Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group News. February 2013
This spring has been hectic for us at KWHG, We were very lucky to be awarded a grant for training from High Life Highland ( the ‘arms length’ organisation from Highland Council ), this funding has allowed us to put on some popular workshops and classes, in a range of subjects from Figure drawing, Felting, Quilting and basket making etc. Funding such as this is time scaled, so the classes have to all run this spring, there is lots on but we hope many people will take advantage of this great opportunity to work with some highly experienced tutors. Coming in March we have quilting, crochet, Easter sewing, planting a willow bed for weavers, stone walling, heddle loom weaving and more! Keep your eyes out for posters or information on this website.
The highlife funding has also allowed us to train in video production and create short films about creative cross-generational community life. If anyone has an activity that fits this category, or would like to learn about video making, editing and uploading please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be having a volunteer work-party in March, have you heard about ‘green gyms’? The idea is getting fit doing useful outdoor work! The grounds at the Smithy always need lots doing, and with no funds for this we achieved so much so far on the fantastic community good will and hard work from volunteers. So if you fancy some path clearing, tree-planting, weeding, and maintenance at the beautiful site in good company get in touch to be added to mailing lists.
The other big news is the work going on to establish an Arts and Crafts collective in the second new Crafts Unit. The first meeting to gauge interest was held 6th Feb, this was very well attended with a lot of initial interest, but everyone keen to know how it could work. The next meeting will be held 27th Feb. It is hoped that the shop will be ready to open this Easter and will run as a pilot for this season. It is an ambitious undertaking to create a viable business with so many stakeholders, but with the wealth of talented people in the area, a fantastic opportunity to represent and sell their work. It should also help to draw in more visitors towards lochcarron.
With so much happening we are always happy to hear from people who wish to become supporters, members or volunteers. This is a community group, the more involvement, the more we can achieve together! Details are on the website, we are also on twitter and facebook. Kirktonwoodlands.wordpress.com