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Clubs and Societies

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AULDEARN SWRI Meetings include talks and demonstrations including craft, travel, social and international affairs. Preserves and enhances awareness of Scotland's rural heritage. Second Wednesday of month, 7.30pm, Dunbar Hall (excluding July & August). Contact 451374 or email prentice@godsquad.fsnet.c o.uk BEFRIENDERS HIGHLAND Voluntary organisation, which co-ordinates friendships between volunteers and people who have experienced a mental health problem and are lonely or isolated. Contact Heather Forbes 451444 email nairn@befrienders highland.org.uk website www.befrienders highland.org.uk BOYS BRIGADE Contact 452950 CAWDOR BOWLING CLUB Provides a six rink green where club and open competitions are played. Spoon competition Friday’s 7pm. Coaching is given to learners on a Tuesday evening. Contact 453698 CAWDOR CURLING CLUB Contact 404291 or 07831 760049 or email dave_rob@hotmail.com

CAWDOR HERITAGE GROUP Family and local history archive facility within Nairn Museum. Contact 456791 or email manager@nairnmuseum .freeserve.co.uk www.nairnmuseum.co.uk CAWDOR SWRI Meets on the last Wednesday of each month from September until April, at 7:30pm in the Community Room at the new Cawdor Community Centre, but not December when we go out for our Christmas Meal. For more information contact Brenda on 493361 or email gbshone@btinternet.com CROSSROADS Provide and develop, within Nairn & Distict, a high quality, cost effective, domiciliary respite care service for carers. Contact 455369 CVS NAIRN An umbrella group for voluntary organisations in Nairn. It provides advice and information to groups regarding funding and establishing new groups. Contact 455234 or email ed@cvsnairn.org.uk FAMILY FIRST (BADENOCH, STRATHSPEY & NAIRN) Provides a support service via home based volunteer support and or group support for families with a child under 4. Contact Lynne 452865

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GIRLGUIDING NAIRN Contact District Commissioner Helen Guy tel 01667 452746 HIGHLAND RUSSIA CONNECTION Offers Russian language lessons, art and craft workshops, Russian dancing, educational talks, displays and exhibitions. Contact Elena Reid 456245 or e-mail elena.k.reid@ homecall.co.uk www.highlandrussia.org.uk INVERNESS CANOE CLUB Inland, sea and surf kayaks as well as open canoe SCA affiliated club. SCA Coaches provide in club training and courses. Equipment hireable by club members. Pool lessons throughout the year. Contact 404725 or 07775 682034 email macksteve@aol.com INVERNESS ORIENTEERING CLUB Contact 454546 LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF NAIRN HOSPITAL Our charity raises funds to provide extra comforts for the staff and patients at Nairn Town County Hospital and also provide much needed equipment for the hospital. Contact 452243 If you would like details of your club or society included in this section please let us know. Not all clubs will be listed every issue. May 2010 - page 3


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Twinning Town Activity Along the Moray Firth Coast Twinning links in Moray commenced about 50 years ago and since 1992 have been overseen by The Moray Twinning Association, through which Moray Council gives an annual grant to support Twinning. Moray has a long history of Twinning and currently has five active Twinning’s, some being more active than others. The five links are: Dufftown, twinned with Mortlach in Canada; Elgin twinned with Landshut in Bavaria; Lossiemouth twinned with Hersbruck in Germany; and Forres twinned with Mount Dora in Florida and Vienenburg in Lower Saxony. Although each of these five operate in very different ways they all have the same purpose, and that is to foster social, cultural and educational links. Dufftown - Mortlach, Canada This group is very active and last year three separate groups from Dufftown visited Mortlach in June, July and September. A couple from Mortlach also came across to Dufftown and while here visited their son who is studying at Glasgow, perhaps as a result of twinning.

