Culbokie Community Trust
CCT newsletter December 2022
Welcome to the December Newsletter which has details of events coming up shortly and into early 2023!
It is great to see the results of the work of the Culbokie Green Team in developing the Green. The Team will have a short break over the festive period and start back early in the New Year. If you would like to know more about the Green Team and how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org. IN the meantime thank you to the volunteers for their help.
The work to develop the Green is ongoing and we are continually seeking ways to bring our vision to fruition. Much has happened during 2022 and we look forward to seeing further progress in the coming year - watch this space.
We are delighted to be able to include details of the Christmas Tree Trail which is organised by the Ferintosh Volunteers. A great excuse to get out and explore Culbokie Woods - if you need an excuse.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the last year. There has been significant progress on the Green with the establishment of the fruit trees, natural play area, willow domes and Am Fasgadh (the shelter). I would also like to thank, on your behalf, my fellow Directors who have continued to give freely of their time to support the work of CCT.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
From the website . .
Culbokie Community Trust (CCT) was set up in 2014 to develop a new gathering space and community hub in the centre of the village. It will be developed on land purchased by CCT in 2015 and is known as the Glascairn Community Project. Our ambition is that the new facility will include a café, a digitally connected health room, a flexi space for community activities and some business rental space together with a covered outdoor space, plus outside seating, play areas and gardens.
Since 2014 CCT has evolved to take on many other projects. These include hosting the monthly Culbokie Community Market, helping to look after Culbokie Woods, running the Permanent Orienteering Course in Culbokie Woods, exploring our local history and helping to keep the village clean and tidy.
Current and previous issues of the CCT newsletter can be viewed at News / Culbokie CT newsletter. The newsletter is sent regularly to all full and associate members of CCT; full membership is limited to those living in specified postcode districts close to Culbokie, but others living further afield are welcomed as Associate Members. Both classes of membership are free, and donations are welcomed. Membership and donation forms can be downloaded from the Support us / Membership page of CCT's website, at www.culbokiect.org .
Glascairn Community Project
From the CCT website February 2021
The Glascairn Community Project refers to the community-led initiative to create a vibrant new village heart providing opportunities and services for everyone in the village. The new village heart will be at Glascairn on land adjacent to the Culbokie Shop. The land was purchased by CCT in 2015 under the Community Right to Buy scheme after lots of community consultation and a postal ballot which demonstrated overwhelming support for the project.
Culbokie village is very spread out, has no real centre and in the last 30 years has grown beyond the services and facilities that are currently available. Culbokie Community Trust (CCT) aims to put the heart back into the village for those that live here, and also to bring in friends and neighbours from the surrounding area to use the new services and help support the other businesses and facilities that already exist.
The first phase of work will be the development of a new village green as a focal point for a range of outdoor actvities. It will have trees and wildflower meadows, paths and seating. a gathering space and shelter, a community orchard, a natural play space and a herb garden.
In the longer term there will also be new community buildings to complete the village heart. This will house a cafe, a health room and business rental space or hot-desking opportunities - and toilets for communtiy use. It will also include some flexible space for community and social activities and a covered space for outdoor activities. CCT plan a programme of activities based at the hub focussing on the range of different needs and to encourage mixing of different age groups.
CCT is also working with Cairn Housing towards the development of additional affordable housing in the village on community owned land. This will be available to those most in need on the Highland Housing Register - young or old - and is likley to be allocated to those with a local connection.
CCT is working closely with Tulloch Homes who will be developing the adjacent housing site. View or download the design plan (PDF) for both the housing development and the community project.
- 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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