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Perth & Kinross

Culinary dimension added to Perth Show

July 28 2016

For more than 150 years Perth Show has been a popular, once a year meeting point for the people of the city and the farming community. The show - now the third largest of its type in Scotland – remains as always a showcase for champion livestock but this year holds a much wider appeal for visitors. To be held on Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 on the South Inch, throughout the two days, trade stands, sideshows, entertainment, activities, music and parades all add to the vibrancy of the show along with a new culinary direction. “For the first time, Perth Show is set to feature a cookery theatre and food and drink marquee,” said show secretary Neil Forbes. “This will bring a new and popular dimension to the visitor attraction. “Perth Show 2016 is also delighted to welcome Perthshire On A Plate (POAP) - a major food festival, celebrating the very best in local produce and culinary talent. “Organised by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will run as part of the show and feature celebrity and local chefs, demonstrations and tastings, book signings, food and drink related trade stands, fun-filled activities for ‘kitchen kids’ and a large dining area and pop-up restaurants in a double celebration of food and farming.” Heading the celebrity chef line-up are television favourite Rosemary Shrager (Friday) and spice king Tony Singh (Saturday), backed by a host of talented local chefs including Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street) and Grant MacNicol (Fonab Castle). The cookery theatre, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, will also stage a fun cookery challenge between students from Perth College and the ladies of the SWI. A range of pop-up restaurants featuring taster dishes from some of the area’s best known eating places will allow visitors to sample local produce as they relax in the show’s new POAP dining area. “We’re trying to create a wide and varied programme of entertainment,” said Mr Forbes. “Late afternoon on Friday will see the It’s A Knockout  challenge with teams from businesses throughout Perth and Perthshire competing against each other. “And the first day’s programme will end with a beer, wine and spirit festival where teams can celebrate their achievements and visitors can sample a wide range of locally produced drinks.” This year will also see the reintroduction of showjumping at Perth Show on the Saturday afternoon.

Perth & Kinross

Top names for Perthshire literary festival

January 16 2017

A stellar line-up of more than 30 authors, wordsmiths, filmmakers, adventurers and journalists has been unveiled for the 13th annual Winter Words literary festival in Pitlochry next month. Among those jostling for top billing at the event in the festival theatre is politician Vince Cable, who will share his view on the British Economy and how best it should be managed over the next decade and beyond. Nicholas Crane – whose face and name is easily recognised from BBC's Coast – will deliver a talk on his new book, which describes the evolution of Britain’s countryside and the development of its cities. Award-winning crime author Christopher Brookmyre will read from his critically acclaimed new novel Black Widow, which revives the much-loved maverick reporter Jack Parlabane. Nature and wildlife man John Lewis-Stempel, winner of the Wainwright prize and author of the critically acclaimed Meadowland,  is set to deliver a heart-warming talk on his book Where Poppies Blow about the human condition in wartime. For food enthusiasts Kirsten Gilmour of Aviemore’s The Mountain Café will discuss the Kiwi-influenced recipes in her book and there will be an opportunity to sample some of her creations. There are also talks by award-winning reporter and Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting, singer-songwriter-journalist Malachy Tallack and mountaineer Alan Rowan. Winter Words, which runs from Februay 10 to 19,  will also see the return of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. After a highly successful sell-out show last year, the film festival will be showing two different programmes of adrenaline-packed, death-defying short films this year. For poetry enthusiasts there is the return of free Poetry Please! lunchtime sessions, including a reading with Scottish Slam champion Iona Lee, and budding writers may wish to expand their ideas through a short-story writing workshop or a playwriting workshop. The latter culminates in a reading from the plays by a professional actor. Spaces are limited for these courses, so booking is required. For younger festival goers, puppetry master Tania Czajka will present her puppet show (aimed at three to eight-year-olds) which introduces the French language and culture in an easy, fun and light style. Amateur and experienced authors can submit a spooky story for the annual Fearie Tales Writing Competition, closing date January 31. Further details can be found at www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

