Winter 2009 Issue - BOG STANDARD by nyut545e2


Boat of Garten’s
Community Newsletter
Winter 2009 - Issue 28 - Delivered Free - £1 in shops

                                     Sue & Iain Murray celebrating Iain’s
                                     retirement from the Community Hall     Halloween birthday girl Mairi
                                                                            Gordon with husband James
   Lorraine MacPherson MBE at
 Buckingham Palace with husband
Graham, daughter Emma and friend

                                   Lunch Club -
                                   socialising for all

                                                                       Deshar Primary School

   Steam Fair Parade
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Notes from the editor...
Well I don’t think I ever imagined saying my next sentence “Recent excitements have included
accompany my mum, Graham and Dena to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace ” - wow, how fabby!
What a lovely day it was - a great excuse for donning a new frock, and gawking at Her Madge’s not-so-
humble abode! Yes, we were there to witness Mum receiving her MBE and I’ll tell you, there were
several moments of pride, lumps in throats and sheer delight! Congratulations Mum M.B.E.—you deserve
The chilly weather is coming in on us once again and with the clocks going back it’s getting dark too.
But it’s not all doom and gloom - there are lots of things happening in and around the village, and I hope
we’ve covered them all for you in this issue.
All sorts of things have been taking place and are upcoming too - musical evenings, ceilidhs, illustrated
talks and this year’s panto!!
Please remember to send me any photos or snippets that                              Emma Macdonald
                                                                         19 Royal Court, 29 High Street, Kingussie
you’d like included in the next issue.
                                                                           Tel: 01540 661997 or 07912 054511
For now, grab a seat next to the fire, snuggle up and catch up           Email:
on life in Boat of Garten.

BOG Standard is published by the Community Council, who appoint the Editor and underwrite the costs not covered
by advertising. Articles published express the views of authors and not the Council or Editor unless otherwise stated.

