Kirsty to commemorate the end of WW1 in ‘The Battles O’er’

Kirsty Duncan, who is 15 years old and a a member of the Strathisla Pipeband is taking part in an event named ‘The Battles O’er’. This is a world wide event to commemorate the signing off of the end of WW1. As a lone piper she will be playing the tune ‘The Battles O’er’ at the Keith War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 6am. Please support Kirsty and come down to help her commemorate this significant event.

Complete pamper experience with Wenonah

Wenonah Davidson has recently stared her own nail parlour where she provides acrylics, gel polish and manicures.

Wenonah has always loved doing nails and as well as being a busy mum decided to take this further, so she attended college, acquired the necessary qualifications and insurances and set up her own nail parlour at home. She is currently building up her customer base and is already enjoying repeat custom.

Wenonah offers the following nail treatments : full set acrylic, full set acrylic overlay gel polish, full set pink and white, infill acrylic, infill pink and white, gel polish, luxury manicure and mini manicure with prices ranging from £10 to £35.

Acrylics take approximately two hours to complete, while gel polish application takes around one hour. Wenonah is generally able to offer appointments at 9am, 1pm or 6pm. However, she can be flexible and it’s best to get in contact to enquire about appointment times.

Wenonah is already thinking about how to improve her service and is planning to do a gel extension and poly gel course which will allow her to widen the range of treatments she can offer. If you would like more information please visit Wenonah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wenonahnailparlour/ or call her on 07917 282 565.

In addition to the nail parlour Wenonah has recently become part of the Tropic’s Skincare family. To celebrate she is holding two launch parties, one of which was held in October and the other is on 5th November at 9.30am. At these events customers will be able to view products as well as being able to test them. If you are unable to attend the events, or simply love the Tropic’s Skincare range, and would like to book a pamper experience for you and your friends with Wenonah then please contact her through her Tropic’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wens-Tropic-Skincare-527702684394768/. During the pamper experience you will be offered the ultimate VIP shopping experience with a free skincare consultation, a free spa facial and free Tropic products, before being able to purchase these beautiful products.

    

Keith Foodbank Appeal

Keith storehouse of Moray Foodbank would like to thank everyone for their kind donations of stock cubes and tins or packets of custard following their latest appeal.  It is greatly appreciated.  Unfortunately they are currently running low on baked beans and pasta sauces and are looking for donations.  If you are able and would like to donate these items they can be dropped off at REAP, Tesco Keith (in the collection basket), Bee Fair and St Rufus Church.  Many thanks for your generosity.

The Scottish Goat Meat Company

Vicky Gardiner and Adam Wright are the founders of The Scottish Goat Meat Company and specialise in rearing and producing high quality Boer and Boer cross goat meat. They first started farming goats in Ellon before moving to the Glen of Newmill five years ago where they took on a run down croft with 27 acres.

They immediately started work and as well as completely renovating the house, they also continued working with and improving their goat business. However, due to the lack of outbuildings they had to think outside of the box in order to expand their business, so in addition to their own goat herd they started to source young adult goats from other farms, farm parks, small scale milk production farmers and local marts. Their recurring suppliers are thoroughly vetted meaning that the goats come from the best places and that they have been given the best lives with the highest welfare standards possible.

Early on Vicky and Adam quickly discovered that selling their goat meat online was the way to go. The online market for selling goat meat is huge and has allowed The Scottish Goat Meat Company to access a much wider customer base than they could if they only sold locally. As a result they have customers from the Scottish Islands to London and everywhere inbetween. They have also become the first online Scottish business to produce goat meat on a commercial scale.

Another thing that Vicky and Adam have discovered is the impact TV programmes, especially cooking ones, have on their sales. The moment a goat recipe is on the TV they see their website hits and sales soar. They have been asked on a number of occasions to take part in TV programmes including two appearances on Landward as well as featuring on radio programmes and in national newspapers. They have also been asked to supply goat meat for TV programmes and as a result of goat meat being a healthier meat, also being asked to supply the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They have been nominated for a number of awards in the past and have the Healthier Food & Drink Award at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards in 2014 as well as The search for Scotland’s Best Kept Secret Ingredient in 2014.

