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ting for those no longer working full time. Meets fortnightly Wednesdays at 1.45pm in Nairn Community Centre. A guest speaker may entertain us, or the afternoon might feature a DVD and ends with tea and biscuits. Special interest groups, reading, history, scrabble, music and more meet on other days. Call 01667 453537 or visit nairnu3a.org.uk NAIRN & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Meets on the second Thursday of the month from 14 March to December at 7.30pm at Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Annual Show 31 August, details of Schedule on website. New members always welcome. Contacts: email: nairndgc@yahoo.co.uk www.spanglefish.com/nairnanddistrictgardeningclub or contact 01667 453136. NAIRN COUNTY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD Contact 453286 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. MORAY ADVANCE MOTORISTS & MOTORCYCLISTS Reg. Scottish Charity SC 033561 visit www.morayiam.org.uk or call 01309 673954 NAIRN CAMERA CLUB New season is now underway competitions, tuition, guest speakers. We aim to promote the art of photography. New members very welcome. Every Tuesday evening 7.30pm in the Nairn Community Centre. Tel: 01667 451895. Email: Morton@clyde31.fsnet.co.uk NAIRN CARDIACTIVE GROUP Mondays, 7pm - 8pm, Nairn Community Centre. Physiotherapist led exercise group. Intended mainly to help people recovering from heart & stroke problems, but all welcome. Call 01667 456397.

NAIRN COUNTY CRICKET CLUB Friendly & eager to involve all ages in cricket. Games on Saturdays. Practice night Tuesday at Nairn Links NAIRN REIKI SHARE Reiki healers, all levels. Sharing healing for self, others and planet Earth. Once a month. email: ali.omshanti@yahoo.co.uk NAIRN ROAD RUNNERS Thursdays, 7.30pm club night at the Maggot. Small, friendly club catering for all running abilities. Call Louise Scott on 451835 info@nairnroadrunners.co.uk www.nairnroadrunners.co.uk NAIRN SAILING CLUB (NSC) Friendly club offering dinghy & cruiser sailing for all levels and ages. Beginners welcome. Regular social events at our clubhouse at Nairn Harbour. www.nairnsailingclub.co.uk nairnsailingclub@yahoo.co.uk NAIRN ST NINIAN BADMINTON CLUB Currently held at Nairn Academy gym hall every Thursday, September to Easter from 6pm 7.30pm. Age between 8 & 15 years. Contact 454716 or email mariadicarlo46@hotmail.com NAIRN YOUTH CLUB Contact 453476 NAIRN WINE CIRCLE Home wine making. Meetings held through the year. New members welcome. Contact Rosemary on 454019 or Chris on 452000. Website: nairnwinewinecircle.org.uk PET FOSTERING SCOTLAND Supporting pet owners in an emergency situation. Volunteers care for your pet in their own homes for short periods. Reg. charity SCO15672. Volunteers needed. Tel: 0844 811 9909 www.pfss.org.uk

Contact 01309 691823 or email tw-cm@negi.fsnet.co.uk ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION (RAFA) 2nd Tuesday of the month, 8pm, Royal British Legion, Nairn. Offering friendship & welfare support to serving & ex-serving members of the RAF and their families. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Entertainment & dancing every weekend. Highland Hall function suite available for weddings & parties of all sizes. Call 453201 RSCDS (FORRES BRANCH) Nairn class. Scottish country dance class. Sep - Mar. Adults: Thurs 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Nairn Community Centre. Secretary: Mrs E Grant. Tel: 01309 675187. SPEAKERS CLUB Leisure pursuit encourages & develops proficiency in public speaking. Training manual is available & new speakers follow a 10 speak programme individually evaluated. Contact 453373 AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS Free, confidential help & support to the relatives & friends of problem drinkers. Local weekly groups in Highland area. Call 020 7403 0888 for a local contact number for your area.

