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In this issue...... Clubs & Societies

4/6 Chef’s Confidential

Pastoral Letter

8 Council News

Church Details

8 Parliament Blog

What’s On

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11-15 Useful Contacts

Cinema Listings

13 Local Holidays

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Boath House Review 18 Tide Times


Johnstons Tour

20 School Term Dates


Spirit of Speyside

22 Advertisers Index


Pictish Stones


Wild West


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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 alanon/ or email ART CLUB SALVATION ARMY, CHURCH STREET, FINDOCHTY The Art Club is held in the hall, every Wednesday from 10.30am12noon. Help & tuition given and beginners are welcome (limited spaces available). Come along. Contact S. Smith tel: 835408 BANFF AND MORAY MEMBERS’ CENTRE, THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND (NTS) Promoting the work of the NTS and fundraising to support local properties, our local properties are Brodie Castle and Leith Hall. We have a varied annual programme of events, including lunches with speakers, one day coach trips to places of interest, short holidays to NTS and other historic properties further afield, quiz night and theatre outings.If you are a member of the NTS and would like more information, please contact the secretary on tel: 01343 835258 or email secretary2.bmnts@ 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

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BANFFSHIRE FIELD CLUB Meets monthly at St Rufus Church Hall, Turner Street, Keith to explore the district, inquiring into its geology, botany, natural history, archaeology, etc. Contact Mrs K M Hawkes 840718 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, September to April. Buckie Community High School. Contact Mr B.G. Smith 832731 BUCKIE CRICKET CLUB Junior coaching on Wednesday evenings. Linzee Gordon Park, Buckie. Contact William G Flett 832082 BUCKIE ROVERS JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Training Monday & Wednesday, 7pm-9pm July - May. Contact Mr D G Roberts 840861 BUCKIE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Meets Saturdays 10am-12noon for training, Linzee Gordon Park. BUCKIE VICTORIA BOWLING CLUB West Church Street Buckie, tel 832521 CULLEN BOWLING AND TENNIS CLUB Provides a service to anyone who is interested in Bowling and Tennis. Bowls, tennis rackets, balls and shoes all available.

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Contact Sandra Douglas 840118 FAITH AND LIGHT GROUP BUCKIE To provide an evening of respite care to the parents or carers of club members. 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening at 7pm. Contact Anne Gerrard 831124 FRISKIS AND SVETTIS Originating in Sweden, the aim is to get people healthy whilst having fun. Exercise to music, open to men and women. Fochabers Institute Tues 10am; St Rufus Hall, Keith Wed 9.30am and Thurs 10am; St Thomas Hall Thurs 7pm, contact Mandy tel: 882641 or visit FOCHABERS HILL WALKING & RAMBLING CLUB Meets the last Sunday each month for hill walking outings. £10 annual sub and £10-£15 bus fare. Contact Wilma Forsyth for more details 01343 821101 FOCHABERS PETANQUE CLUB To play and promote the game of Pentanque, Fochabers Cricket Club, Fochabers. Contact MIke Watt 832591 GRANGE BADMINTON CLUB Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30pm, King Memorial Hall, Grange. Contact Chris Lancaster 870622 HIPBUMPERS Meets Mondays 7.30pm to 9pm for social dancing at Longmore Hall, Keith 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

beginners. Tel: 842847 or email jsbuckie@walk JOG SCOTLAND KEITH Meets on Monday 6.30pm at Keith Community Centre, juniors meet at 6pm. Suitable for beginners. Tel: 870609 or email jskeith@walk 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 KEITH B.A.L.L. GROUP We meet on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 1pm in St Rufus Hall, Keith. Contact Evalyne tel: 886913 or Maureen tel: 886020 for details KEITH TANG SOO DO Thursdays, Royal British Legion, Keith. Classes from 5.30pm7pm, contact Steve & Rosemary Reeve tel: 01542 886500 KEITH SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS Meets every Thursday in the Royal British Legion Hall, Keith 7.30pm-9.30pm 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 or Shona Goodall 882222 KEITH TENNIS CLUB Offers coaching April to September annually, St Rufus Park Tennis Courts, Seafield Avenue, Keith. Contact Roy Wright tel: 886175 KEITH BOWLING CLUB Green is open April to September, weather permitting.

