Community News & Notices

Community Council News and Minutes

This page contains minutes and other items of interest from the Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council, from January 2016 on. Click on any document title to see the full document.

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Free Digital Skills Sessions

Free Digital Learning Skills are starting at Birnam library on Friday afternoons from 2-4.30pm.
Sheila, the new Digital Skills  Volunteer Coordinator working with Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries, can help learners to use their own devices or guide with learning on one of our public access computers.
She has set up an informal programme that learners where they can register with where they can learn with support as well as on their own.

Understanding the Housing Market

reidThe days of running up and down the high street looking in shop windows for a house to buy have long gone. Yet sellers and many Estate Agents still believe that is how it is done.
Property is advertised on the internet property portals, such as Zoopla, Rightmove,S1 Homes etc. A buyer selects an area/ house type, they are interested in and the portal produces everything it has in that area/type. However, your property has to be on the portal the searcher is using or you won't be found! And most Agents are only on two.
If the searcher sees something they like, they will "click" on it for further details. That is when they learn who the Agent is. It is therefore important that you are on all property portals, Worldwide.
If a property is not selling it is almost certainly because it is not being found by searchers.
It is therefore important to choose a agent such as Reid Estates, a family run business with Worldwide coverage, who understands the buying process and have the time to ensure their sellers property are advertised professionally on as many portals as possible.
Recent sales of local property have sold to buyers from Russia and Trinidad.
Trying to sell locally means you can wait for a very long time and if searchers can't find you, you will never sell!
Bill Reid BEM NAEA DipPfs

BMR Bob’s Mechanical Repairs

BMRFollowing 13 years working with a local garage in Birnam and 22 years experience in the motor trade covering all aspects of mechanics, I have now set up a new business of my own supplying a full mobile service. This brings a full maintenance service right to your doorstep thus avoiding the inconvenience of having to drop your car off at the garage. This service extends to boats, small plant, machinery, quads, and off road bilkes. I look forward to continuing to serve my current customers and to welcoming new ones.
Bob Mcmahon

Calling All Carers!

A Special Awareness morning for all categories of carers is to be held in Perth on Wed 7th June. The venue is the Main Hall of the North Church in the High Street, where stallholders from many of the Caring and Support services in Perth and Kinross will be present from 10am - 12.30pm.
These include Headway, Telecare Services, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Services, NHS Dietitian, Podiatrist, and Occupational Therapist, Welfare Rights, Live Active, Self Directed Support Team and Alzheimer Scotland.
There has been very positive feedback from carers for these mornings who told us that they were able to spend quality time with stallholders who are able to answer their questions or suggest another organisation who might be able to help.
(This event runs in conjunction with the Dementia café, which takes place every 1st Wed of the month in the New Hall, Perth from 10.30am- 12.30pm. The two halls are adjacent but with separate entrances which are clearly marked.)
ALL Carers are warmly invited to have a coffee and cake while browsing the stallholders' information stalls. A morning, or even a short visit to our event may help in some small way. We realise it is not easy to attend at short notice and so, if you cannot come this time, may we ask you to "Save the Date" and we look forward to seeing you on Wed. 4th October, our next Awareness morning.
We realise there are many carers who are trying to juggle work, family life and care, and therefore do not have the time or opportunity to attend our Awareness morning. If you would like to send someone to gather information on your behalf, they will be made most welcome.
Susette Walker, ex carer and Dementia Cafe and Awareness Morning Volunteer.

Dulater Hill Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the Dulater Hill wind farm proposal (to the North east of Butterstone) took place from 28th-31st March and extended into the first week of April (as everyone was having so much fun!). The key participants were the developer (Ecotricity) and the objectors led by Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, the Community Councils (Roddy McInnes from Spittalfield and Stuart Paton from Dunkeld and Birnam), Scotways and Jeremy Scuse from Lunan Valley Protection Group. The inquiry was chaired, and very efficiently run, by the Reporter. The inquiry consisted of four types of session.
Possibly the biggest impact of the inquiry was the Tuesday evening public session which was very well attended. Nine local people gave short presentations on the key issues from their perspectives. These came across as powerful statements and generated very positive comment from nearly everybody.
Secondly, there were extremely detailed ‘inquiry sessions’ which considered specific points in relation to landscape and visual impact. These were the most intensive sessions and involved detailed cross examination of witnesses by barristers representing each side. The key debate was whether the planned turbines would have an unacceptable visual impact on the National Scenic Area around Dunkeld (SNH's & PKC's argument) and whether a further windfarm in the area would have an unacceptable cumulative visual impact on the area (PKC's argument) given the windfarms already operating, consented or applied for (ie Griffin, Drumderg, Calliacher, Crossburn).
Thirdly, there were more informal ‘hearing sessions’ covering such issues as impact on tourism, the A923, ecology, birdlife, and national planning and energy policies.
Essentially the differences between the two sides were not of fact but of professional opinion. As a result much stress was put on how two opposing experts, looking at the proposed turbines from the same vantage point, could describe the visual impact as "low impact" vs "dominant impact"; all in an attempt to measure "natural beauty" and the impact on it of a large scale power station.
Finally, the Reporter undertook a number of accompanied and unaccompanied site visits to the key locations impacted by the windfarm. On the visit with the Reporter to the A923 corner below the golf course, a logging lorry nearly drove a car off the road, highlighting the access problem, as did the realisation that the works proposed to widen the road there would almost certainly shut the A923 from Forneth to Dunkeld for up to 6 months.
The Reporter now has a mass of information to collate, to balance and marshal to support her recommendation to Scottish government ministers. Due to the number of ongoing inquiries (not all windfarms) there is pressure on Reporters to put in their reports as quickly as possible but this can still take up to 3 months. Ministers have taken between 3 and 5 months to respond so we could be looking at October to December for a final decision.
Finally, a big well done to everyone that has been involved over the last few years in whatever...

Beaver and Cubs

beavers cubsBeavers and Cubs had a great walk up Birnam Hill, in fantastic weather, on Sat 25th March. A great turnout made for an excellent afternoons fun and all participants were awarded there Hikes Away 1 badge. Snacks and games were enjoyed at the summit before a very fast descent. Big thank you to all the parents who came along too!

Image: Beaver and Cubs enjoying the view from Birnam Hill

Join Nature Nippers!

ntsThis year the National Trust for Scotland ranger service, based in Dunkeld, is starting a brand new club for pre-schoolers!
Having proven to be very popular at other NTS sites such as Newhailes and Crathes Castle, ‘Nature Nippers’ will give 2-5 year olds a chance to get outside and enjoy all the wonders that the Hermitage has to offer.
Kids will learn about their natural surroundings and the wildlife within it through the use of great stories, fun games, amazing activities and cool crafts.
Starting on the 3rd May, sessions will be running on the first Wednesday of every month.
Our first gathering will focus on the spell-bounding trees at the Hermitage - we will search for clues along the trail to help us find hidden secrets in the woodland.
Fancy joining the club on this ‘Tree Treasure Hunt’?
Why not book a place by phone (07734366703) or via email at
Can’t make the first session but eager to join the group on the 7th June for ‘Bird Bingo’? That’s no problem! Just get in touch and let us know.

Christian Aid 2017


Christian Aid Week runs from the 14th. – 20th. May.
As a warm-up, this year our local group is organising a Quiz Night on Friday April 28th. at 7.30pm. in the Duchess Anne. Cost will be £3 per person and you can either come on your own and be allocated a team on the night or why not make up a team (of up to 4) from friends, family, church or colleagues and pit your wits against others for a bit of fun. There will be wee nibbles (like crisps) on the tables but please bring your own drinks along.
Other events planned are:
Second Hand Bookstall at the Duchess Anne on
Saturday 13th ; Friday 19th & Saturday 20th
Donations of books always needed. These can be brought to the Meeting Place at the Duchess Anne on Friday mornings.
Meeting Place. The proceeds from The Meeting Place on Friday 19th will be going to Christian Aid
Bread and Cheese Lunch at the Duchess Anne on 21st May at 12.30pm. Adults £5, Primary School Children, £2.
Door to Door collection during the week
Street Collection on Saturday 20th
If you feel you could shake a can, deliver and collect envelopes or help with the book stall contact Fraser Penny (01350 727249) or John Gray (01350 728697)
Christian Aid supports projects of many kinds to help people of all faiths and none. Please give generously to support the world’s poorest communities.


Youth Group

Youth Group 7-9pm
Now that lighter nights are here the Youth Groups will be doing more outdoor things.
The Younger group (P7 & S1) meets in the Duchess Anne on May 4th and 18th .
The older group (S2 upwards) meets in the Chanonry on 11th and 25th May.
We start at 7pm. and finish at 9pm.

Gien a Haund - to older people

The aim of this new group is to identify gaps in support for older people and to fill them where we can. The members of the group so far come from Dunkeld, Birnam and Glen Quaich. We now have a steering Group in place and 4 volunteers ready to provide practical help.
Our application for funding to buy hot boxes to take food to lunch club members too unwell to attend was successful. We're now in the process of ordering the containers before 2 of our volunteers can begin food delivery. We've also starting to link a further volunteer to someone who would like a regular visitor. Our efforts to identify local gaps in support will continue using the good offices of existing local groups and agencies. Already, however, we know of older people who would appreciate help with transport to their local health centre and occasional help with picking up shopping.
We hope, over time, to develop, in partnership with the Community Council, a simple directory of local supports for older people and a parallel directory of 'What's missing' If you would like to get involved, please either call 07754099030 or come along our next meeting on 10 May at 7.00pm in the Chanonry, Dunkeld.

Wednesday Afternoon Club

The Wednesday Club is going to have a rest over the summer and will resume again in the Autumn. A notice of when it is to start will go into the Bridge and on posters later on.
Anyone can come along to this get together if they are over 16years old. It is a chance to drop in and have some company and a chat over a cup of tea during the Winter months. It will be weekly in the Birnam Arts Centre from 2pm until 4pm on Wednesday afternoons.
For now, wishing you relaxing and enjoyable Summer and details will go out in September.

British Legion Spring/Summer Whists 2017

British Legion Spring/Summer Whists 2017
18th May: 15th June: 20th July: 17th August: 21st September

Corbenic Camphill Community

The Corbenic shop in Dunkeld is closed for essential repairs. Date of re-opening to be confirmed.
You can buy bread directly from us here at Corbenic Camphill Community. Please contact Thomas in the bakery on 01350 723 206 to place any orders.
Alternatively, you can buy our bread, candles and craft products from the Aberfeldy Farmer's Market held on the first Sunday of every month.

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers and The Birnam Bells

bellsThis is the 50th anniversary year for The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain and ringers all over the country will be celebrating. The actual date is the 7th October and the Scottish groups will meet at Bankfoot for an Autumn Gold Ring on the 20th October. There are now over 450 groups in the UK , a great advance on the original 34 registered in 1946. HRGB has received  congratulations from countries round the world including from Australia, Singapore and Japan.
Members of a lucky handbell group in Cornwall were asked by Gareth Malone to allow him to record 2 tracks for inclusion in his 2016 Christmas album with recording taking place in the home of one of the members. The C.D., ‘Gareth Malone - A Great British Christmas’ is now available.
The 19th April saw the start of the summer season of weekly handbell performances in the Cathedral on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00-4.00pm. Most will be in the form of solo ringing by Heather with small ensemble ringing by the group once a month.
For more information contact: Heather McLean: Tel. 01738 710210
For bookings contact: Caroline Skelton: Tel. 01738 828292 Email:

Summer Indoor Garden Party, Bankfoot Church Centre

Summer Indoor Garden Party, Saturday 10th June
Bankfoot Church Centre
Delicious Afternoon Tea with Entertainment
Only £8 per person
To book a place, please contact: Evelyn on 01738 710534

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

Artists are now registering for the 2017 Exhibition at
Registration will be open until 31st May.
Work should be brought to the Duchess Anne over the weekend Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 12th June and the Exhibition will open on Thursday 22nd June.
We are delighted to have Rowena Laing as one of our invited artists. Rowena is a Scottish artist, born in Arbroath and a graduate of Duncan of Jordanston School of Art. Her colourful work hangs in collections all over the world and can now be seen on our webpage.
We are always pleased to have new stewards to help us keep the Exhibition open for 10 weeks over the summer. We are open each day and have shifts from 10-1, 1-4 and 4-7 on weekdays and Saturdays as well as 12-3 and 3-6 on Sundays. If you would like to help in any way please contact Margaret Scott on 01738 710399 or email

Community Council Matters


Community Council Matters Stuart Paton Community Councillor
I have now been on the Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council for 18 months. I have very much enjoyed the experience in participating directly in a variety of local issues. I have also appreciated the input from the local councillors who attend meetings. I would particularly like to express my thanks to Councillor Barbara Vaughan who is standing down after many years of service in Perth and Kinross Council and previously with Tayside Region. Her wealth of experience has been invaluable.
At our monthly meetings we discuss regular issues including planning applications (the only statutory function of the Community Council), policing and applications for microgrants from the Griffin Wind Farm Fund. We have seen a very wide range of applications, generally of high quality, to provide support of up to £500 to local individuals or groups. People are encouraged to come forward with funding applications at any time and also to consider applications to the main Wind Farm Fund Panel.
In addition to regular issues we have dealt with a number of larger issues which have potentially very significant impact on our local community including:
• A9 dualling project. Following the public meeting in February 2016, the Community Council initially set up a sub group to consider the wide ranging issues related to this project. This task has now been ably taken on by a separate group, chaired by Alasdair Wylie.
• Windfarm proposals. There have been two public inquiries in the last year, firstly for Crossburns, where the result in expected in the coming months, and Dulater Hill (see separate article). The Community Council formally objected to both proposals and was represented at both inquiries.
• Resilience planning. Lorna Birse-Stewart and David Fox have led a team which has completed an excellent piece of work delivering a local plan and key contacts for an Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Group. If you would like to get involved in this group please drop a note to:
• Parking. Lorna Birse-Stewart also led an extremely thorough piece of work looking at improving parking in Dunkeld and Birnam. A number of very specific recommendations have been communicated with the Council and we look forward to these being implemented.
• Broadband. In the last year, residents of Dalguise have benefitted from significantly improved broadband. There is an ongoing tender process for a new scheme planned for Lunan Valley and Amulree/Strathbraan with the aim that the scheme will be in place by the end of the year.
The next meeting of the Community Council, which will also be the AGM, is on 8th May 2017 in the Birnam Institute. The   attendance of local people at meetings is encouraged and the minutes of meetings and other relevant material will be available on line at We currently have 2 vacancies on the Community Council so would encourage anyone...

