The Committee

George Smith

Attended Inverness Technical College for Mechanical Engineering before moving to Carpentery and Joinery  up to Advanced Crafts.

Spent fifteen years in the construction trade before being forced into retirement as a result of an industrial accident in 2005.

Interests and hobbies include green woodworking, wood carving and native crafts.



Richard Evans

I'm a Civil Engineer and retired in 2016 from the post of Head of Roads and Community Works in The Highland Council and its predecessor after 36 years, mainly in Roads and Transport and Engineering Computing. I've been based in Skye, Dingwall and most recently Inverness.

My main interest after my family is Sailing (racing and coaching) and I've been a member of Chanonry Sailing Club since the '60s. My other interests include using computers; managing websites; photography; reading thrillers and science fiction. Oh, and gardening when I have to!

I'm looking forward to helping the Mens' Shed develop for the benefit of its members and the local community.


Don Holding

Served apprenticeship at A.W.R.E as Instrument Mechanic before joining GPO in its mechanical switching days. Later, as BT, we entered the electronic era, and I ended my days as Southern area customer systems installation manager with several hundred staff. I retired in 1989 and joined a Community Bus service for old and disabled people as fleet manager and trainer.

I retired again in 2005 and then worked part time in a garden centre as an odd-job man.

My hobbies have included renovating 5 houses with new electrics and plumbing. a nut-and-bolt rebuild of an MGB and several other car renovations. I am a member of Chanory Rowing club and a committee member for the  Fortose and Rosemarkie Classic car show.

As part of a project team, I have been doing research on World war 1 and its effects on the Black Isle, which is now on display at Groam House Museum,


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