2012 News

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31st December 2012
The new waiting room at Point started on 12th November 2012

The new waiting room at Point was started on 12th November 2012 and was ready for use by 29th November 2012. Photographs and a time lapse video of (part of) the construction can be found here. Information about the removal of the old waiting room is here.

Provided by the Website group on 31st December 2012
30th December 2012
Tower of Temptations raffle on 22nd December 2012

The Isle of Lismore Café ran a small raffle with a Tower of Temptations (Wine & Chocolates galore) as the prize. £100 was raised for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the winning raffle ticket was drawn during the Christmas Dinner on 22nd December 2012. The winner was Mrs Anne Livingstone. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 30th December 2012
23rd December 2012
Scottish Ferry Services Ferries Plan (2013-2022) published on 19th December 2012

A new report on ferries can be found here. Pages 28 to 30 (of the pdf) are specific to Lismore.

Provided by Charlie Jack on 20th December 2012
22nd December 2012
CELM Porcharron walkover on 20th January 2013

CELM is organising its first archaeological walkover at Portcharron. More information here.

22nd December 2012
Lismore Christmas card – Thank you!

Lismore Primary School would like to thank everyone who supported the Lismore Christmas card. More information can be found here. The original news story is here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 21st December 2012
21st December 2012
Refuse Collection Xmas 2012

Argyll and Bute Council have informed us that the next scheduled refuse collection will be 27 December.

Provided by A&B Council on 21st December 2012
20th December 2012
Lismore Stores Opening Times Xmas 2012

Sorry for delay but the shop opening times over Christmas and New Year, can be found here

Provided by David Wilson on 20th December 2012
19th December 2012
Community Trust AGM on 24th January 2013

Lismore Community Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 24th January 2013. More information can be found here or here.

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 19th December 2012
15th December 2012
Concert on 7th December 2012

Air FÚrladh (On Leave) is Gilliebride MacMillan's second CD and he visited Lismore on 7th December 2012. Read a report and see some photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 13th December 2012
11th December 2012
Formation of a Sports and Raft Race Committee
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Calling all residents, friends, family and well wishers of the Isle of Lismore.

As you know, one of the highlights of the summer calendar is our annual Sports and Raft Race. In years gone by there was a committee run by local volunteers which made great success of a well organised event. In recent years, the event has been put together by a certain few generous volunteers who have had the time and effort to turn up to a meeting organised shortly before the actual event. A lot of those who would like to attend simply couldnít due to work commitments and/or were simply busy on the night. This led to things becoming more chaotic on the day of the event and overwhelming responsibilities being landed on the few volunteers there on the day. The responsibility of running such an event therefore is becoming less and less appealing to those who have helped in the past. I think everyone would agree that it would be a shame for the island, for this event to go down that path.

I am proposing that we re-introduce a scheduled committee for the event. I am currently at sea at the moment but I think we should get the ball rolling as early as January. I am also aware that many people who have helped organise the event in the past may not wish to be involved again, although I ask those people to come along to the first couple of meetings to help send us in the right direction with their experience and knowledge of how things were normally done. New innovative ideas for the day are also welcomed. I have spoken to many people who are keen on the proposed idea and Iím hoping that many more of you are feeling the same way as I do.

I will post this on Facebook and Iíll also send out hard copies for those who arenít online.

If you are interested in the idea, please come along to a meeting in the hall on Wednesday the 9th of January at 8.00 pm. (changed to Wednesday 16th) If this clashes with anything else it may change. Iím also to check the availability of the hall then, but if anything changes Iíll let you know. If you are unavailable to attend but would like to help out, please let us know too.

Many thanks, Duncan MacLean

Provided by Duncan MacLean on 11th December 2012
4th December 2012
St Andrew's dinner on 30th November 2012

St Andrew's night was celebrated in some style with a Scottish themed, beautifully decorated cafť and an abundance of delicious Scottish food. Beth Campbell's ability to entertain large numbers with seemingly very little effort is already well known as is the coolness and efficiency of her able assistant Carol MacLean. Along with the menu came a handout of interesting facts about St Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter and one of the original twelve apostles, and the origins of his role as the Patron Saint of Scotland thought to date back to 733 when some of his relics were brought to St Andrews in Fife. The great thing about Beth's dinners is that they feed your brain as well. In all there were six courses: leek and potato soup, salmon salad, a choice of roast highland Salen beef/chicken or roast Portobello mushrooms all served with Haggis (meat or veg) clapshot, mashed potato and whisky gravy. There was then a choice of Clootie dumpling or Crannachan followed by tea and coffee with homemade tablet. After dinner the Minister, the Rev. Roderick Campbell, thanked Beth for an excellent evening and spoke a few words about Scotland's patron saint.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 3rd December 2012
3rd December 2012
School newsletter for October and November 2012

The newsletter from Lismore Primary School covering October and November 2012 can be found by clicking here.

Provided by the school on 3rd December 2012
1st December 2012
Upholstery and carpet cleaner for hire

The Hall Committee has a new upholstery and carpet cleaner which is available for hire. It was bought primarily for cleaning the hall chairs and works well.
There is detergent provided with the hire which is set at £15 per day. Anyone interested should contact Anna who will give instructions on how to use it.

Provided by the Hall Committee on 30th November 2012
30th November 2012
School Cook Book launch on 24th November 2012

Lismore Primary School launched its Cook Book at the Craft Fair. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 29th November 2012
27th November 2012
Murray plays the Albert Hall 14th November 2012

Murray Willis from Baligrundle Lismore, played at he Royal Albert Hall in London. Story and Pictures here

25th November 2012
Christmas Craft Fair on 24th November 2012

First report on and photographs from the craft fair can be found here. If you missed it, some items are still for sale!

