Kidney dialysis campaign must double its funding

Councillor Donald KellyThe Kintyre Kidney Dialysis Campaign has learned it must double its original £35,000 fund-raising target to assist in the kidney dialysis unit being set up in Campbeltown.

Campaign chairman Councillor Donald Kelly said:‘I am confident we can raise the £70,000-plus figure’

For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier,October 17 2014,also available online at

Campbeltown nursery manager says farewell

viv campbellViv Campbell was living in Nottingham and looking for a change of scenery when she took a holiday in Kintyre.

Suddenly,she found herself applying for the manager’s job at Campbeltown Nursery Centre.

That was in October,1991 –and now she has just retired after 23 years there.

Read her story in the Campbeltown Courier,October 17 2014,also online at

Grammar school keeps eye on Ebola epidemic

ebolaThe Ebola virus epidemic which has killed thousands in West Africa and is threatening to spread into more countries is being watched very closely by pupils and staff at Campbeltown Grammar.

The school is heavily involved in charity work in Gambia and a party of 14 pupils and four staff made a hugely successful aid trip there in February.

Campbeltown Grammar’s Agnes Stewart,who is helping oversee the school’s continuing aid work with Gambia told the Courier:‘We are keeping a very close eye on the situation.’

For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier,October 17 2014,also online at

Campbeltown’s Mary celebrates 107th

mary macintyreMary McIntyre celebrated her 107th birthday at Campbeltown’s Auchinlee Care Home surrounded by members of the family she has devoted her life to.

‘That’s what has kept mum going,’ said her daughter Maureen Neate.  ‘Family is the only thing that has mattered to her.’

Read Mary’s story in the Campbeltown Courier,October 10 2014,also online at

The ice age is coming to Burnside Square

cameron squareBurnside Square is to be transformed into an ice rink as part of burgeoning festive celebrations in Campbeltown.

It will be open for Friday and Saturday,November 28 and 29 –thanks to backing from the town’s Royal Hotel and banks –and tie in with the hugely popular Christmas lights switch-on on the Friday and the Christmas market on the Sunday.

See the Campbeltown Courier,October 3 2014,for the full story,also online at

Story goes on despite Picture House closure

20_c30hol01High hopes remain for the future of Campbeltown’s historic Picture House –despite the news that it is closing with the loss of seven jobs.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier,  August 22 2014,also on line at

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Campbeltown bowlers on top of the world

champion campbeltown bowlersNewly-crowned Scottish pairs champions,Jimmy Anderson and Johnny McLean,feel like world beaters.

The Campbeltown Bowling Club members lifted the title the hard way at Ayr  –by beating one of the game’s all-time greats,Paul Foster from Troon.

Read the full report and see more photos in the Campbeltown Courier,August 15 2014 –also online at



Pressure increases for Campbeltown dialysis unit

campbeltown dialysisHopes  have been raised for a dialysis unit in Campbeltown Hospital after the Scottish health secretary Alex Neill urged a health board to take action.

Mr Neill spoke after hearing how two seriously-ill Campbeltown women travel almost 700 miles a week for months to access dialysis treatment.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier,August 8 2014 –also on line at

Billy’s Campbeltown home-coming party on hold

Billy Irving and Yvonne MacHughScots anti-piracy guard Billy Irving,who is still stuck in India after spending six months in a ‘hellhole’jail,  is deeply upset he was not in the Wee Toon  for the silver wedding anniversary of close friends,Davy and Wilma McCormick,from Moy.

Girlfriend Yvonne MacHugh said he had hoped to get his passport back in time to fly home for celebrations.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, August 1 2014,also online here.

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