Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wick 1 Nairn 5 Pictures Donald Matheson

A very significant result for the Wee County on Saturday. It's never easy for anybody to come away with anything from Harmsworth Park and so for Ronnie's squad to inflict one of the biggest home defeats on Wick in recent years is a highly significant milestone in the new Nairn side's development.

Campaigners: "CFPA have been told by the MCA to “completely withdraw the current application”. "We’ve won the battle, the war still goes on"

Good news for all the campaigners breaking this morning. But no one is standing down yet though. Read the latest via the Cromarty Rising Facebook page via the link below or on their website here.

Campaigners are also continuing to urge everyone to sign the petition to the Scottish Parliament that calls for environmental legislation to stop S2S oil transfers in environmentally sensitive areas and also for a fresh look at the whole set up of Trust Ports. More here. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

S2S oil transfers in the Moray Firth - Cromarty Rising Petition to the Scottish Parliament goes live

The Cromarty Rising group state on their website this morning:

"OK folks, this is important. This is our big chance to get the issue of ship to ship oil transfers and trust port accountability heard in the Scottish Parliament – please take a minute to sign the petition, even if you signed all the other ones already – a lot of signatures would send a very strong message. 

You can sign it here: ; share it with all your friends, family and colleagues wherever they are, put it on social media, print it out and collect signatures on paper – lets send a loud and clear message to our Parliament." 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cinema Nairn New Sound Trial - "Hunt for the Wilder People" Entry £2 Friday 20th January Nairn Community and Arts Centre

While Cinema Nairn has over the last eight years been a great success, bringing 15 films a year to local audiences of sometimes over 100 people, there has been a chronic problem with muzzy sound, particularly the dialogue.

One reason for this is the resonant nature of the community centre multi-purpose hall, but by far the biggest problem has been the inability of the equipment to relay digital sound directly to speakers, and separate dialogue from the other tracks.

Having applied for and been awarded a new HD projector from the British Film Institute, and the Community Centre having purchased a Blu Ray player, the cinema group in conjunction with Centre staff had the opportunity to look at how surround sound and dedicated dialogue might be provided without compromising the existing system for other users.

Local sound buff Ian Macdonald has been extremely helpful in advising how the digital tracks can be separated, providing equipment from his own stock to try out different placements and speakers.

Friday evening’s film ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, a wacky 2016 New Zealand comedy is a live trial of this new set up with a reduced £2 entry fee, so come along and see what you think.

Revised S2S oil transfers application, there will be a second public consultation

Campaigners have maintained that it was monstrously unfair that there would be no public consultation when the revised application for ship to ship oil transfers was submitted. Well it looks like there has been a major change of heart by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. In a recent letter sent out to the many protestors who had written to them they say:
"The MCA has continued to engage with the Department for Transport and CFPA in  order to establish the best way forward once the application is resubmitted. As a  consequence of this the MCA will direct the CFPA to undertake a second public  consultation based on the revised application. In addition, we will seek further  engagement with subject matter experts within UK Government, with Scottish  Government officials and environmental agencies, and relevant wildlife NGOs."

A full copy of the letter can be seen on the Cromarty Rising Facebook page.

Cawdor Maintenance Trust Ghost Island access to development off A96 - appeal refused

Regular readers will recall that the proposal for a "Ghost Island" instead of a roundabout to access development at Delnies became a bit of a saga and has been running for some time now.

The Press and Journal reports:
"It is the latest twist in the proposals tabled by Cawdor Maintenance Trust which have been on the table now for almost a decade.

The developer has outline planning permission for the development – but has been seeking to amend the proposal to build a new roundabout to give access to the site off the A96 Inverness to Nairn road.

However, the application was refused by Highland Council and an appeal has now been dismissed by a Scottish Government reporter."

Serious students of Nairnshire planning matters may wish to read the full 6 page decision document. A copy is available here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Universal Credit - CAB workers moved to tears when explaing to MP the suffering they are witnessing

Drew Hendry MP outlines a recent meeting he had with CAB workers where they were moved to tears explaining what they were witnessing with Universal Credit problems.

More from Drew on universal credit.

 Gurnites may wish to sign a petition against funding cuts to the Inverness Badenoch and Strathspey Citizen's Advice Bureau.

A source close to the CAB told the Gurn: " The main effects will be lack of outreach provision - ie services for those unable to seek independent advice due to illness or disability. There will only be a very basic service. Eg no provision for assistance to appeal benefit decisions etc - which in the face of introduction of universal credit is a huge problem and will increase poverty amongst vulnerable groups in particular."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two chances to see hit Movie "I, Daniel Blake" Fri 10th and Sat 11th at Little Theatre Nairn

Two chances to see this wonderful heart-wrenching and heart-warming film in Nairn. Tickets by donation £5 (suggested) Tickets will be available in a town centre shop (details to be announced) or on the door on a 'first come, first served' basis for a suggested donation of £5 per ticket. All profits from the event will go to supporting local foodbanks in Nairn

The special screenings of the hit movie will be held at the Little Theatre in Nairn 

Daniel Blake (15) will be showing Friday 10th 7 pm doors open & Saturday 11th 2 pm doors open - crèche available at the Saturday matinee showing but children's spaces are limited so please let us know if you want to book spaces - activities for children will be provided.

I, Daniel Blake (cert 15)

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.

More information on Facebook event pages for Friday 10th Feb here and Saturday  11th Feb here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Participatory Budgeting comes back to Nairnshire and goes digital!

