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Dear Neighbours, Here it is - issue 25. You might recall that last issue’s profits were all donated to charity. I divided them between Lossiemouth Youth Café, Lossiemouth Youth Football Club, Melissa Carr’s Project Trust Gap Year Project (see page 20), Christian Aid’s Syria Crisis Appeal, The Refugee Council, Conscience, Freedom from Torture, The Neuroblastoma Society and Community Food Moray’s Food Bank. This issue’s 10% donation will be given to St Aiden’s Church, RAF Lossiemouth, to be put towards their fundraising projects next year. Thank you to Crossroads Caring Scotland, whose volunteers have delivered this issue. And thanks too to Lossiemouth artist Elaine Renee Smith who has kindly allowed me to use some of her artwork for the front cover. We have a few new advertisers to welcome on board. Exciting developments seem to be afoot at Silver Sands - see their ads on pages18 & 19. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a property turn to page 21 for CCL’s advert. I recently met up with Coralie, one of their MDs, and was pretty impressed with their customer focus. Harbour Service Station is on page 33 - definitely my place of choice to fill up on a cold winter morning as I can stay in the car! As usual there are a few things going on over the next couple of months. Check out the ‘What’s On’ section - you’re spoilt for choice on 30 Nov, including the big Christmas Lights switch-on. The Spring issue will be out round about the first week of March. So make sure to get in touch if you have a business to advertise, or have any community information to submit. Full details at Christmas Blessings … Nicky Slater

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FIRST HOUR FREE STUDENT AND BLOCK BOOKING DISCOUNTS FRIENDLY AND PATIENT APPROACH, TUITION TO SUIT ALL LEVELS CALL OR TEXT 07790 441856 OR E-mail or visit Contents Advertising Rates ……………………….…...6 Bulger ……………………...…………………..32 Charity Cycle Challenge ……………...9&10 Early Years Education ……………...…….24 Filling Station …………………………..…….42 Get Gladiator Fit ……………………….26&27 Health & Wellbeing ……..………..……….36 Index of Advertisers …………….………...50 Library ………………………………………….16 Lighthouse Update ……………………......28 Lossiemouth Gospel Hall..….……...30&31 Lossie Football Club ..………….…….47&48 McClintock Home Eyecare …………....4&5 Moray Coast Med Centre ………………...12 Project Trust ………………………………....20 RAF Lossie News ….…………………….….38 Smartphones ……………..…………….34&35 Sustainable Technologies ………………..14 Useful Phone Numbers ……..…………….49 What’s On?....................... ……….43&44 Youth Café …………………………..………..22

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McCLINTOCK’S HOME EYECARE OPTICIANS Did you know that you could be entitled to a free eye test in your own home, and, perhaps more importantly, are you aware of just how important a regular eye examination is? Fortunately we have our very own optometrist living in Lossiemouth, Amanda, who has 25 years of experience.

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As well as being qualified to carry out the eye examination itself, she can also give you help in choosing spectacles and providing advice on the type of frames that will best suit your face shape, suitable lens types and the different types of coatings that are available. She has a wide selection of frames to choose from, all at very competitive prices, starting from ÂŁ49.95 for single vision spectacles. NHS guidelines recommend that everybody should receive an eye 4

test at least once every 2 years, regardless of whether your eyes are causing a problem or not. If you are over 60 then an eye test is recommended every year, which is free under the NHS. Furthermore, if you are housebound, you will be entitled to a free eye examination at home. So why are regular eye tests so important? Most of us never even think to question the need for regular dental check-ups, so why should the health of our eyes be any different? Eye examinations are important not only to detect and correct vision problems, but also for early detection of common eye diseases such as Glaucoma and Cataract, many of which have no symptoms in their early stages. Glaucoma is a disease that patients often don't notice in

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If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to serious sight loss. Yet a simple eye test is all that's needed to detect glaucoma. In most cases early detection and treatment of eye disease can significantly reduce the risk of permanent vision loss. It's also possible to detect early signs of some other conditions and diseases by looking at the eye's blood vessels and retina, such as high blood pressure. Amanda can carry out eye tests in the comfort of your own home to check the quality of your sight, look for signs of eye disease which may need treatment from a doctor or eye surgeon, and prescribe and fit glasses. She uses the very latest portable equipment to enable her to perform a full eye examination. If you are unable to leave the house because you are housebound either due to a physical or mental disability then

you will be covered for a free NHS eye examination. Hopefully Amanda will be able to give your eyes a clean bill of health, but if she does find a problem then early detection could save your sight. Even if you don't qualify for a free eye test, you can still take advantage of having an examination at home with Amanda for a very reasonable fee. Furthermore McClintock Home Eyecare are offering a 10% discount to Lossie Local readers even more of an incentive to get your eyes checked out. So don't delay - your sight could depend on it.

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The Lossie Local - Why Advertise? About The Lossie Local The Lossie Local was established in May 2008, home produced by a Lossie resident, with the aim of disseminating community information and providing an affordable way for local businesses to promote themselves. Community Focus All of the community news, events and editorials included in the magazine is done so free of charge, a great way for local organisations to promote themselves and normally only available

at great expense in other publications. Local groups deliver the magazine for a £300 donation, and 10% of profits each issue are given to local charities. Affordable Advertising The Lossie Local has deliberately kept prices low so local businesses can afford to advertise. Where else can you get a quarter page advert from as little as £26! It’s Win Win All Round! Charity & community groups get great exposure and local businesses get effective, affordable advertising.


