Chatterbox

Chatterbox
Highlands and Islands Community Newspaper of the Year 2016, runner-up 2017

It was 10 years ago that members of Rosemarkie SWRI bared all for charity. In our Winter edition we take a look back at the calendar they produced, and calendar girl Betty Hiddlestone is on our cover.

In Cromarty we meet Marcel and Kitty Gommers, the couple who couldn’t stay away. The Dutch pair ran the post office for several years before moving on. Now they’re back and bringing a new look to the village stores.

Also taking care of business are Charlie Youatt and partner Michelle whose Black Isle Bath Bombs are produced from their home in Avoch. We learn all about their plans for the future.

And in Muir of Ord we’re shown around the Black Isle Dairy by Nick and Jo Mackenzie and find out how their dairy farm has survived when so many others have struggled.

Two Black Isle authors are featured in our latest edition. In Routes, Roots and Wings Maggie Wynton from Fortrose tells the story of how she raised her daughter, Eilidh, who was born with cerebral palsy; and Morven-May MacCallum of Tore uses her novel Finding Joy to raise awareness of Lyme disease, from which she has suffered for several years.

Also new out is The Barley Skimmers, a book of pipe tunes and CD by Munlochy composer Hilary de Vries. She tells us about how the Black Isle as her inspiration.

Avoch Football Club have enjoyed years of success under joint managers Mike Hind and George Patience, so it was no easy decision when they decided it was time to retire. We learn all about their partnership.

It’s been another BIG year. We report from the latest Black Isle Gathering – one the organisers warn might be the last.

And there’s lots more inside the Winter Chatterbox – 48 pages of news, features and sport. Don’t miss your copy.

Russell Turner, Editor

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