Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are you an unpaid carer? Drop in coffee morning with Connecting Carers on Weds 30th of July

Are you an unpaid carer – if you provide support for a relative, friend or neighbour who can’t manage without assistance then you are a carer. 

If so then come along to Connecting Carers Drop In coffee morning on:

Wednesday 30th July
From 10:00-12:00
Asher’s Café – Wee Blether, 9 High Street, Nairn. 

Tea/coffee and cake will be provided by Connecting Carers and you will be welcome to come for the two hours or just pop in and stay for as long as you want. 

The aim of the ‘Drop In’ is to provide a venue and opportunity for carers to meet, chat and have time togetheraway from their caring responsibilities.

All are welcome. We hope you can come and if you know any unpaid carers please tell them about it and bring them along. 

We will be there to greet you, and look forward to meeting you.

Additional dates are as follows: 27th August; 24th September; 29th October.

Connecting Carers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jason Maclean in Glasgow to represent Team Scotland at The Commonwealth Games

Elizabeth McDonald, Active Schools Co-ordinator, tells the Gurn:

"Yesterday Nairn lad 17 year old Jason Maclean travelled to Glasgow to represent Team Scotland at The Commonwealth Games. Jason's story is inspirational if not unbelievable as his training only began last year when he hung up his football boots to become a sprinter. Jason will run in the 100M (T37) at Hampden on Monday 28th July at 11am. Jason is an amazing young man who deserves the support of his town at this very exciting time. Lets get behind Jason and share his story to ensure maximum support. Ashers Bakers have been his main sponsor - image here"

Have a good one Jason, Nairn is shouting for you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

First steps going forward for a lasting solution to the Rosebank Church problem!

A solution to the problem of the derelict Rosebank Church has emerged, a solution that could not only save the building for the future but also allow an existing Nairn business to move forward to a secure future. The Gurn has received the following:

"1st Steps Childcare Nairn is delighted to announce an exciting new development which will secure the future of the existing 1st Steps nursery and restore the historic Rosebank Church to its former glory.
Present state of Rosebank Church - image Greg Riddle
Local people will be well aware of the recent furore over the state of the former Rosebank Church building which has lain empty for over 25 years and is currently considered “at risk” on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland.
The existing the 1st Steps Nursery, currently based in temporary buildings leased from Highland Council within the grounds of Rosebank Primary School, is facing the threat of closure when their lease is terminated in summer 2015 to make way for additional car parking.

The Directors of 1st Steps Childcare Nairn Limited have been working individually with various parties since 2009 and collectively since October 2013 to identify and secure suitable child care premises. Most recently, they have been working with the owner of the former Rosebank Church, Sheridan Macrae, on plans to re-develop the building into a high quality child care facility which we will lease on a long-term basis. Heads of terms have been agreed, and they anticipate that a planning application, being prepared by Craig Mackay of CM Design, will be submitted in late July / early August.

Roslin Murdoch, Director of the Company and owner of the existing nursery, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Sheridan Macrae to bring this historic building back to into use, whilst providing an excellent facility which will benefit children, parents and have a positive impact on the town. All parties are committed and working hard to achieve our opening date in Summer 2015.”

The exterior of the building will be sympathetically restored with the only significant visible changes involving creation of additional windows and an external door on the East elevation which is largely hidden from view (adjacent to Leopold Street).

The interior ground floor will be extensively re-modelled to create a suitable internal space for a state-of the art day nursery and out-of-school child care facility. At first floor level the building will be refurbished and retained for future expansion.

The grounds will be landscaped as secure outdoor play area complete with a disabled parking space.

It is anticipated that the impact on existing traffic and parking will be negligible, within the context of a town centre location, and the traffic impact of the existing nursery location and adjacent Rosebank Primary School.

