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7th June

RESIGNATION

It is with great regret that I have to resign my post as editor owing to the Chamber committee deciding to ask me to remove my critical editorial comment which was under the 30th May boat news item.

There was an opportunity for the committee to take the moral high ground and it has not been grasped.

I thank the ordinary chamber members for their emails of support.

Tony Harmsworth

6th June
News in brief

Loads of items for sale from a trike to bonzai pots, from a house to rent to alloy wheels and a waterproof Inverness cape. See the FreeAds page. New jobs on the Jobs Page, too.

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The Chamber of Commerce minutes for the 2012 AGM can be read here.

The Chamber of Commerce financial statement as at 6th April 2013 can be read here.

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Don't forget the School Fair on 8th June. See Glen's Diary.

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Glen Urquhart Greenspace Minutes for 15th April are now here.

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The Soirbheas AGM is on 20th June - full details here and in Glen's Diary.

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Next Glen Urquhart Rural Community Council meeting on 10th June - see Glen's Diary.

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1st June

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Mark Kearns writes, "I've attached a pic taken this evening through our kitchen window in the village, about 9.45pm, showing an adventurous and agile badger taking advantage of the food we'd left for birds. After eating, the badger shimmied, back legs first, down the fence."
Badger by Mark Kearns
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While we were having dinner at Clunmore this fellow stole some food from their bird feeder. Ed.

Pine Marten by Tony Harmsworth
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30th May



George Edwards tells us, "After 28 years of promoting Loch Ness tourism, being a founder member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as Treasurer, Vice- Chairman and Director and having served on the Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn Area Tourist Board, in various positions, Lenora and I were thrilled to hear that Trip Advisor have awarded us a Certificate of Excellence 2013 Winner, for our Loch Ness Cruises business, for consistently being in the top 10% of world wide businesses receiving 5 star ratings from our customers."

EDITORIAL COMMENT BELOW REMOVED AS DEMANDED BY THE COMMITTEE.


30th May
News in brief

This year's Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games is on 24th August.

Each year a free stall is given to one community organisation.

If your community group is interested in being considered for this stall please contact the gathering giving details of the community group and contact details.

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More jobs on the jobs page.

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See Glen's Diary for information on the August MG European Car Rally.

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See Glen's Diary for late notice of an event on 1st June

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See Glen's Diary for an extreme food makeover on  

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Spring Bank Holiday Toy Sale: 10 % Off All Items from Friday 24th May to Monday 3rd June Inclusive. Plus 5% Extra discount for referrals from this site - please enter voucher code DRUM13 on checkout. Local hand delivery/ collection in Drumnadrochit area can be arranged – please contact us when placing order if required. Go to www.comacodirect.com.

See the FREE ADS page for more details


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Soraya Wedding Photograph

Drumnadrochit Photographer scoops major awards at MPA ceremony in Glasgow with Highland flavoured landscapes and Wedding imagery.

The annual Scottish MPA (Master Photographers Association) awards were held on 20th May 2013 in Glasgow. With over a hundred members including some of the very best photographers in the UK, competition was tough.

Margaret Soraya, from Drumnadrochit, won not one, but two major awards showing the Scottish landscape at its very best.

Soraya Mist

The “ Open “ category was won by Margaret with her stunningly serene image of Loch Ness. Click to enlarge the image above.

A large part of Margaret’s work revolves around the landscape and she is currently undertaking a year long project focusing on Loch Ness. Several of her other landscapes, including Loch Ness images received awards of excellence on the night.

She was also the winner of “Complete Wedding” category which consists of 10 images from one wedding. The winning images are from a wedding on the Isle of Harris at Rodel Church late last year.

Quote from Judge Clare Louise ”Beautiful, Breath taking and filled with all the magical ingredients of wedding photography … for me Margaret captures the essence of love and her collection of images embraces all the elements a professional wedding photographer should bring to a wedding … technical ability, creative ability, combined with a connection and the foresight to anticipate the capturing of a moment”

The bride and groom came to the Island from Australia and Germany together without friends or family to be married at St Clement’s church in Rodel. The charm of the island was obviously very strong as the newlyweds chose to stay for a month before beginning their journey back home. Many of their wedding photographs were taken on a stormy and atmospheric Luskentyre beach . Turquoise waves breaking on a deserted beach make a truly unique backdrop for wedding photographs.

You can see more of Margaret’s wedding images at www.sorayaphoto.com and her landscape work at www.sorayalandscape.com


The Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce have great pleasure in welcoming her as the newest member and she has a provisional entry under PHOTOGRAPHERS on the left of this page.

23rd May
News in brief

Harold Skinner writes: Craigmonie Woodland Association has a monthly work party in the Woodland on Saturday 1st June.

Meet at 9.30am at the Big Tree on Balmacaan Drive.

Possible work includes path clearing, rhododendron clearing and ditch maintenance.

For more information please
contact Sandra Bardwell on 450609.


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The Glen Urquhart Community Council minutes for 22nd April are on their page and also here.

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Fran writes: Friday May 24th between 1.30-4pm will be a charity knitting-square-a-thon at Glen Urquhart Library. See Glen's Diary.

Cannich Craft Fair is on June 16th They also seem to be having a spinning and weaving taster session at Cannich Hall on June 29th – but I have no further information.

Invermoriston are planning a fair for Sat August 17th at the usual cost, place and time.

Do we still want a Loch Ness Summer Craft Fair here at the Craigmonie Centre in July?

And finally – I need to complete my funding review for last year (and hopefully apply for new funding for the club for this year) so please email me with your ‘review’ of the Craft Club and any workshops you have attended, the Craft Fair – what you liked, what you learned, did it change your life??? :::grin::: If you could all write me a few lines it would really help!

