Keith Rotary are once again looking for “Citizen of the Year”

Keith Rotary are once again looking for “Citizen of the Year”. Do you know someone who is deserving of this title and has worked tirelessly for the community, local group or charity? If so nominate them using the form below. Forms will also be available shortly in local shops such as Gleesons and Clarks Pharmacy as well as in The Banffshire Herald. Closing date for nominations is early March and and should be returned to : President/Secretary of Rotary Club of Keith, Royal Hotel, Church Road, Keith, AB55 5BR. “Citizen of the Year” will receive an engraved rose bowl as well as £100 to be given to a charity of their choice.

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Looking for something to do with your little one in the Drummuir area?

New Year, new groups for Bags of Help

Tesco have announced the next three groups who are looking for assistance via the Bags of Help scheme.  These are Kerbs skate park, Craigellachie Primary School and Keith Football Club.

Kerbs would like to use the money to go towards phase 4 of their redevelopment works at Keith Skate Park.  This will allow progression in wheeled sports and to develop the space for children and young people from Keith and the surrounding area.

Craigellachie Primary School are looking to use the money to purchase outdoor classroom furniture in order to enhance their health and well being.  They hope to be able to harvest enough produce to be self-sustaining in terms of some of the meals they provide.

Keith Football Club would like to use the money in order to assist with youth development.  Local volunteer SFA-qualified coaches aim to develop young players football skills and promote respect in a safe and positive environment.

Voting ends on 28th February 2018 so make sure you vote for your favourite project every time you shop at Tesco.

League of Friends of Turner Memorial Hospital looking for entertainers

The League of Friends of Turner Memorial Hospital are looking for entertainers who could volunteer their services to cheer up patients.
For years they have had ‘regulars’ who have done a sterling job but sadly for various reasons the amount of ‘regulars’ has dwindled.
They are now looking for people who could come along in the afternoons and provide a short programme of entertainment (about 45 mins) a few times a year so that they can give a variety of entertainment to patients.
If you could spare some time and would like to help please contact Margaret Lloyd on 01542 882513.

Say it with Cupcakes

Say it with Cupcakes, is owned and run by Louise Green, who was born and bred in Keith. Louise works alongside her family at The Grampian Hotel where she also runs her cupcake business from.

Say it with Cupcakes started when Louise came across an online course. After completing the course Louise set to practicing and honing her craft and now nearly a year down the line Say it with Cupcakes is growing from strength to strength, and it can clearly be seen from the photos and reviews that Louise is very talented;

‘Amazing cupcakes!! Done so professionally and beautifully and is a great gift for any occasion! Cakes are really very delicious.’

‘Louise has made me Gin & Tonic Cupcakes and also a cupcake bouquet… Both were fantastic – highly recommended’

Louise originally started making cupcakes, however, following customer demand, she now makes all kinds of cakes as well as cake toppers, although her speciality is still her cupcake bouquets.

If you are looking for something a bit different and special, especially with Valentines and Mother’s Day around the corner why not treat your loved one to a cupcake bouquet. Bouquets come in 7, 12 and 19 cupcakes at a basic cost of £21, £31 and £45 respectively. Alternatively if you are looking for something else such as a birthday cake or cake topper then please contact Louise to discuss this further.

To contact Louise, to see more of her cupcakes and cakes, and to read more reviews please visit


Seafield Vets change to appointment service

Just a reminder that Seafield Vets are now operating a prebooked appointment service (rather than the previous walk in surgeries) so please phone to make an appointment.
Opening hours are : Mondays to Fridays 8:30 to 9am; 2pm to 4pm; 4:30pm to 6pm. Saturday 2pm to 3pm.
Emergencies will remain the same and do not need to book a slot however you are still required to phone and inform them prior to arrival.

Have your say on the Moray Council’s budget proposals for 2018-2019

Please find below information regarding the Moray Council’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 including how to make comment should you wish to do so. If you would like to make comment then please do so by 14th January.
Comments can be made via an online interactive survey at, be emailed to, be tweeted @TheMorayCouncil, via the below the Facebook group (Moray Council: Budget 2018), or in writing to :
Budget 2018
Room 207
Moray Council HQ
IV30 1BX
You can also contact one of our local councillors to discuss this with them.
Link to budget on Moray Council website :
Local councillor information :
Facebook page :

Local duo to compete in European Pool Championships as part of Scotland’s National Pool Team

Neil Craig and Alan Bonnyman, both born and bred in Keith, have been successful in qualifying for the National Scottish Pool Team for the 2018 season. This includes playing in the European Championships hosted by the European 8Ball Pool Federation in Malta between 18th and 25th February 2018.

