CELEBRATING one year as the official owners of Kilfinan Forest,the people of Tighnabruaich hosted a ‘tree to table’event,offering visitors an insight into the valuable resource the forest provides for the local community. Sharing their vision for the future of the forest,which sits at the heart of the Cowal village,forest volunteers held demonstrations of milling and firewood processing and showed off the produce from the newly opened forest allotments. Opening the community allotments Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell,praised Kilfinan Community Forest Company for its commitment to a ‘green’projects and the needs of the community.
WATER was in plentiful supply as torrential rain fell on revellers gathered to celebrate the Crinan Canal Water Festival on Sunday July 31 2011 Despite the downpour dozens of families,visitors and tourists descended on the canal banks to take part in the event,held for the second time at the weekend. Organised by the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance in partnership with British Waterways Scotland,the event featured a wealth of games and activities including canoeing,sailing,boat building competitions and the ever-popular Dalriada boat challenge. A host of local food producers kept the festivalgoers warm with hot soup,burgers and butties.
Tarbert Seafood Festival has been hailed a resounding success by all who attended the event,the first weekend of July,2011. With the sun splitting the sky over two days,people of all ages enjoyed a host of events including;the annual parade,cookery demonstrations,face-painting,musical displays,Highland dancing,and much more.
Crinan was a hive activity as the annual Crinan Classic Boat Festival took place. The event,now in its fifth year,began on June 30 and finished on Sunday,July 3,2011. An informal celebration of wooden sail,motor,fishing and rowing boats,the festival catered for all the family. With a family ceilidh,mini highland games and free trips on the Vic 32,people poured into Crinan to enjoy the hospitality and great weather.
Dozens of pupils at Lochgilphead High School were recognised for their academic and sporting achievements at the school’s annual prize giving ceremony. Parents,friends and community representatives joined students and staff to mark the end of the 2011 academic school year.