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Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am at Dyke Village Hall. Parent run group, welcomes new members. £2. Contact Heidi on 07989 331651 GAGHLIG SAN (GAELIC IN THE HOME) Wed 9.30am - 11.30am & 8pm 10pm for intermediates. Thurs 9.30am - 11.30am (within school terms). Learn Gaelic by repetition & conversation. All abilities welcome. Call Ann Grant on 01667 451002 or 07780 948527

HIGHLAND QUILTERS 3rd Tuesday of the month, SeptJune Meet in Smithton Free Church Hall at 7:30pm. New members and visitors welcome. Visit www.highlandquilters.com

NAIRN HYDROTHERAPY POOL Monday - Saturday from 9.30am. For general health and well-being. Helps all ages & many mobility problems. Contact 455351

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NAIRN MUSEUM Local history museum with 6 rooms of archives & memorabilia. Changing photo exhibitions. Children's Area. Disabled Access. Mon - Friday 10am 4.30pm & Sat 10am - 1pm, Easter to Oct. Call 456791

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY (MORAY BANFF AND BADENOCH BRANCH) 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11am, Sherwood Suite, Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin. Lectures on a variety of arts related subjects delivered by experts from across the UK. New members welcome. Contact Sarah Fennings-Mills by email www.nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk or call 01343 831002 NAIRN U3A Nairn U3A is a self help group for informal learning in a social setting 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 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 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.

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SOUNDS FAMILIAR SINGING GROUP Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday every month at 2:30pm - 4pm in the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Rd, Inverness. For people with dementia & their carers. Come and enjoy our friendly, popular group. For details call 01463 233231 or 01463 230803 or email soundsfamiliarmusic@aol.com 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. 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 TREES FOR LIFE GREEN DAYS OUT In Moray & Inverness-shire. Spend a day carrying out conservation tasks. Transport, tools and training free of charge. Pick ups available. Volunteers over 18 with a reasonable level of fitness. Every Wed & last Sun of the month. Booking essential. Call Mick on 01309 691292 or email mick@treesforlife.org.uk 1068 AIR CADETS Tues & Thurs, 7:15pm - 9:30pm, 2 Firth Street, Nairn. Activities ranging from flying to RAF Station visits. Ages 13 - 20. For details contact Fl. Lt. Andy Hartnell on 01667 453232 or email 1068@aircadets.org NAIRN ANGLING ASSOCIATION Contact 459250 or email nairnangling@tiscali.co.uk SSPCA INVERNESS Contact 455012 PLEASE NOTE: Details of Clubs & Societies are published on a rotational basis.

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make sense of it all is to understand where sin came from. The Bible clearly tells us that sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Even a good king like King David said in Psalm 51, ‘Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.’ And the Apostle Paul once wrote in Romans 3:23: ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ So is there hope for anyone? Yes there is, because John tells us in his Gospel - John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ You might think this sounds so simple because all we have to do is to believe and trust Jesus. Yet, when people are not trusting in Jesus they are trusting in themselves or something else - and that can lead to selfish actions and decisions. The Bible also tells us that in the last days, people will be selfish, abusive, ungrateful, slanderous, and without love (2 Timothy 3). But how can we make this world a better place? First of all, we need to

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon.Tel: 01667 462224. Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sundays 12noon. Contact Fraser Turner (interim moderator) on 01463 794004 Cawdor Parish Church Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev. JS Mathieson: 01667 493217. Nairn Baptist Church Nairn Community Centre. Sundays 11am. Contact the pastor: 01667 459672 or secretary 01667 452351 or visit www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Nairn Christian Fellowship Sundays 10.30am. Wednesday 7.30pm: praise & Bible study. Sandy Shaw: 01667 456492. 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 on alternate weeks (Gordon Street). Minister Murdo MacLeod: 01667 459131. Old Parish Church 10.30am: holiday worship and crèche. Contact Fraser Turner (interim moderator) on 01463 794004 St Ninians Church Sunday services and Sunday school:

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allow Jesus to change us for the better. And as we abide in Him, He will satisfy us independently of others or circumstances. At the same time, His words will guide us and help us to become better people. It is no secret that Satan is destroying friendships and relationships that God intended to bring joy into our lives. And the greatest relationship anyone can have is with Jesus Christ. Incidentally, there is nothing stopping anyone from having that kind of relationship with Jesus apart from their sin and unbelief! At the end of the day, we are all responsible for the choices we make in life, but will our choices make us better people? I believe with God’s help and grace all things are possible!

