A letter from our community owner neighbours of the Isle of Gigha

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Following on the Community Land Scotland report the Corncrake asked the convener of the Gigha Heritage Trust, community owners of the island just to the North of the Kintyre peninsula how they are getting on.
Gigha was purchased from the Horlicks Family in 2002 for nearly £4M from public funds and community loans.

Convener of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust Margaret McSporran takes up the story:

Charting Gighas’ Progress
Gighas’ oxygen; our first wind farm, Gighas’ dancing ladies, Faith Hope and ...

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Supreme sacrifice in memory of a dear friend

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Rangers-mad man about town Angus MacPhee is to make the ultimate sacrifice to raise money for the favourite cause of his recently departed friend Davy Sutherland.

Wee Davy organised the Poppy Ceilidh on Colonsay for many years raising thousands of pounds for the Earl Haig Fund – and Angus is determined this year’s ceilidh will raise more than ever.

“I have pledged to spend the whole of ceilidh day in July wearing a Celtic top – and to add insult to injury ...

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Stone Me What A Find!

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There is, just to the West side of the 18th green of the Isle of Colonsay Golf Course, a large stone lying between many a golfer and a satisfactory finish on the last hole of one of the world’s great machair courses. How to describe it – a nuisance? Out of place? It is neither. It seems the stone is a relic of Gaelic culture – alifting stone no less, or Clach Togalaich that has lain there, or thereabouts, since ...

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Seabird Tracking

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For the fifth year running the RSPB Seabird Tracking and Research (STAR) team has returned to Colonsay for the summer months. This year the team consists of Tessa Cole, who is well known to many residents after four seasons on the island and Ruth Brown, who is new to the project but has previously worked on seabird tracking studies in both Antarctica and Hawaii. Tessa and Ruth will be working at the seabird cliffs on the west coast of the ...

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New fire volunteers start their training

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Three new faces will be at Monday evening training sessions at the fire station as Fire Scotland increases it’s team on the island.

Phil “on the hill” Jones, Matthew “Cammy” Cameron and Scott “Del” Liddell are spending three successive weekends doing basic training on various aspects of fire fighting and rescue services.

A spokesman for the island station said the new recruits will eventually be able to take a full part in fire fighting duties on the island and in time will ...

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A major event to mark the centenary of the death of the first professor of Celtic studies at Edinburgh University, Colonsay born Donald MacKinnon, is taking place on the island this month.

The aim of the conference is to mark the 100th anniversary of Donald
MacKinnon’s death by looking at aspects of his illustrious life and work, and
shining a spotlight on the outstanding human and natural heritage of his
native island. It is hoped that, by celebrating Colonsay’s past, the ...

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