Strathisla Pipeband playing in Keith Squares

Strathisla Pipeband will be playing at Reidhaven Square next Monday, 11th May at approximately 8pm, as long as the weather is nice.  They will then alternate this with Fife Keith Square the following Monday at approximately 7pm, weather dependant, on so on (at approximately 7pm).  Come out and enjoy yourself.

Strawberry Tea set to raise more money for Breast Cancer Care in it’s 9th year

Come along to Netherton Farm on Saturday 2nd June to help raise money for Breast Cancer Care while enjoying yourself with a Strawberry cream tea and other homebakes, including gluten free options, in the specially erected marquee.

There will also be a raffle, hamper raffle, lucky squares and a children’s stall.

Trisha Davidson has been organising and holding the annual Strawberry Tea at Netherton Farm for the past 8 years and has raised over £11,000, so if you would like to treat yourself and support an important cause at the same time then why not pop along on Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

You can find Netherton Farm on the A96 two miles east of Keith on your way to Huntly on the right hand side, look out for the unique silage bales!

Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses

Frances has always had a passion for horses and started riding at the age of 6. She purchased her own horse at the age of 12 called Touchdown and it was this horse who Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses was named after. Frances, along with her husband Brian, set up Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses (a registered charity) while living in England. However, due to their desire to expand they relocated to Mulben 12 years ago with their horses, one of whom is still with them at the grand old age of 32. Frances and Brian have spent the last 12 years making Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses the place it is now and have 40 acres where they can home up to 12 horses and ponies at any one time. In addition to the 40 acres they also have an extremely well maintained stable block which includes a disabled toilet, kitchen, tack room, feed room and overhang for grooming etc, outdoor arena, round pen and great off road hacking.

They provide a home for ponies and horses who are no longer able to stay with their owner, whether it be through emotional issues, age or infirmity of the equine or if the owner can no longer manage, for example due to illness. As they can only accept a maximum of 12 equines at any one time they have an intake policy which must be met before your equine will either be taken in or added to the short waiting list. They then, along with their 2 members of staff and team of 9 volunteers rehabilitate the ponies and horses using holistic methods such as Intelligent Horsemanship. This includes the Monty Roberts Join-Up training method which imitates equine herd behaviour and body language, and promotes mutual respect and concern. They also provide any veterinary care via a qualified veterinary surgeon, farrier, McTimoney Chiropracter – a technique which aligns and balances an equines musculoskeletal system, and anyone else deemed necessary for the ponies and horses to be returned to, and kept, in good health.

Once the horses and ponies are back to full health, mentally, emotionally and physically, Frances looks to find a suitable loan home for them. All loan homes are fully assessed and you will be invited to come and spend time with the equine you would like to loan so that you can get to know them better before taking them home. There is a £250 rehoming fee and transport must be arranged by the person wishing to take the loan horse or pony. Once an equine is successfully loaned Frances and her team will continue to monitor the horse or pony and look to resolve any issues should they arise. As long as both equine and person are happy and healthy the loan can last for as long as required, however, should this no longer be appropriate for either party then 30 days notice, unless in an emergency, should be given for the equine to return to Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses. The ownership of the equine will remain with Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses at all times. If you are interested in loaning one of the equines please visit http://www.spanglefish.com/TouchdownMemorialHomeforHorses/index.asp?pageid=672849 for more information and to see the full loan process.

Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses also run a training night for children once a week. This group is called the Blue Unicorns and focuses on stable management training. In addition Frances is looking to expand the Blue Unicorns and is set to work with the NHS, the military, social work and people with special needs in order to assist and help people in building new skills, aid relaxation and help with anxiety among other things. Although no set fee is asked for to attend the Blue Unicorns a minimum donation of £4 is required to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.

Frances and Brian are also looking to the future and are hoping to build a cafe along with a new indoor arena so that there is somewhere to have a cuppa and cake. In addition to this they are setting up a nature trail which will be installed in the ‘corridors’ between the seven paddocks so that people not involved with the horses can also enjoy the outdoors and beautiful scenery. They hope that both of these additions will increase the social side of the business as well as being able to provide more employment for the local area. They are also planning on converting a steading into accommodation and sensory room so that they can accept people from all over the country who are looking to take part in the Blue Unicorns.

Frances and Brian fund the running of Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses themselves but are always on the lookout for much needed funding. They were recently in Tesco Keith Bags of Help, which they came second in, and they are currently in Asda Elgin Green Token Giving scheme so should you wish to support them please place a token in their box. They have also applied for funding from Baxters and Leader funding from DEFRA.

If you would like further information about anything in this article please visit http://www.spanglefish.com/TouchdownMemorialHomeforHorses/index.asp or https://www.facebook.com/Touchdown-Memorial-Home-for-Horses-121261414648465/ or email on fran.a.p.davies@hotmail.co.uk.

Susan raises £808 for MS Society Moray Group

Following on from our post/article on 29th January 2018 Susan Shand has now completed her Zipslide Zinger. She took part in this so that she could raise much needed funds for the MS Society Moray Group. In completing the Zipslide Zinger she raised £808 as well as having an amazing time. Susan said “I have done it, it was amazing and I will most definitely be looking to do something equally terrifying in the future! As a regular wheelchair user, it gave me such a sense of liberation. Everyone involved in organising the day and making it accessible to everyone should be extremely proud of themselves!”

