THE Dux Honour at the Mackenzie Foundation School, Avoch, was shared by Mona Patience and Hugh Macleman.
Mr John Maciver, teller at the Munlochy branch of the Royal Bank has been appointed accountant.
Miss H C Anderson, a former pupil of Avoch Public School and Fortrose Academy, has passed in history and French at Edinburgh University.
In a single-handed Bowling Tournament at Inverness, Mr W H Macfarlane, Dingwall, had the distinction of winning third place out of an entry of 200 players.
The SS Sutors has ceased to run between Cromarty and Invergordon. Post office officials have been making other arrangements for the conveyance of mail between the two burghs.
Mr Murdo Maciver, who was an efficient member of the staff of the Ardgay Branch of the Bank of Scotland, has taken up an appointment in London under the Royal Bank of Canada.
The Black Rock Gorge, Novar, was the rendezvous of Fearn WRI for their first picnic. Hostesses were: Miss M Brewster, Pitkerrie; Miss J Ross, Balintore; Mrs Munro, Fearn and Miss E Watt, Hilton.
Cromarty Tennis Club challenged Tain for possession of the Harmsworth Bowl, but were unsuccessful, although by the smallest margin. Tain won five matches, 10 sets, 94 games to Cromarty's four matches, nine sets and 55 games.
On the occasion of his leaving to become headmaster of Balnain Public School, Mr Murdo Mackenzie, assistant in Avoch Public School for the past two years, was presented with a fishing rod and tackle by pupils and teacher.
Conon and Maryburgh Rifle Club took part in a Wapinshaw competition at Beauly, but were not successful as a team. Individually, however, they did well and brought home seven prizes. The most successful members of the club were A Fraser, J Thompson and A Thompson.
Special prizewinners at Dingwall Academy were: Dux, James Clarence Finlayson; English, Helen MR Urquhart; Mathematics, Mary Campbell; Latin, Andrew J M Dick; French, Angus L Macmillan; Gaelic, Isabella Mackenzie; Science, Mary Campbell; Pianoforte, Christina A Seex; Dux of Primary, Rebecca T Macleod, Shooting: 1 William M Carr; 2 Hugh Strachan.
Prizewinners at Invergordon Academy were: Primary School Dux, Una Bethune; Bisset Memorial Prize and the Ross-shire Jubilee Medal, Margaret M Macpherson; Domestic Science, Jessie Mackenzie; Music. English, Latin and French, Anna M Bethune; Drawing, Angusina Mackay and Dolina Macleod; Science and Mathematics, John Urquhart.
Friends representing Maryburgh and Conon met in Maryburgh School to do honour to Sergeant and Mrs Strachan, who have left the village. Dr Maclean presided and in his usual happy style presented Mrs Strachan with a dinner set, and Sgt Strachan with a black ebony walking stick. A handsome sum of money was also handed to Mrs Strachan to be used as she thought best. Other speakers were Mr Campbell, Conon and Mr Clark, headmaster.
A Children's Service was held on Sunday evening in Dingwall Parish Church in connection with the closing of the Sunday School. The Rev D Y Robertson presided. Forty-seven scholars received prizes for Perfect Attendance, and two received special prizes for eight years' perfect attendance. They were Percy Mackenzie, Nicol's Court and John Morrison, The Distillery. The results of the examination of the Religious Instruction of Youth were: Charles G Hogg 98 points; John H Masters and Rebecca T Macleod 97; Barbara Mackay 96; Jean C Macleod 95; William Macpherson 94; Margaret Bolton 91; Hugh Ross and Florence Heffernan 90; Williamina (Minnie) Stewart, Murdo Stenhouse, Alexander Findlay and Jessie Mackay 86; Annie Mann 85; Alexander Macbeath, Henry Sutherland and Margaret Gibson 84; Evelyn Rhind 79; Margaret A Masters 78; Jessie A Gordon 77; Mary Stewart 76; Anna Mann and Mary A M Dingwall 69; Isabel Mackenzie 68; and Mairi Mackenzie and Donald Mackay 58.
