Issue 192 September 2008 - e-mail edition


The assembly and distribution dates for the October ‘Antler’ are not certain. Changes to adverts should be notified as early as possible, ideally at least ten days earlier than the traditional date; the same applies to articles and reports. These changes only apply to the October issue - hopefully normal services will resume in time for the November issue.

Carradale A F C reached the Dalriada final recently by beating Davaar 3-1 Kinloch 5-1 and Campbeltown united 3-2 on the road to the final. They went on to play Ardrishaig A F C at Kinloch park Campbeltown. in a beautiful day an excess crowd of 200 watched a very close encounter. Carradale came out winners by 2 goals to 1 with Darren Anderson scoring both goals.


Carradale kept their unbeaten run going, defeating Kinloch 5-3 and Lochgilphead 4-0 in their last two league games. Carradale next three fixtures are Davaar AFC and Whiskey Macs AFC at home, then they travel to play Southend. The club held their AGM on the 1st of August at Well park pavilion. During the the meeting a new committee was elected. The new President is Lachlan Paterson and his Vice President is Argyll McMillan, club secretary Neil Thompson, minute secretary Shelagh Cameron, treasurer Audrey Willan and the rest of the committee follows Nonnie MacAlister, Scott Gosling, Dunkie Mckinnon and Peter McCallum. The retiring president George Renfrew was given the honorary President of the club. The member's draw for June was won bye Matthew Paterson his number was 51 and the July winner was David Campbell his number was 62 N. McA.

RETIRED NURSING PROFESSIONALS ORGANISE A PETITION Because of local concern over changes to the Community Nursing Service in the area covered by the Carradale Surgery, retired community nurses thought it necessary to prepare a petition addressed to Highland NHS through the agency of Argyll & Bute C.H.P. and its General Manager, Derek Leslie. The heading of the petition reads ‘Following the withdrawal of the local G.P. from evening and weekend cover, and the closure of the community nurse ‘on-call’ service, patients registered with the Carradale Surgery, face a further reduction in the quality of service from 1st August 2008’. ‘With no resident contract community nurse in the Carradale Surgery’s catchment area, at the present time Campbeltown-based community nurses operate from the Carradale Surgery from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. The proposal to reduce locally based cover to a period of 6.5 hours from 9am to 3.30pm five days a week, and to substitute ‘if required’ cover from Campbeltown from 3.30pm to 5pm on weekdays and from 9am to 5pm at weekends, represents a further decline in care standards’. ‘This change was actually instituted before 1st August, because of a shortage of community nurses, and was not the subject of community consultation, and, as such, was a further diminution of the respect shown by NHS Highland Managers located in Argyll for the present and future users of the Community Nursing Service’. ‘We the undersigned residents of Saddell, Carradale and Skipness, representing the interests of the elderly and vulnerable in our very scattered communities, request Highland NHS Directorate to review their decision to further reduce the effective and respected service of community nurses in East Kintyre and to return the service to its original commitment’. At the time of going to press (Thursday 14th August) copies of the petition are still available in local shops. THIS ISSUE AND OTHERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING ON THURSDAY 4th SEPTEMBER IN CARRADALE VILLAGE HALL AT 7pm PLANNING APPLICATION CAMPBELTOWN Application Ref : 08/01419/COU Officer :Tim Williams Telephone :01546 604084 Ward Details :01 South Kintyre Proposal : Partial change of use of garage/workshop to form extension to existing shop Location : Garage To rear of Nickel and Dime Kinloch Road Campbeltown Argyll & Bute PA28 6HZ Applicant : Abdul Sittar Amhed 145 High Street Arbroath DD11 1BR Agent : Tom Grant Partnership Campbeltown 41 Longrow Campbeltown Argyll Development Type :4BBusiness and Industry : Minor Grid Ref :171964 620465


PLANNING APPLICATION Application Ref : 08/01207/OUT Officer: Tim Williams Telephone :01546 604084 Ward Details : Kintyre And The Islands Proposal : Site for erection of dwelling house Location : Land South Of Dunaluinn Carradale by Campbeltown Argyll Applicant : David Alexander Oman 18 Kilkerran Park Campbeltown Argyll PA28 6UG Development Type : 3B Dwellinghouses : Minor(10 or less). Grid Ref : 181374 638479

The month started with heavy rain of 25mm on the 1st. 16mm was recorded on both the 19th and the 31st respectively. For the remainder of the month there were just occasional light showers peppered with 14 entirely dry days. This was a typical rainfall pattern for the month of July. The total recorded rainfall was 114mm (about 4 ½ inches). This was an above average total for July. The annual total to date is 806mm which makes this the second driest year since 2000. It falls in a range varying from driest 720mm (2001) to wettest 1384mm (2002). The weather certainly has not seemed very “summery” as there were several cool, drizzly and overcast days. Wind directions have seldom been from our predominantly South-Westerly direction. Listening to the weather forecast you’d be forgiven for thinking the south of Britain was on a different planet rather than part of the same island. So strong has been the North/South divide. August is the traditional month for the main harvest to ripen. Whilst this year’s crops for farmers and gardeners have been varied and patchy in yield and success, hedgerow and weed growth in the verges and the countryside has been rampant and their lush growth mocks an underlying dry year so far. ML

