A fantastic response to the ‘Friendly’ Toon’ Showcase

More than twenty local voluntary groups including Keith Community Radio, St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group and Keith Rotary Club (to name but a few) met on Saturday 28th January in the Longmore Hall, Keith as part of an event organised by Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP)inKeith

The groups had the opportunity to showcase the work that they do in the Keith and Strathisla area and offer information on what they offer and how people can get involved. The event was very well attended and the response by the local community was outstanding.

Due to the overall response and enthusiasm by all parties and visitors involved, it is hoped that KSRP can once again hold such another successful Activity Showcase in the future and show how the ‘Friendly Toon’ comes together to benefit everyone within the community through the many dedicated individuals, groups and charities that help to make this town and district so special.

KSRP will also be holding a members meeting at the Ugie House Hotel on Wednesday, February 15 at 7.30pm. Anyone with an interest in Keith and Strathisla are very welcome to attend this event as well.

Below is a selection of photos courtesy of Robbie at Isla Brig Images.

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A ‘Friendly’ Activity Showcase for the ‘Friendly’ Toon!

More than twenty local voluntary groups will be meeting on Saturday 28th January in the Longmore Hall, Keith as part of an event organised by Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP)inKeith

The groups will be showcasing the work they do in the Keith and Strathisla area and offering information on what they do and how people can get involved. All members of the public are very welcome to attend the event which will be on from 11am – 3pm.

There will also be free tea, coffee, pancakes, cookies and other refreshments.

For more information, please email mail@inkeith.com

KSRP will also be holding a members meeting at the Ugie House Hotel on Wednesday, February 15 at 7.30pm. Anyone with an interest in Keith and Strathisla are very welcome to attend this event as well.

A ‘One of its kind’ gift from a ‘One if its kind’ centre in Keith!

Keith Kilt & Textile CentreAnother landmark by our very own local ‘one of its kind’ in the world, Keith Kilt and Textile Centre saw Linda Gorn needle felt a touching and thoughtful farewell present to President Obama of The United States of America as he leaves his post this week. Linda decided to incorporate his passion for his two dogs into a piece of work that the whole family can enjoy for the years to come.

Courtesy of The Press & Journal

Courtesy of The Press & Journal

She also included a personal letter to the President, inviting him for a visit to the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre where they would gladly hand stitch one of their bespoke, made to measure famous kilts for him.

Visitors from all over the world have travelled to Keith to visit the centre, which now has a shop front on the main shopping area of Mid Street. Just recently they welcomed a Japenese film crew through their doors who were filming for Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK as part of a travelogue series. The presenter, Tomohiro Sekiguchi was delighted to be dressed in a kilt as he was shown how they are made on their visit.Japanese Presenter at Centre

It is not only kiltmaking that goes on in the centre, courses are run encompassing the traditional skills of textile working as well with many quality goods being available to buy in the shop to support the aims of this charity based venture.

The Keith Kilt and Textile Centre was formed in 2005 from the previous Keith Kilt School that was established in 1994. The original idea was to train former millworkers from Keith and the surrounding district in the traditional art of kiltmaking following the closure of the local Woolen Mills of Kynochs and Laidlaws.

The Centre still train kiltmakers in the traditional art from around the world today and offer the only Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Qualification for a customised award in Traditional Kiltmaking in the world with the addition of their SQA Textile Accessory course, which includes dressmaking / pattern reading / adjustment / design, creative textiles, crazy felt / needle felting / wet felting, bag making, which is another course completely unique to the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre.Visitors to the Centre

If you would like to pop along and be one of the many local or international visitors to the centre to see what they offer, you never know who you might meet – The former President of the United States maybe?

If you would like more information on courses and what this unique centre has to offer, please contact them by any means below.

Shop: 147 Mid Street, Keith, Moray, Scotland. AB55 5BJ

Email: kiltsandtextiles@btconnect.com

Telephone: 01542 886846

Beatrice Community Fund looks for local panel members

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm are looking for keen volunteers within the community to form a decision making panel (to meet a few times per year) for the applications for the Beatrice Community Fund in Moray.

Beatrice Windfarm Community Fund

Beatrice Windfarm Community Fund

SSE are keen to hear from anyone who lives within the following Community Council areas who are interested in joining the panel.

