Arran help for Ukraine

A few local residents have started a group called Arran for Ukraine   who are collecting things to send over to Poland and then to the border with Ukraine. An update from the organisers regarding donations – We are collecting items to be sent to Poland for the Ukrainian refugees. The items needed and drop …

Seed Swaps with the Pioneer Project

It’s the first day of spring and we are holding a Seed Swap today in Brodick! We’ll be at the Ormidale Pavilion today (1st March) and next Tuesday 8th March from 2pm to 4pm (tying in with Arran Eco Savvy’s weekly pop up hub), and at the Cordon Community garden tomorrow and next Wednesday 9th …

An interview with Cicely Gill

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, Alice Maxwell met inspirational Arran resident Cicely Gill, to talk about writing, gender and life on Arran. Cicely Gill is well known on Arran as a poet, writer and jeweller. She has also been a therapist, and is currently Chair of the board of trustees at COAST. …

Who will make the change?

By Sally Campbell. Featured image credit: Greenpeace. “We know first hand, the power of the people when we organise. None of us, nor can our children, nor can our grandchildren, escape the effects of the climate catastrophe. Let us join together with all who are affected deeply and move the dial towards peace.” Roshi Joan …

Earth Hour 2022

Switch off your lights for Earth Hour – 26th March 8.30pm, local time Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world show their support for our planet, raising awareness of nature loss and climate change – the two biggest threats facing our one home. Started by …

Nuclear fusion power plant: prototype in North Ayrshire?

By Cheryl Burgess.  Featured picture shows an image of a fusion reactor. Credit: The UK Atomic Energy Authority. There has been recent press coverage about a breakthrough by scientists working on the development of nuclear fusion, considered by some to potentially pave the way for the production of ‘virtually unlimited supplies of low-carbon, low-radiation energy’. …

Malvina’s Grave and Ossian’s Arran

A talk by Charles Currie given at the Arran Saltire Society’s meeting on 23rd February 2022, published in two parts in the Voice – Charles Currie, farmed Drumadoon Farm from 1972 until 1988, succeeding his Grandfather and Great grandfather, both James Currie. Featured image shows Malvina’s grave with Drumadoon beyond. Photo credit: Charles Currie. Over …

Arran Saltire Society March meeting

The next meeting of the Arran Saltire Society will be on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30 pm, at the Ormidale Pavillion, Brodick. The guest speaker will be Fiona Frank, talking about the life and work of her aunt, Hannah Frank, the famous Glasgow artist and sculptor. Read about her here Hannah Frank was born in Glasgow …

Robert de Brus 1st of Scotland part two

The Brus Confrontation with John III Comyn by Jim Henderson The law of tanistry permitted both Comyn and Robert to lay claim to the vacant throne of Scotland. On the 10th February 1306 a meeting was arranged between the two men in the grounds of Greyfriars church Dumfries that resulted in an argument contesting the …