Notice of AGM & Information Evening at The Boat Hall

Invitation to Information Evening at The Boat Hall
We would like to invite you to attend our AGM and Information Evening on Wednesday 24th October.
We’d like to use the evening a way to keep you informed of any happenings at the Hall, including new designs for upgrading the kitchen and engaging in discussion about them, opportunities for volunteering and fundraising, as well as getting to know each other a bit better over a glass of wine, and some cheese and biscuits.

Doors will open from 7pm to give you a chance to have a look at the designs and read about upcoming plans. The AGM will start at 7:30pm and will last approximately 30 mins, after which we will open up discussions around the room about any concerns or changes that might want to be considered.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the fourteenth Annual General Meeting of Boat of Garten Community Hall will be held within the Lounge of the Community Hall, Boat of Garten, on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 7.30pm to conduct the following business:

  1. To receive any Apologies from Members.
  2. To approve the Minutes of the AGM held on 25 October 2017.
  3. To consider and approve the Company’s Accounts and the Report of the Directors for the year ended 31st March 2018.
  4. To elect Directors who were co-opted during the year: none.
  5. The following three Directors are due to retire by rotation:
    Iain Forsyth, Annie Forwood and Sandy Walker – all are willing to stand for re-election.

    Caroline Bashford is retiring with effect from 24 October 2018 and
    Helen Walker is retiring with effect from 24 October 2018.

  6. To authorise the Directors to appoint an Independent Examiner to prepare the 2018/19 accounts of the Company and to authorise the Directors to fix his remuneration.

Company Secretary:
Iain Forsyth
By order of the Board
27th September 2018

A member of the Company is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and if a poll is taken to vote in his place at the meeting. A proxy form will be issued to all Members not less than 7 days before the AGM. Completed proxy forms must arrive at the registered office of the Company at not less than 48 hours before the time of the meeting. A proxy need not be a member of the Company. There is also an online proxy form available.

The formal business of the AGM should be brief and refers to the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018. After the conclusion of this there will be an opportunity, over a glass of wine, to ask any questions.  Please come along if you can.

All pumped up!

Young cyclists at Inverness Pump Track

From a choice of five options, there was a massive majority in favour of developing the Curling Pond area into a Pump Track Skills area.  The survey carried out in the Community Hall on 15th September resulted in 115 questionnaires being completed and 112 people voting for this option, against a combined total vote of 40 for all other alternatives.  The survey was facilitated by the Community Company, with the results being collated and analysed independently by VABS.

Many thanks to everyone, young and old, who came along to cast their vote and express their views which resulted in this outcome. A number of comments were made, which are still being collated, but the headline results are shown below.

Following this decisive result, the next step is to form a group to take forward the project.  There will be some hurdles to overcome along the way, first and foremost of which will be to establish ownership of the site – it currently does not belong to anyone. The way forward on how to incorporate the project group and clear the first hurdle will be discussed at Boat of Garten Community Company’s meeting on Wednesday, 26th September at 7.30pm.  PLEASE come along and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the meeting – all are welcome.

If you’d like to find out more about how a community company operates, visit the Community Company page, or come to the meeting and ask!

Session A9 – Friday 21st September

It’s been 6 years since Session A9 last played in Boat of Garten Community Hall to a sell out audience, “we can’t wait to perform here again! It was such a great night last time” said Charlie Mckerron,fiddler and founder member. This “Scottish Supergroup” consists of members of Capercaillie, Treacherous Orchestra, Fiddler’s Bid, The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc and more. With only one more Scottish gig this year take this chance to catch them.

Friday 21st September
7:30pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets £15 (+ booking fee): Eventbrite

Note: A small number of tickets can be ordered via Boat of Garten Community Hall by contacting Sarah or Emma | 01479 831123 |, however, ticket sales are being sold by Session A9 themselves.

Strathspey’s 7th Great Big Quiz Night – Saturday 15th September


7:30pm (doors open 7pm)
Boat of Garten Community Hall

£5 per person, Teams of 2-6
Licensed bar

Contact Jean:

Annual Auction Sale is another great success!

Boat of Garten Community Hall would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved in this year’s Auction Sale – volunteers, donors and buyers alike. This year’s final figure raised for the Community Hall was £3,788.94!!

Rod Mackenzie joined us once again as our auctioneer for the day, and as ever provided an entertaining and profitable afternoon. Pre-auction chatting revealed that the auction is now in its 33rd or 34th year, and despite times of Buy, Sell, Swap, upcycling, and eBay, it’s still one of our most profitable fundraisers!

Osprey Family Day 15th September 2018

Odin – photo courtesy of RSPB Loch Garten webcam

Infinite Arts kites










We are launching the Year of the Osprey with an Osprey Family Day on 15th September at the Community Hall which will run from 12 noon until 3.20 pm – come along and join the fun!

The Osprey family is an integral part of the Boat of Garten family and as such is much admired and loved by the villagers and visitors alike. It is therefore appropriate to celebrate this family’s sixty-fifth year of residency and sixty years of RSPB management; celebrations have already started with pupils at Deshar Primary School writing and illustrating a book about ‘our’ Ospreys which will be published by RSPB in time for Christmas. 


