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Tiree Association Annual Sports

tugofwarThe sun shone and the crowds gathered signalling the start of the Annual Tiree Association Sports Day.

We were very lucky with the weather this year and sunscreen was a must! Curam kindly provided tea and sandwiches and raised £396 including donations. We were also entertained by the Tiree Pipe Band and am sure the skirl of the bagpipes inspired our competitors during the day.

Roraigh Hughes impressed on the bagpipes and won the piping competition. The Junior Girls Medal was won by Morag McEwan and the Junior Boys Medal was won for the 2nd year running by Murray Webster. Murray also won the J M MacKechnie Cup for most points in the Junior Section.

In the adults section, the Burnett family from Linlithgow had a great day with Katherine Burnett winning the Ladies Challenge Cup and her husband Richard Burnett triumphing in the Mens Track & Field events by winning the Kennedy Cup. The men’s heavy events were also very well supported and very competitive. Ewan Brown won a hotly contested Caber with Gavin Omand winning the Hammer and Iain Hamilton winning the Shot. Iain Hamilton won the McLaine Cameron Cup for most points in the Heavy Events and Richard Burnett won the Straker Cup for most points in the Mens Section.

Perhaps the highlight of the day for the crowd was the traditional Residents vs Non Residents Tug o War which was won by the Non Resident Men and the Resident Ladies. As is traditional, the winning Ladies team challenged the Men’s team and triumphed with Mairi Anne Munn captaining the winning Ladies’ team.

Once again we are very grateful to Mairi Campbell for the use of the Corrairigh hammer, which has now been thrown at the Tiree Association sport for many years and to Tiree High School for the use of the School Pitches and to Tommy Monaghan for all his assistance during the day.

Improved Water Pipes To Benefit Tourists And Locals

Scottish Water is to improve its services to customers on the island of Tiree.

Contractors working for Scottish Water are about to start an £850,000 project to upgrade a total of six miles of water mains on the island. The investment, which is due to start in the first week of September, will provide greater security of supply to 700 customers in areas which have been affected by burst pipes and disruption to supply in the past. These include the Crossapol, Silversands, Balephuil and Caoles areas of the island.

The improvements will also reduce leakage from our network. Mr Simon Harrison, Scottish Water’s water operations manager, said:

“Scottish Water is delighted to be starting this important improvement work on Tiree. We are committed to improving our network of water mains and our services throughout Scotland, in heavily-populated urban areas and in the most remote rural communities. This project on Tiree is a very good example of that. When the project is completed it will provide a better service to properties across the island and help the local tourist industry and economy because the improvements will also benefit visitors to the island.”

The project will involve the replacement of stretches of existing pipe, which are made of concrete, cast-iron or plastic, with new pipe made from tough plastic, which is less susceptible to bursts. The work will be carried out for Scottish Water by contractors George Leslie and is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Some interruptions to normal water supplies will be required during the work. We will make every effort to minimise this and customers affected will be given advance notification and any appropriate advice. Some traffic management on local roads will also be required during the work and again we will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience.

Mrs Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said:

“The investment follows the completion in 2011 of an upgrade by Scottish Water at the Tiree Water Treatment Works, which improved the operability of the WTW by updating the process of filtering raw water. This new major investment to improve the pipes that take water from the WTW to customers’ taps will substantially improve our service to customers on the island and we are sure they will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience will be far out-weighed by the long-term benefits this project will deliver.”

And A Good Time Was Had By All


Tiree Christmas Parties Committee held their Senior Citizens’ Party in An Talla on Saturday 12 December.
Iain Cameron, Chairperson, started off proceedings by warmly welcoming everyone and thanked his committee who fund-raised throughout the year and all those who contributed in any other way in making the Christmas Functions so successful. Mrs Janet Brown, Balephuil, then cut the cake (this year again an “Evelyn” work of art) prior to an absolutely delicious meal, ably prepared by Josie and her An Talla team, and served by a jovial committee and helpers.

Refreshments and mints were also included in this repast – we were sure spoilt! Into the bargain there were many free raffle prizes distributed by a very tall and cheery Santa! A busy schedule is ahead of him yet. Also, throughout the evening young Colin MacKinnon kept us tapping with his piping – well done! Aren’t we fortunate on Tiree to have such musical talent.

All in all a good time was had by all – being a senior citizen for a year or two now I can sit back and enjoy – which I did!

Ann Langley

P.s. Forgot to mention that this year we had an additional act – “Stand Up” Bingo organised by Josie – very entertaining!