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CONTENTS - USE EDIT / FIND ON YOUR TOOLBAR TO READ ARTICLES LISTED BELOW JOHN ANGUS McKAY FORBES COMMUNITY COUNCIL MISCELLANY HA(U)LLING FOR 30 YEARS TALKING RUBBISH GLENCREGGAN SOCIAL WORK EVALUATIONS GENDER EQUALITY SCHEME COUNCIL AIMS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY THROUGH VEHICLE EMISSIONS HOME COMING SCOTLAND 2009 HOSPITAL PARKING TRAILER SAFETY LETTER TO THE EDITOR (SINGLE STATUS) YOUNG VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD VILLAGE HALL QUIZZLE 7(2007) -ANSWERS QUIZZLE RESULTS LETTER TO THE EDITOR (Councillor Anne Horn) FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT RE-UNITED WITH RAOUL - MATTHEW RAMSAY RETURNS TO THE AMAZON RAINFALL RESULTS – JANUARY 2008 SADDELL & CARRADALE GUILD PLANNING APPLICATIONS SEASONAL PROBLEMS IN KINTYRE LETTER TO THE EDITOR - POWER PROBLEMS KINTYRE FORUM ON COMMUNITY CARE - CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION - Thursday March 6, 2008
JOHN ANGUS McKAY FORBES
- 14th April 1926 – 21st January 2008
Dad was a man of endearing charm. He was always ready for a chat, and to share a story, a joke or a glass or two of whisky. He had a deep love of the countryside and of the country way of life. He felt at home in wild places where nature was at its purest and the fishing and shooting at its best. He was an excellent fisherman and shot, but for him these pursuits were never about numbers, but of exercising skill in a beautiful setting and talking about it afterwards with friends, preferably with a dram in hand. Dad was born in Hove on 14th April 1926. His father was Scottish/Irish and his mother English/Welsh leading Dad to classify himself as a 'quarter of everything' or an 'Anglo-Scot'. He was brought up mainly in southern England where he, and his sister Maya, were left with various relatives as their parents were with the Gurkha Regiment in India. He went to Wellington College and was there during the Second World War. He was good at games, excelling at cricket, tennis, shooting and snooker. He joined the army and just missed active service as he caught scarlet fever during training in Wales. He was then posted to Greece and Egypt to help with the management of transit camps handling the repatriation of troops from all over the world. This was followed by a period of water pipe laying and road building in Kenya. Dad saw active service in the Korean War and was mentioned in Dispatches in 1952. Dad married my mother, Rosemary, in 1960. Joanna arrived in 1962 and I two years later. In 1968 he was posted to the British Embassy in Copenhagen as Military Attache or 'spy' as the Russians were to think as we were in the middle of the Cold War at the time. Dad left the Army in 1971 and went to the Royal Agricultural College to requalify as a rural estate manager. He was the eldest student in his class but excelled and obtained a First Class Diploma. Mum and Dad then hit on a novel way of keeping the
family together when Dad went on interviews as we would all go on tour in a caravan around Scotland. In 1973 Dad became the Factor for Dunlossit Estate on Islay. A position he was to hold until his retirement in 1993. My parents loved both Islay and its people, and therefore thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island. For Dad it was the perfect place to pursue his passion for fishing and shooting. He would haunt the River Laggan if there was the slightest chance of a fish often using his own hand-made flies, particularly a 'Forbes Special' which consisted largely of hairs plucked from our Labradors! His favourite shooting expeditions were going rough shooting for woodcock and most summer evenings would be spent trout fishing on Loch Lossit well within earshot of the call for supper. On retiring in 1993 Mum and Dad moved to Barmollach in Kintyre as this was on the mainland but still a wild and beautiful spot. Their energies were then turned to making Barmollach into a home. They worked hard in the garden and soon the 3ft docks and thistles were replaced by lawn. Dad's main area of expertise was the vegetable patch and under his green fingers this soon became very productive. Dad was devastated by the early loss of Mum to cancer in 2001. Joanna then moved to Barmollach to care for him. During his illness he was well looked after at home by Joanna and Irene, and in the final few months also by Maya and Mitch. Dad's warmth and enthusiasm in company, his ability to deal with people from all walks of life and his inherent wish to do his best for any people under his responsibility, combined to make him what he was - 'a gentleman and a character'. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. R.McK.F
COMMUNITY COUNCIL MISCELLANY
FIRM HANDLING When is a community council meeting a sell out success? Answer - when there’s nothing worth watching on the Telly, when there are visiting speakers and inter-tribal hostilities threaten to produce an altercation worthy of reporting in ‘The Sun’. Unfortunately these factors failed to produce the expected ‘fisty-cuffs’. The visiting speakers put their case for a wind-farm at Cour with great sensitivity, it was received courteously and the expected ‘rough-stuff’ was handled firmly by the Chair-person, Shelagh Cameron, and by the reticence of those aggrieved more on this under ‘Parking Fiasco.’ MINUTELESS MINUTES While 25 is not a record attendance, chair upon chair was added to the Hall Caretaker’s carefully arranged setting. After ‘remembering’ the minutes - the recording device had failed - and, without waiting for adverse comment, Shelagh coyly asked for them to be approved. They were duly nominated and seconded, but were wisely not voted on. By this time the speakers arrived, having overcome satellite navigation problems at Dippen. They were followed by a lone Councillor, Rory Colville - an all-time EKCC supporter. Rory said that he had risen from his sick bed to attend because of criticism in ‘the press’ ! ITS IN THE WIND OR NOT After explaining the extent of the proposals for Cour, Airtricity’s officers answered residents questions, and one from a member of Tarbert and Skipness’ catchment area - another first. A second ‘first’ for Kintyre was the confirmation that, because of technical problems, the Tangy Wind-farm was still failing to produce power for the National Grid. PENINVER MEETINGS Councillor John Semple has asked for community council meetings to be held in Peninver. Two previous EKCC Chairman pointed out that during their times they had held meetings in Peninver Village Hall and made concerted attempts to attract nominations from Peninver. On each occasion local attendance was absent or could be counted on one finger of one hand. A decision was taken to hold two (unstated) meetings a year in Peninver.
