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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Colonsay Man Steps Up To Scottish National Hockey Team

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Colonsay commuter Dannie Onn has been selected to play for the Scotland over 60s team at the 2016 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Australia. The world cup is being held in Newcastle, NSW and runs for the first two weeks of May. The competition is for national teams in the age groups 60+, 65+ and 70+. Says Dannie; ‘It is a great honour to be selected, but with less than 14 weeks to go I have a huge  responsibility to get to ...

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Moving On

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Sadly the last few months have seen a bit more going than coming – we were very sad to hear of Donald & Hannah MacAllister’s decision to leave the island but wish them and wee Dougal all the best in their new adventure in Haddington!

We also, regretfully, said farewell to Community Nurse, Michelle, and senior Port Assistant, Cammy as they headed back to Michelle’s native lands, Ormacleit in South Uist. Michelle secured a nursing job and ...

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Cànan ‘is Ceòl ann an Colbhasa

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With the grant awarded to Colonsay Community Development Company (CCDC) by Bòrd na Gaidhlig a weekend event was held celebrating Gaelic culture, music and language, specifically that of Colonsay & Oransay. The event ran from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October 2015 and kicked off the local food & drink festival, Connect with Colonsay.

The program consisted of ‘taster’ sessions in the morning – an hour-long seminar with speakers delivering a short talk on Gaelic ...

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Jean MacAllister 1930 – 2015

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It was with heartfelt regret that we said goodbye to Jean MacAllister last year. Jean was born in Hamilton on the 5th of December 1930 where she attended St John’s Grammar School and Hamilton Academy. She then went on to study at Glasgow School of Art from which she graduated in 1952 and moved on to undertake her teacher training in Jordanhill. Jean first came to Colonsay as a student to take up a job in the Hotel ...

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Photo/Video of the Month

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Now the weather is perking up and although the sheep may still be drenched and a bit sad-looking we at Corncrake HQ know there are still beautiful photographic moments to be snapped and funny animals to be videoed – Please send your photos/videos to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk and if your photo/video is chosen, you will have the highest honour of having it displayed in the next edition of the Corncrake!

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Song of the Month

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Each month we will feature a song suggested by our readers. Please send your recommendations (or links to SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Youtube etc) to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk or comment below

This months selection is a beautiful combination of intelligent musicality and angelic vocals in the form of Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Jarosz plays an octave mandolin with a delicate touch, gently supported by Aoife’s guitar.

The video comes from a series called The Bluegrass Situation – ...

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