Christmas Lights - Tain Switch On
21 November 2011
Join the crowds on Tain High Street on Saturday 3rd December at 7pm to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with our annual Christmas Lights switch-on.

Enjoy free family fun as Roddy Robertson lights up the town. A member of the Community Council of the Royal Burgh of Tain and the former Town Council since 1965 to this year and founder member of Tain Initiative Group, Roddy has been the driving force behind many of the positive developments in Tain throughout the years. Roddy was born in Tain and set up his own highly successful agricultural dealers, Robertsons of Tain in 1959. Roddy is an Honorary Sheriff and served as a Justice of the Peace.

Exciting attractions include Santa’s Grotto, sparkling sideshows, food and craft stalls and live musical entertainment. The evening is guaranteed to offer festive family fun and get you in to the Christmas spirit.

Tain on Film
12 May 2011
For information on the wonderful work of the fabulous Tain Task Force, Tain's hardworking environmental group follow the link:
Next Ward Forum Details
11 March 2011
Thursday 31st March 2011

Tain and Easter Ross Ward Forum
In the Nigg Village Hall

Topic: Community Council Showcase
An overview of the work of the Community Councils in the Ward; projects working on; aspirations and issues in local communities

from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
(refreshments from 7pm)

Members of the public are welcome to attend.
There is time set aside for questions from the public.

If you have an enquiry about your Forum; would like to submit questions in advance of the meeting; or have any special requirements/needs to help you take part, please contact Carol Elliot at Tain Service Point or by phoning 01349 886643 or by emailing

Further information about ‘Your Ward’ can be found on the Highland Council website

C1012 (Whitehills - Scotsburn - Lamington - Tain Road (East Lamington)) (Temporary Closure) Order
11 March 2011
NOTICE is hereby given that The Highland Council, by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 14 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended has made the attached Order temporarily restricting all vehicular traffic from using the C1012 (Whitehills - Scotsburn - Lamington – Tain Road (East Lamington)) road over a 1000 metre length, from the junction of the U1891 at Lamington to Easter Lamington Wood.

The road will be closed from 0600 Hrs on Monday 28th March 2011 to 2000 Hrs Friday 29th April 2011 Every day (except Sundays) at the following times:
0600 hrs to 0800 hrs
0930 hrs to 1530 hrs
1700 hrs to 2000 hrs

Pedestrian access will be controlled and will only be available when barriers are not in place.

This restriction is necessary in order to allow installation of a new water main by Scottish Water.
Volunteers to help with Tain's flowers
22 February 2011
Tain Task Force would love to recruit more volunteers to help plant up the town's flower baskets and containers.

The plants are grown and planted up in the town's own community polytunnel.

No experience is necessary, there is always guidance on hand.

Volunteers to help water the baskets during the season June to October are also required. You can help out regularly or occasionally.

Come along to the next Task Force meeting to be held on Thursday 24th March 2011 at 7.30pm in the Parish Church Hall. You will be most welcome.

If you can't make the meeting but would like to help out then please email either Ivan on or Fiona on

Tain Gala Association presents Tain's Got Talent
22 February 2011
Do you think you can dance rings around anybody famous and give them a run for their money or belt out a tune as good as any artist can?

Does your animal act leave people speechless? Is your mime work mesmerising or maybe your child dreams of stardom?

Whatever it is you do then we want to hear from you!

Tain’s Got Talent coming soon – any talent, any age – simple as that!
So what are you waiting for.

Entry form available from Grants (Bakers) and Tain Service Point

Closing Date – Friday 18th March 2011
More details to follow after the closing date.

Tain Vintage Car Rally
22 February 2011
Tain Gala Association:
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to attend our 4th Vintage, Historic and Classic Car & Motor Cycle Rally to be held on Sunday 19th June 2011 at Tain Links. ENTRY IS FREE and the first 500 entries will receive a small souvenir.

If you attended last year we thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed it enough to come back this year. If you are thinking of entering for the first time we wish you a great welcome.

An entry form, together with a list of classes, can be downloaded from the Tain Gala Association website

We are introducing a new class to the show this year. It will be Class Q.. Horticulture & Farm Implements. This will take in Garden machinery, Small tractors and excavators, Mowers and any other items relevant to the class.

