In With The New Out With The Old at the Piershed

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Island residents gathered in force to say hello to the new look perished and goodbye to the old piermaster.

After 16 years presiding over the comings and goings of ferries with their diverse loads Piermaster Kevin Byrne is retiring.

Kevin’s retirement coincided with the opening, by Lord Strathcona, of the much revamped ferry terminal.

The new look to the building has generally created a more comfortable space for staff and travellers alike with a real counter for the sale of tickets and a ...

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Heritage Trust in Membership Drive

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Colonsay and Oronsay Heritage Trust is launching a drive to recruit new supporters to help fund its vital work protecting the islands’ heritage.

Trust convener Dave Binnie is asking people who love the islands to join as associate members, if they live off the island.

The COHT has ambitious plans, as reported in the Corncrake, to create a new heritage centre on land they are trying to buy at Port Mhor.

The form for membership is available at:

membership.pdf

Meanwhile St Andrews’ University ...

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School News – New Pupils Add Up to an Expanding Roll

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Two new starts next term mean Kilchattan Primary School will boast a total of nine pupils when the academic year starts in August.
Headteacher Gill MacKenzie has kindly given the Corncrake her end of term newsletter to bring the successes of the island’s youngsters to a wider audience – thanks Gill.
“On the last day of term, Kilchattan School pupils impressed members of the community with a fun Sports Day and picnic lunch, followed by speeches, a prize-giving ceremony and ...

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Royal Navy Just Can’t Keep Away From Colonsay

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Rescue crews from HMS Gannet at Prestwick made three emergency trips to Colonsay in June – up two on their previous month’s total.
The most serious was to airlift a fisherman to safety after his boat capsized leaving him stranded on a rock off the west side of the island near Port Mhor.
The alarm was raised by George Leppard who saw the stranded fisherman waving for help and the Sea King Helicopter and Port Askaig RNLI lifeboat were both ...

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Kiloran Hedgehog – Latest News

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Despite being fantastic animals with an essential function in the right environment, hedgehogs are not a native species to Colonsay and Oronsay. By Scottish law they should remain that way. No new information on how the creature ended up at Kiloran has come to light.
The introduction of hedgehogs has had severe consequences on other West coast islands. Hedgehogs are ground predators for many ground nesting birds such as lapwing, dunlin and redshank. These birds have suffered declines due to ...

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Great Island Turnout for the First ‘Big Lunch’

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On June 1st Colonsay held its first ‘Big Lunch’ – it is a very simple idea from the Eden Project aimed at getting as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
There was a fantastic turnout, approximately 80 people. The range of food was absolutely amazing, everyone made a real effort.

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Makeover At The Pantry

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There has been a makeover at the Pantry with Gavin gearing up for the season.
First to arrive was the island’s first barrista style coffee machine, , and then a new design of mug to go with it.

Gavin says: “2014 is going to see a lot of changes to the business; I am very proud to have such a unique business on such a small island; I want everyone to appreciate the small space we have and enjoy their experience ...

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Supreme sacrifice in memory of a dear friend

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Rangers-mad man about town Angus MacPhee is to make the ultimate sacrifice to raise money for the favourite cause of his recently departed friend Davy Sutherland.

Wee Davy organised the Poppy Ceilidh on Colonsay for many years raising thousands of pounds for the Earl Haig Fund – and Angus is determined this year’s ceilidh will raise more than ever.

“I have pledged to spend the whole of ceilidh day in July wearing a Celtic top – and to add insult to injury ...

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New fire volunteers start their training

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Three new faces will be at Monday evening training sessions at the fire station as Fire Scotland increases it’s team on the island.

Phil “on the hill” Jones, Matthew “Cammy” Cameron and Scott “Del” Liddell are spending three successive weekends doing basic training on various aspects of fire fighting and rescue services.

A spokesman for the island station said the new recruits will eventually be able to take a full part in fire fighting duties on the island and in time will ...

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