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Nairnshire Events

We set up our stall at the County Show in July and on Games Day. The weather was changeable, but good days had all the same. Lots of chats and we were delighted to greet many more younger people and families. This year we didn’t run a raffle but we did do a pebble painting competition which, given the tent blew away at the Show, attracted lots of joyful entries (we got the tent back up with much appreciated help from our neighbours). We were battened down more at the Games and were glad to offer people shelter during the…

Updates

Vote For Us – funding from Tesco for the orchard

Call for help! We need your votes for our community orchard project! We’ve applied to Tesco’s Bags of Help programme for funds to help with the community orchard and our other projects. We’ve been shortlisted with a project from Kinloss and one from Forres, and now the public chose which of us should get the money by a vote at our nearest store. Vote for us in Forres Tesco to win funding to start a community orchard in Viewfield Park (we have some funding but need more). Voting is happening in Tesco’s Forres branch only between now and the end…

Our hub

Open House at the Links Studios in July

We’ve moved into our Green Hive hub space now and we’re gradually getting set up. People have been so generous donating furniture, carpet office, equipment etc. We’re open during July, so please come say hi. You can find out about our summer programme and maybe join in – better still you can get us thinking about new ideas which could benefit our town. Find us at the WASPS Links Studio, Grant Street, Fishertown. We are open 10-4 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bumblebags

Bumble Bags – cutting plastic waste

The plastic bags that seem to drift everywhere – and which we kept finding on the Beach clean – have got us thinking. We’ve heard of local community schemes where people get together to make bags from cast off and surplus material (cotton, linen etc) and then distribute them around their community. People are encouraged to use them as an alternative to the plastic bags we hate when they end up clogging our drains and waterways, wrapped around our wildlife – or indeed littering our beach and riverside. So, we’ve been given two fabulous sewing machines and have begun to…

litter picking

Two fun days – Creative clean up

Our latest Beach Clean was, once more, well attended with something like 55 people turning out to do their bit. Seemed to us there was a more diverse crew compared to last time – and we’re glad of it. We’re grateful to everyone who came (and to the council boys who came and cleared the bags at the end. We had dry weather, which helped us unearth a couple of tyres, a cupboard door and loads of plastic bags. Overall we had less rubbish to find, which must be good thing. Maybe people are leaving less around, certainly we’re aware…

litter picking

Summer Beach and River Clean-up

So you’ll remember the beach clean last November and the Art is Rubbish project & exhibition that followed in January? Well, we’ve teamed up with the Sailing Club and WASPs artists again and are holding another Clean-up this Sunday, 2nd July, starting from the Sailing Club at 10.30 am and finishing around 12.30. It’s a great family outing, exploring, discovering and doing a good job for the wildlife and critters along our shore and riverside. We’ll provide soup and tray bakes between 12.30 and 1.30 – by all means bring your own bites too. We’ll also provide bin bags for…

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Community Orchard

We had a great response to our spot poll last month. Seems there’s quite a few out there interested in doing stuff to help get the orchard set up. You’ll maybe know that we received £230 from Highland Council to purchase trees. We’ve just heard that the Pebble Trust is to  make a bigger grant which will cover all the costs necessary to ensure the trees and surrounds are given the best possible start. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page in the coming weeks to find out more about the chances of volunteering and getting involved.

Updates

Project Work contract

We had 4 really good submissions for this contract. We’re delighted to have contracted Kirsty Ellen, local lass made good, to help us get set up at the Links Studios, recruit more members and get some more projects going. Kirsty has a wealth of experience in community development and is a committed up cycler! She’ll be starting with us in the middle of June, so watch out for more from her as she gets going.

Updates

Our Community Orchard

We’re going to set up a community Orchard in the autumn. This is a great way of people getting involved in something which benefits everyone – free fruit, make your own jam, learn about growing, plants, insects etc. It’s a great thing for young families to do occasionally and there will be an ongoing need for people to keep things in the orchard enclosure tidy and cared for. We want to know whether you think it’s a good idea and whether you would like to support it by giving some time to help. [polldaddy poll=9747200]