The annual Carrradale Quiz was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 26th July. It marked the sixteenth quiz set by the current quiz compiler & question master There was a great atmosphere as the Hall had been beautifully and festively decorated by Paula and Peter Davie. There were also balloons and party bags on each table and homemade sweets provided by Anne Currie. It was nice to welcome old quiz hands, first time locals and also holiday makers to the area. Hall committee members ran a bar and there was a huge raffle with lots of great prizes. 16 teams took part but not all had the full complement of four team members. Congratulations to all who took part. Feedback deemed it a good evening enjoyed by all. Everyone showed good overall knowledge averaging a commendable 7 in each round and perfect scores of 10/10 were recorded on 6 occasions. People had obviously brushed up on local knowledge as the category of “Kintyre”, often poorly answered in past years, was well fancied and scored along with “Journeys” and “Countries”. The category of “Music from the films” had people humming & thinking but least liked, as ever, was the final “General Knowledge” round, but this meant an exciting finish with the final outcome in doubt right up to the end. Overall winners with 92 were Team “Mixed Bag” made up of Pauline & Mike Harrison of Cheshire and Lynda & Steve Roberts and Torrisdale. Second place was shared by 2 teams both with 88 points but separated by a deciding tie breaker question. Winner of the tie break were “Mike’s Morons (Mike & Margaret Richardson & Paula & Peter Davie). In third place, pipped by a whisker, were “The Captain’s Table” in a team made up of David Currie, Sue Stansfield, Neil Thomson and Gary Sutherland. A big Thank you to all those in the community that supported the event.


And as a non committee member an especially big Thank you to the hardworking Village Hall Committee who, as with all Village Hall functions, gave and give of their time and help so unstintingly to provide a great evening’s entertainment and to who hold events to raise funds for the on-going upkeep and maintenance of the Hall.

Inevitably mistakes occur. If the fault lies with a particular organisation usually an attempt is made before printing to correct it. In last month’s issue the new ‘Kintyre’ bus improvement resulted in three contacts with Argyll & Bute Council’s Press & Media Department but singularly failed to settle where Kintyre starts - or ends. Margaret Houston’s appeal for a paid helper, apart from falling on deaf ears, was also the subject of an incorrect telephone number. The advert should have said MARGARET HOUSTON - wishes to employ a sympathetic person to accompany her on short walks either with her ‘walker’ or ‘electric chair’ Please telephone her on 01583-431-713 not 01583-432-713 MCTAGGARTS & MACTAGGARTS - Similarly, in the report on the re-opening of the Campbeltown, Museum Councillor Douglas Philand conferred a knighthood on William McTaggart (1835 - 1910) rather than on his grandson Sir William MacTaggart (1903 - 1981) - a mistake spotted by Lily Cregeen. Whether W.McT should have had an honour before W.MacT is still a matter of discussion between local supporters of the Aros born artist.

Subscriptions, donations and payments for advertising come in all shapes and sizes. The latest £10 Antler subscription arrived by post in an envelope bearing two 12p Xmas stamps, one of a principal boy, the second a depiction of the Glastonbury Thorn and three-penny worth of David Livingstone. While not an open invitation to provide problems for hard-working post-persons, a bit of lateral thinking or sheer desperation trying to buy stamps from one of the ever-decreasing post offices, it certainly make life a little more interesting.

Once again the Peninver community pulled out all the stops to make the annual garden opening and Hall Teas an occasion to remember. Despite the threatening showers, car parks were full, tables were overburdened with fattening delicacies and the ‘free’ transport was well used. It is difficult to think of new superlatives to describe the magnificent garden, tended so carefully by Christine and Livingstone Russell, and supported by their well-trained family guides. To misquote another well-known amateur horticulturist - ‘never have so many plants been seen in such profusion tended by so few gardeners’. Giant rhododendrons, spectacular hydrangeas, burdening vegetables thrive in such numbers and, despite the ravages of furry creatures and territorial displays by taller ones with antlers, presented an earthly paradise unmatched elsewhere in Kintyre. Undoubtedly cooperation is rife in Peninver. A sprinkling of ex-forestry officers, community regenerators, vets, x-ray technicians, agricultural workers and other professionals joined a host of aproned culinary experts to serve what might well have been a last meal to those who decided to climb the Peninver South Face unaided, but in retrospect decided that it was almost their first steps on a real heavenly staircase. For those who have never had the pleasure, so to speak, of Christine and Livingstone’s services, visit Peninver in 2009, marvel at ingenuity of the solar observatory, enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon tea and remember what Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote in the late 1800s ’The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden, Than anywhere else on earth’.

Ian Pollard of 8 Beetham Court, Clayton le Moors, Accrington was fishing off the eastern shore of Carradale Bay when he landed a large Pollock, but without a tape measure scales he was unable to specify its length or weight. But helpfully the photo of the catch has a wellington boot, a human hand, the rod he used and a handy domestic cutting board beside it, so it was just under

three size 10 boots, four hands or two and a half cutting boards long. He returned it to Kilbrannan Sound immediately and now waits to hear if anyone else catches the same fish. If it surfaces again with a shrug, a curled lip and enquires “Accrington Ian” and adds “How are Accrington Stanley playing”, you've got the whopper fish, but to save its feelings, please refrain from making discriminatory remarks about a much respected and minor division football team.

