Lochaber Rotary chain of office is handed over

Retiring Rotary Club of Lochaber president, Richard Baxter, (left) hands over the chain of office to Simon Hardiman. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Rotary hand over 01

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Lochaber Rotary has chosen Spean Bridge bed and breakfast operator Simon Hardiman as it’s 2021-2022 president.

Mr Hardiman runs Coire Glas B&B in Spean Bridge with his wife, Morven. He takes over from the current president, Reverend Richard Baxter, at the end of June.

Rev Baxter commented that he was passing on the chain of office without too much extra wear and tear, after an unusual year in which almost all of the Rotary Club’s meetings have taken place by Zoom, when many of the regular events and fundraising activities were not possible due to the Covid pandemic.

However, he added that he was pleased that the club had stayed busy and active throughout the year, with a range of initiatives and grants in support of Covid recovery, polio eradication, and causes as diverse as Mary’s Meals, footpath regeneration, youth competitions, music tuition and outward bound courses.

Mr Hardiman said that he hoped in the near future it would be possible for club members to meet again at the Alexandra Hotel, in addition to their online gatherings, and that he was very much looking forward to his year in office.