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Clubs, Societies & Regular Meetings 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

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FAMILY FIRST (BADENOCH, STRATHSPEY & NAIRN) Support service via home based volunteer support and or group support for families with a child under 4. Contact Lynne 452865 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 County Hospital and also provide equipment for the hospital. Contact 452243 LYNX NETBALL CLUB OF NAIRN All abilities welcome. S1 and up. Contact Kim Neill tel: 455486 MEN’S CHOIR Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm9.30pm 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 HIGHLAND GAMES COMMITTEE Contact 452422 or email info@nairnhighlandgames.co.uk www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk 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, good blether & more. All welcome. Call Moira on 455011

Vo i c e G y m C h o i r For anyone who just wants to sing. Covering music from Classical to Gospel, Music Theatre to Pop, Every Friday at Rosebank Hall, Academy Street, Nairn. Junior Voicegym is from 6.15 – 7.15 & Adult Choir 7.30 – 9.00 Price: £5 for everyone. Contact Simone on 07860569394 or simonelaraway@gmail.com NAIRN MEN'S BREAKFAST 3rd Saturday every month (not Jul & Dec) 9.45am at Windsor Hotel Nairn. The opportunity for men of all ages & denominations to share how their life changed through faith in JESUS. Call 01667 455149 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

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FREE SOCIAL GROUP Last Thursday every month 7pm Muckle Cross, Elgin. For over 21s in Moray Walking group, weekends away, attending music, theatre & cinema events. New members always welcome. SEAFORTH CLUB Private members club, welcoming guests & visitors to a warm, comfortable and friendly environment. Weekend entertainment, incl. bingo & dancing to live music. Contact 452509 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.

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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Pastoral letter and Church Meetings By the time you read this, the Easter season will be over- kids and adults will have eaten their fill of chocolate eggs and families will have reconnected over the school and bank holiday. Hopefully the weather will have improved sufficiently to allow us to contemplate the garden and the possibility of summer barbecues. But maybe, just maybe we should also contemplate something else; after Easter Christians celebrate the resurrection story and the fact that God is on the loose. God is out of the box! You see when you think about it we all have a tendency to box God, to keep religion firmly under control. We tend to access God on our terms subjecting God to the rules

and regulations of Church structures and practices as and when we want to access them. We create clubs of church goers, and too often we exclude others particularly those on the margins of society from our religious experiences. But people and especially religious people should take time to reflect on this; it is because of Easter that we believe in the resurrection and so God is free, free from the constraints of religious systems, free to use religion to meet our needs in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected people. God you see still speaks to us both within churches and beyond them. His resurrection offers the possibility of changing people and society by touching them hope and love. His resurrec-

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church C of S Sunday service at 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12noon. Call 462224 Nairn Baptist Church 11am every Sunday & 6pm every third Sunday of the month. Meets in Nairn Community Centre. Call the Pastor 459672 or visit www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sunday Service at 12 noon. Rev. Ricky Reid 451675. Cawdor Parish Church Sunday service at 10.15am. Rev. JS Mathieson 493217 Nairn Free Church Sunday at 11am with Sunday School & Creche (Gordon St); Evening 6pm (Gordon St); Youth Club for S1 up on Wed at 6.30pm (Rosebank Hall); Prayer & Bible Study Thurs at 11am or 7:30pm alternate Weeks (Gordon Street). Minister Murdo MacLeod 459131. Nairn Christian Fellowship Sunday Worship 10.30am; Praise & Bible Study Wednesday 7.30pm. Call Sandy Shaw 456492. Old Parish Church meets at 10.30am for morning page 6 - May 2012

tion speaks of a different perspective where all people matter and where we are touched with an innate beauty and worth because God freely loves us. And if God is free, if Christ is risen, well the world is turned upside down and our prejudices and personal ideologies are challenged to see that God is no longer black or white, man or woman, gay or straight, catholic or protestant. What matters is that God by his resurrection is still working in the world to renew it , transforming us by his love and mercy and the forgiveness of our sins.

