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15 February 2020VE Day Celebrations

We have been sent the letter below regarding celebrations to mark the 

75th anniversary of VE day.

At our meeting on 12th February we decided that we would not initiate any

celebrations ourselves but would support anyone wishing to do so.





VE Day 75 provides an exceptional opportunity to pay tribute to the millions of women who contributed so much to the war effort during 1939-45. They played such a vital role during the years of conflict, with the vast majority of them not knowing if their husbands, sons, daughters and sweethearts would ever return home during or after the war ended.


So let us ALL ensure that the VE Day 75 celebrations on the 8th May this year recognise and thank the many millions of women throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and other allied countries around the world who worked so tirelessly, and sacrificed so much during WWII.


As part of our celebrations, four young women will climb the four highest Peaks in the United Kingdom – Ben Nevis, Scotland; Mount Snowdon, Wales; Scafell Pike, England, and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.  When reaching the top of their Peak at 3pm on the 8th May, they will undertake the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WWII' on behalf of women around the world. It will be the first time such an undertaking has occurred so we applaud their initiative.


We would therefore, like the communities throughout Scotland to encourage the women within their communities to pay a personal tribute to their courageous forebears by raising a glass or another refreshment of their choice and carry out the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WWI' at a location of their preference at 3pm on the 8th May. Let us ALL ensure the important part played by women during WWII is truly celebrated and NOT forgotten.


This event also provides a unique opportunity for local communities to involve the various homes for the elderly within local areas too, ensuring they feel part of the celebrations on 8th May this year.


VE Day 75, over the VE Day 75 Weekend of 8th - 10th May 2020, will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions of people who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes armed forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others who safeguarded the home front.


The following series of commemorative events over the weekend will recognise the contributions of everyone during WWII, while raising valuable funds for our charity partner, SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity, which has been supporting service personnel, veterans and their families since 1885.

  • The piping of Battle's O'er & VE 75 Years
  • The Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WWII
  • The Cry for Peace Around the World
  • Churches & cathedrals Ringing Out for Peace
  • Street parties and celebrations in pubs, clubs and hotels, on town and village greens and in village halls
  • Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading of the Tribute to the Millions and the playing of the Last Post and Reveille.


For further information and those wishing to take part, along with registering their involvement, please go to the VE day 75 website – www.veday75.org and register your/their event by NO later that 30th April to enable us to keep in touch with them, along with informing the media of your/their involvement nearer the time.




My warmest regards,



Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR

Pageantmaster VE Day 75

Tel: + 44 (0) 7737 262 913

Email: brunopeek@mac.com

Website: www.veday75.org

13 February 2020Update on Fortrose Care Home

We have received an update from Parklands Homes on the Construction of the Care Home in Fortrose. The Full update is available HERE

The construction is expected to be completed in mid-June weather permitting and the works on the sewer drainage by the end of February.


12 February 2020Common Good Register Available

A Register of the Assets of the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Common Good has been published by the Highland Council . It is available for download HERE


29 January 2020Bursaries available to help University or College Costs

23 January 2020Report of Performance of the Highland Council

Periodically the Accounts Commission, acting for the Scottish Government assess the performance of the Highland Council. Their latest report is now available HERE.

The summary findings of the report are:

1 The Commission accepts the Controller of Audit’s report on Best Value
in Highland Council. We endorse the recommendations set out by the
Controller of Audit in his report and expect the council to act upon
them and demonstrate improvement in the next 12 months.
2 We are disappointed with the progress made by the council since our
previous Best Value audit in 2010.
3 We are concerned in particular that the council is not demonstrating
that it is financially sustainable. In recent years the council has a poor
record of meeting budget gaps, and thus it is critical that it meets
a forecast budget gap of up to £77.3 million in the two years from
2020/21. Recent improvements in financial governance and controls
will be vital in delivering this requirement.
4 We note with concern the Controller’s conclusion that the council is not
demonstrating all aspects of Best Value, but we acknowledge that there
has been an increase in the pace of the change required to do this. We
underline that the council needs to get better at its self-evaluation to
be clearer about how it can improve. It is disappointing for example
to note poor service performance, not least in the priority area of
5 Difficult decisions lie ahead for the council, requiring effective
leadership. We therefore urge elected members to continue to work
constructively together with officers and communities. Recent changes
to decision-making and scrutiny structures will be integral to this, as
will members making use of better quality performance information to
fulfil their responsibilities.
6 We note recent and ongoing changes to senior officer team and
structure and we encourage the collaborative leadership required with
members to maintain an increasing pace of change. The ownership
and involvement of all staff in continuous improvement is another vital
element in moving forward.
7 The Commission acknowledges the significant challenges of the
geography and diversity of the Highlands. Given this context, we urge
better progress by the council to work with its partners in delivering
their community empowerment and locality planning obligations.
8 The nature of the Controller’s recommendations are significant and it
is vital that the council takes these forward to deliver Best Value. The
Commission will therefore maintain a close interest in how the council
moves forward. We ask the Controller of Audit to monitor this through
the annual audit and keep the Commission informed accordingly.

