First-time voters talk about the election

general election 2015 lochgilphead high pupilsDespite playing a prominent role in the Scottish independence referendum last year, under 18s are finding it hard to engage with the general election.

For last year’s referendum, on September 18, the legal age for voting was dropped from 18 to 16 years old but for the next general election the age group has returned to 18 years and over.

The Advertiser visited Lochgilphead Joint Campus to find out what sixth years think of this year’s general election and how they might be voting.

For all the interviews, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 1 2015, also available online.

Vandals deface Lochgilphead pavilion three days after re-opening

ropework park clubhouseVandals have splattered graffiti over the outside walls of the changing rooms at Ropework Park, 72 hours after the building was re-opened following an extensive six-week renovation.

Lochgilphead residents were appalled to find the front of the pavilion daubed with spray paint.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 24 2015, also available online.

Computer scammers target Lochgilphead pensioner

Rev Lesley RisbyA Lochgilphead pensioner’s computer crashed after a suspected scam.

Reverend Lesley Risby, 64, a retired minister, said that vile tricksters called her pretending to be computer engineers.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015. Also available online.

Pumping up the volume for charity fundraiser

Kelly McGuinness and Marie DowneyDancers rocked the night away at a fancy dress fundraiser in Lochgilphead.

Kelly McGuinness, 24, organised the event with her friend Marie Downey in an effort to contribute to a larger fundraiser for the Southern General Hospital  on behalf of her mother-in-law Janice Beattie, who recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.

See all the photos from the evening in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015, also available online.lochgilphead fancy dress fund raiser

Mid Argyll women drive ‘playlist’ campaign

maggie mclaren and sue macdougallTwo Mid Argyll women are driving a campaign to roll out a new form of musical therapy after they  discovered a passion for it during a bus journey to Glasgow.

Sue MacDougall, of the Lochgilphead Resource Centre and Maggie McLaren, of Dochas Centre, have been working to introduce Playlist for Life across Mid  Argyll, Kintyre and the islands.

Read more about their venture in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015, also available online.

All change at Lochgilphead community council

lochgilphead community councilLochgilphead Community Council has new officials after Bob Millar and others stepped down after three years.

Find out who the councillors are now in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015, also available online,


Sneak thief takes charity box

Maggie's centre cash box stolenCafé managers are warning other shops to look out for thieves after their charity box was stolen.

May Davidson and Fiona Moore, who co-manage Café 35 on Argyll Street in Lochgilphead were targeted by a thief who pocketed a half full Maggie’s Centre charity box.

It is thought to have gone missing from the serving counter between 12pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, March 14.

For more on this incident, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 20 2015, also available online.

Lochgilphead high students learn about smoking risks

Smoking cessation at lochgilphead highNurses marked national No Smoking Day at Lochgilphead Joint Campus by flagging up the risks of mouth cancer.

Margaret Morrison, oral health nurse, Lorraine MacIntyre, smoking cessation nurse, and Rebecca Quelch, nursery nurse, all came from Mid Argyll Hospital to make pupils aware of the dangers of smoking.

See more in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 20 2015, also available online.

Fitness craze fills Tarbert hall

clubberciseThe dance-inspired exercise class that’s all about getting fit through nightclub dance moves is now a hit Tarbert.

At its busiest, the monday evening class has had 33 eager participants working out for an hour.

Read more about the latest fitness craze in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 13 2015, also available online.

Mock inteviews test Lochgilphead high pupils

rotary interviews at Lochgilphead highA group of Rotarians have grilled Lochgilphead high school pupils in mock interviews.

Working in three teams of two, the businessmen and women subjected 64 S6 teenagers to tough question and answer sessions.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 6 2015, also available online.

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