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Community Council News and Minutes

This page contains minutes and other items of interest from the Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council, from January 2016 on. Click on any document title to see the full document.
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January 2018

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 December 2016

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 January 2018 10:16

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Pitlochry and District U3A

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves.
Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share.
For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at: 01796 483281 or


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:32

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Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire Group

On Monday 18th December in the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 7.30pm Ruary Mackenzie-Dodds from the Dragonfly Project will give a talk ‘Dragonflies: habits, life-cycles and behaviour’
For more information contact: Richard Horobin –

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:32

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Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2017 Thank You

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the Shoe box appeal for Blythswood again this year and many thanks to Ann Rees for taking care of the organising, covering dozens of boxes and making sure they got down to Perth on time. This year we broke our own record by sending 125 boxes plus a lot of extra items (which help make up other boxes) and cash donations.
These gifts bring tremendous joy to people who have so little and are therefore much appreciated.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:47

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Donations to Perth Foodbank can be made any time there are boxes in the Duchess Anne and Little Dunkeld Kirk.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:50

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Update on Inver A9 Tree Felling

treefellingForestry Commission Scotland tree felling on along the A9 at Inver is now well underway, removing the conifers from beside the rivers Braan and Tay, an overhead powerline, a high pressure gas pipe and the A9.
The first phase, felling trees along the overhead powerline and the A9, has been completed successfully. The focus is now on felling and processing the remainder of the spruce trees, which are severely affected by rot and have started to blow over.
Monday 20th November will see the start of the access point upgrade to facilitate moving timber from the forest to the access point and haulage of timber away from site.
This will come with another week’s worth of traffic management on the A9 northbound, with delays of up to 5 minutes possible.
The next tricky phase will be to fell the large fir trees away from the path and the high pressure gas pipe underneath it. The site will remain closed to the public until all timber has been removed from the forest and the path has been cleared of debris. We will do our best to re-open the path before Christmas, so please help us do so by staying safe, adhering to all signs and following diversions.
We aim to re-plant the site in spring with a mix of broadleaved species.
On Tuesday 14th November a group of children, teachers and parents from the Royal School of Dunkeld visited the site to learn about the tree felling and how we manage the environment on site. See young roving reporter for an excellent report that some of the pupils wrote about their visit.

Eva Sparreboom,
Tay Forest District, Forestry Commission Scotland

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:22

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New Elders

On November 5th the Church of Scotland congregation welcomed six new elders on to the Kirk Session.
Crawford Gillies, who had been ordained already was admitted and John Ferguson, Alison Gillies, Mara Maggio, Jackie McLean and Sheila Mannion were ordained and admitted to the eldership in this parish. We are delighted to welcome these new elders onto our Kirk Session.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:51

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RSPB Scotland Big Garden Birdwatch Event

27 January 2018, 11am – 3pm
The Beatrix Potter Garden
Free : All Welcome
Fun activities for children as well as lots of information on the Birdwatch Survey
For more information contact:
Lauren Shannon, Community Engagement Officer
Tayside and Fife Office Ground Floor,
Robertson House,
1 Whitefriars Crescent,
Perth, PH2 0PA
Tel 01738 783233
Mobile 07703 889105

Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:44

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Applepressing at Auchtergaven Primary School

applepressingAndrew Lear a.k.a. Appletreeman, our very own Bankfoot local apple expert, came in to Auchtergaven Primary School at the end of October to give a demonstration of apple pressing to the P1/2 and P2/3 classes.
Both kids and teachers found it very interesting and there were opportunities for the kids to get involved hands-on with the machinery for first mashing and then pressing of the apples.
A variety of apples were brought in by parents and kids, some of which were picked at the Dunkeld and Birnam community orchard.
Feedback from the kids overheard on the day included “This is the very best apple juice I’ve ever drank!”

Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:43

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Gien a Haund (Giving a hand) to older people

Just over 6 months ago we held our first meeting in response to:
1. A growing population of older people in our community
2. Restrictions on the Health and Social Care budgets to meet their needs
3. Evidence that, in stronger communities, older people enjoy a better quality of life
4. A desire to make Dunkeld and Birnam a really strong community. We now have 2 Befriending links in place with 3 more underway. Our take-out service for those unable to attend the Duchess Anne lunch club has started.
Discussions are also ongoing with one or two local shops regarding the introduction of "Accounts" for older customers - linked to a voluntary home shopping delivery service. And our first communication with Scotrail/Abellio regarding access to trains for the elderly is ready for dispatch. As important though, we now have a much better idea of what local people think are some of the remaining gaps in support. In this context, we're delighted to welcome Alex on board - in response to last month's piece in The Bridge. He mentioned he had some skills in IT. Within a week he received his first request for help ...and solved the problem.
The survey tells us we need more people like Alex. People who can't perhaps take on a regular commitment, but who nonetheless are willing to help someone with a particular challenge. So if you have a little time to spare and would be willing to provide occasional help with – transporting someone to an appointment or pick up their shopping; helping them switch energy supplier; clearing snow from their path; or helping them to decide which Cleaner/Gardener /Carer to employ ; we need you ! Oh and, of course, anyone like Alex who is comfortable around computers and their difficult behaviour.
Please get in touch at or call 07754099030. We'd love to hear from you.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:41

