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Instrument hire available. Call 01667 462681 FORRES & NAIRN DISTRICT WELFARE ASSOCIATION (Apr - Sept). A football league made up from clubs & pubs in the Forres & Nairn area. 16yrs + Call Mashy Young on 07796 524050 or email at FORRES LACE GROUP Wed, 10am - 12pm, Forres Community Centre. Beginners welcome. Call Jo McMillen on 01343 831307 HEADWAY HIGHLAND (NAIRN) SOCIAL GROUP 2nd Mon of month, 10am 12pm, St Columba's Church Hall, Queen Street. Tea, coffee & biscuits served. For people & families affected by acquired brain injury. Call Blayne on 01667 451392 MORAY & NAIRN FLORAL ART CLUB 2nd Wed of month (Mar - Jun & Sept - Dec), 7.30pm, The Tolbooth, Forres. Annual fee. New members welcome. Call Jean on 01309 672552 MORAY & NAIRN PONY CLUB For more information call 01309 641483 or email at MORAY FIELD CLUB (Apr - 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 NAIRN & DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION New beekeepers or visitors welcome at our monthly meetings. Call 01667 454887 or email

NAIRN & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB 1st Thurs of month (Mar - Dec), 7.30pm, Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Talks, visits & day outings with an Annual Show in August. New members welcome. Call Anne Vincent (Sec) on 01667 462410 or email at NAIRN ANGLING ASSOCIATION For infor call 01667 459250 or email NAIRN BOWLING CLUB ALBERT STREET Mon, Wed & Sat, 2pm & Fri, 7pm open for "spoons". Visitors always welcome. Call Bob Ferenth on 01667 258251 NAIRN DISABLED SPORTS CLUB We cater for bowlers & athletes who have a disability. Call 07766 952477 NAIRN DRAMA CLUB Mon, 7.30pm, The Little Theatre, Nairn. Amateur drama club open to everyone, whatever your interest in theatre. Call Sandra McGowan on 01667 455899 or NAIRN GAELIC CHOIR Gaelic & other choral music, promoting the Gaelic language. Call 01667 258829 or email at NAIRN LACE GROUP Thurs, 7pm - 9.30pm, Nairn Community Centre. Self-help lace group. Call 01667 453521 NAIRN MUSEUM Mon - Fri (Easter to Oct),10am 4.30pm & Sat 10am - 1pm. Local history museum with 6 rooms of archives & memorabilia. Changing photo exhibitions. Children's area. Disabled access. Call 01667 456791 or email at

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings Last summer we spent a few days back in the Edinburgh area, where I spent about seventeen years (pretty good going for any Glaswegian!), Maggie twenty-five years, and where the kids were born and grew up. So, going back there always means revisiting old haunts, renewing acquaintance with old friends, and generally enjoying a wee bit of pleasant nostalgia. After about three days there, a friend asked us how we were getting on with the new speed restrictions. ‘What do you mean?’ we enquired innocently. ‘The new maximum-speed restrictions, of course – you can’t do any more than 20mph in about a two-mile radius of the city-centre!’ Our first reaction was sceptical – a wind-up, surely? Not at all! The second one, then, was horror – how many speed-cameras had we gone through in the last three days? The third one was mild outrage – how on earth were we supposed to know about this when we had seen no signs anywhere to inform us of this situation? How can anybody be expected to obey the law when there’s no mention of it anywhere? Absolutely ridiculous! So we drove back to our residence (at 20mph!), carefully watching to see if we could spot anything, any tell-tale signs

at all sneakily tucked away in obscure corners in order to trap and fleece honest, unsuspecting, law-abiding, citizens like ourselves. And, do you know what? They were everywhere clear as day! Big signs, flashing signs, numbers painted on the road – in one stretch we’d been driving regularly there were four in about fifty yards, highly visible and totally obvious! And, somehow, we hadn’t spotted any of them in three days of driving - oops! Humbled and chastised, we swallowed our outrage, and slowed right down! It was kind of hard to see and explain afterwards why we hadn’t spotted all these signs before when they’d been there all the time. When I had time to stop and reflect on it later it struck me that there was a picture there of something altogether more serious. Many people make their way through life, dismissing the idea that there is a God or, if there is, that there is any evidence for his existence or for his interest in us. If they can’t see, hear, or touch him, he can’t be there at all, right? But what if God, as is his right as the Creator of the universe, has decreed that we should believe in him by faith rather than by sight and sound? That, if he chooses to speak to us by his Word,

