REFLECTIONS
 

88 YEARS AGO


LOCHCARRON District Council has decided to give all necessary assistance towards the erection of a bridge at Balmacra
*Colonel Warrand of Ryefield has presented a large Pulpit Bible, handsomely bound to the Free Church congregation of Ferntosh.
* Mr W. Couts, of the Pearl Assurance Company, Ltd. Nairn Branch, formerly of Dingwall has been promoted District Superintendent at Inverness.
* St Andrews University Court has appointed the Rev J. G. Nicolson BD, Fodderty Parish Church, Examiner in Hebrew and Biblical Criticism for the Bachelor of Divinity examinations.
*Dingwall Good Templars presented Bro D. M. Munro with a gift on the occasion of his leaving to take up an appointment in the South. The presentation was made by Bro A.S. Ross, Chief Templar.
*Mr R. C. Munro-Ferguson of Novar has been appointed a member of the committee of the Board of Agriculture to advise the Board on matters relating to the development of Forestry.
*Fairs prices were encouragingly high. Barley was seldom fixed at less than 33s. and were two quoted the top price was much more. Wheat varied round 31s ; and oatmeal about 12s. per cwt.
*Dingwall's long-awaited foot-crossings were laid during the week. Tulloch Street had the priviege of being dealt with first. A strip of three feet wide granite setts was laid. Opinion varied as to the width, which should have been an improvement and added to the stability to resist heavy car traffic, which turned down the Great North Road at Tulloch street.
*The Moray Firth steam drifter fleet is using the fine beach at Waterloo, near Dingwall as a place of watering.
*Colonel William Grant Macpherson CMG, MB, has been appointed Honorary Physician to His Majesty the King.
*After consulting members and adherents the Kirk Session of Castle Street Church of Scotland Dingwall harmoniously and unanimously resolved to introduce Hymns at the ordinary Church service and to adapt the Church Hyminary for use in congregational worship.
Friday 1st March,1912

