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SpotLight In this issue...... Clubs & Societies 3 Road Trip 4 Pastoral letter 6 Tide Times 6 Church Details 8 What’s On 9/10 Cinema Guide 11 Chef’s Confidential 12 Council News 14 School Dates 16 Useful Contacts 17 Go Wild on Mussels 18 Local Holidays 19 Advertisers Index 19 SAMPLe ADveRT RATeS Box £53.00 Big Box £101.00 ¼ Page £185.00 ½ Page £351.00 Business Profile £597.00 Full Page £664.00 enhanced Listings in What’s On pages from £57 All rates are per month plus vAT and based on a Black & White 12 month series. Deadline for December issue is Wednesday 10th November. Call 01309 690063 for more details. SpotLight on Inverness is published by Winterburn Media Ltd, Comraich, Woodside Farm, Kinloss Iv36 3UA All material contained within the SpotLight magazines is subject to formal copyright restrictions and therefore the reproduction of any listings, editorial, advertiser artwork or any other content, without the publishers prior consent, will be considered to be a breach of copyright.
ABERNETHY GOLF CLUB
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Family First offers a support service to families with at least one child 0-3 years of age. tel: 703033 or email: alisonstanley@ smoothmail.co.uk
BEAULY ANGLING CLUB
Established around 1960, the club provides sea trout and salmon fishing to residents of Beauly as well as to visitors. Visit www.beauly-anglingclub.co.uk CAPITAL SKATEPARK GROUP
Tel: 714516 or email: agapeclothing@ hotmail.co.uk CHANONRY SAILING CLUB
Chanonry Sailing Club provides a safe and fun environment for people from all walks of life to come together and sail. The Harbour, Fortrose, tel: 01381 621973 www.chanonry.org.uk/ CROY & CULLODEN MOOR SENIOR CITIZENS' LUNCH CLUB
Church Hall, Croy, alternate Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm, £3 for 2 course meal and afternoon tea. Enjoy dominoes, jigsaws and other activities DRAKIES BOWLING CLUB
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HIGHLAND BONSAI SOCIETY
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of every month in Balloch Village Hall at 7.30pm. For more infomation contact Chris tel: 01349 865485 INVERNESS ANGLING CLUB
For details please contact Don MacKay, Inverness Angling Club, 4 Maxwell Drive, Inverness IV3 5EX www.inverness anglingclub.co.uk
PINK CASTLE PHILOSOPHY CLUB
Fun and sociable chat with meaning for the LGBT community and all their friends. Visit www.pinkcastle.eu or tel: 07745 930383 STARLIGHT MUSICAL THEATRE
We are a new amateur musical theatre group and will soon be holding initial workshops in preparation for casting ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, to be performed in August 2011 at Eden Court Theatre. For more information or to express an interest please e-mail starlightmusicaltheatre @live.co.uk with your contact details. THE WAY FOUNDATION
INVERNESS SEA CADETS
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7.15pm9.30pm, tel: 226069 INVERNESS SWIMMING CLUB
Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane. We are a competitive club. Club night is Wednesday from 6.15pm, but training sessions are throughout the week. INVERNESS RADIO CLUB
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Help each other rebuild our lives after widowhood. Call us on 0870 011 3450 or email info@wayfoundation .org.uk WILDCATS CHEERLEADERS
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T TOMINTOUL O M I N TO U L Tomintoul T omintoul - the highest village vil in the Highlands and gateway to the Cairngorms. Idyllically situated on the River Av von, this settlement Avon, settle was first recorded in 1775, the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising.
