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Much-needed grant for Caberfeidh Shinty Memories Group


By Will Clark

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Caberfeidh Shinty Memories Group have been awarded £695 to help tell the story of shinty in the area.

Caberfedih Shinty Memories Shinty Group.
Caberfedih Shinty Memories Shinty Group.

The group will use the money to purchase media equipment to help them develop their activities.

Caberfeidh run a Friday Afternoon Club during which,in normal times, anyone is allowed to pop along to the shinty club at Castle Leod to assist with everyday jobs involving the pitch or changing rooms.

It is also a chance for people to socialise and talk about the old shinty days.

Club spokesman David McMaster, who is also chairman of Shinty Memories Scotland, said: “This weekly gathering is a great opportunity to convene in a welcome, friendly setting, not only to assist the club, but also to allow people to retain an active link with the club and encourage social gathering.

“The wish when restrictions permit is to return this to its original format, whereby numerous former players and supporters attended. During these visits and other events, we will now be able to display the numerous photographs we hold of the history of the club.

“We have been fortunate to acquire a large TV from a local business, therefore we are in hand with this method of producing visual displays.

“The other items we intend to purchase will enable us to hit the ground running when circumstances allow us to get together again.”

Beauly Shinty Memories Group, which will be working closely with other groups in the area such as Caberfeidh and Lovat, has been awarded £1000 to enable the group to buy media equipment to show archive, photographs, videos and audio files to its members.

A spokesman for Beauly SMG said: “This development will enable us to show digitised versions of photographs as means that we need not be in possession of hard copies of photographs which are so often delicate and easily damaged.”

They added: “It also means that memories groups can use the same images at the same time.

“Furthermore, as we move out of the current Covid-19 crisis, it is the case that people are much more wary of handling items in archives.

“This could be a potential issue with hard copies, or even passing around a laptop.

“These concerns are understandably even more prevalent with the demographics that Memories Groups tend to work with as they are often more vulnerable to disease and illness.”


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