School Christmas Dinner

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Kilchattan Primary School hosted a magnificent Christmas Dinner on Thursday 18th, which earned a huge vote of thanks from all concerned for the good offices of Sarah Moss, school-cook and widely famed for her baking skills.  The children and staff kindly invited all parents to attend, together with members of the School Council and others who participate in the life of the school.  The children were excellent and thoughtful hosts and a great time was had by all – thank ...

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Nativity Play 18th December

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 A triumph! Without exception, the children were absolutely brilliant; Mary (Eve) brought forth the baby as readily as a rabbit from a hat, whilst Joseph (Seamus) was nothing if not supportive. The way in which the Shepherds (Ella, Rosie and Felix) showed their excitement was most impressive and the angelic nature of Gabriel (Emma) was a foil to the more earthy character of the Innkeeper (Jamie). Some people played more than one role (e.g. the Three Kings), but they drew ...

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The Christmas Tree

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There was a party for young and old in the Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd, with plenty of games and sumptuous refreshments.  The youngsters at Kilchattan were augmented by their elder fellow students from the mainland and when Santa quite suddenly appeared it turned out that everyone had been good.  It was a splendid event and everyone was most grateful to those who did the work, not least the elves from Colonsay Fire Brigade who had erected the tree and ...

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Colonsay Community Development Company

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The Directors of CCDC recently circulated island households, advising them of the next scheduled Board Meeting, 8th January, which is as usual open to all shareholders (and apparently to members of the public also).  In their message they pointed out that the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and two directors had recently resigned, together with one half of the job-sharing Local Development Officer.  As things stand, the remaining four directors constitute a bare quorum; shareholders are invited to attend the next meeting ...

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Jessie McNeill 1940 – 2014

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Islanders and friends from far and wide were saddened to learn of the death of Jessie McNeill on Friday 12th December at Lorn and the Islands Hospital, peacefully after some months of illness.  Some 1,300 persons registered her passing on Friends of Colonsay FaceBook site alone, and many people paid fulsome tributes.  Jessie’s funeral took place on Tuesday 16th at the parish church, despite her reservations as to whether she would manage the steps.  The church was filled with mourners, ...

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Betty Paton d. December 2014

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It was with great sadness that all who knew Betty Paton heard of her passing, 17th December.  Betty and Ian made their home at Maggie Thomson’s Cottage in the 1990s and played a very active part in the life of the community; even after they moved away they remained in touch with friends and neighbours and they retained a link with the island through the family property, Glebe Cottage.  Betty had been pre-deceased by Ian, but still visited Colonsay when ...

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Can You Help?

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Capt. MacKinnon
John MacArthur of Uragaig was related to Dougie MacKinnon, working as a gamekeeper in Dumfries, and encouraged him to move to Colonsay in the late 1940s or so; the exact relationship is uncertain, possibly going back to a connection in the Ross of Mull. Dougie MacKinnon had a brother who had emigrated to Canada and was a sea captain (Master Mariner).  He visited Dougie in Colonsay in the 1950s but died soon afterwards on his return to Canada.  ...

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The Baptist Manse

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The very unusual 1930s roof of the Baptist Manse (architect Balfour “Baffy” Paul) began to give serious problems so has been stripped and recovered in a heavy-duty sort of Onduline.  It was decided that the very odd profile should be normalised, but the roofers managed to go some way to maintain the illusion with vertically-hung slates at each corner. A very happy solution. The very unusual 1930s roof of the Baptist Manse (architect Balfour “Baffy” Paul) began to ...

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The Marine-Litter Campaign

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This campaign is now entering its third year and has been incredibly successful.  The initial task was almost overwhelming, but it was much easier in the second year and it is hoped that 2015 will be easier again, so that more time can be devoted to specific problem areas.  The project is based upon a five-year plan, aimed at ensuring recognition for Colonsay as being environmentally outstanding.

The initial list of “problems” is being steadily whittled away.  Obviously the wind-blown detritus ...

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Christmas Competition Result

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Our illustration is from David Wilson’s Colonsay Map of 1808. Good copies were available at the Post Office and Pantry and readers were challenged to locate and describe any trace of the building in the enclosure, which obviously lies somewhere between The Black Gate and Machrins Farm.

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The temporary editor launched an expedition so as to be able to judge the results; after much ...

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Come To Colonsay in 2015

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The island website lists all available accommodation and includes up-to-date vacancy charts either on that site or via a link to individual websites – go to www.colonsay.org.uk 
CalMac are keen to improve our ferry services as much as possible, with the result that various timings have been tweaked.  A summary here would be too confusing – the simplest thing is to simply check online at www.calmac.co.uk  You will find that there is a neat pdf. file so you ...

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Colonsay Gathering Cancelled

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The Gathering is a chance for folk who love Colonsay to get together for a dinner and ceilidh on the mainland every second year, and is normally an opportunity to raise funds for CCDC.  The next one had been planned for February at Crianlarich but prevailing circumstances are not encouraging; it has therefore been CANCELLED.  The organisers apologise to all who had expressed their support and hope that the event can be re-scheduled to a more auspicious time.

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Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Trust

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The restoration of the Scalasaig minor light is making good progress and we expect the completed light chamber to be returned to the island in March 2015. The Trust plan to re-erect the light as a feature  in Scalasaig  with information panels giving some background history to the light which was originally erected in 1903 by David A Stevenson. We also plan to create a “lighthouse trail” with directions to the optic which is a central feature in the walled ...

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