A charity has been forced to look into fresh fundraising options after being hit by Storm Malik.
Aviemore Community Enterprise (Ace) is dedicated to improving the local area, and had a shed packed with winter equipment, including lights.
But the shed, in the grounds of the Royal British Legion, was ripped from the ground during the storms and blown nearly 500ft away.
Board members met on Tuesday night to discuss options for a replacement.
For now, the contents of the shed have been shared between the group members, but a better solution is in the works.
It will need to be paid for through local fundraising, like the previous one.
Director Peter Long said: “The Ace directors met a couple of nights ago and we are looking into the alternatives for a new shed.
“It’ll need to be something, as we’ve learned, more robust than the one we had but we’re getting costs for a couple of different options and we’ll need to see what is practical and what we can afford.”
‘It had just disappeared’
Ace was set up in 2002, adopting its current name in 2015.
The aim of the group is to make Aviemore a better place to live, and it does so by running community events and maintaining the local area.
Mr Long described the moment they discovered the shed had been destroyed.
“We got a call on Saturday morning to say the shed had been damaged and as we drove down the hill towards it we were horrified to see that it just wasn’t there at all basically, it had just disappeared,” he said.
“All the stuff was sitting there but there was no sign of the actual structure.”
‘They made it safe for us’
Mr Long said: “People living nearby had very kindly weighted it down with rocks so it wasn’t going to blow around, they made it safe for us.
“We were then faced with all of the contents of the shed sitting there, intact but starting to be blown around. We had to scramble around and between us we got it stored away safely elsewhere.”