Arran Banner letters – week 51

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Bird appreciation


It is just marvellous that we have Jim Cassels and supporters; giving us his first-class bird notes in the Arran Banner. His standard never varies throughout all the years he has been in charge. For Arran to have a bird recorder as skilled and knowledgeable as Jim is most fortunate indeed. He is as rare as a Siberian chiffchaff enjoying time at Clauchlands.

Reading his bird notes gives me pleasure, awareness and knowledge of the Isle of Arran, which I visit annually, and brings it nearer to me.

I am unable to properly write on Dr Cassels and all the work he and others do, regarding the production of bird notes, bird atlas, etc but to say thank you for all your skilled work.

Other people will be able to express their gratitude better than I can.


Edward Jackson,


Campaign thanks


It was a privilege to stand again as the Scottish Conservative & Unionist candidate for North Ayrshire & Arran at the General Election last Thursday.

The number of votes cast for me was higher than in 2017 and our solid performance proves we had a positive and engaging campaign. I am grateful to everyone who voted for me and I have enjoyed meeting and speaking to as many of you as possible. With the collapse of the Labour vote locally and nationally, it is clear that only the Scottish Conservatives can and will stand up for Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.

With a majority Conservative government now in place, I believe we will soon see the benefits of finally leaving the EU across every part of our family of nations. Our country has been on pause for too long. Now we can move forward together, hopeful that the divisions of the past will finally be allowed to heal.


David Rocks,

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran – 2019


What is a bunty?


At the recent Arran Society of Glasgow annual dinner, one of the speakers, an Arran-born lady gave an amusing talk, during which she referred to us mainlander home owners (a little disparagingly?) as ‘bunties’.

What would our great-uncle Willy, a Cromarty man, who wrote the Book of Arran, have made of that? We wonder what the origin of the term ‘bunty’ is.


John Fraser MacKenzie,

Save those stamps


Christmas and New Year is a time of giving and goodwill, but with a seemingly endless list of presents to buy and parties to attend, it isn’t always easy to find the spare cash to donate to a charitable cause.

This Christmas, you can help support sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) by collecting used stamps from the cards and parcels you’ll no doubt be receiving during the festive period and into the New Year.

Your stamps will be recycled and turned into vital funds that will help RNIB break down barriers that still exist in society for people living with sight loss. By donating your stamps, you will be supporting blind and partially sighted people and helping to tackle issues of isolation, inequality and unemployment head on.

To get involved and receive your pre-paid envelopes, visit or call 0303 123 9999. Then all you have to do is send your stamps using RNIB’s freepost envelopes, and they’ll take care of the rest. It really is that easy!

Show your support to RNIB this festive season, get collecting those stamps and help to create an equal society for people living with sight loss. Thank you.


Vanessa Feltz,

for RNIB Scotland.