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10.15am. Wednesday 7.30pm: prayer meeting. Contact Fraser Turner (interim moderator) on 01463 794004 St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Family Eucharist on Sundays at 10.30am. Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10.30am. conatct Rev.Canon Alison J Simpson 01667 452458 St Mary’s Catholic Church IV12 4RJ. Saturday Vigil 6pm. Sunday Mass 11.30am. Tel: 01667 453323. United Reformed Church Sunday services and Sunday School with crèche 11am. Contact Rev. Steven Manders: 01667 451443. The Pentecostal Church of God Nairn Sundays 10.30am. Contact Minister JD Grant on 01667 456088 or visit www.churchofgodnairn.org 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 tamsyn@spotlighton.co.uk

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FEBRUARY 2014 26 wednesday highland rock garden club 7:30pm, nairn community centre. cliff booker, srgc travelling speaker “the definitive dolomites”. call 01320 366246 for details.

27 thursday moray society lecture 2pm, elgin museum hall. a lecture on ‘church interiors in moray’ by marion yool, nadfas. df concerts presents: the stranglers + nine below zero @ ironworks 7pm. over 14s (u16s with adult). call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

28 friday macmillan cancer support (forres) ceilidh 7:30pm at the mosset tavern. tickets are £10 and include stovies. available from committee members, the macmillan shop on forres high street. for more info contact sue hellon on 01309 678875 cinema nairn: ‘a very long engagement’ 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. tickets at the door. for more info visit cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk

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free public talks on men’s health inshes church. for details or to get involved in the work of men’s health highland contact dr. trevor escott on 01463 239746 or tescott@btinternet.com world day of prayer check locally for a service in your area.

9 sunday global energy inverness 1/2 marathon 5k team attack & fun run registration 9:30am - 11:45am/12pm. races start on bught road, inverness from 12:30. runners finish at queen's park stadium running track. prize-giving at 2pm & 2:45pm. come along and support the runners.

12 wednesday highland rock garden club 7:30pm, nairn community centre. sandy leven (srgc) “north american woodland plants”. call 01320 366246 for details.

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film season @ universal hall - ‘girl rising’ 7.30pm. part of the take one action film festival) £5 / £4 concs / £3 u16. call 01309 691170 •www.universalhall.co.uk

2 sunday dm concerts presents: the orchestra feat. former elo & elo II members @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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@GREENFIELDS The newest venue for family and corporate days out has opened this year as an exciting new brand‌ @Greenfields is the latest, all-welcoming visitor attraction - just 4 miles east of Elgin on the A96 outside Lhanbryde. @Greenfields is where kids can laugh and scream with joy in The PlayBarn; youngsters and adults can catch the adrenaline-filled thrills of both the Kart Raceway and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting; families can experience full-on fun for all age groups and finish the day with a supremely tasty chef-cooked meal in The Barn Steakhouse & Grill Restaurant. As a short-term visitor you are welcome for coffee & cake or Scottish cream teas, and businesses can incorporate all the above to create the most exhilarating corporate venture.