Congratulations to...
•     Phillip Gellatly of Strathspey Park. Phillip was awarded Student of the Year in Scottish Cultural
      Studies at UHI Millenniun Institute.
•     Sheena Wilson. Sheena was awarded an upper second BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at Moray College. - donate to the Community Hall or to Deshar Primary by shopping!!!
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From there you can click on links to many online retailers, many of whom you probably already use.
Every time you click the link from there to another retailer YOU EARN COMMISSION of up to 10% for the
school or the hall.
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A tribute     Freddie Masson
On the 6 August 2009 Boat of Garten lost one of         Instructor at Inverness.
its best known residents. Freddie Masson passed         When he retired he enjoyed helping people with
away in the Ian Charles Hospital at the age of 81.      their gardens and had a great talent for topiary.
                                                        Many a hedge and shrub got a good haircut from
                                                                                 A great supporter of both
                                                                                 the old Public Hall and the
                                                                                 new Community Hall he
                                                                                 particularly enjoyed the
                                                                                 Auction Sales where he
                                                                                 took centre stage with the
                                                                                 Auctioneer. He also
                                                                                 enjoyed attending functions
Freddie was born and brought up in Cromdale, one                                 in both halls – the
of a family of nine. He attended Cromdale Primary                                Showboaters’ productions
and Grantown Grammar School. On leaving school                                   being one of his favourites.
he got a job in the grocery shop in Cromdale before                              His work with
joining the railway as an engine cleaner at             Showboaters’ prompted him to cajole me into
Kittybrewster’s engine shed in Aberdeen. After          helping him build the sets for the plays and
being promoted to Fireman, he was called up for         pantomimes. Together we spent many a happy
National Service in the Navy where I understand he      hour enjoying friendly animated “discussions” on
very much enjoyed himself – in fact, it has only just   the best way to go about things (just ask Ian
been discovered that he won prizes at rowing while      Gow!!).
in the Navy.
On being demobbed, he returned to Kittybrewster
for a short spell before being transferred to Elgin
Locomotive dept. as a fireman. In 1949 he moved
to the Boat as a fireman on the Speyside Line. It
was not long before he was involved with village
activities taking up golf and he was a no-nonsense
centre half in the local football team. A keen angler
and indoor bowler, he also served on the Public
Hall Committee.
He met and married his wife Georgie moving into
High Terrace in 1951. As a neighbour I got to know
him well and after the death of his wife in 1987 we
became close friends doing many things together.
In 1965 during the extensive railway closures, he       Freddie donned a bow tie and turned his hand to
was transferred to Aviemore and then to Inverness       being a barman in the new hall where his cheerful
Locomotive dept.                                        banter endeared him to many, both young and old.
driving trains to Perth,                                In March 2008 he enjoyed his 80th birthday party
Aberdeen, Wick and                                      and a large attendance witnessed the last time he
Kyle of Lochalsh. On                                    appeared on stage in his great party piece – Seven
returning from one run                                  little girls, sitting in the back seat, kissin’ and a
to Aberdeen he                                          huggin’ with Fred!
survived a bad accident                                 I will never forget it nor will I ever forget him.
when the train was
derailed by a broken rail                               Fond memories of Freddie will stay with us in the
– not a pleasant                                        Boat and, to his daughters Linda, Cindy and their
experience for Fred. It                                 families, our condolences – we have all lost a much
wasn’t long before he                                   loved character and his presence will be missed for
was back at the controls                                many a year to come!
again and was later                                                                                  George Keir
appointed as Driver
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News from the Hall
The winter season is upon us already – where did         Fund has also made a contribution to the costs.
the summer go? Bookings are doing well so far with       Community Energy Scotland has confirmed their
a couple of new groups booking the hall on a             support as it will help protect the ground source
regular weekly basis. Our regulars are back:             heat loops which are underneath the majority of the
Bowling, Pilates, Fatties, SWRI, Showboaters,            car park. A very welcome donation from Boat of
“Virtually Famous” the Youth Drama group, Yoofie,        Garten Community Company towards the
The Osprey Music Society, Deshar School, the             improvements was received recently and now we
Illustrated Talks series, the Community Council and      await news (probably late December) of our
the Community Company. Art classes are resuming          application to the Scottish Rural Development
and the Lunch Club got under way in October. We          Programme.
think our local groups provide a brilliant opportunity   The Directors continue to meet on a monthly basis
for you all to become involved and they deserve a        and discuss a bulging agenda each month covering
pat on the back for keeping things going.                a range of items including: Energy, Acoustic levels,
As we go to press, Aviemore & Area Learning              drainage issues, fundraising, complaints and
Project (AALP) are still looking for a few more          compliments, compliance & governance,
people to take part in the Improvers Computer            membership, financial matters, representation on
Course and the Genealogy Workshops so if you             other groups, etc. Three directors are standing
want to learn more about using emails, sending           down in October 2009 and although two volunteers
photos to family or indeed about your family tree,       have already come forward, the maximum number
just give AALP a phone on 01479 811                      of 12 has yet to be reached. If you could offer an
We are really grateful to Highland Council for           hour or two per month and any skills which would
providing a wonderful floral display in the plant tubs   be useful to the hall as a company, then please
around the hall again this year and for keeping the      approach one of the current directors for further
grassed areas tidy. I’m sure you’ll all agree that       details. It’s your hall and it will always benefit from
they not only make the entrance to the hall look         your help!
cheery but they brighten up areas throughout the         The winter months are always busy and work
village each year.                                       continues to make the building as comfortable and
Applications have been made for funding                  pleasant for all our users. There will be lots to see
assistance to enable us to provide a better access       and do between now and the next BOG Standard
for all to the hall which includes drainage and          so hopefully we’ll see you in the hall over the next
resurfacing of the access route, path and car            few months. In the meantime, everyone involved
parking area. So far, we are delighted that the          with the hall wish you a very Merry Christmas and a
Cairngorms National Park has agreed to support           Happy New Year! Ceilidh anyone?
the project and Highland Council’s Discretionary                                      Lorraine MacPherson

