Districts round-up week 52

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Kilmore

The winners of the Kilmore 100 Club Christmas draw have been announced.

L Battison won £500, E Adams received £300, while M Cruikshanks took home £100.

The New Year dance will take place on January 5 at Kilmore Hall and everyone is welcome.

Lochaline

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has appointed George Leslie Ltd to carry out work at Lochaline ferry terminal, commencing in May 2019.

The project will include the removal of the old aligning structure and the construction of a new one, as well as improving the overnight ferry berth at the terminal.

Extra marshalling space will be created, as part of works to formalise traffic flow through the port area. The project will also see the existing slipway widened and lengthened, and the berth area deepened, all of which will improve service resilience and remove the existing tidal constraint on the port.

In order to complete essential sections of the works, there will be a planned six-week closure period starting in October 2019, during which time CalMac will operate a passenger only service from another location.

CMAL and CalMac will host a public drop-in meeting early in 2019 in Lochaline to allow the local community to view proposals in more detail, and to discuss the alternative service arrangements during the closure period.  Meeting details will be circulated and made available at a later date.

Mull

Final call has gone out for volunteer Community First Responders on Mull. Training courses are being arranged for February. If interested, contact Moray Finch at mfinch@mict.co.uk

Bunessan

Bunessan Post Office is selling tickets for the New Year Ceilidh Dance at the village hall on Friday January 4 with the Robert Robertson Band featuring members of Tide Lines. Doors open at 8pm.

Rothesay

An ongoing regeneration project in Rothesay is progressing well, councillors have heard.

The Rothesay Townscape Heritage Phase 2 project is a five-year heritage-led regeneration project that will allow property owners to safeguard historic buildings and shopfronts while also developing skills and hosting events celebrating Bute’s heritage.

The partnership project – which has been running since October 2017 and will continue through to September 2022 – is funded by £1,888,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), £500,000 from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), £200,000 from Argyll and Bute Council, £70,249 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), £65,800 from the LEADER Programme and £21,500 from Paths for All. The total project fund amounts to £2,746,049. Funds will be administered as grants to property owners for a variety of repairs and refurbishments.

Dunoon

Pupils at Dunoon Grammar School have ‘scooped’ themselves a year’s supply of ice-cream after winning an international competition.

Business management pupils Claire Lauffer, Eleanor Hill, Kim Kerr and Matthew MacDuff beat off stiff competition from across the UK to win the School of Marketing’s Ice-Cream Dream, sponsored by Walls.

The group created a marketing campaign for a Fruit-a-licious lolly – an ice-cream containing the recommended five fruit and veg a day, aimed specifically at young people in schools and universities. The pupils had to explain the reasons and motivation behind their design, talk about how it differs from everything else on the market, and explore brand values.

They then had to submit their business plan in a two-minute video. The judges said the team ‘really understood the need to have a strong underlying consumer insight on which to build their product, and their marketing strategy was well thought through’.