Volunteers Week at tsiMORAY

Volunteers Week at tsiMORAY

Volunteers Week (You Make the Difference!) gets underway 1st-7th of June and tsiMORAY wants to help you celebrate, learn and of course recognise your incredible volunteers.

Get Out of Your Office…and into Someone else’s…
We are looking for volunteer co-ordinators/managers who want to engage in a day or half day of peer learning — kind of like a swap — you go to someone else’s place to see how volunteers are involved in their service and then they come to you. At the end, we’ll be capturing what you have learned. If you are interested in taking part on June 1, 2, 5, 6, please email susan@tsimoray.org.uk.
TSI Moray will cover any travel expenses incurred.
(And yes, Sue is up for a swap!!)

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Spring Show Entries Up By 200

Keith Horticultural Society hosted the Spring Show on Saturday 22nd April. The show was held in the Longmore hall, with beautiful arrays of colourful daffodils, a variety of handicrafts, stunning photography, delicious home baking and creative junior exhibits.

Douglas Martin (Vice Chairperson) said “it has been a tremendous show, with entries being up 200 this year.  The quality has been superb, with new exhibitors which is pleasing to see”.

Linda Morrison (Secretary and Treasurer) said “the only exhibition that was low was the home baking, we are looking for more baking entries next year”.

The next show will be the Annual Show on the 2nd September.

For a full list of winners go to: Results for the Keith Horticultural Spring Show 2017 .

People power needed to charge forward with new plans

A leading Moray regeneration group is calling on new thoughts and ideas to add to the melting pot as it prepares to map out its priorities for the year ahead.

At its annual meeting on 29th October, Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP) will be reviewing its past year’s work with some pride, having had a number of successful projects under its belt.

Probably the most significant was last November’s launch of the In Keith promotional campaign seeking to bring business, visitors and investment to Keith-Strathisla through marketing activities and the inKeith.com website.

KSRP has also been closely connected with the successful bid that has seen Keith become Scotland’s first Scots Toun, as well as the Incredible Edible community planting event held at the Bandstand Gardens, which saw flower beds filled with fruit, vegetable and herb plants for the public to freely pick throughout the growing season.

KSRP won’t just be looking back on its recent glories, as it will also have its gaze firmly set on the future and ways in which the partnership can continue to build on what’s already being achieved.

Chair Valery Dickson said: “We feel we’ve achieved so much since the launch of our In Keith work and we want to keep the momentum flowing.

“It’s always good to have fresh ideas as that gives everyone a renewed vigour and impetus with which to press forward with.

“That’s why we are encouraging people to come along and find out more about KSRP, and hopefully get involved too.

“KSRP is for anyone who lives and works in Keith-Strathisla. The thoughts and views of all our residents and business people are important so come along and tell us how you think Keith can become a better place to work, rest or play.”

The annual general meeting takes place at the Ugie House Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday, 29th October. All are welcome.

Keith becomes first Scots toun

‘Scots Toun’ status has been conferred on Keith in recognition of the work it does in promoting the Scots language and culture.

The accolade comes following a long-running community campaign.

A staunch campaigner for Keith’s designation has been local Councillor Gary Coull, who welcomed the news in his native tongue.

“We’re the first toun in Scotland tae get this award and fit a great een tae get. We dee sae muckle in Keith and Strathisla tae promote oor language and it’s afa fine that we’re being recognised for it.

“It’s nae jist a historical language – it’s oor ivery day, livin language. Ye hear it aboot the toun ivery day in the shops, the streets, the churches, the squeals and even see it on oor lane names!

“This awaard is anither wye o pittin Keith firmly on the map and tae tell fowk tae tak a keek in by the toun. It’ll help us promote oor language even mair and shows that yer nae glaikit if ye spik it – yer normal!

“A huge thanks tae abody that has made this happen – in particular the fowk that keep spikkin Scots in Keith!”

Scots language enthusiast Marguerite Cruickshank, a member of Keith Community Council, added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Keith to shine in getting the message across that Scots is a sister language of English and it’s time we started to reclaim it, encouraging our children and grandchildren to speak it with confidence and pride.

