Black Isle Lunch Club – Seagull Trip

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(Photo and information provided by BIC Treasurer Peter Furniss)

The Fortrose lunch club, now part of Black Isle Cares went on a lovely trip with Seagull Trust Cruises last Wednesday.

Seagull Trust cruises operate in four centres in Scotland, three in the central belt and one up here in the Highlands. In the Highlands they offer return trips to needy groups of all ages on the Caledonian Canal from a point near Tomnahurich Bridge Swing Bridge on the A82 Glenurquart Road, to Dochgarroch Locks, a total distance of 4.5 miles.

They use a purpose built boat that has internal lift and disabled toilet. It is manned by local volunteers including many from the Black Isle. Tea and coffee are provided and quite often, as was the case on Monday one of the volunteers leads a sing song accompanied by an accordion.

The Fortrose Lunch Club consists of 25 elderly ladies together with myself as the only man.  For many years they have received an invitation to apply for a trip and this year we were lucky enough to be asked again. There is no charge for this service and the only cost is the transport to and from the boat mooring point.

 I organised this trip. Most unfortunately this year our numbers were down because the funeral of Mary Macdonnell was held in Fortrose at 1.00 pm on the same day so only six attended. It was nevertheless a delightful way of spending a Monday afternoon enjoying a couple of hours in the early summer sunshine.

Peter Furniss

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Thank you for choosing BIC

That’s the end of our run in receiving profits from the Coop local community fund.

Firstly a huge thank you to the Coop for allowing us to profit from 1% on Coop spends and carrier bag charges.

Secondly thank you to all you wonderful people who took the time to sign up and select us as your local charity to receive your 1%.

We really do rely on the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses, to keep on doing great work in caring and providing regular meals for the elderly in the Black Isle.

We raised a whopping:

£2148.90

 

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Loch Ness Beast Race 2017

We are proud to announce that the Black Isle team consisting of: Donald Angus Ferguson, Abigail Ferguson, Stuart Patience. Jordan Hossack, Greg Matheson and Steven Stewart not only completed the punishing 10k obstacle course, known as the Loch Ness Beast Race 2017, but also managed to raise the huge sum of £800 for Black Isle Cares. 

They may not have come first but they are our champions for sure.

It looks like they had a lot of fun along the way!

Donald says:

“The race was one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives, and the fact that people from our home villages will benefit from it makes it even sweeter.  Our average finishing time was 1hr and 30 minutes.  We did get separated from each other and finished at different times but Stevie Stewart showed us how it’s done by beating us by a whole 10 minutes at least!  All six of us will compete in the Beast Race next year with our partners and friends who want to get involved too.  We raised £800 this year and next year we have set a target of £1500.”

Well Black Isle Cares thanks all six of you for your training, commitment, competing and your amazing fundraising.

Well done and we look forward to next year’s race and the fun photos that follow.  Great work!

 

 

Highland Council Backs Fortrose Care Home

On the 17th October Parklands confirmed that they have received the go ahead from Highland Council for their plans for a 40 roomed Care home on Ness Road, Fortrose, Black Isle.

Our Chair Brian Devlin says;

“I am delighted that Highland Council Area Committee have today given planning permission for Parklands to proceed with their development in Fortrose.  This will be welcome news for those in our community requiring this type of care.

Since the closure of the Marine people who were told that that was their home-for the remaining portion of their life- have felt dismay, hurt and anger.

Their dispersal across the Highlands to other areas was a time of shame and disruption.  There is a crisis of care for the elderly on the Black Isle and a single care home won’t, in itself, fix that crisis – but it will help greatly.

I am proud the Black Isle Cares has played a significant part in supporting Parklands in their venture and we look forward to seeing the facility used and becoming a focal point in our community.”.

Read more about the Parkland’s care home here:

http://www.fortrosecarehome.co.uk/

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Lunch – hosted by Fortrose Library

 

 

On the 5th October Fortrose Library hosted a lunch for older people across the Black Isle.  Brian Devlin (Chairperson), was there, he said:

We had an amazing lunch prepared by Fortrose Academy staff and students for older people across the Black Isle.  Many of the old people receive Meals on Wheels from us.  The event was hosted by Fortrose library.
We also had a launch of our new leaflets and posters that were prepared by Fortrose Academy students.  Superb stuff.  We’ll hear more about the materials shortly.
Many thanks to all for making it such a success.

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