Entries will be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It would, therefore be in your own interest to enter as soon as possible. No entries will be accepted after the closing date on 20th May. Places for 'Late Entries' will be very limited so to guarantee your place on the showground please submit your entry now even if you are not sure if your vehicle will be ready to show. We would rather have your entry early than have to turn you away on the day due to lack of space. Should you have more than one exhibit, Entry Forms can be photocopied or the relevant information submitted on a separate piece of paper, which I can transfer to an Entry Form. (Please do not put more than 1 entry on the same form)

We are aware that not everyone enters to be awarded a prize and for that reason we give you the option of being judged or not being judged. Please indicate on your entry form if you wish the judges to consider your entry for any award.

We trust that we can count on your welcome support and look forward to meeting you on 19th June.

Entries should be completed and returned to:

Secretary: Christine Finlayson
Arthurville Gardens,
Tain, IV19 1PL
Tel. 01862 892886

Garrick Singers New Production 2011
02 November 2010
The Garrick Singers Present
When the Lights go on Again
Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th March 2011
7.30pm at The Duthac Centre, Tain
Tickets priced at £9 adult, £6 child
(price includes interval refreshments)
available to pre book now from Catherine on 01862 842311
or at The Wool Shop, Tain from Monday 14th March, 2011.

This Second World War drama is new to The Garrick Singers and is full of wartime songs and memories. The humour which kept spirits up during the darkest times comes to the fore in this ensemble piece, written by Lankashire author Roy Sault, with musical arrangements by Sylvia Roberts.
Tain Pantomime 2010
02 November 2010
Tain Pantomime Group present
Mother Goose
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th December
7.30pm, at The Duthac Centre, Tain
Tickets £7 adult, £4 child
Discount of 10% for Block Bookings of 10 or more.
Contact Catherine 01862 842311 to pre book
Tickets on Sale from Monday 29th November
at Novel Idea Bookshop, Tain
International Sheepdog Trial coming to the Highlands
27 October 2010
Proudly hosted by the Highland Sheepdog Association celebrating the events return to the Highlands after 60 years with a showcase of Highland culture.

Taking place at Fearn Farm, By Tain on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September 2011.

Trade stands, Highland crafts and food stands, attractions and demonstrations. Something for all the family.

Trade and general enquiries to Highland Sheepdog Association Secretary, Wendy Irving on 07908 636267 or email

Next Tain & Easter Ross Ward Forum
27 April 2010
The budget implications for the Highland Council will be discussed at the next Ward Forum to be held on Monday 24th May 2010 at 7.30pm in the Duthac Centre, Tain.
The consultation will be led by:
Cllr Sandy Park, Convener
Cllr Dr David Alston, Budget Leader
Alistair Dodds, Chief Executive
Alan Geddes, Director of Finance
The forum will be a consultation held in public. There will be opportunities during the consultation for members of the public to ask questions.
For more information visit the Highland Council website.
12 November 2009
The owner of the Knockbreck and Burgage Farm land has appointed a team of consultants to prepare a master plan to guide overall development of the south east expansion of Tain. Local residents and other interest groups in the town are being asked to help with this by giving their views to the consultants. They will be on hand to provide more information on Wednesday 11 November 2009 in the Tain Royal Academy Assembly Hall. Anyone interested is invited to drop in any time between 4.15pm and 8pm.

The land in question extends to almost 20 hectares (50 acres), either side of Knockbreck Road, much of which belongs to Mr Leo Daly. The 2007 Ross and Cromarty East Local Plan identified the area mainly to help meet Tain’s housing needs over the next 10 to 15 years and beyond. Asda proposes to build a supermarket on part of this land. The master plan will account for this as well as other suitable uses. Asda are due to hold a separate local consultation on their proposals on 6 and 7 November.

Development proposals of this scale now require local consultation and input prior to lodging planning applications. As part of this process people are invited help to design an attractive new sustainable neighbourhood that provides a safe walking and cycling environment in which to live. Views are also invited on whether this is a suitable location for other uses to meet community needs.

