Community Activities

Primary school  Found here

CRU Club     Found here

Tug of War  Found here

Ladies Football Team Found here

Petanque Club   Found here

Indoor Bowling Club  Found here

Clay Pigeon Shooting Club Click here

Tom and Jean Stewart's Wedding   Click here

Stuart Greaves retirement   Click here

Football Club - Harry Windsor tributes    Click here

Culbokie Panto Group click hereUpdated November 2018

Culbokie Social Badminton Club click hereUpdated November 2018.

Community Market click hereNovember 2018.

Culbokie Gathering/Coolbokie click hereUnder construction, November 2018.

Senior Citizens Christmas Meal click hereUnder construction, November 2018.

Primary school

Can you supply any of the missing names in any of the photographs below?

1998 - Retirement of Stuart Greaves, Culbokie Primary School headteacher 1982 - 1998.

Stuart Greaves sits astride the new mountain bike which was presented to him to mark his retirement from Culbokie Primary School after 16 years service as head teacher in 1998Courtesy of Ross-shire Journal.

We would welcome the identities of the pupils. Contact can be made through history@culbokiect.org

School photograph 1962/63

Front row, left to right:
Hamish Dingwall, Robert MacCulloch, William MacCallum, Charles Ross, John Wylie, Brian Fraser, Alister MacLennan, Morris MacLennan, David Dingwall
Second row, seated:
Moira MacCallum, Susan Bethune, Rosemary MacIntyre, Marion MacCallum, Fiona MacKay, Irene Cameron, Margaret Robertson
Third row:
Maureen Ross, Isobel Conner, Violet Taylor, Alison MacLennan, Rona MacKay, Sandra Bethune, Katie MacCallum, Sheena MacLeod, Donald MacKenzie
Fourth row:
Clive Windsor, George Wylie, John MacPhee, John MacCallum, John MacCulloch, Isaac MacPhee, David Fraser, Louis Norman Smith
Back row:
Miss Cherry MacDonald (teacher), John MacLennan, Michael Taylor, Billy MacCulloch, Raymond McKay, Angus Bethune, Mr. Murdo Smith, Headmaster

School choir at Dingwall Town Hall Music Festival 1952/53

Front row, left to right:
Kenny Taylor, Rosemary Fowler, Jean MacAskill, Cathie MacPhee, Jane MacKenzie, Rose MacVinish, Kathleen Gillan, Margaret Bethune, Billy MacKenzie
Back row:
Bella MacPhee, Jesma MacAskill, Maxwell Gordon, Harry MacLennan, Ken Thow, Sandy MacKenzie, Andrew Fraser, Sarah MacPhee, Joan Taylor

1952/53 Infant room - taken at the rear of the original Findon Hall

Front row, left to right:Leslie Taylor, Isabel Sinclair-Mackenzie, Hazel Rankine, Nancy Mahaney, Lottie MacPhee,? MacPhee, Jane MacKenzie, Jean MacAskill, Irene Gordon, Harry Bremner.

2nd row: Kenny Taylor, Roddy MacLennan, Harry MacLennan, Cathie macPhee, Margaret Bethune, Ann Armstrong, Maxwell Gordon,Iain MacLennan, Jimmy Fraser.

3rd row: Russel MacLennan, George Mackenzie, Raymond Bethune, Billy Mackenzie, Brian Bremner, Alister MacLennan Miss MacKenzie (teacher), Laburnum, Maryburgh

Culbokie Public School 1936     

January 2018 Some suggested names - in the back row 4th is Jim Tolmie and 5th is Jimmy Cameron. In the front row 3rd is Derek Gordon, 4th is June Morrison, 5th is Mary Maclaren and 6th Morris Jack. Miss Fowler is on the right.

Please let us have some more names now that we have got you started.

Culbokie Primary School c1890 Mr. Alex Fowler - photo courtesy Angus Bethune.

