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1ST BUCKIE BOYS BRIGADE Mon. Anchor Boys 6pm; Tues. B and Club 6pm; Wed. Gymnastics 6.30pm; Fri. Juniors 6pm; Fri. Company 7.20pm; Sunday Bibleclass 10am. Contact Alan McIntosh 832999 AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPSBUCKIE & KEITH Al-Anon Family Groups offer free, confidential help & support to the relatives & friends of problem drinkers. Local weekly groups in Buckie & Keith. For further information call 020 7403 0888, visit www.hexnet.co.uk/ alanon/ or email alanonuk@aol.com BANFF, MORAY & NAIRN CANINE CLUB Classes are held in Obedience and Ringcraft every Monday evening during school terms from 1800 hrs in Spynie Hall, Elgin. Call Joanne on 810293 or Mary on 850262 BUCKIE AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB Classes spanning all levels and coaching available. Age 5-16 years. Contact David Eckersley 832078 BUCKIE BE ACTIVE LIFE LONG (B.A.L.L.) Gentle exercise for body and mind. Over 60’s welcome. Meets in the Guide Hall, Newlands Lane Tuesday mornings 10am12.15pm. For more information tel: 839200 / 832952 BUCKIE BRIDGE CLUB Weekly, on Wednesday at 7pm,

If you would like details of your club or society included in this section please let us know. All club listings are free. Not all clubs will be listed every issue.

September to April. Buckie Community High School. Contact Mr B.G. Smith 832731

beginners. Tel: 842847 or email jsbuckie@walk jogrunmoray.org.uk

BUCKIE ROVERS JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Training Monday & Wednesday, 7pm-9pm July - May. Contact Mr D G Roberts 840861

JOG SCOTLAND KEITH Meets on Monday 6.30pm at Keith Community Centre, juniors meet at 6pm. Suitable for beginners. Tel: 870609 or email jskeith@walkjogrunmoray.org.uk

BUCKIE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Meets Saturdays 10am-12noon for training, Linzee Gordon Park. CLOCHAN ART GROUP We are a small group who enjoy painting and drawing and we meet in Clochan Hall every Monday Afternoon, 2pm-4pm. Members work in all mediums and are only too happy to offer help and advice to each other over a cup of coffee. Come along any Monday if you want to learn more! FOCHABERS PETANQUE CLUB To play and promote the game of Pentanque, Fochabers Cricket Club, Fochabers. Contact MIke Watt 832591 ISLA VOLLEYBALL CLUB Wednesday evenings from September to April, Keith Community Centre. 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate & Seniors; 9pm10pm Seniors. Contact Mhorag Mitchell 888310 JOG SCOTLAND BUCKIE Meets on Tuesday 6.30pm at Swimming Pool car park, juniors meet on Monday 4.30pm at BHS Games Hall. Suitable for

KEITH AND DISTRICT AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB Meets Wednesdays, 7pm, Keith Community Centre Car Park, Annual subscription £15, Contact Club Secretary, Steven Taylor: Tel 832898, 07808 687036 www.walkjogrun moray.org.uk KEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE BOWLING CLUB Meets Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at Keith Community Centre. Contact Margaret Adam 887921 KEITH SENIOR YOUTH CLUB & SEVEN 2 ONE CLUB Monday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings. 12-25 - Senior Youth Club. 11-12 Seven 2 One Club (P7 & S1). Contact Sharon Duncan / Shona Goodall 882222 KEITH SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Contact June Simpson 882222. MORAY ADVANCE MOTORISTS & MOTORCYCLISTS Reg. Scottish Charity (SC 033561) visit www.morayiam.org.uk or 01309 673954

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MORAY BUSINESS WOMEN An informal club for women within the Moray area who have an interest in business, networking, sharing information and general socialising. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, tel: Michelle on 07887 730708 or e-mail us at tina.mason52@yahoo.com PORTGORDON ART GROUP We are a group of 25 who meet every Friday afternoon, 1pm4pm in the Portgordon Community Centre. We work in different mediums and on varied subject matter, but what we have in common is our love of drawing and painting. We have a couple of places left, so if you're interested in joining us - come along or phone us on 850409 WALKMORAY We are looking to recruit Volunteer Health Walk Leaders to lead short, social, low-level walks (daytime & evenings) in Buckie and Keith. For details contact Debbie Barron 01343 567172 WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION We hold 9 meetings per year (on Saturday afternoons) in Elgin Library open to anyone with an interest in the First World War. Contact Derek Bird on 01343 870562 or email at chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk WEIGHTWATCHERS Every Wednesday from 6.30pm, Longmore Hall, Keith

