Photos of August Market Day

Many thanks to Lynne Roberts for sending us these photos from August’s Market day in Lochcarron Hall. The Next market days ate 28th September & 26th October, please let us know if you’d like a table , email infosmithyhub@gmail.com

Thanks to all our volunteers who keep this important social event and fundraiser going with all their enthusiasm and hard work throughout the summer months.

New View point Bench in Kirkton Woodland

a lovely new hardwood bench has been kindly provided by woodworkz- lochcarron, and the Lottery Awards for all. Thanks to the volunteers who got it securely put into place at the top of Cnoc Na Staing with great views overlooking Kirkton Woodland & Loch Carron.

Fungi Day !


Fungi Day
In celebrating Kirkton woodland . This activity is FREE to attend.
Intrigued about Fungi but don’t know where to start?
Then come along and learn with local expert
Tony Lyon.
Sunday 2nd September 2018
10am-3pm
At the Treehouse in Lochcarron
Numbers of participants are limited so please book in advance to avoid
disappointment. Bring a packed lunch or food to share.
ADULTS ONLY.
For further information or to book; contact:
beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

Easter children’s Bushdraft Activities- photos and stories.

As part of this Easters childrens Bushcraft activities organised by Lynda Beveridge anf funded by Highlife, we have produced a booklet of stories and pictures by the children, it provides a momento for the participants and a taste of the wide range of activities they were involved in. You can down load the booklet in the link below or keep scrolling to view here.

booklet

 

Lochcarron Community Development Company News, July August 2018

The LCDC volunteers and our Development Officer have been working as hard as ever to deliver multiple projects in the area. As ever we are incredibly grateful to the support of the community and especially to the volunteers who make it possible to achieve things which benefit the whole community. It’s never easy getting everything done, finding time or achieving deadlines, and those who are working away in the background contribute so much.

Housing Survey
Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) has previously conducted a housing needs survey to ascertain the future residential housing needs. LCDC is working in partnership with HSCHT to deliver affordable housing in Kirkton Woodland. It came to light that many local businesses were also struggling to grow or remain sustainable due to the lack of accommodation for employees in the area. As with many aspects of community sustainability, the problems are multifaceted and intertwined. With more working age families in the area, other smaller businesses would do better, local services and infrastructure could be protected from cutbacks and other growth opportunities would arise. HSCHT organised a second survey so we could find out more about this, this time the survey went to local businesses. Thanks largely to the enthusiastic efforts of Peter MacKenzie, who distributed and collected surveys we have had a very high level of responses that clearly shows that there is a need for a range of housing solutions in the Lochcarron area.

HSCHT have now awarded a tender for a site infrastructure survey which will start soon.

Bushcraft at the Treehouse.
At the time of writing family events at the treehouse are planned, we’ll have a report about asap.

Market days
These have been continuing to help raise some much needed funds each month and provide an important community social event. Many thanks to Sheila Cudby who has stepped in to help coordinate the catering, thanks also to those who all help make this event happen, you are all much appreciated! We are still very short of kitchen and general hall volunteers, if you feel you could help with setting things up, taking the meal payments, serving food or in any other way, we’d love to hear from you. The next dates are August 31st, September 28th, and October 26th. If you would like to book a crafts, charity or produce table for £5 please contact infosmithyhub@gmail.com

The Smithy Hub
The site has been a little quieter than usual during the heatwave and world cup, we fully expect visitors to increase again once the football is over!  At the iGallery, the availability of volunteers to staff the desk has been a struggle, many visitors really value having a friendly local person to answer their queries. If you’d like to sit in for an hour or two to meet visitors, again we’d love to hear from you. The Highland Council proposed visitor information shelter to be built on site has had various delays to do with some technicalities, but the final stumbling blocks have been resolved and we are told that work on the shelter will start at the end of July. This will extend the current visitor information capacity and provide a year round facility. Any local businesses, organisers of individuals who wish to display promotional materials please pop it up to the iGallery.

The Dairy
Work on the Dairy project is ongoing, the sub committee working on the funding application and business planning have all been going over the facts and figures with a fine comb before the next funding application is submitted. We will keep you updated.

