Welcome to the Applecross Forum website

All who care about Applecross, whether residents, holiday home owners or visitors are very welcome at Forum meetings. 

The next Applecross Forum meeting will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, in the Applecross Community Hall.

AGENDA FOR 27.11.’19

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Community Fund –
    • Presentation on Option 1 – Community Organisation or Small-Scale Funding (Phil Buckley)
    • Presentation on Option 2 – Holiday Property Investment (Jon Glover)
    • Presentation on Option 3 – Donate to ACC Affordable Housing Projects (Owen Kilbride)
    • Presentation by Foundation Scotland
  1. Discussion
  2. Questions & Answers
  3. Date of next meeting

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING  MINUTES 2.10’19

THE COMMUNITY FUND

Those who attend and/or read the minutes of the Applecross Community Forum will be aware that the Applecross Trust have agreed to donate to the Applecross Community a six figure sum of money including the proceeds of sale of the two plots of ground at Keppoch which were sold recently.  The Trust have also agreed that a four figure sum derived from the proposed hydro scheme at Calakille will also be paid to the community annually in the event that the scheme proceeds.  In March a short life working group was established to consider and propose how the money should be managed.  At the meeting of the Forum in June a lively debate took place.  Opinion was divided between those who considered that an organisation should be formed to receive, hold and manage the money first and those who considered that the purpose of the money should be determined first.  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 and 3) donate all money to the Applecross Community Company to assist with their proposed affordable homes projects.  

The needs and desires of the Community have been canvassed on many occasions over recent years and further consultation is likely to be met with some reservations.  However, this is perhaps a unique opportunity for the Community and it is important that any decision about the money is made on the best informed basis.  For this reason I would invite all to give some thought to these issues, how should the money be managed, and perhaps by whom, and how should it be distributed, and to attend the next meeting of the Forum on 27th November 2019 at 6.30pm in the Applecross Community Hall.  Even if you are unable to attend please make your views known particularly to the under noted by whatever means.

Kathrine EC Mackie, Chair (Kathrine.mackie@btclick.com; 0131 667 5488/01520 744 317)
Tom O’Halloran, Vice Chair (thomas_ohalloran@hotmail.com)
Elaine Glover, Secretary (01520 744461; thomo@hotmail.co.uk

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 applecrossforum@hotmail.com.

FORUM BACKGROUND

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.

ORGANISATIONS & BUSINESSES 1

ORGANISATIONS & BUSINESSES 2

LETTER TO ORGANISATIONS 18.12.17

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.