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May issue 2019

Mull Drama Festival

The 60th running of the Mull Drama Festival took place at the end of March over two nights. 5 plays entertained packed audiences at the Aros Hall. Katharine Elwis provided insightful adjudication and Cameron Fletcher, who appeared in the first festival, chaired proceedings on the Thursday night. Friday night was chaired by Jeannie MacColl, a long standing supporter of the festival. Committee chair Elizabeth MacIver presented flowers to Jeannie in acknowledgment of her support over the years... more in the full issue

Photo by Eugenie Thomasson

Ferry Committee – Users’ Survey

Through February and March Mull & Iona Ferry Committee (MIFC) ran our first Users’ Survey. Thanks to everyone who responded – all 834 of you! It was a really worthwhile exercise, one that we are sure to repeat. Getting such a broad response helps to guide our campaigning, so that we can be sure we are representing you as fairly as possible. It also strengthens our position when it comes to making arguments for change – we can demonstrate that we have undertaken sound and credible consultation to back it up.
Although 57% of you said you were either satisfied or very satisfied with CalMac performance in general, it was clear that there are some significant areas of concern; and that your level of satisfaction with each of our four individual routes is very different. The Oban – Craignure route fares very badly, both in terms of general satisfaction and suitability of the timetable. The main reason for dissatisfaction is clear – reliability. 82% of you think that services have got less reliable in recent years and time and again the state of Craignure Pier and frequent cancellations came up in your comments... more in the full issue

Fionnphort – Creich Hall Path

We’re delighted to announce that a new path for walking, cycling and wheeling is to be constructed between Fionnphort and Creich Hall.
The project has been spearheaded by a stubbornly determined group of local volunteers from in and around Fionnphort, with strong support from Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT), Argyll and Bute Council and Sustrans. The idea behind the path is not new; it has long been spoken about and would not be happening now if it had not been identified as one of the priorities in the Community Development Plan produced by Morven Gibson and the Ross of Mull and Iona Development Steering Group after extensive community consultations back in 2011 ... more in the full issue

Mòd Club celebrates Sweet 16!

Comunn Gàidhealach Mhuile (Mull Mòd Club) is turning sixteen this year and the committee decided to celebrate with a Sweet 16 party.
On Saturday 6th April, past and present members were invited to attend a workshop with Alasdair Whyte & Robert Robertson to work on pieces for performing at the evening celebration in Salen Hall.
Alexander Anderson started off the evening with a selection on the pipes and Alasdair & Robert were joined by fiddler Sarah-Jayne Shankland in the band. The dance floor was full from the outset and many of the young people performed throughout the evening. A highlight in the performances was the singing of a new composition by Alasdair Whyte – Muile nam buadh (Mull of virtues). This new piece was very appropriate for the occasion as the lyrics encourage the ‘new generation to rise up and be influential for Mull. Speak out in the language of our ancestors, the language of the future’ ... more in the full issue