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KINGUSSIE PARENT, BABY & TODDLER GROUP Thursdays 9.15am - 11.30am, Badenoch Centre, Spey Centre, Kingussie. Call 01540 662485 for more information.

GRANTOWN YMCA COMMUNITY CENTRE Community Café every Friday from 10am - 2pm , with homemade soup, bread and cakes. Pancake Brunch first Saturday of the month 10:30am 12:30pm. For information call 01479 872262. GRANTOWN YOUTH GROUP Tues - Girls Night 6-10pm. Fri Youth Drop-in 7-11pm. Sat Youth Drop-in 6-10pm. Sun 26pm. Grantown YMCA/ Community Centre 80 High Street. Call Jennifer Tiller on HARMONY MUSIC THERAPY SCOTLAND Individual and Group Music Therapy sessions to encourage, enable and empower all ages and abilities through interactive music experiences. Will travel to private homes, facilities and schools. Call Kristen Macleod on 07770427396.

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MORAY THRESHOLD SINGERS Women's choir offers to sing to people who are seriously ill and those approaching the end of life, in their own home, care home or hospital to bring comfort and ease. To request this service or to join call Chloe Greenwood on 07769 796672 ROYAL BRITISH LEGION DUFFTOWN Every 3rd Saturday of the month is cinema day. Children in the afternoon and adults in the evening. 50 Balvenie Street, Dufftown. On Mondays, 7:30pm Stramash - Traditional Scottish Music. Call 01340 820711

HEAVENLY PIECES Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm, June to September at Knockando Church. Afternoon teas, home bakes and Tradecraft stall. All welcome. HIGHLAND DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY (HDFAS) 2nd Thursday of the month, 2pm, at Smithton Free Church, Inverness. Want to learn more about art? Encourage Young Artists? Volunteer to record Churches for posterity? £8 per monthly lecture. Contact 07595 219308 • • or

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TREES FOR LIFE CONSERVATION DAYS … Spend a day out in the Highlands working to restore the fabulous Caledonian forest. Transport, tools and training provided. Pick up from Forres for volunteers over 18. Usually every second Wednesday. Booking is essential. Call the office on 01309 691292 or email to join the email list. PLEASE NOTE DetailsofClubs&Societies arepublishedonarotational basis.Ifyouwouldlikeyour detailstobeincludedinthis sectionpleaseemail


We live in uncertain times” - I seem to have heard that refrain quite a lot recently but I do wonder whether there is a temptation to often fear the worst before it has actually happened. History does of course remind us that times do change and some regimes are worse than others so we can be forgiven for thinking the worst but fortunately this is most often not the norm! How we deal with the fear of the unknown affects us daily. A healthy degree of caution is always recommended but also is keeping a sense of perspective. A wise writer once said - “whosover will add a day to his life by worrying?” Probably right!

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been made to the lives of many has been enormous, those who sing and those who enjoy the choir’s performances with their message of peace and hope in God.

Contrast this attitude with that of some people who have been brought to my attention and who have given out so much to others and enhanced their lives.

This reminds me of the words written thousands of years ago, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation.” Isaiah 52: 7.

1. Wayne Ellington, the director of The Manchester Inspirational Voices, a choir that has just, as I write, won a prestigious gospel singing award. Wayne was interviewed on TV and was asked how the choir began. He said that when he arrived in Manchester some 10 years ago he was told of some of the problems in the city and of the challenges that many faced. He immediately began to think about what he could do to improve the situation and the lives of people there. Using his passion for music and musical abilities he formed the choir from very small beginnings and helped the members develop their singing skills. Under his direction the choir has learnt to connect mind, heart and voice, and so they have been inspired to sing with confidence, freedom and joy. Unquestionably there has been much sacrifice, but the difference that has

2. The second person is Phil Green. He has written a small, gem of a book “40/40” with the sub-title “40 days to renew your mind, transform your life”, produced by Scripture Union. Over 50 people in one of the congregations that I serve, Abernethy Parish Church, committed themselves a few weeks ago to undergo the challenge of reading this and seeing what they would learn. For every morning there’s a short Bible passage, a comment, a ponder, a prayer, an action, and at the end of the day a short reflection just before sleep. In addition there is a brief run through of the Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. It’s been making a big impact on people with little faith and on people with strong faith. What a treasure this is proving to help people open up to God and “live

