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  /  email at AT / 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
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

Bookends Festival Sept 22-29th

Bookends Festival Benderloch 2018 Sat 22nd – Sat 29th included in The Reading Room, VictoryHall, Benderloch.

June 20, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Bill Lighterness photography

Check out local Photographer Bill Lighterness album of images

April 14, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Dawnfresh Trout netting breach in Loch Awe

Over the past few years Dawnfresh has repeatedly told our communities that the reason they need to replace the trout farm units is because the nets were old and vulnerable and the new nets were unbreachable.
Beginning of February saw a net breach in Loch Awe and thousands of trout were released. The net concerned was new, only installed last November.

This is exactly what we were told would not happen and shows how much a risk we are at in Loch Etive. Loch Awe does not have the predator pressure that Etive has, how many other nets have they installed that could be faulty?

Thousands of farmed trout escape into Loch Awe

February 14, 2018   Posted in: Etive, Industry  No Comments

Minutes of meeting 16 November 2017

With apologies for lateness

Meeting held in Barcaldine Primary School 16th November 2017 at 7.30pm
Present: Margaret Adams (Convenor), Geoffrey Miller (Vice-convenor), Tim McIntyre
(Secretary), Sian Griffiths (CC), Colin Morrison (CC), Tony Dalgaty (CC), Ashley Stones (CC),
Lachie Strathern (CC), Robin Dodman (CC); Cllrs Elaine Robertson, Kieron Green; 1 member of
the public, Campbell Cameron.
1. Apologies: Anne Hilditch (Treasurer), Ronnie Campbell (CC), Breege Smyth (CC), Jill Bowis
(CC); PC Stuart Johnstone; Cllr Andrew Vennard
2. Declarations of interest: none
3. Minutes of previous meeting: held in Ardchattan Primary School on 3rd October were
4. Police report: PC Johnstone was unable to attend due to shift patterns but kindly provided a
report detailing recent minor/routine issues. Margaret mentioned that PC Johnstone had said in
an email that crash investigation team has to travel from Glasgow in the event of a serious
accident, which was one reason for the lengthy road closures following such accidents –
Margaret had been told at a Community Planning Group meeting that there was now an Argyllbased
team. Need to clarify this with Police Scotland at next CPG meeting.
5. Matters Arising: Sustrans Cycle Track Ledaig: No update at this time – discussions ongoing
between parties. Tralee Link Path: The path is now open and generating positive comments in
the community. The CC records its thanks to all concerned with the project, which has been a
great example of all working together. Speeding on Tralee Road a continuing problem, need to
follow up earlier request for a Safety Review. Bus Service – discussed again possibility of
extending one of the later (e.g. 1740) buses to Barcaldine or Appin, and a later bus (10.35?) to
Benderloch – CC to write to West Coast Motors. Ardchattan Primary School: not on Asset
List at present as school is officially still open (though mothballed). Kieron has been in touch
with Head of Education to ask that the process be expedited. CC to write to Anne Paterson to
add our voice. cc Yvonne McNeilly
6. Review of Scheme for Community Councils: The revised Scheme goes to Council meeting in
the near future, following which a date will be set for the next CC elections in Spring 2018.
7. Formation of Community Trust: It was agreed to email Laura MacDonald & Breege to
arrange a meeting in the near future to explore the possibility of developing a Community Plan
and setting up a Community Trust to progress it.
8. Treasurer’s report:-
Overall opening balance as at 3rd October 2017 2,340.98
Opening bal. General Fund 2,340.98
less: Donation to Club na Càirdean (200.00)

Overall closing balance as at 16th November 2017 2,140.98
9. Secretary’s report – Correspondence since last meeting:-
04/10: Connel CC forwarded notice of work on Connel Bridge from 4th Dec.
16/10: Local Development Plan Main Issues Report – respond by 11th Dec
08/11: BEAR – disused slipway at South Creagan – proposed fencing-off
16/11: Sustainable Marine Energy – installation of turbine to begin around 24th Nov
10. Health matters: Defibrillator: the second defibrillator is ready for installation and discussions
to take place soon with ACHA on possible location on the outside of the Ford Spence Court
building. Robin: will be attending MEDCAT meeting on Tuesday 21st Nov.
11. Planning: New Local Development Plan draft Main Issues Report has been published –
comments to be submitted by 11th Dec. Clarity needed over extent of ‘growth area’ and
whether it includes Benderloch
12. AOB: CC notes appreciation for the work carried out by the ‘Road Man’ who has been carrying
out a huge amount of voluntary maintenance work on the trunk road verges in the local area.
Campbell: raised the very poor state of the road at the Black Castle and by Kintaline Mill and
Tralee Holiday Park – councillors will follow up. Lachie: raised again the suggestion of safety
barriers at side of cycle track between Benderloch & Mill Farm, following further incidents
where vehicles have left the trunk road and ended up on or across the cycle path. Turning
Circle – has not been re-surfaced as promised.
13. Next meeting: Thursday 18th January 2018 7.30pm North Connel Hall
There being no further business the meeting closed at 10:00pm
If you would like to contact the Community Council, please write, email or telephone:-
Secretary: Tim McIntyre, Birch Cottage, Barcaldine, OBAN, Argyll PA37 1SG
Tel: 01631 720498; Email:

January 17, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments

ACC Meeting North Connel 18th Jan agenda


Meeting to be held on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm

North Connel Hall




  1. Apologies
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Minutes of previous meeting held in Barcaldine Primary School on 16th November 2017, previously circulated, to be approved
  4. Police report
  5. Matters arising not on agenda
  6. Hydro schemes on Loch Etive
  7. Recycling area & Viewpoint
  8. Roads
  9. Community Plan
  10. Formation of Community Trust
  11. Treasurer’s report
  12. Secretary’s report
  13. Health matters
  14. Planning
  15. AOB
  16. Date of next meeting


January 17, 2018   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

A828 closed this evening

from Oban Times FB page

Police have just confirmed that the A828 has been closed at Benderloch owing to an ongoing incident, of which they will not give more details at present. An officer said it is hoped to reopen the road shortly.

January 7, 2018   Posted in: Community  No Comments