Alyth Voice 192nd Edition, July 2014 Alyth Art Group

Alyth Voice
192nd Edition, July 2014
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Alyth Art Group
On Tuesday the 17th we held our annual Exhibition in the Airlie
Hall. A very good display of this years work done by our members. It covered a wide range of skills, subjects and materials,
Pencil , Pastels,Water Color, Acrylic and Oils. This we are glad
to say was well attended by the folks of Alyth and further afield.
Who enjoyed some refreshments and took part in a fund raising
Raffle the main prize of which was a voucher for the Alyth Hotel
won by Irene Cruickanks and a lovely bottle of Spiced Rum as
second prize, which was donated by the Alyth Hotel, and won
by Sinclair Reid . The only blot on the day was the lack of our
founder member Biddy Hunter whose funeral took place earlier
in the day which caused a quiet shadow to an otherwise perfect
day
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Perthshire Brass
It's been a while since I reported to Alyth Voice on behalf of the band, so we've got plenty to catch up on!
The beginning of the year is always dominated by preparations for the Scottish Championships. We were hoping to
get a better result than the previous year, but knew we were up against some top quality bands in the 2nd Section
following promotion in 2012. I sat back into the euphonium seat for the first time since 2010 to allow my good friend Jason Blyth a crack at conducting us, and this move worked out well as we finished 4th, equalling our highest ever national ranking! I'd like to think that it was the excellent
euphonium playing that impressed the judges, and Jason would argue that the improvement in the conducting was the difference, but the truth is
that the band has a great balance to it with quality players throughout and a brilliant atmosphere between us all which ensures full and productive
rehearsals.
These rehearsals are now focusing on our summer tour to Bydgoszcz, Perth's twin city in Poland. We have been working hard to raise funds for
this trip, and have been very lucky to receive various grants from the Gannochy Trust, Cairncross Trust, Thomson Trust, the Guildry of Perth and
several round tables and rotary clubs. We still have some fundraising to do for tour, and of course we have to work hard all year round to cover
our running costs. To this end, we have a coffee morning in the Airlie Street Hall on Saturday 12th July and would love to see you all there. We
are also extremely grateful to the Alyth Quiz League, and in particular the Strathmore Golf Centre team who kindly donated their share of the
year's profits to the band. Funding is an issue for every organisation, and generous donations such as this allow us the freedom to go out and
support other charities.
Our youth band continues to offer local kids
a first step into the world of brass banding,
and they are a busy bunch as always. They
enjoyed playing at Alyth Gala Day and we
were pleased to see the usual warm welcome for them from the Alyth community on
what was a well run day by the organisers in
spite of the weather! 'PYB' have also been
involved in all sorts of concerts including a
successful fundraiser for Perth & Kinross
Music Foundation, which gives assistance to
children who face financial barriers to learning music. Their strong belief is that any child
with the desire to learn to play a musical
instrument should do so. Our organisation
reflects this inclusive notion and anyone who
has seen the band play will surely agree that
we have a huge spectrum of ability, each
player contributing as best they can so that
the whole is greater than the sum of the
equal parts.
By far the biggest story of our year has been the progress we have made with our band room. It has genuinely been a dream come true that we
have taken on the Darnhall Club as our own, and Perth and Kinross Council have been amazing in their commitment and support. We have had
builders, joiners and sparkys coming and going for months now but we don't mind at all because we will soon have a band room that we can rehearse in all year round! We have had our first social event in it too, a quiz night, and plan to have many more. For those of us who have been in
the band for a long time, this is something we have wanted for years and the reality is that the whole band is improving simply by having our own
home, a stronger identity, and the freedom to rehearse whenever we want. Every time he walks into the band room, my Dad has a wide smile on
his face as he knows better than anyone how lucky we have been. Aside from the tour, the summer will be dominated by DIY with everyone
mucking in to make Darnhall feel like home.
Bingo Tea Thanks
The Menzies family would like to thank everyone who
supported their fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care
by coming to the Bingo Tea in Alyth Town Hall. Also
thanks to everyone who donated cash,bingo prizes,
raffle prizes and made sandwiches and who gave of
their time on the night to make sure everything went
smoothly.
We raised a fantastic amount of £917.90 and we were
delighted so thanks everyone very much.
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Happy event in Alyth Town Hall on Thursday 19th July.
After 14 years, hall keepers Richard and Rosemary Duncan are moving
on. Richard and Rosemary have looked after the town hall users, taken
bookings and generally ensured that the Town Hall was seen as a great
place for local people and groups to hold all sorts of events.
The Halls Committee, representatives of local groups, and friends of
Richard and Rosemary gathered in the Lesser Hall in the Town Hall to
celebrate all the hard work that the couple have done for the community
in general and the hall users in particular, over the years.
Fabric Convenor David McLaren made a heartfelt speech thanking Richard and Rosemary for all their help over all the years. David pointed out
that it was not always obvious how much work the couple put in to ensure
that hall users experience in the hall was a good one.
David made a presentation from the committee of a voucher and a bouquet of flowers for Richard and Rosemary.
David also presented Jean Coleman with a bouquet of flowers. Jean has
been helping the committee with the day to day running of the Town Hall.
Halls Committee Chair Jessie McLean had provided a buffet and drinks
for Richard, Rosemary and their guests.
Congratulations
LILY MACKAY
CELEBRATING HER 100TH BIRTHDAY
MAY 28 2014
Born and brought up in Aberdeen, Lily was one of seven children but she was the bold one
who always had the most adventurous spirit. Her teens were full of unfulfilled dreams of going
to work in America or opening a shop and running her own business!
In 1935 she married Jimmy McLeod and they had two sons, Dennis and James before leaving
Aberdeen in 1947 to move to Alyth, Perthshire. There they ran a chip shop and café, The
Springbank Café but it’s still referred to locally as The Honky Tonk. It was in Alyth that their
only daughter Donna was born.
Lily and Jimmy made a great success of the business. As well as lunches and teas and outside catering events it was a popular venue for weddings and coach parties. In 1960 they converted the café into a licensed restaurant, The Isla Restaurant and in the age of the dinner
dance and basket suppers it proved to be a popular venue with people coming from as far as
Dundee for their Saturday night entertainment.
Having sold the business they went on to managing various pubs in the Dundee area and in
the 1970’s settled in the Shakespeare Bar in Arbroath where, at the age of fifty, she began to
play darts and formed the Shakespeare Ladies Dart Team. Lily was also a keen member of
the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and enjoyed the local events as well as attending
national conferences.
After retiring she and Jimmy moved to Kirkcaldy where her son James was also in the trade.
Following Jimmy’s death in 1980, Lily moved back briefly to Arbroath beside her daughter before marrying old family friend Will Mackay They
settled down to married life in the High Street Alyth. Will died in 2008 only a few months before their Silver Wedding!
Despite having a stroke a number of years ago Lily lived with on her own, the help of carers, until eighteen months ago when, as the result of a
broken ankle, she had to move into Meigle Country House Care Home.
Much of the success of the businesses was due to Lily’s welcoming, sociable personality – which she retains to this day! She loves seeing the
many visitors who still call on her. She is so interesting to talk to with her love of current affairs, sports and people in general. Her memory of
both local and national events is prodigious and her ability to remember faces is amazing. When out for a meal just a few weeks ago she spotted
a couple celebrating their Diamond Wedding. She watched the company as they left and declared that she recognized the couple. She had catered for their wedding reception sixty years previously!
Lily was joined for her celebration in the Airlie Street Hall in Alyth by friends and carers as well as her family of three children - Dennis and family
coming over from Canada, seven of her nine grandchildren, as well as her five great-grandchildren.
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Irene Robertson’s Investiture
A sunny Monday morning, the 16th June, saw a cheerful gathering of folk in the Airlie Street Hall to witness the investiture of Irene Robertson
with the British Empire Medal.
Our invitations had asked us to be in place by 11.50, and so we were. We took our seats and waited amid a quiet hum of conversation, while a
youthful string quartet played excerpts from pieces by JS Bach and Handel. Then, at mid-day, the imposing figure of the Burgh Chamberlain of
Perth entered the room, resplendent in his scarlet faced tail coat with its brass buttons, and commanded us to rise. We rose as one to the music
of ‘Heilan’ Laddie,’ and Her Majesty’s Lieutenant, Brigadier Melville Jameson CBE, entered the hall, accompanied by his ADC and the piper.
Liz Grant, Provost of Perth, and Sir Ian Grant both made short speeches in praise of Irene and the good works she had performed.
The Lord Lieutenant stood, ready to make his speech and pin the medal onto Irene’s dress when the moment came. In due course she was summoned for the investiture itself. The ADC stood ready with the BEM on a cushion, and the Lord-Lieutenant pinned the badge with its bright pink
ribbon onto the bodice of her elegant dress. Irene looked beautiful and we were proud to see her rewarded in the company of her friends in Alyth.
Paul Ramsay
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You will work as part of a team, caring for school age children between the hours of 7.45am and 9.15am and / or 2.45pm and 6pm. We are looking
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12th July
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What 12-letter word has each of the vowels in the correct order without
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Abstemiously. It's 12 letters long and the letter y is considered a vowel in
certain cases, and is included. Facetiously is another word that has all
the vowels in order, but it's only 11 letters long.
Voice Teaser for July:
ALYTH VOICE TEAM
Editor:
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Compositors:
Advertising:
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Five kinds of flowers grow in separate gardens on five different streets.
