Fancy a pampering session? Why not pop down to Room to Relax at 145 Mid Street, Keith

Room to Relax was opened in September by Rachel Park of Symply Therapies and June Stevenson of Harmony Therapies. Together they offer a wide range of complementary therapies including :

Aromatherapy

Bowen Therapy (a mix of rolling type movement of soft tissue in a specific way using the thumb and forefingers and breaks in treatment is used to stimulate tissue and nerve pathways creating a focus for the brain in order to aid mainly musculoskeletal problems as well as more organic problems such as asthma, migraine and irritable bowel)

Hot Stone Massage

Hypnotherapy

Indian Head Massage

Reiki (a Japanese technique used to reduce stress, relax and promote healing)

Reflexology and,

Thai Foot Massage

Room to Relax offer treatments daily from Monday to Saturday and reception is available to contact on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s 11am-4pm.

For further information please phone 01542 887 869, June on 07876 407203, Rachel on 07411 438416 or visit their Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/Room-To-Relax-867311866755721/

New music festival, Friendly Fest, coming to Keith!

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A brand new one day music festival will take place in Keith next year on Saturday 5th May at Kynoch Park from 2-11pm. This event will include a headline act, one well known tribute band as well as an array of local bands, acts and artists and various food and drink stalls. Acts are expected to be confirmed over the next 4 to 5 weeks so keep an eye on their Facebook page.

This festival has been created by Russell Aitchison of Digital Love Events and Andy Troup, Keith FC Chairman. Russell has managed a number of similar events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and has been looking for a perfect location to hold a similar festival in the Highlands. On speaking to Andy, he agreed that this would be a fantastic event and thought that Kynoch Park would be the perfect location and so Friendly Fest was born.

Tickets are to be priced at £20 and £25 and will be available to purchase via a dedicated page for Friendly Fest on www.keithfc.com. Please note this page won’t be live until November, when tickets will be available to purchase.

Organisers Russell Aitchison, Andy Troup and Johnny Sheep of Keith hope that this event will be a great success and hope to make it an annual event so come out and enjoy this new and unique festival to Keith.

Follow Friendly Fest at https://www.facebook.com/friendlyfest/ for act announcements and ticket sale dates.

Please note this event is strictly over 18’s only

A day out with Keith and Dufftown Railway

Fancy a Ride on the Ghost Train with Keith and Dufftown Railway? Due to a late cancellation they have 7 spaces left for this Friday (27th October). This event takes place between 6 and 7.30pm. Passengers are encouraged to dress up in Halloween fancy dress and as it’s a Ghost Train expect to find some scary passengers. The Ghost Train is also running on Saturday 28th but this is fully booked. If you would like further information or to book this event then please text Penny on 07900 87087.
 
If you are starting to plan for Christmas then why not take a trip on the Santa Trains from Keith Town or Dufftown to the ‘North Pole’ (Drummuir) where there will be a Christmas tree, wooden sleigh and penguin. While on the train children will be able to meet Santa in his Grotto. The Santa Train will be running on 2nd (starting and finishing at Dufftown), 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th of December at 11:30am and 2:15pm. Please be advised that these are popular events and will book up quick. Prices are : adult £6, children 3-12yr (to include a present) £12 and children under 36 months £2 (also to include a small present)
 
To book the Santa Train you can either phone Chief Elf, Penny, on 01340 874164 or online via their website’s contact us section as detailed in the events section under Santa Trains.
 
If you would like further information about these events or to find out a bit more about the Keith and Dufftown Railway then please visit either their Facebook page ; https://www.facebook.com/KeithDufftownRailwayAssociation/ or their website ; http://keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk/.

Speyside Falconry

My family and I had the pleasure of taking part in one of the Meet the Owl sessions run by Speyside Falconry near Mulben this morning. Although the weather wasn’t on our side we had a lovely time with the owls and Clare, co-owner of Speyside Falconry. We spent approximately an hour with the owls and Clare, followed by some refreshments and the kids were also given a sweetie and activities/colouring to take home.

The owls were exceptionally well behaved even in the rain and wind, and were fantastic with our two young children who were shrieking with excitement and running around. The owls were not once phased by the children which was great and meant that the kids could really get involved and flew the birds as much as we did. Clare was great with both the owls and kids and was very knowledgeable and passionate about the owls and other Birds of Prey that they have.

The Meet the owl session was very much suited to children and families, and lasted just the right amount of time for young children. Clare advised us that the birds she flies at these sessions depends on the age and interest of the children, and she tailors the session to the audience. It was also great that it was just our own family group as at other places you tend to be in with people you don’t know. We thoroughly enjoyed our session and would highly recommend it to any family.

As well as the Meet the Owl session they also offer a Behind the Scenes session which is ideal for 1 or 2 people. This experience is very hands on and lasts approximately 3 hours. This experience allows you to do everything that Clare and Darren do with the birds on a daily basis, provides information on the birds and equipment used as well as a flying experience. Refreshments are also included.

Another exhilarating experience that they provide is an hours walk with a Harris Hawk!

The Meet the Owls, Behind the Scenes and Harris Hawk walk usually take place on weekend mornings between 9 and 12 and suitable footwear should be worn. If the weather is really unsuitable for the birds to fly your session will be rearranged for another time suitable for yourself.

