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AIR TRAINING CORPS 446 (FORRES SQUADRON) Community organisation open to young men and women between the ages of 13 and 20. Victoria Road, Forres. Contact Flt Lt Chris Leaney 690215

CULBIN SINGERS Singing and performing 4-part choral music. Age 16+. August May. Thursdays, 7.30pm 9.30pm at Anderson's Primary School, Forres. Contact Ishbel Hardie 673110

ARK COMMUNITY NETWORKS Aims: to provide housing support and other services to individuals with a learning disability, in their own home. Contact Andrew Findlay 675763 managerforres@arkha.org.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

ALVES CHURCH GUILD Contact Mrs Butler 01343 850209

DYKE GARDEN CLUB Meets Dyke Village Hall every second Friday of the month September - May. Contact the Secretary tel: 641342 or email ian.maclennan3 @btinternet.com for details

BRIDGE CLUBS FORRES BRIDGE CLUB Meets Mondays 7pm from end of September to March at Forres Golf Club. Contact Peter Nelson 675371 FORRES HOUSE BRIDGE CLUB Meets Wednesdays 7pm from September to April at Forres House for social Bridge. New members & beginners welcome. Tuition given during September. Contact Margaret Rankin 675353 or Forres House Community Centre 672838 CHILDREN 1ST (ELGIN) Aims: to provide a therapeutic service for children and young people to help them through the effects of abuse and neglect. Contact Beth Fraser 01343 564170 or email sheilagh.murray@ children1st.org.uk

FALCONER MUSEUM, FORRES “Fascinating Forres, Past & Present”. Opening times: AprilOctober, Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm (except public hols). Free admission

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FINDHORN WRI Meets 1st Tuesday each month, James Milne Institute. Contact Marjory Barber 690349 FORRES & DISTRICT SOCIAL DANCE CLUB Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence & Social Dance Club, every Wednesday, Mosset Tavern, Forres. Beginners 7pm; Improvers 8pm-9.30pm. All welcome. Enquiries to Jenny tel: 01463 233151 or Jacqui tel: 672019 FORRES ACCORDION & FIDDLE CLUB Meets second Wednesday each month from September - May, Victoria Hotel, Forres. All levels & ages welcome. Contact Ann Sharp 672672

FINDHORN TENNIS CLUB Now open for membership adults and juniors. Friendly club, 2 full size courts, 1 short court, low subscription rates. Adults £50 and Juniors £20. Family and young juniors rate too. Contact Ros Wright, Membership Secretary tel. 691173 or email roswright@tiscali.co.uk For more info. see ‘Find a Court’ at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA website) www.lta.org.uk and enter ‘Findhorn’ into the search box

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FINDHORN VILLAGE CENTRE Aims: to benefit inhabitants of Findhorn, to provide recreational/leisure time facilities, encourage educational groups, participation training, afterschool clubs/IT resources. Contact Christine Hunt 692339

FORRES AREA SOCCER SEVENS Provides fun football for children aged 8-15 in the Forres area. Grant Park. Contact 691662 FORRES CAMERA CLUB Meets Thursdays, SeptemberApril in Town Hall. All levels and ages welcome. Contact George Taylor 01667 454732 FORRES CURLING CLUB Season runs September to

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March at Moray Leisure Centre. Coaching available. Contact Ann Munro 690332 or email lambertmun@aol.com FORRES RAMBLERS Meets 1st Saturday of each month at 9.30a.m. at bottom of car park (opposite Applegrove School). Contact Carolyn Boyd 672286 FORRES ROTARY CLUB Meets Thursdays 12.30pm for 1.00pm at the Ramnee Hotel. Contact Tony Galloway Secretary tel: 694816 FORRES ST LAWRENCE CRICKET CLUB April to September - Senior competitive cricket (weekends), coaching Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 8pm. Junior (over 9 years old) coaching Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 7.30pm. All coaching in Grant Park. New players welcome. Contact Gus Farr 672206 or Steve Hogley 672913 FORRES SMALLBORE RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB Rifle; air rifle & air pistol target shooting. Contact club secretary on 01309 675105 FORRES TENNIS CLUB “All ages, all abilities, all welcome”. Club Nights - Friday evenings, courts available from 6.30pm. Come along and enjoy social tennis where there will always be someone to partner up with and have a game! Contact Julia Thomas 01343 890742

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The Editor

It hardly seems five minutes ago that summer started and here we are slipping into Autumn. Let’s hope that we have one of those Indian Summers we hear so much about. We do our best to try and cheer people up in SpotLight and this month we are running features to encourage us all to get out and about and don’t forget to check out the listings of Clubs and Societies which change monthly!

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Travel Dreaming of a Cruise................30

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FORRES VICTORIA INDOOR BOWLING CLUB

Season starts September 5th to April 2012 at Forres Academy Assembly Hall, 7.45pm every Monday, Thursday & Friday weekly. For a friendly night out and a game of bowls. All abilities welcome. Contact Mrs Anne McIntosh tel: 641513 GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Nairn & Moray Branch are looking for new branch volunteers. If interested, please contact Anna Temple or Anna Roberts tel: 01309 694866 IMPROVER LINE DANCING CLUB FOR OVER 50’S

