film ” a Cry for Kirkton ” screening

Come along to view the film ” a cry for Kirkton “, a fictional re-enactment film based on 1872 of a family being cleared from their home.
lochcarron Village Hall, sat 10th March 2018, 4 – 5 pm

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Craft Retail Units & Space available to Rent 2018

Craft Retail Units & Space available to Rent

Retail and workshop space available at
established and busy community owned site east of Lochcarron.
Suitable for small or new crafts businesses.
At the Smithy Community Hub.
Contact for further information.

For further information
01520  722 952





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AGM 2018

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 .

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01520  722 952



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Volunteer News

Our next meeting will be on a Saturday, 20th January, to appeal to anyone who hasn’t been able to make our usual weekday sessions. This will be a chance to get to grips with some of the jobs we have been doing. We will be removing more gorse from the edge of the road up to Cnoc na Staing. This is surprisingly rewarding as the transformation is immediate and the work needn’t be heavy going. We meet at 10am at the Wee camp site above Croft Road and work till 1pm, with a good tea break sometime in the middle. Anyone coming along is advised to have wellies or boots, warm and waterproof clothing and garden/work gloves. If you have secateurs, loppers, a bow saw, mattock or spade, bring them along, they will be very useful. Don’t worry if there is snow lying or falling, this is good winter work. If this date is not convenient but weekend days appeal to you, get in touch anyway.

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Easter Bushcraft activities 2018

WE have another great event for outdoor educational adventures planned this spring, this will be lead by Lynda Beveridge again and will include cooking, treeplanting, creative projects and much more .

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volunteering news January 2018

Here is a photo of of Kirkton Woods volunteer Kenny with path markers leading down to the bottom of the woods, near the old Coffin Road. The markers are just old bits of harvesting waste stuck into the ground, the path will come later… In the background is the largest of the ruined houses at Kirkton. The path we have been marking out passes close to the ruin and heads to the old Coffin Road near the ford. We also removed quite a few obstacles along the way.

Next week’s volunteer meeting (Friday 12th, 10am – 1pm) will return to Cnoc na Staing viewpoint to remove the two remaining pieces of steelwork and, if time, continue with the gorse reduction and drainage improvement on the path across the top of the crofts.

The following meeting is on SATURDAY 20th 10am – 1pm, also on the Cnos na Staing footpath. Meet at the small campsite on Croft road. More details from Nic.

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Come along and see what’s been happening in your woods!

December 23rd, 10am till 1pm.
Come along and see what’s been happening in your woods! 
There will be a bonfire of some of the felled waste timber (which will help us tidy up a bit) and you can bring marshmallows to toast. Fire lighting at 10am and Kirkton Woods volunteer supervisor, Nic Bullivant, will be on hand to show you round till 1pm. Turn up any time after 10.00. Head for the wood yard which is up the track from the forest entrance.

It’s the first day of the holiday, a good opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the short winter’s day.

Here’s just some of what our fantastic squad of Volunteers achieved already;

A classic day in the woods.

A well-defined job that will make a big difference, a friendly bunch of folk, a variety of weather, but not much rain and good satisfaction by the end.
We put a culvert in to the drain which runs past the pond and is crossed by a direct walking route from the pond to the big gable-ended ruin.
We also cleared waste obstructing this route and extended it down towards the main stream at the bottom of the woods. More to do on this.
After three days laying back the gorse on the path up towards Cnoc an Staing, we returned to the big woods.
The main plan is to start to make the path to the big ruin a reality. There are some great drainage pipes to install and the usual “harvesting waste” to clear back.
We concentrated on clearing the ditch on the left as you go up. Don’t worry – we’ll be back. There are more big bushes Davie Thomson said he would chain saw, and the path along the top to the viewpoint is still a bit beset with bushes and water. It was much too cold on Friday to work up there! Another job in that region is to install the new viewpoint bench and remove the remaining metal poles which used to support the TV aerial.
And, as the ghost of work yet to come, here is a picture from the old Coffin Route. Who said it was wet? That’s an understatement.
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