Croft For Sale With 3-4 Bedroom House

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

Offers Over £210,000

croft for sale Scoraig

5-½ Acre croft for sale on the Scoraig peninsula that is located on the NW coast of Scotland. Includes a spacious 3-4-bedroom house built five years ago with high levels of insulation, Nordan double glazed windows and doors, and oil central heating.

 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.

The peninsula is accessed by boat or hill track and has a 5 – 14’s school.

Bothy, Byre, tractor and machinery are included.

For more information please call 01854 633323.

or email “Jayneyoung89  at  gmail.com”

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.

Hugh

077 1315 7600

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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STG Committee Meeting Minutes Thursday 5 March 2015

Present: Aggie, Estha, Anthea, Zoë, Jessie, Chisha
Apologies: Jill, Lisa, Mairead

  1. Meeting Procedures – Jessie to minute, Zoë to chair, next set meeting: Thursday 16th April at 11.00 a.m.

 

  1. Admin Update
    (a). Successfully received grant of £1K from Highland Council Village Hall Grants Scheme.
    (b). Bank Statements now delivered to the school again.
    (c). Accounts now completed for December and January.
    (d). Signatories form to be redone with Aggie’s rather than Estha’s details as that is what the bank has on record.
    (e). Shares – STG has cashed in its shares with Santander ±£400, which will cover the cost of new chairs.
    (f). Bunkhouse rental agreement signed until 3 July.
    (g). Sale of logs from Chris’s croft raised £180 for STG.
    (h). STG bank balance on 5 March 2015 £5,868.84.

 

  1. ‘Driftwood’
    (a) Fridge/freezer now working.
    (b) Electrics have been checked by Hugh and are fine.
    (c) Bookings: It needs to be clarified what arrangements will be made for the ‘Driftwood’ over the summer.

 

  1. Secondary School
    (a) Gas leak is now fixed.
    (b) Lights: Hugh has offered to replace the strip lights with more ambient lighting.
    (c) Chairs: It has been decided to order 24 stacking conference chairs.
    (d) Step-Up stools: It was decided to order 4 plastic step-up stools from Ikea. W will be approached about making sturdier stools out of wood for long-term use.
    (e) Entrance leak: A leak has been found under the door and is in the process of being fixed.
    (f) Hearing loop: A company in Muir of Ord has been sourced which can provide equipment needed at reasonable cost. This will now be discussed further.
    (g) Nursery toilet: Flooring needs to be replaced.
    (h) Blinds: It was decided to look into the feasibility of purchasing blackout blinds for the velux windows.
  1. Events

Bookings for Secondary School:

(a) Pasta/pizza night – Sat 14th March
(b) Anthea’s pre-birthday bash – Sat 4th April
(c) Jorgen Neilson talk – Wed 15th April time 8pm t.b.c.

  1. A.O.B

Changes to the constitution were discussed and will be circulated to all the committee for further comment.

STG Committee Meeting Minutes Thursday 22 January

Scoraig Teaching Group

Committee Meeting Minutes Thursday 22 January 2015

Present: Jill, Aggie, Chisha, Zoë, Anthea, Mairead, Jessie

Apologies: Lisa, Estha

(1) Next meeting: meeting set for Thursday 5th March 2015 in 6 weeks time

(2) Admin update:

(a) Accounts – Cash Flow Manager updated Aug-Dec ’14 with associated documentation.

Current Balance £4,620.20

(b) Signatories – Joany removed and Zoë added will be finalised when branch visited to confirm ID.

(c) Bank Account Statements – address delivery admin error now corrected by bank.

(d) Rates Rebate – Form completed and returned to Highland Council (HC) awaiting outcome.

(e) Village Halls Grant Scheme – Application for £1K submitted to HC (including accounts retyped for 2010 -14).

(f) Online registration – STG now registered online with Zurich Insurance and OSCR.

(g) Office – External Hard Drive supplied by Tommy to transfer data from office computer but yet to be done – committee suggested contact Lee to facilitate the process.

(h) Chairs and stools – researched sources of both and shared with the committee

(3) ‘Dritfwood’

(a) Rental agreement: Administrator to arrange rental agreement with Claire until end of June.

(b) Fridge /freezers: The problems with fridge and freezers are now being dealt with. Thanks to all who have tried to help solve the problem.

(c) Electrics: Hugh asked to look at electric supply from windmill to Driftwood at some point.

(4)   Secondary School

(a) Chairs: It was decided to buy new chairs for the Secondary school. In order to raise funds for this an all day cafe event has been proposed. Date to be decided.

(b) Leak: Solutions will be invited to solve problem of leak just inside door of Secondary school.

 (c) Gas Smell: John is going to investigate gas smell in kitchen.

 

(5) Hearing Loop: Discussion ongoing about the possible instalation of a hearing loop in the secondary school.

 

(6) Events: Various events discussed, dates to be decided.

(7) Constitution: Further discussion about changes to STG constitution. This will be considered over coming months  in readiness for AGM.