“With an official figure now existing for the number of Scots speakers in Scotland at 1,541,693 (40,849 in Moray), it is beginning to have the increased credibility and support it deserves.

“King James VI, himself a writer in Scots, abandoned it when he commenced ruling from England in 1603, Robert Burns halted its decline by ignoring all advice to write exclusively in English, and now Keith is in a unique position to proudly continue his priceless legacy – what an honour.

“We just need to market our Scots Toun effectively, spend our award grant wisely and continue developing ideas to win the accolade year on year. In ither wirds, haud er gaun!”

Earlier this year the Scots Language Centre launched an initiative recognising the use, celebration and promotion of Scots, seeking communities that could demonstrate support for the language in day-to-day life.

Keith’s bid by the town’s community council was backed by a wide range of organisations including Keith and District Heritage Group, Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership, Keith TMSA Festival, Keith Country Show, Keith and Newmill Primary Schools, Keith Grammar School, Newmill Brownies and Moray Council.

The application included evidence of how Doric is used in everyday life in Keith with vox pops of conversations in Mid Street and DVDs and presentations showing how the language is used in school assemblies. Newspaper cuttings and photographs also supported the bid.

Incredible Hulk Gains Top Price

FARMER Gary Patterson of Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith secured the top price of 55,000gns with his sole entry to the Limousin spring show and sale in Carlisle, Aultside Hulk.

Aultside Hult, a 17 month old bull, son of Wilodge Cerberus and bred from a Spittalton cow family, had won the intermediate and reserve supreme championship ticket the day before at the pre-sale judging.  Hulk was sold to join the Ardlea herd based in Eire for Dan Tynan.

The price equals the previous record achieved for a Scottish Limousin bred bull sold at auction and marks the highest priced British Limousin bull ever sold for export from the UK, the Press and Journal wrote on Monday. Saturday’s sale was the first time Gary had entered a Limousin at Carlisle and the second ever Limousin he had sold at a Society sale.

Regeneration Group set dates for meetings

Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP) have set the dates for their next 2 meetings.  The organisation hopes that more people who live and work in Keith will attend their meetings to give their ideas on how to continue the regeneration of the area.

The group was set up a number of years ago with the aim of creating improved economic conditions to help develop a more attractive environment and vibrant community.  The partnership covers the area which feeds in to Keith Grammar School.

KSRP has been the body behind the new marketing campaign and is closely involved with the Keith Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).  It has representation from local businesses, community groups and interested individuals.

The next two meetings, both to be held in Ugie House Hotel at 7pm, are open to anyone who lives or works in Keith and will be held on:

Monday 17th February
Monday 31st March

For more information contact Ged McKillop, Secretary, by e-mail on mail@inkeith.com

InKeith launch an overwhelming success

PEOPLE power ensured that the launch of Keith’s new marketing strategy got off to an electrifying start, with the public packing into the Longmore Hall to be part of a momentous occasion.

Organisers were overwhelmed – and absolutely delighted – that people turned out en masse to support the launch of inkeith.com

An estimated 400 people came along, with Strathisla Pipe Band playing outside the Longmore Hall to entertain the lengthy queues of people waiting to enter the hall. Inside, inKeith branded giveaways for the first 100 children and 100 adults were snapped up quickly while Judy Gordon of Fife-Keith was the lucky winner of a competition to win a mini iPad.

Local talent took centre stage with performances from Keith Primary School, Keith and District Silver Band and Stagestars Scotland.

Samples from local food and drink went down well and there were stalls from a number of businesses and organisations that operate within Keith and Strathisla. Keith Explorer Scouts helped keep the masses refreshed, serving up teas and coffees.

Organisers were heartened to see the people of Keith and Strathisla buy in to the new marketing strategy.

Some of the comments made on the evening were, “Well done in pulling this all together”, “I love the logo,” “I think you can safely say that tonight has been a success,” and, “Everyone has put in such a lot of hard work; great work .”

Gary Coull, Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Parternship’s marketing group chair, said: “We had a great evening and a superb turnout. It was a great showcase for some of the local food and drink that we produce in the area as well as reminding the people of Keith and Strathisla what we have on our doorstep.

