Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Comrie PH6 2JE
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre is a great day out for all the family. There are over 70 species of animals from albino wallabies, meerkats and lemurs to native red deer and wild cats. The hatchery with its baby and small animals section offers animal handling and daily hatchings of chicks and ducklings throughout the spring and summer.
There is also an indoor soft play area and play barn, outdoor play park, crazy golf, pony rides in the summer months, various walks, falconry and fishery, gift shop Torlum Coffee Shop.
This 3 star (Visit Scotland) attraction is suitable for all the family, whether you want to visit all the animals, hold baby chicks, rabbits and tortoises in the hatchery or just come and have a coffee and bite to eat in the Torlum Coffee Shop with its spectacular views over the Perthshire hills, there is truly something for everyone.
The Mountain View Coffee Shop can be visited independently from the centre and serves snacks, lunches, cakes, coffees, teas, ice creams and soft drinks and during the months of July, August and early September offers early suppers from 4pm to 7pm daily.
Separate entrance fees apply to the falconry and fishery.
Comrie Allotments Association
Update July 2016
2009 – 2016
The Comrie Allotments Association was formed and formally constituted on 28th of August, 2008 and currently hold a lease with the Comrie Development Trust until the 31st March 2024. A set of simple rules are in place and were drawn up under the initial guidance of the CDT and the agreement of the CAA, these are now reviewed and changed only by the Committee and the CAA members at the Annual General Meeting.
There are 30 full plots, some of which have been turned into half plots, plus the “Comrie in Colour” Poly tunnel which is plot 31.
Despite the different weathers of the recent years, canny plot holders of Comrie have still managed to produce some plentiful crops of most kinds of vegetables.
With 19 full plots and 22 half plots, an allotment becomes vacant on a regular basis, mainly due to people moving home, health reasons or occasionally just a loss of interest.
If you are a Comrie resident with a Comrie Post Code and wish to apply, you can join the waiting list which is operated on a strict rotation basis. If you have an email address, you will then be able to follow developments at the allotments site via the regular news letter.
Once successful you will be given a Welcome Pack and shown the facilities of the site. These include 5 stand pipes and hoses for watering your allotment on the occasions when it has not rained. In hut 106 there is a mains toilet and wash hand basin with hot water, a kitchen with Kettle, Microwave, sink with hot water and free tea or coffee (No milk for obvious reasons).
Join the Allotments Association Mailing List and receive news by email. To join the mailing list and receive the latest updates via email, please contact a member of the Committee below.
The Allotment Association is currently in the process of renovating both huts 106 and 107 and bringing them up to a “better” standard, work is already in progress on the interior of 106 with the toilet completed (awaiting new floor covering) the kitchen 75% finished and now working on the entrance hall and hall way.
The second stage will be the replacement of the windows and front door, the third stage is the outside which will mean the replacement of the front stonework of both huts and some attention to the roof. The forth stage is hut 107 which is in need of all the above and some more.
The Committee is looking at a period of 18 months (perhaps longer) and subject to finance, a Grant is not being looked at as the Association prefer to spend the money on an ‘as can afford’ basis.
Fund raising is an important part of the Committee’s and plot holder’s requirement in order to keep rents down to as low as possible. When available, we try to have a produce day sale where we sell all excess produce to the village with the plot holders selling teas, coffee and cakes to the public from hut 107.
However, our biggest (and hardest) event is providing teas/coffee and food for the runners and spectators of the Strathearn Harriers Marathon run, this year being their 5th and biggest run the Association had to provide for 170 Runners, 60 Marshals together with families and spectators. Our duties start at around 7.30am and finish between 3pm and 4pm, knowing that all have been fed and watered and happy judging by the comments received on the day.
Committee Members 2016 – 2017
Chairperson:- Marilyn Fearn Plot 2
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Vice Chairperson:- Zandra Black Plot 13A
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Treasure:- Eddie Harkins Plot 16A
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Secretary:- Zandra Black Plot 13A
Committee Member:- Chris Dowse Plot 25
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Committee Member:- Helen Buchan Plot 24
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Committee Member:- Malcolm Gregory Plot 11B
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Comrie Bowling Club
Comrie Bowling Club, which was founded in 1956, is situated in Camp Road, Comrie. Visitors are welcome to the Green whenever it is open.
Season: Mid-April to the end of September
Opening Hours: 11.00 am to dusk (weather permitting)
Our Club Fees are now £75 per annum with the cost of a locker being £5.
New members for this year will only have to pay £40 annual fee.
West Perthshire League Winners 1980
Spencer Trophy Winners 2007 and 2008
Whitelaw Trophy Winners 1972 and 2004
The Bowling Club had its first In House Competition on Sunday 8th May Congratulations to the the winners of the McInnes Triples – Malcolm Howie, Honora Sasse and Alex Killin
Sunday 6th June – The club played the McCartney Two Bowl Pairs
It was a lovely day playing in the sun shine many bowlers dressed in the clubs new colourful shirts. The winners were Ewan McIntyre and Gordon McCartney
Comrie Bowling Club held its Annual Charity Day inviting Triple Teams from other Clubs to join in our Competition, a total of 19 teams entered and after a full day the semi final was between Callander and Crieff. It’s was a very close game with Callander winning by a fine margin.
