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Prestigious awards for Argyll and Bute’s young people

Young people from across Argyll and Bute will travel to Oban later this month to attend a prestigious award ceremony that will celebrate youth achievement.

Hundreds of nominations were received for this year’s Argyll and Bute Youth Awards and after a very difficult process, 24 finalists have been selected. The winner of each category will be announced at the award ceremony.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville, said: “These awards are a wonderful way of raising the profile of our young people and highlighting the positive contributions that they make to our communities. ”It is vital that the efforts of our young people are recognised and appreciation is given where it’s deserved. All who have taken up the challenge and participated should be very proud of themselves and their achievements.  ”The Council has gone to great lengths to support its young people and enable them to take advantage of all opportunities available to them. It is wonderful to see that this is paying off and I wish all those involved the very best for the future.”

The awards ceremony will take place at Oban Phoenix Cinema on Thursday 24th September 2015.   The award categories and nominees are as follows:

Unsung Hero Award
Billy Pearson, 18, Oban
Lindsay Ferns, 25, Campbeltown
Steven Simpson, 16, Dunoon
Youth Entrepreneur Award
Ailsa Smart, 19, Dunoon
Charlie Reade, 17, Isle of Mull
Fraser Campbell, 12, Oban
 Youth Volunteering Award
Robert Young, 16, Lochgoilhead
Steven Khan, 20, Oban
Thomas Howat, Isle of Bute
 Health and Wellbeing Award
Alex-Ann Good, 18, Dunoon
Route 81, Come Dine with us Team, 14-19, Garelochhead
The Weekenders, Oban
Youth Environment AwardY
Dunoon Grammar School, learning centre pupils, 12-18, Dunoon
James Penny, 14, Isle of Mull
Pippa Garrard, 25, Isle of Mull
Youth Citizenship Award
Route 81 Entertainment Team, 14-19, Garelochhead
Dunoon, Peer Education Group, 14-15, Dunoon
David McLaughlin, 18, Isle of Bute
Youth Sporting Award
Abigail Evans, 19, Oban
Isaac Lines, 15, Dunoon
Mark Welsh, 22, Ardrishaig
Youth Arts Award
Beth Atkinson, 15, Tarbert
Na Seudan Ur, 15-18, Tarbert
Shannon Maclean, 17, Isle of Mull

Had a transplant? National Services Scotland wants to hear from you.

National Services Scotland, which plans the transplant services for people who live in Scotland, is looking for feedback from transplant recipients and their carers to input into the plan to develop transplant services over the next six years to 2020.

Chris Myers, Commissioning Programme Manager of the solid-organ transplant services said: “There is an aspiration for Scotland to be one of the best performing countries in the world for donation and transplantation, and to make this happen we are currently working with a range of NHS organisations and the Scottish Government to increase the quality of the services and the number of transplants provided over the next six years. It is also important that every transplant is as successful as possible. Therefore, we are asking people who have received a transplant to tell us about all aspects of their care, before and after treatment through an online questionnaire.”

“Focus groups will be held later in the summer to gather more in-depth information. The online questionnaire is available through the website on the news page and the closing date for questionnaires is Sunday 20 July. Our aim through this is to learn more about your personal experience, in terms of the service you have received, but also the emotional and social effects of having a transplant. We will use this information to help improve our transplant services in the future.”

The work is in support of the Scottish Government A Donation and Transplantation Plan for Scotland 2013-2020 and the UK NHS Blood and Transplant (Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 strategy, which both aim to significantly increase transplantation levels over the next 6 years.


Budget communication and consultation – Ask the Leader

The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council will answer questions on council budget and services in an on-line conversation at 7pm on Thursday 16 January.   Members of the public are welcome to submit questions in advance or join the conversation on the night. The web chat is part of the council’s on-going communication and consultation exercise.

Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council said:  “The next two years will be relatively stable in terms of our financial planning. However we anticipate significantly reduce funding from 2016 onwards. I am keen to hear any views, questions or concerns that people have about our budget and services, in the short and longer term.”

For information on how to submit questions in advance or participate, please visit the council’s website at  The consultation exercise is based on response methods that have proven most useful to local people in the past, so includes an on-line survey.

There is still time to respond to the survey – It will be available until 24 January 2014.


Pupils Enthral International Audience

DGS Pipe Band

DGS Pipe Band

Pupils from Dunoon Grammar School again played a key role at a significant International Reception hosted by Education Scotland at the City Chambers, Glasgow last week.

The Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band and Highland Dancers entertained a distinguished audience consisting of educationalists from across the globe, including Scotland’s own Minisiter for Learning and Skills, Alasdair Allan MSP.  Dr Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive of Education Scotland introduced the Grammar school pupils to the international audience gathered in the stunning City Chambers, Banqueting Hall.  The pupils then enthralled the audience of over 100 delegates, representing many different nations, from Australia to Georgia, Holland to Canada.

The audience were clearly moved by the performance by Dunoon’s young people, with many hastily recording the performance on mobile phones to take footage home with them. The DGS pupils exited the hall to thunderous applause from their illustrious guests.  This was the fifth year pupils from the school have performed at the International Reception. Mr David Mitchell, Head Teacher of Dunoon Grammar and a guest at the reception commented:

“Our pupils have once again made a significant contribution at a key national event. They are fantastic ambassadors for not only the school but for Argyll and Bute. I would like to thank the young people involved for their continued good efforts and indeed their parents for their on-going support. I would also like to thank the tutors for their dedication and commitment to our young people.”

Aaron Barr, a drummer in the pipe band added  “It was great to see the reaction of the audience when we entered the hall. The band and dancers performed really well. Overall, it was a great occasion to be part of”.

Ten young people in Argyll and Bute pick up Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Ten young people in Argyll and Bute have picked up Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards – a record number for the area. Six of them received the awards at a presentation in the garden of the Palace of Holyrood House on the 4th of July where they met and had a chat with HRH the Earl of Wessex.

The presentation of the certificates was made by Major General Nick Eeles, the Governor of Scotland. This title means the General is now a member of Her Majesty, the Queen’s household in Scotland. General Eeles is in charge of Scottish-based troops, ensuring that they are trained and equipped for operations, and are properly looked after when based at home.

The young people have spent a minimum of twelve months completing a programme of volunteering, physical skills and expeditions. Their work included planning and training for a four day expedition in wild country, some have volunteered with dance schools, the girl guides and charities while others took part in the tall ships race and one took part in several projects in Costa Rica.

Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Group in Argyll and Bute, Councillor Dick Walsh said, “This was a fantastic day out for the gold award winners and their supporters who were able to celebrate the achievements. It was also an opportunity to thank and reward the parents and the Duke of Edinburgh volunteer leaders for their hard work and continued support of the young people. These young people are great examples of how all of us can contribute to society when we really put our minds to it.”

Gordon Harrower, Oban; Alastair Hoon, Oban; Alasdair Taylor, Oban; Callum Turner, Lochgilphead; Lauren Carruthers, Helensburgh; Ruth Lambert, Dunoon

Gordon Harrower, Oban; Alastair Hoon, Oban; Alasdair Taylor, Oban; Callum Turner, Lochgilphead; Lauren Carruthers, Helensburgh; Ruth Lambert, Dunoon


Haunted Planet TV Team takes up  fundraising challenge for Breast Cancer Care Scotland

 Haunted Planet TV will begin airing Season Two on the 17th of July 2013, called Seven Nights in Dunoon and it is all in aid of Breast Cancer Care Scotland.  On the 17th of July 2013 at 22:00hrs Haunted Planet TV will begin airing Season Two, called Seven nights in Dunoon in aid of Breast Cancer Care Scotland. Every week and at the same time thereafter, another episode will be shown, up until the last seventh episode.  The show will be aired on You Tube and viewing details can be found on  Glasgow Paranormal Investigators travelled throughout Dunoon and investigated various supposed haunted locations in the search for evidence of the paranormal.  Special guests joined the team throughout the seven nights, which included some of the fantastic Breast Cancer Care team.

The Haunted Planet TV Team said of their challenge:  “We gave the filming location owner SGE Hotels the choice of charity for our event, so we were over the moon when Breast Cancer Care Scotland was chosen’.  All the Haunted Planet TV team and guests had a fantastic time filming for the charity show and at such amazing locations.  We were even lucky enough to have some of the Breast Cancer Care girls join us for one night of filming.  We raised a significant amount from Season One for the charity LAMH, so this time we want to raise even more and also just as important to raise awareness. People have already begun donating to the just giving page even before its official launch date of the 17th of July 2013”.

Hannah Weddell, Area Fundraiser at Breast Cancer Care Scotland said:  ‘We are delighted that Haunted Planet TV is undertaking this fundraising event to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. In the UK someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes, so the demand for our free services is huge. The fundraising efforts of individuals such as Haunted Planet TV are hugely appreciated and ensure that we can continue our life-changing work.’


 Breast cancer is now the most common cancer among women in the UK. Every year 50,000 people hear the devastating news that they have this life-threatening illness. Breast Cancer Care is there for every one of them, providing expert information and professional support when it’s needed most.


NHS 24 Changes Number from 2014

The Scottish Government has announced today Wednesday 24th January that NHS 24 will be available on 111 from 2014. There are two reasons for the switch to 111: it is easy to remember and will be free to call.

Play Safe this winter

Scottish Water is reminding customers in Argyll and Bute of the importance of playing safe this winter. Last winter may have been relatively mild but in recent years we have witnessed some of the coldest winters for generations, so there’s no telling what the next few months may bring. Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s Regional Community Manager for the area, is advising customers that they should remain vigilant and should not take any risks around freezing cold watercourses.
She said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but we are reminding parents to keep their children safe, and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses. Don’t wander too near the edge because you could slip and fall in. Dogs also need to be kept on a lead if they are being walked near reservoirs and other bodies of open water. “While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it is also vital that they stay safe.”

That’s a message which the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is keen to reiterate. Carlene McAvoy, Scotland’s community safety development officer for RoSPA with a remit for water safety, said: “Snow and ice are enchanting to most children, but RoSPA knows only too well that these wintry conditions can also be a real danger. “RoSPA wants youngsters to get out, have fun and play safely, and the best way for them to do that is if parents talk to their children about the hazards of playing on frozen water and what to do if they or their friends get into trouble. “Every year, people die from falling through ice into a frozen river or loch – something that is easily preventable. Tragedy often strikes when they are trying to rescue someone else or a dog, which was the case in more than half of the 20 ice-related drownings in recent years. “RoSPA’s advice is to take care around the edges of lochs and rivers because snow can obscure them, and we recommend that dogs are kept on a lead so they do not run out on to the ice. Frozen water may look tempting, but there is no way of knowing whether the ice will hold your weight and it’s often too late by the time you find out that it won’t.”

Be aware of hidden dangers

Reservoirs are man-made features and because of their purpose, they have a number of unique hidden dangers. These relate mainly to built-structures such as dams, spillways (overflows) and water intakes (underwater pipe work that takes water out of the reservoir) and the effects of these. Other hidden dangers found at reservoirs include deep water – which will be very cold at this time of year, underwater plant life and steep banks. Each year, there are more accidental drowning deaths in inland waters than in any other type of water.
Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s Customer Service Delivery Director, said: “Natural hazards can also lurk beneath the surface, where children and adults can get entangled in vegetation or stuck in mud. The majority of reservoirs are remote so there is a lack of immediate assistance. Safety education is a priority – please play safe this winter.”

Protect your pets
One of the biggest concerns with dog owners is when their pet experiences difficulties after diving in to water, chasing a ball or stick. The pet more often survives such incidents, but the owners, who have attempted to save them, may not. Dogs need to be kept on a lead if they are being walked near reservoirs and other bodies of open water. Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Anyone who spots an animal in distress in water this winter, be that a domestic pet, livestock or wildlife, should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999. “If it is an emergency situation, such as when a pet has fallen through ice, then the owner should call the fire and rescue service and wait for assistance. We always urge dog owners to keep their pets on the lead near frozen waterways and people must never go after their dog if it walks out onto the ice. Each year we hear of incidents where people have tried to rescue their pet from a frozen river or lake, often with tragic consequences. We’re keen to make sure both animals and owners stay safe this winter.”

If customers would like more information they can contact our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 or

Dunoon Burgh Hall Online Questionnaire

Dunoon Burgh Hall is currently the focus for an ongoing development project that aims to provide an accessible, arts led events venue that inspires current and future generations to explore our heritage and to engage in diverse cultural opportunities. The project has recently secured development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This funding is currently being used to develop the architectural and activity plans for the project, which in turn will be used to
support applications for funding.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The findings of this research will be used to inform a programme of events, activities and performances at the Burgh Hall and will also help them to identify and develop activities that will encourage people to get involved in celebrating and understanding the significance of the building.
Just click on the link below and it will take you directly to the online questionnaire which should take about five minutes to complete:
They are also holding two workshops to find out more about what you want from the Burgh Hall now and in the future. Two sessions will be held on Thursday 29th November 2012 at the following times: 2 pm – 3pm, and
6.30 pm – 7.30pm. If you would like to attend, please email to reserve a place.


Keeping customers up to date with service issues
ARGYLL and Bute Council has launched a new service to help customers find out about any service disruptions in their area. Following extensive testing, the council’s new Service Disruptions Line is now live, providing information fed directly from council teams in real time to keep customers up to date in the event of any issues. By calling 01546 604040 , customers can find out the latest information about schools, roads, waste collections and council buildings. The system uses a mix of voice automation and ‘press button’ menus in order to find the best way of providing up-to-the-minute details for callers.
Lead councillor for communications Louise Glen-Lee said: “It’s inevitable on occasion that services face disruption, especially with the challenges of severe weather to contend with. This makes it even more important that we find the best ways of keeping the people of Argyll and Bute well informed about any issues which may affect them. The new service disruption line is another part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that we keep in touch with our customers.”
Even when there are no current service disruptions, it is still possible to call the line and find out how it works. For the most up-to-date council service disruption details, call 01546 604040 . Argyll and Bute Council’s website also features a dedicated service disruption page which carries updates on roads, school closures and other issues.