Provided by the Website group on 25th November 2012
22nd November 2012
School visit from Dunollie

On 6th November 2012, the children of Lismore Primary School got a taste of archaeology with the help of Dunollie Museum and Cultural centre. More information and photographs can be found here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th November 2012
21st November 2012
Hall roof insulation – 2012

The Hall committee proposes insulating the hall roof in order to be more energy efficient. Because the main part of the hall has a very small roof space, simply installing normal insulating material would cause condensation problems and we were advised to consult an architect. This has now been done and the draft drawings of what is proposed are available in the shop for anyone to look at.

Once the work has been done the only change to the hall will be a lowering of the ceiling by 8cm.

Anyone who has an objection, or wants more information, please contact one of the hall directors before the next hall meeting on Tuesday 4th December when this issue will be discussed

Provided by the Hall Committee on 21st November 2012
14th November 2012
Successful Shoebox Appeal – 2012

The Shoebox appeal this year collected a fantastic 38 filled shoeboxes. More information and a photo can be found here

Provided by Lorraine King on 12th November 2012
12th November 2012
Farewell to the waiting room at Point

As part of the replacement of the waiting room at Point, a determined group braved the rain on the 10th November and dismantled and removed this local landmark. Time lapse video can be found here.

Provided by the Website group on 12th November 2012
12th November 2012
Quiz – 10th October 2012

The hall committee organised a very enjoyable and well attended quiz night recently with Katy Crossan an excellent quiz master. Katy's questions were wide ranging and imaginative and very challenging at times.

Of the eight teams, the top prize went to "Inspiration" with "The Mucky Ducks" getting the booby prize. The award for the best name, had there been one, would have gone to "We thought it was a Disco".

The evening raised £153.23 for hall funds. The Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who supported the quiz

Provided by the Hall Committee on 12th November 2012
9th November 2012
Book Week – October 2012

The Heritage Centre held a book week in October. More information and photos here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th November 2012
9th November 2012
Church Christenings and New Members

The parish church was packed on Sunday 28th October when the Rev. Roderick Campbell conducted three christenings and welcomed eight new members into the congregation. More Information and photos here

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th November 2012
9th November 2012
Friends Day at the Museum 6th October 2012

The Heritage Centre had an open day for friends on the 6th October. More information and photos here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th November 2012
7th November 2012
Rainfall figures for August, September and October 2012

The rainfall figures for the last three months are now available on the rainfall page. Last month was the driest October since 2003 but still the third wettest month this year. Thank you to David and Catriona White for providing us with these data.

Provided by Weather Watcher on 7th November 2012
1st November 2012
School Halloween party

Lismore Primary School had its Halloween party on Wednesday 31st October. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 1st November 2012
1st November 2012
Lismore Christmas card

This year Lismore Primary School is organising the Lismore Christmas card. Sign up in the shop before Saturday 15th December. More information can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 1st November 2012
31st October 2012
Heritage Centre Shop Manager

The Heritage Centre is looking for a new shop manager. More information can be found here.

Provided by CELM on 31st October 2012
15th October 2012
New Year Dance – Volunteers wanted

This yearís dance will be on Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 with the Nicky McMichan Ceilidh Band (you can see the band on YouTube or visit their website www.liveceilidh.com

We really need your involvement to run this event.

The hall committee currently has fewer members than usual. In addition only 3 or possibly 4 directors will be available on the night. If you normally go to the dance and can spare a few hours on the day and/or for clearing up afterwards, please come to a meeting in the hall on Thursday 1st November at 7.30. If you can not come to the meeting but are willing to assist contact Anna, Archie or Denise. If you want more information on whatís involved contact Marlene on 760 240

Provided by Hall Committee on 15th October 2012
7th October 2012
Shoebox Appeal – Lismore Church

Lismore Church is again this year running the Shoebox Appeal. Leaflets and empty shoeboxes are available in the church.

Please help us make a difference to the lives of people around the world less fortunate than ourselves. Please return filled shoeboxes to the church by Sunday 4th November and we will deliver them to our local collection centre at Blytheswood Care in Oban.

Provided by Lorraine King on 7th October 2012
7th October 2012
PA System Training – Lismore Public Hall

The Hall will be running a workshop led by Simon Bryce on Sunday 14th October at 12.00. This is for all those interested in setting up and using the public address system.

The sound system was a big investment and is a great asset to events in the hall so it would be useful to have as many islanders as possible trained in its use. This would be of interest to anyone who plays, sings or who is likely to be running an event in the future.

Provided by Hall Committee on 7th October 2012
1st October 2012
CELM Update for October 2012

The October Update for the Comann Eachraidh Lios Mòr is available here. As well as details of upcoming events, it also contains news of a very interesting pricing trial it is running.

Provided by Lorraine King on 30th September 2012
27th September 2012
School newsletter for August and September 2012

The (new format) newsletter from Lismore Primary School covering August and September 2012 can be found by clicking here.

Provided by the school on 27th September 2012
25th September 2012
CELM Friends' Day on 6th October 2012

We would like to invite you to join us at Ionad Naomh Moluag – Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre for a Friends' Day on Saturday 6th October 2012 between 11am and 2pm. We at CELM would like to discuss our future priorities and we would like as many members and friends as possible to take part. There is more information here.

