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Annual General Meeting 2014

October 14, 2014

Dornie Invitation to Members   Notice is hereby given that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held in Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie on Tuesday 11th of November at 7.30pm, for the following purposes:  

  1. To receive the directors’ reports and the accounts of the Company for the year ended 31st March 2014.
  1. Approval of the accounts.
  1. To fix the annual subscriptions.
  1. To elect directors. In terms of the Company’s Articles of Association it is noted that one third of the Directors must retire by rotation at this AGM.

Director Nomination Forms must be returned no later than 7pm on 4th November If you are unable to attend but wish to appoint a proxy, the proxy form must be lodged at the Registered Office [Coigach Community Hall] not less than 48 hours before the time of the meeting at which the proxy is to be used. Click to download  a Membership Form 2014,   Form of Proxy  or Directors Nomination Form 2014  or please contact: LDOs  Anne Campbell  (622 274) or Julia Campbell (622 379), or ask a current CCDC director (Iain Muir, Iain Scott, Ben Walton, Phil Shaughnessy, Steve Husband, Linda Macleod, Ann Macleod). As a reminder of one of our Articles of Association (Article 13), although all members are invited to attend, only members who have paid their current annual subscription (£5) are entitled to vote or take part in the AGM. If you have not done so this year, you may pay your subscription on the night. Accounts for the year will be circulated to members 21 days prior to the AGM.

Geological Journey from Achnahaird to Garvie Bay

September 9, 2014


Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Open Days

August 25, 2014

What does the landscape of
Coigach & Assynt mean to you?
Meet the CALLP team and partners

Assynt from Achnahaird

ELPHIN VILLAGE HALL: Monday 1 September 4-8pm 

COIGACH COMMUNITY  HALL: Tuesday 2 September 4-8pm 

  •  Bring along a photo of Coigach/Assynt and enter the competition.
  • Add your name to the contractors/local businesses list
  • Have a cup of tea!

For further details about this and other related events please click here: CALL OPEN DAY POSTER


Adventures in retail

August 18, 2014

Pink Elephant


Our shop popped-up as planned last Wednesday and it was a busy couple of days. People brought in donations of jumble – and of course bought more to take home again. The old smokehouse shop and packing room were full of treasures – everything from designer dresses to homemade chutney. In the old prep room, stall-holders touted their wares which included toys being sold for holiday pocket money, mounted antlers (a must for any Highland home) and an interesting selection of household goods, and as you can see, there was a curiously wide variety of dark and/or 3d specs which everyone had to try….

We plan to open the shop over the next couple of weeks  when we are in the office (usually Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings) but if you want to browse please phone Julia 01854 622 379 to arrange access.  Eventually we’ll parcel up what’s left over and distribute to charity shops. If you suddenly find the need for a self-turning spaghetti fork, or a fondue set don’t hesitate to call us! There’s also great coffee machine, a useful wheelie shopping trolley and some very nice bits and pieces awaiting re-homing.

And if you would like to start a shop of your own…do let us know. This building is full of possibilities and even just running our jumble shop showed it in a completely different aspect.

By the way, if anyone has any old chairs (kitchen/office/dining type) looking for a new home please let us know: we sold some of ours by mistake (such was the enthusiasm for buying and selling).



Junk, Jumble and Jollification…

July 28, 2014

Pink Elephant Pop Up Achiltibuie

De-cluttering? Your trash may well be someone else’s treasure! We’re making use of the shop and prep area in the former Achiltibuie Smokehouse to dip our toes into the world of retail. Selfridges it’s not, but there’s a chance to pick up a bargain or even raise some holiday money by taking a stall and selling your “preloved” clothes or toys – or perhaps your own produce, collectibles or crafts?  It’s also an opportunity to carry out some test marketing for a future business;  to see what your customers think and if you want to take it further. If you do, please get in touch with us as space may be available in the refurbished building.

There’s plenty of space just now – so if you buy something that needs restyling, you can come and paint or dolly it up a bit. We may even run a few upcycling workshops to transform your bargain purchases.

If you wish to take a stall or arrange dropping off your donations please email  or phone the office 01854 622 744 or Julia Campbell 01854 622 379 or 07745205 433.  And if you can lend shelves, coat hangers or any other useful shoppy things please get in touch!

The View from Altandhu

July 16, 2014
Brighter later...

Brighter later…

Greetings from our new office. CCDC staff (all 1.54 of them) have relocated to the former smokehouse building in Altandhu. We are based in the Coigach Suite (aka the portacabin round the back) so feel free to call by and admire our gracious surroundings – by the time you read this we will have some guest tea mugs .  Please get in touch first to make sure we are around -

NEW phone number:  01854 622 744

NEW email:

NEW office: the Smokehouse, Altandhu, Achiltibuie IV26 2YR

And it was..

And it was..


