Communities’ Day at Keith Library

Keith Library will be hosting a day celebrating the Keith Community on Tuesday 13th November 2018, between 10am and 8pm.

Several local community organisations will be present, including the Longmore Community Hall; Keith & Keith & District Heritage Group; and Keith Men’s Shed – offering the chance to become a member or to volunteer.

Keith Library itself will also be showcasing its Services, including the local Heritage Service; our Reminiscence boxes; IT Taster Sessions; our Community Information Service; and our themed Health Book Collections.

Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time between 10am and 8pm.

Timetable

Drop-in Computer Tasters between 10am and 12noon.  These will be free sessions for people who are new to computers, or who lack a bit of confidence. Topics covered will include setting up emails, using the Internet and beginning to trace your Family History.

Later on in the day – between 6pm and 8pm -, there will also be help on hand to see how to access the Libraries’ collection of e:books and e:audio titles.  These sessions are all free, but booking is recommended for these sessions.

For more information, please contact Keith Library on 01542 882223; or email: keith.library@moray.gov.uk

Kirsty to commemorate the end of WW1 in ‘The Battles O’er’

Kirsty Duncan, who is 15 years old and a a member of the Strathisla Pipeband is taking part in an event named ‘The Battles O’er’. This is a world wide event to commemorate the signing off of the end of WW1. As a lone piper she will be playing the tune ‘The Battles O’er’ at the Keith War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 6am. Please support Kirsty and come down to help her commemorate this significant event.

Lossiemouth and Keith libraries to hold community days

COMMUNITY days are being held at Lossiemouth and Keith libraries on 12 and 13 November respectively.

The libraries will be open from 10am – 8pm to showcase library services and to highlight local community groups and organisations, and the opportunities they can offer. Discover local groups you can join, volunteering opportunities, find out more about health and well-being – along with all that your local library has to offer.

With a programme of events and activities that include reminiscence boxes, story times, children’s crafts, Lego, health collections and a Playlist for Life Cuppa Time, there is something that will appeal to everyone.

Complete pamper experience with Wenonah

Wenonah Davidson has recently stared her own nail parlour where she provides acrylics, gel polish and manicures.

Wenonah has always loved doing nails and as well as being a busy mum decided to take this further, so she attended college, acquired the necessary qualifications and insurances and set up her own nail parlour at home. She is currently building up her customer base and is already enjoying repeat custom.

Wenonah offers the following nail treatments : full set acrylic, full set acrylic overlay gel polish, full set pink and white, infill acrylic, infill pink and white, gel polish, luxury manicure and mini manicure with prices ranging from £10 to £35.

Acrylics take approximately two hours to complete, while gel polish application takes around one hour. Wenonah is generally able to offer appointments at 9am, 1pm or 6pm. However, she can be flexible and it’s best to get in contact to enquire about appointment times.

Wenonah is already thinking about how to improve her service and is planning to do a gel extension and poly gel course which will allow her to widen the range of treatments she can offer. If you would like more information please visit Wenonah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wenonahnailparlour/ or call her on 07917 282 565.

In addition to the nail parlour Wenonah has recently become part of the Tropic’s Skincare family. To celebrate she is holding two launch parties, one of which was held in October and the other is on 5th November at 9.30am. At these events customers will be able to view products as well as being able to test them. If you are unable to attend the events, or simply love the Tropic’s Skincare range, and would like to book a pamper experience for you and your friends with Wenonah then please contact her through her Tropic’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wens-Tropic-Skincare-527702684394768/. During the pamper experience you will be offered the ultimate VIP shopping experience with a free skincare consultation, a free spa facial and free Tropic products, before being able to purchase these beautiful products.

    

Keith and District Young Farmers donate £5700 to local charities

Keith and District Young Farmers recently celebrated our 70th anniversary. As a result of fundraising and generous sponsorships the celebration raised an amazing £5700.00 which we have recently donated to local charities. These charities are ones which mean a lot to the club and we hope our donations can be of a great help. The donations were as follows:

RSABI £1500.00
CLIC Sargent £550.00
Meningitis Research £550.00
Archie Foundation £550.00
Cancer Research £550.00
Friends of Anchor £550.00
Macmillan Nurses £550.00
NESS £225.00
ROV £225.00
Keith Cancer Link £225.00
NGS Grampian Endowment Fund £225.00

We would like to thank everyone who donated, sponsored and helped us with our celebration. A special thanks must go to our 70th anniversary committee for all their hard work and organising

MJ Livery Winter Woolies Showing Show Sponsorship Appeal

Walking netball sessions extended to Keith

WALKING netball sessions in Elgin have proved so popular that sessions are now being extended to include Keith.

A six-week trial, beginning Thursday 25 October, will take place at the Keith Sports and Community Centre from 2.50-3.40pm. Sessions cost £3 each, or a Fit Life membership can be used.

Previous experience of netball is not needed as the basic skills and rules will be coached at the sessions. The focus for anyone that comes along – regardless of age or gender – is to have fun and become more active.

More information on the sessions is available by calling 01343 563657, or head along to the session to speak with the coach.

