29 Aug 2014

2015 Show & Sports

The 2015 West Ardnamurchan Show & Sports will take place on Friday 24th July - a date for your diary.

27 Aug 2014

Ardnamurchan at Home Festival

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A full programme can be downloaded by clicking on the link here.

Church Service



The service on Sunday 31st August will be at 2.00pm and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

25 Aug 2014

Referendum evening in Kilchoan - a "Big Vote" event

The Big Vote
Putting the independence debate into the hands of local people

Community conversations to consider the big question:
Should Scotland be an independent country?
  • An opportunity for local people to discuss the issues that matter to them.
  • To discuss the cases for and against independence.
  • To gain a deeper understanding of some of the big issues at stake.

A Big Vote event will be held at Kilchoan Community Centre on Monday 8th September at 7.00pm.

The event takes the form of small group discussions, based around a card game that has been specially designed to promote conversation about many of the key issues and arguments that surround the debate.  So, whether or not you have made your mind up about which way to vote, why not come along and have a chat about your concerns?

The event will be facilitated by Pete Sach from the Scottish Community Alliance with John Finnie MSP and Mary Scanlon MSP on hand to support the table based discussions, answering questions or providing clarification when called upon to do so. 

Click on this link for more information on Big Vote events. 

24 Aug 2014

WACC AGM and ordinary meeting agendas

The West Ardnamurchan Community Council AGM will be held on Monday 1st September at 8.00pm in Kilchoan Community Centre, with an ordinary meeting to follow.

The agenda for the AGM is available here, and for the ordinary meeting is here.

Edited to add correct link to ordinary meeting agenda

20 Aug 2014

Sunday Service



The service on Sunday 24th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

Table-Top Sale Cancelled

The table-top sale, scheduled for 24th August, has been cancelled.

19 Aug 2014

Goat Keeping Course

This is a one day course which includes both theory and practice (some of the goats that you will be working with are in this picture), designed to cover the fundamentals of goat husbandry, giving everyone the opportunity to handle goats and practise skills such as fitting a halter, foot-trimming and milking.

The course will cover:
  • Selecting the appropriate breed with a consideration of milk yield, fibre quality, meat production value
  • Health and safety considerations.
  • Legislation relating to goats: tagging, transport, slaughter, etc.
  • Grants and subsidies
  • Goats and other animals on the croft/smallholding
  • Requirements for shelter and grazing
  • Goat nutrition
  • Milking
  • Goat reproduction
  • Goat health, common complaints and treatments
  • Sources of further information
The course will run from 9.30am until approximately 6pm. We will meet at Kilchoan Learning Centre for the introduction to the course, and then move on to Craigard Croft (about half a mile away) for a chance to meet some goats and practise goat keeping skills. The tutor, and owner of Craigard Croft is Tom Bryson. You can read more about him and his croft on his blog: http://craigardcroft.blogspot.co.uk The fee for the course, which includes refreshments and lunch (including goat produce) is £90.

The course is eligible for ILA, which, if you are yourself eligible, will give you £200 towards the fees for eligible courses. To apply for an ILA call 0800 917 8000. You should do this right away as the ILA approval process takes about 3 weeks. To be eligible your personal annual income must be less than £22,000 and you must not be a student or have a degree.

If you would like to book a place on the Goat Keeping course, please let me Pat Glenday know as soon as possible as places are limited.

Work (Direct Dial) 01397 874 260

Kilchoan Learning Centre, Pier Road Kilchoan, PH36 4LH, email: pat.glenday.whc@uhi.ac.uk

18 Aug 2014

Clay Pigeon Shooting at the Sonachan

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Try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting, August 22 & 23rd Bank Holiday weekend at the Sonachan Hotel, Ardnamurchan.

Everyone Welcome, total novices, ladies, gents and children over 12 years old.
Suitable for all levels of ability.

The Clay Pigeon Shoot includes 30 shots, clays and instruction, and lasts between one and two hours depending on the size of the group.  Cost is £30 per person, and advance booking is necessary.

Phone Sonachan 01972 510 211 or leave a message on the event facebook page.

Fully supervised tutoring is on hand by A.P.S.I. instructors who have years of experience within clay pigeon shooting as well as all aspects of game shooting. They have developed a huge knowledge and understanding of the art and techniques of shooting which they are happy to share with you - so you can be sure to hit that clay at some point during the day!

Your party will receive a full briefing to ensure you handle the shotguns correctly and to give you the best chance of hitting the clays.  Qualified, friendly & professional instruction, gun hire, cartridges, hearing and eye protection, and insurance are all included  They ensure that everyone receives a full briefing of gun handling, safty and shooting etiquette as well as basic coaching geared to individual needs.  Spectators welcome, take lots of photos!

Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 1pm for learners and total beginners, then 2pm - 5pm Sat & Sun we are having a wee bit of a competition to see who is THE BIG SHOT!

13 Aug 2014

Sunday Service



The service on Sunday 17th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Lindsay Biddle.

Maclean's Nose Fish Farm

Marine Harvest have lodged papers requesting planning permission for a new site for a salmon fish farm comprising 12 x 120m circumference circular cages in a 75m mooring matrix, and a 200 tonne capacity C-Cap feed barge, to be moored off MacLean's Nose. As part of this, they will be installing a pontoon by Mingary Pier. If the community talks to Marine Harvest, there's a strong chance that we will benefit by being able to use this pontoon. The development is also likely to see the creation of six full-time and two part-time jobs. Personally, I have made a comment supporting the application.

The application, number 14/02568/FUL, can be viewed here.

11 Aug 2014

Community Development Meeting

The West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company, which helped deliver the highly successful Kilchoan Playpark, has organised an open meeting next Tuesday to discuss ideas for future projects. There have already been some suggestions. These include -
  • A marina
  • A new shop
  • A community minibus
One possibility is to appoint a Development Officer to find funding for, and push through projects which the community wants. The Development Officer would have to obtain grants so he/she was self-funding, at least for the first year. Another option is to do nothing.

Please come along to express your views and help make decisions at the Kilchoan Community Centre tomorrow Tuesday, 12th August, at 7.30pm.

Clare Holohan Visit

My next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Learning Centre in Kilchoan will be next Monday 18th August if anyone would like to book in for a treatment. 

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

07903 922781

6 Aug 2014

Sunday Service



The service on Sunday 10th August will be at 11.00am and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.