Glenfinart Walled Garden Harvest Fair 2017

In response to ‘the harvest’ Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Harvest Fair was held a little earlier this year. Despite a very wet growing season, there was still plenty of fresh organic veg on offer both in its raw state and also in wonderful vegetable soup, preserves and even courgette cake! The orchard offered up delicious pressed apple juice and the now famous Ardentinny home baking ensured a constant stream of customers at the tea tent.

The kids had lots of fun in their own garden space and there was a mini mall of craft and other stalls to tempt the visitor, including more garden produce in the shape of fresh flowers and plants.

Time flew as The Elderly Brothers, along with their young and older guest performers, entertained the crowds with lively song and and expert accompaniment, while everyone’s contribution raised the much appreciated sum of £1310.

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Ardentinny Hall Association – Community Notice

Ardentinny Village Hall is currently managed by a group of three people.

Merle Ferguson (Secretary) 01369 810220, Agnes Harvey (Treasurer) 07802 424487 and Guy Elder.

If you would like to strengthen that group please get in touch.

Key Holders: All of the Management Group have keys to the hall. In an emergency please contact either Guy Elder or Merle Ferguson (01369 810220).

Hall Bookings All Bookings should be made directly to the Secretary (Merle Fergusson)

Keeping Updated
The Management group will use their best endeavours to update the community on any progress. Minutes of Management group meetings will be displayed on the Hall notice board.

Periodically an ‘Open Community Meeting’ will be held and the first of this has been set for :-

Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 7pm in Ardentinny Hall. All welcome.

This will provide an opportunity for anyone within the community to come along, put forward any ideas and thoughts they have and ask any questions or express any concerns etc.

For and on behalf of the Ardentinny Hall Association – 19th Sept 2017

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Community Councils – Have your say

Argyll and Bute Council are currently conducting the first phase of a consultation regarding an amended scheme for the establishment of community councils. Copies of the proposed amended scheme and associated documents can be found by clicking on the links here and emailed responses to the consultation should be sent to communitycouncils@argyllbute.gov.uk.

Alternatively they may be posted to the Community Council Liaison Officer, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT. All responses should be submitted no later than 19 October, 2017.

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Three days, three trees, three countries.

The weather finally cleared last weekend, not only for the finale of the Cowal Highland Gathering, but also for Ardentinny’s chance of getting in the record books!

Simon Penfold and Phil Dye from Gloucestershire were on a mission to climb and measure the tallest trees in Scotland, England and Wales over three consecutive days in aid of Cancer Research. Starting last Friday, and with the climbs at Dunster Estate, Somerset and Powys, Wales successfully completed, the lads headed north for Ardentinny.

The Douglas Fir at the Lairds Grave had already been measured using laser by Forestry Commission Scotland. However, for the height to be validated, the conifer would need to be measured by analogue means, i.e. a measuring tape.

Under surprisingly ideal conditions early on Sunday morning, the two tree surgeons, who operate a recreational tree climbing centre in Gloucestershire, started their ascent. With the aid of the measure, a 3 metre pole and a quadcopter, Simon and Phil completed the flawless climb in exactly two hours.

Simon said afterwards “there was quite a bit of deadwood up there, but also a good amount alive. It was a phenomenal view of the loch. It’s now the tallest tree I’ve ever climbed. The only struggle we had was getting the whisky off the tree!” He was referring to a mystery package left by previous climbers some 60 meters up! It contained three miniature bottles of Campbeltown Loch whisky with the message “Great what you are doing. Here’s some Scottish hospitality”.

Simon and Phil with their mystery Campbeltown Loch whisky

Charitable donations in support of Simon and Phil’s weekend climbs have already exceeded their £2000 target for Cancer Research. If you would also like to contribute, click here for their Just Giving page.

So, can Ardentinny claim to have the tallest tree in Scotland, UK or Europe? Watch the video and find out!

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Glenfinart Walled Garden at Kirn Gala

The sun shone last Wednesday evening for the annual Kirn Gala. Glenfinart Walled Garden’s team of Lynn, David and Phyllis were in attendance selling the garden’s organic vegetables, herbs and beautiful bunches of freshly picked flowers. The event raised over £136.

Don’t forget the next big event at Glenfinart Walled Garden – The Harvest Fair on Sunday 17 September. More details soon!

 

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The Ardentinny is recruiting!

Part-time and Weekend Staff wanted

We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic and hard working person to join our small team at The Ardentinny Bar and Restaurant (formerly The Ardentinny Hotel). Experience preferred but not essential. For more details please contact Aileen and Eduardo on 01369 810126 or pop in with your CV. The only day we’re closed is Tuesday.
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Ardentinny charity climb to establish Europe record

Ardentinny may be home to the UK’s tallest tree and Europe’s tallest conifer, something which could be officially confirmed later this month by arboriculturalists and charity tree climbers Phyl Dye and Simon Penfold, when they scale and measure the suspect Douglas fir near the Laird’s grave in Ardentinny.

On the last weekend of August, Phyl from Wotton-under-edge and Simon from Malmesbury plan to climb the tallest trees in England, Wales and Scotland over a challenging three day period in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The first climb on Friday the 25th will be a Douglas fir in Dunster Estate, England which measured 60.05 metres in 2009; the second will be in Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, thought to be around 60.62 metres; and their final challenge will be in Ardentinny on the Sunday, hoping to confirm the laser measurement of 68 metres when they will accurately measure it by tape during their climb.

Through this taxing endeavour, they hope to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research. If you would like to help them achieve or indeed supersede that goal, you can chip in on their Just Giving page.

You can also follow their progress on their Twitter page,  Instagram and we’ll have live updates at Ardentinny.org and on our Facebook page.

Main photo courtesy Liz Owen.

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Bubbles and Bubbly at the Big Picnic

Sunday’s Big Picnic at Glenfinart Walled Garden was another resounding success.

What began as a one-off a couple of years ago, having proved so popular, Ardentinny Community Trust has since made it an annual event. This year the Trust provided a free bus from and back to Dunoon, picking up along the regular 489 route.

Families and groups of all ages came along with their picnics and enjoyed the additional goodies and refreshments on offer. Many sang along and danced to the live music, provided by The Elderly Brothers and their guest singers and the children found plenty to amuse them in the kids’ garden while the adults relaxed in the orchard and sensory garden.

Trust funds were augmented by donations at the plant and flower stall and Kilmun surgery hosted a stall which raised £100.This was part of a reciprocal arrangement whereby the Trust’s stall at the Riverbank Surgery’s Saturday event in the Uig Hall raised £140 for the Walled Garden.

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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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