Community larders and sharing sheds
North Kessock updates
The NK larder seems to be well established now and well used with quite a lot of Christmas provisions and school uniform being donated. The involvement of the new shop owners has made a big difference in how much food we are preventing from going to waste. 4 big bags of mainly bread this week.
The fridge has been really useful for keeping perishables that bit longer and meant we were able to accept donations of smoked fish from the fish van at the market.
This and the guttering was donated and is now in place with a stand and tap purchased but the Church is not keen on this so we are looking for a plumber to connect the guttering directly to the drain.
Tool Library/ shed
Iain came up with the idea of a tool shed for the suggested tool library The church board seemed unclear about the point of a tool library. This was clarified but they are not happy for it to go ahead. A bike pump was the only thing that was placed in the larder and this has gone.
Power for Fridge
The open socket was apparently spotted being used by someone for charging phones and there was a concern that this would in some way be a problem with the Church’s insurance. A notice was put on the fridge saying it would be closed and a message put on facebook to suggest people use up what was there. The board suggested a lockable cover for the double socket. The church has now fitted a more robust single socket which was switched on on 17.11.21.
CCTV has been suggested by the church. RANK board has expressed concerns about this as that was one of the reasons we weren't sure about other sites. The solar sensor light has broken but there are 3 others available and one will be fitted.
Things outside the larder
The church wanted things confined to the larder itself so the donation box outside and last pot of tree seedlings was removed. It was explained that things like plant swapping and a possible tool library were part of a strategy normalising and de-stigmatising it.
There was correspondence and discussion about the bedding roll which was left outside. The owner seemed to have moved on so this has been removed.
The Church does want to accept the offer of fruit trees so other sites in the village are being explored.
The shop is now under new ownership and RANK have transferred money from the ward discretionary fund grant to the new bank account so that volunteers can continue to pick up provisions on a weekly basis to top up that provided by fareshare and local donations. The new owners are also very keen to donate short shelf life provisions directly and have already done this.
Council Fareshare delivery
A new delivery was received on 5th October and is gradually being transferred to the larder.
Eggs and veg box
continue to be delivered, covered by a donation.
Recycling soft plastic and blister packs
A lot of the food from the council comes wrapped in soft plastic. This is collected as supermarkets now recycle it. A bin was put in the larder for volunteers to use and made available to the public, as was a small cardboard box for blister packs but the church is not happy with this and asked for this to stop.
Black Isle & district Sharing Sheds
Donate if you are able
or help yourself to anything you need
Beside car park opposite Findon Hall, 10.30 - 3.30
NORTH KESSOCK fridge awaited
Behind the Church, 24/7
Avoch Pavilion fence, George Street car park, 24/7
By Gordon Memorial Hall, opens mid-January
By Townlands Barn and will be open 24/7
Beside the Munlochy car park, 24/7
Leisure Centre car park, 24/7
MUIR OF ORD fridge
Outside Muir Hub, 8.00 - 8.00
Between St Clements new block and the Community Centre, Tulloch St
8.00 - 9.30
- Saturday 28 January
- 10:00 North Kessock Community Market
- 11:00 Transition Town Forres need help with hedge cutting
- 19:30 CCT - Talk by Shona Maclean on 'The Bookseller of Inverness'
- Monday 30 January
- 08:30 Transition to a zero waste and circular economy in Scotland - online commercial conference
- Tuesday 31 January
- 14:00 Opportunities for large scale reuse in Scotland
- Wednesday 1 February
- 18:00 'Riverwoods' film at UHI
- Saturday 4 February
- 13:00 Black Isle Repair Cafe North Kessock
- 17:30 Transition Town Forres - Imbolc fundraising event
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