Firewood
This is a good time to stock up on firewood to dry before the winter and support the community woodland development, if you’d like to order chopped logs or lengths of timber contact kirktonfirewood@gmail.com
01520 722 952.

 

Housing Needs and Business Views Survey

The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) has been commissioned by Lochcarron Community Development Company to carry out a survey of all households in the community to assess future housing and business development needs. An important aspect of the process is exploring the needs of existing businesses and of potential new businesses. Therefore, please take a moment to complete this short online form http://www.hscht.co.uk/surveys.html

If you would prefer a paper copy or word doc to email please contact us at infosmithyhub@gmail.com

Summer Holidays Activities at the Tree house 2018

Summer Holidays Activities
at the treehouse
In celebrating Kirkton woodland and Settlement of Kirkton.

The Treehouse, Lochcarron.

2 Days 19th & 20th July –  Aged 8 + 2 days of Girls Only

Natural Woodland Activities

Come along & make your own healing ointment, natural dying, natural cordage jewellery, herbal teas, candle making & holder & try some baking over the campfire.


2 Days 23rd & 24th July –  Aged 7 + 2 days of 

Survival Skills Activities 

Be prepared to get dirty! Have lots of fun learning survival skills & playing games outdoors

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Please ensure children come dressed for outdoors and have snacks/drinks & any medication with them.  Parent/Guardians will be asked to complete a consent form on arrival so please arrive 5mins prior to the event.  Booking Required. 

For further information or to book;
beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

 

Programme of events for 2018 Kirkton Woodland Project

June

4th June ( Family) –   Fairies & Wizards – crafts & adventure. 

1 Day Sat 9th June Aged 8 + & Adults: Greenwoodworking – Carve your own wooden butter Knife 

July

 (School Holiday Activities)

2 Days 19th & 20th July –  Aged 8 + 2 days of Girls Only Natural Woodland Activities

Come along & make your own healing ointment, natural dying, natural cordage jewellery, herbal teas, candle making & holder & try some baking over the campfire.

 2 days 23rd & 24th July Aged 6 + – 2 days Survival Skills

Be prepared to get dirty! Have lots of fun learning survival skills & playing games 

September

Adults only  – Cooking Outdoors – using foraged foods. 

(Date TBC – please register interest) 

October

( Family) 15th October  –  Make Mandalas

(Family) 16th October   –  Autumn Crafts

1 day  17th October  Aged 8 + & Adults Greenwoodworking – Carve your own Bullroarer.

An ancient ceremonial musical instrument used by the Aboriginal’s. 

November

(Family)  Sat 3rd Nov Family Halloween Gathering

Spooky Stories round the fire, Treasure Hunt  & Torch Procession with your own handmade torches.

Adults Only  Sat 10th Nov: Greenwoodworking –  Spoon carving.

Sat 24th Nov (Family)  Natural Christmas Decorations – Make your own Evergreen Wreath 

December

Grand Finale Event   

Interpretation panel unveiled, bonfire, make paper lanterns, communal outdoor cook, decorate the Heritage Tree with New years wishes for 2019, lantern procession & Farewell to 2018.  Date (TBC )

natural dying, natural cordage jewellery, herbal teas, candle making & holder & try some baking over the campfire.

Numbers are limited so please book your place by registering your interest with Lynda Beveridge

beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

Another report from Nic about volunteer work up Cnoc na Staing , Saturday 21st April, thanks everyone for all your Stirling work! :

“Four of us went up the Cnoc path from the Wee Campsite. I was a bit horrified to find the gorse – particularly on the East side of the path – had been burnt off. It was difficult to fathom out how, but it has finished the job we started (until it regenerates, of course). We found a few small trees on the left side of the path which we moved or noted for coming back to quite soon with guards. The before-during-after pictures show the path as seen from the top of the hill.

At the edge of the moor the path has a culvert which had become blocked so we did a bit of digging and squelching around, and Judith scraped the surface clear of mud so it should be better to walk on.

We went over the Cnoc viewpoint and found a sheltered spot on the east side for a brew and a piece of cake (made that morning!). Then down through the wood to Kirkton Gardens, some of which was quite passable. Through to Croft Road we found some more vegetation to prune and it was after 5pm when we finished!

A good afternoon, well spent with friends.”