District News, November 13 2020

Pupils Brogan Bannatyne and Mark Dennis, owners of the champion and reserve champion pets, with school staff, left, and Ross Fennell, manager at the Scottish Salmon Company's Gigha site, right.

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Topical cupcake treat for surgery student

Carradale Surgery has said goodbye to Eilidh Seaton, its Aberdeen University fifth year placement student.

To mark the occasion, staff arranged a surprise delivery of Drumfearne Tearoom cupcakes with a special 2020 medical theme.

The university and students highly value these seven-week placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice.

A Carradale Surgery spokesperson said: ‘A big thank you to all the patients who assisted with Eilidh’s placement via telephone, video or face-to-face consultations.’


Eilidh Seaton received a surprise delivery of medical-themed cupcakes to mark the end of her placement. NO_c46carradalestudent01


Pony picks up top prize in school pet show

After months of planning and preparation by pupils, Gigha Primary School has held its very first pet show.

Under socially distanced arrangements, pupils brought their pets into the outdoor classroom on Wednesday October 28 to show the rest of the class.

Each pet was judged by retired British Army soldier Alistair McNeil, who served as an experienced and decorated dog handler and trainer with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Pets entered into the show included dogs, ponies, a cat, a hamster and even a sheep!

Prizes were awarded for the best behaved pet, the best turned out and best presentation and were sponsored by the Gigha Hotel, Gigha Craft Unit and Gigha Trading Limited after written requests of support from the pupils.

The final class of best in show was sponsored by the Scottish Salmon Company with Brogan Bannatyne and her Shetland pony Gizmo winning the class.

The reserve champion was awarded to Mark Dennis and his Cheviot cross sheep, Buster.

The pupils were extremely thankful for the level of support received for the pet show during such challenging times and hope it may become an annual event.

Head teacher Julie Wilson said: ‘At Gigha Primary School we are always looking for opportunities to listen to our children and give them a voice. The pet show was a good example of us listening to something that children have wanted to do for a long time and them using their skills to make this happen.

‘At this time, when connecting people has become a daily challenge, we are very thankful to our island partners and community members for the way in which they engaged with and financially supported this event to make it such an outstanding success.’


Pupils Brogan Bannatyne and Mark Dennis, owners of the champion and reserve champion pets, with school staff, left, and Ross Fennell, manager at the Scottish Salmon Company’s Gigha site, right. NO_c46gighapetshow01


Guest house owner wins tourism award

Islay businesswoman Emma Clark, proprietor of the Glenegedale House guesthouse between Bowmore and Port Ellen, has been named as one of the 2020 Top 100 Women In Tourism.

Following the inaugural Women in Tourism Top 100, which was launched in 2018, this year’s list recognises not just individual achievements over the last year, but the combined passion which has supported the sector throughout 2020.

Susan Russell, chair of Women In Tourism, said: ‘The Women in Tourism Top 100 2020 reflects the sector as a whole – from Shetland to the Scottish Borders and the Outer Hebrides to Fife, and while we recognise the challenges facing our industry, this announcement is an important moment to celebrate and thank everyone for all that they have done, and continue to do.’

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: ‘At a time when the tourism and hospitality industry is facing such challenges, it’s marvellous to have some good news like this.

‘My congratulations to Emma on this recognition of her hard work and commitment to tourism on Islay.’

Councillor Redman, an Islay resident and Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for business, regeneration and commercial development, added: ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of tourism and hospitality to the economy of Islay, and Argyll and Bute in general.

‘It’s really good to know that we have a home-grown winner of this important industry award here on our island.’