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snowy paps of jura

The forst snows of winter landed on the Paps of Jura on Thursday 23 November.

photo: wild islay birding

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ileach calendar 2018

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Excerpts from issue 45/03 25 November

From Islay to Lapland for Christmas

Though common consent would have us believe that there is no place like home, it's a sentiment that rings ever truer at Christmas time. However, according to legend, Christmas itself doesn't originate between here and the Rhinns. If we discount the unfounded rumour that Santa's Workshop is at the North Pole, the likelihood that his Grotto and centre of operations are based in Lapland, home to more deer than Jura, seems perfectly believable.
And rather than remain steadfastly at home over the Twelve Days of Christmas, several of Islay's Airport Staff have decided to ride their bicycles all the way to the home of Mr Claus.
Actually, that's not entirely true, but then again, it sort of is. Riding a peloton of bicycles fixed to turbo trainers at Islay airport, our intrepid heroes will cycle the equivalent distance from Islay to Santa's Grotto in Lapland to raise funds for Islay and Jura Sick Children's Fund.
Organiser Simon Hart told us, "The idea came to me after the whole island came together to help my family when we needed it most, and I'm now trying to help raise funds to help others."
The bike ride to end all bike rides will end with a Grand Finale in Bowmore Square geographically displaced from the 'real' Grotto, but hopefully after covering the 2,500 mile distance. This takes place on Saturday 16 December, midst a festive atmosphere and the occasional refreshment, along with a bicycle or two to help cover those last few miles.
Please join the stationary peloton at that time and support them financially by giving as much as you can in the collection buckets. And remember; a bicycle is not just for Christmas.

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A ReJig for Islay's postal service

ReJig will be taking over the running of the Post Office provision in Bowmore before Christmas and with branch outreach to Portnahaven and Ballygrant following in the early part of next year. Staff will beginning training Post Office on Monday 11 December, at the existing Bowmore Post Office before relocating to the current ReJig shop in Shore Street.
Ina Glover, of ReJig, said that they would be relocating to the Shore Street shop as soon as the works to refit are complete. "The ReJig Post Office will then trade for a few weeks to get used to the system and we will then start to roll out the brand outreach to Portnahaven and Ballygrant."
The Post Office itself has been slow to confirm what much of the island has known for some time, but offered the following statement. "We plan to ensure that there is no loss in service at Bowmore so any new operator will take over from current operator without lapse in service."

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So long, farewell
c.s. monks port charlotte

After 29 years of owning the village shop, Post Office and petrol pumps, Clive and Sharon Monks have decided to move from Islay to pastures new bringing them closer to their family.
As a result, they've placed the business on the market in the hands of Cornerstone Business Agents. Director, David Higgins, commented "This is a genuine opportunity to own and run a prosperous business with the benefit of a three bedroomed owner's accommodation above."

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NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 9 December 2017

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islay info

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islay community council

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Islay Diary 2017

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  • Saturday 11 November
  • Saturday 25 November
  • Jura Christmas Craft Fair, Craighouse
  • Kilmeny Christmas Sale, Ballygrant Hall
  • Sunday 26 November
  • Country Dancing, Bowmore Hall
  • Tuesday 28 November
  • Timebank Stroll, Claggan Bay
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Islay Mod Committee AGM, ICCI, Bowmore
  • Thursday 30 November
  • Badminton, IHS
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Piping Club, Kilarrow House
  • Craft Market, Bruichladdich Hall
  • Friday 1 December
  • Family Ceilidh, St Columba Hall, PE
  • Saturday 2 December
  • Christmas Coffee Morning, Bowmore Hall
  • PE Primary, Christmas Fair
  • Bowmore Christmas Lights Switch on
  • Sunday 3 December
  • Christmas Carols & Coffee, Old School, Ardbeg
  • RNLI, Christmas Events, Port Askaig
  • Monday 4 December
  • Christingle Service, St Kiaran's, PE
  • Chit Chat, MLC, Bowmore
  • Tuesday 5 December
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Health Care Forum, Baltist Church, Bowmore
  • Thursday 7 December
  • Playing Fields AGM Ramsay Hall
  • Badminton, IHS
  • Friday 8 December
  • Chatterbox Christmas Sale, Bruichladdich Hall
  • Carol Service, Kilmeny Church
  • Saturday 9 December
  • Festive Fayre, Rhinns Hall
  • Chatterbox Christmas Sale, Bruichladdich Hall
  • Tuesday 12 December
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Wednesday 13 December
  • Baptist Church Christmas Walk
  • Thursday 14 December
  • Port Ellen Primary School Christmas Panto
  • Badminton, IHS
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Piping Club, Kilarrow House
  • Craft Market, Bruichladdich Hall
  • Friday 15 December
  • Port Ellen Primary School Christmas Panto
  • Tuesday 19 December
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Thursday 21 December
  • Badminton, IHS
  • Bogha-frois, ICCI
  • Piping Club, Kilarrow House
  • Wednesday 27 December
  • Calum Bell Memorial Shoot, Jura

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