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Residents on Jura can now start their week with breakfast on the beach.

Organised by Jura Community Fridge, the get-together will take place every Monday from 8am until 10am at at ‘Wee Corran’ between July 22 and September 23.

The poster reads: ‘Come along and grab a tea or coffee at Wee Corran. Bring some breakfast and get a good start to your day.’

A community fridge is described as  ‘a simple way of enabling communities and businesses to share good food that would otherwise go to waste’.


There will be a RNLI station open day in Port Askaig on Sunday August 4 from 2pm until 4pm.

The event’s description reads: ‘Enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon supporting those who save lives at sea.’

There will be games and events such as heaving line, shooting, football, coconut shy, face painting, raffle, a bottle stall, as well as music and dance.

There will also be food and drink such as home baking, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs and cream teas.

  • Port Charlotte’s bus stop is more like a greenhouse, nurturing weeds than a shelter for passengers, says Kintyre and Islands councillor Alastair Redman.

He has now raised the issue with Argyll and Bute Council’s roads and street lighting department.

‘With the bus shelter resembling an abandoned and overgrown greenhouse, many of my constituents are once again highlighting the vast difference in the tax revenue generated on Islay through our many distilleries and the poor levels of local investment we receive in return. Frankly, Port Charlotte’s bus shelter is an embarrassment and locals and visitors alike deserve better,’ he said.

Islay’s overgrown bus shelter in Port Charlotte.
  • Seil and Easdale Community Council has a vacancy to fill.

John Gordon recently stepped down and was thanked for his services to the community at last week’s meeting.

Community council secretary Ann Foster has been co-opted as a new member but there is still one vacancy left.

‘It would be lovely to have someone from Easdale,’ said chairwoman Julie Ferris.

  • There is going to be one last push to get a new Seil telephone directory out. Anyone interested in being included can pick up and sign a slip at Balvicar Stores.
  • Campers are parking up on the pier, much to the community council’s bemusement when there is plenty of free parking they could be using in the village. A notice pointing out campervans should not stay overnight in the 90-space car park is not an official one. Efforts are still being made to get people to remove their abandoned trailers and cars away from space near the public toilets, taking up places that Easdale residents could use. The village’s grassy areas have also been recently mowed with white-painted stones put in place to keep campers and vehicles off. The community council said it was trying to police the parking situation in Ellenabeich itself but needed a bit of help from the community.
  • The next meeting of Seil and Easdale Community Council will be at Seil Island Hall on Tuesday September 24 at 6.30pm.

Appin Agricultural Show is in need of volunteers.

The committee is looking for people to spare an hour of their time between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday August 17 to help steward at the show.

Duties would be seated and would include selling raffle tickets and ensuring produce is not uplifted until it is time to do so.

Those interested can get in touch by searching Appin Agricultural Show on Facebook.

South Uist
Sergio Davì and piper Ryan MacIntyre. NO_T31_RIBChallenge01
Sergio Davì and piper Ryan MacIntyre. NO_T31_RIBChallenge01

A man travelling from Sicily to New York, passing the North Atlantis glaciers, on a rib arrived in Lochboisdale Harbour on July 20.

Sergio Davì, president and expedition master of the Ice RIB Challenge, is raising awareness for the protection of the marine environment and
marine pollution caused by plastic waste.

Due to extreme weather conditions, there was a longer stay than expected at Lochboisdale and the rib was scheduled to leave on July 27 for Torshavn, Faroe Islands.

Lochboisdale Harbour Port Manager, Donald Currie said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Sergio to the Hebrides, especially considering the team have chosen Lochboisdale Harbour as the only stopover in Scotland during the Ice RIB Challenge.

‘Our special thanks go to local piper, Ryan MacIntyre, who welcomed Sergio playing a selection of South Uist tunes. A first for the delighted Sergio to experience the sound of bagpipes in person.’

South Uist

Greenock Morton Football Club’s charitable arm ‘Morton in the Community’ is taking its summer coaching courses to the Western Isles this summer.

Thanks to a link-up with ferry operator CalMac, it is running two ‘Train like a Pro’ football sessions at Daliburgh, South Uist, next month.
The club is sending over UEFA qualified coaches to provide professional coaching to the island’s young players in partnership with Southend Community Football Club (SCFC).

Southend CFC secretary Christine Lindsay said: ‘SFCC is looking forward to welcoming coaches from Greenock Morton to Uist. The camp in 2018 was a great success and we are confident our young players will have a valuable and fun experience. Thanks go to Morton and CalMac for supporting the camp.’

As well as academy standard coaching sessions, the coaches will deliver workshops on diet, nutrition and well-being.

Morton will start the season playing in the Scottish Championship again.
Morton in the Community chief executive Brian McLaughlin said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with SFCC. We hope all players in attendance enjoy the ‘Train Like a Pro’ camp and workshops. Massive thanks to CalMac for supporting our travel.’

CalMac is providing transport and core costs for the coaching team to get over to Uist and back. Their contribution means all the income generated by the sessions will stay within South Uist.

Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement Brian Fulton added: ‘We have a long association with Morton FC and were eager to support this latest initiative. It will give young people living on Uist an opportunity to develop their skills with professional coaches, an opportunity that would not normally be available to them. Our support will help sustain future sessions bringing the long-term health and well-being benefits football brings to even more young people.’

The coaching sessions take place on Thursday August 8 and Friday August 9.

Contact Christine at tinomacq@yahoo.co.uk for details of how to book a place.