AUGUST EVENTS 
ABRIACHAN FOREST TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014
August 22nd @ 7.30pm in Village Hall


Agenda:
1. Apologies
2. Minutes AGM - 20.08.13
3. Chairman’s report for 2013-2014, including update on Branching Out
4. Finance report - March 31st 2014 Accounts can be previewed in village hall - in library hours or by arrangement with Alan 01463 861315.
5. Appointment of Auditors
6. Election of Directors/Trustees to the Board
7. Setting of Annual Subscription Fee
8. AOCB

Meeting is open to all and will be followed by the chance for an update over coffee and cake.













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ABRIACHAN EVENTS 









MORE STORMS ARE FORECAST SO PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE UNSTABLE TREES IN THE FOREST, AROUND THE CAR PARKS, ALONG THE BIKE TRAILS, ON THE WAY UP THE HILL.....DO YOUR OWN RISK BENEFIT ANALYSIS BEFORE SETTING OUT!



IF IT IS WINDY PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE CAR PARK AND KEEP AWAY FROM THE SWAYING TREES....OR WHAT'S LEFT OF THEM! IT MAY LOOK A DISASTER ZONE AT THE MOMENT BUT WE ARE SEEING IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY>>>>LOTS OF DAYLIGHT, FAR MORE FLORA AND FAUNA, TONS OF FIREWOOD, PLANKS APLENTY, HECTARES OF REGEN. ....AND A NATIVE TREE ARBORETUM.




Highlife Highland have generously funded the Written World series of writing weekends again this year. Imbolc or Candlemas weekend saw Anne MacLeod lead a lovely two days of between seasons inspiration and guidance producing some fantastic writing from all participants. Please get in touch with Malcolm at Moniack Mhor or Christine at Abriachan if you wish information about the remaining weekends.


Janis Breckenridge surprised us all with her bookmaking workshops in January. This weekend was as a complimentary alternative to the writing weekends and resulted in many of us getting paranoid about our pigs' ears as we folded, creased, concertinaed, bound and popped up. Yet another absolutely brilliant tutor who will be back we are sure!



Don't miss the 2013 End of Year Ceilidh...everybody welcome to come and join in with Buskoesike - a very entertaining evening is promised.



AFTER THE STORM LAST THURSDAY MORNING (6/12/13) MANY OF THE PATHS AND BIKE TRAILS ARE BLOCKED BY LEANING LODGEPOLE - THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE TO CLEAR SO PLEASE BE PATIENT AND SENSIBLE.


All participants at Bryce's skep style workshop had a relaxing day and now have a new use for giant's darning needles, plastic bottles of a specific brand and birch twigs harvested and dried most particularly!













YOGA CLASS IN ABRIACHAN HALL 4.30pm on Wednesdays

All abilities welcome
Please contact Charlotte for more details on 07917519386 or email vivolife@live.co.uk


The Beechgrove Gardeners have come and gone at Moniack Mhor's community garden and they missed our magnificent produce show on Saturday! Here are some of the fantastic displays set out in the hall.

The judges commented that the standard of presentation had improved a lot over the years.





This year Emily was auctioneer - keen interest in what to bid for...Connie's cakes sold per slice!





Potato quality was excellent all round - a keenly fought contest with more than one winner.





Anna playing Canute controlling the tides in her and Eve's prize winning miniature garden and below Kirsten and Phoebe's beautiful basket garden complete with family enjoying the fine summer weather.



....there were quite a few artistically decorated biscuits but they were scoffed before any photos could be snapped and long before the auction. Well done to everybody who took part, who organised and who helped make the day such a success.








ABRIACHAN PRODUCE SHOW - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2013

Main Entry Classes include -

Vegetables Top Tipple
Fruit Home Cooking
Flowers & Potted Plants Children's Products
Kitchen Preserves

Start planting and planning now... further information and entry forms
Lynn 07989870228 lynnlbirch@aol.com
Fran 07968191316 francesj@rjaques.gotadsl.co.uk


LOST AND FOUND - PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU LOSE OR EVEN FIND LOST PROPERTY AT THE FOREST PLAY AREA< CARPARK OR PATHS. 01463 861236 or message jbarrabr@aol.com


ABRIACHAN FOREST TRUST AGM

16th August 2013 , 7.30 pm in the village hall


All welcome to attend and get the annual update and make suggestions.
There are vacancies available for new Trustees.
Please contact Company Secretary - 01463 861278 or
email - forest@abriachan.org.uk

Registered Office - 01463 861236 for details or application form




Please let us know if you intend coming to the green wood workshop.


Well done everybody, especially Ciara and family - over £300 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care - bakers, confectioners, waitresses, pipers, bletherers, teamakers, music makers and troublemakers....oh yes, young men, you know who you are!





Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care
Saturday 8th June 2.00 - 4.00pm
Abriachan Village Hall



Singaround Night in the village hall - 8.00pm on 31st May
Everybody welcome to come along and participate with instruments, voice or just with ears.