A questionnaire invites suggestions on: the location and density of about 200 houses, including low cost, rented and private plots; suitable community, leisure, business and tourist related uses; open space, tree planting and landscaping; road, public transport and cycle/foot path links; and layout, building and sustainable design features. The consultants will use these to help prepare a draft master plan, which will be exhibited for comment early in 2010. Thereafter the master plan will be the subject of a planning application to be lodged early next Spring. Questionnaires are to be available at the public session on 11 November as well as from the Highland Council Service point in High Street or can be downloaded by clicking on the view site link at the bottom of this item or by typing in the site link below

Further information concerning the preparation of proposals for the land can be obtained from planning consultant Alan Ogilvie of G.H. Johnston Building Consultants Ltd (Tel. 01463 237229 or email

Next Ward Forum
26 May 2009
Are you involved in or interested in tourism?
The next Tain & Easter Ross Forum
is on Thursday 11 June 2009
In Seaboard Memorial Hall, Balintore
From 7.30pm to 9.30pm
(tea and coffee from 7pm)

Main Topic: Tourism.
Highland Council and Visit Scotland representatives. Starting with - How can we enhance tourist information available for visitors in the Easter Ross communities?

Secondary Topic: Stagecoach – Bus timetabling queries in the Ward.

Please contact Carol Elliot, Ward Manager, Tain Service Point, or email: or Tel 01349 886643 for more information or if you have any special requirements/needs to help you take part.

Tain Rose Garden Volunteers
23 April 2009
Planting and turfing of the Rose Garden in Tain will take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th April. It is being done by community volunteers. Anyone who could assist would be very welcome. Please come along anytime from 9am.
The planting will be filmed for a Beechgrove Garden programme on Tain to be shown on 6th May.
Gizzenbriggs, Pipers and Dancers in Tain
23 April 2009
On the evening of Wednesday 29th April some members of Gizzenbriggs and some pipers and Highland Dancers will be performing in the Rose Garden to be filmed for the Beechgrove Garden.
Come along from 7pm and hear some fantastic music.

23 April 2009
Tell us what you think.

The Highland Council and Northern Constabulary are proposing
improvements to the Tain CCTV system.
We want to know what you think about the various options proposed.

Call in to Tain Service Point,
Tain Police Station or go to
To get the full information and pick up a reply slip to let us know your views by Tuesday 12 May 2009.

Tain Allotments
20 March 2009
A public meeting is being held on Wednesday 25th March at 7pm in Room 22 at Tain Royal Academy to look at establishing community allotments in Tain. Organised by Brian MacAngus the meeting promises to be informative with representatives from Alness attending - who already run a thriving community allotment scheme. The meeting is open to everyone.
Tain Website - Free to Local Businesses
16 March 2009
The Tain community website, has now been up and running for a number of years. The site attracts thousands of visitors each week and many of the local businesses listed report that they receive regular custom from the site.

If your business is not currently listed on the site it can be added free of charge. The site is provided and maintained by Tain Initiative Group as a benefit for local businesses and to promote our local area. The more shops and businesses that are listed the better as it provides more of an attraction to a potential visitor to Tain. If you wish to be listed please send your details to Fiona Robertson at Tain Initiative Group, 24 High Street, Tain IV19 1AE or you can email them through –

Details to be added: name, address, and telephone of business. Email and website, if available. A paragraph of text about the business. A small photograph or logo can also be included – this should be emailed if possible.

If your business is currently listed please can you check the details and, if there are any changes, notify Fiona Robertson by post or email.

Tain's 2009 Floral Displays
16 March 2009
Work is due to start again in the Tain Community Polytunnel, in preparation for Tain's annual floral displays. Last year's hanging baskets and flower tubs were a huge success and received many positive comments from residents and visitors. This was all down to the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers from the community.

Tain Task Force have now ordered all the plug plants for 2009, the first batch are due to arrive during the week beginning 23rd March, with the second batch during the week beginning 6th April. The group would welcome new volunteers who would be willing to come along and help plant up. Volunteers can turn up on the day that suits them best and can work for as long as they choose, even an hour of their time is helpful. A great group of people already help out and the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly. The polytunnel is located centrally in the town, next to the Tain Police Station. If anyone would like to help out please contact either Fiona Robertson on or Heather MacAllister on

Ward Forum Meeting
05 March 2009
Feeling the Pinch?
The Council’s Money Advice Service can help!