Kingussie Parish Church Sundays 11am. All welcome. Knockando, Elchies & Archiestown Parish Church of Scotland Sundays 10am. Tel : 01340 831381. Mortlach & Cabrach Church Dufftown. Sundays at 10.30am Tea & Coffee after. 01340 820049 (session clerk). All welcome. Rothes Parish Church Sundays 11.30am. Tel: 01340 831381. Rothiemurchus & Aviemore Church of Scotland St Andrews Church, Grampian Road, Aviemore. Sundays 11.15am. Website: Sacred Heart RC Church Chapel Terrace, Aberlour, AB38 9LL Vigil Mass alternate Saturdays at 5pm. Tel 01340 810442 St Columba Episcopal Church High Street, Grantown. Sundays 10.30am: Holy Communion. Ven. Richard Gillings: or phone 01479 831365. St John Episcopal Church Sunday 10.30am: Eucharist. page6 -December2016

life to the full” with Jesus. 3. And....., there is Jesus, whose birth millions will be celebrating soon all around the world, the coming to us of God in the person of his Son. The gospel message is that there in Bethlehem he became one with us in our humanity, lived a life of love, taught, healed, went to the cross to die for every man, woman and child, and rose again triumphantly to new life. What an impact Jesus makes on all who believe in him and trust his promises. A deep and lasting relationship is formed. There’s a real sense of peace, joy and fulfillment, and the desire to share this with others. I am encouraging you to go along to your local church wherever that is, this Christmas, and to join others in singing and praising God for his amazing love, forgiveness, and transforming power. John, one of the disciples of Jesus, said of him, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1: 4. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a good New Year. Donald Walker Aberneth y, Boat of Garten, Du thil (Carrbridge) an d Kin cardin e

Followed by refreshments in the church hall. Email: St Mary’s RC Church Fife Street, Dufftown, AB55 4AP Vigil Mass alternate Saturdays at 5pm. Tel 01340 810442 St Michael Episcopal Church St Michael's Episcopal Church, Conval Street, Dufftown. Family Eucharist every Sunday at 11 am. All welcome. Tel: 01466 793841. St Margaret of Scotland, Episcopal Church High Street, Aberlour, AB38 9QD. Sundays 10am: Eucharist. Website: Tomintoul Church of Scotland Sunday morning service 11.15am All welcome. Listed from K - T & regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here or if there are any amendments to existing details, please email


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Rolling Events until 30 november art exhibition - shona cammack 10am - 5pm, mon sat., still life gallery, aberlour. free. all welcome. visit

29 tuesday adam sutherland & marc clement@the drouthy cobbler, elgin 8pm. earthtime xmas crackers 3.30pm - 4.30pm, tomintoul library. free. all children welcome to make xmas crackers using recycled material with earthtime. need to book. contact: 01807 580755.

30 wednesday the drouthy cobbler comedy club 7.30pm. visit alzheimer scotland - musical memories 1.30pm 3pm at new elgin & ashgrove hall, land street, elgin £1 (incl teas & coffees). an opportunity for anyone with dementia & their carers to meet & in the enjoyment of music, singing & memories. for info contact: shirley mackenzie on 01343 552080/07584 408209. st andrew's night 6pm, cairngorm hotel. themed special menu, followed by davy holt with some scottish classics.

until 4 December pop-up craft shop in aid of marie curie cancer care (back for 4th year) every thurs, fri, sat & sun 11am 3pm at the wee cabin, firwood, nethybridge. free. for info contact janet taylor on 01479 821601 or email

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DECEMBER 2016 1 thursday earthtime xmas crackers 4pm - 5pm, aberlour library. free. all children welcome to make xmas crackers from recycled material with earthtime.. need to book a place. contact: 01340 871693. bullet for my valentine@ironworks, inverness. tbc



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1 thursday - 31 saturday still life studio art sale tbc, still life studio, aberlour all welcome.

2 friday sigma christmas quiz & prize draw 7pm for 7.30pm, birnie village hall, thornhill, elgin. contact: stan barber at visit earthtime xmas crackers 4pm - 5pm, aberlour library free. all children welcome to make xmas crackers from recycled material with earthtime.. need to book a place. contact: 01340 871693. christmas bingo 7.30pm, craigellachie village hall. all welcome. st andrew's night celebration tbc, boat of garten community hall, craigie avenue, boat of garten £10, £5, under 5s free. whisky tasting. an evening for all the family. indoor highland games, live music, dancing & a licensed bar. adults only whisky tasting. aberlour traditional christmas market hosted by aberlour & strathspey rotary 4pm - 9pm., the old station tearoom & in the square. free entry. local crafts. food & drink available. late night shopping in the high street shops. pictures with santa and more.

