07 December 2019Last chance to buy 'Images of the Black Isle' 2020 Calendar
A few remaining desk calendars will be on sale at Culbokie Community Market on Saturday, December 21st for £8-50. There is also a chance to snap up calendars that are slightly imperfect, with one or two tiny light marks on the title page, on sale for just £5-00. The 2020 desk calendar, a great choice of gift for a past resident, a fan of the Black Isle, or simply for your own use.
02 December 2019Orienteering Event in Culbokie Wood
On 2nd February 2020 there is going to be another fun orienteering event in Culbokie Wood. This year’s theme will be Highland Winter Wildlife.
There will be courses to suit all ages and map-reading abilities with quizzes on the Highland Winter Wildlife theme to test your brains even further.
Come along to the Playing Field Carpark. Staggered starts between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Just turn up between these times. No booking required.
Remember last year’s event?
You can download a general purpose orienteering map for Culbokie Wood plus instructions.
More details will be posted in due course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
27 November 2019Great community support for village green proposals
CCT held a drop in consultation event on 21st November which was attended by over 75 people. We were consulting on our proposals for the village green and community hub at Glascairn and on the work being done to explore the feasibility of an active travel route through the village and out to the A9.
Some very compressed images of our proposals for the village green are available including a plan of the proposals and some sectional images. I'm sorry the quality is poor but please contact info@culbokiect if you want to see the originals. Twenty six individuals completed a questionnaire and we have prepared a report of the responses.
The plans were drawn up by landscape consultants Horner and MacLennan drawing on ideas put forward by the community in 2018 so its not suprising that an overwhleming 88% supported the proposals. We were also delighted to see that 80% of those reponding thought they would use the village green and over 30% thought they'd like to be involved with its evolution and long term management.
27 November 2019History of Culbokie pages
We’ve continued to improve the history section of the web site with more photos and information about the community’s involvement in Culbokie Woods, the history of the Community Newsletter ‘Noticeboard’ and the history of Findon Quarry. Go to this link to see all the improvements identified as introductions in October and November.
24 October 2019New material added to "People of Culbokie" - William Urquhart
We have been sent a photograph of an oil painting done by our correspondent Ruth Major with an accompanying note.
14 October 2019Quiz night 9th November - register your team
A Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 9th November in Findon Hall, 7 for 7.30. This is designed to be fun for everyone with questions to suit all tastes! Register your team of four at email@example.com or ask to be matched up with others to form a team. The entry fee is £20 per team and will be collected on the night. BYOB to add to the fun; tea, coffee and home baking available in the interval.
22 September 2019Culbokie School photograph for 1952
Our thanks go to Jane Mackenzie, who, once again has come up trumps with the names for the pupils in the most recent school photograph that was submitted by Sally Falconer and can be viewed here.
25 August 2019Tickets now on sale for an evening with Sir John Lister-Kaye
The CCT are delighted that Sir John Lister-Kaye will be coming to Culbokie on 5th October to entrance us with tales from his life as a Highland naturalist. Many of you will already be familiar with the fantastic work done at the Aigas Field Centre where Sir John is both founder and Director or been captivated by one of his many highly acclaimed books about encounters with wild creatures.
Tickets are available to buy at the Culbokie shop, book online using PayPal or reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 August 2019Design Commissioned for Village Green at Glascairn
Work will start in earnest over the next few weeks to draw up a final design for the new Village Green at Glascairn. Following competitive tendering, Inverness based firm Horner and MacLennan has been commissioned by CCT to undertake this work which will be led by landscape architect Katherine Wolfe.
The designs for the site will be based on ideas that were brought forward through the community consultation that took place in 2018/9. The general idea is that the village green should not only look beautiful but it should also be attract different types of people to use the space and encourage chance encourers and social interactions. Ideas on the table at the moment are paths, seating and biodiversity rich planting, a kid zone, a defined gathering space, a community orchard and herb garden, a table tennis nook and a hardstanding for local traders.
Further consultation is planned during October to get community feedback before final plans are drawn up. Details will be announced here as soon as possible.
