Lochcarron Market day, 31st May 2019.

Market day is 31st this month, the usual delicious range of homecooked food for lunch and great quality local crafts and produce. Please note it will be open for an hour longer that usual as well !

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Sensory trail and Beach clean up- News

LCDC is building a sensory trail within the community woodland thanks to The Postcode Local Trust.  The initial groundworks of the trail have been carved out and a series of workshops engaging with Lochcarron primary school have taken place.

The sensory trail will be built as a lasting feature within the woodland.  Complimented by the creation of two Mythical Monster sculptures; fashioned from salvaged natural materials & flotsam / jetsom from our shoreline.  The legacy of the two mythical monster structures will provide a connection between Land and Sea.     Project co-ordinator Lynda Beveridge has ran a series of workshops exploring the effects of waste to our environment. Using a rope timeline the pupils discovered the length of the waste’s disintegration and learned about bioaccumulation (The cycle of plastic through the absorption into the food chain) through a fun game involving lots of hunting one another.

An organised beach clean at Tornapress on Friday 3rd May  was hugely successful, resulting in over 27 bags of waste being cleared from the shoreline by the pupils who worked diligently all morning.  Mostly plastic, rope & polystyrene were collected.  As  for our monsters?  – A nail gun, boots, car parts, a paddle & hard helmet to name but a few odd objects.  Who knows what our Mythical Monsters will turn out to look like?


(Thanks to Lynda for this report.)

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Photos from April Market day 2019

Many thanks to everyone who supported our first Market day of the season, A special thanks to all the kitchen volunteers who provided another delicious lunch for everyone. We had plenty of visitors and craft stalls, including some newcomers which is always great to see.
Our next one is May 31st, get in touch at infosmithyhub@gmail.com if you’d like to book a stall.
( many thanks to Lynne for the photos )

 

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a photographic diary of work in progress developing Café Ceàrdach.

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Job Vacancies for the Café Ceàrdach at the Smithy Hub.

We invite applicants for new posts to run and manage Café Ceàrdach at the Smithy Hub.

Café Manager

competitive salary depending on experience , 40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday, workplace pension 

Café Ceàrdach are seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced chef / café manager for our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role which will align the offering with our overarching ethos will encompass the development and provision of imaginative menus suitable for a wide range of dietary requirements. You will be responsible with the assistance of the Retail Manager, to drive the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.  

Retail Manager

competitive salary depending on experience, 40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday, workplace pension 

Café Ceàrdach are seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced retail manager for our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role will align to our overarching ethos and will encompass the provision of high-quality delicatessen products and produce, much locally sourced, and the maximisation of Gallery sales affording a profitable shop window for local artists and craftspeople. You will be responsible for deputising for the Café Manager, and assist him / her to drive the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.

 General Assistants x 3

£9 per hour, 20 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday pro rata

Café Ceàrdach are seeking highly self-motivated and self-reliant general assistants to support our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role will be to support within our kitchen and retail operation as necessary. Recognised skills training will be available and promotion prospects are excellent. Reporting to either the Retail or Café Manager as appropriate you will ensure the maximum customer experience is delivered consistently whilst completing general tasks as delegated by your manager. Café Ceàrdach promote employee engagement and a green agenda where our customers are king. You will be part of driving the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.

If you are interested in any of the above exciting opportunities please contact infosmithyhub@gmail.com for further information or a Job Description and details of how to apply.

 

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Market day Dates 2019

Last Friday of the month
11am~3pm

Lochcarron Village Hall
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 homemade lunches

12noon~2pm

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 26th April
31st May
28th June
26th July
30th August
27th Sept
25th Oct

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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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