Here is what you know:
1. The Smiths do not grow violets.
2. The Morgans grow peonies and do not live on 2nd street.
3. The Parks live on 3rd street.
4. Begonias bloom on 4th street.
5. Roses do not grow on 5th street.
6. The Johnsons do not live on 1st street.
7. The Rosens do not grow daffodils
8. The Johnsons grow roses
9. Daffodils grow on 1st street
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Which flowers grow on in whose gardens on what streets?
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Am I registered to vote?
If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to vote. In October and November 2013, each household was sent two forms by their local electoral
registration office requesting the details of all those who will be eligible to vote.
If you have not received your forms or need new forms, you should contact your local electoral registration office. For Alyth our Electoral Registration Office is: Perth and Kinross Council Electoral Registration Officer Tayside VJB Robertson House, Whitefriars Crescent, Perth PH2 0LG
01738 630303 [email protected]
To vote in this referendum you must be registered by 2 September 2014.
And now to the fact finding mission! If you have access to the internet, you can search for things like “how will the referendum affect me” or “what
will an independent Scotland cost”. There are many many factors to be taken into consideration. We live rurally – and so the issues are different
than the big cities. Everything that is written and said needs to be taken with a pinch of salt – from both sides! Try to verify claims and statements
– issues like currency, jobs, savings, mortgages and defence are important to all. We need facts from both sides in order to make an informed
decision. Try to ascertain where the facts have come from – are they independent or do the people making the claims have a vested interest for
one side or the other? Are any figures backed up in other reports? What are the costs to you, your family and community to leave the union?
What are the benefits of leaving or staying? Go to public meetings from both sides and ask questions, read up as much as you can. This decision is not a quick-fire vote for a party that you have perhaps always voted for. This transcends party politics. This is not about watching Braveheart and saying freedom! This is not the next 4 years of a government – this is a huge decision and should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately
once you start to do some research you will come across a lot of name calling, and tit-for-tatt claims. It is up to the electorate to see through this
and question the real claims. Talk things over with friends from both camps, listen to the discussions, question the source of the information and
most importantly make your own mind up!
Voter apathy in the UK is quite appalling – only 50% of voters turned out for the last Holyrood election. I really hope that there is at least 80%
turnout with at least 80% majority, then we can all get on with it. If there is a low turn out or an unconvincing majority we will be revisiting this
issue.
Please ensure you are registered to vote, please read up as much as you can from both sides and please vote!
Didn't they do well!!
The Cinema Comes to Alyth!
Alyth Amateur FC 2013-14 did themselves and Alyth proud when over
the season they finished with 4 trophies out of a possible 5 and were
promoted to the 1st Division as League Champions. No mean feat!
The manager and team have worked extremely hard and we would
like to thank them for all their hard work.
An almost full house in the Ogilvie Rooms enjoyed the showing of
“Philomena” starring Judi Dench. This was the second film shown and
we look forward to more film goodies at the monthly night.
The Club now has a fully constituted committee who select the films to
be shown.
Behind them is a team of willing helpers which include sponsors and
the good people of Alyth and surrounding district who support them at
matches home and away, also a good support at the monthly bingos.
Without you all there would be no team as your support is invaluable.
So thank you all for whatever part you play, it is all gratefully received.
Well done lads!
More folk wanted to assist with selecting films. Well done Johnny! If
you want to know more email him on [email protected]
BP
Alyth AFC Committee
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The Alyth Champs
In Twenty hunder and Fourteen years,
Wi’ Peter as yer Gaffer,
“You clever Pups won a’ the Cups—
An’ never kicked a flaffer!”
The Massive croud a’ yelled sae loud
Thit a’ the lugs wir Dingen!
But it wis bra tae see that ba
Intae the net gae Zingin!
The Reverend Mike aiven took a hike
And prayed you’d be the Victors,
“an’ a’ll be blow’d! God gied the Nod,
An’ Blest yer Final Fixture!”
Tak heed ma sons, that’s fu ye Won!
Noo, rin tae the kirk fur shelter!
And, if ye pray, it’s safe tae say—
“Ye’ll play anither Belter!”
Whin you attacked, defences cracked!
‘twis like a fierce Blitzkrieg!!
You let it rup and won the Cups,
An’ noo, “Ye’ve Won The League!”
That you’re The Champs there is nae doot—
Nae yin could Skelp yer hurdies!
Hip Hip Hooray! Noo you’ll a’ hae
Tae fend-aff flocks o’ Burdies!
But noo, Alas! It’s come tae pass,
Yer future’s fraught wi’ Danger!
A wee bit spug cheept in ma lug—
“Thir efter Pete fur Rangers!!!”
Alyth Choral Union
The A,G.M .of A.,C U. was held recently at THE GABLES .A new
committee was appointed and is as follows;
Dan Dewar
PRESIDENT
V/ PRESIDENT
M/ SECRETARY
TREASURER
LIBRARIAN
G/MEMBER
L/ MEMBER
Alyth’s Clever and Talented People
Congratulations to all of Alyth’s talented, industrious and clever people! We were amazed to read or hear of Alyth residents who have
received awards for their efforts within our community.
Well done to Mr & Mrs Black, mine hosts at Tigh-na-Leigh for winning
the “best small hotel” award.
Pat Fegan .
Sheila Fisher
Ann Morris
Lauriie Crisp
Irene Archer
Bruce Cameron.
Geraldine Mc Millan.
Congrats to Steve and staff at the Alyth Bake House for winning the
competition for Empire Biscuits. Yum!
Despite the earnest attempts to increase the numbers of the Choral
Union, membership has fallen steadily and it is with great regret thatr
after the Christmas Concert ,the Choral Union would cease to continue in its present form.
Alyth Football Club for winning the triple Cup matches and the
League. WOW!
A special Concert is planned for Christmas with Perthshire Brass,
soloists and Choir members.
While kicking footballs around we should mention the Alyth Cub
Scouts who won their wee league. Perhaps we should enter a team in
the World Cup!!!
An invitation is extended to past members of every section to come
and join the Choral for that final performance . We hope it will be a
finale to remember!
Not to mention (as in last months Voice), Catherine Gordon and
Calum Tosh for their work with AYP. They received the
Saltire Award.
Rehearsals will resume in the Church in September. Date to be verified.
We are very proud of you all!!!
New and former members will be warmly welcomed. Please come
along to make this a very special occasion .
Alyth Community Council
Janey Mac Farlane
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Denwell Driveways &
Landscaping
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07738181237
Concrete
Gravelling
Decking
Fencing
Digger Work
Powerwashing
Dung supply
& delivery
Man with a Van
Monoblock
Slabbing
Grasscutting/
Garden Work
Turfing
Chainsaw work
Odd jobs
Skip/Quarry runs
Digger hire from
April 2014
‘Local, friendly, trustworthy and
reliable service’
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(ALYTH)
Victoria Garage
Victoria Street, Alyth, PH11 8AU
Garden Machinery
Small Plant
ATV’s and Utility vehicles
Repairs and servicing
Full workshop facilities
On site service available
Garden Machinery and
Power Products Stockist
Telephone Jim on
07783 626321 or 01828 632777
E: [email protected]
www.weemachines.co.uk
Johnston Groundworks,
Concrete Specialist experienced
in Slabbing, Block Paving &
Driveway
Projects Drainage & Foundation
Works, Decking, Fencing &
Garden Reforming,
FREE ESTIMATES
Call Douglas Johnston on
01575 560248 by Alyth
07834518524
[email protected]
C Max
Garden Services Alyth
All aspects undertaken
22 years experience
barony view
Garden shed !
Painting and refelting
Including materials £95.00 avg .
Repairs also can be done .
Sheds and garages cleared and removed .
All fencing work and painting can be arranged .
Along with all regular garden jobs
Contact: [email protected]
07739 833595 / 01828 633669 (evening)

Annual maintenance schedules
 Grass Cutting
 Tree Work—Shaping, Pruning & Felling
 Flower beds
 Weed control _ Pesticide application
 Landscaping
 Slabbing
 Graveling
 Water Features
 Fencing
 Garden Waste Removal Service
(All waste is recycled) & Delivery Service of
anything you may need for your garden
ANY JOB IN AND AROUND THE GARDEN
Grass cutting, strimming, edge trimming &
renovation, leaf clearing, hedge cutting &
removal, topiary, weed control, chemical
spraying, rotovating, tree & shrub planting,
tree & plant pruning and shaping, border
maintenance, wood fencing & repairs (all
types), slabbing & block paving,
landscaping, turfing & grass seeding,
driveways & patio power washing.
From a tidy up to a regular maintenance
programme to suit your needs
The only call you'll ever need to make
for your garden and grounds
maintenance.
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Free estimates
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Pilates Classes

High fitness levels are not
necessary for Pilates
Pilates will...

Pilates will increase your
energy levels
Improve your flexibility,
mobility and posture
Give you the feel good factor


NEW Summer timetable:

10th July Alyth Ogilvy Rooms
6.45pm-7.45pm
8.00pm-9.00pm
 9th of July
Kirkmichael Village Hall:
7.00pm-8.00pm
 St Catharine’s Hall; 12th of July:
10.00am-11.00am
To book your place contact me, as
numbers are limited
Julie Beech: 0755 735 1477
www.julzfitness.co.uk
www.facebook.com/julzfitness
www.twitter.com/julzfitness
Evenings:01828 633719 Daytime:07980789139
Email: [email protected]
DUNCAN ROSS
GARDEN MAINTENANCE
FOR RELIABLE, QUALITY
& FULLY INSURED
GARDENING SERVICES
TEL:01828 633392
Mobile: 077 1072 1923
: 075 2652 3773
Retro Rainbow
PROVIDING
Reflexology, Aromatherapy,
Hopi ear Candling, Massage,
Vintage Hair & Make up,
Personal Perfume Blending
Tarot readings & workshops.
