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FORRES 50 PLUS GROUP WALKING SECTION 2nd Friday of the month, 5 to 10 miles long. Usually good tracks or paths though sometimes over rougher stretches. (Affiliated to Grampian 50 plus Network) Call Margaret or Dave 01309 671724 LEANCHOIL HEALING GROUP

Tuesdays 7pm - 8.30pm At Leanchoil Hospital All welcome Contact Leanchoil Hospital 0845 456 6000 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IN MORAY By people with multiple sclerosis for people with multiple sclerosis A Website of information and support for people with MS, their friends, family and carers. www.MSMoray.net THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND BANFF & MORAY Promoting the NTS and fundraising to support local properties, Brodie Castle and Leith Hall. Varied annual programme of events. Ring the secretary on 01343 835258 or email secretary2.bmnts@btinternet.com

Box £39 Big Box £74 ¼ Page £134 ½ Page £254 Business Profile £277 Full Page £480 Discounts available for series THURSDAY SUPPER CLUB bookings and Black & White SpotLight on Forres is published by Winterburn Media Ltd, Comraich, Woodside Farm, Kinloss IV36 3UA, 01309 690063. All material contained within the SpotLight magazines is subject to formal copyright restrictions and therefore the reproduction of any listings, editorial, advertiser artwork or any other content, without the publishers prior consent, will be considered a breach of copyright.

Free Social Group for anyone 21+ in the Moray area. Typical social events are a walking group, weekends away and attending music events/ theatre/ cinema. We meet on the last Thursday of every the month in The Muckle Cross in Elgin at 7pm. New members always very welcome. VARIS CLUB 1st Tuesday each month, 10am, Forres Town Hall. Open to all retired business and professional people. Guest speakers, new members welcome. Contact Norman Thomson 676884

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Pastoral letter and Church Meetings How do you walk around a room violently? How can you tie your shoelaces bravely? These were a couple of things we had to do recently. You would be perfectly entitled to ask – why? We were playing a game – I can’t remember the name – in which you had to act out words like dreamily, vacantly, anxiously, repeatedly while others tried to guess what you were doing. The catch was that you couldn’t say a word; you could sing, tie your laces, walk around the room or drink something while everyone else shouted their guesses as to what kind of manner you were imitating. It was difficult – even frustrating – sometimes impossible. Once the word was revealed or guessed we could all see clearly what the person was trying to show; before that we were often in the dark. Afterward I recalled someone from my own profession talking about delivering a message; they remarked that they preferred to

use images because an image, a picture, conveys the message whereas words can mean anything. I’m not so sure. Images add colour to a message but normally we need words to fully and clearly get our message across. Words are the basic building blocks of communication. Visual communication – on the other hand – has impact; often somewhat imprecise it can make you feel the message, as well as understand it. Christians believe the Bible is God’s word; that means we believe God has communicated with us clearly. He has told us all about himself – giving us reliable direction and quality information. Put another way this personal profile published by God takes us right to the heart of the personality at the heart of our universe. Because God has spoken to us we can know him. We can know his preferences and understand his priorities.

Dyke Church - Church of Scotland meets every Sunday at 10am for a family service. On the last Sunday in the month we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea, email: john_macg@hotmail.com Lighthouse Church meets every Sunday at Clovenside Chapel. Service starts at 10am, refreshments served afterwards. Tel: 676434 or email info@lighthousechurch.co.uk www.lighthousechurch.co.uk Edinkillie Parish - Church of Scotland Sunday Worship 12noon. Contact Mrs A. Young (Session Clerk) tel: 611271 St. Leonards Church meets every Sunday at 10.30am for Family Service - tea and coffee served afterwards.tel:01309 672380, email: donald.prentice@tesco.net visit:www.stleonardschurchforres.com St. Margaret’s Catholic Church mass on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10am. Contact Father Barnett tel: 01667 453323 Caroline Street Gospel Hall Gospel Meeting every Sunday at 6.30pm. For more details tel: 674375, email: glcinfo@tiscali.co.uk St. Laurence Church meets every Sunday at 10am for Family Service, tel: 672260, email: barryj.boydstlaurence@btinternet.com

