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07 January 2022Newsletter 104 is on its way

Click on the external link below. 


07 January 2022Formation of Forest track

Notification of  the formation of  forest tracks  to facilitate the creation of woodlands on land which used to belong to Letrault and Stuckenduff was announced on Friday 17th December. 

07 January 2022Foodbank Collection from Rhu and Shandon Church

Saturday January 8th between 10 am - 11 am

in the grounds of Rhu & Shandon Church






The Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank has had a busy time over the Festive Season with 156 Special Christmas and New Year Bags going out in December. It is thanks to the generosity of the Community that they had plenty of festive food to share with those who came to them for food at Christmas.

The Foodbank is very grateful for your continuing support.
The Top Ten Food Items required now are: 

  • Long Life Milk Blue or Green Carton
  • 250g Rice (Microwave pack)
  • Jars Pasta Sauce
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Boxes Cereal Bars
  • Boxes Cuppa Soup
  • Tins Macaroni Cheese
  • Tins Sardines
  • Tins Tuna
  • Tins Fruit 

The Foodbank expects to be busy this month as people struggle to keep their heating and cooking meters topped up, so cash donations to purchase energy cards would also be welcome.


12 December 2021Free Suicide Prevention Course

Free Safetalk training will be held on 11th January in Center 81 Garelochhead.

The training is provided  by NHS Highland and includes lunch.

Open to all

If anyone would like to attend please  contact Morevain  by 4th January for further details including the arrival time.

Morevain Martin

Garelochhead Station Trust

Project Coordinator

Tel 07541777559

email morevain@garelochheadstationtrust.co.uk


11 December 2021Community Learning Questionnaire

Community Learning Is now part of Live Argyll and are looking to relaunch Adult Learning in our communities.  For this, we are looking for your help with this short questionnaire, to shape our future.

If you have any further questions or suggestions you can contact us on cld@liveargyll.co.uk and one of our staff will respond to your query.   

The short questionnaire is available in the external link below.

Alternatively, you can contact your local worker directly with your thoughts.

Helensburgh & Lomond   Eileen.Kay@liveargyll.co.uk

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.


09 December 2021 Rhu and Shandon Parish Church

As you may know, Rhu and Shandon Church is facing an uncertain future as the Church of Scotland reduces the number of churches serving their communities across Scotland.
The Church Development Group would like to know what you feel about this and have created a community survey This is available online, via the external link at the bottom of this news item. 
 Paper copies and a box for returning them are available at the following places: 

  • Manse Brae Shop;
  • Rhu Community Hall; and
  • Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

The deadline for this is December 22nd.

09 December 2021AGM followed by Regular meeting: December 15th

Community Council meetings by zoom on

Wednesday 29th September 

AGM at 7.15pm

followed by 

Regular Meeting at 7.30pm.

Members of the community who wish to join the meeting should send their

name and and email address and postcode 


at least 3 hours before the start and you will be sent a link.

 Don't expect the link by return!

Most of the papers for the meetings are posted on our website, the rest should follow shortly. 

 Amended December 9th:

 A newsletter was sent out today You can see this by clicking on the external link below

07 December 2021Consultation on Fourth National Planning Framework

Fourth National Planning Framework NPF4: Closing Date 10th January 2022

The Scottish Government has published a blog (4 minutes reading time!)

01 December 2021December Funding Alert

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December 2021  

29 November 2021Community Council Meeting Cancelled

Due to unforseen circumstances,

the  zoom meeting

scheduled for Wednesday 1st December

has been cancelled.


29 November 2021Fake DVLA websites

The following Alert is being circulated on behalf of Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police and is being circulated nationally due to its relevance.

Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division have received reports regarding fake DVLA websites that are charging people more money than they need to spend.

Reports have been received over the past few months, with an incident as recent as yesterday, whereby people are looking to either book their driving theory test or send away for a new/provisional driving licence and have been directed to a fake website.

Some people are searching using their internet search bar and have clicked on a link that isn’t an official DVLA site. These scam websites look genuine and will ask for payment which is often far greater than the cost of going directly through DVLA.

Scammers have been known to make fake websites which look very official, so if you’re looking for information from the DVLA online, look at the URL and make sure it ends in ‘gov.uk’.

DVLA is aware of problems with third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA, for example to customers who are applying for driving licences. Some sites exaggerate the nature of the services they provide, or deliberately underplay the services that people can get for free or at a lower cost from DVLA. These services are in no way affiliated with DVLA. In particular you may come across these websites in the sponsored links or paid-for results section when using online search engines.

These websites often claim to offer value-added services to ensure your application is correct before you send it to DVLA. However, using this service will mean you can end up paying as much as 3 times the normal price for your driving licence.

Use DVLA’s online driving licence or vehicle tax services on GOV.UK
By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax services on GOV.UK, you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA and you will not be charged any additional fees. Your driving licence or vehicle tax application will be completed online without the need for a paper application in the majority of cases.

If you come across adverts for misleading websites you can report them. For advice on how to do this read Report a misleading website to search engines.

28 November 2021Helensburgh Community Hub

 Wednesday 15 December - and we really hope you will come along and find out more about the Hub.

Here's what's happening...

10am-4pm: We will have a very merry festive book sale with coffee and mince pies - and elves on hand to wrap any books bought as gifts

3.30-4.30pm: After school storytime and Christmas crafts (suitable for primary age kids)

5-6pm: Calm for Christmas - movement and relaxation to help you through the festive chaos with yoga teacher Fiona Marshall.

Everyone is welcome!

26 November 2021Amendment to scheme for Establishment of CC

Incorporation of Provision to Meet by Remote or Hybrid Means 

Notice is hereby given, that Argyll and Bute Council, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it by Section 53 (1) of the above mentioned Act, proposes to amend the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

A meeting of the Council, held on 30th September, agreed to conduct an 8 week public consultation exercise on amendments to the Scheme to include specific provision for community council meetings to be held remotely, or by hybrid means.

Any person or organisation wishing to make written representations on the proposed amendments should address them to communitycouncils@argyll-bute.gov.uk or by post to Melissa Stewart, Community Council Liaison Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT within a period of 8 weeks from publication of this Notice (No later than 26th November 2021).

02 November 2021Funding Alert November 2021

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November 2021  

30 October 2021October Funding Alert

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