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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 BIRNIE VILLAGE HALL Community Events, Bowling, WRI, SICMA Astronomy Club, contact Clifford Miller 860232 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 produc-

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ELGIN BALL GROUP Meets 10am-12noon each Wednesday in the Holy Trinity Church Hall. A wide range of activities, dancing, exercise, craftwork & talks etc on offer. If you are retired come along & join in the fun! Old & new members warmly welcome. Contact Sandra tel: 821020

JOG SCOTLAND ELGIN Meets at Elgin Library every Thursday at 6pm. Groups for complete beginners to advanced joggers. £5 per 10 week block. Further details email jselgin@walkjogrunmoray.org.uk or Liz 813228 or Carol 556506

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 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 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-LANDSHUT TWIN

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 MORAY VILLAGE HALLS For details of local Village Halls and how to book visit www.morayvillagehalls.org.uk RED CROSS BEFRIENDING SERVICE Offers a regular visiting service by a volunteer for those over 60, who live on their own and have little or no contact with family, friends or neighbours. Contact Jennifer Allan 554340 or 07595 278 277 for more info RIVERSIDE MACHINE KNITTING CLUB Hand and machine knitting, Wednesday 10am - 3pm, Elgin Community Centre. Contact Tricia Furr 870429

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The Clavie 11th January Why 11th January? This is the date of the Burning of the Clavie, a fire festival unique to Burghead, which greets the New Year, first recorded in records of the Presbytery of Elgin 1655. Banned by the Church in the 17th18th centuries as idolatrous, the earlier history behind this fire festival is unrecorded. Such ceremonies may have pagan origins, and at Burghead could date back to the pre-Christian Pictish occupation. The significance of the 11th January dates back to the 1750’s, when the Julian calendar was reformed in Britain and the new Gregorian calendar was introduced. People rioted demanding back their 11 days but not in Burghead. Brochers decided to have the best of both worlds, by celebrating New Year twice on 1st January and 11th January. Now every 11th January the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried round the town by the Clavie Crew followed by a large crowd. Certain favoured residents along the route have a lucky burning ember delivered to their door. The final destination of the Clavie is the Doorie Hill on the ramparts of the ancient fort, where it is firmly wedged. After refueling several times, it is allowed to burn out and fall down the hill, when still smoldering embers are eagerly gathered.

Possession of a piece of the Clavie is said to bring good luck for the coming year and pieces are sent round the world to exiled ‘Brochers’. The Burning of the Clavie dates much further back

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than the 1750’s, of course. Before the coming of Christianity, the priests of the day were the Druids, the men of wisdom and learning. The common people held them in

superstitious reverence. Many were the strange rites performed at their hands, many the sacrifices they demanded. Their chief instrument of ceremonial was fire. It was the great purifier. Shaw, the 18th century historian of the Province of Moray recounts a Druid rite, which was enacted when a disease broke out amongst the cattle. The fires in the houses around were extinguished. Sparks were ‘forced’ by rubbing pieces of wood together, and from these, bunches of juniper were lit, to be burned in the stalls of the cattle. The smoldering branches were carried in a basket (Gaelic word ‘cliabh’ pronounced cleeav) among the cattle in order to combat infection. When this had been done, the flaming juniper was carried round the houses in the vicinity, to rekindle the fires on their hearths. From such a custom is surely derived the Burning of the Clavie. On that anniversary night of pagan ceremonial, Burghead reverts to the mood of primitive times, reenacting some form of fire worship many centuries have not forgotten.

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During 2010 there have been two significant anniversaries that we have marked as a nation, the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, and the Battle of Britain. These were events that no-one could have foreseen the year before when war was finally declared in September 1939. But yet it was into this situation of national uncertainty when all semed to hang in the balance, that George VI, as part of his Christmas broadcast to the nation, quoted some lines from a poem called ‘At the Gate of the Year’ which spoke into the situation that the nation was facing then, and perhaps for some of us, into the situation that we are facing now. For the lines which George VI quoted were these:

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“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”. And he replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way!”

him to lead us through yet another New Year. And it is as we do this that we will begin to discover to our surprise that we are travelling through the New Year without the need of a light, and in a way that is better than a known way, because Jesus, the light of the world, is with us.

