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Cinderella – The Pantomime! It's that time again. Come and support the local pantomime in aid of the highland hospice at Phipps hall, Beauly. Dates and times and prices: Fri 10th December, 7.30pm Adults £7 Children and OAP's £5 Sat 11th December, 2.30pm Adults £6 Children and OAP's £4 Sat 11th December, 7.30pm Adults £7 Children and OAP's £5 Tickets are available from Morisons of Beauly, Robertson's Farm Shop of Beauly and from Liz Hoey (01463 831422)

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Village Market Revival at Kirkhill Primary

The staff of Kirkhill Primary School,Mr Michael Edwards (school janitor) and the Parent Council fundraising committee are jointly to try to revive the Village Market starting in January 2011. The Market will be held on the last Saturday of each month from 10am to mid day. There is hoped to be a wide variety of local food available plus plants, crafts and charity stalls. Tea/ fresh Coffee and home made cakes will be available for refreshments so arrange to meet your friends. Please note the first 3 market dates- Sat 29th Jan, Sat 26th Feb Sat 26th March on your New Year calendar and come along to support your local school and your community. Christine M Ford

Community Councillors

Senior Citizens’ Clubs The Kirkhill/Bunchrew Lunch Club meets

on the first Wednesday of each month in the Community Centre at 12 noon. Contact No. Madda Georgeson 831521. The Craft Club is weekly on a Monday 1.30pm – 3pm Contact No. Wilma Williamson 831737 New Members always welcome

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We are currently busy arranging the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party which will take place on Saturday 4th December. Members have recently enjoyed talks about the Caledonian Canal and Mary’s Meals. We have a varied programme for the next few months and new members and visitors are always most welcome. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Kirkhill Community Centre.

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is published four times a year Ian Weir, Groam Farm, Kirkhill 831750 by Kirkhill & Bunchrew Community Council. The next Chris Heaton-Armstrong, Kirkhill 831779 meeting is on 11th January 2011. All meetings of the Ally MacNeill, Tigh Cala, 4 Newtonhill 831339 community council are usually held in the Old North Fred Geddes, Newtonhill 831324 Inn on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm and are open to Cameron Kemp, West Altnaceardaich831552 members of the public. If you have any concerns you Karen Young, Glen Rowan, Bunchrew 234128 would like raised please come along or alternatively Iain Urquhart, 58 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831278 speak to one of the councillors. Ian Cowan, Tigh-na-Beithe, Kirkhill 831344 Caroline Crawford, Gardener’s Cottage,Kirkhill 831503 Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Website Arthur Lacey, 26 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831785 Secretary Jim Ogilvie, 22 Newton Park, Kirkhill 831316

Crannog Newsletter publication information Print period: Quarterly Circulation: 750 copies printed Circulated to households in the Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Council area and selected local businesses including some in the Inverness and Beauly areas Next issue of the Crannog: Beginning of March Advertising deadline: 26th Feb 2011 Editorial deadline: 3rd March 2011 2

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The new look website will be launched in January 2011 at www.kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk. With the launch of the new website will come opportunities for everyone in the community from individuals to groups to contribute their comments, ideas, news and stories onto the website for everyone to view. The Community Trust will be contacting

Crannog contact information If you want to get in touch with the Crannog for the next edition then get in touch with the editorial and advertising team at the following email address: crannog@kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk If you do not have email then please send your comments to: Crannog, 4 Newton Place, Kirkhill


