LentranKirktonClunesReeligInchberryKirkhillInchmoreEnglishton Muir DrumchardineAltnacardichNewtonhillKnockbainBunchrewCabrich LentranKirktonClunesReeligInchberryKirkhillInchmoreEnglishton Muir DrumchardineAltnacardichNewtonhillKnockbainBunchrewCabrich LentranKirktonClunesReeligInchberryKirkhillInchmoreEnglishton Muir DrumchardineAltnacardichNewtonhillKnockbainBunchrewCabrich LentranKirktonClunesReeligInchberryKirkhillInchmoreEnglishton Muir DrumchardineAltnacardichNewtonhillKnockbainBunchrewCabrich Spring 2010 Read it first online at www.kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk
Ian Weir, Groam Farm, Kirkhill 831750 Chris Heaton-Armstrong, Kirkhill 831779 Ally MacNeill, Tigh Cala, 4 Newtonhill 831339 Fred Geddes, Newtonhill 831324 Cameron Kemp, West Altnaceardaich, Lentran 831552 Karen Young, Glen Rowan, Bunchrew 234128 Iain Urquhart, 58 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831278 Ian Cowan, Tigh-na-Beithe, Kirkhill 831344 Caroline Crawford, Gardener’s Cottage, Achnagairn, Kirkhill 831503 Arthur Lacey, 26 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831785 Secretary Jim Ogilvie, 22 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831316
In this issue Kirkhill Parish in 1871 -
George Geddes shares his research p3
£10,000 lottery win for park - p4
Crannog is published four times a year by
Kirkhill & Bunchrew Community Council. The next meetings are 13 April, 18 May and 22 June. All meetings of the community council are usually held in the Old North Inn on a Tuesday evening at 7.30 and are open to members of the public. If you have any concerns you would like raised please come along or alternatively speak to one of the councillors.
Gala week gets a makeover for 2010
New date for Gala day 5 June Get the date in your diary - this year’s gala week and gala day are in for a bit of a makeover with some new ideas to make things fun for the whole community this June. The change of date should make things easier for all the Highland Cross runners who often miss out on the Saturday finale, as well as avoiding other popular events like the Marymas Fair in Inverness. Plans for the Gala itself include a craft fair all around the field. If you’re interested in taking a stall or getting involved contact Lorraine MacLeod 831465, and book early, it’s going to be busy! And with live music all day, this promises to be a Gala to remember - with the return of the Gala
Dance with Torridon providing the music. There will be the usual prize draw - with one of the top prizes already announced - a Family ticket for Belladrum donated by Joe Gibb. Already coming are: Highland & Islands Fire & Rescue Service, Highland dancers, line dancers, a display of birds and ferrets, Angel Card readings, Teddy himself, courtesy of local firm Teddy Mountain. And....there will be Angel card readings, Children’s Art Gallery, Archery, Kick Boxing Display, Kids Shinty final, Beat the Goalie, Inflatable’s, Target Golf, Village Market, Fancy Dress Footie. So if you’re thinking of a great day out for all the family, there’s plenty going on!
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A cup of tea, cake, a natter, shopping and doing good Interested? Why not come down to the Kirkhill Market. Generally at 10.00 – 12.00 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month in the school – coming dates below. Enjoy tea, coffee and a choice of home baked cakes served with a smile and available at reasonable prices to raise funds for the school. Free refills of tea and coffee. A good chance to catch up on the local gossip and meet your friends! The mainstay of the Market is the food stall run by the REAL
Food project selling fresh vegetables, bakery goods, cheeses, eggs and locally reared meat. There are also usually stalls selling locally grown flowers for the garden, locally made craft goods, second hand books etc. In conjunction with the market there will often be jumble sales, and other events organised by the school.
to provide youngsters with opportunities for personal development, work experience and community involvement by linking enterprise activities to the curriculum.
REAL Food (Real Education Active Lives) is a market garden based social enterprise established in Inverness High School
For further information on the market or if you’re interested in having a stall at the market please contact George Hogg, Kirkhill & Bunchrew Community Trust on 831674
Kirkhill Market will be on in the school at 10-12.00 on: 27 March; 10 & 24 April; 8 & 22 May; and, 12 & 26 June.
