Extraordinary General Meeting of the SCA

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the SCA in two weeks time, Sunday 25th October, at which Laurence Glass proposes to resign as chair and a new chair will be appointed. This is so that Laurence can take on the role of roadworks overseer

SCA Annual General Meeting 2015

Scoraig Community Association

AGM 2015-10-10

Held on 27.9.15 at Scoraig Secondary School

Present: Aggie Brudenell, Estha Rushforth, Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, Ian Hammons, David Bush, Ewan Bush, Davy Forsyth, Zoe Fothergill, Dale Nicholson, Morag Hepburn, Malcolm Alston, Jo Baker, Jessie Millard, Elly Edwards, Don Staniford, Luke Richards, Paul Betts, Janet Betts, Nigel Rushforth.

Apologies: Winnie

  1. Minutes of the previous AGM were read and approved
  2. Chair’s report was read out by Laurence Glass
  3. Treasurer’s report was read out by Laurence Glass
  4. Mooring boat finances were reported on by Aggie
  5. All directors resigned
  6. The following directors were elected: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, Aggie Brudenell, Malcolm Alston, Estha Rushforth, Ewan Bush, Jo Baker

There followed a brief public meeting:

Present: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, Paul Betts, Janet Betts, Jessie Millard, Dale Nicholson, Luke Richards, Ian Hammons, Nigel Rushforth

  1. Minutes of previous SCA meeting were read and approved
  2. Mooring boat driving test. The need for a new examiner was discussed. Changes to the tick payment scheme were suggested, but it was agreed to defer this discussion to a shareholders meeting where more regular mooring boat users would be present
  3. Road job: It was agreed that the paid work to be done between now and the end of the financial year really needs a gaffer/boss/overseer in order to direct paid workers to where the work really needs doing, to maintain standards of work and to communicate directly with Highland Council on matters such as equipment and materials. This person would be expected to work on the road themselves but could take some agreed admin time. A split of remaining funds of £1500 to the boss and £1000 divided between other paid workers was suggested. This role will be advertised and discussed further at the next meeting
  4. Water on the hill for fire fighting. Jonah is about to take fenceposts to the damaged deer fence so may be able to take containers up
  5. First Responder: It was agreed that Estha would put the phone number onto her phone and act as co-ordinator
  6. Badluarach car park and caravans. It was agreed that now the summer season is past the abandoned caravans are less of a problem but should still be dealt with. Scrapyards will only take broken up caravans. They could be offered online as free to uplift.
  7. Next meeting Sunday 11th October at 4pm at the Secondary School


download here:- SCA AGM 15

Position Now Closed – Intrepid Educator Needed for Off-Grid School

The deadline has now passed for the Scoraig Primary Class Teacher Position so we are no longer responding to enquiries.

Many thanks for your interest and support throughout the process.


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Contrary to rumours, this property is very much for sale still

Offers Over £210,000

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 The croft benefits from its own 1 Kw wind turbine; solar panels and a diesel back up generator, as there is no mains connection to the peninsula. The croft has its own water supply fed from a spring.

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email settings changed again

To improve performance, Jimmy has moved to a new server again.  If you are happy to send and receive mail without security (SSL) then hopefully you won’t know what the fuss is about, and everything will still be working as ever.  If you use SSL then the server names for incoming and outgoing mail have changed from coventry01 to RL08.  But see below for future-proof server.

 Jimmy has installed a simpler solution that will prevent the need to change your settings again in future.  Use scoraig.com as the server both in and out, and SSL will work on that server forever amen.  You may get some warnings that the certificate is not valid but Jimmy assures me that it actually is and you can ignore them.

SSL settings to avoid future changes are:
Incoming Server: scoraig.com
• IMAP: Port 993
• POP3: Port 995
Outgoing Server: scoraig.com
• SMTP: Port 465

Here again are the older settings that will hopefully work on any server, but do not support SSL

Incoming Server: mail.scoraig.com
• IMAP: Port 143
• POP3: Port 110

Outgoing Server: mail.scoraig.com
• SMTP: Port 26

If in doubt get in touch with me or with Jimmy.


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SCA meeting minutes from 22nd March 2015

Scoraig Community Association
Minutes of a meeting held on 22.3.15

Present: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, Dale Nicholson, Aggie Brudenell, David Bush, Zoe Fothergill, Martha Kerr, Luke Richards, Jan Betts, Paul Betts, Wojcieck Paszczyk, Jessie Millard

Apologies: Bill Burstall, Lisa Grant, Estha Rushforth

1.Minutes of previous meeting approved

2.Letter from Bill re. Boat maintenance schedule and firefighting equipment was read out to meeting.

3.Firefighting: A site has been chosen by the SSS gate for the beaters and land-drain holder. Aggie will dig the hole. 25 litre water containers are in the nursery shed and Jonah has tarp for covering them when they’re placed out on the hill. Paul and Luke offered to help get the containers into place along the ridge.

4 Road Maintenance: The last invoice has gone to HC but has not yet been paid. It was agreed that in future all timesheets should be submitted within 2 months of work being completed in order to keep our accounting up to date. At present there is no money to pay people, but voluntary work is always welcome. People could take responsibility for the sections below or through their crofts in terms of clearing ditches and culverts and diverting water flowing down tracks.

Davy has done a costing for creating a turning circle below no.10. John Sangster has said he will still dig sand from the quarry above his, but will have to charge £35 per hour from now on. Agreed that it’s still probably worth it as he can shift a lot of sand in an hour. Paul Betts pointed out that he too has a digger.

There followed a discussion about the need for capping pebbles with sand. Paul wondered if a dry sand/cement mix would be preferable, Laurence thought it would be too dry to go off. There was interest in trying a short section at the bottom of Chris’s hill.

