Budding talent shines in Oban

A delighted Feorlin Renton with her Argyll and Bute Council trophy

A delighted Feorlin Renton with her Argyll and Bute Council trophy

MID Argyll was well represented at the Oban Provincial Mod, with children bringing home plenty of silverware.

Feorlin Renton from Inveraray grabbed the headlines, winning the Argyll and Bute Council Cup for coming first for singing in the 7 and 8 age category.

There were first prizes, too, for Molly Blyth of Inveraray in the 11 and 12 girls’ category and Kilmartin’s Angus MacLean in the boys’ category for the same age group. Abbie Williams won the former pendant winners’ own choice category

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Mid Argyll musical society extends stage call

mid argyll musical society

A stage call has gone out for performers who want to strut their stuff in Mid Argyll.

Anyone who enjoys  musical theatre, socialising and fun should head for the Mid Argyll Musical Society (MAMSoc) welcome evening at Lochgilphead Parish Church Hall today (Friday May 22) at 7pm.

For more details about the society, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 22 2015, also available online.

Swim-runners take on Mid Argyll lochs

swimrun tayvallich

Fourteen runners in wetsuits ran four miles in Tayvallich  on Saturday May 16 2015 before swimming across two lochs.

Knapdale’s inaugural ‘swimrun’ was based on the Swedish event ‘Ötillö’ which is a unique swimrun between islands in the Stockholm archipelago.

See the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 22 2015. Also available online.

Mid Argyll addiction service contract process criticised

drug adddiction services

The manager of an addiction support service in Mid Argyll has spoken out about the award of a £1.25 million council contract that put him out of a job.

Peter Garrett of Ardrishaig’s Encompass was the manager of the alcohol and addiction support service for nine years.

For more on this story, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 15 2015, also available online.

Argyll MALI charity changes name as its work expands


The Argyll-based charity Mthunzi and Lilanda Initiative (MALI) is celebrating a change in both name and status as it moves into a new phase of its work in Zambia.

MALI has changed its status from Scottish Charity Regulator to Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) because its work is growing.

It was formerly known as MALI and will now be known as ZamScotEd.

Read more about what the change means and the charity’s lastest work in Zambia in the Argyllshire Advertiser

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Inveraray’s Easter bunny runners

easter bunny runners inveraray

Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits of athletes running a road event.

Twenty three rather damp Easter bunnies completed personal challenges ranging from 5km to 20km along a forest and loch side route in Kenmore, near Inveraray. Members of three different jogscotland groups,  Ormsary, Inveraray and Mid Argyll, plus guest runner Edna Ferguson from Arrochar, chose their own  distance from 5km,10km, 15km or 20 km.

To see more details and photos, get the Argyllshire Advertiser

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Lochgilphead hosts first jobs fair

jobs fair Lochgilphead

The number of people out of work in Argyll and Bute has fallen by 33 per cent in the past year.

The figure was revealed by a job centre manager at Lochgilphead’s first ever jobs fair, which aimed to match
potential employers with jobseekers.

For more photos and details about the jobs fair, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 3 2015, also available online.

Perfect performances at Mid Argyll music fest

Mid Argyll Musical Festival Ardrishaig

The Mid Argyll Music Festival had the highest  number of entries for five years this year and adjudicators had high praise for the standard of entries too.

See more photos and results in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 27 2015 – also available online from the same date.

Mid Argll junior athlete smashes record

Jilly Lefebvre Mid Argyll sports hall

Athlete Jilly Lefebvre ran a blistering under-11s four lap race shattering the Argyll age record at Oban on March 21 2015.

At the Sports Hall Athletics Argyll Final, Jilly, the under-11 champion, recorded 54.5 seconds, which is almost three seconds faster than the previous mark of 57.3 seconds.

For a full round-up of the athletics finals see the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 27 2015, and also online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Flying start to Mid Argyll Music Festival

Mid Argyll Musical festival verse speaking

Mid Argyll Music Festival got off to a lively start with poetry competitions at the beginning of the week.

Large audience numbers enjoyed performances from dozens of children throughout the day.

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

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