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Clubs and Societies 423 (SPEYSIDE) DETACHED FLIGHT AIR TRAINING CORPS Mon & Thurs, 6.30am - 9am, Grant Hall, New Street, Rothes. Age group:13 - 18 years. Feel free to come along & join us. Call Officer Commanding on 01340 831115 or email at 423df@aircadets.org AVIEMORE & DISTRICT YOUNG CURLERS All welcome. Call I. Hay on 01479 870431

AVIEMORE ART ASSOCIATION Thurs (term-time only), 2pm 4pm, St. Andrew's Church Hall, Grampian Road, Aviemore.

BIRD-WATCHING & WILDLIFE CLUB For anyone interested in wildlife – from the expert to the amatuer. All special events, suggested itineraries & programmes are subject to availability & liable to change without notice. BWWC Ltd, 25 The Square, Grantownon-Spey. Call 0800 043 8585 or at booking@bwwc.co.uk

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BOAT OF GARTEN GOLF & TENNIS CLUB The Club welcomes visitors but recommends that you pre-book. Simply call 01479 831282 or email office@boatgolf.com to make a reservation.

CAIRNGORM PILATES Thurs, 10am - 11am, Boat of Garten Community Hall. Try your first class for £5. Normally £28 for a four-week term, £8 drop-in. Before attending your first session, please contact Lucy! Call Lucy Boyes on 07783 427603/01479 821780 or at lucy@cairngormpilates.com or info@boathall.org.uk CARRBRIDGE HEALTH WALK GROUP Thurs, 11am, by the Old Bridge Call Margaret on 01479 841749

COMMUNITY LUNCH Tues, 12.30pm, The Boat Hall. Soup, sandwiches & a cuppa all for £4. Open to all - a great place to meet up with folk . Lifts can be arranged for those who don't have transport! Email info@boathal.org.uk

GRANTOWN SENIOR YOUTH CLUB Tues (term time only), 7pm 9pm, for S1 & S2 pupils in Grantown YMCA Community Centre. £1 per session. Come along & join in the fun! Call Heather Fraser (Centre Coordinator) on 01479 872262 or at grantowncommunitycentre@ gmail.com

GRANTOWN YOUTH CLUB Tues: Girls’ Night 6pm - 10pm. Fri: Youth Drop-in 7pm - 11pm. Sat: Youth Drop-in 6pm - 10pm & Sun 2pm - 6pm. Grantown YMCA/ Community Centre 80 High Street, Grantown on Spey. Call Jennifer Tiller on 01479 872262 INVERALLAN SOCIAL DANCING Tues (Monthly: 13th Mar - 13th Nov 2018), 7.30pm - 10pm, Inverallan Church Hall, Grantown on Spey. £4 (incl tea & biscuits) Call 01479 851353

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MORAY FIELD CLUB (April - Oct). Regular walks, not strenuous plus three indoor meetings per year. The aim of the Club is to stimulate an interest in & further the study of antiquities, local & natural history, geology & landscape of Northern Scotland. Call 01343 547968 or email at morayfieldclub@outlook.com

STRATHSPEY BRANCH CLUB LEGION SCOTLAND 31 The Square Grantown-onSpey. Call 01479 872212 or 01479 873690

STRATHSPEY DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION Games on the Outdoor Draughts Board at The Square, Grantownon-Spey. Strathspey residents of all ages are members of the SDA. Games played from the day prior to Good Friday until end of the second week in Sept. Call 01479 873814 or at grantownenterprisesltd@live.co.uk

NETHY BRIDGE HEALTH WALK GROUP Tues,1.30pm, the Community Centre. Call Jane on 07519 569005

POKER TOURNAMENT Tues, 7.30pm, the Claymore Bar, Grantown on Spey. Texas hold ‘em poker tournament. £5 to buy in. Over 18s only. Email at y.woolley@btinternet.com

STRATHSPEY HIGHLAND PONY CENTRE Daily (Easter to the end of Oct), 9:30am - 5:30pm. Winter opening by appointment only. Pre-booking essential Call 01479 812345 (daytime) or 07884 276368 (evening)