Provided by Lorraine King on 25th Septembe 2012
23rd September 2012
School trip to the Sea Life Centre on 19th September 2012

The Primary School children spent a very enjoyable day at the Oban Sealife Centre. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 22nd September 2012
22nd September 2012
Scarecrow Competition results 22nd September 2012

The votes have all been counted. The judge has come and seen (and gone). The results are here.

Provided by Hazel MacCormick on 22nd September 2012
16th September 2012
Scarecrow voting has begun

After a lot of last minute work, all of the scarecrows are up and voting has begun. Click here to see photographs and vote online. Alternatively, there are maps, paper voting forms and voting boxes in the waiting rooms at Achnacroish and Point or, from tomorrow, in the shop.

Provided by Hazel MacCormick on 16th September 2012
13th September 2012
Lismore Refuse and Recycling 2012/2013

Argyll and Bute Council have provided a schedule for the refuse collections Click here.

Provided by Argyll & Bute Council on 17th September 2012
11th September 2012
School camp on 7th September 2012

The school had its first overnight camp of the year in the school grounds. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 10th September 2012
7th September 2012
Scarecrow judge announced

Councillor Elaine Robertson has kindly agreed to judge the Scarecrow Competition on the 22nd September. So, remember to get your entry form in before the 13th September. Only 7 days to go!

More information and ideas here.

Provided by Hazel MacCormick on 6th September 2012
4th September 2012
School boat trip on 30th August 2012

The school has been on a boat trip round Lismore. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 4th September 2012
29th August 2012
Tug of War – Island Team – 18th August 2012
tug of war

Lismore Tug of War team – success at Appin Show. More information and photographs here.

Provided by the Website group on 29th August 2012
23rd August 2012
A second stone cone – August 2012
Second stone cone

A second cone of stones has appeared. More information and photographs here.

Provided by the Website group on 23rd August 2012
21st August 2012
Scarecrow competition
Scarecrow

Just when you thought the fun of the summer was over, Lismore launches its first ever scarecrow competition. Here's your chance to let your imagination run wild and transform the landscape. More information can be found here. Entries must be with Hazel by 13th September and an entry form can be obtained from Hazel or Bob Davies or by clicking here. Scarecrows will be displayed from 15th to 22nd September and everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite!

Provided by Hazel MacCormick on 21st August 2012
16th August 2012
Back to school – 16th August 2012

The children of Lismore arrived bright and early at the Primary School on Thursday 16th August ready for the start of the new term. This year there will be eight children in the Primary School and two in the Pre Five Unit. Fionn started for the first time in the Primary School as a member of P1 and Emma joined the Pre Five Unit. Plans for this term include a night camping; a topic about the sea; a boat trip around the island as well as lots of exciting Literacy and Numeracy activities so there is plenty to look forward to. All the children were pleased to be back at school and were quickly back into the swing of things.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 16th August 2012
15th August 2012
Stone cone – August 2012
Stone cone

A cone of stones has appeared. More information and photographs here.

Provided by the Website group on 15th August 2012
15th August 2012
Power cut on 15th August 2012

The first power cut of the season took place on Wednesday 15th August from 6pm to 7.15pm. Coincidentally, this was just hours after the emergency planning meeting to discuss the ways in which Lismore could deal with, amongst other things, power cuts!

Provided by the Website group on 15th August 2012
20th August 2012
Parent Council ceilidh on 11th August 2012

A report and photographs can be found here.

Provided by Catherine Davies and Pauline Dowling on 12th August 2012
11th August 2012
Earthquake on 10th August 2012

If you thought you felt the earth move yesterday, you weren't mistaken. Around noon there was an earthquake that measured 2.3 on the Richter scale. More information can be found here.

Provided by the Website group on 11th August 2012
20th August 2012
Summer craft fair 7th and 8th August 2012

A report and photographs can be found here.

4 new photographs added 13th August 2012

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 10th August 2012
20th August 2012
Art and photography exhibition from 3rd to 10th August 2012

A report and photographs can be found here.

12 new photographs added on 13th August 2012

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 10th August 2012
5th August 2012
Boreholes – July 2012

Households have benefitted from Yeoman Glensanda's generosity. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 5th August 2012
5th August 2012
Sports and raft race on 28th July 2012

The first photographs have been provided by David White and Pauline Dowling. They can be seen here. If you have any photographs you would like to share, you can email them by clicking here or you can send them on a CD, DVD or USB thumb drive to Teenie or Bob.

Provided by the Website group on 5th August 2012
26th July 2012
Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr visit to Dunollie

Just a little reminder that there are still some places available for the Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr visit to Dunollie on Saturday 4th August 2012. This is a great opportunity to tour the new 1745 House Museum and Archive followed by refreshments. Meeting at Dunollie at 11am. To book a place please contact Bob Hay 01631 760393 or email

Provided by M MacDonald on 26th July 2012
25th July 2012
Emergency Planning on Lismore
Provided by M Currie on 25th July 2012
9th July 2012
Murray Willis on tour July and August 2012

Murray is doing the Fèir Rois Trad Trail this year. Although they are not playing in Argyll, Murray and the other young musicians would love to see you! Dates and times can be found here and more information can be found here

Provided by Denise Willis on 9th July 2012
5th July 2012
Lismore Public Hall - Entertainments Licence

The Hall currently holds an entertainments licence which is now due for renewal.
A notice to this effect is available at the shop and hall.
If you wish to object or make representations to the council regarding this application you should do so within 28 days from 1st July 2012

Provided by Hall Committee on 4th July 2012
2nd July 2012
Cancer Research sponsored walk on 3rd August 2012

There will be a sponsored walk in aid of Cancer Research on Friday 3rd August. Details can be found here and a sponsor form can be found here.

