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CATS PROTECTION 3 Drumdelgie Cottages, Kirnie, Huntly AB54 4TH. Call 01466 760311 or email at FYVIE ANGLING ASSOCIATION Four miles single bank downstream of Fyvie. Very water dependant and mainly back-end. For permits please visit the Co-op Shop, The Lewes, Fyvie, By Turriff HUMTLY NORDIC & OUTDOOR CENTRE Mon, Tues & Fri, 9am - 4pm, Sat & Sun, 9am - 5pm. Hill of Haugh, Huntly. The UK's only purposebuilt all-weather facility for crosscountry skiing & rollerskiing, providing tuition at all levels from novice to elite! Call 01466 794428 or email at HUNTLY BOWLING CLUB Visitors Welcome! Call 01466 792312 HUNTLY BREASTFEEDING BUDDIES Fri, 9.30am - 11am, the Deveron Room, the Linden Centre. A group for breastfeeding families, potential, current or past. Come along & support other breastfeeding families & enjoy a hot drink & biscuit too. HUNTLY FOOTBALL CLUB Christie Park, Huntly Call 07776 398837 or email at HUNTLY SMALL-BORE RIFLE CLUB Leagues, comps, coaching, safety training. Reference & Police checks required. Call Jack Henderson on 01466 792483 or email at JOG SCOTLAND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL Wed, 6.15 - 7.15pm, Turriff Library KENNETHMONT TODDLERS Thurs, 9.30am - 11.30am, Rannes Hall, Kennethmont For

U5s. Come along to our group for a chat & a cuppa. We also have excellent toys for kids of all ages & regularly do craft & music sessions. Adults £1.50, children 50p. Ladies Badminton Weekly, Stewarts Hall, Huntly. For information call Marlo Luedi on 01466 793154

the acoustic nature, singers, poets, story tellers, fiddlers, pipers, instrumentalists, are all welcome as are any who want to listen. Call John McPherson on 01466 792279

LINE DANCING Mon, 11am - 1pm, the British Legion, Turriff. Adults £5, Seniors £4. Call Linda West on 01261 851537 RHYNIE BABIES & TODDLERS Fri (term time only), 9.15am 11.15am, Rhynie Community Hall For under 3s. £1 entry Email Laura Allan at ROCK SOLID YOUTH GROUP 1st Fri of month, 7pm - 9pm & monthly on a Sunday. Rock Solid is a youth group within the church & is open to anyone between the ages of S1 - S6. For information email rocksolid@ SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Tues, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. No experience needed. Call Irene Morrison on 01888 562557 SLIMMING WORLD - HUNTLY Mon,the Ex-Servicemens’ Club Ltd Call Gillian on 01466 799145 ST NINIANS & FORGLEN WOMEN’S GROUP 2nd Wed of month. Fun, chatting & a variety of informal activities. Call Jill on 01888 563850 or 01888 560282 TABLE TOP SALES 1st Sun of month (excl Turriff Show), 12.30pm - 4pm, The Royal Oak, Turriff in association with Butterfly Bargains 'Booter Babes.' Refreshments available at Scon & Yon Cafe. Tables £6. Call Jackie on 07977 447416. Facebook@booterbabes THE HUNTLY FOLK CLUB 3rd Wed of month, 8pm, the ExServicemen’s Club, Gordon Street, Huntly. Performances of

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TIN HUT SESSIONS Last Thurs of month, 8pm 11pm, The Tin Hut, Gartly, near Huntly. Hosts open acoustic music sessions. Entry is by donation to cover hall hire costs. All welcome to come along & play, sing or just listen to both modern & traditional music. Call 01466 720247 TURRIFF DISTRICT AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB Turriff Swimming Pool Call 01888 562528 TURRIFF ROTARY CLUB Tues, 6pm for 6:30pm, The Kastille, 10 Castle Street. Call 01888 563838 for more details TURRIFF RUNNING CLUB Wed, 7pm - 8pm, starting at the Turriff Sports Centre. All abilities welcome. £1 a session TURRIFF & DISTRICT U3A 1st Tues of month, 2pm, St Ninian's Church, Turriff. General meeting followed by a guest speaker. Contact: David Liebnitz (Membership Sec) U3A GENERAL MEETING 1st Tues of month, 2pm, St Ninian's Church, Turriff. A chance to get to know members & see whats on offer. WEE TOOTS: BABIES & TODDLERS (0 - 5 YEARS) Wed: 1.15pm - 3pm & Fri: 9.15am - 11.25am. the Linden Centre, Castle Street, Huntly. £1.50 per child plus 50p each extra sibling. Call Di Mitchel on 07595 601523 or email ay