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oasis in Once described as the ‘‘oasis Tomintoul accommo-the glens’, T omintoul accommo acco dates 3 wonderful hotels and ample amounts of Guest Houses. W alking, Fishing Walking, Fishing,, Cycle Hire and Horse Riding are just a few activities available all year round. Combined with the local museum and the visitor centres at Glenlivet Tomintoul and T omintoul Distilleries* there is something for everyone! Our recommendation for a day trip or a weekend visit is a must. ROUTE Inverness - Tomintoul Tomintoul A9 - A95 - A939
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I recently had to face an interview panel to develop the work I’m involved with in our church. As I prepared for this often daunting experience, I tried to think ahead to some of the questions that would inevitably come up: “why do you want to be involved in this area of work?”, “what would you do in this situation?”, “how would react in these circumstances?”, “which aspect of this work would you find most challenging?” I’m sure many of you have been in a similar interview style situation.
couple as they live out this wonderful commitment made to each other.
In mentally preparing answers as honestly and fully as I could, I was struck by how crucial our response to questions can often be. The success of the interview I was involved with was largely determined by how I answered the questions put to me.
"Who do people say I am?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ." (Mark 8:27-29)
In a few weeks time, I look forward to attending a wedding ceremony and celebrating with the happy couple as they become husband and wife. The pivotal point of a wedding ceremony is when the bride and groom are asked if they are willing to give themselves to one another, to love and be faithful to each other “for as long as they both shall live”. The usual response is “I do”. This response has a huge impact on the
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There is one question the response to which, I believe, is even more crucial than an answer given to any interview panel or the response by a bride or groom at a wedding. This question was first asked around 2000 years ago by Jesus as he and his disciples travelled between villages near a place called Caesarea Phillipi. Jesus said to his disciples:
Starting from a general question about who people thought Jesus was, the focus narrows and Jesus asks his disciples pertinently, “who do you say I am?” The response from Peter is emphatic: “You are the Christ”. Here was a recognition that the person standing before Peter was not just one prophet among many or merely a gifted man. No, here was the Son of the living
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God, the one who was soon to demonstrate God’s love by dying on the Cross and who demonstrated God’s power by defeating death and rising again. Through Jesus’ perfect life, he alone could die in our place to bring forgiveness and spiritual life to those who trust in Him. The response from Peter’s lips “You are the Christ” reflected the attitude of his heart- he trusted in Jesus and was committed to following Jesus in all that he did. Peter knew a sense of forgiveness for all the wrong he had done and he could look forward in his words “to the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). “Who do you say I am?” That was the question Jesus originally asked all those years ago to Peter and the other disciples. It is a question that has had a huge impact on our world in the centuries since then and it remains a crucial question today for you and I and all who would read this letter. What is your response, who do you say Jesus is? Gordy Mackay Culduthel Christian Centre
