September Newsletter



Our next Community Council meeting will be held on

Tuesday 2nd November @ 7.30 p.m McFarlan Hall

The meeting will be open to the public, subject to Covid regulations.


Work continues on the future of the Savings Bank Museum but there’s still much to do to ensure its future.  The Working Group and TSB continue to meet but we’ve now moved to the second stage of forming a Community Steering Group.  The Steering Group will be tasked with

  • Deciding the most appropriate structure for a new organisation to own and manage the museum, its contents, and guiding its future direction.
  • Preparing a business plan for the museum

We’ve had interest from a number of local people and we thank them for coming forward; the first meeting of the Steering Group will take place on Monday 27th September @ 7.00 p.m. in the McFarlan Hall. If you feel you’d like to join the group then please let Sue know on 870249 or e mail and we’ll send you a copy of the Agenda for the meeting.


The Calendars are now available for purchase. They’re £5 each and any money made from the sales will be donated to regular social groups within the parish to assist them after the long lockdown.

To buy a copy please contact Sue on 870 249 or email on If you’ve already placed an order we’ll be in touch shortly to arrange collection or delivery.

Thank you


We asked sometime ago if residents would prefer to receive their Newsletter via e mail; a good number of people responded and now receive their copy in this way.

This is just to ask again; if you’d prefer to receive your Newsletter by e mail please let me know and we can arrange this.

If you read it from the Community Facebook page, again let us know and we’ll not deliver a paper copy.

To get onto the circulation list via e mail just e mail Sue on


We’re sorry to inform everyone that the Evergreens Party has once again been cancelled for this year. 

The Community Council have had discussions regarding this event and we would be pleased to hear your view for its future.

We’re keen to know if you think the Party for the Over 60’s should continue; whether the money should go to a wider event to include all ages within the parish, or whether it should continue but in another format, (e.g. an Afternoon Tea, Coach Trip, etc.)

Please let any of your Community Councillors know your views or e mail or contact Sue on the phone number or email previously stated.


In the last issue we gave details of the recent publication by Rob Power; we have another author in our midst.

Kate Riley taught on the Isle of Canna in the 1980’s and has produced a book telling her story and that of teaching on the island. The book is titled

“Canna Schooldays – a century of teaching and learning on the Isle of Canna”


The hall has now re-opened and a number of our regular groups have re-started.   We’re also pleased to welcome a number of new groups; a Mother & Baby Group, Judo Classes, and a  Craft & Natter Group (see items further on)

Safety is our main concern and all groups have clear Covid instructions and track & trace measures.  We’ve registered with NHS Scotland and have a ‘Track & Trace’ QR code for the hall. Our final major improvement job – sanding & varnishing the Hall Floor and renewing the Badminton Court lines is scheduled for next year and we’re pleased to offer a Big Thank You to D&G’s Area Grant Committee who’ve allocated us a £500 grant towards this work.


This will be our first ‘Trial’ Coffee Morning.  To enable us to  minimise risk we’re planning to initially run with limited numbers, so please book by phone or e mail in advance to ensure we can maintain “social distancing”; initially we’re adopting a simplified format, just serving tea, coffee & biscuits.  However we hope to see as many of our ‘regulars’ back together – there’s a lot to catch up on.

To book please call Sue on 01387 870249 or e mail on  we look forward to seeing you all again.


This is another new venture and will meet in the hall on a Monday afternoon (1.30 – 4.00 p.m.) starting on the 4th October.

Why not come along for the whole afternoon or just pop in and see what’s going on. Everyone of any age and ability is welcome.

This is a social group to enable folk to meet up over a cup of tea, so please bring along any craft item you’re currently working on, or perhaps one of those items that’s been in the work box for ages. If you’d like further information please contact Ann Hornell on 01387 870277


We’ve another new group starting in the hall, Judo Classes run by Steve Smith.

These will be held on a Tuesday evening from 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at a cost of £2.00 per person. For further information please contact Steve on 07597171264  or