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Blair­gowrie Bowl­ing Club

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Whist Drives will be start­ing on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10 at 2pm and will con­tinue on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month un­til April 2018. The whist drives take place in the club­house on Lochy Ter­race. Ev­ery­one wel­come, no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary as there is al­ways help at hand. Cost is £2 which in­cludes tea and cof­fee and tasty bites. Any­one wish­ing to be picked up should contact El­speth Campbell on 01250 876543.

Blair­gowrie and District Hill­walk­ing Club

Nine­teen mem­bers of the club met in Skye at the week­end. Ac­tiv­i­ties were based around Broad­ford with sev­eral groups tack­ling dif­fer­ent walks on Satur­day. One party com­pleted a cir­cuit of Belig and the Cor­bett Garbh Bheinn although misty, wet and windy weather on nar­row and ex­posed ridges and greasy slabs or scree un­der­foot made it hard going. An­other group de­cided to ex­plore the Quiraing and the old man of Storr, a small team had an in­tri­cate walk dis­cov­er­ing hid­den gems on a penin­su­lar walk and a fur­ther group de­cided to climb the Gra­hams near Kyler­hea. On Satur­day, they cap­tured Sgurr na Coinich and Beinn na Cail­lich, com­plet­ing the suite of th­ese hills on Sun­day in beau­ti­ful clear weather as they climbed Ben As­lak. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of bet­ter weather on Sun­day, more club mem­bers walked on ridges above Broad­ford. All groups en­joyed beau­ti­ful views and although there were lim­ited con­di­tions to spot wildlife a golden ea­gle soared above, a ring ouzel made an ap­pear­ance and some wild plants were still in flower with glo­ri­ous swathes of devil’s bit scabi­ous and some juicy blae­ber­ries and bram­bles. On Satur­day evening, mem­bers met in the Broad­ford Ho­tel for a wel­come meal and so­cial­is­ing af­ter their walks and sev­eral folk ex­tended their stay on Skye for more walk­ing and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. The next walk is on Oc­to­ber 8 to Glen Lyon. De­tails are on the club’s web­site at www.bdhc. org.uk. The club is hold­ing a slide night in Blair­gowrie Golf Club on Oc­to­ber 6 at 7.30pm. Vis­i­tors are very wel­come to hear about mem­bers’ trips both in Scot­land and fur­ther afield.

Blair­gowrie Probus Club

Pres­i­dent, Ian Con­roy, wel­comed 47 mem­bers to the first meet­ing of the cur­rent Probus ses­sion held in the An­gus Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13. The mem­ber­ship stood for a minute’s si­lence in re­spect of the deaths of mem­bers Wal­ter Mor­gan and David Rhodes, and also for past mem­ber Ian Scott all of whom died re­cently. Fol­low­ing the usual club re­ports the pres­i­dent in­tro­duced the speaker, one of the club’s own mem­bers, Jim Gibb to give his pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘White Man’. There was some spec­u­la­tion among the mem­bers as to the con­tent of the talk but the speaker soon clar­i­fied the po­si­tion when he let the meet­ing know he would be speak­ing about Edgar Rice Bur­roughs, the cre­ator and author of the jun­gle hero Tarzan and also the heroic Mars ad­ven­turer John Carter. The author lived from 1875 and died in 1950, and dur­ing this time he wrote around 100 books, 27 of which re­lated to the Tarzan se­ries. His most well-known novel was ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ which has sold some 25 mil­lion copies world­wide, and has been pro­duced in 56 lan­guages. De­spite the ap­peal of the Tarzan books the author never ac­tu­ally set foot in Africa. He was metic­u­lous in his prepa­ra­tions and at the time of his ear­lier nov­els pub­lish­ers paid a fee de­pend­ing on the num­ber of words con­tained in the text. Bur­roughs knew this in­for­ma­tion ex­actly! He first started driv­ing in 1893, and was also an ac­com­plished horse rider, as well as pro­vid­ing sketches for the books. He was in Honolulu when the Ja­panese bombed Pearl Har­bour and in some ways this led him to be­come a war correspondent. His sci­ence fic­tion books led to other au­thors tak­ing an in­ter­est in this sub­ject. Apart from his nov­els and books he was a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor of ar­ti­cles to news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines. Bill Walker pro­posed the vote of thanks to the speaker fol­low­ing ques­tions from mem­bers. The pres­i­dent closed the meet­ing by re­mind­ing mem­bers that the next meet­ing will be on Septem­ber 27 when the speaker will be Dr Martin Hep­worth who will give a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘Pre­ston Bank Fraud’ and ‘City of Glas­gow Bank col­lapse 1879’.

Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Ac­cess Net­work (BRAN)

This week the weather has not been great again, but vol­un­teers from BRAN did man­age to com­plete some work on the lo­cal path net­work, in­clud­ing the Rose­mount path from Wel­ton Road to Park­head bridge. On Satur­day a small group of five vol­un­teers tack­led some work on the Loon Braes paths, armed with one mower, two strim­mers, lop­pers, Shears and lit­ter pick­ers. The group worked on the top and mid­dle paths giv­ing them a gen­eral tidy up, two of the group took lop­pers and cut back over­growth from branches and side growth, and a large amount of lit­ter was lifted. Sun­day saw var­i­ous paths in the area get what should be a last cut for the sea­son, in­clud­ing West Grange to the field gate, Mill Horn to Kitty Swan­son’s steps, the Stor­mont loch paths and and West Gor­mack path.

Stun­ning views Pic­tured on Ben As­lak in Skye are (from left) Roddy Cameron, Rhoda McKin­non and Iain Mitchell from Blair­gowrie and District Hill­walk­ing Club

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