Susan raises £808 for MS Society Moray Group

Following on from our post/article on 29th January 2018 Susan Shand has now completed her Zipslide Zinger. She took part in this so that she could raise much needed funds for the MS Society Moray Group. In completing the Zipslide Zinger she raised £808 as well as having an amazing time. Susan said “I have done it, it was amazing and I will most definitely be looking to do something equally terrifying in the future! As a regular wheelchair user, it gave me such a sense of liberation. Everyone involved in organising the day and making it accessible to everyone should be extremely proud of themselves!”

Not only has Susan raised much needed funds for the MS Society Moray Group, she has also been instrumental in setting up a new fundraising group in association with the MS Society Scotland. This group is called Keepsmyelin MS and aims to raise more money that will be used for MS research projects.

They have already organised their first fundraiser which is an Autumn Fair. This will take place on 22nd September 2018 between 10am and 12pm and will be held at the North Church Hall in Keith. This looks set to be a great morning for both adults and children and will include a raffle with big prizes (tickets now on sale via the Facebook event page or directly from Susan Shand, Joanne Addison, Sheila Fettes, Chris Milner or Hugh and Frances McHardy. They should also be available to purchase in shops in the near future but keep an eye on Facebook for more information), stalls, teas and coffees, pancakes, music and entertainment. For more information and updates about this event please visit

Should you like to find out more information about Keepsmyelin MS please visit where you can also like the page to be kept up to date with their fundraising.


Pupils engineer success at celebration event

Keith Grammar pupils with their hydraulic crane

MORE than 80 Moray pupils showcased their engineering skills at a competition in Elgin yesterday.

Primary and Secondary pupils attended the Moray Primary Engineer Celebration event, battling for a place at the regional final later this year.

Shoebox and electronic vehicles were designed and produced by primary pupils, who completed a series of tests and raced their creations down ramps to see which went furthest.

Winners of Apprentice Level 1 and 2 were Aberlour Primary Team 1 and East End Primary Team 1, while St Gerardine Primary Team 1 won at Engineer Level. East End Primary Team 2 were awarded a special prize for Best Communicator, while Mortlach Primary Team 1 won Best Theme for their flying tractor design.

Secondary pupils demonstrated their impressive prototypes and final designs of hydraulic cranes, with an S1/S2 team from Keith Grammar taking the crown, after the practical tests. A special award was given to Buckie High pupils for their design.

The competition is just one of the events and initiatives to inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects.

Moray Council’s Primary Science Development Officer, Janey Irving, said it was a great success and thanked all those who helped make it happen.

She said: “The pupils who had secured their space at the Moray Celebration Event enjoyed seeing everyone else’s designs. Although all the primary pupils worked to the same brief, every vehicle created was so different; they had considered all elements of the design – what would make it go faster, or stick to the ramp better.

“The secondary pupils brought their designs and prototypes along to be assessed, which showed they’re developing engineering “habits of mind” – that they’re thinking like an engineer does. They’re also developing their skills in creativity, maths, design, teamwork and problem solving.

“Big thanks go to Moray College UHI for hosting, especially to their STEM Co-ordinator Sam Bright, and to DYW Moray, Primary Engineer, Sweco and Mott MacDonald for the introduction of the training programme and being ambassadors for STEM learning in Moray.”

New basket swing for St Rufus Park

New play equipment at St Rufus Park coming thick and fast with this basket swing being the latest installment

Assistant Beaver Leader Wanted

After 8 fantastic years as an assistant Beaver Leader Kathryn Stott Taylor will be stepping down at the summer holidays in order to try and prioritise her own family and own time as the years are going by too fast.  She has loved (almost lol) every minute and will miss her Tuesday nights with the kids and has some fantastic memories.

As a result an Assistent Beaver Leader is required, therefore, if you or anyone you know would be interested in coming on board then please come along on a Tuesday night to the Scout Hall between 6.30-7.30 or message Kathryn Stott Taylor, Lindsay Robertson or Gillian Stevenson via Facebook for more details.

Please please have a think about joining Scouting as without support these clubs cannot continue.

Newmill and District Playgroup celebrate The Royal Wedding

Newmill and District Playgroup celebrated The Royal Wedding in style on Wednesday morning (16th May) with their own wedding. The older playgroup children each had their own roles of ‘Bride’, ‘Bridegroom’, ‘Best Man’, ‘Father of the Bride’ and ‘Bridesmaids’, while the younger children attended as Princes and Princesses along with very impressed family and friends. All children were wearing kilts, dresses and suits and had had their hair styled at playgroup as well as wearing beautiful button holes or holding miniature bouquets which had been made by one of the grandparents.