ALBA LOGISTICS
PRESTIGE DELIVERY AND
COLLECTION SERVICE
Tel. Lynda 07934601011
also
HELP WANTED !!!
To expand my professional make
up artistry portfolio, I am offering a
FREE hair styling and make over
service for a limited period.
All ages are welcome.
Daytime, evening & weekends.
Tel. Lynda 07934601011
and finally
Watch this space – Coming SoonBODY PAINTING ART
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Come to us for a fast, personal
service. We transport goods and
equipment quickly and reliably,
to anywhere in the UK,
Over-night and same day service
available.
We are a fully insured, family-run,
local enterprise.
M: 07724430770/Tel: 01821 640606
[email protected]
Alyth Dental Care
20 Commercial street
Opening 28th April.
Gentle dental care
Friendly caring staff
Late nights and Saturday
appointments available
NHS or Private available
All forms of routine dentistry and
cosmetic treatments incl
White fillings, dentures, whitening,
implants, crowns/bridges
Tel:01828 633313
[email protected]
Blairgowrie Mobile Foot Clinic
Treatment in the comfort of your
own home for:
Carla Thomson
 Nail Cutting
 Callus’ or Corns
 Fungal Infections or
MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip SOM, MCSP
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Back pain
Neck pain
Muscle and joint pain
Sports injuries
Post-surgery rehabilitation
Post-fracture rehabilitation
Arthritis
Mobility Problems
Massage Therapy
Day & evening appointments
Highly Experienced Physiotherapist
TEL: 01250 870062
www.blairgowriephysiotherapy.co.uk
Blairgowrie Physiotherapy,
36 Lowermill Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AQ
Athletes Foot
 In-growing Toenails
For all your Foot-care
requirements contact:
Madeleine McIntosh
S.A.C Dip, FHPT FHPP
Registered Foot-health Practitioner
01250 872005 or
mob 07904 382840
NUMBER 5
01828 632297
TRICIA
CATHY
CHIROPODY & SUGARING
FACIALS, EYELASH/BROW TINTING
MANICURE, PEDICURE,
BY CREATIVE NAILS
*NOW AVAILABLE*
TANTRICK (SPRAYTAN) £20
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
TUES TO FRI.
PILATES
Mat Classes and 1 to 1 Classes
St Catharine's Community Centre,
Blairgowrie
Tuesday evenings and
Wednesday mornings
Pilates is a corrective form of
exercise, targeting the deep postural
muscles that support the spine and
lower back, building strength from the
inside out. The aim is to achieve a
balance between strength and
flexibility and plays a key role in injury
prevention and rehabilitation.
For details of class times and prices
Tel: Julie 07963 088 112
(Body Control Pilates and Reps Member)
[email protected]
MURDO FRASER MSP
MID SCOTLAND & FIFE
For help and advice ~ Look for details of regular surgeries in the local press.
To arrange a meeting you can contact Murdo on 01738 553990 or write to him at
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP; or e-mail him at [email protected]
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THE TEDDY BEARS TRAIL 2014
Teddy’s Car Choice
The Teddy Bears Trail 2014 is sponsored by Alyth & District Business Association and is a competition that has been designed
for the young and the young at heart. Teddy has once again arrived in Alyth, Scotland for his Summer Holidays and this year
he has decided to change his car, his present one is giving him a lot of trouble. He cannot decide on whether he wants a new
car petrol or diesel, a classic or a veteran model or an old banger as long as it goes.
Teddy has asked many businesses in Alyth to assisting him by displaying lots of different models or photographs of cars alongside their Teddy Bears in their windows to help him make up his mind.
Collect a free entry form from The Spar, Commercial Street or Costcutters, Airlie Street follow the instructions. Look for the
Teddy Bears in the shop windows and write down the make and model of the cars on display there may be more than one
Teddy with cars in some of the windows.
The competition runs from the 1st of July to the 31st of August.
For the young ones taking part please look and listen for the traffic as you cross the roads. Once you have answered all the
questions please take your entry forms to J. & M. Kay, Ladies & Gents Hairdresser, 13 Airlie Street, Alyth. It is hoped you all
have fun completing the Teddy Bears Trail, and visitors to the town have enjoyed their visit to Alyth.
Thanks must be expressed to the compiler Rev Angela Maughan for all her work in producing the entry form, Mr Charles
Palmer and staff of Classic Restorations for supply all the photos and models and all the businesses for their Teddy Bear
displays and their willingness to take part and to all who have entered and those who
are going to do so. Have fun on the trail.
Thanks must be expressed to Paul Duncan, Paul’s Spar, Commercial Street and Colin MacDonald, Costcutters, Airlie Street
and all their staff for distributing all the entry forms and to everyone who takes part in the Teddy Bears Trail.
Teddy will make up his mind at the start of September and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
Ted
Alyth Halls Committee News
June 2014
There has been a huge amount happening as far as the Alyth Halls
Committee are concerned. The Committee are responsible for managing the running of the Town Hall and the Ogilvie Rooms under a management agreement with Perth and Kinross Council.
After 14 years as the hall keepers for the Town Hall, Richard and
Rosemary Duncan are moving on. Richard and Rosemary have
worked hard to ensure the smooth running and the success of the
Town Hall. The Committee thank them for all their hard work and wish
them all the best for the future. As this is written, we are currently in
the middle of the recruitment process for a new hall keeper.
At this stage, it is only right to mention the hall keeper for the Ogilvie
Rooms. Tina Tripney has carried out her duties in a friendly, efficient
manner for several year. Her tireless work is much appreciated.
David McLaren our Fabric Convenor, continues to do sterling work,
and has done much to improve the facilities in both halls. Over the
summer, David is arranging for new double glazing to be installed in
the Town Hall.
Sadly, David has decided to call it a day, and is staying on for a couple
of months to help us out during the summer. David’s hard work and
wise words will be sorely missed by the Committee.
As a result we are in desperate need of a Fabric Convenor. This is a
very important role, and it is important that we fill David’s shoes as
soon as possible.
If any local person is interested in finding out more about the role
please contact Sandy McCurdy Secretary.
Jessie McLean as Chair/Treasurer ensures that we continue to maximise our revenues by a combination of grant funding and hall users’
fees. We are trying hard to keep fees at existing levels, but are under
no illusions that with public funding going through a difficult time, we
must continue to innovate.
We are always looking for new committee members willing to do a little
bit for the good of the town.
ALYTH HEALTH
CENTRE
The below dates are confirmed as the Alyth Health Centres Public
Holidays:
Sandy McCurdy: Secretary
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01828 632744
Website: www.alythhalls.org.uk/
Monday 28th July 2014
Monday 13th October 2014
Thursday 25th December 2014
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Friday 26th December 2014
Thursday 1st January 2015
Friday 2nd January 2015
Your Letters & Public Notices
Mackay:
Don’t have access to email?
It’s free in the Airlie Street Library
Lily (McLeod) would like to thank all who
gathered with her to celebrate her
100th birthday. Your presence helped to
make it a very special occasion. It was lovely to see so many old friends from Alyth. A
very big thank you for the many gifts, cards
and flowers received. Your continuing kindness is very much appreciated. 100-plus
and still going strong!
ST.NINIANS - THANK YOU
To every one who donated, supported
and helped at our Coffee Morning on
3rd May thank you very much. The sum
of £690 was raised and it is much
appreciated.
Irene Hart
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR
ARTICLES AND LETTERS.
Keep them coming—the Alyth Voice is
a great communication forum for our
community so let us know anything of
interest to the community that we can
include.
ELMA KYDD
I would like to thank all for their help when I
fell and broke my hip and wrist, Jim Allan
and Jan’s car for getting me home.
Also to all family and friends for flowers, gifts
and cards. I am now home and getting on
fine.
Once again many thanks to all for your kind
thoughts./
David Street, Alyth
Alyth & District Show Tents
We have small and medium sized event
tents that we purchased with a grant from
the Drumderg Community Benefit Fund, out
with the period these are used for the Show
they are available for use by organisations
within the grant catchment area. If anyone
wishes to arrange to book and collect the
tents please contact Ruth King on 07736
389474
+ British Red Cross
Branch - Perth & Kinross, Alyth
Anne would like to say a big thank you from
Alyth Community for making our Caring Cuppa on The 10th May a big success
We raised £ 242.00. for Red Cross Week
Thanks to all who donated raffles and home
baking and a big Thank you to all my helpers,
Anne Cocker, 4 Tay Road Alyth, Tel 01828
Voice Articles
Old Mobile Phones
Please consider donating your old mobile
phone to Sense which is a registered charity
which helps people of all ages who have or
know someone who has suffered from any
form of mental health problems.
The phone can be of any age or condition.
Please remove the SIM card. You can hand
your phone into the Sense charity shop in
Dundee or post it free using a pre-printed
envelope from the same shop in Dundee.
www.sensescotland.org.uk
Registered charity no. SC02209
Knit a ‘Beanie’ in
aid of Guide Dogs
for the Blind
If you are interested give me
a ‘phone and I will supply you with wool
and a pattern.
Completed hats will be sold at DOUGIE MACLEAN Concerts
in October 2014
‘Phone : Marion Ross on 01828 633392
Thank you all for your letters and articles—
they are appreciated by all in the community.