Come and hear what we are doing and have your say on how things can be improved at the Tain & Easter Ross WARD FORUM
Thursday 23 April 2009
from 7.30 – 9.30pm
in Inver Hall
(refreshments from 7pm)

Contact for more information:
Ward Manager - Ward 8: Tain & Easter Ross
Tain Service Point
24 High Street
IV19 1AE
Telephone: 01349 886643 / 01349 877408
Mobile: 07768 031609

Quiz Night 09 - New Date
26 February 2009
Tain Royal Academy Parent Council are again hosting their hugely successful annual Quiz Night on 8th May at 7.30pm in the main hall at Tain Royal Academy. Up to 10 members per team. £2.00 per member, £1.00 concessions. Pay on the night.
Raffle, refreshments and prizes.
Note: this is a new date as the February event was cancelled due to the weather.
The Clan Ross Gathering 2009
23 February 2009
Tain Through Time would like to invite you to a gathering of the Clan Ross in August 2009. They are in the process of planning the two day event which will coincide with the Glenmorangie Highland Games in the second week of August - Wed 12th and Thu 13th. For more information contact Morag at or phone 01862 894089.
Your Ward Forum
26 January 2009
The next Tain and Easter Ross Ward Forum will be held on:

Thursday 26th February 2009
In the Fearn Hall
From 7.30pm to 9.30pm
(Tea and coffee available from 7pm)
Main Topic: How can the Council improve transport across the Highlands?
Secondary Topic: Review of Nursing in the Community – Tain Pilot

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

There is a 20 minute public question and answer session at the end of the Forum.

If you have an enquiry about the Tain and Easter Ross Forum; would like to submit questions in advance of the meeting; or have any special requirements/needs to help you take part, please contact Carol Elliot at Tain Service Point or by phoning 01349 886643 or by emailing

Further information can also be found on the Highland Council website under “Your Ward”.

Quiz Night 09
21 January 2009
Tain Royal Academy Parent Council are again hosting their hugely successful annual Quiz Night on Friday 6th Feb at 7.30pm in the main hall at Tain Royal Academy. Up to 10 members per team. £2.00 per member, £1.00 concessions. Pay on the night.
Raffle, refreshments and prizes.
Tain & Easter Ross Ward Forum
09 January 2009
The next Ward Forum is on Thursday 15th January 2009 at 7.30pm in the Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack.
The main topic is how do we improve waste collection and recycling in Easter Ross.
The secondary topic is an overview of the Community Care Forum in Easter Ross.
For more information contact the Ward Manager on 01349 886643
Tain Recycling Centre - Temporary Closure
09 January 2009
Tain Recycling centre will be closed on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th February 2009. This is to allow preparatory site works to be undertaken ready for replacement compaction units to be fitted in March 2009.
The recycling centres at Alness Industrial Estate and Dingwall Business Park are open on these days. Opening times can be found on
Recycling in Tain
06 January 2009
You can now recycle your waste cooking oil at the Recycling Centre in Tain! There is a designated container on the site into which you can pour the oil. It is then collected by a local farmer and is converted into bio-diesel for reuse therefore avoiding landfill or worse still, the oil being poured into the drainage system and blocking up the sewers and treatment plant. If you have any queries please contact the Council’s waste team on 01349 868439 or email them at
Funding News
06 January 2009
The revised guidelines and application form for the Highland 2007 Legacy Programme are now available from

Please note that the name of the programme has been changed to the Highland Culture Programme which will hopefully be this funding programme’s permanent name.

HC will issue a press release this week advising potential applicants that the revised forms are on the website and to encourage anyone interested in applying for funding from this programme to do so by the round 2 deadline of 6 February 2009.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact their Area Cultural Officers in advance of submitting their application forms.

Ours is:

Adrian Clark

Area Cultural Officer, Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross

Community Learning and Leisure Offices, Ardross Road, Alness IV17 OQA

01349 885114

Ward Forum - Your Opportunity to Influence Highland Council Services
04 September 2008
The next Ward Forum is being held in Tain on Thursday 2nd October at 7.30pm in Tain Royal Academy.
Main topic - Sandy Park, Highland Council Convener and Alastair Dodds, Chief Executive - How can we influence and improve council services at a local level.
Open to all to attend.
For more information contact Ward Manager Carol Elliot on 01349 886643 or email
Tain Best Garden Competition
30 April 2008
Tain & District Gardeners Club presents the 2008 Best Kept Garden Competition. This year sees the welcome return of the competition. If you wish to enter your garden or nominate that of a friend or neighbour, entry forms can be collected from:
Scotsburn Garden Centre, Tain
Morangie Garden Centre, Tain
Council Service Point, Tain
There are awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and a special award which takes into account problems experienced by elderly or disabled entrants.
Closing date for entries is Saturday 2nd August with judging taking place 9th and 10th August.
Tain Recycling Centre - New Opening Hours
18 February 2008
Tain's excellent recycling and civic amenity site has just published new opening hours.
The site is open Tuesday to Friday 10am until 5pm and on Saturday 9am until 5pm. The site is closed on a Monday and Sunday and closes between 2pm and 2.30pm daily.
Gizzenbriggs launch new CD - 'Out of the Blue'
18 February 2008
The long-awaited new CD by Tain's band, Gizzenbriggs, was launched this month. Out of the Blue is a collection of their newest music and is tipped to be a huge success.

