Issue 41/23 6 September 2014

end of summer of islay
Summer's end on Islay

Photographed by Islay Studios during the last week of August, though Islay looks fabulous at anytime of the year, the transition from summer to autumn is perhaps one of its most attractive periods.

Photo: islaystudios.co.uk

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McGrigor seeks power cable answers

Jamie McGrigor, MSP, has written to the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism after constituents raised concerns about alleged delays in supplying a power cable to prevent disruption of electricity supply on Jura, Islay and Colonsay.
He wrote: "Once again I have been approached by constituents worried at the lack of progress in supplying the submarine power cable to Jura, Islay and Colonsay. In the past I have written endless letters regarding power cuts on these islands which were particularly severe in the winter. A functional cable from the mainland is essential.
"I understand that the cable is ready to be laid and that the cable-laying vessel is standing by. Why, therefore, the delay? It is suggested that Marine Scotland or the Scottish Government is somehow holding up installation.
"Can you please let me know if this is the case or, if not, why the project is being so delayed? This is a vital issue to islands which produce a huge amount of revenue for the UK exchequer. They are islands which should be at the forefront of modernisation in terms of infrastructure, but I regret that they are not being treated as such."

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Glorious 12th for Canami and Shogo
japanese wedding

Hugh Smith writes:
A young Japanese couple, who tied the knot at a civil wedding in their native Tokyo in September of last year, had their marriage blessed at a special ceremony in the Round Church at Bowmore on 12 August.
Canami and Shogo Izumi travelled specially to the island to receive the blessing which was bestowed on them by the Rev Valerie Watson, minister of the north parishes.
Canami is the only daughter of Tokyo pharmacist Takeshi Mogi and his wife Masami. Takeshi is a man of many parts who speaks fluent Gaelic and is a no mean piper. He visits Scotland on a regular basis and enjoys the country's culture and is partial to some of Islay's malt whiskies.
Canami is no stranger to these parts either, as she worked for a short time at the Japanese-owned Bowmore Distillery.
Her husband Shogo, a former swimming instructor now involved in the world of IT, is also absorbing the Scottish culture and is learning to play the bagpipes. Following the blessing, the young couple joined family and friends at a celebratory lunch before fitting in an almost obligatory visit to Bowmore Distillery. They later met up with some fellow countrymen and, following their island departure, visited Stirling Castle and attended the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Ometedou Canami and Shogo - agus meal ar naidheachd!
Congratulations to any reader who knows what the Japanese word 'ometedou' means - and the Gaelic phrase 'meal ar naidheachd' Ed.


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Quarter century celebration!

Laura Anderson writes:
On 11 September 1989 Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited was incorporated and registered as a Scottish Charity. 25 years ago this week!
The more mature residents of Islay & Jura will be able to recall the eleven years of fundraising undertaken prior to this and aiming to raise £1m to build the island the swimming pool of their dreams! Endless fundraising events, lobbying of councillors, grant applications, negotiations with Morrison Bowmore to secure premises by the community, eventually resulted in the target being reached! A monumental achievement!
With the company registered and money in the bank, architects and contractors were appointed and the building of the Mactaggart Leisure Centre began. A year later on 29 June 1991 this anchor community facility opened its doors to the community!
25 years on, over £2m external revenue income and £750,000 capital income has been raised in addition to the service level agreement with Argyll & Bute Council and trading income. Another monumental achievement! The business continues to take on amazing challenges. Not surprisingly it has earned the slogan 'against all odds'
To celebrate this remarkable track record we will be holding a Community Open Day on Saturday 20 September at Bowmore playing fields. Our main attraction will be 'The Air Bag' which is a big inflatable bag with a series of ramps for young people (twelve years and above) to ride their bikes/scooters along and into! It's great fun and has never been to Islay before so don't miss it.
We will also have Body Zorbs, bike workshops, BBQ, bottle stalls and the electric bike. Everything for a good family afternoon out.
Kilchoman distillery have very kindly agreed to donate six bottles of whisky each with a personalised 25th Anniversary label to mark the occasion.
Enjoy the day and here's to the next 25!


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