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CLUBS & SOCIETIES PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP ELGIN AND DISTRICT The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin, IV30 1QS. 7.30pm. 3rd Monday of Nov to May exc. in Dec. Giving and sharing information, support, fun, friendship and food! Mon 10th Dec: Christmas meal 6pm for 6.30pm @ The Royal Hotel, Elgin. Contact Gillian Gibson (Secretary): 541056. www.parkinsons.org.uk elginanddistrictpsg@gmail.com ELGIN ROUND TABLE 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month Sept - Jun, 7pm, Royal Hotel, Elgin. Contact Dominic Young 548167 or email dominicyoung31@aol.com INNER WHEEL OF ELGIN Community service undertaking fundraising for local and overseas charities, meets monthly (excl July and August), Mansion House Hotel. Contact Pam Sutherland 550264 ELGIN HIGH CHURCH HIGH SPIRTS CLUB Every Wednesday 10am -12pm in Church Hall, North Guildry Street, Elgin from Sept - April. ELGIN JUDO CLUB

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Enjoy the sport of judo, at a recreational or competitive level to suit all ages and fitness levels. Wed 7pm - 9pm & Fri 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Elgin Community Centre. Contact Audrey Pirie 550426 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY (MORAY BANFF AND BADENOCH BRANCH) Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11am in the Sherwood Suite at the Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin. Monthly lectures on a variety of arts related subjects are delivered by experts from across the UK. New members always welcome. Contact Sarah Fennings-Mills: 01343 831002 or www.nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk MORAY FIGURE SKATING CLUB Fridays 5:15pm - 7:15pm, Sept June (closed school holidays) at Moray Leisure Centre. Free first session. Includes a 25 minute lesson with a qualified coach & free time on the ice to practice & socialize with other members. Call Mike on 07974 387326 or email morayfiguresk8@aol.com NEW ELGIN LADIES INDOOR BOWLING CLUB Thursdays, 7pm, Sept - March inclusive (excluding away match dates), New Elgin Hall. Contact Susan Grant 541867 BANFF, MORAY & NAIRN CANINE CLUB Classes are held in Obedience & Ringcraft on Monday evenings during school terms at 6:30pm in Spynie Hall, Elgin. Contact Margaret on 01343 542070 or Mary on 01542 850262 DYNAMIC TAEKWONDO SCOTLAND WTF Olympic Taekwondo 6-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at Lhanbryde community Centre. All ages and abilities welcome! Head instructor Kimberley Clarke is a 3rd dan and a member of the Scottish and GB Poomsae teams Call him on 01343 543493 or 07917 331487 dynamic_tkd@btinternet.com

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CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Tuesday of each month all year in Abbeyvale Care Home, Duff Avenue, Elgin. 7pm - 9.30pm. Contact Frank Cascarino 547102 (Chair) or Elizabeth Macrae 543050 (Secretary) ELGIN AND DISTRICT CANCER SUPPORT GROUP DROP-IN CENTRE Tuesdays & Fridays 10am - 4pm in the old Doctor's Surgery on Victoria Road, Elgin. Providing a listening ear, confidentiality, signposting and a cup of tea or coffee. www.edcsg.org ELGIN AMATEUR ATHLETICS CLUB Coaching in running, jumps, throws, field and track athletics. Ages 9 + Morriston Playing Field Apr - Oct and East End Primary Nov - Mar. Tuesdays & Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm. Membership fee + £1 a session. Contact Mr M Archibald 540201 ELGIN FILM CLUB Now part of Moray Arts Club. Screening alternative and classic films in a friendly atmosphere, with a brief talk about the film. Visit www.morayartsclub.com or contact Emma Cooper by phone 07894 144021 or email emmaucooper@ btinternet.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 MACS MORAY AREA CANCER SUPPORT A support group for anyone of any age affected by cancer. If you are in need of support or know of someone who needs support, or you wish to be a volunteer please contact us on 07516219151 or e-mail info@ macsuk.org for more infomation.

Summer and winter bowling, all ages and abilities welcome. Seafield Street, Elgin. Contact Alex Masson 544556 MORAY BURIAL GROUND RESEARCH GROUP (MBGRG) Local heritage group actively researching and recording monumental inscriptions in churchyards & cemeteries in Moray. Contact Helen Mitchell on 01343 546620 or visit www.mbgrg.org MORAY GROUP OF THE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED Volunteers needed at sessions to lead the ponies or to act as sidehelpers for riders. Mon &/or Wed afternoons at Cranloch Riding Centre near Elgin. No experience needed, training provided. Call Denise 01343 850310 or Liz 01343 556167 NETMUMS Being a mum can be very isolating so meeting other mums can be a lifeline. Elgin and the surrounding area is such a great community and our mums are very welcoming, so come along and see what we are all about. Visit www.netmums.com for details of a local venue, contact Claire Brenton on 07989135607 or email claireymac1@aol.com HOPEMAN LUNCHEON CLUB Tues 12.30 - 1.30pm, Hopeman Memorial Hall. Serving meals to pensioners, £4 per meal. Call Violet McPherson 830444 FOR CLUBS & SOCIETIES AMENDMENTS, PLEASE PHONE:

