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Clubs and Societies BUCKIE COMMUNITY CINEMA Sun (monthly), the Assembly Hall @ Buckie High School. Run by Buckie High School, Buckie Regeneration Group & Moray Council. Tickets from Blue Moo, Cullen Ice Cream Shop, Buckie High School & on the night. £6, concs £5. Tuck shop.

BUCKIE CRICKET CLUB Wed evenings (Junior coaching), Linzee Gordon Park, Buckie. Call William G Flett on 01542 832082

BUCKIE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Sat, 10am-12pm, Linzee Gordon Park for training.

BUCKIE VICTORIA BOWLING CLUB (mid-April - Oct), West Church Street, Buckie. Call Bruce Roy (Secretary) on 01542 832521

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CLOCHAN COMMUNITY CENTRE Every Monday 2pm-4pm: art group - £2 per session. Every Tuesday 10am-12pm: coffee morning, home bakes & pancakes - £3. Every Thursday 1:30pm-4pm: tea dance. Contact: Alan (Art) or Pauline (tea dance) 01542 850493/ 01542 850416

CULLEN, DESKFORD, & PORTKNOCKIE HERITAGE GROUP 1st Mon of month, 2pm, Hall Church, Cullen. Call John Aitken 01542 840476.

FINDOCHTY B.A.L.L. GROUP Wednesdays, 2pm - 4pm in The Church of Scotland Hall. £2.50 per week, includes tea/biscuits. Contact: Margret 01542 839994

FOCHABERS WRVS LUNCH CLUB Thursdays, 12pm - 1pm at Bellie Church Hall, Fochabers. Freshly cooked 2 course lunch for £4. All welcome. Volunteer drivers wanted

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Nairn & Moray Branch are looking for new branch volunteers. Contact: Anna Temple or Anna Roberts 01309 694866 ISLA ART AND CRAFTS Mondays, 7pm - 9pm, Keith. Help, advice & tutorials from a professional artist and visiting tutors. Contact: 01542 886070 or 01542 882391.

KEITH & BUCKIE OVER 5S WALK/JOG GROUP Alternate Thurs, 2pm, Boogie Woogie, Fife Street, Square, Keith. We are a group of over 55s who want to keep as active as we can for as long as we can. Whatever ability, come along * join us. Contact: See Facebook page

KEITH & DISTRICT MEN'S SHED Wed, 10am - 12pm, the Loft Project Hall, (West Langstane Lane), Mid Street, Keith. Retired, made redundant or just time on your hands? Fed-up & scunnered!! Why don't you come along for a cuppa & a blether. Call Sandy Dickson on 01542 882602 or email at

KEITH & DISTRICT PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Tues of month, 2pm -4pm, Rathven Church Hall . Come & have a cuppa & a blether. Call Alan Clarke on 01343 870418 or 07990 996454 or email at KEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE BOWLING CLUB Tues & Thurs afternoons, Keith Community Centre. Call Hugh Edgar on 01542 882586

KEITH FC COMMUNITY WALKING FOOTBALL Fri, 10.45am - 11.45am, Keith Community Centre. Weekly 5-aside for the Over-60s. Call 01343 563374 or email at educationandsocialcare@ KEITH SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Call 01542 882222

MS EXTRA 1st Wed of month, 10am, Boogie Woogie, Fife-Keith square. A social & support group for extraordinary people who just happen to have Multiple Sclerosis. Call Susan Shand on 07823 322268 MULBEN SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING 1st & 3rd Wed of month. 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Mulben Hall. All welcome. Call Margaret Rhynas on 01542 860208

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SPEY VALLEY DOG TRAINING CLUB Ringcraft training, pet obedience, etc Call Mrs F Gray on 01343 870674 or email at

THE LOFT YOUTH PROJECT Fri, 7pm - 10pm. Drop-in sessions for S1 - S6, Call Sharon Duncan on 01542 886630

THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND (BANFF & MORAY) Promoting the NTS & fundraising to support local properties, Brodie Castle & Leith Hall. Varied annual programme of events. NTS members residing in the area & wishing to join the Centre are most welcome. Call secretary 01343 835258 or email

YOUNG PERSONS ADDICTION COUNSELLING In Keith, offering free, confidential counselling to Moray youngsters, 12-24yrs, with issues regarding addictions or are concerned about someone else’s addiction. Call Robert or Diane on 01542 886630 or email at ZUMBA WITH SHARON Mon, 9.30am, St Rufus Hall, Keith & Thurs, 6pm, Newmill Village Hall. £3.50 per class. All welcome. withsharonhenderson

‘FIT FUN’ FOR TOTS Fri, 10.15am-11.15am, Portessie Public Hall. Active games class for 2-3 year olds. For details call Kerry Main on 01542 831165 or email

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I’m feeling a bit grumpy lately. I wonder if I can lay the blame at the door of BREXIT. Am I the only one who would just wish we could get it done and move on? It seems an age since we voted and true to form it looks like the politicians and “experts” can’t even agree on what we voted for. I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised. How often do politicians use one word when twenty will suffice!? Even though I voted remain I accepted the final decision and along with many people, I guess, would just like us to get on with it. Let us hope for common sense to prevail over party politics!

