New signage is planned to erected around the estate and elsewhere this year and the first of these has just been put into place. Thanks to Graphite Signs and Calum D Carmichael, our donation box at the end of the moor road now has a permanent display and instructions.
Given the number of people and visitors using the moor road, and taking walks on the moor, we have been regularly asked if there is a way to make donations to the Estate for upkeep, maintenance and other purposes.
To that end, we have purchased and installed a donation box at the beginning of the moor road |(left hand side)
Please point all donors in that direction! All donations are now welcome!
Following an Estate meeting, Alister Macdonald presented, on behalf of the Keose Glebe community, a cheque for £100 to Councillor Angus Morrison in support of the Lucky2BHere charity who have placed a defibrillator in the village.
Having this valuable lifesaving equipment here is much appreciated, and we would like to thank both Angus and Lucky2BHere for the tireless work they have undertaken in fundraising, locating and maintaining defibrillators in many places across the islands.
With financial assistance from Marine Harvest, and in conjunction with Keose Glebe Grazings, the moor road has been further upgraded with the installation of a new cattle grid. (The work being undertaken by AMK).
The old grid was getting to the end of its useful life, and the side walls had begun to fall, or were extremely wobbly. It is great therefore to see the new unit in place, compete with its hedgehog ladder and escape hope.
The Association has been successful in obtaining funding of over £25K towards the long awaited development of the Keose Playpark.
The Muitheabhal Trust and The Scottish Landfill Fund have been the welcome benefactors here, and this takes us a long way towards the required funding total.
A very useful and enthusiastic meeting was held in the meeting house on the 24th of May were the local residents, and primarily the children, had an opportunity to look at different pieces of play equipment, and to help the committee decide which ones were the most exciting and desirable.
Further fundraising work will now begin, and it is hoped that the community will be generous and help in donating towards this project, especially as It was pointed out that there are now 15 children between the two villages.
This is a remarkable change considering that only a few years ago there were only one or two.
A year ago today, we completed the legal process to acquire the estate, and it officially became community owned.
That was quite an achievement, but that was only the beginning.
Much work and effort has be expended since then, and as we have now completed our first year, we hope to celebrate our achievements, reflect on a busy 12 months, and to plan for the year ahead, when the Keose Glebe Community meet up in Balallan on the 1st of April.