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4TH LOSSIE BOYS BRIGADE Every Wednesday at Hythehill Primary School. Anchor boys (Primary 1,2 & 3) 5.30pm6.30pm; Junior Section (Primary 4,5 & 6) 6.30pm-8pm; Company Section (Primary 7 and high school) 8pm-9.30pm. Contact James Allan tel: 542305 AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS A fellowship of relatives/friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope to solve common problems. For details of local weekly meetings visit www.al-anonuk.org.uk or call 0141 339 8884, a helpline available 10am-10pm 365 days/year 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 01542 810293 or Mary on 01542 850262 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@ btinternet.com BIRNIE VILLAGE HALL Community Events, Bowling, WRI, SICMA Astronomy Club, contact Clifford Miller 860232 BUCKIE CHORAL UNION Buckie Choral Union is a mixed choir and rehearsals begin again

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for the 2011/12 programme on 18th August ‘11. Rehearsals are held on Thursday nights 7:309:30pm in the Buckie North Church Hall, Buckie. For additional information (including map showing venue) check our web site at www.buckiechoral.org.uk CREATIVE WRITING GROUP Meets fortnightly on a Thursday, 1.30pm, Blythswood Charity Shop, Lossie Wynd, Elgin. Contact Kirsty Morgan 547494 ELGIN AND DISTRICT CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Second Tuesday of each month all year in Abbeyvale Care Home, Duff Avenue, Elgin. 7pm9.30pm. Contact June Edmonstone 541872 (Chair) or Elizabeth Macrae 543050 (Secretary) ELGIN AMATEUR ATHLETICS CLUB Coaching in running, jumps and throws - field and track athletics. Ages 9 and up. At Morriston Playing Field Apr-Oct and East End Primary Nov-Mar. Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm. Membership fee + £1 each session. Contact Mr M Archibald 540201 ELGIN AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY Providing quality drama productions for Elgin and District, and comprehensive theatrical experiences for interested adults and young people, Kingsmills Studio. Contact Jenna Ward 552457 or 07873 497487 www.elgindrama.co.uk ELGIN BOOKMARK BOOK CLUB Meets every 2nd Monday of the month, 2pm, Blythswood Charity Shop, Lossie Wynd, Elgin. Contact Kirsty Morgan 547494 ELGIN BOWLING CLUB Open daily from 10am to dusk, April to September, all ages and abilities. Contact Douglas Sinclair 540165

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ELGIN BRIDGE CLUBS Meets Monday to Friday, Elgin Bridge Centre, 1 Academy Street, Elgin. Contact Malcolm 549996 or Ronnie 549032. Visit us at www.theelginbridge centre.co.uk

ELGIN INDOOR BOWLING CLUB Meets Mondays 6.30pm to 9.45pm and Wednesdays 7.15pm - 9.30pm. Contact James Junor 546069 or email jamesjunor@btinternet.com

ELGIN CRICKET CLUB Meets every Thursday from April to September, 6pm, Cooper Park, age 5 upwards, coaching available. Contact Allan Duncan 563177 or 821331 or email allaniduncan@btinternet.com

ELGIN JUDO CLUB Enjoy the sport of judo, at a recreational or competitive level to suit all age groups and fitness, Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm and Fridays 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Elgin Community Centre. Contact Audrey Pirie 550426

ELGIN DARBY & JOAN CLUB Meets every Tuesday, October May, from 2pm - 4pm for a sociable afternoon with entertainment or bingo for the over 60’s, Elgin Community Centre. Contact Moira Webb 541001 ELGIN FILM CLUB Now a part of the Moray Arts Club. New program of films coming soon, dates and venue to be confirmed. Screening alternative and classic films in a friendly atmosphere, with a brief talk about the film. Contact Emma Cooper 07894 144021 or email emmaucooper@ btinternet.com or visit www.morayartsclub.com ELGIN FLOWER CLUB Enjoy the art of flower arranging, meets every month at Elgin High Church Hall. Contact Muriel Gerrard 550257 muriel.gerrard@virgin.net ELGIN HIGH CHURCH HIGH SPIRTS CLUB Meets every Wednesday 10am12noon in Church Hall, North Guildry Street, Elgin from September-April ELGIN ICE HOCKEY CLUB (JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT) For ages 6 to 16 years, Thursdays 7pm-7.45pm and Sunday 8am-9am, Moray Leisure Centre. Contact Lesley Johnston 543355 or 890237 email lj@abmsols.co.uk

