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them. We are active in raising awareness of diabetes, its risks and symptoms and in raising funds for local support and for research. For details of meetings, phone 01343 860671, write to Diabetes UK Moray, Arden House, Longmorn, Elgin IV30 8RJ or visit www.diabetesukmoray.org.uk FINDHORN PLAYBACK THEATRE Improvisation drama. Regular rehearsal & performances at Findhorn Village Centre, IV36 3YR. For info, call 01343 850123 or visit www.findhornplaybacktheatre.co.uk FINDHORN TENNIS CLUB 2 full size & 1 short court. Family & young juniors rates available. Adults £50 & Juniors £20 annual subscription for unlimited play. Contact Janet Barcis: janetbarcis@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01309 692479 or visit www.lta.org. (‘Findhorn’ into the search box) FORRES CYCLING CLUB Weekly runs leave the Clubhouse in Cumming Street, Forres at 9:30am every Sunday. Midweek training most mornings. Summer Tuesday evening race/social league for all ages. Races from May to September. To be the next Wiggins or Hoy, contact club secretary Alan White on 01309 674698 or alan.white.245@btinternet.com www.forrescyclingclub.co.uk FORRES PIPE BAND Practice evening on every Tuesday in the Town Hall. Beginners/Juveniles Tuition: 6:30pm-7:30pm. Regular Pipers & Drummers: 7:30pm-9pm. New starters, pipers and drummers always welcome. Contact John Channon (secretary) at secretary@forrespipeband.co.uk or George Reynolds at georgereynolds182@hotmail.com RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (FORRES, NAIRN & DISTRICT) Opportunities to ride and give therapeutic benefit to disabled children in the Forres and Nairn area. Call Mrs P. Christie 0845 241 5301 for details.

CULBIN SINGERS Regular Thursday evening practice sessions take place in St Laurence Church, Forres. New members welcome. Email: alasdair@manachie.eclipse.co.uk DARNAWAY CURLING CLUB Small, friendly club would be delighted to welcome new members for the coming season. Why not come and try a new sport. For further details contact evrae@hotmail.com EARTHTIME TODDLER ADVENTURES Creative & exploring sessions for you & your child (2 - 5 year olds, accompanied by a parent /guardian). At Oakwood, Elgin or Grant Park, Forres. See Earthtime’s Facebook page, call 07789 715380 or visit www.earthtime.co.uk FÈIS INBHIR NARAINN Reg. Charity No. SC038460. Weekly traditional music classes in guitar, fiddle, whistle, chanter, accordion, keyboard & bodhran. Any ability from age 8. Instrument hire available. Tel: 462681 or visit www.spanglefish.com/ inbhirnarainn FORRES ‘BALL’ GROUP ‘Be Active Life Long’. Thurs 10am - 12noon, Forres House. Exercise to music for over 60’s group. Contact 672838 FORRES BIG CHOIR Thurs 7pm, Kinloss Church, Forres. No auditions and no need to read music. Call Bill Henderson 672951 or Kate O’Connel 01343 850266. FORRES OVER 60S LUNCH GROUP Fridays at 12pm, St Leonards Chuch Hall. 3 course meal. £4 per week. Open to anyone 60+. Contact Joan Lobbett on 01309 671150.

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Peace at last!

Perhaps the most elusive possession in all the world, regardless of nationality, culture, colour or creed, is peace. Everybody craves it and some men even fight for it, but it cannot be bought or sold. Settled peace eludes nations, governments, businesses and families and since time immemorial, strife, tension and wars have afflicted the world of men. But why? The Bible gives an explanation that doesn’t do anything for man’s self-esteem, but it certainly makes things clear. Writing to the Christians in Rome, Paul the Apostle wrote, “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one … And the way of peace have they not known.” (Romans 3.10-12, 17). The biblical explanation that peace eludes man because of his personal guilt before God is mocked by many today, but it is self-evident that the more godless a society becomes, the more callous, brutal, selfish and violent are its ways. Sin brings its consequences.

