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05 October 2018Health and Safety Event

Half day event on Wednesday 17 October 

at Lochgilphead Joint Campus in Kilmory

Organised by Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign group, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council.

If you own a construction, contracting, small building company or if you are self-employed and work in refurbishment, then you will find this this free event very useful.

05 October 2018A&B Customer Outreach Service

Customer Outreach Service

Alerts are sent by text or email about important service updates in our area. 

Read all about it here

 and then

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05 October 2018Half-Term Photo Compeition

School pupils in Argyll and Bute with an eye for a good picture are being invited to enter the council’s October holidays photo competition.

Prizes will be awarded to the best three pictures taken by school children, of Argyll and Bute, over the October school holidays, with Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, judging the entries.

The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • Entries must be taken by school pupils who attend school in Argyll and Bute
  • Pics should be taken in Argyll and Bute over the October school break
  • Entries must be emailed to workingtogether@argyll-bute.gov.uk by Friday, October 26, with the subject line ‘October Photo Competition’

04 October 2018Message from Friends of the Earth.

A single wash of our clothes can release up to 17 million plastic microfibres. If we all work together we can stop the tide of plastic going into our oceans.

Nearly 25,000 of you have called on clothing retailers to tackle plastic pollution from their clothes. 

If you haven’t had a chance to sign the petition yet, there’s still time to add your name.


As more of us pile on the pressure, clothing retailers will have to act. 

04 October 2018October Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

September Alert 177

04 October 2018Feel Safe, Be Safe

This drop-in event should be a useful source of information and helpful advice for many in the local community.  

04 October 2018Autism Friendly Sensory Hour

04 October 2018Are you a composer?

New "on-hold" music is sought by Customer Services at Argyll and Bute Council

  • Instrumental music that can be enjoyed by the majority of callers
  • Composed or created by a resident/residents of Argyll and Bute
  • Music that is copyright free, or the copyright owner is happy to agree for it to be used for this purpose free of charge
  • The music file should be provided in a ‘vox’ file 64Kb A Law format

 If you’re interested in submitting music for consideration, please send it in the correct file format to robert.miller@argyll-bute.gov.uk by 31 October 2018.

04 October 2018 Helensburgh and Lomond Area Meeting

Last meeting of HLAC 

Thursday 20th September




30 September 2018SCAM Mail

Apart from the telephone  and computer scams which have been receiving a lot of publicity, we have been asked to remind you to be on your guard against SCAM MAIL.

This is not normal advertising mail and tends to target the most vulnerable.

If in doubt contact

  • the Royal Mail scam mail team on 0800 0113 466 
  • scam.mail@royalmail.com

30 September 2018Rhu and Shandon Community Council meeting

The next meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council will be held on

Wednesday 10th October at 7.15

The agenda is posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of thie website

30 September 2018New Ukelele /singing Class

Tuesday 2nd October 3pm-4pm

New ukulele/singing class at Stuckenduff for complete beginners 

Guaranteed fun!!  All Welcome

Spare ukuleles available!

Please email Louise if you plan to attend:louiseburnet@hotmail.com 

30 September 2018Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

 Thurs 11th October 1pm 

               A glass of wine, a sandwich and an hour of wonderful music   


Arias by Handel and Vivaldi Serenades by Strauss and Schubert, Tangos from Argentina and A slice of Kiss Me Kate


 Daniella Schuster - Soprano; Mark Hathaway - Baritone                                           Maria Holmes - Cello , Stephen Adam - Piano 

Suggested donation £10 with proceeds  going  to the Lily Foundation 

To secure a place contact Louise: louiseburnet@hotmail.com 

14 September 2018Want to be a Director of SRA?

Scottish Rural Action are canvassing for New Directors

For more information and an application pack

14 September 2018electoral register update

14 September 2018Rhu Marina plans

Planning Application  18/02000/PP

The Crown Estates have submitted plans to renew the doors and windows in the Marina building which houses the Chandlery and Cafe.

If you want to see what is being proposed use the simple search link and insert the planning application number given above,  in the box at the bottom of the page

If you wish to make a comment, you can find help  on the Planning page of our website.