Not only has Susan raised much needed funds for the MS Society Moray Group, she has also been instrumental in setting up a new fundraising group in association with the MS Society Scotland. This group is called Keepsmyelin MS and aims to raise more money that will be used for MS research projects.

They have already organised their first fundraiser which is an Autumn Fair. This will take place on 22nd September 2018 between 10am and 12pm and will be held at the North Church Hall in Keith. This looks set to be a great morning for both adults and children and will include a raffle with big prizes (tickets now on sale via the Facebook event page or directly from Susan Shand, Joanne Addison, Sheila Fettes, Chris Milner or Hugh and Frances McHardy. They should also be available to purchase in shops in the near future but keep an eye on Facebook for more information), stalls, teas and coffees, pancakes, music and entertainment. For more information and updates about this event please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2026119384272634/.

Should you like to find out more information about Keepsmyelin MS please visit https://www.facebook.com/keepsmyelinMS/ where you can also like the page to be kept up to date with their fundraising.

    

New basket swing for St Rufus Park

New play equipment at St Rufus Park coming thick and fast with this basket swing being the latest installment

Assistant Beaver Leader Wanted

After 8 fantastic years as an assistant Beaver Leader Kathryn Stott Taylor will be stepping down at the summer holidays in order to try and prioritise her own family and own time as the years are going by too fast.  She has loved (almost lol) every minute and will miss her Tuesday nights with the kids and has some fantastic memories.

As a result an Assistent Beaver Leader is required, therefore, if you or anyone you know would be interested in coming on board then please come along on a Tuesday night to the Scout Hall between 6.30-7.30 or message Kathryn Stott Taylor, Lindsay Robertson or Gillian Stevenson via Facebook for more details.

Please please have a think about joining Scouting as without support these clubs cannot continue.

Newmill and District Playgroup celebrate The Royal Wedding

Newmill and District Playgroup celebrated The Royal Wedding in style on Wednesday morning (16th May) with their own wedding. The older playgroup children each had their own roles of ‘Bride’, ‘Bridegroom’, ‘Best Man’, ‘Father of the Bride’ and ‘Bridesmaids’, while the younger children attended as Princes and Princesses along with very impressed family and friends. All children were wearing kilts, dresses and suits and had had their hair styled at playgroup as well as wearing beautiful button holes or holding miniature bouquets which had been made by one of the grandparents.

The wedding, which was organised by Gail Lawrence and Sarah Coull, took place at North Church and was conducted by Rev. Alastair Gray. As with many Scottish weddings the bridal party were piped in before taking part in the ceremony which included songs created by playgroup and sung by the children. A photographer was also present to capture all of those precious moments.

Following on from the ceremony family and friends were invited back to Newmill Village Hall for the reception where they were met with a beautifully decorated venue including black seat covers with emeral green bows, champagne flutes, a Say It With Cupcakes wedding cake and a buffet as well as cupcakes and shortbread. Following on from a thankyou speech by Gail, the ‘Bride’ and ‘Bridegroom’ cut the cake before everyone tucked into the beautiful buffet and cakes.

Every detail had been thought of and a lovely morning was had by all children and guests. Now it just remains to be seen if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can match Newmill and District Playgroup.

Keith Builder’s Merchants support local charities and organisations with their Community Fund

In addition to supporting The Children’s Heart Foundation and JDRF (type 1 diabetes charity), Keith Builders Merchants also operate the Keith Builders Community Charity Fund which supports the local community and local charities.

The Keith Builders Community Charity Fund was set up in May 2012 and is there to help local charities, groups, organisations and projects such as youth organisations, supporting older people or people with disabilities, school and nursery groups, and community projects. Initially, the charity started helping Keith based applicants only, but this was extended to Turriff, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie and surrounding area, as well as the Forres Community Charity Fund being set up through their Forres depot.

Each month Keith depot applications are assessed and one charity or organisation is selected to receive the £250 donation. Applications to the Forres depot are assessed seperately and given another donation. To date Keith Builders Merchants have donated £15,000 to local charities.

If you think your organisation or project could benefit from this donation and you provide something to the wider community then please send your application to charityfund@keithbuilders.co.uk with a brief synopsis of your group including what you do, who you help and how you would use the £250 if you were successful. The successful applicant/s will be announced in the local press.

If you are unsuccessful you don’t need to re-apply as your application will be kept on file and will be considered again in the following months. If you are successful in your application you can apply again, but you will have to wait 12 months before doing so.

Keith Football Club Committee People Required

Keith Football Club are looking to add some new faces to the Committee at Keith FC.  This will involve Match day duties, attending meetings, fundraising, and helping with the day to day running of the club

If you are interested in finding out more then please feel free to contact club secretary, Fiona Simpson for more details

Email: Keithfc@highlandleague.com

Take a look at the Sculpture voting video

Have a look at the Sculpture video before popping into Keith Library to have your say.