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Ardchattan

Opinions are being sought by Ardchattan Communty Council about what people would like to see happen to the primary school.

The school was mothballed in 2014 and is now used as a polling station and meeting venue.

On Sunday October 1, the public were invited to pop in and talk about what activities they would like to see take place in the school.

‘The buildings are getting into a sorry state of repair,’ a community council spokesman said. ‘Unless action is taken, the school will become unusable for any community events.

‘The school was opened in 1886 and over the years has played a vital role as a community hub. It is the only public building in the locality and in the past has accommodated well-attended Burns Suppers and Christmas parties.

‘The suggestion of a community café and a small business park have been posted on social media.

‘The open day allowed the community council to assess local interest in taking the project forward.

Grimsay

Grimsay Community Association (GCA) is launching a new campaign to encourage road users to slow down.

The Great Grimsay Slow Down will ask drivers to voluntarily reduce their top speed to 35mph.

GCA is concerned about accidents because of the number of blind corners and summits, the amount of traffic, walkers and livestock.

GCA’s Matthew Topsfield said: ‘We all lead hectic lives and seem to be rushing around a lot, so there is a temptation for us all to drive too fast, but we can all slow down a little to help keep everyone safe on Grimsay’s roads.’

Achaleven primary raises money for Mary’s Meals

Achaleven Primary School pupils who helped to raise money for Mary’s Meals. NO_T40_Achaleven Primary

Pupils at Achaleven Primary School raised £127 for Mary’s Meals – enough to feed nine children for a full school year.

Earlier this month the children invited the community into the school for an autumn picnic.

The food for the picnic consisted of ‘delicious’ cake, soup and shortbread.

It was partially made using produce from the school garden with pupils harvesting apples, brambles and potatoes.

The event was organised because pupils wanted to help the Zero Hunger campaign.

In 2015, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development campaign was launched with agreement from 193 countries to work towards an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The second phase aimed to put an end to world hunger.

Primary six pupils wrote and produced a short play about the differences families face in third world counties compared to Britain. They involved all the children, who filmed the play and showed it at the picnic.

‘This was a great display of their global citizenship awareness,’ a school spokesperson said.

‘Thank you to everyone who supported this event. An amazing £127.57 was raised, which is enough to feed nine children for a school year. Well done everyone, the school is very proud of you.’

Local heritage and history day for Dalmally and Inveraray pupils

One of the pictures that was used in the presentation. NO_T40_Inveraray-and-Dalmally01

Dalmally and Inveraray pupils had the chance to discover their area’s local history, along with interested people in Argyll.

An event in Inveraray Primary School showcased old notebooks, photographs and tape recordings, dating back to the 1950s.

The collection belonged to the late Eric Cregeen, 1921-1983, who devoted his life to documenting the highland people and their way of life.

Among those recorded in Argyll was an old drover, born in 1869, who was one of the last people to walk cattle to Falkirk.

The event started with an illustrated talk by folklorist Margaret Bennett followed by a workshop on how to record local history and heritage.

The project, which took place last Wednesday, was sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund and Crofting Connections.

Loch Etive: Arnold Clark employee raises awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK

Four of the anglers that took part in the charity fishing event. NO_T40_Lochetive01

Almost £1,800 was raised for prostate cancer research at a charity fishing event at Loch Etive.

A total of 168 fish were caught and all were returned to the water safely.

Warren ‘Mal’ Malcolm from Dunfermline organised the charity fishing event after hearing about family and friends who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

However, six before the event was scheduled to take place, his father was diagnosed with the disease.

This didn’t deter Mal, instead it motivated him to raise awareness.

The 47-year-old raised a total of £885, which was matched by his employer Arnold Clark, to give a total of £1,770.

Mal said: ‘I decided to take on the challenge and organise the event because close family members and friends had been diagnosed with the cancer and unfortunately one of my friends lost his fight against the illness this year. Six weeks before the event, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which motivated me to do something and raise the awareness even more.’

