What’s on in Lochaber – week 49

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Tearlach MacFarlane will deliver December’s talk titled Leac a Bhrataich – the Rock of the Standard. As Glenfinnan’s local historian, Tearlach will share his knowledge around the controversial issue of exactly where the Jacobite Standard is believe to have been raised  back in August 174. This promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening and may challenge conventional thought. All welcome on Thursday December 6 at 8pm in the Ben Nevis Hotel.

Room 13 Studios in Caol is holding its fourth exhibition and pop-up shop, POPUPPOSSUM! on December 8 from noon to 5pm. T-shirts, sketchbooks, fine art prints, music, pizza and adopt-a-rock. Admission is free. Visit the studio above the library, Caol Community Centre.

Lochaber Natural History Society’s next talk is by Alistair Whyte of Plantlife Scotland on Scotland’s Important Plant Areas. The meeting will be held at An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William on Monday December 11 at 7.30pm.

Lochaber Camanachd Club is hosting its AGM on Saturday December 8 in the Bridge Cafe, Spean Bridge at 4pm.  All players, members, supporters or anyone interested in shinty are welcome.

Kilmallie Community Centre is holding its Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 8 from 11am to 3pm. Tables are £8 each and to book a table contact the centre manager on 01397 600111. All proceeds will be put towards the continued upgrading of Kilmallie Community Centre.

Christmas with The Nevis Partnership: join The Nevis Partnership and High Life Highland rangers at Ben Nevis Visitor Centre between 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Sunday December 9 for a Christmas celebration. A whole host of Christmas Crafts for all ages and a chance to buy handmade, sustainable Christmas decorations. There will also be wreath making, Christmas Tree collection and festive refreshments for purchase. Visit  www.nevislandscape.co.uk/events for more information.

Staff and volunteers from Lochaber Sensory Care for sight and hearing support will be visiting Ardnamurchan on Monday December 10. The LSC team will be based in Acharacle Medical Centre from 10.30am until 11.30am and at Dail Mhor Care Home in Strontian from 12.30pm until 1.30pm. At both venues they will offer help and advice to those with a sight or hearing loss. The LSC representative will also retube and maintain NHS hearing aids and supply NHS batteries for these. No appointments are necessary for this free service.

Fort William Photographic Society’s next meeting is on Tuesday December 11 at 7pm in the Salvation Army hall. Karl Griffin will be talking about camera filters.  Lively discussion will follow. Non-members welcome.

The Music Shed Community Choir’s Christmas Concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday December 11.  Please come along and enjoy some seasonal music and socialise over tea and cake afterwards.  No Charge.

The next Bus User’s Group meeting takes place on Friday December 14 at 11.30am at the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church hall on the Parade, Fort William.

Kilmallie Singers hold their Christmas concert on Saturday December 15, in the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church at 7.30pm.

There will be a blood donor session at the Nevis Centre, Fort William, on Tuesday December 18, from 1.30-4pm and 5.30-7.45pm. To book your appointment call 0345 9090 999.

The Hogmanay Open Water Swim will start at 2pm on December 31 at The Old Fort, Fort William.