Mischief Makers turn magicians with the help of Keith Library and Allan’s Magic Wizard School

As part of the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge Keith Library hosted a Mischief Maker event on the afternoon of 26th July between 2 and 4pm.

The event, which was extremely well organised and well attended started with an hours entertainment courtesy of Alan Innes from Allan’s Magic Wizard School. Alan, who is a local Keith loon, was a great comedic magician and captivated the children right from the start. He told the children that he had read many magic books and had learnt a lot of his tricks from books while performing some of his very impressive magic tricks. He involved the kids throughout and had a lot of keen assistants, which is just as well as he then began to show the children how to actually do the tricks and how to perform as a magician. At the end of his performance Alan provided the children with trick instructions to take home. The kids were hugely impressed with the show, as were the adults and a huge thank you goes to Alan who provided the magic show completely free of charge.

Following on from the Wizarding School the kids were given a snack of juice and fruit which was provided by Fiona on behalf of Tesco Keith.

Once the children had finished their tasty snack they then took part in two games of pin the bone on Gnasher’s teeth and paper ball catapult into different Dennis the Menace character cups before proceeding onto a quiz which required children to search the library for pictures before filling in the blanks to complete the words.

To top of the event the kids played a game of bingo with Fiona from Tesco playing the important role of bingo caller. The kids loved this game with some of them getting very involved and excited.

On behalf of all the children and parents we would like to say a big thank you to Keith Library, Allan’s Magic Wizarding School and Tesco Keith for providing such a fun and entertaining afternoon and it just shows how much fun you can have in libraries and with books.

There’s still time to join in with the Summer Reading Challenge and don’t forget the library run Bookbug sessions for babies and toddlers, Storytime for pre-school children and Library Club and Junior Book Club for Primary School children so there’s plenty for children to get involved with. Also, if you are looking for a Magic Show which actually lets you into a few secrets then why not support local loon Allan and have a Wizard School party of your own. For more information please visit https://www.allansmagic.com/ or https://www.wizard-school.co.uk/.

Walk in the footsteps of the Fishwives and raise money for local charities

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The Rotary Club of Keith and The Keith Explorer Scouts are once again holding their annual Fishwives Walk on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

The walk will start at 10am at Newmill Hall and will follow the path that the Fishwives walked all those years ago carrying 40lbs of fish. Minus the fish you will walk, jog or run the 11 mile route that saw the Fishwives walk to exchange their fish for mainly farm produce before reaching your destination of Buckie and District Heritage Centre for a well deserved refreshment.

If you would like to take part in the sponsored walk then please visitwww.fishwiveswalk.org.uk where you can download the application form and obtain payment details to pay the entrance fee of £10 per person (free for children under 12). The fee is to cover transport and postage costs. Please note there is an option on the form for return transport from Buckie to Newmill should you require this.

Once your completed form and payment has been received sponsorship forms will be sent out to you and although you are encouraged to raise a minimum of £20 this is not essential.

For further information regarding the Fishwives Walk please visithttp://www.morayways.org.uk/routedetails.asp?routeid=204# where you can also down the Fishwives Leaflet

Next round of Tesco Bags of Help

The next round of Tesco Bags of Help Blue Token Vote started on 1st July and will run until 31st August and the projects are :
🌟1. SPEYSIDE YOUTH LTD – outreach, outdoors DUFFTOWN
🌟2. SPEYSIDE COPPER DOGS FLYBALL CLUB – speyside copper dogs training KEITH
🌟3.STRATHISLA PIPE BAND – centenary celebration KEITH

Please see below for further information on each project.

Remember to pick up your Blue Token every time you shop at Tesco and vote for your favourite project.

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Isla Arts and Crafts

Isla Arts and Crafts offers the chance for people to come together, share their art and crafts, learn from visiting tutors and from other members as well as doing their own thing. In addition their work is displayed in Keith Health Centre and other local venues as well as having been in the pop up shop in the past. Also during the recent Whisky Festival they held a successful exhibition at the Glenfiddich Distillery.

The group starts again at the beginning of September and meets weekly on Monday evenings in the Community Hub at the top of Mid Street. Although the group is quite popular they may have a space or two for new members and would welcome anyone interested in joining them to make contact via their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Isla-Art-Crafts-229383073931944/ or phone 01542 886 070.

Isla Arts and Crafts charge approximately £40 per session of 12 weeks.

Speyside Copper Dogs Flyball Club

A brand new Flyball Club, which offers training to dogs and their owner, has been set up. Flyball is a fun and inclusive sport for most dog breeds and the only requirements are that your dog needs to be fit, healthy and well socialised.

The group usually meet twice a week on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 10am at Keith Show Ground over the summer months and indoors at St Thomas’ Hall over the winter months.

Speyside Copper Dogs who have recently entered their first competition in the beginners league and hope to be racing in open competitions by the end of the year, will be at Keith Show offering taster sessions for those interested in the sport. In addition, if you interested in the sport then please contact the group who would be more than happy to arrange a beginners session. The group can be contacted via their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Speyside-Copper-Dogs-Flyball-Club-201623010367503/.

You can also support Speyside Copper Dogs as they are currently collecting tokens as part of the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme to raise funds for indoor training equipment in preparation for winter training.

If you would like to take part the usual charge is £40 for 6 sessions, with the option of joining the club for a monthly fee of £25.

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Take your nails to A Buff & Beyond

Alison Noakes is a fully qualified Beauty Therapist with CIDESCO and British Beauty Therapy certificates and has recently started A Buff & Beyond after taking a break from beauty.