QI GONG GROUP Thurs, 10.30am - 12.30pm, the Memorial Hall Dufftown. £4 for charities. Qualified instructor. Call Hilary Christie on 01807 590434 or email at christiehilary@talktalk.net

ROTHIEMURCHUS & AVIEMORE TENNIS CLUB 10am - 5pm, Court Hire. Situated at Inverdruie, on the outskirts of Aviemore. Call 01479 812345

SIMBA BABY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Mon, 7pm - 9pm, The Hub, 102 Grampian Road, Aviemore. Welcomes parents, grandparents, family or friends who have gone through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy. Call Louise Mainland on 07983 689056 or email at aviemoresimbacharity@gmail.com www.simbacharity.org.uk

SPEYSIDE GYMNASTICS CLUB Mon, 4.15pm - 6pm (£7.50); Tues 4.45pm - 7pm (£7.50); Thurs 4.15pm - 6.15pm (£7.50); Fri 4pm - 5.30pm (£6) & 5.30pm - 7.30pm (£7.50). Grant Hall, Rothes. We offer gymnastics for girls & boys aged 5+. All fees paid termly. Call Tim Lyon (Head

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STRATHSPEY WINDS Mon (Sept - Mar), 2.15pm 3.30pm, Boat of Garten Community Hall. New members welcome. If you can play flute, clarinet or saxophone please get in touch. Call Jane Kerr on 07510 728261

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings The Darkest Hour…The Finest Hour Billy Graham said: ‘the greatest need in our world today is the need for hope.’ He preached a message of hope in person to more than 100 million people and to millions more via television, satellite and film. His message of hope was sourced in the bible and he would introduce his point with ‘the bible says…’ His message resonated with those who had turned away from God and he warned them that those who forget God have no hope (Job 8:13). The word hope is often used with uncertainty about the future. ‘I hope it won’t rain tomorrow.’ Yet wishful thinking cannot overcome the harsh realities of life: when we are feeling alone, when we experience pain and suffering, when life seems out of control, when we are crippled by personal failure or when we are wounded by the actions of others. Christian hope or biblical hope is a confident expectation about the future because of God’s faithfulness to the world he created. When we go through heartache and grief we need to remember that God cares for us, God loves us and he came into our world to share in our suffering and to bring liberation from it (Romans 8:18-25). Therefore, Christian hope is like an anchor that gives us stability in the storm. Christian hope is a confident expectation that we will safely reach the shore because we trust in the lighthouse to guide us in the darkness. Christian hope is certain that the world is full of darkness, evil and pain but equally certain about the trustworthiness of Jesus, The Light

of the World. ‘In him was life, and that light was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ (John 1:4-5) As we approach Easter one of the most popular films in the cinema is the Bafta award winning, The Darkest Hour. It is the story of how Britain faced the overwhelming darkness of Nazi Germany. When most of our leaders were tempted to give up and give in to the forces of darkness, one man, Winston Churchill, chose wisely and bravely to resist and lead the nation to overcome the darkness. Light and darkness are contrasted in many of the scenes to give the message that hope is alive even when the odds seem overwhelming. Decisions matter in life, and Churchill’s decision not to give up is inspirational and worthy of remembrance. At Easter we remember the decision Jesus Christ made to enter our world and to do battle with the forces of darkness. Under severe pressure to take an easier path Jesus chose the cross. As he prayed in Gethsemane, it became clear to Jesus that the only way sinful humanity could be reconciled to God was for a perfect man, the Son of God to die for the sins of the world. Anticipating the full horror of the cross, he prayed to Father God: ‘not my will, but yours be done’. He died for you. He died for me. The death of the innocent in place of the guilty was the darkest hour in human history. At 3pm in the afternoon Jesus cried out in the

