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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings Recently, when a couple of school classes visited my church, I showed them a picture of my class at that school almost over forty years ago. I also showed them a picture of our Sunday School at that time – with me included. The picture was taken on our Sunday School trip to Nairn; one of the highlights of the year. I remember that, given the unpredictability of the weather, there was always a proviso. If, on the day, it was sunny, we would have games and juice and buns on the beach. If was raining we would have them in a local church hall. The word “IF” can occur a lot in our day to day lives. Forms to be filled in may say if your answer is YES, go you question 4, if it is No go to question 8; or, IF you are over 65, you can get a cheaper ticket; or, IF you are a member of the club you will get such and such a benefit. So the word IF sets out not just a condition but a challenge. In the New Testament, the word IF occurs hundreds of times, perhaps a third of them spoken by Jesus as he challenges his hearers. But some are addressed to Jesus as he is challenged. In Luke’s Gospel, before Jesus begins his ministry, he spends some time in the wilderness considering what lies ahead for him (Luke, Chapter 4:1-13) and at

the end of forty days hears the temptations and challenges of the Devil. “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread” (4:3); “If you will worship me I will give you power over the nations” (4:7); “If you are the Son of God cast yourself down from the temple” (4:9). The temptations and challenges are about personal, political and religious power. Jesus uses words of scripture to refute the Devil, and to express his trust in the Father. At the end of his ministry, as Jesus hangs on the Cross (Luke 23:35-39) he is taunted by the religious rulers – “If he is the Messiah, let him save himself” (23:35); by the political authorities - “If you are the King of the Jews save yourself” (23:37); and personally by the criminal - “Are you not the Messiah, save yourself and us” (23:39). Jesus’ refusal to respond to these temptations, to perform these spectacles, is not because he is not the Messiah after all, but because Jesus is indeed the Son of God, the Messiah. The path to glory or the way to reveal the glory of the God of love and forgiveness was not to perform spectacular stunts, but to give himself up to suffering. In the Letter to the Hebrews, we have an answer. “Since we have a great High Priest who has

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Ardersier Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon. Tel: 01667 462224. Avoch Congregational Church High Street, Avoch. Sundays 11.30am. Refreshments afterwards. www.avochcongregationalchurch.co.uk Barn Church of Scotland Culloden. Sundays 10.30am. First and third Sundays of the month 6.30pm service. www.barnchurch.org.uk Black Isle Charge Episcopal Churches 1 Deans Road, Fortrose. Tel: 01381 622241. Cale House, Church of Scotland Millburn Road, Inverness. Tel: 01463 718616. Celt Street Evangelical Church Celt Street, Inverness, IV3 5JD. Sundays 11:45am and 5pm Tel: 01463 772147. www.celtstreet.org.uk City Life Church Mercure Hotel, Church Street, Inverness. Sundays 10:30am. Tel: 01463 714839. Email: info@citylifechurch.org.uk. Website: www.citylifechurch.org.uk Culduthel Christian Centre Culduthel Avenue, IV2 6AS. Sundays: 11am. Free debt counselling available. Pastor Alasdair Macleod. Call 01463 222795 or visit www.culduthelchristiancentre.org. Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church Wellside Road, Balloch, Inverness. Sundays 10.30am. Tel: 01463 794005. Email: office@cullodenbaptist.com. Website: www.cullodenbaptist.com Culloden Gospel Hall for meeting times & locations please visit www.cullodengospelhall.com

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been tested as we are” (4:14); “Since he always lives to make intercession” (7:25); “Since we have a great High Priest over the house of God, let us approach in full assurance of faith” (10:21) In our own time we often hear the words of protest “If there is a God, then this or that would or would not happen.” Probably, because we find the suffering hard to bear or to witness. And when the suffering is past and good times return, there is no suggestion that God has had any hand in it. The Christian journey of faith is to move from saying, “IF there is a God” or “IF Jesus is the Son of God” to saying “SINCE there is a God” and “SINCE Jesus is the Messiah” SINCE there is a God, we are strengthened to persevere through the difficult times, and to be grateful in our celebration of the wonderful times. SINCE it was sunny, we had our juice and buns on the beach.

