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Thank you to everyone who supported the Quiz held in Achness last Friday evening (15th Feb) in aid of our church funds. It raised £224.


Another great evening was enjoyed by a full bar at the Access Hotel. Following the most enjoyable Burns supper of haggis, neeps and tatties (with a wee dram) the pub quiz raised just over £200 for the Rosehall And District Action Group who now manage and maintain the Rosehall Trails for the use and enjoyment of locals and visitors. Thanks to all involved especially Liz the Chef and Phil the quiz master. 


Found today (14th Aug 2018) at Ravens Rock Gorge Walk, a Panasonic House Phone. This will be left at the Achness Hotel tomorrow for collection by the owner.

HOST – Heart of Sutherland Tourism
Would you like to become a member of HOST - Heart of Sutherland Tourism? Simply fill in the form and return it to secretary@heartofsutherland.co.uk
Membership is free and we aim to help all local businesses grow and to promote the local area. We hold monthly meetings which all members are welcome to come along to if they wish.

HEATING OIL THEFT - Altass/Rosehall

Sometime during the night of Friday 24/02/2017 central heating oil was stolen from a storage tank in the Altass/Rosehall area. Please be vigilant and lock your tank covers if you can.


The pub quiz on 29th April raised £190 for Rosehall Church of Scotland. Thanks to all who attended and supported this event.


Quiz - made £i90, thanks to all who made it a success, and for the 2 generous donations, £20 & £25, making a total of £210 for the Children's Christmas Party.

Someone has kindly offered to knit children’s woollies to sell at our local sales of work. 
We would therefore be very grateful for donations of wool (preferably no synthetics). 
Anyone able to help with this please contact Anne Snody 01549 441 248 -  many thanks.

PUB QUIZ - 13th Nov 2015

The Pub Quiz held in aid of the Four Seasons Club was very well supported, raising a profit of £170. The question masters were Lily Byron and Ken Moreton. The prize-winning team was Dave and Mary Goulder, Moira and Ken Boothroyd and the team with the name which was judged the best, was "The Philantropisseds". An unusual activity took place during the first interval, when Ken Moreton promised a bottle of malt whisky to any individual who could answer "a very difficult question", which, when answered correctly by Mary Goulder, was followed by another "very difficult question", which was answered by Margaret Holroyd. The two ladies agreed to share the prize!

Club members wish to thank Liz (Achness Hotel), everyone who came and for the wonderful contributions to the raffle.

Another quiz will be held in aid of the children's Christmas party towards the end of November or in early December.


A total of £150 was raised on Friday night (8th May 2015) at the pub quiz at the Achness Hotel for Rosehall Church of Scotland.  Thanks to all those who supported this event.


Grateful thanks to all who attended the pub quiz on 10th April at the Achness Hotel. £229.50 was raised for the Lairg Crofters Show.


Thank you to all who supported the pub quiz on Friday 13th March. £123.50 was raised for the Village Hall Funds.


At the Log Cabin in Rosehall on 9th February 2015 a necklace and earring set.  Please email rosehall.community.mailings@gmail.com if this belongs to you and describe the colour and type of container they were in and if possible the wording and it can be returned to you.


The pub quiz on 29th December raised £120 - thanks to all those who ventured out on such a cold evening.  The proceeds will be shared between the Village Hall, YC, RADAG and Rosehall Church of Scotland.  


Thanks to all those who attended the pub quiz tonight (and to Donald and  Bev for organising it) £154 was raised for Village Hall funds.


£110 was raised on Friday 17th October at the pub quiz held at the Achness Hotel - many thanks to all who supported this.


Thanks to all those who attended the pub quiz on Friday 12th Sept. £221 was raised for the Rosehall Youth Club.  Liam Spence was quiz master.  Thanks to all those who provided raffle prizes.


The pub quiz held at the Achness Hotel, Rosehall on 8th August 2014 in aid of Rosehall and District Action Group raised £169.  Colin Gilmour, Chairman of RADAG, thanked Beverley and Donald Morrison for hosting the quiz and briefly explained the type of work RADAG undertake which, amongst other things, includes the Rosehall Trails and log cabin.


Thanks to all who supported the pub quiz tonight (13th June) in aid of the Rosehall Community Day.  We made £177.


The pub quiz held on 16th May raised £212 for Rosehall Church of Scotland - thank you to all who attended and supported this event.


