St Rufus Park Volunteers Make Improvements to the Park

St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group organised a day at the park painting the fences yesterday.  Fiona Addison and Grant, Counter Manager at Tesco in Keith joined the volunteers.  Gail Duncan, Chairperson for SRPRG said: “it was a great success, good fun and the day just flew by”.

All the efforts of SRPRG are starting to come into fruition with toy diggers being installed very soon. With all the funding for phase 1 (the gym) now secured, a lot more improvements will be seen in the near future too.

Now SRPRG are putting their efforts into organising a school disco themed night at Keith Golf Club on Saturday 2nd September from 7.30pm.  For more information join “St Kyards School for Girls – Return of the School Disco” group on Facebook.  Tickets are on sale until 30th August and are available from Keith Golf Club or any SRPRG committee member.


KYDL Set Date For Public Consultation

Keith Youth and Development League (KYDL) are a group based in Keith who promote and provide an opportunity for children aged 4-14 to play football.  Earlier this year they started the ball rolling for a community asset transfer of Fife Park and its pavilion.


Ashley Inglis, KYDL secretary said “we have been overwhelmed by community support and the many positive comments and thank everyone concerned.

We have been in contact with many local groups, delivered flyers over Fife Keith, advertised through local papers and social media.  We have been in contact with community councils and councilors etc.”


KYDL are holding a public consultation where the public can come along to meet with some of the committee members, ask questions, have any concerns addressed or simply to show support.  It will be held at Fife Park Pavilion on Monday 24th July from 6 pm to 8 pm.


Ashley said “we still welcome comments/questions via our email or feel free to approach a committee member.  We would also like to encourage locals to write letters of support which we can use as evidence at the end of our consultation.  We currently have our online survey running which will only take minutes to complete.


We would just like to thank everyone involved to date”.

Funky Fashion Show At The Pop-Up Shop To Raise Money For Parkinson’s

The pop-up shop in Keith was the venue for a fashion show on Thursday 29th June.  Over 40 people braved the terrible weather to attend the fund-raising shopping event.

Evelyn Mitchell said “8 Models wore 64 different outfits put together by Evelyntreasurefinder2. Which is the fashion name of Evelyntreasurefinder.  Models were all good customers and included Linsey Gibb and Sally Saunders from Insch.  Caroline Hamilton from Kennethmont. Sandra Brantingham from Cornhill. Michelle Inglis from Keith.  Wendy Hay from Cullen and Susan Law from Huntly. The models had their make-up professionally done by Zandra Margaret make up.”

Leafy Laine, aka Elaine Addiscot whose dad is a Parkinson’s sufferer, was thrilled that over £350 has been raised and donations are still coming in.

Evelyn and Elaine have customers who follow them to Keith and spend the day visiting all the great shops and restaurants Keith has to offer.

The girls are in the pop-up shop until the 15th July so plenty time to pop on down and take a look.



Keith Development Youth League Aim To Take Ownership Of Fife Park

Keith Development Youth League have commenced the process of a community asset transfer on Fife Park and its pavilion.  KDYL are a group based in Keith who promote and provide an opportunity for children aged 4-14 to play football.

Ashley Inglis, KDYL secretary stated the following reasons to why they are pursuing this:

-“To provide a friendly environment to all

-Central base for the club

-Bringing the community together

-Open up opportunities for the club

-Ownership of our own facility

-Strengthen the club

-Encourage volunteers to help with the club 

-Upgrading and developing the facilities

-Guarantee an open space facility for future generations

-Allowing us to continue football on Fife Park

-Allowing other community groups to use the facilities

-Working with the community to utilise the use of the space.

Amongst many other reasons.”


The next part of this process will be a community consultation for KDYL to inform the community of their plans and why they want to pursue Fife Park.

Ashley said, “We will be arranging a public event during the summer so people can come along and show support and ask questions.  

We welcome queries/questions via our email 

The deadline for this will be 28th July 2017. We need lots of letters of support and we thank those who have already shown us support which has been amazing.  Thank you so much.”

Glorious Day For 72nd Fife-Keith Picnic

Saturday 17th June saw the 72nd Fife Keith Picnic which has been going every year since 1945.  Denise Maver, Chairperson for The Fife-Keith Picnic Committee said, “It was extremely well attended with just under 350 adults, OAP’s and children in total attending.

