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Lochnell

A coffee morning hosted Lochnell Parent Council has raised £724 towards school trips and parties.

Parent council member Marian Milarvie thanked those who volunteered to help and those who turned out to support the event.

Marian said: ‘We’d particularly like to thank those P7s who organised and ran the side stalls including lucky dip, lucky lollies and treasure map.

‘They gave up their Saturday morning to help raise a total of £724.50 which will be used for things like school trips, P7 leaving presents, the annual Halloween party and Christmas gifts via Santa.’

Inveraray
Sue Campbell, with Erskine residents Jean Reilly and Lilias Holmes. NO_T47_Inveraray01
Sue Campbell, with Erskine residents Jean Reilly and Lilias Holmes. NO_T47_Inveraray01

Inveraray History Society’s secretary, Sue Campbell, was delighted to present a cheque to Erskine Hospital for £1,100, on behalf of all the members.

The funds were raised as a result of the production of Home Fires Broken Sons, a moving performance of the First World War by Taynuilt-based Three Wee Crows theatre group, held in Inveraray Church Hall during armistice week.

Sue said: ‘The history society would like to thank our generous sponsors, Royal British Legion (Inveraray branch), the George Hotel and W D Semple, as well as huge support from the community ensuring a full house on the night and good support for the raffle. Without them this would not have been possible.’

Killin

Armistice weekend was a very busy affair for Killin Community Choir.

On Saturday, the choir hosted a concert to mark the end of the Great War with songs and medleys from that time.

They were joined by members of Scottish Opera in Glasgow who gave outstanding performances.

Some of children from Killin Primary School sang and read poetry from the trenches which moved some of the audience to tears, and the evening ended with a rendition of Highland Cathedral.

On Sunday, members of the choir attended the remembrance ceremony at the war memorial in Killin, after which they sang The Green Fields of France for the customers at the Capercaillie Restaurant. At four o’clock they performed Faure’s Requiem in Killin Church for local residents.

Taynuilt
a 'Peace Party' took place in Taynuilt Village Hall. NO_T47_Taynuilt01
A ‘peace party’ took place in Taynuilt village hall. NO_T47_Taynuilt01

Villagers from all generations remembered the fallen last Sunday with a remembrance service in Taynuilt.

There was a wreath laying ceremony at the village’s war memorial, before people made their way to the village hall for a ‘peace party’ – and you needed a ration book ticket to enter.

There was a quiz, live music and entertainment, a traditional soup and sandwich lunch as well as prizes for the best 1918 costumes, with all proceeds going towards Erskine Veterans’ Hospital.

Organiser Isabel Blyth said: ‘The weather did not dampen the pipes played by Donald McNeill as he led the procession from the war memorial to the Taynuilt village hall for the peace party celebrations.

‘The hall was filled to capacity with free entry via ration book tickets that had been available from the local post office for weeks prior the event. It was great all 100 tickets sold out, but such a shame we had to turn people away on the day as the hall restrictions wouldn’t allow us to exceed numbers.

‘The 1918 food was perfect with delicious home-made soups, sandwiches and cakes, and a super celebration cake made by Celia Keenan, the first slice being cut by Mrs Cathy Potter, aged 97.’

Cathy Potter, aged 97, cut the first slice of the peace party cake. NO_T47_Taynuilt02
Cathy Potter, aged 97, cut the first slice of the peace party cake. NO_T47_Taynuilt02

Mrs Blyth added: ‘Thank you to everyone from Churches Together who organised and ran the event.  It was a humbling an joyous day with all generations coming together.’