To buy a copy (£10) contact Tain Royal Academy on 01862 892121 or contact Tain Bookshop on the High Street, Tain.

Joined up thinking for Youth Work in Tain
10 January 2008
Do you feel on your own re running your club? Are your youngsters asking questions that you don’t know the answers to? or do you feel ‘under resourced’ and need help? If so, then this is for you.

Following discussions between the Highland Council Youth Development Officer and the Youth Work staff of the Tain Youth Café YMCA, a new Networking / Support group is to be created for all those involved with Youth Work within Tain and surrounding area.

The first meeting which takes place on Saturday 26th January 2008 between 1-3pm will be held at the Tain Youth Café and any person who works with young people (aged S1 and above) and who lives in the Tain Royal Academy catchment area is invited. Both workers from the Voluntary Sector and those from the Statutory Youth Services are encouraged to attend this event and start the ball rolling in having a united approach to the youth work within the area. One of the main outcomes will be to work out who is exactly doing what within the area in terms of programmes and clubs run for young people and services provided.

Graham Nutt the Youth and Community worker for the Tain Youth Café YMCA, said “that a large majority of youth work within the Highlands is undertaken by the Voluntary sector however, many of these volunteers could benefit by the support that the Highland Council Youth Service can offer and this meeting is the right time to bring the two groups together in order to have a more co-ordinated approach to all our work within the area especially with the changes to the Highland Council”.

Nigel Brett Young the Highland Council’s new Area Youth Development Officer added, “that this could be an opportunity for all those within the area who have an invested interest in working with young people to come together share good practices, ideas and update others about their work, as all those who are invited all work with the same young people from the same area, if we can start to pool resources, help each other and identify key issues that are missing from the area then this will benefit the young people we are serving.

Both Nigel and Graham felt that an audit of who is offering what programmes or running clubs would be a good starting point, so if you are reading this and would like to attend please call Graham or Nigel (though booking in is not a requirement). They are also asking that if you know of a volunteers or club who could benefit by attending this event then please pass this information on to them.

For further information then please contact Graham on 01862 894252 or Nigel on 07795 304939.

Auld New Year's Night Senior Citizen's Party
17 December 2007
The Royal Burgh of Tain Community Council invites all senior citizens in the Tain area to the Auld New Year Night Party. Duthac Centre, Tain.
An evening of entertainment, food and fun.
Live music and dancing.
Tickets availalbe from the Wool Shop and Ross Chemist - FREE OF CHARGE.
If transport required (free) please leave name when collect ticket.
Tain Hosting Vintage Car Rally in 2008
30 October 2007
With the full support and guidance of Alness, Tain is hosting the 2008 Vintage Car Rally. The full day event will take place on Sunday 15th June at the Tain Highland Gathering Field, Glenmorangie, Tain.
Organised by Tain Gala Association, this promises to be an exciting event for all the family.
New Events Added
30 October 2007
Lots of new events have been added to the events calendar.
Tain Gala Association, Tain's team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, have been busy planning a whole host of events for 2007 and 2008.
Included in the events calendar are:
Nov 5th - Bonfire & Fireworks Display
Nov 30th - Switching on of Christmas Lights
Dec 31st - New Year Street Party
Jun 15th - Tain Vintage Car Rally
Jun 24th to 28th - 2008 Gala Week
Jim McColl, Beechgrove Garden, Visiting Tain
06 June 2007
Jim McColl will be visiting Tain, as part of the 2007 Tain Gala Celebrations. On Wednesday 27th June Jim is willing to visit local gardens and give top gardening tips and expert advice. If you would like the opportunity to have Jim McColl visit your garden contact Fiona Robertson by email or by phone 01862 894278.
Tain Highland Gathering Events 2007
19 April 2007
Three great events planned for Tain:
Dornoch Bridge Walk 10th June
Glenmorangie Hill Race - Tarlogie 8th August
Glenmorangie - Tain Highland Gathering 9th August
For more information see the EVENTS section of this website
Tain & District Museum signs up for SHOW SCOTLAND 07
16 April 2007
Tain & District Museum is taking part in Show Scotland 07, the Scotland wide events initiative, with a wonderful evening of pipes and fiddle music and an exhibition to celebrate the talents of local muscians.

