Lockdown on Holy Isle

Lockdown on Holy Isle – by Niamh Margaret Dillon Niamh is a parishioner of St Augustine’s Church, Milton, and has spent lockdown on Holy Isle during her gap year. Niamh will soon go to study law at Edinburgh University. First published here. The featured images shows volunteers on a pilgrimage (pre-Lockdown) to St Molaise’ cave …

Protection

By Alison Page, first published in the Lamlash Church Newsletter, Spring 2020. It’s Thursday at 8pm. I’m standing clapping in recognition of the NHS, the care workers and all of those putting their own lives at risk during this pandemic when I spot the Trident submarine lurking in the waters around Holy Isle. It sends …

Arran Community Land Initiative’s response to the virus

In this update from ACLI we hear about what the Land Initiative’s response to the virus has been –  In common with everyone else, the Land Initiative had to radically alter its plans for the year as a result of the Covid 19 virus. We quickly decided to increase our production of fruit and vegetables …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …

The Committee on Climate Change’s progress report

On 25th June the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) delivered it’s progress report to the Government. Each year it reports to Parliament, assessing progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year. The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Their purpose is to advise the …

Arran’s MP calls for Island furlough to be extended

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has urged the UK Government to prolong furlough for island businesses as we work to ease lockdown restrictions and rebuild our island economies. Mrs Gibson made her call in a parliamentary petition to the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 June highlighting the precarious position islands are in as a result …

A portrait of Life in Lockdown on Mull, Iona, Ulva and Gometra

Islands in Film A Portrait of Life in Lockdown on Mull, Iona, Ulva & Gometra Islands in Film uses footage from 75 people on Mull, Iona, Ulva, and Gometra to document life under lockdown the during week of 18th to 24th of May. It offers a moment of connection so we know we’re not alone, …

The Future of Brodick Castle

Written by Kenneth Gibson, MSP On 11 May, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the country’s largest and oldest conservation charity, announced a series of emergency actions designed to ensure its survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unfortunately, this announcement included placing 429 staff from its permanent workforce of 751 at risk of …

All dressed up and nowhere to go, Arran

Earlier last month the BBC ran a photo story – All dressed up and nowhere to go – by photographer Robin Sinha, who came up with the idea to take pictures of people who were missing some special and social occasions due to lockdown, or who maybe just felt inspired to change their tracksuits for …

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 …