Poppy appeal Congratulations to all in Kirkhill for raising a fantastic £330.87 towards last year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal. Particular thanks goes to those who gave up their time to sell the poppies.
Kirkhill’s got talent 2009 Dear Community, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all who came along for supporting the show. I recently met with my fellow organisers to make decisions about how we were going to distribute the amazing sum of £2000 that we raised from the shows. The monies raised will be distributed as follows: FIRST RESPONDERS - £300; KIRKHILL COMMUNITY PARK - £350 ;KIRKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL - £350; KIRKHILL BEAVERS - £150; KIRKHILL CUBS - £150; WRI - £250 (To provide an outing or party for the senior citizens); ANIMATION CLUB - £100; KIRKHILL YOUTH CLUB - £150; KIRKHILL GREENFINGERS GROUP - £100; BEAULY BROWNIES - £100 Kirkhill’s got talent 2010 will be towards the end of the year so lots of time to get your acts ready! If you are interested in taking part there will be a meeting for those interested, watch the local notice boards for information in the next few months Helena Stewart
Senior Citizens’ Bowling Club The Senior Citizens’ Bowling Club held their Pairs competition (Norman Williamson Trophy) on 3 February. Winners were David Birkbeck and Dite Sinclair.
Runners up were Norma Scrimgeour and John Dingwall. For new members or more information contact Madda Georgeson 831521
FIRST CHOICE DECORATIONS PAINTING DECORATING WALLPAPERING TILING PLASTERING 2
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Kirkhill Parish in 1871
Thanks to George Geddes for sharing his research Census information, that is the national collection of data about the population, has been undertaken every ten years in Scotland since 1801, with the exception of 1941. The records, held at the General Record Office and online at ‘Scotland’s People’ (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/), hold a wealth of information useful to anyone interested in family or social history. They are most commonly used as a source of genealogical information and so are difficult to research by address without consulting the originals. As part of an ongoing archaeological research project, I have copied and digitised the 1871 census for the parish of Kirkhill, which covers 1341 people in 324 households. This census records the address of an occupied house and the number of rooms with a window, and then the details of the occupants on the date it was visited – name, age, occupation, birth parish and county, and relationship to the head of the household. My own interest is in relating census records to the archaeological remains of abandoned 18th and 19th century crofts and farmsteads, many of which survive in the upper reaches of the parish. This has been made easier since the first Ordnance Survey of the area, published in 1876, is now available online at the National Library of Scotland (http://www.nls.uk/maps/ os/6inch/index.html). The census is also a fascinating insight into the population of the area 139 years ago touching on a number of salient themes which are fascinating to anyone born or brought up in the area. For example, about 77% of the
population were born in Inverness-shire with about 45% born in the parish of Kirkhill and 22% with the surname Fraser. A few individuals were born outside Scotland, one each in Guyana, East Indies, Holland, India, Australia and France, and less than ten in England. Although this census doesn’t record it, the majority of people would have been Gaelic speakers. The largest houses included Moniack Castle, Achnagairn, Lentran, Reelig, Kirkhill Manse and Clunes House (now demolished), all of which had over 20 rooms with a window, but 60% of people lived in houses with two or less rooms with a window. 54% of the population were women, and about 55% of the population was less than 30 years old. The most common occupations were in agriculture and domestic service, and over 250 of the 380 men over the age of 18 were employed in some form of farming. Although there were a number of small tenant farms and crofts (25 men are recorded as crofters), the majority of the area was split into larger farms, of which the largest was Inchberry at 600 acres. More unusual occupations included ferryman, mole catcher, salmon fisher, engine driver, and policeman. Copies of the MS database covering the whole 1871 census can be requested from george. email@example.com. Information on individual archaeological sites and historic buildings can be found at Scotland’s Places (http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/) and, in more detail at RCAHMS (http://www. rcahms.gov.uk/).
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People’s Postcode Lottery grant puts £10,000 swing in park group’s step Exciting news from the Community Park Group of the Community Trust– we have received a grant of £10,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery towards a set of swings for babies and toddlers and a new toddler slide!
