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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: An Interview with Donnie Stewart Nutrition & Health Bodyfit by SLG Moray Sea Cadets Hythehill Primary Lossie Gospel Hall Football Club Report Sustainable Technologies Farewell from the Stn Cdr Community News, Events & What’s On Plus Much More



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Dear Neighbours, I hope the 17th issue of the Lossie Local finds you well and enjoying the winter season. Have you guessed the location of the front cover gates? The answer is at the bottom of page 38 if you’re really stumped. Many thanks to Jan Harrison for allowing me to use her photo. And thanks too to the Senior Citizens Bus Trust Walking Group who have braved the winter weather to deliver your magazine. A £300 donation has been made to their funds. And 10% of this issue’s profits will go to the Ladybird Group. A keen supporter of theirs is Donnie Stewart - you can read an interview with him on pages 11 & 12. Other articles to point out are the Moray Sea Cadets on page 24 and Hythehill Primary P6 on page 34. I hate to say it but it’s not going to be long now until Christmas. Why not get the Scouts to deliver all your local Christmas cards? See their advert on page 29. As ever there are a few new advertisers to spot, starting with Abi and her pre-school singing group on page 7. The Bothy is on page 13, Mary Jean Skincare Products on page 17 and Rizzas on page 23. Highland Caterham Hire is on page 24 and VIE at Home is overleaf on page 25. D&K Refrigeration, The House of Automata and Wiltshire Farm Foods are all on page 27. Moray IT is on page 29 and Grahams Natural Elements on page 35. Please try to support our local businesses this Christmas and Shop Local, Shop Lossie wherever you can. And when you do be sure to mention that you saw their ad in The Lossie Local please. Their valued support of the magazine is what keeps it going and allows community and charity groups either free or reduced cost advertising.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Farewell until spring ... Nicky Slater

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Community News, Events & What’s On LOSSIEMOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday Services 9.30am, 11.30am (Crèche and Junior Church) & 6.00pm.

WOMEN OF MORAY Conference - Promoting Women’s History. Sat 10 Mar St Giles Church, Elgin. Programme: Mon 7.30pm Ladies’ Monday Fellowship. Chair Dr Alison Lumsden: Opening Tue 10.00am - 11.30am Coffee Morning. Remarks. Thurs 6.15pm - 8.00pm Kids’ Church (P3 Professor Lynn Abrams: Re-peopling the P7). Fri 9.30am - 11.30am Little Acorns Parent & Scottish landscape; some reasons for women’s history. Toddler Group. Professor Isobel Murray: Jessie Kesson; Sun 11 Dec 6pm Christmas Cantata. child of Moray. A presentation of the Christmas Janet Trythall: The intrepid Gordon Story in song and word by Cumming Women. members of our Praise & Dr David Northcroft: Touring the North East Worship Team, followed by a with a tape recorder; memories of some Moray cup of tea. A warm invitation is Women. extended for all to join us. Susan Bennett: Quartermasters and Sun 18 Dec 11am Christmas Family Service at spymasters; Moray women in two world wars. Lossiemouth High School. Richard Bennett: Walshach and dweeble Sun 18 Dec 6pm Joint Lossiemouth Churches’ beyond belief. Carol Service at Lossiemouth Town Hall. Jane Yeadon: Elizabeth Macpherson; woman Sun 25 Dec 10.30am Christmas Day Family of letters, Houpman quine. Service. Pastor: Rev R Mackenzie (Tel: 810455). For further information see CHARITY SHOP ON QUEEN STREET (up lane by MAK Barbering) 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 Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec: 5 Dec - 16 Dec: Cogwheel Trust 16 Jan - 27 Jan: Enable 30 Jan - 10 Feb: Senior Citizens Minibus Trust 13 Feb - 24 Feb: Male Voice Choir 27 Feb - 9 Mar: Ladybird Group 12 Mar - 23 Mar: St Gerardine’s Church 26 Mar - 6 Apr: Heritage 9 Apr - 20 Apr: Royal British Legion