When a person is at peace with God it is possible to know the peace of God ruling in the heart. The present conflict between the Jew and the Arab is rooted in ancient history and, humanly speaking, it seems to be an intractable problem. Yet, 2000 years ago in the city of Antioch, a man called Barnabas had the great joy of seeing Jews and Gentiles, formerly bitter opponents, sitting in happy fellowship together. What had happened to make that possible? The Gospel concerning the Lord Jesus Christ had been preached, and many in Antioch had believed by faith that they were sinners in need of forgiveness and salvation. Repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus had united former enemies, and their new-found peace with God had resulted in peace with one another. That same reconciling power of the Gospel has been proved in every part of the world, no less today than in the earliest days of the Church.

Peace with God need not be elusive. Writing to the Colossian Christians, Paul explained, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be

Caroline Street Gospel Hall Sundays 6.30pm: gospel meetings. Tel: 01309 674375. Email: glcinfo@tiscali.co.uk Dyke Church - Church of Scotland Sunday worship 10am. Family service. Tea/coffee and fellowship after every service. Contemporary evening service with the Praise Band on the first Sunday of the month. 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 Rafford Church Sundays 9.30am: family service. Our praise is from CH3 and Mission Praise. After the service, we enjoy 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

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things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1.20-22). Those whom Paul describes as “alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works” can be righteously reconciled to a holy God in virtue of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Men crucified the ‘Prince of Peace’, yet in that very death the purpose of God provided the means by which alienated sinners could be reconciled and find peace with God. The repentant sinner whose faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is, through the work of the Saviour at Calvary, declared righteous by God. Paul describes that happy condition in Romans 5.1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

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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.

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EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 21ST FEBRUARY 2013 OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ROYAL BURGH OF FORRES

3. PUBLIC SESSION • The Chair welcomed Inspector Paul McCruden asking him to update the members. The Inspector said that, during the last period, 21 drivers had been dealt with for breaking speed limits, 5 for drink driving and others were warned for a variety of offences such as disobeying road signs, driving without insurance and a number of vehicular defects. Fixed Penalties had been issued to an individual for urinating in the street and to another for causing antisocial annoyance to a neighbour by using a stereo. Following an enquiry about metal theft, the Inspector said that 3 incidents since January were being followed up and were ongoing. A speed survey, carried out on the A96 at Brodie, revealed that the average speed to be 49.8 mph with no conclusion supporting further speed restrictions. Briefing us on the changes to the new Police Scotland the Inspector said that the Moray Division had now amalgamated with the Aberdeenshire Division to form one of the 14 new divisions but insisted that the public would see no change in operation. He also told us of the replacement of the 0845 non emergency number by an easier to remember 101. The Chair thanked him for the information. • Fiona Burnett, from Environmental Services, came to address members on new recycling services and the extra bins to go with them. Householders will be receiving an extra 2 bins, a large blue for paper and cardboard and a purple one for plastic and tin, issued in mid March and serviced fortnightly. She said that letters would be delivered to householders detailing the pick-up times for the various bins prior to the issue of the bins. Cllr Ferris asked what arrangements had been made to dispose of the plastic, once collected, and was told that it was being collected for treatment by a firm in the Central Belt at no expense to Moray Council and in fact

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earned money for the Local Authority. • Comm Cllr Hayward asked the Moray Cllrs if any response had been found to explain the delay in action on the Hanover Housing planning development. It seems that it is held up because of a Historic Scotland objection to the plans and in particular to a building in the corner of the development site. • A member of the public, Mr Jeronim, asked the Cllrs who in Moray Council was responsible for applying for grants to fund cycleways. Cllr McLean said that he would find out and Cllr Skene said that she had been told that what was being referred to as an old cycleway was, in fact, the route of the old road. This was denied by Mr Jeronim. • Mr B Macdonald, of FACT, updated the members on the case of Sanquhar Pond saying that an Environmental Engineer would be examining the site tomorrow.

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• The Secretary said that he had received an email from the CCLO requesting members input on a Community Safety Draft Strategy which he had circulated to all members for their input on the topic. • He said that he had been approached by a representative of Forres Events Limited seeking permission from the Community Council for the use of the CC Logo. After discussion, members agreed to permitting its use to support the European Pipe Band Championships.