Building on the success of the Nurturing Nairnshire event held in March 2016, the Nairn Ward Councillors have again agreed to support the participatory budgeting process for Nairnshire. £20,000 will be made available from the Ward Discretionary Budget for groups to apply for grants from £200 to £2000. Participatory budgeting is the process that lets local communities decide for themselves how funding is spent on what they think will make their local area a better place.

How it all happened last year.

Once again local groups are invited to apply for grants for projects that will make a difference to community life in Nairnshire. In the last round funding supported a wide range of initiatives from developing cycling tracks to growing fruit trees for distribution locally.

A new development for this year’s event in Nairnshire will be the addition of digital technology to support the process. It is hoped that this will be used in the voting process by those taking part on the day, and also in making information available on the applications online before the event takes place.

A spokesperson for the organising group said ‘We are really excited about having the chance to run another PB event in Nairn, especially with the success of Nurturing Nairnshire last year. We would like to encourage as many local people as possible to take part to ensure it brings benefits to the communities of Nairnshire’.

The Nurturing Nairnshire event will be held in the Nairn Community Centre on 4th March from 10.00 to 1.00 and all are welcome to attend to take part in this special opportunity to make decisions locally.

Details and application forms are available from the Nairn Community & Arts Centre, Tel: 01667 453476 Email:, from Signpost in Nairn 01667 455234 Email:, and also via Highland Council website

The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm on the 9th of February 2017.

"Nairn County has one of the best pies in world football. And that is official."

The ship to ship oil transfer application process - how it works - a guide from Cromarty Rising

Cromarty Rising and their campaign Colleagues have produced a table chart guide on how the ship to ship application works and all the organisations that are involved. 

It is handy for anyone interested as it shows the key points where public and political pressure can be brought to influence the final decision. Gurnites who have been following this matter may wish to make themselves a cup of tea and have a browse of this two page document.   

More on the Cromarty Rising Facebook page here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Murd not happy with Hospital bus stop knock back and vows to fight on

Citizen Murd Dunbar promises to continue his bus stop campaign, fresh from the
The bus stop that can't be used
recent Whinnieknowe success Murd is annoyed by the latest correspondence from Highland Council via Fergus Ewing but vows to continue.

The existing bus stop in the hospital grounds cannot be used because of traffic flow going the wrong way. Murd thinks the solution is to shift the shelter to the side of the Cawdor Road and tells the Gurn: “I'm not pleased with this reply and I'm looking for public support for a sensible working bus shelter located at the hospital. I just can't believe that they are saying it is not used by many and would block the pavement when there is ample room for it in the ground of the hospital as the picture shows. “

Murd also asks of local Councillors: “ If they would fancy stanging for a bus in all kinds of wheather. It is not just people from the hospital that require it. The area is surrounded by sheltered housing care homes.”

Murd promises that he will try and get this on the agenda of the next meeting of Nairn River Community Council. NRCC have been having big turnouts of members of the public at their meetings recently and issues going there tend to get quite a high profile these days both in the traditional media and the online social sphere too. 

Where the bus stop should go on the Cawdor Road according to Murd

Fèis Inbhir Narainn classes starting this week

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Novelist Ian Rankin supporting campaingers against S2S oil transfers in the Moray Firth outside Holyrood earlier today - video

Away to Edinburgh today with Cromarty Rising and Friends - follow the trip and protest on twitter #NoS2SHolyrood

Readers may wish to look at the following twitter page from time to time today, a few of the folk going down to the Scottish Parliament will hopefully be posting updates on twitter. 

Last night S2S oil transfers in the Moray Firth was discussed at a very well attended meeting of Nairn River Community Council with updates from Iain Bruce who is one of the co-coordinators of the Alliance of Community Councils who are campaigning with Cromarty Rising and many others who are participating in the various initiatives to stop the proposed oil transfers. 

Highland Councilor Michael Green outlined his and his colleagues desire that every thing possible is done from the Council side of things before the present set up breaks up for the May elections.

A desire for unequivocal support from the Scottish Government for Moray Firth communities was also expressed. More about what was said later this weekend if time permits.

Also present were Cllrs Stephen Fuller and Provost Laurie Fraser, Liz MacDonald had sent her apologies. 

Want to get involved, here are a few ideas about who to write to on this Gurn page, follow the Cromarty Rising Facebook page here and also get all the daily updates on the group's website news page here scroll down for the Oil Leaks once you get there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Beinn Artair Piano Trio Saturday 21st January 7.30 pm Nairn Community and Arts Centre

Tickets at the Nairn Community Centre in advance or on the door
For the first concert of 2017, on January 21st at 7.30pm, Music Nairn welcomes back the Scottish based Beinn Artair Piano Trio, who have programmed an appealing and contrasting mix of older and newer music. 

Opening with Mozart’s last piano trio in G major (K5641) which shares its origin in 1788 with a group of his greatest compositions, there follows a trio by Judith Weir. Born in 1954, and now Master of the Queen’s Music, she has a great interest in Eastern philosophy, and the short movements are based on three Zen stories, the first using energetic contrasts of pitch and volume, moving to a ghostly second movement and finishing with a joyous dance. 

Grieg’s Andante con moto from an unfinished trio written in 1878 is undeservedly not often performed, and provides a contemplative space before Arensky’s lyrical and typically Russian Trio in D minor, composed in 1894, brings the concert to an unashamedly romantic close.
Tickets are available in advance from Nairn Community Centre, or at the door.

Strathspey 2 Nairn 2 Pictures Donald Matheson

Individual images here.