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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 Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scottish Episcopal Family Worship 10.30am. Evening Prayer 6.30pm. Rev. Canon Alison Simpson 452458. St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church IV12 4RJ, Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday Mass 11.30am, tel: 453323 United Reformed Church Morning Service with Sunday School & Creche 11am. Rev. Steven Manders 451443. The Pentecostal Church of God Nairn Sundays at 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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Community Council News EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 15TH OF FEBRUARY 2012 OF NAIRN COUNCIL

Sandown RY invited comments on the recently held Charrette on Sandown. It was generally felt that it was very professionally led, well chaired and did an effective job of bringing out peoples views. The Charrette was not to address whether Sandown should be developed, but that it was a given that it would, and that over the three days discussion would be what would be there, how it would be developed and within what context. BS commented that the consultants had noted that without a good town centre a development at Sandown would not thrive. BS felt that this was the most important conclusion and underlined how critical the town centre development is to the town as a whole. GV observed that one interesting point to emerge was that those landowners who retained a long term interest in the land being developed (like the Cawdor Maintenance Trust at Delnies) were able to place conditions on the future use of the land which are much stronger and harder to overturn than Planning conditions. This was both relevant and useful in respect of Sandown, where the trustees of the Common Good could – if they chose – maintain oversight and impose similar conditions The Charrette is process is not over. Once the consultants fine tune the ideas put forward, sketches and displays will be available for public viewing at the Golf View Hotel on 29th February from 3pm until 7pm, with meeting commencing after public viewing at 7pm. RY encouraged residents to attend the viewing at the Golf View Hotel Town Centre RY noted that Nairnshire Telegraph had reported that Old Community Centre would be demolished starting on 05 March 2012 and would take a couple of months. She was hoping that this could be extended to include the Petrol Station owned by the Coop but this is still being negotiated. The site would be cleared, landscaped and made into parking. It was hoped that the stone King Street buildings would be converted into use, whether housing or business. Councillor Liz MacDonald favoured the buildings being used for rented council housing. Veterinary Practice application (Lodgehill)

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A planning application had been submitted to the Council for a small rear extension to the Lodgehill Clinic building to enable its use as a veterinary clinic. Traffic Issues, Ratruns Bill Young had written a letter on behalf of NWCC to Mr Richard Evans, Area Roads and Community Works Manager of THC regarding Local Authorities Traffic Orders regulations of 1999 and Prohibition of Vehicles except for Access, Marine Road to Altonburn Road, Nairn. The letter addresses the ‘rat runs’ through the west end of Nairn due primarily to installation of traffic lights. A96 through traffic is increasingly using these residential streets to avoid traffic lights and tail backs of traffic during peak times. This creates problems in a quiet residential area with elderly residents. The lack of pavements on some stretches is a safety issue – along Sandown Farm Lane and by the Links, an area with open play parks which visitors are encouraged to visit. The letter invited solutions, and proposed the installation of restricted access signage. BY noted that there would be a statutory consultation process and looked forward to receiving a response from Highland Council. BS was disappointed that public and press reaction had so far been very negative. Prejudiced comments did a disservice to the serious points being raised. The pr oblem had arisen because of the authorities’ failure to consider the local impact of the additional traffic lights. It was not only a matter of ‘rat runs’ through the West End of Nairn. There was also a serious safety issue of traffic using the Croy/Cawdor/Auldearn road as an unofficial bypass. There should have been more joined up thinking between Transport Scotland and Highland Council planners.. RY felt that the problem of traffic tail backs will resurface during the summer months and wondered how could this be addressed. Police are not traffic planners, they enforce laws and do not analyse traffic flow. Mr Colin Macaulay pointed out that police are there for crime prevention and ‘driving without due care and attention’ is a crime. Anyone can contact the police to report this, which could result in the offender receiving points on their licence. Cllr LM advised consultation with the police