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Moray Firth Map

Scott Delgarno writes: Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan: Alternative Sites and Uses Consultation

Between April and July 2012 the Council carried out a consultation on the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan: Main Issues Report (MIR). The MIR asked for peoples views on sites that the Council considered to be suitable and unsuitable for future development. This consultation received around 900 comments. Some of these comments promoted sites that had not previously been considered through the Call for Sites process, which preceded the MIR, or previous Development Plans. Other people proposed alternative land uses on certain sites that had been included in the MIR.

This consultation includes suggestions relating to the settlements; Alness, Beauly, Cawdor, Conon Bridge, Contin, Cromarty, Dingwall, Drumnadrochit, Evanton, Fortrose, Invergordon, Inverness, Muir of Ord, Munlochy, Nairn, North Kessock, Seaboard Villages, Strathpeffer, Tain, Tore and also considers the suggested changes to the Hinterland around Towns and Special Landscape Areas.

The Council has assessed these alternative sites and land uses in the same way that sites were assessed prior to the publication of the MIR. We have identified the sites that are considered to be suitable for the uses proposed and are now asking for peoples views on these. Comments submitted will be considered alongside others submitted during the MIR and will help us to prepare the next stage of the Plan, known as the Proposed Plan. When considering these alternative sites and land uses, reference should be made to the MIR.

Details of the sites we are consulting on are available on the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan webpage by selecting Online Local Development Plan or directly at this webpage.

Please note we are asking for comments to be made only through the Online Local Development Plan website.

The consultation will last from 16th May 2013 to 30th June 2013 during which time comments can be made. All comments should be submitted by midnight on 30th June 2013 in order to be considered.

Yours faithfully

Scott Dalgarno, Development Plans Manager



News in brief

Don't miss Pat Vietch's Flower Forum plant sale on the green 10am to 4pm Saturday 18th May.

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Glen Urquhart Greenspace's minutes of the meeting of 18th March are available here.

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LADIES: Ascot hat competition. See 6th June in Glen's Diary.

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There have been changes to the Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association - see their page for details. Also see their page or this link for the last set of minutes.

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Glen Urquhart Community Council agenda for 20th May meeting now in Glen's Diary and on their page.

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Borlum at 50

Duncan driving sheep over the bridge

Thank goodness Duncan MacDonald-Haig doesn't  do this in the peak season any more!

See the latest article here.


Girls Youth Pipe Band

German Pipers

Falk Paulat tells us: Our girls youth pipeband Happy German Bagpipers this year in Scotland on tour 19th July - 5th August.

Starting in Dundee, then at the Aberdeen Youth Festival. After the Aberdeen Youth Festival we are going to Stirling for giving a concert into the town and the Stirling Castle.

Last week my girls asked me for visiting Loch Ness. We can come to Drumnadrochit evening Monday 29th July for one or two days.

We are coming with 7 girls, age 7 - 14 years.

Our driver and I can sleep in our minibus or in a small room. We can give for low or free cost one or two concert for the hotel or in the front outside.

It is no problem to bring the girls into a room for sleeping they have sleeping bags and air mattresses there.

Videos on YouTube you can see here.

Falk's email

Website








News in brief

Guarana Street Drummers want to play Drumnadrochit and require camping permission.

See April 12th's item for contact details if you can help.

Ed.
NEW BRIDGE IN THE COVER

Bluebells by Tony Harmsworth

Margaret writes: There will be a public exhibition and drop in session at Craigmonie Centre Glen Urquhart High School (café area) 6pm to 8pm on WEDNESDAY 15TH MAY.

This will be to exhibit the proposals we have for a new bridge over the river Coiltie in The Cover.
The Cover is a very popular walk and it would be great to have a bridge back and to access Loch Ness A group of us have been working away and we now have plans to show the community.

We have geomorphological information and options for a bridge.

The stands will be manned by Francis Jones from Glen Urquhart Greenspace Bill MacDiarmid from GULUP And Cllr Margaret Davidson

GLEN URQUHART BULLETIN

The Editors of the Glenurquhart Bulletin are seeking contributions for this year's publication which is due to come out in time for Games Day on Saturday 24th August 2013.

We are looking for articles and/or poems on a wide range of subjects in prose or poetry . Subjects published in the past have included local history, natural history topical matters, personalities and other historical items. Ideally they would possess a local connection (local can refer to the Great Glen and the area around including Strathglass and Invermoriston) but other subjects will certainly be welcomed.

As always we would be grateful if the secretaries of all local organisations would send a report containing the year's highlights to the Bulletin.

We are aware that while most organisations have their own dedicated website, we still believe that the Bulletin fulfils a useful function in that it gathers this information together and thereby helps visitors, locals and exiles alike to keep up to date with matters in the Glen.


Please send your contribution to Fraser MacKenzie 01456 450512 or Una Urquhart 01456 476206
9th May

News in brief

GARDEN WASTE

Margaret tells us: Following on from the very successful Garden waste collections last year, we are repeating them again and extending the service to Fort Augustus and Kiltarlity The first pick up for Drumnadrochit will be on Saturday 11th May in the car park noon to 3pm.

I will be putting up posters and a putting a few flyers around. Click for poster.

Let’s make it as big a success this year as last.

Margaret

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Like our local woodland? Why not become involved by attending the Craigmonie Woodland Association annual general meeting on 23rd May - see Glen's Diary and on their page in the right hand index.

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BREAKING (AND ENTERING) NEWS

Micki Cameron reports "the theft of many specialist tools including: Bosch router; Makita biscuit jointer; DeWalt orbital sander; Bosch screwdriver/drill.

"Also battery packs and spare battery packs for the power tools."


Many hand tools also gone.

These are specialist tools and if it was an opportunistic thief they probably don't know the specialist value of the items which they have taken.

If anyone has any idea where they are please contact the website or the police.

Ed
3rd May

News in brief

There is a new summer menu at the Loch Ness Lodge Hotel. They tell us:

"The Loch Ness Lodge has a brand new A La Carte summer menu now available in the Library Garden Restaurant and Pibroch Bar.

"Our head chef Colin MacLennan has once again excelled himself and a true Highland feast awaits you.