21 January 2020Community Market 1st February Fortrose Academy Theatre

21 January 2020Time to enrol for Fortrose Pre-School?

18 January 2020A9-B9161 Munlochy Junction Meeting

FRCC has been invited to attend a meeting to discuss the safety of the Munlochy Junction on the A9. FRCC will attend. Please send any points of concern to either Tom Heath at anisotropics@btinternet.com or directly to Kate Forbes MSP



11 January 2020A little money to help the Community

09 January 2020Minutes of December FRCC meeting approved

Approved minutes of the December FRCC meeting are available for download HERE

20 December 2019Consultation on No26 Bus Route Timetable

Stagecoach have invited indiviiduals and representative bodies to comment on proposed changes to the 26 Bus timetables. The consultation was advertised on the FRCC facebook page and elsewhere and on the basis of comments received sent in the following response:

In retrurn we have received the follwoing email from Stagecoach which makes interesting reading. We may make a further response dependent on further comments from the public.

18 December 2019Draft Tourist Strategy for the Black Isle is now available

The Black Isle Tourist Team are continuing their excellent work to develop a strategy for sustainable tourism in the Black Isle. Their draft strategy is available as a Power Point Presentation in the "DOCUMENTS - > miscellaneous > reports" folder of this site which may be accessed via the DOCUMENTS/MINUTES tab.

16 December 2019Fortrose Library Christmas Opening Hours 2019

16 December 2019Proposed |Changes to Library Opening Hours

Fortrose Library are proposing changes to their opening hours and are looking for your opinion. A form describing the proposals and asking for your response can be downloaded from     documents/consultations/library-hours.pdf

10 December 2019Collapse of Gabions on Rosemarkie Beach

The majority of the foreshore around Chanonry Ness is owned by the Common Good Fund. The Common Good Fund is the responsibility of its Trustees who are collectively the elected members of the Highland Council. The Trustees the advice from "experts" who are usually Highland Council employees. The Community Council has no authpity in matters relating to the Common Good but as a matter of courtesy are usually contacted by the Trustees for our views on local matters. We also make a point of notifying the Trustees when see problems with Common Good Assets.  We were notified in early November of small scale damage to a gabion basket close to the newly installed section by the Rosemarkie Campsite and on 9th November wrote to the Trustees advising them of the damage and of the danger of collapse if no action was taken. The issue was discussed by the Highland Councillors and advisers at a ward meeting soon after but no action was taken. We monitored the situation and wrote again on 27th November to say that the damage had spread and a large section of the defences were in danger of total collapse.  The collapse occured three days later as reported in our third letter of 30th November

The failure to take early action will cost the Common Good many thousands of pounds but given a) the limitation of the organisational structure of the Common Good b) The severe financial restrictions of the the Highland Council c) the poor financial state of the Common Good Fund caused by underutilisation of its main assets (the Campsites at Fortrose and Rosemarkie) and d) the ownership structure preventing local action it is not surprising that the coastline is collapsing and that the coastal defences are becoming ever more ineffective. 

The only encouraging news in this story is that the Highland Council are now trying to organsie a meeting with all interesting parties in an attempt to address the situation.

26 November 2019Children's Trail of Discovery

Children’s Trail of Discovery
St. Andrew’s Church, Academy Street, Fortrose

Elizabeth Harker of The Arts Society Highland is responsible for devising Children’s Trails of Discovery in The Highlands, the aim of which is to encourage children and adults alike to explore places of worship, to look at them with fresh eyes and learn more about their treasures, whether stained glass windows, architecture or simply the purposes of various items within the building. The Trails are somewhat like a treasure hunt, they inform, but are also tremendous fun and hopefully the experience will inspire participants to visit other places of worship.
The latest Trail of Discovery to be launched was at St. Andrew of Scotland’s Church Fortrose on Friday 8th November 2019 and was attended by about 40 young students from Fortrose Academy, two members of staff and about 20 members of the congregation. Two of the admirable illustrations used in the Trail were done by students from Fortrose Academy, to whom certificates were presented by The Arts Society Highland.
Canon Mel Langille, Rector of St Andrew’s, welcomed everyone and once instructions on how to proceed had been issued the children set off with their Question sheets to explore the church. On completion of the Trail, Canon Mel recounted his Sunday school days where his class was banished to the boiler room for bad behaviour. On the day of his ordination he visited the boiler room for a quiet time, when he spied a paper aeroplane lodged behind the boiler. He remembered the day he and his friends had ripped up their Sunday School lesson books and made paper aeroplanes. The one he found years later had his name written on it, so he put it in his pocket where it stayed for his ordination. These fond memories beautifully led into a creative and fun request to make paper aeroplanes out of the Question sheets and so the airborne planes officially launched the Trail of Discovery.
The Trail is available in the church (which is open every day) for every visitor to enjoy at their leisure. Question & Answer sheets, together with clipboards and pencils are available in the church. It is recommended that young children be accompanied by an adult when doing the Trail which takes about 30 minutes.
Trails of Discovery are already available to enjoy in Dyke and Edinkillie churches. Other churches in the Inverness area are due to be “discovered” in the near future.

Diana Hamilton-Jones
The Arts Society Highland - Young Arts

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