RNLI Day & Booksale

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 On the 15th July there was a fundraising book sale in the village hall, raising money for the RNLI. Between the sales of books, teas & coffees, RNLI merchandise and a ceilidh (run by our voluntary fire fighters), over £800 was raised and donated to the valuable lifeboat service.

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Car Boot Sale

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A successful car boot sale was held in July in the hall car park. At least 15 local sellers were in attendance with a table of donated items, with proceeds going towards the hall. The primary school had a table of crafts made by the children and with a least 100 people visiting the sale, enjoying donated home baking, £455 was raised.

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90/60/30 Party

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On the 1st August there was a great celebration of many decades spanned; Mo Middleton, Rupert Middleton and Lady Strathcona celebrated birthdays of 30, 60 and 90 respectively. Around 130 guests were invited to the hotel for food and drink and to toast the aforementioned. There were many proud speeches from family and friends and all in attendance enjoyed a wonderfully warm afternoon.

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Sports Day

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Sports Day buzz got off to a great start with a ‘4th of July’ fundraising ceilidh, celebrating all things American. Gavin and the Pantry team served classic Stateside fare which fuelled a long night of enthusiastic dancing. An unusual and well-attended start to the ceilidh season which raised almost £300 to go towards the community sports.

The day itself arrived on the 8st August, the wind just holding off and by 11am there were already more than enough ...

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Colonsay Open Golf 2015

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The Colonsay Open took place on Saturday 15 August in excellent sunny conditions.

After assembling in the Pantry for pre golf coffee, bacon rolls, allocation of handicaps and explanation of the days rules a motley group of golfers made their way to the first tee.

Groups of three teed off as the sun shone and after nine holes they  were ecstatic to find refreshments in the form of burgers, a dram, soft drink and chocs ably ...

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Cànan ‘is Ceòl ann an Colbhasa – Gaelic Language Weekend

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In October there will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about Gaelic, the Colonsay dialect of the language, Gaelic culture and song on Colonsay. Run by Colonsay Community Development Company and funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the weekend will feature local tutors and musicians and will offer varied ‘taster’ sessions and relaxed conversational classes at a beginner level. Those with a prior knowledge of Gaelic may enjoy attending just the taster sessions and the music sessions in ...

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Arandora Star 75th Anniversary

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On the morning of July 2nd, flowers were placed at the memorial at Leum a’ Bhriair on behalf of all Colonsay residents and in remembrance of over 800 souls whose lives were cut short by the tragic loss of that ship.  It was a moment of solidarity with friends throughout UK, Germany and Italy, particularly with the good folk of Borgo val di Taro, who so kindly granted honorary citizenship to all residents of Colonsay to cement our relationship.
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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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Oban Fiddlers’ Visit To Colonsay

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A weekend in the middle of May was a very memorable occasion for the Oban & Lorne Strathspey & Reel Society.  Having visited the island on two previous occasions the Fiddlers’ were looking forward to a weekend of music and visits to places of interest and they were not disappointed.  Our complement was 32 in total, a record turnout for our annual trip.

 
Taking the ferry from Oban the fun started with a ceilidh on the Calmac ferry to the ...

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John De Vere Loder 80th Anniversary Symposium

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John de Ver Loder’s Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll was published in 1935 and remains an essential reference work for any future study.  On the 80th anniversary of its publication Colonsay and Oransay Heritage trust is sponsoring a workshop to discuss the significance of this work, and how later work has deepened our understanding of the history of the islands.  The Trust is grateful to Colonsay Estate for financial support towards the cost of this event. Contributors ...

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Ceol Cholasa 2015

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Once again the organisers of Colonsay’s 8th Folk Festival have been lucky to attract some of the top names in Scottish Traditional music to the festival. Jointly topping the bill are the legendary Blazin’ Fiddles and internationally acclaimed Breabach.

The incredibly busy Kris Drever will be making his 4th appearance at the festival, this time with fellow guitar virtuoso Ian Carr; (Previously with John McCusker and Roddy Woomble, Megan Henderson and Eamonn Coyne ...

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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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