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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Ceòl Cholasa 2015

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After a night spent preparing and wrapping rolls for 74 packed lunches it was a relief to finally finish work and get ready for the excitement to come.

The ferry trip to Colonsay is always where the Ceol Cholasa feeling begins and this year was no exception. There were lots of familiar faces and a blether about what lies in store in the next few days ensued over a pint or two.

After I had settled ...

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Connect with Colonsay

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Another year, another beautiful October and another Connect with Colonsay; a multifarious, month-long extravaganza of arts, agriculture, history, food, felting…everything. With fantastic weather for the most part the festival’s array of guided walks and outdoor activities were a success and cosy evenings spent in the hotel saw good attendance. The wine & cheese tasting hosted by Donald Paterson and the whisky tasting hosted by Rachel MacNeill both had people desperate to get in (but certainly not so ...

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Arlo Arrives!

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We were all very excited to hear that on the 7th November 2015 Keir and Grace Johnston welcomed their baby boy, Arlo William Keir into the world. He was born at 6:44am weighing 8lbs 6.5oz. Congratulations to Grace, Keir and new big sister Izzy!

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Bonfire Night

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Remember, remember…on the 5th November we had a lovely fireworks display and bonfire to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Donald and the fire brigade deftly handled the explosives and through the kindness of the community (overjoyed at the chance to get rid of those old palates that have been sitting beside the shed since potentially prehistoric times) a spectacular bonfire was constructed. Mulled cider was served with mulled apple juice for the children and sweeties were passed around the ...

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CCDC Update

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In the months since the new Colonsay Community Development Company Board were elected, the main focus has been on ‘getting the house in order’. The Board has worked not only to get to grips with the responsibilities of running the CCDC but also to do a bit of damage control from the admittedly tumultuous handover period. This could not have been successful without the experience and commitment of CCDC’s Business Consultant, Hazel Smith, employed to work with the ...

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Kilchattan Primary School

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Sheena Nisbet has been back in the principal’s chair for the last few months as acting Head Teacher of Kilchattan Primary while Gill has been on leave. Gill has now returned and Sheena is off on a new adventure to do a few months relief in the primary school on Iona.

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A Nisbet Abroad

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Holly Nisbet recently jetted off for the ski slopes of Val d’Isère in France. Here’s a wee recap from Holly of her first few months.

After leaving Colonsay a week before my flight was due, due to the unpredictable ferry sailings, I began the first leg of my ski season in Val d’Isere, one of France’s most popular ski resorts notorious for its great ski runs and home of Dicks Tea Bar and La Folie Douce. It’s ...

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Sober October & Mo-vember

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A couple of Colonsay’s residents recently took up the Sober October Challenge in which an individual is sponsored to stay off the booze for the whole of October to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. Quite a feat but one ably tackled by Donald MacAllister Jnr and Christopher Baker Jnr. In total they raised around £450.

Christopher even took up the next big challenge; Mo-vember (aka No-Shave November). So if you saw him around with some questionable ...

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It’s Show Time!

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In October we had the annual Root & Grain Show in the Village Hall. A good turn out with plenty of entries. Here’s a recap of the winners – well done to all those who took part!

Class                           1st                   

3 Purple Top Swedes – Walter Williams

Heaviest Turnip – Walter Williams

6 Round ...

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Hopes Raised For Port Mor Housing Project.

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At an early December meeting on the island, community reps took the first steps on the road to building affordable social housing at Port Mor. If the project comes to fruition, the new houses will greatly alleviate the plight of several, mostly young islanders who are currently classified as “statutorily homeless” and living year-round in caravans or other unsuitable accommodation.

BACKGROUND

The Sub-Group had examined the Council’s Development Plan, which lists the very limited zones on ...

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Isle of Colonsay Golf Club

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Club Captain Donald MacAllister chaired the Club’s 16th January AGM in the island’s fire station and reflected on a season that had included a successful Open competition and ceilidh and an enjoyable trip to The Machrie, on the Isle of Islay.  Due to consistently adverse weather, there had been no Winter League, however members had squeezed a couple of Texas Scramble matches into the gaps between Abigail, Gertrude, Desmond and Henry.

A vote of thanks ...

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