St Finnbarr’s Tea

Saturday saw the annual St Finnbarr’s Tea an event which is put on in appreciation of the work put in by all involved in running and helping in the Church Charity Shop, which this year distributed nearly £14,000 to 30 local groups.

Volunteers, friends, family and members of the congregation enjoyed a splendid spread prepared by Greens of Tain.

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Afterwards the assembled company were entertained by Golspie magician Clive Grewcock who performed a number of card tricks.   We are very grateful to Dornoch Free Church for the use of their premises this year.

All in all, a huge thank you to everyone connected with both the charity shop and this celebration of its work.


It was twice as nice!







Yesterday saw the last of the outdoor Dornoch Community Markets which have taken place over the summer months.  The St Finnbarr’s Charity Shop has had a stall at each of these with a specific theme (Teddy Tombola, Tweed, Glass, Jewellery, etc.).  At yesterday’s market, in dry but slightly autumnal weather, it was Glass and Jewellery (twice as nice) and the stall was a great success, with a constant stream of buyers looking over the splendid array of items on offer.  Well done to Marian and the team for such a wonderful display of goods and doing such brisk business.










The next Community Market will be an indoor one at the Dornoch Social Club on 19th December, so put the date in your diaries.

Charity Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charity Shop for this year is now complete.
£13,900 has been distributed among the following organisations:

  • Alzheimer Scotland for Dornoch Dementia Cafe
  • Angel Faces (Christian Fellowship Playgroup)
  • Brora Learning Centre
  • Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crossroads (East Sutherland) Care
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Academy Duke of Edinburgh Award funds
  • Dornoch Area Resilience Group
  • Dornoch and District Community Asssociation
  • Dornoch BRIG (Beach Regenereation Improvement Group)
  • Dornoch Brownies
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boy’s Brigade
  • Dornoch Cathedral Shipmates
  • Dornoch Firth Group
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Youth Café
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association
  • Family First East Sutherland
  • Friends of Oversteps
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup)
  • Maggies Highland
  • Meadows Patient’s Comfort Fund
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund
  • Nurture and Support Group (Dornoch and Tain children)
  • SSAFA Forces Help
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band
  • The Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends
  • TYKES (The Young Carers East Sutherland

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money by working in the shop or donating goods for sale – the above groups really appreciate your efforts, as do we in St Finnbarr’s.