Our registered office remains Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie IV26 2YG



A Brief Update

May 6, 2014

Our Newsletter…

is in the pipeline but in the meantime, here’s the latest from CCDC

Achiltibuie Tractor





Achiltibuie Schoolhouse

Still empty…  but we had an excellent response to our petition. We asked the community if they were in support of surveying the schoolhouse with a view to possible community ownership. We now have at least the 20% support required to seek funding for the next step which is undertaking a structural survey. Highland Council may be able to transfer the building to us – providing we can prove that they don’t need it anymore and that we can put it to do good use. Current possibilities include a community-owned family home, conversion to flats, a flat and work/office space …or indeed, a schoolhouse!  Any of these would be a great asset to the community but whatever happens it’s clear the house needs work and improvements to bring it up to modern standards.


Acheninver Youth Hostel


SYHA Postcard

The Youth Hostel will see another season under the management of      Scottish Youth Hostel Association but its future after that looks unsure.  We continue to discuss future arrangements with owners Scottish  Wildlife Trust and the SYHA. Is it practical to run as a community-  owned hostel? Do we have the resources? Could we make it work? All  these remain questions and as yet we don’t have answers!  We know  people in the community are concerned about the hostel which has  been bringing visitors from all over the world since it opened in the  1930’s. Does today’s visitor require more sophisticated  accommodation? Or is there a market for staying in basic accommodation? It is in a spectacular location and we’re sure someone, somewhere would just love to come and run it! Join the debate on our Facebook page: Coigach Community Development Company or email

High Speed Broadband Coverage

The high-speed, fibre-optic network is expanding. The cities have it, it’s coming soon to towns, a little later to some rural areas, later still to others and there are some places that it doesn’t look like it’s going to reach. Guess where? We are looking at options and seeking advice so that Coigach doesn’t miss out. Access to speedy, efficient broadband is now (or certainly will be) essential for most businesses and evidence shows it influences people’s choice of where to live and work. It’s particularly relevant here where so many people work from home, are self-employed or live some distance from services, customers and suppliers.


Coigach residents gather to wait while their status uploads.

Coigach residents gather to wait while their status uploads.


Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape

New staffing news include the appointment of Coigach’s own Richard Willliams as CALL Development Manager, while the new Assistant Development Manager post will be shared by Fiona Saywell and Elaine MacAskill from Assynt.

Keep up with project plans, what’s on and volunteering news on the CALL Website

And something for the weekend.. Culag Wild Wood Weekend: Friday 9th May: 6.30pm Barbeque, 7.30pm Activities for all, 8.30pm Music round the bonfire. For further details please contact   phone 01571 844 368    Food, drinks, camping … all welcome.  First burger & drink provided then BYO drink and food to barbeque.    wild woods ccwt poster


Badentarbet Pier and Old Dornie

Following the release of the report we commissioned from Wallace Stone which confirmed that Badentarbet Pier is in a poor state of repair, Coigach Community Council (CCC) made an open invitation to discuss the matter at their meeting on 10th Februrary. The report highlighted the problems but also made recommendations for potential improvements and work required.  Following the meeting, a new Piers and Harbours Users Group was formed and is currently working under the auspices of the  CCC  addressing the issues raised.


Achiltibuie Smokehouse

Development Officer Peter Muir is working on improvements to the building and CCDC Staff will soon be moving into the the smokehouse office – where you can visit!  Once the phone line is installed we’ll post the new number here on the website but for the time being we can be contacted via our new email addresses:

For general enquires please contact:

Local Development Officers:

Anne Campbell

Julia Campbell 

And remember, if you are looking for a covered (clean-ish) space to work in the short term, the smokehouse is available – at no charge. Once we’re installed it should be easier to pop in – but do get in touch if you would like to use space in the smokehouse for work or projects.


Ahoy There!



Coigach Coastal Rowing Regatta takes place Friday 16th/ Saturday 17th May. St Ayles’ Rowing Skiffs from all over Scotland will be here for a weekend of maritime fun and competition with our own boats; the Coigach Lass and the Lily-Rose.  On Friday 16th May there is an open screening of artist Neville Gabie’s film AFLOAT which documents the building, launch and activities of the Coigach skiffs.  AFLOAT will be shown at 7pm in Coigach Community Hall. All welcome. For further details click on  Coigach Coastal Rowing  and for information about Neville Gabie’s  film click: AFLOAT .

For accommodation visit Achiltibuie Tourist Association’s website  for camping contact Port a Bhaigh Campsite (opposite the Fuaran Bar).



Renewable News

CCDC and subsiduary companies Ben Mor Hydro and Coigach Wind Power Ltd were recently shortlisted for a FReSh  Award in early May.  FReSh  (Fintry Renewable Energy Show) is an exciting annual event, which showcases a wide variety of community initiatives including innovative ideas for transport, food, housing; inspirational speakers and lots of informative events, stalls and activities. A great weekend all round (but we couldn’t go) – to see what we missed click here! FReSh  And congratulations to  Callander Community Hydro who won the award!


A Night to Remember

Tuesday 3rd June 2014, Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie  BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHESTRA are back!

The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful and driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies. The richness and dynamism of Balkan music is on display here in all its untamable glory.

Tickets on sale at the door.   Further info here: Budapest Cafe Orchestra

And for other nights to remember.. ceilidhs, concerts and other goings on click here What’s On in Coigach 

Coigach Gathering 2014:  Saturday 5 July, Badentarbet Green.



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