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19 February 2018Vulnerable Road User Compaign

Every 11 minutes someone is stopped for speeding in Scotland 

Watch This 


14 February 2018Warning! 9 - 3 not 10 - 2

Are you aware that since the advent of airbags, the recommended position for your hands on the wheel of a car is 9-3 and not 10-2?

More details in this linked article.

A recent accident in our area in which all airbags in the car inflated, brought this message home painfully to the person involved.


14 February 2018Knotweed Article from The Times

 It is still not an offence to have Japanese Knotweed growing on your land but as this court case shows. it is an offence to allow it to spread to a neighbours.

Thanks to Maggie for this link.

11 February 2018Police Bogus Caller Warning

Message from Sgt Magee on behalf of Police Scotland:

Following the recent suspect bogus caller incident in Rosneath and press coverage in the local paper Police Scotland would like to take this opportunity to remind residents how they can avoid the risk of becoming a victim of this crime.
This type of crime is often targeted at the elderly and vulnerable members of the community, however everyone could potentially fall victim to this type of crime. The perpetrators are professional liars in their methods of deceit. 
Be alert when you have unknown callers at your door. Never allow them access to your home if you are unsure of them
Always check their identification, if you still have suspicions call the company they represent, genuine callers will be prepared to wait till you are satisfied as to their identity.
Always close and lock your door when you are at home, use a chain if callers attend. Keep Handbags, purses and other personal papers out of sight or in a safe place.
If you are cold called never give out personal information out over the phone. Banks will not cold call seeking bank details, PIN numbers or requesting you to move money to a new account for security breaches. 


 Report suspicious activity to Action Fraud
by calling 0300 123 2040, or  visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.​

11 February 2018February Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

February Alert 169

11 February 2018Free showing of award winning Documentary

On March 5,

 Civic Centre, Marriage Rooms 


NHS Scotland  is screening the award winning documentary,

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

followed by a discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) around what we can do in Argyll and Bute to mitigate against the negative effects of ACEs. 

The event is free and open to everyone.  To book a place:

contact samanthacampbell@nhs.net or call 01436 655076.

This documentary investigates the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the detrimental impact that toxic stress can have on health in childhood and beyond. The film follows original controversial research which revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. It showcases pioneering individuals who looked at the ACEs research and the emerging science of Toxic Stress and asked, “Why are we waiting?”
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to stressful events occurring in childhood (between 0 to 18 years), however the impact of these events can be felt throughout the life course. These lifelong impacts on health and behaviour are relevant to all sectors and involve all of us in society. We all have a part to play in preventing adversity and raising awareness of ACEs. Resilient communities have an important role in action on ACEs.

For more information on ACEs from a Scottish perspective visit Health Scotland’s dedicated ACE pages .

A short trailer for the film can also be found here. 
note: I cannot download the trailer, but this is probably my BB speed in North Shandon!

10 February 2018TPO for Blaivadach

Argyll and Bute have made a Tree Preservation Order for some individual trees and wooded areas in the land at Blairvadach. taking effect 26th January 2018.

 You can see the certified copy of the Preservation Order and the Map at the Civic Centre on Clyde Street.

Objections and/or representation in writing by March 5th

10 February 2018Free Training in Health Inequalities

On March 27,

Victoria Halls 


Elspeth Gracey from the Community Health Exchange (CHEX) is offering free training in Health Inequalities and how these affect people's health and wellbeing.

Anyone volunteering or working in the pubic and third sectors is eligible to attend.

More details and how to book

10 February 2018Free Pain Toolkit Sessions in Helensburgh

Managing your pain more effectively!

Do you have a long term medical condition and would like to improve

your everyday life?

 Two Free Sessions in Helensburgh on Thursday March 13th and March 20th

Time 1pm-4pm

Venue: The Parish Church Hall, Coloquhoun Square, Helensburgh G84 8UP,


To register a place or find out more about the FREE workshops call

Arthritus Care  Scotland office on 0141 954 7776


 email: takecontrol@arthritiscare.org.uk.

