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Landscaping and maintenance Patios and Paving Drainage and Fencing Turfing and Monoblocking Tree work, Free estimates All excavations undertaken CARRADALE GARDEN SERVICES 01583 431362 & 07814767813 Established 1989 THE SECRETARY IS MARGARET RICHARDSON, 2 OLD SCHOOLHOUSE, CARRADALE PA28 6QJ. TEL: 01583 431788 FURTHER INFORMATION IS ON PAGE 5. CARRADALE GOLF CLUB Antler contact: Telephone 01583 431281 or e-mail: [email protected] Address: Benbecula, Waterfoot, Carradale, Campbeltown Argyll PA28 6QX A peaceful early autumn scene, giving no hint of the intemperate wind which, during July, August and early September blew hot and cold around some of East Kintyre’s most important voluntary organisations. THE FIRE-MASTER’S VISIT Chief Officer Brian Sweeney, Deputy Chief Officer Eileen Baird, Area Commander Paul Connelly, Vice Convener Joe Lowe, Chaplain and chauffeur Maxine Boyle paid a visit to the Carradale crew on Wednesday 24th Aug). Officer Sweeney commented on the work and commitment of the volunteer crew/crews and of the well maintained station and vehicle. The chief then answered questions put to him by crew members. Having covered some small issues and queries everyone mingled and chatted over a cuppa and some of the local baker’s finest cakes. Saying his goodbyes and thanks for all we do for the service, the Fire-master and group departed to Stonefield Hotel for the night, as they had a busy schedule in the morning. Pictured with the senior officers are, left to right, Lachie Paterson, Chaplain, Steve Partridge, Brian Sweeney, Eileen Baird, Joe Lowe, Robert Strang, Eila Durnan, John Paterson, John Lynn, Tom Lee, Paul Connelly, and Johnny Durnan. Report and photo courtesy of J.D. NETWORK CENTRE & TEA ROOM Closing at 5.30pm on Wednesday 28th September and reopening on Friday 21st October CLOSED WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS DURING THE WINTER P2 Jean and Kennina P3 Community consultation P4 Camera Club & Guild. P5 Golf Club News. P6 Barga & WW2. P7 EKCC minutes, Rainfall P8 Bees, Tyre Trust and P.O. Payouts. P9 Kintyre Way - Letter to the Editor. P10 Buses, Boats,Shine, Primary School. P11 The Church, Dawn walk, Freeview, ACHA. P12 Tosh’s Road Squad, Access Forum. . RAG BAG DAY Carradale Primary School will have a Rag Bag Collection on the 4th October 2011. This is a great way to recycle all your old clothing, bedding, shoes etc. while raising funds for your local primary school. Please leave items at the school by Monday 3rd October. Items can be left in school if the recycle bin in the playground is full. Lynn Galbraith, Class Teacher. IN THIS ISSUE THERE’S NO DUCKING OUT AT 1 PM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER FOR THE WATERFOOT DUCK RACE BRIEF ENCOUNTER 2 2 7 CONTACT SHELAGH 01583 431345 MADCOW ON A ROLLING WAVE Presents INDIAN SUMMER CARRADALE VILLAGE HALL 7.30 SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER "Two girls working in a British Rail style cafe compare their rootless lives and dream about possible escapes. The same two actresses play 12 roles, as various women come into the cafe in differing states of despair, inebriation and joy. This alternately highly amusing and slightly desperate play is a picture of the young and not- so-young women of the 'get a life' generation". (performed by Wendy Crosby & Jane Dunbar) With Indian Supper and Colonial Bar! TICKETS £10.00 REFRESHMENT ROOM & RESTAURANT Tables will be charged at £7 or £5 in the car park. Contact Hilary Lord 01586 552488 to rent a table. Teas and biscuits. INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE - PENINVER HALL - SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2 - 4pm NETWORK CARRADALE LIMITED Annual General Meeting Carradale Village Hall Library 7.30pm Friday 11th November All welcome but only members are eligible to vote. If YOU ... would like to be a part of some interesting village projects, would like to influence what could be done in Carradale Then you should become a member of Network Carradale Limited. Pick up a leaflet in the Post Office
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Landscaping and maintenancePatios and PavingDrainage and FencingTurfing and MonoblockingTree work, Free estimatesAll excavations undertakenCARRADALE GARDEN SERVICES

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Antler contact: Telephone 01583 431281 or e-mail: [email protected]: Benbecula, Waterfoot, Carradale, Campbeltown Argyll PA28 6QX

A peaceful early autumn scene, giving no hint of the intemperate wind which, during July, August and earlySeptember blew hot and cold around some of East Kintyre’s most important voluntary organisations.

THE FIRE-MASTER’S VISITChief Officer Brian Sweeney, Deputy ChiefOfficer Eileen Baird, Area Commander PaulConnelly, Vice Convener Joe Lowe, Chaplainand chauffeur Maxine Boyle paid a visit to theCarradale crew on Wednesday 24th Aug).Officer Sweeney commented on the work andcommitment of the volunteer crew/crews and ofthe well maintained station and vehicle. Thechief then answered questions put to him bycrew members. Having covered some smallissues and queries everyone mingled andchatted over a cuppa and some of the localbaker’s finest cakes.

Saying his goodbyes and thanksfor all we do for the service, theFire-master and group departed toStonefield Hotel for the night, asthey had a busy schedule in themorning. Pictured with the senior officersare, left to right, Lachie Paterson,Chaplain, Steve Partridge, BrianSweeney, Eileen Baird, Joe Lowe,Robert Strang, Eila Durnan, JohnPaterson, John Lynn, Tom Lee,Paul Connelly, and JohnnyDurnan.Report and photo courtesy of J.D.

NETWORK CENTRE & TEA ROOMClosing at 5.30pm on Wednesday 28th September and reopening on Friday 21st October


P2 Jean and KenninaP3 Community consultationP4 Camera Club & Guild.P5 Golf Club News.P6 Barga & WW2.P7 EKCC minutes, RainfallP8 Bees, Tyre Trust and P.O. Payouts.

P9 Kintyre Way - Letter tothe Editor.

P10 Buses, Boats,Shine,Primary School.

P11 The Church, Dawnwalk, Freeview, ACHA.

P12 Tosh’s Road Squad, Access Forum.


RAG BAG DAYCarradale Primary School will have a RagBag Collection on the 4th October 2011.This is a great way to recycle all your oldclothing, bedding, shoes etc. while raisingfunds for your local primary school.Please leave items at the school by Monday3rd October. Items can be left in school if therecycle bin in the playground is full. Lynn Galbraith, Class Teacher.






