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April issue 2015

Red letter day for Gometra

By Moira Kerr
The Isle of Gometra is looking forward to a red letter day on April 1 when it will begin issuing its own postage stamps.
Requests have come in from collectors from all over the world, who are queuing up to order the first day covers.
The remote car-free island can only be reached by boat, or via a long trek across neighbouring Ulva, to which it is linked by a foot bridge. It has only one designated Royal Mail delivery a week, which sees postmistress Rhoda Munro transporting letters by quad bike over the eight mile track from Ulva. There is no outgoing Royal Mail service from Gometra and no freight service ... more in the full issue

Photo ( © Moira Kerr) shows Roc Sandford, owner of Gometra, with the stamps

'SWMID' Achievements

I attended one of the meetings held recently throughout the Ross of Mull & Iona by South West Mull & Iona Development (SWMID) in order to update the community on their plans to purchase Tiroran forest. I was impressed by the presentations, which reflected the amount of forethought which has gone into progressing this exciting project to the point at which it now stands – grants and loan funding have been secured for a total of £900,000 in order to go ahead with the purchase. No mean feat, and a testament to the hard work and commitment put in by the SWMID Directors involved and by Morven Gibson, Local Development Officer. The possibilities envisioned for the Forest are wide-ranging and include both the more obvious such as an information centre, toilets, woodland walks & cycle paths and also more unusual suggestions such as sculpture, a Forest School, woodland crofts and glamping... more in the full issue

Mull Aquarium Grand Opening

3rd April 2015
March was a very eventful month for us here at the Mull Aquarium: after a lot of hard work, a great deal of planning, some heavy lifting, and one or two minor set-backs, we have finally finished building the Aquarium! Many thanks to everyone who gave up their spare time to lend a hand over the last few weeks; we couldn’t have done it without your help!... The GRAND OPENING will take place on April 3rd (Good Friday) ... more in the full issue

The amazing picture of sea anemones was taken by Conor Ryan from the
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust