Even the sun cam out for the flower and produce shwo in Nether Lochaber Village hall.  Another great turnout of bakery and flowers and veg.
Winners of the trophies were for Section 1 – Home Baking – Elaine Cameron won the Onich Hotel Cup with Jill Morrow runner up with the Lodge on the Loch Cup, Section 2 for Procude was won by Jill Morrow and Section 3 Knitting was won by Jennifer Jal who took the Corran Bar Trophy.  Section 4 for Handcrafts saw Eileen Irons taking the Camus na Gaul CupThe floral section was won by Harrison Wyatt who received the Gleaner Oil Cup and Jill Morrow again scooped the Old Manse Trophy.  For Vegetables Jill Morrow again topped the points and took away the Old School Cup.
Tea was served in the afternoon with lovley home baking on offer.
After totalling all entry points the most points in Show, and winner of Nether Lochaber Community Council Rose Bowl , was Jill Morrow with Alex Cameron in second place and receiving the Callart Quaich.  Alex also received the George Ross Memorial Cup for Best Rhubarb in show.
Picture below shows HARRISON WYATT, JILL MORROW and ALEX CAMERON with their trophies


23 September
Publication of Notice of Election
24 September
Earliest date for receipt of Nomination Papers
8 October
Latest date for lodging Nomination Papers – papers must be received by 12noon
9 October
Publication by 12noon on THC website of list of nominations and notices of: contested election; uncontested election and CC not formed
11 October
Latest date for withdrawal of Nomination Papers – notification in writing must be given by 12noon.
At the close of the withdrawal period, should the number of candidates validly nominated equal or exceed HALF, but be less than or equal to the total maximum permitted membership, the said candidates will be declared elected from this date and no ballot shall be held.
Monday 14 October –
Friday 25 October
School Holidays
29 October
Post out of ballot papers, where election is contested
19 November
Existing Community Councils that were contested to be dissolved at 11.59 pm
ELECTION DAY – postal ballot papers must be received by 12 noon.
Thursday / Friday
21 & 22 November
Counting of the Votes, if the number of elections permits the counts to be held over 2 days.
By Friday
13 December
Notification issued regarding the calling of the first meetings of the new Community Councils
*Further dates to be confirmed for any Community Council’s that fail to form.

Minutes of inaugural meeting of the Inchree Steering Group 11th July 2019

Present:  Elaine Cameron, Chaela Carrell, Lisa Glaze, Iain Jenner, Jill Morrow, Steve Morrow, Dougie Pryce, Karl Spierling,

1          Apologies: Gordon MacIntyre, Zuza Pryce,

2          Minutes from last meeting

            Proposed:  Iain Jenner, Seconded: Steve Morrow

3          Election of officers:

            Chair:                          Karl Spierling

            Secretary:                   Elaine Cameron

            Minutes secretary:      Jill Morrow

            Treasurer:                   Not needed just now as part of NLCA

            Social media posts:     Lisa Glaze

4          Forestry Buildings

            Initial focus is on the Hub.

            IJ sent a document to CM with the group’s thoughts about the future of the barns.

            CM out of office until 15th July.  Copied to Andrew Baxter

            Personalised OS map showing Inchree settlement and Glen Righ Forest.


            EC to look into getting a paper copy and a digital copy.  NLCA to fund this.

            CM wants a meeting soon.  A representative from FLS is in the area on 25th July.


            LG to provisionally book the village hall for that evening.

            IJ to contact Gary Servant, John MacDonald, Andrew Baxter, Neil MacLean, Kate Forbes

5          Funding

            Target HIE for feasibility study. SLF for acquisition.  Other sources e.g. National Lottery for          renovation.

            Renovation costs 50% more than a new build.  Initially need to make the shell secure.                   Need 3 tenders.                      


            KS to speak to John MacDonald re funding for feasibility study.

            Get forms 


            CC to complete forms.

            Target end of August to get forms in.


            IJ to approach David Mee (architect) to see if he is interested in getting involved.

6          Planning

            Susan MacMillan (Fort William) has a remit to help community groups.

            The group can submit a pre-application for £40 and get advice before final submission.

            Once permission is granted there is 3 years to implement.

7          The Fields


            EC to contact Fiona Sorley LHA to arrange a meeting


            IJ to contact Kathy Mayne (SNH) who is an independent ecologist.

8          AOB


            LG to put notice of meetings and minutes on NLCC and NLCA websites. 

            Also posts on   Face Book

            Voluntary hours


            EC and JM to count up hours from meetings and the Open Day.

            Each person responsible for submitting individual hours to EC.