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Short carpet bowls indoor September to April. Contact Hazel MacAngus-Gerrard 887452 KEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE BOWLING CLUB Meets Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at Keith Community Centre. Contact Margaret Adam 887921 KEITH SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Contact June Simpson 882222. LGBT MORAY Social networking group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Moray. Monthly meetings - 1st Tues. & 4th Thurs. The Cooperage Bar, High St, Elgin, 7.30pm; 2nd Weds. Scribbles, High St, Elgin,11am: 3rd Sat. Time Out Café, High St, Forres,10.30am. For further info or to be met in advance tel: 07598418638, email us on or find us on Facebook MARACAIBO Club for the over 50’s, Thursdays 1.30pm to 4pm, Longmore Hall, Keith ME MORAY SUPPORT GROUP Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 7pm, Moray Resource Centre, Maisondeu Road, Elgin. It’s a great chance to meet up with other ME sufferers and talk about the condition, as well as being able to gain support and information. Regular guest speakers. Meetings are free and refreshments are provided. We

also have an online community forum which offers support, information and just general conversation, for those who cannot attend meetings MORAY ADVANCE MOTORISTS & MOTORCYCLISTS Reg. Scottish Charity (SC 033561) visit or 01309 673954

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OAP CLUB Club for the over 50’s, meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 1.45pm to 4pm, Longmore Hall, Keith

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 MULBEN MUMS AND TODDLERS Meets every Wednesday morning from 10am at Boharm Hall, Mulben. Contact Lorraine on 860338

QUARRIERS CARER SUPPORT SERVICE MORAY Providing practical and emotional support to the unpaid Carers of Moray. If you look after a family member, friend or neighbour and could use some help or just want to find out more about what we do, call us on 01343 556031 RHYTHYM & RHYME GYM TOTS Fun musical baby and toddler sessions. Movement, music, songs, soft play and healthy snack. Wednesdays from 9.30am-10.15am and 10.20am11.05 am. Contact Wendy tel: 832133 ROTARY CLUB OF BUCKIE Meets every Monday evening at 5.30pm for 6pm in the Marine Hotel, Buckie. Visit our website at www.rotaryclub

MULBEN SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Mulben Hall. All welcome. Contact Margaret Rhynas tel: 01542 860208 NIKKI’S AEROBICS Exercise class at Longmore Hall, Keith on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm ‘NO STRINGS ATTACHED’ CONFIDENTIAL HELPLINE

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KEITH AND DISTRICT SILVER BAND Practice night, Sunday 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Longmore Hall, Keith. Contact Wendy Jones 887529 or visit SLIMMING WORLD FOCHABERS Wednesdays at 5.30pm & 7.30pm in the Scout Hall, Fochabers, contact Christine tel: 01542 835096 for more details. SPEY BAY COMMUNITY HALL Tues. & Fri. 7.30pm Bowling tel 821947; Weds. morning BALL tel: 821713/820038; Thurs. afternoon Mother and Toddler tel: 820282; Fri. morning Body Conditioning Classes tel: 556370; general enquiries to Shona Kemp tel: 821070 WALKMORAY We are looking to recruit Volunteer Health Walk Leaders to lead short, social, low-level walks (daytime & evenings)in Buckie and Keith. For more details contact - Debbie Barron 01343 567172. WEIGHTWATCHERS Every Wednesday from 6.30pm, Longmore Hall, Keith 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

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rounded by ornately dressed soldiers on gleaming horses and at the head of this procession, armoured foot soldiers bearing the Imperial Standard with its symbol of the golden eagle. This was a very visual demonstration that Pilate was in charge as the representative of Caesar.

On a visit to Jerusalem, I was walking down the Mount of Olives with my former colleague, the Rev. John Povey. Suddenly our conversation was interrupted by an Arab gentleman who said, “Excuse me, I give you four camels for the lady.” “Oh, no thanks,” replied John firmly, much to my relief! “Well, I will give you ten donkeys for the lady,” persisted the Arab. “Oh, definitely not,” answered John. The Arab, giving up, looked at John and said, “You - very lucky man.” “I know,” smiled John, “I’m not married to her!” During the major Jewish festivals, Pilate vacated Caesarea Maritime to reside in Jerusalem, and would have entered Jerusalem in ostentatious ceremony that the Roman army could display. His presence in Jerusalem was to remind everyone that HE and the Romans were in charge. Pilate would have entered Jerusalem from the Mediterranean side, from the west, surpage 8 - April 2011

Viewed in this light, the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, from the east, takes on a whole new meaning. On the west side of Jerusalem there is a parade of economic, political and military authority. On the other side of the city there is an entirely different form of power and a deliberate display of prophetic authority. From the west came Caesar’s representative, riding on a horse, surrounded by an army of trained soldiers. From the east came God’s representative, riding on a donkey and surrounded by an army of outcasts and nonentities. Through the west gate of Jerusalem came the great Kingdom of the world; through the east gate of Jerusalem came the great Kingdom of God. And by throwing down their garments on the road, the customary way of greeting a king, the crowds there that Palm Sunday acknowledged Jesus as King. Yes, Jesus was laying claim to a kingdom, but he bore no arms. tel: 01309 690063

