Facemasks for Arran: A personal essay

Facemasks for Arran: A Personal Essay by Barb Taub Our group of local volunteers, Facemasks for Arran, has made and distributed over 500 free facemasks for Arran residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. But we still hear the question: “Why should I wear a facemask?” A cloth facemask will slow down or trap airborne respiratory particles …

Our unsung key workers

OUR UNSUNG KEY WORKERS By Patricia Gibson, MP for Ayrshire and Arran The coronavirus outbreak has caused a sudden and drastic change to all our lives, throwing sharply into focus the critical importance of our public services, as well as the fragility of our economy and importance of the many occupations we rely on to …

Our NHS – why it is worth protecting for everyone

By Sally Campbell There are many people who believe the NHS should be converted to a privatised private insurance scheme. Many of those advocating it are involved with the private companies providing health care, both here and especially in America. Lobbying the government has been a feature, especially as Brexit approaches and the UK government …

Arran Energy Challenge Year Two Round Up

Sustainable Island Life 2019/2020 2019/2020 has marked a significant year for Arran residents’ improving their home energy efficiency. This roundup will outline the successes of the past year and how they contributed towards reducing the carbon emissions from domestic properties on the island. This is the main aim of the energy strand, which is funded …

My Wee Gas Mask and other poems

In last month’s issue of the Voice we had a post filled with poems that had been exchanging both locally and across the world via an email Poem Exchange. The poems have kept coming over the past few weeks, so we have included here another post (in addition to our usual Poem of the Month) …

The Arran Arts Heritage Trail

Arran Theatre and Arts Trust have exciting news about the Arts Heritage Trail they are developing and are looking for people to help see this new project come to life. (Featured image shows a painting by Thomas Dudgeon, of Brodick castle from the waterfront 1878).  Arran Theatre and Arts Trust has received initial support from …

A history of the Vikings part three

The Vikings in the Western Isles – part three By Jim Henderson In part three of Jim Henderson’s history, we learn more about the use of the Birlin ships that was based on the Viking longship design, and also about the continuing battles for dominance in the western Isles between the Scots and the Norse …