Marine firm's plan to help Gaelic

THE FERRY firm behind Calmac has published a five year Gaelic strategy.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd’s (CMAL) second iteration of its Gaelic language plan runs to 2021.

Gaelic is widely spoken in the communities served by CMAL in the western Hebrides and the organisation is committed to ensuring Gaelic has a strong and sustainable future in Scotland.

CMAL’s plan includes increasing the amount of Gaelic multimedia content on the corporate website, strengthening the visibility of Gaelic in use across CMAL’s ports and harbours and encouraging employees to learn Gaelic.

The ports and ferries that CMAL owns serve numerous rural and island communities across the west coast of Scotland, encompassing some of the main Gaelic speaking communities found in the country.

CMAL chief executive Kevin Hobbs said: ‘We believe that where possible we should endeavour to communicate in the language of choice for our communities and see Gaelic as an integral part of this goal.

‘We are striving as a company to better support and promote the Gaelic language and culture.’

CMAL recently employed Declan MacDonald as a graduate naval architect who is a native Gaelic speaker.

Declan said: ‘CMAL want’s to revitalise Gaelic as a living language in Scotland.

‘If Gaelic is to be revitalised, it is important that CMAL makes an effort to enhance its status and to encourage its increased usage.’

Welcoming the plan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard chief Shona MacLennan said: ‘Each year, the Scottish economy is boosted by the investment made by tourists travelling to Scotland.

‘They show great interest in the Gaelic language and culture, and recognise it as an important element of Scottish identity.’

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish parliament with a view to securing Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to English.

Gaelic language plans are a statutory requirement for all public bodies in Scotland.

Joy Dunlop and Kevin Hobbs with copies of the plan.

Joy Dunlop and Kevin Hobbs with copies of the plan.

Delegation hears case for Kintyre spaceport

Brendan O'Hara MP hosted a reception at Westminster.

Brendan O’Hara MP hosted a reception at Westminster.

Argyll and Bute’s case for locating the UK’s first spaceport near Campbeltown came a step closer at Westminster on Tuesday when a delegation from Argyll and Bute Council DiscoverSpace UK attended a parliamentary reception hosted by local MP Brendan O’Hara.


To read more about this story, see this week’s Campbeltown Courier.

Police looking for budding recruits

Police Scotland are looking for new recruits

Police Scotland are looking for new recruits


ARGYLL and West Dunbartonshire Police are holding one-off

information sessions across the region for anyone interested in a career in


Julie McLeish, inspector for Campbeltown and Lochgilphead, said: ‘If

you are thinking of applying to become a police officer, would like to

volunteer as a special constable, or just wish to find out more information

these are well worth attending.’

To become an officer of Police Scotland, applicants need to be at least

18 years old – although you can apply at the age of 17 and a half – have a

full current UK manual driving licence or equivalent,

and be physically and mentally able to undertake police duties.

In terms of nationality, British citizens, EU/EEA nationals,

Commonwealth citizen, or foreign nationals with indefinite leave to

remain in the UK who have been living in the UK for the previous three

years, will be eligible.

There is no minimum height restriction and whilst there is a national

eyesight requirement, some officers do wear glasses.

If you have tattoos this would not automatically exclude you from the

recruitment process, and if successful you will be posted to one of your

three divisions of choice.

The first session is in Campbeltown police office on Thursday,

September 24 at 7pm, then in Bowmore police office, Islay on Tuesday,

September 29 at 1pm, and in Lochgilphead police office on Thursday,

October 1 at 9pm.

More information about being a police officer or special constable can be

found on the recruitment section of the Police Scotland Website at

To reserve a place at any of the sessions,

email PoliceRecruitingUnitGlasgow@scotland.pnn.police

Southend Highland Games cancelled

gamesOrganisers of Southend Highland Games were forced to cancel this year’s event after the village games field was turned into a construction site. The hugely popular showcase of athletics, piping and Highland dancing from Kintyre and beyond, due to be
held on Saturday, July 25 this year and stretching back to the 1930s, has been wiped from the Kintyre calendar. Huge
tyre tracks have been left across the games field from construction lorries heading to and from the nearby Dunaverty Village Hall.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.

Green light for Sunday flights

sundayflightsAir passengers in Kintyre can look forward to a Sunday link with Glasgow for the second summer running.
One return flight from Campbeltown Airport to Glasgow International Airport will operate every Sunday from mid-June until the
end of September, in keeping with last year’s summer service.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.

Spirits are high at Glen Scotia Distillery

glenscotiaA Campbeltown distillery is aiming to put itself back on the world whisky map – and the man in charge cannot wait to see it unfold.
Iain McAlister, manager at Glen Scotia for the past eight years, believes the distillery has a bright future under the Loch Lomond
Group, which took over the brand in March last year.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.

Clean up sees town 'spring' into life

cleanupA group of volunteers swept through Campbeltown Sunday ahead of a bustling week for the town. Fifteen hardy volunteers
took part, collecting eight bags of rubbish, numerous sandbags, traffic cones, and even a fridge in a bid to clean up the town just days before the Campbeltown Malts Festival and week before the 10th annual Mull of Kintyre Run.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.


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Entrants must be 16 or over and have the bill payer’s permission.

Competitions involving alcoholic products are open strictly for over 18s only.  Winners will be contacted via letter unless otherwise specified.

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