The unique Here We Are at Cairndow is so ‘here’ that it hardly needs its name to announce it these daya.
It is not only ‘here’ but everything it has done and is doing, with its characteristic inventiveness and resolve, has made its townland of Cairndow ‘here’ in the public consciousness and admiration – in ways it could never have achieved without being the focus of that proud – almost defiant – initiative: Here We Are.
Here We Are gathers, documents, presents and promotes local, folk and community history for its area – but it is about today as much as yesterday, in driving the sustainability of its community through woodfuel and hydro projects, amongst many others.
On 24th January Here We Are is hosting another Open Day, starting at 12.30 - to let everyone in on what it’s been doing.
Last time we all ended up on a hillside up Glen Fyne in the pouring rain – with the river in spate below us – while a massive yellow JCB cut the first sod of the new hydro project. That was inspiring stuff. Broad smiles all round as feet did the squelching and the speeding river below testified to the viability of the community enterprise.
Here We Are’s base is physically tucked in between the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at the head of Loch Fyne and the Tree Shop and Cafe beside it. This means easy parking beside the A83 and all sort of delicacies and eating to hand, with the horticultural expertise and specialist plants for west coast gardens on site for a browse.
The association of these facilities with Here We Are is mutually enhancing, together providing food for body and spirit in one place.
The Open Day at Here we Are on 24th January starts with a welcome from HWA’s Chair, John MacDonald, over a soup and sandwich lunch
Then there is updating on here Here We Are is with its ongoing portfolio projects which, as usual, contains some new departures.
Current commitments include:
- the Glenfyne website and Gazetteer of Cairndow [a hugely valuable initiative]
- Our Power [the woodchipping plant]
- Merk Hydro
- the SJ Noble Trust
- What’s in the Loch?
After lunch, there is a choice of three project sites to visit:
- the chipping plant and biomass boiler at Lakeland Smolts
- The Hydro Site
- Glen Fyne
Whatever the weather does is for shrugging off. This is a community and a project with places to go.