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FORRES CURLING CLUB Sept - Mar , Moray Leisure Centre. Coaching available. Call Ann Munro 690332 or email lambertmun@aol.com

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FORRES CYCLING CLUB Weekly runs leave 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 - Sep. Call club secretary Alan White on 01309 674698 or alan.white.245@btinternet.com www.forrescyclingclub.co.uk

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KINLOSS KESTRELS Sun 10.30am - 12 noon. Junior rugby football team, RAF Kinloss Rugby Ground, ages 5-17 .

FORRES HOUSE BRIDGE CLUB Wednesdays 7pm, Sept - Apr, Forres House. Tuition given in September. Beginners & new members welcome. Call Forres House Community Centre 672838 or Margaret Rankin 675353

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BABY BOP - PARENT & CHILD DANCE & PLAY CLASS Tuesdays , 18months - 3years, 9.30 -10.30am (£2.50) 3months18months, 10.30 -11am (£1.50). Forres house Community centre Tel: Emma 07973491963 BRODIE INDOOR BOWLING CLUB Mon & Wed, 7pm - 9:30pm at Dyke & District Hall. Starts 16th September. Call Sandy Burgess on 01309 674924 FORRES ACCORDION & FIDDLE CLUB 2nd Wednesday each month, Victoria Hotel, Forres. Sept-May. All levels & ages welcome. Call Ann Sharp 672672 for details. FORRES AREA CREDIT UNION Contact Ann McHardy 676735

1st Saturday each month for hot breakfast & Christian Fellowship. Call Barry Clarke on 676062 for details or email barrydclarke2@hotmail.co.uk FORRES OAP ASSOCIATION Wednesdays, 1:45pm in Forres Town Hall. Re-starts 4th Sept. New members welcome. Contact June Kirk on 01309 673194 FORRES SOCCER 7S 01309 676976 or 07990 832097. www.forres-soccer7s.co.uk FORRES SMALLBORE RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB Rifle, air rifle & air pistol target shooting. Call Donald MacRae on 01309 675345 for details. GIRLGUIDING MORAY 2 Rainbow units, 4 Brownie units, 4 Guide units and a Senior Section Unit in Forres & Kinloss. Call Maxine Chappell 675501 or email moraymax@tiscali.co.uk

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Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Findhorn Village Centre. All ages welcome. Join us for some fun and chatter. Call Karin on 01309 692339. LEANCHOIL HEALING GROUP Tuesdays, 7pm - 8:30pm at Leanchoil Hospital. Contact Mrs Grant on 01309 674243.

LGBT 5K RUNNING GROUP Every Wednesday, Inverness Leisure at 6.30pm. Email: jampa40@yahoo.co.uk or text / call 07941 553620 for details. MORAY & NAIRN FLORAL ART CLUB Come and watch talented flower demonstrators at work. Contact 01309 673431 or 673552. MORAY FLYING CLUB 7 days a week. Also offering courses for people to become leisure pilots, all the way up to professional ratings. Kinloss barracks, IV36 3UH. For details please call 01309 617361 and visit www.morayflyingclub.com NAIRN’S MEN’S BREAKFAST Meets third Saturday(not Jun or Dec) 9.45 at Dunbar Golf Club, Lochloy Road, Nairn. The opportunity for men of all ages & denominations to share how there life changed through faith in Jesus. Call Campbell 01667 455149 to book a place. NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP Every 2nd Wednesday, 2pm, Sept - Jun. Elgin Town Hall Supper Room. Contact Mary Nelson 01309 675371 PEEK-A-BOO CRECHE (KINLOSS) Drop-in creche for all Moray children. Places can be booked in advance. Contact Susan Whittaker-Smith 691442 PLEASE NOTE: Details of Clubs & Societies are published on a rotational basis.

