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PEEK-A-BOO CRECHE (KINLOSS) Drop-in creche for all Moray children. Places can be booked in advance. Contact Susan Whittaker-Smith 691442

For more information, check out our website: www.forres-soccer7s.co.uk, call Tom on 07825819779 or email vicechair-business@forres-soccer7s.co.uk WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION We hold 9 meetings per year on Saturday afternoons in Elgin Library. Open to anyone with an interest in WW1. Contact Derek Bird on 01343 870562 or email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk FINDHORN PLAYBACK THEATRE At Findhorn Village Centre, IV36 3YR. Monthly performances - last Sunday of every month, 7pm-

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8:30pm. You share your stories, we create instant theatre. Tel: 07974 115028 FORUM FOR MEN Meets every Wednesday. Social group for gay, t-men & bi. Email morgan@tramstop.org or text/call 07745 930383 for info.

LGBT 5K RUNNING GROUP Meets every Wednesday. Email jampa40@yahoo.co.uk or text/call 07941 553620 for info. WALKMORAY (NHS GRAMPIAN) Do YOU want to get more active? WalkMoray offers volunteer-led, short, weekly walks in various locations. For details contact Kim Paterson, Health Walk Co-ordinator, on 01343 563657.

RAFFORD SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE GROUP Thursdays 8pm-10pm Rafford Village Hall, Oct-Mar. Call Sheila Biggs tel: 672756

T-Exchange Makerspace Make things, build things and exchange ideas. Third Friday of every month 7:30pm at Findhorn Village Centre.

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FORRES ACCORDION & FIDDLE CLUB 2nd Wednesday each month, Victoria Hotel, Forres. Sept-May. All levels & ages welcome. Call Ann Sharp 672672

TRANSITION TOWN FORRES Local group promoting local solutions to fossil fuel shortage and climate change. Contact ttforres@googlemail.com

FORRES ANGLING ASSOCIATION February-September. Formed in 1933, the FAA water consists of four miles of double bank fishing on the River Findhorn. Visitor permits available. Contact Campbell Ross 690097

YOGA CLUB Mon 9:45am-11:15am - regular class & Tues 7pm-8:30pm for pregnancy yoga at East Grange Farm House (by The Loft). Call Valerie Ritchie on 07767497936 for details or email valeryritchie2@tiscali.co.uk

FORRES AREA CREDIT UNION Contact Ann McHardy 676735 FORRES PIPE BAND Tuesdays 6:45pm, Forres Town Hall. Contact Mike Munro Drum

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Nairn & Moray Branch are looking for new branch volunteers. If interested, please contact Anna Temple or Anna Roberts tel: 01309 694866 HIGHLAND ROCK GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed each month, 7:30pm, Oct-Apr, Nairn Community Centre. All welcome. Call Carol Shaw 641405 HIP HOP DANCE CLASS Forres (Mon); Findhorn (Tues) & Kinloss (Weds). Movement to music classes for children aged 3-16 yrs. Call Tanya Meager 07507 558685 HOP, SKIP & JUMP NURSERY Mon-Fri 9am-2:30pm, Russell Place, Forres.Pre-School Group, Ante Pre-school Group and 2-3 Club. Contact 671388 during nursery hours. 1ST KINLOSS SCOUT GROUP Provides Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorer Scouts for girls & boys 6-18yrs at Keddie House, Kinloss. Call Steve Ferris 675028 KNIT & NATTER Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Findhorn Village Centre. All ages welcome. Join us for some fun and chatter. Call Karin on 01309 692339. MACS MORAY AREA CANCER PLEASE NOTE: SUPPORT The deadline for inclusion in AMarch’s supportClubs group&for anyonepage of Societies is Friday 1st February, 4pm. any age affected by cancer. If Allare Clubs & Societies are or on a you in need of support rotational who basis. know of someone needs

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Getting married is one of the highlights of our short life on this earth. I wonder how many millions of tons of confetti have been spread around churches and other buildings over the centuries. I’m sure there will be mixed views over the environmental impact but, hey ho, it all seems like good fun to me. Hope you enjoy our short feature on weddings this month!

