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Moth Monitoring Events - Summer 2013

24-06-2013

Community Teashop Sundays - June 2013

22-06-2013

Community Sunday Cafe PosterMembers of the community on Isle of Rum are running a Sunday teashop service in the village hall to raise funds for essential works needed in our Community Hall. Running from 11am to 3pm with a changing menu each week offering hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury options.

Starting this Sunday 23rd June hosted by Nic & Ady from Croft 3 who will be offering freshly baked rolls and home made soup, quiche using their own free range eggs and a selection of cakes and biscuits.

Come and join the community for some refreshments, stop for a chat and be part of our fundraising efforts too.

 

Small Isles Games

21-06-2013

Small Isles Games Poster

 

New Roof for Visitor Centre - June 2013

18-06-2013

Rum’s Visitor Centre received some much needed TLC this month thanks to the sterling efforts of our volunteers Gav, Dave and Claire.  The rusted, holey tin roof has been Shiny new roof (c) Ali Morrisreplaced and the whole building looks much smarter as a result!

Visitor Centre make-over (c) Vikki TrelferThe Visitor Centre is housed in what was a boatshed in the time of the Bulloughs’ ownership of the island and it still has the original oak panelling inside.  After the island was sold to the Nature Conservancy in 1957 the building was used as a petrol store for a number of years, receiving a new lease of life as a Visitor Centre in 2009 when it was taken over by the community on Rum.

The information and displays inside are maintained by our Ranger, Mike Werndly, who is only too happy to answer your questions on the island’s flora and fauna.  Mike has an exciting programme of events running over the summer, alongside his regular weekly talks on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, the “Discover Rum” guided walk on a Wednesday, and “Where Eagles Dare” guided walk on a Friday.  Golden eagles and sea eagles are regularly spotted over the village, and the walks are on good paths at a leisurely pace.

Upcoming Ranger events this summer include:

Kid’s Biodiversity Afternoons: Friday 12th July & Monday 26th August – Energetic exploration and games with environmental education thrown in. *Kids go Free!*

Damsels & Dragons: 2nd July – delve into the unseen lives of Rum’s dragonflies and damselflies.  2hr guided walk & pond dipping fun! Suitable for all ages.

Evening Storm Petrel Excursion – 15th July – Join Ranger Mike for an evening monitoring excursion, catching and ringing these enigmatic little birds.  Booking essential.

Meet the Rum Ponies: 27th August – Join Reserve Officer Lesley Watt for an up close and personal encounter with the island’s favourite four-legged friend!  Suitable for all ages.  *Free Event!*

 

The Big Lunch - June 2013

04-06-2013

Big Lunch 2013 (c) Nic Goddard

Big Lunch cakes (c) Nic GoddardOn Sunday 2nd June the Isle of Rum took part in The Big Lunch, a nationwide event which has been happening every year since 2009 where communities and neighbours get together to eat lunch all over the UK.

Our Big Lunch was well attended with adults and children, islanders and visiting relatives all joining in and bringing along food to share to the table. We had delicious soup (a regular feature on the menu at Ivy Cottage Guest House), home made bread, jam and cakes from Croft 3, delicious cheese and onion pie, Rum Nursery School had been talking about healthy lunches all week at school and brought along some yummy bread the girls had made at school.

We also had pasta, rice and some fantastic home baked sausage rolls using some of our own Rum Venison.

As well as sharing lunch together we had activities for the children and then wore some of our lunch off playing with the balloons! Thanks to all who came and contributed.

 

Celebrating Volunteers - May 2013

30-05-2013

1st – 7th June is Volunteers’ Week, celebrating the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Much of what we have managed to achieve would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the many people who have contributed their time and energy to the Rum cause.  From the board of volunteer Directors which manage the affairs of the Isle of Rum Community Trust to the conservation volunteers who have helped Ranger Mike out in the wildlife garden and with the rhododendron eradication programme – and not forgetting the myriad small things people do every day to keep our community ticking over and our village lovely.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers over the past 12 months, with a particular shout out to the following:

Gordon, Kyle, Peter, Mike & Artur for their rhodie-bashing efforts;

Chris for helping to tame the wildlife garden;

Kinloch Castle Friends Association - especially Catherine, Mairi, David, Ewan, and Andrew - for their help erecting the community polytunnel;

Ali and Jinty for managing the kabins so efficiently;

George Logan for his endlessly patient help with the website.

GET INVOLVED!

Mike the Ranger can always use an extra pair of hands in the wildlife garden or community woodland – if you’re planning a visit to Rum and want to do something practical while you’re here, drop him an email to see if he can put you to work somewhere: ranger@isleofrum.com.

 

Rum's new 'Mountain Man' - April 2013

26-04-2013

Rum (c) Gav CoplandWe're pleased to welcome our newest residents and third set of crofters Gav and Laura Copland here to Rum. After getting stuck in to digging ditches and getting to know his new croft Gav is now ready to launch his Mountain Leader guided walks. Taking you  to the summits of Hallival, Askival and the further summits of the island, which command amazing views over the Small Isles, Skye and the mainland. All levels of experience can be catered for, from beginners to seasoned mountaineers.

