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June issue 2018

Mull Drama Festival 2018

The Mull Drama festival took place in March with a fantastic night of drama from 3 teams and a sketch from Barbara Weir and Elizabeth MacIver. Bunessan Primary took to the stage with a fantastic ensemble piece, Sleeping Beauty Forever. The play went on to win the costume quaich and best young male performer was handed to “The Hairy Bikers”.
Lochdonhead Primary presented a double-hander in “Sisters” and went on to win best primary play and the two female performers shared the best young female cup. The only adult entry, the Tobermory Players, took a change of direction with their play “Best Friends”, a comedy with twist. Their set was a living room and went on to win the prize for best stage presentation.... more in the full issue

Photo: Karen Durie and Ryan Lowe took part in the Tobermory Players' contribution.
Photo © AJ MacLeod

The World’s Most Sociable Sevens

Started in 1985, the Isle of Mull Sevens Tournament brings together rugby clubs from all over the rugby world. In 1992 the Mull Sevens made rugby history by running a dual tournament for both ladies and men. This was the first of its kind anywhere in the world! Over the years teams from as far away as the USA have made the long journey to Mull to take part in this famous tournament.
The day starts with the Mull and Iona Tag Rugby finals. This is a wonderful event that brings a smile to the face everyone watching. Primary Schools from all over the Island compete for four trophies. This year winners of the Golden Ball were Salen, the Garmony Quaich was Bunessan, the Scarlett Cup went to Salen and finally the McGochans Fair Play Cup was also won by Salen. A new award was introduced this season for the most outstanding player in both Tag Rugby and Mini Rugby and this was won by Gemma Cameron from Bunessan. Congratulations to all these young, up and coming stars. At this point we must mention an action of great community spirit. Due to unforeseen circumstances the Tag Rugby medals were stuck in Oban. On hearing this Keith Robbie of MBS, who was already on the ferry, traveled straight back to Oban and removed the prospect of some very disappointed youngsters... more in the full issue

Ulva Buy Out Agreed

Negotiations have been successfully concluded for the purchase of Ulva Estate on behalf of the community of the island and neighbouring North West Mull. Binding contracts were concluded on 11th May and ownership will transfer on 21st June.
The bid to buy Ulva was launched around a year ago when the present owner, Mr. Jamie Howard, decided to put the estate on the market. After a long and complex process, a Community Right to Buy was granted over the bulk of the estate at a price set by an independent valuation ordered by the Scottish Government. However, in order to purchase the entire estate; lock, stock and barrel, negotiations have continued to the point reached today when we can announce final agreement between the parties... more in the full issue