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November issue 2015

Mull and Rally Community United

RALLYING IN SCOTLAND suffered a black day on Saturday 10th October when a competitor in the Mull Rally was killed in a crash on the second day of the event. Co-driver Andrew Mort died when the Subaru Impreza he was competing in, driven by close friend John MacCrone, crashed on the second of the day's scheduled 13 stages. Both driver and co-driver lived in Dervaig on the island.
The duo, who started the second Leg of the rally in third place after a series of impressive drives through the opening five stages on Friday night, were poised to challenge overnight leader Calum Duffy.... more in the full issue

The lone piper leads the celebration walk - Photo © LindsayPhotoSport

National Mòd Success

The Isle of Mull Gaelic choir were particularly successful at the National Mòd which this year was held in Oban from Oct 9th - 17th. They won the Rural Choirs competition (the Sheriff MacMaster-Campbell Memorial Quaich) by an unusually large margin of 10 points, thereby also winning the prizes for the highest Gaelic marks (the Selma Shield) and the highest Music marks (the Grace Robertson Memorial Baton).
Adding to their second place in the 'Puirt' competition, this meant that the Isle of Mull choir won the John Lockie Trophy for the highest aggregate marks across three competitions.... more in the full issue

Russell issues SAS with Ultimatum

Speaking on 1st October after a meeting with Scottish Ambulance Service officials Daren Mochrie, the Director of Service Delivery and Garry Fraser, General Manager for the South West, Argyll & Bute MSP Michael Russell said:
"I am grateful to the Scottish Ambulance Service for agreeing to meet me, but I have to admit to being disappointed by the discussion that took place. Almost a year has passed since the then Cabinet Secretary for Health Alex Neil met with representatives of the Mull community and the Chair and CEO of SAS to discuss widespread public concern on the island about the level of cover.
Promises were made at that meeting that SAS would work with the community to meet their concerns and an options appraisal process was put in place. A further meeting with the current Cabinet Secretary took place in March and the community expressed growing concern that SAS was not yet fully engaged in ensuring that commitments entered into were translated into action on the ground.... more in the full issue