Spirits raised at Loch Long disarmament camp

PS Waverley passes the disarmament camp today

Buoyed by the UN’s approval of a Treaty to ban nuclear weapons agreed by 122 countries on 7 July 2017, Trident Ploughshares has begun its 9-day Coulport Disarmament Camp in a celebratory mood.

With a commitment ‘to persuade the UK government to uphold the now very clear international demand to dismantle Trident’ (Jane Tallents), participants at the Ardpeaton Camp across Loch Long, will be taking part in workshops; vigils; and actions calling on the UK to sign the new treaty.

Protestors block Coulport road (Photo courtesy Trident Ploughshares/ICAN)

In a peaceful demonstration today (Tuesday), five people were arrested including 79-year-old Brian Quail, a retired teacher, after blocking the road to the Coulport facility.

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Welcome return of village inn

Opening Hours
Weekdays:
Open 12-3pm and 5pm till late
Food served 12.30-2.30pm and 6pm – 8.30pm

Weekends:
Open 12.30pm.
Food served (Saturday) 12.30-2.30pm. (Sunday) 12.30pm-6pm.

The historic Ardentinny Hotel re-opens this weekend under a new guise.

Renamed The Ardentinny. The popular hostelry, dating back to the seventeen hundreds, has been closed for a number of years.

The hotel circa 1900

In May 2014 the roof of the building was badly damaged by fire caused by a lightning strike which delayed its renovation.

The Ardentinny, which opens today (Friday 30 June) at 5pm, will provide a welcome new venue at the centre of the village. Telephone number is 01369 810126.

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Village Hall on brink saved at eleventh hour

The prospect of Ardentinny’s 111 year old village hall being closed and sold off was averted last night at a well attended public meeting.

Outgoing Hall Association Trustee, Jo Carr, read aloud a letter from Hunters Quay resident Agnes Harvey in which she expressed her regret at being unable to attend the meeting but volunteered to work with anyone or indeed to assume sole responsibility for ensuring that the hall in Ardentinny remained a village asset.

It was explained that the Hall Association’s constitution required two further volunteers to come forward in order to make that possible. Local residents Guy Elder and Merle Ferguson stepped up to the plate thus ensuring the continuance of the Village Hall Association as a Charitable Trust.

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Dementia Awareness Week Celebrations at Glenfinart Walled Garden

On Thursday 1st June the Cowal Befrienders’ Group visited the garden as part of the celebrations for Dementia Awareness Week. Over 25 members and volunteers attended and, despite the rain, a lovely afternoon was had by all. So much so, that they wish to make a return visit and encourage other family members to become involved.

There were lots of activities that everyone enjoyed, including planting of lavender bushes, with tied and named purple ribbons to mark Dementia Awareness and GO Purple, and a lively ‘sing along’ started by Beth, who was quite a well known singer, having connections to the young BeeGees! This, of course, was accompanied by copious amounts of tea and delicious cakes! News of the visit travelled fast, even as far as the Alzheimer Conference Scotland in Edinburgh.

This visit was the first to showcase the garden’s newly levelled easy access road, with parking for the less able. These works were only made possible by grants from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ and Argyll and Bute Council, for which we are very grateful. The trustees and volunteers of Glenfinart Walled Garden are proud of the fact that the garden is now truly accessible to all.

Our beautiful sensory garden, tranquil orchard, poly-tunnel nursery, children’s garden and vegetable garden provide the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon!

We are officially open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4.30pm….. but if the gate is open you are most welcome!

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Beechgrove Event and Open Garden 23rd – 25th June

Ardentinny Community Trust is pleased to present a wonderful range of weekend events for fans of both the BBC’s long running ‘Beechgrove Programmme’, Ardentinny Walled Garden and Andy McClintock’s amazing garden in Strone.

Events commence on Friday 23rd June, at Younger Memorial Hall at Kilmun, open 7p.m. for 7.30pm, with a showing of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden programme featuring the creation of the Sensory Garden in 2013 and selected gardens in Ardentinny and along the Shore.

This is followed by a light buffet, raffle and music. There will be a bar throughout.

This great night out has a nominal fee of only £5, tickets are available now from Ardentinny Walled Garden, at the Blairmore Hub on 15th June, or on the night.
Proceeds will benefit the Ardentinny Walled Garden, the Younger Memorial Hall and Ardentinny Bowling Club, who are providing the bar.

