2004 News archive

Tsunami Appeal

Beth Campbell put out a bucket at the New Year dance and later transferred it to the shop. This, together with £120 from the Christmas midnight church service collection and the £80 from the carol singers, raised a total of £1124 from the community.

New Year Dance

This year the annual New Year Dance almost didn’t happen because of the continuing bad weather. However the north end ferry ran at 3pm and brought the John Renton Band across. The packed hall of locals and many visitors enjoyed a great evening of music and dancing.

Carol Singers

Two groups of carol singers toured Lismore just before Christmas. On the first night the Lismore Young Church members were out with Mary MacDougall, and on the second – also with Mary – the Lismore Carol Singers. They raised £140, £60 of which went to Cancer research and £80 they added to the island’s Tsunami appeal collection.

Primary Discos

There were two Christmas discos, one for Primary 4 and over and a party/disco for up to P3. Santa Claus was at both parties and handed out gifts to all primary school children and visitors. The Church Guild helped fund the younger children’s party and Anne Livingstone and Anne MacCormick organised games. After the tea for the parents and ice cream for the children everyone sang carols and Santa arrived to the strains of Jingle Bells.

Duncan MacLean and Donald MacGillivray provided the music and lights for the older children’s disco that also had games, presents from Santa, and lots of dancing.

School Play – Papa Panov's Magic Christmas

All the pupils at Lismore Primary School took part. More information and photos here.

Holly Tea – December 2004

The Comann Eachdraidh’s annual Holly Tea raised £238 and was a busy day for organisers Margaret MacDonald, Dorothy Livingstone and Mairi Perkins. As well as tea, coffee, and home baking there was great interest in the display of the new Gaelic Museum to be built in 2005 to house the extensive Comann Eachdraidh archive. Also of great interest was the newly published book by Margaret MacDonald Lobban which, together with a CD, records the songs of her Bardic ancestors: her great grandfather, two uncles and her own father, James MacDonald.

Over Forties lunch

The Over Forties had a very enjoyable Christmas lunch at the Pier House in Port Appin.

Guild Christmas tea on 16th December 2004

The Guild organised a Christmas tea for the seniors. More information and photos here.

School Coffee Evening on 2nd December 2004

Lismore Primary School held a coffee evening to help raise funds for their Enterprise Project. More information and photos here.

Staying Put Project meeting on 30th November 2004

Lucy MacQuillan and Maureen Robertson, from Argyll and Bute’s Better Neighbourhood Services, visited Lismore to introduce the "Staying Put" Project which aims to offer services and supports to help older people remain in their homes and communities and to live as well and as independently as possible.

Maureen spoke about the escorted wheelchair accessible transport which would allow people to participate fully in island life; the safety equipment that can be installed in homes; the introduction of a lunch or social club; short breaks for carers; and information on maximising benefit entitlement. A lively discussion followed with plenty more ideas being added.

The provision of the transport alone would make many other things possible such as shopping, visiting, attending community events, going to the library, and trips to Oban. The scheme, which would be administered by 2 part time outreach workers, is funded by the Scottish Executive administered by Argyll and Bute Council. If it goes ahead it is hoped that the part time posts will be advertised early in the new year so the scheme could be up and running by April 2005.

In thanking Maureen and Lucy for their visit, Councillor Elaine Robertson told the meeting that she had fought hard to get Lismore included in the scheme and that it would be a great boost to the quality of life on the island and complement the care given by the medical staff, home helps etc.

Anyone interested in the new posts should keep an eye on the Oban Times, the Lismore website and notice boards around the island early in 2005.

A pink aftenoon tea on 28th November 2004

Islanders were invited to wear something pink to raise money for breast cancer. More information and photos here.

CELM Lottery party on 6th November 2004

To celebrate their first 10 years, the Heritage Lottery Fund threw a nationwide party. More information and photos about Lismore's contribution can be found here.

Halloween Party on 30th October 2004

This year’s Halloween Party was a huge success. More information and photos here.

Magician visits the school on 27th October 2004

Malcom Russell delighted the children of Lismore Primary School. More information and photos here.

Genealogy Tourism course on 20th October 2004

A very interesting course, conducted by Moira Birtwhistle and run by the Nadair Trust, was designed both to introduce Scotland’s Genealogy tourism initiative and to equip local people to assist the growing number of genealogy tourists.