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Vikings and Norse in the Moray Firth Where was the frontier? Viking pirates attacked areas of Scotland, as elsewhere in Western Europe, in the late 700’s and continued sporadically for several hundred years. They favoured wealthy coastal settlements where their highly mobile fleets could accomplish swift grab and run raids. We know about the raids of monasteries, because monks elsewhere reported on these frightening marauders, but suspect that wealthy secular sites were also targeted. Not only precious objects were taken, but also people to be sold into slavery. In the wake of these raids Scandinavians came and settled, in particular on the Northern and Western Isles, but also to Caithness and Sutherland. These areas were controlled by powerful chieftains, known as jarls or earls. Gradually over time the King of Norway obtained nominal overlordship over these Scottish Scandinavian settlers. Officially the Western Isles were part of Norway until 1266, and the Northern Isles until 1472, resulting in centuries of Scandinavian influence in these areas. Ideally the term Vikings is used to refer to the raiders, and Norse to the settlers. The initial Scandinavian settlers were pagan and were buried with gravegoods in marked contrast to the native Christian Picts. Viking graves are known from Caithness, and there appear to be isolated remains of female and male graves from near Dunrobin Castle and Ospisdale near Dornoch. South of the Dornoch Firth there is very little archaeological evidence, and unfortunately none at all from Dingwall. A Viking silver hoard was deposited at Tarbat church, Portmahomack around 1000. Recently a small silver ingot fragment, similar to ones found in Viking silver hoards, was found by a metal detectorist near Dores. If it dates to the Norse period, it would provide hints of Norse use of the Great Glen. However, unfortunately silver ingots were used throughout history and into modern times, and because it was not excavated by archaeologists we are unable to determine the context or date. Another metal detector find, but of a more distinctive object allowing better dating, was found only last year at Ardersier. It is part of an openwork brooch or mount with page 4 - March 2011

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an interlaced animal. Brooches of this style were worn in Scandinavia and often date around c. 1150. This exciting find provides evidence of late encounters on the south side of the Moray Firth – but whether as a traded item or part of a short-lived settlement cannot be determined. From these fragments of evidence, it is clear we cannot say anything with certainty about the southern frontier of the Vikings and Norse in the Moray Firth area south of the Dornoch Firth. I suspect that it was not static, and would have been a contested frontier area with its fertile agricultural land. It probably changed hands between Norse opportunists and the local powers, the original Pictish rulers (and possibly kings of Fortriu, if indeed this key late Pictish stronghold was situated on the Moray Firth as Alex Woolf has argued), and later the earls of Moray (who during the reign of MacBeth in the early 11th century controlled a vast area), depending on who was stronger at the time. Sometime in this period Dingwall presumably was the centre of Norse control, perhaps as Barbara Crawford has argued, as part of a strategy of the Earls of Orkney to gain timber from the Conon and Beauly rivers to bring back to Orkney. Tantalising questions remain. What was the relationship between Norse and native in this area? Where were the Pictish and later native settlements especially to the north of Inverness? And of course, how much and in what way did this Norse settlement influence the local area? We can only hope that future archaeological discoveries will shed light on these issues. Dr. Susan Kruse is a Viking archaeologist with interests in Viking silver hoards, economic systems, and the issues of frontiers. Currently she is a project officer with ARCH, Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands, providing a range of courses and events for people to learn about and preserve their local heritage. She is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of the Highlands and Islands and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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“The best way to get rid of temptation is to give in to it,” said Oscar Wilde, the flamboyant Irish writer of the second half of the 19th century, who died young, gifted and dissipated by his unbridled passions. I want to suggest to you that Jesus had a better way of dealing with temptation. In church at this time of year - around the beginning of the season of Lent we often refer to the account of Jesus’ testing time in the wilderness. (Look at it for yourself in Mark’s Gospel Chapter 4, Verses 1 to 11)

Pastoral Letter and Church Meetings the temptation of selfishness, the temptation to impress, the temptation to grab at power. How did Jesus deal with these things? When we read the passage concerned we notice that each of Jesus’ replies to the temptations have this in common. They all start with the words “The Scriptures say…” or “It is written…” In His time of testing, Jesus was not relying on His own ability but on the truth of God’s Word. This is what enabled Him to meet the temptations that came to Him with integrity and confidence both then and later.