Majestic Line Wins Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year
Local cruise company were delighted to win to be declared a winner at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards dinner on October 4th in the category “Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year” The judges said “The Majestic Line was awarded top marks for every criteria in this category and was chosen because of the scale and originality of its endeavour. What caught the judges imagination was the scale and audacity of the entrepreneurship improving year on year as the business develops, adapts and innovates”
To find out more about this company who sail out of the Holy Loch as well as Oban, around Argyll and the Outer Hebrides on their converted traditional wooden vessels visit
Council supports Scottish Mental Health Week 8 – 14 October
Argyll and Bute Council has re-affirmed its support for Scottish Mental Health Week which takes place from 8 – 14 October with World Mental Health Day on Wednesday the 10th of October. On 23rd August Argyll and Bute Council publicly pledged to tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health by signing the ‘see me’ pledge and committing their support to taking action. The ‘see me’ awareness campaign aims to eliminate the stigma and discrimination which can be associated with mental ill-health. One in four people will experience mental ill health in the course of their lives and the campaign sets out to ensure that all organisations value and include people with mental health problems and those who support them.
As part of its commitment, the council produces a monthly Mental Health Newsletter in collaboration with NHS Highland, to provide updates on the work being carried out in relation to mental health across the area. The council also offers employees a counselling service which provides independent, confidential support, information and help. Help is available by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with access to personal counselling, and internal monthly briefing ‘cascades’ which raise awareness of the ‘see me’ campaign and publicise the help that is available to people suffering from mental ill-health.
Lead councillor for Adult Care, Anne Horn said ‘Scottish Mental Health Week is a great opportunity for everyone in Argyll and Bute to get involved with the ‘See me’ campaign and help end the stigma surrounding mental ill-health. The Council will play its part in changing attitudes and in ending discrimination.’
For more information on the campaign go to
ARGYLL and Bute Council’s 4,300 blue badge holders are being alerted to significant changes in the way that applications for the disabled parking permits are assessed. From 1 September the UK government is introducing significant changes to the process for assessing eligibility for a blue badge. The changes will affect customers who are not automatically entitled to a blue badge through qualifying benefits, and who are applying under discretionary criteria such as ‘unable or virtually unable to walk’. Up to 56 per cent of applications currently fall into this category. At the moment GPs provide medical assessment under discretionary criteria – but from September, independent mobility assessments (IMAs) will be introduced to provide more consistency and objectivity. IMAs must be carried out by qualified practitioners. Customers in Argyll and Bute who require an IMA will now be referred by the council to NHS occupational therapists trained in assessing mobility needs.
Initial applications should still be made to Argyll and Bute Council, either in person at a customer service point, by post or online. Only applicants who do not automatically qualify for a blue badge will be referred to the NHS. However, this process may take up to eight weeks if the NHS requires a face to face assessment before making a decision. To ensure that customers will not be left without a badge and to allow for the longer processing time, Argyll and Bute Council is accepting renewal applications up to eight weeks before the expiry date of the existing blue badge. In addition, the council will also accept applications under the existing GP assessment system for badges expiring before 1 October. These applications, completed with GP support, should be submitted before 1 September. All applications submitted after that date must, by law, be assessed under the IMA procedure. There will also be a new appeals system for customers whose application is refused following an IMA.
Argyll and Bute Council is writing to all customers whose blue badges expire before 1 October so that they are aware of the new arrangements. There is also information on the council’s website at and within customer service points. Social work and NHS staff will also be able to assist customers with the new process.
The blue badge application fee will remain set at £20 and will be refunded if no badge is awarded after assessment.
Scottish Water is about to start the final stage of its near £7.5m investment to provide clearer, fresher drinking water to more than 20,000 customers in the Dunoon and Cowal area. A £3.5m project to upgrade the Loch Eck Water Treatment Works (WTW) is about to be completed and we will soon start the final phase of our £3.9m project to improve 27 miles of mains in the distribution network served by the WTW. The combined investment will substantially reduce the potential for manganese going through the network. Manganese is a naturally occurring substance and is no risk to public health at the levels which have been recorded in the area in the past.The project at the WTW involved the installation of a manganese removal plant to provide an effective barrier to manganese from entering the network.
The WTW is now successfully removing manganese to levels well within the regulatory standards. As a result of this, the final cleaning of the water network will begin on July 23.This will comprise about six weeks of cleaning, with the work being done at night to minimise inconvenience. Most of the work on the network of pipes, which started in June last year and is being carried out for Scottish Water by contractors George Leslie, has been completed. This included the replacement or relining of mains. The remaining work on the mains will involve further cleaning of the pipes. This work was timed to be carried out after the WTW started successfully removing manganese.
Scottish Water’s investment at the WTW and in the network of distribution pipes – which was required by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland — will benefit customers throughout the supply zone in Dunoon and areas such as Sandbank, Hunter’s Quay, Kirn, Toward, Kilmun, Ardentinny, Strachur and St Catherine’s. Mr Jim Hassan, Scottish Water’s water operations manager, said: “We have improved the water quality in recent years. The investment at Loch Eck WTW to tackle manganese is delivering further improvements at the point where the water enters our system and the final phase of the cleaning or flushing will complete our work on the network and help ensure customers enjoy clearer, fresher drinking water for years to come.”
The final stage of cleaning will start from July 23 in Strachur, Leanach and St Catherines and will continue there until August 1. The programme will then continue in the Sandbank area from August 1-7 and then across Dunoon from August 7-29. When the work in Dunoon is complete it will move to Toward for two days on August 29-31 and finish at Kilmun after one day’s work on September 3-4. To minimise any inconvenience to customers, each day of work will start at 10pm and will be completed by 6am the following day. We will not carry out the cleaning work at the weekends, so the first work on a Monday will start at 10pm and the last work on a Friday will be finished by 6am.
Mr Stuart Flaws, Scottish Water’s project manager for the mains work, said: “There will be some planned temporary interruptions to the normal water supply to allow this final phase of work to progress. “However, we will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience, customers affected will be given advance notice of the shutdowns and normal supplies will be restored as quickly as possible.” Affected customers will experience a temporary loss of water supply, low water pressure or discoloured water during this work. Any customers who experience discoloured water are advised to run the cold tap in their kitchen gently until the water runs clear. Customers are also advised not to use any appliances which use water, such as washing machines or dishwashers, during the work in their area on the specified dates.
Mrs Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, added: “It’s great to see our substantial improvement work is nearing completion and, during this final phase of cleaning or flushing, we will again do everything possible to minimise any inconvenience to customers. “We would again like to thank them for their patience and understanding. The long-term benefits of our investment will far outweigh any inconvenience during the project.”
Library users in Argyll and Bute are being asked to help shape the future of the service through an in-library and on-line survey launched on Friday June 1. Libraries and mobile library vans will have copies of survey forms for and are available from Survey questions are designed to provide information on the quality of library facilities and services and measuring patterns of library use.
Lead Councillor for Community, Culture, Customer and Communications, Louise Glen-Lee said: “I would encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey as it will shape the future of this service.” “Your opinions as users, or non-users, are very important. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and can be filled in anonymously.” “The library service is much wider than simply issuing books – it is an important part of our social and educative infrastructure. Making sure it provides a service fit for purpose will keep libraries in the hearts of our communities for years to come.”
You may remember that last November we had Laura Strongman and Gail Crow pupils from Dunoon Grammar School in the studio telling us about the film they had made along with other pupils from DGS about and ex-pupil Walter Sinclair Smith who was tracigally the first casuality after the famous WWI Christmas truce football match. Well, that film has made it into the final four of all the films submitted to Poppy Scotlands Moving Stories Competion and now needs you vote to become the overall winner. To vote and see all four films go to Poppy Scotlands Website you have until the 17th May to place your vote.
Argyll and Bute Council have announced that the date of the Dunoon Ward Council Election will be now be on the 10th May, all other Council Ward elections are being held a week earlier on the 3rd May 2012
Don’t forget if you want to vote in the elections you must have registered by the 18th April. If you need a Registration forms call 0800 980 0470 or you can print a form from
Argyll and Bute Council Election – Dunoon Ward
The returning officer for the Argyll and Bute Council election on May 3 has formally postponed the election for the three seats on the Dunoon ward.
The requirement came following the death last week of a party candidate for that ward, the late Alister MacAlister of the Scottish National Party (SNP), after the ‘statement of persons nominated’ had been published.
Returning officer Sally Loudon has now written to all other candidates for that ward, advising them that the May 3 election has been postponed.
A Notice of Election for the Dunoon ward will be published next Tuesday (April 10) which will provide a period of seven working days for the SNP only to nominate another candidate if it wishes to do so. That notice will also specify a date for the election in the Dunoon ward.
Mrs Loudon said: “We are in discussions with the suppliers who provide the counting software and we are also looking at the other administrative arrangements for the poll, which will take place some time in May within the period specified by the election rules, which is 21-28 working days from April 10 2012.”
The election team is currently developing a new timetable for the processes which need to take place around matters such as the new issue of polling cards, amended deadlines for postal voting and proxy applications and a new date for the issue of postal votes for the Dunoon ward.
The election in respect of all other wards in Argyll and Bute will proceed as planned on Thursday, May 3 2012.
Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust Workshop
Come along and give your views on the proposed Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust. Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging people to come along to workshops and give their views on the proposed Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust. The council is working in partnership with the Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network through the Argyll Bute Local Services Initiative, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland to develop the proposed trust. The remit of the trust would include outdoor access, marine and coastal, built environment and biodiversity projects.
Following a competitive tendering exercise STAR (Small Town and Rural Development Group) consultants were appointed to look at how a trust could operate in Argyll and Bute. Workshops will be held across the area during April and May to determine public support.
The Dunoon workshop will take place in: The Burgh Hall on 30th April 2012 from 12.30 – 16.00
Head of Planning and Regulatory Services Angus Gilmour said, “I am delighted the council is working together with our partners on this study. There will be a strong emphasis on involving our communities and third sector partners. We will also make sure that we take economic development, including our important tourism sector, into account.