He renounced the violence of imperial Rome. And yet by challenging the power of Rome he left himself open to the charge of sedition. The church faces the same dilemma today, to the extent that, to any government which conducts itself within the parameters of justice, we must render due obedience: to the extent it exceeds its authority and places itself above the moral limits set by God, its authority is to be challenged. It is not always easy to draw the line between God and Caesar, justice and injustice, right and wrong. Indeed, it is often quite difficult to judge. And it is even more difficult for us to be consistent in our judgement. But if we fail to speak out in support of a kingdom dedicated to justice for all, if we fail to condemn oppression and violence in our world, then we are not fulfilling our citizen’s role in God’s Kingdom. On this coming Palm Sunday, Jesus is still asking us to make choices. He is asking us: which side of the city are you on? Which procession will you join? Which kingdom do you wish to live in? May our hearts cry out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Rev. Kay Gauld Kirk of Keith : St. Rufus, Botriphnie, and Grange

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MARCH 28 monday quarriers - stroke awareness session, 1pm-2pm, keith resource centre, contact nuala tel: 01343 556031 for details elgin museum (the moray society) training and update session, 2pm, the museum depends on its volunteers & members to remain open to the public, any new & previous volunteers are invited to attend, tel: 01343 543675 or email

29 tuesday elgin museum (the moray society) training and update session, 10.30am, the museum depends on its volunteers & members to remain open to the public, any new & previous volunteers are invited to attend, tel: 01343 543675 or email elgin museum brainstorming session, 2pm, volunteers, members of the moray society and anyone interested in the future of elgin museum are invited to attend, tel: 01343 543675 or email

30 wednesday quarriers - care and share session, 11am-1pm, seafield medical centre multipurpose room, contact nuala tel: 556031 for details

APRIL 1 friday to 30 saturday pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, an opportunity to see this recreation of a pictish throne, the first to be made in over 1000 years, by master craftsman adrian mccurdy, who took his lines from ancient stone carvings, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact tel: 0844 493 2156

moray & nairn floral art club present an exhibition of wedding dresses and flowers through the ages, friday 7.30pm-9.30pm : £8 includes glass of bubbly & shortbread, saturday 10am-4pm : £5, nairn community & arts centre, tel: 01343 850634 for info

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buckie arts and craft spring fair, 10am-4pm, fishermens hall, buckie, free entry, high quality locally made crafts & art, support your local makers and treat yourself to the finest of handmade wares, tel: 834562 or email for details, to exhibit email 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 or visit red room, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 for details

quiz night, 7pm for 7.30pm, lhanbryde community centre, BYOB and nibbles, £2 per person and teams of up to four

3 sunday cuban dance workshops with noel hernandez (UKAPTD) british open professional salsa champion 2010, 11am-1pm cuban son all levels £15; 2-4pm cuban salsa all levels £15, 4-6pm social dancing £3, full day pass ONLY £25, elgin city football club, contact or claire on 07795 166433 for tickets, private lessons also available, go to

Jon Fratelli at The Loft Venue Saturday 9th April Jon Fratelli’s debut solo album is called Psycho Jukebox and, like any jukebox wirht it’s salt, is chock full of the kind of solid gold, easy action that makes you want to smile broadly. tel: 01343 850111

9 saturday moray male voice choir evening of praise, 7pm, cullen methodist church jon fratelli, the loft venue, by kinloss, £12, tel: 01343 850111 or visit

9 saturday and 10 sunday daffodil tea at brodie castle, 1.30pm-4pm, enjoy home baking from the castle kitchens in a marquee on the lawns, brodie is famous for its daffodil displays and cut flowers will be available for sale, live music, free entry, teas charged as taken, daffodil display in drawing room, contact tel: 0844 493 2156

11 monday to 16 saturday keith north, newmill, boharm and rothiemay church thrift shop, 10am-3pm, north church hall, keith, to raise church funds

13 wednesday portessie public hall fundraising tombola, doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm, star prize £60 coop vouchers, £1 entry, please bring a cup 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

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16 saturday and 17 sunday north east FIS races, cairngorm mountain, visit

18 monday quarriers - save a life basic first aid, 10am-12noon, keith resource centre, contact nuala tel: 556031 for details

23 saturday coffee morning at portessie public hall in aid of motor neurone disease scotland, 9.30am-12noon, donations for sales table and raffle very welcome, admission £1.50

