Can you help Keith Storehouse Foodbank?

Keith storehouse of Moray Foodbank currently has a shortage of stock cubes and tins or packets of custard.  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.

Strathisla Pipe Band Centenary Celebrations

Strathisla Pipe band celebrates is centenary next year and they would like to keep past members and friends updated regarding their celebration plans. If you would like to be kept up to date please email strathislapb@gmail.com

In addition they are currently looking for help in the way of ideas, assistance and sponsorship. If you have an idea or would like to help then please get in contact with the Pipeband.

Fun ways to explore Keith with Treasure Trails and Moray Rocks

Looking for a fun way to explore Keith? Then what about a self guided Treasure Hunt Trail from Treasure Trails? Use the clues, which are found on buildings, features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure. The circular trail starts near Keith & Dufftown Railway, winds its way round the old part of town, and along a right of way through Strathisla Distillery. From crouching figures to distillery aromas, you’ll be amazed at the hidden treasures to be found exploring the nooks and crannies of Keith! The trail costs £6.99 and can be purchased fromhttps://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things…/aberdeenshire/keith.

When exploring Keith also keep your eyes peeled for decorated rocks that are hidden as part of Moray Rocks. If your lucky enough to find one take a photo and post it on Moray Rocks’ Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/groups/279235945887819/?ref=br_rs, before rehiding your find (you’ll know it’s a Moray Rocks rock as it should say on the back). Alternatively you could design your own rock and hide it on the trail or anywhere else in or around Keith for others to find. For more information and to get involved with Moray Rocks please visit Moray Rocks on Facebook where you can request to join the group.

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Leadline Studio to be showcased as part of North East Open Studios

North East Open Studios (NEOS) starts on Saturday 8th September and runs until Sunday 16th September. The aim of this initiative is to showcase the many artists, makers and designers that the North East of Scotland has to offer and one of the artists taking part in this is Shona McInnes of Leadline Studio.

Leadline Studio has been producing hand made stained glass for the last 30 years and has been operating from Unit 3 at the Westerton Road Business Centre (behind Tesco) in Keith for the past 3 years.

Shona designs and creates contemporary hand crafted stained glass using the finest materials and traditional techniques. Her designs are based on traditional themes and she can create anything from the smallest panel, as a gift, to a complete glazing of a property. She has undertaken many different projects including pieces for public buildings such as The Glenlivet Distillery, for churches including Knockando and Bellie Church in Fochabers as well as for new builds. In addition to this she also restores door and window panels.

There are a number of stages that Shona undertakes to make her beautiful and unique stained glass. Firstly, using the brief and budget she has been given, and following thorough research, she sets about creating a design. Once the customer is 100% happy with the design Shona then selects the best glass for the project, and as the ‘antique’ glass can come in many different colours, texture and character, Shona always goes the extra mile to make sure the most suited glass for the project is sourced.

The glass is then individually cut by hand, acid-etched and hand-painted where required before being fired in a kiln. Once fired the glass pieces are then assembled with lead cames, soldered, weatherproofed and polished.

So if your business, public building or home is looking for something unique and special then why not pop along next week to meet Shona, see what she is working on and watch her at work. In addition to this she will be able to show you the different materials and tools that she uses, show you designs, sketchbooks and photographs of completed work as well as hopefully having some locally themed pieces on sale. If you are interested in ‘having a go’ yourself there will also be the chance to speak to Shona about beginners classes.

Leadline Studio will be open 10am – 4pm Monday 10th to Thursday 13th, 10am – 6pm on Friday 14th and 11am – 6pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. Please note the studio will not be open on Saturday 8th and if you would like to visit on Sunday 9th then please phone beforehand to make an appointment.

If you are unable to visit the studio during the NEOS week then Shona is more than happy to accommodate you at another prearranged time so please get in touch on 07941 220 417 or shona@leadlinestudio.com. Alternatively if you would like more information and to view a fuller portfolio of work then please visit www.leadlinestudio.com and for further information about Leadline Studio and NEOS please visit https://www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/artists/2018-872-shona-mcinnes/.

Shona McInnes selecting glass colours.

Panel being leaded – leading together an art-deco style door panel.

Door panel and sidelight for a house in Elgin.

Feature window based on the landscape around Bennachie.

One of 4 small memorial panels in Knockando church.

One of a series of panels of local harbours.

Work in progress – Shona is currently cutting glass for a church window in Auchterarder.

The St Rufus Park Regeneration Group need you!

If you appreciate the groups efforts please add your name to the petition so that community support can be gauged and used to show potential funders that the group is listening to you.

