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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Shoot!

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On the 26th March Colonsay Gun Club held the first shoot of  the year at Machrins with a good turnout despite changeable weather.

Les Robinson, Ned Wyndham and Paul Summers all took home trophies and the overall winner was Chris Nisbet.

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Church Exhibition

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On Wednesday 16th March the community was warmly welcomed to a preview of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition at the Parish Church, Scalasaig with refreshments provided by Gavin & James at the Pantry. All of the exhibits were donated and will be sold towards the cost of the Belfry Restoration. The Exhibition will run until May 14th – please enjoy the exhibition and encourage your friends to visit it as well. Open any day from 4pm – 6pm. ...

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Jane Smith – Wild Island

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WILD ISLAND. A year in the Hebrides” by Jane Smith.

Have you ever listened to Corncrakes calling on a star-lit night? Have you crossed the Strand to Oronsay, wading through the reflection of the huge Hebridean sky? Did you know that cuttlefish fly through the water here like winged pink elephants? And have you seen the swooping flight of red-billed choughs as they play in the sea breeze?

If you have, this new book “Wild ...

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Colonsay Book Festival

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Not long now until the fifth Colonsay Book Festival which will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April. Opening with our first ever Fringe event, rapper and performance poet Ewan McNicholl (son of Liz and Mike) will be on in the Hotel on Friday 22nd, at 9pm.

The main business of the festival starts at 1.30 on Saturday in the village hall, with nature writer and poet Jim Crumley, followed at 3pm by eminent military ...

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Colonsay at Night

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I think most peoples perception of the undoubted beauty of Colonsay is limited to daylight , but, as a semi-nocturnal person by way of profession, I have always enjoyed being outdoors during the hours of darkness.

I always soaked up the tranquility of a Colonsay night, with very little in the way of manmade disturbance, and through this I became interested in Astronomy. I don’t think any Mainlander can be anything other than gobsmacked at the ...

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