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings June is a time to explore the many woodland walks around the Moray area. I am amazed at the beauty of nature and especially the many trees lining a walk or, if you drive into Elgin on the A96, the woodland that almost forms a canopy over the road. It is interesting to note that the example of trees is often used in the Bible, either as a metaphor or as a parable and even just telling us about the splendour of creation. One resource I used, quoted that there are at least 55 verses in the Bible referring to trees. From where God created trees as food for mankind (Genesis 1:12); we also read of the Tree of Knowledge that led to mankind being tempted (by evil and its own pride) into rejecting God’s knowledge for our own (Genesis 2:9 and Genesis 3:2). In Psalm 1:3 we read that the faithful should be like a tree planted next to a stream, bearing fruit and placing its roots in the life giving water. We read of Jonah, who lamented the loss of the vine that was provided for him as shelter (Jonah 4: 6 – 7) and of Jesus using the fig tree in His parables (for example in Luke 13: 6 - 9). It was also the product of a tree,

stripped from its roots and branches that brought us salvation in Christ through His sacrifice on the Cross. In John’s Book of Revelation, Jesus is described as the Tree of Life for all (Rev 22:14) and we are invited to have a right to this Tree of Life How does this reflect on my life as somebody who follows Jesus? Perhaps Psalm 1 can help us if we use the tree as a metaphor for our life. We read in Psalm 1:3: “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers”. Firstly, a tree has branches, giving protection and shade on those warm summer days. We can cool off underneath it and find comfort and renewed energy. Trees are also strong and if you have a tall tree with strong branches, you would even be able to hide or find shelter in those branches. Trees are also the carrier of knowledge. When a tree is cut, you can read from the rings when there were droughts or floods, when the times were good or bad. Yet, the tree endures it all to provide place of rest and rejuvenation for anybody who finds shelter under its

Gordon Presbytery Email All Saints Episcopal Church, Woodhead of Fyvie 2nd Sunday of the month: Holy Communion 10.15am (unless notified locally). Rev Alastair MacDonald Tel: 01464 820477. Email Auchterless Church Rev Stephen J Potts Tel: 01888 511058. Christ Church, Provost Street, Huntly. Rev. Michael Last. Sundays 10:30am Fyvie & Rothienorman Parish Church Sunday 11.30am. Teas & coffees from 11am. Interim Moderator: Rev Steve Potts Tel: 01888 511058. Huntly Christian Fellowship, 10.30am at the Linden Centre, Tim Gordon-Roberts Tel: 01466 794539. Email Huntly Parish Church Rev. Thomas Calder Tel: 01466 792630 Marnoch New Church, Aberchirder Tel: 01466 781143. Email Mintlaw & Pitsligo Community Church Sunday 10.30am, St John’s Centre, High Street, New Pitsligo. 2pm Mintlaw Academy. Refreshments after both services. Monquhitter & New Byth Tel: 01888 560304. Email page 6 - June 2018

branches and leaves. Perhaps this metaphor helps us to understand how we should live life. We should be like a tree which is planted next to a stream that gives life. Jesus said in John’s Gospel (John 7: 37) “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”. When we are connected to the living water, the fruit that I bear as follower of Christ, renews me to be like the tree in our metaphor. To be somebody who is welcoming, caring, loving and provide comfort. Not because I can gain anything from it, but because it’s the oxygen I share with others as somebody who is connected to the source of the Living Water. May the summer help us to re-energise and renew our lives to be trees that provide comfort and protection to those around us.

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St Andrew’s Church, Turriff. Sunday 11.15am. Tel: 01888 560304. Email St Congan’s Church, Turriff. First & second Sunday of month: Holy Communion, 10.30am; third Sunday of month: Morning Prayer/Family Service, 10.30am; fourth & fifth Sundays of month: Holy Communion, 10.30am. Gordon Brown, Lay Reader Tel: 01345 518411. Email St Kanes Church, New Deer Sunday service 11.30am. Currently seeking new minister. Tel: 01771 644097. Email St Margeret's Catholic Church, Huntly. Sunday Mass 9am St Marnan, Aberchirder. Rev Michael Last St Ninian’s & Forglen Church, Turriff. Rev Kevin Gruer Tel: 01888 563850 or email Strathbogie Drumblade, Huntly Tel: 01466 792702 St Peter’s Church, Fyvie - See Fyvie & Rothienorman Parish Church. Turriff Baptist Church. Meetings vary time and venue. Deacon Neil Mclean Tel: 01888 560241 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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12 tuesday turriff u3a family history group 10.15am - 11.45am, turriff library. all welcome