• The Secretary, in the absence of the Treasurer said that the account now stood at £1713.45. This was broken down into CC Operating Account - £487.22 and Special Projects - £1226.23. • The Secretary said that at the recent JCC meeting the topic was raised on advertising the Community Councils in the forthcoming elections, due in September of this year, and funding was sought to cover the cost of this. After discussion members voted unanimously to use the Special Projects Fund to donate £75 to the JCC for this purpose.

5. CHAIR’S REPORT • The Chair told members that he had received complaints about travellers up at the Muiry who were blocking paths to walkers trying to enter the woods. He was also concerned about the cancellation of the arts budget as any application for funding had to show support and match funding from the Local Authority. Because

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6. EXTERNAL GROUPS REPORT • Cllr Mackenzie said that the Heritage Trust were seeking volunteers for opening Nelson’s Tower again this summer. • Cllr Hayward said there had been no new planning applications. • M Cllr Skene told the meeting that she had supported the Chinese week, meeting a Chinese couple who were part of a heritage group in China. She said she would be attending the Conservation Scheme meeting. • M Cllr McLean said that he was helping to support the Friends of the Falconer Museum who were seeking volunteers to keep the Museum functioning. Cllr Ferris said that as the Comm Council were paid corporate members of the Friends we would support their aims as well.

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PARLIAMENT BLOG & TIDE TIMES I had great pleasure recently in joining young farmers from across the north and north east at Thainstone. A particular congratulations to my own constituents in Keith Young Farmers who won the club award for their activities through the year. It is great to see so many young folk involved in farming, which is an incredibly challenging industry to work in, especially with some of the prolonged atrocious weather conditions we have seen recently. Supporting young farmers is something I am particularly passionate about, given both the historic and current importance of the industry to Moray and, indeed, to Scotland as a whole. The average age of farmers has, unsurprisingly, been going up over many years - a trend that I am determined to move in the opposite direction and make farming an attractive profession from an economic perspective as well as a traditional lifestyle perspective. Well done to Keith Young Farmers! Richard Lochhead MSP

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24 wednesday diabetes uk moray: public meeting on healthy eating 7pm. elgin town hall. www.diabetesukmoray.org.uk moray concert brass concert 7pm. st john's church, forres. entrance ÂŁ7, children half price. contact kirsteen: 01309 690775. alejandro ziegler 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. ÂŁ12/ÂŁ10 concs/ÂŁ8 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk

Sun 5th ......................................Black Isle Jazz - 2pm-4pm Fri 10th ..................Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain - 7:30pm Sat 18th ...................... Donnie Munro in Concert - 7:30pm Fri 24th ..............................................................Music Nairn: Song Studio from RCS Vocalists “Magic, Myth and Legend� Fri 31st............................................................Cinema Nairn: “The Angel’s Share� (15) - 7:30pm For further details, telephone 01667 453476, e-mail info@nairncc.co.uk or check out our website at www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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8 wednesday nadfas fine art lecture: ‘a family affair: florence & the house of medici’ by jo walton 11am. sherwood suite, eight acres hotel, elgin. visitors welcome. orienteering event fundraiser for andersons primary school’s p7 year group 6pm-8pm. grant park, forres. moray & nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. all welcome. contact 01309 673431. vamm 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. £12/£10 concs/£8 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk

12 sunday mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated closing date: 03/05. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com buckie classic car show 10:30am. linzee gordon park. 07831 263915. www.buckieclassiccarshow.org enquiries@buckieclassiccarshow.org community litter pick 2pm-3pm. meeting at pilmuir primary school, forres. bl’azz: “blue and sentimental” @ maclean room, eden court 2:30pm. tickets £8 from eden court box office. 01463 234234.

