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Clubs and Societies CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN FORRES Fri, 10.30am - 2pm, the Tolbooth for tea & coffee, fellowship, Christian lending library & charity goods for sale. All welcome. CULBIN SINGERS Thurs evening practice sessions (Sept - early May), St Leonard's Church Hall, Forres. Repertoire of music ranges from Scottish part-songs to major choral works by composers that include Mozart, Handel, Rutter & Haydn. New members always welcome. Call Alasdair Joyce on 01309 671288 or email at FINDHORN PLAYGROUP Fri, 9.30am - 11.15am. Findhorn Village Hall. Crafts, snacks & songs. £2 per family. Call 01309 692339. www.findhornvillage FORRES 41 CLUB Monthly (Sept - May.) For exmembers of Round Table. Call Club Secretary on 01309 673295 FORRES AREA FORUM 1st Wed of month, 7pm - 9pm, Forres Community Centre. For everyone who cares about Forres. Call 01309 676936 or at

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Janice Cooper on 01309 674388. Email at or FORRES SOCCER 7S Open to both boys & girls regardless of their footballing ability. Call 01309 676976 or 07990 832097. KINLOSS COFFEE MORNING Thurs, 10.30am & a Soup & Sweet lunch the last Thurs of month, 12pm, Kinloss Church Hall. Kinloss.

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MORAY GAELIC GROUP Wed (term time only), 7pm 8.30pm, Room B005, Moray College, Elgin. All levels of learners welcome, from the beginner to those who just want to keep their Gaelic up. Call Donnie Macdonald on 07799 144963 or email at Moray Gaelic Group Facebook

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advertising, music, and certain celebrities promote the world’s values. It is good to be in an atmosphere which encourages discipline. That can save us from distressing heartaches, disappointments and disasters – and that is why we need the Word of God and why we need to know what is in the Word of God. It is good to focus our minds on right things – “on what is noble, lovely, admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”. It is good to ask Jesus to help you transform and renew your mind – the consequences will be remarkable. Sandy Shaw Pastor of Nairn Fellowship


followed by a Family service for all ages at 10.30am, with stories, craft and contemporary musical worship. Tea, coffee and a time of general fellowship after all services. Follow us on Facebook at Tel: Heather Mackenzie (Session Clerk): 01309 674245. St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church Sundays 8am: Communion. 10am: Family Communion. Tel: 01309 672856. Email: Website: St Laurence Church Sundays 10am: family service. Tel: 01309 672260. Email: or visit St Leonards Church Sundays 10.30am: family service. Tea and coffee served afterwards. For any information call 01309 672380 or visit 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, email

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times As this is my first spotlight article since the birth of our baby son Alistair, I wanted to thank everyone who sent on their best wishes and congratulations to Krystle and I. As was reported at the time, I benefitted from the proxy voting procedures, and even though I qualified, I wasn’t allowed one on the first day as Parliamentary procedures dictate you must give 24 hours-notice to apply. While I may be many things, I’m not psychic and I was unable to predict when Krystle would go into labour. Some people have suggested I should have applied in advance of the due date to cover all eventualities, however, male MPs are only given two weeks paternity leave and there would have been a risk that I could have used all my paternity leave waiting for baby Alistair, and by the time he arrived, I would have been heading back to Westminster. I’ll always be grateful that I was able to make it back to Moray in time for his birth and spend the first two weeks with him and Krystle. We were also extremely fortunate to be able to have Alistair at Dr Gray’s where the midwives, doctors and nurses were outstanding and a credit to their profession and our area. It reinforces my belief that we need the maternity unit in Elgin back up and running at full capacity as soon as possible to allow many more Moray families to benefit from their great care.