They aspire to create a high quality childcare facility incorporating a day nursery and breakfast/after school child care for school age children. Building on the high standards of care being achieved by the excellent staff within the existing 1st Steps nursery, the new nursery will cater for children from babies to 5 year olds, observing best practice and full compliance with national care standards, tied in to the national curriculum for pre-school education. School age children will benefit from a separate space dedicated to their needs and supporting parental child care requirements out with the school day and during holidays. The capacity of the new child care facility compared with the existing nursery will increase by approximately 35%.

There is a demand for high quality child care in Nairn which is both affordable and flexible, which is set to increase due to Scottish Government policies on the provision of free pre-school education, both in terms of increasing the hours per week, and extending the current scheme to include 2 year olds.

1st Steps will provide an attractive child care option which does not currently exist in the town, although common in Inverness and its environs. This will attract economically active young families to settle in the town, as well as supporting existing families to remain here. The new child care facility will be located in the heart of the community, adjacent to the largest primary school, which will reduce car dependency and promote walking and cycling.

As the existing 1st Steps nursery is losing its current premises it is essential to open the new premises for business in Summer 2015 and there is a tight programme with respect to obtaining planning permission and building warrant, and completing the substantial construction works. Highland Council’s planning officers seem to be broadly supportive of the proposals from informal feedback to date."

Gurn speaks to some Nairn YES voters

After the showing of the film Scotland Yet in the Little Theatre in Nairn on Saturday afternoon the Gurn spoke to some YES voters, see the results of the interviews below.

Are you YES, NO or Undecided and willing to do a short interview with the Gurn?  Contact us on if you are.


Overgrown footpath latest - a local hero emerges!

Earlier today we published a short article on the state of the popular footpath that cuts across the fields at Firhall to the bridge across the River Nairn. Article here.

Since then Stewart MacLean has been out there cutting back the path for the benefit of the community, he said on the Nairn when you were a bairn facebook page: 

"I made a start on this path today As I have work tonight, I have had to stop for now. I will try and do a bit more on Friday, weather permitting." Here's an image of his work so far.

What an amazing difference this young man has made on the mess that had been stopping walkers following one of their favourite routes. Messages of thanks and support are piling into the Nairn when you were a Bairn pages thanking Stewart for his public spirited act. Stewart you are a credit to the community and the younger generation in Nairn, you are to be congratulated for your work to the benefit of others. Top man!

Nairn Ceilidh Group has a night off this Thursday (July 24) at the Royal British Legion

Nairn Ceilidh Group has a night off this Thursday (July 24) at the Royal British Legion due the floor in hte Highland hall being refurbished. Ceilidh stalwart Donald Wilson told the Gurn:

"We had a full house last Thursday, our first of the season and our numbers and income are on a par with last year," said Chairman Donald Wilson. The Legion committee has carried out an ongoing programme of improvements at the Highland Hall and the work on the floor is the next phase. We will be back with our regular weekly ceilidh on Thursday, July 31 when we will be hosting the Nairn Link of chernobyl Children's Lifeline and we are all looking forward to a great evening. The ceilidh is of course open to the public and we would be delight to see people coming along and supporting us."

Overgrown path anger

Angry comments have been expressed recently on social media about the state of the path that cuts between the fields at the town side of Firhall. Some river walkers vary their circuit of the river with a walk along this straight stretch. In past years it has been cut by someone but this year the path is very overgrown making it difficult for walkers, especially in wet weather. In past times the town could have easily have sent someone up with a strimmer for an hour's work but perhaps that sort of flexibility no longer exists in the world where Highland Council delivers the service by the use of private contractors. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lack of public transport in rural Nairnshire “an infringement of human rights”?

There was the odd dash of outspoken material at the inaugural meeting of the newly elected East Nairnshire Community Council in the Glenferness village hall on Wednesday night.

On the subject of the Dial a Bus service there were mixed reactions. David Cook said: “It would be interesting if we actually knew something about the Dial a Bus. It’s one of those great, grey mysteries.”

