In March 2017, Gallan Head Community Trust sent four delegates to the Community Energy Scotland conference and AGM at the West Harris Trust’s wonderful new community enterprise centre, Talla na Mara. Our new chairperson William Mansfield Townsend, who was elected following our AGM at the end of February, was presented at the event with a certificate to mark being the 400th member of Community Energy Scotland. We learned a lot from the day, both in terms of what is likely to be the best way forward for embracing renewable energies at Gallan Head, and also from seeing this well planned community facility sail through its first major event. We hope to visit Knoydart later in the year to learn from their expertise in tweaking and managing a local energy network over the years.
We have been ploughing on with our plans for the Cetus Observatory, and have had some great initial meetings with the Ionad Hiort, Bhaltos Trust and Commun Eachdraidh Uig – we are all of a mind to work together for the good of the wider community.
Earlier in March, thanks to £5000 grant support from the Landfill Communities Fund via Third Sector Hebrides, we have been able to carry out further much needed land remediation: flattening out and smoothing churned up land, pulling out half-buried hazards and unsightly rubbish. Gallan Head is looking much more attractive – another step in the right direction. The improved state will allow for the natural re-growth of plants, and we may carry out re-seeding at a later date.
We are also waiting to hear very shortly whether we were successful in an application to the Coop’s Local Communities Fund towards our planned path projects.
GHCT is excited to be welcoming John Brown, the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, to Gallan Beag in April. John will be giving a public talk at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25th of April at Gallan Beag. His theme is: “Dark Cosmic Sights from Gallan Head to the Edge of the Universe.” Please book to be sure of a seat, entry is free. John is also very kindly going to pay a visit Sgoil Uig while he is here, and is taking part in a workshop day to discuss our ideas for the Cetus Observatory.
Last but not least, our informal singing group enjoyed a rewarding get at the beginning of March. We have decided to make this a monthly get together, on the first Tuesday of every month, so the next sing-song night will be on Tuesday the 4th of April, 7:30pm at Gallan Beag. All welcome – if you have a song you’d like to sing, bring words and a recording if possible.
Anyone who has thoughts or ideas on any of our plans is encouraged to get in touch: +44 (0)1851 672211 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see our website www.gallanhead.org.uk and FB page: www.facebook.com/gallanheadtrust.
Gallan Head Delegates Take up the Front Row at CES’ Conference a