Abernethy Parish Church Family worship service on Sunday at 9.30am, followed by refreshments. More traditional worship service at 11:.0am. Contact: Rev. Donald Walker. Tel: 01479 831252. dwalker@churchofscotland.org.uk Aberlour Parish Church The Square, Aberlour. Sunday 11.15am. Alvie & Insh Church of Scotland Our services are at 9:30am each Sunday in Kincraig (Church beside Loch Insh). The first Sunday of the month is the All-Age interactive service, also 9:30am, held in Kincraig Church Hall beside the Cairngorms Christian Centre. Please ring 01540 661918 for details. Badenoch Free Church Ruthven Road, Kingussie. Sundays 11am and evening service 6pm. Carrbridge Church, Church of Scotland Carrbridge. Sunday morning service at 11.30am. Contact Rev. Donald Walker Tel: 01479 831252. St Columba's Church, Church of Scoltand Boat of Garten. Sunday service 10am. Evening worship at Kincardine Church, 6pm the 2nd Sunday of most months: check the weekly press. Contact: Rev. Donald Walker Tel: 01479 831252. page 8 - April 2018

darkness as he bore the full weight of judgement for our sin. This was the darkest hour but it was also the finest hour because God’s love was demonstrated to his world and God’s rescue plan was accomplished. ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16) This confident expectation is based on faith in the historical fact of Christ’s death and resurrection. On the third day, Jesus rose again. There is nothing harder to overcome than death itself. The one who conquered death is the one who gives us hope for this life and the next. What kind of hope do you have for your darkest hours? Billy Graham was not afraid of death. He said, ‘I look forward to death, with great anticipation. I am looking forward to seeing God face to face.’ The Christian can say even on the darkest and most painful of days: ‘I know that my redeemer lives…and I will see God.’ (Job 19:25) Because Christ lives, his darkest hour can become for us the finest hour. Come to Christ this Easter and receive the gift of eternal life – which begins right now as you open your heart to him. Pastor Alasdair Macleod Culduthel Christian Centre Inverness

Craigellachie Church Victoria Street. Sundays 9.45am. Cromdale and Advie Church, Church of Scotland Services 9:15am. Contact Rev Gordon Strang: 01479 872084. Dulnain Bridge, Church of Scotland Sunday services 12noon. All welcome. Contact Rev. Gordon Strang 01479 872084. Free Church: Dufftown monthly service, second Sunday of each month (except September) 6.30pm at the Memorial Hall, Albert Place. Contact Colin Morison on 01343 542196 Grantown Baptist Church High Street, Grantown-on-Spey. Sundays 11am and evening service at 6pm. All welcome. Contact Rev. Rick Moeller: 01479 873125. Inverallan Parish Church Church of Scotland. Grantown-onSpey. Sundays 10.30am with crèche. All welcome. Rev. Gordon Strang 01479 872084. www.inverallanparishchurch.org.uk Inveravon Church of Scotland Sunday morning service 9.30am. All welcome. Listed from A - I & regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here or if there are any amendments to

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times As the MP for Moray, defence issues are always high up my agenda given we are home to both Kinloss Barracks and RAF Lossiemouth. Both bases play an important role in Moray life and the local economy. I also know the welcome our service men and women and their families receive here is greatly appreciated by all. While the wintry weather resulted in the postponement of the Secretary of State for Defence cutting the first sod in the groundwork’s for the arrival of the new P8 Poseidon aircraft, these works continue. This represents significant investment by the UK Government and Boeing. RAF Lossiemouth is a major strategic base for our military and the investment we will see both on the camp and in the local area over the next few years will no doubt benefit local businesses and our communities. Douglas Ross MP

This year marks 100 years since some women got the vote. Nicola Sturgeon (our female first Minister who appointed a gender balanced cabinet) led a debate in Holyrood to mark the occasion. A lot has changed in 100 years, and for that I am truly thankful. But while we have made some bold changes already, let’s not be complacent, or take progress for granted. With that in mind, I am glad to see the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. We need concerted, deliberate action if we are going to achieve gender equality. Research shows that gender parity is over 200 years away. Women should not have to wait this long for equality, we deserve it now.

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Many of us will have watched Blue Planet and seen the devastating impact of plastic in our seas. With straws, carrier bags and other plastic waste ending up in the ocean, suffocating wildlife and polluting our beautiful coastline. Undoubtedly, plastic straws are contributing to the increase in plastic litter in our seas, and so much of the litter we find on our beaches is plastic based, as I’ve seen first-hand when I’ve joined the Spey Bay Dolphin Centre on some of their beach cleans. That litter on our shores and in our seas is a result of our behaviour, with all the single use plastic we throw away every day. It’s abundantly clear the damage that plastics are causing to our planet and it is vital that we do everything we can to reduce the volume of plastic that we use and discard. So I am hugely supportive of the campaign to ban single use plastic straws and am pleased that the Scottish Government has committed to a ban in Scotland.

