Published: 14/11/2011 08:00 - Updated: 14/11/2011 07:58

Temperance polls at Tain and Invergordon

There were no changes in Tain and Invergordon as a result of the Scottish Temperance Act Polls. At Tain, 570, or 72 per cent of the electorate voted. The No Change Party polled about 65 per cent; the No Licence Party, about 34; and the Limitation Party one per cent. The 1920 figures were: No change 369; No Licence 230; Limitation 11. Very little interest was taken in the poll at Invergordon. Out of 560 electors. 292 voted, or 52 per cent. Results: No Change, 155; No Licence, 135; Limitation two.

A team, representative of Garve Miniature Rifle Club, was unsuccessful in a match with the Conon and Maryburgh Club at Conon, and lost by 13 points.

Mr Colin Gordon, Hill Street, Dingwall, has presented the Carnegie Club with two draught boards.

Office-bearers of Tarbat WRI are: President, Mrs Gordon, Bindal; vice-president, Mrs D J Ross; secretary, Miss H Forbes; and treasurer, Mrs A Munro.

The Dalmore Cup, presented to Alness Golf Club by Major W F Mackenzie of Dalmore, has been won by George Munro, who plays from scratch.

For the second week in succession, Dingwall Victoria United FC visited Inverness in search of league points, and again their efforts proved futile, Catch-My-Pals defeating them by five goals to two.

Miss Warrand of Ryefield, who was introduced by the Minister, the Rev John Sellar officially opened the Ferintosh Woman's Guild Sale of Work in Conon Public Hall. She was thanked by Mrs Keay, Findon. The sum of £70 was realised.

Cromarty was the only burgh in Ross and Cromarty to hold a Municipal Election this year. There were four candidates for three seats. Results were: J M Couper, 240; J E Adam 229; James Ross 212. Unsuccessful: William Piper, 132.

At a meeting of Conon Recreation Club, the president, Mr James Morrison, on behalf of Mr W S Erskine, Larchfield, Conon Bridge, and Luckiesfield, Neilston, handed over a handsome Silver Challenge Cup for a billiards competition.

Mr John A Fowler, Drumore, Munlochy, has installed a Creighton 4ft 6in drum threshing machine driven by a Lister 12hp engine, and possessing all the latest improvements in labour-saving devices. Neighbours from far and near were present on the day it went into operation, and gave entire satisfaction.

On his leaving to join the Army, Mr Jack Collis, Fearn, Ardgay, who for the past number of years has been an enthusiastic member of Kincardine Parish Church Choir, was entertained at The Manse by the Rev H F MacNeill and Miss MacNeill. Miss Lizzie Ross. Kincardine, presented Mr Collis with a parting gift.

A concert was held in the Drill Hall, Lochcarron, in aid of the shinty club. Mr John Mackenzie, Dalachladach, presided, and the artistes were: Mrs Matheson (Rosemarkie), Mr D Gordon (Lochcarron); Mr Murdo Macrae (Craig), Mr R J Mann, Mr D Fleming, Miss K Fraser, Mr K J Ross (Dingwall, and Mr Mackay (Achnashellach)

There were no changes in Tain and Invergordon as a result of the Scottish Temperance Act Polls. At Tain, 570, or 72 per cent of the electorate voted. The No Change Party polled about 65 per cent; the No Licence Party, about 34; and the Limitation Party one per cent. The 1920 figures were: No change 369; No Licence 230; Limitation 11. Very little interest was taken in the poll at Invergordon. Out of 560 electors. 292 voted, or 52 per cent. Results: No Change, 155; No Licence, 135; Limitation two.

Playing their first game of the season, Ross Sutherland Rugby Club had a worthy draw with Highland at Inverness. The previous week the Inverness club had trounced Aberdeenshire. The Ross Sutherland team was: Jack Dudgeo (Crakaig), Norman Watt (Dingwall), Dr E Fraser (Tain), Ronnie Duncan (Dingwall), Robert Macintyre (St Martins), R C Cameron (Killen), Gordon Dudgeon (Crakaig), James Cameron (captain, Balnakyle); Jack Henderson (Dingwall), Monty Lawrie (Alcaig), Jim Davidson (Kincraig), Pat Brodie (Maryburgh), Claude Maclennan (Udale) and G W Begg (Invergordon).

