8 Hours per week each. The school is looking for one person to fill both posts:
Croft For Sale With 3-4 Bedroom House
Offers Over £210,000
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.
The following is copied from this website
Closing Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014
Location: Scoraig Primary School, Dundonnell, Ross-shire
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: £43,593 plus High rate remote allowance of £2475 p.a. Contact Person: Norma Young Tel. 01478 613697
Please APPLY ONLINE. If you are unable to apply online and you wish to request an offline application pack, please contact Business Support – HR (ECS) Tel. No: 01349 868660 (24 hour voicemail) quoting the post reference number above.
Prior to confirming appointment, we will require successful candidates to become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.
The Council has a comprehensive relocation package which maybe available to the successful candidate.
Click here to download the job and person specification
A residential “Build Your Own Wind Turbine” workshop will be held on Scoraig from 26th April to 2nd May. This continues a ten year tradition of workshops during which we build a small wind turbine from scratch and test it. Accommodation is at the “Bunkhouse” behind the Secondary School Buildings, run by Scoraig Teaching Group.
The new residents at the Guardian Croft have launched a web page inviting people to come and stay “off-grid”.
Get away from it all (literally!)
A warm welcome will be waiting from ourselves and Bruce! Coming to stay at Guardian Croft, on Scoraig will be an experience that few people get to try nowadays.
When you hear the phrase “getting away from it all”, it doesn’t usually mean ALL. You still have access to your car and shops and other 21st century ‘luxuries’.
Coming to see us will allow you to let all that fall away, along with all your stresses and strains. Life will slow right down and all those niggly little things, that seem so important in the everyday, will have no significance.
That’s not to say we expect you to revert to a caveman existence! We plan to have toilets – environmentally-friendly and clean composting ones; showers – powered mostly by the sun; a boat – to get you back and forth across the Loch, to explore the wonders of Wester Ross (if you haven’t walked in from Badralloch); and plenty of home-grown food. There’s even good mobile phone signal (dependant on network), but then, you’ll want to turn it off anyway, right?
We will have our version of ‘Glamping’ available. A nice big Yurt – set in beautiful Broadleaf Woodland, with stunning Loch views – insulated, with a wood-burner, furniture and easy access to the toilet and shower.
At a directors meeting on 29.9.13, we discussed the problem of members not being able to take paid employment with the SCA, this being particularly relevant to the road job. We agreed to suggest the following changes to the Articles of Association:
4. Employees of the company shall not be eligible for membership; a person who becomes an employee of the company after admission to membership shall automatically cease to be a member.
Proposed: delete this entirely
And to the Memorandum of Association:
4b. No part of the income or property of the company shall be paid or transferred (directly or indirectly) to the members of the company, whether by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise.
Proposed: change wording of this to clarify that payment of eg Highland Council money for road work can be channelled through the SCA.
4c. No director of the company shall be appointed as a paid employee of the company: no director shall hold any office under the company for which a salary or fee is payable
4d. No benefit (whether in money or in kind) shall be given by the company to any director except in (i)repayment of out-of-pocket expense or (ii)reasonable payment in return for particular services (not being of a management nature) actually rendered to the company
Proposed: retain these clauses. (Directors of the SCA will continue not to be able to do road job or any similar for payment.)
We will need to call an Extraordinary General Meeting and hold a vote on whether or not to make these changes. The resolution will only be passed if 75% of the votes are in favour, and there can’t be any postal or proxy votes, so we hope you’ll come along.
We propose to hold this meeting on Sunday 8th December
There will be a reminder sent out nearer the time
Cheers, Cathy (Secretary to SCA)
Scoraig Community Association
Minutes of a Directors Meeting held on 29.9.13
Present: Laurence, Cathy, Ewan, Estha, Bill, Chris Latham
1.Articles of Association
It was agreed to recommend for amendment the sections of the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association for the SCA covering the issue of members being employed, to allow members but not directors to take employment such as the road job. Any such amendment or deletion must win 75% of the vote of members present at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
A note will be sent to all Scoraig residents outlining the proposed amendments and notifying them of an EGM on December 8th
It was noted that membership of the SCA is less formal than required under the Articles of Association, which require a signed application and a register of members. Members will be requested to sign a short form at the next meeting.
