The Front Page – 31st August

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On the Front Page this month:

  • height of the summer season,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • sporting events come to the fore

 

Height of the Summer Season

August sees the height of the summer season with a series of events for the community and visitors alike.   As well as the continuing round of ceilidhs, August is the time for the annual Community Garden Party, as well the island’s Sports Day and the Colonsay Open Golf Championship. The ceilidhs in August included ones for the ...

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The Front Page – 31st July

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On the Front Page this month:

  • ceilidh season begins,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • the return of the Colonsay Rugby Festival

 

 

Ceilidh season begins

July sees the start of the ceilidh season as the Scottish school holidays begin and the season on the island moves towards its peak. As well providing great entertainment for visitors and locals, these ceilidhs form an important fund raising opportunity for the voluntary organisations and clubs on the island. Although traditionally on Saturday nights ceilidhs are now increasingly run ...

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The Front Page – 30th June

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On the Front Page this month:

  • busy season continues,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • our postman retires, again?

 

 

Busy season continues

The island usually takes a breath in June, after the rush of Easter and the Spring Festival, which seem to recede too quickly into the memory, along this year with the sunny days of May. While southern England has basked in a heat-wave, the whole of Scotland has seen near record rainfall, and though the weather has been better, if mixed, on Colonsay, ...

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Colonsay Winter Arts Mosaic Project 2016/17

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The aim of the project was to bring the Colonsay & Oransay community, particularly those most vulnerable to isolation, together over the quiet winter months to celebrate the islands’ heritage. We employed a local artist to develop and facilitate the project in the form of mosaic boards, each depicting one of the following aspects of our heritage: flora & fauna, people & places, marine & coastal landscape and religion & spirituality. Although we had planned for four boards, the interest ...

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Spring Festival – the second half

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Colonsay’s Spring Festival, which centres on the creative arts and nature, was held in the first three weeks of May. The first half of the festival featured a wide variety of arts, crafts and activities, as reported earlier in the Corncrake, and the second half the festival continued with the same rich, diverse mix. At the Old Waiting Room gallery the a joint exhibition by Morag Tweedie, Anne Ferguson, and Carol Paterson, was followed by an exhibition of the works ...

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The Front Page – 31st May

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The Front Page – 31st May

 

On the Front Page this month:

  • a busy start to the season,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • our postman retires.

 

 

Busy start to the season

 

On Colonsay the season starts with Easter, and this year the weather was fair and and there was as a lot going on, including Easter Egg hunting.  Read more in the Corncrake post on Easter: Easter on Colonsay and Alastair Scouller’s fine piece on the Easter church service: Chocolate eggs in church.  Easter was ...

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Spring Festival – the first half

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Colonsay’s Spring Festival, which centres on the creative arts and nature, began as the Book Festival closed its doors on the last weekend in April, with the Old Waiting Room gallery opening its doors to a joint exhibition by renowned artists Alasdair and Andrew McMorrine. The exhibition of the brothers McMorrine included a diverse collection of works in various media.  Oil and watercolours alongside pen and ink washes depicting scenes from Colonsay and other Hebridean islands.  Amongst the varied array ...

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Song of the Month

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This month’s song suggestion came from Seumas McNeill (I know the word nepotism is coming to mind at this point but no one else submitted pictures or songs this month! – Ed). Seumas has been listening to a lot of Face the West recently, but actually recommended a different band – he suggests a song by Scottish folk super-group, North Sea Gas. The song is called ‘Fire in the Glen’.

Click HERE to listen ...

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Water Pressure in Kilchattan

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Island residents will recall the catastrophic house-fire which occurred in December 2013 in the house occupied by Trevor and Yasmin Crowe.  One of the issues raised after the calamity was the weak water pressure in the area.  Neighbours expressed concern that, if a fire was to start in another house in the area, the low pressure would, once, again, hamper the valiant efforts of our fire-fighters.

Scottish Water have now written to local residents ...

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Letters, etc.

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Unicycle! – A full non-stop circuit of Colonsay by unicycle… has this been done before?! (OK, we own up, there was an ice cream stop at the shop). Uphill sections are hard work, but downhill is just as bad because there are no brakes and there is no option to freewheel. Three cheers to the group of German cyclists wDisplaying Colonsay 21 Aug 2015_0043 - Copy.jpgColonsay 21 ...</i></span></p><a class= Continue Reading →

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In Conclusion

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The Corncrake is published to keep all our friends in touch with life on the island and invites contributions. Brief genealogical and related queries are also welcome from Colbhasachs overseas, as are obituaries and family traditions relating to Colonsay emigrants. The current edition was produced Caitlin McNeill and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk

As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors or omissions are regretted, and anything seriously ...

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Note from the Editor

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Dear readers,

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr, Happy New Year and best wishes to you all.

In an unfortunate case of ‘too many balls in the air” you have been bereft of Corncrake for several months and the Editor would like to extend sincere apologies for this. As they say, however, we get by with a little help from our friends and we are most firmly back on track. A big thank you is due to ...

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The Great Colonsay Land Debate

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THE GREAT COLONSAY LAND DEBATE

Officials from the Mainland will soon travel to Colonsay, to make a presentation to a Public Meeting in the Hall, the topic being the issue of land and its ownership on the island.  This has come about due to discussions and developments firstly at a local and secondly at a national level.    

Locally, residents will be aware that their Colonsay Community Development Company have been ...

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