Princess Royal visits Dingwall and Muir of Ord

Princess Royal visits Dingwall and Muir of Ord

- 05/14/2017

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.

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