SADDELL WATER Residents of the village are still enamoured by the burn passing through their village, but are furious over the continuing delays in dealing with other Saddell water coming through their gardens, round their houses and putting down beds of rich alluvial soil on on their paths and road. Despite continuous efforts by Rory Colville and by earlier EKCC Chairmen, the promised solution faces more administrative delays. The time for direct action may not be far away. Anyone with a bulldozer ? ST JAMES PLACE After helping the former EKCC secretary to correct a missing item from a community council minute last May, the same community councillor has now decided to help the Wind-farm Treasurer to ensure that he is investing the Common Good wisely. The Treasurer, as Chairman of the Abbeyfield organisation in Scotland and a past-Treasurer of Abbeyfield UK, as well as an experienced financial adviser, took the offered brochure and will, no doubt, study it with interest. One wonders if other members will be helped to do their job by this well meaning councillor. GREEN GYM ‘COMPO’ Please don’t associate this initiative with an elderly TV actor in a woollen hat and wellies standing by the side of a large pile or rotting material dishing out shovels of fresh compost to eager gardeners. The real community council proposal, made some months ago, was to establish a community compost ‘station’ with fellow travellers ‘steaming’ into sight and ‘puffing away’ with ‘truck’ loads of friable well rotted manure, after contributing their own raw materials and helping others to turn and aerate the maturing product. So if you wish to join in contact Shelagh Cameron on 01583 431345. MOINERUADH HEDGE Concern has been expressed over the Moineruadh beech hedge, which, while cut back along its sides by trade vehicles and seasonal trimming, is a hazard to passing traffic and overweight or tall pedestrians! Despite this problem, because of limited visibilty, pedestrians may well decide to transgress the walking code and walk back-to-the-traffic when heading north-west. The matter was reported at the EKCC meeting. PARKING EMBARGO The expected highlight of the night turned out to be yet another ‘power failure,’ although the litigants made a strong case for the ability to park outside their own houses, an acceptable privilege denied by the owner of a large number of vehicles and trailers, who insisted that the he had to leave them outside their houses because the bus needed room to turn outside his house & shop As the member of a family originally from the north-east of Scotland, he tried to endear locals to his view by allegedly claiming that the litigants were ‘in-comers’ and should move back to where they came from. When asked if his trailers could be moved to the car park across the road, he showed his unique talent for subterfuge by stating, quite correctly, that trailers were not allowed in the car park and in any case he wasn’t prepared to discuss the matter. The families affected by his cussedness are now prepared to pay upwards of £60 to have a designated residents parking area outside their houses. They showed commendable restraint in dealing with the evasive answers of the intransigent fishing boat owner and in resisting the temptation to ‘deal’ with the alleged comments in more direct ways. The Chair-person has now to decide, with Argyll & Bute Council and Strathclyde Police, if an alternative would be to have double no-parking lines placed on both sides of the road at the harbour. If this is the outcome, not only will all residents and harbour users have to move their vehicles to the car park, but the aforesaid fishing boat owner, by his own argument, will have to move his trailers elsewhere on what he described as his ‘tidy’ premises. IDIOT- PROOF SIGNS As a retirement gift to the B842, Donnie McLeod has been persuaded by Shelagh Cameron to supply three signs asking drivers to allow faster vehicles to overtake them. In the light of ABC’s interest in dual or multi-language road signs perhaps continental drivers will still be puzzling over the traditional British inability to produce high quality graphic signs, while trying to understand both English and Gaelic translations: they may well be past all three signs before under-standing their message.
PAID FOR IN FIVE YEARS - WIND-FARM PROFITS While you may be surprised to learn that the East Kintyre area benefits by up to £30,000 a year in grants from the Beinn an Tuirc and Deucheran wind-farms, you may have been even more surprised to read Jonathan Leake’s, article in the Sunday Times on February 3rd. He said that “a typical 2 megawatt (2MW) turbine could generate power worth £200,000 on the wholesale markets and with another £300,000 of subsidy from taxpayers can pay for its construction and installation in four or five years”. He went on to add - “there are already 165 farms operating 1,944 turbines in Britain with another 34 under construction. A further 118 have planning consent and 220 are under consideration. If they are all built, up to 4,000 more turbines would be built across Britain - a prospect that is also generating a wave of protest”. With two more wind-farms being presented for planning permission in Kintyre, one at Cour and the other at Southend, and one already built at Tangy but failing to provide current to the National Grid, one wonders if the rush for environmentally friendly production of electricity is somewhat of a ruse for the unfriendly accumulation of wealth at the expense of the general population. BROOMFIELD CIRCULAR SEAT Gales, old age and minor vandalism may all have paid a part in the early demise of the Broomfield circular seat. Originally a gift from a local benefactor, it has served its purpose well over the past few years. If anyone is capable of repairing it the Antler Editor (01583 431281) or Shelagh Cameron (01583 431345) would be only too pleased to co-ordinate the supply of materials, either through the Community Council or the Wind-farm Trust
Dear Sir, THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S HOMECOMING SCOTS INITIATIVE I was delighted to learn of this new scheme designed to bring natives back to their homeland as visitors or returning taxpayers. I am sure Gordon and Tony would be the first to support this move to bring restore quality to a country flooded by immigrants from other parts of the European Community. I note that in Argyll and Bute the move towards ethnic cleansing is described as “a programme which will seek to attract ex-patriots and those with an interest in Scotland to visit the country during 2009. The year has been selected as it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Given the strong South Ayrshire links with Burns, the hope is that the Homecoming will generate particular visitor interest in this area. The Homecoming will however not only be a celebration of Burns but also some of Scotland's other great contributions to the world - Golf, Whisky, the Enlightenment and Innovation - as well as the rich culture and heritage of Scots at home and through the many people of Scots descent who live out-with our shores”. While not quite with the literary eloquence of Ratko Mladic, Saddam Hussein or Robert Mugabe, this statement of intent should be supported by all discerning Scots. In the Community Councils elections of 2005 at least one candidate had the courage of his convictions in attracting the native vote. He is still prepared to stand by his principles and resists moves by incomers to hog parking places near the base of East Kintyre’s principal industry. An unenlightened , non-golf playing, abstaining resident. (name and address supplied)
HA(U)LLING FOR 30 YEARS
Many congratulations to Mrs Edna Paterson, who saw out 2007 in style by celebrating her 30th year of service to Carradale Village Hall. Fellow Committee members, through a private collection, organised a surprise presentation where the Chairman, Mrs Elizabeth McMillan delivered a warm and heartfelt speech, highlighting the Treasurer’s dedication, steadfast approach and tireless efforts on behalf of the village over the last three decades. Mrs Paterson was then presented with a silver salver, followed by a buffet tea and a chance to reminisce before getting down to the more usual task of Hall business. We all agree, a tremendous achievement and one very worthy of note. Here’s to the next 30 years…! P.D.
TALKING RUBBISH "DON'T SHOOT THE BIN MEN THEY'RE DOING THEIR BEST"
The local re-cycling arrangements changed while I was away and they now collect tins, plastic and cardboard. Things were, of course, disrupted over Christmas/New Year so I put everything out last Wednesday morning, the former Rubbish Only day. Everything was taken except the papers. I thought it might be because there was an old telephone directory on top and maybe
this ought to be in the cardboard box, so I re-arranged everything for this Wednesday and they still didn't take the papers. I left it until today because papers used to be taken on Fridays, but they weren't. I rang the Council (again) and was told my papers were not collected because they were in the black bin and not in the blue bag. Papers used to go in the black bin and I have never had a blue bag! He said he would put a note out for me to receive a blue bag but this would not be for 2 - 3 weeks. I said that I already needed 2 bags because I had 4 weeks of paper and he said he would organise this, but I pointed out that if I couldn't have my papers collected, correctly, for another 2-3 weeks I would probably need 3 bags. He said I would have to go and collect them from the local library! The black bin is now only for glass and, he added, for plastic, cardboard, tins etc. I said that I had a separate sac with pictures of plastic etc on the side and thought that was for those things. "Oh no" he replied, "the sac is only for any overflow from the black bin". I give up (E-mailed heart-cry from a north London resident who lives on the boundary between two local authorities).
