Latest News Jan/ Feb 2016


At the Smithy Community Hub plans are underway to get ready for the reopening of the iGallery once again towards the end of March.

The Visitor Information Desk will be open as before, as several thousand visitors came through our doors last year. This service is run on a voluntary basis and we are looking for volunteers to help man the desk. Please get in touch if you could spare a couple of hours a week or so.

Anyone running a B&B, a holiday cottage or any services or events for tourists should let us know the details and we will pass these on to the visitors.

The iGallery will also be stocked up with locally made arts and crafts, and farm food produce. Do get in touch if you are an artist/maker/food producer and wish to use the iGallery as an outlet to sell, or simply to showcase, your stuff.

The Smithy Hub did not entirely shut down over the winter as Kiki’s Craft Corner and Vicky Stonebridge’s Pop-Up Pottery continued to stay open throughout the whole year. The ever-popular patchwork and handicraft workshops at Kiki’s are regularly full to capacity, and Vicky’s Pop-Up Pottery has quickly become very busy.

Terry Hitchin’s Woodturning Studio/shop will reopen at the same time as the iGallery, selling his own wide range of stock and for woodturning tuition.

The Treehouse situated on the riverbank in the woods behind the iGallery will be used as an exhibition space this year, as well as being a venue for craftwork activities, and meetings of all kinds. More about this in next month’s issue.

For any information about The Smithy Community Hub, contact Lynne Roberts               on 01520 722 952 or

Lochcarron Community Development Company Website                     

This website and our Facebook and Twitter are kept up to date with information and photos about LCDC, the Smithy Community Hub, the monthly Produce Market Days at Lochcarron Village Hall, Adult Education Classes, Training Courses, and developments in Kirkton Woodland.

Down the road at Kirkton Woodland there has been much activity over the winter with the establishment of the woodfuel business run by Kirkton Trading. The relatively dry September/October allowed us to cut a substantial amount of logs.  To date, we have been able to supply over 70 households in and around Lochcarron with woodfuel. The woodsmen Brian and Ewan are setting up the woodfuel processing yard in Kirkton Woodland in readiness to do a second chopping blitz in April to provide enough stock for next autumn and winter.

For woodfuel enquiries please call 01520 722 952 or

2016 will mark the start of recreational events in Kirkton Woodland including classes, workshops and volunteer days organised by LCDC and Kirkton Trading.

LCDC and KT  Public Meeting
Coming up shortly there will be a Public Meeting held locally, where members of the community will be invited to attend to get an update on LCDC and KT, and to have their say and have any questions answered. More details of this in the next issue of An Carrannach.

HIGHLIFE ADULT EDUCATION   Our programme gets into full swing this spring, details will be on local notice boards, our website and social media. We are also holding a range of Events where the community can come along and get involved, and gather themselves some firewood into the bargain!

Dates for your Diary in February;
Ongoing Pottery course, new participants welcome. 4th feb, 11th, 18th . 10.30am to 12
at the Pop Up Pottery.  £6 per session.

Pottery – Raku/Sawdust Firing day. 27th Feb
12 to 5 at the Pop Up Pottery. £3 per person.

Woodwork – Design & Build Log Tables & Benches,
Fri 5th  & Sat 6th Feb. 11am – 4pm. The smithy. £3 per session.

Design & Build a Woodland Shelter. Weds 10th,  Sat 20th, Weds 24th Feb. 1030 – 1530. At Kirkton Woodland, £3 per session.

Firewood scavenging and clearing archaeological features- Sat 30th Jan & 13th Feb. 1030 – 1530. At kirkton woodland. FREE.

all classes need booking;             on  075 63 90 93 56  or

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