May 14, 2024
Celebrating 10 Years of Community-Owned Port Ellen Filling Station
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May 14, 2024
The Ardbeg All Islay Fund - Supporting 22 Local Projects in Year Two

In the fund's second year of bids, The Ardbeg All Islay Fund Panel were very pleased to have received 31 submissions from all over Islay.  Charitable organisations applied for funding towards projects that included intergenerational events, sporting activities, staff revenue posts supporting the local community and capital purchases. The SID team were pleased to offer […]

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January 22, 2024
The Year That Was.. 2023!

With 2024 now well underway South Islay Development would like to take the opportunity to look back on 2023. Here are some of the highs (and lows) from the past 12 months… In January 2023 South Islay Development (SID) was delighted to be working in partnership with Ardbeg Distillery to identify and fund projects the […]

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January 11, 2024
Ardbeg Distillery’s All Islay Fund boosts 28 local community projects in the first year

-- More organisations are invited to apply for the next allocation from the £1million fund -- The successful first year of The Ardbeg All Islay Fund has seen £200K shared between environmental and community projects on the island. The fund was set up in 2022 with a £1million donation by the distillery, following the record-breaking […]

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October 24, 2023

Sonas Childcare & Ramsay Hall Update Following the recent community consultation about the Ramsay Hall, the SID board and staff have reviewed the community's aspirations and how best they can be met within the wider scope of The Playing Fields. The Sonas Steering Group (Mums and childcare providers) also met with SID in order to […]

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June 5, 2023
The Ardbeg All Islay Fund

Supporting 28 Local Projects in its First Year In its first year of funding bids, The Ardbeg All Islay Fund Panel was very pleased to have received 41 submissions from all over Islay.  Charitable organisations which applied for funding towards projects included intergenerational activities, sporting, heritage and capital purchases. The Fund will distribute a total […]

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March 29, 2023

SID are excited that construction work is finally due to begin on the Playing Fields in May 2023! The successful contractor is Hamilton based Procast, who are keen to expand their community-based work. They will be responsible for both the community building and the motorhome expansion, and joined onsite by locally based McEachern Bros. SID […]

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March 29, 2023

Ardbeg Islay single malt Scotch whisky established a £ 1million to support community and environmental projects on Islay. Working in cooperation South Islay Development (SID) and Ardbeg were delighted to launch the Ardbeg All Islay Fund on the 30th of January 2023 inviting applications from groups and projects right across the island. The fund will […]

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December 6, 2022

ARDBEG LAUNCHES £1MILLION DONATION FOR ISLAY TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY South Islay Development (SID) is delighted to be working in partnership with Ardbeg Distillery to identify and fund projects the length and breadth of Islay over the next 5 years. A £ 1 million fund, THE ARDBEG ALL ISLAY FUND, has been established following the sale of […]

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November 21, 2022
Port Ellen Playing Fields 2022 Update

As 2022 draws to a close it seems like a good time to give an update on the last year at Port Ellen Playing Fields. Although construction hasn’t yet begun SID have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the project continues to move forward. Here’s a round-up of the last 12 months… […]

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November 15, 2022
The Sonas Childcare Charity Continues!

The Sonas Childcare charity continues its work to resolve some of the island's childcare issues. The SONAS Board are pleased to announce that five new committee members have come forward to join the board, which will come under the auspices of South Islay Development (SID). Stepping up to join the board are Rosie Gordon, Dionne […]

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March 14, 2022
Port Ellen Playing Fields Pre Determination Hearing

Following the Argyll & Bute Planning Committee Meeting on 23rd February, the decision was made by the Council to carry out a pre-determination hearing to decide the outcome of the Port Ellen Playing Fields Project Planning Permission. The hearing will take place on Thursday the 24th of March, and SID expect a final decision on […]

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March 9, 2022
South Islay Development Staffing Success

What’s happening in the South Islay Development Office? At last the staff are back in the office from Monday to Friday after an absence of 2 years and they are available for chats and questions. Three members of staff are there to welcome you: Alyson MacGillivray – Development Manager Rosie MacLellan – Port Ellen Playing […]

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September 26, 2021
Port Ellen Playing Fields

South Islay Development is excited to announce that it has successfully secured a £746, 233 grant from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital fund. This means that alongside a £250,000 grant received from The Glenmorangie Company's Kildalton Fund, and funding received from Investing in Communities, over £1 million has now been raised towards its £1.4 million […]

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September 7, 2021
Islay’s Covid Response

The Islay Resilience Group (IRG) continues to thrive and evolve. Started by a group of like-minded people, the Islay response to Coronavirus has been nothing less than extraordinary and a partnership of local charities and organisations continues to drive the IRG forward. Unprecedented times necessitate unprecedented action. Without exception everyone on Islay continues to come […]

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September 6, 2021
Sonas Childcare Project

Sonas Childcare is a registered SCIO set up by a group of volunteer parents on the Isle of Islay in Argyll and Bute who recognised a gap in the market for a day care facility for pre-school children. There is currently no childcare facility on Islay for children under 3 years old. Provision of a […]

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September 6, 2021
Lochiel Memorial Community Garden

The MV Lochiel started her career in Oban, before moving to the Islay run late in 1939, following the modification of the pier at West Loch Tarbert. She served as the mail boat for Islay, Gigha, Jura and Colonsay, avoiding requisitioning during WWII. Her mainmast, which is now the centerpiece of the Port Ellen Community […]

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September 6, 2021
Port Ellen Lunch Club

Port Ellen Lunch Club has enjoyed meeting up together in the Islay Hotel and SeaSalt over the past few years, catching up with new and old friends and listening to the occasional guest speaker as well as a glorious lunch with exceptional baking! We have been truly spoilt with the lovely food and warm atmosphere […]

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June 25, 2021
The Co-op Food Share Programme

SID, along with Mactaggart Youth and Families Outreach Services, has been accepted on to the Co-op Food Share Programme. This is a new initiative whereby Co-op Food Share donates food that stores have been unable to sell but are still good to eat. SID and Mactaggart Youth and Families Outreach Services have co-ordinated a collection […]

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