Issue 41/22 23 August 2014

roses
Once in a Blue Moon

A 'Blue Moon' rose grown by Mary Logan of Keills. She originally grew it for the Tarbert Show about five years ago, and it has now grown to a good sized shrub. 'Blue Moon' is a highly scented hybrid shrub rose which produces large lilac-coloured blooms. It flowers throughout Summer and Autumn.

Photo: islaystudios.co.uk

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Ileach Referendum Debate
Bowmore Village Hall, Friday 29 August at 7:30pm
Chairman: Glenn Campbell
Speakers: Michael Russell MSP, Jenny Minto,
Alan Reid MP, Dr Kate Pickering
ALL WELCOME

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The staff at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile are asking "Who do you think you are?"

Don't be offended; they're just taking the title of a well-known BBC programme to encourage you to think about your who your Islay ancestors may have been. On Wednesday 27 August, ICCI are hosting an open evening to display some of the resources held at the Centre in relation to genealogy and Islay's history.
The records were gathered by the Family History Society and when the Society closed its doors in 2013, the Census Records, Old Parish Records, records of 19th century births, marriages and deaths, folders of research information and a wonderful selection of old photographs among other items were given to be held at the library in ICCI.
It is our aim to nurture the existing materials and to continue to develop and expand this valuable local resource. We hope to create a collection as a legacy that will serve the Island for years to come.
During the open evening, visitors will have the opportunity to view the resources and to begin recording their own Family Tree. Elaine Scott, Islay's resident Genealogist and Family History Researcher, will be on hand to advise on beginning family research projects and to share her knowledge and expertise.
Why not come along and see for yourself? Pop in between 6pm and 8:45pm for a quick look, or stay a little longer and begin tracing your own family tree.
Refreshments will be provided.

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CalMac's new online ticketing system

The introduction of a state-of-the-art online booking and ticketing system by ferry operator CalMac has taken a step closer, with the award of a contract to Worldline, the European leader and a global player in the payments and transactional services industry. The initial three-year contract will see Worldline team up with Hogia, the largest provider of IT systems for ferry and sea freight operators for the European transport market, to deliver a modern, integrated ticketing system to support lifeline ferry services on the west coast of Scotland.
Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac, said: "We know we can always do more to improve the customer experience and that is why we are currently undertaking a major programme of improvements to modernise our systems. The award of this contract is an important milestone in that journey as we recognise that our ticketing and online booking systems are starting to show their age, and no longer meet the expectations of customers for whom e-ticketing and the use of mobile technology is becoming the norm.
"The companies selected to work with us have unrivalled experience in this field, providing between them similar services for rail and ferry operators both in the UK and overseas, and we are sure our customers will find the new systems easy to use and greatly enhance their experience of travelling with us."

Scottish Government Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, said: "The award of this contract brings CalMac a step closer to delivering a state-of-the-art ticketing and booking system that will provide benefits to ferry passengers. The system will make it quicker and easier for travellers to make bookings and reservations, and will allow smart ticketing technology to be rolled out in the future. I want ferry travel in Scotland to remain an attractive option, and this new system will help enhance the customer experience on board CalMac services."
The contract is being awarded by CalMac's parent company David MacBrayne Ltd. in order that the technology is available for services provided by CalMac Ferries Ltd and Argyll Ferries Ltd services, and other ferry services it may operate in the future.
Wouldn't it be an improvement if foot passengers will be able to book and pay for tickets online, in the same way as those travelling with motor vehicles currently can! Passengers would then be able to be contacted and alerted in the case of ferry sailings being diverted between ports, as car drivers currently are. Intending passengers would know where to go, rather than turning up at the scheduled port, only to be told that the boat had gone to the other side of the island and we were going to miss it. Ed.


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Ileach calendar 2015 - a call for entries

Now that Show Day is past and winter has set in, it's time once more to consider the Ileach 2015 calendar. We would be happy to accept images from readers for consideration and possible inclusion in next year's calendar which we hope to have ready in early November. Digital images are preferable by e-mail, though we are happy to accept bona-fide photographic prints. Due to quality considerations, we are unable to accept inkjet prints handed in or posted to the office. Please ensure that images are in landscape format (wider than they are tall) and include your name, the image title, and a postal address.
Images can be of any aspect of Islay you think would be suitable for a calendar, colour or black and white, but they need not necessarily have been taken this year. Please e-mail digital images to calendar@ileach.co.uk or if posting photographic prints, send to Calendar, Ileach newspaper, Main Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay PA43 7JH


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NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 6 September 2014

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Islay Natural History Trust Blog

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islay community council

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Additional information is available on the Isle of Islay
and Isle of Jura websites.

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Islay Diary 2014

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