Top angler and best fish went to James Garioch from Aberdeen.

Glasgow Guitar Colloquium is coming to Plockton

An award winning Scottish guitarist will be performing in the Scottish Highlands tonight (Thursday).

Innes Watson and his Glasgow Guitar Colloquim will be playing at Plockton High School Hall from 7.30pm.

Support will be provided by students of Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd.

This performance is a showcase of music written by Innes, as part of Celtic Connections’ acclaimed ‘New Voices’ Series.

As well as Innes on guitar, the band features Barry Reid, guitar, Duncan Lyall, bass, and Alyn Cosker, drums.

Tickets, £8/£5, and can be bought on the door or by calling 01599 544706.

Taynuilt Horticultural Society Cup and trophy winners

Some of the winners of the Taynuilt Horticultural Show. NO_T40_TaynuiltHorticulturalShow01

Winners of the Taynuilt Horticultural Show have been revealed.

The show, organised by Taynuilt Horticultural Society, took place in Taynuilt Village Hall.

The society thanked Taynuilt Primary School, which entered vegetables and flowers grown in their poly tunnel.

‘Despite this being the first time they entered,’ the society said. ‘Their produce was of a very high standard and won two trophies.’

The society’s challenge cup was won by Hugh MacLeod for most points in the open class vegetables category.

The Taynuilt Hotel cup was lifted by Ian Brown for accumulating the most points in the open flowers category.

Jim McDougall took him the Munro Cup for having the best exhibit in Class 30.

The Cruachan Cup was won by Dougie McDougall for the most points in the amateur vegetables.

Taynuilt Primary School took home the Melville Cup and the Neil Jackson Memorial cup for having the most points in the amateur vegetables category and having the best exhibit in the amateur horticulture class.

The best garden and Nant Cup went to Lawrence Scott, who also won the Society’s Cup for the best flower garden, while Ian and Brenda MacLean won the Lodge St Modan Cup for having the best garden in housing scheme.

Lawrence also won the Jack Brown Memorial Cup and the Andrew Cameron Cup for the best vegetable garden and most points in the amateur classes 66-68.

The Brochroy Cup went to Rosemary Carswell for accumulating the most points in the floral section.

Jessie MacFarlane won the Society’s Cup for the most points in the preserves section.

Gemma Carswell won the Fleming Cup for having the best exhibit in the children’s section and Melanie Currie received the Muckairn Cup for gathering the most points for her baking.

The Mrs C Campbell Memorial Cup was shared between Brenda MacLean and Anne Weavind for most points in baking classes 120-124.

The Donald MacGregor memorial Cup for the best exhibit in the novice section went to Wilma MacPhee.

Additional special prizes were handed out to Hugh Macleod for the best set of leeks, Dougie McDougall for best vase of dahlias, and to the winner of each children’s section: under fives Theo Action and to Gemma Carswell for the six to 12 years and children’s baking categories.

Loch Fyne Oysters receive responsibly aquaculture certificate

Some of Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd’s staff. NO_T40_Loch Fyne

The first company in the world to receive a prestigious aquaculture certficate for farming blue mussels hails from Loch Fyne in Argyll.

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd has received the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Bivalve Standard Certification for responsible farming of Blue Mussels.

The company has been growing the mussels on ropes in Loch Road on the Isle of Lewis for the past 20 years.

To receive the ASC certificate, a company must ensure that they are committed to responsible aquaculture, and that their farming does not have an adverse impact on the environment.

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd’s managing director, Cameron Brown, said: ‘We are very proud to be the first blue mussel farmer in the world to receive this certification from ASC, which is recognition of Loch Fyne Oysters dedication and hard work to provide ethically grown and environmentally friendly mussels to our customers around the globe.’

Esther Luiten, ASC’s commercial director, said: ‘I would like to congratulate Loch Fyne Oysters for their achievement to become ASC certified.

‘It is great to now have blue mussels in the programme, and it shows the response to a growing market interest in responsibly farmed seafood.’