Results and photographs were added on 11th August 2012

Beth Campbell sent the following on 11th August 2012
On 3rd August 32 people from Lismore and further afield walked the Salen Ring to raise money for Cancer Research. We had a great walk with great weather and the total raised so far is £881. Our just giving page www.justgiving.com/thebiggardenwalk is still open for anyone who wishes to help get this total up to £1000. Thank you all very much for your generous support.

Beth Campbell let us know, on 24th August 2012, that the final total raised was an excellent £1049 and thanked everyone for their support.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 1st July 2012
29th June 2012
SSE is looking for three islanders

SSE is looking for one retained switcher and two community switchers. More information here.

Provided by Mandie Currie on 29th June 2012
24th June 2012
Andrei Cannings is jumping out of a plane on 5th August 2012

Andrei is raising money to help with the rehabilitation of young people with brain injuries. Please note the new date. Read more about when, why and how you can help here.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 23rd June 2012
23rd June 2012
Exhibition of Marjorie Campbell's work

On 9th June 2012 there was a successful launch for this exhibition of paintings, drawings and glassware. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 22nd June 2012
16th June 2012
Trust subgroups set up

The Community Trust has formed 3 subgroups to look at the diesel station, renewable energy and clearing up Achnacroish pier A notice announcing this can be found here and more information can be found here. All offers of help welcome.

Provided by Yorick Paine on 16th June 2012
14th June 2012
Queen's diamond jubilee on 5th June 2012

A treasure hunt, a street party, a dance and a royal barbecue! More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 14th June 2012
13th June 2012
Wilson-Massey wedding on 2nd June 2012

Diarmid Wilson and Victoria Massey were married on the 2nd June 2012 at Achosrigan in Appin.
Diarmid is the youngest son of David and Teenie Wilson, Port Ramsay, Lismore. Click here for photos

Provided by Teenie Wilson on 13th June 2012
13th June 2012
Sports and Raft Race - Call for volunteers

Sports and Raft Race day needs volunteers to help organise the day.
It requires 15-20 volunteers for a successful day.
A meeting has been called for Monday 25th June 2012 at 8.00pm in the hall - see what's on for more information
Please come if you can help in any way, or if you have any suggestions for the day.

Provided by website on 13th June 2012
12th June 2012
Lismore Lumiere (Pix in the Stix) – 1st to 4th June 2012

Lismore's first Festival of Film became a community event where socialising was as important as the films. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 12th June 2012
10th June 2012
Festival of the sea on 26th May 2012

An interesting day was spent learning about the Lismore smacks. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 9th June 2012
10th June 2012
Festival of museums 18th – 20th May 2012

Spooky stories, knitting and good music at the Lismore festival of museums. More information and photographs here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th June 2012
9th June 2012
School Edwardian classroom on 22nd May 2012

All of the children experienced an afternoon in an Edwardian classroom at the museum. More information and photographs can be found here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 6th June 2012
3rd June 2012
School newsletter for April and May 2012

The newsletter from Lismore Primary School covering April and May 2012 can be found by clicking here.

Provided by the school on 31st May 2012
16th May 2012
Hall EGM on 30th May 2012

On 30th May there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting starting at 7pm followed by the AGM. More details can be found on the What's on page

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 16th May 2012
14th May 2012
School Olympic Torch procession on 18th May 2012
Torch

On Friday 18th May 2012, from 1.45pm to 2.45pm an 'Olympic torch' will be carried by the pupils of the primary school from the Hall back to the school. Why not cheer them on if you see them?

Please take care if you are driving this stretch of road at this time. Thank you.

The original poster can be found here and more information and photos can be found here.

Provided by the Website group on 14th May 2012
13th May 2012
Trust logo competition

At the Community Trust's Feedback Forum on 12th May 2012, Mary MacDougall launched a competition for a logo for the Trust. More details and a form can be found here. Closing date for submissions is Thursday 31st May, so start designing now.

Provided by the Community Trust on 13th May 2012
13th May 2012
The Community Trust Feedback Forum on 12th May 2012

There was a disappointing turnout for the Lismore Community Trustís Feedback Forum on Saturday 12th May but those present found the visiting speakers, Keren Cafferty and Jan Fraser (the Chair and Secretary of the Eilean Eisdeal, the Easdale Island Community Development Group), both interesting and informative about what can be done on a very small island with a great deal of determination and volunteering. Eilean Eisdeal is a charitable organisation run by residents and friends of the island to carry out community projects with the long term aim of regeneration and sustainability. A similar aim to Lismore then. Jan Fraser talked about how they got started, the funding needed and the various infrastructure projects (e.g. repairing the harbour wall), while Keren concentrated on alternative energy (solar panels, heat pumps etc.) and the master plan they were following with the help of a paid consultant. While Easdale is unlike Lismore in many ways in that most of the residents are incomers as their population was reduced to eleven after the collapse of the slate mining, and they were faced with dramatic collapse of island life, there are also the usual island, indeed community, similarities – shortage of volunteers, need for expertise re funding, getting agreement etc.

The meeting was introduced by Yorick Paine who gave us an outline of what had been happening and what the meeting was about, while Mary MacDougall put the word out about a logo competition. She also urged us to buy tickets in the raffle which was a large box of chocolates, won at the end of the meeting by Liz Buckle.