A HIGHLAND HOME IN CANTIRE BY CUTHBERT BEDE
Following the introduction to Cuthbert Bede (alias the Reverend Edward Bradley) in the January edition of the Antler, following issues will contain extracts from his comments on places and people in the west of Scotland. This issue gives Bede’s preface to the book published in 1861, and sheds some rather quaint comments on the Kintyre of his day. In the following pages I essay to guide my readers to new ground, even to "the Land's End" of Scotland, — for such is the English meaning of the Gaelic word Cantire, Ceantire, "the Land's End" which is the southern part of the county of Argyle, and is a peninsula only twelve miles removed from Ireland, washed by the Atlantic, and flanked by the Isles of Arran and the southern Hebrides. I venture to call Cantire new ground, for in truth it is somewhat of a terra incognita, and is but rarely visited, and has been but barely mentioned by the guide-books, some of which indeed do not bestow any description upon Cantire, evidently regarding it as a Western Highland district which no tourist would desire to explore. For, it is a country which must be visited for its own sake; and the traveller, in quest of Highland celebrities, need not, on his way to them, pass through Cantire. It lies south and west of the better-known portions of the Scottish Highlands; and although so many thousand tourists annually visit those spots which fashion has very justly pronounced to be so invitingly beautiful,—but which, rather more than a century ago (as they were hard to be got at), were deemed to be the types of all that was uninteresting and repulsive,— yet not even a driblet of this annual stream is filtered through Cantire. It lies out of the beaten track; it is somewhat of a journey to get at it, to get through it, and to get away from it; and, in these days of rapid locomotion, when the British tourist can breakfast in Glasgow, and "do" Dumbarton, Loch Lomond, Rob Roy's country, Loch Katrine, the Trossachs, and Stirling, within the limits of one summer's day, and can sleep in Edinburgh the same night, he can get more for his money and for his after-conversation out of such a tour as this, than he can do by going out of his way to see a district of the Highlands, which must consume at the very least three or four days of his time to get to and away from, and in which his home friends will probably not take the slightest interest. For the British tourist is a gregarious and sheep-like animal, and Brown's instinct leads him along the beaten track, where he is sure to meet with Smith, Jones, and Kobin-son, and where railways, steamers, coaches, and well-appointed inns fit into each other with ease and comfort. And thus, although the Western Highlands have been so much visited and described, the peninsula of Cantire has well-nigh escaped notice. It is true that when compared with certain other better-known districts, the scenery of the Land's End of Scotland must (in some particulars) take an inferior rank; but it only fails when put to the test of comparison; and after all this test is but a variable one, dependent upon the diversities of taste, and for all practical purposes next to worthless. Brown's remark, that the Fall of Foyers is a hundred times as big, or ten times as stunning, as that tiny cascade in the glen which honest Smith is admiring with all his artistic heart and soul, is no real depreciation of the smaller fall. Nor ought the satisfaction with which Robinson, prone in heather, regards the Cantire panorama from his hill twelve hundred feet above the Atlantic, to be in any way damped by the sneer of travelled Jones: « Ah! you've never been up the Coollins !" But whatever may be said of the general scenery of Cantire, when compared with that of better-known districts in the Western Highlands, yet it has its distinguishing characteristic of a peninsula to mark it out as mi generis; and as the peninsula, in its widest part, is not more than ten or twelve miles, the sea is a main object (this is mentioned as a fact and not as a pun) in all the Cantire views. Stand where you will, unless buried deep in the winding glens, and you have abundant sea-scape as well as landscape. Traversing the centre of Cantire, and forming the back-bone of the peninsula, is a range of hills and mountains, averaging about twelve hundred feet in height, but including greater altitudes, and crowned by Cantire's "monarch of mountains," Beinn-an-Tuirc, "the Wild-Boar's mountain," whose summit is 2170 feet above the sea. The view from nearly every heathery moor is panoramic in its extent, and varied and beautiful in its details. To the west is the great Atlantic, its broad bosom studded with the Highland gems of the southern Hebrides; to the east is Kilbrannan Sound and the Firth of Clyde, with the torn peaks of the lovely isle of Arran. Further north is Loch Fyne, the Isle of Bute, and a mass of mountains, among which Ben Lomond is plainly to be discerned. Due north may be seen Ben More and the mountains of misty Mull; and to the southward lies, like a blue cloud upon the sea,
that portion of the northern coast of Ireland that extends from Fair Head to the Giant's Causeway. Every way there is a seaview, diversified for the most part with islands; and when we combine this with the varied inland scenery, we might almost apply the words of Milton to this Highland ground of Cantire, and say : "AH is here that the whole earth yields, Variety without end; sweet interchange Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains, Now land, now sea, and shores with forest crown'd, Bocks, dens, and caves." The "forest-crowned" shores are even found here and there, though the greater part of the sea-board is destitute of timber. The Mull of Cantire,—the veritable " Land's End,"—is peculiarly bare, and is for the most part a wild region of heath-covered hills, girdled by ragged rocks, against which the waves of the Atlantic, after their three-thousand-mile race, are dashed with a furious roar, that has been heard (so it is stated) at a distance of forty miles. The highest mountain upon the Mull is Cnoc Maigh, which attains an altitude of 2063 feet, and which has apparently been named Cnoc Maigh, or "the Hill of the Plain," on the lucus a non principle, as it rises from a confused pile of mountains, some of which are but little its inferiors in altitude, and from all of which the views axe varied and magnificent. To the wildness of the scenery in the southern portion of the peninsula, the soft beauty of the northern affords a marked and agreeable contrast, and the loveliness of West Loch Tarbert is like a confused memory of Loch Katrine and Windermere. But, whatever difference of opinion may exist as to the scenery of Cantire, there can be but one opinion as to its being a district which yields to no other in the Western Highlands both in interest and importance. Cantire was the original seat of the Scottish monarchy, and its chief town was the capital of the Scottish kingdom centuries before Edinburgh existed. It was the first part of Western Scotland where Christianity took root; for in Cantire St. Columba's tutor, and then St. Columba himself, preached the Gospel before it had been heard at Iona, or in any other part of the Western Highlands and Islands. From its nearness to Ireland it was subject to other invasions than those by the Danes; and from its being one of the chief territories of the Lords of the Isles, and having within its boundaries some of their most important strongholds, its soil was the scene of perpetual feuds and chronic wars, In the following pages these points will be found to be treated, I trust, with conciseness and clearness, but yet with sufficient fulness. My visit to Cantire was made during the months of August and September, 1859; and since then I have been at considerable pains to collect from reliable sources a large body of information, statistical and archaeological, on every point that would illustrate the history, antiquities, scenery, and characteristics of this interesting Highland territory of the Lords of the Isles, as well as the dress, manners, customs, sports, and employments of the inhabitants, together with their moors and glens, their lochs and rivers, their towns, villages, churches, castles, farms, and cottage dwellings, In short, so far as in me lay, I have endeavoured to give a full and informing sketch of the peninsula and people of Cantire. I have also added a description of the route to and from Cantire by the Firth of Clyde, the coast of Arran, Kilbrannan Sound, Loch Fyne, and the Kyles of Bute; together with a brief account of Islay and Jura, and those other islands of the Southern Hebrides that lie off the western coast of Cantire. My knowledge on many points must necessarily have been but slight and superficial, and I therefore gratefully pay testimony to the kindness of those Cantire friends who have so readily assisted me with information. I have acknowledged my obligations to them in various portions of my book; and I need here but mention the names of the Rev. Duncan Macfarlane of Killean, Keith Macalister, Esq., of Glenbarr Abbey, the Hon. A. H. Macdonald Moreton, of Largie Castle, and William Hancocks, Esq., of Glencreggan, without whose kindness and hospitality