Sleeping policemen below the Secondary School have not yet been put in. This could be done as part of the proposed volunteer day

There will be a volunteer road mending day on Sunday 10th May

  1. Mooring Boat: The engine is possibly running better, but there is possibly water getting into the connectors, and it was pointed out that it’s best to dangle these over the oars to keep water out. No new oars have been commissioned yet after it was ascertained that Topher’s friend would charge £200 each. Bev and Davy will be approached. Dale and Aggie are getting tar and W is sorting ropes. A date in May will be announced for getting the boat back into the water. The old rope will be for sale soon. There have been no bids for the Yamaha 8 so Laurence will keep it for spares for the new 8 replacing the 6.


  1. Badluarach car park. The abandoned caravans belonging to Ivan and Tony Marsh, and old trailers, should be removed. Laurence offered to contact Tony Marsh and offer to place his caravan on e-bay Martha offered to investigate the possibilities for official removal. Luke will dismantle and recycle his caravan


Bags of cement have been dumped in the pier shed and should be removed if anyone knows who they belong to. There is a problem with bins being filled with non-Scoraig rubbish when they are not locked, and with ordinary rubbish being put in the recycling bin so that the entire binfull had to go to landfill. Bill has spare bin keys if anyone has lost theirs


Peter Young’s shed is falling down, Laurence will contact him to ask what his plans are.


  1. Goats: Estate stalker is being contacted


  1. Ali Seanaids: Now that this house is going on the market, W and Chisha may have to move out this summer. W asked if anyone could think of somewhere else for them to stay.


  1. Next Meeting Sunday 7th June



Cheers   Cathy




Scoraig Teaching Group Committee 27 April 2015

Scoraig Teaching Group Committee Meeting Minutes Monday 27 April 2015

Present: Jill, Aggie, Estha, Mairead, Chisha and Zoë

Apologies: Lisa, Anthea, Jessie

  1. Meetings Procedure

Zoë to take minutes. Jill to chair. Next meeting Tuesday 2 June at 11am.

  1. Admin Update

End of Year Accounts – New excel format, new petty cash policy 1 cashier, standing float, Bunkhouse income BACS or cheque.

VAT – STG eligible for reduced rate VAT as charity – form to return to HMRC with most recent accounts to receive certificate.

Office Computer – Thanks to Lee, looking into transfer of files from office computer to external hard drive to facilitate access.

Signatories – Finally completed after much delay/frustration – complaint registered, compensation awarded to STG of £620.40.

  1. Bunkhouse

Fuel – It was decided any future long-term tenants will be liable to provide their own fuel eg coal and gas.

Summer Bookings – 2 bookings taken already. Further promotion necessary for summer period between Monday 6 July – Friday 14 August. Update website to reflect this, post on Scoraig small ads, contact tourist office, post ad on gumtree. Zoë to do.

Alternative Accommodation Options – As there is currently a long-term tenant and there may again be, it would be good to add more info to the website about alternative options for accommodation. Zoë will co-ordinate.

New Bunkhouse – There was also the suggestion that funding streams could be explored to finance a new purpose built bunkhouse and this should be discussed with SCA, to see if there is interest, and if so, to establish a feasibility group.

Annual Maintenance Schedule – Water crisis at the weekend – filter needs to be changed on a regular basis so Aggie will do so in future. Rayburn needs to be looked after too. Suggested that an annual maintenance schedule is devised and followed. Zoë will prepare a draft for consideration at the next meeting.

  1. Secondary School

Stools ready for use – awaiting feedback from school. (Thanks to Ewan Bush for collection and delivery).

Lighting – Thanks to Hugh for the test spots in kitchen. Consensus please swap out cool white for warm. After discussion, Zoë to explore uplighters too for a more diffuse light option.

Chairs – very comfy and met with general approval – felt feet needed for chairs – Zoë to source in Inverness.

Nursery Toilet Floor – thanks to W for doing it, looks good, still requires some finishing mastic.

Blinds – Kitchen ok for projectors for the time being – we will continue to explore more permanent alternatives for both spaces.

STG Volunteer Day – Old well needs to be filled in. Suggested could combine with other jobs for an STG volunteer day. Bench varnishing to be included. Sunday 5 July is suggested date.

Windmill Workshop – went well – dinners hosted in the school – very positive feedback – £100 earned for STG.

Recurring Water Leak – either roof or water tank – Aggie to contact Aaron to come and give the roof a once over.

  1. Primary School

Teacher on Committee – In response to offer STG would be delighted to have a primary school teacher join the committee.

  1. Events

Jorgen Talk – projection worked well – described as very inspiring.

AGM – Wednesday 24 June – afternoon tea from 3pm meeting at 4pm.

Polish Food Night – Chisha proposes to host Polish Food night to fundraise for her education.

Children’s Party – Ellie and Don have expressed interest to book school for birthday party at the end of September.

  1. AOB

Nothing raised.

Jørgen Steen Nielsen will be staying on Scoraig

The great transition

From mid April to mid May the Danish journalist and author Jørgen Steen Nielsen will be staying on Scoraig to work on a book on the global ecological and financial challenges and the need for a transition to a sustainable, resilient way of living.

He has written on this subject for many years for his paper, Danish daily Information, and in a number of previous books. On Scoraig he will give a public talk to inspire discussion and learn from people living here. Trained as a biologist Jørgen Steen Nielsen’s starting point is the climate and ecological crisis, but seeing this as closely linked to the globalized growth economy he will discuss the challenges as well as the efforts made to pave the way for a new economy.

The lecture will be given at
Scoraig Secondary School on Wednesday 15th April at 8 p.m

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