Information sought on the life of Allan Nicol of Whiting Bay

A member of The Orders and Medals Research Society (UK), Simon Muggleton, is currently researching the life and career of Allan Nicol, of Whiting Bay. Simon contacted the Voice to see if readers might have any information relating to Allan and which could assist Simon with his research. Simon bought Allan’s medals in auction recently …

So what happens next? Arran and the Pandemic

So What Happens Next? Arran and the Pandemic By Sally Campbell Arran residents, especially the parents of the diaspora of Arranites, especially of those younger generation, who are all around the world…Australia, New Zealand, China, America, Europe, are known for their travelling…nothing better than to head off after a busy season or in the depth …

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change the Earth’s trajectory

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory. Originally published in The Conversation, May 19, 2020 The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling …

Further action needed even as furlough extended

By Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Two months have now passed since the lockdown began and all our lives have been impacted by measures introduced to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and protect our vital NHS services. For almost everyone, this has caused huge disruption to our lives. We have been …

Easing the lockdown – a report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has set out the route map for easing Scotland out of the lockdown imposed to minimise deaths from COVID-19. These are difficult times and will continue to be so, but if we comply with rules as we ease out of lockdown, the sooner we can move to the next phase. …

McLellan Arts Festival postponed until 2021

A message from the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust: It is with great sadness that we at the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust have decided to postpone this year’s McLellan Arts Festival. We have been watching the developing situation closely and we have concluded that it would be both risky and irresponsible to hold a …

Poems from lockdown

This month we bring you the last of the poems we received during April and May, in an email exchange that coincided with the start of lockdown. The poems have kept coming over the past few weeks, and capture a lovely glimpse into people’s moments of reflection during this period. Some people have been inspired …

£75 million boost for Scottish universities

Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, reports on the £75 million  boost for Scottish universities announced by the Scottish government to help with their recovery after Covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on people, institutions and society. Scottish university income has been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly the loss of international student income, …

Arran MP Patricia Gibson reports on some of May’s political issues

North Ayrshire and Arran MP, Patricia Gibson, has been kept busy during the weeks of lockdown, and here reports on several issues on which she has continued to press the UK government:  UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO BACK CONSUMERS AMIDST TRAVEL INDUSTRY TURMOIL Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson, SNP spokesperson Consumer Affairs, has urged the UK Government, …

Photos from May

Here are some photos that have very kindly been shared with the Voice from our readers. Thanks, enjoy!