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AULDEARN SWRI 2nd Wednesday of month, 7.30pm Dunbar Hall (excl Jul & Aug). Talks & demos incl craft, travel, social and international affairs. Preserves and enhances awareness of Scotland's rural heritage. Contact 452345 or email pamhudson@talktalk.net BEFRIENDERS HIGHLAND Voluntary organisation, co-ordinating friendships between volunteers and people who have mental health problems and feel lonely or isolated. Contact Heather Forbes 451444 or email nairn@befriendershighland.org.uk www.befriendershighland.org.uk CVS NAIRN Umbrella group for voluntary organisations in Nairn. Provides advice & information regarding funding and establishing new groups. Contact 455234 or email ed@cvsnairn.org.uk FAMILY FIRST (BADENOCH, STRATHSPEY & NAIRN) Support service via home based

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volunteer support and or group support for families with a child under 4. Contact Lynne 452865

NAIRN ANGLING ASSOCIATION Contact 459250 or email nairnangling@tiscali.co.uk

HIGHLANDS OPEN STUDIOS Artists, makers, designers and galleries throughout the Highlands who host events and exhibitions throughout the year. Visit the website for details www.highlandsopenstudios.co.uk

NAIRN HIGHLAND GAMES COMMITTEE Contact 452422 or email info@nairnhighlandgames.co.uk www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk

HIGHLAND RUSSIA CONNECTION Russian language lessons, art and craft workshops, Russian dancing, educational talks, displays and exhibitions. Call Elena Reid 456245 or e-mail elena.k.reid@homecall.co.uk www.highlandrussia.org.uk INVERNESS RACING PIGEON CLUB Seeking new members young and old. Races held from Inverness to as far away as France with the North East Federation. All ages welcome. Call 01463 243038. LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF NAIRN HOSPITAL Our charity raises funds to provide extra comforts for staff and patients at Nairn Town and County Hospital and also provide equipment for the hospital. Contact 452243 MEN’S CHOIR Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm 9.30pm at St. John’s Church, Forres. All kinds of music. No experience necessary. Contact Bill 01309 672951 for more details NAIRN & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB 2nd Thursday in month, 7.30pm, Nairn Community Centre. A variety of topics are covered from visiting speakers. Contact 452331 for further details NAIRN & DISTRICT PIPE BAND We aim to keep Traditional Scottish Music alive and entertain the many visitors during the summer months at Highland Games, Galas & Street Performances etc. Call 454645

NAIRN LADIES CURLING CLUB Friendly club offering good fun social curling. New members welcome. Contact 404256 NAIRN LUNCHEON AND SOCIAL CLUB FOR 60 AND OVER Monday & Thursday. 2 course lunch & tea/coffee for £3. Bingo, bus trips,a good blether & more. All welcome. Call Moira on 455011 NAIRN COMMUNITY TRANSPORT Call 01667 459337 or email nairncommunitytransport@googl email.com NAIRN MEN'S BREAKFAST 3rd Saturday of every month (except Jul & Dec) 9.45am at Windsor Hotel Nairn. Providing opportunities for men of all ages and denominations to share how their life was changed through faith in JESUS. Call 01667 455149 to book a place. NAIRN SCHOOL OF DANCING Wednesdays, 3.30pm at the BB Hut, Old Parish Chruch. Contact Mrs Fraser 01463 729477 NAIRN SOCCER SEVEN'S Mondays 6pm - 7.15pm, Easter to October. Qualified SFA coaches provide coaching and games. P2 - P7. Contact 452930 NAIRN SPORTS CLUB Something for everyone - Fitness classes, Gym, Tennis, Squash & Badminton Courts, Sauna, Nonmembers welcome. Contact 454523 or email info@nairnsportsclub.co.uk ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION (RAFA) 2nd Tuesday of the month, 8pm, Royal British Legion, Nairn. Offering friendship & welfare

