The Smithy Hub, Ribhuachan, Strathcarron,
Part Time General Assistant
20 hours per week
Starting late June
Just get in touch
The Smithy Hub, Ribhuachan, Strathcarron,
Part Time General Assistant
20 hours per week
Starting late June
Just get in touch
We invite applicants for new posts to run and manage Café Ceàrdach at the Smithy Hub.
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.
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 email@example.com for further information or a Job Description and details of how to apply.
The following is a list of activities or development milestones with our Community Development Company, this does not include dates of individual classes, courses, volunteer days., market days and other routine events.
If there is any information missing or wrong on this list please get in touch.
Lochcarron Community Development Company is a community run charity. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Strathcarron Artisan Dairy Project.
West Highland Dairy is run by Kathy and David Biss, is located around 10 miles from LCDC’s main base. They produce a variety of cheeses and other dairy products for sale via their farm shop and local outlets. Cheese and Dairy product workshops are offered throughout the year. WHD also produce a variety of hard cheeses and mould ripened cheese which take 9 months to mature. Their premises are small and located within the curtilage of their own home. WHD regularly attended our market days, in 2014 they approached us explaining that they wished to retire within the next few years. They had worked hard to establish over 30 years their well-known brand, and wished to pass on their business and knowledge to a local organisation with an agricultural background West Highland Dairy currently produce a variety of cheeses, ice-cream, yoghurt, crème fraiche, preserves, butter, cheese based desserts. The fact that their premises are small limits the range of products they can produce after much discussion it was agreed to further investigate the idea – would it be feasible? Could we pull it off? Could we arrange the finance for a new build at Strathcarron – many ifs, buts and maybes?
HIE provided us with a small grant to allow for further investigation
Transferring the Business;
LCDC has land available for a new build, West Highland Dairy are willing to donate their business, customers, & brand name. Also much of their equipment, stock at cost, and remain on board as consultants for two years after the build is complete. They would train two cheesemakers to take over from them on retirement. WHD owners are heavily involved with the Cheesemakers Association of Scotland, within the next 2 years they wish to establish a Scottish School of Excellence – a perfect opportunity to provide such a facility at Strathcarron with on-site conference, catering and dairy.
Current Development Stage;
Planning permission has been granted for a new build on land owned by LCDC. £56k initial Development funding has been awarded by the Lottery Assets Fund to appoint a design team appointed (architect, QS, safety engineer, structural engineer, land surveyor). An application for Building Warrant approval was recently submitted. We are currently working through the Stage Two Strategic Plan for submission to the Lottery Assets team for the main funding. Other sources of funding are being investigated. The estimated capital costs are £1.8million plus vat. If successful we aim to complete the build by Spring 2018.
The Build incorporates;
* Artisan cheese manufacturing facility.
* Retail outlet for local produce – food and crafts.
* Café serving locally sourced artisan food with a Dairy viewing platform – 32 covers with additional decked area.
* Conference room – 12 covers.
* Office space/workshop for hire.
* overall the project will provide 12 jobs, a mixture of full time, part time, seasonal with a number of skilled appointments. It will be open all year around.
Potential revenue streams;
* Dairy produce – on-site and existing customers.
* Café sales.
* Retail sales – produce and crafts.
* Conference room customers – e.g. local businesses.
* Cheese making and Dairy related training workshops (1-3 days).
* Trade from the on-site existing 5 artisan businesses and Visit Scotland Information Point. The site is located on the North Coast 500 route and part of the Wester Ross Biosphere.
* Events and workshops.
PHASE TWO (post Year 2);
West Highland Dairy collects milk from Tain weekly using a small milk tanker pulled by a Land Rover.
The ultimate aim is to produce our own milk. Early negotiations with local crofters and two farm estates, all rearing cattle, show enthusiasm for such an initiative. The concept would involve 8-10 producers
rearing cattle suitable for the purpose, a mobile milking machine would call to the premises daily and collect the milk. In the past West Highland Dairy has used milk from cows, goats and their own flock of milk sheep.
Wendy Barrie, the Director of the Scottish Food Guide, together with her husband Bosse Dalgren, a Swedish heritage farmer, form part of our advisory team. Bosse has a huge amount of experience
working with low impact, heritage cattle breeds capable of producing the highest quality milk yield. Wendy has a wealth of marketing experience regularly in conversation with the top chefs, food outlets and restaurants such as Gleneagles and Harrods. West Highland Dairy and Wendy Barrie have worked together for a number of years.
