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CAWDOR CURLING CLUB Call 404291 or 07831 760049 or email dave_rob@hotmail.com CROSSROADS Provide and develop a high quality, cost effective, domiciliary respite care service for carers within Nairn & Distict. Contact 455369

INVERNESS HOSPITAL RADIO Email requests to be played for someone in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness to: requests@invernes shospitalradio.co.uk. We are looking for ward visitors and technical team members. Email: enquiry@invernesshospitalradio .co.uk Contact Mr Atholl Menzies tel: 704500/704501

CULBIN SINGERS Regular Thursday evening practice sessions take place in St Laurence Church, Forres. New members welcome. Email: alasdair@manachie.eclipse.co.uk

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

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MORAY & NAIRN FLORAL ART CLUB Come and watch talented flower demonstrators at work. Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at Applegrove Primary School Contact May Bichan 01343 850634

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NAIRN BAPTIST CHURCH KRAFT CLUB Meets alternate Thursdays form 2-4pm at Blossoms Cafe on the Brae. Contact number 01667 453289 MOTHERCORE MANTRA GROUP Tuesdays 7.30 - 9pm. Beginners. Mantra is the repetitive chanting of sacred sounds for health, relaxation, stress relief and inner peace. Improves throat, voice & breathing. Tel. 459391 or e-mail ali.omshanti@yahoo.co.uk MUSIC NAIRN Charitable organisation to promote about seasonal events. Classical and chamber music of the highest quality chamber opera, poetry. Contact Nairn Community Centre 453476 NAIRN ANGLING ASSOCIATION Contact 459250 or email nairnangling@tiscali.co.uk NAIRN ARTS SOCIETY We meet in the Laing Hall, Fishertown. Regular demonstrations, exhibitions & sales of art works. Groups meet daily at various times. Contact Secretary Hazel Cullen tel: 456159 or visit www.nairnarts.co.uk

NAIRN BOWLING CLUB Monday & Wednesday 2pm, Friday 7pm, April-Sept, Juniors Sunday. Contact Mary Pellow 455515. New members welcome NAIRN COMMUNITY CENTRE Contact Sam Morrison 453476 NAIRN COMMUNITY TRANSPORT Call 01667 459337 or email nairncommunitytransport@googl email.com NAIRN LACE GROUP Self-help lace group meets Thursdays from 7.00 - 9.30 pm in Nairn Community Centre, Contact number 01667 453521 NAIRN COUNTY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD Contact 453286 NAIRN DISABLED SPORTS CLUB We cater for bowlers and athletes who have a disability. Contact 07766 952477 NAIRN DOMINO LEAGUE Contact 452496 NAIRN DRAMA CLUB Mondays from 7:30pm, The Little Theatre in Nairn. Amateur drama club open to everyone, whatever your interest in theatre. Visit www.nairndrama.org.uk, email enquiries@nairndrama.org.uk or phone Helen Wright tel: 452505 NAIRN HYDROTHERAPY POOL Monday - Saturday from 9.30am. For general health and well-being. Helps all ages & many mobility problems. Contact 455351 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.

cess. Mon - Friday 10am 4.30pm & Sat 10am - 1pm, Easter to Oct. Call 456791 NAIRN PLAY & LEISURE SCHEME 6 week summer play scheme. Mon, Wed & Fri 09.30 - 15.30hrs for children with learning difficulties in the Nairn area 4 - 18yrs providing activities & outings with trained staff. Call 452269 NAIRN U3A Self-help group for informal learning in a social setting for those no longer working full time. Meets fortnightly Wednesdays 1.45pm, Nairn Community Centre. A guest speaker may entertain us, or the afternoon might feature a poetry or play play reading, or a DVD, and ends with tea and biscuits. New members most welcome. Call 01667 453537 or visit www.nairnu3a.org.uk NAIRN SCHOOL OF DANCING Wednesdays, 3.30pm at the BB Hut, Old Parish Chruch. Contact Mrs Fraser 01463 729477 PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP NAIRN Last Wednesday of the month, 2pm in Nairn Hospital. For people with Parkinson’s, carers & family members. Speakers & discussions on medical matters and topics of general interest. Call 455236 NAIRN EQUESTRIAN FUN CLUB Contact 01309 641474

