Santa comes to Arran

A review of the recent Music Arran concert, with pianist Santa Ignace. By Alice Maxwell. The Latvian pianist Santa Ignace presented a Music Arran audience with an extraordinary early Christmas present this month. Her virtuosic playing pinned us to our seats, leaving us speechless and lost in wonder. Santa is named after the Italian Saint, …

Martin Ross to perform The Storm Bride

Storyteller and playwright Martin Ross is performing The Storm Bride      a modern fairy tale for an endangered planet Wednesday 4th December at Whiting Bay Hall, 7pm. A fundraising event for Eco Savvy. There will also be music from Druma Daiko This show takes strong elements of Scottish fairy and folk tale, yet situates …

A poetic invitation to this year’s Christmas panto!

Come to the Panto if you can And meet the dashing Peter Pan, The scheming fairy Tinkerbell And the Darling family as well Come to the Panto if you dare As Captain Hook is there to scare With hook for hand He threatens all in Neverland Come to the Panto – do not miss Nana …

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund Now Open for Applications

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson, reports on a new fund for local communities that are experiencing increased numbers of visitors. Tourist sites in Scotland’s rural areas such as on the Isle of Arran can now apply for a share of £3 million of SNP Government funding aimed at helping tourist attractions and local communities deal with …

Dream Big film screening

Mel Nicholls – DREAM BIG FILM SCREENING & TALK Sunday 8th December 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 Arran High School This is the story of Handcycle Britain. Mel Nicholls’ return to Arran is in her words, “coming home to where I rediscovered my adventure, following a series of life-changing strokes”. Tickets are £5.50 and can be …

Christmas Corrie Film Club

On Sunday December 8th the Corrie film club will have a Christmas programme that begins at 7.00 pm with a showing of Dinner for One, followed by supper and then It’s a Wonderful Life. Dinner for One (Director Heinz Dunkhause, 1963. Germany. 18 mins Cert U) Traditional Christmas short comedy, served with mulled wine. An …

Film of James Robertson’s recent visit to Arran

For those who missed the recent James Robertson talk, organised by the Arran Saltire Society, here is the video – The Saltire society said about his visit, “Thanks to all who braved the pouring rain to attend a wonderful talk by James Robertson, who enthralled us all by insights into his writing processes and readings …

Marine News

Recent news from the east coast, sent in by John Kinsman, station manager at Coastwatch St. Monans, east Fife. Fishing Boat Fall Probe A fishing boat skipper who drowned in Aberdeenshire was not wearing a flotation device, a report has revealed. A major search was launched outside MacDuff Harbour after creel fisherman Tony Masson, 67, …

Poem for December

A Winter Morning By Gerry Cambridge (at aged 14, Ayrshire) Puddle ice cracked like lightbulb glass. Frost had furred the last of the hips and haws. My breath plumed out like a dragon’s In the cheering cold that morning the class Was off for the day as the heating had failed – Off for the …