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Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon.Tel: 01667 462224. Nairn Baptist Church Nairn Community Centre. Sundays 11am. Every third Sunday monthly 6pm. Contact the pastor: 01667 459672. Website: www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sundays 12noon. Contact Rev. Ricky Reid: 01667 451675. Cawdor Parish Church Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev. JS Mathieson: 01667 493217. Nairn Free Church Sundays 11am with Sunday school and crèche (Gordon St). Evening 6pm (Gordon St). Youth club for S1 up on Wednesday at 6.30pm (Rosebank Hall). Prayer and Bible study Thursday 11am or 7:30pm onalternate weeks (Gordon Street). Contact Minister Murdo MacLeod: 01667 459131. Nairn Christian Fellowship Sundays 10.30am. Wednesday 7.30pm: praise and Bible study. Contact Sandy Shaw: 01667 456492. Old Parish Church 10.30am: holiday worship and crèche.

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make rules for ourselves and make promises to others, but the more we fail, the more we add to our personal frustration, hopelessness and even disgust at ourselves. The message of the Bible is that God wants to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Acts tells us that he delivers us from the things that laws cannot help and in the Gospels He tells us that He wants not only to help, but to carry our burdens. This is not a self improvement course, but the giving of a new heart and a transformed mind, not more self effort, but a new start so radical that it is called a new birth. Good news. Help is there beyond anything we have ever known. Help that has changed the lives of millions and continues to do so today, in every land and nation of the world, and can do so for you. Ricky Reid St Ninians Nairn, linked with Auldearn Parish Church

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"When quality, craftmanship and value for money come together, The Lion Apartments come to mind." Situated just two miles east of Nairn, the village of Auldearn is steeped in colourful history going back at least 1,500 years. It gets its name from the Old Castle of Eren (Old Eren – Auldearn), which was built around 1180 by William the Lion (King William I) and was still in use in when Robert the Bruce received the surrender of the “Rebellious Men of Moray” in the early 1300’s. For many years the real social hub of Auldearn was the Lion Hotel. Built at the beginning of the last century, it was a fine example of the solid, understated Scottish architecture of the period. Sensitive to the original distinguished exterior, 'PSE' undertook the major challenge and completely re-developed the property into 10 stunning, high-quality two-bedroom flats. The Lion Apartments are indeed a rare breed and one which King William I himself may well have approved. All apartments will have separate Italian designer kitchens of the highest quality and most have en-suites. There’s even the opportunity to choose your own bathroom and kitchen fittings if ordered prior to the building works being completed. Living rooms are light, spacious and comfortable and all have generous windows with views of the picturesque village. The living rooms and bedrooms are also fully carpeted in quality pile, offering a touch of comfort in addition to many years of service. Lion Apartments will be stuffed full of individualistic character and charm. Every flat is uniquely designed to be different from its neighbours, and they’re cleverly laid-out so that all apartments have their own front door access – there are no shared entrances. Elegant details include stone sills and mullions around certain windows with feature stone walling throughout. There’s also a drying area, cycle sheds and enclosed bin storage. Each flat has individual private parking and the gardens will be regularly maintained through a factoring agent. The Lion Apartments is quite simply a “must see” property in one of Moray’s most beautiful areas. There’s nothing quite like it and it may be many years before anything similar comes onto the market. For further details call 07557 433 875 email: mike@pseproperties.co.uk or check out www.lionapartments.co.uk


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MARCH 2013 1 friday love your library! moray libraries are holding a month-long celebration in march. activities & events. contact your library for info or call 01343 562600.

NAIRN Nairn Community & Arts Centre Your Y our local local venue for films, shows, concerts, and parties. Wide Wide range of activities for all ages.

MARCH EVENTS

2 saturday rspb highland local group: car outing around the black isle meeting at highland region car park at 9am. details on 01997 433283. auldearn spring craft fayre 2pm-4pm. dunbar memorial hall, auldearn. rex shachath & bonesaw @ flanagans bar, elgin. 8pm. ireland meets scotland in a night of old school death metal. www.facebook.com/thesyndicate2008

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Saturday 30th ............................... ...............................Chocolate Chocolate Festival

3 sunday nairn 10k for more details, e-mail info@nairncc.co.uk or visit www.nairnroadrunners.co.uk or www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk 35th anniversary rumours tour: rumours of fleetwood mac 7.30pm. eden court, inverness. 01463 234234. www.eden-court.co.uk the northern scot series: nairn 10k registration from 1pm at nairn community centre. www.nairnroadrunners.co.uk/501.html