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Minutes of AGM were approved
Gas: Laide Post Office have put a gas cylinder cage at the pier and provide free regulators for people switching to Calor. To order gas, phone the post office, who will authorise Bill to deliver
Post Office: This will open at the Badcaul clinic a couple of days a week, details to come.
4. Road JoB
Bill read out a breakdown of figures may 2012-Sept 2013:
Bags (filled) £666.65
There followed a discussion on how to spend the present budget, and whether to prioritise the section below Lotts. Agreed that a budget of £1000 for chippings should be allocated for along Lotts, and £1200 for bags of pebbles along Carnoch/Ruigh’riabhach, and that by February if one budget had been used up but not the other, money could be transferred. A day was set for a volunteer day of October 5th. Ewan will experiment with doing stone slab run-offs with Andy Cox.
5. Next Meeting: Extraordinary General Meeting on Sunday 8th December
Scoraig Community Association
Annual General Meeting 8.9.13
Present: Laurence Glass, Chris Latham, Ewan Bush, Martha Kerr, Bill Burstall, Cathy Dagg, Aggie Brudenell, Estha Cutler, Andy Cox, Nigel Rushforth, Wojcieck Paszczyk, Jessie Millard, Jill Beavitt, Malcolm Alston, Bev Beavitt
Apologies: Andrew Rivett
1.Chair’s Report: Laurence read out the chair’s report
2. Treasurer’s Report: This was circulated
3. Resignation and election of directors:
The following were elected as directors:
Estha Cutler proposed L Glass seconded C. Dagg
Laurence Glass proposed C. Dagg, seconded B Beavitt
Malcolm Alston proposed J Beavitt seconded E. Cutler
Aggie Brudenell proposed L Glass seconded E Cutler
Nigel Rushforth proposed L Glass seconded M Alston
Wojcieck Paszczyk proposed L Glass seconded A Brudenell
Cathy Dagg proposed A Brudenell seconded B Beavitt
Jessie Millard proposed C Dagg seconded J Beavitt
Office bearers were agreed by the directors to be: Laurence Glass as Chair, Cathy Dagg as secretary, Estha Cutler as treasurer.
4. Closure of Dundonnell Post Office
It has been arranged that shopping and papers will be delivered from Laide post office, but they don’t do gas. Frank Nichol have offered to erect a cage at the pier and do free delivery for orders of 6 or more, and Bill could co-ordinate releasing cylinders once paid for. We need to find out which gas people use and whether they are willing to change to Calor.
Bev proposed a scrap collection. Andy Cox can now collect on the peninsula, but isn’t licensed to transport on public roads. Jill suggested voluntary tidy ups and scrap collection are fun community activities and would prefer these to continue. Agreed there would be a scrap collection date set for a weekend during October break.
It was agreed Martha and Athini should carry on as before doing repairs, and Ewan would co-ordinate a volunteer day of improvements along the bottom of Lotts, using Chris’ chippings and completing a section to a fairly high standard. Bill, in his continuing role as co-ordinator, feels winkle sacks of pebbles are still the best option for repairs. It was felt by some that the plastic sacks are unsightly, but they are only visible due to not enough subsoil covering them. Ewan suggested run-offs could be excavated with a digger.
Agreed there should be a road sub-committee of Bill, Martha, Estha, Chris, Ewan, Andy C.
Agreed that a budget breaking down how the money would be spent should be presented to SCA for approval.
Ewan will organise a Volunteers Day on 28th September
7. Pier Extension Proposals
It was felt by the steering group that since the results of the questionnaire were support for this, we were obliged to pursue it. Ewan is resigning from the group, but Andy C is happy to get involved
Agreed that Bonfire Night and Burns supper were best events for fundraising. An auction was suggested, with the possibility of one of the items being the old mooring boat engine, but there is support for the engine being kept as a spare. Estha offered to organise the auction, with Bill as auctioneer. A fundraising event at Easter was suggested, possibly a sports day/vintage tractor rally. Laurence offered to develop the idea.
9. Mooring Boat
Bev raised a vote of thanks to Aggie for keeping the system going. There is £2011 in the high interest account and £139 in the current account. Income has been £2069 and outgoings £898 excluding the new engine. We haven’t had the bill for harbour dues yet.
10. Next Meeting: 29th September