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The first local history society meeting of 2018 sees the return of Richard Sidgwick who will continue his series of talks on land ownership in Lochaber.

This talk is entitled ‘Land Use – Lochaber’s Changing Landscape’. Richard’s lifelong role at the centre of estate management in Lochaber places him in a unique position to share his knowledge and experience. The preservation and recording of past land ownership will be a great resource to local historians in the future.  Everyone is welcome to the Ben Nevis Hotel tonight (Thursday January 11) at 8pm.

Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar is hosting an open afternoon for Gaelic medium education in Lochaber this Saturday (January 13)
1pm to 3pm.

Call in to the informal open afternoon for more information and have a tour around the school. Speak to staff and ask current parents about their experiences at the school. There will also be activities for children including messy play, outdoor learning and dance and a bottle stall to raise money for Cròileagan.

The next concert in the Lochaber Music For All series is Brass Diversions on Sunday January 14 at 3pm at Kilmallie Hall, Corpach. Brass Diversions are a collective formed from Scotland’s leading brass players. Musicians for the afternoon will be Tom Poulson on trumpet, Davur Juul Magnussen on trombone and Mark Reynolds on tuba. The concert will also feature the annual fundraising cream tea during the interval. Tickets are £10 per adult and £1 for children and students.

Kilmallie Community Centre committee is calling all gardeners and volunteers for a further session to help restore Kilmallie community gardens on Saturday January 20 from 10am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome to help the team work bring the gardens back to the level they were at when Princess Anne opened them in 1999. Contact Sarah Kennedy on 07768 805040 for more information.

Staff and volunteers from Caol-based Lochaber Sensory Care (LSC) for sight and hearing support will visit Abbeyfield Care Home, Ballachulish, on Monday January 15. Between 10.30am and 12.30pm, LSC representatives will offer help and advice to anyone with a hearing loss or sight loss – residents and members of the public.  The team will also supply NHS hearing and batteries and re-tube and maintain hearing aids.

Bring in the new year with a new wardrobe. Come along to Lochaber Environmental Group’s clothes swap on Tuesday January 16 at 6 pm in the New Hall, Duncansburgh Church, Fort William. 

Bring a bag of clothes to the event, where the team will weigh them and hang them up. Grab a tea and cake while browsing the clothes and you can take anything home. Donated clothes must be clean and good condition. 

The clothes swap is free to attend and everyone is welcome to just come along. The event is hosted by the Lochaber Environmental Group as part of their Lochaber Energy and Waste Project, which is funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.