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support to serving & ex-serving members of the RAF and their families. Call 455001 or email cazsimmo@zoom.co.uk ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Entertainment & dancing every weekend. Highland Hall function suite available for weddings & parties of all sizes. Call 453201 THE ACCIDENTALS Nairn’s Community Choir. Practices every Wed, 7.30 9.30pm, St Columba’s church hall, Queen Street. Sing a cappella in four-part harmony. New members welcome. Call 453838 or just come along. THURSDAY SUPPER CLUB Free Social Group for anyone 21+ in the Moray area. Typical social events are a walking group, weekends away and attending music events/ theatre/ cinema. We meet on the last Thursday of every the month in The Muckle Cross in Elgin at 7pm. New members always very welcome. TREES FOR LIFE GREEN DAYS OUT For people in Moray & Invernessshire. Spend a day carrying out conservation tasks. Transport, tools & training free of charge. Pick ups available. Volunteers over 18 with reasonable level of fitness. Every Wed & last Sun of the month. Booking essential. Call Rosie on 01309 691444 or email rosie@treesforlife.org.uk

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The truth is often hard to come by. In modern times we celebrate Valentine’s Day as a day when we express intimate love for our partners but it seems that the root of the day may be somewhat less romantic. I understand that the day may originally have been designated to mark the execution of Saint Valentine by Emperor Claudius II for promoting the Christian message in response to Roman Paganism - well, well - who would have believed that!

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Clubs & Societies ............................4 Pastoral Letter.................................6 Church Details.................................6 Useful Numbers ..............................8 Local Holidays.................................8 School Term Dates..........................8 Parliament Blog.............................10 Tide Times.....................................10 What’s On ................................15-18 Cinema Listings.............................17 Advertisers Index ..........................30

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Pastoral letter and Church Meetings The Warnings! Now many of us were shocked to see the devastating scenes in Christchurch last February. After all, an earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude was responsible for so many premature deaths. Indeed, my thoughts and prayers are with the people who lost loved ones in that horrible disaster. Yet New Zealand is well prepared for such natural disasters; and any kind of warning regarding that earthquake would have been welcomed last February. Sadly, there were no immediate warnings - just like 9/11. Therefore, let me encourage you to be thankful for all the warnings we come across in life.

Even from an early age, I was told over and over again to ‘Be careful!’ by my parents. They never told me this to make my life miserable. In fact, my parents told me because they did not want any harm to come to me. Furthermore, there are warning signs everywhere you go: shops, roads, swimming pools, schools, and even in work places. We might think some of them are a

nuisance, but they do warn us of very real danger.

But have you ever thought about the warnings in the Bible? God’s word is full of various warnings, which people should pay attention to. In the Bible, when people failed to listen to God they suffered the painful consequences for it. For example, a man called Lot tried to warn some of the men of Sodom about God’s judgement. The Bible even says, ‘Lot...seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law.’ (Genesis 19:14). At the same time, the Bible also tells us about another historical story of a man called Noah who was a preacher of righteousness according to 2 Peter 2:5. And the Book of Hebrews says, ‘By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house...’ (Hebrews 11:7). But sadly, people did not listen to Noah’s warning of the coming flood and only eight people survived it. Today there are individuals who have tried to persuade humanity with clever arguments that the Bible has got it

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church C of S, Ardersier Sundays 10.15am; Petty Sundays 12noon, tel. 462224 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 Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev. JS Mathieson 493217 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 11am/7:30 pm Alternate Weeks(Gordon Street). Minister Murdo MacLeod 459131. Nairn Christian Fellowship Sunday Worship 10.30am; Praise and Bible Study Wednesday 7.30pm. Contact Sandy Shaw 456492.

