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Charity Auction


Curam’s Slave Auction fund raiser was a runaway success. Over £4,000 was raised by the good folk of Tiree in support of keeping the Resource Club running. The Slaves’ objective was to provide a fun filled evening whilst raising funds for a serious cause and they all clearly achieved their goal.Some slaves were in costume donning laurels and togas and tirelessly worked the room, bestowing us with savoury and sweet canapes washed down with flutes of fizz.

The evening was kicked off by a warm welcome from Kate MacCallum who explained the purpose of the Resource Club and the positive impact it has on the Tiree Community. Kate then handed the mic to Maureen McMullen one of the locals who relies upon the Resource Club services. Maureen thanked everyone for supporting the Resource Club, explaining that it is her lifeline to living on Tiree. The Club allows the elderly to buy their weekly shopping, attend local meetings, social events and keeps them involved in the community.

And so it began….. In bounded Mr Will Wright the auctioneer for the evening who may have missed his true calling in life. He took to auctioneering like a duck to water keeping the atmosphere light, adding his little anecdotes to each LOT and egging on the bidder to part with more cash. There was a lot of bouncing back and forward and everyone in the hall was caught up in the fun and good feeling, even when out bidded.

One of the biggest laughs of the night was when pals Fifi Munn and Fifi Malcolm (sitting next to each other) independently began bidding to win a sail for two with Dr Keith. Fifi Malcolm won and turned to Fifi Munn and asked her to chum her, hilarious!!

Local DJ’s Bino and Andy must have spent ages selecting a song to link each LOT and my personal favourite was Spirit in the Sky to go with Cameron Kennedy’s offer to write a Will.

One of the biggest surprises of the evening was the telephone bidder for Jessie Gray’s clootie dumpling, my oh my, I thought I was in Sothebys.

A fabulous night enjoyed by all ages, thank you, you all deserve a huge pat on the back.

Tiree Association Annual Gathering


The third Thursday and Friday in November are always very special dates in The Tiree Association calendar of events as the Annual Gathering takes place: the 114th Gathering took place on the 20th and 21st November.

An audience, in excess of 100, soaked up the atmosphere in Partick Burgh Lesser Hall as the evening kicked off with a medley of airs courtesy of John. We were then entertained by Isobel’s witty repartee, Linda, Darren and Alasdair’s superb singing and Alan & Kyle’s exquisite instrumentals. A complimentary dram with Susan’s dumpling/ shortbread at the interval went down a treat before the audience participation started in earnest as Kathryn led us in a variety of favourites. The artistes continued the programme with some old favourites to which the audience continued to sing along. Fantastic!

Another great night followed, at Glasgow University Union, as Skipinnish played to a huge crowd of all ages. Many folk, having travelled from Tiree, had the chance to catch up with friends – old and young – in Glasgow. As you can imagine, the dancing was fast and furious; the band – phenomenal!

The committee would like to give a huge thanks to all those who entertained on both nights and a massive thank you to all those who bought tickets and joined in the tremendous fun on each occasion. Thanks also to those who donated prizes for the raffle.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we have now launched our 100 club. If you require further details please contact us at contact@tireeassociation.com and remember …….. you’ve got to be in it to win it! Hope to see you at our Burns Supper 24th January 2015!

£1.2 Million Down the Drain


Like many of you, Tiree Community Councillors are unhappy – to say the least – at the state of the island’s roads only a few months after Argyll and Bute spent £1.2 million improving them.

Having completed my own survey of the Tiree road network I was amazed to see potholes, flooded cattle grids, poor passing place signage in some areas, bumpy, badly – finished passing places and other serious faults.

road_edgeThe most significant of these are the badly formed road edges which are now crumbling away and could result in safety concerns, particularly in the summer months when cyclists move in to allow cars to pass. We were told that this improvement programme would ensure that the roads would be serviceable for the next fifteen years. The way things are going they will be lucky to survive another winter!

The Tiree Community Council has passed on a 14 point document outlining faults to the head of roads at Argyll and Bute. This is backed up by photographs – all of which make it clear that the so-called improvements are inadequate for a modern road system. Now we are seeking to meet road officials because we believe the whole exercise has been a botch-up and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

potholeThe Council’s reaction to the points raised after our survey was, quite simply, to brush off every single one of our complaints as nonsense. We have also been told that there is no more money in the pot for Tiree’s roads. The purse is empty and there will be no more ‘improvements’ for a very long time to come.

Please feel free to send us your own thoughts on the road programme and if you think it has indeed been £1.2 million down the drain! We’d like to hear from you! You can contact us at alisonk@tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk or www.tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk

Pebble Mosaic Leaves a Lasting Impression On Tiree


A colourful mosaic made out of painted Tiree pebbles has been put in position at Crossapol play park.