20 June 2019Housing Surgery
Come along to Culbokie Community Trust's Housing Surgery to discuss your housing needs with housing agents and developers and find out more about the Glascairn Community Project.
As you will be aware, the Glascairn site now has Planning Permission in Principle for the development of our community site which includes six houses. We are working with Cairn Housing, Tulloch Homes, Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and Highland Housing Alliance to develop the housing element of the community site. In order to do this and to ensure that the development reflects the needs of our community, we are jointly organising a housing event in Findon Hall on 1 July. There will be an opportunity to come along and learn more about what is planned and also to have a one-to-one chat with housing agents. We would strongly urge you to come along to this event, especially if you or someone in your household has a housing need.
Find our more - full details, view the programme, find out how to book a one-to-one appointment.
07 June 2019Castle Craig excavation - June 2019
Begins 7th June and runs for 4 weeks.
Some of you will have heard that an American archaeologist, Connie Rodriguez, conducted an initial superficial dig at the Castle Craig site on the Black Isle last year. She brought some American students with her. Together they cleared some trenches in a courtyard to the side of the scheduled castle. She’s planning to come back again this year and is asking for help – both to clear the vegetation at the start of the dig (June 7-9) and then with the dig itself in the four weeks after that. If you’d like to help out, do contact her directly: email@example.com. More information about the project is on the project’s FB page: https://tinyurl.com/y5jfgr5z
06 June 2019A Successful Spring Celebration
Our most recent CCT event, a Spring Celebration, was well-supported, with visitors enjoying a delicious cream tea while listening to live music, viewing photo competition entries and keeping an eye on bidding for a variety of lots in the Silent Auction. Thank you to the generous donors of lots for the silent auction and to Tulloch Homes, sponsors of the Photographic Competition. Over £1,150 was raised for the Glascairn Community Project.
This year, for the first time, there has been a Photographic Competition with the focus purely on the Black Isle and the standard of entries was truly impressive. You can view a selection of the entries.
Following the success of the first Black Isle Photographic Competition, plans are already underway for 2020. Watch this space!
06 June 2019Orienteering Results
Well it was a horribly wet day yesterday for the primary children’s orienteering event but everyone who took part ignored the weather and had a great time in the woods. Some even went out twice.
|1st||Daisy & Callum||Resolis||13 points (in 43 minutes)|
|2nd||Penny & Freya||Culbokie||10 points (in 38 minutes)|
|3rd||Cara & Ava||Culbokie||10 points (in 41 minutes)|
|1st||Daisy & Callum||Resolis||20 minutes|
|2nd||Daniel & Euan||Culbokie||33 minutes|
|3rd||John & Christina||Culbokie||61 minutes|
Thanks to the many volunteers made this possible.
31 May 2019Children's Orienteering Event - 5th June
We're now all ready for this event. Download detailed information and a parental consent form which you should fill in and bring along.
Children from primary schools all over the Black Isle will be taking part in an orienteering event in Culbokie Wood on Wed 5th June. The event is a partnership between CCT and High Life Highland working through the Active Schools Officer at Fortrose Academy.
Children from Culbokie, Resolis, Avoch, Munlochy and Cromarty Primary Schools have been invited to take part. Young leaders from Fortrose Academy will be helping organise the event along with CCT volunteers and Culbokie parents. Courses of varying difficulty will cater for all levels of experience. All participants will need to be accompanied to the event by a responsible adult.
We're looking forward to a great afternoon.
14 March 2019Makeover for Members Newsletter
Our members newsletter is sent out monthly to all CCT members and associate members. Our thanks go to Cindy Reeves for helping us to create a new look and to make the newsletter much more professional by allowing us to embed images into the news stories. The screenshot below gives you a little preview.
To join CCT and receive our newsletter, go to the Support Us section and find a membership form. Membership is free.