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wrong. Personally, I prefer to listen to God’s word because there is a plethora of historical and academic evidence that proves the Bible is an infallible book. Nevertheless, it is the abandonment of God’s word that causes moral standards to collapse in any society (David Cameron unwittingly suggested this in December, 2011). However the Bible is also a book, which gives us hope because when people turn to God and repent of their sin - God shows his great mercy. And that is what happened in Nineveh when 120,000 people repented of their sins after they heard the warnings from the prophet (Jonah Chapters 3-4). Therefore, let us take the word of God seriously because if we do, then we will discover the great blessings of God in our lives. But if we do not then Jesus tells us, ‘There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day (Jn 12:48). Rev Dereck Grant Church of God Nairn

Old Parish Church meets at 10.30am for morning Worship, Sunday School & Creche. Rev. Ian WF Hamilton. 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 Catholic Church IV12 4RJ, Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday Mass 11.30am, tel: 453323 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 1st Sunday monthly 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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Local Holidays, School Term Dates &Useful Numbers Local Holidays Inverness Holiday Inverness Holiday Inverness Holiday Good Friday May Day Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Queens Diamond Jubilee Inverness Holiday

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Summer Bank Holiday Mon. 6th Aug. 2012 Inverness Holiday Mon. 1st Oct. 2012 Inverness Holiday Mon. 5th Nov. 2012 St Andrews Day Fri. 30th Nov. 2012 Christmas Day Tues. 25th Dec. 2012 Boxing Day Wed. 26th Dec. 2012 New Years Day Tues. 1st Jan 2013 * substitute, as this holiday falls on a weekend or other bank holiday

School Holidays for 2011/2012 (all dates inclusive) Regional Closure Wed. 15th February 2012 Regional Closure Thursday 16th February 2012 Regional Closure Friday 17th February 2012 Spring Term Ends Friday 30th March 2012 Good Friday Holiday Friday 6th April 2012 Easter Monday Holiday Monday 9th April 2012 May Day Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 Summer Term Starts Tuesday 17th April 2012 Summer Term Ends Friday 29th June 2012

for 2012/2013 (all dates inclusive) Regional Closure Monday 13th August 2012 Autumn Term Starts Tuesday 14th August 2012 Autumn Term Ends Friday 5th October 2012 Regional Closure Monday 22nd October 2012 Winter Term Starts Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Winter Term Ends Thursday 20th December 2012 Spring Term Starts Monday 7th January 2013 Holiday Closure Monday 11th February 2013 Holiday Closure Tuesday 12th February 2013

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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

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Most of us realise how sensible our parents are, only after we have left childhood behind. The American writer, Mark Twain encapsulated that when he said : "when I was fourteen my father was so ignorant - it was embarrassing. Now that I am 21 it is amazing how much the old man had learned over the past 7 years." ( or words to that efffect). So, it was that my late father used to advise my brother, sister and myself that the biggest mistake in life that one can make is to spurn a good opportunity. 2012 will offer many opportunities for the North of Scotland, and my job will be to try to ensure we take advantage of them. Both as local MSP, and also as the Scottish Government minister responsible for Energy enterprise and tourism, I have the chance to work with businesses to make things happen - and to make them happen in the Highlands as often as I can. 2012 will also see us celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Queen - six decades of devoted and flawless service. 2012 will see the London Olympics, and the Scottish Government welcomes that event to the UK, whilst seeing the opportunity that it allows us, to attract Londoners who want to get away from it all, to come to Scotland for some peace and quiet, fresh air, and perhaps a dram or two! So, whatever life holds for you and yours in 2012, I hope we can be positive and make the most of it - slainte!

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Fashions on show will include childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, young teenagers, casual menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, ladies casual and classical, formal and bridal, as well as a hairdressing showcase so there is something for everyone. Included as part of the evening will be an exhibition/ fayre where local retailers will be promoting and selling their products. This will take place following the show. There will be refreshments throughout the evening with a finger buffet. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 6th February priced at ÂŁ10.00 each (ÂŁ5.00 for concessions) from Elgin Library and Moray College. People can choose from a selection of movie themed tables for the evening and are invited to dress up in style for the occasion. There will also be a charity raffle for local Elgin Charities.

