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Looking for a ‘native’ home for your equine friend?

Sillyearn Mains Livery at Grange opens on 1st March 2018 and is run by Star and David. Both Star and David have a number of years experience with horses, with Star working with and training competition horses, successfully showing Shetlands and competing in both endurance and Trec as well as promoting the Icelandic breed by entering dressage, cross country and jumping classes. David is also passionate about horses and ponies and has been Star’s Trec partner since 2012 as well as owning his own warm blood.

Using their previous knowledge and experience as well as having previously used livery yards themselves and having listened to other ‘native’ owners, Star and David decided to dedicate their 30 acre farm to opening a small, friendly and private livery yard mainly for ‘natives’. They are also able to offer a home for all breeds of horses and ponies. Their aim is to offer an equine home that is less competition focused, relaxed, supportive and more about enjoying and nurturing a positive relationship with your equine friend/s.

Star and David decided to focus more on ‘native’ breeds due to their location, trail riding experience and the fact that Star has owned and bred Icelandic horses, Shetland ponies and other breeds for nearly two decades, but they are also able to offer a home for warm bloods who love jumping or cross country.

Sillyearn Mains Livery is surrounded by beautiful countryside which offers an abundance of excellent off-road hacking. Not only is the Balloch, Bin forest and Knock cross-country course close by Sillyearn Mains Livery is also only 25 minutes drive away from wonderful beach rides and less than an hour away from some of the best long distance trail rides in Moray.

Sillyearn Mains Livery offer a variety of services and facilities, have regular visits from various trainers and experts​, and organising social events, with or without your equine friend. There is also a highly respected farrier and several well known barefoot trimmers living locally.

The facilities that they offer are brand new, premium built stables inside a large barn, a dedicated tack room and storage building, a small all-weather arena and grazing on south facing fields, with outdoor shelters should you be looking for grass livery.

Good quality hay, haylage and bedding can be bought directly from Sillyearn Mains Livery at a competitive price as well as having access to delivered discounted feed as they have an established relationship with an excellent local feed merchant.

They can offer holiday, part and full livery as required as well as turning out/in, feeds, shoeing, vet visits and late night checks. The latter of these services cost £2.50 each time. They can also provide mucking out at £5 a time, and have a horse box available for hire. The livery prices are as follows:

Grass Livery : £18 per week

DIY Livery : £28 per week

Part Livery : £50 per week

Full Livery : £75 per week

If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit to the yard please contact Sillyearn Mains Livery using the following contact details:



Voting to commence for new Mid Street sculpture

Have a look at the article from Lifestyle Magazine about the sculpture/seat to be installed at the bottom of Mid Street (page 28/29). The designs are currently being made into maquettes and will be displayed in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street during the week beginning 26th March 2018. Pop in and vote for your favourite.  Please see digital copy of Lifestyle Magazine below.

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Folk Superstars Mànran to Headline Keith Festival

Preparations are well under way for the 43rd Keith Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) Festival which is to be held over the weekend of 8th – 10th June 2018.  The Festival was first held in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

The Festival consists of concerts, ceilidhs, dancing, sessions and competitions and is held in various venues throughout the town of Keith.

Headlining the festival this year is top, award winning folk band Mànran.

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months. From then, a multi-award-winning debut album followed as the band set about living up to the hype surrounding their early release while establishing their characteristic sound and distinctive approach to musical arrangement.

Mànran’s music has always defied easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs in both Gaelic and English that undergo the same musical mixology, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act.

With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and at all times an intense connection with their audience, Mànran thrive on live performance

The group will headline the Saturday night concert in the Royal Hotel (sponsored by Strathisla Distillery) with tickets priced at just £15.

The full list of guest artists has been finalised and is available on the Festival’s website.  In addition to Mànran the guest list includes recently crowned 2018 Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions Joe Aitken, Shetland duo Bryan Gear and Martin Henderson, local group The Rowies and top dance band Scott Band and his Scottish Dance Band.