Perth & Kinross

Hidden wartime history of Perth building

October 29 2016

A secret wartime role played by a Perth mansion in preparing airmen for battle has been revealed. Durn – the headquarters of land and estate agent Bell Ingram – opened for the first time recently as part of Doors Open Day and yielded a surprise discovery about the building’s past. An elegant late 19th century villa set on the eastern bank of the Tay on Isla Road, it has a rich history, having previously been used as a family home for the famous Pullars from Perth and it was known that there was an RAF connection. More than 150 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to tour the building to appreciate its history and architecture, but one visitor had a tale to tell which was unknown to the current occupants. “We knew that our headquarters had once been home to the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, but one visitor brought in some old black and white photos that showed there used to be a flight simulator in our basement, which was a huge surprise to us,” said Victoria McCusker of Bell Ingram. “The pictures showed various images of airmen posing with the simulator on training exercises – so it was fascinating to think of the role the building had in the war effort and to compare this to how our basement is used now as an office space. “It was fantastic to have so many people come to visit us to find out what we do here and take in the views of the River Tay and North Inch – views we all take for granted daily. “It was definitely a huge success, and we look forward to getting involved again and opening our doors to even more visitors next year.” Durn was one of five new buildings that opened for the first time during Doors Open Day  which saw 40 places of interest from castles to civic buildings across Perth and Kinross opened to the public. Built around 1880 for Surgeon Major Frederick Robert Wilson of the 57th Brigade,  Durn was acquired by the Pullars in 1890. It has undergone numerous extensions and was bought by Bell Ingram land and estate agents as their headquarters in 1962.


Former Pitlochry GP Dr Christopher Grant

April 6 2018

Dr Christopher Grant, who was a GP in Pitlochry for 35 years, has died aged 91. He was born in Dehra Dun, a hill station in northern India, in 1927 where his father was a public health specialist and his mother’s side of the family had been in the shellac business for several generations. His paternal grandfather was a doctor in Blantyre and Dr Grant’s two sons followed him into medicine and his daughter was a nurse. His late wife, Audrey, died in 2017 and they also have two granddaughters. Dr Grant trained at St Andrews University where he was to meet his future wife. Their marriage was delayed by his National Service where he served as a captain in the RAMC attached to the King’s African Rifles in Kenya. He married Audrey in 1953 and he started a traineeship in general practice in Pitlochry. He always considered himself very fortunate to be offered a partnership in the town after this and Pitlochry became his adopted home and he worked there until his retirement in 1989. Dr Grant saw the birth of the NHS as a medical student in the late 1940s and saw the huge changes of modern medicine and general practice developed into the present era of group practices and team working. His workload was varied and demanding at that time with a busy Cottage Hospital, attending road accidents on the A9 in addition to his usual day and night time work. He was elected an Associate of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr Grant had a strong sense of duty and served the community in many roles both seen and unseen. He was a past president of the Rotary and a Probus member. He was a keen golfer serving as captain of Pitlochry Golf Course on three occasions and was made an honorary member after 58 years of membership in 2010. Other interests were his garden and hillwalking and he had climbed all the Munros south of the Great Glen. Dr Grant also was a keen bridge and badminton player and was a patron of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He was also on the board of Sunnybrae, Abbeyfield House in Pitlochry and on the committees of the Old Peoples Welfare and Arthritis Awareness. In his retirement, he and his wife travelled extensively in France and especially in America where they visited family many times. He was married to Audrey for 64 years. There will be a celebration of his life at Pitlochry Festival Theatre at 3pm on Thursday April 12. No flowers and no black tie at Dr Grant’s request.