28 February 2019Step into Spring … with our Four-In-One Spring Celebration
The Spring Celebration event will take place from 3.00 to 6.00pm on Saturday April 27th, offering four highlights: the display of all entries to the Black Isle Photographic Competition, live flute music by Mike and Babs Crocker, a Silent Auction and a luxury cream tea. To help us with our planning, tickets for the cream tea will be available from the Spar shop or from firstname.lastname@example.org. If supplies allow, there will also be an opportunity to buy a cream tea on the day. However, we would strongly advise buying or reserving your cream tea tickets in advance. Entry to the exhibition is £2 on the door. All welcome.
24 February 2019Orienteering Photos from Rabbie Burns Special Event
We're delighted to share the photographs that were taken by Martin Sherring and Julie Shortreed at the Rabbie Burns Special event in January. Thank you all for being so generous in giving us permission to use them.
28 January 2019Orienteering Results - 27th Jan Rabbie Burns Special
Well done to all the teams who took part in the Rabbie Burns Special Orienteering event. Here are the results if you want to find out how your team did.
23 January 2019Orienteering fun event (Rabbie Burns Special)
Sunday 27 January 2019
Suitable for anyone who can crawl, walk or run over rough ground and read a map. Come along to the Playing Field Carpark. Staggered starts between 12 noon and 2pm. Just turn up between these times. No booking required.
Compete as an individual, as a family or in a team with friends. Give your team a ‘Rabbie’ name if you wish!
Suggested entry donation of £2 towards equipment and course maintenance.
Get a general purpose orienteering map for Culbokie Wood plus instructions at the shop or the school or download one. Complimentary ‘Rabbie’ refreshments.
10 December 2018Consultation on Public Open Space at Glascairn - your responses
During September and early October 2018 we are consulting on our ideas for the public open space that makes up part of the Culbokie Community Hub project. Read our report on what you said in the consulation and our responses.
15 November 2018Culbokie Woods Work Party
Come and join the 1st December Work Party - and take away a Christmas Tree
Help clear invading spruce from the pine glades in Glascairn Woods and earn yourself a free Christmas tree.
25 August 2018Community Orienteering - inaugural event
Community Orienteering event
An inaugural community orienteering event was held on Saturday 25th August. The emphasis was on having fun and taking part rather than winning. This was an event for families, young people and groups - in fact anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors, try some navigation and meet up with others in the community - with a little gentle competition thrown in.
Thank you and well done to everyone who came along to our 'Come and Try It' Orienteering Event. We hope you all had lots of fun. Read our report (Word docx) about the event and view the final results (PDF). A selection of photos are available on our Orienteering page.
01 May 2018Culbokie Challenge 2018
The Culbokie Challenge 2018
All locals are invited to take part in the Culbokie Challenge in May/June 2018, to help raise money for the Culbokie Community Hub at Glascairn.
YOU decide what your challenge will be. You get friends and family, from far and wide, to sponsor you to complete it.
Your challenge can be anything you want; it’s best if it is something that you’ll feel good about doing and will enjoy doing.
You can do it on your own or in a team, with friends or family.
Find out more about The Culbokie Challenge 2018.
17 March 2018Quiz night at Findon Hall
Come along to a fun fundraising evening and raise money for Culbokie Community Trust. Wine, beer and soft drinks on sale. Maximum 4 per team, £20 per team. Prizes for winning teams.
17 February 2018February 2018 - Work Party
It was a fine sunny day for the work party, and eight volunteers turned out to do their bit to keep the paths in the woods open and help improve them for wildlife.
At the previous work party, in December, we had made a valiant effort to clear the gorse-choked track from the cross-roads in the woods, to the north side of the loch – now known for evermore as “Gorse Alley”. Even though we made a good start, we ran out of time then, so this time we were keen to finish the job. The track into the woods from Greenleonachs, although easily passable, was also getting overgrown.
So, we split the group between the two jobs. We made good early progress on the Greenleonachs track (which, incidentally, is now part of the John O’Groats trail long distance path from Inverness to John O’Groats), but Gorse Alley was another kettle of fish. So, after a break for elevenses and a blether, we focussed on the gorse. As time ticked away and the end of the path hardly seemed any closer, conversation dried up and the loppers flashed!
