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Antler214 August A4

Antler214 August A4

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 antler
ISSUE 214 AUGUS
2010
THE
CAMPBELTOWN MOTOR COMPANYSnipefield Industrial Estate, CampbeltownTelephone 01586 553200
THE RCZ IS HERE 
CARRADAL GOLF CLUB
THE SECRETARY ISDR R. J. ABERNETHY,THE ARCH, TORRISDALEPA28 6QT. TEL 01583 431321FURTHER INFORMATIONIS ON PAGE 6.
BUT NEW PERFORMERS MAKE THEIR DEBUT
With seasonal events in full swing this occasional Carradalefestival had none of the charm of ‘Glastonbury’, the ‘DuckRace’ or the ‘Summer Fayre’. The 87 supporters at thisyear’s event were physically incapable of the traditional‘arm-waving’ in tune with the music and although the emo-tional response was far from ‘T in the Park’ standards,enough extra organisational volunteers were found to plannext season’s events. Last year’s performers will be hardacts to follow, but if those who plan to make coming eventseven more attractive do not attend planning meetings on aregular basis, the success of the 2010-2011 season will behampered, once again, by events being planned at veryshort notice and with little advance publicity. Those who likea bit of heavy metal were disappointed that ‘Tantrum 6’didn’t make its presence felt, but other groups like ‘What athankless job’ will no doubt step in next year.
 HALL HIATUS FESTIVAL
STATUS QUO TAKES THE STAGE ONCE AGAIN 
SOUNDING OFF -
It still seems absolutely ridiculous in a hall equipped withspeakers and a microphone system that residents had to strain to hear what wasbeing said by the platform party. While this is certainly not a criticism of thehard-working Hall Committee, but many residents complained after the meeting,and after the recent plays, that those with good hearing in the middle of the hallcould not follow the constant repartee at the stage end - notable exceptions werewhen Shelagh Cameron at the back of the hall, Tony Leighton with an equallypersuasive voice closer to the Chair, and Alan Walker restated the obvious andtraditional case for increased organisational representation. With some simpletechnology the thirty minute meeting, which seemed like an hour and a half, couldhave been over and new committee members appointed in ten minutes.
PENINVER
VILLAGE HALL
Summer Craft Fair
in aid of hall funds,
Saturday 7th August 10-4Sunday 8th August
11-4
Lots of quality local crafts.
Soup and sandwiches alsoavailable.Anyone wishing tobook a table please call Valerie07826116823.
SADDELL & CARRADALE CHURCH
SUMMER FAYRE
Thursday 5th August at 7.30pm in
CARRADALE VILLAGE HALL
Usual stalls and competitions
 
Garden Visit &  Afternoon Teas
Sunday 15th August
2-4.30
CAMERAS & CRAFT
AUGUST  13-14-15
Seepage
6-6-6
C A  RRADALE
S TRING FES T 
 FRID AY 6TH A  UGUST SATUR  DAY 7TH A  UGUST 
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MORE SLIP-UPS
Despite continuous checking the number of Antler ‘slip-ups’ remains doggedly in singlefigures. Page 1 of the July issue promised apicture of an envelope from the Council with afirst class stamp, and a second class franking,addressed without a post town or post code toa Geozzny Page, who must have skived off tohis home area ofthe Chechen capital,hencethe unsupported reference to the standard of education among young female Councilemployees on page one.The reference on page 3 to Lucy MaudMontgomery being unfamiliar to most readersshould have made it clear that her readersmight be familiar (not unfamiliar) with her books, especially ‘Anne of Green Gables’.The left hand column of Page 7 didn’texactly slip-up, it slipped-down causing thefinal sentence to dive below Allan Reed’sinvocation to put a ‘Shine-on’ your car.Finally, until others are found, on page 9two sentences were missed from JohnMacMillan’s July article. The sentences were- “I exited the Customs Building into thesunshine of the New World. My mother withfour sisters and one brother crossed fromSouthampton to New York on the QueenElizabeth three months later”.The Editor apologises for these mistakesand exclusions and will severely reprimandthe copy readers – himself and his wife, Mary
ARGYLL & BUTE COUNCIL
MINUTE OF MEETING ON 24TH JUNE
NOTICE OF MOTION: STANDING ORDER 13
Proposed Cllr Marshall, Seconded Cllr Hay.