"Evening meals are served from 6.30-9pm daily.

"Go on, treat yourself with our reasonable prices and outstanding cuisine."


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There is an appeal by HEART to sponsor Neva's ride on 1st June. See the 1st May Borlum at 50 article.

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Glenurquhart Primary School Summer Fair Saturday 8th June, 2-4pm in the school playground.

Calling all local businesses! Would you like to be represented at our school’s summer fair? We are offering tables for businesses for £10 and the donation of a raffle prize. All profits will be your own to take home.

Activities at the fair will include Side Show Alley, the Sports Field and Makeover Corner. Teas, coffees, hot pancakes and a baking stall are also covered. If you are interested please phone Corinne on 01456 476258 in the evenings.


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David Nichol advises: I thought the community should know of a possible hacker, that I have just been made aware of:

Simon Ashton simon25@hotmail.co.uk

 Do not open any email from this source.


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Launch of HEART at Borlum farm on 19th May - see Glen's Diary.

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Reminder that the deadline for the BID questionnaire has been extended to Friday 10th May. See the item with the blue BUSINESS NEWS heading in the block below this if you've forgotten or missed it.

If you have a tourism business in the area, this could cost you money and increase your business so make sure you have your say.

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1st May

BORLUM AT 50

Thinny and Fatty at Borlum Farm


Some more great stories, pictures and memories from Borlum in their fourth nostalgic look at life at the Riding Stables.

The image above shows Beccy, Thinny, Fatty and Daniel with Loch Ness in the distance.

Another beautifully constructed article.

CLICK THIS LINK
27th April

News in brief


On Tuesday 30th April the Glen Urquhart Community Council are holding a drop-in session for the Local Plan 3.30pm to 8pm at the Craigmonie Centre. See Glen's Diary.

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The Glen Urquhart Community Council minutes for 19th March can be seen on their page and here.

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The Scottish Episcopal Church St Ninian’s Glenurquart Ascension Day

Ascension

9th May - see Glen's Diary

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20th April
IMPORTANT Chamber News for Members

Chamber

Notice Board In order that the notice board in the VIC Car Park may get a pre season update any member wishing to place or replace an advert in the notice board please hand them in to Robert Cockburn at Drumnadrochit Post Office / Shop - preparation to be as shown here.

Brochures Our brochure sub committee are already working hard to prepare a new brochure which will be ready early next year - in the mean time we have sufficient stocks of the existing brochure to last until then and any member requiring a top up of supplies should let us know and we shall ensure you get a further supply.

AGM We would take this opportunity to give advance notice of this year's AGM which will be held in the Blairbeg Hall at 7.30 pm on Monday 3rd June 2013.

19th April

News in brief

There is a lot of news this week and it has filled more than four columns so do scroll down to ensure you haven't missed anything.

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New jobs and free ads on the site this week so check them out.

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Agenda now out for the Glen Urquhart Community Council meeting on the 22nd April. Click this link.

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The GLEN URQUHART HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY have announced a QUIZ NIGHT with CHEESE and WINE  for Friday 26th. April. 7.30pm in Blairbeg Hall. Entry £1, also a Raffle. See Glen's Diary.

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Iain MacDiarmid writes:
"This is a picture [click to enlarge] of an American Mink I took at the Cover. I spotted this little critter on the far bank of the River Enrick searching every nook and cranny for native wildlife to slaughter.

Iain MacDiarmid - Mink in the Cover

"It does look quite cute, but they are a serious menace and I think I would rather see it as a coat!"

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The Drumnadrochit Medical Practice

PUBLIC HOLIDAY on MONDAY 6TH MAY 2013

THE SURGERY WILL BE OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY ON MONDAY MORNING

PRESCRIPTIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED ON THE MONDAY


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Loch Ness & Inverness Tourism Business Improvement District

A Tourism Business Improvement District (T BID) is being proposed for Loch Ness & Inverness (excluding the Inverness city centre BID area) to capitalise on the benefits of both areas working together as one destination.

Destination Loch Ness is fully supportive of this development and is leading the initiative.

To develop the proposed T BID it is necessary to first undertake extensive consultation with all the tourism businesses that may be included in it. After the consultation is complete, a T BID Business Plan will be developed and circulated. As part of the consultation process, a Questionnaire is being sent out to over 700 tourism businesses in the Loch Ness & Inverness area to help the T BID Steering Group better understand the issues affecting businesses locally.

Your views are very important and DLN would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and return the questionnaire by Friday May 3rd in the stamp addressed envelope provided or alternatively complete it online HERE where you will also find more information on the proposed T BID.


Muththettuwegama School

Plaque
 
"Josie and Fraser Mackenzie have just returned from Sri Lanka where they visited Muththettuwegama School so that Josie could unveil the plaque officially opening the library which was paid for by donations to mark her retirement from Glen Urquhart High School in December 2011. A total of £6,507 had been raised.
 
Group
 
"The building has been in use since January 2013 and houses a library and also a resource area . Since the building has opened local donors in Sri Lanka have provided four computers. Josie was welcomed by the school band and after the plaque was unveiled all the pupils took part in a concert in her honour.

Opening

Links with the school will be maintained and staff at our local library and at the High School will continue to fundraise for the project. There is a need for more books in Sinhala and for additional shelving, ideally glass fronted as dust is a problem in what is a particularly dry area of Sri Lanka."
Craft Fair

Fran Davidson writes:

"Just over a week to go to our first Craft fair!

"The response has been fantastic and we have over 30 stall holders from the Loch Ness area and beyond. I’ve just done a dry run of the layout of the venue and there will be sales in both the main theatre and the canteen area, a sales & display area by the Café Bar, plus plant sales & and Aricula display in the Courtyard (fingers crossed for dry weather!). You’ll even be able to try the Bagpipes!

"Thanks to those who said that they will help on the day – but more willing hands always welcome! Even if you can’t stay the whole day to greet the public, help with enquiries, sell raffle tickets, sell the library books, etc… just let me know if you can make it.