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Hopefully, you are taking a break from the seasonal shopping madness and all the other distractions of the season by sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit as you read this magazine. If I was to call you up at this moment and tell you that someone extremely rich was in the street handing out wads of money to everyone they meet, how long would it take for you to run outside and see if it was true? The chances are you would be out the door before you could even lay down your cup - if not before. Again, if you were walking down the High Street and spotted a cheering crowd gathering ahead of you, or rushing towards something you would quicken your pace in the hope you could see what was causing the excitement. There are some things in life we fool ourselves into thinking are

important enough to hurry to get - I once witnessed two women coming almost to blows trying to get hold of the last turkey in Marks and Sparks. One icy December morning, I queued for two hours to purchase one of the last Playstation 2 for sale in Scotland – ironic to think that the all-important turkey is at best a memory and the game system is obsolete. But there are some things that are truly worth investing effort to find – So it was for the Shepherds when they heard of the birth of Christ. The Bible tells us: “So they (shepherds) came with haste, and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby (Jesus) lying in a manger”. Yes, they came with haste; it is only a small part of the Nativity Story, but an important detail. Why? - Simply because the news the Shepherds heard was exciting, breathtaking and

Alves Church First Sunday every month 11.30am. Tel: 01309 690931. Birnie - Pluscarden Church Sunday service: Pluscarden at 10am and Birnie at 11.30am Burghead Church Sundays 11.30am. Tel: 01309 690931. Elgin and Forres Free Church of Scotland Sunday Service, Sunday school, and crèche 11am. Evening service 6pm. Midweek meeting Wednesday 7.30pm. Contact Colin Morrison: 01343 542196. Elgin Baptist Sunday worship 11am includes crèche, pre-Sunday school, Sunday school, and Bible class. Evenings 6pm. Tel: 01343 548309. Elgin City Church Harvest Centre Elgin (formerly St Giles Church Hall), Greyfriars Street. Sundays 10.30am. Childrens’ church and crèche available. Tel: 01343 543624. Elgin Community Church Sunday morning service 10.30am. Evening fellowship and youth group 6pm. Tel: 01343 546654. Elgin High Church Sunday service 11am. Contact Parish Asst. Paula Baker: 01542 832662 or Rev Jim Thomson: 01343 547664. Hopeman Baptist Church Sundays 11am and 6pm. Contact Rev.S.J. Macdonald: 01343 831175. Living Waters Fellowship Wednesdays 7pm with free refreshments: Road to Recovery - for alcholics, addicts and the homeless. Sundays 12.30pm: preachin’, prayin’, and singin’ followed by lunch. Sundays 12.30pm and Wednesdays 7pm: Truck Stop Ministries - for truck drivers & bikers. New Elgin & Ashgrove Hall, King Street, Elgin, IV30 6BN. Tel: 07730 256543. Website: www.livingwatersfellowship.co.uk Lossiemouth Baptist Church Sundays 9.30am, 11.30am (and junior church) and 6pm. Thursdays 6.15pm - 8pm: kids church (P4-P7). Contact Rev. Rae Mackenzie: 01343 812062. Website: www.lossiebaptist.org Lossiemouth Gospel Hall Sunday club 9.30am. Gospel meeting 6.30pm.Tel: 01343 812987. Website:www.lossiemouthgospelhall.org.uk Lossiemouth United Free Church of Scotland Sundays 11am and 6pm including Sunday school. Contact Rev. Alexander Ritchie: 01343 810262. Website: www.ufcos.org.uk/lossie

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wonderful; news that people had waited in anticipation of hearing for hundreds of years. There was no question of finishing work, going home and wandering down to Bethlehem the following morning to find out what had happened - they just dropped everything and went. Do you have the same sense of wonder and urgency at the excitement of the Christmas Message? Do you marvel at what God has done for you in Christ? Do you catch your breath at the miracle of God made Flesh – do you? The message of Christ is worth getting excited about. Blessings and Peace.

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Moray Grace Fellowship The Warehouse Theatre, Lossie. Sundays 10.30am. Contact Vic Cameron: 01343 850142. Email: vic.cameron2803@btinternet.com. Website: www.moraygrace.wordpress.com Holy Trinity Elgin. Sundays 8am: Holy Communion. 11am: family Eucharist. 6.30pm: evensong. Tel: 01343 547505. Parish of Duffus, Spynie, and Hopeman First Sunday of each month in Hopeman 10am. One service in Hopeman at 10.30am if five Sundays in a month. Duffus or Spynie 11.30am. Contact Rev. Bruce Lawrie: 01343 830276. Email: blawrie@zetnet.co.uk St Andrews-Lhanbryd and Urquhart Parish Church Sundays 11am including young church and crèche. Evening services 7pm on last Sunday of month at St Margaret's Hall, Urquhart. Contact Andrew Robertson: 01343 843765. St Gerardine’s High Church Lossiemouth. Sunday family worship 11am. Evening service 6pm last Sunday of month. Contact: 01343 813635. St Giles and St Columba’s South Elgin. Sunday services 10.30am in January, March, May, July, September, and November in St Giles’ Church. February, April, June, August, October, and December in St Columba’s South Church. Wednesdays 7.30pm and Thursdays 12.30pm at St. Giles Church. Contact the church office: 551501. Website: www.elginstgiles.org St James Church of Scotland Lossiemouth. Sunday family worship 11am including crèche and Sunday school. 6pm: evening service . 7pm: Swordfish youth group. Contact Rev. Graham Crawford: 07817 504042. St Margaret’s Church Lossiemouth. 9.30am: family Eucharist . 10am: Holy Communion. Thursdays 5pm: evening prayer. St Sylvester's Catholic Church Elgin. Vigil Mass Saturday 7pm. Sunday Mass 11.45am.Tel: 01343 542280. Website: www.stsylvesters.net If you are a member of a church not listed here, please email us the details and we may print this in future issues.

