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GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Nairn & Moray Branch are looking for new branch volunteers. If interested, please contact Anna Temple or Anna Roberts. Tel: 01309 694866 HELGIN ROLLER DERBY Saturdays, 12pm - 2pm in Elgin Community Centre and Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8pm in Forres House Community Centre. Learn to roller skate with the newly formed Elgin Roller Derby team and find out more about how you can get involved. Beginners welcome. Open to males and females 16+. Find us on Facebook for more details. ISLA ART AND CRAFTS Mondays, 7pm - 9pm, Keith. Help, advice & tutorials from a professional artist and visiting tutors. For info or details of new venue call 01542 886070 or 01542 882391. KEITH SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS Every Thurs 7.30pm - 9.30pm, at St Rufus Church Hall, Turner Street, Keith. LIGHT AND LIFE Free Spiritual readings, Spiritual art, Personality styles, Dream Interpretation, Massage, Healing for body, soul & mind. Live music. Meets second Monday of the month in Costa Coffee, High Street, Elgin. 7pm - 9pm. Please check beforehand by calling Alyson on 07733 127539. LONG DISTANCE WALKERS ASSOCIATION (NORTH WEST GRAMPIAN LDWA) For all who enjoy the outdoors combined with cake. Centred on Moray but covering Thurso to Pitlochry and even the islands. A varied programme of walks is planned to attract a wide range of people with shorter options for families when possible. For more info visit www.ldwa.org.uk MACS MORAY AREA CANCER SUPPORT A support group which provides both practical and emotional support for anyone, of any age, affected by Cancer within Moray.
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PORTGORDON VILLAGE HALL Meeting room, large & small hall complete with kitchen facilities for hire. Contact Denise Robson 01542 834401. PORTKNOCKIE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING GROUP Winter dancing session commences Wednesday 2nd September, weekly through till May from 7pm in the Seafield Hall, Portknockie. Beginners are very welcome. The class is full of fun, friendship and is a great way to exercise. For more more info please call 07803 855786
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Merry Christmas! What does that greeting mean to you, and what does it stir up in us? To a lot of people, it is the time of year to get together with family, or friends or maybe a quiet time with your partner. To others, this time of year is a lonely time, spending it on their own, or possibly it is the first Christmas without a loved one. But this is the time of year where we can look to help others. It is often called the season of goodwill to all people, and we can find opportunities to show kindness to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. One of the annoyances at this time of year is the commercialism of it all, starting as early as November, and often earlier. This takes away from the value of the season, and by the time Christmas comes along, often we can be fed up of it, which is a great shame. There are many reasons to
celebrate this time of year, but the central theme is the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. I like what the Bible says in Isaiah 9, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government, and of peace, there will be no end.” Often, the question is asked, ‘Where is the peace that God speaks about?’ The problem is that some people don’t want peace nor do they respect other people’s freedom, and choose to maim and kill. God gives us a choice, whether to live under His government and rule, or to choose to live without Him, with all the consequences that come with it. Above everything else this year, my sincere wish is for people to give themselves to the Lord, repenting of their sin, and
Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church Seafield Avenue, Keith. Sunday, Family Eucharist at 11:30am & Wednesday Morning Prayer at 9:30am. Last Thursday of each month a Service of Prayer & Reflection at 7pm. Tel: 01542 882782. Keith, Church of Scotland - North, Newmill, Boharm & Rothiemay. North Church: Sundays 11am. Boharm Church: Mulben Village Hall. First Sunday of the month at 9.30am. Rothiemay Church: Last Sunday of the month at 9:30am. Rev Alastair H Gray. Call 01542 886390 or visit keithnorthchurches.org Keith, Church of Scotland - St Rufus, Botriphnie, and Grange. St Rufus Church: Sundays 10.15am. Botriphnie Church: Alternate Sundays 11.45am. Grange Church: Alternate Sundays 11.45am. Keith, St. Thomas’ Church RC Vigil Mass: Sat 6:30pm. Sunday Mass: 10:30am. Confessions on request. Tel: 01542 882352. Portessie Methodist Church Portessie, Buckie. Sunday services at 11am & 6pm. Portgordon Community Church Sunday Morning Worship - 11am in the Portgordon Community Centre. Contact Pastor Willie Aitken on
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accepting Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The lyrics of one of John Lennon’s songs says, ‘All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Jesus said this in John 14:27a, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” What if that could be a reality, what if we choose to accept this wonderful life, free from aggravation? Well, it can be your reality right now, just ask Jesus to come into your heart. It is the simplest thing we can do, yet it is the most profound thing we can do. I hope and pray that this Christmas, and the years ahead will be filled with blessings. Merry Christmas to you. Pastor John Coppard Riverside Church, Buckie.