Lovat bridge to get traffic controlling measures by local Councillor Drew Hendry I have welcomed the news that a significant safety issue on the A862 (the old A9) is to be addressed and is scheduled to go ahead early next year. The road continues to pose safety problems to all who use it due to the fact that it is handling a level and type of traffic it simply wasn’t designed for but there are both behavioural and engineering solutions to many of the risks. The work that will take place early in the year is to install both cycle and pedestrian safety areas and traffic lights on the Lovat bridge. This simple work will not affect journey times to any real degree but will slow traffic at a particular “pinch point” in the road and will allow folk who are not in vehicles to cross without fear. At my local surgeries the road safety, and the A862 in particular, have been a constant issue, with each surgery bringing more details of the difficulties at different points. These range from potential or actual damage from pot holes right up to personal connections and experiences of life threatening moments. Your Community Council has also been active in raising these issues and looking for solutions. In addition to expressing these concerns, many of you will know that I have been pushing for new safety measures on the length of the road between Inverness and Beauly, so it was very pleasing for me to get the letter from the Council’s director of Transport, Environmental and Community services to advise me that these concerns had been recognised in relation to the Lovat bridge. It proves that, even in hard times, that money can be found if the case can be made There are many other points on this road that need engineering attention, particularly in relation to drainage to remove a recurring danger from the surface at various points and I am keen to hear of other ideas that we can pursue together. With more construction traffic and the Kessock bridge resurfacing in 2012 likely to add to traffic volumes we will need to keep at the issue until as much as possible is done. Of course, improvements are only half the answer, driver behaviour is the other big danger with impatience and a lack of knowledge or understanding of the road leading to some breathtaking risks by certain road users and no amount of works will make the road completely safe, but it can be safer.

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How to complain if things go wrong? -Trading Standards Article

Advice

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sumers (29/10/2010) You may feel awkward or unsure of how to complain about either faulty goods you have bought or the quality of a service you have received. Sometimes a prompt phone call is all that is needed for the business or retailer to take note of your complaint and sort out the problem for you. However taking those initial steps can be difficult and daunting for some consumers. Here are a few tips on how to complain effectively about unsatisfactory goods or services. If you are making your initial complaint by telephone, then get pre-

your complaint and you have to go to court. * Be clear about what it is that you want and check out your consumer rights beforehand. * Make a note of what you want to say BEFORE you make that call. For example:

bought along with a brief description. * Keep copies of any letters you send. Don’t send original documents - send photocopies. * Say where and when you bought the item - or when the service was

* It is always a good idea to keep track of how your particular complaint is progressing. List what has happened, with date’s time and contact names in a notebook. This will be an easier record to review as

Consumers who find themselves in dispute with a business or trader can initially seek further advice and assistance from Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or by email through Con-

“I am calling about a kettle that I bought from your store yesterday which has developed a fault. Can you help me with this matter?” * During your conversation with the business also take a note of the time and date of your call and get the name of the person who will be dealing with your complaint. *

Even if the trader

Keep copies of any letters you send. Don’t send original documents - send photocopies. pared beforehand remember to:

and

* Have any receipts or other documents handy which identify the goods or your contract. Take particular note of contract/ invoice numbers or reference numbers which identify the goods or services you have bought.

or business agrees to put matters right, always follow up your phone call with a letter and keep a copy for your records. When

putting

your

done - and how much it cost * Explain what is wrong, any action you’ve already taken, to whom you spoke and what happened * Say what you

and when required and should help you to jog your memory when you are discussing your problem with either the trader or business or an advice

Say what you want done to remedy the situation - for example, a refund or repair, or the job done again without charge

* Keep your evidence safe. You may want to take photos or a video of either faulty goods or a shoddy service that you have received. This important evidence can be reproduced later, if you are unable to resolve

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complaint in writing remember to: * Keep the letter brief and to the point use bullet points * Remember to put in any reference numbers you may have such as invoice numbers or account reference numbers that can identify the goods or services you have

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want done to remedy the situation - for example, a refund or repair, or the job done again without charge * Send the letter recorded/special delivery so you can check your letter has been received or send the letter with proof of posting from the post office.

agency. Some traders and businesses are also members of a trade association and offer advice and conciliation services to the public. If you have a concise record of your complaint you may find this easier to refer to such bodies, if necessary.

sumer Direct website. Consumer Direct also provide useful template letters for members of the public to download. Advice and information can be viewed or downloaded from the Consumer Direct website at: www.consumerdirect.gov.uk http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk Alternatively consumers can also visit or write to Highland Trading Standards, 38 Harbour Road, Inverness IV1 1UF. For further Highland Trading Standards news please go to www.highland.gov.uk/ tradingstandardsnews w w w. h i g h l a n d . g ov. uk/tradingstandard-


Stagecoach Bus Service. Inchmore School Canteen Since the closure of the Inchmore School the can- I have heard some complaints about the local bus teen has been rented from the Council to Canteen Productions for the use of the community, primarily for the panto production but also to any non-profit organisation or group. The canteen has been regularly used and maintained by several sewing, tapestry and associated groups since the last panto in 2006. Sadly, this use is coming to an end in December this year when the groups are moving (see advertisement for ‘Patches Corner’ in this issue of Crannog). The Canteen Productions group would like to retain the use of the hall for the community and in order to do this is looking for any other group or individual within the area who may wish to use the hall on a regular basis. Please contact either Alan Humphries, Chairman, on email crannog@kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk; by phone 831396 or by contacting Mrs Cris Ford, Treasurer, at Kirkhill Primary School for more information.

