Monday, July 24, 2017

Skimming devices found on ATMs in Beauly and Nairn. Two arrested by Police Scotland

A Police Scotland Press Release:

Police Scotland is urging the public to be vigilant after skimming devices were reported on cash machines in the Beauly and Nairn areas.

Both incidents involved a device being fitted to the ATMs which "captured" the bank card of anyone who used it and refused to return the card after an attempted transaction.

Cameras were also fitted to film the user entering the PIN code for the stolen card.

Two men - aged 24 and 25-years-old - have been arrested in connection with these incidents and are due to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court in due course.

Both the Nairn and Beauly incidents we re reported to Police on Friday, July 21.

Police Scotland want to make anybody using a cash machine alert to this particular type of scam and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious around an ATM to report it immediately to Police, as well as the bank or shop where the cash machine is located.

Police Scotland offer the following advice:•Check the card reader and the front fascia for anything that appears to be out of the ordinary before inserting your card.•Check for any unusual attachments to the ATM.•Cover the PIN key pad as you enter your number by obscuring it with your free hand.•If anything looks out of place, they should not enter their card or PIN number but should immediately inform the authorities.•If you insert your card, and it appears to be retained or jammed, check the fascia and notify the bank or service provider immediately. Contact the police and service provider immediately should you discover a device attached to an ATM.•Check your account balance regularly and inform your bank immediately if your account shows any transactions you did not make.

Detective Inspector Richard Baird said: "We do not want to alarm people unduly about the use of cash machines but the public should be alert to this type of activity and take sensible precautions.

"Our enquiries are ongoing in relation to the recent incidents and anybody who has information should get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"Anyone who finds any suspicious device or has any information regarding suspicious activity around cash machines is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nairn Healthcare Newsletter July/August 2017


Nairn Healthcare would like to congratulate Practice Nurse, Nicola Thomson, who has just taken on the role of Lead Practice Nurse. Nicola has been with the Practice since 2012.

We will also be welcoming Foundation Year 2 doctor, Dr Rachel Armitage, to the team. Dr Armitage is due to start in the beginning of August.

Flu Vaccine Review

Nairn Healthcare held their annual flu review meeting recently. 6,046 of Nairn Healthcare patients qualified for the flu vaccine last Winter because of their age, clinical history, pregnancy or because they are a carer. 58% of these patients chose to receive the free flu vaccine.

Although, we have not yet received our flu vaccines for this year, please keep your eyes peeled on our website, newsletters, media screens and local shops and chemists around both Nairn and Ardersier for when this year’s campaign will commence. Patients aged over 65 will receive a letter from NHS Highland.

CAB Outreach

The Citizens Advice Office in the GPs surgery will be closed due to annual leave from Monday 17th July and will re-open on Monday 31st July.

If there are any urgent enquiries The High Street Bureau will be open and can be accessed by either dropping in or telephoning 01667 456677.

My Well Being and Me 

Find out about how to improve your health without the misery of dieting with new group, My Well-Being and Me. Their approach is your health for your size and to develop a healthy relationship with food. The next Well course will take place in the Conference Room (before GP Reception), Nairn Hospital on Tuesday 29th August at 4pm-6pm. Please contact Ann Grant on 01667 422719 or email to book a place

Sun Protection

Recently, the UK has been experiencing some of the hottest days of the year so far. Although it’s great to have some sun shining, we still need to protect our skin with suitable clothing, seeking shade and applying sunscreen.

Sunscreen should be suitable for your skin type and block both UVA and UVB radiation, at least SPF15 should be applied and the product shouldn’t be applied if after its expiry date.

Children and babies have more sensitive skin than adults so please take extra care to protect them. Children under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. There are sunscreens available that are formulated for children and babies, these are less likely to irritate their skin.

If you do happen to get sunburnt, paracetamol and ibuprofen will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation. Sponge the sore skin with cool water and apply aftersun lotion. If you feel unwell or the skin swells or blisters, please seek medical help and stay out of the sun until all redness has gone.

For more information on sun protection, please visit


Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions affecting one in five people at some point in their life and unfortunately, it is during the Summer months that it surfaces. It is an allergy to pollen and the symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.

There is currently no cure for hay fever but most people are able to relieve symptoms with treatment to a certain extent. Treatment options include antihistamines which can help prevent an allergic reaction from occurring. Steroids are sometimes recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Most hay fever cases can be controlled with over-the-counter medication from the pharmacy, however if you feel your hay fever is more troublesome, it may be worth speaking to a GP as you may require prescribed medication.

Some self-help tips:

Wearing sunglasses outdoors to stop pollen reaching your eyes
Take a shower after being outdoors to remove unwanted pollen from your body
Apply a small amount of Vaseline to the nasal opening to trap pollen grains.

Art in Healthcare

Nairn Books and Arts festival goers are invited to attend an Exhibition and talk given by the chief executive of the Art in Healthcare charity Margaret O'Connor. The exhibition includes artwork from emerging and established Scottish artists such as TG McGill Duncan, David Michie, and also Christopher Gilvan Cartwright, whose paintings were inspired by recovery following illness.