"Please make sure as many people know about the event as possible through word of mouth , via your social media & email networks, etc. We need a good turn out to ensure that the stall holders get support (and sales)."

Just copy and paste the section below into your email or Facebook page.  

Loch Ness Spring Craft Fair

Craigmonie Centre, Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XA

SATURDAY APRIL 20th 2013

Doors open 11am-4pm
Featuring local Crafters and Artists from the Loch Ness area and beyond with over 30 stalls, demonstrations, exhibitions, refreshments & raffle.
Handmade woolwork, knitted and felted items, quilts and textiles, papercrafts, photography, paintings, candles, gift items for all pockets, bags, scarves, jewellery, plants and more!

Plus a range of excellent quality ex-library craft and cookery books on sale.

Free entry to the public

for more info. email Fran Davidson 
nessie
12th April

Drummers

SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY TO THINK ABOUT

Hello from Guarana Street Drummers.

FREE DRUMMING PERFORMANCE & WORKSHOPS FOR YOU & YOUR AUDIENCE

We are very much hoping you can help us our with our SCOTTISH DRUM TOUR 2013.

We are a group of around 20 Adults and Children Samba Style Drummers from Aberdeen Celebraing our 10th year we have set ourselves a challenge to drum in as many locations containing the word Drum in the nameplace, raising funds for Clan Cancer Support along our way by means of busking buckets and sponsorships.

Our Fee is usually £500 providing 2/3 performances for any audience followed by FREE Workshops for all ages and abilities to join in and having a go. This works particularly well at Galas, Festivals and open days proving very popular with children. We can have you drumming a tune in around 20minutes.

We would be delighted to provide an afternoon entertainment TOTALLY WAIVING OUR FEE in exchange for permission to drum on your location with our busking buckets.


We started our tour in Easter Sunday where Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire took up our free offer, We happily performed 3 sets with 9 busy workshops on audience demand, entertaining a crowd of around 400.

We freely Drummed at Sundrum Caravan Park, Ayrshire where the children were very keen to join in.

We will also be attending the Belladrum Music Festival for the 7th year running. We are hoping you may have such an event or indeed any other near hand events you might like to suggest to us. We’ll consider anywhere where there’s an audience we can perform to.

I really hope you can help us out as I’m keen to add your locations to our list , certainly as you have Urquhart Castle it is a major location and we would love to have this as a big marker within our tour i.e., end or halfway point pending your availability throughout the calendar year of course.

Angie Hughes
Guarana Drummers on Tour 2013
secretary - designer - high player email  angie.hughes@ajl.co.uk

 

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Who is 80 on 14th April?

NESSIE!

It is 80 years since Mrs Aldie Mackay had her famous Nessie sighting which brought the monster to the attention of the world.

On 6th April a symposium took place in Edinburgh at the Counting House. Around eighty people attended, too.

Gordon Rutter of Fortean introduced the speakers and the first was local resident Adrian Shine, who spent about forty minutes on the natural history of Loch Ness and how it can influence the Loch Ness story through wave effects, mirages and the loch's unique steep sided, flat bottomed profile. He also showed how a lack of understanding of sonar could allow misleading depths to appear on the screens of some sonar machines.

[Adrian Shine's booklet is available at the Loch Ness Centre.]

This was followed by Roland Watson who gave an interesting talk on the folklore prior to 1933 and how that might have influenced perceptions. He looked at St Columba's sightings, the water horse, kelpie and others.

After an excellent buffet lunch, yours truly gave an illustrated talk on the period from 1972 to present day, majoring on the fakery and misleading evidence of Dr Rines, explaining in detail why it was so poor and unreliable and then dealing with the Loch Ness project's sonar work from 1981 onwards. How their results were critically explored by themselves to remove any that were ambiguous or misleading. This left the loch with unexplained contacts which could still be evidence of "something" in the loch.

[Tony's book is no longer available at the post office stores, but Loch Ness Gifts and the Great Glen Pharmacy still have a supply in the village.]

Next David Martin-Jones gave a talk on Nessie in the movie industry, showing clips from the Secret of the Loch from the thirties and exploring how the emphasis of the films changed as the century proceeded and the subject became more international.

Charles Paxton of St Andrews University then gave a talk on the statistical analysis of sightings at the loch. What sounded as if it might be a talk that could send you to sleep, it was actually a lively affair and enjoyed by all.

The final speaker was Gordon Rutter himself who discussed the Nessie photographs and was particularly critical of the deliberate fakes such as the recent 'Edwards' image. [See the news item in the archive for 23rd August 2012 to see the storyline on that.]

Finally there was a panel of experts answering questions from the floor.

Over all the general impression was one of concern that if there is a monster in the loch that it is just a big fish. Some seem happy with that conclusion, but plesiosaur believers will never accept it.

As Adrian Shine said, "You can't kill myths with science", so that maybe how it should be left for now.



11th April

Wind farm

Soirbheas reports: As our community will probably be aware, the Girvan family's Corrimony wind farm is now operational and the community have a substantial stake in it via the community company Soirbheas.

As a result of the community participation in this project Soirbheas will be able to invest around £100,000 per year into community projects.

Soirbheas have now appointed Donna Green as our Community Development Officer and she will be helping to progress community groups proposals and projects.

A further small (5 turbine) wind-farm development is now being proposed by a local land-owner near to Corrimony Energy's site.

The community are being offered a similar substantial stake in this development too. A meeting is now being called to consult with the communities concerned and to provide more information.

Soirbheas wish to make clear that they are a community company and are therefore neutral as regards this (or any other projects). It is for the community to decide if they want to back this project or not.

Having successfully completed the community stake in the Corrimony project, Soirbheas have the expertise and would be willing to manage the stake in this new proposal on behalf of the community (if the community should decide to back this new project). However, there has to also be a clear mandate from the community that they wish Soirbheas to do so.

