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17 September 2019Beach Clean Sunday 22nd September

Rhu Beach Clean:

organised by Kate Williams from R&SCC

Sunday 22nd September: Meet at 10am



15 September 2019Health Walks around Helensbugh

Message from Garelochhead Station Trust.


Join us on a free health walk around the local area of Helensburgh and Lomond,while socialising and becoming a little more active.

We even welcome dogs.


  • 24th September - Firkin Point
  • 8th October – Helensburgh
  • 22nd October- Balloch

All walks start at Gibson Hall at 11am, transport will be provided
Any questions please contact: Charlotte Wilson on 07554417643 or
Morevain Martin on 07541777559


15 September 201940's Style Tea Dance

40' Style Tea Dance

Sunday November 3rd

Gibson Hall Garelochhead

3pm -5pm

 Music by 

The Gershwin Group

£8 including afternoon Tea

Tickets  from Gibson Hall or the Perch Cafe



15 September 2019Chronic Pain Event


14 September 2019Bin Collection Calendars Scrapped

People without internet access can request a printed copy.

Everyone else is expected to check online or download their own copy.

New schedules will be available on the Council's website when the current one run out, at the end of October.


14 September 2019Temporary Road Closure: Station Road Rhu

Prohibition of traffic on Station Road Rhu due to Planned works on or near the road.

From its junction with Lineside Walk in a southerly direction for a distance of 30 metres or thereby. See link for a map.

Between 0800 hours Thursday 26th September 2019 and 1600 hours Friday 27 th September 2019

All vehicles except those involved in the works.

Local access/egress to affected properties will be permitted.

05 September 2019September Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

September Alert 188

05 September 2019Upcoming Events on the Clyde

The following events are highlighted in the Clyde Marine Planning Parnership Newsletter  which you can sign up for this on their website.

17th September – Talk to Scottish Wildlife Trust Local Group Ayrshire – Horizon Hotel, Ayr.  

21st – 22nd September – Clyde-Built Festival – Glasgow. 

21st September – Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean – various locations around the Clyde, 

8th October – Talk to Glasgow Natural History Society – Boyd Orr Building, Glasgow University at 7pm.  

11th – 13th October – Scotland’s Boat Show – Inverkip.

05 September 2019Geilston Newsletter

The latest issue of the Friends of Geilson Garden Newsletter.

05 September 2019Himalayan Balsam

Several residents have confused Himalayan Balsam with Japanese knotweed

  The plant on the left is Himalayan Balsam and that on the right is Japanese knotweed.

Flower colour is the easiest determinant.

Himalayan Balsam is an annual  growing each year from seed, whereas Japanese knotweed is a perennial. Both are very invasive.

Given the confusion, this website has been updated with information on how to control  Himalayan Balsam.

05 September 2019Information on Travel throughout Argyll and Bute

 Information on travel throughout Argyll and Bute, whether by bus, ferry, train or plane, can be found on on the Argyll and Bute website.

05 September 2019Scotland Womand Stand Event

Argyll and Bute Council are hosting a local hub event on Saturday 7th September 2019 which will tie into the national Scotland’s Women Stand event when 400 women will take over the debating chambers in the Scottish Parliament for a day of inspirational talks and workshops aimed at encouraging women to stand for elected positions.

The free event is being run in association with the Parliament Project and the Scottish Parliament and will take place in the Council Chamber, Kilmory, Lochgilphead from 9.30am until 3pm. The day will see our local women view the live screening of the national event followed by lunch and a workshop designed to assist women understand and explore the various elected positions in Scotland.

For further information about the event programme or to register to attend please see here

05 September 2019Children's Panel

 Argyll and Bute are looking for Volunteers for their Children's Panel.

To find out more about it click on the link above.  

Recruitment is underway until 17th September 

20 August 2019Self Build Loan Fund SBLF

The Scottish Government have provided funds to act as a lender of last resort in relation to self build finance.

Further details and eligibility criteria can be found on Highland Small Communities Trust website 

19 August 2019Minutes of Helensburgh and Lomond Community Planning Group

Minutes of the August meeting of Helensburgh and Lomond Community Planning Group.

16 August 2019Argyll and Bute from A to Z

16 August 2019Roads and Footways Capital Programme 2019/20

Click here to see which roads in our area will be treated and see a description of the types of treatment are employed.

