The Muir In The Past – Help wanted

After the groups successful heritage display of the history of The Old Tarradale School for the opening of the Hub, the Local History and heritage group, now known as The Muir In The Past are looking for more members.

The group have worked on collating information and photographs to detail a timeline of the old School and its different uses through the ages, This was displayed in the Hub for the first few months of opening. The group has been given many items and photographs since that, that they are working on cataloguing and creating another display.

The groups next display will be about for the Muir of Ord Gala and they are looking for people to help put this display together as well as other key task such as –

Research and investigate aspects of local history

Arrange events and exhibitions

Catalogue and organise material relating to the history of Muir of Ord

The next meeting is Friday the 5th of May 2pm-4pm in The Tarradale Room in the Muir Hub

 For more information call Hannah on 870 588 or

Heritage Group Poster May 2017



Job vacancy at Café Artysans at The Muir Hub

An opportunity has arisen to join the Café Artysans in The Muir Hub team. The job vacancy is for a Front of House Supervisor.

Working hours – Tuesday to Saturday 9am-4.30pm

Salary – Negotiable, depending on experience

Please see job description below for all the details and for further information please contact

FOH Supervisor (Moo)


Changes in staff, booking and invoicing arrangements at the Hub and Hall

Our organisation has gone through some changes recently. Now that people are settling into new routines and responsibilities, it is a good time to update our community.
Joanne Cameron’s contract as hall booking administrator ended, as planned with the opening of the Muir Hub.  Joanne will continue to work with us on a temporary basis to provide cover for opening and closing the Muir Hub and the Village Hall until the Hall closes for refurbishment.
Victoria Mackie, the new administrator, is dealing with bookings and invoicing for both venues.  Victoria works in the office at the Hub with Hannah MacSween.
You may also see David Wadsworth, who is also based at the Muir Hub.  David is the new caretaker, whose remit also includes opening and closing both venues.
Nina Graham is still working in the office at the Village Hall.

Report on meeting with managers and users of community buildings and local police officers

Managers and users of community buildings met with local police officers on Thursday 23rd March 2017, to discuss disruptive behaviour and vandalism in the village, and try to find solutions together.

The meeting was well-attended, demonstrating the level of concern, and was useful in finding out others’ experiences of dealing with issues.

Village Hall

Evening classes have been disrupted by young people running through the Hall, throwing stones inside and outside at the windows.  Laser pens have been used through the windows. Fire doors have been found open along with reports of unlawful entry to the building at night and photos appearing on Snapchat.  Staff check fire doors on arriving and leaving the building.   All regular hall hirers/key holders have been asked to check that fire doors are properly closed before they leave.


Lights vandalised at the skate park have now been put back on.  Drainpipes have been ripped out and glass smashed.  Scottish Power were called out to isolate the electricity to make it safe.  Incentives like free electricity cards, which normally cost £2 each, have not stopped vandalism.  Patrols of the area do not work because people can be seen approaching.  Those who run off often leave alcohol behind.  The police will attend the next skatepark meeting.

Littering at the School Loch

The School Loch is littered with alcoholic drinks containers, water bottles and the remainder of fires made from planks from the boardwalk.  As well as drinking going on, which can intimidate others from using the School Loch, there is the threat to wildlife.

There is a proposal to designate the Kettle Lochs as a Local Nature Reserve with the support of the community and landowners.  This includes the School Loch.  Highland Council’s Countryside Ranger Service have put on a display of information in the Muir Hub.

Plans for a litter pick will be posted soon.


The library has also suffered disruption from young people running through the corridor when the door is left open for library users. Highland Council have been asked to check that cameras are working, which would help with surveillance.

Martin Forbes’ properties

The door of the empty shop owned by Martin Forbes remains in a dangerous condition where the glass panel has been smashed, allowing access to the building.  A window of the flat above Blythswood Care appears to be open/damaged too.  This has been reported to Highland Council to find out what action they can take when the owner cannot be contacted.


There have been ongoing reports from residents about houses being egged and knocking on windows.  Also, speeding.  The police have the registration of a driver they plan to visit.