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10 friday nairn literary institute 7:30 pm, nairn free church, gordon street, nairn. unfrequented spain by gary aitken. non-members ÂŁ3. www.nairnliterary.org.uk

16 thursday steve hall @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com

just 10 DVD presentations: laws of love set in stone, sunday evenings, 6pm at culduthel christian centre, culduthel avenue, inverness. free admission. for more info visit www.culduthelchristiancentre.org

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4 saturday rachel sermanni @ ironworks 7:30pm, under 16s accompanied by an adult. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

5 sunday josie long @ ironworks 7pm. seated. 16 +. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com

8 wednesday how our ericaceous plants grow 7.30pm, nairn community centre, king street. an illustrated talk by professor ian alexander, aberdeen university, on heathers and related plants hosted by highland rock garden club. tel: 01320 366246 SpotLight on Nairn and District

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17 friday attack! attack! @ ironworks 7pm.14+. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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Fèis Inbhir Na Narainn arainn Disathairne 25 Gearran Saturday 25th Feb Talla-choimhearsnachd Inbhir Narainn Nairn Community Centre 9.30 - 5pm Seiseanan obair-bhuidhne le Groupwork with DUNCAN CHISHOLM & MARC CLEMENT (Advanced Groupwork) Donal Brown & Ruairaidh Campbell (Intermediate Groupwork) and Hugh Marwick (Novice Groupwork) Cèilidh Teaghlaich 7.00 – 10f Family Ceilidh, 7.00 – 10pm

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share food and fellowship. call campbell 01667 455 149 or dereck 01667 455608 by 17th to book. bothy ballads champion of champions 7pm (doors open 6:15pm), elgin town hall. compere, robbie shepherd, of BBC scotland's "take the floor", judge, robert lovie. tickets at elgin library. tel 01343 562600. www.elginrotary.co.uk

20 monday the south @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

22 wednesday rizzle kicks @ ironworks 7pm. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

23 thursday band of skulls & broken hands @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

24 friday music nairn presents ‘anemos wind quintet’ 8pm, nairn community and arts centre. playing debussy, zemlinsky, mozart and more. tickets £18 / members £14/students £2. tel: 01667 455701 nairn literary institute 7:30 pm, nairn free church, gordon street, nairn. voices from the scottish page 16 - February 2012

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25 saturday feis traditional music workshops and family ceilidh for details tel 01667 453476, info@nairncc.co.uk or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

26 sunday lofty arts @ the loft 10am - 12 noon. come along and make mothers day cards & paper flowers/dinosaurs & monsters. free face painting. all children welcome. £4 per child or three for £10 to be accompanied by an adult. the loft @ east grange farm, kinloss. tel: 01343 850111 to book or for more information.

27 monday cinema nairn presents ‘even the rain’ 2010 (15) 103 mins, subtitled 8pm, nairn community & arts centre, king street. discussion afterwards. no bar at this event. £5 adults, £3 under 18.

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MARCH 2012 in brief 1 thursday dog is dead @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 2 friday breabach @ universal hall 8pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £12 /£10 concessions at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 and on-line at www.thebooth.co.uk. 3 saturday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage closing date 24th february. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com coca tenorio @ ironworks 7pm. for tickets or info tel:

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Cinema Nairn

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

Cinema Listings February 2012 Vue Cinema, Inverness

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Throughout February War Horse (12a) The Descendants (15)

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

From Friday 3rd February Carnage (tbc)

II Trittico: From The Royal Opera House (tbc)

Man on a Ledge (12a) Safe House (tbc)

Star Wars Episode 1 3D (tbc)

Moray Playhouse, Elgin

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New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

Highland Spiritual Cinema

Monthly screenings of uplifting and inspiring films that inform, enlighten and entertain. For further details please visit www.highlandspiritualcinema.net or telephone 01463 237452

The Woman in Black (tbc)

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (tbc) KidsAM Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am Tickets £1.25 / VIP Tickets £2.75 Senior Screenings Every Tuesday afternoon Tickets £3.05 / VIP Tickets £4.55 Includes tea/coffee & biscuits

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Portessie Public Hall

Regular films including Saturday matinees. For further details email portessiepublichall@hotmail.co.uk