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Black Isle Charge Episcopal Churches 1 Deans Road, Fortrose, tel: 01381 622241 Cale House, C of S, Millburn Road, Inverness, tel: 718616 Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness tel: 222795 Pastor Reverend Bill Slack www.culduthelchristiancentre.org Culloden, C of S, 45 Oakdene Court, Culloden, Inverness Croy & Dalcross Parish Church C of S, Croy Village, serices every Sunday at 12 noon Dingwall Baptist Church, Tulloch Street, Dingwall www.dbc.org.uk Dingwall Episcopal Church, St James The Great Castle Street, Dingwall tel: 01349 862204 www.stjames-stannes.org.uk Dingwall Catholic Church, St Lawrence 21 Castle Street, Dingwall tel: 01349 863143 Free North Church, Bank Street, Inverness, tel: 224332 www.freenorthchurch.org Hilton, C of S, Tomatin Road, Inverness, tel: 233310 www.hiltonchurch.org.uk Inshes, C of S, Sir Walter Scott Dr, Inverness tel: 226727 www.insheschurch.org Inverness Baptist Church, 69 Castle Street, Inverness Rev Tom Urquhart email firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 223506 Inverness Crown Church, C of S, 3 Midmills Road, Inverness, tel: 230537 Inverness Methodist Church, Huntly Street, Inverness tel: 231170 or visit www.churchesinverness.com North Kessock, C of S, Main Street, North Kessock tel: 731712, www.churchofscotland.org.uk
Old High St Stephen's, C of S, 1. Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness tel: 250802; 2 Southside Road at Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness tel: 250802 www.oldhighststephens.com St Andrew's Cathedral, Scottish Episcopal Church, Ardross Street, Inverness, tel: 233535, www.invernesscathedral.com St Columba, Inverness, C of S we meet at 11am each Sunday at Holm Primary School, Alpha Course between now & Christmas, at 11am each Sunday & stay for lunch! Contact Murray McCheyne email@example.com, tel: 07535 290092 or visit www.stcolumbainverness.org St John the Evangelist, Episcopal Church, Southside Road, Inverness. Sunday Service at 10.45am and Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 11am. Tel: 716288 or visit the website www.stjohns-inverness.com St. Ninian's Catholic Church, 21 Culduthel Road, Inverness tel: 236620, www.saintninians.org.uk St. Mary's Catholic Church, 30 Huntly Street, Inverness tel: 233519, www.stmarysinverness.co.uk St Mary-in-the-Fields, Episcopal Church, Culloden, Sunday Service 9.45am and Holy Communion on Fridays at 10.30am. Tel: 716288 or visit the website www.stjohns-inverness.com Salvation Army, 84 Firthview Drive, Inverness tel: 225276 www.salvationarmy.org.uk Smithton Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness tel: 790977, www.freechurch.org
If you are a member of a church not listed here please email us with details and we may print this in future issues.
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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2010
OCTOBER 26 tuesday
the opera bus - scottish opera ‘the marriage of figaro’, 7.15pm at eden court theatre, inverness, coach
community & arts centre, £13/£5, tel 01667 453476
pick up points along a96 from keith to nairn, ticket & coach £38 approx. (coach only £7 return) tel. 01343 835258
scottish opera presents ‘carmen’, 7.30pm, nairn
dingwall scottish country dance club rally, 7.30pm11.30pm, strathpeffer community centre, dancing to lindsay weir’s band, further details from fiona tel: 01997 423373
cinema nairn - the hurt locker (15), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details
hocus pocus - spooky halloween walk in the grounds of brodie castle, dooking for apples & other activities, 6pm-7.30pm, adults £2/children £4/family (2+2) £10, tel: 0844 493 2156 rave on - a tribute to buddy holly, 7.30pm, strathpeffer pavilion, £14.50/£13.50/£5, visit www.strathpeffer pavilion.org or tel: 01997 420124
30 saturday october - 2 tuesday november bioneers at findhorn - sustainability conference and celebration, universal hall, findhorn, to book tel: 01309 691653 or visit www.findhorn.org/bioneers
6 saturday & 7 sunday
exclusively highlands christmas craft fair, 11am-4pm, strathpeffer pavilion, free entry, visit www.exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk
blood donors, 1.30pm-4pm and 5pm-8.30pm, nairn community centre
the pink castle philosophy club - spotlight on ‘humanism’, 7.30pm, riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel, ness bank, inverness, visit www.pinkcastle.eu
the key to happiness - open talk with phakchok rinpoche, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £7
