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Clubs and Societies 1ST FORRES SCOUT GROUP Scout Hut. Bank Lane. 4 sections for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers, male & female, ages from 6-18. Always looking for adult leadership to join too.Call Group Scout Leader 01309 675569 or email at forresscouts.scouts@ hotmail.co.uk

BREAST FEEDING PEER SUPPORT GROUP FORRES Mon, 11.30am - 1230pm, the Community cafe overspill. If you are pregnant, new to breastfeeding or experienced & would like to share your knowledge & experience you are welcome to come & meet other local mums at this drop in group. Email kate.gibson1@nhs.net

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FINDHORN VILLAGE CENTRE Aims: to benefit inhabitants of Findhorn, to provide recreational/leisure time facilities, encourage educational groups, participation training, afterschool clubs/IT resources. Call Christine Hunt on 01309 692339

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FORRES CAMERA CLUB Thurs ( Sept - Easter), 7.30pm 9.30pm, Forres Town Hall. Come & share our interest in photography. Varied programme of speakers & tuition. Beginners' courses run annually. All welcome. During the summer there are evening & day outings. www.forrescameraclub.co.uk

FORRES CRAFTERS MEET & MAKE 2nd Thurs of month, 7.309.30pm, the Blue Room, Forres Community Centre. Bring your own craft projects to do, see demonstrations, try a new craft tea coffee & biscuits provided. £3 per person, open to everyone Email forrescrafters@gmail.com FORRES ST LAWRENCE CRICKET CLUB Senior & Reserve cricket on Sat & Sun. Adult coaching Thurs at 6pm. Junior (from 8 yrs) Fri from 6pm. All coaching in Grant Park. New players & volunteer helpers welcome. Call Carolyn Farr on 01309 271128 or email at forrescricket@gmail.com Forres cricket on fb or twitter.

FORRES VICTORIA INDOOR BOWLING CLUB Mon, Thurs & Fri (Sept - Apr), 6.45pm - 9pm, Forres Academy. Come & enjoy a game of bowls. All ages & abilities welcome. Free taster sessions on Thurs. Call Anne McIntosh (Secretary) on 01309 641513. FORRES/MOUNT DORA TWINNING ASSOCIATION Exists to promote friendship & understanding between people of Forres, Morayshire, Scotland & Mount Dora, Florida, USA. Annual exchange of students. Call Kenneth J Laing on 01309 690398 or email at kennethlaing68@gmail.com

GRANT PARK BOWLING CLUB Daily (Apr - Sept), 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 9pm. Non-members & visitors £1 per session. All levels & ages welcome. Coaching available. Call Jim Hasman on 01309 673062

HOWLING WOLVES WOMEN'S SINGING GROUP Wed (fortnightly), 7pm - 9pm, Transition Town Forres, Bogton Road, Forres. Open to anyone over 13 who identifies as a woman. All songs taught by ear & sung without accompaniment. £5 - £10 (1st session pay what you feel). Call 07786 068057 or email at hearthintheedgelands@ gmail.com JOG SCOTLAND FORRES Mon, 6.30pm, all welcome. Walk & jog your way to better health. Call 01309 676595 or 673859 MORAY BURIAL GROUND RESEARCH GROUP (MBGRG) Researching & recording monumental inscriptions in churchyards & cemeteries in Moray, which also includes part of the old county of Banff. MBGRG is a full member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. Call Helen Mitchell on 01343 546620 or at coordinator@mbgrg.org www.mbgrg.org MORAY FIELD CLUB

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MORAY MOUNTAINEERING CLUB Membership is centred on the Elgin & Forres areas, but enthusiasts from Keith, Fochabers, Inverness & further afield attend meets. Monthly ‘bus’ & ‘weekend’ meets, regular rock climbing sessions & social functions. Email Martin Campbell (Membership Secretary) at mcampbell078@hotmail.com or d.moysey@yahoo.co.uk PET FOSTERING SCOTLAND Supporting pet owners in an emergency situation. Volunteers care for your pet in their own homes for short periods. Reg. charity SCO15672. Volunteers needed. Call 0844 811 9909 pr email info@pfss.org.uk. www.pfss.org.uk