Heidi Tweedie had a different perspective: “I didn’t know anything about it and a neighbour, when her sister came over from America, had no transport, and she used the Dial a Bus and found it to be incredibly good value and excellent service.”

David replied: "It is if you can get hold of it."

There were further complaints about the Dial a Bus including an allegation of seeming to get  a “runaround” on the telephone. There did seem to be a lack of precise knowledge about the service provided by the Dial a Bus David Cook again:
“It’s another box that has been ticked to excuse the fact that we have no public transport. We were promised public transport when the railway closed, a bus from Grantown to Nairn was going to run regularly to provide transport. That lasted about three weeks.”

There was also discussion about the efficacy of the school bus service. On both transport topics Colin MacAulay, the Highland Councillor was up from the town, said:  It’s a good topic for an agenda item when you do your research in terms of what you’ve got and in terms of what you think should be better.” But Colin had a warning, he added, “But there’s not likely to be funding for an expansion of services.”

A little later David Cook had a further contribution to make: “Older people up here are faced with two choices: they stay here and rely on neighbours and that has always been the way, people have always helped out or they move to the town. Why the hell should they leave the place they have lived in for most of their life just because there is no transport and they are unable to drive?  I think that is grossly unfair – it’s actually an infringement of human rights.”

Margaret Walsh then said she would actually say that it was same for people with younger kids given the cost of fuel etc.

There was then some conversation about the possibilities of car-sharing schemes which might be a solution for some of the community. One other suggestion was that more events be held locally to avoid having to travel. 

Public and school transport exercised the minds of the last East Nairnshire Community Council and continues to be a topic of debate for the new slate of councillors. What the newly elected members can achieve in a time of austerity remains to be seen but perhaps there are some out of the box ideas that might be possible to improve the lot of those who live in the country but find themselves increasingly cut off, simply due to the problems of growing old or the increasing cost of fuel. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scotland Yet crowd-funded film at the Little Theatre

The crowd-funded film Scotland Yet was shown in the Little Theatre Nairn  on Saturday afternoon. Pictured above are film-makers Jack Foster left and Christopher Silver, in the centre one of the film team Chris.  

The film started by detailing the historical backdrop to the momentous events that lead up to the referendum on September the 18th and then went on to feature some of the artists that participate in the YES supporting National Collective but did also feature comment from the other side such as the high-profile George Galloway. 

After the film tea and cakes along with biscuits donated by MacLean's Highland Bakery were available from the "Aye have a dream" group that organised the event.

Are you organising any referendum related events in Nairnshire? Send us details if you are and pictures of any campaigning too if you wish. The Gurn is happy to publish opinion, videos, etc from any local residents be they YES, NO or undecided. If it's referendum related and happening in Nairnshire please let us know. 

Don't leave your dog in the car in hot weather - "Dogs die in hot cars"

One of our regular readers is concerned that dog owners  should be aware of the dangers of leaving dogs in cars in hot weather. Our correspondent writes: 

"A timely reminder - Dogs die in hot cars.

Don’t leave your dog in a car in this weather, even leaving a window open doesn’t help if the temperature rises. The SSPCA have information on their site here.

There is a very informative video here which gives information on how quickly problems can start to happen and why (note to the squeamish, there are no gory details!). Best thing in this weather would be to leave your pooch at home. It probably won't be for long as, no doubt, normal summer will resume shortly."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Auldearn Cricket Club 1902 - picture

Nairn Cricket Club tell the Gurn they have uncovered many images from club archives and hope to upload them over the coming weeks onto their flickr pagers here. They would like to know if anyone in Auldearn and environs has relatives in the picture above and  also if anyone has any memorabilia from the former cricket club. Larger image here. Cricket Club site here

Watchdogs Communicating with the East Nairnshire Community

The newly elected East Nairnshire Community Council strategy to raise its profile among their patch’s residents will include a newsletter with images and information on who the councillors actually are and contact details. There may even be a little bit of door knocking too as the council goes proactive in seeking the views of the area’s population. Just how best to do that in the large rural area with scattered settlements exercised the new members minds on Wednesday night in the Glenferness Hall. There was a belief among some present that more needed to be done. One member of the public who attended the inaugural meeting of the watchdogs new term of office said:

“I always used to find that I had no clue when there was a community council meeting and when I mentioned it before all I ever got told was It’s in the window. I’m sorry I don’t stop all the time and look in the window. Or it’s in the bus shelter, I’m sorry I don’t wait for the bus over there. I don’t know about anyone else but I think it is very important that it is on...we need to find out where.”

