Category Archives: Community Announcements

Skerryvore Debut At T In The Park

skerryvorePlaying in the Ceilidh Tent, the band were delighted with the enthusiasm in which they were received. Accordion player Daniel Gillespie told An Tirisdeach “ It was really exciting to play at Scotland’s biggest festival. It was a fantastic crowd and the atmosphere was amazing.”
The band also played some of their own compositions from their new album which was enthusiastically received.
Although the album is not due out until November the band have a busy summer schedule which includes being in concert with Skipinnish at the launch of their new album on Tiree.

Tiree Pupils Take on Star Status

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As a community retailer it is appropriate that we involve the community

Tiree High School pupils take on star status to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the revamped Co-op store on Tiree.
The children, from left, Frazer MacNeill, Kara Rennie, Michael MacDonald, Lewis MacDowall and Rory Kavanagh, were presented with a donation of £200 for school funds by store manager Andrew Hayes to mark the occasion.
The store has been transformed following a £350,000 revamp and features the consumer-owned business’ new identity, The co-operative, which aims to highlight improved service standards and its support for local communities and ethical trading policies.
As well as contemporary décor, new flooring, fittings and ecorefrigeration, there is an improved range of products with an emphasis on chilled and fresh foods including fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.

“As a community retailer it is appropriate that we involve the community in our special events and we are delighted that our local school could play a central role,”
said Andrew.

Access and Conservation Officer

I will be continuing Iain MacKinnon’s good work of the last year, dealing with the access and conservation issues that affect Tiree.

Overnight Camping Sites

Part of my remit is to identify suitable overnight camping sites around the island to cope with the increase in campers and campervans.
I am interested in hearing from anyone who could potentially be interested in offering this service. Small areas for use by 5 or 6 campervans require minimum set up and are easier to establish than may first be thought. I can provide information to anyone interested.

Voluntary Permit System

Your views please on the introduction of a Voluntary Permit System aimed at everyone using the parking and access points around the island.
A nominal monitory contribution would be implemented for the upkeep of existing sites but also to provide new sites where needed. Providing designated parking and access would help prevent the further development and erosion of the many tracks across the machairs.
Ideas for the issuing of such permits are to make them available at local shops and businesses, public facilities and to add an optional fixed sum to accommodation fees.

Public Facilities

Your views are also welcomed on the current public facilities available on the island.
At present the only public toilets are in Scarinish. I will be working with Frances Woodhead, the local power down officer, on the possibility of providing further facilities such as composting toilets at other sites across the island.
You can email me at: accesstrd@tireebroadband.com or I will be available in person at the Rural Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1.30 – 3.30pm Tel:220677 and at other times on 07765449487. I look forward to hearing your views on these points or any other issues of access and conservation on the island.

Team Tiree’s successful Breast Cancer Moonwalk

moon_walkWell deserved Congratulations to the Tiree ladies and all participants who have to train rigorously to take part in what can be a gruelling event.
We did it! After 26.2 miles and seven hours of walking, TEAM TIREE crossed the finish line at 6.58am.
Fiona, Myra, Jackie and Caroline would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored them and to those who telephoned and sent texts before and during the night, your encouraging words were great to hear.
Walking with 10,000 women, and a few men, fine weather, lots of laughter and friendship around, even a mobile disco unit at one point, made Saturday night truly one to remember.
We walked thinking of others and to raise money to go towards the new Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow, 20 NHS scalp coolers to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy treatment and £1.5 million to the Edinburgh Breast Unit.

Fèis thiriodh

Next week sees the start of Fèis Thiriodh, Tiree’s festival of traditional music, dance and culture, and 2009 looks to be building on the success of last year’s record-breaking Fèis.
The week starts on Sunday afternoon with a walk round Hynish looking at the township’s fascinating history and looking behind the buildings to look at the human stories. Vikings, Iron Age forts and of course the incomparable Alan Stevenson. A bonus this year will be Hynish teas halfway through – a must for hungry historians!
Monday night sees a Homecoming Supper and Cèilidh in An Talla to celebrate Scotland’s Year of the Homecoming. A dram, a traditional Burns meal and an old fashioned cèilidh with some top singers and a great chance to meet the week’s tutors. Tickets are in the shops and at the office of Paper.works at the Rural Centre (220055). There are only 80 tickets, so don’t delay!
On Tuesday there is an evening of film from An Iodhlann, Tiree’s historical centre. There’s a short clip from the 1930s, some from the 1950s, and more recent material. This is in the Rural Centre and there will be a chance to sample teas at the Cobbled Cow in the interval (more hungry historians!)
Wednesday night sees the ever popular (for young and old!) children’s dance, Dannsa na Chloinne, Thursday the Tutors’ Cèilidh and Friday night the Final Dance, this year with band of the moment Trail West.
During the day the school will be thronging with musicians, shinty players and film makers. The tutors this year are Sileas Sinclair, accordion; John MacLeod, pipes; Melissa Deans, drama; Iain Sandilands, djembe (something new this year-an African drum); Brian Graham, pipe band drumming; Jenna Reid, fiddle; Calum MacCrimmon, whistle; Christine MacIntyre, film making (this was so popular last year that we have made this into a regular class); our own Ishbel Campbell, singing; Catriona MacGregor, our Gaelic teacher, and Darren Reid, shinty; and Iona Brown, Gaelic. A week to be proud of Tiree’s rich culture. See you there!
Ar cànan, ar cultur ‘s ar ceòl.
Dr John Holliday, chair.

Tying the Tiree Knot

fire_jugglerAdam and Sian were determined to have their wedding in Tiree where they first met.

Both have connections with Tiree surf-Adam having spent hours battling its force and Sian working as a marketing media manager for the PWA. Therefore, Crossapol beach was a most appropriate place to hold their wedding.

