Friday, 21 April 2017

South Lochaber Defibrillators

A bit late but better late than never. As you possibly know we were raising money over FebrurayFest for Defibrillators in Glencoe, Ballachulish and Onich. With all the raffle tickets bought and items sold through our yard sale which is still on going. You can see what is still available here. (Any money continued to be raised through the yard sale will be split between the three villages for maintance of the defibrillators) We managed to raise an impressive £2010.60.
Handing over the money to Ann Marie Cameron, Seceratry of the Onich Community Council
In Glencoe the Defibrillator will be outside the Ambulance Station, The Defibrillator in Ballachulish has already been installed and is at the Medical Centre. In Onich the defibrillator is to be installed inside the old red phone box outside the Onich Store and Cafe.
Handing over the money to Bill Strachan, Chair of the Patient Participation Group
Thanks to everyone who has bought raffle tickets and this year items from our Yard Sale in the last 4 years, our Big Winter Raffle has raised £8180 for a variety of causes including the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and to set up the Glencoe Mountain Avalanche Transceiver Park, and the local villages public access defibrillators fund.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Recipe for success

Planning the Brewers & Suppliers evening following the success of last years event was always going to be a challenge however, like all successful recipes if you start off with the very best ingredients you can't go far wrong. 

Recipe for success
  • Fill a cellar full of the best from Scotlands ale & cider brewers
  • Add a generous helping of the freshest local seafood
  • Blend together with the finest collection of local musicians
  • Assemble a hand picked selection of brewers, distillers & food producers. 
  • Serve with a smile & warm hospitality from the cream of Clachaig staff 
Shiny new casks
Ales & Ciders were arriving all week from all over Scotland with deliveries coming as far as Orkney & Shetland.

Cellar preparation

As well as our regular local brewers we invited some new faces from Fyne Ales,
Lerwick Brewery and Alechemy Brewing
Fresh from the sea

Fresh seafood & the best of Lochaber produce from Letterfinlay Specialist Foods
helped our chefs prepare some tasty offerings. Well done to Garry and our kitchen team for the excellent buffet.

Hungry Brewers
The gathering tucked in before their evenings 'work'. A blind tasting of all 10 ales. Great fun reading all the comments & scores -  some of the best however, are unfit to repeat here.

leave room for pudding
The Wurzels enjoying a cider...or two
Tony from Strathearn Distillery was busy doing the rounds sharing copious drams of his own whisky, rum & gin during the ale tasting, apparantly it all helped cleanse the palate.

Merlin from Cairngorm, he's a real wizard you know
Filling up before the ale tasting

Congratulations to Harry from River Leven Ales for being voted the best beer on the night by his fellow brewers with his River Leven Dark Ale.

Raffle swag

Huge thanks to all the brewers & suppliers for their generous raffle gifts which helped raise £257.00 for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

This is a local pub for local musicians
Our local regular session musicians turned up in fine form and entertained the gathering for the evening. They certainly earned their prawns & scallops.

A Bevvy of Brewers.....or whatever the collective noun is!
So, there you have it folks. A great night in true Clachaig style. I have it on good authority that there were a few sore heads in the morning but lots of compliments too and already looking forward to next year.

And finally a huge shout to team Clachaig for the excellent service.
See you all next year!