The NECC publicity campaign will include the area’s notice boards too (albeit two of them are vandalised presently – see image below of the notice board at Moyness), a facebook page and a webpage presence and maybe even information in Nairn supermarkets where many East Nairnshire folk will obviously go at times. The next six meetings will be publicised in as many ways as possible.

There were quite a few items on the agenda on Wednesday night and there are obviously very real issues facing the scattered community – more later on what was the NECC discussed when time permits. In the meantime here’s a picture of the Moyness standing stones. Apparently the watchdogs are presently funding some irregular grass cutting there but over recent years whin bushes have invaded the scene. The NECC are to review their arrangements for looking after this spot. 

Yes, No, Undecided? Want to tell the Gurn your feelings?

Want to make a short video for posterity outlining your views on the referendum? The Gurn will be at the event in the Little Theatre tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 19th July - ad in sidebar on the left). Pop down if you would like to give it a try. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nairn Commonwealth Ceilidh by Broadcasting Cottage

A video record of a sensational multi-cultural Ceilidh held in the Nairn Royal British Legion on the 21st of June 2014. Here on Vimeo.

East Nairnshire Community Council back in action

The newly made up CC met in the Glenferness hall last night. The new chairman was Andrew Walsh, the treasurer is now David Cook and the secretary Simon McPherson. Also present were members Heidi Tweedie, Margaret Walsh and Bill Evans. Debbie and David McBean sent their apologies. Highland Councillor Colin MacAulay was also in attendance and enough members of the public to make the small meeting room in the village hall look very crowded. The council debated several topics for over an hour and a half and also set out their plans to build a communications strategy with residents in their area which stretches from the boundaries of the A96 and Morayshire in the north and east and goes inland and uphill to meet the extensive boundaries of Grantown CC coming up the other way. Towards the west ENCC meets the borders of the Cawdor and West Nairnshire area and of course the Auldearn CC patch.

There was debate initially about the Council’s attitude and submission to the Cairn Duhie wind farm application. The watchdogs decided that given the time limit left for a submission the best way to assess public attitudes in their area was to go on the strength of feeling displayed locally at the like of the public meeting held in Glenferness in November of last year. (Gurn videos of that meeting here and here) which was overwhelmingly against the development.

The council intend to deliver a newsletter in the near future and create an internet presence and a facebook page. There was talk about the state of the notice boards in their area, two of them have been vandalised and there were problems about the keys to the boards. Meetings will be held every 2nd Wednesday of every second month starting from the meeting last night (16th July) and will include the use of the Fortnighty hall too.

The meeting also discussed traffic problems, public and school transport, the poor state of broadband in the NECC patch and the possibilities of more effective use of the Glenferness village hall. More from the NECC meeting when time permits. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nasty knotweed now not quite so happy in Nairn town centre?

For several years now the Gurn has highlighted the spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species on the River Nairn, and particularly the riverside walks in the town centre, as this batch of search results will testify. In 2014 Knotweed’s notorious capabilities have gone big time, you don’t have to search online now to find out information about its destructive properties (both to the local ecology and house prices); it’s gone mainstream appearing on television, radio and regularly in the dead tree press. For example, the Sunday Times magazine had knotweed on its cover last weekend; “The plant that ate Britain” and “Matt Rudd on the unstoppable rise of the Japanese Knotweed. Inside six pages on the subject of Fallopia japonica (as the Romans might have said but certainly the botanists that came after them). The Sunday Times magazine states inside to crank the fear levels up a notch: “It’s eating our gardens, destroying our houses and ruining our lives. Can anything free us from the insidious grip of Japanese knotweed?” Terrifying stuff but the impact it can have on housing prices and your ability to sell is definitely real as cases in the Sunday Times illustrate, recently there were other cases of buying/selling knotweed induced misery on Radio 4. 