Pitlochry and District U3A

Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th April at 2.00 in the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry.  Drew Scott will be telling us about backstage matters at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and everyone is welcome, members or not.  For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at 01796 483281 or After the talk, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting and we hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend.

Congregational AGM

AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in the Duchess Anne on April 4th at 7.30pm. A summary Financial Statement will be available a couple of Sundays before and full copies of the accounts can be obtained from John Gray (728697)






Remember to recycle your glass and help CHAS

Householders across Perth and Kinross are being encouraged to recycle more glass bottles and jars, and support a local charity, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).  Last year the promotion raised a £3,556.26. CHAS is the only charity providing hospice services in Scotland for babies, children and young people with lifeshortening conditions. The Glass Recycling Campaign is continuing until September 2017.  More info at and

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Orchard

orchardOrchard update – and call for extra pairs of hands! 
Spring is a wonderful time of year as everything wakes up from its winter slumber. Down in the community orchard buds are appearing on the fruit trees and bushes and the daffodils are creating a lovely splash of colour.  It’s a busy time of year and we’d love to have a few extra pairs of hands to help with the various jobs that need doing to make sure the trees and bushes thrive each year. 
Saturday 22 April is an important day as we will be feeding the trees - extra wheelbarrows and bodies to push them would be very welcome! We’ll be having a picnic to reward ourselves if the weather is good.
Following this our next official work day will be Fri 12 May (Blossom Day) but we welcome your help on other days in between.
Please get in touch with us via or our Facebook page. By popular demand the community orchard photo competition is back for 2017.  We're keen to receive entries capturing the orchard in any of the four seasons.
Entries can be submitted anytime from now until just before Big Apple Day in September 2017 (a final closing date will be set nearer the time). 
Send ONE entry only to Mel Nicoll,

Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom

Birnam and Dunkeld Circular Path - We are hoping to begin a project to install a proper footpath from Youngs Garage, along what is now the grass verge, as far as the “kissing gate" access to the riverside walk, in order to join up this section of a very much used pathway. At present dog-walkers, visitors, children, buggies and other ramblers either slide along a muddy “track” in the grass or take to the road. To do this we will work in conjunction with SUSTRANS and will be applying for grants. We also hope as part of the project to replace the very dilapidated fence with a wildlife friendly hedge and also try and get some tree surgery done on the neglected and now road encroaching sycamore trees that line the route, and do some bulb planting alongside.

A.G.M. 24th April at 7pm. in Birnam Arts (upstairs) - All welcome - come along and find out what we do and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles (not compulsory!).
Remember if you wish to help it is not all physical gardening that needs done. There are meetings, plant listing and buying, planning, liaising with other groups, learning about wildflower areas, watering, painting, caring for seedlings and fostering needed for young plants. We are a fun group and defiantly not horticulturalists – but we are all interested in learning more and welcome those with or without much knowledge of plants.
We want to keep the village nice for us and visitors so do come join us as a one off helper or as a regular!


saintskidsBSYFC are pleased to announce that we have secured McDonalds programme support for this year, in conjunction with the Scottish FA, to assist us with player/coach development and creating a positive club environment. This beneficial support has been granted, due to the club’s progress and development as a community level, quality marked club - and fulfilment of governance, people and club environment criteria. This includes maintaining a high level of coaching standards, having club development plans and policies in place, a functional club structure and constitution, as well as providing evidence of additional community activity, meeting health and safety requirements and being an actively positive coaching club.
The club aims to develop specific coach education, player training sessions and a club curriculum through the McDonalds programme, which will provide us with 68 hours of professional coaching advice per week, for 10 months, from our mentor, Danny Griffin, and with particular involvement of 2 of our coaches - Rab Murdoch and Scott McBride. The club also hopes to develop a clear philosophy, grow links with St Johnstone FC, establish a Performance Academy and a Saturday Soccer School, whilst being able to continue in providing afterschool football, school taster sessions and a community football day - which will take place on Sun 13th August in Aberfeldy, this year.
These club developments are part of a wider plan, to increase the opportunities for all people in Highland Perthshire to improve their fitness and well-being through football activities, and are possible, thanks to the fantastic support of local businesses through sponsorship, grants that the club has received (Rotary, SSE Calliacher & Griffin, Awards for All), and this year, a significant donation from the Edradour Distillery that will result in a substantial benefit across the club and for implementing the plan.
A component of player/coach development, has been to enable the club to cover the costs (£27.50 per player) of the U14, U13, U12 and U11 squads to participate in a 6 week training session block at St Johnstone through the Saints in the Community programme, with coaching support from Danny Griffin, Atholl Henderson and the other St Johnstone coaches, thanks to support from Edradour. The Saints coaches have all been impressed by the effort and application that the boys have shown in the sessions, and the club plans to attend further training blocks, and for the U10 and U9 teams to benefit from them, in due course.
BSYFC always welcome new players across all age groups from across all of Highland Perthshire - please don't hesitate to contact us to find out more.'

J. & H. Mitchell W.S. Announce New Partner

The Partners of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. – Colin Liddell, Alan Innes and Paul Keith – are delighted to announce the appointment with effect from 1st April 2017 of Sarah Rennie as a Partner in the firm. Sarah joined the firm in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor, became qualified as a Solicitor and has since been an Associate and Senior Associate. Sarah is only the eleventh Partner since the firm's establishment in Pitlochry in 1836.
Sarah is an integral part of the J. & H. Mitchell Charities Team and has built up a significant portfolio of charity clients and community organisations, providing advice and assistance to them on a wide range of topics, and also providing training to charity trustees on request. Sarah is herself a Trustee of two charities, Birnam Arts and The Pettigrew Charitable Trust.
Sarah commented “I am delighted to become a Partner of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. It is a pleasure and an honour to become an important part of a forward-thinking legal practice, with traditional values and a personal approach to client care.  I thrive on working with individuals and organisations, in particular charities and community bodies, whose passion for a cause I often find infectious. I take a great deal of satisfaction in helping organisations to achieve their goals, operate efficiently and adopt good governance. It is great to see organisations that I have been involved with evolve. Being a Trustee of two charities myself I am aware the practical challenges Trustees can face as well as the legal ones!  I am looking forward to exciting times ahead at J. & H. Mitchell W.S as the firm continues to go from strength-to-strength.”

Hospital Radio Perth Seeking More Volunteers

Perth’s award winning hospital radio station are looking for volunteers to visit and chat to patients. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact John at or leave a message by phone at Perth 440044.

Dunkeld Deer Forum

Dunkeld may be unique in that we have three species of deer literally on our doorstep. Red deer come down into the top of Birnam Glen, Roe and Fallow are everywhere. The Fallow deer in this area are very special. They are the largest herd of dark (melanistic) fallow in the UK, they also appear in other pelage; common, menil and white. They are very attractive particularly menil calves which may have been the inspiration for Disney’s bambi. The white variety, which is not albino, is striking and ethereal and sightings of all varieties are enjoyed by visitors and locals. It may be for such reasons that they have been introduced from the middle east as park deer over the centuries.
For a variety of reasons Scottish deer populations of all species have doubled since the 1960s. In the absence of natural predators such as wolves and lynx man has been the main limiting factor on the population. Is it really necessary to control these beautiful creatures? Many would contest this and argue for their freedom and rights as wild animals to be left alone. Others claim that their deer damage social and economic interests for example : browsing commercial and amenity woodlands, agricultural crops and grazing gardens and allotments. The Dunkeld area is also a “hot spot” for deer collision road traffic accidents. Environmentalists and ecologists make arguments for control in terms of the welfare of the deer themselves and the biodiversity of the flora and fauna which their browsing and thrashing compromise.
There are currently 50-60 deer within the square kilometre centred on Dunkeld cross. This population increases to approximately 100 in May when calves are born and in October when bucks join the predominantly female population to mate. This current level of density may be   unsustainable as when deer congregate permanently in such numbers within a small range they become highly susceptible to disease, especially if they are fed or habitually graze one location. They also communicate disease to livestock and in the case of tick borne diseases such as Lyme disease to other mammals and humans. One of the main functions of wolves, which we exterminated, was to keep deer fit and healthy by regularly moving them. In the absence of wolves, should we assume responsibility for this role? The Scottish Government, under the auspices of Climate change Land reform and the Environment is currently encouraging land owners and occupiers throughout Scotland to assess the impact of deer on social, economic and environmental factors. For the last two years a group of local environmentalists, farmers, foresters, police and deer managers have met to share information on deer numbers, impact on habitats, population dynamics and management efforts. It has been suggested by Scottish Natural Heritage that such meetings would benefit by including representatives from the local community not directly involved in deer management, who may have views or opinions to express in such a forum. 
The next meeting is on Tuesday 16th May at...

Birnam and Dunkeld SWI

Birnam and Dunkeld SWI held their March meeting in the Birnam Institute. Jennifer Clunie gave a talk on her holiday to Patagonia and Antarctica. She illustrated her talk with a film of the wonderful scenery and animal life on that continent with accompanying orchestral music. The next meeting and AGM will be held in the Birnam institute on Tuesday April 18th at 7.30pm. A talk and demonstration on making blinds will be given by Hazel Ward. The competitions are for a favourite egg cup and Easter biscuits. The Dr.Valentine's competition is for something new from something old. All are welcome.

Friends of the Birnam Oak

birnam oak

Promoting the conservation and preservation of the historic Birnam Oak and Birnam Sycamore through awareness raising and fundraising.
Friends of the Birnam Oak (FoBO) recently enjoyed a fascinating and informative one-day course on Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees.  Designed by the Veteran Tree Project and delivered by Adam Riedi of The Ancient Tree Forum, the content was tailored for the local group to help bring a deeper understanding of the life cycle of trees, their importance to local wildlife and eco-systems, and how vital it is to ensure veteran and ancient trees are looked after using appropriate methods.  Participants also learned about reading various features of veteran trees, and applied this at a site visit to the Birnam Oak and the Birnam Sycamore which formed part of the course. "It was a superb course, and really exceeded all our expectations," said Alison Campbell of FoBO. "We are immensely grateful to Adam and the Ancient Tree Forum, and of course to Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust who funded and organised the day."   If you would like to find out more about the Friends of Birnam Oak, their work and upcoming events, you can find information on their Facebook page.
Friends of the Birnam Oak are holding an exhibition and sale of creative works inspired by the Birnam Oak and/or the Birnam Sycamore. The exhibition will be in the gallery space at the Birnam Arts Centre for the whole of September 2017.
We are particularly interested in showing and promoting works by Perthshire artists of all mediums. However, as the Birnam Oak attracts worldwide interest we will consider all enquiries. We also have access to some wood (and lichen) which was pruned from the Oak in June 2016. If you are interested in using some of this for your artwork, please get in touch. Artists who are interested in taking part should contact us initially via email at Closing date for applications is Friday 30th June 2017 Selling fees/commission explained on enquiry

Alison Campbell Friends of the Birnam Oak

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

Our next talk on Monday April 10th, and please take note of the earlier date due to Easter: Alan McKirdy talking about his book "Set In Stone” as you can see from the press right up it will be a very interesting talk. [A] concise and lavishly illustrated guide to the extraordinary landscape and geology of Scotland, a land mass that has traveled across the surface of the globe for 3,000 million years. The next time you look at a mountain, think about how it came to be there' – Scotland Magazine. Our first outing is on Wednesday May 17th to Falkland Palace and Abernethy Museum; this trip is open to all you do not need to be a member of the Historical Society. If you would like to join us contact: or come along to the April meeting.