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings ‘It is darkest just before the dawn.’ How true this is in life, especially at Easter. The dreadful events of Good Friday can be summed up quite simply in Jesus’ words “My God, my God, why did you forsake me?” Mk 15:34 It is most certainly the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’. Our modern society often leaves people bereft, looking for meaning, and facing a future that appears to be the blackest of pits. Meaningless. From which there appears to be no return. For followers of ‘The Way’ (those who live and walk in the footsteps of Jesus) we know that the Crucifixion of God’s Son (the anointed one) is just a lens that all must pass through in order to achieve God’s fullness; Joy! Life in Christ! Unity with God! We become ‘Divine’… This is what Easter is all about. New life! People often talk about having Faith, or more likely, not having faith. A better word would be TRUST. To trust in God is to hand yourself completely over to the One who loves you. Who will be there for you, and will never let you down. This may seem ridiculous in the dark light of Good Friday or after an

appalling experience in life, but the reality is that you are just passing (with Jesus) through a very dark tunnel – it may appear never ending, but keep travelling, keep trusting, ‘All Will Be Well’. At our communion services each week we say (during the Eucharistic Prayer) “do this in remembrance of me”. Lk 22:19;1 Cor 11:24 It is Jesus’ last commandment to you and me. It reminds us how Jesus lived and acted throughout His life: worshipping God and loving His neighbour as Himself. He always had time for everyone, and ALL were loved equally. Some people in society appear to respond positively to a quotation of Boetcker’s (an American preacher born in the 19th Century) ‘you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves’. Sadly, life is not so kind to some, as it is to others, we all need help – some permanently! Jesus taught us to love in this way: “Give to everyone who asks…” Lk 6: 30 Surely this is the meaning of “How blissful the destitute, abject in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5: 3 This

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is the example of love demonstrated by Jesus in His Passion and Resurrection. All is summed up in the words of the Eucharistic Prayer “Do this in remembrance of me.” The dark tunnel of Lent and Holy Week are now over. They teach us that even in the darkest of times, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and a new beginning (probably not one we have not planned). We may bear scars from our experience, but Jesus has been with us all the time. We need to TRUST in God and keep travelling. For ‘all will be well’. There will be JOY! again! May the Risen Lord bless you greatly with Joy this Eastertide.

Christopher Ketley Rector of Holy Trinity, Elgin & St. Margaret’s, Lossiemouth A Scottish Episcopal Church (A member of the Anglican Communion)

Contact Heather Mackenzie (Session Clerk): 01309 674245. St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church Sundays 8am: communion. 10am: family communion. Tel: 01309 672856. Email: clergystjohnsforres@gmail.com Website: www.stjohnsforres.wordpress.com St Laurence Church Sundays 10am: family service. Tel: 01309 672260. Email: barryj.boydstlaurence@btinternet.com or visit www.stlaurencechurchforres.org.uk St Leonards Church Sundays 10.30am: family service. Tea and coffee served afterwards. For any information call 01309 672380 or visit www.stleonardschurchforres.com St Margaret’s Catholic Church Mass on Tuesday & Thursday at 10am and Sunday 10:30am. Contact Father Colin Stewart on 01343 542280 If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please email linda@winterburnmedia.co.uk

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This year marks 100 years since some women got the vote. Nicola Sturgeon (our female first Minister who appointed a gender balanced cabinet) led a debate in Holyrood to mark the occasion. A lot has changed in 100 years, and for that I am truly thankful. But while we have made some bold changes already, let’s not be complacent, or take progress for granted. With that in mind, I am glad to see the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. We need concerted, deliberate action if we are going to achieve gender equality. Research shows that gender parity is over 200 years away. Women should not have to wait this long for equality, we deserve it now. Maree Todd MSP