Elgin & District Pipe Band in Landshut High Street 2009

Elgin - Landshut, Bavaria This is a very active link and has been for more than 50 years. Many long lasting friendships have been built up over the years and exchange visits are made regularly. Last year, for example, 42 members headed to Germany for the Royal Wedding, which is re-enacted every four years. School visits also take place regularly in both directions and there is also a link between the firemen in both towns. Lossiemouth - Hersbruck, Germany This group unfortunately went through a bit of a lull and without new blood were in danger of folding, but after a lot of activity by the remaining committee, they have managed to attract new members, and have appointed 5 new committee members. Last year a successful visit was hosted and appears to have a bright future. Forres - Mount Dora, Florida This group facilitates a school exchange every year. Two students are chosen, each year, by application and interview, with parents also being interviewed. Successful students spend about a month in their twin town, or Sister City as it’s known by the residents of Mount Dora. Approximately three weeks are spent attending school where page 4 - May 2010

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students from both sides find it a very interesting and worthwhile experience. There is quite an active social side to the exchange. The two students who visited last year have said, “We both found it an invaluable experience and it helped to substantially broaden our outlook.” Forres – Vienenburg, Germany During the 25 years of the existence of the partnership, regular visits to and from Forres and Vienenburg, both formal and informal, have taken place. In 1985 the first group from Forres went to the twin town and were given a rousing reception. 1994 - 10th Anniversary celebrated in Vienenburg. 2004 - 20th Anniversary celebrated in Forres. 2006 - celebration of the 700th Anniversary of the town of Vienenburg, when a carving by local craftsman Jack Falconer was presented to the Mayor of Vienenburg on behalf of the people of Forres, and now has pride of place in the Council Chambers in Vienenburg. 2009 - the celebration of the 25th Aniversary in Vienenburg. Numerous informal and private visits have been made over the years, most recently to Forres in June 2008 in glorious sunshine. Strong lasting friendships have been made and warm, generous hospitality is always offered to visitors on both sides. It is fun! Twinning is good for tolerance and acceptance of foreign cultures and good for building friendships. All Twinning Societies live and die by the willingness of ordinary people to get involved. That can mean attending the regular local social events arranged by each society, or (for the more adventurous) travelling abroad to meet and stay with people in the twinning town.All of the societies in Moray are listed below and all are constantly on the look-out for new members, so please contact them. If you are reading this in the Nairn area, your closest twinning societies are either Forres or Inverness. Dufftown and Mortlach Twinning Association Mr Gordon Haughton, gordon.haughton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk Elgin-Landshut Twintown Association Mrs Lorna Paterson, asp@globalnet.co.uk Forres-Vienenburg Twinning Association Mrs Chrissie Suttie, isuttie@btinternet.com Lossiemouth-Hersbruck Twin Town Association Mrs Joan Key, joan.key@tesco.net Royal Burgh of Forres-Mount Dora Twinning Association Mr Kenneth Laing, kenneth.laing@tiscali.co.uk

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S o me t hi ng t o lo o k fo r w a r d t o . We booked a holiday two weeks ago. Its not until August, and we’re not going very far away, but it is booked and the deposit paid, so we have to go. Its not that I don’t want to go, in fact the very opposite. I want there to be something to look forward to, and a guarantee that at the end of August, there will be a break in the weekly madness.

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best. I remember years ago when I used to coach swimming, the coach would sometimes flick swimmers with a towel when they did a tumble turn if he thought they were not doing there best, and how it speeded them up. Flick. Ouch! Sometimes it was only when the swimmers were almost

Sometimes life seems to be getting busier. My computer doesn’t help me to finish my stuff quicker, it enables me to do more! That doesn’t seem fair, I thought technology was there to help us get more leisure time - it doesn’t work for me. But I am looking forward to this holiday. Someone said to me recently, ‘All we can expect you to do is your best.’ My best! I’ve never done my

exhausted that they did their best times because they had gone through the pain barrier, and some of them almost flew.