Long Gone Lonesome

An evening of song and story-telling in the hands of Orcadian western swingers The Lone Star Swing
Band, with novelist, playwright and musician Duncan McLean at the helm. Thomas Fraser (1927 - 1978)
was a fisherman and crofter from the remote island of Burra, Shetland - and one of Scotland’s least known
but most fascinating musical heroes.
Obsessed with country and the blues, Thomas mastered the styles of his idols - like Jimmie Rodgers,
Hank Williams and Big Bill Broonzy - and made their songs his own. A shy, retiring man, he avoided public
performance. Instead, he gave away to family and friends tapes he lovingly recorded in the croft.
Thomas laughed at the idea that the wider world might appreciate his talent. But thirty years after his un-
timely death, those precious, fragile tapes have been reissued on several CDs, and his fame has spread
to Nashville.
This was the National Theatre of Scotland’s first time at Boat of Garten Community Hall but judging by
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                                                           Solar Panels                  Underfloor Heating
     Waterless Urinals in the Gents

                                      And what else?
                                      • Restricted Flow valves on taps      •   An eco–friendly architect
                                      • High grade insulation               •   Double glazing
 Ground Source Heating system         • A Green Policy to encourage         •   Low voltage Lighting
   for under-floor & hot water          Hall Users to walk or car share     •   A Carbon Offset Scheme

Boat of Garten Community Hall - Prize Draw Winners

           July 2009                            August 2009                          September 2009
      st                                   st                                       st
     1 Margaret Grant £30                 1 John MacGillivray £30                   1 Karen Derrick £30
       2nd Ian Wilson £20                   2nd Ian Ferguson £20                 2nd Dorothy Wallace £20
      3 Jane Fletcher £10                   3rd Beth Woolsey £10                 3rd Sharon Wilkinson £10
       4th Chris Carter £6                 4th J & M Appleyard £6                th
                                                                                4 Lorraine MacPherson £6

                                 Our congratulations to all the winners !
Every month there are four winners and the good news is that you can be part of it.
There are 2 spare numbers available this year so If you’d like to be part of the monthly Prize Draw and
support the hall in doing so, please telephone Caroline Wilson, our Prize Draw administrator on 831570.
She’d love to hear from you!

Hogmanay Ceilidh
Hogmanay Ceilidh - tickets on sale to members of the Community Company and Community Hall in November -
email or phone 831 325 to book. Tickets on sale at PO and M&Bs for residents from 1
Thank you
Just to say a really big thank you to all of you who helped at the Hall’s annual auction this year. Although
there’s still a bit of money to come in and an advert to pay, the net result will be approx £3,000 profit which
will go towards the running of the hall for the forthcoming year and help with the car park and access road
Many thanks and hope we can call upon you again. Maybe we’ll go computerised next year!!!!!
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                              Festive Soup Lunch                                    SC035682

                            Tues 15th December 2009

                                             12.30 pm
                               Soup, sandwiches and mince pies,
                                       crackers, raffle

                                  Glass of wine, whisky or sherry

                                             £4 per person
                           Tickets will be available at Lunch Club from

Remember Remember the 5th of November!
A memorable day for Lorraine at Buckingham Palace when she collected her MBE from the Queen at the Investiture
last Thursday morning.
Guests of recipients gathered in the ballroom and enjoyed a selection of music from the Orchestra of the Band of the
Irish Guards. Lorraine was joined by husband Graham sporting Boat of Garten tartan, daugher Emma and friend
Dena Kelman.
"We all had a wonderful day to remember" said Lorraine. "The investiture was truly brilliant with all the pomp and
ceremony that you would expect and the Queen surprised me by asking about the Ospreys and the Steam Railway.
Naturally I mentioned the community's achievement in building our new village hall and she seemed very im-

The Fiddlers’ Concert
This year the Elgin Strathspey & Reel Society’s Fiddlers Concert was held on 8th July and attracted an
audience of over 70 people – a “reel” good mix of residents and visitors, some from as far away as New
York and France.
The concert is an annual fund raising event for the Community Hall and was especially welcome in a year
where the hall is trying to raise funds to have the access road and car park resurfaced and appropriate
drains installed.
The audience enjoyed a rousing two hours of entertainment from the band – a mixture of singing, music
and laughter with a few stories thrown in for good measure. It was reported to have been “the best concert
yet” by one who has been to a few in his time!
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped: Dodo and the ShowBoaters for erecting the stage, Tim for setting
out the chairs, Rob Grant and Iain Murray for stacking them away at the end of the show and of course
the ladies who provided the supper for the band and refreshments for the audience at the interval.
Caroline Wilson and Britt Taylor led the team, ably assisted by Alison Grant and Mary Cowe. At the end of
the day the hall funds were boosted by £269 aided by the usual raffle ably promoted by Graham
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         Badenoch & Strathspey Community
               Transport Company