            Meeting closed at 8:30

            Next meeting 8th August Village Hall at 7:00pm

Draft Minutes of AGM and meeting 04/07/19

Present –Iain Jenner (IJ),  Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM)  , Karl Spierling (KS)

Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter Dave Wrigglesworth (DW)  

Also present- Mr & Mrs Morrow, Mrs Elaine Cameron,  Nicola Mair and Chaela Carrell

Meeting opened with annual AGM.

Chair Report –  IJ thanks all present and felt this year has been a successful one.  The creation of the Association and the works carried out has been a real positive link within the village, and the NLCA has over 50 members and a strong committee.  Notable progress being made with plans to buy the land at Inchree.

Fewer meetings due to not being able to have a quorum.  As elections will be due it is hoped we can encourage locals to become involved in NLCC.

We are still pressing forward re road safety (speed limits and maintenance) and maintain support of our scenic area.

We put submissions in to the Highland & Island Development plans along with the other ccs in South Lochaber but all appear to have been sidelined.

Negatives are the apathy received from planning and transport authorities.

Treasurer report;  given by CC.  Financial report given and explained.  Due to loss of grant amount we were only able to offer donations to 3 local groups but will not be able to offer anything further.  Report was proposed for adoption by IJ and seconded by AM, all agreed

IJ then asked for all office bearers to stand down and proposed all be re-elected to office – all agreed

Chair – Iain Jenner

Secretary – Ann Marie Cameron

Treasurer – Colin Campbell

As Stewart Livingston was not present he was not reinstated to Vice-Chair but will be asked at next meeting.

AGM closed 740pm

June minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by KS


Old Cemetery – Awaiting update when SL back

Schools options-  2 part campus has been set – awaiting news of who head teacher will be but concerns over PSA posts.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw –  AM to as for updated timetables to be situated


Bin at Cuilchenna junction –   reply from HC refuse dept –  restricted lid not suitable as they have found bags and refuse are just left at the base.  They will say POO ONLY

WEB SITE BILL – invoice from GRAPL,  AM will deal and was given a cheque

Noticeboards – need replacing.  IJ and SL have made 1 and hope to make the rest.  CC to gather prices so AM can submit an application for grant from HC.  KS offered workshop space if needed.

FLOWER SHOW ;  will be held in September, AM will be in touch nearer the time for some help to get tables over and for setting up.

Meeting closed .



Following the resignation of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, at the meeting on Thursday 6th June 2019, a new community councillor was adopted


Members are delighted to welcome Karl in joining us and look forward to working with us.

minutes – 6th June 2019 (adopted 04/07/19)

6th June 2019
Present –Iain Jenner (IJ), Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM) , Dave Wrigglesworth (DW) Karl Spierling (KS)
Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter
Also present- Gordon MacIntyre Nicola Mair

Although NLCC have attempted to hold meetings in April and May, due to apologies a quorum was not in attendance at either meeting so minutes for April meeting were not adopted until this meeting

April minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by AM

Old Cemetery – HC are prepared to transfer ownership to NLCA – this requires a change in constitution of NLCA – meeting has been arranged to discuss and hopefully adopt these changes.

Schools options- Agreement has now been reached for the 2+2 option. Next step will be appointing head teacher following Mrs MacDonald retirement and then classes will find out who their teacher is.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw – the timetables shown in bus shelter at Kinlochleven road end are wrong. Gordon had to stand for some time till the correct bus arrived. AM to as for updated timetables to be situated

Woodlands new build- no further info but septic tank may be needed.

CO-OPT NEW MEMBER – as we have a quorum IJ asked members to consider the adoption of KARL SPIERLING as a community councillor. Although elections will be held later in the year, following the resignations of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, we need another face to keep us strong. SL due to work commitments offshore has to miss some meeting which is out of his hands. All Comm Cllrs present – DW-CC-AM – agreed unanimously for KS to join us and AM will update Highland Council and the website.

AGM – Am advises the financial paperwork is being audited and we will hold the AGM on Thursday 4th July – AM will put this in FB and contact press.

Elections – IJ gave a short presentation on the importance of NL maintaining it’s community council and feels that we need to have more parents involved, although we need 5 members to be solvent our max. Is 7. Proposing at next meeting – HOW TO PROMOTE NLCC MEMBERSHIP

Transport Scotland reply – DW has had reply re speed laminations and state of cycle path. Luminated signs rejected – not enough serious accidents from stats they use. Re cyclepath they (Bear) state they are not responsible for upkeep and we should pass to Highland Council BUT we are aware of paperwork stating that BEAR are responsible. NLCC to get copy of this information to pass on.

