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Dear Neighbours, Here’s the 21st issue of The Lossie Local - just in time for Christmas. Please join me in thanking the Senior Citizen’s Bus Trust Walking Group for delivering your magazine. I hope the weather will have been kind to them. Our 10% profit donation was given to the Lossiemouth Millennium Association and their Christmas Lights Appeal. Once again they’ve done another fantastic job in lighting up our town. The front cover shot was kindly provided by Lossie resident Alison Mitchell following an appeal for photos on the ‘We Heart Moray’ Facebook page. Read all about the group on page 34. Alison has no photography training and uses a basic digital camera - I think you’ll agree she’s done a great job. Continuing with the theme of photography you can read about Clare Mansell’s ‘50 Faces of Moray’ project on page 14. Windswept Brewing give us an update on page 24, and you can find out about Waste Watcher’s forthcoming move to Lossie on page 12. And there are loads of other interesting articles too so make sure you read cover to cover! Remember if you have any community or charity events needing to be publicised in the Spring please let me know. The next issue will be due for delivery week beginning 4 March. And if you have any suggestions on how the magazine can be improved for 2013 I’m always open to suggestions so feel free to get in touch.


Advertising Rates ……………….………….39 The Bulger …………………...……………….28 Community News & Events …………..5&6 Fifty Faces of Moray ……………………....14 Get Gladiator Fit ……………………….20&21 Health & Wellbeing …………………..….….8 Index of Advertisers …………….………...46 I think you’ll recognise most of the advertisers this Library ………………………………………....22 issue. Please consider using their services if at all Lossie Football Club ..………….…….36&37 possible to keep our money within the local area. Lossiemouth Gospel Hall …..….…..18&19 The only new business to point out is Trevor at Moray Coast Med Centre ………………...32 Artisan Services (page 33). He’s done a great job RAF Lossie News …………………..……….16 fixing our shed door so be sure to give him a call Sustainable Technologies ………………..10 and get all those outstanding odd jobs done before Useful Phone Numbers ……..…………….30 the end of the year. Waste Busters ………….…………………...12 So all that remains to be said is have a very We Heart Moray ………………...………….34 enjoyable Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous West Beach Brewery ……………….……..24 New Year.

Nicky Slater

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Community News, Events & What’s On Handmade in Scotland Christmas Craft Fair Sat 8 December 10am - 2pm Lossiemouth High School 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! We will be supporting the following charities during Dec, Jan & Feb: 1 Dec - 7 Dec: St Margaret‟s Church 10 Dec - 14 Dec: GLIE 7 Jan - 11 Jan: Order of Aramanth 14 Jan - 25 Jan: Enable 28 Jan - 8 Feb: Lossie Senior Citizens Minibus Trust 11 Feb - 22 Feb: Male Voice Choir 25 Feb - 8 Mar: Ladybird MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IN MORAY A website of information and support for people with MS, their friends, family and carers. By people with multiple sclerosis for people with multiple sclerosis.

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 Preachin’ Prayin’ Singin’ Sing along with local country Gospel singer Trevor James Mair. Different speakers each week. Sunday 12.30pm followed by lunch. Road to Recovery Wed 7pm with free refreshments, for the alcoholic/addict and homeless. Also Truck Stop Ministires for truck drivers & bikers. Sun 12.30pm & Wed 7pm. Have a break with free refreshments. New Elgin & Ashgrove Hall, King Street (off Land St), Elgin, IV30 6BN. 24 hr contact 07730 256543 / 07923 429039

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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). ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMENS’ SECTION LOSSIE BRANCH Monthly meetings start Wed 26 Sep 7.15pm. Meet at Lossiemouth Football Club Social Club, McDuff Street. Every 4th Wed of the month. For details contact Margaret Stephen 812305.