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We have all been waiting with bated breath for the rollout of superfast broadband to all homes and businesses for a long time. A reliable internet connection is regarded by many of us as the fourth utility and whether it is moving more of your business online, accessing learning materials or downloading the latest film or box set, much of what we want to do on the internet now requires superfast broadband. We need the Scottish Government to sign the contract for the rollout now if they are to deliver on their promise that all homes and businesses will have access to superfast broadband by March 2021. Everyone welcomes that target and I will press the Scottish Government to ensure their promises on rural broadband are delivered.

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I’ve been doing all I can to support the campaign for a new Health Centre for Keith – raising it at every opportunity with NHS Grampian, as well as having discussions with Scottish Government colleagues. It’s good news that Keith has been identified as NHS Grampian’s top priority for replacement in Moray and I am delighted that a project manager has now been appointed. There is strong support in the community for a new health centre and the patient participation group have worked tirelessly on their campaign, making a strong case for a modern, purpose built facility. Now that we have a project manager in post to take forward plans we will hopefully be able to focus minds on the next steps and developing a good business case for a new facility. The appointment is a big step forward and although we have a long way to go, I have no doubt this progress will be welcomed in the community.

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Watering Lawns – in Scotland? – Remember 2018? Yes really, especially along the sandy soils and low rainfall of the Moray coast. 2018 was exceptionally dry and hot for a prolonged spell and many lawns are still trying to recover. A dry spell in Spring is not unusual however. We often get prolonged high pressure influence at this time of year, which cuts off the prevailing westerly fronts coming in off the Atlantic. It might not always seem warm and dry as we sometimes get a cold haar coming ashore. But even then, any rainfall amounts can be negligible. Watering lawns is important at this time for a number of reasons. They will quickly turn brown and dry looking, as do golf course fairways and rough, and other public grassed areas. Lawns are trying to wake-up after a winter hibernation and may have been traumatised by scarifying and raking activity in the off-season. Many gardeners will put down a spring feed (as do GreenThumb) and this will need activated by watering. No watering, and nothing much will happen.

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14:25 WIlson Open Greensomes 7am- 12pm, Forres Myles Golf Club, Muiryshade Road, Forres. £7 Members; £15 Visitors. Gents’ & Ladies’ Greensomes Stroke. Call 01309 672949 Ext 2. Boys' Brigade Coffee Morning in aid of Forres BB 9am - 11am, St John's Hall, Victoria Road, Forres MS Society Moray Drop In Session for anyone living with MS in the area. 10am - 1pm, Alexander Graham Bell Centre, Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin. FREE. Living with MS? Come join us for a cuppa & a chat to hear what we have happening in the area, whether that's activities or services, & chat to some of our service providers - including learning about our new Young Carers initiative! Cal Lynne on 07592 446824 or email at Western Front Association (WFA): 16 Squadron RFC/RAF; An Army CooperationUunit in the First World War. Speaker - Colin Buxton 2.30pm, the Gallery, Elgin Library. Call Derek Bird (Chair) on 01343 870562 or email at The Tailor of Inverness: Matthew Zajac tells the story of his father's life fromPpoland to Scotland 8pm, Universal Hall, Findhorn. Adult £12;Concs £10; U16s £8. Call 01309 691170 (enquiries only) or email at Moravian Orienteering: Sat & Moray & Nairn Schools League: Millbuies. Registration: 10.15am 11.15am. Toyah@The Ironworks,Inverness 7pm Scottish Rock Garden Club (Highland): Rare Plant Sale & Display 10.30am, United Reform Church, Nairn. Free. Plant sale opens 10.30 am; show opens 11.30 am Moray Field Club Spring Walk: First walk of 2019 from Ardersier to Fort George, 2 miles, looking out for birds & dolphins. guided tour of the fort 10am, bus leaves from Lossie Green, Elgin. £15 (incl bus fare & entry to fort). Call Sara Marsh on 07840 285438 or email at Nairn & Disrict Gardening Club: a Tour of the Aboretum at Burgie hosted by Hamish Lochore, the owner 2pm, Burgie Aboretum. Call Anne Vincent (Sec) on 01667 462410 or email at

