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CLUBS&SOCIETIES AUTISM RIGHTS GROUP HIGHLAND (ARGH) Run by and for autistic adults to make the adult autistic voice heard. We uphold ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ principle. Contact kb@arghighland.co.uk www.arghighland.co.uk BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Last Thursday of the month, 7pm - 9pm at Best Western Palace Hotel, 8 Ness Walk, Inverness. For those who have lost a baby before, during or after birth. Bring along any photos or memory items. Call Susan 07771 358382 or Denise on 07724 306983 CAKE WALK & STORY GROUP Regular walks for all ages. For more details call Guy on 07724 992790 / www.guyandjocelyn.org

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HIGHLAND FLING ULTIMATE FRISBEE Sundays 3pm - 4pm at Dingwall Leisure Centre. For info email fraserwelsh@hotmail.com or visit the Facebook page "Highland Fling Ultimate" INVERNESS & DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB Meet Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7pm - 10pm, in Old TA Drill Hall, Seaforth Road, Muir of Ord to promote model railways. New members always welcome. Contact the Secretary at www.invernessmrc.org.uk or sec.imrc@yahoo.co.uk. INVERNESS ADVANCED MOTORISTS 7:30pm, Holiday Inn Express, Inverness. Improve your driving with the Inverness branch of the IAM - lectures and practical tuition to bring you up to the IAM test standard. For details email info@inverness-iam.org INVERNESS CATHEDRAL SOCIETY OF BELL RINGERS Thursdays 7.30pm - 9pm. Anyone can be a bell ringer! We

ring for Sunday services, weddings and other special occasions. Tel: 01381 610411 or email inverness@sacr.org INVERNESS CHESS CLUB Wednesday, 7pm - 10:30pm, Chieftain Hotel, Inverness. Provides coaching and games for all ages & standards, juniors welcome. www.spanglefish.com/ invernesschessclub INVERNESS CHORAL SOCIETY Mondays, 7:30pm - 9:30pm in Smithton–Culloden Free Church Largest choir in the Highlands of Scotland with concerts held in April and November in Eden Court Theatre. For info email info@invernesschoral.org.uk www.invenesschoral.org.uk INVERNESS CLASSIC JAZZ SOCIETY Tel: 01463 223857 www.ds.dial.pipex.com/ jazzitoria/home.htm INVERNESS FLORAL ART CLUB Meet 2nd Tuesday at Cauldeen Primary School. Friendship and flowers. New members very welcome - first visit will be free. Call Mary for more information on 01463 224828 INVERNESS HARRIERS AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB Cross country, road and hill running, track and field athletics, Beginner to elite level. Queens Park Athletic Stadium. Tel 791110 www.invernessharriers.org.uk INVERNESS UKULELES A small group of enthusiastic ukers meet fortnightly on a Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at Nourish Cafe on Church Street. New members, even complete beginners, will be made very welcome. See our Facebook page for further information. MINI-NESS DOLLS HOUSE CLUB 2nd Wednesday each month. Promotes the hobby of dolls houses and miniature making. tel: 223590 or visit the website

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www.magpieminiatures.co.uk MORNING CALL FREE daily telephone call to be made to any person who needs the reassurance of such a call. Made between 8.30am & 10am. Call Alan Michael on 790410 PET FOSTERING SCOTLAND Supporting pet owners in an emergency situation. Volunteers care for your pet in their own homes for short periods. Reg. charity SCO15672. Volunteers needed. Tel: 0844 811 9909 www.pfss.org.uk ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION HIGHLAND BRANCH Last Friday of the month at Royal British Legion, Huntly Street, Inverness. For information call 07702 819751, email: secretary @rma-highlands.org.uk or visit www.rma-highlands.org.uk SALVATION ARMY LUNCH CLUB Every Thursday 12pm - 1pm, 3 courses £3. The Salvation Army, Tomnahurich Street, Inverness. Tel: 225276 SAYLIG INVERNESS We look at all aspects of life for people with learning disability and/or autism, SHIRLIE Project, Inverness, tel: 716179 or email rona.mem@hotmail.co.uk SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN INVERNESS Beginners: Crown Church Hall on Wednesdays 7.30pm 9.30pm. General class: St Mary's Hall, Huntley Street on Thursdays 8.15pm-10.15pm. All welcome. Tel: 01463 235384. THE HIGHLAND CHILDREN'S TRUST Tel: 243872 www.hctrust.co.uk

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“We live in uncertain times” - I seem to have heard that refrain quite a lot recently but I do wonder whether there is a temptation to often fear the worst before it has actually happened. History does of course remind us that times do change and some regimes are worse than others so we can be forgiven for thinking the worst but fortunately this is most often not the norm! How we deal with the fear of the unknown affects us daily. A healthy degree of caution is always recommended but also is keeping a sense of perspective. A wise writer once said - “whosover will add a day to his life by worrying?” Probably right!