“That Argyll and Bute Council include in their submission to the Scottish Government’s con-sultation on Draft Marine Nature ConservationStrategy, a request that a ban on the use of trawled equipment be implemented aroundthe coast of Argyll and Bute extending to onemile to allow the conservation of fish andshellfish and their habitat and to encouragesustainable fishing methods and that this areabe designated a Nature Conservation MarineProtected Area.”
SLIDING INTO CRIME
For those who, for one reason or another, areescorted to the new Campbeltown Police Sta-tion, they will find the non-slip flooring willenable them to stand by their principles andprotest their innocence.Once the self-opening doors close behindthem and they are taken through the entrancefoyer into the charge room, it will be immedi-ately clear that they are to benefit from thebest that Strathclyde Police can offer. Widecorridors, a suite of 6 male cells, 2 femalecells and a separate section for those with aan established physical mobility.Each cell has a low fixed base with anon-tear plastic mattress and a stainless steeltoilet, which can only be flushed from outsidethe cell! Supervision and contact is by videocamera and a wall mounted speaker system -all the comfort of home without the clutter of everyday living, giving its occupant a chanceto consider the error, or otherwise, of his or her ways.The multiplicity of rooms and servicesavailable is impressive and a vast improve-ment on the old police station. Finger-printingand breathalyser equipment are in separaterooms and the requirements for religious ob-servance are available for Muslims in theshape of prayer mats and a compass. Thosewith a bit more time to spare might like to takeup the offer of a small library, but TV sets incells are noticeable absent. Rape accusationsare dealt with in specialist rooms for the al-leged victim and for the alleged perpetrator, indifferent parts of the ground floor facilities.The administrative offices are upstairsand include an air-conditioned room built tohouse exercise machinery, but with staff en- joying free use of equipment in the Aqualibri-um building, it now houses a table tennis tablefor PCs and administrative staff.Although at the time of a recent visit nocells were occupied, the 4 male cells and the2 female cells have been, on occasions, fullyused. The cells are now ten months old butthere is no evidence of vandalism. On theother hand it seems that Northern Irish con-tractors who were responsible for building thelower floors, used specifications matchingthose in Ireland. As a consequence the extraweight of concrete has made the traditionalsettlement signs appear somewhat earlier than expected.Would I look forward to a night in the cellsfollowing an evening of binge-drinking, or anexacerbated public order offence? No, I wouldnot, but waking up to these pleasant colour schemes is certainly preferable to the possi-ble alternatives in a less colourful morgue or a blood-red enhanced hospital ward. G.P.
NO SLIP-UPS HERE
A submarine marker buoy was discovered byEric Norman on Wednesday, the 10th of Junenear the ruins of the Carradale ‘shark factory,’and blown up by a Bomb Disposal team fromFaslane the following evening. Photographscourtesy of Johnny Durnan and Martin Mears.
PLANNING APPLICATIONS
10/00901/PP Conversion of outbuilding tobunk-house, Ifferdale Farm, Saddell PA286QZ. Mr Andrew Gemmill. Agent Tom GrantPartnership, Development type03B Housing – local. Grid Ref: 177113-63382310/01033/PPP Site for the erection of twodwelling houses, Plots 2 and 3, Dippen Farm,Carradale PA28 6QU, Agent Tom GrantPartnership. Development type 03B Housing –local. Grid Ref: 179860-636977
 
TORRISDALE CASTLE
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PHILIP DONALDMAXWELL
KELLY
1944- 2010Donald was the only child of a primary school-teacher and a customs officer living in Skel-morlie. As a schoolboy he attended GreenockAcademy where his musical interests led himto sit ‘Highers’ in the subject and to play theorgan at local churches and the crematorium.It was while he was at the Academy that hemet Ruth who became a close friend and,much later, his second wifeOn leaving the Academy he went intofurther and higher education but found theformal atmosphere not to his liking.At one time he joined the staff of amusic publisher, but in the early1970s an inheritance from his auntallowed him to purchaseSkelmorlie’s Hayward Hotel andstart to enjoy the social facilitiesassociated with hotel ownership.In 1976, he sold the HaywardHotel and bought the BellochantuyHotel. Although Donald was in hismiddle years he soon grasped thenettle of historical and vernacular experience, and began amassing awealth of knowledge about the pe-ninsula and its people.Despite a punishing self-im-posed literary schedule, Donald’searly death at the age of 66 has leftus a wealth of published articles and a greatdeal more of unpublished research, whichfuture historians and researchers will un-doubtedly use as starting points for their ownKintyre