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Well we sure lucked out on the weather on Tues 23rd for the first of our six week block of walking for health walks. Thank you to Scottish Sea Farms and Forestry and Land Scotland for their funding towards this six week block.
We were blessed with rainbows and a breeze that certainly “blew away the cobwebs”, leaving many of us feeling invigorated. Great to see some familiar & well as some new faces & we were a group of 15 participants. New members are very welcome to join, just get intouch.
Just a reminder that due to the current restrictions the limit is for a capacity of 15 persons. So, if you do want to join in on one of our walks please email Lynda Beveridge (Walking Group Leader) on
firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
We are pleased to announce that Wellness Walks can be re-instated following news from Scottish Govt:
Outdoor non -contact sports permitted for all adults in groups for up to 15 people announced on 09/03/2021)
This time we have received funding from Scottish Sea Farms towards running another six week block. As well as funding to purchase walking poles & outdoor clothing from Forestry and Land Scotland. We are very grateful for this funding to enable us to continue Wellness walks. It’s a fun way to meet people outdoors in a safe environment, keeping you fit and active as well as improving your mental health. If you would like to attend please contact project co-ordinator Lynda Beveridge by email on email@example.com to secure a place. Locations for the walks are announced to those booked onto the walks.
Early years equipment and assistance
After consulting with Lochcarron Primary School, the Early Years/Nursery Groups, Outdoor Activity Practitioners and Kirkton Woodland volunteers we were made aware that the lack of equipment and materials was a barrier to delivering much of what was had planned. We can now report that with assistance from the Forestry Commission, much of what we needed has now been made available for early years outdoor work.
“Think Health Think Nature”
We must also thank HiLife Highland’s “Think Health Think Nature” for providing us with the means to deliver the Children’s Nature Activity Packs to 64 children, also the flower seeds, plant pots and bird feeders for those adults shielding indoors and to Lynda Beverage for organising the very successful Health Walks (which will be continued as soon as the current restrictions are eased).
Affordale Housing in Kirkton
There are still a couple of legal issues to resolve but we are hopeful that planning approval will be granted in advance of the terms of contract being fully agreed. Anyone wishing to view the plans can do so via the Highland Council E planning website, the reference number is 20/03255FUL for the affordable housing and 20/03482PIP for the affordable plots. The Highland Community Housing Trust are available to answer any of your housing stock queries and they can be contacted by telephoning 01463 233548
Woodland Composting Toilet
After some time, the enclosure for our composting toilet in the woodland arrived, many thanks to Donald Ross for erecting it.
With assistance from the Carbon Footprint Company, and under supervision from tree planters Ingrid and Shaun from Achmore, Lochcarron Primary School pupils helped plant 1200 mixed species of trees, just 40000-60000 left to plant!
Electric car charging point.
At very, very, long last we have been advised that the next stage towards the completion of the Smithy Hub electric car charging installation, will be early April and with some luck fully operative shortly afterwards.
Covid support projects over the last year.
We owe a huge thank you to all those who have supported our work throughout the pandemic. In particular the volunteers who helped with mask making, delivered fruit bags to every household, garden compost, hundreds of food vouchers, food parcels, wood fuel, social media updates, the befriending service, not forgetting the roast chicken dinners, and the hundreds of home cooked ready meals. A thank you also to the funders Highlands and Islands Enterprise/Scottish Government, The Highland Council, North Highland Initiative, TradeBe, Fair Share, Scottish Sea Farms, Green Space Recovery and to the local people who contributed financially to the Covid cause. During this time those involved in the delivery of the Covid Resilience package gained an insight into the lives of so many local residents, and we will put that knowledge to good use by delivering a series of outdoor based activities, workshops and events aimed at increasing the skills level, general health and well-being of those who participate. Our electric bikes have now arrived and will shortly be available for hire.
Other elements of the funding package, covered the cost of 2 x 1.8m recycled plastic benches for use by the Nursery aged children, and a gazebo for the Early Years Group who regularly meet, through all weathers at the Smithy. If we were to prioritise the most successful elements of the Covid package it would be fair to say that the food vouchers, ready meals, garden compost and wood fuel were without a doubt the most popular and most appreciated items.
Covid cleaning equipment.