Easy routines for fitness and fun with Jenny Duncan (ukaptd h/c). Masonic Hall, Forres every Wednesday 2pm. Only £3.50. Enquiries to Jenny tel: 01463 233151 or Jacqui tel: 672019 LGBT MORAY Social networking group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Moray. Monthly meetings - 1st Tues. & 4th Thurs. The Muckle Cross, High St, Elgin, 7.30pm; 3rd Sat. Time Out Café, High St, Forres, 10.30am. For further info or to be met in advance tel: 07598418638, email us on lgbtmoray@gmail.com or find us on Facebook MEN’S CHOIR A new choir just for men. All kinds of music. Meets fortnightly at St. John’s Church, Forres. Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm9.30pm. No experience necessary. For more details contact Bill tel: 672951 MORAY BURIAL GROUND RESEARCH GROUP (MBGRG) Local heritage group who actively research and record monumental inscriptions in churchyards and cemeteries in Moray. For further information

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and to find out about our next meeting contact Helen Mitchell on 01343 546620 or visit www.mbgrg.org MORAY COAST MOTORCYCLE CLUB Meets the 1st Wednesday every month at Mill House Hotel, Tynet, Buckie. Join us for social ride out’s, fundraisers and more. Visit www.mcmc.org.uk or contact Tracey Scott tel: 07928 444376 MORAY ADVANCE MOTORISTS & MOTORCYCLISTS Reg. Scottish Charity (SC 033561) visit www.morayiam.org.uk or 01309 673954 MORAY BUSINESS WOMEN An informal club for women within the Moray area who have an interest in business, networking, sharing information and general socialising. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, tel: Michelle on 07887 730708 or e-mail us at tina.mason52@yahoo.com NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP Meets every second Wednesday each month from September June. Elgin Town Hall Supper Room at 2pm. Contact Mary Nelson 675371

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PHOENIX MARTIAL ARTS Contact Miles Hatch 674427

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (FORRES, NAIRN & DISTRICT) Provides opportunities to ride and give therapeutic benefit to disabled children in the Forres and Nairn area. Contact Mrs C Negus 0845 241 5301

QUARRIERS CARER SUPPORT SERVICE MORAY Providing practical and emotional support to the unpaid Carers of Moray. If you look after a family member, friend or neighbour and could use some help or just want to find out more about what we do, call us on 01343 556031 QUASAR HOCKEY CLUB Contact Peter Bavage 691178 RAFFORD TODDLER GROUP Meets Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.30am at Rafford Hall. Contact Pauline 671592 RSCDS (FORRES BRANCH) Scottish Country Dance classes September - March: Adults Monday 8pm-10pm, Town Hall, Forres; Juniors (age 5-15 years) - Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.30pm, Applegrove Primary School. Contact Miss M. Ross, ‘Morven’, Castle St., 673325 REBOOT (MORAY COMPUTER RECYCLING) Computers at affordable cost, to Community/Voluntary groups and disadvantaged individuals.

NAIRNSHIRE CEILIDH DANCE GROUP Meets every Tuesday in the Seaforth Club, Gordon Street, Nairn, 7.30pm-10pm. Anyone interested in learning & enjoying social, sequence and ceilidh dancing in a friendly and informal group. Contact Doreen 01667 451430 or Alistair 01309 674499

THE HANDYPERSON SERVICE (MORAY) Supports vulnerable, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged members of our community to maintain their independence and a better quality of life in their own homes, by providing a small (free of charge) repair/assistance service to those with no local family or friends available. Contact 01343 559739 TOO MANY KOOKS Womens acappella singing group, some performing, world music, scottish, gospel etc. Meets Wednesday evenings. Contact Kate O’Connell 01343 850266 TRANSITION TOWN FORRES Local group promoting local solutions to fossil fuel shortage and climate change. Contact ttforres@googlemail.com

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David Cameron has spoken candidly of a ‘Broken Britain’. In fact, after the rioting in August within England he said: “There are pockets of our society that are not just broken but, frankly sick.” In fact every time I turn on the news there seems such darkness within our nation and within our world. There is hunger, poverty, violence, suffering, injustice, economic meltdown. All over our world there is much hurt and pain. However, in the midst of the darkness there are often shafts of light that shine. These are stories that need to be told of people of courage, compassion, love and grace. Stories to be celebrated and shared in an often dark world. People who have extended loving kindness to people in need. People who have given sacrificially to the poor of our world. People who have courageously forgiven in the face of hurt and injustice. People who have demonstrated outrageous grace to those who did not deserve it. In the story of Jesus Christ we see someone who embodied compassion, kindness, love and grace to many of the

neediest within the society of his day. He touched lepers, he fed the poor, he respected the marginalised and he stood against injustice. The bible says that Jesus was the image of the invisible God. When people looked into the face of Jesus they were looking into the face of God. The story of Jesus is a story of a God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son into the world to show God’s love and to die as a saviour for our sins. Jesus truly is the light of the world who stepped down into the darkness of our world. His truth shines in the darkness of a broken world. Jesus spoke to his followers and said that they also were the light of the world. Why? Well, because they were to share God’s truth, love and compassion by reaching out to those in need within our world. In fact each one of us can learn from Jesus’ example as we seek to reflect on how we can bring light into the darkness of our world. Jesus calls us to