this book would not have had an existence. I would also wish to especially acknowledge my obligations to Mr. Peter Mcintosh, of Campbelton, for the greater part of those curious and characteristic tales and legends with which iny descriptions are relieved. During a long and well-spent life Mr. Mcintosh has turned his attention to the collection and preservation of the fast-dying records of past customs and beliefs, and has been a pioneer in that movement which Mr. Campbell has so well inaugurated in his lately-published volumes of the " Popular Tales of the West Highlands," to which I have frequently referred in the following pages, although their mention of Cantire is confined to five brief passages. Greatly aided, therefore, by Mr. Mcintosh, with slight help from other sources, both public and private, I have been enabled to collect upwards of fifty popular tales relating to Cantire: the titles of the principal stories will be found (under the head of Story) in the Index which I have prepared for the book, and which, without being overladen with references, will I trust be found sufficiently compendious for all useful purposes. Cantire has hitherto been very imperfectly and incorrectly mapped, and it is hoped that the map given in the present work will be found to surpass its predecessors. If the truth must be told, it has given me more trouble than all the rest of the book. I compiled it from various sources, — my own observation, private charts kindly placed at my disposal, and the best published maps. The coast lines have been adopted from those in the Admiralty charts,—("Scotland, West-coast; Sheets 2 and 3, — 1966, 2159 — surveyed by Captain Kobinson;") and the mountain ranges and other portions are chiefly based upon Mr. Keith Johnston's large map of Southern Argyleshire, which (the Ordnance Survey not having mapped Cantire) is said to be the best map of the peninsula. There are many errors, however, in Mr. Johnston's map, and considerable differences and
discrepancies will be found on comparing his map with that in the present work. This is notably the case with regard to the names of places, and in this respect I encountered considerable difficulties. Scarcely any two maps agreed upon this point, and when I went to original authorities, and to people upon the spot, the Gaelic name has been spelt for me by my Celtic informants in so many different ways,* (owing chiefly to the variations in dialect) that after all, I have had to choose between several varieties, and to select that name which seemed to me to have the best title for correctness. In this dilemma, I have generally been guided by the author of the " Statistical Account" of .each parish, who, from his local knowledge and acquirements, could speak on this point ex cathedra. I also received the valuable assistance of Mr. Edward Weller, F. K. G. S., under whose careful superintendence the map has been engraved. A Route Map, and a Geological Map, have also been added. For the latter I am indebted to the kindness of an eminent geologist, whose name (were I allowed to mention it) would be a sufficient guarantee for its correctness. That it greatly differs from Macculloch's map is attributable partly to the older map being limited to " the general features" of the Cantire geology, and partly to the science having been somewhat revolutionised since Macculloch's day. With regard to the Illustrations, those in colours have been copied in chromo-lithography from my large water-colour drawings, a task which has been performed by the Messrs. Hanhart, with great skill and fidelity, to my own satisfaction, and I trust, to the gratification of my readers, who will be enabled to judge from them, better than from any verbal description, how wild and picturesque is the scenery of Cantire. The woodcut illustrations (engraved by Mr. Branston) are from my own sketches, assisted, in a few instances, by photographs specially taken for this work. The greater part of the landscape illustrations have been drawn upon the wood by Mr. J. Willis Brooks, and are denoted in the Lists of Illustrations prefixed to the volumes. For all the other woodcuts I myself am answerable. My thanks are due to the publishers, who have not spared pains or expense on the production of this work; VOL. I., and I trust that by their aid my sketches and descriptions may tempt some of the numerous Highland tourists, who have never had an opportunity of seeing the originals, to take as pleasant a tour as I myself enjoyed in the land of the Lords of the Isles— Cantire — the " Land's-End " of Scotland
SOCIAL WORK EVALUATIONS
The Social Work Inspection Agency undertook an inspection of the Social Work Services in Argyll & Bute including Criminal Justice Services between February and June of 2007. Their findings were that services were considered ‘adequate’ on ‘outcomes for people who use services’, ‘impact on staff’, ‘impact on the community’, ‘policy & service development’, ‘planning & performance management’, ‘management and support of staff’, and ‘resources and capacity building’. It was said to be ‘weak’ on ’impact on adults, carers, children and young people who use the service’, ‘delivery of key processes’ and on ‘leadership and direction’, but ‘good’ on ‘capacity for improvement’
GENDER EQUALITY SCHEME - ABC AND THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION : THE PRESENT SITUATION
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY Male Female Total Working Age Population 33,410 33,096 66,506 Economically active % Full-time employees 47.78 27.5 37.69 Part-time employees 3.37 20.44 11.87 Self-employed 16.19 6.81 11.52 Unemployed 5.17 2.87 4.03 Full-time student 1.49 1.88 1.68 Economically inactive % Retired 13.62 18.97 16.28 Student 2.6 2.53 2.57 Home/family carer 0.7 9.95 5.3 Sick/disabled 6.3 5.38 5.84 Other 2.78 3.68 3.23 % of different categories of Unemployed Youth (16-24years) 20.38 21.16 20.66 Older (50+ years) 26.46 20.32 24.28 Never worked 5.85 6.95 6.24 Long term 36.54 34.74 35.90
The Council is required to comply with specific equality duties for Gender. This will be added to the Equality and Diversity Scheme which contain equality duties for Race and Disability as agreed in October 2006. In order to comply with these duties the Council must produce and publish equality schemes to outline policy and actions.
RECOMMENDATIONS Agrees to adopt and implement the attached Gender Equality Scheme into the Equality and Diversity Scheme. DETAIL The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has prepared and issued a Code of Practice under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, as amended by the Equality Act 2006 to give practical guidance to Scottish public authorities on how to meet the legal requirements to the gender equality duty. The Council is subject to the Gender Equality Duty under the Sex Discrimination Act, as amended by the Equality Act 2006. The Council is obliged to publish an equal pay statement no later than 28 September 2007 and report on this progress every 3 years. The Gender Equality Duty came into force in Scotland in April 2007. Public authorities have a general duty to have due regard, when carrying out their functions, to the need to eliminate unlawful, discrimination and harassment and to promote equality of duty between women and men. In order to meet these equality duties, and in .anticipation of future equality duties, a combined Equality and Diversity Scheme has been produced. The combined Scheme also recognises that people belong to more than one equality 'strand' and that no-one should experience discrimination. CONCLUSION The Council is required to produce and publish equality schemes to meet its statutory duties. In response to this a Gender Equality Scheme has been produced and it is recommended that the Council agrees to adopt and implement this Scheme into the overall Equality Diversity Scheme which the Council currently has in place. ARGYLL & BUTE COUNCIL COMMENT Over the last 3 years, while the figures for Argyll and Bute have shown some improvement, there is a widening gap between these and the figures for Scotland. The figure for Scotland is an average of all Scottish Councils. In terms of gender equality, the lack of women at senior management level in the Council can have an impact on attitudes towards roles for women. The Council's Best Value Review of Human Resources (2001) identified that employees wanted equality in terms of everyone working to common systems and having the same terms and conditions. The review recommended that flexible working practices should be retained and expanded. Legislation on parental leave has been implemented and the Council has developed a variety of family-friendly and flexible working policies. These need to be promoted and monitored to allow employees to fulfil their family, caring and other responsibilities. Perceptions of, and attitudes towards, female managers can be affected by the limited number of examples of female managers and role models. The following figures show the balance of male and female role models : • • • Following the 2007 election, 19% of elected Members are female (7 out of 36) - an increase of 5% from 2003; None of the Strategic Management Team are female; 27% of Heads of Service are female (4 out of 15).
