with MS, their friends,

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THE ROYAL AIRFORCE ASSOCIATION (RAFA) LOSSIEMOUTH The RAFA meet at 8.00pm at on the first Wednesday of every month at the RNAS Club Lossiemouth. All RAF Serving Members and Ex-Serving Members are welcome to attend. For further details please ring 01343 545687 (Chairman). 4th LOSSIE BOYS BRIGADE Every Wednesday at Hythehill Primary School. Anchor boys (Primary 1, 2 & 3), 5.30pm - 6.30pm; Junior Section (Primary 4, 5 & 6) 6.30pm - 8pm; Company Section (Primary 7 & High School) 8pm - 9.30pm. Contact James Allan on 01343 542305. LIVING WATERS FELLOWSHIP Bishopmill Hall, Bishopmill, Elgin. For good ole preaching, praying and singing Country Gospel Style. Sundays at 11.30am with lunch after service. Sing along with Lossie Country Gospel Singer Trevor James Mair most Sundays. Pick-up available. Contact details 07730 256543. ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Tue & Sat Social Bingo. Starts 8pm Main Function Hall. Regular Sat evening entertainment, best local artistes. Planned Fri or Sat ‘theme’ night buffet dances. Home & Away Golf Outings - Club Members match play Championship. Club Trophy and sponsors prizes to be won. Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 11am - 2.30pm. 5pm - 11pm Fri - Sat 11am - 12.30am Sun 12noon - 11pm Old Comrades Club, Commerce Street.


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Stargazing The BBC series, STARGAZING LIVE, showed photographs of galaxies undreamed of before now. The glory, majesty, wisdom and power of God was plain for everyone to see. But most people ignore God’s message. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Ps 19:1

The known universe is beyond man’s comprehension and is but a tiny part of what is yet undiscovered. It could be limitless. New discoveries are made almost daily; three new exoplanets were discovered in December last year. Planets around stars beyond our Solar System are called extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Planets are smaller than stars and only REFLECT light, having none of their own, so they are much fainter than stars. It is therefore difficult to detect planets except for those in our own Solar System. Our sun has EIGHT official planets and at least THREE dwarf planets.

Accordingly, at least 160 billion starbound planets may exist in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. The article ends:– So far, we only know of one planet like the Earth and WE’RE living on it! Men are afraid of being alone in the universe and are frantically searching for life beyond earth. Billions of £s and $s are being spent sending spacecraft into the unknown, searching for the faintest trace of extra-terrestrial life. On earth radio and other types of telescopes are also being used for the same purpose. However no super-race will arrive from the stars to rescue mankind from its folly and ruin. That’s because God created this planet to be the only arena in which men get to decide their eternal destiny. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:27

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In a 2012 study, each star of the 100 billion or so in our Milky Way Galaxy is estimated to host ‘on average, at least 1.6 planets.’


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The Man whom God sent to save the planet was rejected by its inhabitants:—“We will NOT have THIS Man to reign over us!” The mob screamed in hatred when Pilate, the Roman governor, presented the battered and bleeding Jesus to it and asked it to choose between Jesus and the murderer and robber, Barabbas. The verdict was unanimous. “AWAY with Him, let Him be CRUCIFIED!

But God has decreed:— Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

You are invited by the Christians at the Gospel Hall to join us on: Sunday: Sunday Club at 9.30 am (recommences Sept) Contact 01343 559356 Gospel Meeting At 6.30pm

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Jesus is coming back to rescue this earth from the wreck man has made it and to make war on His enemies, whom He will destroy. Have you made peace with Him yet? If you have never repented of your sins and trusted Christ as your only Saviour you are still an enemy of God. Call upon Him now, confess your sin and cry to Him to have mercy on you. You have the Word of God:— “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21

Thought Spot Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. John Newton, 1779

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moray coast medical practic e It seems to be some time since our last article updating everyone on news from the medical centre. We’ve since had a hint of summer in March, only to be plunged back into cold and wet weather again, with the usual return of seasonal coughs and colds which kept us all busy. We’ve been lucky this year in that we’ve seen no major flu outbreaks, which may be a reflection of the excellent uptake of flu vaccine. As usual we were extremely grateful to the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for their help in running the annual ‘flu day’ in the Town Hall.

