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07 December 2019Seaweed Farming in Argyll and Bute

A report, commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, has set out a template for setting up and running a seaweed farming business from conception right through to selling products to consumers.

06 December 2019Living Well Fest 2020

05 December 2019Health Evening in Rhu Hall

 Thursday 30th January 

  •  7pm - 7-30pm:  Bowel Cancer Awareness session

​​​The speaker will be Ian Kerr who has recently featured in the media

  • 8pm to 10pm  Heartstart /Defibrillator Awareness session.

​This will be led by Sheenah Nelson who has been instrumental in training around 4,000 in the past two years.

Coffee, tea and shortbread will be provided by Rhu Hall

Come to either or both sessions.

 Watch this space as we may ask you to sign up so that we can be sure that we will put out enough chairs and have plenty of shortbread to hand!

04 December 2019Impact of Second World War on Local People

Monday 9th December 

14.15

Helensburgh Parish Church

The Bridge

£2 admission charge

 Showing of the DVD which Helensburgh Heritage Trust made in 2014 to record the memories of local people who were living in the Helensburgh area during the Second World War. The showing will take place under the auspices of the University of the Third Age.

The DVD was made jointly by Stewart Noble of Helensburgh Heritage Trust and Robert Bell of West Highland Photography. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under their "All Our Stories" programme.

04 December 2019Handel's Messiah by Candlelight.

Sunday 15th December

7.30pm

Helensburgh Parish Church

Helensburgh Oratorio Choir conducted by Susannah Wapshott with Justine Watts leader,  soprano Sarah Power, alto Katie Grosset, tenor David Lyn and bass Phil Gault.

Tickets are available from choir members, the church office and the Scandinavian Shop in Sinclair Street.

cost £12 (£6 for students and £2 for under-16s)

04 December 2019Plastic Free Helensburgh Drop and Swap event

Volunteers wanted . RSVP via Facebook page 

or email:  plasticfreehelensburgh@gmail.com

 this Saturday 3-5pm

If you dont want to drop and swap, at least come in and buy a raffle ticket! Great Prizes!

03 December 2019Local Development Plan:Consulation Event

Tuesday 10th December 

3pm to 7pm

The Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre

See the active consultation page of this website for links to relevant documents.

You can see the issues which concerned the Community Council when the existing plan was being developed. Some are still relevant in the New Plan

03 December 2019December Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

December  Alert 191

29 November 2019Town Walks in Helensburgh: Saturday 30th November

As part of Helensburgh's Winter Festival the Heritage Trust are offering Town Centre Walks

Starting Point is outside Victoria Halls

  • 10.30: led by Stewart Noble 
  • 14.00: led by Nigel  Millar

Come and see Helensburgh through a different pair of eyes!
 

29 November 2019#16daysofaction 25th November to 10th December

International campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. 

During the campaign, organisations throughout Argyll and Bute will be giving out a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Key landmarks, such as McCaig’s Tower and Highland Mary’s Statue will be lit up orange, in honour of the theme: “Orange the World: Generation equality stands against rape”.

Read more:

Did you know?

In 2017/18, 2,136 rapes and 119 attempted rates were reported to Police Scotland. However, 247 people were prosecuted and only 107 convicted. 

29 November 2019New Arts Scheme plus Advice Surgeries

New Grant Scheme for Artists and Makers in Argyll & Bute

Deadline: 4th February 2020

Argyll and Bute Council in partnership with Creative Scotland is pleased to launch new Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards, supported by CHARTS. Applications are invited from professional and emerging artists and makers to support professional development. The scheme provides a valuable opportunity for practitioners to undertake specific projects, and to develop and advance their creative practice in ways that they may not otherwise have been able to do. Grants of between £500 and £1500 are available to individuals, enabling them to realise proposals including researching and developing new work. Applications to reflect:

·         High quality

·         Ongoing commitment to developing a visual art or craft practice

·         Opportunity for development

·         How the funding will develop work or practice

£500 Awards for New Graduates/Emerging Artists, will be considered for artists and makers who have been practising for less than three years.

For further information and application form, please contact, Kathleen O’Neill, CHARTS, Development ManagerKathleen@chartsargyllandisles.org

Advice Surgeries - Dunoon and Oban 

Argyll and Bute Council in partnership with Creative Scotland are pleased to launch Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards, supported by CHARTS. Applications are invited from professional and emerging artists and makers to support professional development. To support artists and makers, Creative Scotland, is offering one-to-one application guidance sessions.