Donald and Torquil Macleod played and made pipes and fiddles in Tain from the late 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. The museum will have a special display to celebrate the talents of these men and also others who have contributed to the culture of the area. The display will open on Friday 4th and will continue until Monday 7th May.

On Friday 4th May from 7pm to 10pm, in the spectacular medieval building of St Duthus Collegiate Church, there will be a muscial evening of pipes and fiddles.

Local talent abounds among the performers with renowned pipers Duncan MacGillivary, Jimmy Mackay and Colin Innes playing a selection of local tunes. They will be ably assisted by young pipers, Connor Mackay and Ross Fraser. Also guest piper Fred Morrison will be joining them.

Representing the fiddles is the hugely popular traditional music group Gizzen Briggs.

For further information contact Morag Bremner 01862 894089 or email

Exciting new exhibition for Tain
30 March 2007
Tain & Easter Ross Civic Trust are staging an exhibition featuring the lives and works of Andrew Maitland, his sons Andrew junior and James and his grandson Gordon Maitland, who designed public buildings, churches, schools, farm buildings, private houses, and distilleries in Tain and throughout the Highlands between 1940s and the 1920s.

The exhibition will include an 8ft by 8ft 3D dimensional model of the historic centre of Tain, which pupils of Tain Royal Academy will help to create.

A DVD, to be shown on a plasma screen, showing the best features of Tain's architectural heritage will also form part of the exciting exhibits.

The exhibition will run everyday from 30th July to 4th August 2007, 10am until 5pm, in the Collegiate Church (part of Tain Through Time Visitor Centre), Tower Street, Tain.

An exciting venture for Tain - not to be missed.

Portmahomack Lighthouse Race & Walk
12 March 2007
Scenic out and back course from Portmahomack to Tarbet Ness Lighthouse.
10KM walk starts 11am
10KM race starts 12noon
5KM race starts 12.15pm

Entry forms from Portmahomack Shop, Tain Sports Shop or download from
Call Anne Mackay 01862 893789 or Kenny Aitken 01862 871452 for more information

Tain Nursery School Entrolment
12 March 2007
For everyone wishing to entrol their child in Tain Nursery School for 2007, entrollment is from 19th to 21st March 2007 between 9am and 3pm. Tain Nursery School, Academy Street, Tain IV19 1ED telephone 01862 893915
Improve Tain's Floral Displays
20 February 2007
Do you have an interest in flowers and plants and suggestions on how to improve Tain's annual floral displays?
All community members are invited to attend an open meeting to discuss plans for future town centre floral displays in Tain.
All comments, suggestions and advice would be most welcome.
Come along for an informal meeting on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm in the Council Chambers (side entrance to Court building on Castle Brae).
Community Resource Information
31 January 2007
Community webnet is a one-stop shop for Scottish community groups. The site contains a wealth of resources to help you carry out projects in your community, learn from the experience of others and share your own experiences.
Village Hall Resources
31 January 2007
Village and community hall committees in Scotland can now access a new website that will help them manage their buildings. The new site will provide up to date information on the increasingly complex issues involved in managing a hall. The website will also provide an apportunity for isolated rural halls to network with each other and share their experiences.
Mountain Bike Trails on the way for Tain?
05 October 2006
Following on from the success stories of Fort William and Golspie, a Tain group would like to develop mountain bike trails on Tain Hill. This is an exciting opportunity for all sports enthusiats and could prove a major tourist attraction for the area. More people are needed to join the group. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact Fiona Robertson, Tain Project Officer on 01862 894278.
Gardeners Group planned for Tain
05 October 2006
A group of people in Tain are setting up an exciting new club - Tain & District Gardeners Club. It is planned that the group will meet monthly in Tain and invite a wide range of speakers to attend the meeting, hold plant swaps, information evenings, outings and enjoy a general chat and coffee. The first meeting of the group is on Thursday 26th October at 7.30pm in the Royal Hotel, High Street, Tain. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting so that it can be decided on future dates for meetings and all suggestions for the running of the club are taken on board.
For further information please contact Fiona Robertson, Tain Project Officer, on 01862 894278.
Tain & District Museum Celebrates 40 Years - Exhibition
02 June 2006
Tain & District Through the War Years - the Second World War saw many changes to our area, airfields were extended, camps built and military personnel moved in to the area. The exhibition explores the 1930s and 40s through the memories of local folk with pictures and documents from the museum archives.
The exhibition will be held in the 14th Century Collegiate Church in Tain and is dedicated to the memory of the late Rosemary Mackenzie, the museum's founder memory.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm from 10th June to the end of August 2006.
Admission is free.
Scotland's Tenors Concert in Tain
22 May 2006
Scotland's Tenors 'Caledon' are playing in Tain as part of their Power and Passion 2006 Tour. The concert will be held on Tuesday 27 June 2006 at 8.30pm at the Marquee on Tain Links.
Tickets priced £10.00, available from the Wool Shop, High Street, Tain telephone 01862 892521.
This concert is part of the Tain Gala Week events organised by the hard-working Tain Gala Association.
Community Fitness Room Now Open
02 March 2006
Tain community now has a fully equipped modern gym open to all community members. The gym which hosts the most up to date fitness equipment is located in Tain Royal Academy Community Complex.