Kinloss this summer. This link provides the military trainees with excellent experience of the full range of normal NHS General Practice. We in turn benefit from their youth, enthusiasm and new knowledge. Following a meeting with the PPG it has been agreed that the local Moray Area Cancer Support Group (MACS) will use the meeting room at the Practice for some of their meetings. The group aims to support patients, carers, family and friends affecting by cancer. Details of the next meeting can be found by contacting MACS directly on 07516 219151.

The start of the year has been difficult in the Practice. We were sad to lose our We hope you all enjoy a healthy and Practice Manager a few months ago and happy summer. wish her all the very best in her future endeavours. We’ve found her to be a big Golf Dedication Centre miss in the Practice but have coped in the Lighthouse Golf & Leisure Shop main due to the loyal hard work of all our staff. We have been successful in make the m ost of the summer sunshine appointing a new Practice Manager and our beautiful location ... Alison Frankland - who joined us in May Pitch & Putt Family Fun from the Yorkshire area. She has a wealth Open 7 Days, Free Club Hire of experience and we’re sure will continue in Val’s footsteps to lead us in the future. Since Christmas we’ve also been sad to say goodbye to Dr Kate Ainge. Many of you will have met her over the last year as she did some of her GP training with us on detachment from the RAF. Dr Ainge was the last of a number of RAF trainees from RAF Kinloss that we have hosted in the surgery, in addition to our own trainees, over the last few years. Sadly Kinloss is no longer home to RAF GP training so this link will stop, but we have recently met with senior Army GPs and hope to establish a similar link with them as they relocate to Muirt on

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Hopeman Gala 13 - 21 July Every summer the normally peaceful village of Hopeman begins to get busier as holidaymakers and day trippers journey to the beaches, caravan park, rock pools, skate park and stunning cliff walks. Children enjoy themselves around the quiet harbour and the shops do a roaring trade in ice creams. For some holidaymakers the middle of July means a special trip to Hopeman to join the community in the highlight of the year, Hopeman Gala Week. Now in its 38th year this popular event has grown from strength to strength and runs over nine days, each day packed with events and activities for all ages. The emphasis is on fun, and everyone’s involved. Planning for gala week starts very early, usually around September or October, but the first real sign that things are starting to happen is when our Gala Queen and Princess are chosen in May. On selection night all the local ‘quines’ arrive at the village hall to be treated to


a makeover in readiness for the judges. The girls are then quizzed on their likes, dislikes, hobbies and opinions. Becoming gala queen is not just a matter of beauty! Once chosen, the girls are instantly in the limelight and have only a few short weeks to prepare for the crowning ceremony. Everyone knows that gala week is here when they notice the marquee going up at Cameron Park. There’s little time for our band of volunteers to build the stage and fit the lighting before the first event! Marking the start of the gala these days are the hugely popular Kartie Races. Weeks and weeks of father and son preparation are revealed on the evening of the races. The roads are closed and battle commences. Following this event, everyone makes their way to the marquee for awards and music! And so the week begins. Every day has something for everyone. The wee ones look forward to the sandcastle competition, fancy dress parade, story time, teddy bears’ picnic and loads more.

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Older children enjoy the skate park competition, 5 a-side football, art classes and discos. Hopeman Gala is all about families though, and again there’s a lot to choose from! Firm favourites are the hotly contested car treasure hunt, the family fun quiz, tombola night and the huge get together on harbour night. For the older age groups, both the golf club and the bowling club run gala competitions during the week and both our local pubs host a fund raising themed night.

want to get in touch. For everyone on Facebook we have our ‘Hopeman Gala (the unofficial page)’ site, which contains humorous reports from all our events and generally acts as the daily bugle during gala week! We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can promise you a fun-packed week where mums don’t have to worry about what to do with the kids during the holidays. Come and join us during our gala which starts this year on Friday 13 July and runs until Saturday 21 st. You’re all very welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Hopeman Gala Committee