Rev Canon Dr John Cuthbert Priest-in-Charge St Michael & All Angels Church & St John the Evangelist Church Inverness

Croy & Dalcross Parish Church Church of Scotland Croy Village. Every Sunday 12noon. Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland St Mary’s Avenue, Inverness. Bona Church, Lochend by Inverness: 10am. Dalneigh Church, St Mary’s Avenue, Inverness: 10.30am and 6.30pm. Tel: 01463 224795. Daviot and Dunlichity Church Every Sunday 12pm in Daviot Church. First Sunday of each month in Dunlichity Church. Kathleen Matheson, Session Clerk. Tel: 01808 521767. 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 Inverness Presbytery www.invernesspresbytery.co.uk/congregations 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 linda@winterburnmedia.co.uk

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Part 1 Volunteering to Save Lives... Meet Mountain Rescue – an interview by Alyson MacDonald Mason I met with Iain Nesbitt of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team on a snowy day in Inverness to learn more about what Mountain Rescue does and what attracted him to volunteer for a team. Iain Nesbitt is the first Mountain Rescue volunteer I have met, and I imagine that most people, like me, are fascinated by not only what these volunteers do but also who they are. Iain is a forester who volunteers with Dundonnell Mountain Rescue. He works and lives on Brahan Estate. Iain has always preferred being outside, enjoying hillwalking as a teenager in the hills around Stranraer. At 18 he headed north to Inverness to study forestry and remained in the area. Hillwalking took a back seat when work and family took up most of his time. As his family grew up, he started hillwalking again, tackling local hills and setting bigger challenges, including deciding to climb all the

Munros. As his fitness improved he felt a sense of achievement and well-being. Seeing Scotland from a different perspective, he enjoyed each experience. During this time, he met Mountain Rescue volunteers and was inspired by their recollections of rescues and experiences. Iain applied to join his local team, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue and started his training. New recruits spend a year training before becoming a full team member. Iain found himself undertaking training covering search scenarios, winter skills training, safety on steep ground, team safety, first aid, the use of spinal boards and oxygen and helicopter training. The Dundonnell team cover an area of approx. 3,000 sq. miles including some very remote areas and has 44 members (including trainees). Teams will support each other if needed. I asked Iain how he felt about call-outs in bad weather or at night. With a wry smile he confirmed that this was part of the role, the safety of team members comes first, but sometimes situations require a search in darkness or adverse weather. The safety of the lost or injured person is always the driver.

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

Brexit Bùrach One journalist summed it up: “It is hard to take back control when no-one is in control." Unless Governments act as a team, they are finished, and the UK Government team members are intent on kicking each other, instead of the ball. That makes the work we do in Scotland ever more important in preparing for the worst on Brexit; trying to plan ahead to mitigate some of the consequences we fear for our farmers, tourism sector, food and drink businesses and of course, EU citizens who are welcome to stay in Scotland - and I and Cabinet colleagues are working hard to get that message out. Truly the Gael's word “Bùrach” amply describes the situation, or as shinty supremo, Hugh Dan MacLennan put it : “A cluster Bùrach!” Let us hope that common sense intervenes soon and we get to keep the benefits to the Highlands and Islands that have come from EU membership."

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The Roads We Rely On by Highland Historian Throughout the tensions of the early Jacobite period, it was clear that access and maneuverability were key issues that needed to be addressed for control of the Highlands and North East. Readers will be aware of the roads built by General George Wade between 1724 and 1740, but it was Wade’s protégé’s extension of the road-building project from 1747 that had a lasting impact in the North West and South West Highlands as well as into Aberdeen-shire; all key recruiting grounds for the Jacobite army of 1745-1746. The origin of Wade’s project was the increasing Highland

influence in the Jacobite Risings of 1689, 1715 and 1719 and the insecurities which the Hanoverian monarchy and Government of the time of Wade’s command felt in the Gàidhealtachd. Wade was Commander-in-Chief of the forces in North Britain from 1724-1740 and again in September until December 1745 at the age of 72. Wade’s road building focused on the Great Glen and Highland Perthshire and consisted of 35 bridges, including the impressive Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy, and 240 miles of road. The Aberfeldy bridge was designed by

