I am Hermione Lamond, Resident of Glasnakille, Elgol for 30 years.
Married to Colin Lamond, local crofter and fisherman, we have raised our family here and as Grandparents now, we hope at least some of our children can stay here as they wish to. Colin breeds store cattle and actively works his crofts for this purpose. As with many crofters he has another job, and is a full time prawn fisherman based in Elgol. Although I am in no way an expert in crofting, it is a huge part of our lives. Our family, with their partners are all actively involved with crofting too.
Throughout my time in the village I have been, and continue to be, actively involved in many aspects of the community. Local committees include the Hall and Gala. These see us maintain and run the village hall, the Gala is now primarily a fundraising day for local projects which benefit the community.
I have been a member of the Broadford and Strath community council for over 8 years in this stint, with a previous commitment for 10 years in the late 90’s-00’s. I am also a director of the Broadford and Strath community Company, although centred in Broadford we are keen to expand our projects throughout the area. Currently the new toilets being built in Elgol are due to the work of the BSCC. We are also involved in discussions about the housing situation in Elgol and hoping to facilitate a solution to that. This organisation has community at its core, and I am extremely proud to be a small part of it.
When not involved in any of the above, I run the local shop, and have done now for over 20 years, we cater not only for our local customers, but I also get the chance to meet many of the visitors to our village.
All these groups, committees and my day job keep me involved in what’s going on locally. With ideas, plans, concerns and solutions all discussed at various levels, it is always interesting to hear a different perspective. This also shows my commitment not just to the groups I’m involved in, but my ability to commit to a project, or group, especially one that can do positive things for this community.
There are many issues currently facing our community. Housing, schooling, tourism and depopulation to name a few. I appreciate that this project will not fix these problems, but it gives us all a chance to be involved with the possibilities and options for the future of our community, with view to it thriving for future generations.
Hermione joins us as a co-opted Trustee for one year, as Skye Community advisor.