January News


Seniors’ Christmas party

This year’s Christmas lunch for Lismore’s seniors was well attended and very well hosted by the Guild. A big thank you to all who helped.

Christmas Card

Ina MacColl and Denise Willis produced another very attractive community Christmas card and raised £264 for the Lismore Community Bus. The community card, an excellent idea introduced some years ago by Ina MacColl, not only provides an opportunity to support a good cause during a time of much feasting, but also means individual card writing is unnecessary. This year the design was one of the late Elizabeth Oddling’s famous Christmas Cards and the verse was chosen by Jessie Stewart.  

Children’s Christmas party


The hall was packed on Christmas Eve for fun, games, feasting and Santa’s visit. As well as local children there were many visitors staying with relations for the festive season and they all joined in the games and action songs. Highlight was Santa arriving ringing his bell, covered in snow and carrying a large, very exciting sack. The parent council would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and helped out at the party. A special thank you to the Women's Guild for their kind donation towards the party.


Café opens for Charity


Beth Campbell, who is now running the Isle of Lismore café, opened the doors on the 1 and 2 of January offering free bubbly & nibbles plus half price meals all day with 50% of profits going to the Sandpiper Trust, a charity which provides GPs and nurses in rural Scotland with emergency medical equipment. Known as The Sandpiper Bag this invaluable kit means that, in places like Lismore, lifesaving pre-hospital procedures can be carried out during the critical initial period. The response to the New Year offer was enormous and, not only did Beth raise £150 for the Sandpiper Trust, but she also ran out of food on the second day as more than 200 locals and visitors attended and, at times, there was standing room only and queues snaked out the door. It was a great way to start 2010 and we wish Beth and her staff well in her time at the café which is now open from Tuesday to Thursday from 11-4pm and Friday and Saturday from 11-10pm.



Winter Visitors


The island (and no doubt the mainland) is playing host to a huge number of woodcocks very probably blown here on the north wind from Russia and Finland. Though they are said to be secretive and nocturnal, you can see them at any time of the day, even in the garden. Fortunately we have had virtually no snow and with quite a lot of sun in the day, some burns are still running to give them water.


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