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Screen Tiree Goes Viral

T3 Trainspotting Tiree from jack lockhart on Vimeo.

One of our local community groups, Screen Tiree has recently gone viral with their own remake of the iconic, Trainspotting scene.

The popular scene which sees cast member Ewan McGregor running through Edinburgh streets has been reshot here on Tiree, featuring islanders and members of the Screen Tiree committee.

Derek Campbell took on the lead role of ‘Renton’ even throwing in a stunt man move of being hit by a car. The 44 second clip follows, Derek, Jo Vale, Mairi Forbes and Forrest Lockhart running past the Co-op and down towards the Scarinish Hotel, featuring the original soundtrack of ‘lust for life’ and an alternative Tiree version of the voice over: “Choose life. Choose gale force winds. Choose whole families of cyclists going really slowly on single track roads. Choose power cuts. Choose no signal on your mobile phone. Choose ferry cancellations due to adverse weather conditions. Choose rusty cars. Choose wellies and a fleece. Choose your future. Choose Tiree’.

Screen Tiree set up just over a year ago with the aim to reintroduce a form of cinema club and movie screenings to the community. Since then they have put on 14 films and organised a variety of opportunities for children through the ‘into film’ initiative. The latest film that was shown was the Trainspotting sequel, T2, where the audience received the first glimpse of the local scene.

The clip was created entirely by the Screen Tiree committee, filmed in only a couple of hours using a mobile phone. However, it has since been uploaded to social media and has now been viewed over 10,000 times through shares on Facebook and mentioned in The Oban Times and in national newspaper, The Sun.

It was even retweeted by the author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, who simple commented ‘love it’. Fantastic! The film will also be screened at a film festival in Italy next week!

Screen Tiree hopes to continue making as well as screening films as it’s such a great way of bringing people together for a great time! With the success of their first effort, I am very much looking forward to seeing what else can be produced. The Screen Tiree programme of screenings has now finished for the summer and they are planning a new season for the autumn although they do have a few rainy day titles up their sleeve. To keep up to date with all the latest events and screenings search for ‘Screen Tiree’ on Facebook and look out for local adverts within An Tirisdeach.

Tiree Pupils Chosen as Poster Competition Winners!

An Tirisdeach is delighted to report that 4 Tiree Primary School pupils have been chosen to appear in the Edinburgh Festival Schools Poster Competition.

Iona Weatherhead (P2), Liam Walker (P3), Maurice Wright (P2) and Jemma Kavanagh (P3) are the four lucky pupils whose posters were chosen out of a massive 6000 plus entries.

Their poster designs will now be displayed throughout the summer (from June 6th) in Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, along with the other 150 that were chosen.

This is a massive achievement for Tiree Primary school and Shona Johnston, head of the art department commented ‘To give a sense of perspective on how amazing their win is, in 25 years of teaching I have had 4 pupils shortlisted so to have 4 winners in one year from our tiny school is nothing short of incredible.’

The School Poster Competition is open to all schools throughout Scotland and is run in conjunction with Edinburgh Festival which takes place throughout August in the capital. The designs will be displayed throughout this time and they will also be available to view on the Edinburgh Festival website when it goes live later in the month.

An Tirisdeach would like to say a huge well done to all four pupils, Iona, Liam, Maurice and Jemma. If you are in Dynamic Earth over the summer make sure you have a look for their submissions.

Local Surfing Success In Thurso

An Tirisdeach are delighted to report that two local boys have recently been awarded two first places in their respective classes at a prestigious surfing competition up in Thurso.

Finn MacDonald, who turned 16 on the day of the competition and Ben Larg, 12 both travelled to Thurso to take part in the 2017 Scottish National Surfing Championships and Finn placed first in the under 16s section and Ben was crowned first in the under 18s section, an impressive achievement for someone of just 12 years old.

This is the second year the boys have competed in the competition, having secured podium positions in last year’s event too. Both boys have been surfing on Tiree, through Blackhouse Watersports and the local Surf Club for many years and 2016 saw them compete in professional competitions for the first time. They have travelled as far as the Azores in Portugal, where they competed in the World Junior Surfing competition and Morocco, where the European Surfing competition was held – both boys placed on the podium at each of these events. They are also currently working on a bid to represent Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, the first-time surfing will be included in the games.

Both boys are definitely making ‘waves’ at home and further afield and have once again done Tiree proud with their efforts and achievements! Well done and congratulations to both Finn and Ben.