William Adam and cost £4,095 5s 10d. An ironic fact is that it was Wade’s road through the Corrieyarrick Pass that aided the Jacobite advance on Edinburgh before the battle of Prestonpans. It is also this pass that my ancestor used to move with a barrow of his belongings from Dores to Blairgowrie 150 years later in search of a sustainable livelihood! After Culloden in April 1746 and seeing the tests of the network during the ‘45, Major William Caulfeild took over and masterminded the road network extensions. Wade’s protégé had been with him


since 1729 and had been promoted by Wade to the position of Inspector of Roads in 1732. One of the best examples of their joint work is the bridge at Sluggan, an important junction between Wade’s and Caulfeild’s roads. Despite being partly washed away in 1829, it was rebuilt in the original design which is synonymous with Caulfeild’s single-arch bridges. One of the few written records states that the similar 1749 Caulfeild’s Bridge at the Spittal of Glenshee was built for £40. Caulfeild remained the

Major William Caulfeild

Inspector of Roads until his death in 1767. By this time he had overseen the completion of over 800 miles of extensions to Wade’s road network and c.600 bridges. This included the road from the Great Glen to Glenelg; roads linking Crieff, Dumbarton, Inverary and Fort William; and a complex road network linking Dunkeld to Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Portsoy, Corgarff, Braemar, Fochabers, Grantown-on-Spey, Forres and Fort George. The project of 1747 also ran alongside the first military survey of Scotland which led to the formation of the Ordinance

Survey. It must be recognised that these roads facilitated the systematic subduing of Gaelic culture in the West and Episcopalian Jacobitism in the North East. It also facilitated the access of the British Army to recruits who, from the late 18th century until today have been involved in virtually every British military campaign. Today, Wade and Caulfeild might also be seen as the facilitators of tourism in the North and as the people who did more for the road networks in the Highlands than anyone since.

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4 may - 14 june Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Improvements: Bus replacement Dyce to Inverurie (6 weeks)

until 31 may Brodie Castle: Scottish Rhododendron Festival Brodie Castle, Forres. Call 01309 641371 Cawdor Castle: Scottish Rhododendron Festival

April 2019 22 monday

Rolling Events until 27 april Photo Fest: A Wonderful Collection of Photographs by Local Photographers mon - fri, 1pm - 4.30pm & sat & sun, 10am - 4.30pm, Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge

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until 28 april Insect Handling Sessions 11.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Tropical Hot-House, Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge. Hold a humongous stick insect, mammoth millipede or even a gigantic snail. call 01479 841613

Port of Invergordon - Cruise Line List 2019 Provisional V5: AidAaura 9am - 7.30pm Andy Murray@Johnny Foxes,Inverness 10pm Andy Duncan@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm

24 tuesday Steve Eaglesham@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm

until 29 april Wildlife in the Land: Philippa Mitchell Exhibition (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)10am - 4pm & (Wed & Sat) 10am - 1pm, Chapel House Arts, High Street, Kingussie. Free. Call 01540 662438 or email at abridgen1@gmail.com

until 30 april Davy Hill (Tues only)@the Waterfront, Inverness Spring Mixed Exhibition: Paintings, jewellery & crafts by a range of our artists Gallery opening times, Castle Gallery, Inverness

25 thursday Gerry Coogan@Macgregor's Bar, Inverness 7pm Caman@Macgregor's Bar, Inverness 9pm, Andy Duncan@Johnny Foxes,Inverness 10pm Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) 11.45am - 3.30pm, the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. Free. Reflecting on some of the highlights of a dynamic decade of SHREC events - with great speakers, success stories & much more. www.eventbrite.co.uk

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Fort George Easter Egg Trail 9.30am - 4.45pm, Fort George, Ardersier. Incl in normal admission price, Free. Hunt for clues around one of Europe's most outstanding fortification.There is a chocolate egg for every participant. Call John Gibbon on 01667 460232 or email at john.gibbon@hes.scot www.historicenvironment.scot Robin Abbot@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm Chris Suckle@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

Live Music Night in aid of Inverness Hospital Radio: featuring crafty jack duo & special guest, johnny cash tribute by calum macrae & dougie burns & the cadillacs doors open at 8pm for 8.30pm - 12.30am, the Mayfower Lounge, Thistle Inn, Celt Street,

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CalMac Adventures A selection of day trips and mini cruises. Departing from Oban, Mallaig, Uig/Skye, and Ullapool as well as Wemyss Bay (for Bute) Kennacraig (for Islay) and Ardossan (for Kintyre and Arran) Take your pick from a short trip of a couple of hours, or a make a full day of it.

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Inverness. £10 from Duncan Fraser, Butcher, Queensgate & the Mayfower Lounge, Inverness Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Marco Polo 2pm - 10pm Alasdair Murden - Piano@Macgregor's Bar, Inverness 6pm A Night at the Musicals: talented local artists along with TFX Performing Academy 7pm, the Town House, Inverness Faith: the George Michael Legacy@ the Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com Biro Thieves@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm Where 2 Today's Monthly Ceilidh/Music Afternoon 2pm - 4pm, Aviemore Legion. £2.50. All welcome to our ceilidh/afternoon tea dance, held on the last Friday of every month (none in Dec). Call Ros Munro on 01479 810004 or email at ros@ct4u.co.uk. www.ct4u.co.uk Muir Movies Presents: The Hundred-Foot Journey 7pm, The Muir Hub, Great North Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7SU. £6.50. Call 01463 870588 or email at info@muiroford.org.uk. www.themuirhub.org

27 saturday Baby & Children's Market: Buy quality second hand & nearly-new baby & children's items at our pop up market. Toys, clothing, books, etc 10am - 12pm, Inverness Leisure Centre, Bught Park. £1. Email at info@happymumsmarket.co.uk www.happymumsmarket.co.uk Moravian Orienteering: Sat & Moray & Nairn Schools League: Millbuies. Registration: 10.15am 11.15am. See www.moravianorienteering.org Toyah@The Ironworks,Inverness 7pm www.ironworksvenue.com Scottish Rock Garden Club (Highland): Rare Plant Sale & Display 10.30am, United Reform Church, Nairn. Free. Plant sale opens 10.30 am; show opens 11.30 am Nairn & Disrict Gardening Club: a Tour of the Aboretum at Burgie hosted by Hamish Lochore, the owner 2pm, Burgie Aboretum. Call Anne Vincent (Sec) on 01667 462410 or email at nairndgc@yahoo.co.uk www.spanglefish.com/nairnanddistrictgardeningclub The Moods@Hootananny, Inverness 9.30pm Ashley & the Cosmonauts@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm Inverness Choral Spring Concert performing Hayden's Nelson Mass & John Rutter's Magnificat 7.30pm, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Call Sandra Riach on 01997 466253 or email at sandra.riach1@btinternet.com

27 saturday - 28 sunday Etape Loch Ness: 66 miles on traffic free roads, starting & finishing in Inverness. general entry full but still places available by joining Team Macmillan 6.15am (start). Registration on 27th 10am, Loch page 18 - May 2019

Ness, Inverness. 18+. Spectator info at www.etapelochness.com

28 sunday Tumbling Souls@Hootananny, Inverness 3pm Ben & Emily@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm Kevin Fraser@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

29 monday Robin Abbot@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm Doc Livingston@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

30 tuesday Blood Donors: Inverness 5.30pm - 8.15pm, Charleston Academy, General Booth Road, Inverness. To book an appointment, please call 0345 90 90 999 or email nss.snbtsenquiry@nhs.net Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Costa Mediterranea 8am - 6pm Josh Mackenzie@the Market Bar, Inverness 10pm Davy Cowan@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

May 2019 1 wednesday NairnU3A: Recycling in the Highlands; Speaker Claire Divine, Highland Council. Followed by tea & biscuits & a wee blether 1.45pm for 2pm start, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Small charge for room hire. Non-members welcome. Call Pauline M Ross (Sec) on 01667 453537. www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC): Craigmonie TBC, Craigmonie, Drumnadrochit. Local event incl schools. www.invoc.org.uk

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

2 thursday Lucy Spraggan@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm, www.ironworksvenue.com

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

3 friday Lional, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Pure Grief & Misty@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm, www.ironworksvenue.com

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Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Crown Princess 7am - 6pm The Hard Road to Everest: Speaker - Doug Scott OBE 7pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre The Arts Society Highland: When Britain Clicked; Fab Photographs from the Swinging Sixties. Speaker - Brian Slater 2.15pm prompt , The Free Church Hall, Smithton, Inverness. Suggested donation for Visitors £8. Email at info@ theartssocietyhighland.org.uk www.theartssocietyhighland.org.uk Kevin Fraser@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