Light refreshments will be available. Free event. Monday 11th September. 7.30pm. Nairn Healthcare Group.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meanwhile over on the Gurn twitter account

If there's not much being posted here it's worth having a look at the Gurn twitter account. Quite a lot happens in the Nairn twittersphere these days. You don't have to have an account to look at tweets either. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Specsavers grand opening doubles as fundraiser for RNIB - bake sale and a live owl display plus more

Specsavers tell us:

"We are having our official grand opening event on Sat 22nd July from 12pm - 4pm, we will have activities in attendance for the public, including a magician, a face painter and a live owl display, and we will also be holding a bake sale and raffle and all proceeds raised from the event will be going to the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). It should be a great day for all the family!"

Monday, July 17, 2017

The height of the holiday season - not really the ideal time for Highland Council to launch a consultation on "Housing Land Audit" ?

Unless you were one of the lucky folk that have signed up to the Highland Council consultation portal then it is very unlikely that you will know about this consultation that closes on the 6th of August - of course even if you do know about it you might have one or two other things competing for your attention at this time of the year. It is hard to see how the town's two Community Councils will make a response as they traditionally take July off each year and have no meetings this month.

So this link here will take you to the Highland Council Consultation on the draft Housing Land Audit. You then have the opportunity to read and comment on a document. There is an interactive page here with a map  you can zoom into to find details of what housing the planners think should be added to Nairn. 

The map gives you details of the allocation capacity for South Nairn (520 houses), The Showfield (30 Houses), The Kingsteps land that made the front page of the Nairnshire recently (90 houses) and Sandown and Delnies. 

There have been complaints in the past that views submitted to these consultations have been ignored. But given the new mantras of Community Empowerment and Localism emitting from Holyrood and Glenurquhart Road perhaps this is crunch time - is it business as usual or will our community finally get to decide where things should get built and how the town should grow? Is it still about trying to attract large scale commercial developers or could we try something different and be a bit more holistic about it all?  Maybe some of our MSPs might want to stand up and say things need to change somewhat after all they must have heard some of the complaints too? 

Unless it is quickly proven otherwise though consultation is still a four letter word - It really is easy to be cynical and not give a shit given the way we've been treated in the past but should anyone still think it worthwhile the link is above...

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Buddies feel at home at friendly County

Testament to the town's Highland League football club from one of the visiting St Mirren fans.

Stuart McMillan told the Gurn:

"After a long drive from Paisley, I was tired but I was met by a cheery, good natured gate supervisor who was more than happy to take this photo for me. The girls in the food stall were a delight and the food was excellent. The stall itself was clean and well presented. Then there were your club officials, all immaculately turned out in club blazers and ties. To a man they welcomed us with a smile and asked how we were. They even handed out free team sheets. Nice touch. 

During the game we had a bit of banter with the ball boys who took it in good spirit too. Some of us being behind the goals were also enjoying some banter with both your goal keepers who also took it in the spirit it was intended. Station Park was a very smart wee ground. The area around the pitch was clean and clearly well looked after. The playing surface was better than some SPFL pitches I've seen. A real credit to your ground staff. 

After the game there was one committee man who thanked all the St Mirren supporters that walked past him for coming up, shook many hands, mine included and wished us a safe journey home. That was just one of many reasons a LOT of St Mirren fans left Nairn with a lasting impression of a well run club with a fantastic attitude. Many of us will be keeping an eye on County's form this coming season. I will most certainly be back when I'm next up north. Best wishes for the 2017/18 season. Regards from Paisley."

Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's rubbish on Nairn Beach

Well it was until the Green Hive and Nairn Sailing Club combined forces and set about cleaning it up. Over 50 people turned up to participate in the event and there will be a follow up Art is Rubbish exhibition from some of today's discoveries. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nairnshire Rising Street stall Sat 1st July, Leopold Street corner on Nairn High Street 11.30 am to 12.30

If you are in or near Nairn this Saturday (1st July) please pop along for a wee while. Bring a banner too if you  can. 

Nairn Police supporting #TeamHamish

Join the Nairn Connects BID Steering Group

The Nairn BID is looking for local business owners to join the BID Steering Group to help take forward the job of shaping the future ambitions of the Nairn BID.

There are now 32 BIDS up and running across Scotland, each having developed a Business Plan that is unique to its own area. Each BID has a Steering Group made up of local business people who form a committee to support the development their Business Plan.

BIDs operating in towns and areas like Nairn have focussed their efforts around the visitor and retail economy and visitor events. Others have focussed around improvements to streetscapes, parking, or employability issues with local businesses, schools and colleges.

Michael Boylan, Chair of the BID Steering Group said. “It’s important we have a good cross section of Nairn businesses on the Steering Group to ensure we build the Plan around what is important for Nairn. Being on the group will involve a commitment over the coming year but also represents a great opportunity to help shape the economic future for Nairn.”

Alan Rankin BID Project manager said. “There has been a great deal of work done in getting the idea of a BID for Nairn to this stage. The next step is to broaden that involvement to bring in a wider range of motivated people to help shape and make the BID a success.”

Alan added. “No two BIDs are the same with the business plan and activities decided upon and prioritised by the local business community. “

To get the process moving forward the BID is looking to local businesses people to step forward and join the Steering Group. Alan Rankin will, with the support of the Steering Group, develop through conversation and consultation a Business Plan that in turn will be put to a vote in 2018.

People whose business properties are non-domestic rated can notify the BID Project Manager Alan Rankin of their interest to join the group. Alan will in turn send on the brief for steering group members and then meet to discuss with interested parties the workings of the group. The Steering Group will meet on a regular monthly basis over the coming year and through a process of consultation with local businesses generate a Business Proposal and Business Plan. 

More information about BIDS and details on the other BIDs in Scotland can be found at the NairnConnects BID website

Alan Rankin can be contacted on or on 07785 722936

Monday, June 26, 2017

What is good about Nairn according to a community planning workshop

Here is what a recent Community Planning Partnership workshop made of what is good about Nairn. Consultation still a four letter word in Nairn or is this one going to be different? There is an ongoing survey here on the Partnership's website? 

"The Good—What is good about your community?

 Facebook pages for Nairnshire—Nairn Rocks; Nairn Cares; Nairn Recycle
 Excellent community facilities e.g. Community Arts Centre
 Community Spirit—sunniest place in Scotland!!
 Volunteers are active & willing to support
 Level of community support for events
 Friendly
 Community works together
 Recognition response & referral to statutory agencies
 Number of people involved in volunteering 
 Statutory agencies wanting to engage with community based organisations/third sector
 Engagement with local issues
 Volunteers are invaluable
 The support of good neighbours
 Friendly and welcoming
 High level of community involvement
 Safe and welcoming
 People are willing to step up and help each other
 Business which benefit the community eg. Restaurant in Ardersier which does Christmas meals for those on their own
 Safe Community 
Massive variety of activities
 Integrated adult services are co-located
 Great assets
 Good leisure facilities, lots of outdoor space or the community to use
 Tourism attraction not just Scotland

 Lots of Community groups t be involved with—for all tastes"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

John Finnie MSP - Marine Scotland and their S2S in Moray Firth application reports - "Who caused them not to advance?"

Highland MSPs John Finnie and Ed Mountain attended the Holyrood Parliament Public Petitions Committee this morning to discuss the Cromarty Rising petition on Ship to ship oil transfers and trust ports. The Committee agreed to keep the petition open and explore the issue further. 

The video is approximately 12 minutes long - worth watching if you have been following this issue. 

Moray Firth "marine interests" River CC turns down invitation to "focused workshop" and calls for public meeting instead

Last night at their regular meeting in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre NRCC turned down an invitation to send "one individual" to a "focused workshop" organised by the Moray Firth Partnership. An e-mail from the Moray Firth Partnership came into the public domain at the meeting, it read:

"The Moray Firth Partnership, under new manager, Vicky Junik, is building on previous regional marine planning discussions in the Moray Firth, particularly at the local level, and as such, would like to invite a small group of local community stakeholders with marine interests to a short focussed workshop in Nairn on Monday 26th June.

With the increasing demand for use of and access to the coast and sea, improving information and understanding of how marine space is used and developed is essential. Currently, data is lacking and is not easily accessible at the local scale where the impacts of decisions are felt by communities and stakeholders.

Exploring, demonstrating and understanding the options at the local level is crucial. Particularly how activities interact and potentially conflict; how they are represented and negotiated and how stakeholders can be engaged and empowered to participate and provide advice to improve and influence the decisions that affect them.

We would appreciate you nominating an individual who would be happy to take part in the discussions. We do have some flexibility on the timing of the meeting, so if you could please also indicate morning, afternoon or evening."

After some debate between River CC members with contributions from  members of the public present River CC decided to politely turn down the invitation given the concerns expressed - including that given the public concern over proposed Ship to Ship oil transfers it might be misinterpreted if only one individual representing the community group should go to a closed "focused workshop" and decided to call for a public meeting instead.

Members also wanted to know more about the Moray Firth Partnership worked and their relationship with the Cromarty Firth Port Authority and the nature of the funding they receive from the CFPA.