Tiree Hockey Club News

Since its inception in 2016, Tiree Hockey club has been going from strength to strength with various keen players taking part in the regular classes.

The group is run by Tiree Trust’s Youth Worker, Willie MacKinnon who played a lot of hockey prior to moving to Tiree. Willie is assisted by a variety of other locals who have a lot of hockey experience, including David Clark, Jim McDowell, Steph Tanner, Ruth MacKinnon and Arlene MacKinnon.

At each session, Willie works on training drills with the children along with a group game at the end.

This month the club have been very lucky to receive two donations of goalie protection equipment which can be utilised by the Tiree Club and budding goal keepers. Willie has received great support from his old team mates at Anchor Hockey, who were on Tiree last year to run a hockey workshop. Willie hopes to run this again this year – watch this space.

Each month the coaches choose a ‘player of the month’ and this month it was awarded to Lewis Gunn and Kirsten MacKinnon who ‘have shown great improvement in a short time’ – well done to you both!

Junior Hockey club runs on a Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 – 5pm and Sunday afternoon 1:30 – 3pm which is a mixed adult and junior session. An adult only session is also on on Sunday from 12 – 1:30pm. The adult session was previously very popular and we would like to encourage anyone wishing to attend to come along.

Regular information regarding classes is posted on Tiree Trust social media pages along with the website www.tireetrust.org.uk

Tiree 10K & Half Marathon 2017

It’s nearly 10k & Half Marathon weekend, and already it’s set to be another record breaker as we look forward to welcoming this year’s competitors.

Tiree 10k & Half Marathon: Saturday 29th April – start time 2pm on Sorobaidh beach

• Biggest start line ever assembled with 375 runners entered

• More clubs represented than ever before

• Charity runners raising funds for Tiree Play Park

• Team Skipinnish taking on the 10k & HM course

• The legendary 10k dance with Crackin’ Craic

It’s set to be a great weekend, and this year the event has proved more popular than ever. So much so that it’s now completely full! We’ve squeezed people in, and filled cancellations, but we still have a waiting list of nearly 100 runners! Who’d have thought running into a headwind was so popular! Thanks everyone who’s entered and good luck with your final preparations.

As the event is full we won’t be taking any entries on the day except for the kids’ events. For anyone who’s missed out please do come and support the runners or join the event crew, it’s still a fun day out and your cheering will be hugely appreciated!

Kids’ events: Enter on the day – registration from 10am, races start at 1pm 10k & Half Marathon – event full so no entry on the day

Evening dance: Tickets available on the day from An Talla

Tiree’s Adventure Play Park: The event is raising funds for the development of the park at Crossapol.

Our visiting team of charity runners are also collecting sponsors for this project, and it’s already proved to be a lovely way for our visitors to contribute to community life on Tiree. We’re pleased to support this project and we’ll also hold a raffle in the evening to add to this fund. Any prizes gratefully received.

Event Crew: As always, the event is made possible by the people that help on the day, so if you can spare a few hours on the Saturday please do come and join the crew. Let us know and we can get you in the team.

Road safety and convenience: After the 2pm start on the beach, there will be lots of runners on the road to Hynish, and back around through Balinoe, Heylipol, Sandaig, Kilkenneth and Moss. There are course maps on the Tiree Fitness website, and we’d just ask all drivers to be extra vigilant, and also for your own convenience if it’s possible to avoid travel during 2-4pm you’d stand a better chance of avoiding hold ups. But the roads are of course open, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Find out more: Join the Facebook group and keep an eye on the Tiree Fitness website for further updates and news. Any enquiries can be made to Will at Tiree Fitness. Contact Will on 07867 304640 or email will@tireefitness.co.uk or go to www.tireefitness.co.uk

12 years of the Tiree 10k & Half Marathon – remember when…..

• We woke to thick snow last year just before the event

• The pipe band marched the course in sweltering heat

• Bride & Groom teams ran the 10k and finished with a dip in the sea

• Trail West made a name for themselves at their first gigs

• The buses took everyone over to Hough and Balevullin for the start

• The 31 minute 10k!!!

• Local man Owain Williams finally got to the top of the podium and won the half marathon

It’s been an amazing 12 years of doing these events – thank you everyone who helps, and we look forward to more record breaking later this month.

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.

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!

£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

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.

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