With genealogy reported to be the fastest growing pastime on the internet, we were encouraged to explore the many sites available and, as well, to consider ways to develop the genealogical aspects of our own sites. Local stories of people and places are always of interest as they are the personal details largely absent from mainstream history, yet they can lead tourists to a greater knowledge of who they are and where they have come from. Visiting an ancestral home is a very powerful experience, and the effectiveness of the internet as a lure to get people to do this, cannot be over estimated. While we can’t all be experts we can learn to be confident about giving accurate information about where to send tourists for help.

Important: The computer group is interested in pursuing the stories that lie behind cottages and settlements and the everyday lives of Liosachs which are not necessarily recorded in more formal history but are of great interest to those who have settled here as well as descendants of those who have left. These stories are currently in the minds of today's Liosachs and it would be enriching to see some of them at least on the website. We would love to hear from anyone interested in pursuing this as those working on the site are already stretched and it needs a dedicated researcher.

Bowls news – October 2004

The winter season has brought bowls back to Monday evenings. Calum MacCorquodale and Ina MacColl resigned as Chairman and Secretary and Archie MacColl and Sean MacDonald took the posts on. New members are always welcome.

Youth Club Chinese evening on 2nd October 2004

The Youth Club made £250 profit after leader Beth Campbell hosted a very successful Chinese Evening at which Beth and Tony McLarney prepared a comprehensive menu as far as possible from fresh ingredients. It started with chicken noodle soup and spring rolls, followed by a multiple main with sweet and sour chicken or pork, lemon chicken or fish, chicken or pork satay, beef with black bean sauce, prawns in ginger, chicken with cashews and bamboo, vegetable chow mien all served with special fried rice, boiled rice and noodles, and for dessert pineapple or banana fritters, ice-cream and lychees.

Every one of the 37 paying guests ate like kings/queens and praised their efforts. There is already keen interest in the next Youth Club fund raiser, a Burns' Supper for 60 on the 22 January 2005.

Fire station becomes operative on 1st October 2004

Lismore’s new Fire Station became operative on 1st October. More information and photos here.

Nadair Trust visit on 28th September 2004

The Community Bus was busy when Nadair Trust members visited and together with some of the Comann Eachdraidh directors toured a few of the island’s attractions, in particular Taigh Iseabal Dhaidh and the heritage archive temporarily housed at Achnacroish. The Nadair Trust is supporting the drive to build the Gaelic Museum that now has funding. The building is expected to start in Spring 2005.

CELM Whist Drive on 25th September 2004

Comman Eachdraidh Lios Mòr held a very successful whist drive recently as part of their fundraising for the proposed Gaelic Heritage Museum adjoining the award winning reconstructed crofter's cottage, Taigh Iseabal Dhaidh. Duncan Livingstone was the card master of 12 tables and the winners were: Ladies – Rena MacCorquodale 1, Catriona White 2, Consolation Anne White, and travelling Mary MacFadyen. Gentlemen – A Livingstone 1, John Carmichael 2, Consolation Sandy Woods, and Travelling Douglas MacDougall.

Over the past few months members and friends have been busy selling raffle tickets and over 30 prizes were drawn which together with the evening’s takings collected around £630. Fund raising continues with the sale of planks for the new Museum at £10 each.

Future Medical Provision

The Community Council recently invited two Health Care Managers from Argyll and Clyde NHS to speak about the proposals for the provision of Health Services which will form part of the NHS Board’s future clinical strategy. Stephen Whiston from Lochilpead outlined why there was a need for the modernisation and reform of services and infrastructure and what this would mean in terms of facilities available to islanders. While this was light on detail Moira Newiss, a Locality Manager from Oban’s Lorn and the Islands’ Hospital, answered specific concerns. These centred on the provision of local maternity services, the relative inaccessibility of Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, whether it would be possible to choose another hospital where you may have relatives in the vicinity, and the losing of medical records and x-rays between Oban and Glasgow. This failure to communicate was a common complaint as more than one person had gone to Glasgow for a clinic without knowing it had been cancelled. The Community Council will submit a formal response to the consultation document and individuals are also encouraged to make their views known to the Health Board.

