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FINDHORN BAY CARE FARM A unique day service for adults with a learning disability, Aspergers or Autism held at Findhorn Ecovillage. Clients work in the gardens, followed by a creative session with lunch included. Call Edward Fitsell on 01309 690700 or email at carefarm@findhorn.org www.findhornbaycarefarm.org

FINDHORN BOWLING CLUB Daily (Apr - Sept), 9am - 9pm, Church Place, FIndhorn. Affiliated to the Scottish Bowling Association & Highland Bowling League. All ages & abilities welcome. Call Joan Tomkinson on 01309 673847

FINDHORN VILLAGE CONSERVATION COMPANY A community led & controlled company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Open to anyone on the electoral roll living in the postcodes of Findhorn 14:22 Page 1 village. Call Jo Harris (Sec & Vice Chair) on 01309 692339 or at findhornvillage@yahoo.co.uk FORRES & NAIRN DISTRICT WELFARE ASSOCIATION (Apr - Sept). A football league made up from clubs & pubs in the Forres & Nairn area. age 16 +. Call Mashy Young on 07796 524050 or email at forresnairnwfa@hotmail.co.uk

FORRES AREA COMMUNITY TRUST A community development trust aiming to make the Forres area a better place to live, work & visit Call 01309 674388 or email at info@forresarea.org www.forresarea.org

FORRES COMMUNITY WOODLANDS TRUST Our vision is to maintain & enhance the Trust’s woodlands as bio-diverse habitats which provide recreational & educational opportunities. 20 Tolbooth Street, Forres. Call Gisela MacFarquhar on 01309 673230 or email at fcwt.secretary@gmail.com

FORRES FOOTPATHS TRUST Dedicated to establishing a network of walks in & around Forres, but also to protecting wildlife & enhancing the local environment. The Trust has developed a number of walks around the town. Call Brad Chappell on 01309 675501 or at forresfootpathstrust@gmail.com www.forresfootpathstrust.org.uk

FORRES HARRIERS Tues & Thurs, 6.30pm, Swimming Pool/Roysvale Park in Winter, Grant Park in Summer. Small friendly club, all ages & abilities. Email at forresharriers@hotmail.co.uk www.forresharriers.org.uk FORRES HERITAGE TRUST Aims to promote the heritage & culture of Forres, the preservation of its historic structures & landscape & to preserve local traditions & customs. The Nelson Tower on Cluny Hill & the Tolbooth in Forres are in the Trust's care. Call George Alexander (Chair) on 01309 674873 or email at m.duncan4@btinternet.com www.forresheritage.org

FORRES HIGHLAND GAMES COMMITTEE The Forres Highland Games take place annually every July in Grant Park, Forres. Call Mike Scott on 01309 673289 or at michaelwscott@btinternet.com FORRES KNIT & NATTER 2nd Thurs of month, 10.30am 12pm, Varis Court Sheltered Housing, North Street, Forres. Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, embroidery, papercrafts. For any who are living with dementia or experiencing difficulties with their memory, incl family & friends. Call Sharon FInlay (Community Activities Organiser) on 07584 4082098 or sfinlay@alzscot.org

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No sooner are the supermarket shelves emptied of selection boxes than they are filled with chocolate eggs. Christmas has become a distant memory; we are now looking forward to the Easter holidays. Sadly, for many in our town both these momentous events of history mean little more than chocolate and holidays. Perhaps you could be persuaded to stop for a few moments and take a fresh look at the cross. All through our lives, we have been familiar with the symbol of the cross. On our schoolwork, the cross, simply but starkly, informed us that we were wrong. When we receive a birthday card, the cross reminds us that we were loved. The cross on the ballot paper indicated that we had made a choice. The fabled pirate map told that the treasure was to be found at the cross. The cross of the Easter story has strikingly similar lessons for us to learn, read on. We are the ones who got it wrong, we have broken God’s laws – “All

have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Yet, on the cross, Jesus Christ died, having borne the judgment that our sins deserved. Unlike our schoolwork, the wrongs (sins) of life can’t be corrected, but they can be forgiven, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Pondering the cross of Jesus Christ reminds us that we are loved – “God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This love is further described as a “great love” and “an everlasting love”. In considering the above truths of our sin and God’s love, we realise that the cross of Christ leaves us with a stark choice – to believe or not to believe. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”. Carefully following the guidance of the map, each instruction in succession, eventually led the seeker to the cross where the treasure would be found. The list of the treasures, described as spiritual blessings in the Bible, contains such