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weekly (fri) live music with davy holt@the cairngorm hotel, aviemore 9.30pm - 12.45am, free. call 01479 810233 or email at reception@cairngorm.com

31 march - 31 october

morayvia tbc, north road, kinloss. adults £5; children £3. history of military aviation in moray. call 01309 691916 or email admin@morayvia.org.uk www.morayvia.org.uk

1 april - 30 september

nelson tower with panoramic views over the moray firth 2pm - 4pm. exhibitions of local photographs & nelson memorabilia. entry by donation. the red ensign flying from the tower mast signifies that the tower is open! www.forresheritage.org

1 april - 30 september

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28 march - 31 october

aviemore 9.30pm - 11.30pm, free. weekly (thurs) ceilidh style entertainment. call 01479 810233 or at reception@cairngorm.com

visitor centre burghead 12pm - 4pm, burghead a former coastguard lookout, the centre covers the history of the area from about 400ad to the present call 01343 835518

1 april - 31 october

falconer museum, forres tues - sat, 10am - 5pm & sun, 1pm - 5pm, tolbooth street, forres. free. call 01309 673701 or museums.forres@moray.gov.uk www.falconermuseum.co.uk moray motor museum 11am - 5pm, bridge street, elgin. open every day during season. a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars & motorbikes. call 01343 544933 or email at info@moraymotormuseum.org lossie fisheries & community museum 10am 4.45pm, pitgaveny quay, lossiemouth. an insight into the life & danger of the fishing industry past & present. call 01343 813772 tomintoul museum mon - sat, 10am - 5pm, the square, tomintoul. free. call 01807 580285

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nairn museum mon - fri, 10am - 4.30pm & sat, 10am - 1pm, viewfield house, nairn. free. call 01667 456791. www.nairnmuseum.co.uk

27 april - 12 may

inverness science festival various events throughout inverness

28 april - 31 october

elgin museum mon - fri, 10am - 5pm & sat, 11am 4pm, high street, elgin. call 01343 543675 or email at curator@elginmuseum.org.uk

until 30 june

moray supports refugees: appeal for warm clothing, tents & equipment for adults, children & babies living in refugee camps. collection points: the sorting centre, chanonry estate, elgin; babalou, reboot & wastebusters (camping eqipment only) - all forres & the drop off caravan, pineridge, findhorn foundation. for info call 07982 161282 or email at chrispreece1@hotmail.com attention bird watchers!: scotland's swifts are in trouble get in touch for more info. call cally on 07411 808573 or email huntlyswiftgroup@gmail.com

until 31december

year of young people/bliadhna na h-oigridh 2018 a platform for our young people (8 to 26yrs). opportunities to showcase lives & talents, voice opinions, etc various events all over scotland. email yoyp2018@gov.scot. www.young.scot/yoyp2018

March 2018 29 sunday

opening day of outdoor draughts season 11am 5pm, the square, grantown on spey. free for locals & visitors alike. just turn up & play. call 01479 873814 or email at grantownenterprisesltd@live.co.uk an introduction to understanding finance: third sector interface moray 9.30am - 12.30pm, venue tbc free. overview of key finance considerations for small to medium groups & organisations. please book via email to info@tsimoray.org.uk

30 friday

charity ceilidh, with footerin aboot, presented by uhi event management students in aid of children 1st, scotland 7pm, eight acres hotel, elgin. £15. to book please call 01343 576226 (mon - fri, 9am 4pm) quoting "ceilidh" grampian transport museum: opens for the 2018 season. range of transport exhibits, from 1800s, to some of fastest cars ever made 10.30am, montgarrie road, alford. call 01975 562292 page 18 - April 2018

www.gtm.org.uk moray rock garden club: around the world in eighty plants; speaker - john owen 7.30pm, new elgin hall annex, land street, elgin. call alan souter (convener) on 01340 871504 the iona fyfe band@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm 10pm. www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk nieves@the old bridge inn, aviemore 8.30pm 10.30pm. call 01479 811137 or email at sayhello@oldbridgeinn.co.uk