Colin Roxburgh of STAR said “We are delighted to be contracted to develop a feasibility study for the proposed Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust. We recognise that it comes at a time of budget cuts, but that it is also an opportunity to put in place a partnership organisation that can make a positive contribution to the important work of protecting, enhancing and developing Argyll’s coast and countryside and its rich natural and built heritage. “The feasibility study will engage with key stakeholders including those involved in land management, access, recreation, natural heritage, biodiversity, and cultural heritage to ask for their views on the establishment of the Trust and how it might support and compliment their own work as well as take on projects of its own.”
A key aim of the trust is to look at ways of involving the voluntary sector better. One of the specific goals of the trust is to ensure it does not duplicate, or be in conflict with, other community trusts operating in Argyll and Bute. The proposed Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust will operate separately to the council but will be supported by officers from both the council and its partners.
You will find more information of the workshops and how to get involved in them along with an online survey on the council website at
Kirn Primary pupils entered the Eco-Schools Scotland ‘One Planet Picnic’ competition and as part of their prize chef Fi Bird, will visit the young winners along with the sponsors of the prize, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). QMS is the public body responsible for marketing Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork as well as promoting meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
QMS Health and Education Coordinator Jennifer Robertson is a qualified dietitian and her visit to the school will add to what the pupils have already learned about healthy eating. She will lead an interactive discussion on where our food comes from, healthy eating and the benefits of including red meat in the diet. This will be followed by the hands-on demonstration with chef Fi Bird, who will cook two healthy red meat dishes which all the pupils can taste and potentially replicate with mum and dad at home.
Jennifer explained how impressed she was with the winning entry. “Primary 7 decided to hold a picnic for all the staff in the school and they meant everyone; teachers, the school catering staff, the cleaners, office staff and their local lollipop man.” “The catering staff very kindly let them use the school kitchen to prepare their picnic food which consisted of sandwiches, salad, fruit smoothies and the pupils’ very own ‘Kirnie Birnie Soup’.” The pupils served all the guests including the children from the school’s nursery class.
Ellen Morton, education spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council commented on how entering the competition complemented how the school encourages pupil involvement, the use of local and seasonal produce and cutting down on waste. “They worked really hard on the final entry using photographs showing them harvesting local vegetables, preparing the food, serving our guests and enjoying the day. They also produced beautifully illustrated recipe cards for their Cregg Sandwiches, Berry Best Smoothies, the Salmon Salad and the really tasty Kirnie Birnie Soup.”
Eco-Schools Scotland is the flagship education programme of Keep Scotland Beautiful and Programme Manager, Kate Campbell, explained how the initiative encourages schools throughout Scotland to improve their environmental performance. “The ‘Food and the Environment’ topic, funded by the Scottish Government, aims to inspire our young people to reconnect with where their food comes from, discover local, seasonal crops and dishes and consider the environmental impacts of our food choices.” “The entry from Kirn Primary School was excellent and showed how everyone had fun preparing for and enjoying their ‘One Planet Picnic’.”
Festivals, coffee mornings, music, craft fairs, community events, sports competitions and much more …. Do you realise how many things there are on in Cowal in a year? How do you know if there is something else on when you want to put an event on? Could you work with other organisations that are holding events around the same time to take advantage of cross marketing?
The more things that are on, the more people will come to Cowal, so more money will be spent keeping shops and other businesses going. Come along to the Burgh Hall on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at 7.30 pm
Chief Inspector Andrew Mosley (as a business neutral) has offered to chair a meeting of minds aimed at the objective of bringing together as many local organisations and businesses as possible to provide a platform for people to put forward ideas on how different local organisations can work together and pool resources. All are welcome large and small. Bring a pen and a head full of new ideas! Please spread the word to as many like minded people as possible.
What about -
v An events diary for Cowal that can be accessed by event organisers and tourism businesses.
v A resources list of what organisation has what that might be of help to others – stalls, tables and chairs etc.
v Joint marketing for the summer season, the autumn season, the winter and spring. Expand your audience by marketing your event at earlier events.
v Does Cowal have room in its calendar for a weekend event of music with local crafts and good food? Is there the willingness to run one?
v Grant funding
Please come along with your dates for your 2012 events and a note of your organisation with contact and resource details.
The event, which is open to everyone, will take place in Queens Hall on Wednesday, January 25 from 12pm to 8.30pm.
The Dunoon CHORD project team will be on hand throughout the afternoon and evening to discuss the updated plans for the Queens Hall and Waterfront areas. Maps and plans will be available for those taking part to discuss with the project team, and help them to contribute their own thoughts to the process. The drop-in event is being carried out as part of Argyll and Bute Council’s £30 million CHORD programme, designed to regenerate the waterfronts of five key towns – Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay, and Dunoon.
Councillor Bruce Marshall, Chair of the Dunoon CHORD Project Board, encouraged people to attend the drop-in event saying: “This is another fantastic opportunity for the community to see the exciting plans for the waterfront area, speak to the team taking the project forward and understand how the proposals are intended to progress over the next few months and beyond. “I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the area to come along and speak to the team. The drop in event in September was very successful and attended by around 230 people and I would hope to see a large turnout again this time. “These are important changes to the town and waterfront area and a catalyst for further economic regeneration. Improving the appearance and performance of the Queens Hall is seen as essential to the success of the waterfront project, with the preferred option being the extension of the building and refurbishing the interior to allow it to accommodate the Visitor Information Centre, an improved and more flexible events hall, a soft play facility and roof terrace. “The proposals also include the relocation of Dunoon Town Library to the building alongside the cafe/bar, all overlooking Castle Gardens and the improved waterfront area.”
For further information on the CHORD Programme and the Dunoon Waterfront project, please visit
The search is on to find Argyll and Bute school pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and the winners of Skills Development Scotland’s 2012 Junior Saltire Awards.
Entries are being invited from the area’s primary five to seven pupils; S1 to S3; and S4 to S6 secondary pupils in the competition which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).
It follows the success of last year’s inaugural Junior Saltire Awards and the aim is to raise awareness of the opportunities Scotland has to exploit its marine energy potential.
Junior Saltire Award entries can be from a team of four pupils or a whole class and there are school prizes of up to £750 to be won. Teams are being asked to register for the competition by 31 January and submit their design blueprint by 29 February. The next step is to create a working model by 30 April.
Nine schools will be invited for an all-expenses paid trip to try out their designs at the University of Strathclyde’s test tank on 7 June and attend the SCDI’s Celebration of Engineering and Science Showcase event at Glasgow’s Science Centre on 8 June. Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website
Have you a passion for sport that you want to pass on? Are you already involved with a sports group and want to move to a coaching role? Or maybe you want to move to a new career in sport? Then you need to know that Argyll and Bute Council has now launched the registration for their fifth annual sports coaching event.
The event will be held this year in Oban on the weekend of 4 and 5 February and will offer 56 courses from athletics to mountain skills. New courses which are being offered for 2012 include triathlon, Nordic walking, watersports, swimming master classes for coaches, gymnastics, archery, gym instructor and double goal coach. These new courses are designed to reflect the support for current local sports provision as well as introducing new opportunities for sport to grow in Argyll and Bute.
The sports coaching event has grown every year, starting from 250 in the first year to 401 in 2011. And we hope that we will have over 500 new sports coaches for 2012! The 2012 event also launches the new sports coaching awards in partnership with sportscotland. These awards recognise quality coaching in a number of categories: young coach; participation coach; performance coach; young person’s coach; performance development coach and disability coach.
Spokesperson for third sector and communities Councillor Rory Colville said, “The sports coaching event is now in its fifth year and has been an amazing success. The event gives future sports coaches the chance to get accreditation but it is so much more. It is about inspirational people who want to lead others to fulfil their dreams. I am delighted that the council is again running the sports coaching event and I would encourage anyone who has a desire to get into coaching to get involved.”
The cost of courses varies and the council’s partnership with spotscotland and Argyll College offer opportunities for everyone through subsidised courses.
You can find out more about the sports coaching event online at
Argyll and Bute Council is again actively encouraging people to get involved and say which services are important to them, and how services should be delivered.
There are a number of ways the public can have their say:
· Online – at The web site has information on where the council gets its funding from and how the budget is currently allocated.
· Budget simulator, at which gives people the opportunity set a budget and see the implications changes in funding have on individual services.
· Public meetings
· Complete an on line survey
· Call into a council office, library or sports centre and fill in one of the budget consultation postcards and post them in their suggestion box.
· Take part in live web chats with the council leader and chief executive
Feedback from residents about which services are important will help shape how council services are delivered in the future.
There is now a single mobile phone number you can text the council on with any enquiries or requests for service. It is 07624 808 798 and your text will be dealt with by the customer service centre.
If they cannot help your information will be passed on to the relevant service in the council and you will then get a text back or a call back with an update. Make sure you keep the text to less than 160 characters or you will be charged for more than one message. All texts are charged at the sender’s standard rate.
The customer service centre is open between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday so any texts sent out of hours will be picked up as soon as possible.
Argyll and Bute Council leader, Councillor Dick Walsh said, “The new text service will make it easier to report about things like potholes or find out more about opening times in some of our buildings. You should add the number to your phone in case you are out and about and spot something we can help you with. If you’d like to speak to us about more complex matters you can find the right number on our website at”
Royal Bank of Scotland have started a new initative called RBS CommunityForce which sees them working with local communities to support the people, projects and charities making a real difference where you live. One of their ideas is to allow the public to vote for their favourite local project and that project will gain a grant of £5000. 8 local charities have put their names forward for this award they are
Ardentinny Community Trust
Blairmore Village Trust Community Interest Company
Cowal Elderly Befriending Society
Dunoon Community Development Group
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Girl Guiding Argyll
Interloch Transport
Three Dolphins Trust
Help a local charity and place your vote, you have until the 22nd October to do so. To find out more and to place your vote go to
On Saturday night 6th August at the PACT Tramps Supper June Potts had all, well nearly all (after a vote decided she should have a mohican instead) her hair cut off to raise funds.

