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which is to raise money for char­ity through en­cour­ag­ing, pro­mot­ing and supporting gar­den open­ings, whilst mak­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence in­spir­ing, re­ward­ing and en­joy­able for all in­volved.

The scheme was founded in 1931 and has sup­ported nu­mer­ous char­i­ties which have re­ceived £1 mil­lion in the last five years. In 1952 The Gar­dens Fund of The Na­tional Trust of Scot­land was added to the char­i­ties.

There are 24 dis­tricts in Scot­land and Mar­garet heads the largest of them – Perth and Kin­ross. There has re­cently been a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion to trim down ex­penses as the ex­penses of a char­ity should not ex­ceed 32 per cent of its in­come.

There are many ways in­di­vid­u­als can get in­volved in­clud­ing vis­it­ing a gar­den, vol­un­teer­ing to help, open­ing a gar­den, be­com­ing a spon­sor and do­nat­ing.

As well as en­joy­ing the gar­den there are of­ten plant sales, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, games and re­fresh­ments.

In 1941 vis­i­tors were asked to bring their own sugar if de­sired in their tea.

The an­nual hand book ‘Gar­dens of Scot­land’ pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on the 400 or so gar­dens that are open un­der the scheme.

Mar­garet il­lus­trated her talk with pho­tos of a large num­ber of the larger gar­dens.

How­ever, she pointed out that scheme gar­dens can be as small as the room she gave her talk in. Bill Hen­der­son, the club’s Gar­den Visit con­venor, gave the vote of thanks.

On Jan­uary 23 Ian MacMil­lan will talk about the Gan­nochy Trust. We are pleased to con­firm that our next HPPG meet­ing will be on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14 at 7pm in the Green Room of Aber­feldy Town Hall.

This Jan­uary meet­ing will be led by Omar Shamma who will host a work­shop on dig­i­tal post-pro­cess­ing tech­niques.

Omar will in­tro­duce to us Adobe Light­room, out­lin­ing the key fea­tures of the pro­gram and how to im­ple­ment an ef­fec­tive work­flow, from up­load­ing your pho­tos from the cam­era to the fi­nal out­put, whether it be on screen, print, book or slideshow. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to bring along their lap­tops if they wish to fol­low through the work­flow on their own pictures or ask for ad­vice. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to this in­struc­tive ses­sion.

Our an­nual HPPG Pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion will hope­fully open to­wards the end of next week at the Breadal­bane Li­brary, the ex­act date to be con­firmed. We en­cour­age you and your friends to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion.

As al­ways, all of our HPPG meet­ings through­out the sea­son are open to mem­bers and non-mem­bers. Vis­i­tors are most wel­come on pay­ment of a £5 vis­i­tor fee per ses­sion ( ju­niors £2) .

Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice watch man­ager, Chris Smith and Sarah Bon­nar were wel­comed to the meet­ing by Pres­i­dent Sheilah Fletcher, their topic was ‘Safety in the Home’.

Chris pointed out that two-thirds of home fires start in the kitchen and the chip pan is the most com­mon source. Other sources in­clude elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances, adap­tors, faulty wires, smok­ing etc.

Falls are the most com­mon cause of in­jury in the home. He also gave a list of safety rules which should be ad­hered to.

Sarah then demon­strated CPR and sev­eral mem­bers were able to prac­tise this tech­nique. Af­ter a va­ri­ety of ques­tions the vote of thanks was given by Mar­garet Lob­ban.

The next meet­ing is on Jan­uary 22 in Kin­noull Bowl­ing Club­house at 10.30am, pre­ceded by tea and cof­fee at 10am and all are wel­come.

Re­sults from week 10 played on Tuesday are: Civil Ser­vice Club B 72.5 Ab­bots­ford 64.5, Cher­ry­bank Inn 68 Pit­cairn­green Inn xx57, Greyfri­ars B 58.5 Kirk­side B 65.5, Kirk­side A 69 Civil Ser­vice Club A 63, Dun­ning Ho­tel A 64.5 Greyfri­ars A 73.5, Scone Arms 60 Dun­ning Ho­tel B 62.

Fix­tures for Tuesday 15 are: Scone Arms v Civil Ser­vice Club B, Civil Ser­vice Club A v Cher­ry­bank Inn, Greyfri­ars B v Kirk­side A, Ab­bots­ford v Dun­ning Ho­tel A, Kirk­side B v Greyfri­ars A and Pit­cairn­green Inn v Dun­ning Ho­tel B. Ceilidh dance at the Ba­ro­nial Hall in the Bir­nam Ho­tel, Bir­nam on Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm with Karis Watt’s Ceilidh band as live en­ter­tain­ment. Stovies in­cluded in £10 admission price, tick­ets from www.even­ uk On Jan­uary 8 the group en­joyed hear­ing each other’s writ­ing on the topic ‘A Guid New Year’. Thanks to ev­ery­one who took part, and also to those who re­sponded to the call for pieces for the group’s ‘A Pock­et­ful of Perthshire’ per­for­mance in the spring.

Perthshire Writ­ers next meets on Tuesday, Jan­uary 22 at 7.30pm in the Con­fer­ence Room at Perth Fire Sta­tion for a cri­tique night on the topic ‘Friend or Foe’.

Mem­bers are asked to bring along eight copies of work they wish to be cri­tiqued, to give ev­ery­one a chance to read it as well as hear it.

New mem­bers and en­quir­ers are al­ways wel­come at Perthshire Writ­ers, and any of our Tuesday meet­ings are a great op­por­tu­nity to come and see what the group is all about.

For more in­for­ma­tion see our Face­book page, visit our web site at www. perthshirewrit­ or fol­low us on Twit­ter at @ PerthshrWrit­ers.

Burns cel­e­bra­tions: A Scot­tish Night has been ar­ranged for Saturday, Jan­uary 26 in cel­e­bra­tion of Rab­bie Burns.

Com­mit­tee meet­ing: The next meet­ing of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is sched­uled for Sun­day, Jan­uary 27 at 10.30am.

Darts: Ladies Tuesday, Jan­uary 15, Staff Club v PCSC.

Pool: Thursday, Jan­uary 24, Staffie Dog­gers v Letham; Staffie Un­der­dog­gers free week.

Domi­noes: Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, City Sports v Staff Club; Staff Club A v Le­gion Ex Ser­vice.

Ca­ley BC: Ladies AGM is sched­uled for Wednesday, Jan­uary 16 at 2pm.

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