If you've always wanted to learn to swim but never got round to it - then now is your chance! Why not take advantage of Argyll and Bute Council's ABC Learn to Swim Scheme? You can book a block of lessons and get a FREE child swim pass for the duration of the block.- Contact Amy Finn at Aqualibrium 01586 551212 Issued by Lynda Syed on 01/08/2008 14:40:35 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Carradale Primary 6 - 71952 to 1953 It was with sadness we read about the death of ‘Ibbie’ and Marjory who died within three days of each other in March. Local girls who to kept up their friendship with Cathie McGregor, Irene Oman, Cathy Vetters anmd Helen McIntosh, a big miss to them all. Now I'm sure the readers would like to read about another group of ladies all childhood friends brought up in Carradale. Many years ago the ladies all left Carradale to find work all around Glasgow. Eventually getting married, bringing up their families and settling down in and around Glasgow. The friendship between them all continued with their husbands ‘baby-sitting’ while the girls met up every month to catch up with all the news of ‘home’ (being Carradale). This monthly meeting has continued for over 30 years and the friendships formed all those years ago as children have stood the test of time. Well done ladies. In the picture, left to right, are Mary Newlands (nee Ritchie) of ‘Eastwood’, Anne Paterson (nee McMillan) of ‘Woodside’, Jen Clark (nee McIntosh) of ‘Glen Lyn’, Elma McLean (nee McMillan) of ‘Sea View’ and Margaret Rattray (nee Fisher) of ‘Woodside’. PS watch this space for the next reunion on 26th August at Carradale Hotel. Margaret Watt (nee Buchanan). LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Geoffrey, We visited friends, Pauline and Mike Harrison, who live in Torrisdale, for a holiday at the end of July. We saw a poster advertising a quiz night at the village hall in Carradale saying 'all welcome' and decided to give it a try ! We would like to put on record that we really did have a fantastic evening, everyone made us feel very welcome and every table was replete with home made sweets and decorations. The whole evening was a huge success. The quiz master had a good sense of humour and devised a quiz that was very close right up to the last few questions. The friendliness and powerful sense of community at the Carradale Village Hall was a pleasure to experience -so much so that we will be back for next years quiz and as many times as we are able thereafter. We really envy our friends who are part of such a vibrant and friendly community. On behalf of the 'Mixed Bag' team, a big 'thank you' to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening a success. From Pauline & Mike Harrison - Lynda & Steve Roberts

Argyll and Bute Council is delighted to announce that the first part of the appraisal for the Easdale Transport Link has now been completed. The Council commissioned Steer Davis Gleave to undertake a full STAG Appraisal of the various transport link issues between the islands of Seil and Easdale. The works have been carried out in accordance with STAG (Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance) procedures. Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, the Council's Transport Spokesperson, said: "I am pleased that we are now at this stage in the STAG Appraisal for the Easdale Transport Options. This is an independent study carried out by consultants in order to provide the most appropriate solution for transport links to Easdale. I anticipate that the full STAG Appraisal will be completed by September and this will allow the Council to make an informed decision on the appropriate way forward". A pre-appraisal process was completed to identify various problems and opportunities which could be encountered as part of transport improvements between the two islands. The major part of this exercise was a full consultation with key stakeholders, including the public, last summer. Based on this consultation, three specific Transport Planning Objectives have been defined for this study: • Improve reliability of access between Easdale and Seil. • Improve personal safety of crossing between Easdale and Seil. • Reduce conflicts between traffic and parking in Ellenabeich. From the initial 18 identified options these have been reduced to two. These are an upgrade of the existing ferry service and, secondly, a causeway on the most direct alignment between Ellenabeich and Easdale. Further work will be carried out on both these options to allow the STAG report to be completed. Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 28/07/2008 09:54:25

Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed proposals issued today (Tuesday 29th July) by the Scottish Government on how to further reduce waste and increase recycling in Scotland as part of the Government's ambition for a 'Zero Waste' Scotland. Argyll and Bute is aiming to meet the Scottish Government target of 40% recycling and composting by 2010, and is already well on track having reached 35% in 2007/08 - an increase of 2% from the previous year. Landfill tonnages in Argyll and Bute have also been reduced from 41,467 tonnes to 40,612 in the past 12 months. Councillor Robert MacIntyre, the Council’s Environment spokesperson, said: "I broadly welcome a consultation paper on waste legislation as a chance for Argyll and Bute Council to influence the shape of policy and practice in this hugely important area of service. The Council, along with local communities and the private sector, will have to take a view on the necessary long term shift in legislation and behaviour which will let us arrive at 'Zero Waste' for Argyll and Bute as soon as we can. The Council is keen to play a part in upping its game in terms of recycling, re-use and waste minimisation. We will be looking at the consultation paper and seeing what we can do in our response to the Government to influence the best approach to clarifying legal responsibilities and enforcement powers from the point of production to final re-use”. Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 29/07/2008 16:31:58

Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards Team is warning people not to fall for on-line scams aimed at getting them to reveal their bank, personal or credit card details. Fraudulent emails are circulating which are designed to make people believe they are from Government Customs and Excise Officers. The emails draw people in with the promise of a tax rebate from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Premier Services. The emails feature the name 'Premier Services' in a green box. HMRC first identified the bogus emails last year and there are now several different versions in circulation. These include :


1. A fake Tax Payment Form sent to the public requesting a cheque for an underpayment of tax. According to HMRC this form does not exist within HM Revenue and Customs and no monies should be sent. 2. A scam alleging that HMRC requires payment of Non-Resident Inheritance Tax before an inheritance or windfall can be released. 3. Letters sent out with fake P86 Forms which ask for personal information from taxpayers employed outside the UK. 4. A scam involving postal items being stopped by Customs that require an Anti-Terrorist certificate to be bought before they can be released. According to HMRC no such certificate exists. 5. Emails advising the person that they may be entitled to Child Benefit. According to HMRC, a non HMRC email address and mobile numbers are being used as the contact points for this scam. 6. Emails stating that a parcel containing a cheque for a Lottery win, or a legacy left in a will, has been held up by Customs at an airport or dock and a payment is needed to release it. In some cases people may be contacted by telephone by someone pretending to be from HM Customs and Excise. HMRC never contacts the public in this way. 7. Most cynically, an email targeted at people who have already been the subject of a fraud attempt requesting personal details on the pretext that compensation will be paid. Members of the public can find full information about the above scams at the official HMRC website by logging on to Trading Standards advice is simple. Never respond to these emails, ignore and delete any suspicious email which asks for personal or bank details. The public can also contact Bank Safe Online at which is the UK banking industry's initiative to help on-line banking customers stay safe. The site gives information about the different types of scams, how to spot scams and how to be safe. If you are worried and you live or work in Argyll and Bute, you can contact the Council's Trading Standards staff on 01546 604423. Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 30/07/2008 09:56:35