Nairn Baptist Church meets in Nairn Community Centre, King St. All welcome 11am every Sunday and 6pm every third Sunday of the month. Contact the Pastor 459672 or visit the website www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Morning Service 12 noon. Contact Rev. Ricky Reid 451675. Cawdor Parish Church Morning Service 10.15am. Rev. JS Mathieson Nairn Free Church Morning Service 11am with Sunday School & Creche (Gordon St); Evening Service 6pm (Rosebank Hall); Youth Club for S1 upwards Wednesday 6.30pm (Rosebank Hall); Prayer and Bible Study Thursday 7.30pm (8 George St). Minister Murdo MacLeod 459131. Nairn Christian Fellowship Sunday Worship 10.30am; Praise and Bible Study Wednesday 7.30pm. Contact Sandy Shaw 456492. Old Parish Church meets at 10.30am for Holiday Worship. Rev. Ian WF Hamilton. page 6 - May 2010

Do our best, I don’t know what my best is, I suspect it would kill me if I ever got near it. Are we really expected to do our best? If we were to do our best, how long could we keep it up? Could a 100m sprinter run a marathon at sprinting pace - it would probably kill him, and yet we are expected to keep on going in our jobs and in the rat race day after day. I think God has another way than this. He tells us of Grace and Peace, not to take us out of our life experience, but to enable us to go through our life experience without getting frazzled and burned. This Grace and Peace is something God gives us for free. Where is it? It is found in a friendship with Jesus. How do you get that, ask Him, ‘Jesus would you be my friend?’ Childs play, isn’t it. R e v. R i c k y R e i d Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church

St Ninians Church Morning Worship and Sunday School 10.15am; Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7.30pm. Rev. Ricky Reid 451675. St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Family Worship 10.30am; Evening Prayer 6.30pm. Rev. Canon Alison Simpson 452458. St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Sunday Mass 11am; Saturday Vigil 6pm. United Reformed Church Morning Service with Sunday School and Creche 11am. Contact Rev. Steven Manders 451443. The Pentecostal Church of God Nairn Sunday Service 10.30am. Minister: JD Grant 456088. www.churchofgodnairn.org Nairn Joint Service first Sunday of each month St Ninians 6.30pm. If you are a member of a church not listed here please email with details and we will print this in future issues.

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APRIL 29 april sat. - 3 may mon. spirit of speyside whisky festival, various events in the local area, visit www.spiritofspeyside.com

30 friday

classic vehicle show, cars arrive 9am, stalls & entertainment from 12noon, grant park, forres, contact sharon paterson tel: 675389 or email patersonsharon@aol.com

5 wednesday

cinema nairn - the searchers (u), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details

the opera bus - to scottish opera's katya kabanova by janacek, 7.15pm at eden court theatre, inverness, coach pick up points along a96 from keith to nairn, ticket and coach £20, tel. 01343 835258

MAY 1 & 2 saturday & sunday

7 friday

rock 4 life charity concert - sugababes, status quo, mcfly lemar and more!, whiteness, ardersier, www.rock4life.co.uk

deva premal and miten, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £12/£10, contact 01309 691170

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8 saturday

rbls coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 cawdor castle opens for the season, open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week, www.cawdorcastle.com spirit of speyside whisky festival - gavin d smith book signing, 1.30pm-5pm, brodie castle, contact 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk spirit of speyside whisky festival - whisky tasting, 2.30pm, brodie castle, £25 (adults only), contact 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk spirit of speyside whisky festival - ceilidh by the castle, 2pm5pm, brodie castle, contact 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk

dyke garden club - coffee morning, 10am-12noon, dyke village hall the opera bus - to scottish opera's la boheme by puccini, 7.15pm at eden court theatre, inverness, coach pick up points along a96 from keith to nairn, ticket and coach £37, tel. 01343 835258

