Rescue dog turned rescuer wins award

Ken Weatherstone Cranna SARDA dogA border collie who was abandoned in Lochgilphead by being left tied to the bumper of car has gone on to become an award winning search and rescue dog.

Handed into Achnabrech Kennels,it was there that Cranna was rescued by Ken Weatherstone,who trains collies for Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland (SARDA).

Read their story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,April 4 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Red Star fire eight past Port Glasgow

lochgilphead red star vs port glasgowRed Star welcomed Port Glasgow United to Ropework Football pitch  and gave their promotion hopes a boost as they got the better of an 11-goal thriller.

The game did not start well for the local side however as they found themselves a goal down in the opening minutes when the United forward got the run on the Star defence before showing good composure to score past Kalache.

Read the full report in the Argyllshire Advertiser,April 4 2014,also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.cio.uk/digital

Pupils help each other in Lochgilphead fun run

Lochgilphead Joint campus fun runTots,teenagers and teachers donned their running shoes last Friday as Lochgilphead Joint Campus hosted its annual Fun Run.

The event,which raises cash for Sport Relief,saw about 400 students,teachers and volunteers run distances of one mile,three kilometres and five kilometres.

For more photos see the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 28 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Queen’s Commonwealth baton is coming to Mid Argyll

Queen's commonwealth baton 2014 single imageThe cultural sites and villages of Mid Argyll are to be at the heart of the Commonwealth Games celebrations when the Queen’s baton reaches Argyll.

Games organisers have revealed the baton will arrive on Sunday,July 13,and spend much of the day travelling through Inveraray,Furnace,Lochgilphead and Kilmartin.

For more details see the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 21 2014,also on line at www.argyllshiradvertiser.co.uk/digital

Lochgilphead family take top spots in charity time trial cycle

Lochgilphead cycle time trial for Sport reliefThe Barrie family in Lochgilphead have officially become record holders after taking part in a cycling challenge for Sport Relief.

Richard,Tina and Lorne Barrie won the male,female and youth cycling time trials respectively when they each cycled the greater distance than their competitors in one hour.

Find out how they beat the competition in our story on Page 27 of the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 21 2014,  along with three pages of sport from the week. Also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Trussell Trust in talks about Lochgilphead food bank

Moving on Mid Argyll rev Angus MacNeill Mary Stirling

Mary Stirling speaks to Rev Angus MacNeill about Moving on Mid Argyll

Struggling  families in Mid Argyll could benefit from a food bank as national charity Trussell Trust confirms it has been approached to provide help.

Meanwhile,charity Moving on Mid Argyll (MoMA) says it has,on average,delivered almost three food parcels per month after setting up an emergency food service in October.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 14 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Clock Lodge plans spark outrage among businesses

clock-lodge-lochgilpheadA plan to upgrade the Clock Lodge in Lochgilphead could fall at the first hurdle as businesses in the town fiercely oppose the development of a Harbro store on nearby land.

A planning application has been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council which,if agreed,would see a 200sqm retail unit,300sqm storage unit and staff offices built within the grounds of the lodge.

But 40 letters of objection have been lodged with Argyll and Bute Council;the majority are from Lochgilphead business owners.

For the full details,see Argyllshire Advertiser,March 14 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Lochgilphead skiers qualify in Scottish Schools Alpine Ski competition

Lochgilphead High School ski team alpineFour skiers from Lochgilphead High School have reached the final of the Scottish Schools Alpine Ski competition after thrashing the competition in the qualifying round.

The skiers travelled to Nevis Range   Lochaber,to compete in the Scottish Schools Alpine Ski Qualifier last month.

Patrick Feeney,16,Lawrence Lister,15,Alexander Feeney,14,and Jennifer Stocks,15,finished first in the team category to land a place in the final.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 14 2014,also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Celebrations as Lochgilphead gets 3G pitch

Argyll and Bute logoThe news that Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed it hopes to upgrade Lochgilphead’s 2G pitch to a 3G surface in the summer has been met with delight by sports organisations across Mid Argyll.

Peter Laing,the Lochgilphead referee who started a petition to get the 2G pitch upgraded,thanked the 1,400 people who signed the petition and local councillors for their support.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 7 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Health minister praises Mid Argyll hospital services

Alex Neil health lochgilphead hospitalHealth services in Mid Argyll have been described as the ‘best in Scotland’despite fears many of the area’s services are being cut.

Alex Neil MSP,Scottish cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing,visited Mid Argyll Community Hospital where he praised the range of health services,such as dentistry,social work,and physiotherapy,being made available in one building and in a central location.

Read more about Mr Neil’s visit in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 6 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

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