            Could you be a volunteer for the Car Scheme?
                      It’s seriously enjoyable!
                 Telephone 01479 810004 or mobile
                  07595 454609 for more details
              Or email

              Community Car Scheme
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Boat of Garten Golf Club
Winter Golf – although the Clubhouse is closed from 1st November, the course is open for play
throughout the year (weather permitting). Visitors are welcome and green fees from 1st November are £15
for adults and £7 for under-18s.
Tuition – for ages and standards, Members and non-members, is available with our PGA Professional,
Ross Harrower, by prior arrangement. Ring Ross on 831282 for details or better still, call in at the Pro
Shop at the Club.
Membership – if you are interested in joining the Club - for golf or tennis - contact us for a membership
pack (priority is given to applicants who live permanently in the PH24 postcode area).

Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company
The volunteers of the Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company, which operates the Car
Scheme, have been given the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. A small party
representing the charity made their way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for a Royal
Garden Party. A more formal presentation by the Lord Lieutenant is planned for the near future in the
local area.
This is a huge honour and gives due recognition to the selfless work of the Car Scheme volunteers.
Congratulations to all.
Developing Boat of Garten’s Heritage Project
The Community Company has received funding to create an Interpretation Plan to help it develop its
Heritage Project and will be holding a Village Heritage Event on Tuesday, 24 November at 7.30 pm in the
Community Hall.
Come along to share your memories, have a dram* and a blether and please bring along any old photos,
articles, etc, you may have.
Other refreshments will be available for those who don't take a dram!

SWRI - ”Rural”
Our session got off to a great start this year with a talk and slideshow by James Gordon called “Light and
the Landscape”. His views of places near and further afield in Scotland were a real delight.
Coming up we have: Highland Wildlife Park in October, Jewellery making by Leigh Wylie in November, in
December we entertain St Columba’s Guild to Christmas festivities, in January Fiona Laing will be
showing her cooking skills with savouries, and in February George Rafferty will be relating some of his
experiences during his fifty years as a Highland vet. We go walking in Nepal with Moira McLeod in March,
then in April it’s our AGM again.
This year we are holding some of our meetings - October, November and February - in the afternoon so
that those members wanting to attend the Winter Talks do not have to choose which they do in the
evening! For the first time, we are also to host the Rally of all our sister-institutes in the valley next April,
something we were never previously able to do because of lack of space and facilities.
Office bearers: Mary Clark (President), Caroline Wilson (Secretary) and Britt Taylor (Treasurer). If you’d
like to come along to any of our meetings you would be warmly welcomed – posters are always displayed
giving details.
Fatties                                                 Tales from a Granny!
The new session began on November 3 .                   Granny’s birthday and we went on a trip up Cairngorm
This will allow a 6 week block before Christmas            on the train and had lunch at the top station.
and it is well worth tackling those extra pounds        Left lovely blue skies ( Oct) in Boat of Garten only to
before Christmas comes. Do come and join us.              arrive at the top of the mountain to a blizzard.
We make it good fun with a serious purpose.
We meet at 6.30 every Wednesday in the                  When home small child was asked what they had done
Committee room of the Hall.                              that day, “hmmm…” was the reply, “...oh I know, we
                                                                      caught a train to winter!”
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Community Garden
The Community Garden has enjoyed a good summer, with plenty visitors and locals enjoying the new benches and
picnic table. The donations box received a card thanking the volunteers for all their hard work, with a £5 note
attached. Another time, a £10 note was donated, amongst the usual coins. It all adds up and helps fund the running
 Our volunteers have been working hard. At the beginning of August, there were two work parties, at which a total of
25 people helped. One of those days we gardened, and the other we sanded and painted all the benches and
railings, luckily on a warm dry afternoon. That was very rewarding as the garden really looked well cared for after
those sessions.
Meanwhile, the leaves are falling every day and any help is welcomed. Down near the bins there is a big brush and
some black bin bags, or if there is room in the brown bin you can put the leaves in there. Anyone who sweeps the
path or picks up leaves from the grass and the flower beds will be very welcome at any time..