Established exactly 5 years ago, this is the North of Scotland's largest indoor play centre. Extensive research into children's indoor play and leisure has been paramount in developing The PlayBarn concept to match the entertainment needs of visiting kids and their parents. The PlayBarn is a massive 3,780 square foot building packed to the rafters with fun and adventurous activities for children. We encourage parent and child interaction by allowing adults to play with their children in the frame. Anne, our Supervisor, and her dedicated team are always there to ensure children have a memorable stay and play, and are able to offer the most exciting Party

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Packages, too. Refreshments are always available, and watch out for our outdoor play area. Off peak The PlayBarn is open 5 days a week, while peak times see it opened 7 days. We are open from 10am to 5pm, extending to 7pm on Fridays. Please phone 01343 843101 or check our website for regular up to date information – www.greenfieldsfunfarm.co.uk.

The Barn Steakhouse & Grill Restaurant The welcome found at The Barn Steakhouse & Grill Restaurant is second to none. Restaurant Supervisor Fiona, together with new Head Chef Rudy and staff are on hand to ensure an excellence of menus and service that surpasses other local establishments. This unique restaurant has so much to offer its customers; from speciality coffees and cake through to all-day-breakfasts; from weekday luncheons to Sunday roasts; from high teas to full-blown suppers and evening dinners; from succulent steaks to sumptuous specials. We also cater for weddings. Produce is deliberately sourced both locally and from within Scotland wherever possible, and always freshly cooked to order. Of course the restaurant is licensed, offering local real ales and a full wine list to accompany your meal, together with all the usual spirits and liqueurs. It is virtually unheard of to find any restaurant that can not only offer all the great food, service, comfort and ambience that one could wish for, but also offers whisky aficionados the brilliant opportunity to savour more than 80 different


whiskies from around Scotland – that’s worth repeating – more than 80 whiskies! Last orders Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 4pm, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm. For reservations call 01343 843101, or visit www.greenfields funfarm.co.uk

Laser Pigeon Shooting LaserClay Clay Pigeon Shooting @Greenfields has a sport which can be enjoyed by everyone and is now available in conjunction with karting. Players use modified shotguns to fire an infra-red beam at clays launched from a conventional clay launcher. Whenever a trigger is pulled, the control module/scoreboard generates the shotgun ‘bang’ and when a player hits the target it reproduces the sound of breaking clay. An indicator on the gun instantly tells the player whether he has hit or missed the target. Package deals available

Elgin Kart Raceway Elgin Kart Raceway with @Greenfields offers the ultimate in outside Karting. The track offers the option of ‘Arrive & Drive’ or ‘Mini Grand Prix.’ Whether you're looking for a fun day out for the family, a team-building event with a difference or a corporate hospitality day with a buzz, then Elgin Kart Raceway is the place for you. No experience necessary - we'll show you what to do! Everything is provided including helmets, gloves and suits. We'll even provide you with waterproof suits if it is raining. The wetter... the better... we believe! Your safety is assured - we have an excellent safety record. So what are you waiting for?

Corporate Days Stuck for somewhere different to hold your business conference, your corporate days, or even your corporate family days – give @Greenfields a call and they will arrange everything you need. You will have time for fun, great food (and drink), excitement, and hopefully time to debate and discuss business matters, too.

Future Attractions In the expectation that visitors always want more to do, more entertainment and an awesome experience, @Greenfields plan to add to its attractions with Music days and evenings, Create & Craft markets, and by providing access through acres of forests and lochside trails. The latter will not just be for visitors but for their dogs, too. Check our website for these forthcoming developments. The PlayBarn and The Barn Steakhouse Grill: Tel: 01343-843101 Email: theplaybarn@live.co.uk www.greenfieldsfunfarm.co.uk Elgin Kart Raceway and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting: Tel: 01343 843666/07769 882582 Email: info@elginkartraceway.co.uk

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Moray Science Festival 2014 Families Day Moray College UHI, Elgin Saturday 22nd March 10am - 4pm

“The Triumphs of Transport” Glider Army Trucks Rockets Bugs and Reptiles Zombies and much more

mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact for schedule: 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com

17 monday cinema nairn: ‘the maggie’ 2pm at nairn community & arts centre. tickets at the door. for more info visit cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk

18 tuesday leo and anto @ ironworks 7:30pm. over 14s. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

21 friday cinema nairn: ‘spirit of ‘45’ 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. tickets at the door. for more info visit cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk pbw presents: rock n wrestle 2@ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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mundole equestrian: british dressage & unaffiliated contact 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com brodie castle wedding open day 12pm - 4pm. free entry. great opportunity to see the castle and stables setup for your wedding. for more info visit www.nts.org.uk/events sport relief join the national campaign by entering a 1, 3 or 6 mile run in the village of cromdale. enter at www.sportrelief.com. for local info call 01479 873488

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14 friday moray science festival race night (over 18 only) 7pm first race 7:30pm, moray bowling club, seafield st, elgin. free entry. come along and watch the gee gees and have a flutter! minimum of 4 people in a team. games, raffle prizes with optional fancy dress. dr feelgood @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

15 saturday craft fair and pop up vintage cafe 12pm - 4pm, nairn community centre. contact jo ross 07708 939238 nairn sailing club used outdoor equipment sale 10am - 4pm. sell outgrown, last season, unwanted outdoor equipment. any large items can be displayed outside - boats, bikes, tents etc. £10 per table in the clubhouse. limited space so book early. email angie at eastwoodinnairn@hotmail.co.uk song of the tide...nature art large screen performance with piano music 7:30pm universal hall, findhorn. with dietmar voorwold (photography) and susanne olbrich (piano), support iona leigh (vocals, harp). tickets £10 (£8 concs) available on the door. nairn men’s breakfast 9:45am for 10am, nairn dunbar golf club. testimony by tommy hunt. share food and fellowship and hear what god is doing in other people’s lives. call campbell on 01667 455149 by 6:30pm fri 14th march to book your place. page 16 - March 2014

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music nairn presents ‘divertimenti string sextet’ 7:30pm nairn community and arts centre. playing strauss, martinu, boccherini, brahms. for more info visit www.musicnairn.org.uk or call 01667 455701

29 saturday al-anon family groups ‘public meeting’ 10:30am 12pm at the thistle hotel, millburn road, inverness. if you are concerned about someone else’s drinking please come along - perhaps we can help. nairn variety show 2014 @ nairn community centre. hosted by stv news reporter nicola mcalley and john the prof matheson. a night of song,music & dance. tickets £15. all proceeds to the highland hospice. call jill on 07795 818089. in memory of fraser cruickshank who died at only 19. ceilidh 7:30pm, glen mhor hotel, inverness. another popular evening of live music & ceilidh dancing from reel ceilidhs. all welcome! advance tickets £5 online only from www.reelceilidhs.moonfruit.com. standard tickets £6.50

30 sunday mundole equestrian: show jumping entry on the day. contact 07901 602042 or mundole1@btinternet.com james ross concert @ brodie castle within the main drawing room. for further details and to book call 0844 493 2156 or go onto www.nts.org.uk/events

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Nairn Scenic Properties NAIRN SCENIC PROPERTIES 1 Bridge Street, Nairn IV12 4EJ

01667 459889 07835979996 www.nairnscenicproperties.com admin@nairnscenicproperties.com

Plot for Sale The Neuk Guide Price £80,000 Sizeable plot in semi-rural location at top of Moss-Side Road. Existing derelict house approx 100sm.

Great Value family home. Updated kitchen/diner, lounge, three good sized double bedrooms, updated bathroom. Front garden with parking. Large south/east facing garden. Must View

105 Osprey Crescent Fixed Price £175,000 Superb three bed detached bungalow with garage. Generous corner plot with open south west facing garden. WC/Cloakroom, Large Lounge/Diner, 3 bedrooms, bathroom. Early viewing advised.

21 Table Road FIXED PRICE £220,000

17, Balmakeith Park, FIXED PRICE £239,000

Spacious 4 bed family home with large rear garden with conservatory. Stunning views and access to rear field. Comprises, Lounge, Dining area, second reception, kitchen/diner, utility room, wc, master bed with en suite and two further large double bedrooms. Must view to appreciate.

