Community Council Elections 7th November 2019
There is to be an election, by postal ballot, to elect 3 members to represent Fearnan on the Glenlyon and Loch Tay Community Council. If you are on the electoral register for this area, you will receive your postal ballot around the 15th October.
It is important that we have a strong Community Council, so please do take this opportunity to use your vote to elect the people who will represent us over the next few years.
The Community Council now has a website – glenlyonandlochtaycc.org.uk – where you will be able to find up-to-date information about the CC’s business.
September Pop Up Coffee Shop
The Pop Up Coffee Shop was back in action on Tuesday 17th September and, after a slightly slow start, became a very sociable event. The change of name (Pop Up) has encouraged visitors and non-residents to attend, and this month we were pleased to welcome a family who were staying at Shoreside and who joined us for morning coffee and a chat.
Fearnan Book Club
Our book last month was ‘Washington Black’ by Esi Edugyan. Beginning in the 1830’s, the story follows George Washington “Wash” Black, describing his early life in slavery on a sugar plantation in Barbados and subsequent adventures around the world as he comes to terms with life as a free man.
The first chapters illustrate in graphic detail the savage treatment of slaves on the plantation. The depictions of the searing cruelty were gruelling to read – obviously what the author intended. Her fresh, evocative yet graceful descriptive abilities drew us into this world. It seems a relief when “Wash” is assigned as manservant to eccentric scientist “Titch”, the sadistic plantation owner’s kind younger brother.
In Wash, Titch discovers a keen intellect and prodigious artistic talent, which he helps to nurture. With the construction of a hydrogen air balloon, the beautifully named ‘Cloud Cutter’, we also see the burgeoning friendship between master and slave.
We discussed relationships as being at the heart of this story, disjointed in some characters, steadfast and loving in others. With the abolition of slavery as a background theme, it seemed natural for us to draw parallels with the continuing evils of modern slavery today.
Our next book is very different! A quirky whodunnit:- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Best described as Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day via Agatha Christie!
The October Book Club Meeting will be on the 9th October.
Road Safety/Useful Numbers
Traffic numbers and road safety incidents have increased considerably in recent times, and our Useful Numbers Page has been updated with information about who to contact to report road and safety-related incidents. It is important to report issues so that the police and other agencies have a record of them.
You can find this page, and the other website pages, on the black border below the header photo.
Meanwhile, Bob and Annie, our two ‘speed cops’ have been re-assigned to duties elsewhere, but Fearnan is going to be allocated a pair of cardboard cops of its very own.
A number of residents have commented on the fact that drivers do brake instinctively when they see them and, although they are not fooled for long, the cutout cops do remind them to stick to the speed limit.
We will continue to press for the speed limit along the lochside to be reduced to 30 mph , and 20 mph through the village.
The Pop Up Coffee Shop will be open again on Tuesday 22nd October – and we think it is close enough to Halloween for things to maybe get a bit spooky …………
In November, there will be a Service of Remembrance on Sunday 10th November, starting at 10.50 am at the War Memorial, and we will serve coffee and tea in the hall afterwards.
In December, our pre-Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be in the Hall on Saturday 7th December, 3 – 5pm.