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Now that winter has flattened the grass and plants on our parish verges, you may have noticed the cans of Red Bull, soft drinks bottles etc. discarded by Nova boys and White Van Men who have passed through.
So, if you would like to boost your karma by doing your bit for the community this New Year, why not take an old carrier bag, walk down your nearest lane and pick up the litter?  The Abernyte Community Company is able to lend gloves and day-glo waistcoats if you require them; just call Gordon on 686 677
If you then let me know which section of road you have cleaned up, we can let others know so we do not duplicate effort.
Suggested stretches of verge to tidy up:

Suggested stretches of verge to tidy up

Kinnaird to Outfield


East Newton to South Latch


Outfield to Southfield


South Latch to Lochton


Southfield to Abernyte Farm


South Latch to Ballairdie


Abernyte Farm to Milton Farm


Ballairdie to top of Abernyte village


Abernyte bypass and village








School to the Church


Newton Cottage  (Fred & Linda’s Cottage)

to North Lodge (Moira’s Cottage)


Church to Newton Cottage  (Fred & Linda’s Cottage)


North Lodge to Knapp Village


Newton Cottage  to Littleton


Knapp to Old Rossie Lodge


Littleton to Thrawparts Farm


Old Rossie Lodge to the Snabs


So let’s start the New Year with a clean Parish. 
Many hands make light work!


With the Tay Rail Bridge being closed twice over the past week due to an off-the-Beaufort-Scale storm that has battered Scotland, it seems an opportune time to look at some of the records that ScotlandsPeople has for the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879. Interestingly, when locals are asked when the Tay Bridge last closed, they usually give the chilling answer: ‘I think McGonagall wrote an ode about the previous closure…’

The ScotlandsPeople website, features a copy of the terribly sad and poignant telegram, shown below, that was sent by the Station Master at Dundee to the North British Railway Company's Engineer at Portobello, near Edinburgh. 

Tay Bridge Telegram


'The Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group inaugural AGM.  Inchture Hotel, 6.30pm, 1st November 2011.

GUEST SPEAKER: Elaine Morrison, Chair of Scottish Solar Energy Group, Researcher at Dundee University, and involved in the EU’s Sustainable Energy Planning project.


To follow, signing of our constitution and election of committee members and office bearers. 


All Carse of Gowrie residents are warmly welcome.

Phone number: 447788740709

Read more about the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group and their work here.


The web MoneySaving Expert, Martin Lewis has published his 10 top tips for knowing your shopping rights this Christmas. You can read and print them in full here.


1. You've NO rights if you change your mind. If you buy IN-STORE and it's the wrong colour or size, or little Johnny turns his nose up, you have NO legal right to a refund, exchange or credit note. 
2. Buy online or by phone and you've more rights. Here the Distance Selling Regulations mean you can change your mind, as you've a right to return goods within seven days for a refund even if not faulty (not personalised goods, see allowed returns list). 
3. If it's faulty you always have a right to return. If you buy faulty goods or services, whether in-store, online or even if in a sale or with a voucher, take them back quickly and you've full refund rights.
4. Learn your SAD FART rights. To add weight to complaints learn the definition of 'faulty'. To help you remember, all goods must be ...
Satisfactory quality, As Described, Fit for purpose And last a Reasonable length of Time
If not, they're faulty. It's also worth knowing and quoting the Sale of Goods Act 1979, or for services, the Supply of Goods & Services Act 1982.
5. Your rights are with the store, not manufacturer. Don't be fobbed off. With faulty goods, if the shop says "send it to the manufacturer", that's nonsense. Legally, your relationship is with it and it must sort it out, so stick to your guns.
6. If it's not faulty, then what it says goes. You often hear: "It wouldn't let me change the colour without a receipt, but I had my bank statement as proof. What are my rights?" Sadly, you've none. Stores are going beyond the law just giving no-fault exchanges, so if they say a receipt's needed, it is. That's unless its published returns policy says different, in which case, as that's part of your contract, it's enforceable. 
7. Write 'it's a gift' on the receipt (if it is). Legally, only the person who bought the gift has rights, so the recipient can't exchange. Many shops ignore this, but for safety, use a gift certificate or get the shop to write on its copy of the receipt and yours that it's a gift and who for. Rights are then transferred.
8. Receipts aren't necessary if goods are faulty. To return faulty goods, any legitimate proof of purchase, eg, bank statement, should be fine. Yet receipts are easiest (and usually required for no-fault returns) so try to keep them.
9. Buying on a credit card gives more protection. Pay on a credit card (not debit, cash or cheque) and if the goods cost over £100 the card company's jointly liable if anything goes wrong — valuable extra protection. 
10. Return faulty goods at speed. These are the key timelines: 
  •  Under about four weeks for a full refund. You're entitled to a full refund if you've not 'accepted' goods within a month. After, expect exchange or repair. 
  •  Under six months & law favours you. Until then, the shop must prove goods weren't faulty when it sold 'em. After, you must prove they were faulty. 
  • Goods must last a reasonable time. A key 'fault' is not lasting long enough. As for what's reasonable: I'd say it's reasonable to expect a £1,000 TV to last 18 months, but not a 50p torch. 
Those are your rights, but of course if a shop refuses, the problem's enforcing them. 



FREE Community event for local people aged 60 +

Electric Blanket Testing and specialist advice / information on keeping you safe

Refreshments available

Peter Arbuckle Court Sheltered Housing Lounge, Invergowrie

11am - 4pm

Thursday 20th October

FREE ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING – Book your appointment 01738 473718 


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