The SCD board of directors have been discussing options to strengthen the viability of the current hall complex.
There has been some discussion regarding a service offering campervans a space to park overnight in the village hall carpark. This is a low key proposal aimed at a couple of camper vans (no tents or caravans), maximum stopping overnight – say 7.30pm – 10 am in the far corner of the car park. The benefits would be:-
(a) Advance booking (and payment) online – vans would submit registration number so we will know who is using the site. We would also encourage further donations.
(b) Additional income for the hall which would cover opening and cleaning for toilets as well as waste disposal charges.
(c) Accommodate vans already visiting the area who are looking for places to park up overnight (sometimes in unsuitable places like gateways etc)
(d) Anticipating trends that suggest the number of camper vans visiting the Highlands will continue to grow.
It has been noted that vans have already been in the car park asking if they can stay overnight and some may have done so already.
These are just initial thoughts at present and is in the very early stages of consideration. SCD would like to gauge the opinion of the community regarding this venture.
Strathdearn Community Development Company is delighted to announce that full planning permission has been received for the construction of the new Community Hub.
This exciting development means we are a huge step forward in our vision for this much needed facility in our village.
Full details are available on the Highland Council Planning portable – planning reference 16/03510/FUL or by clicking on
Notification from Infinergy Ltd (Tom Nan Clach windfarm)
You may be aware that our contractor in conjunction with Highland Council, have put a phased road closure in place for the B9007. Starting on Monday the section from our site entrance south to the Lochindorb junction is closed for 2 weeks – except weekends.
From the 20th March the section from Lochindorb junction south to the north side of the Yule family property is closed for 4 weeks except weekends and finally from 17th to 21st April there will be partial closure from 9am until 4pm south of Lochindorb to allow surfacing on the southerly section of the B9007 passing the Yule family property.
Hopefully my description makes sense but if you have any specific access requirements during the period if you could let me know,
Senior Construction Manager
31-33 High Street
Inverness IV1 1HT
phone: +44 (0) 1463 211054
mobile: +44 (0)7775 625176
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Please can the information below be circulated around staff & volunteers, I would like to inform members of Strathdearn Community group about our current outreach, Cycling UK “national cycling charity” want to make it easier for community groups to cycle together and pass on the joy and wellbeing from doing so.
To do this my job is to connect with community groups and offer them free training so that they can be confident at helping those around them to grow the confidence and love of cycling together as friends, families and individuals.
Cycling UK are providing “FREE- no strings” training for community leaders, volunteers & coordinators. We want to make it easier for groups to uptake social cycling activities on their terms & we can give you the training and skills to do so.
Cycling UK’s want to help set up cycling activities at local levels, we call these “ Community Cycle Clubs” but you can name your group to suit your directions These are grassroots focused on increasing participation and confidence rather than sport alone, we aim to contact established community groups and provide them with access to training, tailored support and insurance so they can begin running their own cycling activities and challenging local barriers.
Cycling UK worked with 81 community groups across Scotland during September and October last year to deliver the Big Bike Revival, a 6 week intervention aimed at encouraging people to cycle for everyday journeys. Our intervention seen over 500 events and activities take place during these months. We would like to support more community organisations engage in cycling activity by developing Community Cycle Clubs. Some more information on Community Cycle Clubs and how to become one is detailed below.
What is a Community Cycle Club?
• Community Cycle Clubs are developed by Cycling UK to support existing groups and community organisations to deliver cycling activities that are open to all.
• Community Cycle Clubs offer activities such as led rides for beginners, bike maintenance and bike recycling. They provide a social environment to gain confidence and skills on a bike, improve fitness and have fun!
• Cycling UK provides support tailored to their needs through access to equipment, training, insurance and advice. They are part of our UK wide network of community clubs, cycling groups, and thousands of individual members that support people from all backgrounds to access cycling.
• Community Cycle Clubs are created by working closely with established community groups so that cycling activities can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of local people that have already come together for a common purpose.
Why become a Community Cycle Club?
There are many benefits to becoming a CCC, some of which are listed below;
• Dedicated Development Officer time offering knowledge specific to region and local authority area
• Access to free training and development opportunities (First Aid Training, Cycle Ride Leader Training and Trail Side Repair Training from Feb-April)
• Free Cycling UK Affiliation worth £75 with subscription to monthly Cycle magazine, newsletters, shop discounts etc.
• Free starter pack for your Community Cycle Club including First Aid Kit, Multi-tool and other essential start up accessories.
• Networking opportunities – Regional networking events taking place in Scotland in March 2017
• Information and signposting to initiatives and programmes beneficial to your activities
If you are interested in becoming a Community Cycle Club or for more information, please get in touch.
Big Bike Revival Development Officer North Scotland
Direct Line: 07887999567361 [remove "999" from middle of telephone number]
I am based in Inverness
It's time to tackle the photo gallery on this website. There are a few photos carried over from the previous website but I'm going to delete them, start afresh, and be extremely fussy about what I include. The motto of this gallery will be "quality not quantity."
There are some great photographers in Strathdearn. I'm asking you to look through your collections and send me your best shots. You probably have hundreds so how about selecting just the best six initially, that will guarantee quality. And for the rest of us who don't have expensive cameras and spend hours waiting for the light to be right, there are still the lucky moments when we were in just the right place at just the right time to capture a special moment - I'd like those too, please. All that matters is that they are taken locally and be beautiful or interesting
I've contacted Sarah to see if we can get a more user-friendly gallery. The present one is quite clumsy to navigate around. But in the meantime there's no reason why we can't be collecting photos.
I'd like pictures to be be 800px - 1200px wide and accompanied by a short description including the year and your name if you want it included. I've put a couple of examples in a new folder called "Local Wildlife" which you can find HERE.
We'll start with 3 categories - people, places, and wildlife - and no doubt a "miscellaneous" category will follow in due course, and it would be nice to collaborate with our annual Flower Show to add a folder of the photography competition winners each year.
People : Imagine if this website existed 50 years ago, or even just 20, how interesting it would be to browse through photos of the old Strathdearn characters. Well let's create that situation. Dig out pictures of people who are no longer around. Don't forget to include their name, a wee bit about the photo, and the date. I'll group photos by decade and before we know it, we'll have an instant nostalgia-fest. And don't neglect to send in recent ones too - new photos are the old photos of the future. Bear in mind that not everybody wants their picture on the internet so be responsible. School class photos? Group shot from the gamekeepers' Christmas dinner or a party in the hall? Good quality group photos are particularly interesting to look back on.
Places : We live in a beautiful area where anyone can take a nice photo, so we want only GREAT photos! Buildings as well as landscapes. Especially interesting will be shots of places before they changed - got knocked down, built on or planted over. I'll make a subcategory called "Before They Changed" if I get enough examples. Include in the description the location and perhaps the time of year and a few words to add interest.
Wildlife : Strictly local shots only. I don't care how cute that kangaroo is, we don't want it here! Photos in this category will range from great shots of common wildlife to as long as it's recognisable for rare wildlife. Actually, perhaps I should call the category "Nature" with subcategories of "Wildlife," and "Plant life." We should aim to build up a comprehensive catalogue of our local flora and fauna. Again, include some interesting detail about the shot, perhaps time and place.
I keep going on about this website being a great community resource and this is another example of what I mean. Together we can make this photo gallery a legacy for the kids and a showcase for visitors. Is that what you thought too? Snap!