August 2017 Newsletter

On The Field
It's been a bit of an up and down month. Although we retained the Sir Tommy Macpherson trophy our failure to beat Kingussie meant that retaining the league title looked unlikely. Then our defeat to an admittedly good Kyles performance in the Macaulay final was a bit of a sobering experience. However we bounced back against Skye in the Camanachd Cup semi final so there is the Camanachd Cup final in Inverness on 30th September to look forward to. This will be our fifth televised match of the season!

The 2nds performed well in the Strathdearn Final, but not quite well enough to beat a really good young Kingussie side. However the league campaign continues to go well and the home fixture against Aberdeen University could well be the title decider.

Jock Paul Mackintosh Veterans 6s
Many thanks to Robbie and Margaret Mackintosh and families for again providing the prizes for this competition. It was a really enjoyable day with ten teams taking part. The new format seemed to work well and we are looking for feedback particularly from the ladies, veterans and the youngsters that played. The bar, home baking and BBQ brought in a healthy profit so thanks to everyone who helped on the day and supported the event. [We are still waiting on someone claiming the 50/50 prize on ticket 4673].

Dr Johnny Cattanach Jars
I haven't been deluged with filled jars yet , but 7 jars have been returned already with £187.33 the running total. There are still another 30+ jars out there so we should reach our ambitious target of £1000 towards the creation of the new field. Work on this will now start in mid December.

Volunteeer Thanks
After the international volunteers from Creag Meagaidh helped with the wood chipping we have benefitted from a day's work by Rural Skills pupils from Kingussie High School. They tidied up the area round the shed; cleared the remains of the old shooting wall; scraped some fence posts in preparation for painting; put wood preservative on flower barrels and spread the wood chips. We hope they enjoyed the day as there is plenty more for them to do!

Artist in Residence
A number of you met Deirdre when she was up on 12th/13th August and many more of you will have seen her excellent interview on BBC Alba at half time in the match against Skye. We are really looking forward to seeing her ideas develop and look forward to welcoming her back to the village while the project progresses.

Road Safety
We had a very constructive meeting with the Council recently and are waiting to hear if the amended proposal which would move the crossing point nearer to the Grill will be accepted. The warning signs on the road in themselves will be very welcome.

New Mower
Yesterday we took delivery of a 48 inch cut sit on mower from Robertsons of Tain to repace our ageing 36 inch mower. Many thanks to Foundation Scotland and the Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund for their support of this purchase.

Funding for Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
We have a pledge from the Sports Field Legacy Fund for £3k as the latest contribution towards this project. We have already received funding from Awards for All [£10k], the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation [£5k] and Tesco [£1k].

Bam Ritchies
As some of you will already know we have come to an agreement with BAM Ritchies for them to hire the Dr Johnny Field for the installation and operation of a site compound. They are doing work in preparation for the dual carriageway round Newtonmore. The final discussions moved very quickly and they take over the site on Monday 4th September and are scheduled to vacate the site by 8th December. This is giving us some welcome additional income.

As long as our Monday evening 5 – 6pm kids practice continues they will supply a member of staff on traffic duty as that will be the time when the majority of their staff will be leaving their site.

Mobile Goal Repairs
Many thanks to John Begg who has used his technical expertise to help the blacksmith both strengthen the frames and provide enough weight on the bottom at the wheels to alleviate the danger of the goals falling over. It is absolutely crucial that the goals are only taken on and off the pitch through the pitch access points. They must never be levered over the fence.

Highland Games
The hill race by Rory and Ian was a great success in raising money though I doubt either of them will run the race again! The 50/50 raffle and merchandise sales took income on the day to about £1000.

Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729  1st September 2017