Perth & Kinross

Students to play sell-out music festival

July 26 2016

Students from Perth College UHI are hoping to make their mark in the music business at a sell-out festival. A group of seven students have secured work placements at the Belladrum Festival next month which will be headlined by Madness, while a student band has been given the opportunity to perform. Audio engineering students Christine Heriot and Erika Schweighofer will be working with the production team, while music business students Lauren Patterson, Christopher Glynn and Kitt Carr will take up roles as press and site assistants. Ruth Stewart, a technical theatre student will develop her experience as a lighting assistant and music student Stuart Duncan will work as an artist liaison. Speaking about the opportunity, Stuart said he was “thrilled” to have been selected for a role at the festival which will be staged at Beauly, Inverness, from August 4 to 6. "I’m really looking forward to joining a strong team dedicated to creating a brilliant experience for event-goers and event-makers alike,” he said. Student band The Purple Felts, meanwhile, will showcase their talents with an appearance on the XpoNorth Seedlings stage. The Perth-based six-piece, made up of students from the university’s BA (Hons) popular music course, will open the stage at 11.30am on the Saturday with a set of original funk and high-energy ska. The Purple Felts drummer, Matt Walker from Kirkcaldy, said: “We’re really excited for what we hope to be one of our biggest shows to date, which comes just after the launch of our debut EP. The show comes at a good time for us as it will be an opportunity to get our music to a bunch of fresh ears." Joe Gibbs, the festival founder, said: “Perth College UHI’s BA course consistently nurtures talent and provides students with industry standard skills. “We have a great relationship with the team who look after the course and welcome new students each year to the festival for experience, many of whom impress so much that they return to the event to work in subsequent years.” MSP Pete Wishart, himself no stranger to the music business with his role in Runrig, said: "I know very well how hard it can be to make it in the music industry so I wish all these Perth students the very best of luck. “The relationship between Belladrum and Perth College UHI shows how well regarded the college is for the way in which it nurtures the talents of its students."

Perth & Kinross

Huge “red deer” will greet visitors to Highland Perthshire

October 15 2017

A massive red deer will help to point tourists towards the rich wildlife of Highland Perthshire. The three metre high installation was created to celebrate 25 years of one of the area’s most successful tourism business. Highland Safaris, which operates from a base in the village of Dull, commissioned social enterprise The Workshop Aberfeldy to produce the stag, helping local youngsters to gain skills and boost their chances of finding work. The sculpture, based on Highland Safaris distinctive red deer logo, was unveiled by Bailey Pearce from Aberfeldy, one of the local youngsters who took part in the project. Bailey was joined by other invited guests from bodies such as VisitScotland, along with local accommodation partners and suppliers. Highland Safaris has grown its business from one Land Rover taking small groups up into the hills into a five star rated visitor attraction. The company now offers Land Rover, walking and cycle safaris, as well as team building events, a red deer centre, gold panning and a mountain bike skills loop. It recently diversified from land onto water with the launch of Loch Tay Safaris, a guided tour of Perthshire’s largest loch. Donald Riddell, who founded the firm with wife Julie in 1992, said: “We’re hugely excited about unveiling this impressive stag installation to celebrate our silver anniversary.” He thanked The Workshop Aberfeldy for taking on the commission and JGB Steelcraft of Hillington, Glasgow, who carried out the cutting and fabrication. “The Workshop is an amazing local initiative, and a registered charity, which is really changing lives and enabling many more young people to stay in the area and find gainful employment,” said Mrs Riddell. Paul Parmenter, manager of The Workshop Aberfeldy, said: “People of all ages come to us to learn wood working, metal working and laser cutting, in addition to business management, although we particularly focus on helping young people who face barriers to employment.”

Perth & Kinross

Colourful displays at the Perth and Kinross Federation of the SWI spring show

March 22 2017

The Perth and Kinross Federation of the SWI held its annual spring show at the Bankfoot Church Centre. The event had displays and competitions on various themes including handcrafts, bulbs and floral art. Federation chairman, Ursula Stewart, said: “We are celebrating the centenary of the SWI and this show in particular has a record number of entries and we have the grand tea party being held in July at Perth Racecourse still to look forward to." Trophy winners - Margaret Anderson Trophy,  Best entry in Housewives Section, 1  Alison Harrison, Glenfarg. Chariman’s choice from the whole Show, Caithness Glass Bowl donated by Kathleen Scott – 1 Christine Wood  (Drimmieburn and Meikleour) Napkin from Community. Imlay Quacih for most points in the Floral Art Section – 1 Linda Retson, Rattray. Margaret Mackay Trophy, Education Competition – 1 Jay Hutchison, Carnbo. Heather Hallum Trophy, runner-up in Margaret Mackay Education Competition - Susan McGhie, Institute  Kinglands. Charlotte MacLean Trophy, best embroidered article overall – 1 Christine McConnell, Institute  Strathallan. Margaret McLean Salver, best knitted article in handcraft section – 1 Edith Lennon, Institute   Kinglands. Margaret Nisbet Trophy, most points in bulb section Nos. 1-7 – 1 Sandra Batty      , Institute   Dull and District. Greta Scott Shield - winning institute in the community competition – 1 Blackford,  points 64 Isobel Robertson Salver, most points overall – 1 Sandra Batty, Institute ,  Dull and District. Margaret Folan Novice Quaich, novice classes – 1 Hayley Cassells, Institute Cleish. The Retson Junior Trophy, ages 10 – 14 class – 1 Ella Balanowski, Institute  Scone. Results - Handcrafts, Clock Cushion (any craft)  - 1 Margot Moran, Glenfarg; 2 Edith Lennon, Kinglands; 3 P. Stewart, Dunning. Alice Band – 1 Elspeth Campbell, Kinloch; 2 Margot Moran, Glenfarg; 3 Sandra Batty, Dull and District. Needle Felted Doormouse - 1 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 2 Edith Lennon, Kinglands; 3 Sarah Urie, Burrelton and Woodside. Crocheted Coasters – 1 Edith Christie, Drimmieburn and Meikleour; 2 Margo Murray, Rattray and District; 3 Dorothy Morris, Cleish. Article in Stumpwork – 1 Maureen Jones, Kinglands; 2 Marie Abott, Butterstone; 3 Sheila Brugees, Butterstone. Knitted Cakes – 1 Edith Lennon, Kinglands; 2 Linda Thomson, Kinglands; 3 Dorothy Morris, Cleish. Sewn Waistcoat 1 Hazel Ward, Birnam and Dunkeld; 2 Julia Robertson, Burrelton and Woodside; 3 Alice Nairn, Dunning. Painting- Alice’s Garden, any medium – 1 Jay Hutchison, Carnbo; 2 Alison Harrison, Glenfarg; Muriel Bell, Glenfarg Knitted tweedled muff- Centenary Competition- to be donated – 1 C. Stewart, Kinglands; 2 Linda Retson, Rattray; 3 Edith Lennon, Kinglands. Housewives, Chocolate Brownies – 1 Irene McWilliam, Midatholl and Southtayside; 2 Christine Strathie, Collace and Kinrossie; 3 Geraldine Miller, Muthill. Chelsea Buns – 1 Lynda Stuart, Glenfarg; 2 Beth Pringle, Cleish; 3 Susan McGhie, Kinglands. Sausage Rolls  - 1 Christine Taylor, Strathallan; 2 Christine Strathie, Collace and Kinrossie; 3 Sandra Batty, Dull and District. Cake Incorporating a vegetable – 1 Susan McGhie, Kinglands; 2 Lesley Buchan; 3 Anne Mailler, Scone. Potato Scones  - 1 Christine Taylor, Strathallan; 2 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 3 Janet Shanks, Strathallan. Small jar of jam, marmalade and chutney – 1 Mary McGraw, Auchterarder; 2 Elspeth Campbell, Kinloch; 3 Susan McGhie, Kinglands. Viennese Fingers – 1 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 2 Christine Taylor, Strathallan; 3 Frances Drysdale, Carnbo. Spray of Flowers in sugar craft – 1 Alison Harrison, Glenfarg; 2 Mary Webster, Clunie; 3 Ursula Stewart, Glenfarg. Children’s Section, Up to age 5 – 1 Iris Balanowski, Scone      ; 2 Hannah Cullen, Scone; 3 Alesha Murison, Glenfarg. Age 6-9 – 1 Lucy Moran, Glenfarg; 2 Adam Balanowski, Scone; 3 Charlie Mailer, Scone. Age 10-14 – 1 Ella Balanowski, Scone; 2 Rebecca Hogg, Butterstone; 3 Michela Hogg, Butterstone. Education Competition, Margaret MacKay Trophy  - 1 Jay Hutchison, Carnbo; 2 Susan McGhie, Kinglands. One Bowl of 3 Hyacinths – 1 Janet Chalmers, Kinglands; Lesley Buchan, Strathallan; 3 Margot Moran, Glenfarg. Single Hyacinth-  1 Susan McGhie, Kinglands; 2 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 3 Lelsey Buchan, Strathallan. One Bowl daffodils-  1 Margaret Cummings, Kinglands; 2 Janet Chalmers, Kinglands; 3 Sandra Batty, Dull and District. One Bowl Tulips – 1 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 2 Lesley Buchan, Strathallan; 3 H W Reid, Stanley. One Bowl Crocus-  1 Kim Stretch, Amulree; 2 Sandra Batty, Dull and District; 3 Margot Moran, Glenfarg. One Amaryllis Bulb – 1 Margaret Cummings, Kinglands; 2 Dorothy Morris, Cleish; 3 Janet Chalmers, Kinglands. Flowering Pot Plant – 1 C, Stewart, Kinglands; 2 Christine Taylor, Strathallan; 3 Lilias Ferguson, Kinglands. Floral Art, Exhibit incorporating pocket watch-  1 Linda Retson, Rattray and District; 2 Margaret Folan, Bridge of Earn; 3 Beth Pringle, Cleish. Exhibit “Alice in Wonderland” – 1 Beth Pringle, Cleish; 2 Margaret Folan, Bridge of Earn; 3 Mary McGraw, Auchterarder. Arrangement in a teacup and saucer – 1 C. Stewart, Kinglands; 2 Linda Retson, Rattray; 3 Lesley Buchan, Strathallan. Arrangement on a mirror – 1 Beth Pringle, Cleish; 2 Linda Retson, Rattray; 3 Mary McGraw, Auchterarder. Novice, Decorated Gingerbread People – 1 Hayley Cassells, Cleish; 2 Margaret McArthur,Auchterarder. Crocheted Bag – 1 Muriel Anderson, Longforgan; 2 Margaret McArthur, Aucterarder; 3 Hayley Cassells, Cleish. Photograph with caption-  1 Hayley Cassells, Cleish; 2 Kim Stretch, Amulree; 3 Margaret McArthur, Auchterarder. Community Section – 1 Blackford, Points 64; 2 Madderty, Points 63.5; 3 Glenfarg, Points 62.5.