If you have a hobby or just want to write on
any subject that you think would interest the
folks of Alyth, please feel free to submit to
[email protected] Please also let us
know if you would be interested in submitting
a monthly article—we all appreciate the articles and poems from our regular contributors.
When submitting an article, it would be a
great help and much appreciated if articles
submitted could be in a separate attached
document and in font:
Main text—Arial Narrow, 10pt
Titles—Arial, 12pt and bold.
Also if photos could please be supplied as
separate attachments.
Fiddle teacher
I am looking for a fiddle teacher. I had been
having lessons in Orkney and am keen to
continue learning.
Please contact Rachel Palmer 01828
632621
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If you are able, please compress any photos
so that they are suitable for documents
(usually up to around 300 Kb).
Don’t worry if you are unable to do this formatting—it would just be appreciated from
those who can.
Alyth Parish
Church
Morning Service at 11am each Sunday.
Evening Service at 6pm on First Sunday
of the month
~~~
Primary and Senior Sunday School
meet at 11 am each Sunday. New recruits
are always most welcome.
(Primary caters for children aged between 3 and 7 years. Senior caters for children aged between 8 and 12 years)
~~~
Prayer Group
The prayer group meets most Thursdays in
the Burnside Court Lounge at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome.
~~~
Kirk Shop Week
Monday 30th June until Saturday 5th July Kirk Shop Week in Airlie street Hall
Opening times are :- 10am to 4pm and 6pm
to 8pm during Monday to Friday. Then
9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday
~~~
THE GUILD. (Meeting in the Lower Hall).
There are no meetings of the Guild during
July
~~~
FAMILY HISTORY PROJECT
see ‘Local Services’
Open Sundays 2-4pm
(Easter till
Remembrance)
Tel: 01828
633 045
www.alythparishchurch.org.uk
We now have a Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/AlythFHP
Public Notices
ROMAN CATHOLIC
CHURCH
Saturdays
6.30pm
St Mary's,
Dundee Rd.
Coupar Angus
Sundays
9.30am
St Luan's,
Alexandra St.
Alyth
Weekday Mass
telephone
01250 872 171
or visit
www.ststephensblair.co.uk
Sundays
11.00am
St Stephen's,
Bank St.
Blairgowrie
ST NINIAN’S
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Alyth Senior Citizens'
Lunch & Socialising Club
(Perth & Kinross Healthy Communities
Project)
Tel Jackie Doe 01738 473146
New Members & Volunteers
Most Welcome
Exercise Group at 10.30 in the
Airlie Street Hall
(£2.50p per week or pay Once a
Month at a Reduced Rate)
Every Monday until 1 Dec 2014
Lunch at 12.30 in the Airlie Street
Hall (£2.50p per person)
28 July, 25 August, 29 September
Would you like a lift to the Lunch
Club? Tel 632157
July Services:
Sun 6th 11am Book of Common Prayer
Communion
Sun 13th11am Sung Eucharist
Sun 20th11am Sung Eucharist
Sun 27thnd 11am Sung Eucharist
ALL ARE WELCOME
Rector: The Very Revd Kenny Rathband
Tel: 01250 874 583
Email: [email protected]
Diocesan Website: www.standrews.anglican.org
NEW COMMUNICANTS
If you would like to become a member of Alyth Parish Church, please
contact the Rev. Mike Erskine on
01828 632 238 or email
[email protected]
CLASS REUNION – CALLING
ALL EX ALYTH PRIMARY/HIGH
PUPILS BORN IN 1964
We’re looking to arrange a class reunion in September 2014 for all ex pupils
born in 1964, who went to either Alyth
Primary School or Alyth High School.
If you’re reaching the big 50 next year
and would like to celebrate with your
classmates, please
email [email protected] to
let us know if you’re interested in
coming along. Please spread the
word!
Bill Brewster
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Coffee Morning in the Airlie
Street Hall at 10.00am - £1 entry
23 August.
MAILING LIST
Our continued challenge to ensure the future of
a free Alyth Voice, has led to implementing a
charge for postal Voices. An annual charge of
£21 will apply to all UK addresses for posting.
Overseas addresses will be quoted individually.
This charge includes the cost of producing the
Voice.
To get your Voice by post, send to
Mike Kay, 15 Airlie Street, Alyth,
PH11 8AH.
We have many members linked to
the Voice Facebook page, with
1,000s more viewing the page every week. Have
you visited yet? Remember you don’t need to
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Local Groups
Alyth Christmas Lights
200 Club
June Draw
(Thanks to Katie and Charlie May Walsh)
1st - £50 - 40 - Mr M Kay
2nd - £30 - 158 - Mrs A Fleming
3rd - £20 - 130 - Mrs I Hart
Some numbers still available
L Gordon
Treasurer
Alyth Bowling & Tennis Club—Membership fees for 2014
Bowling Member (Full Member)
New Bowling Member
Tennis Member - Adult
Junior Member - Age 12+
Junior Member - Age Under 12
Social Member
£120
£60
£50
£20
£10
£20
If you have ever fancied trying bowls or you haven't played for a while, this is a great opportunity
to join the club. We are offering new members for the 2014 season the chance to join the club
for only £60, for your 1st year. As a full member of the club you can play both bowls and tennis. During the winter months we play carpet bowls, so your bowling season doesn't have to
finish at the end of September.
If you would like further information on becoming a member, please do not hesitate to call into
the club on a Friday or Saturday night, or call Sheena on Tel No. 01828 633589.
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF A
LOCAL GROUP?
Thank you
Sheena Fotheringham, Secretary
Send an advert for your group to
[email protected] to raise
awareness and attract new members!
No charge . . .
Alyth Art Group
Alyth Youth Partnership, Alyth Community Wing, Albert Street, ALYTH, PH11 8AX
Phone: 01250871350 Email: [email protected]
Registered Scottish Charity: SC 027023
Will finish on the 24th June
Until 19th August at 10 am
Old & New Members Welcome
More Info.on 021828 958 039
EASSIE HALL
REGULAR ACTIVITIES
WEEKLY
Monday Yoga 6-8pm.
Contact : Jane Brewster 01307 840313
Tuesday Zumba 7-8pm.
Contact: Debra Ritchie 01307 840596
Wednesday Yoga 1-3pm.
Contact : Jane Brewster 01307 840313
Thursday Social Dancing 7.30-10pm.
Contact : Ann Martin 01575 560783
FORTNIGHTLY EVENTS
Art Club 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month,
10am until noon.
Contact : Linda Breckenridge 01307 840323
MONTHLY EVENTS
Eassie & Nevay WRI Meeting
1st Wednesday: 7.30pm in the Hall.
Contact: Mary Marshall 01307 840415
Watch this space for forthcoming events or
go to www.eassieandnevay.org , follow us
on the ENKCA twitter feed, find us on Facebook. Get involved in our community!
Alyth youth partnership (SCIO)
Alyth Youth Partnership SCIO provides positive diversionary activities for young people
in Alyth and the surrounding area. We also provide volunteering opportunities within the
committee and clubs. AYP is a charitable organization run by local people for local
people.
Monday
6.30pm-8.00pm
Youth Club 1
Alyth Community Wing
10yrs-S1
Tuesday
6.30pm-8.30pm
Youth Club 2
The Hub, Airlie Street
S2-15yrs
Thursday
2.00pm-5.00pm
Job Busters
The Hub, Airlie Street
15yrs-25yrs
Thursday
7.00pm-9.00pm
Music Group
Alyth Community Wing
12yrs-25yrs
Mon-Fri
4.00pm-9.00pm
The Hub drop-in
The Hub, Airlie Street
(4-5pm 12-25yrs)
15yrs-25yrs
If you are interested in finding out more about the clubs, holiday programmes or volunteering then please contact the AYP Youth Workers for more information:
[email protected]
07591126986
Alyth youth partnership
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Local Groups
ALYTH MOTHER & TODDLERS
Meet in the Ogilvie Rooms on Mondays and
Fridays 10am – 11:30am
£1 per child.
We meet during the school
holidays (including the Summer!)
Drinks and snacks provided
New mums (and dads) welcome
bring your wee ones and have a
play & chat!
Contact Claire 07784950333 for more
information.
Humpty Dumpty
Early Years Care
To arrange a visit or add
your child’s name to the waiting list,
phone Karen on 07984647659
Offering play sessions for children age 2
to 4 on Tuesday & Thursday mornings
9.15 to 11.45 am in Alyth community
wing.
[email protected]
Alyth Senior Citizens'
Lunch & Socialising Club
(Perth & Kinross Healthy Communities Project)
Tel Jackie Doe 01738 473146
New Members & Volunteers
Most Welcome
Exercise Group at 10.30 in the
Airlie Street Hall
(£2.00 per week or pay Once a
Month at a Reduced Rate)
Every Monday until 1 Dec
2014 (Except 30 June).
Lunch at 12.30 in the Airlie
Street Hall (£2.00 per person)
28 April, 26 May (followed by
AGM), 23 June.
Would you like a lift to the
Lunch Club? Tel 632157
Alyth Art Group
Meet on Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon
At the Comunity Wing of the Primary
School
We may have some vacancies next
Term
If interested call Joy 627 509 for more
info.
Strathmore National Childbirth Trust;
Soft Ball Tennis
Covering Forfar to Blairgowrie and
everywhere in between. If you have just
had a baby, are due to have one soon, or
already have young children then come
along and meet some others for a coffee
and a chat. We meet in Alyth Town Hall
every Monday 10am til 12 noon and host
bumps and babies every 1st Friday of the
month at different locations.