River CC members voted to send the following response to the Moray Firth Partnership:

"Nairn River Community Council 

·welcomes the interest shown by the Moray Firth Partnership in promoting discussion of regional marine planning issues in the Moray Firth; 

·points out that the most urgent and sensitive current issue is the proposal to seek a licence to conduct STS oil transfers in the waters of the Firth; 

·notes that there has already been substantial and widespread public discussion and action by residents in Nairn and in communities around both sides of the Firth on this specific issue;

·recalls that both River CC and West & Suburban CC submitted formal written objections to the original licence application; 

·draws attention to other matters of current concern - notably the problem of bathing water quality - and also to the government's latest policy initiative on marine recreation and tourism;

·does not believe that a "short focussed workshop" for a small group, convened at less than a week's notice, and limited to one individual participant representing the Nairn CCs and/or community, is an adequate or acceptable way of taking forward consideration of this and other related aspects of marine planning and management in and around the Firth; 

·and therefore proposes to respond to the Moray Firth Partnership's invitation by requesting them instead to convene a public meeting in Nairn at which Community Council members, local elected Councillors, and all other local community organisations [eg VisitNairn, the ANB, the Bathing Water Group, NICE, the harbour group, NRCG, and Crom/Nairn Rising] can engage in a round-table discussion about how the Moray Firth Partnership can more effectively reflect and represent the interests and concerns of local stakeholders in the development of local marine planning."

Ship to ship oil transfers and Trust Port accountability continues to be under Scottish Parliament Committee scrutiny

John Finnie MSP today (22/06/2017) welcomed the decision of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee to keep Cromarty Rising’s petition on Ship-to-ship oil transfers and trust port accountability open.

Mr Finnie, who has been campaigning on this issue for well over a year, spoke in favour of the petition at the committee meeting - calling for greater clarity around responsibilities relating to ship to ship transfers.

Commenting after the committee John Finnie said:

“I am pleased that the Public Petitions Committee decided to further investigate this matter. There is clearly much confusion over the process for ship to ship oil applications and I am hopeful that further scrutiny will provide much needed clarity.

“The Scottish Government have adopted a ‘nothing to do with us’ approach to this issue yet there are clear roles for SEPA, SNH and Marine Scotland – all Scottish Government agencies – to play in the process.

“There also remains concerns that a response prepared by Marine Scotland was stymied by Ministers. This is deeply concerning and requires further scrutiny.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alasdair Beatson (piano) Nairn Community and Arts Centre Saturday 24th June 7.30 pm

Press release Music Nairn

Alasdair Beatson (piano)

Saturday 24th June 7.30pm

Nairn Community and Arts Centre

Tickets at the door

Pianist Alasdair Beatson who plays for Music Nairn on Saturday (24th) is highly regarded as a
distinctive and vibrant musician. As well as his established reputation as one of the UKs top chamber pianists, he also has a wide and varied repertoire, enjoying a regular association with the Scottish Ensemble. In addition to numerous chamber music projects, he recently toured concertos of Mozart and Haydn throughout Scotland and at Wigmore Hall.

His programme for Saturday is imaginatively varied with such classics as Beethoven Bagatelles Debussy’s Images and Schumann’s Kinderszenen contrasted with Satie, Bartok and Dohnanyi.

Concert begins at 7.30 at Nairn Community and Arts Centre with tickets at the door.

Here comes the sun - Summer Solstice on Nairn Beach 2017 - video

Grian-stad an t-samhraidh sona dhuibh uile - happy solstice to everyone

Individual images here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nairnshire rising case against the proposed ship to ship transfers is echoing round an empty space at the Scottish Government?

Here's this week's editorial from the Nairnshire Telegraph that to this observer says it very much like it is when it comes to the proposed ship to ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth. Get yourself a copy of the Nairnshire to read the front page article about the Nairnshire Rising meeting at the bandstand on the Links that was attended by the local MP Drew Hendry. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Team Hamish thank you

After Sunday's amazing event Team Hamish have given the Gurn an update on how things went:

'Team Hamish would like say a huge thank you to Nairn and the community for the fantastic support at our fundraising launch event. 'Run for Hamish', on Sunday 11th June. 

We were overwhelmed by the amazing numbers - over 1,100 participants and hundreds of spectators. Without all the help from volunteers, sponsors, support from local schools and businesses this would never have been achieved.

This is the start of creating a special outside area in Nairn, which will be a legacy for Hamish and will benefit everyone.

The monies raised, still accumulating, are in excess of £20,000.'

Friday, June 16, 2017

Drew Hendry MP having a blether with Nairnshire Rising - pictures Murray MacRae

Pictures Murray MacRae - Individual images here. 

Drew discusses campaign strategy to stop Ship to Ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth at the Links Bandstand with Nairnshire Rising.  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nairn Ceilidh Group - season 2017 starts on Thursday June 15th

Nairn Ceilidh Group have a big line up for their opening ceilidh of the new summer season which opens at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre this Thursday, June 15.

As well as dancing to the Nairn Ceilidh Band the audience are in for a treat with the delights of traditional singing duo Corralach, Eileen Solan and the wonderful harmonies of Sunntach.

As well as highland dancers and pipers it promises to be a packed evening of entertainment and the group are hoping for a big turn out on the opening night.

Chairman and MC of the ceilidhs Donald Wilson said: "Last year we had a great first season at the Community Centre. The ceilidhs are a great night out for families and we love to see visitors from all over the world joining in the fun. We keep admission charges down so it's an affordable night out and we hope to see you there."

Last year the group was recognised by Visit Nairn for their contribution to traditional entertainment for visitors to the town.

