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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.

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