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Pastoral Letter Gold fever has hit Great Britain recently as we have witnessed the wonderful drama of the Olympic Games. At the Olympics, athletes from all over the world gathered to compete in every kind of sport you can imagine, swimming, shooting, archery, badminton, athletics, rowing, gymnastics, cycling, diving to name just a few! The men and women who compete have trained very hard in the hope that they will win a medal; to win they will need to never give up even when things don’t work out. Only one person can win the top prize – GOLD! For those who won gold for Great Britain, their face was on a stamp and a post box in their home town was painted gold. The Olympic Games was a significant competitive sporting event in the life and times of Jesus, carrying right on through the life of the early church and the ministry of the apostles. It’s no surprise then that the writers in the

New Testament make so many athletic references to “running races”, “training”, “prizes”, “crowns”, all of which were part of the tradition of the Games. In the Bible a man called Paul talks a lot about running the race, winning the race, and keeping on no matter what we face (perseverance). He is not talking about the Olympics but rather about becoming and living as a Christian. He uses the image of a race to encourage people to put their faith in Jesus Christ and begin the race. To run the race with perseverance is seeking to encourage Christians to live for Christ and to persevere. In his letters to Christians around him he builds them up by telling them to look at the prize that we will gain at the end of our lives. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:25, “everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it for a crown that will not last; but we do it to

get a crown that will last forever”. Some people live their lives working hard to get a good job or be famous or have lots of money. They don’t know anything about heaven and God’s promises and what Jesus did for them on the cross. You see money or fame will not last forever but the prize the bible talks about does. God promises all those who love him that they will be given eternal life with Him in heaven. There is not just one winner here and the prize lasts forever and is for anyone. In the Olympic Games, there can be only one winner, but in the game of life we can all be winners if we live for Jesus. Rae Mackenzie Lossiemouth Baptist Church

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Contents

Clubs & Societies 4 Pastoral Letter .....4 Parliament Blog ...8 Tide Times ...........8 Useful Nos .........10

Local Holidays ...10 School Term Dates .................10

What’s On.....15-18

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Parliament Blog & Tides

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While there are events all year round, the summer is arguably the busiest time with multiple highland games, vintage vehicle events, charity car boot sales and the many gala weeks that take place.

A huge congratulations - not just to the athletes and the team but also to the people from Moray who made the long trip to London to take part in the Olympic Games in the vital volunteer and support roles that make the games tick!

There is a veritable army of volunteers that make these events the successes that they are. I regularly attend community events right across the region and those involved deserve a huge vote of thanks.

Richard Lochhead MSP LOW TIDE TIMES FOR LOSSIEMOUTH IN SEPTEMBER Walking on the beach should be possible 2 hours either side of these times 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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While I suspect I may be repeating sentiments of previous columns I am dedicating this month’s comments to the many volunteer organisers and supporters of the phenomenal range of community events that are successful in communities right across Moray.

I had the great pleasure of being able to attend the London Olympics and meeting some of the athletes. With a Lossie quine taking gold in rowing Moray has a fantastic new icon to inspire our young people in their sporting pursuits.

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Local Holidays Elgin Holiday § Lossiemouth Holiday ‡ Elgin Holiday § British Summertime Ends St. Andrews Day Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day

Autumn Term Ends Winter Term Starts In-service Closure In-service Closure Winter Term Ends

Mon 3rd Sept 2012 Mon 17th Sept 2012 Mon 15th Oct 2012 Sun 28th Oct 2012 Fri 30th Nov 2012 Tues 25th Dec 2012 Wed 26th Dec 2012 Tues 1st Jan 2013

Scottish Bank Holiday Burns Night Shrove Tuesday Mother’s Day

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‡ includes Hopeman & Burghead § includes Lhanbryde, Fochabers, Garmouth, Kingston, Mosstodloch, Spey Bay and Urquhart

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City of Elgin Food & Drink Festival 2012 15th September

Elgin BID is delighted to be hosting the City of Elgin Food & Drink Festival on Saturday the 15th September 2012. The Festival will be the largest of the BID events in 2012 with more than 60 exhibitors confirmed so far, ensuring that there will be something for the whole family to do and see. The event will open at 11.00am with a “Cook Off Challenge” between Richard Lochhead & Angus Robertson. The Cook Off will be held in the AEG cookery trailer courtesy of the Oakwood Cookery School. For this event exhibitors and activities can be found all over the City Centre area including Commerce Street, Batchen Street, South Street and the Plainstones. As well as a vast array of foods and crafts there will also be a Giant Tea Party, courtesy of Moray College, which is being held in support of the STV appeal and in the East End of the City (Cul De Sac opposite the Muckle Cross) we will be hosting “Medieval Elgin” with jousting, sword fighting and archery – lots of fun and specially arranged for the children. In the West End of the City we are hoping to hold a pancake making competition.

