News from the districts – week 22

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Tarbert and Skipness

Time short to apply for grants

There is just a week left to apply for community benefit grants from Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust.

The trust has a stake in the Srondoire Wind Farm and has another arrangement with Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, owners of the Freasdale Wind Farm, both of which will provide community income.

Application forms can be found at to be returned to or to Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust, William Duncan and Co, Barmore Road, Tarbert, PA29 6TW.

The closing date for applications is Friday June 8, 2018.


Hall on track for summer opening

A £12million project to transform the historic Queen’s Hall in Dunoon is on track to host its first public event.

A concert by ABBA Mania on July 28 will be the first public event at the venue since it closed for refurbishment in 2015, followed by a sold-out performance by The Proclaimers on Friday August 3.

The work is part of the £30million ‘CHORD’ programme to assist regeneration and economic development of five waterfront towns – Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.

Owners of the Loch Melfort Hotel, Rachel and Calum Ross.

Staff are hotel stars

The Loch Melfort Hotel has been awarded four stars by VisitScotland

The hotel was recognised by the tourism agency as ‘a well-managed and well-presented property where all guests are assured of a warm west coast welcome and comfortable stay’.

Owners Calum and Rachel Ross, said: ‘This would not have been possible without the hard-work, passion and dedication of our team, who we would like to say a big thank you to. We strive to continually provide an excellent and memorable experience for our guests.’

Scouts had an enjoyable time helping out with the archaeological dig.

Scouting for finds

Scouts from the 14th Midlothian Bonnyrigg Scout Group held a recent work camp at Auchindrain Township museum. The scouts were working on a project to excavate the remains of a long-ruined 19th-century building, getting a flavour of lives of the people of the township in the past.

Aside from finding and clearing an old cobbled floor, plenty of glass, china, metal and leather was found, washed and sorted.

Among the finds was a nice, nearly-complete blue glass ‘poison’ bottle marked ‘not to be taken’, an ink jar, and some pieces of Scottish-made ‘spongewear’ china.


The scouts lay out the various finds from the Auchindrain site. no_a22AuchindrainFinds01


Owners of the Loch Melfort Hotel, Rachel and Calum Ross. no_a22CalumRachelRoss01