Friday 7th September 2018 Issue No 2302



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Judo player Malin Wilson (23), from Ullapool, took Gold medal position at the European Cup Championships in Bratislava at the weekend.

Malin fought off stiff opposition from Russian, Polish and Slovak players to win her first title at Senior European level. This was a well deserved win, coming after months of focus, determined training, and recovery from a long string of injuries.

Well done Malin, and a big thanks to all in Ullapool who have supported her progress over the years.                          BW

Farewell To Tom  1930 – 2018

Horticulturalist, Crofter, Social Entrepreneur

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Tom Forsyth passed away on Thursday 30th August. Finding himself virtually incapacitated with frailty, he made the bold decision to begin fasting, so he would be “in control of his leaving”.

Born in Dunfermline, son of a mining engineer, Tom opted out of mining and trained in horticulture at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. He later moved to the highlands to work at Inverewe Gardens, where a colleague pointed him to the virtually abandoned peninsula of Scoraig and challenged him to a bet that he wouldn’t be able to grow anything there! With a keen understanding of geology, he saw great potential in the fertile soil, left behind by the glacial deposits of the last ice age, and in 1963 moved to Scoraig with his family. With a natural aptitude for land management and forestry, he reclaimed the land, built a house, and created a diverse garden at the township of Ruigh’riabach, where he lived for the next 45 years.

A pioneer of land reform, Tom was a founding member of the Island of Eigg Trust, that later led to the community buy-out of the island.Tom was passionate about nature, and during his last days, he was brought some bog cotton, that was placed in a vase by his bed. Hardly able to move, he still enjoyed blowing the down to make it move in the breeze. In his last hours, he took several spoonfuls of local honey, a fitting last supper for a passionate bee lover.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the staff at Mo Dhachaidh care home for taking such patient and diligent care of Tom.

Tom’s family warmly invite friends to his funeral on Saturday the 8th September. His burial will take place on Scoraig, at Annat Bay cemetery, with a short ceremony at 11am. This will be followed by lunch provided at the Scoraig Secondary School, and a service or ‘sharing’ of contributions from family and friends. Boats will leave Badluarach Jetty at 9.30am, returning around 4.30pm. The walk to Annat Bay is about 2 miles, so please dress appropriately. 

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"When we see the breeze blowing through the bog cotton,

we will know its you Tom"

The Forsyth Family