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falconer museum, forres tues - sat, 10am - 5pm & sun, 1pm - 5pm, tolbooth street, forres. free. call 01309 673701 or museums.forres@moray.gov.uk www.falconermuseum.co.uk moray motor museum 11am - 5pm, bridge street, elgin. open every day during season. a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars & motorbikes. call 01343 544933 or email at info@moraymotormuseum.org lossie fisheries & community museum 10am 4.45pm, pitgaveny quay, lossiemouth. an insight into the life & danger of the fishing industry past & present. call 01343 813772

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cinema-nairn: the odd couple (pg) 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2.50 (incl tea & bakes) www.cinema-nairn.co.uk

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quiz night 7pm for 7.30pm start, holy trinity church, elgin (opposite aldi). £3 per person (incl refreshments). teams of 2 to 4 people. please call to register, but you can turn up on the night call lynne taylor on 07968 855768 port of invergordon - cruise liner list 2018 provisional v1 - aidavita 9am - 7.30pm

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charity ceilidh, with footerin aboot, presented by uhi event management students in aid of children 1st, scotland 7pm, eight acres hotel, elgin. £15. to book please call 01343 576226 (mon - fri, 9am 4pm) quoting "ceilidh" grampian transport museum: opens for the 2018 season. range of transport exhibits, from 1800s, to some of fastest cars ever made 10.30am, montgarrie road, alford. call 01975 562292 www.gtm.org.uk moray rock garden club: around the world in eighty plants; speaker - john owen 7.30pm, new elgin hall annex, land street, elgin. call alan souter (convener) on 01340 871504 the iona fyfe band@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm 10pm. www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk 80s & 90s disco in aid of the highland hospice & the inverness ice centre 9.30pm - 1am, the mosset tavern, forres. £5 entry fee on the door. fancy dress optional a little light presented by vision mechanics & nairn book & arts festival 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £8 adult, £7 child. call 01667 453476

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cadbury easter egg hunt at brodie castle: become a nature detective to follow bunny’s clues & finish your bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village adventure with a delicious chocolatey treat 10am hall & dykePetstay church April 11am 18.pdf - 1pm, dyke & district 1 07/03/2018 08:574pm, brodie castle. £4. call rebecca harrison on village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake 01309 641371 or at raharrison@nts.org.uk & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome www.nts.org.uk/events keith & dufftown railway: easter bunny weekend Earn from 10am - 4pm, dufftown. for information email £84 to info@keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk £175p/w ‘Im off to PetStay for my Holidays’ www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk/easter looking easter eggsplorer 9.30am - 4pm, elgin cathedral after dogs £7.50. easter egg hunt. call 01343 547171 or email in your own at elgincathedral.vo@hes.scot home easter eggsplorer trail 9.30am - 5pm, fort george, ardersier. included in normal admission price. t Meet your carer before you book tVets recommend PetStay search for clues around europe's most outstanding tExperienced dog carers tVery competitive rates fort. find the clues to win an easter egg. call john tAll routines kept tInsured and licensed gibbon on +447756763907 or email at tKinder and less stressful for your dogs tA real alternative to kennels john.gibbon@hes.scot PetStay Highland & Moray open weekend at keeper's cottage, ardlach 10am www.petstay.net 01463 741267 catriona@petstay.net 12pm, keeper's cottage, ardclach, nairn. free but book your space as limited park. visit the animals, bottle feed the lambs (get in touch to book a slot) thursday see the piglets, etc. refreshments. raffle moray food network: ming ming's fabulous fish 6pm - 8pm, transition town forres. free but booking saturday essential. call 07810 790053 or email at the arc sessions: skerryvore@fochabers institute tbc lets.eatforres@gmail.com call mhairi marwick on 07810 174377 or email at an introduction to understanding finance: third thearcsessions@hotmail.com sector interface moray 9.30am - 12.30pm, tbc the guns n roses experience plus special guests, free. overview of key finance considerations for lizzy planet@elgin town hall 7.30pm small to medium groups & organisations. please the south@the ironworks, inverness 8pm

