Thanks to funding secured by board member Diane MacPherson and the design help of board members, volunteers and gardeners alike our garden is getting a much appreciated upgrade. The work carried out by our neighbour and gardener Abbie Thompson will change the layout of the garden space. Some of the improvements will include adding more planters, painting the walls, make and replace the door and a window on the glass dome, and add flowers and plants to make a sensory garden in Lochmaddy.
We also want to thank Calmac for gifting us one of their planters from outside the mart in Lochmaddy, George Leslie for moving the planter and John Macdonald all his help arranging this to be done and helping with the move.
This upgrade will run until next March when our garden should include new benches and planted plants, flowers and trees. We just wanted to share some of the photos of the work carried out so far!
Some other people we would like to thank are Ian and Gordan who are helping Abbie with the work, and the garden group for their help and suggestions composed of Catherine Macleod, Jean Archer, Ada Campbell, Gwen Evans, Diane MacPherson, Jessie Monroe, Joan Macdonald and Elaine Moloney.
What a great ceilidh cafe last Wednesday here at Old Lochmaddy School. A few of the highlights from the cafe were our lovely neighbour Sue getting us all involved in chair exercises, Margaret Browning displaying lovely knit and crochet items in time for Christmas, Carol Huson bringing along her spinning wheel and showing us how it's done and Annie and Ada talking about sock machines and the Ùrachadh Uibhist initiative to create Highland dancing socks and kilt socks.
What a fantastic day for our first Ceilidh Cafe of the season. We were very grateful for everyone who came and made the event so special, especially for John Macdonald for so generously bringing part of his collection on Calmac in Lochmaddy and talking us through the collection. It was really very fascinating to hear about everyone's shared experiences and stories.
As part of #EarthScienceWeek2023, Dr Jean Archers geologist and board member of the North Uist Development company held two events. Held in the Old Lochmaddy School Jean held a talk about the Geology of Scotland and Uist's fossil earthquakes with the aid of maps and specimens. We were very grateful to receive funding for the event from The Geological Society. Later in the week Jean held a geology show and tell where we invited all to bring in their own rocks, crystals, fossils etc and we tried to identify them!
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