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dkma fundraising car boot sales every sunday, 8am to 3pm old tesco car park, gordon street, forres, £6 for car booters/£10 for car & trailer/£15 for a trader, contact mary to book a pitch or for further info on 0770 749 0773 sponsored walk for dogs to raise funds for guide dogs, 10am-2pm, culbin forest, wellhill farm entrance, kintessack, walk as far as you like, or follow three suggested routes: half hour, an hour and two hours, bring your own dog, a neighbours dog or dress up as a dog! register online at www.gowalkies.org.uk or tel: 01343 890309 benromach forres vintage theme day - veteran, vintage &

UNIVERSAL HALL, FINDHORN

Deva Premal & Miten £12/£10 Friday 7th May - 8pm The An Tobar Sessions £10/£8 Friday 14th May - 8pm

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8 saturday & 9 sunday mundole spring show, from 9am saturday & 10am sunday, mundole equestrian, forres crossroads coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 live music - bill alexander, 9pm, nairn british legion the an tobar sessions:aidan o’rourke’s an tobar band and the dave milligan trio, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8, contact 691170

15 saturday

forestry commission dawn chorus, 7.30am - 9.30am,

come and experience the wonderful spectacle of a 'dawn chorus' meet at huntly peregrine wildwatch centre, free, but donations are welcome christian aid coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 the ballet bus - to scottish ballet's romeo and juliet music by

Chloe Goodchild £10/£8 Saturday 22nd May - 8pm

Duncan Chisholm & Ivan Drever £9/£7 Wednesday 26th May - 7.30pm Tickets available at the Phoenix Stores 01309 690110, or online at www.thebooth.co.uk For more details tel: 01309 691170 or see the website w w w. u n i v e r s a l h a l l . c o . u k

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APRIL / MAY 2010 prokofiev, 2pm at eden court theatre, inverness,

coach pick up points along a96 from keith to nairn, ticket & coach £27, tel. 01343 850282 gilded balloon comedy circuit, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £14/£12, contact 01309 691170

18, 19, 20 & 21 sun, mon, tues, wed ‘ladies in retirement’ - a victorian murder mystery by edward percy & reginald denham, 7.30pm, the little theatre, king street, nairn, tickets from atmosphere, high street, nairn, tel: 451800 or at door

Nairn Drama Club presents.... Ladies in Retirement by Edward Percy & Reginald Denham - A Victorian Murder Mystery 18, 19, 20 & 21 May 7.30pm The Little Theatre, King Street, Nairn. Tickets from Atmosphere, High Street, Nairn tel: 01667 451800 or at door.

21 friday bob doolally, 9pm, the loft venue, £8, contact 01343 850111

Bob Doolally at The Loft Venue Friday 21st May 9pm

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A legend in his own liquid lunchtine, Bob ‘The Gob’ Doolally is now recognised as one of the most original and unique character comedy acts in Britian. A retired football manager and ex-player who now hacks out a living as an after-dinner speaker and third-rate media pundit.

22 saturday nairn gardening club coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 chloe goodchild, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £10/£8, contact 01309 691170 live music - gail goulding, 9pm, nairn british legion

26 wednesday duncan chisholm & ivan drever, 7.30pm, universal hall, findhorn, £9/£7, contact 01309 691170

28 friday cinema nairn - sweet smell of success (pg), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details lou brown, the loft venue, FREE, tel: 01343 850111 rock for heroes audition night, 9pm, mosset tavern, forres, £5 entry (all proceeds to help for heroes)

29 saturday

red cross coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 tribute to tina turner, the mosset tavern, forres, £8, tel: 672981

JUNE 2010 in brief 4 friday karen matheson, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £14/£12, contact 01309 691170 5 saturday family golf tournament and family bbq, 10am-4pm, cawdor castle, www,cawdorcastle.com