Advice from the police

The meeting ended with the police advising on what we can do together to deal with these problems.  They urged people to try not to fall for incidents where the perpetrators are looking for a reaction, the ‘thrill of the chase,’ as this can incite them to repeat the incident.

The police speak to young people, and if necessary, their parents.  In most cases, this works.  The police also intend to patrol in plain clothes.  They can advise on costs and suppliers for installing CCTV cameras, which can be monitored on i-pads.

The police can put a crime update in each edition of Muir Matters. They already provide a monthly crime update to the Community Council.

Reporting crime

The police emphasised the importance of reporting incidents as they happen.  They understand that people can be afraid of repercussions.  However, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, give information online, or phone 101 (a call centre) and ask to be put through to Dingwall.  They encourage people to report matters, no matter how trivial they seem, and not to hesitate to ask for advice.

The police need evidence of complaints to justify use of resources, e.g. plain clothes patrols over the weekend.  It takes 10-15 reports per month for an area to get attention.   The responsibility for making the Muir of Ord a more enjoyable place to live and work belongs to the whole community and the police need their support to be more effective in dealing with crime.

Football for under 15s and under 17s

Good news! Football for under 15s and under 17s is coming to the village soon. Around 12 Scottish Football Association (SFA) coaches have been appointed who are due to go through the Disclosure Scotland process.  Easy access to football training aims to give young people a focus in their free time, helps them to build fitness and skills, doing something they enjoy.

More on this soon.

Easter Holiday Events At The Muir Hub

As the School holidays start, minds may already be wandering to the wonderful thought of Easter treats and Chocolates but there is lots of other exciting things to get involved in this Easter Holiday.

Come along to The Muir Hub and take part in some of our events such as Spring in to Spring with the Highland Country Side Rangers, meeting in the Hub we will have a chance to learn about what to look for in our local ponds, do some craft activities and then venture out to explore the ponds and take part in Spring themed treasure hunt. This is a free event is on Easter Friday (14th of April) 10am-1pm . Suitable for all ages.

Back by popular demand, we have a Spring themed Messy Ness event on Thursday the 20th of April 10.30am-12pm. Education through sensory play and lots of fun. Tickets are £5

Muir Movies present…..MOANA….Fun filled Disney goodness. This popular film is based on Polynesian Mythology and is packed full of adventure, great characters and songs. Tickets are £4. 23rd April 2.30pm

Tickets for events are available from the Hub, please phone 01463 870 588 or email or pop in to the office Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-1pm

Easter Holiday Events at The Muir Hub




Successful applicants at first Participatory Budget event for Dingwall and Seaforth

The first Participatory Budget event for Dingwall and Seaforth was held on Saturday 11 March 2017 at Dingwall Academy.  Each applicant took to the floor to do a two-minute pitch for their organisation’s idea.  Ballot papers were issued on arrival to all applicants and attendees with instructions on how to vote.  The successful applicants were those who won the most votes.  Here they are:

Dingwall Youth Forum – Fusion Cookwell – £1815; Conon Bridge Lunch Club – £500; Rionnagan Rois – Website/CD – £2000; Dingwall Wheeled Sports Group – Dingwall Wheeled Sports Park – £2000; Dingwall Men’s Shed – Workshop facilities – £2000; Dingwall Primary Soccer 7s – Football in the Community – £1360; Dingwall Volunteers – Tidy Up Dingwall – £1000; RCAC – Long Jump Pit Runway – £2000; Dingwall in Bloom – Dingwall in Bloom 2017 £2000; North Highland Radio – £2000; Dingwall Gaelic Nursery – ‘Clann Fallain’ – £1518.32; Dingwall Museum Trust – Refurbishment of Eagle Court – £1500; Maryburgh Community Council – Community Garden – £100; Dingwall Primary Parent Council – School Garden – £2000; Dingwall Community Council – Ferry Point Refurbishment – £2000

Everybody’s efforts were praised and organisations where encouraged to network with each other and look for links in the services they aimed to deliver.  The event was also an opportunity for organisations to tell the community who they are and what they do, build their confidence in public speaking, and find out about other sources of funding.