Alison used to be a beautician and has recently made the move to retrain as a nail technician gaining certificates in treatment manicure and gel polish and application design through the Highland Nail & Beauty Training Academy.

Alison operates as a mobile nail technician covering a 20 mile radius of Keith, and works flexible hours including evenings meaning that she can easily accommodate her clients. In addition to this she has just secured a spot in a local shop where she will be working from one day a week.

For a full list of treatments and prices please see the photo below. Please note Alison offers discounts for group bookings so why not get a group of friends together for some pampering.

If you would like further information, to make a booking or to follow A Buff & Beyond on Facebook please visit https://www.facebook.com/A-Buff-Beyond-379576199220588/, contact Alison on 07790 073 454 or email gelnails.alison@gmail.com.

Modern and fashionable handmade crochet by Twinkle Toes Crafts

Kelly Watt, who is self taught, has been making beautiful modern and fashionable handmade crochet items for a number of years and has now decided to take her hobby to the next level by starting Twinkle Toes Crafts.

The majority of Twinkle Toes Crafts are for babies and children, although Kelly is happy to accommodate adults as well.  She uses a variety of different weight yarns including Flutterby, which is used to make a variety of baby products.  Kelly chooses her yarns and designs carefully so that she is able to produce products for babies all year round that are incredibly soft, have a luxurious feel and are warm in winter or cool and protective in the summer.

Kelly is very focused on making crochet modern and fashionable and picks the designs of her products from Kerry Jayne Designs, except for the pom pom hats, which are Michelle Stalker designs.  Kelly also hopes to be able to create and produce her own designs in the future.

Kelly is currently working on making pom pom hats for winter, however, she also makes sunhats, cardigans, baby booties, crib/pram blankets, fish tale/mermaid blankets and even baby flower mobiles.  The pom pom hats are available for ages up to 12 months and all other hats can be made for premature babies all the way up to adult sizes.  Twinkle Toes Crafts are all machine washable at 30 degrees but Kelly would recommend hand washing to make sure your items stay in the best condition possible.

If you would like to keep up to date with Twinkle Toes Crafts then please visit and like the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Twinkle-Toes-Crafts-510253149372978/.  If you have any questions, would like to discuss a specific request, obtain a price or purchase a product then please contact Kelly via the above Facebook page.

Holibob Club at The Loft

The Loft are delighted to announce that the Summer Holibob Club will be running, in partnership with Moray FoodBank and Funded by MFR Cash for Kids, for 2 weeks during the Summer Holidays.
Dates are: 17th, 19th & 20th of July and 24th, 26th & 27th of July.
Please Note your child/children must be in Primary School.

Registration forms are available at The Loft Youth Project Office or email sharon@lypkeith.org.uk.
You will receive confirmation that your child/children have been allocated spaces week commencing 25th of June.

Armistice and Armed Forces Covenant Awards Programme

An Armistice and Armed Forces Covenant Awards Programme has been created by the Covenant Fund Trust to promote community integration in areas of need by supporting local communities to consider the Armed Forces Covenant and its relevance today in the context of the WW1 commemorations. The programme will make awards for groups to obtain silhouettes to create a community focus to Armistice commemorations and think about the Armed Forces today.

Organisations will be bidding for up to 10 seated silhouettes for benches or chairs which are to be used in your local community to reflect on the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities today. As part of your award you will need to commit to organising and holding a self-funded event in your community that brings people together. Your event can be at minimal cost such as a tea party after a remembrance event and open to both the Armed Forces and civilian community, there is not stipulation on when your event is held however it does need to have taken place by 30th Nov 18. After the event a short survey and photographs will be required to be completed and the silhouettes will be retained by organisations for future events.

The programme will achieve the following aims:
• Raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant in local communities
• Promote community integration by bringing Armed Forces and civilian communities together for an event
• Offer support to communities in area of economic deprivation, or other challengers who might not otherwise be able to come together for a community integration project

The programme will be open from 1st – 30th June, applications can be made online only through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website. Results of the board will be advised in August and silhouettes will be distributed Sep/Oct in time for Armistice events in November.

In order to apply you need to be one of the following types of organisations:
• A charity
• A charitable interest company
• A place of worship
• A community organisation such as a village hall or community centre
• Humanist or other place of reflection that is not linked to religious observance
• A chapel or other places of worship or multi-faith facility within a hospital or Armed Forces base where people would not otherwise be able to engage in remembrance and engagement activity without financial resources
• A school
• Any other community organisation with a constitution where people can come together in a physical space such as a sports club.

Applications must be from a community organisation with a constitution or a charity or CIO with at least two formally appointed but unrelated people who can act on behalf of their organisation. No awards will be made to individuals.

Further information o the silhouettes can be found at the There But Not There website: https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/

Please click 20180601-Armistice and Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Pre Application Guidance for the  Q&A on the programme and the pre application guide.

Also attached is the link to the Armed Forces Covent Trust home pagewww.covenantfund.org.uk

Any questions are to be directed to the Covenant Fund Trust on 0300 3033837

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Keith Library

Join Dennis, Gnasher and friends at Keith Library over the summer holidays and take part in the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge which is open to all primary school children will see you reading six books over the holidays, exploring Beanotown, collecting stickers and solving the clues to reach the hidden treasure.

You can read any book you wish from any section you like – fiction, fact books, joke books, picture books, audio book – and once completed pop into the library, share your story, find our your next mission and choose your next book.

Pop into Keith Library any time from 29th June and collect your Beanotown map to get started.