Our local councillor, Andrew Baxter, will be holding a surgery in Kilchoan Community Centre on Tuesday 4th March between 3.30 and 4.30pm. Andrew has campaigned tirelessly on our behalf for many things, but his current efforts are directed towards the scandal of the Corran ferry fare increases. When he spoke at the last meeting of West Ardnamurchan Community Council he was trying to get hold of the ferry's accounts from Highland Council, without any success. If Council officers haven't maintained accounts that can be made public, how can they justify such steep fare increases? Andrew's website is here.
This meeting is open to the public – it would be helpful in planning seating etc. if you contact Jon Gibb, Clerk to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07786 493 048 if you are interested in attending.
Should you wish any matter to be raised at the meeting please contact the Clerk by 26th February to include it on the agenda.
Neil Ewart from Kilchoan was one of six finalists in this year's Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year - see link here. While he didn't win in Sunday's finals, you can see him play in a clip here.
Many thanks to Alasdair Thornton for drawing my attention to this.
The list of the Learning Centre's 2014 courses from February onwards is shown below.
If you have already booked onto any of the courses listed, don’t worry, I have your booking
Glass Mosaic and Trevor Potts’ Antarctic Talk in Kilchoan are not listed, because they are already full. Most of the other Kilchoan classes are also getting pretty full, so if you are interested in any of them, please get in touch soon.
There are some new classes and workshops listed that were not on my autumn list. In Kilchoan these are Pilates led by Rhona Gemmell, Cattle Husbandry with Paco the vet, and a Poetry Reading by Tessa Ransford.
The date for the Singing Workshop has now been confirmed, and the tutor is Maeve MacKinnon: “Mackinnon is recognised as one of Scotland's leading young folk musicians. She was nominated in 2008 as "Gaelic Singer of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards and was named "Up and Coming Artist of the Year" at the 2007 Scots Trad Awards. She was also a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland's "Young Traditional Musician of the Year" competition in 2005” (ref Wikipedia). The workshop will cover English and Scots song too, not just Gaelic, and all ages and abilities will be welcome. The fee for children will be reduced.