Caroline Crawford 831503 email@example.com or Lindsey Stout 831642
The Paths and Transport Group is awaiting the outcome of a funding application from the Climate Challenge Fund for surveys of two sections of the main A862 to see where off-road paths could be created. The sections we’re looking at are Bunchrew - Clachnaharry and Dunballoch - Brockie’s corner. The eventual aim is to create an off-road option all the way from Beauly to Clachnaharry, but the scale of the task means we will have to look at it in instalments. We really need more people to get involved in this work, so if you’re interested contact Aileen Armstrong 831558 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Park Group has already raised around £1,500, which includes a very generous and much appreciated donation of £350 from Kirkhill’s Got Talent, and so we are now very close to our target of £12,500. We are working towards raising the rest of the money we need to go ahead with the project, and are liaising with the Highland Council to get the project underway as quickly as possible. We will be continuing to fundraise locally for this project, and hope that you will continue to support us. For more information please contact
The next Litter Pick organised by the Environment Group of
Chiropodist John L. Stott
the Trust will be on Saturday 8 May, and we’re hoping to make it a chance for everyone to get involved in other tidy-up projects in and around Kirkhill. Any suggestions or offers of help to Erik Lundberg 831742 email@example.com The Woodland Group of the Trust is holding an open day in Reelig Wood on 17 April. This was originally planned for 2 January but we decided 12 inches of fresh snow was not the ideal environment! Work parties continue in the wood until early May so it’s not too late to get involved…contact Annie Griffiths 831600 firstname.lastname@example.org Finally, the Annual General Meeting of the Community Trust is in Kirkhill Primary School on Monday 19 April at 7.30pm. We have invited a speaker from Kil-
Saturday 17 April 2010 Step into springtime and explore upper Reelig wood with us. Meet at Reelig Glen Car Park 10.30am Hot drinks, cakes and biscuits - and a chance to see what the Trust has been doing. tarlity Community Council to talk about their experience of campaigning against the BeaulyDenny pylon upgrade. Now that upgrade has been approved by Scottish Ministers, are we next in line for giant pylons? All who live in the Crannog area are very welcome to attend and George Hogg on email@example.com or 831674 is the contact for anything to do with the AGM or work of the Community Trust more generally.
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Highland dancing success Congratulations to these local highland dancers on their successes in recent exams: Caroline Dunthorne, Gemma MacIver, Ross MacIver, Martin Edwards, Lauren MacInnes, Victoria Edwards, Melissa Fife and Katie Wright.
For more information about the Fraser School of Highland Dancing which meets in the community centre in Kirkhill from 2.30pm every Friday for preschool onwards, contact 01463 729477
TO AN OPEN MEETING ON THURSDAY 1 APRIL AT 7.30PM IN KIRKHILL COMMUNITY HALL GILLI ALLINGHAM OF the really garlicky company IN NAIRN IS COMING TO GIVE US A TALK AND DEMONSTRATION. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OPPORTUNITYTO BUY SOME REALLY GARLICKY PRODUCTS “Glen and Gilli Allingham are the only UK growers of Porcelain garlic. Gilli Allingham is a Cordon Bleu cook; Glen is a farmer, committed to supplying high quality produce to Gilli’s exacting standards.” the really garlicky company, www.reallygarlicky.co.uk ALL WELCOME. ADMISSION BY DONATION
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Kirkhill (7th Inverness) Beaver Scouts Kirkhill Beavers meet every Tuesday night (5.15pm - 6.15pm) in the Community Centre during term time and we currently have a lively group of 18 young Beavers between the ages of 6 8 years. At the end of this term Evelyn, our Beaver Leader is leaving and this leaves us with just one leader. As we cannot run Beavers with one leader we may face closure unless we can find an Assistant Beaver Leader. Scouting offers the chance for adventure and new opportunities and is open to adults of any age group. If you or someone you know has an hour to spare each week, is enthusiastic and enjoys working with adults and young people, please contact Mairi MacDonald 831116 or Sandra Hogg, Group Scout Leader 831674.
Thanks for reading
The next issue - Summer 2010 - the Gala edition - will be out in late May - deadline for contributions 14 May to accommodate the earlier Gala. If you have any news, views or adverts (only £10 for a quarter page or £35 for four issues!) Crannog Editor Alison Hay, 1 Groam Court, Kirkhill IV5 7NW tel@ 01463 831042 We desperately need help with writing, editing, producing and delivering Crannog. We rely on volunteers to keep things lively and to share the workload. If you can help contact Alison Hay or (for delivery) Ken MacColl 831617