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21 November 2017Friends of Duchess Wood

The Autumn Newsletter of the Friends of Duchess Wood  is now available on their website. Click on the external link below to see this.

21 November 2017Service Planning Consultation

The consultation gives examples of how responses to previous exercises have already helped change the work of Argyll and Bute Council.  You are asked to prioritise services and potential savings.

You are encouraged to contribute to this consultation; details on the external link below. Further details will be posted on the Active Consultations page of this website in the next few days 

This consultation closes on January 2nd.

21 November 2017Royal Marine Exercises

 For Information

The Royal Marines are going to be exercising on the Gareloch with blank ammunition

Wednesday 22 November 2017

between 8 am and 1200 midday. 

16 November 2017Local Development Plan: Main Issues Report

Main Issues Report-Consultation (date corrected)

Rhu and Shandon Community Council will be submitting a response to this consultation on behalf of residents and encourage everyone to let us know their views.

Argyll and Bute have arranged an open session on this  on

  • Tuesday 21st November from 16.00 to 18.00 in the Victoria Halls.

You can read more details in the News Item posted on October 16th and on the Active Consultations page of this website.

16 November 2017Furnitue Sale of Helensburgh Civic Furniture

The furniture from the former Marriage Room  will be available to view and purchase at the Victoria Halls in Sinclair Street on

  • Monday, 20 November 2017 (from noon until 4pm) and
  • Tuesday 21, November 2017 (from 10am until 2pm).

Buyers can make the appropriate payment to the Victoria Halls, with each item being sold as seen and the purchaser responsible for taking away the pieces of furniture.
Any unsold furniture will then be sold at public auction.


16 November 2017 New Affordable Homes

 Argyll and Bute are planning to build more than 760 affordable new homes over the next five years, working with partners such as housing associations. Find out more about the plans and where the first phases of homes will be by clicking on this link .

16 November 2017Supporting Communities Fund

Formerly known as 3rd Sector Grants, this fund is open to Community Groups. Grants up to a maximum of £2500 can be awarded.

A website has been created specifically for the fund: www.abpb.co.uk, If you would like to apply to the fund, visit the website.

Groups are encouraged to post their ideas on the website for projects between now and 22 December 2017, to let their communities know what they would do with the money and how it would benefit the area.  The ideas website allows people to see the ideas being proposed, ask questions to find out more, offer suggestions to help shape the ideas and provide feedback to groups before they submit a funding application. 

This year, applications will be decided by participatory budgeting. This means that officers will score applications and recommend a list to councillors who will agree which projects will go forward to a public vote. Members of the public will have the final say on which projects receive funding through a vote in April 2018.

The fund is split between the four Area Committee areas – Oban, Lorn and the Isles, Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, Helensburgh and Lomond, and Bute and Cowal. 

See the  step by step guide to posting an idea. The Council’s Community Development Officers will be able to help anyone who needs support to post an idea or use the site.  The Community Development Team can be contacted by email: communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk or by calling (01369 708669 or 01436 657647/ 657648).

You do not need to register on the website to view the ideas. Those who do register will be notified by email when the voting opens up next year.

In addition there he TSI will be holding help sessions to support groups with the new process;Wednesday 13 December at the TSI offices in Colquhoun Square between 4 and 6pm.

The second stage is to flesh out the idea into an application and the deadline for this is 22 January.  Further help sessions will be announced.



16 November 2017Rhu Christmas Lights

The Christmas tree has been erected and it will be  decorated on on Wednesday 22nd November.

09 November 2017Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

                                                Thurs 9th Nov  at 1pm

                       Diane James/violin, Claire Griffiths/viola,  Myra Chahin/cello                            

         Come for a glass of wine, a sandwich and an hour of wonderful music. 

                 email Louise louiseburnet@hotmail.com  if you would like attend.

                           Donations to Nordoff- Robbins Music Therapy Scotland


03 November 2017November Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

November Alert 166

26 October 2017TWO information sessions on Prostate Cancer

When:Thursday 26th October

11.45am – 12.15pm


       12.20pm – 12.50pm

Where?  Civic Centre,  East Clyde Street

Prostate cancer is very common; 1 in 10 men will develop it, but 50% of men do not know where the prostate is, what is does and what can go wrong with it.

The sessions are aimed at men over 55 but younger men and women are welcome.

The sessions are organised by The Argyll and Bute Council Healthy Working Lives Group and delivered by Prostate Scotland.

24 October 2017Mackintosh Club Recital

'A Rather Remarkable Afternoon' 

With Stephen Adam (piano) and Louise Burnett(flute)


the Mackintosh Club , Sinclair Street


Thursday 26th October at 2pm., for 2.30pm-3.30pm 

 Afternoon Tea,  including a delicious selection of homemade sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam, Mackintosh decorated biscuits & your choice of cake from the day's selection, all served with carefully chosen loose-leaf tea or freshly ground coffee, will be served while the music is playing. For that extra special treat, add a glass of Prosecco.