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BRODIE CASTLE - a truly amazing great day out Events 2018 Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April, 10am-4pm Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Q Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April, 11am-4pm Daï¬&#x20AC;odil Weekend Q Saturday 5 May, 8pm Music at the Castle with The Marvel of Peru Q Sunday 8 July, 3pm Outdoor Theatre The Midnight Gang Q Friday 10 August, 6:30pm Outdoor Theatre Romeo & Juliet Q Sunday 12 August, 2pm-4pm Historic Wheels Rally Q Saturday 8 Sunday - 9 September, 10am-4pm Exclusively Highland Food & Craft Fair Q Friday 23 Sunday - 25 November, 10am-4pm Exclusively Highland Christmas Craft Fair Q Saturday 15 Sunday - 16 December, 12pm-3pm Festive Fun Weekend Q Sunday 16 December, 3pm & 5pm Christmas at the Castle with The Marvel of Peru Q

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jmhayden999@outlook.com kids' easter craft day: decorate your own easter hat or paint a ceramic egg ! i've got bonnets for the girls & cowboy hats for the boys! 9am - 3pm (please book in advance), the pantry, lossiemouth. £5 messy play lossiemouth-eggstravaganza party 10.30am - 11.30am, lossiemouth sports & community centre. please book at website. messy easter fun with egg rolling, easter rice & feathers, gloopy ducks, bunny tails & spaghetti nests. www.messarounduk.com

scottish lighthouses: speaker - michael ellison 10 am, north hall, forres town hall. free. call norman thomson on 01309-676884 or ndt4@btinternet.com blood donors: forres 1.45pm - 4.15pm & 5.45pm 8pm, forres town hall. to book an appointment call 0345 90 90 999 or email nss.snbtsenquiry@nhs.net

3 tuesday - 6 friday

fochabers fiddle week tbc, fochabers tickets from www.fiddleweek2018.eventbrite.co.uk

4 wednesday

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library. bring a piece of work you are having trouble with & want some help with or comments on what you have written so far. www.elginwriters.wordpress.com elgin u3a members: legal issues with an emphasis on how they pertain to 3rd agers; speaker caragh gilhooly 2pm - 4pm, elgin town hall - supper room free. all members friends & interested parties welcome. call sheila hollis (sec) on 01343 544858 or email at secretary@elginu3a.org.uk. www.u3a-elgin.org.uk/ easter funtime 1pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. normal admission charges easter themed crafts, activities & more. call 01975 562292 or email at marketing@gtm.org.uk www.gtm.org.uk nairn u3a: "a day trip to st kilda with historical context"; a talk by two members of nairn u3a 1.45pm for 2pm, nairn community & arts centre, £2 (members) £3 (non-members). call pauline ross on 01667 453537 or website@nairnu3a.org.uk. www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn/home

4 wednesday - 8 sunday

model railway exhibition open all day, grant arms hotel, the square, grantown on spey. free Forres Country Music Club April donations welcome. demonstrations 10am 18.pdf to 12pm,1 2pm to 4pm, 7pm to 9pm. call patsy burr on 01479 851440 or email patsyclarsach@msn.com

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forres foot-tapper: the 'real' ale festival 5pm - 12.30am (9th), the mossett tavern £10 - day ticket; early bird weekend ticket. with toetapping bands & great grub. tickets from the website. free entry to the meet the brewer event (thurs). call gordon brailsford on 01309 672981 or email at info@mossettavern.com. www.foottapper.co.uk