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(the Bible), and by his Son (Jesus Christ), that we should tell him that’s not good enough. He will yet point out to us all when we meet him in death and in judgment that there was sufficient evidence to believe in him in the very intricacy and beauty of the creation all around us and above us, in the testimony of the millions of people who had come to know him, in the pages of the Bible which reveal all that is necessary for us to know about God and about ourselves, and in many other different ways that he has given to make us wise and to understand. It will be no excuse that we didn’t see the signs, didn’t look for the evidence, didn’t try to follow the evidence where it led, didn’t ask God to reveal himself to us or to listen out for the answer. ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see.’ Do what the writer of Psalm 119 did, and pray to God about the Bible, asking, ‘Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law.’ (Psalm 119: 18) Rev Murdo MacLeod Nairn Free Church

crèche. Contact Rev. Alison Mehigan on 01667 453777 St. Ninian’s Church Sunday services & Sunday school: 10.15am. Evening service at 6.30pm on the last Sunday of the month. Contact Rev. 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 Saturday Vigil 6pm. Sunday Mass 10.30am. Contact Fr Damian Martell on 01667 456024. 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 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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One of the best parts of my role as the MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey is getting the chance to see first hand how talented, passionate and caring our young people are. At the end of last year a number of pupils from Holm Primary School in Inverness wrote to me to share their concerns on the plight of child refugees and suggested changes they would like to see to the law to help these children. I was delighted to be able to visit these pupils at the start of this year and hear more about their thoughts on this issue and answer questions about being an MP. It really was both touching and inspiring to see how engaged they were and how deeply they cared about other children who are less fortunate than them. Their passion and enthusiasm for changing things for the better both here and further away really shows they are great ambassadors for their school and our community.

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nairn roadrunners: nairn 10k; northern scot series & fun run 1pm - 2pm (registration); 2.30pm (start), nairn community centre. £15 per participant (nonaffiliated); online entry only for 10k - closes 1st march. fun run entry can register on day - limited spaces, minimum age 9yrs. call 01667 462173. happy mums market: indoor pre-loved markets dedicated to baby & children's items, from birth to 10 yrs 10am - 12pm, inverness leisure centre adults £1; u16s free. / inverness ramblers: castle roy to revack circular 9am, start time 10am, uhi car park, exec, tbc distance: 10.6 miles; grade: b. the seaforth ceilidh band@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

5 monday

national trust for scotland (highland members’ centre): talk by david barclay of the wildcat project 3pm, nairn community & arts centre

6 tuesday

skid row@the ironworks, inverness 7pm. scottish ornithologists' club (highland) what can remote sensing tell us about afro-palearctic migrant declines? speaker alison beresford 7.30pm, culloden library, inverness. £3 members; £4 nonmembers. call 01463 772539 or 01808 511740 highland astronomical society: galaxy bimodality; speaker - vivienne wild, st andrews 7.30pm, smithton cullloden free church.

7 wednesday

a wandering i will go: scottish diaspora post culloden; speakers - dr jim mcpheron & prof jim hunter. part of the bbc civilisations festival 6.30pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre

9 friday

the stranglers@the ironworks, inverness, tbc brambles' fashion show & international food tasting in aid of st mary's parish project 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £10 (incl a glass of prosecco) nairn literary institute: shackleton & endurance;

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speaker - jane wordie 7.30pm, nairn free church, gordon street, nairn.

10 saturday

connect presents marco bailey@the ironworks, inverness 10pm. music nairn: opera alba; gala night of operetta, songs from the shows, traditional songs by quartet of singers & piano 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £19/15/ 3. call 01667 455701. inverness ramblers: milton & redcastle 9am, start time 10am, uhi car park, exec, tbc. distance: 7.5 miles; grade: c. call 01463 236204. callum macphail trio@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm 1st nairn brownies coffee morning 10am - 12pm, united reform church, nairn

10 saturday - 11 sunday

ramblers scotland: scottish council 2018 1pm - 2pm, doubletree by hilton aberdeen treetops, springfield road, aberdeen. free. weekend of walks, talks, workshops, elections, discussion & socialising with members from across scotland.

11 sunday

inverness half marathon & 5k 12.30pm (marathon) & 12.40pm (5k. )age 17 plus for marathon & all ages for 5k. psychovertical: a vertical education; speaker: andy kirkpatrick on forty years of climbing & adventures, from the alps to patagonia, yosemite to greenland 7.30pm, eden court, inverness. call 01463 234234 great glen walking club: 3 river walk - findhorn 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 11 miles; grade: b highland car club: claymore road rally, tbc. £25 to enter. the seaforth ceilidh band@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

12 monday

ed byrne: spoiler alert 8pm, eden court, inverness all welcome. call 01463 234234 rsgs (highland): about africa – in pictures: africa's human migration from countryside to the city; speaker harry hook, film director 7.30pm – 9pm, highland council chamber, glenurquhart road, inverness. £10; students, u-18s free; tiso card £8. email robert preece at

