Funding boost for Arran community radio station

Chair Mhairi-Aileen Smeir and Jerry Arthur accept a £400 cheque from the Co-op for Arran Sound.

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Volunteers from, Arran’s community radio, were out and about meeting listeners over the holiday weekend.

This was their first outing since the station was launched during the pandemic lockdown.

Initially the idea was to bring local news to the sight impaired and disabled community.

But it became apparent during lockdown that everyone in the community could enjoy this island resource. was delighted to accept a fantastic cheque for £400 from the Co-op’s Doug and Scott.

This joint donation from the Big and the Wee Brodick Co-ops is appreciated and will help make a big difference to many people in the  community.

The cheque is to help the station extend its plans to furnish some of the older members of the community with Echo Dots, including every residents’ room in Montrose House.

They will be fitted securely to the wall so that they can listen in safely to with all its programmes and familiar voices.

Arran Sound chair Mhairi-Aileen Smeir told the Banner: ‘This very welcome donation will help us greatly and all at want to thank Liz and Carol, our Co-op heroines for all their help and support.

‘The station began broadcasting just before Christmas as volunteers learnt to make, schedule and broadcast programmes, from home.

‘Amazing people, local and Arran lovers, came forward and supported the volunteers by submitting a wide variety of programmes.

‘Locally-produced music from the island’s archive has joined professionally produced weekly musical programmes.

‘Island amateur drama sits side by side with national radio productions; interviews with members of the Arran Community share time with book reviews from international authors.

‘Children’s programmes, factual information, community news and views, job slots, scam watch, ferry and road updates; we even have our own nationally-acclaimed playwright and story teller who writes and performs original work for

‘We are so grateful to every one of our volunteers, supporters and contributors for making the radio possible 24/7.

‘This Sunday also launched The Big Writing Competition.

‘For the last two months we have been serialising the funny books of the marvellous Barb Taub who, although stuck in lockdown in beautiful Venice, has been narrating them exclusively for us.

‘Barb is another great supporter of and she has agreed to judge our entries.

‘The competition is to write a short chapter, based on your holiday disasters, real or imagined, at home or abroad.

‘Along with judging the entries, Barb will narrate the winning story and the runners-up, for broadcast on

The winner and runners-up will each receive a copy of Barb’s hilarious book Life begins when the kids leave home and the dog dies.

‘The winner will be given the latest, fabulous Kindle Fire tablet, generously donated by Barb.

‘All details and information about the radio and how to enter our competitions, can be found on the website.

‘We are always looking for volunteers and programmes. If you can offer even just two hours a month or have some news or hobby that you would like to share with the island, please get in touch.

‘Thank you for listening, please keep supporting your local radio!’