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TORRIDON COMMUNITY CENTRE - NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2023

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Loch Torridon Community Centre Newsletter. A new season is upon us and there are plenty of activities and events going on at the Centre to keep you and your visitors entertained.


WHATS ON:



Comedy Night with Rich Hall Sunday 14th May at 7pm. You will have seen him on the telly, now come and see him live in Torridon. Event details and tickets can be found by clicking “Rich Hall in Torridon”.


The bar will be open from 6pm. Come and have a belly laugh on a Sunday evening.


MANRAN – What an evening this will be – have you bought your tickets yet?? Visit: www.lochtorridoncentre.co.uk/event-details/manran. Don’t miss out!


Craft Markets


The monthly craft market returns on Thursday April 13th starting at 10am. A fantastic selection of local arts and crafts from these wonderful stallholders:

Sutherland Horn Craft, Pebbles on the Beach, Eoghain Maclean Photography, Loch Ewe Sea salt, Prickly Fish, Amigo Crafts, Hannah Feuerstein, Sugar Croft Faerie, Gordon Paton Woodturning to name a few.


And soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee & cake will be available all in aid of the Highland Hospice.


Film nights


This month’s film is on Saturday April 22nd


The film starts at 7pm. The bar/doors will be open from 6.30pm for drinks and a natter before the film starts.


Future screenings: May 20th, June 10th, July 15th and August 12th. We will circulate the details of the films nearer the time, as this gives us the best chance of securing newer film releases. We will announce the films via the Torridon mailing list and our Facebook page.


Activities and classes

There are many other regular activities and classes on offer at the Centre to participate in, including Craft workshop; Whist; Pilates; Yoga; Country Dancing.

For the latest information and to keep an eye on what is going on visit our website or Facebook:


Celtman





The two biggest events for the Community Centre, Celtman and Celtman Solo Point 5, are happening on 16-18th June and 23rd – 24th June. We are looking for people to help out with marshalling, food prep and serving, bar staff and general hands on. We can accommodate whatever time you can offer and any training needed will be given.


The Celtman events are the Centres main income stream of the year – they help keep the lights on! We use the income raised from these two important events to help us maintain the building to the expected standards - for instance the upkeep of the fire alarm, heating and electrical safety checks etc., which cost us thousands of pounds each year. We are lucky to have other income streams to cover wages and monthly bills like electricity.


So many people who call at the centre are amazed how a small community can support such a wonderful centre and we intend to keep it that way. But we do need help with this, and we hope that members of our community will come forward to offer some of their time to help us to put on a fantastic Celtman, which ultimately benefits us all.


We realise that Celtman is a commercial event and your time in precious, but also recognise that budgets are tight for many people. We are therefore able to pay helpers £11 per hour. If you don’t wish to claim this it will be reinvested in the Centre.


If you are able to help in any way, please contact Laura at laurareid2706@hotmail.com or 07703429100



Wee Whistle Stop Cafe


The WWS is back open again and Lis and her team welcome you back. The café is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5pm and Fish Friday is 5pm – 8pm last orders. Due to staff shortages, opening times may vary so please check their Facebook page or call 07570 540212



BEYOND THE CENTRE


Development Plan

Some of the centre team have been part of the Community Development Plan Steering Group and the centre hosted the open day to launch the draft plan in late March. The team received feedback from the community and will now finalise the plan - taking into account the comments provided. You can view the draft version of the plan via the link below or on the community council homepage at tkcc.scot



NTS Visitor centre

The NTS team have now chosen their final design for the rebuild of the visitor centre by Torridon junction. Members of the community have provided feedback and NTS are looking at a few tweaks. More information will be shared on the local mailing list and social media once available on this much needed investment in the area from NTS.


Supporting you

Our website is able to help promote your local business. If you would like us to feature your B&B / letting accommodation or eatery please get in touch with Wilma via manager@lochtorridoncentre.co.uk


With seasonal businesses now all open and the area feeling busy once more, lets hope the good weather over Easter is a sign of things to come in 2023. We look forward to seeing you at the centre soon.



Zoe Hudson - On behalf of the Directors & Centre Team


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