Season’s Greetings to one and all! Many thanks to Santa who took time out of his busy schedule to drop in to Coigach’s Christmas party, spreading good cheer thanks to CCDC’s Community Funds. We have it on good authority he plans another visit overnight on the 24th so
Christmas marks the end of another busy year and you can read up on the latest by clicking on this:
CCDC is managing a project which celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Coigach and Assynt. A really exciting opportunity has arisen to compile and edit a book which celebrates the area, based on a recently completed piece of oral history research. Click on this link for full details of the brief: CCDC – M&T Book Commission Brief
CCDC is managing a project which celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Coigach and Assynt. A really exciting opportunity has arisen to write a new piece of music which celebrates the area. Click on this link for full details of the brief: CCDC – M&T Music Commission Brief
Summer Greetings! Through the Community Fund money is continuing to flow into various parts of Coigach. Since we last reported to you, through our community grants continue to bring good cheer to various members of the community. Since receiving a CCDC Small Grant(up to £5,000) for Organisations :
Coigach Heritage– has engaged Ann Marie Firth Bernard to develop the archives, and to improve on admin efficiency. With Ann Marie’s help, Coigach Heritage has released a most informative newsletter and the group has stepped up a drive for membership. More activity to follow so keep up with activities through Coigach Heritage on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coigach Community Rowing– took part in the World Championships in Stranraer in July and have started running taster days for newcomers and those who fancy a social row. Follow Coigach Rowing Achiltibuie on Facebook or phone Chair Bill Wilder 01854 622 453.And you can keep in trim all year round with Circuit Training, Tuesdays 6pm in the hall, £1 per person, per week, all welcome!
- Assynt and Coigach Creatives– have produced a very attractive Creative Trail leaflet which includes a map of the area and information all the various creatives in the area. Collect a free leaflet at in Coigach at Achiltibuie Stores, Coigach Community Hall or Fisk Gallery and set off on a jaunt to see work made in Assynt and Coigach (with various tea stops and watering holes on the way).
- Coigach Community Trust – held a 20thAnniversary bash in April to celebrate 20 glorious years since Coigach Community Hall was built. Party goers enjoyed a great night of dancing to the fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Reel.
CCDC Supporting Children and Young People Fund exists to enable Coigach youngsters to access activities or obtain equipment that will support their development.
Our CCDC Education and Training Bursaries Fund for Adults 16+ is designed to enable adults to access training courses (including driving lessons) and further and higher education.
Our CCDC Wellbeing Fund for Adults 16+ exists to support people in Coigach to participate in a range of arts, cultural and natural heritage, leisure and recreations and scientific events, non-certificated/informal life-long learning courses and activities.
If you would like to know more how our grants could benefit you, please get in touch.
Acheninver Path. Work is now underway and contractors are on site. Walkers are still welcome to walk down the path to inspect but please be aware there may be necessary diversions while construction is going on.
Collected Music and Tales of Coigach and Assynt: As part of the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) Lorraine Kelly is now in post and is conducting interviews, collecting stories and songs ofCoigach and Assynt. The oral history Lorraine collects will form party of wider project aims to create a new piece of music, stage a concert, and publish a song book, by collecting and exploring the existing archive material and providing a context from which the new music will be created.
More Information.If you would like to know more or volunteer don’t hesitate to contact us.
CCDC was delighted to assist Coigach Heritage through our Community Fund with a A Small Grant for Organisations. Coigach Heritage is run by a committee of volunteers with help from the wider community. The group has been organising events and exhibitions for many years and creating an archive of photographs and stories of the area’s rich history. The £5000 grant has enabled the group to undertake further and more concentrated work in that area. Local resident Ann Marie Firth Bernard has been contracted to amongst other things, develop the archive and transfer it on to E Hive, co-ordinate archive training for volunteers and to promote and publicise Coigach Heritage. There is a link to the latest newsletter at the bottom of this page.
This Saturday 1st of June is the now famous Coigach Heritage Tea. It’s a chance to meet the group, share stories and of course to tuck in to a range of delicious home-baking. We have many wonderful bakers here so don’t miss this opportunity to sample their work!
- Fantastic Home Baking!
- Coigach – who are we? Photos of residents by Fiona Taylor and Peter Haring
- Coigach Fishing – oral histories collected by Angus Macleod for CALLP Marine Project
- Historical & archaeological information about Tanera More and Achlochan
Coigach Heritage News:
Ann Marie has produced a very informative and entertaining newsletter which makes for very interesting reading whether you know Coigach or not. Did you know there was a Coigach connection with the Battle of Trafalgar for instance? Or that Coigach people had successfully mobilised to resist eviction during the infamous Clearances? (About 15 years ago the community brought this particular memory to life by staging a play drawing on memoirs and adding witty commentary to bring it up to date. One day we hope to repeat the exercise and make sure this piece of Coigach’s more recent history is retained).