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An Interview with Donnie Stewart ‘Lossiemouth’s Unofficial Historian’ Donnie Stewart‟s final photo exhibition took place in the Town Hall on 3 & 4 November. I went to speak to him about the exhibition, but came away from our talk buzzing with information about Lossiemouth‟s past, previously unaware of its rich and varied history. Understandable perhaps from someone who moved to the town less than ten years ago, but how much of this history is known today and what will be remembered in years to come? As Donnie himself pointed out, his generation will soon pass, and instead of first hand accounts we‟ll have to rely on archives and photographs. It‟s these archives and photographs which Donnie is so good at collecting and preserving.

to Donnie. Born in Union Street in 1931, Donnie grew up when Lossiemouth‟s fishing industry was thriving. He lived in the town until leaving for university, gaining a BSc in Chemistry, before being called up for active service in the Royal Artillery. Later he was awarded a Caird Fellowship at Manchester University completing a Masters in Corrosion Science. A varied career in both industry and university lecturing followed, in fields such as environmental engineering and corrosion science. Some of you with knowledge of this area may even have studied from his textbook ‟Principles of Corrosion and Protection‟. I wonder if Donnie was aware then that this wasn‟t to be his last foray into publishing … As reported earlier Donnie is passionate that Lossiemouth‟s heritage isn‟t forgotten, and if something isn‟t documented Donnie is sure to get on the case. Donnie‟s older brother was killed in the Second World War (Donnie himself was 8 when it started), and when a trip to the library revealed that no written record had been compiled detailing all the men and women

The title, „Lossiemouth‟s Unofficial Historian‟ was given to Donnie by Gary Imlach in his book ‟My Father and other Working Class Football Heroes‟. First surprise (at least for me anyway) was that Lossiemouth is birthplace and childhood home of one of football‟s premier players in days gone by: Stewart Imlach. At the pinnacle of his career he represented Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and was Man of the Match for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final. Much of Chapter Two, which describes Stewart‟s early years growing up in Lossie, is based on Donnie‟s recollections, playing „three and in‟ where Donnie would take Stewart‟s turn to go in goal, or watching Stewart dribbling a tennis ball to school and back to improve his control. So worthy are Donnie‟s accounts that the author‟s handwritten inscription states, „Coauthor of Chapter 2. Thanks for Everything.‟ A fitting tribute for a man dedicated to preserving Lossiemouth‟s heritage. And it‟s preserving such heritage that‟s important

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Lossiemouth lost, an indignant Donnie set about correcting the matter. You can find the booklet, ‟Lossie War Memorial - Book of Remembrance 1939 - 1945‟ in the library today, a legacy left by Donnie ensuring that the faces and details of Lossie folk who gave their lives in the 2nd WW do not go forgotten and unrecorded.

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Old photographs bring me back to where I originally started chatting with Donnie; his annual photo exhibition in the Town Hall. This, Donnie tells me, started accidentally when he saw a similar exhibition in Rothes and hit upon Donnie isn‟t one to do things by halves, and the idea of doing something in Lossie. Together research into his family tree resulted in him with Catherine Wood and a few dedicated tracing many of the main Lossie families, all of helpers about 10 shows have been staged so which he painstakingly recorded. This far, raising funds for the Town Hall and the information can be found under the genealogy Ladybird Group. This most recent exhibition link at Much of Donnie‟s marked not only Donnie‟s last show, but also his exceptional local knowledge is captured in his 80th birthday, when he celebrated after the book „Old Lossiemouth‟. First published in 1999 show with friends and colleagues. (and reprinted in 2002 and 2007), it contains Although Donnie‟s last exhibition he trusts it many interesting photographs Donnie has won‟t be the last for the Town Hall, and is collected over the years. Lossie‟s fishing heritage obviously plays a big part, but there are hoping that a successor will carry on with the tradition. And will Donnie be „retiring‟ from all other not so obvious points of interest. The this information gathering and research? Queen arriving on board the Royal Yacht Somehow I doubt it. Even as I was getting Britannia whilst Prince Charles was at ready to leave he was telling me about his plans Gordonstoun, the cave dwellings at Covesea, to research and document the formation of and Miss Asquith, daughter of the Prime Lossiemouth. He will also remain busy as Minister, presenting the trophy at the 1913 active member of the Elgin and District Cancer Moray Open are to name but a few. Stenlake Support Group. Previously Chair of the group it‟s a cause close to his own heart, having sadly lost his wife, sister and sister-in-law to the illness. He is also a busy Grandad and looks forward to visits from his Grandson. What a lucky boy to have a Grandad with so many interesting stories and tales to tell. Fresh Fruit & Veg Everyday

