30 Apr 2014

Sunday Service



The service on Sunday 4th May will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by John Shields.

28 Apr 2014

Community Council agenda - May 5th 2014

The agenda for the next community council meeting is available here and minutes for the previous meeting are here.

25 Apr 2014

Clare Holohan

Clare's next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan will be Monday 12th May.

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist

The Manse,
PA80 5UU
07903 922781

WAPCIC Annual General Meeting

West Ardnamurchan Produce Community Interest Company
(Community Garden)

Annual General Meeting

will take place on

Wednesday 6th May at 7.30pm 

in the Kilchoan Community Centre

Come along and hear about the Community Garden and share your ideas for new ways of supporting the growing and production of food in West Ardnamurchan

Company Number: SC449127

23 Apr 2014

Sunday Service



The service on 27th April will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

17 Apr 2014

Big Clean-Up on Sunday

A reminder that the annual clean-up of the Kilchoan foreshore will take place this Sunday, 20th.  Meet at the Ferry Stores at 11.00am, bags, gloves, etc provided, finish at the pub around 1.00pm.

16 Apr 2014

Easter Sunday Service



The Easter Sunday service on 20th April will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

13 Apr 2014

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning Monday 14th April in the Community Centre, 10.30 to 12.30.

Tea, coffee cakes plus stalls, a raffle and guess the weight of the cake.

Money raised will go to the Sunday school sponsored girl and towards the church restoration fund.

Please come along and support it.

9 Apr 2014

Sunday Service



The Palm Sunday service on 13th April will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

Holiday Cottages - Late Deals

Late Deals at Ardnamurchan Estate Holiday Cottages -

Achateny Cottage sleeps 6, five nights Sunday 13th - Friday 18th April
Usual price for 7 nights - £517
Late Deal - 5 nights only £315

Braehouse Cottage, sleeps 4, 7 nights Sun 20th April - Sunday 27th April
Usual price £439
Late Deal - 7 nights only £350

Contact Ardnamurchan Estate on 01972 510 208 or escape@west-highlands.co.uk

Please see Estate website - here - for full details of properties

8 Apr 2014

Community Council

This is a personal view of last night's meeting

Given the choice, I'll always go to the monthly Community Council meetings rather than sit at home watching TV, but last night's meeting was so full of serious matters that I might have done better to stay home and watch the new 'Game of Thrones'.

There are signs that progress is being made on appointing full-time GPs to our practice, but it's at the expense of our Emergency Responders accepting even more responsibility than they already shoulder.  The idea seems to be that they will attend patients, instead of the new GPs, if NHS24 feels they need someone to take a first look.  If a doctor's opinion is required then the patient will be taken to the Centre where they'll be connected to a doctor through our new telemedicine facility.  It's been done elsewhere, it works, and it does seem to offer a way forward - because one thing is quite clear: modern GPs won't do out-of-hours.

That something has to change, and quick, is shown by the state of appointments to see one of our locums this week: there are no appointments left either tomorrow or Friday. Some change is coming.  Jac Crosbie described how the Community Centre is negotiating with NHS Highland over converting the games room in the Community Centre to two surgeries, a much more private waiting room, and a toilet.  The pool table and the football game will go, and the table-tennis will move into the hall. Any comments to Jac at wacckilchoan@yahoo.co.uk please.

The pressure on our Emergency Responders, some of whom are working far too long hours, should be relieved by a promising response to the Scottish Ambulance Service's recent advert - see link here.  We need an absolute minimum of eight ERs if their new role with NHS24 is to be instituted.  On the subject, an appeal was made for patients who are in an emergency situation NOT to ring any of the ERs directly but to go through 999; among other reasons for this is that, if an ER attends without being called out properly, they aren't protected by NHS insurance.

The situation along Ardslignish brae is serious, with signs that the whole hillside is slipping onto the road.  Community Council is to ask Highland Council what contingency plans they have put in place for the worst eventuality, which is that the road is blocked for a week or more.  Meanwhile, appeals to Highland Council from the Community Council for something to be done about the road surfaces by the Community Centre and by the Sanna turn have gone unanswered.

The ferries bring us even more joy.  Everyone should now be aware of the campaign to make Corran free - Facebook link here - but it's now apparent that, after four unsuccessful freedom-of-information requests to Highland Council for the Corran accounts, that they don't seem to exist.  Meanwhile, on the Kilchoan-Tobermory run, the Loch Linnhe is to be away covering other routes for some time, leaving the Raasay to cope - it has already had to leave people behind.  The Community Council is to write to CalMac but don't hold your breath.  This news comes with figures released by CalMac which show that the number of car/passenger crossings on all three ferries to Mull have dropped over the last ten years as fares have escalated.

Thank goodness Community Council is conducted with such good cheer that we can laugh while we cry.

3 Apr 2014


If you have not already signed up… coaches from South Lochaber Bowmen will be in Kilchoan this Saturday, to give everybody who is interested in Archery a chance to try it out. It starts at 10.30am and will go on until the afternoon. We’ll meet in the Learning Centre and then move to the sports field if the weather is good, or to the hall if it’s raining or windy. The fee for adults is £5 and £2.50 for children. The lower age limit for children is 9, but if your son or daughter is quite tall and prepared to concentrate, you can bring them along, and the coaches will decide if the children are big enough to have a go.

Pat Glenday
Rural Learning Manager - West Highland College UHI - Kilchoan
Colaiste na Gàidhaeltachd an Iar OGE - Cille Chomhain
Work (Direct Dial) 01397 874260

Food-Related Courses

There is a 1 day Elementary Food Hygiene course coming up, in Strontian Learning Centre on Monday 26 May, 9am – 5pm. This is a basic requirement for everybody who works with food, whether preparing it, serving it or supervising other people who work with it. The recommendation is that people refresh this qualification every 3 years.
There will also be a Cooksafe training course, the day after the Food Hygiene course, on Tuesday 27 May, also in Strontian. Every commercial kitchen needs to operate a safe system for ensuring food is stored and prepared correctly, and Cooksafe is a system recommended by Environmental Health. There should always be at least one person working in the kitchen who understands the operation of the food storage system. You can only do the Cooksafe training if you have already done the Food Hygiene course.
The fee for each course is £80, and you can use an ILA (Individual Learning Account) to pay the fee. To qualify for an ILA which will give you £200 towards the cost of fees for eligible courses, your personal annual income must be less than £22,000; you must not be a full-time student; and you must not have a degree level qualification. It takes a few weeks to get an ILA, so if you want to use one to pay for either or both of these courses, you should apply now. The first stage is to get an application form, which you can do by calling 0808 100 1090.
I have already heard from a few people wanting to book places on these courses, but at the time I did not have the dates arranged. If you have already been in touch with me, I will be contacting you separately to check if these dates are suitable. 
If you have not already been in touch with me, and if you want to book a place on either or both of these courses, please let me know, as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please get in touch, all my contact details are below.
Pat Glenday
Rural Learning Manager - West Highland College UHI - Kilchoan
Colaiste na Gàidhaeltachd an Iar OGE - Cille Chomhain
Work (Direct Dial) 01397 874260

Sunday Service



On Sunday, 6th April, there will be a family breakfast at 10.00am followed by worship at 11.00am.  The service will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.