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LOSSIEMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB With the season winding down, Lossie welcomed local rivals Rothes to Grant Park for a midweek fixture. A goalless first half was forgotten after a goal from Colin Charlesworth and a Ross Archibald double as Lossie concluded the Coasters home fixtures for the season. Lossie began the month of May with a trip into darkest Aberdeenshire for a rearranged game against Shire strugglers Formartine United. Lossie were more than a match for their moneybags opponents and arrived at the break level following Kevin Grant’s equaliser, but Formartine ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of a late goal. The Coasters travelled north to play Wick Academy for the last game of the season, and a patched-up Coasters featuring a number of players from Lossiemouth United kept their on -form opponents at bay until just after an hour into the game, before conceding three to end the campaign with a defeat. The season finished on a low note for the club as manager Charlie Charlesworth announced his departure from Lossiemouth to take up the reigns at Deveronvale. In charge since January 2008, Charlesworth overhauled a struggling side and achieved a number of impressive results during his time in charge, including the club’s first Scottish Cup tie win for fifty years, and replacing him will not be an easy task. Ahead of the new season, the annual Highland League Fans Tournament will be held for the tenth time this summer, and will once again take place in Lossiemouth on June 30th. As previous winners, the hosts will be looking to get their hands on the Toilet Bowl once again, but


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there will be a number of other teams fancying their chances.

The club’s supporters now have their own internet forum, which is used for discussions on all matters relating to the club and the Scot-Ads Lossiemouth FC may be Highland League. The forum has become very out of action during the popular with fans throughout the Highland summer but the team’s Social Club will be open League and contains information on all levels of local football, including local junior and for business in the coming months, and new welfare clubs and leagues. To sign up and have your say, visit You can members are always also follow the club on Twitter welcome at 39 Macduff Street, Lossiemouth. The @lossiemouthfc. club is hosting a masquerade ball on Saturday Kevin McKenzie July 7th, featuring live music, a DJ and a buffet. Tickets are £10 and are available from the social club. Pre-season friendly matches have yet to be scheduled but one game already organised is the Martin McMullan Testimonial match, to be played against local Third Division side Elgin City. The match is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday July 15 th, with a host of current and former players taking to the field in honour of the club’s longest serving player. More details will be available on the club’s website as they are confirmed. Fixtures for the 2012-13 season have been released and Lossiemouth face a trip to Fort William on the opening day of the season, before hosting local minnows Forres Mechanics at Grant Park the following Saturday. Dates for the early rounds of the North of Scotland Cup have yet to be confirmed and fixtures will be posted on the club website as soon as possible. Fixtures... 04 Aug 2012 – Fort William (Away) 11 Aug 2012 – Forres Mechanics (Home) 18 Aug 2012 – Cove Rangers (Away) 25 Aug 2012 – Scottish Cup first round (opposition TBC) 01 Sep 2012 – Brora Rangers (Home) 08 Sep 2012 – Wick Academy (Away) 15 Sep 2012 – Fraserburgh (Away) 22 Sep 2012 – Nairn County (Home) 29 Sep 2012 – Clachnacuddin (Away)


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Lewis’ Footballing Dreams Following a plea in The Northern Scot for sponsorship, The Lossie Local is pleased to contribute towards a promising young footballer’s forthcoming international tournament. Lewis Hendry, hailing from Hopeman and a pupil at Lossie High, was scouted by Caley Thistle in the first half of 2007. He’s been making excellent progress through their youth scheme, training three nights per week in Inverness or Dingwall and playing the other SPL youth teams at the weekend. He’s now been selected to play for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Under 13 Squad at the Umbro Dublin Cup in August. The Dublin Cup will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and is expected to be extra special with teams from abroad already expressing interest. The Tournament will take place over 3 days at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh, Dublin.

of Scotland Under 14 Champion at 100m and 200m. Playing for Caley Thistle’s Under 13s this year, his most memorable moments have been scoring against Rangers in a 1-1 draw in Glasgow, and from a 40 yard free kick against Dundee United, where they won 3-2. Travelling from Moray to training and matches already involves a significant financial commitment, so finding a sponsor has been very important for Lewis to make it to Dublin. His other sponsors are Hopeman Football Club and Hopeman Dynamos. He’s now helping to coach the Dynamos on Monday nights.

