District news – Week 38, 2019

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Garelochhead

Improved broadband service has come to a part of rural Argyll and Bute – but calls have been made for a better service to other parts.

Residents of Portincaple, on the outskirts of Garelochhead, now have access to superfast broadband services after BT Openreach confirmed that a new cabinet installed in the hamlet is now operational.

Lomond North councillor George Freeman confirmed he had been fighting for the service to be provided in the area for over two years.

But his Kintyre and the Islands counterpart Alastair Redman, a long-standing advocate of better broadband for rural parts of Argyll and Bute, still wants to see more being done.

Dunoon
A group of staff and pupils from Dunoon Grammar School participated in a national mental health conference. NO_T38_see me conference
A group of staff and pupils from Dunoon Grammar School participated in a national mental health conference. NO_T38_see me conference

A group of staff and pupils from Dunoon Grammar School participated in a national mental health conference in Glasgow last week.

The event was organised by See Me – an organisation established to help end the stigma often associated with mental health – and gave young people from across Scotland the opportunity to get together and share ideas of how they have been working to combat mental health discrimination.

The school’s head boy and depute head girl, Reece McIntyre and Katie Cameron, were joined by teachers and fellow S6 students Ryan Currie, Jack Brown, Jasmine Smith, Ferghas Walker and Erin O’Donnell at the event in The Arches.

The pupils are all members of the school mental health committee, along with depute head teacher Kirsty Campbell, and gave an insightful presentation on a number of projects that have been carried out to support culture change in relation to mental health across the school community.

Kirsty said: ‘They were extremely professional and their work was praised as a shining example of what schools across Scotland should be doing to address these important issues.’

Helensburgh
Olympic hopeful Anna Burnet goes back to Lomond School to tell pupils of her life on the high seas.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Anna Burnet returned to Lomond School to deliver an inspiring talk to pupils on her career so far.

The former pupil, who has also taken on the role as sailing ambassador for Lomond School, spoke to the keen sailors and those interested in what it takes to become an elite athlete about her sailing.

Anna provided the pupils with tips on balancing school work with competitive sailing, finding the right boat for your body type, and finding the perfect sailing partner.

Anna and her sailing partner, John Gimson, have been spending five hours on the water per day, training 300 days per year, in the lead up to their bid for the Olympics.

The pupils were also keen to know more about women in sport, how she got into sailing and the types of boats she has sailed in, while Anna shared her experiences of trying to find the edge that gets you to the top.

Sailing is on the curriculum at Lomond School as part of a focus on adventure, taught on its own fleet of dinghies and in partnership with RNCYC.

Kilmore

September 100 Club winners were Duncan Mudie and Ian Gibson.
The Kilmore Hall AGM will be held at 8pm on Wednesday October 2. A Halloween party is to be held on Saturday November 2, a fun evening for all the family.

Lismore
Lismore ‘Granny Bus’ passengers show gratitude for the service.

A good time was had by all at the recent gathering of drivers and passengers of Lismore Community Transport for elevenses at the Heritage Centre café.

Along with the chance for a chat with old friends, there were yummy homemade scones and delicious jam to be enjoyed.

Affectionately known as the ‘Granny Bus’ (although grandpas are, of course, also welcome) the vehicle is indispensable for taking older folk to the shop, surgery, Oban hospital appointments or even to Glasgow when necessary.

Maybe a prescription needs picking up or messages collected? The volunteer bus drivers will do that too.

The group is very grateful to Glensanda Aggregate Industries for their recent very generous donation and also to Gleaner Ltd for their very welcome support.

Although a contribution to trips is made by users, extra money is necessary to keep this essential vehicle in good condition. All those who benefit will also want to thank the volunteer drivers who so cheerily keep the service running.

Western Isles

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a Scottish Government announcement of funding for the new Castlebay Project.

The comhairle has committed £7 million to the project from its capital programme.

This will take forward proposals for education, health and social care services to be provided on Barra and Vatersay in high-quality provision with well-trained and specialist staff.

There are two separate major investment projects being proposed for Barra and Vatersay.

First, the comhairle is looking to replace Castlebay and Eoligarry Schools as part of the development of a learning and community facilities hub for Barra and Vatersay.

Secondly, NHS Western Isles, in collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, is developing proposals which will see the replacement of the St Brendan’s Hospital and Care Home.