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 late this year so there was not long to wait until the annual Book Festival at the end of April. This year’s Book Festival saw an excellent bevvy of authors, including Alexander McCall Smith who was returning for a second appearance. Here is the Corncrake report on the Book Festival: Book Festival Report. As the Book Festival closed its literary doors the Spring Festival opened the barn doors on a cornucopia of three weeks of events, walks and tutored workshops. The Spring Festival was again popular, busy and much enjoyed by its participants. The Spring Festival is now so large that the Corncrake report has been split into two. The first half of the report on the Festival is here: Spring Festival – the first half, and the report on the second half of the Festival will follow soon.
Seals basking in the sun at Ardskenish on Easter Sunday
Also during May the Heritage Trust held an event celebrating 100 years on Colonsay through an audio-visual presentation of a diverse collection of photos, narrated by David Binnie, with songs from Pedie McNeil. A report on this should be appearing soon in the Corncrake.
A few news lines:
- both the CCC and CCDC held meetings in May; please refer to the official minutes for details,
- the Coastguard conducted exercises on Colonsay in early May,
- Jasmin and Liam’s baby, Thalia Dairon, was born on 22nd April,
- a baby basking shark was reportedly saved on the beach at Kiloran Bay (photo anybody?), and
- Keith, our postman, had his final delivery round, well in a way…
Our Postman Retires
Keith, our postman, on reaching the fine age of 70, has retired from the role of full-time Postman, though he will continue as Relief Postman, and be seen once a week doing the rounds on Wednesday evenings. Keith will also continue to man the counter at the Post Office, and being stuck inside more, will likely be glad of some company.
Young at heart. Postman Keith Rutherford visits Walter Williams, on his final round as Colonsay’s Postman
Coming up on Colonsay and the Corncrake
As the island takes a breather after the hectic days of the Spring Festival, the Corncrake will be catching up with reports on the Festival and the Heritage Trust, which recently opened its doors at the Baptist church.
On the island we will soon be into the full swing of summer with Ceildh season and the Rugby Festival in July. The Music Festival is promising a bumper edition this year when the lights go up in September.
The full Corncrake for April/May will soon appear as a pdf on the website and in hard copy at the Post Office, as long as the printer and the ink last out.