6 friday

siobhan miller@universal hall, findhorn 8pm, £12/£10 concs/£8 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email at uhallpromo@gmail.com www.universalhall.co.uk sigma: the quest for dark matter; how to detect dark matter in the universe speaker - dr anne-marie weijmans, st andrews university. 7pm doors open; 7.30pm start, birnie village hall. non-members welcome. 07/03/2018www.sigma-astro.co.uk 09:27 music nairn: pascal & ami roge; french husband and wife piano duo play borodin, debussy, ravel, stravinsky's 'rite of spring' 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. call music nairnon 01667 455701. www.musicnairn.org.uk

6 friday - 7 saturday 7 saturday

Social Line Dancing Entrance: Members £5 Non-member £6 Doors open: 8:00pm - 11:30pm

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vivaldi's la favorita: an evening of classical music from the dunedin consort 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn. £14/£12 concs/£10 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or at uhallpromo@gmail.com www.universalhall.co.uk thursday open mic night 7.30pm - 10pm, copper dog pub, the craigellachie hotel. acoustic music sessions hosted by max mcpherson. please book if dining. call lesley anne parker on. 07887 846495 or at lesley@leap-scotland.com sound of the sirens@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm, www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk federation of holistic therapists (fht): before i go page 29 - April 2018

5 thursday - 8 sunday

skipinnish 8pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. call 01463 234234

Friday 6th April ‘Ellis County’

5 thursday

solutions; speaker - jane duncan rogers on how to prepare well for a good end of life 6.30pm - 8.30pm, the inkwell, francis place, elgin. call sandra ream on 07751 316663 or email at sandra@willowbankholisticmassagemoray.co.uk bookbug session 10am, forres library

royal british legion scotland forres branch clubcoffee afternoon 2pm - 4pm., town hall, forres. £2 email june armour ay armour.june@yahoo.co.uk findhorn scottish teas 2pm, findhorn village centre homebaked cakes and savouries, fresh tea & coffee. sit in or takeaway. call mo hyde on 01309 692339 or email at findhornvillagecentre@gmail.com alexander chapman campbell: album launch@ universal hall, findhorn 7.30pm, £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email hallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk megan@alexanderchapmancampbell.com port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1 - aidavita 9am - 7.30pm inverness whisky & gin festival 1pm, bogbain farm, inverness. call 01463 772800 acfa cadet force pipe & drums in concert@the ironworks, inverness 1pm www.ironworksvenue.com the quo experience@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com elvis tribute@elgin ex-services club 8pm b.straits@the ironworks, inverness 11pm.

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www.ironworksvenue.com sassy boys charity night for climb uk 7.30pm, lossiemouth fc social club. all welcome coffee morning 10aam - 12pm, holy trinity episcopal church hall (opposite aldi). adults: £2.50; children: 50p (incl refreshments) stalls, raffle, jewellery, tombola, produce, books etc family ceilidh dancing to the music of forres accordion & fiddle club 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre i am a raver volume one 10pm, the playhouse, nairn dj cammy gary mcf b2b dj bad boy dj rankin dj zitkus sean cliens deekay andy rough fozko

8 sunday

ibfa highlands & islands bodybuilding competition 2018@the ironworks, inverness 12pm, categories ranging from miss bikini & men's fitness to mr & miss highlands. www.ironworksvenue.com the dublin legends "seven drunken nights & more tour 2018" 7.30pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. all welcome

9 monday

elgin & district parkinson’s support group: shirley catto on her role as the parkinson's nurse specialist in moray 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm, st sylvester's hall 19 institution road elgin. meetings are free to attend. call gillian gibson on 01343 541056 or email at elginanddistrictpsg@gmail.com. Benromach April 18.pdf 1 07/03/2018 www.parkinsons.org.uk port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: astoria 8am - 4pm

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9 monday - 12 thursday

national theatre connections 2018: performances 6.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness

10 tuesday

luncheon club 1pm, findhorn village centre £3.50 soup & sweet with cheery banter & a cup of tea or coffee. call 01309 692339 or email at admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

findhornvillagecentre@gmail.com elgin flower club: spring is in the air; speaker - jo goldsworthy, stonehaven 7.30pm, elgin high church hall, visitors - £4 easter tennis camp: fun, games, drills & matchplay. bring a packed lunch, water & snacks. equipment available. 5 - 14yrs 10am - 3pm, forres tennis club members £25, non-members £30 (sibling discount) email ftcjuniors@outlook.com www.forrestennisclub.co.uk

11 wednesday

the arts society speyside lecture: fakes & forgeries: case studies demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to pass off works of art as legitimate 11am coffee & tea available from 10.15am, the williamson hall, duff avenue, elgin. new members welcome/£7 for visitors. call membership secretary on 07789 880481 moray stamp club: gb postal rates & gb minithemes; speaker - jeff dugdale 2pm - 4pm, activities room, elgin library. email michael ellison (secretary) on michael56101@gmail.com www.moraystampclub.wordpress.com

12 thursday

forres knit & natter 10.30am - 12pm, varis court sheltered housing, north street, forres. knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, papercrafts for those living with dementia or memory difficulties 11:40 call sharon finlay on 07584 408209 or email at sfinlay@alzscot.org

13 friday

culloden: the battle in history & memory; speaker prof murray pittock. annual 1745 association commemoration talk 8pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre film forres community cinema night 6.15pm (doors open), forres town hall. check www.filmforres.co.uk for details of films being screened cinema nairn: man called ove (15) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476. www.cinema-nairn.co.uk

14 saturday

red riding hood's magic purse@ universal hall, findhorn 2pm. £7/£6 concs/£5 u16s. puppets & shadow theatre. call david till on 01309 691170 or uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk quiz night 7pm , pluscarden hall £3 at the door room to ride 100km: huntly audax 9am - 5.20pm, huntly. £5 (closing date 11th april 2018). huntly development trust offers 4 routes through huntly, banff, cullen, keith, the cabrach, alford & clatt email donald boyd at donald.boyd@huntly.net www.huntlydevelopmenttrust.org/room-to-ride-2018 in the shadow of the princes: discussion panel. 1.30pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre hybrid theory@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm

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Mosset Tavern, Forres 5-8 April 2018 80 beers from 18 Scottish brewers Four live bands on stage Street food with a Cajun-Scottish twist Day pass: £10 • Weekend: £20 Info and tickets: www.foottapper.co.uk


www.ironworksvenue.com exklusive presents spartaque, spektre@the ironworks, inverness 11pm. ironworksvenue.com hopeman to lossiemouth cliff walk 10.30am, meet at recreation ground in hopeman. approx 6 mile walk along the cliff path. good path, fairly level. call 07840 285438 or email at morayfieldclub@gmail.com family quiz night in aid of the highland hospice & inverness ice centre 6pm, the mosset tavern, forres £2.50 per person & teams up to 6 spring craft fair & coffee morning 10am - 12pm, rafford village hall. all welcome. to book a craft table please either email raffordvillagehall@yahoo.com or call 01309 675949 hardeep singh koli: so comedy 8pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476

15 sunday

the gathering storm 4pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket incl one take away hot soup. tour the battlefield & discover the stories of those who played a role in the preparation for the battle

16 monday

17 tuesday

lossie hae a news! 1.30pm - 3pm, hersbruck court sheltered housing, ramsay lane, lossiemouth have a cuppa & a news, quizzes, dominoes, bingo, crafts, etc for anyone living with dementia. call sharon finlay on 07584 408209 or email at sfinlay@alzscot.org

