Ardentinny’s bygone sports day

We’re indebted to Jim Robinson who has been rummaging through his photo album and has come up with these gems from probably the 1980’s.

They are possibly of the Ardentinny School sports day held in the ‘football field’ behind the Swedish Houses. If you have any recollection of when this took place or who is in the photographs, please comment below or let us know.

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The ‘football field’ today.

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Kids’ fun at Garden Opening

Sofia

Sofia plants her decorated egg plant

At what has become something of a tradition, Glenfinart Walled Garden held its spring opening in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland’s Easter Monday Eggstravaganza.

There was free entry to the garden and lots of fun activities for the children, e.g., mask painting; colour a bug glider, egg decoration; coconut shy; and plant a seed in the kids’ garden. As ever, the tea tent, with Ardentinny’s famous home baking, did a fine trade and a total of £437.92 was raised on the day, courtesy of generous donations of time, goodies and cash.

Glenfinart Walled Garden is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 12.00 – 16.00 hrs and on the first Friday of the month 11.00 – 14.00 hrs. Visitors are also welcome any day the gate is open or, by appointment. All enquiries, requests to visit the Garden and offers of help can be made to Jean on 01369  810075 or Anna on 01369 810238.

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Dunoon group discusses Council cuts

2015-12-12_10-36-14On Friday evening a public meeting was held in Dunoon to discuss the proposed Argyll and Bute Council cuts which will affect everyone in Cowal. Councillors Walsh, McQueen and Breslin were invited to attend. However only Councillor Breslin was present.

The meeting was organised by the Democratic Socialist Federation, a political grouping (not a political party) founded on the principle of ’empowering people to participate in their local area with other like minded people, and to have an effective say in a real democracy’.

More information on the local group is available on the People versus Argyll and Bute Council Administration facebook page.

The event which was livestreamed by DemocracyTV.scot, can be viewed below.

Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging its residents to participate in its Service Choices Survey in order to help it decide on priorities. You can do so by answering the survey questions here.

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Gardener’s Blether – October 2015

2015-11-14_18-26-50October issue of Gardener’s Blether, the newsletter of Glenfinart Walled Garden (PDF).

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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, ardentinny.org 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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Community Council notice board ban on 38 Degrees refugee poster

The following has been posted on Ardentinny’s Community Notice Board:

“The notices about refugees produced by a political activist group “38 degrees” have been removed by members of the Ardentinny Community Council. This noticeboard belongs to and is administered by the community council, which, by the definition of Argyll and Bute Council, has to remain non-political in order to  serve the interests of the whole community. Ardentinny Community Council would, of course, welcome any refugees who choose to come and live in this beautiful village.

Ardentinny Community Council”

ref1The notice from Ardentinny notice board.

ref2The offending 38degrees poster.

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Glenfinart Walled Garden hosts first wedding

Ardentinny’s historic Glenfinart Walled Garden last week marked a milestone as a wedding venue.

Clair Tierney and Derek Nelson chose to exchange their vows within the grade 2 listed walls of the century-old garden which was bought by the community of Ardentinny in 2012.

Set beside the only beach in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with its Argyll forest backdrop, the garlanded entrance and flower-lined avenue surrounded by the orchard, sensory and children’s gardens provided the perfect setting for this special occasion with family and friends.

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Ardentinny D-Day Memorial plaque unveiled

The memorial plaque

The memorial plaque

On 6th June 2015 Tony Rodaway, nephew of D-Day veteran Billy Rodaway, travelled to the site of HMS Armadillo in Ardentinny to unveil a memorial plaque dedicated to Harry Smallman, Ken Oakley and all Royal Navy Commandos who participated in the planning and execution of the D-Day landings in 1944. The short ceremony and  memorial plaque also paid tribute to Seaman William (Billy) Rodaway and Bob Bull and the crew of HMS Prins Albert with whom they served. 

The plaque will be incorporated within the commando memorial cairn at Shepherd’s Point shortly.

Information on their outstanding service can be found here:

Royal Navy Commandos

Rodaways website

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Ardentinny Community Council visits RNAD Coulport

It was reported at the December Ardentinny Community Council meeting that 4 members of the Community Council committee (CCc) visited RNAD Coulport at the invitation of the Ministry of Defence.

The Convenor reported that the meeting came about in recognition of the understanding between Coulport and Ardentinny over the past years and to discuss items of local concern which were outlined in Community Councillor, Dennis Gower’s list of questions submitted earlier in the year. She added that staff were very courteous and gave presentations on their role in Coulport and that the Ccc visitors were impressed with their knowledge and level of expertise and felt sure that they take their responsibilities extremely seriously. The Convener said the meeting had been very useful in further cementing the relationship between Coulport and Ardentinny.

There was one question from the floor regarding the levels of tritium gas emissions and the questioner was advised to either write to the MOD with his question or refer to the various reports and websites available online, the SEPA website being one example. It was stressed that it was not the place of the Community Council to give an opinion or take a political stance but simply to pass on the information given to them and that it was important to read newspaper reports with an intelligent mind.

Anyone with questions for the MOD regarding RNAD Coulport can write to : MoD Ministerial Correspondence Unit, 5th Floor, Zone A, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB or email  ParliBranch-Treat-Official@mod.uk. However they will not respond by email. Therefore a postal address will need to be provided if you wish to receive a reply.

Related links:

Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Quarterly Site Report for HM Naval Base Clyde 1 Jan 2014 – 31 March 2014

Office for Nuclear Regulation: Quarterly Local Liaison Committee / Site Stakeholder group reports

Safety fears after nuclear bomb store avoids independent inspections

SEPA – HMNB Clyde

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