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Clubs and Societies ACTIVE BOXING Fri, 6.15pm - 7pm, Turriff Sports Centre. Call 01888 563800 or email at turriff.sports@ aberdeenshire.gov.uk ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, TURRIFF 7pm, Gateway Community Centre, Victoria Terrace, Turriff www.alcoholics-anonymous. org.uk

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GORDON RURAL ACTION (GRA) - HUNTLY ADVICE CENTRE Free, independent, confidential & impartial advice on a range of issues - benefits, debt, housing, & consumer problems, etc. Call 01466 793676 or email at enquiries@gordonrural.org.uk

HUNTLY & DISTRICT FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY 1st Tues of month, 7.30pm, OAP Hall, Church Street, Huntly. Call 01368 850206 HUNTLY AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB Huntly Swimming Pool. Email Linda Edwards at huntlyasc@googlemail.com

HUNTLY COMMUNITY CYCLING A group of individuals promoting cycling for everybody in & around the Huntly area. Email huntlycycling@hotmail.co.uk HUNTLY CRICKET CLUB Summer Weekends at Castle Park, Huntly. Call Patrick Scott on 01466 792647

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HUNTLY WRITERS Fortnightly, upstairs at the ExServicemen's Club, 5a Gordon St, Huntly. Informal friendly writers' group. New members over 18 welcome. 1st meeting free, thereafter £2, membership £10 pa. Call 01466 793765 (Orbs Bookshop or email at info@huntly-writers.co.uk www.huntly-writers.co.uk SLIMMING WORLD - HUNTLY Mon, the Ex-Servicemens Club Call Gillian on 01466 799145

ST NINIAN’S & FORGLEN MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP 2nd Thurs of month, 7.30pm 9pm, St Ninians & Forglen Church. A forum for men to meet for informal discussion, from a Christian perspective, about current affairs, moral issues, Biblical texts, or anything else of interest. ST NINIAN’S BADMINTON CLUB Turriff Call 01888 563800 or 07791 630267

TURRIFF CRICKET CLUB The Haughs. Call 07769 606679 TURRIFF GOLF CLUB Rosehall, Turriff. Call 01888 562982 or email at secretary@turriffgolf.sol.co.uk

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TOWNS TOGETHER CYCLE TOUR The Towns Together Forum is looking to develop a cycle route linking together the nine participating towns - Turriff, Banchory, Banff/Macduff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead & Stonehaven. All comments welcome. Call 01466 799416 or email at donald.boyd@huntly.net

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STRATHBOGIE FIDDLERS Mon, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Huntly Football Club. Everyone is welcome & you do not need to be an experienced player to come along, just keen to learn. Call 01466 793808/07801 48628

TURRIFF & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY A membership organisation which has been running for nearly 40 years, staffed entirely by volunteers. Call into the Municipal Buildings or email for info about the latest activities at info@turriffheritage.org

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I was challenged about the value of education the other day and came across a couple of interesting quotes: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” - Epictetus “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” - Will Durant “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings By the time you are reading this, most of this New Year’s resolutions have been dropped by those who tried to change some aspects of their lives for the better. Usual choices are cutting down on substances - alcohol, tobacco and so on - or having a healthy, active lifestyle. Such resolutions require quite a strong willpower, which most of us lack; moreover, physical activities need either the gym subscription or favourable weather. The latter can be in short supply in Scotland. Out of my own experience, bad weather can be an ‘excellent’ excuse for avoiding outdoors unless it’s absolutely inescapable. However, there’s one area for improvement that often is missing from our considerations. In fact, It’s so broad that I can only use examples rather than its exact description. St Paul talked about it to his friend Timothy: Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1st Letter to Timothy 4:14-16) Of course, St Paul

referred to a particular gift and ministry. But we can apply this passage to our own lives. Firstly, what are your gifts, talents, specific abilities? Each and every one of us has a specific set of them. Sadly, many of us are too focused on other people’s apparently better-off lives that we tend to overlook or underrate our own, and to neglect them. This leads us nicely to another important aspect: talents or gifts you have need your diligent attention to develop them and thus yourself. Self-developing talents or self-propelling careers are a myth. In real life they require attention and hard work, usually unbeknown to others. The last but not least aspect is perseverance. Progress is a permanent process. It never stops. It neither gives up in failure nor gets carried away in success. It builds up on achievements and learns from failing. Sticking to the ‘rules’ above can get you to a completely new level of personal development. When I arrived in Scotland, my English was rudimentary at best. I was determined to improve it (that was one of the main reasons for moving here). It has been anything but plain sailing, with innumerable letdowns along the way. But over 10 years later

Gordon Presbytery Email gordoncoscotland.org.uk. www.presbyteryofgordon.org.uk 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 macinsch@gmail.com. www.allsaintswoodhead.aodiocese.org.uk 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. www.fyviechurch.org.uk Huntly Christian Fellowship, 10.30am at the Linden Centre, Tim Gordon-Roberts Tel: 01466 794539. Email admin@huntlychristianfellowship.com Huntly Parish Church Rev. Thomas Calder Tel: 01466 792630 Marnoch New Church, Aberchirder Tel: 01466 781143. Email amacgregor@churchofscotland.org.uk Mintlaw & Pitsligo Community Church Sunday 10.30am, St John’s Centre, High Street, New Pitsligo. 2pm Mintlaw Academy. Refreshments after both services. www.mintlawchurch.co.uk Monquhitter & New Byth Tel: 01888 560304. Email jcook@churchofscotland.org.uk. page 6 - March 2018

my English it’s massively better, yet still with room for improvement, and I’m still determined to progress. I used the same rules (recognition, diligence, perseverance) to shed over 3 stone. With usual ups and downs along the way I managed to do so in 7 months, just in time for my friends’ wedding. What you’ve just read isn’t to boast about myself - there’s nothing really to boast about. These are just two imperfect examples that what the Bible teaches can be applied to our lives in their physical aspects as well as spiritual. ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.’ (1st Letter to the Corinthians 6:19-20) St Paul’s call is still valid for you and me. This is our call to develop and progress in every aspect. And, by the way, it’s a great personal satisfaction to level-up. Fr Tad Turski St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Buckie

St Andrew’s Church, Turriff. Sunday 11.15am. Tel: 01888 560304. Email jcook@churcchofscotland.org.uk 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 gordon@derbyhall.plus.com St Kanes Church, New Deer Sunday service 11.30am. Currently seeking new minister. Tel: 01771 644097. Email web@stkanes.org.uk 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 minister@stniniansandforglen.org.uk 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 linda@winterburnmedia.co.uk

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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

until 30 june

We are running a campaign to encourage folk to neuter and microchip their cats.

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March 2018

turriff u3a creative writing group 10.15am - 11.45am, turriff library. all welcome. www.u3asites.org.uk/turriff/contact

1 thursday

casting light on the picts of north east scotland: speaker - dr gordon noble, senior lecturer & head of archaeology at aberdeen university 2pm - 3pm, duff house, long gallery, banff. call 01261 818181

1 thursday - 4 sunday

braemar mountain festival: celebration of the mountains in winter - workshops on ski touring & telemarking, winter skills & avalanche awareness, etc tbc, braemar. call 01339 741675. www.braemarmountainfestival.com

2 friday

"the return" (12+): world premiere of film by ellie stewart 7.30pm, new deer public hall, fordyce terrace, new deer. adult £10, conc. £8. tickets from the pharmacy or food for thought, new deer. tickets also available on the door but booking advisable call 01771 644217 or 01771 644366

3 saturday - 10 saturday

world junior curling championships 2018 tbc, eday walk, aberdeen. ttn junior men’s & ten junior women’s teams from the world curling federation’s americas, european & pacific-asia zones www.worldjuniorcurlingchampionships2018. eventbrite.co.uk

4 sunday

nairn roadrunners: nairn 10k; northern scot series & fun run 1pm - 2pm (registration); 2.30pm (start), nairn community centre. £15 per participant (non-affiliated); online entry only for 10k - closes 1st march. fun run entry can register on day - limited spaces, minimum age 9yrs. call 01667 462173. www.nairnroadrunners.co.uk

5 monday

tiddlers fun tme 2018: sharks & rays 11am - 4pm, macduff marine aquarium, high shore, macduff sharky stories & see baby sharks & rays still in their egg cases. make your own hungry shark to take home. call 01261 8333369 rhymetime sessions or mothers, babies & toddlers. children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 2pm - 2.30pm, turriff library. free

5 monday - 7 wednesday

a spoonful of sherman 7.30pm, the tivoli theatre, guild street, aberdeen. call 01224 641122

6 tuesday

turriff & district u3a: colonial africa in the late 50s: speaker - callum christie 2pm, st ninian's church, turriff. www.u3asites.org.uk/turriff/contact page 14 - March 2018

7 wednesday

craft connections: mother's day cards & papercrafts 10am - 12pm, linden centre, huntly. free. using recycled materials. all abilities welcome. call 01466 793732. www.networksofwellbeing.org/ performing authorities workshop hosted by taqa learning & development 8.30am - 4.30pm, crowne plaza aberdeen airport hotel, international avenue,, dyce, aberdeen. free. www.eventbrite.co.uk routes to leadership programme: 1- 4 building & sustaining a professional team 4pm - 5.15pm, adventure aberdeen, fairley road, aberdeen free but booking essential via email. pedagogy, discussion & examples of relevant school practice. aberdeen city council - education & children's services. www.eventbrite.co.uk

8 thursday

recording sound: the invention & development of phonographs, gramophones, records & some of the personalities involved with them; speaker - ben kennedy 2pm - 3pm, duff house, long gallery, banff. call 01261 818181

9 friday

wordzworthies: reading & creative writing group 2.30pm - 3.30pm, turriff library. free. call 01888 530830

10 saturday

lego club 2pm - 3pm, turriff library. free. open sessions suitable for 5 - 12 year olds. create, share, play - come & build something with lego. call 01888 530830

10 saturday - 11 sunday

ramblers scotland: scottish council 2018 1pm - 2pm, doubletree by hilton aberdeen treetops, springfield road, aberdeen. free. weekend of walks, talks, workshops, elections, discussion & socialising with members from across scotland. www.eventbrite.co.uk mcfleetwood show 7.30pm - 12.30am, deveronside community social club, duncan street, banff. all welcome. www.eventbrite.co.uk

11 sunday

inverness half marathon & 5k 12.30pm (marathon) & 12.40pm (5k. )age 17 plus for marathon & all ages for 5k. www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk blood donors 2pm - 3.30pm, turriff academy please book an appointment. call 0345 90 90 999 nss.snbtsenquiry@nhs.net

12 monday

stewart lee: content provider 7.30pm, the tivoli theatre, guild street, aberdeen. call 01224 641122 dara o briain: voice of reason 8pm, his majesty's theatre, aberdeen. call 01224 641122

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ed byrne: spoiler alert 8pm, eden court, inverness all welcome. call 01463 234234

13 tuesday

turriff u3a: family history group 10.15am - 11.45am, turriff library. free. call 01888 530830

14 wednesday

sing-a-long-a beauty & the beast 7pm - 9pm, his majesty's theatre, aberdeen. call 01224 641122 craft connections: make your own bunting 10am 12pm, linden centre, huntly. free. bring fabric call 01466 793732. www.networksofwellbeing.org

14 wednesday - 18 sunday

aberdeen jazz festival tbc, various venues in aberdeen. headline concert at hm theatre, & concerts at queens cross church, the lemon tree, the blue lamp, carmelite. etc. call 01224 641122

15 thursday

john kay: scottish caricaturist & engraver; speaker wendy mcglashan 2pm - 3pm, duff house, long gallery, banff. call 01261 818181 huntly film club 7.30pm - 10pm, ex service men's club, huntly. free. email huntlyfilms@hotmail.com chilling women: learn about relaxation techniques 10am - 12pm, linden centre basement, huntly call 01466 793732. www.networksofwellbeing.org

16 friday

ceilidh by theatre gu leor supported by bòrd na gàidhlig & performed in the round, featuring live music & song 7pm, the lemon tree, aberdeen. call 01224 641122. www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

16 friday - 18 sunday

wild ski festival: hosted by some of britain’s top ski coaches, instructors, etc tbc, glenmore lodge, aviemore. explore the classic tours, descents & gullies of the northern corries & beyond call 01479 861256 or email at enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk

17 saturday

british masters (open) cross country champs: grant park, forres 12pm (race 1) & 1pm (race 2), grant park, forres. 8k course for masters men & women. registration online. www.bmaf.org.uk/fixtures lisa mchugh live 6.30pm - 11.30pm, thainstone exchange, inverurie. www.eventbrite.co.uk north east pet expo 2018 11am - 4pm, thainstone centre, inverurie. a fun day for all the family. over 100 pet stalls for you to browse, shop or get advice. bouncy castles/face painting. www.eventbrite.co.uk

18 sunday

seedy sunday: swap seeds, tips & advice. workshops, cookery demos & lots of fun activities 11am - 4pm, aden country park, station road, mintlaw. free. call 0771 613666 admin@winterburnmedia.co.uk

19 monday

tiddlers' fun time 2018: pirates 11am - 4pm, macduff marine aquarium, high shore, macduff. pirate trail to follow, cannons to make & an exciting workshop to do with floating & sinking. fancy dress optional rhymetime sessions for mothers, babies & toddlers. children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 2pm - 2.30pm, turriff library. free team turriff reading group: discussion on various books 6.30pm - 7.30pm, turriff library. free. new members welcome.

20 tuesday

turriff u3a creative writing group 10.15am - 11.45am, turriff library. free. all welcome

21 wednesday

craft connections: decoupatch & papercrafts 10am - 12pm, linden centre, huntly. free. all welcome. call 01466 793732 www.networksofwellbeing.org performing authorities workshop hosted by taqa learning & development 8.30am - 4.30pm, crowne plaza aberdeen airport hotel, international avenue,, dyce, aberdeen. free. www.eventbrite.co.uk

22 thursday

wildlife photographs: speaker - katy rewston 2pm 3pm, long gallery, duff house. call 01261 818181

23 thursday

project search university of aberdeen gala concert 7.30pm - 9.30pm, butchart recreation hall, butchart building, university road, university of aberdeen. £3 tickets at the door or can be reserved by email call 01224 272404 or projectsearchuoa@abdn.ac.uk turriff u3a geology group 10.30am - 11.30am, turriff library. free. all welcome

24 friday

swede dreamz live: abba tribute band. sit down table event 7pm- 10pm, stewart's hall, huntly. www.huntly live events ltd turriff senior citizens social club coffee morning 10am 12pm, the royal british legion, turriff lego club: open sessions suitable for 5 - 12 year olds 2pm - 3.30pm, turriff library. free

25 sunday

car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) - 1st of the year! 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with car & table. teas/coffees, soft drinks, butteries, bbq. www.wherecanwego.com run garioch: 3 junior races, the eblast 5k, dandara 10k & rim half marathon. event village with local clubs, charities & catering 9.15am - 2pm, garioch sports centre, burghmuir drive, inverurie. call 01467 626141. www.entryhub.co.uk/run-garioch-2018

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26 monday

tea dance: networks of wellbeing: free dance lessons for beginners (1pm – 2pm) 1pm - 4pm, stewart's hall, huntly. £3. call 01466 793732 www.networksofwellbeing.org

28 wednesday

craft connections: easter cards & papercrafts 10am 12pm, linden centre, huntly. free. all welcome. call 01466 793732. www.networksofwellbeing.org/

29 thursday

portraits by mosman for lord braco: speaker - nel whiting 2pm - 3pm, duff house, long gallery, banff call 01261 818181 chilling women: learn about relaxation techniques 10am - 12pm, linden centre basement, huntly. call 01466 793732. www.networksofwellbeing.org/

30 friday

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 www.gtm.org.uk linedance social evening 8pm - 11.30pm, commercial hotel, south street, aberchirder £3.50. all levels of dancers & non-dancers welcome. call 01466 780787 or at info@thecommercialhotel.net

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cadbury easter egg hunts at fyvie castle 10.30am 4pm, fyvie castle. £2.50 per hunt (usual entry prices apply. become a nature detective to follow bunny’s clues & finish your adventure with a delicious chocolatey treat. call 01651 891266 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 Moray Estates March18.pdf 1 30/01/2018 www.nts.org.uk/events

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“My main inspiration has always been the human figure. A friend suggested entering this event. I didn’t take it too seriously at first but he kept mentioning it so I painted a self portrait and submitted it. I was pretty shocked when they phoned back to say I’d been selected. The biggest challenge was how to do a portrait in 4 hours as it usually takes me about 40. I spent a month prior to my heat working on my speed. The filming day was a frantic, hair raising experience, but terrific fun. I learned a lot from taking part. It has really helped develop my painting and I am planning to enter again for next year”. Jonathan studied Fine art in Canterbury from 1993-1996 where he specialised in figurative drawing and painting. He has lived in Moray since 2003 where he has worked as a self- employed portrait artist since 2009. As well as portraiture he has recently been focusing on painting the local landscapes, particularly the Findhorn Bay area.

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