Dunkeld & Birnam Craft Fairs 2017

Spring Fair - 8th and 9th April
The Fairs have gone from strength to strength attracting a host of craft workers with crafts that are unique, many are personalised and attend to every whim of the buyer. This year the Spring Fair is brimming over with talented crafters some of them demonstrating their talents, and with an emphasis on recycling. There will be upcycled quirky items recrafted from sliver plated flatware, old tattie box wood, pitch pine from old kirks, 19th/20th century industrial wooden bobbins, pre-worn treated horseshoes, stirrup irons, horse brasses, silver jewellery from antique silverware, items hand painted and made from pallet wood, restored cane seated chairs and embroidered cushions, scarves, purses and clutch bags.  There is also knitwear, woodturning, walking stick, soaps and lotions, wood carving, paintings, leatherwork, cards, fairies, scarves and matching earrings, Harris Tweed items, photography, jewellery, painted glassware, pottery and ceramics.  If you are here on holiday or live here and have some free time why don’t you come along and see how crafts are created. The fair is open each day from 10am to 5pm and admission is free.

Future Dates:
Summer Fair – 14th, 15th and 16th July
Autumn Fair – 7th and 8th 0ctober

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup

playgroupPlaygroup would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank all who supported us on Santa Day helping to raise over £200.
We had a great day helped by fantastic weather and the children loved making Christmas decorations and painting photo frames to give as presents.
We celebrated our 30th birthday in December and, combined with our Christmas Party, a fantastic time was had by all with games, party food and a fabulous cake from Jackie Viviani. Some children who have attended recently have parents who also used our playgroup as a child and it’s lovely to hope in years to come that a third generation of families can attend and benefit from the services we provide.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to Progression Bikes in Dunkeld who very generously donated a balance bike to us. The bike is make entirely of recycled materials and we will use it to allow the children to practice their bike skills and safety so they can be ready for riding their bikes to school. If any of the parents wish to come along and see the bike in action then they are more than welcome to contact us on the email address below.
If your little one is 2 years old and you are looking for the next step before pre-school then we are now accepting enrolments. Playgroup runs in term time from 9.15-11.45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Guide Hall next to the Royal Dunkeld School. Fully supervised sessions are run by our experienced playleader with guardian helpers and includes indoor and outdoor play.
For further details please email us at:

Can you help identify members of our Home Guard?


Murthly have formed a History Group and are hoping to produce an illustrated Village History in the near future.
The Dunkeld Community Archive have produced this picture of the Dunkeld Home Guard which probably included some Murthly volunteers.
Major Colin Innes asked The Courier to publish the photograph in September last year and asked readers for any information about all those featured. Sadly there was little response.
Are there still some folk around Dunkeld who recognise perhaps the Officer Commanding or some of their relations. If so, please give Colin a ring on 07715-580268 for he would be most grateful for more information about the Dunkeld Home Guard.


What Do You Know About Dun Coillich?

Dun Coillich is your land managed by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT). The Trust was set up in 2002 following the purchase on behalf of the community of 418 hectares of land centred on the small hills of Dun Coillich (572m) and Dun Beag (403m), between Glen Goulandie and Schiehallion. The whole area is now referred to simply as Dun Coillich. HPCLT’s overall aim is to create an environment to benefit both wildlife and the well-being of Highland Perthshire residents and visitors.
This will be achieved through the restoration of a healthy ecosystem, which includes the planting of native trees, such as scots pine, downy birch, rowan and sessile oak.
If you like the sound of this, come along to the 2017 AGM and find out more; it’s at 2pm on Saturday 25th March at Grandtully Hall. The AGM will be quite short, and there will be a talk by Jon Hollingdale, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Woodlands Association, illustrating the diversity of community woodlands and the various activities the woodlands support. There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved.
A very recent development has been the donation to HPCLT of a small field in Aberfeldy for use by the community. At this stage, we have no firm views about how the land might be used – another reason for coming to the AGM to find out more and give us your ideas.
Andrew Walker, Vice-Chair, HPCLT, 01887 830461,

Archives – Volunteer Wanted For School Project

The Archive will be helping the School with the 450 Anniversary of the granting of the charter for The Royal School.
If you have any stories or photographs relating to the School, please bring them to the Archive.
We are also looking for somebody to help us with scanning our collection of photographs onto the computer. This might suit a student looking to learn some archive skills, just contact us at:
Or call into the Archive we are open 10-12 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Scottish Bible Society

First of all thank you so very much for all your contributions to the Society.
Contributions from our Parish and from visitors including foreign currency has gradually gone down over the last 9 years but now for the first time the annual giving is nearly back to the amount given then. Wonderful. It means that we can give bibles and bible extracts out to many more people, bringing the Word of God to them in written form - i.e. in their own language and very often printed in their own country thereby using print works there instead of importing them.
Think what it would be like never to have seen a bible but perhaps heard of it and wanting to find out more about the teachings of Jesus. Word of mouth is good but written it reaches far more people.
 If you have foreign coins in a drawer perhaps or want to give in our own Sterling please use the can in the Cathedral or the little box in Little Dunked.
Things like watches and musical instruments or costume jewellery are very acceptable. They are repaired and sold for funds. You can give me these things too or leave them in a bag marked For Brenda in either Church or the D.A. They will get to the Society as soon as possible. Old bibles are accepted too.



Christmas Offering

Once again, it was a full house at the Watchnight Service in the Cathedral on Christmas Eve. Earlier in the evening, we had the annual service of lessons and carols at Amulree and the offering from both was for Bethany Christian Trust, which works with homeless and vulnerable people. It is a charity which began in Leith, the vision of the Baptist minister there at the time, and now has grown to provide much needed help and support to many people in Edinburgh and beyond.
The total raised between the two services was £880.38 – many thanks to all who donated so generously.

'Care - The Problem No-one Can Fix' ... Except Us

In the October edition of 'The Bridge', deep within the Three Churches section, there lurked a short piece entitled 'Better Lives for Older People'. It passed all but unnoticed- which is unfortunate The intervening months have seen the 'Crisis in Older People's Care' become an almost media constant, as the 4th estate now openly acknowledges the yawning gap between supply and demand in Social Care for older people. (viz 'Elderly Care Crisis Looms...' The Telegraph 11 October; 'A crisis of politics as well as finance' Guardian Editorial 13th October; and most TV channels most nights since then). That things cannot continue as they are is selfevident.
The solution, however, is less so. From my involvement in the early stages in of our local Health and Social Care Partnership , I can see why.
Despite a recent change in tone, increasing taxation did not loom large in many party manifestos at the last general election. And although it's only an educated guess, I would estimate that our Council need to find at least an extra £2,500,000 just to cope with demand for Homecare in Perth and Kinross this year. Hands up all those happy with another £100 on their Council Tax bill this year? You see, we're not bad at identifying the problem. It's the solution we find less palatable.
And the good news? Well that may depend on us. Personal Care is for Councils to fund and arrange. But there's evidence to suggest that people (of all ages) who feel supported by their community enjoy better health and make less call on public services. Older people manage longer in their own homes and local public services can then make their Care go further. There are already many people involved locally in supporting older people , but if we're to sustain our key health and care services, then more of us need to get involved - giving a little of our spare time .
And the nature of that support ? Pretty much as varied as the people who require it. Some may need help with picking up their shopping or a prescription; others, who don't have family near by, might need a little company; while some might just need help with a simple task (light bulb; fuse; jamjar lid) . In practice, it was a request to help set up someone's internet which came from that piece in September's "Bridge" . It took young James (I know my limits) all of 10 minutes to start it, but opened up the possibility of Skype/FaceTime with family abroad for the people in question.
We can all make a difference. - both to the lives of our older neighbours and to the size of the overall 'Care cake.' Of course, none of us have to do it, but here's a prediction. By the end of this Parliament, the current 'Care Crisis' will have passed crisis point. Our Hospitals, already creaking, will have cracked. Most people awaiting Homecare will not get it until...

Dullatur Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the proposed Dullatur windfarm development will be held from 28th March until 3rd April 2017 at the Birnam Institute with a public meeting at 7pm on the 28th March. Members of the public are welcome to attend the inquiry as observers.
As background, Ecotricity are planning to construct 17 turbines up to 125m high to the south of Forneth (east of Butterstone). This project will require significant realignment of the A923 on the hill out of Dunkeld and alongside Loch Craiglush to allow turbine deliveries: about 24 points requiring modification have been identified along the road. Although the windfarm is located outwith the Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council area, the road alignment work will have significant impact on local people. The windfarm will also be visible from a number of significant viewpoints (including Birnam Hill) and adversely impact on the landscape of the Highland Boundary Fault. Due to the size of the windfarm, the planning decision is taken by the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit rather than the local authority. Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have objected to the windfarm and will be statutory consultees at the inquiry. Local opposition to the Dullatur wind farm has been led by Lunan Valley Protection Group ( and
Spittalfield Community Council is also objecting to the windfarm.
Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council has historically opposed the construction of windfarms in the local area, including those at Griffin and Calliacher (both subsequently constructed), Logie Almond, Creag a’Bhaird, (both rejected), Crossburns (recent inquiry outcome outstanding) and Craigvinean (in planning). The key reasons for objections have been cumulative landscape and visual impact, impact on local amenity and households, impact tourism and transport concerns. Specific concerns at Dullatur are the road realignment which will cause considerable disruption, local impact on wildlife (including the ospreys at Loch of the Lowes) and the wide ranging views of the windfarm (as it lies on the high ground just north of the Highland Boundary Fault). The road realignment will also open up a swathe of land to the east of Dunkeld for potential windfarm development. The position of the Community Council objections has been supported at a number of public meetings where local people have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to further windfarm development. Given the number of meetings held previously on this topic, and a large number of recent meetings on other subjects, the Community Council does not intend to hold a further public meeting.
However, we would encourage you to contact us with your views ( and we will ensure these views are reflected in our submission.
The inquiry will be held from 28th March until 3rd April at the Birnam Institute. Members of the public are welcome to attend the inquiry as observers. The inquiry chair has agreed to a public meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 28th March at the Birnam Institute. To ensure a well run meeting, the chair has required that questions are submitted 2 weeks prior to...

Dunkeld & Birnam Probus Club


Our first few Probus meetings of the 2016/2017 season all have proved to be very interesting.
On 13th September Simon Yearsley presented a fascinating and very well received talk on his mountaineering activities in the UK and the Himalayas.
On 6th October we had an outing to the New Queensferry Crossing visitor centre with Lunch.
On 11th October we were addressed by David Barrie, Chaplain at St Johnston FC.
On 8th November we had John Halvorson talk to us about a lifetime of social work, caring and fostering and now additionally into writing and illustrating childrens books.
Worth mentioning that John and his wife have fostered 80 children in the last 17 years.
And, on 10th January, we had Robbie Mackenzie talk about the work he does for PKC testing and making safe, contaminated land resultant from old Gas Works.
Upcoming speakers at our next few meetings will be:
• 14th February – Duncan McDonald on Cairngorm and Speyside Wildlife
• 14th March – Alasdair Walker on his work as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
• 11th April – Pete Clark on Neil Gow
The Probus Club meet monthly usually on the second Tuesday of the month in the Birnam Institute at 10.00 for 10.30 am. Meetings usually last until 11.30 to 12 noon depending on speaker and agenda.
Currently we have 42 registered members and are always looking to add to that.
If you have any interest in joining a small group of retired professionals for tea/coffee and biscuits, some friendly socialising and chat, and always an interesting speaker or presenter, do come and join us.
Feel free to walk in to any of our meetings, introduce yourself, and try us out for free. If you are interested in being one of our speakers please contact me.
Join up formally and our annual subscription is currently £30.00. £15.00 now for balance of the 2016/7 year to end May.
We have an annual dinner (April 20th 2017 will be in the Uisge, Murthly) and usually one or two outings to some place of interest during the year. Currently planning a Distillery/Lunch outing and a visit to Blair Castle to be conducted by one of our own members.
Sandy Love, Secretary, 01738 787930

3 Churches Charity Shop August Sale Thank You

3churchesHappy New Year to everyone.
We look forward to another successful year supporting our local churches, and our very grateful for the continuing supply of donations and custom from locals and tourists. (But please note we cannot accept electrical items or child car seats, helmets). We had our annual volunteers bring and share lunch on Monday 9th January, a lovely spread was enjoyed by all (as can be  seen by the empty plates) and delicious cakes.
Our next one day sale will be on Saturday April 1st,honestly, not a joke.
Feel free to pop in for a browse or a chat, we are always looking for new volunteers if you have a bit if spare time.

Dalguise Meditation Group

The Meditation Group continues to meet in Dalguise Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays (February 8th, February 22nd and so on) from 10.30 to 12.30. The group is entirely non-denominational and non-commercial, and you will be warmly welcomed whether or not you have meditated before.
Please just turn up, or for further details you can phone Faith Anstey on 01350 727499 or email

Pitlochry Flower Club

The next meeting of the Pitlochry Flower Club will be held on February 15th at 2.00pm in Scotland's Hotel, Pitlochry. The Demonstrator will be Christine McKenna, and she has entitled her Demonstration 'Treasures from the Attic'. There will be a competition for Members that day also, 'Bygone Treasures'.
The following month , on March 22nd we will be having our Annual Lunch, which this year is to be in the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, 12.00 for 12.30pm. Please note the change of venue.The Demonstrator that day will be Mrs Karl Brunton and she has called her Demonstration simply 'Surprises' We are always happy to welcome new members or guests to any of our meetings. There is a charge of £5.00 for guests.
For further details, please contact Linzee Lindsay on 01738 710777.

