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Looking for a ‘native’ home for your equine friend?

Sillyearn Mains Livery at Grange opens on 1st March 2018 and is run by Star and David. Both Star and David have a number of years experience with horses, with Star working with and training competition horses, successfully showing Shetlands and competing in both endurance and Trec as well as promoting the Icelandic breed by entering dressage, cross country and jumping classes. David is also passionate about horses and ponies and has been Star’s Trec partner since 2012 as well as owning his own warm blood.

Using their previous knowledge and experience as well as having previously used livery yards themselves and having listened to other ‘native’ owners, Star and David decided to dedicate their 30 acre farm to opening a small, friendly and private livery yard mainly for ‘natives’. They are also able to offer a home for all breeds of horses and ponies. Their aim is to offer an equine home that is less competition focused, relaxed, supportive and more about enjoying and nurturing a positive relationship with your equine friend/s.

Star and David decided to focus more on ‘native’ breeds due to their location, trail riding experience and the fact that Star has owned and bred Icelandic horses, Shetland ponies and other breeds for nearly two decades, but they are also able to offer a home for warm bloods who love jumping or cross country.

Sillyearn Mains Livery is surrounded by beautiful countryside which offers an abundance of excellent off-road hacking. Not only is the Balloch, Bin forest and Knock cross-country course close by Sillyearn Mains Livery is also only 25 minutes drive away from wonderful beach rides and less than an hour away from some of the best long distance trail rides in Moray.

Sillyearn Mains Livery offer a variety of services and facilities, have regular visits from various trainers and experts​, and organising social events, with or without your equine friend. There is also a highly respected farrier and several well known barefoot trimmers living locally.

The facilities that they offer are brand new, premium built stables inside a large barn, a dedicated tack room and storage building, a small all-weather arena and grazing on south facing fields, with outdoor shelters should you be looking for grass livery.

Good quality hay, haylage and bedding can be bought directly from Sillyearn Mains Livery at a competitive price as well as having access to delivered discounted feed as they have an established relationship with an excellent local feed merchant.

They can offer holiday, part and full livery as required as well as turning out/in, feeds, shoeing, vet visits and late night checks. The latter of these services cost £2.50 each time. They can also provide mucking out at £5 a time, and have a horse box available for hire. The livery prices are as follows:

Grass Livery : £18 per week

DIY Livery : £28 per week

Part Livery : £50 per week

Full Livery : £75 per week

If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit to the yard please contact Sillyearn Mains Livery using the following contact details:



Voting to commence for new Mid Street sculpture

Have a look at the article from Lifestyle Magazine about the sculpture/seat to be installed at the bottom of Mid Street (page 28/29). The designs are currently being made into maquettes and will be displayed in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street during the week beginning 26th March 2018. Pop in and vote for your favourite.  Please see digital copy of Lifestyle Magazine below.

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Looking for someone to look after your ‘Prescious Paws’?

Shelly Mitchell has recently started a new business, ‘Prescious Paws’. She provides a number of services for dogs and cats. These include an hours dog walking, home visits to feed them/let them out and if required walk your dog.

Shelly decided to start this business following work redundancy and wanting to do something she loves. She has had her own dog for 12 years and loves the great outdoors, whether the sun’s out or not, so felt that this business would be perfect.

Shelly currently works between the hours of 7am and 6pm and covers a 20 mile radius and is able to walk up to 6 dogs at a time, is fully insured and disclosure Scotland checked.

As a guideline Shelly charges £9 for an hours walk, £7 for one home visit or £13 for two, plus £5 for a half an hour dog walk should you wish. Please note Shelly is flexible and offers a free meet and greet to discuss your needs so prices can be tailored to your individual requirements.

As Shelly has only just started her business her main aim at the moment is to provide a personal and customised service that leaves both owner and pet happy. However, in the future she may look to provide services such as dog and cat sitting from her own home should you be away for the day or longer.

For further information please visit ‘Prescious Paws’ Facebook site or contact Shelly on the following :

4 Bridge Street, Keith, 07522 818198

Mulderie Wood luxury hand poured candles and wax melts

Samantha Gray works from home in Mulben next to Mulderie Wood. It is here that she started her business, Mulderie Wood, 3 years ago. Samantha wanted to work from home and produce something extra special for customers which is as natural as possible, so she started making candles. She set about sourcing the most natural fragrances, essential oils and waxes from local Scottish suppliers. The wax Samantha uses is soy wax. This is a natural, renewable, sustained and biodegradable resource and is made from 100% pure soy oil dervied from sustainably grown soybeans which are free of pesticides, genetically modified materials and herbicides.

