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Excerpts from issue 46/03 21 November 2018

In this issue: An MBE for Jenni Minto, Cllr. Alastair Redman's surgeries, Schools' Christmas Wind Band concert, That was the year that was, 2018.


fireworks

The traditional fireworks display at Bowmore Pier welcomed in the New Year, while our first issue of 2019 takes a look back over the past twelve months.

Photo: George Robertson

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The sound of brass and tinkling cymbals

'Les Miserables' was first published by Victor Hugo in 1862 and is generally regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, despite its disconcertingly depressive title. Islay High School wind band, however, despite including a selection from the musical in their programme, created anything but depression in their pre-Christmas concert.
Commencing with the Islay Primary Schools' Band, augmented by visiting professionals, the glorious sound of brass and woodwind served as an ideal introduction to the festivities ahead.
The primaries' band delivered the promise shown at weekly, after-school practices, featuring such well-known melodies as 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' and 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang' in a programme that also allowed individual members to display their soloing skills.
Unsurprisingly, many seasonal tunes also made their way into the evening's entertainment.
With the return of several former IHS pupils for the holiday season, and army tuba player, Angus MacGregor, the complement of the senior band was delightfully boosted, in company with current band members and visiting professional players.
The overall sound was superb, in a programme that included 'Georgia on My Mind', 'A Cartoon Christmas', and 'Flip, Flop and Fly', from the Aardman movie, 'Chicken Run'. Naturally enough, Christmas carols featured highly and band leader Scott McDermott was rightly praised by head teacher, Stephen Harrison for his dedication and for encouraging such a magnificent sound in the hall.
The two sets were interspered by superb performances from Ella Edgar's Dancers, drawn from the ranks of both bands.
Margaret MacNeill of Lambeth House in Bowmore, donated two trophies, both of which were presented at the end of the concert. 'Most Improved Player' went to Anwen Baker, while that for 'Bandsman/woman of the Year' was received by Megan Marshall.
Thanks must also be offered to those who assisted on the night with refreshments and raffle and to the NHS and Wellbeing Fund for making it possible to engage the services of the professional musicians for the evening.

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Blowing away 2018
Islay Joggers

Some of Islay Jog Scotland joggers joined up for a festive run along the Port Ellen distillery path just after Christmas, and then of course enjoyed the obligatory coffee, hot chocolate and bacon butties afterwards!
If the New Year resolutions about getting fit are starting to kick in (or in danger of failing before the first week is out!), there's still time to join the Beginners' jogging group on a Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, Bridgend Woods car park. And beginners are always welcome too at the Port Ellen group which meets on a Tuesday at 6:15pm at the Columba Hall. Just pull on those trainers!

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Kilchoman Gala Team's bench mark

Fundraising during 2018 allowed Kilchoman Gala Team to place re-cycled plastic benches in the villages of Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte, sited where they can best offer panoramic views across the loch. Many thanks to AM Transport of Campbeltown for collecting and delivering the benches free of charge and to Bruichladdich distillery for storing them prior to being placed in the villages.
The Gala Team would also like to offer thanks to Iain MacLellan at the Lochindaal Hotel for the use of his premises during our fundraising activities in the summer and, more recently, at Christmas.
Fundraising activities during 2016/17 enabled us to install defibrillators for public use at Port Charlotte Hotel and Bruichladdich distillery. Signs indicating the location of the defibrillator at the distillery are now in place (it is to the left through the main gate, under the wooden stairs) and signs for the one in Port Charlotte Hotel (rear entrance to the conservatory) will be in place soon.
We are advised that anyone making use of either of the above mentioned defibrillators in an emergency, will not be liable to any subsequent legal action should their efforts prove unsuccessful. We are most grateful for public support and hope to advise you soon of our next project for 2019.

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Islay Diary 2019

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  • Tuesday 8 January
  • Chit Chat Stroll, Bridgend Woods
  • Thursday 10 January
  • Badminton IHS
  • Friday 11 January
  • Jim McNulty Retiral Ceilidh, Bowmore Hall
  • Saturday 12 January
  • Old New Year Ceilidh, Bridgend Hotel
  • Sunday 13 January
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Tuesday 15 January
  • Chit Chat Stroll, Ardbeg Distillery
  • Thursday 17 January
  • Badminton IHS
  • ICC Meeting, Service Point, Bowmore
  • Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile begins, IHS
  • Sunday 20 January
  • Scottish Country Dancing, ICCI
  • Tuesday 22 January
  • Port Ellen Parent Council AGM
  • Chit Chat Stroll, Islay Airport
  • Wednesday 23 January
  • Baptist Church Walk
  • Thursday 24 January
  • Badminton IHS
  • Fèis Ìle Burns Supper, Ardbeg Distillery
  • Thursday 31 January
  • Badminton IHS
  • Thursday 7 February
  • Còisir Ghaidhlig Ìle

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