The Kilchoan Learning Centre serves a resident population of about 250 people yet, helped by the wonders of modern communication such as videoconferencing and a lot of hard work from its managers past and present, it's been able to offer a wide range of courses, everything from full degree level down to enjoyable two-hour evening talks. The range of courses has drawn in all sections of the community, so it was to be expected that, when an invitation was extended to everyone to come to the Centre for tea and cakes and to meet the board of West Highland College / UHI which runs it, the turnout was likely to be high.
This afternoon a dozen members of the board were joined by some forty West Ardnamurchan residents, including representatives from local and national businesses. They had the opportunity to tell board members how much they valued the Learning Centre, and how concerned they are that the continuing squeeze on budgets should not result in a reduction in either the number, breadth or quality of the courses being offered. This is a fragile community, and the Learning Centre is an integral part of its continued survival.
Learning Managers Dale Meegan and Rachael Kidd provided a magnificent spread of food, and the conversations continued long after the event was supposed to finish - so we hope that the community's feelings were made very clear.
Dale and Rachael have asked that their thanks go to all those we came along to talk to the board.