To make the candles and waxes Samantha uses a melter (like a soup kettle) to melt the wax down before mixing in fragrances and/or essential oils, which she mixes herself. She then hand pours the wax into tins or glasses and attaches her self designed lables, which have all been produced at home until this week. Due to continuing increasing demand Samantha has had to outsource the label printing, but she will continue to design the labels herself.

As part of the ongoing process Samantha spends a large amount of time testing to make sure that the waxes, wicks, which are made from cotton, containers, fragrances and oils are the best and work perfectly together. For example she wants the best wick to make sure that it burns all of the wax and the best fragrances and essential oils to ensure that the scent doesn’t fade. Samantha doesn’t use any colourants, dyes or animal products in her candles, and they aren’t tested on animals.

Mulderie Wood’s candles and waxes are sold wholesale to a varierty of local and national outlets such as Speyside Coffee Roasting Company at Garmouth Hotel. Samantha has worked with Speyside Coffee Roasting Company to create their very own branded coffee candle which uses their own coffee beans and can only be bought from them directly making it a very unique candle. She also sells candles in Gordon & MacPhail, Carhu Distillery visitor centre, the Ethical Gift Shop in Huntly as well as a number of other shops across Moray and Aberdeenshire. Samantha also attends craft fairs such as Speyfest, which she attends every year, and Gordon Castle Highland Games, which she will be attending for the first time this year. In addition, she attends local school summer and Christmas fairs. Along with this she sells her candles and wax melts online via as well as taking orders locally. If you would like to purchase anything please contact Mulderie Wood using the below contact details. Samantha has also worked hard to get her products into a local Keith outlet and as of this week her candles and melts are available to purchase in A. M. McPherson on Mid Street.

Another organisation that Samantha has worked with to create a branded candle is CLAN. They asked her to make candles for them so that they could sell them as wedding favours and at fairs in order to raise money. These candles are still stocked in their shops all over Scotland and prove to be quite successful as people want to make a donation at the same time as being able to give someone a gift.

As with CLAN and Speyside Coffee Roasting Company, Samantha can make any candle or wax melt unique to your organisation and relishes the challenge of creating a new and unique product for a business or organisation, so if you have an idea you would like to discuss with her then please get in contact.

During the earlier months of Mulderie Wood Samantha also exhibited her candles in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street in order to gain valueable customer feedback especially in connection with how people perceived the fragrances.

Mulderie Wood is unique as Samantha knows exactly what is in her candles and wax melts, she uses the best and most natural products where possible, they are all handmade and she produces doric candles such as the Bosie and Hooley. The doric candles along with the Highland Heathers are especially popular with American customers and funnily enough sales have been boosted following the Outlander TV series. Running along side this Samantha was asked by Quaintly&Co (The British Lifestyle subscription box company specialising in British products made by skilled artisans all over the UK) to supply candles for their Outlander subscription boxes. People subscribe to these boxes and receive items relating to their chosen theme e.g. Outlander, and it allows smaller companies to be promoted. She also supplies a recruitment company in London who send out her candles to customers.

Mulderie Wood sales have doubled year on year and Samantha has taken something that was a small hobby to a full time job. She is now at the point where she is looking to the future to see where to go next, and possibly looking at employing someone else or to outsource more administrative duties such as the label production in order to keep up with demand, as well as being able to stay true to her product, and to continue to make the most natural candles, after all we are inhaling the scents from the candles so the more natural the better.

Mulderie Wood can be contacted on the following :

Moray School Bank helps school children of Moray to help each other

Moray School Bank is run by a group of volunteers who offer new school uniform and warm winter clothing to children living in financial hardship in Moray. Their aim is to help all children to be equals, to reach their full potential in school and to try to alleviate some family stress by assisting with the provision of school and winter clothes.

In order to do this they ask for donations from the public. They ask for school clothing and winter clothes, preferably new and in packaging. They are looking for :
school skirts/pinafores, school trousers, school shirts/polo shirts, school jumpers/cardigans, jackets, school shoes, gym t-shirts, jogging bottoms/shorts/leggings, indoor gym shoes, scarves/hats/gloves, underwear (must be new and in packaging), tights/socks (must be new and in packaging), school bags, pencil cases and contents, lunch boxes and water bottles.

Donations can be made at Tesco Keith, Keith Dental Practice, any Moray Foodbank drop off point as well as other locations across Moray. They also accept gift cards for school clothes/shoe retailers as well as ‘as new’ clothes. If you are donating ‘as new’ clothes please contact Moray School Bank to arrange for a volunteer to collect them, rather than taking them to a drop off point.

If you would prefer to help with a monetary donation then you can send these via Paypal using, or you can send an Amazon gift card. Please visit the donations section of the website for more information.

