New Year, new groups for Bags of Help

Tesco have announced the next three groups who are looking for assistance via the Bags of Help scheme.  These are Kerbs skate park, Craigellachie Primary School and Keith Football Club.

Kerbs would like to use the money to go towards phase 4 of their redevelopment works at Keith Skate Park.  This will allow progression in wheeled sports and to develop the space for children and young people from Keith and the surrounding area.

Craigellachie Primary School are looking to use the money to purchase outdoor classroom furniture in order to enhance their health and well being.  They hope to be able to harvest enough produce to be self-sustaining in terms of some of the meals they provide.

Keith Football Club would like to use the money in order to assist with youth development.  Local volunteer SFA-qualified coaches aim to develop young players football skills and promote respect in a safe and positive environment.

Voting ends on 28th February 2018 so make sure you vote for your favourite project every time you shop at Tesco.

Consultation launched on changes to scheme of integration for health and social care in Moray

A CONSULTATION on revisions to the health and social care integration scheme – the legal contract between NHS Grampian and Moray Council underpinning the Moray Integration Joint Board – has been launched.

The changes include duties to support adult carers becoming the responsibility of the Board and amendments to functions around support and protection of adults at risk of being harmed.

The updated scheme reflects arrangements which have been put in place since the document was originally drafted and consulted on three years ago.

It sets out in detail which functions the local authority and NHS Board have delegated to the Moray Integration Joint Board, which began operating in April 2016.

The integration authority, which is funded by Moray Council and NHS Grampian, has responsibility for the joined-up governance, planning and resourcing of adult social care services, adult primary care and community health services and some hospital services.

Services are delivered through Health & Social Care Moray, a single operational unit working to improve health and well-being outcomes for patients, service users, their families and communities and make efficient and effective use of limited resources.

The revised integration scheme for consultation and a summary of the changes can be accessed on Moray Council’s website:

Comments can be sent to or by post to Public Involvement, Health & Social Care Moray, 9c Southfield Drive, Elgin IV30 6GR.

The deadline for responses is 31 January. Comments will be considered by Moray Council and NHS Grampian Board next month, before the revised document is submitted to the Scottish Government for approval by 2 March.

League of Friends of Turner Memorial Hospital looking for entertainers

The League of Friends of Turner Memorial Hospital are looking for entertainers who could volunteer their services to cheer up patients.
For years they have had ‘regulars’ who have done a sterling job but sadly for various reasons the amount of ‘regulars’ has dwindled.
They are now looking for people who could come along in the afternoons and provide a short programme of entertainment (about 45 mins) a few times a year so that they can give a variety of entertainment to patients.
If you could spare some time and would like to help please contact Margaret Lloyd on 01542 882513.

Say it with Cupcakes

Say it with Cupcakes, is owned and run by Louise Green, who was born and bred in Keith. Louise works alongside her family at The Grampian Hotel where she also runs her cupcake business from.

Say it with Cupcakes started when Louise came across an online course. After completing the course Louise set to practicing and honing her craft and now nearly a year down the line Say it with Cupcakes is growing from strength to strength, and it can clearly be seen from the photos and reviews that Louise is very talented;

‘Amazing cupcakes!! Done so professionally and beautifully and is a great gift for any occasion! Cakes are really very delicious.’

‘Louise has made me Gin & Tonic Cupcakes and also a cupcake bouquet… Both were fantastic – highly recommended’

Louise originally started making cupcakes, however, following customer demand, she now makes all kinds of cakes as well as cake toppers, although her speciality is still her cupcake bouquets.

If you are looking for something a bit different and special, especially with Valentines and Mother’s Day around the corner why not treat your loved one to a cupcake bouquet. Bouquets come in 7, 12 and 19 cupcakes at a basic cost of £21, £31 and £45 respectively. Alternatively if you are looking for something else such as a birthday cake or cake topper then please contact Louise to discuss this further.

To contact Louise, to see more of her cupcakes and cakes, and to read more reviews please visit


Friendly Fest Local Talent Competition

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Have you got what it takes to win a slot at Friendly Fest? Why not enter and see if you can win one of the limited slots to play at the festival!  Good luck!

Are you interested in contracting with The Moray Council?

Local contractors keen to undertake work for Moray Council should come along to one of two information events being held next week.

The council is developing contracts for building maintenance to maintain and improve our buildings, which will include planned maintenance and reactive repairs.

Called Framework Agreements, they will cover all categories of trades and specialist work required to supplement the council’s own maintenance teams.

The tenders will published on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website,

Representatives from the council’s housing, property and procurement teams will be on hand to explain the tendering process for these frameworks and answer any queries.

Booking a place can be done via the Eventbrite website and search for Trades Framework Moray Council. Free entry.

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 at 6.00pm Elgin Town Hall, Supper Room, 1 Trinity Place, Elgin, IV30 1UL

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 at 6.00pm Mosstodloch Primary School.

Moray Council planning exhibition – Longmore Hall, Keith, 13th March

Planning exhibitions will showcase future potential developments in Moray

Press Release   •   Jan 09, 2018 09:51 GMT

A SERIES of exhibitions showcasing future potential housing and business development launches next week.

Nine events will be held in towns and villages across Moray, where members of local communities are welcome to come along and speak with planning officers about future possible developments in Moray.

It comes after the launch of the Main Issues Report last month. Now, visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore how we will use land in the area in the future, including new or expanded infrastructure, schools, health centres and more.

Factors like minimising climate change, balancing the protection of the environment and making space for residents to remain active and healthy citizens, will also be discussed.

All drop-in exhibitions will feature interactive mapping using touch screens, highlighting what development is being proposed in each area. Expansion to the south west of Buckie and east of Forres for housing is being considered. New industrial land is being considered to the south of Elgin, at Waterford in Forres, and to the west of Mosstodloch. More modest expansion is being considered in other towns and villages such as Keith, Fochabers, and Aberlour.

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr Marc Macrae said he is looking forward to hearing the views of residents and businesses across Moray.

“We’re in the very early stages of developing our plan for the built environment of Moray from 2020 onwards.

“Staff will be using new methods and technologies to engage with the public and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future shape of Moray – both residential and commercial – to come along to any of the sessions being held, or indeed to write in with their comments or suggestions.

“This is a great opportunity for people to play a very real part in the future of Moray.”

Those who can’t attend the exhibitions can access more information online on Moray Council’s Copies of the documents are available to view at all Moray Council access points and libraries. Information will also be posted on the Moray Council Planning Facebook page throughout the consultation period.

Responses can be made via the online form, by email to or in writing to Local Development Plan, Development Services, Moray Council, Council Offices, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

Date and Time Venue
Wednesday 17 January
2 – 8pm
Fleming Hall, Aberlour
Tuesday 23 January
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Elgin
Wednesday 31 January
2 – 8pm
Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie
Tuesday 6 February
2 – 8pm
Fochabers Institute, Fochabers
Thursday 15 February
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Lossiemouth
Wednesday 21 February
2 – 8pm
Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown
Thursday 8 March
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Forres
Tuesday 13 March
2 – 8pm
Longmore Hall, Keith
Saturday 17 March
9.30am – 4pm
St Giles Church, Elgin

Seafield Vets change to appointment service

Just a reminder that Seafield Vets are now operating a prebooked appointment service (rather than the previous walk in surgeries) so please phone to make an appointment.
Opening hours are : Mondays to Fridays 8:30 to 9am; 2pm to 4pm; 4:30pm to 6pm. Saturday 2pm to 3pm.
Emergencies will remain the same and do not need to book a slot however you are still required to phone and inform them prior to arrival.

Have your say on the Moray Council’s budget proposals for 2018-2019

Please find below information regarding the Moray Council’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 including how to make comment should you wish to do so. If you would like to make comment then please do so by 14th January.
Comments can be made via an online interactive survey at, be emailed to, be tweeted @TheMorayCouncil, via the below the Facebook group (Moray Council: Budget 2018), or in writing to :
Budget 2018
Room 207
Moray Council HQ
IV30 1BX
You can also contact one of our local councillors to discuss this with them.
Link to budget on Moray Council website :
Local councillor information :
Facebook page :

Stuart MacBride to visit Keith Library

Stuart MacBride, best known for his Logan McRae series, and whose latest novel, ‘Now We Are Dead’ featuring controversial DS Roberta Steel was released in November 2017, will be visiting Keith Library on 1st February. If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Keith Library on 01542 882233 or online at