CONTACT SHELAGH 01583 431345




"Two girls working in a British Rail style cafecompare their rootless lives and dream about

possible escapes. The same two actresses play12 roles, as various women come into the cafein differing states of despair, inebriation and joy.

This alternately highly amusing and slightlydesperate play is a picture of the young and not-so-young women of the 'get a life' generation".

(performed by Wendy Crosby & Jane Dunbar)

With Indian Supper and Colonial Bar!TICKETS £10.00


Tables will be charged at £7 or £5 in the car park. Contact Hilary Lord  01586 552488 to rent a table. Teas and biscuits.INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE - PENINVER HALL - SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2 - 4pm


Carradale Village Hall Library7.30pm Friday 11th November

All welcome but only members are eligible to vote.If YOU ...

would like to be a part of someinteresting village projects,

would like to influence what could bedone in Carradale

Then you should become a member ofNetwork Carradale Limited.

Pick up a leaflet in the Post Office

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KENNINA FERGUSONOn Thursday the 25th of August news came to thevillage that our good friend and much respectedformer district nurse had sadly passed away. Wedid realise that, since she left here in 2004, herhealth had been slowly deteriorating and she spentthe remaining years of her life ‘back home’ in herbeloved Lewis among her friends and family. Sheloved her wee cottage in Airds and who would havethought, least of all herself, that her abrupt departurefrom there would not see her return.

She was born in Uig on the West Coast of Lewis,where her father was an estate game keeper. Edu-cated at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, she didher nursing training at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow,before returning to Lewis as district nurse for theBack area and then as a sister in the Lewis Hospital.

From there she made the big leap south to theWitchburn Hospital in Campbeltown and in thespring of 1967 came as district nurse/midwife toCarradale, where she spent the 20 years until herretiral in March 1987. Any community has manyhappy and sad events during that time span andKennina was always anxious to share and supportin all of them. In these times night callouts were notuncommon and although she hated driving on ‘thatroad’ (to Skipness) during icy weather, she recruitedgood neighbours and friends to help if necessaryand never failed to turn out. She particularly lovedher babies (seen here with Janice Shaw, Skipness)and the elderly patients. Her generosity to them,especially at Christmas, knew no bounds. Shestruck up many lasting friendships and always ap-preciated the help and kindness extended to her.She relished an opportunity to converse in her nativetongue with a few people here who still spoke Gaelic(perhaps it’s just as well that the rest of us didn’tunderstand her remarks! ‘Ach!’ was a frequent ex-pression, and we all understood what that con-veyed).

She took an active part in village life and sup-ported all events. She acted as Secretary to theBoys’ Brigade when Walter McDougall ran the com-pany, was a regular attender at Church and wasvery active doing her retirement, in fundraising for anECG machine for the surgery. Her powers of per-suasion (and probably some arm-twisting) helpedraise a tidy sum and thereby saved patients theneed to travel to Campbeltown as before.

Her opinions were strong, her standards werehigh and her kindness never failed. She exerciseda ladies prerogative not to reveal her age and sheshould be allowed to take this to where she is buried,

beside her parents on Great Bernera Island, off thewest coast of Lewis. All of us whose lives shetouched will have their own memories and are grate-ful for the time she spent with us. The sympathy ofthe community goes out to her nieces and remainingfamily.

Mary McMillan, Molly Dodd and others.


‘Members (of ABC) will recall that following concernexpressed by the then Care Commission, the Exec-utive (10th March, 2011) agreed to proposals tode-register the residential status of the unit andimplement an alternative supported living model ofcare within the current premises replacing the insti-tutional model of care. Physical alterations are nowcomplete and the necessary staffing changes andtenancy agreements are being finalised. A recentunannounced inspection by SCSWIS (Social Careand Social Work Improvement Scotland) resulted inscores of 5 (Very Good) for the two areas inspected(Quality of Care and Support; Quality of Manage-ment and Leadership).



Dearly beloved, we are gathered here this afternoonto say goodbye to a beloved sister Jean, who passedaway peacefully last Friday night at home here inKilbrannan. The family appreciates all the support that youhave been to them especially during those last fewweeks. Their sister Jean was lovingly cared for in thefamily home since her health deteriorated. She be-came really unwell a few weeks ago and was trans-ferred to hospital in Campbeltown. As happened somany times in the past, Jean rallied and was soonback home with the family in Kilbrannan, but rapidlywent down hill when sadly on Friday she parted thisworld. Having had her share of ill health during herlong life she bore her problems with great courage.

When Jean was born she was her fathers pride andjoy being the first girl. She was a strong character,and loved to visit the family ‘Bakers Shop’ and occa-sionally journeying to the other end of the villagewhen she was fit to visit ‘Donald Campbells’. Jeanalso had her houses to call on where she enjoyed awee blether. She was a unique character, alwaysfond of speaking to people and delighted to attendworship at Church when she was able. We thank God for the faith that Jean had for herSaviour and all the love shown to her over the pastyears especially by Maisie who tended Jean day andnight. Maisie says modestly “She wouldn’t have itany other way” Our thoughts and prayers go out today, in partic-ular, to her brothers John, Colin, and Dodie and ofcourse, her younger sister Maisie and their respec-tive families. It will be a quieter house without Jean,but we trust almighty God to strengthen and sustainthe family in the days that lie ahead.Let us now seek that assurance at ‘The throne of Grace’.

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SICK AND TIRED OFCOMMUNITY CONSULTATION?Soon volunteers will be going door-to-door deliveringsurveys. They will be collected a few days later. Wewill sigh cynically, jot down a couple of routine com-plaints about jobs, potholes, dog dirt and forget aboutit. “We canna be bothered”. Another box tickingexercise. Give the bureaucrats their survey and let’sget on. Or – to make a change – we could do somethingdifferent. We could decide to raise real concerns andwork out some real solutions. If we take this consul-tation seriously, something serious might happen.They are asking us to set our future course. Well,why not? Other communities have done it. Argyll and Bute is divided into 54 CommunityCouncil areas. Argyll and Bute Council uses the‘Community Plan’ for each area to inform their priori-ties for action and to justify their funding. SomeCommunity Plans are already showing tangible re-sults. Jura’s Community Plan has helped achieve anew passenger ferry, better services for the elderlyand new tourism facilities. The point to remember isthat any future projects must fit with the CommunityPlan. Apathy now could tie our hands later. Argyll and Bute Council want our CommunityPlan document by March, 2012. Our area is coveredby the East Kintyre Community Council and extendsfrom Peninver to Grogport. Argyll and Bute havecommissioned the ‘South Kintyre DevelopmentTrust’ (www.skdt.org) to coordinate the process ofdeveloping the plan. If we opt out, the CommunityPlan will be drawn up anyway and our silence will betaken for endorsement. It is time to act. If you haveviews, or grumbles, about the state of our communi-ty, speak out. What do you want from the future?Bluntly, it is time to put up or shut up.

