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Animated Tiree!

Tiree gets animated next week with a packed schedule of events, thanks to support from Into Film, Aardman Animations and the Tiree Community Development Trust.

We are so excited to welcome Jim Parkyn, one of Aardman’s senior model makers, who has worked on many of the Aardman Animations including Shaun the Sheep Movie, Chicken Run, The Pirates, Creature Comforts and Timmy Time. He will be coming up from Bristol where Aardman Animations are based and have been making animations for the last 45 years.

Jim will spend the day at Tiree High School on Tuesday 21st March speaking to young people from age 3 years up. As well as watching some of the classics there will be talks on careers, how animation works, a chance to make a Morph and pupils will have the opportunity to make their own animations.

Jim is also running a special FREE workshop for adults on Wednesday 22nd March at An Talla, 1.30pm – 3pm, where you can make your own Morph.

Jack Lockhart will be working with various youth groups over the week to make animations that can be entered into a competition run by Into Film: The Animation Challenge https://www.intofilm.org/competitions

We are delighted to welcome the Screen Machine back to Tiree. As well as screening La La Land and Eagle Huntress there will be animation to admire in The Lego Batman Movie and the special effects used in Rogue One. Jim will introduce a couple of Aardman Classics on Tuesday and Wednesday.

March Tiree Community Council Meeting

The March community council meeting took place in An Talla on the first day of the month, with a smaller quorum of councillors than usual, with only 4 in attendance and a much smaller audience than normal.

Doctor Holliday was in attendance to chair the meeting, welcoming everyone and going through the formalities.

The first item on the agenda was to go through the correspondences received over the last month. The Police Scotland Report was circulated and discussed, noting that 5 incidents had been reported in the last month. The Chair also took the opportunity to highlight the newly introduced penalty for using a mobile phone while driving. This now faces a fine of £200 and 6 points on your licence. It is also worth noting that new drivers will lose their licence completely.

Councillor Gillies took the opportunity to discuss the ‘Annual Survey Oblique Review of Scheme’ which relates to general Governance and Law which supports Community Councils. Each Community Council is required to return the survey, which Councillor Gillies is going to complete and submit. It was also discussed that the national elections for Community Councils are due to take place however a timescale has not yet been set for this. Councillor Holliday took the opportunity to ask present councillors if they would be willing to continue in their roles for another 6 months or until the national election date had been set. This would see all Community Councils throughout the country holding their elections on the same day.

An update regarding the Tiree Flag Committee was heard from Doctor Holliday, who mentioned that a meeting has taken place and although no official competition date has been set it was hoped to unveil the finalists at this year’s Agricultural Show. It was also highlighted that the group is welcoming any new members therefore if you are interested in getting involved then please get in touch with Doctor Holiday.

The fourth agenda point, covering issues relating to the housing development at Pier View had initially been brought up at the previous meeting where residents had highlighted hazardous areas which surrounded the development. Councillor Milne was tasked with investigating the issues and gave a written update at the meeting as she wasn’t in attendance. It was noted that at present it has proven difficult to ascertain who the contaminated land at Pier View belongs to and it was decided that councillors would look into this in more detail. A letter will also be sent to Councillor Roddy McCuish to ask for assistance with this matter.

There were positive reports coming from the Islands Communications update, as it was noted that EE have submitted a planning permission application for a mast at Garaphail, which will largely benefit emergency services. Additional masts and upgrades have been proposed by Vodafone and this is currently at planning permission stages too. BT have also been on the island carrying out work, suggesting that an additional Green Box is being installed in the Scarinish area which will benefit residents with access to Fibre Broadband.

An update was given regarding the political strategy in the form of meeting with Humza Yousef, which TCC are actively progressing and continue to communicate with his team to set up a visit. It was also brought to the attention of TCC that Fergus Ewing has arranged to be on Tiree in May. TCC raised concern and disappointment that they had not been made aware of this and agreed to invite him to a public or private meeting to address matters relating to the community.