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Have you ever wondered what the story is behind our Fisheries and Community Museum down at the Harbour? Even if you haven’t it’s an interesting one, and is told here by Jack Scott, member of the founding committee.

The concept of a museum was first spoken about at a meeting of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA) in December 1979, when a small steering committee was formed consisting of John Thomson (Chairman), Jack Scott (Secretary), Willie Stewart and Jimmy Gault. The committee was soon expanded to include various councillors and community council members. Following a meeting in January 1980 it was decided that the first criteria was to find a premises. After looking at several old houses, and even considering the availability of Ramsay MacDondald’s birth place, it soon became apparent that the solution was right on the doorstep. With the decline in the fishing fleet several stores in which fishing gear had been kept now lay empty, and wouldn’t be used again. The Harbour Board, at the time under the Chairmanship of William Wittet, were keen on the idea and soon transferred occupancy to the trustees of the Museum for a nominal rent of £20 per year. After a few months delay the architects moved in and made a comprehensive report, which convinced the committee that they had a very good building to set up a museum. The initial cost was to be £9,000. Meanwhile William

Wittet and Co. carried out a full survey and permission for change of use and the application went in to the planning authorities on 5 Sep 1980. It was more than a year later on 10 Oct 81 that a warrant was given to proceed. In Jun 82 the contract was awarded to Stewart Souter and Son. The cost of the project had now risen to £24,000, quickly rising to £30,872 and finally the grand sum of £35,300. This concerned the committee, so approaches were made to local and district councils and various trust organisations to try to raise the money. To this end they were successful, receiving £6,500 each from Moray District Council and Grampian Council, £13,000 from the Scottish Tourist Board, £9,000 from the SWFPA and various smaller amounts from the Arthur Duthie Organisation, RAF, Community Council and others too numerous to mention.

the most prestigious exhibit was the Work started in Jan 83 and was completed in reconstruction of the study of the late Prime September of the same year. It was decided Minister Ramsay MacDonald, donated by his that they would try to open for the summer season of 1984. As well as raising funds the committee had to start finding exhibits, and the public response was overwhelming, offering all sorts of items for display. One of the conditions of the Tourist Board grant was that the museum must carry out a storyline or theme. This proved none too easy, so the committee decided to sponsor a manpower services scheme, whereby people could be employed using government funding. Six people were duly employed, and under the guidance of Mrs Hazel Sanderson they gathered, researched, repaired and documented all the exhibits and material which were available. The first theme revolved around safety, and included the housing gears and lenses of Covesea Lighthouse (given by the Northern Lighthouse Board), the second theme centred around boatbuilding, and the third theme was based on the community. Perhaps

family. At last, after a period of four years, everything had been achieved to complete the museum - a dream come true. Opening day was set for 23 June 84, and to perform the ceremony the family of the late Ramsay MacDonald, his two daughters Dr Joan Mackinnon and Mrs Sheila Lochhead, officiated. William Stewart (Pilot) rang the 8 bells on a bell which came from the wreck of the Lady Gordon, a ribbon was cut by Dr Mackinnon, and the doors were officially opened on a new but old piece of Lossiemouth. As a team they achieved what most people only think about. History shall not be forgotten, and neither will the heritage of the people, who through the years have worked and strived to keep their indigenous crafts and way of life a part of this nation. Jack Scott (Sec) October 1985 For up-to-date information about the Museum a regular newsletter is published on their website - Opening times for 2012 are as follows:

Mon - Sat 11am - 4pm Sunday Opening July 1pm - 4pm Adults - ÂŁ1.50 Children & Seniors - ÂŁ1 Parties and schools by arrangement (01343 813722). 30

