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Antler 230 February A4

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P2 Keith Campbell.P3 Nancie Smith, Neil Boneand William Kennedy.P4 Grants, Golf and Quiz.P5 Thanks and appreciation.P6 Fuel group meeting No 1.P7 Fuel No 2, and a plea.P8 Wood and Valiant Hearts.P9 Rainfall & School news.P10 Scams and Thanks.P11 Olympic bells, Inveraray.P12 Saddell success.
THE NETWORK CENTRE REOPENED ON FRIDAY13TH JANUARY.Winter opening hours 11am - 4pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
A winter scene in many rural Kintyre homes in 2011and early 2012. Photo courtesy of Martin Mears andthe Carradale Goat.
The first Coffee Morning of 2012 will be on Monday6th February at The Ashbank Hotel.
As Margaret Leighton’s rainfall report for December may well show, there were some wild variations tothe weather in Kintyre this year. Those who rarelyput a foot other than on a man-made surface wereonly too aware in December of the rain-soakednature of the Kintyre soil when attending Keith’sfuneral. Fortunately the very large representation athis graveside was spared further precipitation.North-west winds were also a problem with twolengthy periods of over 80mph in December and atleast one in 2012. Electricity was cut off twice -once in December for up to eight hours and theother in January for varying periods; Carradale for 42 hours over January 3rd-5th.Trees came down, roads were flooded, the‘Rest’ decided to slip a bit further down withtravellers having to enjoy the longer scenic routevia Dalmally and Crianlarich.To round off an unusual year, temperaturescrept up and provided an unseasonable landscapefor those who look forward to a white Christmas,but in 2012 will man-induced weather changescause temperatures to rise further and lead to a fallin central heating costs?Its about as unlikely as seeing the Kintyre birthrate rise, Tesco moving to the Creamery site andthe Council building a new school in Kintyre.
Duncan and Wum Semple keeping traffic flowing.
Members: A. Milstead (Chair), M. Hurst, D. Macal-ister Hall, M. Adams, A. Walker, G. Arkell, D. McIn-tosh, R. Stride, M. Trott, R. Howarth (Lakeland).
It was agreed at a previous meeting thatCHUG become a part of Network CarradaleMOORINGS.Contact has been made with Crown Estatesregarding the placement of up to 6 mooringsparallel to Shore Road and a lease of the sea-bed is being sought. Finance has been arrangedfor their installation but further details need tofinalised regarding insurance, maintenance,charges etc. They should be ready for use be-fore Easter 2012.HARBOUR REDEVELOPMENTA brief is being drawn up by a third party over the next 4 weeks to be sent to selected marinearchitects. This will result in the appointment of one firm to finalise our plans for the harbour redevelopment. We have already discussedwith Argyll & Bute Council a proposed way for-ward and those plans will be firmed up after further consultation with ABC Harbours andABC Estates with regard to possible use, occu-pation and management of the harbour area.COMMUNITY SURVEY HARBOUR SECTIONWe discussed the results of our section of theCommunity Survey (103 returned). Several con-cerns featured prominently and will be utilised infuture proposals. Marcus Adams.