Mr W C Mackenzie, late choirmaster of the UF Church congregation in Dingwall was presented with a handsome rosebowl to mark his retirement after twenty-three-and-a half years service. The Minister, the Rev R Macdonald, presided, and Miss Kate Fraser, senior member of the choir, made the presentation. Other speakers offering their congratulations and good wishes were Messrs S MacAdam, Ian MacGillivray, D Maclennan and W Macmillan. Among those contributing to the musical programme were the Misses T Sinclair, J Revill and R Scott, Messrs E Reid, J Macrae and Ian MacGillivray. Accompanists were: Messrs J Mackenzie and Morris Mackenzie.

Friday, 9th November, 1923

OBITUARIES: At Clashtorran, Kyle of Lochalsh, Norman Beaton, son of the late Murdo and Jessie Beaton, Applecross. At Glascairn, Culbokie, Alexander, aged six months, son of Mr and Mrs Frank Cameron. John Douglas, husband of Irene E Ross, 44 Torview, Contin. At Birchwood, Gairloch, Colin Gunn, aged 93 years, last surviving member of the family of the late Mr and Mrs William Gunn, The Inn, Gairloch. Charles Gordon Hogg, retired Road Surveyor, Dingwall, aged 88 years, husband of Annie Brodie, 11 Harcourt Road, Aberdeen. William John Jack, husband of Margaret Bain, son of the late Hector and Isabella Jack, 4 Craig Road, Dingwall. Barbara, elder daughter of the late William and Georgina Maclean, Averon Bank, Alness, sister of Elizabeth Murray, 7 Macdonald Road, Dornoch. William Munro of William Munro (Invergordon) Ltd, and Tain Motors, The Hollies, Kildary, husband of Netta and father of Irene. At 19 Kinnairdie Avenue, Dingwall, William Rae, husband of Zoe Humble.

On Tuesday, Alcan (UK) Ltd formally announced that Invergordon was the location favoured by them for the construction of a £20 million aluminium smelter plant. An Industrial Development Certificate has been sought. A statement from the company said they wished to build at Invergordon subject to final negotiations on power supplies and Government approval. As it was necessary to avoid delays later, provisional planning permission was being sought. Scottish interests are anxious to have a project at Invergordon approved first since Government proposals are for one smelter to be completed by 1970 and the second by 1974. Tuesday's move by Alcan helps to keep rival bids by Rio Tinto Zinc in Angelsey in step.

In the final of the Strathpeffer Bowling Club's championship, Mr James MacJimpsey defeated Mr W S Fairholm.

The offer of £13,088 for the construction of the new bridge at Achintraid, Lochcarron from Messrs RJ Macleod Ltd contractors, Glasgow, has been accepted by Ross and Cromarty County Council.

Ross Sutherland Rugby Club and the Gordonians 2nd XV drew 5-5 in a match at Invergordon. The home club's equaliser came from a try by Stewart Mackenzie and conversion by Donnie Fraser. The Ross Sutherland team was: Mundell, Bewis, Paterson, Craib, Anderson, Fraser, S Mackenzie, Jack, Mackay, Evans, Gill, A Mackenzie, Leask, Howie and Ogilvie.

With another first class performance, Ross County Football Club defeated Rothes 5-1 at Dingwall in a Highland League fixture. Every County player showed grit, determination, plenty of movement and, in many cases, originality in their every move. Scorers were: Thom, Calum Grant, Don Macmillan and Jack Lornie (2).

Work has started on the covered enclosure at the Jail-End of Victoria Park.

At Castle Leod, in the Sutherland Cup competition, fitness told in Caberfeidh's match with Beauly, with the home club losing by five goals to nil. Ken Ross (3) and G Campbell (2) were the Beauly marksmen. The Caberfeidh club is in a position where they are competing for players with local football clubs, a case in point being Sandy Macleod, Blairninich, a shinty player of ability, who has been lost to the footballing world and figures in the ranks of Dingwall Thistle.

A new 80-bed hostel for girls is to be provided at Tulloch Castle, and an additional 80-bed hostel for boys in the Dingwall area is being considered by Ross and Cromarty education committee. Both establishments will be required when the school leaving age is raised in 1970. The new primary school project in Dingwall is listed for erection in the coming year, and extensions are proposed for Dingwall Academy.