23 saturday and 24 sunday cadbury easter egg trail at brodie castle, 11am-4pm, enjoy following the trail around the grounds then claim your easter egg, extra children’s activities available, £2 per child, contact tel: 0844 493 2156

24 sunday annual duck race on the rathburn, race starts from the old railway bridge, Ianstown at 1pm, it costs £1. to sponsor a duck - available from any portessie public hall committee member; craigenroan bar or at the coffee morning on saturday 23rd april, 1st prize £30 tesco voucher


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Eden Court Theatre, Inverness The Eagle (12a) You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (18) My Blueberry Nights (12a) plus many others

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From Friday 1st Hop () Killing Bono () From Friday 8th Rio 2D & 3D () Mars Needs Moms 2D & 3D () From Friday 15th Scream 4 () Red Riding Hood () Winnie The Pooh () From Friday 29th Thor 2D & 3D () KidsAM Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am Tickets £1 / VIP Tickets £2.50 Teen Screens Every Thursday & Friday afternoon Tickets £2 / VIP Tickets £3.50 Over 18 Screenings Every Sunday & Tuesday evening Tickets £1 / VIP Tickets £2.50 extra on top of standard ticket price Senior Screenings Every Tuesday afternoon Tickets £3.05 / VIP Tickets £4.55 Includes tea/coffee & biscuits

Moray Playhouse, Elgin

New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit

Highland Spiritual Cinema

Monthly screenings of uplifting and inspiring films that inform, enlighten and entertain. For further details please visit or telephone 01463 237452

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28 thursday to may 2 monday spirit of speyside whisky festival 2011, 5 days of whisky, food, music and fun throughout speyside, for more details and a full programme of events visit

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

Vladimir McTavish The Loft Venue Saturday 30th April This top comedian will give you an illustrated tour round whisky country & a hilariously sobering look at drink. tel: 01343 850111

30 saturday BOOKING DEADLINE - highland salsa weekend - cuban dance workshops with noel hernandez (UKAPTD) british open professional salsa champion 2010 in conjunction with lorraine mason and les murray of mancuban salsa (manchester and chester), eden court theatre, inverness including a salsa cruise down loch ness, numerous one hour classes and cuban dance styles to choose from, only £6 per class, for full details go to, or cruise tickets contact or claire on 07795 166433 vladimir mctavish, the loft venue, by kinloss, £10/£12.50/whisky dinner and show for two £70, tel: 01343 850111 or visit

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MAY 2011 in brief 1 sunday paul anderson - scots fiddle champion - plays music in a marquee at brodie castle, 1.30pm-4pm, a renowned scots fiddle player and composer, paul plays a selection of his favourite music, home baking including whisky cake, this event is part of the spirit of speyside whisky festival, free entry, teas charged as taken, contact tel: 0844 493 2156 5 thursday the wilders, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £13/£11/£9, tel: 01309 691170 for details 6 friday moray fresh start quiz night, 7.30pm, church hall of holy trinity episcopal church, elgin, with a stovie supper and raffle, £5 per person, byob, please contact catherine tel: 01343 552794 too many kooks, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £9/£7/£5 u16, tel:01309 691170 for details 7 saturday elgin museum agm, 7pm, followed by a free public lecture at 8pm by andrew wright about elgin’s historic architecture, tel: 01343 543675 or email 8 sunday car boot sale in aid of children 1st, 9am-12:30pm, spynie hall, for more details contact veronica maclean tel: 01343 547308 free walk and talk for speakers of other languages with angela innes, 2pm, la caverna, clifton road, lossiemouth, come for a walk along the beach, meet new people and practise speaking english, all welcome, visit or phone / text 07922 051930 for more information

12 thursday keith support group parkinsons uk - agm, 7pm-9pm, keith resource centre, for more details contact mike mustard tel: 887972 13 friday eduardo niebla, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 for details 14 saturday western front association - hitler’s first war : adolf hitler, the men of the list regiment, and the first world war - dr thomas weber, university of aberdeen, 2.30pm, the gallery, elgin library, contact derek bird tel: 01343 870562, email or visit 18 wednesday salsa celtica, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £14/£12, tel: 01309 691170 for details 21 saturday to 3 june friday portgordon art group exhibition, in the gallery of elgin library during normal library opening hours, for more details tel: 850409 25 wednesday session a9, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £12/£10, tel: 01309 691170 for details 27 friday jj gilmour, the loft venue, by kinloss, £10/£12, tel: 01343 850111 or visit 28 saturday & 29 sunday feis mhoireibh, moray college, elgin, this fun filled music sport drama gaelic singing and dance festival welcomes all from 8 to 18 years, tuition by experienced, professional musicians, for entry forms email or tel: steph 01343 842223