The gym is open 7 days a week. To arrange an induction contact Tracey on 01862 893767.

Christmas Taste of Tain and Switching on of Christmas Lights
14 November 2005
Come to Tain on Saturday 26th November and enjoy a truly festive and fun day for all the family. From noon onwards there will be a range of entertainment and events in the town centre.
The Christmas Taste of Tain marquee and the Royal Hotel in the town centre will be host to events throughout the day including cookery demonstrations by top chefs; food and drink tasters; a fashion show; live music; children's entertainers; unique Christmas gifts and crafts; competition and Santa's grotto. A wonderful chocolate fountain will take pride of place in the main room.
At 7pm the official switching on of the Christmas lights will take place.
Come and enjoy a festive day of fun and do some Christmas shopping in a relaxed atmosphere.
Taste of Tain Cookbook Mail Order
22 August 2005
Due to many enquiries worldwide about purchasing the Taste of Tain cookbook you can now have one shipped to you from Tain. For details of how to order a book click on the Taste of Tain link under Further Reading on this site.
Invitation to attend the Glenmorangie Tain Highland Gathering
04 August 2005
Tain is shortly to host the 13th annual Highland Gathering. You are invited to attend on Thursday 11th August from 11am at the Glenmorangie field on the north approach to Tain. A full programme of events including piping, highland dancing, field and track, athletics, light and heavy field, tourist and children's events. Free dram for everyone over 18. Free entry for school children under 16.

Why not take part in the Hill Race on the evening before the event? Enter from 6pm onwards with the race beginning at 7pm.

British Pipe Band Championships in Tain voted a huge success
04 August 2005
Everybody is talking about the fantastic weekend in Tain. This was a weekend of fun and entertainment for all the family. 112 pipe bands visited Tain on Saturday 30th July, including overseas bands, and it was a fantastic sight at Tain Links with them all performing. The mass band parade through Tain High Street on Saturday afternoon was an amazing experience for everyone and the street party at night was a party to remember.
Special mention was made by many of the Taste of Tain tent which delighted visitors - offering lots of tasty food, various whiskeys and lots of high quality locally produced goods. A truly special experience.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and who helped during the days leading up to and the actual day of the event.
Taste of Tain Cookbook Sales Rocket!
04 August 2005
The great new Taste of Tain cookbook is selling fast. Since its launch at the end of June the book has sold over 1,000 copies. A copy can be purchased from various locations throughout Easter Ross including the Tower Bookshop in Tain, Tain Pottery store, Glenmorangie Distillery, Mansfield Castle Hotel and Falls of Shin Visitor Centre.
Tain & Dornoch Picture Post Competition
04 August 2005
The Tain & Dornoch Picture Post is running a kiddie competition during the summer months of the school holidays. Sketches of the beautiful Tain Links Wildlife Pond should be submitted to Maggie McAuley (tel 01862 894855). Use paper no larger than A4 and do not use paints. The best pictures will be printed in a later issue of the TDPP.
Tain Groups Quarterly Newsletter
01 July 2005
The new edition of the Tain & Dornoch Picture Post contains the 2nd edition of the quarterly supplement from Tain's voluntary groups. This is packed full of updates from many of Tain's groups and gives you a good insight in to the work of the groups and contact details if you would like to join or find out more.
Copies of the Picture Post are available at most of Tain shops or you can contact the publisher directly by email on
Town Clean Up - Wed 27th July 5pm
21 June 2005
The Tain Task Force, in conjunction with the Initiative Group, are organising the annual town clean up (anti-litter campaign). Anyone willing to help out with litter picking please just turn up:

Gloves, litter pickers etc will be provided.