Each Thursday morning, 10.30am, 11.30am, in Airlie Street Hall. Cost is
£2.00. Come and enjoy. Looking
forward to seeing new members.
Telephone: 0844 243 6285 or email for
details – [email protected]
new members are always welcome
Tuesdays – Town Hall, Alyth
Beginners 6pm and Players 7pm
Wednesdays – British Legion, Blairgowrie
Players 7pm
For info email
[email protected]
STRIDE FOR LIFE
ALYTH GROUP
Meigle Art Group
We have had to relocate from
Meigle Guide hut as the hut is no
longer in use.
Alyth Scout Group has agreed to
give us space.
The Group meets on Tuesday
mornings from 10am 12pm and
would welcome new members.
Equipment can be provided
for starters.
Contact 633811 for further details
Stride for Life is a walking project providing
FREE led walks for individuals in their community. The group meets on a Tuesday at
1.30pm at The Airlie Street Hall. Our walks
last approximately 45-50 minutes. Walking
is a great way to keep active and make you
feel better. We think it's much more fun
walking in a group and enjoying a good old
blether! On average we have about twelve
walkers so why not come and join
us. There is no need to book, just turn up
on the day!
Mary Hogg (Walk Leader) 01828 633 505
Peter Robertson (Walk Leader) 01828
632674
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ALYTH & DISTRICT PIPE
BAND
Alyth Badminton Club
Interested in Playing Badminton? Either to
improve your game or just for a bit of exercise, then why not come along to the Airlie
street hall on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Membership £15.00
Nightly Fees £3.00
New members welcome unfortunately at
this moment in time over 18’s only.
Alyth Dental Care
20 Commercial street
Opening 28th April.
Gentle dental care
Friendly caring staff
Late nights and Saturday
appointments available
NHS or Private available
All forms of routine dentistry and
cosmetic treatments incl
White fillings, dentures, whitening,
implants, crowns/bridges
Tel:01828 633313
[email protected]
Blairgowrie Mobile Foot Clinic
Treatment in the comfort of your
own home for:
Carla Thomson
 Nail Cutting
 Callus’ or Corns
 Fungal Infections or
MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip SOM, MCSP
-
Back pain
Neck pain
Muscle and joint pain
Sports injuries
Post-surgery rehabilitation
Post-fracture rehabilitation
Arthritis
Mobility Problems
Massage Therapy
Day & evening appointments
Highly Experienced Physiotherapist
TEL: 01250 870062
www.blairgowriephysiotherapy.co.uk
Blairgowrie Physiotherapy,
36 Lowermill Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6AQ
Athletes Foot
 In-growing Toenails
For all your Foot-care
requirements contact:
Madeleine McIntosh
S.A.C Dip, FHPT FHPP
Registered Foot-health Practitioner
01250 872005 or
mob 07904 382840
NUMBER 5
01828 632297
TRICIA
CATHY
CHIROPODY & SUGARING
FACIALS, EYELASH/BROW TINTING
MANICURE, PEDICURE,
BY CREATIVE NAILS
*NOW AVAILABLE*
TANTRICK (SPRAYTAN) £20
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
TUES TO FRI.
PILATES
Mat Classes and 1 to 1 Classes
St Catharine's Community Centre,
Blairgowrie
Tuesday evenings and
Wednesday mornings
Pilates is a corrective form of
exercise, targeting the deep postural
muscles that support the spine and
lower back, building strength from the
inside out. The aim is to achieve a
balance between strength and
flexibility and plays a key role in injury
prevention and rehabilitation.
For details of class times and prices
Tel: Julie 07963 088 112
(Body Control Pilates and Reps Member)
[email protected]
MURDO FRASER MSP
MID SCOTLAND & FIFE
For help and advice ~ Look for details of regular surgeries in the local press.
To arrange a meeting you can contact Murdo on 01738 553990 or write to him at
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP; or e-mail him at [email protected]
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www.resoluteit.co.uk
Simon Bogle
LAPTOP & PC REPAIR SERVICES FOR
HOME & SMALL BUSINESS USERS
Repairs - Maintenance - Upgrades - Broadband Setup
New & Used Computer Sales - Tuition - Web Design
Tel: 01575 560466 Mob: 07732 524139
www.airliecomputers.co.uk
Technical Support Services
Mrs Susan Marsh (Cert Ed)
Cherrybank, Lands of Loyal
Tel: 01828 633501
9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Sunday
Covering the Perthshire & Angus areas of Scotland
Looking to buy a new computer?
Want advice on purchasing or developing
your Business I.T. Infrastructure?
Struggling with a slow laptop or PC?
Tired of Call Centres / going back to the
store?
We Offer Home & Office Visits!
(**Discount Available for Senior Citizens**)
JIM MORRICE
Saxophone, Flute and
Clarinet Tuition
Tel:01828 633 137
Resolute I.T. provide a wide range of
computer services including: Repairs &
Upgrades; Virus & Spyware Removal;
Network Solutions & Broadband Support
E: [email protected]
M: 07961 879239
Based in
- Meigle -
Beginners Welcome!
PETS PANTRY
Solutions
19 High Street, Blairgowrie
Tel: 01250 870772
Keith Nicol
GRANGEMOUNT
CATTERY
Aberbothrie, Alyth
SPECIAL DIETS CATERED FOR
INDIVIDUAL HEATED CHALETS
Set in the quiet rural setting of beautiful Strathmore
PERSONAL ATTENTION
FROM THE OWNERS
DENNIS & LIBBY MELLOY
Tel: 01828 632284
[email protected]
alythsolutions.wix.com/alythsolutions
Check out the new website
for all your needs,
we have all the solutions for
corporate, work, sport
and leisurewear.
Carpet Care
The Home Straight
Carpet, Upholstery and Leather
Cleaned and Protected
Moving, Downsizing & Aging in Place
Solutions for older people
Neil Stewart
Call for a Free Quote:
01828 632771 or 01250 875216
David Scott Ltd
FUNERAL DIRECTORS
& MONUMENT AGENTS
Also Golden Charter Pre-Paid Funeral Plans
7 Toutie Street Alyth
Call for appointment
Our staff are happy to assist with all enquiries
A 24 hour service is maintained on
01828 633 433
Specialised Dementia Care
in a Domestic Setting
·DAY CARE
·RESPITE CARE
·RESIDENTIAL CARE
All bedrooms en-suite: Beautiful Enclosed Gardens :
Home Cooking & Baking with Choice of Menu:
Trained Staff to promote independence and choice.
www.hopeparkhouse.com
Tel 01250 872349
Balmoral Road, Rattray, Blairgowrie
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As we grow older, making a decision
about where to live is stressful. We can
help you, whether you want to stay where
you are, or, move and downsize to a
smaller property, sheltered housing,
residential care or nursing home.
We can advise on adaptations to your
current home so that you can continue to
live there safely and independently and
we can support you through the entire
process of moving and downsizing.
Find out more at
www.thehomestraight.org.uk
Or email us at:
[email protected]
Or call us on 07840 544420
DIRLIEBANE COFFEE SHOP
Delicious home baking,
coffees, speciality teas, etc
Outdoor Play keeps the
Doctor Away!
Wild Sparks provides local children with
fun, adventurous and healthy play experiences in nature, through:
Wee Wild Sparks toddler group
Summer opening hours from
1st April
Mon - Fri - 9.00am - 5.00p
Sat - 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sun - 11.00am - 4.30pm
Partnership projects with schools &
community groups
Standard & special lunch
menus available daily. Food
served all day. Take out menu
also available
For more information:
www.wildsparks.co.uk
Enquiries to Alison or George
01828 633644
Holiday Playschemes
THE ALYTH BAKEHOUSE
ALL OUR ROLLS, BREAD, PIES,
SAUSAGE ROLLS, PUFF MINCE
BRIDIES & 98% of CAKES ARE MADE
FROM SCRATCH IN OUR INSTORE
BAKERY- help us maintain this unique
service to Alyth by shopping locally.
Hot & Cold Filled Rolls always available.
Homemade Soup, Homemade Stovies,
Homemade Macaroni all ready from
1030 a.m.
We will always have at least 2 special offers
on per week to save you money. Check our
window board.
NEW CONCEPT ARRIVING INSTORE
EARLY SPRING
Help on Hand
2 Local Girls offering a range of
services including:
House Cleaning * Office Cleaning
Shop Cleaning
Spring Cleaning including Holiday Lets
Shopping * Ironing * House sitting
Hospital Appointments
Overnight stays * Meals
Respite at home * Companionship
Call
Wendy 07725 225720/01250 874977 or
Avril 07749052036
GLUTEN-FREE CAKES & DESSERTS
made to order with love & passion,
using the freshest & highest quality
ingredients
Delicious products enjoyed by everyone not just those with gluten or wheat
intolerance
Contact me to discuss flavour options:
Sally Robertson 01828 640201
At Community treeCycle,
Gauldswell Wood, Bamff, Alyth
Upcoming courses:
(all courses are £50 per person per day plus any
associated material costs)
6th July
12th July
27th July
16th Aug
30th Aug
Woodcarving,
Longbow making
Greenwood working,
Knife making
Basic chainsaw
Summer holiday activities:
JRT’s
Gents & Juniors
Hair Salon
Closed Mondays
Open from 9.30am
Tues- Sat
3 Commercial Street
Alyth
Tel: 01828 632637
No Appointment
Necessary
Outdoor Adventure Days for 11 to
15yr olds, 14-25th July, 9am to 5pm,
£25/day. Book in advance.
