On Tuesday the 3rd September the Cafe had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony to formally the new community venue.
It was a busy day at the cafe and at 1pm we were joined by representatives from the community, Lochcarron Community Development Company, some volunteers and representatives from funding bodies. Everyone enjoyed the lunches and cakes on offer before heading out into the dull wet day for photographs and a few words from Bart McFleat, a director of the Cafes’ parent company LCDC.
Pictured above are those brave enough to be photographed! Our new staff are rather camera shy and couldn’t be persuaded to join in here.
L- R; Bart McFleat ( LCDC director ), Sheila Cudby ( Chair of Kirkton Trading ltd ), Adam Cameron ( volunteer ) , Chrissie Mackenzie ( volunteer ) , Lorraine Cushnie (Cafe Manager ) , Kristine MacKenzie ( Local Development Officer ), Jennifer McPherson ( Highlands and Islands Enterprise ), Helen Murchison BEM ( community Council ) , Michael O’Donnell (Highland LEADER) .
Bart gave a short speech on behalf of LCDC. He thanked the contractors; MacIntosh Joinery ( Fraser Macintosh ) , Billy Reynolds the architect. David Menzies the electricians from Drumnadrochit, David Michie, the Plumbers from Kiltarlity, Cambell the Decorators from Conon Bridge, Kristine MacKenzie the Local Development Office without who’s long hours and extra efforts the project would never have happened, and Vicky Stonebridge for setting up and running the Cafes social media.
He also Thanked the funders, Highlands and Islands enterprise represented by Jennifer MacPherson, Highland LEADER, represented my Michael O’Donnell, The Princes Countryside Fund, The Robertson Trust. and Lochcarron Community Development Company.
He went onto praise the new staff and thank them for taking on this challenge and thanks the community and customers for bearing with us while we got this new venture up and running.
One of our community’s older generation of volunteers and one of the younger ones had been invited to come along and cut the ribbon. Chrissie MacKenzie sells raffle tickets and helps out at LCDC’s monthly Market days, and Adam Cameron has attended Bushcraft events and planted trees in Kirkton Woodland.
Chrissie then delighted everyone with a poem that she’d written for the occasion.
We’d like to thank Adam, Chrissie and everyone else for coming along and supporting the Cafe on behalf of the Local community.
Thanks as ever to the staff who served everyone with a smile and flourish !