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It’s FREE to advertise on the Community Pages THE GINGERBREAD MAN RAF Lossiemouth Buccaneer Theatre Group. A family musical play by David Wood. Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jan 2pm. Fri 1 Feb 7pm. Sat 2 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm. Adults £6 & Concessions £5. Group Bookings of 20 or over £4! Ticket Bookings 01343 552324. 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

Tuesday nights for 3rd years upwards, Thursday nights for all musicians and Friday nights for all ages. Come along and enjoy Sky TV, free internet, pool, Wii, Karaoke and hot food with friends. JOG SCOTLAND Meets on Monday evenings. For further details go to facebook Lossiemouth Jog Scotland or email Carol on ‘MORAY COAST COOKS’ RECIPE BOOK Over 85 mouth-watering recipes including typical Scottish meals, as well as many from across the world. Also featuring many stunning photographs from the local area. Would make an ideal Christmas gift, particularly to showcase our beautiful area to friends and family who live further afield. Available to purchase (£10) from Covesea Café or Harbour Lights. Alternatively contact Nicky Slater on 815328 /

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Health & Wellbeing Chia Seeds My Favourite Superfood Chia truly is a superfood all-star. Wrapped in a tiny package the size of a poppy seed, this petite nutrient-packed powerhouse has been used by humans since at least 3500 BC when the Aztecs relied on it to keep their civilization healthy. Chia is loaded with protein and (very unusual for a plant-based food) contains all 8 essential amino acids – the building blocks important for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Because Chia seeds are full of vitamins and minerals, which keep the body well -nourished and energetic, it runs at peak efficiency without experiencing deficiencycaused cravings, which in turn can lead to poor food choices and overeating.

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MORAY GRACE FELLOWSHIP THE CHURCH WITH A DIFFERENCE NO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICE THIS YEAR! Yes, you did read that correctly; we are not having a special Christmas service at MGF this year WE CELEBRATE JESUS EVERY TIME WE MEET Join us every Sunday and celebrate the birth, death, resurrection and FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ Every Sunday in the Warehouse Theatre, Lossie at 10:30 Informal and welcoming Share some lunch with us after the service JESUS IS FOR ABUNDANT LIFE, NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS Call Vic on 07738 260 550 for more info

MORAY GRACE FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY SERVICE The Warehouse Theatre Sunday 10:30 Isaiah 9 v 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace John 1 v 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth There is no real debate today among historians and theologians that about 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Israel, there lived and died a man called Jesus. What happened after His death is where the debate begins. At MGF we believe that Jesus, as God in the flesh, rose from the dead and ascended to the Father where He now sits at His right hand. He is sitting because His work is finished. He has dealt with everything that held you back from having a relationship with Father God. This is a relationship that you can start or begin again today! Let MGF show you the real Jesus. Come to a church with a difference.

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sides of the stove. This air then rises and moves around in the room, resulting in a more even heat distribution, particularly in larger rooms. Most convection stoves are made from steel sheets rather than cast iron. Imagine sitting in front of a cosy stove. Last edition‟s article about the installation of wood burning stoves was so popular that we‟ve been asked to write a bit more about them. If you‟ve looked at stoves in the past you‟ll have come across terms like Defra approved, smoke control zones, multi-fuel, wood burning, radiant and convection stoves. Put simply, there are no smoke control zones anywhere near Moray so there‟s no need to get a stove that‟s Defra approved for use in such zone. There are a number of solid fuels that can be used in a stove. They have different burn characteristics (i.e. burn hotter, longer or cleaner than others), varying cost and different requirements on the stove. Wood burns best sitting directly on a bed of ash; coal on the other hand needs to rest on a grate so that air can flow through it from underneath. With most stove models the multi-fuel versions come with a grate, whereas the wood-burning versions don‟t. This is why the multi-fuel versions are usually £50 - £150 more expensive. The typical cast iron stoves are radiant stoves, meaning that they radiate the heat. The closer to the stove you are the more you feel it, but in larger rooms there won‟t be much heat reaching the opposite side of the room. Convection stoves on the other hand are designed to encourage air to be warmed in the


Now to the style of stove. There are traditional and contemporary stoves, free-standing and inset stoves, with and without window, and even with windows on three sides. In the words of Cilla Black, „The choice is all yours‟. One word of caution though; you get what you pay for. Even though stoves have been around for a very long time and are a fairly simple technology, there are a few things that can go wrong. The single biggest issue with cheap stoves is that they can warp and even develop cracks in the body. We‟ve seen doors falling off during operation because the hinges were poorly made. We all love a bargain, but a stove is not a piece of clothing that you can discard and buy a new one every few months. Most stoves made in Europe are of good quality, and a local installer can give you all the advice you need. Talking about installers you may want to pay The Great Little Stove Company a visit - they have just opened up a new showroom in Forres (ad page 31). If you have any questions about stoves, previous articles or any renewable technologies, do get in touch with us. 07765 073833

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Waste Watchers Look to New Horizons in Lossiemouth Waste Watchers Can Recycling Training Enterprise, based in Buckie, is undertaking a major expansion to take on plastic bottle recycling in partnership with the Moray Council. This means they will be re-locating to larger premises at Coulardbank Road in Lossiemouth, and everyone is really looking forward to the new experience.