CAROLINE STREET GOSPEL HALL, FORRES Gospel Meeting Each Sunday, 12.15 pm. All Welcome. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2, 8-9 Senior Citizens Meeting Monday 6th May 2019 7pm

24 tuesday Bite & Blether jointly run by Dyke & District Village Hall & Dyke Church 11am - 1pm, Dyke & District Village Hall. Join us for a bowl of soup & bread, followed by cake & tea or coffee & a blether

25 thursday Cup of Joy Community Cafe 11.45am - 1.15pm, Logie Primary School, Dunphail. A social enterprise cafe run by the pupils. They grow their own produce to use in soups & they make delicious cakes & bakes. The proceeds are used to fund residentials to ensure no children are left behind Anzac Day Remembrance Service hosted by Lennox Community Council 10am, the Dallachy Memorial, Bogmoor. please note b9104 will be closed from 10am - 10.30am Spynie Soup & Sweet Lunch 12pm - 2pm, Spynie Village Hall. Minimum donation £3. Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church will be holding their monthly Soup & Sweet Lunch. All welcome. Call Elsie Watson on 01343 543914 or at Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) 11.45am - 3.30pm, the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. Free. Reflecting on some of the highlights of a dynamic decade of SHREC events - with great speakers, success stories & much more. Forres Online Free advice & assistance with laptops, tablets & mobiles 12.45pm - 2pm, Logie Primary School Community Cafe. Learn how access digital service, download apps, get help with email, learn how to research your ancestors online. Call Janice Cooper on 01309 674388 or email at

26 friday Meet the Artefacts: a Cheese & Wine Fundraising Event for Elgin Museum 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin. £3. Volunteers will explain objects & guide round the museum Call Mary Shand on 01343 543675 or email at page 26 - May 2019

27 saturday - 28 sunday Etape Loch Ness: 66 miles on traffic free roads, starting & finishing in Inverness. General entry full but still places available by joining Team Macmillan 6.15am (start). Registration on 27th 10am, Loch Ness, Inverness. 18+. Spectator info at

tel: 01309 690063 ForresTennis Club: Festival Weekend Forres Tennis Club, Albert Street, Forres. Free. Tennis activites with a variety of sessions for all ages & abilities. all details will be available on the website & Facebook page.Let's get active! Call Annerle Douglas (Club Sec) on 07762 619896 or at forrestennisclub@

29 monday The Moray Society: AGM 6.30pm - 7pm, Elgin Museum Side Hall, 1 High Street,Eelgin. Free. Email at Children's Book Group (for 10-12 year olds) 3.45pm - 4.45pm, Forres library. Free

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May 2019 1 wednesday Elgin Writers' Group: How the Web can help you with your writing; Led by members 7.30pm 9.30pm, Elgin Library. NairnU3A: Recycling in the Highlands; Speaker Claire Divine, Highland Council. Followed by tea & biscuits & a wee blether 1.45pm for 2pm start, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Small charge for room hire. Non-members welcome. Call Pauline M Ross (Sec) on 01667 453537.

1 wednesday - 3 friday Aberdeen Golf Links Pro-Am Royal Aberdeen: Inaugural event Trump International, Cruden Bay. For further details see website. Call 07779 994236 or email at

2 thursday Bookbug Session for Babies & Toddlers 10am, Forres library. Free Off the Beaten Track: Whisky Nosing & Tasting 7pm (Doors 6.30pm), Tolbooth, Forres. £25. Join whisky expert Vic Cameron - on a tutored nosing & tasting of five less well-known local whiskies. Call Claire Doughty on 07846 145050 or email at 1025_off_the_beaten_track Lucy Spraggan@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm, Historic Photo Dislpay 9am - 3pm, The Tolbooth, Forres. £1. See how Forres used to look, or even

