Take a look back at past 12 months

Re­call­ing the highs and lows of an­other event­ful year

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Jan­uary

*The year got off to a run­ning start with the 33rd an­nual New Year’s Day Fun Run and Walk in Blair­gowrie. The pop­u­lar vol­un­teer­run event at­tracted over 400 par­tic­i­pants from across the UK.

*Blair­gowrie High School’s PE depart­ment was recog­nised for the work it does with pupils at the school and sport­ing clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area with a sil­ver School Sport Award from sportscot­land.

*Plans for a new com­mu­nity trans­port scheme for Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray were an­nounced.

*Mem­bers and friends of the con­gre­ga­tion of Rat­tray Parish Church at­tended a spe­cial ser­vice to mark the re-ded­i­ca­tion of the church clock af­ter it was re­fur­bished fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful cam­paign to raise £4000.

Fe­bru­ary

*Res­i­dents raised con­cerns about an ap­par­ent lack of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on a pro­posed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Black­thorn Place in Blair­gowrie af­ter Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing of nearly half a mil­lion pounds to Hill­crest Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for the af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment of 71 homes.

*A foot­ball-themed pro­ject de­signed to im­prove the qual­ity of life of peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia and other con­di­tions kicked­off in Blair­gowrie.

*Blair­gowrie RFC tri­umphed in the Mid­lands Bowl Cup Fi­nal for the first time in the club’s 37-year his­tory.

*Frus­trated lo­cals hit out at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil af­ter two ‘scare­crows’ in hi-vis jack­ets on the For­far Road in Coupar An­gus were re­moved. They had been placed there to as­sist lo­cal peo­ple in their ef­forts to slow traf­fic down on the busy road.

March

*The River­side Ven­ture group was es­tab­lished to look at ways to revitalise the river­side area of Blair­gowrie and held a pub­lic meet­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get in­volved with the pro­pos­als.

*Around 130 peo­ple at­tended a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion held by de­vel­op­ers be­hind pro­pos­als for a huge hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on the out­skirts of Blair­gowrie. Hundreds of new houses, a dis­count su­per­mar­ket chain, a care home, spa­ces for busi­ness and ar­eas for com­mu­nity use could be phased in over a num­ber of years on a 74-acre site off the town’s Perth Road.

*Alyth Cit­i­zen of the Year, Marie MacDon­ald, of­fi­cially marked the com­ple­tion of two new foot­bridges in the town. The pre­vi­ous bridges were dam­aged beyond re­pair dur­ing dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing in the town in July 2015.

April

*A group of cy­clists took part in a cy­cle from Coupar An­gus to Blair­gowrie to high­light the need for safe cy­cling routes between Alyth, Blair­gowrie and Coupar An­gus.

*Alyth Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety de­lighted au­di­ences once again with their an­nual

(right) Fundraiser Claire Gal­loway her head shaved from Blair­gowrie had for friend Sylvia in a show of sup­port Don­ald­son who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer Pupils Col­lec­tion at Ne­whill Pri­mary School col­lected cop­per coins for a trail, rais­ing over...

March Alyth cit­i­zen of the year Marie MacDon­ald and coun­cil­lor Ian Miller of­fi­cially opened the new foot­bridges in Alyth Top: In Fe­bru­ary Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Club hosted the SFA East Re­gion girls win­ter fes­ti­val. Pic­tured are...

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