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Terra Marique Visits Tiree

Crane Isle of TireeThe barge Terra Marique and tug boat Fortitude arrived at Tiree around the Friday 3rd September, carrying new parts for Tilley the Turbine after she suffered a fault back in September 2020. The upgrade meant transporting equipment and parts from Ayr on the Mainland via the sea-towed barge Terra Marique hired from Robert Wynn and Sons Ltd.

When Tilley was originally built in 2011, CalMac transported the neccessary equipment and parts to the island, but due to the strain caused by the coronavirus the facilities via CalMac were unavailble and thus the sea-going barge was hired.

The barge is built with a combined state-of-the-art technology with traditional marine and heavy transport engineering, developed to maximise the utilisation of UK and European ports, rivers and inland waterways. She has a hydraulic roadway and ballast system that will allow the vessel to offload on varying quay heights and riverbanks as well as a specially strengthened hull to allow the vessel to beach land with minimal need for site preparation. The barge could have been offloaded on the beach closer to Tilley but would have damaged the Machair.

The size of the equipment and parts for Tilley meant that parts of the pier had to be removed such as lamposts, signs and part of the crash barrier to carry it safely up the pier. Thanks to the delivery of the parts, Tilley is on track to recovery.

Thanks to Alan Miller from Life On Tiree for the photos

Tiree Community Development Trust – Windfall Fund

Tiree Trust LogoThe Windfall Fund is welcoming enquiries so please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team for an enquiry form or for more information. Please get in touch as soon as you have an idea for a project and don’t leave it to the last minute. Our LDO’s Jackie and Sam are also on hand to assist with match funding information and applications.

The following awards were made in May 2013:

  • Tiree Regatta Club received £1,185.00 towards running a 3 day sailing course for kids with Stramash
  • Tiree Young Farmers received £2,370.00 towards a trip to the Royal Highland Show to experience stock judging and to meet up with other Young Farmers groups.
  • Tiree Agricultural Society received £1,800 towards the main attraction for Tiree Agricultural Show 2013
  • Fèis Thiriodh & Tiree Music Festival received £710.00 towards Fèis na Fèise; tuition courses for advanced musicians that will run before the Tiree Music Festival 2013.
  • Freestyle Park Working Group received £200.00 to bring a skate park designer to Tiree to complete a site survey and draw plans.
  • Swimming Pool Steering Committee received £1,000 to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and office facilities while conducting a feasibility study on Tiree.
  • Dance Directionz received £520.60 towards starting up a dance group for people aged between 5 and 18
  • Rags to Riches received £1,508.00 towards the running of Rags to Riches.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £2,980.00 towards the cost of bringing portable showers & toilets to Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £3,000 towards the cost of hiring tents and marquees for Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Rural Development received £4,200 towards installing a septic tank in Scarinish for motor home users.
  • Tiree Resource Club received £7,225.00 towards the second year of the out-reach worker post and minibus project.

Tiree Community Development Trust

Tiree Trust LogoWindfall Fund Update

The Windfall Fund is now welcoming enquiries so please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team for an enquiry form or for more information.

The following awards were made in January and February 2013:

· Tiree Tots received £589.80 for the delivery of Soft Play Pods to Tiree.

· Parent Teacher Association received £1,500.00 to power-wash, prime and repair existing rendering to Pre 5 Garden wall and building.

· An Iodhlann received £5,000.00 towards the cost of holding a 3 day book conference on Tiree in May and to produce a book about the history on Tiree.

· Tiree Community Business received £7,000 towards the necessary professional expertise to allow them to progress with a full application to the Growing Community Assets scheme for purchase of the Business Centre.

· Cùram Thiriodh received £2,746.00 towards phase 2 of the volunteer coordinator project.

· Tiree Maritime Trust received £22,039.00 towards building of 2 boat sheds in Scarinish.

Swimming Pool Project

The Trust has been successful in gaining a 3 month graduate placement through the Scottish Governments Adopt an Intern Scheme and are using this opportunity to reinvestigate the options regarding a community pool or leisure facility including carrying out detailed research into what has/hasn’t worked for other communities.

HIE and Argyll & Bute Council support the community of Tiree in conducting this study for the island. All parties including the Trust are very well aware of the difficulties and economics of this in a rural area; however it is important that the facts and figures are given to the community who can then make the decision.

Music & Cultural Coordinator

Donna MacLean has been appointed the new Music and Cultural Coordinator with the Trust. The 25 Hour per week post was created after consultation with various groups indicated there was a real need for support.

Building on existing activity, a key focus of this post will be working with the Feis, Tiree Music Festival (TMF), Mod, Piping Society, and the Music Club. Another key task will be to create a development plan for the island (to be included in the Tiree Community Development Plan) covering music, culture and Gaelic and develop agreed projects and a summer events programme.

HIE funded Local Development Officer

Lynne Kerr has now left her post as LDO and we hope to have the position filled very soon. We will give an update on this in the next edition of An Tirisdeach. Lynne was tasked with updating the Tiree Community Growth Plan, which you can see on our website, and has worked with various groups to put into motion some of the prioritised projects from the updated plan. We would like to wish Lynne all the best in her new career at RBS!

Windfall Fund

tilleyOn Monday 13 December TREL was delighted to make its first transfer of money generated by Tilley to the Trust. A cheque for £10,000 has been formally handed to the Trust. Further transfers will be made in 2011.

Over the life of the turbine, TREL will transfer all its available net income to the Trust after meeting its operating costs, including Bank repayments and other reserves. The money is held by the Trust in a ring-fenced bank account at RBS and can only be used for the Windfall Fund and is not used for staff or office costs.

There will be an open day on Saturday January 29 at An Talla to launch the Windfall Fund. The day will probably start at 1pm and finish about 4.30pm and refreshments will be served all afternoon. The application process, eligibility, how applications will be scrutinised and the selection criteria will be explained. Application forms and guidance notes will be available on the day and afterwards from the Trust office and online at the Trust’s website. The deadline for applications for the first round of awards is 31 March 2011. There will be further application rounds later in the year. For 2011, the amount of each grant awarded will be limited to a maximum of £1,000.

Once again TREL and the Trust would like to thank the Co-operative Bank and the BIG Lottery Fund for their support. Lynne, Tiree’s Local Development Officer, will also be explaining at the Open Day the work she is doing on updating the Community Development Plan and will be asking what projects you would like to see developed and how.


Ian Tainsh has stepped down from the Board of TREL after nearly 5 years of unstinting unpaid voluntary work. TREL, the Trust and the Tiree Community owe Ian a huge debt of gratitude for the determination and incredible amount of work he has put into making TREL a success and ensuring Tilley is here on the Island and generating money for all of us. We will miss not only his technical accounting and governance help but also his deadpan comments and turn of phrase. We wish Ian well and a well-deserved rest.