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings Our Identity in Christ.

Where do we find our identity? We can get our identity from many places, including family, our peer groups, our jobs, or relationships. Are you a person who used to find fulfilment and praise in your job, but now find yourself working at home with unappreciative children and with very little to show for it? Or are you a young mum feeling like you can’t keep up with the seemingly all-together mum next door? Sadly, we have been conditioned to believe that we are not worthy to receive good things. We have been conditioned to believe we are less than what God says about us. Sayings such as, ‘Who do you think you are?’ Or, ‘Just you remember where you came from.’ We have been conditioned to believe we have nothing to offer in this life. Yes we all have weaknesses, but we all have strengths too. Why not concentrate on them? If we are not seeking to find our identity in Christ alone, then we are seeking it in something or someone else. However, when our identity is in the eternal things of Christ, we will not be crushed by our failures and

weaknesses, fall into pride from worldly or  despair over success, disappointments or tragedy. Do you see yourself as powerful or impotent? Do you understand the full extent of Christ living in you? Have you been changed by Christ? Do you find yourself seeking identity outside of Christ? Do you find yourself holding tightly onto something, in fear that you’ll be lost without it? We can trust that He will provide us with everything else that we need in this world. Our identity in Christ has given us direct access to our Heavenly Father, who we can call on with confidence and complete trust. Praise God that He loves us enough to take our broken, rebellious hearts and, because of the sacrifice of His Son, offer us a new identity in Christ. Let’s not settle for anything less. Ephesians 1:3-14 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ,

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. Email 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 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. Rev. Chris Jackson. Tel: 01542 833765. Portgordon Community Church Sunday Morning Worship - 11am in the Portgordon Community Centre. Contact Pastor Willie Aitken on

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according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” Pastor John Coppard Riverside Christian Church Buckie

01542 835007 or visit 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 2pm. Wednesdays 8.30am: 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: 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

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times The erosion of local services is something that concerns us all. From the loss of a bus service or NHS treatment being moved from local hospitals to being delivered at a regional level, our communities are the poorer for it and particularly in a large, rural area like Moray. I’ve been contacted by many people voicing concerns about the loss of local banks. Customers are faced with having to travel some distance just for a cash machine when branches close. Local banks offer human contact and for a business, having a branch open where staff can deal with them effectively and efficiently can make a significant difference to how they operate. I have made representations to the RBS and will continue to raise the issue about frequency of the mobile service which is also causing concern. Although the RBS has decided against reducing the Dufftown mobile service there are parts of Moray, such as Fochabers, where they have no service at all or Lossiemouth where the mobile service is down to once a week. This isn’t good enough and it’s right that we all make our feelings about this known in an effort to get the banking services we need in our local communities.

We should rejoice at our growing and ageing population. I am sure I’m not alone in wishing to benefit from a long and healthy life. The medical advances which have ensured that former life changing conditions are dealt with as a matter of routine are continually being enhanced. The Highlands now has a growing population. Many of our young folk no longer leave the area for higher education whilst the new jobs mean an increased tax base to fund services. It’s vital our older folk are supported to live in their own homes for as long as they safely can be. How we respond to their growing needs will ultimately mark out the sort of caring society we really are.

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As I went to start writing this Spotlight blog, an email from the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network appeared in my inbox. They were sharing a report with MSPs on the impact of the UK Government’s welfare changes on the number of people who are relying on local foodbanks for support. In Moray, between April 2017 and March 2018, our local foodbank gave out over 2800 emergency food parcels with over 800 of those going to children. Locally, we have people both in and out of work, who’re struggling to make ends meet, and recent figures suggest that one in five children in Moray are living in poverty. Those numbers are shocking. None of that is acceptable and we all have a duty to work together to tackle poverty in our communities. The Poverty Conference earlier this year was a good start in raising awareness of the challenges on our doorstep. The next step must be putting in place a strategy outlining what we need to change to reduce the number of people living in poverty locally.