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2 thursday - 5 sunday Bandstand Beer & Music Festival Bandstand Bar, Nairn. The largest indie beer & music festival in the Highlands - 140 real ales, ciders & craft beers plus live music, speciality foods, whisky, charity stalls & a barbecue

3 friday Sigma: Astronomical Alchemy; Speaker - Gordon Mackie, Caithness Astronomy Group. An overview of how the chemical elements are formed & the significance of some of the elements in the Periodic Table from an astronomy perspective 7pm for 7.30pm, Lhanbryde Community Centre. Nonmembers welcome (small donation). Arc Sessions: Skerryvore 7.30pm - 10pm, Fochabers Public Institute. All welcome Lional, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Pure Grief & Misty@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm, Film Night - Do You Believe? 7pm, Forres Lighthouse Baptist Church Clovenside Forres IV36 3BT. £2 suggested donation. Please join us for our film night. All welcome. Popcorn provided! Call Rosemary Pannell on 07783 669171 or email

3 friday - 27 monday Sally Gunn Art Exhibition 10am - 5pm (Daily),the Square Room, Logie Steading Gallery, Dunphail, Forres, Moray, IV36 2QN. Call Sally Gunn on 01667 455846 oremail at

4 saturday Fundraising Breakfast for Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church 8am - 12pm, Spynie Village Hall Minimum donation £5. Everyone welcome. Call Shona Rowand on 07908 583320 The Green Living Expo: the latest in innovative energy saving, green living & home improvement technologies, including renewable energy, heating, house builders, home improvements & electric car dealerships amongst others 10am - 4pm, Inverness Ice Centre, Bught Drive, Inverness. Free but please register at Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5 AIDAaura 9am - 7.30pm Scottish Theme Day 10am - 4pm, The Plainstones, Elgin. Free. Haggis eating competition; highland dancing; tartan sporting stilt walkers; pipes & drums; farmers' market. etc. Part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Call Elgin Bid on 01343 550652 or email at

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Findhorn Soup & Sweet Lunch 12pm - 2pm, Findhorn Village Hall JMI. £3. All welcome. Findhorn Church Development Committee. Call Marjory Barber on 01309 690349 or email at Moray Ramblers: Bridge of Brown to Cromdale 8am, Elgin Community Centre Car Park. £11 Adults; Children £5. Grade: Moderate; Distance: 10 miles. Route via Rothes. Booking essential. Contact: Evie McIvor on 01343 820844 (6pm - 8pm) or email at The Playhouse 6th Birthday Bash 10pm, The Playhouse Nairn Warehouse 91@The Ironworks, Inverness 11pm Dave Sharp@The Red Lion, Tolbooth Street, Forres 7pm - 10pm, All welcome REAP'S Community Gardening 10.30am - 12.30pm, Cooper Park, Elgin. Free. Come along & join us in preparing the edible raised beds for another growing season & harvesting. All ages welcome. Call REAP on 01542 888070 or email at ARTS for Wellbeing Launch 10am - 10pm, St Giles' Church, High Street, Elgin. Free. Drop in & sample a range of creative activities which promote good mental health & wellbeing. Refreshments available. Call Amanda Lindsay on 07706 152983 or email at Danielle Louise Thomas the renowned Liverpudlian Mezzo soprano performs a varied solo evening's entertainment, 7pm, Nairn United Reformed Church £10 (incl wine & cheese). Call 01667454967 Nairn Synchro Fair: Fundraiser for Nairn Synchronised Swimming Team 12pm - 2pm, Nairn Community Centre. free entry. Tea & Coffee, Home Baking, Tombola, Bric a Brac, Plants, Books, Craft, Upcyling & more. Call Julie Lawson on 07752 884833 or email at

4 saturday - 5 sunday Logie Timber Festival Logie Steading. Free entry & parking. Demonstrations, exhibitors, kit, machinery, hand tools, things to get your hands on, makers, movers & shakers - as well as food & drink.