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eastern star coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 live music - trevor james, 9pm, nairn british legion 5 saturday & 6 sunday cawdor castle special gardens weekend, 11am-2pm, guided tours with head gardener, all included in normal £4.50 garden ticket, www.cawdorcastle.com 5 saturday - 13 sunday nairn book & arts festival, events throughout the week, visit www.nairnfestival.co.uk for details 11, 12 & 13 friday, saturday & sunday rockness 2010, featurng fatboy slim, leftfield, the strokes and more, visit www.rockness.co.uk 12 saturday st ninian bowling club coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 forestry commission walk to findhorn bay, 10am-2pm, enjoy a leisurely walk through culbin out to findhorn bay, bring a packed lunch, this moderate walk will last approximately 4 hours, meet at wellhill car park (one mile from Kintessack) 12 saturday & 13 sunday north of scotland championships 2010 findhorn, visit www.rfyc.net for more details 13 sunday heartbreak productions present open air theatre - an ideal husband, 7pm, brodie castle, £10/£8, contact 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk 16 wednesday daimh and buille, 8pm, universal hall, findhorn, £9/£7, contact 01309 691170 17 thursday - 20 sunday burgie international 3 day horse trials, visit www.burgie.org or email secretary@burgie.org 18 friday scottish chamber orchestra, universal hall, findhorn, £12/£8/£6/£5, contact 01309 691170 esther o’connor, 9pm, the loft venue, FREE, contact 01343 850111 19 saturday albert st bowling club coffee morning, 10am, nairn british legion, £1.50 20 sunday family fun day, brodie castle, £2 adults/children free, contact 0844 493 2156 or visit www.nts.org.uk 25 friday cinema nairn - out of africa (pg), 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street, nairn, £4 aduts/£3 under 18’s, visit www.cinemanairn.blogspot.com for details tribute to neil diamond, the mosset tavern, forres, £8, tel: 672981 26 saturday vision awareness event, 10am-4pm, elgin town hall, contact carolyn lamb for more details 07500 033689 26 saturday & 27 sunday portsoy scottish traditional boat festival, visit www.stbf.bizland.com/2010 or tel: 01261 842951 29 saturday & 30 sunday feis mhoireibh, moray college, elgin, this fun filled music, sport, drama, gaelic singing and dance festival welcomes all from eight to eighteen years, tuition by experienced, professional musicians, for entry forms email feis_mhoireibh@yahoo.co.uk or tel: norma 547447

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Moray Playhouse, Elgin

From 23/4 Clash of the Titans () Spy Next Door() From 30/4 Iron Man 2 () From 14/5 Robin Hood (tbc) Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

Cinema Listings May 2010

Vue Cinema, Inverness Robin Hood (tbc) Streetdance (tbc) Sex and the City 2 (tbc)

Visit www.myvue.com for details

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Cemetery Junction (15) Robin Hood (tbc) Sex and the City 2 (tbc) Perrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bounty (15) Kick-Ass (15) The Kreutzer Sonata (18) Storm (15) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (U) The Scouting Book for Boys (15) The Ghost (15) I Am Love (15) plus many others

Cinema Nairn

28/5 Sweet Smell of Success (PG) 5/6 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (15) 10/6 Shakespeare in Love (15) 25/6 Out of Africa (PG)

Visit cinemanairn.blogspot.com or contact Nairn Community Centre on 01667 453476 for details

Visit www.eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 234234 for details

Universal Hall, Findhorn

Showing films throughout the year. Visit www.findhorn.org/uhall or call 01309 691170 for details. SpotLight - Nairn and District

