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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Friendship Holiday Association at Glenfinart House 1939

Following on from our previous articles related to when Glenfinart House was used for summer holidays by the Friendship Holidays Association, we are grateful to Richard Woolley who has provided us with the above photograph taken in August 1939 and shows a group of FHA guests outside Glenfinart House. The photo includes Richard’s Mother (back row, third from the right).

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Glenfinart Walled Garden – Newsletter

Read the December 2017 Glenfinart Walled Garden newsletter from Ardentinny Community Trust.

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Childhood memories of Ardentinny 1926

Mr. Ian MacPherson-Blane’s 91-year-old mother, Margaret MacPherson has written about her childhood in Ardentinny where she lived for 19 years from 1926. Her parents, Cecilia and Jack MacPherson lived at Seaview Cottage from 1926 until 1954, prior to which they had lived at The Steading.

Ardentinny 1929

The photograph of schoolchildren at the jetty is c.1929 and Mrs MacPherson started school shortly after it was taken. 10th from the right is Jackie MacPherson, Mrs. Margaret MacPherson’s brother; 13th from the right, Donnie MacPherson, another brother; 5th from the right is Jock McIntyre. She thinks 12th from the right is Renee Gardener who was much older than her and who used to wear a lot of makeup.

She recalls she (Margaret) once plucked her eyebrows but didn’t say anything and her father looked at her for a while then said “there’s something different about you and I don’t know what it is but you look like Renee Gardener”. Margaret then confessed and got a row. Renee happily married a Commando and had a family. 20th from right is Ian MacLean “who was a nice, quiet lad who was taken prisoner at Dunkirk and at the end of the war died on the long walk home, too malnourished to make it.”

Further recollections are that “Jake Cairns, a widower lived in the Octagon (the row of cottages near the jetty) and Glencairn cottages although they let out Glencairn in the summer and lived in the Octagon, moving back to Glencairn in the winter and shutting up the Octagon.

Jack Cairns had two daughters, Nelly and Jenny and a son, Joe, who drowned in the loch as a youngster. They moved to Glencairn and the Octagon from The Bothie at Stronvochlan after Mr Cairns, who worked for the estate, had a heart attack, and lived there rent free, which was most unusual. Nelly married Jake Longmuir who had come from Carluke to Ardentinny in search of a wife after losing his second wife and Mr. Cairns went to live with them in Carluke. Jenny married Tommy Greer and, after working in Edinburgh for a few years, they settled in Newton Stewart.

Next to Glencairn was Blink Bonny but Mrs. MacPherson can’t remember the name of the end house (now part of Blink Bonny) although someone called Mrs. Rhodes bought it. She was a widow from England and had a son called John.”

We are grateful to Mr. Ian MacPherson-Blane who provided the photograph and his mother’s recollections. 

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Santa entertains at Village Hall party

Organised by Anna and Maryjane, more than 35 youngsters enjoyed themselves at Ardentinny’s annual Christmas party in the Village Hall.

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