Plans revealed for lifeline Argyll road

Humza Yousaf with chamber of commerce members Murdo MacLeod (left), Jane MacLeod and Alison Hay (chair)

Humza Yousaf with chamber of commerce members Murdo MacLeod (left), Jane MacLeod and Alison Hay (chair)

WORK ON upgrading the A83 trunk road is far from finished, a Scottish Government minister was reminded this week.

On a trip to Lochgilphead on Wednesday at the invitation of Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce, transport minister Humza Yousaf outlined the latest developments, taking questions from the audience.

His visit follows the latest meeting of the A83 taskforce – a group comprising business managers, councillors, civil servants, engineers and others – in Arrochar last week.

Speaking

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Talent shines as festival reaches crescendo

Kilmartin Primary School pupils strike a pose

Kilmartin Primary School pupils strike a pose

MUSIC struck the right chord as the 38th annual Mid Argyll Music Festival opened in Ardrishaig.

Featuring competitions for spoken pieces, song and instrument, the festival provides a stage for people young and old to demonstrate their skills – and offers great entertainment to the audience.

This year’s event got off to a rousing start with the welcome return of piping to the programme on Saturday March 18. With all sorts of song and instrumental classes in the days since then, this has

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Coffee and cakes for Kilmory kids’ shinty

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A COFFEE morning featuring some fantastic cakes raised valuable funds for Kilmory and Dunadd Junior Camanachd.

People braved the rain to fill Lochgilphead Parish Church Hall on Saturday March 18, where young shinty players helped the older generations serve the hungry hordes.

In total the event raised £452, and counting, for the club.

Speaking for the club, Laurene Cameron said: ‘Thank you to everyone who baked, gave in donations for the stall and for everyone who turned up to help out at

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Dinah scoots off on road to the isles

Dinah with Nerys, her trusty steed

Dinah with Nerys, her trusty steed

WE ALL scoot around, getting on with busy lives – but one Mid Argyll woman is about to take it to a new extreme.

Dinah Bosomworth will travel round the Hebrides using a scooter. And not a moped – a kick scooter with which many of us would be familiar as kids.

On April 20, the 52-year-old grandmother will set off from Oban pier on a 500-mile trek to raise funds for SAMH – the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

A mum of six with four grandkids, Dinah plans to scooter from Vatersay

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‘You know it will happen, yet never think it will’ – Argyll MP’s reaction after Westminster attack

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ARGYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has spoken of his shock following the attack on the Houses of Parliament.

At 2.40pm on Wednesday March 22 a man drove a car along a pavement on Westminster Bridge, killing at least two pedestrians and injuring many more. The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.

The attacker, carrying a knife, ran to parliament where he was confronted by the police. An unarmed police officer, PC Keith Palmer, was stabbed and killed.

The attacker

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Snowfall greets spring as trunk road blocked

Photo: Ross MacDonald

Police and BEAR Scotland personnel work to get traffic moving. Photo: Ross MacDonald

IT TOOK less than a day following the spring equinox for mother nature to remind us that winter might not yet have gone.

The second day of spring saw early morning snow, hail sleet and thunder hit western Scotland on Tuesday March 21.

The main road artery serving Argyll, the A83 trunk road, was closed for around two hours as vehicles struggled to climb the ascent to the Rest and be Thankful from Butterbridge.

A spokesperson for trunk road management firm BEAR Scotland said: ‘Police Scotland closed the A83 for a short period at the Rest and be Thankful to allow teams to safely clear the route following

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Families struggle as electricity costs jump

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A Lochgilphead-based charity has voiced outrage at a decision by the region’s dominant electricity supplier to increase energy bills at a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet.

Gillian McInnes, manager of Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Advice Bureau, said she was ‘horrified’ to hear the news of SSE’s price increases and explained that the price rise will see thousands of families across Argyll and Bute struggle.

A spokesperson for SSE said: ‘We deeply regret having

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Gaelic singing sensation sprinkles a little stardust

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ASPIRING Gaelic singers were in full voice as traditional music sensation Robert Robertson, former Skipinnish frontman, stopped by to lend a helping hand.

The Coisir og Dhail Riata choir met in Lochgilphead for a very special rehearsal as they continue their preparations for a number of upcoming events.

Robert said: ‘I was very impressed. I was only there to offer my opinion where I could, and I was delighted to do so.’

The choir is always looking for new recruits and no experience of Gaelic

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Ardrishaig treated to a night of hot swing

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WITH CHARM and eloquence, Swing ’17 wowed the audience at Ardrishaig Village Hall on Saturday evening with a night of hot club swing, courtesy of Mid Argyll Arts Association (MAAA).

Read the full story in the March 17, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Lochgilphead club teed up for golf open day

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AN OPEN day will see Lochgilphead Golf Club lay out the welcome mat to anyone wanting to have a go at the game.

To be held at the club from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday, April 2, the Get Into Golf open day offers those who might be interested in taking up the game – of any age – the chance to simply have a go.

Read the full story in the March 17, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

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