We are very pleased to be supporting local artist Anne Rowan’s concert in support of Ukrainian Refugees. The venue is the Nevis Centre at 7 pm on Saturday 14 May.
Fergus Grant, a Lochaber-raised Mòd Medallist will open the concert by singing the Ukrainian anthem, at the end of which John Whyte’s band will quietly begin to take up the tune.
Mountain guide Mick Tighe will compere the evening with artists such as Angus Grant, Lochaber Schools’ Pipe Band, singer Brian Hepburn, guitarist Jim Michie, singer Ann Martin from Skye, piper Angus Nicolson and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band.
Rotary President Simon Hardiman said; “I hope that people will support this excellent concert that Anne Rowan has organised and we are delighted to be able to help. Many will have seen the Rotary Shelter Box that we often have on display at the Lochaber Agricultural Show and we have donated one of these for Ukrainian refugees, as well as Rotarians making their personal donations to DEC.”
Tickets are £12 pounds, concessions £9 and children £8. They can be bought online at neviscentre.co.uk. Alternatively, paper tickets can be bought in The Highland Cinema, Fort William.
We are alerting all golfers to the return of the Rotary AMAM Golf Tournament on Sunday 29 May, postponed for two years because of Covid 19. The format this year will be a “Three-Person Texas Scramble”.
The entry fee for three person teams is £45 and bookings should be made directly with Fort William Golf Club.
There will be various prizes and a raffle.
The event is being held thanks to generous support from local business particularly MOWI and John McLellan Funeral Directors.
(Don’t be confused by the bonnie photie above – we need THREE PERSON teams but just couldn’t resist re-running this shot of these four worthies from 2018!)
Our colleague, Past-President Ken Johnston has been made a Paul Harris Fellow recognising his service in Rotary, where he has done various jobs, particularly in community service and publicity. Keeping the members connected through Covid was of crucial importance and this he did, more or less single-handedly, maintaining members’ morale.
Ken and Kath Johnston are well known in the community. Ken as former Divisional Planning Manager with Highland Council and more recently supporting the Upper Achintore Recreation Group project, currently underway. For many years Kath has recycled Christmas cards into gift tags, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Commenting on the award, Ken said; “I’m proud to have received this award from Rotary. The weekly newsletter was a collaborative effort. I enjoyed collating and editing all the articles and photographs contributed by our members and others with an interest in Rotary over the eighteen months of lockdown. The feedback and general response was good and encouraging. Many thanks to everyone and in particular to our Press & Publicity Convener John Hutchison for his continuing support.
President Simon Hardiman, said; “At a time when we were unable to meet in person, Ken maintained the spirit of our existence by producing 75 weekly updates which made one and all feel less isolated and part of the family that is Rotary.”
The Rotary Young Photographer Competition went ahead this year as normal. Heats take place in Rotary Districts across the UK and Lochaber’s winners go forward to the West of Scotland heat.
Ellis John MacConnachie has won the Senior competition (14 – 17) with Cheryl C Macintyre the runner up, both from Ardnamurchan High School.
The Intermediate competition (11 – 14) was won by Fraser Sneddon from Lochaber High and the runner up Lexi Duncan from Ardnamurchan High School.
Winning entries are shown above: Ellis John’s to the left and Fraser’s on the right.
Organising Rotarian Mike MacGruer congratulated the winners and expressed his thanks to High School teachers Katie Cockerill from Ardnamurchan and Vicky Barclay from Lochaber for the encouragement given.
When presenting certificates and vouchers to the winners and runners up Rotary President, Simon Hardiman, added; “Rotary much appreciates the advice and experience of Iain Ferguson in acting as judge.”