The story tells us that Jesus took time out to do some serious thinking about what God wanted Him to do. Temptation was something He had to face because He was open to God’s will. It came to him in rather dramatic fashion. But what it amounted to was

Being tempted is not a sin. Experiencing temptation is not a sign of failure. And that in itself should not therefore make us feel guilty. Temptation confronts us in quite subtle ways as well as the very obvious. But when

Buckie Baptist Church meets Sundays 11am & 5.45pm. Contact Rev. V MacDougall Email bydand52@aol.com Children welcome, Contact Irene 840821 Buckie North, C of S, Cluny Square Contact Rev Gordon Mathew 831328 Email jg.mathew@btinternet.com Buckie Salvation Army Sunday Services 10.30am & 6pm, plus many other meetings during the week. Contact Caroline Buchanan tel: 823790 Buckie South & West, C of S, High Street meets for Sunday worship at 11.30am, including Sunday School, Contact Revd Alan Macgregor 833775 or email buckiesouwester@btconnect.com Buckie, Riverside Christian Church, Sundays 10.30am, contact 01542 833923 or visit www.riversidebuckie.org Buckie, St Peters Church RC 832196 Buckie Methodist Church Sundays 11am & 6pm, alternative Sundays at Portessie. Sunday School, Bible Studies, Prayer meetings, Study groups, Women's Guild, Men's Prayer Breakfast and House Groups Cullen & Deskford C of S every Sunday at

10.30am. First Sunday of Month in the Hall Church, every other Sunday in the Auld Kirk, 2nd and 4th Sundays in Jubilee Hall Deskford at 12noon, contact 840193 or email:gordonmcneillg@btinternet.com Cullen Methodist Church, Seatown, Cullen, Buckie Sunday morning worship at 11am led by a Minister or an authorised Local Preacher; Enzie Parish Church, Portgordon, Buckie meets for Sunday worship at 10 am, Sunday School. Contact Revd Alan Macgregor 833775 or email enziekirk@btconnect.com Findochty Methodist Church welcomes you to fellowship Sundays at 11am Keith, Holy Trinity Episcopal Family Eucharist 11.30am. Keith, C of S North, Newmill, Boharm and Rothiemay North Church : Sunday 11am; Boharm Church : Sunday 9.30am (first Sunday of the month at Mulben village hall); Rothiemay Church : Sunday 9.30am, except the first Sunday in each month. Contact: Rev G Hutton Steel or email: knnbrchurch@btconnect.com

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it does we are in good company. For as the New Testament reminds us, Jesus was tempted just like us. In becoming human like us, He gave up the power of being able to know everything, be everywhere and do everything. It was for people like us that He came. “He had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every way, and because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help where help is needed.” (Hebrews chapter 2, verses 17:18) Our particular struggle, with times of testing, reflects that of Jesus, but with this difference - we do not face them alone. Rev James Gordon Mathew Buckie North Church of Scotland Keith, C of S St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange St Rufus Church : Sunday 10.15am; Botriphnie Church : Sunday 11.45am (alternate Sundays); Grange Church : Sunday 11.45am (alternate Sundays), contact: Rev Ranald S.R. Gauld or email:kay_gauld@strufus.fsnet.co.uk Keith, St. Thomas’ Church RC Vigil-Mass 9.30am and 6.30pm Confessions Saturday 10am on request. Portessie Methodist Church, Portessie, Buckie Sunday worship at 11am and at 6pm (alternately here & at Buckie). Portgordon Methodist Church Portgordon, Buckie meets for Sunday worship at 11am, bible study meeting on alternate Mondays with the Church of Scotland congregation at 2pm, craft group meets on Wednesdays at 2pm Rathven Church of Scotland Sunday morning worship at 9.45am led by a Minister or an authorised Local Preacher. Contact Moira 833956 or Ann 831607 If you are a member of a church not listed here, please email natalie@spotlighton.co.uk and we may print this in future issues.

