Eilean Eisdeal: the Easdale Island Community Development Group
Eilean Eisdeal News
quick jump to island events
World Stone Skimming Championships was once again a huge success despite the terrible weather and Easdale Island Folk Museum had its best day ever as visitors sought shelter from the rain.
The directors are delighted to welcome 3 new directors to the board. Jess Hill, Michelle MacFadyen and Linzi Ferguson were co-opted in October.
Tony Hill has agreed to help with the general upkeep of the harbour.
Atlantic Adventure Day 2015 will be held on Saturday 8th August.
Easdale Museum Festival.
Sunday 3rd to Thursday 7th Aug from 11am to 4pm.
Featuring fun, history, song, exhibition of traditional skills with a chance to try them for yourselves.
For 5 days Easdale Island Folk Museum is enabling the island's history to come alive through story telling and guided walks. An exhibition of the slate industry is being shown in Easdale Island Hall with a variety of child-friendly events daily.
Community Harbour Group
A community harbour group is in the process of being set up. If you would like to be a part of this please contact .
Coastal Communities Fund
An application has been entered to the Coastal Communities Fund and we await the outcome. If successful this will be used to improve infrastructure and facilities in the Rush 'n' Gush and harbour.
Atlantic Adventure Day
This years Atlantic Adventure Day is on Saturday 2 August. Time for more water madness with the usual sponsored swim, raft races & duck race. There will also be a BBQ, pet show and after party disco in the hall. For more info please see our Atlantic Adventure Day page
The current directors are delighted that Ghalia Asaid has agreed to be co-opted to the board of Eilean Eisdeal.
Historic Scotland Meeting follow-up
Following the community consultation meeting with Historic Scotland on Saturday 15th March Eilean Eisdeal remains concerned at the proposal to schedule ‘the monument known as Easdale Slate Quarries’.
We are struggling to see what scheduling actually brings to Easdale either in terms of positive benefit or negative (and protective) restrictions on works. That is not to say that Eilean Eisdeal is necessarily negative about the prospect scheduling; just that it has not made up its mind. Eilean Eisdeal will be attending a further meeting with Historic Scotland and then consulting with the community before making a formal representation to the scheduling proposal.
Historic Scotland Community Meeting
Eilean Eisdeal invite you to a community meeting on Saturday 15th March in Easdale Island Community Hall. The meeting is about a proposal by Historic Scotland to schedule 'the monument known as Easdale Slate Quarries.'
The meeting will be addressed by Dr Miles Oglethorpe (Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Scotland) & Olwyn Owen (Head of Scheduling, Marine and Battlefields, Historic Scotland) and followed by a question and answer/discussion session.
We would urge anyone who has an interest in the future of the island to come along. If you are unable to attend please feel free to send any relevant questions to email@example.com and the directors will endeavour to raise these on your behalf.
Hot rolls, coffee and tea will be served from 10am. Meeting will begin 10.30am prompt. All welcome
Unfortunately Alex Macrae has resigned as a director. He has a future long term work commitment outwith Argyll which has meant he will lack the time to fully commit to the time needed as a Director of EE. He offered the following words "I do however fully support the hard work of the rest of the Directors and hope to help in any way I can in the future, time permitting".
The directors would like to thank Alex for his contribution to the charity throughout the last year.
The Easdale Burns Supper is on Saturday 1st February at 7.45pm. Tickets to the event this year cost £12 for adults, £6 if you are 12 - 16 and free for under 12s.
Booking is essential, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01852 300739.
Weather postpones panto
Despite terrible weather conditions and having to postpone the panto until the following day, it was still a great success and enjoyed by all. Snow White and the Four Dwarfmen of the Apocalypse raised £218 for community funds.
Electricity cable damage
The sub sea mains electrical cable was damaged causing complete power loss to the island on the 22nd December. Easdale community are grateful for the fast and efficient service by Scottish Hydro to provide a temporary generator before Christmas and thanks also to Argyll and Bute Council for their assistance.
It is our ferrymen Alan and Tom who went above and beyond the call of duty to keep the generator supplied with fuel over the festivities and in the last few weeks. Huge thanks to them for keeping the island running!
Damage to the bull
Stormy weather conditions have been relentless the last few months and caused further damage and erosion to the 'bull'. Our thanks go to Mike MacKenzie for giving up his time and taking action to repair this and also to Sea.fari Adventures (Oban) for donating the fuel for the machinery.
The 2013 Eilean Eisdeal AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 28th December in Easdale Island Community Hall.
Many will have noticed that the old Bin Shed roof has collapsed. Following heavy rain the roof partially collapsed around the 20th October. The building was made safe on 28th October by collapsing the rest of the roof. The council were informed and we are currently seeking guidance as the bin shed was used by the council as an overflow for rubbish when the bins were full or away getting emptied but it is unusable in its current state.
The directors would like to thank Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine, Barcaldine for his very generous donation of 4 new strops for the harbour pontoon.
Just two weeks after the biggest fundraising event of the year and we were gearing up for the biggest celebration of the year as two of our island friends tied the knot. It was an epic wedding party that will be talked about for many years to come and we would like to wish Wee and Voirrey much happiness in their future together.
World Stone Skimming Championships
The World Stone Skimming Championships 2013 brought around 900 visitors to Easdale on a beautiful sunny September day. 350 competitors took part and after a nail biting final Dougie Isaacs secured his 5th world championship since the competition began. Local lad Allan Laycock came 2nd and picked up the ‘Bertie’ for longest island throw.
