Volunteering at the Smithy 22nd april

there has been a lot of volunteer focus on the woodlands this last few months with Nic and his team doing a brilliant job up there. Now we need to get the Smithy site tidied up and ready for a busy summer. There are outdoors jobs to do, clearing paths, weeding etc but also lots to do inside, cleaning and tidying the iGallery ready for opening and giving the treehouse a good clear out. Come along to help out, or even just to meet people and find out more. 

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iGallery arrangements for 2018

We are delighted to announce that the iGallery with visitor information point will be going ahead again this year thanks to the efforts of our volunteers.
the iGallery will Open on the 30th April- from 1000 to 1600, 5 days a week.

If any artists, or crafts makers would like to hire a space please get in touch at infosmithhub@gmail.com. rates are the same as last year.

Whole table- 6ft x 2.5ft , 183cm x76cm = £40
Half a table = £20
Glass cabinet- 4 glass shelves, 38cm x29cm each = £18
Big wall space- 190cm wide x 130cm high = £10
Small wall space- around 100cm wide x 130cm high = £5
Display cabinet shelf – 120cm long x 28cm deep x 30 cm high = £15
Set of 4 ‘cubes’- each cube 39cm x 33cm x33cm =£15
Space for own small display stand – £10
Space for own large display stand – £20

We’ll be organising a volunteer workparty before the 30th to get things tidied up and have a good spring clean ready for the season. More news asap

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31st March volunteer event, bonfire and cake !

Everyone is invited to Kirkton Woods on Saturday, March 31st, meeting at 10am at the Woodyard for the last event of the winter season.
We will be planting willow cuttings, burning the bonfire pile and having a brew and cake.
The work is not hard, the rewards are great, and everyone is welcome to drop in to see what is happening, even if they are not able to come and help.
The main gate will be open for anyone who wishes to drive up.
There will be some events in April and May, watch this space for announcements!
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School Pond dipping

On the 22nd March 2018 pupils from Lochcarron Primary School visited  the Pond at Kirkton Community Woodland.  The Pond was installed as part of the Heritage Trail Path Network in 2017.  Local Countryside Ranger Jenny Grant and Local Animateur Lynda Beveridge leaded the pupils on pond related activities.  Pupils helped to create wildlife habitats by placing “Toad & Frog Hotels” around the pond.  As well as creating a gravel shelf to aid amphibian’s transition from pond to land and planted up some reeds, flag Iris, water mint & bog bean.  Pupils are keen to return to their community pond to see what creatures have moved in!  Earlier in the day Jenny & Lynda visited the Lochcarron Nursery and brought the pond to them.  

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AGM 2018

** UPDATE 2**

Many thanks for everyone who came along and nominated theory proxy votes for tonight’s AGM. We were quorate, and had a good number of nominations for new board members who were voted on by a secret ballot with help and support from Brian Weaver from HISEZ. we have three of the previous committee still involved and 5 new directors. They will hold their first board meeting next week to elect office bearers and allocate roles. We thank the outgoing chair for her years in that role and welcome the new directors.
more news soon hopefully, now we can crack on with; the housing project, the Dairy project, running the iGallery, the market days, fundraising, the smithy hub and everything else !


To all of you who kindly gave your time to either attend our AGM, or submit apologies or applications for Directorship, we regret to inform you that the AGM must be declared null and void. The reason being that whilst the number of attendees met the required 10% (of 171 members) needed to convene the meeting, a later cross check revealed that not all those in attendance were members

We do hope that you are available to attend our rescheduled meeting on 22nd March, should anyone consider applying to become a Director of either LCDC or  Strathcarron Micro Dairy, please feel free to contact us.

We do hope that you can join us.

These last few years have been very busy for LCDC with a great deal of work done and achieved. It is time to expand the committee and welcome some new Directors from the community to come along and take us forward. Please come along to have your say, ask questions and perhaps volunteer to help out. How would you like to see community development move forward? what are your thoughts about activities at the smithy hub and in Kirkton Woodland? what would you like to see happen next ?

Lochcarron Community Development Company AGM

All  welcome. At the iGallery .Smithy Community Hub . Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7.30pm .

For further information
01520  722 952



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Historical Photographs of the Local Railway lines.

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The Smithy/ A Ceardach- a brief history

“Is Airidh Am Fear-Oibre air a Lon”
The Smithy/ A Ceardach

The first smithy was Finlay Murchison, known as Fionnladh Gow, who came from Corrieleerie, a few miles further up Glencarron. He had traced his ancestos to a Roman Catholic priest in Kintail who changed faith at the reformation. Family traditio relates that Finlay sharpened the chisels for the stonemasons who built the original bridge over the Ahainn Bhuachaig, around 1817 as part of the road from Dingwall to Stromeferry.

The bridge was built to the west of the river over dry land and the river was then diverted to run under the new bridge. Following completion of this bridge Finlay leased a croft from the Mackenzie of Applecross and built the Smithy and the house opposite, the house was extended and improved over the years.

the old stone bridge was replaced by the present bridge in 1976.

The smithy was built on the road junction to New Kelso and the old road is still visible and a popular walking track today.

On the hill slope to the north of the Smithy, there was an old village which had bee unoccupied for some time prior to to Finlay Murchison’s arrival.  dyke, clearly visible on the hill behind the Smithy, was built from the stones of the previous houses. Finlay built part of this dyke.

Finlay Murchisons only child Kenneth took over the business and was known as Coinneach a’Gow. One the his children Finlay , usually called Philip, was the last Smith, Philip did not marry and the Smithy remained more or less unused after his death in 1954.

In 1990 it was donated to the community, to be managed by the Smithy Heritage Centre charity which has formed out of the Lochcarron and Applecross historical society. the Smithy was restored to be used as a Heritage center and became a popular visitor attraction, and venue to various cultural events. Around 2007 it closed to the public due to a lack of volunteers to run it and problems with flooding. in 2009 the charity was taken over by lochcarron community development company ( called Kirkton woodland and heritage group initially ), the Smithy remained unused as it would take too much funding to bring it up to a modern standard.

In 2015 a local potter took on a the tenancy of the Smithy doing some renovation work and opening the building up again as a pop-up working & teaching pottery studio. As the pottery trial was a success and bought more people to the site, in 2016 LCDC invested in some insulation for the building making it usable all year around.

In Front of the Smithy 2001

March 2002

Drama in the Smithy . August 2001

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