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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.

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

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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.

No Decision In Beach Hut Planning Row

On Monday the 28th of November, a public meeting was held in An Talla to decide the fate of the two Beach huts that have been at the centre of a planning row for some months now.

Two beach huts, one at Balevullin and the other at Gott were built by local watersports company Blackhouse Watersports without planning permission and the retrospective planning application which was submitted by Blackhouse Watersports received the recommendation from the planning department that both should be removed.

At the beginning of the meeting we were made aware that the applicants had removed the planning application for the hut at Gott – stating that the structure would be removed by January of 2017, therefore the focus of the meeting would solely be on the application for the remaining Balevullin hut. The meeting was chaired by David Kinniburgh, Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee and another 6 councillors were present along with representatives from the planning department and the applicant, Iona Larg and her agent Eoghainn MacLean. Both the planning department and the applicant got an opportunity to speak at the meeting.

Tim Williams introduced himself as Area Planning Manager for Oban, Lorn and the Isles and went through a power point of information relating to how they had come to the decision to deny recommend refusal of retrospective planning before the applicant got the opportunity to state their case. Comments were also received from our local Community Council Convener, Dr John Holliday who commented on the recent ballot carried out on the island to determine the community’s view on the planning decision. There was some controversy surrounding the wording of the information sheet and the voting question, which Dr Holliday addressed and acknowledged.

Members of the public were also given the opportunity to speak, as long as they had registered their interest to do so prior to the public meeting and we heard from six supporters and one objector.

The lengthy meeting then went on to hear questions from councillors for both the planning department, applicant and our local community councillor before councillors debated the decision.

After various comments from councillors and an apparent tie in opinions for and against the decision it was decided that the committee should continue consideration of the retrospective planning permission at meeting of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee on 18 January 2017 to allow Members to seek advice from officers in regard to a competent motion to support approval of the application and to allow for arrangements to be made for any requirement for an Area Capacity Evaluation (ACE).

Tiree’s Own Batman Completes Charity Walk

Local man George Bruce has today completed the 124 mile walk from Oban to Dundee on Tuesday 22nd November to raise money for Oban Mountain Rescue!

George, who has been training for the charity walk for some time now, left Tiree last Thursday to start the challenge and arrived in Dundee on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm – well ahead of schedule. He has been dressed as Batman and been accompanied by his companion – ‘Robin’ the family Cockapoo, Strummer!

George took on the walk in order to raise money for Oban Mountain Rescue Team and to date the online donations stand at £3420 with the total still rising! Oban Mountain Rescue Team provide search and rescue cover throughout Argyll. The team consists of 37 unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time to helping people in need and were the group in charge of conducting the search for Margaret Ann and Dave, who lost their lives in an aircraft crash in April 2015. George is Margaret Ann’s brother in-law and he decided to take on this challenge to promote and show his appreciation to the team at Oban Mountain Rescue who conduct some very hard and sensitive work.

The 124 mile trek took George 5 days as he walked through a variety of towns and cities, stopping off in Taynuilt, Tyndrum, Lochearnhead, Crieff, and finishing in Dundee. Conditions were reasonable for November, very cold and a little wet! George will now be taking a few days to recover and give his feet a very well deserved rest! An Tirisdeach would like to congratulate George on his amazing achievement and amount raised for Oban Mountain Rescue. If you would like to donate, then please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/georgebruce1 or look out for donation boxes locally.

Tiree Association Annual Gathering November 2016

Thursday 17th November ushered in the Tiree Association’s Annual Concert and the warm, welcoming atmosphere in the Partick Burgh Halls contrasted sharply with the chilly wet weather outside.

However, despite the poor weather conditions, the audience turned up in droves and the excellent numbers meant that seating in the hall was at a premium! All present were delighted to have Gordon Connell in the chair this year and, after Ian introduced him, made clear their pleasure with an extended round of applause and roars of approval. As Gordon then proceeded to regale us with his impressive stash of jokes and stories howls of laughter emitted from the crowd.

John Campbell got the evening off to a great start with some lively pipe tunes and the electric atmosphere persisted as the delighted audience was treated to a marvellous array of songs from Ellen MacDonald, Arthur Cormack and Calum Ross. A brilliant selection of tunes from the Rowan brothers kept the toes tapping and, when Kathryn Callander invited the crowd to a sing-along they responded with great zest. The interval gave folk time for a good natter and, more importantly, the chance to savour, once again, Susan’s inimitable shortbread and dumpling – fantastic!

The committee would like to thank all those who performed on the night and Susan for her wonderful home baking. Thanks also to all those who attended on this very chilly night – especially those who made the journey from Tiree to be there on the evening. This year was the first that the concert was broadcast as a Facebook Live event and this proved to be a tremendous success – much appreciated by those who couldn’t make it in person! …. and, if Thursday night ushered in the concert, then of course, on the Friday, the dance must follow! And what a dance!

Glasgow University Union Debating Room proved to have a very busy dance floor the whole evening. Trail West started with a Gay Gordon’s and from that point on the dancers hastened to the floor when invited to do so – be it for a St. Bernard’s Waltz or a Hooligans Jig! It was fantastic to see such a huge number – and such a huge range of ages – in attendance. The committee would like to thank all the generous individuals\companies who provided raffle prizes. Thanks also to Trail West for the awesome music which inspired dancers to take to the floor and stay there for most of the evening! To those who travelled out from Tiree – it was great to see you there. As the end of the year rapidly approaches we’d like to wish you all a very merry festive season and hope to see you in January at Celtic Connections: Tiree Songbook on 22nd January and\or the Annual Burns Supper (details to follow) www.tireeassociation.co.uk

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