THE LONG & WINDING ROAD....The Community Plan is “a document that accuratelydescribes a community, its needs, and the actions itis taking to achieve its goals”. The plan is developedin stages, first the community survey, then discus-sions with ‘stakeholders’ (i.e. local business people,clubs, etc). Then comes an Open Day Event todecide what are the community’s priorities. The planitself will be written up by consultants and turned intoa glossy document with pretty pictures. It will takeabout six months starting now. These consultantsare paid through our taxes. Do we really think theyknow best? A few months ago our Community Council ran atrial survey using ‘The Antler’ as its vehicle. Learningfrom that experience the new survey will be individu-ally delivered and replies collected. The survey willinvite you to take just five minutes to fill it in. If eachof us takes just five minutes the survey will be use-less. You wish for more summer visitors? Jet skirental at Grogport or stock car racing at Torrisdalewould help? Young people moving into the area. Asalmon canning factory in Carradale would drawthem. More rainy day activities. How about a stripjoint in the Peninver village hall. Be careful what youwish for. Spell it out. Spending five minutes filling inthe survey boxes is not good enough. Spend hours,days, and weeks thinking how we can ensure thatEast Kintyre will thrive in the future. If you have a pet pipe dream, however big orsmall, to make our little corner of the world a betterplace, now is the time to share it. It does not matterif your pipe dream is not fully worked out or evenslightly crazy. Ideas strike sparks off one another. Your whacky notion might inspire someoneelse’s brilliant practical plan.

There will still be time, after the survey forms havebeen and gone, for you to share your pipe dream.Post it to Ardcarrach, the Pier, Carradale, PA28 6SQor send it by e-mail to [email protected]. Youridea will go on a web site: www.villageweb.org.uk.Anyone with Internet access can see the pipedreams as they come in, and in November or De-cember, all the ideas, and we hope the results of thesurvey, will be published in a booklet and deliveredwith ‘The Antler’. This will give all of us time to thinkabout all the ideas, talk to our friends about them,even campaign for them and come to the Open DayEvent informed about our community’s priorities andequipped to debate them. A genuine Community Plan will take time andeffort to assemble. It will only reflect the views of thewhole community if the whole community contrib-utes. Either we set our future course or it will be setfor us by a noisy few in our community or the bureau-crats in Kilmory. It is our choice. C.F & E.D.

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A NEW ERA DAWNS: ESPECIALLY FOR MARTINEven the heavy rain of the previous few days, andthe well-established water-filled chicane of pot-holesat the entrance to the village hall car-park, did notdeter early risers from visiting the first Camera Clubexhibition held in Carradale Village main hall at11am on Saturday the 13th of August . With the weather almost unaccountably dry, itwas a distinct pleasure to see an exhibition well laidout, with plenty of chairs and tables for rest, relax-ation and refreshment, and for discussing the qualityof the exhibits. For once without the usual experi-enced administrative McLay hands, the more photo-genic Ayton branch of the family joined seniormembers of the club briefly in collecting fees. Carradale School photographers were shown toadvantage on their own display boards - promisingwell for the future success of the Club. The Antler ‘visual arts critic’ was very impressedby the standard of most prints and by the inventive-ness of subject matter and titling. That said, the newvenue provided problems for mounting and wascreatively solved by inserting pins into the narrowvertical decorative strips between panels. Not sosatisfactory was the need to use display areas closeto the windows, daylight providing competition to theartificial light in the hall. Similarly high positioningand the use of florescent labels with hand drawnnumbers taxed those without 20:20 vision. Among the prints attracting particular commen-dation were - 6, a superb ‘Tangy Road’ by StevePartridge, 9 ‘Nice’ - if you can get it, by Allan McLay,two professional pictures by Margaret Richardson-13 ‘Serene Tarbert’ - an attack of bowsprits at dawn& 16 ‘Fountains’ - sprouting palm trees, three pic-tures by Rachel Grant - 22 ‘Joiners Workshop’, 23‘Waterfoot’ with two people, allegedly going for awalk & 27 Winter Shadows. Several further prints bySteve Partridge including 30 a threatening critique ofancient practices ‘Carse Standing Stones,’ 43‘Allana’s View’ by Euan Hedrick - a very competentphoto unfortunately mounted with two white borders,46 ‘Laughing Lilies’ and 51 ‘High Flyer’ by BenSimpson, 47 ‘Follow the Sat Nav’ in South Africa byMartin Mears, 54 farewell to ‘HMS Campbeltown’ byAnn Boulton, 57 attractive dogginess in ‘Cale & Mac’by Shauna Brown, 65 a very surrealistic ‘Boat in theAir’ by Shannon Arkell, 70 synchonised ‘Tails up’ byJessica Paterson and 76 ‘Dolphins’ by Bethany Pat-erson - a blue delight. Yes, I am sorry I didn’t mention the superb qual-ities shown in numbers 1-8, 10-12, 14,15, 17-21,24-26, 28&29, 31-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52&53, 55&56,58-64, 66-69 and 71-75, but this is not like a hot flushof ‘O’ & ‘Higher’ judgements where A*** is the normand straight ‘A’s are almost a failure; everyone cer-tainly excelled themselves but the ‘normal curve ofdistribution’ makes a more attractive symmetricalpicture and saves a great deal of contretemps on thephotographic equivalent of parent-nights. Prints collectively numbered 7 baffled someviewers but, on appeal, Martin Mears explained that‘Dawns going north’ traced the rising sun seen fromthe front of his house, Daiglen, on Shore Road,starting on February the tenth, passing Carradale atthe equinox (March 20/21) at 0622 hours, 22 min-utes ‘late’, because the village is 5° 28’ West ofGreenwich. With a long record of providing high quality exhi-bitions and expert guidance, the club deserves toprosper. While some members and visitors mayyearn for competitive categories, most luxuriate inthe sheer pleasure of print-making & viewing. G.P.


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THE GOAT’S PHOTO COMMENTThanks to all for the support at our recent show. Itwas well attended this year and we came away witha tidy profit after all expenses were paid. Lots ofcomments on the quality of photos on show and a fewsales. Being in the main hall this year, teas, coffeeand home baking were at hand and you could relaxand watch the photo slide-show. Finally, thanks to theschool kids who joined us this year with their effortsin producing photos for the exhibition. The photo is ofsome club members at the exhibition - left to right,Johnny Durnan, Rachel Grant, Kirsty Black, LauraBlack, Ann Boulton and Margaret Richardson.