  • Keith
  • Strathisla
  • Buckie and district
  • Lennox


For further details or to request an application form, please contact

Marianne Townsley

Community Fund Manager


10 Henderson Road



Telephone: 01463 728069

Email: Marianne.Townsley@sse.com



inKeith.com: Beatrice Community Fund


money-for-morayThe Money for Moray group is pleased to announce that application forms for the 2017 scheme are now available. Money for Moray is a Working Group of seventeen volunteers from across Community Councils, Area Forums and Village Halls and Associations in Moray, who came together in early 2016 to design and deliver a pilot participatory budgeting grant scheme which was delivered in May and June 2016 and now a new scheme for 2017 has been launched.

£40,000 in total will be available (with Community Voluntary Groups being able to apply for up to £4,000) funded through the Scottish Government’s Community Choices scheme, for projects that groups put forward to tackle social isolation in Moray. Social isolation occurs when an individual experiences a lack or absence of contact such as with family or friends, community involvement or access to services. Ideas for projects could include those that tackle some of the causes of social isolation, including lack of access to services, accessible transport issues, loneliness and low income levels.

Groups who meet the criteria will be required to make a short presentation on their proposed project, at a public event in late March at which the public will be invited to attend and vote for their favourite projects.

Alastair Kennedy of the Money for Moray Working Group encouraged groups across Moray to apply: “Here is an opportunity to progress what may as yet be an idea and take it to fruition, to help relieve the awful effects of social isolation which are found across Scotland. That idea, if firmed up and taken to application stage, may at least make a difference to Moray folk who find themselves in this unenviable position. What`s to lose by applying?”

The closing date for application is 5pm on Friday 10th February 2017.
Application Forms can be found here: Application Form »

If you need information or assistance with the application please contact:

Anita: 01343 842289; Alastair: 01343 547352; Linda: 01542 850383
Email: enquiries@moneyformoray.org

Local Church members take to the small screen for a unique recruitment drive!

It’s not just big brands like John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s that recognise the power of advertising. A short film starring members of Keith: St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange Church has been produced and launched on social media platforms in the hope that its own self-directed ‘commercial’ will deliver positive results as part of its drive to attract a new minister to the parish.

At the moment there is a nationwide shortage of clergy for Church of Scotland parishes with the situation expected to worsen as more ministers retire. The congregation of Kirk of Keith decided to approach this shortage from a different perspective to highlight the friendship and community spirit that can be found in Keith and Strathisla. Kirk of Keith’s vacancy committee knows of no other congregation that has turned to film to showcase its own church life to prospective applicants.

St Rufus Advert Filming

St Rufus Advert Filming

The 90 second film was shot at two events – the church’s annual Christmas Fayre which raised almost £8,000 this year, and a youth group meeting which included games and a visit to a sheltered housing complex.

Vacancy committee secretary Esther Green said:  “We may not have the budget for a television ad, but we’ve produced our own film to put our congregation and community in the spotlight.

Esther Green Vacancy Committee Secretary

Esther Green Vacancy Committee Secretary

“We wanted to show a membership that has get-up and go, enjoys fun, isn’t afraid to roll its sleeves up and work hard and that is prepared to do something a little bit different to make its mark.

“There’s a huge shortage of ministers right across Scotland so finding a minister isn’t going to be easy. We hope that by producing this film it shows that we’ve got a lot to offer and that our area is a great part of the world in which to live and work.”

The Rev Neil Glover, Convener of the Ministries Council of the Church of Scotland, said: “This is a wonderful video and song from Kirk of Keith.

“It showcases the variety of people in their Church – a variety that is exhibited in hundreds of Churches of Scotland across the country.

“The fact that this is an advert for a Minister illustrates again how much people value them and what an incredible job it is.

“Those who watch the film will love the food apart from anything else and I don’t think a Church’s property committee has ever been the subject of a song in this way before.”

The 90 second ad is available to view on the church website www.strufus.org and here: https://youtu.be/9Mu0twS4Uqc

We would like to wish the vacancy committee and the congregation every success in their quest for a new minister to the parish by using this very unique style to showcase their church and the local community, which of course isn’t called ‘The Friendly Town’ for nothing!

Below is the words penned by a member of the congregation which is beautifully sang by a member of the church choir.

Standing in the centre of the friendly town of Keith

Is a church community a new minister it seeks

It’s a lovely area in Scotland’s North East

With shops and farms, distilleries the nicest folk you’ll meet


Youth group, guild and choir, fly and friendship too

Sunday club, property committee, Christmas fayre and more


Come see what’s going on

Come see what’s going on

Cos we don’t want to walk alone anymore do you understand

We’d love a new minister


We’re ready for this – there’s no denying

We’re ready for this – we’ll support you all the way

We’re ready for this – come find us now

We’re ready for this – our website it will tell you more

Keith event reaches the stars and beyond!

The successful charity event ‘Stars For Thought’ took place on Saturday 10th December at North Church Hall thanks to the continued hard work and dedication of both the old and new volunteers who give up their own time to organise the event for the community and raise funds for Sunshine Developmental Playgroup for the fifth year running.

Stars For Thought 2016

Stars For Thought 2016

An overwhelming amount of support saw the funds raised this year achieve above their target, £1020 to date, with more stars still available to purchase until Christmas Eve. The stars can still be bought throughout various shops in Keith and Fife Keith including Keith Golf Club.

The event was well attended as usual for a chorus of carol singing, where a number of members of the Keith Joint Church Choir, accompanied by the Rev. Alastair Gray on his keyboard led the carols.

The tree lights switch on was announced by Rev. Alastair Gray at 4pm and the switch itself was pressed by 20 month old Tobi – Leon Bowie. This was followed by a very welcome hot chocolate and shortbread thanks to Greta Cruickshank and Wendy Milton and also to Fiona Addison and Elizabeth Buchan for their services in the kitchen. A hamper raffle, once again donated by Tesco was won by Rev. A Gray.

Stars For Thought

Stars For Thought

Organiser, Jane Sharp thanked everyone for coming along and showing their kindness and generosity and also thanked everyone involved in selling, shops that held the boxes and a big thank you to the boys who cut down and erected the tree, put the lights on and also hung the huge first batch of labels and will do it all on reverse on the 3rd January!

She also went on to thank friends who had thread all the stars ready to receive the labels, which were made by Nicky Leighton and the tie wraps. She concluded by thanking The North Church for the kind provision of their hall to host the event.

This event, along with the annual Christmas Extravaganza has now become embedded into the community of Keith and District as an event worth supporting each year and as the funds raised show, the event continues to become ever popular year on year.star-for-thought-3

New Beatrice Community Fund in Moray

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm are launching the Beatrice Moray Partnership Fund tomorrow,

Thursday 15th December in the North Parish Church Hall, Buckie between 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss then you are most welcome to go along for advice and guidance.

The fund is worth 1million pounds over 5 years to local communities on the Moray Coast, including Keith and Strathisla, Buckie and District and Lennox and all applications will be welcome.

***The closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2017***

Beatrice Windfarm Community Fund

Beatrice Windfarm Community Fund

For more information, please go along to the event or contact,

Marianne Townsley

Community Fund Manager


10 Henderson Road



Tel: 01463 728069

Email: marianne.townsley@sse.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Keith!

Saturday started with a successful fundraising ‘Crafty Coffee Morning’ held in the North Church Hall by Keith Parish Church where there were crafty stalls to purchase presents and wares and a chance for a good festive blether with friends over a cuppa and cake.

This was followed by the increasingly popular Keith Community Council annual Christmas Extravaganza, held once again in the Longmore Halls. Many stalls and raffles were available to suit everyone’s taste and a chance for the children to meet Santa and his little helpers in his grotto.

Christmas Extravaganza 2016

Christmas Extravaganza 2016

Keith and District Silver Band, Strathspey Fiddlers and performances from the Jessiman Dance School throughout the afternoon was very much appreciated by all who entered the main hall for teas provided by volunteers for Keith Sunshine Developmental Playgroup.

Strathspey Fiddlers entertaining the crowds.

Strathspey Fiddlers entertaining the crowds.

Keith Christmas Lights were switched on later and showed that the spectacular display has been improved once again this year. The committee have managed to complete the mile long stretch of the A96 which goes through the town and are now much closer to achieving their goal of linking the lights of Keith and Fife – Keith together.

Keith Christmas Lights 2016. Courtesy of Isla Brig Images

Keith Christmas Lights 2016. Courtesy of Isla Brig Images

A great day out was had by all thanks to the commitment and dedication of all those involved in the preparation and hosting of this much looked forward to annual event which is now firmly marked each year in Keith Towns Christmas Calender of Events.

Locals urged to nominate deserving youths in Moray

moray young citizen awardNominations are now being invited for the latest Moray Young Citizen awards.

The annual awards scheme, which is run jointly by Moray Council, Police Scotland, Elgin Rotary Club and Diageo, recognises the outstanding contributions made by the area’s young people.

It is open to both primary and secondary school groups, community groups and individuals. As well as recognising good community work, it helps young people build self-esteem and develop an understanding of what citizenship means.

Details of the various award categories, along with nomination forms, are available at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_61110.html

Nominations close on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with the awards ceremony taking place in late March.