Satelitte Broadband

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Our Local Development Officer is working to arrange satellite Broadband for Colonsay within the next 18 months or so, which is very encouraging.  As it happens, one local business is struggling very badly – with no less than five Broadband connections and BT bills of over £3,800 p.a. the connections are frequently either down or so far below 0.5kb as to actually be unmeasurable.  It has become impossible to operate a business on this basis, so whilst maintaining the BT ...

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The New CHURCH WINDOWS

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The Parish Church was recently the subject of a professional inspection and it was noted that BOTH the western windows are in a very poor state; one of them is actually so fragile that it has had to be strengthened as a temporary measure, to minimise any risk of implosion in high winds.  This is a Listed Building, it plays an important part in island life and it is available to all, not just for worship but for baptisms, weddings, ...

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Twenty is Plenty (Near Pedestrians)

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Most people in Colonsay will normally drive at between 25mph and 40mph and all will be wearing a seatbelt; and most people do slow down considerably when passing pedestrians (who should have stepped off the road and be standing still whilst the vehicle passes).  It is well worthwhile to slow down like that, just in case the pedestrian stumbles.  Even at a low speed, accidents happen – in the 1880s a local man in his mid 50s was killed when ...

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Storms

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Fotunately, there is nothing much to say.  Despite the appalling conditions elsewhere, Colonsay was fairly fortunate – there was very little damage.  The wind did not often gust much over 70 knots, and for most people the damage caused by lightning was the worst, with widespread damage to telephone and broadband services.  It was the longest unbroken spell of high winds for over twenty years, about ten days in all, making it very hard to move around and for many ...

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CCDC Meeting 8th January

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This meeting had been heralded by both a two-page letter from the remaining four Directors and a subsequent newsletter, with a view to encouraging members of the community to adopt a more proactive attitude to this vital community organisation.  The meeting was held at the Service Point in challenging weather, with driving rain and winds already gusting to over 40 knots and which were later to exceed 75 knots.  Despite these conditions the four directors and the remaining job-sharing half ...

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School Christmas Dinner

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Kilchattan Primary School hosted a magnificent Christmas Dinner on Thursday 18th, which earned a huge vote of thanks from all concerned for the good offices of Sarah Moss, school-cook and widely famed for her baking skills.  The children and staff kindly invited all parents to attend, together with members of the School Council and others who participate in the life of the school.  The children were excellent and thoughtful hosts and a great time was had by all – thank ...

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Nativity Play 18th December

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 A triumph! Without exception, the children were absolutely brilliant; Mary (Eve) brought forth the baby as readily as a rabbit from a hat, whilst Joseph (Seamus) was nothing if not supportive. The way in which the Shepherds (Ella, Rosie and Felix) showed their excitement was most impressive and the angelic nature of Gabriel (Emma) was a foil to the more earthy character of the Innkeeper (Jamie). Some people played more than one role (e.g. the Three Kings), but they drew ...

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The Christmas Tree

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There was a party for young and old in the Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd, with plenty of games and sumptuous refreshments.  The youngsters at Kilchattan were augmented by their elder fellow students from the mainland and when Santa quite suddenly appeared it turned out that everyone had been good.  It was a splendid event and everyone was most grateful to those who did the work, not least the elves from Colonsay Fire Brigade who had erected the tree and ...

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Colonsay Community Development Company

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The Directors of CCDC recently circulated island households, advising them of the next scheduled Board Meeting, 8th January, which is as usual open to all shareholders (and apparently to members of the public also).  In their message they pointed out that the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and two directors had recently resigned, together with one half of the job-sharing Local Development Officer.  As things stand, the remaining four directors constitute a bare quorum; shareholders are invited to attend the next meeting ...

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The Baptist Manse

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The very unusual 1930s roof of the Baptist Manse (architect Balfour “Baffy” Paul) began to give serious problems so has been stripped and recovered in a heavy-duty sort of Onduline.  It was decided that the very odd profile should be normalised, but the roofers managed to go some way to maintain the illusion with vertically-hung slates at each corner. A very happy solution. The very unusual 1930s roof of the Baptist Manse (architect Balfour “Baffy” Paul) began to ...

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The Marine-Litter Campaign

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This campaign is now entering its third year and has been incredibly successful.  The initial task was almost overwhelming, but it was much easier in the second year and it is hoped that 2015 will be easier again, so that more time can be devoted to specific problem areas.  The project is based upon a five-year plan, aimed at ensuring recognition for Colonsay as being environmentally outstanding.

The initial list of “problems” is being steadily whittled away.  Obviously the wind-blown detritus ...

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Come To Colonsay in 2015

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The island website lists all available accommodation and includes up-to-date vacancy charts either on that site or via a link to individual websites – go to www.colonsay.org.uk 
CalMac are keen to improve our ferry services as much as possible, with the result that various timings have been tweaked.  A summary here would be too confusing – the simplest thing is to simply check online at www.calmac.co.uk  You will find that there is a neat pdf. file so you ...

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The Corncrake

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The editor’s chair is vacant still – the position is unpaid, but it is rewarding in other ways.  The main purpose of the magazine is to maintain links with the island’s extended community – friends, relations, regular visitors, occasional visitors or people whose roots or hearts are in the island.  If you live in Colonsay please contact any Director of Colonsay Community Development Company to let them know you might be interested.

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