The last item on the agenda was an update regarding The Crown Estate in Scotland, which was first brought up at the February meeting. Councillor Milne is working on drafting a response to the Crown Estate Consultation, having spoken to Western Isles Council for advice.

Local Man Andy Rewarded for his everyday Magic!

Local Co-op manager, Andy Hayes was recently awarded a very well deserved ‘Co-op Magic’ award at the recent North Colleague Awards held in Glasgow.

Andy was at the dinner and awards ceremony last week, held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, where he was presented with his award.

Andy and others within the region were put forward for the awards by their area manager, up against several other managers. Andy was awarded the ‘Magic Award’ which is one category out of around 10 other awards. The Magic award is awarded to those who go above and beyond in their role, something that Andy is very well known for!

Four other stores within the area were also given awards and each regional winner was then entered into the next round for the whole of Scotland, the North of England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Unfortunately, Andy didn’t win within this round, but his colleague from the Stornoway store, within the same area received an award!

Andy has been managing our local Co-op for over 16 years and goes above and beyond the call of duty – he is very deserving of this award!

He had this to say “It was unexpected and a great honour to receive this award! I think all my staff are ‘magic’”

Well done, Andy!

Tiree Community Council February Meeting 2017

The first Tiree Community Council meeting of 2017 took place last Wednesday, the 1st of February. The meeting was opened by our chair and convenor, Doctor John Holliday who welcomed all in attendance, including BBC Alba representative Seonaidh MacKenzie. along with Calen MacNeil who was at her first Community Council meeting in her role as the school representative.

The first item on the agenda was to acknowledge that John MacCaskill was standing down as Vice Convenor and Rhoda Meek would be taking up the position. Dr Holiday took the opportunity to thank John for his invaluable contribution as Vice Convenor.

We then moved on to discuss the correspondences from the previous months. TCC received a letter from Coll Community Council, thanking them for this visit last year and it was also noted that there would be another opportunity for a day visit to Coll in September.

The minutes from the previous meeting brought up a few updates on various projects and ongoing issues, including the issue of the dangerous area reported at Pier View. This was brought to the attention of the TCC at the previous meeting in December and it was agreed to investigate the issue and make relevant health and safety bodies aware of it, the TCC are still working on this matter and will also contact Roddy McCuish for some assistance in resolving this matter. We also heard from Rhoda Meek who gave us an update on the Phone Box project, who are continuing to hold regular meetings. The group are going to focus on one box at a time and have chosen to focus their attentions on upgrading the box at Silversands, Vaul, which will be used as an example box to try and secure funding for going forward with the rest of them.

The TCC held a closed meeting in January to discuss ways in which they operate and a few points were discussed from this meeting, one of them being that “AOCB” will now be removed from the meeting agenda. Members of the public will still be encouraged to bring issues and questions to the meetings, but will be required to bring this to the attention of the councillors 14 days before the next meeting so that it can be added to the agenda. The Councillors felt that a removal of the AOCB will help to reduce the length of meetings and allow Councillors adequate time to prepare their response to questions and issues.

The fifth item on the agenda was regarding the recent complaint against Tiree Community Council. This was brought up at the December meeting, when Mr and Mrs Larg sent a formal letter of complaint to the TCC regarding the Ballot which was conducted by TCC in relation to the planning row over the Beach-huts in Balevullin and Gott. At the February meeting Dr Holliday took us through the 8 page reply which will be issued to the Larg’s in response to their original complaint. It was also noted that TCC would ask the Governance Officer for Argyll and Bute to look over the letter before it was sent out. The matter was concluded and thanks were given to The Community Council for their time spent on this matter.

We next moved on to discuss the Pre-5 Provision at Tiree High School and we heard that after a successful consultation conducted by Tiree High School through a dedicated working group that the Pre 5 sessions had now been split into two, with the morning session focusing on English with the promotion of Gaelic and the afternoon being solely Gaelic. It was noted that this structure is so far working well and a good feedback has been received from parents. The successful reintroduction of Gaelic Pre-5 was covered on BBC An Là with coverage filmed here on Tiree featuring Pre-5 leader, Johann MacLean.