                                                Pause for thought...
I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would
never be an excalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for
the convenience.
                                                          Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005), Comedy Central Presents

Deshar Primary School
Primary 6 pupils joined up with their friends from Abernethy   SHANNI’S SPEYSIDE POSSIE
for a residential trip to Kindrogan Field Studies Centre in
Perthshire from 14th – 16th September.                         Lots of money was raised after a suggestion by
                                                               some bright spark (Papa to the kids) - “Why don’t
                                                               you canoe down the river then walk back?” - was
                                                               put into action.
  I liked the mountain walk. It was hard but it was
                                                               Well the idea grew and before long there were
                   good exercise.                              canoes, dry bags, wetsuits, you name it all in
  Crate climbing was good. Tom beat the record.                the garden and the sponsor sheets were filling up.
                   The food was good.                          The canoeists were Heidi, Frank, James Gordon,
                                                               his son Jared (11), Kalli (13), Jessica (16) and
                     By Peadar Baker
                                                               Shanni who is 8 and has Global Development
                                                               Delay. Oh and two spaniels!
Eco Week                                                       Down the river from Boat of Garten to Spey Bay
  MONDAY – Paul Kendal came to talk to us                      included two nights of wild camping – exciting
       about birds. By Carenza Pinn                            enough on it’s own but added to as they canoed
 TUESDAY – We went to eco drama, it was fun.                   through rapids – taking capsizing in their stride.
             By Emily Garrow                                   Frank and James left them to walk the 60 odd
                                                               miles home. They arrived in the village on the
    WEDNESDAY – I went for a cycle with the
                                                               fourth day – fresh as daisies – although Kalli and
          school. By James Blair
                                                               Jess are still not up to another session of wild
 THURSDAY – I went on a fun run. By Jack Starrs                camping just yet.
FIRDAY – I cycled to school and back again. By                 The group raised just over £1000!!!!!! £850 for
                Lana Gregson                                   Deshar School and the rest to a rescue centre, at
                                                               Shanni’s request, to help save pet rabbits that
                                                               have been badly treated.

