Spring at Last?

Bowls Club News

The Carpet Bowls Club celebrated the end of a very enjoyable – and successful – bowls year with a final toast to the 2017/18 season.  An exciting Singles Final between club stalwarts Alastair Kininmonth & Jardine Robertson resulted in Alastair lifting the Cup this year.

Fearnan is part of a local league and, although Acharn Bowling Club won the Local League Competition, there was success for Fearnan players with Alastair & Angela Kininmonth winning the Camserney Doubles Open Competition, and John & Lesley Raeburn winning the Croft Na Caber Doubles Competition.

If the idea of helping the club carry off even more prizes next year appeals, why not join them when bowling restarts on the first Monday in October? New members are always welcome.

Quiz Night

The annual Fearnan Quiz Night took place in March and was as popular as ever this year, with over 40 participants competing in teams of 3 or 4. This included a strong contingent from the Molteno Hall Committee in Fortingall.

The event was held as a fund-raiser for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance and for McLean Hall funds.  The ticket price included an excellent supper which was quickly consumed before the quizzing began.

Elaine had prepared 6 rounds of tricksy questions to stretch everyone’s brains – two rounds of general knowledge, and one each of music, geography, literature & books, and a picture round.

The winning team was Dolan and Sue Dolan-Betney and Brian and the Rev Anne Brennan. Well done to them!

The evening raised £320, which was divided equally between the SCAA and Hall funds.  A really good result for all those put in the hard work to make it happen. (The Hall Committee plan to put their share towards the cost of the kitchen renovation.)

If you missed the event but would like to try your hand at a few questions, here’s a Quick Quiz taken from the questions on the night (answers at the end of the blog, but no prizes this time round).

  1. Trapdoor, false violin and funnel-web are all types of what?
  2. Who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England?
  3. Which modern city started life as New Amsterdam?
  4. Which English town was nicknamed ‘Little Scotland”?
  5. Who created the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey?
  6. In the early days of Penguin paperback books, mystery and crime novels were associated with what sleeve colour?


Coffee Morning

The April Coffee Morning fell in Easter week and, not surprisingly, there was something of an Easter theme going on.  (Slightly less seasonal was the overnight fall of snow but the rather quirky, grinning snowmen who popped up as a result gave us something to smile at on the way to the hall.)



As is often the case, Sheila had an appropriate pair of socks for the occasion.

If the Blog might be permitted an observation, it is that it’s one thing to wear your heart on your sleeve, but wearing your chicks on your socks is quite another.

Also attending the Coffee Morning was Jill Davies, who is a Rural Wisdom Development Worker for Aberfeldy and the surrounding areas.

IMG_5317Jill (seen on the left with Jo and Pat) is organising an event to promote networking between different village organisations to showcase examples of some of the things that are happening in communities.

Our Chair, Sue Dolan-Betney, has been invited to speak about the FVA at the event.

The next Coffee Mornings are on Tuesday 8th May and Tuesday 5th June at 10.30 in the village hall.


Some news on the Broadband front is that Bogons, who provide a wireless internet service to some customers in the village, have announced that they are upgrading the service to run up to 10 times faster than at present (currently around 9Mb/s).

At the moment, the network is fed from Pitlochry, some 40km away, which imposes distance and power limits on the service in Loch Tay.  The new link, which will come from a site in Killin, should be operational this summer.

In addition, Bogons are working on a new site at Acharn which will extend coverage to the north side of the loch from Fearnan to Kenmore, and the south side from Kenmore to Acharn.

Spring Time in Fearnan

It’s becoming a bit of a Spring tradition that Fearnan Blog readers get a quick peek into the lambing sheds at Ewetopia, courtesy of Peter and his camera (and, of course, with the kind permission of sheep farmer, Alastair Kininmonth).  This year is no exception and here is a little selection to gladden your heart!


Quick Quiz Answers

Spiders, Anne Boleyn, New York, Corby, Dorothy L Sayers, Green.

About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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