09 February 2018Pop-up Stations for Rhu and Shandon proposed by Greens

Press Release from Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland:

“People in Rhu and Shandon are well aware of the benefit that would come from having access to the rail network, as well as the economic opportunities a new train station can bring to the communities. With the new pipeline fund we’ve secured, people in the area can now put their proposals forward for a new station and I look forward to working with them to see that happen.

"These stations have been closed since 1964, and there’s so much potential for reopening a link to Glasgow and the Highlands. Pop-up stations would be a step towards reversing the legacy of the transport policies of the 1960's when rail lines were ripped up and the car was king. They would enable testing of new stations and allow more robust business cases to be developed.

If you have any views on this suggestions, please let us know via the feedback page of our website

09 February 2018Neighbourhoood Watch Alerts

Two Recent Neighbourhood Watch Warnings

  •   One to warn about the of the dangers of buying flight tickets on line

Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card
If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!


  • The other to warn about Bogus traders selling tools from the back of silver transit vans 

Two vans have been spotted so far and one individual has been charged with selling without a licence. 

 Report any suspicious activity to Action Fraud
by calling 0300 123 2040, or  visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.​

If you are signed up to receive Alerts from Neighbourhood watch, you should consider doing so.

09 February 2018Housing Information and Advice Day

Thursday 15th February. 2-4pm and 6-8pm  Victoria Halls.

Stalls with information on:

  • Common Repair Issues
  • Empty Homes Advice
  • Energy Advice
  • Disabled Grants
  • Housing Options
  • Local Housing Strategy
  • Strategic Housing Investment Plan

 Organised by HCC in parnership with Argyll and Bute.

27 January 2018Scottish Fire and Rescue Service SFAR

In October 2017, SFRS launched a Community Asset Register (CAR) which is a register of volunteers who have a particular asset of skill which they feel could be used to support emergency services and responders at an incident.

Examples include someone with a boat who could be called in times of flooding to assist evacuate people from houses to a place of safety.  Similarly someone with a 4X4 may be used in times of severe snow to transport vulnerable people to a community hall.

SFRS are looking to recruit additional volunteers.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge how often a volunteer will be requested but generally mobilisations can be determined by severe weather, a specific type of asset/skill required for the incident, the emergency services availability and resources in the area and the location of the volunteer.

Further information about the CAR can be found on the link below:


When someone has registered, they are under no obligation to mobilise when they are called by the Operations Control centre.

For anyone to register an interest and request a form they would be required to email:

SFRS.CommunityAssetRegister@firescotland.gov.uk and a registration form will be sent to be completed along with guidelines on how to complete the registration process.

27 January 2018Community Council Elections

Community Council Elections 

Thursday 26th April.

 Draft Timetable: Confirmation late February

Thu 1 March 2018                    Register in force (apply by 7 Feb)

Mon 5 March 2018                    Publication of Notice of Election

Thu 22 March 2018 (4.00pm)    Close of Nominations and withdrawal of                                                               Nomination Paper

Thu 5 Apr 2018                        Notice of Poll (if election contested)

                                              Notice of Uncontested Election (if uncontested)

Fri 13 Apr 2018                       Issue of Postal Ballot Papers

Thu 26 April 2018                 Election Day

                                              Final Date for Receipt of Postal Ballot Papers

Tue 1 May 2018                       Count of Votes

23 January 2018Police Scotland Survey

Your View Counts  Police Scotland Consultation: Closes Feb 23rd 2018

For more details see the Active Consultation page of our website

23 January 2018Beach Cleans

There are three Local Beach Cleans scheduled in the near future., and all are looking for volunteers

Invitation from Cllr Paterson to take part in the Arrochar Beach Cleans

  • Saturday 27th January: Meet at Vivienne’s  MacTavish café  at  11am (supported by Grab Trust)
  • Sunday 11th February: Meet at the Three Villages Café is 10am 

Rhu Beach Clean: organised by Peter Knox from R&SCC

  • Sunday 4th March: Meet at Rhu Loos at 2pm


23 January 2018Helensburgh and Lomond Housing Market Survey

Information for residents on this survey commissioned by A&B to assess current and future need and demand for new build housing and related services

Local households, selected by random sampling, will be contacted directly by the independent consultants over the period January to March 2018.

