Flooding at An Dèabhaidh

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Recent heavy rain raised the level of Loch Fada and eventually the water was 15” deep over the road as it passes An Déabhaidh (“the shallow channel between parts of the same loch”).  In consequence the road had to be closed for three days, something of a rarity these days.  Some twenty five years ago, Ronnie Gillies and his merry men set out to cure the problem, which up until that time was a regular occurrence.  He noted that the ...

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Hallowe’en Party

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The party was held at the Backpackers’ Lodge and attended by all the children, including a very welcome visitor from Italy, Lily.  There were outrageous costumes worn by children and adults alike, and lots of treats.  Very fine hot-dogs, a superb range of cakes (many prepared by the children themselves) and delicious drinks, set upon a beautifully decorated table with magnificent pumpkin.  The traditional party games involved one and all – many thanks to all who helped, especially Sarah, Jodi ...

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Colonsay & Oransay Heritage Trust

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The Heritage annual cheese and wine event was held on Saturday 25th October within the modest confines of The Old Generator Shed.  Despite lashing rain it was, as ever, a highly successful event – more than 40 people attended for this, the final event of the year.

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Throughout 2014 COHT hosted an exhibition of Colonsay WWI material prepared by local military historian and ...

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Connect With Colonsay

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More commonly known as OctoberFest, this has become an established event and runs through the first few weeks of the month, covering the tatty-howkin’ school holidays.  It is a slightly informal version of our Spring Festival and has enabled us to add a little extra choice and variety to the autumn calendar.  Just a random selection of events included a Viking Walk to Oransay led by Andrew McMorrine, Jewellery Making for Kids with Morag Halligan, a Nature Walk with Jane ...

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Ferry Services

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It seems that the ferry timetable for Summer 2015 will be very much the same as in 2014, commencing on 3 April 2015.
The winter timetable is now in operation, and readily available from www.calmac.co.uk  There is a useful facility to obtain a print-out for our route.  Travellers should note that the present service runs until 28 November and a slightly different service runs from 29 November until 2 April.  This is to facilitate the expressed wish of the ...

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Local Development Officers

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Grace and Hannah, two unsung heroes who are achieving truly amazing things.  Trying to make things easy for oneself, your temporary editor asked them for an update:

‘Recycle for Colonsay’ is an ambitious project which aims to change the community’s attitude towards waste, recycling and minimising our carbon footprint as an island. We are seeking financial support from the Climate Challenge Fund over a 12 month period to help us educate and encourage the community to reduce CO2 emissions in a ...

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Litter Free Colonsay

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On a related mission, one should say that we are about to enter Year 3 of a campaign to render Colonsay and Oronsay completely free of litter and junk in any public place.  Roadsides, paths, lochsides and carparks are already virtually pristine – many people are helping informally, and the schoolchildren are ready to stop the bus and collect anything that has been overlooked.
In addition, volunteers have been scouring the entire coastline, with incredible success.  At present there is ...

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Remembrance Day Service

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Rev. E. Gibson will lead the community in a service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance commencing at 10.30 sharp on Sunday 9th November.  Please gather in good time within the CalMac building; following the wreath-laying, those present are warmly invited to repair to The Colonsay Hotel where tea and coffee will be available.

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Diary Dates

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The Colonsay Gathering is to be held at Crianlarich Hotel on the weekend of 7th February 2015 – this is a great chance for friends old and new to gather off-island and let their hair down, whilst raising vital funds for the work of the Colonsay Community Development Company.  Please make a wee note in your diary now – full details from CCDC or Christa Byrne.
Climbing the MacPhees: a splendid chance to see the whole island in one connected ...

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Church News

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Rev. Liz Gibson will be here for two weeks from Wednesday 5th and will be delighted to meet parishioners (of any persuasion or none); please do not hesitate to get in touch.  A Board of Management meeting will be held, to which all are welcome – items to be discussed will be the need to replace the two western windows in the parish church and the financial implications (the windows are large and will be very expensive).  Those present will ...

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Kilchattan Primary School

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The students were industriously at work in the kitchen of Colonsay House this week, making special cakes for Hallowe’en.  Rumour has it that they may be planning to surprise us all with a Nativity Play, the first for many years – casting should be fun.  The school is very “green” – in addition to directing litter-picking operations on the schoolbus, they recycle regularly, have a compost-bin and kitchen garden and even eat eggs from their own smallholding.  Unhappily one of ...

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The Community Garden – Planning for 2015

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The Community Garden has gone from strength to strength with the grass now resembling a respectable lawn and the flower beds establishing themselves. With the threat of westerly storms just round the corner, the garden is now bedded down for the winter with only an extra layer of seaweed mulch as a final task.
Looking forward to the next growing season and following the great success of this summer’s Big Tea there are plans to hold a similar event this ...

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RSPB Nature Notes

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Early October saw the return of the Greenland barnacle geese to Colonsay and Oronsay. The highest count on Oronsay mid-way through the month was an amazing 2396 geese, which in one flock were quite the spectacle, on the ground and in the air.
The barnacle geese that winter here breed in Greenland. They make their nests on cliffs and stacks to avoid predators such as Arctic foxes.

Life Story BBC1 featured the incredible first steps of newly hatched barnacle geese, making ...

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