Lossie – I think it‟ll be better.” John (from Elgin) is looking forward to being able to cycle to work in the future, and has already had a few trial runs. The Waste Watchers trainees have all expressed their enthusiasm for taking on the new experience of recycling plastic bottles and “wanting to try new things because we are good at it.”

Jim adds “We‟re confident that all Departments will work together to ensure a smooth transition. Moray Council are to be praised for taking this progressive step that makes the case for Jim Craig comments, “First and foremost I negotiating a Service Level Agreement rather would like to congratulate the trainees and staff than competitively tendering the contract. This at Waste Watchers, as this is recognition by decision recognises the social value of Waste Moray Council of the excellent service, hard Watchers, its unique history in that it was set up work, commitment and endless enthusiasm of by a group of people with learning disabilities all those who work at Waste Watchers. After themselves in response to a lack of real work 18 months of worrying uncertainty, during which opportunities, and recognising our 12 year track there was the risk of the service being put out record on delivering an excellent service and to competitive tender and being lost from „Best Value for Moray‟”. Anyone who would like Moray, we are over the moon that the Council to get in touch can do so on 01542 839324 or has taken the progressive step of finding a way email to ensure that Waste Watchers is able to Volunteers are always welcome – recycling continue to work in partnership with the provides some very interesting opportunities! Council, and most importantly to expand and So “Look out Lossiemouth because here we develop work opportunities for people with come!” is the message from the very learning enthusiastic people who work at Waste disabilities.” Watchers. There are plans for a „grand He continues, “I opening‟, and we hope we can welcome lots of have been very local people to give more insight into what we impressed about do and let them know what becomes of their the positive cans and plastic bottles after they go in their attitude everyone has taken about the move to purple bin (roll-out scheduled throughout Moray Lossiemouth, recognising it as the best option to start 1 March 13). in all the circumstances, and of course our workforce from Elgin are welcoming an extra half hour in bed!” Speaking with a group of people who work at Waste Watchers, Steven (who travels from Keith), along with William and Lynne, all said they were happy to be going to the new premises at Lossiemouth. Louise (from Buckie) said, “I‟m happy to be going to Lossiemouth as it‟s bigger, and I‟m looking forward to recycling plastic bottles as well as By the team at Waste Watchers Recycling cans.” Kevin (who also lives in Buckie) and Training Enterprise. commented, “I am delighted to be going to


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50 FACES OF MORAY 50 Faces Of Moray is a project I started in the summer to document the lives and passions of 50 individuals who live or work in the county of Moray. My background is in journalism, but over the last few years photography has become the focus of my work. When we moved to Lossie it seemed natural to take on a project that enabled me to get under the skin of the local area whilst allowing me to try new things photographically.

I‟m hoping to hit the halfway mark before Christmas, and when I return to Moray in the New Year I‟ve got a few people on my wish-list I want to track down (you can see the wish list on my website), and I‟m going to need to twist the Station Commander‟s arm and see if he‟ll let me shoot something interesting on the base. But I must crack on, I‟ve got a policeman, a beautician and a painter I need to talk to whilst the baby‟s asleep….