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But the Bible also reveals that God has sent an image; his image. He has done more than speak – he has drawn a picture of himself. By entering into our time and space Jesus, the Son of God and ‘the exact imprint of his nature’ enables us to see the face of God. I don’t always find it easy to relate to ‘a word’, a letter, an email, but I usually can to the person who wrote it. The written message may be very clear – just what I need – but the person behind it is the one with whom I form a bond. Now Jesus is also called the Word of God; Jesus is God’s message spoken and God’s message lived. God seen and God heard; God touched and God known so we don’t need to remain in the dark. As Jesus himself said, ‘I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. Rev Colin Morison Forres & Elgin Free Church

Rafford Church meets every Sunday at 9.30am for Family Service, our praise is from CH3 and Mission Praise. After the service we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Contact Anne Garrow (Session Clerk) tel: 672930 St. John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church meets every Sunday at 8am for Communion and 10am for Family Communion Service, tel: 672856, email stjohnsforres@btinternet.com or visit www.stjohnsforres.wordpress.com Kinloss, Findhorn & Alves Church of Scotland Alternating weekly, Kinloss and Findhorn, at 10am, and Alves 1st Sunday of each month 11.30 am. Contact 690931 or 690349 Moray Grace Fellowship Meets Sunday mornings 10.30am in Alves Village Hall. Contact Vic Cameron for more details tel: 850142 email vic.cameron2803@btinternet.com www.moraygrace.wordpress.com 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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Public Session: Wing Commander gordon Bruce, raf Kinloss, came to brief the Community Council on the ongoing draw down plans for the base after the cancellation and removal of the nimrod fleet before preparation of the takeover by 39 engineering regiment (air support) he said that the draw down had reached the ½ point, and completion was hoped to be accomplished by early Dec prior to handing over to the landlords, moD. the task had been split into 4 phases, 1. support for units still using the airfield until next July. 2. People – the future for 200 civil service and contractors facing redundancy and 150 servicemen, about a 20% reduction. 3. material disposal, some 1.7 million items either returned to stock for further use or disposal on the open market & 4. handing structures back to the landlord Defence structures. the Wing Commander said that at the same time engagement with stakeholders was being carried out ahead of schedule on the arrival of some 600 army personnel next easter following a weekend visit by representatives of 39 engineering regiment. from spring next year there would be 4 field sqdns and 2 support sqdns moving in, though not en masse. Cllr J mackenzie remarked that he was sorry to see the departure of the raf but recalled that in 1954/5 army engineers were stationed at Pinefield in elgin. Cllr hellyer said that it would be nice if the regiment arranged to meet the public, once they had settled in, in the town hall. the Chair thanked the Wing Commander for his briefing on the current state of the changeover. Police Constable hammond updated the members on the latest police information with respect to a number of minor incidents during Bonfire night though the remembrance Day Parade passed without any trouble. she said that operation avon, focussing on underage drinking & anti

social behaviour had been in operation during november but without anyone being found under the influence or having alcohol on them. operation shield, a proactive initiative aimed at serious & organised Crime will be ongoing in grampian until april 2012 and moray will be targeting taxi & Vehicle hire Companies and hotel & leasing Companies. With the onset of darker nights, attention was drawn to house/Property security and the Winter safe Journey Campaign and PC hammond also drew attention to the grampian Police Community initiative fund which supports local projects with small grants for reducing crime, victim support and community empowerment. Cllr ferris drew members attention to the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 4th June 2012 and a plan to light bonfires around her kingdom on that day. he felt it would be rather appropriate for the royal Burgh of forres to join in the celebrations and suggested that the Common good fund be urged to support the town in a celebratory event. Secretary’s Report the secretary said that he had received an update from moray Council heads of Department, together with their email addresses and telephone numbers. We had also received an invitation to attend a user meeting in the forres house Community Centre on the 30th november. Cllr Duncan & Cllr lipscomb would attend. the secretary also informed the meeting of receipt of an answer to a written question submitted to the scottish Cabinet public meeting on the 6th sept. reference Common good legislation. Chair’s Report the Chair had nothing to report. External Groups Report Cllr hayward told the meeting that whilst she was aware that moray Council often failed to respond to emails she felt that the least that could be expected was an ac-