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To the moon Sixty years ago some men were digging a deep wide hole. Passers by asked, “What are you doing?” and one man answered, “We are going to the moon”, only to hear the retort, “Is that not the wrong direction?” No! They were preparing a foundation for the launch pad. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, speaks about foundations. If there is something wrong or inadequate with our foundations, then whatever we build will be faulty and fragile. Foundations are vital. Jesus, taking an illustration from his building days, shows us two men. One is wise and one is foolish. Each builds a house, and when the construction is complete they look the same. From the outside you could not tell the difference. There came a fierce violent storm. The rain was heavy, and the water level rose. The wind blew and battered the two houses, and that of the wise man weathered the storm, but the house of the foolish man ‘fell with a great crash’. Jesus is teaching, “Everyone who

hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock”. For some 18 years, Jesus had been familiar with methods used in the building trade. The wise man had dug deep, until he is able to build on solid rock. He took time to excavate. His costs are higher. The progress will be slower, as he removes all the dirt and rubbish that separates him from the rock. When the winds and rains and storms come, whose house would you rather be in? Jesus points to two men here, and there appears to be no obvious difference. They look alike. They may wear the same labels, have the same interests, and even be neighbours, but what is crucially important and vital is what is in their unseen foundation. But it is there! Or, not there! Jesus is speaking about the long term. We are experiencing a shaking going in our world today, and everything that can be shaken will be shaken – “so that what cannot be shaken will remain”. These disciples, whom Jesus is

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

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teaching, became committed men, and we need committed disciples today who are committed to the Jesus Christ of the Bible. That may seem a strange thing to say, but there are many pictures of Jesus going the rounds, and many are false and fraudulent. An inadequate picture of Jesus Christ will be of no use when the storms come. Daniel made some foundational decisions when he was quite young and he lived a life of useful practical service for seventy years, being promoted to a highly responsible position. The foundations we lay, no matter what our age, can determine and influence how we react when the storms come. “Whoever hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

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Contact Rev. Alistair S Younger: 01463 242873 St Ninians Church Sunday services and Sunday school: 10.15am. Wednesday 7.30pm: prayer meeting. Contact Rev. Ricky Reid: 01667 451675. St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal 10.30am: family worship. 6.30pm: evening prayer. Contact Rev. Canon Alison 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: 01667 456088. Website: www.churchofgodnairn.org Nairn Joint Service St Ninians. First Sunday monthly 6.30pm. If you are a member of a church not listed here, please email us with the details and we may print them in future issues.

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Cllr Cmaca commented that officers had asked for a deferral to the recent planning application as the ePlanning site was down for a number of days and therefore the public could not enter comments regarding this application. the previous planning application for the bus station site was for 12 flats with small retail unit below in a 4 storey building. gK and graham Vine mentioned that this application had been withdrawn. however, the current planning application is for a block of 4 storeys with 16 flats and no retail unit. as the planning application was deferred, a proposal for site visit was put forward prior to the next meeting. this visit will be on tuesday, 25 September 2012. gK expressed concern about the height of the proposed block of flats. this would need to be clearly shown to those taking part in the site visit. in the previous application, comparison had been made with the Police Station, but the Police Station is 8.8 metres, and if you allow for the embankment approx 1 or 2 metres, total height of the Police Station is approx 11.5 metres. this new proposed block is 14.8 metres which is quite considerably higher. gK was not convinced that Councillors had been made fully aware of the height of the proposed building. Discussion regarding how the height/scale of building could be presented for site visit included suggestions of utilisation of flag on fire station, cherry picker, etc Ry indicated the importance that planners realise how out of proportion this building would be with the surroundings. gK presented a scale drawing indicating the height of proposed building in relation to the tree line. Ry requested more of these to be circulated. gV requested that the Nairn Councillors press highland Council to have this latest planning application for the bus station re-advertised. the deferral was granted as the public were unable to submit comments before the deadline page 8 - october 2012

date. unless this is re-advertised, the public will be unaware that comments can be resubmitted. bS/gV both commented that the ePlanning site was down for several days and could not be accessed. Comments made by any public agency, SePa, government officials and by the community should be visible to all interested parties. aCtioN: Nairn elected Councillors – readvertising planning application for bus station. Des Scholes suggested that after the bus station site visit, rather than go back to inverness, officials utilise Nairn Court house to debate and take a decision. DS felt this would be good for local democracy enabling those interested from Nairn to observe without having to travel through to inverness. aCtioN: NWCC to write letter recommending that the planning committee meet in the Nairn Court house Chamber on 25 September, 2012. Ry wished elected Councillors to be aware that there is strong feeling against this planning proposal from NWCC residents. • Affordable housing