This initial meeting is therefore an important one as it will shape how things develop (or not) and views are likely to be polarised. The 'silent majority' need to heard to ensure the community's interests are fully represented.

Click this link to see the poster and meeting details.



 

11th April

Sir Douglas and Lady Bader at Borlum
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Borlum at 50!

Some more great stories, pictures and memories from Borlum in their third nostalgic article to celebrate their fifty years of the Highland Riding Centre.

The image above is of Sir Douglas and Lady Bader.

This is a well written and entertaining piece.

CLICK THIS LINK











11th April

News in brief

Carolyn Wilson reminds us that the Glen Urquhart Public Hall is having a Spring Clean on 16th April.

Please see Glen's diary for details if you can spare some time that day.

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Very slow for news. Does anyone have anything they'd like to tell us about?

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The Chamber of Commerce AGM date has been announced as Monday 3rd June in the Glen Urquhart Public Hall annexe at 7pm.

Agenda to follow.

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One day left to apply for the Administrator post on the jobs page.

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Our local chimney sweep, Laurence Sellick has sent us this link to the Chimney Sweep Forum.

Now is a good time to get the job done then you can forget about it until next Spring.

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1st April

Grant Tower slippage could mean work for local tradesmen

Grant Tower

Historic Highlands' announcement that the Grant Tower is gradually slipping into the loch brings hope that there could be a lot of contract work for Glen Urquhart tradesmen.

The news that the south eastern foundations were crumbling came during the winter and there has now been a full survey.

Historic Highlands' inspectors have emphasised that there is no danger to visitors at this time and the tower will remain fully open during the coming season.

A plan has been put in place to underpin the tower temporarily while longer term plans are considered.

This morning's Historic Highlands' article on the slippage can be read here.





28th March
News in brief

Glen Urquhart Community Council minutes for 25th February on their page and also here.

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TWO SCAMS

ONE: Beware a new scam where you get a letter through the post from a Hong Kong bank who claim they are looking after the estate of one of your lost relatives. This is a hard copy scam, not email.

As always, you should never be asked to part with cash under any circumstances. If unsure call a lawyer or Google details in the letter or email. It will quickly show up as a scam i.e. Google "Mr Hudong Pong at Hong Kong Bank Letter"


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TWO: Secondly be aware of possible cowboy tarmac companies operating in the area. Make sure you get a proper quote and don't hand over cash until the job is done to your satisfaction.

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27th March

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Some interesting part time jobs from two providers on the jobs page.

Check them out.
25th March

Stethoscope

The surgery will be closed all day on Friday 29th March for Easter Public Holiday.

NHS24 will be providing cover
20th March

Children's Singing Club

NEW SINGING CLUB

Margaret Livingstone writes: "I have attached a flier and a letter to parents about a new Singing Club starting on 18th April.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday 26th March.

The information went out on Monday to the pupils of Cannich, Balnain and Glenurquhart primary schools. 

Could you please post this information on the website?"


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18th March

Borlum Old Photograph
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Borlum at 50!

Borlum have provided their second fascinating article to celebrate their fifty years of the Highland Riding Centre.

Interested in horses or not, this is an excellent read.

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17th March

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Looking for funding for a recreational group or project?

10 Glens Mountain Bike Project will cease to operate later this year, and intends to disburse surplus funds and equipment.

Expressions of interest are invited from non-profit-making groups promoting mountain biking or other outdoor recreation in areas to the west of the Great Glen.

Please notify your interest supplying contact details to Gordon Watson, email, or by post to 6 Culanlon, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TQ. We will issue an application pack to all eligible groups.

The deadline for return of completed applications will be 30th April 2013.





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16th March

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GREAT GLEN PADDLE CHALLENGE

Preparations continue for this year’s Great Glen Paddle, the Scottish Coast to Coast Canoe Challenge which will run the 57 miles of canals and lochs along the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness on the 26th, 27th and 28th April.

Oliver Wickham, Ex-Team GB Wild Water Racing Veteran and Campbell Walsh, Scottish Slalom Olympian and silver and gold Athens medallist, have taken up the Great Glen Paddle Challenge. As well as these most experienced paddlers, the Great Glen Paddle expects to see a range of contestants enter the event.

The challenge appeals to a varied water sports audience from Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) which combines surfing with kayaking or canoeing to Junior paddlers and those entering the race to raise money for a deserving charity. Scotland makes rein to the ‘Year of Natural Scotland 2013’ this year which celebrates Scotland’s stunning natural and historic landscapes, wildlife and the great Scottish outdoors.

The Great Glen Paddle offers the opportunity to not only celebrate the Scottish scenery but see for yourself by paddling along beautiful lochs and Canals down Loch Ness. GGP are honoured to be supporting the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and hope that as many individuals engross themselves in Scotland’s beauty.

“The moments when we have the final transition on a lock or a certain section of a river and the sun comes up will be kind of magical and I am sure that there will be some fantastic moments to cherish.” – Campbell Walsh

GGP has partnered up with the UK’s leading cancer charity for children; CLIC Sargent, who provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children and young people with cancer, and their families.

If you are still lacking that motivation or inspiration to take on board the GGP challenge, why not push yourself not only for your personal achievement but to help raise money for a deserving charity.

If you would like some more information about this charity head to their website.

The Great Glen Paddle is embracing the modern era by creating a live TwitterFall feed for the duration of the event. This is a great way to encourage interaction from those at the event but similarly those who could not make it to the Scottish Canals. This feed will allow you to check up on people’s progress, post pictures and generally be kept up to date with all the latest news from GGP by just looking at your mobile. All you need to do is have a Twitter account and follow @GreatGlenPaddle, search or tag #greatpaddle when you’re at the event.

The Great Glen Paddle HQ not only invites you to attend the event in April but invites you to take part in the challenge, free of charge.

If you would like more information about this event use the contact details below.

