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Saturday June 27, 1998

Cash for halls

The committees of Whiting Bay and Corrie & Sannox village halls were celebrating this week after receiving awards of £75,000 and £100,000 from the 21st Century Halls for Scotland scheme.

The scheme, operated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has £7m of Lottery money to distribute to privately run halls in rural Scotland, 45 of which have benefited from the scheme so far.

Whiting Bay’s pursuit of an award has lasted 18 months. Work, due to close the hall from October until Easter, will involve relocating the hall’s main entrance, upgrading the toilets and kitchen, creating a new fire escape and installing new heating, wiring and lighting.

Corrie & Sannox hall will have a new extension, partly to house the doctor’s surgery, and will also have a new entrance and refurbishment of the fabric of the building.

Clansman calling

Visiting Brodick Pier this Tuesday was an unfamiliar ship with a very familiar name. The Clansman, CalMac’s newest vessel berthed at Brodick on Tuesday afternoon.

At 99 metres, five metres longer than MV Caledonian Isles, she is the company’s largest ship and has entered the Clyde for the first time having just left the shipbuilders in Devon. She has not yet come into service and still has several trials to complete before transferring to Oban to service the Coll, Tiree and Lochboisdale run. When the usual Arran ferry is away on refit it is now expected that the Clansman will be the relief ferry and that is why she was checking the Brodick linkspan to discover any problems at an early stage. The last Clansman ended service when the Isle of Arran came into service in 1984 and she was last heard of somewhere in the Red Sea.

Direct line

World Cup result between Scotland and Morocco (when  we used to qualify for major tournaments) has left more than a few people wondering, not least on the Shiskine School Board.

With a meeting scheduled for the same day too many members wanted to see the match to allow it to continue at the proper time. So it was rescheduled by chairman Neil Arthur and met early for members to get home in time to see the match on television.

But not before Neil had asked the Rev James Gracie if he had any inside knowledge about the score, perhaps from above.  ‘At the end of the meeting I asked jokingly, have you put up a prayer for the game James? And he said he had.’ Indeed the minister even went further and said he had knowledge of the final score and that it would be 3-0. Surprisingly the result was exactly as predicted – but it was Morocco who scored the three goals!


Arran High School’s production of The Boyfriend swung into action on Tuesday evening. Dressed for the 1920s, pupils expertly enacted the scene from madam Dubonet’s finishing school. 01_B27twe01

East meets west. The two Arran groups of Contact The Elderly, organised by Moira Brown and Jean Peacock, had a get-together last Sunday at Balmichael Visitor Centre. 01_B27twe02

Handing out cheques to worthy causes, outgoing Isle of Arran Rotary Club president Hamish Thomson and new president Jim Henderson presented the awards. Recipients were, l to r, Bill Scott, Lochranza hall project; Rev Elizabeth Watson, Whiting Bay millennium hall project, Alison Marr, Arran Highland Dancing Club; Susie Currie, Arran Ladies Hockey Club, Fiona Hamilton, Shiskine Playgroup. 01_B27twe03

Two-legged races were among the favourites and most popular events at the inter schools primary sports day held at Lamlash last Wednesday. 01_B27twe04

Potter Simon Thorburn presented regular Corrie golfers with a ceramic trophy in the shape of a Viking cup. The trophy adds to the Sunday morning fun games which sees the losers from the previous week having to wear a Viking helmet throughout the game. Pictured on Sunday are, l to r, Ricky MacDonald, Ray Green, Moira Logan, Simon Thorburn and Sandy Rankin. 01_B27twe05