Perth & Kinross

Perth’s Christmas celebrations pull in the crowds

November 20 2017

Perth was crowned “Scotland’s Christmas capital” at the weekend as it hosted the country’s biggest lights switch-on celebrations. More than 100,000 revellers flocked to Saturday's festivities – the largest gathering in the history of the city. The fun started early with a chocolate and gin festival on the High Street with fairground rides, ice sculptures,  food stalls and street performers on all the surrounding streets. Among the weird and wonderful attractions this year were camels,  stilt walkers and  even a life size snow globe adding to the carnival atmosphere. As always the musical element was a major feature to the switch-on celebrations with 70s favourites Mud, Boyzlife, The Hunna and East 17 providing the musical soundtrack to the day. Topping the bill was singer Alesha Dixon, best known for Strictly Come Dancing and her role as judge on Britain’s Got Talent. Provost Dennis Melloy made his way to the Tay Street stage in a vintage car which was part of a huge procession of pipers and performers before welcoming an international contingent – visitors from France, Finland, Germany and Switzerland were among the crowds. “Glasgow may be miles better and Edinburgh the Hogmanay capital but Perth is now the Christmas capital of Scotland,” the Provost told the audience gathered alongside the Tay. The lights switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display with the top acts  performing before the evening came to a close. Large screens situated throughout the city meant people could see who was performing, wherever they were. The community stage in King Edward Street proved popular, providing a high profile platform for local performers including the Letham Majorettes and the Julie Young Dancers. Council chief executive Bernadette Malone said the day had been a resounding success. “It has been a fantastic day, outstanding and great to see so many people here from all over,” she said. The festive celebrations continued on Sunday in a slightly more subdued fashion with the second day of the chocolate and gin festival and musical offerings from stages on Horsecosss Plaza and outside the city hall. A “cakefest” which featured an edible map of Perth and Kinross landmarks was assembled in the concert hall before the crowds had a chance to sample the bakers’ hard work when 10,000 free slices of cake were distributed.

