Community Trust at Fyne Food Fair

Ardentinny Community Trust display at the Loch Fyne event.

Ardentinny Community Trust (ACT) is grateful to Virginia Sumsion, Marketing and Events manager, Loch Fyne Oysters, for the opportunity on 19th and 20th May to present an information stall at Fyne Food Fair and sell raffle tickets in aid of the restoration of Glenfinart Walled Garden. It was a very fine event indeed with great food and craft stalls and the interest and enthusiam from the crowds for the Garden project was much appreciated.
The raffle will be drawn this Friday, 1st June, at Ardentinny Village Hall, Soup’n’Sandwiches. Good luck and thanks to those who contributed the marvellous prizes.
Merle Ferguson


People and Produce

The Ardentinny Village Hall was thriving with people and produce, Sat 5th May 2012. They came together for a day of celebration and consultation following the recent purchase of the Glenfinart Walled Garden by the Ardentinny Community Trust, on behalf of the community. As well as locals, the event attracted people from across Cowal including Mike Russell MSP who has been a long term supporter of the project.
Tours of the garden were provided, along with an impressive selection of cakes, made by Anne Morrison, and other refreshments.

Information stalls and resources relating to community gardens and projects provided an inspiring backdrop for discussions about the potential of the historic space as a community asset. Further information about initial plans to develop the garden, through the clearance of a section of the site and the installation of a shed and polytunnel were displayed and Project Officer Hannah Clinch gave a presentation about the garden’s progress to date and some insights into other ‘West Coast’ garden projects.

Dennis Gower, ACT convener raised his glass in celebration of this fantastic achievement for and by the community. Thanks to everyone to date who has made the purchase of the garden possible and please continue to contribute your ideas. More information will follow on new volunteer opportunities in the garden over the summer.

Hannah Clinch.


20 years on. Are we still feeling the pain?

2012 is the 20th anniversary of the construction of the concrete jetty at Coulport and its associated infrastructure. According to this article in the Herald newspaper in September 1992 villagers’ views on the development were decidedly mixed. Have attitudes changed in 2012?


Argyll & Bute Council Elections 2012 – Cowal Ward 6 results

1. Gordon Blair (SNP)

2. Bruce Marshall (Ind)

3. Alex McNaughton (Ind)

First preference votes received for each candidate:

William Gordon Blair (SNP) 570
Alex McNaughton (Ind) 543
Bruce Marshall (Ind) 375
Ron Simon (SNP) 353
Lewis MacDonald (Con) 343
Stephen Johnston (Ind) 282
Chris Talbot (Ind) 169
Russell Weir (Ind) 151
Chris Lambert (Ind) 126

Turnout was 49.86%.
40 rejected papers.