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PARLIAMENTBLOG&TIDETIMES Withthecolderwinter nightsnowuponusit’s timekeepaneyeoutfor ourelderlyandmore vulnerableneighbours. Withover13000 householdsinMoraylivinginfuel povertyitisimportantthathomeowners exploreallavenuestoupgradetheir homeheatingorinsulation,withfree advicebeingavailablefromtheEnergy SavingTrust(www.energysavingtrust. org.uk/scotlandorbycalling0808808 2282,callsarefreeandtheyare availableMondaytoFridayfrom8amto 8pm,andonSaturdayfrom9amto 5pm. Thefestivetimeisonebestsharedwith family,friendsandlovedonessoletus takeamomenttorememberthosewho areawayfromhomeatthistime, perhapsworkingoffshoreorprotecting usservinginthearmedforcesorindeed thosewhoareinhospital,alongwiththe doctorsandnursescaringforthem. Ourhealthandwellbeingissomething oftentakenforgrantedbutifwetakethe timetolookoutforotherswecanall makethecomingnewyearahappyand prosperousone. MayIextendmywarmestgreetingsfor aMerryChristmasandwisheveryonea veryHappyNewYearwhenitcomes.

Thismonth most farmers have received fourfifthsof theirCAPbasicpayment. Thisisinparttomake amendsforsomelate paymentlastyear. Manyfarmersmaketheir financialinvestment decisionsaboutthistime ofyear,sohavingsome moneyinthebankmay helpstimulatetherural economy-agoodthing! LastmonthIheldsummit meetingsonsalmon farming,forestryshellfish andhopetoseeallof theseandmanyother partsoftheruraleconomy grow-despitethe uncertaintiesaboutwhat thefuturemayhold. AmerryChristmasand happynewyeartoallfrom Fergus,Norman,Rosie andDanielle!

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NOVEMBER 2016 30 wednesday nairn u3a: highland archives: preserving the past for the future 1.45pm, nairn community & arts centre. all welcome. contact: pauline. www.nairnu3a.org.uk. social diners - why eat alone? 12.30pm, for dining venue info & to book call gill on 01349 877061.

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the breathing space - s.a.d. light exhibition by claire crowie tbc, the victorian market, inverness. based on bringing the outdoors indoors, using shop space to create a place to breathe & relax.

2 friday daniel hart: at one with music performance 1pm, spectrum centre, margaret street, inverness. mix of classical & latin piano music.

2 friday - 10 saturday Rolling Events 28 november - 10 December

jack & the beanstalk 7.30pm & also 2.30pm (saturdays only. no, florian theatre, bught park, inverness.

a little bit of everything - exhibition by laura anne middlemiss & heather afrin tbc, greig street studio & gallery, inverness. pencil, watercolour, oil, pastel seascapes, townscapes, etc

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30 november - 10 December babes in the wood & robin hood 7.30pm & 3pm (sunday only), the little theatre, nairn. nairn drama club panto. visit www.nairndrama.org.uk.

until 4 December pop-up craft shop in aid of marie curie cancer care (back for 4th year) every thurs, fri, sat & sun 11am 3pm at the wee cabin, firwood, nethybridge. free. for info contact janet taylor on 01479 821601 or email

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grandmaster flash@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com dingwall choral christmas concert 7.30pm, strathpeffer pavillion. a performance of vivaldi's 'gloria" & haydn's "te deum." st michael's christmas fayre 10.30am - 12.30pm, trinity church hall, huntly street, inverness. £2 (incl. teas/coffees & mince pies). usual stalls. all welcome.

3 saturday - 4 sunday brodie castle christmas craft & food fair 10am - 4pm, brodie castle. £4. exclusively highlands return to brodie castle with over 40 stalls of wonderful wares and fabulous foods. contact: rebecca harrison on

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Lichen – fungus on the lawn explained ! I’ve mentioned this before. One of the joys of our wonderful environment up here is the clean air, and one of the organisms which thrives locally (but rarely in Glasgow) is dog lichen. There are hundreds of species here, growing on trees, rocks and on the grass ! It is particularly at home on ground which has become

grass. As with all things in nature, it’s about competition. There are no chemical products which remove lichen. Golf courses do this all the time,

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01309 641371 or email raharrison@nts.org.uk. visit www.nts.org.uk. elf on the shelf festive hunt 11am - 4pm (sunday), inverness victorian market. free family fun event. candy treat for every entry. prize draw to win a christmas hamper if you name all the elves.

