06 October 2018Peeking on the neighbours - old and new
Gluren bij de Buren, "a celebration of the delightful homes and many talents to be found in Cromarty" proved popular as ever today. This year several new hosts welcomed guests into their homes to listen to performers of music, the spoken word and comedy. More time was allowed between sessions enabling visitors to treat themselves to three, or even four, free performances. Buren in de Hal continued the music into the evening with tunes from the Cromarty Ceilidh Band and a DJ set from Bill Alexander.
Photo: Piggery Spur (Mike, Phil and Greg)
23 September 2018Peace Group on the move again - to Faslane
Cromarty Peace Group was out in force at the 'Nae Nukes' demonstration at Faslane yesterday. They assembled at the Faslane Peace Camp and then joined the march to the North Gate of the base where they were welcomed by a range of international speakers as well as Scotland’s ‘poet laureate’ — the Makar, Jackie Kay.
Photo: Sandy Thomson
01 September 2018Cromarty Peace Group in 'pop up demo'
The Cromarty Peace Group and HANT (Highlands Against Nuclear Transport) participated in a 'Pop Up Demo / Flash Mob' at Inverness Station today to highlight the risks involved in the nuclear trains from Dounreay to Sellafield which pass through Inverness Station on a regular basis.
This demo follows an incident on 12 July 2018 which involved a train carrying nuclear waste running past a red signal near Kingussie at the same time that the Caledonian Sleeper was heading north.
Simon Evans of the Cromarty Peace Group commented, “We were very pleased to be involved in this joint event with HANT as we are aware of the concern about these transports and believe this demo will bring this issue to the attention of people who may have no idea that these transports are happening.“
Photo: Sandy Thomson
08 August 2018Tod! premieres with Cromarty Youth Opera
The first performance of Tod! was presented this evening to mark the fifth anniversary of Cromarty Youth Opera which was founded in 2013 by Edward and Clare Caswell.
The new opera is based on the Beatrix Potter story The Tale of Mr Tod with words and music by Andrew Gant. The composer was asked to produce a work that would highlight the strengths of the young singers (a small number of principal singers with a larger chorus of primary-age children) and feature elements that the audience has come to expect (its participation).
The resulting story of Flopsy and Benjamin Bunny — with their large family, the dastardly Tommy Brock and Mr Tod, a dog, a pair of flappy birds`and Beatrix Potter herself — delighted the opening-night audience.
The opera will be performed again on Thursday and Friday at 7.00pm in the West Church. Entry is free, but donations may be made at the door.
29 July 2018Another shop pops up in Cromarty
Jenny Pyle and Rachel Robertson have opened a new pop up shop, The Green Room, at Mizpah at the bottom of Denny Road. Their new venture features gifts and items for the home and garden, particularly with an Indian theme,.
Although the shop is open for this weekend only, they plan to be at the new Fortrose Community Market on Saturday, 4 August in the Fortrose Town Hall from 10.00am–2.30pm. They will also open back at Mizpah on Saturday, 11 August from 11.00am–2.00pm. They invite you to have a browse of their vibrant and continually changing stock.