Life saving defibrillator installed in Newmill

As some of you may have seen, a public access defibrillator has been installed in Newmill.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest, and is an essential piece of equipment which can aid survival.

Newmill Community Association secured funding from the SSE Resilient Communities Fund and have purchased a public access defibrillator, which has been ordered through Keiran’s Legacy.

The new defibrillator is now installed on the biomass boiler building next to the village hall and is registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service. If you should come across someone who is in cardiac arrest you should phone 999 immediately and obtain the unique access code in order to use the defibrillator, as well as carrying out CPR.

As well as installing the defibrillator, Newmill Community Association are also in the process of arrangeing defibrillator training as well as CPR training through Keiran’s Legacy. These sessions will be open to anyone who would like to attend. It is hoped that this will take place at the end of May in Newmill Village Hall, keep an eye on our Facebook page or for details of this. Should demand be high enough further sessions will be arranged. If you are interested in attending the training please contact Rhona on 07974 778491.

At the moment there are no other defibrillators in the area but we would like to encourage other groups and communities to install this piece of life saving equipment.

St Rufus Park Outdoor Gym Now Open

As some of you may have already seen, or even used, St Rufus Park now has a new outdoor gym.

St Rufus Park Regeneration Group have worked hard to gain funding from Edintore Windfarm, Hill of Towie Windfarm, Tesco Bags of Help, Keith Charity Ladies Night and the Landfill Tax to allow them to install a new 8 piece gym.

The gym, which cost £32,000 and was purchased from Scotplay consists of a treadmill, lat pull down/shoulder press, chest press/seated row, cardio cross trainer, leg press/bench, spinning bike, hand bike and a spinning plate.  It is aimed at people aged 14 and upwards and comes with a multitude of benefits including :
⦁ free exercise
⦁ health benefits
⦁ a social experience enabling you to meet like minded people
⦁ it can be used at any time, day or night
⦁ and it is out in the fresh air

So far the gym has been very well used and many positive comments have been made about it, which St Rufus Regeneration Group are delighted about, so why not pop down to St Rufus Park and test out the new equipment for yourself.


Keith Kilt and Textile Centre Competition

Keith Kilt and Textile Centre are running a textile competition in which they are looking for a ‘Textile Accessory’ or ‘Textile Item’ from material woven in Scotland. The item must reflect the Spirit of Scotland and can be in the form of jewellery, a handbag, a headpiece or a textile household item such as a cushion or a covered stool. Your entry can be enhanced with beads, embroidery or any other surface embellishment. The theme can be defined and interpreted in any number of ways – be as creative as possible! This can be modern or traditional, celebrating both collectively or individually.

The competition is being run to celebrate 13 years of the Moray Textile Project and is being sponsored by :

Keith Kilt and Textile Centre
The House of Edgar
Lochcarron of Scotland
Johnstons of Elgin
Eden Watermill
Wm and A.M Robb Ltd of Glasgow
The Sewing Centre in Fochabers
Lifestyle Magazine and,
Knock News magazine.

There are two categories,’ Textile Accessory’ and ‘Textile Item’, and you can enter both, however, you can only enter one item per category. There are no restrictions on technique or surface embellishment but the main part of the item must be formed from material woven in Scotland. The judges will base their decisions on the following criteria;

Quality of Workmanship
Originality of design
Theme Interpretation
Suitability to the category entered

All entries, from both categories, will be considered for the overall prize winner. Two Runners up will be chosen – one from each category. The winners will receive prizes which have been generously donated by some of KKTC trusted suppliers, and will include a kilt length of tartan, a length of tweed, a kilted handbag, a designer clutch bag of your choice as well as vouchers and free advertising in a local magazine. The overall winner will also walk away with 2 metres of Cashmere fabric from Johnston’s of Elgin Cashmere Centre, a £50.00 voucher from Wm and A.M Robb Ltd of Glasgow and one free advert in a local magazine.

The competition is image based therefore you will need to submit photos of your entry once your are completely happy with it, no further photos, amendments etc will be accepted. You can submit up to 3 photographs and each photo must be a minimum of 1000 x 1000 pixels. Photos can either be emailed, posted or handed in personally to Keith Kilt and Textile Centre. If the judges wish to see the original entry then you will be notified and asked to either post by recorded delivery or to hand in to the shop.

If you would like to enter the competition you need to be a UK resident, enter no later than midnight on 31st August 2018 and send your entry along with your name, address, contact details, entry fee and images to Keith Kilt and Textile Centre. You should also state which category your entry is to be submitted in.

Winners will be notified by email no later than 30th September 2018.

Please note there is a £5 entry fee per entry, which can be paid over the phone by card, the judges decision is final, prizes can’t be exchanged and the winning entries will be displayed in the windows of Keith Kilt and Textile Centre until the end of October.