studies.His ability to gather information from avariety of sources, was richly enhanced whenthe Freedom of Information Act was passed,but even he could not keep up with the rush of valuable resource material and interesting his-torical debris that became availableMy personal association with Donald wasalways at a cross peninsula distance; we meteach other accidentally In the town and oneach occasion a flurry of information wastransmitted for use in the Antler. Introduced byDuncan Ritchie and Hamish Mackinven, theonly real conversational inter-change wasover the phone, by e-mail, or when Hamishheld one of his ‘get-togethers’ over a meal ina Campbeltown hotel.It was clear from the Minister’s tribute atDonald’s funeral service that apart from hisextensive knowledge of powered sea-goingvessels, he had an interest in sailing and atechnical knowledge of racing handicaps. Itwas said that he could work out the winner of a mixed keel-boat race well before the racesteward had sharpened his pencil and theeventual winners had still some way to gobefore crossing the line. In consequence hewould be waiting in the bar to join them in acelebratory drink.Like most of the older generation, he camelate to computers. Always surrounded by peri-odicals and specialist magazines, so much sothat the Council refused to upgrade his heat-ing system and described the house as a firehazard. However, his purchase of a computer opened the gates to an avalanche of informa-tion and literary work about Kintyre, that didn’tconstitute a risk to central heating installers.He was always prepared to work with anygroup or individual interested in recording thelocal heritage. The anniversaries of the Sec-ond World War gave him the impetus to pre-pare the CD which remains on sale under theauspices of the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natu-ral History Society. In addition he managed topersuade the ’Courier’ Editor to indulge himand on a number of Fridays his lengthy arti-cles started to spread across its pages.Never one to let go until he had squeezedevery bit of value out of a contact or a refer-ence, his articles appeared and remain on thepublishing web-site ‘Scribd’ and were begin-ning to appear on his own web-site ‘Kintyre onRecord’, but as the Waterfoot gravestone re-minds us ‘time is short’ and, regrettably, theprepared headings on KOR may remain sim-ply as headings.As readers will see on page 6, his musicalinterests were wide. Apart from playing for Sunday services at A’chleit, he assisted atchurches in the town and frequently carriedout duties at Carradale, being collected anddelivered by a number of willing drivers. Hewas equally fascinated by theatre organs andmore popular music to the extent that tradi-tional introits often had more than a flavour of the public bar than of the kirk.With the advent of Google’s ‘Street View’- a commentary on which appears on page 5- he became an inveterate pedagogue; insist-ing that everyone should know and under-stand the opportunities of changingtechnology.As a non-driver, he was also an avid read-er of public transport information, demonstrat-ing his knowledge and understanding of inter-connecting services to apparently a gen-eration of reluctant bus, ship and Strathclyde-Transport timetable planners.One of his main concerns, since theCampbeltown to Ballycastle serviceceased, was to challenge timetableplanners to countenance the difficul-ties likely to be encountered in theNorth Channel and of keeping totimetables in foul weather.British Telecom also came in for critical comment when it failed tokeep to the legal agreements under its public obligation. He was acutelyaware of where there were pockets of poor or non-existent mobile cover and argued strongly for ‘red-box’ re-tention - not simply as non-workingdesign artefacts.Will the man in the street appreci-ate the work of a ‘Donald’ whowouldn’t be cornered by authority,who went his own way, failed to toethe traditional line or whose specialism waswriting long articles - I doubt it, but he will besincerely missed by his many friends and bythose who benefited from his knowledge, hishelp and guidance.However, I am sure that he will be a great-ly appreciated reference point in the recordedhistory of Kintyre as his articles become morewidely known. G.P.
MARIUS KLIUSKAS
LETTER TO THE EDITORGeoff, Sorry for delay in giving you more infoon the Lithuanian saga. Here now are a fewfacts. Tonight, Friday 9th July, I got an emailfrom Marius's sister stating that the £3,235has been received by the family. This is thethird time that the money was sent, itwasreturned twice due to wrong spelling of recipient’s name. The family have asked meto pass on their appreciation to our communityfor welcoming Marius and showing our kind-ness and concern during their difficult time,part of the money raised was used to erect agravestone. I am delighted that there was, atlast, a satisfactory conclusion, showing thatthe community once again can rise to the
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