In addition, Moray School Bank organise fundraisers, which although is overseen by a trustee member, is driven by the ideas and creativity of the children of Moray and aims to allow children to help their peers. If your child would like to help with fundraising please contact them. They also welcome the help of adults. They are currently running a 6 month project, Speyside Artybition and have a disco and karaoke and family quiz coming up in February and March.

Moray School Bank also have a textile recycling point in Rothes, which as they receive £400 per tonne of clothes, can be used to purchase more school and winter clothes for kids across Moray.

Another way of helping Moray School Bank is to fund raise while you shop via This is a site that doesn’t cost you a penny but every time you shop gives a donation to your chosen charity. For more information please visit the website.

If you feel you would benefit from assistance from Moray School Bank then you must be referred by a school or any agency working with your child/ren or family. Forms to do this can be found in the referral section of the website, and will only be completed with your consent. Proof of earnings and/or benefits is not asked for as the referring agency will be aware of your circumstances. Once the referral is received the Moray School Bank will make contact with you to discuss your requirements further.

Moray School Bank can be contacted on the following, as well as via and :

Moray School Bank
26 Land Street
AB38 7BA
Tel: 07884036803


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Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, has raised a staggering £48 million in the 30 years since it began, and local Brewery, Keith Brewery Ltd will be aiming to help Swimathon reach the £50 million milestone by taking on the 5KM challenge!
The 2018 event takes place over three days from 27th – 29th April. Previously Swimathon has attracted over 700,000 swimmers across the UK raising money for charity, and this year welcomes Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK as its joint charity partners.
This year will see Atonis Kotronis (Head Brewer), Laura George (Chief Operating Officer) and Dawn Robertson (Trainee Brewer) all take up the Swimathon challenge. It is a family event as our Office Manager has invited her son Douglas Playle to join us, as well as our Head Brewer’s fiancé Jo Ntogkantzi.
The joint charity partners of Swimathon 2018 are Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, will be involved in Swimathon for the first time.
Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness and their families, has been Swimathon’s charity partner ten times since it launched in 1986 and has raised over £17 million for the charity through the event during that time.
To register and join thousands of other swimmers for Swimathon 2018, head to to enter.

Support Susan in her mission to raise money for MS Society Moray Group

Despite having MS and being a wheelchair user, Susan is taking part in the MS Society Zipslide Zinger which will be held at Crieff Hydro on 5th May. Susan, who is from Keith, is looking for sponsorship to help her reach her fundraising target. Susan has set up a Just Giving page which allows you to read a bit more about her story as well as being able to make a donation. Please see the link below. All donations made will go to the MS Society Moray Group ( and will be used to benefit locals.

Looking for a unique and special gift or just want to spoil yourself? Take a look at Moments Crafts

Kati McIlwraith started her business, Moments Crafts in April 2016. The business was created following the start of her scrapbooking hobby, which involved designing a 12×12 scrapbooking page around a special family photo. Kati then had the business idea of putting her designs in a box frame (all Moments Crafts designs are in box frames) using customer’s special photos. She received one order but as she had no portfolio there were no designs to show customers. As a result she started making other designs which included family trees, tartan hearts and fairies. She also continued to create custom designs around customer photos and ideas.

Also during the first year of business Kati attended numerous craft fairs to promote her business but has since scaled these back and only attends a select few such as the Rrrrallye one as she feels this is an exceptional cause. She also holds occasional open days at home which allow customers to view available stock. In addition to the framed designs Kati also makes origami stars which can be used in her box frames, keyrings, baubles or jars, as well as occasionally making greeting cards.

In June 2017 Kati made the decision to expand her product range and started needle felting. Again these are all unique and tailored completely to the customers wishes and so far Kati has made teddies, unicorns, pandas and sloths. The needle felts can either be fixed in a plastic bauble or on to a wood slice and are collectibles (not toys). One of Kati’s more recent designs was for Ruby Kellas who has recently been performing with the Scottish Ballet in The Nutcracker. Her mum wanted a gift for her in celebration of this and asked Kati to make a needle felt ballerina mouse, as well as a framed design. Ruby’s reaction on receiving this gift speaks a thousand words and can be viewed on the Moments Crafts Facebook page.

Moments Crafts have recently rebranded and Kati is now focusing on building up stock and populating her Etsy online shop in order to expand her business, as well as continuing with custom orders generated in the local area and from her Facebook page. Kati is also hoping to be able to display her products in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street towards the end of the year, but in the meantime she is more than happy for customers to visit her at home, by appointment (please see below contact details to make an appointment).

Kati can create a design around any event, occasion, celebration, room, individual or hobby, going the extra mile to make sure that you receive the perfect design for your home or loved one. She also makes sure her customers are 100% happy and keeps them involved the whole way along the design process.

