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 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 or join the Facebook page at

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 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 Places can be booked by emailing 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.

Essential Skills Team

The Essential Skills team offers free learning in reading, writing & using numbers (along with other subjects like Driving Theory and Construction Skills Certification) to adults over the age of 16 across Moray.  For more information please phone Joan on 01542 882222

Consultation on Moray’s ‘core paths’ under way

WALKERS, horse riders and cyclists are just some of the groups that will be consulted as Moray Council looks to formally update its ‘core paths’ plan – a network of paths which link communities and places across Moray.

Moray Council is contacting hundreds of known users of the existing network of core paths to seek their views on the suggested changes, but the consultation is open to all who live in Moray and those who use the paths.

A number of new paths have been created since the plan was last reviewed in 2011; mapping errors have been corrected and changes to the ground on some original routes have prompted this evaluation. Under the latest proposals, 73 new core paths could be included in the plan, while amendments are tabled to 36 existing paths.

Moray Council and the Moray Local Outdoor Access Forum have worked on compiling the changes to the plan in order to represent the interests of multiple outdoor groups.

The proposals, which are now out for consultation, are available to view online, in hard copy at libraries and access points, and at the series of planning exhibitions being held across Moray until the end of March. Dates and venues are available at

Two of Scotland’s most prominent musicians are holding masterclasses for Moray’s music students next week

Two of Scotland’s most prominent musicians are holding masterclasses for Moray’s music students next week.

Trombonist John Kenny and Violinist Francis Cummings will be taking classes at the Moray Music Centre orchestra rehearsals on Saturday Feb 2nd.

John Kenny is a multi-faceted performer whose repertoire extends across many genres, including contemporary solo, modern jazz and early music. He is also the first person in modern times to play the Carnyx, Scotland’s 2,000-year-old Celtic Boar-headed horn that originates from Deskford, near Buckie.

Francis Cummings is director of music for Sistema Scotland, a charity founded by Andrew Lloyd-Weber that aims to change lives through music. He is also a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Head of music instruction for Moray Council, John Mustard, said it was great to welcome two world-class musicians to Moray.

“Students get so much out of sessions with players of this calibre, I feel it truly inspires them,” he said.

“John and Francis have played for audiences around the world, so to bring them here for our young musicians is a coup. They’ll also be available after the rehearsals to chat with students and parents.”

The Music Centre orchestra, which is made up of young musicians from all Moray’s schools, will be presenting a performance at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday March 17.

Money for Moray, Health and Wellbeing for all ages funding available




Money for Moray is pleased to announce that it has secured £60,000 of Scottish Government Community Choices funding to allocate through the participatory budgeting process to community groups throughout Moray, this time on the theme of health and wellbeing for all ages.  

The World Health Organisation’s definition of health and wellbeing is:    Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  

The Money for Moray Group will be looking for projects that are sustainable and will:  

  • Ensure people are able to look after and improve their own health and wellbeing, and live in good health for longer. 
  • Provide additional or new services.  

Grant funding of between £200 and £4,000 is available and the application process opens on 15th January. All completed application forms must be submitted by 5.00 p.m. on 16th February 2018.    

Application forms can be downloaded from: or by e-mailing  Hard copies of the application can be obtained by telephoning 01343 843025 and leaving a message for Anita Milne.    

The public event to decide which projects should receive funding will be held on Sunday 18th March in the Grant Hall, Rothes.  

Participatory budgeting is now being used across Scotland as a means of communities making democratic decisions about funding for their areas.  Some of the benefits of using this model include an increase in participation in democracy and volunteering and a stronger community engagement process between communities and statutory agencies.  

Moray is the first area in Scotland to run a participatory budgeting process led by an entirely voluntary Working Group made up of 15 very committed volunteers.   

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Landmark Keith building up for sale

A LANDMARK building in Keith has been put on the market by Moray Council.

The B-listed Institute on Mid Street, which features an octagonal clock tower, was previously used as council offices but declared surplus to requirements in 2016.

Now a buyer is being sought for the property, which amounts to some 611 square metres, currently laid out as offices and storage on ground and first floors with a hall located at the rear of ground floor. A car parking area, located at the rear of the property, is accessed from Institute Lane West.

Planners have indicated that, providing the ground floor remains primarily for visiting members of the public, the upper floors have the potential to be used as residential, commercial, office or entertainment developments. Change of use, however, would require planning and building control consent.

Full details, including how to book a viewing, are available on Moray Council’s website.