18th April 2018
Thank you all for coming along today to celebrate the opening of Cantraybridge College’s new Woodskills Training Facility.
It is hard to believe that just a few months ago, this building was a disused cattle shed. Our Woodskills Enabler, David Brotherton, saw the potential in the building and it has been his vision that has driven the fantastic facility that you see today.
David’s assistants, Barney Stuart and Gail Spears, have also been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition as have many of our Cantraybridge students, especially Kerry, Sean, Jamie, Dean, Paul, Joe, Mhairi-Jane, Liam, Adam, John, Cameron, Trish and William.
None of what you see would have been possible without the kindness of many individuals and organisations that have supported us through donations and advice.
Norbord Highland has been the main donor of timber – thank you to Jerry Jones and Harley Sherwin for your donations of sheeting for our walls, ceiling and floor surfaces and again to you Jerry for ‘cutting the red ribbon’ today.
MGM Timber and Whyte Sawmills very kindly provided the haulage to get the Norbord sheets to us, and we thank Chris Macrae and Ian MacDonald of MGM and also Graham Whyte of Whyte Sawmills for your help.
Mark Thomson and Gordon Rae of International Timber couldn’t be with us today, but we are delighted to have David Hogg from International Timber join us. International Timber very kindly provided the CLS timber for our walls, ceiling and floor construction – thank you.
Gordon’s Sawmill in Nairn has also kindly donated timber to us which we’ve used for the decking entrance and for our first woodworking projects – thank you to Lynne and to Scott Gordon for your support.
We have also many contractors to thank and would especially like to say thank you to R&I Cruden’s who supplied the very cosy heating system and Chris Finnegan for the electrical work.
Cantraybridge College has always been a place of ambition. With the right support at the right time, our students are supported here to achieve their potential. This new facility provides a much larger and better equipped Woodskills training facility for our current and future students. Already we are seeing a greater variety of Woodskills projects on the benches, and we are able to tackle much larger projects than previously – I believe that building a small boat is on the agenda shortly.
So a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made this Woodskills Centre of Excellence a reality. Alongside improved classroom facilities across the campus, this new facility will support our students for many years to come and will allow Cantraybridge to train many more young people in woodworking skills and onto employment.
None of this would have been possible without your generosity – thank you again and if you would like to join myself, our students, board members and staff in the café, for some light refreshments now, we would be delighted.