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Clubs and Societies ARDCLACH HERITAGE PROJECT The project aims to record the history of Ardclach Parish. We hold six meetings a year. We invite a speaker to talk about local subjects or visit local places of interest. The meetings are held in GlenFerness Hall and are open to all. Call Alison Ayres on 07803 247021 or email at camalltnamara@gmail.com

BEFRIENDERS HIGHLAND Providing supported friendships with a trained volunteer for people with mental health problems. Telephone befriending for people with dementia or memory problems & their carers. Call Alan (Mental Health) or Liz (Dementia) on 01667 451444 www.befriendershighland.co.uk or see their Facebook page.

CHILDREN’S HIGHLAND DANCE Wed, Preschool 3.30pm 4.30pm & Beginners 4.30pm 5.30pm, Nairn British Legion Hall. Call Elizabeth Fraser on 01463 729477

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CROSSROADS Provides & develops a high quality, cost effective, domiciliary respite care service for carers within Nairn & Distict. Call 01667 455369

DALLACHY AERO MODELLERS Model aircrafts & helicopter flying at old Dallachy World War 2 airfield. Mainly at weekends. Offers training on dual control. www.dallachyaeromodellers.org.uk

GÀIDHLIG INBHIR NARAINN /GAELIC IN NAIRN 7.30pm, Nairn Community Centre. An invitation to Nairn folk of all ages to come together socially in warm Gaelic style. Prìomhachas air a’ Ghàidhlig, ach taiceil do luchdionnsachaidh. Ti/cofaidh - Aois sam bith/ For all ages. Email at gaelicnairn@outlook.com

HIGHLAND BOWHUNTERS (ARCHERY) Near Nairn. Open to any person who wishes to take up field archery (No indoors). Basic training courses with equipment available. Experienced archers also welcome to join. Equipment can be hired. Call Gerry Parks on 07801 593 637 daytime or evening (up to 9pm)

LEARN GAELIC IN NAIRN Thurs, 9.30am - 11.30am; Wed, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Weekly classes during school terms. Beginners to Intermediate. Call Lorraine McBeath on 01667 451291

MORAY FIELD CLUB (April - Oct). Regular walks, not strenuous plus three indoor meetings per year. The aim of the Club is to stimulate an interest in & further the study of antiquities, local & natural history, geology & landscape of Northern Scotland. Call 01343 547968 or email at morayfieldclub@outlook.com

MUSIC NAIRN Nairn's popular & well supported music society. Regular high quality concerts are held in Nairn Community & Arts Centre &

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NAIRN & DISTRICT PIPE BAND Wed, 7.30pm - 9pm, Nairn British Legion. Band practice. More members needed who have experience in pipes or drums. We play at various local events & functions throughout the year. Call Susan (secretary on ) 07776 008413. Contactable via facebook (Nairn Pipe Band) NAIRN ARTS SOCIETY We meet in the Laing Hall, Fishertown. Regular exhibitions, demonstrations & sales of art works. Groups meet daily at various times. Call Sue Munro (secretary) on 01667 459116. www.nairnarts.co.uk

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NAIRN COMMUNITY CENTRE Lots of events & classes happening, so get in touch or visit our website. Call Sam on 01667 453476. www.nairncc.co.uk NAIRN COUNTY CRICKET CLUB Tues (Practice night), Nairn Links; Sat ( Games). Friendly & eager to involve all ages in cricket.

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NAIRN ROTARY CLUB Tues, 12.30pm for 1pm, Golf View Hotel, Nairn. All Rotarians & Friends welcome. We are always looking for new members to help us support our community. Email nairnrotary@gmail.com. www.nairnrotary.co.uk

NAIRN SWIMMING CLUB (NDASC) Swimmers aged 7yrs & up. Trained to compete & for fitness & fun. www.ndasc.co.uk

ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION (RAFA) 2nd Tues of month, 8pm, Royal British Legion, Nairn. Offering friendship & welfare support to serving & ex-serving members of the RAF & their families ST NINIAN BOWLING CLUB (Mid Apr - Sept) Greens open; Wed, Fri & Sun, 2pm - Spoons. Viewfield, Nairn. Catering for all ages & abilities. Coaching available. Call the Secretary on 01667 452774