Nelly Whaley
media@cegonline.co.uk
Telephone: 01916030754 Website
Piping Lesson

Neil Clark tells us: "Drumnadrochit Piping Society is now well and truly resurrected.

I'll be running classes (BAGPIPES!) for all levels, from complete beginner up, between 19pm and 9pm every Tuesday at the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.

Cost is expected to be £1 per head.

We're not for profit, all/any money will be ploughed back into materials.

Visitors welcome too. I can provide more info on the society and its history/aims if required ~ well.... Mark Drennan can!

Further info can be obtained from myself, at this email address, or 07796-926556"





Dog Fouling

GURCA would like dog owners to take notice:

DOG FOULING
Concern was expressed at the recent Community Association about the increased incidence of dog fouling locally, in areas such as Milton, Balmacaan Road and even on the Playing Field.

This is a highly objectionable practice. It poses a health hazard, particularly to young children. It is also unsightly and disgusting to locals and visitors alike. Some owners do bag their dogs’ mess, but then go so far as to dump the bags at the roadside, in hedgerows or up trees!

It is unlikely in this economic climate that Highland Council will provide more bins for the purpose. The message is for responsible dog owners to pick up after their dogs and dispose of the bags at home.

15th March

News in brief

The next Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association meeting and AGM is on Monday 13th May. The minutes of the 21st January meeting are available here.

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Summer carer/housekeeper needed. See Jobs' page.

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Interesting looking textile workshop on Saturday 16th March. See Glen's Diary for details.

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Mavis Elliott updates about the motorbike photo from a couple of weeks back: "We have checked up on all the suggestions for the location of the 'bikers' courtyard but they are not in Drum. or Tomich. We were told we wouldn't find a BRICK courtyard here as the Drum ones are all made of stone."

DOES ANYONE KNOW BETTER?

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I know they are free advertisements, but this time there is a free TV on offer. Check it out.

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Images from Joyce Joy

Click to enlarge them

Goldfinch by Joyce Joy 2013
GOLDFINCH in Joyce's garden

Dipper in the River Coilte by Joyce Joy 2013
DIPPER in the Coilte



Congratulations to the Loch Ness Inn has three of its recipes in this cookbook which can be bought at the Inn for £20.

Cookbook

Isla asks, "Can you please put on your website that we are putting on a Sunday Roast for Mothers Day (Sunday 10th March) and the Mummies get a wee gift?

"Can you also maybe put in your news section that The Inn is in a cookery book? We have 3 recipes in Tom Kitchens new edition of his Relish Recipe book.

"We are all very excited to be in the book and really proud of our Chefs Yvonne Marshall and Ryan Brady."

7th March

Don't forget to scroll down for all the news

News in brief

Change of meeting date for the Glen Urquhart Community Council - now 19th March. See Glen's Diary for details.

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Glen Urquhart Greenspace Minutes are now here.

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The Drumnadrochit Toddler Group are to hold a Vintage Easter Craft Fair on Saturday 23rd March in the Blairbeg Hall from 10am till 2pm. See Glen's Diary.
Top prize is an Aga Little donated by Great Glen Stoves.

Details

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Neil Clark reports, "March 10th is International Bagpipe Day. Pipers from all over the world are being asked to play at a local landmark, at 12 noon their time, to mark the occasion.

"Drumnadrochit Piping Society has been in existence since 1961, but this year will be re-launched, and will do this by assembling as many local players and learners as possible at 12 noon, on Drumnadrochit Village Green, for a short tune.

"Everyone is more than welcome to come and join us, and hopefully hear more about what we want to be doing this year.

"If you are a player, please come along. If you want to learn, please come along! It's Mothers Day, bring your Mum too! We'll play her a tune... "


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Christine tells us, "The Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association will be holding its bimonthly meeting on Monday, 11th March at 8pm in the Blairbeg Hall annexe.
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Come along and see what is happening in the Glen.

"I will be stepping down as treasurer at the AGM in May and the association are looking for someone to continue in this role. If you feel you can help please let me know.

"Regards from Christine Hart"

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GLEN URQUHART CHILDCARE CENTRE TELL US:
 We are currently looking for volunteers to help within the local childcare centre.

We are looking for anyone who has any spare time and that may be able to help us with large, small, daily, weekly and one off tasks that would help our staff to enhance the centre and learning experience of our local children.

The tasks are varied and are not necessarily connected with the children’s care therefore no specific experience is necessary.

Even if it is only a one time offer, or you are able to offer your time on a regular basis, please contact us for more information about the types of volunteering opportunities that we have available.

EMAIL
WEBSITE
Mrs S Darbyshire Administratorre Centre
Drumnadrochit
Inverness
IV63 6XA
 01456 450679
 
Valentine Scarlet Elf Cup

Joyce Joy appears to have captured a Valentine's Scarlet Elf Cup just two weeks too late.

Here's another of her images:

Scarlet Elf Cups

Click them to see larger versions.

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NEW MEMBER

We have a new member, an Internet trader based in Milton.

Check out the website.

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28th February

There's a lot in this column so don't forget to scroll down.

News in brief

Ghillies Lair Bar and Restaurant is celebrating the Great British Pie Week from the 7th to 10th March. See Glen's Diary.

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There have been answers on the adjacent item and also on the Tom Elliott motorbike item.

See those columns for details.

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There is whist drive on 1st March. See Glen's Diary for details.
Whist

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Heritage Group AGM on 17th May, but see what else is planned for the night in Glen's Diary.

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The Loch Ness Crafts Fair date has been set for 20th April. Details and booking form in Glen's Diary.

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Phew! Just entered up loads of new Great Glen Ranger events. See Glen's Diary

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28th February

UPDATE ON ITEM BELOW

Thanks to our local councillor Margaret Davidson, Jelica, Katie James, Forest Ranger Corinne McCallum and Joyce Joy who all identified the fungus as Scarlet Elf Cups. Some added the scientific name sarcoscypha coccinea.

