Oor Wullie gets ready to ‘play’ at Perth gaming exhibition

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is arriving in Perth next week as the mass-participation public art event continues its national tour by visiting the city’s Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

A group of mischievous Oor Wullie sculptures, including Minecraft Wullie, will be ready to ‘play’ at Culture Perth & Kinross’ interactive gaming exhibition and open to the public from Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August.

Launching in the City of Discovery at the end of June, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail has introduced over 55 sculptures, all individually designed and painted by an array of local and international artists, to the streets of Dundee and will be in place throughout the summer to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Minecraft Wullie, designed by 4J Studios and sponsored by UNESCO City of Design Dundee, will take pride of place at the interactive exhibition, which celebrates the latest trends in digital play and the evolution of videogames. Developed in conjunction with another Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail sponsor, the University of Abertay, the gaming exhibition was launched earlier this month by 4J Studios Chairman Chris van der Kuyl, who pioneered the creation of Minecraft for console use.

The exhibition encourages gamers of all ages to have a go on consoles through the ages, including the seminal Space Invaders, the Nintendo Gameboy and the Sega Megadrive. Visitors can take a trip back through time and explore iconic games from Duck Hunt, Sega Rally to the award-winning concept-game Line Wobbler.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome a collection of Oor Wullie sculptures to Perth Museum and Art Gallery and are especially excited to be home to Minecraft Wullie over the next week, who we are sure will feel right at home at our interactive Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life exhibition. It is fantastic to be able to link a relatively modern form of play like gaming with a character like Oor Wullie, who has entertained people, young and old, for generations.”

A further three Oor Wullie sculptures will be placed around the Museum and Art Gallery and six more individually and uniquely designed Oor Wullie sculptures will be located in the City’s St John’s Shopping Centre from Monday 1st August and for the duration of the week, which has already seen them visit Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. After leaving Perth, the tour will travel to Inverness and St Andrews before finally arriving back in Dundee for the final few weeks of the trail.

Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented:

“As organisers, we are very excited to be able to take Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on a tour across Scotland and be able to bring the excitement to our next stop – Perth. An incredible amount of work has gone into this project, which is all to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.”

At the end of the trail, on Tuesday 13th September, all the sculptures will be sold at an auction at the Dundee Rep, with all proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To take on Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

For further information about the work of The ARCHIE Foundation, visit www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk

To find out more about the exhibition visit www.playpk.co.uk – Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).

Crieff Hydro launches new interactive ‘play-zone’

Crieff Hydro, Scotland’s leading leisure resort, has invested in the refurbishment of its childcare facility, Big Country, to introduce a brand new state-of-the-art space specially designed to cater for 8-12 year olds.

Renowned for having a universal appeal with something to cater for everyone, Crieff Hydro launched Big Country back in 2006 to be able to offer a family friendly holiday experience.

Crieff Hydro offers 6 hours of free daily childcare for children aged from 2-12-years-old over a number of defined spaces within Big Country including the Farmyard which is a creative play area, a Castle that is home to a trampoline and other physical activities, Soft Play indoor ball pool and garden for outdoor adventures.2b

Crieff Hydro recognised that children’s behaviours have changed in recent years and therefore wanted to adapt Big Country to make sure that the activities offered were of broad appeal, especially to the older age group of 8-12 year olds. The refurbishment was inspired by real feedback from children and parents staying at the award winning resort.

The new ‘play zone’ features traditional board games, PlayStation, Xbox One, Xbox Kinect consoles and a range of tablet-based games for children to explore. All of the games in the new zone were carefully chosen to encourage learning through play, from team building skills to co-ordination and developing fine motor skills.

Marcus Kenyon, General Manager at Crieff Hydro, commented:

“As Scotland’s leading leisure resort, Crieff Hydro is renowned for having a universal appeal, with something to cater for everyone, from toddlers to retirees. This investment has enabled us to add another dimension to Big Country that engages with and stimulates older children. 8-12-year-olds are particularly tech savvy and we’re already seeing children exploring the newly opened space and interacting with the various games available.

“We know that kids like to play and be entertained, and we have worked hard to offer a diverse range of activities to choose from that they will love and that reflect our commitment to catering for all the family. We also offer many outdoor and indoor activities for children who aren’t as technology focused from football and dodgeball, to sewing, reading and bingo. That means that siblings of different age groups can choose to play together too.”

To celebrate the refurbishment, Crieff Hydro is launching a competition throughout the summer for children to name the new facility. Entry forms will be provided to kids as they leave the gaming zone to be filled in with their parents and submitted into an ideas box at the entrance to Big Country. The winner will receive a free overnight return stay at Crieff Hydro or an iPad mini as well as seeing their name in bright lights.

http://www.crieffhydro.com/leisure/kids/

A smidgen of Glenturret gives new local cheese a tipsy twist

An artisanal cheesemaker in Perthshire has launched a cheese with a tipsy twist to it: it’s made with The Glenturret malt whisky.