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Dunkeld Deer Management Forum Newsletter September 2017

The last meeting of the Forum was well supported and for the first time we have comprehensive coverage of Deer management in the Dunkeld area. The data which we have gathered suggests increased effort is required to manage the local population of Fallow, Red and Roe deer. We also have good representation from other stakeholders in the community and many interesting topics were raised from Deer Vehicle Collisions to the interaction of deer, riparian woodland and beavers. The A9 between Ballinluig and Bankfoot is a hot spot for DVCs especially at dawn and dusk in the Autumn and in May. Please take care and be prepared for deer on the roads over the next few months. SNH has published advice to drivers on their website. Police Scotland would encourage the public to report any accidents, injured deer or carcases by the roadside on any roads.
Deer also congregate around towns and villages, they are a delight to watch and provide a tourist attraction. The forum would however like to advise the public not to feed wild deer. Deer are free from most livestock diseases but if they congregate around feeding points on a regular basis they are at a higher risk of disease. In this area deer do not lose much condition over the winter and our local habitat provides them with ample browsing and shelter so Rudolf might not benefit from being fed carrots! If anyone has any comments to make on this article or any issues regarding deer in the community you can contact the Forum through the Community council: or

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:17

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SOBBS Update

Save our Birnam Bus Group heard on 14th November via the Community Council that Stagecoach were planning changes, to our 23 bus service to Perth that will be introduced on Monday 20th November.
The plans are that the bus will no longer start and finish at Perth Bus Station and will only go to and from Mill St (except Sundays). This will be a major blow to residents in Highland Perthshire who want to travel on from Perth bus station to other parts of Scotland or catch the train especially if they cannot use the Dunkeld and Birnam station because of the low platforms here.
Already a member of our group has expressed dismay as she had planned to go to Perth bus station for onward travel to London. She is very worried about what she will do as she cannot change buses in Perth with luggage because of disability.
There is also going to be a cut to the evening service, for example:
For the significant number of people commuting to and from Perth on a daily basis the reduction in service at the end of the day is not good. There are currently 3 buses leaving Mill Street between 4.30pm and 6pm but in the new timetable there is only 1. This means anyone finishing work and unable to catch the 17.20 bus will have to wait another 65 minutes until the next one.
We are very concerned that Stagecoach is again reducing the service to Birnam and Dunkeld.
We have been in touch with our MSP John Swinney to express concern and we would like anyone who has a view on these changes to get in touch with us and we will consider what to do next.
Contact Pam Green: or 01350 728 926

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:20

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Loch of the Lowes

lolDecember and January at Loch of the Lowes
Winter is a wonderful time for enjoying the outdoors.
Nature’s colour palette gives us rich carpets of russet, red and golden leaves, pale yellow grasses and deep bronze bracken. When the sky is blue and everything sparkles with frost or brilliant white snow, what better way to enjoy the daylight hours than by taking a walk. Even on rainy days, remember the old adage “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.” Pull on your woollies and waterproofs to enjoy splashing through puddles and breathing in the fabulous earthy aromas.
The visitor centre at Loch of the Lowes is open 3 days a week (see below) and the double decker hide is open every day, seven days a week throughout the entire year. So, please come up if you fancy watching dabbling ducks like wigeon, or diving ducks like goldeneye, mute swans turning ‘tail up’ as they feed on the underwater plants and the shy fallow deer and red squirrels in the woodland.
Dawn and dusk are the best times for seeing the beaver and keep an ear (and eye) out for owls and pine martens.
Over these darkest months of the year we specialise in Warm Winter Wildlife Watching. From our Visitor Centre’s viewing window you can see woodland birds at very close quarters, something especially enjoyed by young children.
Red squirrels often visit, sometimes climbing right inside the feeders to guzzle away at the peanuts – providing wonderful photo opportunities. For our younger visitors there’s puzzles and colouring to be done in their own little indoor Hide, Duckling Den, or making leaf collages or wrapping up warm and exploring the woodland trail to answer clues in quizzes (maybe win a prize?)
Our shop has a host of wildlife themed gifts for Christmas (lots of fun little stocking presents) as well as our own Scottish Wildlife Trust Calendars and Christmas Cards.
Looking for a present for that person who has everything?
Membership of Scottish Wildlife Trust starts at just £18 for a whole year. To carry out vital work on our 120 reserves across Scotland, the support of our members is essential.
For children, our Wildlife WATCH Membership will spread your gift across twelve months with magazines and activities to expand their understanding of the countryside.
We hope you will pop up and visit us or watch the wildlife on our webcams. If you are on social media, follow us to keep up to date with news and photos.
From all the staff and volunteers at Loch of the Lowes, we wish you a healthy, peaceful and very happy winter season!
Visitor Centre Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm. Admission charge: Adult £3.50,
Conc £2.50, Family £7 SWT Members FREE.
Contact us - email:
Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
Twitter: @LochoftheLowes