After a very delicious and generous afternoon tea put on by the committee and supplied by Beth Campbell, Bob Davies gave us an outline of the feedback from the questionnaire in which islanders had selected the projects they most wanted to see carried out by the Trust, from a very long list drawn up as a result of the Trust's very first meetings in 2008 and 2009 when much brainstorming revealed a great deal of enthusiasm for a great many things. Bob had itemised the five most popular projects. These and other information and photos can be found here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 13th May 2012
4th May 2012
Hall AGM on 2nd May 2012

This yearís Hall AGM will be continued on Wednesday 30th May in order to allow members the chance to scrutinise the financial statements for the year Jan Ė Dec 2011. These documents can be found here.

The meeting on the 30th will be at 7.00 and should finish around 7.30 unless there are any issues arising.

It is hoped that a quorum of at least 20 people will be able to attend so that AGM can be completed.

The reminder for the AGM on 2nd May 2012 can be found here.

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 3rd May 2012
1st May 2012
Easter egg hunt on 8th April 2012
Easter egg hunt

Lismore Sunday School children had great fun hunting Easter eggs in the manse garden on Easter morning. The hunt was organised my Anna Stewart, the eggs craftily hidden by Flora Maclean and Shayne Stewart. On the previous day the children were treated to an Easter party hosted by the Lismore Primary School Parent Council. 26 children from on and off the island enjoyed music, games, craft activities and delicious Easter food. Highlight was the piñata at the end and the Easter egg they each received as they left.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 1st May 2012
26th April 2012
Easter Party

Lismore Primary School Parent Council held another successful children's Easter Party on the afternoon of Saturday 7th April at Lismore Hall. We entertained 26 children with music, games, craft activities and yummy easter food. The party ended with a frenzied piñata and all the children were given an easter egg as they left. A good party was had by all. If anyone has any photos we would love to receive some.

Provided by Lorraine King on 24th April 2012
23rd April 2012
Reminder about the Hall AGM

Hall Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Social Wednesday May 2nd at 7.00. Wine and nibbles, tea or coffee will be available after the business part of the evening.

Come and join us and give us your ideas on how you would like to see our hall develop. Even if you donít want to join the directors your opinions and ideas are very important. We are, of course, always looking for new blood, so if you have not served on the hall committee and have a few hours to spare perhaps you could consider giving it a go. We usually meet once a month and we are a friendly lot really!

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 23rd April 2012
23rd April 2012
Hall decoration

Some of you may have noticed a bit of unusual activity at the hall!

We were recently offered the chance to have the hall painted free by a charitable organisation called Constructive Communities with funding from LEADER. We only have to pay 20% of the cost of the materials. The only snag was we had to be prepared to have it done at very short notice. I am sure you will agree it was an offer too good to refuse. This means, however, there may be some disruption to our use of the hall for a few weeks but it does mean that the hall should be looking good for the summer activities.

The hall committee apologise for any inconvenience but I am sure it will be worth it to see the old place get a facelift!

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 23rd April 2012
18th April 2012
Practise your Gaelic

Meet up with other learners and native speakers at the café every Saturday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm starting 21st April 2012. More information.

Provided by Lorraine King on 17th April 2012
16th April 2012
School open evening on 22nd March 2012

The staff and pupils of Lismore Primary School invited islanders to an open evening in which we saw displays of their work, heard about their various projects, took part in a raffle and, after tea and cakes, saw a preview of their North Lorn Drama festival play A Native American Tale. The evening started with the children singing a group of brightly delivered songs accompanied on the guitar by a primary 7 pupil and Head Teacher Catherine Davies. The primary seven girls then talked about their photography project in which they hope to photograph as many islanders as possible for an archive at the museum which will be of great interest in years to come. They are currently practising using a camera on loan from Scottish Natural Heritage. They also spoke about the visit from a group of teachers and pupils from Oban High including Head Teacher Mr Bain, who was not only able to tell them about their imminent transfer to high school, but also to answer all their questions. A raffle and a cake sale raised £85 for Mary's Meals on the night and we were told that Argyll and Bute Council is donating 10p for every school dinner sold in one week to this excellent cause.

The school now has a textile recycling bin as part of their eco schools and global citizenship commitment and all unwanted items including clothing, shoes (tied together) soft toys, blankets, underwear and household textiles can be left either in one of the bags they provided or a black bag tied well.

Congratulations to the school pupils who, the following evening, were placed second at the North Lorn Drama festival for their play A Native American Tale. They came away with two cups; one for second place and the other for costumes and scenery. More information and photos here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 15th April 2012
14th April 2012
Book launch and exhibition on 7th April 2012

An appreciative audience visited the heritage centre, Ionad Noamh Moluag, for the launch of Ted and Elizabeth Odling, a book about two artists of the west of Scotland, written and produced by their children, Noelle, Christopher and Nicholas Odling. Barbara McDougall opened the launch and the accompanying exhibition of their work in the heritage library, and Noelle spoke about her parents who, to many, were already well known for their great personalities as well as their art, as they had moved to the island in 1982 when Ted retired from the Glasgow School of Art. The book covers their creative careers, Ted as a landscape painter whose interest in science and technology generated many ideas when combined with his artistic talent, and Elizabeth's brilliantly detailed illustrations, drawings and watercolours of nature as well as embroidery and quilting. Their combined work is seen in the work they did for the Irvine Burns club, the Burns Museum at Alloway and Chatelherault (near Glasgow). Elizabeth was well known for her exhaustive knowledge and great love of Burns. The book is available at the Museum shop and the exhibition in the library is free. More information and photos here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 14th April 2012
14th April 2012
Craft fair 8th to 10th April 2012

