Christmas Fair at Cafe Ceardach 2019

Christmas Fair at Cafe Ceardach
Friday 29th November to Tuesday 3rd December – 10am to 3pm – art/crafts/baking and more, come along and browse the stalls or just take a break for a light lunch or tea and cakes. For further information ring 01520 722952/490 or e.mail kristinestrathcarron@gmail

photo (c) Annice MacLeod 2019

photo (c) Annice MacLeod 2019

photo (c) Annice MacLeod 2019

Lynnes Christmas goodies

Free High-Fi WiFi at the Smithy hub.

Get connected with High-fi

The Smithy Hub has access to free public WiFi in and around the café and car park area. This service is available to all users and has no restrictions on time.

It is also available in Inverness City Centre and is being rolled out across 14 towns in the Highlands.

The project is funded by the Inverness & Highlands City Region Deal and led by The Highland Council in partnership with Rapier Systems Ltd.

To enjoy Free Public Wifi go to your WiFi settings and select:

Strathcarron Free Public WiFi

Then log-on with either your social media details or by entering your email address.

Official Opening Day of Café Ceàrdach.

On Tuesday the 3rd September the Cafe had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open it.

It was a busy day at the cafe at at 1pm we were joined by representatives from the community, from Lochcarron Community Development Company, volunteers and Funding bodies. Everyone enjoyed the lunches and cakes on offer before heading out into the dull wet day for photographs and a few words from Bart McFleat, a director of the Cafes’ parent company LCDC.

Pictured above are those brave enough to be photographed! Our new staff are rather camera shy and couldn’t be persuaded to join in here.
L- R; Bart McFleat ( LCDC director ), Sheila Cudby ( Chair of Kirkton Trading ltd ), Adam Cameron ( volunteer ) , Chrissie Mackenzie ( volunteer ) , Lorraine Cushnie ( half hiding! ) Cafe Manager, Kristine MacKenzie ( Local Development Officer ), Jennifer McPherson ( Highlands and Islands Enterprise ), Helen Murchison BEM ( community Council ) , Michael O’Donnell (Highland LEADER) .

Bart gave a short speech on behalf of LCDC. He thanked the contractors; MacIntosh Joinery ( Fraser Macintosh ) , Billy Reynolds the architect. David Menzies the electricians from Drumnadrochit, David Michie, the Plumbers from Kiltarlity, Cambell the Decorators from Conon Bridge, Kristine MacKenzie the Local Development Office without who’s long hours and extra efforts the project would never have happened, and Vicky Stonebridge for setting up and running the Cafes social media.
He also Thanked the funders, Highlands and Islands enterprise represented by Jennifer MacPherson, High;land LEADER, represented my Michael O’Donnell, The Princes Countryside Fund, The Robertson Trust. and Lochcarron Community Development Company.
He went onto praise the new staff and thank them for taking on this challenge and thanks the community and customers for bearing with us while we got this new venture up and running.

One of our community’s older generation of volunteers and one of the younger ones had been invited to come along and cut the ribbon. Chrissie MacKenzie sells raffle tickets and helps out at LCDC’s monthly Market days, and Adam Cameron has attended Bushcraft events and planted trees in Kirkton Woodland.

Chrissie then delighted everyone with a poem that she’d written for the occasion.

We’d like to thank Adam, Chrissie and everyone else for coming along and supporting the Cafe on behalf of the Local community.
Thanks as ever to the staff who served everyone with a smile and flourish !
 

Café Ceàrdach Opening Monday 26th August 2019



Café Ceàrdach – OPENING DATE ! next Monday 26th August.

details to follow.

due to being short staffed we may be running on reduced hours and menu to start with. lots of last minute jobs getting sorted this week, but we will be up and running with a delicious range of light bites, snacks, lunches, teas and cakes from Monday !

 Recruiting Now –  Café Ceardach at the Smithy Hub

 Recruiting Now –

 Café Ceardach at the Smithy Hub

Café Manager –

40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 33 days holiday, workplace pension, salary based on experience

Seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced chef / café manager for our brand-new bespoke venture at the Smithy Hub. This broad ranging role 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 Supervisor, to drive the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.

 Retail Supervisor-

40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 33 days holiday, workplace pension, salary based on experience

Seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced retail supervisor. This broad ranging role 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 assisting him/her towards success

 General Assistants

£9 per hour, 20 hpw equivalent, 28 days holiday pro rata

Seeking self-motivated and reliable general assistants to support our brand-new bespoke venture. This broad ranging role will be to provide 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.  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 kristinestrathcarron@gmail.com. /Tel;  01520 722490 for further information or a Job Description and details of how to apply.

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The transition from iGallery to Café Ceàrdach.

One of our community owned business premises was formerly known as the iGallery. It housed the local visitor information point, showcased & retailed local craft work, art and produce. This was run by volunteers and proved to be a success, appreciated by visitors and locals alike. It opened 6 months a year and in the winter months the venue was used to host meetings, seminars, adult learning events, a Christmas Craft Fair and classes in a wide range of rural and vocational subjects. Some of our local craft exhibitors went on to grow their starter businesses or even open their own shops.

LCDC is committed to creating jobs, training opportunities and community led development in the area and at the Smithy Hub. There has been a demand for greater on site service provision (from both locals and visitors), So it was decided to expand the iGallery from it’s roots as a craft space, training venue and visitor information point, into a Cafe/ Deli as well. It will be called Café Ceàrdach,  Ceàrdach is the Gaelic for ‘Smithy’, named after the original building on site, the 200yr old Blacksmiths Building.  Café Ceàrdach will be open all year around and provide local jobs and learning opportunities, on site catering for a range of requirements, a dedicated local produce retail outlet, whilst continuing to provide an important information service to visitors and an outlet for local producers, crafters, artists and micro businesses to sell their work and access a wider customer base. The cafe aspect of the project will attract more visitors to the Smithy hub, keep people in the area for longer and provide catering for students and visitors to the other businesses on site. It is owned and run by LCDC, with managers and assistants employed for the day to day running of the project.
The ethos of the cafe is very much in keeping with that of LCDC, about community, sustainability, local heritage, culture, rural skills, minimal waste, responsible consumerism, community resilience, inclusivity, education, low carbon footprint, supporting local businesses and tourism,  promoting, educating about and protecting our  environment.

The cafe will also have a bike store, a water bottle refill point, and electric car recharge points. It will be heated in the winter by a cosy wood-burning stove, which will burn logs from out local community woodland.

Upon completion of the Café, the Smithy hub will become a perfect way to spend the day with shopping, crafts workshops, events, catering, a short scenic walk, picnic tables, and unique Tree House venue for hire. The Former Blacksmiths building on site now houses a working studio pottery and teaching facility. Lochcarron Candles operate out of an adjacent crafts unit, hand pouring quality fragranced candles. Next to the Cafe is Kiki’s craft corner, open all year for retailing everything the textile artist, knitters, spinners and quilters could need, this also runs a comprehensive programme of training courses.

LCDC also has ongoing projects in Kirkton community woodland, including working with Lochcarron School pupils, building a sensory trail, and an affordable housing project.

Work on Café Ceàrdach is progressing we hope to be open in the coming weeks.
You can follow the building progress HERE.

You can also get all the latest news and photographs on our FaceBook page HERE.

and follow us on instagram HERE.

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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.