KSRP A.G.M.

It’s that time of year again when we ask for the local community to come along and show their support to the Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP).

They are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th October 2016 in The Ugie House Hotel, Church Road. Keith at 7pm.

They are asking that anyone with a vested interest in helping to improve the Keith and Strathisla area should attend and will be made most welcome. Membership to the group is free.

***All nominations for directors should be sent to mail@inkeith.com by 19th October***

Temporary Relocation of Keith Recycling Centre

Operations at the Keith recycling centre in Balloch Road are to be temporarily relocated to the adjacent council DLO site for three weeks from Monday, September 12.

Due to space restrictions, garden waste, soil and rubble cannot be accepted during this time and should be taken instead to either of the recycling centres at Buckie or Dallachy.

The temporary arrangements will allow resurfacing work to be carried out at the Balloch Road recycling centre which will remain manned throughout.

Raring to go for Keith Country Show

Keith Show 2015

Images courtesy of Isla Brig Images

Keith Country Show is once again just around the corner and promises to be another great couple of days with lots of events, stalls and competitions occurring on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th August at the showground.

It all starts on Saturday night (6th August) with the infamous ‘Marquee Dance’ welcoming back the popular Gerry Guthrie and his Band who last played at this event in 2012. Tickets are available from the Keith Show Office.

After a night of dancing and entertainment, it’s onto two packed days with plenty to see and do. No matter what age you are, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday

12:30     Horse Parade

1:00        Massed Pipe Bands

KEITH SHOW 2015

Images courtesy of Isla Brig Images

1:10        Monster Trucks ~ Big Pete & Grim Reaper

1:40        Balloch Hill Race

1:45        Pony Club Games

2:45        Tug O War ~ Pets Parade ~ Kids races

3:30        Ore Country Terrier Racing

KEITH SHOW 2015

Images courtesy of Isla Brig Images

4:00        Vintage Parade

4:30        Truck Show

5:00        Monster Trucks ~ Big Pete & Grim Reaper

5:30        Massed Pipe Bands ~ Close of Show

Monday

1:00        Pipe Bands

1:10        Ore Country Terrier Racing

1:40        Beef Cattle Champion of Champions

KEITH SHOW 2015

Images courtesy of Isla Brig Images

2:40        Grand Parade of Cattle, Horses and Sheep

3:30        Overall Cattle Champion Presentation

Crop Competition Prize Giving

Trade Stand Competition Prize Giving

3:45        Ore Country Terrier Racing

4:15        Pipe Bands ~ Close of Show

 

Click on the link below to see a map of the showground.

Keith Show Map 2016 Revised

Fun Day Sun Day Success

The Summer Fun Day in St. Rufus Park, held by the St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group on Sunday 26th June, turned out to be a overwhelming success with over £900 being raised on the day by the dedication of the group and the supporting community towards the regeneration of the park for the future. The weather, stalls and activities all proved to be big crowd pleasers as they came in their droves to support this project.St Rufus Park Regeneration Group

After a quick update from Gail Smith this week, the group plan to follow up this great fundraising event and raise even more monies for the park by running a stall at Keith Country Show in August and also completing their Maroon Package Lucky Square Board and draw the winner.

The funding started to roll in from a Ladies Night held in the Ugie House Hotel, where they donated the first funds to the group and then in February this year, the local football team, Keith Football Club chose the group to be their charity for the year.

The group itself held their first fundraiser which raised more than £800 at a family quiz night with the winning team, Swings and Roundabouts donating their £100 prize money back to the group to aid in their ongoing fundraising efforts.

The group continue to meet regularly at The Loft and have started to apply for grants and funding to see their aspirations for the park come to fruition. At the moment they are planning ahead for the installation of a teenage / adult outdoor gym and sufficient lighting.

If you feel that you have the time and commitment to become a volunteer or want to make a donation, you can get in touch and keep up to date on their progress through their Facebook page.

St. Rufus Regeneration Group

 

‘Our Lives’ through the year is now published

The Grampian Group photo book charting a year in the life of their readers through their own photos has now been published.

From April 1, 2015 to March 31 this year they asked readers of the Banffshire Advertiser, Banffshire Journal, Banffshire Herald and Huntly Express to submit photos which summed up day to day life in our area.

Chief photographer Lyn MacDonald, who was the brainchild of the idea, was overwhelmed by the response.

The result is a 184 page, full colour, vibrant look at the past twelve months through the eyes of their readers with the addition of some photos from Lyn and Grampian Group trainee photographer Becky Saunderson.

Local people, local lives, one year.

Local people, local lives, one year.

The book is available to buy in all four Grampian Group offices at a cost of £10 with £3 from the sale of each book going to charity, with the RNLI, Grampian Child Bereavement Network, Keith and District Multiple Sclerosis Support Group and The Samaritans being the four good causes which will benefit.

To complement the release of the book, Grampian Newspaper Group are also holding a series of roadshows where Group Editor Chris Saunderson and Lyn will be available to chat about the year long project. The main launch will take place at the Banffshire Advertiser office, Buckie on Friday 1st July from 4pm – 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Dates and venues are as follows:

  • Buckie Library – Wednesday 27th July – 6pm
  • Keith Library – Thursday 28th – 6pm
  • Brander Library, Huntly – Friday 29th July – 1pm
  • Insch Library – Friday 29th July – 3.30pm
  • Macduff Aquarium – Wednesday 3rd August – 12pm – 2pm

Other dates are to follow.

Local bairns shine at competition time

Saturday Competition time!

All photos are courtesy of Robbie ~ Isla Brig Images

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A Classic Saturday Keith Feast!