  • The consultants will need to speak to people living in all kinds of properties and tenures.
  • The survey will involve face-to-face interviews (these should take around 30 minutes) and all interviewers will display identity cards and notification of authorisation from the council.
  • The survey is voluntary but to obtain an accurate picture of housing needs across Helensburgh and Lomond it is important that consultants speak to people living in all kinds of properties and tenures.
  • All the information collected in the survey will remain strictly confidential and anonymous under the terms of the Data Protection Act and will be used for research and statistical purposes only.

For any queries regarding the conduct of the survey, please contact:

Lorna Shaw, Research Resource on 0800 121 8987 or by email lorna.shaw@researchresource.co.uk

Research Resource, 17B Main Street, Cambuslang G72 7EX

If you require verification  or would like any further information regarding the Housing Market Study, please contact

Douglas Whyte, Team Lead – Housing Strategy, Argyll and Bute Council on 01546604785 ordouglas.whyte@argyll.bute.gov.uk


23 January 2018Peninsular Choir Concert

A concert by Peninsula Choir
7:30 for 8:00pm

Arranged and conducted by Stephen Adam
Accompanist:Cameron Murdoch
Baritone:Euros Campbell
Trumpet:Robert Baxter

Tickets £9 or £10 at the door which includes a glass of fizz/soft drink. Under 16s free.
Tickets at the door or from Kilcreggan PO or call on 07766006588

10 January 2018New beginner's ukulele/singing class

There will be a new beginner's ukulele/singing class starting at Stuckenduff 


Thursday 18th January at 1:45 - 2:30. 

Louise has  one or two spare ukuleles if anyone wants to go along and try. 

Please spread the word.

Suggested donation £5 per session will go to Macmillan Cancer Support (West of Scotland).

Contact Louise if you are interested: louiseburnet@hotmail.com

29 December 2017Delayed Bin Collections

Delayed Bin Collections



All rubbish and recycling collections (green, blue and grey bins, or food waste) over the festive period will be collected 2 days later than scheduled. This is for the last week in December and the first week in January.

In case of further delays due to inclement weather, check the Argyle and Bute website

17 December 2017Possible loss of water pressure

Possible loss in Water Pressure

REPAIRED: 22/12/2017

There is a broken water main in North Shandon which may result in a loss of water pressure in properties on the hillsides in Rhu and Shandon. 
It is expected to be repaired by Tuesday.


16 December 2017Rhu and Shandon Gala

Next year will be the 20th consecutive year of Rhu and Shandon Gala

  • The Gala Committee are looking for helpers; both  in the lead-up stages and on the Friday and Saturday to help set up. 
  • See the Rhu and Shandon Gala facebook page for up-to-date information and
  • contact Gordon Black gordonblack289@hotmail.co.uk if you can help. 

16 December 2017Sewage Work in Helensburgh

Cessation of work  for two weeks over the Festive Period

The road will be reopened for the 22nd of December.

Work will recommence on the 4th of January.

Regular updates are provided on the dedicated website -  https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/investment-and-communities/your-community/argyll-and-bute

16 December 2017Helensburgh Heroes


The Heroes Centre at 28 Sinclair Street has an Exhibition Area, 50s Cafe, Visitor Centre and Retail Area, all of which focus on the contribution that culture, the arts and modern media can make to improve the quality of life for the people of Scotland. 

The organisers are eager to involve as many people as possible, and encourage you to complete  a couple of short surveys, a Wish List Questionnaire and How can you support us Questionnaire. Each should only take a couple of minutes  to complete.   These are on their website which can be accessed from the external link below.

Another real bonus for Tourism in Helensburgh is that the premises will be designated as a VisitScotland Tourist Information Centre and partner for the John Muir Way.

16 December 2017Surgery: Iain Shonny Paterson

Iain, one of the three councillors who represent Lomond North, was unable to attend our meeting on last Wednesday, due to a fund raising event at Cotswolds Glasgow for his mountain rescue team.