june checks with Victor how much he needs for his transplant

Amanda adds the final touches

To celebrate the 21st year that the High kirk have held their flower festival the theme was ‘Lets Celebrate’ with the flower arrangements depicting a selection of the themes used in past festivals. Once again the church was filled with wonderful flowers which were a credit to all the arrangers. For more pictures go to the photo gallery.

Lets celebrate

Missing Hairless Chinese Crested
Description Little Eva has been missing since the 14/07/2011 in the Argyll area of Scotland! She slipped her lead while staying with friends in ST CATHERINES CARAVAN PARK,ARGYLL, PA25. So far she has been missing 6 days & there have been no sightings of her at all! She is registered at all the usual Lost Pet sites & many places in the area she went missing!
We know many of you don’t live in the area, but would ask that you share as far as you possibly can, you may have relatives or friends visiting the area at some point! Any help you can give will be much appreciated, Eva is a very nervous little girl & will not approach strangers! Thank you :0)
Eva is a 2 year old Hairless Chinese Crested, she is very wary of strangers & will not approach! She is a very small girl who is used to her home comforts! When she disappeared she was wearing a Black collar with a Diamonte Heart shaped charm, Eva is microchipped & her details are up to date, Petlog have been informed! She has dark skin on her body, white & brown hair on her head, white hair on her feet & tail. Many people may think she’s older than she is due to lack of dentition, hairless mouths are typically not full dentition!
If anyone see’s this wee girl please call Lynda on 07960517690 & try to keep her in sight until Lynda can get to her! Thank you!
Following the drop-in event held on Tuesday the 21st June in the Queens Hall CHORD – Town Regeneration Project are keen to gather comments from as many people as possible to help shape the Dunoon Waterfront plans.
Please find below a link to the Argyll and Bute Council website to post any comments, queries or ideas you may have about any part of the project:
They would like to hear to any groups or individuals who you think may have an interest in Dunoon Waterfront.
Following on from NHS Highlands Palliative Care Implementation Group (PCIG) public event at Cowal Community Hospital and other information they created a shortlist of 6 options for the future of pallative care services in Cowal from the original 10 options. The PCIG wish to obtain the views of the public on the short listed options to help it in the appraisal process. You can download the leaflet detailing the options here and for the feedback form click here For more information visit NHS Highlands website
All feedback forms have to be in by the 24th June so don’t delay if you want your say.
Epic Walk For Meningits
John Tanton is to walk the 272 mile Pennine way in order to raise money for Meningitis UK. The walk will take John 3 weeks to complete and he is doing it in memory of his 14 year old Grandson, Mark, who passed away in September 2010 from Meningitis.
Mark was a typically lively 14 year old with many hobbies and friends and within 24 hours had been taken by Meningitis. Meningitis UK raise money in order to fund research into this terrible disease with an ultimate aim of finding a cure for it.
The Mark Tanton fund, administered by John, hope to raise £20,000 for Meningitis UK and so far have raised an incredible £13,300. Please support John on this mammoth undertaking and meningitis UK by sponsoring John via this link:
John set off on the walk on Sunday 22nd May and we all wish him all the best. We will update our listeners on the walk when he returns in mid June.
Meningitis can kill. Awareness and simple precautions can greatly lessen the risks.
On Saturday, 14 May a table sale was held in Sandbank Village Hall aimed at raising awareness of Meningitis. Dunoon Community Radios’ Dr-Phil went along to find out what it was all about and talked to Eileen McKiernan, MBE, of the Meningitis Association Scotland, whose 17 year old son Lee died from the disease, Lesley Boyce and her daughter Fiona, who had suffered from meningitis as a baby. Fiona survived meningitis, but has been left with serious long-term debilitating affects.
In addition to this, Sandbank resident John Tanton’s fourteen year-old grandson Mark died of meningitis last year and John is currently trekking the Pennine Way to raise funds for Meningitis UK.
Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal chord. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms. Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord.
It is especially dangerous because the symptoms are often misread as being something much less serious. Any flu-like symptoms that are accompanied by severe headaches and especially stiffness in the neck should be reported immediately to a doctor. Streptococcal and other bacteria, which commonly occur in the throat of unaffected carriers, can easily be passed to infants, resulting in meningitis.
Meningitis can kill. When it does not do so, it can necessitate amputations and can leave sufferers with a wide range of painful and long-term side effects. These can include depression, migraines, and permanent and debilitating back and leg pain back.
Pregnant women should be cautious. Mothers can pass streptococcal infection to their babies. A simple test during pregnancy can indicate whether a mother is carrying the streptococcus and if so protection can be provided to the newborn.
Meningitis Association Scotland provide a wide range of advice, help and support to anyone concerned or affected by meningitis and support a huge research effort aimed at combating the disease. They function entirely on volunteer support ensuring that all funds are directed to combating the disease and supporting affected people.
Contact them at: 0141 427 6698 or 0141 554 6680 email at
Sports Volunteer Awards 2011
Sport in Argyll and Bute is thriving thanks to a number of volunteers who give their time willingly and enthusiastically to a number of clubs. We have some of the healthiest statistics for volunteering in the country. More than three in ten (35%) of adults in Argyll and Bute have taken part in some form of voluntary activity during the previous year. The national rate is just over two in ten (26 %).
Now it’s time to show your appreciation for their efforts by nominating one of these people for an award in one of four categories – adult and junior volunteer, sports organisation and sports event. The winner will be announced at the Volunteer Week Awards in June 2011 run with our partners Argyll Voluntary Action.
Last year saw Willie Luke, a coach from Football Mid Argyll win an award for his dedication and high level of commitment. Chris Chew was a winner for helping with a number of clubs and sports at Hermitage Academy. In Helensburgh G84 Netball Club were rewarded for their impressive growth and competition success and MOKRUN, the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon and 10k were winners for their fantastic event which brings hundreds of people to the area.
You can submit your nominations on the Argyll and Bute Council website at The closing date for nominations is May 27th 2011. The winners will be picked on June 17th 2011.
The local branch of the Boys Brigade are collecting Tesco School and Club Vouchers to help purchase items for the children to use, so if you have any spare vouchers please hand them in to the Pipe band Hall in Union Street on Wednesday night only or to Colin Pennycook at the Co-operative Funeral Care by the 25th May at the latest.
People relying on night care can rest easy in their beds thanks to improvements in the service in Argyll and Bute. Carr-Gomm Scotland, a charity which provides support for those needing help with day to day living, have been commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council to take responsibility for the service at six centres across the area.
The arrangement means that people can now nominate the trained care staff in the night teams to respond to community alarm calls between 11pm and 7am in six centres – Oban, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Rothesay, Dunoon and Helensburgh. In addition the night teams will respond to overnight situations where the person can be safely supported in their own home.
Denise Murdoch, the operations manager in charge of the project said: “Many people who depend on this type of service may have nominated an elderly neighbour or a relative as the person to be contacted in the event of something happening to them overnight. As a result they may be reluctant to contact the telecare service for issues they consider to be ‘minor’”.
“Having professional staff, who will make a visit during the night, hopefully makes it easier for those who need support, to feel less inhibited about making a call.”
Sylvia Jost, services manager in charge of delivering the service said: “Our message is ‘Don’t be shy-if you need help just make that call’.” “We will provide practical help for falls, change of bedding and other night time issues. But it’s not a medical service. In the case of an emergency an ambulance will be contacted. But it does allow people peace of mind, when it comes to asking for help for important issues which are not emergencies.”
People using Hanover telecare or Bield homes service have the option to nominate a Carr-Gomm Scotland worker as their first point of contact and the service is available throughout the year, seven days a week.
Councillor Andrew Nisbet, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for social affairs said: “we are delighted to commission Carr-Gomm Scotland to provide this overnight response service as part of the development of our community services for older people. In conjunction with our NHS partners the Council is committed to looking after as many older people as possible, as safely as possible – in their own home – and the night teams along with additional availability of Telecare technology is an important step towards realising this goal.”
Contact 07966 048 186 for more details or go to

