Issue 41/13 19 April 2014

port ellen filling station

Members of South Islay Development, jubilant at the acquisition of Port Ellen Filling Station

We're filling great

Members of South Islay Development's executive committee were in jubilant mood when the missives were finally completed for the acquisition of Port Ellen Filling Station.
Their local development officer, Kirsten Laurie, told us that SID will take full ownership of the site on the 1st May with an opening date to be arranged as soon as possible.
She said, "We would like to say a big thank you to the community for all their support and patience working through this process. It is sure to be a challenging and exciting venture."
Chairwoman Jackie Thomson said, "This is SID's first acquisition for the community. We are thrilled to take this on. We have secured a valuable and essential asset which will be of great benefit to those living in the area and our many visitors."
Gus Newman said that it would help Port Ellen and the south grow and prosper. "It will mean more yachts coming to the pontoons. They know that they can once more buy fuel in the Port Ellen area. The lack of this amenity was a short term hindrance to the growth of the facilities down at the pier."
With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Gordon Currie added, "Much as we love our friends in Bowmore and Bridgend, Port Ellen folk would like to buy Port Ellen petrol from Port Ellen pumps. A twenty mile round trip is a bit much to fill a container to fuel your lawnmower. We will, of course, welcome customers from all over the island at our pumps. Service with a Port Ellen smile." John Findlay had the final word. "It took a lot of time and a lot of hard work to get to this stage. We started working on the venture way back in February 2012 and our success is a tribute to the diligence and teamwork of SID members, all busy people who give up their time voluntarily for the good of the community."
Let's hope that someone has a camera at the ready when the first tankful of fuel is bought and sold.


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Jamie's glass recycling service
jamie maclellan

Jamie MacLellan from Bruichladdich has started up his own Glass Recycling Service for local people who don't have the time to take their glass bottles and jars etc. to the bottle bank.
Jamie has lots of experience in recycling having worked at Re Jig for five years as part of work experience whilst at Islay High School.
Jamie who celebrates his 21st birthday this month is keen to take all types of glass and really enjoys smashing it into the bottle banks. All he asks for is a small donation to cover costs.
If you would like Jamie to pick up your recyclable glass, just drop him an email or leave him a voice mail with your name and address. His email address is jamiemaclellan1993@gmail.com and his mobile number is 07776995109. He will transfer your glass to his own crate so please make sure any broken glass is wrapped up in paper.
He will try to cover different areas on different days if there are enough households requesting uplift.


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Rainfall on Islay

We thank Willy Inglis of Islay Estates for the following:
Readers will recall that Islay Estates keeps rainfall records from daily reading at Eallabus House. These readings are recorded by Andrew Watson and provide an interesting insight into the way that the weather is changing and how years compare; the records (not all collected by Andrew) go back to 1952. With the reliance on the weather for farming and tourism it is useful to have some idea of patterns and possible extremes. Here are a few facts from the records:
If winter is taken as the three months from December to February, then the winter of 2013-4 was the wettest on record with 691.7mm falling from 1 November 2013 to 28 February 2014. The average rain for this period is 400.5mm. This means that there was 72.7% more rain than normal.
The average annual rainfall is 1338mm. 2011 was the wettest calendar year with 1733.8mm and 1971 was the driest with 958.85mm. This gives a variance of 775mm - a figure that shows the unpredictable nature of the weather on Islay. The rolling average rainfall has increased from 1220mm in 1952 to 1460mm in 2013 - an increase of almost 20%.
Interestingly October is the wettest month on average with 155mm and unsurprisingly May is the driest.
The wettest month on record is December 2011 with 308mm.


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