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:40

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fieldAGM, Harvest Supper And Field Produce Sales in December plus Plans For 2018
We had our AGM and Harvest Supper on Friday 3rd November in the Duchess Anne. This is an occasion for us all to get together, reflect on the year, which has just gone, elect the Trustees for the year ahead, answer any questions that members may have. The AGM has always been well attended and we are grateful for everyone turning up. This is followed immediately by the Harvest supper, which could account for the good turn out at the AGM!
The harvest supper is always a joyous occasion and a chance for us to celebrate our achievements in the past year, enjoy each others company without any work involved, and enjoy a wonderful meal with the produce being locally sourced, the majority from the field itself.
Thanks were due to Tiffy and Flora Shedden and her merry band of helpers who produced an outstanding meal.
We have finished our stalls at Birnam Arts and Duchess Anne. We are now in our winter mode of selling which means that there will be produce field gate during December, weather permitting. We plan to replenish the stalls on a Thursday and Saturday. We have potatoes, onions, leeks, some wintergreens and beetroot available.
In January we will be holding our annual reflection meeting to consider what went well in 2017 and where we can do better. This is open to all members and is very interesting meeting. In addition in the New Year, it would be great to have your continued support as a member when our new membership year starts at the beginning of February. If you are not a member and want to know what being a member involves come along on a Thursday morning or Saturday morning at 10am and we can show what is happening at the field. However you do not have to work in the field to be a member, there are many ways in which you can support us (see below for more information).
We would like to thank all our members and people who used the stalls or visited the field during the year for all their hard work and support. It is much appreciated and without such an active membership with a wide range of skills we would not be able to produce such wonderful produce, organically and locally for people to enjoy.
Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you all in the field in 2018.
For information about the field, please contact:
Dave Amos 01350 727763
Dave Roberts 01350 728926

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:37

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The 3 Churches Charity Shop

The 3 Churches Charity Shop has a project underway over the next year to enhance its shop fittings, display and storage facilities. In order to help fund this much needed work we applied to the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We are very pleased to report that we have been successful and have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the next round of the Fund.
Here’s how it works: Every time members shop at the Coop, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We have been overwhelmed with your very Generous Donations.
Some of your donations have been so valuable that we knew they would not reach their maximum in the shop so we sought buyers elsewhere.
Here are some examples:
A beautiful, as-new, guitar sold for £200.
A white-gold brooch sold for £200.
A tall man’s Armani alpaca overcoat sold for £250.
And we are currently readying a small consignment for an Edinburgh auction.
The gold ring found in the jacket: Unfortunately no-one has yet claimed the ring found in the jacket. This was advertised in 2 recent issues of The Bridge. The ring is now being held at Police Headquarters Lost and Found to comply with local laws. If you are missing a gold ring please contact Tayside Police Lost and Found, and hopefully your description will match the ring they hold. The ring will be considered the property of the 3 Churches Charity Shop in February if not claimed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:46

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Men's Breakfast

Every second Wednesday a group of men meets in the Chanonry to start the day with a cooked breakfast together, discuss events, both local and international, and enjoy each other's company.
In December we meet on the 6th & 20th and in January on the 10th and 24th all starting at 8.30am.
There is no need to book; just turn up and enjoy and all are welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:52

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Harvest Lunch Thank You

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Appeal for a Salvation Army project to provide clean water for communities in Kenya and other parts of Africa. The money we give will help with the building of sand dams.
Between the collection and the proceeds from the Harvest Lunch on November 5th we were able to send £1,701 to The Salvation Army.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:48

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R.B.L.S. Winter Whists 2018

January 18th
February 1st, February 15th,
March 1st, March 15th.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:53

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Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Duchess Anne on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 2.30pm. All welcome.
For further details please contact: or phone Margaret Scott 01738 710399

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:13

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Community Council Matters

Correspondence with the Community Council can be made through email: or: or post: Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council, Wester Ballachraggan Farmhouse, Amulree, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0EA
Date of Next Meeting: Monday 11th December
Time of Next Meeting : 7pm
Venue: Birnam Institute
To read the minutes of previous meetings and to find the agenda for forthcoming meetings see:

