Forres schools will be ‘buzzing’ as Bee Safe campaign highlights new safety rules

A teacher has been a ‘busy bee’ designing new signs to make schools in Forres a safer place when the new term starts next month (August). The launch of the ‘Bee Safe in Moray’ campaign by Moray Council will mean that a new logo will appear on signs throughout all school buildings identifying hand washing … Read more

Furlough freedom helps Forres photographer raise cash for charity

A photographer who dreams of making a living taking pictures of people has been getting creative with his lockdown time. Ryan Macpherson (37) was furloughed from his job in road construction, which meant he had more time on his hands for following his passion for taking pictures. However, with social distancing measures in place, he … Read more

Catering assistant Marie Fraser

Groups to share in £448,000 fund to help feed isolated and vulnerable

A new communities food fund has been established by Moray Council to help local groups support the most vulnerable in their communities with food supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is part of a package of measures being introduced by the Scottish Government’s £70 million as a response to food security issues. Moray Council … Read more

Baker ‘brings the bread home’ as lockdown keeps customers away from shops

A Forres business owner who has lost three-quarters of his retail trade in the coronavirus lockdown has decided if his customers can’t come to him, then he will go to them. Maclean’s Highland Bakery, based at the Greshop Industrial Estate, supplies its four shops and other retailers with bread, biscuits and pies and is well-established … Read more

Scotland the Brave

Forres pipers called to honour key workers with mass rendition of Scotland the Brave

As thousands of people across the country are getting ready to ‘clap for carers’ at 8pm tonight (Thursday 2 April), pipers from Forres are invited to tune up from home and play along. The call comes from The National Piping Centre in Glasgow, and with tonight’s dry skies, could potentially make for the biggest mass … Read more

Kinloss hangar could become mortuary as council plans for worst-case scenario

As the area registered its biggest increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day, it has emerged that an aircraft hangar at a former RAF base could be put to use as a mortuary if the need arises. Moray Council has been granted permission to use an empty aircraft hangar at Kinloss Barracks … Read more

RAF Puma helicopters arrive at Kinloss to support MACA

RAF Pumas fly into Kinloss to help in battle against coronavirus outbreak

Three RAF Puma helicopters flew into Kinloss Barracks today from RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire to support the battle against Covid-19. The Pumas, which can carry up to 16 passengers or two tonnes of cargo, will work closely with a Chinook and a Wildcat helicopter based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, to meet any … Read more

Householders told ‘keep your rubbish’ as council suspends recycling service

Householders in Forres will have to store their recyclable waste at home as Moray Council suspends the collection of recycling bins until further notice. The council say that suspending recycling collections will have the least impact on householders and council waste operations, and allow them to focus on delivering critical public services during the emergency … Read more