Moragann and Daisy Heading For 2010 Regatta
The first boat-builder course organised by the Tiree Maritime Trust has been successfully completed and the second is due to start on Friday 4th December with a third planned for January.
A fabulous work-shop has been set up in the auction ring at the Rural Centre and Adam Way and his assistant Mike Dryer of A R Way Boatbuilding, Lochgilphead, worked incredibly hard for a fortnight in November leading 23 members of the community from age 14 upwards, for day-time and evening sessions teaching boatbuilding and boat renovation skills.
The course started with scraping, dismantling, assessing condition, measuring, pattern making and selecting suitable timber, going on to machining, hand planning, marking out, shaping and fitting a transom, stern post and keel, repairing plank ends and making oars.
Tiree boats Moraganne and Daisy are being worked on; (sadly Ros has had to be abandoned as she is beyond repair) both boats have a new transom and stern post. Moraganne has a new keel and stem, and Daisy’s stem head has been repaired.
We will look forward to seeing both these boats sailing at the Regatta next summer. If you are passing and would like to come and see how the things are progressing you are very welcome. Work continues on the Boat Shed project with planning consent due any day and a funding application to SRDP being prepared for early January.
Councillors Mary-Jean Devon (Oban South & The Isles) and Roddy McCuish (Vice-Chair of Oban, Lorne & The Isles Area Committee) show their delight at the letter sent by Ann Austen Service Manager of the Social Work Departmment in response to the Day Service / Lunch Club’s letter to her Department.
Councillors Roddy McCuish and Mary Jean Devon held a surgery at Tiree Business Centre on Monday 7th Sept. Top of their agenda was our much cherished Lunch Club which is known as the Tiree Day Service.
Councillor Devon showed An Tirisdeach the letter which said “Sincere apologies for the manner in which people were notified of the intended closure of the Day Service. We will re-assess the situation over the next four months.” The Lunch Club were given assurances that the Club would be up and running by the 11th of September.
“We will be doing our utmost to keep this vital service”
Councillor Devon confirmed that this crucial service will run as normal until a consultation takes place. Councillor McCuish added ” Coming over here today can only endorse what Ann Austen said. It was handled poorly and having seen the facility for myself along with my colleague we will be doing our utmost to keep this vital service.”
Both councillors were unanimious in their unequivocal support of the Day Service, aware that the Lunch Club and Craft Class helps, amongst others, the elderly and the vulnerable. “We would encourage islanders to contact their councillors with any concerns regarding the island. We knew nothing about the situation until Mrs. MacCallum contacted us and we are thankful that she did.
“Sustaining communities in fragile rural areas is a big priority for us”
We will be more than happy to help continue this crucial service. Sustaining communities in fragile rural areas is a big priority for us, and we are committed in our support of islanders for these essential services.” The councillors pointed out that they can only act on information they receive and are keen that islanders keep them informed of issues that affect our community. Both councillors are aware that the problems islanders face are often unique to island life and do not always have a mainland equivalent.