Commenting on the headline event Festival Chairman, Kathleen Anderson, said:

“We are very excited to announce that Mànran are to headline this year’s Keith Festival.  To have another of the top folk bands in the country playing this year is just fantastic.

“Mànran have performed to audiences all over the world and have won a stack of awards for their music.  They are full of energy and are exceptional musicians.  They really are a must see and I know they are going to go down a storm in Keith.

“Preparations for the Festival are going really well and everything is falling in to place nicely.  Once again we are attracting the highest quality of musicians and singers to the Festival this year and there really will be something for everybody.”

The 43rd Keith TMSA Festival runs from Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th June in various venues throughout the town.

Tickets will be available soon from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith and also from Sandy McCombie on 01542 882638.  For more information log on to the website or join the Facebook page at

Contact: Gary Coull – Keith TMSA Festival Committee – Tel: 07834 690410

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New addition to Stagestars classes

Stagestars are making another exciting addition to their classes!  They will soon be offering a fun hair styling class for beginners.  This class is aimed at friends or parent and daughters who would like to learn how to create beautiful styles from one of their lovely new team members who specialises in Hair and Make-up.  Places are limited so please email to register.

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Looking for someone to look after your ‘Prescious Paws’?

Shelly Mitchell has recently started a new business, ‘Prescious Paws’. She provides a number of services for dogs and cats. These include an hours dog walking, home visits to feed them/let them out and if required walk your dog.

Shelly decided to start this business following work redundancy and wanting to do something she loves. She has had her own dog for 12 years and loves the great outdoors, whether the sun’s out or not, so felt that this business would be perfect.

Shelly currently works between the hours of 7am and 6pm and covers a 20 mile radius and is able to walk up to 6 dogs at a time, is fully insured and disclosure Scotland checked.

As a guideline Shelly charges £9 for an hours walk, £7 for one home visit or £13 for two, plus £5 for a half an hour dog walk should you wish. Please note Shelly is flexible and offers a free meet and greet to discuss your needs so prices can be tailored to your individual requirements.

As Shelly has only just started her business her main aim at the moment is to provide a personal and customised service that leaves both owner and pet happy. However, in the future she may look to provide services such as dog and cat sitting from her own home should you be away for the day or longer.

For further information please visit ‘Prescious Paws’ Facebook site or contact Shelly on the following :

4 Bridge Street, Keith, 07522 818198

Keith Royal British Legion successful in securing the top grant from Tesco Bags of Help from the November/December 2017 vote

Tesco celebrated funding 10,000 projects throughout the UK this month through their Bags of Help grants, and Tesco Keith have donated over £72,000 to organisations in Keith and surrounding areas meaning that they have funded 18 local projects. The most recent beneficiaries are Keith Royal British Legion, Keith Primary and Friends of Newmill Primary, with the Legion coming top.

Keith Royal British Legion have been awarded the top sum of £4000 following the November and December 2017 vote for the Bags of Help campaign at Tesco Keith. They will use this money to assist with the restoration of Keith War Memorial. Upon completion of the restoration works they would like to offer talks to schools, clubs and anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the history of the memorial.

In second place, receiving £2000, were Keith Primary. They will use the money to develop their playground and garden so that they can create a positive playtime by sparking the children’s imaginations, fostering creativity and enhancing teamwork.

Friends of Newmill Primary were also awarded £1000. This money will be used towards a shed for the playground and a mud kitchen for their courtyard in order to make their outdoor space a more stimulating and active place for children

Don’t forgot to continue to vote for Kerbs skate park, Craigellachie Primary school and Keith Football Club who are the current Bags of Help participants. Voting ends 28th February 2018.

Free workshops for local sports clubs on offer

FREE workshops are being held for sports clubs and associations in Moray to provide opportunities for upskilling.