STRATH SUNSHINE CLUB Alternate Mon, 2pm, St John’s Church Hall, Rothiemurchus. A social club for the over 50s living in the Strath. Call Anne on 01479 810998 or email at walter.dempster@homecall.co.uk T-EXCHANGE MAKERSPACE 3rd Fri of month, 7.30pm, Findhorn Village Centre. Make things, build things & exchange ideas. Call Bill on 07925 551191

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What day in April will be the most important one for you this year? This might seem like a very broad question to ask you. Still, you might have a birthday, or an anniversary, or there may be some other significant occasion to celebrate in April. For instance, those in Northern Ireland might say 10th April when the violence in Northern Ireland came to an end because of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Those in South Africa might say 26th April when Multiracial elections took place in 1994. You can see there can be many different answers to the same question. Personally, the 1st April will be the most important day in April for me this year. After all, Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday) will be on the 1st April. At the same time, many of my Christian friends would probably give you the same answer. Yet, you might wonder why Christians would want to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years later. Of course, the life of Jesus baffles some people because He might seem a bit distant from their everyday life. But if people would spend time with the

Jesus presented to us in the four Gospels - they might change their opinion about Him. The Apostle John tells us, ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… (John 1:14). In other words, Jesus understands our deepest needs because He became one of us. So, why is it important for us to see the real Jesus in the four Gospels? It is important because the Old Testament Scripture prophecy about His birth, His ministry, His death and His resurrection. I do not know about you but that gives me a great deal of hope. It gives me hope for the present because I know that Jesus loved me so much that He was willing to die for me. Undoubtedly, there is so much more to discover about Jesus if we take the time to find out about Him. For example, Jesus can set people free from addictions; He is able to heal broken hearts; He is able to guide us when we need direction - and He even answers our prayers. In fact, the list of what Jesus can do is not exhaustive but it is inexhaustible. I take great comfort knowing that Jesus has forgiven all my sins and so much more than I can even imagine…

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon.Tel: 01667 462224. Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sundays 12noon. Contact Rev. Thomas M Bryson on 01667 451675. Cawdor L/W Croy and Dalcross Parish Church Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev Robert E. Brookes on 01667 493717 or RBrookes@churchofscotland.org.uk Nairn Baptist Church Nairn Community Centre. Sundays 11am. Contact Rev. Dr. Philip Egglestone on 01667 452764 or Secretary on 01667 452428. www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Nairn Christian Fellowship Sundays 10.30am. Wednesday 7.30pm: praise and Bible study. Call Sandy Shaw on 01667 456492. Nairn Free Church Sundays 11am with Sunday school and crèche, 6pm at Gordon St, Nairn. Junior Club at 6pm, for P4P7 and Youth Club at 7pm for S1-S6. Thursdays: Tiddlywinks: Parent and Toddler group at 10am and Bible Study Prayer Meeting at 7pm. Contact the Minister, Murdo MacLeod, on 01667 459131. Nairn Old Parish Church 10.30am: Sunday School and

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Therefore, what could be more important than someone who can do all that? It is worth taking the time to find out about Jesus rather than listening to the misleading opinions of those who do not really know Jesus. So, be encouraged to spend time with this Jesus who rose from the dead. He is real, personal, loving, caring, understanding, compassionate, and He speaks the truth. What is stopping you from experiencing Him for yourself? The Bible says in Psalm 14:1, the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ Yet, those who say there is no God can only offer empty words which offers you no hope. If we honestly spend time with Jesus, then we will meet Him. The choice is yours to make, so let the 1st April be the most important day for you this year! Rev J Dereck Grant (Church of God, Nairn & Railway Mission Chaplain)

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times This year marks 100 years since some women got the vote. Nicola Sturgeon (our female first Minister who appointed a gender balanced cabinet) led a debate in Holyrood to mark the occasion. A lot has changed in 100 years, and for that I am truly thankful. But while we have made some bold changes already, let’s not be complacent, or take progress for granted. With that in mind, I am glad to see the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. We need concerted, deliberate action if we are going to achieve gender equality. Research shows that gender parity is over 200 years away. Women should not have to wait this long for equality, we deserve it now.