cc mattersCommunity Council Matters
David Levy
Community Councillor
The Community Council is always interested in people’s views about local issues, including planning applications. Perth and Kinross Council are required to consult the Community Council on planning matters and applications. Whenever possible, the Community Council‚ Äôs meetings provide a venue for people to express their support or objections to planning applications or planning matters. You can also email the Community Council with your views at or use Twitter to send a direct message to @DandBCC.
In recent months, we have considered residents views about planning applications for fast-food restaurants, a new block of flats as well as the impact of the new blue plaques. We are interested in resident’s views on planning matters such as how to protect the conservation status protections of our villages or which types of developments should be priorities. If we do not know your view, we cannot represent your view.
We also undertake projects in co-operation with residents engaged in campaigns or projects that will preserve what is good in our communities and improve what is less so. In the past year we have supported the local campaign to preserve our bus services. First it was the buses to Edinburgh, now it will be the quality of routes to Perth. We are also working with several active local residents who are working with Scotrail (and others) to keep or improve our rail services when the new timetables come in 2019. And, over many years, we have worked with or created several groups trying to improve the A9 or respond to planned changes to the A9, chiefly dualling. The Community Council is open to everyone, in groups or out.
Sometimes the best way to find out what people think is to have a public meeting. The next Community Council public meeting will be about the A9 on Monday, January 8th, at 7:30pm at the Birnam Institute. There are significant changes happening in the plan for choosing a route for the A9 dualling. Come to the public meeting and have your say.
Future Meeting Dates: December 11th; January 8th (A9 public meeting); Feb 12th.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:57

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House Group

Once a fortnight, on Tuesdays, a fellowship group meets for Bible Study, discussion and prayer. The last time we meet before Christmas will be on December 12th in the Chanonry at 7pm.
We will start back again in the New Year on January 16th at 7pm.
All are welcome and if you would like to know more, contact John and Mara Ferguson on 727585 or Fraser Penny on 727249.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:50

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Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society Talks Spring 2018

It seems strange to be talking about spring already but here is our spring programme to which everyone is welcome to attend.
All meetings take place in Birnam Arts at 7:30pm
Monday 19th February 2018: AGM followed by Ian Sinclair on “Experiences of the Beadle at Dunkeld Cathedral”
Monday 19th March 2018: David Strachan (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust). The exciting finds from the Kings Seat excavations in September 2018.
Monday 16th April: David Leggat. The History of livestock markets and Movements.
At the AGM we will also be giving details of our next outing which will be to Culross on 16th May.
If you would like more information, please contact us at:

Dave Roberts, Secretary

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:24

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Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

hortWednesday 17th January at Birnam Arts.
Transformation of St Ninian’s Garden in Dunkeld.
Come and hear all about how this came about from Linda Spiers, a stunning transformation from a dark, neglected and unappealing site into the flowering oasis it is today. All this has been created by the hard working team of volunteers at the garden, which matures and becomes more colourful every year. Spring might be still some time distant, but this is what we can expect to enjoy soon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:26

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Youth Group

The Duchess Anne Youth Groups will be starting again soon. As in previous years we will be dividing into two age groups the younger group is for Primary 7 and 1st. year and the older group is for 2nd & 3rd. years.
November 2nd. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
November 9th. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
November 16th. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
November 23rd. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
November 30th. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
December 7th. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
Each night we start at 7pm and finish at 9pm.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:22

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A9 Dualling Updates

A9 Dualling Updates

Birnam to Ballinluig A9 Community Group - Constitution  The next A9 Community Group meeting will be on Thursday 25th... Read more

New Path and Bike Pump Track at Royal School of Dunkeld

New Path and Bike Pump Track at Royal School of Dunkeld

The school is pleased to announce a very exciting new development in the playground. We have just completed... Read more

Mirror mirror on the Wall… who’s the fairest of them all?

Mirror mirror on the Wall… who’s the fairest of them all?

Find out at the ballet schools magical performance of Snow White. Show dates Sun 17th Dec 4pm; Tues... Read more

Connect… Linking Asheville and Dunkeld & Birnam

Connect… Linking Asheville and Dunkeld & Birnam

Connect … Linking Asheville, North Carolina, USA and Dunkeld & Birnam News from our twin town, AshevilleSeasons greetings... Read more

The Harvest is in!

The Harvest is in!

2017 has been a bumper harvest year for the Community Orchard. And not just in quantity, but also... Read more

The Doors Of The Aran Bakery Are Open!

The Doors Of The Aran Bakery Are Open!

Congratulations to Flora Shedden and her team.  We wish them every success with their new venture at the... Read more

Girlguiding Dunkeld – Join Us

Girlguiding Dunkeld – Join Us

Did you like the report of the Guides’ and Senior Section’s trip to Switzerland? Would you be prepared... Read more

Heritage Walks

Heritage Walks

You will have seen blue plaques going up in Dunkeld and Birnam over the past few months and... Read more

Exciting Plans for Dunkeld Guide Hall

Exciting Plans for Dunkeld Guide Hall

Tucked away behind the school the Guide Hall in Dunkeld has been home to the Girlguiding movement since... Read more

Regular Columns


I have decided to embrace winter. It’s all the thing these days. Very fashionable indeed. ‘Hygge’ is the... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Season’s greetings one and all.I have no idea where that year went? It only seems like five minutes... Read more

Thought for the Month

What happens after we die?Recently someone pointed out to me that, according to a statistic, about 52% of... Read more


Occasionally my work has taken me to Shetland. I find it all a bit overwhelming - once you... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

I write this as the October holiday is finishing. As long as you were out of Britain you... Read more

Thought for the Month

So have you preserved the abundance of autumn?Been down the community orchard, busy picking in the veg patch... Read more


Many Congratulations to the Dunkeld & Birnam In Bloom team on winning two silver gilt awards from Beautiful Scotland... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

The local Government Elections in May seem a long time ago now and this is my first chance... Read more

Thought for the Month

The Church of Scotland Congregation took the difficult decision earlier in the year to stop services at St.... Read more

Community News

Community Council News and Minutes

This page contains minutes and other items of interest from the Dunkeld... Read more

Pitlochry and District U3A

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for... Read more

Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire Group

On Monday 18th December in the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 7.30pm Ruary... Read more

Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2017 Thank You

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the Shoe box... Read more


Donations to Perth Foodbank can be made any time there are boxes... Read more

Update on Inver A9 Tree Felling

Forestry Commission Scotland tree felling on along the A9 at Inver is... Read more

New Elders

On November 5th the Church of Scotland congregation welcomed six new elders... Read more

RSPB Scotland Big Garden Birdwatch Event

27 January 2018, 11am – 3pmThe Beatrix Potter GardenFree : All WelcomeFun... Read more

Applepressing at Auchtergaven Primary School

Andrew Lear a.k.a. Appletreeman, our very own Bankfoot local apple expert, came... Read more

Gien a Haund (Giving a hand) to older people

Just over 6 months ago we held our first meeting in response... Read more

Dunkeld Deer Management Forum Newsletter September 2017

The last meeting of the Forum was well supported and for the... Read more

SOBBS Update

Save our Birnam Bus Group heard on 14th November via the Community... Read more

Loch of the Lowes

December and January at Loch of the LowesWinter is a wonderful time... Read more


AGM, Harvest Supper And Field Produce Sales in December plus Plans For... Read more

The 3 Churches Charity Shop

The 3 Churches Charity Shop has a project underway over the next... Read more

Men's Breakfast

Every second Wednesday a group of men meets in the Chanonry to... Read more

Harvest Lunch Thank You

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Appeal for a Salvation... Read more

R.B.L.S. Winter Whists 2018

January 18thFebruary 1st, February 15th,March 1st, March 15th. Read more

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Duchess Anne on... Read more

Community Council Matters

Correspondence with the Community Council can be made through email: or:... Read more

House Group

Once a fortnight, on Tuesdays, a fellowship group meets for Bible Study,... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society Talks Spring 2018

It seems strange to be talking about spring already but here is... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

Wednesday 17th January at Birnam Arts.Transformation of St Ninian’s Garden in Dunkeld.Come... Read more

Youth Group

The Duchess Anne Youth Groups will be starting again soon. As in... Read more

The Deaf, The Daft & The Ditsy

The Deaf, the Daft and the Ditsy, a four legged journey across... Read more

Dunkeld Community Market

Dunkeld Community Market organsied by Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group - 2nd... Read more

The Tale o the Wee Mowdie

Tippermuir Books announces the arrival of The Tale o the Wee Mowdie,... Read more

Poetry Corner

Prelude Tae Winter at BalhomishBlaw's snell the wund on yonder hill,Whaur Gimmers... Read more

Birnam and Dunkeld SWI

The first meeting of the new session of Birnam and Dunkeld SWI... Read more

Probus Club

Meetings for the year ahead. All 10am for 10:30 in the Birnam... Read more

The Meeting Place

Do come along to The Duchess Anne Hall between 10am and 12... Read more

Pitlochry Flower Club

The next meeting of the Club is a COFFEE EVENING, to be... Read more

Girlguiding Dunkeld – Guides & Senior Section in Switzerland

A big THANK YOU to all who have contributed to the fundraising... Read more

Kings Seat Community Archaeology Project

This fascinating project is a new venture in partnership between Dunkeld and... Read more

Café Scientifique

Our local Café Scientifique will be holding the following meetings this autumn.... Read more

Awards for Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom wish to announce our success in achieving... Read more

Poppy Collecting

Dunkeld & Birnam British legion will not be doing any poppy collecting... Read more

Forest Enterprise Scotland

Would like to offer an opportunity to lease a small area Craigvinean... Read more

Dunkeld Auto Services

Earlier in the year the opportunity arose to purchase what was GM... Read more

Wednesday Afternoon Club

Wednesday Club Starts on Wednesday 18th October 2- 4pm (weekly).If you are... Read more

Girlguiding Dunkeld

Girlguiding Dunkeld – Guides and Senior Section in SwitzerlandA big THANK YOU... Read more

Birnam Arts Is Seeking New Charity Trustees

We currently have vacancies on the Board of Trustees and are seeking... Read more

Free Digital Skills Sessions

Free Digital Learning Skills are starting at Birnam library on Friday afternoons... Read more

Flower Festival - Thank You

A huge ‘thank you’ is due to all the folk who worked... Read more

NTS Nature Nippers!