Argyll and Bute Council would like to clarify that the views expressed in the recent Jura Fast ferry press release, referring to a survey being carried out, were in fact the views of the local community and not the Council. The Council would like to point out that the conclusions from this survey were drawn by the Jura Initiative at the Edge team from the public responses given.

Twenty-six community groups and supporting organisations across Argyll and Bute have received European funding totalling £1,392,639 from Argyll and the Islands LEADER. One project to benefit from the funding is Stramash. This is an outdoor education project run by the Council to provide access to outdoor activities for young people. Previously funded by the Lottery, the project has been awarded £19,375 to help it to continue delivering outdoor education to young people throughout the area. Stramash is also looking at employing a development officer to take the group through the process of becoming a social enterprise, ensure all structures and policies are in place, prepare a development plan for the new board to follow and to provide training for board members. The Argyll and Bute Woodland and Forestry Strategy project, which is also managed by the Council, received a funding boost of £21,880. The aim of the project is to develop a Forestry and Woodland Strategy, which covers a broader scope than a traditional Indicative

Forestry Strategy. This is based on the findings of an extensive consultation process which will take into account the wide range of economic, environmental and social issues relating to forestry and woodland at a local level, involving community groups, the forest industry and relevant agencies. Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: "Funding for these projects brings a great boost to the local economy and will benefit many people in communities right across Argyll and Bute. Stramash is a very worthwhile project all about bringing sport, physical activity and outdoor pursuits to young people, all which is essential to improving their health, whilst the Woodland and Forestry Strategy is extremely important to developing what is one of Argyll and Bute's biggest economic exports." The LEADER Programme, which will run until to 2013, is managed and delivered by the Council's European Unit, although decisions on grant approvals are made by the partnership. The Council went through a competitive bidding process on behalf of the partnership to secure the funding, which offers the opportunity for community capacity building in some of the most remote rural and island areas of the Council, and contributes towards the Council becoming a leading rural area. Details of other groups to receive funding can be found by logging on to Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 29/07/2008 14:16:51

Cllr. Currie received full backing of Argyll and Bute Council at a recent Council meeting for his motion to approach the UK Government highlighting the “strangling” effect the escalating fuel prices are having on the islands and remote communities. In his speech Cllr. Currie said, “ We need the Treasury to give fuel concessions to Scotland’s islands and remote areas and give it now because we are really hurting as individuals and the future of our essential industries of fishing, farming, crofting, distilling and haulage is very bleak as it will be for our tourist sector.” He continued by saying, “ as we all know the French Government gives a derogation on fuel duties to its remote regions, so this is something we ask the UK Government to investigate and also suggest that they look at the wholesale price to ultra-peripheral areas be lowered and thus ensuring that the variation is passed on to the consumers. This can be done with support from Government, through negotiations with the oil companies. And because the volumes involved would be so small, there would be no measurable impact on the generality of fuel prices.” The Council have now written to the Chancellor and a reply is awaited.

The voices of Argyll and Bute's young people were heard when the area's first Youth Focus group met in the Council Chambers, Kilmory. Over 30 young people from throughout the area attended either through the Youth Forum, Pupil School Councils, the HELP project, SYP or Young Scot. The meeting was chaired by Andrew Lochrie of the Argyll and Bute Youth Forum and was opened by Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, who spoke on the importance of involving young people in Community Planning. This was followed by a talk from Eileen Wilson, the Council's Community Planning Manager, who discussed Community Planning, what it means and how it affects young people. Councillor Walsh, who is also Chairperson of the Community Planning Partnership, said: "Argyll and Bute's young people cannot be ignored. Democracy is about hearing what everyone in Argyll and Bute has to say, including the area's young people. The Youth Focus group will give a new perspective on what young people really want from local government and I look forward to hearing their opinions and taking them onboard." Young People from both the Argyll and Bute and the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay Youth Forums made presentations on the work they have been doing over the last year and invited other young people to join. The youngsters then went on to do an exercise to look at what they wanted to achieve from the Youth Focus meetings; the top three being to have fun, get their voices heard and to make things happen. They also looked at how best to promote the group to other young people by designing a poster or leaflet. The meeting concluded with a review of the Youth Work Plan. The consultation was revisited to see if the questions were still relevant and would be answered in the same way. A selection of questions was asked with the majority showing the same results as the consultation carried out last year. It was recognised that more work needs to be done in preparation for Youth Focus meetings to make them as productive as possible. Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 28/07/2008 10:53:40

