Walking netball sessions extended to Keith

WALKING netball sessions in Elgin have proved so popular that sessions are now being extended to include Keith.

A six-week trial, beginning Thursday 25 October, will take place at the Keith Sports and Community Centre from 2.50-3.40pm. Sessions cost £3 each, or a Fit Life membership can be used.

Previous experience of netball is not needed as the basic skills and rules will be coached at the sessions. The focus for anyone that comes along – regardless of age or gender – is to have fun and become more active.

More information on the sessions is available by calling 01343 563657, or head along to the session to speak with the coach.

Take part in Made in Scotland reading challenge at Keith Library

A READING challenge showcasing books set in Scotland, and those written by Scots and Scottish residents begins tomorrow.

Open to all readers of school age and above, to complete the Made in Scotland book challenge, Moray Council library members must borrow and read four eligible titles during October and early November.

The selection is plentiful and includes books by David MacPhail, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Alexander McCall Smith, Chae Strathie, Fiona Gibson, Jackie Kay, Janis Mackay, Barry Hutchison, Andrew Symon and many, many more. It includes books written this year, last year or 150 years ago, and genres such as fantasy, romance, horror and history.

Jane Sandell, Senior Librarian (Young People’s Services) said the event was a popular feature of the library calendar.

“It began as a challenge for young people but recently we opened it up to adult readers – so now everyone can discover the excellent writing coming out of Scotland these days as well as a wealth of writing from the past. This challenge truly offers something for everyone whatever their preferred genre.”

All children who successfully complete the challenge will be invited to an exclusive author event with Gill Arbuthnott at which they will also be presented with their prize. Adults completing the challenge will be entered into a prize draw.

Made in Scotland runs from 1 October until 10 November and readers can register to take part in any Moray Council library.

Tesco Keith looking for more Bags of Help applicants

Tesco Keith are looking for more charity groups, clubs, schools or not-for-profit organisations to apply for their Bags of Help Blue Token Grant scheme.

Would your group have a project that could benefit from up to £4000? Pop along to Tesco Keith this Friday 24th August between 11.00am and 3pm to speak to our community champion Fiona and Rita from Groundwork UK for more information on how to apply and get more details on the grant scheme. (t&c’s apply)

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Keith specialist dog drying coat company, Dogrobes, unveils new camouflage collection

Scotland’s stunning hills and moors helped inspire a brand-new range of dog drying coat from award-winning Moray business Dogrobes.

The dog drying coat company, based in Keith, has launched its own camouflage inspired range of Dogrobes, adding a distinctively different look to its popular collection.

But rather than dogs blending in with their surrounds, the stylish khaki collection is expected to prove a head-turning take on the popular Dogrobe.

The copyrighted pattern, exclusive to Dogrobes, comes in the full range of sizes, and study it closely and you’ll even spot some canines subtly included within the design.

Dogrobes are a favourite with pet owners who enjoy outdoors pursuits because of their practicality in offering the complete solution to drying wet dogs, and the introduction of this latest range brings a greater choice of styles to the company’s customer base which is expanding both at home and overseas.

Dogrobes managing director Margaret Reynolds said: “Modern camouflage has been used in clothing by some of the most famous designers, like Jean Paul Gaultier, but it was feedback from Scottish gamekeepers who already use Dogrobes for their working dogs that got us thinking about introducing a camouflage range.
“These have camouflage print on the outside, with our super-absorbent terry towelling material on the ties and inside, which goes next to the dog’s coat to dry it after outdoor swimming, training, bathing or working.
“Like all Dogrobes, the camouflage collection comes in our full range of nine sizes – from mini to XXXL – and can be personalised with a dog’s name or a harness access opening.
“We think dogs look great in them and we’re delighted to be able to offer our growing customer base a new and rather striking style option for their dogs.”

The Dogrobes range includes a bespoke tartan collection created to celebrate the company’s Scottish heritage, and eight self-coloured Dogrobes available in all sizes.

Dogrobes are the original drying coats for dogs and provide the easy way to help pets dry off after bathing or wet walks and minimise muddy water being shaken off all over the house.

Margaret Reynolds took over the business in 2013 and oversees the operation from its Mansefield House base.

Dogrobes have been despatched to every postcode area of the UK and are now being sold internationally to Europe, the USA and Canada, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Dogrobes clinched Moray Business Women’s Most Enterprising Business in 2014 and subsequently a winner at the Association of Scottish Business Women (ASB) Awards 2015.

For more information about Dogrobes, and orders please visithttps://www.dogrobes.co.uk/…/d…/products/dogrobe-camouflage…

To view photos of Cocker spaniels Ben and Star from Forbeshill Spaniels, Forres, model the new camouflage Dogrobes, the camouflage dogrobes and Margaret Reynolds, managing director of Dogrobes, and her toy poodle Missie please follow : https://www.dropbox.com/…/hv2sll…/AADR3LsvHy4OgvI04_qF2GOua…

Additional Information :

Dogrobes are practical drying coats to dry your dog quickly and protect surroundings from wet, muddy shake off.
They are easy to fit after outdoor adventures, swimming, training, bathing or working.

Offset ties ensure superb coverage of underbelly and a snug fit time after time, there’s no Velcro to clog with dog hair.

Handmade in the UK from an exclusive towelling fabric,

Dogrobes are durable and long-lasting and can be machine washed at 40C.

Dogrobes can be customised with a dog’s name or a harness access opening.

In addition to dog drying coats, the range includes snoods for drying the head, neck and ears; drawstring bags for carrying a Dogrobe or snood, and other accessories. Dogrobes can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Longmore Hall saved from closure


29th June and the Lease from Moray Council is signed!

