One Head Teacher for Islay and Jura Schools

islay-juraI think if I was a teacher with the aspiration of becoming a head teacher in a stunning part of Scotland this would probably be the dream job. If this applies to you than you’ll be pleased to hear that The Keills & Small Isles Primary Schools on Islay and Jura are looking for a new headteacher. The job description mentions:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the learning teams of two island schools for the Shared Headship of Keills Primary School, Isle of Islay, and Small Isles Primary School, Isle of Jura. Within their shared ethos both our schools retain their own uniqueness and sense of identity within their communities; whilst there is also a strong sense of partnership working between them and with the other local schools.

Both Keills and Small Isles Primary Schools have integral Pre 5 Units and their Early/First/Second Level Classes enable smooth transitions and partnership working from Pre 5 into Primary. Both settings are vibrant, creative, non-denominational establishments providing education for 3-12 year olds following the Scottish ‘Curriculum for Excellence’.

For more information and to apply please visit this link

Isle of Jura Backdrop for Psychological Thriller

between-the-shadow-and-the-soulJura is the backdrop for much of the action in a hard-hitting new psychological thriller about a fragile young woman who steals a baby and flees to the island. Author Marguerite Valentine delved into her experience as a childcare specialist and psychotherapist for the novel, which has launched at Foyles bookshop in Bristol last month.

Flori is a successful, attractive young woman living and working in London when in the early hours of the morning, in a moment of madness, she steals a tiny baby. With the reluctant assistance of her best friend, Rose, and Matt, an erstwhile lover, she flees with the baby to Jura, a remote Scottish island. Living in extreme isolation and without the support of Rose or Matt, traumatic memories from her childhood return to haunt her and her life begins to unravel.

Marguerite explained: ‘Some experiences have seared my mind, particularly cruelty to children. The idea for the book came with an image I saw years ago on the TV news of a woman caught on CCTV stealing a baby from a maternity ward. I wondered what had prompted such a drastic choice. ‘Having worked with children at risk, I also know it’s heartbreaking and profoundly disturbing for social work professionals whose actions are so restricted by bureaucracy and poor funding. They carry a huge burden of responsibility. It’s all of these dynamics that I wanted to write about.”

You can order your copy for £9,99 online at Amazon

Jura Music Festival 26-28 Sep 2014

September is now upon us and the island of Jura is gearing up for another fantastic weekend of great music and craic. The island comes together with true community spirit to stage this amazing event! Last year’s 20th celebratory festival was enhanced by having an extra special concert in the Jura Distillery cooperage early Sunday evening with the mighty Wolfstone. A concert in the cooperage was going to be a ‘one off’ event. However, by popular demand theyhave decided to stage another one this year the top band being the mighty Skerryvore.

Jura Music Festival 2014
Jura Music Festival 2014

And Saturday’s line-up of Blazin’ Fiddles, Kathleen MacInnes, Rura and the Robyn Stapleton Trio and a ceilidh by Fergie MacDonald Ceilidh Band in Craighouse village hall will ensure that this will be a memorable event. Wherever you wander in and around Craighouse during the weekend, music and dance will draw you in. [Read more…]

Jura Fell Race 2014 Results and Video

Jura Fell Race 2014 took place on Saturday 24 May and once again the turnout was impressive. There were 255 entrants in this years race including eleven from Islay and Jura. The weather held well all day and all runners finished. First past the post was Hector Haines who set a new record with a time of 3h6’ and the first local home was Grant Rozga from Jura with a time of 3h 54’.

The video below shows scenes from the start, finish and along the course. Enjoy!

Jura Community Shop Open for Business

jura-store-openingOn 26th April the residents of Jura gathered to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Jura Community Shop. Carol Wright, whose Grandfather John McKechnie started the first Jura Stores, cut the ribbon of the Community shop and gave a fascinating account of the shop’s history. Carol said, “… it is hoped that the enterprise which my Grandfather began over 130 years ago will continue to grow and flourish and serve the island for many years to come.”

Over the last six months McEachern Brothers and CP Architects of Oban have worked together with the Isle of Jura Development Trust to repair and extend the community shop, funded by The Big Lottery Fund. While the refurbishment took place the shop continued to trade from the Antlers Bistro, but now everything is back in it’s rightful place with both the shop and Antlers open and ready for the summer.

The shop came into community ownership in March 2013 when the Isle of Jura Development Trust used funding from The Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the purchase. Since the beginning of the project in 2012, over two thousand volunteer-hours have gone into making the Community Shop a reality. Everyone from residents to first time visitors have been involved with the project, and support at home and from afar has been overwhelming. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has played a part in making the ‘new’ community shop a reality; all the staff at MacEachern Bros and other contractors from Islay who worked hard over the winter and have done a top job. The shop looks great!

Story published with kind permission of the Ileach newspaper