"It was totally unexpected and lovely to receive the award," said Donald.

"We have been indebted to tourist operators and Visit Nairn for their support over the years in selling their guests about the ceilidhs and we want to continue the ceilidhs which have been part of the summer scene now for more than 30 years."

Proceeds from the ceilidhs are distributed to local charities and organisations.

Images from #TeamHamish event - Nairn 11 June 2017

 Individual images here.

#TeamHamish registration at Nairn Community and Arts Centre - 11th June 2017 - video

The start of the #TeamHamish Fun and 10 mile runs were delayed 15 minutes due to the numbers that turned up to participate.

#teamHamish fun runners get underway - video

The massive turnout of fun runners took five minutes to pass as they set off on their route.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Police have appealed for information after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning in Nairn.

The BBC website states:

"Police have appealed for information after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning in Nairn.

She was grabbed as she walked in the area of the town's Church Street and Mill Road at about 02:00.

The woman was not injured but left badly shaken by the incident, police said.

Officers said passing motorists may have recorded the attack or the moment the man approached the woman on dashboard-mounted cameras.

Det Con Graham Taylorson, the investigating officer, said: "This was a particularly distressing incident for the victim and so we are keen for any members of the public who have knowledge of this incident, are aware of any comments on social media or were in the area at the time, to come forward with information."

Shorewatch Thursday 8th June 11-2 pm Nairn Sailing Club

Monday, June 05, 2017

#TeamHamish overwhelmed by community support as Hamish's Week gets underway culminating in a "street of colour" for the road race and fun run on Sunday

We've had an update on the #teamHamish latest and there is going to be a lot going on this week. Pop down and have a look at the display in the Library if you can. If not there are details further down this page.

Liz Bow told the Gurn: 

"We are overwhelmed by the support for #teamhamish. Nairn have embraced the family and our project for Nairn in Hamish's memory.

Nairn Library window will have a display of Hamish's week starting on Monday 5th June.

The fundraising events start on Thursday (8th June) evening at 'James's at the putting green' one of Hamish's favourite places, James will be selling ice-cream, 4.30 -7 .30 all proceeds for #team hamish The King Street Co-op in Nairn are having a bake sale on the Friday(9th) from 10am-2pm.

On Saturday 10th, at Rosebank Primary School summer fete, we will be selling our merchandise which has all been sponsored by local businesses t-shirts, caps and wristbands. 
This is all leading up to our first really big event on the Sunday 11th of June, a 10mile Road Race and 5k fun run. 

Already we have a large number of entries, nearly 500 and we certainly anticipate that number will double - 1,000 on Sunday. On line 10 Mile entries can still be made via Nairn 10 Mile Road Race and fun run forms are available in Nairn Library & Nairn Community Centre, entries for both can also be made on the day at Nairn Community Centre, 1pm. The 10 Mile race starts on Nairn High Street at 2pm and the Fun Run at 2.15pm. We are encouraging everyone to come along and support this great event, participate or spectate, we welcome all. 

Nairn Pipe Band will be playing at the start of each of the races.

Nairn Academy Steel band will be playing on the High Street; it will be a street of colour, Nairn Academy pupils supported by Rosebank Primary School are creating an amazing rainbow banner which will cross the High Street, which everyone will run under.

All participants will receive a commemorative medal.

Local florist Big Bloomers are selling fabulous windmills - appearing in gardens all over Nairn. Many local businesses are decorating their windows with rainbows and bright colours. 

These events are just the beginning for #TeamHamish, we are bringing everyone together, wonderful community spirit. We are creating something positive from the devastating loss of a very special boy, Hamish.

Nairnshire Community Partnership Suvey "Let's work together for the people of Nairn and Nairnshire"

Received the following information and poster from a Police Scotland rep, they are leading the Community Partnership and have set up the survey. Over the years surveys and consultations have come and gone and then we usually get what out of town officials and organisations think fit for us, subsequently consultation almost became a four letter word. Perhaps in this age where localism and Community Empowerment are the buzz words emerging from Holyrood and Glenurquhart Road we will perhaps finally see the authorities getting down to tackling what the community deems to be the priorities. With that in mind please give the survey a go if you have the time. Link to survey here, poster and further information below: 

"Background - The Nairn and Nairnshire Community Partnership has been established following the introduction of the Community Empowerment Act 2015. This act is designed to empower community bodies by stengthening their voices in decisions that matter to them. This means everyone can get involved and help made important decisions.

The aim of the partnership is to identify and address things that need to change, and we are speaking to the communities of Nairn and Nairnshire to identify their needs and priorites.

Our objective is to ensure that the areas requiring support are identifed and that plans are put in place to address the issues raised."

Thursday, June 01, 2017

1st June and Magic Library Car Park traffic lights enhance the whole Nairn A96 Experience

There is a school of thought emerging on the popular Facebook page Nairn our Town that a new sensor loop is required following the resurfacing of the Car Park. Mmmm, wonder why that wasn't incorporated into the work when it was done then? We tweeted a video of the Magic Lights by night to the BEAR folkies but no reply yet. 