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The Elgin Marvels Fossil Reptiles & Footprints Not to be confused with the Elgin Marbles, the Elgin ‘Marvels’ actually come from Elgin! They are 250 million year old fossil reptiles, and their footprints, that were collected from old sandstone quarries, mostly over a century ago. Dr Neil Clark, Curator of Palaeontology at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, provides a fascinating insight into our local history. Carol Hopkins, a student at a 1996 Open University Summer School in Edinburgh, had visited the local Clashach quarry at Hopeman and found a vast number of footprints being excavated. The quarry had recently been re-opened to supply stone for the facing of the new Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. By 1997, Carol had investigated over 200 footprints and trackways! The animals responsible for making these footprints are thought to have been mammal-like reptiles. Fossil skeletons of these animals were known from the nearby Cuttie’s Hillock west of Elgin and can be seen displayed in the Elgin Museum.

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probably not the best way to investigate the cavity as it would damage the fossil so I removed the rock to Glasgow for further research using modern medical techniques. With the help of Calum Adams, a consultant radiologist, at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra in Paisley, we scanned the hole in the rock using both CT and MRI. It was not easy scanning through such a thickness of rock and the machine had to be tweaked close to its limits. As the CT produced its first scan, we saw something I was not expecting. We saw a difficult to interpret complex network of cavities. When all the scans were collected and stacked into a 3D image, the nature of the hole in the rock became clear. It was the entire skull of a mammal-like reptile! After this, the rock was placed in a plastic box and filled with fluid to make the MRI scanning work. The whole process was so unusual that the BBC filmed an episode of Tomorrow’s World on this novel technique of analysing cavity fossils in a non-destructive manner. Research by Arthur Cruickshank, an expert in such animals, showed that the skull was identical to a known animal from Cuttie’s Hillock called Dicynodon (Gordonia) traquairi. Because of this discovery, we now know that the age of the Hopeman sandstones is the same age as the Cuttie’s Hillock sandstones closer to Elgin - 250 million years old.

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Also in 1997, Bill George, who worked in the quarry at Clashach, found a rock with an intriguing hole in it. It was immediately thought this may be a cavity left by bones dissolved by acid waters. No recognisable fossil bones had ever been found in the Hopeman sandstone so this discovery was potentially an extremely important one, as the age of the sandstone at Hopeman was not known with any certainty.

In March 1998, the quarrying was increased which put a number of critical footprints at risk of being destroyed. The Moray Stone Cutters kindly offered to move the slabs of sandstone containing footprints to a convenient spot, forming an amphitheatre close to the Moray Coastal Trail near Hopeman.

At that time, there was really only one way to deal with cavity fossils; to fill the cavity with rubber and smash it open with a hammer to remove the dried rubber. I decided this was

If you are interested in fossils from the Elgin area, or finding out more about other fossils, please visit the Elgin Museum www.elginmuseum.org.uk

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FEBRUARY 1-28 tuesday - monday exhibition on the people of moray, local heritage centre, institution road, elgin, tel: 01343 569011 or visit www.moray.gov.uk/localheritage

4 friday back to the future - ‘elgin in style’, 7.30pm, elgin town hall, showcasing a number of city centre businesses using drama, dance & live music, brought to you by elgin business improvement district (bid) and the out of the darkness theatre company, £7, visit www.elginbid.co.uk for more details

24 thursday scottish opera, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £11/£5 concessions, tel: 01309 691170 for details

26 saturday buckie choral union (charity no sc022330) coffee morning, 9.30am-11.30am, ‘all saints’ scottish episcopal church hall, west church street, buckie, sales and bottle stalls and raffle, tickets adults £1.50/children half price, available from choir members; house of hair; and tlc health and beauty, for more info visit www.buckiechoral.org.uk or email sec@buckiechoral.org.uk live music - jason porter, the harbour bar, buckie

18th moray science festival - families day on environmental wonders, 10am-4pm, moray college, elgin, open to families & the whole community, tickets £6/£21 for a family, doors open at 9.15am, come along & get messy & find out science is fun! for details contact sam bright tel: 01343 576319

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alejandro ziegler tango quartet, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170

old elgin in photographs, local heritage centre, institution road, elgin, tel: 01343 569011 or visit www.moray.gov.uk/localheritage

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1 tuesday book sale - sale of withdrawn library stock to include books, cd’s, videos, dvd’s all at bargain prices, 12noon-8pm, elgin library, tel: 01343 562619

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elgin musical theatre present disney’s beauty and the beast, 7.30pm (including saturday matinee), elgin town hall, a treat for all ages, tickets on sale at mathieson’s, batchen street, elgin or tel: 01343 547765, for more details visit our website www.elginmusicaltheatre.co.uk