Our events continue, with the Walled Garden being open as usual on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th from 1.00pm until 4.30pm. Come along and see how our Sensory Garden has grown and matured, since planting commenced in 2013. Bring a picnic and relax in the peaceful surroundings or take away some of the lovely home grown plants, in exchange for a donation. Entrance is Free.

Our final event of the weekend is the kind offering from Andy McClintock to open his beautiful and magical garden on Sunday 25th June, from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at Strone.
for a donation the Walled Garden.

We hope to see you there!

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Ardentinny hydro scheme comes on stream

The Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART), Dougie Menzies, has confirmed that the Hydro Scheme at Baron Turner is now up and running with both turbines operating and connection to the grid finalised. He reported that the company Hydrover says the initial costs should be paid off in five years and the scheme’s lifespan is expected to be 25 years.

ART is now registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR (registered no. SCO47215) with its main purpose being  ‘to advance the protection of the environment through the promotion and sustainable production of energy from renewable sources….. and to support rural regeneration in the Ardentinny Community Council geographical area through the management  and distribution of funds accruing from the production of renewable energy for community benefit.

 

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Easter Fun Day 2017

Despite gloomy conditions, Ardentinny Community Trust’s first Easter Fun Day at Glenfinart Walled Garden was a great success with lots to do including an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, Easter bonnet parade, egg and spoon race, flower pot ping-pong, coconut shy and as usual a superb selection of home baking.

Not to be left out on the fun, the mums and dads had their own hilarious egg and spoon races (see videos below).

The Easter Bonnet parade was judged by a local journalist with Kaitlin Woodside’s creation being declared the winner.

Sculptor Andy McClintock was demonstrating his unique art and also had on display exotic sculptures created by school children.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the day and helped make the event such a success and especially our wonderful bakers!  The Trust would also like to thank all the local companies who contributed to the Easter hamper raffle prize.

Kaitlin Woodside winner of the Easter Bonnets competition

 

A superb selection of home-baking was on sale including empire biscuits to die for!

On the coconut shy

 

Getting ready for the egg and spoon race

Medals all round

The ladies prepare for the egg race

… and the winner is..

Live promotion of the excellent fare on offer

Sculptor Andy McLintock demonstrates his art with young assistant

A young visitor gets some useful advice from Gardener Simon

“All my own work”. Sofia displays her egg art.

The Easter Bonnets were out in force


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Community Trust Newsletter March 2017

Read the latest Ardentinny Community Trust Newsletter here (PDF)

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“No current plans to increase routine MOD police patrols”

Following media reports regarding Ministry of Defence police officers to begin patrolling civilian areas of Argyll, published last month in the Herald newspaper and Dunoon Observer, Val Kennedy, Ardentinny Community Council’s representative on the Clyde Local Liaison Committee contacted the MOD for clarification.  

At last week’s Community Council meeting Val reported that some members of the Ardentinny community were concerned by the press reports. “I asked Coulport if we could have a statement which explains to us what their side of the story is because there was some suggestion by the people who came to me that there was information about increasing armed patrols and they were disturbed about this.” The MOD statement received by the Community Council is as follows:

“Ministry of Defence (MOD) police officers have historically routinely undertaken external patrols in the vicinity of HM Naval Base Clyde, which includes the Royal Naval Arms Depot at Coulport. The extent of MOD police patrol activities is covered by an agreement with Police Scotland. Responsibility for the maintenance and enforcement of the law in Scotland rests with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland. There has been no increase to routine MOD police patrols outside the two establishments during the last 24 months, although the MOD keeps security at all of its establishments under review and there are no current plans to expand these external patrols. Any proposals to increase external MOD police patrols would be agreed with Police Scotland.” 

Aiden Doherty, Head of Outdoor Education at Ardentinny Outdoor Centre told the Community Council that, at a meeting with the MOD late last year, the MOD had asked for permission to use the Centre’s slipway, to which they had agreed. 

On Monday 13 February two MOD police officers who had earlier disembarked from an MOD Police ‘RIB’ were seen on foot on the main Ardentinny road near Ardentinny Church.  

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara on 12 January, 2017 tabled a total of 21 questions at Westminster on the increased role of the Ministry of Defence Police within local civilian areas in and around Helensburgh and Lomond.

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Garden dazzles in Dunoon

img_0128-2As has become customary, Glenfinart Walled Garden took a stall at the annual Dunoon Dazzle event again this year. There was marmalade, pickles, chutneys, home baking and knitting on sale together with a busy raffle. Just over £350 was raised so a big thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to this.

Anna Williamson.

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