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All Welcome. £1 per person. Join us for a chatter, cuppa & some cake! Open to all. Call 01309 692339 1ST KINLOSS SCOUT GROUP Provides Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorer Scouts for girls & boys 6 - 18yrs at Keddie House, Kinloss. Call Steve Ferris 675028 FORRES ARCHERS Wed, juniors 7 - 8.30pm & adults 7 - 10pm, Forres House. Age 10 years up. Call Mike Voyzey on 07812 825427 FORRES BIG CHOIR Every Thursday during term time, 7pm - 9pm at Kinloss Church. A mixed community choir for singers of all levels of experience. No auditions and no need to read music. Call Bill Henderson on 07876 213576 for more details. FORRES BLUEFINS SWIMMING CLUB Various training sessions for all levels of competitive swimmers. Regular intakes throughout the year. Call Jayne on 07825 951944. Email: bluefins@hotmail.co.uk FORRES CAMERA CLUB Forres Town Hall. Every Thursday at 7.30pm - 9.30pm from September to Easter and during the summer there are evening and whole day outings. Come and share our interest in photography. Varied programme of speakers & tuition, including Beginners’ courses. All welcome. Visit forrescameraclub.co.uk FORRES COMMUNITY WEB To promote Forres on the Internet, Wed 7pm, Community Hub, Tolbooth Street, all levels welcome, aged 18+. Contact: Anthony Bowmer 672244 FORRES COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB 1st Friday each month, Victoria Hotel. Social & line dancing to live bands. Contact Billy 674674 FORRES GYMNASTICS CLUB Training, exercise & fun, through display work &

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rest for you and your son. (14) For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The bowl will not run out of flour or the jar run out of oil before the day that I, the LORD, send rain.' " (15) The widow went and did as Elijah had told her, and all of them had enough food for many days. (16) As the LORD had promised through Elijah, the bowl did not run out of flour nor did the jar run out of oil.” Elijah went from the Cherith Brook to stay with a poor widow who had a son. She believed that she could not feed Elijah, as she had just enough flour and oil to bake one last bread for her son and herself. However, once she gave food to Elijah, she found that the bowl did not run out of flour and the jar did not run out of oil. It sounds like a fairytale, yet it communicates a simple, yet amazing truth: We often believe that we have only enough for ourselves, but when we share, we find that there is no shortage. Somehow, when we share, we do not divide, we multiply. It sounds incredible, but it is true. Let us share our time, our blessings, our love - we will find that it is multiplied. Louis Bezuiden hout, Minister of Kinloss and Fin dhorn L /W Alves an d Bu rgh ead

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until 31 December Moray supports refugees: appeal for warm clothing, tents & equipment for adults, children & babies living in refugee camps this winter. collection points at the sorting centre, chanonry estate, elgin (near blind spot) thursdays 2pm - 4.30pm & fridays 11.30pm - 2pm; babalou,high street,forres; reboot, greshop road, forres; the drop off caravan, pineridge, findhorn foundation & wastebusters (camping equipment only), waterford, forres.

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Lichen – fungus on the lawn explained ! I’ve mentioned this before. One of the joys of our wonderful environment up here is the clean air, and one of the organisms which thrives locally (but rarely in Glasgow) is dog lichen. There are hundreds of species here, growing on trees, rocks and on the grass ! It is particularly at home on ground which has become compacted and is low on nutrients. It is one of the most common questions we get from baffled homeowners, and many have found that the garden centre people aren’t sure how to deal with it. We shift it by aerating the ground with a big hollow-core tining machine which removes thousands of cores from

grass. As with all things in nature, it’s about competition. There are no chemical products which remove lichen. Golf courses do this all the time, and so do we. Aerating the ground over winter should be part of routine lawncare in any case. The freeze/thaw, freeze/thaw weather we get compacts most ground round here which prevents tender new plant roots spreading, even if the grass has had a spring feed. The ground is too solid.

