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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The Islay Connection

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At a recent meeting with CalMac, some islanders expressed concern about the reliability of the connection with Islay, which is scheduled for both Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Not to beat about the bush, it seems to be unreliable, to the extent that contractors and suppliers from Islay hesitate to use the service in case they get marooned in Colonsay, and Colonsay folk hesitate to use it on a round trip to Oban or for travel from Oban in case it does ...

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Brewery News

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It is very good to see a local business go from strength to strength and The Corncrake is delighted to convey the message straight from the heart of the operation:

 
Boost for brewery with new packaging and distribution deals
Colonsay Brewery is undergoing a major investment programme with a complete redesign of its packaging and new UK wide distribution deals in place.
Colonsay Lager will also be disappearing from the shelves shortly and is being replaced with Pig’s Paradise Blonde ...

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Marine Harvest

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Our new fish-farm is taking shape – the command unit came on site a few weeks ago and by great good fortune your acting editor got a chance to visit it; it was so interesting that a special page was created at  http://www.colonsay.info/text/Marine%20Harvest.htm  At present, the cages are being installed, planning permission is awaited for the shore facility (a modest structure near The Pantry) and moorings are being finalised for the support craft.  A total of 4 Colonsay folk ...

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Note From The Acting Editor

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Although I have “retired” from most things, I am actually overwhelmed trying to address all the things that were put onto the long-finger since October 1969.  If I could once get our house straight, the office in order, my car and motorbike back on the road and a start made upon the various writing projects and websites with which I toy, life would be easier.  We could thenembark upon our intended round of the counties of the British Isles, which ...

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The Stevenson Lighthouse

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The magnificently restored Stevenson Lighthouse is a triumph for the Colonsay & Oransay Heritage Trust, and is attracting attention from on high.  On Saturday 6th June, it is to be visited by the Lighthouse Commissioners and members of the executive of the Northern Lighthouse Board, who will also visit the Rubh a’ Mhail lighthouse lens, which is preserved in the gardens of Colonsday House.  It is now securely sited in the Glebe and will hopefully be an additional feature of ...

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Rebuilding The Archive

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Owing to an error by the hosting company, the archive of the first 100 editions of The Corncrake was wiped from the record. Owing to the kindness of a number of individuals, especially Melanie McKellar and Angela Skrimshire, it will be possible to recreate that archive.  It will take a wee while, but work will start fairly soon.
Incidentally, Melanie is researching her Colonsay connections and visited the island recently.  Melanie has kindly left a copy of her extensive research, ...

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Putting The World To Rights

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What an extraordinary month!  There are 64 SNP members of the Scottish Parliament, out of 128 in all; then along came the General Election and 56 SNP members were elected to the UK Parliament, out of a possible 59.  From a purely objective point of view, it seems that Scotland is the most united part of the United Kingdom and that the other members should maybe watch and learn.
Amidst all the excitement, it had been learned that Hebridean Air ...

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MacPhee Bagging

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The MacPhee Bagging project on May 4th was a great success – lots of people were there for the start and even the youngest children conquered the first three peaks. Support dwindled a little thereafter, but three people (and a dog) completed the full 21 miles and 21 peaks of the circuit. The event was to raise funds for Educational Travel for the Primary Schoolchildren, and a total of slightly more than £700 was raised, thanks ...

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Hazel Rose

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Hazel is one of 3 finalist for “Graduates In The Spotlight” competition! This is through Nude Jewellery which is a gallery in Mayfair London. If she wins she gets the opportunity to show her jewellery in the gallery and get lots of publicity. Winning relies upon getting the most votes so if anyone would like to do this follow this link or go to the Nude Jewellery website and go onto the blog.  It requires logging ...

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Marine Harvest

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There is good progress – the shorebase application for Planning Permission has gone through, the 60ft service vessel has been built (in Holland?) and is to be named Beinn Eibhin, at least one Colonsay member has attended a successful induction course, the manager has been appointed and moorings for various craft are being finalised.  Colonsay looks forward to welcoming this exciting new venture, a fish farm to be operated to the highest environmental standards by a major international company providing ...

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The Ferry Debacle

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As readers will be aware, there was considerable surprise and disappointment when the Good Friday ferry turned back, hugging the Mull shore in a northwesterly blow and encountering Force 9 conditions.  It would have been less surprising if the Hebridean Princess was not known to be making a good passage from Colonsay to Oban at the same time, pushing against the wind, but rather closer to the Garvellochs and encountering Force 7 conditions, which were also being observed in Colonsay.  ...

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The Air Service

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Residents were shocked to discover that our air-service is about to be suspended sine diem.  It will be remembered that Argyll & Bute overcame enormous odds to establish CAA approved aerodromes at Colonsay and Coll, apparently in the face of outrageous and unjustifiable sniping from private vested interests elsewhere.  The then obtained EU funding to support a scheduled air-service, a major benefit of which being to permit High School students to get home for the weekends.  The original carrier unfortunately ...

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