Local Boat Builders Win Top Award
Friday 10 March 2017 Issue No. 2226
Dan Johnson and Tim Loftus of Johnson and Loftus Boatbuilder, Ullapool, have won the Concours d'Elegance Boat of the Show award at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017, for their most recent craft.
Dan and Tim took the “Flying 10”, a boat they have recently been working on, down to London to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show last weekend and from the vast number of boats on show, they were awarded this most prestigious award.
The Flying 10 designed by Uffa Fox in 1949 is a single handed dinghy. Its the smallest of his 'Flying' series of keel boats. Dan and Tim built the boat over the winter and have constructed and crafted every part from keel to mast head. They cast the 90 kg iron keel themselves, building a small foundry for the process.
Sarah Treseder the RYA Chief Executive commented on the boat: "The huge attention to detail was staggering. We couldn't believe the boat had actually been sailed and thought surely something this pristine hasn't been on the water. For me it was the meticulous detail, the beautiful grain of the wood, and the thought that had gone into every single millimetre, including the bits that people don't see like the way the keel bolts are all beautifully lined up. We were unanimous in our choice, but I'm pretty sure every single visitor to the show would have been as well. Well done!"
Pictured above are Dan Johnson and Tim L:oftus (centre) being presented with the trophy.
CELEBRITY COOK OPENS NEW SERIES WITH ULLAPOOL’S SEAFOOD SHACK
Friday 3 March 2017 Issue No. 2225
Fenella, Mary & Kirsty!
Photo courtesy of the Seafood Shack
Ullapool celebrated its foodie credentials when TV star cook Mary Berry opened her new series Mary Berry Everyday with a visit to the Seafood Shack. The 6 part series is running on Monday nights on BBC2.
Kirsty Scobie, who set up the business on West Argyle Street with Fenella MacRae last year, showed Mary one of her bestselling dishes - takeaway spineys in the lightest batter with mayonnaise. The Seafood Shack ensures the freshness of their food by using the daily catch from Kirsty’s partner, fisherman Josh Talbot.
Josh proved to be a bit of a cooking star himself as he panfried langoustines with a dash of lemon over a beach fire for their celebrity guest. Mary Berry said the result was “the best thing I've ever had!"
Fisherman to Masterchef?
Cross country peaks challenge in aid of Highland Hospice
Whilst many people do sponsored walks and others climb hills for charity, Dylan Bentley from Kylesku has decided to combine both activities in a challenging multi peak event in aid of Highland Hospice.
Dylan is aiming to walk from Kylesku on the west coast in Sutherland to Dingwall on the east but will be avoiding roads and instead opting for an extreme cross country route covering approximately 90 miles and intentionally aiming for some of the main mountains on the way.
The route is one that Dylan hopes will be best achieved in snow and ice and he intends to carry all his equipment and kit with him, camping out over night on the way. His pack will be at least 40 kg when he sets off, and depending on weather conditions he hopes to make the crossing in 8 days. The planned route will take in: Glas Bheinn 776m, Beinn Uidhe 740m, Conival 987m, Ben More Assynt 998m, Croick Church (not a mountain but an interesting waypoint), Beinn Tharsuinn 710m, Carn Gorm 742m, Tom a Choinnich 953m, and Ben Wyvis 1046m.
Dylan intends to raise funds for the Highland Hospice during this challenge, a charity that has previously offered help to his family and friends during some testing times.
For further information and to follow and possibly sponsor Dylan's effort, please visit www.snowalone.co.uk
KNIT YOUR OWN REVOLUTION !
Friday 10 February 2017
It was cold and seriously wet last Saturday but it didn’t deter local people from gathering at Ullapool Clock to signal their opposition to the policies of Theresa May and Donald Trump. They also sent out a positive message by using the event to knit blankets and hats for refugees.
No guillotine …. yet!
LOCAL WOMAN REACHES SHORTLIST FOR BABY BOX DESIGN COMPETITION
Friday 27 January 2017
The final six designs for Scotland’s Baby Box have been revealed by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald.
One of them is the work of Ullapool’s Ruth Hamilton, pictured, whose mum Christine read about the competition in the Ullapool News! Ruth is in her fourth year of an Architecture degree at Edinburgh College of Art.