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service and I am seeking the views of residents in the area who use the bus service to get to and from work , school or college. Please comment on the fare structure and on the times the buses operate and the reliability of the service provided. I have asked for a representative of the bus company to attend our January meeting so please forward any comments or complaints to myself before the next meeting which is on January 11th. You can contact me at 22 Newton Park or by email kirkhill@msn.com or by phone on 831316. Jim Ogilvie Secretary Kirkhill & Bunchrew Community Council.

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Church Of Scotland Greetings message from the new folks at Wardlaw Manse in Kirkhill

My name is Kobus Smit and I was inducted into the vacant charge of Kiltarlity and Kirkhill Church of Scotland parishes on Friday, 17 September 2010 at Wardlaw Church. I am married to Louisa, and we live at the Wardlaw Manse in Kirkhill. We first came to Scotland in January 2010 when it was very snowy and cold. I became a Locum Minister at Tongue in Sutherland upon our arrival, and then served in a similar capacity at Thornhill in Dumfries before taking up my present position.

Kobus and Louise Smit

I was born in Fraserburg ( named after a Scottish minister and immigrant, Rev. Colin Fraser ) and grew up on a sheep farm in the same district in the Great Karoo. I am the eldest of 4, and my brother is also a minister of religion. Louisa was born in the Eastern Cape in a little village called Addo as one of 11 children. She is the 2nd youngest.

I taught for 2 years at the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the Alexandria High School (history and geography). I have served two congregations in South Africa: Buffelsrivier ( East London ) from January 1983 until June 1988, and Still Bay from July 1988 until September 2005. I ran my own property company from 2006 - 2009 in Mossel Bay ( SA ). We have been married for 35 years now. We have 4 children, all married, and 3 grandchildren. Our eldest daughter ( pre primary teacher ) lives in Cape Town, and our second daughter ( graduated nurse )  lives in Pretoria. The two boys ( twins ) are both architects and work for one firm in Windhoek ( Namibia ). Photography is my passion ( landscapes ) and my photos are published internationally in magazines, books and newspapers, calendars like Country Life, Practical Photography, Getaway, Landbou Weekblad, Inverness Courier, Northern Times, etc. . A photograph I took of the Smoo Cave at Durness is on the front cover ( and January ) of the 2011 Northern Times calendar. I have won Country Life (South Africa) photography competition 3 times in two years, and have just achieved 3rd place in Beautiful Britain Magazine’s competition. Louisa is very fond of patchwork and working with children. I am very excited working in the Kirkhill and Kiltarlity parishes, and both Louisa and I have been overwhelmed by the Highland hospitality that has been shown to us since we arrived by the people in both parishes. Louisa and I extend a very open welcome to anyone to drop by the Wardlaw Manse and have a cup of tea, or coffee, with Louisa and me at any time. We would very willing to visit you in your own home for a cup of tea and a chat if you are unable to get out and about. We can be contacted on 831 662, or by e-mail kobus.smit1951 @ gmail.com Wardlaw Church in Kirkhill is presently putting together plans to refurbish the interior of the Church to make the building more flexible and accommodating to the community as a whole in Kirkhill. Our plans include a new heating system, removing the pews and replacing with chairs, a new disabled toilet and a new kitchen area. Whilst these plans are being processed by all the necessary authorities, we are busy raising funds to pay for the £120k project. A joint team from the Kiltarlity and Kirkhill Churches are attending Kirkhill Primary School every Tuesday afternoon in term time to meet with Primary 1 to 3 children. The team use an educational tool called “Open the Book” to make the stories contained in the Bible come alive and meaningful in the present day. This is our second year of this project and we thank Chris Ford for giving us this opportunity. On the children theme, Margaret Birkbeck runs the Sunday School for children attending primary schools every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Wardlaw Church. Flora Morrison heads up the Sunday School for those who attend Secondary School, and they meet in the Wardlaw Manse most Sundays during term time at 10:30 a.m. Everybody is most welcome to join us at Wardlaw Church on a Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Church Christmas period starts with the first Sunday of Advent on Sunday, 28 November. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and everyone is most welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and fellowship after the Service. Kirkhill Primary School is holding its annual Christmas Carol service at Wardlaw Church on Sunday, 12 December 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m. For the third year running, our Candles and Carol Service will be held on Sunday, 19 December at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Rev. Dr. Willis Jones. The “Celestial Choir,” from the Kiltarlity and Kirkhill Churches, led by our organist Mary Robb, will be at the core of this celebratory service. A Christmas Eve service will be held at 11:30 p.m. led by the Church Elders. I wish all the readers of the Crannog a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011.