I‟m currently about a third of the way through the project, and the clock is ticking as we‟re posted again in the spring. I know I have to average one portrait a week if I‟m to complete it before we leave, but I‟m confident I‟ll rise to the challenge! Finding the first few subjects for the project was fairly difficult, as I very much wanted to push myself out of the forces community, but after some great publicity from the We Heart Moray group on facebook I had a rush of people volunteering to take part. Now I find almost everyone I photograph recommends someone else, so in a way it‟s developed a momentum of its own. I‟ve met some fascinating people with great stories who have helped me appreciate the local community. I‟ve found myself driving through the countryside listening to country music with a wild west re-enactor, and travelling several miles across Moray to photograph someone who I later discovered used to work with a friend of mine in London! Of course it has not all been a breeze. Sometimes I absolutely curse it when shoots disrupt family plans, or weather conditions don‟t play ball and we have to go ahead anyway. My husband is well used to dealing with me being grumpy because the perfect portrait I had envisaged didn‟t go according to plan. In fact I‟ve taken to describing the whole thing as a form of photographic flagellation!


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As I write to you, I am gladdened by the fact that with the return of 5 Force Protection Wing, the majority of RAF Lossiemouth‟s personnel are now back where they belong, at home, ready for Christmas. Of course, we always have about 70 or so people deployed at any one time and we will be very much thinking of them over the festive period, but at least our major units are back. And what a homecoming! The tremendous turnout as the RAF Regiment team marched through the streets of Elgin, accompanied by a flypast and all to the tunes of the Pipes and Drums, and of course tumultuous applause, was more than enough to warm the heart on that cold day, and a real sign of the close bond between the community and your base at RAF Lossiemouth. Our Force Protection Wing had a long and tough tour, defended Camp Bastion against attack and suffered several casualties so they are now on well-earned leave.


The most major air activity happened in October, when some 70 aircraft and 450 personnel descended to participate in Exercises here. Thank you to everyone who put up with the additional noise during this time – you can be assured that we did everything possible to keep it to a minimum and that the training value of having these people at RAF Lossiemouth was immense. It also helped continue to raise the profile of our important Station and there can be no harm there! Over Remembrance, we joined the community in Glasgow, Elgin, Dallachy and at Lossiemouth to commemorate those fallen or damaged over the years; particular poignancy this year and our friends from XV(Reserve) Squadron were very much in our thoughts. The new Station magazine returns to an old title – „The Lossie Lighthouse‟, and in order to move with the times and make sure it has the widest possible distribution we have also put it online, so please have a look at (link to Station Magazine on right hand side) and you‟ll find out in detail what our various units get up to – you will probably be surprised! Finally, may I take the opportunity to thank our entire community for the outstanding support and integration that we continue to enjoy, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and continuing, increasing prosperity for Moray in 2013. If you'd like to know more about everything RAF Lossiemouth and its people are up to please follow us at raflossiemouth and on our Twitter account: @RAF_Lossiemouth.

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R.E.S.C.U.E. Quite often we have a visiting preacher at the Gospel Hall and one Sunday a frequent visitor took the service. He reminisced of many happy holidays on our coast; first with his parents then in recent years with his wife. He also spoke about the lovely beaches around Moray and the many interesting historic sites to visit. He even told us that although he lives many miles away, he was delighted when the news came out that RAF Lossiemouth was to be spared. He appreciated the impact this would otherwise have had on our community. In his message that evening, he told us about the many times he had seen the yellow Search and Rescue helicopter leaving Lossiemouth to go on a rescue mission. He related that to the search and rescue mission that God provided when he sent his son to die for us at the cross on Calvary nearly 2000 years ago. 18

Like all good preachers he gave us an acrostic to help us remember his message and we want to share this with you. In Romans 3v23 we are told, “all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”. To receive eternal live all have to React to that statement and do something about it. The answer is found in a Saviour who is Eager to save and willingly died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. In Romans 6v23 we read that “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life”, and this is our route to Salvation. We need to accept the Call as described in Romans 10v13; Gospel Hall, James Street

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“whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. We have to Understand that this is the only way we can have our sins forgiven and we must believe in the Lord Jesus so that “we should not perish but have everlasting life” (John3v16). There is no Exception to this Godly rescue mission. All can be saved but only those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus will be saved. As we near the end of this eventful year for Lossiemouth are you able to say you have been rescued and have put your faith and trust in the one and only Saviour who can promise eternal life. I hope you‟ll take the time to think about this serious matter and remember this little message any time you see the rescue helicopter heading out to save lives. With our very best wishes for the Festive Season. “2,000 years ago, wise men sought Jesus. Today, wise men still do”.