knowledgement of receipt from our local moray Councillors to emails addressed to them. Cllr mackenzie said that the heritage group were still awaiting action from moray Council to take over the tolbooth. he also drew attention to the state of the streets & the lack of a sweeper. Cllr Kennedy wished to draw attention to the fact that while we were still deprived of a pedestrian crossing to gain access to the railway station, supposedly because you can’t have a crossing on a bypass/trunk road. a further two have been installed on the fochabers Bypass, adding to the ones for the benefit of residents in elgin. he requested that our local Cllrs do something about the inequalities that exist on rulings referring to trunk roads. Treasurer’s Report the treasurer said that the account stood at £1974.74 with £387.70 being transferred to special Projects. the secretary suggested that a letter from forwords, a forres Writers group, requesting funding for prizes for junior writers at a literary event on the 25th march could be met from the special Projects fund. the prizes totalling £180 of Book tokens was agreed unanimously by all members and the treasurer was instructed to write a cheque for that amount. A.O.C.B tanya mclaren told the meeting that fair Deal for forres was arranging for a mini event of stalls, Wave radio, santa Claus and a fancy dress competition to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights and urged all to attend or become involved. the Vice Chair, Cllr hellyer, told members we had been approached by soccer sevens with a request for sponsorship. this sponsorship would provide the first aid Kit for a three year period at a cost of £300.00. after discussion the members all agreed to sponsor the first aid Kit and authorised the treasurer to make payment.

OThER COmmuniTy COunCil COnTACTS Dyke landward Community Council Findhorn & Kinloss Community Council meets last thursday of every month (excluding July meets third Wednesday of each month (excluding august and December) 7pm at Dyke Village hall. and December) 7.30pm at alternate venues. Contact: Karen hamilton (secretary) tel: 641236 Contact: mr tim negus (secretary) tel: 691823 page 8 - February 2012

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for 2011/2012 (all dates inclusive) Forres Academy & Feeders Thurs. 9th Feb. 2012 Mid-term Holiday Friday 10th February 2012 Mid-term Holiday Monday 13th February 2012 Spring Term Ends Friday 30th March 2012 Good Friday Holiday Friday 6th April 2012 Summer Term Starts Monday 16th April 2012 May Day Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 In-service Closure Thursday 17th May 2012 In-service Closure Friday 18th May 2012 Summer Term Ends Thursday 28th June 2012

for 2012/2013 (all dates inclusive) Autumn Term Starts Tuesday 21st August 2012 Autumn Term Ends Friday 12th October 2012 Winter Term Starts Monday 29th October 2012 In-service Closure Monday 19th November 2012 In-service Closure Tuesday 20th November 2012 Winter Term Ends Fri. 21st December 2012 Spring Term Starts Monday 7th January 2013 Mid-term Holiday Friday 15th February 2013 Mid-term Holiday Monday 18th February 2013

Useful Numbers SCHOOLS Andersons Primary School..........................(01309) 672887 Applegrove Primary School ........................(01309) 672367 Dyke Primary School ..................................(01309) 641275 Dallas Primary School ................................(01343) 890206 Kinloss Primary School ..............................(01309) 690376 Logie Primary School ..................................(01309) 611258 Moray Steiner School ..................................(01309) 676300 Pilmuir Primary School ................................(01309) 673034 Rose Abbey School ....................................(01309) 691872 Forres Academy ..........................................(01309) 672271 DOCTORS Forres Health Centre ....................................0845 337 1120 Leanchoil Hospital ......................................(01309) 672284 Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin................................0845 456 6000 DENTISTS Orchard Road ..............................................(01309) 675544 Leys ............................................................(01309) 673553

rowlands Pharmacy ..................................(01309) 672784 Boots ..........................................................(01309) 673370 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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As a bit of a gadget guy I regularly read newspapers and articles online and have been exploring the possibilities of wireless networking and bluetooth both at work and at home. A recent revelation has been a set of battery powered speakers that can produce fantastic sound and a bluetooth headset that broadcasts to them making it incredibly simple to speak to a reasonably large number of people and be heard easily at the back of the room with kit that fits in your pocket! While technology is advancing in leaps and bounds it is, however, a bit of a relief to settle down with a good book or magazine and leave the gadgets and technology behind. I am always conscious that our local magazines and newspapers are under increasing pressure from online news and it is important

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Fashions on show will include children’s, young teenagers, casual men’s, ladies casual and classical, formal and bridal, as well as a hairdressing showcase so there is something for everyone. Included as part of the evening will be an exhibition/ fayre where local retailers will be promoting and selling their products. This will take place following the show. There will be refreshments throughout the evening with a finger buffet. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 6th February priced at £10.00 each (£5.00 for concessions) from Elgin Library and Moray College. People can choose from a selection of movie themed tables for the evening and are invited to dress up in style for the occasion. There will also be a charity raffle for local Elgin Charities.

