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Books of Colonsay Interest

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There has been an amazing flowering of literary talent in the recent past, and it would be too much to list everything.  Some works are by people with strong local connections, such as “Allan Ramsay: Portaits of the Enlightenment” by Mungo Campbell, Deputy Director of the Hunterian; “Dr. Lachlan Grant of Ballachulish: His life and Times” by Dr. Roderick Macleod and Dilly Emslie; “Cry at Midnight: Witchbane Trilogy Book 1” by Mavis Gulliver, former headmistress at Kilchattan – a thrilling ...

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SCAM ALERT

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At least one local business has been targeted – punter makes a booking from overseas, agrees the price and sends advance payment which covers the full rental plus an additional amount “to cover holiday spending”.  The payment is cleared into the victim’s account, who is then asked to forward the balance to a third party (hire-car, bank, whatever).  If he does so, he will find that the entire original sum has retrospectively disappeared.  Too good to be true?  Yes indeed.  ...

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FIRST PERSON

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Each month the Corncrake is going to invite someone with Colonsay connections to give us an insight into who they are and why they’re here.
First up, after a bit of persuasion, is Angela Skrimshire.
Most of my life before Colonsay was spent in the south of England.  I’ve lived here only in retirement, and never had to make a living on the island.  As the late Findlay MacFadyen once wisely told me (though not in these exact words) , ...

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A letter from our community owner neighbours of the Isle of Gigha

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Following on the Community Land Scotland report the Corncrake asked the convener of the Gigha Heritage Trust, community owners of the island just to the North of the Kintyre peninsula how they are getting on.
Gigha was purchased from the Horlicks Family in 2002 for nearly £4M from public funds and community loans.

Convener of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust Margaret McSporran takes up the story:

Charting Gighas’ Progress
Gighas’ oxygen; our first wind farm, Gighas’ dancing ladies, Faith Hope and ...

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New fire volunteers start their training

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Three new faces will be at Monday evening training sessions at the fire station as Fire Scotland increases it’s team on the island.

Phil “on the hill” Jones, Matthew “Cammy” Cameron and Scott “Del” Liddell are spending three successive weekends doing basic training on various aspects of fire fighting and rescue services.

A spokesman for the island station said the new recruits will eventually be able to take a full part in fire fighting duties on the island and in time will ...

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Newsletter Test

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The Isle of Colonsay’s online community newsletter

Issue 266, February 2014.

Table of Contents

Articles

Community’s purchase of hotel falls through
Burns’ Night 2014
A tribute to Mrs Flora MacNeill
RSPB Report
2014 Colonsay Book Festival
McNeill ancestry enquiry
Isle of Colonsay Golf Club
Seal pups at Ardskenish

COMMUNITY HOTEL PURCHASE FALLS THROUGH

colonsay-hotel-saleThe Colonsay community has been preparing a bid to buy the hotel in Scalasaig for ...

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