Dyke Church - Church of Scotland meets every Sunday at 10am for a family service. On the last Sunday in the month we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea, email: john_macg@hotmail.com Lighthouse Church meets every Sunday at Clovenside Chapel. Service starts at 10am, refreshments served afterwards. Tel: 676434 or email info@lighthousechurch.co.uk www.lighthousechurch.co.uk Edinkillie Parish - Church of Scotland Sunday Worship 12noon. Contact Mrs A. Young (Session Clerk) tel: 611271 St. Leonards Church meets every Sunday at 10.30am for Family Service and 6.30pm for Evening Worship, tel: 641239 or email: sessionclerk@stleonardschurchforres.com (For services at Rafford and St Michael’s Dallas contact St Leonards) St. Margaret’s Catholic Church mass on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10am. Contact Father Barnett tel: 01667 453323 Caroline Street Gospel Hall Gospel Meeting every Sunday at 6.30pm. For more details tel: 674375, email: glcinfo@tiscali.co.uk St. Laurence Church meets every Sunday at 10am for Family

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reach out to those in need. He actually said. “..whatever you did for the least of these you did for me.” Matthew 25 v34-40 says “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. And the king will assure you, whatever you did for the least of these you did for me.” In the midst of the brokenness of our world, Jesus is the light. He shines. May we shine too. Rae McKenzie Lossie Baptist Church

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Service, tel: 672260, email: barryj.boydstlaurence@btinternet.com Rafford Church meets every Sunday at 9.30am for Family Service, our praise is from CH3 and Mission Praise. After the service we enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Contact Anne Garrow (Session Clerk) tel: 672930 St. John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church meets every Sunday at 8am for Communion and 10am for Family Communion Service, tel: 672856, email stjohnsforres@btinternet.com or visit www.stjohnsforres.wordpress.com Kinloss, Findhorn & Alves Church of Scotland Alternating weekly, Kinloss and Findhorn, at 10am, and Alves 1st Sunday of each month 11.30 am. Contact 690931 or 690349 Moray Grace Fellowship Meets Sunday mornings 10.30am in Alves Village Hall. Contact Vic Cameron for more details tel: 850142 email vic.cameron2803@btinternet.com www.moraygrace.wordpress.com If you are a member of a church not listed here please email us the details and we will print this in future issues.

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ExTraCTS FrOM THE raTiFiEd MinuTES OF THE MEETinG OF 16 JunE 2011 OF FOrrES COMMuniTy COunCil

Public Session • as a result of an anti-social driving operation 4 motorists had been reported for speeding offences on the 17th May & a further operation on the 24th May resulted in 6 motorists being reported for defective vehicles, one being no MOT. Ongoing activities include a two week drink driving campaign in June and a Motorcycle Safety Website being launched nationwide to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties in Scotland. • Mr James duncan addressed the Community Council in respect of the vandalism that had occurred in the Cluny Hill Cemetary in which damage had been caused to some 60 headstones. Mr duncan asked if the Community Council & the Common Good could assist in the financial cost of restoring the damaged stones, a figure which he estimated at some £200 for epoxy resin. Members agreed and advised Mr duncan that the Community Council would support the first £100 telling him to order the necessary materials to make a start. • Mr Fabio Villani addressed the meeting about the steering group for the proposed area funding development plan that HiE were sponsoring and asked which of the Community Councillors would be acting as liaison representative to it. He said that at present the Chair was attending meetings. as none of the Comm Cllrs were prepared to commit to the steering group Mr Villani was asked why the need to establish another group when Forres Groups action, of which the Community Council was a member, already existed and had the constitution to carry out the same remit. Mr Villani, had in fact, been responsible for setting up the forerunner

to the FGa & already knew what its constitution was. • a MOP told the meeting that she had reported a sunken manhole cover on the pavement, adjacent to Batchen Court, a sheltered housing scheme. repairs were being actioned. • Cllr Kennedy told the meeting that he had just attended a meeting, representing the FBa, of the Fair deal for Forres group at which the FBa had agreed to pay for 5000 campaign leaflets. Secretary’s Report • The Friends of the Falconer Museum pointed out that a presentation by alan Watson Featherstone, of Trees for life, will be given on Thursday 23rd June at 7.30pm on restoring the Caledonian Forest. • Moray Council Corporate Services wrote to tell us that the plea we had made for Common Good Money to repair a path at the end of Bogton road had been agreed and would be actioned. • The Secretary said that he had made enquiries about the claim for Common Good Funds for the Forres Kayak Club & had been told that it was turned down by the Moray Councillors because the Kayaks were to be stored in Findhorn. Members were not amused as there was little opportunity for sea kayaking training in Forres. The Club, however, was for the benefit of Forres young people. • The Secretary announced that he had been informed by Moray Cllr Creswell that the enquiry about Sanquhar loch & its silting up was being looked into by Moray Council, with the possible assistance of personnel from raF Kinloss, as a possible side effect of the Mosset Flood relief Scheme. External Groups Report

• Cllr Mackenzie said that the Tolbooth & nelsons Tower would not be opening until the funders had made their announcement, hopefully on July 5th. He said that the toilets were still being locked by volunteers though he had to report that the block in Grant Park had been vandalised when it had been left open. He found it strange that the Moray Council could fund signs in Gaelic, in an area which was not known for Gaelic speaking, but could not afford toilet attendants. • Cllr duncan reported that the Mount dora Students had arrived last Sunday and would be with us until the 2nd week in July. • Cllr Mcdowall said he had attended a meeting in Spynie Hospital, as part of the Older Peoples reference Group, and found that the MCHSCP had allocated £1.18 million for a new geriatric unit. They rejected his suggestion of leanchoil in favour of extra beds at Meadowlark nursing Home, at a cost of £598 per bed per week. • Moray Cllr Ogilvie said that she had received no answers to questions raised at the public meeting over leanchoil and was seeking a meeting with the Scottish Health Secretary when the Government hold their planned Cabinet Meeting in Elgin in September. Treasurer’s Report • The Treasurer informed the meeting that our account stood at £1651.70 the meeting agreed to transfer the balance of £500 from last years spending into Special Projects. The Secretary submitted a claim for £130 for the last six months expenses which was duly authorised. Next meeting Thursday 15th September 2011 at 7.30pm

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“ Parliament Blog ” Since this is the first Spotlight edition since the announcement that RAF Lossiemouth is to continue as an RAF base and Kinloss is to convert to an Army Base, I will use the opportunity to thank everyone in the community - residents, businesses, elected representatives from all parties and none, public sector representatives and many, many

others, who pulled together in an unprecedented show of community spirit.