Bin at Cuilchenna junction – we are back to the issue of this bin overflowing and causing distress to residents. The bin was erected following representation about the amount of dog poo being left on the route to the shore and surrounding area. With the pin in position the problem was sorted. Last year and again this year, we have had complaints from residents as this bin is being used but tourists and when bin full bags are being left at the grass verge.
AM to contact HC Refuse and ask for a restricted lid and AM will make notices informing bin is for POO BAGS ONLY. – AM TO CONTACT REFUSE DEPT

CC review – Is ongoing

A82 Gollanfield junction – CC concerned re road surfacing – breaking up again

Onich Hotel – Am has been asked to raise concern re soil stretching to shore line. Concern that this will be washed into the bay at high tide. It appears SNH and Marine Scotland may already be involved as this area is a recognised SSSI.

Meeting closed .

NEXT MEETING – THURSDAY 4th July with agm

Minutes of a meeting held on 7 March 2019 – adopted 06/06/19

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also Nicola Mair, Andrew Baxter and Andy Martin (Manager of MOWI Leven Site)

Apologies Stewart Livingston ,

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed AMC Seconded DW

Matters Arising

Creag Mhòr cemetery
Dot Ferguson has confirmed HC own the cemetery.
IJ to contact SL to set up a meeting with her

Schools Reorganisation
Meeting rescheduled 13/3/19 7.30pm Kinlochleven HS
IJ to attend

Beach Clean
Rubbish not yet collected. HC will pick up hall piano if broken up

Water tank
IJ to send letter expressing community interest copies to AMC and GM

Cross cottage
IJ to send AB planning ref. number

Bus Timetables
IJ to buy picture frame for wall of Cuilcheanna bus stop

Sewage Connection
The date notified is 15 March. There will be a half road closure.

As yet HC has no Brexit policy

A82 photos
AMC to send to SL to coordinate
McIntyre Memorial Hut
The trustee has notified a problem with running water off the road undermining the building. The problem appeared when streams were diverted to build the new house at Creag Mhor. He has contacted SEPA, Transport Scotland and MSP.
IJ suggested he contact Lochaber Times and the P&J

Car parking at school
AB is to organise a site visit


1. Loch Leven Seafood Cafe has applied for a variation in their license to include changes to hours, capacity and off sales.

Cycle Bridge
Planning has gone through
IJ to speak to SUSTRANS
AB to arrange letter from HC stating sweeping of Cycleway is BEARS responsibility

1. Gollanfield road end is breaking up again after repair in November
2. Inchree Buyout Group is to hold an open day on the last Sunday in April after which IJ will notify HC and there will be an official ballot
3. Marine Harvest have changed their name to MOWI. Andy Martin (Manager of Leven site) attended to give an update. They have been using warm water, wrasse and lumpfish to keep the lice down to .5 per fish. They are hoping to go organic next year. He was asked about the underwater seal scared which is heard by wild swimmers in the Loch.
4. Abbeyfield AGM was held on 5/3/19. There was concern at the lack of notice to councillors and community councils
5. Calor Rural Community Fund is open. AMC to forward details to LG

Meeting closed at 8.15pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 4 April 7pm

Village Hall meeting 6.30

Nether Lochaber: proposed community purchase of land in Inchree.

March 2019
Nether Lochaber: proposed community purchase of land in Inchree.
The Inchree Subgroup of the Nether Lochaber Community Association has now been established to gather further ideas and suggestions for the proposal to purchase land on behalf of the local community in Inchree.
The Inchree Subgroup meetings are well attended by a group of Inchree residents and are now on a more formal setting with a chairperson, secretary and minute secretary having been appointed. At present, the meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month, at which you would be very welcome. As part of the Community Association, the Subgroup then provides feedback to its monthly meeting.
The main focus of the Inchree Subgroup meetings so far, has been to look at ways to engage the community of Nether Lochaber in this proposed community purchase of land in Inchree. To this end, the Group has produced a leaflet about a ‘drop in’ day at the Nether Lochaber Village Hall on Sunday April 28th from 10.00 – 19.00. Watch out for the leaflet being delivered to your home very soon. The Subgroup hopes that on the day, you will come and share your thoughts, ideas and we would really like for you to get involved in any way you can.
If you would like to contact the Inchree Subgroup, you can at: inchreecommunitybuyout@gmail.com