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Police Update – Including National Security Anti-social behaviour – has been in focus. Issuing of tickets is up 6% year to date. Areas of antisocial behaviour are focused around Reynolds Crescent and Linkwood areas, particularly with youths drinking under the bridge behind the Cottar Hoose. The police are working with the RAF at some of their properties. The mobile unit is being used as an office to provide a visible presence in the area. A full-time officer is now based at NEON to address problems in that area. In the last 2 weeks there have been 13 incidences of vandalism and no serious assaults. Olympics – 17 officers from Moray have returned from the Olympics where they were praised for their work. National Security – the threat level is substantial. Mosstodloch Bypass – R&T understand the design of the road but would appreciate Insp. Scott Mann’s reply, which they have not yet received. Insp. Strachan will pass this on. Community Fair – Gordon Methven reiterated an invitation for police to attend. Computer hacking – Cheryl Robb advised her daughter’s computer had been hacked, involving a fake email from Metropolitan Police. She had contacted the police who are aware of this. Gordon Methven said he had been advised to log out of any online accounts when they are not in use including emails, Facebook etc. Steven Milne advised virus software is available for smartphones

Committee Reports PLANNING King Street – James Wiseman lodged a letter reinforcing the points made in the Community Council’s letter of response to the initial plan submitted. He pointed out retaining the character of the area would be of benefit to the Castle to Cashmere trail. Cllr Gowans, along with Cllrs Jarvis and Shand, met with the Planning Officer who advised the application could only be looked at in terms of planning policy. The plan is currently with Historic Scotland and

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The Moray Council is awaiting their response but advised, to date, Historic Scotland has not gone against a Planning Officer’s decision. Cllr Gowans has contacted the press to highlight this issue, as she feels no further progress can be made ‘in house’. James Wiseman asked if decisions are made purely in terms of planning policy, was public consultation pointless? Linkwood Distillery – a response. The planning application was submitted generally supporting development but asking that traffic control measures and noise impact on neighbouring properties be taken into consideration. Moray Council Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Policy Guidance – James Wiseman attended the exhibition 6/9/12. He felt this was a good document, which covered the points that would be of interest to local people. Detailed and thoughtful work had been carried out on protecting zones and minimising visual impact and preserving landscape features of Moray, to preserve the character of the area. James Wiseman will draft a letter of support and pass it to the Chair for approval before submission. Brownmuir Wind Farm – letter of response has been submitted. Planning updates – a discussion was held and it was agreed to stick to current methods used by committee members. RECREATION, LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENT South Lesmurdie Fair – Anne Glover reported attendance had been poor in spite of all houses being leafleted, but of those who attended, there were some who were interested in forming a local group. Ladyhill flowerbed – there have been a lot of positive comments in support of the work done put on Facebook. Two groups have expressed interest in working at Ladyhill on Wednesday afternoons but there are several challenges for both groups being able to participate. Generally, there has been a lack of support and volunteers. An open meeting is planned for 13.09.12 and a review of the way forward may have to be considered. Gillian Bailey, Community Support Unit, spoke to Anne Glover about what support

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could or could not be provided. The Chair to follow up. Better Together – when Anne Glover phoned to express interest in participating, she was advised there had been so much interest shown within Aberdeen that nobody else was needed. It was agreed the matter of non-existent local representation should be raised. The Chair will liase with Anne Glover and contact Richard Carey, NHS Cllr Divers suggested this should also be brought before the Community Planning Board, as there is a concern that Moray is not being represented on a number of subjects and projects. Fair Trade – Mary Wall went to London to see Adam Gardner, Campaigns Officer for Fair Trade, re Elgin’s application for Fair Trade status. Of the five required goals, four have already been achieved, which is very impressive in such a short timescale and with a small group. Mary Wall is attending a workshop 11/9/12 to help work towards the goal of involving schools and churches etc. The Fair Trade Group will also attend the Moray College Freshers' Fayre 12/09/12 and the Community Fair 22/09/12. George P Littlejohn passed on a request from Mary Wall for Community Council colleagues to relieve them for a spell from the stand they are manning from 9am on 15/09/12 on the Plainstones. ROADS &TRANSPORTATION Whisky rail freight – In response to a request, George P Littlejohn gave his opinion on the movement of whisky, from Moray to the central belt, by rail. He gave reasons as to why this would be a favourable development. Commuter Train timetable - George P Littlejohn wrote to John Maxwell, Rail Policy Manager, Transport Scotland to ask him to look into the fact there was no half hourly evening service on the Elgin to Inverness route to balance the new half hourly morning service. George P Littlejohn is to meet with Jacqui Taylor, SPICE, to discuss aspirations for taxi drivers in Elgin. He will arrange the meeting and invited the Chair to attend if available.