ELGIN-LANDSHUT TWIN TOWN ASSOCIATION Encourages friendship and exchange visits between Elgin and its beautiful twintown in Bavaria. Contact Alastair Rossiter 542939 www.landshut-elgin.de ELGIN MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB Aims: To encourage a responsible attitude towards target rifle shooting, as an enjoyable sport, in a safe controlled environment, meets Mondays 7.15pm from September to March at Indoor Rifle Range, Pinefield. Contact Athole Manson 07779 710985 email: atholem@aol.com ELGIN MUSEUM Elgin Museum collects, safeguards and makes accessible artefacts and specimens which are held in trust for the people of Moray and visitors to the area, open Monday to Saturday from April to October. Contact Bill Dargano 543675 or email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk www.elginmuseum.org.uk ELGIN SCRABBLE CLUB Meets every Monday for a game of scrabble, all ages and levels welcome, Elgin Community Centre. Contact Margaret Armstrong 545377

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ELGIN SENIOR CITIZENS DANCING CLUB Join the over 50’s for music and dancing in friendly company, every Monday 1.30pm to 4pm, Supper Room, Elgin Town Hall FOGWATT VILLAGE HALL Available for regular meetings or one-offs! Check out our website at www.fogwatthall.co.uk. Contact Susan Clark tel: 862981 or email susanfogwatthall @gmail.com GARMOUTH & KINGSTON PRE-SCHOOL GROUPS Playgroup; 2-3 Club and Tots Group. Contact Jessica Myers tel: 870262(am)/870620(pm) or visit www.garmouth playgroups.co.uk MORAY SENSORY SERVICE Provides services for people with sight loss, hearing loss and the Deaf Community in Moray. 0845 271 2345 or write to Elizabeth House, 10 Victoria Crescent, Elgin IV30 1RQ

LOSSIEMOUTH ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION BRANCH AND SOCIAL CLUB Social activities include Bingo sessions; Themed Dance Nights; regular Lounge entertainment; Quiz Nights; Darst and Snooker competition; and home & away golf outings. For more details about the Club and Membership categories please visit www.lossiemouth-rna.org 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 www.memoray.org.uk/forum

HIGHLAND GLIDING CLUB Enjoy gliding and soaring at all levels, from complete beginner upwards, Saturday & Sunday all year round and Wednesday evening May - October at Easterton Airfield, Birnie. Contact Anne Burgess 820834 www.highglide.co.uk

LOSSIEMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB To promote football in the Lossie area and enter competitive competitions. Contact Alan McIntosh tel: 813328 or email alanlfcsec@aol.com

HIGHLAND HANG-GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING CLUB To promote freeflying activities throughout Highland and Moray areas. Contact Gary Williamson 01463 236600 or 01463 811852 hg@highlandhg&pgclub.co.uk

MORAY JAZZ CLUB Meets at Elgin Museum Hall every Thursday from 8pm to 10.30pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 for nonmembers and everyone is welcome. Visit our website www.morayjazzclub.co.uk or

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email mjc@morayjazzclub.co.uk MORAY MODEL RAILWAY GROUP Contact Norman Dusty Millar tel: 01343 830928 or see our website www.moraymrg.org.uk MORAY MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB We are a small, friendly local group, meeting on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, that mountain bike the local area. Additionally, we organise day trips to both trail centres and natural trails. All details can be found at www.moray mountainbikeclub.co.uk/ PET FOSTERING SCOTLAND We aim to support pet owners who are in an emergency situation or becoming temporarily homeless. Our volunteers will care for your pet in their own homes for short periods until you can be reunited. Volunteers always needed. Tel: 0844 811 9909. Reg. charity SCO15672 www.pfss.org.uk 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 RIVERSIDE MACHINE KNITTING CLUB Hand and machine knitting encouragement and support, Wednesday 10am - 3pm, Elgin

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Community Centre. Contact Tricia Furr 870429 TREES FOR LIFE GREEN DAYS OUT Open to everyone living in Moray and Inverness-shire. Spend a day carrying out a variety of different conservation tasks! Transport, tools and training provided, days are free of charge. Pick ups available. All volunteers must be over 18 with a reasonable level of fitness, running every Wednesday and the last Sunday of the month. Booking essential. Contact Rosie tel: 01309 691444 or rosie@treesforlife.org.uk TYOCK GYMNASTICS CLUB Provides sport for the whole community at different levels appropriate to age and ability. Contact Pam Cantrill 543756 or 0778 971 4351 or email pammee@talktalk.net VOLUNTARY ACTION MORAY (VAM) Exists to encourage and support voluntary activity, assist local groups and to identify needs which require development. Contact 01343 541713 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

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Many of you reading this probably don’t believe in God. You may think there is ‘something out there’ - but in all probability you wouldn’t be prepared to commit yourself to a belief in the personal God of the Bible - the one described as the God who made the world and everything in it. He created all the nations throughout the whole earth, decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and determined their boundaries. His purpose was for the nations to seek after him and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him - though he is not far from any one of us. The God who is a person - with personality - and who takes a real living interest in every one of us.

