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.

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.

Lifelike child posters slowing down traffic

road safety Mid ArgyllChildren in Argyll are helping to slow traffic down at their schools.

A life-like figure of a young child wearing a reflective vest and holding a sign asking drivers to slow down as they pass a school  is proving to be effective.

Find out more about the initiative in the Argyllshire Advertiser, January 30 2015, also available online from the same date.

Icy paths and road an ‘accident waiting to happen’



‘An accident waiting to happen’ is how one mum described an icy path and road near to Ardrishaig primary school.

Mother-of-two Lisa Bradley was horrified when a van slid down a road onto a path that children 20 minutes later would have been walking on.

Read her story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, January 23, also online from the same date.

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

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

Hockey is least-played sport at Lochgilphead school

midargyllsportcentresmDespite Argyll and Bute Council insisting on laying ‘Tiger Turf’ to accommodate the playing of hockey at Lochgilphead Joint Campus, rather than the community’s perferred option of 60mm 3G to allow contact rugby to be played, figures show that after-school hockey is one the least-played sports on the pitch.

See the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 1 2014 and on line at

Pre-school commonwealth games in Mid Argyll

mid argyll toddler gamesYoungsters in Mid Argyll were put through their paces last week as they took part in an event to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.

Children from pre-school units across Mid Argyll took part in a Mini Commonwealth Games while basking in the sunshine at Lochgilphead Joint Campus.

See more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser – also available on line at

JoLoMo pledges support for Glasgow School of Art

JOLOMOMid Argyll artist John Lowrie Morrison will give a percentage of the profits from forthcoming exhibitions to help restore the Glasgow School of Art after it was ravished by a fire.

John, who paints as Jolomo, was a student at the art university for five years and he has outlined a plan to offer financial help to the Mackintosh building fire fund.

Found out more about John’s plans in the Argyllshire Advertiser, June 27 2014 – also on line at

Lochgilphead school nears capacity

argyll-and-bute-logoThere will always be space for children at Lochgilphead Primary School and High School despite the joint campus almost reaching capacity, Argyll and Bute Council has said.

Read the full story in this week’s Argyllshire Advertiser, also available on line at

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