On the 15th of December, 2011 everyone was shocked and saddenedto learn of the sudden death of Keith Campbell, a much respected andlifelong resident of Carradale; the fact that on 28th December Saddelland Carradale church was filled to capacity for his funeral bore witnessto that.Keith was Carradale through and through, (in fact the family treegoes back to 1762). He was born on the 15th of November, 1924 atPost Office House, as was his father Donald before him - that part of the family business which was later to become the tearoom.Life at Carradale Stores (D.Campbell and Co) was always busy and itwas a happy household with Margaret his older sister, Keith and Walter.School days were spent at Carradale and Campbeltown and in hisyounger days Keith enjoyed joining the Glasgow Burnside Scoutswhen they set up camp at South Dippen.On leaving school Keith joined the crewof his uncle Jack McIntosh’s boat, the ‘StellaMaris’ and it is said that once Keith wentaboard, the ‘Stella Mari’s had the tidiestfo’csle in the fleet - and as we all know thisdesire for perfection was to follow him allthrough life.The war years came and Keith joined upbefore he was 18, eventually serving onRoyal Naval Ocean-going Rescue Tugs as asignaller.Keith and his friend Johnny McMillan joined up together in Campbeltown andsailed from the Clyde to New York aboardRMS ‘Queen Mary’ which, acting as a troopship, was carrying up to 15,000 troops. Noluxury trip this, but the liner was so fast thatshe needed no escourt during the voyageand despite having to set a zigzag course,the journey was completed in four daysFrom New York the two Carradale sail-ors travelled on to New Jersey, and then toport Arthur, Texas, where they joined HMRT‘Athlete’.On returning to Europe Keith saw actionin the Mediterranean pulling beached craftback out to sea and assisting with convoys.He was in Africa at Anjou and Solerno and,when off Leghorn, (Livorno) Italy, ‘Athlete’was mined and sank very quickly. Four of the crew were lost, Keith suffered a footinjury and was taken to hospital which inpeacetime was the Palace of King Victor Emmanuel of Italy.Keith was sent home to recuperate then joined HMRT ‘Reward’, a new and bigger vessel. He sailed with her to Norway and the final task before demobin 1946 was towing U-boats to Lough Foyle, where they were scuttled.Keith was rightfully proud of his war service but not in any boastfulheroic way. He took part in the annual Remembrance Service at thevillage war memorial and also in the church. He was probably the lastsurviving member of the crew of the ‘Athlete’ and possibly one of thelast surviving World War 2 veterans in the village. The medals he worewere - the 1939-45 star, the Atlantic Star and bar, the Italy Star, theAfrica’s Star and the defence metal 1939-45.On returning home after the war Keith joined the family business.Keith was very popular with all ages as he drove the mobile shoparound the outlying areas, from Skipness to Peninver, calling at everyhouse and farm, there were always sweets for the children, a customhe continued with in the shop - many still recall this fondly.In 1949 the arrival of electricity made the production of ice creampossible and this became a big feature in the Tearoom which wasstarted by Keiths mother.In the early 50s the first extension to the shop was made and Keithand Chris were married, living first at Dunvalanree, Chris’s home. In1954 Moira was born and in 1956 they bought the former parish manseand renamed it ‘Limetrees’, where Chris ran a very successful guesthouse.Keith had many interests in village life. Involved in the village hall hewas responsible for organizing the entertainment and in the 50s JimmyShand, Iain Powrie and Lochgilphead band ‘The Rhythm Boys’ provid-ed music for the dances to which bus loads of people travelled up fromCampbeltown. These events raised a lot of money for the Harbour Fund and the village hall. Another interest was the Amenities Commit-tee, being especially involved in the upkeep of the Bay road andensuring the footbridge from the car park to the beach was in goodrepair.In 1962 after Keith’s father’s death there was a major expansion tothe shop and tearoom. At this time the shop was very busy supplyinglocals and visitors many of whom came for up to a month, takingholiday houses. The shop stocked high quality goods of every descrip-tion and also fancy goods such as Susie Cooper China (now acollector’s item) which many holiday makers can remember buying.The tearoom was always packed with everyone enjoying a wide selec-tion of home baking and the now famous icecream, which was also always donated toschool sports day and village hall sales of work (10 gallons a day was produced).In 1971 a further expansion was madeand ‘The Glen’ was built as it was realisedthat many more people coming to village werehaving bed and breakfast and required meals.The Glen was hugely successful andchanged the face of