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October issue 2017

Mull & Iona Provincial Mòd

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of September, Tobermory once again hosted the Mull & Iona Provincial Mòd. With over 160 individual children competing in the solo, poetry and conversation competitions, as well as 10 children’s choirs and 13 school and preschool action songs, the Junior Mòd on Friday was one of the busiest we have had! Saturday brought the adult competitors, with over 30 soloists and nine choirs.
Despite a rather miserable weather forecast, Friday turned out to be a lot drier than anticipated, and the Main Street was filled with children rehearsing and rushing between competitions. The Action Songs in Aros Hall on Friday morning were, as always, hugely entertaining. Every school on Mull was represented, as well as Lochaline Primary School, who came over to Mull for the day to compete ... more in the full issue

Photo shows Tobermory P1&2 Action Song

Gometra Ceremony

By Moira Kerr
A Scottish widow who fled the Hebrides in search of a prosperous new life for her ten children has left a spectacular legacy to her adopted homeland. For the descendants of Catherine McDonald, who left the poverty-stricken Isle of Gometra and set sail from Liverpool 164 years ago went on to become pillars of the Australian workforce.
This came to light as the two remaining households on Gometra unveiled a memorial plaque to the family. ... more in the full issue

The plaque is unveiled by Roc Sandford and Rhoda Munro on Gometra.
Photo by Mia Slappnig.

Victory for Glen Iosal Campaign

Local MSP Michael Russell and local Councillor Mary Jean Devon have described the outcome of their meeting with Trust Housing and the Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership as a “victory for common sense and the local campaign”, after the two bodies agreed to major changes to the controversial plans announced three months ago. Mr Russell and Cllr Devon met Rhona McLeod of Trust Housing and Christina West of the Partnership in Edinburgh on Tuesday 29th August to discuss the Glen Iosal situation.
Commenting after the meeting, and after consulting local campaigners who were determined to have the proposal set aside, Cllr Devon said: “We were able to impress upon both bodies the absolute necessity of abandoning the proposals that had caused so much upset, both amongst residents and the community. After that it became clear that with a bit of imagination and creativity a solution could be found which used existing social care money to support the essential work of the warden and additional hours of caring support for the residents. However, it was also essential that the two bodies recognised the difficulties of getting care staff on Mull. That is why I insisted on a robust care plan and further consultation, in order to ensure everything is done properly and with the full confidence of those who rely upon this vital service"... more in the full issue