The summer in Moray has been a bit changeable weather wise but the wetter spells haven’t managed to put a dampner on the many fetes, games and shows that I have been at!

It is, of course, slightly surreal to be talking serious agricultural issues or the impact of the work of a local organisation, then five minutes later getting hit on the hid with an inflatable hammer, won by my eldest son for hooking a plastic duck.

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SCHOOLS Andersons Primary School..........................(01309) 672887 Applegrove Primary School ........................(01309) 672367 Dyke Primary School ..................................(01309) 641275 Kinloss Primary School ..............................(01309) 690376 Logie Primary School ..................................(01309) 611258 Moray Steiner School ..................................(01309) 676300 Pilmuir Primary School ................................(01309) 673034 Rose Abbey School ....................................(01309) 691872 Forres Academy ..........................................(01309) 672271 DOCTORS Forres Health Centre ....................................0845 337 1120 Leanchoil Hospital ......................................(01309) 672284 Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin................................0845 456 6000 DENTISTS Orchard Road ..............................................(01309) 675544 Leys ............................................................(01309) 673553 If you have any suggestions for additional useful numbers please email these to us on admin@spotlighton.co.uk

VETS Moray Coast Veterinary Group....................(01309) 672243 PHARMACIES lloyds Pharmacy ........................................(01309) 672614 rowlands Pharmacy ..................................(01309) 672784 Boots ..........................................................(01309) 673370 OTHERS Police Station ................................................0845 600 5700 Bus Station, Elgin .......................................(01343) 544222 Citizens Advice Bureau ...............................(01343) 550088 Dalcross Airport ...........................................(01667) 464000 Dallas Village Hall .......................................(01343) 890243 James Milne Institute (Findhorn) ................(01309) 692365 Rafford District Hall......................................(01309) 674583 Forres Town Hall ..........................................(01309) 675140 Moray Council (Forres).................................(01309) 694000 Moray Council (Elgin) .................................(01343) 543451 National Rail Enquiries ..................................08457 484950 Forres Library ..............................................(01309) 672834 Forres House Com Education Centre ........(01309) 672838

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Water babies You will find that there are many benefits and pleasures to be had by bringing your baby swimming at an early age. It is considered that it is appropriate to take a baby to a swimming pool from the age of six months onwards providing that the conditions are right e.g. warm water, adequate changing facilities etc. Health professionals do not consider that the immunisation programme should affect the opportunity to go swimming. However, please remember that the chemicals in the water may have an effect on a very young baby and that the water temperature will chill them quickly. It has been proven that babies who develop their swimming abilities at an

early age are normally very alert for their age and may progress in crawling and walking more quickly. If you start early enough your child will not have had a chance to develop a fear of the water as a baby is naturally at home in an aquatic environment. You will have the pleasure of seeing your child growing into a relaxed and confident swimmer at an early age which will not only make him/her safer playing near water but will prove to be a valuable form of recreation and exercise which everyone can join in on. You will also find the exercise helps your baby to sleep well.


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road, then follow the timber waymarkers along the minor country roads to Lintmill. From here follow the cycle path back towards Cullen. Follow the signs past the cemetery and along Cathay Terrace, South Deskford Street, and then turn right back to the Square. TERRAIN: A mixture of pavements, quiet country roads, and farm tracks, with aggregate and earth paths through the woodland section. SIGNAGE: Fully Signed WALK GRADE: Moderate MILEAGE: 4 Miles ESTIMATED WALKING TIME: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

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pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact brodie castle for details tel: 0844 493 2156

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2 friday to 29 thursday art exhibition ‘mystical peatlands’ by sila collinswaldon, elgin museum, tel: 543675

3 saturday moray farmers market, elgin plainstones mundole equestrian north of scotland welsh pony & cob association highland fling, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com russian music, song and dance competition - part of nairn book and arts festival, 10am, nairn community and arts centre, children free/adults £2, tel: 01667 456245 or visit www.highlandrussia.org.uk walk ten at belladrum’s italian gardens with marie curie cancer care, 6pm-10pm, enjoy a twilight stroll and raise money for the charity, visit the website at www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten to register

3 saturday to 24 saturday photography exhibition ‘wild in moray’, 10am-8pm, the gallery, elgin library, wild life by allan adam & sea scapes by jim robertson, for more details contact allan adam tel: 01343 540810 or 07974 959804

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4 sunday mundole equestrian one day event and unaffiliated dressage, closing date 26th august, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com grampian motorcycle convention, 11am-5pm, in association with the bon accord motorcycle club, the north’s premier motorcycle event, vintage, classic and modern bike parades, classic racer demonstrations, trade shows, arena trials, super motos and the famous scottish championship moped marathon, grampian transport museum, alford, tel: 019755 64517 or visit www.gtm.org.uk

