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Clubs and Societies BACK FOOTBALL AND RECREATION CLUB Tues, Thurs & Fri (Main office), 9am - 5pm, Community Centre, Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis HS2 0LS. Call Main Office on 01851 820745 or 07497 925905 or email at

COISIR GHAIDHLIG CHARLABHAIGH (CARLOWAY GAELIC CHOIR) Mon, 7.30pm, the Annexe, Carloway School. New members welcome - you don't have to be fluent in Gaelic or be able to read music, we have people who can help you with that! See Facebook page.

BACK PRIMARY FOOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CLUB Mon, 6pm - 7pm & 7pm 8.15pm (term time only). Their aim is to encourage as many children as possible in the Broadbay area to improve their fitness & general health, learn football skills & life lessons

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LEWIS PIPE BAND Thurs, 7.30pm, the Pipe Band Hall, Bells Road, Stornoway. New members always welcome. The band parade every weekend during the during the summer in the local town centre & perform at local events & travel outwith the island to competitions.Email Peter Mackay at NESS HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Mar – Oct) daily 10am–4pm; (Nov – Feb) daily 12pm - 4pm. Cross School, North Dell, Ness, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, HS2 0SN. Call 01851 810377 or email at

RAINY DAY BIKE CLUB Thurs (Oct - Jun, term time only), 12pm - 3pm, Back FRC, Community Centre, HS2 0LS.. Parent &Toddler Group, designed to let the little ones practice their bike skills safe away from the winter weather. Balance bikes suitable for ages 18mths - 5yrs provided. Call 01851 820745. SAMARITANS OF THE WESTERN ISLES Wed, 6am - 8am; Fri, 11am 2pm (Face to face) & 10pm 2am & Sat, 6pm - 2am, 87 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Out of hours please do call the National Helpline. Call 01851 703777 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (this number is free to call). Email at STORNOWAY ANGLING ASSOCIATION The Stornoway Angling Association (SAA) was formed in 1931 & today has a membership of about 200 members annually. SAA membership is open to local, as well as visiting anglers, & members have access to some superb fishing. Call Ivar Macary on 01851 860541 & 07464 763541. Email at STORNOWAY SEA ANGLING CLUB Stornoway Sea Angling Club, Shell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2BT. The Stornoway Sea Angling Club is one of the largest and best known clubs in the UK, & offers regular fishing, live music & entertainment events, all held throughout the year. The Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, owns its own 34ft charter boat & 18ft fishing boat - both which are available for private hire. The

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Club is also regarded as Stornoway's main Sports Bar. Call 01851 702021 or email at & THE 'WELL' (THE SHED PROJECT) Mon & Wed, 10am - 4pm, The Well, 11 Francis Street Stornoway. The Shed Project is providing an adult drop in centre called “The Well”. This is a safe place for anyone whose life is affected by their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Call 01851704557 or email THE BEACON CAFE Last Sat of month, 10am- 4pm, Tiumpanhead Community Centre, Point. Soup, paninis, sandwiches, teas, coffee & cake. Call Grace Smith on 01851 870771 WEST HARRIS LUNCH CLUB Monthly, 1pm - 2pm, Talla Na Mara Community Hall. Regular lunch club for residents of Harris. Please call to book a place. Call 01859 503900 or email at YOUNG MUSICIANS HEBRIDES (YMH) Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10am 3pm, 7 Bells Road, Stornoway. A voluntary sector organisation, whose main aim is to provide music tuition & group music making activities for young people, children & adults. Call 01851 705551 or email at

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings Three verses in to the Old Testament book of Zechariah, we are presented with the purpose of Zechariah’s ministry; the prodigals. God has been angry with the nation but once more he reaches out his hand and says, ‘Return to me…and I will return to you’ (Zech 1:3). In reading of the way the people turned their back on God, time and time again, worshiping false gods or going off in their own direction, it would be easy to think this offer foolishness. Why would God keep wasting his time with these people? Sometimes I think this, until I’m gently reminded again that sometimes I’m one of them. God reminds the people that he didn’t turn his back on them, they turned their back on him. He tried to warn their ancestors but they didn’t listen. God also reminded them that his word would outlast them all.

