Sculpture Maquettes well received

Residents from Keith and the surrounding area have been viewing and having their say on the miniature versions of three sculptures which have been on display at the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street all week.


The aim of this was to seek public opinion as to which sculpture they would like to see installed at the bottom of Mid Street. This sculpture is to double as a seat, celebrate the town’s linguistic heritage, highlight the fact that the future of Scots rests with our children, be imaginative and to remind people that Robert Burns was instrumental in saving the Scots language in the 18th century and that Keith continues his legacy in the 21st century.

The three artists who designed the sculptures were in the Pop Up Shop on Thursday 29th March to explain how they came to choose their designs.

Neil Kellas and Bibo Keeley, from Aberdeen, are the artists behind The Future for Scots. This sculpture, which came about following brainstorming between the pair, is an old style school desk which will show Scots words in a graffiti style as well as a Burns poem. They wanted to show an old school design which celebrated education, played on nostalgia and displayed Keith’s heritage. The graffiti style Scots words could possibly be chosen by local school children, and the poem would likely be chosen by KSRP or again, possibly local school children. The larger desk which was displayed in the Pop Up Shop would be scaled up one and a half times the size and will be able to seat 2-3 adults. Neil said, “our sculpture is to trigger memory and nostalgia and to continue to empower the mither tongue”. 

David Annand, who is originally from Insch and whose parents are from Keith, came up with the Burns an Bairns an aa that as he wanted to encourage poetry in to a public place, for poetry to be an open book and always on display, rather than hidden away in a book. If his sculpture was chosen there would be a poem on display on the back of the seat. This poem would possibly be a Burns poem or a poem by someone else, it could even be a poem by a local poet.


Stuart Murdoch from Ballindalloch, is the artist behind the Interactive Scots Toun Monolith. This is quite different from the other two in that it is interactive, more futuristic and technologically minded. The sculpture would be made from sandstone and would display the words, Keith First Scots Toun which would then include Scots words within these words. Stuart has also incorporated NFC chips into his design which would mean that anyone with a phone could scan these chips which could then do a range of tasks such as redirect them to a certain website or provide an audio clip explaining the meaning of words for visitors, all of which allows people to get involved and interact with the sculpture. It would also display a LED banner on the top which would have changing words, which for instance could display a Scots word of the week/fortnight.


Keith Library has kindly offered to continue to display the sculpture maquettes and as such your chance to have your say has now been extended until the end of May. After this time votes will be counted and used by KSRP and the North Church to reach the tough decision on deciding which sculpture to produce and install at the bottom of Mid Street. Once the final decision has been reached KSRP will move on to the next stage and seek funding which will allow the sculptures to be produced.

Freelance Equine Groom, Beth Sands, is now offering a new tack cleaning service

Beth is a freelance equine groom who is fully qualified and insured with the British Grooms Association, working in Moray and offers grooming, mucking out, exercising ridden and in-hand, feeding and holiday cover, for which she currently has a few spaces available.

As well as this, Beth is now offering a new tack cleaning service which includes bridles, saddles, leather boots, headcollars and driving harnesses, which can either be dropped off with her or she can collect from you. If you have something more specific you’d like cleaning, or have any queries or questions then please get in contact via her Facebook page phone her on 07899924155.

Design an Easter Egg Competition at Keith Library

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Longmore Hall Steering Group set up

Monday 26th March saw a second meeting take place in regards to the future of the Longmore Hall. Once again the meeting was well attended and a Steering Group, consisting of Chair Rhona Patterson, Vice Chair Kathryn Spencer, Secretary Tina Craib and Treasurer Linda Morrison, was set up.

Representatives from at least 10 community groups are committed to taking the hall on. The next meeting will take place next Monday at 7pm in the Longmore Hall to discuss this further.


Public invitation to view designs and choose favourite


Building on the success of Keith Community Council having secured the accolade of Scotland’s first Scots Toun for the town, Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership launched a sculpture competition, inviting proposals from new and emerging Scotland-based artists for the creation of an imaginative sculpture to be installed on the curved, slabbed area at the bottom of Mid Street beside North Church.

The aim of the competition was to ultimately produce a sculpture which would spark the imagination of those who live, work and visit this area, celebrating the town’s linguistic heritage while highlighting the fact that the future of Scots rests with our children. The sculptors were invited to undertake this exciting challenge by producing a design that would reflect that aim.

The brief was that the sculpture should convey the importance of the Scots language – past, present and future – and should appeal to both locals and visitors alike. It should aim to engage, educate, excite and intrigue the public, celebrate Scots within the context of Keith’s linguistic heritage and must fit sympathetically into the location.

It should also . .