Throughout the day we will have live cookery demonstrations with chefs demonstrating delicious ways to cook locally grown and sold food. We are delighted to welcome back Wendy Barrie who has appeared on the BBC Good Food Show, Royal Highland Show and the London Restaurant Show, Olympia. To top the day off we will have live music and dance throughout the town centre from local performers such as Nae Reel, Elgin and District Pipe Band to name a few. We are also running a special “Broons Treasure Hunt” with goody bags of Broons items for the lucky winners. So come on down and join us for a fantastic, fun and fabulous day out. With free samples and tastings from the market stalls and lots to do and see, we are sure you will have a great day out at the City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival 2012. For full programme listings and details of the exhibitors visit www.elginbid.co.uk or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/elginbid

City of Elgin Food & Drink Festival 15th September 2012 Help Elgin to celebrate the finest of Scottish Foods and Crafts with over 60 exhibitors from Elgin, Moray and Scotland. Exhibitors will be located across Commerce Street, South Street, Batchen Street as well as the Plainstones.

+ Experience ‘Medieval Elgin’ with jousting, sword fighting and archery (Muckle Cross) ..plus much much more..

+ ‘Cook off Challenge’ between Angus Robertson and Richard Lochhead plus a number of cookery demonstrations and tastings throughout the day.

+ Children’s Entertainment with Bubbles the Clown and Zig Zag Circus. + Prize Winning competitions, live music from Elgin and District Pipe Band, Nae Reel (plus more to be confirmed)… An experience not to be missed! Let’s all EMBRACE ELGIN and put the VIBRANCY back into the CITY CENTRE

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mundole equestrian one day event closing date 24th august. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com allotment 4pm. universal hall, findhorn. outdoor show. edinburgh fringe winner. ÂŁ7/ÂŁ6 concs/ÂŁ4 u16s.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;habits of the abbotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presented by emma malone. 2 - 4pm. daily life in kinloss abbey. part of the moray society lecture series. lecture is ÂŁ3. ÂŁ2 for society members. contact elgin museum: 01343 543675. email: curator@elginmuseum.org culbin singersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual general meeting followed by first rehearsal 7.30pm. at st laurence church, forres. if you would like to join the choir, come along to the first rehearsal. new members are asked to undertake short informal voice test during their first term with the choir. regular thursday evening practice sessions take place over following weeks in st laurence church, forres. email: alasdair@manachie.eclipse.co.uk

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ters of loch ness with a floating performance by traditional musicians allan macdonald & friends, music on the mountain at cairngorm’s ptarmigan restaurant & an exciting array of events at eden court theatre, inverness. visit www.blas-festival.com

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7 friday brodie castle (as part of nairn book festival) 11.30am. the archives of the national trust for scotland..... or what we have found in the cupboards and basements! ian riches, the national trust for scotland’s archivist, will speak about the importance, care and preservation of the trust’s collection. illustrated by source material, including some from st kilda and brodie castle. adult £5. lunch available in the tearoom. “from fact to fiction” 2.00pm.17th century banff and aberdeen are brought to life by the compelling details gleaned from research. adult £7. tel: 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk. fairy tales by firelight 7pm - 9pm, as summer comes to an end, celebrate nature with us as we share tall tales & adventures around the campfire. ages 8 and over. children must be accompanied by an adult. please feel free to bring a story to tell. call 01343 820 339 or email dolphincentre@wdcs.org simon hopper 8pm. at the loft, east grange farm, forres. tel: 01343 850111 or visit http://www.eastgrange.co.uk/

