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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Colonsay Gathering Cancelled

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The Gathering is a chance for folk who love Colonsay to get together for a dinner and ceilidh on the mainland every second year, and is normally an opportunity to raise funds for CCDC.  The next one had been planned for February at Crianlarich but prevailing circumstances are not encouraging; it has therefore been CANCELLED.  The organisers apologise to all who had expressed their support and hope that the event can be re-scheduled to a more auspicious time.

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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.)
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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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Hallowe’en Party

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The party was held at the Backpackers’ Lodge and attended by all the children, including a very welcome visitor from Italy, Lily.  There were outrageous costumes worn by children and adults alike, and lots of treats.  Very fine hot-dogs, a superb range of cakes (many prepared by the children themselves) and delicious drinks, set upon a beautifully decorated table with magnificent pumpkin.  The traditional party games involved one and all – many thanks to all who helped, especially Sarah, Jodi ...

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Colonsay & Oransay Heritage Trust

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The Heritage annual cheese and wine event was held on Saturday 25th October within the modest confines of The Old Generator Shed.  Despite lashing rain it was, as ever, a highly successful event – more than 40 people attended for this, the final event of the year.

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Throughout 2014 COHT hosted an exhibition of Colonsay WWI material prepared by local military historian and author Alan Davis; this exhibition will now be ...

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Connect With Colonsay

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More commonly known as OctoberFest, this has become an established event and runs through the first few weeks of the month, covering the tatty-howkin’ school holidays.  It is a slightly informal version of our Spring Festival and has enabled us to add a little extra choice and variety to the autumn calendar.  Just a random selection of events included a Viking Walk to Oransay led by Andrew McMorrine, Jewellery Making for Kids with Morag Halligan, a Nature Walk with Jane ...

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Remembrance Day Service

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Rev. E. Gibson will lead the community in a service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance commencing at 10.30 sharp on Sunday 9th November.  Please gather in good time within the CalMac building; following the wreath-laying, those present are warmly invited to repair to The Colonsay Hotel where tea and coffee will be available.

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Diary Dates

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The Colonsay Gathering is to be held at Crianlarich Hotel on the weekend of 7th February 2015 – this is a great chance for friends old and new to gather off-island and let their hair down, whilst raising vital funds for the work of the Colonsay Community Development Company.  Please make a wee note in your diary now – full details from CCDC or Christa Byrne.
Climbing the MacPhees: a splendid chance to see the whole island in one connected ...

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Sports news – Rugby fesitval success – despite the rain

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The third Colonsay Rugby festival has been hailed an outstanding success with a record number of teams enjoying a packed weekend of sport that saw Oban RFC crowned champions – again.

The festival is the brainchild of the Middleton family who continue as the main organisers and “doers”

Commentator Rupert Middleton said: “It was wonderful to see so many people having a great weekend on a beautiful island – and there was some really good rugby too.”

Julia Middleton said: “A huge number ...

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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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Scalasaig Sessions Bring a Summer of Music to the Island

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Island impresario Donald “Pedie” MacNeill has put together a series of concerts to get the feet tapping during those long hot summer nights.

A recent visitor survey clearly showed music was a big part of a trip to Colonsay for many tourists and this year’s programme should not disappoint.

Amongst the acts is island born singer/songwriter Caitlin McNeill who is making a first appearance on Colonsay with her new band, Canach.

All the concerts start at 8.30 and admissions is £8 – £3 ...

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