This observer would think that it hasn’t ruined anybody’s life in Nairn yet but along the riverside it is fairly abundant in patches and in one or two places it could make the leap into gardens in a short number of years. Any potential liability there for Highland Council or the Common Good perhaps? One quality of this plant makes it the perfect alien species to colonise the riparian area of a spate river however and that is its ability to propagate itself. You only need one fragment of stem or root to be brought down and deposited by a spate or some sort of human or animal activity and you will very quickly have a new infestation. 

Can it be beaten? It will take several years of application with herbicide to do the job or there are more expensive methods of filtering and removing soil but theoretically it can be done. River Community Council are on the second year of an eradication programme on the east bank of the river between the A96 and sewage bridges. Here a couple of pictures that seem to indicate that the battle so far is going River CC’s way – it could be a couple of years yet though before Tommy Hogg and his fellow councillors will be popping the champagne corks but the signs so far are good. 

The Gurn understands too that a mysterious individual who one of our regular readers has named as “The Knotweed Avenger” has been going out sporadically during the summer months so far this year and spraying some patches in the town area of the River Nairn. See image below.

The results don’t look quite as good as the year 2 efforts in the River CC project area but the Japanese Knotweed certainly looks unhappy in places. The Gurn understands that the “Avenger” is a qualified volunteer working under the direction of Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust. It’s a start but more needs to be done on the lower reaches of the River Nairn that is certain.

Saint Ninian announce friendly with County for Thurs 24th July

Saints announced on twitter this morning: "We are pleased to say that we'll be playing @NairnCounty_FC in a friendly on Thurs 24th July at the Showfield Nairn 7:15 KO "

The game should be an intersting encounter and a big crowd will probably be up at the Showfield on the 24th. Meanwhile a new recruit to the ranks of the County Paparazzi has published some images on Flickr. You can see Mashy Young's pictures of Nairn County versus Airdrie here. Also images of Jackos v Elgin Thistle here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baton Q&A for Highland Council on twitter

This prompted this observer to use the same social media to ask a question of Glasgow 2014

The return of the Nairn Seashore Roadshow - this Friday 18th July

"It’s all happening in Nairn this Friday (18 July) with free seashore activities, arts and craft sessions, events and games on the Links at Nairn’s Central Beach from 11am to 4pm.

The free Seashore Roadshow is being hosted by The Highland Council Ranger Service with the support of the RSPB, and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Trust, all proud to show off how amazing our Highland Shores are. Supported with the assistance of the Highland Seashore Project, a three-year initiative to get local communities out on their shores and feel excited about our Highland Coasts. All events by the Highland Seashore Project are free; it’s all about getting people out on to the coast.

In 2013 the project worked with local community groups and the Highland Ranger Service and brought six large community Roadshows to venues around the Highlands. This year the Highland Seashore Project is working with the Highland Rangers and local Community Museums, and community initiatives to run Seashore Festivals across the Highlands in eight different venues, celebrating how the Shore has influenced local heritage and culture. Coupled with this was the demand to run the highly successful 2013 Nairn Roadshow again.

Back at the Roadshow this year is the brilliant Bob Pegg musician and storyteller, face painting, walks with marine Biologist Mike Kendall. Ardersier Boat Club will be bringing along their Skiff and a rowing machine and there will also be a chance to make sand sculptures on the beach as well giant seashore creature jigsaws and a kite making workshop. So if you want to start the weekend off well come along to Nairn and join in the fun.