Santa Day Thank You

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group would like to thank everyone involved in another successful Santa Day.
On the day, Santa saw over 300 very excited and happy children. There were over 30 stands in the Cross and in St Ninian’s Gardens, as well as more stalls in The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
This community event was organised by a very small well-oiled team and with great support from local volunteers, Santa Day was a big success again this year.
We are always looking for supporters and ideas for the event. We will be holding our AGM in March, so please look out for the date.

Lachlan MacEwan, Chair Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group


Baby & Toddler Group


New Baby & Toddler Group starting on Friday 16th December 2016 upstairs in the Duchess Anne Hall from 10am to 12noon.

The Birnam Reader

The Birnam Reader is Perthshire’s newest independent bookshop where you can browse through over 5000 secondhand books and classical music CDs, as well as enjoying freshly ground coffee and homemade cake. When we (Frazer and Beth) planned the Birnam Reader we had in mind our idea of a perfect secondhand bookshop. For us that means having the feel of a new bookshop, without the fustiness often associated with secondhand books. A place where every book is carefully chosen to be a worthwhile read, in great condition and affordable, so that you can try new authors or explore new interests. A place where you can just browse and relax, even at 7pm on a cold winter evening. Thus the Reader was born; Frazer hand selects books for quality and condition, coffee and tea is sourced from a local artisan coffee roaster and the home baked cakes have a twist so as to hopefully be as intriguing as the books. Dragonshead Stout Chocolate Cake anyone?
To tempt you even more, we have our “Birnam Bundle” where you can try a little of everything; a drink, a cake and any one of our £2 books (of which there are many) for just £5! We have plenty of fiction and poetry to choose from, and a wide range of non fiction ranging from history and politics to biography and the arts. We also have specialist and academic books in areas, such as philosophy, psychology, theology and literary and cultural theory. The CDs equally cover a wide range of styles from medieval to contemporary classical composers and everything in between.
We are currently open 11am - 7pm Friday to Monday, but keep an eye on our Facebook page for when we will move to 6 days a week. Also for details of exciting author events coming soon…

The Birnam Reader Station Road, Birnam (next to the Merryburn)

Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association Update

Firstly, a BIG thanks to all of the local businesses that supported Perthshire Amber by decorating their windows and running special offers. The festival brings a lot of visitors to the area so thanks to Dougie and the team too.
Christmas tree switch on will take place on the 1st of December, with local groups leading carol singing, mulled wine and hopefully some story telling. More details to follow.
Many local businesses are now sitting down to take a rest after a busy 2016 season. Meanwhile, our big winter project is to commission and fundraise for a refreshed website for the Association.
The next members’ meeting of the Association will be at Dunkeld House on December 7th – a chance to see and hear about their ambitious development programme.
To find out more about the Association, please get in touch.
Brenda Roddy, Chair

Second Hand Toy Sale

This has become an important event on Santa Day in Dunkeld. A few years ago John Ferguson had the idea of a second hand toy sale where donated toys could be sold to raise money for a charity. It has the double benefit of doing a bit of recycling, reminding children that things they are finished with can be used by someone else, and also of raising money for good causes. Last year over £700 was split between Christian Aid and Rachel House.
So, if you have toys and games in good condition, which you are finished with, John would like to hear from you. Posters will be going up nearer the time, or you can contact John on: or 727585.

Christmas Book Promotion

hidden scotland

Why not give a very special gift this Christmas and give a book written by a local author? Many of these books can be ordered through the Birnam Arts Centre bookshop and if you do this Birnam Arts will also benefit from your purchase.
Why not go along to the Birnam Arts Late Night Opening on Thursday 17th November and browse copies of these books and many other gifts.
The Musical Voyage From Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by FIONA RITCHIE and Doug Orr (Foreword by Dolly Parton).
A gorgeous gift book, including a CD of various artists' renditions of the songs whose origins the authors so beautifully recount." - New York Times Book Review.
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and onwards across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the Southern Appalachian region, bringing a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes. With her co-author Doug Orr, Fiona chronicles the details of this epic journey, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. 124 book illustrations include the work of local artist Madeleine Hand.
The Fairy in the Kettle takes children on a magical journey to the heart of Bramble Glen, where Leona and her friends live. Leona has wonderful family and friends and lives in a beautiful, old cast-iron kettle, a place filled with adventurous fun. However, on one particular wild and stormy evening the fairy village is turned into a nightmare.
Leona is blissfully unaware of the dangers outside as the wind and rain lashes against her windows. Is this just a normal storm or are all the villagers in grave danger?
Leona and her friends will soon find out!
Fiddle music from highland Perthshire, Scotland By PETE CLARK ; Ed. By Jane Marx Published by Inver Music.
In this oft-requested and long-awaited book, Pete Clark has put together a collection of over a hundred tunes, both popular originals and favourites from Perthshire composers such as the Gows and the Macintoshes. Along with clear and easy-to-read transcriptions, Pete provides interesting descriptions of all the tunes and composers. Many of Pete’s own tunes were, in the Scottish tradition, written for friends and occasions; with his anecdotes and background information, the tunes and titles are given a personal dimension. Also included are a couple of poems (by Robert Burns and Lionel McClelland).
Pete is a man of many talents and interests. Besides being a superb musician, composer, and music teacher, he is an avid fisherman and gifted watercolourist. This book features full-color plates of many of his works, which further bring the land of this music to life.
This is so much more than a...

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership

hpcpBroadband project expands across Dalguise and A9 corridor area
The project to bring a better broadband service to Highland Perthshire (HP) continues as HPCP and partner PGL Dalguise link up to connect a part of HP that suffers from connection speeds of 0.5mbps or less. This service will allow PGL to continue to grow their business and secure more employment in the area for years to come.
This very welcome addition brings the HPCP network to 50 subscribers (monthly contracts), 75 seasonal subscribers, 18 small businesses, 5 commercial enterprises, a regular service to the Blair Castle Horse Trials plus over 12,000 annual users at Blair Castle Caravan Park.
The network jointly funded, initially, by Perth & Kinross Council (PKC), Griffin Wind Farm Fund and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) has 4 transmitters; Pitlochry (2), Struan and now at Rotmell serving Dalguise and surrounding communities. This offers wide geographic coverage with options to connect more premises as and when the opportunity arises.
HPCP chairman Graham Huggins commented, “The Dalguise phase of the project is a tremendous example of a commercial enterprise and its local community getting together, in this case Dalguise residents and PGL, and working closely to achieve a common goal. Great credit must also go to PGL for their foresight in recognising the benefits of our service to their business and community and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership”.

CAP Fundraising Challenge

At a recent CAP Conference Angela and Mel, the centre’s manager and administrator, spun the challenge wheel for a fundraising initiative. Angela landed on going without shoes for 20 days. “That seemed manageable and something to identify with poverty” she said. With squelchy rainy streets, gravel driveways, and of course watching out for glass and filling the car in a petrol station, “There’s more to this barefoot lark than just cold feet!” she said, “We really want to do our bit to raise funds to build CAP across the UK, and CAP Highland Perthshire, extending this essential, lifechanging charity to be available to everyone who needs us” Angela’s challenge runs from 3-23 October.
Mel will be dressing up for three weeks in November; a totally different challenge altogether.
Mel explained, “Just like Angela I was worried about getting something I just wouldn’t be able to do. I didn’t want to say the word ‘can’t’, but swimming 20 miles was impossible for me. Even living on £1 a day within a family of 5 and a busy working week seemed unworkable too. But then it landed on 20 days of fancy dress! I gave a sky punch. Being involved in ‘amdram’, dressing up is something I love, but I also knew it would draw attention and give us a chance to explain why.”
CAP Highland Perthshire provide a debt counselling and debt management service to remote and rural Perthshire. As Angela told us, “CAP is different because we don’t see debt simply as a money issue but about people, about families and feelings, about mental and physical health, isolation and exclusion. Some of our clients are in work and debt has come about because of life events that could happen to almost anyone: relationship break-up, business or investments failure, unemployment or ill-health”.
“With CAP debt help isn’t about whittling down a sum on paper; it’s holding someone’s hand without judgement and walking the journey with them: about feeling cared for, restoring self-esteem and helping our local communities become more resilient in an age of cutbacks in all sorts of public sector services.
The Highland Perthshire Centre works in partnership with Aberfeldy Parish Church in order to provide debt services to anyone in need, regardless of faith, gender, race, background or sexuality. CAP’s dedicated head office staff negotiate with creditors on the client’s behalf and draw up a workable budget while a volunteer support team make sure each person paying off debts or going through insolvency is supported both practically and emotionally.
If you need help with debts or would like to attend a CAP Money course, visit or call 0800 328 0006
If you would like to sponsor Angela or Mel for the 20forTwenty challenge contact 07513 652597 or email

Would you Like To Improve Your Literacy?

New local service available
“I can now write and use computers with confidence. I write and send e-mails, add on attachments and send photos. This really helps me keep in touch with my family and my friends.” Quote from adult leaner
I am excited about my new role as Adult Literacy Worker for Highland Perthshire. My job is to develop and deliver learning opportunities aimed at helping adults (aged 16+) to build on the skills of reading, writing and/or using numbers and digital devices. I am also here to raise awareness, so here are some facts you may or may not already know about literacy.
Being literate is not just about being able to read and write or use numbers and digital devices; it is about how we apply these skills to everyday life. For instance when handling information, such as going shopping, dealing with finances, reading instructions, or filling out forms. Being literate is about communicating with others too – for instance by reading or writing letters, texts or emails. It is also about expressing ideas and opinions, making decisions and solving problems. All in all, we use literacy and numeracy for so much of what we do in everyday life.
It is not unusual for someone to have literacy issues - around one quarter of the Scottish population (26.7%) may face occasional challenges with reading, writing or using numbers and about 1 in 28 people in Scotland face severe literacy issues. Literacy tutors and volunteers in the area will provide drop-ins, one-to-one support, group sessions, short courses, reading groups and support with selfdirected learning. It is never too late to learn.
If you would like to find out more please call 01350 727669 or see Hi PALS Facebook page.
Livvy Ingleby, Adult Literacy Worker, Perth & Kinross Council

Rivendell Care Home

rivendellResidents of Rivendell enjoying different activities at Olympics Day at Rivendell. With three activity coordinators, there’s plenty to do at Rivendell – trips out every Tuesday, games, art, Olympic sports training, Physio, Beauty Therapy, crafts and musical performances – and green-fingered residents can help out in the fruit and veg garden and orchard.
Rivendell offers a wide range of services. Alongside those who decide to come and make Rivendell their home for life Rivendell also provides care and support for those who decide to use our services for the short term. Rivendell always welcomes visitors, so pop in and have a look for yourself. The kettles always on.

The Fort of the Caledonians

Dear Editor, I am writing to acquaint local residents of a project which is under-way, and on behalf of the Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society of which I have been a member for a number of years. The Objects of the Society are, among other things "To promote interest in and encourage the study of local history in the Dunkeld and Birnam area."
Last year, while pondering things which we might do, it gradually filtered through that the main subject could well be 'Dunkeld ' itself and its beginnings, from ancient times.
I was vaguely aware that the 'Fort of the Caledonians' from which 'Dunkeld' derives, was in fact the remains of ancient fortifications sited on Kingseat, near Polney Loch, just outside Dunkeld, and so visited it. The top of the crag was found to be completely infested by rhododendron bushes, so much so that no examination was possible. The next step was to establish if any archaeology had been undertaken on the site, so contact was made with Perth Museum.
Advised by them that the place to ask was Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) in York Place. This was done and the response was immediate and enthusiastic.
Papers were sent showing that cursory examination of the site had been done by F.W. Feacham, archaeologist, in 1966, but that no digs had been done, but with a comment that it was a most promising site and likely to produce artefacts. Advice was received from David Strachan, manager of the Trust and himself an archaeologist with wide experience of similar projects (Black Spout, Pitlochry, and Carpow Log Boat, etc). The advice was to the effect that we should approach the land-owner (Dunkeld House Hotel) for permission to clear vegetation: if granted then approach Historic Environment Scotland (HES) as the site is a Scheduled Monument and thus fully protected; thereafter arrangements would be made for grant aid funding and an archaeological dig to see what is there. Both of these permissions were granted.
The site of the fort is on top of a crag with sheer cliffs protecting it on two side and is quite restricted. It was agreed that it was only suitable for a small squad to operate safely and accordingly I engaged my friends and former colleagues Sandy Keay and Alastair Carter, and Ian Dick, along with those identified by David Strachan who had helped at previous digs, Steve Ponsonby, and Deryk and Anthea Deane, and David Roberts, secretary of the Historical Society. Work commenced on Monday, 8.2.16 and continued on various days until 21.3.16 when it was agreed with Mr.Strachan that the site of the fort had been cleared to a satisfactory degree.
Although most of the clearance work was done at the top of the cliffs, it is quite obvious, even to an unpractised eye that some of the lower levels must have been used for habitation as well and had been protected by ramparts.
The situation at the moment is that applications for grant aid...

