There’s a touch of glamour on our Spring cover – the 100th since Chatterbox was launched 25 years ago. It’s provided by former Fortrose resident Siobhan Mackenzie, now a Glasgow-based designer. Her latest collection features environmentally-conscious recycled fabrics and is already turning heads in the fashion world.

Also keeping an eye on the environment are artists Becs Boyd from Resolis and Rosie Newman from Cromarty, part of a quartet whose exhibition opens in Inverness in March. They tell us how the local land, sea and ecology has inspired their work.

Mandy de Beer’s career has taken her from South Africa to the Highlands, via the USA, England and Guernsey. We talk to the osteopath whose services are now available to the whole Black Isle, and why Avoch was the perfect place to practise.

It took a while for the Black Isle’s newest football team to find action, but when it did it was worth the wait. Sean Kelman, the man behind Culbokie-based Black Isle United FC, told us how the team, established just as Covid hit, survived to become division champions at the first attempt.

Who has personal or family memories of Rosemarkie’s linen industry? The local history group is busy researching this part of our past and needs your help. Discover more in our latest edition.

Another part of our past is to be revived to raise funds for outdoor activities for children and young people. The Kessock Ferry Swim, last held in the 1960s, will take place in June. We reveal how you can take part.

Staying in the maritime world, we meet Sandra Hogg, the new Commodore charting Chanonry Sailing Club’s course after the challenges of Covid. Everyone is welcome aboard.

Community transport is now on the road, helping connect the Black Isle with Inverness and beyond. Find out all about the Ferintosh Wee Bus and how you can get your seat.

Also lending a hand are the Black Isle’s sharing sheds and larders. A year after most of them came into being, Anne Thomas tells us how the service has developed and how it’s helped families in need.

All that, and more, and only £2. Don’t miss your copy.

Russell Turner

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