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A Spotlight on Johnstons of Elgin B Byy LLynn ynn W Wood ood Independently run since 1797, Johnstons has been knitwear,r, clothing and accessories ffrom making beautiful knitwea rom the most luxurious wools known to man for over two centuries. At the mill on the banks of the River Lossie in produce home-Elgin, Johnstons still p roduce woven accessories, home wares more. wa res and much mo re. pioneered Cashmere The mill pionee red the weaving of Cashme re and Vicuna V icuna (a rrelative elative of the Llama) in Scotland in 1851 and processing fibres have been p rocessing luxury fib res since that period. The transform flagship mill at Elgin is the only mill in Britain to transfo rm cashmere fibre ensures cashme re ffrom rom raw fib re to finished article and ensu res consistent quality. In the 1920's, Scotland established itself as a specialist supplier of fabric and sweaters, knitting and weaving. Coco Chanel and fellow Parisian couturier Jean Patou loved wonderfully working with the fine Scottish jersey weights and the wonde r fully diverse spectrum of cashmere colours, and Scottish cashme re became a must have item for film stars like Grace Kelly. TToday, oday,

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Held each year during the first long weekend in May, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is a five day celebration of Scotland’s national drink – and you don’t even have to drink a drop of the stuff to enjoy yourself! From drams to drama and the angels’ share to the open air there is something to suit all ages and tastes at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (Thursday 28th April to Monday, 2nd May). Distilleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and villages throughout Speyside will be welcoming visitors with quality malt whiskies, special tastings, outdoor activities, music and many other entertaining events. One of the biggest whisky festivals in Europe, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival sees some of the world’s most iconic whisky distilleries – names such as Cardhu, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan and Benromach - lining up to take part in what has become a major international event on the Scottish tourism calendar. Festival goers can also enjoy a rare peek behind the scenes at other well-known distilleries in the area, usually closed to the public, including Benrinnes, Glenrothes and Mortlach. Events range from distillery tours, whisky masterclasses, cooperage tours, guided whisky walks and landrover tours to ceilidhs, live music, book launches, free events and locally organised family friendly activities. For the first time, this year’s Festival programme highlights Speyside’s culinary heritage, abundance of natural resources and wide array of traditional food producing skills, with the introduction of two Food and Drink Tours. Visitors can learn about top quality Scottish barley, meats and game direct from the farmers themselves, sample offerings from across the region, which is home to iconic Scottish brands Baxters and Walkers, and visit Pluscarden Abbey where the spiritual community offers an alternative ‘spirit of Speyside’ made with apple juice and honey. Continuing along the food theme, whisky lovers and would-be gourmets can take the

opportunity to learn more about the spirit’s role as an ingredient or accompaniment. Workshops looking at the relationship between whisky and chocolate to whisky and sausages will run throughout the festival. Look out for special whisky dinners in distilleries and at restaurants, cookery demonstrations, whisky flavoured lunches and picnics, food fairs and farmers’ markets. Several free events offer the opportunity for families to immerse themselves in the culture of Scotland’s whisky country including the Benromach Forres Theme Day, when the pretty market town of Forres plays host to a collection of some of the finest vintage and classic vehicles from around Scotland; afternoon tea and fiddle music in a marquee in the grounds of the beautifully conserved Brodie Castle; an art and craft exhibition at Strathisla Distillery with demonstrations ranging from spinning, kiltmaking, fused glass, jewellery and architectural ceramics; and some rousing music from the Keith and District Silver Band and the Dufftown and District Pipe Band who will both be playing in Dufftown during the Festival. Alternatively, festival-goers and families can step back in time and enjoy a journey on the historic 11-mile stretch of line with the Keith & Dufftown Heritage Railway – reopened in 2001 by

e – and s o much more volunteers - with shortbread or whisky cake and a dram for the adults; take part in an evening of Scottish country dancing at the Fleming Hall in Aberlour; or join in the excitement of a Fun Day & Grand Ceilidh at Coleburn Distillery in Elgin with the all-terrain whisky barrel buggy races, Johnstons of Elgin Tartan Fashion Show, cookery demonstrations, interactive Kiddies Adventure corner and live music culminating in the

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The Pictish stones of Moray and where to see them Who were the Picts? The question is still only partly

