Spring Show Entries Up By 200

Keith Horticultural Society hosted the Spring Show on Saturday 22nd April. The show was held in the Longmore hall, with beautiful arrays of colourful daffodils, a variety of handicrafts, stunning photography, delicious home baking and creative junior exhibits.

Douglas Martin (Vice Chairperson) said “it has been a tremendous show, with entries being up 200 this year.  The quality has been superb, with new exhibitors which is pleasing to see”.

Linda Morrison (Secretary and Treasurer) said “the only exhibition that was low was the home baking, we are looking for more baking entries next year”.

The next show will be the Annual Show on the 2nd September.

For a full list of winners go to: Results for the Keith Horticultural Spring Show 2017 .

Dorothy Jacks Are Back In Keith To Give You A New Look For Spring

Spring is the season for new beginnings and time to brighten up your wardrobe with a fresh new look.

Photography by Robbie at Isla Brig Images

The good news is Dorothy Jack’s Ladies wear have relaunched their Keith store to join the other two branches in Elgin and Peterhead.  The beautifully refurbished shop is the perfect place to pick up plenty of fashion idea’s and inspiration for the months ahead.  You’ll find the latest collections have been designed to suit a much younger clientele as well as classic ranges for the “mature lady”.

Keith Storehouse Foodbank Are Here To Help But Can You Help Them?

Keith Storehouse Foodbank is a satellite of Moray Foodbank.  It was set up by a local resident and is in partnership with local churches, businesses and organisations.  All food donated will first meet the needs of the people in Keith, thereafter any surplus will go to the Moray Foodbank.

Donations can be handed into Tesco Keith, the local churches, REAP and Bee Fair.

For referrals please contact Moray Foodbank, Telephone: 01343 208293 or email: request@morayfoodbank.org.uk.

A fantastic service -*like this can only be made possible with your help.  Moray Foodbank  are looking for volunteers based at Keith Storehouse Foodbank to help them care for people in Keith.  The role will include preparing food parcels as required, delivering food parcels, helping with stock checks and rotation and other tasks as required.  Any help long term or short term will be appreciated and training and support for the role will be provided.  Please see the poster for contact details.

Funding Boost For Keith and District Men’s Shed Group

Keith and District Men’s Shed Group are a group of local men who meet every Wednesday from 10 am -12 noon at the loft.  They aim to “create a space where men can make friends, learn and share skills, to help improve the health and well-being in the community”. [Read more…]

Moray Community Awards

As you may know, the Moray Community Awards is now seeking nominations. 

If you know someone who is pretty special – who goes the extra mile in what they do – who deserves recognition and thanks for making things better, then please consider putting forth a nomination or two! 

There are 8 award categories including: good neighbours, people who make a difference in the lives of young people, amazing fundraisers, incredible young people, people who inspire and motivate us to live healthier lives,  people who care about our environment, and all around community champions.  

You can find details of nomination forms in

Nominate online today! (Nominations close 24th March. )

 Community is all about heart. With that in mind, make this a Valentine with a difference and nominate!

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