5 monday feel the rhythm! - afro style drum and percussion 10 week course, all welcome, instruments provided or bring your own, tel: 01343 850610 or email cocarol@talktalk.net family drumming, 6pm-7pm, forres academy, 5 week block £20 per person/£5 drop-in, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult, tel: 01343 850610 or 07979 787149 adult drumming - african and afro-latin rhythms, 7.15pm-9pm, forres academy, 5 week block £40 per person/£10 drop-in, all welcome, instruments provided or bring your own, tel: 01343 850610 or 07979 787149

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community and arts centre, bar open for refreshments, raffle, children free/adults £2, supported by russkiy mir foundation, tel: 01667 456245

SEPTEMBER 2011 continued

11 sunday car boot sale, 9am, baxter’s staff car park, in aid of mateite agricultural development project in sierra leone, cars cost £6/vans £10, free customer parking mundole equestrian show jumping, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com

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and Enjoy the tantalising sights & drink smells of Moray at our food day this ever, How nza. extravaga y food will be more than just Mora rating celeb and drink as we will be including the Rugby World Cup and taking tastings from many countries part in the tournament to ing. Offer tish Scot complement the Test your rugby skills with the d taine Rugby Inflatable and be enter and by Bubbles the Clown, Elgin Reel. District Pipe Band and Nae n to win Enter our special competitio e them ial prizes and visit the spec tions street market. Food demonstra and much more

31st Aug- 4th Sept........ Nairn Book & Arts Festival 10th Sept .................Highland Russian Connection Family Ceilidh 30th Sept .......................................... Cinema Nairn “The Kids are All Right” 2010(PG) For further details Telephone 01667 453476, e-mail, info@nairncc.co.uk or check out our website at www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

7 wednesday concert by the band of her majesty’s royal marines scotland, 7.30pm, elgin town hall, tickets £16 on sale at elgin library, tel. 01343 562600, in aid of SSAFA forces help and the royal marines charitable trust, organised by the rotary club of elgin For ongoing developments visit: www.elginbid.co.uk/www.facebook.com/elginbid.

8 thursday international forest film festival - winners presentation, 6.30pm, eden court theatre, inverness, free, for details and to book visit www.cifalfindhorn.org

10 saturday forres farmers market, 10am-3pm, andersons school playground, local foods, products and crafts, for further details contact anne marie tel: 691616 ‘gardeners question time’, 10.30am, nairn community & arts centre, tickets £10 in aid of forres & nairn riding for the disabled, refreshments, plants & produce stalls, tel:01807 500253 day of russian culture, 12noon-3pm, nairn community and arts centre, free admission, supported by russkiy mir foundation, tel: 01667 456245 or visit www.highlandrussia.org.uk highland-russia connection charity’s family ceilidh with the andy ross ceilidh band, 7pm-10pm, nairn

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17 saturday themed market to celebrate national food & drink fortnight, elgin plainstones, by elgin BID in partnership with moray farmers market western front association - the railway operating division, royal engineers, in the great war - niall ferguson, 2.30pm, the gallery, elgin library, contact derek bird tel: 01343 870562, email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk

18 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage, closing date 9th september, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com heritage open day, 10.30am-3.30pm, baxters highland village, come along and discover your heritage, free activities for families, and displays

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from heritage groups across moray, free admission, contact baxters tel: 01343 820666 or visit www.morayconnections.com for further details

21 wednesday masayuki kino & mami shikimori, 7.30pm universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170

miles west of elgin), in aid of the friendship fund for people with MS, contact morag davidson tel: 01309 676815 or gordon mckenzie tel: 01343 541665, adults £5/OAP’s £3/children £2/ under 5’s free edinkillie community hall committee autumn teas afternoon, a great opportunity to walk/cycle to dunphail for refreshments and live music entertainment, email margaret@mjarvis9.freeserve.co.uk

29 thursday blayz : electric string quartet, 7:30pm, st christopher’s chapel, gordonstoun school, nr elgin, £12/£6, visit www.thegcs.org.uk for more details, tickets available from www.thebooth.co.uk

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21 wednesday to 24 saturday ‘get moray reading’ book festival, st giles church, elgin, sponsored by elgin BID, yeadons and supported by the scottish book trust

23 friday the moray society lecture ‘archaeological sciences’ by alison cameron, doors 7pm, elgin museum aly bain & phil cunningham, 8pm universal hall, findhorn, £16/£14, tel: 01309 691170

Living Food at Cawdor Castle A Great Value Family Day Out Saturday 24th Sept 10am-5pm

Over 50 local food producers, artisan crafts Free family entertainment all day Online family ticket only £8 Book now at www.livingfoodatcawdorcastle.com

24 saturday living food at cawdor castle, 10am-5pm, over 50 food producers, crafts and all day entertainment, family ticket only £8 when booked in advance, discounted rail travel, great value family day out, tel: 07515 915956 or www.livingfoodatcawdorcastle.com club m at the mosset tavern, 11pm-3am, £5 at the door, tel: 672981 for more details scottish chamber music, 7.30pm, brodie castle, musicians karin leitner & alina bzezhinska, £16/£14, tel: 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events

