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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Sports Day

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Sports Day buzz got off to a great start with a ‘4th of July’ fundraising ceilidh, celebrating all things American. Gavin and the Pantry team served classic Stateside fare which fuelled a long night of enthusiastic dancing. An unusual and well-attended start to the ceilidh season which raised almost £300 to go towards the community sports.

The day itself arrived on the 8st August, the wind just holding off and by 11am there were already more than enough ...

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Colonsay Open Golf 2015

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The Colonsay Open took place on Saturday 15 August in excellent sunny conditions.

After assembling in the Pantry for pre golf coffee, bacon rolls, allocation of handicaps and explanation of the days rules a motley group of golfers made their way to the first tee.

Groups of three teed off as the sun shone and after nine holes they  were ecstatic to find refreshments in the form of burgers, a dram, soft drink and chocs ably ...

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Cànan ‘is Ceòl ann an Colbhasa – Gaelic Language Weekend

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In October there will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about Gaelic, the Colonsay dialect of the language, Gaelic culture and song on Colonsay. Run by Colonsay Community Development Company and funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the weekend will feature local tutors and musicians and will offer varied ‘taster’ sessions and relaxed conversational classes at a beginner level. Those with a prior knowledge of Gaelic may enjoy attending just the taster sessions and the music sessions in ...

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Scalasaig Sessions

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There has been a number of concerts this summer held in the village hall in the run-up to the music festival featuring some familiar faces and some new. From a man in a milk van to Scots song accompanied by ukulele, we have been treated to a varied and high quality programme of music. Some highlights have included the revisiting of our well ken’t friends Marc Duff & Iain Thompson, and a particularly well attended local’s concert; featuring ...

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Home Care Job

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Argyll and Bute Council – Comhairle Earra Ghàidheal agus Bhòid – Willowview Community Care Team – OBAN PA34 4SB

 

 A VACANCY HAS ARISEN ON COLONSAY FOR A PERMANENT POST FOR A

HOME CARER

Minimum of 6hrs per week.

Providing personal care to clients 

in their own homes.

 We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of carers to provide personal ...

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Dr. John Currie

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It is with sadness that we note the passing of Dr. John Currie, who lived on Colonsay and worked as GP for many years.

CURRIE Dr. John S (Stranraer / Colonsay / Strachur) Suddenly on Saturday 22nd August 2015, following a short illness, John beloved son of Lady Currie and the late Prof. Sir Alastair Currie. Much loved father of Catherine, Robert and Sarah. A proud grandfather and dear brother. Service at Warriston Crematorium, ...

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Calmac Update – A Living Wage

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Caledonian MacBrayne is first UK ferry operator to gain Living Wage accreditation

  • First ferry operator in the UK to be Living Wage accredited
  • First major transport operator in Scotland to gain this recognition
  • Joins a list of around 300 other companies and organisations in Scotland which have also been accredited, and 1600 throughout the UK
  • Underlines the company’s commitment to its staff, many of whom live and work in some of the UK’s most economically fragile areas
  • Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment endorses ...
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Paddy Leahy 1934 – 2015

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Patricia (Paddy) Nicolson Leahy

12th September 1934 – 27th July 2015

Paddy was born in Danes Drive, Glasgow on the 12th September 1934, the third of four children to Herbert and Rachel Leahy.

In around 1941, during the Second World War Paddy was evacuated to Colonsay where some of the family stayed at No 5 Glassard and she started school on Colonsay – a long association and ...

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RSPB Nature Notes

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 RSPB wildlife notes July 

The warmer days of July saw the emergence of several butterfly species across both Colonsay and Oronsay. Flashes of blue can now be seen in the sand dunes with these being the beautiful common blue butterfly, whilst if you are lucky you may also spot a dark green fritillary fluttering hurriedly by. The meadows are now awash with both meadow browns and ringlets, which although not as stunning are still a delight ...

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