Crieff 30 Club At the first meeting of the 30 Club for 2017/2018 the Club welcomed Roger Lockwood who gave a presentation on the Northern Lighthouse Board. Roger had joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and had served on Minesweepers and Aircraft Carriers and he retired from the service as a Rear Admiral. Roger opened with the detail that three organisations were responsible for navigation safety and processes in the UK namely the Northern Lighthouse Board, the Commissioners for Irish Lights and Trinity House. The mission of these organisations was to deliver reliable, efficient and cost effective aids to navigation services for the benefit and safety of all mariners. The Northern Board covers 6000 miles of Scottish waters and is also responsible for the waters of the Isle of Man. Established in 1786 and funded by the Shipping Industry the Board has seen changes from the building of lighthouses and subsequent automation, the arrival of oil rigs and the subsequent decommission of such and wrecks in Scottish waters. Roger paid tribute to the early builders of lighthouses in difficult places and conditions and in particular to the Stephenson family and commented that Scotland had over 167 buoys which are more akin to space capsules than the plastic buoys we commonly see. The Northern Board is managed from its headquarters in Edinburgh but has a large mechanical base just outside Oban and two ships plus helicopter facilities. Two of Scotland’s top law officers are members of the Board and the Board carries out hydrographic surveys and is involved in submarine rescue service. Roger then showed the use of certain lighthouse property today with local organisations and businesses taking over former keepers’ cottages and Board buildings. He then completed his presentation with views of various lighthouses and answered a number of questions from 30 Club members. Jim MacDonald gave a well-rounded vote of thanks and the 30 Club members responded in the usual manner. Strathallan Scottish Women’s Institute At the first meeting of the new season, President Mrs Janet McConnell introduced Mr Pierre Leger and Mr Drew Watson of the Strathearn Cheese Company. Pierre, with fun asides from Drew, gave a most interesting insight to the setting up and production of their award winning cheeses “The Strathearn” and “The Lady Mary”. Tastings of both were much appreciated by the members. Mrs E Galloway expressed their thanks. Competitions - 4 Potato Scones - 1 Elsie Galloway, 2 Janet Shanks, 3 Janet McConnell. Flower of the Month - 1 Lesley Buchan, 2 Christine Taylor, 3 Janet McConnell. Tea was served by hostess Elsie Galloway and helpers. Raffle organised by Pam Brand. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12, in Aytoun Hall and the speaker will be Nikki Sinclair on Nail Varnish Enamel Flowers. New members and visitors are most welcome. Crieff Rugby Club There will be a car boot sale at Braidhaugh on Sunday, from 9am -2pm, in aid of the Minis section of Crieff Rugby Club. Anyone interested in booking a pitch, can call 07885521930.