The weather was kind on a day when it was gusty and wet but at the allotted hour all came well, and apart from an advancing tide everything went according to plan.

Sian was piped onto the beach by Coinneach MacKinnon and her godfather, Tudor Evans, played a selection of Welsh music on the trumpet while the register was signed. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Annie Loughlin of the Humanist Society of Scotland.

Although Sian comes from south of the border, she is actually from a Welsh background, her father having played rugby for Wales and the British Lions. Her mother runs a successful rare breeds sheep farm – so it is in the blood!

A super meal followed in An Talla courtesy of Neil MacPhail and Alison Campbell who provided a magnificent starter of crab and lobster. Dolina Campbell supplied a fine main course and the pavlovas were provided by Sian’s family. Trail West provided the music for the dancing and Adam’s cousin gave a demonstration of poi – fire juggling (outside the hall!)

Everyone who visited Tiree for the wedding, especially those who golfed, windsurfed and took part in the 10k had a brilliant week end and Adam and Sian will have plenty visitors in their new home at Beachcomber. We wish them all the very best for the future.

Brian and Ann Milne

Tiree SWRI News

Evelyn Baxter’s School on Japanese Patchwork

13 -14th May

swriLiz Hunter led a very informative and interesting class on E.B.S.J.P.

There was a very high attendance for this class and Liz made everyone feel at ease as she took them through the various stages. Cutting out templates, material, tacking, ironing into shape and sewing to form the ‘tiles’ which is the basis for creating so many items. Liz brought along some fine examples of how to develop the ‘initial tile’ into many ideas.

There were many levels of sewing skills in the class but everyone enjoyed learning new techniques and handy tips.

Time passed too quickly as everyone was engrossed in making their Japanes Patchwork bags. Everyone agreed that it was a very enjhoyable class and that was due to Liz’s friendly teaching skills. All hoped there would be another class in the future. Annie Mackinnon presented Liz with a gift of thanks at the end of the two day class.

Tiree S.W.R.I Sponsored Walk for Mary’s Meals

Tuesday 19th May

was a beautiful evening to do the walk.A good turnout of support with S.W.R.I walkers wearing Mary’s Meals T-shirts.

Some strode out in front, others went at a comfortable pace, but all enjoyed the event and returning to a welcome cup of tea.

The total raised was £500. A Big Thank you to all who supported this worthwhile cause

Mull and Tiree Federation Show

1st June 2009

Tiree S.W.R.I. Were delighted to bring The Championship Cup home with ten members contributing their work and accumulating 230 points which included 7 golds and 8 silvers. The Community Project was won by Torosay, 2nd Tiree, 3rd Fionaphort, Salen, Tobermory & Dervaig. Congratulations to all those involved and especially Annie MacKinnon who also won another three trophies.

The Tiree 10k

tiree_10k_2On Saturday morning there must have been a groan of apprehension as for the first time it looked like a wet and windy day for the 10k Fun Run.

However, there was a spirit of determination in the air, the rain was not going to dampen enthusiasm or spoil the day. Indeed not, the Tiree 10k 2009 turned out to be a fantastic success with record entry numbers and course records beaten in many of the events. A day that called for great physical strength and stamina was met with the determination to succeed. Congratulations to all those who took part and who made it such an enjoyable day.

10k_runnerIn the 10k Run the winning time was from a young man from Mull. Stuart Greenway travelled over on the day and having cycled to Crossapol he went on to race and win with an incredible time of 31 minutes 49 seconds. First back for the ladies was Joyce Salvona from Lothian Running Club in a time of 43:39. First locals back were Stuart MacLennan (45:15) and Sarah Holliday (51:33).

The walkers as always completed the 10km course in great style, with several of the walkers raising money for charities while also training for the Edinburgh Moon Walk. You may also have spotted a shark walking the course, and would have certainly heard the fantastic Tiree Pipe Band who marched the whole 10km course.

Rain, wind and crying babies. Not a great combination you might think. Never to be put off though, the Power Pushers pushed all the way to Heylipol Church and back to An Talla. Great determination from the pushers and the pushed, well done.

10k_bride_groomAnd finally the Family Fun Run and the Under 16s race. It’s always encouraging to see so many young people taking part, especially on a wet day when it’s tempting to stay indoors. This well attended race was won by Jack Straker. Well done to all the runners, with the fastest run coming after the finish towards the chocolate fountain! As always the day was made possible with the help of many volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to all the people who backed the event with such enthusiasm. The best reward is to see so many people enjoying an event on Tiree that has been made possible by local support.

This year the Tiree 10k had over 200 people taking part. Including a bride and groom, a shark, The Tiree Pipe Band, athletes, firsttimers, fund-raisers, the young and the old. Congratulations to everybody who took part and made it a record breaking day. The 10K Family Dance was, as predicted sold out. A great night out was enjoyed by islanders and holiday makers alike.

Scottish Youth Parliament

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO STEP FORWARD FOR SCOTTISH YOUTH PARLIAMENT

Attention 14-25yr olds

Young people in Argyll & Bute are being urged to put their names forward for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The two youngsters who are standing down said
“It’s a great opportunity to find new ways of making things better for young people”.

The role of a MSYP is to represent the views of other young people both locally and nationally. To be an MSYP, you must be aged between 14- 25yrs and live in Argyll & Bute. Argyll & Bute Council Leader Dick Walsh urged young people to put their names forward
“This is Scotland’s leading rural area, and it is vital that we have an effective voice at all levels. This is an excellent opportunity for any young people who want to make a difference.

A chance to have your voice heard as a representative for your generation. If you have any questions about what is involved in being an MSYP, EMAIL Argyll & Bute at youngscot@argyll-bute.gov.uk.