The Key to Happiness Tuesday 9th November 7.30pm £7 Open talk by Phakchok Rinpoche, a young, dynamic teacher who loves a good discussion and has studied with many of the great Tibetan meditation masters of our time - The Universal Hall, Findhorn. Further information on RInpoche’s programme from 8-11th Nov. available from 0778 453 1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOVEMBER 1 monday
the tobacco merchant’s lawyer, 7.30pm, eden court theatre, inverness, £8/£7, tel: 234234
earl haig ceilidh, 7.30pm, nairn community and arts centre, tel: 01667 453476
the island tapes, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, visit
3 wednesday to 7 sunday
moray piano competition - qualifying, from 9.30am, elgin town hall, www.moray-piano-competition.co.uk
8th inverness film festival, tel: 234234
chris stout & catriona mckay, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, £12/£5 on-line from www.thebooth.co.uk and www.ticketweb.co.uk, who also offer a 24/7 telephone ticket service on 0844 477 1000
moray piano competition - finals, from 2.30pm, elgin town hall, www.moray-piano-competition.co.uk
starlight musical theatre : first workshop for jesus christ superstar, 7.30pm, jim love studio, eden court
produce and goods on sale, eastgate precinct orienteering at lossie forest, 10.15am-11am, two different courses to challenge your navigation skills and fitness in moravian’s popular saturday series of events, £3 adults/£2 juniors, for more details visit www.moravianorienteering.org
theatre, inverness, for more details e-mail starlight email@example.com
inverness farmers market, 8.30am-4.30pm, local
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18 thursday - 21 sunday
friends of the pavilion spectacular annual art fair, strathpeffer pavilion, visit www.strathpeffer pavilion.org or tel: 01997 420124
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culloden, tel: 716288
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NOVEMBER 19 friday
beauly gallery annual christmas/winter preview show, 7pm-9pm, beauly gallery, with exhibitions featuring local artists and music by bill francis, the kirk coffee shop will also be open, raffle & surpises on the night, for more details tel: 783508 or visit www.beaulygallery.co.uk
19 friday & 20 saturday
liet international 2010, top european music acts and international media will flock to Inverness this november to engage in one of the most unique song competitions on the european cultural calender, visit www.liet2010.com
cinema nairn - snow falling on cedars (15), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details
blue light disco, organised by northern constabulary for school pupils, visit www.strathpefferpavilion.org or tel: 01997 420124 music nairn presents pure brass from the rsamd, nairn community and arts centre, tel: 01667 453476
26 friday, 27 saturday, 21 sunday
christmas craft fair, brodie castle, tel: 0844 493 2156
christmas sale, 10.30am-12noon, st john the evangelist, southside road, inverness, tel: 716288
christmas sale, 1pm-3pm, st mary in the fields,
THE MORAY MORAY AY O COMPETITION 2010 201 10 PIANO EL LGIN TOWN O ELGIN HALL Saturday 13th November - Qualifying Rounds DPDPSPSP Programme £3 Admission FREE 6XQGD\WK1RYHPEHU),1$/6SP ),1$/6SP Tickets at door Adult dult – £7 (no concession) 18 Children under 1 8 FREE Adjudicators: Lucy Parham ham and Graham Scott Scott Outstanding young pianists ts from home and and abroad abroad compete compete for for a share of prize money totalling otalling £4000 www.moray-piano-competition.co.uk -piano-competition.co.uk The Moray Piano Festival Trust is a registeredd Scottish Scottish Charity Charity No. No. SC032432 SC032432
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dingwall choral society christmas concert, visit www.dingwallchoralsociety.co.uk
st columbas church ceilidh & supper, nairn community and arts centre, tel: 01667 453476
27 saturday & 28 sunday
elgin model fair, 10am-5pm, organised by elgin model railway club, elgin town hall, ample parking, disabled access, adults £4; children/ conc. £2.50; family (2+2) £9.50; children under 5 free, rail layouts in various scales; boats; planes; digital scalextric, etc. specialist hobby suppliers and refreshments, contact duncan macrae tel: 01343 546725 or 0775 905 4668 or email@example.com
