Good luck to all our Craignish Primary and Senior school students who are competing in the Mid Argyll Music Festival this week. What a talented bunch you are, you make us proud every year!
Its been thrilling to see more and more otters racing around our Peninsula but they have absolutely no road sense what so ever, so please drive carefully. Three baby otters with their mum have been seen at Dunvullig Bay, up near the cemetery. And an otter has also been spotted racing past the school!
Last year the Lord of the Isles was a finalist...how amazing would it be this year if they could take an award back to Craobh Haven! The awards they are going for are:
Best Independent Bar
Best Gastro Pub
If you've ever visited please show your support and vote at: http://entertainmentawards.co.uk/vote-now/
It would mean the world to them, thank you very much.
Thanks to everyone who gave so generously at the Car Wash & Cafe fundraiser on Sunday. The children raised more than expected and are very excited about their upcoming trip to Benmore. Isn't it weird seeing all these shiny, clean cars in Ardfern?!
If you're in Ardfern on Sunday then you're in luck because Craignish Primary 6 & 7 children will be working very hard cleaning all and any vehicles that come their way at Ardfern Fire Station. And all in aid of their week long residential at Benmoor Outdoor Education Centre in June this year. Soup, rolls and cakes will be served at Craignish Primary School while you wait AND they are raffling off 2 hampers full of amazing prizes too.
Please come along to Ardfern Fire Station and Craignish Primary School and support the children and keep fingers crossed for sunshine!
We are immensely proud of our Ardfern Runners who ran a half marathon (for the first time!) in Glasgow on Sunday 1st October to raise funds for 3 charities - two of which were founded and are run by locals. Over £1500 has been raised (so far! we're still counting) for Feedback Madagascar, DARE Foundation and MIND UK. Well done guys!
This Sunday, 14th May starting 11am in Craobh Village near end of causeway we will be doing our second beach clean of the year. Soup and sandwiches for hungry volunteers kindly provided by Lord of the Isles at around 1pm. All volunteers very welcome (bring a wheel barrow if you have one to help clear the causeway). Gloves available and bags provided. This great community effort helps raise funds for our primary school. Any queries to Elaine Purdy-hope to see you there!
Photos from previous beach cleans in Craignish. The last photo was taken at Kintraw beach at the head of Loch Craignish on the 23rd May. The children are flying beachclean sarongs with the message SAY NO TO A PLASTIC SEA! an initiative by local artist and designer Hannah Tofts who is fighting against marine pollution: www.letsgotothebeach.org
In collaboration with Craignish Primary School, Craignish Village Hall we have submitted a project called Fuaimean Craignish (Sounds of Craignish) to an Argyll & Bute Particapatory budget scheme to promote Gaelic language and culture.
Their idea is to kick off with a summer feis in Ardfern to support the rich Gaelic culture that is such a vital part of this place but is so threatened. They hope to set up a series of workshops about Gaelic story telling, language, history, music, drama, and more with regular coffee and craic sessions at the hall to keep the momentum going.
They aim to be as inclusive as possible, with plenty for all, young and old, in Craignish and throughout mid-Argyll! To receive funding they need as many people as possible to vote for their project. You can do so via this link: www.abpb.co.uk. If you have any questions or would like any more info please get in touch.
The congregation at Craignish Parish Church on 9 April 2017 remembered that 100 years ago on that day the Battle of Arras began. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War with some 159,000 allied troops losing their lives and a daily casualty rate of more than 4,000. Among those killed were two local men, Peter MacGilp from Craignish who died on 16th May 1917 aged 21. He has no grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial and on the family stone at Kilvaree. And Duncan Campbell from the Isle of Shuna, who died on 23rd April 1917 aged 20 and is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. Both Peter and Duncan were serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 44 of the 120 battalions on the British frontline were Scottish. Church of Scotland Moderator Russell Barr led the centenary commemoration service at the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras. The prayer he used on this occasion was included in the prayers at Craignish Parish Church.
Arras 100 Prayer
God of time and eternity
speak to us in the silence of our remembrance
of Your promise of a new heaven and a new earth.
Weaving together past sorrow and future hope
help us be mindful of the debt we owe others
and of the opportunities which lie ahead
As we recall the terrible cost of war
in particular the price paid at Arras
by those who served here
let us also recall Your command to love our enemy
and care for our neighbour.
Renew our faith in Your unchanging purpose of love
and embrace us and all for whom we pray
in that peace which passes all understanding
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Our small but utterly amazing boat club has won Club of the Year at the Scottish Canoe Association´s Awards ceremony this weekend!
And this is why:
In 2010, Craignish Boat Club became homeless and it was unclear whether they would survive. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, they managed to secure a new site which they moved to in 2014, after 3 years of uncertainty. Since securing the new site, the club has gone from strength to strength, and through forging links with local schools it is now seen as a pillar in the community. Every child in the local school from P3 upwards has attended at least one of the activities (sailing or paddling) for at least one season. They now have 60 kayaking members and with three Level 1 coaches and 7 assistants, they are building on their bank of coaches, providing ongoing training and support to help them progress. Achieving all of this in such a relatively short period of time is a fantastic achievement, which is why Craignish are recognised as Club of the Year 2016.