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Local Holidays

St. Andrews Day Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day Scottish Bank Holiday Burns Night Shrove Tuesday Mother’s Day

Fri 30th Nov 2012 Tues 25th Dec 2012 Wed 26th Dec 2012 Tues 1st Jan 2013 Wed 2nd Jan 2013 Fri 25th Jan 2013 Tues 12th Feb 2013 Sun 10th Mar 2013

Good Friday British Summertime Begins Easter Monday Early May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Father’s Day British Summertime Ends

Winter Term Ends Spring Term Starts Elgin Academy & Feeders Elgin High & Feeders Mid-term Holiday Mid-term Holiday Spring Term Ends

Fri 21st Dec 2012 Mon 7th Jan 2013 Thurs 14th Feb 2013 Thurs 14th Feb 2013 Fri 15th Feb 2013 Mon 18th Feb 2013 Thurs 28th Mar 2013

Good Friday Holiday Summer Term Starts Lossie High & Feeders May Day Holiday In-service Closure In-service Closure Summer Term Ends

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Useful Telephone Numbers

SCHOOLS Alves Primary School ..................................(01343) 850247 Bishopmill Primary School ..........................(01343) 547841 Burghead Primary School ..........................(01343) 835529 East End Primary School ............................(01343) 542381 Greenwards Primary School ......................(01343) 541661 Hopeman Primary School ..........................(01343) 830281 Lhanbryde Primary School..........................(01343) 842649 Mosstowie Primary School..........................(01343) 547119 New Elgin Primary School ..........................(01343) 547587 Seafield Primary School ..............................(01343) 547792 St Sylvesters R.C. Primary School ..............(01343) 541453 West End Primary School............................(01343) 543161 Elgin Academy ............................................(01343) 543485 Elgin High School........................................(01343) 545181 Hythehill Primary School ............................(01343) 812014 St Gerardine Primary School ......................(01343) 812251 Lossiemouth High School ..........................(01343) 812047 Police Station ................................................0845 600 5700 Bus Station, Elgin .......................................(01343) 544222 Citizens Advice Bureau ...............................(01343) 550088 Dalcross Airport ...........................................(01667) 464000 Dallas Village Hall .......................................(01343) 890243 Elgin Town Hall ................(01343) 547767/562600-To Book Lossie Town Hall ............................(01343) 813327/815309 Moray Council .............................................(01343) 543451 National Rail Enquiries ..................................08457 484950 Elgin Library ................................................(01343) 562600 Lossie Library ..............................................(01343) 813334 Elgin Community Council ............................(01343)540615 Moray Leisure Centre .................................(01343) 550033 Lossie Swimming Pool ................................(01343) 815299

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A big congratulations to all the Moray winners in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, which recently took place. As the presenter of one of the awards, my role as Minister for Food & Drink, it was great to be able to speak to the winners and, indeed, the many exceptional companies and individuals that were in the running for an award.

The Barnardos shop in Elgin is becoming something of a fixture in the calendar in the autumn for ‘Make a Difference Day’, which encourages volunteering the length and breadth of the country. While I take on the role of an assistant in a charity shop for a short time, to highlight the importance of volunteering, I am very conscious of the efforts that are made by many volunteers, old and young, throughout the year in support of charities and other organisations. Whether that is fundraising, giving support and advice, getting involved in community projects or travelling abroad to help those suffering in other parts of the world, it is a great commitment that people make with no expectation of reward other than the personal satisfaction that making a difference can give.

Our Food & Drink industry in Moray is very healthy, with firms expanding and providing more work in the local economy. The enthusiasm of those involved is fantastic and the food tastes great!

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Leisure Courses starting in January 2013 Leisure Course Archery For Beginners Art: Learning Various Techniques

Day Tues Tues Tues Thur Cake Decorating/Sugarcraft Mon Tues Wed Circuit Training Mon Comic Strip Design Mon Crochet Wed Dance For Health And Well Being Thur Drawing & Painting (Beginners) Fri Drawing & Painting (Intermediate) Tues Flower Arranging For Fun Wed German For Beginners Wed Indian Cookery (Recipes Group A) Mon Indian Cookery (Recipes Group B) Tues Indian Cookery Wed Interior Design, An Introduction Tues Wed Italian For Beginners Tues Music Appreciation - Listening For Pleasure Thur Pattern Cutting For Beginners (Level 3) Wed Photography - Using A Digital Camera Wed Tues Thur Thur Wed Pilates Level 1 Tues Pilates Level 2 Tues Pilates Level 1 Mon Pilates Level 2 Mon Sewing - Absolute Beginners Dressmaking (Level 1) Tues Sewing - Intermediate Dressmaking (Level 2) Mon Spanish For Beginners (Daytime Class) Fri Spanish Beginners Thur Spanish Intermediate Tues Spinning - Using a Drop Spindle Tues Stained Glass, An Introduction Tues Yoga Mon

Starts 22 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 14 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 16 Jan 13 14 Jan 13 07 Jan 13 16 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 18 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 20 Mar 13 09 Jan 13 21 Jan 13 22 Jan 13 20 Mar 13 22 Jan 13 23 Jan 13 08 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 16 Jan 13 16 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 16 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 14 Jan 13 14 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 14 Jan 13 11 Jan 13 17 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 15 Jan 13 14 Jan 13