The Green Living Expo: the latest in innovative energy saving, green living & home improvement technologies, including renewable energy, heating, house builders, home improvements & electric car dealerships amongst others 10am - 4pm, Inverness Ice Centre, Bught Drive, Inverness. Free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5 AIDAaura 9am - 7.30pmThe Playhouse 6th Birthday Bash 10pm, The Playhouse Nairn Warehouse 91@The Ironworks, Inverness 11pm www.ironworksvenue.com Danielle Louise Thomas the renowned Liverpudlian Mezzo soprano performs a varied solo evening's entertainment, 7pm, Nairn United Reformed Church £10 (incl wine & cheese). Call 01667 454967 Rant@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm Annual Auction Sale: Paintings, prints, furniture, books, tools, sports equipment, toys, china & glasswear 12pm onwards, Boat of Garten Community Hall. Call 01479 831123 or email at info@boathall.org.uk

5 sunday WKC Aberdeen Open 9am, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. £6. Kickboxing Open featuring the world's best martial artists Outsider Art Fest 2019: An evening of music & art 5pm - 12am, Mad Hatters, Inverness. Tickets from Union Vinyl, Hootanannys, Fatsoma, Monsters In The Ballroom, Alkanes, & Forgetting The Future www.fatsoma.com Scot Roast@ La Tortilla Asesina, Castle Street, Inverness. Edinburgh Fringe show TBC No Label@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

6 monday Darsombra & Ramanan Ritual@Tooth & Claw, Inverness 7.30pm Gerry Coogan@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

7 tuesday Scottish Golf Junior Forum 6pm, Loch Ness Golf Club. Discussion on the development of junior golf Chris Suckle@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm What the Floyd: The Music of Pink Floyd 7.30pm, The Strathpeffer Pavillion

8 wednesday The Highland Rock Garden Club: AGM TBC, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. All members welcome. Call John Owen on 01320 366246 or email at johndowen@gmail.com

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10 friday MFR Cash for Kids: Superhero Day 2019 Moray & Inverness. Register at www.planetradio.co.uk Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Astoria 9am - 5pm Music Nairn: Daniel Lebhardt (piano) playing Beethoven, Bartok, Brahms & Rachmaninov 7.30pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Adults £19 Concs £15. Call Music Nairn on 01667 453476. www.musicnairn.org.uk Woodwinters Big Tasting@The Ironworks, Inverness 6pm, Over 65 wines. Booking essential. Call 0871 789 4173. www.ironworksvenue.com Hunky Dory@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

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

11 saturday Inverness Classic Vehicle Show 2019 11am - 3pm, Inverness. Free. Vehicles from all eras on display, street entertainment with musicians & entertainers. Parade Finale in Inverness High Street at 3pm led by the Northern Constabulary Community Pipe Band NorCon PipeBand. www.invernessbid.co.uk Through the Decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly 7.30pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre Girders@ Mad Hatters & The Tooth & Claw, Inverness 7pm. Free Inverness Science Festival: Family Day Inverness Leisure Centre, Bught Road, Inverness Hunky Dory@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

12 sunday Cars & Coffee10am - 12pm, Rollerbowl, Inverness A quiet social gathering of like-minded car enthusiasts All Welcome! email at carsandcoffeeinverness@highlandclassic.org.uk www.facebook.com/carsandcoffeeinverness Forres Harriers Benromach 10K 11am , Benromach Distillery, Waterford Road, Forres. Registration in Forres Town Hall. Call Paul Hughes on 01309 672377

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Doc Livingston@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm welcome Anagach Woods: A Walk through Time 10am, Grantown on Spey. Looking at 10,000yrs of history for the woods & how the area is changing Through the Decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly 7.30pm, The Strathpeffer Pavillion Gerry Coogan@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

Registration Centre, Inverness. ÂŁ3. Learn about the extensive collection of archives the Highland Archive Centre holds on behalf of NHS Highland, including the complete records of Craig Dunain (otherwise known as the District Lunatic Asylum) Call 01463 256444 Tom McGuire & The Brassholes@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC): Evanton Woods. Local event incl schools. www.invoc.org.uk

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13 monday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Norwegian Pearl 7am - 4pm Bastard Wordiness@ Tooth & Claw, Inverness 7pm, ness upholstery loch Spoken word but a little differentadvert mar 19.pdf Andy Duncan@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

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15 wednesday Tom McGuire & The Brassholes@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com NairnU3A: AGM (Election of committee for 2019/20) & Quiz 1.45pm for 2pm start, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Small charge for room hire. Call Pauline M Ross (Sec) on 01667 453537 www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn Health Records 6pm, Highland Archive & page 20 - May 2019

Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Mein Schiff 5 7.30am - 7pm Truck In2 Grantown Charity Fundraiser 10am, The Show Field, Grantown on Spey. Main charity is Motor Neurone Scotland. trade & craft stalls, funfair, catering & bar. Truck parades, truck pull competition & Swede Dreamz The Aviemore 100 Bike Challenge 9am, Glenmore Hayfield, Aviemore. 70 km road cycle followed by a 30 km off-road MTB challenge. Organised by Mikes Bikes (Aviemore) & Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Email at paul.corrigan@chss.org.uk Jazz Nairn: Tim Kliphuis 8pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. All welcome Scottish Ornithologists' Club Highland: Outing Corrimony 9am , Inverness Retail Park, near Burger King. Call Kathy Bonniface on 01808 511740 or email at highlandsecretary@the-soc.org.uk www.the-soc.org.uk Davy Holt@MacGregor's Bar, Inverness 9pm Dingwall & District Choral Society Spring Concert: Faure's Requiem & Hummel's Mass 7.30pm, The Strathpeffer Pavillion Garden Plant Sale in aid of Marie Curie 10.30am 3pm, Foulis Castle, Evanton IV16 9UX. Free. Teas, coffees, home baking & raffle. Call Vonnie Stevenson on 07515 190240 or email at vonnie.stevenson@mariecurie.org.uk Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair 10am - 5pm, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers 9th annual family event. www.gordoncastle.co.uk Gordon Castle: Scottish Rhododendron Festival 10am - 4pm, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers

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20 monday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Zuiderdam 8am - 5pm The Highlanders' Museum: Festival of Museums; Family History Research Day 10am - 4pm, The Highlanders' Museum, Fort George, Ardersier Free. Guided tours, costumed interpreter & family history research. Call Gill Bird on 0131 310 8765 or email at gill@thehighlandersmuseum.com www.thehighlandersmuseum.com Inverness & Black Isle U3A: AGM & Entertainment 2pm, Smithton-Culloden Free Church, Murray Road, Inverness. Prospective Members may attend 2 General Meetings before joining U3A. Tea, coffee & biscuits after talks. www.u3asites.org.uk/nvernessblackisle

21 tuesday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Crown Princess 7am - 6pm Highland Quilters: My Quilting Journey; Speaker Hanne Ashey 7.30pm, Smithton Church Hall, Murray Road, Inverness. Visitors £5. Email at highlandquilters@gmail.com. www.highlandquilters.com Davy Levon@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

21 tuesday - 25 saturday Hebridean Whisky Festival Various locations & timimgs, The Hebrides. Tastings, local food & drink, showcasing the four Hebridean distilleries: Isle of Raasay; Aros Centre, Skye; Talisker, Skye & Isle of Harris, Tarbert. www.hebrideanwhisky.com

22 wednesday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: MSC Orchestra 9am - 6pm & Viking Sun 8am - 4pm

23 thursday Daimh with support from Graham, Robbie & Alison Mackenzie@Croy Village Hall 7.30pm Davy Cowan@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

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25 saturday - 26 sunday Hooley in the Highlands: Country & Irish Country Music 1pm - 12am (Sun), The Strathpeffer Pavillion www.wegottickets.com

26 sunday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Silver WInd 8am - 4pmHighland Folk Museum Vintage Day Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. Classic cars, bikes, agricultural vehicles, etc. Call 01540 673551 Race for Life (10K) 11am, Bught Park, Inverness. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group. Willie Campbell@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

28 tuesday Blood Donors: Hilton, Inverness 5.15pm - 7.45pm, Hilton Primary School, Temple Crescent, Inverness To book an appointment please call 0345 90 90 999 or email nss.snbtsenquiry@nhs.net Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: MSC Preziosa 7am - 5pm

29 wednesday NairnU3A: Annual Outing; Duff House, Banff Nairn with pick up in Elgin. £10 Members; £15 Guests Open to members only but they are welcome to bring a non-member guest. Call Pauline M Ross (Sec) on 01667 453537. www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn cake & tea or coffee & a blether Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC): Culloden Woods. Local event incl schools. www.invoc.org.uk Transport Records: Trains, Ships, Cars & Transport Development 6pm, Highland Archive & Registration Centre, Inverness. £3. Call 01463 256444

