GALE - Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action forum
October 2020 Noted on Gale's Facebook page
The Gardian 12 October 2020 Mark Brown
With 2ft-thick concrete walls and bombproof doors, the ugly nuclear bunker in north-west Scotland was meant to be a place for tracking Soviet aircraft at the height of the cold war.
Fortunately, the planes never turned up and the bunker has instead become the unlikely home for a museum telling the story of Gairloch, a coastal village 75 miles from the nearest town.
Gairloch Museum – the creation of which has involved determined people power, intense local pride and impressive vision – has been rewarded in the world’s biggest museum prize.
On Monday it was named as one of five organisations to share the title of UK museum of the year, winning for an eight-year campaign to turn a village eyesore into something rather beautiful.
GALE is a community owned and managed charitable development company. Its key aim is to develop and improve the way of life and standard of living in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area of Wester Ross. This involves working with a range of community groups and volunteers to develop sustainable community projects that tackle important issues within our community, such as improving the social life, the local economy and the environment.
GALE is based in a new purpose-built centre in Gairloch, which includes a cafe, offices and community shop. The aim of the shop is to provide a permanent outlet for local people to sell their products and in many cases launch new product ideas. It also creates valuable year round local employment opportunities for both the shop staff and for those who supply the shop with their locally made products.
GALE has been running community markets in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area for over 10 years. They have grown significantly in size and frequency and have become a regular fixture in local diaries.
The Community Markets are currently held in Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea and feature a wide range of products and producers. As well as offering local people an opportunity to buy and sell local products they are of great social benefit to the community, offering a friendly meeting point over a hot drink and local homebaking.
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