Time Duration Venue 7pm - 9pm 6 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 10 weeks Moray College 2pm - 4pm 10 weeks Buckie Learning Centre 2pm - 4pm 10 weeks The Loft, Keith 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Speyside High School 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Keith Grammar School 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Moray College 5.30pm - 6.30pm 8 weeks Moray College 7pm - 8.30pm 12 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 6 weeks Forres Learning Centre 7.45pm - 8.45pm 10 weeks Moray College 10am - 12noon 10 weeks Nairn Learning Centre 10am - 12noon 10 weeks Nairn Learning Centre 7pm - 9pm 6 weeks Moray College 7.30pm - 9pm 12 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Lossiemouth Community Centre 6.30pm - 8.30pm 6 weeks Moray College 6.30pm - 8.30pm 6 weeks Forres Learning Centre 7pm - 8.30pm 12 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 8 weeks Moray College 6pm - 9pm 10 weeks Moray College 1pm - 3pm 10 weeks Forres Learning Centre 6.30pm - 8.30pm 8 weeks Keith Learning Centre 2pm - 4pm 8 weeks Keith Learning Centre 9.30am - 11.30am 8 weeks Buckie Learning Centre 9.30am - 11.30am 10 weeks Nairn Learning Centre 6.30pm - 7.30pm 10 weeks Speyside Sports & Community Centre 7.45pm - 8.45pm 10 weeks Speyside Sports & Community Centre 7pm - 8pm 10 weeks Moray College 5.30pm - 6.30pm 10 weeks Moray College 6pm - 9pm 7 weeks Moray College 6pm - 9pm 7 weeks Moray College 10am - 11.30am 12 weeks Moray College 6.30pm - 8pm 8 weeks Moray College 6.30pm - 8pm 8 weeks Moray College 7pm - 9pm 6 weeks Nairn Learning Centre 6pm - 8pm 10 weeks Moray College 7pm - 8.30pm 10 weeks Moray College

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Junners (Toymaster), Lido (French Cuisine), Akash (Indian), McCalls, Linda’s Wools, Carlton Leisure (Bingo). Start to Knit (Commerce Street), Elgin Gallery and Coffee Shop (Thunderton Place). Why not make your Christmas Shopping a guaranteed enjoyable experience and come along to the special late night evening in Elgin and also take advantage of the reduced City Centre parking charges.

Saturday 15th December - Last Minute Christmas Market A visit to Elgin is a must for last minute Christmas gifts. Come along to the street market and visit the range of top quality shops for special gifts, crafts, food and drink. Santa will also be there in a very unusual ‘Grotto’ ‘not to be missed. To make the day extra Christmassy why not stop a while and listen to the carol singers. FOR A TRULY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE THIS YEAR A VISIT TO ELGIN IS A MUST. For ongoing developments please go to www.elginbid.co.uk or www.facebook.com/elginbid

Elgin City Centre Christmas Specials Yuletide Late Night Shopping Event Wednesday 5th December For that special Christmas treat, visit your local independent businesses in South Street, Batchen Street, Thunderton Place & Commerce Street, offering a wide range of unique & unusual gifts, crafts, food & drink. Opening late until 8.00pm with special offers, nibbles, mulled wine and great deals on food and drink come along and join in the festive fun.

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26 monday - 28 wednesday library book sale 12noon - 8pm. elgin library. 01343 562600. elgin.library@moray.gov.uk

26 monday - 22 december christmas magic @ the falconer museum, forres exhibition of toys from christmas past. 01309 673701.

28 wednesday - 30 friday lads present “calendar girls� 7.30pm. holy trinity church hall, elgin. book early. 01343 843261. info@ladselgin.co.uk www.ladselgin.co.uk

29 thursday moray council spending priorities community workshop (lhanbryde area) 7pm - 9pm. lhanbryde community centre. 01343 563996. hopeman primary parent council’s christmas market 7pm - 9pm. hopeman primary school. entry £3 includes a glass of wine. all welcome.

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DECEMBER 1 saturday craft fair in aid of alzheimer scotland nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk moray craft fair’s christmas craft fair weekend 11am3pm. trinity church hall, elgin. “crocodile prepares for christmas” 2pm. kinloss church community hall, kinloss. elisabeth julian: 01309 691225. www.treebadour.co.uk christmas lanterns @ the falconer museum, forres 2.30pm - 4.30pm. free family drop-in. 01309 673701. lhanbryde community challenge quiz night 7pm for 7:30pm, lhanbryde community centre. £2 per person with teams of four. byob and nibbles. lads present “calendar girls” 7.30pm. holy trinity church hall, elgin. book early. 01343 843261. info@ladselgin.co.uk. www.ladselgin.co.uk jason porter as michael buble @ eight acres hotel 8pm. 01343 543 077. eightacres@crerarhotels.com bisongrass & the cundees @ flanagans bar, elgin. 8pm. a night of punk & sludge metal. www.facebook.com/thesyndicate2008 the loft christmas party east grange farm, kinloss. 01343 850111. theloft@eastgrange.co.uk

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1 saturday - 26 january 2013 vivienne rickman poole “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure”(exhibition) moray art centre, findhorn. 01309 692426. www.morayartcentre.org

moray 5k winter challenge 11am. cooper park, elgin. www.morayroadrunners.com moray craft fair’s christmas craft fair weekend 11am3pm. bishopmill hall, elgin. clic sargent christmas carol concert 2.30pm. elgin town hall. 01463 713080. peter.logie@clicsargent.org.uk

3 monday cinema nairn presents “miracle on 34th street” (u) 2pm. nairn community & arts centre. senior special christmas film with tea & bakes. 01667 453476. street football @ hopeman primary school 7pm 9pm. further info from moray council’s football development officer: 01343 556315.

5 wednesday nadfas fine art lecture: “three wise men, gold, frankincense & myrrh: the traditions of the magi” 11am. eight acres hotel, elgin. visitors welcome. alasdair fraser and natalie haas 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn. 01309 690311.www.findhorn.org

6 thursday moray council spending priorities community workshop (lossiemouth area) 7pm - 9pm. lossiemouth town hall. 01343 563996.

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7 friday christmas coffee morning 10am - 12noon. duffus village hall. local craft stalls. £2 includes tea/coffee & a cake. all welcome. t: cath 01343 837864. “taste not waste” project launch (community food moray) 10am - 1pm. mosstodloch service station, iv32 7lh. elgin wildlife watch, west lodge, cooper park, elgin 3.30pm - 5pm. deborah: 07776 374557 loveearthtime@yahoo.com.