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It was a pleasure to meet with Donnie, and I‟ve only been able to convey a fraction of the material he shared with me. Keep an eye out in future editions for some of Donnie‟s poems, and extracts from Lossie‟s 1894 „community magazine‟ of the past „The Bulger‟. This issue’s 10% profit donation has been donated to The Ladybird Group. (Next issue will be the Elgin & District Cancer Support Group)

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LOSSIEMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB A strong August showing saw Lossie head into September near the top of the table, and two big wins kept the Coasters in touch with the leaders. Big spending Formartine United visited Grant Park and were taken apart by a fine team performance capped by goals in either half from Colin Charlesworth and Nikki Smith.

took advantage of the sending off and dominated the closing stages, before scoring the winner in the last minute to save Lossie a long trek south for a replay.

Taking a break from challenging for the title, Lossiemouth welcomed junior cracks Auchinleck Talbot to Grant Park for the side’s first round tie in the William Hill Scottish Cup. Auchinleck took upwards of 300 fans north with them, and both sets of supporters were entertained by a game that was far from as one-sided as the bookies predicted. Lossie were ahead in the first half courtesy of a Nikki Smith goal, but the visitors equalised in the second half before Lossie were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Bryan Bell. Auchinleck

Although stuck near the bottom of the league, Brora Rangers came to Lossie with cause for optimism, having beaten Lossie on their last visit to Grant Park and been minutes away from doing the double at home before a last gasp goal salvaged a point for Lossie earlier this year. Brora provided stiff opposition for the bulk of the first half but were undone just before the interval by a Nikki Smith goal, and Smith went on to dismantle the visitors with a second half hat-trick. Liam Archibald also scored to give Lossie a 5-0 win, their biggest of the season so far.

October began with the short trip east to reigning champions Buckie Thistle. The Jags were in the midst of a poor run of form going into the game but had splashed out on Mark Chisholm in a bid to shore to up their leaky defence. That plan lasted less than five minutes, as Martin McMullan coasted through to open the scoring. Zander Sutherland equalised for Buckie The following week, Lossie headed east to almost immediately, but face city slickers Cove Rangers. Lossie Lossie were ahead again in the first half were without a win at Allan Park in several when Nikki Smith pounced on a defensive years but raced into a two goal lead thanks calamity to score from long range. Buckie to Nikki Smith and Martin McMullan. Cove pressed hard for an equaliser in the second pulled one back but in the second half half but Lossie stood firm and at times Lossie extended their lead before Cove lost looked like extending their lead as they their discipline completely and had three recorded a famous win. players sent off, with others lucky to stay Lossie followed up the win at Buckie with on the park. two home games against lesser opposition.


Next up were Fort William, who were bottom of the league and without a point on the day of their trip north. Much like Brora, they put in a performance which belied their lowly league position, and Lossie needed a penalty to open the scoring midway through the second half. Ross Archibald bagged a second goal soon after to secure the points for Lossie, who rose to third place in the league after the win.

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Fixtures for the coming weeks… 03 Dec 11 – Wick Academy - SHFL - Away 10 Dec 11 – Strathspey Thistle - SHFL Away 17 Dec 11 – Rothes - SHFL - Home 24 Dec 11 – Keith - SHFL - Away 31 Dec 11 – Keith - SHFL - Home 07 Jan 12 – Huntly - SHFL - Away 14 Jan 12 – Forres Mechanics - SHFL Home 21 Jan 12 – Formartine United - SHFL Lossie began November with a tricky trip to Away Bellslea to face Fraserburgh. The hosts 28 Jan 12 – Cove Rangers - SHFL - Home had won their four home league games so 04 Feb 12 - Clachnacuddin - SHFL - Away far and two first half goals put them on 11 Feb 12 - Buckie Thistle - SHFL - Home their way to a fifth. Lossie were Fixtures are subject to change - please transformed following the interval and a check for details Nikki Smith penalty hauled the Coasters before setting out. back into the game, and Smith was on Kevin McKenzie target for a second time soon after to equalise. Fraserburgh were back in front late on thanks to a controversial penalty which left the visitors furious, and despite sustained Notice to Members pressure The club will be open towards throughout the day between the end of Christmas & New Year the game Lossie Christmas Eve could not Enjoy an evening out with force a ANDY LEYTON JAMES second Hogmanay equaliser and were forced to taste defeat See in the New Year with music for the first time in four games. The club’s supporters now have their own internet forum, which is used for discussions on all matters relating to the club and the Scot-Ads Highland League. The forum has become very popular with fans throughout the Highland League and contains information on all levels of local