13 tuesday

inverness botany group: botanical illustration; speaker - julie price 7.30pm, smithton culloden free church. members - free; non-members - £2. recent work on the sunken bronze age of town of pavlopetri, greece; speaker - dr jon henderson 6pm,

inverness town house. free. organised by society of antiquaries of scotland in conjunction with prehistoric society. call 01463 234234

14 wednesday

the arts society (speyside): charles dickens; the man & his life through his characters. speaker - bertie pearce 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: growing & showing; in garden & pot. speaker - barry cauldwell 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. £4 (incl refreshments. all welcome. call john owen on 01320 366246

15 thursday

the arts society (highland): charles dickens; the man & his life through his characters. speaker - bertie pearce 2.10pm, smithton culloden free church. £8 non-members. email averill brodie at ceilidh by theatre gu leor supported by bòrd na gàidhlig, & performed in the round, featuring live music & song 8pm, eden court (one touch theatre), inverness. call 01463 234234.

16 friday

smokie@the ironworks, inverness tbc, all welcome inverness gaelic society: an taigh ceilidh 7.30pm, eden court, inverness. call 01463 234234 cinema-nairn: my cousin rachel (12a) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre.

16 friday - 18 sunday

wild ski festival: hosted by some of britain’s top ski coaches, instructors, etc tbc, glenmore lodge, aviemore. explore the classic tours, descents & gullies of the northern corries & beyond call 01479 861256 or email at

17 saturday

british masters (open) cross country champs: grant park, forres 12pm (race 1) & 1pm (race 2), grant park, forres. 8k course for masters men & women. registration online. livewire ac/dc@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm triple crown: scottish slopestyle championships tbc, cairngorm mountain park & pipe. call 01479 861261 or email at great glen walking club: torbreck – dirr wood 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 11 miles; grade: b rachmaninov's vespers by candlelight sung by

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musick fyne 8pm, st john's church, southside road, inverness. £10 (incl refreshments). call rev john cuthbert on 01463 233797 or email at 60s dance party: fancy dress encouraged. live band - "dancing with sharks." booking advised. proceeds to the highland hospice 7.30pm, the waterside hotel, inverness. £12 for adults, £10 for u14s. email at

17 saturday - 18 sunday

upbattle: test some of best splitboards out there on uk snow, with a la mans style derby race thrown in tbc, cairngorm mountain. call 07867 771001

18 sunday

stiff little fingers@the ironworks, inverness tbc the seaforth ceilidh@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm

21 wednesday

10yrs 10am - 12pm, elgin town hall. adults £1; u16s free.

25 sunday

great glen walking club: lossiemouth east beach walk 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 9.3 miles; grade: c. car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) - 1st of the year! 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with car & table. teas/coffees, soft drinks, butteries, bbq. the seaforth ceilidh@seaforth club, nairn, 2pm palm sunday walk in forres: 'donkey'-led walk’ 2.15pm, from st leonard’s church, forres along the high street & back to the church hall for refreshments & an easter egg hunt - great for families! email

26 monday

inverness field club: the great north road & agm; speaker - jim miller 7pm for 7.30pm, millburn academy, inverness. members - free; non-members - nominal charge.

cinema-nairn: the odd couple (pg) 2pm, nairn community & arts centre. £2.50 (incl tea & bakes)

highland reign@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm easter miracle play - the passion by lamps theatre group doors open 6.30pm for 7pm, st leomard’s church, forres. £5 at the door. email at

28 wednesday

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salomon & dps film night@mambos, aviemore, tbc, free screenings of some of the years best ski films from dps & salomon the mystic shoes@mad hatters, inverness 10.30pm inverness gaelic society: tracking dinosaurs on scotland's jurassic isle; speaker dr neil clark 7.30pm, eden court, inverness.

24 saturday

inverness choral society coffee morning 10.30am 12.30pm, inverness town house. home baking, live piano music. call sandra riach on 01997 466253 or email at thank you for the music: the ultimate tribute to abba 7.30pm, the strathpeffer pavillion slade uk@tooth & claw, inverness 8pm snow white & the grease monkeys - panto: the classic fairytale meets the slick musical grease 7pm (doors 6.30pm), dyke & district hall. adults £8, children £4. call claire doughty on 07846 145050 or at happy mums market: indoor pre-loved markets dedicated to baby & children's items, from birth to page 18 - March 2018

27 tuesday

port of invergordon - cruise liner list 2018 provisional v1 9am - 7.30pm, invergordon. aidavita 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

rspb (highland): north of scotland office update; an illustrated talk from rspb staff 7.30pm, greyfriars church, balloan road, inverness. members £3, visitors £4