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18 saturday bothy ballads champion of champions 7pm (doors open 6:15pm), elgin town hall. compere, robbie shepherd, of BBC scotland's "take the floor", judge, robert lovie. tickets at elgin library. tel 01343 562600. www.elginrotary.co.uk

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13 monday diabetes uk moray voluntary group AGM 7pm, elgin youth cafe, francis place, elgin. includes understanding diabetes presentation. all welcome. call dave duff (chairman) 01343 860671 for more info.

16 thursday catriona mckay (gaelic harp) and chris stout (shetland fiddle) 7:30pm. ogstoun theatre, gordonstoun school, nr elgin. ÂŁ12/ÂŁ6. for more details visit www.thegcs.org.uk. tickets at www.thebooth.co.uk steve hall @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com SpotLight on Forres and District

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1 thursday dog is dead @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 2 friday breabach @ universal hall 8pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £12 /£10 concessions at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 and on-line at www.thebooth.co.uk. 3 saturday coca tenorio @ ironworks 7pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com dave clarke @ ironworks 10:30pm. 18+. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 4 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage closing date 24th february. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com peacock & gamble @ ironworks 7:30pm.16+. seated.tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 6 tuesday the attic @ universal hall 11am & 2pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. parent & child combined £6/ £5 concessions. tickets at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 8 thursday camerata ritmata 7:30pm. south room, gordonstoun house, gordonstoun school, nr elgin. £12/£6. visit www.thegcs.org.uk for details, tickets available from www.thebooth.co.uk 11 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com nazareth @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 14 wednesday how to grow alpine bulbs 7.30pm. the highland rock garden club hosts an illustrated talk by expert susan band of pitcairn nursery, nairn community centre, king street. tel:01320 366246 16 friday the johnny cash roadshow @ ironworks 7:30pm. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 17 saturday the dangleberries @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 18 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage closing date 9th march. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com push @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10/ £8 concs/ £6 U16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 20 tuesday - 23 friday ‘the science of the olympics’ primary school festival for P7 at moray college. focuses on the human body with interactive workshops and activities. call 01343 576319 or email samantha.bright@moray.uhi.ac.uk 21 wednesday the peatbog faeries @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £15/ £13 concessions available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 23 friday black stone cherry @ ironworks 7:30pm. over 14s. tickets or information tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 24 saturday steve hughes @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com ‘the science of the olympics’ family day 10am - 5pm at moray college, elgin. focuses on the human body with workshops and activities. family ticket £20 for 7 hrs (2 adults + 3 kids or 1 adult + 4 kids) or individual tickets £6. for info call 01343 576319 or email samantha.bright@moray.uhi.ac.uk 25 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com salsa celtica @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 28 wednesday richard durrant @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10/ £8 conc / £6 u16 available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 30 friday the moray society lecture/concert ‘simply music’ by glenn munro and partner doors 7pm, elgin museum phil cool @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 31 saturday cloud man @ universal hall 4pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £6/ £5 conc / £4 u16 available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk.

the south @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

22 wednesday rizzle kicks @ ironworks 7pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

23 thursday band of skulls & broken hands @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

24 friday moray society lecture series continues 7:30pm, elgin museum hall. "robert reid: abbot of kinloss and bishop of orkney" by howie firth. call 01343 543675 for more detail. music nairn presents ‘anemos wind quintet’ 8pm, nairn community and arts centre. playing debussy, zemlinsky, mozart and more. tickets £18 / members £14/students £2. tel: 01667 455701

25 saturday feis traditional music workshops and family ceilidh for details tel 01667 453476, info@nairncc.co.uk or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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to get a break away from your caring role, meet others in a similar situation and to learn new things. The groups meet in Buckie, Elgin, Forres and Aberlour. These groups are open to all Carers. In addition, we run a group exclusively for male Carers and a separate group exclusively for Carers of people who misuse substances.

time for me but I really enjoy the activities and meeting “I have made some really good friends through Care and Share. We regularly meet up and call each other when we are having a bad day.” If you deciding to give them a try, please just give us a call on 01343-556031. Quarriers provide other services to Carers locally. These include: Support for young people We provide one on one support for young people aged 18 years and under to help minimise the impact of their caring role and ensure they can enjoy the same opportunities as other young people their own age. Support for adult Carers Our role is to listen to your concerns and with you, work out what support would help you to continue in your caring role whilst also having a life of your own.

