Home Coming Week

June 7th 2009

Sunday 7th June


Inter Denominational Church Service to be held in the Heritage Garden

Wet weather contingency will mean the service will be held within the Heritage Centre. Time to be decided and will be in next months Alness and District Times


Monday 8th of June

Alness Academy prize giving with guest speaker  Eric Black

Scottish themed prize Whist at the Kensal Hall           at 7.30pm

Scottish themed prize Bingo at the Westend Hall       at 8pm

Tuesday 9th June

Alness Old v Alness New

Alness Academy Back fields at 7pm

A football game organised by Jill Sharp and Tommy Regan pulling together players from yesteryear and putting them through their paces with younger lads. Their will be a beer tent and also hot food on offer. It will be a night of laughs and a few pulled muscles. There is no charge for entry although a programme of nostalgic pictures will be on sale for the bargain price of £3.00.

Wednesday 10th June

Itís A Knockout Competition

Alness Academy Back fields at 6pm

Local teams competing in an evening of fun and hilarity provided by the company that delivered the very successful Itís a Knockout TV programme from the 70ís and 80ís. Inflatables galore will cover the pitch with the guarantee of some very wet and tired contestants.. Approx 30 stalls selling a variety of goods will also be on site. Wandering entertainers and face painters will entertain the youngsters. A selection of food will be on sale. A variety of side shows will be on site. Entry will be £2 per person but under 16ís and pensioners will have free admission.


Thursday 11th June

Community Quiz

Averon Leisure Centre 7.30pm

It is our intention to hold a quiz evening where you are invited to submit teams of 4 to compete in a number of different rounds to test your skill on knowledge on a variety of subjects which will include local knowledge. Entry forms will be available from the Averon Centre, Alness Academy Community Wing, Alness Shoe Shop and Victoriana. The cost per team is £8 and their will be a selection of prizes. This event will be licensed and tea and baking will be provided.

Friday 12th June

Zulu Fun Day

The Place Youth Club 1pm

A group of 36 African youngsters will be arriving at The Place at 1pm on Fri afternoon to spend some time with our local young people. On arrival they will chill out at our youth club for a short while and then they will head down to the Crawl Park.

2-3pm We are sharing our Highland Dancing skills with the group tutored by dancing instructor Jennifer Taylor and then we are moving on to traditional Scottish Dancing where we hope to manage a huge Strip the Willow and an Eightsome Reel. 3-4pm is going to be dabbling in some Highland Games events where the Zulu group will be encouraged to toss the caber, throw the hammer and a tug of war. 4-4.30pm A football game between the 2 groups. 4.30-5pm An opportunity to have something to eat and a shower before the group need to start preparing for their performance.

Zulu Choir

Alness Academy Games Hall 7pm

An emotive performance not to be missed. An opportunity to witness a vibrant, spectacular performance. The group will also be accompanied by the Dingwall Gaelic Choir. A seated event.

Saturday 13th June

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Alness Academy Games Hall 8pm

A one off event the likes of which will be hard to beat. This hugely popular band are making their first visit to Alness to celebrate and conclude our spectacular Homecoming week. The band appeals to all ages and will be accompanied on stage by the Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums.

Tickets for this event are limited and selling fast. The cost is £17.50 and are available from Victoriana Tain, Service Point Invergordon, Victoriana Alness, Alness Academy Community Wing, Alness Shoe Shop, Averon Leisure Centre Alness and the Cornerstone Cafť Evanton.

