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Letter To The Editor

letter to the editorThe photographs from Nàdair Thiriodh of Crossapol taken in December and again in March (An Tirisdeach 566) are a timely reminder of how vulnerable the machair dunes are to extreme weather conditions. The most damaging of the winter’s storms on 3 January 2014 was caused when low pressure drew in very strong winds and a tidal surge of about a metre on top of the high spring tides. These are the very same conditions that caused the lethal floods in East Anglia in 1953.

Walking the beaches the day after the January storm was a sobering experience. Ten years ago, when I was studying oceanography and climate change for an OU degree, the forecast was that such events could be expected once every 200 years. More recently it has come to be understood that higher ocean temperatures will cause storms to be more powerful and more frequent. We have seen what that will be like this winter. If we care about the machair we must also care about climate change. It is right that we should ask Argyll & Bute and the Scottish Executive what they are doing to protect the machair. In return they could reasonably point to their ambitious renewables strategies as contributions to achieving a low carbon economy.

We have seen the formidable spin machine of No Tiree Array in action in recent weeks as they stamp on any sign of opposition. Tiree has much to fear from climate change and how we respond to the challenge of renewable energy is much too important to be left to a single issue pressure group that feels no obligation to listen to the community or to consider the wider context of what they campaign for.

The Argyll Array may have gone away for now, but there will be other renewable opportunities for Tiree such as a re-engineered array, wave generation or building on the success of Tilley with an ambitious community owned project. It is time to hear from others in the community. For example, is it the settled will of the majority on Tiree to refuse to play any further part in implementing the Scottish Executive’s renewables strategy? If we are unwilling to make our own contribution to this strategy, what right have we to ask others to help protect our machair?

It is to be hoped that the new community council will be an opportunity for a more democratic discussion of issues in which single interest groups are not the only voices heard.

Bill Welstead, Taigh Allamsa, Baugh

Update For Tiree Community Shop

shopping_cartThe consultation phase has been taking place during the last week with Community drop-in sessions and meetings with other Tiree retail businesses.

This phase of the feasibility study is set to continue during the next 10 days or so with pre-arranged telephone interviews with those businesses that were unable to meet with Alison and Karen.

If you were unable to make the drop-in session but would still like to have your say then there are questionnaires available at the Co-op for the next few days. The questionnaire will also be available on ‘Surveymonkey’. A link to the survey will be available on the Trust website later this week.

For the next stage the consultants will be spending some time analysing the results before commencing the task of preparing the draft report. It is anticipated that the final report will be ready to present to the community by mid-January.

Meanwhile if you have any queries or require further information please contact Jackie at the Trust on 220974 or email jackie@tireetrust.org.uk

Update For Tiree Community Shop

With financial support from the Big Lottery, the Trust has appointed Allanpark Consultants Ltd to help the Community Shop Steering Group prepare a feasibility study into the Community owning and operating a community shop.

The consultants – Alison Smith and Karen Anderson have already commenced their work and will be contacting some of the retail businesses during this next week. Alison and Karen have also arranged to visit Tiree for a few days next week during which time they will hold two community consultation events.

The first one is from6-8pm on the 21st November in An Talla and the other from 10am –1pm on Saturday 23rd November at the Rural Centre.

Alison, the lead consultant, says that these events will be designed to be drop-in, allowing you to pop in any time, and promises that they won’t take up too much of your time. Please put one of these dates in your diary. For those who can’t make either of these sessions, then they will also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account inviting people to contribute their views online.

Karen says that they hope that using these different approaches will mean that they can reach as many people as possible. Meanwhile if you have any queries or requests for further information please contact Jackie at the Trust on 220974 or email jackie@tireetrust.org.uk

Tiree Music Festival Retains Crown As ‘Best Small Festival’ In Scotland

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Stewart MacLennan (l) & Daniel Gillespie (r) receiving the award

Fresh from a 4th successive sell-out event, the Tiree Music Festival (TMF) has once again been crowned the Best Small Festival in Scotland at the prestigious Scottish Event Awards.

It is the second consecutive year that the festival has been awarded the accolade, highlighting an incredible achievement for a festival that was only formed four years ago.