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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS

February, in our northern climate and location, tends to be our lowest month for mood and physical well being. Some people suffer horribly from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and thankfully, now the doctors can get ahead of that with some early interventions from October onwards. The Bible assured the people of a hot middle eastern land that “ the sun shall not strike you by day... nor the moon by night”. However we are grateful for whatever little sunshine and even moonlight can brighten up our lives. So, the appearance of longer days and an early sunrise is most welcome. Even a little snow can help brighten up the landscape at this time.

Since ancient times and certainly in the Bible, the symbol of light shining through the darkness of people’s lives has been a regular feature. Light makes things clear and transparent.

Often, we say that the truth casts light on an uncertain situation. For Christians, the most pure form of TRUTH is not a list of facts, nor is a mythical philosopher’s stone. For Christians, the Truth is a person: Jesus Christ, the source reference for all truth. Jesus indeed underlined that when He said, “I am the truth.”

policy making, the Good News that we share in our Churches is like a blessed holiday from it all. Forget about retail therapy! Overconsumption is one of the main causes of our current financial gloom. Far better to turn your eyes towards the light of TRUTH, the light of Jesus Christ, that we share in Church. That will brighten up your life.

In a darkening world that increasingly evades ethical practice or enlightened

Donald Prentice, Parish Minister Dallas, Rafford and St Leonard’s, Forres.

At a time when we have difficulty trusting the international system of money, the banks and even our own elected politicians, issues of truth telling and transparency become most called for. I personally would rather hear bad news about large mistakes in government policy than have it hidden in dark cupboards in a way that nobody can make the necessary adjustments with the situation just going from bad to worse.

Caroline Street Gospel Hall Sundays 6.30pm: gospel meetings. Tel: 01309 674375. Email: glcinfo@tiscali.co.uk Dyke Church - Church of Scotland Sunday 10am: family service. On the last Sunday of the month, we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea. Email: john_macg@hotmail.com Edinkillie Parish - Church of Scotland Sunday worship 11.30am. Contact Mr Campbell Falconer (session clerk): 01309 674249. Kinloss, Findhorn & Alves Church of Scotland Alternating weekly. Kinloss and Findhorn 10am. Alves first Sunday of each month at 11.30am. Tel: 01309 690931 or 01309 690349. Lighthouse Baptist Church Clovenside Chapel, Forres. Sunday service 10am and 6.30pm. Refreshments served afterwards. Contact: 01309 676434. Email: info@lighthousechurch.co.uk Website: www.lighthousechurch.co.uk Moray Grace Fellowship Alves Village Hall. Sundays 10.30am. Contact Vic Cameron: 01343 850142. Email: vic.cameron2803@btinternet.com. Website: www.moraygrace.wordpress.com Rafford Church Sundays 9.30am: family service. Our praise is from CH3 and Mission Praise. After the service, we enjoy

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fellowship over a cup of tea and a biscuit. We have a lively Sunday school with Bible stories, songs, games and crafts. You are also invited to join us at 4.30pm on the third Sunday of each month for a contemporary style act of worship. Contact Anne Garrow (session clerk): 01309 672930. St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church Sundays 8am: communion. 10am: family communion. Tel: 01309 672856. Email: stjohnsforres@btinternet.com. Website: www.stjohnsforres.wordpress.com St Laurence Church Sundays 10am: family service. Tel: 01309 672260. Email: barryj.boydstlaurence@btinternet.com St Leonards Church Sundays 10.30am: family service. Tea and coffee served afterwards. Tel: 01309 672380. Email: donald.prentice@tesco.net. Website: www.stleonardschurchforres.com St Margaret’s Catholic Church Mass on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 10am. Contact Father Barnett: 01667 453323. If you are a member of a church not listed here, please email us the details and we will print this in future issues.

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Father’s Day

Mother’s Day

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British Summertime Ends

Sun 27th Oct 2013

St Andrew’s Day

Mon 2nd Dec 2013

Good Friday British Summertime Begins Easter Monday Early May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday

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Forres Academy & Feeders Thurs 14th Feb 2013 Mid-Term Holiday Fri 15th - Mon 18th Feb 2013 Spring Term Ends Thurs 28th Mar 2013 Spring Holiday Starts Fri 29th Mar 2013 Spring Holiday Ends Fri 12th Apr 2013 Summer Term Starts Mon 15th Apr 2013 May Day Holiday Mon 6th May 2013 In-Service Closure Thurs 16th - Mon 20th May 2013 Summer Term Ends Fri 5th Jul 2013