30 friday - 2 april (monday)

cadbury easter egg hunt at brodie castle: become a nature detective to follow bunny’s clues & finish your adventure with a delicious chocolatey treat 10am 4pm, brodie castle. £4. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or at raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events keith & dufftown railway: easter bunny weekend 10am - 4pm, dufftown. for information email info@keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk/easter easter eggsplorer 9.30am - 4pm, elgin cathedral £7.50. easter egg hunt. call 01343 547171 or email at elgincathedral.vo@hes.scot easter eggsplorer trail 9.30am - 5pm, fort george, ardersier. included in normal admission price. search for clues around europe's most outstanding fort.call john gibbon on +447756763907 or email at john.gibbon@hes.scot

31 saturday

the arc sessions: skerryvore@fochabers institute tbc call mhairi marwick on 07810 174377 or email at thearcsessions@hotmail.com the guns n roses experience plus special guests, lizzy planet@elgin town hall 7.30pm the south@the ironworks, inverness 8pm www.ironworksvenue.com elgin easter family fun day 10am - 4pm, elgin city centre. free. take part in the great elgin easter egg hunt. lots of fun & games for the kids - crazy golf & bubbles the clown. call embrace elgin bid on 01343 550652 great glen walking club: torr leathann 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. distance: 8 miles; grade: b www.greatglen.org so you think you know about dinosaurs 2.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness. with dinosaur aficionado, dr ben garrod. aimed primarily at ages 512yrs but suitable for all ages. call 01463 234234 mfr cash for kids texas scramble: raising funds for children in the highlands 7.30pm - 3.40pm, maverston golf club, garmouth road, urquhart ££60 per team (incl bacon rolls with tea/coffee) various competitions - beat the pro, nearest the pin & longest drive, etc. moray & aberdeenshire. www.brsgof.com

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Mosset Tavern, Forres 5-8 April 2018 80 beers from 18 Scottish brewers Four live bands on stage Street food with a Cajun-Scottish twist Day pass: £10 • Weekend: £20 Info and tickets: www.foottapper.co.uk


April 2018 1 sunday

electric vehicles gathering 10am - 4pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. call 01975 562292 or email at marketing@gtm.org.uk www.gtm.org.uk moray road runners 10k: miltonduff 12.15pm 1.30pm (registration); 2pm (start), miltonduff village hall. predominantly online entry at entry central, (close on 28th march 2018). entries will be accepted on the day (£2 extra)

3 tuesday - 6 friday

fochabers fiddle week tbc, fochabers tickets from www.fiddleweek2018.eventbrite.co.uk

4 wednesday

easter funtime 1pm, grampian transport museum, montgarrie road, alford. normal admission charges easter themed crafts, activities & more. call 01975 562292 or email at marketing@gtm.org.uk www.gtm.org.uk sound of the sirens@the old bridge inn, aviemore 8.30pm. all welcome

4 wednesday - 8 sunday

model railway exhibition open all day, grant arms hotel, the square, grantown on spey. free donations welcome. demonstrations 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm, 7pm to 9pm. call patsy burr on 01479 851440 or email patsyclarsach@msn.com

5 thursday

thursday open mic night 7.30pm - 10pm, copper dog pub, the craigellachie hotel. acoustic music sessions hosted by max mcpherson. please book if dining. call lesley anne parker on. 07887 846495 or at lesley@leap-scotland.com sound of the sirens@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm, www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk federation of holistic therapists (fht): before i go solutions; speaker - jane duncan rogers on how to prepare well for a good end of life 6.30pm - 8.30pm, the inkwell, francis place, elgin. call sandra ream on 07751 316663 or email at sandra@willowbankholisticmassagemoray.co.uk

6 friday

sqa higher drama showcase: eden court's sqa higher drama students perform extracts from their acting exams 7pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness. £4

6 friday - 7 saturday

skipinnish 8pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. call 01463 234234

