Crieff 30 Club The second meeting of the new session saw local man Kevin Howett give a presentation on his life in climbing. Kevin was born and educated in Northumbria though he had a strong affinity with climbing in Scotland. He went to Exeter University and studied and took an MSc in zoology and botany and then went to Bangor University where he graduated with a PGCE in botany and combined science, secondary education and teaching. Kevin was involved in climbing at university with various trials in Cheddar Gorge and the sea cliffs of North Wales. He was the first employee of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and was to rise through the organisation as it developed and took on numerous roles within it. Like all climbers he spoke of his Alpine experiences but to the delight of the audience he concentrated on climbing in various parts of Scotland and his description of the hoar frost on the north face of Ben Nevis was very moving. He spoke of boulder climbing in Scotland and at Glen Lednock where he showed slides of the boulders and the climbers. He spoke of the Bishop’s Isles, known also as the Barra Isles, and the stacks and boulders there and he complemented this with several slides including shots of himself and his children climbing. He modestly talked of the books and pamphlets he had written and how he had introduced his family to climbing. He admitted to being accident prone and any climber had to learn how to fall properly. He finished his presentation with the following quotation: “the best climber in the world is the one who is having the most fun”. John Drummond gave a well-rounded vote of thanks and commented again of the speaker’s modesty and the 30 Club members responded in the usual manner. Crieff and District Flower Club Crieff and District Flower Club met in the Crieff Hydro Hotel on Tuesday, September 19, the first meeting of the 2017-18 syllabus. President Moyra Turnbull welcomed members and guests prior to introducing Vanessa Wellock, demonstrator, who hails from Yorkshire. Vanessa is a pre-national demonstrator, a trained florist, becoming a demonstrator 10 years ago. She specialises in wedding flowers. Her first design was a hand-tied bouquet. Using a rustic ring made of vines and ivy threaded through for greenery. She then fed yellow chrysanthemums and carnations alternately finally placing pink roses in the centre with jasmine fronds for movement. Fatsia leaves were placed around the neck to cover the stems and tied, before placing in a tall glass container. Her second design consisted of a metal frame holding an arc shape made of insulating board, and cardboard with birch bark fastened to the front. She dressed the oasis with viburnum tinus leaves following the arc shape, then completed by the addition of grey foliage, lisianthus, purple clematis, lilac carnations and orchid flowers. The third design was in a large urn. Tall bamboo stems, acuba, ferns and photinia formed the outline then osmanthus, fatsia, red sedum and autumn berries were added prior to hydrangea flowers and roses to complete the design. The fourth arrangement had a circular slice of wood into which a ring of large screws were inserted around the perimeter. Wool was woven around the screws to give an unusual framework. Ruscus and viburnum leaves with phormium formed into rosettes were placed into rosettes were inserted followed by peach carnations, roses, hypericum berries and finally lilies. Wool covered canes and flexi grass were placed around the edges. The last design - hula hoop. The base was a round metal stand wrapped with black ribbon. Birch twigs held the oasis which was dressed with asparagus ferns, ruscus stems inserted though the back with long jasmine stems to give movement. Plum Cala lilies and orchids, were inserted centrally to complete the design. Throughout her demonstration Vanessa told amusing stories of bridal requests in her work with wedding flowers. She also gave useful hints on conditioning of flowers and manipulating foliage and the recycling of various food containers in floral work to save expense. Mrs C Moncrieff gave the vote of thanks. The raffle was drawn and refreshments followed. The next meeting is in the Crieff Hydro Hotel on Tuesday, October 17. Crieff Parish Church Guild Frances Wishart chaired the first meeting of the new session on Wednesday, September 27, held, as usual, in St Andrew’s Hall, Crieff. Frances intimated that quite a number of members were on holiday or incapacitated in some way which meant the turnout was fewer than normal. Special mention was made of Anne Meakin who had died recently. Anne had been a stalwart of the Guild for many years and had been both secretary and president in her time. Guest speakers were Rev Bill and Mrs Alison McGregor who had been invited to talk about this year’s Guild theme “Go in Love”. Amongst other things, Bill talked about the four loves described by CS Lewis and Alison