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Kilmore Village Hall family fun night

People in Kilmore try their hand at carpet bowls. NO_T45_Kilmore Village Hall Fun Night

There was a good turn-out on Saturday for the Kilmore Village Hall family fun night when young and not so young, guided by the more experienced players, had the opportunity to try their hand at carpet bowls.

There was a buffet supper and raffle, with all proceeds going towards the new extension and kitchen.

The next major fundraising event will be a ceilidh dance in January, when local group Ceol An Aire will be providing the entertainment.

Oban Bridge Club
Some of those who attended the Oban Bridge Club beginners’ class.

After a quiet summer, Oban Bridge Club’s Friday afternoon meetings are back in action.

Recent weeks have seen between eight and 10 pairs. The Friday Bridge Club is more informal and relaxed than the club’s other weekly meetings and is an ideal setting for beginners and newcomers to cut their teeth against vigorous but always friendly opposition.

The beginners’ class on Tuesday evenings, under the teaching of David Marshall assisted by Catherine MacGregor, is also in full swing with 12 new learners. Three of these were recruited from the recent Get into Bridge night at Dalmally Golf Club.

Another spin-off of the Dalmally Bridge night is an occasional Thursday afternoon game for experienced players and beginners, held in the golf club.

The Argyll Vintners trophy was played for in September in Inveraray. This is an annual competition and is open to members of all bridge clubs in Argyll.

There was a good turnout for the event with players from
Helensburgh, Oban, Dunoon and Kilmichael Glassary.

The 2017 competition was won by Robert White and Donald Gillies and the day concluded with a buffet supper in the Inveraray Inn.
SBU British autumn pairs: North-South 1. Carol MacDougall and Romano Capocci 53.87%; East-West 1. Sandy Murray and Margo McIntyre 64.88%. Donald Johnson Trophy: 1. Nina Graham, Anne Kunz, David Pollard and Jack Suchodolski, 2. John Raymond, Kieron Green, Allistair Duff and David Pender,3. Carol MacDougall, Romano Capocci, Alison Dunn and Neil Fraser. SBU simultaneous pairs: North-South 1. Neil Fraser and Alison Dunn 61.31%; East-West 1. John Raymond and Keiron Green 66.07%.
Congratulations to John and Keiron who came fifth and Sandy Murray and Margo McIntyre who came sixth out of all the competing Scottish teams.

Upcoming events: Children in Need charity night November 13; Celtic sim pairs December 6.

Connel Community Council

The next Connel Community Council meeting will take place on Tuesday November 7 from 7.30pm.

The meeting will be held in Connel hall and will cover topics such as planning and policing issues.

Lismore community transport
Ian Henry of Glensanda presents the cheque for £1,500 to Gilly Dixon-Spain, with Mairi Smith, Margaret MacDonald, Carol Wormleighton and Barbara MacDougall. NO_T45_lismore01
Ian Henry of Glensanda presents the cheque for £1,500 to Gilly Dixon-Spain, with Mairi Smith, Margaret MacDonald, Carol Wormleighton and
Barbara MacDougall. NO_T45_lismore01

People on Lismore are ‘delighted’ after receiving a £1,500 cheque from Yeoman Glensanda to go towards the running of a minibus that is used to transport those with limited mobility.

The vehicle, or ‘granny bus’ as it is known, is there to ensure people can attend doctor and hospital appointments.

It is also used to take elderly residents to the island shop twice a week, and also occasional runs off the island to Oban, and even further afield for their annual Christmas shopping trip.

And once a week the bus becomes the ‘glamour wagon’ making a run to the hairdresser.

With many elderly residents on the island, the vehicle provides a vital lifeline for those no longer able to drive and helps bring the community together for social events in the village hall and café.

The financial support being given will allow the service to continue to continue, and help cover the ongoing maintenance and running costs, as well as allowing the transport committee to plan ahead.

Inch by Inch campaign comes to Rothesay

Pupils and staff at Rothesay Joint Campus on Bute are joining the campaign to make Scotland a healthier nation, Inch by Inch.

They will take part in a series of activities including the hula-hoop challenge and making their own smoothies by tackling the smoothie bike.

Inch by Inch for Scotland is the campaign aimed at reducing obesity by creating positive food, health and fitness challenges aimed at teenagers and their families, encouraging them to take part in exercise or in preparing a healthier diet.

Boost for Rothesay Pavilion restoration

The Rothesay Pavilion restoration project is to receive a further £1 million boost from Scottish Government and EU.

