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As time draws near, and we are coming to the end of the year, and with many new things in sight, including a new President of the United States of America, it never dawns upon us that we need to have some kind of moral guidance in our lives to draw upon. We live in a complex, confusing and often frightening world, which is changing so rapidly that even a map can become so quickly out of date. But the funny thing is that the direction in which the needle of a magnetic compass points always remains the same, one pointing north and one pointing south. Constantly providing direction to anyone who wishes to navigate through this big bad world. And the Bible is also something similar and uniquely the same and is widely accepted as a source of moral guidance. For

example all the four most prosperous countries in the world apply its moral science, and use it as a compass to navigate through life’s minefield of immoral justice. Where, If its teachings are followed, the Bible does point us in the right direction, through a rather thin and long path that otherwise would lead to destruction through life’s immoral mine fields. This may not seem much of an analogy, but in the physical sense of the word - interpreted correctly it does make sense of life, as history points. The Ten Commandments, for example, are astute and incredible, and appertain to almost every legal, sublime and rational moral principle in our lives, and with clarity gives us a golden rule to follow. We all know it is wrong to kill or steal, to cheat , to lie or misbehave, and we are all aware of the effects immorality can have on a people. Who in

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their right mind would not be appalled at the many things we see on tv, and read in our news papers. The Bible may not be for everyone, nor its interpretation given properly, the infestation of religion and religious immorality can be see every where. But what is wrong with loving your neighbour as yourself? What is wrong in being a law abiding citizen? There is nothing wrong in this which is all our hopes and dreams, to live in a peaceful world, where we can look forward to Christmas, and look forward and look forward to a new, new year. There is nothing wrong in following our dreams, and the stars, but during daylight, we still need a compass. Rev. Tommy Bryson, Nairn St Ninian’s.

St. Ninian’s Church Sunday services and Sunday school: 10.15am. Contact Revd. Thomas M Bryson on 01667 451675. St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Family Eucharist on Sundays at 10.30am. Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Contact Rev. Dean Alison J Simpson 01667 452458 St Mary’s Catholic Church IV12 4RJ. Saturday Vigil 6pm. Sunday Mass 10am. Tel: 01667 453323. United Reformed Church Sunday services and Sunday School with crèche 11am. Contact John C Brown (Secretary) 01667 453373. The Pentecostal Church of God Nairn Sundays 10.30am. Contact Minister JD Grant on 01667 456088 or visit Nairn Joint Service at Nairn St Ninian's Church of Scotland. First Sunday each month at 6:30pm. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to existing details, email

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9 friday 2manydjs@ironworks, inverness. tbc. visit martha reeves & the vandellas@ironworks, inverness. 7pm. visit musicinverness: scozzesi - quartet of professional, classically trained male singers. 7.30pm, smithton culloden free church nairn literary institure : set adrift on the world - the sutherland clearances talk by jim hunter 7.30pm, nairn free church. non-members £3. visit

10 saturday great glen walking club: loch affric circular 8.30am, highland council car park, glenurquhart road, inverness. grade - c+. distance - 10 miles. we were giants@mad hatters, inverness. tbc, free let's go back to the 80's@ironworks, inverness. tbc, visit winterslam@ironworks, inverness. 7pm, ironworks, inverness.visit inchberry hall folk music christmas concert (idca): emily smith, multi award winning scottish folk singer - folk music band doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm 10pm, inchberry hall. tickets - see website. ascent: concerts by candleight 7.30pm, inverness cathedral. scottish ensemble playing seasonal classics. christmas fayre 11am-2pm, dyke & district hall adults £2, kids £1. stalls, refreshments, festive music & raffle. contact: claire doughty on 07846145050 or visit

10 saturday - 11 sunday christmas market at logie steading 10am - 3.30pm, logie steading, south of forres off the a940. free, free parking. two day market: over 30 stalls including jewellery, christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, festive produce. bbq. hot drinks. for info contact: visit

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rspb: "the 2015 national golden eagle survey" 7.30pm, greyfriars free church, balloan road, inverness. members £3, visitors £4. all welcome.

12 monday light & life 7pm - 9pm, costa coffee, high street. elgin free. spiritual readings & art, personality styles, dream interpretation, massage, healing for body, soul & mind. contact: alyson sim on 07733 127539.

13 tuesday the tto christmas charity concert 7.30pm, drumrossie hotel. tickets available from tto members. an evening of christmas sparkle & festive fun in aid of l'arche who care for disabled adults. for info email inverness botany group: "mountain flowers" - a talk by michael scott 7.30pm, smithton culloden free church. visit

14 wednesday frightened rabbit@ironworks, inverness 7pm. visit highland rock garden club: "an erratic journey through the world of plants" - talk by stan da prato. 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £4 (incl refreshments). all welcome. contact: john owen on 01320 366246. inverness field club: back to the future - a talk by jim hunter 7.30pm, millburn academy hall, inverness. personal reflections on why history & heritage are keys to highland betterment. nairn u3a: pre-christmas social event 1.45pm, nairn community & arts centre. all welcome. contact: pauline on 01667 453537. visit

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16 friday mad ferret band@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm, root system/fighting caravanshootananny, inverness 9.30pm, all welcome. gary beck@ ironworks, inverness 10pm. visit winter wonderland fri: 6pm, sat & sun: 4pm, whin park, inverness. santa, his reindeer & his mascot friends return to the beautifully illuminated park

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

17 saturday - 18 sunday meet cinderella 10am -4pm (hourly slots), brodie castle. £6. come along & meet one of your favourite princesses & take away a magical gift. booking advised to ensure your place. contact: rebecca harrison 01309 641371 or email visit

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

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nairnroadrunners: turkey trot tbc, nairn. burn off those extra christmas calories. visit great glen walking club: fortrose - kincurdie rosemarkie circular 10am, highland council car park, glenurquhart road, inverness. grade - c. distance - 6 miles. boxing day walk.

27 tuesday red hot chilli pipers@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit ragin ceilidh band@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm.

29 thursday manran 7pm, strathpeffer pavillion. all welcome

31 saturday the red hot highland fling 8pm, northern meeting park, inverness. free. legendary family friendly (no tickets required) hogmanay concert. hogmanay dance 9pm - 1am at rothes fc social club. £10. visit email:

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Many farmers make their financial investment decisions about this time of year, so having some money in the bank may help stimulate the rural economy - a good thing! Last month I held summit meetings on salmon farming, forestry shellfish and hope to see all of these and many other parts of the rural economy grow - despite the uncertainties about what the future may hold. A merry Christmas and happy new year to all from Fergus, Norman, Rosie and Danielle!

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