Nairn girl heading for India in September to participate in Voluntary Service Overseas programme

Sarah Gerring will be doing some voluntary work in India in September. Find out more about what she will be doing here.  

Free Employment Law Lunch Seminar

The folk at Signpost alert us to a free employment law lunch seminar for small to medium size businesses. It's on 21st of June - more details here. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nairn Healthcare News May 2017

The Latest From Nairn Healthcare Group


Nairn Healthcare would like to welcome new receptionist, Leanne, to the team. 

We also have a new locum GP, Dr Lorna Young, who will be with us for the next month or so. 

We would also like to extend our congratulations to Practice Nurse, Nicola Thomson, who has passed her prescribing exams. 

Ransomware Cybre Attack

Most patients may be aware that on Friday 12th May, there was an NHS-targeted ransomware cyber attack which was reported on the news. 

We are happy to reassure patients that Nairn Healthcare WAS NOT one of the sites affected by this attack. 

Cervical Screening 

The cervical screening programme is available to all women between the ages of 25-64. Women aged between 25-49 will be called three yearly and those aged 50-64 every five years.

Women will be invited for screening via letter at the time they are due.

Cervical screening aims to reduce the likelihood of cervical cancer in women by detecting pre-cancerous cervical changes and we would like to encourage more women to attend for their check-up. 

5,000 lives are saved every year by cervical screening and we cannot stress how valuable this is for stopping cancer before it starts. A smear test can save your life. 

The current HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV so although the vaccine offers good protection, the combination of immunisation and regular screening offers the best protection. 

For more information on cervical screening, please visit:

Lung at Heart

Anyone with breathing problems, heart problems, stroke or other chronic medical problems are welcome to attend Lung at Heart. 

Lung at Heart offers a short period of exercise both sitting and moving. It will make you feel better, help your mobility and breathing and increase your stamina. It is a combination of light exercise and fun and laughter. 

Lung at Heart is on every Thursday at 11.30am at Nairn Community Centre. Each meeting costs £3 (including refreshments). Carers are also welcome to come along with you.

Sharps Bins/Blood Tests

Can we ask patients that when returning Sharps bin, can you please ensure that the bin is sealed properly and the window is “clicked” shut at the top. These two steps will need to be completed before the reception staff will accept the Sharps bins. 

Can we also remind patients that blood test procedures will not be available after 12noon on a Friday. 


eConsult is available now and can be accessed through our website –

This can save you waiting in the phone queue for a telephonist. The eConsult will be given to the duty clinician and you will receive a response by 6.30pm the next working day.

We would like to stress that this is an additional service and will not replace current services available at NHG.

Private Fees

Nairn Healthcare can provide medicals (HGV, taxi, extreme sport etc), copy of medical records, shotgun licenses, private medical insurance claims, power of attorney, private laboratory testing and more for standard fees. 

This work is non-NHS and therefore we have to ask that payment is provided before the work is undertaking. We can accept Visa, Mastercard and Maestro.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Meg's home!

Some good news.............

Message from Meg's mum on Facebook.
Belinda Emmens
7 mins
Update on MEG
After 7 hours spent in a Nairn field on a rainy Saturday afternoon/evening, Gerry & I are delighted to let everyone know Meg is finally back home! Woohoo! Chuffed to bits!
Needless to say after being "absent without leave" for 10 days she's thin, exhausted and she's a little bit lame.
We will do a proper update and thank you in the next few days, BUT in the interim we just want to say how overwhelmed we've been with the help, advice, extra pairs of eyes and general support we've received from friends everywhere, folk in Nairn and the wider community in getting MEG home safe and fairly sound.
THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of our hearts xxx

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A new housing estate at Lochloy in exchange for the bridge that never was? Interesting suggestion from member of the public at CC meeting.

Last night when this observer returned form a couple of pints at the Seaforth we put up a wee summary of the River CC meeting in which the Proposal of Application Notice for  NA2 South Kingsteps, Nairn from Springfield was discussed - further details here. 

One member of the public at the meeting suggested this would be a good time to get a commitment from developers for the bridge that never was (over the railway to connect the Lochloy schemes to the A96 and the industrial estate and whatever else was destined to be built (such as a Sainsbury's store).  

A quick flashback to October of 2013 when we posted an article about discussion at a community council meeting over Lochloy problems including the bridge that never was but was supposed to be. Here is an extract from an article "Lochloy – a non-existent bridge over troubled planning waters"

" No River CC meeting seems to be complete these days without either the Lochloy grass cutting problems on the agenda or debate at some point on Lochloy related issues – namely the lack of planning enforcement. A resident of Lochloy present on Wednesday night told the regular River CC monthly meeting:

“But surely when planning permission was granted in the first place something should have been put in place to ensure that the planning regulations were upheld.”