A craft fair sprang up at Tighfuil on Lismore and for three days over Easter we were able to buy some of the works produced and hand made on the island by the many talented crafts people. Following the success of the Christmas fair, now an established event, it was thought that, with so many islanders creating art and crafts all the year round, there could well be room for more such events. Ten people took part this time and many more would have, had the dates suited, and Frances and Caroline Willis told me that they were hoping that maybe they could eventually set up some sort of co-operative, sharing materials and costs as well as ideas, which could make the initial outlay less expensive and open the way for greater creativity. On offer at this the first Lismore Easter fair was a wide range of goods including drift wood art, jewellery, chocolate, cosmetics, cards, and art as well as vintage clothes and china. More information and photos here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 14th April 2012
9th April 2012
New church members 25th March 2012
Church members

Sunday 25 March 2012 was not only a beautiful spring day but also the day when seven new members were welcomed into the Lismore Parish Church, also known as The Cathedral Church of Saint Moluag, by the Rev Roderick Campbell and his parishioners. Becoming a member of such an ancient congregation which has been worshipping in some form on the island since the sixth century, is to ensure the continuity of the church community on the island. Congratulations to all. Anyone interested in becoming a member or requiring more information should contact the Minister or any of the Elders on the island.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th April 2012
8th April 2012
Ùlpan taster session on 18th February 2012

On 18th February, islanders had a chance to try out a Gaelic learning class using the Ùlpan method before deciding whether to sign up for a ten week course beginning on 16 April. The taster session was organised by Lorraine King and introduced by Adhamh O Broin from Ùlpan (a unique language teaching method originated in the middle east) assisted by Ann MacLean. Ann is a native speaker as well as mòd medal winning singer who also happens to be an Ùlpan teacher and has recently moved to the island. She will teach two units/classes a week as this is the recommendation from Ùlpan to help people achieve fluency. The method is based on listening / repetition building up basic vocabulary which is immediately accessible. An astonishing 24 people turned up for the taster session some of whom were native speakers, and of those over 14 expressed interest in enrolling for the classes which Adhamb O Broin said was the most he had ever seen anywhere, let alone on such a small island. Enrolment for the classes is going on now and to get more info phone Lorraine at the Museum. At the moment it looks as though there will be two groups as the numbers are so high so there should be room for late entries.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th April 2012
8th April 2012
Café opening from April 2012 onwards

From April onwards the Isle of Lismore café will be open 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm with many special events which will be well advertised on the What's on page. There is also local art in the café for your enjoyment or to buy.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th April 2012
3rd April 2012
Hall directors wanted

Lismore Public Hall is looking for new directors. More information here.

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 3rd April 2012
2nd April 2012
School newsletter for February and March 2012

The newsletter from Lismore Primary School covering February and March 2012 can be found by clicking here.

Provided by the school on 29th March 2012
2nd April 2012
Women's day feedback

The Soup and pudding event at the café on 8th March was a great success and raised £100. More information here.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 29th March 2012
23rd March 2012
Heritage Centre / Museum reopening

The Heritage Centre / Museum is re-opening on Sunday 1st April 2012
Opening Times
April - 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm
May onwards - 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

More information (provided 8th April 2012)

Provided by the Heritage Centre on 21st March 2012
18th March 2012
Lismore lambs

The first reported Lismore lamb of 2012 was photographed today. Mother and baby appear to be doing well.

Send us your lamb pictures by clicking here

Provided by the website group on 18th March 2012
16th March 2012
Hall floor

Please note that the hall will be closed from Saturday 31st March until Friday 6th of April to allow for floor resurfacing. Access to the surgery will be from the door and stairs at the rear.

Our apologies for this temporary inconvenience to patients.

Provided by the Hall committee on 16th March 2012
11th March 2012
Quiz Night report

A very exciting quiz night was held on Saturday 25th February 2012 in Lismore Public Hall. The 'quizmaster' for the evening was Katy Crossan who devised the many rounds of questions and conducted the evening with great flair and much needed humour. The teams of six were put through their paces with rounds of questions on subjects as diverse as pop music, famous artists and cinema. After much head scratching from the challengers, and encouragement from Katy the eventual winners were The Silver Surfers closely followed by the Wily Hares, and not the Unquestionables as announced on the night (apologies to all concerned!). There was also a consolation prize for the lowest scoring team – but we shall not disclose their identity here.

Everyone agreed it was a great night with much laughter and friendly rivalry. The event raised the sum of £165 for hall funds. Thanks to all who came and participated, to volunteers who helped on the day and of course to Katy who could rival many a TV quiz show host. Watch out Anne Robinson, it may be your turn for the walk of shame!

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 11th March 2012
11th March 2012
Christmas 2011 craft fair donation

Thanks to Katy Crossan and the other stall holders for the donation of £200 for hall funds.

Provided by Marlene MacKinnon on 11th March 2012
7th March 2012
Ferry plan – Community Council response

The consultation on the ferry plan ends on 30th March. Lismore Community Council is preparing a response and this will be discussed at the next meeting on 15th March. Please come to the meeting if you would like to air your views. If you would like a copy of the Community Council's draft response, please contact Mandie Currie here or 760236 (when the final version of the draft is available, we will post it on the website). Comments can be returned to Mandie or brought along to the Community Council meeting. Don't forget you can submit your own response to the Scottish Government consultation.

The final version of the draft wasn't sent to the website before the meeting.