Since that first festival back in July 2010, TMF has continued to develop both in size and success to become a landmark event of the Scottish festival scene. This year saw 1500 festival-goers make the journey with 76% of them travelling from outwith the event region. It was this growth and tourism boost to the local region that was highlighted by the judges on announcement of the award.

An ecstatic TMF Community Director Stewart MacLennan said:

“The development of TMF over the past 4 years has been an incredible journey and when planning for the first festival in 2010 we could have only dreamed of being awarded the Best Small Festival in Scotland once never mind in consecutive years. We are very proud of Tiree and are delighted that the festival is a platform for introducing new visitors to our magical island.”

Co-founder and Artistic Director Daniel Gillespie paid tribute to the festival team, sponsors and Tiree’s locals:

“This award is testament to the phenomenal efforts of a team that have shown a commitment and drive to improve year on year. Many have no family connection to the island yet have embraced the culture, community and atmosphere – we are very proud to have them as part of our team. Thanks to all our sponsors and funders, without whose support TMF would not be possible. A special mention to Tiree’s local community who are the heart and soul of the festival’s atmosphere. We are delighted to be bringing this award back home to Tiree for a second year.”

Planning is already under way for TMF2014 which will be the first 3 day event in the festival’s history and will be held from the 18th – 20th July.

 

Tourism Awards Finalists Selected

HITA_2013The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) have announced this year’s finalists in 15 categories, each in the running to receive a coveted 2013 HITA award at the ceremony and dinner to be held on 4th October in Inverness.

The eight year old regional tourism awards programme received more entries this year than ever before and the judging panel emphasised the volume of quality submissions, identifying the 2013 short listing process as the most competitive yet. Marina Huggett, chair of the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards said:

“It is with great pleasure that on behalf of our independent judging panel we can reveal the 2013 HITA finalists. What is particularly exciting about this year’s qualifiers is that they have been selected from a wealth of truly award winning entries. Our judging panel have communicated that in addition to receiving the highest number of entries this year from across the Highlands and Islands, the overall quality has been of an extremely high caliber, clearly demonstrating the increasingly outstanding work that tourism businesses are delivering throughout our region.”

The finalists for the Best Cultural Event Award are the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Elgin and Tiree Music Festival.

Macleods To Cash-up For Last Time In 2013

For the past thirty-eight years we have worked to serve the community of Tiree, but now we have decided to close our doors and enjoy our retirement.

Our business has been on the market for the past two years and while we’ve had some strong interest, the economic climate has made it hard for us to find a suitable successor. We propose to close the shop on Saturday 24th October 2013 unless the business is sold before then.

While it has been a difficult and emotional decision to retire, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their support through our long and fulfilling career.

Ian & Fiona MacLeod

For all property enquiries please contact tiree.macleods@gmail.com or visit http://tireebusinessforsale.wordpress.com

Tiree Agricultural Show 2012

Clydesdale horsesSunshine and shimmering blue sea welcomed a record crowd to the Annual Show on the Isle of Tiree. Many mainland and neighbouring island visitors joined the islanders to enjoy a day at Tiree Show.

There was a warm welcome to Clydesdale judging at the Show after a gap of 50 years. A large influx of horses and ponies to the island during the past year included Mary Flora MacDonald and Sandra Brown’s Clydesdale geldings. Donald MacIntyre, Tiree’s veteran Clydesdale enthusiast, had the task of judging and selected Major from Mary Flora MacDonald, Roadside as his winner. This gelding went on to lift the Champion of Champions awards.

Travelling across the water by rib from Islay, the group of Ileach farmers included Cattle judge Eion Brown, Aoradh. His overall winner in the Crossbred Cattle came from the highly competitive suckled calf classes with an April born Charolais cross heifer calf from Archie John MacLean, Heylipol. Reserve was from Alasdair MacLean, Heylipol with his Limousin cross heifer calf. The champion in the breeding cattle was last year’s overall winner from Colin MacKinnon, Kilkenneth. Colin went on to lift the trophy for most points and the Crofter’s Shield. The Supreme Cattle champion came from the Purebred Section, a British Blue heifer calf, Ruaig Hettie from Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig.