Angus & The Mearns

Sun arrives just in time for Alyth Show

June 20 2016

A week of rain hampered preparations for Alyth Show at Bogle's Field, Blairgowrie, on Saturday, especially on the evening before the show, but the great the efforts of the committee and volunteers meant the ground was in good condition when the sun shone on Saturday. Mrs Ruth King, president, said she was delighted with the way the show went. She thanked the sponsors, competitors, and committee members for their efforts, and especially the spectators who supported the livestock judging in the morning and the entertainment and games in the afternoon.   The girls of Riders of the Storm, Britain's youngest stunt team, and based in Highland Perthshire, were again highlights of the afternoon entertainment with their daredevil gymnastics on horseback catching the attention and admiration of the crowd. The girls showed tremendous skill, courage and bravery with a series of jumps and displays. After the morning judging of livestock classes, the afternoon entertainment got underway with Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Jim Lochrie, playing selections. The Riders of the Storm were followed by a parade around the arena by vintage tractors and dog agility and flyball demonstrations. The parade of livestock drew crowds from the surrounding marquees and other attractions to the main area for the impressive sight of the biggest and best of the animals in the show. There was also Highland dancing, and dog show, as well as practical demonstrations of the work of the farrier by Jim Balfour, of J and K Balfour Farriers, Tealing, crook making, arts and crafts, and sheep shearing. The heavyweight classes were enhanced with the inclusion of Daniel Troy, a heavyweight champion, from Tipperary, Ireland. At the inexperienced side of the competition another member of the Colthart family, Harry who is only 13, did not trouble the scorers but was given guidance and encouragement by his dad and brother, as well as the commentator Steve Anderson, who said Harry was clearly a competitor for the future. There was also a programme of children's races.   Results - Heavyweights. Judge - Steve Anderson, Laurencekirk. Heavyweights. 22lb stone - 1 David Colthart jun., Blair Atholl (40ft 10in.); Daniel Troy, Tipperary (36ft 5in.); 3 Pete Hart, Glenisla (32ft 8in.); 4 John Neill, Perth (32ft 6in.); 5 David Colthart sen., Blair Atholl (30ft). 28 lb weight for distance - 1 Pete Hart (63ft 9in.); 2 Daniel Troy (61ft 1in.); 3 David Colthart jun. (60ft 11in.); 4 David Colthart sen. (51ft 11 in.); 5 John Neill (51ft 3in.). 56lb weight for distance - 1 Pete Hart (40ft 2in.); 2 David Colthart jun. (37ft 6in.); 3 Daniel Troy (35ft 5in.); 4 John Neil (29ft 8in.); 5 David Colthart sen. (28ft 3in.). Caber - 1 equal Pete Hart, David Colthart sen., David Colthart jun.; 4 Daniel Troy; 5 John Neill. Heavyweight winners - 1 Pete Hart 21 pts; 2 David Colthart jun. 20 pts; 3 Daniel Troy 15 pts; 4 David Colthart sen. 12 pts; 5 John Neill 11 pts. Dog show. Judge - Lianna Phillips, Dundee. Best in show (Balgay Challenge Cup) - Angela Warden, Laurencekirk with Hizzy, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever.  Best condition - Megan Wright, Blairgowrie, with Lulu, an 11-month Visla. Highland dancing winners. Premier: 14 years - 1 Carrie Mitchelson, Kellas; 2 Annya Black, Monikie. Intermediate - 1 Leilanni Tracey, Blairgowrie; 2 Casey Meager, Blairgowrie. Premier 13 years - 1 Carla McCafferty, Monifieth; 2 Lauren Dingwall, Perth. Premier 11 years - 1 Erin Slane, Stanley; 2 Ellie Closs, Perth. Premier 10 years - 1 Emily Rafferty, Leven; 2 Lauryn Russell, Forfar. Novice: 10 years - 1 Stella Reid, Dunkeld; 2 Lexie Tolmie, Blairgowrie. Nine years - 1 Heather McLeod, Auchinleck; 2 Robyn Tracey, Blairgowrie. Beginners: Nine years - 1 Isla Reid, Alyth; 2 Emma McCafferty, Carluke. Eight years - 1 Poppy Watson, Blairgowrie; 2 Megan Mitchell, Crieff. Industrial section - In the home industries section at Alyth Show the Tasker Cup for most points in the show was won by Marjorie Twivey, Alyth. She also won the Isla Cup for most points in baking and produce, and the Balloch Shield for most points in produce. Other trophy winners were: Most points in baking section (Meg's Mini-Market Shield) - Jean Fotheringham, Newtyle. Floral art (Muir Shield) - Gail Robertson, Blairgowrie. Handicraft and hobbies (Hobbies Shield) - Emma Brown. Photography (Tullymurdoch Shield) - Kathleen Coupar, Blairgowrie. Awards for most outstanding exhibits: Baking - Jean Fotheringham, macaroons. Produce - Joy Reid, lemonade. Floral art - Gail Robertson, arrangement incorporating a watering can. Handicrafts and hobbies - Emma Brown, sketch of a waterfall. Photography - Kathleen Coupar, New Life.  Children's section - Jess Barron, 3D bridge.   