6 wednesday opera masterclass by oksana lesnichaya of the bolshoi theatre, moscow 7:30pm. st andrews cathedral, inverness. www.highlandrussia.org.uk nairn u3a: “the baby in the biscuit box� by norman newton 1:45pm nairn community centre. 01667 453537. www.nairnu3a.org.uk

7 thursday concert performed by oksana lesnichaya, soprano SpotLight on Nairn & District

Sunday 3rd ................................................. Nairn 10k Friday 15th .......................................... Cinema Nairn:

www www.choctober.co.uk .choctober.co.uk For further details, ttelephone elephone 01667 453476, e-mail info@nairncc.co.uk or check out our website at www .nairncommunitycentre.co.uk www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

star of the bolshoi theatre 7.30pm. inverness town house. 01667 456245. www.highlandrussia.org.uk

8 friday open afternoon event with members of the moscow caledonian club 2pm. inverness town house. free entry. 01667 456245. www.highlandrussia.org.uk the highland-russia connection charity: fundraising ceilidh 8pm. nairn british legion. ÂŁ5/ÂŁ2. 01667 456245. www.highlandrussia.org.uk

12 tuesday 20th moray science festival - csi moray: funky forensics - “forensic archaeology - find out how csi works?� by sue black 4pm. elgin academy. age 15+.

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12 tuesday - 15 friday 20th moray science festival - csi moray: funky forensics 10am-3pm. moray college, uhi. primary 6 & 7 schools attending fun science activities.

13 wednesday “growing alpines – secrets of success” (highland rock garden club) 7:30pm. nairn community centre. john owen: 01320 366246. moray and nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. new members most welcome. for information, contact 01309 673431 or 673552.

14 thursday 20th moray science festival - csi moray: funky forensics - fun quiz for teams of 5 6:30pm. beechtree restaurant, moray college, uhi. £10 a team. prizes. nairn & district gardening club’s first meeting “welcome to all & gardening quiz” 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. nairndgc@yahoo.co.uk

15 friday cinema nairn: “the spy in black” nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk kinloss hall tales evening 7pm. kinloss church hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a

photographic exhibition. tickets: 01309 690348 or forres hub. pre-booking essential. cinema nairn presents “the spy in black” (u) 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. tickets at door. 01667 453476. for further info: cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk t.rexstasy - tribute to marc bolan and t.rex @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173. www.ironworksvenue.com

16 saturday showstopperz nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk nairn’s men’s breakfast 9:45am for 10am. dunbar golf club, lochloy rd, nairn. speaker: stewart wilson. phone 01667 455149 by 15/03 to book a place. 20th moray science festival families day - csi moray: funky forensics 10am-4pm. moray college, uhi. all welcome to try out science experiments. saltire society, highland branch: “scottish architecture” by neil baxter 12pm. chieftain hotel, inverness. 01667 459449. alan.niven@hotmail.com the western front association: “the evolution & proliferation of war memorials in the north of scotland” 2:30pm. elgin library. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net rafford hall tales evening 7pm. rafford village hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a

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Work up an appetite with a stroll along the Moray Firth and then join us for a delicious Sunday Lunch, available every Sunday throughout 2013. Prices from £10.25 per guest, served 12noon until 2pm

Thursday Night Fish Special

Join us for a fantastic Fish Supper including a pot of tea and bread and butter every Thursday throughout 2013 Served between 6pm and 9pm priced at £11.25 per guest.

Mothers Day Lunch

Sunday 10th March. Todays the day to say “Thank You, Mum” for all the hard work every other day of the year. Enjoy a specially prepared 3 course lunch in our Chaplin’s restaurant. Includes a gift for Mum. £16.50 per guest £9.00 for U12’s U5’s eat FREE. Served 12noon until 2pm.

Easter Sunday Lunch

Sunday 31st March. Enjoy a traditional 3-course Sunday roast in our Chaplin’s restaurant. Easter egg hunt and special prizes for the best Easter bonnets. £16.50 per guest £9.00 for U12’s U5’s eat FREE. Served 12noon until 2pm.

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photographic exhibition. tickets: 01309 673990 or forres hub. pre-booking essential. visit the rafford village hall facebook page. “do you like jokes?” 8pm. elgin town hall. comedy club with simon evans. £15. licensed bar. 18+ only. 01343 591111. www.doyoulikejokes.co.uk “ministry of cheese” disco night 9pm-1am. the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. £4.50 per ticket. over 18s only. 01343 850111.

