Walking in a Window Wanderland at Lochalsh

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Keiran Baynham with his fantastic window design for the Window Wanderland Festival at Lochalsh. NO F11  Lochalsh extra 1

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Lochalsh residents have been enjoying a magical outdoor display of colourful windows.

To celebrate the launch of the Lochalsh Collaborates Community Survey, a ‘Window Wanderland’ festival took place at the end of last month.

Households, schools and businesses in Lochalsh were invited to make a window display on any theme from the community survey. Their displays, made using tissue paper and black card stuck to windowpanes, were then backlit by room lights behind.

Organisers say the festival was well received by the Lochalsh community with windows appearing all around the area.

Susan Walker, Community Development Officer with Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust which is leading the Lochalsh Collaborates project, explained: ‘We had planned to run roadshows in village halls to promote the survey but with Covid restrictions, we have had to be creative and imaginative.

‘This festival is a Covid-safe way to come together as a community, cheer each other up and imagine a future for Lochalsh.’

Free art packs, containing instructions and everything needed to create the displays,
except scissors, were given out in one essential outlet in each of the seven community council areas of Lochalsh.

Two nurseries, all five primary schools in Lochalsh and the local high school
participated in the project.

Fanny Fraser, Principal Teacher at Auchtertyre Primary School, added: ‘This project fits beautifully with our own project. We have just taken on ‘GoalsProject’ where we are looking at Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action. P3/4/5 will be looking at climate action in/for/with the community.’

All schools emailed letters to parents and carers inviting households to take part in the
event. Enthusiastic feedback show schools think it is a fantastic idea and are delighted to be invited to participate.

Organisers said the Window Wanderland event, coupled with the community survey, offered a great way for the community, including children and young adults, to think about their community’s future and envisage what would make Lochalsh a better place.

CAPTION: Keiran Baynham with his fantastic window design for the Window Wanderland Festival at Lochalsh. NO F11  Lochalsh extra 1

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