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”.

Voting to commence for new Mid Street sculpture

Have a look at the article from Lifestyle Magazine about the sculpture/seat to be installed at the bottom of Mid Street (page 28/29). The designs are currently being made into maquettes and will be displayed in the Pop Up Shop on Mid Street during the week beginning 26th March 2018. Pop in and vote for your favourite.  Please see digital copy of Lifestyle Magazine below.

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Folk Superstars Mànran to Headline Keith Festival

Preparations are well under way for the 43rd Keith Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) Festival which is to be held over the weekend of 8th – 10th June 2018.  The Festival was first held in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

The Festival consists of concerts, ceilidhs, dancing, sessions and competitions and is held in various venues throughout the town of Keith.

Headlining the festival this year is top, award winning folk band Mànran.

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months. From then, a multi-award-winning debut album followed as the band set about living up to the hype surrounding their early release while establishing their characteristic sound and distinctive approach to musical arrangement.

Mànran’s music has always defied easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs in both Gaelic and English that undergo the same musical mixology, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act.

With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and at all times an intense connection with their audience, Mànran thrive on live performance

The group will headline the Saturday night concert in the Royal Hotel (sponsored by Strathisla Distillery) with tickets priced at just £15.

The full list of guest artists has been finalised and is available on the Festival’s website.  In addition to Mànran the guest list includes recently crowned 2018 Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions Joe Aitken, Shetland duo Bryan Gear and Martin Henderson, local group The Rowies and top dance band Scott Band and his Scottish Dance Band.

Commenting on the headline event Festival Chairman, Kathleen Anderson, said:

“We are very excited to announce that Mànran are to headline this year’s Keith Festival.  To have another of the top folk bands in the country playing this year is just fantastic.

“Mànran have performed to audiences all over the world and have won a stack of awards for their music.  They are full of energy and are exceptional musicians.  They really are a must see and I know they are going to go down a storm in Keith.

“Preparations for the Festival are going really well and everything is falling in to place nicely.  Once again we are attracting the highest quality of musicians and singers to the Festival this year and there really will be something for everybody.”

The 43rd Keith TMSA Festival runs from Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th June in various venues throughout the town.

Tickets will be available soon from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith and also from Sandy McCombie on 01542 882638.  For more information log on to the website http://tmsakeithfestival.blogspot.co.uk/ or join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keithfestival

Contact: Gary Coull – Keith TMSA Festival Committee – Tel: 07834 690410

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New addition to Stagestars classes

Stagestars are making another exciting addition to their classes!  They will soon be offering a fun hair styling class for beginners.  This class is aimed at friends or parent and daughters who would like to learn how to create beautiful styles from one of their lovely new team members who specialises in Hair and Make-up.  Places are limited so please email seonaid@stagestars-scotland.com to register.

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Free workshops for local sports clubs on offer

FREE workshops are being held for sports clubs and associations in Moray to provide opportunities for upskilling.

Those involved in running sports clubs will have the chance to attend sessions covering data protection, Community Asset Transfer, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG), funding and sports psychology. These are free for those affiliated to sportMoray, or £5 per person for unaffiliated organisations.

The first workshop will take place on 27 February, on the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.

Kim Paterson, Sports Development Officer at Moray Council said: “These workshops are a great opportunity for clubs to come together in Moray to network, share best practice and learn from experts in relation to a series of themes that are critical to the success of a voluntary club.

“sportMoray is always keen to support the collective of sports clubs operating across the area in any way they can and these workshops are ideal opportunities.”

Ann Rossiter, Chair of sportMoray, is encouraging people to come along to the workshops, which will help clubs and organisations keep up-to-date with legislation.

“Coaches, club officials, athletes and volunteers need to be given the opportunity to attend workshops on their doorstep – allowing them to upskill and be more informed of areas that have been identified by governing bodies as essential to the well running of clubs, coaching sessions and meeting Government guidelines along with local initiatives that clubs may wish to engage in.

“sportMoray are endeavouring to deliver this through workshop sessions, meeting the aims and objectives of the sports council at the same time providing support across this sector.”

Find out more about the sessions on offer at sportinmoray.co.uk/mcsh/sport-moray/affiliation/. Places can be booked by emailing sports.development@moray.gov.uk with names of attendees, club, contact number and email address. Some workshops may need to be restricted to a max of 2 people per club.