03 December 2018Cromarty Rising Result?
In their latest newsletter the Port of Cromarty Firth state unambiguously that they will not be re-submitting their application for ship-to-ship oil transfers. Reading between the lines, and taking note of the other articles highlighted in the circular, it would appear that other more profitable projects have now made the financial justification for the environmentally sensitive plan redundant. You can read the Port Authority's newsletter here: documents/pcfa-autumn-newsletter.pdf
30 November 2018Christmas Lights Switch on
This arrived a bit late for the newsletter. Spread the word - it's bound to be a good night.
22 November 2018Bumper Edition of Newsletter Coming Soon
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11 November 2018We will remember them
Father Mel Langille led the service of remembance this morning at the Cromarty War Memorial to mark 100 years since the signing of the peace treaty ending World War One. He was assisted by young pipers Cody Benjamin and Findlay McNaught.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the British Legion, Cromarty & District Community Council, churches and local service organisations. Individuals also went forward to lay their poppies on the steps of the memorial.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them." (from 'Ode of Remembrance' by Laurence Binyon)
01 November 2018Backhaven and 'It's not over till the hairy man sings'
Those who have attended the Murder Mystery Plays during Cromarty's Crime & Thrillers weekends will recognise the character portrayed by writer Theo Seller and other locals of the fictitious Highland fishing village of Blackhaven. They now feature in a series of radio-style dramas as 20 minute podcasts. The first episode, 'It's not over till the hairy man sings' has just been released.
In addition to the podcasts, a complete backstory of the village can be found in the new Blackhaven website. Here you can meet the locals, read the latest news in the Blackhaven Gazette, check out suggestions of things to see and do in the village and find links to the podcasts. It can only be described as a tour de farce!
graphic: Rosie Newman
01 November 2018A smile and a shoebox
Cromarty Primary School children smile as they show off the shoe boxes they have prepared for the Blythswood 25th annual Shoe Box Appeal. They were collected from the school today by Pam Thompson who organises the group of 'shoe box ladies' who work throughout the year wrapping boxes and collecting (and knitting) the many items that are used to fill them.
This year 158 boxes from Cromarty will go to Romania where they will bring happiness to those in need. To find out more about the shoe box appeal, go to the Blythswood website and click on 'Appeal' to see a short animated video for children.
photo: Pam Thompson
27 October 2018Absolutely the end of summer
There can be no doubt about it - summer is over and we are rapidly moving through autumn to winter. Tonight the clocks go back at the end of British Summer Time. This morning we saw the arrival of the first chilly weather of the season with a flutter of snowflakes and a covering of snow on the bens.
This weekend the Met Office has issued a warning of snow and ice for parts of Scotland. Forecasters said that hail, sleet and snow showers would leave surfaces prone to patchy ice patches. Time to put the clocks back and get out the woolly hats and scarves!
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