DECEMBER 2010 in brief 2 thursday a gaelic christmas evening with music by fiona j. mackenzie and poetry by angus peter campbell, 9pm, tickets £9, visit www.strathpefferpavilion.org or tel: 01997 420124 3 friday caledon - scotland’s tenors, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, tickets £13 (£5 for school pupils) on sale soon, www.strathpefferpavilion.org or tel: 01997 420124 or visit www.caledonmusic.com 4 saturday inverness farmers market, 8.30am-4.30pm, local produce and goods on sale, eastgate precinct 10 friday & 11 saturday cinderella - the pantomine comes to phipps hall, beauly, friday & saturday 7.30pm £7/£5 concessions - saturday only 2.30pm £6/£4 concessions, in aid of highland hospice, info and tickets from liz hoey tel: 01463 831422; robertson’s larder and morison’s hardware of beauly 11 saturday thank you for the 70’s!, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, a celebration of 70s music, including an abba tribute, from the team who brought us abba-cadabra, tickets £13 (£5 for school pupils) on sale soon, tel: 01997 420124 or visit visit www.strathpefferpavilion.org 17 friday showstopperz - another concert by the exciting invernessbased group led by gail and reno troilus, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, including both professional and talented amateur singers, more details soon, www.showstopperz.co.uk 18 saturday cinema nairn - the pink panther (PG), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details the peatbog faeries, 8pm, strathpeffer pavilion, skye’s peatbog faeries have become one of scotland’s bestknown names in contemporary folk music and have taken their individual brand of scottish music to audiences all over the world, tickets £15 (standing only) on sale soon www.peatbogfaeries.com 31 tuesday hogmanay shindig, from 9pm, strathpeffer pavilion, the pavilion’s now famous, family-friendly hogmanay shindig, tickets £21 (£14 for under 14’s) on sale soon, www.strathpefferpavilion.org
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Moray Playhouse, Elgin New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk
Portessie Public Hall Regular films including Saturday matinees.
Cinema Listings November 2010
For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vue Cinema, Inverness From 5th November Let Me In Faster From 12th November Skyline From 19th November Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 KidsAM - Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am - 95p per ticket Seniors Club - Every Tuesday at 12.30pm - £3 inc. refreshments NEW Teen Screen Every Thursday & Friday £1.95 2D or £2.95 3D
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness The Town The Wildest Dream Certified Copy Krabat The Edukators plus many others
Visit www.myvue.com for details
Visit www.eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 234234 for details
Cinema Nairn 20th November 7.30pm Snow Falling On Cedars (15)
Visit cinemanairn.blogspot.com or contact Nairn Community Centre on 01667 453476 for details
Universal Hall, Findhorn Showing films throughout the year. Visit www.findhorn.org/uhall or call 01309 691170 for details. SpotLight - Inverness and District
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My Little Chocolate Pots
As the title gives away, this recipe is for a truly chocolately and sexy pud! You can use it to impress your friends or just to indulge, sitting on the sofa watching an old black and white movie. Ingredients 300g of plain chocolate with at least 60%cocoa solids 20g of unsalted butter 6 egg yolks 200ml of double cream 150ml of full cream milk 75g of caster sugar fresh raspberries or strawberries to dress. Makes 8 pots
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How to make them little pots .... Break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and rest over a pan of simmering water, until the chocolate all melts. Once melted, remove and stir in your egg yolks. Put the cream and milk into a pan and bring to the boil, stir in your sugar and slowly add your chocolate mix - use some engery and some calories up here by given the miture a really good whisk! - lift the mixture to get some air into it. Pour the mixture into moulds, coffee cups or ramekins and leave to set. To serve, add a little whipped cream to the top with some raspberries or strawberries. Enjoy!