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The Free Community Information website - Free to view and Free to upload your listings. View our entire database of Clubs and Societies, Trades Listings, What’s On Diary, Restaurants, Reviews and articles, Schools, Holidays Tides, Useful Numbers and more... PARLIAMENT BLOG & TIDE TIMES With the colder winter nights now upon us it’s time keep an eye out for our elderly and more vulnerable neighbours. With over 13000 households in Moray living in fuel poverty it is important that home owners explore all avenues to upgrade their home heating or insulation, with free advice being available from the Energy Saving Trust (http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotl and) or by calling 0808 808 2282, calls are free and they are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The festive time is one best shared with family, friends and loved ones so let us take a moment to remember those who are away from home at this time, perhaps working offshore or protecting us serving in the armed forces or indeed those who are in hospital, along with the doctors and nurses caring for them.

Our health and wellbeing is something often taken for granted but if we take the time to look out for others we can all make the coming new year a happy and prosperous one. May I extend my warmest greetings for a Merry Christmas and wish everyone a very Happy New Year when it comes.

It’s nearly Christmas and so the first thing to say is all the very best of the season to you and yours! If you have time off at Christmas and New Year with family and friends then make the most of it and use the time well. If you are working during the holiday period, possibly even on Christmas Day, then a huge thank you whether you are in the emergency services, working in health or social care, hospitality workers serving up Christmas dinners, retail staff dealing with the huge rush of Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales, farm workers making sure animals are fed and watered in all weathers or road workers out gritting. Whatever line of work you are in a huge thank you for keeping everything moving!

With Christmas fast approaching and there having been much hype around so-called Black Friday sales and big discounts from online retailers – often to the detriment of local shops – I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight my support for our local businesses. While I appreciate that household budgets are stretched more than ever at this time of year – we should do everything we can to shop at local businesses which are often at the heart of our communities. I hope shoppers throughout Moray can find time to support our local, independent businesses when carrying out their Christmas shopping this year. I know that local spending will be very much appreciated by local retailers and their staff. I would like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous new year. 2017 is another year that holds a lot in store and I hope that whatever you have planned for the coming year works out well for you.

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DECEMBER 2016 1 thursday bullet for my valentine@ironworks, inverness. tbc, www.ironworksvenue.com. "come for a christmas waltz, but you won't need your dancing shoes!" 11am - 1pm, harvest centre (next door to yeadon's bookshop. harvest centre mah jong club (american rules). come along & give it a try. beginners welcome. for info contact: hce.roombookings@gmail.com. visit www.spanglefish.com/harvestcentremahjongclub. christmas concert! hosted by moray music lessons 6pm - 8pm, miltonduff village hall. £4. first christmas concert by students of moray music lesons

2 friday cinderella: presented by logie primary school & the highland youth theatre doors open 6.30pm for 7pm, forres town hall. adults £4, children £2 (incl mulled wine & mince pies). contact: logie primary school on 01309 611258. sigma christmas quiz & prize draw 7pm for 7.30pm, birnie village hall, thornhill, elgin. contact: stan barber at stan@sigma-astro.co.uk. visit sigma-astro.co.uk. festive quiz 7.00pm, dyke & district hall. adults £5, kids £2.50. give your brain a workout at our festive quiz. max teams of 5. suitable for p4 age & up. byob & nibbles. contact: claire doughty on 07846 145050

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or email claire@chitchat.scot. visit www.dykevillagehall.co.uk. christmas fayre 4.30pm - 6.30pm, anderson's primary school, forres. outside stallholders, bouncy castle, santa & lots of other interesting things.