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8 saturday christmas market @ elgin city centre www.elginbid.co.uk www.facebook.com/elginbid christmas coffee morning @ elgin 10am - 12noon. holy trinity church hall. crafts, raffle, jewellery, home produce, collectables etc. adults £2. children 50p. “handmade in scotland” christmas craft fair 10am 2pm. lossiemouth high school. free entry. find us on facebook. sales@islaandesme.com “a christmas carol” - magic lantern show @ the falconer museum, forres 4.30pm. free, family friendly, festive fun. book your seats: 01309 673701. chris ramsey - feeling lucky @ ironworks 7pm. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com dreich house 4pm, universal hall, findhorn. 01309 690311. www.findhorn.org At Elgin Town Hall Performed by Elgin Amateur Dramatics Society (EADS)

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Fochabers. Delight kids with the chance to enjoy breakfast with Santa himself. £9.99, pre-booking required. tel: 01343 820666

Reindeer Day at Brodie Countryfare on Sunday 23rd December. Visit Santa in his grotto 11am-2pm. Meet Santa’s reindeer in their pen 1pm-3.30pm. Wave Santa off on his farewell parade 3.30pm. Enjoy our special winter bbq. Children’s teacups ride. Dr Gray’s Wave Radio and much, much more. Shop for last minute food, gift ideas, toys and stocking fillers. tel: 01309 641555. www.brodiecountryfare.com Santaland at Castle Stuart. Available everyday from Saturday 1st Dec to Sat 22nd Dec. Choose and book your time for private parties (min. 10 people in the group / 1 hour exclusively in the entire castle). The castle will not be open to the public. Hot dogs, hot chocolate, ice cream and cookies, crafts with Mrs Claus, and a wee gift with Santa in the drawing room. Child £10 pp. adult £10 pp. babies under 6 months free. To book your date and time, contact: Twinkletoes, Head Elf: 07814 476901 or email twinkletoes@castlestuart.com visit www.castlestuart.com Santa’s Grotto at Christies - Every Sat & Sun, 12pm 3pm. All children primary school and under will receive a free gift. Donations gratefully received and all monies collected will be sent to Childrens’ Hospice Association Scotland. tel: 01343 820 362

Santa’s Grotto at Holm Mills Shopping Village in inverness. £4 per child includes toy. 1st Dec 11am-4pm, 2nd Dec 12noon-4pm, 8th Dec 11am-4pm, 9th Dec 12noon-4pm, 15th Dec 11am-4pm, 16th Dec 12noon-4pm, 22nd Dec 11am-4pm, 23rd Dec 12noon-4pm and 24th Dec 12noon-4pm. Breakfast with Santa is £7 and includes a three item breakfast with juice & a toy. 9am-12noon on the 22nd and 24th Dec. 10am on the 23rd. booking is essential.

Santa's Grotto at Howdens Garden Centre at Stoneyfield, Inverness. Opening hours: Sat and Sun 11am1.30pm and 2pm-4pm. £5 per child includes a gift from Santa. tel: 01463 711134.

Santa’s Grotto at Mackenzie & Cruickshank every Sat and Sun in Dec up to Christmas 1pm-3.30pm. £5 entry (including toy and photo and donation to Forres Christmas lights). 1 West Road, Forres, IV36 2GW. t: 01309 696940.

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Santa is at

Inverness on Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-24. £7. Gift from Santa and ten minutes. tel: 01463 250200.

Follow us on Facebook: Elgin Amateur Dramatics Society (EADS)

SpotLight on Elgin, Lossie and District

tel: 01309 690063

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the loft christmas party the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. 01343 850111. theloft@eastgrange.co.uk

8 saturday - 9 sunday

VENUE

victorian christmas fair 10am - 4pm. brodie castle, forres. children free entry, adults ÂŁ3 including mince pie and festive drink. www.nts.org.uk

10 monday street football @ hopeman primary school 7pm 9pm. further info from moray council’s football development officer: 01343 556315. elgin and district parkinson’s support group christmas meal 6pm. the royal hotel, elgin. gillian gibson (secretary): 541056. www.parkinsons.org.uk

12 wednesday “bulbs of asia minor� (highland rock garden club) 7.30pm. nairn community centre. contact john owen: 01320 366246.

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14 friday street football @ seafield primary school/elgin high street 7pm - 9pm. further info from moray council’s football development officer: 01343 556315.

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BOOK NOW! CHOOSE & BOOK YOUR TIME FOR PRIVATE PARTIES

christmas market @ elgin city centre www.elginbid.co.uk www.facebook.com/elginbid winter festive craft fair @ fochabers institution hall 10.30am - 4.30pm. free entry. tea/coffee & festive

(minimum 10 people in the group/ I hour exclusively in the entire Castle)

Smaller groups can now check availability and book times available for sharing the castle with other families. The Castle will not be open to the general public. You need to book a time and date for the electronic gates to open at your command! Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, Ice Cream & Cookies, Crafts with Mrs Claus, Wee Gift with Santa in the Drawing Room. Child ÂŁ10.00 per person, Adult ÂŁ10.00 per person Babies under 6 months FREE Please note there is no wheelchair access at the Castle, it is a 17th century tower house with a steep stone staircase.