Universal Hall, Findhorn

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Accredited Welding Training Industry recognised, suitable for all levels of experience Please call Varis Training on 01309 696932 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 4 sunday peacock & gamble @ ironworks 7:30pm.16+. seated. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 6 tuesday the attic @ universal hall 11am & 2pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. parent & child combined £6/ £5 concessions. tickets at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 11 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com nazareth @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 12 monday cinema nairn presents ‘on the town’ 1949 (u) 98 mins 2pm, nairn community & arts centre, king street. seniors special, £2.50 incl. tea & bakes. £5 adults, £3 under 18. all welcome 14 wednesday how to grow alpine bulbs 7.30pm. the highland rock garden club hosts an illustrated talk by expert susan band of pitcairn nursery. nairn community centre, king street. tel: 01320 366246 16 friday the johnny cash roadshow @ ironworks 7:30pm. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 17 saturday the dangleberries @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info tel: 0871 7894173 or www.ironworksvenue.com 18 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage and unaffiliated dressage closing date 9th march. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com push @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10/ £8 concs/ £6 U16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 20 tuesday - 23 friday ‘the science of the olympics’ primary school festival for P7 at moray college. focuses on the human body with interactive workshops and activities. call 01343 576319 or email samantha.bright@moray.uhi.ac.uk 21 wednesday the peatbog faeries @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn page 18 - February 2012

foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £15/ £13 concessions available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 23 friday black stone cherry @ ironworks 7:30pm. over 14s. for tickets or more information tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 24 saturday steve hughes @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com ‘the science of the olympics’ family day 10am - 5pm, moray college, elgin. focuses on the human body with workshops & activities. family ticket £20 for 7hrs (2 adults + 3 kids or 1 adult + 4 kids) individual £6. email samantha.bright@moray.uhi.ac.uk or call 01343 576319 for more information.

25 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com salsa celtica @ ironworks 7:30pm. for tickets or info tel: 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 28 wednesday richard durrant @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10/ £8 conc / £6 u16 available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk. 30 friday phil cool @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. seated. tickets or info tel: 0871 7894173 or www.ironworksvenue.com cinema nairn presents ‘source code’ 2011 (12a) 93 mins 7:30pm, nairn community & arts centre, king street. £5 adults, £3 under 18. all welcome 31 saturday cloud man @ universal hall 4pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £6/ £5 conc / £4 u16 available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or www.thebooth.co.uk.

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As you look out at your garden bird feeder, two birds provide a muted splash of colour. They are the Greenfinch and Siskin. Both the males of these species are fairly straight forward to identify. The Greenfinch being the larger of the two, it displays a mainly bright green body with flashes of bright yellow on the tail and wings and a heavy conical bill. The Siskin is smaller - the male still sports green plumage with yellow in wing and tail but also has a black forehead and bib, and a smaller, finer bill with dark streaking on its flanks, lower belly and back. The problems of identification arise when the females are involved. Once again the Greenfinch is somewhat larger than the Siskin, but is duller and a more subtle green than the male, and although it still carries yellow in the tails and wings this too is less prominent. It also carries some very slight streaking to the flanks and belly. The Siskin female has more

contrasting plumage, with obvious streaking on the flanks, back and head. Peanuts and seed feeders are used by both birds; however Greenfinches have a particular taste for sunflower seeds whilst the Siskin, with its more delicate bill, shows a preference for Niger seed. Both birds are resident breeders in Scotland, but their populations can be supplemented by varying numbers of continental birds in the winter time. As winter draws to a close and spring starts to show its hand, the number of Siskinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will fall off as they move away from gardens to their favoured breeding grounds in nearby spruce and pine forests. The Greenfinch however will remain in mature gardens and parks building their nests usually in thick evergreen bushes and shrubs.