The Registrar General Duncan Macniven Launches 2011 Census

Scotland’s biggest population survey, the 2011 Census, takes place on Sunday March 27 and everyone is included.
Every household will receive a questionnaire asking 13 questions about the household and up to 35 questions about each household member. Topics include work, education, national identity, ethnic background, language, health and marital status.
This once-in-a-decade survey gives a snapshot of the nation and how people live in each community. How many people are there in Scotland? What kind of homes do they live in? How healthy are they? What languages do they speak? Answers to questions like these are used to plan how billions of pounds’ worth of public services such as health, education, transport and housing are delivered.
The census is the only survey of its kind which asks everyone the same questions and the information it provides gives a clear picture of Scotland’s communities.
By law, personal census information is kept confidential for 100 years. The statistical information, which has all personal details removed, helps inform government, local authorities, public sector organisations and businesses about the services and resources Scotland and its communities need – now and in the future.
Scotland’s nation is made up of people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, and it’s important that everyone is represented so that they are included when important decisions are being made about our future.
Services such as GP surgeries, community centres, pharmacies, schools and housing are used by everyone. These – and others, such as services for people with disabilities, care of the elderly, youth programmes and language resources, are informed by population statistics, so it’s crucial that everyone’s details are recorded in the census.
Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland is responsible for organising the country’s census.
He said: “Everyone needs to be included and counted in the 2011 Census to help shape Scotland’s future.
“Most of the questions are multiple choice and can be answered simply by ticking a box. It takes about 10 minutes to complete per person, but its effects will last for a decade.
“We keep your personal information confidential for 100 years. We do not share or publish information that would reveal personal details about you or the place you live. Your personal information is not shared with local councils, government departments, the tax office, the police or marketing agencies.”
Filling in and returning your census questionnaire is a legal requirement and failure to do so can mean a £1,000 fine.
Help is available to those who need it from the helpline on: 0300 123 1702 or online at
For further information on Scotland’s census visit
Dunoon Grammar School have got through to the top ten to design a computer game for Arnold Clark. Now we need votes by Friday the 29th of October 5pm to get through to the last three. We need as many votes as possible. Two sixth year boys designed the game and enterred it and if they win the school will get unlimited use of a mini-bus for two years and 10 brand new computers. To vote go to or there is a link on the Arnold Clark main website saying “schools challenge”. There is only one vote per person allowed but please get every member of your family vote.
LATEST UPDATE Voting is now closed!
Arnold Clark sends thanks to the thousands of people who have
voted over the last week and well done to the
teams who have drummed up support through
Facebook and beyond.
They will now carefully count the votes for each team and the
top 3 games will then go to a final judging panel, where the overall winner will be chosen.
The final winner will be announced on Friday 5th November, so remember to check back next week to see if your favourite will win the Arnold Clark Schools’ Challenge 2010!

I shall wear Purple!

This weekend saw the 20th Flower Festival at the High Kirk , this years festival was on the theme of ‘Who Said That’ and the ladies who created the floral arrangements came up with some wonderful interpretations of their choice of saying. The church was full of colour with arrangements right round the church depicting such famous sayings as ‘Eureka!!’ and ‘I’ve started so I’ll Finish’. As you wandered round listening to Sandy MacPherson playing the organ, you could try to remember who had said that, some where easy but others had us stumped. Luckily the answers where available when you went for a cup of tea and some of the lovely homemade shortbread. To see all of the arrangements and see if you can work out Who said that go to the Photo Gallery page.

So simply done and yet with such dignity

Victor and Justin went along to the Senior Citizens Club in Dunoon for their annual visit to let the members know what has been going on and how we would love them to get involved especially as we are now on air. They took some equipment along to let the members have a go at being Radio Presenters.Jean Steel having a closer look.
Justin and Pat Can Justin persuade President Pat Burns that the senior citizens should have their own show?

Well Pat is having a go!