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• Chief inspector maclean provided a Report from Northern Constabulary on the level of incidents in the area, comparing 2009/10 with 2008/09. the Report conclusion was that there had been a decrease in the level of incidents during 2009/10 in comparison with the previous year. this applied to incidents generally, incidents of antisocial behaviour in the Kinmylies beat and also to incidents in the vicinity of the shelter. • a number of participants referred to incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Kinmylies area which had resulted in calls to the police. in march 2010 there were disturbances involving youths and in august there was an incident at the academy where school staff had been subjected to abuse. Littering and fly-tipping by adults as well as young people was adding to the problem, particularly at the weekend. the Chief inspector stated that enforcement action had been taken extra patrols had been tasked in the area. this was disputed by other forum participants, who questioned whether these patrols had been visible and questioned, when the police did attend incidents, if effective action had been taken. Chief inspector maclean responded to confirm that there were extra patrols and that he himself had accompanied the officers on patrol. the general consensus was that the incidents which had happened would have occurred whether or not the youth shelter was located in the existing position. if removed, there was a risk that groups causing disturbance might relocate to the local shops or other locations. one participant called for more shelters to be provided. • the issue of drinking alcohol in public was highlighted. the Chairperson advised that the inverness City Committee on 4th october was to consider a proposal to strengthen the existing byelaw prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public to include the possession of an open container containing alcohol. this meant that action could be taken whether or not the offender was actually seen drinking. a forum participant suggested that signs should be displayed locally warning that the byelaw applied to the area. • gemma mackintosh, the Council’s newlyappointed youth Convener, called for
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positive solutions to be explored. the Chairperson advised of the significant investment that the Council had made in facilities locally; the Ward Discretionary budget had invested a six-figure sum in play equipment. also the multi-use games areas at the Complex had cost around £160,000. the forum agreed that facilities for young people were not available when they were required i.e. on a friday and saturday night. there were good local facilities at the academy and the Community Complex which should be made more easily accessible to young people. suggestions included opening up the sports hall for football or “twilight” basketball sessions, cycling (trials riding) events, and using Coaching Highland volunteers for instruction/supervision and hosting competitive events. the street football events held by action for Children were cited as an example (although the recent street football events had not been well attended). activities for girls would need to be researched via the academy, with the Council’s youth Development staff involved. • it was noted that the Church ran a successful youth club on a friday night so the immediate focus for new activities was on saturday evenings. action 1) Chief inspector maclean to review police operations in the area. 2) stewart Wardlaw to explore whether the Council’s street cleaning operations might be increased in the Charleston area to include the weekend. 3) Highland Councillors to explore whether signs highlighting the byelaw might be displayed locally. 4) Douglas Wilby to explore options to provide facilities/activities on saturday nights. Question - “are the Councillors aware of the amount of broken bottles and litter generated and of young people urinating in open view and are they happy to actively encourage young people to be around alcohol fuelled activities? is it not an offence to drink on the streets of inverness? Why is it condoned at the youth shelter?” answer - Drinking is certainly not condoned at the youth shelter. it is an offence under the byelaw to drink alcohol in inverness. anyone observing such activity is encour-
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aged to call the police. Question - “there seems to be a city centre purge on litter, with bold statements being issued, and that people will be fined if caught, will this also be the case at the youth shelter?” answer - the Council’s teC services Committee has just agreed a new “zero tolerance” approach to litter. the Councils enforcement officers would target inverness and other main towns on a regular basis. the immediate emphasis would be on the City Centre and other areas with higher population densities. Question - “How many complaints have they received regarding the shelter?” answer - the Council members had not received direct complaints but were made aware of the incidents referred to earlier by Council staff. Question - “Do they feel that it has enhanced the entrance to the school and community complex?” answer - Councillor graham did not feel that the shelter has particularly enhanced the area. Question - “the success of youth shelters abroad (where they originated in rural areas) occurred where youth workers engaged directly with the young people and encouraged alternative activities and worked with the young people towards developing a healthier lifestyle - if the youth shelter was built as part of a diversionary scheme, what activities have the young people taken part in and how has it reduced the number of alcohol related incidences in the area and how has it improved their quality of life opportunity?” answer - there has been a failure to provide diversionary activities to young people using the shelter. as agreed earlier, this was an area for improvement. shelters worked best where they are combined with other facilities, usually sports facilities. Question - “Do the Councillors feel it has been worth £10,000?” answer - the shelter cost around £9,300. it was built to accredited safety standards for play equipment. Play equipment is expensive, and the Council always strives to get the best deal when purchasing such equipment.
