Poem for July

Please Call Me By My True Names Do not say that I will depart tomorrow – because even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile, learning to sing in my new nest, to be …

Support Scotland’s Rangers’ jobs!

The National Trust for Scotland is Scotland’s largest conservation charity and one of the biggest employers of countryside rangers. However, the Trust has put 75% of their rangers, ecologists and other countryside staff at risk of redundancy. This means leaving many of Scotland’s most-loved natural places without day-to-day protection. NTS manages over 76,000 hectares of …

We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together – by Alice Maxwell In recent months the term “isolation” has become synonymous with the grim reality of living with Covid 19. The word has come to evoke people dying alone, without the support of their loved ones, families separated, and an increase in mental illness caused by intense loneliness. …

Holy Island – a history

By Jim Henderson In the fourth episode of the Viking story (see Voice for Arran, issue 111) reference was made to ‘Innis Shroin’ (Holy Isle.) In fact, over the years, there have been many inaccurate references to Lamlash and Moliase. What follows is the background to the village and island name, which has developed and …

Lockdown on Holy Isle

Lockdown on Holy Isle – by Niamh Margaret Dillon Niamh is a parishioner of St Augustine’s Church, Milton, and has spent lockdown on Holy Isle during her gap year. Niamh will soon go to study law at Edinburgh University. First published here. The featured images shows volunteers on a pilgrimage (pre-Lockdown) to St Molaise’ cave …

Protection

By Alison Page, first published in the Lamlash Church Newsletter, Spring 2020. It’s Thursday at 8pm. I’m standing clapping in recognition of the NHS, the care workers and all of those putting their own lives at risk during this pandemic when I spot the Trident submarine lurking in the waters around Holy Isle. It sends …

LifeLines

LifeLines – Writing to Prisoners on Death Row By Alice Maxwell In the late 1980s the BBC screened a documentary called “Fourteen Days in May” which followed the last fourteen days of the life of Edward Earl Johnson before he was executed in a Mississippi prison. Amongst the horrified audience was one Jan Ariens, who …

Wanted – sub spotters on Arran!

By Peter Burt, Nukewatch UK. Featured images shows an Astute class Trident submarine. Sinister, familiar, menacing, mysterious, commonplace … whatever you may think of them, submarines are visitors in the seas around Arran on a regular basis. The Royal Navy’s submarines pass the island on their way out to the deeper waters of the North Channel …