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Saturday 24th September was a significant day for Abernyte Church’s oldest member.  It was the 100th birthday of Neen Reid. Born at home, Neen was baptised in Abernyte Church, attended the Sunday School there, became a stalwart member of the choir and

a staunch supporter of many Church activities over the years. 


The Reid family have been respected hauliers and contractors for over 120 years and are still remembered by many in the farming world.


On her birthday Neen’s house was a hive of activity all day as family, friends and neighbours dropped by to congratulate this special lady and to show the esteem in which she is held today.



Autumn / Winter events and workshops at Kinnaird Ceramics, during October, November, December 2011     
Saturday October 29th  
10-12.30am   Come and make beautiful Candleholders and Christmas lights. Bring a small mirror if you’d like to make a traditional wall sconce
Sunday October 30th     
Tree decorations 2-4pm  For children and adults
Saturday  November 19th 
Come back and glaze your candleholders and nightlights. 1030-12.00
Friday December 2nd 10- 6pm Saturday 3rd December 10-5pm  
Lots of new work to see.
Time to buy prezzies for your friends and family, and even yourself! and sip some mulled wine to celebrate the coming of Christmas. 
For further details and to book a place, phone 01828 686371 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Places are limited because of space.


Come along and talk local wildlife over some refreshments, have a walk up to the Glebe, spot wildlife, plants, bees and more…………
There’ll be activities for families, Come and try your hand at Wildlife CSI.  Star attraction Alex Hogg from Butterfly Conservation will tell you about Butterflies and Moths and have fun things for kids to do.  
Come on Friday night for a twilight Bat Watch with bat detectors at 9.30 pm and help set up moth light trap on the Glebe.  Come back on Saturday and look at  moth catch at the Church.  
Friday 5th      21:30 
Twilight Bat walk and set up moth traps 
Saturday 6th 11:00 -15:00                        
Wildlife CSI, View moths, Butterfly activities, Take part in a road verge survey, Walks, Refreshments.  
There’ll be catalogues of seeds of Scottish native plants from Scotia Seeds for you to take away and use to plan your own place for wildlife. The strip along the Glebe path was sown with Scotia Seeds, so come and see how that is doing.
Parking in the Church Car Park.  
Dress for the weather! 


Orchard Festival
Saturday 1st –Sunday 9th October 2011
Other Orchard Events
Errol Community Fruit Pressing
Saturday 24th September: 12 noon - 5pm
Take your fruit to Roger and Jane Humphrey's house and try out our fantastic new press.
Meet: Viewbank, High Street, Errol
Bring lots of clean, empty plastic bottles to take your fresh fruit juice home with you.
Orchard Guided Walk Wednesday 12th October
Join Perth and Kinross Countryside Rangers for a walk along the Tay and around the Barnhill / West Oaks Orchard.
Meet: Rodney Gardens Car Park Booking Essential: phone 01738 475395
Information on the Carse of Gowrie Orchards
Andrea Partridge, Project Officer
t: 01333 320701
e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks to the following
for their generous support:
Carse of Gowrie Historic Orchard Forum;Cairn o' Mohr Winery;Forestry Commission Scotland;Historic Scotland;Perth & Kinross Countryside Rangers;Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust.Willie Duncan (Fife); Will Stewart (Dundee);Andrew Lear (Perthshire).
Elcho Castle Family Fruit Day Rhynd, by Perth
Sunday 9th October: 11am - 3pm
Adult £4, Concession £3.20, Child 5 - 15 yrs
£2.40, Under 5 & HS Member Free
Beautifully situated on the banks of the Tay, Elcho Castle is a remarkably complete tower house built in 1560. The orchard contains 90 fruit trees consisting of 37 pear, plum and apple varieties.
Explore the orchard and pick fruit for an apple pie Join Historic Scotland rangers for minibeast hunting adventures through the orchard, then into the castle's main hall to turn the beasties into pictures…or go straight to the castle for the art activity Enjoy lots of other children's activities
Help make and taste apple juice from our own Elcho apples
Ask the Expert - displays of Scottish varieties of fruit and help in identifying your own fruit with 'AppleTree Man',
Andrew Lear Guided walk round the orchard at 12 noon with Andrew Lear
Find out about the Carse of Gowrie Orchard Project


Braes of the Carse Conservation Group - Response to TAYPlan Proposed Strategic Development Plan
TAYPlan considers the big changes that will shape the next 20 years of our lives across Dundee City, Angus, Perth & Kinross and North Fife.  It identifies where new development should and should not go and provides an area wide strategy for future development
BCCG sought your views on the TAYPlan Main Issue Report and we responded (as well as to the more recent Perth & Kinross Council MIR) putting forward your agreement to their proposed strategy which focussed development in the main settlements of Perth and Dundee and discouraged major development in the Carse.  This link gives our detailed response.
We are pleased to report that the Proposed Plan follows the preferred strategy of the TAYPlan MIR.  
This link is to the Proposed Plan 
BCCG is intending to respond favourably to the Proposed Plan endorsing its recommendations.  However, if you think there are any particular points we should be raising or indeed if you disagree with the Proposed Plan please let us know either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to a committee member.
Representations to the Proposed Plan can be made from 6th June to 1st August 2011 and there is a public information event at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth on 27th June 2011. 


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