Sunday, 26 May 2013
Kilchoan Playpark Opens
Along the way, Rosie continued, many people had contributed in so many ways. Marie, Sharon and Lynda (above) were three of the original committee who set the process rolling; others joined in as the effort was taken over by the West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company. Others became involved in fundraising - long-term readers of the Diary will recall that a group of nine fathers and friends raised over £25,000 by walking the West Highland Way. Others helped by giving of their time and effort in the building - builder Kenneth MacDonald from Acharacle, John and Jacqui Chapple of Steading Holidays among many others - while Donald Houston of Ardnamurchan Estate gave the children the land. Support came from outside bodies once the money started to accumulate - the Scottish Government and the European Community through Highland LEADER 2007-13, the Landfill Communities' Fund, the Hugh Fraser Foundation, to name a few.
Around 300 people attended the event, and it's perhaps a reflection of how wide the effort was to raise the money that one person flew in from Saudi Arabia specially to be there.
The total cost of the Park was in excess of £100,000. When one considers that the resident population of this remote community is around 250, the size of the mountain that had been scaled can be appreciated.
The Diary understands that the members of the West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company are afraid they may now get bored with nothing to do, so they have an AGM on 24th June at which the community is cordially invited to come along and give them a few ideas - invitation here.