From our files, December 8, 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday November 30, 2007

Demand is high for hairdressing course

Demand for a hairdressing course in Campbeltown has resulted in Argyll College running the first full-time SVQ 2 in Hairdressing course in Argyll.

The course is run by course tutor Gayle Barrett which has nine full-time students and one part-time student, who is employed by Hi-Lites salon.

The students with tutor Gayle Barrett, assistant centre manager Margaret Wilson, and L’Oreal account executive Paul Stenson. NO_c49files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday December 11, 1992

Campbeltown cops’ Bosnia mercy mission

Two Campbeltown policemen are spearheading an appeal to drive a truckload of aid to a refugee camp in Bosnia.

Police constables Jim Irving, 45, and Derek Slowey, 36, who founded the Kintyre Relief Mission two months ago have already collected parcels of clothes, blankets and food, ‘but we now desperately need cash and children’s clothes,’ said Jim, former team leader with Strathclyde Police Mountain Rescue Team in Oban.

‘People have been very generous so far but we really cannot take any more adult clothes. Ideally we need cash so that we can buy high priority items like over the counter drugs and medicines.’

Jim and Derek, who are friends as well as colleagues – they live next door to each other – are mounting a series of events to raise the much-needed to fill the lorry which has been lent by Southend haulage contractor Donnie McKerral.

‘The village of Clachan raised the amazing sum of £360 from a coffee evening,’ said Jim,’ and we are appealing to businesses throughout Kintyre to help.’

‘We realise there are so many appeals going on at the same time,’ said Derek, a former community police officer in Glasgow.

‘But we hope people will be moved as we were to help the refugees, particularly the children, who are suffering.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday December 14, 1967

Regaining the lost population

Kintyre Employment Committee has approved a resolution moved by Mr K McMillan, suggesting steps should be taken by advertising to ascertain whether skilled workers living away from Campbeltown would be willing to return in the event of suitable work and accommodation becoming available.

It is felt that employers requiring a nucleus of skilled labour to start a factory in this area would be encouraged to come here if they were aware that a few workers with the skill that they required would be happy to return to Campbeltown to work.

The Highland Development Board has conducted a similar campaign in its ‘project counterdrift’ but this related to the whole of the Highland area.

The Kintyre Committee’s resolution has been passed to the Ministry of Labour’s Scottish headquarters for consideration.

At the committee’s quarterly meeting, Councillor H. Moffat referred to a trade journal containing an advertisement apparently inserted by the Highland Development Board.

This advertisement referred to air and port facilities available in different parts of the Highlands but did not mention either the daily air services available between Glasgow, Campbeltown and Islay, or the port facilities available in Campbeltown.

The committee agreed that this should be brought to the attention of Mr Rollo, deputy chairman of the Highland Development Board.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday December 8, 1917

Campbeltown Foundry Boys’ and Girls’ Religious Society

The annual business meeting of the above society was held in the ante-room, Good Templar Hall, last Friday night, with Mr David Robertson, one of the society’s presidents, in the chair.

All the reports were very satisfactory; the Burnside or Free Breakfast Mission branch showing a balance on hand of £7 6s 11d to carry on the work till fresh contributions came in.

The office-bearers, with the exception of Mr D. Armour, hon. treasurer Burnside branch, were re-elected.

The meeting expressed its regret at Mr Armour’s resignation.

The secretary was instructed to endorse the expressions of the meeting in the minute, and to write Mr Armour thanking him for his long and efficient service as hon. treasurer.

Mr A. J. Sandison, Commercial Bank, was unanimously elected hon. treasurer in room of Mr D. Armour.