A former pupil of Dingwall Academy, Graham Applegate, Station Road, Evanton, has entered the RAF College at Cranwell for training in the engineering branch leading to a permanent commission in the RAF.

Mr Donald Bruce, Strathpeffer, who has been employed by the highways department of Ross and Cromarty County Council for the past forty-one years, latterly as plant manager, has retired. At a gathering of his colleagues, Mr James Arrol, county surveyor, presented him with an inscribed wrist watch. Mrs Bruce received an ostrich leather handbag. On returning thanks, Mr Bruce traced the many changes which had taken place over the years - from the day of the horse-drawn wooden snow-plough and waterbound roads to snowblowers and tarmac-laying machines. Other speakers were Mr F B Henson, Mr J K Munro and Miss I F Cameron of the highways department, and Mr J G Stewart, public health department. Mr and Mrs Bruce are to visit their daughter Margaret, who is married and resident in New Zealand.

Friday, 10th November, 1967

TSB HIGHLAND LEAGUE: Cove Rangers 3, Ross County 2: All three goals for Cove Rangers came within the last eight minutes of the game - two in a spell of injury time. Until the 84th minute Ross County were holding out well against the Qualifying Cup finalists, but in the end their opponents' flurry of activity won the day. The Cove goals came from Park 84 minutes, Smith 90 and S Paterson 91! Cammie Robertson and Nero Macdonald were the County scorers in the 36th and 59th minutes. County have received a bye into the second round of the Scottish Cup in which they entertain East Fife, who are fourth in the Second Division.

Waid Academy Rugby Club defeated the Ross Sutherland senior team 38-9, while the second fifteen lost 36-0 to Highland's 3rd team.

Caberfeidh Shinty Club made their exit from the Strathdearn Cup competition, when they were defeated 6-2 by Kingussie at The Dell. By half-time the home club were five goals in front, a sixth counter followed in the second half, but Cabers stuck to their task and emerged, with great credit and none more so than Alan Macdonald, David MacArthur and Malcolm Morrison, the latter taking his two goals splendidly.

Ten years ago eleven athletes were set off from Knockbain Road west of Culbokie bound for Fortrose Academy on the inaugural Black Isle Marathon, the brainchild of an American athlete Stachu Geursten and his Ross-shire friends to whom he had introduced the ultra-distance race on a "test" run from Fort Augustus to Dores the previous year. The first official winner of the inaugural "Black Isle" event was George Harper, Wick, in a time of two hours 45 minutes 48 seconds. Since then the Black Isle race has branched out and besides the marathon involves a half marathon, 10k and children's events. Its organisation has been taken over by the Black Isle Athletics Club and has entered the age of the computer. Ross and Cromarty District Council's leisure services department is also involved. This year there were 82 finishers in the marathon; 169 in the half-marathon, and 218 in the 10k. The marathon was won by Charlie Macintyre, Fraserburgh, two hours 35 mins 13 secs. Iain Guise, Dingwall, was first Ross-shire runner home, in 25th place, 3.06.38. Gillian Hanlon, Dundee, won the ladies' race, 3.19.09. Running his first marathon David Warren, Munlochy had a time of 3.30.09. Gerard Fairley, Kilbarachan, won the half-marathon in a time of 1.12.09 from John Bowman, Inverness, 1.12.10; first lady was Shirley Clark, Skye, 1.37.46. The principal race organisers were Ray Cameron and Clifford Davison.

Mr Malcolm Maclennan, elder son of Mr John Maclennan, Rosshill Drive, Maryburgh, and the late Mrs Maclennan, has been appointed rector of Grantown High School, where he is presently deputy rector. A former pupil of Dingwall Academy he returned to the academy on graduation as teacher of mathematics and physics. Malcolm is married to Anne Mackenzie (Lochcarron), another former pupil of Dingwall Academy, who teaches domestic science subjects. Malcolm had been one of the speakers at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations marking the opening of the academy in 1939. A first class musician, Malcolm was a member of the Catmelodeon group.

The Aultnaharrie Inn is among 37 restaurants in Scotland, England and Wales to receive four marks out of five for their "Excellent Cooking" in the 1989 Consumer's Association's "Good Food Guide".

Friday, 10th November, 1989

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