FUEL POVERTY Scottish Fuel Poverty Charity says Government must ‘Grasp the Nettle’ of Fuel Poverty
Urgent action that will focus clearly on the fuel poor is now needed, says fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland, following the recommendations published today (July 28) by the Business & Enterprise Committee of the House of Commons. The charity believes the committee’s concern ‘that fuel poverty programmes are insufficiently directed at all those in real fuel poverty, such as disabled people’ is very real. Energy Action Scotland further believes that the committee’s call for the Government to undertake “a fundamental re-think of its approach to tackling fuel poverty” is essential. This process has already been started in the last few months by the Scottish Government’s Fuel Poverty Forum, of which Energy Action Scotland is a member. Due to report to Scottish Ministers in September, the charity’s view is that the Scottish Government and members of the Scottish Parliament need to ‘grasp the nettle’ and ensure that the key fuel poverty programmes – the Warm Deal and the Central Heating Programme – are properly resourced and targeted at those who are in fuel poverty and are therefore the most in need of assistance. Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland said: “The BERR Committee report concludes that efforts need to focus on improving the housing stock of the fuel poor, as the most cost-effective means of reducing both their energy bills and their carbon emissions, and this is indeed essential in our view. “With high energy prices, thousands more people will fear their energy bills and start to switch off heating or avoid cooking hot food this winter. Improving the energy efficiency of all homes is important and we must start with those who are most at risk and in the worst circumstances because they need help now.” Energy Action Scotland is also of the view that financial assistance with energy bills is needed meantime. It therefore supports the committee’s view that energy suppliers’ initiatives such as social tariffs must be clearly defined both in terms of the price charged and those customers that qualify for them. The UK Government and the regulator, Ofgem, must therefore ensure this happens before the winter when the effects of energy price rises will really bite. 1. Energy Action Scotland is the national charity which campaigns for an end to fuel poverty and works to promote warm, dry homes for all. 2. Fuel poverty is the inability to afford adequate warmth. The three main causes are poor energy efficiency of the home, low disposable household income and high energy prices. It is defined as having to pay more than 10% of household income on domestic energy. 3. The Business & Enterprise Committee of the House of Commons today (July 28) published its report ‘Energy Prices, Fuel Poverty and Ofgem’. Energy Action Scotland Website :

Jose, Joanna, Heather and Irene would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in The Dawn Tartan Walk, well done to everyone who turned out at 5.00am in the most awful weather, rain and midges being the order of the day. Delighted to say we have reached the grand total of £1300. All money raised is being split between the MAIRI SEMPLE FUND and MCMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT. We would also like to say a huge thanks to Sheryl Strang who supplied provisions for our early morning tea and toast, and thanks again to everyone who took part and a special thanks to all the children that turned out.

The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council is backing a campaign by Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, to have an Independent Fuel Regulator appointed to help combat the country's rising fuel costs.

Councillor Dick Walsh has written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown expressing concern over the cost of fuel across the area and urging him to consider Mr Salmond's campaign. A letter was also sent to Mr Salmond by Councillor Walsh lending his support. Councillor Walsh said: "In my letter to Mr Brown, I have urged him to consider Mr Salmond's request and I have pointed out the detrimental effect the crippling fuel costs are having on our already fragile economy in remote and rural areas throughout Argyll and Bute. I have pointed out the fact that although the price of a barrel of oil has come down by 8%, this has not been reflected in the pump prices. The price of white diesel on Islay is £1.50 per litre and this is having a significant impact on the cost of living for the islanders as well as having a significant knock on effect on the island's tourism industry. I would urge Mr Brown to consider Mr Salmond's requests because once again the rural communities who have the minimalist bus and train services and who rely heavily on private transport are the hardest hit." Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 23/07/2008

THE PICTURE HOUSE - CAMPBELTOWN - Upgraded to An A Listed Building
Readers of The Antler may have heard that The Wee Pictures has recently been upgraded to an A Listing by Historic Scotland. The citation says, amongst other things that "The Campbeltown Picture House is an important and rare example of an early purpose-built cinema, designed by Albert V. Gardner of Glasgow, who specialised in cinema design. It is one of the earliest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the UK and also the only example in Scotland of this first wave of cinema building still in use as such. Stylistically, the building is highly distinctive with a strong street-scape presence overlooking Campbeltown Harbour. The exterior treatment is Glasgow School Art Nouveau and is very uncommon in cinema design. Its interior is of equal significance, retaining elements of a 1935 'atmospheric' refurbishment. The pair of houses flanking the screen, one a Spanish mission style house and the other a high-timbered structure with pan-tile roof and castellated tower, are of particular interest and are probably die last of their type to survive. Less than 10 purpose-built cinemas constructed in Scotland prior to the outbreak of the First World War are thought to survive".

'The Wee Pictures'
Norman S. Newton's book history of The Picture House entitled 'The Wee Pictures' has just been republished in an updated edition with some new colour photographs. At £4.99 it can be purchased from Martin's Bookshop or The Old Bookshelf in Campbeltown or from the cinema's brand new website on line shop. Do visit to inspect this new site of which we are very proud. All the forthcoming features are listed with clips to preview the movie. You can sign up for an email alert of the latest showings and even download a poster to remind you visually at home. We hope that our loyal patrons may prefer this new method of keeping up to date with What's On, though we will always have a notice hi The Campbeltown Courier and on Argyll FM. There is a lot of other information available on the web-site, historical, cinematic and how the cinema is managed. It is also possible to become a member through the website or join the Weather Lottery, which is a fundraising enterprise for the cinema. One member recently won £200 for themselves through this scheme, as well as supporting the cinema! The AGM will be on Friday, 29th August in The Picture House to which all members are invited. Jane Mayo, Chairman, July 2008.

