Bus Timetables

Information related to the recent changes regarding Dunoon – Ardentinny timetables is available here.

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HMS Armadillo – 1940’s

We are grateful to Griffin Turton who has provided us with a couple of photographs related to HMS Armadillo (Glenfinart Bay). The photographs were most likely taken during the 1940’s and are from
The Beachhead Commandos by a Cecil Hampshire, published by William Kimber & Co Ltd in 1983. The last of the metal long huts shown in the photograph was demolished by Forestry Commission Scotland in 2011.

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HMS Armadillo – 1940’s.

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Glenfinart House which was used as naval HQ during second world war.

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Update on communication regarding Coulport

On enquiring, MSP Mike Russell reported that he had not yet received a reply to his letter to the Minister of Defence and would follow this up and Ardentinny Community Council Convener, Val Kennedy confirmed that she had contacted the MOD  and ‘will notify the CC and village when the meeting has been confirmed.’

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Memorial Service

A celebration of the life of Angus Sutherland.

Saturday 10 May, 2pm.
Ardentinny Church.
All Welcome.

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Eggsquisite Glenfinart Garden opens in style

Glenfinart Walled Garden looked stunning over the Easter weekend as Ardentinny Community Trust volunteers welcomed many visitors. The season opening of the garden was part of Forestry Commission Scotland’s ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ at Glenfinart Bay, Ardentinny.

Throughout the afternoon the garden was bathed in bright sunshine with families taking full advantage of the weather and the beautiful surroundings. Hundreds of daffodils and tulips lined the path into the garden which continued with beautiful swathes of yellow in the orchard.

The volunteers have worked wonders over the past few months. Despite the storms which flooded much of the garden in January, paths have been surfaced; the production beds edged; and lots of plants are now being ‘brought on’ in the polytunnel.

The innovative Children’s Garden has been transformed with lots of planting. Flower and veg beds (with headboards and duvets) have been established and a new conical ‘tipi’, made from branches, will act as a structure for growing nasturtium and other flowers. ‘Elfin Cottage’, the ever popular kids’ hideaway, proved a hit with the younger visitors who also enjoyed planting up and taking away their own sunflowers when they were not painting Easter bunnies in the cabin.

For the more senior visitor there were healthy, organic plants for sale; the most delicious home baking to take away or wash down at the tea tent; and a stroll or a seat in one of the most tranquil and attractive spots on the Cowal peninsula.

Glenfinart Walled Garden is open 7 days a week from 12.00 – 16.00hrs. Admission is free.

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National Park volunteers dig in at Walled Garden

John, Ian, Roy and Glyn get down and dirty

John, Ian, Roy and Glyn get down and dirty

Preparing for the season opening of Glenfinart Walled Garden on Monday, volunteers from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park were hard at work “doing the weeding” this past week. Thanks go to John, Ian and Roy who were assisted by resident gardener Glyn.

Also on hand was children’s garden creator, Claire and her son Finlay (11) as well as Michael, Chloe (8) and Rebecca (11) from Dunoon and Grace, who brought along Gabriella (7) to help with the weeding in the Kid’s area.,

All the volunteers were rewarded with a feast of Glenfinart Garden’s now famous, home-baking ( as sampled by the stars of Beechgrove!).. pancakes, victoria sponge, fruit loaf and Mars Bar crispies!

Thank you all.

Glenfinart Walled Garden is open from Monday 21 April, 7 days a week from 12.00 – 16.00hrs. Admission is free.

Anna and Grace.. never short of a weed or two

Anna and Grace.. never short of a weed or two

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262 safety accidents at Clyde nuclear bases as new Coulport explosives handling facility revealed

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Submarine earlier this week on Loch Long

In an article, by environment correspondent Rob Edwards in today’s Sunday Herald, the Ministry of Defence has revealed that it is planning a new conventional explosives handling facility at Coulport to deal with the growing number of nuclear submarines due to be based on the Clyde over the next few years.

In addition, a report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, has disclosed that in the five years up to August 2012, 262 nuclear safety incidents attributed to “human factors” have been reported at Clyde naval bases. 

As the residents of Ardentinny await a public meeting with MoD representatives which was demanded at the recent Community Council meeting, the Sunday Herald’s report highlights that greater communication is needed between Ardentinny and its neighbours across Loch Long.

– Sunday Herald: Nuclear safety incidents at Clyde bases ‘chilling’

– Rob Edwards: MoD report reveals over 260 safety incidents at Clyde nuclear bases

– Nuclear safety at HMNB Clyde report released by the Ministry of Defence

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Walled Garden reopens with Eggstravaganza

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Glenfinart Walled Garden reopens for the new season this Easter Monday. The garden will feature a range of activities for all the family, adding to the fun of the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Easter Eggstravaganza at Glenfinart Bay, Ardentinny. A selection of home-baking will be available as well as fun and games for the young ones in the Children’s Garden.