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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS Just a coincidence? I don’t think it would be an overexaggeration to suggest that many of us have been left bewildered by events or circumstances that we might refer to as “strange coincidences”. They can stay with us for the rest of our lives. Perhaps they remain quietly abandoned in our memories as unexplained occurrences, or perhaps something continues to stir in us upon reflection of a sequence of events that we’re convinced became lifechanging. This was certainly the case for an elderly lady I spoke with recently whilst on holiday, who told me how her first husband had tragically succumbed to cancer and how unintentionally, during the few years following his death, she had married again. Her joyful words resonated like church bells as she recounted numerous coincidences that she could not fathom but clearly believed had acted in bringing her together with her second husband. It was her concluding remark that really caught my ear. She finished by saying, with a heartfelt conviction, “it’s as though someone up there was watching over me.” Her words ring true. Our conversation brought to mind the personal testimonies of many Christian believers who, before actively following the Christian faith, clearly recall a time when those unexplained coincidences gave way to a deep sense of the

presence of God – the “someone up there.” Why are some of us stirred to a point of acknowledging God’s presence whilst many dismiss God altogether, attributing every profound experience as a consequence of chance or fate? As always, the answer can found in the Bible. As Jesus promised, God’s Holy Spirit still searches for receptive hearts prepared to take hold of his message of truth, but some hearts will remain hardened. In the Gospels of the New Testament we read about many people coming in the presence of Jesus, listening to his message of salvation and witnessing his miracles. Still they ‘would not believe him’. If you take a moment to read in John chapter twelve, you find Jesus crying out, ”I have come into the world as light, so that no-one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” In the same outpouring of words Jesus reminds us that his life was devoted to bringing this message of truth and whose life was not led nor fulfilled by strange coincidences but rather by the presence of God: “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life.” Unlike Christ, none of us are born perfect believers, but God has not given up on us. We can count ourselves blessed as we come to know God’s abundant grace

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 10:30am 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

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in his desire to bring this message of truth, just has Jesus promised and still promises to those with receptive hearts. As I was reminded in conversation with the elderly lady, those coincidences can be used greatly by God to reveal himself to us. Some of us may continue to hold on to the bewilderment of each coincidence, some may go further in acknowledging a spiritual presence, and some may go round in circles in seeking the nature of “a” presence. Some will think they know of God’s presence. Some will deny God’s presence. Most will not believe. Thankfully, some of us no longer live in the dark shadow of coincidence. In the light of Christ’s message of truth, we look back at those coincidences with the certainty of God’s hand upon our lives – some of us have acknowledged and have grown to love the “someone up there”.

Lloyd Gallantree Elder, Lighthouse Church, Forres.

invited to join us at 4.30pm on the third Sunday of each month for 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. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please email tamsyn@spotlighton.co.uk

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PARLIAMENT BLOG & TIDE TIMES While the Parliament has been closed for the summer it does not mean a long holiday for MPs, but rather it is an opportunity for us to spend more time with our constituents. It is also an opportunity for people in Moray to let us know their views on local and national events in recent months that concern them the most. To that end I joined Richard Lochhead MSP on a series of local surgeries throughout the constituency. A recurring theme this year has been the government’s decision to press ahead with privatisation plans for Royal Mail. People in Moray are rightly concerned about this. They are well aware of the increasing problems we have with deliveries to our rural communities and how, quite often, we are asked to pay a premium, in particular when ordering online - an everincreasing aspect of modern life. Along with my SNP colleagues at Westminster we will be doing everything possible to fight these plans. To that end, I will welcome hearing from more of you on the future of Royal Mail and on the general issue of excessive or unwarranted delivery charges being levied on Moray customers.

Alcohol and Drugs misuse remains a major issue in Scotland but it is gratifying to know that, at a local level, we are doing a great deal to help those affected. I had the honour to open a workshop organised by the Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MADP) in Elgin. This was held on the week we learned the latest figures from NHS Scotland showing 100% of Alcohol and Drugs clients in Moray who required treatment received it inside three weeks. This highlighted just one of the many successes the partnership has achieved since it was formed in 2009. The MADP is one of 30 partnerships in Scotland, established to provide the best response to national strategies on alcohol, drugs and volatile substances. Their primary goal is to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs use on communities, something they do by coordinating the work of a number of agencies including Moray Council, Grampian Police, NHS Grampian and a variety of local and national third-sector agencies. Work being done by all those involved in MADP is making a significant impact not only on those who suffer the consequences of Alcohol and Drug misuse but on their immediate families and the wider community.