We would particularly welcome along to our Dairy steering group, especially anyone with experience in the catering industry, project development and business financial projections.
LCDC is delighted to announce that a funding package has been granted by LEADER Highland to start developing Kirkton Woodland. 50 % was awarded to match funds from Awards for All, the Postcode Trust and Lochcarron Community Fund and LCDC.
Building on the successful community acquisition of Kirkton Woodland in 2015 and subsequent development of a new Access and Recreation Plan for the woods in early 2016, Lochcarron Community Development Company will be taking forward a range of initiatives aimed at fostering new connections between the woods, the local population and the area’s visitors. A two-year project will deliver pond creation, construction of a new all-abilities trail, wildlife/quiet zone design & tree planting, old drove track restoration, a cleared village heritage interpretation project and provision of new locally-designed Viewpoint ‘furniture’ & signboards. Aspects of each work programme will encourage primary school engagement as well as working with community volunteers, local arts, mental health and disability organisations in the area.
Within the wider community forest, groundworks/landscaping contract will reinstate watercourse and surface drains in the wake of recent tree harvesting disruption to allow future access development to be carried out by volunteer and contracted labour force.
Contracted survey and design work will result in costed plans for a wider network of forest trails linking the local village to long distance hill paths, riverside picnic areas and vantage points as well as developing circular ‘constitutional/jogging/dog walking’ loops.
Feasibility studies will also be produced analysing viability, scale and definition of a number of eco-tourism & business opportunities within the woods:- a memorial/green burial zone, a campsite & off-grid eco-pod venture, pony trekking & mountain biking provision, woodland crofts and a horticultural/growing zone.
this project will directly address the following:-
The short-term objectives of the project (trail & pond building, cultural heritage & wildlife area, school and volunteer programmes) are an initial step in a longer-term programme of new recreational, eco-tourism and social enterprise development within the woodland by forest owners, Lochcarron Community Development Company. Delivery methods will engage & utilise local volunteers/associations, schools and vulnerable adults to strengthen sense of local control (i.e. empowerment) & social cohesion that ownership of the forest originally set out to engender.
For local residents, this work provides new opportunities for formal and informal recreation in the area whilst fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of local heritage and the natural environment. For visitors – increasingly encouraged to ‘keep driving” and appreciate the unspoilt scenic beauty of Wester Ross through the car/coach window (e.g. North Coast 500, Wester Ross Coastal Trail) – the establishment of new and significant opportunities to stay a while and enjoy the Lochcarron area at a more intimate and leisurely pace are vital to securing local economic benefit for this remote community.
Lochcarron Community Development Company (LCDC)
are developing new access projects in the community-owned woodlands at Kirkton, Lochcarron.
We are currently seeking applicants to deliver the following fixed term contracts:-
Forest Access & Enterprise Officer (2 days/week, Jan 2017 – Dec 2018): To supervise all aspects of project work, financial & contract management; prepare new access proposals; promote, liaise & report on project outcomes. Prior experience of community-led development work preferable.
Forest Path Workers (2 people, 280 hrs each, Feb – May 2017): To construct a new all-abilities Heritage Trail with associated landscaping in Kirkton Woods. Prior experience of manual & machine-based woodland and path construction work preferable.
For further details & to apply contact: Kristine Mackenzie, LCDC Development Officer
by telephone: 01520 722490 or email: email@example.com
Click the thumbnails to read the recreational Plan online or Download the PDF here LCDC/ Kirkton Wood – Recreational and Access Plan –
Many thanks to Chris Marsh for all his work in this plan.
Local Artist Lynne Roberts has painted for us some of the ideas that are being investigated or being worked on for Kirkton Woodland. This visualization will be used in conjunction with the recreational plan that Forest Officer Chris Marsh is currently working on, to explore, fund raise and communicate some of the ideas for Kirkton Woodland in the future.
These are some previous artists interpretations of ideas from the community by artist Vicky Stonebridge.
The access road to Kirkton Wood is finished. D A Boyd Groundworks from Fort William, got the job done quickly and neatly. It is great to see it complete after so many years planning, fundraising and negotiating with so many parties. This road will allow us access to kirkton wood to start harvesting the trees all in imminent danger of blowing over. We will be able to get a clearer idea of the soil condition, drainage issues and just what sort of quality timber we have. We are now planning towards local firewood provision, footpath access and replanting.