Provided by the Community Council on 7th March 2012
6th March 2012
MV Eigg Annual Overhaul

This updates the previous item on this subject. The MV Eigg will be going for her Annual Overhaul from 11th March 2012 to 2nd April 2012. The replacement vessel will be unable to carry high loads or jerry cans of fuel.     More information here.

Provided by the Community Council on 6th March 2012
6th March 2012
Tuesday Lunch Club

Starting Tuesday 3rd April 2012, there will be a Tuesday Lunch Club at the café. More information here.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 6th March 2012
6th March 2012
Road Works

Starting on Sunday 11th March there will be road works on the A828 at Benderloch which will involve periods when the Road will be closed.

More information      Location Plan

Provided by Community Council on 20th February 2012
29th February 2012
Film club

Updated information about the film club can be found here

Provided by Lorraine King on 29th February 2012
29th February 2012
Volunteers wanted

Lismore Heritage Centre is looking for volunteers. More information here.

Provided by Lorraine King on 29th February 2012
22nd February 2012
Breast screening bus

A breast screening bus will be in Appin (probably in the car park of the Appin Village Hall) during March and April. All women aged 50 to 70 who haven't been screened in the last 3 years will receive an invitation to attend. Anyone over 70 who wishes to attend can make an appointment by phoning 0141 572 5800. Screening will be by appointment only. The recommended website is here. If you follow the links you will find this brochure. If you are interested in what is happening in England here is the site.

Provided by Dr Mary Drijfhout on 21st February 2012
21st February 2012
Items for an exhibition

The Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr is setting up an exhibition of a schoolroom around the first half of the 20th century. (very approximate). Does anyone have anything that would enhance our display? Old desks? Chairs? Blackboard? Photographs? If so, please contact the museum.

Provided by Jennifer Baker on 21st February 2012
20th February 2012
Choir starts up

Starting on Wednesday 22nd February 2012, a choir will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Hall.

More information

Provided by Sarah Campbell on 20th February 2012
18th February 2012
Pix in the Stix

Members of Pix in the Stix were on Lismore to talk about their visit in June 2012.

More information

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 12th February 2012
13th February 2012
OBE
     

On 9th February 2012 Michael Lees was awarded an OBE for services to the Prison Service. He was given the award by Prince Charles on behalf of the Queen. His wife Fiona (Campbell) and son & daughter in law Richard and Gillian attended the ceremony with him at Buckingham Palace. We are very pleased for him and proud of him.

Provided by Beth Campbell on 12th February 2012
7th February 2012
Fuel delivery on 14th February - Postponed until Friday 17th
Postponed again, now Monday 20th

Brogan Fuels will be on Lismore to make fuel deliveries. They can be contacted on 01631 570 670 or by email.

Provided by Brogan Fuels on 7th February 2012
4th February 2012
MV Eigg's annual overhaul

The MV Eigg will be having its annual overhaul from 4th to 28th March. More details here.
This has been replaced by this item.

Provided by Mandie Currie on 3rd February 2012
1st February 2012
SSE Compensation for loss of power

This replaces the information provided in the news snippet on 17th December 2011. To claim the money you should now

Send an email to feedback@sse.com giving your name, postal address, email address and telephone number to claim £75 compensation for the power outage which started on Thursday 8th December.

If you can also give your account number and the time power was restored this may help your claim, but apparently there is now a long backlog of claims waiting to be processed.

Claims can also be made in writing to:

Scottish Hydro Electric
FAO: ESC
Inveralmond House
200 Dunkeld Road
Perth PH1 3AQ

Provided by Stephen Green on 1st February 2012
26th January 2012
Final healthcare report

The final report by the Centre for Rural Health, University of the Highlands and Islands can be found here. This follows their evaluation of the new healthcare arrangements for Lismore which have been introduced over the past 2-3 years by the Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership, Scottish Ambulance Service etc.

Provided by Julian Wormleighton on 26th January 2012
25th January 2012
School science day
School science day

Lismore Primary School enjoyed a really exciting morning at Oban High School on Friday 20th January when they went to visit the Science Labs. Principal teacher, Iain Fulton, led the children through a variety of experiments – lighting a Bunsen burner, burning magnesium along with some hair-raising demonstrations using the Van der Graaf generator. Mr Fulton even lit a Bunsen burner using a spark form his finger! Mr Porter then demonstrated some explosive and impressive chemistry after which the children tucked into lunch in the school dining room. Returning to Lismore the children were full of their morning and are now keen to tackle more experiments back on the island. Thank you very much to Mr Fulton and all the staff at Oban High for their hospitality and for making us feel so welcome.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 24th January 2012
25th January 2012
Cozy Cakes café
Cozy Cakes cafe

On Thursday 8th December, after weeks of preparation and training the P7 girls were at last ready for the big opening of their latest enterprise project. The Cozy Cakes Café was going to be open for business with an exciting lunchtime and snack menu for customers. The girls looked very smart in specially made t shirts and the room looked inviting with decorated tables and a cosy sitting area next to the fire. The girls had been lent £50 from the Parent Council and had spent many hours planning menus and practising their waitressing skills. They were hoping to raise lots of money for their chosen charities Maryís Meals and Asthma UK. Hazel had spent hours making beautiful cakes and muffins as well as three varieties of soup and bread, cheese and ham were waiting to be made into delicious toasties.