It was brought to the attention of the meeting that the Scottish Government were currently running a consultation on behalf of the Crown Estate with regards to the management of the sea bed. The Crown Estate are hoping to pass some of the management aspects of the land to the community. The Crown Estate is currently responsible for such things as leases for moorings, some aspects of crofting and of fishing etc. The TCC would like to encourage all members of the community to comment on this consultation and you can do so by visiting the following link: www.consult.scotland.gov.uk/crown-estate-strategy-unit/long-term-management-of-the-crown-estate The consultation process is open until the 29th of March.

The transport update was provided by John MacCaskill who gave us an overview of transport issues and updates from the last 2 months. It was noted that there have been a number of cancelled flights recently, this was due to weather related issues. A question from a member of the audience was brought up regarding the announcement some time ago that visibility equipment was to be introduced to Tiree flights. John informed us that this is still in the pipeline and aircrafts are due to be fitted with the new equipment but it does cost a considerable amount of money. We heard good news regarding additional capacity for island events such as TMF and the Ultra Marathon and 10K weekends. It was also noted that ferry transportation had been increased during TMF weekend, and organisers of the festival were commended for their negotiations and positive working relationship with Cal Mac.

The 9th item on the agenda was an update on the Chapel of Rest project and John again informed the meeting that TCC had recently met with the directors of Tiree Community Development Trust with the view to them taking on the project. The proposed site for the Chapel of Rest is the old Met Office building at the airport, which has been inspected by both TCC and TCDT. A great deal of ground work has been done by both parties and the TCDT board will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss how this can be taken forward. There was also discussion surrounding the current mortuary on the island, as it was reported that Police Scotland didn’t plan to renew their current lease. It was agreed that TCC would look into this.

The final item on the agenda was a summary of the recent successful meeting with Humza Yousef MSP, which we reported on in the last edition. Three TCC councillors, John MacCaskill, Rosemary Omand and Ian Gilles, along with Tish MacKinnon from TCDT met with Humza Yousef and Mike Russell last month at Holyrood and all in attendance commented that it was a very successful meeting, discussing several hot topics, including The Islands Bill, transport, and communications. Having only been announced a day before the meeting was taking place, the councillors also took the opportunity to ask the MSP about the removal of security checks at 3 local airports, Tiree being one of them. Mr Yousef acknowledged the concerns from islanders but commented that the decision is ultimately made by the secretary of state. It was noted that all jobs in the airport are currently safe due to the government stating that there will be no compulsory redundancy.

The meeting was closed at 9:30pm and Doctor Holliday thanked all for coming, stating the next meeting would be Wednesday the 1st of March. All minutes, agendas and further information can be found at www.tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk

£22 Million to be Slashed from Health & Social Care Budget

Members of the Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) were presented with the
budget outlook for the next 2 years at their meeting on Wednesday 25th January
2016. This report highlighted that the IJB is facing an extremely challenging financial
outlook. It is estimated the IJB will require to make savings of £16.3m for 2017-18 and
a further £5.7m for 2018-19 from its annual budget of £256m.
Christina West, Chief Officer for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care
Partnership, said:
“The Budget Outlook Report presented to the Integration Joint Board today highlights
that the IJB is, like all public sector organisations, facing an extremely challenging
financial situation. The need to find savings of this scale is due to a range of factors
including increasing demands on health and social care services, the effects of
inflation and the estimated level of funding from our partner bodies, NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council.
“In December 2016 the Scottish Government published its Health and Social Care Delivery Plan which details how
health and social care services need to transform. This means increasing the speed of change from reactive
emergency based services such as those provided in hospitals to community based services which focus on
prevention, early intervention and helping people make better lifestyle choices and manage their own conditions.
“As a public sector body the IJB also has to deliver services within its budget and it is clear that to meet all the
challenges we cannot continue to do things the same way. We have started the process for planning for this and have
involved Locality Planning Groups in developing proposals for change to fundamentally transform services to ones
which prioritise:
• Anticipatory Care i.e. planning and minimising the need for emergency or urgent care or a crisis response
• Prevention of ill health
• Maintenance of health and wellbeing i.e. doing more to look after ourselves
“To deliver this change we have included in our financial planning a new investment of approximately £2m in our
community and health improvement services over the next 2 years to help achieve this transformation.
“We will also be continuing to focus on tackling the waste in our systems and processes, reducing duplication, using
digital technology to increase productivity, rationalising the number of buildings we operate from and making the best
use of the capacity and skills of our workforce. All of this will provide better outcomes for those individuals who receive
care whether in the community or in a hospital. These actions will also ensure we can provide value for money from the
finite resources we have available to deliver health and social care services.
“The IJB will have to make difficult decisions and choices which we know will cause anxiety and concerns in local
communities and it is incumbent upon the IJB to explain to the public and our staff the reason that we need to make
these changes.
“We are already seeking views, comments and suggestions from the public, partners and our staff on a number of local
projects where we believe we need to redesign services.
“We are now planning to carry out a separate engagement and involvement exercise on proposed areas of service
change across Argyll and Bute and the feedback from this will help inform the IJB decision making process on the
changes we have to prioritise over the next 2 years. Further details on this engagement and involvement process will
be announced in the coming weeks.”
The Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) is the governance Board of the Health and Social Care Partnership
and has responsibility for the planning, resourcing and overseeing of the operational delivery of integrated services.
The membership of the IJB comprises elected councillors from Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland Board members
and a number of other members from a range of sectors and stakeholder groups including clinicians, the Third Sector,
Independent Sector, patients/service users, Trade Unions, staff and carers.
Argyll and Bute HSCP Vision – People in Argyll and Bute will live longer, healthier, happier, independent lives
To achieve this vision the HSCP has within its Strategic Plan agreed the following 6 areas of focus:
• Reduce avoidable emergency admissions to hospital and minimise the time people are delayed
• Support people to live fulfilling lives in their own homes for as long as possible
• Support unpaid carers to reduce the impact of their caring role on their own health and wellbeing • Implement a
continuous improvement approach
• Support staff to continuously improve the information, support and care they deliver
• Efficiently and effectively manage all resources to deliver Best Value

NÀDAIR THIRIODH – TIREE RANGER SERVICE

Dear Readers,

This is my first bulletin as the new Tiree Ranger.

As a community, you have made me feel very welcome and at home on your island. The kind smiles and jolly waves have been much appreciated – especially in the face of a rather daunting move. I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make the last four weeks so enjoyable.

By the time this article reaches you, you will doubtless have seen the post on Facebay and/or the new temporary signage regarding the carpark closure at Tràigh Bhàigh. Regrettably, there are several sites where erosion has made parking areas difficult to use. These are also under review and I will update you accordingly.

I would like to assure each of you that the Access Steering Group is on-task. As you know, balancing the needs of different users is challenging on Tiree. The delicate structure of dune and machair systems, plus an overarching desire to preserve the “natural look” of coastal locations, makes management a bit of a juggling act. Currently, the discussions of the access group favour measures that have minimum visual impact and which can be implemented with the generous assistance of local residents. An example of this approach is the Balevullin site – which we will be working to restore over the coming weeks.

Crossapol has presented a rather more serious problem. Initially, the idea was to run three parking areas on rotation; allowing recovery time between each period of use. However, the popularity and exposed nature of this location are acting against us.

As many of you have noticed, the condition of these parking areas tends to deteriorate rapidly once the surface vegetation is worn away. Further, previously used areas are not recovering fast enough to allow rotation back into the system. Whilst it is highly desirable to have parking areas on the dune head, in practice, this has proved unsustainable at Tràigh Bhàigh.

Maintaining good access for all users that doesn’t conflict with on-going landmanagement is at the heart of what the steering group does. We understand the desire to get vehicles close to the beach, and we are working towards a solution that still allows this but reduces damage to valuable habitats and grazings. I will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime please feel free to use the parking area in the middle of Tràigh Bhàigh at the end of the track to the wartime buildings.

With my thanks and kind wishes to you all,

Stephanie Cope

Extra Summer Flights To Tiree and Barra

Scotland’s Airline Loganair is increasing services from Glasgow to Tiree and Barra this summer through a new agreement with Transport Scotland.

Extra flights will be added on both routes throughout the peak summer holiday period from June to August. A total of 17 additional roundtrips will be added on the world-famous Glasgow to Barra air link this summer. The unique service – flown by Loganair operating Transport Scotland’s Twin Otter DHC6-400 aircraft – lands at Barra’s beach airport, where flight times are subject to the tides. It’s a hugely popular journey for holidaymakers, aviation enthusiasts and locals alike, and the extra flights will help to meet high demand during the holiday season.

An extra eight flights are also being added on the Glasgow to Tiree route, spread between the TwinOtter aircraft and larger 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. Three more flights normally scheduled for the Twin Otter will be flown by the larger Saab 340s to provide extra seats around the time of the Tiree 10KinApril, the TireeMusic Festival in July and a gruelling ultra-marathon which takes place on September 10.

The boost to capacity is a result of feedback from the representatives from each island, part of Loganair and Transport Scotland’s engagement with communities. Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said:

“The summer months are always particularly busy for the airline, and we’ve worked closely with Transport Scotland to provide more seats than ever before to Barra and Tiree.”

The Glasgow – Barra, Glasgow – Campbeltown and Glasgow – Tiree air-links are extremely important to the remote communities they serve, boosting their economies. All are operated under a Public Service Obligation commitment by Loganair for Transport Scotland. Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP said:

“These improvements come following consultation with local communities, so I have no doubt they’ll be welcomed by passengers who depend on the Public Service Obligation routes. “Not only will there be additional flights for both Barra and Tiree over the busier summer period, Loganair will also amend the timetables to smooth out the impact of the tidal variations at Barra on the Tiree service. This will offer more continuity and certainty for passengers.”

“These air links play a crucial role for the communities they serve and we will continue to have dialogue with island representatives and Loganair to make sure we’re offering the best possible service.”

To make a reservation on Loganair services visit

Second Meeting, Still No Decision On Beach Hut

beach hut

Councillors have met for the second time to discuss the retrospective planning application of the Beach hut located in Balevullin and have yet to come to a decision regarding the future of the hut.

You will remember that back in November, Argyll & Bute Councillors and planning representatives held a public meeting on Tiree to discuss the issue, with no decision being made. Following on from the meeting in November, the result was to complete an Area Capacity Evaluation (ACDE) which would hopefully give a more detailed evaluation of the structure and site where it is situated. The result from the most recent meeting, held in Lochgilphead, was that Blackhouse Watersports, the client, should be given more time to study the ACDE report and the decision was put off till the next Planning Protective Service and Licensing Committee.

At the November meeting we learnt that the retrospective planning application for the second hut, located on Gott Bay had been removed and Blackhouse Watersports had agreed to remove the structure, which has since been done.

Special ‘message in a bottle’ washes up on Tiree!

At the beginning of this week some people onTiree had been alerted to an exciting ‘message in a bottle’ that looked like it was going to be washed up on the shores of Tiree.

We received information from a company in Iceland who were conducting an experiment to track the journey of a ‘bottle’ that had been tossed out of a coast guard helicopter 40 kilometres, southwest of Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The two ‘bottles’ contained a GPS tracking device that recorded their year long journey through the ocean, having set off just over a year ago on the 10th of January 2016.

Both bottles have made a remarkable journey over the last year and have travelled over 14,500 km to date. The original prediction, having studied weather and current patterns of the previous year, were that the bottles would have travelled east towards Norway. However, due to the position of the bottles on the ocean surface, it is believed that the prevailing winds controlled the path of the bottles.

The bottles were both equipped with a satellite transmitter that locates and records the position of the bottles via a GPS receiver, being updated every 4 hours. This was then pinned on a live map which can be viewed at the following link: www.gps.verkis.is

The accompanying picture shows the amazing journey the bottles took, traveling west and circling a couple of times through the Irminger Basin, until April of last year, then traveling on to the Cape Farewell, which is the southernmost tip of Greenland. From then on to and throughout summer the bottles were in the Labrador Sea, circling in the fairly peaceful summer weather until they moved towards the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland. In August, the winds started blowing from the north, pushing the bottles southeast towards the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The bottles made a remarkable journey through the Atlantic Ocean onto the coast of Scotland and approaching the most outer Hebrides. Both bottles have travelled hand in hand, with bottle one keeping a steady lead, about 300km ahead of bottle 2, and took a course between the islands off Barra, heading between Mingulay and neighbouring small islands, remarkably not being washed up somewhere here, it continued south west and headed for Tiree.

It was washed up on the north side of the island, at Miodar in Caolas – not far from Sandy and Judith MacIntosh’s house. The last transmitted signal received and recorded on the live map was at 9.19am on Monday morning, just before it was located by Rhoda Meek, who had received information about its arrival from a journalist friend. Rhoda was asked to film her discovery and has since made an excellent video of her experience. You can view the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/ CITF5I6zDDY .

gps_bottle She explains how she didn’t know what exactly it was she was looking for and was slightly surprised by it’s appearance which you can see pictured on the right.

The news of the bottle’s arrival on Tiree has got everyone in Iceland very excited, having been reported on various social media and TV. Rhoda has now packaged the ‘bottle’ up and sent it back to Iceland, who will be closely following the journey of the second bottle to see where it ends up! You can do so too, by following the link included at the top of this article! Wouldn’t it be interesting if it was also to land on Tiree! We will follow this up in the next edition!

50 Years of Music from the Park Bar

The Park Bar is an institution, one that many Tirisdich will be very familiar with! It has been going strong for many years now, offering a warm highland welcome and the good chance of meeting a familiar face all within the centre of Glasgow!

For many Tirisdich it will have been venue for many a special party, a pre Tiree Gathering meeting place and perhaps a part time job for some. But one thing that has not changed over the years is the quality of live music that takes place in the Park, something which is probably one of the most defining aspects of the pub! And this year the Park Bar decided to celebrate that achievement by producing a CD – The Park Bar 50 Years of Ceilidh Music.

The CD has been recorded to mark the anniversary of 50 years of live music and includes a host of musicians who have performed in the Park over the last five decades, this includes Tiree locals, Skerryvore, Gunna Sound and Trail West! The track list is a variety of ceilidh tunes along with traditional songs in English and Gaelic and includes artists such as Donald MacRae, Willie Cameron, Eriskay Lilt, Robert Robertson and a host of others! The CD was launched on Sunday the 15th of January with a day of live music from the Park Bar, including a variety of those who perform on the CD and some special performances, one from another Tirisdeach Bernie Smith who has sung many a song in the Park Bar!

For those who are on Facebook, can view footage of the event which has been uploaded to the offical Park Bar Facebook page. The CD was produced by the very talented Ross Wilson, and all profits raised from the sale of the CD are being donated to the RNLI – a very worthy cause!

The CD is currently being sold through Ebay, if you go to www.ebay.co.uk and search for ‘The Park Bar’ then it will be the first on the list!

The above picture from the event, of Tiree’s own Campbell Brown accompanying the great Gaelic singer Donald MacRae, was posted on Facebook and includes the following quote: Here’s a photo from yesterday’s CD launch party featuring Park Bar stalwart Donald MacRae accompanied by Campbell Brown from Gunna Sound, if you look closely you can see a picture of them both performing in the Park some years ago.

Well done to all involved in creating, what I am sure is a fantastic album of music! Here’s to many more year’s of live music and visits to the Park Bar.

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