Jean Steel with Justin
Pat having a go
Well done to Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band who came 4th in the 4A Grade and Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band who came 10th in the Novice Grade at the European Pipe Band Championships which where held in glorious sunshine at Battery Park in Gourock on Saturday 25th July 2009.
After a group of Ranger’s Fans travelled to a match in Dundee on the 24th May, Dunoon became a hot spot for swine flu in the worldwide pandemic with one of the largest cluster of cases in the UK. Luckily most cases where mild and even those that had bad flu symptoms are all making a good recovery. Some of the local schools where closed for a week, but they have all re-opened and good news for the pupils in the Grammar School going to Germany there trip will go ahead. Certain events where cancelled as a precaution but they have all been rescheduled to other dates, those events that went ahead such as the PACCT health awareness day and the Quilt Show where all well supported.
Although Dunoon is no longer at the fore front of news reports it is still wise to take precautions as the virus is expected to survive around the world for some time. So where ever you are remember to Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!. This is good general advice as regulat washing of hands kills may germs such as norovirus and food borne infections. If you can’t wash your hands a small bottle of alcohol gel is a handy handbag item. If you do get flu symptoms the advice is to phone your doctor or NHS 24 and ask their advice.
Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop where presented with the ‘Rural Sparks’ award at a ceremony at the Eden Project in Cornwall. They where one of five groups from across the UK and Eire to be awarded a Rural Spark award which recognises innovative projects that have most improved the lives of large numbers of people in rural areas. Angus Hogg the Chairman of Carnegie UK felt that the project “is one of the five that the panel thinks are especially transferable and that will inspire other groups.”
The Workshop was established to preserve and transmit the musical heritage of the area, and now holds weekly classes for adults in two rural venues, attracting players from a fifty-mile radius. In partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, it also provides fiddle tuition currently to 90 children in five local schools. The prject has grown from strength to strength, and programmes a series of concerts each featuring world – class performers. It has a growing youth community music programme featuring an annual tour of ten local schools, and residential weekends for children combining the Gaelic arts and outdoor pursuits. The Workshop also runs a website – – publishes a regular newsletter and arranges music and craft weekends.
For further information on the Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop concerts see the Whats On page
You may recall two years ago in January 2007 local news reports highlighting the activities of the Media Studies Students at Dunoon Grammar School. The Media Study course was a new course at that time, offered to fifth year students and involving all aspects of the media including radio. In the November of 2006 the media students had welcomed a visit from a mobile studio built within a refurbished double -decker bus and fitted out with the most up-to-date broadcasting and editing systems. The mobile studio was part of an initiative put forth by the Scottish Executive and came to fruition by partnership with Radio Clyde and Radio Scotland amongst others. During the visit the students gained hands on experience in all aspects of the production and making of a radio programme; including interviewing techniques by interviewing the site manager of then nearly completed new Grammar School and Mr. Joe Rhodes the then headmaster.
Bringing us right up to date and to the 16th January 2009 when DGS has again hit the local news stands, this time with the launch of the Dunoon Grammer School In House TV. This new initiative began with the arrival at Dunoon Grammer School of Mr. Paul Gallanagh to the school’s business and IT faculty. His claim to fame being his involvement in the setting up of the UK’s first pupil led School Television Station at St Patrick’s in Dumbarton.
Students from all year groups were involved in the first public presentation and launch which took place before the entire school, local media, Argyll and Bute Educational representatives and councilors Isobel Strong, Alex McNaughton and Bruce Marshall.
It is planned that the flagship show will be a weekly magazine-style broadcast featuring news, views, interviews and music acts. To be broadcast within the school on plasma televisions and multimedia projectors. The launch gave a wee taste of what was to come in the future with amongst other things live music spots from student Mahmoud Mahdi playing the Arabian Oud and budding singer songwriter Leanne Campbell who accompanied herself on the guitar. There was also the promise of a future documentary when it was announced that the biggest ever Burns Supper is to be held at the School on the 23rd January.
Support and endorsement for the project has already been received from the world of music with the Scots-based band Snow Patrol giving permission for DGS to use their mega hit “Open Your Eyes” and good friend of Community Radio Dougie MacLean, who wrote Caledonia, has also given pupils permission to recreate their own version of this year’s Homecoming 2009 advert for the station, featuring his song and images of Dunoon.
Well done every one involved, you have made several old pupils of DGS here at DCR very proud! We look forward to following your progress-Fi@DCRAdmin
I popped into the Peoples palace today and was looking at some exceptional art work, when I was very pleased to spot that local school pupil Angela Kirkwood had a piece of art on display, a still life of Irn Bru, trainers and crisps. The display is around 100 pieces chosen from the best artworks produced for the SQA 2008 National Courses in Art and Design and is all of a very high standard. unfortunately the exhibition at the Peoples Palace ends on Friday but hopefully it won’t be last we will see of Angela’s work
It was well over a year ago that DCR last had the pleasure of visiting the Dunoon Senior Citizens group to inform them of DCR and explain the plans for the future. And we where lucky enough to invited back to give an update and all the latest news of the DCR Chronicles.
Victor was the lucky one chosen to represent the radio and was given a warm greeting on behalf of the Senior Citizens from the social secretary Jessie Jeffrey when he arrived at the clubs premises in Alfred Street. To make Victor feel even more welcome he was invited to take afternoon tea with the gathering and treated to some delectable cakes. After the wonderful afternoon tea; which left Victor having to shake of the desire to put his feet up and have a afternoon nap, he quickly brought everyone up to date as to where the radio had progressed since our last visit.
There was a very good response to some of the future radio plans, especially those that involved future broadcasting with many ideas being put forward from the senior citizens as to what they would like to hear on the radio.
As pointed out from a member of the audience it would be nice to hear programmes that involved the local community, mentioned local issues and kept you up to date with what was happening within the community. “Sometimes you don’t know of things that are happening until you hear they are stopping them through lack of public support” Everyone agreed they wanted a programme content that the listener could identify with, as most radio stations sounded the same these days with more and more of the same music. Another member of the club pointed out that they would like to hear people on the local radio like the guest speakers that come regularly to talk to them at the citizens club, Victor agreed with this feedback which has been suggested by many of the organisations DCR has visited. The guest speakers cover such a wide topic of subjects that would appeal to a wider audience
Looking towards the future, Victor explained that whilst the group are putting in a great effort to secure funding which would enable them to broadcast from there own studio premises. The web site was now in a position to look at broadcasting specially made programmes and was asking local groups like the senior citizens, SWRI, Church Groups and Youth Organisation to come up with ideas and suggest programmes.
In the New Year the radio group will be looking to recording material suitable for broadcast either at a temporary studio or at locations such as the senior citizens premises. The radio group will also be asking for people to take part in all aspects of the process from planning to broadcast, the only qualification required is enthusiasm.
The Dunoon Senior Citizens Club were not slow in putting forward ideas for recording; including the recording of guest speakers at thier premises, and a few volunteers where willing to tell some tales of old or recite local poetry which would fit nicely on the website HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009 page.
Bringing his visit to an end Victor thanked every one for the wonderful reception he was given and the support shown by the club for the future of Dunoon Community Radio. With this encouragement and that of other groups like the local SWRI the future looks very encouraging.
If you have an idea you think should be considered for broadcasting Or would like to get involved contact us on Or phone Victor 01369 703 201
To have beard or to have not,
Victor still with his beard
that was the question every one was asking this afternoon at the P.A.A.C.T fortnightly Ceilidh at St Mun’s Hall.
As the votes were counted up Victor Sandall carefully groomed his neatly coiffured beard for what may be the very last time.
When the MC asked the packed hall which way they wanted the vote to go cries of OFF, OFF, rang out.
Bernadette from “Aff Yer Heid” sharpened her razor as Victor was escorted to the chair that had been placed in the middle of the dance floor.
The tension was nerve shattering especially when the judicators realised that there may have to be a recount; the first count was equal for shaving off the beard or leaving it on Victors chin.
A smile was to be seen on Victors face as Bernadette closed the blade on the razor and the first aid attendants withdrew, Was this to be a none event ?
Was the beard to stay on Victor’s chin where it had been for so long, Victor for the first time since he arrived at the hall was starting to look relaxed.
But wait a moment what was that! The MC was trying to make an announcement over the PA,
“Ladies and Gentlemen” went out the cry “Do we” he asked “Do we have a recount or do we put it to the vote”?
Before he could catch his breath the cries rang out. “Off, Off,
Bernadette from “Aff Yer Heid
stepped forward the razor sharp blade quickly doing its job skilfully removing the beard from Victors chin.
In no time at all the deed was complete with cries of approval and applause from the audience.
As a gesture to the fifty-fifty result and for democracy Victor was allowed to keep his side whiskers
When DCR left the hall it was announced that so far over £500 had been raised. WELL DONE VICTOR
Victor with Victor from DCR after the event. Victor without beard with Victor from DCR
Innellan (Matheson) Church Flower Festival
Innellan Flower Festival 1
On the 19th and 20th September Innellan (Matheson) Church held its annual flower festival with the theme this year being “Favourite Hymns”. There was 16 arrangements by ladies from the congregation plus one by a gentleman from another local church all ably organised by Ruth Johnston. There was a wide choice of hymns from the traditional “There is a Green Hill Far Away” to the more modern “Make me a Channel of Your peace”, the arrangements themselves also showed a wide variety of styles. In the afternoon the organist George Paton added a lovely touch by playing the organ with some people even singing along.
Doreen and her sconesOnce viewing the flowers everyone ws invited to enjoy the lovely cream tea laid on by Doreen Holland and her team of able assistants.
The festival was brought to a close with a thanksgiving service on Sunday evening giving everyone a last chance to view the arrangements.
Here is a slection of the floral arrangements, unfortunately we do not have room to show all, but hope this gives a flavour of what was on display.
Innellan Flower Festival MMInnellan Flower Festival KL
Innellan Flower Festival AC
With thanks to Margaret and Evan Malcolm for the photographs
If you are amongst the many who attended a monthly Ceilidh at The Park Hotel here in Dunoon; you, like the promoter Ian Wilson will be taking a well earned summer break. Ready for what promises to be an exciting second half to the first years programme of CEILIDHS at THE PARK 2008
From the first Ceilidh way back in February when Fergie MacDonald played to a full house, the trend was set for the following months with audiences entertained by such bands as Ian Angus Macleod and Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band.
Promoter Ian Wilson is very pleased with how the first half of the programme has gone, not just with the number of attendees but also that many where Ceilidh first timers.
Ian looks forward to meeting folk who haven’t been to a Ceilidh before and all the bands encourage newcomers to take to the floor. It doesn’t matter how good your dancing is, its all made very simple on the night.
Ian says “We are very fortunate in being able to promote the Ceilidhs at The Park, as one couldn’t wish for a better venue with owner Jim Campbell and staff always extending a warm welcome. We want to promote a good lively informal atmosphere, where all members of the family and the community can enjoy themselves with 1stclass entertainment”.
The second part of this years programme starts on 20th September with The Fraser McGlynn Duo and special guest Dunoon Pipe Band. So keep a close eye on our What’s On Page for all the latest updates and information.
We hope to see you there.
Douglas' Birthday
A recent date that we couldn’t add to our calendar was the surprise party to celebrate the 50th birthday of DCR’ s Douglas. After his inital surprise Douglas was soon showing his moves on the dance floor.
We would love to hear about your recent events along with any photos. And just remember if you are arranging an event you could always consider using the services of our proffessional DJ’s or for that bigger event our roadshow. For further information — contact us!
Our friend Ian Wilson who organizes the West Coast Ceilidh Club, tells us that each event will hold a raffle to raise funds for local charities. The first event held in February, starring Fergie Macdonalds Band was an outstanding success with a lively audience dancing away till the early hours. This event raised £208 for the local Hospice and Ian says he would be delighted to hear from local charities who would like to benefit from the Ceilidh Club events.