30 thursday Port of Invergordon - Cruise Liner List 2019 Provisional V5: Mein Schiff 5 7.30am - 7pm In Cahoots@Johnny Foxes, Inverness 10pm

Blackmore's Blood@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com George Bowie 10pm, The Playhouse, Nairn Davy Holt@MacGregor's Bar, Inverness 9pm

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25 saturday Cairngorm to Coast: 100km Hike & Bike Challenge 9am, Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre. Three entry options - 100km bike, 100km hike & bike & 30km hike. Call 01343 549571 or email at info@outfitmoray.com. www.outfirmoray.com/c2c Nairn & Disrict Gardening Club: Coffee Morning & admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

Plant Sale 10am - 12pm, The Royal British Legion Hall, Nairn. All welcome. Call Anne Vincent (Sec) on 01667 462410 www.spanglefish.com/nairnanddistrictgardeningclub Kenny Rodgers Night featuring Andy Dean 7.30pm 11pm, Beaufort Hotel, Culduthel Road, Inverness. £15. Unreserved table seating available plus a selection of finger buffet available for purchase! www.eventbrite.co.uk

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31 friday - 3 june (monday) Scottish Ornithologists' Club Highland: Long Weekend in Caithness Call Kathy Bonniface on 01808 511740 or highlandsecretary@the-soc.org.uk

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The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman. Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred. After visiting Japan in 1902 and 1907, Ingram fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, he can only listen. But he soon begins to suspect that his accident wasn't really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger. Alex must use a series of clues from his past to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him. He needs to protect those he SV]LZILMVYL[OL`KLJPKL[VSL[OPTNV°

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Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth opens a door to the past that she can't close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn't invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival...

A Pinch of Magic By Michelle Harrison Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. But each of the sisters holds a secret, three magical objects passed down to them, each with a different enchanted property: an old carpet bag, a nest of dolls and a gilt-framed mirror. Together they hope to use their inheritance to defeat the curse upon them. When they encounter a stranger, a prisoner, who claims to hold secret knowledge about the curse he’s willing to trade - for a price - the sisters must decide who to trust and discover whether the objects they keep hold the key to their freedom or a path to unimaginable peril.

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The Truth About Keeping Secrets By Savannah Brown Sydney's dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around in their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Sydney believes the crash was anything but an accident. And when the threatening texts begin, and June Copeland - homecoming queen and golden child appears at his funeral out of nowhere, she's sure of it.


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Community Based Nature Projects N A I R N R I V E R I N VA S I V E S P E C I E S P R O J E C T

Fre e i ng our wate r ways Invasive non-native species, such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed, have become a widespread issue for our natural spaces in Scotland since many of them were introduced by the Victorians as ornamental plants. With the unintended consequences of outcompeting our native flora, reducing biodiversity and increasing problems such as bank erosion and building stability, the River Nairn area has not escaped their impact. This summer and over the next few years Nairn’s environmental charity, Green Hive is joining with the Spey Fishery Board on the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) project, a four year Heritage Lottery Fund supported project working to reduce numbers of these species present along our waterways. It covers a huge area, from Dundee in the south to the North coast of Sutherland. The project aims to engage with local community groups and individuals, as well as contractors, land owners and local authorities, to ensure a

robust long term solution to invasive species management. The Nairn is a river plagued by a number of target species – Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, White Butterbur and Himalayan Balsam are all present in huge numbers. American Mink are also present, threatening a number of native animals, specifically the water vole, and in areas where mink are present the water vole is invariably absent. With the help of Green Hive volunteers there is an opportunity to make a real difference. We envisage that committed volunteers will quickly be trained in pesticide application for certain species and then be able to mentor new volunteers

and gain experience in running sessions thus creating a selfsustaining conservation group with ongoing support from the SISI project team in terms of equipment, safety and advice. The genuine environmental benefits are huge in terms of biodiversity, public health, river stability and salmon habitat. Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to undertake the John Muir award, receive training in bushcraft & naturalist skills and attend ‘reward days’ which include white water rafting the Findhorn, BBQs and fishing experience days. Some species, such as Himilayan Balsam, can be removed by hand and without the use of pesticides so there is the


opportunity for the whole community to come together, learn about the issue of invasive species, clear our riverside areas and see the immediate benefit of our contribution. Green Hive will be organising group volunteering days during the summer as well as a volunteer hit squad trained to tackle the more toxic dangerous species, so keep an eye on our website and facebook for more information greenhive.co.uk, @nairnsgreenhive

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Has your garden been looking spring-like with plenty of flowers this year? Or are you still waiting on the summer months before seeing your plants produce their flowers? I think that the most important part of the gardening year to plan ahead for is the end of the winter and start of spring. Winters can seem to drag on endlessly, especially in the North of Scotland, and it can make a world of difference seeing flowers appearing and reminding you of the wonders of nature in your back garden. Spring is a good time to think about this as well because it is a great time for planting. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) can be bought ‘in the green’, or donated by a friendly neighbour, a far more successful alternative to planting them as bulbs.