Drop-in Activities for families every
Wednesday in July and August from
10am to 4pm, £20 per adult, £10 per
child/2hr session. Just turn up.
For more info and to book courses go to
www.scottishwoodlandskillscentre.co.uk
This summer come to
Community treeCycle
for your BBQ charcoal, tree surgery,
woodland management, log splitter hire,
bespoke furniture, signs and carvings.
Seasoned hardwood logs for sale from
September
[email protected]
07580778700
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Local Services and Appeals
RECYCLE AND HELP
Freephone 24hr
Dementia Helpline
tel: 0808 808 3000
Alyth and District branch
of Alzheimer Scotland
meet on the first Monday of the month in the lounge of Burnside
www.alzscot.org
A large box from Childline and NSPCC charities
is placed at the reception of the Alyth Health
Centre for

recycling inkjet cartridges

toner cartridges

mobile phones

hand held games
consoles

digital cameras

MP3 Players

satellite navigation
Units

Used spectacles (in aid of Vision 2020)
Please bring any of these items to the Health Centre
for recycling & help these charities.
Home-Start Perth is a voluntary
organisation which supports
Families with young children
throughout Perth and Kinross.
Our trained volunteers, who all
have parenting experience,
will visit a family in their own
home offering practical and emotional
Support. Volunteering for Home-Start Perth can
be very rewarding. We are always looking for
new volunteers. We are also keen to encourage
new Trustees to Home-Start Perth. If you feel
you have skills which could benefit the
organisation, please get in touch for an informal
chat in the first instance with Susan on 01738
638847. Visit www.homestartperth.org.uk or
email us on [email protected]
A
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Family
History
ALYTH VOICE NEEDS
YOU!!
Alyth Voice urgently needs
“Reserve Voiceteers” to cover
for sickness/holidays or to take on a round
when next available. Please contact Barbara
or Paul Prettyman [email protected]
to be placed in the system.
Alyth Library
Calling all Alyth Voluntary Groups
and Clubs
Promote your organisation in Alyth Library
Display space is available in the library windows
Call in at the Library for more information
Or call 01828 632731
Visit before October!
Enquiries:
[email protected]
Telephone 01250 872 905 for
details
STRATHMORE DEMENTIA
INFORMATION CAFE
This drop-in café has information
stalls to browse and time to chat over
a cup of tea/coffee with other people
with dementia, family members and
carers.
The café is held on the last Tuesday of the month in St Catharine’s
Church Hall, George St, Blairgowrie
PH10 6EY, from 10am-12 noon
There will be speakers to give a
short talk on alternate months and on
the other months, complimentary therapies and hand massages. See local
press for details.
Staff from the Strathmore Dementia
Service will also be available every
month to offer free, confidential
memory tests. No need to book, just
come along.
For further information, please contact Strathmore Day Opportunities on
01250 871938 or Fiona Matthews,
Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor
on 01738 562358
We look forward to seeing you
there.
Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm
ADMISSION FREE
Alyth Library
ADMISSION FREE
Can’t get to the library?
We deliver books to your door...
Books – in normal or large print /
Audio Books – cassette player
req. / Music CDs and Videos
OPEN May-September
Project
2014 OPENING TIMES
from 20th April
Alyth Parish Church; Sundays; 2-4pm
WRVS
Books on Wheels
(for FREE internet access & advice
on tracing your ancestors)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Sunday—Closed
Thursday 12.30pm—4.30pm &
5pm—8pm
Friday 9am—1pm & 2pm—5pm
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ARTICLES AND
DATES FOR
EVENTS IN THE
VOICE
If you have Events that are due in the
first week of the month, please consider putting an advert for the event into
the Voice the month before the event.
We cannot guarantee that the Voice
will be delivered by the first of each
Are You Really Relaxed?
Top o’Toon
The theme this month is the art of relaxation. Eh – art? Isn’t relaxation as simple as putting our feet up, watching some (admittedly)
mind-numbing television, or reading a book? Well, everything is
relative and compared to, say, working on the trading floor of the
London Stock Exchange then, yes, these things are certainly relaxing. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, also stimulating –
which is not want we want if we wish to gain the benefits of true
relaxation.
First things first.
This time of year, I especially look forward to my morning dogwalking – one reason being the spring birdsong, so powerful it can
almost drown out any intrusive negative or disruptive thoughts that
might try to enter my consciousness. My particular favourites are
the repetitive yet endlessly varied phrases of the song thrush, the
melodic babbling of the blackcap, and even the surprisingly tuneful
song of the resident dippers in Alyth Burn.
Eh cannae be alaine in meh technic dinosaur nithiness. Dinnae hae a
computer, mobile, microwave, dinnae do “soaps” ony mair – Tae
mony archaic reasons! Are ye fed up wi’ ower mony repeat adverts?
Do they think we’re a’ daft numpties?
Research shows that birdsong can help us to relax following a period of stress. There are a number of theories why this should be. It
certainly seems to sooth us and reduce our state of arousal, but
may be an evolutionary trait signaling that there are no predators
around and we can feel safe. We may also associate birdsong with
positive memories from our childhood or relaxed holidays in the
countryside. However it’s difficult to determine whether it’s specifically the birdsong that decreases stress, or the feeling of being part
of nature it may evoke, as studies using recorded birdsong have
also shown benefits.
Been tae Minsmere.
On the same Saturday as Rainbows successful coffee Morn at the
door agen & chatting tae a’body (of coorse) like Jim & Moira Rob, Meg
Fraser (lovely perfume of sweet peas) & Mary Hogg – sune tae flit tae
Auld Reekie, ye’ll be missed. An’ anither ane wha’ll be missed is Gordon fae the butcher’s – guid retirement – happy & active & weel derserved.
Nae ladybirds for 3 years. Nae cuckoo call since 1991. (only seen ain
twice in meh 80 years).
Bluetits noo nesting in garden bird box. Muckle rooks, jackdaws &
magpies visit oor Café Oiseaux.
Nae muckle food gaes in the brown bin!
Met Mike Dorward, happily retired, in the Co op, Even mince isnae the
same wi’oot ye!
Look forrit tae “Yellow on Broon” at Pitlochry Theatre wi’ friends Esther & David.
Taking the relaxation to deeper levels, we can all use simple techniques at home that will tackle stress and anxiety head-on and
begin to bring some real benefits in terms of reduced anxiety, improved confidence, concentration and sleep. Some of you may already practice some form of meditation, yoga, or simply listening
quietly to one of the many relaxation recordings designed specifically for the purpose.
At h2 Natural Health we can teach you how to relax using straightforward self-hypnosis routines and also provide CDs for home use.
You don’t need to be addressing any specific issue – just the process of hypnosis is a powerful relaxant which you can have available to you at any time.
Aye, wir aye gan-aboot. Noo, reading that Betsy Whyte book agen.
Hope tae gand tae Blairgowrie Toon Ha’ in Oct, tae Dougie Maclean
concert,
This next “acid” bits for Postie Keith, frien’ o’ a’ craiturs (well nearly)
but got mauled by a couthy wee dug on duty.
Hoo dae some fowk (maily mannies) aye need tae gae tae the loo,
when telt food’s ready - & then leave the seat up?
Harry Holbrook, clinical hypnotherapist
h2 Natural Health, Alyth
01828 633033
www.h2naturalhealth.co.uk
Did ye ken o’ possible sale o’ “Singing Kettle”? Alyth will miss ye, Sally. Nae mony tea and cake-rooms left like yours.
Memories are important. Mind that! Sae dae daft things, but canny
things.
Eh mind the first time Gordon (no’ the butcher ane!) visited in skalehoose lang syne.
Meh laddie cam’ up, “Mither there’s a strange man in the kitchen”.
“Whits’s he daein”
“Cleaning the cooker”
On Monday 14th July we will be screening Sunshine on Leith, a
jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, family and love.
Two Scottish soldiers return from Afghanistan, home to Leith to the
warm embrace of their families and they do it all while singing to the
euphoric music of The Proclaimers. Doors 7.15, refreshments will
be available. To book a free seat email [email protected] or
give me a call on 01828632942. Also check us out on Facebook .
“Well, eh’m no’ getting up till he’s finished!”
AND HE STILL DOES TAE THIS DAY!
Time tae stop ganshing noo. (eh leave ye wi’ a new word).
Josi
Top o’Toon
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FAMILY PACK 20% OFF
Burnside Inn
THE ALYTH TRADITIONAL
FISH BAR
Open Daily from 11am.
TOP QUALITY PRODUCE AT AN
AFFORDABLE PRICE
Sunday Brunch 11-1pm.
FEED A FAMILY OF 6 THREE TIMES
FOR ONLY £4.83 PER MEAL
NEW TEL: 01828 634165
1 1/2 LBS LEAN STEAK MINCE
1 1/2 LBS BEEF OR PORK SAUSAGES
6 GOLD AWARD WINNING BEEF BURGERS
Telephone Orders Welcome
Free Wifi.
Weekend Entertainment.
Self Catering Accommodation.
ALL FOR ONLY £14.50 - A SAVING OF £3.50
See full menu instore
Beer Garden.
LOCALLY SOURCED MEAT
FULL TRACEABILITY BACK TO THE FARM
Opening Hours:
Children Welcome.
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE AT 2012
EAST OF SCOTLAND SAUSAGE CHAMPIONS
Burnside Inn
Mill Street, Alyth
JAMES PIRIE & SON, 39 CHURCH ST.