3 saturday coffee morning in aid of logie primary school 10am - 12pm, forres town hall. raffle, stalls & homebakes. for saint george: the zeebrugge raid 2.30pm, elgin library. free, but collection for branch funds western front association - speaker: derek bird, branch chairman. contact: derek bird on 01343 870562 or email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net. visit wfascotlandnorth.org.uk. findhorn village centre christmas bazaar 1pm - 5pm, findhorn village centre. £3 per child for gift & to meet santa. sale of homemade cards, jewellery, other crafts, etc. afternoon teas. sale of produce & cakes. santa visiting from 2pm. contact: karin/justine on 01309 692339. tombola night hosted by elgin youth cafe. 7pm 10pm, elgin youth cafe, francis place, elgin. grandmaster flash@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com moray conservative & unionist association christmas coffee morning 10am - 12pm, new hall, st giles church, elgin. adults £3, children free. festive stalls. raffle. all welcome. elgin driving range challenge hosted by moray sports centre 10am, elgin driving range. christmas fayre & festive pancake brunch 10.30am, grantown ymca. lots of great christmas ideas reap scotland: community orchard tree planting 10am - 12pm, cooper park, elgin. join us ro plant more fruit trees in the developing community orchard. tools provided. meet at the play park. 60s, 70s disco in aid of a community accsesible defibrillator for lossiemouth 8pm, lossiemouth sports & social club. £7. all welcome. contact: yvonne murray on 07929 008392 or email muzyvonne@aol.com. annual fireworks display & festive market in aid of aberlour child care trust 3pm - 9pm, the dowans hotel, aberlour. special guests - the military wives choir. join in the festive fun. stars charity (the syncope trust) christmas fayre 10am - 1pm, st john's lodge, forres. celebrate christmas & find your perfect gift. complete with delicious home bakes & refreshments. "the royal burgh of forres" - premier film screening 7.30pm, forres town hall. adults £10, concessions £6. forres community christmas celebration. ronnie thain & friends perform live. forres heritage trust photos, refreshments. st andrew's ceilidh with the dunphail dance band. 8pm, rafford village hall. adults £8, u16s £4. refreshments. contact: anne/gordon smith on

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5 monday cinema nairn: the lavender hill mob 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. tickets at door. matinee with tea and bakes. visit www.cinema-nairn.co.uk.

6 tuesday findhorn bay local nature reserve 7.30pm, james milne institute, findhorn. fblnr management committee meeting - includes public session. visit www.fblnr.org. alzheimer scotland cafe at the green 10.30am 12pm, the bowling green pavillion, st catherine's road, forres. all welcome. contact: shirley mackenzie 01343 552080/07584 408209.

7 wednesday friends of grant lodge, agm. 7pm, elgin museum hall speaker, rona walker, historic environment scotland, will talk about the new exhibition in elgin cathedral. rafford s.w.i.: dick whittington panto at eden court theatre. tbc, eden court theatre. december's meeting moray, banff & badenoch decorative & fine arts society (mbbdfas): 'the brilliant british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard' - lecture by dr james taylor. 11am, st columba's church, duff avenue, elgin.new members welcome. contact: membership@nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk or visit www.nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk.

7 wednesday - 10 saturday elgin amateur dramatic society: cinderella 7.30pm each evening; sat 10th matinee at 2pm, elgin town hall. ÂŁ11 adult or ÂŁ9 child/concession, 10% discount for parties of 10 people or more. for info visit www.elgindrama.co.uk.

british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard 1909-1939 " by mr james taylor. 2.15pm, free church hall, smithton, inverness. non-members ÂŁ8. new members welcome. contact: david martin on 07595 219308 or email davidmartin30@hotmail.com. visit www.hdfas.org.uk

9 friday 2manydjs@ironworks, inverness. tbc. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. martha reeves & the vandellas@ironworks, inverness. 7pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. film forres community cinema night 6pm doors open, 6.30pm film starts, forres town hall. adults ÂŁ1, children 50p. new members welcome. new membership cards issued on the night. nairn literary institure : set adrift on the world - the sutherland clearances talk by jim hunter 7.30pm, nairn free church. non-members ÂŁ3. visit www.nairnliterary.org.uk