Nature Nippers: Secretive SquirrelsWednesday 6th September, 11am – 12 noonDo you have... Read more

Can You Help Volunteers Wanted

Do you have an hour or two to spare per week?Are you... Read more

Up-Cycling Group

If you’ve been in Birnam Arts after Zumba on a Monday evening,... Read more

A Great Reason To Buy A Cake From The Country Bakery!

Fundraiser 24th September 10am-4pmOn 24th September, the Country Bakery will be holding... Read more

Hidden treasure?

Search your attic and cupboards for those long forgotten items that you... Read more

Caputh Church Coffee Morning & Autumn Sale

September 9th10.30 - 12.30Caputh Village HallPlease come and enjoy our annual coffee... Read more

The Balsam Pullers

Into nature conservation - Why not join the balsam pullers?Some of you... Read more

General Manager Vacancy – Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Birnam Arts and Conference Centre is a 125 year old Scottish charity... Read more

Wanted For Birnam Arts

Wanted - Birnam Arts are appealing for the community to rummage around... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society - PKHT

Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society in partnership with the Perth and Kinross... Read more

Scottish Deli Opens Into The Evenings …

From Saturday 12th August we will be opening The Scottish Deli into... Read more

St. Anne’s, Dowally

The congregation has taken the decision to stop services at Dowally Kirk.... Read more

Beaver and Cubs

Dunkeld and Birnam Beavers and Cubs have had a very exciting term.The... Read more

New Memorial Bench Unveiled

A memorial bench with a twist has been unveiled on the banks... Read more

Christian Aid 2017

The Dunkeld and Birnam Christian Aid committee would like to thank everyone... Read more

Royal School of Dunkeld - 450 Years Old!

On the 27th of June, the Royal School of Dunkeld held a... Read more

Police Scotland - Reassurance Message Finsbury Park June 2017

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer Following the incident of Monday... Read more

Pitlochry Station Bookshop

The Bookshop is now operating summer opening hours.This means that on Sundays... Read more

Teddy Bears Picnic & other news from Glendelvine Primary School

Glendelvine School has recently enjoyed visits from local gymnastic rugby and cricket... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Tourism Update

We’re getting a new website, thank you Griffin Calliachar Community Fund! We... Read more

Deaf, Daft & Ditsy set out to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled

In August, Karen Inkster from Caputh is setting off with her dog... Read more

Understanding the Housing Market

The days of running up and down the high street looking in... Read more

BMR Bob’s Mechanical Repairs

Following 13 years working with a local garage in Birnam and 22... Read more

Dulater Hill Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the Dulater Hill wind farm proposal (to the North... Read more

Congregational AGM

AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Church of Scotland congregation will... Read more


BSYFC are pleased to announce that we have secured McDonalds programme support... Read more

J. & H. Mitchell W.S. Announce New Partner

The Partners of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. – Colin Liddell, Alan... Read more

Hospital Radio Perth Seeking More Volunteers

Perth’s award winning hospital radio station are looking for volunteers to visit... Read more

Friends of the Birnam Oak

Promoting the conservation and preservation of the historic Birnam Oak and Birnam... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup

Playgroup would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank... Read more

Can you help identify members of our Home Guard?

Murthly have formed a History Group and are hoping to produce an... Read more

What Do You Know About Dun Coillich?

Dun Coillich is your land managed by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust... Read more

Archives – Volunteer Wanted For School Project

The Archive will be helping the School with the 450 Anniversary of... Read more

Scottish Bible Society

First of all thank you so very much for all your contributions... Read more

Christmas Offering

Once again, it was a full house at the Watchnight Service in... Read more

'Care - The Problem No-one Can Fix' ... Except Us

In the October edition of 'The Bridge', deep within the Three Churches... Read more

Dullatur Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the proposed Dullatur windfarm development will be held from... Read more

Dalguise Meditation Group

The Meditation Group continues to meet in Dalguise Village Hall on alternate... Read more

Santa Day Thank You

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group would like to thank everyone involved in... Read more

Baby & Toddler Group

New Baby & Toddler Group starting on Friday 16th December 2016 upstairs... Read more

The Birnam Reader

The Birnam Reader is Perthshire’s newest independent bookshop where you can browse... Read more

Christmas Book Promotion

Why not give a very special gift this Christmas and give a... Read more

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership

Broadband project expands across Dalguise and A9 corridor area The project to... Read more

CAP Fundraising Challenge

At a recent CAP Conference Angela and Mel, the centre’s manager and... Read more

Would you Like To Improve Your Literacy?