NEWTYLE PH12 8TZ TEL. 01828 650301
01828 633356
We will be pleased to “meat” you!!
[email protected]
PAUL’S SPAR STORE
CONVENIENCE & OFF LICENCE
LUNANS NEWSAGENTS
8-10 Airlie Street Tel: 01828 632330
10 Commercial Street Alyth
NEW LOTTERY TERMINAL NOW INSTORE
*Opening Times*
NEWSPAPERS * GROCERIES* CARDS * BEERS
WINES & SPIRTS *MOBILE TOP UPS*GAS/
ELECTRIC/ TV LICENCE /ETC PAYMENT
FACILITY AVAILABLE
Wednesday close at 1.30pm
Open 5.30am - 5pm Mon - Fri
5.30am - 2pm Sat 7am - 12.30pm Sunday
CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS WELCOME WITH
CASHBACK ALSO AVAILABLE
Opening times
Mon-sat 6.00am-9.00pm,
Sun 7.00am-9.00pm
Tele 01828-632321
73-75 Airlie St.
Alyth
Deliveries locally and Glenisla
NOW DOING: Morning Rolls, Filled Rolls,
Pies, Sausage Rolls, Pasties, etc
.
Now Stocking:
Local Hero by Martin Mackay.
A History of Blairgowrie Juniors.
Sheila Stewart - Pilgrims of the Mist
LICENSED GROCER
• DVD Hire • Lotto Outlet • Shoe Repair •
• Irvine’s Butcher Meat • Photocopier •
• Mobile Top-up • Laundry •
FREE HOME DELIVERY!
OPEN: 8am - 10pm Mon - Sat
8am - 8pm Sunday
Tel No: 01828 632306
DENNIS MELLOY
SALE OF ALYTH SCENES
POSTCARDS, CARDS & CALENDARS
at DUNIRA, ST NINIANS ROAD
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A percentage from the sale of the cards
& notelets will go to Wisecraft, the
mental health craft project in
Blairgowrie.
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Bus Pass and Car Licence Photographs
Only two needed, £1 each
Phone Listed Number
TEL: 01828 632434
www.frogpublications.co.uk
Your Local Councillor
For Surgeries in the
comfort of your own home
Mon - Thurs 4.30pm - 9.30pm
Fri - Sat 4.30pm - 10pm
Sunday
4.30pm - 9.00pm
"SCOTLANDS FUTURE"
NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE
INDEPENDENCE
REFERENDUM ON SEPTEMBER 18th
2014?
THE ALYTH LIBRARY HAS FIVE COPIES
OF
"SCOTLANDS FUTURE" FOR YOUR PERUSAL OR
PHONE 0300 012 1809 FOR YOUR OWN
FREE COPY
Shaping Up…?
Lose 7 – 10 Pounds
In Just 9 Days!!
We Will Show
You a Healthy
and Balanced
way to Lose
Weight…!
Call Janette on 01828 640633
Too much month at
the end of the
money…??
Would an extra
£300 - £500 per
month working parttime with flexible
hours appeal to you?
Contact details
Mobile: 07786674776
Home: 01828 632284
E mail: [email protected]
Call Janette on 01828 640633
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J & J Howe
30 Reform St. Blairgowrie
Open Monday - Friday 8 - 5 Saturday 9 - 5
High Quality Removals and Storage
Complete removal service
Local and Long distance
Specialist to the Islands
Large containerized storage warehouse
Get free quote for your removal
AUCTIONS and VALUATIONS
Auction sale on Mondays 6pm
Goods on view from 2pm day of sale
Also Saturday 2 - 4
Office open Tues and Wed
8.30 - 4
See weekly list and auction dates on line
www.jjhowe.co.uk
INTERIOR SHOP NOW OPEN
Selling carpets, cushionfloor, blinds and curtains with a
measuring, estimate and fitting service.
Samples to take home and check the colours in your room.
For further details of all these services phone 01250 872 361
or email [email protected]
s Do something different
during the school
holidays, enjoy fun
activities and games with
our specialist tutors.
Glenisla Golf Course
01828 632445
Glenisla Golf Course
open to the Public
Come to our Summer
Activity Club at
Belmont Centre,
Meigle, there’s loads
to do and loads of fun!
14 -18 July 2014
Friday 20th June
Come and join us for a steak and grill
night at Glenisla.
● Pole Climb
● Archery
● Tree Climb
● Mohawk Walk
● Night line
● Pathfinder
● Flying Fox
●Living Outdoors
● Arts and Crafts
● Baking
Superb selection of sizzling options.
Full catering available all day full
menu in place.
Golf and Food specials in June dates
for your diary
Round of golf and main course meal
On 2nd / 16th and 23rd June telephone
01828 632445 To book
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9am - 5pm. (Early drop offs from 8am
and late pick up to 6pm available at an
extra cost).
Lunch provided. Age 8-14 yrs.
Standard rate:
£33 per day. £147 for 5 days.
Book two or more places: £30 per day.
£125 for 5 days.
To find out more and book,
call 01899 221115
or email [email protected]
www.soec.org.uk
Family History Project - VAD Nurses Alyth
Three months ago we received an enquiry from the London based
nephew of a WWI veteran who was nursed in Scotland.
Frank Starkey from Oldham, who died in 1978, left a tin tobacco box
of his memorabilia of the First World War. He was injured, physically
and mentally, in the Dardanelles; repatriated by hospital ship and sent
to recuperate from his 'tremors' in a series of Scottish hospitals: The
Royal Victoria Hospital, Craigleith, Edinburgh; Keir House, Dunblane
and the V.A.D. Hospital, Perth. While he was in the latter he was
nursed by a young V.A.D. nurse from Alyth, who signed herself 'J.
Galloway' on two postcards Frank kept, one showing her seated in the
front row and a note to say Frank would be able to identify her. Family
diaries record that Frank was in the V.A.D. hospital between August
and October 1915.
The British Red Cross archives in London have an index of nurses who served under the Joint War Committee in the Great War. Unfortunately J.
Galloway’s record has not survived in the 90% of records which did. In our archive we know the Galloway family farmed Westfield during that time.
We think the daughter Jessie (who died in 1963 at West Park, St. Ninian’s Road) may be nurse J. Galloway, however we have no evidence to
support this.
For two months we have been searching for information on the Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses from Alyth. In particular for confirmation Jessie
Galloway was in the VAD.
The Alyth Voice, Craigie Column in The Courier, our own Facebook page, AK Bell Library Local Studies, have all been involved, and helped in
one way or another to advise there is no news of Jessie’s connection in their records.
We also contacted the Earl of Airlie to confirm whether the lady pictured in the middle of the nurses could be his grandmother, The Dowager
Countess of Airlie, Lady Mabell, who was very involved in the local Red Cross branch during WWI (a fascinating book covers this time in her life
“Thatched with Gold”). Although not 100% certain it is likely from her age and appearance that the lady in the photograph is Lady Mabell.
HOWEVER, we have had a significant breakthrough this week when one of our FHP visitors from past years, Alistair Ferguson, emailed to say
they have identified one of the nurses as being his wife Sheila’s Aunt Nora.
Nora is sitting front right in the VAD photograph (left below), and was daughter of Alexander and Margaret Macpherson. She was born 20 June
1898 in Chapel St Alyth. The right hand photograph was provided by Alistair & Sheila for comparison.
During our enquiries we also received a list of Auxiliary Hospitals during WWI from the British Red Cross. Ruthven House is listed (by Meigle) and
it prompted us to look at a photo of Ruthven House we have in the archive.
Bingo! The glass above the front door is identical in both. The postcard was handed in to the archive with a date of 1920s, unverified. In 1915
there was obviously a shrub border or similar in front of the house, which makes us suspect the postcard is earlier.
One VAD nurse down, 19 to go!
If any of this update prompts new information on the VAD in Alyth, or on Jessie Galloway, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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SUMMER FITNESS
Summer is coming and as much as you may love the salty aroma of the ocean and
warm, sun-kissed skin in the summer, don’t forget your fitness routine.
Lots of people work really hard in the run up to their summer holidays then forget all
about their fitness during and afterwards, losing some if not all of the benefits that
they worked so hard to gain.
With lots more social events during July and August – weddings, bbqs, festivals etcit is even more important to maintain your weekly routine than any other time of the
year. You don’t want to regret those additional glasses of wine or yummy bbq treats.
So here are a few hints to help keep your fitness levels up and make the most of
your workouts during your summer holidays.
Always pack your Trainers (and unpack them when you get there)
If your trainers are the first thing you see when you wake each morning you’ll be reminded that you brought them with the intention of keeping up
with your fitness :)
Power Walk/ Jog on the Beach
The added resistance from the sand means that you’ll get a much better workout for your legs and glutes as well working your core harder as you
keep your balance.
Hire A Bike
A great way to explore the area you are visiting and get some exercise too :)
Plan your Daily Activities Before you go
Check out the local area to see what’s on offer – hiking tours, country park
visits, sports programs etc. and book a couple of active days in while you are
there to make sure that at least you get some exercise on those days.
Swim Swim Swim
This is the best form of holiday fitness. A full body workout and can help to
keep you cool and mobile in between long, hot, sunbathing sessions. Whether
in the pool or with the added wave resistance in the sea or ocean – a perfect
way to get your heart rate up, work your muscles and earn your evening cocktails :)
But always remember the most important tip –
MAKE IT FUN :)
Have a great summer
Shari
Diabetes UK Fundraising
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me so far with raising money. I recently took on a campaigning stall for
Diabetes UK Week 'I can '. This was held in Alyth Bakehouse and i was grateful for Steven letting me use the space. Many people came and
donated loose change and also picked up some of the wide range of leaflets available. I was really overwhelmed with so many people either with
Diabetes or on the border line.
