Many Congratulations to the Dunkeld & Birnam In Bloom team on winning two silver gilt awards from Beautiful Scotland and Take a Pride in Perth and Kinross. It is well deserved recognition for all the work done both by the In Bloom volunteers and others in the community who keep the villages looking so lovely through hours of bending, digging, planting and watering. A great big ‘Thank you’ to everyone concerned – we really appreciate your efforts.
This month’s Bridge sees the launch of a new column ‘Connect’ celebrating the new relationship formally begun between our community and Asheville in North Carolina. Every edition we hope to hear from someone in Asheville about what’s going on there – and we will share our news with them. This month I have invited Fiona Ritchie, Chair of the Friends of Ashville group to launch the column by writing an article about the visit of the Dunkeld and Birnam delegation to Asheville to complete the formalities of the twinning process. As she points out there are many comparisons between the two communities albeit Asheville is on a bigger scale than us. How about their ‘creative spirit …with plenty of opportunities to enjoy music and theatre’? Certainly, there is plenty of creative spirit here – however I’m not quite sure what we would mean by ‘down town’! She also talks about Asheville’s progressive ideals. Again, we don’t have to look much further than initiatives such as Dunkeld and Birnam Unplugged, the Orchard and our Community growing project to see links here. Interestingly she also says that Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other American city.
Indeed! I’m not quite sure we can match that – however we can boast about the wonderful Strathbraan brewery. Maybe we need to encourage another couple of people to get brewing so we can keep up with our new twin town. Gin distilling certainly seems to be very popular – maybe we could make our own and export it to Asheville with botanicals foraged from the hedgerows. Let’s ask In Bloom if they could place a few juniper bushes at strategic points around the village. We could have a communal sampling of various recipes – a job I am happy to volunteer for.
We could share other good ideas with our friends in Asheville. For example our contribution to World Porridge Day which this year takes place on Thursday 12th October 9:30 – 11:30 at Birnam Arts. Every year this event is a great success. It is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy time together while raising funds for Mary’s Meals which provides bowls of porridge to children in some of the poorest parts of the world. It is a somewhat sobering thought to note that Mary’s Meal manage to keep the cost of giving a child a bowl of vitamin-enriched maize porridge to just £13.90 for a whole year.
I’m somewhat alarmed by Councillor Grant Laing wishing us all a Happy Christmas on page 9. His greeting has sent me off to the interweb to ask it how many days there are to Christmas - and it says 91. Now, I realise that while we may not be able to produce Dunkeld & Birnam Gin in this time I could get on with making some Meikle Logie sloe gin for the festive period. Now that thought has cheered me up immensely. Cheers!
(PS. Don’t forget your flu jab if you need it – 9th & 18th October see dates for your diary for more info.)
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