February 2017

Updates

Upcycling

One of our longer term aims has always been to set up some kind of recycling or upcycling project. We’d like to acquire premises which can grow into a kind of community hub (or hive!) of activity. We don’t want much! Somewhere capable of accommodating three types of space – a retail outlet, a workshop, and a drop-in lounge with refreshments. We favour upcycling – being creative and adding value to old and used things. The evidence is that it’s more likely to generate income we can use to support our projects, it can involve lots of people who can acquire or improve…

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Change to membership rules

At our January Board Meeting we resolved to change our “Articles of Association”. We were unhappy at the restriction on voting membership to certain districts of Nairn Town. We gave some thought to how to define the changes and in the end decided that we should expand the area we serve to everything within the IV12 postcode – so including all of Nairnshire, Ardersier and beyond. Junior and full membership rules remain unchanged, so anyone in IV12 over the age of 12 can join, while those 16 and over can be full voting members.

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Community Orchard

Community orchards are a great opportunity for everyone to learn new skills – fencing, wildlife watching, horticultural skills gained from pruning and maintenance of the fruit trees and jam and fruit juice making skills, for example, once the fruit is picked. They benefit wildlife – a variety of flora and fauna – that can be supported by this environment – insects, birds, bees, bats, foxes and small mammals as well as wild flowers. An orchard need not contain more than 5 small trees, so isn’t the enormous spread we often associate with the word “orchard”. We have obtained permission from…

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Viewfield Leaves

The story so far We have 6 storage bays built primarily through the brilliant efforts of Andy and Simon Randerson. Gordon’s Timber were tremendous and donated loads of timber. We got old pallets from Michael Jacks’ construction company and a few others. Our volunteers turned out on three occasions to clear the park. On the first day, back in November, we were amazed, and really pleased, to find work had started early courtesy of a number of mum’s and their toddlers – who needed the grown-ups? Robbie Barron came with his ride on mower to the last of our three days and, at…

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Art is Rubbish

On 27th November, the Sailing Club and Kayak Club did a great job of hosting the beach and River Clean-up at their clubhouse and put on some welcome hot food and drinks for the 60 volunteers who turned out to take part. 61 bags of rubbish – and a few exotic items like a barbecue – were collected and later taken away by our local team of Highland Council’s Community Services. The volunteers were joined by two local artists who also organised the art workshop on 4th December and the competition and exhibition. The Art is Rubbish prize giving and exhibition took…