So I went forth and finding the hand of God Trod gladly into the night He led me towards the hills And the breaking of day in the lone east. We all stand at the gate of a new year, with all the challenges and uncertainties that it brings. But these are things that we do not need to face alone, for we can go into a new year with God at our side. All we need to do is to put our hand into the hand of God and to trust him for his salvation and allow

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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 United Free Church of Scotland meets Sunday 11am and 6pm, including Sunday School. Contact Rev. Alexander Ritchie 810262 www.ufcos.org.uk/lossie St James Church of Scotland, Lossiemouth Family Worship 11am including creche and Sunday School; Evening Service 6pm; Swordfish Youth Group 7pm. Contact Rev. Graham Crawford 07817 504042 St Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lossiemouth Family Eucharist 9.30am; Holy Communion 10am Thursdays; Evening Prayer 5pm Thursdays St Gerardines High Church Lossiemouth, Contact 813146 St Sylvester's Catholic Church, Elgin Vigil Mass Saturday 7pm; Sunday Mass 11.45am. Contact 542280 www.stsylvesters.net Lossiemouth Gospel Hall meets every Sunday for Sunday Club at 9.30am, Gospel Meeting at 6.30pm. Further details 812987 or visit the website at www.lossiemouthgospelhall.org.uk Burghead Church Every Sunday at 11.30am. Contact 01309 690931

Hopeman Baptist Church meets every Sunday 11am & 6pm. Everyone welcome. Contact Rev. S.J. Macdonald 831175 or visit the website www.hopemanbaptist.org.uk Parish of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman First Sunday of each month, one service (10.30 a.m.) in Hopeman if five Sundays in the month, all other Sundays Hopeman 10am, Duffus or Spynie 11.30am. Contact Rev. Bruce Lawrie 830276 or email: blawrie@zetnet.co.uk Birnie - Pluscarden Church Sunday Service Pluscarden 10am and Evening Service 6.30pm 3rd Sunday each month; Birnie 11.30am and Evening Service 6.30pm 1st Sunday each month Scottish Episcopal Church Holy Trinity, Elgin Sunday Services - 8am Holy Communion; 11am Family Eucharist; 6.30pm Evensong, tel: 547505 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 Community Church Sunday Morning Service 10.30am; Evening Fellowship & Youth Group at 6pm. Contact 546654 Elgin City Church Every Sunday 10.30am at Elgin Community Centre childrens church & creche available. Contact 543624

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ExTRACTS FROM THE DRAFT MInuTES OF THE MEETInG OF TuESDAy 9TH nOvEMBER 2010 OF THE CITy & ROyAL BuRGH OF ELGIn COMMunITy COunCIL

Police Business and national security update • Inspector Mowat advised that it had been a fairly busy autumn with quite a lot of youth disturbance in the new Elgin area and therefore there has been an increase in patrols in this area. • Inspector Mowat advised that although there had been a huge improvement since the skateboard park was opened, skateboarding is still taking place on the Plainstones, in particular during the summer months. In order for the Police to be able to take action a standing complaint would need to be lodged and Inspector Mowat requested the support of the C&RBoECC in being added to the standing complaint in preparation for the possible increase next year. Members agreed to this course of action and Inspector Mowat agreed to liaise with Alastair Kennedy. • Cllr Graham Leadbitter stated that at a previous C&RBoECC meeting, it was asked whether a local Byelaw preventing skateboarding on the Plainstones had been considered. Cllr Leadbitter advised that he raised this issue with the Chief Legal Officer and was awaiting a response. • Inspector Mowat advised that he did not believe there had been any prosecutions regarding littering offences over the last few months and has spoken to Harry Torry regarding support they could give to the Forums. committee reports • Planning - The Chairman advised that a Consultation document regarding the Birnie Road Development had been received and would be passed to Bryan Watson.

