LCDC News. Oct – Nov 2017

Lochcarron Community Development Company News.

October & November 2017

It has been a busy summer for LCDC, the Smithy hub has continued to see a steady flow of visitors to the businesses and facilities there. The treehouse has been getting hired out for regular yoga sessions, meetings, classes and a concert. We have a new e-mail address to book this- it is now;

The igallery is now running on reduced hours to reflect the slowing down of visitors as the season gets past the busiest period. We are indebted to our volunteer staff who have kept it open and ensure that the visitor information point continues to give a friendly and efficient service to welcome people to our area. Sales in the shop were a welcome contribution to LCDC funds.  It is now Open Tuesday to Fridays, 11am – 3pm. It will close for the season on Friday 20th October.

Christmas Fair
We will be having our annual iGallery Christmas Fair from November 27th to December the 8th. If any local crafts makers, producers or artists would like to take part in this or have more information, please get in touch It will be closed at weekends as these are always very quiet, Opening times will be 11am- 3pm.

Market Days.
The Lochcarron Monthly market has continued to be an important fundraiser for us, thanks as ever must go out to all the volunteers who make this important local social event possible. The organisation of the kitchen, and the hard work of all the helpers both in and out of the kitchen is something everyone can be proud of. The October fair is Friday the 29th and the last one for the season, we look forward to seeing you there!

Would you like to get involved?
As one of the HIE supported community anchor organisations, together with its Development Officer; LCDC’s  role is to identify, prioritise, develop and deliver sustainable legacy through creative employment opportunities, culture, heritage and educational activities. Overall, to support  social, economic, and cultural activities to strengthen the community  – increase income levels, assist population retention, and enhance community resilience. It is administered by a duly elected board of volunteer directors.

LCDC is currently managing and developing Kirkton woodland, the smithy Community Hub, a Tree house venue for hire, a volunteer run visitor information point, monthly local market days, the ‘iGallery’- a local craft & gift retail space, educational projects with Lochcarron Primary school, housing options, developing a heritage all access footpath network and developing The strathcarron Artisan Dairy project.

With such a wide range of ongoing activities and projects we need to expand the board of directors. We are looking for people with time, commitment, energy and enthusiasm to join our Board and take things to the next level. We are particularly seeking people with good business acumen, experience in catering, general charity administration, building maintenance, good team skills and people with experience managing large projects.

If you would like to get involved at this exciting time please get in touch at

Access to Kirkton woodland
Funding has been granted from the Scottish land Fund to purchase a housing plot at Kirkton Gardens to provide a secondary access to Kirkton woodland for potential housing and other development projects. This allows direct access to the woodlands from the Kirkton area. The existing access to the east of the village is the focus for recreational activity development and is also still being used for the Firewood business.

Woodland Classroom
A funding bid for a rustic woodland classroom and composting toilet has been applied for. Additional building materials are being sought by donations. This building will provide a base and shelter for many community and woodland activities within Kirkton Woodland.

Volunteer days in Kirkton Woodland
Our new volunteer activity coordinator Nic has got events off to a flying start with the first event on 11th October. Many thanks to the volunteers who braved the weather that day These will be regular sessions so follow us on Facebook, twitter or this site for times and dates.

Highlife funding-community engagement
Funding has been awarded from Highlife Highland towards a community engagement project. This will take place over this winter. There will be some days of tree planting, storytelling and bush craft with the local children. Trees have been donated by the Woodland trust, the children will create name plaques for the trees and produce a booklet based on traditional stories and wildlife photography.

Defibrillator at the Smithy Hub
The new defibrillator is now in position on the rear wall of the Smithy building at the Smithy Community Hub, this was purchased with generous local donations and is a welcome addition which could help save a life.

Smithy Hub
Though the iGallery and woodturning studio is closed during the winter months, Kiki’s craft corner and Vicky’s Pottery will be busy and open for business as usual. The treehouse is always available as a venue for hire, contact for more information.

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