This, like a lot of Zechariah, spoke about the coming new covenant that God would make with his people by coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. We still have the word of God, just as he said, and we live in times when we have been able to learn from that powerful truth demonstrated because as John wrote ‘the word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (1:14). If you want to know the will of God, you’ve got to know the word of God; both the written and the incarnate. It was Philip who said to Jesus ‘show us the Father,’ and Jesus said ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’ (John 14:8-9). Return to me, declares the Lord to you, come through my son Jesus, he’ll show you the way.

Associated Presbyterian Churches (APC) Sunday 11am and 6.30pm. Midweek meeting Thursday 7.30pm. Held at 72 Keith Street, Stornoway. Tel: 01851 705513 Back Free Church Sundays 10.30am and 6pm, Youth Fellowship (Hall), 7.30pm. Gaelic 12pm Sunday, Midweek meeting, 7.30pm Wednesday. Tel: 01851 820217. For more information email or visit Barvas Church of Scotland Sundays 12pm (with School Class-P1>P7, Bible Class-S1>S5, Crèche-Pre School) and 6pm. Bible Reading and Prayer meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. 1st Monday of the month - Prayer meeting. Contact Rev Dougie Wolf on 01851 840218 or 07786 946424. For further information visit Bernera Church of Scotland Sunday worship at 10.30am, with Creche and Sunday School (term time only) and 6pm. Bible Study on Wednesday at 7pm. Contact Rev Hugh Maurice Stewart on 01851 672388. Email Free Church Continuing Sunday worship at 11am and 6.30pm with School from 10.50am to 11.30am, Midweek Meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm. All held at Church at Sandwick Road, Stornoway HS1 0AD. Contact Rev Graeme Craig on 01851 700298 Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland Sundays 11am and 6.30pm and Thursdays at 7pm. 2 Fleming Place, Stornoway, HS1 2NH. Contact Rev James R Tallach on 01851 702501 or email Garrabost Free Church Sundays, English service, in Main Road Church,

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General John Gowans (Salvation Army) once wrote ‘you can’t stop God from loving you, he can’t help it!’ So, if you find your spiritual life in a condition you don’t want it to be, don’t think because you’ve failed him he’ll fail you. He just keeps crying out ‘return to me, and I will return to you’. Then with his arms of love enfolding you like the father welcoming home the prodigal son he’ll just say again ‘please listen to what I’m saying, I’m scared of losing you, I don’t want you to end up in that dark place again.’ And it is enough for us to say ‘I’m sorry Lord, you were right, I’m sticking with you from now on.’

Lieutenant Callum Newton Commanding Officer The Salvation Army Corps Bayhead, Stornoway

12pm and School Road Church, 6pm (Sunday School during term time) and Children’s Church (school holidays) meet during the morning service. Midweek meeting Wednesdays, 7.30pm, alternating between Main Road and School Road. Tel: 07747 098828. Email High Free Church Stornoway Sunday Services held in Stornoway Primary School at 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday School for P1 - S3 and a crèche which both meet during the morning service. Midweek meetings held at Retirement Centre Bayhead, Tuesdays and Saturdays (English Prayer) and Gaelic Prayer on Thursdays all at 7.30pm. Contact Rev Hugh Ferrier on 07981 082012 or email Martin’s Memorial Church Sundays 11am and 6.30pm, Midweek meeting at 7.30pm. Tel: 01851 700820. For more information email or visit New Wine Church Sundays 11am at Lewis Retirement Centre Bayhead and at 7pm at Father's House Point Street, Stornoway. Midweek Meeting at 7.30pm, Father's House. For further information email or visit Our Holy Redeemer’s Church Sundays 11am and 5pm (Harris), Saturday Vigil, 6pm. Contact Fr Roddy Johnston on 01851 702070 or 0775 924 965. For more information email or visit Listed A - O and regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed and would like to be considered for inclusion or to amend existing details, please email

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times At this week’s First Minister’s Questions in Holyrood, I raised the issue of an interconnector from Lewis to the mainland that would allow us to export our renewables potential from the islands. Very disappointingly, the UK energy regulator Offgem seems only to be supportive just now of a 450 MW connection, when 600 MW is what we need to ensure that future community and other renewable projects can go ahead. The Scottish Government will keep pressing Offgem to see sense on this. It is a huge false economy to build a smaller interconnector, given the likelihood that a second one would then be needed immediately. I will keep raising this subject, as has Angus MacNeil, till we get the right decision.