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Girlguiding UK is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members worldwide. Guiding is for girls of all backgrounds, abilities and nationalities. Girls can just be themselves - making friends, learning new skills and having fun. Rainbows aged 5 - 7, Brownies aged 7 - 10, Guides aged 10 - 14 and The Senior Section aged 14 - 25. Your local contact for Girl Guiding in Lossiemouth is Dene Brebner on

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Saturday 15 September • Lossiemouth Community Centre

he Lossiemouth Flower Show, to be held on Saturday 15 September in Lossiemouth Community Centre, is a great day out for both competitors and spectators. There are sections for every talent and every age group; not just gardeners - there’s something for all the family either to enter or just view. If you’re an enthusiastic gardener there are sections on all aspects of horticulture, from fruit and vegetables to specially grown flowers or a bunch cut from the border. The schedule has interesting titles for

both the novice and experienced flower arranger, and attracts both male and female exhibitors … so have a go. If your gardening is limited to a pot plant bring that along - there are extensive classes for plants both large and small.


owever if you have no horticultural expertise you could enter the baking or jams section, with numerous entries from cakes to clootie dumplings; and for those who enjoy handicrafts there’s an extensive range of classes to enter from knitting to card making.


he children’s sections are always popular with various clubs encouraging children to show off their talents in handiwork and baking, so come and encourage the youngsters.



ake a note of the date and come along to enjoy and join in the array of talent and inspiration. There are also prizes for the best display of hanging baskets and tubs in your own garden; applications are to be in by 12 July with the winners announced at the show. If you would like to be included in this section contact the president on 547022. Schedules are in most shops and the library so pick one up and see what excites you.

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Useful Numbers Antisocial Behaviour Helpline ……………………………………0800 5877197 BT Fault Line …………………………………………………….…0800 800 151 Community Centre ……………………………………………..…01343 815299 Dr Gray’s Hospital ……………………………………………..…0845 456 6000 Electricity - Power Loss ………………………………................0800 300 999 Gas - Emergency ………………...……………………………….0800 111 999 Grampian Police …………………………………………………..0845 6005700 Harbour Office ……………………………………...…………..…01343 813066 Hythehill Primary School ………………………………...…..…..01343 812014 Laich Dental Practice …………………….……………………….01343 816316 Lossiemouth Library……………………………...……………… 01343 813334 Moray Council ……………………………………………………..01343 543451 Moray Coast Medical Practice ………...………………………..0845 337 1190 NHS 24 …………………………………………...……………….08454 242 424 Lossiemouth High School ……………………………...…….…..01343 812047 Lossiemouth Post Office …………………………...…………….01343 812016 St Gerardine School ………………………...…………………....01343 812251 Town Hall …………………………………………...………….….01343 815309 Train Times/Enquiries ………………………...…...……………..08457 484950 Get in touch if you’d like to see additional numbers listed

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Get with Kathryn Evans New to the Lossie Local is fitness expert, Gladiators’ champion and international athlete Kathryn Evans. She’ll be writing an article each issue, and to start us off here are some of the more common myths about fitness training. Starting a training regime will improve your overall health and fitness, and setting realistic targets and goals to focus on will give you the extra determination you need to make it happen. However, throughout the fitness world there are many training myths that can often confuse people. You hear something you believe to be true, when really it’s nothing more than just a myth circulating the ever growing world of fitness. MYTH NO 1: Woman shouldn’t lift weights because they will bulk up. This is a real fear for woman. They worry that lifting heavy weights will make them ‘bulk’. However woman can not achieve the same muscle growth as men as their testosterone level is much lower. So don’t be afraid of the weights bar; a well balanced programme will not only tone, but will also assist with weight loss. MYTH NO 2: I can reduce fat in my abdominal area by doing lots of sit ups. Sorry! Spot reduction does not work. No matter how many abdominal crunches you do, if there’s a layer of fat over the ab muscles it will not disappear by ab work only. To help burn fat you need to burn calories with exercise in general. MYTH NO 3: As you age, weight gain is inevitable. This is only inevitable if you reduce your physical activity and increase your calorie intake. You need to find a balance that works for you. This usually comes down to sensible food choices. MYTH NO 4: No pain no gain. Of course it’s important for you to push yourself


throughout your workout. However you don’t need to feel horrible and uncomfortably sore. Feeling a little discomfort is natural, and if you’re new to exercise some soreness cannot be avoided. However if you’re working with a personal trainer they should ensure that your programme suits your level of fitness. MYTH NO 5: If you haven’t exercised when you’re young, it’s dangerous to start when you’re older. It’s never too late to start a structured training regime. This will improve your overall health and wellbeing and can be started at any age. You just need to make sure that you go about it the right way and not push yourself too hard too soon. These are just a few of the training myths I’ve chosen to highlight, and ones that I’m frequently asked. I’ll be back next issue with more training advice, so if you’d like me to cover a specific topic or have any questions please contact me through my website

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our multi-cultural community here in the North East of Scotland. You will find typical Scottish meals, as well as recipes from across the world.”

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Steiner Mums Cook up a Book Back at the start of 2011 five Mums came together to think about producing a recipe book to raise some much needed funds for Moray Steiner School. After much hard work, and over a year later, they’re proud to present ‘Moray Coast Cooks’; a wonderfully presented and professionally produced recipe book.

There are over 85 mouth-watering recipes, each lovingly contributed by friends, pupils and parents, sitting alongside many stunning images of our local area. One of the contributing photographers is Lossiemouth based Lloyd Fudge, so you can be sure to recognise some very familiar places. Covesea Café were one of the first sponsors to come on board, making a financial donation to help cover print costs, and submitting two delicious recipes - Covesea Café Crab Cakes and Luxury Fish Pie. This book really cannot be recommended highly enough. Apart from being a really useful addition to your kitchen it makes a great gift, particularly to showcase our beautiful area to friends and family who live further afield.

If you’d like to have a look at a copy “Compiling the book is not only about (they cost just £10), please contact raising funds, but also an opportunity me, Nicky Slater, at The Lossie Local on 815328 or email to share our love for home-cooked As one of food, for the beautiful Moray Coast where our school is situated, and the the mums on the recipe book team I Highlands and Islands which we can so know I’m biased, but I can guarantee easily enjoy. It is also a reflection of you’ll be impressed! 36 To advertise in The Lossie Local please call 01343 815328


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As the school holidays start, may I thank everyone who lives near to RAF Lossiemouth for your perseverance both during Exercise Joint Warrior and while the Tornado Role Demonstration Team has been practicing. The Exercise was very successful and following the recent award of Public Display Authority, the Role Demo will be performing thought the UK, showcasing Air Power to millions of people. You can follow them at Since the last edition, 617 Squadron has continued to provide life-saving Air Power all over Afghanistan and the RAF Regiment team from 5 (Force Protection) Wing have deployed to Camp Bastion and are securing the airfield and its approaches, as well as flying throughout Helmand supporting The Medical Emergency Support Team. I visited them all in May and can confirm they are in good spirits - your local RAF Base is certainly pulling its weight in combat! The new Combined Mess, a substantial capital works project, was completed and opened early and we proudly hosted a


Diamond Jubilee Annual Formal Reception, combined with a families event and a firewalk to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund early in June. We were also proud to support Moray's Armed Forces Day celebrations in Buckie later in the month. Following participation in Her Majesty's Muster at Windsor, with aircraft in the flypast and people in the parade, RAF Lossiemouth will be providing support throughout the Olympics, in roles ranging from security and catering to Air Traffic Control. As the year moves on, 617 Squadron will return and all 3 Tornado Squadrons have exciting overseas deployments planned as they change focus from Afghanistan and towards their broader Defence roles. If you'd like to know more about everything RAF Lossiemouth and it's people are up to please follow us at raflossiemouth and on our Twitter account @RAF_Lossiemouth. With very best regards and thanks for your continuing support,

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If you’re worried about cancer, the best person to speak to is your doctor. It could be nothing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, and outcomes are much better these days. In fact, twice as many people survive cancer compared to 30 years ago. Whatever you do, don’t worry that you might be wasting your doctor’s time. They want to see you. All you have to do is make an appointment.