Having read about the Baby Box initiative, Ruth said, “The notion of being involved in a scheme aiming to promote equality from the very beginning of every child’s life” was important to her, “as well as the potential of having something I designed in tens of thousands of homes across the country”.
Talking about her shortlisted entry, Ruth said, “Traditionally, each clan or family in Scotland is represented by a tartan. The origin of my design was for a modern interpretation of tartan that could be customised to represent the variety of individual families in Scotland and record memories of a baby’s early years; effectively weaving their own story and resultant pattern.
The brief asked that the design draw inspiration from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, so every band of colour and the associated imagery references one of these, such as the right to a family, or to play”.
All six designs were revealed on 23rd January at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where Mr McDonald said, “This competition has absolutely captured the imagination and creativity of young designers throughout the country and I am extremely impressed by the exceptionally high quality of all the entries we received. One of these designers will not only receive exclusive mentoring from leading Scottish designers Scott Jarvie and Holly Fulton as well as a prize of £1,000 but will see their idea rolled out on every box, for every baby in Scotland, once they launch nationwide this Summer.”
V&A Museum of Design Dundee is running the national competition on behalf of the Scottish Government. Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “Scotland’s Baby Box is a fantastic initiative, helping to give newly-born children across the country an equal start in life. Part of the project is that the winner of the competition will continue to have mentoring support from judges Holly Fulton and Scott Jarvie, two of Scotland’s most talented designers. We hope this will be a fantastic support to the winner as they themselves set out on their own professional career.”
The winning design will be put into production and rolled out on every Baby Box from Summer 2017 until March 31 2019.
Good Luck Ruth!
300 Farmers of Scotland by Eilidh MacPherson
This fascinating new book profiles the hard-working farmers and crofters of Scotland, including a good number from the north-west Highlands and Islands, including Scott Renwick, who farms Inverbroom with son Farquhar and nephew Gavin MacDonald.
The book is divided into geographical sections, with useful summary statistics for each area including the amount of land under farming or crofting. The workforce statistics include the huge number of working spouses, for farming and crofting is definitely a family affair; while a quick check of the direct labour force in each area shows that this industry is still the backbone of our economy.
The various profiles look at the way the land is used and why, and the relationship between the occupier and the owner if the ground is tenanted. It is clear that farmers have to make constant important decisions in the course of their lives: not just buying and selling livestock but occasionally taking on new areas of land and new breeds at great risk.
The section covering the Highlands and Islands includes crofters and farmers from not only Lochbroom but Durness, Glenshiel, Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, Skye and Muck. This section and the Argyll section give a good idea of how tough a lifestyle crofting and farming in the west has to be.
The author is herself a farmer and a farmer’s wife. Originally from Skye, she now farms in south-west Scotland. She has taken nearly all the photographs in this profusely illustrated book and has captured very well the huge range of characters and landscapes to be found across the country. Many of the photos are of livestock out on the hills and of the sheepdogs so needed to look after them, including a lovely picture of Scott Renwick’s dogs (pictured).
Crofters and farmers come across as tough, dedicated and resourceful people. The book is a good tribute to the crofting and farming way of life.
380 pages, price £25.00, available locally.
for the new 2017/18 telephone directory
Design the Front Cover Competition
Draw a Cartoon for the Back Cover
While we are preparing the new telephone directory we invite everyone to put on their thinking caps and hone their design skills as we are again holding two competitions:
DESIGN THE FRONT COVER of the new telephone directory. This can be a photo, sketch, computer designed, anything at all that has some relevance to Ullapool and the surrounding area. Space needs to be left at the top for the Ullapool News Logo Heading and somewhere the words “Ullapool & District Local Telephone Directory” needs to be incorporated. The design must be A4 portrait size.
Entry is open to all, of any age, and the winner chosen by the Ullapool News Team, will receive a cheque for £100.
DRAW A CARTOON FOR THE BACK COVER of the new telephone directory. This again should have some relevance to the area and again the winner chosen by the team will receive a cheque for £100.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Tuesday 14 February
Designs should be sent to:
2017/18 telephone directory competitions
Ullapool News Office
Ullapool, IV26 2XE
or by email to
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