Please read the full details and terms and conditions of this competition which can be found at :

Do your little ones want to ‘Bounce MAD’?

Diane Tandon has recently started out on a new venture with her new business, Bounce MAD. Bounce MAD operates across Moray and Aberdeenshire and offers offers soft play park hire as well as play sessions.

The play park hire includes a bouncy castle, ball pool pit, slide, soft play shapes and diddy cars. These can be hired for any occasion, are aimed at 1-5 year olds and cost £100.

In addition Bounce MAD hold play sessions throughout Moray and Aberdeenshire at weekends and during school holidays. Details of these sessions can be found on the Bounce MAD Facebook page at These sessions cost £4 per child.

Bounce MAD can be contacted via their Facebook page or using the following details :
07450 259 742

Keith Royal British Legion successful in securing the top grant from Tesco Bags of Help from the November/December 2017 vote

Tesco celebrated funding 10,000 projects throughout the UK this month through their Bags of Help grants, and Tesco Keith have donated over £72,000 to organisations in Keith and surrounding areas meaning that they have funded 18 local projects. The most recent beneficiaries are Keith Royal British Legion, Keith Primary and Friends of Newmill Primary, with the Legion coming top.

Keith Royal British Legion have been awarded the top sum of £4000 following the November and December 2017 vote for the Bags of Help campaign at Tesco Keith. They will use this money to assist with the restoration of Keith War Memorial. Upon completion of the restoration works they would like to offer talks to schools, clubs and anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the history of the memorial.

In second place, receiving £2000, were Keith Primary. They will use the money to develop their playground and garden so that they can create a positive playtime by sparking the children’s imaginations, fostering creativity and enhancing teamwork.

Friends of Newmill Primary were also awarded £1000. This money will be used towards a shed for the playground and a mud kitchen for their courtyard in order to make their outdoor space a more stimulating and active place for children

Don’t forgot to continue to vote for Kerbs skate park, Craigellachie Primary school and Keith Football Club who are the current Bags of Help participants. Voting ends 28th February 2018.

Country Quines pay tribute to Railway Club founder

In tribute to Jimmy Bayne, The Railway Club organised for Country Quines, a trio of young and talented traditional musicians to play at the club on December 29th.

Jimmy Bayne, who sadly passed away aged 94, was a very loyal and dear friend who founded the Railway Club many years ago.

Country Quines performed amazingly in his honour and provided toe tapping, knee knocking and thigh slapping music for all. They will be returning to The Railway Club on 1st January 2018 (early evening) to perform again so why not pop in and see some talented musicians.

Pop Up Shop Availability

Are you looking to promote your product or service in Keith?  If so, there’s still availability in the Pop Up Shop for January and the first three weeks in February.  Please get in contact if you are interested in making a booking.

Amy Papiransky

Congratulations to Amy Papiransky from Keith.  She has reached the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018.

New Editor for InKeith website and Facebook page

I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself as the new Editor for the InKeith website and Facebook page. I am delighted to have been offered this position and look forward to promoting Keith and the surrounding area. Should anyone like to share any stories, events, businesses, groups etc then please let me know. Also, if anyone would like to book the pop up shop please get in touch. Many thanks, Jamie McIntosh

New year and new optimism for revitalising Keith town centre

The new year sees work starting on a prominent Keith building that has been lying empty for a number of years.

A grant of £142,000 from the Keith Conservation and Regeneration Scheme (CARS) has allowed the owner of the former Greig’s drapers and properties in Mid Street and Reidhaven Square to begin renovations.

The building is owned by Newmill builder Barry Fettes who has pledged to begin the major upgrade now that the grant and other approvals are in place.

His plans will transform the building into two retail units, four flats, four houses and an additional four houses which will be built in the back garden.

The news has been widely welcomed in the town as community leaders have long been concerned about the deteriorating state of the premises, while fearing that boarded up premises at the top of the shopping street was sending out a negative image of the town centre.

The grant of £142,000 is the biggest single grant to be awarded by Keith CARS so far, according to Ross McCleary, project officer.

For more details on the scheme and how to apply, visit

The Christmas shopping rush may be over, but if you are looking for new opportunities in 2015, then here’s something that might be right up your street.

How would you like the chance to let a prime town centre retail unit for free?

A Pop Up Shop in Mid Street available on a short term basis for people who wish to see what it’s like to run a shop, raise the profile of their business and sell their wares.

The concept is helping inject a different dynamic to Mid Street’s retail mix and so far there have been crafts, jewellery, cards, footwear, media, information services and photography businesses among the tenants.

There are opportunities for others to use the facility and to have help promote their use of the Pop Up Shop through its website and and Facebook links.

Who knows, it could be a stepping stone towards entering the world of retail for some businesses, or provide the chance to meet customers face-to-face and gain valuable feedback.

For full details, please contact Ross McCleary on 01343 563549 or email