Fabulous four bed family home with new sun room extension. 2 bath, lounge, kitchen/diner, utility room, garage. Lovely views –south facing garden and fields beyond. Picture of views.

40 Spires Crescent, Nairn REDUCED FIXED PRICE £210,000 Finished to a high specification and immaculate walk in condition. Comprises Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen/Diner, Utility Room, Downstairs WC/cloakroom, Master Bedroom with en suite, two further double bedrooms, large family bathroom, integral garage, gardens front and back.

11 Dulsie Drive Fixed Price £125,000 NO STAMP DUTY

(Reduced £11,000 below survey value)

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WE’RE ALL EYES AND EARS Specsavers is a trusted name in eyecare but did you know that more people also choose Specsavers for their hearing care than any other private provider? The high street hearing specialists now offer services in Moray and the Highlands at three new clinics. The state-of-the-art Hearing Centres, based within the Specsavers stores in Elgin, Inverness and Dingwall, offer customers free in-store hearing tests, advice and help with hearing problems. Dorothy Goodson, Specsavers’ senior audiologist who has joined the team to head up the new Hearing Centres following 10 years with the NHS, says: ‘One in seven adults in the UK experience some degree of hearing loss so there’s no need to feel embarrassed about hearing problems. ‘There are different demands on our ears at different times so our hearing is something we

should have checked regularly – particularly as we grow older. One thing to remember is that with the advances in technology there’s no need to live with a problem, we can prescribe a solution to suit your lifestyle.’ With a fully qualified team of dedicated hearing aid professionals equipped with the latest advanced audiology technology, each centre offers customers access to Specsavers Hearing Centres’ years of experience in taking care of the nation’s hearing. As well as offering free in-store hearing tests, the clinics offer a full range of innovative digital hearing aids. To schedule a free check-up for you or someone you know who may have a hearing loss, contact: Specsavers Elgin, Inverness or Dingwall today.


SPECSAVERS HEARING CENTRE NOW OPEN COMPLETE DIGITAL HEARING PACKAGE FROM £495 At your Specsavers Hearing Centres, we offer free hearing tests and you will only ever be seen by a qualified hearing professional. Plus our advance range of digital hearing aids uses the latest technology from world-leading manufacturers. Our hearing aid package includes two hearing aids, four years’ worth of batteries and aid enhancements such as directional microphones and auto telephone/telecoil. And for peace of mind, we will also guarantee your hearing aids for four years. All of this from £495. So call us today for a free, no obligation hearing assessment. Or find out more at specsavers.co.uk/hearing

Dingwall 16-17 High Street. Tel 01349 869 850 Elgin 96-98 High Street. Tel 01343 552 204 Inverness 44-48 High Street. Tel 01463 241 341

Applies to Specsavers advance range. Both hearing aids for customer’s sole use. Cannot be used with other offers. ©2014 Specsavers Hearcare Group Limited. All rights reserved.


HARRISON’S Home Improvements Ltd FULLY FITTED KITCHENS Harrison’s Own Brand Kitchens

RENOVATIONS/HOME IMPROVEMENT PACK – 4 Home Improvements for only £20,000!

LEVEL 1 Any 13 Units, Worktops, Cornice, Pelmets Select from 2 ranges

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£2499 Supplied and Fitted LEVEL 2 Any 13 Units, Worktops, Cornice, Pelmets Select from 7 ranges

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£3500 Supplied and Fitted 50% Off Selected Ranges

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FULLY FITTED BATHROOMS Refresher Package 13-Piece Bathroom Set – perfect for smaller bathrooms where budget is key

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£2999 inc VAT and Installation

£5499 inc VAT and Installation

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Combi Boiler 7 Radiators plus Pipework and Valves

£8999 inc VAT and Installation

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SpotLight on Nairn & District March 2014