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music nairn presents yriko caskie (piano), chopin’s four ballades 7:30pm. nairn community & arts centre. www.musicnairn.org.uk

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nairn u3a: play reading with member participation 1:45pm nairn community centre. 01667 453537. www.nairnu3a.org.uk the fence collective 7:30pm. universal hall, findhorn. £15/£12 concs. 01309 690311.

21 thursday moray society lecture: “life with 39 engineer regiment” 2pm-4pm. elgin museum hall. £3/£2. 01343 543675 or curator@elginmuseum.org.uk alves hall tales evening 7pm. alves village hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a photographic exhibition. tickets: 01343 850247 (tues-thurs) or 01343 850310 (answerphone). pre-booking essential.

21 thursday - 22 friday nairn drama club: a performance of written pieces by “the pen and i” 7:30pm. a nairn based writers’ group. £7 on the door.

22 friday craigellachie hall tales evening 6:30pm. craigellachie village hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a photographic exhibition. tickets: craigellachie post office, filling station and school 01340 881271. pre-booking is essential.

23 saturday music nairn: “yoriko wakabayashi” - chopin, “the four ballades” nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk riding for the disabled (forres, nairn and district group): afternoon tea 1:30pm. forres town hall. £1.50 per person. outfit moray’s 10th birthday treasure hunt 1:30pm. lossiemouth bay caravan park. £5 per team. open to all. register at www.outfitmoray.com portessie hall tales evening 7pm. portessie public hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a photographic exhibition. pre-booking essential. tickets: 01542 833969. email: portessiepublichall@hotmail.co.uk SpotLight on Nairn & District

lofty arts family crafts: creative fun 11am-1pm. the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. all children welcome. £4 per child. 01343 850111. choctober elgin town hall. in aid of mary’s meals. free entry. 01343 547700.

28 thursday “a northern pictish kingdom: recent excavations” by gordon noble 2pm - 4pm, elgin museum hall. £3/£2. 01343543675 or curator@elginmuseum.org.uk rspb highland local group talk: “red squirrels and woodland birds” 7:30pm. fraser park bowling club, macewen drive, inverness.

29 friday critical mass bike ride around elgin 5pm-6pm. meet at elgin community centre. open to all. join the revolution. wine & pottery night at lofty pots 7:30pm. the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. enjoy painting, a glass of wine & a chat. booking advised. 01343 850111. moray rock garden club: “through the seasons at cawdor castle” by derek hosie 7:30pm. new elgin hall annexe, land st, elgin. call 01340 871504 for info.

29 friday - 28 april photo fest 2013 11am. the old kirk, nethy bridge. tombola, second-hand books & refreshments. free entry & parking. www.oldkirknethybridge.org

30 saturday chocolate festival nairn community & arts centre. 01667 453476. info@nairncc.co.uk www.choctober.co.uk rspb highland local group outing to west in search of divers meet at highland council car park 9am or conon bridge at 9:20am. 01997 433283. bike revolution used bike sale 9:30am-12:30pm. 15 shore street, lossiemouth. treebadour puppet theatre’s marionette easter special “the dragon & the rainbow lettuce” 3pm. kinloss church comm. hall. www.treebadour.co.uk

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dyke hall tales evening 7pm. dyke village hall. an evening of entertainment, drama, film and a photographic exhibition. tickets: 01309 641621 or forres hub. pre-booking essential.

30 saturday - 31 sunday elgin endurance club host round 1 of the british motorcycle enduro championship lossiemouth forest & birkenhill woods. www.elginenduranceclub.com

30 saturday - 1 april cadbury easter trail 11am-4pm. brodie castle. 0844 4932156.

31 sunday lofty arts easter fun 11am-1pm. the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. easter face painting, painting eggs & egg rolling. £4 per child. 01343 850111. the northern scot series: moray roadrunners 10k 2pm. cooper park, elgin.

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10 wednesday “cluny gardens through the seasons” (highland rock garden club) 7.30pm. nairn community centre. contact john owen: 01320 366246. moray and nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. all welcome. for information, contact 01309 673431 or 673552.

