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Plockton and District Community Council held its second annual last meeting of its four-year term in Plockton hall on October 7 when,
among the items discussed, were the following:

14 Harbour Street – The housing manager of Highland Council has written to the CC saying it has no intention of selling this house but will keep it for letting along with the janitor’s house at the high school.

Roads update – Councillor Biz Campbell told the meeting that the road at Strathy and the white lines in the village would be done before the end of the year.

Hydro electric -Roddy Macpheron told the meeting that hydro poles between the Plockton Inn and Frithard Road are to be renewed.  Work will start on November 11 for three to four weeks involving some road closures and short power outages.  This will be well advertised locally.

The final meeting of the community council will be on November 11. There were nine applicants for the seven-seat new council, so an election is required.

Recent deaths with local connections and locally include Donald Macrae, Dingwall; John Matheson, Rosyth;  Iain Macgregor, Kyle;  Eddie Townend, Plockton and Jean Tuach, Sallachy.  Sympathy is expressed to sorrowing relatives.

Kate Havard, Plockton’s postmistress, celebrated her 80th birthday on October 5, with a party for her friends on the seal trip boat and afterwards in the Plockton Hotel.

On October 25 at a ceremony in Inverness Town House, Morag MacKenzie from Duirnish, was presented with the President’s Award for doing door to door poppy appeal collections for over 50 years.

President of Poppy Scotland, Sir Alistair Irwin, made the presentation.  Morag started when she was 12 years old (later only adults were allowed to go round the doors), collecting in Duirnish, Achnandarach and Duncraig.

Charlie Macrae, local convener for 31 years prior to retirement last year, put Morag forward for the top award saying she was one of the most conscientious collectors with her tin, always collecting the most and she has collected thousands of pounds in her 50 years.

Kathleen Macrae and Pat Macrae received 20-year awards and Joanna Maclean and Teenie Talbot from Drumbuie received their 10-year awards.

Morag Mackenzie with her certificate from Poppy Scotland. NO F45 Morag Mackenzie
Morag Mackenzie with her certificate from Poppy Scotland.
NO F45 Morag Mackenzie

Last Thursday saw the first official Café Bridge event in Scotland taking place in  Plockton. It was hosted by the Kyle of Lochalsh Bridge Club and saw participants coming from all over Scotland – Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness, Montrose, Granton on Spey, Aberlour as well as Skye and Lochalsh – with a 10- man cohort from London as well. 

Café Bridge is very popular on the continent and has a strong following in London and the South East but until now, Scotland’s bridge playing has been in private clubs with regional congresses and competitions.

Café Bridge takes duplicate bridge into the community with players moving and playing in multiple cafés and restaurants in a location.

Thursday saw five venues in Plockton hosting 84 players who interacted with other visitors and residents while they played their cards, hoping to win the first prize of a bottle of malt whisky from Skye – each – in this unusual competition.

Money raised from this event either from entrance fees or the raffle – which had prizes generously donated by individuals, local businesses and three of Skye’s distilleries – will benefit a local Skye charity, Rag Tag Textile, which supports mental health in the community.