MAY PLAY DAY - Monday 6th 12.00 - 4.00pm


Come and join in a family fun afternoon. We will start you off with some surprises and secrets , then expect you all to make your own entertainment, use your imaginations, tell each other stories, build magic circles, make animal homes, find fairyland and chase the kelpie.
Let us know if you plan to attend please.
Any questions? - 01463 861236



DYEING WITH LOCAL LICHENS
WORKSHOP WITH LESLEY KILBRIDE
SUNDAY 28th April 1.00 - 4.00pm


This event will also include some lichen identification with
Christine Matheson, local lichenologist, followed by a dyeing session using different lichens, different mordants, varied pots and will result in assorted colours.
It has been funded through support from High Life Highland and Abriachan Forest Trust.

Please pre-book your place 01463 861259

PASTA PERFECT 2013 WITH MARCO
Friday 15th March 7.30pm in the hall

Please bring a rolling pin, apron and a healthy appetite.
Maximum numbers = 20




St BRIDE'S DAY - SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 1.30-3.30pm

COME LEARN AND CELEBRATE HOW OUR ANCESTORS TOOK NOTE OF THE GREENING OF THE LAND AFTER WINTER. SING SOME GAELIC SONGS, MAKE A CROSS OF RASHES, LISTEN TO THE FOLKLORE ABOUT THIS SEASON.

Will it be fine enough to gather firewood?
Will the winter continue until April?

Contact Morag to book a place - 07964 822560








CHRISTMAS CRAFTINESS IN THE WOODS
Sunday 16th December 11.30 – 3.00 pm
Abriachan Forest Classroom.


Delicious soup, hot chocolate on tap, mince pies & sticky gingerbread to munch while you....
make or buy some BIRCH craft decorations,
decorate a mini SPRUCE Christmas tree,
twist an easy LARCH wreath,
carve and print with LIME stamps,
split some HAZEL puzzles,
cut a bespoke PINE tree to take away,
squish some LUX ury felt baubles,
create a wintry woodland scene in a bottle
or follow a golden treasure trail round the paths

Call 01463 861236 or 01463 861259 for details, email jbarrabr@aol.com

Donations in aid of Archie Foundation and Children In Need please



ABRIACHAN FOREST TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
7.30pm on 16th August 2013 in the Village Hall


Everyone is very welcome to attend with the opportunity for a blether and strupach afterwards.

Nomination forms and details of the responsibilities and duties of Trustees can be obtained from the registered office at Tyeantore 01463 861259 or jbarrabr@aol.com




ABRIACHAN PRODUCE SHOW - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2013

Main Entry Classes include -

Vegetables Top Tipple
Fruit Home Cooking
Flowers & Potted Plants Children's Products
Kitchen Preserves

Start planting and planning now... further information and entry forms
Lynn 07989870228 lynnlbirch@aol.com
Fran 07968191316 francesj@rjaques.gotadsl.co.uk

FSC AUDIT OF ABRIACHAN FOREST TRUST

If you would like to look at the AFT forest plan, comment on or discuss any aspects of woodland management or the FSC certification process please contact Dietrich at Sylvestrus Ltd. 01463237812



McGONAGALL NIGHT SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 6.30pm IN THE HALL. All are very welcome to join in a daft version of a Burns Supper where we will enjoy some fine tunes, Dundee doggerel, haggis hunted on the Strath side of Dingers, ten types of trifle and hopefully a few unexpected performances.....in no particular order.
Please let us know if you are coming, so supplies can be got, shot and bought.

PASTA PERFECTO Saturday 26th November @ 19:00 Marco demonstrated - "hands on" pasta with a pesto sauce and it was a fantastic night....thankyou Marco.


Attendees had to bring a rolling pin and apron.
Following the successful making of pasta it was cooked and eaten.



CHRISTMAS CRAFTINESS Active Abriachan will have some practice evenings of crafty activities and then hold an open event when they will demonstrate some clever but effective Christmas craft ideas..... 24th Nov, 8th, 15th Dec. 7.00-8.30pm Tel: 01463861259 or jbarrabr@aol.com for details and to tell us if you are coming. We need to know how much glitter and glitz to bring and how many glitzy and glittery adults to ask to help.

Christmas Printing - thankyou Helen for the come and try night on Thursday 1st December.
Christmas Printing - Make your own wrapping paper and labels. Bring an old apron or shirt and have some fun designing. This will be for the over 10s and as above please let us know if you intend coming.



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ACTIVE ABRIACHAN  


Ewen Weatherspoon took photos last year for A'Chraobh
Highland Homecoming Guising Ceilidh but was
far too scared to come into the hall.

ACTIVE ABRIACHAN HALLOWE'EN PARTY : Saturday 30th October
in the village hall at 7.00pm ....details when you phone but get your fangs out, fancy dress on and be prepared to be extremely scared while having some fun.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING SO WE CAN LAY ON ENOUGH ADULT SECURITY SIDHE TO COPE WITH UNWANTED WITCHES. Tel 01463 861259
WE ALSO NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY WISH TO ORDER THE EVENING'S SPECIAL TOAD'S TOE TAKE AWAY WITH FURRY SAUCE.