Tain Gala Week
21 June 2005
The Tain Gala Programmes have now been issued and are available in shops througout the town. The Gala week is packed full of events for all the family. Pick up a Gala programme for more information or visit the Gala Association's website at
British Pipe Band Championships Update
16 June 2005
The closing date for entry to the British Pipe Band Championships is today, Thursday 16th June. To date a tremendous 112 bands, from Britain and some from overseas, have signed up to compete in Tain on Saturday 30th July. It looks set to be huge event!
Results of Community Council Elections
16 June 2005
Following an amazing 11 nominations for 3 places on the Tain Community Council, a large number of voters turned out for the election on Tuesday 14th June. The following candidates were successfully elected on to the Community Council:
Mr Brian McAngus
Mr David Macdonald
Mr Roddy Robertson

Attendance at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th June was also excellent, with around 200 members of the public attending the meeting.

Community Council meetings are held on the last Monday of every month and are open to all members of the public to attend.

Tain Running Another Skate Jam
16 June 2005
In association with Tain Gala, a Skate Jam is being held in Tain at the hugely successful Links Skate Park on Saturday 2nd July at 12 noon.
Competitions include: Open Skateboard; Under 15 Skateboard; Open In-Line Skates; Under 15 In-Line Skates; and Open BMX.

For further information please phone 01862 894453

Tain Initiative Group Annual General Meeting
16 June 2005
Come along and hear about local projects at the Tain Initiative AGM to be held on Tuesday 12th July 2005 at 7.30pm in the Duthac Centre.
Everyone is most welcome.
Taste of Tain Book Launch
25 May 2005
Come along to the Taste of Tain book launch on Friday 1st July 2005 to be held in the Clan Ross Rooms, Royal Hotel, Tain at 6pm.
Taste of Tain at British Pipe Band Championships
25 May 2005
Taste of Tain will once again prove that despite its small size, Tain has an amazing wealth of riches to offer. This year don't forget to take home a copy of the soon to be launched Taste of Tain Cookery Book.

Come to the event on 30th July 2005 from 9am until 6pm at Tain Links. In between the various demonstrations on stage by our top chefs, there will be the chance to sample and buy local whisky, seafood, cheeses, haggis, beef, including very low cholesterol meat from Highland Cattle, tasty curries made and sold locally along with their very popular relishes, high quality foods from the delicatessen, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables etc.
Talented artists will exhibit their pictures. Our famous pottery will be on display along with designer jewellery, beautiful bags for all occasions, knitwear, garden furniture, flowers and much more. Throughout the day there will be live music and entertainment.

Community Council Elections
25 May 2005
The Community Council of the Royal Burgh of Tain has 3 vacancies. Nominations for these seats are invited from members of the public who are prepared to take an interest in the affairs of the Burgh and to play a part in promoting the well-being of the community.

Nomination forms are available at the Service Point, Tain and should be returned to the Secretary of the Community Council, 24 Sutherland Crescent, Tain by 4pm on Thursday 2 June 2005.

If more than 3 nominations are received (and not subsequently withdrawn) there will be an opportunity for members of the public who are on the Tain Electoral Register to vote on Tuesday 14 June 2005.

Tain to host British Pipe Band Championships
14 March 2005
Tain has pulled off a major coup by attracting one of the biggest pipe band competitions in the world to the Royal Burgh.

The town has been named as the successful bidder to host the prestigious 2005 British Pipe Band Championships which will bring 20,000 people to Tain and set tills ringing for local businesses, hotels and guest houses.

Tain beat off stiff competition from all around the UK to host the event at Tain Links on 30th July 2005. 120 bands across all grades will compete for piping and drumming honours.

Tain Gala Association is planning on making this a hugely successful day. There will be a wide range of stalls and hospitality tents and various voluntary groups in Tain will be taking part through various events. One of the attractions will be the ‘Taste of Tain’ tent which will display the wide range of talents and products that are produced in and around Tain. Local chefs, artists, jewellers and groups will be taking part to make this a truly memorable experience.

The day will be rounded off with a huge street party which will start at 9pm and go on until midnight.

For further information on the event please contact Alasdair Rhind on 01862 892521 or Fiona Robertson on 01862 894278.

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