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Forensic Anthropology Talk by Prof. Sue Black, Dundee University Tuesday 12th March, 4pm at Elgin Academy, Morriston Road, Elgin Entry FREE Forensic Quiz - Are you the next boffin?? Thursday 14th March, 6.30pm Beechtree Restaurant, Moray College UHI £10 for a team of 5 Families Day “CSI: Moray - Funky Forensics” Saturday 16th March, 10am - 4pm at Moray College UHI Family Ticket £21 Single/Concession £6

Information Evening Wednesday 20th March, 5pm - 7pm Beechtree Restaurant, Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, Moray. IV30 1JJ Find out about our part-time leisure courses starting in April and courses starting in September. Further details are available from www.moray.uhi.ac.uk or telephone 01343 576000 Board of Management of Moray College is a registered Scottish Charity, No: SCO21205

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moray rock garden club: “rhododendron cultivation & propagation” by alasdair maclean 7:30pm. new elgin hall annexe, elgin. for info, call 01340 871504.

27 saturday annual spring flower show and plant sale (highland rock garden club) opens 10.30am. nairn community centre. show exhibits available to view from 12noon. contact john owen: 01320 366246.

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You may think. “That’s okay - all my party friends will be there too!” Yes, sadly they will be there too if they too reject Christ, but the thick blackness of “outer darkness” will separate you from each other. It is a place of torment, never ending fear and punishment and you’ll be there on your own.

Right now you are without God in this world and have no hope, but in Christ Jesus you, who are far off, can be brought near by the blood of Christ; He Drugs, alcohol, immoral relationships, money can be your peace. You can know that when you and music are some of the most popular die (and you will die) you will be in Heaven, not choices in this party called life. We don’t want Hell. to think about the fact the party will end. However there is an enemy to all this pleasure- Take a moment, please consider and underseeking excitement. It is death. We all have an stand God’s love for you in giving His Son, the Wonderful Lord Jesus Christ to die for your sin on appointment with death and eternity. The Cross of Calvary and then three days later to You have a God-given eternal soul and the rise again from the dead. He can be your Saviour. Bible makes it clear that you will spend You must call upon the name of the Lord, acknowleternity somewhere when the party is over. edging and turning from your sins and trusting Where you will be in eternity may not matter to Him, and only Him, to save you. you right now. The thought of facing a sin-hating, Holy God or talk of His dear Son the For God so loved the world that he gave his only Lord Jesus Christ are subjects you probably begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He avoid at all costs. that believeth on him is not condemned: but he The Lord is trying to reach you now, because that believeth not is condemned already, because once your “party” is over it will be too late. he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16,18)

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There is a growing trend to get married abroad in resorts which are well geared up for marriages. Civil Partnerships are also available in some countries where the law permits it, mainly in Canada, America and South Africa. Imagine combining the sand, sea and warm air of a Caribbean Island resort with its almost guaranteed weather rather than worrying whether the bride’s hair will get rained on at home. Photos and wedding cakes are the norm as are Champagne receptions and Wedding Dances if you take enough friends and family with you. Indian Ocean Island resorts such the Maldives and Mauritius have resorts that conduct at least one wedding every day, often on the beach, and performed by a Marriage Officer, whose title varies upon the resort, ie in Australia it will be a Celebrant, in Barbados will be a Minister or Registrar, and in Cyprus it can be an Anglican Minister. It is important that the arrangements are made through proper channels to ensure the marriage ceremony, bought in the UK but performed abroad, is compatible with UK Law and recognised as a marriage at home. Travel brochures specialising in Weddings and Honeymoons are now more popular than ever, one even extolling the virtues of the Minimoon and the Maximoon. A Minimoon is a romantic short escape after a wedding, giving you the chance to save up or take the time off at a later date. A Maximoon is for those with time to spare to indulge their ultimate travel fantasy, which for example might be discovering India and Nepal, Botswana in Style Safari, or a tailor-made Round the World trip. The ultimate White Wedding can happen in a ski resort in Lapland. If you’re looking for somewhere with the wow-factor, the Snow Village in Kittila is a serious contender. The frozen piece of architecture is rebuilt every year using a thousand truckloads of snow, and counts a hotel, a bar and a chapel amongst its credentials. In recent years the traditional Honeymoon can be enjoyed in a romantic city, in a quiet rural setting, in a fabulous hotel, or in a cottage in the mountains. Honeymoons can be tailored to any budget – after all you wouldn’t want to fall out over it after a few days of marriage would you‌?

