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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CalMac Possible Disruptions

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There is a danger of disruption to our ferry services due to the necessity to offer the operation for competitive tendering; it is understood that SERCO is likely to bid against the existing operator and there are aspects of the situation which give concern to existing staff.  The same ships, terminals, fare structures and timetables would remain, as would the majority of existing seagoing and shore staff.  Unsurprisingly, staff would like a little more reassurance as to their job-security and ...

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Arandora Star 75th Anniversary

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On the morning of July 2nd, flowers were placed at the memorial at Leum a’ Bhriair on behalf of all Colonsay residents and in remembrance of over 800 souls whose lives were cut short by the tragic loss of that ship.  It was a moment of solidarity with friends throughout UK, Germany and Italy, particularly with the good folk of Borgo val di Taro, who so kindly granted honorary citizenship to all residents of Colonsay to cement our relationship.
The ...

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A Diary Date in Chelsea

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The work of Oransay artist Innes MacDougall is to be featured in the international exhibition at Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road on 25th and 26th July 2015.  One can preview his work (mostly in watercolour) at  numerous websites including http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/innes_mcdougall and one can get tickets and more information from http://www.parallaxaf.co/
This is a prestigious exhibition featuring acclaimed workers in the field of fine, decorative and applied arts.  Admission is free, all prices are ...

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The Big Lunch

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The island’s second Big Lunch was held on Sunday 7th June in the Village Hall and was a huge success with many people attending. Posters advertising the event were distributed around the island in the weeks leading up to the big day and islanders and visitors were asked to bring along a dish to share.

The organisers were delighted with the wonderful response and with the variety of food which was both plentiful and delicious. Many thanks to all those who ...

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Isle of Colonsay Golf Club

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The club visited the Machrie GC in Islay on 12 June 2015

A group of golfers (Dr Dave , Judge Derek , Prof Neil , Donald Roofless Ross , Steven Dunblane , Davie Blue , caddy Scott and WAGS Dilly and Moira all travelled by ferry and plane to Islay for the second annual Machrie event.

Pre competition drinks were had in the Lochside on Thursday evening where attempts were made to have clear heads for the 18 holes on Friday.

The competition ...

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