Carradale, attractingcustomers from all over Kintyre, Mid-Argylland beyond. During the summer seasons itwas quite common to serve 150 eveningmeals having previously served a similar number of lunches and high teas - bookingwas always essential.During the winter months Supper Danceswere introduced and they proved very popu-lar cheering up many a dreich night.The business employed 25 staff at theheight of the season which was a great sup-port to the local economy.In all of this Keith was a perfectionistensuring everything was ‘spic and span’, andthat steps were scrubbed and windows weregleaming! Many girls have remarked thattheir training at the Glen had been a greatbenefit to them in later years in their ownhome. Happy days gone by in ‘The Glen’ willnot be forgotten; the Campbells built up agreat friendship with their staff, customersand visitors alike.After a very successful business career Keith retired in 1988 allowing him and Christime to enjoy holidays and their favourite pas-time, ballroom dancing. Keith retirement alsogave him time to enjoy his garden, of which he was rightly proud and itwas always greatly admired by all who passed by.Keith and Chris were always most welcoming and generous hosts;hospitality at ‘Limetrees’ was legendary, especially at New Year - thisyear being the first time in 56 years that the lights at ‘Limetrees’ did notshine out to welcome all who called to bring in the New Year.Chris’s early death in 1995 changed life for Keith, however he stillkept his high standards and remained very independent. He continuedto take a great interest in village life and always supported any fund-raising events - there was no point in trying to guess the weight of thecake - Keith would win it, his time in the shop stood him in good stead.A lifelong supporter of the Church, Keith attended every Sundayalways immaculately turned out sometimes passing comment if otherswere not suitably attired.Carradale has lost a very special gentleman. Unfailingly courteous,with a cheery friendly smile and a mischievous sense of humour. Hewill be sadly missed by all, but remembered with much affection and for ever held in high regard.Above all, Moira and Keith were a team, special friends, one rarelyseen without the other. Moira gave her dad an unsurpassed level of care and attention, which only a loving daughter can give - his passingleaves a huge gap in her life. R.M.F.
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Nancie, who died just before Christmasaged 66, will be remembered as thevoice of Campbeltown. Throughout her life she sought to defend her town fromthe onslaught of reorganisation, andfrom un-sympathetic moves to destroyits character and importance in Argyll.As one of the longest-serving Chair-persons of Campbeltown CommunityCouncil, and more recently asSecretary, she stood both for traditionalvalues and for long needed improve-ments to the town’s physical structure.A teacher and Deputy Head at Dalintober Primary School,she strove to instil in children the importance of community spiritand the need to enhance their lives and the lives of those aroundthem. Active in both European and American relations she wasinvolved in the exchange scheme with students of Amberg-Sulzbach, and was proud to promote naval relationships with thetown of Campbelltown in Pennsylvania.Long a part-time worker and informant to the CampbeltownCourier, she provided a home-grown knowledge of the structureof the town and of its social needs. Other organisations benefitedfrom her help including the local branch of the Leukaemia &Lymphoma Research Society, the Mull of Kintyre’s annual 10kilometre run and the Kintyre Community Forum web-site. Shewas also instrumental in helping establish the Argyll & Butebranch of the Council for Voluntary Service and the Dalintober &Millknowe Tenants & Residents Association. She supported thethe Association of Argyll & Bute Community Councils and waspreparing to stand for the Scottish National Party at the 2012Council elections. Sadly two of her ambitions were not realised -appointment as a Primary Head-teacher and the return of theBurgh Council, dissolved in 1975.On a personal level it seems only a few weeks ago that I mether outside the Campbeltown Co-op and enjoyed exchangingviews about Campbeltown and its affairs. She made no mentionof her own problems; her concerns were to see the town prosper through increased employment opportunities. I left the Co-opwith a feeling that with Nancie back in the fray as secretary toCampbeltown Community Council, the old fire will be re-kindledand the heat and glow generated last for at least another tenyears; unfortunately this was not to be.Nancie’s funeral service was held at Lorne and LowlandParish Church on Friday 23rd December 2011, and the burialtook place at Patchan Cemetery, where crashing waves will for ever proclaim the power of her endeavour to battle againstbureaucracy and centralisation. G.P.