THE GUILD 2011/2012The Guild meets at three-weekly intervals throughoutthe winter months for fellowship, fun & fundraising.§ The meetings are advertised on posters, throughout

the village, and also intimated in Church. Meetingsare on Mondays or Tuesdays at either 7.30pm inthe evening or at 2.30pm. in the afternoon.§ Unless notified to the contrary, meetings will be held

in the library of the Village Hall.§ The Guild Committee would be delighted to wel-

come new Guild Members, but anyone (local orvisitor) is welcome to come to any or all of ourmeetings. It is hoped that the session’s varied pro-gramme will encourage people to come alongAdmission for non-Guild members is £2 (includesrefreshments).§ Refreshments are available to Guild Members at a

cost of £1. Programme dates and speakers arelisted below:-

2011Sunday 2nd October 12 noon. The preacher at Sad-

dell & Carradale Church Guild. Dedication duringSunday Service.

Tuesday 4th October 2.30pm Debbie Lamont willgive a talk on ’Bonny Babies’ charity.

Monday 24th October 7.00pm. Open Night Catherine Black & musicians. will present a musi-

cal programme in the Village Hall.Tuesday 15th November 2.30pm. Margaret Taylor

‘Christmas Floral Decorations’.Saturday 26th November. ‘Christmas Fayre’ in Car-

radale Village Hall to be opened at 2.30pm.Tuesday 6th December. Guild Christmas Lunch for

Guild members (venue & time to be arranged.)2012

Tuesday 10th January 2.30pm. Nicola Holt will give atalk on ‘Chiropody’

Tuesday 31st January 2.30pm. David McEwan Talkand slide show on ‘Old Campbeltown’.

Tuesday 21st February 7.30pm Alistair Cousin ‘Lifeof a Kintyre Vet’.

Friday 2nd March 7.00pm. World Day of Prayer in theVillage Hall Library.

Tuesday 6th March 2.30pm Guild AGM & entertain-ment in the Village Hall library.

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10 to 11 a.m.

In front of his family and Club members, CarradaleGolf Club presented a certificate and Silver Salver toRobert Strang, in recognition of his 25 years asCarradale Golf Club Green-keeper, a record which isunlikely to be overtaken, certainly in most of thecurrent members’ lifetime. Dr Abernethy as Greens Convener, praised theoutstanding service, dedication and commitment giv-en by Robert over the years, to ensure the course’scondition is always excellent. In addition to keepingthe course in tiptop condition, Robert is also anexpert ‘Mr Fix It’, repairing the club’s machines whenthey break down.

Mr Alan Walker, the club’s President, echoed DrAbernethy’s comments, adding his own appreciationof the hard work and help given to the club by Robert,before asking Mrs Mary Paterson, as the longest serv-ing club member to present Robert with his certificate. The President then presented Robert with thebeautiful Silver Salver and a bottle of gin labelled tocommemorate the event. The Ladies Captain, JaniceHanning, presented Robert’s wife, Cheryl with a bou-quet. Kilbrannan Catering provided the buffet. M.R.


16 ladies started this year’s Club Championshipwhich ran over the weekend of 20/21 August. Theywere extremely lucky in the weather, with both daysbright and dry, despite a brisk wind on the Saturday,testing high balls. Laura McGeachy scoring 137 took the ScratchHonours winning the Chris Campbell Memorial Tro-phy, to make her this year’s Club Champion, for theeleventh (yes 11!) time. The Runner-Up in theScratch Trophy was Marlene Walker with 159. The Handicap Trophy was won by JenniferOwen with a nett 133 and a close Runner-Up wasAnn Storm with a nett 134. The Magic 2s were wonby Laura McGeachy in Round 1 at the 17th and AnnStorm in Round 2 at the 1st. Sweep winner wasJeannie Astill.

LADIES AM-AM 2011Winners of the AM-AM 2011 held on the 14 Augustare Margaret Robertson, Gail McIntosh, MargaretCampbell and Laura McGeachy scoring a nett 50.They are seen here with Mary Macalister Hall whopresented the winning team with the Torrisdale Cup.


The Chris Campbell Memorial Trophy is presentedannually by Keith Campbell in memory of his wifewho was a keen golfer and very popular member ofCarradale Golf Club. The photo reads from l to r –Ann Storm, Jeannie Astill, Laura McGeachy, KeithCampbell, Jennifer Owen & Marlene Walker. M.R.

MONTHLY DRAWThe prizes for July and August are as follows:-

JULY 1st £30 Iain Wright 2nd £18 Marlene Walker 3rd £12 Pat Marshall 4th £ 6 Dede Robertson AUGUST 1st £30 Norman McAuslan 2nd £18 Peter Poole 3rd £12 George McLean 4th £6 Katherine Martin J.S.I.

MEN’S CAPTAIN’S DAYWinner of the Men’s Captain’s Day – DannyGalbraith seen here with the Men’s Captain andPresident of the Club, Alan Walker. Winner of theMen’s Club Championship – David Ritchie.


The excerpts from John Aiken’s research in lastmonth’s issue failed to attract a single comment fromanyone. The thought was that some new and long-term residents might be interested in the scope of theresearch and prepared to offer critical comment;unfortunately it seems that Kintyre’s history is asdead as a plastic Waterfoot ‘Duck’.


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The photograph shows Robert with his wife Cheryl, hismother Mrs Nan Strang, son Gareth and daughter Ceri.


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BARGA FAMILIES & W.W.2Following the item sent to Johnny Durnan about theBarga celebration last month, the Editor cameacross a tape recording he made in 2005 at theexhibition ‘Their Past and Your Future’ at the VictoriaHall in Campbeltown, containing reference to theexperiences of Italian families in Campbeltown dur-ing the Second World War. The substance of therecording was inserted in Antler 159 (December2005) and is repeated here together other items ofgeneral interest about Kintyre in war-time.


Over 130 fishermen were ‘called to war’ and a signif-icant number of boats were also requisitioned. Inmost cases the original crews manned them. Fisher-men not ‘called up’ assisted the war effort by contin-uing to supply fish to the nation. Campbeltownmembers of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association allagreed to put a levy on members to create a fundcalled the Campbeltown Fishermen’s War ReliefFund. Another fund was raised to assist prisoners ofwar when they returned from captivity. In total themen raised over £6,500 - a great deal in those days.

FLYING FROM LANDRAILIn 1939 the landing strip on the northern side of theCampbeltown to Machrihanish road, which hadserved as a civilian airfield since 1933, was requisi-tioned for additional use for naval aircraft. The au-thorities realised the strategic value of the airstrip butthought it was unsuitable for large scale air opera-tions. A new airfield was built and commissioned asHMS Landrail in June 1941 for use by the Fleet AirArm. Its main function was for the training of air crew.