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7th Inverness (Kirkhill) Scout Group I really enjoy Scouts! I always look forward to Thursday, ( the day Scouts is on.) We play games: British Bull Dogs, Dodge Ball, etc. And we go places, like, Reelig glen and the Swimming Pool... In September we went on a camp to Badaguish, it was really good! We did cycling, walking... and climbing on monkey bars over a pond and falling in! It was really cold at the camp, but we still had loads of fun! If you like the sound of Scouts, then it would be great if you could come! Mairi Strong

Scouts is a place where you can make friends and meet new people, it happens every Thursday night at the Kiltarlity hall at 7:30. I am now a young leader here and I have been here for four years. I have had a great experience here. We have been away a lot - for example in the summer we went on a one night and two day canoeing trip. That was excellent fun - we basically lived off the land. The leaders are really friendly (sometimes) and the food on camp is ok, if you like baked beans. Every few years we have a Belladrum camp that consists of music and activities. Jordan McCord

Scouts is really fun. We get up to loads of stuff, like games, trips to the forest and camps. In March, we went for a ski-ing and snowboarding in the Cairngorms for 2 nights. We stayed in a cosy lodge at Badaguish. After a lot of falling over and hot chocolates, we returned to Aird. We like going cycling at Abriachan and doing night hikes in the dark. It is very fun and exciting and we learn a lot. I encourage people to get their kids to come along on a Thursday night. Samuel Blackhall

Winter / Christmas / Winter exhibition at the Beauly Gallery We continue with our Winter Exhibition featuring many local artists, including Janis Mennie, Fiona Matheson, Esther Armstrong  and Dorothy Francis,  with a few highly sort after works from professional

Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison. Christmas gifts in abundance from local craft makers, including our wonderful Knitted baby bootees from Kay Halliwell. Beaded flowers, table decorations, posies and wreaths from Megan Klaver, plus our traditional range of hand knitted stocking fillers, which are raising funds for the Highland Hospice, prices start from £3.50. Beauly Gallery will as usual be closing shortly after the new year period for one month. Last trading day will be SATURDAY 8th JANUARY 2010. we WILL RE-OPEN TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2011. We would like to wish all our customers, stockists, suppliers and of course artists a fabulous Christmas & a very happy new year! Crannog Winter 2010

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7th Inverness (Kirkhill) Scout Group Kirkhill Scout Group news

Kirkhill Scout Group, or 7th Inverness (Kirkhill) Scout Group to give the Sunday name, held

its AGM at the end of September. We invited family and friends to come along and find out what we’ve been up to in the year and to celebrate the achievements of the young people involved. And what a year it was – Gang Show, ski weekend, canoe trip, the ‘bug man’, pirate camp and sausage sizzle to name but a few activities. Beavers exhibited examples of their work and activities in the hall and cubs and scouts gave presentations of some of their highlights. It was a great night. Read on below for a rundown of each sections activities including some testimonials from the scouts (on next page).

Beavers had a great year. We sadly said goodbye to Evelyn Cochrane as Beaver leader but welcomed Mairi MacDonald

into the role. Lots and lots of badges were achieved, loads of things made and outings enjoyed including to the pantomime and sausage sizzle at Abriachan.

