Excerpts from issue 44/16 27 May

chris bushe

Summer waves, Carraig Bhan, by Chris Bushe

Artist Chris Bushe first visited Islay some 15 years ago and says that it's probably the place he has painted more than any other. Having studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, Bushe is about to hold his first one-man show at the Panter and Hall gallery in London's Pall Mall from 6 June until 23 June. The entire show will consist of Islay paintings and drawings.
As can perhaps be seen from the painting reproduced above, Bushe has a very 'painterly' style, often reminiscent of the works of Joan Eardley. As Matthew Hall describes in the catalogue, "He churns and blends a thickly textured icing of oil pigment that seems to invite the viewer to indulge more than their visual sense."
Much of his imagery relates to Islay's more rugged west coast; Ardnave, Saligo, Coull and Claddach predominate. "I have enjoyed immensely the challenge of restricting the scope of paintings for this current show and far from getting bored with the same subject matter, I have found the more I have drawn and painted the island...the more I keep getting out of it."

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Cabriolet

On Sunday 21 and Monday 22 May, fundraiser Alan Biggar visited Islay and Jura as part of his tour of Scotland, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Alan is doing the two-week drive in his 60-year-old Morgan sports car with no roof or weather protection and is visiting remote areas of Scotland where the Teenage Cancer Trust's new Nursing and Support Service - rolling out in Scotland this year - hopes to reach all young people with cancer, no matter where they live.
In April 2013, Alan successfully completed what was meant to be his third and final motoring venture for Teenage Cancer Trust round the 6 Nations' rugby stadiums. He explained why he decided to embark on a fourth trip. "Something had been bugging me. The total distance covered by the 2008, 2011 and 2013 Drives was 8,600 miles, people have been suggesting this figure should be 10,000 miles, a nice round figure, and I must say I have to agree with them. So, this latest trip will take us well over the new mileage target, raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust in Scotland and hopefully help raise the charity's profile further."
Christine Jason, Head of Fundraising (North) of Teenage Cancer Trust, said, "We need to raise £2,850 a day to maintain all our services in Scotland. Currently, almost half of young people with cancer across the whole of the UK are not treated in Teenage Cancer Trust units and don't have access to our expert, specialist care. We intend to provide Teenage Cancer Trust nurses in Scotland to reach all young people with cancer, wherever they live. This is especially pertinent in Scotland, where much of the country is quite remote. To make this happen, we need to raise £20 million a year, every year, by 2020.
"We are thrilled that Alan is taking to the road again with his Morgan to raise awareness and funds for young people with cancer in Scotland and will be cheering him on all the way."

Alan has already raised £815, 79% of his £1,025 target for the drive. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at http://tinyurl.com/ku3dznk

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Bowmore Post Office

Bowmore Post Office is under threat of closure if the Post Office cannot find a replacement for the outgoing postmistress.
The branch which serves the hospital and many local businesses as well as incorporating a sorting office, is currently open for 51 hours each week. The Post Office have contacted several local retailers to discuss the possibility of adding the service to their existing businesses. They have not had an affirmative response but despite the Post Office claiming that they are doing all they can to ensure that a Post Office service remains in Bowmore, there has been no apparent attempt to negotiate with retailers in order to make the proposition more appealing or feasible.
Councillor Robin Currie has been in touch with the Post Office to ascertain what progress is being made, but so far has had no response. Given the timescale of the current postmistress' notice period expiring in September and the time it takes to train a new member of staff, it is vital that a solution is found soon.
In addition to losing the Bowmore facility, people in the Kilmeny area will also be affected as Bowmore ran a service in Ballygrant Hall two days a week. In recent years Port Ellen Post Office was also faced with closure, but pressure from local sources ensured that the service was saved.
A Post Office spokesperson said; "We would like to reassure customers that the Post Office is committed to maintaining a Post Office service in Bowmore and will work hard to ensure this. Our local field team continue to look for a viable solution for the area. We are seeking alternative premises for the post office and the opportunity is currently advertised at www.runapostoffice.co.uk.
Local retailers interested in this business opportunity should contact us on 0845 266 8790 or email ileach@ileach.co.uk

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NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 10 June 2017

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