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cinema nairn presents 'battleship potemkin' 9pm at nairn community & arts centre. 1926 classic russian silent film with live music from andy may trio. tickets at door. cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk or call 01667 453476

tea in the park at glenlivet 10th annual event. glenlivet hall. b9008. ballindalloch. open every day from 11am 5pm for freshly cooked local food. over 30 craft stalls. raffles. quizzes. tourist information.

28 wednesday an evening with neil gaiman @ ironworks 6:30pm. 14+. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com dance derby @ universal hall 7:30pm. £10/£8, concs/£6 u16s. tickets at phoenix stores / online www.wegottickets.com/universalhall. for details call 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

29 thursday healing meeting with john mellor 7pm, elgin town hall. australia’s international christian healing evangelist. everyone is welcome to attend and receive prayer. for more info phone 07835 583820 or visit www.christianfellowshipofhealinghighland.com

3 tuesday - 8 sunday nairn book & arts festival at nairn community & arts centre. for more information call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

4 wednesday findhorn village centre coffee morning 10:30am - 12pm. all ages welcome to come along and join us. further information from karin 01309 692339

3 tuesday - 24 tuesday 'youth at findhorn' exhibition 9am - 6pm, upper foyer universal hall, the park, findhorn. by adriana sjan bijman, colour portrait photography with interview texts. call 01309 690081 for more information.

30 friday the spooky men's chorale @ universal hall 8pm. £14/£12, concs/£10 u16s. tickets at phoenix stores / www.wegottickets.com/universalhall. for details call 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

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31 saturday carve carrbridge 10am - 5:30pm, village sports field, carrbridge, ph23 3ad. top chainsaw carvers from the uk & around the world. a day of family events incl. wood crafts, live music, activities, games, stalls, food & drink. park & ride available within the village. please follow the signs! www.carvecarrbridge.com

SEPTEMBER 1 sunday mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com 16th motor mania at grantown on spey from 10:30am. admission is free making for a great and inexpensive day out for all the family. for details & full programme visit www.grantown-motormania.co.uk admin@spotlighton.co.uk

SEPTEMBER EVENTS Tues 3rd – Sun 8th ............................Nairn Book & Arts Festival Sat 14th - Sun 15th ...................................... Coast to Coast Race Thurs 19th ............................ “Live Life Unlimited” Seminar with Joanna Hunter – Life Coach Fri 20th.............................................An Evening of Clairvoyance with Medium Michael Coe Fri 27th...................................................................... Cinema Nairn “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (12A) 2011 Sat 28th........................... Music Nairn – Da Vinci Trio-Piano Trio 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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6 friday

Forres Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Monday 16th September

sigma (moray’s astronomy club): “diy observatories” by pete sherman, sigma 7pm for a 7:30pm start. birnie village hall, near elgin. www.sigma-astro.co.uk brodie castle nairn book & arts festival talks by sculptor alan b herriot & historian simon foder. book at nairn community & arts centre 01667 453476, nairn bookshop 01667 455528 or tickets@nairnfestival.co.uk www.nts.org.uk/events or www.nairnfestival.co.uk kakatsitsi @ universal hall 8pm. £12 / £10 concs / £6 u16s . for details visit www.universalhall.co.uk or call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 make a sunflower day at shrimps parent & toddler group, findhorn village centre, no need to book. info from karin 01309 692339 or contact via our facebook page: findhorn shrimps parent & toddler group. krazy nights kiss tribute @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

nadfas fine art lecture 11am at the sherwood suite, eight acres hotel, elgin. 'sorolla; painter of sunlight' delivered by gail turner. visitors welcome. coffee morning 10:30am - 12pm, findhorn village centre. all ages welcome to come along and join us. further information from karin 01309 692339. soup & sweet 12:30pm - 1:30pm at the findhorn village centre. all ages welcome to come along and join us. further information from karin 01309 692339.

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the western front association: “the great escape: holzminden, july 1918” by derek bird 2:30pm. elgin library. 01343 870562. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net cinema nairn presents 'the kid brother' (u) 10am at little theatre, king street. harold lloyd silent movie fun for all the family with andy may at piano. tickets at door. further info at cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk the illegal eagles @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

8 sunday mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated & mundole hunter trial contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com car boot sale 1pm - 4pm, riverview caravan park, mundole, forres. cars £6, vans & trailers £8. hard standings.