The 25th AGM of Abbeyfield Carradale and District Society Ltd was held in Abbeyfield House, Carradale on Thursday, 17 July with Donald Macalister Hall in the Chair. After the formal reading and approving of the minutes of last year’s AGM, the Chairman gave an upbeat report of the last year. He also thanked the staff, and in particular, Janette MacKinnon – Housekeeper and Fiona McDiarmid – Relief Housekeeper, for their efforts which are most appreciated by the residents. He also thanked the members of the Executive and House Committees. The Treasurer, Stuart Irvine, gave a detailed summary of the annual accounts for the year in which he began by pointing out that for the first time in 25 years the Society had made a substantial loss. However he immediately reassured those at the meeting that the entire cause was the replacement of all windows and doors with new double glazing. Furthermore the cost had been covered by a generous legacy from a previous resident and therefore the Balance Sheet had simply returned to that prior to the legacy

being received. He did, however, point out his concern at the very substantial rise in the cost of food and provisions coupled with electricity. Tighter budget control and a bigger effort in insulation would help in these areas. Both Stuart Irvine and Brian Olof resigned by rotation but immediately offered themselves for re-election. In addition, Donald Macalister Hall and Mary McMillan were re-elected as Chairman and Vice Chairperson respectively. Finally mentioned was made of the room which has been set aside for short-term ’respite care’ and this has been used now on a number of occasions to the satisfaction of all concerned. Abbeyfield is where ‘older people find care in housing’ and is part of a large, and now international group, of very sheltered housing, 60 in Scotland, together with a number of integrated care homes (8 in Scotland).

The AGM was held on Friday 18 July in the Village Hall at 7.30pm with the President, Alan Walker in the Chair. After the normal reading and approval of the minutes of the last AGM together with the two EGM’s held in relation to the proposed new Clubhouse the Treasurer gave his financial report. Income from subscriptions showed an increase more than the rate of inflation thus demonstrating that there had been a number of new members joining the Club. He highlighted the continuing fall in green fees and this is mainly due to fewer visitors to Carradale generally probably caused by the much higher cost of fuel. A decision was taken to keep the price of a ‘round’ ticket at £15 but to reintroduce an “all day” ticket at £20. The Treasurer then went through the accounts giving explanations when necessary. He finished his report with confirmation that, after 22 years as Treasurer, he wished to stand down. The President recommended to the attendees that he should be given honorary life membership and this was approved unanimously. The President then brought everyone up to date with the progress towards the building of a new Clubhouse. Following this the Gent’s and Ladies’ Captains, Ian Neilson and Marlene Walker respectively, gave their reports. Finally a number of changes to the Club’s rules, in respect of CRSB requirements, were approved. OTHER GENERAL MATTERS An example of the problems of relying on an ‘honesty box’ to collect the green fees was best illustrated on July 10. The Treasurer empties the box on a fairly regular basis particularly in June, July, August and September, being the busy months. Having not emptied the box for 3 days as he was out of the village on July 10 the total in the box amounted to £371.12 plus 10 cents ($). He wonders how this reconciles with a green fee of £15 (£7 for under 18’s) but his actuarial skills have not been of any help ! The application for funding for the new clubhouse has now been sent to Sport Scotland (Lottery) and we are eagerly awaiting their response. The culprits of the latest vandalism have been spoken to by the police so hopefully there will be no more trouble in or around the clubhouse. MEN’S SECTION Results of recent competitions are as follows: 21 June - President’s Cup (Stableford) - 1st HAF Johnson 36 pts; 2nd D Dunlop 35pts; 3rd J McFadyen 34pts 28 June – Fishermen’s Cup - 1st J McFadyen net 63; 2nd D Dunlop net 64; 3rd Dr R J Aberbethy net 66 5 July –July Medal - 1st Dr R J Abernethy (7) 66; 2nd D Dunlop (8) 69 LADIES SECTION To follow


Like many residents the Editor has been confused over the role of the Community Planning Partnership in the future funding of Argyll & Bute. Although community councils through the agency of the Association of Argyll & Bute Community Council’s membership, voluntary organisations, through the Voluntary Organisation’s Forum and agencies such as the Campbeltown’s Area Development Group, there is still confusion amongst many residents about the changes coming into force in the distribution of funding to Unitary Authorities like Argyll & Bute. Perhaps the following extract from the minutes of Helensburgh Community Council’s June minutes may help to explain all ‘For many Parent Councils who, in the early days wondered what they should do, there is suddenly an issue - cuts in school budgets. These cuts are not just in the money for books and equipment; they will also mean cuts in staffing. One of the reasons for the cuts is that the overall settlement (i.e. the money given to local authorities by central government) is “tight” - that's the official language – whilst another reason is the new funding agreement between local and central government, the new ‘Concordat’. This has given local authorities more control over how they spend their money in return for an agreement that they will not increase council tax. Those authorities that had set low council tax levels prior to last year's elections have been hard hit’. ‘Local authority funding is notoriously difficult to understand, so we asked Reid Hutchison, one of our directors who has specialist knowledge of this area, to provide an explanation and, in the process, indicate how local authority spending decisions relate to central government decisions. The following is based on what he said’. ‘In the past, local authorities were funded from five different sources - Revenue Support Grant from government, Specific Government grants (all of the spending on schools came from this source). Council Tax, Business Rates and Charges for Services (e.g. school meals)’. ‘However, the Scottish Government had said from the outset that it wished both to freeze Council Tax (eventually replacing it) and micro-manage local authorities less, thereby ensuring that decisions on priorities and spending were set at a local level. Therefore the Government began negotiations with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the representative body for all local authorities in Scotland, on a new funding regime’. THE CONCORDAT ‘The result was the ‘Concordat’ which established the general ground rules context for separate agreements by each individual authority with the Government. Some of the key areas of the Concordat are : · Agreement with the Government's 15 national outcomes as the basis for priorities in public services · Greater local freedom for local authorities · Reduction in the number of ‘ring-fenced’ grants to councils which restrict spending to specific purposes · Reduction in reporting and monitoring, replaced by a single annual report setting out progress and achievements against the SOA ‘. THE SINGLE OUTCOME AGREEMENT (SOA) ‘Each local authority then negotiated a Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) with the Scottish Government on its spending priorities within the context of these ground rules, (for example, each has to agree to abide by the Government's 15 national outcomes, although it can give them a different priority). Moreover, local authorities do not have total freedom in what they do as they still have to meet their statutory obligations. In terms of schools this means they have to abide by agreements on teachers' pay and conditions, on class sizes and statutory obligations for school transport etc. Each SOA has to be signed off (agreed) by the Scottish Government’. ‘If the process is complicated this year, by next year it is expected to be even more complicated. The SOA will not be agreed simply between the local authority and central government but by the Community Planning Partnership and central government’.