And the end result – just finished in time – is a new route for folk to explore. It’s still a little bit narrow in places, but it opens up two circular routes. To explore the northern bank of the loch, turn left at the far end of the newly-cleared track – but watch your feet, it’s a bit boggy in places. Alternatively, turn right and follow a good path to come out on the main forestry road close to the recycling car park. Do use them, otherwise they’ll get overgrown again in no time!
Thanks to the volunteers – and watch out for the next work party.
13 January 2018There's snow place like Culbokie Woods
02 December 2017Christmas woods work party
On a pleasant Saturday morning, 17 adults and children started to clear three paths in the woods. The before and after photos show the main track going towards the village from the crossroads - what a difference!
The new John O'Groats Way runs through Culbokie Woods from the entrance at Greenleonachs to the recycling car park. This route through the woods is also marked as a cycle route on the Black Isle Active Travel Map so work was started to ensure that the vegetation is kept back from the path at the Greenleonachs entrance.
The third path was a challenge! This was the old track going SW from the crossroads and it has been totally blocked for a few years. It has now been opened up for about half of its length and will hopefully be completed during another work party early in 2018.
30 November 2017Our language in the landscape
Thursday, 30th November 2017, 7.30PM - Culbokbokie Primary school
The History Group invite you to a talk by Ken MacKinnon of Ferintosh.
18 November 2017Auroras: Science, Myth & Magic
Saturday, 18th November 2018, 7.30PM at Findon Hall.
Auroras: Science, Myth & Magic, with Dr Kenny Taylor. a multimedia presentation with viewing tips including stills and time lapse photography by Jamie MacPherson.
Tickets £10, £5 for under 13s. Light refreshments included. Tickets from email@example.com or Culbokie Spar.
06 November 2017Farming around Culbokie and the Black Isle
Monday, 6 November 2017, 7.00PM
Culbokie Community Trust invites you to their AGM with special guest Rod Mackenzie (Black Isle Show). All welcome, refreshments served.
05 November 2017Black Isle Badgers: A talk and a visit to a sett
Another fully booked event! In fact, overbooked, so we hope to run another event in February or March next year. Fifteen people had an informative talk about badgers from Dave Walsh before walking to a local sett for a short visit. Despite there still being a covering of bracken several entrance holes were visible, each with a spoil heap from the badger's excavations.
Dave is interested in setting up a Scottish Badgers surveying group on the Black Isle and would like to hear from anyone who can spare some time (mainly in the winter months) to help and learn more about these animals. He would also be pleased to hear from anyone who already knows of badger setts, or who see badgers regularly. If you are interested please email Dave.
09 September 2017Fungi forage
A full complement of eighteen people set off into Culbokie Woods for a Fungal Foray, with fungi expert Liz Holden. We didn’t have to go far to find loads of beautiful and colourful species and we were shown what features to look for when trying to identify them. The highlight of the morning was the discovery of the extremely rare ‘golden navel’ on a fallen spruce trunk.
15 August 2017An evening with Ian Rankin
We were over-the-moon when the internationally best-selling author Ian Rankin agreed to support the Trust with a fundraising event, ‘An Evening with Ian Rankin’ - and who better to lead the conversation than Inverness’s own Nicola McAlley? The event took place in Culbokie’s Findon Hall which was filled to capacity with Ian Rankin enthusiasts from the local area. The audience were regaled with tales of Ian’s early life as a struggling young writer, his relationship with Rebus, his thoughts on Scottish crime writing today and insights on how his own emotional life is sometimes reflected in his work. As a nod to Rebus, the Cromarty Brewing Company provided free beer for everyone and the chance to try their wide range of beers.
04 July 2017Bushcraft
All the children's bushcraft sessions were well attended with children not only coming from Culbokie but also from the wider Black Isle and beyond. Ian Paterson, from Go Wild Highlands, had a wide range of activities over the four days to keep the children interested. They made shelters, used a fire steel to make fire, tied knots to make a stretcher and a bridge, made charcoal, solved animal crime scenes and made twine from nettles. The most popular activity, however, was probably cooking 'bread' and marshmallows over the fire!