With the temperature dropping to minus 2 degrees on Saturday morning, the Rotary Pop-Up Café, with its range of three hearty homemade soups, an array of sandwiches and delicious home baking pulled in nearly 150 people to the D-Mac Hall on Saturday 27 October. The Club’s final Pop-Up café event of the season certainly hit the spot with locals, with a steady stream of visitors all day giving a good return for the crafters. Club President Iain Johnston said he was pleased with the turnout and added “Just after 12.30 pm there wasn’t an empty table in the hall. We entertained people who had travelled in from Invergarry and Mallaig, as well as a number of tourists passing through the town”.
Iain continued “We raised over £300 for the Club’s charity budget and we are now heading for our principal event of the year – The Christmas Festival in the Nevis Centre on Saturday 24 November. Thanks again to my hard working Rotary colleagues and the ever-generous Lochaber public”
On Saturday second September, a group of eight Rotarians and friends set off from Laggan Locks at 10.30am. We travelled two miles along the very scenic Canal Path towards the Great Glen Water Park where we met up with Rotarian Paul Brian. Our increased number then headed three miles to Aberchalder and from there a further five miles and a bit to Fort Augustus. The Canal seems to have a life of its own with the activity from walkers, cyclists, boats, and canoeists. The beautiful Canal side cottages are even better than a “chocolate box” appearance. We were blessed with perfect weather which enhanced the whole trip.
Arriving in Fort Augustus, we all decided that the Lock Inn would make a good venue for lunch. Bikes were securely parked and locked and we adjourned for food and refreshments. Most of us enjoyed fish and chips (Buckie Haddock) and I am sure my friends would agree it was the best fish and chips ever. Following lunch, we set out on the return trip which was just as enjoyable as the sun was still shining. We arrived back at Laggan Locks in good time where we loaded up the bikes, exchanged fond farewells and headed home. The distance covered was 22.7 miles with a cycling time of just over three hours. Huge thanks to Ron for all organisation and a big thank you to friends who joined us. The company was most enjoyable and the outing very worthwhile.
A possible next adventure is to Lismore on 23rd September. Everyone will be welcome to join us.
The club’s Sports Convener David Robertson reports: –
“Ron’s latest Rotary Walk was on 5th August to James of the Glens birthplace. It commenced at 10.30 am from the Glen Duror Forestry Car Park and was led by Rotarian John Harvey. Our walkers arrived at the Bothy just before 11.30 am and enjoyed an early picnic lunch while meeting up with a couple of walkers who were doing a recci for the Ramblers. We included them in our photo.
John had done his research well and gave an interesting account of the Bothy history. Our return journey was by a different route, arriving back at the Forestry Car Park just before 2 pm leaving plenty of time to adjourn to the Holly Tree Hotel for coffee and cakes. Another very successful and enjoyable walk with great company and pretty good Lochaber weather.
Thank you, Rotarians Ron and John.”
THE ROTARY Club of Lochaber has now raised more than £60,000 in its annual Am-Am golf competition.
Twenty-one teams teed off for the 17th year of the competition recently. The main sponsors this year’s event were Marine Harvest and John McLellan & Co, Funeral Director.
Rotary president Paula Ross said: ‘We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to the golf club for allowing us to use their course for this annual competition.