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9 thursday - 11 saturday scottish ballet: highland fling @ eden court 01463 234234. www.eden-court.co.uk

10 friday national trust of scotland (nts) & brodie castle collections 10:30am. talk with nts experts. book at 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events dandy trap presents “the death of tintagiles”(play) 7:15pm. james milne institute, findhorn. not suitable for children. £7. reserve a seat, phone 07969 017977. colin macleod @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com phil cunningham & aly bain 7.30pm. nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. camille o’sullivan @ eden court 8pm. 01463 234234. www.eden-court.co.uk

11 saturday macmillan 5k mini mudder, grantown-on-spey £10 registration per person. contact 01479 870320 or 01479 872872. www.macmudders.co.uk christian aid: soup and sweet 12pm-1:30pm. james milne institute, findhorn. £3. coffee, tea, biscuits and sales tables from 11am-3pm. the western front association: “ladies from hell? admin@spotlighton.co.uk

morale in the highland battalions 1914 -1918” 2:30pm. elgin library. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net mundole equestrian: moray & nairn pony club arena event contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com the culbin singers’ spring concert 7.30pm. st laurence church forres. music by jenkins & others. www.manachie.eclipse.co.uk/culbinsingers/culbinsingers.htm cinema nairn: ‘life is beautiful’ (pg) 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. tel: 01667 453476. tickets at door. for further info: cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk

Information sessions and long service presentations in Elgin Library. Check out the hyperlink “http://www.moray.gov.uk” in May for more details or see The Moray Council advert in this issue of SpotLight for contact details.

14 tuesday the pink castle philosophy club - your fun & friendly ‘thinking lgbt club’ 7.30pm. riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel. www.pinkcastle.eu

15 wednesday a conversation with carmel 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk

15 wednesday - 16 thursday drop in pc/mac 1 on 1 computer sessions with brian 10am.contact findhorn village centre (01309 692339) for info. minimal donation of £6 per session.

16 thursday heroic arias – reno and gail troillus + guests showstopperz and troillus ensemble 7:30pm. eden court. 01463 234234. www.eden-court.co.uk souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. £3. text/call: 07745 930383.

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film forres community cinema news of screenings and times on forres town hall window, in forres gazette and on website www.filmforres.co.uk elgin area netmums group: the big toddle (sponsored walk for barnardo’s) 1:30pm. contact claire: 07989 135607 or claireymac1@aol.com

sounds familiar singing group for people with dementia & their carers 2:30pm-4pm. craigmonie hotel, inverness. for info and reservations, contact 01463 233231.

18 saturday world whisky day 2013 various venues around speyside, dufftown. 01340 881616. nairn men’s breakfast 9:45am for 10am. dunbar golf club, nairn. speaker: alasdair moodie. phone campbell (01667 455149) by fri 17th to book a place. inverness choral society spring concert 7:30pm. eden court. orff carmina burana and beethoven mass in c. casino night doors open 7.30pm. dallas village hall. licenced bar. dress to impress. tickets £10. tickets on the door or in advance on 01343 890420. donnie munro in concert 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk elizabeth rogers 8pm. universal hall, findhorn. £12/£10 concs/£8 u16s. 01309 690311.

22 wednesday rachel sermanni @ ironworks 7pm. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com blazin’ fiddles 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. £14/£12 concs/£10 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk

24 friday red hot chilli pipers @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com music nairn: song studio from rcs vocalists “magic, myth and legend” nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk lofty pots wine & pottery night the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. to book, please call 01343 850111.

Moray Steiner School Traditional May Fair Sat 25th - 11am to 4pm

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A fun filled day for all the family with: Craft Activities, Live Music & Maypole Dancing, Games, Stalls, School Tours, Café and BBQ. Discover the magic of community at this traditional May Fair.