These figures do not reflect the employee population as a whole which is 70.63% female and 29.37% male. The Council needs to consider good practice elsewhere and review models used by other local authorities and other organisations to improve gender equality. As an employer, the Council needs to consider a range of factors that impact differently on women and men. In the documents supplied to the Antler there follows proposals to increase ensure compliance with the EOC Code of practice including service re-design plans for girls physical activities, the special travelling needs of women, for the reassessment of traditional gender roles and the implications of trans-gender and trans-sexual reassignment.
COUNCIL AIMS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY THROUGH VEHICLE EMISSIONS
Argyll and Bute Council has been busy carrying out tests on vehicle exhausts in a bid to improve air quality in the area. The testing is part of a campaign by the Council that aims to drive home local air quality and the benefits of ensuring that vehicles are regularly maintained and serviced in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
The Council can, under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, penalise drivers of vehicles whose exhaust gases exceed the prescribed emission levels by issuing them with a fixed penalty notice. However, during this campaign no formal action will be taken as a result of the emission results. Councillor Robert Macintyre, the Council's spokesperson for Economy, Environment and Rural Affairs, said: "Traffic emissions can have a significant impact on local air quality and it is important that drivers in Argyll and Bute do their part in maintaining good air quality standards. "Road traffic is the major source of air pollution in the UK. Low emissions and good fuel economy are vital for the environment and there are various ways to reduce pollution from your vehicle. These include making sure your vehicle is regularly maintained, driving slowly and gently, switching off your engine if you are stuck in traffic for more than a minute and not making unnecessary journeys." The roadside check points are being set up by Strathclyde Police and officers from the Council’s Protective Services. Vehicles will be selected for testing at random and emissions will be sampled and analysed by trained officers. Drivers will receive a briefing on the purpose of the monitoring, the results, and advice on any actions they may need to take to improve their vehicle’s performance. Councillor Ron Simon was happy to have his car put to the test. Talking afterwards he said: "It is important that vehicle engines are regularly serviced and maintained to reduce emissions to the atmosphere. I welcome and support this campaign and the work of the Council officers and the co-operation of Strathclyde Police during the road checks”. The campaign will take place in the Dunoon and Helensburgh areas over the next few months.
HOME COMING SCOTLAND 2009
The particular reason for sending this information out at this time is that Events Scotland have - very recently - announced a funding stream associated with the Homecoming which may be of interest to voluntary and community organisations involved in arts and heritage activities, and/or in potential tourism projects. The closing date for applications to this funding source is very tight - submissions have to be with Events Scotland by the 28th of February 2008. Information about the funding source - and a link to obtaining guidance material and application forms - can be sourced at http://www.homecomingscotland.com/funding.aspx Given the very short time scale, I would be grateful if you could circulate this e-mail to any organisation which you feel might have an interest in offering a Homecoming Event during 2009 For information, Homecoming Scotland is a programme which will seek to attract ex-patriots and those with an interest in Scotland to visit the country during 2009. The year has been selected as it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Given the strong South Ayrshire links with Burns, the hope is that the Homecoming will generate particular visitor interest in this area. The Homecoming will however not only be a celebration of Burns but also some of Scotland's other great contributions to the world - Golf, Whisky, the Enlightenment and Innovation - as well as the rich culture and heritage of Scots at home and through the many people of Scots descent who live out with our shores. Regards, Sonya Thomas on behalf of Eileen Wilson Unit Argyll & Bute Council, Chief Executive's Unit
HOSPITAL PARKING ABC: NOTICE OF MOTION UNDER STANDING ORDER 13
By Provost Petrie, seconded by Councillor Walsh That the Council resolves as follows :The Council notes that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decided in July 2007 to impose car parking charges in hospitals across their area. The Council further notes that a Review Group was established by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to investigate the effect of the car park charging policy. The Council welcomes the findings of the Review Group which states that :
Free car parking at hospitals should be provided, unless all other management measures have been exhausted. Any car parking charges that are implemented must not be used for income generation.
The Council notes that one reason for introducing car parking charges at hospitals is to discourage commuters who use hospital car parks but do not attend the hospital. The Council believes that the Vale of Leven Hospital should be exempt from car park charging because it is not affected by this problem of commuters using car parking inappropriately and therefore believes that car parking should be provided for free. The Council believes that to implement car parking charges at the Vale of Leven Hospital would be an unfair burden on lowpaid staff and for patients and visitors. Accordingly the Council resolves to write to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to request that the Vale of Leven Hospital be made exempt from the car park charging scheme.
Dear All Please excuse the nature of this approach as it is a personal thing I am writing to you about and need your support with. Please do not feel under any obligation but read on before making a decision. I am writing to you because I am fighting for a change in the law… My youngest sons best friend, a little boy called Finlay Martin aged only 4 was killed in my village (Heage, Derbyshire) on July 19th 2007 by a runaway trailer which came away from the car pulling it. The brakes did not work, the jockey wheel was dangerous and the break away cable was missing. There is currently NO SYSTEM of roadworthiness checks in our country for TRAILERS/CARAVANS etc. I am attempting to bring in compulsory MOT's for car trailers, caravans, towed plant vehicles such as chippers used by tree surgeons and horse trailers. Until we do lives are being lost on a daily basis! I have found hundreds of examples of accidents in the UK by trailers breaking free from vehicles. Many deaths and serious injuries have resulted but no action has been taken by this or any previous government. A colleague of mine has set up a petition on the number 10 website which we need as many people to sign as possible. If you have children of your own or if you are an Auntie, Uncle or Grandparent just imagine what my friend is going through after losing his son to an accident that could have been avoided. Please click on the link http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Trailers/ and sign Next time you are driving along the motorway near any towed vehicle such as a caravan, trailer, plant trailer (such as a chipper used by tree surgeons) or horse trailer please think of this email and wonder whether or not that towed vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. In Finlay’s case the coroner reported at the inquest on 4 th January 2008 that the brakes did not work, there was no breakaway cable to apply the brakes if the towing vehicle and trailer became apart and the jockey wheel was totally broken. Without a compulsory test system for towed vehicles people will continue to tow vehicles like this. I am told that Germany and New Zealand among others are countries that operate excellent systems for MOT type testing and registration of trailers. Any trailer in Germany has to have a two-yearly check and its own unique registration number on the back of it. Please do the same here. In an interview on Radio Derby several people phoned up admitting they have unroadworthy trailers and saying that they still tow them because there is nothing to force them to get them regularly checked and maintained. Quite often caravans are left from one year to the next and so are horse trailers. Sadly the message that has gone out following Finlay’s inquest is that nothing will happen to you even if you do kill anyone. The owner of the trailer admitted to the inquest that he had noticed that the break away cable was missing, and the driver of the vehicle towing the trailer obviously knew it was missing as he was the one who hitched it up, the CPS have not pressed any charges against either of them. Craig Walker, Tool & Coupling Sales Manager, Nitto-Kohki Europe Co. Ltd. Home Office/Fax: 01773 852544 Mobile: 07739 187704