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

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

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31 saturday

the south@the ironworks, inverness 8pm great glen walking club: torr leathann 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 8 miles; grade: b 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 schiehallion@hootananny, inverness 8pm forres crafters spring craft fair: craft tables with a variety of locally handmade crafts 10am - 4pm, tolbooth, forres. free. email Wholehearted Counselling Jan 18.pdf





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Ingredients: ½ cup peeled diced sweet potato 2 cups plain flour 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 6 egg whites

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any plant provides a weak point, making it susceptible

your petrol machines into the local garden machinery

to diseases and moulds. You hear the same advice

place each spring. They will probably change the oil,

given for pruning and hedging shears.

filters, plugs and sharpen the blades ready for another

My top tip for this month is to get your mower down to

season. Some do this themselves. I also know however

the workshop. If you wait until Easter weekend like

that many machines are long overdue a service. You

everyone else, it will sit in a long queue, and you might

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not get it back for some weeks !

what is inevitable is that most lawnmower blades only manage a season before the blade is dulled. If you

Incidentally, I heard an interesting question on QI last year.

have an electric or flymo type machine, the same applies. On smaller, lighter machines, often a better option is just to change the blade, which at £10-£20 might actually prove cheaper than sharpening. Also,

Q. A.

In the UK, what travels north at 8 miles per day? Spring !

there are many lightweight alloys used in some blades nowadays, which don’t tend to keep an edge as well

(I think the actual measure used was the opening of

as heavier metals.

daffodils, but don’t quote me on that.)

When the blade loses its’ sharpness, it doesn’t make a clean cut through the grass sward. There are some obvious signs that this might be a problem. It may seem to struggle to give a decent cut at all; there may be issues with clumping and leaving material on the lawn, particularly when the grass has some wet in it (much of the time in our climate). Less understood perhaps is that a blunt blade will often end up tearing the grass leaf, rather than providing a clean cut. If you examine a few blades of grass, you will be able to see either a straight clean cut at the top, or a rather ragged, torn top. The result of a poor cut is bruising to the grass leaf, which causes the tip to turn brown, as it has been damaged. The overall effect can be to leave the grass with poor colour. Instead of an even, healthy green, it has a tinge of brown throughout. A ragged cut to the material of Alastair Watt

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In between wintry weeks, we are getting some definite glimpses of spring with its longer days, emerging bulbs and buds on trees. The growing season is definitely not too far away. Before we know it, the air will hum with the sound of lawnmowers and strimmers being started up for the first time. For now, however, although it still feels as if we are in the icy grip of winter some days, the month of March sees the first of the new growing season’s tasks needing to get done. Let’s go!

‡ DO cut back Cornus sanguinea and Cornus alba. Don’t be shy about it either, you can cut them down hard (to 6-12”) to encourage beautiful winter stems next year. ‡DO plant summer-flowering bulbs such as Alliums and Oriental Lilies. ‡DO lightly hose your beds to disturb any emerging weeds. ‡ DO prune Buddleja davidii, again these should be taken down hard. ‡DO prune your bush Roses, and remember the maxim that you should always ‘get your worst enemy to prune your Roses’…..that is to say, you can prune these guys hard too! ‡DO divide any herbaceous perennials and give the clumps away or plant them somewhere else in your garden. You can do this in Autumn too.


‡DON’T work your beds or walk in them a lot if they are wet, you’ll compact the soil (and also create stubborn muddy footprints on your lawn!) ‡DON’T forget to make sure your ponds are clear of debris, and consider putting pond heaters away once temperatures are high enough. ‡DON’T forget to order your seed potatoes, as they need a chance to ‘chit’ on your windowsill before being planted out. ‡DON’T forget to cut back any growth you’ve left on herbaceous perennials over the winter, including any old seed-heads. Remember to keep the birds fed too, and ensure all your machinery and tools are serviced and have sharp blades. I love this time of year, I’m just itching to get started on some serious graft in the garden! I’ve some interesting garden designs on the go at the moment too, and am looking forward to some more exciting projects this year!



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“My main inspiration has always been the human figure. A friend suggested entering this event. I didn’t take it too seriously at first but he kept mentioning it so I painted a self portrait and submitted it. I was pretty shocked when they phoned back to say I’d been selected. The biggest challenge was how to do a portrait in 4 hours as it usually takes me about 40. I spent a month prior to my heat working on my speed. The filming day was a frantic, hair raising experience, but terrific fun. I learned a lot from taking part. It has really helped develop my painting and I am planning to enter again for next year”. Jonathan studied Fine art in Canterbury from 1993-1996 where he specialised in figurative drawing and painting. He has lived in Moray since 2003 where he has worked as a self- employed portrait artist since 2009. As well as portraiture he has recently been focusing on painting the local landscapes, particularly the Findhorn Bay area.

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