Local children painted the stones with colours and images they associated with life on Tiree, and the structure was assembled beautifully by landscape gardener, Cameron Smith. The mosaic will now leave a lasting impression at the play park, to be admired by locals and visitors alike.

Many thanks go out to ACHA, Tiree Community Business, Tiree Trust, and local contractors for making this project possible.

TMSA Young Trad Tour visits Tiree


On Wednesday 8th October some of brightest stars of Scotland’s young folk talent travelled to Tiree for a night of musical entertainment in An Talla.

Featuring the finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, as well as the winner of the 2013 competition, the Young Trad Tour 2014 consisted of six dates at each of the finalists’ hometowns as well as a performance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, scheduled to take place on the 17th January 2015.

This year’s band – made up of Paddy Callaghan, Alistair Iain Paterson, Mhairi Marwick, Neil Ewart, Jack Badcock and Ian Smith – brought a cross-section of the country’s regional folk scenes to the table. Whilst most of the musicians are now based in Glasgow and Edinburgh’s thriving folk scenes, they were all brought up surrounded by diverse traditions- from Irish, West coast and East coast styles.

As well as the Tour, the group also recorded an album at one of Scotland’s most prestigious recording studios, Castlesound Studio in Pencaitland.

The Young Trad Tour – including both the CD and tour itself – was organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and was made possible through funding support from The Robertson Trust, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, as well as assistance with the Tiree leg from Loganair and other private sources. The concert in Tiree was well-attended and the audience, of around seventy, were treated to a fantastic mix of traditional songs, reels, slow airs and more. As well as the concert, the musicians also visited Tiree High School, where they carried out short workshops with the pupils.

For more info on the tour visit http://www.tmsa.org.uk or if you’d like to purchase the album contact Ian Smith (by email: ian.tiree{@}hotmail.co.uk or by phone: 07591 005871).

Swimming, Shopping & The Future of The Internet


At the end of September experts gathered in Tiree from all over Europe, to discuss the future of the Internet.

The European Network of Excellence on Internet Science (EINS) includes economists, technologists, mathematicians, social scientists, architects, and legal experts, many of whom advise their own governments and advise or lobby on Internet issues at the EU.

When Clare Hooper, who works as part of EINS at Southampton University, started to organise a workshop ‘Re-Thinking Architecturally‘, she thought of Tiree as a venue, as she had been to one of the Tiree Tech Waves, and called upon me as ‘local expert’ to help with the logistics of managing an event on an island. In the end, the biggest problem turned out to be an Air France/KLM strike that delayed some participants and meant that one coming from Greece was unable to get across at all. However, a dozen participants managed to get here despite the European air chaos, including one all the way from Umea in northern Sweden, and I was able to attend as Tiree representative.

Topics covered included privacy, net neutrality (whether Skype, YouTube and BBC are all treated equally), governance (US vs UN control), the regulation (or not) of global companies, and the relation between the digital internet and the physical world as more and more devices become ‘Internet enabled’. I gave a short presentation about digital connectivity in a rural area and as participants wandered to the end of the pier at Hynish to find mobile phone signal, I think they got the point.

The word ‘architecturally’ in the workshop title was principally about the digital and social structures around the Internet (from fibre optics to social networks); however the workshop did include a number of ‘real’ architects. So, on Wednesday afternoon, our lightning tour of the island (from gift shopping at Chocolates and Charms to rock scrambling at Balevullin) included a visit to Noust with its blend of traditional timber construction and state-of-the art digital fabrication.

A key element of the success was the helpful and welcoming folk of Tiree: the wonderful team at the Hynish Centre, especially Lesley who kept on smiling despite a seven hour wait for participants whose travel was disrupted, everyone at Ceabhar , Ring’n’Ride, and at the airport rearranging travel across Europe when the Thursday plane was cancelled.

Despite the transport problems, the participants loved Tiree, indeed half of them managed morning swims! One of them wrote after the event: “one great consequence of the week in Tiree was a kind of intellectual regeneration that let me set aside the stresses of the coming academic year and…think openly a bit.” Another mailed a picture of swimmers in the water with the title “I’d rather be in Tiree!”.

Children’s Behaviour


As an “incomer” to Tiree I haven’t grown up with the ways of the isle and as such I notice things locals take for granted.