Better Lives In Older Age

- joining up the dots Dunkeld and Birnam is a great place to live, for young people, for families and importantly, for older people. But it may not always be. The new Health and Social Care partnerships are already struggling to keep up with demand for services such as Homecare while Government constraint on public sector spending will restrict their capacity for further investment. If we carry on as we are, then older age for each of us may be a time of less and less support and more and more anxiety. But it's not all gloom and doom. We are lucky to have good local voluntary services, including a strong lunch club which regularly feeds and provides company for up to 30 people. We also have a number of other successful projects across Perth and Kinross which have found different ways of providing support and reassurance to older people - while also helping to bridge the generation gap. The challenge for us locally is how we build on what is already there.
Some older people have difficulty managing group situations, perhaps because of hearing difficulties. Others have real problems managing their shopping or picking up a prescription. Making an extra portion for an elderly neighbour doesn't take long and sitting with them while they eat it, as a Mealmaker volunteer, may only take 30 minutes once a week . But what a difference that visit can make. Simply visiting a neighbour for a coffee or offering to take them to a regular event provides much more than refreshment and transport. It shows that someone is taking an interest. It's good for their mental wellbeing - and actually, the evidence suggests it's pretty good for the volunteer's health too. And picking up a prescription - well, we all do that anyway. So picking it up for someone else? Not really a hardship. These are all simple examples of what is happening elsewhere - joining up the dots of existing services to create a wider network of support. It's not rocket science and it need not take more than an hour of your time a week. But it can make a big difference not just to the people involved in giving and receiving support now, but also to the kind of older age which we can all expect to experience in future. If you are interested in finding out more, please drop an email to me on
We want to hear from you, either as someone who might consider being a volunteer, or as someone who has ideas about what supports are most needed. Your community needs you.

Scouting News - Dunkeld & Birnam Area

And we are off... the new term has started and in great Scouting style too. The second week into term and the Beavers were showing off their climbing skills on the climbing wall at PGL. Third week in and the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers showed of their orienteering skills around the Hermitage which has a great selection of courses that anyone of any age or ability can complete.
The scouts rang a small stand at the orchard day in early September which was great and something we would like to do more of. If your community group would benefit from the Scouts, Cubs or Beavers help then please feel free to contact me on the below details so we can organise something.
So what else is coming up for the young people in Scouting in Dunkeld and Birnam area? Well the Scouts are going camping at Comrie Croft soon which everyone is excited about especially as the camp is our first under canvas. The Beavers are working towards the outdoor challenge and the Cubs are learning basic scouting skills and team work as they prepare for the group camp in November.
As you can see lots going on in Scouting at the moment as we enjoy the last of the longer evenings and better weather.
If you would like to have the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers hep your community group or are interested in joining Scouting in the area please contact me on 07733371105 or at:

Dunkeld & Birnam Senior Citizens Outing

The Senior Citizens coach trip is going to Callander this year on Wednesday 5th October. We will complete our day with high tea at Taste Perthshire in Bankfoot.
We will leave The Birnam Hotel at 12.30 pm, picking up at Servite at approximately 12.40pm and then North Car Park at approximately 12.50pm.
The charge this year is only £10.00 per person.
Would those wishing to join us place your name on the list at either Birnam or Dunkeld post office. THE FIRST 50 SECURE A SEAT!
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

‘Rio 2016’ – GirlGuides

girlguidesGirlGuides and Senior Section camp in a field by a beach near Montrose, 10-16 July 2016
As part of our Olympic flame relay/opening ceremony, the girls answered the question ‘What do the Olympics have in common with Guidecamp?’ Most agreed that it’s a chance (or a challenge?) to meet and understand new people and make new friends - more so because we share our camp with the Pitlochry Guides. Being fit and healthy, competition, sport, and meeting a challenge were some other thoughts.
And a challenge it certainly is. No mum or dad to put breakfast or dinner on the table, make the bed, find the missing sock or jacket or whatever just got lost, or even wash the dishes and clean the toilet. Accomplishing all that in patrols of six - sharing a tent, a cooking fire (that means collecting wood too) and a camp-toilet – that’s quite a big ask for today’s kids. Oh, and no running water or electricity either, and of course no mobile phones!
Patrol leaders, usually aged around 13, keep the show on the road. So what about the Leaders – well, we are there as well, keeping busy in the background. We’re a safety net really, and if that fire won’t light, or that tent not stand up the way it should, we help. And we do have some ‘technology back up’ in the form of gas cookers, a hot water boiler and a fridge (thanks to a Griffin micro grant from the community council) in a central tent. But it’s all about the girls going for it independently as much as they can. So yes – a challenge. For the Senior Section that’s all old hat of course – so we just let them get on with it (the odd inspection to maintain standards not withstanding ;) ).
In keeping with the Olympic idea, the camp wasn’t all about sporting activities. The girls made their own mascots, tried to hold a short conversation in Portuguese, learnt to dance Samba and had a Carnival (organised by the Senior Section). Short Yoga sessions in the morning helped focus the mind. The camp being next to the beach, we made the most of sea and sand, with paddling whenever the weather was good enough, and a sandcastle competition. We thought about and had a go at Paralympic activities, and learnt to play touch rugby. No camp of course is complete without some adventurous activities, so the Guides went raft building and burn walking. The Seniors got to canoe around the Montrose basin, while the Guides went into the mud and pond dipping at the Montrose Wildlife centre. The Seniors – following on from being independent on site, they now go off on their own – took an unaccompanied hike with overnight stay to Lunan Bay.
For me, camping in this way is the mainstay of Girlguiding. And, still in keeping with...

Breast Cancer Care – Strawberry Tea

Caroline and Kerry Lindsay would like to thank all the individuals and local businesses who donated raffle prizes, home baking etc for the Strawberry Tea held in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
The weather was good and an excellent turnout of ladies helped us to raise the sum of £1,021.40 for this worthwhile cause.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

Duchess Anne Lunches and Meeting Place

The first Duchess Anne Lunch will be on Tuesday 6th September.
The first Meeting Place will be on Friday 9th September from 10 am till 12 noon.
After many years of service, some of our helpers have retired.
We would like to have a few new volunteers to replace them.
The Duchess Anne Lunches meet fortnightly, and as there are three teams each person is on duty only once in six weeks.
The Meeting Place meets weekly so each person is on duty once a month.
If you enjoy cooking or baking or just making new friends we'd love to hear from you.
For further information, please phone Jean Dickson on 01350727382.

Grand Sale of Railway Books

Grand Sale of Railway Books by Pitlochry Station Bookshop
Four hundred volumes, second hand and in excellent condition starting at £5. Cash payments, only, can be accepted.
The volumes are from the collection of a local railway enthusiast and have been donated by his family in his memory. All proceeds to Cancer Research UK; Children’s Hospice Association, Scotland (CHAS); Highland Perthshire Shopmobility; Mercy Corps,  Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.

50 new Scripture translations completed last year

2015 was a very successful year for Bible translation with Bible Societies assisting in the completion of Scriptures in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. This inspiring work saw some
communities receive the Scriptures for the very first time It is estimated that:
• 33 million people, who speak over 28 different languages, received their first ever copy of the Bible.
• 11 communities now have complete Bibles.
• 6 communities now have a New Testament, and
• 11 have new portions of Scripture
For example, in Ethiopia, nearly 3 million speakers of the Sidama language received their first full Bible in their language.
As well as producing new translations of Scriptures, Bible Societies have also helped to revise existing Bible translations and revisions, which have the potential to reach over 127 million people that helps them to engage with God’s Word in their own heart language.
Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue our mission to make God’s Word available to all people and see individuals, communities and cultures transformed as people encounter God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in the Bible. So you see, many people have the wonderful gift of the bible, paid for by YOUR gifts of money and your holiday left over money and also your used stamps or post cards. Please keep contributing.


Dunkeld Community Minibus

You may have noticed the Perth and Kinross Council minibus parked at the top of Station Road in Birnam, but did you know that the minibus is a community resource and is available free of charge for use by community groups.
The 17 seater minibus can be used for community group outings and activities and is easy to book. Drivers need to have a current MIDAS certificate and a 'D1' entitlement on their clean driving licence.
There are a few other requirements that the driver and group need to meet before borrowing the bus, information and training can be given.
For more information drop into the Community Learning Office in the Birnam Arts Centre or call 01350 727 669 and ask for Alison or Pat.

Dualling the A9

There has been a large amount of work in the community in relation to the A9 Dualling Project since the presentations and public meetings by Transport Scotland and Jacobs in late January/early February. Recent work has focused on drafting the submission to Transport Scotland from the Community Council that was submitted in mid-April (and is available to read on the Bridge website: .
Individuals can submit their own responses to the A9 dualling plans directly to Transport Scotland at or by post to Sarah Morgan, A9 Dualling Project, Team Stakeholder Manager, Jacobs UK Ltd, 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7HX.

Following the meetings, the Community Council created a working group chaired by Stuart Paton ( The group’s first meeting was on 29th February and was attended by around 20 people. At this meeting, sub-groups were established to look at key issues and also plan subsequent work. A second meeting, held on 29th March, was attended by around 25 people who discussed progress and further issues.
The basic principles of the working group are to work in a cooperative and constructive manner with Transport Scotland to understand fully the issues and influence decision-making. The current general sentiment is that there is insufficient information for an informed decision.
The key themes considered by the group are (1) the unique character of the area (2) relaxing some road standards to mitigate key issues (3) noise (4) health and air quality (5) flooding (6) environmental and ecology issues (7) public transport links and (8) non-motorised travellers.
We are fortunate that a range of people have made contributions to this process.
The working group decided to focus first on the Community Council submission rather than encouraging a wide response from individuals. However, the consultation process is ongoing and there will be several opportunities to make your own representations.
Transport Scotland have also engaged directly with individuals most directly affected by the dualling project, particularly in the section between the Tay Crossing and Ballinluig.
If you wish to join the working group, require further information or have other issues that you think should be raised, please contact Stuart directly (
The A9 dualling page of the Bridge website ( will also get regular updates as further information becomes available.
We have also set up an open Facebook group with the snappy title ‘A9 Dualling Group’ to share comments and ideas.
A9 Dualling Project:
Updates from Community Council
Please watch out for posters around the community for two meetings to take place around mid/end May; dates and venues to be confirmed.
(1) Community Update: Opportunity for everyone affected to hear from and respond to the Community Council's A9 Working Group on what has happened since last Public Meeting with Transport Scotland & Jacobs (29 February); to discuss information received, issues emerging, next steps.
(2) Public Meeting with Transport Scotland & Jacobs who have been invited back to present all the information that was requested in February and...

Concert for Syria

The response to the Easter Monday concert was quite overwhelming. On a sunny Spring afternoon the Cathedral was full to overflowing, the support and enthusiasm of so many people creating a remarkable spirit of communal solidarity and concern.
The programme was a reflection of the varied musical talent within our local musical scene - folk singers, choral groups, small pipes, Gaelic songs, Scottish fiddle music, Schubert piano duet and even vintage pop songs! Kenneth Steven's powerful poems completed the mix, and at the end audience and performers rose to sing with heart and soul a song specially composed for the occasion.
We also had a moving account from Dr Denis Rutovitz, Chairman of Edinburgh Direct Aid, of his recent visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, of how EDA is providing vital supplies for desperate people, as well as much needed educational facilities for children.
The amount raised in donations at the door was some £3700. With one or two cheques received later we were told that, with gift aid added on, the total would amount to about £4,500. Imagine our surprise to have now received this message from Dr Rutovitz.
“One of those who attended has sent in an additional and very large cheque, bringing the total of concert-associated donations to over £20,000. We will see if we can name the next school we build, The Dunkeld School.”
That indeed would be a wonderful reminder of a very special day.
With warmest thanks to our performers and to all of you who came to the concert and gave so generously.
Michael Anderson & Fiona Ritchie

‘Life & Work’

‘Life & Work’ is the monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland and one of the biggest selling Christian magazines in Britain. Every month there are interesting articles about faith and news about the Church of Scotland (including a regular article by Dr. James Simpson, formerly Dornoch Cathedral and now living in Bankfoot.) If you would like to subscribe, or have a look at a sample copy, please contact Joan Cameron (727220) or single subscriptions can also be ordered online at:

Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for trustworthy and reliable volunteers who have an hour or two to spare each week or fortnight. The role would be to help out with our sheltered housing scheme’s group activities. This could be making tea/coffee and having a chat with tenants at a coffee morning/afternoon, or you may like to complete a little easy training and learn to run a Gentle Seated Exercise Class. The sheltered housing scheme is Servite House, Willowband, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0JN.
This role does require you to undergo a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check. For more information please contact Gary Flew, Caledonia Housing Association’s Volunteer Coordinator, email: or phone 01382 237179

Stamp, Coins and Watch collection for The Bible Society

After a long delay trying to deliver the stamps, coins and watches to the Edinburgh office, at last I was successful.
It had been 12 months since the last delivery of our goods but illness, the problems with the Forth Road bridge and the winter weather kept putting the date off.
However, the things are now delivered and the Society are very pleased indeed. Two suitcases and a carrier bag were a formidable amount and by that stage a train journey was not possible.
The gentleman in charge assured me that every item would be sold to collectors or to auction houses on our behalf. For every £4 received a Bible, a Children’s Bible, New Testament or Gospel can be given to a person in need. Translators have worked long and hard so that the bibles can be printed in specific languages and in some cases, the printing can be set up here and then the actual print run happens in the country requesting the bible. This is cheaper in transport terms and provides another work avenue for some of the population. Did you consider also that a mechanic may be trained to maintain the printing machinery, whether mechanical or by computer?
The Parish are thanked very much for our contributions. The hunger for God/s word continues to grow in many countries.
Please continue to support via the can in the Cathedral or box in Little Dunkeld Church or give by hand to Brenda. Phone 01738 710094 to arrange collection.