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1 - 3pm Unleash your creative side with some fun Card Making Information from the Citizens Advice Bureau on Benefits available to carers Information by the Alzheimers Dementia Adviser on services available locally A basic look at the principles of First Aid to help deal with an emergency 11am - 1pm Get the blood pumping with some easy and enjoyable Exercising for Fun Information from the Citizens Advice Bureau on Benefits available to carers Information by the Alzheimers Dementia Adviser on services available locally Learn how to trace your Family History 1 - 3pm Information by the Alzheimers Dementia Adviser on services available locally Learn how easy it is to make a beautiful Floral Arrangement for your home Discover some simple techniques for Coping with Stress Visit an Eco-house and find out how we and the environment benefit 1 - 3pm Information from the Citizens Advice Bureau on Benefits available to carers Unleash your creative side with some fun Card Making Get the blood pumping with some easy and enjoyable Exercising for Fun Try your hand at simple Jewellery Making - a lovely present to give anyone 1- 3pm A talk on the Search and Rescue service - open to all carers Information from the Welfare Benefits Team on Benefits available to carers Uncover the traditions of whisky making from a local Distillery A chance to try your hand at Ceramic Making under the guidance of experts Experience the Buckie Lifeboat first hand from 7pm onward Only 12 places available so contact Sheona on 01343 556031 to book yours

CARERS OF PEOPLE WHO MISUSE SUBSTANCES Elgin Community Centre 1- 3pm th 24 Feb Find out how Al-anon can help you cope with another’s drinking problem th 30 March Get the blood pumping with some easy Exercising for Fun th 27 April Find out about Grampian Fire Service and how to stay safe in your home th 25 May Learn how easy it is to make a beautiful floral arrangement for your home for more information on any of the above contact Quarriers on 01343 556031

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Dreaming of... ...Croatia

The former Yugoslavia used to be one of the most popular holiday destinations and Croatia is working hard to promote the country again. Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary in the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south. Croatia has a strange shape (similar to a croissant) - similar to no other country in the world - which comes as a result of five centuries of expansion by the Ottoman (Turkish) empire towards Central Europe (although Croatia was never conquered by the Turks). The 'land of 1,000 islands' with its warm crystal clear seas and luscious Mediterranean vegetation, thick macchi or pine underbush where the sweet fragrance of herbs such as rosemary, myrtle, thyme, sage and lavender mix with the salty sea air. In 1991 Croatia became an independent democracy, its national treasures include Roman relics, medieval walled cities, Byzantine basilicas, 13th century ramparts and 16th century palaces. Cobbled streets in its character-filled towns have chimed to the footsteps of countless generations and bell towers in Baroque churches have rung the changes of a checkered past. See the fabulous mosaics in the Basilica of Euphrasius in Porec, the Dubrovnik ramparts and the Roman ruins at Solin. Dubrovnik has been called the most perfectly preserved medieval city in the world, which has for centuries rivalled Venice as a major trading port. The huge walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries are still intact. The churches, monasteries, palaces, wide marble-paved squares, steep cobble-stepped streets and houses have remained unchanged for centuries. But Dubrovnik is no museum. It is alive with the comings and goings of people whose homes line the narrow streets and sunlit squares enclosed by massive walls. Take a walk along the stone ramparts of the city for the best views, before venturing inside to experience many treasures. Visit beautiful churches, palaces, interesting museums, markets and bazaars. Crystal clear sea for swimming, snorkelling and diving (there are several recognised dive schools) and lots of island hopping ferries to take you to many of the offshore islets and outcrops. Sailing is a super way to enjoy the coastal seas, and boats and berths can be hired in many little ports. Water skiing and windsurfing are also popular in high season. Little fishing ports are scattered along the coastline – ensuring a fresh supply of seafood for delicious local dishes. Find your own island for a day. Fix a price in advance with a small water taxi, take a picnic and let the 'captain' decide – go in the morning and agree a time to collect you later in the day. Away from the coast, glorious rural scenery lines your route to timeless tiny villages. There are said to be 400 species of fish thriving in local waters. Local dishes include brodeta, mixed fish stew with rice. The Italian influence on Croatia extends to its inexpensive specialities with pizza and pasta dishes in many eateries. Meat specialities include prsut – a parma ham equivalent, served as a starter with local cheese in oil, cevapcici – little rissoles of beef, onion, and herbs and rznjici – pork kebabs. Local wines include some from organic vineyards. From May to October average daily temperatures are above 20oC and average rainfall low, but even in the winter months they don't go below 12oC, which is pleasantly warm, and you can fly direct from Scotland.

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SpotLight On Forres & District February 2012