Colonsay Book Festival 2017

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As the doors closed on the 6th Annual Colonsay Book Festival on the last Sunday in April, it marked the end of another successful chapter in life of what has become one of Scotland’s literary treasures. At the same time it was a poignant moment because, as Dilly Emslie, at the helm since the Festival’s inception, closed the festival she also stepped down as its Director. Once again Dilly led her hard working festival committee to produce an outstanding event ...

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Land Reform Meeting

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COMMUNITY TO GAIN NEW LAND POWERS.

More than 40 island residents gathered in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 23rd March, to hear all about new powers granted to them by the Scottish Government.  Land ownership is currently a burning issue on the island, as CCDC is trying to build much-needed social housing units for the 10 or so young people who are either entirely homeless or are inadequately housed.  Attempts to purchase land ...

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Syria Fundraisers

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On the 10th and 12th March two fundraisers were held, organised by Rosalind Jewell, to raise money for Positive Action in Housing & Syria Relief. The former was a cake sale in the pantry, with delicious and plentiful homebakes kindly donated by the community. Folk drifted in and out between 1pm and 4pm – some even coming back for a second go at the table overflowing with varied cakes – and difficult topics came to  discussion ...

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Arlo Arrives!

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We were all very excited to hear that on the 7th November 2015 Keir and Grace Johnston welcomed their baby boy, Arlo William Keir into the world. He was born at 6:44am weighing 8lbs 6.5oz. Congratulations to Grace, Keir and new big sister Izzy!

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Colonsay Man Steps Up To Scottish National Hockey Team

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Colonsay commuter Dannie Onn has been selected to play for the Scotland over 60s team at the 2016 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Australia. The world cup is being held in Newcastle, NSW and runs for the first two weeks of May. The competition is for national teams in the age groups 60+, 65+ and 70+. Says Dannie; ‘It is a great honour to be selected, but with less than 14 weeks to go I have a huge  responsibility to get to ...

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Moving On

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Sadly the last few months have seen a bit more going than coming – we were very sad to hear of Donald & Hannah MacAllister’s decision to leave the island but wish them and wee Dougal all the best in their new adventure in Haddington!

We also, regretfully, said farewell to Community Nurse, Michelle, and senior Port Assistant, Cammy as they headed back to Michelle’s native lands, Ormacleit in South Uist. Michelle secured a nursing job and ...

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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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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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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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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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