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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Colonsay Book Festival 2017

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As the doors closed on the 6th Annual Colonsay Book Festival on the last Sunday in April, it marked the end of another successful chapter in life of what has become one of Scotland’s literary treasures. At the same time it was a poignant moment because, as Dilly Emslie, at the helm since the Festival’s inception, closed the festival she also stepped down as its Director. Once again Dilly led her hard working festival committee to produce an outstanding event ...

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Easter on Colonsay

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Eastertide and the island throws off its Winter weeds, welcomes regular and new visitors, and sees the year’s first flush of social sporting events, set of course in the context of its religious festival.  For the outdoor events the weather was seasonally mixed, with showers on Saturday giving way, before the weekend ended, to a flourish of warm sun, well suited for basking.

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Chocolate Eggs in Church by Alastair Scouller

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Easter is not really for the children …

So runs the second verse of a poem by Steve Turner, comparing the two great Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. And this year, in the parish church at Scalasaig, Colonsay appeared to have got the message. Not a wean in sight! Which was a pity, because the visiting minister, Rev. Mitchell Bunting, known to his friends as ‘Bungie’, had turned up early and secreted chocolate eggs around the ...

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Land Reform Meeting

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COMMUNITY TO GAIN NEW LAND POWERS.

More than 40 island residents gathered in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 23rd March, to hear all about new powers granted to them by the Scottish Government.  Land ownership is currently a burning issue on the island, as CCDC is trying to build much-needed social housing units for the 10 or so young people who are either entirely homeless or are inadequately housed.  Attempts to purchase land ...

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Syria Fundraisers

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On the 10th and 12th March two fundraisers were held, organised by Rosalind Jewell, to raise money for Positive Action in Housing & Syria Relief. The former was a cake sale in the pantry, with delicious and plentiful homebakes kindly donated by the community. Folk drifted in and out between 1pm and 4pm – some even coming back for a second go at the table overflowing with varied cakes – and difficult topics came to  discussion ...

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Netting: The Play

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“A father and his two sons are lost at sea. Keep busy, eh? Hope we’ll get a body, mebbe. The widden spoon. A knock on the door wi a wooden spoon. Three women adapt to their lives as widows. Kitty can’t stop knitting. Alison needs looking after. Sylvia wants to forget. Then, one day, a knock on the door. A body has been found. One body, three women. Who does it belong to? Set in the north ...

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