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The Killin 10K race, sponsored by Portnellan, takes place on Saturday August 26.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, will see runners take on a slightly different route to accommodate its growing popularity.

The race will start and finish in Breadalbane Park, set against the backdrop of the impressive Tarmachan mountain range and a stone’s throw from Loch Tay.

Runners will head through the village and across the spectacular Falls of Dochart before joining the old railway line, which runs parallel to the river. After crossing the river for a second time, participants will emerge back into the village and run an undulating loop of beautiful Glen Lochay, tracing the Lochay River, before finishing in Breadalbane Park.

Entry is just £17, which includes a medal and goody bag for all runners. A fun run for people of all ages of approximately 1km will also take place in Breadalbane Park during the 10K. Be sure to return to the village hall after the event for a lunch provided by Killin Cancer Research Committee. The event is generously supported by Portnellan and Wheels Cycling Centre, Callander. To enter, visit killin10k.co.uk

Runners taking part in last year’s Killin 10k.


Photography club Mull Through the Lens has announced a new competition to get people from all walks of life taking photos.

The bi-annual competition will celebrate local photographic talent with entries welcome in three categories – amateur, professional and student. Photographers must be aged 18 and over and be linked to Mull or Iona by birth, education or residence. There will be a separate ‘Bairns’ competition for under 18s.

The theme of the first competition is ‘Black and White’ and a prize of £150 will be awarded in each category. Independent professional photographers and editors from across Scotland will judge the entries which should be submitted between August 14 and 31.

An exhibition of all submitted works will be held at venues on Mull still to be announced. The exhibition will run from Friday September 8 to Friday October 20.
For full details visit www.mullthroughthelens.org.uk/2017Open or contact Natalya, Mull Through The Lens chairwoman, on 07593 418324 or at talj1980@gmail.com


Book your tickets for Mull Theatre’s new production of TWO from award winning playwright Jim Cartwright (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice).

TWO is a fast-paced comedy filled with twists and turns. Taking place over the course of one evening, the play highlights the rocky relationship of the landlord and landlady of a busy, typical local pub as colourful regulars pull up a stool and let the audience into their lives, loves,  triumphs and tragedies.

The play features Fletcher Mathers and Alasdair McCrone playing all 14 characters.

Opening night was Wednesday July 19 but there is still time to see the play on Wednesday August 2, Saturday August 5, Wednesday August 9, Friday August 11, Monday August 14 and Saturday August 19 at Mull Theatre at 8pm. Tickets £12/£10.

The play is also being staged on Friday July 28 at Iona Village Hall and Saturday July 29 in Bunessan Hall, both at 8pm, £10/£8.

Fletcher Mathers and Alasdair McCrone.



Preparations are well under way for the Ardchattan Fete on Sunday July 30
between 12-4pm.

Ardchattan Priory is the setting for the annual community event and this year the Beavers and Cubs will be assisting with the smooth running
of the day.

This is an important fundraising event for the local Guide and Scout groups, along with Scotland’s Garden Scheme and other local charities. There is something for everyone with a selection of games and sports for children of all ages.

Popular soup lunches will be served from noon until 1.45pm and delicious home baking with tea from 2.15 to 4pm.

Volunteers and local bakers give generously to this event and last year more than £3000 was raised.

This is a great family day out. Everyone is welcome and admission is £4 with children under 15 admitted free.

In an effort to curtail the spread of Japanese knotweed along the Bonawe Road, some spraying on the invasive plant has been undertaken. The areas sprayed are clearly marked off with red and white tape and people are advised to avoid contact with these areas.


Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara, with other guests including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Eric Thompson and representatives from the emergency services, joined people from Helensburgh and its twin town of Thouars in France to celebrate Bastille Day at a special ceremony in Helensburgh Parish Church on July 14.

For more than 30 years, the Helensburgh-Thouars Twinning Association has been welcoming each other to their respective towns and this year Helensburgh played host to group of 50 visitors.

Mr O’Hara said after the ceremony: ‘I am honoured to be part of this year’s Bastille Day celebrations. They have been particularly
poignant as we remember those who lost their lives in the Nice terrorist attack and the people who have been affected by it. The ceremony was beautiful, the choir was wonderful and my congratulations go to everyone involved, particularly members of the twinning association who work so hard all-year-round raising funds to make these visits
happen. I have met many people who have told me of the lifelong friendships formed over the years, with families and young people set to continue this link.’

Brendan O’Hara, centre, helps to celebrate Bastille Day.


The National Trust for Scotland’s Hill House, Helensburgh, provided the backdrop to a stunning photo shoot by acclaimed Scottish designer Christopher Kane last month.

Kane was launching his Resort 2018 collection which took its inspiration from Scotland.

He approached the National Trust for Scotland about using the Hill House as the location for photographs of the collection as it was influenced by the work of Scottish designers and artists, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald, who collaborated on the Helensburgh home.

Christopher Kane said: ‘I came across a photograph of the Glasgow Four and it got me thinking about the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald and how their work influenced modern art and design. It also made me feel proud and patriotic of this highly important movement which originated in Scotland and I wanted to celebrate that. This collection has subtle nods to this movement whilst also looking at my domestic working class roots.’

The photographs showcase the stunning and unique design of the Hill House to a global audience.


BAKING more than 40 Christmas cakes for retired residents in their village has won Clachan Primary School pupils a top award.

The youngsters won the Active Participation in the Community Award from Argyll College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands).

In a tradition dating back more than two decades, the school, which has just eight pupils, bake Christmas cakes for every retired member of their community.

Clachan was honoured alongside Calum Ellis of Dalintober primary and Emma Bannatyne of Campbeltown grammar schools, who both won Inspirational Young Person of the Year awards.

Starting in November, the children bake around 44 cakes, which are individually wrapped, personally labelled and hand delivered.

The Parent Council pays for the ingredients and staff give up their own time to ensure the baking challenge is completed.

Head teacher Lucy Blake said: ‘This award focuses on our Christmas cake activity which we have been running in the school for more than 20 years. We feel we are trustees of a tradition. The award recognises our links to the community and this is hugely important to us at Clachan. We are a school in the heart of the community and in the hearts of the community. I am very proud of our very small school.’

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, congratulated the school: ‘Very well done to everyone at Clachan on winning this prestigious award.

‘Their Christmas cake project keeps traditions alive. Just as importantly it links the children to the older members of their community and helps everyone in the village feel included. I’m delighted, too, for Calum and Emma. This is rightly deserved recognition as they have shown themselves to be role models for their fellow pupils and a real inspiration to others.’

Ann Marie Knowles, executive director of community services, said: ‘These are terrific achievements and Emma, Calum and all the Clachan staff and pupils should be incredibly proud of their efforts. I’m sure I speak for everyone at Argyll and Bute Council when I say we are very proud of them. They are a real credit to their schools, their communities, their families and their friends.’

The awards were established by Argyll College UHI’s Campbeltown centre to recognise the efforts of individual pupils and groups and promote the college.

Emma was nominated by her school for overcoming sudden and serious ill health, remaining positive even when very unwell and excelling in her exams to win a place at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

Calum won for his positive attitude, his many volunteering activities at school and being a good role model and ‘playground buddy’.

Argyll College UHI principal Fraser Durie, who presented Emma with her award at the Grammar school prizegiving, said the new scheme was a fantastic way for the college to further engage with the local community and, in particular, its schools.

‘I’m delighted the Campbeltown Centre has established these awards because it’s impossible to understate the impact which having inspirational peers can have on young people. Too often these pupils who give so much to others go unrecognised.’