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riches as: forgiveness of sins, peace with God, placed in the family of God, an inheritance to be enjoyed eternally, to name only a few. To claim such treasures follow the directions in the Bible. In the light of the cross confess to God the sin of your wrongdoing. Thank Him that in spite of your sin He has shown His love in sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross. In making such a choice you are opening the treasures of God’s grace and goodness for your soul to enjoy for all eternity. As Easter approaches, by all means enjoy your creme egg, but don’t forget the cross, or more importantly, the man who died on that cross for our sins. Bible quotes in italics are from the King James Version: Romans 3 v 23   Romans 5 v 8 Ephesians 2 v 4   Jeremiah 31 v 3 John 3 v 36 Ainslie Paterson Evangelist Caroline Street Gospel Hall

Contact Heather Mackenzie (Session Clerk): 01309 674245. 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 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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Parliament Blog & Tide Times As we head towards Easter itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a busy time for schools and churches and I will hopefully get the chance to see some of you at the odd daffodil tea or Easter coffee morning being held around Moray which is also a great opportunity to sample some home baking! There is little time for tea and biscuits in the House of Commons just now, although like a coffee morning, there is always plenty to talk about, and recent weeks have been extremely busy with various debates and meetings of the Home Affairs committee which I am a member of. This committee is looking at a range of issues but we recently visited the National Crime Agency which is the lead agency for tackling serious and organised crime and the visit was a real eye-opener in terms of some of the investigations that are ongoing and the joint working with agencies all across the country. On a

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CAROLINE STREET GOSPEL HALL, FORRES Gospel Meeting Each Sunday ,12.15 pm Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord. Hosea 10;12 Senior Citizens - Monday 5th March at 2:00 pm-3:00pm All Welcome

28 march - 31 october

highland folk museum: britain's first open air museum 10.30am - 5.30pm (mar - aug) & 11am 4.30pm (sept - oct). highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. free but donations welcome. how highland people lived & worked from 1700s - 1960s! we have an cafe, gift shop & a fantastic children’s playground. call 01540 673551 or email at highland.folk@highlifehighland.com www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum

april - 30 september

nelson tower with panoramic views over the moray firth 2pm - 4pm. exhibitions of local photographs & nelson memorabilia. entry by donation. the red ensign flying from the tower mast signifies that the tower is open! www.forresheritage.org

until 30 june

moray supports refugees: appeal for warm clothing, tents & equipment for adults, children & babies living in refugee camps. collection points: the sorting centre, chanonry estate, elgin; babalou, reboot & wastebusters (camping eqipment only) - all forres & the drop off caravan, pineridge, findhorn foundation. for info call 07982 161282 or email at chrispreece1@hotmail.com attention bird watchers!: scotland's swifts are in trouble get in touch for more info. call cally on 07411 808573 or email huntlyswiftgroup@gmail.com

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February 2018 26 monday

tsimoray: gdpt information session; delivered by ico 9.30am - 12.30pm, the mansion house hotel & country club, elgin. free but booking essential via email.at info@tsimoray.org.uk

27 tuesday

social media management tools for tourism histed by dts & moray speyside tourism 12.30pm - 3.30pm, the drouthy cobbler, elgin. learn how to schedule posts in bulk & set up reports for multiple social media platforms on hootsuite. www.eventbrite.com

28 wednesday

the classic rock show 'guitar greats - world tour 2018' 7.30pm, eden court (empire theatre), i call 01463 234234 bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome

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 email at lesley@leap-scotland.com stand-up & hang-on tidies: make new from old page 22 - March 2018

2 friday

sigma: galactic archaeology; how do galaxies form & evolve? speaker - dr oscar gonzales, royal observatory,edinburgh. 7pm for a 7.30pm start, birnie village hall. non-members welcome. www.sigma-astro.co.uk spectrum dancing: somewhere between 5 rhythms & an art school disco 7pm - 9pm, upper games hall, forres community centre. £3 (introductory price). open to anyone over 18. no alcohol or drugs! www.frithaland.com

3 saturday

ENTRY BY DONATION

March 2018 1 thursday

5.30pm - 7.30pm, elgin sports & community centre 10:48 free but places limited so booking essential. materials provided or bring your own. email at paul@earthtime.co.uk.