told of the people she had come across who showed their love in so many different ways. She told of children who had been asked to describe what they thought love meant and it was surprising how thought-provoking and revealing some of the responses had been. Alison also talked of the strong friendship she and her husband had with a Dutch couple and mentioned how they had shown their love for others, sometimes at great danger to themselves, especially when delivering bibles to Eastern Europe. They relied on prayer and members were very moved by some of the instances Alison quoted when all else seemed impossible and only the belief in the love of God got them through. Crieff Probus Club Crieff Probus Club was pleased to welcome as its speaker on September 19, Lex Dunlop whose subject was the History of the Royal Navy. Lex was born and brought up in North Ayrshire. He graduated in English from Glasgow University in the 1950s and then embarked on a career in teaching. He taught English in various schools in Ayrshire before finally taking up the post of Rector at Blairgowrie High School, a position he held for 17 years. Lex is a member and past president of Blairgowrie Probus Club and of Blairgowrie Rotary Cub. His leisure activities are broad and include gardening, with a particular interest in exhibition roses, music, specifically playing the church organ in his local parish church, steam engines, sport and naval his- tory. In his talk Lex concentrated on the early part of the 20th century and in particular the influence of ship design and technology on the conduct of naval warfare. Prior to WW1 the arms race between Britain and Germany spurred warship development and resulted in diverging design philosophies emerging for the two nations vessels. The requirement for increased speed resulted in the British Dreadnought vessels being designed with a reduced weight of deck armour thereby increasing their inherent vulnerability. Lex used examples of WW1 naval engagements to demonstrate how this apparent vulnerability was blamed for ship losses when in fact incorrect operating practices may have been the cause. The 1930s saw another build up of German naval power whilst in Britain the influence of pacifism resulted in the Royal Navy being less than well prepared in terms of capital ship numbers and capability at the beginning of WWII. Lex went on to demonstrate how the employment of submarines and the employment of ship bourne air power changed the face of naval warfare during WWII signalled the demise of the traditional heavily armed battleship. A question and answer session followed which prompted a lively debate on the current diminished resources of the Royal Navy. The vote of thanks was given by Peter Bennet, Crieff Probus, president. Strathearn Archaeological and Historical Society The inaugural lecture of the society’s 2017/18 winter season got off to an outstanding start with an enthusiastic audience enjoying a fascinating lecture at the Community Campus on September 26 by David McGovern of Monikie Rock Art, based in Angus. Although an IT professional by training, David is now a self-taught, professional stone carver who specialises in museum replica pieces, public art monuments and historical carvings. Most of his work is based on early medieval art from the Pictish period and carvings from the late medieval west Highland carving schools, such as those displayed at Kilmartin Glen graveyard and Museum. Last year David was commissioned by the Tay Landscape Partnership to carve a new Pictish-style monument for the charming model village of Forteviot, close to the original palace site of King Kenneth McAlpine, and the locus of the recent ten-year Strathearn Environs Royal Forteviot Archaeological Project -SERF for short. The new carved stone, almost ten feet tall and weighing over two tonnes, will be installed on Forteviot green in early December; being the first full-size, new-design Pictish stone commissioned in Scotland in over 1,000 years. The audience was privileged to have a sneak - pre-unveiling ceremony - preview of the designs on the front and rear faces of the stone. They are worth the drive over to Forteviot once the stone is installed, as they say so much, in symbolic terms, about Strathearn as ‘The Cradle of Scotland’, and what the embryo nation faced at that pivotal time in our history. The society’s next meeting will be at the Campus at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 24, titled ‘Carron: Where Iron runs like Water’. The speaker will be Ian Scott, a favourite guest with the membership. Visitors welcome at £3 per talk. For further information contact Ian on 01764 650927, or Anne on 01764 679408.
Stunning Crieff and District Flower Club had a comprehensive demonstration from flower arranger Vanessa Wellock at their September meeting
30 Club meeting Members Peter Innes and Alan Blair with speaker Kevin Howett at their recent meeting