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Tiree Boathouse Shortlisted For GIA Design award

boathouseTiree Maritime Trust’s new boathouse ‘The Noust’ has been short-listed for a prestigious GIA Design Award run by the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The Noust provides an invaluable building for the Maritime Trust to maintain Tiree’s traditional dipping lug sail boats.

Tiree Maritime Trust would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped with the boathouse build: TOG Studio team and students, Andrew Montgomery and Argyll Estates, Iain Mackinnon Haulage, Lachie Brown, Nancy MacKechnie, the commercial sponsors (Russwood, MAKLab, Marley Eternit, Spax, Coburn, Hilti, James Latham, GAGael), the many people who have made donations to the Maritime Trust since its formation in 2005, and of course the Windfall Fund.

The opening of ‘The Noust’ is just the beginning… volunteers will be working on the lug boats over the winter, with the hope of sailing them regularly next spring, then in June 2014 the second half of the boathouse will be built as an architecture live build project with Tog Studio.

Tiree Maritime Trust are always looking for support so if you are interested in the work of Tiree Maritime Trust or would like to become actively involved please get in touch via our website www.tireemaritimetrust.org.uk.

Tiree Parish Church of Scotland Welcomes New Minister

ordination attendees

Elspeth Jane MacLean’s Ordination and Induction took place in Kirkapol Church on 14th July 2011 at 2.00pm. This was a very moving, spiritual service led by the Rev. George G. Cringles, Moderator. Mr Ian MacLagan, Presbytery Clerk, welcomed everyone and read the intimations. Rev George Cringles, Moderator, called everyone to worship, the Rev. Dr. Roderick MacLeod read in Gaelic and Rev. Clifford R Acklam preached an interesting and amusing sermon.

Midway through the service the Ordination and Induction vows were made followed by the Signing of the Formula which Mr Ian MacLagan, Presbytery Clerk, read to the congregation. The Ordination and Induction Prayer was led by the Rev. George G. Cringles, Moderator, and the laying on of hands was followed by the Lord’s Prayer. The giving of the Right Hand of Fellowship was extended by the 16 members of the Presbytery who attended the service.

Reverend EJ Maclean

The congregation offered their welcome and promised their support and encouragement to the Rev. Elspeth Jane MacLean. In the front pew, supporting Elspeth on her special day, were her Mum, Mrs. Pat Hollis, son Duncan, daughter Shona and sister Erica. Around 20 people from Aberdeen and further afield also attended. Quite a number of people who had hoped to be there, were unable to attend for a variety of reasons. The service was closed with the Benediction.

After the service a Fellowship afternoon tea was available for everyone. The congregation had laid on a wonderful spread of home baking, sandwiches, sausage rolls, tea, coffee and juice. Everyone enjoyed the hospitality especially the visitors from far and wide.

There were speeches and thanks made by Mr. Ian MacLagan, Presbytery Clerk. Lachie MacKinnon welcomed Elspeth on behalf of the Baptist Church, Donald MacArthur gave a warm welcome including some jokes on behalf of Tiree Parish Church and Donald MacKinnon, Interim Moderator read out good wishes from people who were unable to attend. Rev. Frank Ribbons praised Elspeth on her achievements, personality, compassion and understanding. Elspeth was invited to say a few words, in which she thanked her Mum, family, friends and all those who contributed to make it such a special day. Patrick Boyd thanked Donald MacKinnon, Interim Moderator, for all his help and diligent support in providing Locum ministers for the past four years, by presenting Donald a gift from the congregation.

Tiree Parish Church of Scotland’s new minister the Rev. Elspeth Jane Maclean, was Preached in by the Rev. Frank Ribbons on Sunday 17th July 2011 at 11.30am. in Kirkapol Church.

Alan Reid M.P. Writes for An Tirisdeach

Water is one of life’s essentials which we tend to take for granted. It always comes as a shock when we turn on the tap and find the pipe is empty.
The recent disruption in the supply to 75 houses on Tiree showed that Scottish Water’s procedures for coping with a fault in the island’s water supply were not up to the job. I have written to their Chief Executive asking for an explanation of why the fault occurred and why their contingency plan wasn’t up to the job. I have asked them what their revised plans are should disruption to the island’s supply happen again in the future. I will let your readers know Scottish Water’s response.
My home is on the Cowal peninsula, so when the ferries go off, there is always an alternative route to connect the rest of the world to us. However, for islanders this is not the case and reliable ferry services are essential. The disruption to services at the end of May because of a mechanical failure on the Clansman highlighted the absence of back-up vessels. With an ageing CalMac fleet, there is clearly a risk that mechanical failures will become a more regular occurrence. Since the new agency Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL for short) took over responsibility from CalMac for commissioning new vessels, the ordering of new vessels seems to have dried up. I have written to Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson about this and urged the Scottish Government to invest in a modern fleet for CalMac.
Following concerns raised with me by fishermen about the siting of the planned offshore windfarms in prime fishing grounds, I wrote to the Crown Estate. I’ve received a reply from Ian Pritchard, their Head of Offshore Operations. In his reply, Mr Pritchard says that there is still to be a great deal of consultation and data gathering before any final decision is take and writes, “I would anticipate site boundary changes and/or mitigation measures to be adopted as a result.”
Two controversial proposals out for consultation are the Draft Crofting Reform Bill and the Council’s proposals for Care of Elderly. I would be interested in hearing people’s views on these or any other subjects.
I will be visiting Tiree later on in the summer as part of my annual constituency tour.
If anyone would like to see me during my visit, please contact my office.
I am always interested in hearing from constituents and can be contacted at my constituency office, 95 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AL, Tel 01369- 704840, Fax 01369-701212, email reida@parliament.uk
Alan Reid MP 20 July 2009

Scottish Youth Parliament


Attention 14-25yr olds

Young people in Argyll & Bute are being urged to put their names forward for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The two youngsters who are standing down said
“It’s a great opportunity to find new ways of making things better for young people”.

The role of a MSYP is to represent the views of other young people both locally and nationally. To be an MSYP, you must be aged between 14- 25yrs and live in Argyll & Bute. Argyll & Bute Council Leader Dick Walsh urged young people to put their names forward
“This is Scotland’s leading rural area, and it is vital that we have an effective voice at all levels. This is an excellent opportunity for any young people who want to make a difference.

A chance to have your voice heard as a representative for your generation. If you have any questions about what is involved in being an MSYP, EMAIL Argyll & Bute at youngscot@argyll-bute.gov.uk.