Culbokie Primary School, 1961

The following information has been provided by Angus Bethune, formerly Glentyan. The photograph came about as a result of an exchange of information through Facebook and was provided by Effie Finlay. Angus considers the date to be summer 1961 (he is off the photo on the right!). A question has been raised as to why Elizabeth (Totsie) Mackenzie isn't in the photograph. It has now been suggested that this could be a Sunday School picnic - hence the icecreams. Also, could the lady on the left (S) be Marjory MacIntyre?

There are some gaps in Angus's identification, such as K, and S. Don't worry about L as he/she is invisible!

Sandy Finlay, Findon Cottage; Susan Bethune, Glentyan; definitely Robert MacCulloch, Holly Cottage; George Wylie, Blairtua; Charles Ross, Craiglea; Rosemary MacIntyre, Netherton; John MacCulloch, Holly Cottage; I understand that this is Effie Finlay; Sandra Bethune, Badrain; Mrs Finlay, Findon Cottage; No recollection; the invisible man??!!; Billy MacCulloch, Teanagairn Cottage; George MacLennan, Meikle Findon; Annabel MacCulloch, Teanagairn Cottage; Christine  MacLennan, Meikle Findon: Ellis McIntosh; Alison MacLennan, Meikle Findon; No recollection.

Following on from the success of learning the names of the Tug-of-war team and the Ladies Football team we are asking for any of the missing names in the Culbokie School photograph of 1938-39.

Deidre Swanson nee Morrison has contacted us to say that the photo of her mother, June Morrison - 3rd row, 2nd left, is the first photogrpah of her mother as a child that she has seen. June also appears in the 1936 photograph (above) and this will be identified shortly. (Jan. 2018)

Culbokie School 1938/39

Back row – Alick Beaton, Jimmie MacPherson, Jimmie Tolmie, Don Dingwall, John Jack, ?, Ian Forsyth, Willie Mackenzie, Calum MacDonald, Willie Fowler, Jimmie Cameron, ?, Don Dingwall, Ginger Anderson, Roddie MacLaughlan.

Second row – Ethel Cameron, Joy MacCulloch, Nancy Spence, Patsy Anderson, Iris Cameron, Betty MacLaughlan, Janet Ross, ?, Jean Sprunt, Sheila MacDonald, ?, Lena Dingwall, Betty Nicol, Isobel Beaton, Florence Jack.

Third row – Morris Jack, June Morrison, George Beaton, ?, ?, ?, ?, Hilda MacKay, Billy Sprunt, Primrose Spence, Willie Cameron, Margaret Fowler, Willie Fraser, ?, John Stewart.

Fourth row - ?, ?, Charlie MacPhee, ?, Lena MacPhee, ?, Vivienne Nicol, ?, Gordon MacGregor, Alick Nicol, Dereck Gordon, Billy MacKay

Fifth row – Hector MacLennan, Richard Spence, Evan Jack, Christie Tolmie, Ali MacLennan, John MacKenzie, Frank Beaton, Sandy Sergeant, ?, ?, Donnie Cameron.

Photo courtesy Mr. A Beaton

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Cromarty, Resolis and Urquhart Young Farmes Club - mid 1970s

Back Row: Alastair Mackenzie, Alan MacDonald, Evan Holm, Willie Logan, Ken Thow, Kenny Fraser, Duncan Fraser, Andrew Mowat, Visitor from America on an exchange trip, Dougie Cameron

Second row: Heather Mackenzie, Shona Haile

Third row: Becky Matheson, Ann Mackay, Elizabeth Noble, Mary Munro, Marjory Fraser, Stewart Mackenzie, Ann Mackenzie, Annie Holm

Front row: Kenny Mackenzie, James Holm, Alison Maciver, Trishy Logan, Isobel Holm, Hamish MacCulloch

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Tug of war teams


Once again we are grateful to Jane Mackenzie for this postcard of a tug of war team prior to 1945. So we would be grateful if anyone can fill in the missing identities and clarify the date.

The following postcard, again from Jane Mackenzie, is dated 1945 - 1948 hence our assumption that the above is earlier.   No gaps with identities this time thanks to Bob MacLean standing 2nd from the right now residing in Conon.