The pub quiz tonight (18th Apr 2014) raised £203.52 for Youth Club funds.  Thank you to all who attended and supported this event.

Shakespeare Evening   March 31st Fancies of Foolish Men
My sincere thanks to all who made it such a success, particularly to the 14 local performers. This event is self funding through entry fee, raffle and refreshment donation. Any profit !! enables us to carry on . It would be great to see more members of the public as one of the main initial ideas was to make Shakespeare fun and NOT as you may remember it at school. So see you in the Autumn.
Sonia B.

PUB QUIZ - School Trip

Thanks to everyone who supported the pub quiz tonight (21st March 2014).  £374 was raised for the school trip.  A great turnout.


£225.85 was raised for WRI funds on Friday 14th February.  Thanks to all those who supported this quiz.

FINAL PUB QUIZ OF 2013 raised £253 to be split between four local organisations (Rosehall Youth Club, Rosehall Village Hall, Rosehall Church of Scotland and Rosehall and District Action Group).  Thanks to all who supported this event and we look forward to seeing you for some more fun quizzes in 2014.


A great ceilidh dance in the hall last night (21st December).  Thanks to the Sutherland Accordion and Fiddle Club for entertaining us and providing the dance music.  Was great to see about 80 people in the hall.  We raised about £520 for hall funds - thanks to everyone for your support and for coming along and making for such an enjoyable evening.


£65 was made on the raffle at the Achness Hotel - thanks to all those who support this.


Thank you to all those who attended the Pub Quiz on 22nd November.  £162 was raised for Rosehall and District Action Group.


The sale on Saturday 9th November 2013 raised over £940 for the Four Seasons Club. Thanks to all those who helped or donated goods etc.


Thank you to all those who attended the Pub Quiz on 20th September.  £253.50 was raised for Rosehall Primary School.  


Thank you to everyone who came to the summer ceilidh..... it was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all. We raised about £450 for hall funds! Looking forward to the Christmas Ceilidh on 21st December..... if we don't do one before that!


Thanks to all those who came to the pub quiz last night (Fri 12th July) at the Achness Hotel.  £172 was raised for the Rosehall Christmas Ceilidh.


The furniture sale at Rosehall Village Hall on Saturday 29th June raised over £750 for hall funds.  With thanks to all those who baked and/or helped on the day.


A very successful flower festival was held at Rosehall Church of Scotland over the weekend of 28th, 29th, 30th June.  A total of £502 was raised.


Thanks to all who came to the pub quiz tonight (14th June).  £210 was raised for the Village Hall - great turn out.


Thanks to Dave and Mary Goulder for organsing for Bruce Molsky (traditional fiddle, guitar, banjo and song from the USA) to play to a Rosehall audience on 28th May.  The event was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The raffle and donations for refreshments made £84 which will go to the Village Hall Funds.


17th May 2013 - Thanks to all who came to the Youth club quiz in Achness - £180 was made for YC funds.


First fish on the Cassley was caught by Dr Charles Abrill on the Lower House Pool on 16th March 2013 and was 15lb.


On Friday 3rd of May at Rosehall Village Hall, Lairg Drama Club presented Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene (adapted by Giles Havergal).  The audience were also treated to a few short scenes - Fun with Shakespeare.  The five actors, with great effort and enthusiasm,  took on the challenge of portraying multiple characters and succeeded in amusing the audience of varying ages who also enjoyed chatting over refreshments at half time during which the raffle was drawn in support of the Club.  Thanks to all who supported this event.

Highland Hospice Event

Howard Swindells (the singing mobile library man) together with Chris Roberts and Hamish (Chris' son) played to audiences at Lochinver and Rosehall Village Halls and raised £300 for Highland Hospice in April this year (2013).

Pub Quiz

Thanks to those who came to the pub quiz tonight (27th April).  £159 was raised for Rosehall Village Hall.

Pub Quiz

Thanks to all who came to the pub quiz on 5th April and to Donald and Bev for running the event and entertaining us.  £204.50 was raised for R.A.D.A.G.


Thanks to all who supported the whist, helped out on the nigh t& gave raffle prizes. £142.20 was the final sum -£15 to pay the hall which leaves £127.20 to go to the xmas party & children with cancer uk. A special thanks to those unable to come & gave generous donations. 

Pub Quiz

Thanks to all who came to the pub quiz tonight (25th Jan). £160 was rasied for Rosehall Youth Club (through the quiz, raffle and donations - thank you!).