- folk music band doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm 10pm, inchberry hall. tickets - see website. www.wherecanwego.com. ascent: concerts by candleight 7.30pm, inverness cathedral. scottish ensemble playing seasonal classics.

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10 saturday - 11 sunday

great glen walking club: kinlochewe mountain trail 9am, highland council car park, glenurquhart road, inverness. grade - b. distance: 5 miles.

christmas market at logie steading 10am - 3.30pm, logie steading, south of forres off the a940. free, free parking. two day market: over 30 stalls including jewellery, christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, festive produce. bbq. hot drinks. for info contact: panny@logie.co.uk. visit www.logie.co.uk.

5 monday rsgs illustrated lecture: doug allan: oceans at the crossroads. world renowned wildlife cameraman discusses climate change & its effects on our oceans. 7.30 p.m., highland council chamber, glenurquhart road, inverness. adults £10; tiso oe card holders £8. contact: robert preece at rpreece@onetel.com. visit www.rsgs.org.

6 tuesday scottish ornithologists' club highland: stinky priest swallows woosh: a ringer‘s year - a talk by hugh insley & jon clarke 7.30pm, culloden library, keppoch road, culloden, inverness. contact: kathy bonniface on 01463 221661/01808 511740.

8 thursday highland decorative & fine arts society: " brilliant british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard 1909-1939 " by mr james taylor. 2.15pm, free church hall, smithton, inverness. non-members £8. new members welcome. contact: david martin on 07595 219308 or email davidmartin30@hotmail.com. visit www.hdfas.org.uk

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10 saturday great glen walking club: loch affric circular 8.30am, highland council car park, glenurquhart road, inverness. grade - c+. distance - 10 miles. we were giants@mad hatters, inverness. tbc, free let's go back to the 80's@ironworks, inverness. tbc, visit www.ironworksvenue.com. winterslam@ironworks, inverness. 7pm, ironworks, inverness.visit www.ironworksvenue.com. inchberry hall folk music christmas concert (idca): emily smith, multi award winning scottish folk singer page14 -December2016

11 sunday christmas at the castle: the marvel of peru - a festive ensemble of baroque music and your favourite carols to join in with by the marvel of peru. 3pm & 5pm, brodie castle. £15. booking advised. contact: rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or raharrison@nts.org.uk. www.nts.org.uk/events. christmas celebration in aid of marie curie: 10th anniversary concert 3pm, ness bank church, inverness. adults £8, u18s. free. tea & coffee after concert. contact: vonnie carson on 01463 238328/ 07515 190240 or email vonnie.carson@mariecurie.org.uk. christmas carol big sing 3.45pm, strathpeffer pavillion. a 'family ticket' (2 adults, 2 children) open to everyone. an afternoon of some of your favourite christmas carols & songs. contact: 01997 420124.

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17 saturday inverness choral society annual carolthon 10.30am 3.30pm, eastgate shopping centre, inverness. nonstop carol singing in aid of charities. caman@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm

18 sunday andrew mill & four fingered fre@hootananny, inverness. 9.30pm great glen walking club: achindrean circular 9am, highland council car park, glenurquhart road, inverness. grade - c. distance - 6 miles..

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the actual wheel brakes. Soon we were testing its range, finding out the most economical way of driving it and finding out how to I’ve been watching the development recharge the batteries away from of electric cars for quite a few years home. now, always wanting to be able join Although Nissan claim that it will do this silent revolution, but not wanting up to 124 mile on a single charge, to buy into something that was not yet we’ve found that 85 miles isa more cost effective and practical to do. At realistic range, especially if you want last, that time has come and we are to go at a decent speed. now the proud owners of a Nissan Often, it’s only by trying things out Leaf car. that you learn the best way to do It was less than 2 years old and only things, so we set off on a 330mile had 14,500 miles on the clock, so was round trip to Edinburgh. It was a long still looking and feelingpretty new to 6 hour journey down there, but we me, but cost less than £9,000, whereas reduced this to 5 hours coming back new ones are about £18,000. Since the by improving our rechargeing regime. launch of the 3rd generation Leaf, the Most people are not aware that the second hand market for the older EV rapid chargers get the batteries up ones has really taken off, which I to 80% within about 20 minutes assume is down to Leaf owners before going into trickle mode for the upgrading to the latest model with last 20%. This means that it can take extended range! over an hour to fully charge the It was a joy to drive for the first time, batteries, which is not ideal, so we effortlessly gliding around the country ended up only recharging to 90% on roads at the touch of a single pedal, our way back to Forres, which barely needing the brake due to the dramatically reduce our trip time. generative braking technology as the We’ve now had it for 6 months and foot comes of the accelerator. Even have clocked up over 9000 miles, when the brake is needed, it does mainly on short commutes towork and more regeneration before applying ferrying the kids around. In fuel terms