25 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com laigh o’ moray vintage charity rally & fun day, inchkeil steading (on the elgin/burghead road, 4 SpotLight on Forres and District

quiz night, 7pm for 7.30pm, garmouth village hall, in aid of mateite agricultural development project in sierra leone, entry £2.50 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuits at the interval, sales tables the bevvy sisters, 8pm universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8/£6, tel: 01309 691170 craig campbell, 8pm, the loft venue, kinloss, tickets £12, tel: 01343 850111, visit www.eastgrange.co.uk robbie williams tribute, doors open 8pm, the mosset tavern, tickets £8 or £23.95 for a 2 course meal and show, tel: 672981

Craig Campbell - The Loft Venue Friday 30th September 8pm “Bringing a tale to life like a young Billy Connolly” (The Edinburgh Evening News) Over 16’s. Tickets £12 Tel: 01343 850111 www.eastgrange.co.uk

OCTOBER 2011 in brief now until 31 monday pictish throne exhibition at brodie castle, during normal opening hours, on loan from the national museum of scotland, included in tour of the castle, contact brodie castle for details tel: 0844 493 2156 1 saturday harvest festival & open day, 11am-3pm, moray steiner school, forres, children’s activities, café, food stalls, produce and preserves, crafts, books, music and school tours, tel: 676300 2 sunday automobile autojumble, 9am-3pm, one of scotland’s largest autojumbles, over 60 stalls selling everything associated with land travel and transport from small parts to complete vehicles grampian transport museum, alford, tel: 019755 64517 or visit www.gtm.org.uk mundole equestrian hunter trial, closing date 23rd september, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com 3 monday to 29 saturday art exhibition ‘seashore’ by jessie white, elgin museum, tel: 543675 7 friday ivan drever, 8pm, the loft venue, kinloss, tickets £10, tel: 01343 850111, visit www.eastgrange.co.uk

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Cinema Nairn

Visit cinemanairn.blogspot.com or contact Nairn Community Centre on 01667 453476 for details

Cinema listings September 2011 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness The Skin I Live In (15) One Day (12a)

Vue Cinema, Inverness

From Friday 2nd Fright Night 3D (tbc) Apollo 18 (tbc) From Friday 9th Jane Eyre (tbc) Friends With Benefits (tbc) From Friday 16th Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (tbc) The Change Up (tbc) From Friday 23rd Drive (tbc) Crazy, Stupid, Love (tbc) Killer Elite (tbc) Warrior (tbc) From Friday 30th The Debt (tbc) Abduction (tbc) Shark Night 3D (tbc) KidsAM Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am Tickets £1.25 / VIP Tickets £2.75 Senior Screenings Every Tuesday afternoon Tickets £3.05 / VIP Tickets £4.55

Visit www.eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 234234 for details

Moray Playhouse, Elgin

New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

Highland Spiritual Cinema

Monthly screenings of uplifting and inspiring films that inform, enlighten and entertain. For further details please visit www.highlandspiritualcinema.net or telephone 01463 237452

Includes tea/coffee & biscuits

Visit www.myvue.com for details

Portessie Public Hall

Regular films including Saturday matinees. For further details email portessiepublichall@hotmail.co.uk

Universal Hall, Findhorn

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Moray Steiner School HARVEST FESTIVAL & OPEN DAY Children’s Activities, Cafe, Crafts, Produce & Preserves, Books and Food Stalls School Tours and Music

Ignite a Love of Learning In Your Children Steiner education follows a unique curriculum designed to work with the whole child developing physical, emotional and intellectual well being. It is through the use of art, story and music and by exploring the senses that everyday learning is brought to life. The children discover for themselves an enthusiasm for learning that stays with them throughout their lives. Discover more about this education at

Moray Steiner School

Saturday 1st Oct. 11am till 3pm

Affordable fees and funded places are available for the under fives.

Drumduan House Clovenside Road Forres Telephone 01309 676300

Come along to our Open Day or call 01309 676300 for a tour of the school

OCTOBER 2011 in brief 7 friday charity evening for marie curie cancer care : moray string quartet & inverness opera society, brodie castle, tel: 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events 8 saturday guide dogs for the blind 80th anniversary coffee morning, 10am-12noon, st leonards church hall, forres, the usual stalls plus guide dogs merchandise 9 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage PC dengie nov/open qualifier, closing date 30th september, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com

to advertise in the next issue of spotlight on forres call 01309 690063 or go online at www.spotlighton.co.uk for more details 13 thursday the magnets : the acapella singing and beat-boxing sensation, 7:30pm, st christopher’s chapel, gordonstoun school, nr elgin, £15/£7.50, visit www.thegcs.org.uk for more details, tickets available from www.thebooth.co.uk 15 saturday mundole equestrian m&n pony club dressage and show jumping, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com 16 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping PC dengie qualifier, contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com

For ages 3 to 15 years

20 thursday to 25 tuesday western front association - branch battlefield tour to the somme, arras and ypres, contact derek bird tel: 01343 870562, email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net or visit www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk 22 saturday club m at the mosset tavern, 11pm-3am, £5 at the door, tel: 672981 for more details 22 saturday and 23 sunday mundole equestrian m&n pony club 2 day rally, contact 07901 602042 or visit the website www.mundoleequestrian.com 28 friday the moray society lecture ‘the archaeology and facts about culbin’ by cathy maciver, 7pm, elgin museum kids halloween disco, 6pm-8.30pm, the mosset tavern, tickets £4 on the door includes kids buffet, tel: 672981 29 saturday des horsfall’s kuschty rye, 8pm, the loft venue, kinloss, ‘passthe-hat’ gig suggested £5 donation, tel: 01343 850111, visit www.eastgrange.co.uk halloween event, children’s activities and scary walk in grounds, brodie castle, tel: 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events 31 monday halloween tour of castle, brodie castle, tel: 0844 4932156 or www.nts.org.uk/events

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They called Him a devil. God withheld His wrath. Finally men arrested Him, gave Him a mock trial, flogged Him, nailed Him on a cross and hung Him between earth and heaven; and God allowed it.

