District News – Week 01, 2019

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The December meeting of Killin SWI took the form of a party night.

All demonstrations and a lovely finger buffet were provided by members.

The competition winners were:  Christmas card: First – Fiona Boath, with  Margaret Galloway in second.

Favourite Christmas Tree Decoration: First – Anne Rose, second – Bunty MacGregor, and third – Sheila Aitken.

On Wednesday afternoon, December 19, once again, thanks go to the ladies for hosting the school children’s Christmas party which was held in McLaren Hall.

The children, dressed beautifully in gorgeous party outfits looked stunning.   The afternoon was enjoyed by the children, top table guests and SWI committee and members.

As usual the balcony was available for members of the public to watch the children enjoy the games and dances.


Carol singers in Taynuilt raised £220 in just two hours for the village hall funds.

A message of thanks was posted online, which said: ‘Well done everyone who came along and sang, Davie and Janice who prepared the mulled wine and mince pies, and all those who kindly donated money’

Glenorchy and Innishal

The next Glenorchy and Innishal Community Council meeting will take place on Wednesday January 9 from 7.30pm.

The meeting will take place in the Dalmally Community Centre and there will be a discussion on local issues including SSEN Pylons.

Members of the public, representatives of other community groups and schools are welcome to attend.

Ann Gunn retired from Connel surgery after 12 years. NO_T01_Taynuilt01
Ann Gunn retired from Connel surgery after 12 years. NO_T01_Taynuilt01

Colleagues turned out in force to wish Taynuilt Medical Practice receptionist Ann Gunn all the best in her retirement. Ann, who was based at Connel surgery, had been with the practice for 12 years.


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.


Councillors have given their backing to proposed heritage-led regeneration projects for Lochgilphead and Helensburgh.

At a recent meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee, Argyll and Bute councillors agreed recommendations to consider a potential financial commitment of £386,220 from the council towards a Lochgilphead Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), and £500,000 for a Helensburgh CARS.

For the new round of CARS funding, round eight, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has dedicated £10 million, with £2 million the maximum allowed per bid. Argyll and Bute Council has submitted a request for £969,731 in respect to Lochgilphead and £1.5 million for Helensburgh.