News from the districts – week 20

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Dunoon

A new grant programme is seeking applications from shop owners in Dunoon who would like to repair or renew their shopfronts.

Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a grant programme focusing on the regeneration of historical buildings and is jointly funded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Argyll and Bute Council.

Grants of up to 80 per cent are available for owners of shops in the town’s Argyll Street.

The deadline for applications is Friday June 1. The grants will come from the overall Dunoon CARS budget of £1.25million.

Councillor Aileen Morton, council leader and policy lead for economic development, said: ‘The CARS scheme was set up with a number of key aims, including to strengthen and enhance the character of Argyll Street and upgrade key properties along its length. It offers shop owners the chance to refresh or transform their stores and bring about real change for this historic street.

‘I would urge shop owners to get their expressions of interest in before the deadline and I look forward to seeing the results of these grants and the positive effect this will have on Dunoon town centre.’

Expressions of interest can be made by contacting Dunoon CARS Project Officer, Feargal de Buiteléir, on 01546 604549 or via email on Feargal.De_Buiteleir@argyll- bute.gov.uk.

For more information and a map showing eligible properties available, visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/dunoon- cars/grants.

Dalintober

Sporting pupils go for gold

Children from Dalintober Primary School have received a much sought-after Gold School Sport Award from sportscotland.

Pupils have been taking part in a wide range of sports clubs and activities over the last few months in a bid to gain the special award.

Some of the clubs children took part in included badminton, volleyball, football, dance, powerhoop and jogging.

A young leaders multi sports club and a virtual games breakfast club was also established.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘This is a great achievement and one which the pupils and teachers should be very, very proud of.

‘The sportscotland awards are a great way to get young people active and encourage them to take part in more physical activity. Children are put at the forefront of the decision making and plan sport in their school, with many of Dalintober’s clubs organised and run by the pupils themselves.

‘Physical activity is extremely important for our young people. Not only does it promote balanced mental and physical growth, but it teaches children with important life skills such as leadership and teamwork. Well done Dalintober Primary.’

The award was presented to pupils by Lorna Jackson from sportscotland at a special ceremony in the school last week.

Former pupils, Ryan Shields and Calum Ellis were also invited to attend the ceremony after being instrumental towards the school gaining the award.

Glenbarr

A cream tea will be held in Glenbarr Hall on Sunday May 20 from 2pm to 4pm to raise money for the RNLI.

There will be delicious home baking on offer as well as RNLI sovenirs and sales tables.

A quiz will also take place on the day, with sheets on each table.

Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 16s. All welcome.

Inveraray

There will be a car boot sale held in Inveraray on Sunday May 20 from 11am to 3pm near the shinty pitch in aid of First Aid 4 Gambia.

The event costs £10 per pitch, with stall holders asked to begin setting up at 10am and bring their own tables. To book a place, email firstaid4gambia@gmail.com or ring Bill Nelson on 07833 925126.

Entry for the public is free.