One other thing is that I'm looking for local businesses to take this opportunity and give a donation towards my fundraising this year. Any business that does will receive a letter of thanks and also logos and names will be used on posters were possible. If you would like to make a donation, please let me know.
My sponsored walk was on the last Sunday of June (29th), the deadline for the Alyth Voice would have been passed so I will update in the edition
of August.
Remember, please please please, collect as much money as you can , anything from coppers to silver or even gold ;)
I have many leaflets at hand, so please let me know if you would like any and I will make you up a small pack :-) .
Thanks
Ryan Mollison
01828 633742
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Alyth Bakehouse
A Modern Apprenticeship at Alyth Bakehouse not
only gave Dawn Arthur a new career, but also
restored her confidence and gave her a whole
new lease of life.
“I’m a late student,” said Dawn, who is from Alyth.
“I’d spent years at home as a carer for both my
parents and I think in a way I went to pieces after
they died,” she said.
Dawn said that initially she could hardly bear to
leave the house.
The 49 year old explained: “It was hard enough
even to go into the Bakehouse as a customer
and then one day the owner, Steven Boath, offered me a job.
“That was four years ago and I started with ten
hours a week, petrified to be left on my own,” she
added.
Dawn made a conscious decision that now was the time to go for every opportunity and started a Level 2 Modern Apprentice which has totally
changed her life.
She has now completed her Level 3 Food and Drink Modern Apprenticeship and was nominated at Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards both
last year and this.
“She’s a different person,” said Steven, the owner of Alyth Bakehouse.
He added: “Recently she was left in charge of the Bakehouse for three weeks and the takings were the highest we’ve recorded. As a result she had
to order new stock and she used her initiative and just went ahead and did so.
“She’s involved in training other staff now and is a total asset to the business, who is well known throughout the town by everyone.”
Thanks to the Courier for letting us use their picture and text.
Tree Planting at Springbank Road
Community Trust Meeting
'Great turn out on Wednesday night for the public meeting about the
Town Centre regeneration and how setting up a Community Development Trust might help support it - estimates around 70 folk. We
showed the Comrie Community Development Trust film and a wee
film maid by AYP about what our young folk wanted to see happening in Alyth too. A big mandate from the room to go ahead and set a
Community Development Trust up and around 30 names and addresses of folk who are up for putting their shoulder to the wheel to
help in the setting up! Anyone want to find out more or add their
signature get in touch with me on [email protected]'
Paul & Barbara Prettyman had a great day planting trees around our
new homes with the children (pictured) who live in our street. They
were very enthusiastic and are now looking after “their” trees, helping
with watering etc.
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Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
I claim it as pure blind co-incidence and I am sticking to it. It just so happened that the weekend the Beavers headed south east on their day trip
and sleepover in the Scout Hut, the Scouts and Cubs headed in the complete opposite direction for a weekend at Crieff. The Beavers had a fabulous time at St Andrews visiting the Sea Life Centre and a visit to the
beach. Heather, Claire Ross & Alex, gluttons for punishment that they are,
then brought the entire Colony back to the Scout Hut for an overnight
sleepover. By all accounts, the Beavers were up bright ( and early) and
there was great enthusiasm for breakfast. But as the day progressed the
guys slowed down a bit and by the late hour of 9.00am, were completely
exhausted – time for a sharp exit. Well done the Beavers for taking part
and my compliments to the Leaders for arranging such an adventure for
them. Meanwhile, not a thousand miles away, the Cubs and Scouts had set
up camp at the campsite at Craggan just outside Crieff. The Cubs set forth
on the Friday night and quickly had their tents up as the cooks got underway with the provision for the inner man. The Scouts had a much more
relaxed approach to the exodus by meeting on the Saturday morning and
just about managed to set camp before lunch. This was achieved by the
instruction there were getting nothing to eat until the canvas had been converted from the horizontal ! There has been a long tradition in Alyth scouts
for a quick lunch – jeelie pieces ! Despite the suggestions from that popular
song - the only direction they can be flung is down the throat. Copious
quantities of this delicacy are always available in case starvation might set
in between meals. However this option is highly dangerous when it comes
to the Explorer Scouts / Young Leaders who only have one meal a day – it
starts in the morning and last for the remainder of the day. As one parent
put it – don’t stand still – you might become the next course!!
The weather could have been a bit kinder for us on the Sunday – but it
was certainly character forming. One passing observation was the two
Scouts who were washing the dishes on our splendid wash stand, in the
pouring rain and having washed them attempting to dry them using a
cloth which had long lost any former capacity for drying anything. The
task of moving the moisture from one side of the plates to the other now
completed, our enthusiastic lads proceeded to stack them in the patrol
box which already had the bottom swimming with water. A swift manoeuvre to bail out the box by tipping it over resulted in the clean but wet dishes escaping their captive container and decorating the campsite. “We’ll
gie them a wash whin we get hame”.
Ron Kirkpatrick
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Family History Project
In March just after the first appeal to identify these photographs, we had a second enquiry from Missouri USA looking for Powrie ancestors. Connecting the enquirer with our
Canadian friend noted in the email trail below, it turned out they were indeed searching
for the same family and did not know of each other. Amazingly they both planned to
visit Scotland last week!
Ellen from Canada was on a coach trip stopping in Dunkeld on Wednesday and she
took a taxi over to Alyth so she could walk in her ancestors’ footsteps. Nancy is touring
the UK from Missouri with her family and they arranged to meet Ellen in Edinburgh on
Friday. Both were delighted to meet each other and to be connected through Alyth Family History Project. Today Nancy and her family visited AlythParish Church and left with
local cemetery maps and route plans to walk where Powries once walked.
While searching for Powries in the 1881 Census today we realised that David Powrie lived at “Backburn” Alyth, which no longer exists but was at
one time the row of cottages now known as Loyal Cottages (just off Loyal Road on the right before the Lands of Loyal Hotel drive). Backburn was
given its name as the cottages lay along a small stream starting at Kirklandbank, passing Den Well, bordering Loyal House and running east towards its junction with the Alyth Burn at Pitcrocknie.
Could the cottage below (David Powrie’s home) be one of Loyal Cottages? Was the road up to Loyal passing Hay Street lined by stone dykes and
trees in days gone by?
Family History Project - Corporal William A. Mitchell
Many thanks to the mystery author who popped a note through my door this week, which read…
“William Mitchell, Scots Guards. Son of Mr & Mrs David Mitchell, Hay Street Shepherd to a Mr. MacKinnon, Blairgowrie Brother Angus, Australian
Army killed June 1915 at Dardanelles. Copied out of Alyth Guardian 1916.”
The interest in finding Wm. Mitchell’s living relatives is to let them know a lighter made in the trenches by Wm. Mitchell will be put into theRegimental Museum this year. Our enquirer bought the “trench art” item and has been researching its history. To be able to add Wm. Mitchell’s family history to it will bring the lighter to life in a museum case.
As you can see the copper and tin lighter has been fashioned from regimental badges, and engraved with Wm. Mitchell’s details. It is quite remarkable that an item such as this could have been made in the trenches whilst enduring the horrors of war.
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Congratulations
Birth
Scott and Danni Duncan have announced the birth of a baby boy,
Alexander, on 2nd June 2014.
First grandchild of Richard and Rose and the first great-grandchild
for Paul and Barbara Prettyman.
The couple now live in Lincolnshire. Congratulations to all.
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Alyth Trainee Plumber Wins Award
A Dundee & Angus College prize winner saw skills recognised on a
national stage when he took part in the 39th Skillplumb Competition.
David Elder (19) a 3rd year apprentice with Murray Pennycook Plumbing & Heating Alyth was one of the Country’s top trainee plumbers
who took part in an event held in Falkirk winning 3rd prize overall.
DR. IAN. DUNCAN M.E.P.
Congratulations on your recent election as Scottish Conservative
M.E.P.Ian has asked me to thank the good people of Alyth for the
support he received in his recent election campaign.
As well as gaining a certificate to mark his achievement, David from
Kirriemuir, won a cheque for £150.00 a new drill and a £25.00 voucher.
Jim Copland
Mary.
At the AGM of the Alyth Senior Citizens` Lunch and Socialising
Club held on Monday 26th May we all learnt, with sadness, that
our Mary (Mary Hogg) wished to retire from all her various duties
within the Club.
Over the years she has shown devoted dedication to all her responsibilities such as `Treasurer` of this Club, `Walk Leader` and
Walk arranger for the `Stride for Life` group, `Treasurer ` and organiser of the Exercise Group, together with being involved with a
number of other groups within the Community of Alyth.
Throughout she has proved to be a powerful member of the Community. Her concern for others has resulted in a dedication to all
groups which can be truly described as `Outstanding` and ` Second to None`. This has been despite her dealing with some hard
ups and downs with her close family.
She will be greatly and sadly missed by everyone concerned within the many groups and especially by those of us who have worked closely with her.
So, MARY – Many thanks for your company and devotion to our Community. Well done Mary and wherever you and Brian happen to finally rest have
a great time and God go with you.
The picture attached shows our Chairperson (Peter Fairgrieve) presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mary on behalf of us all. Peter used this opportunity
to thank all the Volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm.
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