Hugh Smith’s let­ter from IS­LAY

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Bun­na­hab­hain’s Ge­orge re­tires af­ter 40 years

STAFF mem­ber Ge­orge Jamieson has re­tired af­ter 40 years ded­i­cated ser­vice as an em­ployee of Bun­na­hab­hain Dis­tillery.

Col­leagues and fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing his wife Iso­bel, at­tended the buf­fet lunch mark­ing the oc­ca­sion and a va­ri­ety of gifts were re­ceived from co-work­ers and the dis­tillery’s mas­ter blen­der Ian MacMil­lan. Ev­ery­one wished Ge­orge a long and happy re­tire­ment agus slàinte mhath.

Record sum col­lected for poppy ap­peal

DO­NA­TIONS for the Pop­pyScot­land ap­peal in the Ki­lar­row parish amounted to the record sum of £628:05. Thanks to the gen­er­ous par­ish­ioners and con­vener David Barr for his ef­forts.

Is­lay to get its own book of Gaelic songs

GAELIC book pub­lisher Acair has un­der­taken to pro­duce a book of Gaelic songs per­tain­ing to the is­land and it is planned that the pub­li­ca­tion will hit the book­shops in 2016.

Among the book’s con­tents will be Clare Jor­dan’s Blàr Suite, based on lo­cal bard Wil­liam Liv­ingston’s po­etic ac­count of the Bat­tle of Loch Gru­inart, along with an­other group of favourite lo­cal songs and a num­ber of pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished works.

Also fea­tured will be a se­lec­tion of the songs in­cluded on Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle’s CD, Sruth air a Char­raig.

Ken­neth Thom­son, con­duc­tor of the Glas­gow Gaelic Mu­si­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (the GG) is presently work­ing on the mu­si­cal ar­range­ment and the book will in­clude il­lus­tra­tions by lo­cal artist Dr Ray­mond Laf­ferty. There will also be art­work in­put from Is­lay’s school pupils which all goes to make the pub­li­ca­tion a truly Ileach un­der­tak­ing.

Head­ing the project is Io­mairt Ghàidhlig Ìle ’s Dhiùra in con­junc­tion with other lead­ing Gaelic agen­cies, in­clud­ing Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Val­ued sup­port has also been re­ceived from the Schroder Foun­da­tion, Ard­beg Dis­tillery and a num­ber of pri­vate donors.

Stal­wart el­ders con­grat­u­lated

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Round Church el­ders Nancy Ste­wart and David Woodrow whose long years of ser­vice on the kirk ses­sion have been recog­nised with the pre­sen­ta­tion of cer­tifi­cates signed by the cur­rent Moder­a­tor of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the Very Rev Dr An­gus Mor­ri­son.

Nancy has been an el­der at the Bow­more church for 36 years, while David, a for­mer ses­sion clerk, has served 30 years.

Belle Ste­wart, an­other val­ued el­der for the past 30 years, will re­ceive her cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the com­mu­nion ser­vice at the Round Church on De­cem­ber 6.

First for Bow­more Christ­mas lights

THANKS to the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple and the for­ward think­ing of the vil­lage sports com­mit­tee, Bow­more will get into the fes­tive spirit ear­lier this year with the vil­lage’s first ever dis­play of Christ­mas street lights.

Spe­cially il­lu­mi­nated will be the vil­lage’s main and shore street and the Mor­ri­son Square area at the cen­tre of the vil­lage.

The lights were put in place in far-from-ideal weather con­di­tions by lo­cal con­trac­tors as their con­tri­bu­tion to the dis­play.

The of­fi­cial switch on will take place at the vil­lage square at 4pm on Satur­day De­cem­ber 5 when there will be lots of en­ter­tain­ments to enjoy, as well as ac­tiv­i­ties spe­cially geared for chil­dren. A portly, bearded gen­tle­men in a red coat is also likely to ap­pear.

Ear­lier on the same day, mem­bers of the Round Church will hold their Christ­mas-themed cof­fee morn­ing in the Bow­more buf­fet hall, be­gin­ning at 10.30am, and the main vil­lage hall will be the set­ting for a sea­sonal fayre, which kicks off at 1pm.

Hugh Smith, 4 Flora Street, Bow­more, Is­lay PA43 7JX. Tele­phone: 01496 810658.

Bun­na­hab­hain dis­tillery worker Ge­orge Jamieson and his wife Iso­bel are

pic­tured with Ge­orge’s co-work­ers at a gath­er­ing for his re­ti­ral.

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