Tel 01309 676300 www.moraysteinerschool.org

Sunday 19th May 11am -5pm Fochabers DON’T MISS IT! Full details and discounted tickets online www.gordoncastle.co.uk/highland-games

19 sunday gordon castle highland games and country fair 11am-5pm. fochabers. all day fun for all the family. new concert corner, gordon setter parade & dog show, air display, traditional events, massed bands, sporting activities, highland dancing, solo piping, masses of shopping & lots of food and drink. more details at www.gordoncastle.co.uk/highland-games contact events@gordoncastle.co.uk or 07500 879687. mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com be silent or be killed universal hall, findhorn. 7:30pm. £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk page 22 - May 2013

25 saturday traditional may fair at moray steiner school 11am. crafts, music, games, stalls, school tours, café, bbq, etc. 01309 676300. www.moraysteinerschool.org what on earth!? 2pm. universal hall, findhorn. £7/£6 concs/£5 u16s. tel: 01309 691170. www.universalhall.co.uk team competition in aid of crossroads moray doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm. new elgin hall. £1 entry. main prize: accomodation for four in aviemore. inverness abc boxing tournament @ ironworks 7pm. seated. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com

26 sunday lofty arts family craft session the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. £4 per child. to book, lease call 01343 850111. bl’azz: “the kyle-keddie quintet'” @ eden court 2:30pm. tickets £8 from eden court box office. 01463 234234.

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27 monday clean up scotland litter pick roseisle forest and beach. meet at car park 11am. gloves, bags and litter pickers provided. elgin area netmums group: brodie adventure playground 1:30pm. contact claire: 07989 135607 or claireymac1@aol.com elgin street pastors: evening of thanks & praise 7pm. st giles church, elgin. speaker: rev. les isaac obe, founder of street pastors. contact sarah: 07818 841074.

moray & nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. for information, contact 01309 673431.

14 friday mundole equestrian: mundole summer show on 2930/06 closing date: today. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com

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diabetes uk moray & grampian nhs: diabetes question time 7pm-9pm. lesser town hall, forres. learn about diabetes from an expert panel of health professionals.

the western front association: “first blitz: the 1918 german campaign to bomb london” 2:30pm. elgin library. 01343 870562. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net moon fool’s titania 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s. 01309 690311.

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a night of clairvoyance 7:30pm. royal british legion, forres. on behalf of findhorn village centre & hostel youth activities. £10. contact karin: 01309 692339. souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. £3. text/call: 07745 930383.

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31 friday mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated on 09/06 closing date: 31/05. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com northern roots music festival 7:30pm. bogbain farm, inverness. 01463 772800. www.bogbainfarm.com cinema nairn: “the angel’s share” (15) 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

burgie horse trials (2) & family fun weekend burgie mains farm. activities & trade stands. adults £7. children £4. contact horse trials office: 01343 850128. moray walking festival 2013 www.moraywalkingfestival.co.uk/index.php

22 saturday - 23 sunday scottish traditional boat festival 10am. portsoy, banffshire. 01261 842 951. www.scottishtraditionalboatfestival.co.uk dava way ghost train walk 10pm. starting at the square, grantown-on-spey. more info and costs at davaway.org.uk & www.moraywalkingfestival.co.uk

23 sunday the glen moray great bike ride elgin. three distance options: 10 miles, 25 miles & 75 miles. contact moray council: 01343 563891.

JUNE in brief

2 sunday mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com

4 tuesday macs moray area cancer support 2pm-4pm. moray coast medical practise, lossiemouth. call 07516 219151 for info.

7 friday sigma (moray’s astronomy club): agm 7pm for a 7:30pm start. birnie village hall, near elgin. www.sigma-astro.co.uk

9 sunday mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated closing date: 31/05. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com walk, jog, run moray summer 5k and 1.5k challenge aberlour. www.walkjogrunmoray.org.uk community litter pick 2pm-3pm. meeting at lidl’s car park, forres.

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25 tuesday elgin area netmums group: wester hardmuir farm, by nairn 1pm. contact claire: 07989 135607 or claireymac1@aol.com

29 saturday piping hot forres - european pipe band championships forres grant park, forres. www.pipinghotforres.com armed forces day www.armedforcesday.org.uk

29 saturday - 30 sunday mundole equestrian: mundole summer show closing date: 14/06. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com

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nature The Highland Tiger Arguably our most enigmatic species, the Scottish Wildcat is the only surviving native feline in the UK. With just 400 believed to remain in the wild, the Wildcat is rarer than the Bengal tiger. After suffering centuries of habitat loss, being hunted for their fur and shot as vermin, they now face threats Scottish Wild Cat from vehicle collisions, disease and probably most significantly, interbreeding with domestic cats. This dilutes the gene pool and has disastrous consequences for the species.