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Go Wild on Mussels in the Moray Firth
The Common Mussel (Mytilus edulis) is found in many places in the Moray Firth. They can form huge beds particularly in areas where conditions are good for larval settlement, and where there is plenty of food. The largest wild mussel fishery in Scotland is in the Dornoch Firth and run by Highland Fresh Mussels Ltd. on behalf of the Highland Council. The fishery employs 4 staff, rising to 8 at busy harvesting periods, as well as supporting a number of jobs in shore based businesses. Income generated goes to the Tain Common Good Fund. The mussel fishery has had a long association with the people of Tain. In 1612, ownership of the mussel scalps and the right to fish for mussels was bequeathed to the Royal Burgh of Tain by James vI of Scotland. The Dornoch Firth Mussels provided an important source of food during times of famine, and are today considered a highly desirable food item. Approximately 60% of the mussels are exported directly to France. Much of the remainder is sold to two local companies in Tain, who clean and grade the mussels, pack them in 5kg bags and sell to customers across the UK. Mussels are extremely high in proteins, calcium and iron while being low in fat and calories. They are also excellent for your heart, containing the highest amount of Omega 3â€™s of any shellfish (this is the naturally occurring fatty acid that is believed to lower blood pressure). The Dornoch Firth is regarded as an area of high ecological value. The Firth is virtually unaffected by industrial development and supports a wide range of marine and bird life. Around one third of the Firth lies within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and forms part of the proposed Marine Special Area of Conservation.
Dornoch Firth mussels are not farmed like most of the mussels sold in supermarkets. Wild beds are used that regenerate naturally and great care is taken to ensure these are not over-fished. Stock surveys are carried out annually using a variety of techniques including underwater cameras. These then determine the harvest levels for the coming year. Mussels as a food Mussels are truly one of natureâ€™s most delightful delicacies. They are usually steamed, although they are wonderful grilled, baked, stewed or sauteed. It is difficult to understand why mussels have taken such a battering by the British palate. They are often dismissed as the delicacy that they are, perhaps due to the fact that there were once a staple part of our diet. europeans do not seem to have lost this and eat them by the bucketload! Moules Mariniere 4lbs mussels, scrubbed and scraped Bunch of fresh herbs 4 tbsp onion, freshly chopped 1 oz butter unsalted 8 fl oz dry white wine 1 tsp lightly crushed black peppercorns 2 fl oz double cream
In a large pan with a tightly fitting lid, bring to the boil the herbs, onion, butter, wine and pepper. Add the mussels, return to the boil and cook over a high heat until all the mussels have opened. Turn the mussels into a colander set over a bowl to collect all the liquor. Put the mussels into a tureen to keep warm, then strain the liquor back into the pan through two thicknesses of muslin to remove sandy grit. Reduce the liquor by about a third to intensify the flavours, then add the cream and pour over the mussels. Garnish generously with chopped parsley. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices and your desired quantity of dry white wine. For further information on the mussel fishery in the Dornoch Firth and on purchasing mussels, please contact Dafydd Morris, Fisheries Development Officer, Highland Council. (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out the website at www.highlandmussels.com
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“ Parliament Blog ” Last month saw the annual rituals of the party conferences played out. Politics is a serious business at the moment – and it needs to be. That does not means that there are not lighter moments and, in an effort to cheer us all up, one of the broadcasters appeared at each conference with a political ‘top trumps’ game which they have produced.
looking than my dashing colleague Vince Cable, but lag considerably behind poor old David Miliband whose good looks inexplicably failed to sway the Trade Union vote. We are all in the shadow of Conservative MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, who scores a perfect 100. As a proud Highlander, whether a compliment is intended or not, I take some consolation from the description of me in the accompanying blurb as ‘The government’s most powerful ginger.”
As you might imagine, the task of scoring politicians on the basis of their various attributes is not without its hazards. Inevitably the most talked about score was what they have called ‘fanciability’. They say: “There’s no accounting for taste but we’ve given it a go.” It would be invidious of me to disclose here precisely where the supposed ‘panel of political experts’ placed me. Suffice it to say that I am deemed slightly better
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