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18th moray science festival on environmental wonders, moray college, elgin, for primary 6 & 7 pupils at all moray primary schools, interactive hands-on fun science sessions, for more details contact sam bright tel: 01343 576319

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moray arts club festival of one-act plays by local groups, adult and junior, 7pm, elgin town hall, tickets at door £6/£4/£1

kgs world challenge - india with students from keith grammar school, 7pm, keith library, tel: 882233 or email keith.library@moray.gov.uk for more details

25 friday

the changing times of the banffshire advertiser by jack johnston, 7.30pm, buckie library, for more details contact elgin library tel: 01343 562600 or visit www.moray.gov.uk

moray rock garden club - donald davidson of abriachan ‘primula and auricula’, 7.30pm, new elgin hall annexe, for more details contact colinne souter tel: 01340 871504 or netta milne tel: 01343 881558 she’koyokh klezmer ensemble, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 for details

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18 friday ‘deja vu dressed as new’ sale in aid of children 1st, 10am to 6.30pm, westfield house, spynie, near elgin iv30 8xl, designer clothing; top quality almost new clothing; bargain prices, tel: 01343 547308 live music - bonesaw, 8pm, flanagans irish bar, high street, elgin, with support from absolutist, visit www.myspace.com/thesyndicate2008 for more info matt andersen, 8.30pm, the institute, fochabers, tickets from christies chemist or from daz tindall tel: 07977 150641

Matt Andersen - The Loft Venue Saturday 19th March With a larger than life showmanship, earning him a fervent steadfast audience.

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buckie choral union (with guest singers and orchestra) present gabriel faure’s requiem and john rutter’s magnificat, 7:30pm, fishermen’s hall, buckie, wine or juice will be available in the interval, adults £8/children £5, tickets available from house of hair fashion, tlc health and beauty and choir members, for more info visit www.buckiechoral.org.uk or email sec@buckiechoral.org.uk live music - jason porter, the harbour bar, buckie

27 sunday celebration of life fair, 12noon-4pm, eight acres hotel, elgin, £3/under 12’s free, wide range of top quality products & services, proceeds to macmillan cancer support & maggie’s highland centre free walk & talk for speakers of other languages with angela innes, 2pm, meet outside1629 restaurant, clifton road, lossie, come for a walk, meet new people, practise speaking english, all welcome, phone / text 0792 2051930 or visit www.english4moray.co.uk scotland’s census 2011, further details can be found at www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

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19 saturday western front association - from front to back : the german prisoners of the bef - mike taylor, 2.30pm, the gallery, elgin library, contact derek bird tel: 01343 870562, email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk matt andersen, the loft venue, by kinloss, tel: 01343 850111 or vist www.loftgigs.co.uk the wiyos, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £13/£11/£8, tel: 01309 691170 for details

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Cinema Listings March 2011 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness The King’s Speech (12a) Blue Valentine (15) Neds (18) True Grit (15) plus many others

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Moray Playhouse, Elgin New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

Vue Cinema, Inverness From 4th March Rango (U) From 11th March The Resident (15) From 16th March Chalet Girl (12a) From 25th March The Eagle (12a) KidsAM - Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am - £1 per ticket Seniors Club - Every Tuesday at 12.30pm - £3.05 inc. refreshments NEW Teen Screen Every Thursday & Friday £2 with upgrade for 3D films

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Portessie Public Hall Regular films including Saturday matinees. For further details email portessiepublichall@hotmail.co.uk

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Cranberry and Ginger Cupcakes with Orange Butterceam

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Now that the days are getting longer and the weather milder, Knockomie is welcoming local walkers, who have enjoyed a stroll on many of the local footpaths, Blairs Loch and the Dava Way. Those who enjoy a delicious hot chocolate, cake and a warm fire to relax beside, not to mention the weekend newspapers! One of the favourite cakes are our home made Cranberry and Ginger Cupcakes, so we thought we you might like the recipe. Ingredients 125gm Unsalted Butter or Margarine 250gm Caster Sugar 2 Large Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 250gm Plain Flour 2 tsp Baking Powder 150gm Dried Cranberries 1 piece Stem Ginger in syrup 2 teaspoons of stem ginger syrup 3 dessert spoon Semi Skimmed Milk Method Line a muffin or cupcake tray with 12 large cupcake / muffin cases. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and and vanilla extract and and beat again. Add the flour and baking powder and stir in the cranberries, stem ginger, syrup and semi skimmed milk. Spoon the mixture between the cupcake cases, filling them about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven at 170°c / 325°f / gas mark 3 for about 25 minutes until they are firm to touch and if you put a skewer in to them it comes out clean. Remove from oven and leave in the tray to cool. page 12 - March 2011

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Orange Buttercream 125g Unsalted Butter at room temperature 50ml Freshly Squeeze Orange Juice 500g Icing Sugar Method Beat the butter and orange juice together. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth. Ice the cupcakes once cool, either using a knife or an icing bag with a large star shaped nozzle.

