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Islay and Jura

Pupils from Small Isles Primary School on Jura and Port Charlotte and Keills primary schools on Islay recently enjoyed interactive Scottish wildlife sessions with the ‘Wild about Scotland’ team.
The programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with the Clydesdale Bank to support conservation across Scotland. The pupils took part in fun sessions on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments.

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Port Charlotte Primary School pupils were given 15 tree saplings to plant in their grounds. It is hoped more than 420 trees will be planted across the country in the next 12 months.
A recent addition to the Wild about Scotland campaign, this is a great way for schools to leave a lasting green legacy.


Members of the Appin branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) met in Port Appin Hall on Thursday April 20 for their annual general meeting and SWI centenary birthday party.
After business was completed, the party started with the cutting of the birthday cake, the candles having been blown out by Honorary President Chrissie MacNeill. Everyone then enjoyed a lovely tea, provided by the committee.
President Doreen Evans thanked Morag MacKenzie and Lorna Wallace for being tellers for the evening and Chrissie Malone for always having the hall ready for meetings.
Competition trophy winners for the year were: Housewives – 1 Myra MacDougall; 2 Jessie MacKenzie. Handcrafts – 1 Doreen Evans; 2 Linda MacLeod.
President for next session Brenda MacLeod thanked Doreen for her work over the last year and wished everyone a happy holiday.

Torran, Loch Awe

Police Scotland has released an image of the boat that missing man Joachim Brolly was last seen getting into on Loch Awe on Thursday March 9.
Mr Brolly, 59, was seen at the Torran Bay Hostel at the south end of Loch Awe at around 3pm, before getting into his boat.
Officers hope the image will help jog the memories of people who were in the area that day.
Mr Brolly is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with short grey hair and clean shaven. He was wearing navy trousers, a navy fleece and a navy jacket.
Inspector Julie McLeish said: ‘Extensive searches involving police and fire services along with the coastguard have been carried out in an attempt to locate Mr Brolly.
‘Police divers are still conducting searches in the loch and we would welcome any new information. If you were in the area of Loch Awe on Thursday March 9 and may have seen Mr Brolly, or the boat, please get in touch.
‘We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was out in a boat on Loch Awe that day.
‘Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Lochgilphead Police Station via 101.’

Missing man Joachim Brolly.
Missing man Joachim Brolly.

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of the Kilmore branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) met on Wednesday April 12, when president Anne Ferguson welcomed 18 members.
Business was discussed and noted before members welcomed guest speaker Sheen Nimmo who gave a talk on breast care.
Competitions winners: Arrangement with daffodils – 1 M Nicholson; 2 A Tully, 3 A Stewart. Jar of lime marmalade, 1 A Ferguson; 2 H MacGregor, 3 S Stewart.


An army reservist from Kintyre will race almost 100 miles in less than two weeks to raise money for jailed ex-paratrooper Billy Irving.
Colour Sergeant Robbie Semple, 46, of the 7th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, took part in the 2017 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday April 23 and hopes to complete the 73-mile Kintyre Way Ultra mountain bike race on Saturday (May 6).
Robbie, inspired by an Oban Times report, plans to raise money through sponsorship for fellow reservist Billy Irving, who was educated in Campbeltown.
Billy is serving a five-year sentence in Puzhal Prison, near Chennai, in India, alongside five other ex-servicemen.
‘The Chennai Six’, as they have become known, were working on US anti pirate ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, which was held under firearms charges in October 2013. Yvonne MacHugh, Billy’s fiancée, is organising a peaceful protest for the Chennai Six at the High Commisson of India in London at 7am on Friday June 16.
To sponsor Robbie, visit

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House Museum is looking for volunteers to carry out market research as part of its re-development project.
This will involve talking to visitors and asking a questions on a visitor exit survey. The data gathered will help test the proposals for activities and interpretation for the new re-developed museum.
This may prompt questions about the re-development project so the volunteers would need to learn the background and proposed changes to the museum.
The role also includes researching marketing opportunities to boost fundraising for the project. For more details contact
The museum is also looking for six individuals who live in Kilmartin, Ford and Glassary who would be willing to take part in an research project led by David Atherton on behalf of Aberdeen University.
The project aims to record information from the group including where they originate from, what they currently do and what their aspirations are for the future. Tea and cakes will be provided.
Meetings are planned for the afternoons of May 17, 18 and 19 in the museum library.
If you would like to take part in the project, email Julia at or phone the museum 01546 510278.


Pupils at Lochnell Primary School, Benderloch, are to benefit from a new 3G sports pitch.
Argyll and Bute Council gave the go-ahead last week and a tender process will now take place.


A Victoria Cross paving stone has been laid in Cardross in honour of a soldier from Helensburgh.
The unveiling of the commemorative stone at Cardross War Memorial comes 100 years after Lieutenant John Reginald Noble Graham’s gallant conduct was recognised.
Lieutenant Graham, who grew up in Darleith in Cardross, served in the 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He and his machine gun section were seconded to the Machine Gun Corps serving in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq).
The commemorative stone for Lieutenant Graham was unveiled at Cardross War Memorial by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Dunbartonshire, Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE. Lieutenant Graham’s son and other members of his family were also present.
Lieutenant Graham died in 1980. His VC is held at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum in Stirling.


Angus MacNeil MP and Alasdair Allan MSP met with The North Harris Trust, Scottish Water and community representatives regarding the future of a major water mains upgrade between Tarbert and Hushinish.
Mr MacNeil said: ‘A frank, fair and respectful exchange of views with some clearly obvious frustrations were vented during the meeting.
‘Scottish Water said it is currently working on a report on possibilities for the water pipeline.
‘It is hoped the report will be completed by the end of May. The solution might have to be delivered in two stages but we need to see progress.’


A China business trade summit being organised by Brendan O’Hara MP has had to be postponed following the decision to hold a UK general election on Thursday June 8.
Mr O’Hara had been working with the China British Business Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Argyll and Bute Council to bring the event to Campbeltown on June 22.
Mr O’Hara said: ‘Accessing and exporting into new markets is vital if Scottish business and local economies such as ours are to flourish. Businesses that export are usually more profitable, have greater productivity and are more financially secure, thereby creating more jobs and greater prosperity.
‘However, only 11 per cent of UK businesses export and a mere seven per cent of UK exporters target high growth economies such as China.’


Loch Fyne Oysters is hosting a third Bike Fyne motorcycle safety event on Sunday May 7 between 10am and 4pm.
Ducati Glasgow will be headlining the event, which aims to reduce the number of accidents involving motorcyclists on the A83 by educating bikers through training sessions and demonstrations provided by representatives from the motorcycle industry.
Visitors can take part in free BikerDown emergency care training sessions and improve riding confidence and road skills through a variety of demonstrations.
The Institute of Advanced Motoring will also be providing observed rides on a number of routes throughout Argyll. The British Horse Society, Scotservs, MARTYS and Scottish Air Ambulance will also be in attendance.
Further information can be obtained from, or 01499 600 471.

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