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over traffic issues and encouraged CC’s to write to Keith Brown the Transport Minister to keep up the pressure for the Nairn Bypass to be brought forward as soon as possible RY looked forward to receiving a reply from THC Any other Business- Firhall Bridge RY enquired how Mr Murd Dunbar was progressing with campaign to improve accessibility across Firhall bridge. MD replied that the pipe on the bridge was to be removed in May, as per copy of letter received from Ron Mackenzie of THC dated 17 February 2012, but was still seeking the funding for ramps. The cost was likely to be some £30,000. MD had heard from Cllr Graham Marsden that non accessible signs were to be placed near the bridge, after discussion with Access Panel regarding access. Cllr Liz MacDonald mentioned the possibility of some cash for the accessibility ramps coming from the discretionary fund which has £50,000 per annum to draw upon. However if £30,000 were to be allocated to Firhall bridge, this would mean significantly less funding being available to the many other local organisations, groups and events such as the Book and Arts Festival. The discretionary fund prefers to match fund projects. Chances of matched funding might be significantly greater if contributors could also be obtained from elsewhere. There then followed discussion over funding from various sources. BS regretted that when amounts of money became available for community use, such as the Sainsbury money, there had been no consultation on how this money should be assigned. The money had been allocated to improvements to shop frontage in the High street, CCTV improvements and street lights. Even if these were worthy projects, BS felt there should be more transparency and local public discussion to get ideas on how to allocate the money. and to prioritise needs within the community. Cllr Liz Macdonald agreed. John Dolan hoped there might be an opportunity for ‘community gain’ from development at Nairn South, and MD added that there could be similar monetary opportunities with Sandown.

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Local Holidays, School Term Dates &Useful Numbers Local Holidays May Day Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Queens Diamond Jubilee Inverness Holiday Summer Bank Holiday Inverness Holiday Inverness Holiday St Andrews Day

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School Holidays 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 Regional Closure Wed. 13th February 2013 Regional Closure Thursday 14th February 2013 Regional Closure Friday 15th February 2013 Spring Term Ends Thursday 28th March 2013 Good Friday Holiday Friday 29th March 2013

Useful Numbers SCHOOLS Auldearn Primary School ............................(01667) 452118 Cawdor Primary School ..............................(01667) 402460 Millbank Primary School..............................(01667) 452240 Rosebank Primary School ..........................(01667) 454090 Nairn Academy ............................................(01667) 453700 Moray College Nairn Learning ....................(01667) 456759 DOCTORS Nairn Hospital A&E .....................................(01667) 452101 The Lodgehill Clinic ....................................(01667) 452096 Arderseir Medical Practice ..........................(01667) 452278 Nairn Sports Medicine Clinic ......................(01667) 454523 DENTISTS Jones Jones & Behrendt ............................(01667) 453189 RM Donald & Associates ............................(01667) 454603 PHARMACIES Lloyds Pharmacy ........................................(01667) 453100 Boots The Chemist ......................................(01667) 453169 page 10 - May 2012

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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Various news reports of misbehaviour in the Parliament bars might lead some to believe that we MPs do nothing more than spend our weeknights in the bars around Parliament. Unfortunately, for most of us this is untrue. But when the opportunity arose for a quick half pint in the name of work, who was I to pass it up? When I was told that Stephen Crossland from the Loch Ness Brewery was in Parliament to visit his ale and I had been invited to join him for a half pint, I didn’t need to be asked twice, I was delighted that a real ale from my constituency had been chosen to go on tap in the Parliament Strangers bar. The Loch Ness Brewery is a small 2-barrel plant that produces 6 regular beers a year using the finest of malts, hops and highland water. What better way to demonstrate what the Highlands have to offer? And it seems the aptly named Ness Minister beer proved a big hit amongst the MPs. By the time we arrived on Wednesday afternoon, three of the five kegs that had been sent down were already empty. Danny Alexander MP

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APRIL 2012 continued 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com 12hr charity film fest 10am - 10pm, forres town hall. to raise funds for click sergeant mfr cash for kids. 6 films throughout the day starting with disney for younger kids, family films & finishing with films for adults. audience involvement on choice of screenings. visit www.filmforres.co.uk. donation of 50p under 12s and £1 over 12s. refreshments on sale.

famous company of professional singers from st petersburg, who perform a selection of Russian folk songs, classical & sacred music. Adults £10, concessions £8 at www.nts.org.uk/events or call 0844 493 2156 evening of mediumship with june field at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk for tickets and more information.