SAVE THE ALBATROSS                                             They all deserve a pat on the back - well done
Help us collect stamps for the RSPB to help save the           everyone and many thanks to the people who
endangered albatross. The photograph on the front              joined them for some of the walk and also to those
page shows the real size of the albatross.
                                                               who welcomed them back into the village.
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BOG Standard meets
Anderson’s Restaurant opened in June 2007—a joint                 What is your favourite meal on the current menu?
venture for Claire and Steve, and being their first venture       My favourite meal on the menu at the moment is the
of this kind it was—and continues to be - a steep                 Slow Roasted Belly of rare Breed Pork, Black Pudding
learning curve!                                                   and Apple Mash, Forestier Sauce. It's a real autumn
                                                                  warmer, comfort food and rustic.
                                                                  All of our ingredients come from local suppliers and are
                                                                  very, very fresh. We use Stuart Grant for the majority of
                                                                  our meat, based in Grantown. All of our beef comes
                                                                  from the local area, pork from Nairnshire. Our eggs and
                                                                  some of our Lamb come from Bobby at Glebe Farm. Fish
                                                                  we try to use Glenfeshie Seafoods, a small husband and
                                                                  wife team who give us the best organic sea trout from
                                                                  Shetland and Loch Duart Salmon. We also pick our own
                                                                  Chanterelle mushrooms, bumper crop this year,
                                                                  everytime I took the dog for a walk I came back with a
                                                                  bag full of them. All of our game comes from
                                                                  Newtonmore (Simpson Game) and most of it is shot
                                                                  within the National Park. We also have a number of
Why did you choose Boat of Garten?                                small local vegetable suppliers who bring us stuff in
We were living in Aviemore at the time. Claire often used         throughout the year e.g, Norman from Drumullie who
to run / cycle to Boat and thought it looked liked a nice         supplies us with his home grown asparagus during the
place. Then we got to know about the property being for           summer months.
sale. We thought it was a bit too good to be true at the
time and tried not to get too excited, but happily it was
meant to be.
What kind of setting/atmosphere do you aim for?
We aim for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We have
background music, but because we have an open
kitchen, sounds from that also provide background noise
and add to the atmosphere. We chose colours that were
warm and cosy and have tried to use lighting that adds to
that feel too. We wanted the decor to feel quite rustic and
natural, hence the wooden floors and the bar made from
wine boxes. We just want people to feel comfortable. If
they are straight from fishing or walking that's fine, if its a
special occassion and people have taken the opportunity
to get a bit dressed up thats fine too, neither is out of         Are you enjoying your time in Boat of Garten?
place.                                                            We love living in Boat of Garten. We felt welcome and at
Displaying local artwork was an idea we had right from            home from day 1. We think it will be home for a good
the beginning. We thought it would be interesting for             number of years to come. We are expecting our first
customers and wanted to involve local people. We don't            baby in February and feel very lucky and excited at the
take any commission for the sales. but several of the             thought of bringing up a wee one in such as beautiful
local artists choose to donate 10% to the Ugandan                 part of the world and in such a good community.
charity which we support and of which Claire is a Trustee         We are lucky to have a lot of regular local customers and
(                                       have really appreciated their custom and support. Of
Do you know the history of the building?                          course, the Boat attracts a lot of tourists as well,
                                                                  especially during holiday times, and we also have
Obviously before Andersons the building was Allen’s               customers from Aviemore / Carrbridge / Nethy etc.
Fishing Tackle, and before that Kelman’s Haberdashery.
We've met a couple of people who used to live here in             And it’s great to have a close team who get on well too -
the past or who know things about the buildings' history          Claus & Martin our other two chefs, as well as all our part
which has been really interesting. One lady told me how           time employees (all from Boat) out front, and our KPs
she used to have the bedroom at the back of the                   who suffer getting hot and sweaty washing all those
building- which is now the kitchen- it must have been             dishes well. They all do a good job.
strange for her eating in the restaurant and looking              Any upcoming promotions?
through the hatch to where she used to sleep! It would
be good to learn more about the history of the building to        Pie nights will start from the middle of February 2010 and
be honest.                                                        will run till the end of May (£10 for pie with either chips or
                                                                  mash and a beer / glass of house wine) .
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Boat of Garten Community Council
•     Congratulations to Mary Clark on her election to Chair the Community Council! Other office-bearers remain
      the same and a full list of members is posted on the public boards and on the Community website.
•     Thanks to John Davison and Gordon Grant the Notice Board on the Green, the seat on the path to Fairy Hill
      and the Plaque to Mr Jack Ferguson have been repaired.
•     Our thanks, too, to Mary Cowe for the gift of a new bench by Milton Loch in memory of her late husband.

The Community Council has recently been discussing:
•     Our urgent need for more affordable housing - our support for Davall Developments Ltd plans has
      been reiterated to the National Park.
•     Vehicles speeding in the village and on the A95. A 50mph speed limit has been requested for
      Drumuillie and the possibility of "20s Plenty" signs at appropriate places in Boat of Garten is being
•     Footpaths to the village from Street of Kincardine and Drumuillie.

Planning                                                  Constitutions
The Cairngorms National Park Authority were
notified of objections to a planning application for a    The Highland Council has begun a process of reform of
fence at Weisha, Kinchurdy Road, as it appears to         the constitutions of all its Community Councils and have
cut across an existing public path.                       asked us if the area served by the Boat of Garten and
                                                          Vicinity Community Council is still suitable. Members
An objection was also entered to the plans for An         thought it appears to serve, though on the margins it
Camas Mor in so far as in its early years the only        might be useful if the boundary coincided with PH24
public access to this proposed large development          postcodes - perhaps not PH24 3BX.
would be by the B970; a proper access much closer         A reply has to be made by the end of the year - if your
to Aviemore and A9 is requested.                          house isn't currently in our area and you think it should

