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CLUBS & SOCIETIES STEP BY STEP IN MORAY Toddler group for isolated and vulnerable families. Thursdays 10:30am-12:15pm. Meets at Craigellachie Church Hall. Tel: Margaret 07583 835681.

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AVIEMORE BOWLING CLUB Outdoor lawn season. Club night 6:45pm. Every Monday and Wednesday. Members £2. Visitors £3. We are also holding free trial sessions for anyone wishing to try the sport. Contact Norrie at 07974 033036 or to arrange a session and for further information.

FORUM FOR MEN Social group for gay, bi and T-men. Meets at Macnabs Bar, 8pm. Look for the red post box! Text/call: 07745 930383 for details. Email:

AVIEMORE BOWLING CLUB Bingo night. Eyes down 7:30pm. Every Thursday. Entry 30p. £3 for 6 books. £1 for the flyer. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETIES (MORAY, BANFF AND BADENOCH BRANCH) Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11am in the Sherwood Suite at the Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin. Monthly lectures on a variety of arts

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STRATH SUNSHINE CLUB Meets every other Monday at 2pm in the St John’s Church Hall, Rothiemurchus. A social club for the over 50s living in the Strath. Call Angela on 01479 810940 or email kilvingtona@ THE ROTARY CLUB OF ABERLOUR AND SPEYSIDE Meets on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in The Craigellachie Hotel, Craigellachie, AB38 9SR

LGBT 5K RUNNING GROUP Meets every Wednesday at Inverness Leisure at 6.30pm. Email: or text/call 07941 553620 for details.

ABERLOUR PARISH WOMEN’S GUILD Meetings are held monthly, on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm, Aberlour Parish Church. Call Nan Thomson on 01340 871325

CARRON CREATES CRAFT GROUP General interest group. Mondays 2pm-4pm. £2 per session. Guest instructors. Meets at Carron Village Hall. Contact Jenny: 01340 810506.

ALVIE STABLES Small friendly stables offering all abilities the chance to ride. Novice - experienced riders. Mini treks for 20 mins or 1 hour trails. Children's riding lessons are also available. For more info call 07831 495397 or email

KNOCKANDO CRAFT GROUP General interest group. Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm. £2 per session. Meets at Margach Hall, Knockando. Contact Lucy: 01340 810229. DIABETES UK MORAY A support group for people with diabetes and those who care for them. We are active in raising awareness of diabetes, its risks and symptoms and in raising funds for local support and for research. For details of meetings, phone 01343 860671, visit or write to Diabetes UK Moray, Arden House, Longmorn, Elgin IV30 8RJ. ABERLOUR ANGLING CLUB Visitors welcome. Day & weekly tickets at reasonable prices. For booking enquiries calll 01340 871428 or email ROTHIEMURCHUS AND AVIEMORE TENNIS CLUB Situated at Inverdruie, on the outskirts of Aviemore. Court Hire: 10am to 5pm. Call 01479 812345 for info or to book a court.

AVIEMORE JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Call Vicki Gosling on 01479 810 071 for more information. BADENOCH GARDENING CLUB Meet on the 3rd or 4th Wed each month in Newtonmore Village Hall (Lesser Hall) starting at 7.30 pm. Annual membership £10.00. Meetings free for members. £2.50 for visitors, who are most welcome. BIRD WATCHING AND WILDLIFE CLUB All special events, suggested itineraries & programmes are subject to availability and liable to change without notice. BWWC Ltd, 25 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey, PH26 3HF. Call 0800 043 8585 or email: booking@

welcome. It would be helpful if visitors could contact Ian on 01479 821075 to let us know. CAIRNGORM RUNNERS Monday and Wednesday club nights we meet at, The Fun House rear car park (next to Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel on the Ski Road) Email enquiries@ or visit CARRBRIDGE OUTDOOR CURLING CLUB Contact: Patrick Blease on 01479 841359 DUFFTOWN BOWLING CLUB Meets Monday & Thursday Evenings at the Memorial Hall. Call Mr D Henderson on 01340 820948 for more details. ARENA96 BUSINESS NETWORK GROUP Meets on the last Thursday of every month. The next meeting is on 25 April at 7pm-9pm. Friendly networking group for business people along the A96 corridor. No ongoing commitment or membership fees. £15 includes a meal & opportunity to meet other business owners and customers. Book at AVIEMORE & DISTRICT YOUNG CURLERS Call Mr I. Hay on 01479 870431. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for inclusion in June’s Clubs & Societies page is Friday 3rd May, 4pm. All clubs & societies are on a rotational basis.