Cubs were active too taking part in lots of outdoor activities. Pretty Aird Scouts (called Aird as they take kids from much anything muddy seems to go down well! Several cubs took part in the Gang Show and nearly all went on a pirate themed camp to Badaguish. This year a raffle raised enough money to include two new activities at camp. The cubs were able to ‘walk on water’ in WOW balls and take part in archery with expert tuition. These were a great hit. The cub annual camp is often the first time some of the children sleep under canvas away from home. It’s a fabulous experience for them and they grow in confidence over the weekend.

a wider area including Kiltarlity and Beauly) are going from strength to strength. Around fifteen young people regularly take part in a range of activities with a focus on outdoor skills and adventure. They’ve been skiing, canoeing, cycling, hiking, and backwoods cooking to name a few activities. The testimonials below from the scouts themselves say it all!

Beaver Scouts are for boys and girls aged six to eight. Contact Beaver Scout Leader Mairi MacDonald 831116 Cub Scouts are for boys and girls aged eight to ten. Contact Cub Scout Leader David Hendry 831114 Scouts are for boys and girls aged ten to fourteen. Contact Scout Leader Paul Whitefoot 831422 8 Crannog Winter 2010


Local Sports News Football Aird Athletic

Youth FC Under 17’s play in the Ross shire Youth League. Last season’s team completed the treble, winning both Cup Finals and the League drawing only one game all season (see photo). The 2011 season starts in April (players born in 1995 and 1996 [some 1997’s may also be considered] are eligible for the U17’s and must either attend Charleston Academy or live in the Kirkhill, Kiltarlity or Beauly areas). Training and selection process will start in January, weather permitting.  We are also trying to assist Muir of Ord Youth FC to re-establish an U15’s side so players born 1997, 98 and 99 that are interested should also register their

Cricket Kirkhill Cricket Club plays

names with the undernoted contact. Training for U15s at the Muir has currently started and is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights. Players from the Kirkhill and Kiltarlity areas that

with the first season being very successful including in the Inverness Welfare taking the scalps of some Cricket league. It’s a form of the well established of 20/20 style where each teams and finishing mid table. However a number team plays 12 x 8 ball overs. We have to use at of players were unavailable last year for various realeast 6 bowlers (max 2 overs each) and the bats- sons and we were unable man has to retire once he’s to fulfil all our fixtures and scored 20 (he can come at the moment it looks much the same, so we back in at the end once need the following:everyone else is out).     Players aged 15 and The 2011 season starts upwards (as long as at the end of April/First you’re  fit to play you’re week in May, all games welcome to come along). are played in Inverness at Fraser Park, Kingsmills even a couple of folk to other than away to Nairn help organise, umpire and or score preferably with and start around 6:15 a knowledge of the game finishing around 8:30 to 9pm, thereafter its back and basic rules. to the Old North Inn for bit   Contact Grant Stewart of banter accompanied by soup, sandwiches and for more information refreshments . This will be on 01463831636 or our third year in the League 07795396660.

represent Muir of Ord at U15 level will be required to revert to Aird Athletic when they are of U17 level. Those from Beauly will have the choice to

play for either Club.   Contact Grant Stewart for more information on 01463831636 or 07795396660.

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Kirkhill & Bunchrew Community Trust Woodland Walk

Feel

like a breath of fresh air after the festive season? The Woodland Group will be organising a guided walk through the Upper Reelig Community wood starting from the Forestry Commission car park at the bottom of Reelig

Glen at 11.00 am on Monday 3rd January. Shouldn’t

take more than an hour or two so still time to hit the sales afterwards! You’ll be led on the walk by members of the woodland group who will be happy to discuss the work of the Group and answer any question you might have. The walk will end up with light refreshments including hot drinks. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and stout footwear. We look forward to seeing you there!

Litter Pick

The community litter pick was once again held on Saturday 13 November – organised by Trust Director Erik Lundberg. A good turnout collected a lot of litter from in and around Kirkhill, although there was a feeling that overall there might have been less than in previous years which is a good sign. Some work was also done on the willow structures in the playpark which are reportedly well used by younger

members of the community. Next litter pick will be held in the Spring.

Woodland work days

The Trust’s woodland group, under the leadership of Trust Director Annie Griffiths, has once again begun its programme of winter works in the Upper Reelig Community Wood. The group meets every second Saturday at 10.00am in Upper Reelig. The next group work day will be Saturday 11 December. If you’re

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interested in helping out – good exercise and company! – then please contact Annie on 831600.

