Photo/Video of the Month

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Now the weather is perking up and although the sheep may still be drenched and a bit sad-looking we at Corncrake HQ know there are still beautiful photographic moments to be snapped and funny animals to be videoed – Please send your photos/videos to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk and if your photo/video is chosen, you will have the highest honour of having it displayed in the next edition of the Corncrake!

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Song of the Month

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Each month we will feature a song suggested by our readers. Please send your recommendations (or links to SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Youtube etc) to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk or comment below

This months selection is a beautiful combination of intelligent musicality and angelic vocals in the form of Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Jarosz plays an octave mandolin with a delicate touch, gently supported by Aoife’s guitar.

The video comes from a series called The Bluegrass Situation – ...

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IT Training

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COLONSAY AND ORANSAY HERITAGE TRUST are organising another weekend of IT training: Saturday March 12th and Sunday, in Kilchattan School. The format will be the same as last time, with a morning and afternoon class each day and drop in sessions for one to one help. These classes were very popular last time and we would like to encourage as many as possible to come along, whether or not you attended in the autumn. If you have a ...

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Hall Committee Update

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Colonsay Village Hall

The Hall committee held its A.G.M on 9th January. The committee is unchanged apart from the resignation of Esme Marshal. Esme has been a great supporter of the hall over the last 10 years or so and will be much missed. Global warming resulting in ever higher tides and ever windier gales with ever more bizarre names has made travel to and from meetings increasingly difficult. We will miss her humour and common sense ...

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The Great Colonsay Land Debate

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THE GREAT COLONSAY LAND DEBATE

Officials from the Mainland will soon travel to Colonsay, to make a presentation to a Public Meeting in the Hall, the topic being the issue of land and its ownership on the island.  This has come about due to discussions and developments firstly at a local and secondly at a national level.    

Locally, residents will be aware that their Colonsay Community Development Company have been ...

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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 annoying ...

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Note from the Editor

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First I’d like to apologise for the absence of an August issue and explain that the reason for this is a rather last minute change in Editorship. We bid farewell to Kevin Byrne who has worked in recent times as ‘acting editor’ to keep our friends, home and away, up-to-date with the goings-on here on Colonsay. We hope that this may be a step towards him and Christa having time for some well-deserved relaxation. 

I have written ...

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Big Tea @ the Community Garden

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On Sunday 19th July the Community Garden Group once more held their “Big Tea”. All were invited to the garden which was kept very busy all afternoon as visitors and islanders alike enjoyed the rare summer sunshine. Pauline and Laura added to the fun, painting faces. There were just enough delicious donated cakes to accompany the tea and coffee, with lots of people coming back for seconds. Willie held an alternative “Orange Shy” as the coconuts didn’t make ...

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Marine Harvest Update

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This month things have really kicked into gear out on the barge.  Cages arrived and were installed with help from the Coastal Hunter and Emma C boats. The four local employees have been training both locally and further afield, with three recently gaining their Powerboat Level 2 certificate. The Harvest Carolina has delivered the feed and the fish are expected to arrive Sunday 6th Sep.

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