Dunoon Burgh Hall – December 2nd 11.00-13.00hrs

The Rockfield Centre, Oban – December 3rd 12.00-14.00hrs

To book your appointmentplease register interest via Eventbrite:

Dunoonhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vacma-surgeries-argyll-and-bute-tickets-83673418447?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Obanhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vacma-surgeries-argyll-and-bute-at-the-rockfield-centre-oban-tickets-83691753287

28 November 2019RNCYC Date of Consultation

Public Event

Wednesday 29 January 2020

3pm to 8pm

RNCYC

The proposal of application was lodged  with the Council on 15th November and a Planning Application for the development cannot be lodged until 12 weeks have elapsed.Any comments on the proposal during this time must be made to the Developers Dickie and Moore (david@northplan.co.uk). These must be made by February 19th.

It is difficult to see how any meaningful comments can be made until after the public event.

An extract from Planning Circular 3/2013 which outlines the purpose of this consultation is on RNCYC page of this website.

 

26 November 2019Youth Awards

The deadline for nominations  has been extended to Friday 29th November

 

The authority wide event will celebrate young people aged 11 to 25 achievements through eight categories as well as those who have achieved Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and Youth Achievement Awards.

 

For more details on the categories,

click here

 

 

 

 

To nominate a young person, please click on the link below to complete this form.

https://form.jotformeu.com/RoannaC/ABnomination2020

26 November 2019Developments at RNCYC

The RNCYC have submitted a pre-application Consultation for developments both in the grounds of the building on the spit and on the Marina.

  • No details are available yet except and outline of what is proposed and a plan of the area. These are posted on the RNCYC page of this website
  • There will be a public consultation in January and we will keep you posted both by Newletter on on the news page of our website.

26 November 2019Decision on Licencing application for Rosslea Hall.

  • There is to be a terminal hour for the external areas of 10.00pm for adults and 8.00pm for children and young persons.
  • The patio area can be used throughout the year but the lawned area is not to be used during the winter months from 1st November  to 1st March.
  • They no longer use fireworks. The use of fireworks has been removed from all of their wedding packages.

26 November 2019 Argyll and Bute Youth Awards: Deadline extended to 30th November

These awards celebrate the achievements of the area’s young people and nominating someone is easy. All you have to do is visit the link

If you know a young person aged between 11 and 25 who is truly inspirational, now is your chance to let them know how great they are by nominating them.

 

26 November 2019Winter Road maintainance

 Get Ready for winter

Head of Roads and Infrastructure Services, Jim Smith, explains some of the things that go on behind the scenes. Click on the link above to hear it from the horse's mouth! 

26 November 2019Local Policing and Community Issues

 Help mould Local Policing for 2020-23

Police Scotland are currently asking residents to complete an on-line survey regarding their opinions and concerns around Local Policing and community issues. 

 

Here is the link https://consult.scotland.police.uk/surveys/your-police/

25 November 2019Rhu Christmas Tree

You will all have noticed that we have a Christmas tree on the green.

Thanks go to a group of marines from the UK and the Netherlands,

Fusebox Electical from Helensburgh and Jim and Linda Duncan.  

24 November 2019A&B Satisfaction Survey

See the News Item posted on 30th October

I received notification of this survey on 27th October, but as it was addressed to me personally I asked the "Performance" section at Argyll and Bute whether I could share it with the community and was told that you could only complete the survey if you first signed up for "keep me in the loop"

The survey was withdrawn on October 28th! The following is an extract from the justification.!

I appreciate your comment that 1 week seems a short time for a satisfaction survey. I’ve been informed that 99% of responses are received within the first 3 days of a survey launching.

We were mindful of the timing of this survey as the large Budget Consultation survey was about (and has since) launched.

The timing of this survey was limited as the results will be used in conjunction with the Scottish Household Survey’s data release which we are expecting shortly.

Going forward the intention is to undertake another satisfaction survey during 2020. I will pass on your comments regarding no end date as well as the short time frame, and I’ll request the survey is open for longer than 1 week.

24 November 2019Local Development Plan 2: Consultation

The Consultation closes on January 23rd 2020

Details are available in the November Newsletter.

More information will be posted later on matters which are particularly relevant to Rhu and Shandon.