In February, I announced a new loan scheme for 2016 LFASS payments to ensure that farmers and crofters, including here in Moray, get 90% of their entitlement as early as possible. I am aware that upland and hill farmers are often the ones working at the margins and so need and deserve our support the most. Offer letters will be received soon and I encourage people who are eligible to apply. Given how challenging life is right now – with weather, inflation, austerity, even delivery charges still higher for people here than elsewhere in the UK I and my government colleagues are totally focused on doing all we can to ease the strain. The income tax measures passed as part of this year’s budget mean that 70% of people will pay less income tax than they do now with over half of all Scottish taxpayers paying less than people earning similar amounts who live elsewhere in the UK. The extra £219 million our tax measures will raise will be spent on vital public services. The budget also delivers an additional £400 million for our NHS, and funds towards building 50,000 additional homes across the country and near double free early learning and childcare by 2020. And the reforms we are taking forward on business rates are aiming to make Scotland the best place to do business in the UK. These are challenging times, not least in terms of cuts by the UK Government to the overall Scottish budget. We must do all we can with what we have to invest in what matters to people, and to help people too do more for their families and businesses.

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nelson tower with panoramic views over the moray firth 2pm - 4pm. exhibitions of local photographs & nelson memorabilia. entry by donation. the red ensign flying from the tower mast signifies that the tower is open! www.forresheritage.org visitor centre burghead 12pm - 4pm, burghead a former coastguard lookout, the centre covers the history of the area from about 400ad to the present call 01343 835518

1 april - 31 october

falconer museum, forres tues - sat, 10am - 5pm & sun, 1pm - 5pm, tolbooth street, forres. free. call 01309 673701 or museums.forres@moray.gov.uk www.falconermuseum.co.uk moray motor museum 11am - 5pm, bridge street, elgin. open every day during season. a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars & motorbikes. call 01343 544933 or email at info@moraymotormuseum.org lossie fisheries & community museum 10am 4.45pm, pitgaveny quay, lossiemouth. an insight into the life & danger of the fishing industry past & present. call 01343 813772

2 april - 31 october

nairn museum mon - fri, 10am - 4.30pm & sat, 10am - 1pm, viewfield house, nairn. free. call 01667 456791. www.nairnmuseum.co.uk

27 april - 12 may

inverness science festival various events throughout inverness

28 april - 31 october

elgin museum mon - fri, 10am - 5pm & sat, 11am 4pm, high street, elgin. call 01343 543675 or email at curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

until 30 june

attention bird watchers!: scotland's swifts are in trouble get in touch for more info. call cally on 07411 808573 or email huntlyswiftgroup@gmail.com

until 31december

year of young people/bliadhna na h-oigridh 2018 a platform for our young people (8 to 26yrs). opportunities to showcase lives & talents, voice opinions, etc various events all over scotland. email

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March 2018

26 monday

cinema-nairn: the odd couple (pg) 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2.50 (incl tea & bakes) www.cinema-nairn.co.uk alan frew@the market bar, inverness 10pm gerry coogan@johhny foxes, inverness 10pm julie felix@ tooth & claw, inverness 10pm

27 tuesday

port of invergordon - cruise liner list 2018 provisional v1 - aidavita, 9am - 7.30pm chirs suckle@ johhny foxes, inverness 10pm

28 wednesday

bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome

29 thursday

inverness cathedral cafe: official opening of 2018 season 9am - 4pm, inverness cathedral. the first 20 customers will receive a free cup of coffee with every slice of cake purchased. call 01463 225553 www.morayepiscopalchurch.scot/inverness rspb (highland): north of scotland office update; an illustrated talk from rspb staff 7.30pm, greyfriars church, balloan road, inverness. members £3, visitors £4 hand on heart@the market bar, inverness 10pm the cowans@johhny foxes, inverness 10pm