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In recent weeks it has, unsurprisingly, been nonstop campaigning, questioning and challenging on the impact of the Defence Review on Moray. In some lighter moments I have, however, got along to see some of our local football teams in action. A particular note of congratulations to both Elgin City and Buckie Thistle who have both progressed to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, with Buckie travelling to Third Division Team East Stirling and Elgin off to play old rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle. It will certainly be an interesting New Year for these two Moray teams. Good luck to both of them in their games. A ngus Robertson MP Like many of my constituents my work means that I am away from home for several days at a time, making the balance of work and family quite a challenge. One interesting side effect that became apparent recently is that the time at home has become a crash course (with my son as teacher) in the workings of WWE wrestling, which my eldest son became an expert in after only a week of watching! His new fascination did remind of the days of rivalry between Big Daddy (the hero) and Giant Haystacks (the villain) I used to watch on the TV at weekends - a far cry from the tanned body builders that are the wrestling stars of today. Richard L ochh ead MS P

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Burghead & cummingston community council: meets first Thursday of every month (excluding July), 7.30pm at Burghead Harbour Masters Office. Contact: Chris Tuke (Secretary) 835537.

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exhibition on the people of moray, local heritage centre, institution road, elgin, tel: 569011

The Royal Hotel, Keith New Years Day Live Music Double Bill ‘Keep the rev’s up into the New Year’ Chris Grant from 5pm - 8.30pm Lee Rodgers from 9pm till late Tel: 886978 www.theroyalhotelandrestaurant.co.uk

5 saturday bothy ballads - champion of champions, 7pm (doors open 6.15pm), elgin town hall, tickets, £8.50 upstairs, £7.50 downstairs, available elgin library, cooper park, elgin, tel: 562600, judge - joe aitken; compere - raymond wood; guest entertainers - colin campbell and ian cruickshank, organised by rotary club of elgin

13 sunday fourth annual moray wedding exhibition, 11am-4pm, elgin town hall, tel: 821188 for more details

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JANUARY 1 saturday new years day live music double bill, from 5pm till late, the royal hotel, church road, keith, music from chris grant and lee rodgers, tel: 01542 886978

red hot chilli pipers, 7:30pm, ogstoun theatre, gordonstoun school, nr elgin, £12/£6, visit our website www.thegcs.org.uk for details or tel: 01343 837917

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20 thursday voces8, 7:30pm, st christopher’s chapel, gordonstoun school, nr elgin, £12/£6, visit our website www.thegcs.org.uk for details or tel: 01343 837917

21 friday fogwatt burns supper, new start time of 7.30pm, fogwatt village hall, tickets priced at £10, available from sandy tel: 860388 or audrey tel: 860352

moray ceilidh club - celilidh with the dandy ceilidh band, 8pm, bishopmill hall, elgin, byob, for more details visit www.moraycc.org

22 tuesday famous people of moray by graeme wilson, 7pm, local heritage centre, institution road, elgin, for more details contact elgin library tel: 562600 or visit www.moray.gov.uk

22 saturday lhanbryde community centre burns supper and ceilidh with five course meal and licensed bar, 7pm for 7.30pm, tickets £18pp, available up to friday 14th january, phone alison 01343 843025

28 friday moray society antiques night, 7.30pm, elgin museum hall, bring along your favourite possession - a novelty item or antique -for discussion, valuations not featured, £5, contact gordon milne tel: 890281

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So it’s back to normality after the Christmas and New Year celebrations! How are you feeling now that the festive hype has passed? For some people it’s a welcome return to the usual routine of life. Maybe that’s your experience; you’re quite glad to take down the cards, pack away the decorations and put them in the loft until next year. However for others, if Christmas and New Year is a real time of joy and happiness, it can be a struggle to say goodbye to the holiday period and hello to the regular pattern of life again. Maybe some of you are struggling to get back into the normal routine because you know that you have to face up to your difficult financial position. Perhaps in the last year you’ve lost your job or have struggled to cover your regular outgoings. The Christmas break has maybe taken the focus temporarily away from your problems.

