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.

 

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Market day Dates 2019

Last Friday of the month
11am~3pm

Lochcarron Village Hall
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 homemade lunches

12noon~2pm

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 26th April
31st May
28th June
26th July
30th August
27th Sept
25th Oct

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Lochcarron Community Development Company Update February 2019 

Lochcarron Community Development Company Update February 2019 

In keeping with our commitment to keep the community updated on progress across the activities of LCDC we would like to give you an update on matters.

It’s all go down at the Smithy !!!!!!

The board of LCDC are excited to announce that financial assistance, much by way of grant funding, has been secured in principle to extend the provision of community focused activities both at the Smithy Hub and in our woodland area.

By securing the award of some £335K of financial assistance LCDC will be able to redevelop and extend their existing iGallery building to provide a Delicatessen, Gallery and Café facility providing a social space for the local community and visitors alike, will be  called Café Ceardach, (The Smithy Café).

In keeping with one of the main aims of LCDC this will initially create five much needed employment opportunities with the intention to extend this to seven positions within 12 months. It will also secure a much-needed revenue stream to enable the other projects and aspirations of LCDC to be progressed, including the provision of affordable housing and skills development opportunities.

In securing the grant funding and other financial assistance the letters of support from across the community were very important and we would like to extend a massive thank you to all those local businesses, Lochcarron and District Business Association and their members for that support.

The new facility will be open all year round with a view to providing local sourced produce for both retail sale through our Delicatessen and also be used to create the menu of the Café. Our retail space will provide a shop window for many local artists and craftsmen and craftswomen. This will further enhance the footfall and income opportunities for other outlets at the Smithy Hub site.

In keeping with the desire to embrace a “green, low food miles agenda” electric vehicle charging points will be provided in the car park, cycle storage and free water refills to walkers and cyclists. Similarly, the Delicatessen will encourage customers to “bring your own container” for purchase of produce to reduce packaging.

The funding has been secured from a range of funders including £25K from The Princes Countryside Fund, the only Scottish application to be approved.

We have also been fortunate to augment our funding applications with support from Scottish Seafarms and PLT which will enable the erection of a woodland shelter for use by local schoolchildren and the development of a sensory trail within the woodland.

I hope to be able to disclose more details in the coming weeks with provisional timings for commencement of the works and our eagerly awaited Grand Opening.

Thanks again to all those who have supported this project. – Colin Sharp – Chair – LCDC

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‘A Cry For Kirkton’- Pupils Film available to view.

The film that the Lochcarron Primary School pupils created  ‘ A cry for Kirkton ‘ is now available to view here via You Tube. The film was a response to their research into the settlement of Kirkton behind Lochcarron- Now our community woodland, many thanks to everyone involved, and to Ray McCartney for uploading and all his work on this.

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End of Term Woodland activities and Bonfire

On the 19th of December Pupils from Lochcarron Primary School Joined volunteers up at Kirkton Woodland for an end of term Bonfire, outdoors activities and treats. Thanks to Lynda for organising this and to Nic for lighting the Bonfire & providing some photographs. There are some exciting new activities and developments planned for the rest of this winter and next year, more news when I get it .

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Greenwood working , Saturday 17th Nov


at the treehouse Saturday 17th , 11am to 3pm. ages 10+, booking required, £3 per person. beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

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Spooky Halloween event in the treehouse


Spooky Halloween event, November 4th Saturday, all ages.
prizes for fancy dress, sweetie hunt and cakes.
Halloween crafting & spooky stories. £3 per person, funds for the treehouse.

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