parisian market in aid of drumduan class 7/8 class trip 2pm - 6pm, forres town hall. food, stalls, face painting etc. come & have fun! coldplace@ the ironworks, inverness 7pm. www.ironworksvenue.com noise present dj rankin@the ironworks, inverness 11pm. www.ironworksvenue.com ac/dc tribute - volts@elgin ex-services club 8pm nieves@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 9pm - 11pm. www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk jim graham@the seaforth club, nairn 9pm all stars stripes cheer & dance: family ceilidh featuring current affair 7.30pm - 11.55pm, bishopmill hall, elgin. byob/snacks. £5 or £20 (family ticket) from ascdfundraising @gmail.com scottish teas & savouries 2pm - 5pm, findhorn village centre

3 saturday - 10 saturday

world junior curling championships 2018 tbc, eday walk, aberdeen. ttn junior men’s & ten junior www.worldjuniorcurlingchampionships2018.

4 sunday

moray typhoons vs dundee comets (away game) www.moraytyphoons.co.uk nairn roadrunners: nairn 10k; northern scot series & fun run 1pm - 2pm (registration); 2.30pm (start), nairn community centre. £15 per participant (nonaffiliated); online entry only for 10k - closes 1st march. fun run entry can register on day - limited spaces, minimum age 9yrs. call 01667 462173. www.nairnroadrunners.co.uk the seaforth ceilidh band@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

6 tuesday

burgie arboretum: speaker - hamish lochore 10 am, north hall, forres town hall. free. call norman thomson on 01309 676884 or ndt4@btinternet.com

7 wednesday

elgin writers' group: opening night; learning to use

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microphones effectively. 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library. memberships due. meet & greet old & new members. www.elginwriters.wordpress.com a wandering i will go: scottish diaspora post culloden; speakers - dr jim mcpheron & prof jim hunter. part of the bbc civilisations festival 6.30pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre moray food network: cooking classes: kid's pizza pizzoz! 5pm - 7pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential. throw the dough & rock the toppings. family cooking with roselyn.call 07810 790053 or at lets.eatforres@gmail.com

8 thursday

international women's day coffee morning 10am 12pm, elgin museum hall. £2. a coffee morning event to mark the centenary of votes for women in uk & raise money for the womankind charity. call mary shand on 01343 543675 or email mshand4b@aol.com. www.elginmuseum.org.uk forres crafters agm 7.30pm - 9.30pm, blue room, forres community centre, forres. all welcome. email forrescrafters@gmail.com moray food network: cooking classes: stir-fry your greens 6pm - 8pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential. get in the green groove & stir-fry in style with ming ming. call 07810 790053 or email lets.eatforres@gmail.com

8 thursday - 10 saturday

musical-anything goes: emt presents "anything goes" with music by cole porter this show has great songs & dancing 7.30 pm, elgin town hall £15 adults, £12 u12's. call james barnett on 01343 550805 or email oban.jb@gmail.com. www.elginmusicaltheatre.com

9 friday

wonder woman (12a)@universal hall, findhorn 7.30pm, £5. call david till on 01309 691170 or email uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk grand concert of fiddle music: a night of toe-tapping scottish music & entertainments tickets on sale from players on sale & at the door 7.30pm, st giles church, elgin. £7 call 013435 551113 or email at juliegrant1972@btinternet.com www.elginstrathspeyandreelsociety.org the stranglers@the ironworks, inverness, tbc www.ironworksvenue.com film forres community cinema night 6.15pm (doors open), forres town hall. check website or details of films being screened. new members welcome. www.filmforres.co.uk brambles' fashion show & international food tasting in aid of st mary's parish project 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £10 (incl a glass of prosecco) nairn literary institute: shackleton & endurance; speaker - jane wordie 7.30pm, nairn free church, gordon street, nairn. www.nairnliterary.org.uk admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

10 saturday

music nairn: opera alba; gala night of operetta, songs from the shows, traditional songs by quartet of singers & piano 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £19/15/3. call music nairn on 01667 455701 www.musicnairn.org.uk connect presents marco bailey@the ironworks, inverness 10pm. www.ironworksvenue.com race night fundraiser for helgin roller derby 7.30pm, bishopmill hall, elgin. £2. cash prizes to be won & a raffle draw!