The wedding, which was organised by Gail Lawrence and Sarah Coull, took place at North Church and was conducted by Rev. Alastair Gray. As with many Scottish weddings the bridal party were piped in before taking part in the ceremony which included songs created by playgroup and sung by the children. A photographer was also present to capture all of those precious moments.

Following on from the ceremony family and friends were invited back to Newmill Village Hall for the reception where they were met with a beautifully decorated venue including black seat covers with emeral green bows, champagne flutes, a Say It With Cupcakes wedding cake and a buffet as well as cupcakes and shortbread. Following on from a thankyou speech by Gail, the ‘Bride’ and ‘Bridegroom’ cut the cake before everyone tucked into the beautiful buffet and cakes.

Every detail had been thought of and a lovely morning was had by all children and guests. Now it just remains to be seen if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can match Newmill and District Playgroup.

Keith Builder’s Merchants support local charities and organisations with their Community Fund

In addition to supporting The Children’s Heart Foundation and JDRF (type 1 diabetes charity), Keith Builders Merchants also operate the Keith Builders Community Charity Fund which supports the local community and local charities.

The Keith Builders Community Charity Fund was set up in May 2012 and is there to help local charities, groups, organisations and projects such as youth organisations, supporting older people or people with disabilities, school and nursery groups, and community projects. Initially, the charity started helping Keith based applicants only, but this was extended to Turriff, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie and surrounding area, as well as the Forres Community Charity Fund being set up through their Forres depot.

Each month Keith depot applications are assessed and one charity or organisation is selected to receive the £250 donation. Applications to the Forres depot are assessed seperately and given another donation. To date Keith Builders Merchants have donated £15,000 to local charities.

If you think your organisation or project could benefit from this donation and you provide something to the wider community then please send your application to with a brief synopsis of your group including what you do, who you help and how you would use the £250 if you were successful. The successful applicant/s will be announced in the local press.

If you are unsuccessful you don’t need to re-apply as your application will be kept on file and will be considered again in the following months. If you are successful in your application you can apply again, but you will have to wait 12 months before doing so.

Life saving defibrillator installed in Newmill

As some of you may have seen, a public access defibrillator has been installed in Newmill.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest, and is an essential piece of equipment which can aid survival.

Newmill Community Association secured funding from the SSE Resilient Communities Fund and have purchased a public access defibrillator, which has been ordered through Keiran’s Legacy.

The new defibrillator is now installed on the biomass boiler building next to the village hall and is registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service. If you should come across someone who is in cardiac arrest you should phone 999 immediately and obtain the unique access code in order to use the defibrillator, as well as carrying out CPR.

As well as installing the defibrillator, Newmill Community Association are also in the process of arrangeing defibrillator training as well as CPR training through Keiran’s Legacy. These sessions will be open to anyone who would like to attend. It is hoped that this will take place at the end of May in Newmill Village Hall, keep an eye on our Facebook page or for details of this. Should demand be high enough further sessions will be arranged. If you are interested in attending the training please contact Rhona on 07974 778491.

At the moment there are no other defibrillators in the area but we would like to encourage other groups and communities to install this piece of life saving equipment.

Keith Football Club Committee People Required

Keith Football Club are looking to add some new faces to the Committee at Keith FC.  This will involve Match day duties, attending meetings, fundraising, and helping with the day to day running of the club

If you are interested in finding out more then please feel free to contact club secretary, Fiona Simpson for more details


Take a look at the Sculpture voting video

Have a look at the Sculpture video before popping into Keith Library to have your say.


Success for Friendly Fest

New music festival, Friendly Fest, took place on Saturday 5th May at Kynoch Park, and was undoubtedly a success. Better weather could not have been asked for, the whole event went off without a hitch and the atmosphere was brilliant with many happy faced music lovers to be seen.
The festival, which was created by Russell Aitchison of Digital Love Events and Andy Troup, Keith FC Chairman, featured Mikey MacLennan, Gordon James & The Power, Sons O’ The Soil, Frosted Vault, Sub Zero, The Complete Stone Roses, Sean Gordon, Chris Helme (Seahorses), Tommy Scott (Space Frontman) and Rick Witter (Shed 7 DJ Set), all of which were greatly received by the audience especially The Complete Stone Roses and Rick Witter.
As well as the musical line up a wide range of beverages were available, including a Gin bar and draft beer. In addition Fish ‘n’ Chips 2 Go were serving a huge range of hot foods and A & Z Delicious Donuts were also there to provide a sweet treat.
As the event was such a success it will run again next year. The organisers will meet to assess the event and discuss how to make the event even bigger and better next year, so keep an eye out on the Friendly Fest Facebook page,, to keep up to date on next years festival.