9 monday orprey outing from findhorn village centre - depart 2pm. prior arrangement essential. call karin on 01309 692339.

Forres Town Hall 8 - 10pm Winter season starts with a free 'Come and Try' session www.rscdsforres.org

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brodie castle bel canto concert 7pm. adults £8 / concs £6. booking essential. further details at www.nts.org.uk/events dick gaughan @ universal hall 8pm. £12 / £10 concs / £8 u16s . for details visit www.universalhall.co.uk or call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 creepy crawly day at shrimps parent & toddler group, findhorn village centre, no need to book. for info call karin 01309 692339 or via our facebook page: findhorn shrimps parent & toddler group. band of the royal marines, scotland elgin town hall. tickets £16 on sale in the elgin library, cooper park. visit www.elginrotary.co.uk for more information.

14 saturday city of elgin food & drink festival 2013 10am - 5pm in elgin city centre. entertainment, cookery demos and a large street market where you can buy all that's best in food & drink. for more details visit us on www.facebook.com/elginbid or www.elginbid.co.uk

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18 wednesday nairn 3ua 1.45pm, nairn community centre. social afternoon with tea & biscuits - a chance to meet old friends and make new ones. find out more about the activities of u3a. for information contact pauline on 01667 453537 or visit www.nairnu3a.org.uk the baroness @ universal hall 7:30pm. £10 / £8 concs / £8 u16s . for details call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk coffee morning at findhorn village centre 10:30am 12pm. all ages welcome to come along and join us. further information from karin 01309 692339

19 thursday house of cards presents : the magic numbers acoustic @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com “live life unlimited” seminar with joanna hunter – life coach 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 / www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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20 friday a dingle dangle scarecrow day at shrimps parent & toddler group, findhorn village centre, no need to book more info from karin 01309 692339 or contact via our facebook page: findhorn shrimps parent & toddler group. an evening of clairvoyance with medium michael coe 7pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 / www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

21 saturday culture day at the findhorn village centre - see texchange, the woolen shop, real leather crafter, live music & acting and much more. join us for light refreshments or afternoon teas. more information can be given on request. call karin on 01309 692339.

City of Elgin Food & Drink Festival 2103 Saturday 14th Sept. 10am – 5pm in Elgin City Centre Enjoy the tantalising sights, smells and tastes of Moray and beyond and join us to celebrate the finest foods and drink on offer. With a large street market, cookery demonstrations, food tastings, kids play area, Bubbles the Clown, the Great Cup Cake challenge and much more, there is something for everyone. FREE PARKING available at Moray College, so start the day off by visiting the exhibitions at their Beechtree Restaurant before heading into the town to join in the fun. For more details visit us on www.facebook.com/elginbid or www.elginbid.co.uk

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25 wednesday rachel hair trio 7:30pm, ogstoun theatre, gordonstoun school, nr elgin. £10/£5. for more information visit www.thegcs.org.uk - tickets from www.hubtickets.co.uk aly bain & phil cunningham @ universal hall 7:30pm. £14/£12 conc /£10 u16s. call the phoenix stores on 01309 690110 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk coffee morning 10:30am - 12pm, findhorn village centre. all ages welcome to come along and join us. further information from karin 01309 692339

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Moray Province Curling Development Group are organising a

Curling’s Cool 4 week course Specifically designed for youngsters 10 – 12 years. It will be held at Moray Leisure Centre Ice Rink from September 18, 4.15pm - 5.15pm and will cost £12, which will be payable at the first session. If you are interested in attending please contact Paul Rogan the Active Schools Coordinator on forres.active.schools@moray.gov.uk. After completing the Curling Cool session there will be an opportunity to join Moray Junior Curling Club which meets at the Ice Rink at Moray Leisure Centre at 5pm every Wednesday during term time from September to March.

saltire society 12pm, chieftain hotel, millburn road, inverness. eric allan will give a talk on "the golden age of scottish dance music". all welcome inverness abc boxing tournament north of scotland vs north of england select @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