To Book your Date and Time Contact: Twinkletoes, Head Elf

Tel 07814 476 901 i“>ˆÂ?ĂŠĂŒĂœÂˆÂ˜ÂŽÂ?iĂŒÂœiĂƒJV>ĂƒĂŒÂ?iĂƒĂŒĂ•>Ă€ĂŒÂ°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°V>ĂƒĂŒÂ?iĂƒĂŒĂ•>Ă€ĂŒÂ°Vœ“ page 23 - December 2012

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Every effort will be made to run the trains as advertised but they may be subject to cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, see terms and conditions.

homebakes available. “a christmas carol” - magic lantern show @ the falconer museum, forres 4.30pm. free family friendly festive fun. book your seats: 01309 673701. music nairn presents the burns ensemble: “christmas in european castles” 7.30pm. nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476.

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Wave Santa off on his farewell parade 3.30pm Enjoy our special winter BBQ Children's Teacups ride Dr Gray’s Wave Radio and much, much more Shop for last minute food, gift ideas, toys and stocking fillers

17 monday street football @ hopeman primary school 7pm 9pm. further info from moray council’s football development officer: 01343 556315.

Hogmanay Ceilidh at The Loft 8pm to late Booking Stovies and fireworks essential Adults £15 Children £10 (under 16s) East Grange Farm, Kinloss IV36 2UD Tel: 01343 850111

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19 wednesday yellow dog drama show nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk

21 friday winter solstice celebration, west lodge, cooper park, elgin 4pm - 6pm. loveearthtime@yahoo.com. deborah: 07776 374557.

21 friday - 22 saturday the loft christmas party the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. 01343 850111. theloft@eastgrange.co.uk

Legal – Ease

The Risk of Flooding As winter draws in and the weather deteriorates, the subject of flooding can come to the forefront of people’s minds. Locally, much work has already been carried out and is ongoing in local towns including Rothes, Forres and, of course, Elgin where works have been commenced but not yet completed. The issue of flooding is initially raised in the Home Report when the surveyor may mention that the property is at risk or is known to have flooded. Also, in the Seller’s Questionnaire Section of the Home Report, the seller is asked whether they are personally aware if their property has been flooded or not. The answer to the question is of variable use however, depending on how long the seller has lived at the property. A property solicitor investigates whether or not a property is in an area at risk of flooding from the information supplied in the pre-purchase searches and Reports supplied by the seller’s Solicitor, from information sourced from Local Authority Records, SEPA and other public registers. The preliminary reports, however, do not take account of all the aspects of the geography of an area as they cover a defined radius from the property and a more detailed Flood Report can be obtained if appropriate. A buyer, too, should make early enquiries about obtaining buildings insurance for a property if it is highlighted as “at risk�, as the insurers will have records of whether previous claims have been made which, in turn, will determine whether they will issue cover and the premium payable. If you are considering selling or purchasing a property and you would like further advice and/or legal representation, please call:

Cherry Fairley, Solicitor & Notary Public of Fairleys Solicitors, 7 Mayne Road, Elgin IV30 1NY Tel: 01343 551126

Email: cherry@moraylegal.co.uk

22 saturday christmas market @ elgin city centre www.elginbid.co.uk www.facebook.com/elginbid carols at elgin cathedral 5.30pm.www.elginbid.co.uk and www.facebook.com/elginbid christmas carol concert nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk

28 friday critical mass bike ride 5pm - 6pm. meeting at elgin community centre.

30 sunday lofty arts @ the loft 11am. east grange farm, kinloss. making hairslides, pom-pom monsters & winter mobiles. 01343 850111.

31 monday hogmanay ceilidh @ the loft 8pm to late, east grange farm, kinloss. 01343 850111.

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EIGHT ACRES HOTEL & LEISURE CLUB, ELGIN

Festive Party Nights at Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club Celebrate with your friends and colleagues and enjoy good food, great company and festive fun.

December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd Includes t Three course dinner & coffee t Half alf bottle of wine per person t Entertainment Make a night of it and stay overnight for ONLY £25 per person BB. Based on two sharing a standard double or twin bedroom.

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travel

Dreaming of... ...Dubai

With its guaranteed sun, excellent hotels, golden beaches, fantastic shopping and only seven hours flying time direct from Glasgow, Dubai has become one of the most popular, all year round, holiday destinations. With dwindling oil reserves, the United Arab Emirate set out to replace its oil incomes with revenue from tourism, and it appears to have succeeded.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The oldest part of the City is centred around the Dubai Creek with its many souks and mosques, or you can take a visit to the Dubai Museum which is housed in Al Fahidi Fort. Built in 1787, it is the oldest existing building in Dubai. Dubai’s fascinating museum shows the history and development of Dubai to the present day. With approximately 68 shopping malls, Dubai is a shoppers paradise. The two biggest being the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, which offers everything from high street and designer brands to ice rinks and cinemas, along with every type of cuisine imaginable and even the world’s largest suspended aquarium can be found in the Dubai Mall. Dubai has something to offer everyone in the family, including skiing in the desert at the fabulous Ski Dubai indoor arena. Kids will love Wild Wadi and Aqua adventures water parks. For the more adventurous, why not try the 4x4 desert safari or take the elevator to the observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, where you will have a spectacular 360 degree view of the city, desert and ocean from 830 metres above. To enjoy the best beachfront facilities, beach lovers opt to stay in one of the many luxurious hotels on Jumeirah Beach, the most iconic hotel being the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7 star hotel. Dubai offers such a vast range of hotels choices and experiences, it would make an ideal destination for a two centre holiday, combining both beach and city life and direct flights from Scotland make it very easy to get to.