As school started, the skies darkened and the wind began to blow, harder and harder. We could hear it whistling through the eaves and around the corners of the building. The sea was boiling with white spray and foam covering the surface of the water. As the morning progressed, we realised that this was not going to be a good day to have a café. Police were warning people not to leave their houses unless they really had to and children were asked to go home as soon as they could. It was at this point we decided to postpone our café until another day. At 12 noon the lights went out and with a prolonged power cut we were unable to have the café or lessons the following day. There was great disappointment for all of us but particularly for Hazel and the P7 girls who had worked so hard to prepare for the day. With so much food already prepared, Hazel suggested that we delivered soup, sandwiches and cakes to people who had no power. The goodies were gratefully received by many and the donations given by members of the community have covered the cost enabling the P7 girls to pay back their loan from the Parent Council.

The Cozy Cakes Café at last opened for business on Thursday 19th January. Once again the café looked very inviting with beautifully decorated tables and decorations hanging from the ceiling. Customers began to arrive at 10.30am and by lunchtime the cafe was full with many people ordering lunch. The P7 girls were kept busy taking orders and serving teas, coffees and cakes and Hazel worked hard in the kitchen cooking soup and toasties. Customers were invited to take part in a Café quiz as they chatted to friends and relatives. At the end of the day the girls were delighted to have raised over £240 for their chosen charities of Maryís Meals and Asthma UK. A huge thank you to Hazel who planned and organised the event and whose tireless effort ensured the success of the event. Also, well done to the polite and efficient P7 waitresses. There is another report and some more photographs here.

Provided by Catherine Davies on 24th January 2012
19th January 2012
Draft ferries plan

The Scottish Ferry Services draft plan for consultation dated December 2011 can be found here.

18th January 2012
Property left in the hall

Several dishes and items of clothing have been left in the hall. Could the owners please collect them as soom as possible. Thank you.

Provided by Anna Stewart on 18th January 2012
17th January 2012
Letter about electricity

This is two scans of a letter from Fergus Ewing (the minister for energy, enterprise and tourism in the Scottish Parliament) to Jamie McGrigor (member of the Scottish Parliament for Highlands and Islands) about the electricity problems in December. The first page is here and the second page is here.

Provided by Niall Livingstone on 16th January 2012
9th January 2012
Nativity Play

Despite a couple of setbacks the nativity play at Lismore Primary School was greatly enjoyed by a large audience. Head teacher Catherine Davies, who herself was suffering from a very bad cold, told us that the children acted as a team and when Sophie King was too ill to attend, they all had to absorb her parts (they all played several parts) and learn the lines in double quick time. The result was a word perfect, very well projected performance and very strong, tuneful singing. Congratulations to all. Some photos can be found here.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
9th January 2012
Island Collection

A very impressive donation of £682.00 is going to Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation.
£305.00 was collected at the "Holly Tea" held in the Hall in December and £377.00 from "Lismore Xmas Card" - a big thank you to everyone who contributed and also those who gave of their time.

Provided by Ina MacColl on 9th January 2012
8th January 2012
Shoe box appeal

The Sunday school pupils of the Lismore church excelled themselves filling twenty one shoe boxes for this year's Blytheswood Care Shoebox Appeal. The children worked hard and enthusiastically covering and filling the boxes as well as collecting boxes others had prepared. Because they know how valued these boxes are, they wish to thank all who participated. (Link to original news story)

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
Volunteers lunch

A lunch was held at the cafť as a thank you to the many who volunteer throughout the year to keep the museum going and developing. Because of the power failure and attendant loss of freezer food, the lunch had to be brought forward two days and some were unable to attend. However despite this setback Beth Campbell produced her usual delicious food.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
Christmas dinner

Catering manager Hazel MacCormick and sous chef John MacCormick along with head teacher Catherine Davies entertained the parents and children of the Lismore primary school plus a few lucky guests at their annual Christmas dinner. This event was also greatly affected by the storm and the resultant power cuts as all the food in the freezer had been lost. But even though Hazel had to start from scratch ordering and preparing, the meal was faultless and greatly enjoyed by all. After dinner the guests were treated to some lovely carol singing by the children.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
St Andrew's Dinner

A very tasty dinner organised and catered by Beth Campbell celebrated St Andrew's Day with excellent food, ambience and conversation.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
Archival Course

A two day Cataloguing Archive course on 21st and 22nd November introduced several volunteers to the skills needed to organise the Heritage Museum's growing document archive, which up until now has been done solely by Margaret Black. It was led by Kirsty Stewart, Archivist for the Carmichael Watson Project at Edinburgh University, with whom the curators have worked closely in the past

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
Craft Fair

The Lismore hall came alive on Saturday 19 November as the third annual Christmas Craft Fair opened its doors to Christmas shoppers or indeed anyone seeking original, beautifully crafted Lismore products. And there was lots of it with highland beef and homemade sweets, including delicious chocolates, selling alongside ready meals, preserves and home baking. In addition crafted bags, jewellery, cards, books, hats, and scarves all attested to the depth of both the island's talent and entrepreneurial spirit. For the busy shopper there were tea and cakes as well as soup, sandwiches and light snacks served and made by Fay Carmichael and family. (Link to original page)

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
8th January 2012
Poppy Day donation

Following the 2011 Poppy Day collection by Gilly Dixon Spain islanders donated £414.18 for the Royal British Legion.

Provided by Pauline Dowling on 8th January 2012
2nd January 2012
December 2011 rainfall figure

The figure for the rainfall for December 2011 is now on the rainfall page. Eleven times as much rain fell in December 2011 as in December 2010. December was a record month making four records in 2011. 2011 as a whole was also a record year with over twice the rain of 2010. Thank you to David and Catriona White for providing us with these data.

Provided by Weather Watcher on 2nd January 2012
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