District News – 15.8.19

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Appin

This Saturday, August 17, is the 62nd Appin Agricultural Show hill race starting at 1pm from the showfield at Tynribbie out to Bein Donn and back. Register on the days. Prizes to be won, sponsored by the Scottish Soup Company. The winner will receive The Rowan Cup, donated by Mr and Mrs C Rowan of Rowan Stoneworks.

Helensburgh

Lomond School is celebrating another outstanding SQA performance with over 90 per cent pass rate at National 5 and Higher, far exceeding the local and national average.

Two new records were set with a 96 per cent pass rate at National 5, and with almost 90 per cent of all National 5 passes at A or B grade. Half of all Advanced Highers were achieved at A grade, with three-quarters at A or B and 91 per cent of S6 presented for three Advanced Highers passed them all.

Of those S5 pupils studying five Highers, a third achieved all of these at A grade, with half of the cohort achieving the much-coveted Gold Academic Colours.

Pupils from Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire, alongside boarders from both home and abroad performed strongly at all levels, demonstrating again the powerful ethos of achievement and support at Lomond School identified by Education Scotland in their most recent inspection visit.

Almost three quarters of the departing sixth form gained Advanced Higher awards at grade A or B, and almost all are leaving to study at their destination of choice including former Dux of the school, Emma Dunn from Helensburgh, who secured her place at Glasgow University Medical School with three A grades at Advanced Higher.

Principal Johanna Urquhart said: ‘I am, once again, thrilled with our results and this is a very special time for us as a school. We have an open presentation policy, and all at Lomond believe in offering our young people every chance of success.’

Islay

Port Askaig’s RNLI open day earlier this month was well supported by crowds and sunshine this year, raising funds for the service that keeps seafarers safe.

In Port Ellen, Mansfield Road and Lennox Street desperately need some extensive road works including some resurfacing, say residents.

Also, blocked drains on the A846 are continuing to cause flooding issues.

The new pavement work at the corner of Lennox Street is an improvement welcomed by the community but there are still problems with the cratered concrete pavement sections on Frederick Crescent.

There are also problems with pavements in Bowmore. Island councillor Alastair Redman says he is  pressing the council’s roads department and Scottish Water to get issues resolved.

There will be Big Bike Revival at Bruichladdich Distillery on August 17 in a bid to encourage more people to cycle to work.

In partnership with Cycling UK, the distillery is offering a free bike tune-up with Grahame Bauld, along with basic tips to keep your bike in good condition. The event will run from 9am until 4pm at the courtyard of the distillery.

A puncture repair workshop with Graham Hayes; a led ride up to Port Mor with Brian Palm; a selection of e-bikes on loan from Home Energy Scotland to try on the day; and Ralph Jessop from Cycling UK will be there to answer any questions.

Mull

If running with dogs races is your thing then head to Glengorm Castle at Tobermory on October 5 and 6 with medals to be won. The event starts at 1pm on Saturday and 10am on the Sunday. Call 07779 041322 or enter online at entrycentral.com/CSS_Mull_19

The Coffee Pot at Salen is now signed up as a refill station for people to fill up their water bottles and help reduce the use of single use water bottles.

Taynuilt

Villagers are rallying support from the community to help keep Taynuilt tidy through the summer.

Sheer volume of fisher people and campers are causing piles of rubbish problems between the two piers and along the barrage when fishing permits are not needed.

Broken glass, empty cans, cigarette butts, used wipes and other discarded items are among waste regularly being found in the area.

Healthy wood is also being cut from trees to burn for fires, leaving marks on grass, says Taynuilt Community Council chairman David Sloss. ‘It’s the sheer volume of people using those areas that causes the problem. It’s more fishermen than campers and the worst areas are between the two piers and along the barrage.

‘It’s admirable that people are picking up other people’s rubbish but we’d ask those responsible for it to take care of it themselves. Take it home with you and behave responsibly.’

Oban
The BROAR brothers visited Oban Distillery last Tuesday evening. NO_T33_Whisky01
The BROAR brothers visited Oban Distillery last Tuesday evening.

Three brothers swapped the water for whisky on Tuesday when they rowed into Oban to collect bottles of the spirit in aid of charity.

As part of their training for the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the ‘world’s toughest row’, the BROAR team – Scottish brothers Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan MacLean – are rowing up the west coast, ‘pillaging’ whisky from the distilleries.

They are raising money for Feedback Madagascar, which helps improves the lives of poorest communities in Madagascar.

The brothers visited Oban Distillery on Tuesday with their father, Charles MacLean, and managing director of Feedback Madagascar, Jamie Spencer.

This was part of a number of planned stops across the west coast, which also include Lochranza on Arran to Talisker on Skye, Islay, Jura, Oban, Mull and Ardnamurchan.

The 300- mile route will help prepare the brothers for their 3000-mile transatlantic challenge at the end of the year, when they hope to become the first three brothers and youngest trio to row any ocean.

The donated whisky will be blended by a team of experts, led by their father, whisky writer and star of ‘The Angels’ Share’, Charles MacLean. This unique and limited edition ‘BROAR Blend’ will be sold to fund life-saving fresh water boreholes.

Jamie Spencer said: ‘We all take clean water for granted, but only 14 per cent

of the rural population of Madagascar has access to it.

‘We are delighted to have the boys on side for this lifesaving adventure and for just £10 – the price of a couple of drams – you can give the gift of clean water for a lifetime by texting W4WATER to 70191.’