Note: elected Council members have taken no part in this discussion. by commented that Community councils spend much time and resources commenting on planning applications, charettes and contributing to local plan, but that this seems to be overturned in favour of affordable housing. bS said that this application raises number of issues. gK emphasised the scale and size of this proposed development. bS commented that there was little point in consultation about local plans, and little value in having official planning guidance, if all the provisions in the plans, and all the planning objectives, were dismissed and set aside when the application was for affordable housing. the official report on this application was unbalanced and unprofessional. it implied that the need for housing trumps everything else. gK felt Nairn had no tel: 01309 690063

objection to affordable housing, but there are other areas rather than the town centre to build houses. Quoting from a local resident, bS asked, “What hope is there for Nairn as a business retail centre if every time site comes up it becomes residential housing?” in the past any site that has fallen vacant has been turned into housing i.e. macrae & Dicks garage, highland hotel, Royal Walk area and former ashers bakery. although each application is considered on its merits, the wider implication of converting other premises into housing in the town centre, in effect squeezes out other kinds of business. bS argued that the purpose of local plans is to designate areas for retail, business and housing. bS was disappointed at the dismissal of the local plans and zoning in order to put housing in whatever site comes vacant. by questioned whether there was conflict of interest. he noted that the Council had secured Scottish government grant funding to invest in Nairn before 2015, but who receives this grant? is the Council building the flats or the developer? by asked elected Councillors there to ask these questions and get back to NWCC. Cllr Cmca assured NWCC that planning would follow procedure. bS said that it was reasonable to accept that housing policy and thC objectives on housing are one of the material considerations. it is quite reasonable for officials responsible for housing to provide advice to the committee on housing policy. but it was improper for a housing official to advocate approval of a particular development, simply in order to meet a housing numbers target of 16 flats, which had apparently already been included in a highland Council submission to the Scottish government. it was also inappropriate for a decision to be made in order to obtain funds by a specific deadline. bS has made this point to the highland Council.

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Useful Telephone 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 - october 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 If you have any suggestions for additional numbers, please contact us and we may include them in the magazine.

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We may not have had the brightest weather, but this summer was lit up by the Olympic Games. After just a few short weeks, the eyes of the world turned on Britain once more as the Paralympics got underway. The Olympic tradition has always been about stretching the limits of human physical and mental capability and the Paralympics are no different. For that reason, they belong firmly at the heart of the international Olympic movement. The Highlands played an important part at the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic story when the flame was lit by the Scouts on the summit of Ben Nevis. Congratulations to all the athletes who took part in the games, particularly our local champions - David Smith, Karen Darke and Craig Maclean. At the time of writing this, David Smith has picked up his first gold for Team GB – hopefully one of many more to come.

As the local MSP for Inverness, and as the Minister for Tourism, I was asked at a special screening of Brave at Eden Court, to introduce, with a short speech, one of the actors, and the producer and director of the film. The actor was local man Kevin McKidd. I am told by the female half of the population that this Elgin loon is really pretty dishy. Anyway, Fiona Natasha and I present ourselves at Eden Court, to make the speech and then watch the film. The occasion was far more glitzy than politicians are used to. The outfits were of the Hollywood type. Local Singer Peigi Barker and her brother Donald were there to perform the song from the film: heart-breaking stuff. It was so beautiful, so pure in sound that I said in my remarks that the hankies were needed to be used before the film had begun. I made a short speech about the film – and the chance for Scottish tourism to an audience at Eden Court, and then introduced the real stars. I then went to take up my seat with Fiona, and our 4 year old Natasha. Unfortunately, at this point, because perhaps of the excitement of it all – my wee one was sick on my shoe! Obviously she was not feeling well, and was upset so she wanted to go home – which we did back to Boat of Garten, and so I did not get to see the film. i did say, that so far as i am aware at least, this has been the only occasion in over twenty years of public speaking that anyone has actually been physically sick after listening to what i said!

