Line-Up Revealed For Colonsay Book Festival 2015

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Organisers of the Colonsay Book Festival today announced the line-up of authors for the fourth annual Hebridean literary celebration, for 25 and 26 April 2015.  This year’s programme stars celebrated Scottish crime writer and screenwriter Lin Anderson, roofer-turned-poet William Letford, cookery writer Mary Contini, novelist Sara Maitland, nature writer and poet Jim Crumley and award-winning author James Buchan, grandson of The 39 Steps writer John Buchan.
In addition, acclaimed composer and musician Mike Vass will provide entertainment of a musical ...

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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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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 ...

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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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