Barking Dogs
Lyn Joynson, Community Works Assistant for the Highland Council, writes: “I am based at TEC Services,
Kingussie and cover the following tasks: Dog Warden, Litter Warden, Fly tipping, Abandoned vehicles,
Enforcement Officer in relation to the above, Pest Control (domestic properties); contact 01540 664910.”
“If your neighbour has a noisy dog – contact The Transport, Environmental & Community Services. At           

your request, Transport, Environmental & Community Services may arrange for a Dog Warden to contact
your neighbour and offer advice on what can be done to control the barking.”
Digital TV & Radio
Our area is due to switch over to digital TV in 2010.
For those who are over 75; or have lived in a Care Home for six months or more; or get or could get
disability living allowance or attendance or constant attendance allowance or mobility supplement or are
registered blind or partly sighted - a full package is available at the reduced cost of £40 from the BBC's
Switchover Help Scheme.
For those who get pension credit, income support or income-based job-seekers allowance the service is
free. The central helpline is 0800 40 85 900 or the website
The Regional Coordinator is Jacky Campbell at 07984 532 187 or email

The UK government has announced that FM radio will be used only for very local stations from 2015
(provided certain criteria are met) and that all national stations currently on FM will move to digital radio.
None of our PH24 postcodes currently receive digital radio. The Community Council would appreciate
hearing any reactions - for or against - that residents have to these plans.
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Strathspey Railway needs volunteers at Boat of Garten Station
The Booking Office/Shop at Boat of Garten station is staffed by volunteers.
The number of regular volunteers has now fallen to 4 which means that the Booking Office has been
closed on some occasions this year. New volunteers are therefore urgently required to ensure that this
situation does not get worse in 2010, especially during the summer months when the railway operates
every day. Weekends are likely to be particularly difficult.
As well as selling tickets, the staff at the Booking Office are often asked for information about Boat of Gar-
ten and surrounding area, so it would be very useful to have volunteers from the village itself to help cre-
ate a good impression to our visitors.
Full training will be given and you will be made very welcome whether you can commit to one day a
week, one day a month, or whenever you can. Full details from Mae Munro on 01343 813997

Transgressive North - Into The Woods
Work is ongoing on the film shot in Boat of Garten this           should hopefully all be in time for the Edinburgh Film
summer. After about 100 hours of work- the fun part for           Festival deadline on the 18th February.
the film’s director, Jamie Chambers, is about to start -          Of footage seen so far (by the editing crew) the cuts
selecting the best takes and then starting to cut them            look wonderful - at different junctures: funny, moving,
together.                                                         tragic, terrifying and beautiful. As well as the film’s main
The aim (fingers crossed) is to have a first cut or rough         actors, some local faces/names will appear… both on
assembly of the film by December time and then to have            screen and in the credits.
a more final cut of the film early in the New Year, which         Watch this space!

                                  Making Waves at Speysound
  Samba-style Drum Workshop
                                  Speysound Radio – your local community radio station – has very exciting news. After being
 Never held a drumstick?
 Want to give it a bash?
                                  awarded our own licence by Ofcom last year we are finally going live on our own frequency. As of
                                  Monday 16th November, you can tune into Speysound on 107.1FM.
 Come to a “taster” session
   with Carrumba Street           Speysound will still be working alongside MFR, but having our own frequency will allow us to broad-
Drumming Band and discover        cast at any time of the day or night and also gives us the chance to promote and even broadcast
      your noisy side!            local events, as well as being able to gather local advertising and sponsorship. It’s all go at the sta-
                                  tion at the moment.
   No experience required!
                                  In addition to this, as more and more people are tuning into internet radio, Speysound have joined
       Ages 16 to 96+
                                  the bandwagon with a new “Listen Live” online option. Online streaming is proving to be very popular
Session leader: Mat Clements      with over 1500 listeners tuning in online in September alone – from as far afield as Edinburgh, Glas-
    (Orkestra del Sol and         gow, London, Denmark, South Africa and New York to name but a few.
      Where’s The One)
                                  The new frequency will offer more opportunities to broadcast, and we’ve currently got a strong set of
   Sunday 15 November -           volunteers all getting trained up, ready to go live. In particular, we are working with the Badenoch
                                  and Strathspey Youth Forum, who have been part of Colin’s show on a Monday night for quite some
    Aviemore Village Hall         time, to create a Youth Achievement Award to encourage youngsters to get involved with community
  £5 - booking is essential!      radio.