Also aired at the meeting was the likelihood of losing out of hours cover should Dr MacNicol retire. At the moment he is continuing to cover but a new practitioner may not find it so easy without a lot of family back up. At the moment we are lucky to be covered by the Nurse Practitioner but none of this can be taken for granted.

Andy Jamieson's swim round Lismore on 30th August 2004

Andy Jamieson completed his marathon swim round Lismore. More information and photos here.

Celtic Harmonica on 27th August 2004

In the last concert of the Summer, Lismore was treated to the virtuoso harmonica playing of Donald Black. Once a forester in Benderloch, Donald was “discovered” by composer and musician Phil Cunningham playing in a Glasgow bar in 1992, and, as a result, he is now a well known name on the Celtic Music circuit in Scotland and worldwide. Donald’s love of the west coast and its music was in every note and seldom can a moothie have produced such a range of sounds, emotions and musical invention. Whether whipping it up in jigs and reels or treating us to more plangent airs, the breadth and depth of his tone had his many harmonicas evoking a great range of other instruments. While most of his repertoire is west coast music, he also included the odd Irish, Cape Breton or Shetland number.

Donald normally plays with Malcolm Jones, the Runrig composer, guitarist and accordionist, but we heard him with the very musical guitarist Donnie MacKenzie from Lewis and they were joined by the mod gold medallist singer Norman MacKinnon from Campeltown.

The concert started with 4 Gaelic songs from 11 year old local boy Joe Derham, a mòd silver medallist, and Joe also started the second half with a group of violin solos.

Celtic Harmonica have been on a tour of the west coast’s out of the way venues, taking the music back to the people to whom it belongs. And Lismore was chosen because Donald has roots here.

MacCormick–Chafer wedding on 14th August 2004

John MacCormick and Hazel Chafer got married in Lismore Parish Church. Photos can be found here.

Ceilidh dance for Comann Eachraidh Lios Mòr on 13th August 2004

Lismore was treated to a star studded Ceilidh Dance. More information and photos here.

School Fete on 13th August 2004

Lismore Primary School's fete was a great success. More information and photos here.

Isle of Lismore 2005 calendar

The Lismore Photography Club has produced a 2005 Calendar with 12 stunning photographs taken on the island. The calendar is available from Lismore Stores

Sorry but the calendars are now all sold.

Archaeologists at work – July and August 2004

A team of twenty five archaeologists spent six weeks investigating two of Lismore’s Iron Age sites. More information and photos here.

Art and Photography exhibition from 31st July to 15th August 2004

The Lismore art exhibition contained entries from the photography club for the first time. More information and photos here.

Lismore Lighthouse band on 30th July 2004

This five piece band delighted a packed hall. More information and photos here.

Sports and Raft Race on 25th July 2004

Because of the rain, the Sports and Raft Race had to be moved from Saturday to Sunday. More information and photos here.

Barbecue and Barn dance on 24th July 2004

A lively and packed evening that raised a staggering amount for MacMillan. More information and photos here.

Raising money for church and hall funds on 23rd July 2004

On the Friday before the Sports and Raft Race, over £1000 was raised for church funds at a sale of work. Dancing to the three piece Neil Sinclair Band raised £270 for hall funds.

Anne White graduates

Catriona and David White are very proud of their daughter Anne who has graduated from the University of Edinburgh as a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery on 10th July 2004.

Gran Wood wins national Red Cross 'Hero' award

Many Liosachs will remember Jane Wood from her many years of coming to Lismore with her son Hamish on the hay lorry and others will know her as the distinguished Granny of Jane Muirhead. Jane is very proud to tell us that Gran Wood from Cambusbarron has been awarded the Red Cross Humanitarian Hero Award in recognition of her outstanding service during 48 years with the charity. The award also recognises Jane’s recent heroic actions when she saved the life of her neighbour following a house fire.

The British Red Cross launched its search for nominations for the Red Cross Humanitarian Hero Award during Red Cross Week in May. Jane, 82, was nominated by her five grandchildren because of her outstanding voluntary work over many years, which has included first aid, cadet training, and collecting during Red Cross Week. She is one of only two people in Britain to receive the award and, although she was one of many nominated, she stood out as being both a dedicated volunteer and someone who had made a lasting impact on the people she had helped.