Those involved in running sports clubs will have the chance to attend sessions covering data protection, Community Asset Transfer, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG), funding and sports psychology. These are free for those affiliated to sportMoray, or £5 per person for unaffiliated organisations.

The first workshop will take place on 27 February, on the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.

Kim Paterson, Sports Development Officer at Moray Council said: “These workshops are a great opportunity for clubs to come together in Moray to network, share best practice and learn from experts in relation to a series of themes that are critical to the success of a voluntary club.

“sportMoray is always keen to support the collective of sports clubs operating across the area in any way they can and these workshops are ideal opportunities.”

Ann Rossiter, Chair of sportMoray, is encouraging people to come along to the workshops, which will help clubs and organisations keep up-to-date with legislation.

“Coaches, club officials, athletes and volunteers need to be given the opportunity to attend workshops on their doorstep – allowing them to upskill and be more informed of areas that have been identified by governing bodies as essential to the well running of clubs, coaching sessions and meeting Government guidelines along with local initiatives that clubs may wish to engage in.

“sportMoray are endeavouring to deliver this through workshop sessions, meeting the aims and objectives of the sports council at the same time providing support across this sector.”

Find out more about the sessions on offer at Places can be booked by emailing with names of attendees, club, contact number and email address. Some workshops may need to be restricted to a max of 2 people per club.

Mulderie Wood luxury hand poured candles and wax melts

Samantha Gray works from home in Mulben next to Mulderie Wood. It is here that she started her business, Mulderie Wood, 3 years ago. Samantha wanted to work from home and produce something extra special for customers which is as natural as possible, so she started making candles. She set about sourcing the most natural fragrances, essential oils and waxes from local Scottish suppliers. The wax Samantha uses is soy wax. This is a natural, renewable, sustained and biodegradable resource and is made from 100% pure soy oil dervied from sustainably grown soybeans which are free of pesticides, genetically modified materials and herbicides.

To make the candles and waxes Samantha uses a melter (like a soup kettle) to melt the wax down before mixing in fragrances and/or essential oils, which she mixes herself. She then hand pours the wax into tins or glasses and attaches her self designed lables, which have all been produced at home until this week. Due to continuing increasing demand Samantha has had to outsource the label printing, but she will continue to design the labels herself.

As part of the ongoing process Samantha spends a large amount of time testing to make sure that the waxes, wicks, which are made from cotton, containers, fragrances and oils are the best and work perfectly together. For example she wants the best wick to make sure that it burns all of the wax and the best fragrances and essential oils to ensure that the scent doesn’t fade. Samantha doesn’t use any colourants, dyes or animal products in her candles, and they aren’t tested on animals.

Mulderie Wood’s candles and waxes are sold wholesale to a varierty of local and national outlets such as Speyside Coffee Roasting Company at Garmouth Hotel. Samantha has worked with Speyside Coffee Roasting Company to create their very own branded coffee candle which uses their own coffee beans and can only be bought from them directly making it a very unique candle. She also sells candles in Gordon & MacPhail, Carhu Distillery visitor centre, the Ethical Gift Shop in Huntly as well as a number of other shops across Moray and Aberdeenshire. Samantha also attends craft fairs such as Speyfest, which she attends every year, and Gordon Castle Highland Games, which she will be attending for the first time this year. In addition, she attends local school summer and Christmas fairs. Along with this she sells her candles and wax melts online via as well as taking orders locally. If you would like to purchase anything please contact Mulderie Wood using the below contact details. Samantha has also worked hard to get her products into a local Keith outlet and as of this week her candles and melts are available to purchase in A. M. McPherson on Mid Street.

Another organisation that Samantha has worked with to create a branded candle is CLAN. They asked her to make candles for them so that they could sell them as wedding favours and at fairs in order to raise money. These candles are still stocked in their shops all over Scotland and prove to be quite successful as people want to make a donation at the same time as being able to give someone a gift.

As with CLAN and Speyside Coffee Roasting Company, Samantha can make any candle or wax melt unique to your organisation and relishes the challenge of creating a new and unique product for a business or organisation, so if you have an idea you would like to discuss with her then please get in contact.

During the earlier months of Mulderie Wood Samantha also exhibited her candles in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street in order to gain valueable customer feedback especially in connection with how people perceived the fragrances.

Mulderie Wood is unique as Samantha knows exactly what is in her candles and wax melts, she uses the best and most natural products where possible, they are all handmade and she produces doric candles such as the Bosie and Hooley. The doric candles along with the Highland Heathers are especially popular with American customers and funnily enough sales have been boosted following the Outlander TV series. Running along side this Samantha was asked by Quaintly&Co (The British Lifestyle subscription box company specialising in British products made by skilled artisans all over the UK) to supply candles for their Outlander subscription boxes. People subscribe to these boxes and receive items relating to their chosen theme e.g. Outlander, and it allows smaller companies to be promoted. She also supplies a recruitment company in London who send out her candles to customers.

Mulderie Wood sales have doubled year on year and Samantha has taken something that was a small hobby to a full time job. She is now at the point where she is looking to the future to see where to go next, and possibly looking at employing someone else or to outsource more administrative duties such as the label production in order to keep up with demand, as well as being able to stay true to her product, and to continue to make the most natural candles, after all we are inhaling the scents from the candles so the more natural the better.

Mulderie Wood can be contacted on the following :

Moray School Bank helps school children of Moray to help each other

Moray School Bank is run by a group of volunteers who offer new school uniform and warm winter clothing to children living in financial hardship in Moray. Their aim is to help all children to be equals, to reach their full potential in school and to try to alleviate some family stress by assisting with the provision of school and winter clothes.

In order to do this they ask for donations from the public. They ask for school clothing and winter clothes, preferably new and in packaging. They are looking for :
school skirts/pinafores, school trousers, school shirts/polo shirts, school jumpers/cardigans, jackets, school shoes, gym t-shirts, jogging bottoms/shorts/leggings, indoor gym shoes, scarves/hats/gloves, underwear (must be new and in packaging), tights/socks (must be new and in packaging), school bags, pencil cases and contents, lunch boxes and water bottles.

Donations can be made at Tesco Keith, Keith Dental Practice, any Moray Foodbank drop off point as well as other locations across Moray. They also accept gift cards for school clothes/shoe retailers as well as ‘as new’ clothes. If you are donating ‘as new’ clothes please contact Moray School Bank to arrange for a volunteer to collect them, rather than taking them to a drop off point.

If you would prefer to help with a monetary donation then you can send these via Paypal using, or you can send an Amazon gift card. Please visit the donations section of the website for more information.

In addition, Moray School Bank organise fundraisers, which although is overseen by a trustee member, is driven by the ideas and creativity of the children of Moray and aims to allow children to help their peers. If your child would like to help with fundraising please contact them. They also welcome the help of adults. They are currently running a 6 month project, Speyside Artybition and have a disco and karaoke and family quiz coming up in February and March.

Moray School Bank also have a textile recycling point in Rothes, which as they receive £400 per tonne of clothes, can be used to purchase more school and winter clothes for kids across Moray.

Another way of helping Moray School Bank is to fund raise while you shop via This is a site that doesn’t cost you a penny but every time you shop gives a donation to your chosen charity. For more information please visit the website.

If you feel you would benefit from assistance from Moray School Bank then you must be referred by a school or any agency working with your child/ren or family. Forms to do this can be found in the referral section of the website, and will only be completed with your consent. Proof of earnings and/or benefits is not asked for as the referring agency will be aware of your circumstances. Once the referral is received the Moray School Bank will make contact with you to discuss your requirements further.

Moray School Bank can be contacted on the following, as well as via and :

Moray School Bank
26 Land Street
AB38 7BA
Tel: 07884036803