1. convey 2 powerful messages:

(a) that the future of the Scots language depends on the education of our children,

(b) that Robert Burns was instrumental in saving the Scots language in the Eighteenth century and that

Keith continues his legacy in the Twenty-first,

2. be physical in appearance, rather than abstract,

3. double as a seat for use by the public,

4. present a photo opportunity,

5. encourage interactivity i.e. make people want to read, touch, sit etc,

Maquettes (miniature versions) of their designs have since been commissioned from the undernoted sculptors and we are extremely grateful to the Beatrice Moray Community Fund for funding these.



BIBO KEELEY & NEIL KELLAS (in collaboration)





The maquettes will be on display in the Pop Up Shop window, 175 Mid Street, Keith during the week beginning Monday 26th March. The Pop Up Shop will be open on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March from 10am until 12 noon and from 2 pm until 4 pm and on Thursday 29th March from 10am until 12 noon, 2 pm until 4 pm and 6 pm until 8 pm. On the Thursday, the public can meet the sculptors during the afternoon / early evening to ask questions, comment on the designs and choose their favourite anonymously by completing a preference slip.

Alternatively, the detailed proposals and preference slips for printing and completion can be seen below (please right click over preference slip, select open in new tab and print from there), found on the InKeith Facebook page at and are also available at Mither Tongue, 165 Mid Street.

The Partnership, along with a representative of the North Church, will then consider the designs, taking into account public opinion with a final decision being made, the winning artist commissioned and funding sought.

Rhona Patterson, Chairperson of the Partnership said “The sculpture will form an important part of our regeneration work and aims to build on our success as Scotland’s first Scots Toun, the concept of language-based tourism and will make a bold statement as to the town’s linguistic confidence”.

Would you like to support Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (In Keith) via AmazonSmile?

If you would like to support us when buying purchases on Amazon then please follow these simple steps :

Enter into the web address bar. Once you have this page up please enter Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership into the pick your own charitable organisation box and select search.

Once the result appears with our name press select.

The following message will then appear which you tick, and then select, start shopping :

Once you have done this you won’t have to do it again as Amazon Smile remembers your chosen charity and all you have to do is shop via (instead of There is no cost to you and you will receive exactly the same service, products and prices as you would shopping on, but you will be donating 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to KSRP/InKeith and helping a local charity. Many thanks for your continuing support.

Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership’s mission is as follows :

The Company has been formed to benefit the community of Keith and Rural Keith (known as Strathisla) as defined by the postcode units AB55, (‘the Community’) To enhance prosperity for all sections of The Community by the engagement of community involvement and working with statutory and other bodies to;- a. Identify needs and opportunities (to enhance prosperity.) b. Acquire assets and resources where deemed appropriate and manage them for the benefit of The Community. c. Encourage the continuing

Successful meeting regarding the closure of the Longmore Hall

A public meeting was held on Monday 19th March at the Longmore Hall regarding its future beyond the end of June. The meeting was chaired by former councillor, Gary Coull, and was well attended and informative.

Theresa Coull, local councillor, Andrew Gray, Community Asset Transfer (CAT) co-ordinator from the Moray Council and Gordon Christie, Chair of the Fochabers Village Association who took over the running of the Fochabers Institute in 2012, were all in attendance and each gave an informative talk regarding the future of the Longmore Hall. Unfortunately due to a family bereavement Richard Lochhead MSP had to send his apologies as he was unable to attend. Following the talks the audience were given a chance to ask questions.

The impression of the meeting was that the local community were very keen to keep the Longmore Hall open and are willing to be a part of this. Forms were handed out at the meeting for people to enter their details should they be interested in being a part of running the hall, and as such these individuals are to be invited back to another meeting to discuss how to start to bring a Community Asset Transfer forward, which is the next stage. This meeting will take place on Monday 26th March, 7pm, at the Longmore Hall.  Anyone who wasn’t able to attend the first meeting, didn’t get a chance to fill in the form, or has changed their mind and would like to be involved should contact Theresa Coull on


Current projects looking for ‘Bags of Help’

The following projects are taking part in the Bags of Help at Tesco Keith until the end of April :

Active schools sports clubs KEITH
Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses MULBEN
Dufftown & District Highland Games DUFFTOWN

They are looking for funding for the following :


Keith Area Schools Extra Curricular Sports Clubs Fund

A variety of exciting clubs are now growing with volunteer leadership of teachers and pupils.  In order to survive, these clubs need funds for facility lets, transport and equipment.



To develop transferable employability and life skills in people with disadvantage.


Disabled Parking for Dufftown and District Highland Games

Improving accessibility for the disabled when attending the Highland Games.

Voting closes on 30th April 2018 so remember to vote using the blue tokens.


Keith Golf Club – Junior Coaching & Playing Sections

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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: