HELP FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

HELP FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

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. 

TEXAS GOLF COMES TO THE FORT!

TEXAS GOLF COMES TO THE FORT!

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!)

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CANCELLED

Although plans had been well in hand for the Christmas Craft & Food Producers’ Festival and Cairngorm Reindeer Parade scheduled for 27th November, Lochaber Rotary has decided to cancel the event this year.  

Traditionally, numbers attending have been high and while the Parade would be straightforward to manage, some elements within the Nevis Centre would ideally need fairly close contact to be successful.

Lochaber Rotary President Simon Hardiman said; “In the interest of community safety, we came to the conclusion that this still doesn’t seem to be the right time to be encouraging families to gather together.” 

Santa has been reported as being disappointed but relieved too because he would have had to stay quite distant from the children and said; “I would be quite sad if anyone caught Covid as a result of coming to see me”.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CHANGES TO “KNITIVITY”!

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CHANGES TO “KNITIVITY”!

The Rotary Christmas Festival and Craft Fair towards the end of November has been a popular annual event in recent years.  Those who have attended previously will realise that a great deal of close interaction is involved but with the restrictions it quickly became clear that managing activities like Santa’s Grotto, queueing, cash handling and movement around the Nevis Centre would prove close to impossible.   While the reindeer could walk side by side (!) only Santa could ride in the sleigh and everyone else on the parade would need to keep their distance.   To ensure the safety of all the participants but with a heavy heart, the decision was taken to cancel the 2020 event.

But Rotary’s work had to continue and so we developed “Knitivity”!   This ambitious community project created a 13 feet / 4metre high Christmas tree made up of hand knitted and crocheted items that formed the decorative cladding to a steel frame fabricated by Macphersons Welding & Engineering Services.   The tree was on display in the lead up to Christmas. Organiser Sheana Fraser said, “It took a huge effort to cover the framework as the surface area was around 500 square feet and we needed around 1,000 items!” 

The community responded admirably and we had plenty hats, scarves, wrist-warmers, etc. and these will be donated to homeless charities, Alzheimer Scotland and local care homes.  A new word for some of us was “twiddle-muffs” which are knitted muffs with items attached such as buttons, ribbons and the like to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy and are a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.  The Club’s traditional base, the Alexandra Hotel, also played its part by providing a prominent bin into which the knitters could tip their work.

All in all it was a great success and President Richard Baxter said, “While Covid 19 has given us plenty challenges there have been opportunities and scope for some fun too.  Thanks to the community for getting behind this imaginative idea!”  

Thanks are also due to Ferguson Transport and Shipping who continued their support of Lochaber Rotary by presenting a cheque for £500 and to the Highland Cinema for hosting the tree where their patrons enjoyed some seasonal colour.

FERGUSON TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING DONATION

FERGUSON TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING DONATION

Ferguson Transport and Shipping continue their support of Lochaber Rotary as Jodie Jordan, Business Administrator, presents a cheque for £500. 

Group Managing Director, Alasdair Ferguson, sent best wishes from the directors and staff, commenting:  “We are delighted to support the Rotary Club of Lochaber. This year has been very challenging for everyone for a number of reasons and with the Christmas Festival unfortunately having to cancel due to Covid, it is good to be in a position to support where we can.  We have no doubt that this money will be put to good use in the local area. “

In expressing the thanks of Lochaber Rotary, President Richard Baxter said: “Ferguson Transport and Shipping has been the main sponsor of our Christmas Festival and Craft Fair in recent years.  Although we couldn’t run the event this year our work continues and so we much appreciate their continuing support.”

ROTARY POP-UP CAFÉ HITS THE SPOT  CAFÉ & CRAFT FAYRE PROVES A WINNING COMBINATION

ROTARY POP-UP CAFÉ HITS THE SPOT CAFÉ & CRAFT FAYRE PROVES A WINNING COMBINATION

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”