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World War I remembers

On Sunday 10th August I attended the drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle to mark the outbreak of World War I. The event – using drums as an altar – heralded the start of the Scottish commemorations programme covering eight significant points in the conflict. The cross-faith service on 10 August will be made up of politicians, military veterans and charity groups.
We were seated before 10:00am so that the parade could form up. When the Military contingents were all present the drums where placed and regimental Colours were laid on top of them.Drumhead service
Donald Wilson Lord Provost of Edinburgh Took the General Salute.
The drumhead service replicated those held on the front-line 100 years ago where neatly piled drums was used in place of an altar. I found the whole service very moving and humbling. Being a member of the forces for 3 years 50 years ago I was immediately taken back to attending church parades. I did not expect that to happen but I was aware that all the veterans’ there must have been having the same feelings.
Following the service, military bands paraded down the Royal Mile and the congregation was invited to follow in a procession to a replica Commonwealth graveyard at Holyrood Park. Continue reading

B851 Road closure

Diversion master plan

B851 Sockich’s Bends – Road Improvement Scheme

Traffic Management Information Leaflet

B851 Sockich’s Bends Improvement Scheme starts Tuesday 16th September with tree felling to enable road widening and wall construction.  Road Traffic Order is in place to start Tuesday 16th September to 24th December.

Traffic Management arrangement consists of C1076 (Brin to Dunlichity)/C1068 (Dunlichity to Balnafoich) Diversion route for local and light traffic, Management of Bus Services, routing of HGV traffic and Part-day Closures.  Daily monitoring will be in place.

Diversion Route (not suitable for HGV use) – Brin/Dunlichity/Balnafoich – 30 passing places consisting of 13 existing improved + 17 new passing places (10 surfaced/7 unsurfaced) + 28 passing opportunities providing a total of 58 passing places/opportunities.  Permanent Signs + Temporary Traffic Management Signs (passing places, pedestrians on road, horses on road, single track road use passing places).

A temporary statutory 30mph speed restriction on the C1076/C1068 Diversion route will be in force during the works. Continue reading

CC Public Consultation

Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council

Public Consultation

Foyers School,
Tuesday 16 September 2014

Wind Farms – Dell
Foyers Toilets


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Bulletin to close!

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Boleskine Bulletin

I write to inform you that it is with regret that the Boleskine Bulletin will cease publication at the end of the year i.e. after December’s Issue, unless a suitable solution can be found.
It is hoped that someone may yet come forward. Notice will be going into both September and December Issue and on the web site. There will be an AGM on November 22nd at 4pm when members from the community council would be most welcome.
Yours sincerely,

Jane O’Donovan on behalf of the Boleskine Bulletin committee.

Parish Sale “thank you”

Stratherrick Catholic Church Whitebridge

Parish Sale
2nd August 2014
Stratherrick Catholic Church WhitebridgeThe parishioners of Stratherrick would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the annual sale. Those who gave donations, helped with setting up of stalls, gave their time freely and in general helped made the day a fun day. We would particularly like to thank all those who braved the weather and came and spent their money contributing to the raising of nearly £600.
Everything donated which did not sell will be going down the Fort Augustus parish sale for their sale day.

Again a big thank you

Walkers wanted

Wanted walkers, volunteers and interested parties


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The SFCC is in the process of creating a sub group to restore /create/improve pathways within the SFCC area.
I have been busy checking existing infrastructure and identifying paths which have falling into disuse or disrepair and trying to find suitable pathways which can be converted or upgraded to enable wheelchairs. This was instigated by members of the community contacting Community Council with their concerns and being picked up by Margaret Davidson who arranged a meeting with the THC access officer after concerns were raised about the state of the paths from Lower to upper Foyers and the number of Tourists making their way about. When Stewart feedback to both Margaret and I walked the route from the bridge to overflow parking across from school road with the idea of making it a “Safe route to Schools”. This entailed a much wider consultation with a wider group of users and funders, The first needs were identified and were who owned the land, how many volunteers could the community get to do brush clearing, path widening, safety issues, signage, etc. more will be forthcoming as we proceed. As each source of funding will have a different criteria to carry these forward volunteers will be needed. A community based ground up group Continue reading

Heritage Group


Help needed

Commemorating and recording the impact of the First World War on South Loch Ness

Commemorating and recording the impact of the First
World War on South Loch Ness

In the centenary year of the start of the First World
War, the Heritage Group would like to do something
to remember, research and record the ways in which
the war affected South Loch Ness and those living in
the area.

Alister Chisholm (01463 715713, would be very
pleased to have any suggestions as to how such a
project could be tackled. Please get in touch with
him with any ideas.

New Councillor

Katie Ellam co-opted to C.C.

Katie Ellam was co-opted onto Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council as a Community Councillor with full voting rights on 11the January 2014 replacing Ros Rowell who resigned from Community Council and Community Trust December 2013.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing – Gorthleck 2014

This housing project is hopefully moving forward to construction in 2014

The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Albyn Housing hope to work together to move this project forward but need people to register their interest in getting a house. N.B. Self Build plots and initial loans may be available.

If you are interested please ASAP contact either;

Susan Hunter on 01463 233549 ( ) or Ronnie MacRae on 01463 233549 ( ) for more information and to register your interest in a house or plot on the site.
Alternatively please contact any community councillor for help with this. Their details can be found in the Boleskine Bulletin.


Forestry Commission update

Timber extraction on South Loch Ness. MORE…

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