FUTURE EVENTS 

Abriachan Forest Trust AGM ,
19th August, 7.30pm in the village hall
All are welcome to attend.

Agenda
1. Apologies
2. Minutes August 2015 AGM
3. Chairman's Report
4. Finance Report
5. Appointment of Auditors
6. Election of Trustees - places are available if you are interested
7. Setting of Annual Subscription Fee
Followed by refreshments and a chance to share news.

Lucky2BHere will deliver defibrillator training in the village hall on the 28th July , 7.00pm . There are still places available, please get in touch with Roni to book a place. 01463 861236
We are raising funds for the defibrillator - £120 was collected at the Highland Games, thanks to all who contributed.

AFT Job Opportunity - VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR/ GROUP LEADER
Are you a self-motivated, practical person with excellent leadership skills?
Do you have lots of empathy and an ability to inspire others?
You might be the very person to join the team and support volunteers to develop transferable skills.

Starting salary £25,500 for 35 hour week on a one year fixed term contract (extension subject to funding)
Details and application form : abriachanforest@gmail.com
Closing date 22/07/16 with interviews w/b 25/07/16
This role could be a job-share opportunity and is funded by The Robertson Trust, Landfill Community Fund, Scottish and Southern Energy Community Fund.

Don't forget the Highland Games this Friday 1st July 6.30pm in the field , followed by a ceilidh in the village hall.


CAR PARK IS OPEN AGAIN , SMOOTH AND HOPEFULLY WILL STAY THAT WAY. THANKS TO WYVIS PLANT & POWER FOR AN EXCELLENT JOB.


ADVANCE WARNING : THE AFT CLASSROOM CARPARK WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS DUE TO DRAINAGE AND RESURFACING WORK.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE VERGE OF THE ACHPOPULI ROAD BECAUSE WIDE TRACTORS AND HERDS OF CATTLE MIGHT HEFT YOU INTO THE DITCH!!!!



Another not to be missed gig in the hall this time Gordon Gunn, Marc Clement and Brian McAlpine.
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Abriachan Highland Games : Friday 1st July , Tore field 6.30pm the donations for the barbecue will be in aid of Lucky2BHere. We aim to get a defibrillator for the village hall by exerting ourselves at the games.

Sowing and planting, photography and crafts....don't forget to prepare for the 2016 Produce Show in September




ANNUAL FSC AUDIT OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FOREST WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE COMMENT. www.sylvestrus.co.uk

THE AREA AROUND THE BLUE KELPIE'S BIKE TRAIL WILL BE CLOSED
W/B 2nd APRIL WHILST PLANTING TAKES PLACE















Tam's coming to Abriachan Hall on Saturday night 30th January.
Come along and join in the entertainment, have your haggis and meet the neighbours. This is a "deconstructed" Burns Supper.
Please let Polly know if you are coming m 07585586082.


Don't miss the opportunity to learn lots of new skills....actively.
You can attend for just one day but might not get to paddle the coracles because that will be most weather dependent.

Abriachan Village Hall AGM is on the 30th of October - some archive footage of Tom Weir chatting to local worthies and the animation of Native Roots will be shown.


2015 Abriachan Produce Show - 12th September in the village hall ...competition is fierce this year but everybody has a chance of winning.


Our Land : Scottish Land Festival 2015
Gathering at Abriachan 30th August 10.00-3.00pm

please book via Eventbrite or aftgathering@gmail.com




All are welcome to attend the
AFT Annual General Meeting 21st August 7.30pm in the village hall.


A CHANGE TO THE POSTER BELOW.....WE WILL HOLD ANOTHER MINDFUL MORNING WALK AT 10.30am ON SATURDAY 1st AUGUST BUT WILL THEN CHANGE THE TIMINGS TO SUNDAY AFTERNOONS 2.30-4.30pm FROM 9th AUGUST, then a hiatus until the end of September while we attend classes, contact abriachanforest@gmail.com for details





Windblow clearance on AFT has been completed for this season although there are still timber lorries on the Blackfold road from the extensive operations at Rinuden.
Mounding is currently in progress preparing the ground for planting later in the year.


Homework for Glenurquhart S1s John Muir Awarders....
Aims of Abriachan Forest Trust are to -
1. Improve biodiversity by sensitive forest management.
2. Provide local employment opportunities.
3. Encourage outdoor learning and recreation in the woodland.


HARVESTING OPERATION TO CLEAR SOME OF THE WINDBLOW STARTS 29th MAY
the first section of the green Kelpie's trail and the start of the hill path will be closed off for most of June. The machines will be working in the windblow off McLarty's road as well. Please obey warning signs.

PLANT SWAP & HALL WORK DAY
14th June 11.00

Come along and help us tidy, fix, garden, repair, paint, sweep, wash.....
Bring any spare seedlings and plant divisions to swap and then grow them on to win prizes at the Produce Show in September.

ABRIACHAN HIGHLAND GAMES & MIDSUMMER DANCE
19th June in the Tore field at 6.30pm
followed by a reel along the road to the village hall where you can dance the short night away to amazing tunes.



SPRING IS HERE HOPEFULLY.
After what seems like months of challenging weather conditions the car park is almost back to normal capacity. Andrew still has some trees to deal with and we will need to have a chipping marathon to clear the brash piles, but there are parking bays free.




Please be patient and park sensibly.
Once ground conditions dry up and Euroforest has time we will send the larger harvester in.

Some paths around the Ark require major rootplate earth moving repair but you can reach the hide via the we tree house path.
The green and blue Kelpies' Trails are open....until the next breeze.





CAR PARK IS CLOSED UNTIL WE HAVE FINISHED CLEARING HUNG UP TREES.

More snow is forecast so please cast your eyes to the hills before setting off up the brae...we have extra hazards of skidding snowploughs, hanging trees and the most awful tuff mudder obstacle course where fallen trees are blocking paths.






AFT END OF YEAR VOLUNTEER MORNING
Tuesday 30th December 2014
10.00-12.00 with an interlude of coffe, cake, a little boardwalk work and a share of processed firewood.
Please bring your own bags to fill.
contact 01463 861259 or 861236 for details or weather effects update.

End of year ceilidh in the village hall
- 27th December 7.30 onwards
Music by the remix ceilidh band.
Contact Heather for details of music - upperbalmore@yahoo.co.uk

ABRIACHAN VILLAGE HALL
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

9th November 1.00pm

All are welcome to attend and hear what's been happening, what is planned and how you can get involved in community events in the hall.



PV on the hot tile roof
The very efficient Korrie men have finished linking the new pv array on the hall roof to the grid and the meter is whirring every day......this bonanza was made possible thanks to a grant from SSE Highland Sustainability Fund with the unstinting support of Community Energy Scotland. It is hoped that the energy produced and recompense from the grid will cover most of the annual light and heating costs of the hall. The birch tree might have to be pruned.









Have a croaking September ..... contact abriachanforest@gmail.com for details

Abriachan Produce Show September 13th 2014 ....don't miss it.
There's still time to enter lots of the categories and win a trophy.







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


Agenda:
1. Apologies
2. Minutes AGM - 20.08.13
3. Chairmanís 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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