Land Reform Meeting

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COMMUNITY TO GAIN NEW LAND POWERS.

More than 40 island residents gathered in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 23rd March, to hear all about new powers granted to them by the Scottish Government.  Land ownership is currently a burning issue on the island, as CCDC is trying to build much-needed social housing units for the 10 or so young people who are either entirely homeless or are inadequately housed.  Attempts to purchase land ...

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Syria Fundraisers

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On the 10th and 12th March two fundraisers were held, organised by Rosalind Jewell, to raise money for Positive Action in Housing & Syria Relief. The former was a cake sale in the pantry, with delicious and plentiful homebakes kindly donated by the community. Folk drifted in and out between 1pm and 4pm – some even coming back for a second go at the table overflowing with varied cakes – and difficult topics came to  discussion ...

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Netting: The Play

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“A father and his two sons are lost at sea. Keep busy, eh? Hope we’ll get a body, mebbe. The widden spoon. A knock on the door wi a wooden spoon. Three women adapt to their lives as widows. Kitty can’t stop knitting. Alison needs looking after. Sylvia wants to forget. Then, one day, a knock on the door. A body has been found. One body, three women. Who does it belong to? Set in the north ...

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Shoot!

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On the 26th March Colonsay Gun Club held the first shoot of  the year at Machrins with a good turnout despite changeable weather.

Les Robinson, Ned Wyndham and Paul Summers all took home trophies and the overall winner was Chris Nisbet.

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Church Exhibition

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On Wednesday 16th March the community was warmly welcomed to a preview of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition at the Parish Church, Scalasaig with refreshments provided by Gavin & James at the Pantry. All of the exhibits were donated and will be sold towards the cost of the Belfry Restoration. The Exhibition will run until May 14th – please enjoy the exhibition and encourage your friends to visit it as well. Open any day from 4pm – 6pm. ...

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Jane Smith – Wild Island

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WILD ISLAND. A year in the Hebrides” by Jane Smith.

Have you ever listened to Corncrakes calling on a star-lit night? Have you crossed the Strand to Oronsay, wading through the reflection of the huge Hebridean sky? Did you know that cuttlefish fly through the water here like winged pink elephants? And have you seen the swooping flight of red-billed choughs as they play in the sea breeze?

If you have, this new book “Wild ...

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Colonsay Book Festival

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Not long now until the fifth Colonsay Book Festival which will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April. Opening with our first ever Fringe event, rapper and performance poet Ewan McNicholl (son of Liz and Mike) will be on in the Hotel on Friday 22nd, at 9pm.

The main business of the festival starts at 1.30 on Saturday in the village hall, with nature writer and poet Jim Crumley, followed at 3pm by eminent military ...

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Colonsay at Night

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I think most peoples perception of the undoubted beauty of Colonsay is limited to daylight , but, as a semi-nocturnal person by way of profession, I have always enjoyed being outdoors during the hours of darkness.

I always soaked up the tranquility of a Colonsay night, with very little in the way of manmade disturbance, and through this I became interested in Astronomy. I don’t think any Mainlander can be anything other than gobsmacked at the ...

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Peggy Clark 1940-2016

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A beautiful church service was held in Colonsay Parish Church on Thursday, 4th February, to give thanks for the life of a very special Colonsay lady, Mrs Peggy Clark. It was followed by the funeral, during which her devoted family laid her to rest in Kilchattan Cemetery, next to her husband, Angus, who had passed away in 2009.  There was a wonderful turnout for the much-loved Peggy, which included many of the close family and ...

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A Message from Mike Russell, MSP

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With regards to the upcoming Scottish Parliament election the Corncrake will  attempt to feature statements from different candidates. This month we have a short piece from current Argyll & Bute MSP, Michael Russell.

Five years ago, during the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, I spent a few hours campaigning in Colonsay.  I knocked a few doors, visited the shop and had a drink in the hotel bar.  Even that visit brought home to me that ...

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Song of the Month

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This month’s song suggestion came from Seumas McNeill (I know the word nepotism is coming to mind at this point but no one else submitted pictures or songs this month! – Ed). Seumas has been listening to a lot of Face the West recently, but actually recommended a different band – he suggests a song by Scottish folk super-group, North Sea Gas. The song is called ‘Fire in the Glen’.

Click HERE to listen ...

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Water Pressure in Kilchattan

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Island residents will recall the catastrophic house-fire which occurred in December 2013 in the house occupied by Trevor and Yasmin Crowe.  One of the issues raised after the calamity was the weak water pressure in the area.  Neighbours expressed concern that, if a fire was to start in another house in the area, the low pressure would, once, again, hamper the valiant efforts of our fire-fighters.

Scottish Water have now written to local residents ...

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Calmac Update

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Seumas McNeill, Port Supervisor for Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries, has announced the hours during which the Pier Office will be open:

DAY OF THE WEEK

OPENING HOURS

Monday/Diluain

09.00-14.00 and 16.30-19.30

Tuesday/Dimairt

09.00-14.00

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