Has Frankie gone to Hollywood?

What’s happened to Frankie Boy?   This hi-viz vest has adorned a tree on the Ardentinny to Blairmore road for the past few days. Could it be that Frankie’s done a Reggie Perrin in nearby Loch Long?


Unrepeatable view?

10:19:55 A beautiful Sunday morning brings the bluebells to life near the site of the proposed housing development at Lochview.


Waverley berths at Campbeltown

A rare visit to Campeltown for the Waverley enroute to Oban. Webcam photo courtesy VisitKintyre.info. She’ll be back cruising Loch Long from June 30.  More details here.

You can view past pics of the week in the photo gallery.


Ardentinny Community Council Meeting 1 June

The regular Community Council meeting will take place in Ardentinny’s Glenfinart Hall at 7.30pm. on Tuesday 1 June.  The agenda is as follows:

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Declaration of Interest

4. Minutes from meeting held 6 April, 20106.

5. Matter arising from minutes

6. Police Report

7. Secretary’s Report

8. Treasurer’s Report

9. Councillor’s Report

10. Joining of local communities in activities/projects

11. Animal Act (1987) Scotland

12. Update from Proposed Housing Development Working Group

13. Update from Walled Garden Working Group

14. All other community business

All residents are most welcome to attend.


HMS Brocklesby enters Ardentinny waters

HMS Brocklesby off Ardentinny this week. More images here.


Hall Committee minutes 17/5/10

Minutes of Village Hall Committee meeting held on 17 May, 2010 (pdf 52kb).


Dunoon Observer confirms MoD responsible for lost ammo

The leading article in this weeks Dunoon Observer has thrown a bit more light on the ammunition found near Ardentinny last week. Local politicians are also seeking an investigation into how the 120 blank cartridges came to be left on the Ardentinny to Carrick Castle path. Read the full story here (pdf 421kb). Dunoon Observer.


New Village Hall Committee Appointed

At the EGM held in the hall on 11 May 2010, a new committee of seven members was elected with Margaret Emmett as Chair; Pauline Gordon – Treasurer; Marian Norris – Minute Secretary and Vicky Fairley – correspondence secretary. Jo Wilkinson, Margaret Greenhalgh and Jimmy Gordon complete the committee.

It was also proposed and agreed by all that the financial year be changed to run from January 1st to December, 31st.


It’s time to get ready for the Ardentinny Flower & Craft Show 2010

It’s time again to raise your radishes and pamper your peppers for Ardentinny’s Flower & Craft Show.  This very popular annual event takes place on Saturday August 21 in the Village Hall.

  • Produce Display
  • Village Tub Competition
  • Raffle (1st. Prize £50)
  • Tombola
  • Auction
  • Presentation of trophies & lots more!

Admission is £1.50  (including tea/coffee). Children under 16 are admitted free.

View last years event here.

Download the 2010 Flower Show flyer.

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Best exhibit in show – Dr. Walker’s Benmore Cup.

– Hall will open on Friday 20 August from 19:00 – 20:00 and on Saturday 21 August from 08:00 – 10:00 to place entries.

– No entries after 10:00.

– Judging will commence at 10:45 prompt.

– Labels on items must be securely attached.

– Items not for sale at end of show to be labelled as such.

– Donations for the tombola stall gratefully received.

– Each exhibitor – one entry per exhibit.

– The prize-giving will follow opening.

– All winners receive a trophy.

– Auction of produce and raffle at approx. 16:00.

– The judge’s decision is final.


Results of Walled Garden Survey

On the instructions of Ardentinny Community Council, the Walled Garden Working Group organised a village survey to ascertain whether or not the majority of the community were in favour of a community purchase of the garden. These are the results.

95 responses were received from residents on the Electoral Roll, of these, 3 were filled in by the ‘surveyor’ when given the verbal response ‘don’t know’.  As these may not count, we are going with a working total of 92 responses.

There were also 8 responses from residents who are not on the Electoral Roll.
Of the 92 ‘countable’ responses, 21 are against, with one abstention, and 70 are in favour. Therefore, there is a clear steer from residents that they would like to see the community acquire the Walled Garden.

Of the 70 in favour, 47 said they would be willing to assist in its maintenance.
Suggestions for its use are many and varied but the most popular were allotments (37) and a conservation/communal/formal garden (36), or, a combination of the two.

Other suggestions made were:
Community market garden/nursery (14)
Tennis/badminton court (12)
A park (10)
Play area (9)
Tearoom/eco tearoom (8)
Arts and Crafts workshop/exhibition space (7)

The following are shown as ‘other’ in the pie chart:
Orchard (3)
Wildlife/ conservation garden (3)
Sports facility (3)
Organic garden (3)
Putting green (3)
Cemetery (3)
Seating area (3)
Special needs provision (2)
Purchase as a private garden (2)
Small wind turbine to provide electricity (2)
Boat storage (2)
Commercial garden (2)
Teenagers/Backpackers’ adventure park (2)
Wishing Well (2)
Garden centre (2)
Memorial garden (1)
Victorian garden exhibition (1)
Craft centre (1)
Bowling (1)
Mini golf (1)
Dog training (1)
Nature trail (1)
Swimming/paddling pool (1)
Model boat pond (1)
Bicycle/skateboard park (1)
Community Service hard labour site (1)
Renovation of building by job seekers (1)
Heritage site with historical information (1)
Lease to Actual Reality for garden/biology studies (1)
Holiday adventure activities (1)
Amusement park (1)
Beechgrove Garden community project (1)
New outdoor centre (1)
Backpackers’ chalet accommodation (1)
Tourist/emergency helipcopter pad (1)
Historical preservation (1)
Vocational training (1)
Exhibition area (1)
Farmers’ markets (1)
Renewable energy via existing water aqueduct (1)
Garden of Remembrance (1)
Community project (1)
Football pitch (1)
Animal space (1)
Composting toilets to be incorporated in any development (1)

There is some obvious overlap with the above suggestions and possibly some less obvious. It would be the task of the architect/s of the Community Walled Garden Business Plan, with perhaps further consultation with ‘Friends of the Walled Garden’ once a sketch plan was designed, to try and incorporate the wishes of the community in as beneficial and viable a way possible.

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