Sara much appreciates the help and is now Googling them for more information.

For those who asked, Sara had to put the new book on hold for family reasons, but is now working to complete it. I'll put up details when it is released.

Ed.

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WHAT ARE THEY?

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Sara Gruen's Red Objects in the Cover

Author Sara (Water For Elephants)  Gruen's next novel is set in and around Drumnadrochit and the Highlands. She has already made several research trips as she is very keen on 'detail' and 'accuracy' in her writing.

She took this image in the cover and would like to know what the small red objects are. They look like fungi.

Can anyone identify them?

Sara says, "I'm attaching a picture of the ground in the Cover, and am wondering if anyone can tell me what the little red things are. I can't tell from my photo if they are berries or mushrooms, or something else entirely. The sheer beauty of the Cover and the Highlands, in general, is hard to capture in words."

If you know what they are, please email the editor.

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21st February
 News in brief

Friday fish?
Not up Glen Urquhart where Friday 22nd is STEAK NIGHT.



See the Free Ads & Glen's Diary

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Volunteer job on offer on the Job's Page

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DO YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED ITEMS THAT ARE CLUTTERING UP YOUR LIFE? HEART is happy to relieve you of them!!

We are looking for any bric-a-brac, children's clothes, books, DVD's, small items of furniture. In short anything you don't want we will collect and sell to raise funds which will support disabled children and adults who ride with us.

Please call Lawrence on 01456 450410 or Alistair on 01456 450235 to arrange collection.

Thank you for your support .

Highland Equine and Riding Therapy
Charity no SC043483

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Fancy a nice garden walk on 24th February?

Abriachan Spring Flowers

See Glen's Diary for walk details

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The Heritage Group have a talk on the Nature of Loch Ness on 1st March

CANCELLED LAST MINUTE

Details

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Valentine Scarlet Elf Cup

Joyce Joy appears to have captured a Valentine's Scarlet Elf Cup just two weeks too late.

Here's another of her images:

Scarlet Elf Cups

Click them to see larger versions.

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NEW MEMBER

We have a new member, an Internet trader based in Milton.

Check out the website.

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28th February

There's a lot in this column so don't forget to scroll down.

News in brief

Ghillies Lair Bar and Restaurant is celebrating the Great British Pie Week from the 7th to 10th March. See Glen's Diary.

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There have been answers on the adjacent item and also on the Tom Elliott motorbike item.

See those columns for details.

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There is whist drive on 1st March. See Glen's Diary for details.
Whist

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Heritage Group AGM on 17th May, but see what else is planned for the night in Glen's Diary.

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The Loch Ness Crafts Fair date has been set for 20th April. Details and booking form in Glen's Diary.

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Phew! Just entered up loads of new Great Glen Ranger events. See Glen's Diary

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28th February

UPDATE ON ITEM BELOW

Thanks to our local councillor Margaret Davidson, Jelica, Katie James, Forest Ranger Corinne McCallum and Joyce Joy who all identified the fungus as Scarlet Elf Cups. Some added the scientific name sarcoscypha coccinea.

Sara much appreciates the help and is now Googling them for more information.

For those who asked, Sara had to put the new book on hold for family reasons, but is now working to complete it. I'll put up details when it is released.

Ed.

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WHAT ARE THEY?

Click to enlarge

Sara Gruen's Red Objects in the Cover

Author Sara (Water For Elephants)  Gruen's next novel is set in and around Drumnadrochit and the Highlands. She has already made several research trips as she is very keen on 'detail' and 'accuracy' in her writing.

She took this image in the cover and would like to know what the small red objects are. They look like fungi.

Can anyone identify them?

Sara says, "I'm attaching a picture of the ground in the Cover, and am wondering if anyone can tell me what the little red things are. I can't tell from my photo if they are berries or mushrooms, or something else entirely. The sheer beauty of the Cover and the Highlands, in general, is hard to capture in words."

If you know what they are, please email the editor.

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21st February
 News in brief

Friday fish?
Not up Glen Urquhart where Friday 22nd is STEAK NIGHT.



See the Free Ads & Glen's Diary

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Volunteer job on offer on the Job's Page

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DO YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED ITEMS THAT ARE CLUTTERING UP YOUR LIFE? HEART is happy to relieve you of them!!

We are looking for any bric-a-brac, children's clothes, books, DVD's, small items of furniture. In short anything you don't want we will collect and sell to raise funds which will support disabled children and adults who ride with us.

Please call Lawrence on 01456 450410 or Alistair on 01456 450235 to arrange collection.

Thank you for your support .

Highland Equine and Riding Therapy
Charity no SC043483

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Fancy a nice garden walk on 24th February?

Abriachan Spring Flowers

See Glen's Diary for walk details

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The Heritage Group have a talk on the Nature of Loch Ness on 1st March

CANCELLED LAST MINUTE

Details

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UPDATE ON ITEM BELOW

George Edwards writes in: "I think the motorbike picture may have been taken up at Uisgean House up the Tomich road"

Does anyone know differently?

Ed

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Tom Elliott is a member of the Classic Highland Motorbike Club and they are trying to find out where this picture was taken.

Bikers in Drumnadrochit

Mavis Elliott says that they were told that it was the Courtyard in Drumnadrochit, but it is not, neither is it at Balmacaan Farm. Has anyone any other suggestions?

Click on it to enlarge it.

Looks a bit like Borlum to me. Ed.
50th Anniversary of the Borlum Riding Centre

Borlum Celebration

There are plenty of pictures from the past and current on this special page.

borlum old image

Check it out

Borlum history
14th February

News in brief

The Annual General Meeting of the Glen Urquhart Land Use Partnership is today, but no time provided, I'm afraid.

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sHINTY pOSTER
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The agenda has been published for the meeting of the Glen Urquhart Community Council on 25th February here and on their page.

Also, we've been asked to post the Loch Ness Homes contact for comments: email

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DO YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED ITEMS THAT ARE CLUTTERING UP YOUR LIFE? HEART is happy to relieve you of them!!