10 saturday - 11 sunday

ramblers scotland: scottish council 2018 1pm - 2pm, doubletree by hilton aberdeen treetops, springfield road, aberdeen. free. weekend of walks, talks, & socialising with members from across scotland. www.eventbrite.co.uk

11 sunday

inverness half marathon & 5k 12.30pm (marathon) & 12.40pm (5k. )age 17 plus for marathon & all ages for 5k. www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk psychovertical: a vertical education; speaker: andy kirkpatrick on forty years of climbing & adventures, Forres Country Music Club March 18.pdf 1 from the alps to patagonia, yosemite to greenland 7.30pm, eden court, inverness. call 01463 234234 the seaforth ceilidh band@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

Forres Country Music club Victoria Hotel Friday 2nd March ‘BUZZARD CREEK’ Social Line Dancing Entrance: Members £5 Non-member £6 Doors open: 8:00pm - 11:30pm

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12 monday

the 51st highland division at arras, 1917: speaker derek bird 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm, st sylvester's hall 19 institution road elgin. free. call gillian gibson on 01343 541056 or at elginanddistrictpsg@gmail.com www.parkinsons.org.uk moray field club: landscape & ecology of the cairngorms; speaker - matthew hawkins, cairngorms national park authority 7.30pm, the lounge, elgin town hall. £1. call sara marsh on. 01343 549769/ 07840 285438 or at morayfieldclub@gmail.com ed byrne: spoiler alert 8pm, eden court, inverness all welcome. call 01463 234234

13 tuesday

elgin flower club: a touch of artistic license; speaker

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alyson christie, st andrews 7.30pm, elgin high church hall, guildry street, elgin. www.elginflowerclub.com twelfth day@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm - 10pm, www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk

livewire ac/dc@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm www.ironworksvenue.com triple crown: scottish slopestyle championships tbc, cairngorm mountain park & pipe. call 01479 861261 or email at info@cairngormmountain.org

the arts society (speyside): charles dickens; the man & his life through his characters. speaker - bertie pearce 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. www.theartssociety.org/speyside king creosote with support from hamish hawk@ the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm - 10pm, (sold out) www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk highland rock garden club: growing & showing; in garden & pot. speaker - barry cauldwell 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £4 (incl refreshments. . all welcome. call john owen on 01320 366246

upbattle: test some of best splitboards out there on uk snow, with a la mans style derby race thrown in tbc, cairngorm mountain. call 07867 771001

14 wednesday

15 thursday

the arts society (highland): charles dickens; the man & his life through his characters. speaker - bertie pearce 2.10pm, smithton culloden free church. £8 non-members. email averill brodie at averillbrodie@ymail.com. www.hdfas.org.uk moray food network: cooking classes: a french affair with head chef, rob mckenna 6pm - 8pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential. call 07810 790053 or email at lets.eatforres@gmail.com

16 friday

cinema-nairn: my cousin rachel (12a) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. www.cinema-nairn.co.uk moray food network: cooking classes: incredible edible cosmetics with sam young 6.30pm - 8.30pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential call 07810 790053 or at lets.eatforres@gmail.com

16 friday - 18 sunday

wild ski festival: hosted by some of britain’s top ski coaches, instructors, etc tbc, glenmore lodge, aviemore.call 01479 861256 or email at enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk

17 saturday

loving vincent (12a )@universal hall, findhorn 7.30pm. £5. call david gill on 01309 691170 or at uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk moravian orienteering saturday league: dufftown 10.15am - 11.15am (registration); 10.30a, dufftown in conjunction with the moray & nairn schools league. www.moravianorienteering.org british masters (open) cross country champs: grant park, forres 12pm (race 1) & 1pm (race 2), grant park, forres. 8k course for masters men & women. registration online. www.bmaf.org.uk/fixtures page 24 - March 2018

17 saturday - 18 sunday 18 sunday

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20 tuesday

barry woodward - inspirational evangelist speaker on how he turned his life around after years of addiction 7.30pm, clovenside chapel, clovenside road, forres. free. call jon mackenzie on 01309 676974 or email at jon.mackenzie11@gmail.com www.forresbaptistchurch.org