REQUISITIONEDThe present Community Education Centre, in itsearlier guise as the town’s Grammar School, wasone of many buildings taken over by the armedservices as HMS NIMROD, serving as a trainingcentre for the anti-submarine device ASDIC. Sec-ondary school students were consequently and con-tinually on the move between a number of churchhalls and the drill hall. The Princes Street - JohnStreet area was also taken over just as plans werebeing formulated for much-needed new housing;prospective tenants had to wait until after the warwas over for building to begin.

WOMEN AT WARBy far the most popular choice for local young wom-en without family responsibilities was joining theWRNS, the Womens Royal Naval Service. Wrenswere involved in communications, monitoring bomb-ing ranges, servicing torpedoes and repairing en-gines. Following conscription of adult men, membersof the Women’s Land Army took over many of theirroles on the farms. Women were also active inforestry - pictures in the exhibition show Jenny Gru-moli, and Loli Grumoli in uniform and, at the Car-radale Nursery, Margaret Gillies, Betty MacFadyen,Flo MacFadyen, Fiona Oman, Lizzie Conley, JessieMitchell, Madge Campbell, Marjorie Anderson andKatie Gillies a year or two after the war ended.Women at home had the almost impossible task ofkeeping the family together, caring for children andthe elderly, dealing with rationing and reassuringtheir loved ones serving in the armed services.

THE EVACUEESAs early as February 1939 women in rural areaswere asked to come forward to take in children fromcities in case they had to be evacuated. In eachcommunity someone was identified as a billetingofficer to identify the placement of evacuees. Imme-diately after the war was declared the town waswarned to be prepared to receive 1,000 children,mainly from Glasgow.

Small communities had trouble in finding places forthe children, but when the children arrived by steam-er at the Old Quay in Campbeltown the allocationwent smoothly after all. One of the many women inKintyre who took in evacuees was Naomi Mitchisonof Carradale House. Although her house was al-ready quite full with her own children their friendsand a Jewish refugee, she offered to make somespace for another twelve youngsters. While mostevacuees returned in weeks, three children stayedon. Other evacuees were not so lucky. Many weresent abroad to Canada and Australia, and failed tosurvive u-boat attacks.

AIR RAID WARDENS AND THE HOME GUARDNot all men were ‘called up’; those aged between 45and 51 were encouraged to enrol in the variousdefence organisations. ARP (air raid precaution)classes had already started at the Grammar School.In August 1939 the ‘Courier’ published the names ofthe first 54 Air Raid Wardens; their duties includedissuing gas masks, advising on air raid shelter con-struction and ensuring compliance with ‘blacking-out’ light from rooms after dark so that enemy aircraftcould not identify targets. Men and women couldalso join the Royal Observer Corps and report onany suspicious movements in the air or on the sea.One observation point at Airds Castle was notclosed until 1992.

THE GRUMOLIS: VICTIMS AND PATRIOTSLeo and Umberto Grumoli came from a village nearthe small Italian hill town of Barga. They worked inother places in Britain before setting up cafes inCampbeltown; Leo’s first business was in Kirk street,Umberto’s at the Locarno in Longow South in 1938.When war broke out Leo’s three sons went into thearmy and his three daughters into the women’sauxiliary service. When Mussolini’s Italy joined thewar on Hitler’s side the Grumolis had their windowsbroken in by angry locals. Leo and Umberto werearrested and interred in the Isle of Man as aliens.Their wives were forced to leave the town as it wasnow a centre for naval training. Thanks to the effortsof A. I. B. Stewart, the Procurator Fiscal, the menwere freed after two years, but were not allowed toreturn to Campbeltown until after the war.

THE BOLGAM STREET CANTEENThis was run by the W.V.S. (Womens VoluntaryService) and at one point was serving 1,000 mealsa day - nearly one and a half million during the waryears.

ENTERTAINMENTAlthough the two picture houses were very popularduring the war, at least one future TV presenter,Richard Baker, made his debut, revolver in hand, asan entertainments officer in a production at theMachrihanish Base.

POSTER AND LARGE PHOTOSApart from conducting parties of children round theexhibition, and giving lectures, Brian Olof of Torris-dale provided an extensive series of posters andenlarged photos of aircraft, wartime leaders andsignificant events, greatly enhancing the area roundthe formal presentation from the Imperial war Muse-um.

ROMMEL AND VALERY-EN-CAUXOver the summer of 1939, Territorials andReservists from Kintyre joined the 8th Battalion (ofthe Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) for intensivetraining. The day after the declaration of war the 8thBattalion assembled at Dunoon; men from Kintyreforming the 'B' company. As most men and manyofficers had little army experience of routine, theirtraining was started immediately. On September 30th the men moved to Aldershot

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where the 51st (Highland) Division was beingassembled. In January 1940 the Kintyre men of the 8thBattalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders movedto France where the 51st Highland Division was tosupport the British Expeditionary Force, alreadythere. Even so, the British and French troops wereno match for the German invaders and by the endof May the evacuation by sea of the troops was setin motion. In the meantime the 51st Division wasmaking a last stand near the Valery-en-Caux andtragically could not be evacuated. Despite heroicresistance the Division was practically wiped out,with most men being taken prisoner.(Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was present at thesurrender.)



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AUGUST RAINFALLThe total rainfall recorded this month was 107mm.This is below the August monthly average whichis 151mm. Past records show five wetter Augustsbut also five drier ones. August rainfall in past years has varied from62mm the lowest (in 2003) to 339 mm the highest(in 2009). We are now two thirds through the yearand the total for the first eight months. (January toAugust inclusive) is 1006mm (about 40 inches)this is again the mean - with five stats higher andfive stats lower. The range is between 831mm (in2010) and 1462mm (in 2002). In August, details reveal that there were thir-teen dry days, a further four with just a trace(1mm). However there was exceptionally heavyrainfall on the 11th/12th with 27mm and 25mmrecorded. So over these two days the accumulat-ed 52mm amounted to almost half the total month-ly rainfall for the whole month. We had hoped for and anticipated higher tem-peratures in August but the hotter days nevermaterialised so this summer can be summed upas being only ‘warm and with average rainfall’. The evenings are markedly drawing in as wemove into Autumn and the seasonal gales aresurely not far away. M.L.


Despite the loss of trees and shrubs to theunusual weather and P. Ramorum, many Kintyregardens are still a delight to see. Despite theun-attributable loss of some plants and trees, themagnificent gardens at Torrisdale Square remainas an outstanding example of highland gardens.Now maintained by two dedicated plants-people,Tony Liebrandt and Mudita, it is a credit to theinheritance of two equally enthusiastic peoplewho lived in the Square several years ago andhad a great love of plants and trees and an keeninterest in improving the garden - Stuart Liebrandtand Jo.