The pre-skim dance on the Saturday night was a blast with live music from Kava Kava and got everyone revved up for the main event the next day.
The whole weekend was a huge success raising just over £8000 for community projects. The event would not be possible without the enormous volunteer support that we receive and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped.
World Stone Skimming Championships
The World Stone Skimming Championships will be held on Sunday 29th September with the pre-skim dance on the Saturday night featuring live music from Kava Kava. Plans are well underway for this years event with new exciting merchandise in a range of new colours and another great logo and slogan designed by a very talented couple of kids from Easdale Primary School.
Following another fee demand from the island owner we are pleased to announce the Press and Journal newspaper will once again be stepping in to pay the £1000. The organisers are looking forward to another fantastic day of skimming and hope to see you there! Check out the website for more details www.stoneskimming.com.
Atlantic Adventure Day
Atlantic Adventure Day was a great success raising just over £1200. Great fun was had by all who took part on the day and special thanks go to Sea.fari Adventures (Oban) for donating an hour of fast round-Easdale island boat trips, the Seil Skiff Rowing Team and of course all the volunteers and helpers who make these fundraising days possible.
The evening entertainment was provided free of charge by DJ MC (aka Mike Cafferty) allowing us to raise more funds. Thanks to Wee for setting this up and keeping the volume levels under control! All in all a fantastic community event!
Atlantic Adventure Day soon
Atlantic Adventure Day is on Saturday 10th August - a fun day for all the family. Featuring raft races, pet show, sponsored swim across the Atlantic, rowing, BBQ and much more!
Hall’s 10th birthday success
The hall’s 10th birthday weekend in May was a resounding success and celebrated in typical Easdale tradition i.e lots of partying! Mudslide and Shooglenifty played to enthusiastic crowds on the Friday and Saturday nights followed by a disco with DJ MC. Saturdays day celebration featured speakers, photo montages, cake, buffet and fizz and allowed those gathered to reflect what the hall has achieved during 10 years.
Folk Museum is busy
The island’s folk museum has had the busiest footfall since 2010 despite a general drop in visitor numbers throughout Argyll. Entry is now free with a suggested donation and this seems to have helped bring more people through the door.
Eilean Eisdeal Community Planning Survey
As part of a survey currently underway we will be having an informal drop in discussion on Saturday 13th April 10.30 am - 12.30pm at Easdale Island Hall. We'd like to hear your views on what should happen at the Rush and Gush on the island. This will help us respond to the request from the council for a planning application on this land to formalise its use as storage.
Representatives from Eilean Eisdeal and Suzanne McIntosh Planning will be on hand to talk with you and listen to your views. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you can't make it, please contact us for an informal discussion by email on email@example.com
Harbour mooring spaces
Easdale Island harbour offers mooring facilities for small leisure craft which creates a revenue stream for the charity. We currently have mooring spaces available for 2013. Please contact the harbour master for rates and more information email:
A successful funding application to Creative Scotland has ensured there will be another exciting arts programme for Easdale Island Community Hall throughout 2013. Our dedicated hall website will be updated as details of confirmed gigs emerge and sign up to the mailing list to receive the latest news www.easdaleislandhall.org
The hall's 10th Birthday celebration plans are well underway with artists confirmed to play on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May. More news on this very soon. It will certainly be a weekend to remember!
Easdale Island Panto
The annual Easdale Island panto took place on Thursday 3rd January and "Easdale Very Amateur Dramatics" entertained as always an extremely enthusiastic audience in the island’s community hall. The Panto chosen to kick start 2013 was Peter "Gok Wan" Pan and in typical Easdale tradition was performed with a fair amount of cast improvisation along with local jokes and lots of audience participation. Entry is always free to the one off performance however donations to escape the mayhem are always welcomed and the appreciative audience raised £272 for Eilean Eisdeal.
For ticket sales see the hall website
8.00pm 22 November 2014
3.00pm 3 April 2015
8 August 2015
And finally, the weather...
Easdale is a small island in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, 16 miles south of Oban. 'Eilean Eisdeal', the Easdale Island Community Development Group, is a charitable organisation run by residents and friends of the island to carry out projects on the island of benefit to the community and with the long term aim of regeneration and sustainability for the island.
Eilean Eisdeal was set up in 1997. Its first major project, the renovation of a unique slate built hall on the island for use as an arts and community centre, was completed in May 2003. In 2005 funding was secured for the purchase of the island’s historic harbour and an adjacent area of land for community development. The regeneration and repair of the harbour continues to be an ongoing project.
Easdale Island Community Hall
Easdale Island Community Hall is host to the highly successful Eilean Eisdeal Arts Programme and other community activities and is also available for functions such as weddings and conferences. Details of Arts Programme events, the hall and its facilities, and how to go about booking the hall, are now available in our dedicated hall website at www.easdaleislandhall.org.
Easdale Island Folk Museum
The award winning Easdale Island Folk Museum was purchased by Eilean Eisdeal in 2008. Now under community ownership it offers employment and volunteer opportunities to the islanders. Please see our Museum website for more information.
Eilean Eisdeal would not be able to survive without your support. Any assistance you can offer, either in terms of ideas or your time, or by way of financial donation or membership, will be of invaluable help in furthering the preservation and future viability of this unique island.
If you have never been to Easdale Island, we hope you'll visit soon! Please see our accommodation page for somewhere to stay.