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APRIL 2011 in brief 1 friday elgin museum reopens for summer season, 1 high street, elgin, iv30 1eq, mon-fri 10am-5pm, sat 11am-4pm, for further information tel: 01343 543675 visit www.elginmuseum.org.uk or email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk fil campbell, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 for details 2 saturday the call of the loonbird, 4pm, universal hall, findhorn, £6/£5/£4, tel: 01309 691170 for details 13 wednesday caged, 7pm, universal hall, findhorn, £6/£5/£4, tel: 01309 691170 for details 14 thursday keith support group parkinsons uk - bonsai demonstration, keith resource centre, for more details contact mike mustard tel: 887972 sean hughes, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £14/£12, tel: 01309 691170 for details 16 saturday western front association - postal and paper ephemera of the great war - jim mackay, branch member, 2.30pm, the gallery, elgin library, contact derek bird tel: 01343 870562, email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk red room, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 for details 29 friday moray rock garden club - carole and ian bainbridge ‘patagonia’, 7.30pm, new elgin hall annexe, for more details contact colinne souter tel: 01340 871504 or netta milne tel: 01343 881558

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Celebration of Life Fair Sunday 27th March, 12-4pm Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin, Moray 6 7 8 9

UNIQUE BEAUTY Specialist Skin Treatments DEE JONES IHM Massage ANN MILLER High Vibrational Healing SKYE THERAPISTS Massage & Healing FOREVER LIVING Aloe Vera Products LAZY DAISY GLASS Fused Glass Gifts BON BON MINERALS Quality Handmade Cosmetics MUSIC BY MARIE Music Teacher & Soprano FIONA KYLE Inspirational Harping CALEDONIAN KILTS Kilts Makers & Hire ANDREW GRANSDEN Photography SIMON POYNER Gardner Financial Services CRAIC POTS Fun Pottery BRENDA FINDLAY Foot Health Specialist AVON SKINCARE & COSMETICS

GREEN KITE TRADING Fair Trade shop LAURAS COTTAGE KITCHEN Gluten free food JOA-TOA Distinctive fleece clothing ALBA BHEAG JEWELLERY Hand painted miniatures CROOKED CRAFTS Quirky Bird Houses LUCY JACKSON Australian Bush Flowers THE RESULTS ACADEMY Personal Development MORAY IT Computer Repair & Systems FIRST AID & RESUSCITATION Moray College APEX DENTAL Facial and Dental Aesthetics. FUNKY BONGOS Ceilidh Band JOHNSTON & CARMICHAEL Accountants KARIN DALLEY Chiropractic Clinic DAWN LECKIE Specialist & Novelty Cakes AQUAPLAY Team Building Activities

Carole Bridge from Maggie’s and David Cameron from Macmillan will be available on the day for a chat as to how their range of services can support you, your family and friends in the event of cancer. What will you find there? The widest range of top quality products and services in the area. Come and have a mini massage, reiki or other relaxing taster treatment. Try some yummy chocolate, gluten free products, or one of the many other tasty delicacies on offer. Test luxurious products from aloe vera to hand made specialist make-up. Get business and personal advice to improve your companies profitability, the way you look or your own self confidence and health. Get a foot health check, advice on skin, dental and posture problems, from one of the medical specialists available. Treat yourself or a loved one to unique designer jewellery, clothing or other beautiful products available. The aim of the day is to have fun, raise money and celebrate life by improving it in whatever way small we can. Entrance for visitors is £3, which includes a raffle ticket for over £1,000 of prizes. Under 12’s admitted free of charge.