A good turnout of Crossbred sheep went before judge Angus MacFadyen, Bragleenmore, Oban. Champion in the Prime lambs came from Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig with a pen of 3 Beltex cross lambs. Blackface Champion was a ewe from Mary Flora MacDonald, Roadside. Sandra Brown, Balevullin lifted the Crossbred championship with a Texel cross ewe and went on to win the trophy for most points and the Crofter’s Shield. Reserve in this section was a Texel cross ewe lamb from Ewan MacKinnon, Hillcrest.

Donald McCormick, Blackrock, another Islay rib passenger, had the task of judging in the Pure bred sheep ring. Brothers Alasdair and Fraser MacLean, Heylipol were champion and reserve respectively with the Supreme Sheep award going to Alasdair’s Beltex gimmer on her first show outing. Reserve overall was Fraser’s homebred Suffolk shearling ram.

In the Ridden Horse and Pony Section, it was the Highland gelding Achnalarig Struan from Janis MacArthur which once again lifted the champion award. Reserve was winner of the horse classes Jan Paterson’s Friesian, Tallina FanT’Sudein. A good turnout of Tiree’s new Pony Club members enjoyed their day at the Show winning many rosettes.

Once again the Pet Show drew a large crowd with many island and visiting dogs on parade before judge Rev Elspeth MacLean. Champion was a black poodle from Rhona McGoogan with the Golden Oldie Quaich going to Skye from Barbara Brown.

The line up of vintage tractors drew lots of admirers with the winner of the pre 1975 class from Donald Archie Brown and the champion rosette awarded to Duncan Cameron’s MF135 from the post 1975 class. Home Industries exhibits were down on the year but the judges commentated on the high standard of exhibits forward. Monica Smith swept the board winning all trophies in this section with Jo Vale winning the Horticulture Cup and John Fletcher‘s basket of mixed vegetables lifting the best exhibit. A magnificent display of crowns, plate gardens and decorated cup cakes from all age groups were entered in the Children’s Section. Andy with his Chainsaw Craft created wonderful carvings of which two were auctioned and can be spotted in gardens on the island. Other great crowd attractions were the Tiree YFC’s sheep racing, Tiree Pipeband and the Clydesdale Single Horse Turnouts in the main ring. Drawing the day to a close, Nan MacLean presented the cups to the day’s winners.

The committee wish to thank all the sponsors and donors of prizes to the Livestock Sections, the Grand Raffle and the Dance Raffle. To all our helpers on the day, a big THANK YOU. To everyone who took part in the listed competition classes, congratulations and thank you for your support. Finally, to everyone who came to the Show and helped make it such an enjoyable day, your attendance was greatly appreciated.

Tiree Agricultural Society

Windfall Fund Helps Improve Tiree Playpark

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In November 2011 the Windfall Fund awarded TCB £4000, and along with additional financial help from ACHA, TCB were able to purchase and install a new roundabout, safety matting, spring riders and upgrade the swings.

TCB has since been awarded a further £10,000 and we will be looking to install more new equipment probably for the older children in the near future.There will be an open day in An Talla on the 19th of May to discuss possible additions.

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On a recent beautiful sunny April day the playpark was a particularly popular venue for local children. Grateful thanks to The Windfall Fund & ACHA for their generous funding.

Windsurfers will descend on Tiree for 25th Anniversary of Tiree Wave Classic.

Tiree Wave Classic

The Tiree Wave Classic is the most prestigious and longest standing windsurfing event in the British calender, this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary and looking back over the event’s history.

The event will play host to Britain’s best riders in Pro, Amateur, Masters and Women’s fleets with a fantastic prize fund guaranteeing the top Pro £1000 and as well as many other top prizes, a newly launched Pura Vida Custom Quad to the amateur judged to deserve it most!

It will be an unmissable, adrenaline fuelled week of competition and entertainment set against the breathtaking backdrop of Tiree’s spectacular scenery. Who will pull the Scottish Broadsword from the sand?

