District News, January 1 2021

Clockwise from left: Pauline Simson, Libby Kerr, Denise Crawford, Linda Bryce, Maggie Young and Guste Macalister.
Clockwise from left: Pauline Simson, Libby Kerr, Denise Crawford, Linda Bryce, Maggie Young and Guste Macalister.

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Artists get creative in garden centre greenhouse

Chleit Art Group was able to meet in the weeks before Christmas thanks to the ‘great generosity’ of Zofia and Paul Sloan at Glenbarr Stores.

Not only did they allow the artists to meet in their greenhouse, outside their café and garden centre, but they added an extra table to allow them to physically distance.

Group member Pauline Simson told the Courier: ‘They put in an extra picnic table so that we could stay two metres apart and be in our groups of two. Now that the café is closing until April, we will continue to encourage each other by sending pictures of paintings that we are working on online.’

Members of the group, which, in normal circumstances, meets in Chleit Church Hall on Monday mornings, hope to be able to meet outside again when the warmer and drier weather returns.

Some of the group's latest artwork.
Some of the group’s latest artwork.



Familiar faces in school photograph?

A woman is appealing for information after finding an old school photograph while sorting through her late father’s belongings.

Anne Duff thinks the image, which was among her dad Ian MacDonald’s things, may have been taken at Glenbarr Primary School.

Although Anne’s mother, Ina Park, was born in Glenbarr and later lived in Clachan with Ian, the photo is not thought to contain any family members.

Ian, who died in 2013, was a renowned historian and genealogist which could be how the photograph ended up in his possession but his family wonders if anyone could put any names to the faces.

Do you recognise any faces in this school photograph?
Do you recognise any faces in this school photograph?



Concerns over island fly-tipping

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron and Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman have issued an appeal to people not to resort to fly-tipping.

The two elected representatives said there was growing concern about the problem, even in small island communities like Jura where it has been raised at meetings of the community council.

Mr Cameron said: ‘We all appreciate that the Covid restrictions may be causing some problems for people trying to dispose of bulky waste items but they absolutely must not resort to fly-tipping.

‘It is unsightly, potentially hazardous, and extremely unneighbourly.’

Councillor Redman added: ‘This is understandably causing a lot of upset locally. I am also concerned that our council waste disposal staff are being left with a growing problem to sort out. It’s not fair on them or on anyone else and it really needs to stop happening.’

These items were fly-tipped on Jura.
These items were fly-tipped on Jura.