The £1.06 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund will help set up affordable space for small- to medium-sized businesses to operate and grow their operations.

Around 16 jobs are expected to be created and retained through the investment.

SAMS students get involved in winter festival

Students from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will be hosting science-themed activities as part of the Oban Winter Festival.

The ‘Ocean Winter Wonderland’ will take place in the Ocean Explorer Centre in Dunbeg on November 18 from 11am.

There will be a tour of the flow tank, as well as games such as match the skate, a photobooth, touchscreen habitat, treasure hunt, meet the suspect alien invader, and stranded dolphin – what do you do?

Threat to public toilets on Islay

Argyll and Bute Council is considering closing the public toilets on Islay in a bid to save money.

The issue of the condition of the facilities was raised at the Islay Community Council, which resulted in Councillor Robin Currie revealing the proposed closures.

Councillor Currie previously raised the subject with the council and was told that the toilets in Port Ellen were among 36 in Argyll and Bute that could be closed.

If 36 toilets in the region were to close this would save the council £80,000 by 2020-2021.

First book aged 89 for Mary

A woman living on Islay has has her first book published at the age of 89.

Mary Knowles has released The Fora of Laphroaig – a pocket book filled with more than 100 original paintings of plants, alongside descriptions of each.

Speaking to The Ileach online magazine, Mary said: ‘I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1928 an only child who suffered polio and had very little schooling until the age of eight.

‘Much of my time was spent in the company of my maternal grandfather,
a retired wheelwright whose knowledge of wild plants was the start of a career and a lifelong interest.’

The book costs £7.50 and is available from shops on Islay or by emailing peterknowles@gmail.com

Ardentinny, Innellan, Benmore and Kilmun
The award-winners proudly show off their certificates.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful last week presented three groups from Argyll and Bute with an It’s Your Neighbourhood accolade.

The awards celebrate their continued community participation, commitment to their environment and local gardening achievements.

The accolades were awarded at a ceremony in Stirling attended by more than 200 people, where groups were recognised for their efforts in cleaning up and making their home community more beautiful.

The 2017 It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative supported 142 projects from across Scotland, 33 of which were new entrants, and 32 entrants received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction.

The recipients from Argyll and Bute were Ardentinny Conservation and Heritage Group, Benmore and Kilmun Community Trust, and
Innellan Wildlife Watch Group (Certificate of Distinction).

Dr Lindsay Montgomery, chairman of the board of charity trustees at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ‘I would like to congratulate all of the 2017 It’s Your Neighbourhood participants. Their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment has helped to improve local environments Scotland-wide, and for which I thank them on behalf of the charity.

‘Keep Scotland Beautiful recently reported that local environmental quality standards across Scotland have reached their lowest point in a decade. Local action, such as the hard work of It’s Your Neighbourhood volunteers, goes a long way in helping to tackle the problem.

‘These awards celebrate community efforts to improve environments throughout Scotland. Every volunteer has helped towards creating more vibrant communities and protecting our precious local spaces – making a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of the country.’

The It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s Your Neighbourhood is a non-competitive initiative that places particular emphasis on community participation.

Rothesay charity receives almost £4,000 thanks to TSB

The Rothesay-based charity Calum’s Cabin has received a £3,996 donation from four TSB branches.

The money was raised by the Rothesay, Dunoon, Largs and Greenock branches, and it will be used to provide care and holidays for children with cancer and their families.

Caroline Spiers, founder of Calum’s Cabin, said:  ‘It’s been great to work in partnership with TSB.

‘The team’s support has had a really positive impact on our charity and the work we do.  I would like to say thank you to all the branches for all their hard work and a fantastic year of fundraising.’

Awakening in Benderloch

A group in Benderloch has been established to help people change their lives.

Awakening in Benderloch was set up by Mairi Stones to provide a ‘safe place’ for people to get together.

‘Switch off the TV, get off the sofa and come and join in,’ says Mairi.

The group often hosts film screenings, as well as discussions and workshops.

Mairi describes the group as ‘a space to connect with each other and with our joy and sadness as we make this transition and find a way forward in our own community here on the West Coast of Scotland’.

She added: ‘It will provide a place to learn, to share and to support each other as we awaken even more to the truth of our times, and to come together to create new positive responses to the mess we’re in.

‘All are welcome to attend, bring your ideas, energy and enthusiasm – we need all of them.’

To find out more visit www.changeisalwayspossible.com.