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RAF Lossiemouth Team Complete Charity Cycle Challenge On 20 Sep 13 a group of four personnel from RAF Lossiemouth headed south to embark on a charity Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride in support of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and MFR Cash For Kids. Traditionally a 12 day challenge, the team, comprising cyclists Flt Lt Dave Hapgood, Sgt Lee Craig and Sgt Martin Jones, and support driver Cpl Chris Hill, chose to complete the 884 miles in just seven days, meaning an incredible average of more than 125 miles per day. Cpl Hill also set a personal daily goal to do two press-ups for every mile completed; an impressive feat in itself! Setting off from Land’s End, the team were


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faced with mist and drizzle, which stayed with them throughout Cornwall. That first day Sgt Craig suffered not one, not two, but three punctures; not a great start. But unperturbed, they started strongly on the second day… strongly in the wrong direction! Interrupting his press up regime, Cpl Hill picked them up and set them off again from the start point, this time heading north-east as planned. Days three and four were the longest days, at 138 and 140 miles respectively. Day three, the most urban section, went well, and day four was looking promising too, particularly after Google Maps revealed a handy shortcut directly to Gretna. Sadly the ‘shortcut’ turned out to be a rutted Landrover track, at the end of which was a five foot high barbed wire fence. An undignified scramble over the fence and down a steep muddy hill put them back on track towards the Scottish border with no miles saved and wet feet. Given recent events, the team weren’t too optimistic about navigating through Glasgow on the fifth day, particularly given that the Erskine Bridge was closed and an alternate

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bridge shown in their 2010 road atlas was apparently now missing. After consulting a local, they found a small passenger ferry that would take them and their bikes safely over the Clyde so that they could continue on, out of Glasgow. The stunning scenery, good weather and the thought of sleeping in their own beds that night sustained the team through the near freezing temperatures of Glencoe, to Fort William and up the Great Glen to Inverness. The final leg, from Inverness to John O’Groats, although physically exhausting, saw lots of encouragement from friends and family, and even a fly past from a Tornado returning to RAF Lossiemouth. A few mechanical mishaps overcome, and the team rolled into John O’Groats just after 6pm to be greeted by friends and family, some celebratory whisky and some welcome comfortable seats to be driven home in. Flt Lt Dave Hapgood says, “The team would like to thank everybody who donated towards our cycle challenge enabling us to raise a total approaching £3000, Asda and Tesco who allowed us to do fundraising outside their stores, Highland Bikes who provided our bike spares, Lossiemouth Cleaning Fairies for their kind donation and lastly, to family and friends who helped with our fundraising efforts both before and during the event and allowed us the time to train in readiness for the event.” RAFA is committed to providing confidential, professional and fair services to members of the wider RAF family from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran and their families. Cash for Kids is the official charity of Moray Firth Radio and provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children around the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.


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Over the years the Medical Practice has maintained close links with Ladybird Developmental Nursery and has done a number of fundraising activities for them. Two years ago we successfully raised money through a Christmas Quiz which we’re repeating this year. Quiz sheets can be found in the main surgery and also in Burghead and Hopeman, and in all of the local chemists. The prizes are lovely Christmas hampers with goodies donated by staff of the Practice. The prizes will be drawn on Monday 16 December.

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If you need urgent medical advice out of hours dial 0845 337 1190 as usual. You’ll be transferred through to NHS 24 who will triage your call and advise whether you need to be seen either by a nurse or doctor at the out-of-hours service - GMED - based at Dr Gray’s. Call 999 in an emergency. Chest pains, and/or shortness of breath, constitute an emergency.

Finally, all the staff of the Medical Practice wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2014.

Flu Clinics

So far this year we held our usual ‘flu day’ in the Town Hall on Thursday 10 October, when 886 people were vaccinated - up 100 on last year. As ever it was a good day with lots of chat and copious cups of tea and biscuits served by St Gerardines High and St James Women's Guild. We also had a ‘catch-up’ day in the Practice on Saturday 19 October which saw a further 257 attending. As usual we’re eternally grateful to the help and support of the Patient Participation Group in ensuring that these clinics run smoothly. If you think you’re eligible for a vaccination but have not yet had one then please make an appointment with the nurse at the Practice.

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discussions. In addition to the threat of rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more unpredictable weather, there’s also the fact that we’re consuming something that cannot be brought back. We’re depriving our children from having access to a material they might need for the creation of important things or medicine that could not be made without it. It took our planet Earth millions of years to ‘make’ oil and gas. And we just burn it all in a fraction of that time. In any other situation in life our instincts would tell us this can’t be right. But because we’re so used to the convenience of oil and gas we think nothing of it.