29 sunday baxters loch ness marathon & festival of running full marathon, river ness 10k &10k corporate challenge, 5k fun run or wee nessie for those with little legs. places available for charity, club & overseas runners until 9th sept. entry deadline for the baxters river ness 10k, the 5k fun run as well as the 10k corporate challenge and wee nessie is 9th september. all races can be entered at www.lochnessmarathon.com

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27 friday macmillan cancer support world's biggest coffee morning 10am - 12 noon forres town hall. macmillan christmas cards will be on sale too. come along and enjoy a couple of hours with your friends! for more info contact sue hellon (secretary) 01309 678875 sue.hellon@nhs.net a moray society lecture 2pm, elgin museum hall the moray society lecture series 2013/14 starts in september with "herring girls" by anne coombs. little bakers day at shrimps parent & toddler group findhorn village centre, no need to book just come along and join us. further information available from karin 01309 692339 or contact via our facebook page: findhorn shrimps parent & toddler group. charity quiz night 7:30pm at findhorn village centre. £2 per person max 5 per team. general knowledge quiz. prior booking advisable. call karin on 01309 692339 or see facebook: findhorn village centre & hostel. osprey bus will be available from forres, kinloss and findhorn, please book in advance. cinema nairn presents “salmon fishing in the yemen” (12a) 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 / www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

emma’s imagination @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

27 friday - 29 sunday abernethy men's weekend friday 6.30pm - sunday 3pm. guest speaker angus jamieson (an elder at culduthel christian centre) residential: £117 per person (16+ yrs) incl full board accommodation, bonfire supper & 1 activity day. non residential: £44 incl all meals. for more info or to book call 01479 821279 or email nethybridge@abernethy.org.uk

28 saturday music nairn presents ‘beinn artair piano trio’ 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. playing haydn, beethoven & mendelssohn. call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk page 18 - September 2013

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River Cruising is a part of the travel market growing in popularity each year. For centuries people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers and waterways to trade, explore and sometimes conquer! Steeped in history and culture, flowing through stunning scenery, they form natural links connecting the continent’s greatest and most beautiful towns and cities, from the medieval to the modern. You can cruise on the majestic Rhine and Danube – Europe’s essential arteries studded by atmospheric cities like Koblenz and Vienna. Standing guard you will see astonishing fairytale castles whilst learning about mythical legends, historic strife and triumph. You can be on the magical, meandering Moselle with its impossibly steep, riverside vineyards and lesser known, yet equally beautiful River Main, twisting through Germany’s rural heart. The Elbe, meandering through Saxon Switzerland, connects historic Berlin and baroque Dresden, whilst in France, the Rhone flows majestically from almost the Burgundy vineyards to Avignon and van Gogh’s Arles, in the heart of sun-kissed Provence. River Cruising has the huge advantage like Ocean Cruising that you unpack your case only once into your cabin, and your cabin moves around with you all the time. You can leave your belongings in the care and security of the ship’s company while you go ashore to see the sights, probably having had a lecture on them before arriving at that particular place. Another good part of the world for River Cruising is in Vietnam and Cambodia, and indeed it is a very effective way of seeing much of these countries properly. Imagine boarding your River boat at Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and moving up the Mekong River through Phnom Penh, to Siem Reap and ultimately Angkor Wat. This trip takes 14nts from the UK, and takes in a 2nt stay in Saigon, and a Mekong River Cruise through Cai Be, Sa Dec, Tan Chau, Phnom Penh, Chong Koh, Kampong Chhnang, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Whatever the budget there is a River Cruise for you, and many are very good value for money as long as they are purchased from a trustworthy source.

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End of Season Clear Out ! After many poor years, we’ve finally had an acceptable summer around the Moray Firth. In fact, many folk had obviously forgotten about the sprinkler in the shed, and in the hot weather in July the grass dried out and browned off, just like any other plant if it isn’t watered. It’s usually a short-lived

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feature of our climate here though and most lawns have recovered unscathed by now. A lasting benefit of some dry weather though, is we hope there will have been less moss growth this year. After If you don’t usually scarify your lawns, this autumn is a good time to do it as the moss is weaker than it has been for some years. Scarifying can be done by

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Working with National Trust for Scotland at Brodie Castle,

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encourage everyone to see the wonder of nature on their own doorstep. Earthtime also has a charity arm, Earthtime For All Ltd which was established at the end of 2012 to enable the organisation to take their activities to those members of the community who are disadvantaged and unable to access the sessions through the Community Interest Company.

