Hugh Smith’s letter from ISLAY
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account of the Battle of Loch Gruinart, along with another group of favourite local songs and a number of previously unpublished works.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.