18 wednesday

elgin writers' group: write on the night; evocative writing using smell as a starter 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library. closing date of article comp on current social issue. www.elginwriters.wordpress.com nairn u3a: "highland gamekeepers; conservation & controversy”. speaker - kenneth stephen, pr & communications officer, scottish gamekeepers' association (perth) 1.45pm for 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2 (members) £3 (nonmembers). call pauline ross on 01667 453537 or at website@nairnu3a.org.uk edinkillie community association agm 7.30pm, edinkillie hall, dunphail. edinkilliehall@gmail.com

the storm breaks: a battle remembered 11am, culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket incl take thursday Black follow Dog QPinApril 18 .pdf of1the 02/03/2018 15:38 away hot soup. the footsteps armies macmillan cancer support (forres) fundraising soup as they meet for the final engagement of the '45 & sweet 12pm, forres town hall. come along & enjoy a nice lunch while supporting a worthy cause the circus of horrors: the never ending nightmare 7.30pm, elgin town hall. an amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into an alice in horrorland type story

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Mosaic Workshops

at Black Dog Mosaic Studio, Lhanbryde, Elgin Regular Classes Monday and Wednesday evening 7pm - 9pm Saturday mornings 10am - 12pm Courses run in blocks of 6 at £150 (includes all materials and equipment) Next start dates Monday 30th April and 11th May Wednesday 2nd May and 13th June Saturday 26th May and 28th July

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talisk@ universal hall, findhorn 8pm,£13/£11 concs/£9 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk moray rock garden club: scotland's alpine & subalpine habitats & conserving our montane scrub; speaker - dr graham sullivan 7.30pm, new elgin hall annex, land street, elgin. call alan souter (convener) on 01340 871504 birchwood highland's dinner with the stars 2018: local guest chefs as well as a main course prepared by comedian hardeep singh kohli 6.30pm, bogbain farm, inverness. £60. call 01463 772800 raintown: run with the night tour@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com

21 saturday

Places limited to 6 per class. Book early as places go fast.

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20 friday

moravian orienteering saturday league in conjunction with moray & nairn schools league: oakenhead near lossiemouth 10.15am - 11.15am (registration); 10.30am, oakenwood nr lossiemouth www.moravianorienteering.org change your world conference tbc, eden court, inverness. www.changeyourworld.me the savage haggis@elgin ex-service men's club 8pm, all wecome

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90s rave@the ironworks, inverness 10pm b9104 will be closed from 10am - 10.30am www.ironworksvenue.com bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village 2018 mcdonald & munro speyside stages: a 45 mile hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district stage rally. starting in elgin the event uses forestry village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake stages & the cooper park. elgin 8.55am, cooper & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome park, elgin. www.speyside-stages.co.uk wednesday saturday gary barlow@aberdeen exhibition & conference Mar17.pdf 1 26/01/2017 09:05st giles theatre group: joseph & the amazing Abi Rooley centre 6.30pm - 10.30pm. www.ticketmaster.co.uk technicolor dreamcoat 7.30pm & sat 2.30pm & 7pm, messy church: with crafts, story, worship & food! elgin town hall 2pm - 4pm, st. leonards church hall, forres. call cath

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perry on 07796 766983 or cathperry10@gmail.com bookbug session 10.30am, forres library

21 saturday - 22 sunday

runbalmoral: a festival of running, for people of all ages. book online tbc, balmoral castle. call 01339 742555. www.runbalmoral.com/content daffodil weekend walks & exhibition 11am - 4pm, brodie castle. £5. guided tours. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events

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26 thursday

spynie soup & sweet lunch: hosted by duffus, spynie & hopeman church on last thurs of each month in aid of church funds 12pm - 2pm, spynie village hall. donation £3. . everyone welcome. call elsie watson on 01343 543914 or email at elsie.watson121@btinternet.com

27 friday

film forres community cinema night 6.15pm (doors open), forres town hall. check www.filmforres.co.uk for details of films being screened billy nasty@the ironworks, inverness 11pm www.ironworksvenue.com