01542 835007 or visit www.portgrdoncommunitychurch.com Portknockie Church of Christ Sunday 11am: breaking of bread. 6pm: gospel service. Friday 7pm: prayer meeting and Bible study. Ladies fellowship (September - March) every second Monday 7pm. Wednesdays 8am: prayer breakfast. Contact the leader Mr Stewart Gray on 01542 836007. Portknockie Church of Scotland Sundays 11.15am. All welcome. Call Morag Ritchie: 01542 840951 or Heather Reid: 01542 840921. Rathven Church of Scotland Sunday 9.45am led by the minister Rev Isabel Buchan or an authorised local preacher. Contact Rev Isabel Buchan on 01542 832118 or Ann Grant on 01542 831607. Riverside Christian Church Buckie. Sundays 10.30am. Tel: 01542 833923. Website: www.riversidebuckie.org St Peters Church RC St Andrews Square, Buckie. Saturday Vigil 6.30pm. Sunday Mass 10am. Resident priest: Rev Tad Turski. Tel: 01542 832196. Listed H - S and regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed or to amend existing details, email email@example.com
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Useful Contacts Police Station ......................................................................101 Buckie Leisure Centre ........................................01542 832841 Keith Community Centre ....................................01542 882222 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 886390 Babs Dial A Bus..................................................01542 835800 National Rail Enquiries ......................................03457 484950 Dial ‘M’ For Moray Buses ..................................03001 234565
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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
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With the colder winter nights now upon us it’s time keep an eye out for our elderly and more vulnerable neighbours. With over 13000 households in Moray living in fuel poverty it is important that home owners explore all avenues to upgrade their home heating or insulation, with free advice being available from the Energy Saving Trust (http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotl and) or by calling 0808 808 2282, calls are free and they are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The festive time is one best shared with family, friends and loved ones so let us take a moment to remember those who are away from home at this time, perhaps working offshore or protecting us serving in the armed forces or indeed those who are in hospital, along with the doctors and nurses caring for them.
Our health and wellbeing is something often taken for granted but if we take the time to look out for others we can all make the coming new year a happy and prosperous one. May I extend my warmest greetings for a Merry Christmas and wish everyone a very Happy New Year when it comes.
It’s nearly Christmas and so the first thing to say is all the very best of the season to you and yours! If you have time off at Christmas and New Year with family and friends then make the most of it and use the time well. If you are working during the holiday period, possibly even on Christmas Day, then a huge thank you whether you are in the emergency services, working in health or social care, hospitality workers serving up Christmas dinners, retail staff dealing with the huge rush of Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales, farm workers making sure animals are fed and watered in all weathers or road workers out gritting. Whatever line of work you are in a huge thank you for keeping everything moving!
With Christmas fast approaching and there having been much hype around so-called Black Friday sales and big discounts from online retailers – often to the detriment of local shops – I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight my support for our local businesses. While I appreciate that household budgets are stretched more than ever at this time of year – we should do everything we can to shop at local businesses which are often at the heart of our communities. I hope shoppers throughout Moray can find time to support our local, independent businesses when carrying out their Christmas shopping this year. I know that local spending will be very much appreciated by local retailers and their staff. I would like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous new year. 2017 is another year that holds a lot in store and I hope that whatever you have planned for the coming year works out well for you.
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