A FEW SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR A new lump which appears or gets bigger, in the breasts, testicles or anywhere else. A sore that doesn’t heal up – in the mouth, throat or skin. A mole that changes shape, size or colour. Any growth that appears on the skin and continues to grow. Coughing up blood, or blood in the urine or mixed through stools. Things that refuse to clear up, like a cough that never goes away, or a pain somewhere that won’t settle. A change in pattern of going to the toilet. Unexpected weight loss (that’s not because you’ve been on a diet). Please remember that these symptoms don’t necessarily mean you’ve got cancer. But they could indicate that something else is wrong. So, it’s still important that you talk to your doctor anyway. Don’t just rely on screening, although it is important, you should still check yourself regularly and keep an eye out for any of the above changes in your body. For more information on signs or symptoms and signposting to local cancer support organisations contact your local NHS Grampian healthpoint, call the free healthline on 0500 20 20 30 or log into


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Moray Beach Inspiration Behind New Brewery Enterprise For those of you who missed the STV Local report on new venture West Beach Brewery it’s reproduced again here with kind permission.

(Dambusters) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth, and like many former airmen before them the arguments to settle permanently in the area proved compelling.

Moray is famed for producing fine whiskies - but if two former Dambusters have their way it may also soon have a reputation for brewing beer.

Taken by the natural beauty surrounding the base both would enjoy nothing more than entertaining family and friends, quite often with beer produced with the greatest of skill and care to their own recipes.

Nigel Tiddy and Alisdair Read found Moray very much to their liking when they arrived to serve with 617

Inspired by the reaction they received the pair are now deep into planning a new ‘micro-brewery’ with


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the aim of launching ‘West Beach in around six months time. Brewery’ later this year. The name is Alisdair said, “There is a lot to take in with health and safety and compliance issues but we aim to have our first beers on the shelves in plenty of time for the Christmas and New Year markets.” By Stuart Crowther


inspired by the scenic beach that presents itself to every Tornado aircrew as they approach the Lossiemouth base – and the pair now hope that local people will be equally inspired by their produce! Both are working in their spare time to set up the new business at Lossiemouth’s Coulardbank Industrial Estate, just a stone’s throw from the beach and RAF base where both still work as flight simulator instructors. Alisdair said, “Our plan is for a small brewery selling handcrafted beers to pubs both locally and throughout Scotland. With the emergence of several microbreweries throughout the north of Scotland we are excited to be part of the craft beer revolution in the area. Our focus is on giving people delicious fresh beer that will be as natural as possible – and giving an alternative experience to the bland mass-produced factory beers.” The pair are currently sourcing the equipment they require as well as refining their recipes with an everwilling army of volunteers, and aim to have the business up and running 42

Since this article the Craigelachie Real Ale Club have tried 7 of Al and Nigel’s test brews, all of which were wellreceived. Al was also a judge at the Champion Best Bitter of Scotland competition held at the Aberdeen Beer Festival. They’re hoping to produce beers in cask, keg and bottle form so should be available to everybody. Watch this space for further updates ...

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Family roots are in Italy, home to probably the world’s best ice creams and mouth-watering confectionery. Still a family owned business, it retains all the old-world charm of the traditional seaside W! E N shop with its colourful jars of gobstoppers, toys, souvenirs and large selection of ice help-yourself creams. Here, we still gift wrap while you wait. Pick up a tub of Jersey, gold top tea, coffee & hot premium dairy ice cream. Once you know the name Rizza you’ll spot it everywhere. chocolate machine Rizzas, 15 Clifton Road, Lossiemouth, IV31 6DJ. Tel: 01343 812601 Open 10am - 9pm 7 Days a Week.

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Workshop Selling Bikes Opens in Lossie The new project Bike Revolution has been launched by Outf!t Moray and part funded by Moray LEADER, Cycling Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It sees old bikes lovingly refurbished and sold at affordable prices.

The aim of the project is to encourage cycling in the area by offering affordable second-hand bikes for sale, as well as running maintenance classes and giving advice on local routes and trails.