This is why we do have a need for renewable energy. We have to find a different source for our energy needs. In fact, we have to find many new sources of energy, because there aren’t any that are so plentiful and easily controllable as fossil fuels have been. Of course, there are many arguments against most forms of renewable energy. But most of the time they’re not fairly discussed. Anybody that criticises the poor utilisation rate of wind turbines at about 25% to 30% should first consider the utilisation rate of their own car, typically less than 5%. People who point out that wood pellets, being a ‘manufactured’ fuel, are not really renewable, have not really grasped the extent of Renewable Energy - What’s all the Fuss About? ‘manufacturing’ required for fossil fuel. Fifty years ago this was a non-question. We just Comparing a pellet factory with an oil refinery is like comparing a bicycle with an Aston Martin. started to tap into the vast reserves of local oil and gas here on our doorstep in the North Sea. Unfortunately sometimes the industry and It was convenient and cheap. For many homes it politics don’t do the renewable agenda any meant an end to the hard graft of shovelling favours either. For example, as long as the hundredweights of coal into open fireplaces just majority of electricity is produced from fossil to keep warm in winter. Having instant heat from fuels, air-source heat pumps are not really a a thermostat or timer controlled oil boiler was renewable technology. And the poorly executed much more convenient and cleaner. feed-in-tariff has only raised the expectation in

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people’s mind that they need to be paid for installing a renewable technology. Has anybody ever asked for a payback period of an oil boiler? It’s time that we discuss the real issues. The question isn’t whether or not to have a wind farm. It’s where our energy should come from if not from this wind farm. The easiest solution would of course be to use a lot less energy in the first place. But who’s prepared to do this? / 01309 675611 or visit The Great Little Stove Company in Forres

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the fun at our festive fun morning on Saturday 21 December 2013. From 10.30am there will be a Christmas story time, carol singing, treasure hunt and possibly a visit from Santa! It’s fun, it’s free and it’s at your local library.

enjoy reading and talking about books why not join one of the Lossiemouth Library Book Groups? One meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm and reads a range of popular authors and new titles. The other group meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm and focus on crime and mystery novels. Come along and join us!

Change in Hours The library

opening hours have been slightly revised. The library now closes at 5 pm on a Thursday rather than the 8pm. Just for a reminder here are our opening hours: Mon 10am - 8pm Tue 2pm - 8pm Wed 2pm - 8pm

Thurs 10am - 5pm Fri 2pm - 5pm Sat 10am - 12 noon Festive Opening Hours We will be opening during the festive period except during the following dates: 25 & 26 December and 31 Dec – 2nd Jan. On Christmas Eve the library will close at 4pm.

For further information on any of these activities please give Lossiemouth Library a call on 813334.

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how to do more with your computer by signing up to a computing course in the new year? From surfing the web to researching your family history, the library will be running new courses starting January 14. Contact Heather for further information.

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Hi, my name is Melissa Carr and I’m a 6th year student at Lossiemouth High School. During August 2013 I travelled to the Isle of Coll for a hands on selection course with Project Trust, a registered charity which sends about 250 volunteers aged between 17 and 19 to 23 countries annually. Their main philosophy is to provide young people with an opportunity to understand a community by immersing themselves in it; living and working there for a year. They have the expertise and the infrastructure to ensure all volunteers are given a challenging and exciting opportunity to develop themselves, and all the support available to them when the need it. I am now going to be a volunteer in South Africa for 12

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months where I will be working and living with orphaned children, taking care of them on a day-to-day basis and supporting their emotional and physical needs, as well as teaching them basic English communication skills. I am currently the only pupil from my school who has ever been on this project. South Africa is an extraordinarily diverse country; ethnically, geographically and economically. It still has a long way to go to becoming a fully developed country, with many still living in absolute poverty. The gap between rich and poor is one of the highest in the world. An estimated 5.6 million of the population are living with HIV, of which 1.2 million of those are orphans. To fund this year of volunteering and this once in a lifetime experience I need to fundraise £5,600. I am organising many fundraising events to help me meet my target, such as a charity bottle bingo, car boot sales, quiz nights and a ceilidh, coffee mornings and working part time. I’m just about half way there at the moment, partly thanks to a successful 2 wks in the Queen Street charity shop in October. If you would like any further information please feel free to contact me. Any donations, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. You can donate by visiting my virgin money giving site or by getting in touch and sending a cheque. 01343 813709 Thank you for taking an interest in my year out in South Africa, I’ll look forward to updating you in future issues.

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ROTARY TO THE RESCUE!! Elgin Rotary Club enjoys a membership of over 80 ladies and gentlemen from all over Moray, including several from Lossiemouth. In looking at new ways to serve its communities, the club heard that Lossiemouth Youth Café was in need of a spruce up, and immediately offered its services to give the venue a new lick of paint. Little were they to know that the intricate woodwork, multiple rooms, toilets and surfaces would take the entire club the whole summer holidays to complete the task! Hundreds of hours, tins upon tins of paint, and the most varied array of overalls (!) were used to complete the task in time for the new term opening and the later Grand Opening in November. Community Convener and Rotarian Margaret Stenton said, “it certainly was a bigger task than we anticipated, but in true Rotary style they all rolled up their sleeves and got it done, and really enjoyed doing it.” Youth Café volunteer Craig Mackay commented, “It was amazing to watch the transformation and the almost military style of operation that the club implemented – the place looks brand new again.” Elgin Rotary Club President Bill Ross said, “We’ve supported Lossie Youth Café before financially, but this time it was great to actually get hands on – the venue is so well looked after by the young people that I know our members were very proud of them and proud to help in this way.” Lossiemouth Youth Café is now almost 6 years old and is used by hundreds of young people from the Laich area every week. Rotarians were extremely impressed at how well looked after the venue is, with no graffiti or damage, and wanted to give this current generation of users a boost by making it brand new again. The refurbishment programme was entirely funded by the club and the young users assisted the project at various stages in making the venue ready before and afterwards. Lossiemouth Youth Café would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Elgin Rotary Club for what they have achieved, and looks forward to returning the favour in some way in the future!