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This month, most gardeners will be doing their last cut of the year and putting away their mowers for the season - a pretty disappointing season in the garden too. Hopeless optimists that we are though, we will be planning a better season next year, hopefully without the damage caused by late spring snows and without the terribly wet conditions that made even getting the grass cut a struggle. We’ve had a very disrupted season, having to rearrange and redo many lawn treatments because of the poor weather. You may wonder what a lawn treatment business does all winter; I did when I first made enquiries about buying the Green Thumb Moray Firth franchise. In fact, the off-season is our busiest time of the year as we have to pack in all the machinery jobs customers have asked us to do for them, principally aeration and scarifying. Aeration we do with a big hollow-core tining machine which, at £4,000 per machine, is not a piece of kit most weekend gardeners have in the back of the shed for

gardeners do themselves to remove old thatch and moss from the lawn surface at the end of the year. This is typically done either before Xmas or maybe in March, at the end of the winter (keen types might do it twice). Many folk have small electric scarifiers or rakes that work very well at removing annual moss from the surface of the lawn. A blade scarifier though, removes the thatch, which provides the habitat for moss to flourish again. We use them (obviously) for lawns with thatch, or some customers hire them and do it themselves. Either way, any gardening book or TV programme will suggest you scarify in the off-season, particularly if you are prone to moss. Both tasks are pretty dirty and physically demanding however, so best to pick a nice day! Enjoy!

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2 tuesday 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: creative minds 1:30pm, spectrum centre, inverness. shows how puppetry, art, singing & storymaking boosts communication, confidence & relationships in care settings. ÂŁ7/ÂŁ5 concs. email karrie @creativityincare.org / visit www.creativityincare.org

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 7.30pm @ The Loft, East Grange Farm, Forres, IV36 2UD Tel: 01343 850111

26 september - 31 october “impressions of an untamed country� exhibition by keith tilley elgin museum. call 01343 543675 or email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

28 friday ‘the boys are back in town’ pro night @ ironworks 7pm. 14+. professional boxing night. tickets or info call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

29 saturday ‘handmade in scotland’ autumn craft fair 10am 1pm, lossiemouth high school. free entry. find us on facebook or email tara at sales@islaandesme.com dame emma kirkby & jakob lindberg in concert 7pm - 8:30pm, old high church, inverness. for tickets and info visit www.moraysteinerschool.org.

30 sunday last day of opening for castle & gardens for the year. enquiries & ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com

OCTOBER 1 monday cinema nairn presents ‘blithe spirit’ (u) 1945 2pm. senior special. nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476. cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: baggage - learning to lighten life’s load 12:30pm - 1:30pm, inshes church, inverness. live drama exploring key mental health issues for young people. places are free but must be booked by emailing keith@highlandmhfestival.com SpotLight on Nairn and District

3 wednesday mark steel’s in town - comedy @ the loft 7:30pm, east grange farm, forres. call 01343 850111 or visit www.eastgrange.co.uk 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: walking creatively in my shoes 2pm - 4pm. the bike shed, grants street, inverness. join tamalpa life/art practitioner kate craik on a journey of self discovery, creativity & fun. tap into creativity using everyday movement, drawing & writing. no arts experience necessary! places are free but must be booked by emailing keith@highlandmhfestival.com 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: creative minds 1:30pm. presidential suite, mercure, inverness. a joyful & moving film showing how puppetry, art, singing & story-making boosts communication, confidence & relationships in care settings. £7 / £5 concs. call 0771 6111585, email karrie@creativityincare.org. www.creativityincare.org