7 friday - 15 saturday blas festival celebration of gaelic & highland music. highlights include al fresco entertainment on the wapage 16 - September 2012

moray steiner school coffee morning 10am 12noon. drumduan house. to promote new cookbook “moray coast cooks”. doors open days: cullen auld kirk 10am - 4pm. guided tour of churchyard and thirteenth century church telling a fascinating history covering almost 800 years. tel: 01542 841590. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: dufftown railway station 10.30am 4pm. victorian railway station and scenic railway (purchase tickets). tel: 01466 730327. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: elgin museum 10.30am - 5pm. the earliest purpose built museum in scotland. talks at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. tel: 01343 543675. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk and www.elginmuseum.org.uk doors open days: falconer museum in forres. tours of the building and its past by the friends of the falconers. tel: 01309 696261. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: greyfriars convent church in elgin. 11am - 3pm. fifteenth century friary. restored and opened as a convent in 1898 and lived in by the sisters of mercy until 2011. tel: 01343 543675. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk and www.elginmuseum.org.uk doors open days: kinloss abbey 10am - 4pm. extensive ruin of a thirteenth century cistercian abbey. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: logie house in logie. 10am 12pm. tel: 01309 611278. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: the michael kirk in duffus. 10.30am - 3pm. tours by moray burial ground research group. free entry. tel: 01343 546620. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: st peter’s church in duffus. 11am 3pm. tours by moray burial ground research group. tel: 01343 546620. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: tugnet icehouse in spey bay. tours by scottish dolphin centre staff at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. tel: 01343 820339. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk duffus village gala 1 - 4pm. great family day: pony rides, raffle, pottery painting, children’s races, bottle stall, refreshments, and much more. mr mcfall’s chamber - four corners 8pm. universal hall, findhorn. witty relaxed music from four corners of scotland. £10/£8 concs.

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kingston community litter pick 10am - 11am. call the ranger for more info on 01343 820339. doors open days: findhorn icehouses 2-5pm. tel: 01309 690659. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: kinloss abbey 10am - 4pm. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: milnes primary school in fochabers. tel: 01343 821204. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk doors open days: tugnet icehouse in spey bay. tours by scottish dolphin centre staff at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. tel: 01343 820339. free entry. visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk

11 tuesday blas festival concert featuring margaret stewart for further details, telephone: 01667 453476 or email: info@nairncc.co.uk. visit: www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

11 tuesday - 12 wednesday first highland wheelchair curling triples hosted by the highland wheelchair curling club. inverness ice centre. come along and watch all scotland’s top wheelchair curlers in action, including several locals.

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postcards’. there will be a collection for branch funds. call derek bird 01343 870562 or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk coast to coast race staging through cawdor castle grounds. call 01667 404401 for more info or visit www.cawdorcastle.com folk night in the ice house 7:30pm - 9pm. join us in the atmospheric tugnet ice house for an evening of folk music. refreshments & food served. tickets £6 adults £3 children, booking essential. call 01343 820 339 or email dolphincentre@wdcs.org dance ihayami - seeing differently 8pm. universal hall, findhorn. magic mix of indian classical dance, music, and film. £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s.

16 sunday lhanbryde community centre car boot sale 9am - 12 noon. indoor and outdoor. call 01343 843025 for information and bookings. proceeds to lhanbryde community challenge (SC029433)

nadfas (national association of decorative and fine arts societies: moray banff and badenoch branch) fine art lecture on “creating a splash - the st ives society of artists 1927 - 1952” 11am. delivered by david tovey. at the sherwood suite, eight acres hotel, elgin. visitors welcome.

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lofty pots 7.30pm - 10.30pm. east grange farm, kinloss, forres, iv36 2ud. lofty pots launches their first “wine & pot night” with pottery painting, wine, and cocktails. booking advised as places limited. tel: 01343 850111. the rotted @ flanagans bar, elgin 8pm. old school dbeat death metal. supported by aberdeen death metallers bonesaw and crusty punks filthpact. visit www.facebook.com/thesyndicate2008

concert with bel canto 7pm. “bel canto” (literally “sweet singing” in italian) is a small north-east group of youngsters aged 8 to 18 (approx) who enjoy beautiful singing for its own sake. students of ann munro of lossiemouth - a noted teacher - these indi viduals are soloists with huge talent who combine in small groups to sing as bel canto mainly for charities and deserving causes. we suggest early booking, £8 and £6 concessions. 0844 493 2156 or www.nts.org.uk.

15 saturday michael card in concert for further details, telephone: 01667 453476 or email: info@nairncc.co.uk. visit: www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk nairn’s breakfast club 9.45am for 10am. at windsor hotel, nairn. meet other christian and non-christian men to share food and fellowship and hear what god has done in people’s lives. speaker: stewart watt. contact campbell 01667 455149 by friday 14th september to book a place. food and drink extravaganza 10am - 4pm. the plainstones, elgin. the western front association meeting 2:30pm, ’the gallery’ elgin library. ‘the cameron highlanders in SpotLight on Elgin and District

masayuki kino & fumiko fujimoto 7.30pm. universal hall, findhorn. highly-acclaimed classical duo. £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s.