23 November 2019Polling date December 12th

  • Have you registered to vote yet? If you want to take part in the General Election then you must be registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to do and you can do it online. You must be registered by 26 th November in order to vote on 12 th December. Apply online  and make sure your vote counts!
  • If you’re due to be away from home on Polling Day, or want to ensure that winter weather doesn’t stop you from using your vote, you can apply for a postal vote. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 26 th November. You can apply on-line.
  • Do you want to vote in this year’s General Election but are unsure whether you can make it to the polling station – perhaps due to medical treatment? You can apply to nominate someone else that you trust to cast your vote in your place. Find out more , but make sure you apply before 4 th December.

23 November 2019Are you ready for winter?

It pays to keep a small emergency kit in your car, just in case you are ever caught out by the weather  

Advice here on where to start 

23 November 2019Jingle and Mingle

                   Jingle & Mingle

Friday 29th November 1.30 - 3.30

Helensburgh Parish Church

Over 60?

Join us for an afternoon of

  • Music, Local Vocals Community Choir
  • Craft stalls featuring handmade cards, knitting, trinkets and gifts,
  • Tombola,
  • Information, Coffee, Cake and Good Company                                       

Organised by 

supporting individuals over the age of 65 in Argyll.

A project by Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface

 

                                          

23 November 2019Arthritis Care Opportunities

Arthritis Care are particularly looking for volunteers to deliver in Argyll and bute

13 November 2019Save the Waverley

01 November 2019Power cut advice

If you experience a power cut, call 105 to be put through to your local operator, who can give you help and advice. 

Find out more 

01 November 2019November Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

November Alert 190

30 October 2019Have your say!

Argyll and Bute have sent out a Satisfaction Survey.

This is an opportunity to comment on on some of the recurring issues we have we have with A&B; the Play Park, The cycle path, lack of response on numerous issues etc.

However you cannot complete this survey unless you have opted to sign up for "Keep me in the loop" When you do, a survey will be sent to you.

Take a look at the Satisfaction Survey  and you will see that the open box in question 9 is ideal for making our views known. 

25 October 2019A83 Rest and be Thankful Survey Work

The survey is being carried out to collect information for future landslide mitigation works.

The road will remain open with traffic managed by use of temporary traffic signals over a short length of single lane closure.

 From 1900 on Sunday 3rd November

until

approximately 0600 on Monday 4th November.

 

25 October 2019Call Blocking units for Vulnerable People

The National Trading Standards Scams Team has some call blocker units give out free to vulnerable people across the UK. Individuals, their carers, or agencies can make referrals at the Friends Against Scams website.

 So long as they have been scammed or believe that they are at risk of being scammed they will qualify and will receive a call blocker and a visit from an installer to set it all up.

25 October 2019 Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

Those of you who have signed up with Neighbourhood Watch will have received two Alerts in the past week including a local one about Cold Callers.

If you have not signed up to receive these Alerts, you can do so by following this link.

Illustrating what can be done in the wider UK with cooperation,  there was the following  good news story. 

 

 

In late September 2019 a 140/180V Series Coil Pipe Trailer was stolen from the Essex area.
28 Days later on Monday 21 October 2019 the CanTrack tracking system was activated.
Police Scotland were contacted by CanTrack and informed that the trailer was on its way to Scotland. CanTrack were able to follow the movements of the Trailer until the Police were in a position to stop it south of Motherwell. A full recovery of was made of the property and returned to rightful owner
Recovery of Trailer and Piping was valued at £10,000

 

22 October 2019 Beach Cleans

There will be no Beach Cleans in Rhu in October, November or December.

The next one is scheduled for January 26th, the last Sunday in the month.

The will be the first anniversary of the monthly cleans so we will be looking for a great turnout!

 

22 October 2019Help control Norovius

People suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are being urged not to visit family and friends in hospital due to a rise in norovirus in the community.
 
The virus has becoming more prevalent across the whole of Scotland over the last few weeks and has resulted in an increased incidence in some of our wards. Two wards have been closed at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.
 
The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive – people often report a sudden onset of nausea, followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.
 
Most people with norovirus will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated – especially children and the elderly.
 
Good hand hygiene using soap and water is important to stop the spread of the virus.

22 October 2019Licensing Application by Rosslea hall Hotel

Rosslea Hall Hotel has applied  fo a variation of the Premises Licence.

The only variation to the licence is the addition of the patio and garden area. The capacity figure of 707 and the 2.00am terminal hour for functions are already part of the operating plan. 

All the activities of the hotel  which include receptions/functions, recorded music. live performances, dance facilities, gaming, indoor/outdoor sport and televised sport can now take place in the extended premises. 