We are looking for any bric-a-brac, children's clothes, books, DVD's, small items of furniture. In short anything you don't want we will collect and sell to raise funds which will support disabled children and adults who ride with us.

Please call Lawrence on 01456 450410 or Alistair on 01456 450235 to arrange collection.

Thank you for your support .

Highland Equine and Riding Therapy
Charity no SC043483

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5th February

CHAMBER MEMBERS PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR  AN EVENT

12TH FEBRUARY

Do you have a business in the area, any business, then why not join and be promoted on this website.

We have no members who teach instruments, no artists, no musicians, no one offering tutoring, no farmers (!!!!), no house builders, no road makers, no JCB operators, no carriers. All of these things are available in the village but no one can find you! Think about it.

Trade membership is only £60 per annum. Less than 17p per day!

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3rd February

Drumnadrochit

Can anyone help with this enquiry:

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

My name is Emily Stehr.

I currently live in Rhineland, Germany. My husband works for the US Federal Government. I am researching a book on interesting place names. I am interested in the history of Drumnadrochit’s place name.

My book’s focus is on the stories behind place names.

Any information you could provide on Drumnadrochit’s place name birth would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who can assist me in my research.

Thx!

Emily Stehr email Rhineland, Germany

PS. My mailing address is CMR 469 Box 1504, APO, AE 09227, USA, if you need to snail mail info to me.

Will the person who replies please copy me in so that I can publish the reply here.

Thanks.

Ed

POST SCRIPT: Sandy Bardwell replied to Emily




2nd February

There is a mass of new information on the Alliance page (link top left). There are some great community opportunities within it so sit down quietly with your laptop and have a good read.

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Glenurquhart Centre

Its just like Groundhog Day, you get one event at the Glenurquhart Centre and they keep repeating.

Twelve coffee mornings in Glen's Diary starting on 9th February.

Elizabeth Owen reports:
The Friends of Glenurquhart Centre would like the following entry in Glen's Diary, please.

We hold Drop in Coffee Mornings on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year.

Further information available from the Centre or myself, 01456 450580


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1st February

Soup and sandwich

Fridays during Lent - come for soup and a sandwich.

Details
31st January

Carol Hughes reports:

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The Ghillies Lair Bar and Restaurant at Glenurquhart House will reopen on the 14th of February.

The refurbished bar and restaurant will be offering an exciting new menu and on the 14th, 15th and 16th February will have a Valentines special with a 3 course meal with coffee and petit fours plus a glass of bubbly at £24.50 per person.

Through February and March we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for prior bookings.

Look out for further special offers to follow on our website. Tel. 01456476234
30th January

NEW JOB ON OFFER

We've just been advised that there is a new job on offer for Soirbheas.

See the jobs page.



28th January

Greenspace
Two sets of minutes have been made available. Click on the dates below:

19th November

17th December



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Apologies for the lack of news updates since Christmas, but the site is now up to date again.

However, please note that we have not carried forward events from 2012 into 2013 so if you have events, like keep fit, poker, folk nights, dining clubs, chess, pilates etc. you need to let me know about them again.

I'll be trying to update the site each Thursday so please try to ensure updates are with me by each Wednesday at the latest.

A volunteer is still needed to run the website. See jobs page.



NESSIE'S 80th

Olausmagnus1

There is to be a symposium at The Counting House in Edinburgh on 6th April. 11.30am to 6pm

Includes buffet lunch.

Speakers include Adrian Shine and Tony Harmsworth from Drumnadrcohit.

LIMITED SPACE

Full Details


25th January

GURCA MINUTES

Community Association

The minutes for 12th November are now available here.
MORE ALLIANCE INFO
CLICK THE LOGO

Alliance page





UPCOMING HERITAGE MEEITING

Heritage Group

Details here.
22nd January

GUCC MINUTES IN DRAFT FORM

cOMMUNITY Council

The draft minutes of 14th January can be seen on the GUCC page and also here.

NEW ALLIANCE PAGE

Alliance page

At the top of the left hand column you will see the above button.

In future Hausgauen items will appear on that page, although they will also appear in the news, too.

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WOMEN'S BOOT CAMP

Boot Camp Ad

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YOGA  CLASS STARTING

Yoga Classes

I wanted to let you know that I will be holding a Yoga class this Wednesday 30th 7pm-8pm at the Craigmonie Centre Loch Ness,

Drumnadrochit. Everyone welcome, suitable for all abilities. You can find more details here:

If there is interest it will become a weekly event.

Contact: Helen Gillespie 01456 450354 or 07845 274698
GLENURQUHART CARE PROJECT

Glenurquhart Centre

17th Annual General Meeting
6pm-7pm on Wed January 30th 2013

The Glenurquhart Centre,
31 Coiltie Crescent
Drumnadrochit

Welcome to Members, Friends, our Glenurquhart Centre partners, and all interested in our work

Click for more info
GLEN URQUHART PUBLIC HALL


Glenurquhart Public Hall Management Committee.

Notice of Annual General Meeting,

MONDAY 29th. JANUARY, 7.30pm, ROOM 1.

Please come and support us as we are a VERY SMALL band of people aiming to keep the Hall going for the COMMUNITY.

Contact Janet,450557,Alan, 450227.
COURTYARD CANDY WINTER OPENING HOURS

Courtyard Candy

Monday- closed
Tuesday- closed
Wednesday-10.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday - 10.30am - 5.00pm
Friday - 10.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday -10.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday - closed

until further notice.

When did you last get sweet tobacco and all those other lovely nostalgic treats?



1st January

THE EDITOR WISHES EVERYONE IN THE GLEN A  HAPPY  NEW YEAR

Nessie 2013


OLDER NEWS IS NOW IN THE ARCHIVE FILES. SEE THE TOP OF THE RIGHT HAND INDEX.

Editor: Tony Harmsworth