Informative discussion follows up screening of ‘Artifishal’

The view of a member of the audience A screening of the powerful film ‘ARTIFISHAL’ took place on Arran on July 9th, hosted by trustees and staff members from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). Described by promoters as an “illuminating 75-minute documentary film which explores the high costs – ecological, financial and cultural …

Tipping waste into our marine environment

Tipping waste into our marine environment – a report from Lamlash resident and marine scientist Sally Campbell The Isle of Arran Distillers was granted a licence to discharge up to 60,000 litres per day of mixed untreated distillery effluent over 2 x 3 hour periods each day into Kilbrannan Sound, transported to the outfall head …

Doom and Dharma

By Alistair McIntosh published in The Ecologist, 22nd July 2019 If we are to build a regenerative culture, ours is not to only jump at deadlines; we must cast out lifelines. I often feel challenged when asked to speak at climate change gatherings. Especially so, at events like the five-day Rebel Camp that Extinction Rebellion …

Arran’s MP challenges the government on parcel delivery charges

ARRAN’S MP INCREASES PRESSURE OVER RIP-OFF PARCEL DELIVERY CHARGES Arran’s MP and SNP Consumer Affairs spokesperson, Patricia Gibson, has challenged the UK Government to do more to stop Scottish shoppers being penalised by extra delivery surcharges. In a House of Commons debate last month, Mrs Gibson called on the UK Government – which has the …

News from the Eco Savvy Food Programme

Jess Wallace, sustainable food coordinator at Eco Savvy, updates us on the latest events to take place on the new Food Programme. It’s been an exciting start to the Eco Savvy Food Programme! A few weeks back we had our ‘Fermentation station’ workshop. This was a well attended evening where participants learnt the basics of …

Return to Tibet

Here Lamlash resident Alice Maxwell reports on her recent trip to Tibet, where she visited some of the organisations that the Tibetan Lama Akong Rinpoche, founder of the monastery Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire, set up in the Eastern region of the country. Trip to Tibet – July 2019 It is thirty years since I have …

A request for help with an Arran-Australia connection

Last month Lyn Beard from Australia contacted the Voice to help her investigate a family connection with Arran, and the Allison family of Brodick. Here is what she writes: I am researching a family connection to the Allison’s of Brodick. My father-in-law, Des Beard, died in Perth, Western Australia in 2012 and recently I was …

News from the Arran Community Land Initiative

Arran Community Land Initiative – The Friday Garden Party Earlier this year Arran Community Land Initiative benefited from a small amount of money to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of working in the natural environment. You may have seen the posters in various places around Arran and the recent advert in the Arran Banner. …

The 52 Stitched Stories Project Goes Global

The 52 Stitched Stories community arts project The project began life on the Isle of Arran at the beginning of 2019. The aim of the project is to make a postcard piece of creative work every week for a year. On the island this has been interpreted as a stitching project, although we use that …

A Poetry Date for your Diary

McLellan Poetry Competition – An evening with Sean O’Brien 30th August 2019 Arran Theatre and Arts Trust presents for the first time on Arran, poet Sean O’Brien, the judge of this year’s McLellan Poetry Competition. Music with Arran Dawn, Arran’s famous harp and whistle duo. Corrie and Sannox Hall, 7.30pm £12 / Children and young …