New local service available“I can now write and use computers with confidence.... Read more

Rivendell Care Home

Residents of Rivendell enjoying different activities at Olympics Day at Rivendell. With... Read more

The Fort of the Caledonians

Dear Editor, I am writing to acquaint local residents of a project... Read more

Better Lives In Older Age

- joining up the dots Dunkeld and Birnam is a great place... Read more

Scouting News - Dunkeld & Birnam Area

And we are off... the new term has started and in great... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Senior Citizens Outing

The Senior Citizens coach trip is going to Callander this year on... Read more

‘Rio 2016’ – GirlGuides

GirlGuides and Senior Section camp in a field by a beach near... Read more

Grand Sale of Railway Books

Grand Sale of Railway Books by Pitlochry Station BookshopFour hundred volumes, second... Read more

50 new Scripture translations completed last year

2015 was a very successful year for Bible translation with Bible Societies... Read more

Dunkeld Community Minibus

You may have noticed the Perth and Kinross Council minibus parked at... Read more

Dualling the A9

There has been a large amount of work in the community in... Read more

Concert for Syria

The response to the Easter Monday concert was quite overwhelming. On a... Read more

‘Life & Work’

‘Life & Work’ is the monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland... Read more

Stamp, Coins and Watch collection for The Bible Society

After a long delay trying to deliver the stamps, coins and watches... Read more

Health Fare - World Challenge

Hello there! My name is Sumi and I am a local sixteen... Read more

Twinning Project

Dunkeld & Birnam twinning project with Asheville, NC is progressing. We have... Read more

D & B Cubs To Close

Overall, the numbers of children, leaders, parents and committee members involved in... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Guides - New Challenge?

I want a new challenge – I want to do something for... Read more

Tiddlywinks - a great opportunity to socializing.

Tiddlywinks, an informal group for parents/carers and babies/toddlers, is currently running on... Read more

Forestry Commission Auction of Equipment

The Forestry Commission offices at Inver are holding a small sale of... Read more

Silent Auction CANCELLED

Silent Auction 7th March – CANCELLED.However Our Plant/Shrub Sale on 23rd April... Read more

Meal Makers

Meal Makers, the project that connects people and local communities through food,... Read more

Funding following flood damage

Details of how funding from the Scottish Government for flooded properties will... Read more

Perthshire Nepal Charity

Working Hard As Winter Hits The Earthquake Victims In NepalBring Back The... Read more

Toddler Group Cancelled: Please help

Due to lack of support and low funds, Tiddleywinks - Dunkeld and... Read more

Ella Retires After 25yrs!

After 25 happy years in Dunkeld I have decided to retire and... Read more

Together Again

Eclipse Hair and Nails on Dunkeld's Atholl Street has gone through many... Read more

Farewell To Father Tobias & Welcome To Father Edward

Father Tobias has left St Columba's Roman Catholic Church in St Mary's... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam RBLS Memorial Club

Dunkeld & Birnam R.B.L.S Memorial Club wish to update the community on... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group

Things are well under way for this year's Santa Day on 12th... Read more

Great news! Defib App now Live!

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership in conjunction with Pitlochry High School has been... Read more

Bob Lindsay

Bob Lindsay has retired as treasurer of the Parish Church after 26... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Community Care Group

The group comprises The Meeting Place and The Duchess ANNE Lunch Group.All... Read more

Dunkeld Cathedral

Visitor numbers at the Duchess Anne were well up on last year... Read more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sally,It is some considerable time since I first wrote to you... Read more

Parles-tu français? ¿Hablas español? Café et Causerie?

Would you like to try informal French conversation over a coffee –... Read more

Local Residents To Receive Important Voter Registration Information

Households in Angus and Perth & Kinross will soon be receiving a... Read more

London Trip for Local Dancers

Back in June local dance teacher, Chanelle Wilson, submitted a squad, Mystic... Read more

Stamps & Coins For The Scottish Bible Society

Your continued support is much appreciated.Please put contributions in the boxes in... Read more

Tour of the Tower

On September 26th the Tower of the Cathedral will be open from... Read more

Jamie Grant

Photographer Jamie Grant sets out for adventure of a lifetime as Artist... Read more

Why do Churches Fund Raise?

Before a congregation can reach out and help others financially, either within... Read more

Library Summer Reading Challenge

Go for a personal best this summer and sign up to the... Read more

'Echoes From Gallipoli' 1915 - 2015 A WW1 Commemoration

'Echoes from Gallipoli' will be a community commemoration of the 100th Anniversary... Read more

School's Out for Summer!