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Early Years Education in Lossiemouth If you have a child aged 3-5, you should be aware that shortly after Christmas you’ll have the opportunity to register them for preschool. Depending on their birthday, they’ll be entitled to up to two years of part-time pre -school education, funded by the Government. A funded part-time place offers up to 5 sessions (2½ hours per session) of pre-school education per week. Pre-school education is not compulsory, you decide whether you want your child to participate.

RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre Offering a range of facilities that support family life, where everyone is welcome! Calling All 2 Year Olds! In Jan 14 you will be able to register for pre-school education (free places*). For more information and viewings please contact Liz Wood. Holiday Club We also offer a wide range of holiday activities to keep young minds active, heavily focused on physical play and trips away (additional charges may apply). Contact Nicola Green for details.

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In January each year, an ad appears in the local press, and posters are displayed locally, inviting parents to register their child at their preferred pre-school education centre during the registration week (which is normally midJanuary). Here is a list of pre-school providers in our area. Note that the funding is not restricted to council nursery classes (in local primary schools), you can register at one of the privately run centres, it’s entirely up to you which you choose.


Lossiemouth Pre-School Providers

Hythehill Primary School Nursery - 812014 Ladybird Developmental Playgroup - 814618 RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre - 810888 St Gerardine Primary School - 812251 Torridon Pre-School Nursery - 813342 Take time to visit the different pre-schools, then register at the centre you would prefer to attend. Each centre will have a limited number of places available. The registration form asks you to list a second and third choice of centre, including choice of morning or afternoon, and the council will contact these centres on your behalf if you don’t get your first choice. For further information, see the Moray Council website, or contact them directly on (01343) 563267. Finally, if your wee one is not yet eligible for funded places, there’s a 2-3 group at Lossiemouth Community Centre. Little Angels offers 90min sessions for unaccompanied toddlers every weekday morning, contact the Community Centre (815299) for more information.

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Get with Kathryn Evans As I sit here writing the winter edition of the Lossie Local I cannot believe over a year has passed since the GladiatorFit Studio opened. With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we are often occupied with all the festivities that come at this time of year. Often we set aside our usual weekly routine to make sure everything gets done on time, and that means we can neglect our planned workouts.

would like to get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but aren’t sure where to start, GladiatorFit has so much to offer. Whatever your targets are, I know there’s a service here that can work for you. Consultation is key to ensuring the correct programme is tailored to your needs. It’s a great opportunity to meet and discuss exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a one-to-one based session, a circuit class or boot camp environment. So let me tell you a little about each, so that you can decide what would be best for you.

Everyone knows that once the New Year is done and dusted, we plan to start eating healthy and commit to a new exercise regime. However, we all know how hard it can be to stick to our resolutions. These are often broken before you’ve even given them a chance. Sometimes what you need is a little guidance. It may just be that you haven’t found the right Gym, Circuit Class, or Personal Trainer, and that’s where I can help.

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Lighthouse Update

The community buy-out of the Lighthouse has achieved the following funding so far: Scottish Land Fund - £301,000 Robertson Trust - £10,000 Fisheries Fund - £26,000 Awards for All - £10,000 HIE Moray - £29,000 4 Towns Partnership - £10,000

So a total of £386,000. Other areas of funding are also well in the pipeline and is expected soon. The 2 cottages went on the market for rental in June and have achieved 70% bookings so far. Many of the people renting have re-booked for next year. The Community Project is moving forward and it is hoped that by Easter the Lighthouse will be open to visitors, as well as a small information area. The Community Company is actively working on opening a full blown visitor centre.


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A King is Born

Universe was born into extremely humble surroundings.

What excitement was evident on the 22nd of July this year as the world awaited the arrival of a new baby, born to be king! How quickly the news spread across the world when Prince George arrived safely to the delight of his parents, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Although Prince George has been born into a very favourable environment and is destined to be king, it is likely to be many years before he actually ascends to the throne. Unfortunately the present - more senior royals - will have to pass into eternity before he can be crowned king.

Like Prince George, the Lord Jesus’ birth was only the start of a life of service. He spent His early years helping His father at the carpenter’s bench. At the age of 30 we read in the bible that He began to preach and teach, travelling around the country healing people of many diseases. Sin is like a disease that affects everyone, indeed the bible tells us that, ‘all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23), but the bible also tells us, ’the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord’ (Romans 6:23).

The birth of Prince George stands in marked contrast to another King born just over 2000 years ago. Although the birth of the Lord Jesus was in humble circumstances, He was actually born a King. When the Wise Men visited Him they asked, “where is He that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2)

The Lord Jesus was the only one ever born who was sinless and therefore exempt from the penalty of death. But because of His love for us He voluntarily laid down His life at the cross of Calvary so that if we trust Him as Gospel Hall, James Street

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our personal Saviour we can be sure of eternal life in heaven. You have a choice - you can either accept or reject this wonderful offer, your eternal destiny depends on this choice. So when you see Prince George growing up and moving towards his own destiny, perhaps you can take time to think of the other King born in completely different circumstances. Trusting Him is the only way that anyone of us can be sure of our eternal salvation. Gospel of Luke 2:4-7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into JudĂŚa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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An extract from The Bulger, a ‘Summer Journal for Lossie, Elgin & Neighbourhood’. Produced in 1894; a joint collaboration between the Chemist James Peterkin and James Ramsay MacDonald.