MAY 1 tuesday cawdor castle and gardens open for the season 7 days a week 10am - 5pm. enquiries and ticket info call 01667 404401, email info@cawdorcastle.com or visit www.cawdorcastle.com

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5 saturday funk'void & silicone soul @ ironworks 7:30pm. 18+. for tickets 08717894173 / www.ironworksvenue.com jamp @ universal hall 2pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £7/£6 concessions £4 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 treebadour puppet theatre presents "organic pepper" 2pm, the james milne institute, findhorn. (next to the stone piers). for children from 3 years. £4 per person. for bookings or info call elisabeth julian 01309 691225 or visit www.treebadour.co.uk elgin’s 2nd scottish theme day (part of the 12th spirit of speyside whisky festival) 10am - 4pm. browse the scottish themed market from 10am and enjoy the traditional scottish music & dance. activities held around the city centre and st giles centre. visit www.elginbid.com for info. new children's adventure playground @ brodie castle official opening at 11am. fun for all. visit www.nts.org.uk/events or call 0844 493 2156.

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MAY MA AY EVENTS Friday 111th 1th - June Field ...... ...................... ................ Evening of Mediumship Friday 25th - Cinema Nairn ................... ............... “Michael Clayton” 2007 (15) ilda Swinton’ Another chance to see TTilda Swinton’ss Oscar winningg performance Cloooney in this legal thriller. thriller. with George Clooney Sunday 27th - Music Nairn pres presents sents ....... “Anthony Hewitt” on Piano Coming up on o Friday 1st June Cabarret Evening and Fashion show Highland Hospice Cabaret

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5 saturday - 6 sunday mundole spring show closing date 20th april. call 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com

6 sunday music in a marquee with michael macmillan @ brodie castle 1:30pm - 4pm. enjoy afternoon tea with home baking. free entry. part of spirit of speyside whisky festival. visit www.nts.org.uk/events or call 0844 493 2156.

9 wednesday moray & nairn floral art club 7:30pm, ramnee hotel, forres. demonstration by audrey foster from north yorkshire - ‘re use & recycle’. call jean 01309 673552 or caroline 651375 for further details.

11 friday dodgy @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com concert with ‘lyra’ @ brodie castle 7:30pm. a world

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12 saturday coast @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

13 sunday mundole equestrian british dressage & unaffiliated dressage closing date 4th may. contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com buckie classic car show at linzee gordon park, buckie (next to tesco) no admission charge for the public or for classic vehicles. call 07831 263915 for enquiries or visit www.buckieclassiccarshow.org open garden, plant stall & teas in aid of help for heroes 1:30pm - 4:30pm at hawthorn cottage, dyke. contact bridget on 01309 641271 for more info.

16 wednesday roddy woomble @ ironworks 7:30pm. unreserved cabaret seating. for tickets or more information tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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Cinema Nairn

Cinema Listings May 2012

Friday 25th May, 7.30pm Michael Clayton 2007 (15) Visit cinemanairn.blogspot.com or contact Nairn Community Centre on 01667 453476 for details

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Throughout May

Bel Ami (15) Into The Abyss (12a) In Darkness (15) The Kid With A Bike (12a) Visit www.eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 234234 for details

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16 wednesday - 18 friday nairn drama club presents two one act plays - “have a nice day” and “a dog's life” 7:30pm, the little theatre, nairn. £6 on the door on the night. teas, coffees & wine available. contact sandra mcgowan on 01667 455899 or visit http://nairndrama.org.uk

17 thursday the pigeon detectives @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com

18 friday musical banquet - a feast fror your ears @ brodie castle 7:30pm. step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a delectable menu of musical treats. adults £14, concessions £12, incl. souvenir programme, at www.nts.org.uk/events or 0844 493 2156