Strathearn from Comrie-based Strathearn Cheese is a rennet set cheese hand washed with a brine that’s flavoured with a 10-year-old Glenturret malt. The brine, along with a four-week maturation process, gives the cheese a hint of a whisky that also prides itself on being hand-made.

The cheese is being sold in delicatessens and farm shops and will make an appearance at Perth Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

The partners behind the new cheesemaking business, which launched in January, said they stick to local ingredients as much as they can, which made The 10-year-old Glenturret, produced at the nearby Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, a natural choice.

“There aren’t many cheeses made with whisky in Scotland and it was important for us to make something that was very local,” said Pierre Leger, co-owner of Strathearn Cheese along with Drew Watson.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at Glenturret Distllery, said:

“At Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, our stillmen still mash ingredients by hand. That’s why we’re delighted that our now 240-year-old brand is appearing in a new hand-made cheese. We are always thrilled when collaborations like this happen and we feel sure Strathearn cheese will be a delicious hit.”

For more on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

For more information about Strathearn Cheese visit http://strathearncheese.co.uk/home.html

Inaugural Colours of Cluny receives £35,000 boost from local foundations

Colours of Cluny, a spectacular light and sound show which is set to showcase the beauty of Cluny Hill in Forres, has received £35,000 in local funding in its inaugural year.

Two philanthropists and a charitable fund with links to the region have given the November event, the first of its kind in Morayshire, their backing.

The Budge Foundation, set up by Bill and Lorraine Budge, has donated £25,000 to Colours of Cluny. Bill Budge lives in Aberdeen but is originally from Forres. The couple set up the Foundation to support cultural and education-related projects in Scotland and worldwide. Other Budge Foundation beneficiaries include Forres Pipe Band, Forres Highland Games, Brodie Castle Playpark, CLAN Cancer Support and Action Medical Research. In Uganda, the Foundation has an ongoing programme of supporting health and education of young people being actively involved with the rebuilding of five schools, one specifically focused on street kids.

The Berry Burn Community Fund has awarded Colours of Cluny £10,000. The Fund, set up by the owners of the Berry Burn wind farm, Statkraft UK, supports cultural and education-related projects in Scotland and worldwide. Other beneficiaries of The Berry Burn Community Fund include Grantown Nursery and Forres Golf Course.

Colours of Cluny, to take place in the woods on top of Cluny Hill, a popular gathering place for the town, is a self-funding event with future profits being reinvested into staging future similar events.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features, a Community Interest Company, the organisation behind it, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to The Budge Foundation and The Berry Burn Community Fund for their support. Without it, we could not have moved this project forward. Colours of Cluny really is a community effort, as this support shows. We hope locals and visitors will join in the backing of a fantastic event by booking their tickets, and the earlier the better as we know it’s going to be a hit.”

Bill Budge commented:-

My wife Lorraine and I never cease to be impressed with what the many volunteers within Forres achieve. We are delighted to assist with this fantastic project, which offers so much for all age groups. We believe it has the potential to add another event on the annual calendar, along with Forres Highland Games and Piping in Forres, to promote the town and deliver a very positive reason to be in Forres.”

The interactive family show has been developed by the same creative team who are behind the multi-award-winning Pitlochry sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest. Set to enhance the natural landscape in a dramatic and mesmerising mixture of sound and light, bringing awe to children and igniting a playful sense in adults, Colours of Cluny follows a route that begins close to the town centre with an illuminated walk through Grant Park, up Cluny Hill, before culminating in a show-stopping finale at the historic Nelson’s Tower.

The show will run on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10th – 20th November and tickets are available by visiting the website at www.coloursofcluny.com.

Volpa Shortlisted in PR ‘Oscars’ for second year running

Perth-based integrated communications agency Volpa has been shortlisted for two prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.

For the second year running, Volpa is a finalist for Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy in what are generally regarded as the Oscars of the public relations industry. The agency has also been shortlisted for Integrated Campaign for its work on The Enchanted Forest’s 2015 show FLUX.

The news comes just days after The Enchanted Forest was shortlisted in the Scottish Event Awards for Volpa’s FLUX campaign. And it follows a triumphant year for an agency that promises its growing roster of clients cunningly good publicity. Volpa’s PR portfolio includes top tourism and leisure clients such as The Famous Grouse Experience, Scone Palace, St. Andrew’s Aquarium, Culture Perth and Kinross and the Crieff Hydro group of hotels. It also provides marketing, digital and design services, with clients including Horsecross, Stirling Venues and Scottish Squash.