4 thursday “bridging the gap� - lecture by lt. col. andy sturrock, 39 engineer regiment, kinloss 2pm - 4pm, elgin museum. call 01343 543675 or email curator@ elginmuseum.org.uk newton faulkner @ ironworks 7.30pm. 14+. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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SUNDAY 7 OCT. AT 4 PM. IN THE MACLEAN ROOM, EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT THE BOX OFFICE Further information of events with Ato Rinpoche: XXXHPNEFTDPUMBOEPSHtĘ°FNBJMJOGP!HPNEFTDPUMBOEPSg or Tel: 0131 208 2884 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: creative minds 1:30pm. community centre, helmsdale. a joyful & moving film showing how puppetry, art, singing & story-making boosts communication, confidence & relationships in care settings. ÂŁ7 / ÂŁ5 concs. call 0771 6111585, email karrie@creativityincare.org. www.creativityincare.org

5 friday - 6 saturday affordable art fair nairn community & arts centre. for info call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk

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rinpoche 4pm, maclean room, eden court theatre, inverness. concert with 'music for a while' at brodie castle. adult ÂŁ8, concs ÂŁ5. call 0844 4932156 or visit www.nts.org.uk cawdor and croy and dalcross churches charity christmas card sale 10am - 1pm. cawdor community hall, cawdor. free entry. 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: muriel's wedding 2:30pm. eden court theatre, inverness. tickets ÂŁ4 / ÂŁ2 concs.

7 sunday “buddhist wisdom for everyday life� talk by ato rinpoche 4pm. maclean room, eden court theatre, inverness.

8 monday “it’s all about the bike - robert penn� 7:30pm - 9pm. highland council chamber, inverness. email robert at rpreece@onetel.com or visit www.rsgs.org

9 tuesday 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: venus 7:15pm, eden court theatre, inverness. 2006 british comedy-drama film starring peter o’toole, leslie phillips, vanessa redgrave and jodie whittaker. tickets £4 / £2 concs.

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12 friday “background to burghead - the recent excavations at clarkly hill, roseisleâ€? lecture by dr fraser hunter 7:30pm - 9:30pm, elgin museum. call 01343 543675 / email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk benjamin francis leftwich @ ironworks 7.30pm. 14+. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com sharon king and the wreckless angels @ the loft 8pm, east grange farm, forres.call 01343 850111 or visit www.eastgrange.co.uk “bygone nairnâ€? by alan barron 7:30pm, nairn free church, nairn. non-members ÂŁ3.for details visit www.nairnliterary.org.uk

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group open evening 7pm - 10pm. bi-weekly men’s group in forres. invites men to come & see how we support men to work on things that are difficult in their lives. call ashley 07557282563 www.mkp.org.uk 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: smhaff film evening 6pm, eden court theatre, inverness. evening of film and words. 3 films produced in the highlands, some written work and discussion. places are free but must be booked by emailing keith@highlandmhfestival.com

Feel Good On The Farm Part of Moray’s “Feel Good Festival” The Loft, East Grange Farm, Forres, IV36 2UD Tel: 01343 850111

14 sunday hue and cry @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: ‘sunday bloody sunday’ 5pm, eden court theatre, inverness. starring peter finch, glenda jackson and murray head. tickets £4 / £2 concs.

15 monday 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: out of the shadows - see me now 12pm 5pm. the greenhouse, 14 high street, dingwall. exhibition with shadow-puppetry workshops, mapping experiences of change in attitudes towards mental ill-health and support over the last 30 years. places are free but must be booked in advance. call karrie marshall on 07716 111586.

16 tuesday 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: out of the shadows - see me now 10:30am - 12:30pm. macpahil centre, mill street, ullapool. exhibition with shadow-puppetry workshops, mapping experiences of change in attitudes towards mental ill-health & support over the last 30 years. places are free but must be booked in advance. call karrie marshall on 07716 111586.

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western north american alpines (highland rock garden club) 7:30pm. lesser town hall, forres. call john owen 01320 366246. 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: martha marcy may marlene 5pm. eden court theatre, inverness. starring elizabeth olsen, sarah paulson & john hawkes. tickets £4 / £2 conc page 24 - october 2012

Sunday, October 21st Raising funds for local mental health charities Family fun and taster sessions on activities and therapies • Bouncy Castle • Facepainting • Chocolate demonstration with Olive Tree Chocolate • Craft Sessions • Pottery painting • Yoga • Music • Family Storytime with The Scottish Youth Theatre... all the things that make you feel good! See updates on Facebook for further details and timetable of events.