Minutes of meeting 10th January 2019

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 10 January 2019
Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,, Jennifer Jarl, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),
Also Nicola Mair, Andrew Baxter
Apologies Stewart Livingston , Stewart Livingston, Cllr McLean
Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed CC Seconded AMC
Matters Arising
Creag Mhòr cemetery
Search fee has been paid
CC Review
The changes proposed at the review to be sent to HC on 17/1
Speed Limits
The speed limit at North Ballachulish is to drop to 30mph subject to approval at Area Committee meeting on 24/1
AB to ask Pauline Donaldson about costing gateway signage
Schools Reorganisation
There is a meeting at St Brides PS 16/1 AMC available to attend
Beach Clean
CC to remove rubbish from beach and email AMC to inform HC
A new officer has been appointed to Glencoe
Sgt A Cooper has sent a letter to confirm NM as liaison officer and explaining her role. There is now a CC vacancy as NM has stepped down due to conflict with liaison role.
Water tank
IJ to send letter expressing community interest
Cross cottage
IJ sent letter of objections on 29/10/18
Forestry Commission
Still no reply about fly tipping at Inchree
Barn beside sewage works
IJ to contact S MacMillan as site has not been cleared
£1040.50 with £24 cheque outstanding
1. Cycle path Harvey Caplan has replied. BEAR to deal with overgrown vegetation. Their operating companies should clear debris from collisions if informed by police. He believes HC responsible for sweeping (wrongly)
AB to take the reply to HC
2. Cllr McLean has asked for opinions on a bridge at Corran:
-Large bridge to cope with shipping and cruise ships
-Tunnel would be less intrusive
-AB has council approval for a STAG appraisal by Hi Trans for a fixed link crossing
-Barrage idea producing power from the tidal flow
-Tunnel or bridge to be sited at Fort William, not Corran
-Community buyout of ferry
LG to copy list to AMC for reply
3. AMC to contact HC again, bus timetables required for Cuilcheanna and defibrillator sign for shoreside bus shelter
1. ‘Scare’ children in use in other villages. To be discussed next month
2. High tides have scoured under concrete at Onich Bay
IIJ to take to CA
3. Sustrans liability for Cycleway only 99 years
4. SL has passed on the information from M Kinnear
AB to chase
5. Fort William 2040 meeting in Ballachulish. It was felt that planners had edited submissions including a tunnel at Rannoch. Consensus that transport needs to be prioritised before development. Water supply was also raised.
Meeting closed at 8.40pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 7 February 7pm
Village Hall meeting 6.30

Minutes meeting 7th February

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 7 February 2019

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,, Jennifer Jarl, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Stewart Livingston, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also , Andrew Baxter , Gordon MacIntyre

Apologies Nicola Mair

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed AMC Seconded IJ

Matters Arising

Creag Mhòr cemetery

CC to ask villagers for support and suggestions re community acquisition
NLCA to discuss liability insurance
SL to complete paperwork
GM to send SL SCIO number (Community Association)

Speed Limits

AMC to print off and put notices on public noticeboard at school and filling station

Schools Reorganisation
AMC attended the meeting and had minutes.
St Brides is to be partnered with Glencoe.
Next meeting 27 February AMC to attend

Beach Clean
AMC to inform HC rubbish awaiting collection

A new officer has been appointed to Glencoe and has now started

Water tank
GM to find address for IJ to send letter expressing community interest

Cross cottage
Planning in principle has been granted. There was some confusion as to location
IJ to send planning reference number to AB
Bus Timetables
Laura Carpenter will send copies to be laminated and put inside bus shelters. Posters are OK if removed and the go ahead was given for the defibrillater sign

Scare children
DW to ask where speed monitoring took place and why a VAZ sign is not being taken seriously when so many motorists were exceeding 40mph

AMC to send a letter to organisations who no longer receive a donation

1. BBC Alba are looking for community events and news

1. No date yet for road closure at Croft 5 to connect water/sewage
There is a strong smell of sewage in the burn crossing the beach at Onich Bay
2. CC asked if Highland Council had formulated a Brexit policy
3. Photos of the condition of the road have been collected and are to be put on the website and FB
4. Jennifer Jarl handed in her resignation as she is now on the Board of the Community Association . She was thanked for her contribution over the years by the chair. There are now two council vacancies.
5. Concern was noted about rubbish collecting on the Cycleway and water continuously running across it at Creag Mhor
6. Marlyn MacDonald was supportive of creating additional parking at the school from the end of the playing field.
AAB to follow up
IJ to write a letter with MMs consent
7. AMC to advertise the Priority Service Register on website
IJ to get pamphlets
8. Dial 105 is a little known service which logs your location and notify SSE in the event of a power failure.
9. The Community Service Criminal Justice team will build the new CC noticeboard s if given a template.
IJ to contact
CC to enquire about a discount on slates
10. IJ enquired as to expansion and parking at Innis na Bhuilin cemetery

Meeting closed at 8.30pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 7 March 7pm

Adopted 7th March