However Rachel ....or is it Rebecca.....prefers dangling
doughnuts and treacle scones.
At this time of year toads are tough.

Remember to phone if you are coming 861259


GO- Mountain Bike Award - certificated training sessions
10.00 - 3.00pm October 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st
Chose your favoured dates and contact 861259 to book a place and get details
We need a minimum of 4, maximum of 8 to run the days – AFT bikes/helmets.
This has been generously supported by funding through Youth Scotland from the Scottish Government's Cashback for Communities & will take place on the bike trails in the forest at a cost of only £10 for the GO-mtb award book.


FREE “FREE PLAY” TRAINING : Monday 25th October 10.45 -12.45 for interested adult leaders
followed by at 1.00-3.00pm a session for the 5-13 year olds.
Free play encourages the creativity and stimulation that young people in the 5-13 age group will benefit from by being encouraged away from only being involved in organised activities.

http://www.spanglefish.com/youthhighlan ... geid=19323


This training is sponsored by Inspiring Scotland’s Go-Play initiative Contact 01463 861259





ABRIACHAN HALL AGM

Sunday 24th October
Short meeting, suggestions encouraged, nominations for new blood on the committee even more welcome and then put the world to rights over
coffee, cakes & additional Library session - AGM starts at 11:30am
New Hall Committee members would be appreciated and everybody interested in supporting our village's hub should definitely come along


Table tennis - will restart on 26th October 7pm - open to all abilities. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.


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ABRIACHAN PRODUCE SHOW 2010 SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 
Once again the Produce Show was a great success with prize winners well spread across the parish. The baking classes were deliciously contested, jars containing jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys were hotly sought after, root vegetables came in every hue of the rainbow -honestly, there were ROYGBIV carrots, tatties ranged from small and black, to large and red, to a raft of seals lolling on Lochend beach and NEWS FLASH one entry from Dochgarroch Primary School helping them to win their 4th ECO school green flag - absolutely top of the class!





Herby baskets, pretty salads and decorated biscuits seemed to bring out intra-family competition - hopefully the winner/loser allocations didn't cause issues later in the day.



The mellowing effect of the assorted beverages from Birch's Brewery helped to quell the rumbles in the rhubarb jungle about poly-tunnel professionals....should they be in a separate class?.....discuss.....
...and then get down to ordering seeds for next year. There are lots of opportunities for all abilities.

The full list of winners will be issued in the next newsletter.



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Firewood Delivered Locally  
Seasoned firewood is available at £50 per cubic metre, plus £8 per trailer load (1 or 2 or 3 cubic metres)delivered within 10 mile radius of Abriachan. BUY WHEN IT'S DRY! Place orders with Alan Milton , Wester Ladycairn. 01463 861315


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OLD BUT GOOD NEWS 





TREE O'CLOCK 5th December 2009 - 47 people joined in the record breaking tree planting event. This led to 947 scots pine, downy birch, alder and willows being planted in an area of restock. Three cheers to every one who took part - the forest will look so much better and be so much healthier after your efforts.


PANTO WATCH (she of the giggles and blonde curls and he of the beard and bad temper)made a seasonal appearance in the hall as a prelude to the festive ceilidh.
There were many rigorous rehearsals,Jeremy Faxman was obnoxious and bossy, poor Gruffalo lost so much weight he is now feeling the cold, having shivered some of his purple prickles off, the reindeer had their enhanced CRBS checked, only one passed and even he was suspect,the shieling sheilas definitely headed south to join their antipodean wanes for the winter - they too have been perishing and refused to be fashion victims in pink sequins. However,the Burnett bairns in the wood stole the show looking non-plussed and totally unperturbed by the whole affair.




Thanks to everyone who took part in the entertainment from Fran and her thespians to Adam, Georgia, Granny and Grandad, Mike the mellow and the mulled winers.













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ABRIACHAN VILLAGE HALL 
The community has a small, traditional community hall located beside the hill road above Loch Ness. It is particularly well suited to small and intimate performances/events. The hall was built in 1920 and fully refurbished in 2000.
The hall has a well sprung floor and tongue-and-groove pitch pine lined walls; this really warms up the inside of the hall and provides great accoustics. There is a versatile sectional stage.
The kitchen has a cooker, sink, urn, kettle, heated soup tureens, pans, glassware and a range of kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. There is a serving hatch into the main hall.
There is a variety of lighting provided for the hall and stage use, and PA speakers are provided on either side of the hall. Other sound equipment includes two microphones with stands, a CD player, and a Carlsboro amplifier. Wall heaters work on a coin meter.
Regular events held at the hall include Scottish Country Dancing, local library, Active Abriachan, table tennis, games nights and local community events.
Permanent disabled access ramp and toilet facilities are in place
The Hall, like all public spaces in Scotland, is a No-Smoking building. If you smoke outside, please do so away from the building so smoke does not blow indoors, and dispose of your cigarette butts carefully
There is free parking provided at the hall in Abriachan, but space is limited so please keep that in mind if you are planning an event
To book the hall, please contact Jo on 01463 861257 or Lynn on 861363.


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