  For more information email      With all this exciting news, things are very busy at Speysound – and we need your support more
carrumba.carrbridge@hotmail       than ever! You can support us by volunteering – with more air time we will need more presenters - or
.com or phone 07818 622816        by sponsorship and advertising. Please check out our website for more information –
         (evenings).     – or call us on 01479 811888.

If you have anything you’d like to see in the next issue of the BOG Standard,
         or if you’d like to advertise, please email Emma Macdonald:
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Boat of Garten’s Events Diary
             TOMS - Anthony Hewitt - Piano
                                                                                  Community Hall          See posters &
Sat 14 Nov   Bach; Mendelssohn; Janacek; Schumann
                                                                                  £12/£10/£5/£2           tickets
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:

             The Haute Route                                                      Community Hall
Mon 16 Nov   Illustrated Talk by Ian Sherrington. Ticket includes refreshments.   £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)

             Interpretation Plan Meeting
Tue 24 Nov                                                                        Community Hall          7:30pm
             Developing Boat of Garten’s Heritage Project

             A Hitch-hike to No Return                                            Community Hall
Mon 30 Nov   Illustrated Talk by Pavel Satny. Ticket includes refreshments.       £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)
             Village Christmas Party
                                                                                                          See posters for
Fri 11 Dec   Children’s Party with Santa – 3:30-5:30pm                            Community Hall
                                                                                                          more details
             Family Party – 7:30pm
             Festive Soup Lunch
                                                                                  Community Hall
Tue 15 Dec   Soup, sandwiches and mince pies, crackers & raffle.                                          12:30pm
             Tickets available from Lunch Club in November

             ShowBoaters present Wizard of BOG                                    Community Hall
Thu 17 Dec                                                                                                7:30pm
             Tickets available from beginning of December                         £8/£4

             ShowBoaters present Wizard of BOG                                    Community Hall
Fri 17 Dec                                                                                                7:30pm
             Tickets available from beginning of December                         £8/£4

             ShowBoaters present Wizard of BOG                                    Community Hall
Sat 18 Dec                                                                                                4:30pm & 8pm
             Tickets available from beginning of December                         £8/£4

             ShowBoaters present Wizard of BOG                                    Community Hall
Sun 19 Dec                                                                                                4:30pm
             Tickets available from beginning of December                         £8/£4

             Hogmanay Ceilidh
                                                                                                          See posters &
Thu 31 Dec   Email or phone 831 325 to book.                Community Hall
             Tickets on sale at PO and M&Bs for residents from 1 December.

             TOMS - Bozzo Ensemble - Wind Trio                                    Community Hall          See posters &
Sun 17 Jan
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:           £12/£10/£5/£2           tickets

             The Silk Road                                                        Community Hall
Mon 18 Jan   Illustrated Talk by Chris Carter. Ticket includes refreshments.      £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)

             Crossing Australia – Travels on a Bicycle                            Community Hall
Mon 1 Feb    Illustrated Talk by Dave Wells. Ticket includes refreshments.        £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)

             TOMS – Doric String Quartet                                          Community Hall          See posters &
Tue 11 Feb
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:           £14/£12/£5/£2           tickets

             Everest a Woman’s Way                                                Community Hall
Mon 15 Feb   Illustrated Talk by Sue Harper-Todd. Ticket includes refreshments.   £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)

             Greenland and the Greenlanders – Our Island Neighbours               Community Hall
Mon 8 Mar    Illustrated Talk by Peter Mackay. Ticket includes refreshments.      £4.50 (Under 16s free   7:30pm
             Local crafts on sale and Art Exhibition by local artists.            if accompanied)

             TOMS – Phil Gault & Claire Haslin – Baritone & Piano                 Community Hall          See posters &
Sun 21 Mar
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:           £12/£10/£5/£2           tickets

             TOMS – Da Vinci Piano Trio                                           Community Hall          See posters &
Wed 5 May
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:           £14/£12/£5/£2           tickets

             TOMS – Roxburgh String Quartet                                       Community Hall          See posters &
Fri 18 Jun
             To book call: 01479 831213 or email:           £13/£11/£5/£2           tickets
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