In February 2003, Jane helped to rescue a neighbour after discovering her unconscious in a burning, smoke filled house. For this she was awarded the Red Cross’ Special Service Cross in March this year.

Gerry McLaughlin, Red Cross UK Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, presented Jane with her award on Friday, 9th July at the Red Cross’ Mid Scotland & Argyll area office. Gerry said: I am delighted to be presenting Mrs Wood with this very special award. Her work during the last 48 years, which has included time as a first aid volunteer and a cadet trainer, has really changed the lives of many people. She also showed great bravery in saving the life of her neighbour. We greatly value Mrs Wood as a volunteer for the British Red Cross and hope her story will inspire many other people to volunteer for the British Red Cross.

Jane Muirhead, one of Mrs Wood’s five grandchildren, said she and her family were delighted to hear of the award. She said: We all know Gran is something special, but we’re over the moon that she has been recognised outside the family for the wonderful person she is.

Beth Campbell's presentation on 7th July 2004

Beth Campbell is leaving Lismore’s nursing staff after thirteen years. More information and photos here.

Andy Jamieson's 3 year swimming plans

Andy Jamieson's ambitious plans to raise money for charity can be found here.

School prizegiving on 30th June 2004

Lismore Primary School's prizegiving featured a presentation to Mrs Doranne Willis. More information and photos here.

School sports on 22nd June 2004

The sun shone and a good crowd of parents and onlookers enjoyed a great day. More information and photos here.

Carmichael Livingstone gathering – June 2004

Members of the Carmichael and Livingstone families gathered at the manse after church recently to welcome visitors from Kansas, discuss family trees and just get together. The organisers, Stuart and Yvonne Carmichael, provided an excellent buffet. The gathering included Dorothy and John Livingstone, Margaret and Duncan Black, Beth Campbell, Valerie and Alasdair Livingstone (Lismore), Stuart and Yvonne Carmichael (Appin), Myrette Queripel (Fife), Joy Glick and her daughter Joy from Kansas, June and Sidney Gold and Catherine and David Russell from Ayrshire. June and Catherine's grandfather Dugald Carmichael was born and brought up in Port Ramsey.

Primary Shinty Tournament on 12th June 2004

Six Lismore primary boys competed against teams from all over Scotland. More information and photos here.

Gaelic Weekend 4th – 6th June 2004

A Gaelic weekend was hosted by the Comann Eachdraidh Lios mòr. More information and photos here.

School at the Oban Mòd on 4th June 2004

All the primary and some secondary children attended the Oban Mòd and acquitted themselves very well. Calum MacGillivray gained a 2nd in the recitation and Tess Meddes a 3rd. The Lismore Choir came 2nd and in the boys’ singing (9-12) Joe Derham was 2nd, Colin Black 3rd and Murray Willis 4th. In the girl’s 5-8 Flora MacLean was 3rd equal and Kirsty Wright and Eileen Carmichael 4th equal. Lorne MacDougall was 2nd in the under 18 Fiddle and Lamont MacGillivray 1st in the 13-15 recitation. Well done all!

Bowls Club outing on 23rd May 2004

The Bowls Club had a beautiful day for their annual outing. More information and photos here.

Youth Club curry night on 21st May 2004

The Youth Club held a very successful curry evening. For £10 a head the 40 diners sat down in a hall transformed by intimate lighting at a long table dressed in red and white with swan napkins and groups of tea lights. Their starters of samosas, pakoras, popadoms, three types of salad (hot, cold and green), raita, and a chili dip were already set out. The idea was Youth Club leader Beth Campbell’s and all the cooking, hall preparation and serving was done by Beth and Tony McLarney. The ingredients were fresh and all home prepared. A huge job, she said, but well worth it not just for the money they raised, but as something new on an island where dining out is not an everyday occurrence. The main course was nine different curries: chicken and beef madras; chicken, vegetable, beef and lamb balti; chicken and vegetable jalfrazi; and lamb, chicken, and vegetable korma served with plain rice and naan breads. Iced water was provided and corkage was available for those who brought wine. Altogether a memorable evening which raised £250 for the Youth Club with which they will have trips out, new equipment and the under 18s a free curry night on 19th June. The next charity dinner, Chinese this time, planned for the end of August is already sold out but a few more tickets may be issued. Be quick. Contact Beth if you want one.

Scottish Country Dance on 15th May 2004

Lismore's first full scale Scottish Country Dance was an energetic evening. More information and photos here.

Crocus Walk on 1st May 2004

A walk from the hall to Point and back to raise money for charity. More information and photos here.

School at Music and Dance Festival on 30th April 2004

All the Lismore Primary School children took part in the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival. More information and photos here.

Hall Whist Drive

The Hall’s first fundraiser was a whist drive at Easter. Five tables played and the winners were: Women: Mary MacFadyen 1, Jessie Stewart 2, Susan Queripe Booby. Men: Jon Derham 1, Duncan MacLean 2, and Duncan Drysdale Booby.

Primary Easter service on 1st April 2004

The Rev. John Murdoch held an Easter service for the primary children. More information and photos here.

Wedding of Andrew Livingstone and Julie Sandham on 27th March 2004

A sunny day and suprising transport for the happy couple. More information and photos here.

Hall AGM on 25th March 2004

This year’s Hall Committee Annual General Meeting was well attended. The Chair, Julian Wormleighton, reported that as a result of a poll of 118 islanders, 108 were in favour of the committee pursuing development of the hall extension and improvements project. The Treasurer, Ann Sanderson, was unable to attend but she reported continuing healthy finances. Following a review of the Equal Opportunities Policy, the constitution was amended to incorporate an Alcohol Policy and it was agreed that this should be displayed in the hall for the information of all users. The resignation and re-election of committee members resulted in only two changes: Alison MacLean and David Ramsden resigned and Mary MacDougall and Penny Derham were elected unopposed. The Chair thanked them all for their hard work and welcomed the new committee: Secretary Anne Livingstone, Treasurer Ann Sanderson, Archie McGillivray, Ellen Slingsby, Anna Stewart, Denise Willis, and Carol Wormleighton.

A course on 'Working with Words' on 25th March 2004

A recent one-day course on Lismore was billed as designed to help people write about places so that people enjoy them. Or – as it is now called – Interpretation. It was run by the Nadair Trust (nature and sustainable development in the Argyll Islands region), to help those involved in promoting Lismore with writing and designing display panels, leaflets and guidebooks: all skills Lismore needs if we are to develop sustainable tourism.

With 20 years experience in the field the tutor, James Carter, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This made the time fly and the practical exercises, such as writing freely for 10 minutes without stopping, or working out why some writing worked and some didn’t, seemed a lark even for those who would rather stuff mushrooms. He also gave hints on how to get started, and stressed the importance of knowing your aim and your target audience.

The afternoon was spent exploring the importance of good design: learning to use shape, colour and space as communication tools.

Chimney Fire on 24th March 2004

The firefighters were out only 4 days after the fire at Point when Karen McLarney’s chimney caught fire. The family had only been in the cottage at Achinduin for a week and Karen’s husband Tony was in Oban where he works as a firefighter. Fortunately their two children were also out as the living room filled with smoke and flames started leaping from the chimney. Dave Meddes, Gilleasbuig Black, John Carmichael, Mairie Perkins and Gill Bridle attended. They were fantastic and very thorough, Karen said. They even came back two hours later, this time with Duncan Brooks who’d been off the island, to check all was well. Just as well, as the first time I was so panicked I forgot to offer them a cup of tea! I feel safe knowing there are such people on the island, she added.

Fire at Point on 20th March 2004

A backfiring car could have lead to a disaster. More information and photos here.

Wedding of Scott MacColl and Sarah-Jane McKay on 13th March 2004

Most of the island decamped to Carnoustie to celebrate with the happy couple. More information and photos here.

In Memoriam Elizabeth Harvey Odling 1925 – 2004

The people of Lismore were greatly saddened by the recent death of the artist Mrs Elizabeth Harvey Odling. Read more about her life and see examples of her work here.

Archie MacGillivray's 60th birthday

Almost the entire island joined the MacGillivray family to celebrate Archie's 60th birthday. More information and photos here.