Friday, 13th July, 1923
OBITUARIES: Margaret (Daisy) Cruickshank passed away in Ranville Nursing Home, Fareham, Hants. At Council Houses, Barbaraville, Flora Mackenzie, wife of the late Hector Maciver, Culcairn, Alness, Hugh Mackenzie, Beachside, Saltburn, husband of Helen Ross, father of Sandy and Will. Margaret Cumming Michael, wife of Callum Mackinnon, mother of Christine, 17 King George Street, Invergordon. Mary (Molly) Gillies, wife of the late Angus Smith, mother of Lilian Pat and Gillies, formerly of North Kessock, now 57 Campbell Crescent, Alexandria. Alexander Watson, 50 Clyde Street, Invergordon, aged 89 years. At Pyle Manor, Chale Green, Isle of Wight, Brigadier John Brown Phillimore Willis-Fleming, CBE, TD, in his 73rd year.
A unique get-together of members of the Ross-shire farming community took place in the home of Mr and Mrs D Ian Mackenzie, Gore, South Island, New Zealand. Ian, only son of Mr and Mrs D U Mackenzie, Newmilns, Balblair, Conon Bridge, emigrated to New Zealand nearly three years ago. Other members of the party were Simon and Nicolas Young, sons of Mr George Young, Tarrel, Fearn; Hector McCallum, a well-known Dingwall butcher and member of a Ross-shire farming family; David Sutherland, Tullich, Fearn; John Henderson, Conon Bridge, son of Mr Jack Henderson, the popular Dingwall ironmonger; John Maclaren, Cleythorpes, Maryburgh; and John Stewart, Culbokie, whose brother is Mr Tom Stewart, headmaster of Inver Public School. One can imagine how the affairs of Ross-shire would have been discussed at such a gathering, 12,000 miles from home!
Mr Donald Macleod, MA, 3 Heathmount, Kyle, has completed his divinity studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh, and has been licensed by Lochcarron Free Church Presbytery. Mr Macleod is a son of the late Rev John Macleod, OBE, Hope Street Free Church, Glasgow, and of Mrs Macleod, and grandson of a former principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh, the late Rev Donald Maclean, DD. His wife is the eldest daughter of another esteemed Free Church Minister, the late Rev Archibald Macdonald, at one time of Strontian, Skye and Vancouver.
Miss Margaret L Newlands, daughter of Mr and Mrs J A Newlands, Lochalsh House, Balmacara, has received her Diploma in Design and Crafts at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen.
Two appointments were made by the Secretary of State for Scotland to fill the vacancies on the Highlands and Islands Development Board caused by the resignations of Mr Frank Thomson, Strathpeffer, and Mr John Robertson, Nigg. Sir James MacKerron Mackay, KBE, CB, has been appointed a full-time member of the board, and Mr Tom Fraser, MP, a part-time member. The latter has also been appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland, to succeed Lord Strathclyde as chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board.
Dingwall's Gala Queen is to be Miss Marion Bain, Burns Crescent, who is a clerkess with the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board. Her attendants will be Avril Ross, Academy Crescent, and Kathleen Mackenzie, Burns Crescent.
Miss Yvonne Ross, Hill of Fearn, a shop assistant with Messrs D A Ross and Company, chemists, Tain, has been chosen as the Portmahomack Gala Queen. Her attendants will be Janet Sutherland, Geanies, and Violet Gardiner, Tain.
Tain Royal Academy pupils presented three plays under the title An Evening at the Theatre, in the Town Hall. A well-chosen, varied and ambitious programme was provided, ranging from the unsophisticated high spirits of An Improbable Episode by members of Class 2X, through the elegant yet rumbustious comedy A Surgeon for Lucinda presented by Class IV, to the terror and grim realism of The Sky is Overcast, acted predominantly by Class V. The standard of acting was astonishingly high, reflecting the amount of sheer hard work the pupils had put into their task. The producers were Mrs Davies, Mr Dryden and Mr Paterson. Mr Melvin was stage manager. The casts were: An Improbable Episode: David Thompson, Morag Banks, Graeme Strachan, Liana Donnachie, James Knitter, James Taylor, Michael Henderson and John Ross; A Surgeon for Lucinda: Pat Rae, Harry Webster, Sandy MacGregor, Andrew Duff, Margaret Mackenzie, Mary MacDougall, John MacDougall, Gordon Morrison and James Macleod; and The Sky is Overcast" Keith Vass, Freida Collyer, C Ann Mackay, Marion Turner, Richard Hart, Norman Mackenzie and Michael Christie.