7 saturday

acfa cadet force pipe & drums in concert@the page 20 - April 2018

ironworks, inverness 1pm www.ironworksvenue.com the quo experience@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com b.straits@the ironworks, inverness 11pm. www.ironworksvenue.com four go wild in wellies 10am, boat of garten community hall. £5 (please book in advance). for audiences aged 3-5 years call 01479 831123 or email info@boathall.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/four-go-wild-in-wellies inverness whisky & gin festival 1pm, bogbain farm, inverness. call 01463 772800 badenoch & strathspey ramblers: easter rynachkra 10am, burnfield car park, grantown. grade: b; distance: 9 miles. call stewart brown on 01479 873747. www.badenochandstrathspeyramblers.org.uk lords of the dance: black grouse males strut & waggle to attract the females 5am - 7am, badenoch & strathspey tea/coffee & a bacon butty provided. warm waterproof clothes & footwear. bring your telescope & binoculars. adult £6, child £5, family £5 (hlh discount available). tickets from www.booking.highlifehighland.com

7 saturday - 8 sunday

little mammoths@the old bridge inn, aviemore 9pm

8 sunday

ibfa highlands & islands bodybuilding competition 2018@the ironworks, inverness 12pm, categories ranging from miss bikini & men's fitness to mr & miss highlands. www.ironworksvenue.com the dublin legends "seven drunken nights & more tour 2018" 7.30pm, eden court (empire theatre), inverness. all welcome great glen walking club: kinlochewe mountain trail 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b+; distance: 5 miles www.greatglen.org

9 monday

elgin & district parkinson’s support group: shirley catto on her role as the parkinson's nurse specialist in moray 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm, st sylvester's hall 19 institution road elgin. meetings are free to attend. call gillian gibson on 01343 541056 or email at elginanddistrictpsg@gmail.com. www.parkinsons.org.uk counting birds across europe: speaker - mark eaton, principal conservation scientist, rspb. 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey

9 monday - 12 thursday

national theatre connections 2018: performances 6.30pm, one touch theatre, eden court, inverness

10 tuesday

gnoss: food & music night 7pm (food); 7.30pm (start), boat of garten community hall. £15 (incl food) call 01479 831123 or email at info@boathall.org.uk tel: 01309 690063

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call helen barton on 01807510308 / 07701078207 or email at helen_barton@hotmail.co.uk room to ride 100km: huntly audax 9am - 5.20pm, huntly. £5 (closing date 11th april 2018). huntly development trust offers 4 routes through huntly, banff, cullen, keith, the cabrach, alford & clatt email donald boyd at donald.boyd@huntly.net www.huntlydevelopmenttrust.org/room-to-ride-2018 great glen walking club: ospisdale farm – loch an lagain 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b; distance: 10 miles. www.greatglen.org

the arts society speyside lecture: fakes & forgeries: case studies demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to pass off works of art as legitimate. speaker malcolm kenwood 11am - coffee & tea available from 10.15am, the williamson hall, duff avenue, elgin. new members welcome/£7 for visitors. call membership secretary on 07789 880481 my diseases & other animals: speaker - mike. his work as a research biologist in the world's tropical forests 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey

the gathering storm 4pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket incl one take away hot soup. tour the battlefield & discover the stories of those who played a role in the preparation for the battle

11 wednesday

12 thursday

the arts society (highland): agm (2pm) + fakes & forgeries: case studies demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to pass off works of art as legitimate. speaker malcolm kenwood 2.10pm, smithton culloden free church. £8 non-members. email averill brodie at averillbrodie@ymail.com. www.theartssocietyhighland.org.uk birding in northumberland: speaker - mark eaton, principal conservation scientist, rspb gives an overview of the northumberland birding year 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey

13 friday

15 sunday

16 monday

the storm breaks: a battle remembered 11am, Kes Furniture April 18.pdf 1 incl 01/03/2018 culloden battlefield visitors' centre. ticket take away hot soup. follow in the footsteps of the armies

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18 wednesday

elgin writers' group: write on the night; evocative writing using smell as a starter 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library. closing date of article comp on current social issue. www.elginwriters.wordpress.com

