The Christmas Number

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IMG_5714Wishing happiness and blessings to all our readers at Christmas
greeting includes all men on earth of goodwill regardless of religious proclivity and is non gender-specific

The schoolchildren are hosting a Christmas Dinner, and have already issued their invitations – they cannot invite everybody, so those of us who are lucky enough to be going will have to enjoy it ...

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Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes

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There was a great party for Hallowe’en, held at the Backpackers Lodge and attended by all the children.   Commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ bid for parliamentary reform took the form of a giant bonfire, tactfully relocated closer to the shoreline now that the original site has been transformed into a pleasure garden.  (The garden is looking great, lots of volunteers have got it all ready for winter, nicely weeded and richly seaweeded – a credit to all concerned.)
[Apologies – photographs ...

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Other Activities

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Other local activities include the Scottish Country Dancing practice sessions held on Wednesday evenings,led by Seamus and Christine and supported by about a dozen folk.  There is also a Badminton Group, meeting on Tuesdays (and sometimes Thursdays), there is the Quiz Night held every Friday (in the Pantry) and a new Gaelic Learners Course is about to commence.  People still use cars, but there is growing trend towards horses as well – almost 10% of the winter traffic is equine! ...

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Come to Colonsay in 2015

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Holidays for 2015: If you already have your reservations made, please remember to send any outstanding deposits.  If you have not yet booked, please refer to www.colonsay.org.uk to see the full range of accommodation together with availability charts, either embedded into the relevant page or accessed by a link.  The situation changes daily in December/January as lots of people find they have to revise their plans; if your desired dates and place are not available, check with the owner ...

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Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Trust

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COHT has secured the services of Hazel Smith to assist in the professional preparation and submission of bids for funding.  Your correspondent looks forward to further news, but is aware that Hazel has already made great progress in drawing together the representatives of all agencies involved – to an outside observer, things are looking very encouraging.  Prof. Colin Breen, from University of Ulster, was in Colonsay last week and has assured the Primary School that he will be back again in ...

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Just Fancy That:

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  • Owing to some antediluvian anomaly (going back at least to the time of David MacBrayne) Colonsay suffers from mind-boggling freight charges – a lorry travelling from Oban to Colonsay return is surcharged £300 for the privilege, compared with the charge for the same lorry from Oban to Coll return.  Transport Scotland has been challenged about this, says it is not interested in doing anything about it before 2116, if then (despite the fact that the surcharge is clearly illegal under ...
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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.  Of course, whether or not you live here, ...

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Flooding at An Dèabhaidh

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Recent heavy rain raised the level of Loch Fada and eventually the water was 15” deep over the road as it passes An Déabhaidh (“the shallow channel between parts of the same loch”).  In consequence the road had to be closed for three days, something of a rarity these days.  Some twenty five years ago, Ronnie Gillies and his merry men set out to cure the problem, which up until that time was a regular occurrence.  He noted that the ...

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Ferry Services

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It seems that the ferry timetable for Summer 2015 will be very much the same as in 2014, commencing on 3 April 2015.
The winter timetable is now in operation, and readily available from www.calmac.co.uk  There is a useful facility to obtain a print-out for our route.  Travellers should note that the present service runs until 28 November and a slightly different service runs from 29 November until 2 April.  This is to facilitate the expressed wish of the ...

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Litter Free Colonsay

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On a related mission, one should say that we are about to enter Year 3 of a campaign to render Colonsay and Oronsay completely free of litter and junk in any public place.  Roadsides, paths, lochsides and carparks are already virtually pristine – many people are helping informally, and the schoolchildren are ready to stop the bus and collect anything that has been overlooked.
In addition, volunteers have been scouring the entire coastline, with incredible success.  At present there is ...

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Church News

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Rev. Liz Gibson will be here for two weeks from Wednesday 5th and will be delighted to meet parishioners (of any persuasion or none); please do not hesitate to get in touch.  A Board of Management meeting will be held, to which all are welcome – items to be discussed will be the need to replace the two western windows in the parish church and the financial implications (the windows are large and will be very expensive).  Those present will ...

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Colonsay Community Council

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The most recent meeting was on October 7th and the main topic was the cost of freight.  Various residents had kindly provided information on charges levied and it was noted that, as usual, none of our freight forwarders had responded to requests for tariff sheets.  Contact was to be made with our public representatives and consideration was given to holding a Public Meeting, inviting Cllr. Robin Currie and an Oban Times representative to attend.  It was agreed that ours is ...

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What Happened To The October Edition?

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Many of our readers will have noticed that the October edition appeared as usual and on time – and then it disappeared!  The background to the situation is that when The Corncrake was first started (the name being inspired by Dominic Cornford) it was hosted on the Colonsay Community Website and, by chance, that site belonged to the then incarnation of Colonsay Community Development Company.  It was a private initiative and the editor was left to his own devices, as ...

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Beached Whale

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A whale beached at Port Lobh recently and it seemed possible that it was an accidental stranding.  A very large number of people gave of their time to help keep it moist and as calm as possible; obviously expert advice was sought and followed throughout.  Because of tidal conditions the only hope of survival meant that it would have to be moved, a more difficult task than one might guess.  Joe used the Kiloran equipment with extraordinary dexterity and sensitivity ...

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