Photo Courtesy of Isla Brig Images (Robbie Simpson)

Strathisla Pipe Band started off proceedings at 12.45pm at Fife Keith Square when they piped residents up Fife Street, along Mar Place, up round Fraser Place and into Fife Park for a 1.00pm start.
A glorious afternoon was spent eating ice-cream, fancy pieces and bridies, and the pensioners were even treated to a wee dram in the marquee tent!
There was loads of entertainment for the kids in the form of bouncy castles, Tam o Shunter train around the park, face painting, balloon modelling and races.
Tradition states that the Picnic always rounds off with a Dad’s Tug of War followed by a huge Adults v Kids football match and I am delighted to say that this year the kids triumphed 4-3!
The picnic usually ends around 5pm but, because of the great atmosphere on Saturday combined with the gorgeous weather, there were still crowds of folk in the park well after 6.30pm.
After all the clearing up is done it’s fair to say that the committee members relax and enjoy the disco in the Golf Club afterwards!”

Highlights From TMSA Keith Festival

Last weekend saw the 42nd Keith Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Festival.  Kathleen Anderson, TMSA Keith Festival Chair, said “We were encouraged this year in that our competition numbers were up and all the concerts were sold out so it makes all the hard work worthwhile”.


Guests to Keith started to arrive on Friday.  To kick start the weekend local performers and guests performed two concerts at Keith Primary School along with some pupils.

On Friday evening there was plenty of musical entertainment to choose from:

Neil Hardie Scottish Dance Band were playing at a dance in the Legion.  They proved to be a hit with the folk of Keith and the dance was a sell-out.

The Ploo held a Bothie Ballad Concert in the lounge.   The guests appearing at this concert were Joe Aitken, Jim Taylor, Geordie Murison, Scott Gardiner, Iona Fyfe, and Carol & Alan Prior.   As usual this concert was a great success with the followers of Bothy Ballads.

The Bowling Club hosted the opening concert with some of the guests mentioned above plus the local band Ill’ Tricket, our guest fiddler Andy Kane with accompanist Martin Henderson from Shetland and the Adin Graham Scottish Dance Band.  Along with a number of young performers.

Kathleen said, “on Saturday we held around 40 competitions from singing, fiddles, diddling, recorders, and a lot more besides, we are very grateful to the organisations who let us use their premises, Stage Stars, The Legion, The Bowing Club and St Rufus Church.”

On Saturday afternoon patients of Turner Memorial Hospital and the local care homes residents were treated to a selection of live music.

The Prize Winners Concert in St Thomas Hall was held in the evening.   This concert comprises of all the competition winners after they have been presented with their trophies.

On Saturday evening a sell-out concert was held in the Bowling Club where all the guests previously mentioned performed along with The Quiggs and David Corner.

There was a concert in the lounge of the Ploo Pub where all the Bowling Club guests also performed in a smaller more intimate setting.

The Royal Hotel hosted the concert with the Headline act of Breabach Folk Band along with some of our other guests as support acts, this concert was also sold out.


On Sunday the outdoor concert had to go indoors to the Legion due to the rain.  Strathisla Pipe Band kicked off the concert and were followed with a selection of the guests.

Sunday night we had the farewell concert with the remaining guests making up the line up.  Finally finishing up with a ceilidh dance to round things off.


s to Keith were providing music in some local shops and pubs.   The sessions are designed for musicians to come along and join in, this is what the festivals all about – joining in.

Kathleen said:  “We are so very grateful to the folk of Keith for their support.   We would not be able to carry on with the Festival without our wonderfully generous sponsors who are Alex Grant & Co, Strathisla Distillery, Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers, Cramond Insurance Consultants, EW Simmers & Son, NFU Mutual, Barbara Anderson Fiddle School, Peterkins Solicitors, Keith Royal British Legion, Shears, Strathdee Properties, Tesco.   Also our programme sponsors – Charlie Henderson Painter & Decorators and Keith Rotary Club.

