Our party of eight set out from Laggan Locks at 10.30am, the weather was fine and warm we headed into a light north easterly breeze as we passed some superb scenery on our way to Fort Augustus. It is quite understandable why we get so many tourists, just look around at the magnificent views. We arrived just in time for opening at the Lock Inn where a hearty lunch was enjoyed by all.Shortly after lunch our stalwarts embarked on the return trip. The north easterly prevailed despite the forecast and we had a very pleasant wind assisted trip back to Laggan Locks.We all enjoyed good company, good food, and splendid scenery.Thanks again to Ron for choosing the route and organising the event.
As a child, Sheana used to be enthralled by the television programme “Travellers Tale” with Fyfe Robertson and unique microphone, plus fours and accent. One episode was from Peru and as a consequence, Sheana always harboured an ambition to visit there. This autumn, as part of a group organised by G Adventures of Canada, Sheana fulfilled that ambition with a three-week tour of the country which included expeditions to the Andes, the rainforest and to a desert. Commencing in Lima stops included Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Paracas. Of particular interest were the Nazca Lines and a highlight was watching Condors in flight. The vote of thanks was given by Alan Kirk who had also visited Peru. Both Sheana and Alan agreed that if you ever were inclined to visit Peru you should do it now before the country gets over commercialized.
Members thanked Sheana for her spellbinding talk.
The Rotary Club of Lochaber was pleased to welcome several visitors to its lunchtime meeting on 8th November.
Pictured are (from left): Scott Greenlees, who was inducted into membership that day; Alastair Nicolson, son of Angus Nicolson; President Donald; Sean Sessions of 6th Lochaber (The Braes) Scout Group; Simon Hardiman, guest of Robbie Robertson; and Sheana Fraser who gave a talk at the meeting on her recent trip to Peru.
At the lunchtime meeting on 8th November, the club welcomed Sean Sessions, who is the leader of the 6th Lochaber (The Braes) Scout Group. The club gave a start-up grant to the group of £300 and a donation of £500 to assist with the purchase of a trailer. Sean told the club that it was “unbelievably better” with the trailer. It facilitates the unit to easily transport all the camping equipment. Sean thanked the club for their support.
Pictured with the trailer is Sean, Secretary Geoff and President Donald.
Before a large audience in Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church on 25th October, Audley Male Voice Choir presented a wonderful evening of music and song. Audley is a rural village approximately four miles north-west of the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England. This 55-strong choir, founded in the mid-fifties, included Fort William as the place to give the first performance of its 2017 Scottish tour. The audience was treated to an impressive and varied programme comprising traditional, classical and modern pieces and which included soloists by choir members and the choir accompanist on an organ. The Musical Director is Sue Hallam and Ian Riddle was the accompanist. The choir has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and in Glasgow Cathedral. It has an enviable fundraising reputation and a long association with Rotary. In 1990, at the International Festival of Malta, it won 1st place in the Male Voice section.
One of the high points of the evening was when the audience joined the choir in singing “Amazing Grace”. A total of £680.83 was raised which will be given to the club’s benevolent fund. In his vote of thanks, President Donald thanked the choir for a wonderful evening. Thanks were also given to everyone who contributed in any way, including the splendid interval buffet, but very special thanks were reserved for Sheana Fraser who pulled the whole evening together.