CalMac Possible Disruptions

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There is a danger of disruption to our ferry services due to the necessity to offer the operation for competitive tendering; it is understood that SERCO is likely to bid against the existing operator and there are aspects of the situation which give concern to existing staff.  The same ships, terminals, fare structures and timetables would remain, as would the majority of existing seagoing and shore staff.  Unsurprisingly, staff would like a little more reassurance as to their job-security and ...

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Arandora Star 75th Anniversary

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On the morning of July 2nd, flowers were placed at the memorial at Leum a’ Bhriair on behalf of all Colonsay residents and in remembrance of over 800 souls whose lives were cut short by the tragic loss of that ship.  It was a moment of solidarity with friends throughout UK, Germany and Italy, particularly with the good folk of Borgo val di Taro, who so kindly granted honorary citizenship to all residents of Colonsay to cement our relationship.
The ...

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A Diary Date in Chelsea

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The work of Oransay artist Innes MacDougall is to be featured in the international exhibition at Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road on 25th and 26th July 2015.  One can preview his work (mostly in watercolour) at  numerous websites including http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/innes_mcdougall and one can get tickets and more information from http://www.parallaxaf.co/
This is a prestigious exhibition featuring acclaimed workers in the field of fine, decorative and applied arts.  Admission is free, all prices are ...

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The Big Lunch

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The island’s second Big Lunch was held on Sunday 7th June in the Village Hall and was a huge success with many people attending. Posters advertising the event were distributed around the island in the weeks leading up to the big day and islanders and visitors were asked to bring along a dish to share.

The organisers were delighted with the wonderful response and with the variety of food which was both plentiful and delicious. Many thanks to all those who ...

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Isle of Colonsay Golf Club

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The club visited the Machrie GC in Islay on 12 June 2015

A group of golfers (Dr Dave , Judge Derek , Prof Neil , Donald Roofless Ross , Steven Dunblane , Davie Blue , caddy Scott and WAGS Dilly and Moira all travelled by ferry and plane to Islay for the second annual Machrie event.

Pre competition drinks were had in the Lochside on Thursday evening where attempts were made to have clear heads for the 18 holes on Friday.

The competition ...

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The Islay Connection

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At a recent meeting with CalMac, some islanders expressed concern about the reliability of the connection with Islay, which is scheduled for both Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Not to beat about the bush, it seems to be unreliable, to the extent that contractors and suppliers from Islay hesitate to use the service in case they get marooned in Colonsay, and Colonsay folk hesitate to use it on a round trip to Oban or for travel from Oban in case it does ...

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Oban Fiddlers’ Visit To Colonsay

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A weekend in the middle of May was a very memorable occasion for the Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society.  Having visited the island on two previous occasions the Fiddlers’ were looking forward to a weekend of music and visits to places of interest and they were not disappointed.  Our complement was 32 in total, a record turnout for our annual trip.

 
Taking the ferry from Oban the fun started with a ceilidh on the Calmac ferry to the ...

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Brewery News

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It is very good to see a local business go from strength to strength and The Corncrake is delighted to convey the message straight from the heart of the operation:

 
Boost for brewery with new packaging and distribution deals
Colonsay Brewery is undergoing a major investment programme with a complete redesign of its packaging and new UK wide distribution deals in place.
Colonsay Lager will also be disappearing from the shelves shortly and is being replaced with Pig’s Paradise Blonde ...

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Marine Harvest

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Our new fish-farm is taking shape – the command unit came on site a few weeks ago and by great good fortune your acting editor got a chance to visit it; it was so interesting that a special page was created at  http://www.colonsay.info/text/Marine%20Harvest.htm  At present, the cages are being installed, planning permission is awaited for the shore facility (a modest structure near The Pantry) and moorings are being finalised for the support craft.  A total of 4 Colonsay folk ...

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MacDougall/Pirie of Colonsay

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Peter MacDougall married Mary Pirie on 28th March 1780 in Colonsay and their son, Archibald MacDougall was born 14 January 1787, in Colonsay; he died 28 April 1860 in Port Ellen.  He had married  Mary McEwen of North Knapdale (1785 – 1847) apparently in 1803, at the surprisingly early age of 16 years if correct. The Pirie name can be seen on gravestones in Oransay, although the name is not well known today.
Their descendant, Alastair H. MacDougall, will be ...

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RSPB Nature Notes

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The month of June has not felt particularly like summer, with strong Northerly winds and rain producing an almost autumnal feel to life. However, this has been interspersed with some calm and sunny days to remind us all that it is indeed summer.
Butterflies including small tortoiseshell, red admiral, small heath, small copper and the stunning marsh fritillary have been adding a splash of colour to life as they flutter by on warm sunny days. On the 23rd we made ...

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On The Grapevine

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The schoolchildren gave Kevin a magnificent thank-you card when he retired as schoolbus contractor, and he also wishes to thank the parents and staff for the sumptuous leaving dinner at The Colonsay and a most generous gift;  Harbour View is now fully-fettled for its new role as a holiday let, and the refurbishment of Hazel Cottage is almost finished (it took longer than the Large Hadron Collider and probably cost nearly as much); Angus Howard is about to celebrate his ...

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Note From The Acting Editor

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Although I have “retired” from most things, I am actually overwhelmed trying to address all the things that were put onto the long-finger since October 1969.  If I could once get our house straight, the office in order, my car and motorbike back on the road and a start made upon the various writing projects and websites with which I toy, life would be easier.  We could thenembark upon our intended round of the counties of the British Isles, which ...

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MAGAZINE

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Letters etc.
No letters received.

In Conclusion
The Corncrake is published to keep all our friends in touch with life on the island and invites contributions.  Brief genealogical and related queries are also welcome from Colbhasachs overseas, as are obituaries and family traditions relating to Colonsay emigrants.  The current edition was  produced Kevin Byrne, as a temporary editor, and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to byrne@colonsay.org.uk  As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors ...

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