To find out more about the other festivals and events please go to the project web site at and go to the festivals page or the project facebook page at Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project."

River CC cautiously taking forward grass-cutting, recycling and riverside regeneration ambitions

At last week's meeting of River Community Council, Simon Noble gave those assembled an update on the organisation's various potential projects:

“You may recall a couple of meetings ago the community council agreed that we should endeavour to set up a working group to take forward our ideas about the maintenance of the common areas in Nairn. We had made a pitch last year to the Community Challenge Fund to, at that point we were inviting the Council to explore with us the possibilities of the Community Council taking on some of the services currently operated by the Council which they wanted to hand over under the community challenge fund. So that was one project, another one was to take forward some of the work that had been successfully done under leader funding with the river regeneration. The third idea had been to do with the recycling/reuse project that had been floated

The Community Council agreed that we would try and set up a steering group to see how we might take that forward and in the intervening time we have had discussions with Highland Council’s Employability Service because the newly announced Deprived Area Fund some of which has been specifically allocated for Nairn. We had discussions with Highland Council’s ward manager and with Highland Councillors and, as a result, we made a pitch for the deprived area fund money to help us to take the project forward. We would not have the capacity to do it on our own. We made a pitch for that funding and that funding was to help us to pay for someone to project manage on our behalf in the early stages of looking at what is the best way to develop our approach to these three projects. 

We invited a range of people from across the community to come to a meeting on the 18th of June. That range of people included some of our local politicians, two members of the Community Council (myself and Tommy), but also one of the local church ministers, two local business owners and another business manager and the manager of CAB. A cross section of people who are not the usual suspects but also who have good investment in the town and an interest in supporting developments in community enablement if you like.

The outcome of all of that has been that Highland Council through the Area Committee awarded £5,000 through the Deprived Area fund to facilitate this project and to enable us to get started by hiring, in due course, a project manager just to take forward building the ideas, getting in place the kind of legal framework that we will need. Also putting together a basic business pitch for public funding to get the thing moving and also to help us in developing our discussions with Highland Council about the Community Challenge Fund pitch that we had made last year. We were really pleased about that and the group when it met on the 18th gave us loads of sensible advice, not the least of which and probably the best advice was, keep it simple don’t try and get more complicated and clever about everything. So the conclusion of the meeting it was agreed that our priority should be to take forward a development of a social enterprise which will in the first instance seek to get an agreement with Highland Council to take on maintenance of selective common areas in the town. That’s what is commonly called the grass cutting but there is an awful lot more to it than that. 

The object of the social enterprise is, first and foremost, to create routes to employment for local people. So the possibility of training, apprenticeship, that kind of thing. The vehicle would be this common areas maintenance work and the long term aim if that proves to be successful and sustainable to develop something which could then take forward the ideas about recycling and reuse schemes and the river regeneration scheme. At this stage that is as far as we have got. We have a further meeting coming up next month.”

Tommy Hogg said: “I’m quite impressed with the way it is all coming together and when you see what can be done and you see it all set out in front of you. I know there are a lot of pitfalls but I honestly think myself that it can be achieved with sensible ideas and slowly, not just diving in. It’s going to take a lot of business management things that have to be addressed. [...] If it is carefully thought about and we don’t get too ambitious, I think it could actually work.”

Colin MacAulay then said: “This isn’t easy, this is about taking on, effectively considering taking on a contract and all that then entails in terms of responsibilities to staff, employing staff, taking on their training, health and safety. There is just a barrow load – it’s a major commitment and the Council will be very supportive both on the Community Challenge side of things and both on the employability and from the local politicians but is about capacity of individuals in the community that want to take on the role of delivering a social enterprise and that’s a bit undertaking.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lochloy - "Sutors" area grass-cutting problems on the way to being sorted?

