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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IT Training

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COLONSAY AND ORANSAY HERITAGE TRUST are organising another weekend of IT training: Saturday March 12th and Sunday, in Kilchattan School. The format will be the same as last time, with a morning and afternoon class each day and drop in sessions for one to one help. These classes were very popular last time and we would like to encourage as many as possible to come along, whether or not you attended in the autumn. If you have a ...

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Hall Committee Update

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Colonsay Village Hall

The Hall committee held its A.G.M on 9th January. The committee is unchanged apart from the resignation of Esme Marshal. Esme has been a great supporter of the hall over the last 10 years or so and will be much missed. Global warming resulting in ever higher tides and ever windier gales with ever more bizarre names has made travel to and from meetings increasingly difficult. We will miss her humour and common sense ...

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The Great Colonsay Land Debate

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THE GREAT COLONSAY LAND DEBATE

Officials from the Mainland will soon travel to Colonsay, to make a presentation to a Public Meeting in the Hall, the topic being the issue of land and its ownership on the island.  This has come about due to discussions and developments firstly at a local and secondly at a national level.    

Locally, residents will be aware that their Colonsay Community Development Company have been ...

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