30 friday

dms@tooth & claw, inverness tbc charity ceilidh, with footerin aboot, presented by uhi event management students in aid of children 1st, scotland 7pm, eight acres hotel, elgin. £15. to book please call 01343 576226 (mon - fri, 9am 4pm) quoting "ceilidh" grampian transport museum: opens for the 2018 season. range of transport exhibits, from 1800s, to some of fastest cars ever made 10.30am, montgarrie road, alford. call 01975 562292 www.gtm.org.uk devils queen@the market bar, inverness 10pm eilidh steel & mark neal@ the market bar, inverness 9pm, all welcome kinky karma@ johhny foxes, inverness 10pm retro night@mad hatters, inverness 10pm a little light presented by vision mechanics & nairn book & arts festival 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 80s & 90s disco in aid of the highland hospice & the inverness ice centre 9.30pm - 1am, the mosset tavern, forres. £5 entry fee on the door. fancy dress optional page 14 - April 2018

30 friday - 2 april (monday)

cadbury easter egg hunt at brodie castle: become a nature detective to follow bunny’s clues & finish your adventure with a delicious chocolatey treat 10am 4pm, brodie castle. £4. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or at raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events keith & dufftown railway: easter bunny weekend 10am - 4pm, dufftown. for information email info@keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk/easter easter eggsplorer trail 9.30am - 5pm, fort george, ardersier. included in normal admission price. search for clues around europe's most outstanding fort. find the clues to win an easter egg. call john gibbon on +447756763907 or email at john.gibbon@hes.scot open weekend at keeper's cottage, ardlach 10am 12pm, keeper's cottage, ardclach, nairn. free but book your space as limited park. visit the animals, bottle feed the lambs (get in touch to book a slot) see the piglets, etc. refreshments. raffle

31 saturday

tweed ceilidh band (stuarts strictly fundraiser): in aid of highland hospice & inverness ice centre. food provided by the kist restaurant 7.30pm - 12am, nairn community & arts centre. call jenna & stuart on 07491 997521 & 07445 384925 or email at jmhayden999@outlook.com the south@the ironworks, inverness 8pm www.ironworksvenue.com great glen walking club: torr leathann 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 8 miles; grade: b www.greatglen.org rspb (highland): birding along the cromarty firth field trip 9.30am, departing inverness retail car park (opposite burger king). call doreen manson on 01997 433283 or at doreen.a.manson@gmail.com www.rspb.org.uk/groups/highland/events schiehallion@hootananny, inverness 8pm forres crafters spring craft fair: craft tables with a variety of locally handmade crafts 10am - 4pm, tolbooth, forres. free. email forrescrafters@gmail.com so you think you know about dinosaurs 2.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness. with dinosaur aficionado, dr ben garrod. aimed primarily at ages 512yrs but suitable for all ages. call 01463 234234 mfr cash for kids texas scramble: raising funds for children in the highlands 7.30pm - 3.40pm, maverston golf club, garmouth road, urquhart ££60 per team (incl bacon rolls with tea/coffee) various competitions - beat the pro, nearest the pin & longest drive, etc. moray & aberdeenshire. www.brsgof.com a little light presented by vision mechanics 1.30pm, eden court, inverness. suitable for ages 5+ bloodlines@ tooth & claw 7pm

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April 2018

1 sunday

an afternoon with sam cowan in aid of the step up for sam fund 12.30pm, kingsmills hotel, inverness enjoy a drink on arrival & a delicious 3-course sunday roast lunch. auction. over 18s only.12.30pm electric vehicles gathering 10am - 4pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. call 01975 562292 or email at marketing@gtm.org.uk www.gtm.org.uk moray road runners 10k: miltonduff 12.15pm 1.30pm (registration); 2pm (start), miltonduff village hall. predominantly online entry at entry central, (close on 28th march 2018). entries will be accepted on the day (£2 extra) princesses of pop@the ironworks, inverness tbc www.ironworksvenue.com carma@the seaforth club, nairn 2pm carma@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm

(12 - 25yrs) 5pm, waterstones, eastgate shopping centre, inverness. work on stories, film scripts, poems, song lyrics, journals . . . with a slice of cake thrown in! vivaldi's la favorita@universal hall, findhorn 7.30pm, an evening of vivaldi music from the dunedin consort with cecilia bernardini, solo violin & director

5 thursday - 8 sunday

orres foot-tapper: the 'real' ale festival 5pm - 12.30am (9th), the mossett tavern £10 - day ticket; early bird weekend ticket. with toetapping bands & great grub. tickets from the website. free entry to the meet the brewer event (thurs). call gordon brailsford on 01309 672981 or email at info@mossettavern.com. www.foottapper.co.uk