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Get with Kathryn Evans Super excited to be back writing in this festive edition of the Lossie Local. So as we prepare our Christmas shopping lists, plan Christmas dinner and decide on our outfits, it‟s only a matter of time before we start setting our New Year Resolutions. The New Year is the most common time of year for setting goals and making resolutions, but the only thing tougher than starting a new exercise regime is sticking with it. Just like trying a quick fix diet, resolutions often don‟t last. In fact most targets set are often broken by the end of January. So what needs to happen? Strategies need to be put in place to make sure a broken resolution is soooo 2012, and that 2013 is your fittest year yet. Here at GladiatorFit I can provide a variety

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progression. This will keep you highly motivated. The last thing you want is to be deflated by your new lifestyle choices. So the 5k race needs to come before the marathon!

STRATEGY 6: Ditch the Diet.

The Problem with saying “I‟m on a diet” is that it‟s just too temporary. You need to learn about healthy food options. Following a diet on and off can lead to yo STRATEGY 3: Partner in crime. yo dieting. This will lead to the pounds creeping back on. As I said in the Chat with your friends. They‟re all introduction, quick fix diets are not probably thinking the same as you. maintainable. What you need is structure Knowing you‟re meeting someone for a and planning. Making sure meals and session after work or at the weekend will snacks are planned in advance is vital help, especially if you‟ve had a busy when embarking on a new healthy week and feeling tired. You‟re more than lifestyle. Most importantly you need a likely to stick with your workout schedule well-balanced diet. when you know you‟re meeting someone. It also gives you someone to celebrate So once the festivities are over for with when you achieve targets! another year, and the Christmas tree is boxed away, it‟s time to look at 2013 and STRATEGY 4: Constant Reminders. ask yourself, „Could this be my fittest year Reminding yourself what you‟re hoping to yet?‟ The answer to that is yes! achieve will help with willpower. I find Have a wonderful Christmas guys and a „post its‟ are a great aid. Rather than just fantastic New Year. Kathryn x having your aims written down in a notebook or diary, put them up around your house so that you‟re constantly reminding yourself of your targets. Fitness Studio STRATEGY 5: Start a training Diary. You maybe asking yourself, are these not just for professional athletes? Well the answer to that is no. Anyone who works out should think about keeping a diary of what they do. The diary can also record your starting weight, body measurements, fitness levels and so on. You will find your diary motivating and very useful. It will let you look back at exercises you have done. When you start to feel your body changing shape you can look back and see which exercises have worked best for you. You can also record PBs (personal bests). Maybe when you started you could only do 10 press ups, but now you can do 20! It‟s such a small training aid but leads to great results.


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Food! Lossiemouth library ran a series of

Hutchison Children‟s author will be making an appearance at Lossiemouth library on Saturday 1st of December at 11am as part of Scottish Book Week.

events all on the theme of food from the 11th-13th October! Working with the P5‟s from Hythehill Primary School the children created a beautiful frieze for James and the Giant Peach, which staff used as the basis of a story time. There was also a family Local author Jane Yeadon will history „taster‟ session, cupcake decorating be appearing on Thursday 6th demonstration, teddy bears picnic and an December from 8pm to talk egg box art afternoon, along with displays about her books „It won‟t hurt a from old Lossiemouth shops. Here are bit‟ and „It shouldn‟t happen to a some photos from the events. midwife‟.

Our festive family morning will take place on Saturday 22nd December from 10.30am – 12 noon, featuring a Christmas story time, carol singing and a special visit from Santa during the morning.

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Books on Wheels If you can‟t come to the library then let the library come to you! Lossiemouth Library offers a home‟s run service to people unable to visit the library themselves. Simply let us know the type of books and the format you like and we will select items for you and deliver them on our fortnightly delivery run. If you would like to be part of this free service or would like more information call Lossiemouth Library on

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RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre Offering a range of facilities that support family life, where everyone is welcome!

Calling all 2 Year Olds! In January 2013 you will be able to register for pre-school education (Free Places*) We offer quality pre-school care and education for children aged 3 - 5 years. Set in a purpose built centre the children have access to a wide range of facilities both indoor and outdoor to develop independence and learning. For more information or viewings please contact Liz Wood.