A RELATED EXPERIENCE FOR A LOCAL RESIDENT
In about 1960 I was driving a small RAF truck with trailer attached. The trailer had a small generator for the equipment in the truck and the towbar had just been repaired by our General Fitter. Going down the hill in the village in Bavaria where we were based I heard a noise, looked in the mirror and saw the trailer overtaking me. It turned 90 degrees left and entered a driveway
to a commercial yard where the remains of the towbar dug in and it stopped- luckily without hitting anything or anybody. It was the only space going down that hill where it could have gone without causing damage to person or property. The new weld had broken ! Brian Gee
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The news this week that the cyclical recession will soon be flooding in is no surprise to anyone who wondered why any free market Government would pour billions of pounds of public money into a private corporation to prop it up whilst cutting money to public services. Gordon Brown's Government was clearly worried. With this in mind it seems disappointing that the Scottish Government did not assist Councils to tackle the problem of the Single Status agreement which affects not only the Council staff, but which will also affect everyone else's pay by association. The Single Status deal has left Councils and workers with a problem. How to bring the pay of the least well paid (traditionally jobs filled by women) up to the level of similar jobs (traditionally filled by men), in the spirit of the original agreement over equal pay? The only option open to Councils has been to rob Peter to pay Paula, or to cut services still further, on top of existing cuts expected by central Government. Quite understandably this has upset and split the workforce – especially the lowest paid who appear to be losing disproportionately. We now enter a period of 'work to rule' where demoralised staff can use of the few tools at their disposal (their good will to work over and above the call of duty) to voice their dissatisfaction at the situation they are being forced in to. I have very few criticisms with what the minority Scottish Government has been doing since May's farcical election but surely this is one area that should have been addressed when the funding agreement was made with COSLA? Maybe the Scottish Government might like to reconsider their position ? I would also like to congratulate the union staff and volunteers who must be working overtime to keep up with the huge amount of paperwork generated by this dispute to do the best for their members and the wider community. Yours sincerely, Deirdre Henderson, Branch Organiser, Solidarity. Crocken Cottage Southend Argyll PA28 6RU Tel: 01586 830669 email@example.com
YOUNG VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD
Are you aged between 12 and 26? Are you fed up with decisions being made for you ? The Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership has been working closely with Argyll and Bute Young Scot/Dialogue Youth and the Council’s Community Learning and Regeneration Service to give young people a voice in decision making in Argyll and Bute. Community Planning is about working together to deliver better services in our communities discussing issues from transport to housing, from health to leisure…and everything in between. Youth Focus is the name of the new initiative which will enable young people and youth groups to comment on issues that affect them. The Youth Focus meeting will be held at Council Headquarters three times a year and will feed directly into the Community Planning Process. Chair of the Community Planning Partnership Councillor Dick Walsh said, "Democracy is about hearing what everyone in Argyll and Bute has to say. The Youth Focus will give a new perspective on what young people want from local government and I look forward to hearing what they have to say." If you want to have your say or get involved log on to the Young Scot Argyll and Bute website www.youngscot.org/argyllandbute or contact your local Youth Forum. - Kintyre – Jane Cowan 01586 552732 Issued by Janet West on 29/01/2008 11:53:33
VILLAGE HALL QUIZZLE 7(2007)
NB: Some alternative answers may be allowed. Markers decision is final Eg 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 7D in a W 3BM 3 L on a T 4 LW(LMA) 7 C in the R 2 W on a T 1N =20B 1801 the FC 1, 2 BMS 8 F in a M 4 CP 3 BM 1,2,3,4,5 O I C a F A 36, the HN on a RW 150 D in an IA of a D 603 M from J o’G to LE S18- SICT to a SD (S) 100 K in a R 12 O in a TP 206 B in the AHB The P W H 0 T (EL) 21 S in a G 7 S on the H of the S of L 5C&I 2 T & a P in a PT. 7, the AN of N 70- TSY &T 3 LKLTM 8 the S for E 7 P in a QT (HP) a SITS9 100 T in a G of S 3 FP (A,L & W) 10 AN 144 =TD 7 FaSNTBT SW & the 7 D E,E N 9 (S by RM) 8 M in an O 8 D aW (the B) on D6 GCM 7 days in a week 3 Blind mice 3 legs on a tripod. 4 Little Women.(Louisa May Alcott) 7 colours in the rainbow. 2 wheels on a tandem. 1 Nebuchadnezzar= 20 bottles. 1801 the first census. 1, 2 buckle my shoe. 8 furlongs in a mile. 4 cardinal points 3 blind mice. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive. 36, the highest number on a roulette wheel. 150 degrees in an internal angle of a dodecagon. 603 miles from John o’Groats to Lands End. Sonnet 18- Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day (Shakespeare). 100 kopecks in a rouble. 12 ounces in a troy pound 206 bones in the adult human body. The Pobble Who Has 0 Toes (Edward Lear). 21 shillings in a guinea. 7 spikes on the head of the Statue of Liberty. 5 Children & It. 2 turtledoves & a partridge in a pear tree. 7, the atomic number of nitrogen. 70- three score years & ten 3 little kittens lost their mittens. 8 the symbol /sign for Eternity 7 players in a quiddich team (Harry Potter). a stitch in time saves 9. 100 tiles in a game of Scrabble 4 fingerprint patterns (arch, loop & whorl ). 10 Arabic numerals. 144= twelve dozen 7 for a secret never to be told. Snow white & the 7 dwarfs. Engine, engine number 9 ( song by Roger Miller). 8 musicians in an octet 8 days a week (the Beatles). On Day 6 God created Man.
40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60.
22 L in the HA 6 FU the 4E (M, M, L &J) 6 P on a S of D 3 FS (F, E & S) 1967 I of the B 16GO17 (the S of M) CD is 70 YAD 2 H in a D at S an E has 10 H T is E102 The JT by U2 24 W on an AC (in C) circa 8 P to a T 32C on the LE F14 -SVD 6 AS 979 M is the H of the AF HCB,HCB,1aP,2aP HCB 1001 CC 1 W on a U
22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. 6 feet under. the 4 Evangelists (M, M, L &J) 6 points on a Star of David. 3 fencing swords (foil, epee & sabre) 1967 Introduction of the Breathalyser. 16 going on 17 (the Sound of Music). Copyright duration is 70 years after death 2 hours in a dogwatch at sea. An earthworm has 10 hearts. Tartrazine is E102. The Joshua Tree by U2. 24 windows on an advent calendar (in cooking) circa 8 pinches to a teaspoon. 32 capsules on the London Eye February 14th- St Valentine’s Day 6 Australian States. 979 metres is the height of the Angel Falls. Hot cross buns, ditto, 1a penny, 2 a penny HCB. 1001 carpet cleaner. 1 Wheel on a Unicycle
FRUIT FOR THOUGHT The answers to the next few questions are different varieties of fruit. eg. I’m taken in by the French ( L IM E ) lime 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. Embargo on two articles Ban an a. Bed for a month without end Apri cot. Drink of the Gods in joining a Nectar in e point. My, the French are all muddled up! mon + le = Lemon. Sounds like to inter behind dry Strawberry. stalks
NAMES. The following clues will reveal a Christian, first or fore name. eg. Spoil part of an atom mar + ion = Marion. 66. Piece of sound equipment. Mike. 67. No going back on hesitation following Cam er on.(no) river. 68. Do you have an endless drinking vessel? Do u glas. glass 69. Bow that is. Arch ie. 70. Hidden in a land of fantasy. Alan. “a land” FAMOUS WOMEN The answers to the next few questions are famous women eg. Queen with a cooking method Elizabeth Fry 71. A plum ruler. Queen Victoria. 72. Prayer and a term of endearment. Grace Darling. 73. Margarine at a fast food place? Flora Macdonald. 74. American State & General. Virginia Wade.