6 friday

highland astronomical society: agm & astrobiology; speaker prof. charles cockell (edinburgh) 7.20pm 10pm, lecture hall, smithton-culloden free church first visit free. www.spacegazer.com

sqa higher drama showcase: eden court's sqa higher drama students perform extracts from their acting exams 7pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness. £4 retro night@mad hatters, inverness 9.30pm music nairn: pascal & ami roge; french husband & wife piano duo play borodin, debussy, ravel & stravinsky 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 455701. www.musicnairn.org.uk siobhan miller@universal hall, findhorn 8pm, £12/£10 concs/£8 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email at uhallpromo@gmail.com www.universalhall.co.uk

fochabers fiddle week tbc, fochabers tickets from www.fiddleweek2018.eventbrite.co.uk

skipinnish 8pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. call 01463 234234

3 tuesday

3 tuesday - 6 friday 4 wednesday

easter funtime 1pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. normal admission charges easter themed crafts, activities & more. call 01975 562292 or email at marketing@gtm.org.uk www.gtm.org.uk nairn u3a talk on "a day trip to st kilda with historical context" 1.45pm for 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2 (members) £3 (non-members). call pauline ross on 01667-453537 or email at website@nairnu3a.org.uk the inverness singers: "for peace" 7.30pm, crown church, inverness. admission by programme £8. call 01463 232835 or at kenmag20@btinternet.com

4 wednesday - 8 sunday

model railway exhibition open all day, grant arms hotel, the square, grantown on spey. free donations welcome. demonstrations 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm, 7pm to 9pm. call patsy burr on 01479 851440 or email patsyclarsach@msn.com

5 thursday

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6 friday - 7 saturday 7 saturday

acfa cadet force pipe & drums in concert@the ironworks, inverness 1pm www.ironworksvenue.com the quo experience@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com b.straits@the ironworks, inverness 11pm. www.ironworksvenue.com inverness whisky & gin festival 1pm, bogbain farm, inverness. call 01463 772800 port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1 - aidavita 9am - 7.30pm i am a raver volume one: dj cammy gary mcf b2b dj bad boy dj rankin dj zitkus sean cliens deekay andy rough fozko 10pm, the playhouse, nairn casino night in aid of the highland hospice & the inverness ice centre 7.30pm, loch ness house hotel £30 (incl $20 fun money). full size roulette & blackjack tables with croupiers, buffet & raffle. black tie attire. call carrie lynch on 07446 077095 alexander chapman campbell: album launch@ universal hall, findhorn 7.30pm, £10/£8 concs/£6 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email hallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk

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megan@alexanderchapmancampbell.com family ceilidh 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre with the forres accordion & fiddle club.

8 sunday

ibfa highlands & islands bodybuilding competition 2018@the ironworks, inverness 12pm, categories ranging from miss bikini & men's fitness to mr & miss highlands. www.ironworksvenue.com the dublin legends "seven drunken nights & more tour 2018" 7.30pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. all welcome great glen walking club: kinlochewe mountain trail 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b+; distance: 5 miles www.greatglen.org

9 monday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 - provisional v1: astoria 8am 4pm

9 monday - 12 thursday

national theatre connections 2018: performances 6.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness

10 tuesday

scottish ornithologists' club (highland): agm & our chilean adventure & travels in madagascar; speakers - david, kathy bonniface & carol james 7.30pm, culloden library. £3 members; £4 non members. call 01463 772539 or 01808 511740

11 wednesday

the arts society speyside lecture: fakes & forgeries: case studies demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to pass off works of art as legitimate 11am coffee & tea available from 10.15am, the williamson hall, duff avenue, elgin. new members welcome/£7 for visitors. call membership secretary on 07789 880481 highland rock garden club: quinag, the mountain & its flowers: speaker - don o' driscoll (john muir trust) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £4 (incl refreshments). call john owen on 01320 366246