The combined entry fee and raffle came to the grand total of £941.00 which will be divided between CHAS and the CoCo Bus. We wish to thank all members that contributed to refreshments and raffle prizesClub Secretary
53 Tay Avenue
Tel. 01764 670599
Comrie’s Famous Flambeaux Event
Whilst the origins of this ancient custom are lost in the mists of time, the tradition is maintained by local voluntary effort. Each Hogmanay as midnight is announced by the bells of Big Ben the Flambeaux are lit. The torches, consisting of long thick birch poles with tarred rags tightly bound to the tops, are paraded around the village preceeded by the pipe band and followed by a fancy dress parade.
Once the procession returns to Melville Square prizes are presented to the best Fancy Dress competitors and then the torches are cast over the Dalginross Bridge into the waters of the River Earn. This is supposed to signify the casting out of evil spirits.
Many of the villagers follow this on with the custom of ‘First Footing’ which usually involves a dfferent type of spirit entirely!
6.30 Children’s Fancy Dress Parade at the White Church
7.15’ish Fireworks at the Boulevard
Midnight Flambeaux Parade
The Flambeaux event this year will be more or less as it was last year ie children’s fancy dress parade in the White Church at 6.30. There will be a fireworks display again at the Boulevard just after the children’s parade which will be about 7.15pm
Thereafter the main parade will commence with the lighting of the Flambeaux at midnight and setting off from Melville Square on the usual route round the village.
We encourage folks to dress up to join the parade with topical Fancy Dress and small scale floats or carrying items to show off their fancy dress.
This event has changed little for as long as anyone can remember. There have been small changes due policing and health and safety issues and also the fireworks are relatively new, but we do try to keep it as traditional as possible.
The Flambeaux Committee hope this is of help to you and that you will be joining with us in the Hogmanay celebrations.
The Comrie Fortnight is an annual festival held in the village annually on the last week in July and the first week in August. The Comrie Fortnight was originally started by Jack Elliot and Mrs Palmer, in the late 1960’s, to coincide with the traditional Glasgow Trades Fortnight. Scotland has local holidays at various times of the year, (eg September) and also trade fairs fortnight. Edinburgh’s is the first two weeks in July, Glasgow’s is the 3rd and 4th weeks in July.
The traditional has evolved over the years and the festival now runs a whole range of activities from competitions to outings, from dances to the parade ensure that there is something to suit everybody.
The final day of the Fortnight consists of a float parade through the village to the Laggan Park where an afternoon of fun events takes place.
The booking office opens in the White Church on Saturday, June 23.
Saturday 23rd July: 2pm-4pm.
Sunday 24th July to Thursday 4th August: 10am-noon & 2pm-4pm
For all the latest news please visit the Comrie Fortnight Facebook page
Comrie Golf Club, founded in 1891, is one of the most picturesque and senic courses in the country, and the current 9 hole layout was designed by James Braid, who won the Open Championship 5 times in the early 1900s.
Situated on the Laggan Braes at the eastern end of the village, the course makes full use of the natural topography, and all the holes are of interest. There are wonderful views from the course over the village and the surrounding Perthshire hills, and it is always kept in beautiful condition. We frequently receive letters expressing thanks for the friendly welcome and congratulations on the superb upkeep of the course.
Situated just 20 minutes from Gleneagles, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup, the course has nurtured many good players over the years, including former Curtis Cup golfer Carly Booth, who now plays on the Ladies European Tour, and her brother Wallace, a former Walker Cup and Challenge Tour professional.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, you will find a warm welcome and Comrie will not disappoint. We offer free club hire to visitors without their own equipment; trolleys and golf buggies are available too. After your round, enjoy the excellent catering by our award winning chef Bill McGuigan.
The clubhouse is open daily from 9am to 4pm (April – September), and non golfers are welcome to use the facilities too – why not call in for a delicious cup of coffee and a bite to eat?
We look forward to seeing you.
Comrie Golf Club
Many congratulations to Comrie in Colour – Congratulation on another fantastic win and acknowledgement for all your hard work! Comrie is so proud of your achievements !
Here is a wee report from Muriel Gregory of Comrie in Colour:
Last week was the awards ceremony at the Beach Ballroom Aberdeen and we were there to receive our awards. This year we came away with GOLD in the Large Village Category and were even more surprised to pick up the category for Community Involvement Award.
So to everybody who helped ,’Thank you ‘ for helping Comrie win these awards.
Wednesday 11th September sees us at the Take a Pride in Perthshire awards.
The Judges said the following …
‘The first thing to catch your eye in Comrie are the stunning hanging baskets filled with begonia which are saved and stored for the next season. Throughout the village there are containers and beds brimming over with colour. There is variety of planting in the many beds and containers. The four themed beds at Mid Square have a well-chosen range of shrubs, perennials, annuals,herbs and vegetable. Cultybraggan,the group’s base, housed the polytunnel to grow the summer planting, vegetable and herbs assisted by young adults with additional needs. The allotments and fruit tree area are well maintained and productive. Comrie Primary School has a variety of growing areas and is a role model for other schools.’
Now we just have to wait till Wednesday for the Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards.
If anyone has some spare time and would like to come along and help us on a Monday or Thursday afternoon contact Muriel Gregory 01764 670 493 – no experience necessary.
Comrie Pipe Band was formed in the 1920’s. One of the prime movers behind the band was Mr. Alexander McGregor who headed a Committee which raised funds to provide uniforms for those who could not buy their own and also to pay for the equipment.
The band plays at many functions throughout Perthshire.
Anyone interested in joining please follow the link to the Comrie Pipe Band website or check out our Facebook page.