29th October, 2012

It's the end of October, the autumn colours are wonderful and we've even had snow (a dusting which was gone the next day). It's been a busy weekend with Crown Terrace Methodist church from Aberdeen in residence for a church family weekend and Iain away to the Scottish Baptist Assembly in Dundee. For Iain the Assembly is a great chance to network and catch up with everyone. Joined by some of our Trustees he manned an Atholl Centre stall, sharing what we've been doing in the last year and what we've managed to achieve, and gave out hundreds of copies of our autumn/winter newsletter. You can read it here.Lots of people were asking how things were going and glad to hear we are making such good progress. The Assembly itself was well attended with over 400 delegates and the talks were thought provoking and informative, the worship inspiring and the chat encouraging.

Pitlochry is an amazing place to be in October. Not only do we have stags rutting & salmon leaping & wonderful autumn colours here with swathes of deciduous trees covering the hillsides, but we also have the Enchanted Forest, a fantastic son et lumiere presentation on every night over most of October at Faskally woods in Pitlochry followed by Perthshire Amber music festival in venues throughout Highland Perthshire just beginning now. East Kilbride Girl's brigade and Fairmilehead Church of Scotland  Youth group both enjoyed a trip to the Enchanted Forest this year as part of their weekend at the Centre. So did quite a few of our mid week B&B guests, especially the families, as we took in B&B again for the October holidays.

We held another Thrift shop in the first week in October making about £600 for our disabled access improvements -  a big thank you to everyone who donated and manned the shop - and then the Atholl Craft fair was on for 2 weeks. With the town so busy with folk for the Enchanted Forest this year they did a roaring trade. We were able to raise a further £230 from teas and coffees during that and the summer craft fair, which is fantastic.

We were sad to say goodbye to Glynnis this month who has been our part time secretary for the last 2 years. Following her husband's retiral they are moving to Fife and hope to set up a small self catering flat as a retreat in part of their new house. We are very grateful for her cheerful presence, bright ideas & businesslike phone manner which have made her a great asset. (She's also a dab hand at the sewing machine!) We’ll miss her, but wish her well in her new venture. Wilma, who came to volunteer with us in the summer and has stayed because she likes Pitlochry so much, will take over from Glynnis for at least the next few months. Just before she came here Wilma completed a course in admin & IT at Dundee college, so we're very lucky to have her.