Church want to sell Achnaba Church

‘The Ardchattan Kirk Session has asked Argyll presbytery for permission to sell Ardchattan Church and their request is currently under consideration. The Kirk Session has decided that the congregation’s other building, St Modan’s Church in Benderloch, would best serve their long-term vision and needs,’ added the spokesperson.

Ardchattan kirk, built in 1836, serves the communities of Benderloch, Bonawe, Barcaldine, North Connel and surrounding areas.

Lack of funds forces likely closure of Ardchattan Church

November 3, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Connel Bridge / Barcaldine Road Closure Nov 2018

We have some serious road closures coming up

here are the details from Transport Scotland

 

 

November 2, 2018   Posted in: Community, Roads  No Comments

Connel Bridge closure November

From Ardchattan Community Council FB page

Further to our consultation issued on the 8th October 2018, we are writing to confirm the arrangements regarding the overnight closure of the A828 and Connel Bridge. Following a review of feedback received and discussions with Transport Scotland we can confirm that works will go ahead as scheduled. See below for clarification of closure times, closure location and the access arrangements in place at each location:

Date
Closure Time
Closure Location
Access Arrangements
Sunday 4th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
Monday 5th November
NO PLANNED WORKS
Tuesday 6th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Wednesday 7th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Thursday 8th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Friday 9th November
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Saturday 10th November
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Sunday 11th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Monday 12th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
2200 – 0545
Connel Bridge
No vehicular access. Pedestrian access permitted when safe.
Tuesday 13th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
Wednesday 14th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.
Thursday 15th November
1900 – 0545
Benderloch to Barcaldine
Local access only at amnesty times.

We received feedback from local residents, businesses and event goers that they would benefit from scheduled amnesty periods. We have considered all requests and have agreed that amnesty periods for the ‘Benderloch to Barcaldine’ closure will be provided at the following times:

20:30pm
21:30pm
23:30pm
01:30am
03:30am

Please note that these amnesty periods are intended to allow local access through the resurfacing site only. On the nights where Connel Bridge is closed, through access to Oban/Connel or Ballachulish will be unavailable after 2200hrs. Motorists are therefore reminded that if this is their intention, they should make use of the signed diversion route via Tyndrum. To ensure works remain on schedule these amnesty periods will only be in place for a short period of time, motorists are encouraged to arrive prior to these times to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty.

Please note that access for the scheduled bus services will be maintained. Emergency services will be permitted access at all times by way of a ‘phone ahead’ system. Emergency Service providers are reminded that, if they have not yet contacted us to obtain the required contact number, they must do so by 4pm Friday 2nd November.

Kind Regards,

Ross O’Brien EngTech MICE
Graduate Engineer | Roads Team
BEAR Scotland | North West Unit
Direct Line: 03300080507
Email: robrien@bearscotland.co.uk

November 1, 2018   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

Bookends : Fringe events

After a hugely successful Bookends 2018 here are 9 more events which we bring to you at the Bookends Fringe this coming Monday to Friday. Look forward to sharing some of these wonderful local events with you. The Reading Room is open each day from 11am -6.30pm.

Mon 1st Oct
7.30pm SHARE .. new writing from Argyll with Sharon Wilkie-Jones
Sharon will talk about tackling rural homelessness and bring the most recent collection of writings, some by those involved in the writing project in NEW HOPE, OBAN
SHARE – Students Homelessness Awareness Raising Enterprise – a creative arts project that was set up in 2015 by Sharon Wilkie-Jones and Jake Kirkman

Tuesday 2nd Oct
11.30am Kirsty MacIntosh from Cosy Corner Bookshop with storytelling sessions suitable for pre-school children.

7.30pm SEA PASSAGES acollection of short stories about ferry crossings by local writers. A talk about how they came to plan and publish the collection as well as readings from Sea Passages.

2pm TALES FROM THE BALLACHULLISH LINE.
Join Sheila Weir for reminiscences of life as the station master’s daughter in Benderloch during WW2 and beyond, join us and share your memories of Benderloch and beyond.

7.00pm Lorn and Oban Reuse Initiative’s UPCYCLING  WORKSHOP will involve up-cycling picture frames.Terry Donovan will bring along a variety of frames, tools and materials for people to experiment with. The workshop will be from 7.00 to around 8.30 and accommodate 10 adults. It would be great if people want to bring along any materials and ideas with them. Attendance will be
by donation to support the work of Lorn and Oban Reuse Initiative.

Thu 4th Oct
2pm “Birds the Colours and Shapes of Leaves” is a collection of POETRY
about all aspects of life by Bob Toynton who’ll talk about the poems
and the writing of some of them and also about “taking the plunge”
from writing for more or less personal consumption to producing and putting out  a proper book of poetry.