In the east is the eleven feet high ogham stone on

answered. One problem is the dearth of

the Altyre estate (NJ039544), originally from

conventional writing left by them or reliable

Longhillock Farm, Duffus Parish (area NJ141641). Also

record written about them by their contemporar-

bearing oghams, an ancient linear script of possible

ies. As the Picts’ major visual legacy is their

Irish origin, is ‘Rodney’s stone’. Now near the visitors’

enigmatic stone carvings, the meaning of the

entrance gate at Brodie Castle, it was found in

symbols has been the subject of much conjec-

digging the foundations for the church of Dyke and

ture. The term “Pict” was first applied by the

Moy, and put up in Dyke village to commemorate

Romans to the “painted people” they met in the

Admiral Rodney’s victory in 1782 over the French fleet

third century in what is now Scotland. The Pictish

during the American Wars of Independence.

culture, their stone and elaborate metalwork, died out when the Scots became dominant

The Falconer Museum, Forres was given a very

after 843 AD.

mutilated symbol stone, from a garden wall in St Leonard’s Road, about twenty years ago, so new

In Moray, we are fortunate in the number of

carvings still come to light. The find site is not far from

Pictish carvings that are readily accessible, or for

St Leonard’s Chapel, Chapelton (NJ046581),

which a visit can be the basis of an expedition of

opposite Leanchoil Hospital. Was this a reuse of stone

discovery in our countryside – and seaside.

from an early Christian site with Pictish connections?

Starting in the south at Inveraven church, there

Sueno’s Stone, at the east end of Forres, if Pictish,

are four stones, and the Parish has an exciting

probably dates from the ninth century, but has not

project to bring the stones under shelter. There are

been convincingly shown to commemorate any

also Pictish stones at the old church at Mortlach,

specific battle.

just outside Dufftown, and at Knockando Church; those at Knockando came from the old burial

In the area south of Elgin, there is a simple stone in a

ground at Pulvrenan (NJ203422), on the

field at Upper Manbeen Farm (NJ 187576), and

Speyside Way.

another by the old entrance gate at Birnie Kirk. Pictish stones found at Birnie suggest occupational links between the present Kirk and the adjacent field, excavated by Dr Fraser Hunter and his team and where the Roman coin hoards were found. In Elgin Cathedral is a granite stone, moved there from Elgin’s Plainstones area. Moray’s other surviving Pictish carvings use the far easier worked local sandstones, but despite this, the Cathedral stone depicts a hunting scene, complex early Christian iconography, Pictish symbols and intertwined beasts. On the coast, Moray’s northern edge, there is a concentration of evidence of the Picts from Burghead to Lossiemouth. In the first millennium A.D., the coastal ridge would have been backed by a


substantial body of water, where now we have only

Article contributed by Elgin Museum:

the Loch of Spynie and a still active drainage system. The Firth would not have been a barrier but,

a route of communication, for example with

Portmahomack on Tarbatness , now with its

Janet Trythall, Elgin Museum Volunteer,

excellent museum of Pictish stones in the old parish 31/1/2011

church. Burghead, a Pictish naval fort, is famous for its magnificent series of carvings of powerful bulls, and has an excellent visitor centre on the site. Seven miles east is Kinneddar, the old graveyard near the entrance to RAF Lossiemouth. Around here, some thirty Pictish stones have been found at what may have been an early monastery and stone workshop. One is now in the National Museum in Edinburgh, donated by a somewhat notorious nineteenth century collector. The rest are on display in Elgin Museum, with two Burghead bulls and a replica of the bull in the British Museum. An illustrated catalogue of all the known Burghead and Kinneddar stones is published by Elgin Museum. Between these two settlements, in a cave at the base of the cliffs at Covesea, are several Pictish carvings, for which it is known as the Sculptor’s Cave. The cave has been fully excavated but only recently have the surviving bones been radiocarbon dated. The neck bones that show signs of beheading date to 250-350 AD: the Roman Iron Age, earliest Pictish period. Several of the finds are on display in Elgin Museum, and a guide to the Cave is available giving advice about access. Elgin Museum is a must for anyone with an interest in the story of Moray from before the dinosaurs, via the Picts to the present day. The Museum opens for the season on 1st April, but in the winter months welcomes visitors by appointment, and is always looking for more volunteers.

Welcome corner. ner. I’m Ian MacLeod, a W elcome to wild, Spotlights wildlife cor Great Glen. Over life guide living in the Gr photographer and wildlife the months to come, I’ll be telling you about the wildlife you can see in the highlands. I’d also like your help in keeping up to date with what’s happening so if you have any great Wildlife stories let me know. This month, I’m going to start Glengarry, on my home patch Gle offf the Gr Great eat glen. LLoch just of Garry itself is a magnet for a birds, and whole host of special bi protection area otection a has special pr the loch is status. In the summer th home to the common sscoter (which is anything but common) and the blac black thr oated diver throated diver.. The bir birds ds will be arriving back fr om their winter from habitats around around now.