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EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF TUESDAY 16TH MARCH 2010 OF NAIRN WEST COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Matters arising RY had already expressed NWCC interest in the future of the Farmers Showfield with the Nairnshire Farming Society and wished clarification as to item 7 of Minutes of Meeting of 23 February. JF commented that the Farming Society was still undecided as to what to do with the field. They had option of selling to developer, applying for planning for field and selling or having Common Good purchase the field as permanent green space for the centre of Nairn. RY to contact the Farming Society to discover their intentions for the future of the field. Proposed Firhall Bridge Project RY was in receipt of email from Mr Murd Dunbar requesting NWCC support for the project to make Firhall Bridge more accessible. NWCC support for improvements to the bridge were minuted in our minutes of 23 February. This project would fall under the disability equality Acts which the Highland Council is endeavouring to take steps to make such a service available. Cllr Sandy Park was minuted as being affirmative with regards to making this bridge accessible to everyone, but would be a matter for funding such a project. GV had been informed that THC could only fund the bridge if it met 100% access requirements, however the bridge would only become 90% accessible as electronic buggies would not be able to cross. GV thought it would be beneficial for Mr Dunbar to meet with Mrs Louise Clark, Ward Manager to discuss this project. JF and RY to investigate this further and arrange meeting on behalf of Mr Dunbar. Sandown Appeal RY thanked GV for representing NWCC at all the inquiry meetings and for presenting the residents views so eloquently. GV commented that it was now waiting for the Reporter and that it was difficult to gauge what his decision would be. One of the key points that Deveron made was that there were only approx 150 letters commenting about the development and their lawyers claimed that this may be an insufficient number to be truly representative of the town. GV regretted that though many people page 10 - May 2010

gave verbal support to the Community Councils in opposing the Deveron Development and there were many letters to the Nairnshire and media coverage mentioning the Sandown appeal, far too few Nairn residents actually took up pen or mouse and put their objections in writing. JF mentioned that going by the evidence of so few letters submitted, it could look as though the people of Nairn don’t really care, and that there is a need to communicate to have a more representative count, 2% is not a weighty objection, and JF made an important point that planners require individual letters, not one letter with many signatures, nor one letter with a petition or representing a larger organisation. Some have suggested that the Community Councils were suffering from nimbyism, however both NWCC and Nairn Residents Concern Group both stressed that they welcomed suitable development, but made clear that it should be good development, lower density, height restrictive, and maintaining an architectural and cultural integrity. BS added that the inquiry has concluded and we await the results. The Reporter will take 6 to 8 weeks to make his recommendation and local residents should take their concerns to local MSP’s to thoughtfully consider the views of the citizens of the town. Extension of 20mph speed limit JF has approached THC about consideration of 20mph speed limit around Nairn as a pilot scheme for the Highlands which then if successful could be incorporated in towns throughout the Highlands. The Scottish Government is considering changes to the speed limits throughout Scotland. Road traffic surveys would be carried out with Waverley Road and some side roads included in the survey. The proposal is to exclude A96 and B class roads, but all other residential areas to have 20 mph speed limit. The community would have to decide if they wish to participate in this pilot scheme and JF will ask whether other CC’s consider this to be a good idea. JF to write to the Nairnshire to encourage residents to write to their tel: 01309 690063

Community Council expressing their views. RY thanked JF all his work. Consultation on Single Community Council RY is having productive meetings with other community councils with view to possible joint meetings later in the year. BS commented that THC review of structure throughout Scotland of CC’s first phase has come out and from this reorganisation, this presented further local discussion on a Single Community council for Nairn. Discussion for Single CC has been put on the Agenda for CC Forum on 22 March, 2010. E-Planning and Community Council Consultations GV commented that he understood that THC had a Statutory Duty to consult CC’s on all planning applications in their areas. GV did not believe that THC’s reliance on the e-planning process discharged their statutory obligations to the CC’s, hardcopy details of applications were required. Currently NWCC has not been advised on recent planning applications. NWCC will have opportunity to air views on e-planning at Community Council Forum meeting on 22 March, 2010. Treasurer’s Report GV as treasurer, mentioned that NWCC was fortunate to receive funds from previous NWCC which brought our total to £2167.00 and after paying our bills to Community Centre, Nairnshire etc were left with total of £1992.00. GV will produce accounts to the March year end for the 20 April meeting. Time, date and place of next meeting RY thanked those attending the meeting and GV informed that NWCC has booked the Community Centre for future meetings and those are 20 April, 18 May, 15 June, NWCC will not meet July and August, then 21 September, 19 October, 16 November and 15 December, 2010. The next meeting of NWCC will be held in the Community Centre on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 at 7.30 pm. The meeting was closed at 9.00pm and Minutes of Meeting were recorded by Seonaid Armstrong, secretary. SpotLight - Nairn and District


