Sunday January 6th. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Another rural shop closes as Laggan Stores goes up for sale Report from the Press & Journal’s Thursday edition, January 3, 2013 A village shop made famous by the TV series Monarch of the Glen is to close—less than a year after it was taken over by a new owner. Laggan Stores, known to millions of viewers around the world as Mackechnies in the hit drama, was bought by South African charity worker and retailer Kala Downton in April after it had been on the market for more than four years.    But she has found that she cannot compete with supermarket deliveries and is selling off everything at half price before closing the store in the next few weeks.    Ms Downton, 45, whose father is from Aviemore, moved to the UK in 1996. She previously ran The Herb Store in Lancaster.    She said: "There was a massive downturn in trade in 2012, and Asda's home deliveries to this area have killed it completely.    "I don't want to close. 1 feel I'm letting the village down, but I just can't compete with Asda's prices.    "I can buy things more cheaply in Asda than from my supplier.    She added that she had her last milk and bread delivery on Hogmanay and would be closing as soon as she had cleared her stock    She is then planning to put the property on the market.    Ms Downton said: "It's been a hard season for everybody as visitor numbers are down as well.    "It's going to be a real struggle for the elderly people who shop here, but I can't afford to carry on." The nearest shops are at Newtonmore, which is more than eight miles away, and Fort William, which is a 25-mile journey.    Meanwhile, Roy Bridge store owners, Raymond and Lorna Weir, are closing their shop after six decades.    They blamed a decline in trade since Asda extended deliveries to the area, a fall in tourist numbers and the current economic climate..    A spokeswoman for Asda said: “We started delivering  to the Fort William and surrounding areas after customers asked us to do so.” 'We bring low prices and a huge range of products not available anywhere else locally.”  “We've already received lots of positive feedback from local customers and businesses." Anniversaries We remember in our prayers this weekend those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Canon Calum MacNeil, for whom  Mass will be said on Monday, Mary Campbell, South Uist, for whom the Vigil Mass was said on Saturday evening, Bernard Duffy, father of Stephen Duffy, Bun Arkaig,  for whom the 11.30 a.m. Mass will be said today, Annie Kennedy, Bohuntin, for whom Mass will be said on Wednesday. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. Crib — Holy Childhood Offerings The little basket at the Crib is for offerings to help African children, many who have lost their parents because of Aids, and others who are dying of starvation. The Crib comes down on Monday, so if you wish to contribute to the  Holy Childhood, your last opportunity will be today. Schools re-open on Monday All the excitement of Christmas is over and as the decorations and the Christmas trees come down, the presents, the family gatherings and  parties are only a faint memory. The second term will be quite short as Easter is very early this year, March 31st, just twelve weeks away. It will seem such a short time from Christ’s birth to his death on the Calvary. Ash Wednesday is February 13th. Last term, and this coming term, are both very important for our young parishioners in third year, as the results of these exams can determine how many Higher exams they will be allowed to sit, which can affect their future. What reaction is there in the Roy Bridge community to the closing of our local Royal Bridge Stores and to the above article? Why not let the Bulletin  know what you think? Spean Bridge:   Reader  - Liz Campbell  Prayers—Ellen Nicolson Euc.Mins: David MacFarlane, Moira Coutts. Roy Bridge: Readers—Val MacDonald , Richard  Sidgwick Prayers—Ishbel Campbell Euch Mins - A. Mackintosh, Colleen Porter, Ian MacDonald ROTA: January 12th – 13th