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Caring about...

...Lichen – fungal growth on the lawn explained ! One of the joys of our wonderful environment up here is the clean air, and one of the organisms which thrives locally is dog lichen. There are hundreds of species here, growing on trees, rocks and on the grass! It is particularly at home on ground which has become compacted and is low on nutrients. It is one of the most common questions we get from baffled homeowners, and many have found that the garden centre people aren’t sure how to deal with it. We shift it by aerating the ground with a big hollowcore tining machine which removes thousands of cores from the ground allowing air to circulate. A regular feeding programme for the lawn strengthens the grass and this tips the balance of conditions back in favour of the grass, as with all things in nature, it’s about competition. There are no chemical products which permanently remove lichen. You need to improve the ground conditions, otherwise nothing really changes. Golf courses do this all the time, and so do we. Aerating the ground at the end of winter should be part of routine lawncare in any case. The freeze/thaw, freeze/thaw weather we get compacts most ground around here which prevents tender new plant roots spreading, even if the grass has had a spring feed. The ground is too solid. I should also mention scarifying now too. All lawns build up thatch and moss over the year and this surface material stifles the competition (lawn grass). It should be raked out, either by hand or much better, with a scarifier. Be warned, this is a back-breaking, dirty job, which I guess is why it is one of the most common jobs we get asked to do for folk at this time of year. We use blade scarifiers, blowers and sweepers, but it’s still a filthy job! Good luck.

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Choctober in Elgin and now Nairn!! Whew... As always Olive Tree Chocolate look to see how they can improve on previous events and take Choctober forward into the future. This year sees some significant changes. "The 2012 events were so successful we have been specifically asked to take the event to Nairn. With that in mind we have the first event on Sunday 24th March at Elgin Town Hall, and the second event on Saturday 30th March at Nairn Community Centre. Schools are in until March 28th - this will hopefully allow more people to attend at Elgin before they go away for Easter break - and could attract tourists into the Nairn event." They are also introducing a competition element for the visitors to get involved in. 'Cakes v Pies' is a baking competition open to anyone. There are junior and adult sections, with a panel of 3 independent judges assessing the entries and deciding the winners. Invitations to take part will go out to all the schools in the area, as well as advertising in Spotlight Magazine and hundreds of posters too. There is a small entry charge which goes directly to the charity Mary's Meals. "This is a real opportunity to make a difference for children in less fortunate parts of the world - just ÂŁ10.70 will buy one meal a day for a child for an entire year." Entries must be registered before the day, with the deadline for registration on March 20th. Junior entry is ÂŁ2, Adult entry is ÂŁ4 with prizes given for first, second and third place. Details on registration is available from Olive Tree Chocolate either by email to shop@olivetreechocolate.co.uk, or by calling 01343 547700 between 9.30pm and 5pm.

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Easter Extravaganza Harvesting & Easter at Roseisle The Forest of Roseisle, along with the many other forests, is a hive of activity and not just preparation for the Easter Extravaganza. The work, is part of the ongoing management of the woodland and will take place between Roseisle Maltings and Burghead and we expect to be finished by April / May at the latest. As well as resulting in some disruption to forest paths, the work will also cause some temporary disruption to public roads in and around Burghead. Diversions will be in place wherever possible. Forestry Commission Scotland’s Paul Raisbeck said: “If the weather is kind to us we might get finished a little earlier but this is a demanding job and heavy machinery will be involved so we’ll be putting warning signs up around the forest. When we’re doing this sort of work the forest can be a dangerous place for visitors – which is why we close some footpaths, put in diversions and put up safety signage. For their own safety, it’s very important that anyone accessing the forest should take careful note of any signs that they encounter.” As well as resulting in some disruption to forest paths, the work will also result in some temporary disruption to public roads in and around Burghead. Diversions will be in place wherever possible. The thinning will yield approximately 2500 tonnes (3000 m3) of timber to be processed at local sawmills and used for housing, pallets, fencing and board products.