In addition The Scottish Goat Meat Company attend a couple of events a year to showcase their products. When attending these events they use their mobile fitted kitchen to produce samples including sausages, burgers and curry. This allows customers to try well cooked goat meat, and instantly converts many people. They provide cooking guidance and recipe cards to customers as it is key to cook the meat in the correct way to ensure the best taste possible is created. They also ensure the same level of customer care is given to their online customers with access to recipes online at https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/recipes.html, recipe cards provided with orders as well as repeat and large orders being given extras including spices, herbs and sometimes a discount. Vicky and Adam pride themselves on producing a quality product and service and they strive to make sure that every customer is happy.

Goat meat is very popular for customers looking for an extra special treat, with foodies, people interested in eating healthier and people who require low fat diets (additional trimming at no extra charge can be requested). As well as being lower in fat and saturated fat, goat meat is also lower in calories and cholesterol when compared to chicken, beef, pork and lamb. Further health benefits include, higher levels of iron and potassium, lower sodium levels and higher protein levels than chicken.

Over the years Victoria and Adam have learned what works and what doesn’t and have created a smooth farm to fork process which includes using local haulier Ian S. Roger and Websters Butchers, and although the goat isn’t sold directly from Websters it can be arranged for orders to be collected from there at no additional charge. Local delivery is also free but should you live further afield please visit https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/delivery.html for delivery charges. All postal orders are posted on Mondays and Tuesdays to ensure orders are delivered as quickly as possible. These are sent with Parcelforce in insulated boxes with ice packs which allows the meat to stay fresh for 3 days. All orders, local or postal, must be placed online via https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/ourshop/ where a wide range of products including gluten free sausages, gluten free mild cajun meatballs, leg steaks, noisettes, chops, diced meat, mince and a taster pack can all be purchased.

Vicky and Adam have full control over the entire process but as they both work full time they employee seasonal staff as well as having very kind neighbours to help out. They have recently solved the outbuilding situation with newly erected outbuildings and the hope for the future is that they will be able to continue to grow their business further, to house more goats at home and for Vicky to start working full time on the farm in the future.

If you would like more information or would like to purchase goat meat please visit https://www.scottishgoatmeat.co.uk/.

Keith Fur & Feather Show

Keith Fur & Feather will be holding a show on Saturday the 6th October 2018 at the Longmore Hall in Keith.  The show will include Bantams, Cavies & Rabbits.

If you would like to enter please contact Julie Shand via Julieshand85@hotmail.com or facebook messenger.  Entries close Monday 1st October 2018 at 9pm.

The Longmore Hall will also be open from 10.30am for teas, coffees, raffles, lucky squares.

Newmill pupils look for your help to help them update their library

Newmill Primary School have registered for The Sun’s free books for schools. As a school they need to collect 3500 tokens to receive 105 books worth £550. The tokens will be printed daily in The Sun newspaper starting on Monday 24th September. You can support Newmill Primary School by collecting tokens which can be handed into the school or put in a box in Newmill shop.
 
In addition to taking part in the above, two pupils decided to create and sell a word search and anagram in order to raise money to update the school library. They are selling these for 50p each and they can be purchased from Newmill shop, Baird’s Pharmacy, Clark’s Chemist, The Deli Shop, I.G. Thomson Butcher, Alistair Webster Butcher, Paterson’s Newsagent, Tijera and Porterfield Newsagents in Fife Keith.

Can you help Keith Storehouse Foodbank?

Keith storehouse of Moray Foodbank currently has a shortage of stock cubes and tins or packets of custard.  If you are able and would like to donate these items they can be dropped off at REAP, Tesco Keith (in the collection basket), Bee Fair and St Rufus Church.  Many thanks for your generosity.

Strathisla Pipe Band Centenary Celebrations

Strathisla Pipe band celebrates is centenary next year and they would like to keep past members and friends updated regarding their celebration plans. If you would like to be kept up to date please email strathislapb@gmail.com

In addition they are currently looking for help in the way of ideas, assistance and sponsorship. If you have an idea or would like to help then please get in contact with the Pipeband.