Holiday Club RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre also offer a wide range of holiday activities to keep young minds active. Activities include both indoor and outdoor pursuits, heavily focused on physical play and trips away (additional charges may apply). Sessions are offered on a morning, afternoon or all day basis, with fees being very competitive. For a full programme of events or to book a place please contact Nicola Green.

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Things are starting to take shape at Lossiemouth‟s new Windswept Brewing Co. Building work started in the Coulardbank Industrial Estate in mid-October, and the brewery is expected to be running by the end of November. Previously known as West Beach Brewery, a legal challenge led to the recent change of name. The boys from Windswept hope to be brewing casks and bottles of handcrafted local ale in time for Christmas.


The first beer to be launched will be Windswept Blonde, a tasty 4% pale ale combining American hops with British grains. Years of brewing practice have allowed the brewing team to refine their recipes and you can expect to see the „Wolf‟, a strong dark 6% Scottish Ale, following soon after. Co-founders Alisdair Read and Nigel Tiddy say they are both really excited about bringing their dreams to life by building a craft micro-brewery. Alisdair said, “We‟ve put years of work into this, built 2 other test breweries and tasted a lot of beer. The improvement in taste from the mass produced factory stuff is marked.”

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The latest member to join the team is former Lossiemouth High School pupil Adam Gray. Adam gained a degree in Astrophysics before completing his Masters in Brewing and Distilling. As the „Technical Brewer‟, Adam will be using his expertise in the laboratory to ensure the finest beer is produced. News and progress of the brewery can be found on Facebook and Twitter. If you‟d like to hear more about beer and brewing in person, the boys from Windswept Brewing will be giving a talk in Lossiemouth Library on Thursday 29th Nov at 7.30pm.

West Beach casks, waiting to be filled with beer The 2 tanks in this photo will be used to cold condition the beer. The Grist Case in the background can hold nearly half a ton of finest malted barley.


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Another extract from The Bulger, a „Summer Journal for Lossie, Elgin & Neighborhood‟. Produced in 1894; a joint collaboration between the Chemist James Peterkin and James Ramsay MacDonald.

T H E D E F E AT A T DORNOCH A party of farm servants were sauntering down to Lossiemouth last Wednesday night when they were informed by a passer-by of the result of the match at Dornoch. “Twa hunner an‟thirty tae wan!” echoed the foremost, and with his hand over his mouth and his body bent almost double, he retired to the dyke, laughing noiselessly. About the same time, as one of the twenty-eight was going home, pale from the sea and lost holes, he was accosted by two of the citizens who had just heard the woeful tale. “Ye cannae play gowff at a‟,” said one. The other added, “Aw, ye needna try it.” And the rout at Dornoch is still the talk of the town. The game of golf is so new with us that the people do not as yet understand the object with which players go forth to war. The idea prevails that the Moray golfers crossed the firth in the expectation of glory. Nothing could be further from the truth. They went to Dornoch to enjoy a day. A “round” was in their programme, but what mainly attracted the twenty-eight was the sail and the fame of the links of Dornoch. They were under no illusion as to the relative strength of the two Clubs. Well they knew that the Dornoch men were better players, and would win the match. The surprise was not the defeat, but the rout; and yet, all things considered, there is little to wonder at in the result, amazing as it looks. The Moray Club is of recent origin—capable, indeed, of furnishing a dozen good men, but likely to be weak with a team of twentyeight. Many of those who played on Wednesday never took part in a match before, and were included in the team not because they were great players, but because they were to hand for the expedition. There is no doubt that, after the sea voyage, the long and wearisome tramp to the course rather took it out of the visitors. But the main fact is that the Dornoch men are among the finest golfers in the land. They have a magnificient course, and, being far from the madding crowd, they make golf the chief occupation of their leisure hours. Only once have they been beaten. The Moray men have come home with the


highest admiration of their opponents, not only as players but as gentlemen. LOSSIE NOTES AND NEWS It will be seen by advertisement that Herr Dobler is to appear at the Town Hall Friday and Saturday first. The small line boats were, with the exception of Friday, regularly at sea during last week, and the catch was a little under the average—104 boxes for nine boats. Prices-small haddocks, 4s, 8s per box. The time fixed for the annual school feast, given by Lady Gordon Cumming at Gordonstoun, to the children on the estates, has been changed. It is to be held on Saturday first. This is in every way better than September.