44 YEARS AGO

OBITURIES : At 449 Queensferry Road Barton, Midlothian, the Rev Alexander Forbes Black, MA, BD, Springhill Pitlochry, formerly of Advie Morayshire, husband of Barbara Campbell.
At Aultnasuth, Elizabeth Cruickshank, wife of Farquhar Chisholm, John Hall, husband of Elizabeth Mackinnon, Auchentoul, Kinbrace, eldest son of Mrs Hall and the late Mr Alexander Hall Glenmead, Walkerburn. At 11 Teannich Street, Alness, Isabella Sutherland, wife of the late George Henderson, Eanton. At Detroit, Michigan, USA, Donald Thomson Kemp, eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Kemp, Cullidcudden.
Duncan Macdonald husband of Mary, The Coulags Evanton. At 3 Chapel Road, Evanton, Jane Kennedy Ross wife of Henry Macdonald carpenter. Donald Mackay, FCIS and FCWA, husband of Isabel Maciver, late of Argentina and Brazil, 7 Geanies Street, Tain. At Balabie, 60 Old Edinburgh Road Inverness, Johanna Ross Fraser, widow of Dr Kenneth Gillies, Inverness, in her 77th year.
*The fortunes of Ross County FC came down with a crash at Buckie, when they were defeated by six goals to nil in a Highland League fixture. League leaders Buckie Thistle hold a three point lead over Elgin City in the Championship race. Top placings : Buckie Thistle, 34 points; Elgin City 31; Inverness and Clachnacuddin, 27 ; Caley and Fraserburgh, 25. Ross County lie in 10th place in the table with 13 points.
*A notable native of Dindwall Mr James Fraser, OBE, Conservator of Forests, North Conservancy Scotland, has retired on reaching the age limit. A son of the late Mr James Fraser, Station Road he joined the Commission in 1920, and was in charge of Training Schools at Beauly and Dunoon, before taking up post in Inverness in 1930. During the late War he served with the Timber Production Department of the Ministry of Supply.
*Mr John Reid, of Messrs C. and J, Urquhart, ironmongers, Dingwall has been appointed president if the Inverness and North of Scotland Branch of the National Federation of Ironmongers. Dingwall menbers of the committee are : Messrs W. J. Henderson, Melvin Henderson and Alex Shanks
*At an Investitute at Buckingham Palace, the CBE was conferred on Dr. Christopher Macrae, secretary of the Scottish Council (Development and Industry), who is a native of Kintail and a former pupil of Dingwall Academy.
The MBE was bestowed on Miss Mary MacNaughton, Garve, for her services as a District Nurse.
*Thirty members of the Ross-shire Ski-ing Club returned to Strathvaich for another meet. Weather and ski-ing conditions were perfect.
*The Grant Cup for the Billiards Championship of the Urquhart Club, Cromarty, has been won by Mr W. Fraser, Braehead, with Mr P. Taylor Bayview Crescent, runner-up. The snooker finalists are Messrs P. Taylor and J. Jamieson, Bank Street.
*A Leap Year Dance in aid of funds for the treatment of spastic children was held in the Victoria Hall, Cromarty. Andy Mac's Band from Inverness provided the music and Mr Cecil Shepherd was MC.
*During the recent spell of hard frost, Avoch Curling Club members met on the Rosehaugh Lake to compete for some of the Club's trophies. As a result, the Macintyre Cup was won by Mr J. MacIntosh ; the Wallace Cup by Mr A. J. Smith ; the Rosehaugh Broom Mr A. Wallace. And the Captain's Prize, Mr A. J. Mann.
*The Frigates HMS Jewel and HMS Vigilant were berthed at Invergordon Harebour over the weekend. Members of the crews many of them Cadets went hiking tours round the district, while others played football rugby and hockey on the Naval Recreation Grounds. Local dances were well patronised.
*Miss Roseanne Davidson, Fearn, was chosen as the Tain St Duthus Football Queen at a well attended dance in Tain Town Hall. The judges were two officers and two technical sergeants from the RAF/USAF base at Evanton. Music was provided by the Ambassadors Orchestra. Messrs Campbell and D. Dundas were Masters of Ceremony.
*At a dance in the Geanies Community Centre, Mr John Urquhart, Cadboll Mount, Fearn, was chosen as the Leap Year Pin-Up Boy from a short leet of six. The others were Messrs J. Maclennan, W. Munro, D. Murray, D. MacDougall and S. MacKintosh.
The juddges were Mr and Mrs Sangster, Lanka, Fearn. Miss Shona Innes presented the winner with a gift. The Spot Waltz winners were Ishbel Duff and John Urquhart ; and Catherine and Hugh Ross. Music was provided by the Blue Star Band, and Mr George Munro made an excellent MC.
*Following the eighth annual general meeting of Kilmuir Easter Community Centre in the Polnicol Hall, Delny, was appointed to succeed Captain I. W. Macpherson as chairman. Miss Mason was appointed secretary and Mr J. Hall reappointed treasurer. A credit balance of £117 was reported, as against £60 the previous year
*One engagement was announced at Ross County FC Supproters' Club's Leap Year Dance in the Town Hall, Dingwall. The couple, a Dingwall girl and an American serviceman from the Air Station at Evanton, were presented with a gift to mark the occasion.
The first heat was held in the Club's Modern Waltz competition and chosen to go froward to the final were Mrs Jack Cameron and Mr Jackie Macpherson, Dingwall ; and Miss Winifred Barnes, Rosemarkie and Mr Leslie Bird. The Judges were Mr and Mrs Moodie.
*At the annual general meeting of the Women's Section of Dingwall Branch of the British Legion, the following officials were appointed: Chairwoman, Mrs Ken Mackay; vice-chairwoman Mrs Roderick Fraser; Secretary, Mrs E. R. Munro; Treasurer, Miss H. S. Shearer, committee; Miss J. Maclennan, Miss V. Macdonald, Mrs M. Macdonald, Mrs Mackenzie, Mrs Gilbert, Mrs White, Mrs Cowan, Mrs Murray, Mrs Maclean and Mrs Stewart.
*The highlight of the Concert presented in the Assembly Hall, Dingwall Academy, was a production of Doe Sutherland's one-act play, "The Skindle Road", by a cast of teachers. Mr Hamish Fraser, the producer, also played one of the roles. Others in the cast were Margaret Mackay, Lucy Munro, Iain Grant and Donald Macleod.
The Concert was in aid of the East Ross Schools Football and Athletics Association, and the Rector, Mr A. W. Mackay, was chairman. Constance Hood and John Fraser, Tain, delighted the audience with splendid comic duets in costume, and Miss Hood recited one of A. P. Herbert's poetic works. Also from Tain was Miss Betty Macmillan, a popular singer at local concerts and ceilidhs.
The Gaelic side of the programme was sustained by Miss Jean Macleod, Ullapool, a teacher in the Academy; and Mr Donald Macleod, Contin. Scots songs were rendered by Mrs W. R. H. Campbell.
Two humorous readings were given by Mr Kenneth Laing, who also showed several slides of local scenes. Displays of the Sean Truibhas and Irish Jig were given by Miss Ethel Mackay, who was accompanied by Pipe Major Addison Watson.
Violin selections were rendered by Mr J. K. Inkson, and pianoforte solos by Mr R. G. Wilkie, who also accompanied the singers.
*A section of the 25ft high road retaining wall, 100ft long, on the Kyle-Invergarry Trunk Road near Eilean Donan Castle, collapsed on Tuesday, and took half the roadway with it. The heavy rainfall on Monday night caused the collapse, which had been expected following the appearance of a crack in the road a few days previously.
Friday, 2nd March,1956

22 YEARS AGO

AN ALL-OUT effort by Ross County FC's groundsman, Mr George Barmetson, Dingwall Fire Brigade and a large band of voluntary helpers, ensured that Ross County's North of Scotland Cup first round tie with Fort William proceeded - not in the afternoon as originally scheduled, but in the evening, after a 4 p. m. inspection of the pitch.
County won the tie by three goals to one, their scorers being George Urquhart (2) and Nicolson. The County team was; Morrison; Allison and Brett; Stuart, Giles and Cowie; Flening, Urquhart, Hunter (Nicolson), Creaney and Maclaren. Substitute: Reagan.
*Craighill Primary School were the winners of the Primary School Five-a-Sides Football competition at Dingwall and District Sports Centre for the larger Primary Schools in the County. In the final the defeated Coulhill A 3-2. The tournament for smaller schools was won by Drumsmittal, who defeated Maryburgh School 4-0 in the final.
*For the first time in fifteen years the SCDA One-Act Play Festival returned to Dingwall Town Hall, and attracted large audiences on the two-night run.
The event was a triumph for The Florians teams from Inverness, who took first and second places with "The Browning Version" and "Ritual for Dalls". Dingwall Players won the Marion Mackenzie Shield for their production of "The Godsend", which was produced by Mr Sandy Glass.
The other Dingwall production was an original play by Mr James Swanson, "Born to Suffer".
The Dingwall casts were: "The Godsend": Vera Hallett, Jane Singleton, Doreen Reynolds, Christine Morrision, Norman Macrae, Mac Conn, Ron Singleton and Ena Gordon; and "Born to Suffer":Eric Carbarns, Ron Singleton, Andrew Hill, James Swanson, Vera Hallet, Ruth Davidson and Jock Watt.
Friday, 3rd March, 1978