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Photo gal picIt'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.

It will probably take a couple of weeks to get the gallery sorted the way I want it, but please start thinking about and sending me photos now. You can email them to me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or send me a flickr/dropbox/whatever link. If you have old photos, you can drop them off at the Old Post Office and I'll scan and return them. Let's start off by saying no more than six shots in each category, and I'll get back to  some of you if you have a particularly valuable collection.

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!


Transport Scotland is very keen  to receive  comments and feedback from individual members of the community, in addition to the submissions from the Community Council,  particularly on the following topics:

  • The preferred route and junction option
  • The Dalmagarry and Lynebeg/Moy area sub-options.  The section of the project in the vicinity of Dalmagarry is heavily constrained, with the new dualled A9 to be routed between  the Highland Main Line railway and Dalmagarry Farm and the floodplain to the south of the farm.  Ongoing study and assessment of this area has resulted in the identification of five sub-options ....... All of these sub-options have markedly different engineering and environmental impacts and will have significantly different impacts on the access arrangements for Moy, Lynebeg and Ruthven.  

    PLEASE NOTE:  In Sub-options C, D and E, the B9154 Tomatin to Moy link is removed.  Traffic from Ruthven  heading to Moy would use the single-track road to Tomatin grade-separated junction then head north on the A9 and leave at the Lynebeg left-in/left-out junction.

The options being considered at the Tomatin South (Slochd) Junction.  

For Further Information:
You can contact AMJV Stakeholder Manager Robin Smith at any time.
Telephone:  07557 172 747
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by post to:

Robin Smith
A9 Dualling Project Team Stakeholder Manager
Lanark Court
Ellismuir Way
Tannochside Park
G71 5PW

For further information on the Tomatin to Moy project, and to view the exhibition materials, drawings and visualisations, please visit:
For further information on the wider A9 Dualling Programme, please visit the Transport Scotland website at:

canine duellingSorry about the picture. I thought you said "canine duelling".

A9 DUALLING MEETING - THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER at 7.30 in the Funtack Room of the Strathdearn Hall

Mr Steve Byer from Mouchel, Mr John Macdonald from AMJV, and Mr Sam MacNaughton from Transport Scotland will attend to answer questions and discuss any concerns.

If you have concerns or questions, but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact a member of the Community Council or tel: 07887704915 so that we can raise these on your behalf.

After hearing all the concerns, and questions and answers, there will be further discussion at the Community Council meeting on !3th December at 7.30pm in the Hall, to help the Community Council make their response.

This event will once again be happening in Strathdearn Village Hall on Friday 2 December 7 pm - 8.30pm
Come along to look at model nativity scenes from around the world and share some refreshments.
Entry £2 for adults & 50p for children with the proceeds going to Maggie's Highland and Action for M.E.
Organised once more by Michelle Bryden.
Please come along and enjoy.

Moy BBAt a vote after the Cadispa report on Monday 14th November, Moy residents voted almost unanimously for Option 2 which is the BT Openreach option. In addition, there were 3-4 who could not make the meeting who also voted for option 2.

Option 2 – BT Openreach:

Strathdearn Community Developments has also been in touch with BT Openreach directly. The Openreach proposal would be to install 3 new Fibre cabinets subject to survey and planning agreement, one at Dalmagarry (delivering to properties estimated speeds between 1.6-60.2mbps) and 2 cabinets in Moy (24.7 –80.0mbps and 27.8 –42.6mbps).

The Openreach gap funded option will cost around £100K to implement. Although each property can claim up to £350 Better broadband vouchers. If we get every property to register, we could claim up to £17K off the total. Realistically it is likely that the total cost will be around £85K (£15K of vouchers). Openreach will own the network fully, therefore being future proofed and will continue to repair and maintain thereafter as they do today. This will take up to 1 year to implement as this will also have to go through planning and design process. There is no obligation on anyone to take fibre when it is in the village, but we anticipate a significant majority would want to access the benefits available from this opportunity.

The vote was organised by James Macpherson on behalf of Strathdearn Community Developments. James immediately contacted Robert Thorburn of BT Openreach to request that he begin implementing the scheme.

Moy residents are strongly encouraged to register for a Better Broadband voucher. The aim is to get as many properties as possible to sign up to help minimise the cost of this project for the community. It is important that even non-internet users register so our community can save the maximum amount of money. The vouchers have to be applied for as part of a scheme rather than on an individual basis. Victoria Cameron-Mackintosh of SCD is awaiting a call from a representative of the Better Broadband scheme who will tell us how and when to apply. She will then contact all Moy residents to assist them in registering for the vouchers.

Thanks are due to James for the tremendous effort he has put in to bring this about.

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