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(whose father’s name was Jesse - I Samuel 16); the Key of David (Isaiah 22:22) indicates the one with authority to imprison or release; the Dayspring or Morning Star (II Peter 1:19) tells us that Jesus is the light of the world, etc. These days some people like to remind us that Christians somehow stole the midwinter festival of new light; that in earlier times, human beings recognised the change to longer daylight which the winter solstice brought and so they celebrated. Of course, what they celebrated was not just some law of nature, but that the gods were looking favourably on them by bringing about a new round of seasons, and not committing them to everlasting darkness. The early Celtic missionaries didn’t want people to abandon their celebration, they wanted them to see what was happening in a new way: that the One God was still acting favourably towards them; that the world was being lit up in a new way. Like John, who does not tell us about the birth of Jesus in his Gospel, they described the way in which God was acting – “The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:9). But we might ask, “Where is that light shining today?”

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For all that it is about God offering the world a great gift, the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus is a story of rejection. “He was in the world and the world did not know him. He came to his own and they did not receive him” (John 1:10,11). Mary and Joseph did not find a welcome in Bethlehem (Luke 2:7), and they had to flee as refugees to Egypt (Matthew 2:13). We don’t have to look far in our own time to see images of rejection and exile. Sometimes, however, it seems that Christmas Day is when we hide our eyes from these images so that our celebration is not spoiled. Closeted in our living rooms, the lights on our Christmas tree, our frankincense and myrrh scented candles, our TV screens blind us to what lies beyond them in a dark world. For God’s light to shine, we, his people, have to shine. The light of Christ has to burn within us and out from us. However many lights you may switch on this Christmas, take a moment to think on how the light in your heart may shine in the days after.

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Mary’s Avenue, Inverness: 10.30am and 6.30pm. Tel: 01463 224795. Dingwall Baptist Church Tulloch Street, Dingwall. www.dbc.org.uk Dingwall Castle Street Church of Scotland www.dingwall-church.co.uk Dingwall Catholic Church, St Lawrence 21 Castle Street, Dingwall. Tel: 01349 863143. Dingwall Episcopal Church, St James The Great Castle Street, Dingwall. Tel: 01349 862204. Website: www.stjames-stannes.org.uk Dingwall Free Church High Street. Sundays 11am and 6pm. Website: www.deep-river.co.uk Dores FCC Reformed Church - (Up the brae from the village on B862) Sundays 11am (Children welcome) & 6:30pm. Wednesdays 7:30pm. Web: www.dores-church.org.uk - Rev. D. Ratti 07599 298946 Ferintosh and Resolis Free Church Rev. Chris Smart. Website: www.ferintosh.org.uk Free North Church Bank Street, Inverness. Tel: 01463 224332. Website: www.freenorthchurch.org Fortrose Free Church, 5 Church Street, Fortrose, IV10 8TE. Sunday: 11.30am and 6pm. Website: www.freechurch.org Highland International Church Sundays, 11am at the Glenmoriston Hotel, 20 Ness Bank, Inverness. www.hicinverness.org.uk Hilton, Church of Scotland Tomatin Road, Inverness. Tel: 01463 233310. Website: www.hiltonchurch.org.uk Listed A to H and regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or for any amendments to existing details, email tamsyn@spotlighton.co.uk

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3rd Dec (A) Strathspey Thistle

10th Dec (H) Fort William

17th Dec (A) Nairn County

24th Dec (H) Forres Mechanics

31st Dec (A) Cove Rangers

Lossiemouth

3rd Dec (H) Wick Academy

10th Dec (H) Huntly

17th Dec (A) Inverurie Locos

24th Dec (H) Brora Rangers

31st Dec (A) Deveronvale

Nairn County

3rd Dec (H) Fraserburgh

10th Dec (A) Buckie Thistle

17th Dec (H) Keith

24th Dec (A) Formartine Utd

31st Dec (A) Clachnacuddin

3rd Dec (A) Inverurie Locos

10th Dec (H) Brora Rangers

17th Dec (A) Deveronvale

24th Dec (H) Fraserburgh

31st Dec (A) Buckie Thistle

3rd Dec (H) Keith

10th Dec (A) Formartine Utd

17th Dec (H) Clachnacuddin

24th Nov (A) Wick Academy

31st Dec (A) Fort William

Keith

Rothes Strathspey Thistle

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