The petition is available to sign at the following locations as well as online at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/show-of-support-for-the-st-rufus-park-regeneration-group

The Sunshine Developmental Playgroup
Fife Keith Hair and Beauty
Clark’s the Chemist, Regent Street
Portererfield’s Newsagents
Boogie Woogie
Keith Railway Station
Health Centre at reception and waiting room
Bairds Chemists,
The Deli
Keith Convenient Store, Reidhaven Square
Shears Hair and Beauty
Square Roots Cafe
Tijera

Thank you to all of the above for helping the St Rufus Park Regeneration.

Tesco Keith looking for more Bags of Help applicants

Tesco Keith are looking for more charity groups, clubs, schools or not-for-profit organisations to apply for their Bags of Help Blue Token Grant scheme.

Would your group have a project that could benefit from up to £4000? Pop along to Tesco Keith this Friday 24th August between 11.00am and 3pm to speak to our community champion Fiona and Rita from Groundwork UK for more information on how to apply and get more details on the grant scheme. (t&c’s apply)

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Would you like to raise money for local charities while enjoying our beautiful scenery?

The Walk takes place on Sunday 30th September and with three varying distances there’s one for everyone. The main walk, which is 18 miles long starts at the Strathisla Distillery at 10am and takes you along the Isla Way, passing some hidden gems such as Drummuir Castle and Botriphnie Church, before continuing onwards to Aberlour. Entry fee for this is £10.
 
If you would like to complete the 12 mile mid range walk then this starts in Aberlour at 12pm and takes you to Dufftown before returning to Aberlour. Entry fee for this is £5
 
Finally, there is a 2.5 mile family friendly walk which costs £1 per person and entails a gentle walk from Telford Bridge, Craigellachie to Aberlour. This starts at 3pm and will be lead by a pipe band.
 
Any money that you raise will be split, with 50% being divided between Logan’s Fund, Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation and The Aila Coull Foundation, and the other 50% will go to your own personal charity or cause that you wish, so it’s a great way of helping some amazing charities as well as a cause close to your own heart.
 
Please note participants in the family friendly walk are not expected to raise money but would be more than welcome to do so should they wish.
 
To book your place on The Walk please visit http://thewalkspeyside.co.uk/
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Keith specialist dog drying coat company, Dogrobes, unveils new camouflage collection

Scotland’s stunning hills and moors helped inspire a brand-new range of dog drying coat from award-winning Moray business Dogrobes.

The dog drying coat company, based in Keith, has launched its own camouflage inspired range of Dogrobes, adding a distinctively different look to its popular collection.

But rather than dogs blending in with their surrounds, the stylish khaki collection is expected to prove a head-turning take on the popular Dogrobe.

The copyrighted pattern, exclusive to Dogrobes, comes in the full range of sizes, and study it closely and you’ll even spot some canines subtly included within the design.

Dogrobes are a favourite with pet owners who enjoy outdoors pursuits because of their practicality in offering the complete solution to drying wet dogs, and the introduction of this latest range brings a greater choice of styles to the company’s customer base which is expanding both at home and overseas.

Dogrobes managing director Margaret Reynolds said: “Modern camouflage has been used in clothing by some of the most famous designers, like Jean Paul Gaultier, but it was feedback from Scottish gamekeepers who already use Dogrobes for their working dogs that got us thinking about introducing a camouflage range.
“These have camouflage print on the outside, with our super-absorbent terry towelling material on the ties and inside, which goes next to the dog’s coat to dry it after outdoor swimming, training, bathing or working.
“Like all Dogrobes, the camouflage collection comes in our full range of nine sizes – from mini to XXXL – and can be personalised with a dog’s name or a harness access opening.
“We think dogs look great in them and we’re delighted to be able to offer our growing customer base a new and rather striking style option for their dogs.”

The Dogrobes range includes a bespoke tartan collection created to celebrate the company’s Scottish heritage, and eight self-coloured Dogrobes available in all sizes.

Dogrobes are the original drying coats for dogs and provide the easy way to help pets dry off after bathing or wet walks and minimise muddy water being shaken off all over the house.

Margaret Reynolds took over the business in 2013 and oversees the operation from its Mansefield House base.

Dogrobes have been despatched to every postcode area of the UK and are now being sold internationally to Europe, the USA and Canada, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Dogrobes clinched Moray Business Women’s Most Enterprising Business in 2014 and subsequently a winner at the Association of Scottish Business Women (ASB) Awards 2015.

For more information about Dogrobes, and orders please visithttps://www.dogrobes.co.uk/…/d…/products/dogrobe-camouflage…

To view photos of Cocker spaniels Ben and Star from Forbeshill Spaniels, Forres, model the new camouflage Dogrobes, the camouflage dogrobes and Margaret Reynolds, managing director of Dogrobes, and her toy poodle Missie please follow : https://www.dropbox.com/…/hv2sll…/AADR3LsvHy4OgvI04_qF2GOua…

Additional Information :

Dogrobes are practical drying coats to dry your dog quickly and protect surroundings from wet, muddy shake off.
They are easy to fit after outdoor adventures, swimming, training, bathing or working.

