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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Colonsay Rugby Festival 2015

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Friday evening on Machrins, tent up, pitch immaculate, open-air toilets with the best view in Scotland and new high tech electric shower (car battery, IBC and pallet enclosure)- in fact everything ready for the fourth Colonsay Rugby Festival. Boat comes in, teams ferried to the site, lovely evening and great party, fuelled by the Colonsay Brewery. 

Saturday morning another lovely day, the five teams appear gradually out of their tents or b&bs for Gavin’s bacon rolls. Oban arrive ...

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RNLI Day & Booksale

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 On the 15th July there was a fundraising book sale in the village hall, raising money for the RNLI. Between the sales of books, teas & coffees, RNLI merchandise and a ceilidh (run by our voluntary fire fighters), over £800 was raised and donated to the valuable lifeboat service.

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Car Boot Sale

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A successful car boot sale was held in July in the hall car park. At least 15 local sellers were in attendance with a table of donated items, with proceeds going towards the hall. The primary school had a table of crafts made by the children and with a least 100 people visiting the sale, enjoying donated home baking, £455 was raised.

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90/60/30 Party

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On the 1st August there was a great celebration of many decades spanned; Mo Middleton, Rupert Middleton and Lady Strathcona celebrated birthdays of 30, 60 and 90 respectively. Around 130 guests were invited to the hotel for food and drink and to toast the aforementioned. There were many proud speeches from family and friends and all in attendance enjoyed a wonderfully warm afternoon.

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Crianlarich and now Inveraray: a warm welcome for Colonsay folk

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Dear editor

Corncrake readers will likely be aware that the Byrne family own the Best Western hotel in Crianlarich and offer a year-round discounted islander rates (see below).

We are pleased to inform your readers that we have recently acquired The Inveraray Inn (formerly the Argyll Hotel) where the same offer applies effective immediately.

Readers can be assured of a warm welcome if they mention their Colonsay connection. We hope that your readers will find these facilities ...

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