Eilean Eisdeal: the Easdale Island Community Development Group
Eilean Eisdeal News
quick jump to island events
The Burns Supper will be in The Puffer on the 30th January - contact The Puffer on 300022 for tickets
This year's Panto - Jack and the Beanstalk - was an overwhelming success, raising over £400 for the community
Don Gillies was co-opted at the first meeting of Eilean Eisdeal directors after the AGM.
Keren stood down as chair and director at the AGM, after eight years. Eilean Eisdeal has benefitted enormously from her drive and vision, and will miss her sorely. The new office bearers are: Jan Fraser - chair, Jess Hill - secretary and Duncan Smallman remains treasurer.
This year's Annual General Meeting of Eilean Eisdeal is on Tuesday 29th December at 2pm in Easdale Island community Hall
Great weather this year and all in all the event ran seamlessly raising £7700 for community funds.
The Stone Skimming committee were delighted to see many new volunteers come forward to help on the day. They also managed to secure a sponsor for the quarry fee levied by Jonathan Feigenbaum.
Once again Forteith Foodservice in Oban donated a wealth of stock for the pre skim dance and the event itself for which we are very grateful.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, helpers, competitors and spectators for making the event another success.
Atlantic Adventure day
Another successful fundraiser with slightly better weather than last year although it was still very windy which meant a very fast paced raft race down the harbour for competitors.
The ducks caused mayhem as they were blown off course and into the pontoons. Ferrymen were collecting them for weeks after the event. The swim over the sound was challenging with high tides and a large swell which was breaking over the swimmers heads.
Seafari trips round the island were eventful and most people got a good old fashioned soaking. The event raised £1000 for community funds.
Easdale Museum Festival.
Sat 25th to Sun 26th July from 11am to 4pm.
Easdale Island Folk Museum is celebrating its 35th year. Held in Easdale Island Community Hall over two days, this year's Folk Museum Festival features: "How They Lived"; interactive wheat-weaving and children's embroidery; story telling; children's design competition; face painting; craft stalls and home baking.
Community Hall Attic
A hall attic clear out was the next area to be tackled by members of the community. We were able to create a lot more space getting rid of many unwanted items and even raising £400 by selling a commercial grill that had been in the loft since the hall was built!
Rush and Gush clear up
Community Clean Up of the area of land known as "The Rush and Gush" was a great success and has satisfied the demands from the Council for the area to be cleared up.
A fantastic cast and crew performed A’ladd’in Easdale on Sat 3rd January and raised £426 for community funds.
The current directors are delighted to welcome Jess Hill, Linzi Ferguson and Michelle MacFadyen onto the board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
For more info and ticket sales see the hall website
2 January 2016
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.