Wildcats mate in the depths of winter with the kittens born in April or May, with a litter of between 2-4 the norm. The mother brings live prey to the den, often an abandoned badger sett or fox earth, from around 3 weeks old, allowing the kittens to develop their hunting skills. They will start to follow mum around from about 10 weeks old and will remain with her until around 5 months. The male takes no part in the rearing of the youngsters. Wildcats can breed from 1 year old, though males are unlikely to do so until they have established their own territory. As wildcats are very similar in appearance to the domestic tabby it is difficult for the casual Juvenile observer to make a positive identification but probably the most significant markers are the blunt tail with it's distinct rings, and stripes on their flanks and hindquarters that are mainly unbroken. Wildcats are also larger than the domestic tabby, with the average male coming in at over 5 kg and the female nearly 4 kg. For the best chance to see them in the wild, go to an area they are known to inhabit, use a car as a hide and look for them around dawn or dusk – they are nocturnal creatures. For the not so patient, the Highland Wildlife park in Kingussie have captive animals. If you'd like to find out more about the Scottish wildcat, report a sighting or help with the conservation of the species, have a look at www.highlandtiger.com. SNH also have a lot of useful information at www.snh.gov.uk.

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The most significant surviving population is to be found in the Cairngorms, with smaller numbers in Lochaber and Aberdeenshire. Their preferred habitat is moorland and the margins of forests and mountain slopes, where their main prey is rabbits, hares and other small mammals. Like their domestic cousins, they are opportunistic feeders and will take anything of a suitable size.


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WHY DID JESUS DIE? This question is of vital importance because your eternal destiny depends upon your answer to it. Do you know why Jesus died? If not, I believe God has sent me across your path to tell you. Sin Brings Death In God’s Word, the Bible, we learn that death came into the world because of sin. “Wherefore … by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). You and I die because we are sinners; we have forfeited our right to live on the earth. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Jesus Died For Us Did Jesus die because He had sinned? No. Listen to the inspired Word of God: “In Him is no sin” (1 John 3:5); “Who did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22); “Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, death had no claim upon Him. But, blessed be His Name, He “gave Himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4). It was love to you and me that caused the Lord Jesus Christ to come down from heaven and die on Calvary’s cross. It was love to us that held Him on that shameful cross until He had finished the work of atonement to the glory of God. A holy, righteous, just God cannot let sin go unpunished. On the cross the Lord Jesus bore God’s judgment against sin in our stead, as our substitute; and now God is offering not only forgiveness, but also justification to the repentant sinner who believes in Jesus. He is “just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). God showed His approval of that mighty work by raising the Lord Jesus from among the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in heaven (Mark 16:19).

Jesus Is The Way There is no other way you can be saved but through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus. He says : “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Why did Jesus die? Have you ever realized that it was your sins that caused Him to die upon the cross, or ever felt your need of Him as your personal Saviour? As you read this little message, He looks down from heaven upon you, and He reads the thoughts and intents of your heart. He knows your attitude toward your sins, as well as your attitude toward the One who wants to be your Saviour. If you don’t know the forgiveness of sins, there is only one person in the world to blame and that is yourself. God is ready to forgive you, if only you are ready to turn from your sins and be forgiven.

Turn To Him Today God knows all about you. I urge you not to lay aside this opportunity until you have settled this great question of your sin and eternity and have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Once you see the seriousness of your sinful condition before God, you will never get rest of conscience and heart until you have trusted the Saviour of sinners. He made “peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). We are “reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10). If you do not trust Him now as your Saviour, you will meet Him in eternity as your Judge. For God “hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Won’t you flee to Him now for refuge while it is the day of salvation? He will be your shelter. “We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”( John 9:35) Have faith and doubt not.

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Chef’s Confidential Watercress and Cheese Scones Watercress is a superfood, a favourite ingredient of ours, so we like to make the most of it when it is in season. Interestingly, it has more vitamin C than oranges. It is also rich in iron, iodine vitamins A and E, antioxidants and folate.