‘The Community Planning Partnership is led by the local authority but includes other public sector agencies like the police, private sector bodies and, in some cases, voluntary sector representatives. The precise membership varies from authority to authority but the intention is to help public agencies to work together with the community in order to plan and deliver better services’. ‘Each of the agencies in the Community Planning Partnership naturally has different priorities. For example, those dealing with vulnerable adults will have different priorities from those dealing with schools and parents. For Parent Councils and PTAs it will be interesting to see what is the impact of having this wider group of ‘stakeholders’ engaged directly in the development’. Unfortunately the pressure on those who are members of the CPP Full Partnership is to ensure that they get their organisations to sign up to the Single Outcome Agreement; failure to do so will mean that the CPP and subsequently ABC will lose credibility with the Scottish Government and be in danger of jeopardising support funding. Wisely a new ‘virtual’ assembly, meeting as the Argyll and Bute Third Sector Steering Group, has decided to accelerate moves to ensure that they play a full part in the opportunities coming through CPP membership. (The term Third Sector is the term used by the CPP and others to identify voluntary organisations). Community Councils, still waiting for the outcome of the protracted Scottish Governments review, are re-considering their traditional advisory role in the light of new demands being placed on them by the CPP. THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY PLANNING PARTNERSHIP IS TO ‘Drive forward by setting a strategic direction for Argyll and Bute and add value by working in partnership’. THIS IS ACHIEVED BY : Sharing good practice and learning from each other, Communicating more effectively; Helping and supporting each other; Sharing resources and information; Planning jointly. The CPP has 26 planning partners Argyll and Bute Council, Argyll and Bute Volunteer Centre, Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, NHS Highland, Argyll CVS, Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs Tourist Board, Association of Argyll and Bute Community Councils, Bute Community Links, Caledonian MacBrayne, Careers Scotland, Communities Scotland, Crofters Commission, Forestry Commission Scotland, Housing Association (Dunbritton, Bute & West Highland), Islay and Jura CVS, Jobcentre Plus, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Ministry of Defence, Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Water, Strathclyde Fire Brigade, and Strathclyde Police. Interested, power hungry, but still confused, why not stand for election in the Community Council elections in April 2009 ? Ed.

There is nothing that true believers in global warming like to use more to sustain their faith than a fear that Arctic ice may soon vanish. Google News last week showed 492 articles promoting this scare, after Arctic sea-ice had last September shrunk to its lowest level since satellite records began in 1979. What the articles didn't tell us (although it can be seen from the Cryosphere Today web-site) is that ice-cover last i winter rose back at a record rate. Although it is again in summer retreat, there are now 700,000 square kilometres more ice than at this time last year. As global temperatures decline, the warmists may have to wait rather longer for that ice finally to melt away. Sunday Telegraph 13th July

Dear Editor, Whilst we celebrate one of the most enduring legacies of one of this country's big socialist ideas, the NHS, it is worth reflecting on whether such an important idea – healthcare free at the point of need – regardless of income – would happen now? Are there the big thinkers now ? It took a devastating world war for people to realise that we are all interdependent on each other. That equality and fairness are worth fighting for. That people should have some basic rights as well as responsibilities. We will all be vulnerable at different times in our lives and be reliant on the skills of staff and the resources of the NHS at some point. Whilst there has been a continued attempt to dismantle the NHS from successive Governments in the last twenty years no sane politician would suggest that it should be removed.

During the local election last year I was called an extremist by someone who only knew that I was a socialist. How far our society has changed that wanting to preserve the ideals of keeping public services and the country's resources in public hands for the greater good, and ensuring basic rights are seen as extreme. Would it be nice if we had some more big ideas like the NHS? Maybe a massive investment in developing a publically owned renewable energy company to address global warming, allowing us all to have properly energy generating / efficient homes, with electric cars. Give the people the resources not the global corporate giants. Only an idea. Happy Birthday NHS. Yours sincerely, Deirdre Henderson Branch Organiser Solidarity

Argyll and Bute Council has received the Reporter’s findings into the Argyll and Bute Finalised Local Plan as Modified. From Monday 21st of July members of the public with an interest in the local plan can view the document on the Council's website. Paper copies are also available at Helensburgh, Dunoon and Oban libraries as well as at the Council's headquarters in Lochgilphead. Members of the public are encouraged to speak to the Council’s Development Policy staff based at Kilmory, Lochgilphead, if they have difficulty in understanding the document or require further information on a particular issue. Contact details for relevant staff are available on the Council's web site, A report to the Full Council on the findings will take place soon with a view to move to final adoption of the plan. Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 10/07/2008 10:19:21