The garden is open 7 days a week, 12.00 – 16.00hrs until 29 September.

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Communication from Coulport

The following was posted on Ardentinny village notice board.

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Coulport Blasts: Residents demand public meeting with MoD

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At a lively Community Council meeting on Tuesday, Ardentinny residents demanded that MoD representatives attend a public meeting in the village within the next four weeks. The demands come after a week of violent explosions which emanated from nearby RNAD Coulport. Whilst the MoD later apologised to the community, villagers are unhappy with the lack of advance warning or explanation for detonating such large explosions within the nuclear base. Late last week a national newspaper reported that an MoD spokesperson described the blasts as “part of training for staff at RNAD Coulport”.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Convener Val Kennedy referred to previous Community Council discussions regarding the lack of radiation surveys undertaken recently in the waters around Ardentinny. She quoted a statement received from RNAD Coulport “Marine environmental radiation surveys are carried out around all submarine bases and the reports are put together by the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratories and are published. The SEPA website gives more data on their inspections of Coulport amongst others”.

Community Councillor Bill Williamson asked the Convener how she had received this information and was told that it was the content of an MoD email. Councillor Williamson responded that he was not aware of this information being circulated to Community Council members and requested that he receive a copy. The Councillor went on to summarise a report in a recent Herald article on a plan to discharge more radioactive waste into the Clyde.

“As someone living across from Coulport, I think this is a major topic for discussion in this community. On top of this we have these ridiculous explosions which we have all experienced during the week”. The Councillor added that, at his request, the Community Council had requested an MoD representative to attend Tuesday’s meeting. The Convener responded that the reply received from RNAD Coulport was that the notice given was too short.

Convener Kennedy said that Councillor Williamson’s request to have an MoD representative at meetings was not based on a precedent, as he had asserted. However, representatives from the Property Services Agency did attend a series of “community information and reassurance” meetings on behalf of the MoD in February 1989 during the construction of the base at Coulport. Councillor Williamson said that he still considered that there was a precedent for the MoD attending meetings and that they should be doing so on a regular basis.

Councillor Dennis Gower also drew attention to the recently reported radiation leak at the nuclear submarine test reactor at Dounreay which has taken two years to be revealed by the MoD. “With this type of concern, we should be increasing our concerns about activities at Coulport”. He continued, “There have been reports of accidents at Coulport and we do not appear to have responded to these”. The Convener replied that the Community Council had responded by email regarding the recent ‘bangs’, the lack of advance warning of ‘the exercises’ and radiation surveys.

Councillor Williamson reiterated his request to the chair that all Community Councillors should be copied in to all correspondence with the MoD. He continued that he had sent an invitation to the MoD some 18 months ago to attend a Community Council meeting. The Convener responded that Coulport had taken exception to the tone of his letter and that she had retrieved the situation and would now be the communicator or ‘conduit’ (with Coulport), Councillor Gower said that the matter of Coulport taking exception to a letter from another Councillor was of little importance compared to the leakage of radioactive waste.

Later in the meeting Councillor Williamson repeated his request that he be included in all email communication with the MoD. The Convener replied that she would pass on any emails that Coulport permitted. Some indignation at this was expressed from the floor. Argyll Councillor Gordon Blair interjected “It’s sensible to have one person deal with the MoD, and to disseminate the information you get from the MoD. I can assure you that the MoD will not send you anything that cannot be shared”.

Councillor Marshall said “that all the convener was doing was retaining contact as the conduit and if she is asked to share this information you (may) lose the conduit”. The Convener later added “They (the MoD) have said that the information which contains contact information should not be shared”. It was suggested from the floor that the information could easily be shared by redacting the contact data.

On the severity of the recent blasts a resident said that these were not bangs, but explosions. The Convener responded that “the information she had been given (by the MoD) was that it was a training exercise and they had failed to inform us, but they did apologise and promised to inform us in the future.

Another long-time Ardentinny resident said that during the construction of Coulport, the authorities used to put a notice up in the village warning residents of any blasts taking place and advising them not to swim or eat the shellfish. The resident continued “We get nothing now. We used to have a building on the edge of the beach which recorded sound, it’s no longer there”.

“As a Community Council representing our community, we would like you to ask questions of the MoD. It’s about time we had answers from them. They have been bad neighbours, we’re only asking for them to consider the facts. Sweeping it under the carpet is not going to make it go away”

Argyll & Bute Councillors Blair and Marshall offered to write to RNAD Coulport to request a public meeting with MoD representatives, however the Convener was emphatic that she would issue the invitation. Councillor Marshall also said he had already written to the Ministry of Defence asking that this does not happen again.

Related links:
SEPA consultation on nuclear waste from Faslane and Coulport 

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