16 August 2019Events and Festival Fund opens for applications

 Applications are being invited for Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund for 2020-21.

 Click here for details.

16 August 2019Growing Enterprising Communities Event

Have you heard of the Place Standard Tool but you’re not quite sure how it can help communities, social enterprises and decision-makers work well together? 

There is a Growing Enterprising Communities event in Arrochar on 28 August, where Anne Sobey will talk about how the tool has been used to good effect in the National Park.

This event is fully funded and is delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy. 

For more details and to book a place please CLICK here:  Growing Enterprising Communities - Arrochar

16 August 2019Place Survey

Community Planning  want to hear about the place(s) that you live and work in, using the Place Standard tool, so that they can identify what is important for your community as a priority action.

Have your say by means of a short questionnaire. Last time I checked only one person had completed this from Shandon, and none from Rhu!

 More details on the Consultations page of our website

16 August 2019Vision For Helensburgh

Helensburgh Community Council is looking for as many folk as possible to have their say in the future of Helensburgh.

Read more about their Vision for Helensburgh and spend a few minutes having your say

16 August 2019Purple Alert Mobile App for people with Dementia

Alzheimer Scotland, in partnership with Police Scotland and partners from across the public sector developed the Purple Alert mobile app.

Purple Alert is a free, community minded app, to help people living with dementia if they are missing.

Purple Alert allows the community to support Police Scotland National Missing Persons Unit during a missing person search. The app shares key information at the point of crisis and allows for more eyes and ears on the ground helping with the immediate search. When a carer sends an alert, all app users in a 30-mile radius get a notification that contains an up-to-date photo of the missing person, information about them and places they enjoy going to.

Since Purple Alert went live two years ago, all 13 alerts resulted in the missing person being found safe and well within four hours. We now have over 9,000 downloads of the app and you can help us to reach 10,000 downloads by asking 3 other people to sign up and create a profile.

To find out more about Purple Alert or to download the app, visit purplealert.org.uk

16 August 2019August Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

August Alert 187

12 August 2019August Meeting Rearranged

The next meeting of the Community Council will now take place on

Wednesday 21st August

 The Agenda has been posted on the Agenda and minutes page of this website. Appendices will follow as they arrive. 

27 July 2019Advice on managing your money

Argyll and Bute have a new web page where they point you to impartial, confidential advice from a variety of local and national sources.

27 July 2019Volunteer Strategy

The Strategy Development Manager, Samantha Stubbs is  leading on a piece of work to write the volunteering strategy for Argyll and Bute.  She has developed, in partnership with the HSCP and Live Argyll, as series of surveys to assess volunteering currently and what the strategy needs to address. These have been split into third sector organisations, volunteers/potential volunteers, private businesses and statutory organisations. The links for each can be found below. Obviously, the more responses she get, the stronger the strategy can be, which would be best for all of us.

Third Sector Organisations: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WQA1A/

Volunteers/Potential Volunteers: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/KQ83P/

Private Businesses/Statutory Organisations: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QZ8IL/

The closing date for all surveys is Monday 5th August 2019 at 9am.

27 July 2019Keep in the Loop

The council also has a useful notification and engagement service called “Keep In the Loop” whereby you can sign up to receive email alerts about disruptions, (plus events, consultations and new or changed services).

Bob Miller, Customer Engagement and Transformation Manager, said: “It’s important that we let people know about anything that might disrupt their travel plans. More and more people are accessing this information through our website and our new email and SMS alert service, so it’s good to know that we’re helping people and possibly making their journeys safer and a little easier.”

19 July 2019Helensburgh, Craigendoran and Rhu coastal flood study

If you have any comments or questions on the final proposals, please email these to 


by 31 July 2019 

19 July 2019Walking in Scotland

Advice for walkers and climbers:

People venturing out into Scotland's hills and mountains are advised to take care and be prepared. While Scotland has world-class hills and mountains on our doorstep, to fully enjoy them it is essential to be prepared at all times. 

19 July 2019Results of Budget Consultation

Message from Argyll and Bute

Thank you to everyone who took time to respond to our budget consultation earlier this year. Your views helped the council make the decisions needed to meet our funding challenges.

You can find out in this report about the contribution consultation findings made.