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11 Sentational Years Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival The sights, sounds and tastes of Scotland blended together at the 11th annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival One of the biggest whisky festivals in Europe will take place in Speyside this Spring, with organisers expecting more record-breaking crowds from both home and abroad. The 11th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from Thursday, 29th April to Monday, 3rd May and sees some of the world’s most iconic whisky distilleries lining up to take part in what has become a major international event on the Scottish tourism calendar. The Festival was established in 1999 to celebrate Scotland’s Malt Whisky Country and to help promote tourism in Moray, and especially Speyside, in the traditionally quieter months. And 10 years later, last year’s ‘dramfest’ served around 250,000 nips to an estimated 24,000 visitors generating an economic benefit of almost £1million. This year five days of whisky, music, food and fun feature in a programme of more than 230 events taking place around Speyside. The impressive lineup for the Festival includes distilleries such as The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan and Benromach – four of over 50 distilleries in Speyside, and just a few of the many distilleries taking part in this year’s festival. Visitors to the festival are also treated to a rare occurrence – the opportunity for a look behind the scenes at other well-known distilleries in the area, usually closed to the public, including Mortlach, Benrinnes and Tomintoul. Festival goers can choose from over 230 different events over the five days ranging from distillery tours, landrover tours and cooperage tours to whisky masterclasses, guided whisky walks, ceilidhs, live music, poetry sessions, locally organised family friendly activities and free events. After enjoying a dram or two in a distillery, at a local hotel or restaurant or participating venue, whisky lovers and wouldbe gourmets can also learn more about the role of whisky as an ingredient or accompaniment. Workshops offering tasting sessions which examine the relationship between whisky and chocolate, lamb, steak and even sausages run during the Festival – check out the Knockomie Hotel in Forres and Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin for more details. A number of distilleries, hotels and restaurants around the region will be hosting lunches and dinners which feature menus prepared to complement the dram or include the spirit in their dishes. page 12 - May 2010

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And there’s no better way to work off the excess of a good dining experience than by joining one of the many walks or outdoor activities around Malt Whisky Country during the Festival. Take a gentle “dramble” around the seven distilleries of Dufftown, or join in one of many guided walks with the Speyside Rangers or take advantage of a ‘hike’ with whisky expert Dave Broom to the summit of Ben Rinnes and enjoy the panoramic views across the Cairngorms north to the Moray Firth and south to Lochnagar. There’s also the chance of spotting mountain hare and ptarmigan on other guided walks and off-road trails in the wilder parts of the Cairngorm National park. Visitors can also step back in time and follow in the footsteps of the Speyside smugglers with the launch of The Glenlivet Smugglers’ Trails. The Glenlivet Estate has a fascinating history, much of which is associated with its past connection to illicit whisky distilling and this history, combined with a picturesque landscape of wide open spaces and rolling hills make it a truly memorable place to visit with the chance to relive Glenlivet’s spirited past. The two walks during the Festival accompanied by a Crown Estate Ranger are a 6km and 11km circular walk. Speyside is home to more than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries, and the Festival certainly succeeds in capitalising on its location at the heart of Malt Whisky Country. The Festival also goes out of its way to ensure that there’s more on offer than just whisky at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Family and free events include a Pipe Band and Mounted Cavalacde through Grantown-on-Spey, the Dufftown and District Pipe Band at Dufftown Memorial Hall, an open air Family Ceilidh at The Square in Aberlour, a ‘Ceilidh by the Castle’ at Brodie Castle with afternoon tea and home baking in a marquee on the castle lawns, the Benromach Forres Theme Day featuring a magnificent collection of vintage and classic vehicles as well as music, entertainment and side stalls and kilt making demonstrations at the Station Tea Room at Allice Littler Park in Aberlour. The sights, sounds and tastes of Scotland blended together at the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is sure to guarantee that Festival goers will experience the true taste of the Speyside spirit of hospitality. Check out www.spiritofspeyside.com for further information on all events and for on-line bookings.

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Summer Lemon Tart As we are coming in to the summer months a sweet like lemon tart is light and refreshing and any chef worth their name will have this on their menu. P a s t ry 500g plain flour 175g icing sugar 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature grated zest of 1 lemon 1 vanilla pod, split open 1 ½ eggs, beaten L e m o n f il l i n g 9 eggs 400g caster sugar grated zest of 2 lemons juice of 5 lemons 250ml double cream

pastry, then return the flan case to the oven to bake for a further 10 minutes Meanwhile, make the lemon filling. Whisk the eggs with the caster sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice, then add the cream. Continue to whisk until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Skim any froth from the top.

D e c o ra t io n 50g icing sugar sprigs of mint Sift the flour and icing sugar on to a work surface and work in the butter. Make a well in the centre and add the lemon zest and seeds scraped from the vanilla pod. Add the eggs. Knead the mixture with your fingers, working as quickly as you can, until everything is combined to a smooth dough. Wrap in plastic film and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a flan tin with a removable base that is 20cm in diameter and 3.75cm deep. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a disc large enough to line the tin and allowing an overhang of not less than 1cm. Lay the pastry gently into the tin.

Reduce the oven temperature 120°C. Pour the cold filling into the hot pastry case (this will ensure that the case is sealed). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and set for about an hour. When ready to serve, preheat the grill to very hot. Sift the icing sugar over the top of the tart and place it under the grill to caramelise the sugar to a light golden brown. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle the tart with icing sugar without caramelising it. Cut the tart into slices and decorate each with a sprig of mint. • Tip The secret of a really good lemon tart is that the filling should be firm and clear and the pastry light and crisp. It should never be cut immediately after it is cooked as it needs time to cool and set for at least an hour, or the filling will be too runny.

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Useful Contacts Holidays and Tide Times

SCHOOLS Auldearn Primary School ............................(01667) 452118 Cawdor Primary School ..............................(01667) 402460 Millbank Primary School..............................(01667) 452240 Rosebank Primary School ..........................(01667) 454090 Nairn Academy ............................................(01667) 453700 Moray College Nairn Learning ....................(01667) 456759 DOCTORS Nairn Hospital A&E .....................................(01667) 452101 The Lodgehill Clinic ....................................(01667) 452096 Arderseir Medical Practice ..........................(01667) 452278 Nairn Sports Medicine Clinic ......................(01667) 454523 DENTISTS Jones Jones & Behrendt ............................(01667) 453189 RM Donald & Associates ............................(01667) 454603 PHARMACIES Lloyds Pharmacy ........................................(01667) 453100 Boots The Chemist ......................................(01667) 453169

LOW TIDE TIMES FOR NAIRN IN MAY Walking on the beach should be possible 2 hours either side of these times AM PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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VETS Moray Coast ................................................(01667) 453161 Inshes Veterinary Clinic Inverness ..............(01463) 711777

Police Station ..............................................(01667) 452222 Stagecoach Inverness .................................(01463) 239292 Citizens Advice Bureau ...............................(01667) 456677 Nairn Museum ............................................(01667) 456791 Dalcross Airport .............................(01667) 464000/462280 Inverness Job Centre ....................(01463) 888100/888200 Highland Council ........................................(01667) 458500 Victim Support ............................................(01463) 710806 Samaritans ..................................................(01463) 713456 Gas - Emergency ............................................(0800 111999 Water - Emergency ........................................08456 008855 British Red Cross Inverness ........................(01463) 231620 Crossroads ..................................................(01667) 455369 National Rail Enquiries ..................................08457 484950 If you have any suggestions for additional useful numbers please email these to us on admin@spotlighton.co.uk

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