Excerpts from issue 44/14 29 April

lagavulin charity donations
Lagavulin's largesse

Lagavulin Distillery officially handed over their 200th Anniversary Legacy Fund on Friday 14 April to local charities. Representatives of the charities, including the swimming pool, cyber café, arts and festival organisations, visited the distillery to officially mark the hand over of £588,395 of funds which were raised through a special Lagavulin 200th anniversary bottling.
The principal beneficiary of the funding is Islay Heritage, a new initiative which has been established to explore, conserve and promote Islay's wealth of historical and archaeological sites. Islay is an important historical location with sites such as Finlaggan and with a grant of £318,395 from the Lagavulin Legacy fund, the ambitious project wants to make Islay as famous for its history as it currently is for whisky.
The Lagavulin Legacy project will also fund the restoration and conservation of around 700 acres of peatlands on Islay in recognition of the vital role peat plays in the creation of Lagavulin and other whiskies.
A total of seven good causes will benefit from the Lagavulin Legacy fund which Lagavulin feels reflects a range of local good causes and projects designed to further enhance Islay's reputation as a 'must-visit' destination for global visitors. In addition to Islay Heritage, they are; Mactaggart Cyber Café, Mactaggart Leisure Centre, Finlaggan Trust, Islay Arts Association, Islay Festival Association and the RSPB.
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo Head of Whisky Outreach, who led the Lagavulin 200th Anniversary project, said: "The Lagavulin Legacy fund is not about making donations, it is about investing in the rich fabric of the Islay community. That's why we've chosen a range of charities to support from very local community good causes, to the ambitious new Islay Heritage project which aims to really put Islay on the map as one of the world's most important archaeological and historical destinations."
Georgie Crawford, Lagavulin Distillery manager, added: "The celebrations for Lagavulin's 200th anniversary last year were fantastic, but the absolute highlight of it all is to be able to hand over such a significant financial contribution to these good causes.
"It makes me incredibly proud to welcome our friends and partners here at the distillery to mark the hand over of the funds. We look forward to continuing to work with these good causes and to seeing the legacy project bring real benefits to Islay and its communities."

The Lagavulin 200th anniversary legacy funds were raised through the sale of a special bottling of a Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky cask which was carefully selected by the distillery team and Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes. Just 522 bottles were put on sale, 521 of the bottles via a special ballot on The Whisky Exchange at a price of £1,494 - a price set to acknowledge the historic year of the first recorded distillation of Scotch Whisky - with bottle no.1 then auctioned by The Whisky Exchange, raising a further £8,395.
The funds are being transferred to the charities with immediate effect to allow the legacy projects to progress at the earliest opportunity.

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Glasgow art students visit Islay
glasgow art students

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend a group of seven artists from Glasgow School of Art conducted a research trip on Islay. Rachael Hood, Alison Johnston, Pippa Lobban Tamara MacArthur, Ellene Mash, Lucy Mullican and Lizzie Urquhart study various disciplines within the Art School but joined together as a creative collective to make work based on their trip to the island.
They thoroughly enjoyed their stay in Portnahaven, using it as a base from which to explore locations such as Lossit Bay and Islay House Community Garden. These places inspired artistic responses in the mediums of performance, photography, film and drawing. The work produced will be on display in their upcoming exhibition named 'Archipelago'. The exhibition is part of the Glasgow Open House Festival taking place across the city between 28 April - 1 May 2017. Access the link for further information: http://tinyurl.com/l7o97cf
The group would like to thank the islanders for their hospitality, particularly The Islay Quilters who provided delicious tea and homemade cake. It was not only a productive trip for the artists but also a welcome respite from urban life and final year degree show preparations.

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WW100 Islay group

There was great news for the WW100 Islay group when they met on Tuesday 24 April as the commemorations planned on Islay next year has been awarded a grant of £25k from Argyll & Bute Council.
The funding will be divided across repairs to the Islay War Memorials, the 4 May Commemoration for the Tuscania and Otranto tragedies, which is supported by WW100 Scotland and the Scottish Government, and island specific plans such as the WW100 Trail linking buildings and locations connected to WW1 and working with the RSPB on interpretation panels leading to the American Monument.
As well as the funding the Council will continue to assist the WW100 Islay group to deliver the programme of events across 2018, from February to November. This support is very much welcomed by the group.
In early March the first Senior Recce took place on Islay for the planning of the 4 May commemorations. The group from the First World War's Scottish and UK Commemoration Committees included; Rev Norman Drummond, Chairman of the WW1 Scottish Committee, and Maggie Cunningham, a member of that Committee; Partick Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute; Susan Stewart, The American Consul General for Scotland; Jenni Minto of the Museum of Islay Life, Lord George Robertson of the UK WW1 Advisory Committee and representatives of the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence, RSPB, Argyll and Bute Council and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. They visited the American Monument at the Oa, the War Grave Cemetries at Kilnaughton and Kilchoman, the Port Ellen War Memorial, the Ramsay Hall, the Museum of Islay Life and met local representatives involved in the planning.
The WW100 Islay group meet on a regular basis and are involved in planning and organising the 4 May commemorations and other commemorations and projects to remember the part that Islay and its people played during the War. The group is supported by the Museum of Islay Life. If you would like to get involved please contact the Museum on 850358 or email jennimminto@gmail.com

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