Rotary Shelterbox

Fundraisers overcome distancing challenges to help ease virus risk

Forres Rotary Club is appealing to the public to support their fundraising efforts this weekend to help make a difference to those who have no protection against the global pandemic.  Volunteers will be holding a socially-distanced collection in the Tesco car park in Forres between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 22 August to raise cash … Read more

Public asked to heed guidelines as outdoor leisure facilities re-open

Outdoor leisure facilities in Moray will re-open from Monday 24 August, as confirmed by the First Minister today. Pre-booking of grass pitches, pavilions and astroturf pitches is essential, and can be done by phoning the associated leisure centre, from Monday. The customer responsible for the booking should collect and return keys from the reception, will … Read more

Gemma Stewart, Studio 131, Forres

Gemma fulfills her dream to open a high street nail bar despite lockdown setback

A young woman who fulfilled her dream of having her own nail bar has finally re-opened on the high street after being abruptly shut down by the Covid-19 lockdown. After months of planning, Gemma Stewart opened Studio 131 in Forres in March, but within days, had to close along with many others as the Government … Read more

Nairn Lochloy

Rumours that Aberdeen cluster has reached Moray Coast holiday park are ‘completely false’

Fears that coronavirus has spread to a popular holiday park on the Moray Firth coast from the Aberdeen outbreak have been rejected by the owners as false. Rumours have been circulating that Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, which is operated by Parkdean ‘was in lockdown’. Worried locals contacted us to say they’d heard the park had … Read more

Gordon Brailsford, Mosset Tavern

Forres publican says vigilance is needed to protect health and jobs as well as business

A Forres publican has joined the call from licensed trade chiefs for bar owners and their visitors to learn from the lessons of Aberdeen’s Covid-19 outbreak, after infections continue to rise in the cluster. Gordon Brailsford, the landlord at the Mosset Tavern and Red Lion pubs in Forres, recognised that the vast majority of licensees … Read more

Mobile Covid-19 testing unit re-opens in Moray following Aberdeen outbreak

A mobile Covid-19 testing unit has been re-established in Moray as a precautionary measure following the Covid-19 outbreak ‘cluster’ in Aberdeen. Based at Lossie Green in Elgin, it is one of four test sites that have been setup throughout the NHS Grampian area as the number of confirmed cases in Aberdeen rose to 79 (yesterday) … Read more


How Aberdeen lockdown affects visitors in and out of the city from today

Travellers are advised to avoid Aberdeen after the First Minister put it into lockdown today. In her lunchtime briefing today (5 August), Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that 54 cases of coronavirus have been detected following a ‘cluster’ outbreak in the city. Pubs, cafes and restaurants in Aberdeen have been told to close from 5pm today. People … Read more

The full list of all 21 eateries in the Forres area offering 50% off during August

More the 20 establishments in the Forres area are offering up to 50% off sit-in meals for a month during August. The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme pays a maximum £10 contribution to diners as an incentive to get people into restaurants and cafes after four months of closure. The scheme allows restaurants … Read more

Lockdown: new opening dates, but we’re staying in phase three for now

The First Minister has announced further confirmed and indicative dates for the next stages of the route map out of lockdown today. However, Scotland remains in phase three for now. Changes in the coming weeks will be minimal but the Scottish Government has published indicative dates for further changes. Here’s what you need to know … Read more