19 saturday ‘time for tease’ burlesque night @ ironworks 9pm. 18+. standing. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com ‘the trees that made britain’ rhs talk by tony kirkham 11am, cawdor community centre, with refreshments. followed by a tour of cawdor gardens at 2pm and 3:30pm. £5 rhs members, £7.50 non members. booking essential. enquiries & ticket info call 01667 404401, email info@cawdorcastle.com by the seat of your pants @ universal hall 4pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £7 / £6 concessions / £5 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or at www.wegottickets.com nairn men’s breakfast 9:45am for 10am, windsor hotel, nairn. meet other men christian & non christian and share food and fellowship. speaker ronnie mclean. phone campbell 01667 455149 or dereck 01667 456088 by friday 18th may 2012 to book a place. traditional may fair at moray steiner school 11am 4pm. craft Activities, live music & maypole dancing, stalls, school tours, café and bbq. discover the magic of community at this traditional may fair. call 01309 676300 or visit www.moraysteinerschool.org highland escapes show 10am - 5pm, smithton culloden free church & conference centre, inverness tickets £3 adults, children under 12 free. only independent holiday, travel & ‘days out’ show in scottish highlands. visit http://highlandescapesshow.co.uk more info.

19 saturday - 27 sunday highland soil biodiversity festival 9 days of illustrated talks, field visits & guided walks to raise awareness of the importance of soils for nature & wildlife. events throughout the highlands. for further info visit www.highlandbiodiversity.com .

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20 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com gordon castle highland games and country fair 11am - 5pm, fochabers. for details & tickets at a special on-line discount visit our website www.gordoncastle.co.uk/highland-games stand up and be kilted for moray with fred macauly & friends 7:30pm for 8pm start, mansfield hotel, elgin. an evening of fun & comedy. another opportunity to wear a kilt or touch of tartan to raise the profile of moray. tickets £20 can be reserved at info@moraychamber.co.uk.

23 wednesday - 28 monday happyness - inverness play host to an exciting new comedy festival. world renowned comedy stars as well as newcomers, break-through acts & gaelic talent. includes ardal o’hanlon, bill bailey, dylan moran and scotland’s own fred macaulay. visit www.happy-ness.co.uk

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26 saturday christian aid cupcake coffee morning 10am - 12pm, cawdor community centre. entry by donation. all welcome. children - join in and decorate a cupcake.

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MAY 2012 continued abc boxing tournament returns to ironworks 7pm. 16+. unreserved seating. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

27 sunday music nairn presents anthony hewitt (piano) 7:30pm, nairn community & arts centre. playing schumann, schubert, chopin & more. tickets £18, members £14, students £2. for info call 01667 453476 or visit www.olympianist.com. lofty arts @ the loft 10am - 12noon, east grange farm, kinloss. creative fun sessions £4 per child - all children welcome (accompanied by an adult). booking recommended call 01343 850111

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All children welcome Sessions: £4 per child (booking desirable but not essential).

30 wednesday inverness college uhi open evening from 5:30pm 7:30pm, longman campus refectory. for people interested in joining courses in aug & sept 2012. for info call 01463 273000 or email info@inverness.uhi.ac.uk tannahill weavers @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10 / £8 concessions / £6 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or at www.wegottickets.com

31 thursday open air performance of macbeth by the lord chamberlain’s men gates open 6pm for a 7:30pm start. adults £14.50, children £8. enquiries and ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com

JUNE 2012 in brief 1 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping contact 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com highland hospice cabaret evening & fashion show at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk for tickets and more info 1 friday - 3 sunday northern roots festival held on bogbain farm, a short hop from inverness city centre, offering an enticing mix of folk, roots and country acts including blazin’ fiddles and the groanbox boys. for more info visit www.northernrootsfestival.co.uk 2 saturday swri arts & crafts show 11am - 3pm, elgin town hall. stalls & raffle, tea/coffee and home baking available. treebadour puppet theatre presents "the stolen birthday cake" 2pm, the james milne institute, findhorn. (next to the page 19 - May 2012