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The Mansion House Country Club is a unique experience of health and relaxation set in the heart of Elgin in which to enjoy your leisure time. The country club is open to members, guests and residents of the hotel

Inviting new members now. The Country Club has the following facilities: = 10m Heated Swimming Pool

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Alves Church 1st Sunday of each month at 11.30am. 01309 690931 Birnie - Pluscarden Church Sunday Service Pluscarden 10am ; Birnie 11.30am and Elgin High Church Sunday Service 11am. Contact Parish Asst. Paula Baker tel: 01542 832662 Burghead Church Every Sunday at 11.30am. Contact 01309 690931 Elgin & Forres Free Church of Scotland Sunday Sevice 11am including Sunday School & Creche; Evening Service 6pm, Midweek Meeting Wednesday 7.30pm. Contact Colin Morrison 542196 Elgin City Church Every Sunday 10.30am at Elgin Community Centre - Childrens church & creche available. Contact 543624 Elgin Community Church Sunday Morning Service 10.30am; Evening Fellowship & Youth Group at 6pm. Contact 54665 Hopeman Baptist Church meets every Sunday 11am & 6pm. Everyone welcome. Contact Rev. S.J. Macdonald 831175 or visit the website www.hopemanbaptist.org.uk Lossiemouth Baptist Church meets every Sunday 9.30am, 11.30am and 6pm. Junior Church Sunday 11.30am and Kids Church (P4-P7) Thursdays 6.15pm-8pm. Contact Rev. Rae Mackenzie 812062 www.lossiebaptist.org

Lossiemouth Gospel Hall  meets every Sunday for Sunday Club at 9.30am, Gospel Meeting at 6.30pm. Further details 812987 or   visit www.lossiemouthgospelhall.org.uk Lossiemouth United Free Church of Scotland meets Sunday 11am  and 6pm, including Sunday School. Contact Rev. Alexander Ritchie 810262 www.ufcos.org.uk/lossie Moray Grace Fellowship Meets Sunday mornings 10.30am in The Warehouse Theatre, Lossie. Contact Vic  Cameron for more details tel. 850142, email     vic.cameron2803@btinternet.com or    www.moraygrace.wordpress.com Scottish Episcopal Church Holy Trinity, Elgin Sunday Services - 8am Holy Communion; 11am Family Eucharist; 6.30pm  Evensong, tel: 547505   St Andrews-Lhanbryd & Urquhart Parish Church, Morning Worship, including Young Church and CrĂŠche every Sunday at 11am.  Evening Services on last Sunday of month at St Margaret's Hall, Urquhart at 7pm. Tel: Andrew Robertson 843765 St Gerardines High Church Lossiemouth, Family Worship Sunday 11am; Evening Service 6pm last Sunday in Month. Contact 813146  

















 



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Committee Report Recreation and Leisure • Wilma Milne confirmed the Street Name competition involving the schools has now come to a close. It was decided that no particular name could be chosen therefore it was decided that a £20 cheque will be allocated to each school with a letter and a visit thanking them for taking part. It was requested that the Press could include a piece in the forthcoming publications. • The Chairman expressed his regret that this was to be Wilma Milne’s last meeting due to personal reasons of which he was aware and thanked her for her contributions as a valued member. Environment • Greenery - Chairman met with Jacqui Taylor from Elgin Bids and this will be completed very soon. Cllr Russell confirmed that Elgin Bids has selected a contractor and letters have been sent to local businesses. Cllr Divers confirmed that Elgin Bids and a representative from the chosen contractor have been viewing the area. • Posters - Anne Glover has received quotes from the Elgin Copy Shop for the proposed printing of the Notice Board Posters. Current layout would cost 0.85p per copy, if a new layout was chosen it would cost £12 for all 6 copies. Anne Glover has written to the Chief Executive requesting permission to display the posters in the Moray Council notice boards. Anne Glover received a phone call confirming that the notice boards could be utilised but could not guarantee how long they could be displayed. A discussion took place regarding the design and layout of the poster, it was agreed that it needs to be bright and colourful with a bold font. Gordon Methven agreed to take this away and ask a graphic designer to review the design. • Outdoor Access Trust - Anne Glover has received substantially large documents. Expressed concern at the number of