Cycle work

path

cretionary Fund. Once the designs are to hand early in the New Year we’ll start the process of looking for funding to implement the route. Not going to be easy in the current financial climate, but increasing numbers of cyclists using the busy main road points up the need. The work is being led by Trust Director Aileen Armstrong.

Work on the preparation of technical designs for a proposed off road cycle path between Clachnaharry and Bunchrew and again from the Lovat Bridge to the Kiltarlity turn-off is well underway. The work is funded Playpark by the Climate Chal- The final snagging lenge Fund and the works on the recently local Councillors’ Dis- added equipment for

toddlers in the play park has been completed and the final bills paid. Whilst not ideal weather at present for the playpark we have no doubt that the new equipment will prove popular once the weather improves. Thanks again to Trust Director Caroline Crawford and member Lindsey Stout and their supporters for the hard work they’ve put into this project. George Hogg Chairman


Kirkhill and District Amenities Association Successful year for Kirkhill District Amenities Association and supported by an enthusiastic group of volunKirkhill District Amenities Association (KDAA) held its AGM Stoddart teers organised lots of different and new activities during the in November. The main purpose of the association is to manage the community hall and adjacent sports facilities for the benefit of the whole community. The committee were able to report a very successful year.

Highlights of the year included the completion of the multi use games area (MUGA) which replaced the ageing tennis court. Grant funding enabled the project to go ahead but the project wouldn’t have happened without a contribution of £20,000 from KDAA reserves. Thanks are due to Derek MacLeod of Derek MacLeod Construction Services Ltd for project managing the construction at no cost to the association. Good use was made of the court during the summer for tennis and several groups are using the court for five a side

week and at gala day itself. All this resulted in great turnouts and participation, leading to a three-fold increase in takings over last year. An amazing £6700 was made. The KDAA recognised the support of Kirkhill Primary in making gala week a success and has donated £1000 to the school towards the cost of a new sound system. At the AGM chairman Ken MacDonald thanked the committee for their efforts during the year and especially Lorraine MacLeod for who stood down as treasurer after two years. The new committee is looking forward to continuing to provide vital community spaces for everyone in the area. Last year’s consultation identified some improvements that could be made and a sub-committee is taking this forward led by Alasdair Morrison. Options include internal refurbishment and an extension. At this exciting time for the association we still have some committee vacancies if you would like to be part of the team. We’d particularly like to hear from people that have financial skills and interests. If you don’t fancy a committee position you might like to help with the gala or the refurbishment project or with other activities. Either way we’d love to hear from you. Contact Ken MacDonald on 831479 or Sandra Hogg 831674

football under the floodlights in the evenings this winter.

Stop press: the Craft Fair held on the 13th November was a great success and made around £320. Gala week this year was a huge success. It’s the main fundraising event for the association and enables the hall to The annual report and accounts for the year are available at be kept in good condition and projects like the MUGA to go ahead. This year a gala sub-committee spearheaded by Fiona www.kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk with contact details and a list of committee members.

Kirkhill Community Centre Your community facility in the centre of Kirkhill is available

Kirkhill MUGA Kirkhill multi use

games area (MUGA) has an all weather surface and is suitable for a range of sports including footWe have excellent facilities available at very reasonable ball, tennis, shinty rates including: large car park; main hall; toilet facilities; fully and basketball. It equipped kitchen; large selection of crockery, chairs and also has floodlights so you can use it in the evenings and into tables; storage for regular users; stage area and lighting; the winter. changing rooms and shower facilities; disabled access and toilets; barbeque; badminton net and stands; full size grass Contact Ken MacDonald on 01463 831479 for MUGA bookfootball pitch and training areas. ings or see www.kirkhillandbunchrew.org.uk for bookings forms and tariffs. Contact Wilma Williamson for further information and bookings on 01463 831737. We can arrange a viewing of any of our facilities to discuss your requirements. for bookings for a wide range of activities. It can be used for groups, clubs, meetings, drama, music, sports, fitness, parties, celebrations, sales, fundraising events and more.

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Crannog - Winter 2010