12 thursday

the arts society (highland): agm (2pm) + fakes & forgeries: case studies demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to pass off works of art as legitimate. speaker malcolm kenwood 2.10pm, smithton culloden free church. £8 non-members. email averill brodie at averillbrodie@ymail.com. www.theartssocietyhighland.org.uk an evening with dougie burns@velocity cafe, inverness 7pm the scottish wildlife trust (north of scotland): puffin homecoming - or not!; speaker kenny on the scandinavian puffin homecoming festival 7.30pm, the waterside hotel, inverness. £5 donation requested to cover the costs page 16 - April 2018

13 friday

culloden: the battle in history & memory; speaker prof murray pittock. annual 1745 association commemoration talk 8pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre inverness hospital radio fundraising country night 8pm - 12.30am, the mayflower lounge, yhistle bar, celt street, inverness. £10. email helen macpherson at helen@invernesshospitalradio.co.uk broken records@tooth & claw, inverness tbc cinema nairn: man called ove (15) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476. www.cinema-nairn.co.uk

14 saturday

in the shadow of the princes: discussion panel. 1.30pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre hybrid theory@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm www.ironworksvenue.com exklusive presents spartaque, spektre@the ironworks, inverness 11pm, www.ironworksvenue.com room to ride 100km: huntly audax 9am - 5.20pm, huntly. £5 (closing date 11th april 2018). huntly development trust offers 4 routes through huntly, banff, cullen, keith, the cabrach, alford & clatt email donald boyd at donald.boyd@huntly.net www.huntlydevelopmenttrust.org/room-to-ride-2018 great glen walking club: ospisdale farm – loch an lagain 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b; distance: 10 miles. www.greatglen.org spring craft fair & coffee morning 10am - 12pm, rafford village hall. all welcome. to book a craft table please either email raffordvillagehall@yahoo.com or call 01309 675949 red riding hood's magic purse@ universal hall, findhorn 2pm. puppets & shadow theatre. call david till on 01309 691170 or uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk hardeep singh koli: so comedy 8pm, nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476

15 sunday

the gathering storm 4pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket incl one take away hot soup. tour the battlefield & discover the stories of those who played a role in the preparation for the battle

16 monday

the storm breaks: a battle remembered 11am, culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket incl take away hot soup. follow in the footsteps of the armies as they meet for the final engagement of the '45

18 wednesday

inverness orienteering club: craig phadrig, inverness (local) tbc, craig phadrig. evening event & schools league. www.invoc.org.uk nairn u3a: "highland gamekeepers: conservation &

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controversy; speaker - kenneth stephen, pr & communications officer, scottish gamekeepers' association (perth) 1.45pm for 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2 (members) £3 (nonmembers). call pauline ross on 01667 453537 or website@nairnu3a.org.uk.

19 thursday

rspb (highland): field trip to strathconon 9.30am; 2nd pick up 9.50am, inverness. departing inverness retail car park (opposite burger king). 2nd pick up conon bridge. www.rspb.org.uk/groups/highland

742555. www.runbalmoral.com/content daffodil weekend walks & exhibition 11am - 4pm, brodie castle. £5. the garden team will be leading guided tours & talking about the history of the daffodil collection at brodie castle. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events

22 sunday

great glen walking club: glenmore lodge – north of bynack mor 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b+; distance: 10 miles. www.greatglen.org friday inverness choral society: alexander's feast (the birchwood highland's dinner with the stars 2018: power of music) 7.30pm, eden court (empire featuring a number of local guest chefs as well as a theatre), inverness main course prepared by comedian & broadcaster 2018 spring round up: tranquility wild west town first hardeep singh kohli 6.30pm, bogbain farm, ever open day!!! a reconstruction of a small frontier inverness. £60. call 01463 772800 town in the old american west 1.30pm - 4.30pm, raintown: run with the night tour@the ironworks, drumblair, nr the glendronach distillery, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com aberdeenshire. free. email alistair baranowski on talisk@ universal hall, findhorn 8pm,£13/£11 tranquility_town@hotmail.co.uk concs/£9 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or 08:57www.facebook.com/tranquilitywildwesttown Petstay April 18.pdf 1 07/03/2018 uhallpromo@gmail.com. www.universalhall.co.uk

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21 saturday

moravian orienteering saturday league in conjunction with moray & nairn schools league: oakenhead near lossiemouth 10.15am - 11.15am (registration); 10.30am, oakenwood nr lossiemouth www.moravianorienteering.org change your world conference tbc, eden court, inverness. www.changeyourworld.me 90s rave@the ironworks, inverness 10pm www.ironworksvenue.com 2018 mcdonald & munro speyside stages: a 45 mile stage rally. starting in elgin the event uses forestry stages & the cooper park. elgin 8.55am, cooper park, elgin. www.speyside-stages.co.uk

21 saturday - 22 sunday

runbalmoral: a festival of running, for people of all ages. book online tbc, balmoral castle. call 01339 page 18 - April 2018

wonk unit: raging nathans@tooth & claw, inverness 8pm, all welcome

25 wednesday

music for spring: st stephen’s church & community choirs 7.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome

26 thursday

kendal mountain tour: tales of adventure; speakers mollie hughes & markus stitz tbc, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness. call 01539 732567 songs of roma@universal hall, findhorn 8pm, £13/£11 concs/£9 u16s. call david till on 01309 691170 or email uhallpromo@gmail.com www.universalhall.co.uk

27 friday

billy nasty@the ironworks, inverness 11pm www.ironworksvenue.com

28 saturday

28th junior highland games: supporting children 1st (elgin) & nspcc scotland 11am - 2pm, gordonstoun school, duffus. teams of children from all over ne of scotland take part in traditional games. stalls & activities. display of morgan cars, etc. email at hughesy@gordonstoun.org.uk maiden scotland@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com happy mums market: indoor pre-loved markets dedicated to baby & children's items from birth to

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‡ Do gently hoe over your borders to disrupt any emerging weeds under the soil. ‡ Do dig well-rotted horse or cow manure into your beds. ‡ Do cut your lawn if it needs it, but just a light cut for the first one. ‡ Do prune Forsythia sp. once it has finished flowering. ‡ Do scarify your lawn with a spring-tine rake for smaller areas, or hire a machine for larger areas. ‡ Do add a lawn feed to your grass. ‡ Do treat decks and hard surfaces for moss.

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‡ Don’t apply lawn mosskiller by hand, however careful you are it will create ugly black streaks that take ages to recover. Use a spreader. ‡ Don’t go overboard with your lawn feed if you have large areas of grass and no time to cut it. I only ever use an autumn feed on my lawn which has a bit less nitrogen in. ‡ Don’t forget to top-dress plant pots – skim a bit of old compost away, and add some new compost. ‡ Don’t forget to start spraying roses to help keep pests away. You can get organic sprays that use things like garlic. Once the overnight temperatures are over 6C, the grass will start growing in earnest, so be sure your mower is working nicely. Mow at least once a fortnight to prevent weeds setting seed. If you do scarify, as advised above, don’t mow it for a few days afterwards as it is a stressful process for the grass.

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Simnel Cake This spiced fruit cake has a layer of marzipan and another one on top. Originally the cake was baked by girls in service to take home with them on Mothering Sunday. It is now more traditional to have Simnel Cake at Easter time.

Ingredients: 100g glace cherries 500g mixed dried fruit 175g soft butter (unsalted) 175g caster sugar zest of 1 lemon 225g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger 25g ground almonds 3 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 kg yellow marzipan Icing sugar (for rolling marzipan) 1 tablespoon apricot jam (melted) 1 egg white

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line both the bottom and sides of a 20cm cake tin with a double layer of brown baking paper.

2. Chop the cherries finely and mix them with the rest of the dried fruit. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and soft (using an electric mixer is easiest), add the lemon zest.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and ground almonds together into a bowl. Add 1 of the eggs to the creamed butter mixture along with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture, then beat in the remaining eggs in the same way. Beat in the rest of the dry ingredients, and then the milk. Finally fold in the fruit.

4. With a small amount of icing sugar lightly dust a worktop space and then roll out just less than half of the marzipan into a circle (the size of the tin) which will fit in the middle of the cake.

5. Tip half of the cake mixture into the tin and smooth down. Place the marzipan circle on top of it. Spread the rest of the cake mixture into the tin on top of the marzipan and level. Bake for about half an hour and then lower the oven temperature to 150°C for another hour and a half or until the cake has risen and is firm on top. Allow the cake to cool completely on a rack before removing it from the tin.

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