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Can you help Coigach buy the Smokehouse?

February 26, 2013

Altandhu - where the Smokehouse sits looking out over the Summer Isles

Achiltibuie Smokehouse Fundraising

Coigach Community Development Company has successfully secured £104,500 towards the £110,000 asking price for the vacant Achiltibuie smokehouse property. We now need to raise the remaining £5,500.

If CCDC succeed in completing the purchase, the award from the Scottish Land Fund will include funding for a project officer to drive forward the developments for the first two years, including help towards refurbishment and development of the building, and support with the establishment of one or more businesses in the premises.

Over many years the smokehouse was a central pillar of our local economy, and now following the departure of Summer Isles Foods it can regain that important role with the help of the community. There have been lots of ideas coming for the development of new and existing businesses in the building, bringing the prospect of steady local employment once more – we just need to complete the purchase!

We have already had some generous people come forward with spontaneous donations towards the funds we need.  CCDC would now like to extend an opportunity to everyone who would like to make a contribution to this new, challenging and exciting chapter in the life of the Coigach community by making a small (or large of course…!) financial contribution to it. We need to complete the purchase by mid-March, so unfortunately we don’t have time to organise any big fund-raising events.

Enquiries regarding a contribution can be directed to Julia Campbell (622379 / coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk). Cheques should be made out to : Coigach Community Development Company and can be posted to CCDC, FAO J. Campbell, Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie, IV26 2YG.

Details of our new fundraising account will be here very soon but we will of course welcome any contributions in the meantime!

Many thanks in advance for every contribution that helps us complete the purchase of the Achiltibuie Smokehouse. We plan to devise a creative way to acknowledge donors when the building is refurbished and welcome ideas for that too, but we will also respect the privacy of those who prefer to remain anonymous.

Thanks to all in Coigach and beyond who have supported us in spirit so far and of course the Big Lottery Fund, HIE and the Scottish Government for the funding award.

Julia Campbell

Local Development Officer

Coigach Community Development Company

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