75. Italian city with a bird.
Puzzlers straightforward, cryptic, maybe even devious! 76. Which boat has four of only one vowel? A catamaran. What has teeth which close together, but which 77. A zip. never eat? 78. Which key for MNO? 6 (on a phone) Which one syllable number has the greatest 79. Twelve. magnitude? 80. What holds water in spite of being full of holes? a sponge. What has five faces, rudely points, has devious 81. ways, lasts ages, is huge, keeps a secret and is a one of the pyramids. wonder? 82. Which historic Scotsman died from leprosy? Robert the Bruce. 83. Where does 4 come between 18 and 13? on a dart board. 84. Of which animal are Jill & Hob the parents? a ferret. 85. Everyone round one for a Scottish town. Alloa. QUIZZLE RESULTS Thank you and well done to all those who supported Carradale Village Hall by taking part in the Quizzle. There was a good response with many locals, their relatives and their friends having a go. The Quizzle now provides Christmas mind exercise throughout the UK and even overseas. Several entries were returned and it was a close competition. The winning margin was just a single point. Once again, answers were very inventive. It took some time to research permissible alternative answers on the internet. Some had to be rejected, never the less, but full marks for ingenuity! This year two questions managed to fool everybody. Fingerprint patterns and the duration of a dogwatch at sea obviously not being to the forefront of your minds. Congratulations go to the overall winners, Ian and Anne Currie, who were 5 answers short of a full complement. The Macalister Halls were second, David and Pamela Hornsby third and Margaret Walsh fourth. The final winnings await the return of entry monies but the prize this year is exceeds £40 with over £160 being raised for the Hall. By popular demand Quizzle 8 will come out in November. Tony and I continue to be amazed by the on-going interest in what is now an annual Carradale institution. But “Good News” it will be easier as there will inevitably have to be repeats… quizzles by their very nature are finite. Happy Quizzling & Quizzing in 2008. ML (Councillor Anne Horn)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
4 Lochgair Place Tarbert PA29 6XH 01880 820947 Email anne .firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Mr Page REF - ANTLER ARTICLE
Thank you for forwarding the copy of the Antler to me. You point out to your readers that I have only held one very busy surgery in Carradale in December and that I had not advertised through your newsletter although I did place an advertisement in the Campbeltown Courier and the Argyllshire Advertiser and relied on the goodwill of residents of Carradale to place posters in their establishments. I apologise if I have not been as consistent with my surgeries in Carradale as my fellow Ward 2 Councillors but they had the advantage of being elected throughout 2007 although I am sure that my fellow Councillors would have relayed any concerns passed to them at their surgeries if they thought I should be dealing with them. I have also held surgeries every month in every area of Ward 2 including each of the islands.
I did ask the Ward 2 Councillors if we could rotate attendance at Community Council meetings but the suggestion was not acted on. I am happy for anyone to telephone or email me with any issues and I have made many visits to constituents in Carradale who contacted me with their concerns which I continue to pursue with relevant departments and officers within the Council. I hope this letter will alleviate any concerns you have over me taking a wage that I am not earning, I must give my apologies for the next meeting as I am on annual leave, my first holiday since last June which is less than Council Staff entitlement. Please convey my good wishes to the Community Council and I will endeavour to attend your next meeting. Yours in good faith Anne Horn
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RE-UNITED WITH RAOUL
MATTHEW RAMSAY RETURNS TO THE AMAZON
Last November, I was given time off work to finish what I had started some two years earlier. After a long journey from the U.K. to the Jungle City of Iquitos in Peru, we eventually arrived as a Marine Work Party of the ‘Vine Trust,’ to assist in maintenance of the boat that I had helped to deliver, the Amazon Hope 2, but her sister ship A.H.1 was after being lengthened by ten metres in the local shipyard, and was behind schedule for returning to her medical work, so it was decided to concentrate on her. We tore into a lot of painting, mainly assisted by some ‘street kids’ (one of which was my friend from my previous journey, Raoul) As well as the work on the boats we were shown the various Children’s homes, the water purifying plant, the various bakeries, the Mototaxi venture and the car park below the Children’s home in Lima. These were all vitally important for raising finance so that the projects are not wholly dependent on donations from the Vine Trust and Scripture Union Peru, who play a huge part in this project. Before returning home, three of us journeyed to Machu Pitcchu, but before we flew up there, we were all deflated and wished we were back in Iquitos with the locals; such was the effect that it produced on us. Basically we felt guilty about spending money on a luxurious sight seeing trip when so many of the ‘street kids’ were living in such poverty. Raoul had now become a dad again and he had to support his family by taxi-ing, He paid the trust so much per day for his Mototaxi and any extra was his earnings. This Taxi was provided by a micro industry of Vine Trust/Scripture Union. When I met Raoul, he was wearing a pair of Sandshoes that he got from Roy the Producer of Amazon Heartbeat some 17 months ago, I informed him that I would buy him a pair of shoes before going home.
What next ? Who knows, but I am certainly smitten by the bug which makes me do this, and to see the grateful, loving children showing their appreciation makes it all worthwhile, thanks to all who supported me yet again, Matthew M. Ramsay. Matthew hopes to hire the hall sometime and show pictures of both journeys, but at the moment Matthew’s boat, the ‘Vigilant’ is being laid up and his leave pattern may change substantially.
RAINFALL RESULTS – JANUARY 2008
January felt generally wet and miserable. There was 191mm ( 7.5 inches) of rainfall which was marginally below average for January. Almost half of the days in the first half of the month were dry, but the second fortnight more than made up. Our totals contrasted with Eastern Scotland who experienced above average rainfall for the period.
SADDELL & CARRADALE GUILD
On Tuesday 29th January Dr Robert Abernethy gave Guild members, and a large number of non-members, a most interesting talk on changes in medicine in the last 50 years. He traced the beginning of the NHS in 1948 to the present-day, explaining how the various contracts enabled doctors to expand their surgeries, take on staff and run special clinics. However he suggested that the latest changes to doctor’ contracts have been retrograde and left patients of lone practices without 24-hour care. Dr Abernethy spoke of the many very beneficial developments over the years including advancement in drugs, vaccinations, genetics, increasing knowledge of DNA, heart surgery, cancer treatments and transplants, had improved patient health and prolonged life. He felt that the way forward was with genetic research, stem cell and gene manipulation, all of which have ethical considerations attached but could result in disease being prevented. He advised that to live a healthy life, residents should take exercise, avoid smoking and pursue moderation in all things.
