It has been a bad winter for the green with a heavy frost and snow putting it in the deep freeze for a month, thereby restricting growth and work on the green.
However the weather has finally relented a bit, so in preparation for the coming season the green has been solid tined and verti drained, then a top dressing of 10 tons of sand, spring and summer fertiliser, lawn sand and grass seed applied.
During the winter our luxury, “AYE RIGHT ” caravan / changing room finally succumbed to the vagaries of the Ardentinny climate and it was decided that a replacement should be sought. Don Cragg our clubhouse convener, sourced a suitable replacement at Beaver Timber Buildings at Barcaldine. It is now in place and ready for the new season. The old caravan has also been demolished and removed.
Saturday 3rd April at 10 am – Annual General Meeting.
Saturday 17th April at 2:30 pm. – Opening Day – All welcome!
Sunday 2nd May at 10am. – Gents invitation triples.
Sunday 11th July at 10am. – Ladies invitation triples
Watch this space for further news after the A.G.M.
In response to the Forestry Commission’s advertisement regarding the possible sale of ‘Ardentinny Walled Garden’ in last week’s issue of the Dunoon Observer, Ardentinny.org contacted the Commission for further information.
The Commission’s officer, Ronnie Lee. advised that, as a government department, the first step was to inform and alert local community groups, such as community councils, who may wish to express an interest in the purchase before it goes on the open market. He said that communities had a period of 28 days, from the publication of the advertisement, to send a formal written expression of interest to the Commission with a view to entering into further discussion. If no formal expressions of interest have been received from community bodies within those 28 days, the property can then go on the open market.
Mr. Lee agreed that this information could also be made public on ardentinny.org and kindly sent us a copy of the plans (download available below) and the information booklet entitled National Forest Land Scheme which can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission website.
Ardentinny.org has written to the Convener of the Community Council, and copied to all its members, requesting that this be included in the agenda of their AGM on 6th April and that they elicit the views of the community on this potentially exciting opportunity for Ardentinny before it is lost.
There is copy of the full Plan available for reference in Ardentinny Village Hall. The Hall will be open, as follows:
Monday evening 7pm – 9pm (during bridge)
Tuesday morning 10am – 12noon (during badminton)
Wednesday evening 7pm – 9pm (during hobbies)
Thursday afternoon 3pm – 5pm (during carpet bowls)
The relevant Local Plan Ardentinny map pages can also be downloaded from here (pdf). Complete Plan pages can be downloaded from here.
Ardentinny residents are reminded that the Mid Argyll Mobile Library visits the village every 4 weeks and provides a very useful community service for all. As the service is linked to the main library database, you can join at the mobile library if you are not already a member. You can also take out or return books loaned from any of the library branches, ideal if you are unable to return the book to the original branch. Please remember that if we don’t use the mobile library, we may lose it!
You can get more details on the Mobile Library service by contacting Gordon Swanson on 01546 602072 or 07990 773102, or why not pay the library a visit in Ardentinny soon!
Mobile Library Dates
April 20th, May 18th & June 15th.
Craighoyle Farm 9.30
Village Hall 10.00
Swedish houses 10.15
Car park 10.30
Strathan Cottage 10.45
Charity Cottage 11.30
You can download the complete Mid Argyll Mobile Library timetable here.