WORKSHOPS 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm

  • Osprey Kite Making – Infinite Arts
  • Osprey Face Painting – Heidi Spencer
  • Build Your Own Garden Osprey – HC Productions
  • Migration Map – Boat of Garten Wildlife Group
  • Osprey Tuck Shop
  • Osprey Fun and Games 
  • Exhibition of Osprey Art Work


3.00 – 3.20 pm

  • Osprey Dance – ‘Feathers And Fish’ By Deshar Primary School & Friends
  • Cairngorm School Of Dance – Kate Morag Dance
  • The Osprey Story From Deshar Primary School’s Own Story Book
  • Osprey Poetry – Deshar Primary School
  • Gilly On Guitar Together With Deshar Primary School  – The Osprey Song



It was agreed at the Big Conversation on 28th April that the community would be asked what it would like to see at the Curling Pond. Boat of Garten Community Company is organising a survey in the Community Hall on Saturday, 15 September during the Launch of the Osprey Migration Festival, so please drop in between 12 noon and 3pm to give your views.

The survey will be overseen by a representative from VABS, and members of the Community Company and Nash Masson from Ride Cairngorm will be there between 2pm and 3pm to answer any project-specific questions. 



Ashley Fripp is certainly ‘young’, and he is ‘new’ to the stage in Boat of Garten Community Hall – but there ends the analogy!  Ashley is a young pianist who has performed in prestigious concert halls across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia – that adds up to performances in all 5 continents!  In addition, he has won prizes in more than a dozen national and international competitions and has appeared on BBC television and radio as well as radio networks across Europe.  So, with that pedigree, he is by no means new to the classical music scene.

So how did this young musician come to the attention of Ann Napier, leader of The Osprey Music Society (TOMS) in Boat of Garten?  It happened in 2017, when Ann attended the St Magnus Festival in Orkney.  In Ann’s words, “This diminutive figure walked onto the stage, sat down at his grand piano and then proceeded to flood the auditorium with wonderful, powerful music”.  Ann’s first thoughts on hearing his performance was to question how she had not heard of him previously – and of course she recognised an opportunity to pounce and sign him up to perform in the strath.

Ashley Fripp has just recorded his first CD, which is identified as “essential listening” by the Sunday Times and which has been received with accolades from BBC Music, amongst which, “His Chopin breathes and dances” – and Chopin is one of the composers who will feature in Ashley’s performance in Boat of Garten on 16th September, together with music by Bach, Schumann and Prokofiev.  So, come and hear for yourself and enjoy this prestigious talent of the keyboard.  The concert starts at 7.30pm and information on tickets is available from Ann Napier, at or on 01479 831213.

Join our 200 Club and you could win £100!

Join Boat of Garten Community Hall’s 200 Club and you could have the chance of winning £100 every month. It costs £2 a month (£24 per year) to be entered into the monthly draw and, with a maximum of 200 members, you have at least a 1 in 200 chance of winning every time. We’ll also offer some bonus prizes occasionally to make your chances of winning even greater.

All the proceeds of the 200 Club will go towards the running costs of Boat of Garten Community Hall, as with our previous 100 Club which ran for many years.

Membership is for a minimum of 12 months and you can choose to pay for the full year by cheque, by bank transfer, or by cash at the Hall. Payments should be received prior to August 15th to be included in the August 2018 draw. This first draw will take place in the week beginning August 20th. Thereafter, the monthly draw will take place in the first week of each month.

Please note that you must be aged 18 or over to join the 200 Club.

Members of the previous 100 Club will be able to keep their old number if they so wish, and new members will have numbers allocated sequentially by availability.

To join, complete the online form and arrange payment as described on the form. Or, download the form and T&Cs below if you’d prefer to print them.

New 200 Club – Application Form

New 200 Club – Terms and Conditions

Boat of Garten Community Hall is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Scottish Charity No: SC035682. Company No: SC267713.
Registered office: The Old Schoolhouse, Rothiemurchus PH22 1QH.

Callum Fairweather: Creatively Unhinged

One of Scotland’s most intelligent, enigmatic and captivating actors: Callum Fairweather’s career has seen him appear in television shows including Silent Witness and smash hit comedy Pramface, as well as a modelling career that includes numerous fashion campaigns and television commercials. Not to mention theatre including A Mid-Summer nights Dream, The Odd Couple and the critically acclaimed Split Down The Middle. He is one of only a select number of artists to be commissioned to make a film for HM Queen Elizabeth II. In this brand new one man show he describes some of the ridiculous and hilarious anecdote’s that make up his life as well as showcasing several astonishing wonderful original poems.

“Effortlessly misex hilarious stand-up and sincere poetic readings.”

“A very funny and very clever show, written and performed by one of Scotland’s best.”

“An artistic masterclass of both comedy and theatre.”

Parental Guidance- Contains some infrequent strong language and infrequent sexual references.

Friday 8th June | 7:30pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets £20 | Eventbrite or from Boat of Garten Community Hall
Contact: | 01479 831123

Boat of Garten’s Big Conversation

Thank you for completing The Future of Boat of Garten surveys. All of the survey responses will be put together and presented at the community’s Big Conversation: The Future of Boat of Garten, where those attending will have the opportunity to hear what everyone else has said, discuss the issues and vote on their top priorities for the village.

Saturday 28th April 2018 at 10am
Boat of Garten Community Hall
Refreshments provided.

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