Pub Quiz

December's pub quiz raised £144 which was donated to Rosehall Primary School - thanks to all those who attended and supported this event by playing or purchasing raffle tickets and to Donald and Bev for organising it.

Christmas Lights

With thanks to everyone who attended the turning on of Rosehall's Christmas tree lights on Friday 7th December and for supporting the raffle at the Achness Hotel afterwards.  The raffle made £114.

Four Seasons Sale

Thanks to everyone who supported the Four Seaons sale on Saturday 10th November.  A total of £844.33 was raised to boost their funds.

Pub Quiz        

Thanks to all who supported the pub quiz on Friday 19th October and to Bev and Donald for organising it and entertaining us. £122.50 was raised for the Rosehall Community Day Fund.

Pub Quiz

Thanks to all who supported the pub quiz on Friday 14th September.  £116 was raised for the Rosehall Christmas lights event.

Church Sale

The sale held by Friends of Rosehall Church of Scotland in aid of church funds last Saturday, was opened by Flower Thomson, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland and a native of the parish.  Her interesting and amusing speech to a crowded hall set the tone for the afternoon which, as well as raising the fantastic total of £1,373, proved to be an enjoyable social occasion.

Having declared the sale open, Flower was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Josey Peirse Duncombe who lives with her parents, Richard and Pauline, at Durcha, the former home of Flower's parents.

In true community spirit, many local people, church go-ers and non church go-ers alike, pitched in to help run the stalls and the teas, to make the afternoon such a success.

The clearing up of the hall by a hand of workers at the end of the sale was also much appreciated.

Pub Quiz

Thanks to all who came along to the Pub Quiz at the Achness Hotel on 17th August.  A total of £185 was raised for hall funds.

Bell Ringing

On July 21st an all ladies team from Caithness Handbell ringers spent the day in Rosehall Church. In the afternoon there was a workshop with 11 attending for 2 hours of very concentrated learning. The pupils were so good that they were able to join in the concert in the evening. The audience, some of whom had misgivings about the entertainment value of bell ringing, were amazed at how enjoyable it was.  The event was generously  funded by E-ON Windfarm trust.

Snake in the Grass

Performed at Rosehall Village Hall on 4th May.... play was "Brilliant!" according to local residents ~ a dark comedy which was enjoyed by all.  Further details.


Rosehall Primary School & Marie Curie

On 20th April Charlotte Gibson, the Marie Curie representative, came to Rosehall Primary School to open the Field of Hope. 

She gave a short explanation of Marie Curie nursing care work and gave the children daffodil brooches.

Then we went outside to look at our plot, very small in size but big in effort. It will be extended year by year.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Friends of Rosehall Church of Scotland hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in the church garden and nearly thirty children managed to find their eggs before the snow came down! Coffee and soft drinks were provided indoors for parents and friends who also found home baking for sale. Indoor games attracted the children and there was an interesting display of items from around the world connected with Easter. Thanks to everyone’s generosity in giving and buying £216.77 was raised to help with church funds.

Bell Ringing

I am trying to get an idea of how many adults and children (over 12 or with musical ability) would be interested in this. It would be a half day workshop with a performance by the Caithness Bell Ringers plus successful pupils in the evening. This is  part of the Jubilee celebrations when ringers from all over the UK will be performing. Cost will depend on numbers.  Please contact Sonia Bidwell 01549 441 256 Email: johnbidwell48@btinternet.com 

St David's Day - Leek Competition

On St David's Day March 1st Parents and friends gathered at the Bidwells for coffee and to guess the size of the leeks that the children had just harvested from their garden.  The winners were Brenda Bailey for correct length and Colin Gilmour for widest. £23.84 was raised for the school gardening fund. Many thanks to all who supported this event.


The first Salmon of the season was caught on the Cassley on the 16th February at the head of the round pool by Donald Morrison.  The weight was 8lb and the river height was 3'9''.


Rosehall First Responders thank the Culrain SWRI for their donation of £20 to Rosehall FR funds and the Lower Oykel Fishings for their donation of £250 ~ both are very much appreciated.


Thanks to everyone who attended the pub quiz on Friday 10th February at the Achness Hotel. £271 was raised.  Thanks also to the guys who gave cash donations.


The profit from the last pub quiz (£50) was donated to Rosehall and District Action Group Fund.  Thanks to Donald and Bev for organising the quiz.