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moray coast medical practice September was a landmark month for one of the staff at the MCMP. Susan McSheffrey, the Nurse Manager, celebrated 25 years working in the Practice, making her the longest serving member of staff. Susan has seen many changes in the Practice over the years, including a complete change in doctors and progression to our new, purpose-built surgery from the old premises on Clifton Road. She has also seen enormous changes in the role of the Practice Nurse, using her skills and versatility to lead the Practice in developing the nursing team over the years.

from Dr Duncan Green during the recent flu clinic at the Town Hall. The Practice has also run our annual flu campaign over the last few weeks, and are indebted to the help given by members of the Patient Participation Group who helped at both the Town Hall and at the surgery. 704 people were vaccinated in the Town Hall, with an extra 287 given at the weekend surgery clinic. Grateful thanks to everyone who helped out. Vaccinations are still available to eligible people by contacting the surgery.

Susan qualified in Aberdeen, initially as a Finally, the staff at the Moray Coast Medical General Nurse and then as Midwife. She Practice wish you all a very happy and healthy moved back to Elgin in the 1970s to work in Christmas and 2013. the maternity unit before starting with the Practice in 1987. Her role has changed significantly as Practice Nurses have taken on more responsibilities, and, as well as leading the nurse team, she has developed specialist 49 Clifton Road skills in diabetes, heart disease and travel health. She now takes a lead role in the Tue 9.00 - 12.30 2.00 - 5.00 routine care of diabetic patients and, since Wed 9.00 - 12.30 2.00 - 5.00 becoming a nurse prescriber, also runs a minor Thurs 9.00 - 12.30 2.00 - 6.00 illness clinic. As one of the longest serving and Fri 9.00 - 5.00 well-respected Practice Nurses in Moray, she Sat 8.30 - 12.30 has helped and supported an enormous number of people and has become a wellChristmas Opening: known face to many. Christmas Eve 9 - 1

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We Heart Moray is a Facebook page dedicated to telling everyone just what is so good about Moray. Set up during the turbulent basing decision times at RAF Lossiemouth, the purpose of We Heart Moray was to shine a positive light on Moray, focusing on tourism and local businesses to hopefully help it thrive during difficult times. Since then the page has continued to grow and has a great community feel to it, with members sharing experiences, businesses posting information and everyone sharing photographs of the amazing Moray scenery. Recently, We Heart Moray decided it was time to start showcasing local businesses, big and small, so they launched the “Wee” Heart Moray Awards. These awards are designed to be a light hearted way of sharing local shopping, eating or customer experiences, and for businesses to be promoted for the hard work they do. A category is announced on the page and nominations are put forward by the page members. Once nominations are in, voting can begin. The first “Wee” Heart Moray Award category was for the best Cullen Skink in Moray. Nominations flooded in and it was soon clear that there was plenty of delicious options in the area, and everyone was keen to spread the word! Voting was narrowed down to six contenders, three of which were in Lossiemouth! The Beach Bar, Harbour Lights and Covesea Café seemed very popular, as were MacKenzie & Cruickshanks in Forres, Taste of Speyside in Dufftown and Fresh on Spey in


Aberlour. Competition was fierce but it soon became clear that Janice and her team at Covesea Café were clear favourites, and were thrilled to win the first “Wee” Heart Moray Award and are very proud of their certificate. To help celebrate Moray, We Heart Moray has commissioned unique pin badges which are offered as prizes, but are also available to buy at W P Mcleman butcher in Lossiemouth and Olive Tree Chocolate in Elgin. A reward scheme is being set up to run alongside the badges, where local businesses offer discounts to We Heart Moray badge wearers. Seven Moray businesses have already joined, including Covesea Café, Macbeth Butchers and Olive Tree Chocolate. It‟s hoped the scheme will continue to grow and will encourage Moray people to try out more of their local products and services.


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them off the bottom of the table. The following week Lossiemouth headed east for a game against Shire cracks Deveronvale, now managed by ex-Lossie chief Charlie Charlesworth. A fixture which regularly featured plenty of action, this year’s tie was no exception, and goals from Colin Charlesworth either side of half time gave the Coasters the lead against his dad’s new side, but the hosts roared back to level with time to spare, and a penalty with less than ten minutes to go saw Lossie go home emptyhanded after a promising start.