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COMMUNITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2013 ELECTIONS 2013 The current four-year term of all of the Moray Community Councils ends this September. A postal ballot for the new Community Councils will be held in October in areas where there are sufficient candidates. It is important to have more candidates for each Community Council area than there are seats available so that there has to be an election. This will help to ensure a truly democratic process. This process will also be helped if as many people as possible who are eligible to vote do so. A Community Council is a group of local people set up to represent and promote the interests of their local community. Members are volunteers and are elected by the public. Their main role is to find out the views of the local community as a whole and to make sure that the views of local people are passed on to the Local Authority, and to any other relevant public body or private agency. Community Councils have a statutory right to be consulted on local planning, licensing and other issues. Community Councils were introduced in 1973 and have the full statutory support of the Scottish Government. The current government appears keen to promote community engagement and enhance the role of Community Councils. To be successful, a Community Council needs to attract volunteers who care about their community and who are prepared to work together to ensure that the local voice is heard, and more importantly, listened to by relevant authorities and that each local community receives its fair share of public resources.

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BUSINESS & TRADES DIRECTORY

Bike Revolution c/o Outfit Moray

George Innes Builders Privately owned civil and building contractor

Bicycle Workshop. 15 Shore Street , Lossiemouth IV31 6PB

01343 542104 www.georgeinnesbuilder.co.uk

01343 549571 www.bike-revolution.co.uk

Thornhall Chalet Self-catering, 3 beds, sleeps 4+2, open all year round Contact: Brigid

01309 641283 b.aitken614@btinternet.com www.thornhall.co.uk

Royal Findhorn Yacht Club Sailing & Yachting Expertise

01309 690247

Situated on the High Street in Forres we offer good quality Accommodation at very reasonable prices. We serve food between 12 -2.30pm ( Any 2 meals for £10 option ) and between 6 and 8pm Tues - Sat,Sun 12 - 6pm. Sky Sports is shown on our Big Screens in our popular Locals/ Residents Bar.

www.rfyc.net

Tel: 01309 672531

PROPERTY SERVICES

carlthotelforres@keme.co.uk www.carltonhotelforres.co.uk

C & S Ames Tapers

Firthview Windows

Plastering, internal & external decorating

For a wide choice of windows and doors

0800 6128024 / 01463 632011

01309 676348 steve99baker@hotmail.co.uk

info@firthviewwindows.co.uk

Ian Fraser

RETAIL Bridal Creativity Bridal Wear & Alterations Contact: Andrea Peers

Local Professional Decorator

01343 319509 / 07784 910003

01309 675 191

bridalcreativity@yahoo.co.uk

fraserforres@btconnect.com

www.bridalcreativity.co.uk

Jack Carmichael Floor covering expertise since 1963

Geddes & Mellis Ltd

01343 552412

01343 542454

www.flooring-scotland.com

Mike R Duff - Design Floors Your beautiful home deserves a beautiful floor.

More than just TV Specialists... www.geddesandmellis.co.uk

In Stitches Boutique

01309 694835

Mother of the Bride outfits, ladieswear, accessories,

info@mrdflooring.co.uk www.mrdflooring.co.uk

01667 452020

Moray Firth Windows Ltd Windows, Doors & Conservatoires

tailoring and alterations institchesnairn@yahoo.co.uk www.institchesnairnltd.co.uk

01542 835825 david@morayfirthwindows.co.uk www.morayfirthwindows.co.uk

The Grant Arms Hotel

'RANTOWN ON 3PEYs4HE7ILDLIFE(OTEL Chris Grant and Team present

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH 2 Course £9.95 and 3 Courses £12.95 Children’s Menu and Half Portions available

TO BOOK CALL: 01479 872526 25 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HF LQIR#JUDQWDUPVKRWHOFRP‡ZZZJUDQWDUPVKRWHOFRP

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HARRISON’S Home Improvements Ltd SUMMER SPECIALS

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Harrison’s are proud to support The Kilimanjaro Kiltwalk Challenge 2013 1% of any home improvements purchased before 31st October will be donated to the challenge


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