T H E F ACT OF T HE M AT T E R I S — improvements are suggested for the advantage of Lossiemouth is an ideal centre for picnics and visitors, but there is one thing which seems to have excursions. escaped your notice. A high wall has been erected Strangers from the south too often remain opposite the station by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company, depriving holiday-makers of the unacquainted with the beauty and interest of the fine rocks and sands, which before were to many a surrounding district. Too much devoted to golf, perhaps, they neglect to inquire, for the benefit of the most pleasant resort. I think the least the Railway non-golfing portion of their families, what Company should do by way of compensation is to put up a small foot-bridge across the river Lossie to the inducement the place offers to those that would drive splendid sands that stretch from Lossiemouth to or walk. Garmouth. There is still a sufficient part of the old To most visitors the caves of Covesea are already harbour left to support one end; and the bridge would known by repute. West of the village, which consists be a great boon to pedestrians, and to nursemaids and of a few thatched houses on a bold rocky headland, children, as the sands are perfectly safe, and most are the caves. The most westerly is called ‘The agreeable to walk on. Besides, quantities of beautiful Cove’ or ‘Hell’s Hole,’ and is constantly tenanted by shells are to be found there. - Yours, &c., BESSIE. tinkers. Another is believed to have had its terminus in the workshop of the wizard of Gordonstoun, or in some of the damp dungeons of Duffus Castle. In a cave near the Gow’s Castle, almost at the eastern extremity of the series, and having a regularly built entrance, Sir Robert Gordon, son of the famous wizard, concealed his horses during the rebellion of 1745. From his circumstance it is called Sir Robert’s Stable.


L O SS I E N OT E S AN D N E WS The herring fishing yesterday was very poor, hardly an average of one cran for the fleet, and the prices ruled from 10s to 12s per cran. During the week the s.s. Alacrity, from Sunderland with 230 tons of coal to Messrs J. Christie & Son, and the s.s. Earnholm with general goods, arrived in the harbour. A meeting of fellow-townsmen has been called by Provost Brander, Bailie Grant, and Mr Geo. Smith, in the ante-room of the Town Hall, for eight o’clock to-night, to consider what steps ought to be taken to assist the widow and family of Alexander Smith, who lost his life in the boat Toiler in the gale of last November. F OOT -B R ID GE AC R O SS T H E LO SS I E Dear Mr Editor, - In The Bulger of 18th July, several


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getting broken or nicked. So I don’t. But there are also bigger, more important reasons why I don’t buy (into) such stuff.

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One: generally speaking, the more a device One of the few irritations during my recent studies has been the background pressure to get does, the more energy it consumes. Better energy efficiency means this isn’t a straighta smartphone. Or an iPad. Or some other line increase, but we still get headlines about a piece of over-hyped technology. smartphone using as much energy as a fridge. I’m not technologically illiterate, but I don’t I’ve heard a lot of smartphone owners buy tech tat, and I don’t get excited about complaining that their devices need recharging every new Apple product on the market. daily, whereas my elderly mobile can hold out Interestingly, some of the people who do get for several days. And it’s not just a matter of excited then seem to use technology expense. What about peak oil and climate ineffectively. In the end, despite the glitz, IT is change? Does the ability to play games and just bits of metal and plastic; if you don’t use it check emails in the back row of lectures really properly it’s nothing more than expensive bric- warrant the additional energy use? a-brac. Two: name me an electronics brand whose Partly this is a matter of simple practicality. I can’t afford expensive phones and tablets, and products aren’t made in disgusting sweatshops I don’t like carrying a valuable object that risks in China and other ‘developing’ countries, 34

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where people, sometimes children, work long hours for poor pay in dangerous conditions. When some are driven to suicide. Where some of those workers are children. Is your ability to waste your time on yet another gadget really worth that measure of human pain? Really?

Three: The world is getting very excided about the war in Syria, which is as it should be. But when did we last hear anything about the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo? The death toll in Syria is perhaps 100,000, which is appalling. But something like 6 MILLION have died in Congo in the last decade, and one of the main drivers of conflict is the quest for rare metals needed to produce miniaturised electronics - like smartphones and ipads. That’s another way in which your gadget increases the overall sum of human misery. And if those metals don’t come from Congo, perhaps they come from Malaysia or Brazil, where scientists have warned of the rising dangers of toxic and radioactive waste from processing plants.

Four: What kind of culture do we live in where everyone is expected to be available, online, all the time? The last thing I want is a phone that follows me with email and Twitter and Facebook. When is a person supposed to think, to notice and experience the world and other human beings? It drives me nuts when friends check every text and break off from coffee or lunch to take calls. It’s bad manners, and implies an underlying disrespect for face-to-face communication. And it gets worse as the stream of information available through mobile devices gets faster and faster.

Five: so much of what happens on mobile devices is consumption, not production or creation. My husband pointed this out when he acquired a tablet. He’s found himself using it only rarely, because he feels it transforms him into a passive consumer, only able to interact or produce by using a cumbersome onscreen keyboard. The point was reinforced by a twitter exchange with a friend who fancied a mini-ipad. I suggested (jokingly) a pad of paper and pencil. He was surprised; he wouldn’t be writing anything. True, you can buy keyboards for most