stone piers). hand puppet show for children from 3 years. £4 per person. info or bookings call elisabeth julian 01309 691225 or visit www.treebadour.co.uk diamond jubilee garden party & strawberry teas @ brodie castle 1:30pm - 4pm. with entertainment by the truly terrible orchestra and tony baxter. an afternoon of light hearted fun, children's games & crafts. www.nts.org.uk/events or 0844 493 2156 2 saturday - 3 sunday cawdor castle garden tours 11am & 2pm. included in normal gardens ticket. enquiries & ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com 3 sunday motorfun 12pm - 5pm, cooper park, elgin. organised by the rotary club of elgin. free event offers a new cars motor show, classic and vintage cars, "show and shine" cars, motorbikes, live entertainment, with bands, stalls and more. visit www.elginrotary.co.uk. 8 friday - 10 sunday rock ness on the very shores of loch ness. features headline performances from ed sheeran and indie folk favourites mumford and sons and noah and the whale, alongside scotland’s own biffy clyro. visit www.rockness.co.uk for more info. 9 saturday treebadour puppet theatre presents "kasper and crocodile visit nessie" 2pm, the james milne institute, findhorn. (next to the stone piers). hand puppet show for children from 3 years. £4 per person. info or bookings call elisabeth julian 01309 691225 or visit www.treebadour.co.uk strathpeffer victorian day - live music, street stalls, climbing wall, pony rides, bouncy castle, flea circus, dog display & much more. treasured vehicles show: to register contact 07736463762. free entry to the museum of childhood. finally an evening ceilidh in the pavilion. fun for all the family, with free park and ride from castle leod (shinty field) to all events. 13 wednesday moray & nairn floral art club 7:30pm, ramnee hotel, forres. demonstration by allan beatty from northern ireland ‘summer visit’. call jean 01309 673552 or caroline 651375 for further details. 16 saturday absolute elvis for ironworks 7pm. seated. tickets or info tel: 08717894173 / www.ironworksvenue.com treebadour puppet theatre presents "kasper and the highland games" 2pm, the james milne institute, findhorn. (next to the stone piers). hand puppet show for children from 3 years. £4 per person. info or bookings call elisabeth julian 01309 691225 or visit www.treebadour.co.uk 20 wednesday inverness college uhi open day 12 noon - 6pm, longman campus refectory. for people interested in joining courses in aug & sept 2012. for info call 01463 273000 or email info@inverness.uhi.ac.uk 21 thursday bbc antiques roadshow 9:30am - 4:30pm in the grounds of cawdor castle. enquiries and ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com 30 saturday mundole summer show, closing date 16th june, call 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com treebadour puppet theatre presents "crocodile has toothache" 2pm, the james milne institute, findhorn. (next to the stone piers). hand puppet show for children from 3 years. £4 per person. bookings or info call elisabeth julian 01309 691225 or visit www.treebadour.co.uk

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The superb weather in March really caught everyone on the hop. On lawns all round the Firth, we soon began to see the grass start growing, far too early, and of course it soon needed a cut ! I may be too late of course, but the first cuts should always be just a trim. Indeed, my mission this season is to persuade as many amateur green keepers as possible to resist the urge to scalp the lawn. I have to say, it seems to be a “man-thing”. It is truly the worst thing you can do to a piece of lawn turf. A domestic lawn is a completely different beast to the putting green at the golf club, different base, different grass and a different treatment regime. Scalping a lawn takes the leaf off the grass plant, removes the colour, and inhibits strength and growth. Weak grass on a lawn provides less resistance to the competition, and in our part of the world, that means MOSS. We all have enough trouble keeping it at bay, without actually encouraging it to flourish ! If you haven’t done so already, now is when you need to give your lawn a spring fertiliser, and perhaps make a start at weed killing. We started our customers’ lawns in March (usually an early spring start for those living along the milder “banana belt”, from Nairn to Fochabers), and in April we tend to get going in Inverness and the surrounding area. Crucial in spreading lawn fertiliser is an accurate application. It’s easy for us as we have calibrated rotary spreaders, and I know some of you have little “trolley” spreaders. You have to be careful though as it’s all too easy to end up with “tiger stripes” of burnt lawn ! Lawn weeds are also up and running now and it is a good idea to get on top of them while they are young, and before they seed. With the mower coming out of the shed now, it is a good time to check the blade, and if it is blunt or pitted, get it sharpened. A blunt blade chews the grass rather than cutting it, and will leave a ragged cut on the grass leaf causing bruising and brown tips, and making the plant more susceptible to disease. Also check the cutter height is not set too low, we recommend a cut of not less than 1” as it leaves a decent amount of leaf on the plant, allowing good photosynthesis to occur and a green and healthy plant. The most common problems we see are scalped, weak lawns with poor colour and the resultant bad moss. Now is a good time to aerate and scarify the lawn, especially if you didn’t get it done last Autumn. We tend not to scarify once new grass starts growing as we find it often takes too much of a hammering from a vigorous scarifying machine such as ours. We use a professional blade scarifier which cuts through thatch build up (the perfect habitat for moss to