  1. kirstie says:

    Grusse an alle ins Dunoon, Ich bin moment in Frankfurt und hohre gerne Dunoon Radio,
    It keeps me informed of everything that is going on at home, keep up the good work, very informative and up to date, a really nice bit of home,


    GOOD LUCK to all our listeners and to those who are giving their time to raise funds for the national CHILDREN IN NEED APPEAL.
    There is still time to tell us how you are raising funds and for us to pass it on to our listeners and when you have finished your fund raising activities let us know how you got on.
    Again will can tell everyone and you may be asked to come up to the corridor studio, sit on the bench in the Luxury Re/max Penthouse Suite and tell everyone yourself to what you have been up too.
    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE –LOTS OF LOVE from everyone at Dunoon Community Radio xxxx

  3. SHIP AHOY -check out photo says:

    To all those who watched the magnificent HMS Ark Royal sail up the Firth of Clyde and felt a touch of sadness and for all those who missed her check out the wonderful dramatic and powerful photograph on the home page of the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard rarely does a photograph convay the meaning like this photograph does
    click here to link

  4. it's a Sad Day " SHIP AHOY" says:

    SHIP AHOY LISTENERS the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sailed out of the Firth of Clyde at 12.00 noon today for the very last time The carrier sailed up the Firth of Clyde after a short stay at Glen Mallan Jetty on Loch Long to unload its ammunition. It is being decommissioned after 25 years of service as part of Government cuts in defence spending.
    “There’s a real sense of pride and dignity attached to this ship as it has served the country and the navy so well for the last 25 years and it was with great sadness to watch her sail up the Firth of Clyde

  5. marjory barton says:

    hi all just to let you know that Andrew has qualified for pro euro tour this year and is delighted about it, hopefully he will come into the studio and talk to you, also just to say thankyou for all the support that Dunoon radio has given Pacct it is all the more importent in the climate of cuts and with the loss of our lac, speak sOon X

  6. aubrey david Tipping says:

    Hi Phil Dalle it is the man you did your army time whith .Just wonderd if You might see this from Sig. tipping.?


    Can we ask all Dunoon Community Radio supporters to look out for us and give us a wave on the 22nd May as we pass through Dunoon on the BREASTWAYROUND
    This is our 2nd year and this time we have over 100 motorcycles (mainly female) riding the west Coast of Scotland. 22nd / 25th May. The Guys amongst us will be wearing decorated Bra’s. The route takes us from Kilmarnock Football Club on Friday 22 May and ends in George Square, Glasgow on Monday 25 May.
    We are stopping overnight in Oban (22nd), Inverness (23rd) and Fort William (24th), so please look out for us.
    Last Year we raised a total of just over £26, 500 & this year we hope to match it, as we are Riding in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support & also in Memory of Alyson Porter, our initial inspiration for this event. Sadly Aly died in July last last year aged 47, she was so proud of everything we did.


    Just a quick congratulation to Fiona@admin from the rest of the team for recieving the second prize in the Scotsman Newspaper ‘Haggis Hunt Competition’ We all admire the dedication shown in achieving this award and the modest way you kept it to yourself, especially when we all thought “I’m busy checking my Haggis” meant
    something to do with cooking!
    DCR Admin Team


    In reference to the DGS pupil who had a painting on display as part of an Art Exhibition at the Peoples Palace in Glasgow may I pass on my congratulations on such an achievement. I am just so sorry I didn’t know about it sooner. May I also congratulate Dunoon Community Radio, it’s so good to see you mention achievements of the young folk of cowal. Mrs J. Pew (Jan)

  10. DJ Duggy Day says:

    Hello Vic & the DCR Crew, just a wee note to wish you all a great festive season, and wishing you all the very best for 2009


    Duggy Day


    I couldn’t get there myself so was pleased when I was told I could read about it on your radio web site. Thank you for a very informative report of the Beard or not to Beard event it seems everyone had a good time. I had felt a little guilty in voting for Victor to have his beard shaved off but now seeing the photograph of him with, still a lot of whiskers, I don’t feel so bad.
    Thank you Dunoon radio for a very comprehensive internet site I look forward very much to listening to you when you are on the radio or out and about giving your talks, which are very entertaining and informative.
    S Rae (Mrs) Dunoon


    Saturday 6th December 3-4pm at Our Lady & St Mun Church, P.A.C.C.T supporter Victor Sandall WILL or WILL NOT have his famous Beard Shaved Off.
    Victor who has worn his distinguished beard with pride for “ever” is hopeing to raise £1000 for P.A.C.C.T funds.
    Victor is asking folk to show support by sponsoring him for at least a £1 FOR or AGAINST having his famous beard shaved off.
    All will be revealed (or not) Saturday 6th.
    If you haven’t come across a sponsor form and would like to sponsor Victor you can contact him :
    Tel 01369 840 007,
    Mob 07776397843
    or E-mail : vicicf@tiscali
    We wish Victor the best of luck and DCR shall
    attend the procedings and post a full report
    Hope to see you there.

  13. Church Flower Festival says:

    Lovely article and pictures from recent Inellan Church Flower Festival, look forward to more of the kind. Local Radio Supporter


    Here is a message from DCR supporter Ian Wilson to remind us that the second season of the ‘CEILIDH AT THE PARK 2008′ starts again Saturday, 20th September dancing to the Fraser McGlynn Duo with the Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band.
    This is a great Family night out and ideal for Ceilidh first timers-Top marks from DCR review
    Tickets from Gibsons, Oxfam Shop and The Park Hotel Dunoon
    Tickets £7 Concessions £5
    You Can Read About CEILIDH AT THE PARK 2008 above.

  15. Carol Stirling says:

    Well done Andrew Barton

    lots of love

    the Stirling Family

  16. Young Andrew Barton DCR Supporter --New Golf Champion says:

    Just to let everyone know, that DCR supporter 21 year old Andrew Barton; who as we all know is a keen golfer, did very well in the recent Cowal Golf Club Club Championships.
    After an excellent second round of 67 Andrew was placed one in front of David Hunter with past Champions Andrew Jones and Steven Girvan closely on thier heels.
    After a very windy round three, the experience of the past champions cut Andrews lead to just 2. leading to an exciting final round.
    After holding on to his lead Andrew took the championship and the Dave Smith Trophy for the first time, with a winning round of 72 to give a four round total of 289.
    Andrew also won the Intermediate Trophy and the Lochan Trophy for the first class.
    Well done to everyone at Cowal Golf Club for an exciting Championship and a big congratulations to Andrew from everyone at DCR, we shall follow your golfing progress with interest

  17. CEILIDH at THE PARK 2008 LATEST says:

    See Above For Summer break latest on Community News

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