documents being sent out and it is not clear what is expected of the Community Council. • Waste Land near Tesco Supermarket The land near the traffic lights at Tesco; there are two plots of land and Bear Scotland leave equipment on one plot. The grass is very high and full of litter. The Chairman suggested that this could be Bear Scotland’s responsibility. Anne Glover confirmed that she would contact them directly. • Disabled Parking Spaces - Mary Wall has been contacted by a resident with regards to the disabled parking spaces at each end of town being taken away. The hill causes problems for people who cannot walk a distance. It was suggested that the Taxi Rank could be reduced to allow for disabled parking spaces. Cllr Russell explained that the statement provided by Peter Jones, the Moray Council Communication Officer clarified there are now more disabled parking spaces through Elgin and the removal of these spaces at the Plainstones is due to Health and Safety issues. It was suggested that a letter should be sent to the Transportation Department requesting a review of the situation. It was agreed that the Chairman will send a letter asking for a review. • Fair Trade - Mary Wall has written to the Moray Council Convener and Elgin Elected Members asking for support in making Elgin a Fair Trade City, no response has been received at present. Two letters have been received, one from Mark Palmer of the Moray Council advising he is looking into suppliers for the Library and Community Centre café and schools. The second letter was received from the Moray College Assistant Principle, Anne Lindsay who has provided a contact name to discuss the issue with directly. If the Council give support Mary Wall will then proceed with forming a support group to take this forward.

• Cockmuir Place Notice Boards - The Chairman received a letter with regards to utilising the Notice Boards at a later date once the Street Design department is complete. A brief discussion took place and it was agreed that further information is required, such as monies for upkeep, who would be able to access the notice board, maintenance etc. It was agreed that this will be discussed further and the Chairman will seek further information. Roads and Transportation Disabled Parking - The Roads and Transportation Committee did not have any issues with the removal of the Plainstones disabled parking as there are now many more disabled parking spaces available eg top of St Giles multi storey. Youth The Chairman asked Michael Gates if he had heard from Cllr Jeff Hamilton, Michael Gates advised that he had not but would be contacting him over the next month. Tree Ivy – inconclusive outcome and awaiting response from MSP Richard Lockhead. Community Support Unit Support Concerns regarding the reduction of support from the CSU Team. The Chair advised that the Unit had been cut by 50% as per the recent budget cuts. The recent letter received from CSU Manager Ian Todd explained the new strategy and level of support that will be available. The Chairman expressed his disappointment at losing Denise Gormley, CSO. The Chairman has not yet contacted CSU Manager Ian Todd but with the agreement of the members present contact will be made. Harry Torry advised he would be contacting CSU Manager Ian Todd requesting support for the ENAF. Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 9th August 2011 7pm at Moray Council Chambers

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Good Friday Holiday Friday 6th April 2012 Summer Term Starts Monday 16th April 2012 Lossie High & Feeders Friday 4th May 2012 May Day Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 In-service Closure Thursday 17th May 2012 In-service Closure Friday 18th May 2012 Summer Term Ends Thursday 28th June 2012 for 2012/2013 (all dates inclusive) Autumn Term Starts Tuesday 21st August 2012 Autumn Term Ends Friday 12th October 2012 Winter Term Starts Monday 29th October 2012 In-service Closure Monday 19th November 2012 In-service Closure Tuesday 20th November 2012

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Weds 7th Sept. - Concert by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland Elgin Town Hall Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm Tickets £16 on sale at Elgin Library Tel: 01343 562600. In aid of SSAFA Forces Help and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust. Organised by the Rotary Club of Elgin - www.elginrotary.co.uk

JULY until august 24 wednesday circus theme summer reading challenge, elgin library, recommended for children up to age 12, tel: 562600

30 saturday moray farmers market, elgin plainstones glencoe and the devil’s staircase with marie curie cancer care, 23 mile trek, for those with stamina & a thirst for adventure, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or call 08700 340 040 to regsiter artists open studios, 11am-5pm, altyre estate near forres, artists working on the estate will be opening their studios to the public, open event, all welcome, visit www.altered-arts.co.uk

31 sunday

art exhibition ‘atmospheric watercolours’ by caroline simmill, elgin museum, tel: 543675

kipper BBQ, from 12noon, burghead harbour, various stalls and car boot sale, for more details tel: 835811 insh marshes family fun day, 2pm-5pm, insh marshes national nature reserve RSPB car park, adults free/children £2.50, email insh@rspb.org.uk or tel: 01540 661518 for more details edinkillie community association guided walk, 2.15pm, edinkillie hall car park, ‘plants and flowers’ with ian green, email dwfriends@btinternet.com dougie maclean, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £16/£14, tel: 01309 691170 for details

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holiday fun activities - ‘circle of life:tribal africa’, 1pm2pm and 2pm-3pm, elgin museum, for primary kids and their adults!, £4 per child/accompanying adult free!, look round the museum too

pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact brodie castle for details tel: 0844 493 2156

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fun galore store, elgin plainstones, childrens workshops in dance, drumming, circus skills & costume making plus entertainment

29 friday

art & photography exhibition ‘landscape & heritage’ by brian loveland, elgin museum, tel: 543675

until october 31 monday pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact brodie castle for details tel: 0844 493 2156

1 friday to 29 friday

robin colvill performs popular piano classics from bach to gershwin, 8pm, brodie castle, by forres, an opportunity to hear robin's stories and listen to a selection of classics in the drawing room, £18 (available at www.nts.org.uk), contact brodie castle for more details tel: 0844 493 2156