On the mainland I worked as a lollipop lady and spent quite a bit of time with children of 6 to 11 and their younger siblings. During this job the children generally fell into three categories:

1. Those that were wonderfully behaved and always said thank you

2. Those easily distracted but well behaved

3. Those who were, shall we say, less than polite.

Today I was at the Tiree High School Gala Day helping my husband man the ice cream stall. May I congratulate all on Tiree for their excellent manners! Not a single type 3 child was seen by myself and I have a new category “Those who are so shy that they whisper in a crowded hall”

The Gala day was wonderful and I am extremely happy to live in such a wonderful community.


Jacqui Bennett

Twin Otters for Tiree


Two new aeroplanes have been ordered to serve the lifeline air service to Barra, Tiree and Campbeltown.

The Twin Otter aircraft have been specially selected as they are able to land on Barra, the world’s only scheduled service with a landing strip on a beach.

The contract to supply the new planes to link the islands with Glasgow has been awarded to Canadian company Viking Air Limited. The route is officially designated as a public service obligation (PSO) and would not be commercially viable without support from the Scottish Government. Viking Air Limited will provide the two Twin Otter DHC6-400 aircraft. No figure for the contract has yet been disclosed, but the tender was between £5 million and £7 million.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said he was “delighted” that a supplier had been secured. “We expect to take delivery of the new planes next May and for them to be up and running on the routes shortly afterwards. By purchasing our own aircraft, we will also encourage more competition when the contract for operating the PSO routes comes up for renewal. We will be looking at ways to enhance these services and will engage with passengers, local businesses and other interested parties to look at potential improvements. These new planes mean our PSO routes to Campbeltown, Barra and Tiree will continue to be reliable and attractive to travellers. The communities served by these flights can now look forward to seeing new planes operating on the routes next summer.”

Subsidy has been paid by the Scottish Government on the Glasgow-Tiree and Glasgow-Barra route since the mid-1970s.

Jennie’s Garden wins ACHA Hat Trick!


ACHA introduced the Tiree Tenants Garden Competition three years ago and Jennie Niven has been the worthy winner every year.

Jennie wasn’t aware of the competition at first until approached by an ACHA staff member to allow her to submit pictures of her garden. This garden is a wee hidden gem, the colours are stunning and provide vibrant splashes amongst the more sedate areas of calm and tranquillity.You will find roses, pinks (which visitors remark on the wonderful perfume) asters, petunias, marigolds, anemones, love in the mist and pansies.

Jennie has been a keen gardener since childhood when helping her Dad in the garden was a welcome escape from an overcrowded house. She has lovingly cultivated her garden, setting herself yearly challenges to see what she can grow next, the newest addition are late blooming Japanese anemones (right). Jennie is always amazed at how the delicate blooms withstand the Tiree gales however, her first attempt at growing Lily of the Valley (Jennie’s favourite plant) was destroyed by the sheep but fortunately a fence was built around the garden providing protection. She’s taking no chances this year and keeping the plant indoors until after Winter.

When she first won the award Jennie thought it was a “wind up” but says the award makes her realise her garden is appreciated. Her prize is a trophy engraved with the winner’s name plus £30 gift vouchers which go towards the purchase of more seeds. Keep up the good work!


Grow your island business!

Is your business ready for the next phase in its development?
Tiree Community Development Trust would like to hear from any island businesses who are seeking accreditation or training to expand and improve their operations. Would accreditation in quality management standards help your business to win bigger contracts? Would training sessions on managing finances help your business become more efficient? Tell us what you need and when you need it and we will investigate options for shared training days and funding support to help you take your business forward.
Initial interest has been shown in gaining ‘ISO 9000′ and ‘Investors in People’ accreditation over the winter months- would you like your business to be included?
Please contact Lynne Cox with your feedback: lynne.cox@tireetrust.org.uk


We would like to offer a huge congratulation to our Youth & Communications Coordinator Sophie and Tom, on the birth of their baby boy!

Community Events

Now that the busy summer period is over, we have been busy looking at out winter events calendar and starting to organise some community events for you all to enjoy. Here are some dates for the diary – more information will be released soon.
· Saturday the 1st of November – Children’s Halloween party
· Wednesday the 5th of November – Community Bonfire & Fireworks Display – We would be grateful for any donations of fire wood that could be used for the bonfire, if you have any then please get in touch.
· Wednesday the 31st of December – Community Hogmanay Dance


Just a reminder that we are currently advertising intensive weekend courses, starting at the end of October.
Please see the advert in this edition for further information, if you have any other questions about the Ùlpan project; please get in touch with donna@tireetrust.org.uk

Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

The Trust will hold an EGM on Tuesday 28th October to request members approval to make a small amendment to the Constitution. The brief meeting will be held at An Talla at 7:30pm. For full details of the proposed change please visit the Trust website and click on ‘News’ or contact Andy on 220 074 or andy@tireetrust.org.uk

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