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Money is given to recall shinty memories in Beauly

By Will Clark

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Beauly Shinty Memories Group have been awarded £1000 to help tell the story of the sport in the area.

Picture of Beauly Shinty Club 1955-56 squad.
Picture of Beauly Shinty Club 1955-56 squad.

The money is a grant which has been awarded by Life Changes Trust Creating Better Lives in the Highlands Small Grants Programme.

The grant will be used to buy media equipment to enable it to use when showing archive, photographs, videos and audio files to its members.

A spokesman for Beauly SMG said the money will boost the project.

“This development will enable us to show digitised versions of photographs as means that we need not be in possession of hard copies of photographs which are so often delicate and easily damaged.”

They added: “It also means that memories groups can use the same images at the same time.

Furthermore, as we move out of the current covid-19 crisis, it is the case that people are much more wary of handling items in archives.

“This could be a potential issue with hard copies, or even passing around a laptop.

“These concerns are understandably even more prevalent with the demographics that memories groups tend to work with as they are often more vulnerable to disease and illness.”

Beauly SMG will also work alongside with other shinty communities in Caberfeidh and Lovat.

Caberfeidh SMG have also been awarded £695 to go towards their project.

They have operated a Friday Afternoon Club which is an open invitation to anyone to pop along to the shinty club at Castle Leod to assist with everyday jobs to the pitch or changing rooms.

Club spokesman David MacMaster, who is also chairman of Shinty Memories Scotland said: “This weekly gathering is a great opportunity to convene in a welcome friendly setting.

“Not only assist the club but also to allow them to retain an active link with the club and encourage social gathering.

He added: “The wish when restrictions permit is to return this to its original format whereby numerous former players and supporters attended.”

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