A fence to keep rabbits off Sgoil Lionail’s football pitch is the first project to be taken on by a new group of Ness residents.

The group held their first meeting on Thursday (5th September) in Sgoil Lionail, chaired by Councillor Kenny Macleod. Parents and grandparents of the pupils agreed that the playing surface was in better condition than feared, thanks to the hard work of Ness football club and other volunteers who earlier filled in rabbit holes and made the pitch safe.

This year has seen relatively little damage by rabbits, but they will be back, so it was agreed that, to protect the football pitch as much as possible, rabbit-proof fencing would minimise future damage. The area is to be measured and a quotation obtained.

Fundraiser Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny has agreed to support the project by competing in the Great Scottish Run on 29th September. A range of fundraising events will also need to be organised to add to the funds.

Further meetings will be held to keep local people informed of progress on a worthwhile community project. Anyone wishing to be part of the project can contact Sarah Campbell, community learning and development officer, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsorship forms for Charles’ run are available in local shops and post offices and there is also a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charlesrunsforness2019

The funds raised will be divided equally between the Sgoil Lionail football pitch community project and the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis expansion project.