But as January comes and normality resumes again, the reality of your situation remains the same. For a lot of people, the Christmas spending begins to bite as the bank statements or credit card bills come tumbling through your letterbox. You might even have taken out an extra loan to cover the cost of the festive season, potentially adding to existing debts. And so a tight financial position becomes even tougher. If this is you & you’re really struggling to meet the costs of everyday life or have debt which is spiralling out of control then what can you do? Firstly, don’t think you are alone! One effect of being in debt is that you can feel very isolated. However, a recent survey by Credit Action found that during December Citizens Advice dealt with 9,389 new debt problems every working day.

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Secondly, be assured that there is help at hand! There are a range of services available to help those struggling to make ends meet or repay personal debt. It is often hard to take that first step and admit your need of help. But as hard as it is, this step is crucial to begin getting your finances back on the right track. One such resource is CAP. This initiative has come about through local churches partnering with award winning charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to offer a comprehensive solution to those struggling in debt. Through a combination of budgeting advice, creditor liaison and personal support, CAP can empower people to work themselves out of debt and transform their finances. You might ask, why would churches want to get involved in helping people in the whole area of finance? Simply because we believe that God cares for everyone and that each aspect of our lives is important to him. A common description of God is found in Psalm 86: But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. So this love is reflected by providing a very practical resource to those struggling with debt. CAP’s services are completely free of charge and are available to everyone regardless of your belief or background. So hopefully, whatever your situation is as we begin this New Year, you will be able to look ahead to the coming year with confidence. For those facing financial issues, may you know that help is at hand, and through resources such as CAP that you need not feel alone or isolated. Instead be assured that there are people who care about your situation. Above all, be encouraged that the Lord is indeed a compassionate and gracious God who cares deeply for you.

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As I predicted the long winter has certainly started early, the snow has come upon us with her friend cold, cold nights, so to counter these long nights I think we have come to one of the most loved winter desserts Crumble. There are many varieties and a combination of this classic but this is the one we serve at Knockomie and is very simple and tasty. The basic crumble mix is half fat to flour and the same amount of sugar as fat (or a little more if you want it sweeter). So in general to make enough of the crumble mixture if you want a deeper crumble topping you can just half it again For the custard (Crème Anglaise) 75 ml milk 75 ml double cream 1 vanilla pod split open length ways 4 egg yolks 50g caster sugar

For the crumble 100g/4oz Flour 50g/2oz Butter or Margarine Zest of Lemon, Orange and Lime 50 g/2oz Medium Oatmeal (Optional) 50g/2oz Sugar Rub the butter into the flour until they come together and are of a Sand texture, add the zest, Oatmeal if adding and sugar.

For the Apple and Pear Mix 4 Cooking Apples Cored and Skinned 4 Pears Cored and Skinned 1 tablespoon Mixed Spice (to taste, or none) 100g/4oz Caster Sugar 50g/2oz Unsalted Butter 100 ml Apple Juice 100 ml Water Cut Apples And Pears Into roughly about 8 pieces each, put into a pan with the Mixed Spice, sugar, butter and liquid, cook on a medium heat until they are just tender still with a little bite to them they should take roughly about 8 to 10 minutes. Tip the fruit into a sieve and leave to cool slightly.

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Place the milk and cream in a sauce pan, scrape out the vanilla seeds with a tea spoon and add to the liquid, bring slowly to the boil. Place the egg yolks in a heat proof bowl, add the sugar, and whisk to combine. Place the heat proof bowl over a simmering pan of water and whisk constantly until the egg yolk double in quantity, gradually add the boiled milk to the yolks, it will thicken to a custard when it reaches 83°c. Preheat the oven to 200°c/Gas mark 6. Share the Apples and Pears into Ramekins, a small oven proof tray or metal cutters, top with the crumble topping and bake till golden brown. Serve with your custard for a lovely warming dessert. February is the most romantic month of the year, and our Valentines menu is on our website, remember to book early 01309 673146 or email stay@knockomie.co.uk.

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(Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Classes) For booking details contact Kate Robertson

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