District news – Week 18, 2019

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A home and garden event will take place at Achnacroish on Lismore next month.

Gardeners are advised to ‘get planting now’ ahead of the event on Saturday June 1.

There will be plant swaps and sales, as well as advice on a range of housing issues from experts.

People will also have the chance for a ‘blether and tea’.


The Trading Standards team at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding residents that the Scottish Government is currently consulting on fireworks in Scotland.

Two events are being held in Stornoway Town Hall on Wednesday May 8 – one at 2pm and the other at 6pm.

Fireworks are traditionally associated with festivities which celebrate events that are important to different communities across Scotland. Fireworks can bring colour and excitement to the special occasions that are important to people.

However, fireworks are potentially dangerous and need to be used safely and handled with care to avoid serious injury.

For some, the noise made by setting off fireworks can be a nuisance, and the disturbance can cause distress to both people and animals.


The annual Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum of the Isles friends meeting will take place on Saturday June 8.

Starting at 10am, the event is anticipated to be finished ‘in good time’ for the Princess Margaret of the Isles memorial prize for Senior Clarsash UK, which takes place in the afternoon.

To find out more, email lisa@armadalecastle.com.

NHS Highland's interim chairman Professor Boyd Robertson visited Oban's Lorn and Islands Hospital. NO_t18_hospitalvisit01
NHS Highland’s interim chairman Professor Boyd Robertson visited Oban’s Lorn and Islands Hospital. NO_t18_hospitalvisit01

The NHS Highland’s interim chairman met with representatives from the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

Professor Boyd Robertson visited hospitals in Oban, Lochgilphead and Campbeltown to discuss the importance of delivering quality services with staff, as well as a number of patients.

The visit to Oban’s Lorn and Islands Hospital also provided an opportunity to discuss with staff progress with the installation of a £1.2 million Siemens scanner within the hospital.


A report describing Helensburgh as ‘a world-class waterfront town’ has been ‘over-egged’, according to a councillor.

The final draft of the Making Places document, put together after a lengthy consultation process, went before members of Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee on Wednesday April 24.

But deputy council leader Councillor Gary Mulvaney suggested that the description of the town was slightly over the top.

He said: ‘Helensburgh is a superb town to live in – I’ve lived in it for 20 years – but when you use the term “world class”, are we setting ourselves up for a fall?’


A petition to bring the iconic paddle steamer Waverley back to Helensburgh has reached 1,000 signatures after last Saturday’s Wave for the Waverley rally.

An estimated crowd of 300 people turned out at the town’s pier in glorious sunshine for the weekend event, organised by Helensburgh Seafront Development Project (HSDP).

The crowd, who included local MSPs Jackie Baillie and Maurice Corry, had a clear message at the rally – save the council-owned pier, and help the Waverley return.