Keith Foodbank Appeal

Keith storehouse of Moray Foodbank would like to thank everyone for their kind donations of stock cubes and tins or packets of custard following their latest appeal.  It is greatly appreciated.  Unfortunately they are currently running low on baked beans and pasta sauces and are looking for donations.  If you are able and would like to donate these items they can be dropped off at REAP, Tesco Keith (in the collection basket), Bee Fair and St Rufus Church.  Many thanks for your generosity.

The Scottish Goat Meat Company

Vicky Gardiner and Adam Wright are the founders of The Scottish Goat Meat Company and specialise in rearing and producing high quality Boer and Boer cross goat meat. They first started farming goats in Ellon before moving to the Glen of Newmill five years ago where they took on a run down croft with 27 acres.

They immediately started work and as well as completely renovating the house, they also continued working with and improving their goat business. However, due to the lack of outbuildings they had to think outside of the box in order to expand their business, so in addition to their own goat herd they started to source young adult goats from other farms, farm parks, small scale milk production farmers and local marts. Their recurring suppliers are thoroughly vetted meaning that the goats come from the best places and that they have been given the best lives with the highest welfare standards possible.

Early on Vicky and Adam quickly discovered that selling their goat meat online was the way to go. The online market for selling goat meat is huge and has allowed The Scottish Goat Meat Company to access a much wider customer base than they could if they only sold locally. As a result they have customers from the Scottish Islands to London and everywhere inbetween. They have also become the first online Scottish business to produce goat meat on a commercial scale.

Another thing that Vicky and Adam have discovered is the impact TV programmes, especially cooking ones, have on their sales. The moment a goat recipe is on the TV they see their website hits and sales soar. They have been asked on a number of occasions to take part in TV programmes including two appearances on Landward as well as featuring on radio programmes and in national newspapers. They have also been asked to supply goat meat for TV programmes and as a result of goat meat being a healthier meat, also being asked to supply the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They have been nominated for a number of awards in the past and have the Healthier Food & Drink Award at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards in 2014 as well as The search for Scotland’s Best Kept Secret Ingredient in 2014.

In addition The Scottish Goat Meat Company attend a couple of events a year to showcase their products. When attending these events they use their mobile fitted kitchen to produce samples including sausages, burgers and curry. This allows customers to try well cooked goat meat, and instantly converts many people. They provide cooking guidance and recipe cards to customers as it is key to cook the meat in the correct way to ensure the best taste possible is created. They also ensure the same level of customer care is given to their online customers with access to recipes online at https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/recipes.html, recipe cards provided with orders as well as repeat and large orders being given extras including spices, herbs and sometimes a discount. Vicky and Adam pride themselves on producing a quality product and service and they strive to make sure that every customer is happy.

Goat meat is very popular for customers looking for an extra special treat, with foodies, people interested in eating healthier and people who require low fat diets (additional trimming at no extra charge can be requested). As well as being lower in fat and saturated fat, goat meat is also lower in calories and cholesterol when compared to chicken, beef, pork and lamb. Further health benefits include, higher levels of iron and potassium, lower sodium levels and higher protein levels than chicken.

Over the years Victoria and Adam have learned what works and what doesn’t and have created a smooth farm to fork process which includes using local haulier Ian S. Roger and Websters Butchers, and although the goat isn’t sold directly from Websters it can be arranged for orders to be collected from there at no additional charge. Local delivery is also free but should you live further afield please visit https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/delivery.html for delivery charges. All postal orders are posted on Mondays and Tuesdays to ensure orders are delivered as quickly as possible. These are sent with Parcelforce in insulated boxes with ice packs which allows the meat to stay fresh for 3 days. All orders, local or postal, must be placed online via https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/ourshop/ where a wide range of products including gluten free sausages, gluten free mild cajun meatballs, leg steaks, noisettes, chops, diced meat, mince and a taster pack can all be purchased.

Vicky and Adam have full control over the entire process but as they both work full time they employee seasonal staff as well as having very kind neighbours to help out. They have recently solved the outbuilding situation with newly erected outbuildings and the hope for the future is that they will be able to continue to grow their business further, to house more goats at home and for Vicky to start working full time on the farm in the future.

If you would like more information or would like to purchase goat meat please visit https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/.

Take part in Made in Scotland reading challenge at Keith Library

A READING challenge showcasing books set in Scotland, and those written by Scots and Scottish residents begins tomorrow.

Open to all readers of school age and above, to complete the Made in Scotland book challenge, Moray Council library members must borrow and read four eligible titles during October and early November.

The selection is plentiful and includes books by David MacPhail, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Alexander McCall Smith, Chae Strathie, Fiona Gibson, Jackie Kay, Janis Mackay, Barry Hutchison, Andrew Symon and many, many more. It includes books written this year, last year or 150 years ago, and genres such as fantasy, romance, horror and history.

Jane Sandell, Senior Librarian (Young People’s Services) said the event was a popular feature of the library calendar.

“It began as a challenge for young people but recently we opened it up to adult readers – so now everyone can discover the excellent writing coming out of Scotland these days as well as a wealth of writing from the past. This challenge truly offers something for everyone whatever their preferred genre.”

All children who successfully complete the challenge will be invited to an exclusive author event with Gill Arbuthnott at which they will also be presented with their prize. Adults completing the challenge will be entered into a prize draw.

Made in Scotland runs from 1 October until 10 November and readers can register to take part in any Moray Council library.