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22 sunday

lyon & turnbull valuation day raising funds for marie curie 12pm - 4pm, moray college, uhi. valuation 1 item £5, 2 items £8, etc. refreshments, stalls, music & raffle. call ros lewis on 07768 383500 or email at roslewis@me.com cream teas 2pm - 4pm, pluscarden hall 2018 spring round up: tranquility wild west town first ever open day!!! a reconstruction of a small frontier town in the old american west 1.30pm - 4.30pm, drumblair, nr the glendronach distillery, aberdeenshire. free. email alistair baranowski on tranquility_town@hotmail.co.uk www.facebook.com/tranquilitywildwesttown

24 tuesday

the moray tenants forum 2pm-4pm, to be confirmed call 0300 123 4566 or email at tenantparticipation@moray.gov.uk

25 wednesday

anzac day remembrance service 10am, dallachy memorial, bogmoor. all welcome. please note that admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

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school, duffus. teams of children from all over ne of scotland take part in traditional games. stalls & activities. display of morgan cars, etc. email at hughesy@gordonstoun.org.uk songs of roma@universal hall, findhorn 8pm, £13/£11 concs/£9 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email uhallpromo@gmail.com www.universalhall.co.uk kinloss church coffee morning: fundraiser for free style swimming club 10am - 12pm, kinloss church of scotland, kinloss £2.50. home bakes. raffle. sales tables. call janis thomson on 01343 850245 or email at janis@the-meadows.co.uk maiden scotland@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com scottish rock garden club highland show & plant sale. plant sale opens 10.30 am; show opens 12pm, nairn community & arts centre evening of mediumship: with steven & trisha, simply spirit connections 7.30pm - 10pm, the little theatre, nairn. £10. all welcome

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Ingredients: 100g glace cherries 500g mixed dried fruit 175g soft butter (unsalted) 175g caster sugar zest of 1 lemon 225g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger 25g ground almonds 3 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 kg yellow marzipan Icing sugar (for rolling marzipan) 1 tablespoon apricot jam (melted) 1 egg white

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line both the bottom and sides of a 20cm cake tin with a double layer of brown baking paper.

2. Chop the cherries finely and mix them with the rest of the dried fruit. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and soft (using an electric mixer is easiest), add the lemon zest.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and ground almonds together into a bowl. Add 1 of the eggs to the creamed butter mixture along with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture, then beat in the remaining eggs in the same way. Beat in the rest of the dry ingredients, and then the milk. Finally fold in the fruit.

4. With a small amount of icing sugar lightly dust a worktop space and then roll out just less than half of the marzipan into a circle (the size of the tin) which will fit in the middle of the cake.

5. Tip half of the cake mixture into the tin and smooth down. Place the marzipan circle on top of it. Spread the rest of the cake mixture into the tin on top of the marzipan and level. Bake for about half an hour and then lower the oven temperature to 150°C for another hour and a half or until the cake has risen and is firm on top. Allow the cake to cool completely on a rack before removing it from the tin.

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‡ Do gently hoe over your borders to disrupt any emerging weeds under the soil. ‡ Do dig well-rotted horse or cow manure into your beds. ‡ Do cut your lawn if it needs it, but just a light cut for the first one. ‡ Do prune Forsythia sp. once it has finished flowering. ‡ Do scarify your lawn with a spring-tine rake for smaller areas, or hire a machine for larger areas. ‡ Do add a lawn feed to your grass. ‡ Do treat decks and hard surfaces for moss.

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‡ Don’t apply lawn mosskiller by hand, however careful you are it will create ugly black streaks that take ages to recover. Use a spreader. ‡ Don’t go overboard with your lawn feed if you have large areas of grass and no time to cut it. I only ever use an autumn feed on my lawn which has a bit less nitrogen in. ‡ Don’t forget to top-dress plant pots – skim a bit of old compost away, and add some new compost. ‡ Don’t forget to start spraying roses to help keep pests away. You can get organic sprays that use things like garlic. Once the overnight temperatures are over 6C, the grass will start growing in earnest, so be sure your mower is working nicely. Mow at least once a fortnight to prevent weeds setting seed. If you do scarify, as advised above, don’t mow it for a few days afterwards as it is a stressful process for the grass.

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