Offset ties ensure superb coverage of underbelly and a snug fit time after time, there’s no Velcro to clog with dog hair.

Handmade in the UK from an exclusive towelling fabric,

Dogrobes are durable and long-lasting and can be machine washed at 40C.

Dogrobes can be customised with a dog’s name or a harness access opening.

In addition to dog drying coats, the range includes snoods for drying the head, neck and ears; drawstring bags for carrying a Dogrobe or snood, and other accessories. Dogrobes can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Thousands enjoy 147th Keith Show

The 147th Keith Show took place on Sunday and Monday, 12th and 13th August and although the weather didn’t quite shine, thousands of visitors still enjoyed the two day event.

Jason Smyth wowed the crowds with his motor and quad bike daredevil stunts on both Sunday and Monday, while Sunday visitors also enjoyed the Phoenix Magic Show, Vintage Parade, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Tug o’ War, Pony Club Games, Balloch Hill Race, Pets Parade, Feather and Egg Classes, Kids Races, Horse Judging, Show Jumping, Dog Show and a music stage. For Monday’s visitors there were cattle and sheep classes including young handlers classes, Scottish Beef Cattle Championship sponsored by Simmers Contracts Ltd and rare and minority breed sheep, as well as native horses, wool classes and sheep shearing, which was all topped off by the Grand Parade led by Supreme Cattle Champion, Charolais cow Battleford Lola from Garry Patterson, Aultmore and Blair Duffton, Huntly.

In addition to these events there was also an Industrial Marquee where there was a fine display of flowers and plants, home bakes, children’s exhibits, sewing, crochet, floral art, honey, vegetables and more. The industrial marquee was also home to the SWI Rural displays which included winning entries from Inverkeithney and Arradoul. There were also Lifestyle, Craft and Food tents which showcased many local products and businesses as well as a fun fair. Below the main ring were many trade stands as well as an educational children’s tent, vintage vehicles display, beer tent and display of birds of prey.

The annual Keith Show marquee was also held on Saturday 11th August with the Joe Davitt Country Band and Current Affair providing the nights entertainment.

For a full list of results please keep an eye on www.keithshow.org.uk/results/ where results will be uploaded in due course.

Turn your garden into your very own paradise with Garden Rejuvenation

Garden Rejuvenation was started by Julie-Ann Henderson 6 years ago, however Julie-Ann has always been extremely passionate and enthusiastic about gardening, plants and helping others to make the most of their gardens and to enable them to have their own little corner of paradise. Julie-Ann has been helping people to garden for over 20 years but 6 or 7 years ago decided to take the plunge, gain her horticulture qualification at college and set up Garden Rejuvenation.

Julie-Ann loves the feeling of being able to introduce someone to gardening and to their own garden. She has found over the years that many people think gardening is difficult but with the right knowledge and guidance this doesn’t need to be the case. Garden Rejuvenation are able to design a garden based on your requirements, complete all the clearing work and create your ideal haven. Then, should you wish they offer a return maintenance service as frequently or infrequently as you require.

Garden Rejuvenation can help with anything from cutting the grass to a complete overhaul of your garden, but they specialise in designing and creating gardens and pride themselves on having the relevant plant knowledge to be able to plant the perfect garden. Not many other local businesses are able to offer this service! Garden Rejuvenation also hate any kind of waste and try to make the customers money go as far as possible, make sure that the correct plants are used and planted in the correct location to enable them to thrive, provide valuable information as well as reusing plants where they can rather than throwing them away.

Julie-Ann employees one full time employee, James and one newly appointed apprentice. Both James and the new apprentice attend Moray College where they will achieve qualifications as Horticulturists. Following on from this it is hoped that the apprentice will continue training and will complete a hard landscaping course.

In addition to running Garden Rejuvenation Julie-Ann is due to start teaching a night class at Moray College in September which will run every term, and will start with Autumn Gardening. She will also be furthering her own education by starting a HNC in Horticulture.

Garden Rejuvenation tend to work Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm but they can offer a little flexibility and for one off garden designs cover the whole of the North East of Scotland, sometimes even a little further. For ongoing maintenance they tend to stay more local and have set days for Huntly/Insch, the coast, Mosstodloch/Fochabers and Dufftown/Keith although as they are based in Drummuir, Keith and surrounding area jobs can be carried out most days.

Garden Rejuvenation work on a quote based pricing system as there are a great deal of different factors to consider for every garden, so if you would like a quote, or would like any further information then please visit https://www.facebook.com/GardenRejuvenation/ or get in contact on 01542 810708 or email frogfreak@btinternet.com.

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