12 January 2018A very Creative Cromarty
'The Tempest' by Michael Wood (right) was awarded first prize in the adult category of the 2017 Creative Cromarty competition at Saturday's one-day exhibition and prize-giving. Other first prizes went to Catherine Fullarton (Primary Aged Category) and Lucy Kerfoot (Photography Category — all ages).
The competition was open to amateur artists from across the Black Isle with special categories for each of the area primary schools (Cromarty, Avoch and Resolis).
The competition was organised primarily by Joe Inman during his internship with Cromarty Arts Trust last summer. As winner of the first Caroline Hewat Prize for Art, he used his time with the Trust to devise and implement the Creative Cromarty Competition — and returned to present the prizes on Saturday.
Photographs of the exhibition can be seen here.
Photo: Cromarty Arts Trust
04 January 2018And a Happy New Year to all
Those who attended the Hogmanay Ceilidh in the Victoria Hall enjoyed a lively, family-friendly evening with music by the Cromarty Ceilidh Band.
After expenses, a total of £1427 was raised. The money will be divided equally among Cromarty Primary School Parent Council (towards school trips this year), Fourways (towards a 2018 summer outing) and the Cromarty Harbour Trust (towards new handrails at the harbour).
Thanks go to the Ceilidh Band, to Ingrid for her help with tickets and the raffle, to everyone who contributed raffle prizes and to Steve for all his help.
20 December 2017It's looking a lot like Christmas
The gusty winds, frosty nights and snow flurries of a week ago are long past. Milder temperatures have cleared the streets and pavements of treacherous ice.
We may have to wait another year for a white Christmas, but we can fully enjoy the holiday spirit in Cromarty. Shops are full of festive fare, houses are decorated with wreaths and sparkling lights, musicians prepare for carol services.
Opening times for local businesses are given on the Notices page — several are open on Christmas Eve for last-minute purchases.
Both local churches have special services over the holiday period. The popular 'Carols by Candlelight' service in St Regulus' Church is on Friday evening at 7.30pm. The West Church hosts a Watchnight service at 11.15pm on Christmas Eve, and St Regulus' has a Christmas Day service at 9.45am.
25 November 2017Christmas comes to Cromarty
Never mind Black Friday, this weekend visitors have three opportunities for Christmas shopping at Cromarty's Christmas Fair in the Old Brewery, Food Market in the Victoria Hall and Open Studios throughout the town.
Local crafters are displaying their goods in the Old Brewery from 10.30am–4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The local produce Food Market runs from 1.00–4.00pm today only in the Victoria Hall with cookery demonstrations by Lady Claire MacDonald and Graham Fox at 1.00 amd 3.00pm (tickets booked in advance). The popular Artists' Open Studios returns on both days from 11am–4.00pm each day.
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.