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7 sunday edinkillie community association guided walk, 2.15pm, edinkillie hall car park, ‘birds and mammals’ with roy dennis, email dwfriends@btinternet.com

8 monday holiday fun activities - ‘on the move:land, sea & air’, 1pm-2pm and 2pm-3pm, elgin museum, for primary kids and their adults!, £4 per child/accompanying adult free!, look round the museum too

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moray arts club open exhibition - handing in day, the gallery, elgin library, contact emma cooper tel: 548475 / 0789 414 4021 or www.morayartsclub.com amazing ospreys, 10am-1pm, loch garten opsrey centre, visit www.rspb.org.uk for more details family fun in the forest, 2pm-4pm, loch mallachy car park, visit www.rspb.org.uk for more details

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Cinema listings august 2011 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (12a) Viva Riva! (15) The Tree of Life (12a) Incendies (15) Last Night (12a) American Psycho (18) The Color Purple (15) Three Colours Red (15)

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Moray Playhouse, Elgin

New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

Highland Spiritual Cinema

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

Vue Cinema, Inverness

From Friday 5th Mr Popper’s Penguins (pg) Super 8 (12a) From Friday 12th Rise of the Planet of the Apes (12a) The Smurfs 2D/3D (u) From Friday 19th Spy Kids : All The Time in the World 2D/3D (u) Cowboys and Aliens (tbc) The Inbetweeners (tbc) From Friday 26th Final Destination 5 3D (tbc) Conan The Barbarian 3D (tbc) KidsAM Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am Tickets £1.25 / VIP Tickets £2.75 Teen Screens Every Thursday & Friday afternoon Tickets £2 / VIP Tickets £3.50 Senior Screenings Every Tuesday afternoon Tickets £3.05 / VIP Tickets £4.55 Includes tea/coffee & biscuits

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Portessie Public Hall

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

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20 saturday ceilidh night with ‘the brandon macphee trio’ and pat fraser, 8.30pm-11.30pm, lhanbryde community centre, in aid of centre funds - charity no sc029433, £5 (18 years+ only - licensed event) tel: 842139

21 sunday edinkillie community association guided walk, 2.15pm, edinkillie hall car park, ‘fungi’ with kerstin keillar, email dwfriends@btinternet.com

“croaked on the lawn” - brodie castle's first murder mystery, from 2pm, you are invited to solve the deaths of more than one victim, our very own mctaggart arrives on the scene and with your help finds the murderer and solves the crime before the ‘weed killer’ finds the next victim!, adults £9, concessions £7, under 16 £5, tickets 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events edinkillie community association guided walk, 2.15pm, edinkillie hall car park, ‘trains, trees and footpaths’ with dava way association members, email dwfriends@btinternet.com

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28 sunday moray craft fair, 10am-3pm, bishopmill hall, many stalls including jewellery, cards, gift makers and more, free admission, refreshments available, see us on facebook - moray craft fair moray carnival 2011, 11am-5pm, cooper park, elgin, live local bands, dance exhibitions, pipe bands, showies, carnival parade and much more, contact rotoract moray tel: 07872 587943

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SEPTEMBER 2011 in brief until oct 31 monday pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact brodie castle for details tel: 0844 493 2156 2 friday to 29 thursday art exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mystical peatlandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by sila collins-waldon, elgin museum, tel: 543675 3 saturday moray farmers market, elgin plainstones wrvs annual coffee morning, 10am-12noon, elgin high church hall, tea/coffee ÂŁ2, all the usual stalls walk ten at belladrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s italian gardens with marie curie cancer care, 6pm-10pm, enjoy a twilight stroll and raise money for the charity, visit the website at www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten to register 4 sunday grampian motorcycle convention, 11am-5pm, in association with the bon accord motorcycle club, the northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier motorcycle event!, vintage, classic and modern bike parades, classic racer demonstrations, trade shows, arena trials, super motos and the famous scottish championship moped marathon!, grampian transport museum, alford, tel: 019755 64517 or visit www.gtm.org.uk 7 wednesday concert by the band of her majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s royal marines scotland, 7.30pm, elgin town hall, tickets ÂŁ16 on sale at elgin library, tel. 01343 562600, in aid of SSAFA forces help and the royal marines charitable trust, organised by the rotary club of elgin 10 saturday coffee morning, 10am-12noon, st. giles church hall, greyfriars street, elgin, various stalls, ÂŁ2 entry order of eastern star coffee morning, 10am-12noon, the masonic hall, aberlour, ÂŁ1.50, all welcome, proceeds to local charities 17 saturday themed market to celebrate national food & drink fortnight, elgin plainstones, by elgin BID in partnership with moray farmers market western front association - the railway operating division, royal engineers, in the great war - niall ferguson, 2.30pm, the gallery, elgin library, contact derek bird tel: 870562, email chairman.wfasnb@ virgin.net or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk 21 wednesday to 24 saturday â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;get moray readingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book festival, st giles church, elgin, sponsored by elgin BID, yeadons and supported by the scottish book trust 25 sunday edinkillie community hall committee autumn teas afternoon, a great opportunity to walk/cycle to dunphail for refreshments and live music entertainment, email margaret@mjarvis9.freeserve.co.uk 30 friday moray branch of UNICEF fundraising quiz with a difference, 7pm for 7.30pm, johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of elgin, ÂŁ10 including punch & buffet, wine/soft drinks available, raffle, teams of 4, to reserve a table contact tricia tel: 551482 or irene tel: 544600