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A.O.C.B. • Christmas lights - the Chairman said that the volunteers who once again put up the Christmas lights deserved to be congratulated doing so under adverse weather conditions. as always, he said, they were quite spectacular and they had been remarked about and commented on by visitors to the town. • Postal Workers and Paper Boys Karen Pitt said that the postmen/women who delivered mail during the past atrocious weather conditions deserved much parise as it couldn’t have been an easy job carrying heavy bags of mail on pavements which were treacherous in the extreme. allan fraser said that the paper boys/girls should also be commended as the delivery of the papep inevitably arrived through the door around the same time daily as during the bonny days, a quite remarkable feat. • Reprieve for Halls - James Smith said like the majority of people he was delighted to learn that the administrative group at Moray Council had withdrawn the proposal to close so many halls etc throughout Moray, including specifically the town House abd fisherman’s Hall. • travellers Halt Site - the Chariman said that he was also pleased to learn that sense had prevailed among Moray Councillors when they took the decision to drop the proposal to create a travellers Halt Site at Stonies Bridge off the a98 at arradoul where safety for all had been the main concern, thereby lifting a cloud off the shoulders of those most affected. • litter Problem - allan fraser said that he had been approached about the amount of litter that was being dropped

ostensibly by puplis from Buckie Community High School. He had read where a Policewoman had said there were plenty of rubbish bins in the area which could be used. Mr fraser continued by saying that he had walked up High Street, from the shops, and along West Cathcart Street and could find no bins until the school was reached. He felt that there was a need for bins to be placed on both streets. Mr Cowie said there were bins on Blairdaff Street and elsewhere but they had been vandalized. He agreed to pass on the request for bins to be set up on West Cathcart Street. it was also agreed that a note should be sent to the school. • St andrews Square (St Peters Place) Howard Cartwright brought up the matter of the poor state of thre ground surface on the south west corner of the Square where there were a number of deep holes in a dangerous state. Mr Cowie made the pont that people had no need to walk across it as there were 2 footpaths. He understood that the ground in question did not belong to Moray Council but was in the ownership of the developers of the new flats and also those living in the older ones. Who would be responsible if someone came by an injury due to the ground condition. He didn’t know but would try to find out? the area is being used extensively for parking. • Poor Road Repairs - allan fraser said that he had received a complaint about the road surface on High Street north of the roundabout adjacent to the new tesco supermarket. Mr Cowie agreed that what was said and explained that a track had been dug and pipes laid prior to being filled temporarily. a finished job

was then done only for a hard frost to come and destroy the work. Once the weather improves the job will be done properly again. • tower on West Church Street Members have been approached by residents now living in flats in what was once the ‘low School’ on West Church Street. they complain the tower is more & more showing signs of disrepair and fears are expressed that it could become dangerous. the ownership of the tower was questionable. the Secretary said that he would endeavour to find out who owned the tower and who would be responsible for any necessary repairs. • Steps at Buckpool - at the October meeting of BCC, the condition of the steps was described where a member told of 2 steps being undermined and had fallen in. the Secretary informed members the steps had been reinstated with further remedial work planned. • Community Council Christmas feature - the question of whether Buckie Community Council had ever provided a large circular Christmas light feature was again discussed with members having different views. it was decided the matter will be discussed in the New year. • Poor lighting - gordon Cowie said how residents in the area encompassasing Hall Street, gordon Street, North Pringle Steet, admiralty Street and East & West Carlton terrace were complaining the lights seemed to give out a very poor glow making the area very dark. up to 50% of the people living in this area are lederly. it was agreed he would write to the lighting Engineer to see if any improvements can be made.

communIty councIl contacts Keith community council Buckie community council Meets first Monday of each month (excluding Meets third Tuesday each month (excluding July) January/August) 7pm at Keith Community Centre. 7pm Town House West. Contact: Diane Halley (Secretary) tel: 886640 Contact: Gordon Cowie (Secretary) tel: 831956 page 14 - March 2011

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“ Parliament Blog ”

While I am generally avoiding party politics in this column I think the one political issue I can mention without fear of reprisal is the UK Government’s plans to hold a referendum on the same day as the Scottish Parliment elections. All of the main political parties in Scotland have expressed their concern over this with the worry that media coverage of the key election issues - including health, justice, education, environment, Fair fa yer honest sonsie face, why can ye nae America grace? That’s a question I have been pursuing in my ministerial role, promoting Scotland’s food and drink. Unfortunately United States rules ban the import of haggis due to sheeps lungs being part of the ingredients. Our food hygiene laws in Scotland are, however, strict and well policed by Environmental Health services and I have invited U.S. officials and

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fishing, farming and, indeed, almost all functions of local government - will be overshadowed by the debate on voting reform. That belittles the importance of the Scottish Parliament on deciding on these crucial issues that affect us every single day.