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phone: 01667 453476 or email: info@nairncc.co.uk. visit: www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk jubilee community fair 10am - 4pm. territorial army drill hall, edgar road, elgin. stalls and entertainment. fun for all the family. special end of season children’s activity session 11am - 1pm. elgin museum. accompanying adults go free and a visit to the museum is included. bargain price of £2 per child. contact the museum: 01343 543675. email: curator@elginmuseum.org.uk stanley odd + team kapowski @ ironworks 7.30pm. 14+. £6. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com dodgy 8pm. the loft, east grange farm, forres. tel: 01343 850111 or visit http://www.eastgrange.co.uk/

23 sunday laigh o’ moray vintage charity rally & fun day @ inchkeil steading in aid of friends of moray archie appeal. adults £6, oaps £4, children £2, and under 5s free. located on elgin/burghead road 4 miles west of elgin. contact morag davidson 01309 676815 or gordon mckenzie 01343 541665

24 monday 'the mummy's return' presented by professor caroline wilkinson. 2-4pm. lecture is £3. £2 for society members. contact elgin museum: 01343 543675. email: curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

26 wednesday beyond presents: karima francis @ ironworks 7.30pm. 14+. £7. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

27 thursday - 1 monday october the whisky shop dufftown autumn festival focusing on the best of whisky with tastings, music, and food pairings daily. programme and tickets on www.whiskyshopdufftown.co.uk or phone 01340 821097.

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italy to grant lodge: the making of robert adam' presented by dr lester borley. 7.30-9.30pm. part of the moray society lecture series. lecture is £3. £2 for society members. contact elgin museum: 01343 543675. email: curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

29 saturday music nairn: pianist leon mccawley for further details, telephone: 01667 453476 or email: info@nairncc.co.uk. visit: www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk bi-centennial celebration and restoration of the main stained glass window of st john’s scottish episcopal church 11am. a service of blessing and celebration led by bishop mark strange will start at 3.30pm. extensive flower arrangements can be viewed at 11am. all welcome. refreshments available. celebrations will continue with a service on sunday at 11am. dame emma kirkby & jakob lindberg in concert 7pm - 8:30pm, old high church, church street, inverness. fundraising for moray steiner school & a new upper school project. suggested donations for tickets start at £25, available at www.moraysteinerschool.org, from leakey’s bookshop, church street, inverness & phoenix, the park, findhorn. for those about to rock with livewire acdc & the zz tops @ ironworks 7.30pm. £17.50. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com filth & pulse presents: green velvet @ ironworks 11pm. 18+. £15. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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winter months) but already evident and in

the season, this spring and early summer will go

good health in the lawns now. Even more

down as one of the most disappointing on record,

important than usual therefore will be to

and this was after a washout last summer too. The

get some drainage and ventilation benefit

full horror of a shift in the Jet Stream and the

into the ground now by aerating the lawn,

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has been all too evident in our gardens. We have

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been hearing a lot about crop failures and blight and

clubs) prefer to use a big heavy hollow-

other wet related disorders. Apart from impossible

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mowing conditions, three problems are widespread

thousands of cores from the lawn. Now is

this year.

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The first is weeds. With all the wet weather early on,

months. Let’s hope we now see an “Indian

the weeds have just kept coming, in the beds and in

Summer”, I think we deserve a break!

the lawns. My proud boast that “GreenThumb lawns don’t have any weeds” has been severely tested this year, and we have been making numerous repeat weedkill visits to customers’ lawns where heavy rain has washed off weedkill as fast as we put it on. The second worry is Red Thread fungal disease, evident by July across the UK including up here. 80% of our lawns have been affected. The signs to look for are blotchy patches of brownish/red grass which looks like it’s dying. In some cases a mouldy top growth also appears. We have an effective fungicide which clears this unsightly condition, but in

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Method 1) Heat the oil, garlic and chilli in a large pan. As the garlic starts to brown around the edges, add prawns. 2) Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, moving prawns around the pan, add butter, cook for another 1 to 2 mins 3) Add salt and coriander, take off heat. 4) Serve in small dishes with chunks of fresh bread or rice.

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