We are grateful to Jane MacKenzie for supplying the names for the tug-of-war team. However we have been puzzled for some time as to the identity of G as it didn't quite fit the timescale. Further research by jane MacKenzie and Tony Innes, Conon, led to Bob McLean who identified G as Charles Elder.



A Donnie Campbell (Balnabeen Farm, President)    B William George (Urquhart farm, Culbokie)   C Alex. Jack (Kinbeachie)

D Rod MacLean (Upper Badrain, Culbokie)   E James Dingwall (Culbokie) (Vice-President)

F Alex. Ross (Briar Cottage, Greenleonachs, Culbokie)   G Charles Elder   H John MacDonald, Captain & coach 

I John McIver (Drumondreach Farm) J Finlay MacLean (Upper Badrain, Culbokie), brother of Rod MacLean

K Willie MacLean (Dunvournie, Culbokie)   L Ronald Ross (Burnside Cottage, Culbokie)

The photograph is attributed to Thomson. Unfortunately a second copy of the photograph that has come to hand wasn't dated but working on the known age of the Vice-President it appears to confirm a date within the 1920s.

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Ladies football team


A Micky Bain née MacLennan    B Joyce Reid née Matheson    C Pat Bain (sister of I)

D Colleen MacCulloch née Sweeney E Dot Fraser née Morrison (sister to L)  F James Campbell, Team Manager

G  Liz Campbell  H  Elizabeth Sutherland née Mackenzie (now deceased) I  Marion Munro née Bain

J  Ellis Hannan née MacIntosh K  Sylvia Mackay née Fraser (now deceased) Joan Morrison

We now have confirmation that team player B is Joyce Reid. Thank you to those who helped with the identification.

If you have any further information regarding the members of the Culbokie Ladies Football Team of 1966 please let us know on info@culbokiect.org.  

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Petanque Club

In September 1990 Don Dingwall, a local farmer, donated a strip of land behind the Culbokie Inn and the Culbokie Petanque Club was formed by Harry Smith, Irene Smith and Bob McCall. Play started in August 1991 and competitons were played all over Scotland. Teams travelled north to play against Culbokie and members came from Inverness to participate until they formed their own Inverness petanque club. The Inn allowed members to use their toilets and drinks were often bought behind the bar.

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Culbokie Indoor Bowling Club

The Club was formed in 1978 when a group of residents of Culbokie met and appointed office bearers who made enquiries about purchasing some second-hand equipment to get the Club up and running. This they managed to get 2 carpets with underfelts for £30. The Club began with just one night, Friday, each week. One of the founder members is a well-known local farmer, Don Dingwall.

ln order to raise funds buy new equipment the Club held several very successful Whist Drives and in 1981 were able to purchase 2 new carpets and 4 sets of bowls and joined the Black Isle and District Indoor Bowling League in 1982.

Members now meet twice a week in Findon Hall (with 3 new carpets)- Wednesday and Friday 7.30pm to 10.00pm, October to April. The Club takes part in various Ross-shire area competitions. There are league and club competitions. There is also an annual social evening with our near neighbours Resolis Bowling Club. It is usually a busy season. 

Our game is known as short carpet bowls so by way of a change at the end of the season members have a trip to Inverness Bowling Stadium to experience full length bowling which they always find most enjoyable.

We are a friendly club and it is a pleasant way to spend an evening. Bowls are available for prospective members to try the game. New members are welcome.

Left-hand photograph: National Lottery cheque for £3921 presented to President Roy Doman and Treasurer Willie Gunn by Councillor Isobel McCallum for purchase of new bowling carpets. February 2009

Right-hand photograph:  Don Dingwall christening the new carpets 2009. L to R Allan Forsyth, David Bremner,  Ian Walker,  Anna Macdonald,  Sinclair Young, Jenny Maclennan, Jenny Thornton, Harvey Mowat, Nicky Wynock.

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