15 friday

elgin rotary motorfun 12pm - 5pm, cooper park, elgin. free. motorfun & family fun day. cars, bbq, picnic, attractions & entertainment. elgin show n shine 2018: part of the elgin motorfun 12pm - 5pm, cooper park, elgin crafternoon session 1pm, knockando woolmill £2 donation to book a place. suitable for all skills, bring a new or current project & make new friends with like-minded individuals.

marie curie 10k sunrise walk registration 8pm; 12am start, huntly golf club, cooper park, huntly. £15. open to all ages & we encourage families to come along, however, any walkers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult friends tea dance 2pm - 4pm, insch parish church hall. friends of insch hospital & community durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

6 wednesday

16 saturday

brander library reading group 11am, huntly library

8 friday wordzworthies 2.30pm - 3.30pm, turriff library durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

8 friday - 10 sunday tmsa keith festival tbc, various venues throughout keith. traditional music, song, poetry & dance across a platform of competitions & spectator events with a page 16 - June 2018

world buttery championship 2018 9am - 12pm, nescol, gallowgate, aberdeen. open to buttery lovers of any skill level. public viewing limited. cairngorm sportives 8am - 9.15am registration; 9am - 9.30am , cairngorm mountain centre. the event is held largely within the boundaries of the cairngorms national park. cheese & wine night 7pm for 7.30pm, keith golf club £12. all welcome. call 01542 882469 lego club 2pm - 3pm, turriff library. all welcome

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A WORLD CLASS EVENT ON YOUR DOORSTEP EUROPEAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS On Saturday 30th June 2018 Grant Park, in Forres, Moray will be alive with the sound of 3,000 pipers and drummers from all over the world competing in the European Pipe Band Championships. It is a day out not to be missed: in addition to the world class musical talent on display there will be more than 100 stalls and fun and entertainment for all ages. Bring the family along for a spectacular day out!

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1 9 4 0 ’s weekend 16th - 17th JUNE

See website for more information Dufftown Station, Dufftown, AB55 4BA

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16 saturday - 17 sunday

22 friday

keith & dufftown railway: 1940s weekend displays at both stations & entertainment on board the train. new exhibitors & re-enactors welcome. call 01340 820794. burgie horse trials 16th - 9am; 17th - 8am, burgie, near forres. all welcome. call 01343 850128

durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

16 saturday - 23 saturday the 123rd amateur golf championship 6am - 8pm, royal aberdeen & murcar links golf courses. for information call 01224 704354

17 sunday

23 saturday - 24 sunday wooly weekend: from lamb to loom highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. the journey of wool from shearing , dyeing, carding & spinning to many crafts including knitting, crochet, etc call 01540 673551

24 sunday

touler 10k multi terrain register by 1.30pm for 2pm start, richmond memorial hall, tomintoul. entry fees on website. Email

car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with a car & table. teas/coffees, soft drinks, butteries, bbq.

18 monday

24 sunday - 26 tuesday

rbs community banker 5pm - 7pm, turriff library team turriff reading group 6.30pm - 7.30pm, turriff library. all welcome

charity garden opening: bruckhills croft 12pm - 5pm, bruckhills croft. adults ÂŁ4; children free. all welcome

18 monday - 23 saturday

rbs community banker 5pm - 7pm, turriff library

25 monday

moray school of art degree show timing tbc, moray school of art, elgin. moray school of art (msoa) students will showcase their work at the fine art degree show.

27 wednesday

19 tuesday

tin acoustic music hut sessions 8pm - 11pm, tin hut, gartly. rop-in session for musicians & listeners. scotland's gardens: leith hall 7pm - 8pm, leith hall garden & estate

swift talk & walk (outdoor event) 8.30pm -10pm, meet outside brander building, huntly square. free event but donations welcomed. a short talk and walk around the town centre watching our amazing swifts! weather permitting, contact us prior to event. call cally smith on 07411 808573 or email at turriff u3a creative writing group 10.15am - 11.45am, turriff library. all welcome

20 wednesday banff & moray members' centre (national trust scotland): day coach trip; time tbc, fraserburgh booking essential. visiting fraserburgh lighthouse museum & peterhead prison museum, followed by high tea at castle huntly hotel. call janice oakes on 01309 675224 or email

21 thursday huntly film club 7.30pm - 10pm, ex-service men's club, huntly. email for details of film titles. email

21 thursday - 24 sunday sse scottish hydro challenge : european tour golf challenge 7.30am, spey valley golf club. call 01479 812920 or email

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bookbug rhymetime 10am - 10.30am, huntly library

28 thursday

29 friday turriff & district u3a geology: crovie & gamrie durn house: friday steak night with canapes upon arrival from 6pm, durn house, portsoy. booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at

30 saturday piping at forres, the european pipe band championships 10am, grant park, forres. a one day extravaganza featuring bagpipes, drums, kilts and tartan galore. a spectacular family day out. call claire doughty on 07846145050 or email at lego club 2pm - 3pm, turriff library

30 saturday - 1 july (sunday) highland rising 1746 highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. jacobite & redcoat reenactment weekend. call 01540 673551 scottish traditional boat festival: a festival of music, sailing, rowing & traditional crafts & art. portsoy call 01261 842951 or at

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Greeks Bearing Gifts

Adult Fiction Circe By Madeline Miller

By Philip Kerr 1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther's latest move in a long string of varied careers sees him working for an insurance company. Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German for a ship that has sunk, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. Then the claimant is found dead, shot through both eyes. It's a win for Bernie's employers at least: no one to pay out to even if the claim is genuine. But who is behind the murder, and why?

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike and she must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Junior Non-Fiction

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different By Ben Brooks An extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. The must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff.

Junior Fiction

Surfice Breaks

Adult Non-Fiction The Templars By Dan Jones The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.

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The Midnight Gang

By Louise O’Neill

By David Walliams

Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens. Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice?

Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for...the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning... Heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward - and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic - and of making dreams come true.

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Red Thread (Yellow Be Aware Warning)! We often have an outbreak of Red Thread fungal disease in this area now. It’s pretty widespread in this part of the world from June onwards, and especially if it is mild and wet. It’s a fungus, like moulds or mildews, and in the right conditions can attack grass leaves causing blotchy brown patches that leaves the lawn looking like it is drought stressed. Clearly if it’s been wet, that’s not the case. The picture below was taken previously on my lawn in late June.

If it’s a persistent outbreak, you can often see the grass producing a pinkish mould growth. That’s the mycelium or fungal bloom from the Red Thread spores. It doesn’t usually kill the grass, but it damages and disfigures the leaf causing a rather unsightly blotchy browning-off effect. Once established, the infection will usually persist through the season until the first frosts in October, when the frost kills it off for the year. I mention it now as it CAN be successfully treated with a fungicide, and when we apply a fungicide spray to affected lawns, it usually clears it in a week or so. Occasionally a repeat application is required. Once control is established however, it usually keeps the grass free of the infection for the rest of the season.

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une is the month when things really start motoring in the garden. With overnight temperatures that bit higher, plus a bit of sun and rain, the plants are really are in their element. If you find that you have lost plants over the winter, do not be disheartened, it has happened to all of us – it was a tough winter! Don’t be in too much of a rush to pull things out of the ground though, there is still hope for more established shrubs that have not managed to get through the winter. For plants such as Hebe spp, many of which are only borderline happy in our climate, try hard pruning those that look to have died. When I say hard pruning, I mean cut them back down to the ground! While doing this, you may even notice that the plant is regenerating from its rootstock, with little buds bursting forth. If after a few more weeks you notice nothing, then you may have to concede that the plant has died, but you’ll be amazed at how often the plants come back! For those of you who battle with a mossy or weedy lawn, there are some useful things you can be doing at the moment. Early spring is a good time for scarifying grass, basically raking some of the moss out. With the late start to


the season this year, you still have time to do this. For small areas you can do this with a wire rake, and for larger areas you will be better off hiring a machine. With the grass growing properly now, I also put down a lawn feed. A little trick here though – conventional spring or summer feeds contain large amounts of nitrogen and simply make your grass grow extremely quickly. I use an autumn feed, which has all the same nutrients, but less nitrogen. The result is nice healthy grass that is not growing at a rate of knots! I have also put a load of well-rotted horse manure down on my flowerbeds. You can also use well-rotted cow or chicken manure. You can judge whether your manure is well-rotted enough quite easily – it should not smell bad! Now anything like this is full of nitrogen, so will make your plants take off (just as lawn fertiliser does to the ‘leaves’ of grass plants). Now is the time to do this, however, as if you put down nitrogen-rich feeds on your plants later in the summer, you may end up simply creating lush foliage growth that then gets hammered by the next early frosts. But let’s not start talking about frosts yet! With a bit of luck we’ll get some nice weather this summer, and we can all reap the benefits of our hard work gardening by spending some quality time relaxing in the garden. Let’s not miss an opportunity to get the barbecue out!

Till next time, happy mountain gardening!


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Grate the garlic and ginger, deseed and finely chop the chilli. mix all ingredients together, taste for seasoning and add more soy or honey to balance if needed.

For the Salad 300g King Prawns (raw) 1Red Onion 1Green Pepper 1bag Watercress 1tbsp Sesame Seeds

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