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Chef’s Confidential Chocolate and Raspberry Meringue Nests February is the month of romance and this is a pudding that will surprise and delight the one you love and, also friends. As usual Knockomie's chefs will be offering a special menu over the Valentines weekend and we look forward to welcoming you and your loved one. Serves 6-8 4 Large Egg Whites 225g Caster Sugar 25g Cocoa Powder 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence or Paste 1 dessertspoon Cornflour 1 teaspoon of Vinegar 280ml Double Cream 250g Fresh Raspberries 1 generous slug of Drambuie (or liqueur of your choice) Method 1. Place the egg whites in a clean dry bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in the caster sugar one spoon at a time until all is mixed into the egg white mix. 2. Sift the cocoa powder in to the egg mixture and stir gently until all mixed together. Sift in the cornflour and mix. Add the vanilla paste / essence and the vinegar. Beat again with the electric whisk, to make sure all is mixed together thoroughly. 3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and mark out 6 – 8 circles. Place the mixture in to a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle and pipe into a nest shape using the circles as a guide. 4. Bake in a pre heated oven at 110°C for 1 ½ hours. Leave on the tray to cool. The nests will store for up to a week in an airtight container. 5. Whip the cream into soft peaks and add the Drambuie or Liqueur of your choice. Whisk for 20 seconds more to fully blend in the Drambuie. 6. Spoon into the meringue nests and decorate with the fresh raspberries. If you can't get fresh raspberries, you can use frozen. Defrost and drain any juices them and then mix them in to the beaten cream and fill the meringue nests. Penny Ellis, Owner Knockomie Hotel, Forres tel: 01309 673146

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Is the ‘neep’ really a turnip or a swede? You are unlikely to find the definitive answer to this – we haven’t yet at Scotgro. Whether turnip or swede the neep is surely one of our star winter vegetables. It tolerates our cold winters well, continually growing sometimes to massive proportions, necessitating a battle with a cleaver to chop it up. Oddly, this delicious and versatile vegetable is not highly rated by our continental neighbours who apparently consider it only good for animal feed. But how mistaken they are. What could be a more tasty accompaniment to any meal than mashed neep with a knob of butter, black pepper and a dash of cream? Indeed the neep is a traditional part of many Scottish recipes such as beef stew, Scotch broth and of course the dish celebrating our National Bard last month – haggis, neeps and tatties. Our customers will often find a freshly harvested neep in their vegetable boxes over the winter. I just hope they spare a thought for the farmer in the snow, rain or hard frost wrestling this delicacy from the ground. But as our grannies used to say – ‘a neep is always sweeter after a good frosting’!

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Suppose it is true after all? Suppose it is true after all that hell is a reality? A sceptic sneeringly asked. ‘Where is hell?’ The ready and true answer came: ‘At the end of a Christ-rejecting life’ What lies at the end of the life that you are now leading? The scriptures say, ‘It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement’ (Hebrews 9:27).

Two Friends were talking on religious topics. They discussed the question of punishment for sin after they died. They settled to their own satisfaction that there would be none. They decided that Hell was a myth. They argued that God was a God of love and could not consign His creatures to everlasting punishment. The conversation stopped when a Christian, who had been a silent listener to the discussion said, ‘‘Suppose it is true after all?’’ The words seemed to fall on the other two with crushing force. The power of God seemed to be behind those words. Solemn silence reigned for many minutes. God had spoken. Suppose it is true after all that God must punish sin? How would you stand before him? What could you say to him? How would you measure up before the Judge? ‘’Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained: whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead’’ (Acts 17:31)

Suppose it is true after all that the Lord Jesus is the only Saviour and His death the only means by which you can be fitted for God’s presence? What if you neglect him? “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). Suppose it is true after all that the much -despised ‘blood of Jesus’ is the only thing that can cleanse you from your sins? Has it cleansed you before God, or are you still in your sins going on rapidly to the eternity of the lost? “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7) Suppose it is true after all, as Scripture states, that salvation is not of works? “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). What then is all the church-going, Sunday school teaching, sick-visiting and the like worth if you rely on any of these as good works to save or to help to save you? Worse than useless. A fatal mistake, if persisted in. In God’s sight “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) Suppose it is true after all? If it is true, how terrible will be your doom if you ‘die in you sins’ (John 8:24). Come now to Christ and be saved. “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). It is true. Act on it.

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