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Excerpts from issue 46/14 27 April 2019

In this issue: 2019 Islay Mod cancelled, SSEN information days, Princes anne's WW100 coat, Lord Robertson opens Ardnahoe, Farkin distillery planning application, Roadside biodiversity study report, Waltzing to Matilda, Scottish Island Plan consultation


Princess Anne

Princess Anne wearing a tweed coat made from the WW100 bale presented to her on her islay visit last May.

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Mòd Ìle 2019 cancelled

Due to unforeseen unavoidable circumstances Islay's local Mòd will not take place in 2019. Originally planned for 15 June the local Mòd Ìle Committee has decided that it would not be possible to run the event to the standard the island expects. Islay Mòd was established in the 1920s and is part of a network of seventeen other provincial Mòds around Scotland.
Mòds are encouraging of Gaelic literature, song, arts and music, but are also welcoming to everyone whatever their language. There is a national Mòd held annually, which this year is in Glasgow. Proudly, Islay has produced many national Mòd medal winners including singer, Alasdair Currie.
According to the last census Islay has around one thousand native Gaelic speakers and for the future, there is a bilingual Gaelic and English unit in the high and primary schools.
Parents are becoming more aware of the educational benefits of bilingual education together with the widening career opportunities for bilingual young people, coupled with musical talent, that's quite a talent pool for now and the future. Meanwhile, the island also has an enthusiastic crew of post school Gaelic learners, supported by the Gaelic college in Bowmore.
Commenting on the decision to cancel, acting Committee chair Neil Baker, said "This was a hard decision to make but we did not feel we had the capacity to deliver our Mòd this year. Our apologies go out to disappointed supporters and competitors.
"However, we plan to use this breathing space constructively. We are looking hard at Mòd activities with the aim of being back better and stronger for 2020.
"We will be seeking out best practice from other Mòds around Scotland and looking to other events for fresh ideas. A meeting will be held on the 11 June so that all interested Ilich and stakeholders can put forward their views and ideas. We want to retain what is best about our event but keep it fresh for the coming years."

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The Ileach - remixed!
Ileach remixed

In June 2018 staff from The Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Widening Participation team ran a two-day workshop at Islay High School, opening up the Ileach archives and giving pupils the chance to 'remix' this treasure trove of local history.
Under guidance of GSA staff, including artist Sarah Amy Fishlock, the pupils used photocopiers to capture elements from issues of the Ileach and meld them with their own visual and written sources.
In the weeks before the project began, pupils were encouraged to collect stories of life on Islay from friends, parents, carers, teachers and their own experiences. Emphasis was on funny tales, strange anecdotes, ghost stories, and weird events.
Rickie McNeill, leader at GSA explained "Each student was asked to think of themselves as a modern day JF Campbell of Islay. John Francis Campbell 1821-1885, also known as Young John of Islay, was a renowned Scottish author and scholar. He travelled extensively throughout the Scottish Highlands and islands, collecting West Highland tales, ballads, songs and anecdotes.
"These were collected in his famous four-volume collection of fairy tales called 'Popular Tales of the West Highlands'. The participants incorporated their stories into their 'remixes' using a variety of analogue equipment and materials such as typewriters, dry transfer lettering, stencils and label makers. With an emphasis on chance, improvisation and an embracing of 'mistakes', the pupils made over one hundred A4 collages, showcasing the breadth of humour, imagination and creative flair within the group."

After completing the project brief, the team has now produced a one hundred page book that collects all of this this work together, including some photos and text about the project. They are in the process of getting copies out to the school, libraries and other outlets and we already have our own hard copy here at the Ileach; and a digital version of the book to share via our website.
To follow on from this, the GSA is also putting together a film to be released soon, which will tell the story of the whole project. You can view a PDF of the book here

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May the fourth be with you

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will be holding consultation and information sessions on both Islay and Jura in the coming week and your attendance is requested.
As part of its North of Scotland Resilience plan, the electricity network provider has committed to improve the quality of supply to homes and businesses in areas that experience more than three power cuts per year, with the latest investments being proposed for Islay and Jura. On Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May, the SSEN team will be at Bowmore Hall, and on Thursday 2 May they will be at Jura Hall. All three sessions will take place between 1pm and 8pm, so get along and learn all about the major upgrading and installation works planned for the islands.
Ross Fenton, head of region at SSEN advised that "This long-term investment in Islay and Jura reinforces our commitment to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to homes and businesses across the islands, targeting our investment towards improving network reliability in areas with the greatest potential impact and improvement for our customers.
"We encourage the local community to come along to the information events, meet our project teams and gain an insight into our proposed works, to deliver a more robust electricity network and improve the service we provide to our customers."

There are currently five hundred wooden electricity poles delivering electricity to the homes and businesses of Jura which have been in place for around sixty years. The weather on Jura means that the electricity equipment is exposed to salt water which can cause erosion to the equipment. This £1million investment will refurbish the existing poles and enhance the security of electricity supply across the island.
On Islay, the existing high voltage circuit runs from Lochgilphead on the mainland to Carsaig Bay near Tayvallich, before crossing under the sound of Jura, down through the island and across the Sound of Islay to the south of Port Askaig, supplying Port Askaig, Bowmore and Port Ellen. This circuit then feeds into the 11 kilovolt (kV) network delivering power to the homes and businesses of Islay. Colonsay is fed via an 11kV subsea cable between Bunnahabhain and Scalasaig on Colonsay.
SSEN's additional circuit between Port Askaig and Port Ellen will improve the resilience of the electricity supply to the islands, by reducing the load on the existing line, and provide another route to quickly re-connect power supplies, in the event of a fault on the existing circuit.
There seems to be much to learn about how the network operates and how the improvement proposals will enhance the performance. So if you want to be switched on, these sessions may well be worth plugging into we'll see you there.

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Islay Diary 2019

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    Saturday 13 April
  • Saturday 27 April
  • SID consultation, Ramsay Hall
  • Coffee Morning, Bowmore Hall
  • Sunday 28 April
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Bridgend Bowling, Opening Day
  • Islay Motor Club Road Run, Port Mor
  • Netball Scotland, IHS
  • Tuesday 30 April
  • Chit Chat Strollers, Islay House Square
  • Thursday 2 May
  • Badminton IHS
  • Saturday 4 May
  • Doug Scott Illustrated Talk, IHS
  • Sunday 5 May
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Tuesday 7 May
  • Chit Chat Strollers, Ardnahoe
  • Wednesday 8 May
  • Islay Access Group, AGM, Servicepoint
  • Super Seniors AGM, ICCI
  • Thursday 9 May
  • Badminton IHS
  • Saturday 11 May
  • Feis Ile Fishing, Loch Lossit
  • Sunday 12 May
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Wednesday 15 May
  • Baptist Church Walk
  • Thursday 16 May
  • Badminton IHS
  • Saturday 18 May
  • Feis Ile fishing, Loch Gorm
  • Sunday 19 May
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Tuesday 21 May
  • Islay Museums Trust AGM, Port Charlotte
  • Saturday 25 May
  • Feis Ile fishing, Loch Finlaggan
  • Feis Ile 2019 commences

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