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Farewell from The Stn Cdr, RAF Lossiemouth As I prepare to depart RAF Lossiemouth as Station Commander after a very busy 2 years of supporting operations in Afghanistan and Libya, I would like to offer 3 thank-yous. First to Group Captain 'JJ' Johnston and his team at RAF Kinloss, who have had a torrid time over the past year; I have the utmost respect for the dignified way in which they have gone about the unenviable task of drawing down this famous RAF Station (for a handover to the British Army), whilst providing us with continued support in many ways. Second, my thanks to the people of RAF Lossiemouth for their outstanding efforts during my time in post - they have been utterly professional, committed and loyal in the face of significant adversity and uncertainty, and they have delivered everything asked of them. Very fortunately, RAF Lossiemouth has a bright future with the arrival of Typhoon in 2013 to replace the Tornado at some stage thereafter. And above all, I thank you wholeheartedly as the people of Moray for the wonderful support that you have so freely given to the RAF in this beautiful part of the world over the last seven decades and most especially during the past year - there can be no doubt that your actions were decisive. I wish you all every success and happiness for the future and I am certain that my successor, Group Captain Ian Gale, is set to receive equally fantastic support in his time as Station Commander. I hope he and his wife, Sally, enjoy their time as much as we have as a family. Most Sincerely,

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goose or duck fats. You could even try using Ghee. Ghee is clarified butter with the milk solids removed and can be made easily at home. Removing the milk solids stops the butter from burning and turning brown.

Making Ghee Use organic butter - toxins get easily trapped in fat (that's one reason why some of us find it difficult to loose weight; we first have to loose the toxins in the body fat before we loose weight). Excess consumption of polyunsaturated oils has been The idea is to get impurities shown to contribute to a large number of health and water out of the butter so problems including damage to organs, immune you are left with pure fat. system dysfunction, digestive disorders and weight The points to remember are gain. One reason polyunsaturates cause so many to never stir the butter while it is cooking, and to health issues is that they tend to become oxidised or keep a close eye on the colour so that the ghee rancid when subjected to heat, oxygen and moisture doesn't burn. as in cooking, food processing and when refined oil is manufactured. Rancid oil is characterised by free Melt one pound of unsalted butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. Remember, the better the butter, the radicals - compounds that are extremely reactive chemically. Free radicals attack cell membranes and better the ghee, so use organic butter if you can. As the butter melts it will begin to boil and separate red blood cells and cause damage to blood vessels (white froth on top with sediment settling to the and organ tissue. They also damage your skin causing wrinkles. Incidentally, I attended a so-called bottom of the pan). Keep the butter boiling healthy cooking class last winter and suffered from a steadily. Do not stir. Allow the butter to continue terrible cough, which got better when we had a week to cook until the bubbling noise quietens down and off and got worse again when the course restarted. It the sediment at the bottom of the pan starts to turn only cleared completely after the course was finished golden brown (you can check the colour of the - they used lots of polyunsaturated sunflower oil for sediment by gently tilting the pan), and the liquid under the froth begins to turn an amber colour (it stir frying, but apart from this plenty of healthy usually takes about 20 minutes). The smell will also vegetables - interesting, isn't it? change to that of freshly baked croissants. All these Polyunsaturated oils are very important for our signs indicate that all the water has evaporated, and health, but they should be cold pressed, unrefined that you must turn off the flame immediately or the and never used in cooking, especially frying. So ghee will burn quickly. Leave the cooked ghee to what can we use for frying or stir frying instead? cool a little, then line a strainer with some cheese Best are all the saturated fats such as butter, ghee, cloth and strain the ghee into jars. Discard the goose or duck fat and for vegetarians coconut oil or sediment. The ghee will turn hard when cooled and palm oil from sustainable resources. Saturated fats look yellow in colour - it melts quickly when don't get damaged when heating and don't release exposed to heat. If it is properly made, ghee will free radicals when frying. Apart from this they’re keep for over a year, even outside the fridge. made of short and medium chain fatty acids which have antimicrobial properties protecting us against Daniela Grunwald viruses, yeasts and pathogenic bacteria. But what about high cholesterol from saturated fats? I will go into this in more detail next time. In the meanwhile, be politically incorrect and roast your potatoes on Christmas Day the traditional way with


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


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and encourages and supports them to become well-respected young citizens. The Moray branch currently has 8 junior cadets aged 10 12, and 12 cadets aged between 12 and 18.

Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme.

A dedicated team of staff and unit assistants teach the cadets sailing, rowing, powerboating and kayaking amongst others. Our water based area of operation is at Lossiemouth Harbour.

Cadets have great fun with adventure training, going on expeditions, hill walking and treks Sea Cadets are the largest UK maritime youth charity and offer young people between 10 -18 that test navigation and the chance to learn new things, experience new endurance skills. challenges and make friends. We aim to inspire Cadets learn about campcraft and some young people to reach their potential by expeditions offer rock developing valuable, personal attributes like climbing, abseiling, team working, independence and mountain biking and communication skills through nautical based kayaking. There's also adventure. training in weapon Moray Sea handling and safety which takes place on Cadets military sites and is supervised by highly skilled welcomes girls Instructors. Drill and Piping are and boys from traditional activities which cadets take pride in the age of 10 to and there are competitions and ceremonial join their events across the country, which range organisation from local fetes, carnivals and fundraising events. We also offer the chance to study Marine Engineering at BTEC level, First Aid, Seamanship, Meteorology, Radio Communication and Cookery. Another exciting Experience the fun and freedom from opportunity is the Offshore Training Program, the self-drive hire of an iconic giving adults and cadets the chance to travel British Sports Car and sail around the UK in one of 5 ships. (bursaries are available). You can find out more about our organization via the weblink: For more information contact Moray Sea Cadets on 01343 843309 or e-mail (Officer in Charge).

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Micro-Renewables - Solar Thermal Systems „The timing couldn‟t be worse' I hear you say. An article about solar systems at a time when there‟s hardly any sun out there. But trust me, there‟s method in the madness.

are a lot tougher than the ones for MCS. I‟d also choose a product that has been developed and certified fairly recently; the industry has come a long way in the past five years and any product that has been around for longer just doesn‟t benefit from the latest innovations. And finally, I‟d choose a flat plate system. Evacuated tubes can be a bit more efficient per square metre, but firstly roof area is generally not a problem and secondly flat plate systems tend to be more reliable in the long term.

Although cheaper than a solar PV system (as discussed in the last edition of the Lossie Local), the installation of a solar thermal system requires a lot more thought and planning. That‟s why I provide you with some information now so you can think about it and get one installed in the spring of 2012 if it‟s right for you. The big question is how do you know whether a solar thermal system is right for you or not?

Another choice you have is whether you prefer the solar panel(s) to be mounted on top of your slate or tile roof, or integrated like a roof window. It‟s a question of preference but I‟d prefer a neat roof integrated panel over a much more „in-your-face‟ box sitting on top of my roof. The next big consideration is the hot water tank. If you don‟t have one yet you‟ll need one. So where do you have space for it? And if you do have one does it already have a solar coil built Generally speaking, if you have a well-insulated in? house a solar thermal system may well be a sensible thing to have, especially if you‟re not At this point you should contact an accredited connected to mains gas. This is because if the installer who will check what you‟ve got, what house is well-insulated and you have a solar you need and advise you on everything else. thermal system your central heating boiler can And finally, the money side of things. A be left switched off for longer, in some cases for complete system, including installation, typically more than six months. This not only saves fuel, costs between £4,000 and £6,000. There is it also means the boiler will last longer. A lot currently a small grant of £300 available but longer. there are some strings attached. This grant So, how does a solar thermal system work? In scheme is called the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) and is only available until 31 simple terms a liquid is pumped through solar March 2012. panels (also called collectors). The liquid „collects‟ heat from sunlight and passes this There is also the Renewable Heat Incentive heat on to the water in your hot water tank. A (RHI) in the pipeline. This is a UK Government solar thermal system consists of one or more scheme that is meant to pay people to generate solar panels, which are typically installed on their heat from a renewable source. It is your roof, a pump station with a controller to scheduled to go live in October 2012, but there circulate the liquid only when there is heat to be are no details available yet. And, as we have gained, and a hot water cylinder with a solar just seen a few weeks ago with the Feed-incoil. Tariffs for photovoltaic systems, things can change rather rapidly and dramatically. There are many different solar panels available on the market. Manufactured from as far afield As always, feel free to contact us if you have as China to as close as Moray. Evacuated tube any questions about any of the domestic systems and flat plate systems. Cheap and renewable energy technologies and we will do cheerful or well-designed with quality our best to provide you with the information you components. How do you choose, which one is need. Our contact details are: right for you? There are two product contact certification schemes out there for solar panels: MCS (only valid in the UK) and the European Solar Keymark. I‟d only use products with the 01343 850219 Solar Keymark certificate because their criteria