Andy Groom who’s back on the event team and was the founder of this Wave Classic way back in 1986 said “ It will be great to have guests like Farrel O’shea, Nik Baker and Duncan Coombes among other past legends there this year. To see such a great event and the standard of sailing that we’ve hit over 25 years has been amazing, I can’t wait to enjoy this milestone”

Simmer rider Ben Proffit, the 2010 BWA Champion, said: “I absolutely love taking part in this event – for me it’s one of the highlights of the year and can deliver any conditions. The championship could be anyone’s at the moment and I’m super keen to win here and have another shot at the title”

Organisers Pura Vida Boardriders are honoured to be involved with the Tiree Wave Classic and promise to deliver an outstanding event for this special 25th year. Jim Brooks-Dowsett, Event organiser said: “Tiree is one of those stunning locations you really have to visit at least once, and the waves can be awesome! Since the competition was founded by Andy Groom 25 years ago it’s always been the one to watch and read about in the magazines, and with the return of a few past legends this year will be a week to remember, stoked to be involved!”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency said: “ We are delighted to be supporting the Tiree Wave Classic for the eighth year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is great to see the increasing attraction of Tiree as a water sports’ destination as it has certainly proven over the years to be a perfect stage for this event.”

The Tiree Wave Classic will take place from 8th – 15th October 2011, more info can be found at www.tireewaveclassic.co.uk, all enquiries: shop@puravidaboardriders.co.uk

Fun At Tiree Agricultural Show

There was a real island welcome of sunshine and a spectacular glistening sea awaiting the many mainland visitors, who joined the islanders to view the island’s quality stock at the annual Tiree Show.

They were highly entertained by Mark Wyllie from Luss with his collie dogs and ducks, the Drakes of Hazard, in the main ring along with a large turnout of dogs and other pets for the Pet Show.

Cattle Show winner

A regular buyer at the island’s cattle sales, Donald Patullo, Millhaugh, Methven had the task of judging in the cattle ring. His supreme cattle champion came from the pure-bred section, a British Blue in-calf heifer, Ruaig Dotti from Iain MacInnes, Ruaig. She went on to be crowned Champion of Champions.

Earlier, Mr Patullo had given the crossbred championship to Candy, an April 2010 Limousin cross heifer from Colin MacKinnon, Kilkenneth. She stood reserve as a calf in this section last year.

Reserve was the leader from the great show of spring sucked calves, a March born Limousin cross bullock calf from Archie John MacLean, Heylipol. After exhibiting some quality young calves, Donald MacKinnon, Vaul and Gilleasbuig Campbell, Garaphail then shared the Crofter’s Shield for most points in the Cattle Section.

Sheep judge Willie Smith, Balliemore, Lochgilphead had a great show of Prime lambs to judge before moving into the crossbred sheep ring. Champion pen from Pat Boyd, Drumaglea was with three Beltex cross lambs.

Crossbred sheep champion and reserve came from Ruaig respectively with a Texel cross gimmer and cross ewe. Winner of most points in the Sheep section and the Crofter’s Shield was Sandra Brown, Balevullin.

Billy Neilson from Taynuilt and Argyll’s QMS assessor had the task of judging in the purebred ring. Brothers Alasdair and Fraser MacLean, Heylipol were champion and reserve respectively with the supreme award going to Alasdair’s Beltex ewe lamb, Tiree Rich Spice and reserve was Fraser’s homebred Suffolk shearling ram.

Winning Pony Tiree Agricultural Show

In the Pony ring, Niall and Susan MacDonald selected Achnalarig Struan, a Highland gelding from Janis MacArthur as champion with reserve going to Janet Bowler’s Whiskey. Young pony exhibitors, Jenna MacArthur and Emily Armstrong had a great day out winning many rosettes.

winning tractor Tiree Agricultural Show

A well known character, retired salesman Hughie MacLean had the task of judging the line up of tractors with the winner the Massey Ferguson 135 from Duncan Cameron, Scarinish. Congratulations and special thanks to all who joined the Saturday tractor run with a great display of decorated trailers.

Once again the Home Industries marquee had tables laden with baking, knitting, drawings, models and decorated welly boots. The judges were all impressed at the array of exhibits before them, from both locals and visitors. Congratulations to all cup winners.

Another regular visitor, retired SAC agricultural advisor Donald Harrison, had a great spread of garden produce before him in the Horticulture section, with Bill Campbell’s basket of mixed vegetables winning the best exhibit and John Fletcher, Balemartine most points. Donald and his wife Janice later presented the cups to the day’s winners.

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