Excerpts from issue 44/04 10 December 2016

bowmore pantomime

Bowmore Primary School's Thursday eve pantomime was Sleeping Beauty, but borrowed from elsewhere to include the seven dwarves and Darth Vader. The sleeping teenager was eventually awoken from her slumber by a text from prince Charming

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Some impressions of Islay - book review

brian palmer writes
Many a rural location has been historically documented by way of the postcards sold in its local shops. Though such items are rarely designed to specifically fulfil this function, it can be a more than interesting means of examining what were once regarded as the more picturesque locations that visitors might have wished to draw attention to those at home. But in my opinion, rarely can aspects of anywhere or anytown be more attractively brought to life than through the eyes of a local artist.
In the case of Islay, this has now been comprehensively taken care of with the publication of a book of paintings by renowned local artist, Harry Underwood.
As a long-time resident of the isle, Harry has a wealth of impressive artworks on which to draw, choosing to feature 25 of them in a spiral-bound compilation aptly entitled Some impressions of Islay.
Harry's paintings have always been more about what satisfies his artistic quest than whether their subject matter conforms to the notion of a local point of interest. Thus, those contained within the book's glossy covers feature such as a calf on the road to Kilnaughton Beach, the clearing of the sands prior to the annual Beach Rugby Tournament, a CalMac ferry passing the iconic Carraig Fhada lighthouse and Port Ellen's St John's Church, to name but a few.
harry underwood Of course, no illustrated book of Islay would be complete without at least a passing nod to its distilleries, or indeed the much photographed view leading up Bowmore Main Street to the Round Church.
Several of these images will be familar to residents and regular visitors, but this is the first time many of them have been collected together in such a convenient format. It is not only testament to the wide variety of Islay life, but a tribute to the fortitude of one of its most resilient artists.
Some impressions of Islay is available direct from Harry Underwood, or at selected retailers throughout the island at a retail price of £10. It's the ideal Christmas present to send not only to those who are lucky enough to live here but also those who aren't.
bp

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Ferry Committee disappointed

"What happened to the summit agreement?" the ferry committee ask.
The Islay Community Council Ferry Committee has expressed its disappointment to Drew Collier, Operations Director of CalMac, and Michael Russell MSP, that Islay has been reduced to a one ferry service for at least one week longer than timetabled.
Not much more than a month after the Ferry Summit agreement that Islay needed a two vessel service, it was announced that Hebridean Isles is to provide relief cover elsewhere in the network. This is due firstly to a delay on the Lord of the Isles refit and secondly because of a "bow thruster defect" developing when the Hebridean Isles was leaving dry dock.
The Committee has pointed out that the problem is compounded by the Finlaggan's mezzanine deck being out of action leaving the vessel short of sixteen car spaces.
Mr Russell agreed, replying "The necessity for the two boat service was a key issue at the summit and I am disappointed that the service has been reduced once again." He was alerting the Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing and Transport Minister Humza Yousaf as well as making his concern known to Drew Collier.
In his reply to the Committee, Drew Collier said that they had looked at all possibilities but with the resources available, in this case it was "the only practical option available to us to continue to deliver lifeline services elsewhere in the network".
At the time of the Ileach deadline it was expected the two ferry service would be back in place mid-week.
The Committee has also made know their concern that the summer 2017 timetable is not yet published. Their proposals were submitted to CalMac four months ago on 25 July, the deadline given. Tourism businesses are concerned at the effect this delay will have on trade, as tourists expect to have an assured ferry booking before confirming accommodation.
The Islay Community Council Ferry committee has representatives from the island's industries, tourism, farming, haulage and small businesses. Community Council members represent the interests of the travelling public. The Committee consults with Jura Community Council on matters affecting both islands.

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Phoney Book update

Stephen Harrison writes:
As you know, Islay High School has been developing the next edition of the Islay and Jura Phoney Book. We had hoped that we would have finished the project last summer but there have been significant delays much of which has been down to reduced staffing in the school. Nearly all of the data has now been collated and it now requires to be brought altogether. This is really a one person job and it's now finding the time to do this.
The staffing situation has improved significantly so a little more time has become available but also hoping to get a lot of the work done over the Christmas Holidays. In the meantime apologies to everyone for the delay. We are still very committed to the project and ensuring that this new edition is accurate and of good quality. If your circumstances have changed and you have already sent an entry in and you wish to change your entry (domestic or business) please get in touch either by phone (Tel: 01496 810239) or by email (phoneybook@argyll-bute.gov.uk) or by post (Phoney Book, Islay High School, School St, Bowmore, Isle of Islay PA43 7LS).

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