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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS Has your church been visited by the Mystery Worshipper? A visit to the intriguingly named Ship of Fools Website will bring you to the mystery worshipper. Week after week, these ‘worshippers’ pay unannounced visits to churches, both in this country and abroad. They ‘rate’ their experiences, including the sermon, the singing and coffee. There are a lot of encouraging comments but also some pretty challenging ones. Some might argue that treating a church service rather like rating a hotel or B&B may not be quite the order of the day. Of course, church communities are there to focus their life upon following Jesus Christ. It’s simply a consumer exercise. However, it’s not a bad thing to consider how we do come across to others, not only corporately but also as individuals. After all, I know I’m modest, reasonable, even-tempered, never given to loosing my cool. That’s my view and I’m sticking to it! Talk to my wife or my family... well, please don’t! Unfortunately, knowing ourselves as we really are is often a less popular activity than creating an image. In recent years, the cultivation of image

has been a popular pursuit among some ‘important’ people. But is what is being cultivated an accurate picture? Do YOU know the ‘real’ you’? It can be a challenging journey of discovery. For Christians, discovering ourselves with all our strengths and weaknesses is an important element in being a disciple. After all, the Psalmist wrote of God, “You know everything I do; from far away You understand my thoughts. You see me whether I am working or resting. You know all my actions” (Psalm 139:2-3). This truth isn’t shared to cow or bully us. In the past, fear has been a popular church tool. In medieval society, threat of hell fire usually kept people on board! In Victorian times, where many churches were built by local employers, employees were often checked in and checked out on a Sunday. Thank God, those days have gone. In my understanding, Jesus didn’t seek pressed men or women, but folk who give their lives to him of their own free will. After all, none of us could ever earn God’s grace. We can’t buy our way into heaven. It’s God’s astonishing act of generousity.

Abernethy Parish Church Nethy Bridge. Sundays 9.30am: family morning service. Followed by refreshments. Traditional service at 12 noon. Tel: 01479 821280. Aberlour Parish Church The Square, Aberlour. Sunday 11.15am. Alvie & Insh Church of Scotland Our churches can be found beside Loch Insh for morning worship at 09.30am & Loch Alvie where we meet at 7.00pm. If bad weather is forecast, changes might be made to these venues. Please call 01540 661918 for confirmation of where we will meet. Badenoch Free Church Ruthven Road, Kingussie. Sundays 11am and evening service 6pm. Boat of Garten Parish Church, St Columba's Boat of Garten. Sunday morning service 10am. Evening worship at Kincardine Church, 6pm the second Sunday of most months: please check the weekly press. Contact: 01479 831252. Craigellachie Church Victoria Street, Craigellachie. Sundays 9.45am. page 6 - May 2013

God has made us what we are. He has created us for good. He wants us to succeed. He offers new beginnings. Over and over again, He has confounded sceptics with amazing changes of life direction. Our Christian communities need to be places where broken lives can be put back together again. They need to be places where you can be vunerable where no one will take advantage. Yes, rebuilding does involve reality and it does mean learning to see ourselves as God does. Maybe it’s not a visit of the Mystery Worshipper to our church that matters, but God’s loving hand upon our individual lives.

Richard Gillings, St Columba Church, Grantown-on-Spey

Cromdale and Alvie Church, Church of Scotland Services 9:15am. Contact Diane Brazier: 01479 872547. Dulnain Bridge, Church of Scotland Sunday services 12noon. Duthil Parish Church Carrbridge. Sunday morning service at 11.30am. Tel: 01479 831252. 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. Contact Rev. Morris Smith: 01479 872084. Inveravon Church of Scotland Sunday morning service 9.30am. All welcome. This is listed alphabetically from A to I and will be regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please let us know before Friday 3rd May, 4pm.

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WHY DID JESUS DIE? This question is of vital importance because your eternal destiny depends upon your answer to it. Do you know why Jesus died? If not, I believe God has sent me across your path to tell you. Sin Brings Death In God’s Word, the Bible, we learn that death came into the world because of sin. “Wherefore … by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). You and I die because we are sinners; we have forfeited our right to live on the earth. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Jesus Died For Us Did Jesus die because He had sinned? No. Listen to the inspired Word of God: “In Him is no sin” (1 John 3:5); “Who did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22); “Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, death had no claim upon Him. But, blessed be His Name, He “gave Himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4). It was love to you and me that caused the Lord Jesus Christ to come down from heaven and die on Calvary’s cross. It was love to us that held Him on that shameful cross until He had finished the work of atonement to the glory of God. A holy, righteous, just God cannot let sin go unpunished. On the cross the Lord Jesus bore God’s judgment against sin in our stead, as our substitute; and now God is offering not only forgiveness, but also justification to the repentant sinner who believes in Jesus. He is “just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). God showed His approval of that mighty work by raising the Lord Jesus from among the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in heaven (Mark 16:19).

Jesus Is The Way There is no other way you can be saved but through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus. He says : “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Why did Jesus die? Have you ever realized that it was your sins that caused Him to die upon the cross, or ever felt your need of Him as your personal Saviour? As you read this little message, He looks down from heaven upon you, and He reads the thoughts and intents of your heart. He knows your attitude toward your sins, as well as your attitude toward the One who wants to be your Saviour. If you don’t know the forgiveness of sins, there is only one person in the world to blame and that is yourself. God is ready to forgive you, if only you are ready to turn from your sins and be forgiven.

Turn To Him Today God knows all about you. I urge you not to lay aside this opportunity until you have settled this great question of your sin and eternity and have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Once you see the seriousness of your sinful condition before God, you will never get rest of conscience and heart until you have trusted the Saviour of sinners. He made “peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). We are “reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10). If you do not trust Him now as your Saviour, you will meet Him in eternity as your Judge. For God “hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Won’t you flee to Him now for refuge while it is the day of salvation? He will be your shelter. “We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”( John 9:35) Have faith and doubt not.

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3. MATTERS ARISING 3A) STrATHSPeY rAIlWAY B Dunlop said that MacKellars Sub Sea Ltd is making alterations to the bridge for the river Dulnain and that work had been delayed due to the weather. However it was hoped that the Army would position the bridge next month. He gave an update on the HML 150 Celebrations planned for 3rd August. Due to a clash with the Newtonmore Games, the horse and carriage and the Pipe Band were not available, and he was having difficulty locating others. The school junior pipe band and some individuals were suggested. He had contacted HC TEC officials and Police and Fire, and there were some conditions but no objections to the planned parade. He was due to meet planning and TEC officers to explore possibility of displaying the small tank loco which used to haul whisky from Balmenach Distillery to Cromdale station as a feature at the West Triangle. He asked for Community Councillors to assist with the arrangements, banners, bunting and a budget.

public and members of the public can suggest items for the agenda. OTHer ISSUeS: PA System – E Sutton had received a quote for supply of 5 new microphones and stands and a cable along with adaptation of existing Amplifier Cabinet from Aird Audio for the sum of £750. It was suggested that some of the speakers could be re-sited at the same time as the bunting was put up for the Railway Anniversary. C Sinclair suggested that the proposals be run past Eric Pirie to see if he has any additional ideas. E Sutton to approach Mr Pirie. Cllr Douglas wondered if it might be a good idea to publicise the upgrading of the PA system to raise the profile both of the new system and the Community Council. Service Point Hours – On going. Roads and Crossings – Cllr Douglas reported that the timer for the road crossing at the traffic lights outside Grantown Newspaper is to be checked.

B) FlOWer BASkeTS On going.

Refreshing the markings on the disabled parking bays is on the list of repairs to be carried out.

C) GrAnT HOUSe renOVATIOn Cllr Douglas said that the builders were at the snagging stage and there was a problem with the lifts outstanding.

The situation re. gritting the road outside the Primary School is being monitored.

pavement outside the Bike Shop next to the Co-op was becoming quite congested with tables and chairs and a bike stand on the roadway. He also mentioned that the sandwich board advertising the Sylhet Chip Shop had not reappeared on the grass or pavement at the crossroads. Hogmanay Nothing to report. Motormania Nothing to report.

8. HIGHLAND COUNCIL Cllr Douglas told the meeting that Louise Cark was retiring and that the new Ward Manager would cover Badenoch, Strathspey and Nairn, the post is 0.6 time with enhanced business admin support. The Ward Discretionary Budget will be cut by at least 3% this year.

9. ANAGACH WOODS Nothing to report.

12. AOCB The Community Council discussed the unfounded rumours circulating that the Grantown on Spey Visitor Information Centre may close. E Sutton enquired about the Town Signs, Cllr Douglas is to contact Pete from CNPA to check on progress.

Elgin Bus – On Going. D) IAn CHArleS HOSPITAl J Beveridge attended the meeting of the Hospital Development Group, where the single service for Badenoch and Strathspey was discussed. The new facility will incorporate all NHS services including Home Helps, Physiotherapy, District Nursing etc and will need to be located on major transport links. Cllr Douglas reported that the old Community Health Partnerships were being replaced with District Partnerships and that Badenoch and Strathspey had been partnered with Nairn and Ardersier. The partnerships are made up of Councillors, NHS staff and Board members. Their meetings are held in

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Dog Fouling – On Going. Cycle Maps – On Going.

6. REPORTS FROM SUB-COMMITTEES Festive Lights C Sinclair reminded the meeting that the Festive Lights Buffet Dance is to be held on Saturday 23rd February 2013 in the Royal British Legion, Grantown at 7pm. Planning No new applications notified since the January meeting. B Dunlop indicated that he felt that the

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N Miles asked whether the allotment plans were still going ahead, Cllr Douglas replied that the scheme was stalled currently until the Management Agreement for Grant Park Lochan had been signed but that there had also been discussions about alternate sites. N Miles raised the issue of the lay-by on the A95, opposite Zippy Embroidery being used by HGV drivers as a park up and littering and fouling the site. She asked whether a litterbin could be put in the layby and whether there were any facilities provided at the industrial estates. Cllr Douglas is to find out if there is a night toilet and whether any facilities exist at the lorry park.

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PARLIAMENT BLOG & TIDE TIMES Returning home to Aviemore following the Budget, I was looking forward to getting away from the cut and thrust of parliamentary business and questions. Little did I know I had a different, and in some ways even more challenging audience awaiting me in Aviemore! Being quizzed by Aviemore Primary pupils was certainly more fun than the House of Commons or the TV studios but no less difficult. Questions such as ‘Can we move Big Ben to the Highlands?’ and ‘If you are my MP, who is your MP?’ made for a busy and entertaining chat. But it was also hugely informative for me. Primary two pupils at the school re-enacted their category winning performance from the Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival. It was a superb underwater themed musical presentation and one young man received his winning certificate for his awareness raising artwork for the Earth Hour Poster Competition. I was also given a tour of the new high-tech specifications of the school. Pupils told me they particularly enjoyed the interactive technology, such as the electronic whiteboard and the communal laptops. Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you to the teachers and pupils for a thrilling afternoon. Hopefully I will get to visit many more of our schools, organisations and businesses this spring and summer as I extend my regular surgeries to include additional events for constituents in the smaller communities of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. Danny Alexander MP


The Convention of the Highlands and Islands is a meeting between the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands councils, health, enterprise, environment and skills leaders. Writing this from Lerwick, where the Convention has just met, we have just had a day of discussions on health, community planning, youth employment and energy. We have also had a beautifully sunny day and, reputedly at least, the weather here was the best in Scotland! The aim of the Convention is to make sure that the Highlands and the Islands are not neglected, in the grand scheme of things, by Ministers in Edinburgh or, for that matter, London. And it is a means of ensuring that Ministers can discuss with Council leaders matters of concern and importance. In addition to attending the Convention and during the three day visit, I met the local Port Authority in Lerwick, who are very busy and looking to be able to carry out the work needed to decommission oil rigs. In addition, I visited Sullom Voe and also met with local campaigners on a variety of issues. We have, in my party, always supported the idea that the Islands should enjoy the power to control their own future - and that we should work with them in partnership. The only way to do that is to have regular meetings - which we do every six months. There is no shortcut or substitute in politics and in government in spending the necessary time to listen and learn - it is time well spent.

Fergus Ewing MSP

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Useful Contacts Aberlour library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871693 Aberlour Post Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01340 871201 Aviemore Citizens Advice Bureau. . . . . . . . 01479 810919 Aviemore library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 813141 Aviemore local Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810222 Aviemore Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 811056 Aviemore registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 813146 Aviemore Social Work Services . . . . . . . . . 01479 810251 Aviemore Tourist Information . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810363 Badenoch library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661596 Badenoch learning & resource Centre . . . 01540 662420 Dufftown Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 820244 Dufftown library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01340 820272 Grantown library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 873175 national rail enquires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08457 484950 regional Police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 715555

SCHOOLS Aberlour Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871255 Abernethy Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 821274 Alvie Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 651238 Aviemore Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810343 Carrbridge Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 841249 Craigellachie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 881271 Dalwhinnie Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01528 522228 Deshar Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 831226 Gergask Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01528 544272 Glenlivet Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 590216 page 10 - May 2013

Grantown Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 872525 Grantown Grammar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 872649 Inveravon Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 500217 kingussie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661354 kingussie High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661475 knockando Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 810257 Mortlach Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 820268 newtonmore Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 673252 rothes Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 831269 Speyside High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871522 Tomintoul Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 580271

DENTISTS Aviemore & kingussie Dental Practice. . . . 01479 810301 kingussie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661280 nHS Highland Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 811019 Speyside Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871738 Your Perfect Smile Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . 01479 812846 (Aviemore) Your Perfect Smile Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . 01479 872107 (Grantown) Other useful numbers including doctors, vets, schools, pharmacies, and village halls are rotated on a regular basis and will appear in subsequent issues. If you would like to add a contact or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please let us know before Friday 3rd May, 4pm.

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alan@alvie COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS Alan Frost is a resident of Aviemore & has worked in the Catering Industry for more than 40yrs. Trained at Gleneagles, The Golf View Hotel Nairn & Coylumbridge in Aviemore, he was also Head of Catering at Lews College in Stornoway. Now semi-retired Alan works part time at Inverness College & oversees the catering at Alvie House.

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APRIL 23 tuesday - 28 sunday the sleeping beauty on ice @ eden court various times. 01463 234234.

24 wednesday diabetes uk moray: public meeting on healthy eating 7pm. elgin town hall.

26 friday moray society lecture: “the moray gigâ€? by mary byatt 8pm. elgin museum. ÂŁ3 or ÂŁ2 for society members. 01343 543675.

27 saturday

Available Sessions: Tues 30th Apr Breads & Teabreads – Rosemary & 10.30am Sea Salt Focaccia, Alan’s Picnic Loaf, Pear & Sultana Tea Bread, Caraway Bread Sticks. Tues 7th May Scones, Muffins, Buns & Biscuits – 7pm 10 minute Scones, Scotch Pancakes, Date & Apple Muffins, Chelsea Buns, Oaty Crisps. Tues 21st May Low Fat - Dishes Red Onion & 10.30am Beetroot Soup, Fuseli with Smoked Trout, Turkey or Chicken Tomato Hotpot, Blueberry & Orange Crepe Basket. Each demonstration will last approximately 2 hours.

mixed greensomes open competition abernethy golf club, nethy bridge. ÂŁ15 per cpl. see annual spring flower show and plant sale (highland rock garden club) opens 10.30am. nairn community centre. show exhibits available to view from 12noon. contact john owen: 01320 366246. albert lee @ ironworks 7pm. 0871 7894173. inverness music festival highlights concert @ eden court 7pm. the paul mckenna band 7:30pm. bogbain farm, inverness. 01463 772800.

For more information or to book Call Alan on: 01540 651255 / 07711 529314 or e-mail:

MAY 1 wednesday bring me the horizon @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. 0871 7894173.

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bl’azz: “the r.s.j. quintetâ€? @ eden court 2:30pm-5pm. tickets ÂŁ8 from eden court box office. 01463 234234.

public service broadcasting @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. 0871 7894173. souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. ÂŁ3. text/call: 07745 930383.

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spey art group’s ‘spring into summer’ exhibition monday to saturday from 10am to 4pm. grantown museum, grantown-on-spey.

spirit of speyside festival 9am. tastings, distillery visits, music etc. 07789 671635.

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11 saturday

sigma (moray’s astronomy club): “2020: the future of observational astronomy” 7pm for a 7:30pm start. birnie village hall, near elgin. lee nelson @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. 0871 7894173. royal scottish national orchestra concert @ eden court 8pm. 01463 234234.

macmillan 5k mini mudder, grantown on spey £10 registration per person. contact 01479 870320 or 01479 872872. the western front association: “ladies from hell? morale in the highland battalions 1914 -1918” 2:30pm. elgin library. the culbin singers’ spring concert 7.30pm. st laurence church forres. music by jenkins & others.

4 saturday st fumac’s fair 11:30am. drummuir station & community woodland. fun, free family day out. for fares & times, visit brew at the bog 12pm. bogbain farm, inverness. 18+. 01463 772800. dandy trap presents “the death of tintagiles” (play) 7:15pm. craigellachie village hall. not suitable for children. £7. ensure a seat, phone rose: 07969 017977. dave pearce @ ironworks 10pm. standing. 18+. 0871 7894173.

12 sunday buckie classic car show 10:30am. linzee gordon park. 07831 263915. bl’azz: “blue and sentimental” @ maclean room, eden court 2:30pm. tickets £8 from eden court box office. 01463 234234. loudon wainwright lll (music) @ eden court 8pm. 01463 234234.

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race the steam train 9.30am. racing along the speyside way as part of the osprey festival! contact: dalfaber industrial estate, aviemore. whisky auction held by craigellachie village council 2pm. craigellachie village hall. refreshments will also be for sale.

aviemore walking festival 10am. enjoy the best of british countryside. email: website:

7 tuesday macs moray area cancer support 2pm-4pm. moray coast medical practice, lossiemouth. call 07516 219151 for info. sounds familiar singing group for people with dementia & their carers 2:30pm-4pm. craigmonie hotel, inverness. for info and reservations, contact 01463 233231. wordpress meetups 7pm. forres. friendly networking group to support users & those interested in wordpress. booking essential at lucy rose @ ironworks 7:30pm. standing. 14+. 0871 7894173.

8 wednesday nadfas fine art lecture: ‘a family affair: florence & the house of medici’ by jo walton 11am. sherwood suite, eight acres hotel, elgin. visitors welcome. moray and nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. all welcome. for information, contact 01309 673431 or 673552. o duo 8pm. town house, inverness.

9 thursday - 11 saturday scottish ballet: highland fling @ eden court 01463 234234.

10 friday colin macleod @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173. camille o’sullivan @ eden court 8pm. 01463 234234.

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13 monday - 26 sunday foster care fortnight ‘fostering’ - get in the frame. information sessions & long service presentations in elgin libray. check out for details.

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Information sessions and long service presentations in Elgin Library. Check out the hyperlink “” in May for more details or see The Moray Council advert in this issue of SpotLight for contact details.

14 tuesday the pink castle philosophy club - your fun & friendly ‘thinking lgbt club’ 7.30pm. riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel.

16 thursday heroic arias – reno and gail troillus + guests showstopperz and troillus ensemble @ eden court 7:30pm. 01463 234234. souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. £3. text/call: 07745 930383.

18 saturday world whisky day 2013 various venues around speyside, dufftown. 01340 881616. the doors alive @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173. inverness choral society spring concert @ eden court 7:30pm. orff carmina burana and beethoven mass in c.

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18 saturday - 19 sunday badenoch walking festival a celebration of walking for all levels of ability in the beautiful mountains and glens of badenoch.

19 sunday gordon castle highland games and country fair 11am-5pm. fochabers. all day fun for all the family. new concert corner, gordon setter parade & dog show, air display, traditional events, massed bands, sporting activities, highland dancing, solo piping, masses of shopping & lots of food and drink. more details at contact or 07500 879687.

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sunday lunch soup and sweet held by craigellachie village council 12pm-2pm. craigellachie village hall. bl’azz: “the kyle-keddie quintet'â€? @ eden court 2:30pm. tickets ÂŁ8 from eden court box office. 01463 234234.

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30 thursday souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. ÂŁ3. text/call: 07745 930383.

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sounds familiar singing group for people with dementia & their carers 2:30pm-4pm. craigmonie hotel, inverness. for info and reservations, contact 01463 233231.

22 wednesday rachel sermanni @ ironworks 7pm. 0871 7894173.

24 friday red hot chilli pipers @ ironworks 7:30pm. 0871 7894173.

25 saturday laggan 10k road race course from laggan village hall with spectacular scenery along the road to beautiful corrieyairack pass. contact: laggan village hall. open texas scramble (unisex/mixed) abernethy golf club. 01479 821305. team competition in aid of crossroads moray doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm. new elgin hall. ÂŁ1 entry. main prize: accomodation for four in aviemore. inverness abc boxing tournament @ ironworks 7pm. seated. 0871 7894173.

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diabetes uk moray & grampian nhs: diabetes question time 7pm-9pm. lesser town hall, forres. learn about diabetes from an expert panel of health professionals.


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