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A 19th century Chinese porcelain blue and white bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark painted with lotus and scrolling foliage within ruyi-head and formal borders, seal mark to base, 37cm high. Price realised ÂŁ55,000 Lindsay Burns & Company 6 King Street, Perth, PH2 8JA, Tel: 01738 633888 mail@lindsayburns.co.uk www.lindsayburns.co.uk

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Dreaming of... New York New York! Daily direct flights with United Airlines from Glasgow and Edinburgh have made this a popular destination year round from Scotland. Arriving into New York via Newark or JFK, taxis are easily picked up and will whisk you into the centre of bustling Manhattan. The famous skyline appears before your eyes, you will easily pick out the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, both iconic sights in New York. Manhattan is extremely diverse from the leafy, quiet streets of Greenwich Village, and the affluent Upper East Side to the hustle and bustle of Times Square - which is like a huge movie set with all its lights and billboards. Surrounded by Broadway theatres, a show is another must see in this city. Of the many museums in New York my personal favourite was the American Natural History Museum, so much to see and free tours offered daily. For the best views in Manhattan head to the Rockefeller Centre, the top of the rock observation deck has absolutely breathtaking views; make sure you have your camera to hand! Spot the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance, linking Manhattan to Brooklyn, the bridge is easily accessed and is a popular walking route. For something different head to Battery Park (named after the old artillery battery therein) and take in a harbour cruise sailing on the East river and the Hudson to see the city from a different angle. For the more adventurous take a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of the city. A trip to New York would not be complete without a stroll through Central Park, where you will have the opportunity to ice skate or visit the zoo! The city that never sleeps has something for everyone, full of easily identified sights, fabulous museums and fantastic shops, bars and restaurants!

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The Lighthouse Baptist Church ... are happy to announce that we have appointed a new baptist accredited minister who will commence his ministry from 1st May 2003. Dr. Jon Mackenzie will be inducted to the church on Saturday 27th April at 3.00pm at Clovenside Chapel. All are invited to join us in this celebrtaion. We hope that Jon’s presence in Forres will provide a blessing to us all!

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Volkswagen - a family tradition FOR sixty years the Hawco family has been synonymous with the motor trade in Moray and the Highlands – a respected name that continues today as one of Scotland’s largest Volkswagen franchises and an expanding used car business. From their main base at Inverness, Hawco Volkswagen has busy branches at Elgin and Peterhead with a strong presence in Fort William. At Elgin under the management of Ken Hammond the main dealership at Wards Road has recently added a large Volkswagen Approved Used Car Centre operating just a few hundred metres away on Edgar Road where some of the finest pre-owned cars in the area are now on display.

Another top choice is the latest Polo. Costing from just £10,490 it is available with 12 month’s free insurance for over 21-yearolds and a finance deal that includes a £1000 deposit contribution from Volkswagen and a three-year/30,000-mile servicing package for only £249.

The Golf Plus from Hawco Volkswagen comes with a £1500 discount.

To celebrate their 60th anniversary everyone who buys a new or used car from any Hawco Volkswagen branch this year will be automatically entered into a draw and could win a brand new Volkswagen Beetle. Hawco has represented the Volkswagen brand in Elgin since 1953. Today the wider Hawco Group employs more than 150 people at various locations and retails cars and commercials throughout Scotland. The Elgin branch is fully equipped to sell and service all Volkswagen models and are prepared for the arrival of summer with some outstanding Spring offers covering favourites from the range, including the compact Tiguan SUV and Touran MPV. The new Golf Plus is available on a hire purchase offer with zero per cent finance until June 30. It’s a great deal for a spacious five-door that can also be driven away on a retail cash deal with a £1500 discount. The finance offer means that a high-efficiency 1.2 TSI in S trim costing £16,310 can be delivered for a deposit of £6626 followed by 36 equal payments of £269.