19 friday the shee 8pm, universal hall, findhorn. £10 / £8 concs / £6 u16s. call 01309 691170 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

20 saturday nairn men's breakfast 10am, windsor hotel, nairn. call campbell on 01667 455149 by friday 19th october 2012 to book a place. doug allen - life behind the lens 7:30pm, universal hall, findhorn. £15 / £12.50 concs. call 01309 691170 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk

21 sunday there was an old lady who swallowed a fly 4pm, universal hall, findhorn. £7 / £6 concs / £5 u16s. call 01309 691170 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk feel good on the farm the loft, east grange farm, kinloss. part of moray’s “feel good festival”.

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26 friday cinema nairn presents ‘oranges and sunshine’ (15) 2010. 7:30pm, nairn community & arts centre. for info call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk david hughes dance - the chinaski sessions 8pm, universal hall, findhorn. £10 / £8 concs /£6 u16s. call 01309 691170 or visit www.universalhall.co.uk “customs of the celtic year” by dr margaret bennett 7:30pm, nairn free church. www.nairnliterary.org.uk

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26 friday - 27 saturday charity cabaret with andy sommers 7pm, little theatre, nairn. tickets £11 from the bookshop in nairn or call babs on 01667 451165.

27 saturday alzheimer scotland’s elgin branch coffee morning 10am - 12noon, the supper room, elgin town hall. home baking & usual stalls. £2 entrance fee. ironworks unplugged - acoustic cabaret night 7pm. 14+. 0871 7894173 or www.ironworksvenue.com verdi’s “la traviata” 7:30pm, nairn community & arts centre. for info call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk. visit www.musicnairn.org.uk slam’s halloween party @ ironworks 10pm. 18+. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com hocus pocus halloween haunt 6.30pm - 8.30pm. brodie castle. tickets £4 / family £10. call 0844 4932156 or visit www.nts.org/events

28 sunday lofty arts: halloween craft! 11am - 1pm. the loft, east grange farm, kinloss.

31 wednesday 2012 scottish mental health arts & film festival in highland: birchwood highland concert 7pm. hootananny, inverness. halloween special fundraiser. two floors of live music. money raised will go to birchwood highland. entry by donation, pay on the door. (www.birchwoodhighland.org.uk) 3 magic words (feature documentary): how to access your subconscious mind to become an active co-creator in your own life 7:30pm. highland spiritual cinema, highland rail house, inverness. www.highlandspiritualcinema.net

This year’s Highland events programme in the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival are bigger and better than ever with events in locations across the Highlands. Our festival partners have created a wide range of performances, films, exhibitions and workshops which will entertain you and engage you. The festival aims to take a positive stance on mental health, celebrating artistic endeavour by those with experience of mental health issues and connecting audiences with creative and innovative work. See the listings section for full details of festival events, or look online at www.highlandmhfestival.com

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‘Feel Good on the Farm’ family day at The Loft. Our Feel Good on the Farm on the 21st October, will include everything that makes you feel good!

...and much, much more!!!! The ethos of the day, as part of the Feelgood Festival is to raise money for charity & promote things that make you feel good! Therapy, exersise, fun, laughter, relaxation.... it is a FREE entry event with charges/ donations for activities/ taster sessions. All those attending are doing so on a volountary basis with no fee charged for attendance. The 01343 850111 therapists will charge for therapies/activities and at the end of the day will donate a proportion of takings to local www.eastgrange.co.uk mental health charities.

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A few months ago I was sitting at my desk in the room at the front of the house I use as an office, when my concentration was broken by a barely audible little song. I looked around the room, there was a Robin sitting on the back of a chair a metre away. The song was repeated and I was looked at very directly. I opened the window but the robin refused to move, let alone fly out. As I went out of my office across the hall into the sitting room, the Robin followed, cocked its head on one side and repeated the song, this time sitting on the television. I knew what the Robin wanted. To get to my office you come in the back door, through the kitchen, along the front hall and turn left. This is a route the Robin knows well and uses when the back door is open and I need “training”. Like many people, we have bird feeders in the garden and during the late Spring and early Summer they seem to be the main source of food for the local breeding House sparrows who consume nearly a kilo of food a day. Last Winter we started to feed mealworms, the Black birds and Robins really seemed to appreciate this. A couple of Robins started to watch for signs of us coming out of the house. They would make it very clear that they wanted more meal worms, and as time went on they became quite happy to eat these from the hand.