Baking - Vanilla all-in-one sponge - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Alison Hall; 3 Joy Reid. Marmalade fruit loaf - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Joy Reid. Treacle scones - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Rona Nicolson; 3 Fern Smith. Plain flapjacks - 1 Claire McIldowie; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Bec Barron. lndividual bread and butter pudding - 1 Avril Bowman; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Mark Worrall. Savoury muffins - 1 Jo Barron; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Jean Fotheringham. Poppy seed rolls, white - 1 Rona Nicolson; 2 Joanne Coupar; 3 Kathleen Coupar. Gipsy creams - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Joy Reid; 3 Jo Barron. Sticky ginger and orange cake, recipe supplied - 1 Elaine McDonald; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Claire McIldowie and Rona Nicolson. Macaroons, any flavour - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Lorna Mitchell. Millionaire  shortbread - 1 Joy Reid; 2 Jean Fotheringham; 3 Jo Barron. Battenberg cake - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Joy Reid.   Produce - Mixed fruit jam - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Rona Nicolson. Three-fruit marmalade - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Rona Nicolson; 3 Jean Fotheringham. Mincemeat - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Jo Worrall; 3 Hilary Lawrence. Pea and ham soup - 1 Hilary Lawrence; 2 Joy Reid; 3 Marjorie Twivey. Egg custard tarts - 1 Jo Worrall; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Joy Reid. Marshmallow - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Bec Barron. Lemonade, ready to drink - 1 Joy Reid; 2 Hilary Lawrence; 3 Marjorie Twivey. Home-bred hen's eggs - 1 Helen Steel; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Avril Bowman.   Floral art - Bowl of floating flowers - 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Elaine McDonald. Jug of garden flowers - Elizabeth Boyne; 2 Helen Simpson; 3 Jenny Scott. Arrangement in tea pot - 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Jenny Scott. Arrangement incorporating a watering can - 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Elizabeth Boyne and Fiona Mitchell. Fresh flower buttonhole - 1 Elizabeth Boyne; 2 Gail Robertson; 3 Fiona Mitchell. Fresh flower hair band - 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Fiona Mitchell; 3 Jean Fotheringham. Handicraft and hobbies - Knitted or crocheted baby's toy - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Elizabeth Boyne; 3 Gail Robertson. Cushion, water theme, any medium - 1 No award; 2 Jo Worrall. Decorated shopping bag, decoration only to be judged - 1 Jo Worrall. Decorated coaster - 1 Emma Brown; 2 Jo Worrall. Wrapped present for the Queen's 90th birthday, shoebox - 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Claire Lindsay; 3 Emma Brown. A3 sheet of decorated gift wrap and matching tag - 1 Fern Smith; 2 Kirsty Smith. Unframed sketch of waterfall - 1 Emma Brown; 2 Kathleen Coupar. Unframed painting of a bridge - 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Emma Brown.   Photography - Calm Before the Storm - 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Jenny Scott; 3 Kathleen Coupar. High Water - 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Ruth Anderson; 3 Lorna Mitchell. Rescue - 1 Fiona Mitchell; 2 Matt Ralston; 3 Peter Mitchell. Working Together - 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Emma Dickie; 3 Claire Lindsay. Transport - 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Lorna Mitchell. New Life - 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Ruth Anderson; 3 Lorna Mitchell.   Children - Pre-School, four years and under. Colouring-in picture, supplied - 1 John Robertson; 2 Stevie Don; 3 Jamie Douglas. Paper mosaic picture A4 - 1 Lissie Barron; 2 John Robertson; 3 Saoirse Sangerman and Logan Daly. Pasta snake - 1 Tom Richardson; 2 Lissie Barron; 3 Maisie Cameron. Overall points winner in pre-school classes - John Robertson and Lissie Barron. 5-7 years. 3D Bridge, any medium - 1 Jess Barron; 2 Katy Appleton; 3 Christopher King. Paper mosaic picture A4 - 1 Niamh Barron; 2 Katy Appleton; 3 Zak Muir and Emily Wallace. Rainbow cup cakes - 1 Niamh Barron; 2 equal Murray Knox and Moray Skea. Photograph, Feathered Friends - 1 Katy Appleton; 2 Jess Barron. Hand written short story or verse, with illustrations - 1 Katy Appleton; 2 Henry Steel; 3 Niamh Barron. Overall points winner in 5-7 years classes - Katy Appleton. 8-11 years. 3D Bridge, any medium - 1 Ava Barton; 2 Catriona Skea; 3 Zara King. Paper mosaic picture - 1 Ava Barton; 2 Beth Appleton; 3 Isla Barron. Rainbow cup cakes - 1 Isla Barron; 2 Ava Barton; 3 Callum Skea. Photograph, Feathered Friends - 1 Ava Barton; 2 Angus McGowan. Hand written short story or verse, with illustrations - 1 Ava Barton; 2 Isla Barron; 3 Helen Steel. Overall points winner in 8-11 years classes - Ava Barton.  

