21 January 2019Newsletter February 2019

Sunart Centre News - February 2019

Our FRIDAY NIGHT CINEMA film on Friday 22nd February is WADJDA, a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards (the first time the country made a submission for the Oscars, but it was not nominated. It successfully earned a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 BAFTA Awards.

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Certificate PG, run time 1hour 38 minutes, comedy / drama. Start time 7:30pm, tickets £5 (under 18s £3) at the door

On Monday 25th February we host a double bill production from the excellent MULL THEATRE; the world premiere of THE ELECTRIFYING MR JOHNSTON by Robert Dawson Scott and BITE-SIZE (script-in-hand play excerpts).

THE ELECTRIFYING MR JOHNSTON is a new play about one of Scotland’s great unsung heroes, Tom Johnston, once described by Churchill as the 'King of Scotland', focusing on his struggles to bring “light to the glens.” Through incredible feats of engineering and political manoeuvring he sought to transform the lives of everyone in the north of Scotland by bringing hydroelectric power to the Highlands & Islands. A story of power - and the struggle for it.

BITE-SIZE is an informal programme of script-in-hand play readings of new plays and works-in-progress. Readings, encounters, questions & answers, feedback and chat offers the audience the chance to be part of and enjoy the fun of the creative process. It aims to connect with all of the audience and may be of particular interest to writers, poets, writers’ groups, wordsmiths and theatre-makers.

Start time 7:30pm tickets £10 (OAPs & under 18s £8) at the door only.

High Life Highland staffing for the Sunart Centre and wider area is gradually falling into place, with the appointment of a new Youth Development Officer (part time) Alan Gray, who will be taking up post at the end of January. Alan also has a post as Relief Centre Supervisor for the Sunart Centre, joining our team of Sean Turner, Pat Adams, Laura McConnachie and Hollie Taylor. Active Schools Co-Ordinator Fiona Beattie is now off on maternity leave and we hope that by the time this issue of DtD appears we will have cover in place to continue Fiona’s good work until she returns.

Our programme of weekly events continues, as listed below. Events are open to all so please just come along at the times given below. We also have very busy Tuesday and Thursday evenings with activities for Primary and High School pupils.



7:00pm – 9:00pm

Adults £3, under 18s £1



5:15 – 7:00pm

Adults £3, under 18s £1



7:30pm – 9:00pm

Adults £3, under 18s £1


7:30pm – 9:00pm




7:00pm – 9:00pm

Adults £3, under 18s £1

Sundays (every 2nd)



Adults £4, teenagers £2.50

For information on the Sunart Centre or any of our events please visit our website sunartcentre.org, visit us on Facebook (Sunart Centre) or contact our team on 01397 709228 or Eoghan Carmichael (Centre Manager).

17 August 2018Newsletter September 2018

The last few weeks have been busy in the Sunart Centre with all our summer activities etc. We have also been recruiting new staff and are delighted to welcome three new Centre Supervisors to the team – Fiona Galbraith, Hollie Taylor and Pat Adams. Supervisors will be here most afternoons and evenings managing access to the building, assisting users of the facilities and running events and activities, and we look forward to a new and bust autumn schedule.

Our new Otago Falls Prevention Classes with Maria MacDonald are going well. The Otago Exercise programme was designed by the University of Otago Medical School, New Zealand, specifically to prevent falls in older people. It consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty, and a walking plan. The exercises are done mainly in your own home, but we provide weekly classes to teach you the exercises, and provide support as you follow the programme. Classes cost £3.00 and include a cup of tea or coffee and a chat, and are run every Thursday afternoon until October at least: in Lochaline Hall 12:00pm – 1:00pm, and in the Sunart Centre 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

September will be a busy month with the Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival on 21st and 22nd September – there will be plenty of information on that elsewhere in this issue of DtD?.

Our September Film on Friday 28th September is DEATH OF STALIN, which follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. A political satire comedy directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci. It stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough and Jeffrey Tambo. Highly recommended. Certificate PG, run time 113 minutes, start time 7:30pm, tickets £5 (under 18s £3) at the door

Eoghan Carmichael

17 May 2016Transport funding 2016-17

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Àrainn Shuaineirt Management Committee

Governing The Sunart Centre for the communities of Sunart, Ardgour, Morvern, Moidart and Ardnamurchan

Àrainn Shuaineirt Transport Initiative (ASTI) from 1st April 2016

Since 2003 Àrainn Shuaineirt has been in receipt of Community Transport Funding, originally from the Scottish Executive and latterly, since 2012, from The Highland Council.

Administered by the Àrainn Shuaineirt Management Committee (ASMC), the Àrainn Shuaineirt Transport Initiative (ASTI) has brought great benefit to the area. It has ensured that the regular Tuesday and Thursday night Youth Club buses have been able to run, and thereby that the Sunart Centre has been able to fulfil its role at the heart of all our communities, providing a wide range of recreational, sporting and academic opportunities for all children and young people living within the Ardnamurchan High School catchment area irrespective of how far from the centre they live.

Also under this funding ASTI has been able to provide significant support to a wide range of community groups for their transport needs, usually paying half the cost of bus transport to sporting fixtures (shinty & football), shopping trips, school skiing and swimming lessons, lunch clubs, visits to museums, art galleries and other attractions and many more occasional journeys.

However, The Highland Council have ended their current round of funding and put a new scheme with new application criteria in place, under which Àrainn Shuaineirt was not eligible to apply for further funding, and therefore could not continue to operate as previously.

At the meeting of the ASMC on 11th April 2016 it was agreed with regret that funding could no longer be provided to community groups, and the committee wished all previous beneficiaries of the Àrainn Shuaineirt Transport Initiative every success in securing funding from other sources.

However, it was agreed that for the first year, in order to provide some continuity and support to the ASMC partners, some limited funding could be provided in support of activities in the Sunart Centre, High Life Highland partners and local schools, prioritised as below.

  1. Priority One: In support of High Life Highland (Sunart Centre) provision of Tuesday & Thursday Youth Club buses, fully funding any shortfall. Estimated cost to ASMC £17,400 over three years (2016-19) as shown in the attached report.
  2. Priority Two: In support of all other access to the Sunart Centre by children, young people and adults (e.g. Summer Playscheme, Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival and Ardnamurchan Mod). All groups are to be encouraged to source other funding opportunities. The allocation and rates of ASTI funding is to be at the discretion of the ASMC Project Officer, with reference to Committee when required.
  3. Priority Three: In support of the activities of High Life Highland Partners based in the Sunart Centre (Youth Development and Active Schools) in provision of opportunities for children and young people out with the Sunart Centre. Partners are to be encouraged to source other funding opportunities whenever possible. The allocation and rates of ASTI funding is to be at the discretion of the ASMC Project Officer, with reference to Àrainn Shuaineirt Management Committee when required.
  4. Priority Four: It was agreed that ASMC could provide limited financial support to AHS and feeder Primary Schools for transport costs for an initial one year. It was agreed a maximum of £5,000 for school transport in the year 2016/17, and this to be reviewed in April 2017. Schools are to be encouraged to source other funding instead of ASTI funding wherever it may be available. The allocation of ASTI funding and rates to be at the discretion of the ASMC Project Officer, with reference to Committee when required, but agreed guidelines are that it should be standard 50% (or less when possible) and divided pro-rata based on the number of pupils at each school.

It was agreed that the scaled back scheme would continue to operate as before with the application process and administration being carried out through the Sunart Centre Office.

All enquiries should be directed to the Project Officer Eoghan Carmichael on 01397 709228 or by email transport@sunartcentre.org

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