10 saturday we were giants@mad hatters, inverness. tbc, free let's go back to the 80's@ironworks, inverness. tbc, visit www.ironworksvenue.com. winterslam@ironworks, inverness. 7pm, ironworks, inverness.visit www.ironworksvenue.com. christmas fayre 11am-2pm, dyke & district hall. adults ÂŁ2, kids ÂŁ1. stalls, refreshments, festive music and raffle. contact: claire doughty on 07846145050 claire@chitchat.scot. visit www.dykevillagehall.co.uk inchberry hall folk music christmas concert (idca): emily smith, multi award winning scottish folk singer - folk music band doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm 10pm, inchberry hall. tickets - see website. www.wherecanwego.com. christmas craft fayre & coffee morning 10am - 12pm, rafford village hall. locally grown christmas trees, decorations, unique gifts paintings, textiles, etc. teas & coffees, homebakes. contact: gordon smith on 01309 675949 or raffordvillagehall@yahoo.com.

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14 wednesday annual clic sargent charity carol concert with nhs grampian choir & friends 7.30pm, elgin town hall adults £10, concession £8, u16s £5. tickets from sound & vision, elgin or from choir members. the drouthy cobbler comedy club 8pm. visit www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk. alzheimer scotland - musical memories 1.30pm 3pm, new elgin & ashgrove hall, land street, elgin

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15 thursday "come for a christmas waltz, but you won't need your dancing shoes!" 11am - 1pm, harvest centre (next door to yeadon's bookshop). harvest centre mah jong club (american rules). come along & give it a try. beginners welcome. for info email hce.roombookings@gmail.com. visit www.spanglefish.com/harvestcentremahjongclub.

16 friday mad ferret band@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm, root system/fighting caravanshootananny, inverness 9.30pm, all welcome. gary beck@ ironworks, inverness 10pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. carol concert with out of the box puppet company 6pm, forres town hall. donations at the door. come & enjoy the true meaning of christmas, sing carols & enjoy a christmas puppet show. contact: judith watts on 01309 672418 or judithwatts.outreach@gmail.com.

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£! (incl teas & coffees). an opportunity for anyone with dementia & their carers to meet & share in the enjoyment of music, singing & memories. contact: shirley mackenzie on 01343 552080/07584 408209. frightened rabbit@ironworks, inverness 7pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. highland rock garden club: "an erratic journey through the world of plants" - talk by stan da prato. 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £4 (incl refreshments). all welcome. contact: john owen on 01320 366246. elgin writers: christmas pot luck buffet with quiz 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library choice of hearing ian rankin first in the library gallery at 7pm. ticketed. all over 16s welcome. visit www.elgin-writers.moonfruit.com. nairn u3a: pre-christmas social event 1.45pm, nairn community & arts centre. all welcome. contact: pauline on 01667 453537. visit www.nairnu3a.org.uk

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Special deals and events in December!!! 2nd December (6-8pm) Christmas shopping night ! Special deals on gift vouchers , retail offers , gift wrapping and more ... 6th December (6-8pm)- Biosurface Peel Master class ! Come along and see demo and amazing results of this advanced treatment ! Special deals on booking on that night only! Limited spaces availability, so please contact us asap if interested!

20% off massages & facials (do not apply to MicroZone and FlashGlow) availalble on 28th & 31st December only !!

Pop in or call us 01309 358070 to book those special deals & we are looking forward to see you on 2nd Decemeber !!!

SkinBase microdermabrasion & universal toning wrap -

£45.00 / worth £70.00 Full body spray tan & gel polish (toes or finger nails) -

£30.00/ worth £45.00 Universal toning wrap & eye package (eyelash & brow tint and brow wax) -

£40.00/ worth £50.00 Gel polish on toes & finger nails £30.00/worth £40.00 Available only on 29th &30th December !!!

Beauty Secrets, 16 Tolbooth Street, Forres IV36 1HX

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Christmas Day Lunch £60 per person inc vat between 12:30 and 3:00pm Bucks Fizz Reception 4 Course Meal Tea/Coffee and Warm Mince Pies (10% reduction if booked in conjuction with this advert quoting xmas10) For bookings or further information please call Janet on

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