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120g black treacle 110g golden syrup 110g dark muscovado sugar 230g self raising flour 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda 120g butter diced 1 medium size firm pear 1 ball of crystallized stem ginger 280ml milk 1 large egg 1kg loaf tin lined

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1. Put the treacle and syrup into a small pan & heat on a gentle heat until thoroughly mixed, leave to cool. 2. Put the Muscovado sugar and milk in a small pan and heat on a gentle heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once dissolved remove from heat and leave to cool until lukewarm. 3. Place the flour, spices, bicarbonate of soda and butter in to a bowl and with your fingers, or in a food processor, blend to fine breadcrumbs. 4. Peel and core the pear and dice, put to one side. Finely dice the stem ginger and leave aside. 5. Add the milk and sugar mix to the dry ingredients using a whisk to blend thoroughly. Repeat with the treacle and syrup mix, and beat the egg before adding this. Add the stem ginger. 6. Pour into the lined loaf tin and sprinkle the diced pear on the top. It will sink into the sponge whilst it's cooking. 7. Place in the centre of the oven at 180°C (350°F) Gas 4 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It will be well risen and use a skewer to test the centre to check if it is cooked. It will be ready when the skewer comes out clean. Allow it to cool completely in the tin, before turning out. Enjoy either warm as a pudding with ice-cream or cream, or at room temperature with a cup of coffee or tea. Great for picnics too! Penny Ellis, Owner Knockomie Hotel, Forres tel: 01309 673146

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The Moray Coast Motorcycle Club will be holding its 3rd annual Charity Poker Run in memory of fallen bikers on Sunday 7th August, leaving Tom Adamson's, Elgin at 12:30 (meeting/registration from 11:30 to 12:30). Riders will ride to 5 locations along a predefined route of approximately 100 miles. At each stop the rider (and pillion if taking part) will collect a card to form their poker hand then return to Toms to submit their hands. (full details of route/stops will be provided on the day) There will be a cash prize of £100 for the best winning hand and also prizes for runner up hand and worst hand. The entry fee is £10 (riders and pillions can both enter), which includes food and refreshments at Tom's afterwards and a free ticket for a raffle, with many great prizes (see below), which have been donated by local companies and individuals. Further raffle tickets can be purchased on the day. (Please feel free to donate a raffle prize) Last years Charity Poker Run had around 100 entrants and together we raised over £800 which was used to purchase four flat screen TVs for Doctor Grays Childrens Ward in Elgin and for a donation to the ‘We are MacMillian’ local branch.

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With your help we hope to make this another successful charity event, and the monies raised will be donated to charities (to be decided at a Club meeting after the event). We look forward to seeing a big turnout on the day, and here's hoping the sun will shine. You dont need to know anything about poker to take part. Prizes donated for the raffle include: Voucher for Karting (Elgin Kart Raceway) Voucher for Tattooing (Elgin/Inverness Tattoo Centre) 12Mp Digital Camera Kit (Tim's Dad) Voucher (Keith Motorist & DIY) Voucher (I.G. Thomson, Butcher, Keith) Voucher (Dream Tree, Buckie) Voucher (Divine Gifts, Elgin) Disc Lock (Willie Young) Voucher (Robbie George, Lhanbryde) ACF50 Anti Corrosion Treatment for Bike (Baz at AllYearBiker) If you would like donate a raffle prize please contact: Tracey on 07928 444376 or email: pokerrun2011@mcmc.org.uk