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CHRISTMAS HO, HO, HOLIDAYS Winter Wonderland

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Experience all the magic of Lapland in a single day huskies, reindeer, snowmobiles and an enchanting family meeting with Father Christmas himself - and still be back home in time for bed. 22nd Dec departing Glasgow .......................ÂŁ1696

Search for Santa in his magical homeland. A two night short break with full board accommodation, include husky rides, reindeers rides snow mobile safaris and all kinds of fun for your family in the snow. 7th Dec departing Edinburgh for 2 Nights...................ÂŁ2947

Switzerland Christmas Markets Chateau d'Oex

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What’s On Events •Hogmanay celebrations •Winter festival celebrations •Burns supper events •Coffee mornings •Concerts •Talks •Exhibitions •Fairs •and so on... If you would like to see your event in the January issue, log on to: www.spotlighton.co.uk

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recipe

Chef’s Confidential Smoked haddock & pea risotto, poached egg & lemon oil Currently on our lunch menu, great lunch or supper dish, simply get the best smoked haddock you can, free range eggs, good quality rapeseed oil - the rest is easy! Serves 4

Ingredients 50g butter 4 tbsp oil 2 x large smoked haddock fillets, boned and cut into chunks 4 x large free range eggs 1 onion, finely diced 2 tbsp garlic butter 2 x cloves garlic, finely diced 400g carnaroli risotto rice 1 litre chicken stock 1 tbsp creme fraiche or mascarpone 2 tbsp grated parmesan and parmesan shavings to garnish 75g frozen peas Lemon rapeseed oil to garnish

Method For the risotto: 1. Melt the butter with oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5-7 minutes without browning. Add rice and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time. Gradually, add hot chicken stock, 250ml at a time. This should take around 12-17 minutes to cook. Set aside until needed. 2. Using a large saucepan, melt the garlic butter and add haddock. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add peas. Stir well and add risotto to the pan. Mix well and season with salt and pepper, if required. Stir in parmesan and creme fraiche. Divide risotto between four bowls. Top with soft poached egg. Garnish with parmesan shavings, lemon oil and fresh barley. Enjoy!

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Rib Experience Trips Exhilarating trips out to the Moray Firth and along the Moray Coast line departing from both Findhorn and Inverness Marina. Depending on customer requirements the duration of these trips would range from 30 mins to 2 Hours.

Moray Firth Days Out For Thrills

Half day trips to picturesque spots around the Moray Firth including; Burghead, Lossiemouth, Inverness, and Cromarty, as well as some of the more rural beach spots, including the old bar. Incorporating the Rib experience, scenic tour of the coastline and a meal at one of the local providers, or picnic on the beach, allowing you to truly experience the Moray Firth.

Wildlife Explorer Trips These trips would explore Moray Firth’s amazing and abundant wildlife. Giving interesting and informative local knowledge on For Wildlife

both the area and its wildlife, as well as promoting Marine conservation and the sustainability of the Marine environment. Duration: 2 hours. All trips can be customised to suit any need. For details on all trips or information on day hire and party bookings please give us a call on:

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Better Motoring this Winter

Winter is the season requiring most care and preparation if you're to stay safe and avoid a breakdown. Here's general advice from the AA for safe, trouble-free driving through the Winter. Battery and electrics Lights, heaters and wipers put high demands on the car battery and the battery will give out eventually. Avoid running electrical systems longer than necessary – turn heater fan down and heated rear window off once windows clear. Turn off electrical loads like lights, screen heaters and wipers before starting engine. Use the starter in five-second bursts if the engine doesn't start quickly, leaving time for battery to recover. Antifreeze A squealing noise as soon as the engine starts is a sign the water pump is frozen - it's the fan belt slipping on the pulley. Stop the engine immediately and allow it to thaw out. If the car begins to overheat a few miles from home it's likely that the radiator has frozen. Stop to avoid serious damage and allow the radiator to thaw. You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water in the cooling system for winter.

Tyres The AA recommends at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring, and no less than 2mm. It's rare to need snow chains unless you live in an isolated area hit with heavy snow, and where the roads are not cleared. Consider changing to winter or all season tyres – these give better grip in cold wet conditions. Before you go Get up at least 10 minutes early to prepare the car. Don't drive off like a tank-commander, with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer. Use a cigarette lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock. Plan routes to favour major roads that are more likely to have been cleared and gritted.Put safety before punctuality when the bad weather closes in. Allow extra time and be prepared for the inevitability of being late for work due to unexpected delay. Driving in snow and ice Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving - stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow. Pull away in second gear to avoid wheel-spin.

Vision Keep the windscreen and other windows clear. Clear snow from the roof as well as from windows as this can fall onto the windscreen obscuring your view. Dazzle from a low winter sun can be a real problem. Improve vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean both inside and out.

Up hill - avoid having to stop part way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars. Keep a constant speed, avoid changing down on the hill. Down hill - reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Apply brakes gently. Release brakes and de-clutch if car skids. Automatic transmission - in slippery conditions it's best to select '2', which limits gear changes and also makes you less reliant on brakes.

Check windscreen wipers and replace if necessary. Make sure that wipers are switched off when there's risk of freezing. Top up Windscreen washer fluid and treat with a suitable additive to reduce the chance of freezing.

If you get stuck, straighten steering and clear snow from wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of driving wheels to give tyres some grip. Once on the move again, don’t stop until you reach firmer ground.

Visibility When roads are really mucky you might need to clean lights after every journey. If you have to clear snow from the car it's important to clear it from the lights too.You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced.

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