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Festive Fun Morning. On Saturday 17 December Lossiemouth Library will be having a festive fun morning. There will be a special Christmas Story Time for children, carol singing, treasure hunt around the library and a visit from Santa! Everyone is welcome to come and share some Christmas cheer! The fun starts at 10.30am. Heritage Group. Lossiemouth Library Heritage Group meet on the first Thursday of the month from 8pm in the Library. Everyone is welcome to come along to the talks which are free. The first meeting of the New Year will be on 2 February, when distillery manager Alistair Longwell will be delivering a talk on the history and work of Ardmore Distillery in Aberdeenshire. 2 February 2012 Ardmore Distillery. Illustrated talk by Alistair Longwell. 1 March 2012 ‘Heraldry - The Shorthand of History’ An introductory talk by Charles J Burnett. 4 April 2012 An Evening of Wildlife Projects with Roy Dennis (Highland Wildlife Foundation). Story Time and Book Bug Sessions. Story Time and Book Bug sessions take place at Lossiemouth Library for children under 5 years old. Story times run every Saturday from 10.30am with stories, songs and colouring in for Children to enjoy. Book Bug Sessions (Rhyme Time) take place on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1.45pm, and are fun sessions for young children and their carers to come and enjoy sharing nursery rhymes, songs and stories. All sessions are led by library staff. For further information please contact the library or come along to a session. Tel: 01343 813334.

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Jesus, the Reason for the Season This phrase, which has now become something of a slogan, appears on everything from cards to websites and lots of other types of merchandise. You would think that after nearly 2000 years since the night of the Lord Jesus‟ birth, that we would hardly need reminding. For Christians there may be no need to be reminded, although we enjoy how it allows our thoughts to centre particularly on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. But for many others, isn‟t it amazing how forgetful we seem to be? Of course some might take exception to this reminder, preferring simply to enjoy the tinsel and the gifts. The fact remains, however we view the matter, that there is a Christ in Christmas. Focusing in on the events described in the Gospel by Luke, Chapter 2, it‟s sometimes difficult not to see the scene from the perspective of those who design Christmas cards. Sadly this is something of a misconception, the reality of the situation was altogether more stark. The song of the Angels, though „resounding clear and long‟, would fade; the breathless shepherds rushing to see the baby would not be met with a scene of soft candlelight and tinsel. These


images, while clearly being a good marketing ploy, have given a somewhat distorted view of the reality. But however impoverished the circumstances might have been, the Bible leaves us in no doubt about who was born and laid in the manger. The prophets had foretold of the one who would be born, (Isaiah 9:6) and his credentials were impeccable and everlasting. Prior to His birth, a privilege often enjoyed by prospective parents was entrusted to angels who revealed the infant‟s name, Jesus. Sending an angel, God said, „Thou shalt call his name JESUS, for he shall save His people from their sins‟ (Matthew Ch1 v21). This little baby? How? Clearly like most baby boys, he would develop and grow into manhood, when the purpose of His coming would be seen. Yes, He is the „Reason for the Season‟, but unlike the present season which will pass, the Gospel Hall, James Street