7pm FILM Showing : “In Our Hands” hosted by Awakening in Argyll.
Filmed throughout 2016, this documentary tells the story of the revolution that’s taking place in farming in the UK. These are real life stories of real live farmers who are taking back control of their lives and their livelihoods. In 67 minutes the film takes you on a journey of hope and inspiration through the stories of these farmers who refuse to be ground down by the machinery of agribusiness. Entry by donation.

Fri 5th Oct
7pm BALLADS  of our Time
Join Chris, a local singer/songwriter who sings heart-rending and thought provoking pieces that will make you smile and wonder, inspire and challenge you.

7.30pm GRUMPY OLD WOMEN Join us to rant at the world and explain, in no uncertain terms, exactly how to fix it. Following on from last year’s very successful fringe finale GRUMPY OLD MEN, several opinionated women tell you how they actually got it wrong last year  and how NOW we’re going to get it right. Audience participation expected.

September 30, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Highland Fold Icecream cakes

Highland fold icecream and cakes  – facebook
Highland Zest; lemony lemon delight
Highland Pioneer; rich spiced chocolate and orange
Highland Summer; raspberry and white chocolate
Highland Indulgence; triple chocolate
Highland Welcome; tea, shortbread & caramel
Highland Spirit; malt whisky salted caramel & sweet oaty biscuit
Highland Garden; spiced apple crumble
Cranachan; raspberries or brambles with toasted oatmeal and whisky
highland fold ice cream cakes

August 12, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Horticultural Show : 25th August 2018

benderloch flower show
download and print the entry forms if you want.
benderloch flower show entry forms

August 4, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Alexander technique teacher

Erica Donnison will be visiting & teaching at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch : Alexander Technique : Tellington TTouch training : Pose Running : MBTI
Aug 30 – Sept 4 2018

kintaline.co.uk/AT2018  /  email at AT kintaline.co.uk / or call 01631 720223 to book or ask for further information

August 2, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Iain Thomson and Marc Duff in Concert – Victory Hall.

Iain Thomson and Marc Duff in Concert – Victory Hall.
Friday 10th August – 8 pm. Doors and Bar Open at 7.30 pm.
Iain and Marc have played several times before in the Benderloch Palladium to appreciative audiences and now they return with their recently completed new album – No Borders.

The combination in duo form works exceptionally well – with Marc’s phenomenal musicianship on Bodhran, whistles and lately the Uilleann Pipes, complementing Iain’s cleverly crafted songwriting, guitar, piano, and vocals.

They play the Victory hall as part of an extensive Highlands and Islands tour and tickets are now on sale from the usual outlet – by replying to this email or calling Campbell or Joy on 01631 720247 where you will secure your seat for a humble tenner.
They will also be available for £12 on the door on the night, if any are left over.

Keep smiling!
Campbell & Joy
Making it Happen.scot
01631 720247.

July 30, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Ceilidh Trail

A fantastic group of young musicians are about to appear at The Victory Hall as part of the Ceilidh Trail Tour…here is the info about their most local gig and others.

Doors open at 7.15pm.

Refreshments available (Tea/ Coffee/ soft drinks and crisps)

Tickets- £8 adult / £5 concession

Pay on the door

The Ceilidh Trail scheme is a Fèisean nan Gàidheal showcase project which gives young musicians and singers aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to take part in a professional summer tour through their local fèis with support from a team of musicians and specialist tutors.   This unique opportunity offers participants training in the core skills required for a career in the creative industries in general and in music in particular.

The first Cèilidh Trail was established by Fèis Rois in 1999 to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands. Over the years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an overwhelming success.

July 26, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Bookends pop up

The next BOOKENDS Pop-up is next Tuesday in The Reading Room at The Victory Hall, Benderloch. It runs all day from 11 am until 6.30pm and is a space you can enjoy purely for the hundreds of pre-loved books we have to share, read, borrow or take away or as a meeting place for a cuppa, a chat and some home baking with extremely comfortable armchairs and sofas.

Come and read, chat, relax, enjoy the peace and quiet or have a chat with like minded folks.
Stay as long as you wish, you can join us from 3pm for FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED, a group of creative people who bring knitting, writing, drawing, sewing and any other projects they need to move along. Sit with others and soak up the get-up-and-go to get the next bit of your project under way.

Whatever you need the time and space for,  a Bookends Pop-up day  is the ideal place for it.

Got some questions? Just send an email or phone Joy and Campbell on 01631 720247 and we’ll answer them for you.

June 28, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments