‘Stars For Thought’ once again aims to raise money for Keith Sunshine Developmental Playgroup

‘Stars For Thought’ have been raising money for the Keith Sunshine Developmental Playgroup since 2011 and once again aims to raise as much money as possible for them.

‘Stars for Thought’ will be at the Keith Christmas Extravaganza on 25th November between 2pm and 4pm, as well as being at Tesco Keith on 24th November from 9am-5pm where you will be able to purchase stars, costing £1 each. If you are unable to attend either of these events then stars can also be purchased from Shears, The Deli, Bee Fair, Clarks Pharmacy, Fife Keith Spar, The Beauty Box and Keith Golf Club. Once you have written your message in waterproof pen (supplied) please put them into the box where you purchased them from in order for volunteers to attach the labels to the stars which will then be placed on the Christmas Tree outside North Church.

As always there will be the ‘Star’ Christmas Tree lights switch on at North Church along with carol singing, hot chocolate and star shortbread. This will take place on Saturday 9th December at 4pm. Please come along to celebrate this event, which is made possible by the kindness of volunteers and donations.

Should you wish to make a larger donation towards this wonderful cause please leave your donation at the Church Shop or Clark’s Pharmacy. Alternatively your donation can be given to one of the volunteers at Tesco on the 24th November, or to Jane Sharp at the Keith Extravaganza on 25th November, or at the lights switch on, on 9th December.

Reccuring activities held at King Memorial Hall, Grange

Please find below further information regarding activities which take place at the King Memorial Hall in Grange.

Yoga classes are held in the King Memorial Hall on Monday mornings from 9.45 am to 11.15 am every week, other than during school holidays. The classes include exercises to develop strength and flexibility, and some relaxation and meditation. They are geared to suit all abilities from beginners to people with previous experience with yoga. The classes are ‘pay as you go’, so you can come along for as many or as few as you wish. For further information please contact Linda on 01542 870742.

Line dancing classes are held in The King Memorial Hall on a Monday evenings from September to April. From April, classes move to Rothiemay Hall.
There are three classes:
Beginners – 6.30pm-7.30pm
Intermediate – 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Advanced – 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of music, friendship and to have a laugh.
Please contact Jean Robertson on 01542 887346 for more information.

Badminton is held every Tuesday from 7pm and all new players are welcome.

Belly Dancing classes are held every Friday evening from 7pm-8.15pm. Should you require any further information please contact Mel Latham on 07791 863613.

The bowling club meets every Wednesday at 7 pm until the end March (outdoors in Keith after that). For further information please contact Jimmy Mowat on 01542 882274.

The OAP’s Social Club meets once a month on a Thursday at 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jean Christie on 01542 771238.

The Grange WRI meets every third Wednesday of the month and is open to anyone interested in meeting people from the area for a social evening. There is always a speaker or demonstrator and a wide range of subjects including travel, health, crafts, cooking, sport and drama are discussed. If you are interested in joining then come along as a visitor to see if the ‘Rural’ is for you. For further details please contact Jean Robertson on 01542 887346.

Mess Around: messy play sessions for children are held monthly on a Wednesday. For further details please contact Vicci Philips at vicci@messarounduk.com or 07983 372 310.

For further information please visit http://kingmemorialhall.co.uk/

Scotland’s First Scots Toun signs for Keith

As many of you will be aware Keith achieved the Scots Toun award back in 2014 (photo of certificate attached) and the signs have now been installed at the entrances to Keith.
 
This has come about as Keith Community Council applied for the Scots Toun award which was set up by the Scottish Government and the Scots Language Centre in Perth.
 
The aim of this award was to recognise the use, celebrate, support and promote the Scots language in community life, identifying communities where Scots culture is encouraged and promoted. This was split into the following criteria – Spoken, Visible, Events, Young People, Opportunities to Learn and Promotion by means of festivals, kirk services, signage, the development of language-based tourism etc.
 
Its purpose was to create a network of Scots Touns throughout Scotland, but (as far as we are aware) funding was removed and has never been reinstated. Keith could therefore be the only Scots Toun for the foreseeable future, and although we may eventually be one of many, we will always be the first!

Jungle Tots – a new and exciting experience for babies and children

Jungle Tots has been owned and run by Barbara O’Brien in Keith since August 2017. As Jungle Tots was previously run in Elgin by a preceding owner Barbara has brought a brand new concept to Keith for babies and young children.

Jungle Tots is a play session for children aged up to 4 and takes place at Keith Football Club on Mondays and Tuesdays. Two different sessions are offered. The first is for Tiny Tigers. This is for newborns up to approximately 14 months old and is run from 11-11.30am on Mondays and 2-2.30pm on Tuesdays. For children aged 12 months to 4 years approximately there is Giant Giraffes. This is on at 10-10.45am on Mondays and 1-1.45pm on Tuesdays. The cost per child is £4 a session, or blocks of 6 weeks can be purchased for £24, or if you would like two blocks it’s £44, this includes one free session.

The main aim of the Tiny Tigers session is for parent/carer and baby to spend one on one time to enhance bonding. In addition there are songs, dances and melodies to help to settle babies as well as sensory experiences which are used to help improve motor and cognitive skills.

The session for Giant Giraffes starts with a short period of free play which allows everyone to get settled. Following this everyone comes together for the hello song and some other action songs which the children love to take part in. After this there is sensory play which can include balls, parachute, messy play, musical instruments, dancing scarves etc. This is then followed by the bubble machine, a story and nursery rhymes before the goodbye song. There is also usually a craft fortnightly.

I was lucky enough to be able to observe the Giant Giraffe’s Halloween Party which was a bit different from the standard session and consisted of music, a bouncy castle (it’s second outing since the start of Jungle Tots in Keith), hello and goodbye songs with actions, face painting, ghost hunt game, make a Halloween scene with stickers, pass the cauldron game, wrap the ‘mummy’ up, bubble machine and free play.

It is clear to be seen that Jungle Tots is a hit with both parents and children alike and is growning from strength to strength. As a result, Barbara hopes to be able to offer parties and to maybe go further afield to provide this experience to parents and children outwith Keith in the future.

If you would like to see what Jungle Tots is all about then please contact Barbara for a taster session, or if you would just like a bit more information. Barbara can be contacted via the Jungle Tots Facebook page ; https://www.facebook.com/Jungle-Tots-280875352329087/ or on 07772206298.

Please also note that children tend to progress from Tiny Tigers to Giant Giraffes when they are comfortable walking, rather than age based, so that they are comfortable and happy in the older group.

Keith and District Men’s Shed Group

Looking for a local toddler group?

Newmill Toddler Group welcome all children up to the age of 5 along with their parents to come and have a play and socialise on Tuesday mornings during term time for a small fee of £2 per family.  For more information please contact Sally on 07444 406 054 or Ashley on 07855 051 279.

Christmas Colouring Competition for children aged 3-12 years old

As part of the United Keith event on Thursday 30th November 2017 a childrens colouring competition is being run.

If you are aged between 3 and 12 years old and would like to take part you can collect, either a reindeer for children aged 3-6 or a Santa for children aged between 7 and 12 from Tesco, Keith or The Deli (pictures shown below). You can complete your picture anyway you like using anything you like to colour and decorate your picture. Once you have completed your picture please make sure you put your name, age, address and telephone number on the back and return it to either Tesco or The Deli by Friday 24th November, or the United Keith stall at the Christmas Extravaganza in the Longmore Hall on Saturday 25th November between 2 and 4pm.

All entries will then be displayed in the pop up shop on Mid Street from 3-5pm Monday 27th November to Wednesday 29th November and Thursday 30th November from 3-8pm (winners will be notified during the week beginning 27th November). Prizes for the top three entries in each category will be awarded on Thursday 30th at 6pm in the Pop Up Shop at the Late Night Christmas Shopping Event.

Also in the Pop Up Shop from 6pm on Thursday 30th November there will be face painting and balloon art, for a small fee, as well as a very special visit from Santa!

If you would like any further information regarding this competition please contact kiltsandtextiles@btconnect.com or 01542 886846/0779219065.

United Keith Late Night Shopping Event – 30th November 2017

United Keith’s Late Night Shopping Event is being held on 30th November. Many Shops will be open until 8pm with special offers on the day.

The event is being held to promote and market what the town of Keith has to offer in the main shopping area – Mid Street!! The majority of shops and businesses are independently run and owned and offer a wide range of quality goods including wedding dresses, ladies’ and men’s clothing, a deli, butcher shops, grocers, bakers, DIY motorists, crafts/knitting yarn/haberdashery, Scottish goods, a kilt training School, takeaways, cafes, insurance/property agents, Post Office, banks, chemist, kitchen shop, carpet and furniture shops, hairdressers/beauticians, florists, electrical goods/DIY/hardware and optician to name just a few – so much to see, so little time, you will have to return another day to see it all!!

In addition there will be a craft fair in North Kirk Hall and raffle tickets are currently available to buy with a top prize of £100 to spend in participating shops in Keith.

Fife Keith shops across the river on the A96 are also well worth visiting with a range of shops that will also inspire you to SHOP LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL

Help KeRBS secure funding from Aviva Community Fund

KeRBS are looking to secure further funding from the Aviva Community Fund in order to further develop their skate park.  They are looking to use the further funding for phase four of the redevelopment which will consist of a spine and extension of their current half pipe.  Once these works are completed KeRBS will have restored the skate park back to it’s previous layout.

In order to secure this funding they need your help and vote.  To vote and read further information about KeRBS and this project please visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1171

Keith Football Club Match-Day Hospitality

Looking to thank staff, clients, suppliers or family for all their hard work, support and for being there?  Then what about Match-Day hospitality at Keith Football Club.

Please visit www.keithfc.com/match-day-hospitality/ for more information.