We had hoped to have Rosehall Village Hall back in use in time for Christmas, but the last of the contractor's men left in the first week of December and that did not give us enough time to get all our furniture and stuff back into the Hall and stowed away in cupboards before the holiday started.  

Our plan now is to bring the stuff back on Saturday 21st January.   We have a booking for 24th and the Youth Club will return on 29th.   So things are moving once more.

Rosehall now has a modern, well decorated, well insulated Village Hall which is looking for ideas.   What does the community need that we can provide space for?   Mum & Toddler groups?  Pilates?   Tai Chi?  Badminton   Art Classes?  Dance & Music?   You name it and provide someone to run it and we shall help to set it up.  The Hall is there to be used.


The renovation project, although it became delayed during the summer months,  was relatively trouble-free.  This was possibly helped by the fact that our architect; Douglas Stuart, is a fiddler. well known on the Highland folk music circuit and the contractor; John Fraser, Kiltarlity, is the son of Jock Fraser, a well kent box player.  Both have played Rosehall Village Hall, in the past and both have a respect for its atmosphere and excellent acoustics.

The Building Control people have raised a couple of small points that need attending to, but all in all, both the work and, perhaps more importantly, the financing of the project have, despite a few hiccups, run smoothly.  The work was completed within budget and to a high standard.

The Hall Committee went to a great deal of trouble to prove that the Village Hall is an asset to the community and that money must be spent to bringing it up to modern standards.  It is now up to the community to decide how to use it.


The Treasurer; John Bidwell, will be taking bookings for the next three weeks, but after the middle of February, bookings will be handled by Beverley Morrison, Altas email: bevmor10@btinternet.com



Thanks to all those who came along for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights and afterwards at the Achness Hotel.  The raffle/donations made £93 which will be donated this year to the Rosehall Church of Scotland Funds.


The Four Seasons Autumn Lunch and Sale held in Invershin last Saturday (12th November) raised £1,012. 50 for funds. Many thanks to everyone who donated goods or money, helped at stalls or in the kitchen or came to buy. The money will be used to subsidise O.A.P. lunches and help with outings throughout the year.

Why not become a member? If you are interested in joining please phone 01549 441 291 or 01549 441 211.

Lily Byron (Secretary)

Rosehall Primary School Coffee Morning 7th Oct 2011

Many thanks to all parents and friends who supported this event. It was great fun and we raised £20.70 with the Tattie Competition. This money will be used for buying Daffodils for our next project planting a small Field of Hope to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer nursing care. 

Guess the weight of the potatoes event.

 W A N T E D 

Used pens for recycling - Dornoch Primary School are collecting used pens and will receive 2p for each pen. Their chosen charity is the SSPCA.  Please let Julie Stevens have the pens if you are able to help - thanks.  

Also, Dornoch Nursery are still collecting 2 litre water/fizz bottles to make a green house - again please let Julie Stevens have these if you can help. (No milk bottles thanks).


Thanks to everybody's jolly hard work, and in particular Lily for putting on her marvellous history display, we raised £345.87 over the weekend. Wonderful baking and other things on the sales table and kind donations for the teas and for looking at the display and the sums were almost equal which was interesting.
Thank you for all your efforts, a marvellous result for such a small congregation and will help towards our ever-increasing costs in keeping the church open.

We had a most successful few days this weekend raising much-needed funds to maintain the church. The Grand Prize Draw organised by Ronnie Patterson raised a magnificent £764.50 and was won by Bill Bruce, Fraserburgh who visits Corriemulzie each year. Thanks are due to the proprietors of both the hotel and Loch Ailsh for kindly donating the one-and-only prize and to all those who sold tickets, and bought them.
The Flower Festival, exhibition of old books, painting class and garden open at Linsidecroy raised £874.11 which was wonderful and due entirely to the efforts of all those who helped in any way to make the event such a success, be it by getting the garden to be right at the moment, providing flowers, arranging them, baking for the teas or doing a stint in the church - thank you all very much indeed.
The offering at the Songs of Praise raised £209 which will be divided equally between Médecins Sans Frontières for their work in Ivory Coast and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.
The Friends of Rosehall Church of Scotland was formed in 1999 to raise funds to maintain the church and everyone in Rosehall and the wider area is invited to come along to services (12 noon each Sunday) or events held and you will be made most welcome. Keep an eye on the website's Calendar to see what is happening.
Rosehall Community Arts are holding a piano concert this Thursday at 8pm in the church - Robin Colvill has played here before and it will be good to welcome his return.
Many thanks everyone, jolly good!

