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This page is a technology test  of HTML 5 and the running of all audio and video directly in the browser.  HTML 5 is the new forth coming standard for the code by which web pages are made.

At the moment if the website wishes to serve  you images, audio or video in a webpage it has to use software from another source to inject that into the page. HTML 5 now makes it possible for all of those components to run directly in the web page and be processed by your web browser.

This is the new open and free standard for the internet.












There are three samples above. One is a jpeg, one a WebM video and the last an Ogg Vorbis sound file.  If you can see or hear them all, then congratulations. You are using an up to date and modern browser which supports the open and free standards in which the internet was originally conceived and that to which it is returning.

If you cannot,  then it is time to upgrade your browser to a more modern one. The most likely browser to not support these files is MS Internet Explorer below version 9.  Even with an up to date version of Internet Explorer you are likely to need a plugin which is available here  Chrome, Opera and Firefox will give you the best experience, Apple and Microsoft products the worst.

This is just a preview of what is to come and there is no requirement for you to change or adjust your computer software at the moment.

Congratulations to John and Helen,


Birth announcement
Charlie Sinclair White was born to John and Helen on 8th April - all well.
John White
The Latch


The 2012 lecture will be given on Thursday 22nd March in Abernyte Church at 7.30pm.
The speaker is Marc Boulay, Archivist at St Andrews University who will speak on the links between Rossie Priory
and early photography (Fox Talbot). 
This lecture will give a fascinating insight into the local connection to early photographic history and Fox Talbots time spent in Scotland in the mid 19th century.
St Andrews University Library holds one of the largest and most important collections of historic photography in Scotland.
This annual lecture is hosted by Abernyte Heritage Group in conjunction with CACE and everyone interested is welcome.


If you use a private water supply, assistance is available to help make it safer for you, your family and visitors to your home.

Perth & Kinross Council's Water Team can conduct a free assessment of your private water supply, give advice on cleaning and other measures, and provide help with accessing improvement grants of up to £800 per property. Applicants, whether owners or occupiers are not means-tested and additional funding is available for people on some benefits.

Around a third of the private water samples taken in Perth and Kinross fail to meet current bacteriological standards due to the presence of potentially harmful bacteria. This means that consumers of private water supplies may be putting themselves at risk from waterborne illnesses such as E Coli O157, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter and Salmonella.

Over 1000 householders in Perth and Kinross have already made use of the national grants available to make their water supply safe.  Feedback from local applicants has been overwhelmingly positive, with residents saying they would recommend the grants process to friends and neighbours.

Environmental Health Principal Officer Kirsty Steven said: “We are working hard to raise awareness of the funding available to local residents to help ensure their private water supplies are safe and reduce the risks that can come from untreated or poorly maintained supplies. There has been a good uptake so far and we hope that many more people who use private water supplies will apply for these grants.”

The Council's Water Officers are there to help you through the improvement process, from advising on what needs to be done to helping fill in the forms. They can be contacted by calling 01738 476476 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The dates and programme for the remaining session of the Abernyte SWRI are as follows:
12th January 2012 - “As fit as a fiddle” Health & Nutrition – Julia Marsh
Competitions: Individual Fresh Fruit Salad & Bloom of the Month
Hostess: Jessie Smith
9th February 2012 “Grist to the mill” Verdant Works – Mary Archibald
Competitions: Pair of Child’s Mitts (knitted) & Bloom of the Month.
Hostess: Tina Wilson
8th March 2012 - “Criticising is easy, Art is difficult” - Craft Evening with Liz and Nancy.
Competitions: Decorated Wooden spoon is difficult” - Craft Evening with Spoon & Bloom of the Month
Hostess: Margaret Webster
19th April 2012 - “All singing all dancing” - Bagpipes, Backstage & Blethers  – Sandy Macfarlane
Competitions:  Prettiest Mug & Bloom of the Month
Hostess: Liz Wiseman
10th May 2012 - “Put your future in good hands – Your own” – AGM Members Night
Competitions: Rhubarb & Ginger Jam & Bloom of the Month
Abernyte SWRI meet at Abernyte School at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.
To join Abernyte SWRI, or for more information on any of the evenings, please contact the Secretary, Mrs Irene Barton on 01828 686499
Annual Subscription £15.00
Visitor £3.00


News and information related to Abernyte Church. The church website can be seen here.