SEPTEMBER 1st IN CARRADALE VILLAGE HALLPresent: Shelagh Cameron, Lachie Paterson, RonnieBrownie, Andrea Hopkins, Stuart Irvine, Elizabeth Mc-Millan, Tom Adams, Councillor John McAlpine, Council-lor Rory Colville, Councillor Robin Currie.

MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MINUTES:• Julian Green (roads): we have still not heard when he

will be attending EKCC formal invitation to be written.• Bay road: quote from Ian Gull. Go ahead given by

Community Council - Wind-farm Trust Application• Remembrance garden: Convenor Shelagh Cameron

thanked everyone who tumed out to help. To cutdown on weeding a suggestion was made that themiddle bed be made into a feature, which would below maintenance.

• Treasurers report: Community Council account bal-ance is £2246.15.

• Planning: none.• Roads, signs, speed limits Portrigh: No speed limit

down Portrigh as speed limit stops at Tormhor. Aresident has lost 2 cats due to speeding. ConvenorShelagh Cameron to look into either trying to getmore 30 mile signs or perhaps flashing sign show-ing speed Councillors will also take this forward.

• Argyll and Bute bus services: Turning at pier - Con-venor Shelagh Cameron has spoken to Danny Hal-liday (West Coast Motors) and was told that the busdrivers will monitor the situation and keep in touch.

• Lots of issues were discussed about the untidiness ofthe harbour area and what could be done. TheCommunity Council asked the 3 Councillors presentto try and sort out the situation. They agreed thatsomething had to be done and would try and chivvythings along. Convenor Shelagh Cameron to writeto Sally Loudon.

• Wellpark: the football and cricket pitches are lookingtremendous, full marks to Nonnie. The cycle track isturning into a dumping ground (old play park equip-ment has been left there), also getting overgrown,tidy up needed. Community Council own the landcould the cycle track be reinstated or put to betteruse (all weather bowling green, tennis court). Con-venor Shelagh Cameron to speak to CarradaleActivity Playpark Group (CAPG) about this.

• Village tidy: Sewage pipes on Shore road, this wasreported to Scottish Water. As usual Scottish Waterdragging their heels, apparently this is a privatearrangement where raw sewage goes straight outto sea, to be investigated further.

CORRESPONDENCE:• Argyll and Bute Council - letter about bus turning.• Rights of Way Membership: letter £20 subscription

paid.• Play grounds - leaflet.• Royal Horticultural Society - letter.

ANY OTHER COMPETENT BUSINESS:• Lakeland: Stuart Irvine reported that planning permis-

sion for a further 14 cages has been applied for withthe possibility of 3 additional jobs .

• Barncleuth steps : winter job.• Fruit trees: should be kept free from weeds and

mulched - winter job.• Gritting: Campbeltown, Carradale, Redhouse-circular

route - same as last year.• Lettering on monument: quote not obtained yet. La-

chie Paterson to take forward and try to get sortedbefore November.

• Notice boards: Jake Harvey to be contacted.Editors note: EKCC does not own Wellpark, it is ownedby the Carradale community but is in the care of theCommunity Council.

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Twice recently I have been called upon tolook at bees which have taken up resi-dence, owners fearing a swarm of honeybees. Most unlikely - honey bees have de-clined in this area as much as anywhereelse, which is all the more reason to wel-come the bumble bees which seem to havetaken over here as main pollinators. Honey bees swarm high, in thousands,mostly in trees or at least the open, bumblebees are much more likely to find a groundspot and hide a small nest among debris -preferably dried grass or similar - and arenumbered in tens, at most a hundred. Andthey don't sting without severe provocation- extreme provocation, and then by lying ontheir back. The beautifully marked bumble bee (ofwhich there are several kinds) are in anycase easily distinguished from wasp or hon-ey bee, both of which are smaller (slimmer,lighter) and more distinct in appearance. Sothese bumbles should rank as welcomeresidents, even if their entry/exit flight pathis a bit too close for comfort. This can al-ways be diverted, preferably gradually, witha board or cloth. One of the nests I saw wasin a garden shed, the other under a caravanand I have a nest in my loft which is mostunusual, but better than bats! A.McL.


SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHTThe County Garage in Campbeltown doessupply LPG gas for road vehicles.


The Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel arecurrently running a joint project with theArgyll & Bute Care & Repair Service. Thisproject was included as part of a homesecurity project, and launched at the KintyreAgricultural Show. Door security chains have been pur-chased by the Panel, and can be installedfree of charge to residents who live in Kin-tyre, and are over 60 and/or disabled bycontacting Raymond Harvey, Care and Re-pair Service, telephone 07786 544 886. Eva MacDonald, MBE, Vice Chair of thePanel, and a Director on the Board of Argyll& Bute Care and Repair said that the Panelare always happy to be involved in projectswith other partners.

THANKSJackie Willis would like to thank everyonefor their cards, visits and telephone callswhile he was in hospital.


Grant applications to this trust wereconsidered on Wednesday 24th of Augustwith 24 applicants receiving grants between£250 and £750.Applicants must be under 25 years of age,have completed their school education, beable to satisfy the Directors that they are ofthe protestant faith and live in the formercounty of Argyll. Grants are available toassist applicants of both sexes who wish -(a) to obtain qualifications additional to a

degree, associate-ship, diploma orcertificate of a University, or otherinstitute of further or higher educationalready obtained.

(b) to train in a trade or profession otherthan in which they are at present trained.

(c) to undertake a course provided by theOpen University, for which they haveregistered or are about to register.

(d) to undertake training in leadership andinitiative

(e) to benefit from re-creative holidays incases of physical or mental disability,whether permanent or temporary.

Adverts for 2012/13 will appear in the localpress in early spring and completed on-lineapplications must be received no later than31 May; successful applicants will benotified after decisions are made toward theend of August.


In the difficult days after the last war Field-Marshall Montgomery was pilloried by thenational press for joining his local post of-fice queue to collect his weekly state pen-sion in cash. Apart from the suggestion thatwith his army pension he didn’t need thestate pension it was thought demeaningthat he should join the ‘plebs’ when in earli-er centuries wellington-clad conqueringleaders were rewarded with large housesand estates. Now it is well known that successivegovernments have attempted to kill off thepost office by taking away many of its tradi-tional services, and is even now consider-ing separating postal deliveries from otherservices. In the same vein pensioners andbenefit recipients are sometimes forced toaccept what is offered rather than what isreasonable. Recently at least one Kintyre Post Of-fice was unable to offer anything more valu-able than £5 notes - how long will it bebefore pensioners and those on other ben-efits will need to bring a barrow or a largerpram to collect their benefits in 1p coins?Link machines have also been out of actionbecause of the lack of £10 notes. In their defence Postmasters & Post-mistresses make requests for a balance inthe notes available for issue, but becauseof the lack of immediate response by thecontrolling authority, and bank holidays, acontinuing shortage of £10 and £20 notesnow leads some on benefit to visit POsmore than once a week to obtain cash in amixture of denominations.