The Westies Chair, Rosemary, who was also at the meeting then intervened: “Mr Chairman could I actually ask our ex Provost Liz over there. She’s been an elected councillor for some years. When you saw these things weren't happening at Lochloy did you do anything about it?

Liz replied that she had meetings with planning officers and that she thought the problem had been lack of enforcement.

Rosemary followed this up: “Well would you see if there is some way out of this because surely if things aren't complied with then it’s the fault of what was put down in the first place? Therefore you should have been shouting it to the rooftops.”

There was some more debate and then Liz got another chance to say more: “The last time I actually went and arranged a meeting with planning officers the files had been archived that had the conditions in them and they took them back out and they started collecting the monies again for the bridge across which I think that the council is now trying to deliver. But it has…I mean, that site has been a nightmare.” "

And so back to the present day and the interesting suggestion from the floor of the latest River CC meeting last night (Thursday 16th May 2017). Namely that is in exchange for planning permission get the developers to build the bridge that never was and take the pressure off the Lochloy Road junction. 

A long way to go then folks, Springfield are going to take their proposal for project  "Macdonald Fields, Meadow Lea Nairn" to public consultation and some time after that will be a planning application. However when the area NA2 appeared in the Inner Moray Firth Development plan for consultation there were over 25 pages of comments received and most of them were pretty anti - here's a bit form a Gurn article of February 2014:

"One submission comes from the town’s three community councils. Nairn West, River and Suburban CCs state:

"See attached composite note of jointly-agreed CC comments, in particular Section 4, headed SOUTH KINGSTEPS (NA2) – objection: development not required and not appropriate. This site should be removed from the Plan, for several reasons. “Rounding-off” the eastern margin of the town (given in the MIR as a reason for allocation) is no justification for building over the green space and watercourse of this field which have amenity value. Building housing on this field would have implications for drainage. The indicative total of 90 units is totally unacceptable. This would substantially alter the current low-density-residential character of the existing Kingsteps houses. The total of new housing elsewhere built and approved (Lochloy), likely (Delnies ) and allocated (Nairn South, Sandown, etc) renders this allocation superfluous. Access is a critical constraint. The capacity of the unclassified minor road to Brodie is limited. Access to this site through the existing Lochloy site NA5 (which itself has only one entry-point already serving some 600 houses) is inappropriate. If combined with a direct link out on to the Lochloy-Brodie road, this would create an obvious “ratrun”. This road – the sole access – leads only to an already problematic junction in Nairn, and eastward as a narrow rural road with no convenient connection to the A96. Unless and until the bypass route is confirmed and there is a vehicular linkage eastward from the Lochloy residential area on to the eventual A96 bypass, there should be no development on site NA2.”

Another comment received by the Council reads:

“Lochloy Road, through Kingsteps is a narrow road. The through traffic is made up of timber lorries, tractors, delivery vans, school buses plus the use of private vehicles from Kingsteps and beyond. Passing areas are not designated, therefore private driveways are used. Exit on to A96 from Lochloy Road at the junction at certain times results in long queues forming on Lochloy Road. This would be made worse by the addition of 90 plus more cars joining the exit to work. This would not be alleviated by the new proposed trunk road as traffic would still have to travel on Lochloy Road.”

In his representation, Laurie Fraser, himself a Highland Councillor states: 
“NA2 South Kingsteps. There should be no further housing built to the east of Nairn until the transport links have been improved. This means a road from the A96, Balmakeith, over the railway line to link in with the current development being proposed.” More here.

Oidhche mhath Gurnshire.

Last boats coming into harbour on Open Day - picture John Jeffrey

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Breaking news Nairn River CC has a secretary at last and another housing estate for Lochloy?

A long session at Nairn River Community Council yesterday evening that started with the end of the search for a secretary. Stephen Fuller steps into the breach and was proposed and nominated very quickly indeed as other potential candidates breathed a sigh of relief.

The sole Highland Councillor present was Tom Heggie and it seems the ward's four councillors have divided up the Community Councils between them and Tom will be coming to River CC. Lots of good craic about getting the short straw. 

Stopping the proposed application for S2S oil transfers in the Moray Firth was discussed and the recent trip to Holyrood by Cromarty Rising and some folk from Nairnshire who got home and decided to creat “Nairnshire Rising” on this side of the Firth. Ongoing and a new application for ship to ship transfers expected in October. 

Murd thought that the riverside was now totally neglected since the Highland Council took over the grass cutting responsibilities into the public sector. 

There was a bit of a blether about dangerous trees up the riverside.

The meeting heard how the Nairn workclub will soon be closing. The club offers help to those who need to write up their CV for meeting the requirements of claiming universal credit. Folk that have no computers at home can go in and get one to one help. No more funding, a vital facility is going and what next for folk on the edge of the cliff? Depressing stuff, hopefully something can be done here. 

Mike Henderson was concerned that although there now have been traffic wardens in the Highland Council area for some time there seems to have been little or no enforcement action in Nairn.

A bit of a stushie over the brown bin scenario and it's downside. You would have to have been there to get the craic on that on as a robust exchange developed between two of the CC's members. 