P7 pupils from the Royal School of Dunkeld celebrating at Sports Day. Read more

Pathways: Getting Connected in the Voluntary Arts

Are you involved in the voluntary arts in some way? Voluntary Arts... Read more

Hipshire Community Network TrueCall Scheme

The Health & Wellbeing Sub Group has successful obtained Community Support funding... Read more

United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14

The Lodge at Dunkeld operates under a Charter granted by the Grand... Read more

Windfarms Update

1. North Calliacher - I & H Brown : Latest details from... Read more

Broadband comes to the Strath

Community Broadband Scotland is investing £58,500 in a Perthshire project which will... Read more

Perth and Kinross Federation Spring Show

Bankfoot Church CentreFriday 6th March 6-8pm and Saturday 7th March 10am-4pmMorning coffee, lunch... Read more

Trees Not Turbines

Latest Update from Nan Johnston (mid July 2014): 1.  North Calliacher  - I... Read more

Online Advertising with The Bridge

The Bridge is pleased to be able to offer our advertisers the... Read more

Weather, Travel & Public Transport

On this page we've brought together the best information we can find... Read more

Arts News


...and the choir`s founder Christine Kydd ( happily leads again on 6th December, when we will also be... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers and The Birnam Bells

Members celebrated the group's 15th Anniversary with a lunch at the Meiklour Hotel and were delighted to be... Read more

The Birks Cinema

What's On at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy... Read more

Writing the Mind Alive: Angela Jeffs

Writing the Mind Alive: Angela Jeffs ( will resume facilitating the powerful meditative practice Proprioceptive Writing on September... Read more

A History of Birnam Arts

We’re appealing to all our local community for any memorabilia – stories, photographs, or anything you think might... Read more

Birnam Arts Events

Birnam Arts has an amazing ongoing programme of one off performances, exhibitions and workshops. Just use the scroll... Read more

The Fiddle Tree

THE FIDDLE TREE is a not-for-profit organisation based in Birnam and Dunkeld, Perthshire, and has been promoting concerts... Read more

Health & Leisure

Craigvinean Surgery

News from Craigvinean Surgery - Drs Wright, Hewitt and Gunn Read more

Young Roving Reporter

Young Roving Reporter

On Tuesday two of our Citizenship Groups, The Eco Explorers and The... Read more

Royal School Of Dunkeld Marks 450 Years

The dark February evenings have been brighter than usual for residents of... Read more

This term the whole school is learning about tourism in Dunkeld & Birnam

The classes are learning in different ways to promote tourism where we... Read more


Congratulations to Aidan, this month's winner of a crisp £10 note. On the... Read more

Skate Park Update

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the idea of having a... Read more

Well Done Callum Ross

Hi everyone, Rivendell Care Services, Birnam, where my mum works decided to have a... Read more

Ski-ing Trip

At the Royal School of Dunkeld all the P6s got to go... Read more

Rumor Round Up

Some of you will have read my article a while back talking... Read more

Skate Park?

It would be great if a skate park could be built in... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Brownies PGL Trip

Dunkeld and Birnam Brownies went on a exciting trip to pgl in... Read more

Sport & Active

Dunkeld & Birnam Leisure Group

Dunkeld and Birnam District Leisure Group - the Sports Hall projectThe AGM of the Leisure Group will be... Read more

Nordic Walking

If you would like to try Nordic Walking and join our fun friendly Adventure Walks or Workout Walks... Read more

Remembering Robbie

On Friday 29th September the Royal School of Dunkeld again remembered former pupil Robbie Melvin who died in... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Bowling Club

Another has season ended, where does the time go? It has been an enjoyable season with a mix... Read more

Recreation Club Engage in Community Consultation on Future

Dunkeld and Birnam Recreation Club is starting a consultation on how the community would like to see the... Read more

BSYFC Celebrate 10 years!

Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club (BSYFC) celebrated their 10th birthday in style with a community fun day... Read more

Badminton Season Opens

The new season of the Dunkeld and Birnam Badminton Club will commence on Monday 2nd October.The club plays... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Veteran Football

On 18 August, a hearty squad of Dunkeld & Birnam veteran (mostly) footballers headed the short distance for... Read more

Highland Perthshire Ladies Football Club

Highland Perthshire Ladies Football Club welcomes any new players in the area who would like to join us... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club

Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club is an active and friendly club. Annual membership is only £63 and offers... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club Coffee Morning

Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club Coffee MorningRoyal British Legion Halls on Saturday 17th June from 10.00 to 12.00. Read more

Ospreys Take Flight to Portugal

Spring has been a busy time for Dunkeld's veterans' rugby team. As reported last month, March saw the... Read more

Get Ready for a Cycling Summer

Wednesday Evening Rides Wednesday 26th April sees the first of eighteen ByCycle Wednesdays, weekly led evening rides organised... Read more

Welcome to the Sports Hub!

Our aims are simple - but great... 1: To transform the lives of people in the villages and surrounding... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Sports Hub Formed

Look out for the new 'Hub' Page in the November edition of The Bridge. At a meeting at the... Read more

Sports Hub

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Weather & Travel

Click here to see a page that brings together everything you need to know about getting here, travelling around the area, and whether you'll need your raincoat or your sunglasses!


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