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KINTYRE WAY REPORTFunding has been obtained to put geocachesthe length of the Kintyre Way from a lottery fundfocused on developing a legacy for the 2014Commonwealth Games – so there are 55caches being put in place (55 countries in theCommonwealth!). But what is Geocaching? It is a ‘high tech’treasure hunt based on using a hand held GPS.Across the world there are more than fivemillion boxes hidden with their co-ordinateslogged at www.geocaching.com.

Part of the funding is to run some trainingevents, aimed at people who are interested inthis outdoor pursuit and a geocach trail hasbeen laid around Carradale to help with thetraining.

There are five boxes hidden as follows:Name: BARBADOS: N 55 05 213 W 005 29 455Description: Across the river and into the treesHint: Down and up!Name: CAMEROON: N 55 34 938 W 005 29 167Description: Opposite to sign postsHint: Might get your feet wetName: BELIZE: N 55 34 945 W 005 28 163Description: Don't let the cows outHint: So close could almost jump over itName: CANADA: N 55 35 173 W 005 28 295Description: No need to get wet this timeHint: Woody would peck herName: THE GAMBIA N 55 35 244 W 005 28 795Description: Don't crow about itHint: Cross the road and have your sandwichesSo, should you want to take up the challenge oflooking for these caches there are one or twoconventions to follow:

� Non geo-cachers (known as Muggles)should not see you finding or re-hiding thebox.

� There is ‘treasure’ in the boxes, so if youtake something, perhaps to leave in anotherbox you must leave something in its place.But the fun is in the finding, not in thecontents.

� Always complete the log-book.� Take care. The caches have been placed

where they can be found without taking risks.� ALWAYS replace the cache where you

found it.There are other caches in Carradale, the firstplaced about five years ago and a few inCampbeltown. Join at www.geocaching.comGood Hunting. If you have any commentsplease e-mail [email protected] especially if

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FROM THE NETWORK DIRECTORSDear Mr Page,This letter is being sent on behalf of theBoard of Directors of Network CarradaleLtd who were in place when the Septem-ber issue of The Antler was publishedand whose names appear below. Sincethen, 3 additional directors have beenappointed. Whilst the board recognises yourright as editor to publish items of interestto our community you also have a duty topublish information which is accurate.Your reporting of the article ‘Network onthe move’ was based entirely on a hear-say rumour and as such was completelyunsubstantiated. There never was a pro-posal by CHUG to ‘pursue their interestin getting Network directors to sell theCentre site and move Network to theharbour’ and therefore there was no pro-posal to drop. Your report was not onlyinaccurate and misleading but, in ourview, it was also mischievous. You are also aware that in an emailto you dated 22 July, well before theSeptember issue of the Antler going toprint, Stuart Irvine stated that he hadattended a meeting at Network and thathis fears of any radical change to thetearoom were resolved and that thepresent Tearoom was secure. He alsorequested that you simply report the con-tent of his update and not to add anythingto it and it is a matter of regret that, on theface of it, you did not honour that request. The Network Board does not operatein secret but you will, of course, be awarethat as is the case with all limited compa-nies, members/shareholders are not in-vited to attend board meetings.Members/share holders are, of course,entitled to attend Annual General Meet-ings and an AGM has been fixed forFriday 11 November 2011. We can also advise you that theBoard is carrying out an active drive toattract new members/shareholders to thecompany and, in pursuance of that drive,all members of our community will bewelcome to attend the AGM. Yours sincerely,Marcus Adams, Donald Macalister Hall,Mike Hurst, Stuart Irvine, Alan Milsteadand Alan Walker.


Hill 60, like Tosh’s Park (see page 12)and other unadopted roads in Argyll &Bute, has been the subject of concern forresidents, the Community Council, theUnitary Authority and their predecessorsfor many years. Occasionally a public-spirited volun-teer crafts-person is found or residentsraise the cash for commercial road sur-facing, but now and again a residenttakes on the job of filling in the worstholes. Thanks to one such lady the upperend of Hill 60 is again a pleasure to use.

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West Coast Motors new timetable might lead somevisitors to wonder if magnetic north had moved muchfurther south, but when set alongside the times forthe return journey it is easy to understand the state-ment, since the first section of the A83 is North-bound-ish until the Inveraray side of the ‘Rest’.

Angela and Irene from Paterson’s Bakery are takingpart in ‘The Glasgow Shine’. The girls are doing ahalf marathon and all the money they raise will begoing to Breast Cancer Research. Should you wishto sponsor them forms will be available at theBakery, Network Tea Room, Semple’s Garage andalso online via The Carradale Goat. J.D.


Martin contacted Scottish Link Coaches and thecompany have advised their marketing departmentof the problem.

AN E-MAIL CONMolly Dodd received an e-mail recently purporting tocome from the Inland Revenue stating that she had£265 owing to her. She contacted IR who said that itnever sends out notices by e-mail and that sheshould refer the e-mail to [email protected] you have a similar notification, do not do whateverthey ask, refer the matter to the indicated address.

TIMOTHY SPALLGOES ‘CHUGGING’Inveterate watchers of ‘AufWiedersehen Pet’ may beunaware that Timothy Spall andhis wife are rounding the BritishIsles in their converted motorbarge ‘Princess Matilda’. The lastprogramme of the series saw them

arriving in East Loch Tarbert where a similar Dutchbarge restaurant attracted their attention. Mrs Spallwas not happy about the noise from the ‘two day’holiday amusements and they left heading for theCrinan Canal, which inevitably brought on thetraditional song ‘The Crinan Canal for me.’ Havingtravelled from London, round the south coast and upthe Irish Sea, avoiding the Mull of Kintyre and CapeWrath, he felt happy in both the Crinan andCaledonian Canal, but guilty that he wasn’t facingnew challenges - nothing new there then!

