Ready for the BIG day!

The stage is quite literally set for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked hard over the past weeks to bring the garden back from its winter hibernation. Special thanks also to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park volunteers who gave up their Saturday to drive many miles to help out at the garden. A special mention also to the event sponsors.. Coop Food, Morrisons and i-rent (Argyll 1st). Thank you for your contributions. There’s lots to do for all the family plus some great music on the new stage!

Easter Fun Day kicks off at 1pm on Sunday at Glenfinart Walled Garden. We hope to be streaming the event live on the Ardentinny.org Facebook page.

Helpers and National Park volunteers on Saturday

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This Sunday – Easter Fun Day @ Glenfinart Walled Garden

It’s free entry this weekend to Glenfinart Walled Garden as Ardentinny Community Trust host their popular Easter Fun Day. With lots for the family to do including Easter Egg Hunt, Egg & Spoon Races, Easter Bonnet Parade along with LIVE music, it’s a day not to be missed. The fun starts at 1pm on Sunday!

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Stronvochlan B&B 1931

The photograph above was taken at “The Bothy” Stronvochlan, circa 1931. This appears to be the house that is now known as Ambleside Cottage, Ardentinny.

Ian MacPherson-Blane who kindly provided us with the photograph, describes the scene.. “The man in the doorway was the cook for the Bothy and looked after whoever was staying there, gamekeepers or forestry workers. The three children in their bare feet in front of him are my mother (Margaret MacPherson) and her brothers Donnie and Jackie. The three well dressed children with shoes are the holidaymakers who were staying at Seaview (now “Keeper’s Cottage”) where my mother’s mother would look after them. Probably the forerunner of the bed and breakfast industry”.

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Garden volunteers dig in for April opening

With the help of local volunteers as well as a group from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Glenfinart Walled Garden, Ardentinny got an early spring clean last Sunday. The new season kicks off on Sunday April 1 at 1pm with the very popular Easter Fun Day. Entry is free.

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Help boost funds for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s development project

Ardentinny Community Trust has successfully bid for the inclusion of its latest community development project in the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. The project aims to buy an eco compost toilet for the use of all ages and abilities who visit and work in the garden.

The Co-op Community Fund gives 1% of members’ spend on selected own-brand products and services to specific causes. Members can choose which project their 1% goes to. You can ensure your support by logging-in to your Co-op account here and choosing your cause here, or if you’re not already a member, you can sign-up as a Co-op member here and then choose your cause to support.

The first tranche of members’ funding is on its way to the Trust with a further 3 payments to follow so there is still time to lend your support to this worthwhile local cause.

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Community Council Elections 2018

Community Council Elections are taking place for all Community Councils within the Argyll and Bute Area in April 2018. The formal Notice of Election will be advertised week beginning 5 March 2018. Nomination Packs are available here and from local Customer Service points and from the Returning Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead PA31 8RT. Please do not submit an application form until the opening of Nominations which is Tuesday 6 March.

The Nomination period will run from Tuesday 6 March to Thursday 22 March 2018 (closing date). Forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer by no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 22 March 2018.

More information is available here.

Source/photo credit: Argyll and Bute Council.

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Getting the kids tooled up for spring

Sophie and friend Emma wheel in the goodies

Glenfinart Walled Garden’s kids’ section this week received a welcome visit and gift from its patron and friend Actor, Sophie Thompson.

Conceived as part of the overall plan for this community garden which also includes an orchard, a growing area, a lawned social space and a sensory garden, the imaginative children’s garden boasts a bug hotel, willow tunnel, yellow brick road, Elfin cottage hide, wheel and animal sculptures and growing beds (with bedheads) and keeps the kids occupied and entertained whenever they visit.

With this in mind, Sophie kindly donated a pair of much needed wheel barrows and six sets of children’s hand tools in preparation for the garden’s reopening at Easter.

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Forestry roadline blast – This Tuesday

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) have advised that they are carrying out a roadline blast near Ardentinny on Tuesday 6th February. Residents in the area may hear 2 bangs at around lunch time. The first will be the blast itself and the second will be any unused explosives being destroyed on site. FES will have two sentries stationed on the public road to halt traffic passing through Ardentinny, only for a few moments, while the blast goes off.

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Pathways to the Future – Cultural Heritage Trails Consultation

Benmore & Kilmun Community Trust hosted the first of several consultation events in Ardentinny on Saturday. Led by Robin Patel of Ergadia Museums & Heritage, it explored interest in and content suggestions for the creation of two cultural heritage trails in East Cowal, one for walkers and another for bikers and motorists. The trails would link local historical figures and events along with local attractions and amenities in the communities of Benmore, Loch Eck, Glen Massan, Strone, Blairmore, Ardentinny, Sandbank and Kilmun.
 
The Consultation was well attended by interested residents and visitors and a variety of names and events of note were elicited and plotted on the East Cowal map along with cultural heritage sites of interest, of which there are potentially 180.

If you were unable to attend, you are invited to participate in the project’s online survey, the results of which will feed into the Trails’ feasibility study which is funded by Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. A Pathways to the Future – East Cowal Conversation Facebook page is also available here

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Ardentinny FC 1938

Our photo, kindly provided by Ian MacPherson-Blane, is of Ardentinny Football Club circa 1938. Ian’s mother lived in the village in the 1920’s and has been sharing with us her memories of Ardentinny life from some 90+ years ago.

Hopefully those with long connections (and memories) to the village will be able to put names to some of the players in our photograph.

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