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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Photo of the Month

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This month’s photo comes from Morag Grant. Morag’s Instagram account – @momag93 – has been growing a bit of a fan base over the last couple of years as she has documented her work on the farm. As Colonsay slips into lambing season, Morag’s insta is looking particularly adorable. Check it out here.

This photo was featured on the Visit Scotland social media feeds so lots of people have had an ...

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Letters, etc.

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Unicycle! – A full non-stop circuit of Colonsay by unicycle… has this been done before?! (OK, we own up, there was an ice cream stop at the shop). Uphill sections are hard work, but downhill is just as bad because there are no brakes and there is no option to freewheel. Three cheers to the group of German cyclists wDisplaying Colonsay 21 Aug 2015_0043 - Copy.jpgColonsay 21 ...</i></span></p><a class= Continue Reading →

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In Conclusion

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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 Caitlin McNeill and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk

As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors or omissions are regretted, and anything seriously ...

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Note from the Editor

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Dear readers,

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr, Happy New Year and best wishes to you all.

In an unfortunate case of ‘too many balls in the air” you have been bereft of Corncrake for several months and the Editor would like to extend sincere apologies for this. As they say, however, we get by with a little help from our friends and we are most firmly back on track. A big thank you is due to ...

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Ceòl Cholasa 2015

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After a night spent preparing and wrapping rolls for 74 packed lunches it was a relief to finally finish work and get ready for the excitement to come.

The ferry trip to Colonsay is always where the Ceol Cholasa feeling begins and this year was no exception. There were lots of familiar faces and a blether about what lies in store in the next few days ensued over a pint or two.

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Connect with Colonsay

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Another year, another beautiful October and another Connect with Colonsay; a multifarious, month-long extravaganza of arts, agriculture, history, food, felting…everything. With fantastic weather for the most part the festival’s array of guided walks and outdoor activities were a success and cosy evenings spent in the hotel saw good attendance. The wine & cheese tasting hosted by Donald Paterson and the whisky tasting hosted by Rachel MacNeill both had people desperate to get in (but certainly not so ...

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Arlo Arrives!

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We were all very excited to hear that on the 7th November 2015 Keir and Grace Johnston welcomed their baby boy, Arlo William Keir into the world. He was born at 6:44am weighing 8lbs 6.5oz. Congratulations to Grace, Keir and new big sister Izzy!

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