Excerpts from issue 42/14 2 May 2015

model t fords

Photo: Islay Studios

Model T Fords visit Islay and Jura

Blessed with perfectly sunny conditions the Model T car club visited Islay and Jura on 21/22 April. The cars, all built in the U.S. excepting one rare UK built model, ranged between 90 and 100 years old arriving from all parts of the UK including the Isle of Man.
Organiser Frank Hodgkins from Cumbria said the trip incurred only minor incidents; a radiator failure fixed at the road side, and one car in a ditch on Jura, lifted back onto the road by other Model T owners! The cars turned heads wherever they went and proved an additional spectacle for other visitors to the islands. On leaving Islay they headed to Dunoon and the Isle of Bute.

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Gilson Gray

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Ferry nuff

We may have had our problems with ferries recently, but taken over the course of a year there's no doubt that the boats arrive on time more often than they don't. That may be of scarce comfort to those visitors who experienced a rather frantic few days over Easter weekend, but in retrospect it probably added to the sense of adventure.
However, CalMac ferries occupy an iconic presence up and down the west coast of Scotland if only because of their long-term ubiquity. The Isle of Skye notwithstanding, the majority of Scotland's islands can only be reached by ferry and for those less dependant on the service there's a certain delight in watching their black and white hulls approaching the port of departure.
In order that the CalMac logo might be introduced to the younger generation at an early age, while satisfying those of us who have yet to grow-up, Lego currently have a model of the Largs based MV Loch Shira awaiting your support on their website.
If you believe that one of the smaller vessels of the CalMac fleet ought to be available as a collection of the small plastic bricks to all and sundry, click the web address printed below and add your support. You will probably be asked to create a free account, but that's only a few seconds of your time which might provide hours of endless fun looking for black and white bricks under the sofa.
Lego CalMac Ferry

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WalkIslay 2015
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Bonnie Wood writes:
Walk Islay 2015 has been hailed another great success for the Islay & Jura Tourism & Marketing Group. The sun shone for the most part and visitors travelled from as far as the US, Holland and Germany to join us. With a count of over 200 walkers across the ten walks, participants enjoyed good company as they sauntered, trudged and ambled across our beautiful islands.
Bonnie Wood, organiser on behalf of the Tourism & Marketing Group, said that feedback and thanks from walkers this year has been over whelming, with everyone keen to know dates for next year.
The highlight for many was a special walk organised by Paul Graham and Gordon Muir, leading walkers to the far north of Jura to view the Corryvreckan. After a strenuous seven miles up to the viewpoint, walkers were treated to the spectacular sight of three German fast missile boats speeding through the centre of the whirlpool. Tides were just perfect to view the swirling waters; a memory a lucky few will hold dear for many years.
Other walks included a circuit of Bridgend, Rhuval Lighthouse, The Oa, Kiloran Bay on Colonsay, the brand new South Islay Distilleries Pathway, the Iron Age Forts of Fionn, circuit from Feolin on Jura and walks on both RSPB reserves.
The Tourism & Marketing Group would like to thank the walk leaders, volunteers and landowners once again for giving their time and land to allow us to share some spectacular parts of our islands.
Walk Islay will take place 10 -15 April 2016. If you have a suggestion for a walk we could do next year email footsteps@walkislay.co.uk

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Community Garden AGM and plans for 2015

George Dean writes:
The Bridgend Community Centre will hold the Annual General Meeting of the Islay House Community Garden on Thursday 14 May at 7pm in the Service Point, Jamieson Street, Bowmore.
The formal part of the meeting will receive the annual report and accounts (copies available in advance, contact janey.dean@tiscali.co.uk ) and deal with any queries or comments arising from these. The committee is keen to attract new members to join us and support the next phase of developments at the garden, and Tom Skinner, our Head Gardener, will describe what went well in 2014 and what innovations he has in store for 2015 and beyond. This is an important time, especially given the ambitious plans for Islay House.
To emphasise that, Bertie Nyman, Head of Food and Beverage at Islay House, will join the meeting and explain the vision and the plans for this new venture. He will also describe the progress to date, and the timetable for future developments. All will have seen the exciting programme taking place on the lawns on Friday 22 May, marking the start of Festival Week. On the same afternoon, we will hold an Open Day and Plant Sale at the garden (also on Saturday 23 May) where a wide selection of plants will be available, including brassicas, tomatoes, strawberries, herbs, hardy perennials, shrubs and bedding plants. Teas and coffees, cakes and scones will be served as usual, and jams and chutneys made from garden produce will be on offer.
There is already some produce available, mostly from the polytunnels, including lettuces, swiss chard, spinach, pakchoi, cabbages, rocket, hot mix leaves, rhubarb and herbs. Our intention is to keep our pricing at the same levels as for the past three years, which we think represents good value for the quality and provenance we provide. As the summer approaches, we plan to sell our produce on Saturdays in the Howat Room at the swimming pool. More news on this to follow.
The garden relies entirely on the support of the community, as customers for the widest range of fresh local produce, as supporters and helpers at open days, and as committee members and organisers of events. Visitors to the island are always welcome; we are open seven days a week, find us through the arch in Islay House Square. We hope to see as many locals as possible at our meeting on 14 May. Your ideas and views are appreciated.

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