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everlasting effects of His life and death will remain. That He was born, there‟s no doubt, that He lived, there‟s no doubt, and in His dying God had a plan and purpose that men and women might be saved. When we‟re caused to think of the circumstances surrounding His birth and contemplate the „Reason for the Season‟, let us not forget the reason for his coming. ‟ . . . He shall save His people from their sins,‟(Matthew Ch1 v21). Just as we don‟t often like to change our „Christmas card‟ perception of Christmas, neither do we like to think of the „sins‟ that He came to save us from. And yet that is the reason why he came, and that we sinners might be reconciled to God. According to the angel, salvation is unto „all people‟, but it is a personal matter and demands a personal decision. It demands a clear and frank acceptance of where we stand before God. At this time of year, a season of ‟ . .good tidings, of great joy‟ (Luke Ch2 v10), it would indeed be a joyful one for you if you were to accept this Saviour as your own.

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

Thursday: Prayer and Bible Study At 7.30pm

2nd Saturday of Month: Ministry At 7.30pm

Thought Spot And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. (Luke Ch2 vs 11 & 12)

Whiter than the snow, Whiter than the snow, Wash me in the blood of the Lamb, And I shall be whiter than snow. E R Latta, 1881

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Antisocial Behaviour Helpline ……………………………………0800 5877197 BT Fault Line …………………………………………………….…0800 800 151 Community Centre ……………………………………………..…01343 815299 Dr Gray‟s Hospital ……………………………………………..…0845 456 6000 Electricity - Power Loss ………………………………................0800 300 999 Gas - Emergency ………………...……………………………….0800 111 999 Grampian Police …………………………………………………..0845 6005700 Harbour Office ……………………………………...…………..…01343 813066 Hythehill Primary School ………………………………...…..…..01343 812014 Laich Dental Practice …………………….……………………….01343 816316 Lossiemouth Library……………………………...……………… 01343 813334 Moray Council ……………………………………………………..01343 543451 Moray Coast Medical Practice ………...………………………..0845 337 1190 NHS 24 …………………………………………...……………….08454 242 424 Lossiemouth High School ……………………………...…….…..01343 812047 Lossiemouth Post Office …………………………...…………….01343 812016 Rivermouth Dental Practice ………...………………………...…01343 813325 St Gerardine School ………………………...…………………....01343 812251 Taxi (Walkers) ……………………………………………………..01343 812940 Town Hall …………………………………………...………….….01343 815309 Train Times/Enquiries ………………………...…...……………..08457 484950 Get in touch if you’d like to see additional numbers listed 32 To advertise in The Lossie Local please call 01343 815328

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Hythehill Primary P6 Poetry Writers head for the Library Primary 6 poetry writers from Hythehill visited Lossiemouth library on the 6th October for Scottish National Poetry Day. As they walked over there was a feeling of eager anticipation. A few weeks before they went Mr. Leitch, the librarian, had popped into the school and extended an invitation to P6 to visit the library. He suggested that they might even like to write their own poems about games they like to play. He is always keen to display the children's work in the library. 'Games' was the theme for National Poetry Day this year.

their board games in the comfortable and welcoming setting of the local library. There was a mad dash back to school as it was feared that the school cook would be tapping her toes, waiting for the class. On leaving the library Mr. Leitch took a photograph of the children and their poetry display. He also offered the children National Poetry Day postcards. The children wrote out their postcards back at school and some sent them to their friends and relatives to tell them the highlights of their visit.

On arriving at the library Mr. Leitch gathered the children onto the carpet and read them some poems. He read a variety of poems - one was about a female pirate and one poem included a spell to make your Head Teacher's trousers fall down! One of the pupils said, "The trip was inspiring and all of the poems Mr. Leitch read were All agreed that it was a fantastic and fun trip great, I couldn't pick a favourite." and one boy suggested that it was a brilliant Armed with their membership cards the boys learning day. Some children are even thinking and girls eagerly explored the library shelves of experimenting with the spell to make the for books which appealed to their individual head teacher's trousers fall down. interests. Mr. Leitch and the P6 teacher set about displaying the children's poems as the Everyone is looking forward to future trips. The next plan is to drop off filled shoeboxes pupils searched. at the Blythwood lorry in St. James Square A member of the general public exclaimed to with a heat up at the Baptist Church coffee their teacher, "They are very well behaved morning first and a renewal of library books even though there are so many of them." after. Perhaps the boys and girls will write up Their teacher was proud of them and was that trip to share with the readers of the grateful to the nice man for his comment. Lossie Local. Thank you for reading our Many books were taken out that day. Those article, your interest is very much of the class who were decisive about their appreciated. book choices even had time to set up and play