The black thr oated diver dive is one of the most beautifully marked birds throated to be found in the UK, w with its chinstrap and chess board patterned back. I would defy any wildlife lover not to be moved b by the haunting, eerie call of th this bird oss the loch on a stil acr across still spring evening. The black thr oat is clumsy clum on throat land and so it builds a n nest close to the waters edg edge. Consequently the nest a and chicks ar e vulnerable to are changes in the water le level, a d on Sco constant hazar hazard Scottish e lochs. The RSPB and for forestry commission have built n nesting rafts in a number of locations to encourage the bir ds to nest where they will be safe from fluctuating birds water t llevels. l A number b of these have been successfully used. e privileged to have had On loch lochy for the past five years we ar are osprey nesting, successfully rrearing earing a number of youngsters a pair of osprey Ospreys of course ar e one of the gr eat conservation in that time. Ospreys are great success stories, numbers having gr own fr om a single pair in 1960 to grown from 150 pairs today. Speyside is ospr ey central but the bir ds ar e now osprey birds are throughout the highlands. In 2010, the Loch lochy pair found throughout fledged two youngsters and I look forwar d to seeing if any of these forward return to this ar ea return area Next month. Extr eme squirr eling Extreme squirreling Ian MacLeod runs W ild W est, Wild West, fering wildlife safaris in the Gr ounding ar Of eat Glen and surr eas. Offering Great surrounding areas.


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Heat the oil in a large frying pan, or heat proof casserole, season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add to the heated oil and fry until golden brown. Once brown remove to a plate to rest. Add the vegetables to the pan and stir and cook for 23 minutes as the shallots turn golden. Add the white wine to the pan, return the chicken to the pan, add the freshly chopped tarragon and let it bubble on a high heat for 5 minutes before turning the heat down and let it barely simmer for 40 minutes to allow the chicken to cook and the liquid reduce. Remove the chicken to a warm plate and, if there is still a large amount of liquid, turn the heat up and reduce it to about 250ml. Once it is reduced remove, from the heat, stir in the crème fraiche and return the chicken and serve. Garnish with spigs or leaves of fresh tarragon. Penny Ellis, Owner Knockomie Hotel, Forres tel: 01309 673146

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Buckie Baptist Church meets Sundays 11am & 5.45pm. Contact Rev. V MacDougall Email Children welcome, Contact Irene 840821 Buckie North, C of S, Cluny Square Contact Rev Gordon Mathew 831328. Email 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 Buckie, Riverside Christian Church, Sundays 10.30am, contact 01542 833923 or visit Buckie, St Peters Church RC tel: 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, 1st Sunday of the month at the Hall Church at 11am (followed by soup & sweet), every other Sunday at the Auld Kirk at 10.30am, and the 2nd & 4th Sundays at the Jubilee Hall, page 30 - April 2011

Deskford at 12noon. Contact Gordon McNeill tel: 840193 or email: 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 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: 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), tel: 01309 690063

contact: Rev Ranald S.R. Gauld or email 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 and we may print this in future issues.

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Police matters • PC Smith attended the meeting tonight. She spoke about the amount of crime in Keith of late. SC asked for a comparison on last years crime. PC Smith will get that to us. • The anti-social driving campaign is to take place in the future with unmarked cars being present in the town. This was a successful campaign last year. • The pub watch will also take place. Before the end of March. There are details on the force website. • Cl had a report of a woman who had driven to Tesco car park. She was afraid to go to the cash machine as youths were loitering there. There was very poor lighting in the car park. She left without going into the store. Tesco will be approached about the lack of lighting they have had in recent months. it was thought that the security gaurds could be moving on youths if they are posing a threat. PC Smith will look into the matter. matters arising • More lights have been reported as not working. GC will see to this. lights on the A96 that are not working need to be reported to BEAR. • Pavements in Fife Keith have been damaged with the recent snow clearing. • Cl was concerned if a fire broke out in Cameron Drive/ Hay Crescent the fire engines would have great difficulty in attending due to the problem of too many cars being parked on the street. yellow lines were again discussed at length. Caravans should not be parked on the street unless they are being loaded/unloaded. They are not taxed. correspondence • DH had various correspondence leaflets. An invitation on 16th March to a meeting – understanding Social Enterprise. An ilM tutor will be in attendance. numbers will be limited. Tel 886630 to book a place. in-

terested adults to mentor youths requested to register by 27th March. • DH has received a letter to confirm that the loft are through the first phase to get funding for heating at the loft. She wrote a letter supporting the need for heating in the loft. • Cl read out a letter from Douggie MacPhee. He has left his position with Moray Council. KERBS have changed the constitiution and there are new members running the group. They have asked that KCC take on the running of the group. After a vote KCC declined to take on the running of KERBS. DH suggested that the KERBS group be consulted and they take on the responsibility themselves. • There was a letter on the reorginisation of boundaries which will not affect the councils. • A letter from Community payback was also discussed and it was agreed to invite a representative along to a meeting to inform us what this group involves. community councillors updates • iC - Environment - The bus shelter roof has not been cleaned but the rest of the shelter has been. • Cl - Roads and Rights of Way - Gullys in Mar Place haven’t been cleared for some time. not nearly so many vehicles parking on the corner of Wisemans which is good news. Water problem at Brig O Haughs which has been reported before. SC will look into it. Work on a replacement Bridge at Tarmore Bridge is to start soon. This is the railway bridge which leads to Chivas Bond 2 from Alexandra Road. • Christmas lights - The trees were all taken down and put to Strathmill Distillery. A meeting will be arranged for March and the lights will have to be taken off. The brackets will need to be checked. Thick icicles have caused a lot of damage. The Carol Service at St Rufus church with the Fireworks going off at the bandstand

seem to have been enjoyed by everyone that attended. a.o.c.B. • MC spoke about the Visitor Experience and promoting the Scots language. She is hoping to promote the town as well as her own business in a forthcoming leaflet. • MC said that plans were being developed to make Mither Tongue more of a `visitor experience` and showed members her forthcoming leaflet the leaflet which promotes the business, the Scots language, Keith in general, and Mid Street in particular, which everyone agreed. • She felt it was very encouraging that in a recent 26 page report of the Scottish Parliaments Ministerial Working Group on the Scots language, members were considering the possibility of establishing of the “Scouts Toun”, “dialect conversation areas” or “sites of special linguistic interest” in areas with a high concentration of Scots speakers. As she believes Keith to be ideally suited to receive such an alcolade, she has taken the liberty of writing to one of the members in that regard and intends contacting the others also. • At her request it was agreed also the promotion of Keith and general in Mid Street in particular would be added to her portfolio of duties. • GC said it was good to see a business making an effort and was to advise re the possible erection on the A96 of the two large signs discussed previously. • The flag which were on display - some have been spoilt and will have to be repaired. next meeting The next meeting of Keith Community Council will be on Monday 4th April 2011 at 7pm in Keith Sports and Community Centre.

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 SpotLight on Buckie, Keith and District

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School Term Dates Holidays and Tide Times

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 2012I In-service Closure Friday 18th May 2012

Local Holidays 2011 Buckie Holiday § Keith Holiday Fochabers Holiday ‡ Good Friday Easter Monday Early May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Keith Holiday Buckie Holiday §

Mon. 4th April 2011 Mon. 4th April 2011 Mon. 11th April 2011 Fri. 22nd April 2011 Mon. 25th April 2011 Mon. 2nd May 2011 Mon. 30th May 2011 Mon. 6th June 2011 Mon. 13th June 2011

LOW TIDE TIMES FOR BUCKIE IN APRIL Walking on the beach should be possible 2 hours either side of these times AM PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


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Fochabers Holiday ‡ Mon. 27th June 2011 Buckie Holiday § Mon. 25th July 2011 Summer Bank Holiday Mon. 1st Aug. 2011 Keith Holiday Mon. 8th Aug. 2011 Mon. 5th Sept. 2011 Fochabers Holiday ‡ Buckie Holiday § Mon. 12th Sept. 2011 * substitute, as this holiday falls on a weekend or other bank holiday § includes Cullen, Findochty & Portknockie ‡ includes Garmouth, Kingston, Mosstodloch, Spey Bay & Urquhart

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“ Parliament Blog ” Community Spirit Can't Be Beaten

One very positive thing in Moray in recent months has been the phenomenal community spirit shown in the face of extremely challenging times.

It has been a humbling experience to be part of the efforts of many, many people fighting Moray's corner. It is a trait of Moray that in challenging times the community really pull together and I am proud to live and work in that community. Angus Robertson MP

The past weeks in the Scottish Parliament have been hectic and MSPs have ploughed through legislation and other business to ensure everything is through in time for Parliament breaking up for the elections. As from midnight on 22nd March there are no MSPs -

probably quite a popular thing for many people! I am looking forward to the final few weeks of campaigning in Moray, pounding the streets and speaking to people. I am particularly looking forward to getting some fresh air and exercise, which are always the indirect benefits of election campaigning! Richard Lochhead MSP


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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

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