19 thursday

culloden: the battle in history & memory; speaker prof murray pittock. annual 1745 association commemoration talk 8pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre george egg: diy chef 7.30pm, boat of garten community hall. £14. call 01479 831123 or email at info@boathall.org.uk. www.eventbrite.co.uk obi club with andrew thomson (huntley & palmers boss man) 10pm, the old bridge inn, aviemore

rspb (highland): field trip to strathconon 9.30am; 2nd pick up 9.50am, inverness. departing inverness retail car park (opposite burger king). 2nd pick up conon bridge. www.rspb.org.uk/groups/highland siobahn miller 8.30pm, the old bridge inn, aviemore go birding: speaker - john mills 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey

in the shadow of the princes: discussion panel. 1.30pm, culloden battlefield visitors' centre hybrid theory@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm www.ironworksvenue.com exklusive presents spartaque, spektre@the ironworks, inverness 11pm, www.ironworksvenue.com advie hall daffodil tea 10am - 12pm, advie hall £2 adults. refreshments, stalls, games & bonny bonnet competition - prize for every entry

moray rock garden club: scotland's alpine & subalpine habitats & conserving our montane scrub; speaker - dr graham sullivan 7.30pm, new elgin hall annex, land street, elgin. call alan souter (convener) on 01340 871504 birchwood highland's dinner with the stars 2018: featuring a number of local guest chefs as well as a main course prepared by comedian & broadcaster hardeep singh kohli 6.30pm, bogbain farm, inverness. £60. call 01463 772800

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21 saturday

moravian orienteering saturday league in conjunction with moray & nairn schools league: oakenhead near lossiemouth 10.15am - 11.15am (registration); 10.30am, oakenwood nr lossiemouth www.moravianorienteering.org change your world conference tbc, eden court, inverness. www.changeyourworld.me 90s rave@the ironworks, inverness 10pm www.ironworksvenue.com 2018 mcdonald & munro speyside stages: a 45 mile stage rally. starting in elgin the event uses forestry stages & the cooper park. elgin 8.55am, cooper park, elgin. www.speyside-stages.co.uk gary barlow@aberdeen exhibition & conference centre 6.30pm - 10.30pm. www.ticketmaster.co.uk book sale with coffee & cake raising funds for church refurbishment 10am - 3pm, inverallan church Keith Dufftown Railway April 18 2.pdf 1 hall, grantown on spey badenoch & strathspey ramblers: glenlivet & carn daimh 9.30am, burnfiled car park, grantown. grade:

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23 monday

the moray tenants forum 2pm-4pm, to be confirmed call 0300 123 4566 or email at tenantparticipation@moray.gov.uk talk by neil mcintyre wildlife photographer organised by badenoch arthritis support group 7.30pm - 10pm, talla nan ros, king street, newtonmore. free. call 01540 673020 or email at basg@mybtinternet.com

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lyon & turnbull valuation day raising funds for marie curie 12pm - 4pm, moray college, uhi. valuation 1 item £5, 2 items £8, etc. refreshments, stalls, music & raffle. call ros lewis on 07768 383500 or email at 01/03/2018 10:59 roslewis@me.com 2018 spring round up: tranquility wild west town first ever open day!!! a reconstruction of a small frontier town in the old american west 1.30pm - 4.30pm, drumblair, nr the glendronach distillery, aberdeenshire. free. email alistair baranowski on tranquility_town@hotmail.co.uk www.facebook.com/tranquilitywildwesttown great glen walking club: glenmore lodge – north of bynack mor 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b+; distance: 10 miles. www.greatglen.org

24 tuesday

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21 saturday - 22 sunday

22 sunday

wales' wild places: speaker - iolo williams gives an insight to some of the principality's key wildlife sites & what to see there 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey

There is a full season of events including:

www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk Dufftown Station, Dufftown, Tel: 01340 821181 AB55 4BA

runbalmoral: a festival of running, for people of all ages. book online tbc, balmoral castle. call 01339 742555. www.runbalmoral.com/content daffodil weekend walks & exhibition 11am - 4pm, brodie castle. £5. the garden team will be leading guided tours & talking about the history of the daffodil collection at brodie castle. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events charity curry night: fundraiser for local charities which the rotary club of spey valley support 7pm 10pm, nethybridge community centre. £15. call 01479 821424 or email at dunnronnie@me.com gary barlow@aberdeen exhibition & conference centre 6.30pm - 10.30pm. www.ticketmaster.co.uk

noel gallagher's high flying birds 6.30pm - 10.30pm, aberdeen exhibition & conference centre www.ticketmaster.co.uk scilly pelagic magic: speaker - jim almond, wildlife photographer 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown noel gallagher's high flying birds 6.30pm - 10.30pm, aberdeen exhibition & conference centre www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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st giles theatre group: joseph & the amazing technicolor dreamcoat 7.30pm & sat 2.30pm & 7pm, elgin town hall

26 thursday

golden birding moments 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey.