EXTRACT FROM THE FIRST MINUTE BOOK OF THE KINTYRE DISTRICT ROAD TRUSTEES, BEGINNING IN 1775 At a meeting on 1st Oct. 1776, the Trustees named the following Tippling Houses at stages on the main roads, "to the exclusion of all others." Moneroy, Machrimore Miln, Killellan, Knocknahaw, Kilkenzie, Tangy Miln, Bellochantuie, Lossit Kiln, Drumore, Barr, Killean, Tayinloane, Runahorine, Clachan, one upon Loup's Property, Loup's Ferry, Leargnahuinsine (two houses), Dallacharn, Taynadrochit, Tayintraw, Dallintober (three houses), Saddell, Ardnacroiah, Ardcarradel, Duppin, and Stonefield, Skipnish, and Kintarbert were impowered to name stages on their own Estates as they were absent at the Meeting.

This was yet another successful show with over 70 prints from 19 of our members, supplemented this year for the first time by a rolling slide show. In addition to the Carradale membership and one or two ‘away’ members (of which one is junior) we have a good representation from Campbeltown – in quantity and quality. Also, over the three days it was well attended by both locals and visitors – this was helped (mutually) by the Carradale Craft Circle’s sharing of the Hall library. This is certainly now an annual event. The all-round standard was as high as ever, for which reason it would be invidious to mention individual members, so I comment on the prints themselves. Variety went from humorous to some stunning city-, sea- and land-scapes with a number of categories in between – imaginative, almost abstract, wild (and domestic) life, some older photographs of the fishing life and plant close-ups. Originality was shown by a number of unusual viewpoints and close-ups, such as ram’s head, horses’ heads. One smaller print of figures climbing a snow slope attracted favourable comment. The point here is that the exhibition is of interest to anyone, and not necessarily with a photographic interest. Additionally, location ranged from our own door step to Africa and Borneo, with other places in U.K. not forgotten. Many of the prints prompted particular comment – and admiration. Among these were a very atmospheric, almost panoramic view of yachts in Campbeltown harbour in an almost misty morning light: a really lovely overhead view of trees with shadows on cobbles in Paris: a technically excellent view of vintage cars stationary in front of the village shop. In the hope of not offending, it

has to be said that two of these contributors came to the club not so many years ago without the expertise to produce work of this standard all the way through – from taking to mounting, including printing (this last with the club’s own A3 printer). Many more prints deserve mention, but space prevents. Come to next year’s show – or the club meetings ! Even without boring ‘how-to’ lectures, rubbing shoulders with the other members (some of whom have won awards in national competitions) definitely raises your game to the point demonstrated by the exhibition. Regular competitions must also hone your skills. The club has an increasing number of useful facilities, not least being the modern projector used here and next on our list is a dedicated 35mm. scanner. The rolling slide show definitely appealed. There was here also a wide variety of images. Unfortunately, this year we didn’t manage to caption with title and photographer, but that is listed for attention next year. Also next year we may extend the showing to Monday to accommodate new arrivals in the village and we plan to arrange the projection in a less obtrusive manner. Otherwise, we hope to repeat in the same format what is becoming a very creditable show for a village club. Some (slightly) technical observations: traditional v. digital, the now well worn debate. Here, a personal view. If, as is the case, you can’t distinguish between the two on viewing the prints, then it doesn’t matter one bit. What is important is the final print, and how it is achieved, if not identifiable, is surely irrelevant. Which brings any argument to the area of actually taking the original photograph. With digital cameras now having reached the point of easily equalling the quality of film, digital probably wins for ease of use, economy, and instant viewing, although the better digital cameras are still very expensive. And yet………… film is nevertheless far from dead, nor are traditional printing methods onto photographic, not inkjet, paper. One firm offers an enlarger at huge cost for printing from any digital source onto photo paper and another now offers to convert any digital image to negative for traditional printing. So the answer may well be hybrid – many professionals use film for archival purpose and scan and print digitally. Yet it has to be said that digital has enabled many ‘snappers’ (no offence) to improve their work, even if often by banging off dozens (hundreds ?) of exposures and selecting the best. Why not? The traditional photographer can’t afford to do this, so has to be more selective at the beginning of the chain, the taking. And finally – the final print : it is very difficult to produce digitally a black and white print of the quality of traditional print. Compare also the quality of the projected (colour) image against the print. There were several examples of this in our show, demonstrating a considerable advantage of the projected, mainly in brightness and therefore also colour. And there remains one process available to the colour photographer which comes nearest to the projected image and is probably, or arguably, better than any but the best digital print. Formerly called Cibachrome this process may now be named differently, and is for transparencies, although there is an almost equally good print available from colour negatives. Which is one reason why I adhere to trad. The other being my computer illiteracy. For best digital results I think you must be very good – and patient – at the computer keyboard. J. A. McL.

“In no way was the Kilbrannan Games 2008 meant to distract from the Olympic Games in Beijing” announced the Chieftain. Nearly 40 of his great warriors amassed at Waterfoot for another splendid afternoon of competitive games, excellent food and beverage. The competitions consisted of teams working their way around a course of events such as putting, wellie throwing, croquet, golf, egg and spoon race, darts and a mystery event of ‘guess the number of pilchards in a bowl of tomato dressing’. Among the many prizes was the one for the overall winner, Judy Semple, who was presented with the ‘Kilbrannan Bunnet’ for one year. Thanks went to all who contributed to a wonderful afternoon and particularly to Bob and Mairi Jeffrey for the use of their garden. Some games also took place in the garden of Ian and Eleanor Robb for which thanks were also given.


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