Perth & Kinross

Council tax up but top billing for education in Perth and Kinross

February 23 2017

Thousands of residents across Perth and Kinross face higher council tax bills after a decade-long freeze came to an end, but education will benefit from the new budget. Council leader Ian Miller told councillors the rise was “inevitable” if they were to avoid compulsory redundancies and continue to maintain services. A SNP motion to increase the tax locally by 2% was carried yesterday despite a bid by Conservative councillors to block the rise. They claimed that on top of Scottish Government increases those in the highest band will be hit with rises of more than £500 a year. Mr Miller said the increase, which was less than many feared, will raise an extra £1.6 million for council services. “This is a council which has faced up to difficult budget decisions, while continuing to protect what people hold most dear,” he said. That included providing for the future of young people in the area, which he said was at the heart of council's spending plans. Education got top billing in the budget, with Mr Miller announcing £10m of capital expenditure towards building a new replacement school for Perth High. Almost £7m is already in hand and the remainder of the finances for the £45m to £50m project would be secured through the Scottish Government in due course. “This means that we will have almost £17m in place towards the modernisation of our largest secondary school,” said Mr Miller. “In 2017/18 we will spend almost £158 million on our children, both educating and supporting them." Other budget measures carried include a freeze on car parking charges; nearly £2m for road safety improvements; £325,000 towards mainstream care at home services; £350,000 towards the growth of the tourism industry;  £100,000 to support the money advice service provided by the Citizens Advice Bureau and £100,000 to trial late night bus services on Fridays and Saturdays. Commending his budget, Mr Miller said: “I am delighted to confirm to the council today that in line with our existing commitment this SNP budget avoids any compulsory redundancies."