A message from Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses, who have recently been awarded Highly Commended Status

In November we had our inspection by the British Horse Society. We were awarded Highly Commended status which is the highest possible accreditation.
We are the first charity in Scotland to gain this accreditation and only the fourth in the whole UK
It is a credit to employees, supporters etc and a great boost to funders, potential trustees.
This is a fairly new category introduced by the BHS and gives us another quality standard in addition to our NEWC accreditation and Disability Confident status as well as Scottish Living Wage Accreditation; so encouraging trustee and volunteer participation as well as public support and investment.
The standards are very high but we already met most of the requirements: it was just a matter of proving it. The work we are doing with young people is expanding under the Blue Unicorns project. We have run two very successful courses with tests and certificates on completion. We are also taking out a social franchise through Countrymens Clubs as well as being members of Care Farms UK and NEWC. We have been awarded Disability Confident Status. I have completed child protection and safeguarding training.
Well done to all at Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses.

United Keith Late Night Shopping

Just a quick update on United Keith’s late night shopping event on Thursday 29th November 6-8pm. The Strathisla Pipe Band meets in Reidhaven Square, Keith at 5.45pm where Santa joins them.

Santa will lead the Pipe Band down Mid Street to McPhersons Electrical shop to his special Grotto. Santa will give each child a small gift and a sweet (kindly supplied by United Keith) Because Santa will be very busy children can post their letter in his special mailbox in McPhersons.

Robbie Simpson, Isla Brig Images will be taking pics of the event and will put the pics on his Facebook page. If you don’t want your child photographed please make it very clear to Robbie!!

Many of the shops will have craft tables, (check out their shop windows for the name of their crafter) special offers and some have nibbles and fizz. The Deli Shop will have free mince pies and mulled wine (courtesy of United Keith) Square Roots cafe are also offering some freebies please check out their Facebook page. The Clydesdale Bank are also offering Hot Chocolate and a raffle for a Hamper.

Last but not least make sure your child has handed in their completed competition for the Advent House before 7pm on the 29th November to the Deli or Keith Kilt and Textile Centre and also you still have a chance to buy a ticket for the Combat Stress raffle up until 7.30pm on 29th November. Please feel free to share this post and if you join us on the 29th have a lovely time browsing the shops and the eateries in Mid Street, Keith.

Is your organisation looking for funding?

Beatrice partnership fund will re-open in January 2019. Organisations in Keith are eligible to apply for projects that Create Opportunities, Empower Communities or Stimulate Sustainable places.

For more information please visit http://sse.com/communiti…/fundlocations/beatricepartnership/.  Please also note Fiona is the contact for Moray and Highland.

Keith Show Appeal for Help

*Appeal for Help*
Keith show AGM
3rd December 2018 – Newmill Hall – 7:30pm

Keith Show is Moray’s largest 2 day agricultural show which we are very proud of.  All work is done on a voluntary basis.

We are appealing for help with running the 2019 show.  If you would like to be involved, no matter how small or large a contribution, all is appreciated.  Come and join our happy bunch of helpers.

If you can’t make the AGM but would like to help, please send us a message at Keith Show Facebook and we’ll be in touch.

Best regards
The Show Committee

Moray Foodbank Keith Storehouse to close

It is with regret that Moray Foodbank has made the decision to close the Keith Storehouse which managed all referrals in the Keith area. Demand for foodbank support has increased by 20% which is putting a great strain on stock levels and the decision has been made to consolidate all stock at the main store in Elgin.

Moray Foodbank would like to reassure the people of Keith that they are committed to continue with service provision and there will be no change to support offered. There is, in fact, a concerted effort to bring new services to the area with the development of community larders and an increase in food redistribution to community groups. Partnership work with The Loft Youth Project to deliver the successful Holibub Club and nourish cooking sessions will also continue into 2019.

Moray Foodbank would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who dedicated many hours to the storehouse, and to local churches, schools and businesses who have also supported the work there. They hope that the community will continue to support Moray Foodbank and the work being carried out to help the people of Keith and Moray

10 years of celebrating Moray’s Young Citizens

NOMINATIONS are now open for Moray’s Young Citizen Awards.

These awards recognise outstanding contributions to local or overseas communities, and are open to primary and secondary groups, community groups and individuals.

Jointly run by Moray Council, Diageo, Police Scotland and Elgin Rotary Club, the awards encourage school spirit; recognise good community work; build self-esteem and understand what citizenship means.

Nominations can be made under four award categories: primary school award; global citizenship; secondary school award and community award.

Moray Council’s Head of Schools and Curriculum Development, Vivienne Cross, hosted last year’s awards and is looking forward to the 2019 ceremony.

“These awards are now in their tenth year and are a real celebration of our inspirational young people here in Moray. I’m always humbled when, as part of the judging panel, I get to read about the achievements of our young people – and with this being the Year of Young People it has a special significance.

“We always have a tough job deciding who should win each category as the quality of entries is outstanding, and I doubt this year is going to be any easier!”

More information about award categories, and how you can nominate, can be found on Moray Council’s website: www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_61110.html.

The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2019.

Communities’ Day at Keith Library

Keith Library will be hosting a day celebrating the Keith Community on Tuesday 13th November 2018, between 10am and 8pm.

Several local community organisations will be present, including the Longmore Community Hall; Keith & Keith & District Heritage Group; and Keith Men’s Shed – offering the chance to become a member or to volunteer.

Keith Library itself will also be showcasing its Services, including the local Heritage Service; our Reminiscence boxes; IT Taster Sessions; our Community Information Service; and our themed Health Book Collections.

Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time between 10am and 8pm.


Drop-in Computer Tasters between 10am and 12noon.  These will be free sessions for people who are new to computers, or who lack a bit of confidence. Topics covered will include setting up emails, using the Internet and beginning to trace your Family History.

Later on in the day – between 6pm and 8pm -, there will also be help on hand to see how to access the Libraries’ collection of e:books and e:audio titles.  These sessions are all free, but booking is recommended for these sessions.

For more information, please contact Keith Library on 01542 882223; or email: keith.library@moray.gov.uk

Lossiemouth and Keith libraries to hold community days

COMMUNITY days are being held at Lossiemouth and Keith libraries on 12 and 13 November respectively.

The libraries will be open from 10am – 8pm to showcase library services and to highlight local community groups and organisations, and the opportunities they can offer. Discover local groups you can join, volunteering opportunities, find out more about health and well-being – along with all that your local library has to offer.

With a programme of events and activities that include reminiscence boxes, story times, children’s crafts, Lego, health collections and a Playlist for Life Cuppa Time, there is something that will appeal to everyone.

Keith and District Young Farmers donate £5700 to local charities

Keith and District Young Farmers recently celebrated our 70th anniversary. As a result of fundraising and generous sponsorships the celebration raised an amazing £5700.00 which we have recently donated to local charities. These charities are ones which mean a lot to the club and we hope our donations can be of a great help. The donations were as follows:

RSABI £1500.00
CLIC Sargent £550.00
Meningitis Research £550.00
Archie Foundation £550.00
Cancer Research £550.00
Friends of Anchor £550.00
Macmillan Nurses £550.00
NESS £225.00
ROV £225.00
Keith Cancer Link £225.00
NGS Grampian Endowment Fund £225.00

We would like to thank everyone who donated, sponsored and helped us with our celebration. A special thanks must go to our 70th anniversary committee for all their hard work and organising

MJ Livery Winter Woolies Showing Show Sponsorship Appeal