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February issue 2020

Dervaig Village Hall Cannon

The Cannon that now sits outside our Village Hall in Dervaig has an interesting and mysterious history and much depends on who you speak to as to the truth of the matter and this is perhaps how it should be.
Whatever, our thanks go to its restoration in the community to Neil MacLean who recently rediscovered its whereabouts and has been instrumental in reinstating it to its former glory. Also to Matthew Reade and Andy Fellows who did much of the work.
In Anne Mackenzie’s book 'Island Voices : Traditions of North Mull' she has done research from former residents of Dervaig who would undoubtedly have remembered its use.
Seemingly there was a tradition of men firing shots as the wedding party left the church or the Village Hall... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Elaine Wilkinson

Tide Lines

On a recent outing to Mull, the Round & About kindly invited me to write a piece about Tide Lines. As it turns out, writing about yourself (or, in this case, your band) is a particularly difficult thing to do! If ever there is a time to attempt it, however, it is probably now. Our second album is on the horizon (due out in the Spring) and we will soon be embarking on our first full Danish tour quickly followed by our biggest Scottish tour yet in terms of venue sizes throughout May and June. Although we can’t get everywhere, we have tried to cover a large area of the country and the tour will take us from as far North as Orkney to as far South as Ayr; and as far West as Dunoon to as far East as Aberdeen.... more in the full issue

Photo: The Tide Lines line-up - left to right: Ross Wilson, Gus Munro, Robert Robertson, Ali Turner

Ulva House Progress

Secure future for Ulva House a step closer
Plans by the North West Mull Community Woodland Company to refurbish Ulva House, the Grade B estate house on the community owned island of Ulva, received a critical boost with the announcement of two key funding awards: £812,682 from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF), and £212,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project, Stòras Ulbha, is part of a new £5 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by Scottish Natural Heritage and is part funded through the European Development Fund (ERDF).
The renovated building will house a heritage centre telling the story of Ulva’s people and will also contain an annexe providing self-catering accommodation. We are now looking to appoint a project manager with work starting on the refurbishment towards the end of 2020 and the new centre open to the public in the summer of 2021 ... more in the full issue