Eilean Eisdeal: the Easdale Island Community Development Group
Eilean Eisdeal News
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 ĎBertieí 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!
Hallís 10th birthday success
The hallís 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 islandís 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 islandís 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.
We would like to remind members that the Eilean Eisdeal AGM will be held at 2pm on Friday 28th December in Easdale Island Community Hall.
World Stone Skimming Championships - update
The 2012 World Stone Skimming Championships was a huge success and raised £9,500. Record numbers of competitors and spectators flocked to the island to show their support for this event. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who help out and make the day run smoothly.
Fundraising has already started towards the hallís 10th birthday celebrations in May 2013. Proceeds from the pub Quiz on the 1st December got the ball rolling and a sponsored rowathon is planned during the holidaysÖdetails will follow very soon so watch this space!
World Stone Skimming Championships
This weekend we are looking forward to the busiest and most successful World Stone Skimming Championships ever on Sunday 23rd September. Registration from 11am. Skimming starts at noon.
10th Anniversary Party
Plans already underway for a 10th anniversary party to celbrate the opening of the Hall
New goal posts
New goal posts for kids of all ages - thanks to the generosity of Jonny Curley, Douglas's cousin, we now have genuine 7-a-side goal posts in the square
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.