07 November 2017Happy smiles and boxes for Romania
Children from Cromarty Primary School proudly show the boxes the they are contributing to the annual Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. These boxes will be added to those prepared by the "shoe box ladies" and uplifted by Blythswood later this week. As usual, our Cromarty boxes will go to those in need in Romania in time for Christmas.
To learn more about the appeal, see "Make someone happy this Christmas" on this video.
09/11/17: 144 boxes taken away by the Blythswood van this morning.
03 November 2017Getting bigger - and bigger
A steady succession of vans and trailers arrived at the Links this morning with old wooden furniture, palletts, tree branches and other discarded bits of wood to create an ever-growing bonfire.
This evening's display will start with the lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm, followed by a spectacular firework display at 7.00pm.
Hot food will be on sale from the Cromarty Gala committee and mulled wine, hot chocolate and sweet treats from the Cromarty Primary School Parent Council.
29 October 2017Peeking in - again
This afternoon Fyrish (better known as Cromarty residents Marjorie Paterson and David Cowan) provided three of the 26 performances enjoyed by visitors to the fifth annual Gluren bij de Buren (Peeking in on the Neighbours).
Nine venues opened their doors to performers of music, song and the spoken word. Although most were private residences — including some new venues — the Old Brewery (for Sellers and Prices' 'Unexpected items in the gagging area') and St Regulus' Church (for Fyrish) also proved ideal settings.
This ever-popular event organised by Jon and Emmy Palmer of the Cheese House "is a celebration of the delightful homes and many talents to be found in Cromarty and the surrounding area."
Comments, photos and feedback can be sent to www.glurenbijdeburen.co.uk.
25 October 2017Publlc meeting looks to future development in Cromarty
A large number of Cromarty residents turned out to this evening's public meeting organised by the Cromarty & District Community Council. Council chairman Jacqui Ross introduced representatives of four groups who presented their current work in the community and plans for the future: Harbour Trust, Cromarty Care, Electric Car Project and Film Society.
The newly constituted Cromarty Community Development Trust will be able to carry out projects to benefit the community in the areas of community development, education, environmental protection, recreation and culture, heritage and science.
Due to ever-restricted Highland Council funds, we will have to be prepared to undertake many of these proposed projects ourselves through the CCDT. If funds can be found, Cromarty could benefit from having enhanced wave protection at the harbour, a six-car ferry, town officer, permanent 30-seat cinema, electric car charge point, facilities for camper van owners.
09 October 2017BW Catcher arrives from Singapore
Norwegian company BW Offshore's new FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel arrived at Nigg today after a 43-day journey from the Far East. It was built in Japan and converted for North Sea use in the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. It is 241m long and 50m wide and can process up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day and store 650,000 barrels.
The BW offshore vessel is expected to reach its final North Sea destination 100 miles east of Aberdeen by the end of the year. There it will begin a seven-year fixed contract with Premier Oil in the Catcher development which — when fully complete — could comprise 20 subsea wells tied back to the FPSO.
14 September 2017Panel marks site of archaeological dig
A new interpretive panel on its handsome plinth marks the site of the 2013-2016 archaeological excavation of medieval Cromarty. Over four summers, local archaeologists Mary Peteranna and Steven Birch supervised volunteers, school children and professional historians as they uncovered, layer by layer, remnants of life in Cromarty dating back to the 13th century.
The informative board is situated on the Reeds path by the 16th-century, stone-built, clay-lined well (with pony bones in the bottom) discovered in the final days of the dig.
03 September 2017Clear skies and calm waters
Participants in the third annual Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium were welcomed with sunny weather and calm seas over the weekend. The range of activities was geared to beginners with 'Come and Try' sessions to more experienced kayakers with instruction in such specialties as rockhopping, incident managing, Inuit skills and sea kayak sailing.
26 August 2017Ladies' bowling competition held in Cromarty
One of the final events of the summer bowling season was held yesterday when the Cromarty Bowling Club hosted the annual ladies' single championship.
There were 16 entrants from various Ross-shire bowling clubs. The competition was won by Fiona Graham from Dingwall, retaining the title she won in 2016. The runner-up was Mairie Gallie from Milton.
Left to right: Alex Wilson Cromarty Club President); Heather Stewart (umpire); Fiona Graham (winner); Mairie Gallie (runner-up); Helen Fraser (Cromarty Club member and semi-finalist); Ann Alcorn (semi-finalist).
Photo: David Cowan