Neil Cameron, Dingwall, one of the members of the Ross-shire Sports and Athletics Club competing at the Forres Highland Games, had an excellent win in the Junior Mile Race. Going into the lead from the start Neil was never challenged and won comfortably with John Gordon, Nairn, former Scottish Schools steeplechase champion, taking second place. George Munro, Dingwall, took second place in the 100 yards sprint with just inches separating the first three runners. George also came second in the high jump, a new event for him. Running in excellent company in the 880 yards race, Bryan Morrison, Dingwall, was third. The winner was W H Watson, Aberdeen AAC, with Tom McCook, formerly of Inverness, second. After a keenly contested finish, Bryan took second place to W H Watson in the 440 yards race.
Friday, 14th July, 1967
THE audited accounts of the Eden Court Theatre Company for the year ended March 31, 1989, show that the theatre enjoyed its most successful financial year since it opened in 1976. A surplus for the year of £35,096 was transferred to the General Reserve. This was after accommodating additional expenditure of £11,753 for maintenance. A major factor in the theatre's success has been the excellent attendances at various performances, which showed a positive contribution of £700 against a budgeted deficit of £38,000. Over the year, 113,000 people attended 298 performances.
The future of the Dingwall Highland Games was very much on the balance, and possibly yet hangs on a thread. Lack of commitment and support locally over the years has caused no little anguish among the diehards forming the committee, especially in the weeks before the games. This year the efforts of the battling chairman of the Games Association, Mr Ben Bentley, were rewarded for he obtained several recruits to boost numbers preparing the games site and helping on the field. The games itself were a great success. The farthest travelled visitors were Mr and Mrs Graham Brown, North Island, New Zealand, who received a handsome gift from this year's Chieftain Drum Major Sandy MacPherson, Dingwall. On the field itself the outstanding competitors were: Heavyweight, James MacBeath, Dunbeath; Track and Field, Willie Beattie, Wick, and Mark Parham, Aberdeenshire; Cycling, James Duff, Cupar; local athletic champion, Ken Pokorniecki, Dingwall. The Champion Piper was Alasdair Gillies, Ullapool, of the Queen's Own Highlanders. Dancing honours went to Michelle Cadden, Inverness.
Miss Catriona Maclean, elder daughter of Neil and Catherine Maclean, 5 Skiach Gardens, Dingwall, has graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Commerce from Napier Polytechnic in Edinburgh. Catriona is employed as a financial analyst with SMT Sales and Service Ltd in Edinburgh.
Miss Julie MacPherson, daughter of Mr and Mrs William MacPherson, 55 Old Evanton Road, Dingwall, has emerged from four years of study at Glasgow University with a First Class MA Honours Degree in English.
As a student she undertook a variety of jobs - assistant in a High Street newsagency, barmaid and information assistant with Ross and Cromarty Tourist Board. As part of the Eilean Dubh Venture Scout Unit, of which she is a founder-member, Julie is due to leave for France on the return trip of an exchange visit to the Chambery area.
The Cromarty Firth Port Authority seems to be benefiting from the National Dock Strike. This week the authority has been accepting container vessels from Japan and other places.
Miss Catriona M Young, Tarrel, Fearn, was one of thirty-four girls from St George's School, Edinburgh, to receive the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at a ceremony in the Palace of Holyrood House in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Other recipients of the Award were Miss Kirsty Jane Carter, only daughter of Ken and Verity Carter, Dunadd, Tulloch Avenue, Dingwall; and Mr Michael Brown, only son of Mr and Mrs Fergie Brown, Dingwall.
A former pupil of Dingwall Academy, Mr Kerr Yule, Brae, Dochcarty, Dingwall, has graduated BA in Film and Media Studies at Stirling University.
Within a week of graduating Bachelor of Law with Honours at Aberdeen University , Steven Watt, second son of Mr and Mrs Jock Watt, Burnhill, Strathpeffer, was on his way to Sydney, Australia, where he hopes to spend a year's sabbatical, for he intends to return to Aberdeen to complete his studies. His elder brother, Stuart, who is serving with the Royal Air Force, has just returned from a spell of duty in the Falklands.
Friday, 14th July, 1989