Monday, November 28, 2022

Gurn twitter account - usually a lot of interesting stuff

We're old media now too, most news in Nairn breaking over on Facebook these days but we still have our moments from time to time. And don't forget that the Tuesday edition of the Inverness Courier carries a lot of Nairn news too from local journalist Donald Wilson.

In the meantime 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 and you can scroll down the wee twitter box on the right hand side as far as you like to see what the latest craic is. You don't have to have an account to look at tweets either. 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Community Food Growing on Sandown - feasibility study to go ahead!

Interesting news on Cllr Paul Oldham's blog:

 "Plans for Sandown

At the last Area Committee it was agreed that a feasibility study would be progressed to explore the potential of developing Community Food Growing on Sandown. This followed public feedback received as part of the consultation on the future use of that land. We’ve now agreed for that to go ahead with a budget of £18,000, which will be paid for by the Common Good Fund, which owns the land."

More interesting item's on Paul's blog here.


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Nairn Local Place Plan meeting in Community Centre 7.30 pm 10th November


Childrens' Christmas Bauble competition - prizes to be won for Christmas Lights switch on.

Youngsters and business owners are being given the opportunity to get involved in this year’s Countdown to Christmas event which will incorporate the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Children across Nairn are being invited by Nairn Connects BID, which is organising the event on November 26, to make a Christmas decoration to be in with a chance of turning on the lights accompanied by Father Christmas.

Meanwhile, businesses in Nairn are being encouraged to decorate their windows and shop fronts to ensure the town is a winter wonderland for the big day.

Decorations need to be in place by November 19, and the windows will be judged by STV’s Nicola McAlley with winners being announced at the Christmas Lights Switch on.

Lucy Harding, manager of Nairn BID said: “We are working with Inverness Farmers’ Market and others to bring a great event to Nairn to mark the countdown to Christmas and we want as many people as possible to get involved.

Lucy Harding, Nairn BID manager with the first bauble entry

“We have run the Christmas decoration competition before and it’s always well received. If you are taking part, entries need to be taken to the community centre by November 24. They need to be clearly labelled with a name and contact details. All the entries will be put into a Santa’s hat and a winner chosen.”

Lucy added: “It’s the first time we have done the window dressing competition and the organisers of Inverness Farmers’ Market, who are running our street market on the day, are offering a £50 cash prize to the winner. There will be two runners up prizes in retail and food and beverage categories. They will each receive a Highlands Gift Card to spend in Nairn.

“The shops in Nairn always pull out all the stops and the windows and shop fronts always look spectacular, but we just wanted to add in an extra incentive this year so that windows are ready in time for the big switch on.”

As well as the light switch on at 4pm, the one-day event will include a street market, two craft fayres, street entertainment, live performances and more.

It will take place over two locations, the Town Centre and Nairn Community & Arts Centre.

Full details and timings will be available on the Nairn BID website

Friday, November 04, 2022

New Nairn Youth Football Pathway to be established

 Nairn County state on their website: "Getting as many young people playing in football in Nairn is extremely important to the club and today, we are excited to announce we are joining forces with Nairn Soccer 7s and Nairn Fire to commit to providing a more structured approach to youth football in the town."

 More here:

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Saturday November 26th - Christmas Lights switch-on, an all day event - businesses and community groups invited to get involved

Nairn’s Christmas lights switch on is back and the one-day event will include a street market, two craft fayres, street entertainment, live performances and more.

Countdown to Christmas will take place over two locations, the Town Centre and Nairn Community & Arts Centre.

The event is being organised for a third year by Nairn Connects BID and businesses and community groups are being encouraged to get involved.

Nairn BID manager Lucy Harding said: “The Christmas Lights switch on is back and we are so very excited. Last year, we were unable to do the actual switch on due to Covid restrictions, but this year it is back on.

“The switching on of the lights is an important annual event and provides an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Nairn BID is here to develop these opportunities and to encourage people into the town so that the businesses can benefit and we believe that what we have created will do just that.”

She added: “The event will kick off at 10am with a craft fayre in the community centre until 3pm. This will be supplemented by the Inverness Farmers Market and a crafters corner all along the High Street. The main town centre will be shut to traffic which will enable visitors to browse at their leisure. There will also be performances from community groups, street entertainment including stilt walkers, a circus skills performer and a fire show, a clown, huskies, a Santa’s grotto in the library and of course the all-important lights switch on at 4pm.”

“We are promoting the event on MFR and in Spotlight magazine this year”

“Our previous Christmas events have been a huge success with a great turnout and many businesses benefitting. We really hope that we will achieve this again and already, we have had many businesses coming forward to get involved. There are businesses and organisations such as the Havelock, Uncle Bob’s Bar and the Nairn British Legion who are staging their own events on the day as well, so there will be entertainment well into the evening too.”

Lucy added: “This really is the beginning of the countdown to Christmas and we hope that there is a great turnout from the community to support the local businesses by shopping local and enjoying everything that the Nairn BID team and its many volunteers are putting in place.”

The event will take place on November 26. Full details and timings will be available on the Nairn BID website

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Conversation replaces conflict – Community Council documents demonstrate positive relationship with the new set up of Highland Councillors locally

 The Gurn has received three documents: previous minutes, next agenda (Monday 31st October) and comments on the Inner MorayFirth Local Development plant.

The minutes demonstrate the ongoing positive conversations but it’s the last document that is worth a serious read, a vision of how things might be if the community got more control of it’s own affairs: there’s comment on Sandown, Nairn East, Nairn South and a few other issues. An outline of what sort of town we are and how it all can be improved. Warnings too of the dangers of over-development without infrastructure.

Given the recent discussions between Community and Highland Councillors, it looks like things are moving forward in a positive direction with the potential for a locally made plan that is indeed “local” – it all comes at a time when we face another period of austerity however. But even when money is short there are still inventive ways that resources can be used or prioritised. Time to be optimistic about our civic affairs and what we can do collectively to improve Nairn as a place to live, work and play?

Well worth taking a few minutes to have a look at the documents linked above.