Look back on 2017

Revisit Strath’s mem­o­rable events

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• Braco Pri­mary pupils were amongst Strath res­i­dents who sup­ported a 28.3 mile spon­sored walk for two- year- old Leva Ste­wart from Black­ford who was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of cancer.

•Cheer­ing crowds lined the streets as Her Majesty the Queen vis­ited Black­ford. The monarch of­fi­cially opened High­land Spring’s £30m ex­ten­sion to its bot­tling plant.

•MacRosty Park was packed with visi­tors for the sec­ond Kids Week in Cri­eff event. It got off to a great start with the Gala Day, which saw Gala King Zack Muir lead a pro­ces­sion to the band­stand.

•The Scot­tish Di­as­pora Ta­pes­try vis­ited the Strath in what was de­scribed by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil Provost Dennis Mel­loy as a “real coup” for the town. The ex­tra­or­di­nary art­work was ex­hib­ited as part of a project or­gan­ised by Cri­eff Arts Fes­ti­val and sup­ported by the Cri­eff Suc­ceeds BID group and Mor­ri­son’s Acad­emy.


• Cri­eff led the way in mark­ing the cen­te­nar y com­mem­o­ra­tions of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele. Vet­er­ans, RBLS rep­re­sen­ta­tives, cadets, Com­rie Pipe Band and serv­ing sol­diers from The Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land were amongst those tak­ing part.

•Com­rie Fort­night was hailed as a great suc­cess un­der the new chair­man­ship of Ewen Ste­wart. The 21 year-old is one of the youngest to take on the role.

• Lo­cal sports stars re­turned from the Spe­cial Olympics Sum­mer Games in Sheffield clutch­ing a fist­ful of medals. David Crabb took the bronze medal for ten-pin bowl­ing, mak­ing two strikes dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. Fiona Driver claimed the sil­ver medal for in­door bowls. David Charleson took the top spot in the 50m freestyle swim­ming event and it was a dou­ble for swim­mer Michael Mur­rell, who won gold in the 50m back stroke and 4 x50m re­lay.

•Of­fi­cials voted that a ward at Cri­eff Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal which was ded­i­cated to tak­ing care of peo­ple with de­men­tia should stay shut as the health board im­ple­mented re­forms across the re­gion.


•An as­pir­ing young chef from Braco won her school’s an­nual cook-off. Tal­ented Emma Keith (11) won first place at the Bridge of Al­lan-based Bea­con­hurst School’s cook­ing club con­test.

•Muthill res­i­dents were ap­palled after two mo­saics cre­ated by school chil­dren were stolen from a cy­cle path. The mo­saics were made by chil­dren from Muthill Pri­mary School with the help of Cri­eff mo­saic artist Katy Gal­braith and put in place by the 42nd Muthill Scouts.

•Com­rie in Colour and Muthill in Bloom picked up gold and sil­ver gilt awards re­spec­tively at the prestigious Beau­ti­ful Scot­land prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony.

• Terri Ba­con and Pamela Gil­lies from Com­rie and six of their friends and fam­ily were glad to be home after get­ting caught up in the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Irma in the US.

•A new £44,000 mar­ket­ing cam­paign aimed at mak­ing Cri­eff the “desti­na­tion of choice” for those seek­ing adrenalinepump­ing ad­ven­ture and good food was launched by Cri­eff Suc­ceeds BID ( Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District), which re­ceived a £ 22,000 match­funded boost from the VisitS­cot­land Growth Fund.

Oc­to­ber •An­glers were an­gered by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re-cat­e­gorise the River Earn’s fish­ing grade. The Cat­e­gory 2 river was ear­marked to drop to a Cat­e­gory 3 des­ig­na­tion on Jan­uary 1, en­forc­ing a manda­tory catch and re­lease pol­icy.

•Cri­eff Com­mu­nity Trust was among sev­eral com­mu­nity projects to re­ceive a sub­stan­tial cash boost. More than £ 80,000 was awarded to the Strath cap­i­tal group from Big Lot­tery Fund Scot­land.

•Fans of the great out­doors basked in the area’s pic­turesque scenery dur­ing the Cri­eff and Strat­hearn Drovers’ Tryst. More than 300 peo­ple en­joyed the 33 walks of vary­ing de­grees of dif­fi­culty on offer and around 150 peo­ple of all ages took part in moun­tain bik­ing.

• Cri­eff ’s his­toric Town Hall got a new lease of life as Cri­eff Suc­ceeds BID (Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District) of­fi­cially opened its new hub in the land­mark build­ing.

Novem­ber • Out­lander fever hit the Strath when it was re­vealed the cast of the hit ad­ven­ture drama was film­ing in the area.

• A Strath para­medic took the top hon­our in the an­nual Scot­tish Health Awards. Cri­eff ’s John Pritchard was named Leader of the Year at the awards.

• Com­rie res­i­dents chose how they would like to see the £ 384,000 St e i n m e y e r l e ga c y left to the com­mu­nity by for­mer Cul­ty­brag­gan Camp pris­oner of war Hein­rich Stein­meyer in grat­i­tude for the way he was treated in the vil­lage used.

•Cri­eff High­land Gath­er­ing stal­wart Ste­vie Ry­der was pre­sented with an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.

De­cem­ber •Politi­cians, busi­nesses and res­i­dents hit out at a de­ci­sion by the Royal Bank of Scot­land to close its Com­rie branch.

• A pe­ti­tion call­ing for Park­dale Care Home to be saved from po­ten­tial clo­sure was signed by al­most 2000 peo­ple.

• Strath based tra­di­tional mu­sic lec­turer Pro­fes­sor Mar­garet Ben­nett was recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to High­land cul­ture by the Saltire So­ci­ety in In­ver­ness.

Above Pop­u­lar lo­cal man Jim Mc­Gre­gor en­joyed his role as chief­tain of Cri­eff High­land Games with sons Colin and Ewan, and wife Carol Right Kids in Cri­eff en­joyed a Hal­lowe’en party in James Square or­gan­ised by the com­mu­nity coun­cil We look back at the...

Top A hardy group of ser­vice per­son­nel set off from Cri­eff’s Mar­ket Park in July to cy­cle 600 miles to France and Bel­gium in a trib­ute to the fallen as part of the Cri­eff Re­mem­bers Fes­ti­val in Au­gust. Above In July Vale of Earn took on the St...

Main photo The Com­rie Fort­night cul­mi­nated in an­other fan­tas­tic float pa­rade un­der the aus­pices of new chair­man 21-yearold Ewen Ste­wart

Left Strath stal­wart Ste­vie Ry­der col­lected his MBE from the Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace in Novem­ber Be­low The new Com­rie Christ­mas Lights com­mit­tee re­vived the vil­lage’s switch-on with a big com­mu­nity event in De­cem­ber

Top The Auchter­arder Marathon made its de­but in Septem­ber Above The Cri­eff Lines Rail­way Fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by Cri­eff train en­thu­si­ast David Fer­gu­son, was a first-class event in Septem­ber

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