27 friday

billy nasty@the ironworks, inverness 11pm www.ironworksvenue.com where 2 today music afternoon/ceilidh 2pm - 4pm, aviemore legion. £2.50. music, fun, song, dancing, raffle & afternoon tea. all welcome. transport can be arranged. call ros munro on 01479 810004 or email at ros@ct4u.co.uk. www.ct4u.co.uk

28 saturday

badenoch chorale: the armed man by karl jenkins; supported by the special film made to accompany the performance 7.30pm - 8.45pm, kingussie parish church. free. call 01540 673422 28th junior highland games: supporting children 1st (elgin) & nspcc scotland 11am - 2pm, gordonstoun school, duffus. teams of children from all over ne of scotland take part in traditional games. email at hughesy@gordonstoun.org.uk Rothes Pharm March 18.pdf 1 01/02/2018 maiden scotland@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com

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happy mums market: indoor pre-loved markets dedicated to baby & children's items from birth to 10yrs 10am - 12pm, inverness leisure centre adults £1; u16s free. www.happymumsmarket.co.uk great glen walking club: ggwc weekend away – blairgowrie details to follow. www.greatglen.org lords of the dance: black grouse males strut & waggle to attract the females 5am - 7am, badenoch & strathspey tea/coffee & a bacon butty provided. warm waterproof clothes & footwear. bring your telescope & binoculars. adult £6, child £5, family £5 (hlh discount available). tickets from www.booking.highlifehighland.com

29 sunday

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Simnel Cake This spiced fruit cake has a layer of marzipan and another one on top. Originally the cake was baked by girls in service to take home with them on Mothering Sunday. It is now more traditional to have Simnel Cake at Easter time.

Ingredients: 100g glace cherries 500g mixed dried fruit 175g soft butter (unsalted) 175g caster sugar zest of 1 lemon 225g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger 25g ground almonds 3 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 kg yellow marzipan Icing sugar (for rolling marzipan) 1 tablespoon apricot jam (melted) 1 egg white

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line both the bottom and sides of a 20cm cake tin with a double layer of brown baking paper.

2. Chop the cherries finely and mix them with the rest of the dried fruit. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and soft (using an electric mixer is easiest), add the lemon zest.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and ground almonds together into a bowl. Add 1 of the eggs to the creamed butter mixture along with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture, then beat in the remaining eggs in the same way. Beat in the rest of the dry ingredients, and then the milk. Finally fold in the fruit.

4. With a small amount of icing sugar lightly dust a worktop space and then roll out just less than half of the marzipan into a circle (the size of the tin) which will fit in the middle of the cake.

5. Tip half of the cake mixture into the tin and smooth down. Place the marzipan circle on top of it. Spread the rest of the cake mixture into the tin on top of the marzipan and level. Bake for about half an hour and then lower the oven temperature to 150°C for another hour and a half or until the cake has risen and is firm on top. Allow the cake to cool completely on a rack before removing it from the tin.

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talk about this ice-cream shop and say it's different from the rest. Both the ice-cream and waffles are home made, the staff are so friendly and very helpful. If you would like to take ice-cream home they offer a selection box which has 16 scoops of your choice, the box can keep the ice-cream perfect for 1.5 hours of travel. The Portsoy Ice-Cream shop does even more offering hot chocolate, coffee, tea and milkshakes. They also cater for birthdays, weddings and lots of other different types of events. There are gifts in the shop and selections of jam, marmalade and chutney. It really is an amazing place to visit and a treat for all the family, I will definitely be recommending the Portsoy Ice-Cream Shop. After your ice-cream there is so much more to explore in Portsoy. Written by: Susan Innes

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