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the highlands supports refugees (formerly moray supports refugees) an appeal for warm clothing, toiletries, camping equipment & toys. volunteers, transport & cash donations welcome. for collection points see facebook page. year of young people/bliadhna na h-oigridh 2018 a platform for our young people (8 to 26yrs). opportunities to showcase lives & talents, voice opinions, etc various events all over scotland. email

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tombola doors open 6.30 pm, eyes down 7.15 pm, portessie public hall. £1.50. star prize £100 grocery vouchers. please bring a cup. call rosella smith on 01542 833969 or email at

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8 friday - 10 sunday

tmsa keith festival tbc, various venues throughout keith. traditional music, song, poetry & dance across a platform of competitions & spectator events with a farewell ceilidh on saturday night fiddler of strathspey festival grantown on spey. various event & timings.n concerts, workshops, competitions & ceilidh

9 saturday

rothes golf club soap box race 1pm - 5pm, rothes golf club. adult spectator £2, children free. build your own kart & race down the golf course road. bouncy castle, nearest the pin competition, bbq, face painting, etc. coffee morning in aid of fochabers men's shed 10am - 12pm, fochabers public institute. £2.50. come along & treat yourself to a coffee & a wagon wheel. other treats & beverages available. craft stall & raffle port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: mein schiff 3 7.30am - 7pm, outlander day 11am - 4pm, highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. follow in the footsteps of jamie & claire to step back in time to the 18th century in this township. call 01540 673551 badenoch & strathspey orienteering club: moray & highland junior championships: anagach west, near grantown on spey time tbc, local race. see website for details. 5th annual power of grace retreat 11am - 6pm, greyfriars convent, elgin faith rally for postconfirmation youth. talks, games, music, prayer, & fellowship for 11-16yrs. Registration required by emailing fyvie live: open-air family concert featuring live music & entertainment, food stands, bars, & crafts for kids 7pm - 10pm, fyvie castle. £28 (under 5s free). booking essential. call 01467 628876 or email at

10 sunday

tsg (track & street grampian)@ra rallye 10am - 4pm, keith sports & community centre. free entry but donations welcome. vehicle show 7 shine. craft fair stalls, roadwise driver training, bouncy mania, etc port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: berlin 12pm - 6pm, grampian transport museum: military vehicle tattoo 11.30am - 4pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. a gathering of historic military hardware, with demonstrations, rides &

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12 tuesday

scottish country dance social 7.30pm - 9.45pm, spey bay village hall. dancing to cds. all welcome future islands@the ironworks, inverness time tbc

13 wednesday

the arts society speyside lecture: children as artists: how children develop in visual expression naturally & significantly 11 am - coffee & tea served from 10.15am, the williamson hall, duff avenue, elgin new members welcome/ÂŁ7 for visitors. call the membership secretary on 07789 880481

14 thursday

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15 friday

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15 friday - 24 sunday

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16 saturday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: oriana 8am - 5pm world buttery championship 2018 9am - 12pm, nescol, gallowgate, aberdeen. open to buttery lovers of any skill level. public viewing limited. cairngorm sportives 8am - 9.15am registration; 9am - 9.30am , cairngorm mountain centre. the event is held largely within the boundaries of the cairngorms national park. from the jam@the ironworks, inverness 7pm harvey mckay, 10/05/2018 14:27 hans bouffmyhre & alan macpherson @the ironworks, inverness 10.30pm

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If it’s a persistent outbreak, you can often see the grass producing a pinkish mould growth. That’s the mycelium or fungal bloom from the Red Thread spores. It doesn’t usually kill the grass, but it damages and disfigures the leaf causing a rather unsightly blotchy browning-off effect. Once established, the infection will usually persist through the season until the first frosts in October, when the frost kills it off for the year. I mention it now as it CAN be successfully treated with a fungicide, and when we apply a fungicide spray to affected lawns, it usually clears it in a week or so. Occasionally a repeat application is required. Once control is established however, it usually keeps the grass free of the infection for the rest of the season.

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keith & dufftown railway: 1940s weekend displays at both stations & entertainment on board the train. new exhibitors & re-enactors welcome. call 01340 820794. burgie horse trials 16th - 9am; 17th - 8am, burgie, near forres. all welcome. call 01343 850128

moray school of art degree show timing tbc, moray school of art, elgin. moray school of art (msoa) students will showcase their work at the fine art degree show.

