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Maryburgh Men's Shed and Culbokie Community Trust secure grants for local projects after Highland Council committee gives green light


By Hector MacKenzie

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The former Maryburgh Primary School will host a men's shed development. Picture: Gary Anthony
The former Maryburgh Primary School will host a men's shed development. Picture: Gary Anthony

Two applications for grant funding from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund (HCCF) have been approved by members at the Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth Area committee.

Maryburgh Men’s Shed had applied for a grant of £5000 to refurbish the former Maryburgh Primary School and transform it into a welcoming venue for members – particularly the elderly to meet up – enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and mitigate any loneliness caused by the Covid-19 lockdown.

The project will provide significant benefits to people’s mental health, organisers say, and will be a facility which can be used by the whole Maryburgh community.

Culbokie Community Trust meanwhile applied for £7149 and was given a grant of £4450.

The funding is being used to create a proposed new village green that will be a gathering point which is central but away from traffic on the busy through road, the B9169. It will promote social mixing, reduce isolation, encourage shared endeavour, provide a safe play space, and activities for adults, families, and young people, such as outdoor table tennis.

Members also agreed to split the £22,015 allocation by ward, so essentially each ward has an allocation now of £11,007, leaving a balance of £6007 for Dingwall and Seaforth and a balance of £6557 for the Black Isle.

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