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

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

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My collie x Labrador Nellie accompanies me at all times in the field. I wouldn’t be without her anyway but a dog can be an extra pair of eyes. Like me, she will sit and look around her surroundings. By looking at her at regular intervals I can see if her attention has been drawn to any movement in the sky. Many times I have received the ‘it’s behind you!’ signal from my dog.

Having seen the results that can be obtained by using a trail camera (sometimes called a nest trap camera) I decided to get one myself. They work by detecting movement and automatically take a photograph or a video. A gamekeeper kindly deposited a dead sheep on the hill for me and I left the camera strapped to a post beside it for a couple of weeks. It took 500 shots per week! The photographs (I thought) were fantastic and, with a bit of practice, I

If possible I make a second visit during incubation in April or May. Observations are always made from a distance by telescope. I have never flushed a sitting bird as this can easily cause desertion. The preferred method is to climb up the opposite ridge and look across from a distance. Sometimes all I can see is the golden nape of the sitting bird and the yellow bill. When the head slowly turns from one side to the other I know that my eyes are not playing tricks with me! Job done I can either walk out or, if I have enough time, wait to see if the male comes along and watch a changeover take place. I remember one day in Sutherland in May 2015. I had seen a pair in residence earlier in the year in a territory which I expected to be occupied. The traditional ledge was still full of snow so it was necessary to scan an extensive range of cliffs with my telescope to find a nest (if there was one at all). It can be an


almost impossible and frustrating task – ‘cold searching’ for a sitting bird. Being unsuccessful comes with the job. However, after several hours watching and searching I saw a golden eagle heading for the crags four kilometres south. This could be a one-and-only opportunity so,

holding my breath, I watched it purposefully head for the nest – unknowingly giving away its secret. In order to drop neatly beside the nest (there’s no runway) the approaching bird flew slightly below its target, pulling up to lose all speed just before landing at the nest. I felt

jubilant! Using a map and compass I made a note of the position so that I could return to make a closer examination in June. Jon Brain

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The Stromberg Martini Created by Alessandro Palazzi, London, UK. "The inspiration came from my love of Ian Fleming novels, and the fictional character and Bond villain Karl Sigmund Stromberg..."

INGREDIENTS: 100ml frozen Isle Of Harris Gin 5ml Sacred English Dry Vermouth Sardinian Bottarga (a rich and intense delicacy of salted, cured fish roe)

ME THODOLOGY: 1. Take a Martini glass with a maximum capacity of 125ml and freeze it. 2. Freeze your bottle of Isle of Harris Gin. 3. Add 5ml of the Sacred English Dry Vermouth to the frozen glass and swirl to coat the inside. 4. Add 100ml of frozen Isle of Harris Gin. 5. Grate a little of the Bottarga on top to garnish to your preferred intensity.

Alessandro Palazzi is the Martini maestro of London's Mayfair, with over four decades of experience in some of the world's finest establishments. [Read his Vice Magazine interview.] "Stromberg lived in Atlantis, his palace submerged under the sea off the coast of Sardinia, Italy. I wanted to celebrate the ‘maritime pleasures’ in this unusual gin, bringing together an additional element of delicious Sardinian Bottarga which intensifies the unusual Sugar Kelp tones. The original Martini was created with gin, often many people think it was created with vodka. It is important when making a Martini cocktail to ensure the glass and the spirit itself is as cold as possible. The common mistake amongst bartenders is to serve it in a warm glass, or even to dilute the cocktail with too much ice during preparation. This is why I serve the Martini cocktail in a frozen glass as well as keeping the gin the freezer. For me, the Martini cocktail is a symbol of purity and elegance. The gin Martini speaks for itself through the botanicals and when served properly, is a cocktail you savour. "


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