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moray coast medical practic e A Cautionary Christmas Story

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Then God gave them turkey breast so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. Satan chuckled, created the 99p double cheeseburger and asked “You want fries with that?” Woman said “Yes please” and Man said “and Then, using God‟s bountiful gifts, Satan supersize them”. Satan said “it is good”. created Baileys, Magnums and mince pies. And Man and Woman went into cardiac And Satan said, “You want brandy butter arrest. God sighed and developed triple with these?” Man said “yes please” and bypass surgery. woman said “I‟d like some too….. And with chocolate chips.” And lo….they gained ten Satan sniggered and created the NHS waiting list. pounds. In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, kale, cauliflower and spinach and all kinds of red, green and yellow vegetables so that Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Happy Christmas!!

And God created healthy yoghurt that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar and rum from the cane and combined them to make luscious Christmas pudding. And woman went from size 12 to size 20. So God said “try my fresh green salad”. And Satan whipped up a blue cheese dressing with garlic bread on the side. And Man and Woman loosened their belts a further three notches. God said, “I have ordained healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them”. Satan bought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter dipped lobster chunks and bacon wrapped chipolatas. Man‟s cholesterol hit 7.5. On Boxing Day God brought forth running shoes that his children might lose those extra pounds. Satan sniggered and invented the remote control so that Man would not have to toil to change channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried Muirt on

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Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

Air Con & Refrigeration

D&K Refrigeration 814106 ….……….27


C M Design 540020 ………………….....2 Moray Coast 810567 ……………….....25


VIE at Home 07810 897774……….. ...25

Driving Schools

Michael Graham 07790 441856......…13

Electrical Contractor

Marc Whyte 815311 ………………..….11

Financial Advisors

Stewart Lyon 814224 ……….………...40

Beauty Bodymatters 811188 …………….…..….5

Blinds The Blind Spot 549939 ………....….…14


Ace Tuning 814220 …...…........…...…35 Lossie Garage Services 812063 ...…..19

W’shire Farm Foods 01466 799620 ...27

Removals & Storage

Anderson’s 01542 839151 …………....23

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Technologies 850219 …...26


Jeffrey Lee 815343 ………..…….....…..23 Lossie Tilers 815107 …….…………....10


Abi R-T 850179………………… ……….7



Janice Lawrence 07791 087173 ..…....36

Business Services

Impact Comms 07860 711571………....5

Golf Dedication Centre 810061 ……….3

B Clark & Son 812060 … .…..…..…...37

Swansons 813272 …………………......12


The Bothy 830006……………... ……...13

Carpet Cleaners

A M Cleaners 835383 ……..……..…...35

Children’s Entertainment

Mr Bumbles 01542 832103 ………......14

Sports Car Hire

Highland C’ham Hire 842657…….. ...24

The Stotfield 812011 ………….……….20


Walkers Taxis 812940 ……………..….19

Hydrotherapy Highland Hydrotherapy 559400 ….......9

Gospel Hall ………………………...30&31 Gospel Hall Sunday Club 559356 …...13 Lossie Baptist 810455 …………………..4 Moray Grace F’ship 07738 260550 ...18

Mark Valentine 810399 …………..…….6

McClintock Home Eyecare

01309 673635 …..28

Painter & Decorator

Complementary Therapists

Parent & Toddler

Computing & IT

Personal Trainers

Willowbank Holistics 07751 316663 ….6

Moray IT 547713……………………. ...29

Weight Loss

Slimming World 814509………… …...14

Collodial Silver

G’hams Nat Elements 07766 491828..35


Volunteer Centre 843705 ………..……32

The Lock Doctor 07815 921558 …..…..6



A&G Upholstery 813814………. …….33

Joiner Locksmith


Mary Jean 880231……………... ……..17

Firth Heating 814172 ……….………...25




House of Automata 01309 691212.. ...27 Riaazs 812601…………………… …….23

Greengrocers Heating Engineers



Ready Meals

G K Decorators 815606 …………..….29

Moray Steiner Sch 01309 676300 …....32

Bodyfit 814502 ………….…..….……..21

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