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FRAME Moray has a long history of providing foster care dating back to the 1800’s. Many children have been looked after and cared for by foster carers throughout the region, but we still need more people to become carers. The Moray Council currently looks after 68 children who live with 46 mainstream and seven Choices specialist carers. There are a further 19 children who are currently living elswhere in Scotland as we don’t have enough foster carers at present. The Council

provides care for individual children and sibling groups and children with complex emotional needs. We have short term carers, long term permanent carers, respite carers who provide short breaks and sleepovers and Choices specialist carers. From 13th to 26th May it is Foster Care Fortnight and this year’s theme is ‘get in the frame’. Could you picture yourself as a foster carer? During Foster Care Fortnight we will be holding information sessions at Elgin Library and also a celebration in recognition of the foster carers who have been carering for 10, 20 and more than 30 years. We will at the beginning of May publish dates and times on the Council website. Fostering in Moray, Could You? For more information see our adverts on the opposite page and get in touch with us.


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Exciting and thrilling are probably not the first words anyone thinks about to describe wildlife watching however it does have its moments. I have been fortunate to see lions hunting in the Serengeti, Grizzly bears catching salmon in Canada and other exciting events around the world. These events are a considerable challenge to see, and they take time and some dedication, so why do I mention them here? I have just spent a couple of weeks in the Cairngorms and have seen wildlife action to rival the excitement and thrill of anything I have seen anywhere in the world. Of course there is a downside, getting up at 4.00am to be in a hide next to a small loch just outside Aviemore for 5.00 am and then waiting. Waiting for what? Within in an hour an osprey flies over the loch then disappears only to return a few minutes later. This time it is much lower and circles above our heads. The bird then starts an excited call, a sure sign it has seen a fish. It dives, only to pull out just a metre above the water, and starts circling again. Then a new dive and a splash just in front of our hide. The Osprey almost disappears underwater then emerges from the spray, grasping a totally shocked trout in one foot. It levers itself out of the water with powerful wing beats and takes to the air in a mass of water droplets that sparkle in the dawn sunlight. As the Osprey gains height it shakes its body, shedding more droplets, and grasps the trout with both feet holding it like a torpedo. Peace returns to the loch. From hitting the water to taking off can take the Osprey a little as three seconds, but three seconds of the most thrilling wildlife action I have seen anywhere.

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Then back to waiting, more ospreys may fish in loch or perhaps none. This morning we are lucky and two more trout are caught before we leave at 9.30. The excitement of watching the spectacular dives does not diminish. Herons also use the lochside for hunting and I get the chance to see a normally elusive Goosander drake chasing and catching a trout just metres from the hide. Obviously the chance to see Ospreys close up from ideal viewing conditions in a hide has to be paid for and the loch is stocked with trout of the right size to attract them. It is also possible to watch the Ospreys during the day from a hide further away as they must provide fish for their rapidly growing young in July and August. Over the last 30 years increasing numbers of Ospreys have been returning to Scotland to breed, and this is an outstanding good news conservation story. Ospreys need the long summer days and a reliable place to hunt to feed their very demanding young before returning to Africa for the winter. The Rothiemurchus Estate has a proud record over many years of encouraging Ospreys to catch fish at their fishing lochs near Aviemore. Watching the Ospreys fishing in the lochs helps to fund this.

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MOSS – last chance saloon (for this year) Scarifying the winter moss and thatch needs done now, either with a spring rake, an electric scarifier (if you have one), or hiring a big scarifier (or getting us to do it). Spring is very late this year and Easter passed with very few lawns needing their first cut. Scarifying is done outwith the growing season (usually at the very end, or the very beginning of the season). Why not scarify in the summer when the weather is better some of you will ask? There are at least 3 good reasons: 1 Scarifying is very traumatic for the grass and new growing grass is too fragile to survive a rigorous scarifying, it will be ripped out. 2 Most scarified lawns look pretty poorly until they recover, Winter doesn’t matter so much, but most people want to enjoy their gardens in the Summer. 3 Putting on a feed and then trashing the grass is rather counterproductive, not to mention a bit of a waste of your money. We had a lot of pretty horrified feedback from the scarifying photo in last month’s Spotlight Magazine, so I’ve put it in again as a reminder!

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