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Local Art Exhibition during October

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS
By local artist Ian Whittley

Paintings will be on display and available for sale or silent auction bids as follows:
Keith: Glenisla Frames, The Kirk Shop
Aberlour: Still Life Studio
Keith Pop-up shop: 2nd – 7th October 2017

Then from 11th – 13th October a final exhibition of paintings (with silent auction)
will be on display in Keith North Church Hall followed by the conclusion of the Auction at 7:30pm on 13th October.

More information from www.keithnorthchurches.org or visit our
Facebook page @ whittleyartexhibition

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Tim Comber’s winning recipe – Portsoy Boat Festival

SMOKED HADDOCK AND SALMON HERBY RICE CAKES WITH BEETROOT AND CARROT SALAD

Winning recipe 2017 Portsoy Boat Festival, Wally Green annual cook-off food demonstration tent. Winner – Tim Comber of Flavour Magic.

Cook rice in boiling salted water till tender. Drain well. Mix with flaked cooked smoked haddock and flakes of hot roast salmon. Stir in finely chopped dill and parsley to flavour and colour and season with Flavour Magic fish seasoning.  Shape into large flat cakes and fry slowly in hot ola lemon rapeseed oil till crisp, turn and cook the other side.  Finely grate raw beetroot and carrot and mix with chopped spring onion and chopped fresh mint. Drizzle with Lettys’s lime and ginger vinegar.

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September 2016
Deveronvale FC

In an unexpected spasm of sporting generosity, the boss offered to chauffeur his football-mad sidekick to watch Deveronvale FC in training.

The August evening sun was bright and it was very hot. The club train adjacent to their stadium, the Princess Royal Park in Banff. If you do not speak ‘football’ you may have wondered what goes on there!

When we arrived, the goalkeeper coach, James Blanchard, was busy setting out training cones for a few members of the junior team to practise; this they did, throwing, catching, jumping and energetically diving about.

After a while the ‘first team’ that we had come to observe ran on to the pitch with their coach, Steve Dolan, and the training ground filled up. Training started with warm-up circuits, intervals and running exercises and then developed into possession-based drills. There is certainly emphasis on fitness. As the sun disappeared behind the buildings it began to cool and the players were still engaged in match-based scenarios under the watchful eye of the coach. The team were also preparing for their weekend clash against Cove Rangers, last year’s champions, and there were a few earnest ‘tactical’ looking discussions breaking up the training.

Deveronvale play in the fifth tier of the Scottish Football League, competing with seventeen other teams vying to be crowned champions of the Scottish Highland Football League. They accomplished this in 2002/03 and 2005/06. In order to gain promotion to Scottish League Two – the fourth tier – the champions of the Highland Football League would play the champions of the Lowland Football League. The winner of this game would then play against the team which finished bottom of League Two. The victor would then play in League Two the following season, whilst the loser would join, or remain in, either the Highland or Lowland Football League…

To read the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the September 2016 issue!

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August 2016
Functional Art

The Furniture of Mike Whittall
Photography by Craig Stephen

Two years ago, Mike Whittall made a dramatic change to his life. He left his accountancy-based career of twenty-five years – which had included working for Customs and Excise, Grant Thornton and Deloitte in the south and London – and moved to Scotland. He started in Aberdeenshire
working for Deloitte and after some time freelancing and
working, settled in Netherdale, near Aberchirder.

His new home, which he shares with wife, Jane Craigie – who runs a marketing business – is also the site of his new business venture. He will run ‘Ochre & Wood’, furniture-making and restoration in a steading workshop, which he is converting as we write. Mike gained an appreciation for woodworking from the age of five – from his grandfather and his father who were enthusiasts. Now Mike is in a position to realise his dream to be a professional woodworker. Although he is largely self-taught, he did attend a recent nine month course at the Chippendale International School of Furniture at Haddington – tutored by
Anselm Fraser. Until now he has been travelling back and forth using the
school’s well equipped workshops and has produced some outstanding sample pieces.

His aim is to use our local Scottish woodland heritage for the raw material.
Despite centuries of felling for fuel and building, our countryside is still home to some 1.4 million hectares of forestry – three quarters of which is coniferous and the remainder broadleaved trees. He is a firm believer in sourcing his timber locally where possible. Apart from the obvious ‘wood mileage’ benefits – his resulting pieces will have provenance. Mike’s philosophy is that ‘every tree has a story’…

To read the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the August 2016 issue!