 

22 October 2019The Covenant Fund Explained

The Covenant Fund is a grant given by the government to projects that will benefit the armed forces and the community.

To find out more, click here

22 October 2019Smugglers Way Demolition

The Demolition is expected to be completed by Friday 6th February.

Contractors:

JCJ (Demolition & Construction Ltd)

More details 

 

22 October 2019Health and Well Being Festival

Saturday 11 January

 12noon-3pm

 Parish Church Halls in Colguhoun Square.

Stall holders and activity providers can book a table and/or a slot for an activity for free.  The event will be open to all and the emphasis will be on providing a fun, engaging, informative and informal event that will get people thinking more about their physical and mental well being just as their resolve to stick to their New Year resolutions may be wearing thin.

A diverse range of stalls and activities that will appeal to a broad range of people of all ages are expected and the organisers are very open to ideas at this stage.  

Download the booking form. Please submit it to Audrey Baird by Friday 15 November at the latest, but sooner if possible. 

If you have any queries, please contact Audrey Baird 07545 853436

22 October 2019Tai Chi for everyone

 

22 October 2019Exhibit in Civic Centre

Helensburgh Christian Heritage

An Exhibit curated by Nigel Allan for the Helensburgh Heritage Trust

In the Civic Centre, 38 East Clyde Street

Open  Weekdays 10-5, until Spring.

In the western world our heritage and society are based on Judaeo-Christian traditions  and values. The  exhibition traces the journey of Christianity in the Helensburgh area from Celtic times as evidenced by St. Mahew's Chapel in Cardross and the remains of St. Michael's Chapel in Faslane. The journey continues through the medievil period to the Reformation with artefacts displayed from the parishes of Cardross and Rhu and the later development into what is now the parish church of Helensburgh with its pedigree shown on a displayed roll. The historical background to other denominations in the town, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, United Reformed and Baptist are also shown as well as the current witness of all traditions to the Christian message in their different activities and outreach.   

17 October 2019October Community Council meeting

The Minutes of the Community Council Meeting are now on the website.

16 October 2019Community Reserve Volunteers

 The Red Cross aims is to recruit 10,000 community volunteers by November 2019

  • To recruit a pre-registered taskforce that can be contacted during a major incident
  • To harness and coordinate the willingness of the community, and build resilience locally
  • Enable individuals to play an active and immediate role in helping their community 

More Details 

Email: NMort@redcross.org.uk

Mobile:07793 369404

 

02 October 2019Apple Day at Geilston Gardens

Saturday October 5th

12 noon to 4pm

A celebration of the apple harvest and of the wildlife which supports Geilston Gardens.

“Become an apple expert by following our apple trail and help apple man John Hancox press apples and have a taster of the juice.”

Beekeepers and other wildlife experts will illustrate the role bees, butterflies and bugs in the gardens, while there will be a William Tell Dell for junior archery as well as an apple-themed treasure hunt.

There will also be a bake off-style  ‘Show us your Bakes’ – bakers are invited to bring along an apple-based bake made at home for judging during the afternoon. Click here to download an entry form.

Further details on the website, but see below for the entry fees

Entry is free for NTS members and there are reduced garden entry charges until the end of October for non-members – £10 for two adults or a family ticket. (Its normally £15 for a couple or £18.50 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

This is a special deal and you have to visit the Itison website and download a voucher to get this reduced rate

02 October 2019 October Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

October Alert 189

30 September 2019Apple Day at Geilston Gardens

Saturday October 5th

12 noon to 4pm

A celebration of the apple harvest and of the wildlife which supports Geilston Gardens.

“Become an apple expert by following our apple trail and help apple man John Hancox press apples and have a taster of the juice.”

Beekeepers and other wildlife experts will illustrate the role bees, butterflies and bugs in the gardens, while there will be a William Tell Dell for junior archery as well as an apple-themed treasure hunt.

There will also be a bake off-style  ‘Show us your Bakes’ – bakers are invited to bring along an apple-based bake made at home for judging during the afternoon. Click here to download an entry form.

Further details on the website . but see below for the entry fees

Entry is free for NTS members and there are reduced garden entry charges until the end of September for non-members – £10 for two adults or a family ticket. (Its normally £15 for a couple or £18.50 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children))

This is a special deal and you have to visit the Itison website and download a voucher to get this reduced rate

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.

EXPLORE THE WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP.

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.

Dates:

  • 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.

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