All who care about Applecross, whether residents, holiday home owners or visitors, are very welcome to attend and contribute to Forum meetings.
The next Applecross Forum meeting will be held on Monday, 2 March 2020, 6.30-8.30pm, in the Applecross Community Hall.
A meeting of the Applecross Community Forum will be held on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 6.30pm within the Applecross Community Hall to discuss further the purpose or purposes to which the donation of £170,000 to the Applecross Community by the Applecross Trust may be put. Proposals to date include 1) a fund to which application might be made by local organisations or individuals for assistance on a case by case basis, 2) investment in a holiday home to generate income and profit in the longer term 3) donate money to the Applecross Community Company to assist with their proposed affordable homes projects and 4) place money in an Investment Fund for future benefit. All are welcome to attend to contribute to this important decision.
Following the discussion at the meeting of the Forum on 27 January 2020 Gerry McPartlin, Fiona McKenzie, Jack Marris and Tery McCowan have been asked to consider the practical and other issues which may arise from implementation of the proposed options for use of the Community Fund. They will report their findings at the next meeting on 2 March 2020.
Kathrine EC Mackie, Chair (Kathrine.firstname.lastname@example.org; 0131 667 5488/01520 744 317)
Tom O’Halloran, Vice Chair (email@example.com)
Elaine Glover, Secretary (01520 744461; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Agenda for Forum meetings will be published on local notice boards and on this website. Suggested items for the Agenda should be discussed with one of the working group, Tom O’Halloran, Forum Vice Chairman, Elaine Glover, Secretary, Gill Fairweather, Jon Glover, Sue Groocock, Owen Kilbride, Jackie Liuba, Duncan McCowan, Jess Whistance and Fiona McKenzie. Alternately, they can be sent by e mail to email@example.com.
The working group was formed from volunteers at the Forum launch public meeting in November, 2017. In December a letter was sent to 40 Applecross businesses and organisations inviting them to be represented on the working group. The list of the 40 recipients and the letter can be accessed via the links below.
The Applecross Forum is an exciting new development which will facilitate regular, beneficial and ongoing communication between all stakeholders in Applecross. Such a Forum, believed to be innovative in the Highland context, will provide a completely open platform for dialogue with the Applecross Trust in which all members of our Community will be welcome to take part.
It is hoped that such dialogue will help us all to build an increasingly resilient community. The Forum will meet four times a year, and will be attended by representatives of the Applecross Trust. We hope many members of our community including representatives of a wide range of Applecross organisations and businesses will participate.
The idea of the Forum was born out of the Community Consultation exercise carried out by Strath Caulaidh Ltd, in 2016, and developed by 19 volunteers who, in March 2017, formed the original working group. For more information about how the Forum has come to be formed and how it will work see the “Background” and “Workings” pages of this website.
One of the tasks of the working group was to prepare a “Shared (Community) Vision” in parallel to the Trust’s “Estate Plan” for 2017-’26. These can be viewed via the “Shared Vision” and “Estate Plan” pages of the website.