As well as the above experiences Speyside Falconry also offer animal assisted therapy for care homes which is proving a great success, rehabilitation centres and to children and young adult services, photography sessions for novice and experienced photographers as well as educational sessions for Scouts, Brownies, Schools and Other Clubs.

As Speyside Falconry is not open to the public all activities and experiences require to be pre-arranged. Should you have any individual requirements then please contact Speyside Falconry as they are more than happy to try and accomodate them.

Also, if you or your group are unable to get to Speyside Falconry then they are happy to come to you with their owls.
These experiences would make a memorable gift and as such gift vouchers are available.

Upcoming Events at Speyside Falconry :

10-12am, 21st October : Come and practice your in flight and static photography at their Photography session which is open to all ages and abilities. £30 per person including tea and coffee

1.30pm on 29th October : Come along to their Halloween Hoot. This is for school age children with an accompanying adult and includes a Halloween goody bag, a kids Meet the Owls session including flying some of the owls, Halloween games and fancy dress with a prize for the best entry. £15 and booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please call 01542 860766 or email clare@speysidefalconry.co.uk to book your space.

Speyside Falconry also also offer pest control to control feral pigeons and rabbits so please contact them should you require this service.

Speyside Falconry are also running a Christmas Card competition which is open to all children who have attended sessions with Speyside Falconry. All drawings must have strong outlines and bold colours in order to be printed correctly. The best drawing will feature in this year’s Christmas card and the winner will receive a prize. Closing date : 17th November. Entries to be sent to the address shown below with your name and contact details on the back of your drawing.

For further information please contact Darren and Clare Morrison using the below details :
http://www.speysidefalconry.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/speysidefalconry

Speyside Falconry, Hawkshead, Ardoch, Mulben, Keith, AB55 6XN
01542 860766 or clare@speysidefalconry.co.uk

New diggers installed at St Rufus Park

Two new toy diggers have been installed at St Rufus park much to the delight of local children. A whole set of gym equipment is also to follow soon, as well as more lighting for the park so it can be used at night. A piece of disabled equipment will also be purchased depending on where the St Rufus Park Regeneration Group place in Tesco bags of help at the end of October. We look forward to all of these additions.

Fishwives Walk and Fun Run 2017

The Rotary Club of Keith and The Keith Explorer Scouts once again organised a successful Fishwives Walk and Fun Run with 36 participants starting at Newmill and finishing at the Buckie and District Heritage Centre. Participants either walked or ran the 11 mile unique trail and were greeted with well earned refreshments and certificates at the finish line. Over £1500 has been raised for local charities, which are yet to be decided by the Rotary Club as they are still considering applications. Should any charity like to put forward their cause please contact the Rotary Club.

Rotary Club Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009710191604

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Moray East are recruiting

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Moray East are currently recruiting. Please see attached poster. For more information please contact PC Yvonne Squair at Yvonne.Squair@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

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Events for babies and children at Keith Library

Keith library currently offer a variety of sessions aimed at getting babies and children into reading and using the library.

On Friday mornings they run a Bookbug session at 10am as well as once a month on a Saturday, also at 10am (21st October and 18th November 2017). These sessions are for babies and toddlers and consist of the group, led by a member of staff, singing nursery rhymes and songs. This is followed by time to read and play. It is great for babies, children and parents/carers to socialise and gets babies and toddlers into nursery rhymes, books and attending the library.

For pre-school children up to 5 they offer Storytime. This takes place on a Monday afternoon between 1.45pm and 2.30pm. During this time a member of staff reads two or three books to the children, followed by some colouring in and play time. This session again gives parents/carers and children the opportunity to socialise as well as getting children into a routine of attending the library and choosing books to read at home.

For children aged 5-8, they are invited along on a Tuesday afternoon during term time at 3pm to Library Club. This is a similar style group to Storytime but consists of slightly more advanced stories followed by a craft.

The final session they run is the Junior Book Group. This is for the P6 and P7 age group and is run once every four weeks on Fridays at 3.30pm. As this is a book group everyone is provided with the same book which they read and then discuss at the next meeting.

All of these sessions offer parents/carers and children the opportunity to socialise, are provided free of charge and can be attended as much or as little as you wish.

For further information please see www.moray.gov.uk/libraries, www.facebook.com/moraylibraries, twitter @librariesmoray or contact Keith Library on 01542 882223 or keith.library@moray.gov.uk

Made in Scotland reading challenge at Keith Library

Keith Library is currently running a reading challenge for both children and adults between 2nd October and 11th November. The children’s competition is open to children aged 5 and over and requires them to borrow and read 4 books with a Scottish connection in order for them to win a prize. The adults competition also requires them to read 4 books with a Scottish connection and to then submit a book review. On submission of the book review they will be entered into a prize draw. For more information please contact Keith Library on 01542 882223 or keith.library@moray.gov.uk

Newmill Playgroup and Little Stars Christmas Fayre 2017

Christmas shopping started early in Newmill at the Playgroup and Little Star’s Christmas Fayre last Friday night (6th October). A number of local small businesses were in attendance with their Christmas goods, as well as refreshments being provided. It was a very successful night and the funds raised are to be used by the Playgroup to purchase new resources and enhance their outdoor learning provision.