Our Friends of Keith Festival are as follows – Stagestars Scotland,

Spey Valley Brewery, Keith Bowling Club, Keith Brewery Ltd, Keith Football Club, and the Deli Club, Jim Slater, Gary Coull, Charlie & Fiona Simpson, Dennis Murdoch, Karen Dalgarno, and Councillor Theresa Coull.

We were encouraged this year in that our competition numbers were up and all the concerts were sold out so it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

The folk of Keith are very welcoming and that makes organising the festival very worthwhile.”

St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group Meet Their First Fundraising Target

St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group are well on their way to providing a park for all ages and abilities.  The voluntary group, consisting of local residents, got together at the end of 2015 and have raised money through various fundraising events and generous donations.  This year they have been in a position to start applying for grants.  Now with 2 large grants to add to their fundraising efforts they now have the funding in place to undertake phase 1. [Read more…]

Chivas Responsib’ALL Day At St. Rufus Park

Chivas Brothers employees spent all of Thursday improving St. Rufus Park.

Gail Duncan, Chairperson for SRPRG said “We are delighted once again to be chosen by Chivas. The ongoing support is very appreciated. Currently we are working hard to apply for funding which is taking up all the groups time so this little ‘surprise’ was a very welcome boost for us”.

Jane Wilson, member of SRPRG said “The Chivas day went exceedingly well for the second time!  Such a terrific bunch of enthusiastic and energetic people swarming all over the place, improving the look of the fences, paths etc”.

Chivas employees spent the day painting the fences, gardening, cleaning and clearing the park.  They were met with a challenge with one piece of equipment but after some modifications they were able to install a brand new basket ball hoop in the pavilion area.

St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group would like to give a big thank you to all at Chivas Brothers for all they have done this year and last year.  

Volunteers Week at tsiMORAY

Volunteers Week at tsiMORAY

Volunteers Week (You Make the Difference!) gets underway 1st-7th of June and tsiMORAY wants to help you celebrate, learn and of course recognise your incredible volunteers.

Get Out of Your Office…and into Someone else’s…
We are looking for volunteer co-ordinators/managers who want to engage in a day or half day of peer learning — kind of like a swap — you go to someone else’s place to see how volunteers are involved in their service and then they come to you. At the end, we’ll be capturing what you have learned. If you are interested in taking part on June 1, 2, 5, 6, please email
TSI Moray will cover any travel expenses incurred.
(And yes, Sue is up for a swap!!)

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Rrrrallye Revs Up For A Great Day

Rrrrallye, the group “Promoting Road Awareness for Youths” selected 12 Keith teenagers to attend the youth drive at Alford last Sunday.  Linda Harper, from Rrrrallye said “it was another successful day, everyone turned up except the sun”!

“Roadwise Driver Training instructors were Jim, John and Andy who again all did an amazing job with the youngsters giving them lots of advice and encouragement throughout the day, a credit to Roadwise.  Not only have they a wealth of knowledge, but the instructors had the patience and skills to pass their knowledge onto the youngsters”.

The 15 to 17 year old’s that won the training were as follows: Connor Runcie, Jack Allan, Aaron Skinner, Niamh Taylor, Craig Gordon, Lee Scott, Fergus Webster, Jay Morrison, Connor Porter, Scott Barron, Brandon Laird and Sam Donald.

Scott Barron said “I really liked the training as it gave me a sense of driving safely before I can actually learn to drive”.

Dave and Jim from Roadwise Driver Training will be coming along to the Rrrrallye this year on Sunday 11th of June to put some local drivers through their paces with the Rrrrallye Driver of the Year.  The two age groups are “17-25 years” and “26 and over”.  Participants will go for a very worthwhile short drive and fill out a questionnaire on the Highway Code.  To date no-one has passed the Highway Code.  This course needs to be booked to ensure a chance to get some driving advice from the largest Independent Driver Training provider in the North East of Scotland.  The course is free but donations are welcome.

Keith Grammar School pupils will be doing the popular wellie throwing event again this year.  There will be stalls in the scout marquee as well as the hall.  A separate marquee will be used for entertainment with some musicians still to be confirmed.  Rizza’s ice-cream, teas and homebakes will be for sale in the hall.  Linda said “there are a few other things in the pipeline but just waiting on confirmation from them.  We would still really like to ask for a few more volunteers to help out for an hour on the day to help with the teas or parking if possible”.

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