CARRADALE PRIMARYPRIMARY 1-4 WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS TERM:Literacy & Core Reading programmeEnglish Big Writing

Friends & Enemies - SpellingPhonics

Numeracy & P1 Numbers to 10Mathematics P2/3 Number Stories

P3/4 Tens & UnitsAddition & Subtraction

Expressive Arts Art and Design - ColourMusic - Instruments & Singing -

HarvestHealth & wellbeing - Ball Skills - GymnasticsReligious & moral education - Festivals - HarvestSocial Studies Katie Morag - Living on an IslandTechnology K’Nex Challenges - pushing & pullingHomework Challenge - Katie Morag & Tiresome Ted

PRIMARY 6-7 WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS TERM:Literacy & Core Reading programmeEnglish Big Writing Friends and Enemies Spelling Scots LanguageNumeracy & Number Processes – place valueMathematics Fractions, Decimals & Percentages P6 Fractions (simple & equivalent) Decimals (simple equivalents) Percentages (50% and 100%) P7 Fractions(simple, mixed & equivalent Addition and subtraction) Decimals(equivalents) Percentages 20% 25% 75% 1%Modern Language French - All About MeExpressive Arts Art & Design - colour Music Instruments & Singing -

Harvest & ScotlandHealth & wellbeing - Ball Skills - GymnasticsReligious & moral education - Festivals - HarvestSocial Studies - Scotland - What Scotland has to offerTechnology K’Nex Challenges - pushing and pullingHomework Challenges - Famous Scots

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Members of the Saddell and Carradale Church congregationare facing up to these challenges and, although presentlywithout a full-time incumbent, are very fortunate in having theservices of Matthew Ramsey for Sunday services. It is understood that discussions have taken place over thefuture of the ‘Wee’ church with Church members, Elders, Dea-cons, the local Presbytery and with the Church of ScotlandOffices at George Square in Edinburgh. While the ‘Wee’ churchis not presently on the long list of churches, and other buildingsup for sale, it seems likely that financial and administrativeeconomies may lead to the church being added to the list. While there has been no official publicity of the discussion,past residents, expatriates whose families may have had alle-giances to one or both of the existing churches in Carradale,and local residents without a formal church affiliation will besorry to hear of the Church of Scotland’s plight, but glad that thelocal congregation is meeting the challenges of 21st centurychallenges in a democratic and true Christian manner.

JUST TRIESTE-INGIf you’ve been to Glasgow by ‘plane in the last few weeks youmay be wondering why you were subjected to an examinationwith a pair of tongs containing a small ‘swob’ between its ‘teeth’ Apparently the swab takes a sample from your clothes toaugment a DNA database. One traveller enquired of the tong-operator what the sample was for; she received no audiblereply. The traveller’s niece, who lives in Trieste and does a lotof flying, has heard of it though not experienced it herself, butshe also found a web-site which reveals that Glasgow is anairport used for 'trialing' new devices and is presently using theQuantem Cascade Laser or 'electric sniffer dog,' but she is notsure how that works except it takes only a second to produce aresult. Incidentally some Muslim travellers are boycottingGlasgow airport because of the DNA testing and the increasedfrequency of ‘strip searches’ related to the fear of terroristthreats.

NO VIEW ON FREEVIEW?Ring 01583 431281 and contact will be made with Aquiva (TNSResearch International), the company maintaining Carradaleand Claonaig masts. Once information is obtained, you willreceive a call with details of the problem and the expected timeof service resumption.

DAWN TARTAN WALKThe final total for the Dawn Tartan Walkwhich took place in June this year was£1,892.00. This total was divided into twocheques of £946.00 and were presentedto Macmillan nurses and Mairi Semplefund on the 24th August in the Networktearoom. Many thanks to everyone whotook part. This was a terrific achievement! Also £115.00 was presented to eachgroup from the ‘Borrow a Book’ corner inthe Network tearoom, again many thanksto all who contribute either by borrowinga book or kindly helping to fill the shelves. The Network tearoom will close onWednesday 28th September at 5.30 pmand will re-open on Friday 21st October.Winter opening times are 11am to 4pm.Closed on Wednesday and Thursdayeach week. José



TASTE.It looks as if, once again, ACHA contractorsseem to be unable to sort the chaff from thewheat, or rather the hay from the nonny-no.Unfortunately ACHA don’t seem to doanything at An Croit on Quay Brae unlessthey are reminded of their obligations. Acha-tishoo!


The Campbeltown Heritage Trail Group isholding an evening tour on Wednesday28th September 2011. The tour willdepart from the Campbeltown TouristInformation Centre at 6.30pm and will lastfor approximately 1 hour. The tour willonly be held if there is a demand andtherefore pre-booking is essential. Forfurther information or to book your place,contact Cara Browning at the TownCentre Regeneration Office on 01586559048. This initiative is funded via theCampbeltown THI whose funders includethe Heritage Lottery Fund, Argyll andBute Council and Argyll and the IslandsLeader.

SPARE ANTLERSMary McMillan of ‘The Anchorage, ShoreRoad, Carradale has a fairly complete setof Antlers for disposal. If any one wouldlike to read some back numbers pleasecontact Mary on 01583 431629. If you missed one of the earliereditions it is just possible that one may beheld in stock. Ring 01583 431281.

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LOCAL ACCESS FORUM‘Argyll and Bute Local Access Forum (ABLAF) is looking to recruit newmembers. The forum has been running for nearly five years and is anindependent advisory body established under the Land Reform(Scotland) Act 2003. Throughout this time the forum has had a keyadvisory role on the management of outdoor access in Argyll and Bute.Members have helped with the production of the Argyll and Bute CorePaths Plan, the promotion of outdoor access in the area and looking atways to help with manage the paths already in existence. Environmentspokesperson, Councillor Bruce Marshall said, “Members of the forumhave varied interests. There are keen walkers, cyclists, riders, landmanagers and people with an interest in their community. Argyll and ButeCouncil, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland

are all taking part. Joiningthe Argyll and Bute LocalAccess Forum is a great op-portunity for you to have aninput into the future manage-ment of outdoor access inthe area”. There are fourmeetings held over the yearthat usually run from 6.00pmtill 9.00pm.  If you are inter-ested in applying to becomea member of the ABLAFplease contact Douglas Gri-erson on 01546 604228 ordouglas.Grierson @argyll-bute.gov.uk for an applica-tion pack.


A CARRADALE GOAT REPORTIts terrible this day and age whenyou have to do and pay for materialsto patch your only access route toyour home. Tosh’s Park or ForestryHouses as they were once known,has 12 houses, 9 now bought and 3council, but the problem is no onewill take responsibility for the road(forestry or local council) hence

never adopted. It has had temporary repairs done over the years bymyself and one or two others, but the last winter took its toll and it got thatbad that 9 of us residents chipped in hundreds of pounds to pay formaterials to save it. This is the second major patching being done withfurther more ongoing as it continues to break up.The Tosh’s road squad are - ganger Jim McAlister, Robert Strang, JohnMcDougall, Iain Morrison, Tom Lee, David Hobson and Johnny Durnan.Thanks also to Steve the supply and delivery driver and also Jim’s sonIain for his effort in doing an excellent job of clearing out the overgrownditch alongside the road (Jim also). The other two fund contributors areNicol Strang and Willie Shaw. J.D.

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