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Rum Bunkhouse - January 2014

27-01-2014

Site clearance (c) Ali Morris

The new Rum Bunkhouse is currently under construction.

Site levelling (c) Ali Morris

It will be the first purpose-built self-catering accommodation on the island, and all profits from running the bunkhouse will be put back into development projects in our small community.

The bunkhouse will offer excellent hostel accommodation with a strong environmental flavour, built to a high specification and using sustainable materials. It will sleep up to 20 people in four mixed dorms and one twin room, with free wireless internet available throughout the building. It will feature two fully equipped self-catering kitchens and plenty of dining space to allow groups to eat together. The comfortable lounge will

have a wood burning stove and comfy sofas so you can sit back and relax after a day spent exploring the Nature Reserve.

The building will have level access throughout to facilitate disabled access, with an accessible WC and wet room. The twin room will be fully accessible and the shared spaces and corridors all incorporate space for a turning circle for wheelchair users.

Rum Bunkhouse News - December 2013

17-12-2013

This week we have appointed Ian Lever as Project Development Manager to oversee the construction phase of our new bunkhouse. Ian lives on Eigg and has previously worked on Rum as the Development Officer from 2008-10. He has experience of managing a number of similar sized, grant funded projects with other island communities, and we are pleased to welcome him onto the team.

James Macqueen builders based on Skye won the contract to build the bunkhouse and having visited the island a few weeks ago are keen to get started as soon as possible. Unfortunately the weather has not been kind to us with storm after storm disrupting the ferry service recently, so site works will now begin in early January.

We are still on track to open later in 2014 so watch this space for updates!

Twitchers descend on Rum - October 2013

30-10-2013

Mourning Dove Twitchers (c) Ali Morris

29th October 2013 was an odd day in the lives of some of Rum’s residents as around 30 twitchers arrived via the

Loch Nevis to see the Mourning Dove that had arrived in one of the resident’s gardens the previous day.

The bird, an extremely rare North American visitor to the UK, was seen at first light then not again all morning despite near constant monitoring. At 1150, it reappeared at the feeding station in the garden and it was hoped that the bird enthusiasts would indeed get a chance of seeing it, before disappearing up into the branches again a short while later.

On arrival, the twitchers set up camp eager to catch a glimpse before having to get back onto the ferry two hours later for the return to Mallaig.There was an intense hush as telescopes, binoculars and cameras we trained upon the fir tree and feeding station. After about 20 tense minutes, the Mourning Dove was spotted, sparking a mad rush for a good position within the crowd. Eventually after repositioning themselves a few times, everyone had seen the bird and the tension began to dissipate.

At this point, community tea shop representatives rushed out with the newly named ‘pop-up’ café of tea, coffee, soup and cakes for our visitors. All donations will be added the Village Hall Improvement Fund. Then as quickly and quietly as everyone arrived they were off again, one man heading directly (well, as directly as possible by water and road!) to Cornwall to see a Hermit Thrush.

A big thank you to everyone involved.

An island playground for children, not millionaires! - Oct 2013

30-10-2013

The Isle of Rum Community Trust has been successful in an application to Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Communities and Families Fund’ for £9,500, to create a safe, enclosed play area for young children.The play park will include swings, and a tower/slide unit, and it is the first time that facilities have been provided for young children on the island.

Having an area in the village specifically for small children to play together has long been a topic for community discussion, and a fit for purpose play park came out top in suggestions for making the island a better place for young people from teenagers who have grown up on Rum.

With no scheduled regular activities or after school clubs, a play park at the heart of the community will help parents, especially new parents, from feeling isolated.Rum has only one settlement, so visiting another town or village with good facilities is not an option.The new play park will give island children the opportunity to actively play and socialise, both with resident children and visitors.

“This is great news for our community,” Alison Morris, mother of one, says.“We can help to support parents, especially new mums, to reduce feelings of isolation and encourage parents to come together.”

Funds such as this one from the Big Lottery Fund are invaluable in helping to empower isolated communities with small populations and few resources to make positive changes which improve the lives of residents.

Mega-rare bird visits Rum - October 2013

28-10-2013

© Sean Morris

A Mourning Dove has been found on the island in a garden in Kinloch, on the Isle of Rum. In the birding world this is described as a mega rarity as there are only three previously accepted records in Britain. The Mourning Dove is a North American species and has probably been blown off course by the recent strong westerly winds while trying to migrate south in the Americas.

Many thanks to Sean Morris for the picture. Image © Sean Morris


Volunteering Opportunity - November 2013

07-10-2013

Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th November 2013 Volunteering Opportunity on Isle of Rum.

We are looking for volunteers to work with the Community Ranger on a conservation volunteer project. The main work will be in rhododendron clearance using the lever and mulch method but other conservation tasks may be included in the schedule.Applicants with previous experience in this field are particularly encouraged to apply but all applicants will be considered. You will need to be physically fit, have a good sense of humour and an interest in the environment.Successful applicants will be provided with accommodation for the duration of their stay in our camping Kabins and ferry tickets to andfrom the island (you will need to make your own way to Mallaig which is our nearest port). Everyone will be rostered on for communal cooking duties.Evenings will be free so there is plenty of time to explore the island, spot wildlife and experience the culture of Rum.In the first instance please contact Nic at the Rum Volunteer Programme on volunteering@isleofrum.com

Community Teashop Fundraising - October 2013

07-10-2013

Like many small communities our village hall here on Rum is the real hub of our island. Used for meetings, home to the Teashop, venue for events, celidhs, birthday bashes, quiz nights and more. Our hall is a little tired though and recently we discovered is suffering from pretty extensive woodworm in the roof. Plans are afoot to treat the woodworm and make our hall an even better venue and we've been coming up with creative and interesting ways to raise the money we'll need to make those plans happen.
We've held quiz nights, raffles and other fundraising events, as well as gratefully receiving donations from Highland Council and visitors to the island. We've also run a very successful Community Sunday Teashop throughout the summer with different volunteers from the community showing off their cooking and hosting skills to run their own teashop each week. We've had themed weeks (French teashop and Geordie teashop were particularly inspired), high end cafe and full and hearty fayre offerings. For the autumn and winter we're carrying on twice a month on the first and third Sundays of each month, so if you're planning a visit to Rum come along - you never know what might be on offer and it's all for a very good cause!

Second annual Blasda feast - September 2013

07-10-2013

Rum Blasda

Blasda is gaelic for 'sweet and tasty' and that is certainly what our second annual Blasda festival here on the isle of Rum was. A bring and share communal lunch attended by guests and members of the community making full use of the wild and foraged food from Rum, delicious Rum Venison, free range eggs from our crofters, a whole medley of fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs from the gardeners and green fingered residents here and plenty of demonstrations of the cooking, baking and culinary skills here on the island. We enjoyed three courses of fine food followed by some rousing music by visiting musicians which gave the younger members of the community the chance to dance and work some of their lunch off! A fabulous afternoon much enjoyed by all and donations from those not supplying food will be added to our Hall Roof fund.

Red Deer Rut Walks Advert - September 2013

16-09-2013

Red Deer Rut Walk Poster

Shearwater Play and Workshop Advert - September 2013

29-08-2013

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