Click on the link below to read
Through the Community Fund money is continuing to flow into various parts of Coigach. Since we last reported to you, through our Small Grants Fund for Organisations (up to £5k), the following applications have been successful:
- Coigach Heritage– £4,500 to support the development and promotion of the archive;
- Coigach Community Rowing–£4,550 for the club to purchase equipment with a view to competing in the world skiff championships in Stranraer in July and to involve more of the community in their activities by holding 3 social rowing/ taster days;
- Assynt and Coigach Creatives– part funding of £609 to produce a map-based creative trail guide and a leaflet promoting an Open Studios event in September;
- Coigach Community Trust – £1,500 towards the costs of a 20thAnniversary Celebration for the Hall.
Our Supporting Children and Young People Fund exists to enable Coigach youngsters to access activities or obtain equipment that will support their development. We continue to awards grants for varied purposes including:
- musical instruments (we meet 50% of the costs);
- attending Feis Rois;
- going to a camp;
- driving lessons.
We are delighted when we hear how these funds are making a difference, so it was lovely to have this photo sent to us by one of the graduates from driving lessons. Congratulations to Calum Peach.
Our Education and Training BursariesFund is designed to enable adults to access training courses (including driving lessons) and further and higher education. Under this fund we have made an award recently for a person to undertake or a training course. We encourage any of you looking at training or attending college or university to apply to us.
Our Wellbeing Fund exists to support people in Coigach to participate in a range of arts, cultural and natural heritage, leisure and recreations and scientific events, non-certificated/informal life-long learning courses and activities. We have recently made an award to enable someone to take up High Life membership.
Coigach Piers and Harbours Group. We gave £745 to the Group to stage on 1stApril at the Hall a Duty Holder’s Training Course to cover the Port Marine Safety Code and the duties required to ensure compliance. This excellent course – delivered by Monty Smedley of APBmer – was attended by 19 people and proved to be absorbing and informative. It has given the Group much to think about as it looks at its next steps.
CCDC also funded the Living Well, Dying Wellday on 28thFebruary. A dozen stallholders offered advice and information on matters such as power of attorney, living wills, advance planning and personal wishes. Much was learned by those of us who attended.
For our youngest citizens we have the Coigach Baby Fund– a gift to all new babies to welcome them to the community.
We have also been able to replace the schoolhouse windows, making the flats extra-cosy and fuel efficient. The old ones are on their way to CALL’s demonstration croft at Reiff where a whole new life awaits them as cold frames.
If you would like to know more how our grants could benefit you, please get in touch.
Thanks to all of you who contributed to ourHousing Needs Surveyand £25 is winging its way to the winner of the prize draw. We are expecting a report detailing and interpreting the findings by 22ndApril. Initial feedback indicates that housing remains a priority in the community, with many respondents wishing to build their own or who are looking for secure and affordable rented accommodation.
New Development Plan. As part of the process of creating a new Plan we held a community drop in event and Burns Lunch on Saturday 19thJanuary in Coigach Community Hall. This was well attended with 36 people giving their views. There was an excellent lunch provided by Achiltibuie Primary School to raise funds for their new playground equipment. We are now working with the information provided on that day.
Acheninver Path. As part of the Coigach Assynt Living Landscape project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have planning permission to improve the Acheninver path. Keith Mackey of Outdoor Access Trust is the project manager. After the tendering process is completed, it is likely contactors will start work on the Path by the end of May.
Collected Music and Tales of Coigach and Assynt: As part of the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) an oral history researcher will shortly be starting work conducting interviews, obtaining new and reviewing existing documents/music relating to people’s experience of Coigach and Assynt song and music over the years. This exciting piece of work will support the wider project aims to create a new piece of music, stage a concert, and publish a song book, by collecting and exploring the existing archive material and providing a context from which the new music will be created.
More Information.If you would like to know more or volunteer don’t hesitate to contact us. Julia Campbell/Donald Macleod email@example.com
Thanks to all of you who took part in the recent housing needs survey. There was an excellent response from people in Coigach and beyond. The findings of the survey will inform what we do next,
The prize draw winner has been selected at random and a cheque for £25 from turbine funds is winging its way to one lucky survey participant. Congratuations – and enjoy treating yourself!