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If you want mercy and pardon, you will have to get it now. God loves you, Christ died as a substitute for your sins on the cross. You have to receive Him for yourself; no-one can do it for you. But do it now.

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Summer 2011 has proven to be rather wet and cool in the North East. Our usually favourable climate here is due mainly to the prevailing wind being from the south-west, but this year there has been an awful lot of wind from the north and east – not great at any time of year. On top of a very severe winter, followed by the driest March and April for years, then offered one of the coolest wettest summers for years, it is no surprise to be told when we visit “our” lawns around the area that gardens have been very slow and disappointing, poor vegetables and poor flowers. Lawns have been struggling too with many stressed lawns showing signs of Red Thread fungal disease. I mentioned this emerging last time and now it is fairly rampant across the whole of the North of the UK (the wet bit)! Symptoms are patches of brown/pinkish grass, looks like it’s drying out or dying. It is not fatal, the frosts clear it up, but until then, once you have it, it remains unless you put on a fungicide (though September is probably too late). Moss is getting going now with poor weather and stressed grass not standing up for itself. Moss is the No.1 problem we see in these parts, the main causes being Cut too short – weakens grass, poor colour Damp/shaded conditions Compacted ground – often just an age thing Thatch build up – old dead material etc Keen gardeners, TV gardening programmes, magazines and GreenThumb, all recommend aerating and scarifying the grass in the autumn/winter. You can try doing this with a garden fork and raking out, but most agree this is a job best tackled with machines. Some jobs are just not hand tool jobs ! Some gardeners have small electric lawn rakes which are fine for taking off surface moss, but it just comes back again since the cause of moss growth remains unchanged, usually thatch and compacted ground.

We use a large blade scarifier to chop through thatch (under which moss grows and thrives) and remove it from the lawn.

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We also have a big, heavy aerator with hollow-core tines to take out thousands of cores from compacted ground, easing compaction, and improving draining and ventilation in the root zone. It also leaves space for the grass to produce new roots and new grass. Golf clubs and bowling clubs do this all the time for the same reasons. Finally, try and keep falling leaves off the grass for all sorts of reasons For more information about seasonal lawn improvements from just £15 per qtr, plus useful downloads and photos go to www.greenthumb.co.uk or contact Alastair or Fiona for a FREE lawn analysis on 01667 404774. Although GreenThumb is a national franchise with over 200 branches across the UK, we are locally based in Cawdor and cover the whole Moray Firth area.


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One of the most rapidly expanding sectors of the Travel Industry is Cruising. It can be described as living in a luxury hotel, which moves from destination to destination, and there is no need to pack or unpack your suitcases more than once! Fewer than one third of the British population go on Cruises, although it is double that number in the USA. The market has seen steady growth, driven by innovation and the quality of the experience. There are large capacity increases being launched all the time, so what might have seemed like a very exclusive mode of transport historically has become much more available to the seasoned holidaymakers. Born out of the need to take Mail and certain important goods round the world, cruising has evolved from being a byproduct of a necessary industry to an industry in itself. There are still certain types of working boats that will take passengers as well, but the predominance of Cruise liners today are purpose-built and very luxurious. They are large ships with all the facilities, such as sports, health and wellbeing Spa facilities, as well as theatre and cultural entertainment. There is a perception that cruising is very formal and only for the older generation, but that is changing. The average age of Cruising people comes down each year, and ships are coming into service to cater for different needs. Some prefer to do a Fly Cruise, where you join the ship in an already exotic or interesting destination. Some prefer a Fly and Stay, where they join the ship and before or after their cruise they spend some time in that country. Some prefer to depart and return to a home port, negating the need to fly at all. Although the prices sometimes look expensive, you have to remember that all your meals are normally included in the price, and the only things to spend your money on are drinks. Imagine spending a day in an interesting European city, retiring to the ship for dinner and a good night's sleep, and then waking up in the morning in another fascinating destination. That's Cruising!

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Dancing Lights By Stan Barber With long winter nights approaching thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to see one of the most exhilarating sights in the night sky, the Northern Lights, particularly if you know when, where and what to look for. Our ancestors marvelled at these strange lights that danced in the northern sky and there were many ideas on their cause, some extremely fanciful. Vikings believed they were reflections from the shields and armour of Valkyries, mythical mounted warriors. Another was that the lights were a bridge from Earth to Heaven called Bifrost (the Quivering Roadway) leading fallen warriors to the Great Hall

directions,

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understood, and the essential driving

called the Aurora Borealis while in the southern

forces determined. The main driver of

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aurora is the Sun and in particular the

Australis.

solar wind, a stream of charged

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particles ejected from its upper

molecules in our upper atmosphere with green

atmosphere. Streaming out in all

or brownish-red light resulting from collisions

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with a clear northern horizon is good but it’s

red light from nitrogen. The intensity

much better if you can get away from street

and activity of aurora vary mainly

light pollution and there’s a dark northern

as a result of the intensity of the

horizon. A number of places along the

solar wind, which can be

Moray Firth coast will fit this bill, with Spey

augmented by solar eruptions

Bay a particularly good spot. If you have a

associated with sunspots and even

computer then there’s a number of sites

larger events such as Coronal Mass

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Ejections. Aurora are normally seen

such as the Department of Physics at

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south. However, major eruptions of particles from the Sun can cause

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can often be seen in winter time in the north of Scotland - sometimes further south too. But as a result of this song they seem to be associated more with Aberdeen than anywhere else! When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad My mother said to me Come see the Northern Lights my boy They' re bright as they can be She called them the heavenly dancers Merry dancers in the sky I'll never forget, that wonderful sight They made the heavens bright

Photo: Alan Tough

the Sun’s 11-year sunspot cycle has an effect. Solar activity, has picked up recently with the next maximum predicted anywhere between autumn 2011 and autumn 2012.