Mike Henderson spoke again, this time on why the full set of 20 beds at Nairn Hospital are not all in operation.

And then there was planning and :

“Proposal of Application Notice for site at NA2 South Kingsteps, Nairn
Please find enclosed a Proposal of Application Notice (POAN) for a site at South Kingsteps,
Nairn. The following details are included:

Proposal of Application Notice for site at NA2 South Kingsteps, Nairn

As the document from Springfield stated:

The site is identified as NA2 for residential development within the Inner Moray Firth Local
Development Plan 2015.

Further documentation from Springfield that entered the public domain at the River CC meeting stated:

“PROPOSALS FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE AT SOUTH KINGSTEPS, NAIRN, ALLOCATED AS NA2 WITHIN THE INNER MORAY FIRTH LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2015 Notice is hereby given of a ‘drop-in’ public exhibition to learn more about the above proposed planning application which will be submitted to the Highland Council. The exhibition will be in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre, King Street, Nairn, IV12 4BQ on Thursday 31st August 2017 between 2:00pm – 8.00pm.”

There we go folks looks like the Lochloy suburbs could get a whole lot bigger in the future. When this site went out for comment in the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan it attracted a lot of adverse comment - have things cooled down? We'll see no doubt as the consultation and the eventual planning application emerge.

Here's a wee Highland Council map we featured on the Gurn some time ago which shows you where the NA2 site is.

Click on image to enlarge
There was quite a bit of other stuff discussed at River CC too, if time and memory permits (after a wee diversion afterwards to the Seaforth Club) we will make an attempt to retrieve from remaining brain cells later today. Oidhche mhath!  

"Our lives" Black and White photography exhibition Sunday 14th to Thursday 25th Nairn Community and Arts Centre

Our Lives

A celebration of people with learning disabilities living in the Highlands.

For Learning Disabilities Week this year People First Highland have commissioned a series of black and white photographs to celebrate the lives and achievements of people with learning disabilities living in the Highlands.

The photographs illustrate people at work; at home; at leisure and in relationships.

Many of these ordinary daily pursuits would have been impossible for many of these people and others like them a couple of decades ago, when many with learning disabilities lived in residential hospital settings and had little contact with the wider community.

As these images show, thankfully things are changing – although there is still a way to go for people with a learning disability to be fully integrated and valued by society.

All the photographs except the one of the photographer were taken by Nairn resident John Gallon who has a learning disability himself. John, who is a member of Nairn Camera Club, is delighted with his first solo exhibition. “I feel so proud – it means a lot to me and it shows what people with a learning disability can achieve. Taking the photographs was challenging but it was a great experience and I found seeing them displayed very moving.”

John was supported by local photographer Carrie Bates, who assisted him to develop his camera and photo editing skills, and who took the photograph of John, entitled ‘Fully focused’.

The exhibition, entitled Our Lives, is on display until Thursday 25th May upstairs at Nairn Community and Arts Centre.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Busy time for Nairnshire Rising stall at Nairn Harbour Open Day

It was a busy day again at the Nairn Sailing Club's harbour open day. The waterfront area was buzzing with the sounds and colours of the event. And a busy time too for the newly launched Nairnshire Rising group who are campaigning with their colleagues Cromarty Rising across the water to stop the proposed ship to ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth. 

A steady stream of folk stopped at the stall to have a blether and exchange ideas and information on the campaign so far and what to do when the new application is due to be submitted by the Cromarty Firth Port Authority in October of this year. Political support too from Cllr Liz MacDonald and her former colleague Stephen Fuller and also Westminster LibDem candidate Richard Cunningham. Next to the Nairnshire Rising stall Greenpeace were campaigning against the rising levels of plastic in the seas. 

Picture Murray MacRae

Friday, May 12, 2017

"Nairnshire Rising" New group launched to boost campaign against transfer of oil between ships on the Moray Firth

"THE campaign against the transfer of crude oil in open waters is gaining momentum as a second protest group has been formed.

Nairnshire Rising has been created on the back of the success of Cromarty Rising, set up to oppose plans for ship to ship oil transfers in the Moray and Cromarty firths."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Westminster candidates for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey announced

According to the Highland Council site the candidates for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are as follows:

Donald MacLeod Boyd - Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Ritchie Cunningham - Scottish Liberal Democrats
Drew Hendry - Scottish National Party (SNP)
Mike Robb - Scottish Labour Party
Nicholas Tulloch - Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Fresh from his unsuccessful candidature for the Highland Council elections local man Ritchie Cunningham is standing for the LibDems.

Police Scotland appealing for information after a number of break-ins to garages in Househill Terrace Nairn

Missing dog - Meg, Fox Red Labrador

Meg went missing on Monday night after slipping her lead. She was seen near the traffic lights at Lochloy and someone thought they saw her running across the road up into Broadhill.  On Tuesday there was a possible sighting of her in the Easter Delnies/Sandown area.

Potentially, she could be anywhere around the town, if you see her please contact the number below.

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