Autumn Term Starts Tues 20th Aug 2013 Autumn Term Ends Fri 11th Oct 2013 Autumn Holiday Starts Mon 14th Oct 2013 Autumn Holiday Ends Fri 25th Oct 2013 Winter Term Starts Mon 28th Oct 2013 In-Service Closure Mon 18th - Tues 19th Nov 2013 Winter Term Ends Fri 20th Dec 2013 Christmas Holiday Starts Mon 23 Dec 2013 Christmas Holiday Ends Fri 3rd Jan 2014

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DOCTORS Forres Health Centre ....................................0845 337 1120 Leanchoil Hospital ........................................0845 456 6000 Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin................................0845 456 6000 DENTISTS Orchard Road ..............................................(01309) 675544 Leys ............................................................(01309) 673553

OTHERS Police Station ................................................0845 600 5700 Bus Station, Elgin .......................................(01343) 544222 Citizens Advice Bureau ...............................(01343) 550088 Dalcross Airport ...........................................(01667) 464000 Dallas Village Hall .......................................(01343) 890243 James Milne Institute (Findhorn) ................(01309) 692365 Rafford District Hall......................................(01309) 674583 Forres Town Hall ..........................................(01309) 675140 Moray Council (Forres).................................(01309) 694000 Moray Council (Elgin) .................................(01343) 543451 National Rail Enquiries ..................................08457 484950 Forres Library ..............................................(01309) 672834 Forres House Com Education Centre ........(01309) 672838

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Well, one of the big stories of recent months has obviously been the Forres Mechanics award for the best footy scotch pie. No great surprise really when it is supplied by Murdoch Brothers - already winners of a variety of top scotch pie awards.

As a bit of a film buff, I took some time out recently to see the fantastic screen adaptation of Tolkien’s epic The Hobbit. It is a book I loved to read and the filming is breathtaking in its scale.

While it may not be good for the waistline, I can certainly testify that Forres Mechanics/Murdoch Brothers pies are good for the soul. I should, of course, point out that there are other butchers and bakers in Moray who also make really excellent pies and I am on a mission to check them out as well. However, in the meantime, well done to Mechanics for keeping their loyal supporters well fed with some high quality Moray produce!

It was great to see Scottish actors in the cast as well, which is hugely encouraging for those involved in the arts. Following on from Skyfall and the scenes shot in Scotland for the Harry Potter movies, the cinema is proving to be a great shop window for our country and for our many talented folk.

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Whom will you these matters it is God’s Spirit striving to show you your danger, your guilt and your helplessness. There is blame if like the rich pardon for you today if you will have it. If you resist the man in Luke 16, you Spirit, God says: “My Spirit shall not always strive with die, are buried and man.” Genesis 6:3. in Hell you lift up YOU CANNOT SAY “There is plenty of time to your eyes being in settle this matter,” Listen to His solemn warning torments? against delay, “because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded...Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not YOU CANNOT BLAME GOD for God is “not answer.” Proverbs 1:24-28. willing that any should perish.” II Peter 3:9. He would have all men to be saved, “For God so loved YOU CANNOT BLAME CIRCUMSTANCES the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that for there is nothing that can keep a sinner from whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Christ if he wants to come to Him for salvation. Jesus says “Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” John everlasting life.” John 3:16 5:40.

YOU CANNOT BLAME THE LORD JESUS YOU MAY SAY “I do not believe in Hell.” But, my CHRIST friend, two minutes in Hell amid the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth will change your mind. You will realize then, as every one in Hell realizes today, that the Bible is the Word of God, that you are a sinner, that Christ died for sinners, that you could have been YOU CANNOT SAY “I am not a sinner,” for God saved had you believed and accepted the Saviour of says: “As by one man sin entered into the world, and sinners as your own personal Saviour. There are no death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that unbelievers in Hell, but they believed—too late. all have sinned.” Romans 5:12 You may say you do not believe all this, but the mere fact that you do not believe it does not alter the facts. YOU CANNOT SAY for He said “I am come that they might have life.” John 10:10 “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

“I am doing the best I can,” “I have turned over a new leaf ” “I have a good heart,” “God is too good to punish me in Hell.” “I have done nothing worthy of Hell.” God says all your “righteousnesses are as filthy rags” in His sight. Isaiah 64:6. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately (incurably) wicked.” Jeremiah 17:9. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12.

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