21 wednesday

findhorn bay local nature reserve: fblnr agm then management committee meeting 7pm, incl public session 7.30pm, james milne institute, findhorn. tsimoray: join the dots; annual networking conference 9.30am - 3.30pm, the mansfield hotel & mezzo bistro, elgin. community groups, voluntary organisations social enterprises, charities, etc elgin writers' group: a member of the journalist profession talks about writing for the newspaper (tbc) 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library. closing date for winter competition. www.elginwriters.wordpress.com

22 thursday

easter miracle play - the passion by lamps theatre group doors open 6.30pm for 7pm, st leomard’s church, forres. £5 at the door. email at royand@btinternet.com moray food network: cooking classes: roselyn's big curry night with roselyn 6pm - 8pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential. call 07810 790053 or email at lets.eatforres@gmail.com forres macmillan fundraising group: annual general meeting 7pm for 7.30pm, forres town hall. all welcome, especially new folk wanting to support those living with cancer

23 friday

reap's grow your own healthy communities food, folk & greenspace conference: join us at our event which showcases a wide range of local food & landbased resources. booking essential 10am - 3.30pm, elgin town hall house, 1 trinity pl, elgin. free. call alasdair taylor on 01542 888070 or email at info@reapscotland.org.uk. www.reapscotland.org.uk moray food network: cooking classes: raw chocolate masterclass with sam young 6.30pm -

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24 friday

tidelines@the loft, forres tbc, ttickets from website www.ticketmaster.co.uk snow white & the grease monkeys - panto: the classic fairytale meets the slick musical grease 7pm (doors 6.30pm), dyke & district hall. adults £8, children £4. call claire doughty on 07846 145050 or at claire@chitchat.scot. 2nd rda charity gala evening: two course meal, hypnotainment & music by bedhead 7pm - 11.59pm, lossiemouth. £25. call lesley hutcheson or lynne havell or 01343 842408 or 07724 062597/01343 813495 or 07801 721123 happy mums market: indoor pre-loved markets dedicated to baby & children's items, from birth to 10yrs 10am - 12pm, elgin town hall. adults £1; u16s free. www.happymumsmarket.co.uk

25 sunday

palm sunday walk in forres: 'donkey'-led walk’ 2.15pm, from st leonard’s church, forres along the high street & back to the church hall for refreshments & an easter egg hunt - great for families! email royand@btinternet.com moray wedding exhibition 11am, elgin academy car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) - 1st of the year! 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with car & table. teas/coffees, soft drinks, butteries, bbq. www.wherecanwego.com the seaforth ceilidh@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

26 monday

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

27 tuesday

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 9am - 7.30pm, invergordon. aidavita

28 wednesday

bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome

29 thursday

moray food network: ming ming's fabulous fish 6pm - 8pm, transition town forres. free but booking essential. call 07810 790053 or email at lets.eatforres@gmail.com admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

30 friday

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

30 friday - 2 monday

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31 saturday

the arc sessions: skerryvore@fochabers institute tbc call mhairi marwick on 07810 174377 or email at thearcsessions@hotmail.com the guns n roses experience plus special guests, lizzy planet@elgin town hall 7.30pm the south@the ironworks, inverness 8pm www.ironworksvenue.com little halo@elgin ex-service men's club 8pm elgin easter family fun day 10am - 4pm, elgin city centre. free. the great elgin easter egg hunt.fun & games for the kids. call embrace elgin bid on 01343 550652forres crafters spring craft fair: craft tables with a variety of locally handmade crafts 10am 4pm, tolbooth, forres. free. email forrescrafters@gmail.com daffodil tea run by the findhorn wi 2pm, james milne Petstay Feb 18.pdf 1 16/01/2018 10:42 institute, findhorn. £2. all welcome

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“My main inspiration has always been the human figure. A friend suggested entering this event. I didn’t take it too seriously at first but he kept mentioning it so I painted a self portrait and submitted it. I was pretty shocked when they phoned back to say I’d been selected. The biggest challenge was how to do a portrait in 4 hours as it usually takes me about 40. I spent a month prior to my heat working on my speed. The filming day was a frantic, hair raising experience, but terrific fun. I learned a lot from taking part. It has really helped develop my painting and I am planning to enter again for next year”. Jonathan studied Fine art in Canterbury from 1993-1996 where he specialised in figurative drawing and painting. He has lived in Moray since 2003 where he has worked as a self- employed portrait artist since 2009. As well as portraiture he has recently been focusing on painting the local landscapes, particularly the Findhorn Bay area.

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