5 sunday Fundraising Whisky Auction 12pm, Craigellachie Village Hall. Sellers’ & buyers.’ Terms & conditions at Forres Vintage Vehicle Theme Day Grant Park, Forres. Veteran, vintage & classic vehicles from throughout Scotland. Various side stalls WKC Aberdeen Open 9am, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. £6. Kickboxing Open featuring the world's best martial artists Extreme Duck Race supporting the conservation of our rivers 3.30pm, River Findhorn at Logie page 28 - May 2019

Steading. Free entry. Small duck sponsorship £2. Sponsor small & Superducks & watch them race down the River Findhorn rapids. Call Valerie Wardlaw on 01309 611220 or email at

6 monday Ladies’ Senior Open: Jubilee Tray 18 Hole Open 7am - 12.55pm, Forres Golf Club, Muiryshade Road, Forres. £10 Members; £20 Visitors. Call 01309 672949 Ext 2.

6 monday - 7 tuesday The Excise Man 12pm - 4pm, Dallas Dhu Distillery. Forres. Meet our Victorian Excise Man & learn about the tricks of the trade of the Scottish whisky smugglers. No booking required. Included in the admission price to Dallas Dhu

7 tuesday Varis Club: Military Chaplaincy; Speaker - Rev. Donald Prentice recalls episodes of his recent service abroad 10am, Blue Room, Forres Community Centre. £2; free to Varis Club members Call Norman Thomson on 01309 676884 or email at The Elgin Flower Club: Fierce Creatures; Demonstrator - Derek Morgan, Morecambe 7.30pm, High Church Hall, North Guildry Street, Elgin Scottish Golf Junior Forum 6pm, Loch Ness Golf Club. Discussion on the development of junior golf

8 wednesday The Arts Society Speyside lecture: 'When Britain Clicked - photography of the swinging sixties.' 11 am - coffee & tea served from 10.15am, The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin. New Members welcome. Visitors £7 donation. Call Karen Weller on 07789 880481 or email at Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club: In the Mood with Wood 7.30pm, The Tolbooth, Forres. Call Jean Holder (Chair) on 01309 673552.

9 thursday Moray & Banffshire Heroes Awards 2019 6.30pm 11.30pm, The Mansefield Hotel, Elgin. Recognising the people in the Moray & Banffshire area who make a real difference to our communities, healthcare, education, safety & wellbeing Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Crown Princess 7am - 6pm The Hard Road to Everest: Speaker - Doug Scott OBE 7pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre

9 thursday - 10 friday Deja Vu in aid of Children 1st: A sale of brand new & pre-loved clothes for adults & children along with Acqua London jewellery & accessories 9th: 4pm 7pm (drinks & nibbles); 10th:, Westfield House, nr

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10 friday - 12 sunday Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend Various timings & locations. Over 60 activities taking place across the National Park there is something for everyone, from families to the more seasoned nature lover

4.5 miles 10.30am, Meet at Bridge of Fiddich car park in Craigellachie. Call Sara Marsh on 07840 285438 or email at Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Aid held by St Giles' & St Columba's South Church, Elgin 10am 12pm, The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin. £3. Usual stalls The VIllage Cafe 10am - 2pm, Rafford Village Hall Soup, bacon rolls, delicious cakes, good company & a warm welcome awaits! Open Day at Dyke & District Village Hall 1pm-4pm, Come & sample some of the activities that take place year round in the hall & enjoy tea & cake petstay 19.pdf 1 at 08/02/2019 10:25 provided by Dyke mar Church. Email

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12 sunday - 18 saturday Christian Aid Week in Forres Supporting people in areas of crisis & distress. Some High Street bucket collections & daily lunches hosted by different churches in St Leonard's Church hall (12pm - 2pm Lunches). Please support

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14 tuesday The Greyfriars Club Tombola Doors open at 6.30pm, Elgin Town Hall, Trinity Place, Elgin. £1.50 Entrance fee. All welcome Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Norwegian Pearl 7am - 4pm

