February 2017 Newsletter

2017 Fixtures
These are now up on the website, though if previous years are anything to go by there will be some changes. The Association do not always warn individual clubs of changes on a week to week basis so double checking with
www.shinty.com is a good idea especially if you have to travel.

One main change in date is that the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final is on Saturday 30th September as a result of tv requirements.     

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme
Newtonmore has been chosen as one of three voluntary organisations to benefit from this in the Aviemore store and the 7 Inverness stores during March and April. It is funded from the 5p levy on plastic bags. If you shop in Tesco ask for a token and put it in the Newtonmore box for the creation of the Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field. Please tell friends and family about this too. Funds will be allocated according to the 'token votes' and if we won the overall vote we would get £5k for the project, rather than the £1k likely for the third placed.

As mentioned before we are having to construct a very active fundraising programme this year because of new developments, the need to plan to replace our John Deere grass cutter in 2018, reduced advertising board income and increased costs. Our Calor Gas rate has just been increased by 30% and that price is only guaranteed until May!

Coffee morning Sat 22nd April in the village hall Please put this date in your diary. Thanks to Jane Stewart who is going to be organising this.
50/50 raffle tickets Thanks to Sandra Grant who has volunteered to sell these on 1st team match days. We could do with another volunteer for this.
*  We have fundraising jars available for you to put your spare silver coins in during the season in aid of the Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field. These are available in the clubhouse and it's a fairly painless way of donating money!
*  We had persuaded Alaister Jeffrey to swap his long distance running to do the hill race at the Highland Games on 5th August and have a fundraising sweep on his time. We hope he recovers from his injury in time and it would be great if someone else would join him in doing this. We will also have our stall as usual so volunteers for this are welcome.
The Williamson 6s are on Wednesday 7th June from 1800 and we hope to raise money from a BBQ as usual. #
* The Texas Scramble is on Sunday 25th June and Jazza will shortly be asking for team entrants.
*  We are looking at a joint shooting event with the gun club possibly in July the Veterans 6s is pencilled in for Sunday 13th August, but the revised format is still to be decided following last years disappointing turn out. We are intending holding a Race Night on Saturday 9th September.
* The Xmas sale is on Saturday 3rd December.

We are also looking for two or three good prizes so that we can run another summer raffle.Can you help?

We have also put some information on the website about legacy giving.

We've only had a modest increase in the number of lottery standing orders [thank you to those people that have joined] and still need another 14 to reach our target of 100.

Match Day Refreshment Rotas
The match day hospitality has become an integral part of the Eilan experience and also raises a significant sum of money for the club. Thanks to Maureen Robinson for agreeing to organise the 1st team rota again and all the volunteers who help. We would be really grateful if someone would take on a similar role in organising the 2nd team rota. It's not so busy at 2nds games, but we still could do with two volunteers a week. There are 8 league games and there could be a further two or three cup games as well.

Safety at The Clubhouse
As mentioned last month we had identified a safety risk to players because of the slabs that ran along under the clubhouse railing. Many thanks to Rob Ritchie who has lifted all the slabs and spread over a ton of sand as the base for the matting which is being donated from the golf club. The matting is cut and we are just waiting for a large squad to lift the matting into place.

Children's Risk Assessment
John Begg's review of risks to children on behalf of the club has already identified an immediate risk that cars are travelling at excess speed coming out the 30mph limit and also coming towards the village over the Spey Bridge. This is a potential danger to the children who cross the road to and from the Eilan, usually unaccompanied.

We have identified this risk to the Council and are awaiting their response.

There are still three league match ball sponsorships and two cup games left for the 2nd team. The price is still £20.

There are two player sponsorships
still available at £25 which Jazza is leading on jamesbrannan73@outlook.com

Advertising Boards
As always it would be great if you could introduce the club to a business, charity [special rates] or an individual who would be interested in taking an advertising board at the Eilan. Maybe you could take one yourself!

The price has been unchanged for over 10 years! It is £350 for three years including manufacture and display of the board. Paying by 3 yearly installments of £150, £105 & £105 is also an option.

Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
We are waiting to hear the result of applications to Awards for All, the Playing Fields Legacy Fund and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation to see whether we can afford to go ahead with this project at a cost of £20.4k later in the year for completion in 2018. The money from the Tesco tokens and the jam jar appeal will go towards this project.

The Committee has agreed to commit £4k to the sanding/spiking of the Eilan at the beginning of May. We will not be purchasing a new sit on mower unless we can get the entire cost covered by grants.

Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729
iangibson12@btinternet.com  1st March 2017