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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

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