Following the publication of Professor Roberts’ tribute to theinternationally renowned amateur astronomer Neil Bone in theJuly 2009 issue of the Antler, another distinguished Kintyreastronomer,Dr Alexander L. MacKinnon of the School of Education, University of Glasgow, has joined Ronald Roberts inseeking recognition of Neil’s achievements by raising funds for atangible memorial for the Campbeltown-born bio-chemist.One idea is that donations could be made to a Neil BonePrize fund through the agency of the Primary School he attendedor Campbeltown Grammar. Contact has also been made with theTreasurer of the The Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural HistorySociety, Elizabeth Marrison, in the hope that the Society may beable to suggest ways in which Campbeltonians have celebratedtheir illustrious forbears in the past.Co-incidentally Eric Dudley’s ambitious ideas to promoteCarradale as an excellent place to carry out astronomicalobservations was recognised by Neil, when, as a student at theGrammar ‘he used to cycle towards Carradale where there wasvery little light pollution and set up his personal observatory, adeck chair, a clipboard, pencils, a red torch and a pair of goodbinoculars. It was here that his great interest in the
so frequently visible in Kintyre, noctilucent clouds, andmeteors began, and he became an international authority onthese, lecturing as far away as China’.If you wish to assist with this appeal please ring RonaldRoberts on 01586 554417 or the Editor on 01583 431281.
1896 -1915
In compiling a record of local war veter-ans, Charles Macmillan has made inter-esting discoveries on the Internet. Arecent one was 2/Lt William RobertKennedy of the 2nd Argyll & SutherlandHighlanders who was born in Carradaleand killed in action on 25th September 1915, the first day of the battle of Loos.William's service documents showthat he was born at Ardcarroch on 8thMarch 1896. He was the son of a Dr Kennedy who had married the previousyear in Elgin before coming south toCarradale to take up the post of medicalpractitioner. Disappointingly, no traceof the family's short stay here has so far been found in local records; no morechildren were registered here and as thename does not appear in the 1901 cen-sus it is assumed they returned north.William was educated first at Dun-beath Public School then Tain RoyalAcademy and Wick High School beforeentering Aberdeen University in thesummer of 1914 to study medicine. Liketens of thousands of other young mennationwide who flocked to the colourson the outbreak of WW1, William enlist-ed at once and volunteered for overseasservice. On 4th August he and fellowundergraduates were mobilized to form'U' Company, 4th (City of Aberdeen)Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders.The Battalion left Bedford for Francein February 1915 and for the next coupleof months they were on difficult anddangerous front line trench duties, butnot until 15th June were they engagedin a specific battle, Bellewarde, whichwas part of the 'murderous' 2nd battle of Ypres. The Battalion diary shows thatthey now took casualties in fierce fight-ing and encountered the first use of gas.Several acts of heroism are record-ed for the student soldiers of 'U' Com-pany and William himself showedconspicuous bravery in carrying des-patches across a shell-swept zone,earning the congratulations of the Divi-sional Commander and recommenda-tion for a decoration. This episode, andno doubt others, must have shown spe-cial qualities of leadership in 19-year-oldWilliam and he was singled out for im-mediate promotion. A course of trainingat St Omer followed and August sawhim gazetted 2nd Lt. in the 2nd BattalionArgyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Only amonth later, however, he was killedleading his platoon in the initial assaultat Loos and is buried at CambrinChurchyard Extension.Among the casualties on the sameday, many of whom have no knowngrave, was another Carradale man, Ser- jeant John Mitchell of the 8th BlackWatch, whose name is on our war me-morial.
Charles would welcome names and  photographs for inclusion in the DVDrecord. A veteran does not necessarily have to have been born here to be eligi-ble - close association with Carradale,Skipness or Saddell is sufficient.
TOM GRANTDip., Arch.,R.I.B.A., R.I.A.S
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