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ACT and Westie Partnership

“The West Highland Community Rail Partnership (WHCRP) is a newly established community organisation, known as the Westie for ease. Our membership area includes the West Highland railway corridor from Mallaig to Crianlarich, as well as its hinterland. We are working to make train travel a more attractive option for locals and visitors alike. We want to keep our roads less busy and our air less polluted”. (extract from the new WHCRP website)

Arisaig Community Trust is keen to support this new local travel initiative, and has just joined the organisation as a community member. WHRCP have made Arisaig Station their local office, and we’re very pleased to welcome them to the village. The partnership committee comprises an enthusiastic group of volunteers, keen to encourage more people to use local train services as an alternative to travel by road.

ACT’s involvement with our local railway station has also taken another step forward – from the end of Sept 2016, ACT will become official ‘Station Adopters’ for Arisaig. This gives us a great opportunity to work towards improving and enhancing the station environment, and make it welcoming gateway to Arisaig. If you have a bit of time to spare, and some imaginative ideas about how we might achieve this, do get in touch with ACT – mail@ The more local people are involved, the more we can put a ‘local’ stamp on Arisaig station.

The CRP celebrated taking over the lease on its new premises by holding a station garden party, with music (courtesy of a talented trio of musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra), dancing , flowers and afternoon tea – all on the station platform!

ACT scoops an award at the Lochaber Voscars

Great to see Arisaig Community Trust director, Heather MacDougall, and volunteer, Alison O’Rourke, at the Lochaber Voscars! Heather and Alison were accepting an award at the Voscars ceremony (9th June 2016) on behalf of ACT, who were runners up in the ‘Organisation of the Year’ category, for ‘making our community a better place to live’.

Well done, and thank you to everyone who helps ACT make Arisaig a better place to live.

The Voscars is an annual awards ceremony, organised by Voluntary Action Lochaber, which recognises and celebrates the work carried out by the many, many people who volunteer their services in Lochaber.

(Alison and Heather – 2nd & 3rd from right in photo)