Lochcarron Community Development Company Update February 2019 

Lochcarron Community Development Company Update February 2019 

In keeping with our commitment to keep the community updated on progress across the activities of LCDC we would like to give you an update on matters.

It’s all go down at the Smithy !!!!!!

The board of LCDC are excited to announce that financial assistance, much by way of grant funding, has been secured in principle to extend the provision of community focused activities both at the Smithy Hub and in our woodland area.

By securing the award of some £335K of financial assistance LCDC will be able to redevelop and extend their existing iGallery building to provide a Delicatessen, Gallery and Café facility providing a social space for the local community and visitors alike, will be  called Café Ceardach, (The Smithy Café).

In keeping with one of the main aims of LCDC this will initially create five much needed employment opportunities with the intention to extend this to seven positions within 12 months. It will also secure a much-needed revenue stream to enable the other projects and aspirations of LCDC to be progressed, including the provision of affordable housing and skills development opportunities.

In securing the grant funding and other financial assistance the letters of support from across the community were very important and we would like to extend a massive thank you to all those local businesses, Lochcarron and District Business Association and their members for that support.

The new facility will be open all year round with a view to providing local sourced produce for both retail sale through our Delicatessen and also be used to create the menu of the Café. Our retail space will provide a shop window for many local artists and craftsmen and craftswomen. This will further enhance the footfall and income opportunities for other outlets at the Smithy Hub site.

In keeping with the desire to embrace a “green, low food miles agenda” electric vehicle charging points will be provided in the car park, cycle storage and free water refills to walkers and cyclists. Similarly, the Delicatessen will encourage customers to “bring your own container” for purchase of produce to reduce packaging.

The funding has been secured from a range of funders including £25K from The Princes Countryside Fund, the only Scottish application to be approved.

We have also been fortunate to augment our funding applications with support from Scottish Seafarms and PLT which will enable the erection of a woodland shelter for use by local schoolchildren and the development of a sensory trail within the woodland.

I hope to be able to disclose more details in the coming weeks with provisional timings for commencement of the works and our eagerly awaited Grand Opening.

Thanks again to all those who have supported this project. – Colin Sharp – Chair – LCDC

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‘A Cry For Kirkton’- Pupils Film available to view.

The film that the Lochcarron Primary School pupils created  ‘ A cry for Kirkton ‘ is now available to view here via You Tube. The film was a response to their research into the settlement of Kirkton behind Lochcarron- Now our community woodland, many thanks to everyone involved, and to Ray McCartney for uploading and all his work on this.

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End of Term Woodland activities and Bonfire

On the 19th of December Pupils from Lochcarron Primary School Joined volunteers up at Kirkton Woodland for an end of term Bonfire, outdoors activities and treats. Thanks to Lynda for organising this and to Nic for lighting the Bonfire & providing some photographs. There are some exciting new activities and developments planned for the rest of this winter and next year, more news when I get it .

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Greenwood working , Saturday 17th Nov

at the treehouse Saturday 17th , 11am to 3pm. ages 10+, booking required, £3 per person. beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

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Spooky Halloween event in the treehouse

Spooky Halloween event, November 4th Saturday, all ages.
prizes for fancy dress, sweetie hunt and cakes.
Halloween crafting & spooky stories. £3 per person, funds for the treehouse.

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Autumn Crafting 2018- report

We held two workshops at the Treehouse this week, making Mandalas on day one followed by Waxed Leaf mobiles and Teasel Hedgehogs on day two.
Mandalas are usually seen in Asia, the Tibetan word for mandala means “that which encircles a center”.  Most types of mandalas are used in Buddhism, where you place symmetrical patterns in a circle.  The process is very relaxing and used as a form of meditation.
For our mandalas we used locally sourced natural materials.  Many of the leaves were collected from Attadale Gardens (Thank you) so we had a huge range of colours and shapes to work with. A favorite being the Japanese Acer leaves.    Traditionally a mandalas are dismantled at the end to demonstrate that nothing lasts forever.  Unable to destroy our beautiful works of art we opted to cherish them forever by gluing them to card & taking them home.
On our second day we melted bees wax and dipped selected leaves to hang from  driftwood twigs (kindly donated by one of our participants); producing intricate waxed leaf mobiles to hang on display back home.
After sharing bakes & hot chocolate (thanks for all the yummy cakes) we set about making our Teasel Hedgehogs.  Teasels are brilliant plants for birds, bees & butterflies.  The pink pollen covers the summer bees, whilst in the autumn goldfinches are drawn irresistibly to tease out the shining black seeds from in amongst the brown spikes of the seed head.  As the seed heads were reincarnated into a hedgehogs we collected & shared the seeds to all plant up next year….. continuing the life cycle.   Using some clay we attached hedgehog heads to the teasel spiky bodies to transform into a Hedgehog.  Some of our hedgehogs had larch cone eyes and rowan noses, perhaps a new take on red nose day.
Thanks to all those that attended,  Attadale Gardens for the leaves & to Lochcarron Community Development Company for the use of the Treehouse as a venue.

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Volunteering starting up again – Oct 5th

Remember what fun we had?

Back to the woods with the new volunteer programme of autumn 2018.

Mainly Friday mornings again, with the occasional Saturday.

Path clearing, tree-tube weeding, helping to put up a forest building and generally having an interesting time in the woods with like-minded company.

You are welcome to come along and make a difference to Lochcarron’s Community woods, even if you have never done anything like this before. Bring your tools or use ours.

All welcome: heavy work or light, and always time for a break for coffee and a chat. Next event: meet 10 am on Friday October 5th

Then (provisional dates): October 12th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th.

Meet at the heritage trail, you may drive in at the forest entrance.


Contact Nic Bullivant 01599 534596 or 07565424981.

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