To view more past designs please visit Moments Crafts Facebook page

Moments, Crafts contact details are :
07725 578494


Price list :
(prices for items not covered by this list will be given at the time of enquiry/order)
Payment in full is required at the time of order – no exceptions, can be paid by cash, bank transfer or Paypal (a PayPal invoice can be sent via email if you do not have a PayPal account as you do not need a PayPal account to pay an invoice.
Basic Frame Prices:
❤️ 6×6″ frames – £10 for black or white
❤️ 8×8″ frames – £15 for black or white, £18 for oak effect
❤️ 10×10″ frames – £18 for black or white (includes Ikea 9×9” frames with wide mounts – please note these have Perspex fronts), £21 for oak effect
❤️ 12×12″ frames – £25 for black or white, £28 for oak effect
Family Trees:
💚 family tree designs can be made in the 9×9”, 10×10″ or 12×12″ frames
💚 please add £10 to the basic frame price above for a wooden tree with up to/including 5 engraved wooden hearts
💚 add £15 to the basic frame price for one with 6+ engraved hearts
Scrabble Tiles:
💜 £3 will be added to the cost of any scrabble tiles design (i.e. names spelled out in tiles, in crossword style layout)
Tartan Hearts:
💙 add £5 to the basic frame price for a design with a white or silver metal heart and a tartan fabric background
💙 these designs can incorporate specific clan tartans, if they are available at a reasonable cost (some tartans are restricted/unavailable/very expensive), and that cost will be added to the cost of your frame
Handmade Origami Stars:
🖤 £5 will be added to the cost of any 6×6″ or 8×8″ frames that include origami hearts – this will increase to £10 per frame for 10×10″ and 12×12″ frames
🖤 stars in jars; small jars are £6 each, medium ones are £10 each, large ones are £15 each
🖤 mini stars in jars key rings; £3.50 each
🖤 stars in baubles; 6cm baubles are £5 each, 8cm ones are £7 each, 10cm ones are £9 each
Needle Felt Collectibles (for decorative purposes only, not intended for use in play by children under 14 years old):
💚 key rings; £4.50 each
💚 characters in 10cm baubles; £15 each
💚 Kati can personalise a needle felt collectible for you by using specific colours of wool and/or by adding names for no extra cost, however, if you would like a brand new character (e.g. a pet from a photograph, or an animal not previously made), the cost will be £20 for each bauble, as it takes significantly longer to make these
💚 gift boxes for baubles; £1.50 each
Handmade Cards:
💛 personalised cards can be made in the following sizes; 13.5cm x 13.5cm for £4 (wedding dress/hanger cards are also £4), 17cm x 17cm for £4.50, and 20cm x 20cm & 15cm x 21cm for £5 each
Postage will be added to all orders (unless they can be hand delivered, or customer can collect) : £1.50 for cards and keyrings, £4 for 6×6″ & 8×8″ frames and origami stars jars, £5.50 for 9×9”, 10×10″ & 12×12″ frames and all needle felt collectibles baubles. Postage for multiple cards/frames/baubles etc will be higher and will be calculated at the time of order.

Talented Ruby stars in Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Ruby Kellas, who is 10 years old and attends Keith Primary School is currently starring in the Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Eden Court, Inverness, following on from last weeks performances at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

Ruby, who currently trains with Patricia-Ann Raeburn (pictured) of Jessimans School of Dance, Huntly, auditioned in May 2017 for a place in the Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associate Programme in Glasgow. Ruby was 1 of only 24 girls out of over 500 applicants to be accepted from all over the UK and Ireland. The Junior Associate Programme provides classically based training for boys and girls from Primary 6 up to Secondary 5. This is in addition to Ruby’s regular training and requires Ruby to travel to Glasgow once a month to train with the Scottish Ballet.

While training with the Scottish Ballet Ruby was given the opportunity to audition for a part in The Nutcracker. In order to achieve a place in the production she had to apply to the audition process. After being accepted she then travelled to Glasgow to attend an audition workshop. Following that she received a final call back audition where she succeeded and was offered a place in the cast as one of the children at the party and also a mouse.

Following on from The Nutcracker, Ruby will continue to train with the Scottish ballet until next summer. At that point she will need to re-audition if she wishes to continue with the Scottish Ballet and join the next stage, Mid Associates.

In addition Ruby recently did her grade 3 ballet exam and achieved Distinction. As can be seen Ruby is a very talented young lady and has a real passion for ballet. She wants to continue to learn, grow stronger and eventually move on to pointe shoes, as well as continuing to take part in highland dancing, gymnastics and Guides.

Ruby is thoroughly enjoying her time with the Scottish Ballet and performing in The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker has been a fantastic experience and she would love the opportunity to do similar things in the future. She doesn’t want it to end!

The Nutcracker continues at Eden Court until Saturday but very limited seats remain.

Photos courtesy of Kelly Kellas