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tablets, but the fact that they have to be bought separately underlines that they are very much a secondary function. One is meant to use this device to consume, to be passive - the modern version of ‘bread and circuses’, the time-wasting ‘opiates of the masses’ that keep us diverted from things that really matter. Sarah Irving is studying for a PhD in Middle Eastern history at Edinburgh University. This is an extract from her blog at It also appears on page 20 of Ethical Consumer Magazine (EC145 Nov/Dec 2013), along with mobile phone company profiles, detailed information on alternative and ‘greener’ providers, health and environmental impacts and consumer action on conflict minerals. There’s also a report about Fairphone - a smartphone with ethics at its core. So if you’re similarly concerned about the ethical and social impact of your phone, check it out. 35

in the digestion of nutrients. 2. Fights infections such as colds and flu. A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms. 3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation. 4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails. The collagen and gelatine in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong. 5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair. The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair. 6. Saves you money. Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

Health & Wellbeing HOME MADE BROTH "Good broth will resurrect the dead," says a South American proverb. A cure-all in traditional households and the magic ingredient in classic gourmet cuisine, stock or broth made from bones of chicken, fish and beef builds strong bones, assuages sore throats, nurtures the sick, puts vigour in the step and sparkle in love life - so say grandmothers, midwives and healers. For chefs, stock is the magic elixir for making soul-warming soups and matchless sauces. Meat and fish stocks play a role in all traditional cuisines - French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, African, South American, Middle Eastern and Russian. I recommend everyone make bone broth and incorporates it into their dietary routine. Here’s why: 1. It heals a leaky gut. The gelatine in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid


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½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar Directions: Place all of the above ingredients in lidded pan/ dish/slow cooker and cook on low heat for 3 - 5 hours. I like to cook mine until the meat is falling away from the bones. You can store any excess broth in the freezer and defrost for a later time. In the last issue I talked about the benefits of drinking alkaline water, and mentioned that tap water is acidic. What I should have said is that tap water can be slightly acidic. Drinking Water in Scotland should be in the range of pH 6.5 to pH 9.5, where pH 7 is neutral. Waters that are naturally low pH (i.e. more acidic), which applies to most Scottish supplies, may need to be conditioned in order to ensure they comply with the regulatory standard ( Daniela Grunwald, Shiatsu Practitioner & Nutritionist DNN, FNTP Tel: 07788 488681


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This Winter Edition of The Lossie Local marks the start of change for RAF Lossiemouth, as our Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Gale hands over to his successor Group Captain Mark Chappell.

period of non-flying related tours and newly qualified instructors. The helicopters flew from RAF Lossiemouth from 2nd September until the 11th on Exercise Panther’s Peak. The Squadron conducted mountain flying training in the Scottish Highlands so newly qualified instructors can be taught how to train students in challenging conditions. Apache pilots learn to fly in mountainous areas as part of their predeployment training before deploying to Afghanistan. Throughout the rest of September and October, 51 RAF Regiment Squadron and 617 Squadron continued with their pre-deployment training and held their mission rehearsal weeks to ensure they were prepared for their deployment.

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Fifty one Squadron departed for Afghanistan on one of the RAF’s newest aircraft, the Voyager, on 13 and 14 October, whilst 617 Squadron deployed a few weeks later on 25 October to takeover from 12 (Bomber) Squadron, who returned safely to the Station.

RAF Lossiemouth held Exercise Joint Warrior from 7 - 18 October, which saw participation Since the last edition of the magazine, as from the French and Canadian Air Forces, Navy always, a lot has been happening here at RAF Hawks and Cobham Falcons. The Exercise was Lossiemouth. The Station has held a number of a great success for all involved and RAF Exercises, sent 617 Squadron and 51 RAF Lossiemouth looks forward to holding Joint Regiment Squadron to Afghanistan and Warrior again next year. The welcomed 12 (Bomber) Squadron back from Station also held an aircraft their final tour on Operation Herrick. enthusiast morning and media facility during the Exercise, if you In September the Station hosted 6 Apache are interested in attending our helicopters from 673 Squadron, Army Air Corps. public events next year, be sure to They are an Apache training Squadron based at follow us at the Army Aviation centre, Middle Wallop, in raflossiemouth and on our Twitter Hampshire. The role of the Squadron is to: train account: @RAF_Lossiemouth. new pilots, pilots returning to the aircraft after a


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You may have seen the road signs? … You may have seen the flags outside the Town Hall every month … You may have heard the music from miles away! … “what is this?”… I hear you say?? It’s Lossie TFS - a gathering of people from churches all over the North of Scotland who wish to celebrate their faith in God in an informal and authentic fashion. It’s not a new Church! - and is run by people from various congregations in Lossiemouth who wish to welcome people into an informal environment to enjoy a cosy night in with music, food, presentations and a chat about the deeper things in life. There are teams of qualified people who are gifted in prayer and introducing healing to people’s lives. There are some who offer dream interpretation and will assist with seeking God’s guidance for those who have questions about their lives and those they care about. There is free food, a Christian book and CD shop, arts and crafts and information stalls for various local ministries. Whatever you need - Lossie TFS would like to help - but most of all it promises you will meet with the touchable and powerful presence of God … come and see for yourself! The next gathering is on Saturday 14th December 2013, and whilst the main Worship event kicks off at 7pm – the Town Hall is open ALL DAY!! – offering a coffee morning, a chance to buy some Christmas presents, books, CDs, crafts, artwork and also offering prayer and God’s help from the various ministry teams present throughout the day. For more info check facebook site at – Or the web site at – or call Elizabeth Books on – 07772800315

