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Islay and Jura

School pupils from Islay and Jura have been learning about the heroic actions of their fellow islanders during the First World War.

Pupil Aaron Clarke shows off his artwork.

Leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Great War reaching Islay and the remarkable events that followed, pupils from every primary school on Islay and Jura, as well as Islay High School, have been working on a joint project as part of the ‘WW100 Islay’ commemorations.

The pupils have been talking about the past, writing about artefacts, researching census records, creating art and poetry and taking themselves back in time by imagining and writing letters from soldiers at the time.

Visits to the Islay Museum and war memorials also helped the children to better understand the tragic impact of the war and the heroic actions of local people, all with the aim of educating and allowing them to reflect on the events and understand the reconciliation that has taken place since.

Jo Clark, a teacher at Port Ellen Primary School, said: ‘The children at all of the schools have worked very hard on this project, carrying out research and then using that information and their imaginations to create wonderful works of art.

‘We have been very fortunate to work with the local museum and the National Museum of Scotland and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander’s Museum.

‘Jenni Minto and Stuart Graham from the Islay Museum visited our school and gave a brilliant presentation on the sinking of the Otranto and Tuscania, which was invaluable for the pupils.’

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, policy lead for education, added: ‘With the overall theme of the WW100 commemorations being remembrance, reflection and reconciliation, it was important that we involved all of the young people on Islay and Jura and ensured that they understood the history of the war and how it reached far beyond the battlefields.

‘They have taken to this project with such enthusiasm and have produced some truly excellent work. Credit must go to the teachers and all of the museum staff and local people who helped bring this project to life and give the pupils a learning experience that they are unlikely to ever forget.’


Tarbert Fire Station will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open day on Saturday May 26 from 11am to 4pm.

Included in the festivities will be a vintage fire engine, chip pan demonstration, heart start demo and a firefighters charity display.

There will be refreshments available on the day. All are welcome to come along and celebrate this milestone and enjoy a great day out.


Past-Tracks Walking will be hosting a workshop on ChiWalking on Sunday May 27.

The three-hour walk will be looking into the essentials of ChiWalking and how it can help with everyday walking.

The workshop will take place in Tayvallich, with a walk across to Carsaig Bay and part way up Torr Mor to practice hill techniques.

Attendees will learn the difference between convential walking and ChiWalking, how to walk efficiently and how to tackle hills with less stress on the knees and back.

Tickets for the workshop cost £30 per person. For more information go to


Clare Holohan from West Highland Herbal will be visiting Kilmichael Glen and Comraich on Saturday June 16 to explore grounds and woodlands, collecting and learning about a wide range of herbs and plants.

After preparing a wild herbal based lunch, attendees will cook together using the herbs and will learn how to make food and medicine.

To book your place on the event go to