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cooltext299754043265839Here are two upcoming events for your calendar on the 4th October 2018 which we hope you will be able to attend.

Between 4:00pm-7:00pm in the Strathdearn Village Hall there will be an informal drop-in Community Engagement event which will focus on the latest developments of the new Community Hub to allow you to study the visuals and plans of the completed project and see where we are in the timeline to commencing work. Our build team, Compass Building and Construction Services Ltd and Torrance Partnership, will be in attendance along with members of the Board to answer any of your questions and give you an update on the project. It would be great to see you there and to get feedback for this exciting venture.

Straight after this event the Strathdearn Community Developments AGM will be held from 7:00pm. We will be giving you an update on a number of projects and what the company has been doing in the last year with the main focus of the evening being on the new community hall. We also intend to deal with a variety of governance matters requiring your involvement and the meeting will conclude with a Q and A session. Business will include:

- the appointment of up to four elected directors. Three existing directors will be standing down with two putting themselves forward for re-election but any ordinary member can be nominated to stand by two other ordinary members. Should the number of valid nominations exceed the number of positions available, the candidates will be chosen by ballot on the evening. The nomination forms are available on request to this email and completed forms can be returned by email or posted to the Strathdearn Village Hall. The final date they must be received by is 27 September.

- seeking approval for the final accounts for Strathdearn Community Developments for years 2017-18. An overview of the financial activities for both the charity and the trading company in the year will also be presented at the meeting.

- approving the minutes from the previous AGM.

Due to the one year expiry date on proxy voting forms, any ordinary member wishing to vote in the event of a ballot but who are unable to attend the meeting would need to submit a new proxy voting form which can be obtained from the Company Secretary for return by 2 October 2018. We will inform you before the AGM in the event that a ballot is required in order to allow you to submit a proxy form in advance of the meeting.   

Links for many of these documents are provided at the foot of this email.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th.

The Board of Strathdearn Community Developments


AGM minutes September 2017 here

SCD final accounts to March 2018 attached 

Company Membership forms available here

Proxy and Candidate Nomination forms available on request 

Meeting Agenda to follow

Ztrathdearn Kidz ZonePublished at the request of Helen Bailey

**** Breaking news and survey reminder ****

Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD) are keen to know what Strathdearn Hall play park users feel about proposed changes to the current facility. A survey opened 8th August 2018, sought opinion on the proposed Strathdearn Hall site plan by asking play park users to send thoughts relating to the play park provision. image (view site plan here) (4.38 MB)

This survey is still open; however, due to recent updates, the closing date is extended to 14th September 2018. The updates relate chiefly to a proposed additional play area, complementary to the play areas already earmarked at the hall, as described below:

    SCD are considering, pending funds and planning approval, to relocate the existing play equipment from the Strathdearn Hall site to a new play area below Old Mill Road.

    The existing play park equipment will be safety checked prior to re-installation.

    Any newly created play area is unlikely to be in place prior to completion of the Hub.

    The tender submitted by the appointed Hub construction firm, Compass, includes removal and storage, but not re-installation, of the existing play park equipment. The tender does not include purchase of new play park equipment.

    Compass' tender includes landscaping at the Strathdearn Hall site, including needs arising from play area-related decisions. Compass may be asked to install any new play park equipment, as they are experienced in working with play equipment suppliers.

SCD wishes to thank those who have already responded to the survey - we appreciate your input! We hope you will send any further thoughts you have in light of recent updates. We hope to hear from as many play park users as possible. Please send as long or short a response as you wish. There is no right or wrong answer - it is your opinion that counts!

Please respond by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (include 'Play park survey' in the subject bar) or by post to Play park survey, Strathdearn Hall, Tomatin, Inverness, IV13 7YN. All responses will be treated confidentially, and at no point, will personal information be publicly disclosed; I may however, include direct quotes in my analysis.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With thanks

Helen Bailey, on behalf of SCD


Published at the request of Helen Bailey:

swings thingsCalling all parents, grandparents, carers, etc, who use the play park at Strathdearn Hall with their little ones. Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD) would love to hear from you!

