Cromarty News

26 May 2017Ship to ship oil transfer issue raised at General Assembly

Cromarty resident and former Moderator of the General Assembly, the Very Rev Dr Alan McDonald, raised concerns about proposed ship-to-ship crude oil transfers in the inner Moray Firth at the Church of Scotland meetings in Edinburgh this week. His motion against such transfers was backed by the Assembly and the Church and Society Council.

Mr McDonald said Christians have a “duty of care” to look after the planet. “I am persuaded that the caring way to transfer oil around our precious coastline is with a ship, securely tied up beside a jetty and not between two ships out at sea.”

Photo: Church of Scotland press release
Link to article

07 May 2017Another successful Crime & Thrillers Weekend comes to an end

Cromarty Art Trust's fifth Crime & Thrillers Weekend concluded this afternoon with an informal panel discussion amongst the four authors (L to R) Ian Rankin, Sara Sheridan, Douglas Lindsay and Tom Wood. Saturday's presentations by three crime fiction writers contrasted with today's talks about real-life crime introduced by Simon Gunn and Mary Peteranna ('Rosemarkie Man: Murder in the Caves') and Tom Wood ("Ruxton to The World's End — Fifty Years of Murder').

The weekend also included a Murder Mystery Dinner in Cromarty House on Thursday and Friday and Saturday Night at the Movies (Dial 'M' for Murder) in the Victoria Hall.

06 May 2017Ward 9 Council election results

The three winners of the Highland Council election Ward 9 (Black Isle) on Thursday, 4 May were:

Craig Fraser, SNP (incumbent): 1,234
Gordon Adam, Liberal Democrat: 919
Jennifer Barclay, Independent (incumbent): 742

Turnout: 54.9%

03 May 2017Scottish Parliament debate continues

Cromarty Rising and friends headed to Holyrood again on Tuesday for another public demonstration. We were delighted to receive support again from Ian Rankin and the petition site 38 Degrees. The main purpose of our trip was to attend the debate in Parliament on STS oil transfers in the Moray Firth, which you can watch in full it here at http://www.scottishparliament.tv. All speakers paid compliment to Cromarty Rising's determined and sustained efforts throughout the past 18 months. We noticed a representative from the CFPA in attendance in the public gallery and hope they will pay close attention to the points raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Text: Mary Bowers

21 April 2017Application made for upgrading of Cromarty Harbour

Cromarty Harbour Trust has applied for planning permission and listed building consent to upgrade the town's slowly deteriorating historic harbour. The £100,000+ project includes "works to demolish and replace timber harbour sheds, replace railings on west pier, upgrade electricity supply and lighting, provide seating, interpretive panels, new ladders, and a crane/derrick". See Calum Ross's article in the Press & Journal. Planning Applicaion to Highland Council can be viewed here.

14 April 2017Join the Easter fun in Cromarty

Several of Cromarty's attractions and shops re-open this Easter weekend to welcome visitors to the town.

Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage and Museum opens on Saturday and invites children to join in the Cadbury (Easter) Egg Hunt — collect a map, folllow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim a chocolate reward.

Cromarty Courthouse Museum re-opens on Easter Sunday at 12.00. An exhibition in the Back Room features 'Light and Shade in the South Sutor Forest' by Cromarty's Iain Robertson.

EcoVentures is open for business and taking bookings for marine wildlife-watching trips.
The Pantry tea shop has also re-opened for 'the season'.

Other favourite eating and shopping venues are now operating summer opening hours.

07 April 2017Cromarty history hidden again

After four summers of excavations, the dig site of the Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project was once again covered by earth earlier this week.

A medieval well (centre of photo), discovered as digging came to an end last summer, will be enclosed with a post and wire fence and retained as a feature of the Reeds Path shoreline walk.

Details of the background to the project, excavations and discoveries can be found on the Project website.

Photo: Mary Peteranna

27 March 2017New 'old' faces at the Cromarty Stores

After five years in charge of the Cromarty Stores, Billy and Lorraine Brown have handed over management to former Cromarty residents, Kitty and Marcel Gommers. Marcel was Cromarty subpostmaster for four years before the couple moved south in 2010. "It's as if we've never been away", says Kitty as they see familiar faces in the town.

Kitty and Marcel have many ideas for expanding and updating the store. Branding will change as it becomes a Premier store (part of the Booker Group PLC). Customers will see a new floor layout, an extended stock range including gluten-free and dairy-free items, and longer opening hours until 7.00pm in the summer. 

19 March 2017Crowd view Cromba launch

A crowd of about 200 residents and visitors watched the launch of the Cromarty Community Rowing Club's new skiff Cromba (Gaelic for Cromarty) on Saturday. The St Ayles skiff represents a year's work by a group of Cromarty boat-builders under the leadership of club chairman Robert Hogg with the encouragement of Bill Campbell who provided the space at Navity for the construction.

New members are invited to join the club and take part in forthcoming events, including a regatta and fun day on 22 July. Fees are £20 (single) and £35 (family). Application forms can be obtained from Archie Mactaggart.

Photo: Pam Thompson

15 March 2017Cromarty Medical Practice partnership to cease in June

Statement from Cromarty Practice Partners 2017

Cromarty Practice has for several years had difficulty in recruiting medical staff. We have tried to link up with neighbouring Practices with regard to working together in a larger grouping, but unfortunately this was not possible at the time, and so was unsuccessful. This means that it has been impossible for any of the current clinical staff to move on to new jobs or retire, as the Practice has been unable to replace them.

Therefore as the current model of care is no longer sustainable, the only alternative left to us is to hand the Practice over to NHS Highland and allow them to seek a solution regarding the forward planning of Cromarty Surgery.

The date the existing Partnership ceases is on the 30th June 2017.

General Practice patient care will continue for Cromarty patients, and NHS Highland will be in touch with you in due course regarding ongoing arrangements. If you have any queries please direct them to either Stewart MacPherson, Clinical Director (stewart.macpherson@nhs.net) or Ros Philip, Primary Care manager (ros.philip@nhs.net) at Highland Health Board.

From Susan Wilson, Gail Haddock and Isobel Graizer
Cromarty Medical Practice

08 March 2017Petition goal of 100,000 signatures reached

Following a highly successful visit to Holyrood in January, Cromarty Rising and 38 Degrees have arranged a petition hand-in event to highlight the ever increasing number of people who fundamentally oppose ship to ship transfers of crude oil in the Moray Firth.

On 9th March 2017 at 07:30 /08:00 members of the public plan to gather to greet Highland Council elected members as they arrive for the last full meeting before Councillor elections are held on 4th May 2017. This will send a peaceful, visible message showing the strength of feeling of communities and businesses against ship to ship crude oil transfer operations.

38 Degrees Scotland will arrange to hand-in the list of signatures, which now stands at over 100,000 . This is an important part of community involvement in decision-making and will be another major milestone for the campaign which has already seen the first licence application rejected.

Press release: 9 March 2017
38 Degrees petition: Sign here

Update right: At HC headquarters, 9 March

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