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...a city break Popular for some years now, particularly for those whose time is very limited, a City Break is an excellent way of getting away for a few days and nights, and seeing some interesting and different culture. Perhaps the most common City from this part of the world has been Amsterdam because it is accessible in one flight from Aberdeen, but there are many European cities which now see large numbers of short- term visitors. The advantage of a City break is that you can come and go on any days of the week that you select, normally using scheduled aircraft to spend 3 or 4 nights in a city, with a complete selection of differing hotels. Imagine flying to Barcelona, direct from Edinburgh, for 3 nights, staying in a smart city hotel full of character which only offers Bed and Breakfast because there are so many restaurants that you would want to try for lunch and dinner in the evening. Because time is limited you don't wait hours for transfer coaches, but are transported to your hotel by taxi or car. Cities like Barcelona are excellent for walking about, seeing the marinas, waterfront, Las Ramblas shopping street and the Food market. Though no direct flights exist from Scotland, Vienna is another popular destination, with all its imperial splendour, Art Nouveau, waltzes and coffee houses. A grand ring of 19th century palaces surrounds the mediaeval city, with its narrow streets, hospitable inns, cafes and shops. Two sets of customers have recently joined a break to Vienna with a trip to Budapest, using the train to travel from one to the other. Both cities boast much of the 19th century grandeur of the Hapsburg Empire. It's Bela Bartok and Liszt Museums in Budapest as it is the Strauss family in Vienna. There are many suitable Italian cities to visit for a short time, and Florence is one of the finest settings of them all. On the banks of the River Arno, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the city of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Dante and their patrons the Medici family. When you are there a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and Museum is a must! There are direct flights now from Edinburgh to Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland. Krakow is rich in museums, art galleries, concert halls and churches; as a university city it comes alive at night in cellar bars, restaurants and jazz clubs. Like Prague this city largely escaped destruction during the World War II. In Prague only one building was hit during that war, and it is now known as the American Church in honour of its bombers!

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After one of the coldest winters on record, followed by the driest March and April on record, late spring and early summer was thoroughly wet and cool, and some gale force winds blew for good measure. All this has provided very stressful conditions for our lawns this year so far, although the farmers and gardeners in the south-east will no doubt have welcomed some of our rain. We are now spreading a slow release fertiliser for the summer, and doing a second weedkill spray. The first weeds to appear each year include old favourites such as daisies and dandelions (there seemed to be a dandelion epidemic around the Moray Firth this spring), but now we are seeing clover and buttercups getting going big time. The rain doesn’t only get the grass growing but the weeds love it too. The biggest problem we see on lawns (at all times of the year) is mowing too short, usually a man-thing I have to say. We recommend a cut not shorter than 1”. The grass will look greener with a bit of leaf left. It will be stronger too as it uses the leaf surface to absorb moisture, air and light. This allows it to grow more vigorously and it will be in a better condition to take up any fertiliser it is being offered. The worse thing is, a weak, poorly, scalped lawn is not strong enough to fight off competition from moss and weeds. In our area, moss needs little encouragement and is the No.1 issue on our lawns. (Insert photo 007) Use caption:Green Thumb at the seaside !

Specific problems to look out for at this time of year include Red Thread, a fugal disease which blooms in periods of high humidity and a little warmth (our summer). It is very common, occurring every year on many lawns, we have already seen outbreaks

around Nairn this year. Typically presenting as reddish/brown spikes of grass in patches, it can even turn pinkish with a white cotton wool type bloom on top in severe cases. Once established, if humidity continues (and it usually does round here), it can spread and last right through until the first frosts. It wont kill the grass, but it can be pretty unsightly for the rest of the year, and some lawns and microclimates get it year after year. We apply a fungicide spray to affected lawns to kill off the spores and one application is usually successful if treated early enough. As with most plant care, sharp tools and clean cutting are one way of preventing ragged ends and entry points for disease. Keep your lawnmower blade sharpened. (Insert photo Red Thread) use caption:Red Thread

For many this will be family holiday time, and the grass will be swaying in the breeze on your return. Resist the temptation to cut it right back all in one go, it will look traumatised for some time. Start with a high cut and reduce over a few weeks. We actually have a growth retardant we can apply before the holidays, and it slows the grass right down for 4 – 6 weeks ! For more information about seasonal lawn improvements from just £15 per qtr, plus useful downloads and photos go to www.greenthumb.co.uk or contact Alastair or Fiona for a FREE lawn analysis on 01667 404774. Although GreenThumb is a national franchise with over 200 branches across the UK, we are locally based in Cawdor and cover the whole Moray Firth area.

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Please tick this box if you would like to hear about special offers from Baxters.com

Highland Village, Fochabers 10am - 5pm daily Tel: 01343 820666 One voucher per transaction, Voucher must be presented at till point to qualify for discount. Full price merchandise only, offer does not apply to any promotional, discounted or sale items. Cannot be used in conjuction with any other offer. Only redeemable in Baxters Highland Village until 31st August 2011

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Curtains

Ready made or Made to order

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Bedding, Cushions & Blinds 5 Orchard Road, Forres

01309 671617


spotlight Magazines

to advertise in the next issue of spotlight on elgin & lossie call 01309 690063 or go online for details www.spotlighton.co.uk