Lossiemouth opened their autumn schedule with a home game against Nairn County, who had a new look about them after losing players to Brora Rangers over the summer. Those who remained wasted no time in carving apart Lossie, however, and the Wee County were two goals ahead without much in the way of opposition. An own goal from ex-Lossie player Michael Morrison offered Lossie hope but Nairn added a third to secure the points on a comfortable Two promising performances were undone afternoon. in the first twenty minutes of the next Lossie showed signs of improvement in a game, away to Fraserburgh. Sloppy home game against Keith, a side who have defending saw Lossie a goal down in the recently struggled on trips to Grant Park. Things began slowly, however, and Lossie were two goals down in the opening fifteen minutes. Tony Ross fired home to reduce the deficit at the interval before Keith Notice to Members inched ahead again. Scott Miller scored for The club will be open Lossie to give his side hope but the hosts throughout the day between failed to make the most of a rickety Keith Christmas & New Year defence and when the Maroons scored a December 28th fourth the points were secure. Enjoy an evening out with Lossiemouth finally landed their first league ANDY LEYTON JAMES win of the season with a home victory over Hogmanay fellow strugglers Strathspey Thistle. Always See in the New Year with music from a tight contest, this season’s fixture was no CELTIC BRAID different and the score remained blank until twenty minutes to go when Tony Ross fired home what turned out to be the only goal of the game, earning Lossie their first points of the season and moving


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opening moments and the Broch were 4-0 up before Lossie knew what had hit them. The Coasters returned for the second half looking like men condemned but steadied the ship to contain the Broch until the last minute of the game, when the hosts bagged a fifth. Lossiemouth FC Social Club will be open throughout the festive period, with all day opening in the week before and after Christmas. The club also plays host to Andy Leyton James on December 28th, with Celtic Braid returning to provide the entertainment on Hogmanay.

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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

Fitness Classes


Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

Gladiator Fit 07590 209015 …….20&21

Childcare Centre 810888 ……………..23


Formal Wear

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Frockabers 07515 107558 ……..…….11

W’shire Farm Foods 01466 799620 ...33



Removals & Storage

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Ace Tuning 814220 …...…........…..….11 Lossie Garage Services 812063 ..…..16

Anderson’s 01542 839151 …………....24 Man with a Van 07724 292750 ……...28



Golf Dedication Centre 810061 ……..29 Moray Golf Club 812018 ………..…...35

Jeffrey Lee 815343 ……….……............34 Lossie Tilers 815107 …….……….13&17

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Rizzas 812601…………………… …….11 Seahorse 831491 ……………………...24

Beauty Bodymatters 811188 …………….…...…4

Bicycles Bike Revolution 549571 ………….…...15

Blinds The Blind Spot 549939 ………....……...5

Handyman Artisan Services 07718 140420 ……...33

Bookkeeping Janice Lawrence 07791 087173 ..…....31

Heating Engineers Firth Heating 814172 ……….………....8

Butchers B Clark & Son 812060 … .…..…..…...25

Joiner Mark Valentine 810399 ………..…….…7

Cafes The Tee Shack 810012 ………………..29

Carpet Cleaners A M Cleaners 835383 ……..……..…...22 Cleaning Formulas 556119 ……….....14

Locksmith The Lock Doctor 07815 921558 ……..37

Mr Bumbles 01542 832103 …………....7

NYR 07751 316663 …………………......4

Taxi Scott Cabs 815815 …………..…….…..29

Weight Loss Slimming World 814509 …………..….17

Woodburning Stoves The GLSC 07788 488681 ………..…..31

Opticians McClintock Home Eyecare

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Outdoor Activities Outfit Moray 549571 ………...………..23

Churches Gospel Hall …………………..…….18&19 Lossie Baptist ………...………………...26 Moray Grace F’ship 07738 260550 …..9

Driving Schools

Painter & Decorator G K Decorators 815606 …………….….7

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Michael Graham 07790 441856............6

Electrical Contractor Marc Whyte 815311 …………………….3

Financial Advisors Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

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