3 saturday for saint george: the zeebrugge raid 2.30pm, elgin library. free, but collection for branch funds western front association - speaker: derek bird, branch chairman. contact: derek bird on 01343 870562 or email visit annual fireworks display & festive market 3pm - for market, 6pm - fireworks, the dowans hotel, aberlour. adults £5, children free (incl mulled wine) in aid of the aberlour child care trust. special guests, the military wives choir. contact: 01340 871488 or tombola night hosted by elgin youth cafe. 7pm 10pm, elgin youth cafe, francis place, elgin. christmas fayre & festive pancake brunch 10.30am, grantown ymca. lots of great christmas ideas grandmaster flash@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit annual fireworks display & festive market in aid of page14 -December2016

aberlour child care trust 3pm - 9pm, the dowans hotel, aberlour. special guests - the military wives choir. join in the festive fun. moray conservative & unionist association christmas coffee morning 10am - 12pm, new hall, st giles church, elgin. adults £3, children free. festive stalls. raffle. all welcome. knockando primary school christmas fayre 4pm 6pm, archiestown village hall. adults £1, children 50p (with prize draw). craft tables, children's crafts, raffle, game stalls. christmas lights switch on in the village square afterwards. carrbridge christmas fayre 1.30pm - 5pm, carrbridge hotel. hosted by gillian gordon. lots of fantastic local crafters & produce.

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7 wednesday friends of grant lodge, agm. 7pm, elgin museum hall speaker, rona walker, historic environment scotland, will talk about the new exhibition in elgin cathedral. "abernethy nature reserve - across the landscape and through a microscope" - talk by jeremy roberts 7.30pm, the cairngorms christian centre, kincraig. donations in aid of kiwoko hospital, uganda. moray, banff & badenoch decorative & fine arts society (mbbdfas): 'the brilliant british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard' - lecture by dr james taylor. 11am, st columba's church, duff avenue, members welcome. contact: or visit

7 wednesday - 10 saturday elgin amateur dramatic society: cinderella 7.30pm each evening; sat 10th matinee at 2pm, elgin town hall. £11 adult or £9 child/concession, 10% discount for parties of 10 people or more. for info visit

8 thursday highland decorative & fine arts society:'the brilliant british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard, 1909 -39' - lecture by dr james taylor. 2.15pm, free church hall, smithton, inverness non-members £8. new members welcome. contact: david martin on 07595 219308 or email at


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with dementia & their carers to meet & share in the enjoyment of music, singing & memories. contact: shirley mackenzie on 01343 552080/07584 408209. frightened rabbit@ironworks, inverness 7pm. visit elgin writers: christmas pot luck buffet with quiz 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library choice of hearing ian rankin first in the library gallery at 7pm. ticketed. all over 16s welcome. visit

15 thursday "come for a christmas waltz, but you won't need your dancing shoes!" 11am - 1pm, harvest centre (next door to yeadon's bookshop). harvest centre mah jong club (american rules). come along & give it a try. beginners welcome. for info email visit seated singing & moving christmas exercises 11am12pm, dufftown library. free. join kath todd for a christmas themed all seated gentle exercise & singing session. contact: 01340 820272.

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10 saturday - 11 sunday christmas market at logie steading 10am - 3.30pm, logie steading, south of forres off the a940. free, free parking. two day market: over 30 stalls including jewellery, christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, festive produce. bbq. hot drinks. for info contact: visit

mad ferret band@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm, root system/fighting caravanshootananny, inverness 9.30pm, all welcome. gary beck@ ironworks, inverness 10pm. visit

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caman@hootananny, inverness 9.30pm winters winding walk & festive lunch hosted by nw grampian ldwa 9.30am, fochabers square. ÂŁ20 (lunch). 12 mile walk along part of the speyside way. gordon castle cafe for festive lunch. booking essential. contact: tracy davidson at visit

christmas at the castle: the marvel of peru 3pm & 5pm, brodie castle. ÂŁ15. a festive ensemble of baroque music & your favourite carols to join in with by the marvel of peru. booking advised. contact: rebecca harrison on 01309641371 or email visit

12 monday light & life 7pm - 9pm, costa coffee, high street. elgin free. spiritual readings & art, personality styles, dream interpretation, massage, healing for body, soul & mind. contact: alyson sim on 07733 127539. the biodiversity of mull - a talk by ewan miles 8.30pm, grant arms hotel, grantown on spey observations & wildlife encounters during six years of working in eco-tourism on mull.

14 wednesday annual clic sargent charity carol concert with nhs grampian choir & friends 7.30pm, elgin town hall adults ÂŁ10, concession ÂŁ8, u16s ÂŁ5. tickets from sound & vision, elgin or from choir members. the drouthy cobbler comedy club 8pm. visit alzheimer scotland - musical memories 1.30pm 3pm, new elgin & ashgrove hall, land street, elgin ÂŁ! (incl teas & coffees). an opportunity for anyone

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andrew mill & four fingered fre@hootananny, inverness. 9.30pm celebrate christmas with cantare 7pm, elgin town hall. £8 adults. £4 children. "cantare" - elgin ladies choir - sing songs and carols to celebrate christmas. tickets from cathedral windows

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