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.
20 July 2018Application for Cromarty cinema and office hub
A planning application has been lodged jointly by Cromarty Estate and Cromarty & Resolis Film Society for a 30-seat cinema and office hub to be located at the west end of the Links next to the ferry slipway and Slaughterhouse Café.
The cinema would provide film screenings throughout the year and a useful venue for Cromarty's growing Film Festival. An adjoining office hub would offer employment opportunities within the community and according to the application's supporting statememnt "will make Cromarty a more balanced and sustainable community."
If planning permission and funding are completed late this year, construction could start as early as Spring 2019. If you wish to contribute to the cost of this project, go to the Cromarty Community Cinema fundraising site.
18 July 2018Cromarty Gala royalty announced
The Gala committee are delighted to announce that the Cromarty Gala and Attendants for 2018 are Queen — Maisie Graham; Prince — Peter Campbell and Princess — Beth Hogg. Join us at the Victoria Park at 1.00pm on Saturday 21 for the Cromarty Gala Opening ceremony!
Photo taken from Cromarty Gala Facebook page
29 June 2018Pacific Orca arrives for Beatrice wind turbines
The Pacific Orca has arrived at Nigg to uplift the first group of ten wind turbines destined for installation at the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
The purpose-built, heavy-lift jack-up vessel is the biggest wind farm installation vessel in the world and designed to conduct wind farm installations under extremely rough seas and wind conditions.
At the end of May the Pacific Orca successfully completed the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the coast of Aberdeen which holds the record for the world's most powerful wind turbines.
23 June 2018Sun shines on Cromarty's gardens
Welcome sunshine brought locals and visitors outdoors to enjoy to Cromarty's Art & Flower Festival and 'Cromarty in Colour' Open Gardens.
Twenty-nine gardens are open over the weekend of 23/24 June from 11.00am–4.00pm each day. A map and guide is available from East Bellevue, Church Street at a price of £5 for a weekend pass. Tea and biscuits, music, children's activities and plants are available at several venues.
Proceeds will go to the RNLI, Care in the Community, Cromarty Courthouse and the East Church.
From 23 June–1 July the East Church hosts the Arts & Flowers Festival with colourful floral displays by Evelyn Wilson and her team of flower arrangers and botanical paintings by Julie Price and her pupils. A special section of the display contains 'gardens on a plate' contributed by children of Cromarty Primary School. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.
16 June 2018"Fantastic first day" at Black Isle Regatta
Several hundred people watched and rowed in the first day of the Black Isle Regatta hosted by the Avoch and Cromarty community rowing clubs.
Races for age-based categories were scheduled from 10.30am to 4.00pm both days over a 1km (juniors) or 2m (seniors) course with prize-giving at 5.00pm both days.
A family-friendly evening social will be held on the Links from 7.30om with music and stovies. BYOB and a camping chair if you want to sit.
15 June 2018Another reason to visit Cromarty
Cromarty's newest retail shop opened this morning — just in time for the busy Regatta weekend. Calluna (Calluna vulgaris or common heather) is the brainchild of Phoebe Fox who spotted a gap in Cromarty for a shop specialising in clothes, shoes and accessories.
In addition to clothing, customers will be pleased to find books, jewellery and other gift items previously stocked in Couper's Creek. (The move of stock has made room for three more tables in the popular Church Street coffee shop.)
During the summer Calluna is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Photo: Phoebe Fox and Pauline Buchanan
02 June 2018It's June - it's summer
The first of June marks the start of the meteorological summer and also the start of the summer ferry run between Cromarty and Nigg.
The Highland Ferries' vessel began its half-hourly service yesterday and will run until 30 September. The ferry departs from Cromarty at 0800 and every 30 minutes until 1800. It departs from Nigg at 0815 and every 30 minutes until 1815. The ferry arrives five minutes before its departure time.
Fares range from £1 for a cyclist's single ticket to a family return ticket (one car, two adults, three children) for £29.
If you are waiting at the Cromarty slipway, take advantage of the refreshments on offer at the Slaughterhouse.