Come and enjoy the incredible ambiance.

Tickets (£19.50) available from the external link below, only available until Wednesday. No Ticket sales at the door. 


20 October 2017PollutionTest Results

In co-operation with Rhu Primary School and using a kit provided by Friends of the Earth, we ran a standard pollution test on the A814 outside the school.

The results showed that the level of Nitrous Dioxide NO2  for the 28 day period from September 1st to September 15th was 23.8 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre). 

The EU legal limit is 40 µg/m3.

You can check the results for other places in the UK from the external link below.


17 October 2017Consultation on UK Parliamentary Constituencies

This Consultation will  be conducted between October 2016 and January 2017.

You can read all about in on the website.

The documents are too large to download to this website but you can view them by following the external link below.

Overall there will be a reduction in the number of Scottish Constituencies from 59 to 53. UK Constituences from 650 to 600. No changes are proposed in the local Government  or Scottish Parliamentary Constituences. 

Our new proposed constituency is Argyll,  Bute and Lochaber; population 77661 and area 9916 square km, the third largest area after Highland North and Highland South.

16 October 2017A&B Local Development Plan Main Issues Report.

Argyll and Bute Council is preparing a new Local Development Plan (LDP2), which will set out its planning and development proposals for the next 10 years from 2020 and a vision for 20 years.

The first formal stage of that process is a public consultation called the Main Issues Report. 

See the Active Consultations page of the website.

This report sets out, through a series of questions, how the proposed new Local Development Plan 2 might differ from the existing Local Development Plan and asks views on those proposals. At this stage the Council has yet to reach a firm view and is seeking as much opinion as possible which will be used to inform the production of the Proposed Local Development Plan which is due to be published in 2018.

The Main Issue Report consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017. You can view the report and respond to the consultation online at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/ldp2. The documents can also be found at all public libraries and the council offices at 1a Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD.

15 October 2017Weekly News Round-up

Click on the link to the Weekly News round- up at the top of this page to  read more about

  • Free Home Safety Vist
  • Jobs in Argyll and Bute

15 October 2017Getting Replacement Food Bags

From the end of this month, people will be asked to tie an unused liner to the handle of their outside caddy as a sign to Council workers that they need more liners.

A new supply will then be left inside the bin.

15 October 2017Come and meet Bessie

 Bessie the Play, Talk and Read bus will be winding her away across Argyll and Bute  bringing songs, stories and play sessions to children.

Everyone’s invited and it’s free of charge. 

16th October - Helensburgh Swimming Pool - 10-12 noon and 1-3pm.

Find out where else  you can catch Bessie here.

14 October 2017The Country Council

The Health and Social Care Partnership in Argyll and Bute have contibuted to a BBC Programme called ‘The Country Council’.  The programme will  highlight  the good work that is going on within Argyll and Bute and will have some excellent examples of integration in practice but it will also be identify the challenges that are facing all the partners in delivering a wide range of services whilst working with extremely limited resources.

The Programme has 3 episodes:

  • 19th October - BBC1, 9pm
  • 26th October - BBC1, 9pm
  • 2nd November - BBC1, 9pm

14 October 2017Sea Level Rise in the Firth of Clyde

The full report of the predicted rise in sea levels has been published. 

You can download it from on the external link below, or read it online, It is a large document so which ever you do will be slow in certain parts of Rhu and Shandon.

Interesting fact: According to the report, the seawall in Shandon is vulnerable in certain places. Maybe this will be the ammunition we need to persuade Argyll and Bute to control the knotweed and scrub, which  is  damaging the seawall?

10 October 2017One Punch Campaign

Police Scotland have lauched a One Punch campaign. You should see the Posters around.

The message is very clear!

03 October 2017Funding Alert October 2017

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

October Alert 165

24 September 2017Newsletter #35

If you are on our Mailing list, you should have received the Newsletter yesterday. If you cannot see the banner image and the picture of the BeachCleaners, click 'View this email in your browser'

Rhu and Shandon Community Council  uses MailChimp to send out information by email. Your email address does not appear on any website and so you will not receive any unsolicited email as a result of being on our emailing list.

However, because MailChimp is used by marketing worldwide, many Internet Service Providers identify this email as spam. The theory is that if you move the Newsletters email out of spam often enough, your ISP will recognise emails from us as safe and direct future ones to your inbox. That is the theory!

If you use gmail, the Newsletter will probably land in the Promotions folder.

23 September 2017Harvesting of Timber

 A useful meeting has been held with Scottish Woodlands to discuss issues involved with the harvesting of timber over the next 18 years from the wood on the hill behind Rhu.

The extraction will not start until next Summer but the upgrading of existing paths will start almost immediately and take 6-8 weeks.

We are seeking further clarification from the Roads Department at Argyll and Bute and will keep the community informed via our Newsletters and this website.

A meeting with the Community will take place in the Spring, before the start of the transportation of the logs through the village.

23 September 2017A&B Website

Your opportunity to help improve the Argyll and Bute website.