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Anderson Removals ..........................................................37 Ashley Ann............................................................................2 Banff, Moray & Nairn Canine Club ....................................20 Baxters of Speyside............................................................36 Beaver Travel ......................................................................13 Big Sky print ......................................................................36 Birding Ecosse ..................................................................35 City of Elgin BID..................................................................24 Clarks of Lossie ..................................................................39 Covesea Café ....................................................................11 Curtain Creations..................................................................7 Daz Tindall Music Promotions............................................22 Delta Electrical......................................................................5 Dittmar Herrnkind Your Handyman ....................................39 Divine Gifts..........................................................................33 DLP Storage ......................................................................33 Duffus Inn ............................................................................7 Eight Acres Hotel................................................................15 Elgin Chiropractic Clinic ....................................................23 Elgin Library........................................................................38 Elgin Rotary Club................................................................19 Excel Scotland......................................................................7 Fairleys Solicitors................................................................11 Findhorn Marina & Boatyard ................................................5 Forres Tree Services ..........................................................38 Golf Dedication Centre ......................................................13 Gordon Scott Chartered Accountant ................................35 Harrisons ............................................................................35 Home Comforts by Sandra ................................................36 Ian’s Handyman Service ....................................................39 In Stitches ..........................................................................33 Johnstons of Elgin ................................Outside Back Cover Joanne Newsome Canine Behaviourist ............................38 Knockomie Hotel ................................................................27

Delivering fresh local produce to your Door to Inverness, Evanton, Black Isle, Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Lossiemouth

Scotgro, Broombank Farm, Auldearn, Nairn

Scotgro can deliver a box containing a selection of fresh local vegetables from our Nairnshire farm to your doorstep. Subscribing online for a regular weekly or fortnightly box is easy – you can even tell us which vegetables you don’t like so that we know not to put them in your box.

Advertisers Index

Kylauren Homes ................................................................17 Lossie Raft Race ................................................................18 Mackenzie & Cruickshank..................................................33 Mansion House Hotel ..........................................................9 McDonald & Munro ............................................................10 MonsterBike........................................................................32 Moray Coast Veterinary Group ............................................3 Moray Dance School ..........................................................39 MRD Flooring......................................................................36 Nairn Highland Games ......................................................22 Physio Pilates ....................................................................10 Planwell Roofing Supplies..................................................27 Poppy Design & Graphics..................................................35 Potty Expressions ..............................................................23 Reid Furniture ....................................................................25 Roof Wizard ........................................................................33 Scotengineering ................................................................38 ScotGro ..............................................................................37 Simone Herrnkind German Tutor ......................................35 Smith & Castle Jewellers....................................................38 Springfield Properties ........................................................39 Stagecoach Theatre ..........................................................29 The Blind Spot ....................................................................10 The Granary Bar & Club ....................................................22 The Green Home ................................................................16 The Loft Bistro & Venue......................................................11 Theatre School of Dance....................................................35 Ultimate Hair & Beauty ......................................................23 Unique Beauty ..............................................Front Cover & 3 Veronique’s ........................................................................27 Wheelchair Care ..................................................................7 Words By The Wayside ......................................................34 Younies Electrical Store........................................................3

Anderson's Removals (Buckie) Ltd.

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01542 839151

mrgarethanderson@gmail.com www.anderson-removals.com

Order on-line at scotgro.com

Tel: 07580 231030

Mini £10 (1-2 people) Box £12 (2-4 people) Crate £16 (4-7 people)

SpotLight on Elgin, Lossie and District

www.spotlighton.co.uk

August 2011 - page 37


Canine Behaviourist & Trainer “Communicating with dogs naturally in your own home” Puppy Training ‡ Obedience ‡ Problem Behaviour

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Brighten up someone’s day with a sparkle

Smith Jewellers, 113 High Street, Forres Tel: 01309 675577

Castle Jewellers 78 High Street, Nairn Tel: 01667 456777


Glassgreen Gardens ELGIN LAST TWO FAMILY HOMES

Ready for you to move in and no extras to pay.

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Moray Dance ELGIN FOCHABERS HOPEMAN FORRES LOSSIEMOUTH

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Quality Butchers Large selection of our own homemade pies and ready meals Our Own Cooked Meats Our own Black Pudding, Haggis and mealie puddings Great Freezer Specials Fresh Fish LOOK OUT FOR OUR WEEKLY SPECIAL OFFERS WK 1 WK 2 Back Bacon Steak Mince Only £7.95 Kg Only £3.95 Kg WK 3 WK 4 Fresh Chickens Lean Diced Steak Only £3.25 Kg Only £3.95 Kg

BRUCE CLARK & SON BUTCHERS

41 Queen Street, Lossiemouth Tel: 01343 812060


H OME INTERIORS COLLECTION Newmill Elgin IV30 4AF 01343 554099

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SpotLight on Elgin & Lossie August 2011