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Citizenship Ceremony

On Wednesday 4 October Mrs Janet Bowen. Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, was present at the ceremony to confer British Citizenship on:

Mrs Razia Chowdhury with husband and 3 children from Brora, with Councillor Diedre Mackay in attendance.

Nazeefa Maqsood with husband, from Dingwall..

Soren and Linda Hojlund from Lochcarron.

Pictures are in the gallery below.

Citizenship Ceremony

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 05/10/2017

Seafarers UK

On Friday 1 September Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, gave a brief keynote address, as follows:

First of all thank you for inviting me to be with you this evening to raise the flag for Seafarers UK.
This gives an opportunity both to remember the First World War, and to celebrate the centenary of Seafarers UK, because in 1917 such was the impact of so many seafarers having been maimed or lost at sea during the Great War that the King gave his name to a new charity, the King George’s Fund for Sailors.
Since then Seafarers UK – as it is now known – has helped all seafarers who are in desperate need, and their families, across the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets. This is a wide spectrum indeed and every year grants are given to help seafarers who need advice and help with such things as housing, health, education and care.
To mark the centenary the charity is profile and fundraising to support its beneficiaries under its centenary theme of ‘Supporting Seafarers: Past, Present and Future’.
The past is being honoured with a significant extension to the charity’s home for seafarers where 22 new apartments will offer 24 hours care to those who need it.
The present is being marked by the provision of more Port Welfare Partnerships to look after seafarers in port when they are separated from their families.
Finally, looking to the future the charity is launching a new initiative with mobile engineering units which will offer taster sessions to the young and the chance to acquire qualifications in marine engineering.
Underpinning all of this is a further objective of the charity: to spread the word that seafarers of every type are essential to our country because our country depends on sea trade.
In summary, Seafarers UK gives a chance to look back with gratitude to those who given their lives in the First World War, and indeed the Second too: we have only to remember the Battle of the Atlantic, or, nearer to home, the amazing sacrifices of the Arctic Convoys. Seafarers UK also allows us to provide for seamen who are currently in need, and finally the charity gives us the chance to look forward to the future with its emphasis on youth. In short it’s a charity doing great work and I am delighted to be here to support it.

Seafarers UK

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Ross Diamond Wedding

On Monday 14 August Mrs Sarah Grant, Deputy Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, attended the Diamond Wedding Celebrations of Billy and Mina Ross at the Capstone Centre Alness and delivered to them a card of congratulation from Her Majesty the Queen.

The attached picture is of Sarah Grant with Mr and Mrs Ross. The picture in the gallery is the Ross's with their bridesmaid!

Ross Diamond Wedding

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 05/10/2017

Black Isle Show 2017

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty attended the Black Isle Show on Thursday 3 August in order present certificates and to meet a wide range attendees from the agricultural world.

Black Isle Show 2017

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 05/10/2017

Princess Royal visits Dingwall and Muir of Ord

On Thursday 27 July, Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, welcomed the Princess Royal to a day of activities in Dingwall and Muir of Ord.

The day commenced with a visit to RSF Scotland where Mr Quentin Stevens led the Princess on a tour of the factory.

Based in the Highlands, RSF Scotland is a responsible food manufacturer producing a range of great tasting, nutritious prepared foods and ready meals using ingredients from sustainable Highland sources. Specifically, it is the manufacturer of all food served on the Caledonian Sleeper. RSF majors on provenance and sustainability.

Next up was a visit to the Dundonnel Mountain Rescue Team at their Dingwall Headquarters, where the princess met a number of volunteers and inspected the equipment taken to the hill.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) operate in a vast area of rugged and remote mountainous country. The team
of around 35 volunteers is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help anyone in difficulty on the hills, mountains or crags in an area spanning more than 2,600 square miles.

There then followed three visits in Muir of Ord.

The Princess Royal started by opening The Hub, the new community led village centre.

The project has involved the community taking ownership of the Old Tarradale School building and restoring and developing this valued community assest in to a community hub.

There are meeting rooms, heritage and local information, retail area for local art and crafts, an auditorium which features retractable seating and stage with cinema and sound systems.

The Cafe in the Hub is run by the Calman Trust, who have the successful Cafe Artysans in Inverness. Calman are a social enterprise providing training for local young people.

The Muir Hub is managed by the Muir of Ord Hall and Facilities Company and we have dedicated volunteers in our Hub Development Group who are developing the Hub’s operational plans, activities and events.

She then moved to Urray House Care Home where she was met by Ron Murray who took her on a tour of the building to meet the residents.

Urray House is a new facility, in fact opened by Mrs Bowen, but it is already being expanded to offer more space.

Finally the Princess visited the family firm of R and I Cruden who specialise in renewable energy for homes, community housing schemes and suchlike.

Photographs of RSF and DMRT are provided by the Press and Journal and those of Urray House by Parklands Ltd.

Princess Royal visits Dingwall and Muir of Ord

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 05/14/2017

Gairloch Museum receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

On Saturday 15 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Gairloch Museum.

For logistic reasons it had been decided to make the presentation during the Sheep Dog Trials, but alas the weather was anything but clement!

The official press release is as follows:

Museum volunteers gathered at the Gairloch Sheep Dog Trials to receive their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant who represents Her Majesty the Queen in Ross, Comarty, Skye and Lochalsh. Mrs Bowen informed the crowd that the museum was one of only 17 organisations in the whole of Scotland to receive the award this year. She explained that this success was due to the vital role the museum volunteers play as custodians of the heritage of one of the largest parishes in the country. The award also recognised the ‘stunning amount of money raised locally' and the hard work that has gone in to the new museum development. The Lord-Lieutenant stressed that, although the award was being presented to the museum and its volunteers, without the generous support and encouragement of the whole community, the development project could not have been successful.

The award is a beautiful crystal accompanied by a signed certificate from Her Majesty. We are thinking about where to put it to show it to its best advantage. We would like to express our thanks to the organisers of the Gairloch Sheep Dog Trials for generously allowing us to take centre stage for a while on their day. It was a very enjoyable event for all who attended, despite the rather wet weather.

Gairloch Museum receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

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