The 11th Commando – Part 5

In the next part of Jim Henderson’s series, we hear about the 11th Commando’s first engagement at Litani after their period of training on Arran. The featured image shows the Qasmiye Bridge where the 11th Commando were sent. Part 5. The Litani River engagement and Rommel Raid Password ‘Arran’ The first active engagement by the …

Vote secures some key post-Brexit nature protections, but major gaps remain

The Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign reports here on the recent vote that took place at Holyrood on the EU Continuity Bill. As part of this Bill a new environment watchdog is being set up to safeguard vital environmental protections after the Brexit transition. In last month’s Voice for Arran we highlighted that a significant …

Bereavement leave must be enshrined in law

A report from Patricia Gibson MP, writing on 6th December 2020, concerning her work campaigning for bereavement leave. Last week, I was delighted to lead a Westminster debate highlighting the need for statutory paid bereavement leave for all workers who lose a close family member or partner. In recent years, I worked cross party to …

Arran’s West Coast Paintings

Some of Arran’s West Coast Paintings By Katy Penn, writing for the Arran Arts Heritage Trail website When I heard that the Arran Arts Heritage Trail project were looking for members of the local community to search out, celebrate and document the story of artists and crafts people who have lived and worked on the …

Arran’s String Orchestra Arco

Alice Maxwell, leader of Arran’s string orchestra Arco, reports on the group’s musical developments and the way it has evolved online during this year’s lockdown restrictions.  Arco is Arran’s very own string orchestra. The name was coined by the group’s founder, Veronica Halstead – Arco is an Italian musical term meaning “playing on the string”. …

News from the 2020 Scottish Portrait Awards

Towards the end of 2020 the winner of the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Awards https://www.scottishportraitawards.com/  was announced, and Trefor Goronwy from Arran was featured in the winning photograph by Robert Andrew MHEADHOIN TREFOR (SPA 2020) In deafening winds and tattered oilskins, a path-builder toils to repair an eroded summit route on Beinn Mheadhoin. This portrait …

Poem for January

Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus Since we met over that weak latté that you claimed was too strong and I indulged in one excellently crisp croissant of which you ate half without my permission in Spitalfields where Guatamalan coffee beans dress the shelves of Crispin’s where they do the best eggs and you can’t unhear City gents loudly …

Marine News

Sent in by John Kinsman, operations manager at Coastwatch St Monans Major Rescue A major rescue operation was launched in the Firth of Forth in the early hours of Thursday December 10th after a woman was spotted in the water. Emergency services including police, fire fighters, ambulance, lifeboats, coastguard and coastwatch were involved following reports …

Recipe for January

Sent in by Anne Kinsman Warm courgette and lime salad Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil Zest and juice of 1 lime 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tbsps roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus extra for serving 2 courgettes, about 325g (11oz) in total, cut into thin diagonal slices Salt and pepper Method: 1. Put …

And finally… A big thank you!

…To all our contributors over the past year who have sent in pieces, from scientific research and local history, to poems and essays, photos and recipes, and everything else in between, your work makes the Voice and is greatly appreciated. Without the contributions in all their diversity the Voice wouldn’t be possible so a great …