Community larders and sharing sheds

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Culbokie update

January 2023

Winter HoursOpen Every Day 1000-1530 beside Church

Thanks for all the donations over Christmas. The shed is well stocked with non-perishable basic food and a good supply of sanitary items. Please come and make use of what’s available. Monthly FareShare deliveries are now coming from a new facility in Alness.

Please continue to donate any toys, games, books, jigsaws, small household items etc. if they are no longer needed. If there are specific needs within the community then please let us know.  All monetary donations help provide additional food items. Please donate if you can when you borrow or take an item from the shed.

(Donations can be popped into the bins at the back but please ensure items are complete, in date, clean and no clothes/shoes/material etc).

Thanks to all for your continued support for our lovely little shed.  To keep up-to-date with what’s available join the Culbokie Sharing Shed group on Facebook at:

Further information can be found on the CCT website:


North Kessock updates

January 2022               

The NK larder seems to be well established now and well used with quite a lot of Christmas provisions and school uniform being donated. The involvement of the new shop owners has made a big difference in how much food we are preventing from going to waste. 4 big bags of mainly bread this week. 

The fridge has been really useful for keeping perishables that bit longer and meant we were able to accept donations of smoked fish from the fish van at the market.

Anne Thomas

November 2021

Water Butt
This and the guttering was donated and is now in place with a stand and tap purchased but the Church is not keen on this so we are looking for a plumber to connect the guttering directly to the drain.

Tool Library/ shed
Iain came up with the idea of a tool shed for the suggested tool library The church board seemed unclear about the point of a tool library. This was clarified but they are not happy for it to go ahead. A bike pump was the only thing that was placed in the larder and this has gone. 

Power for Fridge
The open socket was apparently spotted being used by someone for charging phones and there was a concern that this would in some way be a problem with the Church’s insurance. A notice was put on the fridge saying it would be closed and a message put on facebook to suggest people use up what was there. The board suggested a lockable cover for the double socket. The church has now fitted a more robust single socket which was switched on on 17.11.21. 

CCTV has been suggested by the church. RANK board has expressed concerns about this as that was one of the reasons we weren't sure about other sites.  The solar sensor light has broken but there are 3 others available and one will be fitted.

Things outside the larder
The church wanted things confined to the larder itself so the donation box outside and last pot of tree seedlings was removed. It was explained that things like plant swapping and a possible tool library were part of a strategy normalising and de-stigmatising it. 

There was correspondence and discussion about the bedding roll which was left outside. The owner seemed to have moved on so this has been removed.

Fruit trees
The Church does want to accept the offer of fruit trees so other sites in the village are being explored. 

The shop is now under new ownership and RANK have transferred money from the ward discretionary fund grant to the new bank account so that volunteers can continue to pick up provisions on a weekly basis to top up that provided by fareshare and local donations. The new owners are also very keen to donate short shelf life provisions directly and have already done this. 

Council Fareshare delivery
A new delivery was received on 5th October and is gradually being transferred to the larder. 

Eggs and veg box
continue to be delivered, covered by a donation.

Recycling soft plastic and blister packs
A lot of the food from the council comes wrapped in soft plastic. This is collected as supermarkets now recycle it. A bin was put in the larder for volunteers to use and made available to the public, as was a small cardboard box for blister packs but the church is not happy with this and asked for this to stop. 

Anne Thomas


All Black Isle summary  December 2020

Black Isle & district Sharing Sheds

Donate if you are able
or help yourself to anything you need

Beside car park opposite Findon Hall, 10.30 - 3.30

NORTH KESSOCK  fridge awaited
Behind the Church,  24/7

Avoch Pavilion fence, George Street car park,  24/7

By Gordon Memorial Hall, opens mid-January

By Townlands Barn and will be open 24/7

Beside the Munlochy car park, 24/7

Leisure Centre car park, 24/7

MUIR OF ORD  fridge
Outside Muir Hub, 8.00 - 8.00

DINGWALL  fridge
Between St Clements new block and the Community Centre, Tulloch St
8.00 - 9.30


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