Roseisle Easter Extravaganza FCS staff look forward to seeing you at their popular Easter Extravaganza. Get close to a harvester, find out more about Scotland’s amazing wildlife, have a go at the greenwood workshop, marvel at the expertise of the chainsaw carver and enter our free draw to win one of his unique sculptures. There will, of course, be a Bunny Hunt, face painters, Mountain Bikes and much, much more; there really is something for everybody. Burgers and ice cream will be on sale to keep you going, but why not bring a picnic to eat at our picnic site or take the boardwalk down to the beach. The event is on Easter Sunday March 31st between 1pm and 4pm. The car park is accessed from the B9089 between College of Roseisle and Kinloss. The site is equipped with all ability toilet facilities." Forestry Commission Scotland, Moray & Aberdeenshire District Portsoy Road Huntly. AB54 4SJ Tel: 01466 794161 http://www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland See our local newsletter at: www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Aberdeennewlsetter.pdf/$FILE/Aberdeennewlsetter.pdf

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...and the grass starts to grow. four times a year using a quality fertiliser product and weed or moss control. Here at Highland Green, our treatments are safe to children, pets and plants and our service often works out cheaper than doing it yourself! We also provide specialist scarification and aeration services to ensure your lawn remains strong and healthy all year round.

Spring is a very important season for looking after your lawn. After the severity of winter it needs careful attention as soon as the days start to lengthen and the grass starts to grow. Giving the lawn the care it needs now will ensure the best possible results throughout the year. There is a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment to be had from looking out onto a well kept lawn free of weeds and moss – and in order to achieve this most lawns should be fed

Sign up for our regular treatments and we will ensure that every quarter your lawn receives our best treatment; specially formulated for the challenges your lawn faces during that particular season. We also offer a range of additional treatments specially designed to give your lawn that extra boost. If you are unsure which treatment to choose contact us today and we will be happy to visit you and provide a free lawn care assessment complete with advice on which of our treatments will bring out the best in your lawn. For further details: www.highlandgreenlawncare.co.uk enquires@highlandgreenlawncare.co.uk

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Caring for our equine friend

Most people understand that horses which are kept in some light work all winter, are less likely to become injured when the season for riding and competing begins. Keeping those muscles, tendons and joints toned, means that they have the capacity for coping with an increased workload as the season progresses. It isn't always practical or desirable to be exercising horses in the winter months and when horses first start hacking out or exercising in the new season, problems can first start to show up, which can lead to real problems later in the spring or summer. Vets would much rather deal with minor problems,

therefore hopefully preventing something major developing. Never be afraid to give your vet a call for advice, no matter how trivial you think the issue may be. Detecting problems early can often result in shorter recovery times. We wish you all a successful and injury free season.

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Chef’s Confidential Apple Steamed Pudding With A Sticky Toffee Sauce Ingredients 175g Unsalted Butter, softened 4 Eating Apples, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm chunks 130g Golden Caster Sugar 50g Walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped 3 Eggs, beaten 150g Self-Raising Flour Toffee Sauce 175g Light Muscovado Sugar 125g Unsalted Butter 200g Crème Fraiche

1. Melt 25g butter in a large frying pan, add the apple chunks and cook until just tender and starting to turn golden. Add 1 tbsp sugar and continue to cook for a couple of minutes until the apples start to caramelise. Cool and add the walnuts. 2. To make the sauce, tip all of the ingredients into a saucepan and cook until the butter and crème fraiche have melted. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Tip the apple and walnut mixture into a buttered, 1.5 litre pudding basin. Pour a third of the toffee sauce over and set aside. 4. Beat together the remaining butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Gradually add the beaten egg, mixing well between each addition. Fold in the flour with a pinch of salt. Carefully spoon the mixture on top of the apples and spread level. Cover with a pleated sheet of baking parchment and foil, tie securely with string and trim off any excess paper and foil. Put the bowl in a large saucepan and pour boiling water around the bowl so that it comes halfway up the sides. Cover with a lid and steam for 1.5 hours, adding more water to the pan halfway through if needed. 5. Rest the pudding for 2 minutes before turning out into a dish and serving with the remaining warm toffee sauce.

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