Money generated from the project goes towar d providi ng vulnerable and disadvantaged young people with training and development opportunities to increase their confidence, life skills and employability. This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Moray Leader 2007-2013 programme. LEADER project funding is designed to promote economic and community development within rural areas, and in particular encourage new approaches to rural development. Bike Revolution will create opportunities for volunteers who can help shape the project whilst gaining valuable practical skills.

Donations of all kinds of bikes, no matter ‘It’s great to show what can be done with their condition are more than welcome. The an old bike’ - Stewart, Bike Technician local workshop will refurbish bikes ready for sale, or take working parts from bikes which have seen better days. Watch out for Bike Doctor sessions performing safety checks at events in your ‘A warm welcome and the offer of a area. cuppa awaits you when you drop off any donations, or give us a call and we’ll see about coming round to collect them.’ Bike sales will run monthly and be based at the workshop on Shore Street in Lossiemouth. Dates will be announced online, with bikes for sale pictured on the Bike Revolution Facebook page. The project extends to offer bike maintenance classes, advice on local routes W: and facilities and safety checks for schools A: 15 Shore Street, Lossiemouth, Moray and young people. T: 01343 549 571


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Index of Advertisers All codes 01343 unless otherwise stated. Some businesses may have more than one number - please check the ad. Accountants

Driving Schools

Painter & Decorator


Electrical Contractor

Personal Injury

Financial Advisors

Personal Trainers

Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

C M Design 540020 ………………….....2 Moray Coast 810567 ……………….....18

Michael Graham 07790 441856..........32

Marc Whyte 815311 ………………..….19

Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

Barber Hairforce 814468 ……………………...12

Fitness Classes Gladiator Fit 209015 ………….……...35

Beauty Bodymatters 811188 …………….….…43

Blinds The Blind Spot 549939 ………....…...31


Janice Lawrence 07791 087173 ..…....19

Business Services

Impact Comms 07860 711571………..30


B Clark & Son 812060 … .…..…..…...11

The Bothy 830006……………... ……...18

Carpet Cleaners

A M Cleaners 835383 ……..……..…...12 Cleaning Formulas 556119 ……….....28

Cleaning Services

Elisabeth’s 07525 345187 …………....40

Children’s Entertainment

Mr Bumbles 01542 832103 …………..36

Bodyfit 814502 ………….…..….……..17

Ready Meals

W’shire Farm Foods 01466 799620 ...41

Removals & Storage



Golf Dedication Centre 810061 …..…10

Anderson’s 01542 839151 …………....29

Jeffrey Lee 815343 ………..…….....…..28 Lossie Tilers 815107 …….………..7&16

Gutter Clearance Cleaning Formulas 556119 ……..…...20


Childcare Centre 810888 ……………..27 Moray Steiner Sch 01309 676300 …...37

Isla & Esme ……...……………………...31

Shops Heating Engineers


Grigor & Young 564813 ……………...13

Ace Tuning 814220 …...…........…….…7 Lossie Garage Services 812063 ...…..34

Hair Accessories


G K Decorators 815606 …………..….42

Firth Heating 814172 ……….………...37

Horse Riding

Indigo Mystique 07530 170848 ……...35 Riaazs 812601…………………… …….43 Seahorse 831491 ……………………....33

Lossie Equestrian Centre 580121 …….7



Weight Loss

The Stotfield 812011 ……...23,24,25&26

Volunteer Centre 843705 ………..……31

Slimming World 814509 ………..……37


Smallprints 07917 549481 ……...…….47


Mark Valentine 810399 ………..…..…28


Gospel Hall …………………………...8&9 Gospel Hall Sunday Club 559356 …...35 Lossie Baptist 812062 ……….…..14&15 Moray Grace F’ship 07738 260550 ...21

Complementary Therapists


The Lock Doctor 07815 921558 ………3

Opticians McClintock Home Eyecare

01309 673635 …..38

W’bank Holistics 07751 316663 ……..33

Computing & IT Moray IT 547713……………………. .....4


Outdoor Activities

Craggan Outdoors 01479 873283 …..22 Outfit Moray 549571 ………………....45

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Lossiemouth's Community Magazine & Local Business Directory Summer 2012