The Front Page – December 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • Colonsay prepares for Christmas,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • the end of the beginning for the Keeping Colonsay Clean project.

As with many small, isolated communities, Christmas is a time of local tradition mixed with the challenging practicalities of having a major family event in the middle of winter. At this time of year, ferries are prone to disruption and deliveries, from Christmas Cards to Christmas Cake, are liable to be erratic, late or not happen at ...

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The Front Page – November 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • Colonsay takes a breath as the season ends,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • New Local Development Officers are appointed.

After the Autumn Festival, Halloween marks a discernable shift in the pace of life on Colonsay. The hectic days of summer, festivals and an island packed with visitors now gone, the community refreshes itself with events to share with each other and a few hardier visitors who find the same pleasure in Colonsay’s quieter side. Attention also turns ...

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The Front Page – October 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • The Autumn Food & Drink Festival
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • a farewell to another island stalwart

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

October and there can be no doubting that autumn is well and truly here, and with increasing risk of stormy weather winter is not far off.  On Colonsay the short days and cooler air are not a call to shut up shop, at least not yet. The Autumn Food & Drink Festival brings a suitably indulgent ...

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The Front Page – September 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • The 10th Ceol Cholasa
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • another entry filled Colonsay Show

Late Summer Sunshine 

The celidh season has passed and the weather has the air of impending autumn. The island though still has two treats in store, even before the October Festival brings an indulgent end to the season. September brings two richly contrasting pleasures to the island: the annual Colonsay Show and Ceol Cholasa, the island’s music festival. September is too one of the ...

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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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