Well, what a great festival Saturday afternoon spent in the ‘Friendly Toun’. It was great to see the turn out of locals, visitors and artistes on Mid Street.

I started in the infamous ‘Ploo’ to the fabulous Mayfield Group who were outstanding as always. Onto The Deli Shop to take in the entertaining Alan Crookston and friends then soldiered on to The Railway Club to watch a variety of artistes playing for the throng of patrons including Steven Cargary, Titch, Ally McGregor, Kevin Milne, Liam Hope, George Rennie and Paul Bijl.

While heading back up the street I looked in on Thingymijigs to see the craftsman Neil McWilliam at work repairing and making violins before heading back to ‘The Ploo’ where the superb clarinet player, John Cockburn and other other artistes were entertaning the ever growing crowds.

I’m very much looking forward to this afternoon for the open air concert in Reidhaven Square and I hope you like my photos of a very enjoyable festival Saturday afternoon in our great wee toun.

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‘The Friendly Town’ gears up for a packed weekend of music and song

The 41st Keith Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Festival takes place this weekend from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2016 with a whole weekend of events throughout the friendly town being held for music lovers.Festival logo

The Festival officially begins on Friday evening with revelers having a choice of three events to attend.

  • The Opening Ceilidh is being held in the Bowling Club ~ 8pm (sponsored by Huntly Chip Shop and Alex Grant & Co) which will feature some of the youngsters from the local area.
  • A Bothy Ballads & Other Songs concert will be held in the Plough Inn ~ 8pm (sponsored by Shears Hair & Beauty Retreat and Barbara Anderson Fiddle School in Huntly). Following the concert in the Plough, at around 10pm, there will be a free sing-a-round where attendees can either join in, take part or just listen.
  • For those who prefer to dance along to the traditional music an Old Time Dance is being held in the British Legion ~ 8pm (sponsored by Tesco Keith and Cramond Insurance Life & Pensions) with music being provided by Alan Crookston Scottish Dance Band.

On Saturday the day starts with the official TMSA competitions (sponsored by Alex Grant & Co).

***Competitors can register at the festival office which is in the Pop Up Shop, Mid Street*** 

  • Saturday is billed as a family day and there will be informal music sessions in Shears, Tesco, The Deli Shop, Plough Inn and Royal Hotel throughout the day.
  • The winners from the day’s competitions will perform at the Prizewinners Concert in St Thomas’ Hall ~ 6.30pm (sponsored by Alex Grant & Co) priced £6 adults/£2 children.
  • Concert Ceilidh in The Royal Hotel (sponsored by Strathisla Distillery). The headline act on Saturday night are RURA who were awarded Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards.
  • Concert Ceilidh in The Bowling Club ~ 8pm (sponsored by Peterkins and NFU Mutual)
  • Concert Ceilidh in the Plough Inn ~ 8pm (sponsored by Clark Thomson and Strathdee Properties).

Sunday’s official programme

  •  The Bairns Ceilidh in The Bowling Club ~ 1pm. Kids can go along to enjoy music and song (sponsored by Seafield Veterinary Group).
  • Free Open Air Concert in Reidhaven Square ~ 2pm (sponsored by Alex Grant & Co and Keith Royal British Legion). In the event of bad weather the concert will take place in the Royal Hotel.
  • The Chorus Quaich in the Plough Inn lounge ~ 3.30pm.  Anyone can enter this free competition providing that the song they choose contains a chorus.
  • The Festival officially finishes with the Farewell Concert in the Royal Hotel ~ 7.30pm (sponsored by Alex Grant & Co and E W Simmers)   This is a chance for people to say cheerio to new and old friends.

However, it doesn’t completely finish there as the Plough Inn is host to the Orange Juice Ceilidh on Monday afternoon.

Festival committee Chairman Kathleen Anderson said:

“We are ready and raring to go with this year’s festival. We have, again, managed to attract a high quality list of guest artists with a good mix of music and song, young and more experienced, local and visiting. We are delighted to have the current Live Act of the Year, RURA, headlining this year.  They are a wonderful band and I hope that folk take the chance to see and hear such an acclaimed band. Of course the competitions and sessions open the playing and singing up to everyone who wants to take part and I am sure that these will be as popular as ever. The main thing about our festival is that people enjoy themselves and I have no doubt that everyone who comes along or takes part will do just that.”

***Tickets and programmes are available from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith and also from the Festival office located within the Pop Up Shop, 175 Mid Street, Keith***

For more information log on to the website www.keithfestival.co.uk or e-mail keithfestival@gmail.com.

Join the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keithfestival or follow them on Twitter @KeithFestival

Newmill gets ready to ‘Rock Around For The Clock’

Newmill residents David and Elsa Fraser have decided to lend a helping hand to Newmill Community Association by organising a fun night of dancing away to the band ‘Clay County’ to raise much needed funds towards illuminating and restoring the Clock Tower War Memorial on the Main Street.

Newmill Memorial Clock

Newmill Memorial Clock

The event is being held on Saturday 18th June in the Village Hall with tickets costing £8 and are available by contacting David and Elsa on 01542 888265 or contacting them through their dedicated Facebook Page at Rock Around For The Clock

Just remember to bring your own bottle and picnic for a fun filled evening of music, dance and raffles for a very worthy cause and help to raise funds to restore one of the most iconic monuments in the area of Keith and Strathisla.

***Volunteers Wanted***

‘We are part of Health and Social Care Moray (The Moray Council and NHS Grampian) and are looking for more volunteer buddies and alarm responders to join our wonderful group of volunteers who already support people in Keith and the surrounding area .

If you are interested and want to know more check out our webpage www.moray.gov.uk/volunteering or contact us on 01343 567102 or email volunteering.CC@moray.gov.uk