Lismore Lighthouse Band

Lismore Lighthouse Band was originally set up for the fun of playing together, said the Oban accordionist Anne Barr, their manager and guiding light, and that love of playing led to a sell out CD in 2002 and a gold medal in the under 18 fiddle group in the Royal National Mod in Oban in 2003. Only three of the group, Marie Carmichael and her twin cousins Lorne and Douglas MacDougall, are Liosachs, while Maria and Richard Bartlett are brother and sister from Bathgate, but with grandparents in Oban and a mother from Mull they have strong local connections. While this makes rehearsing with the full band difficult, Anne Barr has a house on Lismore so the three practise regularly here as do Maria and Richard in Bathgate, and they get together in Lismore for full rehearsals.

The group has appeared and been well received at the Oban Accordion and Fiddle Club, their latest appearance being at the March meeting. On their first visit John Gibson of the Salvation Army heard them and invited them to play in a concert in Kinlochleven in aid of Chernobyl children. They did two half hour sets, which was quite an undertaking for a relatively new and inexperienced band. But it was a good chance to show their versatility with one of the fiddle players able to play the accordion and an accordionist the mouth organ, and the two girls having lovely voices singing a Gaelic song. Both girls are trained by Mary MacDougall who also sings on the CD, which has 12 songs about the islands including Lismore, Mull and The Hebrides. Unfortunately all 100 copies of that CD, called Eileanan and produced by Finlay Wells, have sold but the group are hoping to get into the recording studio again at the end of this year: they have lots of new tunes plus some jigs and reels. Marie and Maria will sing again and they begin practising with Mary MacDougall at Easter. While the group is often invited to play in Lismore, they are planning a concert of their own with support acts from local children on 30 July 2004 to raise funds for the new CD.

Update: Read about their concert here.

Point Cottage

Lismore has lost a landmark. The much-photographed Point Cottage, thought to have been two to three hundred years old and originally known as Tigh a Bheallaich (House at the pass), was known to all as Dollie’s Cottage as, before Dollina Carmichael moved to Port Appin in 1998, she had lived there all her life, indeed her mother had died there just short of 103, her father, originally from Stronacroibh, having died in 1947.

Dollie’s departure for Port Appin marked the end of an era. She was, and is, greatly missed not just by her neighbours but the entire island. Her cottage had been an open door where the kettle was always on, all were welcome, the garden mysteriously bloomed the year round: in other words the very embodiment of Lismore life.

The new owners, Morag and Richard Fowler, had loved Point Cottage for many years. Morag, being a Campbell with roots in Lismore, had visited often as a child and later with Richard and her family. So when the cottage first came on the market in 1998 her dream was to buy and renovate it. Alas when she finally did buy it, it became clear that renovation was impossible so when the bulldozers moved in in August 2003 it was a sad day for them and the island as we witnessed a slice of Lismore’s history disappearing. But the Fowlers were determined to build something that fitted at least on the outside, and the new Point Cottage has risen in the garden Dollie loved and which will never be forgotten.

Hebridean Princess visits on 6th March 2004

The first visit of the season brought sixteen visitors to the island. More information and photos here.

Anne MacCormick retires on 31st January 2004

There was a Ceilidh and dance to celebrate Anne MacCormick’s 13 years delivering the post. More information and photos here.

Anne MacCormick's impromptu party

Anne's last post round was marked in fine style. More information and photos here.

Archivist visits on 23rd January 2004

A good crowd gathered in the hall to hear Murdo MacDonald – the Argyll and Bute Archivist – bring to light more tales from the archives such as the party of Achinduin residents who went over to Morvern in 1851 to collect birchwood for 'culinary and other purposes', believing they had a right to do so (due to the lack of peat on Lismore). However, the son of the owner of Ardtornish Estate, acting as factor for his father, disagreed and reported it to the Fiscal in Tobermory. The outcome was not related.

More heartening was the story of Archie Knox, the renowned silver- and pewter-smith to Liberty's of Regent Street, and contemporary of Charles Rennie Macintosh whose mother was Ann Carmichael, daughter of Dugald and Christy MacColl of Baligrundle. Although Liberty's never disclosed the names of their artists and craftsmen, his work, in the art nouveau style, is stamped with TUDRIC.

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