flourish). This is a more rigorous process than simply raking out existing moss (which just grows back) as it actually removes the main cause of moss growth.

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May Specials! 2 course Lunch* (excludes Sundays) £8.95 3 course Sunday Lunch.. £19.95 2 course Spring into Summer Menu* inc complimentary bottle wine ... £40.00 per couple

Come and see our full range of Handmade luxury Belgian chocolates in our newly opened shop at

4 for the price of 3 Afternoon Tea includes: sandwiches, scones, cakes, Tea and Coffee from .....£9.95

15 High Street, Elgin (opposite the council buildings).

per person

Relax with friends or family in the surroundings of our wonderful gardens. Drinks of all types can be served, including a stock of Caringorms Tradewinds Real Ale. Slàinte!

Ideal for that special gift

*Max’ table of 6

A drink in the sun!

Knockomie Hotel is licensed to hold Civil Weddings

Tel 01343 547700

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travel

Dreaming of... A Short Break

Time can be limited in our busy lives today but taking a few days away can sometimes be all we need to recharge our batteries! For some a City Break may be the answer. There are a few good choices from Scottish Airports one of the most convenient being the flight from Inverness to Amsterdam. A wonderful choice of Galleries, museums and colourful nightlife all a relatively short hop from home! Paris is another destination that never loses its appeal. The Champs Eysees, Arc de Triomphe and of course the Eiffel Tower are the obvious tourist stops but a wander through the Latin Quarter, St Germain and Montmarte gives you a real flavour of this beautiful city. This year is the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris so a wee side trip there will no doubt please the younger (and younger at heart) members of the family! Athens is now within reach with direct flights from Edinburgh. The Acropolis, Temple of Athena & the National Archaeological Museum are all in the city and a trip to The Sacred Site of Delphi to see the Temple of Apollo would provide enough knowledge to get a Gold Star in any school project on Ancient Greece! The Plaka area of Athens with it's maze of narrow streets is perfect for browsing stalls selling pottery, jewellery and marble. Eating out here is mainly outdoors in the Tavernas specialising in Souvlaki (kebab), spanakopita (spinach pie) & Meze (greek tapas) all washed down with some surprisingly good local wine! A short break doesn't need to be just a city however. More frequent flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow mean you can have a few days in the sun. Fly to Palma in Majorca - a wonderful city often overlooked - and you can combine a city and beach. Faro Airport makes the beaches of the Portugese Algarve easily accessable and Faro itself is not to be missed with some lovely churches and an old walled town overlooking the sea. The amazing nesting Storks all over the town are worth a visit alone! A bit longer onboard a plane will get you to Dubai which is perfect for a short break. A stay in some of the world's most elaborate hotels could be the ideal way to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday. Take a very fast lift ride up to the observation deck on the 124th floor of the world's highest building for remarkable views, shop in fabulous high end boutiques and the spice and gold souks or take a Dhow (boat) ride across the Creek - you can even Ski!

