YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR PERFORM AT ROTARY CLUB

YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR PERFORM AT ROTARY CLUB

Picture, courtesy of Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.
Ailsa Janzen, Junior Young Musician of the Year, Mr Rose, Music Teacher, President-Elect Iain Johnston and Francesca Rose, Senior Young Musician of the Year.

 Local young musician winners gave a “superb performance” at the Lochaber Rotary Club’s business lunch meeting on 23 May.

Ailsa Janzen, from Kinlochleven High School, winner of the Rotary Junior Young Musician of the Year, performed pieces from Bach and Dvorak on the violin. The jaunty rendition of Bach’s Gavotte thrilled the audience.

Francesca Rose, from Lochaber High School, winner of the Rotary Senior Young Musician of the Year, played Korngold’s Serenade and Squire’s Tarantella on her viola. Again, the audience was impressed by her very uplifting and professional performance.

Past-President David Thomson, himself a violinist, thanked Ailsa and Francesca on behalf of the Club for the lunchtime entertainment and said “That was a superb performance. The Lochaber Music School does wonderful work with youngsters of all ages” David then presented the musicians with their certificates and added that he was delighted that the Rotary sponsorship had resulted in such “outstanding young musicians”.

Picture, courtesy of Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.

STRONTIAN YOUNGSTER WINS WEST OF SCOTLAND HEAT  IN “ROTARY YOUNG CHEF” COMPETITION Jan 28th 2018

STRONTIAN YOUNGSTER WINS WEST OF SCOTLAND HEAT  IN “ROTARY YOUNG CHEF” COMPETITION Jan 28th 2018

Fourteen-year-old Angus Dunn, a third-year pupil from Ardnamurchan High School, has won the West of Scotland heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition. This competition is open to school pupils in the 51 Rotary Club districts that stretch from Wigtownshire in the south to Fort Augustus in the north and includes the City Of Glasgow.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and develop creativity in young people, including creativity in the kitchen. Cooking among young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill and the challenge of this event is to prepare in two hours a three-course healthy meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £15.

Angus impressed the judges with his pasta based starter of haggis-filled tortellini with a fresh pesto sauce, followed by the main course of west coast inspired smoked mackerel on wilted spinach with gratin dauphinoise. For dessert, Angus presented the judges with a mouth watering tiramisu with sugared almonds. This three-course combination was judged the winner. Rotary District Governor Gary Louttit said, “Well done Angus, I was delighted to be able to present Angus with the Winner’s Trophy”.

Angus is now preparing for the next stage of this national competition. He said “I really was surprised to win and am looking forward to the next round. Pasta is my favourite food and I am glad I have learnt to make it now”.

Lochaber Rotary Club is very proud of Angus’ considerable achievement and wishes him well in the national final where he will be flying the flag for Lochaber and for Ardnamurchan High School. Club President Donald McCorkindale added “I know Angus, and know him to be a talented young man. I was delighted to hear of his success in the District Young Chef Competition and wish him well in the next stage at Alnwick – the Scotland and North of England heat”

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District Governor Gary Louttit presents Angus with the Winner’s Trophy

Angus with his winning 3-course meal for two costing under £15

Book launch  November 18th 2017

Book launch November 18th 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to our book launch at The Highland Bookshop. A report with pictures will follow. Thanks to Sarah Lou and everyone at the bookshop for their incredible hospitality.

Illustrators Connor, Kerr and Rocco were there too.

The next big event for the book will be our sales at the Rotary Christmas Festival.

See you there.

Santa’s Elves are chosen to ride on the sleigh at the Rotary Christmas Festival on 25th November 2017

Santa’s Elves are chosen to ride on the sleigh at the Rotary Christmas Festival on 25th November 2017

At the lunchtime meeting of the Rotary Club of Lochaber on Wednesday 15th November, Jodie Ferguson and Mairi Sandison from Ferguson Transport judged the Christmas Card Message competition which was set to decide who would ride on the sleigh with Santa along Fort William High Street heading towards the Nevis Centre for the Rotary Christmas Festival on Saturday 25th November.

Chosen as best out of 123 entries from the primary schools of Lochaber was Faolan Hunter, age 9, Lundavra Primary School and Kayla Duncan, age 8, Caol Primary School. We congratulate them both and hope that they enjoy this memorable experience. Their poems are below.

The Club hopes to promote a Christmas Card design competition in the run-up to Christmas 2018 and the messages will be used in the cards.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping pay all costs for the reindeer to come to Fort William for the festival.

Pictured are Jodie and Mairi along with Rotarians Margaret Boyd and Geoff Heathcote.

Here are the winning messages –

Faolan Hunter, age 9, Lundavra Primary School
It’s time to decorate your tree
it’s time to be full of glee
Christmas time is full of joy
for every girl and every boy
Watch Santa fly
and zoom through the sky
Look at the snow
and its amazing glow

Kayla Duncan, age 8, Caol Primary School
Wishing you lots of Christmas cheer
Santa’s coming with his reindeer
Snow is falling from the sky
Children making snow angels as they lie

Who is coming down the chimney tonight?
As quick as a flash Santa is out of sight
Listen to the angels sing
Isn’t it the loveliest thing