On The Grapevine

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The schoolchildren gave Kevin a magnificent thank-you card when he retired as schoolbus contractor, and he also wishes to thank the parents and staff for the sumptuous leaving dinner at The Colonsay and a most generous gift;  Harbour View is now fully-fettled for its new role as a holiday let, and the refurbishment of Hazel Cottage is almost finished (it took longer than the Large Hadron Collider and probably cost nearly as much); Angus Howard is about to celebrate his ...

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On The Grapevine

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We had a nice start to the year, with the highest temperature to date being recorded on 9th April at 16.0 C. but unfortunately we then encountered a bitterly cold period lasting 6 weeks (so far) – the second highest temperature was only 14.7 degrees, recorded on 24th May and only on ten days in May did the temperature reach or exceed 12 degrees; Kevin retires as schoolbus driver at the end of term, and a new contractor has been ...

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On The Grapevine

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Kilchattan Primary School has arrangements in hand for the next expedition and will be holding a ceilidh to raise funds; please make a note of Monday May 4th for a delightful day of MacPhee Bagging;  Maghnus bought a 60ft launch in Fremantle and has been moving it closer to its new home in Hong Kong, crossed the equator on 25th and reached Sandakan on 28th March; work on the Baptist Manse has taken much longer than expected; ditto work on ...

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On the Grapevine

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The honeymooners are thought to be heading for the south of France, via a week in Jamaica; the Homefield satellite broadband equipment is here and will soon be installed; the Colonsay Meteorological Observer (unpaid) is hoping to retire in the autumn after 25 years or more and would like to hear from anybody interested in the succession;  Ivan is welcomed back again, to manage the hotel for the 2015 season; Colonsay House Gardens are to be open on Saturdays as ...

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On The Grapevine…

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Gavin was away again! This time he was in the Canaries but he seemed to be making the best of it; Anne and Jim were on the High Seas once again; Dave and Jan are in Oz; Helen and Dell took Eve and Ella to Fuerteventura, they must be keen on islands; work on Hazel Cottage is going ahead well, the annexe found is in place and a new porch went up this week; two of the Housing Association properties ...

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On The Grapevine…

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The most exciting news appeared on FaceBook – Colonsay is expecting a baby, hopefully about mid-summer, and we wish every happiness to the prospective parents and grandparents; Roz and Chris are hoping to move permanently into the island; the Argyll & Bute PC in the Service Point has been offline for three months, which means that it is unavailable for the registration of births, marriages or deaths; the editor had a fault on his BT telephone and broadband from November ...

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On The Grapevine

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OK – this time Bill and Annie really have gone to Oz;  Argyll & Bute Planners came to give their views on possible wind-turbine locations and possible low-cost housing; the Screen-Machine came – an articulated lorry that transforms into a 100-seat luxurious cinema – and was warmly supported across four public performances plus a bonus one for the schoolchildren; beach-cleaning continues and that Balnahard eyesore really will be attacked in December; no progress yet on the two west windows in ...

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Piershed Tales

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The piershed at ferry time is the place to find out what’s going on – sometimes the stories are even true!

*Wednesday’s ferry from Colonsay was full for cars – for the first time in years*Mary Anne Kennedy gave a brilliant concert in the Hall on Wednesday night*It is not too late to buy tickets for the Colonsay Music festival – but hurry*There is now a Colonsay wind turbine steering committee but room for more volunteers*The RNLI sale was a great ...

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Piershed Tales

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The piershed at ferry time is the place to find out what’s going on – sometimes the stories are even true!
*A commercial diver found a very rich scallop bed yards from the island shore at (withheld)* A yacht dragged its anchor and was only stopped half a mile from the pier when it went through a patch of thick kelp*Sports day in July is going to be bigger and better with a Commonwealth Games grant to help*Jim is gearing ...

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Piershed Tales

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The piershed at ferry time is the place to find out what’s going on – sometimes the stories are even true!

The piershed is the tale – its refurbishment is the most talked about thing on the island – nearly * two weddings have taken place on the island, we believe it was one of the couples first ever visit to Colonsay *a helicopter arrived on the island on Friday morning to collect the ballot box for the European election*Kevin is ...

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