Residents and Community Councils have the right to express their opinions on planning matters within the terms of the planning regulations. Such comment is considered by the Planning Department and, when appropriate, by Unitary Authority Councillors. Where application notices appear in the Courier and the Antler the entry follows the format issued by Argyll & Bute Council Planning Department. Community Council comment is sent to the Planning Department and only the salient points are included in minutes. The February Antler entry seems to have been misunderstood in that an exclamation mark was thought to have been a comment on one of two applications. This exclamation mark was in fact a comment on the first instance of the planning sub-committee meeting to discuss both applications before the February community council meeting. Application Ref: Ward Details: Proposal: Location: Applicant: Agent: Development Type: Application Ref: Ward Details: Proposal: Location: Applicant: Agent: Development Type: 08/00159/DET Officer: Peter Bain Telephone: 01546 604082 02 Kintyre And The Islands Erection of a 70m meteorological mast for a temporary period of 24 months Beinn Bhreac Carradale Argyll And Bute Airtricity Developments (UK) Ltd 16 Robertson Street Glasgow G2 8DS RPS Planning And Development Ltd 7 Clairmont Gardens Glasgow G3 7LW 5B All other developments: Minor Grid Ref: 179201 647800 08/00224/DET Officer: Peter Bain Telephone: 01546 604082 02 Kintyre And The Islands Erection of extension Bruce Cottage Carradale Campbeltown Argyll And Bute PA28 6SE Mr James McKinven 8 Culzean Glenmavis Airdrie ML6 0QB Tom Grant Partnership Campbeltown 41 Longrow Campbeltown Argyll 1 Householder Development. Grid Ref: 181620 637959
SEASONAL PROBLEMS IN KINTYRE
Christmas and New year are traditionally difficult times of the year for Mr Claus, Argyll & Bute Council and local residents. This year was no exception. The Council’s ‘Single Status’ dispute led to the withdrawal of scheduled gritting services on the southern section of the B842, endangering lives on more than one occasion, while the northern unscheduled section
continued to threaten the safety of regular daily travellers to Tarbert, Lochgilphead and Glasgow, leaving motorist stranded for up to five hours. Snow threatened holiday visitors returning to the east on the 2nd of January and was evident in the suburbs of Glasgow the following day. Heavy snow fell in other parts of Scotland on January 4th and North-west gales added to residents concerns. Heavy rain, thunder and lightning had a part to play on Saturday 5th of January in keeping internet nerds off their computers. On Tuesday 8th January it was very wet from mid-morning and became very windy overnight; most people in Carradale were without electricity from 11.30 on Tuesday until 7.30pm on Wednesday. A large number of trees blocked roads and structural damage was done to buildings. Gaz lamps, candles and solid fuel fires were the order of the day. Strong winds returned on Wednesday 23rd and lasted until Saturday 26th. Heavy showers of hail and very strong winds served to distress Thursday shoppers in the Longrow gorge and disrupted electricity supplies overnight from 2.30am on Friday 1st of February until 5.40pm. The early morning bottle distributors dropped off supplies of bottled water in case anyone was tempted to drink the heavily chlorinated drips coming from the tap. The real event of the day was the arrival of a huge generator at Dippen - too large to reach the main transformer at Sandspoint. Eventually, perhaps for its health, it was moved to the Surgery car park where it happily supplied power to the whole village until calls were made to householders warning them power would be cut off at 10.30pm; supplies of diesel could not reach Carradale because of untreated roads. Two families of Semple were able to supply diesel from their supplies and power was maintained. A fall of snow on Friday night isolated a number of vehicles in Saddell glen; drivers being taken home by 4-wheel drive vehicles - I wonder if they claimed part of their road tax back by refusing to be classed in Group G (power-hungry enemies of the environmental lobby) and acting as drivers of Group A vehicles (tender angels of mercy). The final threat came on Sunday 3rd of February when, without warning, the supply was cut for two hours to enable connections to be made. That’s another meal into the compost.(see letter on page 4). If there’s a mixed moral to the story is it down to Baden Powell and the Wise Virgins, - preparation being the guiding principle, or is it more philosophical? Do we add to pollution by running private generators, burning candles - scented or otherwise, or do we simply go to bed early and boost the Scottish Government’s ‘Homecoming Scots’ initiative by providing new Scots blood ?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lefkara Carradale East Argyll PA28 6SA 09 February 2008 Dear Sir
At about 01.40 on the first day of this month we had a total loss of electricity supply in Carradale, although some parts of the village had been off from earlier the previous day. The cause was damage to lines from fallen trees brought down by the severe gales overnight. Customer Support in Perth told me the damage and weather conditions made an early repair unlikely and a generator was being brought in to supply the whole village. I saw the generator near the top of the hill just south of the village at 10.30 on 01-02-08 but by mid- afternoon we still had no supply and a complete lack of information. At 15.00 I had a call from Perth telling me the generator should be up and running between 16.00 and 17.00 but in fact it was 18.00 before a supply was restored. I later discovered part of the delay had been caused by a decision to try to locate the generator at the sub-station down the Waterfoot Road. Looking at the narrow access from the B842 road at Dippen onto this road I cannot believe anyone would attempt to get the generator down there. Eventually it was located in the surgery car park. At 17.20 on 03-02-08 the electricity was switched off. I drove to the generator and asked the two engineers why this had happened and was told they were about to re-connect to the normal supply. I was told this would take about one hour. I pointed out that some warning to customers might have been appropriate but it seemed they didn’t have the time to organise this. I then said that most of the village was in the process of cooking dinner, with daylight fading fast and that it might have been more considerate and customer-friendly to leave the switch-over until the next morning. Their reply was that the generator might be needed elsewhere by then. In fact it hadn’t moved by mid-day the next day.
I also discovered the engineers had been eating in the nearby restaurant just prior to switching off the generator and had casually mentioned to other customers they were about to make the changeover. Over the same weekend we also lost the mains water supply and when this was restored, around mid-day Saturday, the water as unfit to drink for a few hours. Scottish Water did find time to notify every property when it was potable and also sent a van to every home later to assure the occupants and check all was OK. My personal feeling, and that of many others here, is that while the engineers did a great job repairing the damaged power lines in very bad weather, some very poor decisions were made with reference to the timing of the change back to mains supply. I spoke to a manager at the Scottish Hydro-Electric office in Oban early on 04-02-08 but he was unable to comment until he had spoken to the people who had been on-site. He did agree it might have been better to have delayed the switchover to Monday. I would welcome your comments on the situation and, I hope, your assurances we shall be more considerately treated during the inevitable future power outages in Carradale. Yours sincerely Brian Gee
KINTYRE FORUM ON COMMUNITY CARE CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION Thursday March 6th, 2008
VICTORIA HALL CAMPBELTOWN 1.00pm - 7.00pm The Conference & Exhibition will have 4 main themes : • Transport, Mobility and Access • Home Care and Money Matters • Mental Health & Dementia • Learning Disabilities and Transitions Its purpose is to bring together as many organisations and people as possible who are involved with care, health and well being of people in need of care in the widest sense.The Conference will start at 1.30pm and finish at 4.30pm at which point those unable to attend will be able to come along to meet with exhibitors and advisors until 7.30pm.The four themes will be examined by contributors from a variety of organisations, business and members of the public to enable all to put forward their views, make suggestions and look for solutions for those working in and with carers, clients and organisations involved. For further information please contact Susan Paterson on 01586 830335 (email, susan.patersonl @tesco.net) or Jane Gallagher, 01586 552294
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