As you probably know, Strathdearn Hall is being redeveloped to create a new community hub. As part of this work, changes will be made to the existing play park. SCD wants to know what you, the users of the existing and new facilities, think about the current plan for the play park.

The architect’s plan (as it currently stands) shows the existing play park equipment divided into two areas, with the smaller toddler equipment to the area in front of the café, and the larger swing and climbing frame to the gable end. The current plan can be viewed on the SCD website and Strathdearn Facebook page. The current play park plan was also discussed recently at a hub meeting on 25th July at Strathdearn Hall.

What do you think about the current plan for the play park at Strathdearn Hall – please tell us!

As a trained academic researcher, and mother of two young children living in Tomatin, I am working voluntarily with SCD to collect and analyse your responses. You can submit your thoughts on the play park in the following ways: via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (include ‘Play park survey’ in the subject bar) or by post to Play park survey, Strathdearn Hall, Tomatin, Inverness, IV13 7YN. All responses will be treated confidentially, and at no point, will personal information be publicly disclosed; I may however, include direct quotes in my analysis. If you wish to be personally involved in further discussions regarding the play park, please include a statement to that effect, together with your contact details.

Please send as long or as short a response as you wish, in relation to any aspect of play park provision you feel is of importance. I will analyse the responses to determine the common themes. The resulting information will be used by SCD, in discussion with the architect, for the ongoing development of the hub plans. There will be future opportunities to review updates to the hub plan, including any changes to the current proposed play park facilities.

The closing date for submitting your responses is Friday 7th September 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards

Helen Bailey, on behalf of SCD

The following letter was received by Community Council Chair Vivian Roden from Kyle Krievs, Project Manager, Transport Scotland.

Please note Transport Scotland have organised two public meetings - 07/06/18 in Strathdearn School and 08/06/18 in Strathdearn Hall -  where you can discuss any issues arising from these orders.

Vivian Roden Chair

Strathdearn Community Council 15 Old Mill Road

Tomatin IVG13 7YW

Our ref: A9_Ord_TtoM_20180517- 205491

Date: 17 May 2018

Dear Ms Roden,








The Scottish Ministers propose to make the above mentioned Orders. Please find enclosed a copy of the draft Orders, relevant plans and public notices.

Public Notices for the aforementioned Orders will appear in the Inverness Courier on Friday 18th May and Friday 25th May 2018, the Press and Journal on Friday 18th May and Friday 25th May 2018 and in the Edinburgh Gazette on Friday 18th May 2018.

Representatives from Transport Scotland and their consultant, Atkins Mouchel JV, will be in attendance at the following public exhibition to answer any questions surrounding the scheme proposals.


Strathdearn Primary School Hall, Tomatin, IV13 7YN


Thursday 7th June 2018

Open to Public

4.30 pm to 8.00 pm


Strathdearn Village Hall, Tomatin, IV13 7YN


Friday 8th June 2018

Open to Public

11.00 am to 6.00 pm


Yours sincerely,

Kyle Krievs Project Manager,


Defib01Strathdearn Medical Group recently purchased 2 defibrillators with money from the Charitable Trust. One will be situated in Moy when a suitable site has been secured. The other was today installed on the wall of the Millennium Hall, near the main door.

Please make yourself familiar with the location of this Automated External Defibrillation unit (AED). Every second is important in an emergency situation where someone is suffering a heart attack. In particular, people using the covered sports facility should take notice. Strenuous physical exercise can sometimes trigger these cardiac events.

The unit contains clear pictorial instructions to enable anyone to safely use the device, even without training. If someone in the vicinity suffers a heart attack, immediately ring 999 then open the box and follow the instructions. The wall-mounted box containing the AED is sealed. The seals can be easily broken but PLEASE DO NO BREAK THE SEALS EXCEPT IN AN EMERGENCY. An alarm will go off and the seals will have to be replaced and the equipment checked  at considerable expense to the community.

Liz Campbell of the Medical Group recently held a training night in the Hall where14 volunteers practised using the AED and other CPR techniques.

We'll publish similar information on the location of the Moy defibrillator once it's been installed. Watch this space!


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