This year has seen Volpa taking on five new members of staff, including Yomego’s Steve Richards who was appointed to enhance their digital offering. The award-winning agency also celebrated its 8th year of being listed in the national Recommended Agency Register (RAR) of marketing suppliers with an impressive 14 services receiving recommendation. The Volpa team made headlines themselves recently as a result of their lead role in the PR for The Archie Foundation and Oor Wullie Bucket Trail. Volpa staff made and starred in a video calling for Tim Peake to come and visit the ‘Astro Wullie’ statue in Dundee, where the ten-week public art event is taking place. The video went viral, with more than 14,000 views and counting.

Commenting on the achievements of 2016 so far, Tricia Fox, Founder and Managing director of Volpa, said:

‘’We have had yet another fantastic and busy year here at Volpa. I am thrilled to be shortlisted for a second year by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and it is a clear display of the hard work and commitment of the whole team at Volpa. This year we have welcomed several new members of staff and expanded our expertise and ability to offer a fully integrated service to our roster clients, which continues to grow.”

The Volpa team will have to wait until October 13th and a black-tie event in Edinburgh to find out whether they have won.

Oor Wullie’s bucket is signed by golfing greats at Senior Open Championship

Oor Wullie has been making friends at this year’s Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links with 28 of the professional golfers signing Oor Golfer, to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Oor Golfer is one of 55 sculptures from Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, Dundee’s largest ever mass participation public art event, and is sponsored by Carnoustie Golf Links where he has been visited by many people, from children to seasoned golfers. Signatures came from an array of famous golfers including Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Tom Watson and Sam Torrence, with each signing his trusty bucket.

Many also had their photo taken with the iconic character, perhaps seeing Oor Golfer as a potential lucky charm for the weekend’s competition.

It is hoped that Oor Golfer will prove as popular as the Golfin Dolphin, a sculpture from Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphin Trail in 2014. Golfin Dolphin was signed by the golfers at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and eventually sold at auction for £55,000 – the highest bid of all the dolphin sculptures.

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“Carnoustie Golf Links is delighted to be a sponsor of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and support such a worthy cause. As we were hosting the Senior Open this year, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to try and get some of the professional golfers to sign the sculpture, especially as the signed Golfin Dolphin in Aberdeen raised so much more money at auction two years ago. We are hopeful that Oor Golfer will do the same.

“As we have so many visitors from all over the world who might not know the Oor Wullie character, we requested an original Oor Wullie, but dressed in golf clothing. We were thrilled that illustrator Peter Davidson designed him for us. It is great to be able to bring some of the Bucket Trail magic to the Senior Open Championship and we hope the public this weekend and throughout the summer will enjoy Oor Golfer as much as we have.”

Oor Golfer was created collaboratively, designed by Peter Davidson, the current Oor Wullie illustrator, painted by Gordon Henry, a painter from Aberdeen, the golf bag was sculpted by Roddy Mathieson and the wire hat knitted by Elena Costella.

Charity Organisers The ARCHIE Foundation are hoping that the signatures will help Oor Golfer fetch an impressive price at an auction at the end of the trail in September where all of the Oor Wullie sculpture will be sold, with the proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.

To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com

Second Round for Dram Fine Beer Collaboration

A dram fine beer collaboration between Perthshire-based craft beer maker Inveralmond Brewery and The Glenturret Distillery is enjoying a second round of success after a new batch was released due to popular demand.ooskabeer011

The brewery and the distillery have issued a second batch of Ooskabeer, which sold out just weeks after being launched last November. Ooskabeer blends the distilling skills of The Glenturret Distillery, home to The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, with the brewing skills of Inveralmond, located in nearby Perth, to produce a slowly matured beer infused with the delicate aromas and flavours of whisky. Inveralmond provided premium Scotch Ale which was then slowly matured in Glenturret’s whisky barrels.

Ooskabeer Batch #2 has been partly distributed in Switzerland, with the remaining 100 cases available for sale direct to the public by Inveralmond and Glenturret Distillery. After the success of Ooskabeer Batch #1, Inveralmond is encouraging craft beer lovers to get their orders in quickly.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of Glenturret Distillery commented:

“Ooskabeer is the perfect coming together of two Perthshire companies who live and breathe quality products and heritage. Glenturret provided the casks while Inveralmond Brewery added their brewing expertise and a premium Scotch Ale into the mix. We’re always looking to demonstrate the agility of Glenturret as a small craft producer and Ooskabeer was a great success, having been snapped up by distributors in the UK and Europe. The infusion of malt whisky gives the beer an extra warmth and richness. Such was the demand that we’ve launched Batch #2, which we know is going to be just as popular with whisky fans as with beer fans who have heartily embraced the brew.”