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This Spring two pairs of Robins nested in the garden and our “training” was stepped up a gear, I guess by the male birds who were feeding their mates sitting on eggs. If there were no meal worms out the Robins would look directly through the window into the house, and continue to watch us until we put out more mealworms. Back in May we spent a couple of weeks in the Cairngorms, and while we were away our neighbour checked the garden and filled the bird feeders. On returning I noticed a small pile of bird droppings on the door step. I thought this was a little odd until I surmised that a Robin had spent a lot of time sitting on the back door handle waiting for someone to come out and feed him. Over the past months the demand from the Robins has reduced, the young have left the hedge and I assume they are looking after themselves. However, the male birds seem to be feeding the females again, perhaps they have laid more eggs. I am looking forward to my work being interrupted again in a couple of weeks and for my “training” to be resumed. In the meantime, the local starlings have discovered the mealworms and the Blackbirds nesting in the clematis on top of our oil tank are feeding them to their young. No chance of stopping our regular mealworm order! Briefly, and on more serious note, wild birds eat all year round and feeding them in the Winter can really help them through difficult cold spells.

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Life Through a Lens by Nicky Mack, Lossiemouth “The Autumn mourns her rip'ning corn By early Winter's ravage torn; Across her placid, azure sky, She sees the scowling tempest fly;…”

Burns, R.

The Sky’s the Limit One of my very favourite quotes during my time here in Lossiemouth relates to the weather and its ever changing nature … “just wait a minute and it’ll change”. Autumn skies here on the Moray Firth are particularly beautiful in my experience. Sky and cloud photography is one of my most pleasurable pastimes firstly because there are never two sunsets the same and it does change, very quickly and gives you a fresh canvass to capture. Photographing skies during daylight is relatively simple because you have the light available to you. Remember the definition of photography is drawing with light. Photographing at dusk is very different. You don’t have as much light available to you. You can be anywhere to see and capture the perfect sunset. Now is the time of year to keep your eyes peeled. One tip I’ve learnt for capturing sunset and sky shots is always look behind you. You can look ahead trying to find your shot but don’t forget what’s going on elsewhere.

as a point of reference or if you live closer into town, you can use silhouettes of buildings to give your shot a point of focus. If you don’t feel you are experienced enough with your camera yet to set it up for this specific type of shot, most digitals will have a Sunset setting or the like. This will automatically set light levels, depth of field etc. What is important to remember for dusk time/sunset photography is capturing the level of light available to you. One blink and the shot is lost. Therefore, you need to set your shutter speed higher. This will in turn capture the movement of the sky inhabitants against the light available to you by sucking in the light to the shot. There is a term in photography called ‘noise’. This is prevalent in dark or low light photography. This is when your shot has fuzziness which may distort your shot. This can be overcome by adjusting settings. Get comfortable with your camera. Know both of your capabilities so far and snap, snap and snap some more. You will find your own way. Before long you’ll be shifting and twiddling and clicking without thinking about it. You can achieve some wonderful photographs through watching the sky. No painting can compare to the wonderful dramatic presence the clouds can offer in real time but a well shot photograph can come close. The camera is not as clever as the human eye. We are very fortunate to have this gift. But get intimate with your camera and keep at it and you’ll surprise yourself how close to a perfect capture you’ll come.

From my own personal experience try not to take your dusk sunset shot when it’s too windy. It will cause reverberation through the camera causing movement and thus blur. All modern digitals have a function where you can adjust the effects of wind but it’s not always brilliant. I love the natural warmth and depth of a good Moray sunset. There are many layers of cloud, air and light which all contribute to your composition. You may live on the coast where you’ll have the sea and mountains

My own work can be found at www.vianne.co.uk, any comments would be greatly appreciated. My inspiration is merely what surrounds me, you can share that too.


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