Click here and answer a few questions

23 September 2017Minutes of Area Meeting 22/092017

The minutes of the area meeting are available here

You might be interested in the following:(the pdf alongside the item in minutes gives more details)

  • item 8; Sustrans requires a wider path than some parts of 'our' path.
  • Item 9: Park and Ride scheme for gasometer site. Charges redeemable against train ticket price.
  • Item 11: Property Update. In particular Blairvadach: Offers have been received, and there may be filming !
  • Christmas Lights: Our tree in the village is secure, at least for this year.

22 September 2017Beach Clean Sunday 17th September

100m stretch from Manse Brae to the Rosslea Hotel entrance was cleaned and recorded, and some went further afield for a more comprehensive clean.

Many thanks to all the volunteers! Don't have the number of bags collected , but you can see a picture on the Beach Cleaning page of our website

22 September 2017Energy Efficiency Scheme

 Grant Assisted Energy Efficiency Scheme called the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS)  run by A&B

  •  Can provide grants towards insulation measures such as: Internal and external wall insulation; loft and cavity wall insulation; and underfloor insulation. 
  • The scheme is available for Council Tax Band A-C properties regardless of income (and D if the householders annual income is less than £20,000) 
  • Covers the whole of Argyll and Bute and is first come first serve for grant assistance to install insulation measures.

To register for the scheme call  0808 808 2282


22 September 2017Sewage work in Rhu

The gas work will be finished in the week beginning October 9th and the Sewer work will follow on as soon as the gas diversion works are completed.

 The work will be phased over 9 months

The website, www.scottishwater.co.uk/firthofclyde gives details of the planned work. 

13 September 2017Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

    Wednesday 11th October 7:30pm

Please note the change of date

by the '

Flutes du Soleil' Quartet

                  Louise Burnet, Andrea Kuypers, Kirsty Kirkpatrick, Chris Cowie

                                        (flutes, alto flute, bass flute, piano)

A fun evening of wonderful music by Vivaldi, Dittersdorf, Johann Strauss, Casterede,  Lennon-McCartney and more......

 Suggested donation £10 will include a glass of wine and a sandwich.
All proceeds will go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Scotland

       contact Louise to reserve a place: louiseburnet@hotmail.com                                    

13 September 2017Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is leading a consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council. There are public events during September and an online questionnaire - deadline 20 October 2017

See the Active Consultations page of this website

13 September 2017Doors Open Days 23th & 2th September4

Doors Open Days 23rd & 24th September

To launch the Argyll and Bute Doors Open Days weekend, a presentation on the History of Helensburgh will be held at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Friday 22nd September at 10am.

You can register for a free ticket from the this webpage

Doors Open Days is an event coordinated annually by the Scottish Civic Trust. Details of the properties which are open in Scotland can be found on the Doors Open Website.​

This is the first year that our area has taken part in this event. Rhu and Shandon are represented by Rhu and Shandon Church and Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club.

13 September 2017Would you like to join a Citizens Panel?

Citizens Panel
Message from Argyll and Bute Council 

We’re looking for people to join the Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Panel and help shape the services we provide. It involves taking part in email surveys, and allows you to shape what we do in future.

13 September 2017Beach Clean October17th

This coming Sunday

Beach Clean

Sunday September 17th

Volunteers needed!

Meet at the Rhu Village Bus Stop at 2p.m.

Please bring suitable footwear, and gloves if possible.

11 September 2017Funding Alert for September

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

September Alert 164

11 September 2017New Community Inspector for Helensburgh

Inspector Matthew Webb is the new Community Inspector for our area. He hopes to come to our next Community Council Meeting .

11 September 2017New Consultations

See the Active Consultations page of our website for further details of the following Consultations:

  • Procurement and Commissioning Strategy
  • 1140 hours of Early Learning and Child Care
  • Police Scotland: Your View Counts

11 September 2017Join the Argyll and Bute Citizens Panel

Argyll and Bute are looking for people to join the Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Panel and help shape the services they provide.

It involves taking part in email surveys, and allows they claim that you can shape what they do in future.

To sign up:www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/citizenspanel

10 September 2017Doors Open Event

Doors Open Days 23rd & 24th September

To launch the Argyll and Bute Doors Open Days weekend, a presentation on the History of Helensburgh will be held at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Friday 22nd September at 10am.

You can register for a free ticket from the this webpage

Doors Open Days is an event coordinated annually by the Scottish Civic Trust. Details of the properties which are open in Scotland can be found on the Doors Open Website.

06 September 2017Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

 Thursday 7th Sept

12.35 for 1pm

 Two Bach movements, Sibelius Valse Triste and Rachmaninov sonata in G minor.

Performed by the amazing cellist Sarah Harrington from Scottish Opera Orchestra and the equally amazing pianist Stephen Adam

You are invited for a glass of wine, a sandwich and an hour of wonderful music . Suggested donation £10 - all proceeds will go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland www.nrscot.org.uk

Contact Lousie to reserve a place: louiseburnet@hotmail.com 


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