Friday 9 March Issue Number 2276


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Ullapool High School has received £15,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, the Men of Lochbroom through the eyes of the children of Lochbroom in Ullapool. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on remembering the men from the Lochbroom area that left to fight in World War One.   The project is based on a book written just after the war by the widow of one of our local soldiers entitled ‘The Men of Lochbroom’, which commemorates the men from Lochbroom who did not return from the war.   Although this project has many parts the final outcome is to produce another book in memory of these men as a number of additional soldiers have been identified as lost in action since the original book was made. We will also be producing a film of the journey that the students took in creating this book.   In order to research the soldiers who died the students will be visiting museums, talking to relatives of those who died, and working closely with experts.   As part of the project we will be building a replica world War One battlefield full-size. This is so that students can experience what life is like as a soldier, also so that the wider community can engage with what life was like in the trenches. We will also be holding a community day at the battlefield where people will be invited to explore the battlefield itself, followed by a community football match to re-enact the Christmas Day truce football game. This will be the High School students versus the men’s team from Lochbroom area. We hope that this day will be very enjoyable for all involved.   As part of the legacy of this project we will also be building a permanent memorial to The Men of Lochbroom which will be located in the village. This memorial will be created by the community and relatives of the men who died. There will also be other opportunities throughout the project for the community to get involved both helping and learning new skills through workshops in willow fence making and ceramics.   As well as receiving Lottery funding we have also secured funding from Historic Environment Scotland for the project.   Also being a small supportive community we have had significant donations both financially and materially from a number of local businesses including; Ullapool Harbour Trust, Dundonnell Estate, Leckmelm Estate, Jewson’s, Fettes sawmill, and Safe Access.  

The overreaching aim of the project is to prevent WW1 being essentially forgotten and relegated to pages within a textbook. The true legacy of this project will be that young people for many years to come understand the implications within a community, of a world at war and continue to talk about WW1 with their children, the next generation.

Please follow our Facebook page – The Men of Lochbroom Through the eyes of the Children of Lochbroom to receive regular updates on the project as well as details of events and workshops.   We hope everyone will get involved and make the most of an excellent opportunity.

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Lochbroom Leisure staff decided to make the most of the heavy snow and have some fun with a snow swim on Saturday 3rd March. It all started as an idea for a bit of a laugh after the Beast from the East swept across the country with over 18 inches of snow falling in Ullapool spiralled into a fundraiser that was put together at very short notice by the staff who thought they could raise £200 for their local swimming pool.

There was a great crowd that came to watch this mad event which took place on the leisure centre grounds. The participants who took the plunge in -4 temperatures were Ciara Macpherson, Tom Grant, William Godding and Matthew Haughey. The staff said it was cold at first when they first jumped in, “However after hearing the spectators laughing and cheering us on it spurred us on to the finish. We were totally buzzing after and went straight for a sauna for a warm up.“

The money that has been raised so far has exceeded their expectations and is sitting at just under £2,000. With over 340,000 views and 5500 shares on social media, the staff are overwhelmed with the video’s success.

A big thank you to Steven Gourlay, Norman Todd, Noel Hawkins and Ruairidh Maclean for the videos, photos and input on the day.

Well done to all!