19 July 2019July Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

July Alert 186

19 July 2019Geilston Garden Event

Saturday 20th July

Herb Walk and Herbal Workshop with Herbal Scotland

12pm - 3pm

£35 per person

The workshop aims to educate and empower participants to connect with some common plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties, inspiring and skilling them to prepare some safe simple and effective home remedies and body care products.

Led by fully qualified herbalists from Herbal Scotland, you will participate in a herb walk around the herb garden before making herbal remedies and body care products to take home.

19 July 2019The Circus comes to the Hill House

Sunday 21st July

Big Top Day with Circus Sensible

The Hill House, Helensburgh

10am - 5pm

£8 Child : £6 Adult : £24 Family (2 adults; 2 children)

Roll up! Roll up! Circus Sensible is coming to the Hill House.

Venture into the big top to watch the circus show with lots of opportunities for the audience to get involved. Afterwards there is a workshop on the   lawn where you can have a go at various circus skills including juggling, plate spinning, stilt   walking, diablo, devilstick and chinese ribbon.

Other fun-filled activities include:

  • Face painting*
  • Owl Man with owls and other birds
  • Carnival games including tin can alley, hook-a-duck and hoopla

Grab some lunch from the pop-up food stall on the lawn.

The circus show lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suitable for big kids and little kids alike.

The performance times are 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

*Chargeable activity

08 July 2019Short term lets Consultation

This Consultation closes on 19th July

Stakeholder event  Tuesday 9th July 14.00 -16.00

Location:Tontine,  20 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5ES:   View Map

The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Your views will help the Scottish Government find the right approach for Scotland.

Ore details on the Active Consultations page of this website

28 June 2019Minutes of Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee

Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday June 20th 

28 June 2019Rest and Be Thankful: Phase 2 Resurfacing

Wed 3rd July to Friday 5th July

&am to 7pm

Convoy in operation: Speed limit 10mph

Expect delays

28 June 2019Temporary Traffic Lights in Rhu

Message from Scottish Water

Saturday and Sunday

June 29th & 30th

This is to enable repairs to the road surface to be carried out.


24 June 2019Preferred Options for Sea Defenses

Invitation to public consultation event - Helensburgh, Craigendoran and Rhu coastal flood study

Tuesday 25th June

Drop in session 2pm - 8pm

Short presentation at 6.30pm

Annex B Templeton Building Civic Centre

The short list of options for the different sections of the frontage will be presented The aim of the event is to gather stakeholder and public opinion on the preferred option that will put forward to SEPA for prioritisation for funding.


24 June 2019Recycle your toothbrush!

Recycle at the Victoria Integrated Care Centre  93 East King Street

Waste that is NOT accepted:
• Dental Floss and Floss Containers
• Interdental Brushes
• Toothache Kits
• Breath Sprays
• Denture Adhesives Packaging
• Denture Tablets Packaging
• Denture Cream Tubes
• Battery Toothbrushes
• Mouthwash Plastic Bottles
• Tubes that did not contain toothpaste
• Outer packaging that did not contain toothbrushes
• Cartons that did not contain toothpaste

24 June 2019Waste Strategy Survey

Argyll and Bute have launched a consultation on waste disposal.

Individuals are encouraged to cpomplete this survey; more details on our Consultation page.

Closing date  12th July.

24 June 2019More Information about Rhu Post Office

  • The PO equipment is still onsite but the Lottery equipment may have been moved.
  • Two options are still under investigation;
    • the Local Model as is operating in Helensburgh or
    • an Outreach model, but so far no other branch has agreed to help out with the latter.
  • It is therefore unlikely that the PO will reopen.

This link gives the somewhat confusing public information. 

24 June 2019Drones

Do you know the regulations concerning the flying of drones?

Click here to look and learn!

Please report any drone use close to MOD estate to MOD Police on 01436 655765.

24 June 2019Rural Watch Scotland

  • Sign up for alerts on scams of all types which active in our area, from the hyperlink below.
  • The Lomond North Rural Watch, which Police Scotland and MDP operate in partnership within our area,  is available to select from a drop-down list near the end of the sign-up process.
  • Read more about the scheme from The Rural Watch page on our website
  • http://www.ruralwatchscotland.co.uk/

24 June 2019Beach Clean Sunday 30th June

Meet at Ardencaple Hotel for a

Beach Clean 

between 10.00 and 12.00

this coming Sunday

 If you need further information contact rhucleanupcrew@gmail.com



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