Mr and Mrs Keir Johnston

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Keir and Grace were married in a humanist ceremony at Colonsay Hotel on Saturday 21st February, in a very moving rite conducted by Annie Loughlin, celebrant.  The bride was given away by her father, Angus MacPhee, and was accompanied by a plentiful and very lovely band of maids of honour.  Your correspondent is unskilled in these matters, but the bridal gown was jolly nice and had a (fishtail?) train, and the maids were in very fetching blue dresses.  The room ...

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That Dress!

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An incredible story arose after the wedding.  Seemingly Grace’s mother had been wondering about a dress that she thought of wearing, so she sent a picture to Grace for an opinion.  Due to some optical illusion (apparently due to individual “settings” of the visual spectrum) Grace, her mother and everybody else who looked at the dress saw it as Blue and Black, whereas people looking at the picture were divided – many especially refined and sophisticated persons saw it as ...

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CCDC Extraordinary General Meeting

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Colonsay Community Development Company had called an E.G.M. because the majority of Board members had resigned, leaving a bare quorum and an administrative problem which could not be resolved.  The EGM was held in the village Hall on Tuesday 25th February and in advance of the meeting a substantial number of shareholders had been enrolled, bringing the total to something more than forty persons.  The meeting was well-attended, almost fifty people were present, the majority of whom were shareholders.

Keith Rutherford ...

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SS Arandora Star

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The 75th anniversary of the tragic loss of the Arandora Star arises on 2nd July 2015, an event in which over 800 individuals perished.  The people of Colonsay were profoundly touched, since a number of the bodies were recovered locally.  The sinking was never forgotten locally and the thoughtful compassion of the Colbhasachs of that time was recently marked by the townspeople of Borgo Val di Taro when they granted honorary citizenship to the entire population of Colonsay.

Military historian Alan ...

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Colonsay Festival of Spring

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http://www.colonsay.org.uk/Events/Festival-of-Spring
The festival is organised by the Colonsay Tourism Marketing Group, and kindly supported by CalMac Ferries, Hebridean Air, and our amazing experts, contributors, and walk and workshop leaders who all give of their time for nothing.  These include a number of individual islanders who run events & conduct walks & talks year after year. There are also many businesses on the island that provide accommodation, venues, ingredients, coffee mornings and transport at a reduced or ...

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Marine Harvest

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Representatives of the company visited Colonsay and gave an update on the situation – the farm should be installed in July 2015 and there should be “fish in the water” during August.  The team includes David MacGillivray, Area Manager of a large area in the West of Scotland and responsible for about 30,000 tonnes of salmon per year, assisted by Karen Lumley-Holmes who works on Planning matters and Chris Reid, the Environmental Manager.  A meeting was held with the Community ...

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Church Windows Appeal

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Readers will remember that the Parish Church has two dangerous windows and has launched an appeal at http://www.colonsay.info/text/Church%20Appeal.htm  The progress of the appeal is being regularly updated at that site, and Hazel Smith has kindly submitted applications to a couple of potential grant-givers on behalf of the parish.  Amongst other things, a permanent page on JustGiving is being arranged, courtesy of our local publishing business House of Lochar, which has agreed to pay the monthly subscription fee.

All the ...

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Colonsay Harbour Users Group

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CHUG met recently with CalMac and looks forward to meeting with Marine Harvest as newcomers to the harbour later this year.  Details were circulated to members who missed the meeting, and we publish here just a few salient points:
1. It was noted that an AIS mast has been fitted at Colonsay, so that the remote Harbour Master (and CHUG members) can monitor vessels in the Colonsay vicinity.
2. In the event of any problems, CHUG members should communicate with ...

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The Colonsay App

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Notice of a special App was given in our last issue.  Since then over 60 “places of Interest” have been visited, described, photographed and  mapped and committee members of the Colonsay & Oronsay Tourism Marketing Group are busily preparing details of local businesses, details of beauty spots and other materials with which to “populate” the application.

Technical progress is very good and a mock-up version has been seen and approved.  There was quite a debate as to a suitable title but ...

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MacPhee Bagging

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Please make a note to participate or sponsor someone… the idea is to climb all of the MacPhees (hills in excess of 300 ft), starting and finishing at a point below HWS.  Get someone to sponsor you for (say) £1 a hill, and do just as many as you have the inclination for (Ho! Ho!).  There are 22 hills and the total distance is about 20 miles, but it is not a race and to tackle even a few might ...

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Bottled Water Campaign

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With the help of GRAB, Colonsay Community Council has funded a small leaflet designed by Colonsay beach-litter artist Jane Rose  http://www.janerose.co.uk/    The leaflet is to discourage the use of bottled water, which is both expensive and environmentally damaging.  Plastic bottles are the scourge of the seas – their harmful chemicals leach into the water and their tiny micro-particles have contaminated the seabed, quite literally worldwide.  Other particles, which can contain PCBs, enter the food chain.  As if all this was ...

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Old Colonsay Photographs

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A great deal of interesting material is coming to light, and it transpires that at least two old photographs from the album of Susan Carruthers McNeill appear in an album owned by the Richardson family in Canada.  Another family that appears in the McNeill album has been found to feature in the collection of the late Jessie McNeill – sadly, unidentified.  It is a very distinctive family so please have a look and get in touch if you can help ...

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The Costguard Lookout

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Would it be a good thing to restore this building? It would be a brilliant place for birdwatchers and photographers, especially during storms or for night sky photography and observation.  Years ago, the famous war photographer Don McCullin used to come to Colonsay for R&R, to concentrate on photographing storm conditions.  Now the world and his wife are claiming “dark skies” (even Coll, whose own light-pollution can be clearly seen from Colonsay!), but at least we have them – there ...

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