Mrs Carol Gilmour

Secretary - Friends of Rosehall Church of Scotland



13th May, Achness Hotel ~ thank you to all those who attended and supported our open evening.  The raffle on the night raised £51. Anyone wishing to join the scheme please contact Julie Stevens or Paddy Powers for more details.


Bev has a collection of DVD's gathering dust and is happy for folk to borrow them. Click here for the list and contact Bev directly to arrange collection. Tel: 01549 441 371 or mobile: 07535648399.


Thanks to Bev and Donald for orgnaising the last two pub quizes. £137.60 was raised at the Christmas quiz and the money was donated to Rosehall First Responders.  The more recent quiz raised £105.00 and this will be used to purchase a Santa Suit for the community with any surplus being paid into the R.A.D.A.G. ~ Community Day Fund.

J I N G L E    J U M P ~ Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Folk from Rosehall (Audrey Graesser, Clare Allan, Gary Stevens & Hannah Stevens) did the Jingle Jump in Inverness on Saturday 8th January 2011. This involved them dressing as Santa (it was postponed from before Christmas!) and abseiling down the 185ft chimney at Raigmore Hospital.


All the money raised went to Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.







Heartstart is an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach you the simple skills needed in a life-threatening emergency and could help you to save the life of someone you love.The scheme offers you practical advice and encourages you to talk about resuscitation and saving lives. 

Instructors will come to your local community ~ If you are interested in taking the course please contact Audrey Graesser 07763760832.  Follow this link for more info.

THANK YOU  ~ to Tain Rotary Club

Rosehall First Responders would like to thank Tain Rotary Club for their donation of £350.  Rotary Club members (some based more local to Rosehall in Bonar Bridge, Culrain etc.) did a sponsored drive to the four corners of the country (Dover, Lands End, Durness, John O'Groats) and raised the money. Many thanks!!!

 W A N T E D !!!

Rosehall First Responders are looking for more folk to join their team. If you are interested in becoming a First Responder please do let us know.  First Responders are trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service and meet regularly for continued training and development.  Anyone interested is welcome to visit us at one of our training sessions which are held in Rosehall Village Hall of a weekday evening approximately once every six weeks ~ contact Paddy Powers or any first responder for more details or an informal chat.


Martin Roberts completed the Scottish Half Marathon in Edinburgh on 23rd May 2010 in a time of 2 hrs 39 mins, 34 secs and raised £310.27 for Rosehall First Responders! ~ a big thank you to Martin and to all those who sponsored him!


By collecting clothing and textiles for the Rag Bag collection Rosehall Primary School raised £168 for the school.  A total of 336kg of clothing was collected ~ thank you.  


Stuart Hay and Grant Morrison who belong to Lodge Scotia Freemasons, Glasgow completed a sponsored cycle from Lairg to John O'Groats and donated half their proceeds to Rosehall First Responders totalling a fantastic £600!!! THANKS VERY MUCH AND WELL DONE!!! 


On Saturday 17th April 2010 a team of four youngsters from Rosehall Youth Club competed in the Annual Fairburn Youth Club Challenge.  

The morning events were the rope course and archery, followed in the afternoon by canoeing and zipline.  

Rosehall won the archery event in which team members had to complete different tasks including popping balloons tied to the target to gain extra points.

In the canoeing event two team members per canoe had to race from one end of the lake to the other and collect a ball from a bucket. They then had to return to the starting point with it in a bucket which was balanced in the middle of the boat on an empty 40 gallon plastic barrel. Any ball dropped was discounted and the team had to fetch another ball. Teams were only allowed to transport one ball at a time and there was a time limit so speed and accurate steering was paramount.

The zipline challenge involved dropping a ball onto a target while travelling down the line .... trickier than it sounds. 

Rosehall Youth Club second overall.



Rosehall First Responders would like to thank everyone who supported their recent raffle which was drawn on Saturday 10th April 2010 at the Achness Hotel.  We are immensely grateful to Barry Marshall for his continued support and for donating the majority of the prizes.  Our thanks also go to Cassley Fishing for donating a prize of fishing on The Cassley.  As a result of this raffle the First Responders funds have swollen by £1,400! ~ thank you!!



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