Fun ways to explore Keith with Treasure Trails and Moray Rocks

Looking for a fun way to explore Keith? Then what about a self guided Treasure Hunt Trail from Treasure Trails? Use the clues, which are found on buildings, features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure. The circular trail starts near Keith & Dufftown Railway, winds its way round the old part of town, and along a right of way through Strathisla Distillery. From crouching figures to distillery aromas, you’ll be amazed at the hidden treasures to be found exploring the nooks and crannies of Keith! The trail costs £6.99 and can be purchased fromhttps://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things…/aberdeenshire/keith.

When exploring Keith also keep your eyes peeled for decorated rocks that are hidden as part of Moray Rocks. If your lucky enough to find one take a photo and post it on Moray Rocks’ Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/groups/279235945887819/?ref=br_rs, before rehiding your find (you’ll know it’s a Moray Rocks rock as it should say on the back). Alternatively you could design your own rock and hide it on the trail or anywhere else in or around Keith for others to find. For more information and to get involved with Moray Rocks please visit Moray Rocks on Facebook where you can request to join the group.

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Leadline Studio to be showcased as part of North East Open Studios

North East Open Studios (NEOS) starts on Saturday 8th September and runs until Sunday 16th September. The aim of this initiative is to showcase the many artists, makers and designers that the North East of Scotland has to offer and one of the artists taking part in this is Shona McInnes of Leadline Studio.

Leadline Studio has been producing hand made stained glass for the last 30 years and has been operating from Unit 3 at the Westerton Road Business Centre (behind Tesco) in Keith for the past 3 years.

Shona designs and creates contemporary hand crafted stained glass using the finest materials and traditional techniques. Her designs are based on traditional themes and she can create anything from the smallest panel, as a gift, to a complete glazing of a property. She has undertaken many different projects including pieces for public buildings such as The Glenlivet Distillery, for churches including Knockando and Bellie Church in Fochabers as well as for new builds. In addition to this she also restores door and window panels.

There are a number of stages that Shona undertakes to make her beautiful and unique stained glass. Firstly, using the brief and budget she has been given, and following thorough research, she sets about creating a design. Once the customer is 100% happy with the design Shona then selects the best glass for the project, and as the ‘antique’ glass can come in many different colours, texture and character, Shona always goes the extra mile to make sure the most suited glass for the project is sourced.

The glass is then individually cut by hand, acid-etched and hand-painted where required before being fired in a kiln. Once fired the glass pieces are then assembled with lead cames, soldered, weatherproofed and polished.

So if your business, public building or home is looking for something unique and special then why not pop along next week to meet Shona, see what she is working on and watch her at work. In addition to this she will be able to show you the different materials and tools that she uses, show you designs, sketchbooks and photographs of completed work as well as hopefully having some locally themed pieces on sale. If you are interested in ‘having a go’ yourself there will also be the chance to speak to Shona about beginners classes.

Leadline Studio will be open 10am – 4pm Monday 10th to Thursday 13th, 10am – 6pm on Friday 14th and 11am – 6pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. Please note the studio will not be open on Saturday 8th and if you would like to visit on Sunday 9th then please phone beforehand to make an appointment.

If you are unable to visit the studio during the NEOS week then Shona is more than happy to accommodate you at another prearranged time so please get in touch on 07941 220 417 or shona@leadlinestudio.com. Alternatively if you would like more information and to view a fuller portfolio of work then please visit www.leadlinestudio.com and for further information about Leadline Studio and NEOS please visit https://www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/artists/2018-872-shona-mcinnes/.

Shona McInnes selecting glass colours.

Panel being leaded – leading together an art-deco style door panel.

Door panel and sidelight for a house in Elgin.

Feature window based on the landscape around Bennachie.

One of 4 small memorial panels in Knockando church.

One of a series of panels of local harbours.

Work in progress – Shona is currently cutting glass for a church window in Auchterarder.