Health Fare - World Challenge


Hello there! My name is Sumi and I am a local sixteen year old who lives in Birnam.
worldchallenge2A few months ago I found out about a phenomenal opportunity through the organisation World Challenge. An opportunity to travel to India in July of 2017 to go trekking in the wilderness of the Himalayan mountains, volunteer in around the local communities of Delhi and possibly even visit the Taj Mahal! The volunteering work that myself and my team mates are planning to do, will evolve around physical labour (to help build/improve school learning environments) and we might even get the change to teach some English to the local school children!
I have to raise £3600 in order to go. Having organized several events to raise funds for this astonishing opportunity, I invite you to the Health Fare my mum and I are hosting. It is on Saturday the 2nd of April, 11-4pm at the Duchess Anne Hall, Dunkeld.
It includes access to sessions of Reiki, Card Reading, Yoga and many more amazing things to delve into.
Come along and have some cake! We'd love to see you there.
To find out about World Challenge you can visit this website for further information:


Twinning Project

Dunkeld & Birnam twinning project with Asheville, NC is progressing. We have a ‘Dunkeld and Birnam Friends of Asheville, NC’ group currently exploring possible avenues of connection. Please take a look At the close of the year, two representatives from Asheville Sister Cities sent us the letter below. Fiona Ritchie,
December 2015
Greetings to our friends in Dunkeld and Birnam, On behalf of the Asheville Sister Cities program and the Asheville area community we are pleased to convey to you our continuing interest in establishing a twinning partnership between our communities. Many of you know that this has been an ongoing effort as we have visited your wonderful setting on several occasions that included receptions and personal contacts.
There is a growing interest in developing this sister city relationship drawing upon our many common characteristics and interests: the considerable Scottish ancestral roots throughout the Southern Appalachians; parallel economic characteristics such as art, music, recreation and tourism; the striking physical beauty of our two settings; education; health affairs including an holistic approach to wellness; a strong sense of community ; the Presbyterian heritage; and, an abiding love of nature and commitment to stewardship of the surrounding physical environment.
We hope that 2016 brings opportunities to further build these ties leading to exchanges that enrich the lives of all our citizens. We can assure you that there is significant interest throughout our community in visiting your Perthshire setting, as well as hosting many of you to Asheville, and developing a long-term twinning relationship.
With all best wishes for the season and the New Year, Rick Lutovsky, Past President of Asheville Sister Cities Doug Orr, President Emeritus Warren Wilson College and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and Co-Author with Fiona Ritchie of Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

D & B Cubs To Close

Overall, the numbers of children, leaders, parents and committee members involved in scouting in Dunkeld has been very encouraging. A large part of this success has been down to the enthusiasm and commitment of Helen McQueen over the last 5+ years. Helen is moving on as she pursues her career in teaching. All of us involved in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts owe Helen a great debt of gratitude.
Unfortunately, this means that we will not have sufficient leaders to continue with Cubs after Easter.
Unless we can find additional leaders in the next few weeks Cubs will close.
We ask all parents, family and friends to consider providing support to the Cubs. This does not have to be every week and help and advice will be provided by other leaders and the District Scout Association.
Please have a think about this and consider if you are able to get involved. If so, please contact Iain Gordon: -, 07738 006738

Dunkeld & Birnam Guides - New Challenge?

I want a new challenge – I want to do something for local children – I want to be part of a team – I want to be one of 10 million - IS THAT YOU?
Girlguiding is the biggest global organisation for women.
Girlguiding Dunkeld needs more adult leaders and helpers – or some groups might have to close as they are currently in suspension. They are the youngest group in Girlguiding, girls aged 5 -7. They have been meeting at the Dunkeld Guide Hall on Thursdays from 5-6pm (this time is not set in stone and could be adjusted to suit adult leaders). Rainbows follow a varied programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw. Everything a Rainbow does helps her to develop – it’s an opportunity to look, learn, laugh and love. A team of 2-3 leaders/assistants is needed to keep this group going.
If you prefer to work with slightly older girls, the Brownies (aged 7 – 10) meet also on Thursdays from 6.30 – 8pm. Their programme is called the Brownie Adventure – a name that speaks for itself. Brown Owl (that’s what they call their leader) is still in residence, but needs an assistant or two.
For those more interested in youth work, Guides (10 - 14) and Senior Section (14+), while not under threat at the moment, could also do with extra help – either for weekly meeting or camps or both.
As a Guide Leader, you will receive training and support from Girlguiding UK on both a local and regional level. No previous knowledge is necessary, but patience and a sense of fun are important.
Experience as a Guider is valued by professional childcare organizations and can be helpful to get into teacher training.
Please contact Trix Stephen (District Commissioner) on 01350 727456 or email

Tiddlywinks - a great opportunity to socializing.

Tiddlywinks, an informal group for parents/carers and babies/toddlers, is currently running on a Tuesday morning in the Birnam Arts centre from 10.00-11.30.
After a long spell running the group, Jennifer has passed on the group to Louise Davis. We would like to thank Jennifer for all her support and fundraising activities over the years. Currently we are looking for more people to come to the group and also to lend a helping hand- it is a great opportunity for socialising within the local community. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and cake while the little ones play and have a snack. For more information please contact:

Forestry Commission Auction of Equipment

The Forestry Commission offices at Inver are holding a small sale of old equipment with the closing date for bids at 5pm on Friday.

If anyone wants any more information on viewing equipment and the bidding process, please enquire to Euan Stewart at

Silent Auction CANCELLED

Silent Auction 7th March – CANCELLED.
However Our Plant/Shrub Sale on 23rd April is still on -
Plant and Shrub Sale
10AM – 3PM, Saturday 23rd April 2016
at Kennacoil House PH8 0BP near Dunkeld, above Rumbling Bridge
TEA, COFFEE and CAKES in the Old Horse Mill in aid of St Mary’s Church, Birnam
Kennacoil – the perfect Scottish escape.
This is an ideal opportunity to see the self-catering cottages and wedding venue

Meal Makers

Meal Makers, the project that connects people and local communities through food, has now rolled out its services to Perth and Kinross.
The service is a free, local neighbourhood food-sharing project that uses an online platform to connect volunteers of any age who have a passion for cooking and want to be active in their communities (Cooks), with older neighbours over the age of 55 (Diners) who would appreciate a delicious home cooked meal from a friendly neighbour. Once a Cook and Diner have been matched the Cook will prepare an extra meal and deliver it to their Diner at a time agreed by both parties.
By matching volunteer cooks with diners Meal Makers aims to reduce food poverty and malnutrition, improve diets and combat social isolation by breaking down the barriers that lead to loneliness. The project helps to strengthen connections within communities by providing a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them.
Meal Makers has made a flying start in Perth and Kinross having made several matches in different parts of the region with both Cooks and Diners advising that they are thoroughly enjoying meal shares and being part of the project. If you think you could do something great with an extra plate, or would like to meet a friendly neighbour over a plate of their delicious home cooked food then Meal Makers would love to hear from you.
Cooks can join Meal Makers by visiting or contacting Meal Makers on 01738 452236 /
If you would like to sign up as a Diner or know someone who would really appreciate some home cooked food, then you please call Meal Makers on 01738 452236.

Funding following flood damage

Details of how funding from the Scottish Government for flooded properties will be distributed in Perth and Kinross was discussed at an Executive Sub- Committee meeting of Strategic Policy & Resources on 20th January.
The flat rate grant of £1,500 per property can be used for households, businesses, community groups (such as sports clubs) and charitable organisations to help with the following:
- To reimburse eligible households for not receiving the full benefit of services they pay for through Council Tax while absent from their home due to internal property flooding.
- To enable people to protect their homes and businesses against future floods by installing new flood barriers, or by carrying out flood resilient repairs such as replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or moving electricity sockets up to a safer level.
Application forms for grant funding will be made available via the Council's website or by calling the Customer Service Centre on 01738 475000.
A separate additional fund of a flat rate grant of £3,000 has been set up for business premises. The Council will accept applications for this additional fund using the same application form as the £1,500 grant, but these will then be passed to the Scottish Government for consideration. This grant will be a one off payment to offset costs which cannot be covered by existing insurance, for example clean-up costs, materials and exceptional costs to help the business restore trade, such as marketing and promotion. This grant is payable to businesses regardless of any existing business rates reliefs.
The definition of households includes farmhouses, and the definition of business premises includes farm buildings such as grain stores etc, but not empty sheds or other buildings where there was no real impact to the farm operations.
Linzie Gowans, Communications Officer, Perth & Kinross Council
Tel. 01738 475048

Perthshire Nepal Charity

Working Hard As Winter Hits The Earthquake Victims In Nepal
Bring Back The Smile To Nepal, the Perthshire based charity has been working hard, as winter hits Nepal, to raise funds to help with the ongoing rebuilding programme in the earthquake hit country.
“Despite being the run up to Christmas, December was a really busy time for our fundraising programme,” explained Anna Gurung, the founder of the charity, “Winter has reached Nepal and temperatures have started to plunge, particularly in the northern regions. We feel it is really important to keep the rebuilding venture fresh in people’s minds.
Thousands of people living in villages in the Gorkha district – the epicentre of April’s earthquake – are still surviving in flimsy, makeshift homes, mainly tents and rudimentary shelters. Not many can afford to rebuild, insurance does not exist and materials are scarce and beyond their means. Now, with temperatures plummeting to below freezing and fuel in short supply, it is crucial that we help as much as we possibly can.” Anna started her fundraising drive immediately following the earthquake in April. Her campaign was awarded official charitable status by the Charities Regulator in August.
“We are based in Highland Perthshire”, Anna continued, “and the local community has helped us hugely in the run up to Christmas. We held collections, a bagpack at our local Co-op, gave talks, the Aberfeldy Community Band collected on our behalf and the local Cub Scout Pack ran a fundraising stall at our Christmas Market.”
The charity would also like to place collection boxes in shops, petrol stations, etc around Perthshire. We would love to hear from any shop owners who would be prepared to have one of our boxes in their stores. Please contact us via our website or Facebook. Thank you.”
Information about the charity, how to donate or to request Anna as a guest speaker, can be found on their website: If you wish to be updated on their progress, they can also be followed on facebook/Bring Back The Smile To Nepal, or via Twitter at #SMILE2NEPAL

Local Development Plan




Toddler Group Cancelled: Please help

Due to lack of support and low funds, Tiddleywinks - Dunkeld and Birnam’s parent and toddler group – has been cancelled from the January 2016 school term onwards. Tiddleywinks ran on Tuesday mornings at the Birnam Institute. For this group to continue we urgently need volunteers to take on the running of this group and to raise funds.
This group for babies and young toddlers is an informal setting where parents can chat while their children play safely close by. New parents in particular say they find this opportunity to meet people who are in the same boat to be a big help. Tiddlywinks is often the place where newcomers to Dunkeld and Birnam first meet the residents. Children can also meet their future classmates at the group, which can help them cope with school when the time comes.
In the past the group has run outings and other events for the children. But it is very informal and so needs as much or as little effort as parents want to contribute to keep it going. This is a great opportunity for someone to provide a really nice experience for the babies and toddlers of the area.
If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with me, Jennifer Ryles, at:

Ella Retires After 25yrs!

ellaAfter 25 happy years in Dunkeld I have decided to retire and will cease trading in December.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me over the years, both staff and customers.
Ella’s is going to continue under new ownership. Susan Rutherford hopes to re-open in February continuing with similar fashionable merchandise.
Season’s greetings to you all. Ella

Together Again

Eclipse Hair and Nails on Dunkeld's Atholl Street has gone through many changes since its inception in February 2013, most recently with the addition of 2 familiar faces to the team and a full salon refurbishment.
Nicola Wilkie and Kim Tritton, both formerly of Essential Hair and Nails in Dunkeld have returned to provide the village with all manner of hair requirements.
"Kim, Nicola and I all worked together 14 years ago so it's lovely to have the old team back together" says salon owner Sarah Marr.
The salon offers a full range of hair and nail appointments, including colouring, cutting, Shellac nails and HD brows. Appointments are available Tuesday to Saturday and can be made by calling the salon directly or popping in to see us. Eclipse hair and nails : 01350 727008

Farewell To Father Tobias & Welcome To Father Edward

Father Tobias has left St Columba's Roman Catholic Church in St Mary's Road, Birnam. After eight years of service to the community, he has moved on to pastures new serving in joint Roman Catholic parishes in Forfar and Kirriemuir.
Father Tobias was deeply respected and valued in Dunkeld and Birnam as well as in the other parishes at Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. A farewell tea was held in Pitlochry for Father Tobias and was attended by many members of his congregations in Dunkeld and and Birnam, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. Father Edward Vella joins us from Malta and we welcome him to our congregation.