Tickets are also available online on the Victoriana website.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets are on sale to subsidise the week of events and are available from Alness Academy Community Wing, Victoriana Alness, Alness Shoe Shop and The Place Youth Club

1st Prize    2 night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast at Cuillin Hills Hotel, Skye

2nd Prize   Dinner for 2 at Kincraig Hotel

3RD Prize  £50 voucher Goodtread Tyre Company


Rug from Dalmore Furnishings,

Ness bag and purse from Victoriana

3 Bottles Dalmore whisky 



Alness United Legends v Alness Under 17s'
Click to view larger image.As part of the Home Coming Week, former players of Alness United took on the up and coming star players from Alness Under 17s'.
In an action packed evening, "The Legends" gave the young team a run for their money.Click to view larger image.
Click to view larger image.In a fun packed evening the spectators were not disappointed and wittinessed some excellent football from both the teams.
Towards the end of the 1st session, "The Legends" managed to put one into the back of the net from a long cross.Click to view larger image.
Click to view larger image.The second session saw more of the "Legends" come out of retirement and some fresh blood added to the Under 17s'.
The pressure proved too much for the Under 17s' with the "Legends" taking another 2 goals to take a commanding win of 3 nill.Click to view larger image.
Click to view larger image.Alness Under 17s'.
It's a Knockout Comes to Alness

It's a Knockout Came to Alness on Wednesday the 10th of June as part of the Home Coming Week.  

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Teams from local businesses and associations joined in the fun packed games. 

If you didn't get soaked, you weren't taking part in the games! 

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The spectators were entertained by a 1st class event which was sponsored by local businesses.  

A fun packed evening for all the family. 

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Fairburn Challenge

A bright sunny day set the tone for the eager group of 8 young people who were heading to Marybank to take part in the Fairburn Challenge.



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16 teams of 4 from all over the area gathered to take part in a number of challenges which included canoeing, archery, ropes course and zip wire. The youngsters Ryan, Becca, Kenzie, Jarvis, Megan, Angela, Kieron and Ashley had a brilliant time despite not winning anything.

Baddaguish Challenge

When the advert for the Badaguish Challenge popped up on my computer  I saw it was an opportunity for a group of young people to take part in a sponsored event which would encourage them to raise funds for the Speyside Trust based at Badaguish for youngsters with special needs. I thought what a brilliant opportunity for the youngsters to take part in a fun activity and for us to ďgive backĒ to Badaguish for the many happy hours we have spent there within their grounds. 

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As our intrepid groups stepped up to take their challenge with great excitement their teams were sent back to us one by one as they didnít have all the things required on the equipment list. It soon became apparent that there had been a mistake and we hadnít been sent the finalised list of doís and doníts by the organisers. However we managed to pull together all we needed and off they trotted.

8 miles later over hill and dale they arrived back still with smiles on their faces. After a cooked meal on our stoves the youngsters spread out and mixed with the other 344 youngsters on site and took part in a number of different activities which included a climbing wall and football. 

The youngsters were brilliant ambassadors for Alness and we were very proud of them. One of our teams even won a prize for their very individual style of high visibility dress when competing.

All in all a very good weekend but certainly one that will discourage this youth worker from ever crawling into a tent again.

The 16 youngsters taking part deserve a special mention Jordan Greig, Nic Bowes, Ben Jones, Stephen McGaw, Aiden Lowrie, Euan Burnett, David Durrand, Alan Banner, Laura Cook, Nicole Murphy, Toni Bannr, Sally Trussler, Jemma Horsefied, Liam Urquhart and finally Kirsty Taylor.

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Zulu visit

Wilma Kelt, Active schools co-ordinator and myself have been working very closely with Colin Morrison in pulling together the performance of the Zulu Warriors in Alness Academy on Friday the 12th of June. As already reported in Wilmaís article we have had a small preview of the show when a small group came over in the Easter holidays. The teenagers taking part in the afternoons activities were very moved by the story of Godís Golden Acre.

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Double Click to view larger image.So much so that The Place is planning a fundraising event in order to help towards the costs of the show and the remainder to go to the Godís Golden Acre Charity. The distance of 6000 miles lies between the different groups of young people but the difference in culture is unimaginable so it is our intention is to have a stationary bike positioned within our youth club and between now and the Zulu performance we plan to raise sponsorship and cycle the 6000 miles that lies between us. It is a daunting task but one the young people are keen to undertake. We look forward to your support.

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