Fun Quiz Night In aid of Marie Curie Care & Support Through Terminal Illness 7pm start, Duffus Village Hall, Duffus. £6 per player. Up to 6 players per team. Raffle. Bring own food & drinks. Call Marjorie Downward on 01343 835430 or email at

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Elgin Writers' Group: Results & Readings of the Poetry Competition 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Elgin Library Tom McGuire & The Brassholes@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. NairnU3A: AGM (Election of committee for 2019/20) & Quiz 1.45pm for 2pm start, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Small charge for room hire. Call Pauline M Ross (Sec) on 01667 453537

16 thursday Karine Polwart (Music) 8pm, Universal Hall, Findhorn, The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TZ £20 one price plus booking fee. Call Universal Hall Promotions on 01309 691170 (enquiries only) or email at CLAN Cancer Drop Ins 10.30am - 12pm, The CLAN Cancer Support Centre, 227 High Street, Elgin. Free. Open to anyone affected by cancer with information & support available. Guest speakers. All welcome Call 01343 54132 Short Walk into Nature: Nairn Library 2pm - 3pm, Nairn - meeting place to be given out after booking Free but we rely on your donations. Join this regular local High Life Highland Countryside Rangers Green Health walk & help reconnect with the natural world. Over 18s only. Good dogs welcome. Email at

17 friday Gig@The Games 7pm - 11.59pm, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers. £16. First marquee event with folk band RURA. Live music, licensed bar & BBQ. Over 18s only. Rant (Music) 8pm, Universal Hall, Findhorn, The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TZ.Adults £14; Concs £12; U16s £10. Call Universal Hall Promotions on 01309 691170 (enquiries only) or email at Moravian Orienteering: Darnaway Coaching 2pm 4pm, Darnaway. An Audience with Maureen Smith (Clairvoyant) In aid of Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club Doors open 6.30pm - 9pm, Cumming Hall, Portal Road, Kinloss. £20 (incl tea & coffee). Booking essential. Call Claire on 07989 135607 The Quireboys Unplugged@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. Playhouse Pandamonium with the Teuchter's Comedy Club 8pm, The Playhouse, Nairn page 32 - May 2019

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17 friday - 20 monday Banff & Moray Members' Centre (NTS) 3 day tour of East Lothian by coach visiting places like Preston Mill, Newhailes House & Lady Victoria Mining Museum. Call Janice Oakes on 01309 675224 or email at

18 saturday Bookbug Session for Babies & Toddlers 10.30am, Forres library. Free The Monday Club Alzheimers Scotland Coffee Morning 10am - 12pm, The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin. £2.50. Usual stalls. Raffle & Home Bakes. All welcome Baby & Children's Market: quality second hand & nearly-new baby & children's items at our pop up market. Find Toys, Clothing, Books & more 10am 12pm, Elgin Town Hall. £1. Email at Farmers' Market 9am - 4pm, Plainstones, High St, Elgin. Local foods, crafts, plants & other produce The Journey Home : open drop-in session to find out what we offer 10am - 1pm, Harbour Office, Granary St. Burghead IV30 5UA. Free. Death & Dying - Stressed? Scared? Bewildered? Searching for help? Curious or interested? A one-stop shop. All welcome. Call Kate Clark on 0300 102 0872 or email at Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Mein Schiff 5 7.30am - 7pm Jim Smith: Back to the Teuchter! 7.30pm, Elgin Town Hall, Trinity Place, Elgin. Suitable for both country bumpkins & dead trendy city folk NW Grampian Long Distance Walking Group: Moor of Feshie (Group Walk) 9am, Meet at Aviemore Railway Station. Distance 18 miles - from Aviemore via Loch an Eilean, Feshiebridge & Kincraig on good forest paths & the Speyside Way. Email at Truck In2 Grantown Charity Fundraiser 10am, The Show Field, Grantown on Spey. Main charity is