At the time of writing there is still a possibility of the votes being held separately and for the sake of democracy and having a proper debate on both the Scottish Parliament and the referendum I really hope that is the case. Angus Robertson MP politicians to come to Scotland and examine our meat production facilities in a bid to have the haggis ban lifted. Not only would it help ensure that those celebrating Burns Night in the States can do so authentically, it would also provide an important export boost for producers who know there is a market that they just can’t access. Here’s to the haggis and here’s hoping! Richard Lochhead MSP


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for 2010/2011 (all dates inclusive) Spring Term Ends Friday 1st April 2011 Summer Term Starts Monday 18th April 2011 Good Friday Holiday Friday 22nd April 2011 Milne’s High & Feeders Friday 29th April 2011 May Day Holiday Monday 2nd May 2011 In-service Closure Thursday 19th May 2011 In-service Closure Friday 20th May 2011 Buckie High & Feeders Mon. 6th June 2011 Keith Grammar & Feeders Mon. 6th June 2011 Speyside High & Feeders Mon. 6th June 2011 Summer Term Ends Friday 1st July 2011 for 2011/2012 (all dates inclusive) Autumn Term Starts Tuesday 16th August 2011

Autumn Term Ends Friday 7th October 2011 Winter Term Starts Monday 24th October 2011 In-service Closure Monday 21st November 2011 In-service Closure Tuesday 22nd November 2011 Winter Term Ends Wed. 21st December 2011 Spring Term Starts Thursday 5th January 2012 Mid-term Holiday Friday 10th February 2012 Mid-term Holiday Monday 13th February 2012 Spring Term Ends Friday 30th March 2012 Good Friday Holiday Friday 6th April 2012 Summer Term Starts Monday 16th April 2012 May Day Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 In-service Closure Thursday 17th May 2012 In-service Closure Friday 18th May 2012

Local Holidays Buckie Holiday § Keith Holiday Fochabers Holiday ‡ Good Friday Easter Monday Early May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Keith Holiday Buckie Holiday § Fochabers Holiday ‡

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SCHOOLS Botriphnie Primary School ............................01542 810207 Cluny Primary School....................................01542 831417 Crossroads Primary School ..........................01542 870221 Cullen Primary School ..................................01542 840279 Findochty Primary School ............................01542 832287 Keith Primary School ....................................01542 882802 Millbank Primary School ................................01542 831113 Milne’s Primary School ..................................01343 820977 Mosstodloch Primary School ........................01343 820476 Newmill Primary School ................................01542 882788 Portessie Primary School ..............................01542 832288 Portgordon Primary School ..........................01542 831198 Portknockie Primary School ..........................01542 840244 St Peters RC Primary School ........................01542 831339 St Thomas RC Primary School ......................01542 882256 Buckie High School ......................................01542 832605 Keith Grammar School ..................................01542 882461 Milne’s High School ......................................01343 820611 DOCTORS Ardach Health Centre ....................................01542 831555 Seafield Medical Centre ................................01542 835577 Cullen Medical Centre....................................01542 840272 Keith Medical Centre......................................01542 882244 Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin................................0845 456 6000

DENTISTS The Keith Dental Practice ............................(01542) 886251 Buckie Dental Practice ................................(01542) 831163 PHARMACIES Bairds Pharmacy, Keith..................................01542 882512 Clarks Pharmacy, Fife-Keith ..........................01542 882533 Listermac Pharmacy, Union St ......................01542 840268 Listermac Pharmacy, W. Church St ..............01542 833321 W.S. Taylor, Buckie ........................................01542 831116 Normac Pharmacy, Buckie ............................01542 831147 Buckie Leisure Centre....................................01542 832841 Police Station ................................................0845 600 5700 Keith Community Centre................................01542 882028 Keith Swimming Pool ....................................01542 882222 Keith Resource Centre ..................................01542 886174 Keith Library ..................................................01542 882223 Keith Sports & Com. Ctr ................................01542 882222 Moray Council Access Point, Keith................01542 885500 Registrar ........................................................01542 885525 Keith Tourist Info. Ctr......................................01542 888423 Keith Community Bus ....................................01542 882222 Babs Dial A Bus ............................................01542 835800 National Rail Enquiries ..................................08457 484950 If you have any suggestions for additional useful numbers please email these to us on admin@spotlighton.co.uk

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