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November issue 2018

Mull Rally Weekend

Mull Targa Rally
Bevan Blacker and Abi Ruddock (from Yorkshire) scored a clear cut victory on the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Targa Rally on Saturday 13th October, but it was close, just 40 seconds clear of a tie for second place. There was however some luck involved as Blacker had a bit of a ‘tank-slapper’ between the forest ditches in Test 12, out of 14 timed Tests in total, when his Peugeot got out of phase in the rain-drenched, wet and slippery conditions.
Initially it looked as though Andrew Johnson (Yorkshire) had taken second place in his 46 year old Lancia Fulvia, but when the Test Observer’s check sheets were handed in, a 10 second penalty for striking a cone marker on the first test of the day was added to his total. He also lost precious seconds with a misfire after a watersplash in Test 11, but he did win the overall Historic award.
... more in the full issue

Photo: John MacCrone’s partner, Emma Denovan presents the prizes to Targa Rally winners Bevan Blacker and Abi Ruddock.

Royal National Mòd 2018

The 2018 Royal National Mòd in Dunoon was another very successful and enjoyable Mòd for the Muileachs.
At the beginning of the week, Mull was excellently represented by our young folk in piping, recitation, solo singing and choral competitions. The future of music and Gaelic singing is in the very safe hands of the island’s youngsters.
The adult competitions began on Wednesday and again members of the choir took part in solo, duet, quartet and choral competitions.
In the Kennedy Fraser Competition, in which the competitors are accompanied on the piano, Donna Dugdale won first prize and Carol MacLean was second. Donna was also third in the Skye and Sutherland Competition. Lyle Kennedy won the Oban Times Gold Medal.
Coisir Ghaidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich achieved a considerable amount of success in its competitions ... more in the full issue

Coisir Ghaidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich (Mull Gaelic Choir) - Photo © Graham Hood Photography

Winter of Discontent?

By Moira Kerr
A winter of discontent is looming on Mull amid fears that the new ferry timetable is so restrictive it will force families and businesses to move away.
In summer Mull is a modern commuter island, bustling with tourists, as two ferries ply the waters, from early morning to evening, for the forty five minute crossing to and from Oban.
But the winter timetable, which started on October 22nd, means the 2,700 residents who rely on the ferry as an all year round lifeline service, will be transported back to a restricted service. With daily sailings slashed to as few as four, the route will be reduced to one ferry, which will make its last trip to Craignure at 4pm on three days of the working week.
Billy McClymont, Chairman of Mull Community Council, said: "Not to be able to get a ferry before 9am to Oban and to have to be back in the queue with your car at 3.30pm for the 4pm sailing - it's pre-historic. A lot of people have to go to Glasgow for health appointments and they have to stay away because they can't get a ferry back, there's the cost element and the problem of who is going to look after the kids." ... more in the full issue