14 September 2018Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee

Next meeting of HLAC 

Thursday 20th September




10 September 2018September Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

September Alert 176

01 September 2018Mobile version of our website

Those of you who view our website on a mobile phone, should have noticed an improvement in the layout. The menu is now in the standard mobile format. The site opens to the home page and the black menu bar is at the top of the screen. 

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to open the menu.

26 August 2018Rhu Beach Clean

Rhu Beach Clean:

organised by Peter Knox from R&SCC

Sunday 16th September: Meet at  2pm

This Beach Clean is held in association with the Marine Conservation Society For MCS we clean a 100m stretch of beach and record everything we pick up, so those who can record the items on the form will be more than welcome.

Please come along and we can exert even more pressure on the industries that churn out huge amounts of unnecessary plastic packaging.

23 August 2018HLCPG

Helensburgh and Lomond Community Planning Group

Minutes of the meeting held 15th August


It is worth reading the Stategic Plan for Health and Social Care in Argyll and Bute.


22 August 2018sewage work in Rhu

Sewage Works in Rhu

This is now scheduled to finish on August 24th. 

The delay is due to the fact that the team had to hand dig around multiple uncharted services at the end of Armadale RoadThe dlay was caused by the team having to hand dig some uncharted .

There is a fine picture of the uncharted services in the  update from Scottish Water.


15 August 2018Rhu Sewage works ends soon

Message fromScottish water

  • The whole work is expected to be completed by 17th August 2018, and the site cabins will be removed by that date. 
  • The grass area by the Rhu Marina entrance and part of the grass verge along the Gareloch Road has been seeded with grass seed It is expected it to take until September 2018 for the area to fully regrow. SW will to monitor the growth.
  • There is some minor work to  finalise  to the tank located in the bus stop area. Safety grills have to be welded to the access covers and therefore it may be neccessary to close the bus stop for one day.


07 August 2018 Policy for Public Hearings

When a controversial planning application is being considered, the PPSLC may recommend that a Public Hearing is held. 

In Rhu and Shandon  such Hearings have been held when plans were submitted for the Marina, Adenconnel Playing Fields, The Lochside Care Home, and the Turbines at Baldernock.

 The criteria which the PPSLC use for determining whether a Hearing is held are contained in Policy for Public Hearings. 

01 August 2018Funding Alert for August 2018

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

August Alert 175

29 July 2018Home Energy Grants

Home Energy Grants available

People living in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient as a result of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS)

 Click in the link below for more information

29 July 2018Messages from Louise Burnet.

Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

                                           Resumes Thurs 11th October 1pm

Daniella Schuster - Soprano Arias by Handel and Vivaldi
Mark Hathaway - Baritone Serenades by Strauss and Schubert
Maria Holmes - Cello Tangos from Argentina
 Stephen Adam - Piano  and............A slice of Kiss Me Kate


Louise is  running a Ukes du Soleil course 23 -29 September 2018. This is for good Beginners through to Intermediate players and also for singers. There may be one or two spare places for folk who would like to just come and sing. Please take a moment to check out the Ukes du Soleil website:   https://louiseburnet.wixsite.com/ukesdusoleil  

 It will of course be a wonderful week!

More information from Louise:louiseburnet@hotmail.com​.

29 July 2018How to survive

Would you survive if you fell into water?

 On average, 50 people accidentally drown in Scotland each year, making it one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country

The RNLI have released this u-tube video with hints on how to float and why floating can save lives.  

Float to Live

29 July 2018Next Meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council

The August meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council will be held on

Wednesday 8th August


Rhu Hall

The Agenda for this meeting and he minutes of previous meetings are published on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.

The appendices will be posted there prior to the meeting.

29 July 2018Message from Jackie Baillie MSP

Jackie Baillie  will be holding a surgery in our area on Tuesday 31st July between 1pm and 5pm.

If you would like to schedule an appointment in your home  please contact her constituency office on

Tel: 01389 734214 


email:  olivia.carson@parliament.scot

 This is in addition to her next Regular Surgery held on the third Friday of every month at 4.45pm in Helensburgh Parish Church, Colquhoun Square

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