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the 123rd amateur golf championship 6am - 8pm, royal aberdeen & murcar links golf courses. for information call 01224 704354

17 sunday

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the moray tenants forum (mft) 2pm - 4pm, venue tbc. your views are important to us. if you would like to come along please get in touch. call 0300 123 4566 or email at swift talk & walk (outdoor event) 8.30pm -10pm, meet outside brander building, huntly square. free event but donations welcomed. a short talk and walk around the town centre watching our amazing swifts! weather permitting, contact us prior to event. call cally smith on 07411 808573 or email at

20 wednesday

banff & moray members' centre (national trust scotland): day coach trip; time tbc, fraserburgh booking essential. visiting fraserburgh lighthouse museum & peterhead prison museum, followed by high tea at castle huntly hotel. call janice oakes on

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21 thursday

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sse scottish hydro challenge : european tour golf challenge 7.30am, spey valley golf club. call 01479 812920 or email

22 friday

the lantern singers 7pm, st margaret's church, aberlour. £10 (incl refreshments), children free port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: star pride 8am - 9pm moray reach out disco 7.30pm - 10pm, elgin exservice men's club. £3 per person at the door. you must be over 18 unless accompanied by a responsible adult. raffles. transport can be arranged call angela kelly (to arrange transport) on 07951 088184. durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

23 saturday

happy mums market: indoor per-loved market dedicated to baby & children's items, from birth to 10 years 10am - 12pm, elgin town hall. adults £1; u16s free. aberlour & speyside rotary club: garden party 1pm - 4pm, the rose garden, ballindalloch castle £20. entertainment provided by lossiemouth military wives choir. auction & raffle. refreshments. call 07921 816234 . moravian orienteering saturday series: findhorn dunes; includes moray & nairn schools league 10.15am - 11.15am (registration); 10.30a, findhorn tom allen: absolutely@the drouthy cobbler, elgin

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wooly weekend: from lamb to loom highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. the journey of wool from shearing , dyeing, carding & spinning to many crafts including knitting, crochet, etc call 01540 673551

23 saturday - 30 saturday

maggie fair garmouth - various events & venues throughout the week!!

24 sunday

eli-con in partnership with embrace elgin (elgin bid) & logan's fund 10am - 4pm, elgin town hall. tickets from website or the pop shop.elgin's very own comic, movie, media & sci-fi con. port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: brilliance of the seas 9am - 6pm car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with a car & table. teas/coffees, soft drinks, butteries, bbq. billy ocean@inverness leisure centre call 01463 667500 kingussie bikeathon 2018 10.30am (registration from 9am), kingussie high school. adults £15; children £5 family-friendly, fun cycling event over around 25 miles of marked & marshalled roads in the cairngorms national park. glen moray sportive & bike rides in aid of ne sensory services 8am - 4pm, glen moray distillery. 10. 25 or 75 mile routes to choose from. call neil skene at 0345 27 12345 or email at

25 monday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: zuiderdam 8am - 5pm

26 tuesday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: royal princess 7am - 6pm maggie fair garmouth tombola/tea & comps doors open 6.30pm eyes down 7pm, village hall £2. bring a mug. call barbara walker on 01343 870264 or email at

27 wednesday

riding for the disabled (rda): agm & quiz 7pm, elgin museum, 1 high street, elgin. following the meeting there will be nibbles & a fun quiz. we look forward to seeing all our members & friends

27 wednesday - 28 thursday

xponorth various events & venues, inverness cross genre festival devoted to crafts, publishing, screen & broadcast as well as music. xponorth official showcase@the ironworks, inverness 7pm call 0871 789 4173

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28 thursday

xponorth official afterparty@the ironworks, inverness 10pm, free. maggie fair - "garmouth's got talent" show doors open 6.30pm show starts 7pm, village hall adults £4 children £2.50. children / adult categories groups/individuals welcome cash prizes. call barbara walker on 01343 870264 or email at

29 friday

devil's queen - album launch@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: costa mediterranea (maiden visit) 8am - 7pm

30 saturday - 1 july (sunday)

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une is the month when things really start motoring in the garden. With overnight temperatures that bit higher, plus a bit of sun and rain, the plants are really are in their element. If you find that you have lost plants over the winter, do not be disheartened, it has happened to all of us – it was a tough winter! Don’t be in too much of a rush to pull things out of the ground though, there is still hope for more established shrubs that have not managed to get through the winter. For plants such as Hebe spp, many of which are only borderline happy in our climate, try hard pruning those that look to have died. When I say hard pruning, I mean cut them back down to the ground! While doing this, you may even notice that the plant is regenerating from its rootstock, with little buds bursting forth. If after a few more weeks you notice nothing, then you may have to concede that the plant has died, but you’ll be amazed at how often the plants come back! For those of you who battle with a mossy or weedy lawn, there are some useful things you can be doing at the moment. Early spring is a good time for scarifying grass, basically raking some of the moss out. With the late start to


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