Community spirit was strong at Dingwall last month when cottages were plunged into darkness during the big storm that downed trees and cut power to more than 100,000 homes around the city. No power meant cold showers and no lights, but the cottages pulled together to help each other out, sharing dinners and Queenie and Alice offering Bissett Cottage to others for some home comforts. And when dawn broke, revealing storm damage at Dingwall, the Launch team pitched in to help clean up the mess. Director Tracie Shipton says the power outage highlights the need to keep emergencies supplies – especially torches with working batteries – up to date and in a handy place. Work is now underway to come up with an essentials list and make sure every cottage is prepared for the next time it happens.