Macmillan Cancer Support visit to Arran

by Janet Baraclough On Friday August 31, Macmillan Cancer Support Information service bus arrived (via Lochranza) to spend the morning in Brodick, and parked in the Ormidale car park. It was open to anyone who needed more information about cancer and how it affects peoples lives. The onboard staff were Cancer Information and Support Specialists …

The Environment Secretary Comes to COAST

Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, visited COAST this week at Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre, the Octopus Centre. During the Scottish Cabinet’s visit to Arran on Monday 27th August, the Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, made a trip to Coast where she was welcomed by co-founder Howard Wood, and …

Messages for Peace

On Sunday 5th August, people gathered on Lamlash Green and also in Lamlash Church hall, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. There were several speakers on the day, including SNP MP Patricia Gibson, Janet Fenton of SCND and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and David McKenzie of Nukewatch. …

McLellan Festival Fiddle Workshop

On Thursday 6th September there will be a fiddle workshop at the High school at 2.00pm, with renowned fiddler Paul Anderson. If there are any fiddlers out there, this sounds like a workshop not to be missed! It is open to both young people at the High school and adults. Paul is one of the most …

National Chamber Music Day in Arran

September 15th is National Chamber Music Day, and Enterprise Music Scotland along with Music Arran and Coast, are running an ‘Eco music’ themed day in Lamlash. The organisers at Enterprise Music Scotland write: On the 15th of September, Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS) will host National Chamber Music Day 2018, the event which celebrates chamber music …

The Politics of Jam

by Sue Weaver Stirring the jam saucepan, I reflect how far I’ve come, full circle in fact, ending up exactly like my mother, stirring the jam saucepan. She left school at 14, worked through the war in the blitz, then like so many others, returned to hearth and home, a housewife, a mother, a jam …