Last week at the River Community Council’s regular monthly get together in the URC hall Simon Noble revealed that he had recently held a meeting with residents from the “Sutors” area of Lochloy where there have been grass cutting problems in recent times. Simon told the meeting that there were 143 properties in the area and a survey had received responses from around 25% of those. Of those around 20 had given contact details. Those 20 people were invited to a meeting at the Dunbar Golf Club. Present at that meeting were councillors Liz MacDonald, Colin MacAulay and Andrew McCracken from the planning deparment, also invited as an independent representative was Frank Milne solicitor from Donaldson and Henderson and Robbie Barron from RB Landscapes who is one of the contractors that operates in the area.

Simon said: “it was a really good response from those that were invited and a good attendance.” He went on: “To cut a very long story short the residents agreed to form their own group to take forward two possible courses of action. One was that they felt that they wanted to take into their own hands making arrangements for grass-cutting area maintenance, plant maintenance in their own area. It was the only way they concluded that they could ensure that something would actually take place. The legal and historical issues are so complex that it could be a long time before, let’s say, the right answer was arrived at. They decided to take their own initiative and they did that on the basis that they could perhaps attract something affordable and reasonable without having to get involved in really expensive contracts and all the rest of that.”

One of the residents present was elected chairperson; the new group also want to explore the possibility of residents, particularly around the play area where there is a very large squareish space in the middle of the Sutors development, purchasing parcels of the land. According to Simon there is a glimmer of a possibility that they could buy that from the administrators of the now defunct developers.

Tommy Hogg, chair of River CC then said: “My own personal thoughts, I think that they will find it quite difficult to get a consensus from everybody.”

Colin MacAulay then said: “Big thanks to Simon, it’s not been an easy journey for Simon at all but its the first time it has taken a step in the right direction, in a number of years I think. There’ s still lots of wee bridges to be crossed. I don’t know whether there will be the kind of angst. I think it is a case of actually those that want to make the case just moving. I think there will be people that won’t care, when it comes to the maintenance side it will be like all these things, there will be some people that it will be very difficult to get funding out of but that doesn’t stop the majority going ahead.” 

Caley Bar flag at the World Cup

Flying the flag for Nairn at the World Cup are Martin and Yyvonne - image on the Caley Facebook pages here. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nairn 0 Airdrie 2 - Pictures Donald Matheson

Individual images here. Full Screen slideshow here. Also images by Kenny MacLeod here.

And images of the clubs players awards 2014 below.

Individual images here.  More details of the awards on the County site here. 

Friday night rescue on Nairn Beach

These two tweets below from the Inverness Coastguard give details of the latest rescue on Nairn Beach. The Nairn Coastguard Facebook page also reported: 

"reports of person in difficulty of Nairn beach also in attendance police and ambulance,casualty recovered and taken to hospital with hypothermia,a bit cold but safe again,thanks to the people who raised the alarm and to all who turned out"

Saturday, July 12, 2014

YES and NO stuff in the town centre today (12/07/14)

There was a YES stall in the town centre today as the pro-Independence campaigners sought to attract the attention of those coming down the street on their way to the popular Farmers' Market - image here. 
Also campaigning today was Nairnshire's best known No campaigner Nigel Hanlin. He made a statement on BBC's Question Time on Thursday night which attracted a fair bit of internet attention and interest from the mainstream media yesterday. One recording of Nigel placed on Youtube has now attracted over 290,000 hits and there are many others clocking up thousands of visitors. 
An image of Nigel on the High Street here - thanks to Murray for this picture. We hear too there might have been an official Better Together stall in town as well - any pictures out there please if there was?

Are you a YES or a NO voter, or undecided? Want to have your thoughts recorded for posterity on a wee video? The Gurn will be at the "Aye, Have a Dream" event on Saturday the 19th at the Little Theatre from around three o' clock onwards. Poster in the Gurn side bar at the moment. Pop down and see us next Saturday if you'd like to tell the world (or at least the Gurnshire part of it) your thoughts on the referendum. Alternatively send us your thoughts for publication to