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The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry eased away from the terminal at Lochboisdale, South Uist, on a warm, still, late June afternoon. Bound for Oban. Many of the passengers were on deck. the usual mixture of local people, delivery drivers and tourists, taking advantage of the warm sun and the views. A couple were close to me at the rail. They had been on the Uists for two weeks, walking and looking at wild life and, although they had seen a lot of birds, their one regret was that they had not been able see to an otter during their stay. The Highlands and Islands are rightly famous for containing some of the last true wild areas in Europe and a rich variety of wildlife. Hardly a week goes by without close up images of Red squirrels or fishing Ospreys on the television and other media. So why had the couple on the rail not been able to realise their ambition of seeing a wild otter? After all, the Uistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are one of the best places in Europe to see these animals. The answer is, of course, that the Scottish wilderness is a tough place to live, food can be scarce and the weather makes survival demanding. So wildlife can be thin on the ground and in addition wild birds and animals avoid or hide from the people trying to watch them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; very annoying!

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7KH%LUG0DQ SEA HAWK, FISH EAGLE OR FISH HAWK THE OSPREY, one of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic birds will now be back on its breeding grounds after a long hard migration from its winter quarters in West Africa. Driving around any part of Speyside you will frequently see this amazing birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image adorned on sides of guest houses, hotels and local businesses. In fact it was the huge image of the Osprey that once hung on the side of the Old Aviemore Centre buildings that first lit my passion for this species (and hence the logo for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birding Ecosseâ&#x20AC;?) The Osprey is highly adapted to a life feeding on fish. Its talons have a reversible toe and rough, spiky scales that allow the bird to grip and carry a slippery fish in head on torpedo fashion. In full breeding season it has been known for the male to catch up to eight fish per day to feed its hungry chicks. And the sight of an Osprey plunging feet first into a

loch to catch a Pike or Brown trout is a sight that will long remain with you. At present two of the most famous Ospreys have returned to their favourite nesting sites. The first is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladyâ&#x20AC;? from the Loch of the Lowes, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve at Dunkeld, now in her 23rd year! And â&#x20AC;&#x153;EJâ&#x20AC;? at RSPB Loch Garten Reserve. Both are worth a visit (entrance fee payable to non SWT or RSPB members respectively) or alternatively log onto their websites to witness live video feeds direct from the nests! If you visit a local estuary such as Findorn bay in Moray or Loch Fleet in Sutherland you may just catch these birds as they pass through en route to their breeding grounds. For more detailed information log onto www.rspb.org.uk, www.swt.org.uk or www.roydennis.org Next month we will look at Sea Swallows, so until then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Birding!â&#x20AC;?

Information kindly supplied by Birding Ecosse, offering Birdwatching for beginners workshops.

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Index of Advertisers Ashley Ann ..........................................Outside Back Beaver Travel ........................................................25 Bitz Motorsport ......................................................30 Cantraybridge College ........................................13 Cawdor Castle ............................Inside Back Cover Excel Scotland Ltd ................................................25 Forres Tree Services..............................................25 Golf View Hotel ....................................................14 Gordon Castle ......................................................18 Gordon Scott Chartered Accountant ................12 GreenThumb (Inverness) ............................20-21 Horizon Blinds ......................................................27 JC Chimney Sweeps ........................................25 Knockomie Hotel ..................................................23 Kylauren Homes......................................................7 Logie Steading ......................................................25 Mackenzie & Cruickshank ....................................13 Moray Coast Veterinary Group ..............................3

Nairn Community & Arts Centre ..........................16 Nairn Museum ........................................................9 Nairn Scenic Properties ..........................................9 Olive Tree Chocolate ............................................23 PSE (Auldearn) ..........................Inside Front Cover Roof Wizard ..........................................................12 Scotengineering ....................................................13 The Loft Bistro ......................................5, 9, 18 & 19 Unique Beauty ................................Front Cover & 3 Universal Hall ......................................................15 Varis Training ..........................................................5 Voice Gym Choir ....................................................4 Wheelchair Care......................................................5 William Wilson ......................................................23 Windsor Hotel........................................................29 Winterburn Media....................................................3 Words By The Wayside ........................................11

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