Dunkeld & Birnam RBLS Memorial Club

Dunkeld & Birnam R.B.L.S Memorial Club wish to update the community on how the club is doing.
After years of running on a deficit budget we are now in a healthy state, for the past 3 years we have run on a credit balance, thanks to a dedicated few. We would be pleased to welcome a lot more people to help with the running of the club and bring their ideas along to make it a more attractive place. Anyone can now become a member.
Contrary to belief. Just come along. To our present members the membership fees are due 31st Oct.
Meantime we have a whist every 2nd week throughout the winter, a pool night the last Friday of each month, the bingo fell away but hope to hold one early Dec. the hall is always available for parties or events, the club is there to be used. If you can find time to give us some help or support, just come along, you will be made welcome.

Heritage Trail Leaflets & Plaques for Historical Places of Interest

New proposal for Heritage Trail leaflets and plaques for historical places of interest for both Dunkeld and Birnam
It is now many years since detailed guided walk leaflets have been available for visitors to Dunkeld. Also, a long time since the familiar green plaques denoting places of interest were visible on the buildings. The few familiar green rectangular ones (you can see an example in the window of the Duchess Anne) being put in place in 1974.
The proposal is to create two new guided walks for visitors, complete with maps, illustrations and historical information.
Alongside this new initiative it is hoped that the plaques on buildings will be re-instated, but this time replacing the old green ones with traditional, recognisable the well Blue Plaques, with many more than the originals being considered. There are a substantial numbers of places of interest to celebrate in the area!
The project is being prepared by a small committee, Dave Roberts, Mary MacDougall, Ann Lindsay, Ben Notley and Pam Robinson, in conjunction with Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist association, Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society and the National Trust for Scotland.
As the project takes shape, we know that lots of locals will be interested, and certainly want to contribute with comments as well. We will keep you up to date!

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group

Things are well under way for this year's Santa Day on 12th December and I would like to thank our very small committee for all their hard work and support.
As always the committee will accept all offers of support in whichever format it may be in, for example money, time or ideas.
Please contact Lachlan MacEwan on 077121 33300 or 01350 727389 or or visit our Facebook page.
Many thanks, Lachlan MacEwan, Chairman

Great news! Defib App now Live!

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership in conjunction with Pitlochry High School has been working on a project to create a free App that locates all the defibrillators in Highland Perthshire.
We are very excited to announce that the App is now live and ready to download. Please encourage as many people to as possible download this life saving app.
The app is currently available from and Google's Play Store with an Apple version coming soon.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Michella Samy on 07972 222271 or

Bob Lindsay

boblindsayBob Lindsay has retired as treasurer of the Parish Church after 26 years in the job. The Congregation marked the occasion by presenting Bob with 4 paintings at a reception in the Duchess Anne on Wednesday 16th September. His wife, Caroline was presented with a bouquet of flowers by John Cameron. The Minister, Fraser Penny, thanked Bob on behalf of the Congregation for the work he has put in over the years, over a time when regulations have increased and made the task much more complex. In replying, Bob remarked that in 1989 the Rev. Tom Dick had asked him to take on the job, just for a short time - until someone permanent could be found!
The picture shows (from left to right): Caroline Lindsay, Bob Lindsay, John Gray (who is the new Treasurer), Christine McNicoll and Fraser Penny

The Parish of Dunkeld Community Care Group

The group comprises The Meeting Place and The Duchess ANNE Lunch Group.
All are welcome to come to The Meeting Place between 10am and 12noon on Fridays to enjoy tea coffee and home baking, to chat to old friends and to make new ones.
The Duchess Anne Lunches are held on alternate Tuesdays from September to May.
The group caters mainly for those who live alone and would benefit from a good home cooked meal and pleasant company.
We have helpers from a wide area around Dunkeld. If you would like to help in any way, by cooking, baking, setting tables, driving, clearing up, or simply making people feel welcome. You would be on duty only once in 6 weeks. For more information please phone Jean Dickson on 01350727382

Dunkeld Cathedral

Cathedral200-0Visitor numbers at the Duchess Anne were well up on last year as were sales. Over 10 weeks we sold 415 pieces of work to the value of £32,500. There were 172 registered artists and 100 of them sold at least one piece of work with a number selling all their work and bringing in more.
The number of artists were down slightly on previous years. For the first time we had stained glass panels, fused glass items and small wooden toys which were all successful.
I would like to thank everyone who helped to keep the Exhibition going over the summer; from setting up, taking in pictures, stewarding, dismantling and handing back unsold work at the end.
Thanks also are due to our webmaster who has maintained the web page for a number of years now; Keith is only ever a click away by email if there are problems and with 172 artists trying to register over a 2 month period in April and May, quite often the web page is under pressure. However it is a much easier way of registering and showing the artists' work to people all over the world - this year we sold 3 pictures to a lady from the south of England straight from the web page. Often we get enquiries after the exhibition has finished and sometimes this results in a sale for the artist.
Margaret Scott
01738 710399

Letter to the Editor

letterlDear Sally,
It is some considerable time since I first wrote to you at The Bridge regarding the War Memorial site at Little Dunkeld (I think 2012) so I thought I should give an update. Following representations through Councillor Grant Laing, council workers attended during 2014 and carried out considerable works at the site, including removing obtrusive trees, rhododendron bushes and other vegetation and at the same time did a major reconstruction to the access pathway including installing an improved handrail for safety. Along with these works I can tell you that some local volunteers, namely Gordon Gerrie, Isobel Price, Kenny Bray, Jack Hutchison, Linda Speirs representing Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom, and myself have attended at the site on occasions when convenient to us and have given the site some TLC which it sadly needed including removal of rubbish (discarded cans, bottles etc.) and cutting back more intrusive vegetation. It all takes time and I think it is more a work in progress than a finished job at this stage.
I hope this next bit will be of even more interest to your readers. I had noticed that the alternative path (that which is less steep and runs between the Stell Park houses and Park Cottage) was unmarked, so I asked Gordon Gerrie, who is VERY handy, if he could help. And he could.
Some years ago Dunkeld Bridge was vandalised in that some of the parapet stones had been tumbled off and landed in the river. With permission, Gordon had retrieved some and now one of these historic stones is sited at the entrance to the side path and engraved ‘Monument Walk ‘. I think a very appropriate use and entirely in keeping with this site. As the saying goes “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.”
David MacDougall, Willowbank.

Parles-tu français? ¿Hablas español? Café et Causerie?

Would you like to try informal French conversation over a coffee – Café et Causerie? A well established group drawn from places as far-flung as Dunning and Fortingall meets at 10.30am on the first Thursday of every month in the comfort of the Rivers Meet café (formerly the Allium Garden Centre) in Ballinluig.
There is also a wide range in fluency, but be assured that all but the very best of us (and there are some of those too) lapse into franglais occasionally. What we have in common – as in any café culture – is the desire to chat. We all make mistakes, but it is truly amazing what we find to talk about amongst friends. If you would like to join us, even for a taster session, please contact Katharine on: or phone 01350 727048. A bientôt!
Or is it Spanish «charla» you’d like to try?
This group - Café y Charla - also meets at the Rivers Meet café on the third Thursday of every month at 10.30am. This group also has a wide range in fluency, but we enjoy chatting and think it’s a great way to feel more at ease when speaking Spanish.
If you would like to join us, please contact Jenny on 01796 482765. ¡Hasta luego!  Fluent or not so fluent in French and/or Spanish, we’d be delighted to see you!

Local Residents To Receive Important Voter Registration Information

Households in Angus and Perth & Kinross will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of the annual voter registration canvass.
The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
With Scottish Parliament elections taking place in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will be able to take part.
Furthermore, with those who are aged 16 or over on 5 May 2016 now able to vote at this election, the Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council will also be encouraging those eligible to vote for the first time to register to vote.
Mr Alastair Kirkwood, the Electoral Registration Officer said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. Anyone that wants to vote must also be registered. This includes anyone who will be 16 years old by 30 November 2016. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible. You can reply online, by telephone, by text message or simply return the form in the reply paid envelope. If the information is different to that on the form, you can still provide details via the online service or by completing the form. If you’re not currently registered, please reply and we will send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at”
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered at the correct address.
If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Registration Office in Forfar on 01307 462416, or in Perth at 01738 630303.
Perth & Kinross Council Change to 0845 numbers PKC is changing all of its 0845 telephone numbers from 3 August 2015 in recognition of the charges levied by different phone providers.
• Customer Service Centre 01738 475000 (remains unchanged)
• Housing Repairs Service 01738 476000 (outwith office hours this number will divert to the emergency repairs service)
• Community Care Access Team/Out of Hours Social Work 0345 30 111 20
• PKC Information Line 0345 30 111 00
• Grants helpline 0345 605 2000
• Public Transport Helpline 0345 30 111 30
• Child and Family Information Service 0345 60 144 77
• Telephone Payments 0345 60 301 21
• Travel Transport Concessionary 0345 603 0976

London Trip for Local Dancers


Back in June local dance teacher, Chanelle Wilson, submitted a squad, Mystic Pointe, to the acdc dance and cheerleading competition in Paisley. The team included girls from Dunkeld, Birnam, Pitcairngreen and Stanley aged 7-12. Mystic Pointe did exceptionally well and came 3rd in the Youth Jazz category of this national competition.
Following the performance Chanelle was approached by a representative from Bobby Dazzlers with an amazing opportunity for the dancers, to participate in their Christmas Special Showcase in London’s West End. The show will take place on Sunday 20th of December in Her Majesty’s Theatre in Haymarket, London. This may be a once in a lifetime experience, the chance for the dancers to perform in a world renowned theatre, to shine and show their real potential, The group are now intent on raising in the region of £3000 to take 11 children and 11 adults to London and stay for two nights as well as buying outfits for the dances and the finale.
The “Dance Mums” are holding a Ladies Night on 22nd August in the Pitcairngreen Inn at 7pm. On the 2nd of October a Donkey Derby at the 208 in Perth will take place.
Any help; donations, sponsorship, attendance as these events, best wishes would be greatly appreciated. Look out for posters with more details of fun to come.


Stamps & Coins For The Scottish Bible Society

Your continued support is much appreciated.
Please put contributions in the boxes in the Cathedral and Little Dunked. Also in Duchess Anne when the Art Exhibition is not in progress.
Every contribution is sold to dealers or auctioned to provide Bibles in many languages for those who do not have them. These are so much appreciated. Old bibles can be passed on to English speaking peoples and there is a chance to donate old watch parts and costume jewellery, also musical instruments and post cards whether written on or new. Please phone 01738 710094 for these extra items to be collected.

Tour of the Tower

On September 26th the Tower of the Cathedral will be open from 9.30am- 11.00am for guided tours.

The tower is owned by Historic Scotland and once a year as part of Open Doors the Historical Society provides stewards to enable us to open the Tower.
There will be four tours from 9.30pm to 11.00am, maximum of 8 on each tour, all tours MUST be booked, sorry no children under 12. The access is by a very narrow stone stairway, hard hast will be provided. To book please contact the email below or 01350727786 leaving a name and contact.

Jamie Grant

Photographer Jamie Grant sets out for adventure of a lifetime as Artist in Residence on South Georgia.
Perthshire photographer Jamie Grant, who has exhibited work in Edinburgh’s National Gallery and Perth Museum, will later this year be embarking on a 15,000 mile round trip to the remote sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia to spend 50 days on the island capturing its unique landscape and architecture as chosen artist in residence for the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT). He will take up the post in October 2015 with plans to publish a book of photographs from the island with the Watermill Bookshop in 2016

Why do Churches Fund Raise?

Before a congregation can reach out and help others financially, either within its own country or within missions abroad, its own house must be in order with a substantial income in place.
Globally, churches are holding cake sales, having sponsored walks, holding garage sales and plate dinners, and using their initiative in so many ways in order to help others through their mission work.
In a very small way, over the last year or so in Dunkeld and Birnam, we have helped the sick, homeless, depressed and destitute, but we are capable of doing so much more.
St Mary’s, Birnam, has limped along over the last few years without a leader. Finally, through the wonderful donations from the 3 Churches Charity Shop helping to pay our heating, insurance and day to day bills, it was possible to advertise for a Rector. This, in turn, led to the necessary refurbishment of the Rectory.
What a valuable investment we have made. We feel incredibly grateful to our new Rector, the Revd Shona Boardman, for the care she is giving to our sick and elderly, for the way young mums and children are being welcomed into the church and for the effective way she is carrying on church business.
‘FUN’ Raising at St Mary’s
For the next couple of years St Mary’s will be holding a range of events which we hope will prove useful and FUN for the community.
There are 14 local ladies who sew, knit and probably do cross stitch, but they have never made a patchwork quilt before. All are excited about learning this new craft and having fun within the group. Very soon they will begin work on a large patchwork quilt where the quilting will all be done by hand, making it very special and a beautiful piece of work. When completed, the quilt will be raffled.
A Silent Auction will be held in late November (date tbc) to help you with Christmas gift ideas.
In late April 2016 we will be holding a plant/shrub sale with annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. If you are separating plants now, or in the Autumn, it would be wonderful if you could pot them and save them for the St Mary’s sale. If you don’t have room to store them, please call me, Dianne Simpson 01738 710083 or The Rector: 01350 727432.

