Democratic Rights Denied?

At the October Ardentinny Community Council (CC) meeting, a member of the community asked the CC why the notices he posted on the community notice board which said ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ had been removed. With reference to the Community Council’s decision to remove similar notices which carried the 38 degrees logo, he assured the CC that his notices only carried the welcome message; that he knew nothing about 38 degrees; nor was he a member of any political party and he asserted that his democratic rights had been denied.

Some community council members admitted that they had removed the 38 degrees notices, as agreed with the Convener, but denied removing others. Other community councillors expressed their disappointment at the decision to remove any of the posters expressing solidarity with those who have lost everything, making the point that there is a difference between political and party political, and they wished to distance themselves from the majority members who had agreed with the decision to remove the 38 degrees posters.

The complainant left the meeting stating that he was unconvinced that his posters were not removed by members of the CC and maintaining his assertion that his democratic rights had been denied.


Ardentinny Renewables Trust – project update

At the October Community Council meeting, Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART), Dougie Menzies, reported that a planning application has been submitted to the National Park and SEPA for two renewable energy projects and that SEPA says it could take up to 4 months for a response. Apparently some of the pipes will need to be above ground and therefore covered with hessian and moss.

Hydrover, the development company, had quoted a potential income to the village of £8000 per annum for the two sites. However, that was prior to a 40% cut in the Feed In Tariff by the UK Government which will have a knock-on effect on income to the community. However, it was still considered to be a worthwhile project.


Changes to Ardentinny Community Council

At Ardentinny Community Council’s AGM earlier this month a new committee was formed. Val Kennedy resigned as Convener after “at least 10 years” in the post and was replaced by Roy Harrison. Marian Norris remains as Vice Convener, as does Malcolm Bartley as Treasurer. Eileen Connell was elected Secretary. Non-office bearers are existing community councillors: Dennis Gower, Val Kennedy and Bill Williamson. Neil Robinson fills a vacancy, having been appointed uncontested in the recent By-Election.


Harvest Fair welcomes the visitors

P1010881-1What has now become an annual event, last weekend’s Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Harvest Fair celebrated another year of garden produce and progress.

The garden’s resident horticulturalist/gardener Franziska Schmidt and her amazing groups of volunteers excelled themselves in what has been a difficult year, weather-wise, for all local gardens.

Delicious apple juice was pressed from the orchard’s apples and soup from the vegetable garden provided warm and welcome sustenance.

The ubiquitous tea tent show-cased local baking skills and a variety of stalls provided additional interest.

There was also plenty for the kids from story-telling and jousting with the Green Knights to decorating their pots with Potter Bill.

Live music kept everyone upbeat and a very successful day culminated in raising approximately £1500.

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Popup ‘SolidarityStudio’ promotes #RefugeesWelcome

IMG_0345As part of Amnesty International’s Refugees Welcome campaign, created a popup ‘#SolidarityStudio’ at Saturday’s Glenfinart Walled Garden Harvest Fair.

In support of the #RefugeesWelcome message, a steady stream of visitors were photographed with a background of refugee images kindly provided by photographers @BartVanEijden and @Xandra_Photo. Each was presented with a complimentary souvenir print. The images were also shared to social media via Twitter and Facebook.

Visitors also generously donated to Amnesty International (£41.65) and Scottish charity Glasgow Asylum Destitution Action Network (GLADAN) (£41.81).


The following is a selection of the images. Click photo to enlarge.

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