With Na h-Eileanan an Iar identified as the best wind resource in Europe, the construction of an interconnector is a vital piece of infrastructure to unlock the full renewables potential of the region. The announcement from Ofgem recently that they were minded to reject the proposal by SSEN to build a 600MW link and to instead favour a 450MW link was indeed disappointing. However, this is not the end of the matter and I have already had discussions with Ofgem on the situation. It would be a mistake to build 450MW instead of 600MW. The extra cost of adding a further 33 per cent to the capacity would mean an increase in costs of just 7%. I hope Ofgem will go back and think again and do what is best for the environment and the economy and to ensure that we can deliver good clean energy.

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until 4 may Iolaire Commemoration Exhibition: Commemorating the Centenary of the Loss of HMY Lolaire on 1 January 1919 Museum & Tasglann nanEeilean, Lews Castle, Stornoway. Call 01851 822 746 or email at

18 may - 29 june Palimpsest: Society of Scottish Artists; a new exhibition featuring artwork by 24 leading artists from across Scotland & beyond An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. Free. Email at

26 may - 9 june Gospel Tent Meetings Barvas & Brae Community Centre. All welcome.

until 29 may Salvation Army Band Practice (Wednesdays) 6pm 7pm, the Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. call 01851 703875 or email at

until 30 may Salvation Army Baby Bank (Tuesdays &

Thursdays) 10am - 1pm, the Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. free. Baby clothes & equipment. call 01851 703875 Salvation Army lunch club (Tuesdays & Thursdays) 12pm - 1pm , the salvation army, 59 bayhead, stornoway. all welcome. call 01851 703875 or email at Salvation Army home league ( Thursdays) 2pm - 3pm, the Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. call 01851 703875 or email at Rainy Day Bike Club ( Thursdays) 12pm - 3pm, Back Community Hall, Isle of Lewis. Designed to let the little ones burn off some energy & practice their cycling skills indoors. balance bikes suitable for ages 18months - 5 years provided. call 01851 820745. Knit & Natter Group (Tuesdays) 7pm, Airigh a Bhreide, Tigh Ceilidh, North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis. Come along for blether & a cuppa! Call Marion MacInnes on 01851 702123 or email at

until 31 may Open Mic Night (Thursdays) 8.30pm - 11.59pm, McNeill's pub, 11 Cromwell Street, Stornoway. Call 01851 703734 or email at Salvation Army Breakfast Club (Fridays - term time only) 8am - 11am, The Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. All welcome. Call 01851 703875 or email at Salvation Army Junior Club (Fridays - term time only) 6pm - 7.30pm, The Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. all welcome. call 01851 703875 or email at Pointers Youth Cafe (Fridays) 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Pointers Cafe, 14 - 16 North Beach, Stornoway for 12 - 25yrs. Come & go as you please. Chill out on the sofas, listen to music, watch telly or play pool. We have a tuck shop & coffee machine plus friendly youth workers on hand for a yarn if you want. Call 01851 822713 or email at

until 30 october Island Book Trust Events throughout the Islands for people of all ages & backgrounds to enjoy Call 01851 830316.

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6.15am (start). Registration on 27th 10am, Loch Ness, Inverness. 18+. Spectator info at

24 tuesday The Far Flung Collective 7.30pm, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. Adults £10; Conc £6; Children £5.