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19 sunday Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair 10am - 5pm, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers 9th annual family event. Gordon Castle: Scottish Rhododendron Festival 10am - 4pm, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers Enjoy both our red & white rhododendrons during the Highland Games Little Top presented by Starcatchers &Superfan 2pm, Forres Town Hall, Forres, Moray, IV36 1PB. Adults £7; Concs £6; Child £5. A magical first circus experience for babies aged 0 - 18 months & their adults. Call Universal Hall Promotions on 01309 691170 (enquiries only) or email at Clochan Community Centre Car Boot Sale: Indoor & Outdoor Stances 9am - 1pm; 8.30am set-up, Clochan Community Centre. Clochan pancakes freshly made for you, bacon rolls, hot & cold drinks Call Christine or Pauline (to book your stance) on 01542 882478 or 01542 850416 1



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Phill Jupitus - Sassy Knack (Comedy) 8pm, Universal Hall, Findhorn, The Park, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TZ. £16. For ages 14+. Call Universal Hall Promotions on 01309 691170 (enquiries only) or email at Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Silver WInd 8am - 4pm Moray Ramblers: Clach na Ben 7am, Elgin Community Centre Car Park. £11 Adults; Children £5. Grade: Moderate/Strenuous; Distance: 10 miles. Route via Keith. Booking essential. Call Evie McIvor on 01343 820844 (6pm - 8pm) or email

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shady position, as long as it is not anywhere too exposed. My favourite plants are flowering trees, and you don’t have to stick to Cherry trees to get great flowers. Varieties of Hawthorn, Pear and Crab Apple will thrive in Highland gardens and reward you with fantastic spring flowers. Last year I planted Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ and Malus ‘Evereste’ and both are romping away happily. If your garden isn’t looking brilliant at the moment, or you felt it looked dreary over the winter, take it as an opportunity to make things different next year. One of the wonderful things about gardening is how it forces you to slow down, and observe changes and improvements in terms of years and even decades, rather than minutes and hours.

Considered by some to be the first flowers of spring, these are really the last flowers of winter. Early-flowering Crocus are a great idea too, though you’ll need to wait till later in the year to plant Crocus bulbs. It is worth planning ahead for the rest of year, to make sure you are rewarded next spring. Late summer and autumn are the time for planting spring bulbs. The humble Daffodil is for many the quintessential indicator of spring being in full force. However, do not neglect the rest of the Narcissi genus. There are dozens of varieties of Narcissi, not all Daffodils strictly speaking, but many have a more delicate and attractive appearance. Colours range from almost white right through to almost orange, and if you go for a ‘Jonquilla’ variety you get scent too! Fun fact – a Narcissus is only a Daffodil if the internal trumpet (the ‘corona’) in the flower is longer than the petals. Narcissus look great mass-planted, so go for as many as you can afford and have space for. Don’t forget about Tulips too, again, planted in groups. In terms of plants that are good spring value, you can look at species such as Helleborus hybridus ‘Harvington yellow speckled’, Primroses, Pulmonarias and Brunneras. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' makes regular appearances in my garden designs as it will put up with a


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I remember one day in Sutherland in May 2015. I had seen a pair in residence earlier in the year in a territory which I expected to be occupied. The traditional ledge was still full of snow so it was necessary to scan an extensive range of cliffs with my telescope to find a nest (if there was one at all). It can be an almost impossible and frustrating task – ‘cold searching’ for a sitting bird. Being unsuccessful comes with the job. However, after several hours watching and searching I saw a golden eagle heading for the crags four kilometres south. This could be a one-and-only opportunity so, holding my breath, I watched it purposefully head for the nest – unknowingly giving away its secret. In order to drop neatly beside the nest (there’s no runway) the approaching bird flew slightly below its target, pulling up to lose all speed just before landing at the nest. I felt jubilant! Using a map and compass I made a note of the position so that I could return to make a closer examination in June. Jon Brain Trail camera picture (6 March 2016)

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