News about and concerning the local area

16 February 2018Adopted minutes from December CC meeting now available

The minutes from the December Community Coincil meting were adopted at this week's meeting and are available HERE

12 February 2018Black Isle Men's Shed announces dates

"A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction.

A place of leisure where men come together to work."

There are now some 430 Men's Sheds in the UK with over 10,000 members and a group of like-minded men from the Black Isle have now come together to form the Black Isle Men's Shed.




07 February 2018Help wanted from Australia to trace ancestors


We have received the following request from John Macrow: john.macrow@icloud.com

Can anyone help?


In my role as Family Historian have discovered a Great Grandfather was Rev. Colin Mackenzie b1707 d1801. 1st Glack Estate Aberdeenshire and chaplain of the initial 1778 Macleod Highlanders. Have identified a family photo as his 2nd youngest of 8 daughters Betty Mackenzie who married Dingwall Baille Postmaster Patrick 'Peter' Hay so now looking for images of Colin. His lineage may also have a few portraits from what I see you have in Fortrose Hall.

Warm regards from Sunny Melbourne where the Fairbairn family immigrated to way back in 1853 leaving Stornoway.

John Macrow

06 February 2018Consultaion on Changes to Stagecoach bus services

Please see below the email sent to Craig Fraser (Highland Councillor) from Stagecoach. Anyone is free to reply to the consultation.


From: Kim Masson [mailto:kim.masson@stagecoachbus.com
Sent: 05 February 2018 17:31
To: Kirsten McIntosh; Caitlin Anderson
Subject: Highlands Timetable Consultation



Please see below link to our timetable consultation for Inverness and the Black Isle which is open to the public for feedback until Sunday 18th February. All feedback should be sent to nscotmarketing@stagecoachbus.com 

This page is available through the homepage of our website on both the carousel banner and in the service update section. We will also be circulating using social media and our mailing list, however any assistance you can provide in sharing the details would be hugely appreciated to allow us to reach as many people as possible in this consultation. 

Should you require any further information please just let me know. I'm out of the office for the next couple of days but will be available on email and my mobile - 07825 937205. 



Kim Masson 
Marketing Manager 
Stagecoach North Scotland 

Tel: 01224 597561 
Mob: 07825 937205

16 January 2018Registration for Fortrose Pre-School

Registration for Fortrose Pre-School will take place on Tiesday 13th and Friday 16th February at the times below:

22 December 2017Key Council publications will help shape future of the Highlands

The latest outlook for future development and housing delivery across the Highlands has been announced by the Highland Council today (Thursday, 21 December 2017) together with measures to support the delivery of roads, schools and other infrastructure. 

The publication of a package of related documents – the ‘Housing Land Audit’, the ‘School Roll Forecasts’ and a new ‘Delivery Programme for the Inner Moray Firth area’ – aims to provide updated forecasts for housing delivery and clearer information on the requirements for development and infrastructure projects.  

All 3 documents are available on the council’s website at the following links:
•         www.highland.gov.uk/housinglandaudit
•         www.highland.gov.uk/deliveryprogramme
•         www.highland.gov.uk/schoolroll

These publications have been aligned for the first time to provide more accurate monitoring of infrastructure and development and allow the Council to better prioritise its investment decisions. 
The Housing Land Audit 2017 is an assessment of the housing land supply available in the Highland Council area as at 1st June 2017.  The audit sets out a programme of expected housing delivery over the initial 5 year period and the following 10 years and includes expectations for the delivery of new homes up to 2031.

The main findings are that the existing planned developments provide an adequate supply of available housing land across the Highland area. The publication follows a consultation earlier in the year which invited responses from developers, landowners, Housing Associations, public agencies and the public to help identify more accurate and realistic forecasts of housing delivery, and the timing of supporting infrastructure.

The School Roll Forecasts identify the expected pupil rolls for each of the primary and secondary schools across Highland over the next 15 years.  The forecasts, which are updated annually, incorporate a wide range of factors including the programmed rate of housing development (from the Housing Land Audit) population changes and school placing requests.

The new Delivery Programme for the Inner Moray Firth area is illustrated in a new online interactive map www.highland.gov.uk/deliveryprogramme.  The Council will be using it to monitor, implement and share details of the actions needed to support forecasted housing growth within the Inner Moray Firth area. The Delivery Programme will be used to coordinate investment in development and infrastructure and will be revised and amended as infrastructure is delivered, opportunities for new development are presented and as pressures change over time.

Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee said: “The alignment of these publications provides the Council with detailed and up to date information on where development will happen and what infrastructure is needed.” 

Councillor Andrew Baxter, Chair of the Council’s People Committee added: “These publications allow for better prioritisation of council resources and more informed investment decisions, which is particularly welcome when planning for the Council services and school estate to support future communities.”

17 December 2017November MInutes

Approved November minutes of FRCC available in Documents/Minutes section.

15 December 2017FRCC approved minutes from October 17

The minutes of the October meeting of the Community Council are now available in the Documents/Minutes section HERE

12 December 2017Community Council organises Christmas Highland Foodbank donation week-end

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council is organising a donation this week-end for the

Highland Foodbank ahead of Christmas.  Residents can leave donations either under the Fortrose Christmas tree (off Cathedral Square) or in the local Spar, Rosemarkie. 

“We’re delighted to support the Highland Foodbank and felt the most symbolic place for donations in Fortrose is under the Christmas tree.  It’s also great that Spar, Rosemarkie is happy to take donations for too” says Sarah Atkin, Chairperson, Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council.  “It’s easy to forget that many people in the Highlands are struggling to put food on the table.  Christmas is a time for giving and we hope the community will show their support for this initiative.” 

Suitable non-perishable items are listed on village notice boards and below:

21 November 2017Community Partnership Meeting

The next meeting of the Mid Ross Community Partnership will take place on 30th of November at 2pm in the Theatre at Fortrose Academy. It will concentrate on the priorities for adults health and social care issues in the Mid Ross area.  The Agenda is as follows:


Mid Ross Community Partnership

November 30th 2017


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Actions from last meetings
    1. Partners will be asked to update on any actions they had from the previous meeting
  4. Adults Integration Plan
    1. Partners will receive a presentation on the current position of the Adults plan, development process and consider how this can be progressed or modified given local concerns/pressures.
  5. Falls Approach - Partners will hear about the local issues regarding people falling in the community, with examples provided by several agencies.
    1. Partners will be asked to consider how a joined up approach can be generated to improve the situation.
  6. Actions
  7. Next Meeting date confirmation

Details of the Mid-Ross Community Patrnership can be found HERE

20 November 2017October Minutes of FRCC

The pproved minutes from the October Community Council meeting are now available HERE

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