Library Summer Reading Challenge


Go for a personal best this summer and sign up to the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at your local library. It’s easy and totally free. All children have to do is read at least six library books over the summer holidays. There are all kinds of rewards to encourage your children along the way and a medal and certificate for those that complete. The theme this year is Record Breakers and libraries have teamed up with Guinness World records to celebrate some fantastic achievements from all over the world.
Excitingly, Perth and Kinross Libraries and Information Services will take part in the attempt to set a Guinness World Record. You can get involved and help in this World Record attempt by promising to visit the library and read over the summer or encourage people you know to readwith children this summer. All you have to do is visit one of our full-time libraries on Saturday 11th July between 10.30 and 11.30am and sign a pledge to read or encourage reading this summer. Libraries will also be hosting events for children throughout the summer holiday. Join our special summer reading challenge book groups where you can discuss what you have been reading and have fun with books, participate in some of our record breaking activities, and meet award winning and exciting authors. Please ask staff or check the website for more detail You can also connect to the Record Breakers website where you can read, share, create and take part in interactive games.
readersLast year more than 40,000 children in Scotland discovered all the fun of taking part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge. What’s more, their parents and teachers discovered the benefits too. Children who take part in the Challenge return to school after the summer break as more fluent, confident and happy readers.
Libraries and Information Services will further support childhood literacy by promoting library membership for every child in Perth and Kinross through the Every Child a Member campaign. Fifteen local authorities across Scotland have signed up to support the SLIC administered project which aims to engage with families and communities to encourage more children to use their local library and enjoy reading for pleasure thus helping to give them the best chance to learn in early years.
Suitable for children aged four to eleven, the summer reading challenge begins on Thursday 2nd July and runs until Saturday 22nd August so make sure you head along to your local library, visit as often as you can over the holidays and get involved in Record Breakers this summer. Contact your local library or visit for further information.


'Echoes From Gallipoli' 1915 - 2015 A WW1 Commemoration


'Echoes from Gallipoli' will be a community commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. This event is presented jointly by The Dunkeld Archive and Birnam Arts with readings by members of local amateur theatre group BIPS. Bob Davidson has adapted first hand accounts and documentation from both our local and National press archives. These accounts recall the history and experiences of soldiers who served with The Scottish Horse Yeomanry which was based in and around Dunkeld.
The Scottish Horse was originally raised in South Africa in 1900, and in 1901 a regiment of four squadrons was raised under the command of The Marquis of Tullibardine, afterwards The Duke of Atholl. Later a second regiment was formed consisting of Scotsman from home and Australians of Scottish decent. The two regiments served with distinction in the South African campaign and in 1902, The Scottish Horse was disbanded, the Boer War being ended. Then in 1903, The Scottish Horse Yeomanry was reformed as a cavalry unit. The 1st Regiment was raised in Perthshire, the 2nd in Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Nairn and Argyllshire, and recruitment was aimed at keepers and stalkers with special emphasis on scouting and the use of the rifle.
'Echoes from Gallipoli' will be a community event at Birnam Arts on Saturday September 19th 8pm tickets are free but please call Birnam Arts to reserve seats.

School's Out for Summer!


P7 pupils from the Royal School of Dunkeld celebrating at Sports Day.

Griffin & Calliacher Community Funds


Pathways: Getting Connected in the Voluntary Arts

Are you involved in the voluntary arts in some way? Voluntary Arts Scotland, Creative Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council are wanting to map how easy it is for people to access cultural activity in their local area – and what provisions are there for them. Can you help build a picture of the drama groups, knitting circles, choirs, meeting spaces, art clubs in the area and the opportunities to promote and share activity, transport, venues, funding and much more that Perth & Kinross has to offer? What challenges do you face? How are you connected to the rest of the arts world?
Please join in through an on-line survey:
A paper version available to download, a dedicated website You can also follow the link of The Bridge website:
For more information, or to book a free place at a workshop, visit or contact Robert Livingston, Kirkhill Associateson 07595220299.

Hipshire Community Network TrueCall Scheme

The Health & Wellbeing Sub Group has successful obtained Community Support funding to purchase a number of trueCall units which enable people to block out nuisance and cold calls.
Workers in the Highland Perthshire area have highlighted that a number of older people are reporting distress and disruption caused by nuisance and cold calls. This funding will enable us to run a pilot programme across the area. A limited number of units will be provided and installedfree of charge to older people across the area.
trueCall Call Blocker is like having a home receptionist who lets calls from your friends and family straight through, blocks unwelcome callers, and asks unrecognised callers to identify themselves before it puts them through. This gives you peace and quiet at home.The units plug in between the phone and the wall socket and when installed, quickly learns who you like to speak to and who you don’t. The system lets you decide how you want it to handle your calls, and the trueCall Call Blocker does the rest.
For the system to work people need to have caller id activated in their phone line, this is easily arranged with service providers but may have a charge.
Franny McGrath, chair of the network says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to run this project to support people to feel safer within their own homes, as well as the distress caused to people receiving call there have also been a number of cases of vulnerable people being scammed for money. Hopefully this project will help to address this and also raise awareness of these issues in the area”.
For more information or to apply for a unit please call 01350 727660 or email

United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14


The Lodge at Dunkeld operates under a Charter granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and is one of thirteen Lodges which make up the Province of Perthshire West, all of which are supervised by the Provincial Grand Master of Perthshire West, Bro John Scott Brockie. The Province stretches from Aberfoyle in the south to Blair Atholl in the north. Thursday 26 March 2015 was the date of the annual visit to the Lodge by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire West, to inspect the books and ensure the Lodge was operating properly, which proved to be the case. This was also the last time that Bro Brockie would visit the Lodge as Provincial Grand Master due to his five year term of office coming to an end this summer.
To mark this special occasion the Lodge Master, Bro Ian S Ford, is pictured presenting Bro Brockie with an engraved whisky decanter and glasses which were made by James Cunningham at Dunkeld Engraving
Parlour Derby - 7pm on Saturday 23 May 2015 - British Legion Club, Dunkeld
In aid of local charity and building maintenance funds for the Lodge premises. Tickets available at the door which includes half time stovies. Come along and have a flutter for a worthwhile cause - all welcome.
The Lodge is now in recess for the summer and will resume with the first meeting of the new season on Thursday 24 September 2015 at 7.15pm. Although in recess, Lodge members expect to be kept busy with building maintenance work on the interior and exterior of the building in Tay Terrace, Dunkeld, and also attending some social events including the annual summer dinner with wives and partners. Best wishes to all for a good summer fromat the United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14.


Windfarms Update


1. North Calliacher - I & H Brown : Latest details from Planning Appeal Scotland website is: The Reporter has been able to carry out a second site visit in good visibility. He has commenced finalising his decision notice. However, due to other work commitments he will not be in a position to issue his decision until mid March.
2. Dullater – Ecotricity : Developer has submitted an application. As well as the many objections lodged SEPA and SNH have lodged objections. Developer will now do further work on the ES and submit and amendments to the application, once this is done there will be a further consultation period.
PKC has hired an external consultant to prepare a landscape and visual assessment prior to finalising their report for committee.
3. Craig n Bhaird Force 9 Energy : Going to PKC Development Control Committee on MARCH 18th. Please come along to the meeting if you can 10am Dewars Centre, Perth,
4. Elrick - PNE WIND : Initial meeting held to discuss 13 turbines in Craigvenian Forrest. Further meeting to be arranged. Wind Mast now in situ - can be clearly seen from A9 above Kinaird. No new updates.
5. Crossburn - West Coast Energy : Crossburn has been reduced from 40 to 25 turbines. They have submitted a planning application to Energy Consents. They plan to use A822/A826 for delivery route.
PKC has hired an external consultant to prepare a landscape and visual assessment prior to finalising their report for committee. (40), Forneth (8), Glen Cochil Wind Park (7) Awaiting more information - these developments have not yet went to scoping.
If you have any questions or do not wish to receive further updates please e:mail Nan Johnston on:

Broadband comes to the Strath

dig broadband

Community Broadband Scotland is investing £58,500 in a Perthshire project which will dramatically improve online access for local people by the Spring.
Building has started to create a wireless network as part of a pilot project, which has been designed to initially link communities circling the Tay Forest Park – Amulree, Trochry and Struan - which previously were struggling with broadband speeds or around 1Mbps. The project is the culmination of the hard work of community volunteers who make up the Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership (HPCP). As well as the funding from CBS, there has been additional support from Perth and Kinross Council and from the Griffin windfarm fund. Work has started on five small-scale telecoms masts being erected at a series of key locations to provide broadband to these rural communities. The group’s ambition is to add more to ensure that no one in Highland Perthshire is left behind and that all can call upon speeds of as much as 20Mb.
CBS is a Scottish Government project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It supports communities across Scotland which are unlikely to benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project which aims to deliver coverage to 95% of Scottish premises by the end of 2017. Bruce Patterson is the partnership’s project officer. He said: “We’ve been working on this issue for more than a year and a half and are delighted that we could see services available by Easter. “We are committed to providing a credible service to Highland Perthshire, based on a model that has been used and proven to work at Laggan.
“Though the DSSB roll-out is coming, there are vast areas of rural Perthshire that can’t be reached and for those that can it looks likely that it may be 2017 before they see fibre. We are concerned that without good services soon then businesses and communities will struggle – and by doing this ourselves we can offer a way forward. It is our ambition to ensure that the whole of Highland Perthshire is a wi-fi zone. We will be a community business and all profits will be poured back into the business and into our communities.”

Perth and Kinross Federation Spring Show

Bankfoot Church Centre
Friday 6th March 6-8pm and Saturday 7th March 10am-4pm
Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon teas available. Entrance by silver collection. All welcome.

Trees Not Turbines

Latest Update from Nan Johnston (mid July 2014):

1.  North Calliacher  - I & H Brown: Rejected at PKC Committee now awaiting to see if developer lodges an appeal.
2.  Dullater - Ecotricity: Developer has submitted an application - see attached flyers for more details:
3.  Craig n Bhaird  - Force 9 Energy: In planning looks like may go to committee in August.   
4.  Elrick - PNE WIND: Initial meeting held to discuss 13 turbines in Craigvenian Forrest.  Further meeting to be arranged.  Wind Mast now in situ - can be clearly seen from A9 above Kinnaird.
5. Crossburn: Crossburn has been reduced from 40 to 25 turbines.  They plan to use A822/A826 for delivery route. Developer plans to submit application in August.  See attached for more details:
Forneth (8), Glen Cochil Wind Park (7): Awaiting more information - these developments have not yet went to scoping.
If you have any questions or please email me. Thanks, Nan


Many thanks to everyone who has joined the ‘Trees not Turbines’ campaign. We hope thousands of people living in the communities of Highland Perthshire will join. The feeling is that ‘Enough is Enough.’ We already have 82 wind turbines operating in the Dunkeld & Birnam area.
The community is now drowning under 10 new applications for a further 107 wind turbines across our landscape ranging from Butterstone & Forneth in the East, to the forests of Craigvinean up to Calliachar in the West. Many of us feel that ‘Enough is Enough.’ It is time to stop further windfarm expansion.
Please join our campaign to save Dunkeld & Birnam's outstanding scenic beauty by adding your name and comments at and pass the link to your friends, family and anyone else who cares about the future of our local environment.
There is also more information about the 10 new planning applications on the website:
Thank you

Trees not Turbines campaign launched.

Following a packed public meeting at the Birnam Hotel members of the community of Dunkeld and Birnam have launched the 'Trees not Turbines' campaign which we hope thousands of people living in the communities of Highland Perthshire will join.

The feeling is that 'Enough is Enough.' We already have 82 wind turbines operating in the Dunkeld & Birnam area. The community is now drowning under 10 new applications for a further 107 wind turbines across our landscape ranging from Butterstone & Forneth in the East, to the forests of Craigvinean up to Calliachar in the West.

Many of us feel that 'Enough is Enough.' It is time to stop further windfarm expansion. Please join our campaign to save Dunkeld & Barman's outstanding scenic beauty by adding your name and comments at and pass the link to your friends, family and anyone else who cares...

Online Advertising with The Bridge

The Bridge is pleased to be able to offer our advertisers the option of taking a banner advert which will appear on all pages of the site in the selected position, in alternation with a maximum of up to 2 other advertisers in that position.

If your advert is of interest to the visitor, they will "click through", usually to your own website, ideally to a specific page on your website with details of the product or offer you are advertising. Alternatively, if you do not have a website, we can organise for your advert to click through to a dedicated page on, for an extra charge.

positionsInitially, there will be 2 banner advert positions available, and these are marked on the screen print opposite.


This position is charged at £20 per month for a minimum of 3 months.


Charged at £15 per month for a minimum of 3 months.


In both cases you should supply us with artwork in the form of a JPEG image, size 280px wide by 165px deep.  This can be uploaded when you place your order.

If you are unsure about how to create this artwork or would like us to create it for you, please email Peter Guthrie or call him on 07403 227985.

To place an order for an online banner advert, just click here.


  • Include a "call to action", for instance: "Click here for April special offers"
  • Try to create a special landing page on your website where clickthroughs go to and which expand on the offer or product you are advertising on the Bridge Online.
  • Make the offer as specific as possible - ie new products, limited availability, last minute deals etc
  • Find a way to measure how effective your advertising has been.  What return do you want to achieve for each £20 or £15 you spend?  If your business provides services or goods that are relatively significant in terms of cost (so, anything from a house redecoration to legal services!), one new customer would probably be a handsome return.




Weather, Travel & Public Transport

On this page we've brought together the best information we can find covering weather, travel news and public transport around Dunkeld and Birnam.