As annouced at the meeting, he is going to hold a surgery anytime he cannot make CC meeting, and has scheduled

Monday evening 18 December 5.30-7.30

in Rhu Hall.

for his meeting with local residents

email: iainshonny.paterson@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Please spread the word so that anyone with issues they would like to raise with Iain can go along.

12 December 2017Carols at Stuckenduff

Update: places still available

Carols at Stuckenduff

     Thurs 14th Dec 10:30am - 11:45am

    mulled wine/mince pies

      singing round the piano 

                 suggested donation £5 with all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support 

     please email  Louise if you would like to go along -

 all welcome!


The Autumn Sandwich Series together with the  Shandon Ukuleles has raised £1,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Scotland.

10 December 2017Local Deveopment Plan 2

The Consultation on the Main issues Report closes on 11th December. 

We are told the electronic response facility will be switched off at 0900 on Tuesday 12th, so you still have time to submit a response.

The submission from Rhu and Shandon Community Council is   posted on the Active Consultations page of this website,

10 December 2017Sign the Petition

The Marine Conservation Society are lobbying for a levy on throw away plastic.

We did not have to join in a beach clean to make us aware of the problem!

Sign the petition today.

09 December 2017Travel Check

Message from Argyll and Bute

It’s now easier to find out about road conditions before you travel with the 

road camera information

now available on the Argyll and Bute website.

Comment. It takes quite a few clicks to get what you want,but you will finally get a 'man at work icon' . Clicking on this  gives you more details;  there are some inaccuracies but it must be better than nothing!

This link was in this week's A&B news round-up which you can view by either

  • signing up to be delivered to your in box or
  • use the link at the top of this page.

09 December 2017Save our Bees

 Message from  Friends of the Earth: 

In 5 days’ time the EU could make a decision that will shape the future of our bees. 

Countries from across Europe are due to vote on whether bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides should be banned from all crops.

The Environment Minister – Michael Gove – has said the UK supports tougher restrictions on neonics. But with the crunch vote coming up we need to make sure he turns words into action.  

If you support this campaign, you can read more about it and fill in the petition pn the following link


08 December 2017Police Scotland- MOD Police Safer Driving Initiative

Neighbourhood Watch Alert

Police Scotland and Ministry of Defence Police will be working in partnership together over the coming months in the Argyll area  on a public safety initiative focused on improving driving standards and  drinking and driving.

  • Remember the best way to keep safe this winter is to leave the car at home if you plan to drink any alcohol.
  • Be mindful of alcohol intake if you plan to drive the following day 

Message sent by

William Lavery (MoD Police, Constable, HMNB Faslane and Coulport )

06 December 2017Next Meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council

Wednesday December 13th at 7.30pm

The papers for this meeting and the minutes of the October meeting are posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.

04 December 2017Timber Traffic Management Plan

The Plan for the transportation of the timber harvested from the woods behind Rhu have been published

This will be discussed at the next  meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 7.30 in Rhu Hall

29 November 2017Planning Our Futures

Consultation: Planning our Future: Closing date 2nd January 2018

Please have your say on this. There have been at least one instance recently  in the past where decisions were made based on very few responses.

 See the Active Consultations page of this website for a link to the consultation.

25 November 2017Telecare Self-Check Tool

Launch of Telecare Self-Check Tool & Telecare Service Request Form

Two new online Telecare tools in Argyll and Bute were launched on 23rd November.

Telecare Self-Check Online Tool is an easy to use online tool that allows you to find helpful information on telecare equipment that could help you live independently at home for longer. The tool asks 6 – 12 questions and will take about 5 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the tool you will be given useful information relating to your answers.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) today have launched the online Telecare Services Request Form. The form can be used to apply for yourself or somebody you look after. Once you have submitted a request, a member of the team will get in touch with you to arrange the right service and needs Telecare Service Request Form.

There is also a facebook post on Argyll and Bute HSCP page @abhscp. 

For more information email The TEC Team tecteam.ab@nhs.net

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