Strictly cheques support young Mid Argyll people

Argyll and Bute BefriendersVulnerable children in Mid Argyll will be benefit from money raised from Strictly Lochgilphead.

Befrienders is an Argyll and Bute charity that offers support to youngsters who are in need of a trusted friend.

See more in the Argyllshire Advertiser, January 23 2015, also online from the same date.

Campaign launched to change Saltire policy

Lochgilphead saltire flagLochgilphead Community Council has launched a campaign in a bid to push Argyll and Bute council to amend its flag-flying policy.

The group is keen to have the Saltire flag flown by default, meaning that it would fly at the war memorial every day of the year, other thn on significant days like HM the Queen’s birthday.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 19 2014. Also online at

Police enforce new drink-drive law

lochgilphead road checksPolice were out in Lochgilphead last Friday morning to enforce the new drink-drive limit and carry out vehicle safety checks.

PC Cameron Brownlee and PC Fiona Kirk, road traffic officers based in Mid Argyll, were stopping drivers at the Corran roundabout to enforce the new law, whilst reminding motorists to make sure their cars are fit for the road.

Read more in the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 19 2014, also available online at

Strictly Lochgilphead is strictly a sell-out

Lochgilphead strictly come dancingStrictly Lochgilphead 2014 went down a storm on December 6 and resulted in Scott ‘snake hips’ MacDonald and Alison Whitefield taking the trophies home.

Six couples spent eight weeks training in the lead up to the event, which was inspired by the BBC’s glitzy Strictly Come Dancing.

See more photos and read more about the sell-out event in the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 12 2014. Also online at

Family support spurs on beauty queen

Shellby Galbraith LochgilpheadAn aspiring beauty queen from Mid Argyll, who landed a place in the final of Miss Great Britain said she could not have done it without her family’s support.

Shellby Galbraith, 19, from Lochgilphead become one of 50 finalsts when she competed in the competition in Leicester.

Read more about Shellby in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 29 2014, also online at

Graham hangs up Lochgilphead Soccer Centre chairman’s cap

Graham Whitefield Lochgilphead Soccer CentreThe man who helped put Lochgilphead Soccer Centre on the map of footballing excellence has hung up his football boots and chairman’s cap.

Graham Whitefield has headed up the sports charity for fours years, following an eight-year stint as the centre’s secretary.

See the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 28 2014 for more. Also available online from the same date at

Lochgilpead school pulls in the pounds for Pudsey

dinner ladies lochgilphead high pudsey cinPupils of Lochgilphead High School pulled out all the stops for this year’s Children in Need (CiN) fundraiser.

By putting on musical performances and dressing a teacher up in drag, the school has managed to exceed last year’s record and raised £1,850 in aid of the charity.

See more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 22 2014, also online at

Further delay in new Lochgilphead mental health hospital build

NHS Highland LogoCONSTRUCTION of the proposed new mental health hospital in Lochgilphead has been delayed for a fourth time, as health chiefs say it will be late 2017 before the specialist unit opens.

NHS Highland has confirmed the 22-bed inpatient hospital, designed to replace Argyll and Bute Hospital, is scheduled to open almost five years later than initially

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 21 2014. Also available online at

Mid Argyll remembers the fallen

lochgilphead remembersPeople of Mid Argyll came out in force to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday and in particular remember the centenary of World War One as organisations, individuals and civic representatives laid poppy wreaths at memorials.

See more photos from remembrance services around Mid Argyll in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 14 2014, also online at

Lochgilphead to get its own regeneration project

dick walshA scheme that would help regenerate Lochgilphead is in the early stages of being developed, the leader of  Argyll and Bute council has said.

Speaking at the population summit in Dunoon on October 30, councillor Dick Walsh said an initiative similar to the CHORD project is being devised for Mid Argyll’s main town.

The CHORD project has seen millions invested in infrastructure to boost business and attract tourists to Argyll’s main seaside towns including Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon; Lochgilphead was the only major town not included in the original proposal devised in 2010.

For all the details see the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 7 2014, also online at

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