“The best people to promote the area are the people who live and work here so hopefully this event gave them the impetus to use the website as a tool for that promotion.

“We have had an extremely positive response to the logo with a number of businesses and community groups using it already. The logos can be found at www.inkeith.com/media

“A massive thank you goes to everyone who turned out on Friday. It’s great to see Keith in such a positive frame of mind so let’s use that positivity to increase the prosperity of the area.”

Earlier in the day Scottish enterprise minister Fergus Ewing performed the formal launch at Strathisla Distillery.

He congratulated Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Group’s marking group on its work that captures the spirit of the area so well, saying the initiative would allow the world to see what the area has to offer, both in terms of tourism and inward investment opportunities.

Mr Ewing said: “Who better to promote the area than the people who live and work in the area.

“The website is magnificent and the logo encapsulates the sense of feeling and heart of the area.”

The new logo is already being used in advertising by local firms and is to feature on Keith Bowling Club uniforms and Keith Golf Club flags.

Keith’s community initiative to make its mark in the world attracted widespread media interest, from both local and national media. STV spent the day in Keith last Friday, with reporter Cheryl Paul giving a live news feed for news programme North Tonight  from the Longmore Hall.

People are encouraged to upload details of coming events to whatson.inkeith.com  while firms who wish to be added to the business directory can do so by sending details to mail@inkeith.com

There’s also a Facebook page which is sitting at over 650 likes already.

Friendly town boosts image

A Moray town known as the ‘Friendly Town’ has launched a bid to become better known – all over the world.

The Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP) is behind the drive to let the world know all that the area has to offer.

They have created the inKeith brand and website which is being formally launched on Friday, November 29.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging new business and industry to consider locating in Keith-Strathisla.It markets Keith-Strathisla as a great place to both live and work, as well as for shopping, leisure and tourist trips.

The specially commissioned ‘inKeith’ branding features a new logo and website focusing on the key areas of shop, invest, live, days out, eat, stay and what’s on. The branding is also being supported by a television advertising campaign on STV.

The website will act as a key resource for local folk, featuring news, photos and coming events listings and linking up with social media. Valery Dickson, chair of KSRP said: “Our new marketing package is aimed at putting Keith and Strathisla firmly on the map. “Keith is undergoing significant investment to help regenerate its town centre through the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

“At the same time, we’re looking to support growth and investment by encouraging businesses and individuals to consider making Keith their home. “We know the many positive and plus points of the Keith and Strathisla area; we want others to realise and be made aware of the great potential that the area could have for them.”

The new website highlights:

  • Keith’s central location and good transport links, being located midway between Aberdeen and Inverness and on the main A96 trunk road, with regular bus and rail links between the two cities. It is also centrally located between the Moray Firth coastline and the Cairngorms.
  • Availability of industrial, business and office units in the area, with a wide catchment area for tapping into the North-east labour market.
  • The abundance of community spirit and community groups in the area – there are a wealth of clubs covering the arts, sport and leisure, social and health and for young and old.
  • Work-life balance – Keith and Strathisla have all the facilities expected in an area of its size, offering a good balance between urban lifestyle and country living.
  • The area’s special blend of visitor attractions – it is home to the oldest working distillery in the Highlands as well as Britain’s most northerly heritage railway.

Keith was awarded £2 million of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding to enhance and restore buildings within the town centre and to help revive the area’s economic fortunes.

The branding exercise has been supported by CARS funding, with a volunteer committee taking leadership of the project.

The formal launch of ‘inKeith’ is being carried out by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism at Strathisla Distillery on November 29 and will be attended by business and civic leaders. It will feature a special toast between the old and the new – a dram of malt whisky from Strathisla Distillery, established in Keith in 1786 and beer from craft brewery Brewmeister, which opened in Keith last year.

It will be followed by a community event for local folk within the town’s Longmore Hall the same evening. The community gathering, called Lots Happening inKeith, plays on the new branding and will see local folk invited along to find out about the new marketing initiative and to enjoy entertainment, tastings, giveaways and competitions.