Coming soon Gav also intends introducing 4x4 Safari trips over to Kilmory and Harris for a chance to see the Red Deer, Golden and White Tailed Eagles, the Rum ponies and the historical and geological sights of the island beyond the village. Special tours on a Wednesday and Saturday to fit between ferry sailings. For more info and to see what many visitors miss on a trip to Rum, search for Brocholme Croft on Facebook or email Gav at brocholme@gmail.com
 

Community Beach Clean - April 2013

25-04-2013

Harris Beach Clean (c) Nic GoddardOn Saturday 20th April, the Rum Community got together for a beach clean over at Harris. This is the first year that we have tackled this beach as we usually conduct our clean up at Kilmory and we knew we had set ourselves a challenge. However, with our thoughts tuned into the task and the lure of a lunchtime barbeque we set to it.

Despite it being a blustery day, everyone quickly piled up huge mounds of plastic rubbish.  Unfortunately, no treasures were found, just more and more plastic bottles and rope, broken fish boxes and oddly enough, many toothbrushes.

With black bags and bulk bags overflowing, the task began of getting everything up to the trailer waiting at Harris Lodge and our thoughts turned to a grand lunch of sausages, venison burgers and freshly caught fish. Yum-oh.

In the end we collected 10 bulk bags of rubbish in a few hours from just one small section of Harris beach.  There is a lot more to go, but we can at least enjoy one rubbish free area - until the next storm.

A really big thank you to everyone who participated, the Council for contributing bags and gloves and SNH for providing the barbeques.

 

Photo Competition Winners - April 2013

17-04-2013

Well done to all of our photo competition winners and many thanks to our judge John Aitchison, who said “there are some really lovely pictures which truly reflect the many Bringing home the stag (c) Jurgen Bornhauptmoods of Rum, and congratulations to all the photographers - especially the winners.”  The best 4 pictures from each category including our overall winner will be featured in our Isle of Rum calendar for 2014, with proceeds being ploughed back in to good causes in our community.

We love to see Rum through the eyes (or lens!) of others, and to know that so many people share our enthusiasm for this wonderful island.  The quality of the entries was excellent, with a good mix of striking landscapes and wildlife.  Our very photogenic ponies featured in many of the pictures!  Here are the results:

 

Overall winner

Bringing Home the Stag Jurgen Bornhaupt  
(Wildlife, Flora & Fauna category)

Natural LandscapesBlack Cuillin from Rum (c) D&E BairdLoch Papadil (c) Sarah MoffatAncient Volcanoes (c) Sarah MoffatMountains (c) Phil Lyon

1st: Sarah Moffat, Ancient Volcanoes
2nd Phil Lyon, Mountains
3rd: Loch Papadil, Sarah Moffat
4th: David & Evelyn Baird, Black Cuillin in Skye

Historic Landscapes

1st: Graham Bullough, Mausoleum & RainbowRum Ponies and Castle (c) Vanessa BlowerFlower and Castle (c) J&A WhalleyMausoleum (c) Gaie BrownMausoleum and rainbow (c) Graham Bullough
2nd: Gaie Brown, Mausoleum 
3rd: John & Alison Whalley, Flower & Castle
4th: Vanessa Blower: Ponies in front of castle 

Wildlife, Flora & Fauna

1st: Vanessa Blower, Pony Eye
2nd: Gerald Lincoln, George McNaughton’s Favourite Pony 
3rd: Gerald Lincoln, Nature’s Rock GardenGeorge McNaughton's favourite pony 1968 (c) Gerald LincolnRock Garden (c) Gerald LincolnRum Pony Eye (c) Vanessa Blower

 

 

 

Many thanks to all who took part, and we’re sorry that not all of you could win a prize.

 

Rum Community Celebrates Lottery Win! - April 2013

10-04-2013

This month we are in celebration mode, having received confirmation of funding from Big Lottery Fund to realise our vision of building a community-owned bunkhouse on the BIG Lottery Fund Logoisland.

The funding package comes to just under £700,000 and includes revenue funding for a Project Manager, training, staffing and set-up costs, as well as capital building costs.  We have been looking at ways to provide more visitor accommodation since Scottish Natural Heritage announced the closure of Kinloch Castle Hostel, which is being replaced with temporary accommodation units beside the castle this year (though you’ll still be able to take a tour of the museum). 

The bunkhouse will be able to sleep 20 people, and will be built near the campsite, on the site of Ferry Cottage which burned down in 2004.    A number of small businesses operate on the island, including Rum Shop, a B&B, craft shop, bike hire, and a summer tearoom in the village hall; all support this new development.

This is a really exciting project for us; it will enable us to secure jobs, provide continued accommodation for visitors, and will ensure that more tourism revenue remains within the community, supporting future development projects. 

Our Development Officer, Vikki Trelfer, is especially pleased!

 

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