Torridon Stores (September 2008)
Work has finally begun to extend the Torridon shop to provide a shop and cafe. It is hoped that the new premises will be complete early in the New Year. Watch this space!
A Very Special Event (September 2008)
A very special event took place in the Torridon Village Hall on Saturday, August 16th.
A Buffet Supper and Ceilidh plus a cheque for £1395 were the thank you from their many friends and family, to two wonderful people: Donald and Morag Macdonald. Over many years they ran the village shop giving excellent service and much pleasure to the locals and visitors. Donnie's tall and short stories; Morag's cups of tea and sandwiches made by Donnie; spontaneous 'mini' ceilidhs after the shop closed all helped to make the shop an ideal meeting place. Everyone, locals and visitors were made welcome and so the coastal folk wished to say thank you. Their service is sorely missed.
146 places were set for the superb buffet supper provided by the local ladies but many extra places had to be catered for as the evening progressed.
Murdo, Kenny and Sandy from Lochcarron filled the hall with exhilarating, foot stomping music prompting many to join in the dancing. Solo singing from Meg Mackenzie, Dena Ross, Julie Tweddle, Donald Macdonald (Alligin), Tommy Taylor and finally son Donald Macdonald enlivened the evening and aroused enthusiastic applause.
Alistair Maclean, who acted as compere, recited an old poem about Loch Maree which included Ardlair, Morag's earlier love. Meg Mackenzie gave a very amusing speech recalling past times.
The cheque, a fine quaich and beautiful basket of flowers were presented by their grandchildren, Jamie, Ben, Cameron and Archie. Morag brought tears to several eyes with her moving thank you speech.
Altogether the atmosphere was truly wonderful, charged with happiness and fun. Several folk had travelled many miles to be there and all went home feeling a deep gratitude to two very special and lovely Highland people.
Torridon News (January 2008)
Many of you will be aware that the Torridon Stores has been closed since the end of 2006. Donnie (London) Macdonald and his wife Morag ran the shop for more than 30 years after Donnie took the shop over from his mother. They, and the shop, have been sorely missed in the heart of Torridon and many visitors to the area during 2007 have enquired after them both. I am pleased to report that they are both well and have sold the shop and are enjoying a well-earned retirement. We send them both our thanks for so many years of service to the area and best wishes for the future.
Jo Harris, a frequent visitor to Torridon, has bought the shop and has been granted planning permission to build a shop and café where the shop now stands. I know that many people in the area are very much looking forward to having a local shop again and a café will be much appreciated by both locals and visitors. It is hoped the new premises will be open in the summer.
Many of you will have heard that Torridon and district community put on a pantomime in December! The Wizard of Oz was more than a pantomime it was an example of a community working together and producing something fantastic. Over 50 local people were involved in the show and the talent and generosity they all displayed was unforgettable. A big thank you to everyone who took part and to the Scottish Arts Council for their financial support. If you were not lucky enough to have seen the show there are 100 DVD's of it out there somewhere so do try to borrow one and see for yourself what talent we have here. Alternatively, for a selection of still photographs point your web browser at www.stevecarter.com/panto/oz2007.htm
Essential Scottish Opera are coming to Torridon on Tuesday 5th February at 7.30pm. Phone 01445 791488 for tickets.
The Arts and Culture Group are putting together an exciting programme for 2008. The Edinburgh String Quartet will be with us again on March 15th. Other events will be listed on the hall website.
Now that planning consent has been obtained for the community hall extension we are in the process of applying to The Big Lottery for project funding. This application is now at the second stage and work is being done to secure the funding that will enable us to purchase the extra land for the car park from the National Trust and to put out the plans for tenders.
The extension committee would like to invite everyone in the Torridon and District community to come to an open meeting in the hall where they will be able to see the progress that has been made on the project and find out more about the proposed new facilities.
Hall Extension Open Meeting
Saturday 2nd February 1.30 - 3.30pm