The Longmore Hall Steering Group have done as promised and saved the Longmore Hall from closure.

The Fur and Feather Show next week is safe as are all the future bookings for the hall and now we need you all to get behind us and help.

We will have an informal event in the near future to bring everyone up to date as to where we are and what’s next.

We might also provide a little refreshment to celebrate our achievement so far.

Watch out for more details!

Phase 3 of Skate Park Complete

KeRBS is pleased to announce that the instalment of phase 3 in the redevelopment of the skate park is now complete and ready to use for all who wish to use it. Phase 3 has been funded by Moray LEADER, Tesco Bags of Help and Edintore Community Benefit Fund. Enjoy.

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Goalball leaders sought as paralympic sport heads to Moray

Goalball – a Paralympic sport – is heading to Moray and leaders are being sought from the north east to set up clubs in the area.

Moray Council, Scottish Disability Sport and Goalball UK have joined forces to deliver a leaders award course on Thursday 19 July at Keith Sports and Community Centre; this will also be open to Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City residents who are interested in setting up a clib.

Goalball is a team sport designed for those with vision impairment. Participants compete in teams of three and try to throw a ball, with bells embedded in it, into the opponents’ goal. The game is played on a volleyball court and ball is thrown by hand – never kicked.

The aim of the leaders course is to teach candidates how to communicate and guide a person with a visual impairment in a sporting environment, the format and rules of the game and how to lead an introductory coaching session, including a warm up, and basic attack and defence techniques.

This highly practical one-day course is delivered by an approved Goalball UK tutor. There are no pre-requisites for attending the course, although any candidates under the age of 16 can only qualify as an Assistant Leader. There is no formal examination or final assessment, but candidates must be present for the full day and demonstrate satisfactory leadership skills in order to receive a certificate.

The course costs £50 per person, although Moray residents that are willing to commit to delivery of goalball in the area will be able to attend the course for free thanks to funding from ‘GO LIVE! Get Active’ fund, a programme delivered through Community Sports Hubs as part of the European Championships Glasgow 2018 legacy.

Places are available to book by calling 01343 563657 or emailing educationandsocialcare@moray.gov.uk.

Pupils engineer success at celebration event


Keith Grammar pupils with their hydraulic crane

MORE than 80 Moray pupils showcased their engineering skills at a competition in Elgin yesterday.

Primary and Secondary pupils attended the Moray Primary Engineer Celebration event, battling for a place at the regional final later this year.

Shoebox and electronic vehicles were designed and produced by primary pupils, who completed a series of tests and raced their creations down ramps to see which went furthest.

Winners of Apprentice Level 1 and 2 were Aberlour Primary Team 1 and East End Primary Team 1, while St Gerardine Primary Team 1 won at Engineer Level. East End Primary Team 2 were awarded a special prize for Best Communicator, while Mortlach Primary Team 1 won Best Theme for their flying tractor design.

Secondary pupils demonstrated their impressive prototypes and final designs of hydraulic cranes, with an S1/S2 team from Keith Grammar taking the crown, after the practical tests. A special award was given to Buckie High pupils for their design.

The competition is just one of the events and initiatives to inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects.

Moray Council’s Primary Science Development Officer, Janey Irving, said it was a great success and thanked all those who helped make it happen.

She said: “The pupils who had secured their space at the Moray Celebration Event enjoyed seeing everyone else’s designs. Although all the primary pupils worked to the same brief, every vehicle created was so different; they had considered all elements of the design – what would make it go faster, or stick to the ramp better.

“The secondary pupils brought their designs and prototypes along to be assessed, which showed they’re developing engineering “habits of mind” – that they’re thinking like an engineer does. They’re also developing their skills in creativity, maths, design, teamwork and problem solving.

“Big thanks go to Moray College UHI for hosting, especially to their STEM Co-ordinator Sam Bright, and to DYW Moray, Primary Engineer, Sweco and Mott MacDonald for the introduction of the training programme and being ambassadors for STEM learning in Moray.”

Applications for micro-grant funding for Keith community projects now open

Micro-grant funding for Keith community project is now open for applications of up to £250 each thanks to funding from Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited. Grants will be awarded by Keith Community Council according to their merit on a first come, first served basis. The total fund to be awarded in 2018 is £2,500, so don’t delay. Application forms and guidance notes are available from Keith Library, from Keith Community Council by emailing keithcommunitycouncil@gmail.com or from SSE by emailing Community Fund Manager Marianne Townsley at marianne.townsley@sse.com or by phoning on 01463 728069. Completed forms can be handed into Keith library or emailed to Keith Community Council.

Grants are available for groups or individuals for community-focussed or charitable activities which enhance quality of life for local residents and/or contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities and/or promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Neil Kidd, Chair of Keith Community Council said, “We are pleased to be able to administer this grant scheme from BOWL and looking forward to receiving applications. We would particularly like to hear from groups or projects where this amount of funding could make a significant difference. We plan to give priority to applications where the £250 is for a specific purchase or event, rather than for general running costs. We’d also like to encourage groups who have never applied for funding before to get in touch. The application process is simple and straightforward.”

The micro-grant funding is expected to be available for five years and will be topped up to £2,500 at the start of each year. Funding administered by Keith Community Council is only for groups/individuals/projects in the Keith Community Council area, which covers Keith town. Applying for micro-grant funding does not prevent a constituted group from applying to the larger Beatrice grant funds.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/inkeith.moray/ 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”.