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It’s free to place a listing on these pages, so make sure your community event/info isn’t missed out in the next issue. The Spring 14 Lossie Local is due for delivery during the first week of March, so get your entries to me during the first 2 weeks of Feb at the latest: / 812271 LANTERN LIT CHRISTMAS MARKET Sat 30 Nov. Forres Town Hall. 10.30am 4pm. Crafts, carol singing, stalls, cafe, wreaths, home produce, children’s activities. All welcome. Proceeds to Moray Steiner School. RAFBF KARAOKE DISCO NIGHT Sat 30 Nov. 70s & 80s Karaoke Disco Night at the Beach Bar, from 9pm. £3 including free pint or glass of wine. Proceeds to the RAFBF. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Sat 30 Nov. 3pm - 7.30pm, with celebrity switch on (by a very well known star) approx. 6.30pm. Funfair and Christmas Market. See the new lights on Clifton Road. Also make sure you visit the sheds in front of the square; the themes this year are a Nativity Scene & Santa’s Workshop. NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE ACT Sat 30 Nov. Silver Sands 9pm. FREE entrance. 813262. CHARITY BOTTLE BINGO Wed 11 Dec. Lossiemouth Football Club Social Club. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Tickets £2 each. To donate call Kathleen on 811287 or Melissa on 813709. Proceeds to Melissa Carr’s Project Trust Gap Year (see page 20. CHARITY CONCERT Wed 11 Dec. 'Ann’s Winter Warblers'. 7pm. Lossiemouth Town Hall. Tickets £5 each and

can be purchased from 1 Nov from: Pam 812911, Caroline 814069, Iain 07980 122718 or Maggie 813018. OH SANTA! Fri 13 Dec. Tish Tindall, back by popular demand, is The Fabulous TT. Studio One, Rock Academy Performing Arts. Cabaret style seating, licensed bar. Get your tickets now 813111 or NATIVITY ROCKS Mon 23 Dec. 2.30pm & 7.30pm, 24 Dec 2.30pm. Elgin Town Hall. Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, relax and enjoy this spectacular show performed by Rock Academy Performing Arts. Cabaret style seating, licensed bar. Get your tickets now 813111 or HOGMANY PARTY Sat 31 Dec. Silver Sands. With Rod Stewart Tribute Act and Big Cash Prize Bingo. Carvery served 7pm - 9pm. £25 adult, £12 child. 813262.

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CASH BINGO Every Fri & Sat night. Silver Sands. 8pm. 813262. 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 Nov, Jan, Feb & March:

sessions available for children. New Adult Classes: Adult Fun-Key fitness class Fri 7pm - 8pm £4.50 per class (Tae Bo, Kettlebells, Conditioning, Step To Tae Bo). Meta fit body weight training class Tues 5.30pm - 6pm & Fri 6pm - 6.30pm. New Children’s Classes: Children’s Fun-Key fitness Wed 4.15pm - 5.15pm. Age 3+ £3 per class. Highland Dancing Classes Thurs 3.30pm - 6.15pm.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE Spin Classes: Tues 6.15pm - 7pm & 7pm 7.45pm. Wed 6.15pm - 7pm & 7pm - 7.45pm. Fri 5.15pm - 6pm. Spin Class Saver Card available from reception - cost £16.50 (5 sessions plus one free class).

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The Swimming Pool timetable is available at and follow the leisure link.

THE ROYAL AIRFORCE ASSOCIATION (RAFA) LOSSIEMOUTH The RAFA meet at 7.30pm 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. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMENS’ SECTION LOSSIE BRANCH Monthly meetings 7.15pm every 4th Wed of the month. Meet at Lossiemouth Football Club Social Club, McDuff Street. For details contact Margaret Stephen 812305.

DARBY & JOAN CLUB Tang Soo Do Korean Martial Arts: Mon & Our very popular Darby & Joan Club will Wed evenings 5.45pm - 7.30pm. Children aged be re-starting on Tuesday 7 January, 5+ £3.50 per class, adults £4.50 per class. and will run until 29 April. We meet Lossiemouth Swimming Pool: Children’s from 2pm - 3.45pm in the Swimming Lessons Mini Dookers - swimming Community Centre, every lessons for children aged 3. Advanced Tuesday. All over 60s very children’s swimming lessons. Parent & Child welcome. Transport Classes Tue 10.30am - 11.30am and Sat available if required. 11.30am - 12noon. Aqua Aerobics Tue 7pm - For more information 8pm & Fri 10am - 11am. Adult Only Sessions speak to Netta ? See timetable for times. Fun and activity Prosser on 813082.



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Livery Services Lossie began October with a trip to Mosset Park for a game against local minnows Forres Mechanics. Following a goalless first half, during which the ball only briefly touched the ground, Forres stole into the lead early in the second period, and a late second goal helped Forres to their second win of the season over Lossie. The Coasters recorded their first league win of the season against bottom placed Fort William. The Claggan Park side arrived at Grant Park with only a point to their name, but an early goal game them hope of adding to their tally. A Willie Mathers equaliser hauled Lossie level, and further goals from Scott Miller, Kevin Flett, and a pair from Jamie McKinnon ensured Lossie were victorious.


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01343 508121 looking good for a point until ten minutes remained, at which point the Locos found an extra gear and three more goals to seal the points.

Lossie couldn’t make it two wins in a row, suffering a heavy loss at Keith on their next outing. Lossie conceded two early goals in miserable conditions at Kynoch Park, and the Maroons plundered another three in the second half before consolations from Kevin Flett and Grant Mitchell gave the travelling support something to cheer. Title chasing Inverurie Loco Works were the next visitors to Grant Park, and Lossie more than coped with the attacking prowess of their lofty opponents until well into the second half. A Callum Dunbar equaliser had Lossie level and

Lossiemouth got back to winning ways with a victory over struggling Strathspey Thistle. The Seafield Park side were winners in Grantown last season, but Lossie got off to a flyer when Ryan Farquhar scored in the third minute. Strathspey levelled soon after, but Scott Miller’s penalty put Lossie into the lead for a second time and there was no way back for the hosts on a grim day in Grantown. 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 Friday, December 27th, with Celtic Braid returning to provide the entertainment on Hogmanay. The New Year Bottle Draw will also take place on

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December 27 – tickets on sale in the bar now. The club’s supporters now have their own internet forum, which is used for discussions on all matters relating to the club and the Press and Journal Highland League. The forum has become very popular with fans throughout the Highland League and contains information on all levels of local football, including local junior, welfare and women’s clubs and leagues. To sign up and have your say, visit You can also follow the club on Twitter @lossiemouthfc. Forthcoming fixtures… 30 Nov 13 – Formartine United (A) 07 Dec 13 – Huntly (H) 14 Dec 13 – Clachnacuddin (A) 21 Dec 13 – Nairn County (H) 28 Dec 13 – Buckie Thistle (A) 04 Jan 14 – Buckie Thistle (H) 11 Jan 14 – Fraserburgh (A) 18 Jan 14 – Brora Rangers (H) 25 Jan14 – Cove Rangers (A) 01 Feb 14 – Wick Academy (H) Fixtures are subject to change - please check for details before setting out.

Notice to Members The club will be open throughout the day between Christmas & New Year

December 27th

Enjoy an evening out with ANDY LEYTON JAMES




See in the New Year with music from CELTIC BRAID

Large & Small Jobs undertaken

New Year’s Day Closed all Day

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Members! 39-41 Macduff Street

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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 High School ……………………………………....…….…..01343 812047 Lossiemouth Library……………………………...……………….……… 01343 813334 Lossiemouth Post Office …………………………...………….………….01343 812016 Moray Council …………………………………………………….………..01343 543451 Moray Coast Medical Practice ………...……………………….………..0845 337 1190 NHS 24 …………………………………………...…………….………….08454 242 424 Petrol - Harbour Service Station ..........................................................01343 813001 St Gerardine School ………………………...……………….…………....01343 812251 Taxi - Scott Cabs…………..……………………………………………….01343 815815 Town Hall …………………………………………….……...………….….01343 815309 Train Times/Enquiries ………………………...…………....……………..08457 484950

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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

Cookery Classes

Livery Services


Drain Unblocking



Driving Schools


MGL 07790 441856.............................3

McClintock Home Eyecare


Early Years Education

Painter & Decorator

RAF Lossie Childcare Ctr 810888 …..24

G K Decorators 815606 ……...……….24


Electrical Contractor

Performing Arts


Entertainment & Tickets

Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...52

C M Design 540020 ………………...…..2

Hairforce 814468 …………..…….……..8

Bodymatters 811188 …………….……...7

Luce Wheels 07749 311361 …………..14

The Blind Spot 549939 ………..…..….16


Janice Lawrence 07791 087173 ..……37

Home Cook 07857 313138 …………...28

UMS 546351 …………………………...13

Marc Whyte 815311 ………………...…..7

Coach Trips 813162 …………….....…...9

Financial Advisors

Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...52



Windswept Brewing 814310 ………….19

Ace Tuning 814220 …...…........…..….33 Lossie Garage Services 812063 ..…...35

Butchers B Clark & Son 01667 453221 ………...23

Cafes Harbour Lights 814622 ……………….29 The Tee Shack 810012 ………………..10


Covesea Links 810012 ……………...…37 Moray Golf Club 812018 ………..…...17

Gutter Clearance

Lossie Equestrian Ctr 508121 ……….47

The Lock Doctor 07815 921558 ……....7

01309 673635 …….4

Moray Dance 07917 533516 ………....25 Rock Academy 813111………….……..51

Personal & Fitness Training Bodyfit 814502 ………….…..….……..15 Gladiator Fit 07590 209015 …….26&27

Petrol Station

Harbour Service Station 813001 …....33

Podiatry Townsend Podiatry 831365 ……….....33

Property Services CCL 0845 544 1427 …………….……..21

Ready Meals

Cleaning Formulas 843816 ……….….12

W’shire Farm Foods 01466 799620 ...15

Heating Engineers

Removals & Storage

Firth Heating 814172 ……….……….....8

Anderson’s 01542 839151 ……….…...25

A M Cleaners 835383 ……..……..…...39 Cleaning Formulas 843816 ……..…...36

Highland Wear



Holiday Park


JLR Sugarcraft 01807 590741 ……….32

Carpet Cleaners

Granary Cat Lodge 01309 672970 ….38

Chuck McCall 542743 ………….……..20

Silver Sands 812000 …………….…….18

Children’s Entertainment




Mr Bumbles 01542 832103 …...…..….39

Gospel Hall ……………………..….30&31 Lossie Baptist ………...…………...40&41 Moray Grace F’ship 07738 260550 ...34


The Stotfield 812011 ………………..….39

Mark Valentine 810399 ……………..….8

Jeffrey Lee 815343 …………….............48 Lossie Tilers 815107 …….……….25&49

Shops Rizzas 812601…………………… …….45

Taxi Scott Cabs 815815 …………..…….…..11

Woodburning Stoves GLSC 01309 675611 ……………..…...48

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