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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MacPhee Bagging

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On Monday 4th, there was a great turnout for a tour of all of Colonsay’s 300ft peaks (the MacPhees), a 20 mile sponsored circuit in aid of Educational Travel for students at the primary school.  The pupils themselves were out in force – and did extremely well, completing all three of the initial peaks.  Rosie was the first to reach the summit of Carnan Eoin, possibly because she followed the path whilst Felix decided it would be more exciting and ...

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The Direction Plate

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Readers may have seen a notice, still online together with a picture : MISSING: This important and valuable bronze direction plate disappeared from Beinn a’ Gudairean between September 8th and Christmas 2011; if you can help trace it, please get in touch.  The police investigation remains open, Case Ref: LB01220612 and they will welcome information…. A reward of £1,000 can be paid to whoever can find it and get it safely returned… no questions asked.

 

Incredibly, after hours of fruitless searching ...

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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 in first using either ...

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Marine Harvest

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We gather that there are a number of Colonsay applicants for the twelve positions on offer, and that at least one person has been for induction training – which was apparently stimulating and encouraging.  The company has applied for permanent moorings  and for permission to build a suitable shore-based facility.  Things are looking good – this is a world-leading company with excellent credentials and a commitment to the very highest of operational standards.  It is not the Colonsay way to ...

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Scottish Government Response to Colonsay Community Council

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Colonsay Community Council is very concerned about the extraordinary discrepancy concerning freight fares to Colonsay compared with other destinations.  It puts all Colonsay enterprise at an insuperable disadvantage and, innocently enough, CCC thought it might have arisen by mistake.  Perhaps the Scottish Government had not really intended to single out Colonsay to be especially targeted? Either CCC was wrong or the Government needs to sharpen up on its staff selection procedure as regards spokespersons:

Our ref: 2015/008906
18 March 2015
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Colonsay In The Long Grass – Again

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On behalf of the Scottish Government, on 25th March Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown proudly announced that 4G Mobile Phone has been installed in Coll, the favourite island (which also enjoyed RET for four years in the “pilot” programme for most-favoured islands) .  This new development sits nicely with Coll’s heavily subsidised freight service and no doubt we can shortly expect to see that their income tax has been abolished too.  It will be remembered that Colonsay only receives a mobile ...

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Visit Scotland – More Dead than Alive?

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Our readers will be fully aware of the saga of The Dress, (if not, see it in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress_%28viral_phenomenon%29  ) whereby the recent wedding of Keir and Grace attracted worldwide attention.  Everyone will know that Keir and Grace were guests on the Ellen Show, and that together with other wedding guests they were flown to Los Angeles, that they were gifted a luxury second honeymoon to be taken in Granada plus a pot of spending money; that Caitlin ...

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Springtime in Colonsay

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Luckily enough, Colonsay is not relying on public agencies and can be proud of the almost incredible programme of events provided through the energy and enterprise of local people.

At Easter there will be a magnificent ceilidh on the Saturday night, hosted and arranged by Liam McNeill as part of his work as a music student of Benbecula College, University of the Highlands; on Easter Sunday itself, everyone is invited to the 11.30 Family Service at the Baptist Church; this is ...

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Mr and Mrs Keir Johnston

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Keir and Grace were married in a humanist ceremony at Colonsay Hotel on Saturday 21st February, in a very moving rite conducted by Annie Loughlin, celebrant.  The bride was given away by her father, Angus MacPhee, and was accompanied by a plentiful and very lovely band of maids of honour.  Your correspondent is unskilled in these matters, but the bridal gown was jolly nice and had a (fishtail?) train, and the maids were in very fetching blue dresses.  The room ...

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That Dress!

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An incredible story arose after the wedding.  Seemingly Grace’s mother had been wondering about a dress that she thought of wearing, so she sent a picture to Grace for an opinion.  Due to some optical illusion (apparently due to individual “settings” of the visual spectrum) Grace, her mother and everybody else who looked at the dress saw it as Blue and Black, whereas people looking at the picture were divided – many especially refined and sophisticated persons saw it as ...

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Church Windows Appeal

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Readers will remember that the Parish Church has two dangerous windows and has launched an appeal at http://www.colonsay.info/text/Church%20Appeal.htm  The progress of the appeal is being regularly updated at that site, and Hazel Smith has kindly submitted applications to a couple of potential grant-givers on behalf of the parish.  Amongst other things, a permanent page on JustGiving is being arranged, courtesy of our local publishing business House of Lochar, which has agreed to pay the monthly subscription fee.

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Bottled Water Campaign

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With the help of GRAB, Colonsay Community Council has funded a small leaflet designed by Colonsay beach-litter artist Jane Rose  http://www.janerose.co.uk/    The leaflet is to discourage the use of bottled water, which is both expensive and environmentally damaging.  Plastic bottles are the scourge of the seas – their harmful chemicals leach into the water and their tiny micro-particles have contaminated the seabed, quite literally worldwide.  Other particles, which can contain PCBs, enter the food chain.  As if all this was ...

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The New Colonsay App

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Hannah, our LDO, has secured funding for an all-singing, all-dancing Colonsay App which is being designed by BlueMungus.  Some of us are a bit unfamiliar with such things but apparently it will have an interactive map and the user can select symbols according to taste – beauty spots, places of interest, shop, church, pantry etc.  If, for example, you select The Pantry you will get contact details, hours of opening, possibly a menu and (who knows?) a glimpse of the ...

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