When restrictions are lifted, and they will be, we have in stock bulk supplies of hospital standard sanitising and cleaning materials. These are available at much reduced rates to local organisations and businesses, monies raised from the sales will be ring-fenced to aid the cost of further supplies.
What next ?
Post Covid – Well where do we start? In Kirkton, trees to plant, footpaths to construct, outdoor learning activities to plan, event spaces to create and if all goes well the beginning of a horticulture project and a part time employment opportunity, and at the Smithy Hub, much of the same
If you have time on your hands, skills to pass on, or would like to get involved in any way, just get in touch
Tel; 01520 722987, E.Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or through our facebook, or twitter
Covid Resilience – Assistance available
Please get in touch with us if, due to a change in your financial circumstances due to the Covid pandemic you are finding it difficult to;
1. Heat your home and use either wood fuel or use the electricity top up system
2. Provide enough food for your family
3. Provide enough digital equipment for home learning
4. Self isolate, feeling lonely and just need a chat – we can ring you
5.Access cash whilst waiting on payments due
We have a limited budget available but please get in touch;
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Telephone ; .074983873431 or 01520 722987
The Group Health Walking project “Wellness Walks” ran last year from October to December. It proved to be very popular, with as many as 15 participants attending on each of the walks. The walks provided a much needed social outlet as well as the physical & mental health benefits that being in nature affords. There is no doubt we live in a spectacular setting within Scotland’s landscape and there was a great variety of walks on offer. Feedback from participants stated that there is sufficient interest to continue the walks & In light of this, Wellness walks is due to resume in February.
Although, Latest Government advice State that Group Health Walks in level 4 are not permitted until at least 31st January, in line with the Scottish Government’s “stay at home” regulations in force from 5th January 2021. Only 1:1 or “buddy walks” can operate following the 2 person limits.
It’s only the 11th January & a lot may change between now and February. Being optimistic, we have contacted previous participants for ideas & suggestions for the next round of walking destinations routes for when the walks resume. We also encourage new participants and enquiries. So if you would like to be included in the mailing list please contact the project coordinator Lynda Beveridge directly on
In the meantime, keep safe & look forward to walking with you in 2021.
Following various meetings and consultations last year we now have a summary of ‘The Lochcarron Community Plan’, please bear in mind that due to the current pandemic little progress has been made, however, if you wish further information or if you are keen to be involved in the development of any of the potential projects, then please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pupils from Lochcarron Primary school were Tree planting up at Kirkton community woodland on Wed 11th Nov. Pupils were not deterred by the rainy conditions and set to work planting their very own tree. Each pupil received a Downy Birch and planted their tree with great care assisted by volunteer Lynda Beveridge. LCDC received over 1200 native trees to be planted up at Kirkton woodland over the coming weeks thanks to The Carbon Footprint Co for gifting the trees.
Covid Emergency Resilience Fund
Lochcarron Community Development Company / Kirkton Woodlands
If you have a wood burning stove struggling to heat your home for reasons linked to the pandemic, please get in touch, we can offer you bagged wood logs, sourced from Kirkton Woodlands reduced from £65 to £20 plus delivery (Lochcarron, Strathcarron, Kishorn areas only).
To get in touch either phone 01520 722987 or E.mail to email@example.com
We are six weeks into our 12 week Wellness Walks & it’s been gathering momentum with regular numbers of up to 12 participants. The walks are all within the Lochcarron, Kishorn and Strathcarron locality, with a variety of levels to suit all abilities. Many people are missing the social interaction that’s been brought about by Covid restrictions & group health walks are a brilliant way to meet new people. The walks take place every Tues at 10am and last between 1-2hours up until 22nd Dec. If you are interested in joining us, please contact project co-originator Lynda Beveridge by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid Resilience Programme –
Covid Resilience Programme – Back to Business
For hire to community organisations and local businesses at massively reduced rate;
Hand Held Electrosprayer with chemical solution – deep cleans rooms and buildings
Also available to purchase at reduced rates we have in stock the following items;
Floor cleaner, wipes, masks, shields, gloves, aprons, hand sanitiser dispensers, anti viral surface sprays, PPE travel packs
Money recovered from the sale of the above will help replenish stock
For further information and a product list, please contact Kristine MacKenzie Tel; 01520 722987 or e.Mail email@example.com