Neil, who works as a Design Draughtsman for Clark and Sutherland, plays for the Ugie House Hotel B team, and has played in a multitude of tournaments. A highlight of his pool career was one of his most recent tournaments which was held in Edinburgh at The Shandon, where he won his qualification for the Scottish team.

Alan is a window cleaner with his own business, A.B Window Cleaning and plays at the Grampian hotel. Alan has won numerous singles tournaments including seven Keith singles and six regional tour events. Three of the tour events were won this season back to back. Unfortunately Alan narrowly lost in the final of the 3rd but came back fighting and won the 4th. As a result Alan finished number one in the tour rankings which qualified him for the Scottish Squad for 2018.

The European Championships will see Neil and Alan playing teams from all over Europe, as well as fighting it out in the singles competition for the European 8ball Pool Singles Championship.

Should you wish to support and follow Neil and Alan at the competition you will be able to do this online at You will also be able to see scores and hopefully watch matches via the live stream.

As expected both Neil and Alan are absolutely delighted to be picked to represent Scotland and are eagerly anticipating the competition in Malta. However, they now face the challenge of raising the money to fund this trip as unfortunately costs aren’t covered for them. As a result, alongside savings, they will be aiming to raise funds by running a Football Card over the Christmas period and January. These will be available to purchase at both the Ugie and Grampian Hotels and will see the winner receiving a cash prize. Neil is also in the process of organising a pool competition to be held at the Ugie House Hotel. The proprietors, Robbie and Midge Martin, will be providing the cash prize for this event. Alongside these fundraisers they are also hoping to gain sponsorship from either companies or individuals. Should you or your company wish to sponsor them then please contact either Neil or Alan via Facebook. In sponsoring them they will proudly wear your logo on their shirts at all pool events as well as supporting your company and brand in any way they can.

Neil winning the league cup

Neil winning the end of season cup with the Ugie B team

Neil at Stockport at the home nations

Alan winning the Keith singles competition at the Ugie House Hotel


Alan winning a tour event which helped him to accumulate points to qualify for automatic selection for the Scotland team

Stars for Thought once again shines

Saturday 9th December saw a wintry Christmas Tree lights switch on for the Stars for Thought event take place at the North Church, Mid Street. The event, which is in it’s sixth year, started with the lights being switched on by Karina Grant from the Sunshine Developmental Playgroup and was then followed by two hymns, a prayer and a blessing all led by the Reverend Alastair Gray on the accordion. Unfortunately the carol singing was cut short due to the inclement weather.


Before heading insise for a welcome cup of hot chocolate and tasty star shaped shortbread, made by volunteers Wendy Milton and Greta Cruickshank, Jane Sharp, who organises this event annually, thanked all the volunteers for their continuing help to raise funds and their help with the event, as it wouldn’t be possible without them.

Thanks also goes to Drummuir Estate for donating the Christmas Tree once more and to Tesco for donating the milk for the hot chocolate and the wonderful free Christmas hamper raffle prize, which was won by Eileen Leighton, one of the volunteers. 

So far £652.56 has been raised from the sale of the stars but as stars are still available to purchase and with all proceeds raised being donated to the Keith Sunshine Developmental Playgroup, it is definitely worth purchasing a star or two and helping a local charity. If you would like to purchase a star/s, they are available until 23rd December, then please visit Shears, The Deli, Bee Fair, Clarks Pharmacy, Fife Keith Spar or The Beauty Box. The stars are £1 each and once you have written your message in waterproof pen (supplied) please place them in the box where you purchased them from for volunteers to pop them on a red star and attach to the tree.

Should you wish to make a larger donation towards this wonderful cause then please do so by giving your donation to the Church Shop, Clark’s Pharmacy or Jane sharp.

Lifestyle Magazine Keith Spread

Did you see the 13 page spread about Keith in the November/December edition of Lifestyle Magazine