25 thursday Music in the Library: Donnie Morrison & Friends 4.45pm - 6.45pm, the Space, Stornoway library. A time for musicians to gather & play. Call 01851 822744 or email at UHI Music Showcase: Rock, pop & traditional 7.30pm,An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. Adult £8; Conc £6; Members & children £5. Call 01851 708480. 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.

26 friday 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, Inverness. £10 from Duncan Fraser, Butcher, Queensgate & the Mayfower Lounge, Inverness Faith: The George Michael Legacy@ The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm.

27 saturday Toyah@The Ironworks,Inverness 7pm The Beacon Cafe 10am, Tiumpanhead Community Centre, Point, Isle of Lewis. Soup, paninis, sandwiches, teas, coffee & cake. Call Grace Smith on 01851 870 771 Quiz Night: Teams of four, bar & snacks. Kids welcome 10am, Tiumpanhead Community Centre, Point, Isle of Lewis Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness; Comedy show. Over 14s only 8pm, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. £12.50 (book online). call 01851 708480. The Salvation Army Coffee & Sale 12pm - 2pm, the Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. All welcome. Call 01851 703875 or email at

May 2019 2 thursday Lucy Spraggan@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm,

3 friday Lucy Spraggan 8pm, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. Call 01851 708480 or email at Lional, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Pure Grief & Misty@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm,

3 friday - 31 friday Seana Doherty Exhibition 9am - 5pm, Talla Na Mara, Pairc Niseaboist, Isle of Harris, HS3 3AE. Call 01859 503900 or email at

4 saturday 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 Warehouse 91@The Ironworks, Inverness 11pm

6 monday Neuro Hebrides: Coffee & Catch Up 2pm - 3.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Support group for anyone affected by neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, ME, PoTS, MND or Epilepsy. Tea, biscuits & coffee provided. Call 07387 723 380 or email at

7 tuesday Scottish Golf Junior Forum 6pm, Loch Ness Golf Club. Discussion on the development of junior golf

7 thursday Music in the Library: Women Folk Nights 4.45pm 6.45pm, The Space, Stornoway Library. An evening of music, song, prose, poetry & chat. Call 01851 822744 or email at

27 saturday - 28 sunday

10 friday

Etape Loch Ness: 66 miles on traffic free roads, starting & finishing in Inverness. general entry full but still places available by joining Team Macmillan

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc: A fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden & the Shetland Islands 8pm, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. £12; £10. Call 01851

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708480. Woodwinters Big Tasting@The Ironworks, Inverness 6pm, Over 65 wines. Booking essential. Call 0871 789 4173.

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. Inverness Science Festival: Family Day Inverness Leisure Centre, Bught Road, Inverness

13 monday Neuro Hebrides: Coffee & Catch Up 2pm - 3.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Support group for anyone affected by neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, ME, PoTS, MND or Epilepsy. Tea, biscuits & coffee provided. Call 07387 723380 or email at

15 wednesday Tom McGuire & The Brassholes@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm. Tom McGuire & The Brassholes@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm.

17 friday

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.

23 thursday Eolas: A social group for informal carers where they can enjoy afternoon tea together 2.30pm to 4pm, Harris Hotel, Tarbert. Free. Call Peggy Mackay on 01859 502588 or email at Music in the Library: Donnie Morrison & Friends 4.45pm - 6.45pm, Stornoway Library. All welcome take part or listen & enjoy. Call 01851 822744 or email at

24 friday Blackmore's Blood@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm.

The Quireboys Unplugged@The Ironworks, Inverness 7.30pm.

25 saturday

18 saturday 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

20 monday Neuro Hebrides: Coffee & Catch Up 2pm - 3.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway Support group for anyone affected by neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, ME, PoTS, MND or Epilepsy. Tea, biscuits & coffee provided. Call 07387 723380 or email at

21 tuesday Eolas: A social group for informal carers 10.30am 12pm, Woodlands Centre, Stornoway. Free. Call

Peggy Mackay on 01859 502588 or email at Neuro Hebrides; Walking in the Rain; an Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Long Term Physical Conditions. Speaker - Dr Lisa Ronald, Clinical Psychologist 3pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Call 07387 723 380 or email at

Stornoway Half Marathon & 10K 10am (Half Marathon, 9.45am race briefing); 10.50am (Half Marathon), Stornoway Harbour. The route is a mix of road & trail, taking runners on a tour of greater Stornoway then onto the beautiful forest trails of the Lews Castle Grounds. Call 07825 616578 or email at Stornoway Half Marathon & 10K Ceilidh! in aid of Alzheimer Scotland, Western Isles 8pm until late, Stornoway Golf Club. ÂŁ5 - available at registration or at the door The Salvation Army Coffee & Sale 12pm - 2pm, The Salvation Army, 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. All welcome. Call 01851 703875 or email at

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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

27 monday Neuro Hebrides: Coffee & Catch Up 2pm - 3.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway Support group for anyone affected by neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, ME, PoTS, MND or Epilepsy. Tea, biscuits & coffee provided. Call 07387 723380 or email at

29 wednesday Eolas: a social group for carers where they can enjoy afternoon tea together 2.30pm - 4pm, Crown Hotel, Stornoway. Free. Call Peggy Mackay on 01859 502588 or email at

31 friday Tim Edey 8pm, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway. £12; £10. Call 01851 708480 or email at Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club@The Ironworks, Inverness 9pm.

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Shop Yo u r Wa rd rdrob rob e … How often do you say “I have nothing to wear,” even though your wardrobe is full of clothes? Perhaps you have a special event or a night out and panic buy, only to spend the night not feeling good and nowhere near as special as you wanted (or deserve) to. Before you head out and randomly buy something just because it’s ‘new’ why not ‘Shop Your Wardrobe’. Take the clothes you already own and style them in new ways by layering, testing new colour combinations and combining items you wouldn’t usually wear together. Garment shapes don’t tend to change but trends do, so perhaps all you need is a new accessory to update or introduce the latest colours. There may be a dress that you keep for ‘formal’ or ‘summer’ (not always

reliable) wear. Why not take that dress out now and combine with a chunkier shoe/boot and cropped leather jacket to funk it up? Do you have an item you feel comfortable in, but are worried that you’ve worn it a few times too many? Switch up with a different colour or add another layer. What people notice is your aura of feeling good rather than think ‘oh, they’ve worn that before’. If you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest is great for styling ideas or “window shop” online. Look for items that are similar to ones in your wardrobe. The true essence of styling is the ability to create multiple looks from your wardrobe. Buy less wear more. Sustainable fashion and decluttering are hot topics just now and if you’ve used the #konmari method then your wardrobe will be full of pieces that spark joy. Your wardrobe is with you every day so make friends with it, enjoy it and treat it as your very own boutique.

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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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By Noel Fitzpatrick In this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs.

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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.

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. "

Bridge at Sluggan

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.

General George Wade

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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


Varieties of Narcissi Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’

Part 1 Volunteering to Save Lives... Meet Mountain Rescue â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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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should be able to use it determine ring numbers in the future.

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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

Trail camera picture (6 March 2016)

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Chicken, Kale & Mushroom Pot Pie



1 tbsp olive oil

1. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil over a gentle heat in a flameproof casserole dish. Add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softening. Scatter over the thyme and garlic, and stir for 1 min. Turn up the heat and add the chicken, frying until golden but not fully cooked. Add the mushrooms and the remaining oil. Heat oven to 200C/180 fan/gas 6.

1 large onion, finely chopped 3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked 2 garlic cloves, crushed 350g chicken breasts, cut into small chunks 250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 300ml chicken stock 100g crème fraîche 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 100g kale 2 tsp cornflour, mixed with 1 tbsp cold water 375g pack puff pastry, rolled into a circle slightly bigger than your dish 1 egg yolk, to glaze

2. Add the stock, crème fraîche, mustard and kale, and season well. Add the cornflour mixture and stir until thickened a little. 3. Remove from the heat and cover with the puff pastry lid, pressing into the sides of the casserole dish. Slice a cross in the centre and glaze with the egg. Bake for 30 mins until the pastry is puffed up and golden.

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