Ooskabeer Batch #2 is available for sale at www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk and shop.thefamousgrouse.com

To find out more about Glenturret Distillery and their range of hand-made whiskies, visit www.theglenturret.com

To find out more about Inveralmond Brewery and their selection of world class beers, visit www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk

Please enjoy whisky and beer responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk

Second round for Inveralmond’s dram fine beer collaboration

A dram fine beer collaboration between Perthshire-based craft beer maker Inveralmond Brewery and The Glenturret Distillery is enjoying a second round of success after a new batch was released due to popular demand.Ooskabeer

The brewery and the distillery have issued a second batch of Ooskabeer, which sold out just weeks after being launched last November. Ooskabeer blends the distilling skills of The Glenturret Distillery, home to The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, with the brewing skills of Inveralmond, located in nearby Perth, to produce a slowly matured beer infused with the delicate aromas and flavours of whisky. Inveralmond provided premium Scotch Ale which was then slowly matured in Glenturret’s whisky barrels.

Ooskabeer Batch #2 has been partly distributed in Switzerland, with the remaining 100 cases available for sale direct to the public by Inveralmond and Glenturret Distillery. After the success of Ooskabeer Batch #1, Inveralmond is encouraging craft beer lovers to get their orders in quickly.

Fergus Clark, Managing Director of Inveralmond Brewery, commented:

“Ooskabeer is the perfect coming together of two Perthshire companies who live and breathe great products and heritage. Glenturret provided the casks while we added our brewing expertise and our premium Scotch Ale. We’re always looking to experiment with our beers and this one was a great success, having been snapped up by distributors in the UK and Europe. The infusion of malt whisky gives the beer an extra warmth and richness. Such was the demand that we’ve launched Batch #2, which we know is going to be just as much of a hit.”

Ooskabeer Batch #2 is available for sale at www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk and shop.thefamousgrouse.com

Two of Scotland’s national treasures link up for charity auction

One of Scotland’s oldest whiskies meets one of Scotland’s favourite sports stars at a fundraiser being held this week in Fife.

A beach rugby event taking place in Elie on Saturday July 23rd will feature a limited edition bottle of Glenturret single malt signed by rugby great Gavin Hastings, as part of a charity auction.

The bottle is numbered 667, which is the number of points Gavin scored for Scotland. The highly collectible 16-year-old malt is part of a batch of just 1740. Called Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, it is the latest in a line of limited edition whisky releases from Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

The free event, which features a game of beach rugby, a barbecue and an after-party, takes place outside The Ship Inn in Elie and is being organised by clothing entrepreneur Henry James who grew up at the East Neuk pub. Henry’s swim shorts brand Henri James, Savills and The Ship Inn are joint organisers.

Proceeds from the auction will go to The Sandpiper Trust, an organization that provides immediate medical care in Scotland, particularly in remote areas, through a standardised medical kit called the Sandpiper Bag.

The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition has an interesting ‘tail’ to tale. The label bears an image from 1905 which features 16 if the distillery’s stillmen, along with a collie dog named Fly. The dog was believed to belong to the distillery manager. The photograph was unearthed from the back of a cupboard at the distillery.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Glenturret Distillery, said:

“It seems fitting that our very special Fly’s 16 Masters Edition should be linked to a very special Scot, Gavin Hastings, as well as an extremely worthy charity. Little would those stillmen have known that they would not only inspire their own limited edition malt but be linked to Scotland’s greatest rugby player and, in my opinion, the best fullback in history.”

For more on Fly’s 16 Masters Edition visit shop.thefamousgrouse.com

For more information about Elie Beach Rugby visit the Facebook event here.

Antiquary Care Home staff recognised for Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care

Balhousie Antiquary Care Home staff member, Nancy Ross, has become the first person within Balhousie Care Group to reach ‘dementia skilled level’ in a newly launched program that aims to Promote Excellence in Dementia Care.

Nancy completed all five modules within the programme to reach the level, including; understanding dementia, promoting person and family centred care, promoting health and wellbeing for those with dementia, meeting the needs of a person with dementia who is distressed and supporting and protecting people’s rights.

Yvonne Manson, Balhousie Care Group Dementia Development Lead, commented:

“Nancy is the first person in the organisation to complete all five modules of her individual workbooks and each module has been completed to a high standard. It’s fantastic to see the time she had taken time to reflect fully on what she had learned on our new Dementia Care Program, which was evident in her answers and she should be very proud of this achievement.

Yvonne continued:

“Antiquary have fully embraced the Dementia Care Program and it is clear that the learning is having a positive impact on the care our residents receive. I’m a great believer in workforce development and the positive outcomes it has had throughout Balhousie Care Group.”

Balhousie Antiquary Care Home have a dedicated team committed to promoting excellence in dementia care. Alongside Nancy, Antiquary’s Dementia Ambassadors, Suzi Baxter and Ann-Marie Edwards, have played a fundamental part in ensuring all staff are educated in the latest dementia care plan and best practices, as well as working to make sure the Care Home environment is fully supported to those living with dementia.

To find out more about Balhousie Care Group, visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk