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Luke Patience In Olympic Selection

The British Olympic Association have selected Luke Patience, a member of the British Sailing Team and the Tiree Maritime Trust, to represent the UK at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo as the helm in the 470 Class Dinghy.

Luke, whose parents live in Caolis , spends much of his free time on Tiree surfing and windsurfing and relaxing away from the pressures and commitments of Olympic level sport.

The next Games, Luke’s 3rd ,will be held in Japan in Aug 2020. He won a Silver Medal at the London Games in 2012 and finished 5th in Rio in 2016 after requiring a stand in crew when his original team mate became ill. That stand in crew was Chris Grube and together they have been selected for the Tokyo Games as the first UK athletes to be nominated for 2020.

Luke has been involved with TMT, running racing/training on the Loch and a number of the school children on the island may remember when he visited the school and showed them his medal after London.

The attached photos show Luke and Chris sailing off Palma at the beginning of the Selection Trials. Image courtesy of the RYA and Lloyd Images

Tiree Trust News Bites

The Trust has been working with Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), consultancy firm Delfinity and fuel specialists Adler & Allan on an options appraisal and feasibility study for a community owned fuel facility. The study looks at site options, costs and business model and we hope to be able to present this to the community in the coming weeks. The study has been fully funded by HIE.

• HIE has also shown support for our plans to investigate the development of The Camp at Crossapol, for community owned affordable housing as well as light industrial business and storage units, by providing funding to allow staff to develop this proposal further.

• We have had stage one approval for ‘Scottish Land Fund’ funding to purchase The Camp and will now work towards a final stage two application after the community consultation process.

• The Trust has also been working with Cameron Anson from Rural Housing Scotland to conduct a housing needs analysis survey which will aim to provide the evidence required for an application to the Rural Housing Fund. You can find the survey here: and also an employer’s survey here:

• Further Community Consultation will be conducted on both of the above projects once we have gathered enough information.

• Congratulations to Ishbel Campbell, our Gaelic Development Officer, for her medal and trophy winning performances at the National Mòd in Glasgow in October. Ishbel also conducts the Còisir Bun-sgoil Thiriodh (Tiree Primary School Gaelic Choir) as part of her role with the Trust and they won the Rural Areas Unison Singing competition. Well done to Ishbel and the kids!

• Hayley Douglas has been appointed as the new Ranger for Tiree and will start on Monday 11th November. Hayley has been working as a Ranger and development officer at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park for the past 9 years and we look forward to welcoming her to the team!

Ishbel Leads Tiree to National Mòd Success!

Tiree was once again on the winners’ roll at this year’s Royal National Mòd in Glasgow.

Ishbel Campbell brought home the Sarah Weir Memorial Trophy for the Mull & Iona Competition and the Oban Times Medal for the Oban & Lorne Competition in the fluent ladies section.

Ishbel also supported Kieran MacDonald and Lucy Kennedy to win gold and bronze medals in their respective solo signing categories and Còisir Bun-sgoil Thiriodh (Tiree Primary Choir) took home the Rural Unison Trophy.

All of the parents would like to say a massive thank you to Ishbel for her hard work and efforts with the children. It is very much appreciated!

Tiree Wave Classic

The Tiree Wave Classic, the longest running wavesailing event in the world, opened on Sunday 13th October for its 34th year.

Hosted up at the Lodge Hotel by Gott Bay, the Tiree Future Pro’s Coaching Camp would be taking place throughout the week, which several local children are taking part in including Eddie Maclean, Charlotte Vale, Sapphire Arkless and Magnus Robinson. The event kicked off with registration with over 70 competitors making the pilgrimage to Tiree, followed up by the “Meet the Pros” in the evening at the Lodge Hotel, providing Future Pro’s, competitors and spectators a chance to interact and learn from the best.

With weather fairly sunny and calm on Monday 14th October creating poor competing conditions, contestants instead took part in a beach clean at Hough Bay, organised by Catriona Spink.

Tuesday the 15th had contestants move to Crossapol beach for the best conditions for the competition, for the Masters’ class, the Ladies’ class and the Ams’ class. Other local competitors include former Future Pro Camp attendee Tristan Levie in the Pro Fleet and Stewart Cowling and Gavin Dunlop the Amateur fleet.

The Wave Classic is sponsored this year by Event Scotland – ‘Perfect Stage’, the Scottish Salmon Company, Tiree Community Development Trust, Argyll Estates – Inveraray Castle and thanks go to the Lodge Hotel for acting as the event HQ this year.

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Island Bakery’s Grand Opening

During some of the interviews for People of Tiree, I asked interviewees about the bakery that used to be a part of the island’s culture. I was too young to remember it myself, but I will always recall the memory of my dad handing me some sweet treats from the bakery van one sunny morning in Crossapol with fondness, followed by the feeling that a bakery would be a wonderful addition to return to Tiree’s community.

On Monday 14th October 2019, Louise and Megan filled this addition with the grand opening of a pop up bakery in the small hall of An Talla, welcoming everyone on the island to come along to enjoy a selection of home baking and light lunches. The Island Bakery had only been planned two weeks prior but Louise expressed that if the day went well, she and Megan hoped to have the bakery as a pop-up at least twice a month.

When asked about the feedback from the community, Louise said “The support from the islanders has been great! It means the world to us.” It was good to see the seats in the small hall filled with customers enjoying lunches and taking the large selection of baking home. I left with a slice of Battenberg cake, courtesy of Louise and Megan, which was so thoroughly enjoyed that I had to return an hour later for another slice.

All of the food was homemade and prepared fresh – with a range of cakes, tray bakes and bread, the food offered was a wonderful value for price. I look forward to their future endeavours and hope to see the Island Bakery pop back up very soon.

If anyone would like to enjoy any tasty cakes, rolls or pies made to order, you can contact Louise and Megan via; Facebook: @Island Bakery Email: Phone: 07393992852

Tiree Pierhead Project Update

Work to return the old pierhead to operational use is well underway at Tiree.

Repairs to cracks on the pier approach have commenced, and will be completed ahead of the coming winter months. Our contractor, George Leslie Ltd has also removed the old pierhead timber fenders from the front of the pier, and cleaned barnacles, mussels and other marine growth from the steel supporting piles.

Cleaning has exposed significantly more defects than originally estimated, however, repairs to these piles are now underway.

With the increased volume of repair work needed, the project is likely to take longer than planned. An updated timeline will be published in due course.

CalMac will continue to operate ferry services to timetable during these works.

Gaelic Development Officer Update

Over the Summer I have had some great opportunities to support the language on the island. These have included running Bookbug sessions at Fèis bheag bhiodach each morning, leading Fèis bheag, co-leading some Gaelic themed nature walks and finally I took Bookbug on tour to TMF this year in the story tent.

This new term has started well with Gaelic classes recommencing with a very keen group of learners meeting each week. Bookbug continues to meet weekly on a Thursday for all under 5’s and their parents in the library. Sradagan also meets weekly for GM pupils to have a social setting to use their Gaelic in an immersive setting.

Còisir Bun-sgoil Thiriodh

Tiree Primary Choir

Since April last year, I have been meeting weekly with primary pupils (open to all in primary) at lunch times to learn Gaelic songs in preparation for the National Mòd in Glasgow. We formed a choir and several soloists came forward, keen to take part. This last month has seen our rehearsals increase as we prepared to first of all, attend the local Mòd in Tobermory on Friday 13th September.

This was the first time the choir had fully performed in public and for our youngest soloist, Isla Kennedy (age 5) to perform as well. We had a great trip and all the pupils behaved brilliantly. I was very grateful to the parent volunteers, Kirsty, Andy and Louise who helped in so many ways on this trip.

The youngsters really love singing and on the public bus from Craignure, sang through their whole repertoire, much to the enjoyment of the other passengers.

When it came to compete, the choir sang their hearts out and were up against several other choirs from Mull and nearby. We had to leave before the adjudication to catch our bus, but we were delighted to hear at the end of the day, that we had gained 2nd place in the unison comp. and 3rd in Puirt-a-beul and positioned 2nd overall. A great success!

Adding to this, our soloists all performed fantastically well, and we were delighted that Lucy Kennedy gained 1st place in singing 5-8-year olds and Kieran MacDonald gained 3rd place in 12-13-year-old. The feedback and adjudication for these competitions is so useful as we now go forward to compete in Glasgow at the National Mòd this month.

Since our return from Mull we have been out and about performing some more, as well as raising funds for future trips with the choir. We had a lovely afternoon with the residents and invited guests of Tigh Rudha. The choir and soloists each performed and were greatly encouraged by the response. Last Friday night, we held a premòd ceilidh and were delighted to be joined by the Tiree Pipe Band as well. Mabel Macarthur led the evening for us and ensured that everything flowed together really well. It was very well attended, with not enough chairs to seat everyone!

Once again, the soloists performed so well in front of a big crowd and we all enjoyed some tea and cake to finish off the evening. Thanks to all those who baked and served at this. Our final fundraising effort was to serenade the co-op shoppers on Saturday afternoon. We were very grateful for all the coins dropped into our tins and we all enjoyed this wee ceilidh in a very different location! Although the choir is small in number, they certainly make up for that in their enthusiasm and attitude towards performing. They are a great group of boys and girls and I am looking forward to attending the National Mòd with them this month!

If you would like to find out more about the work I do or would like to be involved to support and encourage Gaelic on Tiree then please do get in touch!

Mòran Taing!

Changes At Medical Practice

We would like to give notice of some changes we will be making at the Medical Practice.

Effective from the start of October, there will no longer be appointments with Cairin on Friday, however there will now be appointments available with her on Wednesday afternoon.

Also from the start of October, we will no longer be holding the urgent GP or Practice Nurse surgery on Saturday morning. If however you feel you need to be seen with an urgent problem over the weekend, the doctor will continue to be available 24 hours per day.

The Saturday morning GP surgery has always been intended for urgent matters only, however we recognise that some have attended on Saturday morning, as they cannot make it to the surgery during normal working hours. From the start of October, we will therefore be offering bookable appointments from 6pm until 7pm on Wednesday evenings. These appointments will be available on request, and we would ask that they are only booked by people who are unable to attend at other times.

If you have an very urgent problem needing to be seen on the day and regular appointments are already fully booked, please explain this to the receptionist and you will be offered an urgent appointment slot during working hours.

Blood taking will still take place twice per week in the same appointment slots, but from from the middle of November, Rhona, who has been working for us in reception for some time now, will be starting work as a phlebotomist (taking blood). Rhona is a qualified nurse of many years experience, so this will be a return to work she knows well. This will free up time for more appointments both with the doctor and with Cairin.

Overall, these changes will give us a few more appointment slots in the ever busier early part of the week and better access to GP appointments for those working full time. There will be no change in the 24 hour per day availability of the doctor for emergencies.

We hope you will find this to be an improved service. Tiree Medical Practice.

Calmac To Host Coll and Tiree Meetings

CalMac will host events in Coll and Tiree to update communities on plans for the forthcoming linkspan replacement project.

Two public drop-in sessions have been arranged to share details of the work and discuss the alternative service arrangements which will be put in place by CalMac throughout the duration of the upgrades.

The Coll meeting will be held at An Cridhe, Coll Community Centre, on Monday 30th September. The Tiree meeting will take place at An Talla community hall on Tuesday 1st October.

Both meetings will be held from 4.00pm to 7.00pm and people can drop-in at any point during those times.

The linkspan closure date for Coll is Monday 28th October and it will re-open on Thursday 21st November 2019. The Tiree linkspan will be out of service from Monday 24th February 2020 and will return to service on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

CalMac will operate a passenger only service during the replacement project, supplemented by a lift on/lift off freight service. Vehicles will not be transported during the linkspan closure periods. Representatives from CalMac will attend the meetings to answer any questions you may have.

Tiree Ultramarathon 2019

On Sunday 8th of September, over 200 runners took part in the 2019 Tiree Ultramarathon.

Though the day remained a bit grey throughout, the weather certainly didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of both the participants and spectators. A majority of those taking part were solo runners who had completed the entirety of the 35 mile course around Tiree’s coastline, but there were also relay teams who had split the marathon into sections and passed the baton along as their runners followed the course.

The course record of 4hrs32 set by Alastair Buckley in 2018 still stands, but 4hrs37 was the winning time this year by Lindsay Cockburn. Will commented,

“I still think there’s someone out there who could break 4:30 – maybe next year we’ll invite back all the previous winners to try and get a fast pack together chasing for the course record.”

Alan Dix commented,

“This was my fourth Tiree Ultra-marathon, but my first no longer resident on the island. Although it took me all day to run round the island (definitely the back end of the pack) it was an amazing day and I’m already making plans for next year’s ultra. The first half was especially tough until I worked into a (very slow) rhythm, but the faces of so many familiar faces encouraging me along the way was wonderful – Alan Millar’s “would you like a cup of tea” at 26 miles was especially welcome. However, the true hero of the day is Will and the Event Team for having once again organised this fantastic event that is now known across the world.”

With the cafe an essential part of the event, Becky had worked in the kitchen for weeks preparing for the day, providing a huge selection of cakes and hot food with her team for the runners, support crews and spectators at An Talla throughout the day.

“Food like this, together with the amazing team serving, is so well appreciated by tired runners, and is such a hub of activity with happy stories of achievement shared throughout the afternoon,” said Will.

The hall was full for the prize giving, where the top finishers were awarded artwork from Sophie Scott Design and prizes from Chocolates & Charms.

Thanks were given to the community of Tiree for being so welcoming and supportive, and for making such a positive and uplifting atmosphere throughout the weekend.

The Cornaig Ceilidh Band took to the Ultramarathon stage in the evening, energizing all the runners up onto the dance floor til’ past midnight!

“We’re hugely grateful to everyone who helped at the event on the day, and for all the people on Tiree who have been so accommodating and helpful, especially people around the course who have welcomed the runners through and helped with the route planning and access. Comments from the day have been so positive, so it’s been a rewarding task to help people achieve something that means so much to them. And of course our event sponsor Cohesion Medical who have been on board since the very start in 2014. They’re a great partner to work with, and we thank them, and everyone who contributes to the event for making 2019 Tiree Ultramarathon a huge success,” Will said.

Having been on hold for a busy summer and winter approaching, Will will be returning to the gym and getting his classes running again. You can check up on future events with Tiree Fitness including the next year’s 10K & Half Marathon and Ultramarathon via their website:


Thanks and credits to Dutch- Engels for use of their photography.

Instagram: @dutch_engels

-Rou Worsley

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