Chorus The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Mean home sweet home to me The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Are what I long to see I’ve been a wanderer all of my life Any many a sight I've seen God speed the day when l'm on my way To my home in Aberdeen

especially in places where there’s a

I've wandered in many far-off lands And travelled many a mile I've missed the folk I cherished most The joy of a friendly smile It warms up the heart of a wand'rer The clasp of a welcoming hand To greet me when I return, Home to my native land

clear, dark horizon. Any location

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Local astronomer and astro-imager Alan Tough captured this image from Elgin in March this year. So next time it’s clear and dark, why not spend some time outside,

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nature

The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is one of our most charismatic if elusive mammals, and whilst otter populations have suffered serious decline, numbers in the north of Scotland have remained relatively stable. This is probably due in part to not having suffered the pollution problems of elsewhere in the UK , and partly down to quieter roads. Road kill is a major factor in declining otter populations as otters hunt over large areas, often crossing roads.

To see otters, first of all I'd suggest looking for signs of activity. Start off by looking around an incoming stream. Whilst they may live and hunt in salt water, they need a freshwater source to clean the salt from their fur. Look for otter droppings (spraint) on top of rocks above the high tide line. The males do this to mark their territory. Also look out for part eaten fish and remains of crabs, which indicates a feeding site. The best time to look for them on the coast is at dawn or dusk, about 2-3 hours after low tide when the incoming tide is at it's fastest. Ideally you will need flat calm conditions, and look for the v shaped ripple that the otter makes as it swims. Otters are distinguishable from seals as the tail comes out of the water when they dive. Otters are well camouflaged when onshore and you will need to watch very closely for any movement to spot them. Binoculars are essential. Once spotted , you may be able to enjoy watching them for some time as they hunt, forage and play on the shoreline. Small prey they will eat in the water, lying on their back. Larger ones they will come ashore to eat After last months article on pine martens, I had a phone call from a reader whose son had seen a brown animal with a light patch on its front swimming in the canal. Could this be a pine marten? The answer is yes. Pine martens are strong swimmers and the only mammal better in water is the otter!

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Contrary to popular belief, we only have one species of otter in the UK and this is a freshwater species - the sea otter is only found in the northern pacific. The Eurasian otter is a nocturnal mammal, mainly active at night explaining why we rarely see them inland during the day. However, those that have chosen to live in coastal waters are much more active during the day as their movements are dictated by the tides.

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As Autumn approaches, bird watcher's gear up for a busy time of year and one of the most eagerly awaited family of birds to return, are the Waders. Many of these birds will be here for the whole winter, however, the difference at this time of year is that many will still be retaining their Summer breeding plumage. The two that have probably the most dramatic colour change, is the Bar Tailed Godwit and Knot. Bar Tailed Godwits are a large Wader, about the size of a Curlew and found on sandy stretches of the shoreline where they probe the mud and sand for food using their long straight bill (as opposed to the long curved bill of the Curlew). As these birds arrive from their Knot

breeding grounds in the high Arctic tundra, they form loose flocks of usually between twenty and thirty birds. However, if you visit Findhorn bay you may be treated to flocks in excess of two hundred.

The Knots arrive at roughly the same time and as well as heading for the sandy beaches they also frequent the more rocky sections of the shore. A smaller and stockier bird than the Godwit, its' brick red plumage makes it very obvious against the grey rocks; however give it a few more weeks and it's pale grey winter feathers will blend magically into its' surroundings. Its' much shorter bill, show a different feeding technique also; the Knot probing into shallower sand and picking food from the surface of the sea-weed and rocks. With the Seasons changing so does the birdlife, the first Geese will be arriving on local Lochs and estuaries and the last of the Summer migrants will be heading South to their wintering grounds, with all the upheaval of migration, it's definitely a time to expect the unexpected! Next Month: Sea Ducks

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Come in and see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new. NOW OPEN

The refurbishment of our Elgin kitchen and bedroom showroom is now complete. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a transformation and we hope that you will agree that it was well worth any inconvenience caused while it was closed. The finished result is stunning with classic and contemporary new styles, fantastic design ideas and amazing storage solutions. On show alongside our award winning Metris displays we are also showing our new Fusion range and our Classic Painted collection. All our kitchens and bedrooms are manufactured at our Highland factory with fantastic build quality which we have continued to update over the past 25 years. Our skilled manufacturers, designers and installers will continue to offer unrivalled quality and service and we look forward to welcoming you to our stunning new refurbished Elgin showroom.

ELGIN: 27 Tyock Ind Est 01343 545155 Also at: INVERNESS: 18 Carsegate Rd 01463 711548

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SpotLight On Forres and District September 2011  

Monthly Community Magazine covering Forres and District - September 2011

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