Fochabers abuzz with as Speyfest returns

The picturesque village of Fochabers is abuzz with excitement today as the much-loved Speyfest makes its highly anticipated return.  Kicking off this evening, the festival promises an action-packed three days of music and culture, celebrating Scottish and Celtic traditions.  Speyfest Chair Ashleigh Macgregor said: “All of us at Speyfest are so excited to see our … Read more

‘Historic links and critical identity will be lost’ in boundary change – Moray MP Douglas Ross

Moray MP Douglas Ross has expressed his “major disappointment” at the confirmation that the Moray UK constituency will now be split in two at the next General Election.  Douglas who voiced his opposition to the proposals throughout the consultation process says that the final decision by the Boundary Commission for Scotland will ultimately mean “historic … Read more

Twentieth anniversary shows outdoor learning is ‘alive and well’ in Moray

Local youth charity celebrates 20 years of changing lives Lossiemouth-based outdoor learning and adventure charity, Outfit Moray, will be celebrating 20 years of delivering outdoor learning and adventure activities next month (April). The charity was set up in 2003 by Iain Jamieson, a former regional organiser for outdoor education in Grampian. Iain witnessed first-hand the … Read more

Consultant-led obstetric care will return to Dr Gray’s after £6.6m funding announcement

Work to restore consultant-led obstetric care at Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin will proceed following the Scottish Government’s approval of plans to re-establish services. The plan for an integrated maternity service for the North of Scotland, developed jointly by NHS Grampian and NHS Highland, will be backed by up to £6.6 million of Scottish Government … Read more

Council tax to increase by 5%

Moray councillors have today (Wednesday 1 March) agreed to a 5% increase in council tax for 2023/24. This means a Band D property will cost residents £1,430 per year. Scottish Government funding of around £190 million accounts for 80% of the council’s revenue funding. Council Tax makes up a significant portion of the remaining income, … Read more